Lee Valley Outlook June 26 2014 v11e13

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Morning Mist at Mid-Summer in Gougane Barra © Neil Lucey

Lee Valley Diary

Macroom Library:

Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon for 3 – 7 year olds
Bridge Club: Wed. July 2 at 11a.m.
Purlies Thurs. July 3 at 11a.m.
Adult Bookclub Sept. 3.
Art Exhibition: Work of Angela Mernagh during the month of June.

Briery Gap:
Dallas Buyers Club Mon. 30th June at 8.30pm.
The Armstrong Lie – Mon. 7th July at 8.30pm.
The Butler –14th July.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – 21st July.
Daniel Martin Moore 9p.m. Fri. July 25.
The Book Thief – Mon. 28th July at 8.30p.m.
Blek and the Rats Saturday 23rd August.
Jimmy MacCarthy. Sat. 4th Oct. at 8.00pm.
Tommy Fleming. Fri. 10th Oct.at 8.00pm.

Pre Teen Disco Riverside Park Hotel, Fri. June 27, 7 – 9 p.m.
Daniel Kingston 5k Run: In Macroom, Thurs., June 26, 8p.m.
Malin to Mizen by Carriage: fundraiser on Sun. 29th June at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom, 7pm-11pm.
FAI Summer Soccer Schools Camp in Macroom Mon. June 30th to Fri. July 4th.
Seisiúin: Tues. nights, July 1st to Aug. 12th at 8.45pm – Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig.
Canovee ICA outing on Wed, July 2 to Glengarriff and Kenmare.
Here and Now art exhibition. Macroom Town Hall. July 3 – 26. Opening 7p.m. Thurs. July 3.
Open Garden for Marymount at Frank and Kitty Tanner, Raheen, Newcestown, Sun. July 6th 2 to 6.
Kellogg's Cúl Camp in Clondrohid, July 7 to 11
Open Garden at Alice Taylor's, Innishannon Sat. and Sun. July 12th and 13th .10 to 6 pm.
Lee Hydro Scheme exhibition at Community House, Coachford, July 14 – 20, 2 – 8p.m.
Kilmurry 5km fun run/ walk 17th of July at 7:30 pm.
GAA Summer Camp: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. 21/07/14 to 25/07/14.
Macroom Ladies Football U8, U10, U12, U14 training Wednesdays @ 6pm Tom Creedon Park. U16, Minor and Junior training, Thursdays @ 7.30pm in Tom Creedon Park.

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

Macroom Updates

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Macroom Corpus Christi procession 2014 along Main Street © Lee Valley Outlook

Litter Challenge

Cork County Council annual Litter Challenge is now complete and Macroom improved its standing slightly during the second judging period from June 2 – 11, rising from 8th to 7th place in Category B2. Mallow leads with 1920.1 and Macroom stands at 1800.2 marks. The third and final judging ran from June 16 – 25 so let's hope for further improvement when the results are released.
Marks are awarded for litter control only. 10 stretches, each 50m long, are judged as well as one estate. 6 of these are in the town centre, 2 in a residential area, 1 in a school area, and 1 adjacent to a green area. It's a negative marking system and marks are lost for each piece of litter found. When the results came, they named the exact stretch that was judged and the number of pieces of litter found. Even cigarette butts are counted and 10 cigarette butts count as one piece of litter. The estates nominated for judging were Oakwood, then Sullane Weirs and finally, An Gleann/ Carrigban.
The second judging period results show the 50m area from Macroom Opticians to Dr Ken Harte's Surgery scoring 97.7; from Ann Marie's Beauty Salon towards Cork Mart 88.4, from Papa Martino to the Polish Shop 95.2; from O'Driscoll Travel to Blue/ Yellow House opposite Post Office 95.3; from Godsil Cohalan to Macroom Pet Shop 82.4; from Jim Murray Furniture to Turkish Barber 90.4; Sullane Weirs 94.8; Millbrook 90.7; St Colman's Church- Entrance 50m down the hill 88.2; Playground - Entrance 50m by the Slide 93.7, making a total of 916.8.
We are now entering into the period of judging for National Tidy Towns. Our Tidy Towns Committee is doing a great job in improving the appearance of the area. More people have joined in the group recently but further help is always welcome. And of course, the best way of making Macroom look well is to make sure our own premises and road frontage are neat and tidy.

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 Adriana Dinneen presenting €754 cheque to the staff of Macroom Community Hospital, sponsorship for Cork Half Marathon ©

Daniel Kingston Run

The Daniel Kingston 5k run takes place in Macroom on Thursday, June 26. €10 entry with all surplus funds going to Cork Arc Cancer support House. Registration on the night in the Sports Complex 6p.m. - 7:45p.m. or online www.danielkingstonmemorial.com (€11.50). Refreshments afterwards in the Sports Complex . Prizes and Spot prizes galore. Follow us on twitter @dkingston5k or Facebook. Organisers hope to break the 1,000 barrier for entrants this year to mark Daniel's fifth anniversary. So do come along and run /walk /crawl and spread the word. We are embracing technology this year, so it will be chip and pin timing! The top prize is €250 for the overall male and female winners and many more category prizes.

Macroom Library

The Bridge Club (Acol) meets again Wednesday 2nd July in the library at 11am. The Purlies Knitting group meet on Thursday 3 July 11am to knit & chat. Their trip to visit fellow knitters in Dunmanway will be on Friday 27th June. Have a lovely day ladies. Art exhibition: Artist, Angela Mernagh's colourful work is the current exhibition on display in the library until the end of June. Adult book club: Meets again on 3rd September & will be taking a break for the summer months.
Sweet treats for your imagination is the theme of our Juvenile Reading Challenge. Designed to encourage a love of reading, it will be starting on the 1st July for the holidays. Every time a book is read by a participant, they will be asked to give the names of the books read, their own name & contact as there is a chance to win a prize for the winner(s) sponsored by O'Mahony's book shop.
There is a great collection of paperback novels, a nice light weight if you are having to keep under 10kg going on holiday this summer! Some of our non fiction books are also in paperback format if you would like something metaphorically 'heavier' to read!

Sweet Treats for your imagination.

Are you wondering how to keep your children sweet all Summer without spending a fortune? Why not check out your local library for the healthiest of indulgences: sweet treats for your child's imagination? Libraries in County Cork offer a great selection of picture books, children's stories, and teenage reading. All libraries can satisfy a wide range of tastes in reading and of course all ages and levels of reading are catered for. To encourage your child to indulge in the joys of reading during the summer months, Cork County Library offers the sweetest Reading Challenge. Fill the sweet jar at your local library with titles of books you have read and be in with a chance to win a special prize sponsored by O'Mahony's Booksellers . Participating in this challenge will help children develop a life-long love of reading as well as improving their reading skills. The challenge will kick off at the beginning of July and run through the school holidays. So why not call into your library and check out what's on offer. Full details on www.corkcoco.ie/library

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De la Salle Macroom staff presentation to retiring principal, Noel Dunne and his wife, Grace. Also included, Judy Fitzgerald ASTI school steward and John Murphy, Deputy Principal © Lee Valley Outlook

Briery Gap Programme

Cinema: Dallas Buyers Club – Monday 30th June at 8.30pm. In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof, works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.
The Armstrong Lie – Monday 7th July at 8.30pm. A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong's improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace.
The Butler –14th July. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – 21st July. The Book Thief –28th July. Admission to cinema €4.

Theatre: Sullane Sessions present Daniel Martin Moore and Guests on Friday 25th July and John Blek and the Rats on Saturday 23rd August.
Jimmy MacCarthy, Saturday 4th October at 8.00pm. Tickets €20 Tommy Fleming. Friday 10th October at 8.00pm. Tickets €27.50. On sale now.

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Drinking tea for MND at the home of Con and Anne Dunne, Carrigadrohid © Lee Valley Outlook


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Pre Teen Disco (8 – 13) to mark end of term at Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Friday, June 27, 7 – 9 p.m. Proceeds to Macroom Community Hospital. DJ Danny Zumba. Admission €5. Parents free.

Malin to Mizen by Carriage: On Sunday 29th June at the Riverside Park Hotel in Macroom, from 7pm-11pm, the Malin to Mizen horse carriage charity drive will hold an evening of music and dance. Music is provided by The Irish Weavers and Aghinagh Comhaltas. The event will help raise much needed funds for breakthrough cancer research. Tickets are €10 and available at the door on the night.

Seisiúin: Ballincollig Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will host Seisiún in Oriel House Hotel during the summer. The first half of the evening is a formal stage showcase of the best of traditional Irish music, song, dance and story. This is followed by an informal session where audience participation is encouraged. Seisiún provides a unique entertainment experience for holidaymakers and locals alike. Tuesday nights, July 1st to August 12th at 8.45pm – Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig. Information at www.ballincolligcomhaltas.ie or from Diarmuid on 087- 202 8638.

