Lee Valley Outlook May 29 2014 v11e11

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Horgan's Shop, Annahala, in 1950 ©

Lee Valley Diary

Macroom Library:

Library Closed Sat. May 31 and Mon. June 2.
Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon for 3 – 7 year olds
Bookclub Wed. June 4 11.30a.m.
Purlies Thurs. June 5 at 11a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte: Mon. June 9 at 11.30a.m.
Art Exhibition: Work of Angela Mernagh during the month of June.

Briery Gap:

12 Years a Slave Mon. June 2 at 8.30p.m.
Little Red Riding Hood June 5, 10.30a.m.
Sound of Music Everyman Cork Fri. June 6, 8p.m.
Oliver Cole Fri. June 13.
Post Leaving Cert Celebration Sat. June 21 8p.m.
Daniel Martin Moore 9p.m. Fri. July 25.

Music among the trees at St. Senan's Church of Ireland, Canon's Cross, Inniscarra on Fri., May 30th at 8pm.
Rylane N.S. Centenary: Fri. May 30 to Sun. June 1.
Snottfest at O'Riordan's Bar, Coachford, June bank holiday weekend.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club: Social Evening/ Garden Visit Wed. June 4.
Loch Allua Golf Society outing to Bandon G.C. on Sat., June 4 @ 1.30pm
Sound of Music in Everman Palace Cork; June 6, 8pm.
Coffee Morning Fri. June 6 10.30a.m. Fr. Ryan Hall St. Joseph's Young Priests Society
Kelvin Ahern Open Garden Fundraiser in Aherla on June 7th 2 -6pm
Annahala Flooding C103 local radio, on Sundays at 7p.m.on June 8, 15 and 22.
Rusheen NS 4 mile Fun Walk/ Run and BBQ on Sun. 8th June at 3p.m.
Over 60s Talent Final: on Sun. June 8th at City Hall, Cork
Cemetery Mass at St. Colman's, Macroom Fri. June 13 at 7.30p.m.
Drink Tea for Mind: Sat., 14th June, 10a.m. to 9p.m. at Con and Ann Dunne's , Killinardrish.
"A Floral Odyssey" to RDS Dublin, departing Thurs. June 19, 8.00a.m.
Corpus Christi Procession in Macroom Sun. June 22
Muinefliuch Reunion: In the school June 22.
FAI Summer Soccer Schools Camp in Macroom Mon. June 30th to Fri. July 4th.
Kellogg's Cúl Camp in Clondrohid, July 7 to 11
GAA Summer Camp: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. 21/07/14 to 25/07/14.

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

Macroom Updates

Muskerry Special Olympics Club

Two Muskerry Special Olympics club athletes have qualified as part of the Munster Team to compete in the Ireland Special Olympic Games in Limerick June 12 -15 next. Aaron Ryan will be running the 400m and 200m and the relay and Jack Curtin will be running in the 100m and the Relay. Siobhan Twomey has been selected as the Coach Chaperone for the two boys and Collette O'Riordan is one of two head coaches for the Munster Team. They attended the launch of the Munster team in Limerick, where the boys met their star, Cork hurler, Ben O'Connor and also both athletes got to see the Olympic Torch which was present on the night. 

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2014 6th Year graduation class from De la Salle College Macroom © An Scoil

De la Salle Macroom 2013 – 2014

The year in De la Salle College Macroom began with the tremendous success of the school's own version of the "Gathering", when a large group of past pupils and staff returned to the school for a very sociable evening.

The annual league tables published in October by the newspapers showed De la Salle flying high in 14th place in Cork, with 95% of its 2013 Leaving Cert cohort being successful in attaining a Third Level placing.

In Gaelic games, the school once again reached the final of the Simcox Cup, the Cork Schools Senior A competition. Unfortunately they were beaten by Coláiste Choilm from Ballincollig. The school also made another appearance in the final of the Corn Uí Mhuirí, the Munster Schools Senior A competition, but once again found the opposition, Pobal Scoil Corca Dhuibhne, too good. Trophies did come towards the end of the year, however, with the U-14½ hurlers beating the North Monastery in the Cork Schools C final and the U-14 footballers succeeding against Coláiste Treasa from Kanturk in the final of the Cork Schools B championship.

The school's drama department continued to produce the goods this year, making several entries in the national film contest commemorating the centenary of Jim Larkin's 1913 seminal industrial dispute known as the Lockout. Several of the entries were successful in reaching the final of the event, and all the students who participated travelled to Dublin in March to view a screening of their work in the Savoy cinema.

A great year was had by the Transition Year students, with their modules including First Aid, GAA coaching, swimming, soccer, gym work, self-defence and motoring school, along with several excursions away from the school including an outdoor pursuits adventure to Ballyhass Lake. They also were involved in several collections for various charities.

The annual exchange programmes with Ecole St. Genes in Bordeaux and Leonardo da Vinci school in Marcallo con Casone were very popular and highly successful.

The year will be remembered by many as the year that Mr. Noel Dunne retired as Principal, having given over 40 years of service to the school. Tributes were paid to him at the Graduation mass for the 6th Year students and their parents, and the students marked their gratitude with a number of presentations. Mr. John Murphy will take the reins from next September and Mr. Eric Graham will take on the role of Deputy Principal.

Pic 12 De la Salle Macroom First Year students outside Il Duomo, the cathedral in Milan, during the exchange programme with Marcallo con Casone © An Scoil

De la Salle Student Exchanges

The student exchange programmes in De la Salle College Macroom continue to flourish. This year saw the 21st anniversary of the French language exchange with Ecole Saint Genes in Bordeaux and the 9th year of the cultural exchange with Leonardo da Vinci College in Marcallo con Casone, near Milan in Italy. This latter exchange is carried out as part of the Macroom Town Twinning project with Marcallo.
The Bordeaux exchange involves mostly Transition Year students from both De la Salle and St. Mary's, and reciprocates the visit of French students to Macroom, which this year took place in March. The Irish side of the exchange programme is organised by teacher Eileen Butler in De la Salle.
The French students were hosted by the families of the Irish students and, as well as spending some time participating in classes in the school, they were taken on many enjoyable and informative trips around Cork and Kerry. These included visits to the Jameson centre in Midleton, the Titanic experience in Cobh, Sherkin Island and the Famine Museum in Skibbereen. They also went on a hiking trip to Torc waterfall near Killarney, with De la Salle teacher Declan Murphy taking the lead.
Eighteen Irish students travelled to Bordeaux in April, via Dublin airport. The weather, particularly for the second week of the trip, was excellent, and a great time was had by all. On the first day after arrival, the Irish students were taken on a guided tour of Bordeaux, allowing them to get their bearings in this beautiful, historic city. As with the Irish leg of the exchange, some time during the exchange was spent in class in one of the two campuses that comprise the French school. Throughout the two weeks, the students were taken on several trips to interesting and historic sites, including the UNESCO heritage town of St. Emilion with its underground church, the mediaeval castle at Vayres and the world-renowned dunes at Pyla, as well as to a number of beaches where the visitors took advantage of the fabulous weather. The hosting families were very complimentary of the Irish students and were sad to see them leave at the end of the two weeks. Many of the Irish students expressed a wish to return to Bordeaux in the future, mentioning the friendliness of the French people, the beauty of the city and, of course, the weather. They were all delighted to report how much the experience had piqued their interest in French culture and improved their fluency in the language.
The Italian exchange is organised by teacher Judy Kenneally and involves First Year students from De la Salle. Once again, the first leg of the exchange took place when the Italian students visited Macroom. They were hosted by the families of the Irish boys and paid visits to attractions such as Muckross House in Killarney, the Titanic Experience in Cobh and Cork Gaol. In early May, thirty one of De la Salle's First Year students headed off to Dublin airport, bound for Milan. About an hour from Milan is the quaint town of Marcallo, and here the students were hosted, in pairs, by the Italian families. They spent a week on their adventure and had a wonderful time. The various visits that they undertook were to the San Siro soccer stadium, picturesque Lake Maggiore, the historic city of Milan, and, of course, the highlight of the trip, Gardaland. This is one of the most extensive and famous amusement parks in Europe. The students also spent time in the classrooms, picking up a smattering of the Italian language – as well as cooking skills! – along the way. At the end of the week, the Irish boys were sad to leave and the host families were sad to see them go. Many students who have gone on this trip in the past have maintained contact with the families in Marcallo, and indeed some have made repeat visits.

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St Mary's, Macroom, Belle Bó Advertising Agency members, Shauna Buckley, Niamh Dineen, Sinead Cronin, Niamh Relihan, Laura Murphy and Kirstin O'Reilly, who won the senior section of the National Dairy Council annual Milk It Awards. © An Scoil

St. Mary's Updates

Two in a Row at Milk It Awards.

