Lee Valley Outlook July 10 2014 v11e14

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Renaissance – New Life in Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Macroom Library:

Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon for 3 – 7 year olds
Bridge Club: Wed. July 16 at 11a.m.
Purlies Thurs. July 17 at 11a.m.
Art Exhibition: 'Here and Now' until July 26.

Briery Gap:
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.

'Here and Now' art exhibition in Town Hall Gallery, 10.30a.m. to 5.30p.m. Tues. to Sat. until July 26.
Open Garden at Alice Taylor's, Innishannon Sat. and Sun. July 12th and 13th .10 to 6 pm.
Liz Lucey Run on Sun. July 13th, Inchigeela from 11.30a.m.
Car Boot Sale & Family Fun Day Sun. 13th July, 9 - 3 in Kilmurry GAA Grounds
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.
World Fishing in Coachford. July 19 – 20.
GAA Summer Camp: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. 21/07/14 to 25/07/14.
Macroom Soccer 7 a Side tournament Fri. and Sat. Aug 1 and 2.
Mick Dineen Cycle: from Ballingeary on Sun. Aug. 3 at 9:30.
Crookstown Vintage Club: Annual vintage day on Sun. Aug. 10 at 2 p.m.
Inchigeela Festival 14th -17th August.
Ballingeary Show Sunday 24th August.
Macroom Food Festival: Sept. 26 – 28
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

Macroom Food Festival 2014

Some details have been announced of Macroom's 3rd annual Food Festival, to be held during the last weekend of September. On Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th, a host of events will take place at indoor and outdoor venues throughout the town, including the Square, the Castle Hotel, the Briery Gap and the Riverside Park Hotel. These include a taste trail, schools cook-off competition, a BBQ street party, monster outdoor food market, cheese & wine tasting, children's entertainment, live music & more. Organisers of Macroom Food Festival are looking forward to building on the huge success of the previous two years to host an even bigger and better festival in 2014.
The weekend will kick off on Friday with a welcome ceremony, followed by a Macroom Dining Extravaganza at the Riverside Park Hotel, with a feast prepared by the Restaurants of Macroom. Saturday will see the town come alive with a taste trail showcasing superb local produce in the pubs, shops, cafes and restaurants around Macroom, to a soundtrack of live music on the street. In the evening a local cheese and not so local wine event will take place at the Castle Hotel. Sunday will see the square transformed into a massive outdoor food market, complete with children's entertainment, live music and plenty to eat all round, along with the schools cook-off. The organising team are now working on a detailed schedule of events which will include all the successful elements of last year's festival plus some exciting new events. Last year's festival welcomed over 7,000 visitors to the town over the course of the festival weekend and the team is looking forward to seeing those visitors return again and welcoming lots of newcomers also. Macroom Food Festival organising committee says the programme of events will be diverse enough to whet the appetites of dedicated food enthusiasts, as well as families looking for an enjoyable weekend of culture and entertainment.
The festival will, again, put the fantastic food of west Cork, Kerry and beyond in the spotlight. It will be an epic feast for all the senses. Please contact Catherine Costello or Jo Lovell on 026 20520/20544 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. See www.macroomfoodfestival.com for more details.

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Middle of the Field in the 2014 Daniel Kingston Run in Macroom. © Lee Valley Outlook

Daniel Kingston Run

The fifth annual Daniel Kingston Memorial 5km run took place on June 26 and it was again a great occasion with young and old taking part and numbers exceeding 650. The race was won by local man, Joe Cunningham, in a time of 16mins 37 secs. The sun came out, as is traditional for the race and there was a tremendous atmosphere about the town as people gathered in the sports complex and on the street and music was provided by Aghinagh Comhaltas. Great support came from local stewards, clubs, volunteers, Gardai and businesses to ensure that this memorial race goes from strength to strength each year. The family of the late Daniel Kingston are very grateful for this on-going support. As in previous years, all surplus funds are donated to Cork ARC cancer support House.

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Artist, Tadhg McSweeney, with Ian McDonagh, Cork County Arts Officer, at opening of Here and Now exhibition at Macroom Town Hall Gallery © Lee Valley Outlook

Art in Summer

Do find time to go along to the Town Hall Gallery and Macroom Library before July 26 to view some of the work of local artists. 'Here and Now', an exhibition including painting, print, photography, sculpture, installation and video, has something for everyone. The Town Hall has hosted summer exhibitions, under the umbrella of Cork County Arts Office, over the past ten years and it is hoped that it will continue to be available under new local government arrangements. The mission is to exhibit the work of contemporary artists. In 2006, the exhibition was entitled 'Time and Place' and was devoted to visual art in the Lee Valley. The work of those exhibitors is again being shown in 2014 and has spilled over into the exhibition area of Macroom Library. Unfortunately, one of the artists, Len Clatworthy, died in 2009. His magnificent piece, Lioness, on show at the library, is a great advertisement for the exhibition and certainly whets the interest of children.
Dónal Ó Céilleachair is showing an interesting film portrait of Cill na Martra artist, Tadhg McSweeney, who himself is exhibiting a selection of oil paintings. John Philip Murray, as always, has some fascinating pictures in a variety of styles. Debbie Godsell's screenprints are worthy of long appreciation and Bernice Corcoran's images of the Gearagh and Annahala attract great local interest. Con Kelleher is showing photographic portraits of all the artists and Ray Lawlor's quirky exhibits will fascinate young and old.
Pictures on sale range from €80 to €14,000. You may view them in the library during opening hours and from 10.30a.m. to 5.30p.m. Tuesday to Saturday in the Town Hall Gallery. Admission free.

Visit to World Flower Show

Macroom Flower & Garden Club attended the RDS on June20th for what was truly a spectacular World Flower Show, aptly named "A Floral Odyssey". Club member Mary Linehan AOIFA represented Ireland with her exhibit entitled "Coastal Narrative". Preparation to exhibit at this Show involved many hours of hard work and careful planning. Staging of Exhibits was on Wednesday 18th June with a 6.30a.m start for competitors. Members enjoyed viewing the many International and Irish exhibits. The Honorary Exhibit was by Mary O Brien AOIFA Cobh and was entitled "The Ardagh Chalice". Best in Show went to Vinita Khemka of India. Well done to WAFA Ireland Management team and AOIFA. The next World Show will be held in Barbados in 2017.
The Itinerary also included a Garden Visit to Clonohill Gardens, Coolrain Co. Laois owned by Enda Thompson-Phelan. The 1.5 acre garden features woodland, lawns, herbaceous border and a walled garden overlooking a lake where there are many specimen plants including Paeonia Trees. The tour of this garden provided much interest for the group and was described as a "Painter's Palette. The group returned home safely to Macroom on Friday night 20th June and would like to express gratitude to O'Connor Bus Hire and coach driver Chroistóir Desmond for their help and professionalism.

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Macroom Youthreach students, Ellen Murphy, Graeme O'Donoghue, Myles O'Driscoll, Gary O'Connor and Jack Dineen with awards won for their video 'Nicotine Nation' ©

Macroom Youthreach Video Award

Students from Youthreach Macroom Centre for Education have made history by becoming the first Youthreach group to take home the best overall and best online award for their video 'Nicotine Nation' at the 2014 Irish Cancer Society X-Hale Youth Awards in Dublin. More than 47 youth groups from across Ireland participated in the Irish Cancer Society X Hale competition which encourages students to play their part in helping to prevent young people from starting to smoke. It was a huge team effort by everyone involved. The creative team comprised of Daragh Martin (art teacher), Angela Doherty (drama teacher) & James Herlihy (editor). All three worked tirelessly to develop the creative and imaginative spirit of the students. The video received over 2,700 views in just one week and this was due, in no small part, to the community and people of Macroom who viewed and shared the video via facebook, twitter and other social media. All films including 'Nicotine Nation' are available to view online at www.cancer.ie/xhale.
Youthreach Macroom caters for young adults from Macroom Community and surrounding hinterland. There are currently 18 students enrolled at the centre which offers full time programmes on a year round basis including FETAC 4 General learning Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied.

Twinning 2014

The twinning weekend in Bubry, France with Macroom's Breton twins and a delegation from Marcallo con Casone, Italy took place in early July. Macroom Twinning Association sent a small delegation headed up by its chairman Paul Collins and no less than 5 former mayors of Macroom Town Council, Martin Coughlan, Paul Kingston, Owen McCarthy, Breda McCarthy Cullinane and Evelyn McSweeney. Marcallo con Casone delegates included a group of town representatives including their Mayor and young musicians from their local string band. The visitors enjoyed the ceremonies of the local fêtes and a giant barbecue and dancing in the street were enjoyed by all despite very inclement weather on Saturday. The twinning association in Bubry pulled out all the stops to make sure everyone enjoyed a great weekend with the right mix of official ceremonies, cultural visits, lovely food and dancing. It was a great opportunity for old friends to renew acquaintances and to strike up new ones.

Macroom Library

'Here and Now' is the title of a bi located Art Exhibition currently taking place in Macroom Library and Macroom Town Hall. I have to say our Lioness, created by the late Len Clatworthy, qualifies as the star of the show. The amount of comment she has generated from our customers is huge and complimentary to a man, woman and child! But, in art, as in literature, 'one man's meat is another man's poison' as the saying goes, so feel free to contradict my verdict by coming to see her and the outstanding work of the other artists. All 8 of the artists have associations with the Macroom area. The library opening hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday , Friday and Saturday 9.30 to 5.30 and Tuesday 9.30 to 7.30 pm. The exhibition continues until Saturday July 26th.
Our indefatigable knitters will be here on Thursday 17th July from 11.am til 1p.m. All level of knitter welcome to this friendly event. ACOL Bridge takes place on Wednesday 16th July from 11 to 1. Anyone who has a knowledge of ACOL Bridge is welcome. Ciorcal Cainte has gone into hibernation until September as have the Book Club and the Gramophone sessions. We have at least one craft session in the pipeline for the summer but at going to press, nothing had been confirmed yet. Keep an eye on the library window as it will definitely be advertised there first. Children can take part in our Sweet Treats Summer Challenge with the chance to win a book token in late August. Details are available from the library desk. Children's Membership is 50 cent per year an annual Adult Membership costs €2.50.

Briery Gap Mixed Choir

As part of Briery Gap's new autumn season, we are delighted to announce the proposal of a new adult mixed choir. All singers over the age of 18 are welcome to be part of this new initiative and enrolment will commence on Wednesday 10th September. The choir trainer, Stephen Breslin from Donegal, has vast experience with Adult, Church and Youth choirs. The repertoire will include Modern, Contemporary, Irish, Classical and West End Music. Stephen hopes to develop the choir to concert and festival standard and is looking forward to the challenge.
Application forms will be available at Box Office from mid-July and the opportunity is open to all male and female singers throughout the county and beyond. This promises to be a very interesting musical experience as well as an enjoyable social evening. The fee for 10 week term is just €50 per person. Places will be limited. To register your interest, please contact 026 41793, email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow us on https://www.facebook.com/BrieryGap?fref=ts

Briery Gap Programme

Cinema: The Butler –14th July at 8.30p.m. The Butler – Monday 14th July at 8.30pm. As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Monday 21st July at 8.30pm. Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history, the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

The Book Thief – Monday 28th July at 8.30pm. While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents. Admission to cinema €4

TheatreSullane Sessions present Daniel Martin Moore and Guests on Friday 25th July and John Blek and the Rats on Saturday 23rd August at 9p.m.
Annemarie O'Riordan Friday September 12th at 8.00pm
Declan O'Rourke Saturday 27th September at 8.00pm Tickets €20
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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Car Boot Sale & Family Fun Day on Sunday 13th July from 9am to 3pm in Kilmurry GAA Grounds in association with Kilmurry Historical Association. Come along to Kilmurry and have a rummage around the stalls and find a bargain. It will be a great day out for the kids as entertainment will also be provided in the GAA pitch.
Do you have good quality unwanted or unused items in your attic or garage but don't wish to throw them out? Why not put them in your car boot and sell them at Kilmurry? Trade Entry Fee: Cars: €10 – Cars and Trailers: €15 - Vans: €20 (Gates open at 7am to traders). Public: Individuals: €2 - Family: €5. Tea/ Coffees Refreshments in Hall – Bouncy Castle and children's entertainment.

