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November in Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Macroom Flower & Garden Club Charity Gala on Thurs. Nov 13 at 8p.m in Coolcower House.
Sliabh Luachra Music in Baile Mhúirne, 14ú Samhain 8:30pm
Crookstown Ceili Club: on Sat. 15th Nov. at 9.30 p.m.
Local Market in Coachford G.A.A. Hall on Sat. Nov. 15th 10.30 am - 1 pm
Tadhg McSweeney Painter at Cork Film Festival on Sun. Nov. 15.
Berrings Macra Coffee Morning in Berrings N.S. on Sun. 16th Nov. at 11: 30 am.
Muskerry Local History Society: on Mon. Nov. 17, in Ballincollig Rugby Club at 8p.m lecture on Kilmichael Ambush
Macroom Ladies Football AGM Thurs 20th Nov at 8.30pm in the Castle Hotel.
Tidy Towns Social Night on Fri. Nov. 21st at 8 pm in Castle Hotel for volunteers.
Fancy Dress Ball. in the Laine Bar, Ballinagree, on Fri. 21st of Nov.
Céilí Mór in Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin, Ballincollig on Fri. Nov. 21st, 9.30pm to 1am.
Table Quiz Fri. Nov. 21 at 9pm at The Weigh Inn. Dripsey Community Association.
Donoughmore Community Ctr Ltd AGM on Tues 25th Nov at 8pm in the community hall.
Celtic Steps The Show in the Abbey Hotel Ballyvourney on Fri. Nov. 28.
Sailor, Beware!! in Shanacashel, Kilmichael Fri 28 to Sun 30th Nov. at 8p.m.
Hairspray: St. Mary's musical in Briery Gap, Dec. 5th, 6th & 7th
Macroom Flower & Garden Club Ruby Anniversary Dinner at The Castle Hotel on Fri. Dec. 5th
Festive floral demonstration in Inchigeelagh Hall, Sat Dec 6th @8.30pm
Muskerry Historical Society Lecture 8 Dec. Ballincollig Rugby Club.
Macroom Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner on Thurs. Dec. 11 at 1.30p.m. in the Riverside Park Hotel
Christmas by Candlelight: on Mon. 15th Dec. at 8pm in Fr Ryan Hall, Macroom
Ag Leathnú Art Exhibition i m Baile Mhúirne go Nollaig 18.

Macroom Library:

Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon for 3 – 7 year olds
Ciorcal Cainte: Mon. Nov. 17 at 11.30a.m.
Purlies Thurs. Nov. 20 at 11a.m.
Bridge Club Wed. Nov. 26 at 10.30 a.m.
Fiona Buckley talk Fri. Nov. 28. 12.30p.m.
Book Club Wed. Dec. 3 at 11a.m.
Gramophone Circle: Mon. Dec. 8. 11a.m.
Art Exhibition: Work of Marie and Michael Lillis.
Briery Gap:
Eilish O'Carroll Live Love Laugh Nov. 14 at 8p.m.
Mon 17th Nov Frank 8.30p.m. 8.30p.m.
The Golden Dream – Wed. 19th Nov. 8.30p.m.
Liam O'Connor Show Fri. 21st Nov. at 8.30pm
Sat 22nd Nov The Nut Job 8.30p.m.
Mon 24th Nov 22 Jump Street 8.30p.m.
Donal Skehan Friday 28th Nov. 8p.m.
Louise Morrissey- A Country Christmas – Sat 27th Dec at 8.00pm.

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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At the launch of Macroom G.A.A. Juvenile calendar by Fintan Goold © Lee Valley Outlook

Calendar 2015

Macroom Juvenile GAA, in conjunction with Macroom Ladies Football, recently launched a calendar for 2015 in the Castle Hotel in aid of both clubs, with the help of Cork Football star, Fintan Gould. The calendar will go on sale on Saturday 15th November and will be available from the club and also in various locations around the town. One calendar costs €10, while multiple purchases will be €8 each. They will make a great Christmas present for friends and family both at home and abroad or even as a lovely gift for Granny! Moreover, you can hang them up at home and show your support and pride in your local club and teams.

Tidy Towns

Macroom Tidy Towns officers met recently in the Castle Hotel. They are John Lyons, Martin Coughlan, Paul Kingston, Judy O'Sullivan, Sinead Twomey, Catherine Murphy and Aishling Buckley. It was decided that large hanging baskets should be taken down in mid-November in advance of Christmas decorations. Though some flower beds are still in bloom, they must soon be prepared for daffodil planting. Some major projects relating to tree pruning and shrub cutting are required. Finger Post Signs regarding recycling and sustainability are to be erected. Cobblestones at Castle need cleaning. Murals were suggested as something that might be done around town. Permission has been granted to erect five more pieces of Outdoor Sports Equipment in the Castle Grounds. The Wildlife Display board in Town Park needs cleaning. Facebook page has been set up by Aishling Buckley and may be accessed under 'Macroom Tidy Towns'. Street Sweeping was considered neglected and is to be discussed with the council. Further work on clearing rhododendron will be carried out in Castle Demesne. Town Park Improvement Works include 60k spent upgrading the path and 40k being spent on the entrance area. Leary's walk is still closed off at the entrance due to legal issues. Upgrading of the main car park is not to happen until after the main street has been repaired, work being planned by NRA. Bat boxes still to be erected. Macroom was selected as one of the towns to benefit from a free consultants' report by a judge of the Tidy Towns. Two persons came and walked and drove the town while referring to our submission as well as a copy of out 5 year plan. They will revert with their recommendations, which should be most beneficial in planning for the years ahead.
A Social Night will be held on Friday November 21st at 8.00 pm in Castle Hotel for all the regular volunteer workers. Finger food will be served. Tickets €5.

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Macroom Flower and Garden Club Committee prepare for Golden Jubilee. Front: Ann Quinlan, Chairperson. Eileen Kelly, President and Nora Gallagher, Secretary. Back: Ann Leahy, Winnine Lynch, Nuala O'Connell, Treasurer. Nora Keane and Mary O'Sullivan. © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Flower & Garden Club

40th Anniversary: Macroom Flower & Garden Club, founded in 1974, will celebrate its Ruby Anniversary with a Gala Dinner in The Castle Hotel on Friday December 5th. To mark the occasion a special Mass will be celebrated in the hotel at 6.30p.m., followed by Reception and Dinner. Tickets are €40. The Club is affiliated to AOIFA (Association of Irish Floral Artists) the official organisation of the floral art movement in Ireland, whose aims are to bring together floral artists and gardening enthusiasts for cultural and educational purposes. The club holds its A.G.M. in February with Annual Membership renewed at this time and new members are welcome to join. There is a waiting list for 2015. Members meet at Coolcower House, Macroom on the 2nd Thursday of each month for Floral Demonstrations, Teaching Demonstrations, talks on Gardening and work nights. Outings and other Social events also form part of the programme. Officers: President, Eileen Kelly; Chairperson, Ann Quinlan; Secretary, Nora Gallagher; Treasurer, Nuala O'Connell.
Christmas is Coming: Macroom Flower & Garden Club Charity Gala Floral Demonstration by Theresa Collins AOIFA (Tipperary) entitled "Christmas is coming" will be held at Coolcower House on Thursday 13th of November. This year's demonstration is supporting the AOIFA charity Irish Motor Disease Association and Macroom Meals on Wheels. The club has supported numerous national and local charities over the past 40 years and wishes to acknowledged the unique effort of AOIFA demonstrators who have travelled from many parts of the country to display their creativity and talents while sharing their love of flowers with us. Tickets and further details from 087-9821708 and 086-3046608. All exhibits will be raffled on the night and all are welcome. Doors open at 6.30p.m.

Local Television

LTV Macroom is back on air since Wednesday, November 5 at 9.30p.m. Dan Joe Kelleher and helpers transmit a weekly programme to the Macroom area every Wednesday night during the winter months. It is repeated, along with a Sunday Special, every Sunday from 5p.m. Transmissions from Millstreet, Duhallow and Sliabh Luachra are on Thursdays at 9.30p.m.

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At presentation of 'Flour of Macroom' cheque by Outreach to Autism Unit, St. Colman's Macroom, Angela Doherty, Marian Morgan, Jack 'Dineen, Emily Long, Noreen Walsh, Margaret Pettersen, Ellen Murphy © Lee Valley Outlook

Flour of Macroom

Youth Reach Macroom, Centre for Education, recently donated a cheque of €1000 to The Autistic Units at St Colman's N.S. The money was raised through the sale of 'The Flour of Macroom' recipe book which was compiled by the LCA students of Macroom Youthreach and sold during the recent Macroom Food Festival. The book included recipes from businesses and restaurants in Macroom, as well as the students own tried and tested favourites. The project was part of an enterprise module which the students had to complete as part of their course and they chose to donate the profits to this worthy cause. They would like to thank the people of Macroom who supported the book as well as acknowledging the help of Macroom Food Festival Committee.

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De la Salle Macroom students who participated in the Team Hope Ireland shoebox appeal for children in parts of Eastern Europe and Africa, with teacher Liam Fleming ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

Visit to Liebherr. Sixteen senior cycle students from McEgan College stepped away from their studies recently to visit Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd., who have been manufacturing cranes in their Killarney facility since 1958. Alex Willms was the Liebherr speaker and guide for the day and encouraged students to find a path in life that they were passionate about and to make their chosen career more than just a job. Alex shared his knowledge of the incredible manufacturing in Liebherr and encouraged all students to challenge themselves to a higher standard of work. His presentation struck a chord with many students who remarked, "I would love to work here. Liebherr would be a fantastic place to work. I am going to work harder to try and get a job in Liebherr". With the motivation and inspiration from Alex and a chance to see the incredible facility, students felt compelled to maximise their work rate to achieve their potential and goals.

St. Mary's

Science Olympiad: Because of her exceptional results, Ella Curtin was selected as one of only 300 students out of over 50,000 who sat their Junior Certificate last June, to take part in this year's 'Irish EU Science Olympiad'. The event was held in Dublin City University over the mid-term break and was a fantastic experience for Ella, who has also been selected to compete in the upcoming Bebras Computing Contest. This is an online international computational thinking challenge for students with participants from over 40 countries.