St Mary's Belle Bó Advertising Agency have been crowned senior winners out of over 358 teams from over 50% of all of the secondary schools in the country in the National Dairy Council annual Milk It Awards. St Mary's Belle Bó team are: Shauna Buckley, Niamh Dineen, Sinead Cronin, Niamh Relihan, Laura Murphy and Kirstin O Reilly. The team, along with their teachers Arlene O Donoghue and Eibhlin Collins, put a huge amount of time and effort into this competition which required the girls to run an advertising campaign on behalf of the NDC to try to increase dairy consumption amongst their peers. Teenagers are meant to have 5 portions of dairy a day and this is what the Belle Bó team were trying to get the students in St Mary's to do.
They ran a varied campaign and carried out very extensive research. Their tagline, "The Healthy Way is 5 a Day", worked very well along with their lovely mascot, Belle. The girls created their very own Belle Bó APP that is available to download on any Android Device; they taped various Youtube videos and much more to try to promote dairy intake. They held a dairy party in the school and ran various competitions. Their advertising and promotion worked as their final research showed that the students are having a lot more dairy now than they were at the beginning of the year. Students are also more aware of the benefits of having 5 portions of dairy per day. All of their hard work and dedication was rewarded in The Mansion House on Thursday the 15th of May when they were declared Senior Winners. Well done and a huge congratulations to all involved.

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 Sports Award winners with Guest of Honour, Mr. Éamonn Ryan, at Catherine Mc Auley Awards at St. Mary's Secondary School, Macroom © An Scoil

Catherine McAuley Awards

St Mary's honoured its top students at the annual Catherine McAuley awards ceremony in early May. Parents and guardians were invited to the event and Mr Éamonn Ryan, Manager of Cork Ladies Football team was the Guest of Honour on the night. Certificates were awarded for full attendance during the academic year to Zara Knight, Mia McSweeney, Niamh O'Donovan, Ciara Walsh( first year), Louise Lynch ( second year), Sinead Healy, Shauna McCarthy, Niamh McMahon, Grace O'Mahony, Mairead O'Sullivan (third year), Claire Murphy, Lisa O'Donovan (fourth year), Caroline Lynch, Lisa McSweeney (fifth year) and Sharon McSweeney (sixth year). The Senior Sports Award went to Yvonne Burgoyne, while the Junior Sports Award was received by Nicola Dennehy. Aisling Buckley was the Gerard Healy Perpetual Sports Award recipient. Certificates were also given to Siofra Burgoyne, Rachel Hurley and Aisling Kelleher for coaching junior basketball and football players during the academic year.
The Junior Art Award was received by Alexandra Milek, while the Senior Art Award went to Sylwia Sroka. Sinead O'Connell collected the Junior Music Award and Tracey Cronin was the Senior Music Award winner. Sarah Hinchion received the Senior Academic Award for the highest points scored in her Leaving Certificate exam among her year group in August 2013, while Shauna Buckley had the best Junior Cert results in 2013 and received the Junior Academic Award. Sixth Year Student Council members were also acknowledged. These were: Tracey Cronin, Orna Hinchion, Jasmine Shaw and Niamh Walsh.
Teachers nominate students in each year group to merit a Student Achievement Award. Eligibility is based on the students' conscientiousness to her work, personal qualities and general attitude towards the students, classmates and teachers. Nominees are then shortlisted and three students are selected from each year group to receive a Student Achievement Award. This year, the recipients of these awards are: Aoife Foley, Eilish Galvin and Emma Lynch from first year, Kate Bradley, Flora Lynch and Niamh Moynihan from second year, Ella Curtin, Bronagh Desmond, Kitti Krekuska from third year, Shauna Buckley, Sinead Cronin and Lisa O'Donovan from fourth year, Roisin Cotter, Claire Murphy and Clodagh O'Driscoll from fifth year and Martina Collins, Aine Cotter and Ruth McSweeney from sixth year.
Mr Eamonn Ryan spoke candidly and very appropriately to the award winners as well as the parents and guardians on the night. His reflections on life and words of wisdom were shared with several entertaining anecdotes from his many experiences as a teacher, coach and sports enthusiast. He encouraged the girls to reach for success by persisting over and over again in their efforts to achieve their goals. He talked to them about the drinking habits of young people and urged them to limit their drink intake. Mr Ryan also spoke about the value of having a hobby to create a healthy balance in their lives. Students, parents and teachers listened intently to the Guest of Honour who was very well placed to deliver his words of wisdom, given his own exceptional record of success with the Cork Ladies Football team
The prize giving ceremony was a very memorable and entertaining one for all. St Mary's Secondary School community would like to congratulate all the award winners.

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Ladies Open Day winners at Macroom Golf Club, sponsored by Castle Hotel. Back, Rose Beamish, Nora O'Brien, Eileen Healy andNora Mary Ring. Front, Maura Forde, lady captain; Margaret O'Leary Buckley, sponsor; Christina Cronin, lady president © Lee Valley Outlook

McEgan College Updates

As part of the LCA VPG task we had to organise a fun day for first years. We decided that the charity that would benefit from this would be The Irish Guide Dogs. On May 23rd we organised for a speaker to come down from the Guide Dogs so that we could present them with the money we had raised. We were delighted to learn that our speaker May Osborne was able to bring her fundraising dog, Hesther. May showed us a video of how the dogs are trained and we had a question and answer session afterwards. We all really enjoyed getting to learn about the organisation and agreed to fundraise again next year.

Macroom Senior Citizens

Monaghan Holiday: Fifty members of Macroom Senior Citizens/ Active Retired group headed off to Monaghan on Sunday, May 25 for a week long holiday. The group will be based at the four star Hillgrove Hotel in Monaghan town where entertainment will be provided nightly. Travelling with the group are Pat O'Connell, Chairman and Regina Casey, Secretary along with tour guide Pat Sheehy. The group will spend Monday around Monaghan town. On Tuesday they will visit Armagh and Newry and on Wednesday they will go to Belfast where they will be joined by a tour guide from that city. On Thursday they will tour the Mountains of Mourne and on Friday they will head back to Macroom after a full and exciting week.
Over 60s Talent Final at City Hall: The Final of the over 60s talent competition will take place on Sunday June 8th at City Hall, Cork and John Lyons from Codrum will represent Macroom Senior Citizens/ Active Retirement Group. John competed in the Semi Finals also at the City Hall on Sunday April 27th and, out of twenty contestants he finished, in the top twelve. We wish John the best of luck in the finals and we hope that he will have good support on the night. Tickets for the finals are available from Evelyn Mc Sweeney at Middle Square, Macroom 026/41070 at a cost of €15 and Macroom Senior Citizens/Active Retired will also be running a bus to the finals with all in cost of €20. 

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The opening of an art exhibition of the Macroom and Ballyvourney art groups at Macroom Library. ©

Macroom Library

The library will be closed on Saturday 31st May and Monday 2nd June. The return date for books borrowed recently has been adjusted to take this into account. June Bookclub takes place on Wednesday 4th at 11.30 am . There will be a break then until September. The Purlies knitting group will meet on Thursday 5th June at 11.am. They will continue to meet during the summer. The next Ciorcal Cainte will be on Monday 9th June at 11.30. All levels of Irish are welcome at this informal chat over a cuppa. We had a very pleasant end to a very successful season of gramophone sessions on Monday 12th with Pat Lemasney. Many thanks to all the presenters, organizers, especially Eileen Hackett and all the attendees who made the season so enjoyable.

Books may be renewed by ringing the library desk at 026 42483 during opening hours. We will ask you to call out the barcode on the back of your library card so please have it to hand when you ring. Items may also be be renewed online at corkcoco.ie once you have set up a PIN on your library account, which must be done in person at the library counter.

The display space in the library will host the paintings of Angela Mernagh during the month of June. This will be Angela's first show here. Students studying for the Leaving and Junior Cert are welcome here as long as they respect the rights of the other users of the library. So far the students coming in are keeping their heads down and minds on the books! We wish them all well in their exams beginning on Wednesday 4th.

Briery Gap Programme

Cinema12 Years A Slave on Monday June 2nd @ 8.30pm. Admission €4.

Theatre: Talisman Theatre Company present Little Red Riding Hood on Thursday 5th June at 10:30am. Ideal for Ages 4+. Call the Booking line on 087 6363075 and ask for Olga

Briery Gap present The Sound of Music at the Everyman Cork on Friday 6th June @ 8.00pm. Tickets available from Everyman or Briery Gap Box Office. Tickets €16 Concessions €12

Sullane Sessions present Oliver Cole & Guest. Strictly over 18's. Friday 13th June Doors 8.00pm Show 9.00pm. Tickets €10

Briery Gap Youth Theatre Post Leaving Cert Live Music Celebration Gig on Saturday 21st June at 8.00pm. Featuring three youth bands – Bat Country, Exploits, and Worms. Pre-booked tickets €6 – Tickets on the night €8.Pic 60

Staff and councillors at the final meeting of Macroom Town Council on May 27 2014 © Lee Valley Outlook