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.

Campa Samhraidh C.L.G. Cumann Peile Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh GAA Summer Camp. Buachaillí & Cailiní 5 to 16 years. 21 Iúil go dtí 25 Iúil i bPáirc Traolach Mac Suibhne.

Mick Dineen Cycle: The 5th annual Mick Dineen Cycle will leave Ballingeary on Sunday 3rd of August at 9:30. The 100km and 130 km routes will pass through Kilgarvan, Kenmare, Glengariff and the Pass of Céim an Fhia. Registration on the day or online at Valleywheelerscc.com. €10 for adults. Come join us for a great sense of achievement.

Crookstown Vintage Club: Annual vintage day on Sunday 10th August at 2 p.m. Best dressed lady, dog of the show, children's sports, baby show, vintage display plus numerous side shows.

Ballingeary Show: It's that time of year again - Show Day in Ballingeary. But this year we will celebrate our big 50th Show on Sunday 24th August, so plans are in progress to make it an extra special occasion. Entry forms will be available mid July or may be downloaded from www.ballingearyshow.com.

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.

Bring your own Picnic: The First Inchigeela Village Picnic was held on-street on June 22, close enough to mid-summer. It was organised by the Croí na Laoi Uíbh Laoire committee, to help celebrate our community spirit. We have great neighbours, with whom we shared conversation, simple food and a cuppa and it was really enjoyable. Ballingeary Pipe Band joined us for a time and helped create a special atmosphere for our community who strive to help each other through hard times and great loss. We hope it helped.

Johnstown / Kilmichael Vintage Club held their annual vintage car, motorbike and open tractor run along with a 9km walk in ideal weather conditions last May, with all proceeds going to the Autism Unit at St. Colman's Boy's National School, Macroom. There was a large turnout of vehicles, both modern and vintage and a big crowd also enjoyed the 9km walk. The club would like to sincerely thank everyone for their support of the event and and for their kind donations . The sum of €1,150 - was presented to Margaret Pettersen, Terelton, a teacher in the Autistm Unit, by club Treasurer, Patrick Kearney. Martin Clancy, Principal and Ann O'Mahony were also at the presentation, along with Johnstown / Kilmichael Vintage Club members.

Focus Ireland Advice and Information Service will be available to answer any housing, or related queries at the Citizens Information Centre, South Square, Macroom on the first Thursday of every month. This advice and information clinic will be held from 10 am to 12 noon. For appointments please contact the Citizens Information Centre directly on 0761 078430.

Getting Started: Age Action Ireland run classes for people aged 55 and over on how to use Smart Phone, Ipad, Computers etc. Tutoring one on one in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. If you're a complete beginner, computers will be provided). Please contact Martina or Gordon on 021 4536556, text Julie on 087 1956026 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . There is a maximum fee of €20 (depending on the venue) for the entire course, consisting of 8 hours (2 hours a week).

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: June 24. Jackpot €2,000. Numbers drawn 5, 6, 23. No Winner. €70 Angela Cahill, Coolcower. €20 Kate Murray, Railway View. Bet Griffin, Heronswood, Macroom. Pat O'Sullivan, The Glenties. Finbarr Kelly, Kilmichael. Gene McSweeney, Knocknagree.
July 1. Jackpot €2,200. Numbers drawn 21, 34, 36. No Winner. €70 Conor Buckley, Lower Farran, Ovens. €20 Tinal O'Connor, Duagh, Listowel. Vincent Kingston, Coolyhane. Julie O'Sullivan, Kilnagurteen. Hannah O'Connell, 2 The Lawn, Macroom. Anthony O'Sullivan, Kilnagurteen.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: June 29. Jackpot €2.050. Numbers drawn: 4, 13, 15. No winner. €50 Sheila Dineen, Shanakiel. €20. Bessie Cotter, Horsemount. Trish and Brendan, Shanakiel. Paddy and Eileen McSweeney, Kilbarry. Ger Kelleher, Moulnahorna.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: June 25. Jackpot €1,800. €70 Brendan O'Callaghan, Dromree. €20 Noelle O'Sullivan, Clondrohid. Leo Hughes, Masseytown. Donal O'Leary, Lissarda. Mick Kelly, Bandon.
July 2. Jackpot €2,000. €70 Christy Goggin, Moulnahorna. €20 Tina Murray, c/o Murray's Bar. Paddy Coakley, Down Under. Conor Kearns, Teerbeg. Adam Roche, 5, The Terrace.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: Jackpot €7,500. Numbers drawn: 12, 13, 21, 22. No winner. €50 Margaret Buckley, Ballytrasna. €25 Mick Hartnett, Aherla. Crowley Family, Carrigadrohid.
Macroom AFC Lotto: 17/06/14. Jackpot € 1,600. Numbers Drawn: 7,23,33. No Winner. €80 Eve McMahon c/o June. €20 Dylan D and James MIko c/o Lars. Jane Murray c/o Murrays. Shiela Johnson c/o Penns. Mrg Kelly c/o Evelyn.
23/06/14. Jackpot €1,800. Numbers Drawn: 10, 28,35. No Winner. €80 Jennifer Creedon c/o Noel. €20 Darragh Vaughan c/o P. o' R. Jenny Kelleher c/o Katherine. Michael Mungovan c/o Evelyn. Ted Savage c/o Greyhound Bar.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 1/7/2014, Jackpot: €1,000, Numbers Drawn: 20 - 25 - 28, No Winner, €40 Molly O' Connell, €20 Ber Field, Kate Murphy, Noreen Mulligan, Cathal Lucey (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

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Local volunteers and NCFFI members, Duncan Lennox and Trevor Platt, welcome visitors to Coachford for the World Feeder Fishing Championships ©

World Fishing in Coachford

In 2011, at a congress in Rome, a bid was made for Ireland to host the World Feeder Fishing Championships. All such events have to be run according to the International CIP's rules and venues must comply with set conditions. The proposed location in Ireland was Inniscarra Reservoir at Coachford, and after tireless campaigning and planning from Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Ltd., funding was awarded via the Avondhu Blackwater Partnership Ltd. to develop a 2.8km stretch of the reservoir to suit these requirements. Additional support from Cork County Council, Inland Fisheries Ireland and ESB who granted ILTDL a 25 year license for the venue, made this project a reality. The bid was accepted in November 2013 and the event is going ahead with additional sponsorship from the Irish Sports Council and Fáilte Ireland. For the first time in Ireland's history we have a World Championship coarse angling venue to rival the best in the World, a base on which we can realise the under-developed angling potential in this region. The Inniscarra Lake Amenity also provides a tourist attraction that will serve many purposes.
The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland are pleased to announce that Van Den Eynde and Tubertini will co-sponsor the 4th FIPSed World Feeder Fishing Championships at Inniscarra Lake, Coachford. The two European greats will bring their working relationship, already established in Europe, across the water to Ireland, providing industry sponsorship to the event which, with the late addition of Team Kazakhstan, will now be attended by teams from 25 different nations.
Tubertini are delighted to be one of the main sponsors for the 2014 World feeder championships on Inniscarra lake in Cork. It is no secret that Inniscarra is one of the best fishing venues in Ireland and will be an excellent week of fishing for all the competitors. They have supported the Irish International teams over the last number of years and once again look forward to working with the people of Cork to create a spectacular championships for all involved.

World Fishing Programme

Team Training Days Monday 14th to Friday 18th July.
Official Opening Ceremony in Coachford on Thursday 17th July. The ceremony will commence at 6p.m. with a Parade of Nations from the centre of the village. The teams from each of the 25 participating countries – Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Czech Republic, Moldova, Ukraine, Latvia, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Spain, Romania and Lithuania - will be led by Ballingeary Pipe Band to the Aghabullogue GAA Complex where the event will be officially opened by Fergus O'Dowd, TD Minister of State, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. Official speeches from the Fédération Internationale De La Pêche Sportive, the International angling body will be followed by a short demonstration of traditional Irish music and dance by Èiru and light refreshments.
Competition Days: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July.
Medal Ceremony and Closing Gala Dinner on Sunday, July 20. The ceremony to close the event will commence at approximately 5p.m. upon the collation of the competition results. The Medal Ceremony in honour of the winners will be held at the Aghabullogue GAA Complex. This will be followed by a Buffet Dinner at the Lee Valley Golf Club attended by the teams from the 25 participating countries and guests.
There will be live music & entertainment in Coachford village all week.

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Jon Kenny of d'Unbelievable fame, declares the 9 White Deer Brewery in Baile Mhúirne officially open © Lee Valley Outlook

Stag Bán and 9 White Deer In Baile Mhúirne

9 White Deer may again be seen in Baile Mhúirne but this time round they don't serve to guide a saint to the location of her abbey. Instead they mark a new enterprise and the brewing of a new beer, Stag Bán, in the Gaeltacht village. Don O'Leary, publican and restaurateur of the Mills Inn and Gordon Lucey, marine engineer turned master brewer, have embarked on the mission of providing Muskerry, Cork and beyond with a selection of craft beers, beginning with Stag Bán. Three years ago they identified a void in the hospitality market created by the enforced dependence of beer drinkers on four or five products of huge, international breweries. While other countries all boasted their own local brews, Ireland was sadly lacking up to the new millennium. Don and Gordon, with the help of Údarás na Gaeltachta and West Cork Development Partnership, have opened a custom built brewery in the Údarás na Gaeltachta industrial estate which has the potential to produce 8,000 pints a day. Ingredients used are Irish apart from the imported hops. Local malted barley, home grown yeast and water flowing from St. Gobnait's go into the 30 day brewing process of Stag Bán, which is totally free of chemicals. It will be available in bottles nationwide and on tap in Cork and Kerry. Don and Gordon plan to follow on with another three or four beers as well as seasonal brews.
Comedian, Jon Kenny, of d'Unbelievables' fame, performed the official opening of 9 White Deer Brewery and launched Stag Bán. Claiming that alcohol is more than medicinal, his ribald presentation included an extract from John B. Keane's 'Letters of a Matchmaker'. Seán Óg Ó Duinnín then sang a few of the many verses composed by another great entertainer, Steve Cooney, for the occasion. Gordon was celebrating on the double as his second son, Tadhg, a playmate for Finn, was born just in time for the launch.

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The Dineen family, Katie, Mikie, Diarmuid, Joan and Emer, who have taken over the management of Ó Murchú's, Cill na Martra. ©Diarmuid O'Connell

Liz Lucey Run

The annual Memorial Vintage Run, Walk and Cycle in aid of Marymount Hospice will take place on Sunday, July 13th in Inchigeela. Great routes have been organised allowing participants view the local scenery. This event includes tractors of all ages, cars, cyclists, walkers and motorcycles. Registration for tractors, cars, cyclists and motorcyclists will take place at 11.30am sharp at Inchigeela Hall. Registration for walkers is at Inchigeela GAA Pitch at 1pm with scenic walks for all levels from beginners to well seasoned walkers. Refreshments will be served on the day, followed by a huge trad session in the evening along with a raffle with some fabulous prizes to be won including a Cookery Class for two with celebrity chef Neven Maguire in his cookery school in Cavan, 2 tickets for Munster's first home game in Independent Park, a Fourball round of golf at Fota Island Resort, 2 sets of 2 tickets for the National Ploughing Championships in Stradbally Co. Laois and much much much more. This is a great day for all the family! Your support would be very much appreciated for this worthy cause and we look forward to welcoming old and new faces to this year's event. For more information look out for posters and also follow us on Facebook.

