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Pleasure Island, Inchigeela in the autumn sunshine. © Lee Valley Outlook ©

Lee Valley Diary

Seisiún Cheoil ar an Aoine, 17ú Deireadh Fómhair 9.30in, Tigh Uí Mhurchú, Cill na Martra.
Crookstown Ceili on Sat. 18th Oct. at 9.30 p.m.
Ballincollig & District Vintage and Classic Car Club Run on Sun. Oct. 19 at 11a.m. from Killumney Inn.
Muskerry Local History Society: lecture on Patrick Cleburne on Mon., Oct. 20, in Ballincollig Rugby Club at 8p.m
Rusheen N.S. Table Quiz at Riverside Park Hotel on Wed. Oct. 23 at 8p.m
Oíche Shamhna: Halloween Disco at Dromleigh N.S. annual on Fri. Oct. 24th, 7 - 9pm. €
Christmas Panto: Meeting in the Briery Gap on Bank Holiday Mon. Oct. 27.Children's Chorus at 4p.m. Teenagers and adults 5.30p.m
Halloween Party: in Crookstown Hall on Fri. Oct. 31, 2 to 5pm.

Macroom Library:

Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon for 3 – 7 year olds
Ciorcal Cainte: Mon. Oct. 20 at 11.30a.m.
Bridge Club Wed. Oct. 22 at 10.30 a.m.
Bank Holiday closure on Sat. Oct. 25 and Mon. Oct. 27.
Purlies Thurs. Oct. 30 at 11a.m.
Gramophone Circle: Mon. Nov.10. 11a.m.
Art Exhibition: Work of Felicity Kelleher during October.

Briery Gap:
Unforgiven Oct. 15 – 18.
Boyhood – Mon. 20th Oct. at 8.30p.m.
Omar – Wed. 22nd Oct. 8.30p.m.
Matinee Maleficent – Sat. 25th Oct. at 2.00pm.
The Matchmaker: Oct. 26.
Paddy Casey: Nov 1.
Before the Winter Chill – Wed. 6th Nov. 8.30p.m.
Eilish O'Carroll Live Love Laugh Nov. 14th
The Golden Dream – Wed. 19th Nov. 8.30p.m.
Donal Skehan Friday 28th Nov.

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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Ellen O'Leary, No 57 Gourmet Kitchen, demonstrates Cake Decoration during Macroom Food Festival ©

St. Mary's Updates

St Mary's Macroom 5-25 St. Flannan's Ennis 2-5
St Mary's senior team had their first competitive match on October 7 against St. Flannan's of Ennis. St. Marys began brightly with scores from Nicola Dennehy and Claire Murphy, which put them into a lead they never gave up. With Mairéad Corkery, fresh from her All-Ireland winning exploits with the Cork Senior Ladies, controlling mid-field with the help of Niamh Duggan, St. Mary's took full control of the match and did not concede until the 25th minute. St. Flannan's found it particularly hard to break down a solid Macroom half back line in which Caoimhe Cotter excelled. St. Flannan's looked far hungrier in the second half notching up two goals and 3 point in the first ten minutes, but St. Marys stormed back into the game with scores from Niamh Duggan, Síofra Burgoyne and Rachel Hurley. A few more excellent scores from the St. Mary's forwards and St. Flannan's had no answers. With a fantastic win behind them, St. Marys face a strong Loreto Fermoy in their next senior outing. Scoil Mhuire Abú!!
Junior Sports Day
. St. Mary's Link Modules class held their enterprise activity, an annual 'Junior Sports Day', on September 19 and added their own twist, giving each class group a specific colour to distinguish teams. They incorporated the theme of healthy eating and this involved cross curricular links with Home Economics, Science, P.E. and Maths. The L.C.V.P. students greatly improved on their teamwork, organisational and leadership skills. Overall the day was a huge success and was enjoyed by all.
Macroom Food Festival. As part of the food festival two 4th year students were challenged to demonstrate their knowledge of nutrition by designing, preparing and cooking an appetising dish using locally produced ingredients. Katie O'Riordan and Keelin O'Leary participated in a cook off in the town square with their dish, "Trio of Desserts" (chocolate mousse, Lemon cheese cake and strawberries and meringue).
Open Night: was held on September 30. A large number of 6th class students and their parents attended and there was a lovely atmosphere around the school as parents and students got a taste of life in St. Mary's.

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Health Care Support – Nursing at the PLC Awards night at McEgan College, Macroom ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

Trip to Ballymaloe: On a beautiful autumnal day senior cycle Home Economics students and teachers from McEgan College went to visit the famous Ballymaloe Cookery School in East Cork. On arrival students were warmly welcomed with homemade lemonade and freshly baked scones. Later the students explored the Cookery School Garden and 100 acre farm which are managed organically. They had wonderful experience learning about the growing of a wide range of fruit and vegetables and organic husbandry. Students were delighted to get the opportunity to meet Rachel Allen. Thanks to Ms. Manning for organising the educational and enjoyable trip.
Art Trip. Students from Mc Egan College joined with St. Marys Secondary school for a visit to the Vision Centre in Cork. The students viewed the exhibition entitled Beautiful Disposition by Rosemary Fallon, a Galway based artist. The exhibition contained paintings and sculptures. It was a very exciting and vibrant exhibition. Students involved were George Keating, Jordan O'Donoghue, Claudia O'Leary, Andrea Harmon and Emer Falvey along with their teacher, Ms Brew. Afterwards students visited Fitzgerald's Park and the Sky garden.
Fun Run. On Thursday the 25th and Friday the 26th of September students of McEgan College took part in their annual fun run. All students and some staff ran, jogged or walked 5km. Great fun was had by all.

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Hannah Burns, winner of junior section Food Festival colouring competition at Macroom Library, receives her prize from Christine Cronin ©

Macroom Library

Certificates of achievement from the 'Sweets and Treats' summer reading scheme are ready and waiting to be collected by any children involved who have not already done so. Children's Book Festival 2014 will see author Deirdre Sullivan visiting us on Friday 24th October at 12.30. Students from St Joseph's N.S will be coming to hear her speak as she writes for girls.
Please note that the library will be closed for the bank holiday week end, that's on Saturday 25th and Monday 27th October. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Due dates of books are amended to take account of this closure.
Ciorcal Cainte led by Nora Levis will take place on Monday 20th at 11.30 to 12.30. Men and women of any level of Irish welcome to this informal chat over a cuppa. The Purlies knitting group will next meet on Thursday 30th at 11am until 1pm. All levels of knitter are welcome to this group. Bridge players please note the new start time. From Wednesday 22nd October the session will begin at 10.30 am. Anyone who can play ACOL bridge you are more than welcome to attend.
The oil painting exhibition by Felicity Kelleher is attracting great attention and will remain in place until October 30th. Storytime, hosted by a member of staff takes place each Saturday at noon for about 45 minutes. The library will have an information table at the post budget Senior Citizens information event in the Castle Hotel on Tuesday 21st October from 2-4p.m. We will supply information on the various services we supply and activities we host.

In Harmony

Librarian, Christine Cronin, presented the October session of the Gramophone Recital and it proved to be a varied and most enjoyable experience for the capacity audience who came from as far away as Cork city, Boherbue and Millstreet. .The younger Strauss' Patriotic March was followed by Viva la Vida by Coldplay cellists, Luka Sulic and Stepan Hauser and Handel's Allegro by trumpeter, Maurice Andre. Amanda Neri then sang All the Things You Are and Fron Male Voice Choir performed Sailing By. Dvorak's Silver Moon from Rusalka was followed by A Policeman's Lot is not a Happy One from Pirates of Penzance and They Say it's Wonderful from Annie Get Your Gun, sung by Ethel Merman. Colm Wilkinson then sang Bring Him Home from Les Miserables and the first half finished with Hoe Down from Rodeo, performed by the RTE Concert Orchestra. After refreshments, Christine played Mozart's heart lifting Alleluia and Dawn, the theme music from the recent film, Pride and Prejudice. Gordon McRae and Lucille Norman sang the duet, One Flower Grows Alone from The Desert Song and then Mario Lanza invited the willing audience to Be My Love. The Plains of Boyle, Maigh Luirg, by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin; Irving Berlin's Let's Face the Music and Dance and Noel Coward's The Party's Over Now brought the morning session to a most enjoyable conclusion. The November Gramophone recital will be presented by Mary McSweeney and Teresa Tangney on Monday, November 10 at 11a.m.