Hairspray: Transition Year students in St. Mary's Secondary School are very busy preparing for their Transition Year musical, "Hairspray". A tremendous amount of work has been put into this musical which will take place on 5th, 6th & 7th of December in the Briery Gap Theatre, Macroom. Hairspray is a great musical in which everyone is involved in. Plenty delightful modern music and acting. Hope to see you all there.

Shoebox Appeal: The Transition Year students are busy with the Shoebox Appeal again this year. This appeal has been very well supported by the student body. Several boxes filled with toys, clothes, sweets and writing materials are now ready to go.

Gramophone Circle

The November Gramophone Morning at Macroom Library had joint presenters, Mary McSweeney and Teresa Tangney. On a very dreary morning, Mary reminded us of past glories with the dawn chorus recorded at Cobh Nature Reserve for Mooney Goes Wild. This was followed by Winter Bells, a new song celebrating Cork's many bells, with proceeds from the CD going to Penny Dinners. Francisco Tarrega's Recuerdos de la Alhambra on guitar was followed by Peggy Lynch, accompanied by Jerome Coakley, singing The Fox. Andre Rieu's Red Rose Café preceded a catchy Mozart Sonata and Cór Chúil Aodha then sang Peadar Ó Riada's arrangement of Go mbeannuithear duit, a Mhuire. Appropriately, Mary chose the Winter Allegro from Vivaldi's Four Seasons and her final choice was Kreisler's Rondino on a theme by Beethoven.
Teresa brought back past glories with her opening choice, Richard Tauber sing One Day when we were Young. An instrumental version of Don't Cry for me, Argentina from Lloyd Webber's Evita was followed by Andrea Bocelli singing Amazing Grace from One Night in Central Park. It was eerie to hear him claim, 'was blind but now I see'. Perry Como's Catch a Falling Star raised the tempo, as did the Anvil Song from Verdi's Il Trovatore. I am the very model of a modern Major General from Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance preceded Janet McDonnell and Nelson Eddie singing the Indian Lovecall. An instrumental version of the theme music from Cavalleria Rusticana was followed by Sean Ó Riada agus Ceoltóirí Chualann sa Gaiety and Teresa's final choice was the Prelude from Bizet's Carmen. It was a really delightful double presentation and helped brighten a miserable winter's morning.
The Christmas Gramophone Circle meeting is on Monday, December 8 at 11a.m. and will be Listener's Choice.

Macroom Library

Monday 17th November – Ciorcal Cainte – conversational Irish spoken in a relaxed setting. Meeting 11.30am in the library.
Thursday 20th November – The Macroom Purlies knitters meet in the library at 11am. Join in & have a chat & a cuppa with fellow knitters.
Friday 28th November – author of 'Better than Gold' Fiona Buckley will be speaking here in Macroom library at 12.30pm.
Wednesday 3rd December – the adult book club meet to discuss their book 'Tigers in red Weather'.
Also for the month of November there is an exhibition of the paintings by Michael & Marie Lillis in Macroom library.

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'Winnie' from Mrs. Brown's Boys meets Tim Murphy in the Briery Gap in advance of her show, Live, Love, Laugh on Fri. Nov. 14. © © Lee Valley Outlook

Live, Love and Laugh with Winnie

This one woman show, written and performed by effervescent Eilish O'Carroll, aka Winnie McGoogan from the award-winning Mrs Brown's Boys, charts her own life in a revealing, emotional and comic journey, growing up in the 1950s in Dublin, moving through two failed marriages, surviving and embracing getting old. Eilish was born in Dublin in the early fifties and was the second youngest in a family of ten. Eilish quickly developed a passion for performing in order to get noticed by her parents and siblings. Nine times out of ten this got her a clip around the ear rather than applause! Despite hardships endured by many a large family at that time, love and laughter were a huge part of her life. Having a younger brother like Brendan (writer and creator of Mrs. Brown's Boys) and a mother who against all odds influenced change, particularly for women, inspired her to follow her dreams.
In 1999 Eilish took to the stage in in the very first Mrs. Brown's Boys play as Winnie McGoogan and life has not been the same since. "Live Love Laugh" premièred in the Dublin Gay International Theatre Festival in 2012 and won the 'Doric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award' before going on to receive 5 Stars at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This play will draw laughter and tears, and Eilish's mantra of Live Love Laugh not only highlights her attitude to life but describes the spirit of the show itself. It is hailed as an absolute treat from start to finish and most life affirming. "If you don't come out of this show feeling better than when you went in, you have no soul" says Alan Chadwick, STV Entertainment. Live, Laugh, Love will be performed at Macroom's Briery Gap on Friday 14th November. Tickets €20 (Concessions €18) on sale from the Box Office on 026-41793. Suitable for ages 16 and over. Mrs. Brown's Boys fans should be enthralled with the show as they strive to equate the stylish Eilish with roller-crowned, dowdy Winnie.

Briery Gap Programme

Children's Chorus for Christmas Pantomime 2014 Snow White and 7 Dwarfs is now full.


Eilish O'Carroll, better known as Winnie in her brother Brendan's successful BBC sitcom, Mrs Brown's Boys, presents Live Love Laugh on Friday 14th November at 8.00pm Tickets €20 Concessions €18.
Liam O'Connor Show Friday 21st November at 8.30pm Tickets €25
Donal Skehan – Friday 28th November at 8.00pm. Tickets €20.
Briery Gap Christmas Pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Saturday 13th, Sunday 14th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st December at 3pm. Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st December at 8pm. Tickets €15/ €10. Rehearsals are now in progress but please note that the children's chorus is now full.
Louise Morrissey- A Country Christmas – Saturday at 27th December at 8.00pm €20


Monday 17th November Frank. Admission €4. Frank follows Jon, a young man with a strong interest in music, as he joins an eccentric band called "Soronprfbs" led by the title character Frank. It features Domhnall Gleeson and Michael Fassbender.
The Golden Dream – Wednesday 19th November. Films screen at 8.30pm. Admission €7. A group of Guatemalan teenagers attempt to make their way to the U.S.A., dreaming of the better life that the country promises, but they are ill equipped, both physically and emotionally, for the challenges they face getting there. Sara attempts to pass as a boy, thinking that will make her less vulnerable; Juan positions himself as the group's guide and cheerleader, but he proves himself as naïve as the others; Samuel struggles from the start of the adventure, while Chauk, an indigenous Indian, speaks no Spanish.
Saturday 22nd November The Nut Job Admission €4. An incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, that is also the front for a human gang's bank robbery.
Monday 24th November 22 Jump Street. After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. Admission €4. All Screens at 8.30pm

Local TV Programmes

Sun. Nov. 16: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Gougane Sunday Walk and Mass 2014.
6.30p.m. News and Sport. Béal na mBláth Commemoration 2014. Speaker: George Hook, followed by Pádraig Ó hIcí, Cullen 1988..
Wed. Nov. 19: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Fire Officer and Garda advice on home security Part 1. Mushera Dawn Chorus. June 2014.
Sun. Nov. 23: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: St. John's Well annual Mass 2014 followed by platform dance.
6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes.
Wed. Nov. 26: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Fiona Buckley, Bealnamorrive N.S launches her book, Better than Gold 2014. Fire Officer and Garda advice on home security Part 2.


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Children's Chorus for Christmas Pantomime 2014 Snow White and 7 Dwarfs is now full.

Macroom Flower & Garden Club Charity Gala Floral Demonstration by Theresa Collins (AOIFA) Tipperary, entitled "Christmas is coming" on Thursday 13th of November 8p.m in Coolcower House, supporting Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Macroom Branch of Meals on Wheels. The Club is celebrating 40 years Ruby Anniversary Dinner at The Castle Hotel on Friday December 5th at 6.30p.m. Tickets and further details 087-9821708 and 086-3046608.

Sliabh Luachra Music with Billy Clifford (flute), Bryan O'Leary (box), Jerry Harrington (fiddle), in Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh, Baile Mhúirne, 14ú Samhain 8:30 pm

Local Market in Coachford on Saturday, November 15th 10.30 am - 1 pm in the GAA Hall where you will find lots of treats, gift items, crafts, books - new and once loved-, tea or coffee for €1 , and a big welcome. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Crookstown Ceili Club: on Saturday 15th November. Music by Donie Nolan & Taylors Cross Ceili Band commencing at 9.30 p.m. All are welcome. 

Muskerry Local History Society 17 November. Kilmichael Ambush. Speaker: Donal O'Flynn. Lectures at Ballincollig Rugby Club Hall at 8pm sharp. Annual subscription €10 or 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).

Macroom Ladies Football AGM will take place on Thursday 20th of November at 8.30pm in the Castle Hotel. Please support the girls. Your continued support is crucial for the future of the club

November Mass for all who died during the year will take place on Friday, November 21 at 7.30p.m. in St. Colman's Church, Macroom.

Table Quiz on Friday November 21 at 9pm at The Weigh Inn, Dripsey. €40 per table. Dripsey Community Association. Proceeds to refurbishment of Dripsey Ambush & bus shelter for school children

Fancy Dress Ball. The Lord Mayor of Ballinagree, Helen Spillane, will host the Mayor's Fancy Dress Ball in the Laine Bar, Ballinagree, on Friday 21st of November. Music by Jerry McCarthy. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Céilí Mór/ Fleadh Cheoil Fundraiser: The County Fleadh Cheoil will be held in Ballincollig on 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th May 2015. A fundraising céilí will be held in Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin, Ballincollig on Friday, November 21st, 9.30pm to 1am. Music by Tim Joe and Anne. Cead isteach €10 and tea will be served. A great night is promised with mighty ceol agus craic. Put it in the diary and we hope to see you all there.

The Olde School House drama group presents Sailor, Beware!! in Shanacashel Hall, Kilmichael on Fri 28th, Sat 29th and Sun 30th November at 8p.m. sharp. Booking essential on 087 1041390

Festive floral demonstration by Hanna Heubach of 'Hanako - Flowers inspired by Nature' in Inchigeelagh Hall, Saturday December 6th @8.30pm in aid of hall funds. Admission €10.

Muskerry Historical Society 8 December. Cormac McCarthy, Lord of Muskerry. Speaker: Paddy O'Flynn.