Inchigeela Festival 14th -17th August

Inchigeela Festival is back this year running from the 14th to the 17th of August in the festival marquee in River Island Inchigeela. This year's events kick off with a Food Demonstration by Rachel Allen and Food Fair on Thursday 14th of August. Events on Friday 15th include a 5km Family Fun Run/ Walk, with entertainment later that night coming from "The Garth Brooks Experience". Saturday 16th of August will see an afternoon outdoor Family Fun day. UV5 will provide the musical entertain later that night in the marquee.. Sunday 17th of August will see the festival come to a close with an Afternoon Tea Dance with Finbarr Dennehy, outdoor live music in Inchigeela village & festival favourites Bog the Donkey.

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Carriganima Pioneer Total Abstinence Association representatives of Father Cullen Memorial Medals for having completed 60 years as members of the P. T. A. A. at a special mass celebrated by Fr. Batty Desmond R.I.P., one of his last parish functions. ©

Clondrohid Updates

Fr. Batty R.I.P.: It was with great sadness that the parishioners of Clondrohid, and especially Carriganima, learnt of the death of Fr. Batty on Friday, July 3. When Fr. Batty retired from teaching in Dripsey, he took a few years out before returning to college in Thurles to study for the priesthood. When ordained, he was appointed to Carriganima and has served the people there for the past 14 years with great care and attention. His sermons were always interesting, with a good punch line. He loved meeting people at house stations, and was a great conversationalist at the breakfast table. He will be sadly missed by all. The Development Group in Clondrohid and the G.A.A. would like to extend their deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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A section of the huge crowd that assembled for 80th anniversary celebrations at Muinefliuch N.S. © Lee Valley Outlook

Muinefliuch 80th Anniversary: A fantastic day was had by all at the 80th anniversary celebrations of Muinefliuch N.S on Sunday June 22.. The sun shone and old friends were reunited. Lots of fun was had at the side shows, and the raffle was a great success. 1st prize, a calf donated by Gerry and Anne Casey, was won by Eddie Duggan. 2nd prize, a hotel voucher was won by Tracy Duggan and lots more great cash prizes were won on the day. The book was a great talking point with past pupils reminiscing over old photographs and memories. Due to the high demand for the book, it can now be purchased at Jim Murray's furniture shop Macroom, McCarthy's Newsagent Main Street and Costcutters, Masseytown, price €20. Muinefliuch N.S. would like to thank everyone who supported them on the day.

The Development Group would like to thank all those who are helping to keep the village looking neat and tidy. Keep up the good work and anyone going for a walk or a stroll, bring a plastic bag with you and anywhere you see weeds or rubbish, plese bin them.

School of Music: Don't forget this new school will be opening in September . It will be called The Lee Valley Academy of Music and will be located at Fitzgerald's House. Tuition in piano, violin, guitar, singing, flute, harp, saxophone as well as drama, music theory and Junior Cert and Leaving Cert music will be on offer. This will be a great opportunity for anyone interested in music and drama and Sile Ni Dhubhgaill can be contacted on 0876952368 for more information.

Kelvin Aherne Fund Raiser

A very enjoyable Family Day was held recently at Béal-na-mBláth for the Kelvin Aherne Fund. Organised by a group of local volunteers, the event was hosted by Béal-na-mBláth Cafe and Filling Station and the Diamond Bar. A large crowd gathered in glorious weather and were entertained by Newcestown Junior Comhaltas who played beautiful music during the event. The highlight of the evening was a visit from 'Barak and Michelle Obama' who arrived in OBAMA 1 with a full security detail! They greeted the locals and Mr Obama enjoyed a pint at the Diamond Bar before departing. A very enjoyable table quiz was held in the Diamond Bar to round off a very entertaining and worthwhile event.

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Powerful view from St. John's Well, Mushera at midsummer © Lee Valley Outlook

Donoughmore Doings

The 45th annual Carnival starts on Thursday 17th July. The first night is dedicated to the youth of the parish with Fancy Dress, Teddy's Picinic, Donoughmore Dragons Lair demo. Calling on all juveniles to enter the Fittest 4 Competition - who will complete the obstacle course in jig time?
Donoughmore 7 race, walk and fun run will be held on Friday and this will be followed by demo on pitch side, with 16 and over Fittest 4 competition sponsored by Juliet Murphy's Health & Fitness Club.
Saturday's programme will include Super Bingo at 8pm and Silage Contractors Tug of war competition.
Sunday is the big Family Fun day, with Munster Tug of war and plenty to keep you entertained while you catch up with old friends. This year, with the new playground and newly tarmacked grounds, there will be plenty to view and talk about. Amusements and 5 star catering on site. Support your local community.

Coachford Updates

Céad Míle Fáilte: Coachford is currently extending a heartfelt welcome to visitors from all over the world for the World Feeder Fishing Championships which will take place on the River Lee at Nadrid Coachford on July 19th and 20th. The new Greenway will be the main venue for most of the teams and spectators are invited to view the fishermen in action. 25 countries are taking part in the competition and hotels and B&Bs are full up all around the area. The public houses in the village have music lined up for the weekend of the competition; the welcoming committee for the championships are busy decorating the village with buntings and the flags of the participating countries. Chairperson of the Community Council, Deirdre O'Donovan said, "We are delighted that the World Championships are coming to the village, It's a huge boost for the area and is giving everyone a sense of pride in our village, the river and the Lee Valley. We are asking everyone to make the visitors from the 25 countries feel very welcome and offer them a Céad Míle Fáilte. We hope the championships are a great success for the organisers and that we see many more events like this on the river. These international competitions are very welcome to the economy of the village. The businesses in the village have invested in the championships and are looking forward to a bumper July and are also looking ahead to many more similar events in the coming years. I would like to pay tribute especially to Tommy Lawton of the NCFFI for helping to bring this world event to Coachford and to the Innniscarra Lake Tourism Development Committee for developing 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. This is a huge event for the area with over 200 competitors, 150 team officials 75 stewards and over 300 supporters expected to visit the area over the weekend of the championships and it will certainly put the fishing facilities that Coachford and the wider area have on the international angling map and I believe that this will have a long reaching impact on Fishing Tourism for the area."

Coachford Greenway walk along the northern banks of the river lee has been hailed as a great success by all those who took part in the first family walk on the 6km route recently. Over 150 adults and children turned up to walk the new greenway and to raise funds to decorate the village in advance of the world Fishing Championships which are being held on the river later this month. The walkway was developed to create a new amenity for the area and to become a state of the art venue for the World Fishing Championships and for visiting fishermen to the area in the coming years. This beautiful flat walking route has stunning views of the River Lee, Farran Woods and Rooves Bridge. It was developed by the Inniscarra Lake Tourism development company with the assistance of the Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, the ESB, Cork County Council, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Tourism Ireland and the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland. Chairman of the Inniscarra Lake Tourism development company, Matt Sheehan said "We were delighted that this walk and venue for the championships has turned out so well, A lot of people have worked very hard to bring the project to this stage and we are very grateful to all of them. There were many times during the last three years that we doubted if this could be done but thankfully it has been and seeing the huge number of families using it today makes all the hard work worthwhile".

The building of the Dams: Video, Audio and aerial images will make up the eagerly awaited week long free exhibition on the flooding of the Lee Valley and the building of the two dams that formed the Lee Hydroelectric scheme. The exhibition takes place in Coachford from Monday July 14th to the 20th in the Community House, Main Street, Coachford. This is a fabulous opportunity for people to witness how this mammoth task of building the dams took place and the huge implications it had on the people and environment in the Lee Valley area.. The organisers have put in a lot of work into the event over the last six months and have secured never seen before images from the ESB and Cork County Council as well as rare film footage taken at the time.
Coachford Tidy Towns would like to thank everyone who brought their old and unused electrical items to the WEEE Recycling day in Coachford last Saturday. There were hundreds of items brought to the event and another articulated lorry had to be brought in to cope with the number of fridges, computers, televisions batteries etc that were brought for recycling. The organisers would like to thank Fr. Peadar Murphy, Fr. Mallon and Ann Creagh for their help and support of the event.

Aghabullogue Colours at Soccer World Cup: Two local lads working on different sides of the world decided to meet up in Brazil to attend some of the World Cup games. The two friends, John Hogan from Coachford who is working in Perth in Australia and Seanie Twomey from Aghabullogue who is working in Calgary in Canada have been attending a number of games, soaking up the atmosphere and blending in seamlessly with the Brazilians. The boys were spotted on TV at the USA versus Germany game proudly sporting their Aghabullogue GAA colours and wearing the Irish Tricolour. The boys now hope to make one of the quarter final games this weekend.
Agrilympics: The organisers of the Coachford Autumn Festival are delighted to announce that the Agrilympics will be featured again at this year's festival which runs from August 15th to 17th. This novel event was a huge success at last year's festivals and saw teams of four, made up of male and female members push tractors, milk cows, and steer farmyard trolleys around an obstacle course. The Agrilympics are just one of the many novel and fun events planned for this yeas festival. Tim O'Riordan of Natural Gas will be playing live at the event and the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Massey 100 and Ford 1000 series is sure to attract a large number of tractors to the show on Sunday August 17th.

Daniel Corkery Summer School

The 2014 Daniel Corkery Summer School will open at Creedon's Hotel, Inchigeelagh on Sunday July 20 at 7.30p.m. and will continue until Friday, July 25. The teachers and researchers of the Department of Archaeology at U.C.C. are giving this year's scholars an insight into the prehistorical settlements and sites of Cork. Lectures will include 'The Prehistory of County Cork' by Billy O'Brien, head of the Archaeology Department at U.C.C. on Sunday at 8p.m. Barry Keane, history and geography teacher, will speak on 'The Dunmanway and Ballygroman Killings' on Monday at 9p.m. 'Fulachtaí Fia and prehistoric settlement in County Cork' are the subject of archaeological researcher, Alan Hawkes's talk on Tuesday. James O'Driscoll, a Kinsale artist, will lecture on 'Prehistoric Hillforts in Cork and Ireland' on Thursday and Nick Hogan, a researcher in archaeology at U.C.C., will deliver the final lecture on Friday at 9p.m. on the subject of 'Prehistoric Landscapes in the Beara Peninsula'.
Field excursions will include a visit to Templemartin, led by Billy O'Brien on Sunday at 1p.m. and a char-a-banc tour viewing historic sites with local historian and author, Michael Galvin on Wednesday at 10a.m. Landscape Painting classes will be conducted by Aegan Floyd; the choral workshop is under the direction of Katherine Choonara; poetry reading on Monday at 7.30 is by Adam Wyeth. The Corkery Consort in Inchigeelagh church on Wednesday at 8p.m. includes songs by Simon Biazeck, with David Way on violin, Sophie Creaner on clarinet and recorder, Tom Shorter, tenor and spinet and Ursula Williams, cello. Enquiries to Joe Creedon at 026 49012, Ursula Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on www.corkery.inchigeealgh.com

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Children from Canovee School in joyful mood having won the Art section in the Muintir na Tíre "Pride in Our Community School Garden Competition 2014 with their teachers, Fidelma Aherne and Eddy Maloney Principal © Peter Scanlan

Community Schools Garden Competition 2014

There were many local winners in the Pride in the Community Garden Awards which was held in the County Hall on June 24th. The competition is just in its second year and judging by the number of entries received, the enthusiasm and high standard and quality displayed by all the schools, it was a huge success. The competition involves each school developing/ planning a garden in its own way. Both adults and students come and work together to decide what type of garden they want to create. The competition encourages all students to get involved in working in the garden and also promotes sustainability and biodiversity. Among the Highly Commended were Coppeen N.S, Muinefliuch N.S, Rylane N.S, Carriganima N.S. Best in Category included Canovee N.S (Art in Garden) and Rusheen N.S (Best Innovation Entry),


by Michael Kelly

Nothing beats the "GIY joy" of producing a sweetcorn cob from your own garden. Watering sweetcorn plants is important particularly while plants are getting established and then later when the kernels are swelling. Not so much watering is required while plants are growing - mulch around them to maintain moisture (or it can be planted through mypex from the start). Keep area around the base of plants weed-free and earth-up, which will keep them steady in high winds.
In addition to amazing growth, this lovely weather of course brings with it an increased workload in terms of watering. Pay close attention to the carrot bed outside. Don't let this dry out or the seeds won't germinate. Watering at night time or early in the morning ensures you get best results, with less water lost to evaporation in the heat. Spraying with the hose during a hot day is pretty much a waste of time. Mulching around plants with compost helps to preserve moisture. Slugs really hate warm, dry conditions. It's been a particularly bad year for slugs so far (with a mild winter and wet spring amounting to pretty much ideal conditions for them), but this heat should reduce their damage.


