Lee Valley Outlook Aug. 7 2014 v11e16

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 Fáilte go Máigh Chromtha © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Macroom Library:

Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon for 3 – 7 year olds
Bridge Club Wed. Aug. 13 at 11a.m.
Purlies Thurs. Aug. 21 at 11a.m.
Adult Book Club: Sept. 3.
Art Exhibition: paintings of Margaret Lynch during August.

Briery Gap:
Anchorman 2 Mon. Aug. 11 at 8.30p.m.
Diana Mon. Aug. 18 at 8.30p.m.
Blek and the Rats Saturday 23rd August.
American Hustle Mon. Aug. 25 at 8.30p.m.
Declan O'Rourke Sat. 27th Sept. at 8.30pm
Jimmy MacCarthy. Sat. 4th Oct. at 8.00pm.
Tommy Fleming. Fri. 10th Oct.at 8.00pm.

Macroom FC underage registration place at Murrayfield on Fri. Aug. 8th, 7.30 - 9pm.
Mushera Platform Dance Fri. Aug. 8. 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Crookstown Vintage Club: Annual vintage day on Sun. Aug. 10 at 2 p.m.
Macroom Senior Citizens Midsummer Barbeque and Bring and Buy Sale at the Fr. Ryan Hall in Lucey's Lane on Fri. Aug. 15 at 8p.m.
Knock pilgrimage from Clondrohid, Fri. Aug. 15.
Inchigeela Festival 14th -17th August.
Thurs. 14th Food Demonstration and Food Fair
Fri. 15th 5km Family Fun Run/ Walk and The Garth Brooks Experience
Sat. Aug. 16 Family Fun day and UV5 in the marquee.
Sun. Aug. 17 Afternoon Tea Dance and Bog the Donkey.

Coachford Festival Aug. 15 – 17.
Fri. Aug. 15 5mile Road Race 7p.m.
Sat. 16. High Nelly Run 5p.m. Grass Racing. Dog Show. Junior Agrilympics. Voice of Festival from 7p.m.
Sun. 17. Vintage Rally. Agrilympics. Sheep Racing. Natural Gas.

Ballyvourney – Coolea Show: Sun. Aug. 17
Laochra Óg Hurling Camp: Aug. 19 to 21 in Teerbeg, Clondrohid. 10.30 to 2pm.
Monster Bingo on Wed. 20th Aug. at 8.30pm in Clondrohid Community Hall.
Macroom F.C. Academy Registration Night Fri. Aug 22nd @ Murrayfield,7.30pm to 9pm.
Ballingeary Show Sunday 24th August.
Lissarda Ambush Commemoration. Sun. Aug. 24th 7.30pm.
Culture Night Cork County Fri. Sept. 19th
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

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Macroom Mart committee, past and present, at 50th anniversary celebration © Diarmuid O'Connell

Senior Citizens BBQ and B and B

Macroom Senior Citizens will hold a Midsummer Barbeque and Bring and Buy Sale at the Fr. Ryan Hall in Lucey's Lane on Friday, August 15 at 8p.m. With serious cutbacks in public funding, much on-going voluntary effort is required to maintain services for the elderly in the area at the current level.
Macroom Senior Citizens was founded 46 years ago and is now providing the following services for the elderly of Macroom and the Lee Valley :- meals-on-wheels, luncheon club, laundry, chiropody, weekly bingo, group holidays, physical activities and sheltered housing. In 2013 over 12,560 meals were prepared and served in the dining room and in the homes of the housebound six day a week and even on Christmas Day. A Laundry service is available at very reasonable rates. A weekly Chiropody service provided by Eileen Ryan is available every Thursday in Sullane Haven from l1a.m. to 5pm. The Bealtaine Festival includes a variety of enjoyable, cultural events. The annual holiday and day trips are most enjoyable, with capacity attendance. The Bring and Buy and barbeque in August and the fund raising events in October are both enjoyable and vital to the financial standing of the Senior Citizens. Art and Craft classes are attended by a group of 8 people every Monday 1lam - 12 noon. The sheltered housing in Sullane Place and the Sheltered Apartments in Sullane Haven are operating very successfully. The Shopeen is proving a vital source of funding for the organisation. It is open Monday to Friday, 10a.m. to 4p.m. and on Saturdays 10a.m. to 3p.m. After a lapse of 35 years Macroom Senior Citizens are again involved in the Over 60s Competition and Pat Kelleher and John Lyons qualified for the final at the City Hall in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Line Dancing is a great means of keeping fit and is held in the hall on Fridays 2 - 3 pm. Senior Citizen Socials are held every two months, with two of these in the afternoon 3pm - 5pm. They include music, dancing and singing, tea, sandwiches and cakes. A Care and Repair Service which covers small odd jobs for senior citizens was launched in May 2014 and this service is being used on a regular basis. For further details call our Care & Repair team on 026/41698.

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Thursday Trad session at the Mills Inn, Ballyvourney © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Guides

Summer Camps: This has been a busy summer for Macroom Guides and Rangers. To date, they have attended three camps and look forward to a fourth camp in August. They joined with Guides from Kenmare, Schull and Killarney for these events. Emma Barry was awarded her Junior Campcraft licence for organising and running her camp for the younger Guides. Guides and Rangers spent an action packed weekend in Kenmare, where three new members were invested as Rangers during their kayaking session.

Chief Commissioner's Award. Vera, Laura and Eimhear are heading off to a secret location to take part in the Chief Commissioner's Award – a 60 km, five-day hike through unknown territory, carrying all their belongings, tents, food etc. Along the way, they must carry out a number of projects, keep a logbook and survive on a budget. This is the highlight of the Rangers' summer activities. The three Rangers have been in training for this event for a long time and recently completed a two-day preliminary hike. We wish them well.

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Music at the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney. The weekly trad session is on Saturday from 10p.m. © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Library

The Bridge Club: meets next on Wednesday 13th August in the library at 11am. The Purlies: meet on Thursday 21st August at 11am to knit & chat over a cuppa. Art exhibition: for the month of August on display in the library – facilitated by Margaret Lynch. Adult book club: meets again on 3rd September , taking a break for the summer months. Summer Juvenile Reading Challenge: Designed to encourage reading & engage younger readers – it's in full swing & very popular. Enquire at the library desk. If you need Summer reading to while away a sunny afternoon – there will be a selection of new stock for borrowing. There is also a good range of new travel books & the latest 'it' reads for teenage & young adult reader. New members are always welcome.
Macroom Library 026/42483. Open: Mon – Sat 10.00am – 5.30pm. Tuesday late opening until 7.30pm. Internet/Wi-Fi - available to library members. Membership: Adults -€2.50. Children – 50cent. Senior citizens – free.

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 Happy group before McEgan College Debs © Clondrohid Photographers

Art Exhibition

Margaret Lynch, Raleigh North, Macroom, is exhibiting her paintings at Macroom Library during August. Margaret is a member of Sullane Art Group that meets every Wednesday night. She began painting in the late 90s at Creedon's Hotel, Inchigeela, under the guidance of the late Derek Mark. Rosemary Taylor succeeded Derek as group mentor and about ten artists meet weekly in Sullane Haven, Lucey's Lane Macroom. Margaret's exhibits were framed at the Bigger Picture, Fitz-Gerald Street, Macroom. Go along and enjoy them during library opening hours.

Briery Gap Programme

Cinema: Anchorman 2 11th August. 8.30p.m. American comedy. With the 70s behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm. Stars: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd.

Diana 18th August. 8.30p.m. During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon, Hasnat Khan. Stars: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Cas Anvar.

American Hustle 25th August 8.30p.m. A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper.
Admission to cinema €4

TheatreSullane Sessions present John Blek and the Rats on Saturday 23rd August at 9p.m. Strictly over 18. Tickets €10.
Annemarie O'Riordan Friday September 12th at 8.00pm. Tickets €15.
Declan O'Rourke Saturday 27th September at 8.30pm 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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Music Sessions: Castle Hotel, Macroom, every Tuesday night; Mills Inn, Ballyvourney, every Thursday night; Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, every Saturday night. Please let us know of other weekly sessions and we will be glad to include details.

Mushera Platform Dance Friday the 8th of August. Music by: Mike/ Helen and Southern Pride. From 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.
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.

Coachford Festival 5 Mile Road Race on Friday, August 15. Entrants can now book online at www.eventmaster.ie. Entry for the race is only €10 and all the proceeds go to Suicide Aware and local charities.. The race follows the same route as last year and walkers are more than welcome to take part. We are also encouraging groups of four to get involved and run or walk as a team. You can be a group of friends, team mates or family or any other connection you can think of. The Coachford Five Mile Road Race begins at 7.30pm, with the walkers heading off 30 minutes earlier. Registration is from 6pm at the GAA Hall.

Monster Bingo night, including raffle, on Wednesday 20th August at 8.30pm in Clondrohid Community Hall. Cash prizes totalling €1,500. Jackpot of €250 must go on the night. A great night's entertainment for all the family.

Macroom to Knock: Overnight pilgrimage. Bus leaves Macroom Square on Friday, August 22 at 9a.m. For further details, contact 026 42117 or 026 41527

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 now available or may be downloaded from www.ballingearyshow.com.

Lissarda Ambush Commemoration. Sunday August 24th 7.30pm. Oration by Tim Crowley.

National Heritage Week takes place nationwide from 23rd – 31st August. Check out what's on locally at website www.heritageweek.ie

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: July 22. Jackpot €2,800. Numbers drawn 1, 13, 34. No Winner. €70 Mark O'Sullivan, Dromree. €20 Ella Goold, Killarney Road. Mary McCarthy, The Glebe, Clondrohid. Helen O'Brien, Clondrohid. Daniel Twomey, Gurteenroe. Julie O'Sullivan, Kilnagurteen.