End of an Era

With the enactment of the 2014 changes to Local Government Act 2013, Macroom will no longer have a local body of elected representatives in charge. The town has enjoyed an element of self-governance since the establishment of the Town Commissioners on December 6, 1897. Macroom had been slow to take advantage of the Town Improvement Act 1854, which was adopted promptly by Bandon, Clonakilty, Kinsale, Mallow, Midleton and Youghal but now the nine elected commissioners took responsibility for lighting of streets; appointing of watchmen; naming, cleaning, sweeping and watering the streets; and making provision for firefighting. The U.D.C. came into being in October 1901, in response to the Local Government Act (Ireland). Restrictions ensured that power would rest in the hands of the wealthy. Elected commissioners (men only) had to have property with at least £20 rateable valuation and only those with property rated at £5 or more might vote. Plural voting was allowed to those with extensive property. There was supposed to have been a 6 vote limit per person, but, with a combination of qualifications, a voter might have as many as 36 votes in a single electoral division. The U.D.C. became a Town Council, with the power of electing a Mayor annually, under the provisions of the Local Government Reform Act in 2000. The Mayors were Evelyn McSweeney 2000; Pat O'Connell 2001, Paul Kingston 2002, Breda McCarthy 2003, Evelyn McSweeney 2004, Tom Counihan 2005, Con Foley 2006, Pat O'Connell 2007, Ted Lucey 2008, Evelyn McSweeney 2009, Martin Coughlan 2010, Tom Counihan, 2011, Owen McCarthy 2012 and Ted Lucey 2013.
Macroom will now be represented in Cork County Council by six elected representatives for the Blarney/ Macroom district and, for the time being, the offices will be in Macroom. Those elected for the district on May 23 are Aindrias Moynihan, FF; (3816 first preferences); Michael Creed. FG (3406); Des O'Grady SF (2639); Bob Ryan FF (1509); Kevin Conway Ind. (1361) and Ted Lucey FG (1233). Unsuccessful candidates were Damian Boylan FG (1584); Martin Coughlan Lab. (1085); Con Foley Ind. (726); Jerry O'Sullivan Ind. (699); Liz Feehan AAA (524) and Mary O'Callaghan Hallissey Ind. (315). There is genuine regret in the town at the failure of Martin Coughlan to be re-elected. He has served the area well for more than twenty years.

Echo of the Past

I am an Urban Councillor, a very public man.

To benefit my people, I'll do everything I can.

In all my waking moments, for their welfare I will scheme

And in the arms of Morpheus, of improvements I will dream.

A local legislator and a man of high renown,

I am the Urban Councillor, the greatest man in town.

A concert hall I shall promote, a reading room and club,

Where people may enjoy themselves instead of at the pub.

The football club and hurling too, I always patronise,

I'll have a public park laid out for youthful exercise.

I'll have the streets asphalted and the town kept clean and bright

And brilliantly illumined with electric light.

The roads throughout the country must be kept in good repair

To keep them smooth, I'll have employed, good workmen everywhere.

And for the people's guidance, the bye-laws I'll lay down,

For I'm the Urban Councillor, the greatest man in town.


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Music among the trees: An evening concert of local musical talent at St. Senan's Church of Ireland, Canon's Cross, Inniscarra on Friday, May 30th at 8pm. All welcome! In aid of Alzheimer's Association and Abode.

Macroom Flower & Garden Club: Social Evening/ Garden Visit Wednesday 4th June Coach departs from Macroom (opposite Dunne's) at 5.30pm. Please contact 087-9821708 or 086-3046608.
Loch Allua Golf Society, Inchigeelagh recently had a most enjoyable outing to Berehaven Golf Club, a smashing day, lovely course, great turn-out & a worthy winner in Brian Hartnett with 37points. Our next outing is to Bandon G.C. on Saturday, June 4 @ 1.30pm & guests/ new members are always welcome.

Sound of Music in the Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork on June 6 at 8pm. Tickets from Everyman Box Office 021 4501673 €16 and Concessions €12.

Coffee Morning: in the Fr. Ryan Hall, Macroom on Friday June 6 in aid of St. Joseph's Young Priests' Society, who support student priests by prayer and financial help. While collecting money to educate Irish students, we also support seminarians in other countries, e.g. Russia, Peru, Africa, India, Philippians etc. where, Thank God, many young men are answering the call to priesthood and need to be educated. We receive letters from many newly ordained priests expressing their gratitude for being enabled to pursue their vocation thanks to funds raised at Coffee Mornings like this.

Kelvin Ahern Open Garden Fundraiser in Aherla on June 7th from 2pm to 6pm in Gerard and Margaret Ahern's Garden. All Welcome

Rusheen NS are holding a 4 mile Fun Walk/ Run on Sunday 8th June at 3p.m. followed by a BBQ at the school Registration at the school between 2-3pm. €5 children/ juveniles, €8 adults, €20 family ( buggies free). All funds raised go to Rusheen NS. All welcome!

Drink Tea for Mind: All welcome to our tea party on Saturday, 14th June at Con and Ann Dunne's , Killinardrish, in support of Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association. Come along any time between 10am and 9pm for a cup of tea and a chat!. Contact - Ann at 086 0663207.

"A Floral Odyssey" June 19th- 22nd 2014. Macroom Flower & Garden Club will attend the 11th World Flower Show at RDS Dublin. This promises to be a spectacular event, with Ireland the host country. Macroom group will depart on Thursday June 19th at 8.00a.m. for overnight trip. For further information on attending the show, please contact 087-9821708.

Seoidíní Staire: is an interesting series on TG4 at 8p.m. on Thursday nights. Directed by Edel O'Mahony, it features 'pop up' museums, with people bringing traditional/ historical items to light and discussing their former use or relevance.

GAA Summer Camp: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. Buachaillí & Cailiní 5 to 16 years. 21/07/14 to 25/07/14. Páirc Traolach Mac Suibhne. Costas : 1st Páiste €55, 2nd Páiste €45, 3rd Páiste€45. Deposit - €20 don páiste íoc roimh 06/06/14. More Info:Caitríona Ní Mhuirthile & Gearoidín Uí Bhuachalla, An Choill Mhór, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. 0864065932 nó 086 1012062.

The Gum Litter Taskforce (GLT) campaign has just been launched. It aims to reduce littered gum by changing irresponsible disposal behaviour – the root cause of the issue – and encourages the public to dispose of their gum responsibly. The campaign also raises awareness that anyone who disposes of gum in an irresponsible way can be fined €150.

Brain Teaser: See if you can figure out what these seven words have in common: Banana Dresser Grammar Potato Revive Uneven Assess. The solution, if necessary, will appear in the next issue!

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: May 13. Jackpot €4,000. Winner: Carmel Goold, Killarney Road. Numbers drawn 23, 34and 36. €20 Elizabeth and Mark Corrigan, Glen Park; Maureen Moynihan, Oakwood Court; Clare Hartnett, Kilnagurteen; Joelle Mousset, Coolyhane; Sean Coughlan, Kilnagurteen.
May 20. Jackpot €1,000. No winner. Numbers drawn 2, 17, 18. €70 Margaret Coakley, Inchigeela. €20 Conor Buttimer, Coolcower. Joe Creedon, Cork St. Kathleen Curtin, 1 Annville. Dave Martin, Rahalisk. Franlein Daly, Farran West.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: May 18. Jackpot €1.150. Numbers drawn: 4, 14, 42. No winner. €50 Daniel Crowley, Dromree. €20. Seanie and Kay O'Sullivan, Carrigulla. John Roche, Leades. Dan and Gobnait McCarthy, Ballyvongane. Liam Cotter, Dooneens.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: May 15. Jackpot €1,600. €70 Eileen Cooney Coachford. €20 Mary Kearns, Bantry; Maureen Richardson Macroom; Heather Adair, Bawnmore; Margaret Burke, Crookstown. .
May 22. Jackpot €1,800. €70 Kate and Kevin Bradley Dromree. €20 Daniel Casey, Rusheen; Mary O'Driscoll, Bawnmore; Zena Cotter, Kilvoultra; Helen Linehan c/o Bingo

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: May 18. Jackpot €6,600. Numbers drawn: 3, 10, 12, 22. No winner. €50 Pat O'Riordan, c/o Sportsman's Bar. €25 Neilus Condon, Newcestown. Margaret O'Neill, c/o Castlemore Arms. .
May 25. Jackpot €6,750. Numbers drawn 3, 11, 20, 25. No winner. €50 Ellen, Eileen and Mary, Leeview, Carrigadrohid. €25 John Dunlea, Carrigadrohid; Kate McCarthy, Farnanes.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 12/5/2014, Jackpot: €1,800, Numbers Drawn: 14 - 21 - 34, No Winner, €40 Michael & Claire Cronin, €20 Colm Oldham, Mairead Delaney, Tommy O'Donovan, Martin Corkery (Online Ticket).
19/5/2014, Jackpot: €2,000, Numbers Drawn: 12 - 20 - 25, No Winner, €40 Anthony O' Riordan (Yearly Ticket), €20 Grace O' Donovan, Phil O' Sullivan, Michael & Claire Cronin, John Lynch.