Downturn Abbey by Ross O'Carroll-Kelly.

Yet another chapter in the life of this much loved character. He has decided that he should do right by Sorcha and put their marriage back together, deal with his sons unsuitable match and his daughter who has turned into a little madam. Oh yes, and the fact that he is going to be a grandfather at thirty-one. A really entertaining and side splitting read.

Available from Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop now in our Summer offer, buy one get one half price.


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Greenshoots graduates 2014, tutors and guests at graduation ceremony at Macroom E ©

Greenshoots 2014

Declan Sugrue – Carrigtwohill 3DS Designs. His business is to show a client their finished project, before it's ever built. You can walk you through your virtual dream house and this serves to avoid costly mistakes. Declan promises the knowledge and experience to deliver you a design that surpasses your expectations. You will be involved in the design process, putting your own spin on your house or premises, your dream kitchen, your dream bedroom before it's ever built.

Alison Moloney - MacroomTax Zapp 2015 launch. - Simplify your tax return. Snap it. Tap it. Done. Snap a photo of your tax receipt. Answer simple questions. Tax Zapp auto inputs your tax details into your online income tax return, eliminating any manual entry. A simple, time saving service to rapidly organise your everyday tax receipts and auto fill your income tax return on the go, through an easy-to-use website and mobile phone app. For contact details visit - www.taxzapp.ie

Therese O'Leary – Douglas Blinks & Browze. Both product and service based, Blinks and Browze provides an eyebrow stencilling kit with an attachment for easier application. Brighter Days Beautiful Ways is the beauty workshops which specialises in creating workshops for women going through chemotherapy and post treatment.

Liz O'Connor –Rylane StartRight HR , an HR Service for small businesses., providing HR and legal compliance advice. This involves the design and/or review of contracts of employment, HR policies, procedures and the provision of a handbook employers can refer to once the HR system has been set up.

Margaret O'Connor Millstreet, an educator, group facilitator, and psychotherapist, enjoys working with people at all stages of development and offering mentoring and education to ease any challenges and to help people to move through life transitions and changes.

Frank Guilfoyle Cork SinUisce: understands the demand for sustainable water production and has a unique vision as to how rain water harvesting can resolve this current and escalating problem. SinUisce understands the needs of clients need for domestic municipal water production in the field of rainwater harvesting. Relevant rain water harvesting takes into consideration the needs of transport, installation, consumer safety and the need to produce water that can be used as water is intended to be – Drink – Bath – Discharge from premises.

Kathy O'Connor Sherkin Island: Sherkin North Shore, a centre for Island Living, Island Learning, has been created by Kathy and Mike O'Connor. This centre is ideal for getting away, thinking, walking, learning, and spending time learning or enjoying activities such as yoga, art, mindfulness, team-building, etc. Sherkin North Shore can comfortably accommodate 42 people, has cooking facilities, and a 17 x 23 ft Common Room which is ideal for many activities.

Bronagh Twomey Rylane: The DeClutter Diva, provides a decluttering and organising service for home and business. This service is tailored for the client to result in a clear/organised space. The client decides on where objects go. A decluttered space helps to reduce stress and keep focused on work or play and even may help you make money from your unwanted items! Tel 0874186148.

Geraldine Daunt Cill na Martra: Wedding Planner & Event Stylist. With vast experience in retail window display, merchandising and product presentation, Geraldine uses social media as the new means of developing retailers' websites to become their "on line windows". This will entail combining website development and social media management.

Cherie McCarthy Passage West. Textiles by Cherie. Irish Craft and Design Business featuring handmade, unique and Irish designed pieces - beautiful bunting, cushions, and bespoke homeware crafts, with all materials are sourced and made in Ireland.

Six Enchanting Evenings at Griffins

Have you ever wondered what Griffins is like after 6pm? Well, here is a rare chance to experience the Magic of Griffins at Night. To celebrate the World Feeder Fishing Championship in Inniscarra next week, Griffins will be opening their doors until 10pm from Monday 14th to Saturday 19th of July. Their award-winning restaurant will be transformed for evening dining, with the head chef designing a unique evening menu, fit for any champion, that celebrates the wonderful local ingredients of Cork. Just imagine: gourmet food made with the finest local ingredients and a stunning view of the midsummer sun setting over a river valley.
After your meal, you will have the perfect opportunity to meander through the 13 inspirational Gardens. These gardens, which are bursting with colour and fragrance throughout the day, transform into a relaxing, serene haven in the evenings. This is brought to life by the subtle use of lighting and the water. Few people have previously had the opportunity to enjoy this, and now these gardens will be open to you every night next week. Prepare to be inspired to transform your own garden in to an outdoor evening oasis.
Throughout the entire week, there will be expert gardeners constantly on hand to help you create your own little haven. Why not bring in images of your garden and get exceptional free advice on garden ideas and design? The quality and range of summer colour plants, shrubs and trees is quite simply second to none. This is why Griffins of Dripsey is Munster's only 5-star Garden centre!
Griffins Outdoor Living and Homestore will also be opened till 10pm. This is the perfect opportunity to browse through this unique, enchanting store. Make your home and garden inspirational: create harmony between the inside and outside world! A browse around the homestore will undoubtedly leave you in awe. In a secluded, serene river valley setting, this magical store is filled with unique, beautiful ranges of everything from garden furniture to delph, from quality soft furnishing to house plants, from handbags and jewellery to unique baby ranges. Everything you can find in this homestore is handpicked by Margaret Griffin and is always of the highest quality.
Each evening, there will be promotions throughout the Homestore and Garden Centre. The best way to keep up to date on these is on website (http://www.griffinsgardencentre.ie) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/griffinsgardencentre). And that's not all! To celebrate the World Feeder Fishing Championship - Margaret Griffin has invited Rattlesnake Annie to play a free concert as part of her Irish tour at Griffins on Sunday 13th at 3pm. In the history of Country-Blues music there has never been a woman, alone with her guitar, to accomplish what Rattlesnake Annie has done with her art. This is bluegrass and country at its best and is not to be missed! Great country and blues music, check shirts and Granny Griffins Homebaked Apple Pie.... the perfect midsummer Sunday afternoon. What an exciting week to take a trip to Griffins!
To reserve a table during this 6 day enchanting evening festival, phone 021 7334286.


The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland is the management body for coarse anglers in the North and South of Ireland. The Federation is responsible for a wide range of angling matters with particular focus on introducing the young and old alike to coarse angling, improving coarse angling facilities, coaching & development, protecting our fish stocks and management of international and European teams representing Ireland overseas. We involve everyone regardless of background, gender, religion, age or angling ability. The NCFFI is a member of the Angling Council of Ireland, Sports Council of Ireland, Federation of Irish Sports, the International Angling Confederation CIPS and the Fresh Water Sport Fishing Federation FIPS-ed. The NCFFI liaises with various bodies including Inland Fisheries Ireland, DCAL Fisheries, Waterways Ireland, Loughs Agency and various others who are charged with legislation that affects our sport and recreational pastime. Working alongside tourism bodies to include Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, we aim to assist in the promotion of angling overseas, not least in our aim to bring World and European angling events to Ireland and showcase our world class angling venues. As members of The International Angling Confederation [CIPS] we manage the Senior and Junior National teams representing Ireland Worldwide. In 2013 we successfully held the World Lure Championships in Enniskillen and are delighted to have secured the 4th World Feeder Championships for 2014. In addition our members and clubs host many festivals and events throughout the year attracting overseas anglers.

Sports Mad

Cork County Senior Hurling Championship

Round 2 (Losers' Group)

Na Piarsaigh v Youghal, 19 July

Sarsfields 2 - 25 Bride Rovers 0 - 15,

Courceys v Bishopstown, 19th July

Midleton 3-18 Killeagh 1-13

Round 3

Bride Rovers v Na Piarsaigh or Youghal

Killeagh v Bishopstown or Courceys

Senior Hurling - Divisions/Colleges: Carrigdhoun v Carbery

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

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round 2

Kilworth 2-12 Mallow 2-13

INNISCARRA 4-19 Watergrasshill 1-24 aet

Blarney v Tracton, 12th July

Kilbrittain 1-7 Valley Rovers 2-17

Round 3:

Watergrasshill v Blarney/Tracton

Kilworth v Kilbrittain

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

Inniscarra 4-19 Watergrasshill 1 – 24 aet

This game at Páirc Uí Rinn was a thriller from early on to the end of extra time. Inniscarra needed an injury time point to level at 2-14 to 1-17 and force extra time but in the extra period they outscored The 'Hill by 2-5 to 0-7 and at the final whistle Inniscarra had four points to spare. They are now free of relegation worries and can move confidently on into the championship knock out stages. Their coach Ger Manley said after the game that with two Cork minors and two Cork Intermediate players in the side there is no lack of talent and this win will bring huge belief.

Inniscara started slowly and found themselves four points in arrears after only six minutes but then Colm Casey began to find the target and when Sean O'Callaghan had the first 'Scarra goal after 16 minutes the Muskerry men were only a point in arrears, 0-7 to 1-3. With Casey continuing to sparkle, Inniscarra added to their tally and led at half time by 1-7 to 0-9, goalkeeper John O'Keeffe making a memorable save just before the break.

Watergrasshill came back strongly on the restart and a goal from their impressive substitute Ben Halbert helped them to a 1-12 to 1-9 lead at the three quarter stage. Back came Inniscarra with a point from Tomás O'Connor and then a great goal from Daniel O'Connell in the 48th minute to lead, 2-10 to 1-12. Points were exchanged and the Hill came back to level at 2-12 to 1-15 before taking the lead with another two points. Tomás O'Connor shot over the bar and the game was two minutes into injury time when captain Dan O'Connell sent over the equaliser for 'Scarra, 2-14 to 1-17 and extra time called for to decide who was to advance, who was to go into the 3rd round dog-fight.

Inniscarra struck a decisive blow with a second goal from Seán O'Callaghan in the 69th minute and they led by 3-16 (25) to 1-20 (23) at half time. Back came Watergrasshill and they drew level once more but Seán O'Callaghan then hit over a point to put Inniscarra in front and then set up Dan O'Connell for a fourth goal which was to be the final nail in the East Cork side's coffin.