July 29. Jackpot €3,000. Numbers drawn 10, 13, 30. No Winner. €70 Tim Joe Lyons, Main St. Macroom. €20 Margaret Coakley, Inchigeela. Mary McCarthy, The Glebe, Clondrohid. Thady Oldham, Oakwood Court, Macroom. Sheila Buttimer, Coolcower. Margaret Kelly, 24 Barrett's Place. .

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: July 27. Jackpot €2.650. Numbers drawn: 2, 7, 39. No winner. €50 Paud Lehane, Kilvoultra. €20. Dan and Marie MacSullivan, Carrigulla. Johnny Healy, Coachford. Con, Joe, Claire c/o Martin Healy. Brina and Conor Shannon, c/o Patrick Twomey.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: July 23. Jackpot €2,600. €70 Maurice Buckley, Nadd. €20 Margaret Coakley, Inchgeela. Pat and Debbie Buttimer, Coolcower. Peggy Kelleher, New Street. Eibhlis Kelleher, Mushera.
July 30. Jackpot €2,800. €70 Grace Murray, c/o Murray's Bar. €20 Jessica Mcsweeney, Carrigaphooka. John O'Shea, Kilgobnet. James O'Callaghan, Glounanarrig. Lorcan Flanagan, Carrigaphooka. Bingo Jackpot €1.000. .

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 21/7/2014, Jackpot: €1,600, Numbers Drawn: 18 - 24 - 32, No Winner, €40 Shane Martin, €20 Eilis Murphy, Yvonne Hayes, Henry Browne, Dan & Mary Spillane (Yearly Ticket).

28/7/2014, Jackpot: €1,800, Numbers Drawn: 11 - 28 - 29, No Winner, €40 Matt Sheehan, €20 Olivia Martin, Helen Barrett, Lyndsey Smyth, Shane Martin.

Lee Valley Updates

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 An Elbon bicycle bought at Dan Martin FitzGerald's bicycle shop in 1937 from Knocky Cronin is ready to ride again at Coachford High Nelly event on August 16. Pictured with Tadgh Murphy, Chairperson, Coachford Autumn Festival; Danny O'Riordan, owner; Martin Fitzgerald, sponsor and Colm Cronin ©

High Nelly Rides Again

A High Nelly bike that was purchased in 1937 in Fitzgerald's Bicycle Shop in Macroom was this week introduced to the shop owner's grandson and the son of the man who sold the bike. The Elbon made bicycle was purchased by the late Johnny O'Riordan from Canovee in 1937 for £4 – 7s – 6d in Fitzgerald's bicycle shop in North Square Macroom. It was sold to Johnny by salesman, 'Knocky' Cronin. This year, the grandson of the bicycle shop owner, Martin Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald's Funeral Home Macroom, has decided to sponsor the annual Coachford Autumn Festival's High Nelly Run. The current owner of the bike, Johnny's nephew, Danny O'Riordan, felt it would be a good idea to introduce Martin to the bike that was purchased in his father's shop 77 years ago and to also introduce it to Colm Cronin, the son of the man who sold the bike.
Danny said that the bike was state of the art when first bought in 1937 and was a status symbol. It was much more than a means of transport: it was a way of moving on in the world; it meant independence; it connected rural families to towns and helped in the selling of goods produced at home. The High Nelly was a huge investment. 'My Grandmother helped my uncle purchase the bike', said Danny. 'Colm's father, 'Knocky', insisted that Johnny take it for a test run around the Square first before handing over the money, just to see if he was happy with it and of course, to see if he could cycle it. After three rounds of the Square both the buyer and seller were happy and the deal was struck.' Danny inherited the bike from his uncle in 1977 and lovingly restored it in 1988. The beautiful Elbon bike was put on display in the Transport Museum in Killarney for 18 years and was returned to Danny when that closed in 2006. The bike is still in excellent condition and hasn't been altered in any way.
This year's High Nelly Run in Coachford on Saturday August 16th at 5.00pm will see over 50 vintage bicycles take to the highways and byways of the villages in the area. Many of the cyclists will dress up in period costumes. It will be like stepping back to the early 1900s to see these wonderful machines back on the roads again. This is Coachford's 5th High Nelly Run, with a higher than ever entry.

Inchigeela Festival 14th -17th August

Inchigeela Festival is back this year and 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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 Paddy O'Sullivan carves a pig's head at Ballinagree Harvest Festival. © Lee Valley Outlook

Clondrohid Updates

Knock: The annual pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Friday August 15, with a bus leaving Clondrohid. For more information contact Nell Kelleher on 026/41236.

Mushera Platform Dancing: on Friday evening, August 8, from 8.30 to 10.30pm. Make your way to the Mushera platform for some good old fashion dancing in the open air, weather permitting. Music by Mike Fitzgerald and Southern Pride

Padre Pio Ceremonies: A special commemoration will be celebrated in the grounds of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Dennehey's Cross, on Sunday August 10 at 2.30pm. Fr. Michael Fitzgerald will concelebrate mass with visiting and resident priests. Rosary, Mass, blessing of the sick and relics will be all part of the solemn occasion. Everyone welcome

Laochra Óg Hurling Camp: will run from August 19 to 21 for 6 - 13 year olds in their grounds in Teerbeg. €30 for 3 days, 10.30 to 2pm. Contact 0879437272 for more information.

G.A.A News: A great day out was had by all who travelled on the bus from Clondrohid to Croke Park for the Cork match. A pity to lose by a point. Congrats to the Minors. They defeated Canovee in the first round of the championship last week. They were down 8 points at half time but came out with all guns blazing after half time, to win by 8 points on a score line of 6 11 to 5 6. Well done and good luck in the next match.

Coachford Updates

Golden Greetings: To mark the 50th anniversary of the Massey 100 series and Ford 1000 series tractors, Broomhill Vintage Club are inviting all owners of these iconic tractors to bring them to the 5th annual Vintage, Veteran and Classic Car and Tractor show on August 17th at Coachford Autumn Festival. These glorious tractors were largely responsible for helping Ireland's farmers to improve production and land quality in the early years of Irish membership of the then EEC. A huge entry is expected and Chairman of the Broomhill Vintage Club, Tadhg Murphy, said that the number of vehicles has been growing each year and there is plenty of space for whatever turns up
Speedy Sheep: A flock of sheep is undergoing rigorous training ahead of the first national sheep racing event to be held at the Coachford Autumn Festival on Sunday August 17th. The sheep will compete in four races at the festival. Punters are invited to back their favourite and there is even the opportunity to become a racesheep owner for the last race. The sheep will be run over a short course at the GAA grounds in Coachford and the event promises to be full of fun. Race organiser, Jeremiah O'Sullivan said, 'We are all looking forward to this new event at the festival. The sheep are in great condition and the hard ground will suit them. A few of them are looking very well in training with 'Not so High Chaparral' and 'Baaarkle' showing lots of early form. 'Lamb Cutlet', 'Minty Mutton' and 'Spring Shanks' are all improving but 'Rosemary Rack' is carrying an injury and there are doubts whether she will make the starting line." The event is kindly sponsored by Sean Dennehy and Mike's Butcher shop Macroom. All the proceeds of the racing will go to Suicide Aware and local charities.

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Dismayed Gareth Brook fans, Laura & Ailbhe Twomey, Monataggart, at Donoughmore Fancy Dress © Pat Kiely

Donoughmore Doings

This year's Carnival was a huge success, starting with the Carnival Tea Party. Thanks to all who hosted tables and to those who attended. Thursday night was children's night, with big numbers taking part in the fancy dress and enjoying the entertainment with Catherine of Cork Music Club. Donoughmore 7 race and walk was very successful on Friday and during the weekend, visitors enjoyed the amusements on site, Tug of War Competitions, Fittest 4 competitions and a display by Street Acro Blarney. The juvenile soccer tournament was held in the sports complex. Saturday night featured the silage contractors' tug of war. 9 teams took part. The pulling was intense and a definite for next year's carnival. Thanks to Ger O'Connell who organised this. Sunday was a great family day with plenty of entertainment and fun for everyone, with the Munster Tug of War Championships being the highlight of proceedings. Thanks to the exhibitors who kindly displayed their model farms and machineryand were of great interest to both young and old.
Sunday night featured the final of the Intertownland Tug of War and Pluckanes was declared the winner. The Luke Kelly Tribute Concert was well supported and enjoyed by all. Special thanks to Jimmy Healy and John Twomey who transformed the local sports complex into a venue worthy of the great music and song performed by Chris Kavanagh. Sincere thanks to everyone who helped with organising this year's carnival, who supported events and the Development Draw and to the tickets sellers who took to the roads during the month of July. Thanks too to Macra and the Tug o'War club for their help. The Carnival was attended by 16 visitors from Dumries Galloway Scotland who were in the IRD Duhallow region for the weekend, visiting communities while viewing projects funded by Leader grants. Helen O'Sullivan IRD coordinated their visit to Donoughmore.

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Coláiste Ghobnatan debs and partners before the Ball © Nóra Ní Luasa

Ballingeary Agricultural Show 2014

The 50th Ballingeary Show is on Sunday 24th August. Highlights include The South Western Shorthorn Breeders Society Heifer Final. Indoor section includes Arts & Crafts, Home Baking, Flowers &Veg etc. Live music by Patrick O'Sullivan with open air dance platform. Performance by Ballingeary Pipe Band. Pet dog show, Bonnie Baby, Old Time Threshing &Vintage Display. Pets Corner. Guess the weight of the buffalo. Basket Making Demo Display. The Animal roadshow. Big round bale pushing. Raffle, plus lots more. Catering facilities & Tea marquee. Free Car parking. A great day out assured. Bí ann gan teip. Details on www.ballingearyshow.com or contact Secretary 0864018992 / 0861603903 Closing date for entries is 13th August.