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Seamie (Robert O'Riordan), P.J. (Tomás Healy) and Mary (Treasa Ní Ríordain) in 'Unforgiven; which plays in the Briery Gap October 15 = 18 © Lee Valley Outlook

Briery Gap Programme


Briery Gap Theatre present Unforgiven – Wed. 15th to Sat. 18th Oct. at 8.00pm. Written by Irish playwright, John McDwyer and directed by Michael Twomey (Cha and Miah), Unforgiven is a laugh a minute exposition of Irish rural life, where nothing is ever as it seems. P J awaits the death of his father so that he can marry his neighbour, Mary, and live happy ever after. His brother Seamie holds a watching brief while Mary seems unaware of PJ's plans for her. When the father dies, another brother arrives home from America and a colony of cats land amongst the pigeons in this uproarious comedy. Tickets €12, Concession €10
The Matchmaker – October 26 at 8.00pm. Tickets €20 Concessions €18.
Christmas Panto: Meeting of participants in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the Briery Gap on Bank Holiday Monday, October 27.Children's Chorus at 4p.m. Teenagers and adults at 5.30p.m.
Paddy Casey – Saturday 1st November at 8.30pm
Eilish O'Carroll presents Live Love Laugh on Friday 14th November at 8.00pm Tickets €20 Concessions €18.
Donal Skehan – Friday 28th November at 8.00pm. Tickets €20


Boyhood – Monday 20th October at 8.30p.m. 15A 165 min. Drama. Ratings: 8.7/10. The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18. Admission €4.
Matinee Maleficent - Saturday 25th October at 2.00pm. A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land. Admission €3.
Bad Neighbours – Monday 25th October at 8.30p.m A couple with a new-born baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house. Admission €4.
Sullane Film Society: Omar – Wednesday 22nd October. 15A 96 min - Drama | Thriller Ratings: 7.6. A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he's tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier's killing.
Before the Winter Chill - Wednesday 6th November. The Golden Dream – Wednesday 19th November. Films screen at 8.30pm. Admission €7.

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Jimmy McCarthy and nephew, Chris Wall McCarthy, in Garth Brooks mode in the Briery Gap © Lee Valley Outlook


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Banna Cheoil: Beidh seisiúin chleachtaidh leis an aidhm chun banna céilí do cheoltóirí óga a bhunú, ar siúl gach Aoine san Ionad Áise i Réidh na nDoirí. Beidh oíche chláraithe na seisiún, atá eagraithe ag CCÉ Craobh Lachtaín Naofa, ar siúl i Scoil Náisiúnta Réidh na nDoirí ar a 6.30in ar an Aoine, 17ú Deireadh Fómhair. Seisiún do dhaoine fásta Aoine, 17ú Deireadh Fómhair 9.30in, Tigh Uí Mhurchú, Cill na Martra.

Youth Céilí Band: Practice sessions for the formation of a céilí band for young musicians will be held in the Ionad Áise, Réidh na nDoirí on Friday evenings, organised by the Lachtaín Naofa, Cill na Martra, branch of Comhaltas. Registration night Friday October 17th, 6.30pm in Réidh na nDoirí N.S. Good basic command of instrument essential. Details: 026 40213. Session for adult musicians Friday October 17th, 9.30pm, Ó Murchú's, Cill na Martra.

Crookstown Ceili Club: Ceil on Saturday 18th October. Music by The Breens. Commencing at 9.30 p.m. All are welcome. Dancing classes Tuesday nights at 9 p.m.

Ballincollig & District Vintage and Classic Car Club will hold the Jerry Murphy R+R Tyres Vintage Run on Sunday 19th of October, starting and finishing at Killumney Inn. Registration from 11:00am. Depart at 12:00 noon. Route: Killumney, Crossbarry, Bandon, Clonakilty, Kinsale (Via Coast Rd), Innishannon, Crossbarry and return to Killumney. Prizegiving and optional meal Killumney Inn. Event is open to all Vintage enthusiasts and the 20 year rule will apply. Vehicles up to 1994 will be accepted. Entry fee €15 per car. www.ballincolligvintageclub.com

Muskerry Local History Society is holding its first talk of the season on Monday, October 20 in Ballincollig Rugby Club. Orla Murphy will give an illustrated talk on the life of Ovens-born Patrick Cleburne. Cleburne fought on the Confederate side in the American Civil War and was honoured for his bravery and leadership. Cleburne city in Texas is named after him. The talk will begin at 8.00 pm but those who attended talks last year should note the change of night from Tuesday to Monday nights.

Rusheen N.S. Table Quiz at Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Wednesday, October 23 at 8p.m.. Teams of 4. Adults €10. Children €5.

Oíche Shamhna: The parents association of Dromleigh N.S. will hold their annual Halloween Disco on Friday October 24th. 7 - 9pm. €5 per family. All Ghouls and Ghosts welcome for a fun filled night.

Halloween Party: in Crookstown Hall on Friday, October 31, 2 to 5pm. Tickets at the door. €10 per family. Join us for some ghoulish games, freaky fun and dancing with local talent, Danny Payne! Organised by Cloughduv NS Parents Association.

Kilmurry Historical Association held its annual Gathering in Kilmurry Village on Saturday 13th of September. It was a fantastic event and a huge success - the BBQ and the High Nelly Run. Battlegroup South re-enactment group were also in attendance and performed a military exercise. KHAA would like to thank everyone who attended. Our next event will be a Christmas Choral concert on December 5th in Kilmurry Church. This will be a unique occasion, with star performances lined and, for the very first time, all three choirs from Canovee, Cloughduv and Kilmurry performing.

Rainbows Peer support Programme supports children who have suffered a bereavement either through the separation or death of a parent or sibling and helps them to find healing and growth through the pain. It doesn't need to hurt forever. For information and application form please contact Macroom Family Resource Centre. Ph. 026 20561

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: Sept. 30. Jackpot €1,000. Numbers drawn 7, 9, 25. No Winner. €70 Kate Murray, Railway View. €20 Dan Herlihy, Dromree. Stephen Kelly, Kilmichael. Barry O'Donnell, Castle court. Peggy O'Connell, Railway View. Maurice Healy, Gurteenroe House.
Oct. 7. Jackpot €1,200. Numbers drawn 7, 29, 36. No Winner. €70 Elizabeth Browne, Railway View. €20 Brooke Murphy, 9 Cork Street. Ann O'Brien, Barrett's Place. Tim Kelleher, Masseytown. Helen O'Brien, Clondrohid. Tadhg and Brid O'Driscoll, Sullane Weirs.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Oct. 1. Jackpot €4,600. No winner. €70 Don Creedon, Sally Gardens. €20 Brendan Kelleher, Dromree. Noreen Kelleher, Ballinagree. Denis Lusey Snr. Gortnalicka. Derry Crowley, c/o CMP Ballineen. .
Oct. 8. Jackpot €4,800. €70 Margaret O'Brien, Coolehane. €20 Anna O'Callaghan, Ballinagree. Mary O'Sullivan, Horsemount. Conor O'Mahony c/o Danone. Margaret Duggan, Moulnahorna.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: Oct. 5. Jackpot €9,600. Numbers drawn: 6, 9, 19, 30. No winner. €50 Mark Evans, Lissarda €25 Connie O'Keeffe, Dooniskey. Eoin McNabola, Aherla.
Oct. 12. . Jackpot €9,750. Numbers drawn: 6, 9, 11, 19. No winner. €50 Con Murphy, Farran. €25 Liam and Nora Lyons, Canovee. David O'Connor, Ballytrasna.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto. Results 12/10/2014, Jackpot: €4,300, Numbers Drawn: 24 - 31 – 34. No Winner, €50 Simon O'Connell, Bealnamorrive €20 John Roche, Leeds. Jason McCarthy, Bealnamorrive. Margaret O Driscoll, Horsemount. Nana Cronin, c/o Ballinagree Shop.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 6/10/2014, Jackpot: €1,000, Numbers Drawn: 10 - 11 - 14, No Winner, €40 Mark & Brian Dineen (Yearly Ticket), €20 Paddy Martin, Con & Mag, Sheila O' Riordan, N. O' Callaghan.
13/10/2014, Jackpot: €1,200, Numbers Drawn: 4 - 10 - 25, No Winner, €40 Martin Griffin, €20 Cathy Dunton, Antoinette Murphy, Tomas Cremin, Mossie Mooney (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