There were stars aplenty on the field, marvellous defensive play and outstanding scores. What a game.

Inniscarra scorers: Dan O'Connell 2-2, Colm Casey 0-7, Sean O'Callaghan 2-1, Tomás O'Connor 0-6 90-5 frees), Kieran Rice, Paul Farmer and David O'Keeffe 0-1 each.

Inniscarra: Jack O'Keeffe: David Barry, John O'Brien, Donal O'Callaghan: Frank Olden, Stephen Olden, Tyrone O'Regan : Timmy Murphy, Sean O'Donoghue: Tomás O'Connor, Jonathan Olden, Kieran Rice: Colm Casey, Dan O'Connell, Sean O'Callaghan. Subs: Paul Farmer, Conor Buckley, Gerry Roche, David O'Keeffe.

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round 2


Milford 2-16 Barryroe 3-11

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

St. Catherines 1-9 Ballygarvan 2-12

Round Three:

DRIPSEY 1-13 Fr O'Neill's 2 -18

Barryroe 0-14 St Catherine's 0-12

Relegation Play Off: Dripsey v St Catherine's

Round Four Qualifiers: Aghada, Meelin, Eire Óg, Grenagh, Argideen Rangers, Ballincollig, Charleville, Fermoy – all from Rd One; Aghabullogue, Milford, Kildorrery, Ballygarvan – from Round Two: Barryroe and Fr O'Neill's.

Dripsey 1 – 13 Fr O'Neill's 2 - 18

Dripsey must go through the agony of facing the dreaded relegation play off against St Catherine's after going down to Fr O'Neill's at Páirc Uí Rinn in their 3rd round clash. Dripsey were in very live contention all through the first half despite playing into the wind, were level after 18 minutes but on the stroke of half time conceded a goal which left them 1-10 to 0-8 behind at the break. Dripsey did start the second half with a spurt but then the East Cork side hit a good spell and added 1-3 to their tally to lead by 2-15 to 0-11 at the three quarter stage and Dripsey were now chasing a lost cause. Dripsey needed goals but when one eventually came, from Stevie Murray four minutes from the end, it was a case of too little, too late and Fr O'Neill's responded strongly to give themselves a convincing victory.

Dripsey scorers: D O'Riordan 0-7 (frees), S Murray 1-0, G Murphy and D O'Sullivan 0-2 each, M O'Sullivan and A Buckley 0-1 each.

Dripsey: John Hogan: John Carey, Robert Daly, Daniel Buckley: Aidan Murray, Conor Hayes, John O'Riordan: Davy Buckley, Pat O'Riordan: David O'Sullivan, Tom Ahearne, Diarmuid O'Riordan: Gary Murphy, Mark O'Sullivan, Michael O'Riordan. Subs: Aidan Buckley, Stevie Murray.

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 3:

Newcestown 1-9 Doheny's 0-11

St. Vincent's v Aghada

Relegation Play Off: Doheny's v Losers of St Vincent's/ Aghada

Divisions/ Colleges (2 to qualify for Rd 4)

Muskerry v Duhallow, Wednesday 16 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, Naomh Abán (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

NAOMH ABÁN 1-12 Na Piarsaigh 0-7

Round 3

Castletownbere v Glenville

Na Piarsaigh 2-12 Kiskeam 2-8

Naomh Abán 1-12 Na Piarsaigh 0 – 7

Mícheál Ó Cróinín was the star turn once again for Naomh Abán as the Gaeltacht men advanced to the 4th round of the championship and banished all relegation fears by demolishing the Na Piarsaigh challenge in the second half at Kilmurry. The former Cork star and great clubman scored 1-8 of his sides total and gave outstanding leadership to his young side.

The first half was evenly contested with Na Piarsaigh leading by 0-3 to 0-2 at the end of the opening quarter but Naomh Abán drew level with a Mícheál Ó Liatháin point in the 22nd minute and a minute later Mícheál Ó Cróinín fired in a fierce shot to the Na Piarsaigh net after good approach work by Seamus Ó Riada and Seamus Ó Laoire. Mícheál Ó Cróinín added two further points before the break and the Baile Mhuirne men led by 1-5 to 0-4 at the break.

On the restart Sean A MacCarthaigh was fouled and N Abán were awarded a penalty but Mícheál Ó Croinín's spot kick went wide. O Cróinín then pointed '45' but Na Piarsaigh fought back with three points in a row to make it 1-6 to 0-7 after 40 minutes. That was as good as it got for the city side however as Ó Cróinín pointed another '45' and this was followed by a string of fine scores from Ó Cróinín, MacCarthaigh, Ó Liatháin and Ó Scanaill to put the game beyond the Na Piarsaigh men. Fittingly the final score of the game went to the star of the game - Mícheál Ó Cróinín.

Naomh Abán scorers: M Ó Cróinín l-8 (0-4 frees, 0-2 '45's'), M Ó Liatháin 0-2, S A MacCarthaigh, T Ó Scanaill 0-1 each.

Naomh Abán: Mícheál Ó Donnchú: Criostóir Ó Deasúna, Seamus Ó Mathúna, Tomás Ó hAilíosa: Diarmuid Ó Scanaill, Seamus Ó Riada, Liam MacSuibhne: Mícheál Ó Laoire, Tadhg Ó Scannaill: Seamus Ó Laoire, Mícheál Ó Liatháin, Niall Ó Ceallaigh: Maidhc Ó Duinnín, Mícheál Ó Cróinín, Diarmuid Ó Liatháin. Fir Ionaid: Seán A MacCarthaigh agus Concubhair Ó Murchú.

Intermediate Football Championship

Round 4 Qualifiers:

Kinsale, Eire Óg, Mitchelstown, Aghabullogue, Fermoy, Adrigole, Kanturk, Rockchapel (All Rd 1 winners); Ballydesmond, Mayfield, Glanmire, Kildorrery (Rd Two) Cill na Martra, Youghal (Rd 3).

Round 3

Youghal 3-10 Cloyne 0-10

Cill na Martra 1 – 16 Glanworth 2 – 7

Round Three is not a nice place to be in the current championship set up with exit from the championship and a relegation battle facing the losers. Cill na Martra will be relieved that they have emerged safely through this test to proceed now to Round Four of the competition and will also be pleased with their performance which was full of spirit and good football. They need not fear any opposition now as they enter into the knock out stages of the championship.

Cill na Martra started well with a brace of points, one each from Danny Ó Duinnín and Kevin Hoare. Glanworth were level by the 9th minute and then shocked Cill na Martra with a well worked goal but the Muskerry men responded well and fired over points from Kevin Hoare (2), Jonathan Lynch and Donal Óg Laoire to take a one point lead by the 20th minute. Cill na Martra continued to have the edge and further points from Donal Óg, Martin Connors and Sean Ó Céilleachair had them in a three point lead by half time,0-9 to 1-3 the score at this stage.

Within two minutes of the restart Cill na Martra had strukck a massive blow to the North Cork men. Mícheál Ó Deasúna pointed a free and then in the 32nd minute good approach work by Kevin O'Sullivan and Danny Ó Duinnín was finished off in style by Kevin Hoare whose strike billowed the Glanworth net. The game was now Cill na Marta's to lose and they were not in benign mood as they continued to force the pace and were rewarded with points from Donal Óg Ó Laoire and Danny Ó Duinnín to go nine points clear. A second goal for Glanworth, followed by a point cut the gap but Cill na Martra came again and finished with points from Sean Ó Céilleachair and Kevin Hoare.

Scorers: Cill na Martra: C ÓhUidhir 1-4, S Ó Céilleachair, D Óg Ó Laoire 0-3 each, D Ó Duinnín 0-2, M Ó Deasúna, G ÓMocháin, M Ó Conchuir agus S Ó Loinsuigh 0-1 each.

Cill na Martra: P Ó hAodha: Marc Ó Goilí, Colm Ó Laoire, N Ó Loinsuigh: G Ó Goilí, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Graham Ó Mocháin: Seán Ó Céilleachair, Mícheál Ó Deasúna: Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Caoimhín Ó Suilleabháin, Martín Ó Conchuir: S Ó Loinsuigh, Danny Ó Duinnín, Caoimhín Ó hUidhir. Fir Ionaid: D Ó Conaill, Daire MacLochlainn.

County Under 21 Football

Semi final: Ballincollig 4-19 Aghada 1-5

'A' Championship Final:


'B' Championship Final:

Ballinascarthy v St Finbarrs 2-9 Courcey Rovers 3-6.

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 1-9 Randal Óg 1-12

Quarter Finals:

Randal Óg v Rathpeacon

UIBH LAO IRE v Dromtariffe

Araglen v Shanballymore

Ballinacurra v Ballyclough

Laochra Óg 1- 9 Randal Óg 1 - 12

Laochra Óg went under to Randal Óg at Newcestown in the 3rd round of the county championship. Laochra started badly but recovered well and near the finish had the gap between the teams down to a mere two point before Randal's got an insurance score a minute from time. Randal Óg had the ball in the Mid Cork side's net in less than a minute and quickly added a point. Laochra came back with two points from Brian Corcoran and a point from Stephen Murphy, but Randals then hit over a succession of points and they led by 1-8 to 0-6 at half time, Laochra's points in reply having come from Stephen Murphy, Jerome Ring and Daire MacLochlainn.

On the restart, Laochra's Brian Corcoran pointed from the throw in and later added another point from a free to cut the gap to 1-8 to 0-8 at the three quarter stage. Randals now had two points in a row but back came Laochra with a point from Corcoran in the 51st minute. Another point for Randal Óg was replied to by a goal for Laochra's in the 58th minute, Stephen Murphy's long range free finishing in the Randal's net to leave the score at 1-11 to 1-9. Randal Óg got a late point to emerge victors after a great challenge from Laochra.

Laochra Óg: Gearóid Lucey: Ian O'Neill, Neilus Murphy, Kevin Healy: Neil O'Shea, Jack Corcoran, Conor O'Leary: Darragh Healy, Stephen Murphy: Brian Corcoran, Jerome Ring, Mick Lyons: Daire MacLochlainn, Brendan O'Callaghan, David Lynch. Subs: Donal Casey and Tomas Lucey. Team Sponsor: Cormac Deasy. A presentation of jerseys and hurleys by Cormac Deasy to Laochra Óg Hurling Club, for Junior "B", under 21 and Minor teams took place in Ballyvourney on Monday 30th June.

Cork Hurlers

Cork Senior Hurlers won their place through to Munster Final against Limerick by defeating Clare at Thurles. The final will take place on Sunday 13th July at Cork and hopefully the hurlers will have better luck than their footballing counterparts. Cork Intermediate hurlers, captained by John O'Callaghan of Inniscarra, are Munster champions after their win over Tipperary in the final. Colm Casey, also of Inniscarra, was in the Cork attack and scored 0-1.

Cork minor hurlers lost to Limerick in the Munster semi-final at Limerick on a score of Limerick 0-23 Cork 2-15, a two point defeat. Sean Bourke of Grenagh, Sean O'Donoghue of Inniscarra and Tomás O'Connor of Inniscarra all figured on the Cork team and the Management included Denis Ring (Fermoy and Canovee) – Manager and John Dwyer (Ballincollig) selector.

Cork Footballers

Cork Seniors footballers were most disappointing in losing the Munster Football final to Kerry. It was a dreadful performance by a team which had looked so promising early on in the year and which was then playing fine football. Since losing to Dublin in the National League final, the team has come off the rails and it was a sad sight to see the lack of spirit in the team in the Munster final. Cork had Noel Galvin and Paddy Kelly of Ballincollig, Daniel Goulding of Eire Óg and Fintan Goold of Macroom in action and few reputations were enhanced. Can Cork recover before the qualifiers?