Macra Matters

Donoughmore Macra members are keeping busy. Diarmuid O'Connell won the U23 dairy stock judging. His sister, Edel, came second, representing IT Tralee. Members helped out at Donoughmore Carnival. Festivities began with the Seven mile walk, where club member, Daniel Buckley, crossed the line first. Many more members participated at a more leisurely pace! On Sunday, the club organised a number of sideshows which included a FunStars Obstacle course that attracted all ages. Donoughmore Macra had three teams in the semi-finals of the Fittest Four, with the club's B team being narrowly defeated in the final few metres of the final. Lastly, club members attended and helped steward a local concert. Donoughmore Macra finished the month organising a club outing at Ballyhass lakes.

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The harvesting group prepare for Crookstown Vintage Day on Sunday, August 10 ©

Crookstown Vintage

Crookstown Vintage Club will hold their 26th Annual Vintage Display and Open Day at Crookstown on Sunday, August 10th, commencing at 2:00 pm. The event will feature a large display of Vintage Tractors, Engines, Cars and Machinery as well as a host of entertainment for all the family. On Saturday evening there will be a 'pig on the spit' at 9pm, followed by a raffle. Sunday will see a display of Butter Making, a Tractor Balancing Display, Mini-Digger Trials etc. The younger generation will be entertained with Children's Sports, Baby Show and lots more. Flat screen T.V. will show the match in the field. The event will be opened by local personality, J.J. Long. Come along and enjoy a great day out for all the family.

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Theresa O'Leary presenting a cheque for €5,500, proceeds of the recent Poulanargid Dog Show, to Padraig Mallon, Irish Guide Dogs. Included in the group of members and supporters are Sheila Delaney, Tommy Murray and Donie O'Riordan ©Peter Scanlan Photography

Kilmurry Fun Run

We were really happy with the turn out for Kilmurry Fun Run on July 17. 222 runners/ walkers completed the circuit. This is a unique run in Cork as half of the race goes through Warrenscourt Woods. Attendance was up 15% from last year.
Winners: Male. 1. Michael Harrington 17min 40sec. 2. Chris Murnane 17min 42sec. 3. Alan Lehane 18min 11sec. Female: 1. Jacinta O'Connor 20min 30sec. 2. Caoimhe Harrington 20min 35sec. 3. Sophie Harrington 22min 40sec.

Culture Night 2014

As the summer speeds by we head once more towards one of the finest cultural events in the calendar, Culture Night Cork County. This year's event takes place on Friday, September 19th and, as always, will provide excellent opportunities for everyone to experience the activities which enrich their own towns and villages.
Last year's Cork County programme saw thousands of people attend free events. 86 events took place in 40 towns and villages throughout the county. There were also 14 programmed events in Cork County Hall and the Cork County Library Building. There are multiple opportunities to experience some of the finest arts, music, theatre, dance and film that the county of Cork has to offer. What's more, every single event in Culture Night is free. Culture Night Cork County is now entering its fourth year and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Culture Night is an initiative coordinated by Temple Bar Cultural Trust and supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with Cork County Council. Details on the programme of events are available on www.culturenightcorkcounty.ie. So put the date in the diary - Friday, September 19th is Culture Night Cork County.


Coachford's Festival continues to deliver

The Coachford Autumn Festival has become one of the fastest growing family festivals in County Cork over the last five years. The Mid Cork festival is run over three days and provides families with a bucket load of entertainment and fun and something for everyone. This year's festival, in aid of Suicide Aware and local charities, runs from Friday August 15th to Sunday August 17th and is filled with novel events and family favourites. A five mile road race kicks off events on Friday at 7.00pm. The run, approved by Athletics Ireland, will take runners on a mostly flat course with two easy climbs and is suitable for the novice and the expert athlete. Walkers are also welcome and registration is from 5.30pm to 6.30pm or online at www.eventmaster.ie
On Saturday, August 16th the fifth annual High Nelly Bicycle Run takes place, with over 50 antique and classic bicycles from the last century lining up to enjoy a trip back in time as they are cycled by their proud owners around the country roads in Coachford. The run begins at the GAA grounds at 5.00pm and everyone is welcome. Keeping with the cycling theme, the Coachford Cycling Club will hold a Grass Racing event at the festival on Saturday evening at 7.00pm. The club are hoping for a large number of under 10 and 12 year olds to take part in this exciting event. Also on Saturday evening a Pet Dog Show will be held, with lots of prizes available and even one for the 'Best Dressed Dog'. The first ever Junior Agrilympics takes place on Saturday at 6.00pm, when mixed teams of four will compete against each other in various farm tasks such as Milking the cow and rolling the bale. Entry is free and it promises to be a lot of fun. Contestants for the first ever 'Voice of the Festival' competition are exercising their vocal chords and preparing their chosen song for Saturday August 16th. Three judges will provide 60% of the marks while the audience vote will provide the other 40%. Votes are only €1 per person and you can vote as often as you like. Proceeds of the voting for 'The Voice of the Festival' go towards Suicide Aware and local charities. The competition begins around 9pm in the GAA hall. There will be full bar facilities and music afterwards. Entry to the GAA Hall is €5.

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Peter Coughlan, Neil O'Sullivan and Mike Shorten with their Massey and Ford tractors ahead of the Vintage show in Coachford on Sunday August 17th ©

Sunday August 17th is the main day of the festival and a huge number of people are expected to descend on the GAA grounds in Coachford from 12 noon to view the large number of Vintage, Veteran and Classic Cars and tractors on display. People will also be able to enjoy the spectacles of Sheep Racing, and Agrilympics. Visitors to the festival on Sunday can also enjoy Tim O'Riordan of 'Natural Gas' in concert and partake in the many side shows; face painting, balloon modeller, funfair, welly throwing, sheaf tossing, children's sports, Mini digger challenge, Model Toy display and egg throwing. These and other events are all geared to entertain all the family throughout the day. Entry to the Sunday show is only €5 per adult and all proceeds go towards Suicide Aware and local charities.
Check out Coachford Autumn Festival on Facebook. For further information contact 086 8030086.

Leaving Cert Results

With the Leaving Certificate results set to be released to more than 55,000 students on Wednesday 13th August, we carry some advice for parents and students, courtesy of Richard Murphy of Griffith College.
It is important for parents to take time ahead of this important day to prepare for all eventualities so that their children feel supported and the correct course of action is taken to ultimately secure a college place.
Parents and students should sit down in advance of the results to talk about their options. Exam results are just one chapter in their lives, regardless of the outcome. Exams are important but Steven Spielberg, Albert Einstein, Jane Austen are just some names who didn't succeed in exams first time around. It is up to parents and students to prepare a plan B and discuss the options available if desired points aren't achieved. For example, if a law degree is the first preference but the points aren't achieved, the plan could be a decision to study a Diploma in Legal Studies as a gateway to the degree or prepare a direct entry application to a degree course with an independent college or institution. It is also important to remember that the CAO re-opens applications during August and September for college places that haven't been filled with their Available Places utility. Check out this list online regardless of whether you have been offered a place, as new courses that were not available at the time of deadline, might now be open for application.
Parents should remind students to be sensitive when discussing results with friends. While they may not have achieved points as high as they would have liked, these could be a far cry from what their peers achieved. Avoid hype: the final outcome is not determined until the offers in late August so don't over- speculate or spend too much time discussing with relations, neighbours or friends. This will only serve to increase stress on the student at an already difficult time.
Celebrate as a responsible young adult even if a first or second preference course isn't secured. This is the start of a new chapter in the student's life and should be a cause of joy. Starting college is an exciting time and the student should be encouraged to make the most of it, academically, socially and professionally.

Home Security

During the summer holidays homes may be seen as easy targets for thieves. It's important to take precautionary steps to ensure that your home is properly secured before you leave. These steps are often cheap and easy to put in place, ranging from securing your oil tank to prevent theft to not hiding spare keys outside!
Check that all doors and windows are secured. Some house insurances don't compensate for theft if the house was not locked correctly.
Create the impression you're still home. Piles of mail in the letterbox, empty driveways and dark rooms are indicators of an empty house. Have letters held at the post office and lights on timers to help ward off intruders.
Arrange with a neighbour to keep a watch on the house and/ or to park in your driveway.
Oil theft is an increasing occurrence. Secure your oil tank and camouflage it.
Turn everything off at the socket. All appliances except for your fridge/freezer should be turned off at the wall. This will reduce the risk of fires and save money.
Don't broadcast your absence. In this social media age Facebook and Twitter can help thieves.


by Michael Kelly

Tip: Put a bionet screen over the door of the polytunnel to keep marauding birds out safely.

Lunch in a Minute: Simply toast some sourdough bread or baguette. Rub on some cut garlic; add some slices of delicious ripe tomatoes (warm from the polytunnel), some ripped basil leaves, sprinkle with lots of sea salt and black pepper and drizzle with a good olive oil.

Carrot, Kohlrabi and Beetroot Salad: The ultimate in raw food goodness. Takes less than five minutes to make. Ingredients: 1 medium sized beetroot. 1 carrot. 1 kohlrabi. 1 tablespoon olive oil. 1 tablespoon honey. Zest and juice of a lemon. Fresh dill, chopped. Few drops of Tabasco. Peel and grate the carrot and kohlrabi. Grate the beet too, but there's no need to peel it. Toss with the remaining ingredients and serve.

Onions are ready when the tops of the plants fall over. An old trick was to bend the stems yourself, but this is now frowned upon. Many GIYers then loosen the soil around the bulb with a fork to accelerate bulb ripening and allow them some more space to swell. A week or so after the stems have bent over, the leaves will wither and yellow. Lift the onions and shake off the soil. If the weather is dry, place them on a wire rack outside to dry. If rain is forecast, keep them on a rack in the greenhouse or tunnel. Leave for 10 days to dry out or until the skin is paper thin. Make sure all the moisture is gone from them (particularly in the neck) before you store. Store in net bags or make a braid by twisting the onion tops around some wire. Store somewhere cool and dry. Remove any shoots that form over the winter. But you don't have to dry them out before using – just enjoy.