Lee Valley Updates

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At a 
reunion of Annahala residents at Dromey's Bar, Dromcarra, from left, John Kelleher, Maureen Dromey, Kay Kelleher and John Green C103 Local Radio © Lee Valley Outlook

The Lost Village

Former residents of the drowned village of Annahala and their descendants met at Dromey's Bar, Dromcarra recently for a night of reminiscence and fond memories. These were recorded by John Greene of C103 local radio and will be broadcast in his Sunday evening programme, 'Where the Road Takes Me', at 7p.m.on June 8, 15 and 22.
People came from far and wide and many a funny and sad story was related. The event was organised by Kay and John Kelleher, Antfield, whose father, Seanie, lost 35 acres of land to the flooding of the area as part of the Lee Hydroelectric Scheme in 1955 – '56. Very poor recompense was available at the time. Horgan's Shop, now disappeared forever, was fondly remembered and a 1950 photograph, (see cover) drew the odd tear. The Cashmans, the Corcorans, the O'Mahonys, the Creedons, the Kellehers, the O'Callaghans, the O'Riordans, the Buckleys, the Lordans, the Kearneys, the Mannings and many more were represented. Young people present were fascinated by tales of country life in simpler times and the way in which families were displaced and separated with the flooding of the road which had connected neighbours and communities. An interested visitor to the meeting was retired judge, Michael Patwell, who has written about the area. The very sociable evening included tea and scones and an enjoyable session of music, song and storytelling.

Clondrohid Updates

Muinefliuch Reunion: Time is fast approaching for this great occasion in the parish. If you have not done so already, mark it on the calendar - June 22 - a lovely nostalgic trip down memory lane

Clondrohid Development Group: would like to thank all who walked and all those who collected or donated monies to their recently held walk. €2,400 was raised. A special word of thanks to local businesses, without whose yearly donations they would not be able to exist. Thanks to Glenview Motors, M&J Kelleher, Clann Aire, Fionnabha Metal Recycling, Mid Cork Pallets, McSweeneys Dog Grooming and Kennels, Healy's Spar ,The Tavern (where €170 was raised in a raffle. They would also like to thank Johnny Kelleher for once again filling his card, and the young collectors, Maeve Murphy, Conor Creedon, and Ruth Purcell. The Group's finances had reached rock bottom, but thankfully now, will be able to pay all outstanding bills, and will invest in flowers, grass cutting, maintenance of strimmers and lawnmower, cement, insurance etc. Anyone else willing to make a little donation can do so by handing in at post office or give to a committee member. Rest assured all monies will be spent wisely and frugally.

Lourdes Pilgrimage: We wish all those travelling to Lourdes next week a safe journey and a big thank you to all those who help out voluntarily on this pilgrimage

Sound of Music: Due to popular demand and by kind invitation, the Briary Gap's outstanding production of the Sound of Music will be staged in the Everyman Theatre Cork on Friday June 6 at 8pm. Contact the Everyman for more details.

G.A.A. News: The eagerly awaited replay between Clondrohid and Ballincollig was played in a very wet and windy Kilmurry. Despite the bad conditions, both teams produced an exciting entertaining game. Ballincollig raced into a 1-2 lead inside the opening quarter. During this time Clondrohid lost Jeremy O'Sullivan (concussion) and Sean Lynch (back) and, with some missed opportunities, didn't register a score till the 21st minute, through Aidan Kelleher. With Fergal Kelleher and Paddy Lynch gaining more control in midfield and Clondrohid now winning more breaks they added points from Declan Kelleher, Darren Dineen, David O Leary and a great point from impressive centre back, Lorcan Lynch, which left them trailing at half time 1-4 to 5 points. Ballincollig scored 1st on restart but with Daniel O Mahony having more of an influence on game and Trevor O Brien having an outstanding game at full back, Clondrohid fought back with points from David O Leary, Paddy Lynch and young Darren Dineen and the gap was closed to a single point. With 10 minutes to go, a long ball found Darren Dineen who found the net much to the delight of the big Clondrohid support. Within 2minutes Ballincollig goaled Clondrohid couldn't close the one point gap in the remaining minutes. Clondrohid must now prepare for a winner takes all game against Kilmichael. The Clondrohid team and mentors would like to thank all the supporters on such a wet evening.

Congratulations to Brian Corcoran who has been selected on the Cork Hurling U17 development squad and to Sean Desmond who has been selected on the Cork Football U14 Development squad for 2014. Congratulations to the De La Salle U14 team who won the County B Post Primary Colleges final against Kanturk on Thursday last in Ballincollig. It was a close game all the way through but De La Salle won by 4 points in the end. Special congratulations to Clondrohid club players, Tiernan Quinn, Sean Desmond, Cathal Creedon, Stephen Ryan, Callum O'Shea, Dean Burke and Eddie Duggan. Clondrohid GAA club are holding a Kellogg's Cúl Camp from July 7 to 11 Attendance is open to primary school children aged 6 years to 13 years. Application forms are available in the Club shop Saturday mornings during underage training. You can also register online at www.Kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie. This camp is open to members and non members of the club. If you require any further information please contact Fergal Kelleher Cúl Camp co coordinator on 087 9359704.

Fixtures: Friday May 30 JCFL Clondrohid v Naomh Abán at 8pm

Thursday June 5 U14C FL Clondrohid V Shamrocks at 7pm.

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Rylane NS students, Reece O'Sullivan, Padraic O'Sullivan, Mark Kelleher & Shane Moynihan at Cork city sports with Rob Heffernan ©An Scoil

Coachford Updates

Coachford is expecting to host three festivals this year. First up is the 9th annual 'Snottfest' hosted by Pat and Loretto O'Riordan at O'Riordan's Bar, Coachford over the June bank holiday weekend. On Saturday night the superb Rock and Roll Band, the Sun Kings' play all the hits from the golden era of Rock and Roll in 1950's America. On Sunday afternoon and evening there will be bouncy castles, a BBQ, an open air disco, a Water Dunk Tank, Zumba Dancing and to finish off, the ever popular Rogues will entertain the revelers.

Planning for this year's Coachford Autumn Festival, August 15th to 17th, is in full swing. The Athletics Association of Ireland Coachford 5 mile road race is back for a second year on Friday August 15th. The big event on Saturday is 'The Voice of the Festival'. Festival Chairman, Tadgh Murphy, invites businesses and organisations to nominate a singer/ singers to take part in this competition on Saturday August 16th. Contact the secretary on 086 8030086.Other events planned for the weekend include Egg Throwing, Agrilympics, Sheep racing, Vintage Show, Children's Sports, Funfair, open air music, Model Toy display, Pet Dog show and so much more.
The 5th year art students from Coachford College, under the excellent guidance of their teacher, Mrs Rita Perrott, were awarded 2nd place in the St. Finbarr's Cathedral Arts Dean Endeavour Award. This was the first time that Coachford College entered the competition. Coachford College is well known for its excellence in Mathematics and Science subjects: now their art department is also getting the recognition it deserves and in the process showing how the school offers a very rounded education to all who attend the college. Coachford College winning pieces of art will be on display in St. Finbarr's Cathedral for the next three months. The five students whose pieces were submitted for the award were Claire Cronin, Leonard Lynch, Edel Tarrant, Abigail Watson & Aaron O'Shea.
The Cork County Council Litter Challenge for 2014 has begun and the Coachford Tidy Towns committee is appealing to everyone to make an extra effort to keep the village tidy and to continue to avoid littering. The committee is hoping to improve the score that the village attained in 2013. Coachford is a very large, busy village, with many shops, public houses, fast food restaurants and schools. These can, inevitably, raise the litter level. Everyone needs to co-operate to maintain the cleanliness and appearance of our village, particularly during the judging period. Please give just one hour every fortnight during the summer months. To volunteer, contact the Tidy Towns group by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The first judging period is from May 19th to 28th and the competition runs right throughout June.

Adam Murphy has been chosen as the Cork Schoolboys Under 13 League 'Player of the Year'. He has enjoyed a fantastic season with Killinardrish/ Coachford under 13 and under 14 teams and with the Cork Under 13 Schoolboys team . He was co-captain of the Sciath na Scol winning football team, was a member of the victorious Cork Schoolboys All Ireland Soccer team and played in this week's county Sciath na Scol Hurling Final. It is also a great honour for Killanardrish /Coachford and it helps to justify the huge investment in underage coaching the club has undertaken in recent years.

Congratulations to Adam Murphy and Luke Casey who were members of the Cork Schoolboys Under 13 soccer team which defeated the Kilkenny representatives by two goals to one. This is a huge achievement for the boys and their club, Killanardrish/Coachford. Great credit must also go to their coaches, Paddy Martin and Liam Casey and of course their team mates. Congratulations to Killian Barry Murphy from Coachford N.S. who was picked to play for the Cork Primary Schools team during the Cork V Waterford Munster Senior Hurling Championship game in Thurles.

Coachford Foróige have entered the Dulux Paints 'Lets Color Awards' and are asking the public to vote online for their project. The members have identified a wall in the village which could be used to portray all the tourist activities that are available and are anxious to paint a mural depicting these, including the World Fishing Championships. To vote for the Coachford project log on to Facebook and the Dulux Lets Colour Awards page and look for the Coachford project. You can vote every day! Coachford Foróige's cake sale was a huge success with a large crowd coming to support the new club and to purchase some of the member's beautiful baking.

Macra Matters

Berrings Macra's own Joanne Casey will take to the stage during the June Bank Holiday weekend to represent Muskerry Macra at the Miss Blue Jeans Festival in Athboy, Co. Meath. All support is welcome and everyone in Berrings Macra wishes Joanne the best of luck.