Cork Minor footballers lost to Kerry in the Munster final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on a 2-17 to 2-13 scoreline. It was a great game with fine football from both sides and Cork will get a second chance in the All Ireland series to prove whether or not they can maintain this form and eliminate costly errors. Cian Kiely of Ballincollig, Mícheál Ó Deasúna and Danny Ó Duinnín of Cill na Martra and Sean O'Donoghue of Inniscarra all lined out with Cork in this final, John Mullins of Eire Óg and Michael Lordan of Ballinora were substitutes.

Cork Junior footballers lost to Kerry at Austin Stacks Tralee in the Munster final. Cork, with a completely new team this season after winning the All Ireland last year, had John Dineen (Eire Óg) in attack and Rory Buckley (Macroom) came on as a substitute in defence in the second half.

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Michael O'Riordan, Auld Triangle, presenting the Muskerry G.A.A./ Auld Triangle Sports Award for May to Briege Corkery, St. Val's and Cork, Included, Neilus Carroll, Chairman Cork Ladies Football and Anne O'Riordan, Secretary, Awards Committee ©Mike English

Cork Ladies Football

Cork Ladies have made a lively start to the 2014 Championship. On June 20th they defeated the Banner - Cork 7-23 Clare 1-5 - at Mourneabbey. In Round 2 on June 28 Cork defeated the Kingdom, Cork 3-11 Kerry 2-10.


The Cork county board is putting on a huge push to get as much support as possible to Páirc Ui Rinn on Saturday next July 19th when the county senior team take on All Ireland champions, Galway, in what is a crucial game for Cork. The sale of a new ticket for €40, which covers all championship game at adult level, admits the holder to all games and will include entrance to the All Ireland semi-finals and final. These are still on sale on line or in any Centra or Super Valu store. A huge call is going out to all the clubs with particular emphasis on the Under age go Games players for clubs to get their girls to the game and to ensure Cork have huge support on the day. Groups of under age players will be admitted free and they can be accompanied by two adults per ten players. The county board is also organising a raffle for all clubs who bring groups to the game so clubs are asked to get their groups organised for next Saturday 19th July for a 2.30pm throw in Páirc Uí Rinn.

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 2-8 Blarney 1-22

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

Ballinora 1-14 Ballincollig 0-11 (Replay)

E Cloughduv – bye to Rd. 3

Round 2 (First round losers) draw:

Gleann na Laoi v Kilmichael

Ballincollig v Inniscarra

Round Three – Quarter Finals:

Four winners from Rd. 1, joined by two winners from Rd 2, and Cloughduv – 7 teams in the draw. The pairings are:

A Cloughduv v Donoughmore

B Ballinora v Blarney

C Ballincollig v Eire Óg

D Gleann na Laoi or Kilmichael – a bye

Semi Final Pairings – to be drawn

Blarney 1-22 Inniscarra 2-8

Blarney were comfortable winners over neighbours Inniscarra in the second round of the Ballincollig Credit Union JAHC at Donoughmore. Mark Coleman of Blarney finished with 1-10 on the night and was outstanding in attack for the winners. The sides were level in the closing stages of the opening half but four answered points from the winners proved decisive. Blarney powered forward after the break and went through to the next round with a fine team display.

Inniscarra led early on with points from two frees by David O'Keeffe but back came Blarney with a couple of points from Craig Sykes and a well taken score from Conor Forde to lead by 0-5 to 0-3 at the end of the first quarter. Inniscarra's Alan Sheehan and O'Keeffe kept their side in touch with a couple of nice points from play. Four points from Mark Coleman, Sean Crowley, Stephan Sheedy and Ray O'Donovan gave Blarney a healthy lead, 0-11 to 0-7 at halftime.

Blarney added a further five points, with Mark Coleman adding three points from play, before a goal from George O'Mahony briefly lifted Inniscarra. Coleman clipped over another brace from placed efforts and then found the net from a penalty. Inniscarra kept battling away and David O'Keeffe got a second consolation goal after slipping inside the defence.

Scorers for Blarney: M Coleman 1-10 ( 1-0 pen, 0-4f, 0-1 '65), R O'Donovan 0-4, S Crowley C Sykes 0-2, C Forde , P O'Sullivan, S Sheedy, R White 0-1 each. Scorers for Inniscarra: D O'Keefe, 1-3 (0-2f), G O'Mahony 1-0, L Collins 0-3, A Sheehan 0-2.

Blarney: J Mulcahy; S O'Brien, C Buckley, M O'Brien, K Bradford, M O'Leary, A O'Shea; S Sheedy, S Crowley; M Coleman, P O'Sullivan, C Forde; R O'Donovan, C Sykes, R White. Subs: C O'Mahony for M O'Reilly. Inniscarra: S Horgan; K O'Herlihy, P O'Callaghan, C Lyne; M McCarthy, D Barry, D Browne; T Buckley, L Collins; C Griffin, C O'Brien, A Sheehan; L O'Brien, G O'Mahony, D O'Keeffe. Subs: C Barrett for C Lyne (17), J O'Dwyer for D Barry.

Referee: J Larkin (Douglas).

Ballincollig 1-16 Inniscarra 1-7

Ballincollig were comfortable winners over Inniscarra in the second round (1st round losers) of the Ballincollig Credit Union JAHC at Blarney. The winners led by six points at the break and completely dominated the third quarter of the game. Inniscarra did briefly threaten to get back in the game but the Ballincollig defence held firm with Colin Harris outstanding at centre back.

Inniscarra's George O'Mahony had the opening score with a fine effort after two minutes but Aidan Donovan replied for Ballincollig. Another free from Donovan was superbly flicked to the net by Ballincollig's captain John O'Brien but Inniscarra replied with two points from Ciaran O'Brien and Peter O'Riordan. Three pointed frees from Aidan Donovan gave Ballincollig a 1-7 to 0-4 lead at the break.

On the resumption, Ballincollig completely took over and points from Cian Dorgan, Aidan O'Donovan, Stephan Coughlan, Killian Kelleher, and Chris Collins effectively ended this game as a contest. Inniscarra were struggling but Ciaran O'Brien's had a point and Alan Sheehan found the net in a goalmouth scramble for a consolation goal.

Ballincollig responded with points from Killian Kelleher and Aidan Donovan. Both sides brought on a number of substitutes and the tempo of the game really petered out in the closing stages.

Scorers for Ballincollig: A Donovan 0-8 (0-6f), J O'Brien 1-0, K Kelleher 0-3, C Dorgan 0-2 (frees), C Collins, S Coughlan, B McElligott 0-1 each. Scorers for Inniscarra: C O'Brien 0-3, A Sheehan 1-0, C Barrett (f), G O'Mahony, L Collins, P O'Riordan (f) 0-1 each.

Ballincollig: N Connaughton; S Murphy G Harrington, K O'Sullivan; T Collins, C Harris, B O'Halloran; C Collins, B McElligott; K Kelleher, S Coughlan, D McDonnell; C Dorgan, J O'Brien, A O'Donovan. Subs: S O'Sullivan for J O'Brien (ht, injured), A Lucey for S Murphy (inj, 45), D Horan for C Dorgan (50), J Murray for S Coughlan (50).

Inniscarra: S Horgan; D Browne, B Gould, K O'Herlihy; M McCarthy, P O'Callaghan, P O'Riordan; T Buckley, J O'Dwyer; A Sheehan, C O'Brien, G O'Mahony; C Griffin, L Collins, L O'Brien. Subs: D Hyland for L O'Brien (ht), C Lynne for K O'Herlihy (ht), P O'Donovan for C Griffin (50).

Referee: Gerry Masters (Kilmichael).

Faro Intelligent Heating U 21 Hurling Championship

Aghabullogue 2-16 Éire Óg 1-15

Aghabullogue edged out Éire Óg in a most entertaining U21A hurling championship game at Cloughduv. The game could have gone either way but Aghabullogue finished strongly with Ian Barry Murphy and John Corkery making big contributions.

The winners started brightly with Ian Barry-Murphy landing a brace inside the opening minutes. Éire Óg's Cathal Murphy replied with a fine point from play. Aghabullogue's John Corkery looked very lively in the opening exchanges and he put Barry- Murphy through for an excellent goal.

Éire Óg replied with a goal from Cathal Murphy who blasted an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net. Further points from Jamie McBride, Keith O'Riordan, Ciarán Hutchinson and a placed effort from Cathal Murphy gave Éire Óg the minimum lead. Aghbullogue replied with four points from Ian Barry-Murphy (3 frees) which gave his side a 1-9 to 1-7 lead at the break.

Four unanswered points from Cathal Murphy (0-2 frees), Ciarán Hutchinson and Paul Kirwan gave Éire Óg a two point advantage after 40 minutes. Aghabullogue battled back with a magnificent goal from John Corkery. Cathal Murphy kept the Ovens side in touch with a good score but Corkery landed a superb point to put two between the sides. Cathal Murphy reduced the gap to the minimum with a placed effort after 50 minutes.

Ian Barry-Murphy landed a point from out on the wing and Aghabullogue kept up the pressure with excellent points from Sean Sullivan and Corkery. Éire Óg's Cathal Murphy reduced the gap to three points with a couple of minutes remaining but Aghabullogue's Brian Dennehy had the final score of the night.

Scorers for Aghabullogue: I Barry Murphy 1-9 (0-6f), J Corkery 1-3, E O'Sullivan, S Kelleher, B Dennehy, S O'Sullivan 0-1 each. Scorers for Éire Óg: C Murphy 1-8(0-6f), K O'Riordan, C Hutchinson 0-2 each, J McBride, R O'Toole, P Kirwan 0-1 each.

Aghabullogue: C Óg Healy; D Callaghan, E Murphy, J Lynch; G Long, D O'Connell, S Dineen; S Kelleher, S Sullivan; L Coakley, B Dennehy, E O'Sullivan; I Barry- Murphy, J Corkery, B Casey. Subs: R Burns(45m), D Dineen(58).

Éire Óg: D Desmond, A McCarthy, J Mullins, S Desmond; D Murphy, G McSweeney, D O'Shea; J McBride, D O'Connor; C Murphy, C Hutchinson, P Kirwan; C Murphy, R O'Toole, K O'Riordan. Subs: R McCarthy(45), E O'Shea(45), B Kirwan(45), D O'Keeffe(50), D Kelly.

Referee: P Downey (Inniscarra).

Blarney 1-20 Cloughduv 2-7

Defending Champions Blarney comfortably defeated Cloughduv in the first round of the Farho Intelligent Heating U21A hurling championship at Coachford Blarney held a narrow two point lead at the break but really pulled away in the final quarter.

Cloughduv enjoyed a perfect start to this game when Joseph Ryan blasted to the roof of the net following a fine delivery from Kevin Barry-Murphy. Blarney responded with points from Cremen, David Dunlea and a fantastic long range effort from Barra O'Connell. Cloughduv's goalkeeper Robert Nyhan made a couple of terrific saves during the opening quarter. Blarney continued to drive forward and points from Cremen and Barra O'Connell edged them in front. However, Cloughduv responded in great style with a second goal from Joseph Ryan. Immediately Blarney found the net through David Dunlea following a goalmouth scramble. Barra O'Connell pointed a free to give his side a 1-7 to 2-2 lead at the break.

David Cremen poined two excellent scores to stretch the Blarney advantage. Cloughduv kept in touch with a superb point from William Ahern and a couple of placed efforts from Joseph Ryan, 1-13 to 2-6 at the end of the third quarter.