The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin.

Rabbit Hayes loves her ordinary life with spirited daughter, Juliet, and her husband Johnny Hayes. Time is running out for her however and she has only a handful of days to carry out all the plans she has in her head for her life. A beautiful book which will move you to both laughter and tears.

Available now in Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €15.99.

Sports Mad

County Championships Programme 2014

Friday Aug 8th @ Páirc Uí Rinn, S.H.C. Blackrock v Ballymartle 7.30pm (C. Lane)

Saturday August 9th

All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Final Cork v Wexford

Páirc Uí Rinn, S.F.C., Bishopstown v St Finbarrs, 6.15pm (Ml. Collins)

Páirc Uí Rinn, S.F.C., Aghada v Clonakilty, 8.00pm (P. O'Leary)

Bandon. S.F.C. Nemo Rangers v Ilen Rovers, 7.30pm (B. Coniry)

Cloghdubh, P.I.H.C. BLARNEY v Ballinhassig, 6.30pm (B. Murphy)

Ballingeary, P.I.F.C. Castletownbere v Na Piarsaigh. 3.30pm (E. Sheehy)

Aughaville, I.F.C., Adrigole v EIRE ÓG, 7.30pm (Ml. O'Leary)

Carrigadrohid, I.F.C. QF, Rockchapel v Kinsale, 7.30pm (A. Long)

Ballyhea, J 'B' H.C. SF Shanballymore v Ballyclough 7.15pm (A. Barry)

Sunday August 10th

Cloghdubh S.F.C. Carbery v BALLINCOLLIG, 4.15pm (K. Murphy)

Cloghdubh, P.I.F.C., Replay, BALLINORA v NAOMH ABÁN, 2.30pm ET

(J. Birmingham)

Kanturk, P.I.F.C. Mallow v Newmarket, 7.15pm (D. Murnane)

Friday August 15th

Páirc Uí Rinn, P.I.H.C. Kilworth v INNISCARRA, 7.30pm

Saturday August 16th

County Under-21 'A' Hurling Championship Quarterfinals

Ballyanley, S.F.C. Clyda Rovers v Newcestown 7.00pm (B. Coniry)

Páirc Ui Rinn, I.H.C., Ballygarvan v AGHABULLOGUE, 6.15pm (C. O'Regan)

Páirc Uí Rinn, P.I.F.C. QF, GRENAGH v Valley Rovers, 8.00pm (B. Walsh)

Bandon, P.I.F.C. Carrigaline v MACROOM, 7.30pm (J. Larkin)

Ballygarvan, P.I.H.C. Relegation final, Kilbrittain v Watergrasshill, 7.00pm

Ballynoe, I.H.C. Fermoy v Fr O'Neills, 7.30pm (T. O'Donovan)

Banteer, I.F.C. Mayfield v Ballydesmond, 7.00pm (Ml. Sheehan) Prov.

Kilworth, I.F.C. Kildorrery v Glanmire, 7.00pm (J. Larkin)

Sunday Aug 17th:

Croke Park, All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-final Cork v Tipperary, 3.30pm

Wednesday Aug 20th

Mallow, S.H.C. Newtownshandrum v UCC, 7.30pm (D. Kirwan)

Thursday August 21st

Mallow I.H.C., Charleville v BALLINCOLLIG 7.30pm (M. Maher)

Friday August 22nd

Killeagh, S.H.C. Youghal v Carrigtwohill, 7.30pm (C. Lyons)

Páirc Uí Rinn, P.I.H.C., Bandon v Cloyne. 6.30pm (K. Murphy)

Páirc Uí Rinn, P.I.H.C. Tracton v Kanturk, 8.00pm, (Ml. O'Mahony)

Alt 30th Sept 6th

Saturday August 23rd

All-Ireland U-21 semi-final, Munster v Ulster.

Páirc Uí Chaoímh, S.H.C., Sarsfields v Carrigdhoun, 2.45pm (J. Larkin)

Páirc Uí Chaoímh, S.H.C., St Finbarr's v Erin's Own, 4.15pm (J. Sexton)

Alt. Saturday Aug 30th

Páirc Ui Rinn, S.H.C. Na Piarsaigh v Bride Rovers 6.15pm

Páirc Uí Rinn, S.H.C. Bishopstown v Glen Rovers. 8.00pm (C. McAlastair)

TCB, S.H.C. Relegation Final, Courcey Rovers v Killeagh,

Kilworth, P.I.H.C. QF Ballyhea v Castlelyons. 6.15pm (N. Wall) Alt 30th

Mourneabbey. I.H.C. QF, Meelin v Aghada, 6.30pm or 7.30pm. (C. O'Regan)

Bandon, I.H.C. Barryroe v EIRE ÓG, 6.45pm (K. Healy) Alt. Aug 30th

Kildorrery I.F.C., Kanturk v Fermoy. 7.30pm (M. Moynihan) Alt Aug 30th Sept 6th,

Ballingeary, P.I.F.C QF BALLINORA/N. ABÁN v Bantry Blues Alt Aug 30th

P.I.F.C QF Castletownbere/Na Piarsaigh v Mallow/Newmarket Alt Aug 30th Sept 6th

Sunday August 24th

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-final Connacht v Munster

All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Semi-final (replay Sept 6th)

Munster v Ulster, Connacht v Leinster

Páirc Uí Rinn, Jun. 'B' Co. Football Final, Kilmeen v Castlelyons, 2.30pm

Páirc Uí Rinn, J 'B' Hurling Final, Dromtariffe v Shanballymore/Ballyclough,

Clonakilty, S.F.C. Douglas v O'Donovan Rossa, 2.30pm (J. Bermingham)

Clonakilty, S.F.C., Castlehaven v Carbery Rangers 4.15pm (C. Lane) Alt Aug 30th. Sept 6th

Saturday August 30th

Páirc Ui Rinn, S.H.C., Midleton v Douglas 7.30pm Alt Sept 13th, Sept 20th,

TBC I.H.C. QF, Kildorrery/Milford v Grenagh/Argideen

TBC, I.H.C. QF, Barryroe/Éire Óg v Fermoy/Fr O'Neills Alt Sept 5th, Alt Sept 13th

TBC, P.I.H.C QF Blarney/Ballinhassig v Bandon/Cloyne Alt Sept 6th, Alt Sept 13th,

Sunday August 31st

All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Semi-final (replay Sept 6th)

@ TBC S.F.C., St Nicholas v MUSKERRY (N. Wall) Prov.

@ TBC, P.I.F.C., Carrigaline/Macroom v Nemo Rangers

@ TBC, I.F.C. QF Mitchelstown v Adrigole/Eire Og Alt Sept 6, Alt Sept 13th

@ TBC, I.F.C. QF Kanturk/Fermoy v Mayfield/Ballydesmond Alt Sept 6, Alt Sept 13th,

@ TBC, IFC QF, Cill na Martra v Kildorrery/Glanmire Alt Sept 6, Alt Sept 13th,

Cork County Senior Hurling Championship

Round 3

Killeagh 2-15 Na Piarsaigh 1-22

Bride Rovers 3-14 Courceys 0-19

Round 4

1. Na Piarsaigh v Bride Rovers

2. Newtownshandrum v UCC

3. Sarsfields v Carrigdhoun

4. Erin's Own v St. Finbarr's

5. Ballymartle v Blackrock

6. Bishopstown v Glen Rovers

7. Midleton v Douglas

8. Youghal v Carrigtwohill


1 v 2, 3 v 4, 5 v 6, 7 v 8.

Relegation Play Off: Killeagh v Courceys Rovers

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round Four:

1. Carrigaline 1-1'2 Newcestown 2-22

2. Mallow 0-8 Valley Rovers 1-16

3. Kilworth v INNISCARRA

4. Kanturk v Tracton

5. BLARNEY v Ballinhassig

6. Bandon v Cloyne

7. Bye - Ballyhea

8. Bye - Castlelyons


Newcestown v Valley Rovers

3 v 4

5 v 6

Ballyhea v Castlelyons

Relegation Play Off: Watergrasshill v Kilbrittain

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round 4:

A: Kildorrery 3-17 Milford 0-22

B: GRENAGH 2-14 Argideen Rangers 1-15

C: Barryroe v EIRE ÓG

D: Fermoy v Fr. O'Neill's

E: Charleville v BALLINCOLLIG

F: Ballygarvan v AGHABULLOGUE

G: Aghada Bye

H: Meelin Bye


Kildorrery v Grenagh

C v D

E v F

Aghada v Meelin.

Relegation Play Off: DRIPSEY v St Catherine's

Grenagh 2 – 14 Argideen Rangers 1 - 15

A fiercely contested game at Riverstick ended with Grenagh snatching victory with two late goals to win by two points and make their way to the quarter final stage in this their first year in Intermediate grade. Argideen led by 1-10 to 0-7 at half time, having played with the wind in the first half. Grenagh had opened the scoring with a point from a Tom Kenny free and with further points from Kenny and Ultan Duggan were level at 0-4 each after ten minutes and Liam Walsh and Kenny then added a point apiece to keep the sides still level at 0-6 each as the first quarter ended. A goal for Argideen gave the West Cork side the edge and a Sean Bourke point was the only reply from Grenagh before the break.

On the restart, points from Tadg Walsh, Ultan Duggan and Sean Bourke had the deficit down to three points within ten minutes but Argideen hit back and with two points to go five up with ten minutes remaining and they looked capable of holding on at this stage. Tom Kenny hit over two more frees in a row and Ultan Duggan had his third point but Argideen had two points from frees to stay four clear. Seamus Coleman threw the cat amongst the pigeons with a goal for Grenagh in the 27th minute to reduce the gap to the minimum and a minute later Niall Doherty banged in another gaol to give Grenagh a two point victory and maintain their onward march.