Macroom Senior Citizen/ Active Retirement Group annual Christmas Dinner on Thursday, December 11 at 1.30p.m. in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom. Tickets €25 available from Evelyn McSweeney, Middle Square. Telephone 026 41070

Christmas by Candlelight: with Aileen Donohoe on Monday 15th December at 8pm in Fr Ryan Hall. Macroom in aid of Senior Citizens. Tickets, limited to 100, cost €20 and this includes Wine and Mince Pie Reception. Tickets available from Evelyn Mc Sweeney, Middle Square, Macroom. Phone 026/41070. The entertainment will include numbers from Wicked, Mamma Mia, The Phantom, Beauty and the Beast etc.

Seán – Blas na hÉireann: Seán Ó Briain, Saoirse Goats' Milk and Cheese, Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh, received a Silver Award for his goats' milk in the Dairy Section at the recent Blas na hÉireann / Irish Food Awards at Dingle Food Festival. This was one of two awards presented to Seán: the second was the Award sponsored by Údarás na Gaeltachta for the best emerging producer in the Gaeltacht 2014.

Muskerry Local History Society recently launched the latest edition of its annual journal, 'Times Past'. It contains articles about, Medieval Ballincollig, Thomas Duggan – the Fenian Schoolteacher, the Tuskar Rock Air Disaster in 1968 and the Diary of a local Sliotar Maker and is on sale in local shops.

Banna Ceoil: Beidh seisiúin chleachtaidh, leis an aidhm chun banna céilí do cheoltóirí óga a bhunú, ar siúl gach Aoine ar a 6.30in san Ionad Áise i Réidh na nDoirí, eagraithe ag CCÉ Craobh Lachtaín Naofa. Eolas ó 026 40213.

Céilí Band: Practice sessions for the formation of a céilí band for young musicians are held at the Ionad Áise, Réidh na nDoirí, Fridays at 6.30pm, organised by the Lachtaín Naofa, Cill na Martra, branch of Comhaltas. Musicians with good basic command of instrument welcome. Details: 026 40213.

Donoughmore Astro Turf with lights is now available for booking. Just go to https://www.facebook.com/Donoughmoreparish and see the on line booking system in place. Donoughmore Bingo is on Saturday nights in the community hall at 8pm. Refreshments served. Jackpot €280.

Macroom Branch of the Red Cross has its training sessions on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in the Scout Hall. New members are always welcome.

Senior Citizens at An Ionad Lae Day Centre, Ballyvourney, have put together Christmas Shoe Boxes for children in Eastern Europe and Africa. The "Christmas Shoebox Appeal" is run by Team Hope, Christmas Shoebox Appeal. It was organised by the Centre Manager Lorraine O'Riordan. The senior citizens here along with the help of Lorraine have put together 50 Christmas boxes which will be shipped out during November.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto. Oct. 28. Jackpot €1,800. Numbers drawn 16, 27, 29. No Winner. €70 Sheila Walsh, Carriganimma. €20 Dylon and Brook Murphy, Cork Street. Don Crowley, Gurteenroe. Margaret Lucey, South Square. Sheila Buttimer, Coolcower. Dave Martin, Rathalisk.

Nov. 4. Jackpot €2,200. Numbers drawn 10, 15, 28. No Winner. €70 Clare Hartnett, Kilnagurteen. €20 Mary Lehane, Glen Park. Emma Lynch, Sleaveen. Tim O'Sullivan, 14 The Glenties. Michael Mungovan, Middle Square. Joe Roche, Dripsey.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Oct. 29. Jackpot €5,400. No winner. €70 Eileen O'Shea, Mount Cross. €20 Monica McDonagh, Carriganimma. Kathleen McCarthy, Carriganimma. Adam Roche, Clondrohid. Heather Adair, Bawnmore.
Nov. 5. Jackpot €5,600. €70 Teresa O'Sullivan, Bantry. €20 Darren O'Brien, Clondrohid. Siobhan Spillane, Ballinagree. Peggy Moriarty, Carriganimma. Tommy Kelleher, The Lawn, Macroom. .

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto. Nov. 2. Jackpot: €4,750.Numbers Drawn: 9 – 16 – 23. No Winner, €50 Sean Twomey, Coolgarriff, Coachford. €20 Carmel Kirby, c/o Laine Bar. Daniel Crowley, Dromree. Dara and John Murphy, Coolineal. Margaret O'Driscoll, Horsemount. .

Coachford AFC Lotto 28/10/2014, Jackpot: €1,600, Numbers Drawn: 5 - 13 - 16, No Winner, €40 David O' Mahony, €20 John & James Buckley, Eamonn Lynch, Peggy Looney, Peig O' Riordan.
3/11/2014, Jackpot: €1,800, Numbers Drawn: 13 - 19 - 28, No Winner, €40 Sarah Buckley, €20 P & B Hickey, K. Crowley, Kathleen L & J, Johnny Healy.

10/11/2014, Jackpot: €2,000, Numbers Drawn: 15 - 16 - 21, No Winner, €40 Syl & Kathleen Sheehan, €20 Helen Barrett, Eilís Murphy, Amy O' Connell, Eileen Martin (Glebe).

Lee Valley Updates

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Neil Ní Chróinín, buaiteoir Corn Uí Riada ag an Oireachtas i gCill Áirne, ag ceiliúradh le muintir Gaeltacht Mhúscraí. © Ted O'Connell©

Féile an Oireachtais le muintir Mhúscraí

Bhí muintir Mhúscraí agus lucht ceoil Chorcaí i gcoitinne ag feitheamh le fada an lá agus ní nach ionadh gur réalt óg áitiúil agus náisiúnta, Nell Ní Chróinín ó Bhéal Átha 'n Ghaorthaidh, a thug Corn Uí Riada abhaile ar deireadh tar éis di an Príomh-Chomórtas Amhránaíochta ar an Sean-Nós a bhuachaint ag Oireachtas na Samhna i gCill Áirne.
Níorbh í an chéad uair a bhuaigh Nell comórtas amhránaíochta ag an Oireachtas, agus is fusa a bua a thuiscint i bhfianaise na n-éachtaí atá déanta aici ag an bhféile bhliantúil ó bhí sí an-óg. Bhain sí Corn Sheosaimh Uí Éanaigh nuair a bhuaigh sí an comórtas amhránaíochta fé15 i Leitir Ceanainn in 2004 agus bhí sí sa chéad áit sa chomórats fé18 i gCathair na Mart i 2007. An bhliain dár gcionn i gCorcaigh, bhí sí sa dara háit i gcomórtas na mban fé 35. Chuaigh sí céim eile chun cinn i gCill Áirne i 2010 nuair a bhain sí Corn Cuimhneacháin Sheáin Óig Uí Thuama sa chomórtas úd fé 35, agus bhí aoibh bhuaiteoir an Lotto náisiúnta uirthi nuair a bhuaigh sí Corn Phádraig Mhic an Rí i bpríomh-Chomórtas na mBan ag an bhféile chéanna, bua a cháiligh í chun páirt a ghlacadh i gCorn Uí Riada sna blianta seo dár gcionn.
Níl gá bua i gcomórtas mór amhránaíochta chun cur in iúl dúinn gur sár-amhránaí í Nell Ní Chróinín, ná amhránaithe eile ón dtaobh so tíre a tháinig i ngiorracht bhua Chorn Uí Riada ó ainmníodh príomh-chomórtas amhránaíochta an Oireachtais i gcuimhne ar Sheán Ó Riada tar éis a bháis i 1971, ach ba phribhléid í an bhean óg d'fheiscint ag cur chuige os comhair an tslua mhóir san INEC agus beo ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltaachta. Chan Nell leagan álainn de 'Chuisle mo Chroí' don amhrán mall, agus léirigh sí an ceol atá inti go smior ó mhuintir a hathar, Teddy agus a máthar, Síle nuair a chas sí 'An Chóisir' don dara amhrán tapaidh. Bhíodar san sa tslua a dúirt go mbeadh an oíche le Nell, ach ní bheadh aon cheiliúradh go dtí go bhfógródh fear a'tí, Máirtín Tom Sheáinín, Nell Ní Chróinín mar bhuaiteoir Chorn Uí Riada 2014. Sea, ba dhóigh leat gur bua na Euromillions a bhí ann. Táthar fós ag ceiliúradh, agus beidh go dtí an Nollaig.
Agus tá a thuilleadh den nglúin óg ag teacht chun cinn, a bhuíochas san dá dtuismitheoirí agus do lucht múinte na n-amhrán traidisiúnta agus na rann fileata i Múscraí. Bhuaigh Conchubhar Ó Luasa (18) ó Chúil Aodha Corn Cuimhneacháin Amhránaithe Mhúscraí sa chomórtas amhránaíochta ar an sean-nós fé 35. Geall leis gur bhuaigh Conchubhar bonn an Chontae Roinn B le foireann mhionúr Naomh Abán an deireadh seachtaine seo caite, ach beidh air agus a chomh-imreoirí fanacht cúpa lá eile don ngradam sin, mar a chaithfidh a gcomharsain i gCill na Martra i gcomórtas Roinn A.
Bhí muintir Chill na Martra go láidir ag an Oireachtas i mbliana. Bhain Trevor Ó hÉalaithe agus Jack Ó hÉalaithe an dara háit sa chomórtas Lúibíní fé 15, mar a dhein Máire Eibhlín Ní Chéilleachair agus Siobhán Ní Mhocháin sa chomórtas Lúibíní fé 12; bhain Trevor Ó hÉalaithe bonn-chré umha leis agus é sa dara háit sa chomórtas amhránaíochta ar an sean-nós fé 15. Bhí Aodhgán Ó Ríordáin sa dara háit i gcomórtas aithriseoireachta fé 12.
Bhain Sadhbh Ní Lionáird agus Liam Ó Conaill ó Choláiste Gobnatan bonn chré-umha agus iad sa dara háit sa chomórtas Agallaimh Beirte fé 18. Bhuaigh Seán Ó Muimhneacháin agus a iníon Siobhán an comórtas Amhráin Saothair do dhaoine fásta, ag gnóthú boinn airgid agus €400, agus duais €200 don amhrán is fearr nua-chumtha sa chomórtas. Bhí an Muimhneachánach agus a leath-bhádóir Seosamh Ó Críodáin ó Mhaigh Chromtha sa dara háit i gcomórtas na nAgallamh Beirte do dhaoine fásta. Agus bhuaigh Aisteoirí Chill na Martra bonn-chré-umha agus €300 agus iad sa dara háit i gcomórtas sceitse. Fuair Seán Seosamh de Búrca an dara duais i gcomórtas amhránaíochta nach sean-nós í. Bronnadh duais speisialta de €300 ar Ruth Ní Riada ó Chúil Aodha agus ar Nell Ní Chróinín i gcomórtas Lúibíní na ndaoine fásta toisc nár bhain ceachtar acu duais sa chomórtas riamh cheana - b'sin ar an nDéardaoin, tosnú maith agus comhartha go mbeadh an fhéile le muintir Mhúscraí i mbliana.
Lasmuigh des na comórtaisí, bronnadh gradam aitheantais ar Sheán Ó Liatháin, Gradam RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta, as ucht na hoibre atá déanta aige le blianta fada an Ghaeilge agus cultúr na nGael a chothú.