Blarney upped the tempo again and dominated for the remainder of the game. Cremen, O'Connell, Cian Sexton and David Dunlea had some great scores to fashion out a comprehnsive victory.

Scorers for Blarney: B O'Connell 0-8 (0-3f, 0-3 '65's) D Cremen 0-6, D Dunlea 1-3, C Sexton 0-2, C O'Mahony 0-1.

Scorers for Cloughduv: J Ryan 2-2(0-2f), A Murphy 0-2, T O'Riordan, K Barry-Murphy, W Ahern 0-1 each.

Blarney: M Coleman; A O'Shea, D O'Brien, W Shine; K Bradford, P Philpott, S McSweeney; C O'Mahony, B O'Connell; D Dunlea, S Crowley, S Crowley; C Sexton, D Cremen, R Murphy. Subs: V O'Mahony(53).

Cloughduv: R Nyhan; J Moynihan, G Hinchion, P Kelleher; A Murphy, L Kelleher, S Twomey; D Cronin, K Barry-Murphy; C Kenneally, W Ahern, P Grainger; T O'Riordan, S Curzon, J Ryan. Subs: L Murphy(ht), J Deasy(55), C Canty(55).

Referee: M Moynihan (Grenagh).

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A Football Championship

Second round (1st Rd losers):

Eire Óg 1-10 Cill na Martra 1-9

Kilmichael 2-12 Clondrohid 1-15 -a draw

Clondrohid 2-13 Kilmichael 3-8 replay

Blarney 2-10 Macroom 2-14

Donoughmore – a bye to Rd 3.

Mid Cork Football Championship Draws

Third Round (3 games):

A Donoughmore v Ballincollig

B Inniscarra v Kilmurry

C Clondrohid v Dripsey

Quarter Finals:

1 A- Donoughmore/Ballincollig v B- Inniscarra/Kilmurry

2 C- Clondrohid/Dripsey v Iveleary

3 Aghinagh v Macroom

4 Éire Óg v Canovee

Semi Finals: 1v 2: 3 v 4.

Mid Cork Junior A Football Championship – 2nd Round

Clondrohid 2-13 Kilmichael 3-8

Clondrohid are through to the third round of the Ross Oil JAFC after defeating defending Champions Kilmichael in Kilmurry. Mathew McDonagh was magnificent throughout and scored 2-7 on the night. This was a cracking contest and the sides were level with five minutes remaining. However, Clondrohid showed terrific character and converted two late chances from the inspirational McDonagh and Darren Dineen.

Clondrohid raced into an early lead with Mathew McDonagh scoring a brace from play inside two minutes. Kilmichael responded with a goal after their powerful full forward Peter Kelleher found the net with a classy finish. Clondrohid replied with a couple of points from the hard working Paddy Lynch and a long range effort from Aidan Kelleher. Darren Dineen put Mc Donagh through for an excellent goal and Fergal Kelleher added another point which left his side leading , 1-6 to 1-1 at the end of the first quarter. Kilmichael kept their composure and Peter Kelleher fisted to the net after a long delivery from Michael Twomey. Further points from Conor Cotter and James O'Leary (free) edged Kilmichael in front for the first time in the game. Clondrohid converted two frees from McDonagh which ensured his side led by the minimum, 1-8 to 2-4 at the break.

Scores were exchanged early in the second half before McDonagh confidently converted a couple of placed efforts. Clondrohid's Paddy Lynch set up McDonagh for a second goal but Kilmichael got back in the game after Dermot O'Riordan found the net after a goalmouth scramble.

Two converted frees from James O'Leary and a brilliant point from Alan Dromey had the sides level, 2-11 to 3-8 after 56 minutes. In a dramatic finish Clondrohid dug deep and Mathew McDonagh put them in front with a superb point from play. Darren Dineen put two between the sides in the final play of the game.

Scorers: Clondrohid: M McDonagh 2-7 ( 0-4f), D Dineen 0-2 , P Lynch , A Kelleher, F Kelleher, J O'Sullivan 0-1 each. Kilmichael: P Kelleher 2-0, J O'Leary 0-4 (frees), D O'Riordan 1-0, F Dromey 0-2, C Cotter, A Dromey 0-1 each.

Clondrohid: John Corkery; James Kelleher, Trevor O'Brien, Lorcan Lynch; Conor O'Leary, Jeremy O'Sullivan, Sean Lynch; Fergal Kelleher, Neilus Murphy; Mark Creed, Aidan Kelleher, Danny O'Riordan; Mathew McDonagh, Paddy Lynch, Darren Dineen. Subs: Alan Duggan. Sean O Callaghan. Richie Balfe. Sean O Connor. David Lynch. Brendan Kelleher. 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; James O'Leary, Peter Kelleher, Danny Twomey. Subs: Cian Dromey(20), Alan Dromey(40).

Referee: P O'Leary ( Kilmurry).

Macroom 2 – 14 Blarney 2 – 10

For the second year in a row Macroom have knocked Blarney out of the Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior Football championship at the first round losers 2nd round stage. They had four points to spare over their opponents at Carrigadrohid and deserved their victory, which could have been greater only for a late Blarney rally which yielded two goals from David Cremin. Amazingly Blarney were the team which looked the most likely to succeed early on and after 20 minutes play they held a 0-7 to 0-1 lead. Macroom improved on the run in to half time, and were only two points adrift at the short whistle. On the restart, they drew level and a goal from Denis Quinlan in the 40th minute put them in front and they never looked back subsequently.

The Macroom line out included two of their intermediate team which contested the Premier Intermediate county final last season but who had missed this year's early season action through injury and both Sean Kiely and Philip Corrigan made significant contributions to the Macroom win. They had a few other experienced players in action also and in the second half Macroom introduced a succession of young players who had the football and the legs to make things very uncomfortable for Blarney, who to their credit never gave up.

John Ryan opened the scoring with a Macroom point from play in the very first minute but the winners were not to score again for another twenty minutes. Blarney's Mark Cremin quickly equalised from a free and the put his side in front in the 6th minute and as Blarney dominated around the middle third of the field, their attack got plenty of good ball and used it well. David Cremin, Vincent O'Mahony, Mark O'Leary, Mark Cremin and Sean Harrington all got on the score sheet as Blarney deservedly surged in front and their lead of 0-7 to 0-1 was a fair reflection of their superiority at this stage. John Ryan had a second Macroom point in the 20th minute to stop the rot and the introduction of Andrew Hegarty into attack, the emergence of Philip Corrigan as the dominant midfielder and some enterprising play from Sean Kiely at centre back, all combined to bring about a big improvement in Macroom's fortunes. Ryan pointed again, Hegarty fired over a smashing point and John Murphy then had a point and Macroom were now only two points in arrears, 0-7 to 0-5 as the half time whistle sounded.

Macroom dominated the second half until its very late stages. Conor Hurley and John Ryan points had them level after nine minutes and a goal from Denis Quinlan in the 40th minute put them in front. A Ray Murphy point for Blarney split Macroom points from Corrigan and John Murphy and in the 45th minute Macroom struck a decisive blow when Andrew Hegarty set up Brian Tiernan for a blast to the Blarney net from close range. A minute later Barry Healy took a goal bound shot off the line for Macroom and Hegarty added a point to the winners tally at the other end. Macroom remained in control and held a seven point lead three minutes from time but got a real fright in the remaining minutes. David Cremin availed of slack marking to find the Macroom net and even though Macroom replied with a John Murphy point, back came Blarney and Cremin again found the net to cut the gap to two points. Macroom won the kick out and went up field and Don Creedon settled the nerves with a point and in injury time added another to give his side a four point winning margin.

Scorers: Macroom: D Quinlan and B Tiernan 1-0 each, J Ryan 0-4 (0-1free), J Murphy 0-3, A Hegarty and D Creedon 0-2 each, C Hurley, P Corrigan and A Quinn 0-1 each.

Blarney: D Cremin 2-1, M Cremin 0-4, 0-2 frees, M O'Leary 0-2, V O'Mahony, S Harrington and R Murphy 0-1 each.

Macroom: Dylan Dinneen, Barry Healy, Barry O'Donnell, John Angland: Robert Downey, Sean Kiely, Denis Quinlan: Brian Tiernan , Philip Corrigan: Shane Creedon, Conor Hurley, Gerard Angland: Patrick Kelleher, John Murphy, John Ryan. Subs: Andrew Hegarty for S Creedon, Kevin O'Dwyer for P Kelleher, Alan Quinn for C Hurley, James Quinlan for D Quinlan, Don Creedon for J Ryan.

Blarney: Dermot Crowley: Cormac O'Mahony, Eoghan Murphy, Craig Sykes: Johnny Barrett, Paul O'Leary, Mark O'Leary: Dan McSweeney, Conor Foley; Sean Harrington, Brian Hurley, Mark Cremin: David Cremin, Colm Sheehan, Vincent O'Mahony. Subs: Ray Murphy for V O'Mahony and Padraig Conway.

Clondrohid G.A.A.

Cork senior footballer Brian Hurley took training with the underage players recently. Great numbers turned out for the coaching session and words of wisdom, skills and technique were passed on to the new generation of Clondrohid footballers. Hard work and dedication to training are the most important ingredients for success and with the large numbers present from various age groups, the future looks very bright. Thank you Brian for your visit.

The U14 Team had a great win over Carraig na bhFear in Coachford recently. Final score Clondrohid 7-13 Carraig na bhFear 4-04. Well done boys, keep up the training and the hard work. Great performance on the night with excellent displays from all the lads

County Junior A League: Clondrohid travelled to play newly crowned Duhallow league winners, Boherbue, recently. They were missing some players due to injury for this County League game. Boherbue raced into a 1- 3 lead inside ten minutes. Clondrohid finally got on the score board with a goal from David O'Leary and this seemed to spark them into life and further points from Paddy Lynch and Matt McDonagh. But Boherbue regained control and went in at half time leading 2-5 to 1-3. On the restart Boherbue started with great determination and further extended their lead. By the time Paddy Lynch scored a point ten minutes into the 2nd half, Boherbue led 2-10 to 1-4. There was no let up from the home team and they finished easy winners 2-17 to 1-6. This was a night to forget for Clondrohid and goes to show how quickly sport can change in a week.
Team: Alan Duggan. Sean O'Callaghan ( David Lynch) Trevor O'Brien. James Kelleher. Richie Balfe. Lorcan Lynch. Daniel O'Mahony. Fergal Kelleher. Neilus Murphy. Mark Creed. Paddy Lynch. Danny O'Riordan. David O'Leary. Matt McDonagh. Brendan Kelleher. Declan Kelleher. Aidan Kelleher.
Fixtures: Junior C F.L. Tues July 15 at 8pm Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Clondrohid.
U.18C F.L. Saturday July 12 Tracton v Clondrohid at 2pm.
U 18C F.L. Thursday July 17 Ballyphehane v Clondrohid at 7.30pm.
U 14C F.L. Thursday July 17 Ballinahassig v Clondrohid at 7.30pm.
JUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP Saturday July 19 v Dripsey. Check locally for time and venue.