Scores for Grenagh: Tom Kenny 0-7 (0-6 frees), S. Coleman and N Doherty 1-0 each, U Duggan 0-3, L Walsh, E Ryan T Walsh and S Bourke 0-1 each.

Grenagh: Mark Kenny: Kevin O'Neill, Raymond Dorgan, Paul McCarthy: E Ryan, Gerry Russell, Kelvin Cummins: Liam Walsh, Seán Bourke: Shane Dorgan, Tom Kenny, Tadg Walsh: Ultan Duggan, Seamus Coleman, S Cronin. Subs: Niall Doherty, A Duggan, Martin Barry.

Junior 'B' Hurling Championship

Semi Finals:

Rathpeacon 0-12 Dromtariffe 1-19

Shanballymore Ballyclough

County Senior Football Championship

Round 4 Draw:

A: Castlehaven v Carbery Rangers

B: Aghada v Clonakilty

C: Bishopstown v St. Finbarr's

D: Clyda Rovers v Newcestown

E: Nemo Rangers v Ilen Rovers

F: Douglas v O'Donovan Rossa


H: St. Nick's v MUSKERRY

Quarter-Finals: A v B, C v D, E v F, G v H.

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

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Round 4

A: BALLINORA 3-11 NAOMH ABÁN 1-17 (draw)

B: St. Michael's 1-7 Bantry Blues 2-7

C: Castletownbere v Na Piarsaigh

D: Mallow v Newmarket

E: Carrigaline v MACROOM

F: BÉAL ÁTHA'n Ghaor. 1-14 Nemo Rangers 0-18


H: Valley Rovers – Bye


A v Bantry Blues

C v D

E v Nemo Rangers

Grenagh v Valley Rovers

Relegation Play Off: Glenville v Kiskeam

Intermediate Football Championship

Round 4

A: AGHABULLOGUE 2-10 Mitchelstown 2-15

B: Adrigole v Éire Óg

C: Kanturk v Fermoy

D: Mayfield v Ballydesmond

E: CILL na MARTRA 1-12 Youghal 0-11

F: Kildorrery v Glanmire

G: Rockchapel Bye

H: Kinsale Bye


Mitchelstown v B

C v D

Cill na Martra v F

Rockchapel v Kinsale

Relegation Play Off: Cloyne v Glanworth

Aghabullogue 2 – 10 Mitchelstown 2 – 15

Aghabullogue, weakened by injuries, will have no complaints at this result as Mitchelstown, the 2013 county junior champions, deservedly won their way through to the quarter final stage of this year's Intermediate football championship and a date with either Éire Óg or Adrigole. Aghabullogue gave it their best shot and stayed in very live contention right up to the final stages. The game, played in glorious summer conditions at Mallow, ended on a worrying note for Aghabullogue as substitute Kevin Finnegan suffered a head injury late in the game and had to be removed to hospital. Thankfully, Kevin has since recovered well as has Sean O'Sullivan, who also had to visit the hospital later with concussion.

Aghabullogue started well and had two points on the board before Mitchelstown replied with a point but Aghabullogue then tacked on two more points to lead by 0-4 to 0-1 after ten minutes. Points were then exchanged and Aghabullogue goalkeeper John Buckley denied Mitchelstown with a string of outstanding saves and the North Cork men also saw a ball come back off the crossbar. Mitchelstown were getting on top however and they had two points to cut the deficit to the minimum and then followed up with a goal to take the lead. They then tacked on two further points to open up a one-goal lead. Aghabullogue replied with a point, Mitchelstown did likewise to maintain the one goal gap but the teams were level again when John Corkery, the outstanding Aghabullogue forward, cracked the ball to the Mitchelstown net. Aghabullogue then took the lead with a point but Mitchelstown finished the half with two points to lead by 1-9 to 1-8 at the break. John Corkery had contributed 1-5 of the Aghabullogue total.

On the restart, Mitchelstown added two further points to their tally, Aghabullogue got one back but the winners replied with another point to keep their one goal lead, 1-12 to1-9. In the 48th minute, Aghabullogue were awarded a penalty and Patrick Finnegan slotted the spot kick home and the sides were level again. Shane Beston kicked Mitchelstown back in front with a point and then came the decisive blow when Mitchelstown got in for their second goal five minutes from time. The injury to Kevin Finnegan followed and the game was delayed for a ten minute period as the injured player was cared for and on the resumption of play, Mitchelstown played possession football and ran down the clock.

Scorers for Aghabullogue: John Corkery 1-5 (0-2 frees), Patrick Finnegan 1-2 (1-0 pen.), E O'Sullivan, J Kelleher (free) and S O'Sullivan 0-1 each.

Aghabullogue: John Buckley: David O'Leary, Dan Twomey, Anthony O'Sullivan: Mark O'Brien, Donal Twomey, Ryan Dennehy: Sean O'Sullivan, John Kelleher: Sean Dineen, Greg Long, Brian Buckley: Evan O'Sullivan, Patrick Finnegan, John Corkery. Subs: David O'Connell, Kevin Finnegan, Robert O'Keeffe, Kenneth Hogan, Donncadh Murphy.

Cill na Martra 1 – 12 Youghal 0 – 11

An improving Cill na Martra side got over another hurdle in their pursuit of intermediate championship honours at Páirc Ui Rinn and are now through to the quarter final stage of the championship and a meeting with either Kildorrery ore Glanmire.

Cill na Martra got off to the perfect start with a goal from Danny Ó Duinnín after only two minutes play and a point from Seanacháin Ó Loinsuigh to follow. Youghal were going quite well early on however and fought their way back and missed a sitter ten minutes into the game which would have given them the lead. As it was they had to be content with an equalising point, 1-1 to 0-4 but when Míceál Ó Deasúna had a lead point for Cill na Martra soon after, the Muscraí Gaeltacht side were never to be reined in again. Cill na Martra led by 1-6 to 0-6 at the break and Youghal will regret not having made better use of some great goal chances in the second quarter, Cill na Martra goalkeeper Pádraig Ó hAodha denying them on two occasions with superb saves.

Kevin O'Sullivan added a point to the winner's tally on the restart but Youghal replied with a brace to narrow the gap to two points after only four minutes play. The Cill na Martra defence was now beginning to impose itself on the Youghal attack in a manner unimaginable before the break, the full back trio particularly sharp, and Youghal could never get closer than three points subsequent to another point from Miceál Ó Deasúna in the 37th minute which restored the one goal gap. Cill na Martra led by four points at the three quarter stage and after Youghal managed to cut the deficit to a single goal, Cill na Marta got an insurance point from Ó Deasúna late in the game to remove any anxiety.

Cill na Martra scorers: Danny Ó Duinnín 1-1, M Ó Deasúna 0-5 (0-4 frees), S Ó Loinsuigh, D Ó Conaill, S Ó Céilleachair, C Ó Suilleabháin, C Ó hUidhir 0-1 each.

Cill na Martra: Pádraig Ó hAodha: Marc Ó Goilí, Colm Ó Laoire, Nollaig Ó Loinsuigh: Gearóid Ó Goilí, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Graham Ó Mocháin: Seán Ó Céilleachair, Miceál Ó Deasúna: Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Caoimhín Ó Suilleabháin, Martín Ó Conchuir: Seanacháin Ó Loinsuigh, Danny Ó Duinnín, Caoimhín Ó hUidhir. Fir Ionaid: Danny Ó Conaill, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín.

Cork Hurlers

Cork Senior Hurlers, Munster champions, play Tipperary in the All Ireland semi final on Sunday 17th August at Croke Park. Tipperary recently defeated the Leinster finalists, Dublin, and will provide Cork with a real tough challenge. Limerick play Kilkenny in the other semi-final, the Munster runners up having defeated Wexford comprehensively.

Intermediate Hurling:

Cork 0-21 Galway 0-17

Six points in arrears at half time, five points still behind with twenty minutes to go, Cork intermediate hurlers turned their fortunes around with a great last quarter performance against Galway at Tullamore in the All Ireland semi-final and now meet Wexford in the final. Peter O'Brien of Kildorrery was the Cork scorer in chief (0-13, 0-7 from play, 0-6 frees) but it was the wonderful spirited team performance which won the day.

Cork Intermediates are captained by corner back John O'Callaghan of Inniscarra, recent winner of the monthly Auld Triangle Muskerry GAA Sports Star Award, and also included Colm Casey of Inniscarra in attack. Jerry Linehan of Inniscarra is a selector with the Cork team.

Cork Footballers

Cork Senior footballers, as expected, defeated Sligo at Tullamore in the All Ireland qualifier on a scoreline of 0-21 to 1-11. Corner back Noel Galvin of Ballincollig was the only Muskerry division player to start the game but Fintan Goold of Macroom, and Daniel Goulding of Éire Óg came on as effective last quarter substitutes. Patrick Kelly of Ballincollig and Cathal Vaughan of Iveleary were on the substitute panel for this game.
In the All Ireland quarter final at Croke Park, Cork lost to Mayo on a 1-19 to 2-15 scoreline. Cork were level at half time at 0-8 each and gave a great last quarter performance to push the Connacht champions to the last. Noel Galvin of Ballincollig at corner back and Fintan Goold of Macroom at centre forward, started the game for Cork and Paddy Kelly of Ballincollig and Daniel Goulding of Éire Óg came on as second half substitutes. Cork are now out of action until next year's competitions but finished the season with reputations repaired and the bulk of a new team in place for the years ahead.