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 2014 Graduates at Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne. © Nora Ní Luasa

Award for Toonsbridge

Congratulations to Johnny Lynch and Toby Simmonds of Toonsbridge Dairy, Macroom who were one of just five food producers to be honoured at the EirGrid Euro-Toques Food Awards 2014. Their buffalo mozzarella cheese production was recognised for being innovative while preserving traditional techniques.


by Michael Kelly

Tomatoes, the dos and don'ts

Tomato plants may now be planted out in the polytunnel, spaced 50cm apart in rows. To prevent disease and maintain fertility, ideally you want to rotate tomatoes around your polytunnel, but space doesn't always allow for this so focus on keeping the soil in good health by adding a good 5-7cm layer of compost to the bed every winter. For each tomato plant, dig a large hole and hang a piece of strong garden wire down from the polytunnel roof and drop it in to the hole. The plant is taken out of its pot and plonked on top of the wire in the hole. The hole is backfilled, burying the wire and anchoring it in place. As the plant grows it can be gently wound around the wire. I find wire is better than twine for the job – twine can snap if wet or if there's too much of a load on it. Put the watering 'system' in place – a 2l milk carton, with the bottom cut off, and buried spout-down in the soil beside the plant. When watering the plants, one simply fills the carton with water which delivers about 2l of water right down to the roots.
Some tomato varieties to consider: Sungold, Tigerella, Beefsteak, Sweet Aperitif, Shirley, Lucky Leprechaun and Black Russian. 

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Con Dunne, editor, with his family at the launch of Canovee GAA history book, From Carrig to Croke Park © Peter Scanlan Photography


The Thrill of it All by Joseph O'Connor.

At College in 1980s Luton, Robbie Goulding meets the elusive Fran Mulvey, an adopted Vietnamese refugee, and forms a band. Joined by two others they set out to chase fame. Spanning 25 years, this book rewinds and fast-forwards through their highs and lows, culminating in July 2012, a night that changes everything.

Available now in Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €14.99.

Sports Mad

Cork County Senior Football Championship

Through to Round 4 draw: Castlehaven, BALLINCOLLIG, Nemo Rangers, Clonakilty, Bishopstown, Douglas, Clyda Rovers, Carbery Rangers (Round 1 Winners).

Round 2 (Losers' Group):

St. Vincent's v St. Finbarr's

Doheny's v St. Nick's

Ilen Rovers v Newcestown

O'Donovan Rossa v Aghada

Divisions/Colleges section: the winners of the following two games will enter the Championships proper at Round 4

MUSKERRY v Duhallow

Carbery v Seandún

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 Fintan Goold, Macroom, receiving Auld Triangle and Muskerry G.A.A. April Sports Award from sponsor, Michael O'Riordan. Included are Noel Dunne and John Murphy, De la Salle College and members of Macroom G.A.A. ©Mike English

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Through to Round 4 draw: Newmarket, Nemo Rangers, St. Michael's, GRENAGH,

Bantry Blues, MACROOM, Carrigaline, Valley Rovers (Round 1 winners), BALLINORA (Round 2 winner)

Round 2 (1st Rd. losers)


BALLINORA 3-12 Kiskeam 0-13

Mallow v Castletownbere

Na Piarsaigh v NAOMH ABÁN

Ballinora 3- 12 Kiskeam 0 – 13 aet.

Ballinora's victory over Kiskeam has been described as 'sensational' by all present at Donoughmore for their second round tie with Kiskeam. The Mid Cork side were in arrears on a 0-9 to 0-1 scoreline at half time and were dead and buried in many peoples mind at that stage. Even after the restart they were making little impression on Kiskeam and with 12 minutes to go were still six points in arrears. Then came the spark which ignited the fire in Ballinora. Long serving Gary O'Halloran found the Kiskeam net and suddenly Ballinora began to really believe that this game could be won. They piled on the pressure on a tiring, ageing Kiskeam team, and suddenly found that there were scores to be had. Point followed point from Ben Ahern, Michael Murphy, and Pat Fitton and the excitement mounted until at last the sides were level with normal time running out. Kiskeam then were reduced in numbers, an attacker getting a second yellow card and dismissal, but still they rallied and pointed a free to regain the lead with the game going into injury time. Three minutes into that time added on, full forward Michael Murphy sent over an equalising point for Ballinora, 1-9 to 0-12 now, and so the game was forced into extra time of ten minutes aside.

Ballinora struck twice for goals twice in the first half of the extra period, one after five minutes from Aodhán O'Connor and Michael Murphy a second just before the break and they led by 3-10 to 0-13 at half time. They were now in control of a very tired Kiskeam, kept up the pressure and maintained their advantage to the end.

It was a fine win for Balllinora who were seemingly almost incapable of scoring in the first round defeat by Valley Rovers a fortnight earlier. The score in that game was 0-7 to 0-4 and Ballinora lost four players to injury in the period in between. Given their limited resources, this was an epic performance Five of their attackers scored and the odd man out, Conor Brosnan, so often their scorer in chief in the past, on this occasion acted as ball winner and laid on some great passes for others to score from.

Ballinora: Cathal O'Connor: Dave O'Neill, Brendan Hourihan, Tim Crotty: Conor Murphy, Barry Crowley, Tomás McGrath: Michael Hodge. Aodhán O'Connor: Ian Whycherley, Gary O'Halloran, Ben Ahern: Conor Brosnan, Michael Murphy, Pat Fitton. Subs: James Lordan, Alan O'Neill. Management: Brian O'Donovan (Coach), Donie McSweeney and Jurgen Werner.

Intermediate Football Championship

Through to Round 4 draw: Kinsale, Éire ÓG, Mitchelstown, AGHABULLOGUE, Fermoy, Adrigole, Kanturk, Rockchapel (Round 1 winners), Ballydesmond, Mayfield (Round 2 winners)

Round 2 (Losers' Group)

Cloyne v Kildorrery

Ballydesmond 2-12 CILL na MARTRA 1-10

Youghal v Glanmire

Mayfield 2-15 Glanworth 1-10

Ballydesmond 2 - 12 Cill na Martra 1 – 10

Cill na Martra are now entering into dangerous territory with only one chance left of staying in contention in the Intermediate Football championship when four teams will contest Round Three. They will be disappointed to have lost to Ballydesmond in a game that they could have won. The winning margin of five points is slightly misleading as the Ballydesmond goal came in the last minute from the penalty spot at a time when Cill na Martra were piling on the pressure and the result could have gone either way.

Ballydesmond, beaten by Kinsale a week earlier, started well and had four points on the scoreboard before Cill na Martra had their opening point after nine minutes. A minute later it was all square as Miceál Ó Deasúna billowed the Duhallow sides' net from the penalty spot and the Gaeltacht side then went on to lead by four points in a period of inspired play. With All Ireland star Donncadh O'Connor impressive, Ballydesmond rallied with two points to be only two points adrift at half time, Cill na Martra 1-5 to Ballydesmond's 0-6. Cill na Martra were in a strong position at this stage as they would have the benefit of the wind in the second half.

The second half was very exciting and very competitive. It started well for Ballydesmond who shot over three quick points but the sides were level at 1-7 to 0-10 after 37 minutes and they were level again at the three quarter stage at 1-8 to 0-11. A goal for Ballydesmond from Shane Kelly in the 49th minute gave the Duhallow side the edge and when Cill na Martra had a point in reply, the winners responded with a similar effort to keep the three point gap with five minutes remaining. Caoimhín Ó Suilleabháin was denied a goal by a brilliant reflex save by the Ballydesmond cúl báire but another Cill na Martra point in the 58th minute heightened the tension further. Then in the 62nd minute Ballydesmond were awarded a penalty and Donncadh O'Connor showed his confidence by opting for the goal opportunity and he belted the ball to the Cill na Martra net and ensured his side of victory. Donncadh score in all 1-8 of his sides total, 1-0 from a penalty , 0-5 from frees and 0-3 from play and was the constant thorn in the Cill na Martra side.

Cill na Martra scorers: Miceál Ó Deasúna 1-4, (1-0 pen., 0-3 f, 0-1 '45'), Danny Ó

Duinnín 0-3 frees, Caoimhín Ó Suilleabháin 0-2, Martín Ó Conchuir 0-1.

Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Tadhg MacSuibhne, Graham Ó Mocháin, Seanacháin Ó Loinsuigh: Alan Ó Mocháin, Colm Ó Laoire, Nollaig Ó Laoire: Seán Ó Céilleachair, Miceál Ó Deasúna: Martín Ó Conchuir, Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín: Danny O Duinnín, Caoimhín Ó Suilleabháin, Daire MacLochlainn.

County U21 A Football Quarter-Finals:

Aghada (Imokilly) 3-7 Kanturk (Duhallow) 0-11

BALLINCOLLIG(M'kerry) 1-15 Clonakilty (Carbery) 1-14 (AET)

Nemo Rangers (Seandún) 5-14 Mallow (Avondhu) 0-9

Valley Rovers (C'dhoun) 2-20 Beara 0-11

U21 B Football Quarter-Finals:

Courcey Rovers 2-11 Kilshanning (Avondhu) 0-14 (AET)

MACROOM (Muskerry) 3-10 Glenville (Imokilly) 2-8

St. Finbarr's (Seandún) w/o Croke Rovers (Duhallow) scr

Ballinascarthy (Carbery) bye

Semi Finals: Sunday June 22nd (prov.)