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Enjoying the American Tea Party fundraiser for the Development Group in Clondrohid Hall ©Clondrohid Photographers

Clondrohid Updates

American Tea Party::This proved a most successful event for the Development Group and they wish to thank most sincerely all those who hosted a table and provided food and their guests. A special word of thanks to Healys Spar who sponsored the tea, coffee, milk and sugar. The Healy family have always been most supportive of the Development Group since its inception as has Glenview Motors and Restaurant with their constant help financially and otherwise. On the night a list of the many who sponsored items for the raffle or made donations was furnished and since then a donation from the G.A.A. is also gratefully acknowledged. A group like this can sometimes find it difficult to keep going both financially and help wise, but when some event like this takes place, and the support and goodwill are so great, it makes the hard work worthwhile Thanks again to all who helped and purchased tickets and made it a very enjoyable and social occasion. Thanks to the Choral Group for a wonderful performance and to all the local singers. To Peter Lane for his sound equipment, to Teresa McSweeney for her assistance; to Derry Murphy and the Hall Committee for their excellent facilities and work done behind the scenes. As always rest assured any monies collected will be spent wisely and frugally and as was suggested by the chairman Teddy on the night, the Group would welcome any new member. If you would like to join have a word with Maria at Spar.
G.A.A.: Junior Cs lost out to Aghinagh in a semi-final in Carrigadrohid on a final score of Clondrohid 2 - 7 Aghinagh 1 -14 .While Clondrohid lost the game the lads put in a great effort coming from 8 points down to drawing level facing in to the final quarter. Well done to all players/ mentors involved and the many supporters who travelled to support the team. Congratulations to Dr Aidan Kelleher, our esteemed club member and player, on his appointment as a Cork Under U21 Football Selector. Aidan and the entire U21 team of mentors and players carry the club's best wishes in their pursuit of Munster & All Ireland honours in 2015. The club now can look forward to a Co. final at minor level versus Ballingeary. Date and venue will be posted as soon as is known. Twenty five of the under-8 squad took a coach to Rumley's Open Farm recently. Most time was spent on the Zip Wire, Mini Golf and Go-Kart tracks. Everyone had a most enjoyable day out and are all looking forward to the next football season with Clondrohid .A big thanks to the organisers and everyone who travelled.
Felicity Kelleher continues with her exhibition of her Art works in the Briery Gap Library Macroom. Teddy Kelleher set dancing classes continue in the Community Hall every Tuesday at 8pm.
Celtic Steps The Show will be perform live on stage in the Abbey Hotel Ballyvourney on Friday November 28at a fundraiser for the Community Creche. Tickets €15. Great night assured. .Go to www.celticsteps.ie for more information on the show.

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Briege Corkery cuts the tape at the start of Trasna na nGleannta Charity Cycle in Cill na Martra © Diarmuid O'Connell

Giotaí ó Choláiste Ghobnatan

Imeachtaí na hidirbhliana: Tá bliain a 4 ag glacadh páirt i 'Gaisce'. Seo é gradam cré umha an Uachtaráin, caithfidh gach dalta 13 seachtaine a chaitheamh ag glacadh páirt ag cabhrú sa phobal áitiul, ag foghlaim sci phearsanta nua, ag déanamh gníomhaíocht fisiciuil éigin agus sa deireadh tá 'Adventure Journey' ag baint leis an ngradam.
Cúrsa Treodóireacht: Bhí cúrsa treodóireachta ar siúl sa scoil le déanai. Ghlac gach éinne on idirbhliain páirt sa chúrsa agus baineadh an-taitneamh as. Beidh siad ag glacadh páirt i gcormórtaisí scoile laithreach.
Lá Fraincise: D'éagraigh daltaí na hidirbhliana Lá Fraincise sa scoil. Chuireadar cluichí ar siúl agus bhí díolacháin bia Fraincise ann chomh maith. D'éirigh ar fheabhas leo.
Nuacht na scoile: Bhí cúrsa scannánaíochta ar siúl le déanaí agus ghlac daltai ón idirbhliain agus ó bhliain a cúig páirt sa chúrsa, agus d'fhoghlaim siad a lán rudaí nua faoin ábhar. Chomh maith le sin, d'éagraigh rang CGAT bliain a cúig díolacháin uachtar reoite agus bailíodh €155 d'ospideal Mhaigh Chromtha. Bhí bua iontach ag na cailiní faoi 16 i gcluiche cispheile i gcoinne Cloch na Coillte. Comhgairdeachas leo! Bhí Aifreann tús na bliana ar siúl sa scoil. Míle buiochas le Iníon Ní Shé agus, gan dabht, Athair Ó Briain, a d'eagraigh é. D'eagraigh bliain a 5 lá na ngeansai chun airgead a bhailiú don charthanacht GOAL. Lá suimiúl a bhi ann.
Le teacht go foil: Beidh an idirbhliain ag glacadh páirte sa chúrsa 'Drive 4 Life' ar scoil agus tá siad go léir ag tnúth leis. Chomh maith le sin tá siad ag éagru lá bán-dearg chun airgead a báiliu do 'Breast Cancer Awareness Month' roimh an mean téarma. Beidh bliain a cúig ag cur lá na dtorthaí ar siúl sa scoil agus beidh torthaí éagsúla le fáil ag am lóin. Beidh cúrsa eile scannánaíochta ar siúl de barr gur bhain an grúpa derineach an méid taitneamh as agus an uair seo beidh orthu scannáin gairid a chur le chéile as Gaeilge. Tá lucht na hidirbhliaina ag úllmhú chun taispeantais a cur ar siúl san Ionad Culturtha do thionscnamh éalaine atá á dhéanamh acu i láthair na huaire. Tá an idirbhliain ag dul ar thuras suas go dtí Cnoc Mhuire leis an mhúinteoir teagasc criostaí agus chomh maith le sin tá siad ag glacadh páirt i gcomortas 'Press Pass' a bhaineann le nuachtain a scríobh
(Giotaí scríte ag Roza Paterek agus Caitríona Ní Loingsigh)

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Rusheen N.S. staff with their past pupils, Briege & Mairead Corkery and other Cork players, Marie Ambrose and Rena Buckley when they visited the school with the Brendan Martin Cup ©An Scoil

Rusheen N.S.

Brendan Martin Cup: Rusheen N.S. was awash with excitement as pupils, staff and parents welcomed the Brendan Martin Cup back to Rusheen. Past pupils, Briege and Máiréad Corkery, Marie Ambrose together with Rena Buckley proudly held the Brendan Martin Cup, the National Football League Trophy and the Munster Senior Football Championship Trophy aloft as they triumphantly entered the school. The Principal, Gerard Coakley, commended the ladies on their fantastic triumph on the previous Sunday against Dublin and with experienced campaigners like Briege and Rena on the team together with new and exciting talents like Máiréad and Marie, he hoped that he and the school would see the Brendan Martin Trophy return to Rusheen on many future occasions. Briege then thanked everybody for their great support in Croke Park. She urged the pupils in the school to continue the great Sciath na Scol tradition and exhorted them to win the Sciath na Scol this year for the third year in a row. A feast of sweets and homework off ensured that this was a day to remember for everybody at Rusheen N.S.
West Muskerry Cross Country: Rusheen N.S. athletics team competed in the West Muskerry Cross Country which was held in the Town Park in Macroom recently. Over 40 pupils from the school competed in wet and difficult conditions and all performed admirably and finished their races. Special mention must go to Seàn Cummins who romped to victory in fine style in the Under 7 Boys race; Lily O'Shea (U-7) and Rachel Kelleher (U-9) came 3rd in their races.Others to win medals were Grace Kelleher, Moira Leahy, Róisín O'Riordan, Moira Twomey, Katelyn Kelleher, Grainne Twomey, Sean O'Riordan and Tom Buckley.

Macra Matters

Donoughmore Macra has had another busy few weeks. August ended on a high note with the club having a fantastic day out at Ballyhass Lakes where they partook in Raft Building, Kayaking, Rock Climbing and Zip Lining. The club held a number of sports nights and members also attended sports night hosted by Berrings and Grenagh Macra. Donoughmore Macra entered two male teams into the Muskerry round of 7-a-side football. The club would like to congratulate the girls team who progress straight through to the All-Ireland final which will be held in St. Pat's Limerick on October 12. Best of luck to them.
The club's officers went to Nenagh for Officer Training, a very educational day which also gave them an opportunity to get to know members from other clubs and socialise at a great night out. On September 26th a number of members attended the Muskerry round of Bowling in the Planet, Blackpool. And on October 2 many from the club attended Muskerry Macra's quiz that was held to raise money for the Macra Rally that they will be hosting next year.