Seán Ó Loingsigh

Clondrohid Updates

Holy Souls: A very large crowd attended the annual prayers in the graveyard in Clondrohid. Having them after 11am Mass may have suited more people and it also gave people an opportunity to attend another graveyard in the locality for their three o'clock prayers. Having recited the Rosary, Fr. Wickham blessed the graves. The choir, as usual, sang appropriate hymns.
Self Help Collection; was taken up at all masses in Clondrohid and realised about €340. Thanks to everyone who contributed so generously, and to those who braved the elements to collect.
Macroom Flower and Garden: Charity Gala Floral Demo entitled 'Christmas is coming' on Thursday Nov 13 at 8pm in Coolcower House. Supporting Irish Motor Neurone, and the Macroom branch of Meals on Wheels

Fundraiser for Creche: .They are delighted to announce that Celtic Steps The Show will be performing live on stage in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney on Friday, November 28 Tickets at €15 per person Plenty of notice book your babysitter . Great night assured. .Go to www.celticsteps.ie for more information on the show.

Macra Matters

Aghinagh Macra. The 50th annual Queen Of The Land was held in Tullamore recently, with Jayne Cotter representing Muskerry Macra. Jayne, a member of Aghinagh Macra, was picked to represent Muskerry on a selection night which was held last February and then went on to win the county round in March. Jayne was interviewed and performed her very own written rap at the Bridge House Hotel before the crowning of the national queen. All at Aghinagh Macra are proud of what Jayne has achieved.
Donoughmore Macra's November started on a high with Alan Twomey winning the Muskerry round of Senior Beef Stock Judging in Macroom. The winning streak continued with Novice Debating team of Daniel Buckley, Denise Kelleher and Elaine O'Connell progressing to the next round of the competition with a win over Carrigaline. Elaine O'Connell won Best Chairperson. Well done to all. A number of members participated in Donoughmore's Come Dine With Me which was held to raise money for St. Lachteen's National School. This was a fantastic night out and well done to the organisers. During the month members collected clothes in aid of St. Lachteen's school. Several members entered the Muskerry Round of Impromptu Public Speaking in Copeen. Well done to everyone who took part, particularly to winner, Tom Carroll, Donoughmore. Also congratulations to Donoughmore Public Speaking Team: Meig Collins, Emily O'Donovan and Tom Carroll, who advance to the next round of the competition.
The same night saw the Muskerry Round of the Know Your Ag Quiz, in which Donoughmore entered three teams. The Ladies 7-a-side Football team travelled to Limerick for the National Final and were narrowly defeated.
Donoughmore Macra have continued to host Sports Nights each Wednesday, inviting neighbouring clubs Grenagh and Berrings to attend. Over the Bank Holiday weekend a number of members attended Macra's Annual Conference in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise. One of the highlights of the weekend was club member Alan Twomey winning the National Round of the Senior Beef Stock judging. This is Alan's third National Stock judging title. Also well done to Diarmuid O'Connell who took part in the National Round of the Sheep Stock judging. Members entered the Regional round of welding at the home of Barry O'Regan. Sport on the astroturf continues. Donoughmore Macra's top table were present at a Muskerry club officer's evening, an enjoyable and educational night and we look forward to the following months in Muskerry Macra. Members of the club will be attending a SAFEtalk, organised by Kate O'Dwyer of Ovens Macra. SAFEtalk is a suicide prevention training evening. To find out more about the club check out www.facebook.com/donoughmore.macra

Berrings Macra will host a Coffee Morning in aid of the Cancer Unit in CUH in Berrings N.S. on Sunday 16th of November at 11: 30 am. Please Support! Club members recently attended the Macra Annual Conference in Portlaoise and were very proud to present Edmund Connolly CEO with a new trophy for The Club of the Year Competition, sponsored by AIB. Berrings won the competition in 2013. This year the new Cup went to Freemount Macra na Feirme.

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Pádraig Ó Briain ag labhairt ag oscailt oifigiúil taispeántas ealaíne 'Ag Leathnú' san Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh i mBaile Mhúirne © Lee Valley Outlook

Ag Leathnú

A very interesting art exhibition is currently showing in Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh in Ballyvourney and will run until December 18. 'Ag Leathnú', an exhibition of the work of ten members of Ealaíontóirí Mhúscraí and ten invited artists, is as diverse as it is colourful, as enthralling as it is quirky and amusing. In alphabetical order, the artists are Bernadette Ní Choitir, Helen Ní Chuill, Joe Credon, Christina Dervin, Pauline Dodds, Meredith Flandreau, Laurence Lee, Lynda Loughnane, Niall Naessens, Lucia Parle, Luc Racine, Robert Rasmussen, Caroline Scally, Cormac Sheil, Máire Ní Shúilleabháin, Tadhg Mac Suibhne, Suzanne O'Sullivan, Maura Whelan, Helene Willems Bogels and Jane Winchester.
Ranging in price from €85 to €2,400, many of the exhibits cost less than €500 and would make ideal early Christmas presents for someone special. Some pieces however are not for sale and in this category is Luc Racine's 'Vintage Sprinter', a motor bike constructed from scratch and in perfect running order (deirtear!). An alternative St. Jerome by Lynda Loughnane also excited some interest.
Opening the exhibition, Pádraig Ó Briain stressed that works of art are all aournd us, be they stone ditches, paintings or word pictures. To illustrate the latter, he recited W.B. Yeats's 'Song of Wandering Aengus' and Máire Mac a' tSaoi's 'Oíche Nollag'.

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Committee members at the opening of Coachford Greenway: Breda Condon, Der Casey, Matt Sheehan Chairman, John Hogan Treasurer, Duncan Lennox, Trevor Platt, Martin O'Mahony QS, Minister Sean Sherlock, Peter Turner,Tommy Lawton PRO, Rob Allen Engineer, Eileen Martin Secretary. ©

Coachford News

Coachford Greenway, two years in development, was officially opened by Minister Sean Sherlock on the last day of October. More than 160 people, including walkers, joggers, anglers, families, children and dogs were in attendance as the amenity was blessed by Fr. Murphy P.P. Later, over lunch in Breathnach's Bar, the minister commended the partnership, as did County Mayor, Alan Coleman, who said Cork County Council is delighted to have played a part in the development which will bring added revenue to the area. Suzanne Campion, Inland Fisheries Ireland expressed delight with the project, which is very important to the IFI as it opens up access for anglers on the lake. Angling Tourism generates €750m into the Irish economy each year.
Coachford and Inniscarra cater for the coarse angler. The Coachford Greenway was developed by Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Limited in association with the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland and in partnership with the ESB, Inland Fisheries Ireland and Cork County Council. The project was funded by a grant from Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, along with Cork County Council, Inland Fisheries Ireland, the Coop Fund and the National Countryside Recreation Strategy as well as fundraisers from the local community in Coachford and the surrounding area. It has provided a 2.8km linear park in the form of a walkway, now available to facilitate walking, jogging, rowing spectators, family days out, picnics and fishing. In July 2014 The National Coarse fishing Federation of Ireland hosted the 4th World Feeder Fishing Championships on Innicasrra Lake and welcomed teams from 25 different nations onto the Coachford Greenway. The event got worldwide TV coverage. A bid has now been made to bring the European Junior Championships here in 2017.
Molly's Haircut: Congratulations to Molly Mangan, Rylane, who stuck to her promise of getting her beautiful hair cut up short for charity. The 9 year old donated her 22 inch pony tail to the Rapunzel Foundation so that it could be used to make wigs for children who suffer hair loss as a result of medical conditions or treatment. Molly also raised some much needed funds for the charity through sponsorship cards. Maria O'Donoghue from Styles Hair Salon in Coachford cut Molly's hair and gave the little girl a fabulous new hairstyle that she can be very proud of. The salon pulled out all the stops last weekend and created a party atmosphere for all of Molly's friends and family who came along to support her.

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Wet but happy Cúil Aodha NS, winners of Roinn F6 at the Allianz Sciath na Scol Finals at Páirc Uí Rinn. ©Mike English

Donoughmore Doings

Donoughmore Community Ctr Ltd AGM will be held on Tuesday 25th November at 8pm in the community hall. Everyone welcome.
Congratulations and well done to Donoughmore Community who picked up 'Best maintained Amenity Projects' award at the Oriel House. Organised by Cork Federation Muintir na Tire and Cork County Council, this is the 3rd year in a row that Donoughmore CC ltd has been recognised for its voluntary work and commitment to upgrading existing amenities and facilitating new ones. The latest projects development of the astro truf under lights and the tarmacing of the community grounds was completed in September this year. The astroturf is available for booking at reasonable rates contact 086-3578879 / 086-8751786. To make a booking. To book the sports complex or community hall contact 7337155. Donoughmore community can be proud of its achievements which would not be attained without the great community spirit that makes Donoughmore.

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Cill na Martra, winners of Roinn DGF7 at the Allianz Sciath na Scol Finals at Páirc Uí Rinn. © Mike English

Heritage Events

Múscraí Heritage Plan –will be discussed at a public information meeting on Saturday, 15th November from 12 noon to 4p.m. in The Mills, Ballyvourney. An important plan is currently being undertaken for the Múscraí Gaeltacht area, coordinated by the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council with the support of the Heritage Council and in consultation with Acadamh Fódhla and Research and Dig. The Plan, a first of its kind for any Gaeltacht Area in Ireland, follows international best practice and will examine the full range of heritage attributes in the area to determine what makes the place unique and significant, and in turn, a number of actions and objectives will be devised to ensure that the identity and heritage of the area is conserved, managed and promoted into the future. Public participation is an essential component of this process, which will be greatly enhanced by the active involvement of Múscraí locals and all are most welcome on the day to offer their suggestions and to get involved.