U21 'A' FC: Aghada v Ballincollig: Nemo Rangers v Valley Rovers

U21 'B' FC : Courcey Rovers v St. Finbarr's: Ballinascarthy v Macroom

County A Quarter Final:

Ballincollig 1- 15 Clonakilty 1 - 14

Ballincollig are through to the semi-final of the County U21 A football championship after a dramatic victory in extra-time against Clonakilty in Kinsale. Trailing by two points at the break in extra-time Ballincollig looked to be really up against it. However, the winners scored four points without reply from Ryan Hogan (free), Sean Kiely, Dylan Kerstein and the magnificent Cian Dorgan (who finished with 1-9 on the day).
There was a big crowd present and it was obvious from early on that this game was going to be a classic. Ballincollig started brightly and led by 1-3 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter. Cian Dorgan got the goal in a goalmouth scramble after only three minutes of play. The Kiely brothers were in great form at midfield with Cork minor player Cian driving forward on a regular basis. Cian Dorgan was the chief scoring threat and the Mid Cork champions led by 1-5 to 0- 6 at the break.
Ballincollig conceded a penalty after the break and struggled during the third quarter. Clon pulled a couple of points clear but Ballincollig managed to remain in touch. Emmet Ryle and Colin Moore were magnificent in defence, Sean Kiely was marvellous in the final quarter and Cian Dorgan was faultless from placed efforts.
Robert Noonan was another hero on the day and he was narrowly denied a goal on the stroke of full-time. Cian Dorgan landed the resultant 45 metre kick but Clon equalised to force extra time. Although Ballincollig trailed by two points at the break in extra time they battled hard to be in front by a single point in the end and will now face Aghada in the semi-final.
Ballincollig: Jack Gibbons: Sean Lucey, Emmett Ryle, Kevin O'Sullivan: Diarmuid McDonnell, Colin Moore, Dylan Kerstein: Cian Kiely, Sean Kiely: Daniel O'Connor, Luke Prendergast, Robert Noonan: Mathew O'Leary, Cian Dorgan, Stephan Coughlan. Subs: David Tobin, Ryan Hogan and Kevin Brown.

County U 21 B Football Championship Quarter Final

Macroom 3 – 10 Glenville 2 – 8

Macroom qualified to meet West Cork champions Ballinascarthy in the county U 21 B Football championship semi final by disposing of the strong challenge of Glenville at the fine Brian Dillon's complex near Whites Cross. The play in the first half was very even and only two points separated the teams at the break but on the resumption Macroom struck two hammer blows with a brace of goals within minutes and thereafter Glenville were fighting a lost cause though they never gave up and finished strongly.

The commencement of this game was delayed by the draw in the earlier quarter final encounter which needed extra time before Courcey Rovers emerged to meet St Finbarrs in the other semi final.

Macroom started well and dominated the opening ten minutes and established a clear superiority on the scoreboard. Patrick Lucey had their first point after three minutes and following the kick out possession went from Michael Browne to Lucey across the goal to the inrushing John Murphy who slid the ball into the net. Darren Kelly added a point in the tenth minute and Macroom were looking good, with a 1-2 to nil lead. Macroom had also shot some bad wides in this period and soon had reason to regret their prodigal behaviour as Glenville began to control the midfield exchanges and drove forward repeatedly to trouble the Macroom rearguard. Their outstanding wingback Dylan O'Donovan opened their scoring with a point in the 12th minute and three minutes later another strong run from the defender set up a goal for midfielder Kevin O'Neill. Macroom continued to shoot wides and Glenville with points from Josh Cooke and Shane Field had hit the front by the 25th minute. Macroom drew level with a point from John Murphy in the 27th minute and Michael Cronin put them back in front a minute later but Shane O'Regan levelled for Glenville as the game went into injury time. Macroom finished the half well with a point from play from Patrick Lucey, followed by another from a free (brought on for dissent) and they led by these points at the break, 1-6 to 1-4.

Within five minutes of the restart the game was effectively decided as a contest. Macroom attacked from the throw in and after some indecisive handling, Patrick Lucey got possession, cut through the tackles and set up Michael Browne who shot to the net, despite being off balance. Within minutes David Horgan and Patrick Lucey combined to give Darren Kelly a shot at goal and when his fierce drive came back off the upright John Murphy was on hand to lash the ball over the line from close range. David Horgan added a point and Macroom now led by 3-7 to 1-4 after 35 minutes and were clearly in control. Macroom had a further point from Darren Kelly and thereafter were content to contain Glenville. The East Cork champions were game to the finish, got a second goal ten minutes from time and outscored Macroom in the closing quarter but never looked likely to deny victory to the Mid Cork men.

It was a satisfactory display by the Macroom players who played very good football at times and the team will now prepare to face Ballinascarthy in the county semi final after the conclusions of all exams in late June. Players are developing well and some players are beginning to blossom as they get confidence from the experience of championship football. U21 team manager Francis Horgan and his fellow selectors Tadgh Kelleher and Jack Purcell are doing a fine job in preparing the team for action.

Macroom: Dylan Dinneen: Kevin O'Dwyer, Brian McMahon, Shane Creedon; Barry Healy, Emmett Quinlan, Robert Downey; David Horgan, Darren McKenna: Brendan O'Sullivan, Michael Cronin, Darren Kelly: John Murphy, Patrick Lucey, Michael Browne. Sub: Don Creedon (40).

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 J.J. Long, Chairman Muskerry G.A.A. makes a presentation to Noel Dunne, who is about to retire as Principal of De la Salle College, Macroom. On right, John Murphy, incoming Principal © Mike English

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A Football Championship

In the Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior 'A' Football championship Aghinagh, Canovee, Dripsey, Inniscarra, Iveleary, Kilmurry and Ballincollig are through to the Round Three draw.

The draw for the second round (1st Rd losers) is:

Cill na Martra v Eire Óg

Kilmichael v Clondrohid

Blarney v Macroom

Donoughmore – a bye to Rd 3.

Defeat in Round Two means elimination from the 2014 championship. Second round games will be played in mid June (period 14th to 22nd) and the draw for Round Three will be made when that round is completed. There will be three Round Three games and five teams will receive a bye to Round Four, the quarter final stage of the championship.

First Round Replay:

Ballincollig 2 – 6 Clondrohid 1 - 8

Clondrohid will feel that they deserved a draw in this championship replay a t Kilmurry but can only blame the Fates and their own decisions for their defeat which now means that they go into a 'last chance saloon' game with champions Kilmichael in Round Two in late June. This was a rousing championship encounter but played in a fine sporting spirit and gave great entertainment to the spectators who watched on in cold and at times very heavy rain. The Ballincollig goals were vital to their cause, the first after 12 minutes helped them to a 1-4 to 0-5 interval lead and the second scored five minutes from time turned a two point deficit into their one point winning margin. Clondrohid did have some chances of an equaliser in the time remaining but did not always take the right options and unfortunately suffered the consequences after a fine display.

Alan O'Donovan opened the scoring with a point from a free for Ballincollig after five minutes, Michael Lordan doubled their advantage from play a minute later. A harmless looking free from the right wing from Dylan Kerstein in the 12th was flicked on by Killian Kelleher and ended in the top corner of the Clondrohid net and Ballincollig now led by 1-2 to nil. At last, Aidan Kelleher opened the Clondrohid account with a point in the 22nd minute but Ballincollig replied with a point from an Alan O'Donovan free soon after. Daniel O'Mahony and Declan Kelleher had been introduced into the Clondrohid side at this stage to replace the injured Seán Lynch and Jeremy O'Sullivan and there was an increased urgency to their play. Declan Kelleher pointed in the 25th minute, Darren Dineen two minutes later and David O'Leary immediately after to narrow the gap to two points and reflect the improvement in Clondrohid's play. When Alan O'Donovan then pointed another free for Ballincollig, Clondrohid centre back Lorcan Lynch came forward to kick over a fine point just before half time to leave the score at 1-4 to 0-5 at this stage.

The improvement in the Clondrohid play continued on the resumption and after Conor Sexton pointed for Ballincollig, they come back with points from David O'Leary and Paddy Lynch to be within a point of Ballincollig by the 40th minute. Wing back Dylan Kerstein then pointed for Ballincollig after a Clondrohid attack broke down in the 43rd minute but back came Clondrohid with a point from a Darren Dineen free. Matt McDonagh and Neilus Murphy were brought in off the bench as Clondrohid piled on the pressure and eight minutes from time Aidan Kelleher and McDonagh combined, the latter sent over a high centre which Darren Dineen held, he turned his marker and buried the ball in the Ballincollig net. Clondrohid now led by 1-8 to 1-6 and it seemed they could go on to victory but disaster struck within two minutes when they conceded a second goal to Ballincollig, set up by influential substitute Stephen Coughlan and Michael Lordan for Alan O'Donovan who slipped the ball low past John Corkery from close range. This was the final score of the game as Clondrohid could not get the ball over the bar for an equaliser in the five minutes remaining.