Cork minor footballers, defeated by Kerry in the Munster Final, are now out of the All Ireland series after going under to Leinster champions, Dublin, in the quarter final at Thurles. The final score was 2-14 to 1-13 and Cork certainly gave a terrific display against the raging hot favourites. John Mullins of Éire Óg was outstanding in a superb Cork full back line; the half back line was an all-Muskerry line affair - Seán O'Donoghue of Inniscarra, Cian Kiely of Ballincollig, and Maidhchí Ó Duinnín of Naomh Abán. Mícheál Ó Deasúna of Cill na Martra was at midfield and the attack had Danny Ó Duinnín of Cill na Martra at centre forward. Michael Lordan of Ballinora was on the extended panel and the selectors included Andrew McCarthy of Inniscaraa and Tom Dorgan of Ballincollig. Dr. Aidan Kelleher of Clondrohid was medical officer for the team.

Mid Cork GAA

Ballincollig Credit Union Mid Cork Junior 'A' Hurling Championship

Quarter Finals:

Cloughduv 3-19 Donoughmore 0-10

Ballinora 1-21 Blarney 2-13

Ballincollig 2-23 Eire Óg 1-12

Kilmichael – a bye

Semi Finals:

Cloughduv v Ballincollig

Kilmichael v Ballinora

Ballinora 1 – 21 Blarney 2 – 13

Ballinora defeated a strong Blarney second string at Cloughduv in a game with a late Saturday afternoon throw-in time and so are through to the semi final stage of the Ballincollig Credit Union Junior Hurling championship. Ballinora led after ten minutes by 0-5 to 0-3 despite facing the strong breeze but Blarney were boosted by a Craig Sykes goal and they led at half time by two points. A goal early in the second half from the outstanding young hurler Pat Fitton brought Ballinora level and even though there was no surrender by Blarney, the winners were strongest in the last ten minutes and points from Tomás Healy (2), Darragh Corkery, Pat Fitton and Michael Murphy (2) had them five points clear at the final whistle..

Ballinora: Barry Crowley: Brendan Hourihan, Michael Hodge, David O'Neill: Alan O'Shea, James Lordan, Paul Kennedy: Alan O'Neill, Tomás McGrath: Darragh Corkery, Conor Brosnan, Conor Murphy: Gary O'Halloran, Pat Fitton, Kevin Murphy. Subs: Michael Murphy, Tomás Healy, John O'Regan, Daire Holmes.

Referee: Mr. Peter Downey, Inniscarra.

Cloughduv 3 – 19 Donoughmore 1 - 11

The score line tells the story. Strong championship favourites Cloughduv were too strong for Donoughmore in this quarter final game at Coachford and advance to the semi final stage in confident style. Donoughmore, playing into the wind in the first half were in live contention at half time, trailing by six points after a fine first half performance but Cloughduv had pulled away within ten minutes of the restart and the outcome was never in doubt subsequently. Donoughmore to their credit never gave up and they were rewarded with a well taken late goal.

Cloughduv with the wind behind them did not have matters all their own way in the opening quarter but a goal from Brian Ahern in the 8th minute helped them to a 1-4 to 0-2 by the end of that period. Donoughmore were denied a goal by a fine save from Cloughduv goalkeeper Jonathan Buckley in the 17th minute from point blank range from Shane Sexton and the latter will regret not having put that chance away. Donoughmore continued to contest well up to half time and the Cloughduv lead of 1-8 to 0-5 left the challengers with still some hope of recovery at that stage.

Twice the sides exchanged points on the resumption before Andrew Cronin, very prominent at wing back, pointed to increase the Cloughduv lead and then full forward Joe Ryan finished the contest by billowing the Donoughmore net from close range after cutting in from the wing. The score was now 2-11 to 0-7 and it was evident that Cloughduv were the better side and had no intention of letting Donoughmore off the hook with Brian Ahern, Darragh Ring, Donal Corkery, Dave McCarthy scoring freely. The introduction of Sean O'Connor added further power to the winners attack and a second goal from Joe Ryan followed in the 50th minute. Donoughmore never gave up with William Murphy accurate from frees and in the final minute had a fine goal from Kevin Horgan who lashed a ground ball to the net from close range in a crowded goalmouth.

Cloughduv: Jonathan Buckley: William Ahern, Aidan Ahern, Liam Kelleher: Andrew Cronin, Donal Cronin, Aidan Murphy: Darragh Ring, Ger Ahern: Denis O'Sullivan, Michael Deasy, Brian Ahern: Dave McCarthy, Joe Ryan, Donal Corkery. Subs; Sean O'Connor, Liam Long.

Donoughmore: Kenneth Cullinane: Aidan O'Brien, Vincent O'Connor, Laurence Barry: Terence Looney, Mark Foley, Stephen O'Connor: Stephen Golden, Aidan Corkery: William Murphy, Shane Sexton, Alan Savage: Jamie Twomey, Kevin Horgan, Steven Looney. Subs: Martin O'Connor, Adam Looney.

Referee: Mr. John Horgan, Gleann na Laoi.

Ballincollig 2 – 23 Éire Óg 1 – 12

The semi final line up for the Mid Cork Junior Hurling championship semi finals was completed with the win of Ballincollig over neighbours Eire Óg at Cloughduv on Bank Holiday Monday evening. It was an impressive showing by the men from the satellite town and one that will give Cloughduv some apprehension as they contemplate the forthcoming semi final clash. That said however, Cloughduv will present a different challenge than the Eire Óg second string but Ballincollig did demonstrate that they have fifteen men who can hurl and importantly, forwards who can score.

Ballincollig had wind advantage in the opening half but there was little enough in it in the first quarter and the sides were level at 0-5 at the end of that period. Ballincollig had the better of the second quarter but still it was not until very late that they put three extra points on the board to open up a five point interval gap between the teams, 0-12 to 0-7. Stephen Coughlan, John O'Brien (0-3), Barry McElligott, Aidan O'Donovan (0-4), Cian Dorgan, Colm O'Connor and Killian Kelleher were the Ballincollig scorers and the Éire Óg reply came from Paul Ryan (0-3), Keith O'Riordan (0-2), Ger McSweeney and John Malone.

On the resumption it was Ballicollig who applied the pressure and points from John O'Brien, Aidan O'Donovan, Killian Kelleher (2) and Stephen Coughlan inside ten minutes left Eire Óg with a mountain to climb. Keith O'Riordan got a point back and Paul Ryan then pointed a '65' but a goal from John O'Brien who won a high centre from Killian Kelleher had a Ballincollig victory wrapped up by the 42nd minute, 1-18 to 0-9 now the score. Ballincollig continued to dominate in the final quarter with points from Aidan O'Donovan, Killian Kelleher, Cian Dorgan, and Jason Murray. Éire Óg did get through for a goal after a strong run by Ronan O'Toole, Eoin Lyons providing the finishing tap in but Ballincollig also had a goal, Stephen Coughlan batting past Chris Kelly just before full time.

Ballincollig: Niall Connaughton: Shane Murphy, Kevin O'Sullivan, Chris Collins: Shane O'Sullivan, Colin Harris, Brian O'Halloran: Cian Dorgan, Diarmuid McDonnell: Barry McElligott, Colm O'Connor, Killian Kelleher; Stephen Coughlan, John O'Brien, Aidan O'Donovan. Subs: John Paul Murphy, Jason Murray, Timmy Collins, Niall Purcell.

Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: David Sheehan, Andrew O'Herlihy, Seán Desmond: Kieran O'Sullivan, Barry Corkery, Philip O'Sullivan: Ger McSweeney, Ronan O'Toole: Keith O'Riordan, Liam Murohy, Eoin Lyons: John Malone, Denis Murphy, Paul Ryan. Subs; Dan O'Shea, Daire McCarthy, Donncha Kelly, Ciarán Hutchinson.

Referee: Mr Miah Moynihan, Grenagh.

Faro Intelligent Heating U 21 Hurling Championship

First Round Results:

Aghabullogue 2-16 Eire Óg 1-15

Blarney 1-20 Cloughduv 2-7

Ballincollig 0-16 Inniscarra 0-8

A Cloughduv v Inniscarra : Winners play Aghabullogue.

B Éire Óg v Ballincollig: Winners play Blarney.

Final: A v B

U 21 B Championship

Laochra Óg, Ballinora and Donoughmore are in this round robin competition with a final to decide the championship winners.

Ballinora 2-17 Donoughmore 2-8 is the only result to date.

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A Football Championship

Quarter Finals:

1 Donoughmore v Kilmurry

2 Dripsey v Iveleary

3 Aghinagh 1-12 Macroom 0-7

4 Éire Óg 0-5 Canovee 0-19

Semi Finals:

Donoughmore/Kilmurry v Dripsey/Iveleary

Aghinagh v Canovee

Aghinagh 1 – 12 Macroom 0 – 7

Aghinagh were the last team to defeat Canovee in the Mid Cork Junior Football championship - in the opening round of the 2007 campaign at Macroom. Canovee subsequently recovered and went on to win the Mid Cork, Cork County, Munster and All Ireland titles that season and then graduated to Intermediate ranks. Canovee are now this year back again in Mid Cork and doing well and their next opponents will be Aghinagh who defeated Macroom in the quarter final at Carraigadrohid. Aghinagh were favourites and justified that tag with a fine all round competent display and will have benefited from this test from the reasonably strong challenge put up by Macroom second team.

John Ryan opened the scoring with a Macroom point in the 2nd minute but they were not to score again until the 15th minute when Pat Kelleher hit over a fine score. In between Aghinagh had taken the lead with a point from Seamus O'Leary in the 8th minute, followed by a pointed free from Donal Corkery a minute later and another Corkery point, from a '45' in the 14th minute. Aghinagh were on top around midfield and their half back line was adding strong support and the flow of ball was towards the Macroom goal. William Coakley pointed a free on 26 and Miceál Corkery had a super point from play two minutes later so Aghinagh led by 0-5 to 02 at the break.