Canovee ICA annual outing. All welcome o Wednesday, July 2 to Glengarriff and Kenmare. Contact Kathleen O'Shea 086 3058737 or Marion Wall 021 7336611.

Here and Now art exhibition, a celebration of the creative wealth of Macroom and surrounds, will open in Macroom Town Hall Gallery on Thursday July 3 at 7p.m. and run until Saturday, July 26. Exhibitors are Len Clatworthy, Bernice Corcoran, Debbie Godsell, Con Kelleher, Ray Lawlor, Tadhg McSweeney, John Philip Murray, Dónal Ó Céilleachair.

Open Garden for Marymount Hospice at Frank and Kitty Tanner, Raheen, Newcestown (near Michael Collins Monument Béal na mBláth) watch for signs Open Garden. Sunday.. July 6th 2 to 6.

Open Garden for Marymount hospice and Alzheimer Association at Alice Taylor's Innishannon on Saturday July 12th and Sunday July 13th. 10 to 6 pm.

Kilmurry 5km fun run/ walk will take place in Kilmurry Village on the 17th of July at 7:30 pm. Prizes: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male & Female, post race refreshments, spot prizes. Individual €7 and family €15.Registration takes place in Kilmurry National school from 6pm.

Macroom Ladies Football U8, U10, U12, U14 training Wednesdays @ 6pm Tom Creedon Park. U16, Minor and Junior training, Thursdays @ 7.30pm in Tom Creedon Park.

Motor Neuron Disease Tea Party: Con and Ann Dunne and family would like to extend a very sincere thank you to all who supported and helped at the recent MND fundraising tea party at their home. Blest with fine weather, the garden party attracted a huge crowd throughout the day and all enjoyed a cuppa with a friendly and neighbourly atmosphere. Contributions for the cause exceeded €6,000.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: June 10. Jackpot €1,600. No Winner Numbers drawn 15, 31and 26. €70 Con O'Leary, Bawnmore. €20 Aoife Mullins, Coolea. Richie O'Connor, 42 Oakwood. Murt Kelleher, Codrum. Denis Cronin, Millbrook. Berth Griffin, Heronswood, Carrigaline.
June 17. Jackpot €1,800. No Winner Numbers drawn 5, 7and 24. €70 George Sheehan, Masseytown. €20 Paul Kingston, New Street. Mary O'Mahony, Cork Street. Michael O'Brien, Barrett's Place. Pat Crowley, The Hermitage. Judy O'Sullivan, Kilnagurteen.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: June 22. Jackpot €1.900. Numbers drawn: 3, 6, 16. No winner. €50 Alan O'Connor, Lyroe. €20. Pat O'Sullivan, Annagannihy. Brian O'Sullivan, Deelish c/o Jimmy Cotter. Florence O'Driscoll, Bawnmore. Michelle Dennehy, Coolinea c/o John Casey.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: June 11. Jackpot €1,400. €70 Paul Whyte, Bantry. €20 Eileen Murphy, Crookstown. Agnes Buckley, Dromcarra. Bridget Crowley, Dunmanway. Paddy Coakley, Down Under.
June 18. Jackpot €1.600. €70 Cath Creedon, c/o Inchigeela P.O. €20 Kate Lyons, Scrahanard. Paul Whyte, Bantry. Trish Murphy, Mullinhassig. Kath Twomey, c/o S. Walsh.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: June 15. Jackpot €7,200. Numbers drawn: 3, 7, 12, 28. No winner. €50 Buckley Family, Knockshanavee. €25 Kevin Creedon, Aherla. Kathleen Murphy, Canovee.
June 22. Jackpot €7,350. Numbers drawn 8, 11, 21, 29. No winner. €50 Ger Ahern, Aherla. €25 Padraig Donoghue, Carrigadrohid. Evan and Nicola Lynch, Aherla. .

Coachford AFC Results 9/6/2014, Jackpot: €2,600, Numbers Drawn: 9 - 14 - 34, No Winner, €40 John Buckley, €20 Aileen Casey Maria O'Donoghue, Breda O'Connell, Alan Buckley (Yearly Ticket).
16/6/2014, Jackpot: €2,800, Numbers Drawn: 20 - 25 - 34, No Winner, €40 Julianne Cooney, €20 T.J. O'Sullivan, George Lynch, Jim Bob O'Sullivan, Michelle O'Brien.

Lee Valley Updates

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Aaron Ryan and Jack Curtin, Muskerry Special Olympics Club, with Collette O'Riordan, Joan Murphy and Siobhan Twomey in Limerick ©

All Ireland Glory at Special Olympics

It was an absolutely fantastic weekend for Jack Curtin and Aaron Ryan who were part of the Special Olympic Munster Team competing in the All Ireland Special Olympics in Limerick. The weather could not have been better for the 1500 athletes taking part in the games. Jack Curtin was the first to take to the track. After he qualified for the final on Friday he went out Saturday morning to compete in the final of the 100m for his age group and division. He finished in fourth place, in a new Personal Best time of 24.60 seconds. Aaron Ryan was on top of the world on Sunday when he ran in the final of the 400m. He achieved a massive personal best time in the heats. In the final it went to a photo finish with all three athletes crossing the line together and all team Munster roared with joy when it was announced that Aaron had clinched the gold medal in 1 minute and 13 seconds. Aaron then went out to contest the final of the 200m and stormed home to win the gold medal comfortably in a time of 31.67 seconds. Both Jack and Aaron competed in the 4 x 100m relay and were narrowly beaten on the line but were worthy winners of the silver medals. Both boys were absolutely thrilled with their achievements and were well looked after for the 4 days by their Coach Chaperone Siobhan Twomey, while Joan Murphy did a super job as time keeper. It was fantastic for the Muskerry Special Olympics Club to have 5 people involved for the games - two athletes, a Head Coach for athletics, a Coach Chaperone and a Track Time Keeper. We are all so proud of the boys who brought home two All Ireland gold, two All Ireland silver and a 4th place and a big thank you to all the supporters who travelled to watch the two boys compete.

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Launch of Muinefliuch N.S. 80th anniversary book by Jim Murray, with Mary O'Driscoll, Kathleen Murray and Eileen Foley, Principal. © Lee Valley Outlook

Muinefliuch Celebrates

On Sunday, June 22nd, hundreds of people gathered in Muinefliuch N.S. in the parish of Clondrohid, to celebrate the opening of the new extension and also the school's 80th anniversary. The extension provides a classroom, resource room, learning support/ staffroom and special needs toilet. The additional space is very welcome and is needed to accommodate the growing numbers of children attending the school. A third mainstream teacher, Mr Lehane, was appointed last year. The school also celebrated its 80th anniversary. A book on the school's history was compiled by three parents, Heather Adair, Eleanor Kelleher and Deirdre Martin, and was launched by Mr. Jim Murray, Chairperson of the organising committee. This was a momentous occasion as it is the first book written about the school. Fr. Wickham, PP, Clondrohid, Fr. Batty Desmond, Carriganima and Fr. Scanlon, Castletownroche concelebrated Mass outdoors. This was followed by numerous sideshows and music provided by two past pupils, Jim Murray and Tim Joe O'Riordan along with Ger Wolfe. A great day was had by all.

Eating Well: In 2013, Muinefliuch N.S. set up its first Health Promotion Committee. In the space of a few short months, this hard working committee has changed the eating habits of the school for the better. We began the year by revamping the school's Healthy Eating Policy. This received very positive feedback. There was a noticeable difference in the children's ability to concentrate and learn. A Lunch Buddy System was implemented for the month of September to help the Junior Infants settle in and maintain the family feel of our school. An information session on Internet Safety was held to equip parents and children with skills to protect themselves while surfing the net. In March, the Food Dudes entered our school and the programme was a roaring success. Much of this success was due to the fantastic attitude of our children but also to the enormous amount of support it received from our parents. At the beginning of spring, our committed committee members gave up their free time to hold cooking sessions with the children. The aim of this was to show the children healthy ways of having 'treats' and to allow them to discover how easy cooking healthy food really is. The children loved their cooking sessions and paraded proudly around the school showing off their delicious product. The sessions went so well, they decided to share their recipes and publish a recipe book entitled 'Time to Cook with Muinefliuch!' All the recipes in this book are recipes that have been submitted by committee members or members of Muinefliuch N.S. Community.