Coachford News

Broadway Comes to Coachford: The musicals of Broadway and The West End will come alive in Coachford in what promises to be a magical night's entertainment on Saturday and Sunday October 25th & 26th. The 'Music from the Musicals' night will showcase the hits from musicals such as, Phantom of the Opera, Fame, Les Miserables, Grease, Joseph, Oklahoma, Annie, My Fair lady, 42nd Street and many more. The producers of the musical extravaganza, Aoife Donovan and Karolyne Dineen, are delighted with the way rehearsals are going. This is shaping up to be a great show. The music and singing is really coming together and the 20 strong choir is busy learning harmonies. We are hoping for a big audience to come along and enjoy the show and sing along to some of the best songs from the greatest musicals said Karolyne.
Coachford Greenway will be officially opened by Minister Sean Sherlock T.D Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday October 31st. The greenway was completed in June 2014 and has become one of the most popular walking routes in the Lee Valley. The walk extends east from Rooves Bridge for almost 3km along the river bank. The Greenway, developed by Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Company, has been used as an access point for the international and local fishermen coming to fish along this beautiful stretch of the River Lee. Eileen Martin, chairperson of the group, said, "we are delighted that Minister Sherlock is coming to open our Greenway especially as the venue is so popular with anglers from overseas and it is very fitting that the minister of State for Foreign Affairs is officiating at the opening.
Aghabullogue Minor Football team were crowned East B Minor Football League Champions when they defeated city side, St. Finbarr's by 1.15 to 3.04. The Under 13 footballers were also successful when they defeated Glenville in a goal fest in Blarney in the East A under 13 league final. The boys scored 9 goals and 8 points to Glenville's 2 goals and 6 points.

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Dan Philpot, CEO of Marymount, Owen Galvin Festival Chairman, Christina Desmond who performed the official opening, Michael Collins Powell and Declan Snowden, Head of Cancer Research, at the official opening of Bengour Vintage Festival ©Peter Scanlan Photography

Muskerry Local History Society Programme 2014-15

20 October (Monday), Patrick Cleburne, Hero of the American Civil War. Speaker: Orla Murphy.
10 November . The launch of Times Past, Journal of Muskerry Local History Society.
17 November. Kilmichael Ambush. Speaker: Donal O'Flynn.
8 December. Cormac McCarthy, Lord of Muskerry. Speaker: Paddy O'Flynn.
19 January Massacre in West Cork. Speaker: Barry Keane.
16 February Great Houses of County Cork & beyond, Speaker: Richard Wood.
16 March Landmarks of East & Mid Muskerry, Speaker: Tim O'Brien.
20 April The Battle of Aubers Ridge and the Last Absolution of the Munsters. Speaker: Gerry White.
May, History Walk in Cobh on the anniversary of The Sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-boat off the coast of Cork. Guide: Michael Martin.
Lectures at Ballincollig Rugby Club Hall at 8.00 pm sharp. Annual subscription €10. Alternatively a cover charge of €3 applies at each lecture. Please note change of night to Monday night. Further information from Liam Hayes (0877828546), Dermot O'Donovan (0214873266), Rod MacConaill (0861089524) or Dermot Lucey (0879331135).

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The organising committee of The Liz Lucey Memorial Run at the presentation of a cheque for €13,376 to Sr Siobhan Quill, Marymount Hospice. © Nóirín Uí Thuama.

Hope Foundation Fundraiser

For the past numbers of years Ballincollig Community School (BCS), in association with "The Hope Foundation", have arranged for a number of their 5th year students to travel to help in the projects they undertake for the Street Children of Calcutta. Adam Collins, Ovens, a fifth year student in BCS, is one of those chosen to travel to Calcutta in February 2015. As a Fundraiser for this Hope Foundation project there will be a three-part Stage Show upstairs in "The White Horse" Ballincollig on Friday 17th October at 8pm. The show opens with a stirring presentation of Traditional Music le Ceolteoirí Óga Bhaile'n Chollaigh, directed by Martin Power. This is followed by a welcome return of "An Grá san Amhrán" with Máire Ní Chéilleachair, Eleanor McGillicuddy, Diarmuid Ó Cathasaigh, Dixie Collins, Mick Heffernan, Eoin Verling, Brian McGillicuddy & Muiris Mac Giolla Choda. To close proceedings we have an open-house Singing Session with "Fear A'Tí", the Bard of Bandon himself, Din Joe Collins. This promises to be a night of great entertainment for a very worthy cause. Dont miss it!
Eolas/Info: Muiris 087 2287568 or Dixie 086 8284411. Cead isteach: Adults - €10. Concessions.

Úlla, Cnónna is Báirín Breac

Barmbrack is central to all Hallowe'en celebrations. The Hallowe'en brack traditionally contained emblems that made it into a sort of fortune-telling game. These were: a pea, a bean, a stick, a piece of cloth and a ring. The pea foretold poverty and the bean riches; the stick was an omen of an unhappy marriage or constant friction; the cloth foretold a religious vocation and the ring was a sign of an early marriage. 'Shop' barmbracks, which are available during the month before Hallowe'en, just contain a ring. They vary in quality. The following is a recipe for a tastier brack.
Ingredients: 225g plain flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 375g of mixed fruit (depending on your taste), 250ml cold tea, 50ml of whiskey, 125g light brown sugar, 1 large egg, ½ teaspoon of mixed spice.
Place the fruit in a bowl. Add the whiskey and cold tea and allow to soak overnight. Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and mixed spice in a bowl and add the eggs, beating with a wooden spoon. Add a little bit of the liquid from the fruit mix, enough to make a wet dough. Then add and stir in the fruit mix. Add in the ring, wrapped in grease proof paper, and other emblems as desired and stir through. Preheat the oven to 170˚C/Gas Mark 3. Spoon the wet dough into a lined 900g loaf tin and place in the oven on the middle shelf and bake for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before removing from tin and placing on wire rack. Cover in cling wrap and tin foil and allow to sit for 1-2 days before cutting and buttering and enjoying.


National Bug Busting Day!

More than half (56%) of Irish children have been affected by head lice. 96% of parents believe a national bug busting day would be a good thing. All too often back to school means the return of dreaded head lice. Pharmacists recommend choosing a specific, medically approved head lice treatment. Lice cannot jump, fly, hop or swim and can only be spread by head-to-head contact which is why they are very common among primary school children. Lice are not fussy and like both clean and, long and short hair. They are parasites that live on the human head only, so there's no point blaming the dog!
As soon as you see live lice in your child's hair, treat them immediately. There's a large range of treatments available which suit those with sensitive skin, people with asthma and allergies. Once you have found an infestation, check the rest of the family, treat anyone else who has live lice, tell the school so other parents can check their children's' heads and let close friends know. Do not treat other family members 'just in case' – only treat if you see live lice. Otherwise there is a risk of the head lice building a resistance to the treatment. It is nothing whatsoever to be embarrassed about and is unfortunately a common complaint among school going children.


Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín.

Ireland in the late 1960s finds Nora Webster living in a small town and looking after her four children while trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. Slowly, through the gift of music and friendship, she finds a glimmer of hope and a way of starting again. This novel illuminates our own lives in a way that is rare in literature. An unforgettable reading experience.

Available from Fitz-Gerald's award winning bookshop €16.99.