Ballincollig: Ciarán Noonan: Chris Collins, Emmet Ryle, Tim O'Leary: James Cooper, John O'Brien, Dylan Kerstein: Bryan Kelly, Cian McCarthy: Michael Lordan, Pádraig O'Mahony, Daniel O'Connor: Conor Sexton, Alan O'Donovan, Killian Kelleher. Subs; David Tobin, Brian Glavin, Stephen Coughlan.

Clondrohid: John Corkery; Seán Lynch, Trevor O'Brien, James Kelleher; Conor O' Leary, Lorcan Lynch, Seán O'Callaghan: Fergal Kelleher, Jeremy O'Sullivan: Mark Creed, Paddy Lynch, Danny O'Riordan: David O'Leary, Aidan Kelleher, Darren Dineen. Subs: Daniel O'Mahony (20), Declan Kelleher (20), Matt McDonagh (43), Neilus Murphy (49).

Referee: Mr Pat O'Leary, Kilmurry. 

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 De la Salle, Macroom, footballers, Cork County Champions © Lee Valley Outlook

Cork Post Primary Schools and Colleges Football

Under 14 'B' Football Final

De La Salle, Macroom 5 - 8 Coláiste Treasa, Kanturk 3 – 11

This was as exciting a final as one could hope to see and had a happy ending for the boys from Mid Cork. After a game of swaying fortunes, the sides were level with three minutes remaining and the play was hectic, with the teams alternatively attacking and defending as they fought for supremacy. In the last minute De La Salle got the break when Sean McMahon, moved up from defence minutes earlier, slammed in a goal to put them in front and an injury time point from James Mullane assured them of victory.
Points from Mullane and Tomás Collins had DLS in front early on and when Kanuturk responded with a point, James Mullane and Mike Aynsley kicked over points for DLS. In the 12th minute full forward Alan McCarthy had a goal for DLS and from the kick out Josh de Lacey got possession and fired home another, to put DLS 2-4 to 0-1 in front after 13 minutes. The Kanturk response was not long in coming and they had a goal immediately and followed up with a point and it took a superb save from Tiernan Quinn to deny the Duhallow side of a further goal. Dylan Foley then had a third DLS goal in the 27th minute; Kanturk replied with a point from a free and so DLS led at half time on a 3-4 to 1-3 scoreline, slightly flattered by the margin of their advantage.
Within seconds of the restart, Kanturk were awarded a penalty and duly converted to give themselves the perfect start to the second half. Back came DLS with points from Dylan Foley and Conor O'Leary, but Kanturk were playing well now and put DLS under increasing pressure. A goal was followed by three points in a row to level the score at 3-6 each in the 42nd minute and then Kanturk took the lead with a point only for DLS to equalise almost immediately. Mike Aynsley now kicked a goal for DLS to put his side three points clear but point by point the Kanturk boys reduced the deficit until they drew level inevitably in the 57th minute. The momentum was with the Duhallow side but the DLS defence was performing heroically and then in the last seconds came the winning goal and a point after a magnificent contest. DLS thus completed a notable double as their hurlers had already won the U14 'C' hurling county.
De La Salle: Tiernan Quinn(Clondrohid): Sean McMahon (Macroom), Tomás Collins (Killmurry), John Downey (Kilmichael): Luke O'Leary (Aghinagh), Jack Casey (Kilmurry), Mark Dromey (Kilmurry): James O'Mullane (Kilmurry), Seán Desmond (Clondrohid): Alex Murphy (Aghinagh), Mikey Aynsley (Cill na Martra), Dylan Foley (Eire Óg): Conor O'Leary (Iveleary), Alan McCarthy (Kilmichael), Josh de Lacey (Kilmichael). Subs: Jack O'Riordan (Macroom) used and Jack Moloney, Gerard Murphy, Kieran Murphy, Andrew Kelleher (Kilmichael): Dean Burke, Eddie Duggan, Callum O'Shea, Cathal Creedon (Clondrohid), Ciaran Condon, Cillian O'Donovan, Nico Wyczynski (Macroom): Denis Dullea, Darragh Linehan, Luke Knight, Lloyd Asling, Donal O'Brien (Kilmurry). Team Manager: Mr John Murphy, assisted by Mr Jack Cott.

Éire Óg Camogie Club

Éire Óg 1-0 Ballygarvan 1 – 4

The U12 were defeated by Ballygarvan in a competitive game that which will stand to both teams. They played Ballinora on 8th May. The game started at a fast pace with Ballinora quickly establishing a lead with a goal and a point. Eire Óg battled well in midfield with Ciara Sheehan, Ciara Beechinor Aoibhe O Brien and Fiona Nagle winning a lot of possession which culminated in a great goal scored by Isobel Sheehan. Ballinora quickly recovered and scored another point. Grainne O Shea and Sarah O Connell worked hard in defence and Olivia Lynch in goal prevented Ballinora from a few more scores. However the stronger team pulled away with Ballinora securing 2 more points in the last few minutes of the game to secure a home victory .

U9/10 Eire Og v Sarsfield and St Finbarr's. Our U9/10 panel commenced its busy go-games schedule on Saturday May 3rd. Our Under 9 team had a tough encounter with a spirited Sarsfield team. Weather conditions were poor and the pitch heavy but despite this, both teams gave there all in what turned out to be a very entertaining match. Eire Og scored plenty of goals but often had to rely on their resolute defence to keep Sarsfield out. Outstanding for Eire Og were Aine Larkin, Ciara O'Brien, Edel Sheehan, Ellen O'Leary, Kate Murphy, Laoise Murphy, Leigh Coakley, Ella Buttimer, Rebecca Kearns, Abi Keegan, Abi Mullins, Grainne O'Mahony and Elana Tuscano O'Shea.

Simultaneously, our under 10 girls took on St Finbarr's in what also proved to be a hard fought contest. Scores were hard to come by in this low scoring encounter which again was not helped by the conditions. Super performances from Kate Healy, Roisin Murphy, Cait Malone, Carrie Staunton, Sadbh McGoldrich, Emma Fitton, Eabha Cassidy, Jane Cassidy, Emily Barry Murphy and Shauna Sheehan ensured that the Barrs had a tough time.

U16 Eire Og v Na Piarsaigh. This was a tough game from start to finish with both teams puttiing in a huge effort. Eire Og started well led at half time by a point. Na Piarsaigh responded well at the start of the second half and went into the lead by a point. Eire Og pushed hard in the closing stages, showing great spirit and were unlucky not to equalise. Na Piarsaigh held out for a narrow victory in the end.

U 16 Eire Og V Youghal. Our second league game was played in Youghal on Monday 5th May. This was a very entertaining game with the lead changing hands many times during the game. Both teams displayed great skills and courage throughout the game. Each team had theirs spells of dominance in the first half and it was fitting that scores were level at half time. The second half was similar with the play swinging from end to end. Youghal finished the half the stronger and registered a narrow win. Despite losing their two opening games, Eire Og players are training hard and improving with every game. There is a lot to play for as the season continues so all the players must keep training and keep up the good work.

Panel: Callie McCarthy, Kate Nagle, Eadaoin O Connell, Kaleigh Brennan, Grace Collins, Aileen Hennessy, Eimer Gleeson, Niamh Twomey, Nicole Desmond, Eleanor O Leary, Laura Cleary, Caoimhe O Mahony, Niamh O Shaughnessy, Gillian Murphy, Marie O Leary, Avril McSweeney, Emma Cleary ,Ruth Murphy, Mary Coffey, Cliona O Brien, Kate Sheehan, Lauren Forcan.

Laochra Óg Hurling

May 15 Laochra Óg U6, U8, U9 and U10s hurlers took part in a four match event at the "Portach" in Ballyvourney. They played against Kenmare and each club had sixty five players taking part on the day. Jersey sponsors were Folláin Teo., Ballymakeera and Niall Murphy Tarmac. Thanks to Naomh Abán GAA for the use of the facilities.
May 21 Laochra óg U10's hurlers played Cloughduv, with some good defending and goals coming from James Burke, Eamonn ÓMeachair and Seán Murphy. Jerseys sponsored by Folláin Teo., Ballymakeera.
Trip to Tipp May 25. Laochra Óg hurling club took part in four ten a side matches against Rosegreen GAA club in Co. Tipperary. Everyone played well on the day. Thank you to Rosegreen GAA club for providing refreshments for everyone. Afterwards Laochra Óg players and mentors went on to see Cork and Waterford play in Semple Stadium. During the course of their travels they ran into a couple of familiar faces. Jamsie O'Connor and hurling manager Ger Loughnane. It was a long, exciting and memorable day. Thanks to everyone involved.

Upcoming Fixtures: Saturday May 31 U10's hurling blitz in Ballyanley at 10 a.m. U15's hurling blitz in Aghabullogue at 2 p.m. It is an all-Munster competition and their first game is against Lixnaw.
Saturday June 7 U8's hurling blitz in Cloughduv at 10 : 30 a.m.
Sunday June 8 Ull's hurling match Laochra Óg v Kinsale in Macroom Town Park at 5 p.m.

Canovee G.A.A.