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Fr. Batty Desmond, past pupil of Muinefliuch N.S., with his nephew, Michael Desmond, at 80th anniversary celebrations. Fr. Desmond's parents were the first teachers in the school. © Lee Valley Outlook

Dromleigh gets Active

The children of Dromleigh N.S. have had a busy few weeks leading up to the school holidays. They recently participated in an Active School week. This is part of the school's preparation for their Active School Flag. Since the beginning of the school year the Active School Committee, which consists of both pupils and teachers, has been busy promoting activities of all sorts in the school. Children have been involved in a wide variety of physical activities including swimming, tennis, gymnastics, pitch and putt, spikeball, basketball and of course, Gaelic football. Active School Week began with judo for all classes on Monday. This was a big hit with all and we are very grateful to the members of Muskerry Judo Club for giving their services free on the day. On Tuesday rugby coach Ray Gadsden introduced tag rugby to all pupils. This was also a very popular choice. On Wednesday parents Catriona O'Leary, Gerard Murphy, Deirdre Murphy, Caitriona Mc Mullan, Sheila Burgoyne and Trevor Healy challenged the pupils of Sixth Class to a baskekball match. We are very grateful to them for being such good sports. On the same day children brought their colourfully decorated bicycles to school for the "Bling a Bike" competition. Prizewinners on the day were Niamh Murphy, Jack Brown and Muireann Kerry. On Thursday popular tennis coach Conor conducted his usual tennis lesson and on Friday Zumba coach Paula put everybody through their paces. All in all it was a most enjoyable week. The school also continues its preparation for the Health Promoting School Flag and its second Green Flag.

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Annual Mass at Carrigastyra Famine Graveyard. Pic. Clondrohid Photographers

Clondrohid Updates

Muinefliuch 80th Anniversary: All the preparations, all the planning and the headaches and the fun that preceded this big event, paid off in style as the crowds poured in to Muinefliuch school grounds on June 22 for this anniversary. The weather was another winner on the day, with just intermittent sunshine. The Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Wickham, Fr. Desmond (a past pupil ), and Fr. Scanlon. The school children participated in the readings, prayers of the faithful, gifts and singing and all excelled themselves, great credit to themselves, their parents, and teachers. The beautifully prepared and illustrated book was then launched and the copies were quickly bought up. Loads of entertainment was available on the day, with massive voluntary help. Guessing the weight of a cake, a calf and a sheep, throwing bowls into a bucket, running mice, football, face painting, etc., loads of free food, teas and minerals. Music was provided by Jim Murray Snr. and Jim Junior, Tim Joe and Ger Wolfe. Well done to all who helped out. More information on this wonderful event at a later date.
Tidy Towns: The Development Group have flowers set and hanging baskets in place. They are grateful to Catherine, Marian, Gobnait, Marie, Gobnait, Johnny and Con, for their help in maintaining their designated areas in the village. Their own committee have their sections to see after as well. They would appeal to residents to keep an eye out for weeds and litter outside their own homes and maybe give a hand to their neighbours. Judging will be taking place shortly.
Carraig a'Staighre: The annual Famine Graveyard Mass took place on June 9. The rain which threatened on a few occasions thankfully held off till after Mass. As usual, it was a very solemn occasion. Fr. Wick ham celebrated the Mass and the choir provided some lovely hymns. The odd caw from the crows overhead was the only disturbance in this beautiful setting. A lovely extract from a recently winning project on Famine Times was recited on the night by Katie and Aine Sheehan and Lucy O'Connor. Thanks to John & Eileen O'Callaghan for use of field for parking; to Bridget and Nora for preparing the altar; to Eugene for amplification; to Johnny and Con for preparing the ground; to Dan Joe for local television and the Development Group for stewarding..
Corpus Christi Procession: Sunday June 15 the annual procession took place in Clondrohid. It was a glorious morning as residents prepared their altars for this solemn occasion. The procession took place from the church to the Hall Car Park, led by the altar boys, Fr. Wickham, the First Holy Communion children, choir, and congregation. Rosary was recited and the choir sang during the procession, and at the altar in the car park the first Communion children sang their hymns. The procession returned to the church for benediction and prayers. Thanks to all who helped to make this an important parish event.
Celebrating at the Bell Inn: On June 20, Laura O'Riordan, who recently won silver, gold and set a new world record in weightlifting, celebrated in style with parents and friends at the Bell Inn. Con and Marian played for the occasion. Good luck Laura in the future.
Kellogg's Cúl Camp: July 7 to 11 for national school children age 6 to 13. Application forms available at training on Saturday mornings. It's open to members and non-members. For more information contact Fergal Kelleher on 0879359704.

Coachford Updates

The Lee Scheme: ACR Heritage (the Heritage Committee of ACR Community Council) presents 'Building the Lee Hydroelectric Scheme (An Audio and Visual Exhibition)' to coincide with the 4th World Feeder Fishing Championships, which take place nearby on the River Lee next July. This exhibition will be open at Coachford Community House from Mon. 14 July - Sun. 20 July, 2pm - 8pm daily. Exhibits include articles and photos on the works and construction of the dams, video footage, and audio recordings of interviews with those employed on the hydroelectric scheme. Admission is free and do visit this unique exhibition, to learn about, or to remind yourself of this significant event in the recent history of the Lee Valley.

River Lee Walkway. The Coachford Greenway walk at Nadrid is completed. This new walk along the banks of the River Lee is a superb amenity for the area and gives those using it a new perspective on the river and the reservoir. The walk takes people along the northern bank of the river opposite Farran Woods. On Sunday June 29th the Welcoming Committee for the World Fishing Championships will host the first walk along the new Greenway in advance of its official opening in July. The Committee would like to invite everyone to come along and join them in the walk and be among the first people to enjoy this new amenity. To help the fundraising efforts of the committee they are asking that those taking part in the walk on June 29th would donate €5 per adult on the day. Everyone is welcome and children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. The walk begins at 11.30am. We hold planning and info meetings every Tuesday night in Coachford Community House at 9 pm and welcome and need any help available. So please come along or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

WEE Recycling Day: The Coachford Tidy Towns will host a WEE recycling day in Coachford on Saturday July 5th from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Bring along your unwanted electrical items and dispose of them properly and safely. The Recycling truck will be located at the Coachford Church Car Park for the day. Any household item with a plug or battery will be accepted, from large items such as fridges, dishwashers and tumble dryers, to small household items such as remote controls, electric toothbrushes and everything in between. All waste batteries will be accepted free of charge, including AA and AAA batteries, torch batteries, watch batteries, car batteries and electric fence batteries. This is a great chance for you to finally clean out the garage or attic.

World Championships: The World Feeder Fishing Championships are almost here and the programme of events for the week is almost complete. 25 countries will compete for the title on July 19th and 20th. The new walkway on the river lee in Nadrid will be the main venue for most of the teams and spectators are invited to view the fisherman in action. Most of the countries taking part will arrive in the village and surrounding areas from Monday July 14th for training and familiarisation of the venue. On Thursday July 17th, the official opening of the World Championship takes place in Coachford. The teams will gather at the square in the evening and there will be a parade of nations through the village to the GAA complex where the official opening will take place. The Championships will start at 7.00am on Saturday morning and will finish each day at around 4pm. The Closing Ceremony and awarding of medals takes place again in Coachford on Sunday July 20th in the GAA complex. A gala dinner is planned for the teams and officials in the Lee Valley Golf and Country Club for that evening. It will certainly put the fishing facilities that Coachford and the wider area have on the international angling map. The Public houses in the village have music lined up for the weekend of the competition. The organisers are looking for volunteers for stewarding and if you would like to get involved in the World Championships contact Tommy at 086 1043040.

School's Out: Coachford N.S. closed for the summer on Friday June 20th. The sixth class pupils finished earlier in the week and although excited about moving to second level, they were also very sad to say goodbye to the National School where they enjoyed some wonderful times together. The boys and girls won many awards and sporting titles during their time in Coachford. Green Flags, Science awards, and Sciath na Scol titles were just some of the accolades the children enjoyed during their eight years in this superb facility in Coachford. All of the 21 pupils will move next door to Coachford College in September. The National School will reopen in late August.

Open Air Concert : The picturesque Nadrid House is the setting for a summer concert on Saturday July 5th. The evening starts with music from the Ben Reel Band at 8.00pm and this is followed by DJ Paddy Cunnane till late. Tickets are only €10 and food and drink are available on site. Please bring your own blankets or seating. Tickets are available from Penny at 021-7434946 or at gate on the day.