Sports Mad

Cork County Senior Hurling Championship

Semi Final replay:Glen Rovers 2-11 Douglas 1-11

Final: Sarsfields 2-18 Glen Rovers 0-8

Champions: Sarsfields

Relegated: Courcey Rovers

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Final: Ballyhea 1-17 Newcestown 0-16

Champions: Ballyhea

Relegated: Kilbrittain

Intermediate Hurling Championship


Fermoy v Charleville

Relegated: St Catherine's

U21 A Hurling Championship

Quarter finals:

Sarsfields 1-14 Newcestown 2-8

Blackrock 5-25 Aghabulllogue 2-10

Shandrum 3-14 Duhallow 2-17 draw

Shandrum 4-20 Duhallow 2-16 – replay

Semi Finals:

Carrigaline 3-14 Shandrum 1-14

Blackrock 5-16 Sarsfields 1-8

Final: Blackrock v Carrigaline

County Junior A Hurling Championship –

Quarter Final Replay:

Castlemartyr 2-10 Newcestown 1-11

Semi Finals:

CLOUGHDUV 1-16 Castlemartyr 0-19

Kilbrin 2-10 Ballinhassig 0-17

Cloughduv 1- 16 Castlemartyr 0 - 19

Mid Cork champions Cloughduv are still in contention for county honours after they rescued a draw out of this very exciting county junior hurling semi final at Páirc Uí Rinn. Cloughduv were fully deserving of their second chance after a game that could have gone either way and the result left both sides reasonably happy. Cloughduv had a slight edge in the first half and led at the break by two points, 0-11 to 0-9. Darragh Ring with four points from placed balls, Seán O'Connor, Donal Corkery, Mark Verling and Brian Ahern were the Cloughduv scorers. On the resumption it was the turn of Castlemartyr to get on top and they had managed to go four points clear by the three quarter stage. Then Cloughduv mentors began to introduce substitutes off the bench and Colm Ryan, normally in goals but out of the team due to being out of the country all summer, certainly made his presence felt in attack. He pointed with his first touch in the 49th minute and in the 53rd minute banged in a goal which put his side ahead by a point. Another substitute, Jerry Lucey then increased the Cloughduv lead with a point immediately on his introduction but Castlemartyr came back strongly and with three points in a row edged a point clear with time running out. The game was in injury time when Cloughduv were awarded a free on their own half back line and Colm Ryan was delegated the responsibility of taking the shot and pointing to save the day for Cloughduv. Colm held his nerve, judged the distance and angle superbly well, the sliotar went sailing over the bar and the final whistle sounded leaving everybody drained but happy with a second chance.

Cloughduv scorers: Colm Ryan 1-2, (0-1 free), Darragh Ring 0-5 (0-3 frees, 0-1 '65'), Sean O'Connor (0-3), Donal Corkery and Mark Verling 0-2 each, Brian Ahern and Jerry Lucey 0-1 each.

Cloughduv: Jonathan Buckley: Paul O'Sullivan, Aidan Ahern, Liam Kelleher: Andrew Cronin, David O'Leary, James McCarthy: Ger Ahern, Aidan Murphy: Seán O'Connor, Darragh Ring, Donal Corkery: Joe Ryan, Brian Ahern, Mark Verling. Subs: Charles Kenneally (40), Dave McCarthy (48), Colm Ryan (48), Jerry Lucey (53).

County Senior Football Championship


Carbery Rangers 2-17 Bishopstown 1-7

Nemo Rangers 0-9 Ballincollig 2-10

Final: Ballincollig v Carbery Rangers, Sunday 19th October, Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Relegated: St Vincent's

Ballincollig 2-10 Nemo Rangers 0-9
Early goals from Cian Dorgan and John Kelly paved the way for Ballincollig to advance to their first-ever Cork SFC final as they beat Nemo Rangers at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Ballincollig produced an excellent performance built upon outstanding defending, with Liam Jennings and Noel Galvin prominent in the full-back line.

An early two goal blast from Ballincollig put Nemo on the back foot and the Capwell side never recovered. Cian Dorgan struck for the first after John Paul Murphy's shot was deflected into his path in the eighth minute and two minutes later John Miskella found John Kelly, who sent a low shot to the corner of the Nemo net. Cian Dorgan then pointed a free, the Ballincollig lead was 2-3 to 0-1 and though they added just another point before half-time they led by six points at the break and had the Nemo attack under control.
With Johnny Miskella roving, Patrick Kelly retaining possession well and Séan Kiely and Ciarán O'Sullivan on top in midfield, Ballincollig were dominant but kicked wides at the start of the second half and when Nemo responded with two points the Ballincollig supporters were getting anxious. An excellent Cian Kiely point settled Ballincollig again though and they grew stronger as the end neared, running out clear and deserving seven-point winners.
Ballincollig scorers: C Dorgan 1-3 (two frees), J Kelly 1-0, P Kelly (one free), C O'Sullivan 0-2 each, S Kiely, C Kiely, I Coughlan (free) 0-1 each.

Ballincollig: David Lordan: Luke Prendergast, Liam Jennings, Noel Galvin: John Paul Murphy, Stephen O'Donoghue, Cian Kiely: Seán Kiely, Ciarán O'Sullivan: Niall Allen, Patrick Kelly, George Durrant: John Kelly, Cian Dorgan, John Miskella. Subs: Ian Coughlan (44), Alan O'Donovan (47), Dylan Kerstein (60)

Premier Intermediate Football Championship


Bantry Blues 0-9 Na Piarsaigh 0-11

Carrigaline 0-13 Valley Rovers 3-13

Final:Valley Rovers v Na Piarsaigh

Relegated: Glenville

Intermediate Football Championship

Quarter-Final Fermoy 5-11 Mayfield 2-12

Semi-Final Eire Óg 0-9 Fermoy 1-3

Final: Rockchapel v Éire Óg

Relegation Play Off: Glanworth 1-8 Cloyne 1-4

Relegated: Cloyne

Eire Óg 0-9 Fermoy 1-3

Éire Óg footballers are through to another county intermediate football final after their deserved victory over Fermoy in the semi final played under lights at Páirc Uí Rinn. This was a dismal encounter, a fact even Eire Óg supporters will acknowledge, but it was not the fault of the Ovens men as they were faced by a North Cork outfit intent on keeping the Éire Óg score down rather than scoring themselves. Fermoy had only two players to score, one of these a midfielder, and managed only one point from play despite having a numerical advantage for the final quarter, Éire Óg having a man dismissed for a second yellow card in the 46th minute. Éire Óg will now meet Rockchapel in the county final and will know that a tough challenge awaits them here.

Daniel Goulding opened the scoring for Éire Óg in the second minute, but Fermoy hit back a minute later with a goal from their centrefielder Kieran Dorgan. Ruairí O'Hagan then pointed from play for Fermoy to increase their lead to three points. Forwards found progress difficult thereafter against massed defences and it took a point from a Daniel Goulding free to break the stagnation and John Dineen's point on 19 minutes left his side only a point adrift. There were no further scores until just before half time when first Dineen and then Goulding kicked over from play to give Éire Óg a 0-5 to 1-1 interval lead.

On the restart, Fermoy had an equalising point from a free after three minutes but Daniel Goulding quickly restored the lead for Éire Óg and the winners were in control thereafter against opponents who were devoid of attacking ideas. Ronan O'Toole and John Dineen pointed to increase the lead to three points and Liam Sheehan's point left four points between the teams. All Fermoy could manage in reply was a point from a free four minutes from time but Éire Óg were not going to let this game slip from their grasp and they remained in control to the final whistle.

Éire Óg scorers: Daniel Goulding 0-4 (0-1 free), John Dineen 0-3, Ronal O'Toole and Liam Sheehan 0-1 each.

Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: Ronan Dennehy, John Mullins, Cian O'Mahony: Dermot O'Herlihy, Alan O'Mahony Michael O'Shea: Fionn O'Rourke, Liam Murphy: Ronan O'Toole, Liam Sheehan, Daniel O'Connor: Aidan O'Connor, Daniel Goulding, John Dineen

County Junior A Football Championship-

Quarter Finals St Finbarr's 2-11 Kilshannig 0-8 (replay)

Semi Finals:

Kilmurry 0-10 Millstreet 1-11

Ballygarvan 0-6 St Finbarr's 0-8

Final: Millstreet v St. Finbarr's

Millstreet 1-11 Kilmurry 0-10

Mid Cork champions Kilmurry are out of the county championship after going down to Millstreet in their semi final, played under lights at Macroom. It was the first big championship game under lights at the Castle Grounds, there was a big crowd present to witness a fine championship encounter and a wonderful atmosphere prevailed. Millstreet were playing in Macroom for the first time since the glory days of their seniors team in the 1970's and they were deserving winners but Kilmurry will regret the big tally of wides they ran up, particularly in the second half when the contest was wide open.

Kilmurry started well and led with points from Jonathan Buckley and Eoin Barrett. Millstreet drew level with two points in a row and then went in front with five further points to which Kilmurry replied with a lone point from a Dave O'Halloran '45', Millstreet leading by 0-7 to 0-3 after 20 minutes play. Kilmurry finished the half well with a smashing point from James White and another excellent effort from Jonathan Buckley which was followed by a point from a Joe Ryan free to leave the half time score at Millstreet 0-8, Kilmurry 0-6.