The Kilmichael Ambush - An illustrated talk by Donal O' Flynn, will be held in Ballincollig Rugby Club Hall on Monday 17th November at 8p.m. Donal O' Flynn will discuss the remarkable story of the Kilmichael Ambush where British Auxiliaries were ambushed by a flying column led by Tom Barry. Attendance on the night is €3 (annual subscription for all lectures €10).

An illustrated lecture - "Heritage Bridges of County Cork", will be given at Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Blarney on Thursday 4th December at 8p.m. Blarney & District Historical Society presents the event, based on a popular book of the same name. Two of the main authors, Elena O'Brien Turk and Lisa Levis Carey will gave a great overview of the County's historic bridges. Everybody Welcome. Enquiries to Brian Gabriel 087 2153216.

Paddy O'Flynn will give a wonderful talk on the illustrious career of the Lord of Muskerry, Cormac McCarthy on Monday 8th December at 8p.m. in Ballincollig Rugby Club Hall.

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Home Security

Gardaí at Macroom Garda station would like to advise householders to take steps to protect their property as the evenings get longer and as burglaries typically increase by 25% during winter. While CSO crime statistics have shown a continuing fall in the rate of burglaries, An Garda Síochána is advising people to remain vigilant and securirty conscious in order to thwart burglars. Figures from An Garda Síochána analysis service show that peak time for residential burglaries is between 5pm and 11pm in the winter months. The most common points of entry by burglars are front door (29%), rear window (26%), rear door (22%). 20% of burglaries take place through an unsecured door or window.
Burglars like easy opportunities. If they have to make a lot of noise, spend a lot of time or risk being seen, the chances are they won't bother. Try and make your home or business burglar proof. The installation of good quality, secure windows and doors, sensor lights as well as cctv all act as preventative measures to stop burglars entering your home or premises. If you can deny entry for 3 minutes or more, chances are the burglars will go elsewhere. A simple home security survey can be found at www.garda.ie. It is well worth a read.
In the meantime, here are the top 5 burglary prevention tips.
1. Secure all doors and windows (when inside your home and upon leaving the house)
2. Light up your home, use timer switches when out (sensor lights are also a good deterrent and prevent unwanted trespassers on your property at night.
3. Store keys safely and away from windows and letterboxes (do not leave keys out under the mat or flowerpot. Give a spare key to a person going out at night.)
4. Record details of valuables and don't keep large amounts of cash at home (valuable jewellery should be photographed against a ruler, photos should also be taken of tools, trailers etc and serial numbers should be recorded also. This will help in identification at a later stage if stolen and recovered.)
5. Use your alarm, even when at home (alarms are a great deterrent in burglaries and give peace of mind to home owners and especially those living alone.)
Garda Orla Doyle, community Garda, can be contacted at Macroom Garda station on (026) 20590.

Transfer of Farmland during Lifetime

Part 1

The end of the year is fast approaching and there is often a last minute rush to transfer farmland before any budgetary changes kick in. Alternatively, you may have a son or daughter farming at home whose 35th birthday is imminent. For anyone who is self-employed, retirement is a lengthy process requiring complex decisions concerning work, ownership and management of the business. The movement from one generation to the next is one of the most problematic phases in any business operation especially those that are family owned and run. Farming is one such business in which the farm is five times more likely than any other family business to be passed from generation to generation. It is important to explore the proposed transfer of farmland from every avenue. Farmers should initially try to establish whether or not the contemplated plan is tax-efficient and can practically work. They should also seek to ascertain and understand all of the benefits and drawbacks of what is planned. The farmer needs to make an informed decision before deciding on a course of action. Make appointments with professionals as early as possible. Speak with your accountant or tax consultant. Consult your solicitor well in advance. Make an appointment with your Teagasc Advisor, if necessary. You will need to contact your bank if the lands are mortgaged. Farmers are self-employed and they should check with the Department of Social Protection about PRSI contributions and the pension. Check that you qualify for a medical card or GP Visit Card. You should organise your thoughts and have a discussion early with the entire family. An open conversation is required with all those involved so misunderstandings can be avoided. Early planning is the key to reducing potential cost issues. There is a lot to be done before you put a pen to paper. The single piece of advice I would give to any farmer wishing to transfer farmland to a child is not to leave it until the last minute and rush into it. It should not take place on the eve of a 35th birthday, the final few days of the year or from the hospital bed of a dying parent.
Transferring the family farm is so much more than just a simple business transaction. In my experience, there are a number of complex issues to be addressed including:
(a) A number of family members, siblings or children are to be catered for fairly. People want to be fair to all their children and ensure harmony amongst them.
(b) If the transfer is during the owner's lifetime, the owner will require an income as well as possibly the recipient, depending on the circumstances. You need to ensure you can live comfortably for the rest of your life. The Contributory Old Age Pension is modest.
(c) Tax - Can you afford to transfer to the next generation? What are the costs?
(d) The family home is normally located on the farm.
These issues can be difficult and the process can seem overwhelming at first. It is important to approach the matter one step at a time. If there is a mortgage on the property you wish to transfer, the financial institution will need to consent to any transfer. This can take time and farmers need to bear this in mind if they wish to transfer land by a certain date. (To be continued)

This is an extract from an article that was initially published in The Irish Examiner. Karen Walsh is a solicitor practicing in C.W. Ashe & Co. Solicitors in Macroom, Co. Cork. Her contact details are 026 -41005 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Disclaimer: While every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information contained in this article, Solicitor Karen Walsh does not accept responsibility for errors or omissions howsoever arising, and you should seek legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances at the earliest possible time.

Dog Walk a Huge Success

Sunday last saw an unusual, but novel event around Dinish Island in Castletownbere in a Dog Walk, so many people turned out with their canine friends, of all breeds and sizes, and enjoyed the lovely trot around the island, in aid of the "Jeep for Jason" fund. A big thank you to Adrienne McCarthy of McCarthy's Bar for organising such a successful event, with the help of Mary Peppard. The people of the Beara Penninsula were very generous to the good cause and realise that Dr. Jason Van der Velde and The West Cork Rapid Response cover their area if and when needed.

Sports Mad

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TG4 All Star Football Awards: Lee Valley recipients Vera Foley and Briege Corkery with from left, Éamonn Ryan, Frank Honohan, Pat O'Leary and Sean Ronayne ©

Stars Glitter

Iconic football and camogie player, Briege Corkery was declared a dual All Star again and received her 8th Football All Star at the prestigious event at Citywest on November 8. Cork and Dublin filled 10 of the 15 places on the 2014 TG4 Ladies Football All Stars team. All-Ireland champions, Cork, scooped six All Stars - first-time winner Vera Foley, dual player Angela Walsh, Bríd Stack, Geraldine O'Flynn, Ciara O'Sullivan and Briege, who won her eighth award and first at midfield. The six Cork All stars are: Full Back: Angela Walsh, Inch Rovers (6th All Star: 2005,2006,2007,2008,2009). Left Corner Back: Bríd Stack, Liscarroll (6th All Star: 2007,2008, 2010, 2011, 2012). Right Half Back: Vera Foley, St. Val's (1st All Star). Left Half Back: Geraldine O'Flynn, Liscarroll (5th All Star: 2009, 2011,2012, 2013). Midfield: Briege Corkery St. Val's (8th All Star: 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013). Centre Half Forward: Ciara O'Sullivan, Mourneabbey (2nd All Star: 2012).

At the 2014 Camogie All-Stars sponsored by Liberty Insurance, All Ireland champions Cork won nine of the All Star places on Saturday, November 1st. The awards were presented by Fiona Coghlan, Irish Women's Rugby captain and President of the Camogie Association, Aileen Lawlor.
Cork centre-back Gemma O'Connor and wing-forward Jennifer O'Leary, collected their eighth All-Star award respectively while dual stars Rena Buckley and Briege Corkery were also rewarded for their displays in a season which saw the Rebels win their 25th All-Ireland title. Cork defender Eimear O'Sullivan, capped off a superb season, following her player of the match performance in the All-Ireland Final to claim her first award at wing-back and team-mate, Joanne O'Callaghan was named at corner-back. Aoife Murray won her 4th award, filling the goalkeeper position and Orla Cotter and Katriona Mackey took places in the forward line.
Congratulations to this year's All-Stars, whose exploits on the field of play have earned them an accolade, which is highly valued by all players. The All-Stars are a national recognition of the skill, athleticism, dedication and sportsmanship of our players, who have thrilled and delighted supporters with their displays during another superb championship season.

N. B. Briege Corkery will certainly be in need of an extra sideboard to display all her awards. She now has 8 Football All Star trophies and 5 Camogie All Stars as well as 14 All Ireland medals. On Saturday November 8 she had to juggle events, receiving the Irish Tatler Women's Player of the Year award first and then rushing to Citywest for the TG4 event. The result was that she got no dinner, but she did enjoy two desserts!

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Camogie All Stars 2014 from the Lee Valley, Joanne O'Callaghan, Briege Corkery, Rena Buckley and Aoife Murray with coach, Paudie Murray at the awards ceremony ©

Cork County Senior Hurling Championship

Champions: Sarsfields. Relegated: Courcey Rovers

Munster Championship – 1st Round: Sarsfields lost to Kilmallock, 3-22 to 3-20 after extra time.

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Champions: Ballyhea. Relegated: Kilbrittain

Munster Championship – 1st Round: Ballyhea lost to Lixnaw, 3-11 to 1-14.