Wool on the run: The organizers of this year's Coachford Autumn Festival are well on their way to finalising most of the events for August 15th, 16th and 17th. The high Nelly run is again expected to draw a huge entry and is always one of the most popular events on the Saturday. The Dog show is also on Saturday and a large number of four legged friends are expected to be transported to the village for this competition. The Voice of the Festival is after grabbing people's imagination and a strong list of singing talent is expected to grace the stage of the GAA Hall in Coachford on Saturday night. One of the competitions on the packed programme for Sunday August 17th is the Bonny Baby competition and while the identity of the independent judge is being kept under wraps he or she will have a tough decision to make on the day. There is also a Glamorous Granny and Yummy Mummy competition to be judged. A bigger funfair is on the way as well as some of lasts years favourites such as Egg Throwing, Agrilympics (milking cows, pushing tractors etc) , Bonny Baby, Yummy Mummy and Glamorous Granny competitions, Balloon Modeling, Model Toy show, Children's Sports, Best Dressed lady and Man awards, Vintage show, Steam Engine and, for the first time ever in Coachford and maybe even Cork, Sheep Racing! Put the date in you diary. August 17th 2014.

Summer Camp: The FAI and Killanardrish/Coachford AFC Summer Soccer Camp takes place from July 14th to July 18th inclusive. This year's camps are again priced at €65 (€55 for additional siblings). Coaching and care are delivered by Garda vetted FAI Qualified coaches as well as a brand new full kit, ball and back pack. The Camp is open to boys and girls of all abilities from the ages of 6 to 14.More information is available at 1890 653 653

Coachford Race. The Athletics Association of Ireland has given full approval to the Coachford 5 Mile Road Race which takes place this year on August 15th at 7.30pm. This is the only AAI approved race in County Cork that weekend. It offers cash prizes for the winners and is also open for walkers. Registration is from 6.00pm at the GAA grounds in Coachford. More information on the race is available on the Coachford Five 5 mile Road Race Facebook page.

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Eimear Twomey and Patrick Keohane perform the lift at the end of their routine at Strictly Come Dancing in Donoughmore ©Andrew O'Connell


by Michael Kelly

Lettuce: Far better with lettuce to sow little and often – perhaps one or two module trays of salad leaves every three to four weeks from February right up to September, with the earlier and later sowings being planted out in the polytunnel (the in between ones planted out in the veg patch). This gives a more or less continuous supply for up to 9 months a year.
Vegetables: Leaving the sowing of carrots until the end of May or early June apparently avoids the carrot root fly and the necessity to cover the carrots with biomesh or fleece to keep the fly away. In any case, at this time of the year germination is reliable and growth quick. That's the beauty of carrots – lots of food in a relatively small space. Elsewhere in the veg patch plant out courgette, squash and pumpkin plants – these sprawling plants have to be given lots of space (1m for courgettes, and even more for squash and pumpkin) so they fill up a bed very quickly. You can of course use the space in between them by planting up with something quick growing like annual spinach, lettuce or radishes. I sowed ten sweetcorn plants. Hope the weather stays mild for them. At the base of a shoddily-constructed bamboo cane wigwam I planted runner and climbing French beans which I sowed on May 18th in pots. I also planted out about 6 plants each of red and white cabbage in the brassica bed (there are already some turnips and brussels sprouts in the bed) and covered the bed with net to keep the butterflies off.


The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez.

No sooner does Antonio Yammara get to know his new friend Ricardo when he discovers that the ex-pilot has a secret. Antonio's fascination with his new friend continues until the day Ricardo receives a mysterious cassette. Shortly afterwards he is shot dead and Antonio is injured. Yammara investigates the incident and is led back to the early 1960s marijuana smuggling, a time before the cocaine trade trapped Columbia in a living nightmare. A gripping novel, absorbing right until the end .Here we are given a rare understanding of the human cost on the side of the drugs war. A compelling psychological thriller.

Available at Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €10.99.

Please note that from Wednesday, June 18, until the end of August, Macroom Bookshop will open also on Wednesdays.


Ten New Businesses for Macroom

The fourth Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneur Programme came to a close on a very lucky Friday 13th, marked by an entrepreneurs' showcase and awards ceremony at Macroom E Enterprise Centre. The event was a celebration of the wonderful entrepreneurs that have been based at Macroom E since September 2013 participating in the Greenshoots startup support programme. Guest speaker Juliet Murphy spoke of the links between success in sport and success in business before presenting a hand crafted award to each participant.
The ceremony marked the end of the fourth Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme in Macroom. Greenshoots is a nine month programme that provides entrepreneurs and innovative businesses with the skills, facilities and supports necessary to make a real success of their business. Based at Macroom E, participants avail of free office space, business training, mentoring, personal development and a network of industry experts, peer entrepreneurs and links to support and development agencies. The magic of the programme comes from the supportive atmosphere generated by a group of ten like-minded startup owners, all from very different backgrounds, working on very different projects but facing some of the same challenges and self-doubts.
A full conference room at Macroom E heard from Cllr. Alan Coleman, newly appointed Mayor of the County, Sean O'Sullivan, CEO of South Cork Local Enterprise Office, one of the recent Greenshoots' graduates' Kathy O'Connor, who runs the very beautifully located Sherkin North Shore centre. Those gathered were also treated to a short movie created over the past month by Roger Overall (available to view on YouTube) and an insightful, positive and honest account of the parallels between success in sport and success in business by Juliet Murphy, former Cork footballer, eight time all Ireland winner and entrepreneur.
Greenshoots Programme Manager Catherine Costello commented 'every year, this event is a really positive and celebratory affair. We are lucky enough to work with fantastic startups that are prepared to work hard to make their dreams a reality. We merely facilitate and empower to allow that happen'.
10 new businesses completed the 2014 Greenshoots Programme: Declan Sugrue, 3DS Designs; Bronagh Twomey, The DeClutter Diva; Margaret O' Connor, Alchemy Coaching; Kathy O' Connor, Sherkin North Shore; Alison Moloney, Tax Zapp; Geraldine Daunt, Wedding Planner and Event Stylist; Frank Guilfoyle, Sin Uisce; Therese O'Leary, Blinks and Browz; Elizabeth O'Connor, Start Right HR; Cherie McCarthy, Textiles by Cherie.
Macroom E is currently accepting expressions of interest for the next programme, due to begin in early 2015. Greenshoots is offered for FREE to successful applicants as it is kindly sponsored by Cork County Council and South Cork Local Enterprise Office. For more on this programme, please visit www.greenshootscork.ie or contact Programme Manager Catherine Costello at Macroom E Enterprise Centre, Bowl Road, Macroom on 026 20520/087 7863126 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sports Mad

Cork County Senior Hurling Championship

Round 1

A. Na Piarsaigh 1-16 Blackrock 3-14

B. Newtownshandrum 1-18 Youghal 1-13

C. Sarsfield's 3 - 10 Douglas 1 - 10

D. Carrigtwohill 1-21 Bride Rovers 2-14

E. Ballymartle 3-16 Courcey Rovers 0-15

F. St. Finbarr's 1 - 14 Bishopstown 0 - 13

G. Midleton 1-14 Erin's Own 1-17

H. Killeagh 1-15 Glen Rovers 1-16

Round 2 (Losers' Group)

Na Piarsaigh v Youghal, Sarsfields v Bride Rovers, Courceys v Bishopstown, Midleton v Killeagh.

Senior Hurling - Divisions/Colleges

CIT 1-13 UCC 3-23

Carrigdhoun v Carbery

Round Four Qualifiers to date: Blackrock, Carrigtwohill, Ballymartle, Glen Rovers, Newtownshandrum, Erin's Own, Douglas. St Finbarr's. UCC.

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round 1

A. Kilbrittain 1-8 Newcestown 2-14

B. Bandon 0-15 INNISCARRA 1-11 aet

C. Carrigaline 3-15 Kilworth 2-16

D. Kanturk 1 – 24 BLARNEY 0 – 22 aet

E. Cloyne 3-17 Valley Rovers 0-13

F. Tracton 2-18 Ballinhassig 2-19

G. Castlelyons 2-12 Watergrasshill 0-12

H. Ballyhea 1-25 Mallow 2-10

Round 2

Kilworth 2-12 Mallow 2-13

INNISCARRA v Watergrasshill

Blarney v Tracton

Kilbrittain v Valley Rovers

Round Four Qualifiers to date: Newcestown, Bandon, Carrigaline, Cloyne, Ballinhassig, Castlelyons, Ballyhea, Kanturk, Mallow.

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round 1

A. Aghada 2-21 Fr. O'Neill's 1-12

B. Meelin 2-18 AGHABULLOGUE 0-12

C. ÉIRE ÓG 1-16 St. Catherine's 0-12


E. Argideen Rangers 0-19 Barryroe 1-9

F. Ballygarvan 0-11 BALLINCOLLIG 1-15

G. Milford 0-14 Charleville 0-20

H. Fermoy 1-18 Kildorrery 0-18

Round 2


Milford 2-16 Barryroe 3-11

Kildorrery 3-15 Fr O'Neill's 0-15

St. Catherine's v Ballygarvan

Round Four Qualifiers to date: Aghada, Meelin, Eire Óg, Grenagh, Argideen Rangers, Ballincollig, Charleville, Fermoy – all from Rd One; Aghabullogue, Milford, Kildorrery – from Round Two.