Jonathan Buckley had a tremendous point for Kilmurry immediately on the restart and Dave McCarthy then kicked a point to level the scores at 0-8 reach. Kilmurry were on top now and bombarded the Millstreet defence but they were guilty of some awful shooting and wide followed wide to the dismay of their enthusiastic supporters. They were to pay a heavy price for their inaccuracy as Millstreet recovered and their star forward Michael Vaughan fired over three points in a row before Jonathan Buckley's point in the 40th minute left the score at 0-11 to 0-9. The Kilmurry wides continued and in the 47rth minute Millstreet got in for the only goal of the game- a decisive score indeed from their Cork hurler Mark Ellis. Kilmurry never gave up but they could not break down the Millstreet defence and a point from a Joe Ryan free late in the game was their only further reward. Kilmurry scorers: J Buckley 0-4 (0-1 free), J Ryan 0-2 (frees), E Barrett, D O'Halloran ('45'), J White and D McCarthy 0-1 each.

Kilmurry: Pádraig Berhanu: Liam Long, Kevin Barrett, Eoin Barrett: Dave O'Halloran, William Barrett, Adam Healy; James White, David O'Leary: Dave McCarthy, Finbarr Crowley, Daniel Cahalane: Joe Ryan, Greg Barrett, Jonathan Buckley. Sub: Pat O'Sullivan (20), Alan O'Sullivan (50).

Mid Cork GAA

Oriel House Hotel Junior B Hurling Championship Final:

Blarney 2-11 Cloughduv 2-8

Blarney defeated Cloughduv in the Mid Cork Junior B Hurling Final at Donoughmore, thus winning the Mid Cork B championship for the fifth time in the last ten years, and achieving their win with the club's third team – a fine achievement!

Blarney started well with the strong wind behind them and lead 0-4 to 0-1 after 10 minutes with the scores coming from Niall Hayes, Colm Sheehan(2) and Pa Doyle. Cloughduv's Colm Ryan then closed the gap to the minimum with a '65' followed by a point from play. After 15 minutes the were level at 0-4 each and the game was in the balance. Points for Blarney from a Niall Hayes free, followed by a another from Colm Sheehan point put a two point gap between the teams and two further points from Ross McNamara gave Blarney a lead of four points at the break, 0-8 to 0-4.

Cloughduv had the very strong breeze in the second half but exchanges were very even for the first ten minutes of the second half. Then Blarney got a major boost when a strong Ross McNamara run led to a great goal from Pa Doyle who finished to the Cloughduv net from a tight angle. Doyle added a point to put seven points between the teams but points from Cloughduv's Mark Verling cut the gap to five. In the 48th minute Blarney responded with a second goal, this one from Colm Sheehan who blasted to the net from twenty metres range. Cloughduv put increasing pressure on as Blarney were content to try and contain the Cloughduv threat and Cloughduv were rewarded with two goals in quick succession, The first from Gerry Shanahan and the second, an unstoppable effort Mark James Verling. A late 20m free for Cloughduv could have forced a draw but the Blarney defence blocked and cleared and so Blarney held on for a notable victory.

Blarney: Shane Jordan: Kevin McNamara, Daniel O'Donovan, Mark Phelan: Cian O'Mahony, Sean Twomey, Richard O'Driscoll: Shane Spillane, Cian Sexton: Vincent O'Mahony, Keith Costello, Colm Sheehan: Patrick Doyle, Ross McNamara, Niall Hayes. Subs: Bryan Mullane, Paul O'Donovan, David Walsh, Edward Hurley and David Waterman.

Cloughduv: Robert Nyhan: Billy Creedon, Michael Dunne, Stephen Down: Liam Buckley, Barry Walsh, James Moynihan; Sean Twomey, Tony Dineen: John Deasy, Colm Ryan, Mark Verling: Kevin BarryMurphy, Gerry Lucey, Daniel O'Sullivan. Subs: Gerry Shanahan, Tadgh O'Riordan

MJK Oils Junior B Football Championship

Quarter Final Replay

Ballincollig 0-9 Aghabullogue 1-5

In trying weather conditions, cold and damp, under lights at Macroom Ballincollig just got the better of Aghabullogue in the quarter final replay of the B championship. Both sides were guilty of poor shooting but a first half goal from Ian BarryMurphy helped Aghabullogue to remain in contention to the finish. At half time it was 0-4 to 1-0 and Ballincollig managed to still have that one point advantage when the final whistle sounded.

Aghabullogue: Joe Ronan: Ger Horgan, Denis Buckley, Anthony Corkery: Tony O'Flynn, Michael Dennehy, Tim O'Leary: Niall Buckley, Daniel Crowley: David Sheehan (0-1), John Duff, Mark Long (0-2): Ian BarryMurphy (1-1), Peter O'Riordan, Pat Walsh. Subs: Mark O'Flynn, Paul O'Rourke, Greg Murphy.

Semi Final:Kilmurry 0-14 Ballincollig 1-9

Kilmurry qualified to meet Naomh Abán in the Mid Cork Junior B Final after a hard fought win over Ballincollig at Ovens. Kilmurry led by five points at half time, 0-7 to 0-2, Kilmurry very accurate in attack and Ballincollig having twice struck the post in pursuit of goals. A goal for Ballincollig midway through the second half brought the sides level and it took a strong finish by Kilmurry to earn them their place in the final.

The Kilmurry scorers were William Buckley 0-4, Sean O'Sullivan 0-3, Michael John O'Mahony 0-2, Marco Healy 0-2, Sean Murray 0-1, Michael Linehan 0-1 and Padraig Hinchion 0-1.

Kilmurry: Dean Knight: Oisín McSwiney, Diarmuid McSwiney, Pádraig Hinchion: Marco Healy, Patrick Grainger, Ian Murphy: Stephen Hartnett, Seán Long; Seán Murray, Michael John O'Mahony, James Berhanu: Seán O'Sullivan, Michael Linehan, William Buckley. Subs: Eoin O'Mahony and Michael John Grainger.

Mid Cork B Final: Naomh Abán v Kilmurry

Lee Valley Ireland Junior C Football Championship

Semi Finals:

Aghinagh 1-14 Clondrohid 2-7

Macroom 3-22 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 1-1

Mid Cork C Final: Aghinagh v Macroom

Quish's SuperValu Muskerry Junior Football League Division 2 Final

Inniscarra 4-12 Éire Óg 0-7

An impressive Inniscarra side had a convincing win over Éire Óg in the Div. Two league final at Ballincollig in a game played under lights. Inniscarra led by 2-6 to 0-2 at half time and the writing was on the wall for the Ovens men even at that early stage. The Inniscarra goals came from Tomás O'Connor, Sean O'Donoghue, Timmy Murphy and John O'Keeffe and the winners will now play the Duhallow Div. 2 league winners in the county competition.
Inniscarra: Dominick Kelleher: Tommy Buckley, Kevin Burke, Donal O'Callaghan: John O'Callaghan, Pádraig O'Callaghan, Liam Ó Riain: Conor Buckley, Gerry Roche: Timmy Murphy, Seán O'Donoghue, David O'Keeffe: David Barry, Tomás O'Connor, John O'Keeffe. Subs: Paul Farmer, Jack Hayes, Jack O'Dwyer, Cathal Griffin and Kevin O'Herlihy.

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Naomh Abán a bhuaidh Craobh Peile Rebel Óg Thiar fé 18 B i gcoinne Droichead na Banndan ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Rebel Óg Minor A County Hurling Championship Final

Éire Óg 0-12 Cúchullain's, Kanturk 0-12

Eire Óg minors led at half time by 0-8 to 0-4 in this county final played under the new lights at Macroom but were glad of a second chance at the finish when they had to come from behind to earn an equaliser from the stick of free taker Eoin O'Shea. The Ovens boys then had to survive a late scare when Kanturk were awarded a free but thankfully for the Mid Cork side, the ball went wide and so a replay is needed to decide the championship. Eoin O'Shea with 0-4 from frees was the main score for Éire Óg and the other points came from Denis Murphy, Finbarr Fouhy (2), Daragh McCarthy, Jason Twomey, Paul Kirwan, Paddy Gleeson and Chris Kelly.