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Champions: Fermoy. Relegated: St Catherine's

County Junior A Hurling Championship

Champions: Castlemartyr

Munster Championship 1st Round: Castlemartyr 1-16 Kenmare 0-10

U21 A Hurling Championship

Champions: Blackrock

County Senior Football Championship

Champions: Ballincollig. Relegated: St Vincents

Munster Championship – 1st Round: Ballincollig are away to Austin Stacks in Tralee.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Champions: Valley Rovers. Relegated: Glenville

Munster Championship – 1st Round: Valleys Rovers v Na Piarsaigh of Limerick

Intermediate Football Championship

Champions: Éire Óg. Relegated: Cloyne

County Junior A Football Championship

Champions: Millstreet

Munster Championship – 1st Round: Millstreet 3-14 Naomh Eoin, Clare 0-9

Mid Cork GAA

MJK Oils Mid Cork Junior B Football Championship Final:

Naomh Abán 3-10 Kilmurry 2-6

Naomh Abán's second team will be back in the Mid Cork Junior A football championship next season after their victory over Kilmurry in the MJK Oils B football championship final at Macroom. The Baile Mhuirne men led from early on, held a 1-4 to 0-2 interval lead but gallant Kilmurry had the deficit down to a single point after seven minutes of the second half. Colm Murphy's point from a free for N. Aban in the 41st minute signalled the end of the Kilmurry revival and Murphy's goal from a free in the 46th minute was the killer blow to the Kilmurry hopes. Thereafter there was every likelihood of a Baile Mhuirne victory and in a high scoring final quarter the winners showed that they were full value for their win.

Conditions at the Castle Grounds were good with pleasant sunshine and only a slight breeze. Naomh Abán, playing into the town goal, opened the scoring with a point from Colm Murphy after seven minutes, Shane McCarthy added another and when William Buckley had a point for Kilmurry in reply, the Gaeltacht men struck for the opening goal, Denis Cronin collecting McCarthy's cross and finishing smartly to the net. These four players proved subsequently to be the best forwards on the field and the Naomh Aban trio gave their side a distinct advantage. William Buckley pointed a free for Kilmurry in the 18th minute and Denis Cronin and Shane McCarthy had N Aban points before half time. Goalkeeper Ciarán Ó Críodáin made a really fine save from Buckley in the dying moments of the half to deny Kilmurry a major boost and they trailed at half time on a score of 1-4 to 0-2.
Kilmurry had their best spell immediately after the change of ends, scoring four points in a row to cut the gap down to a single point, 1-4 to 0-6. William Buckley, Sean O'Sullivan, Buckley again and Marco Healy were the scorers but Naomh Aban had the experienced heads not to panic and they steadied the ship and came back strongly. Colm Murphy pointed a free in the 41st minute and added another from play to make it 1-6 to 0-6 and Murphy shot a goal from a 14m free in the 46th minute to really set N. Abán on the road to ultimate victory, his rasping shot catching the defenders unprepared for a goal attempt. Points followed for N Aban from Danny O'Donoghue and Colm Murphy before O'Donoghue fired in goal No. 3 for N Aban in the 51st minute, 3-8 to 0-6 now the score. Kilmurry replied with a goal from Michael John O'Mahony two minutes later after a hectic goalmouth scramble and they got a second goal in the 57th minute when William Buckley punched home a high cross. Naomh Abán remained in control and finished well with points from Colm Murphy and Danny O'Donoghue.
Naomh Abán gave a fine performance and had some fine footballers in their line out with plenty of players with Intermediate experience and it showed. Kilmurry may have failed to make it a Mid Cork double, their A side already having won the premier title, but it was a good performance nonetheless and they have some good young players who will challenge for a place in their first team next season.
Scorers: N Abán: C Ó Murchú 1-5 (1-1 frees), D Ó Donnchú 1-2, D Ó Croinín 1-1, S MacCarthaigh 0-2. Kilmurry: Wm Buckley 1-4 (0-1 free), MJ O'Mahony 1-0, S O'Sullivan and M Healy 0-1 each.
Naomh Abán: Ciarán Ó Críodáin: Seamus Ó Duinnín, Pádraig Ó hAilíosa, Eanna Ó Críodáin: Donncadh Ó Loinsuigh, Liam Ó Luasa, Muiris Ó Donnchú: Garí Mór Ó Loinsuigh, Páidí de Roiste: Donncadh Ó Croinín, Colm Ó Murchu, Pádraig Ó Coill: Colm de hÍde, Shane MacCarthaigh, Donal Ó Donnchú. Fir Ionaid: Deaglán Ó hAileamháin (28), Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh (30), Donal Óg Ó Liatháin (40), Donncadh Ó Duinnín (55), Cathal Ó hAileamhain (59).
Kilmurry: Dean Knight: Oisín McSwiney, Diarmuiid McSwiney, Pádraig Hinchion: Marco Healy, Patrick Grainger, Ian Murphy: Seán Long, Stephen Hartnett: Seán Murray, Michael John O'Mahony, Seán Curzon: James Berhanu, Seán O'Sullivan, William Buckley. Subs: Michael John Grainger (46), Eoin O'Mahony (55).

Referee: Mr Ted Hayes, Éire Óg.

Quish Super Valu Mid Cork Junior Football Leagues

Division One Football Final:

Aghinagh 2 – 5 Canovee 0 - 9

Aghinagh gained some compensation for their championship final defeat to Kilmurry, by defeating Canovee in the Quish SuperValu Ballincollig Mid Cork Junior Football League, Division One final at Macroom. This game, despite the lateness in the season, was very entertaining and the small crowd present got plenty to cheer about as the outcome was in the balance right up to the final whistle. Canovee will regret the many scoring opportunities wasted but Aghinagh also had their misses and crucially, they found the net twice and this was vital to the outcome.
Aghinagh could not have had a better start. Seán Kelleher had a point within a minute of the throw in and within another minute a fine combined movement involving Donal Corkery, Declan Ambrose and William Coakley ended with the latter in full flight lashing to the Canovee net from close range. Aghinagh continued to do well for a period without scoring further but gradually Canovee began to get to grips with their opponents. Points from Daniel O'Sullivan and James Moynihan rewarded some fine play but Jeremiah Kelleher replied with an Aghinagh point in the 13th minute. Aghinagh missed a very scorable free after a foul on William Coakley and in the second quarter, Canovee got on top. Points from Seán O'Connor, Denis O'Sullivan and O'Connor again brought them level by the 26th minute and Denis O'Sullivan then kicked his second point to put them in front by a point at the break, 0-6 to 1-2 and only a bad wide just on the stroke of half time denied them of a goal.
Again, Aghinagh got an early boost as the second half commenced. Declan Ambrose was fouled near to goal, Aghinagh full back Seamus O'Leary came forward and blasted the resultant penalty high into the roof of the Canovee net to give his side a two point lead. Canovee now missed a very scorable free but in the 42nd minute Denis O'Sullivan took a fine point and Conor Hughes, now on free taking duty, sent over to level matters as the final quarter commenced.
Donal Corkery pointed a 47th minute Aghinagh free and at the other end goalkeeper Paul O'Sullivan held possession under heavy pressure. Canovee subsequently had a goal disallowed for a 'square''infringement, no disputing this decision, and in the 57th minute Seán Kelleher had a point for Aghinagh, his close range blast whizzing just over the bar. As time added on commenced, Conor Hughes pointed a free for Canovee to narrow the gap to a single point and they redoubled their efforts to secure the equaliser. Aghinagh held firm with Seamus O'Leary, Dave Barry and Paudie O'Sullivan to the fore in a hardworking and disciplined defence and the final score fell to Aghinagh when William Coakley made ground on the right wing and was eventually fouled and Donal Corkery took a fine point from the resultant difficult enough free. Canovee now needed a goal to save the day but Aghinagh held firm to the final whistle.
Scorers: W. Coakley 1-0, S. O'Leary 1-0 (pen.), S. Kelleher 0-2, D. Corkery 0-2 (frees), J. Kelleher 0-1. Canovee: Ds. O'Sullivan 0-3, S. O'Connor 0-2, C. Hughes 0-2 (frees), Danl. O'Sullivan and Js. Moynihan (free) 0-1 each.
Aghinagh: Paul O'Sullivan: Dermot O'Callaghan, Seamus O'Leary, Alan Hourihan: Trevor Burns, Dave Barry, Miceál Corkery: Declan Ambrose, Mikey O'Brien: Seán Kelleher, Donal Corkery, Kieran Lehane: Jeremiah Kelleher, William Ambrose, William Coakley. Subs: Paudie O'Sullivan for Hourihan (h/t), Seán Horgan for J Kelleher (48).
Canovee: David Wiseman: Gearóid Lucey, James Scanlan, Gerry Murphy: Daniel O'Sullivan, Michael Dunne, Aidan Murphy: Paul O'Sullivan, Denis O'Sullivan: Michael Quinlan, James Moynihan, Brian Ahern: Liam Kelleher, Conor Hughes, Seán O'Connor. Subs: John O'Brien, Mark Healy.
Referee: Colm Vaughan, Cill na Martra.
Mr Pat Malone, Vice Chairman, Mid Cork Board presented the Jack Fitzgerald Cup to Aghinagh captain, Mikey O'Brien after the game and complimented both teams and referee Colm Vaughan and his officials for providing an excellent sporting final and the Macroom club for their efficient arrangements.

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Aghinagh who defeated Canovee in the Muskerry Junior A Football League final  Lee Valley OUtlook

Division Three Football Final

Ballincollig 3-9 Ballinora 1-4

The Ballincollig third team won the Mid Cork Division Three league with a victory over neighbours Ballinora in the final at Ballincollig. The winners always had an edge but Ballinora made them fight all the way. Goals from Conor Breen and Ronan Cambridge helped Ballincollig to an interval lead of 2-4 to 1-2, Darren Hegarty getting the Ballinora goal. Ballincollig contained the Ballinora fight back after the resumption and still led by 2-8 to 1-4 at the three quarter stage and in the final stages the winners were clearly on top and a third goal, from Ronan Cambridge, sealed the victory for Ballincollig.