On the restart Sean Kelleher added to the Aghinagh tally but Macroom replied through Andrew Hegarty. Aghinagh then had four points in row before Hegarty had his second point and when Donal Corkery replied, Aghinagh led by 0-11 to 0-4 as the last quarter opened. Macroom were doing quite well in play, with their substitutes doing well and three points in a row were deserved rewards for their enterprise. Donal Corkery steadied the Aghinagh nerves with a point in the 55th minute and Declan Ambrose settled the issue finally with a goal from a blistering ground shot two minutes from time.

Aghinagh: Paul O'Sullivan: Paudie O'Sullivan, Alan Hourihan, Jeremiah Kelleher: Dermot O'Callaghan, Dave Barry, Miceál Corkery: Michael O'Brien, William Ambrose; Seán Kelleher, Seamus O'Leary, Seán Horgan: William Coakley, Donal Corkery, Declan Ambrose. Subs: Con Lehane, Donagh McCarthy, Kieran Lehane, Ross Crowley.

Macroom: Dylan Dinneen: Barry Healy, Barry O'Donnell, Kevin O'Dwyer: Robert Downey, Sean Kiely, Alan Quinn: Philip Corrigan, James Quinlan: Pat Kelleher, Denis Quinlan, Gerard Angland: John Murphy, Brian Tiernan, John Ryan. Subs: Jamie Murphy, Andrew Hegarty, Don Creedon, Michael Browne, Olan Murphy.

Referee: Mr Kieran Furey, Cill na Martra.

MJK Oils Junior B Football Championship

First Round:

Naomh Abán 3-7 Grenagh 1-12

Ballincollig 1-15 Eire Og 0-11

Kilmurry 2-13 Ballinora 1-10

Iveleary 2-12 Canovee 0-12

Béal Átha 2-11 Inniscarra 1-7

Aghabullogue - a bye

Donoughmore - a bye

Gleann na Laoi - a bye

Quarter Finals

Gleann na Laoi Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh

Donoughmore Naomh Abán

Aghabullogue Ballincollig

Iveleary Kilmurry

Rebel Óg East – Minor A Football Championship

Macroom 2-10 Sliabh Ruadh 1-7

Macroom minors had a hard earned win over Sliabh Ruadh at Brinny in the opening round of the East Rebel Óg Minor A football championship. The sides were level after the opening quarter, at half time and again early in the second half. Macroom then began to get on top and a goal from Chris Foskett in the 48th minute gave them a commanding 1-10 to 1- 4 lead. A second goal, this one from Robert Healy in the 58th minute was the clincher and they now have qualified to meet Kilmurry (winners over Donoughmore) in the championship quarter final.

Cathal O'Riordan had the opening point of the game after two minutes, further points from Robert Healy, Don Creedon and Chris Foskett had Macroom leading by 0-4 to 0-1 after ten minutes but a goal from Sliabh Ruadh after 15 minutes levelled the scores. Defences dominated thereafter with Jack Cronin, Olan O'Mahony, Brian McMahon and Kevin O'Dwyer doing well for Macroom. Each side scored a point late in the half, Craig Ronan on target for Macroom and the score was 0-5 to 1-2 at the break.

Sliabh Ruadh took the lead with a point from a free early in the second half and Don Creedon equalised after 35 minutes. Further points from Chris Foskett, Alan Quinn, Don Creedon and Robert Healy had Macroom five points clear by the three quarter stage. A point for S Ruadh from a free narrowed the gap but in the 48th minute Alex Ryan won a ball in defence, released Kevin O'Dwyer who surged forward and Chris Foskett took possession and blasted home from close range. Another point from a free for S Ruadh cut the margin to five but in the 58th minute the uncertainty was ended when Robert Healy finished off another good Macroom move with a goal from close range. Sliabh Ruadh finished strongly with three points in a row but Macroom were safe at that stage.

Macroom: Declan Kiely: Brian McMahon, Olan O'Mahony, Alex Ryan: Kevin O'Dwyer, Jack Cronin, Brendan O'Sullivan: Alan Quinn, Paul O'Farrell: Cathal O'Riordan, Don Creedon, Tommy Condon: Craig Ronan, Chris Foskett, Robert Healy. Subs Used: Eoin Walsh, Brendan O'Callaghan, Dylan Cronin, Ethan O'Gorman.

Kilmurry 4 - 9 Donoughmore 3 – 10

This was a very well contested game at Clondrohid. Kilmurry led a half time by 1-8 to 0-5 (Joe Ryan the goalscorer just before the break) but then found themselves three points in arrears when Donoughmore recovered to shoot four points in a row and then shocked Kilmurry with two goals in quick succession to lead by 2-9 to 1-9. Three goals from Seán Warren rescued the game for Kilmurry and they were quite relieved to have two points to spare at the finish after Donoughmore hit them with a late goal.

Kilmurry: Colin Casey: Michael John Grainger, Pádraig Hinchion, Colm Hannon: Liam Wall, Fionn Warren, Seán O'Sullivan: James Berhanu (0-1), Jack O'Sullivan (0-1): Eoin Clifford, James Dullea, Brian Hinchion (0-1): Colm Kearney, Joseph Ryan (1-5), Seán Warren (3-1). Subs: John Mullane, Liam O'Sullivan, Jeremiah Burke.

Laochra Óg

On Friday 18th July the Laochra Óg U 14 hurlers played a challenge match against Kilmichael and there were fantastic performances from many on the panel. Thank you to all who travelled on the night and to the team sponsors Macroom Opticians. On Sunday 22nd July the U12 hurlers made a trip to Limerick GAA grounds and played in a Munster Blitz against teams from Cork, Kerry and Waterford. They also got a tour of the stadium from two Limerick senior hurlers, James Ryan and Aaron Murphy who gave a great team talk in the dressing room. On Saturday 26th July the U10 hurlers did a clean sweep by winning all three games at a county blitz in Enniskeane. They played against St. Colm's of Kealkil, Bantry Blues and Newcestown. A lot of U9's and U10's were missing due to holidays etc. Outstanding displays by all with Ben Lyons getting the best score by controlling a puck out from his own keeper and in the same movement put it over the bar at the other end without catching the sliotar. Eoin Healy was in goals for one of the matches and pulled off some great saves. Luke Duggan, Cormac McCarthy and Jack Martin were solid at the back, James Slattery had a great game in mid-field scoring from well taken frees, James Burke played well closing down attackers and in the forwards, Donna McCarthy, Sean Murphy and Eamonn Ó Meachair got great scores. Thanks to all for making the journey and to team sponsors, Folláin Teo.

Pic 05

 Jean Hepburn and Anne O'Hourihane of Pharmacy First Plus, Tower presenting new jerseys to Inniscarra Under 8 Camogie panel and Chairman Tim Buckley prior to the U8 Camogie blitz at Ballyanly ©Tim Buckley

Cork Camogie – Cork County Championships

Senior Championship – Cloughduv, Inniscarra, Ballincollig

Round 1

A Glen Rovers 1-8 CLOUGHDUV 1-8

B Douglas 0-6 Milford 1-10

C INNISCARRA 0-9 St Catherine's 1-10

D BALLINCOLLIG 1-9 Killeagh 1-9

E Ballinhassig 3-8 Courcey Rovers 1-11

F St Finbarr's 3-16 Barryroe 0-10

Losers Round = Losing Clubs from Round 1

Round 2 Two teams to be drawn from winners of Round 1 + Winners of Losers Round

Senior B Championship – Aghabullogue. Two teams to qualify from each Section

Section A. Round 1:

Mallow 0-3 Fr O'Neill's 6-16


Clonakilty – a bye

Round 2: Aghabullogue v Mallow, Timoleague 1-7 Clonakilty 2-6

Fr O'Neills – a bye

Round 3:

20/8/14 Clonakilty v Aghabullogue, Fr O'Neill's v Kilbrittain, Mallow – bye

Round 4

29/8/14 Aghabullogue v Fr O'Neill's, Clonakilty v Mallow, Timoleague –bye

Round 5

5 or 6/9/14 Fr O'Neills v Clonakilty, Mallow v Kilbrittain, Aghabullogue – bye

Section B – Éire ÓG

Round 1

Ballygarvan 2-9 Valley Rovers 1-9

Carrigaline 3-5 ÉIRE ÓG 1-8

Round 2

17/8/14 Éire Óg v Ballygarvan, Valley Rovers v Carrigaline

Round 3

31/8/14 Ballygarvan v Carrigaline, Valley Rovers v Éire Óg

Semi Finals: 13/9/14 or 21/9/14

Winners of Section A V Runners up Section B

Winners of Section B V Runners up Section A

Final: 21st Sept or 28th September

Junior B Championship

Two team to qualify from each Section for Semi Finals

Section A:

Charleville, St Finbarr's, St Catherine's, BALLINCOLLIG, Ballinascarthy

Round 3

8/8/14 Ballinascarthy v Ballincollig, St Finbarrs v St Catherines

Round 4

15/8/14 Ballincollig v St Finbarrs, Ballinascarthy v Charleville

Round 5

24/8/14 St Finbarrs v Ballinascarthy, Charleville v St Catherines

Ballincollig – a bye

Section B

Round 1

Glen Rovers v Carrigaline


Bye - Bride Rovers

Round 2

Inniscarra v Glen Rovers,

Cloughduv 1-4 Bride Rovers 4-14

Round 3

10/8/14 Bride Rovers v Inniscarra,

8/8/14 Carrigaline v Cloughduv

Round 4

15/8/14 Inniscarra v Carrigaline, Bride Rovers v Glen Rovers

Round 5

24/8/14 Carrigaline v Bride Rovers, Glen Rovers v Cloughduv

Semi Finals: (7 September)

Winners of Section D V Winners of Section B

Winners of Section C V Winners of Section A

Final: 20-09-2014

Junior C Championship – Ballinora, Blarney.