Éire Óg: Dylan Desmond; Michael Corkery, John Mullins, Danny Cotter: Ross McCarthy, Ger McSweeney, Sean Desmond; Darragh McCarthy, Conor O'Donoghue: Paul Kirwan, Denis Murphy, Chris Kelly; Keith O'Riordan, Finbarr Fouhy, Eoin O'Shea. Subs: Daire Conway, Jason Twomey, John Cooper, Brian Hurley, Cathal Mullins, Conor Keane, William McCarthy, Paddy Gleeson, Barry O'Mahony, Eoin Kelleher, Conor Nagle, Robert Buttimer, Donal O'Leary.

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Mionúirí Bhéal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh a bhuaigh Cluiche Craoibhe Iarthar Chorcaí © Nóirín Uí Thuama.

County Minor Football Final

Inniscarra 1-13 Aghada 4 – 9

Inniscarra were defeated by Aghada in the County Premier 2 minor football final at Páirc Uí Rinn, their second year in a row losing out at the final stage of the competition. Aghada got goals at vital stages of the game and this was the undoing of Inniscarra. 'Scarra started well and led early on but then Aghada got in for their first goal and added a second after 12 minutes to lead by 2-4 to 0-2 by the end of the opening quarter and they still held an eight point advantage at halftime. Inniscarra were a very determined side on the restart and with points from Tomás O'Connor, Seán O'Donoghue, Adam O'Connell and Stephen Dornan they were back in contention ten minutes from time with only four points now separating the sides, 2-7 to 0-9. Just when it seemed Inniscarra could rescue this game, Aghada struck for a third and decisive goal. Again battling Inniscarra fought back and points from Aaron O'Raw, Dornan and Cillian Browne again closed the gap to four points with five minutes remaining. Two points for Aghada eased their situation but in injury tome Inniscarra struck for their goal which now left only a single goal between the teams. Once again, Aghada got in for a goal and there was no way back for Inniscarra now.

Inniscarra: Michael Burke: Conor Barrett, Stephen O'Brien, Brian O'Mahony: David O'Carroll, Declan Hyland, John Stanton: Aaron O'Raw, Andrew McCarthy: Adam O'Connell, Seán O'Donoghue, Pádraig O'Donoghue: Eric Baxter, Tomás O'Connor, Dylan O'Sullivan. Subs: Cillian Brown, John O'Donoghue, Stephen Dornan, Dara Lynch and Adam Scott.

Macroom GAA

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The victorious Cloughduv u16 hurling team who recently won the County League Final ©

Rebel Óg East U16 A Football Final

Macroom 1 – 9 Valley Rovers 1 - 5

Macroom Under 16 footballers won the Rebel Óg East A championship final in cold and wet conditions at Donoughmore and thereby completed a notable double, having previously won the East league title after a great battle with Mayfield. Valley Rovers were Macroom's opponents in this final and the final scoreline of 1-9 to 1-5 shows just how close it was against a team well fancied to win. Macroom got a great start with an early goal from Daniel O'Riordan when he punched a cross to the Valley's net and they added a point but from there on to half time it was close with Macroom missing a few goal chances. Valleys however rallied and where only a point down at the break, Macroom 1-3 Valley Rovers 0-5.
Macroom dominated the early stages of the second half with centre field of Caleb Dinneen and Ethan O' Gorman doing well. Macroom led by five points going into the final quarter and points from Frankie Clarke and Cathal O'Riordan had Macroom in command. Valleys then hit back with a goal, their only score of the second half, a testimony to the fine defending of the Macroom backs, with Ryan Creed and team captain Jack Cronin outstanding.
Macroom: Kevin Condon: Colm O'Mahony, Ryan Creed, Jack Kelleher: Aidan McMahon, Jack Cronin, Cian Twomey: Ethan O'Gorman, Caleb Dinneen: Blake O'Gorman, Eolan O'Leary, Mark Corrigan: Cathal O'Riordan, Frankie Clarke, Daniel O'Riordan. Subs Used: Jack O'Donovan, Seán McMahon, Alan O'Farrell and Jack O'Riordan: with Ciarán Condon, Simon Sunitra, Nick Wyzneecki, Dylan Gray and David Shine.

County semi final:

Macroom 2 – 6 O'Donovan Rossa, Skibbereen 0 – 6

Macroom U 16's are through to the county A football final for the second year in succession after this deserved win over Skibbereen in the county semi final at sunny Dunmanway. Macroom looked to be in trouble at one stage in the first half but a goal in the 34th minute from Cathal O'Riordan steadied the ship and they played some fine football thereafter and finished deserving winners. The Macroom defence was magnificent in this game with full back Ryan Creed and centre back Jack Cronin getting great support from Jack Kelleher, Colm O'Mahony, Aidan McMahon and Cian Twomey on the wings and behind them Kevin Condon was ultra reliable in goals.

Cathal O'Riordan opened the scoring with a point from a free in the 4th minute but the Skibb. boys were level in the 12th minute and they added two further points to go clear at 0-3 to 0-1 by the 23rd minute. Macroom had been applying most of the pressure but without reward on the scoreboard and Macroom were lucky to get back into contention before half time. A strong run by Jack Cronin in the 24th minute produced the opportunity for Cathal O'Riordan to shoot over a point and a minute later Cathal pointed a free to leave the teams level at the break at 0-3 each.

Skibbereen took the lead again on the restart but then in the 34th minute Macroom got the break they needed. Jack O'Donovan, a half time substitute, turned his marker in the right corner and sent over a centre which Cathal O'Riordan grabbed and beat the goalkeeper from close range. Macroom were looking like winners from this point on. Eolan O'Leary kicked a fine point and Jack O'Donovan another to make it 1-5 to 0-4 at the three quarter stage and Mark Corrigan then added a superb point. In the 49th minute Mark Corrigan got possession, fired in a shot which the goalie could not hold and Jack O'Donovan slammed the loose ball to the net, 2-6 to 0-4 now and Macroom were on the way to victory. Skibereen did mount a strong rally in the closing ten minutes but the Macroom defence which had been outstanding all through the first half again rose to the challenge and conceded only two points.

The Macroom line out was the same as in the East final and the substitutes used were Jack O'Donovan, Sean McMahon and Dylan Gray.

Macroom Junior C team

Macroom Junior C team are through to the final of the Mid Cork Championship after their comprehensive win over Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh's third team at Kilmichael on a score of 3-22 to 1-1. The Macroom team was: Declan Kiely: James O'Connor, Pádraig O'Connor: Alex Ryan, Shane Dunne, Paul O'Farrell; Eoin O'Mahony, Robert Healy: Gerry O'Mahony, Concubhair Murray, Craig Ronan: Brendan O'Callaghan, Declan O'Riordan. Subs: Darren McKenna, Noel Twomey, Tommy Condon, James Cotter.

Cork Colleges – Simcox Cup

De La Salle, Macroom 0-11 Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig 0-9

This first round game in the Cork Post Primary Schools senior football championship- Simcox Cup- was a repeat of last season's final between the two Muskerry schools. The result was different this time however as De La Salle came out on top by two points after a very close and competitive contest. De la Salle were on top in the first half and with three points from Joe Ryan, two each from Don Creedon and Mark Healy and one from Finbarr McSweeney, they led by 0-8 to 0-4 at the break. On the restart Joe Ryan pointed a free for DLS but at eh other end only a superb save by Ciarán O'Donoghue denied Col Choilm of a goal. The Ballincollig side were going well however and four points in a row brought them to within a point of DLS. Mark Healy then pointed a vital free for DLS to ease the pressure a little and Don Creedon added a fine point from play to leave three points between the teams as the final minutes approached. Col. Choilm had the last score with a late point but it was not enough to maintain their interest in the competition and DLS move on to a quarter final meeting with Mount St Michael of Rosscarbery.

De La Salle, Macroom; Ciarán O'Donoghue (Kilmichael): Jack Cronin (Macroom), Olan O'Mahony (Macroom), Padraig Hinchion (Kilmurry): Kevin O'Dwyer (Macroom), Cathal Foley (Kilmichael), Alan Quinn (Macroom): Marco Healy (Kilmurry), Finbarr McSweeney (Iveleary): Trevor Tobin (Kilmichael), Mark Healy (Canovee), Blake O'Gorman (Macroom): Don Creedon (Macroom), Joe Ryan (Kilmurry), John Cronin (Cill na Martra). Subs: Chris Foskett (Macroom), Ethan O'Gorman (Macroom), James Berhanu (Kilmurry).