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Macroom who defeated Dripsey in the Muskerry Junior League Division 4 final © Lee Valley Outlook

Division Four Football Final

Macroom 4 - 13 Dripsey 0 - 6

Macroom Junior C footballers won the Mid Cork Division 4 league title by defeating Dripsey in the final, played under lights at the Castle Grounds. After a shaky start, Macroom got on top by half time and were always in control in the second half against a battling Dripsey side..
Dripsey scored first through Pat Fitzgibbon but Macroom replied with two points from Brendan O'Callaghan and William O'Riordan then found the net in the 10th minute after his penalty shot had been parried and the ball broke back out to him. Points were then twice exchanged, Mark O'Donovan for Dripsey, Paul O'Farrell and Robert Healy scoring for Macroom, to leave the score at 1-4 to 0-3 after 25 minutes. A fine goal from Craig Ronan, who lobbed the advancing goalkeeper, was followed by points from Paul O'Farrell, Gerry O'Mahony and Declan O'Riordan to leave Macroom in command at the interval, leading by 2-7 to 0-3 and by now clearly on top.
Dripsey opened the scoring in the second half with another Mark O'Donovan point but Eoin O'Mahony and Brendan O'Callaghan pointed for Macroom in reply and when Dripsey had another point, again from O'Donovan, Olan O'Mahony, Noel Twomey and Twomey again answered with further points. Another O'Donovan point for a plucky Dripsey side was followed by a well taken goal from Brendan O'Callaghan and after another Twomey point, John O'Shea brought the scoring to a close with a Macroom goal in the final minute. Macroom Junior C's thus completed the Mid Cork championship-league double and were unbeaten for the season.
Macroom: Declan Kiely: James O'Connor (Capt.), Alex Ryan: Paul O'Farrell, Pádraig O'Connor, Olan O'Mahony; Eoin O'Mahony, Gerry O'Mahony: Robert Healy, William O'Riordan, Craig Ronan: Declan O'Riordan, Brendan O'Callaghan. Subs: Noel Twomey, Brian McMahon, Tommy Condon, Kieran Kiely, Jack Purcell and John O'Shea.

Selectors: Gerry O'Mahony (team manager) Tadg Sheehan and Jack Purcell.

Cumnor Construction Mid Cork Junior A Hurling League Final

Cloughduv 1-14 Ballinora 0-8

Mid Cork champions Cloughduv made it a Muskerry double by taking the Junior A hurling league title under lights at Ballincollig and showed conclusively that they are ahead of all other junior teams in the division at present. Ballinora did mount a determined challenge for most of the game and were still in live contention at half time. In the second half however Cloughduv, involved in county championship and leagues over the past month had the fitness and sharpness to help them edge away from Ballinora and they were comfortable winners at the finish.
First half exchanges were very even and as half time approached the sides were level at 0-6 each. Pat Fitton was in form for Ballinora from frees and had accounted for five of his sides scores at this stage. Coming up to the interval Cloughduv lost dangerous forward Joe Ryan to injury, introduced Liam Long at midfield as a replacement and moved Donal Corkery to corner forward and just before break Corkery connected with a centre from Brian Ahern to find the net and give Cloughduv a 1-6 to 0-6 lead. After Fitton reduced the arrears with a Ballinora point on the restart, Cloughduv began to get on top all over the field and added the points to keep in the comfort zone to the finish.
Scorers: Cloughduv: Colm Ryan 0-9 (0-8 frees), Donal Corkery 1-2, B Ahern, J Ryan and M Verling 0-1 each. Ballinora: Pat Fitton 0-6 (frees), Darragh Corkery 0-2.
Cloughduv: Jonathan Buckley: Paul O'Sullivan, Aidan Ahern, William Ahern: Liam Kelleher, David O'Leary, Aidan Murphy: Ger Ahern, Donal Corkery: Seán O'Connor, Andrew Cronin, Mark Verling: Joe Ryan, Colm Ryan, Brian Ahern. Subs: Liam Long, Donal Cronin, Sean Twomey and Tadhg O'Riordan.
Ballinora: Barry Crowley; P Cronin, Brendan Hourihan, David O'Neill: James Lordan, Michael Lordan, Alan O'Shea: Alan O'Neill, Tomás McGrath; Darragh Corkery, Conor Brosnan, Pat Fitton: Gary O'Halloran, Michael Murphy, Darragh Holmes. Subs: J O'Regan, J Byrne and Paul Kennedy.

Referee: Mr Peter Downey (Inniscarra).

County Football League

Division Three Final Éire Óg 1-12 Fermoy 0-7

Éire Óg footballers, recently crowned County Intermediate Football Champions for 2014 added the Division Three league title to their season's achievements by defeating Fermoy at CIT in a repeat of the county championship final. An early goal from Daniel Goulding gave the winners a fine start and after leading by 1-4 to 0-1 at the end of the opening quarter they held a 1-8 to 0-2 advantage at half time. Fermoy improvee I the seci9nd half but Éire Óg always were in control.
Scorers:, Daniel Goulding 1-4 (0-1 f), John Dineen 0-3 (0-2 f), Liam Sheehan 0-2, Fionn O'Rourke 0-1, Paul McDonagh 0-1, Ronan O'Toole 0-1.

Éire Óg : Chris Kelly: Ronan Dennehy, John Mullins, Cian O'Mahony: Dermot Herlihy, Alan O'Mahony, Michael O'Shea: Liam Murphy, Fionn O'Rourke: Liam Sheehan, Paul McDonagh, Ronan O'Toole: Aidan O'Connor, Daniel Goulding, John Dineen. Subs: Joe Kelleher, Denis Murphy, Tim O'Leary, David Sheehan, Andy Herlihy.

Rebel Óg Minor A County Football Championship Semi-Final:

Cill na Martra 3 – 11 Knocknagree 2 – 9

After a blistering first half performance Cill na Martra led by 3-7 to 0-3 at half time and this game looked over as a contest. However there was a dramatic turn about in fortunes in the second half as Cill na Martra became too complacent, Knocknagree gathered in confidence, and outscoring the Mid Cork boys by 2-6 to 0-2 they came within a single goal of the winners by the 57th minute and it seemed that with their momentum they could salvage a draw. However, Cill na Martra re-asserted themselves in the final minutes and made victory secure with two late points.
Conditions at Macroom for this Friday night semi final played under lights were good, the rains of the afternoon having passed over eastwards and there was no wind blowing. Ciarán Ó Dunnín had a Cill na Martra point after 4 minutes, Miceál Ó Deasúna quickly added another and Damien Ó hUrdail (Harrington) and Gearóid Ó Faoláin kicked over two more to leave the winners in front by 0-4 to nil after 8 minutes play. Knocknagree had an opening point in the 13th minute which was followed by points for the Mucscraí Gaeltacht boys from Tadhg Ó Corcora and Ó hUrdail and in the 20th minute Dan Ó Duinnín slammed in a goal to which Ó Deasúna added a point, 1-7 to 0-1 now the score after 22 minutes. Two points for the Duhallow side were answered by a goal from Tadhg ÓCorcora and in the dying seconds of the half, Damien Ó hUrdail had a third goal for Cill na Martra who looked at this stage to be in a different class to their opponents.
The second half opened at a leisurely pace, enlivened eventually by a goal for Knocknagree after seven minutes, followed immediately by a point. Dan Ó Duinnín had a point for Cill na Martra but the Duhallow boys with a much re-arranged team now got a grip on proceedings and had five more point on the board before Cill na Martra had a second point, this one from a Dan Ó Duinnín free to leave two goals between the teams with five minutes remaining. A goal from a penalty shot two minutes later left only one score between the sides and the fine crowd, now fully alive, wondered could Knocknagree get in for another goal. Within minutes Cill na Martra eased their situation with a point from full back Gearóid Ó Goilí, at the end of a glorious sweeping movement down the field, and centre back Antóin Ó Cuana had the final score with a late, late point. Cill na Martra will now meet Ilen Rovers in the County final at CIT on Sunday 16 November..
Cill na Martra: Kyrillos Salib: Eoin Ó Ceilleachair, Gearóid Ó Goillí, Donagh Ó Riordáin: Eoin Ó Loinsuigh, Antóin Ó Cuana, Pádraig Ó Críodáin: Tadhg Ó Corcora, Miceál Ó Deasúna: Gearóid Ó Faoláin, Damien Ó hUrdail, Seán Ó Croinín: Ciarán Ó Duinnín, Dan Ó Duinnín, Dean MacCarthaigh. Fir Ionaid: James Aynsley (50) agus Donncha Ó Loinsuigh, Ryan Ó Caochlaíoch, Evan Ó Cathasaigh, Pádraig Ó hEaluithe.

County Under 18 'B' Football Championship Final

Naomh Abán 2 – 9 Aghabullogue 1 – 12
Naomh Abán and Aghabullogue will make another attempt to see who will be county minor B football champions for 2014 when they replay their final on Sunday 16th November at CIT. Both sides had their chances of victory last week, the teams are evenly matched and the replay should be a cracker.

Pic. 58. Kilmurry U 15 footballers, winners of county Premier 2 U15 Football championship ©

Carrigaline Court Hotel Premier 2 U16 Football

Kilmurry 0 – 19 Éire Óg 1 - 7

Kilmurry faced Éire Óg in the final of the Premier 2 league which was played under lights in Cloughduv. It was much anticipated clash between what were two much talked about sides. The game couldn't have got off to a worse start for Kilmurry with Éire Óg going down the field from the throw in and shaking the Kilmurry net. If this was a taste of things to come it was going to be a very bad night for the Kilmurry side. Reeling from this initial shock, Kilmurry took some time to come to terms with the Eire Og side but gradually they began to take a firm grip around midfield and to start picking off points. A number of these came from frees where a patient build up by Kilmurry resulted in fouls being committed. By the half time whistle Kilmurry were firmly in control with a 0-10 to 1-3 lead, however one always felt there was more in this Eire Og as they looked very dangerous in attack.

The expected comeback from Eire Og never materialised and the second half was dominated by Kilmurry. Within the first ten minutes of the restart they had scored five unanswered points. There was a lifeline thrown to Eire Og when they were awarded a penalty mid way through the half which could have brought them closer to Kilmurry and would have given them a much needed boost. However Kilmurry goalkeeper and captain Eoin Curzon got a hand to the ball, putting it out for a '45' and this served to galvanise the Kilmurry side. All credit to Eire Og who battled to the very end. However Kilmurry were victorious on the night on a scoreline of 0-19 to 1-7. While all the Kilmurry team deserve a mention some players were outstanding on the evening, Sean Warren scored a total of nine points while Eoin Clifford put in a magnificent performance as well as scoring four points. Liam Wall and Greg Fitton added two points apiece while at the other end, Brian Hinchion did an excellent job in defence.
Kilmurry: Eoin Curzon: Jack Casey, William Ronan, Richard O Brien: Brian Hinchion, Fionn Warren, Liam O Sullivan: Liam Wall, Sean Flanagan: Jamie Buckley, John O'Mullane, Kyle Kelleher: Greg Fitton, Sean Warren, Eoghan Clifford. Subs: James O Mullane and Leo Healy (both used) and Liam Mc Sweeney, Gearóid Grainger, Jeremiah Burke, Darren Walsh, Dillon Kierans, Liam O'Brien, Tomás Collins.