Aghabullogue 3 – 14 Dripsey 2 – 10

This local derby, played on a perfect sod at Cloughduv was a tame enough affair, with victory going to the better side on the night. Dripsey were without their main scoring forward Diarmuid O'Riordan (suspended) and star defender John Carey was playing though severely limited by two broken fingers received in the previous round against Grenagh; Aghabullogue welcomed back into action Niall Buckley, Patrick Finnegan and Dan Twomey and this experienced and accomplished trio certainly made a huge difference to the Aghabullogue performance. The winners may have started slowly but they found their rhythm after Dan Twomey slammed in a fine goal after 19 minutes and Patrick Finnegan's goal from a free on the stroke of half time helped them to a 2-4 to 0-4 interval lead and they played with great dash and growing confidence in the second half. Aghabullogue looked a good side as the game progressed and now that relegation fears are banished they could cause quite a few surprises yet to more fancied teams. Dripsey will be fearful of the immediate future as they view potential 3rd round opponents but with John Carey hopefully back to full fitness and Diarmuid O'Riordan (harshly dealt with by the disciplinary system?) back in action then they too can rescue their season and get back on the championship trail.

In their first attack from the throw in Dripsey were only denied a goal by a wonderful block by Pádraig Murphy on David O'Sullivan who had seemed certain to score from point blank range. Mark O'Flynn opened the scoring for Aghabullogue from a free and John Corkery and Patrick Finnegan added points to give the winners a 0-3 to nil advantage after ten minutes play. Shane Burke then pointed for Dripsey and Aidan Buckley landed two more to level matters by the end of the opening quarter. In the 19th minute Aghabullogue struck a vital blow when Finnegan sent in a delivery, which was grabbed by Dan Twomey who turned his marker and fired in an unstoppable shot to the net. Michael O'Riordan replied for Dripsey but Patrick Finnegan pointed from a free and then in the final minute Finnegan rifled in a second goal from a 20 metre free, a defender penalised for dropping his stick. It was 2-4 to 0-4 at the interval and Aghabullogue were in a good position now at this stage after an uncertain start.

In the second half Aghabullogue were to gain control and long before the finish were looking certain of victory. Mark O'Sullivan pointed for Dripsey from the restart, Greg Murphy and Dan Twomey replied for Aghabullogue. Aidan Buckley and Dave O'Sullivan pointed for Dripsey, Pa Finnegan pointed a free and Aghabullogue goalkeeper Finbarr Foley did very well to save a blast from Michael O'Riordan. Mark O'Flynn, John Corkery, Dan Twomey and Sean O'Sullivan all pointed for Aghabullogue , four points in as many minutes, to open up a ten point gap by the three quarter stage and Dave Buckley 's reply was answered by a point from Greg Murphy for the winners. Ian BarryMurphy's point was answered by a Dripsey goal from Pat O'Riordan's '65', Pa Finnegan had another point and then John Corkery finished his good approach work with a blast to the Dripsey net in the 56th minute to make it 3-14 to 1-8. In the final minutes, Dripsey had points from Davey O'Sullivan and Gary Murphy and a last second goal from a Conor Hayes free. .

Aghabullogue: Finbarr Foley: Pádraig Murphy, Eamonn Murphy, Anthony O Sullivan: Donal Twomey, Niall Buckley, Aidan BarryMurphy: Seán O'Sullivan, Patrick Finnegan: Greg Murphy, John Buckley, Mark O'Flynn: John Corkery, Dan Twomey, Ian BarryMurphy. Subs: Paul O'Rourke, Brian Buckley, David O'Connell, Billy Casey.

Dripsey: John Hogan: John Carey, Tom Ahearne, Daniel Buckley: Aidan Murray, Conor Hayes, Davy Buckley: Gary Murphy, Pat O'Riordan: Mark O'Sullivan, Shane Burke, John O'Riordan: Aidan Buckley, David O'Sullivan, Michael O'Riordan. Subs: Robert Daly (45), Barry O'Regan (52), Sean Murphy (52).

Senior Football Championship

Round 4 Qualifiers (16 to qualify, 13 to date):

Castlehaven, Ballincollig, Nemo Rangers, Clonakilty, Bishopstown

Douglas, Clyda Rovers, Carbery Rangers (All Rd 1 winners) Carbery (Div.), St Finbarrs, St Nicholas, Ilen Rovers, O'Donovan Rossa (Rd. 2 winners) Newcestown (Rd. 3)

Round 2 (Losers' Group) Winners to Rd.4

St Vincent's 0-10 St Finbarr's 5-9

Doheny's 1-8 St Nicholas 1-9

Ilen Rovers 1-16 Newcestown 0-17 aet.

O'Donovan Rossa 0-20 Aghada 1-12 aet.

Round 3:

Newcestown 1-9 Dohenys 0-11

St. Vincents v Aghada

Relegation Play Off: Doheny's v St Vincent's or Aghada

Divisions/Colleges (2 to qualify for Rd 4)

Muskerry v Duhallow, Wednesday 9 July at Dromtariffe.

Carbery 4-14 Seandún 0-10.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Round 4 Qualifiers to date:

Newmarket, Nemo Rangers, St. Michael's, Grenagh,

Bantry Blues, Macroom, Carrigaline, Valley Rovers (All Rd 1 winners)

Ballinora, Mallow, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh (from Rd. Two)

Round 2 (winners to Rd 4)

Glenville 1-8 BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH 3-11

Kiskeam 0-13 Ballinora 3-12

Mallow 3-12 Castletownbere 3-7

Na Piarsaigh v NAOMH ABÁN

Round 3

Castletownbere v Glenville

Kiskeam v Na Piarsaigh or NAOMH ABÁN

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 3 – 11 Glenville 1 – 8

Béal Átha would have to be satisfied with this comprehensive victory at Cloughduv. A fluke goal in the 5th minute kept Glenville in contention until Béal Átha 's first goal in the 20th minute gave the Gaeltacht side a 1-4 to 1- 1 lead, it was 1-6 to 1-2 at half time and the second half was a bore with the Muscraí men, short many players who will greatly strengthen the side later in the campaign, in total control.

Andy Concannon open the scoring with a point after 10 seconds, Glenville got a goal after five minutes when Muiris Ó Conchuir assisted a harmless shot to the net, but Béal Átha, unruffled, had point from Ben Shorten, Andy Concannon and Eanna Dineen to be level after 17 minutes. The opening Béal Átha goal came three minutes later, a high dropping ball from Seán Dineen was batted out by the goalkeeper from under the crossbar and Tim O'Leary gratefully tapped the ball back into the net. Two Ben Shorten points , one from a free, increased the lead to 1-6 to 1-2 by the interval.

Andy Concannon pointed a 35th minute free and when Glenville replied with a point, Concannon ended this game as a contest in the 39th minute when after receiving a fine pass from Shorten, he finished with a fierce shot to the Glenville net, 2-7 to 1-3 now the score. Full back Leonard O Connor had a point and in the 42nd minute Tim O'Leary tapped in his second goal as the game became very one sided. In the final quarter Béal Átha had two points from Ben Shorten and one from Darren Dineen in response to Glenville points.

Béal Átha had a comprehensive victory, their place in the fourth round draw is secured, any thoughts of dreaded relegation are banished and injured players are on the mend – all good reasons to have Béal Átha in good spirits.

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Muiris Ó Conchúir: Nollaig Ó Duinnín, Leonáird Ó Conchuir, Seán Ó Duinnín: Seán Ó Coill, Donal MacCarthaigh, Nollaig Ó Laoire: Andrias Ó Coinceannain, Colmán Ó Tuama: Miceál Ó Tuama, Eanna Ó Duinnín, Ben Seartan: Darren Ó Duinnín, Tadhg Ó Laoghaire, Conchuir ó Loinsuigh. Fear Ionaid: Liam Ó Criodáin (47).

Intermediate Football Championship

Round 4 Qualifiers to date:

Kinsale, Eire Óg, Mitchelstown, Aghabullogue, Fermoy, Adrigole, Kanturk, Rockchapel (All Rd 1 winners); Ballydesmond, Mayfield, Glanmire, Kildorrery (Rd Two)

Round 2 (Winners to Rd 4)

Cloyne 2-13 Kildorrery 3-17

Ballydesmond 2-12 CILL na MARTRA 1-10

Youghal 1-10 Glanmire 1-12

Glanworth 1-10 Mayfield 2-15

Round 3

Youghal v Cloyne

CILL na MARTRA v Glanworth

County Under 21 Football Championship.