Two Teams to qualify from each section

Section A :

Round 1

Valley Rovers 4-4 Courcey Rovers 2-10

Ballinora 5-12 Blarney 0-6

Bye Banteer

Round 2

Blarney v Valley Rovers

Ballinora 2-1 v Banteer 1-4

Round 3

Banteer v Blarney

Courcey Rovers 0-5 Ballinora 3-13

Round 4

13/8/14 Blarney v Courcey Rovers, Banteer v Valley Rovers

Ballinora - bye

Section B

Millstreet , Ballyhea, Castlelyons, Carrigtwohill

Section C

St Fanahans, Killeagh, Cobh, Buttevant

Quarter Finals: 31-08-2014

Semi Finals: Winners of B v Winners of A, Winners C v Winners D

Pic 11

 Cork Ladies Football Captain, Briege Corkery, receiving the Munster Championship Cup after the win over Kerry ©

Ladies Football- Cork County Championships

Senior Group 1

Inch Rovers 1-10 St Val's 0-5, Mourneabbey bye

Round 2: St Val's 0-20 Mourneabbey 1-11, Inch Rovers bye

Round 3: Mourneabbey 0-12 Inch Rovers 0-8, St Val's bye

Senior Group 2

Donoughmore v Eire Óg

Clonakilty 0-9 St Mary's 5-12

Round 2

Eire Óg 2-15 Clonakilty 2-9, Donoughmore 1-6 St Mary's 0-12

Round 3

St Mary's 2-14 Eire Óg 0-12, Clonakilty V Donoughmore

Senior - Group 3

Rosscarbery, Boherbue, Bride Rovers.

Quarter Finals: 11th or 18th August

Semi Final: 25th August or 1st Sept

Final: 6th Oct or 12th Oct.

Pic 10

 Aghinagh, U14B County Football Champions 2014©

County Title for Aghinagh

Aghinagh 3-7 Ballinascarthy 1-6

History was made on Friday, August 1st in Newcestown when Aghinagh won the club's first ever B county championship after a hard earned victory over a Ballinascarthy team that had defeated them in the Féile final played earlier in the year. In the early stages it appeared that Ballinascarthy would repeat their April performance when they raced into a 5points to 1 lead after 15minutes. A disallowed Ballinascarthy goal was the wake-up call that was needed and Aghinagh began a period that resulted in 2 goals and 5 points without reply before half time. The goals resulted from a fisted ball to the net by corner forward Arron Desmond, quickly followed by a penalty conversion by Liam Twohig. Cathal Crowley and Aodh Twomey maintained their dominance throughout the second half and when a resilient defence was broken, goalkeeper Scott Lucey was there to deny Ballinascarthy. Peter Murphy, Tadgh Sheehan & Sean O'Riordan were outstanding on the night and Colin McCarthy, Seamus Murphy, Gearóid O'Brien, Kieran Leahy and Cathal O'Riordan also contributed to the campaign. After the final whistle, captain Alex Murphy was presented with the cup amid tremendous applause and cheering. Following the victory the team and their mentors - Mike Crowley, Don McCarthy, Jerome Twohig, Matt O'Leary & Pat Lucey - paraded to sustained applause in Carrigadrohid, along with the Junior A team who were celebrating their win over Macroom in the Mid Cork quarter final.

Aghinagh: Scott Lucey, Sean O'Riordan, Eoghan McCarthy, Olan Cummins, David Lucey, Luke O'Leary, Con Buckley, Aodh Twomey, Cathal Crowley, Peter Murphy, Liam Twohig, Tadgh Sheehan, Scott Downey, Alex Murphy, Arron Desmond. Subs: Gearóid O'Brien, Kieran Leahy, Colin McCarthy, Seamus Murphy, Cathal O'Riordan.

The Road to the Cup

Aghinagh 2-14 Fr O'Neill's 0-2

On July 18th in Carrignavar the U14B footballers of Aghinagh had a comprehensive victory over Fr O'Neill's in the Eastern Region B Championship final. Gaining momentum form an early Liam Twohig goal, Aghinagh ran out comfortable winners.

Aghinagh 8-7 Granard Gaels 5-8

On July 26th in Donoughmore, Aghinagh faced Granard Gaels (Liscarroll / Churchtown) in the county semi-final. Aghinagh started well but aided by a strong wind Granard Gaels began to dominate and two quick goals had them leading at the break on a scoreline 2-6 to 1-3. Alex Murphy goaled for Aghinagh 10 minutes before the short whistle. On the restart Liam Twohig goaled for Aghinagh, but this was instantly cancelled out by Granard Gaels. With 10 minutes of the second half played Aghinagh hit a purple patch, scoring 3-3 without reply. Granard Gaels responded but from there to full time, and in a defence marshalled by Eoghan McCarthy & Luke O'Leary, ably assisted by Con Buckley & Olan Cummins, Aghinagh withstood the repeated attacks and when Arron Desmond iced the cake with Aghinagh's eighth goal, a county final awaited.

Pic 13

Donoughmore U12 girls, winners of the St. John Forde cup at Donoughmore carnival. © Martin Geaney

Macroom Soccer

7 a Side. Macroom Soccer Club's annual festival of football took place at the Town Park at the beginning of August. Over the years this competition has evolved from the original Street Leagues and nowadays is made up of local pubs and clubs as well as groups of individuals forming their own teams. There were fourteen teams entered into this year's tournament and, with a cup and plate up for grabs, a great day's entertainment was assured. No less than 26 games took place on the day and the fine weather brought out a great crowd. Games were refereed by Hughie Kelleher, John Ronan, Shane O'Sullivan and Denis Murray. The plate (first round losers) final was contested by Bell Inn Laci and Denny's Men, Crookstown with the Bell Inn victorious on a 5-1 scoreline. And in an excellent cup final Team James came out on top, defeating Bealnamorrive 4-2. Later in the evening prizes were presented to all four finalists. The prize giving ceremony took place at Murray's Bar, kind sponsors of the event and Macroom F.C would like to thank Murrays for their continuing support of the club. The club would also like to thank all volunteers who gave their time to ensure the smooth preparation and running of the tournament. So the 7 a side concludes for another year. And with 140 players taking part on the day, it is further proof of the growth and strength of the sport in Macroom and surrounding areas.
Schoolboys Registration Night: Parents are advised that Macroom FC registration night from Under 11 to Under 16 will take place at Murrayfield on Friday, August 8th from 7.30pm to 9pm.This is an important date as all players need to be registered and insured before the beginning of the campaign. Membership for the coming 2014/15 season is €25 per child. Membership for further children from the same family will cost €10.
Academy Registration Night for players (boys and girls from Under 7 to Under 10) will take place on Friday Aug 22nd, @ Murrayfield from 7.30pm to 9pm. Membership fees are €25 per child and €10 for further children from the same family.
The Dolphin Cup Under 16 invitational competition will take place at the Town Park on Saturday, August 9th. The competition is a fundraiser for the Dolphin Ward, part of the children's unit of Cork University Hospital (CUH). Teams from throughout Munster and beyond will take part including Nenagh F.C., Clonmel Town, Macroom, Leeside (Little Island), Portlaoise A.F.C., Park F.C. (Tralee), Leeside (West Cork), College Corinthians and Thomastown Utd. (Kilkenny). There will be plenty of other events including a raffle, tyre shoot-out and crossbar challenge so please come along to support a great cause. The opening game will commence at 10.30 am and the tournament will continue all day.

Macroom Golf Club

Gents' Fixtures:
Results: 22/07/2014 Seniors Scramble. 1st Flor McCarthy 13.Frank McCarthy 22. Pat Doyle 24 with 45.1pts.
24/25 July 2014 Open Singles- Thursday+ Friday. 1st Tim Kelleher 8..39 pts. 2nd Denis Dinneen 17 37pts.
26th July 2014 Monthly Medal- July..69. 1st Martin O'Mahony.15 61. 2nd Orainn McGarry.13. 65. 3rd John Burke.13 64.
23/02/2014..Chairpersons Day Scramble.90 played. 1st Morning Declan Ring 13. Pat Gould.18 Dan Murphy.19 with 60 points. 2nd Morning Denis Quinlan.9. Eileen O'Leary.24. Colm Creedon.16 with 61.1 points.
1st Evening. Tim O'Callaghan.13. Micahael Linehan.17. Bernie McGrath.13 with 61.7. 2nd Evening. Michael Riordan 10.Diarmuid McCarthy 12. Francis O'Brien with 61.7 points.

Open Week at Kilmichael Pitch and Putt

Open Scramble. 1st net Michael Vaughan, Kilmichael. Kevin O'Donovan, Kilmichael. Barry Kelleher. Kilmichael 31 nett. 1st gross. Michael Walsh. Majestic Mallow. Noel Collins. Pat Horgan 40 gross. 2nd net Tom Crowley Dunmanway. Nick Hilliard. Diarmuid O'Donovan 32 2/3. 2nd gross. Rick O'Mahoney. Lakewood. Philip Cooper. ballineen. Niall O'Donovan 40 gross.
Open Singles. +3 -7. Nett. Jimmy O'Donoghue. Kilmichael. 92. Gross. Michael O'Connell. Ballinlough. 95. 8-18. Nett. David O'Leary. Newcestown. 86. Gross. Jim O'Callaghan. Kilmichael 103. Kilmichael Scratch Cup sponsored by. De Róiste Artisan Pudding makers, Ballyvourney.
Senior. 1st. Ray Murphy. St Anne's 140. 2nd Connor McCarthy Deerpark, Killarney 145. 3rd. Sean Doolin. Collins. 149. Final 18. John O'Gorman. ESB. 49.
Inter. 1st. Dan Kiely Kilmichael 149. 2nd. Declan Freeman Fermoy. 155. 3rd. Michael Foley. Deer park. 161.
Junior 1st. James Fleming. Deerpark. 106. 2nd. Ryan Walsh. Collins 110. 3rd Hugh O'Sullivan. Deerpark. 113.
Ladies 0-10 1st. Mary Murray. Rocklodge 101.