Results: May 26th under 13 football league Canovee 3.16 Passage 3.01

May 22nd under 12 football league Canovee 3.13 Ballincollig 2.02
Canovee played Ballincollig in the under 12 league in pleasant conditions in Carrigadrohid. They played with wind advantage and led at half time by 0.07 to 2.00. They expected to come under more pressure in the second half but goals by Jason Riordan, Jason Walsh and Brian Mc Nabola kept them in control. Canovee took some lovely scores in this game and now have 8 points out of 8 in the league. Team: James Hennessey, Tim o Connor, Conor Higgins, Tomas Óg Twomey, Diarmuid Nolan, Darragh Leahy, Eoin Moynihan, Brian mc Nabila, Colm mc Carthy, Jason Riordan, Connor o Neill, Daniel Browne, Niall Mahoney. Subs used Darragh Moynihan, Jason Walsh, Thomas Crowley, Arron Buckley, Mark Dineen.

Canovee GAA have organised for heartland, the mobile cardiac screening company, to come to Canovee GAA pitch on Saturday 28th June from 9.30 to 4.45 pm. The club feels that it is important that as many people as possible use the service as up to 100 young people die each year from sudden adult death. The service is there for players, club members and all people from the community from the age of 12 years up. The cost is €65 per person. For more information about booking times, contact Mary Browne on 0876422527 or see Canovee facebook page.with layla health members been free.

Macroom Soccer

Macroom A played their three remaining games in the Cork AUL Premier A league in the last week. First up was a trip to play Blackstone Rovers and the 3-3 draw was disappointing considering Macroom had beaten this team comprehensively on two occasions this season. Goals were scored by Steven Crowley, Anthony O' Donoghue and Barry O' Donnell. Three days later it was a visit to Dublin Hill to take on fellow promotion chasers Glenthorn Celtic.In what was an excellent game, Macroom took the lead midway through the first half when James O' Connor slotted home following good work from David O' Halloran. The home side responded and found an equaliser on the stroke of half time. In a closely contested second half it was Glenthorn who fired the winner on the hour mark. Macroom tried in vain to find a leveller but the home side defended well in the closing stages, thus ending Macroom's promotion hopes. The final game, at home to Carrigtwohill Utd ended in another 3-3 draw. This was a very competitive contest between two evenly matched teams. The home side hit the front through James O' Connor but the visitors were level following a dubious enough penalty just ten minutes later. Macroom regained the lead when Steven Crowley struck, and it was 3-1 when Dec O' Riordan's first time effort flew into the top corner. Back came Carrig' and they had their second goal when a quick free kick out-witted the Macroom defence. In the second half, the visitors were on top for large parts and although Macroom defended stoutly, a deserved equaliser arrived with little time remaining. Out of sixteen league games Macroom had nine wins, two draws and five defeats to finish in third place with twenty nine points.

Under 10: Macroom 2 Douglas Hall 0.

The Under 10's had an excellent win following a solid 2-0 victory over Douglas Hall at Murrayfield. Jack Martin opened the scoring late in the first half and Brian Healy sealed the win ten minutes from the end. Best on the day were Mark Hunt, Ben Herlihy, Ryan Leahy, Leon Doody and Daire McMahon.

Under 11 League: Castleview 3 Macroom 1.

The Under 11 side were very unlucky away at O' Sullivan Park. It was an excellent performance as Macroom more than matched their hosts for much of the game. Jack Kearney was on target with the visitors' goal and goalkeeper Sam Kelleher was outstanding for Macroom.

Under 12 League: Carrigaline Hibs. 2 Macroom 3.

This was a fantastic away win over title challengers Carrigaline at Ballea Park. Trailing 2-0 with twenty minutes to go, Macroom showed great strength and character to come back with goals from the outstanding Steven O Donoghue (2) and Kieran Doody. With captain Cormac Buckley and David Hunt controlling midfield, it was an superb performance from the entire Macroom squad.

Under 16 League: Macroom 3 Avondale 2.

A big win for the Under 16 team last weekend, although they were made to fight all the way by visitors Avondale Utd. Macroom took the lead via a Jack O'Donovan goal, before the home side conceded one of the 'soft' variety to let Avondale back into the game. The excellent Mark Corrigans' mazy run led to Macroom being awarded a penalty which Ethan O' Gorman expertly converted to leave the home side leading 2-1 at the break. Luke Costin Healy gave Macroom some breathing space midway through the second half with a cool finish, and some great attacking play created a host of chances that were not converted by the home side. Avondale got a goal back with six minutes remaining to set up a tense finish, but the home side held on to secure three priceless points in their pursuit of the title.

Carrigaline Utd 0 Macroom 5.
The Under 10's travelled to play Carrigaline United and came away the victors on a 5-0 scoreline. Macroom got off to a great start and were 2-0 ahead after fifteen minutes with Daire McMahon scoring both. Rory Duggan was excellent in midfield and after some neat play by McMahon, Brian Healy and Jack Martin, Jack Devine was on hand to coolly slot home Macroom's' third. Martin added the fourth before man of the match McMahon grabbed his hat-trick with a superb strike from distance finding the top corner. Well done to all involved.

Macroom 4 Lakewood Athletic 1.

This was a great result for Macroom who had to come from behind to beat Lakewood. The visitors hit the front after ten minutes and had it not been for some brilliant defending from Ben Herlihy, Colm McSweeney and Dylan Wenger, things could have been much worse. Daire McMahon scrambled the ball over the line to level matters. And following this Macroom took the lead with a fantastic team goal from Daire McMahon. Darragh McCarthy then put Macroom up 3-1 and Alan Desmond and Cian McSweeney both went close before Ryan Leahy ended the game as a contest with a curling shot from outside the box to leave the final score 4-1.
St. Mary's 1 Macroom 4

The U13's had a hard fought 4 -1 away win against St Mary's to keep them on top of the table. The away side started well and after eight minutes Caelum Lynch found Dylan Twomey with a perfect through ball. Twomey made no mistake with an excellent finish. Twomey had a second four minutes later and Macroom made it 3-0 on the half hour when Eoin Cahill put Twomey through for his hat-trick. The home side got one back from an excellent free kick just before the break to make it 3-1. The second half was much more even but the game was finally put beyond doubt with six minutes remaining when Macroom scored the goal of the night by Twomey. Best for Macroom were Chris O Connell, Jack O'Riordan and Twomey.

Macroom 10 Lakewood Athletic 0.
The u13's had a big win over Lakewood A in the Con Elliot Cup. It finished 10-0 in a one sided game. Goals came from Caelum Lynch 3, Dennis Dullea 3, Mateusz Juszczak 2, Dylan Twomey and Arek Swawja. Macroom now play St Mary's in the quarter final.

Bandon 1 Macroom 3.
The under 16 team had a superb cup semi final win away to Bandon in the John Cooke Cup. The home side had a great start with a goal after two minutes and held the lead until half time. Macroom finally got their deserved goal when John Martin Lehane scored a great header after a cross from Jack O'Donovan. Roles were reversed for the second goal when Lehane put Donovan through and he finished brilliantly to the corner. Sub Jack Kelleher got a great third with his first touch with ten minutes to go to seal a great team display by Macroom. Cathal O' Riordan, Dylan Gray and Jack Cronin were outstanding for the visitors.

All Ireland Success.

The Cork Under 13 Schoolboys side claimed the All Ireland title in Cahir, Co. Tipperary last weekend, defeating Kilkenny on a 2-1 scoreline. Dylan Twomey and Mateusz Juszczak were members of the Cork squad and this is a fantastic achievement for both players. There is also great credit due to Cathal Prendeville, manager of the Macroom U13 side, in preparing the players to compete at such a high standard. Also, congratulations to Macroom Under 12 striker Patrick Barry who played for the Cork Under 12 side in a blitz tournament held at the Regional Sports Centre in Waterford on May 18. The Macroom Under 12 side is managed by Brian Bradley and John Francis Lee.

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 Declan Adams of Suicide Aware with Macroom FC members and supporters © David Shine

Amber Flag Initiative.

Declan Adams, who works as a Mental Health Practitioner with the Suicide Aware Charity, visited Murrayfield recently and gave a talk on 'Positive Mental Health'. This was a follow up to the Amber Flag initiative which Macroom F.C. is currently undertaking. The Amber Flag programme is currently being rolled out to clubs and schools throughout Ireland. Mr. Adams spoke about the importance of people talking about their problems as well as encouraging club members to 'look out' for each other. Further fundraising events will be planned, as well as the promotion of Positive Mental Health throughout the club on an on-going basis. Macroom F.C. is now one of only two soccer clubs in Cork (the other being Wilton United) to have been presented with the Amber Flag. The official presentation took place in Rochestown Park Hotel and secretary Brian Murphy was on hand to accept the flag from Colm Keaveney T.D

FAI Summer Soccer Schools:

FAI Summer Soccer Schools Camp returns to Macroom AFC again this year. The Camp will take place in Murrayfield and will begin on Monday June 30th and finish on Friday July 4th. The fee is €65 per child and places can be booked at www.summersoccerschools.ie or by calling 1890 653 653. This camp cannot be booked through any Macroom F.C. club members. Bookings can only be made through the above website or phone number. So please book early to avoid disappointment as last year's camp was booked out two weeks in advance.