Semi finals 'A' Championship:

Nemo Rangers 1 - 12 Valley Rovers 2 - 6


'B' Championship:

MACROOM 0-12 Ballinascarthy 1-12

St Finbarr's v Courcey Rovers

Ballinascarthy 1 - 12 Macroom 0 – 12

Macroom, short full back Robbie O'Dwyer, centre back Emmett Quinlan and midfielder Darren McKenna from their first choice line out, fell just that little bit short in their quest to reach the county U21 'B' Football final, losing to a good Bal side by a goal at Brinny.

Darren Kelly opened the scoring with a Macroom point, Bal replied with a brace and a John Murphy Point levelled matters at 0-2 each. Three unanswered points put the West Cork champions clear but a Pa Lucey left only two points between the sides as the first quarter closed. Ballinascarthy again hit back with two further points but Macroom finished the half well with a point apiece from Darren Kelly and Patrick Lucey to trail at the break by 0-8 to 0-5.

On the restart, Bal kicked over three points in a row before Macroom had a point from Patrick Lucey. Bal kicked over a point in reply in the 41st minute and a minute later inflicted major damage when they got through for the only goal of the game after Dylan Dinneen had saved the initial effort very well, 1-12 to 0-6 now the score. Macroom staged a tremendous last quarter rally with points from Michael Cronin, Patrick Lucey, John Murphy, Chris Foskett and Kevin O'Dwyer bringing them to within four points with eight minutes to go. Bal put up the shutters however and one more point, from Patrick Lucey, was the only reword for Macroom before the final whistle blew.

Macroom: Dylan Dinneen: Brian McMahon, Barry Healy, Kevin O'Dwyer: Alan Quinn, Robert Downey, Shane Creed: Michael Cronin, David Horgan: Brendan O'Sullivan, Patrick Lucey, Don Creedon: Darren Kelly, John Murphy, Michael Browne. Subs: Chris Foskett (Used) and Declan Kiely, Ricky Murphy, John O'Shea, Adam Gray, Cathal O'Mahony, Olan O'Mahony, Paul O'Farrell.

Junior 'B' Hurling Championship

3rd Round:

A Killavullen 2-8 Dromtarriffe 5-12

B Bantry Blues 0-15 Rathpeacon 1-16

C Lismire 1-10 IVELEARY 1-14

D Laochra Óg - v Randal Og at Newcestown 29 June.

Quarter Finals:

D v Rathpeacon

UIBH LAOIRE v Dromtariffe

Araglen v Shanballymore

Ballinacurra v Ballyclough

Iveleary 1-14 Lismire 1-10

Uibh Laoire are through to the quarter-final of the Junior B Hurling County Championship after a hard fought win over a strong Lismire side at a sun-drenched Mourneabbey venue. After a somewhat slow start, Uibh Laoire slowly moved up the gears before taking control of the game and winning comfortably by a four point margin the end.

Conditions were absolutely perfect for hurling with the sun shining, not a puff of wind and the pitch in pristine condition. Lismire got off a fast start, knocking over three points in the first minute but Colin Tanner got Uibh Laoire off the mark in the third minute to settle any nerves. Lismire continued to set the pace and led 0-7 to 0-3 after 17 minutes. Uibh Laoire raised their game with Cathal Vaughan, Kevin Manning and Colin Tanner all getting their names on the scoresheet to leave the scores level at 0-9 apiece at the interval.

The defining moment of the game came right from the throw-in for the second half as Cathal Vaughan gathered the ball twenty yards from goal, turned his man and buried the ball in the Lismire net. David Dineen immediately added a point from long range to put Uibh Laoire in control. Lismire tried their utmost to fight back but the Uibh Laoire defence was unyielding with Daniel O'Riordan and Martin Cotter majestic at the heart of the defence. Up front, Kevin Manning, Barry Murphy and Cathal Vaughan continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over to give Uibh Laoire a seven point lead entering the closing stages. Lismire did manage a late consolation goal but Uibh Laoire were not to be denied victory.

This was another great team performance as the management team of Christy O'Leary, Con O'Leary & Jamie Cronin were forced to make many changes due to injuries and holiday-goers from the team that had beaten Belgooly.

It was to be an amazing twenty-four hours for Cathal Vaughan who showed no trouble with the changeover to the small ball, scoring 1-8 after he had made his Munster senior championship debut for the Cork Senior Footballers in their win over Tipperary the night previous. Uibh Laoire will now get a chance to avenge their first round defeat to Dromtarriffe, when the sides meet again in the quarter-final.

Scorers: Cathal Vaughan, 1-8(0-2 frees); Colin Tanner and Kevin Manning, 0-2 each; Barry Murphy and David Dineen, 0-1 each.

Uibh Laoire: Gerard O'Donovan: Brian Murphy, Martin Cotter, Anthony McSweeney: Finbarr McSweeney(Jnr.), Daniel O'Riordan, Gerard O'Riordan(Capt.): Finbarr McSweeney(Snr.), Gerard McSweeney: Kevin Manning, Shane Galvin, Barry Murphy: Colin Tanner, Cathal Vaughan, David Dineen. Subs: John McNulty, Liam Kearney, Barry O'Leary, PJ McNulty (all used) and Robert Oldham(Gk.)

Cork Hurlers and Footballers

Cork Senior Hurlers faced Clare in the Munster semi final at Thurles and won their place through to Munster Final against Limerick with a tremendous performance of top class hurling. The final score was 2-23 to 2-18 and there was no disputing the merit of Cork's win. Mid Cork support of the team was again massive even though there is no Mid Cork hurler on the panel.

Cork Intermediate hurlers beat Clare 4-17 to 2-20 in the second game at Thurles and can thank their good start for this narrow win. Cork led by 3-4 to 0-1 after eight minute but were glad of a late Kevin Hallissey point to assure them of their place in the final against Tipperary. John O'Callaghan (Inniscarra) captained the team and Kevin Hallissey (Eire Óg) was an effective last quarter substitute.

Cork senior footballers were in Munster championship action against Tipperary in Cork and were very lucky to have come out with a 0-16 to 1-11 win. Noel Galvin and Paddy Kelly of Ballincollig, Daniel Goulding of Eire Óg, Fintan Goold of Macroom and Cathal Vaughan of Uíbh Laoire all saw action in this game. Noel Galvin was making his championship debut at corner back and Cathal Vaughan, hampered by recurring injury all early season, came on late in the game to make his senior debut as well. Kerry beat Clare in the other semi final and the Munster Football final in now on in Cork on Sunday 6th July.

Cork Junior Footballers had a 0-15 to 0-13 win over Limerick in their semi final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh and will now meet Kerry in the final. John Dineen of Éire Óg and Rory Buckley of Macroom were second half substitutes for Cork.

Mid Cork GAA

Ballincollig Credit Union Mid Cork Junior 'A' Hurling Championship

Round 1:

A Donoughmore 1-13 Gleann na Laoi 0-11

B Eire Óg 1-12 Kilmichael 1-10

C Inniscarra v Blarney -

D Ballincollig 1-12 Ballinora 1-12 – a draw

Ballinora 1-14 Ballincollig 0-11 (Replay)

E Cloughduv – bye

Round 2 (First round losers) draw : Gleann na Laoi v Kilmichael; Ballincollig v Inniscarra/ Blarney (Losers)

Round 3: The four winners from round 1 will be joined by two winners from Round 2 and Cloughduv – 7 teams in the draw.

Ballincollig 1-12 Ballinora 1-12

Ballinora were denied victory by an excellent double save from Ballincollig goalkeeper Niall Connaughton in injury time of this exciting Ballincollig Credit Union JAHC first round game at Ovens. This was a typical local derby with both sides enjoying periods of dominance. Ballinora led a point at the break but Ballincollig went two clear early in the second period and looked like pulling away. However, Ballinora finished strongly and Patrick Fitton converted a couple of placed efforts to force a replay.

Ballincollig registered the opening score of this game with a free from their impressive free taker Aidan O'Donovan. The Ballincollig men continued to press forward with Niall Purcell finding the net after an excellent pass by John O'Brien after 7 minutes. Ballinora's Michael Murphy was causing the Ballincollig defence plenty of problems and his powerful shot found the net. Ballinora got a grip around the middle of the field and were denied a second goal by a fantastic hook from Colin Harris. Aidan O'Donovan landed his second placed ball but three unanswered points from Tomas McGrath, Alan O'Shea and Patrick Fitton ensured Ballinora led by the minimum 1-6 to 1-5, at the break

Ballincollig registered the opening three points of the second half from John O'Brien and two placed efforts from Aidan O'Donovan. Ballinora responded with points from Darragh Corkery (free) and Conor Brosnan which levelled the game, 1-8 apiece. Ballincollig's Chris Collins landed a beauty from distance but that was cancelled out by Ben Ahern. The side's exchanges points before both free takers converted chances. Both sides then had chances to win this game but a draw was probably a fair result on the night.