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Macroom U13 soccer team, with manager, Cathal Prendeville, who had a fantastic season, winning both the division 2 league and the Con Elliot cup. ©

Macroom Soccer

Under 13 Con Elliott Cup Final

First Leg: Macroom 4 Corkbeg 1
The U13's had a fantastic win in the first leg of the cup final against East Cork side Corkbeg at Murrayfield. The goals came from Dylan Twomey and Mateusz Juszcak with a brace each. After a nervy opening, the home side settled and hit the front on thirteen minutes with a converted penalty. They doubled their advantage when Caelum Lynch found Twomey inside the penalty area and he smashed home to make it 2-0. Corkbeg responded immediately but Macroom's two goal advantage was restored just before half time when Twomey's cross found the unmarked Mateusz Jusczak and he duly made it 3-1 at the break. The fourth goal arrived when Twomey went on a great solo run and set up Jusczak to finish from close range. There were some excellent performances for Macroom, Chris O' Connell and Shane Meaney in defence. Dennis Dullea, Caelum Lynch and Jack O' Riordan in midfield and Twomey and Jusczak in attack.
Second Leg: Macroom 2 Corkbeg 0 (Agg: 6-1)
Macroom travelled to Whitegate for the second leg, knowing they were well in control of the tie. A well delivered free kick from Chris O' Connell was met by Dylan Twomey at the back post and he headed back across goal into the top corner. The game was killed off as a contest 10 minutes into the second half when Eoin Cahill put Twomey through to make it 6 – 1 on aggregate and a memorable cup triumph. It was an excellent team performance. The defence and keeper were solid throughout with Chris Connell commanding at centre back, the midfield worked tirelessly all day with Caelum Lynch and Jack O'Riordan dominating midfield. Mateusz Juszczak and Dennis Dullea were up and down the flanks all day and Twomey was a major threat up front. Well done on a fantastic achievement.

Under 13 League. Everton 0 Macroom 2.
Just two days after the cup triumph, the Macroom bandwagon rolled on to Togher with just one point needed to secure the league title. City side Everton provided stiff opposition and indeed they were the only team to beat Macroom this season, that victory coming on the very opening day, way back in September. The first half was a tense affair with Macroom looking more of a threat up front but both defences prevented any real opportunities. Shane Meaney had a fine effort from long range just clear the crossbar and Kuba Byrdziak was in great form in goal for Macroom when he blocked a shot from close range. It was 0-0 at half time but Macroom made a blistering start to the second half and the deadlock was broken when Shane Meaney's inch perfect cross from the left found Dylan Twomey in the box. Twomey's instant control allowed him to round the keeper and make it 1-0. The away side were well on top now with Caelum Lynch controlling the game from midfield and the defensive back four alert to any danger posed by Everton. Macroom wrapped up the game and the league with eight minutes remaining when Twomey cut in from the left wing. He broke through the retreating Everton defence and finished low past the keeper to seal a league victory for the second year in a row. This was yet another fantastic win and was Macroom's fourteenth league victory in a row, confirming them as the outstanding team in the Under 13 division. Well done to all players and manager Cathal Prendeville on a superb league and cup double.

Under 10: Douglas Hall 0 Macroom 7.

The Under 10's rounded their season off in fine style with a 7- 0 away win over Douglas Hall. The opening exchanges were evenly contested but Macroom hit the front on the quarter hour mark. Darragh McCarthy rounded two players and drilled the ball firmly past the Douglas keeper. Macroom were now getting on top and were 2-0 up after Leon Doody turned smartly and smashed his shot in off the post. Jack Martin headed in a Ryan Leahy corner to make it 3-0 before Leahy again teed up Daire McMahon for the visitors fourth. Macroom's backline of Robert Lucey, Liam Holland and Eoin Healy stood up to everything Douglas had to throw at them and it was 5-0 when Sean Murphy ran through to side foot into the left hand corner. Late in the game, Jack Martin raced clear to drill a left foot shot past the keeper for his second. And in injury time Mark Hunt completed the scoring after he stole in at the back post to tap home Ryan Leahy's cross. Well done to all the Under 10's who make the big step up to competitive league football next season. Hopefully, we will be competing to bring more underage silverware back to the club. Well done also to coaches Mark McMahon and Noel Leahy.

Soccer Awards Night

The end of season awards night took place in Murray's bar at what was a great evening's entertainment, with a BBQ and music. Medals were presented to the Youths team who finished runners up in their league. This team also progressed to the quarter finals of the highly competitive Munster Youths Cup, for the first time in the history of Macroom F.C. Well done to all players who were coached by Shane O' Sullivan and Willie O' Riordan Snr. Player of the Year and Top Scorer Awards were also presented on the night. The winners were as follows: Player of the Year: First Team: Steven Crowley. Second Team: Lukas Well. Youths: Brian Crowley. Top Scorer: First Team: David O'Halloran. Second Team: Andrew Hegarty. Youths: Sean Quinn. The Youths team also had a 'goal of the season' award and this was presented to Chris Foskett.

Soccer 7 a Side: Macroom F.C. Annual 7 a side tournament will take place on Friday (evening) Aug 1st and Saturday, August 2nd. There will be a cup and plate competition, guaranteeing teams a minimum of two games. Entry fee will be €100 and entry forms will shortly be available. The competition is once again kindly sponsored by Murray's Bar.

Membership: Club membership is now due for the coming season. New members are always welcome and former players are also encouraged to join up and support the club. Fees: Adult (Playing): €50. Adult (Non Playing): €25. Schoolboys/ Student: €25. Second schoolboy (from the same family): €10. Membership can be paid to membership officer Angela O' Leary (087 6288689) or any committee member.

Schoolboys' Awards Night

Macroom F.C. celebrated its most successful year ever at the Riverside Park Hotel with a great turnout of players and parents, another confirmation of the growth of the club in recent years. The large numbers of boys and girls now playing soccer locally is in stark contrast to the mid 1990s when Macroom FC entered its first ever schoolboys team into the West Cork League at Under 16 level. Guest of Honour was Cork City F.C. and Republic of Ireland Under 21 defender, Brian Linehan. Brian was a hugely popular figure on the night and indeed is currently being strongly linked with a move to Arsenal in the English Premier league. Medals were presented to the Under 12 team who finished as runners up in their division, thus ensuring promotion for the coming season. Next up were the all-conquering Under 13 side who completed a memorable league and Con Elliot Cup cup double. With a great run at the end of the season, the Under 14 side also gained promotion and the Under 16s had another great year in finishing second to gain promotion as well as winning the John Cooke Cup. Each schoolboy team from Under 11 to 16 also had individual award winners. These trophies were sponsored by Paul Barrett Construction and Macroom F.C. would like to thank Paul for his continued support of the club.
Awards were presented for Player of the Year, Top Scorer and Most Improved Player for all grades: Player of the Year: Under 11: Lorcan Flanagan. Under 12: George Lowrie. Under 13: Caelum Lynch. Under 14: Mark Dromey. Under 15: Leo Healy. Under 16: Caleb Dineen.
Top Scorer: Under 11: Ryan Leahy and Liam Coleman. Under 12: Daniel Cotter. Under 13: Dylan Twomey. Under 14: James O'Mullane. Under 15: Eolan O'Leary. Under 16: Ethan O'Gorman.
Most Improved Player: Under 11: Cathal Dineen. Under 12: David Hunt. Under 13: Jack O'Riordan. Under 14: Ryan Fallon. Under 15: Kevin Condon. Under 16: Luke Costin Healy.
There were also presentations made on the night to Macroom F.C. players who represented various Cork Schoolboys League teams throughout the 2013/14 season. This was a massive achievement by all four players - Patrick Moynihan (Under 12), Dylan Twomey (Under 13), Mateusz Juszciak (Under 13) and Tomas Collins (Under 14) and gives a great endorsement to the standards of coaching within the club.

FAI Summer Schools Camp.

The highly successful FAI camp returned to Macroom last week. There was huge demand for this excellent camp which had six fully qualified FAI coaches on hand to teach and improve the passing, shooting and dribbling skills of the game. The theme of the week was to listen, to show respect and to display fair play at all times. FAI Development officer, Stephen O'Mahony paid a visit during the week and camp co-ordinator Derek O'Gorman was delighted with the excellent behaviour of all the children. Derek was also highly impressed with the facilities at Murrayfield and he thanked club president Willie O'Riordan, groundsman David Coleman and all at Macroom F.C. for the assistance and warm welcome he and his fellow coaches received throughout the week. At the conclusion on Friday afternoon all players were presented with a football and a well deserved certificate. Also, medals were presented to players who excelled in the skills of the game as well as displaying the spirit of fair play all through the camp. These were: Fionnan O'Brien, David Burke, Cian Kelleher, Darragh McMahon, Oisin O'Sullivan, Alex Kelly and Olivia Wasinak.

Macroom Soccer A.G.M.

The Annual General Meeting of Macroom F.C. took place recently at the clubhouse in Murrayfield. Chairman Denis Murray thanked all in attendance and commented on the on-going growth and success of the club, particularly at Schoolboy level. With this in mind, it is vital to encourage more people, especially parents, to get involved with the club which now caters for in excess of 200 players, both girls and boys, from Under 7 up to Under 16. Willie O' Riordan Snr, (President) thanked all committee members, especially the lotto committee who do a great job throughout the year. He also thanked all team managers for all their efforts in guiding the various teams during the 2013/14 season.

The following officers were elected: Honorary President: Willie O' Riordan Snr.. Chairman: Denis Murray. Vice Chairman: J.J. Murphy. Treasurer: Janet Shine. Assistant Treasurer: Connie Foley. Secretary: Pat Melia. P.R.O: Darragh Deasy. Underage Secretary: Willie O'Riordan Jnr. Committee: Kevin Lucey, Darren Kelly, John Corcoran, Brian Murphy, Declan Kelly, Mick Goold, Barry Fitzgerald, Paul Barrett, Deirdre Buckley, Angela O'Leary, Dave Andrews. Groundsman: Shane O'Sullivan. Insurance Officer: Denis Murray. Medical Officer: J.J. Murphy. Membership Officer: Angela O'Leary.

Macroom Golf Club

Results: 24/06/2014. Seniors Scramble. 1st, Liam Nash, 20, John Purcell, 21, Mary Lehane, 18 and Andy Lynch, 25 on 45.1 points.
26-27/06/2014. Thursday/ Friday Open Singles. 1st, Noel Flynn, 17 with 37pts.
28th June. Monthly Medal. Standard Scratch 69. 1st Dan O'Brien, 12, 65. 2nd Jerry McKenna, 19, 66. 3rd Martin Kavanagh, 12, 66.
29th June. Open Singles. 1st Diarmuid McCarthy, 13, 42pts. 2nd Colman Cotter, 18 40 pts. 3rd Michael Riordan, 11 on 40pts.

01/07/2014. Seniors Scramble. 1st Liam Cotter 11. Noel O Sullivan-17 and Pat O'Connor 24 with 41.8pts.
03/07/2014--Thursday Open Singles. 1st Paddy Mawe 21 39pts
4/5/6/07/2014--Club Classic. -1st Flor McCarthy 13 Macroom. Michael Kelleher 15 Macroom. Liam Nash 20 Macroom. 57pts. Best Friday Charlie Ryan 17 Macroom. Marie Kerr 22 Skibbereen. Diarmuid Kerr 25 Lisselan with 55pts. Best Saturday. Andrew F. Murphy. 20. Macroom. Adrian Murphy 15 Macroom and Donal Ahern 13 Macroom with 55pts. Best Sunday. Christy Naughton 15 Macroom. Tim O'Callaghan 12 Macroom and Peter Barry 21 Macroom with 55pts. Best Mixed. Colman Cotter 18 Macroom. Dylan Cotter 15 Macroom and Bernadette Cotter 36 Macroom with 53pts. Best Ladies. Mary Lehane 18 Macroom. Diana Barry 22 Macroom and Sheila Coughlan 24 Macroom with 52 pts. Nearest the Pin 13th Diana Barry.
Fixture: Sat 12th & Sun 13th – Open Singles.