Coachford College had a 5-13 to 3-12 win over St. Fachtna's of Skibbereen and will meet Rochestown College in the quarter final

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Cork senior camogie goalkeeper Aoife Murray, Cloughduv, receives the North City and District Sports Star Award in association with Gurranabraher Credit Union. © John Tarrant.

Camogie – Cork County Championships

Senior Championship: Quarter Finals

BALLINCOLLIG 2-14 Ballinhassig 2-4


CLOUGHDUV 1-8 St Catherine's 2-8

Milford 2-11 Douglas 2-9


Milford v Ballincollig or Inniscarra

Cloughduv 1-8 St Catherine's 2-8

The wind and rain had the major influence on this game at Castle Road. Catherines had the advantage in the first half, started well and led by ten points after 20 minutes but Cloughduv had the deficit down to six points by half time thanks mainly to a goal from Mairéad Corkery and points from Katherine Corkery, Ann Marie Ryan and Joannne O'Callaghan which left the interval score at 2-7 to 1-4. St. Catherine's packed their defence for the second half, the wind rose up, the rains came down and the play became very scrappy with scores at a premium. Katherine Corkery converted four more frees for Cloughduv but they missed some great chances of goals and paid the price.
Cloughduv: Aoife Murray: Niamh McCarthy, Eva Dunne, Aisling Kelleher: Aileen Corkery, Catríona Foley, Orla O'Driscoll: Briege Corkery, Mairéad Corkery: Becky Hennigan, Katherine Corkery, Aoife BarryMurphy: Ann Marie Ryan, Joanne O'Callaghan, Rachel Hurley. Sub: Niamh O'Leary.

Ladies Senior Football County Final

Mourneabbey 0-13 St Val's 0-10

St Val's reign as Cork county champions ended at CIT when the Mid Cork side were defeated by Mourneabbey after a great county final. Mourneabbey opened the scoring after four minutes and doubled their advantage four minutes later. Caoimhe Creedon opened the account for Val's after 15 minutes from a free and when the winners had a further point, Caoimhe pointed twice to level the scores at 0-3 each after 21 minutes. Mourneabbey then had two points but a Briege Corkery point and three from Caoimhe Creedon helped St Val's to an interval lead of –0-7 to 0-5.
On the resumption, Mourneabbey had four points in a row inside ten minutes to go back in front but Val's replied, points from Caoimhe Creedon and Mairéad Corkery levelling scores once again by the 43rd minute. Val's were denied a goal at this stage by a brilliant save by the Mourneabbey goalkeeper who denied Jean Lucey and the winners now took up the running. Four points in the final quarter with only one in reply from Val's Louise Coholan gave them the laurels.
Val's scorers: Caoimhe Creedon 0-7 (0-5 frees), Briege Corkery, Máiréad Corkery, and Louise Coholan 0-1 each.
St Val's; Jean O'Sullivan: Liz Coholan, Sinead Cotter, Niamh Canty: Claire Ambrose, Marie Ambrose, Eva Dunne: Vera Foley, Louise Coholan: Jean Lucey, Briege Corkery, Mairéad Corkery; Claire Byrne, Caoimhe Creedon, Aisling Kelleher. Subs: Claire Murphy, Mairead Corkery.

Canovee G.A.A.

On October 11th Canovee played Millstreet in the u15 A county semi final in perfect conditions .Canovee put in a good performance and ran out winners by 7.10 to 3.11. Shane Riordan 3 , Dara Cronin 2, Ian Moran 1,and David Carroll 1.getting the goals, with Ian Moran the top performer on the day. Canovee now play Passage in the county final which is a repeat of the east final which Passage won narrowly. October 4th under 15 football championship Canovee 1.13 Passage 2.13.
On October the 12th Canovee played Killtha Óg in perfect conditions in the under 14A league replay in St Finbarr's. Two goals by Jack Kelleher and one from Ben Cheesty gave Canovee a comfortable win by 3.10 to 2.06. On Sunday morning Canovee under 6s and 8s played matches against Ballinora. All players got a drink and a snack while legendary player John OBrien presented medals. Well done to everyone involved for the season's work.
October12 under 14A league replay Canovee 3.10 Killtha Óg 2.06

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West Muskerry A.C. boys, County U 14 Cross Country Champions : L to R James Downey, Tadhg Manning, Brian McNabola, Conor O'Neill, Eoin McNabola and Eoin Moynihan. ©Collette O'Riordan

West Muskerry Strike Gold

West Muskerry A.C. members were in action and also hosted the Even Age County Cross County Championship in Coolalta on the lands of Mr. Gus Murphy. Despite heavy showers a huge crowd came and some very talented young athletes could be seen in every race. Medals were awarded to the first 6 in every race and the first three teams.
In the Girls U 12 2000m Shannon Cotter and her team mates Katelyn Kelleher, Sarah O'Neill, Grainne Twomey, Aoife Lucey, Dearbhla Walsh and Beibhinn Moynihan were crowned 2014 County Champions. Shannon Cotter was well deserving of the 3rd place individual medal after a great battle down the finishing straight. All the girls are now looking forward to the challenge of the Munster Championships on the 26th of October next in County Tipperary.
The Girls U 14 3000m was a very exciting race and Jennifer Cotter and her teammates, Caitlin Hurley, Sarah Kelleher and Annie Maher all ran their way into the gold medal team position with Jennifer 3rd and Caitlin Hurley 4th.
The West Muskerry Boys U 14 team also claimed the gold medals in the 3000m. Connor O'Neill won the individual 4th place medal and his team mates were Brian McNabola, James Downey, Tadhg Manning, Eoin Moynihan and Eoin McNabola.
James O'Neill had a superb run in the Boys U 10 1000m and was well deserving of the individual 4th place medal. His team mates Colm Gillespie and Kevin Underhill also ran extremely well.
The boys u 16 competed in the 4000m and secured the silver team medals. They were Colm O'Mahony, Christopher Maher, John Downey, Padraig Moynihan and David Lucey.
Sharon O'Sullivan competed well in the girls U 18 4000m and was just out of the medals. In the Girls U 10 1000m all seven girls ran fantastic races and missed out on team Bronze by just 4 points. They were Niamh McNabola, Rachel Kelleher Caoimhe Murphy, Danielle O'Neill, Aisling O'Leary, Róisín Walsh and Grace O'Riordan. The Boys U 12 ran very well in their 2000m. They were Conor Lucey, Darren Moynihan, Raphael Roche and Noah Roche. In the U 18 men's 6000m race Garry O'Sullivan, Billy Cronin and Seamus Gallagher ran extremely well In the Novice 4000m Rachael O'Shea, Clodagh Galvin and Karena McCarthy competed as part to the West Cork team. The team positions were very close with only a few points separating them. West Cork finished in 5th position. A superb run by all the ladies. Clodagh Galvin was also in the u 23 section and was well deserving of the silver medal. The Novice Men completed 6000m and finished in 12th place in the team category. They were John Cronin, Jeremy Kelleher, Jerry O'Mahony, Martyn Underhill and Jerry O'Riordan.
A huge thank you to Mr. Gus Murphy for the use of the field over the last few weeks. Also to Pat O'Neill, Stephen Downey, Hugh Kelleher, Richard Downey, James Downey, James O'Neill, Paul Downey, Jerry O'Mahony and Johnny O'Sullivan and the Browns who did a huge amount of work in getting the field ready, setting up the course and putting up the signs. To all those who helped on the day, the collectors at the gate, those who helped with parking and the road, the helpers with the athletes, those who did baking for all the helpers and County Board staff, the finish line helpers, the course stewards, Ava Kelleher for taking photos, Killian Lynch for the use of the horse box and Stephanie O'Sullivan and Seamus Gallagher for their work with the Novice athletes check list. Without this voluntary help, the day would not have been as successful as it was. N.B. Seamus Gallagher finished in 3rd place in the West Cork U 20 Cross Country Championships on Saturday the 27th of September.

Macroom Golf Club


30/09/2014 Seniors Scramble. Ted Murphy 12. Sean McSweeney 15. Mary McElroy 36. 45.7.
Open Singles- Oct. 1-2. 1st Pat Vaughan 26 Macroom 38pts. 2nd Declan Murray 16 Macroom 38pts.
Weekend Singles. Oct 4-5 1st John Feeney 11 Macroom 43 pts. 2nd Colm Ahern 12 Macroom 42 pts. 3rd Paddy Mawe 21 Macroom 38pts