Scorers for Ballincollig: A O'Donovan 0-6(all frees) N Purcell 1-0, J O'Brien 0-3, B Glavin, C Collins, B McElligott 0-1 each.

Scorers for Ballinora: P Fitton 0-4 (0-2f), M Murphy 1-2, C Brosnan 0-2, T McGrath, A O'Shea, D Corkery, B Ahern 0-1 each.

Ballincollig: N Connaughton; T Collins, G Harrington, E Cormican; D McDonnell, C Haris, G McElligott; C Collins, J O'Brien; N Purcell, K Kelleher, B Glavin; A O'Donovan, A Lucey D Horan. Subs: J Murray, D O'Leary, B O'Halloran, R Noonan.

Ballinora: Barry Crowley; Brendan Hourihan, James Lordan, Denis O'Neill; Alan O'Shea, Colin O'Shea, P Kennedy; Alan O'Neill, Gary O'Halloran, Michael Murphy, Conor Brosnan, Tomás McGrath; Kevin Murphy, Patrick Fitton, Darragh Corkery. Subs: Mike Lordan, Ben Ahern, D Hegarty.

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Éire Óg).

First Round Replay:

Ballinora 1-14 Ballincollig 0-11

A powerful final quarter ensured Ballinora ran out comfortable winners over Ballincollig in this first round replay of the Ballincollig Credit Union JAHC at Ovens.

Ballinora's Michael Murphy rifled home an excellent goal while Michael Hodge was imperious in defence. Although a single point separated the sides after 45 minutes Ballinora were far slicker on the night and deserving winners.

Ballinora registered the opening scores through Brian Murphy and Patrick Fitton. Ballincollig replied with a couple of placed efforts from the impressive Aidan Donovan. Ballinora's Conor Brosnan landed a beauty from distance to leave the sides level, 0-5 apiece after 18 minutes. Free takers were extremely accurate - Ballinora's Darragh Corkery landing an excellent score from an acute angle, Aidan Donovan landed a gem from play before Corkery converted a long range effort which left the sides level, 0-8 apiece at the break.

The winners edged in front through a placed effort from Corkery but Ballincollig responded with an equaliser from substitute Stephan Coughlan. Patrick Fitton (free) and Michael Murphy put Ballinora two points clear. Michael Murphy finished powerfully to the net after a brilliant solo run from Tomás McGrath. An superb point followed from Murphy while Chris Collins clipped over a consolation score for Ballincollig.

The return of Michael Hodge made all the difference for Ballinora as the powerful defender cleared up everything and other impressive performers for the winners included Michael Murphy and Alan O'Shea while Colin Harris and Aidan Donavan battled hard for Ballincollig.

Scorers for Ballinora: M Murphy 1-2, D Corkery 0-4 (0-3f), P Fitton 0-3 (0-1f), B Murphy 0-2, C Brosnan, K Murphy, A O'Shea (free) 0-1 each. Scorers for Ballincollig: A Donovan 0-7 (0-5f), J O'Brien, K Kelleher, C Collins, S Coughlan 0-1 each.

Ballinora: B Crowley; J Lordan, M Hodge, D O'Neill; A O'Shea, M Lordan, P Kennedy; A O'Neill, T McGrath; M Murphy, C Brosnan, B Murphy; K Murphy, P Fitton, D Corkery. Subs: B Hourihan, G O'Halloran, D Holmes, C Murphy, B Ahern.

Ballincollig: N Connaughton; E Cormican, G Harrington, T Collins; D McDonnell, C Harris, B O'Halloran; C Collins, C Dorgan; K Kelleher, J O'Brien, B McElligott; N Purcell, A O'Donovan, J Murray. Subs: S Coughlan, S Murphy, K O'Sullivan, S O'Sullivan, D Horan.

Referee: Mr John Horgan (Gleann Na Laoi).

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A Football Championship

In the Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior 'A' Football championship first round winners Aghinagh, Canovee, Dripsey, Inniscarra, Iveleary, Kilmurry and Ballincollig are through to the Round Three draw and have been joined by Round Two winner Éire Óg.

Second round (1st Rd losers):

Eire Óg 1-10 Cill na Martra 1-9

Kilmichael 2-12 Clondrohid 1-15 -a draw

Blarney v Macroom

Donoughmore – a bye to Rd 3.

Cill na Martra 1-9 Eire Óg 1-10

Éire Óg are back in the championship after their thrilling win over Cill na Martra at Carraigadrohid. Éire Óg were delighted with their win, a win that did not look likely at all when the trailed on a 1-5 to 0-1 scoreline after 21 minutes play. Cill na Martra missed a penalty just before the break but their five point lead still was a reasonable reflection of the play even if it flattered Eire Óg slightly. The third quarter saw the start of the Éire Óg fight back but still there were four points between the teams after 47 minutes. The game took a dramatic turn with an Éire Óg goal in the 52nd minute to level the scores and in a thrilling finish it was Éire Óg who came up with the winning point from substitute Jack O'Driscoll.

Danny O'Connell had opened the scoring for Cill na Martra after four minutes with a point from a '45' and after Dave Sheehan equalised, Shane Dineen scored three points in a row and Kevin Healy added another to give the men from the west a 0-5 to 0-1 lead after 20 minutes. Kevin Healy then had a goal for Cill na Martra, his close range shot just beating the goalie at the near post. John Malone gave Eire Óg some hope with a fine point and in the 29th minute Cill na Martra were awarded a penalty for a leg block but unfortunately Shane Dineen shot wide of the posts from the spot. Alan O'Mahony had a point at the other end and Cill na Martra led by 1-5 to 0-3 at the break and had appeared to be the better team.

Éire Óg came out with all guns blazing ad had three points in seven minutes, one each from Denis Murphy, Fintan Brennan and John Malone. Shane Dineen pointed a free for the Cill na Martra side and so a goal separated the teams in the 40th minute. Fintan Brennan had a second point which was matched by one from a free by Shane Dineen and in the 47th minute came another pivotal moment when Cill na Martra attacked, Cathal McSweeney fed through to Shane Dineen but Joe Kelleher made a great save and when the ball broke, Cathal McSweeney had to be content to take a point. Ronan O'Toole, one of the very effective Éire Óg subs introduced, now took a point and in the 52nd minute Denis Murphy availed of a slack defence to get possession and fire the ball to the Cill na Martra net from close range. The teams were now level at 1-8 each, and when Shane Dineen pointed a free to put Cill na Martra back in front, Andy Herlihy answered with a point from play for the winners. One minute from time Éire Óg attacked up the left wing Ronan O'Toole and David Sheehan combining, and when the cross came over, Jack O'Driscoll got possession and calmly kicked over the winning point.

Cill na Martra, 2013 'B' champions are out of their first A campaign; Éire Óg are through to the third round draw.

Éire Óg: Joe Kelleher: Colm Murphy, Kieran O'Sullivan, Daire McCarthy: Gerard McSweeney, Alan O'Mahony, Barry Corkery: Tim O'Leary, Denis Murphy: David Sheehan, Donncha Kelly, John Malone: Paul Ryan, Brian D'Arcy O'Sullivan, Fintan Brennan. Subs: Shane Murphy, Andrew Herlihy, Daniel O'Shea, Ronan O'Toole, Jack O'Driscoll.

Cill na Martra: Pádraig Ó hAodha: Gearóid de hIde, Marc Ó Goilí, Pádraig de Brún: Tadhg Ó Duinnín, Danny Ó Conaill, Pádraig Ó Criodáin: Gearóid Ó Goilí, Fionnbarra Ó hEaluithe: Damien Ó hUrdail, Cathal MacSuibhne, Deaglán Ó Mocháin: Caoimhín Ó hEaluithe, Shane Ó Duinnín, Seán Ó Croinín. Fir Ionaid; Antóin Ó Cuana, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh, Gearóid Ó Faoláin, Peadar Ó Muineacháin.

Refgeree: Mr J.J. Murphy, Kilmurry.

Clondrohid 1 – 15 Kilmichael 2 – 12

This game was expected to be a thriller and it was. Conditions were ideal at the Castle Grounds, just reseeded, the sun shone down from blue skies and the football matched the conditions. Reigning champions Kilmichael led at half time and held a three point lead late in the game but Clondrohid, playing their third game in the competition, did not give up and whittled the lead down to a single point with time almost up. A late, late free, from a tricky distance, was driven over the bar by Mathew McDonagh and so the sides must meet again and the big attendance present on this occasion won't want to miss that replay.

Clondrohid started with three points in a row, from Danny O'Riordan, Darren Dineen and Mark Creed. Kilmichael responded with three points to level, all from Danny Twomey. Conor Cotter then kicked Kilmichael into the lead in the 14th minute and two minutes later Peter Kelleher finished off good work by Twomey with a goal to put Kilmichael four points clear. Danny Twomey pointed for Kilmichael from a free, Aidan Kelleher ignited Clondrohid with a goal in the 21st minute but Twomey opened up a three point gap again with another point. John Corkery made a super save from Dermot O'Riordan before Paddy Lynch pointed for Clondrohid only for Peter Kelleher to close the first half scoring with a Kilmichael point. Kilmichael led by 1-7 to 1-4, both sides having lost a man to a black card before the break.

On the restart, Clondrohid had three points in a row to level, David O'Leary, Mathew McDonagh Mark Creed the scorers, and then Darren Dineen put them in front with a point. Danny Twomey and Colm Dromey replied for Kilmichael, McDonagh pointed to level once again for Clondrohid in the 44th minute. Another Mathew McDonagh point was matched by one from Danny Twomey and when McDonagh again put Clondrohid in front, Kilmichael responded with a goal from Dermot O'Riordan, 2-10 to 1-11 now the score with ten minutes remaining. Fergal Kelleher cut the gap to the minimum, Danny Twomey pointed two in a row to open up a three point difference and the question now was could Clondrohid respond in the time remaining. Mathew McDonagh pointed, Paddy Lynch added another and with time almost up McDonagh was equal to the challenge and pointed a difficult free to earn his side a deserved draw.

Clondrohid: John Corkery: Lorcan Lynch, Trevor O'Brien, James Kelleher: Conor O'Leary, Jeremy O'Sullivan, Daniel O'Mahony: Fergal Kelleher, Neilus Murphy: Mark Creed, Aidan Kelleher, Danny O'Riordan: David O'Leary, Paddy Lynch, Darren Dineen. Subs: Mathew McDonagh, Seán Lynch, Declan Kelleher, Seán O'Callaghan, Cian Creedon.

Kilmichael: Brendan Crowley: Colin Murphy, John O'Riordan, Niall O'Callaghan: Conor Cotter, Finbarr Buckley, Alan Murphy: Michael Twomey, Finbarr Dromey; Damian Crowley, Simon Foley, Dermot O'Riordan: Darragh Foley, Peter Kelleher, Daniel Twomey. Subs: Colm Dromey and Stephen Kelleher.

Referee: Mr Ted Hayes, Éire Óg.

St. Val's Updates

St Val's entered two teams, Junior and Senior, in the Munster 7s competition which was held in Mallow GAA on June 7th. The Junior team played in the intermediate section against Kilmihil, Clashmore and Old Mill, winning only one game, so unfortunately they didn't qualify out of their group. The senior team played Moyle Rovers and Ballymacarbery in their section and went on to play The Banner in the semi-final. However they were defeated 4-8 to 1-6. The Banner later went on to win the cup.
Players: Fiona Crowley, Claire Murphy, Aileen Corkery, Eva Dunne, Louise Coholan, Caoimhe Creedon, Liz Coholan, Ciara Nevin, Jean Lucey, Mairead Corkery, Vera Foley, Briege Corkery,Susan Kent, Anne-Marie Ryan, Siofra Burgoyne, Ellen Coakley, Alice Dunne, Niamh McCarthy, Triona Buckley, Aine Murphy, Katie O'Callaghan, Aisling Kelleher and Katie O'Connell.

Macroom Ladies Football

Macroom U14 Ladies proudly represented their club as they contested the U14B League final on June 4, meeting Douglas in Redmond's, Cork,. Despite the cold wet June weather, the Macroom Girls got off to a great start and went in at half time four points up 1-5 to 0-4. They were going well in the second half until a penalty was called in favour of Douglas and that was followed by two more goals. However the Macroom girls did not give up. They fought back and brought the gap back to just three points. Unlucky on the day with a final score of 4-8 to 6-6 but the U14 Ladies showed excellent determination and teamwork and played some very fine football and didn't let Douglas go without a fight. A very talented group of girls and we are sure to see other great performances in years to come. Thank you to coach Paul Kingston, mentors and all supporters and parents who were there on the night and all who continue to support the club. Keep up the great work. There will also be an u14 shield competition starting shortly. Best of Luck.
Macroom U12 Ladies played their third League match of the season in finer weather, meeting St. Michael's of Carrigaline on June 4 in Tom Creedon Park. The girls enjoyed the game and showed great enthusiasm. However Carrigaline came out the winning side. They are a committed group and have grown significantly in numbers this year and also have several new coaches for which the club is very grateful.
A Junior Ladies team has been entered in the 13 a-side B Championship with at least three games to be played during the summer months. There continues to be an eager, growing group attending training and anyone interested in playing is most welcome to join. U16 Championship coming up July/August and Minor Championship August/Sept.
U10 and U8 continue to be a keen and interested group, growing in numbers. U10 league is beginning 5th July and we also hope to enter some football blitzes.
Thank you to all coaches, mentors, helpers and indeed players involved in all groups for your continued dedication to your club.
Remember: U8, U10, U12, U14 training Wednesdays @ 6pm Tom Creedon Park. U16, Minor and Junior training, Thursdays @ 7.30pm in Tom Creedon Park.

Kilmurry Underage

The U8s have continued their training on Sunday mornings and played a challenge against Aghinagh recently. It was an exciting evening for all involved and the sides proved to be evenly matched.
The U10 team took part in the Brian Cronin tournament held in Dromtarriffe on June 7th and 14th. On the first day Kilmurry came up against very strong opposition and struggled to win one match. After much soul searching during the following week, a much improved team turned up on the second Saturday to contest the Shield. On that day Kilmurry faced Millstreet, Ballyclough and St. Peter's. Only one team would emerge from this group to contest the final so it was all to play for. The day started well for Kilmurry with a good win over Millstreet. Despite this early victory tensions were high and no game could be taken for granted. The second game against Ballyclough was a tough encounter. Both teams had won their first game so both were in contention for place in the final. While the score line at the final whistle would suggest an easy victory, Kilmurry were made to work hard for every score. The final game against St. Peter's was make or break for the Kilmurry team and a defeat could well mean an early trip home. St. Peter's proved to be a match for the Kilmurry side and only for a solid display from the back line, Kilmurry would have been in trouble. Meanwhile at the other end of the pitch the Kilmurry forwards were waiting for any opportunity and two such chances came in the middle of the second half when two fast goals put Kilmurry in the driving seat. Having won their three games Kilmurry found themselves in the final for a second consecutive year. Their opposition was the home team, Dromtarriffe. Despite their young age the importance of playing in a final was not lost on the team and nerves were heightened as both teams paraded around the pitch behind a lone piper. The game was played at a fast pace and Kilmurry were under pressure from the start. Dromtarriffe were a strong side and by half time had two goals and a point scored against Kilmurry's two points. Some strong words at half time got the Kilmurry side back on track and the second half proved a different game entirely. Kilmurry brought the game back to within a point but time ran out for the mid Cork side and Dromtarriffe emerged the victors by the minimum of margins. The Kilmurry panel were Jack Devine, Conor Kelleher, Alexander Aisling, Aaron O'Mahony, Mark O'Connell, Michael O'Connell, Ryan Leahy, Colm McSweeney, Dylan Shanahan, Alan Desmond, Lauren Barrett, Rory Duggan Fia Drinin, Mia Gilbert, Alex Sheehan, Joe O'Mullane, Robert Lehane, Orla O'Donoghue Ryan Irwin, Caoimhe Dineen.
The under 11s have played one game in the Rebel Óg league and won comfortably against Macroom. The under 12s panel have played two games in their league against Aghinagh and Donoughmore, winning both. They also played a challenge against Aghabullogue which was a tough game but one in which Kilmurry were easy victors.

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Ber O'Shea, winner of Ladies' Captain's Prize (Maura Forde) at Macroom Golf Club   O Sullivan Photo

Macroom Golf Club

Results: June 12. Thursday Open Singles. -1st -Niall Kelleher-13-Macroom-41pts. 14th & 15th June--Open Singles. 1st-Christy Naughton 17 with 46pts. 2nd-Daniel O'Sullivan-19 on 41pts. 3rd-Mark O Flynn-18--40pts.
June 17. Seniors Scramble, 1st, Pat Connell, 13, Ml Dwyer, 22, 40. Ray Murphy, 25.
June 19 Thursday Open Singles. 1st, Daniel O'Sullivan, 19, , 46pts.
June 22. 1st, Alan Townend, 17, 40 pts. 2nd Sean K McCarthy, 13, , 40 pts. 3rd. Orrain McGarry, 16, 40 pts.
Fixtures: Tues – Seniors Scramble draw at 10.30am. Thurs 26th & Fri 27th – Open Singles. Sat 28th & Sun 29th – Club Singles Monthly Medal.