U15 Hurling Championship Final: Inniscarra 2-11 Carrigtwohill 1-11

County for Clondrohid

Clondrohid 4-12 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 2-11
The Rebel Óg fé 18 ''C'' Football Championship County Final was played in Ballyvourney. Clondrohid were slow to settle and after 20 minutes Ballingeary were 7 points to 2 ahead. Winning possession for Clondrohid in the centre of the pitch and after a number of good passes the ball came to Sean Quinn, who drove home a great goal. Clondrohid then scored another 2 points before the short whistle, leaving the sides level 1-4 to 0-7. On the re-start Cian Creedon worked the ball along to Cian O'Riordan who finished with a fantastic goal. With confidence growing, Clondrohid were playing some excellent football and goal number 3 was expertly scored by Darren Dineen .Ballingeary kept the pressure and Clondrohdi goalkeeper Alan Duggan made a splendid save to deny a certain goal. Both sides exchanged scores but when Darren Dineen struck again for his second goal it now looked as if it was going to be Clondrohid's day .A late goal by Ballingeary was too little to alter the final result.This was a wonderful team performance by Clondrohid and every one played a huge role in winning the game. Congratulations to each and every member of this minor squad. They have represented club and family with great pride. Well done to the selectors/ mentors/ coaches involved, Ted, Dan, Jeremy and Barth. Thanks to all supporters who turned up in Ballyvourney, and to Don at The Mills Inn for some lovely food. Next up is the County League final with Ballingeary again providing the opposition. Check locally for date and venue .
Clondrohid :Alan Duggan ,Ian O Riordan, Ian O Neill. Denis O Riordan ,Stephen O Riordan ,Brian Corcoran ,Cillian Lynch, Daniel Buckley. Cian Creedon. Conor Flanagan .Darren Dineen, Cian O Riordan Sean Quinn, Cian O Leary .Shane Lehane .Adam O Connell

Kilmurry Win U16 Premier 2 League Final

Kilmurry faced Éire Óg in the final of the Premier 2 league which was played under lights in Cloughduv. It was much anticipated clash between what were two much talked about sides. The game couldn't have got off to a worse start for Kilmurry with Éire Óg going down the field from the throw in and rattling the Kilmurry net. Reeling from this initial shock, Kilmurry took some time to come to terms with the Éire Óg side but gradually took a firm grip on midfield and began picking off points. A number of these came from frees. By the half time whistle Kilmurry were in control with a 0-10 to 1-3 lead. The comeback which one would have expected from Éire Óg never materialised and the second half was dominated by Kilmurry. Within the first ten minutes of the restart they had scored five unanswered points. Goalkeeper and captain Eoin Curzon then saved a penalty to add to Éire Óg woes and Kilmurry romped to easy victory. Sean Warren scored a total of nine points; Eoin Clifford four points and Liam Wall and Greg Fitton added two points apiece while at the other end, Brian Henchion did an excellent job in defence.

Auld Triangle and Muskerry Sports Star Ward for October

Paddy Kelly, Ballincollig has been voted the Auld Triangle - Muskerry GAA Sports Star of the month for October. Paddy gave an outstanding display for the new county champions in the final against Carbery Rangers and has been inspirational all season for Ballincollig footballers in their march to a very first senior county title.

Macroom GAA

U16 A County Championship Final:

Macroom 1 – 8 Valley Rovers 1 – 9

Macroom U16 footballers lost out to Valley Rovers by the narrowest of margins in the Rebel Óg County 'A' Football final at CIT Bishopstown. It was a fine game of football and even though the difference was only a point between the teams at the finish there was no controversy. Valleys deserved their win and had the decision gone to Macroom (and it had looked as if it would at the three quarter stage) the same could have been said of them.
Macroom started well playing against the wind and after Eolan O'Leary had a point in the 3rd minute, Mark Corrigan made all the running and Eolan O'Leary punched home the cross to make it 1-1 to nil in the 8th minute. Within two minutes Valleys struck back for a goal but as Macroom continued to be on top, Ethan O'Gorman had another point in the 14th minute. In the second quarter Valleys came strongly into contention and they scored four points without reply to lead by 1-4 to 1-2 at the break.
Points from Eolan O'Leary, Cathal O'Riordan and a Cathal O'Riordan free had Macroom back in the lead by the 44th minute and when Frankie Clarke added another point from a free a minute later it seemed that Macroom had regained control. Valleys now raised their game considerably and after points from two frees brought them level they took the lead in the 53rd minute from play and added a point from another free as they piled on the pressure. Cathal O'Riordan pointed a Macroom free, Valleys did likewise in reply to keep two points between the teams as time ran out. In injury time Cathal O'Riordan pointed a free for Macroom but they could not get the equaliser before the final whistle sounded.
Macroom: Kevin Condon: Colm O'Mahony, Ryan Creed, Jack Kelleher: Aidan McMahon, Jack Cronin (Capt.), Cian Twomey; Ethan O'Gorman, Caleb Dinneen: Mark Corrigan, Eolan O'Leary, Blake O'Gorman; Cathal O'Riordan, Frankie Clarke, Daniel O'Riordan. Subs; Sean McMahon used and Jack O'Riordan, Nico Wyczynski, Simon Suntira, Alan O'Farrell, Dylan Gray, Ciaran Condon and David Shine.
The team was coached by Sean Kiely, and his fellow selectors were James Duggan (Manager), Pascal Buckley and Tom O'Sullivan.

Cork Colleges Senior A Football – Simcox Cup

De La Salle, Macroom 1 - 8 Mt. St. Michaels, Rosscarbery 0 – 6

It was wet and windy at Brinny when DLS and Rosscarbery met in the Simcox Cup quarter final. The Mid Cork side had the wind behind them in the first half and with Kyle Kelleher and Don Creedon to the fore they led by 0-7 to 0-2 at the break. Mount St. Michael had the benefit of the strong wind in the second half and chipped away at the DLS lead, and would have drawn level except for some excellent defending with Alan Quinn and Kevin O'Dwyer prominent. A late goal, the only goal of the game, from Don Creedon, eased the situation at last for De La Salle who now meet St Declan's Rochestown in the semi final.

De La Salle, Macroom De La Salle, Macroom; Ciarán O'Donoghue (Kilmichael): Jack Cronin (Macroom), Pádraig Hinchion (Kilmurry), Liam Wall (Kilmurry): Kevin O'Dwyer (Macroom), Finbarr McSweeney, Kyle Kelleher (Kilmurry): Shane O'Donoghue (Kilmichael), Cathal Foley (Kilmichael): Alan Quinn (Macroom),Chris Foskett (Macroom), James Berhanu (Kilmurry): Don Creedon (Macroom), Joe Ryan (Kilmurry), Kevin Murphy (Kilmichael).

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St. Val's U16 A County Champions ©

St Val's News

Seniors: Mourneabbey 0-13 St. Val's 0-10

There was disappointment for the senior team in the 'A' County Final on October 11 when they came up three points short against Mourneabbey. In a nervous first half, Mourneabbey started the brighter and went a couple of points up coming up to half-time. A lengthy delay due to a serious injury of the Mourneabbey keeper, Caoimhe Moore, broke up momentum. However, some improved shooting late in the half saw St. Val's rattle off 4 unanswered points from Caoimhe Creedon and Briege Corkery, to go in 07-05 up at the break. Mourneabbey came out firing in the second half and early scores from their Cork senior players, Doireann & Ciara O'Sullivan, put them 0- 10 – 0-07 up. Momentum ebbed and flowed as the half went on, and Louise Coholan won more possession around half-way from accurate kick outs by keeper, Jean O'Sullivan. Jean Lucey was then denied a crucial goal by a great save from the Mourneabbey keeper at a vital stage in the half. But further points from Máiréad Corkery, Caoimhe Creedon and Louise Coholan ensured a frantic and nervous final few minutes. Mourneabbey capitalised late on on space created when St. Val's pushed on to find a winning score by adding 3 points late on to secure their first Senior 'A' victory. Thank you to all the girls for the great effort and commitment they put in throughout the season, and to the support team of Conor Condon, Dan Murphy, Dan Buckley, Lisa Foley and Marian Crowley for their time and contribution during the campaign. Thank you too to the supporters who have been behind the team all year.

Stars of the future

Well done to our U11 team on defeating Naomh Fionbarra in the Mid-Cork League semi-final and going on to beat Nemo Rangers in the final. Some lovely football was played by the girls on the day and throughout the season. Thanks to all parents and coaches and to the girls who put in a great effort all year.

U16 St. Val's 3-17 Fermoy 4-7.

Our U16 team were crowned County Champions after they played Fermoy in the 'A' County Final on October 22 under lights in Macroom in what turned to be a superb game of football. Fermoy started more brightly and playing with a packed defence and strong running game were on the front foot for the opening quarter. They opened the scoring with a point but Sinead Plunkett got a great goal to settle Val's into the game. Fermoy drove on and scored a couple of quick goals to keep them in front. However, Nicola Dennehy, Olive O'Mahony and Sinead Plunkett were a constant menace in the Val's full forward line, and Val's tagged on further goals from Nicola and Ciara McCarthy, and lovely points from Sinead and Ciara Hughes helped sneak St Val's ahead by a point at half-time, on a score of 3-5 to 3-4.

Vals came out firing in the second half and took control of midfield with Máiréad O'Sullivan and Ciara Hughes starting to dominate. Ciara and Katie McCarthy were getting on top in the half back line and Val's rattled off some unanswered points to go 5 up, including a peach from wing back, Caoimhe Cotter. As the half progressed, a resolute Val's defence limited Fermoy to a handful of scoring chances which enabled Val's maintain their lead. Fermoy got to within 4 points but two outstanding scores from way out on the right wing from Michelle O'Callaghan and some sublime shooting from Sinead Plunkett and Olive O'Mahony ensured victory in what was a pulsating final, on a score of 3-17 to 4-7.

While the credit for the scores generally goes to the forwards, in fact eight of the Val's team scored on the night, and all scores were driven on by superb defending by the six backs and keeper. The success on the night (and remaining unbeaten all season) was due to the attitude of each and every girl who was part of the 30 squad members throughout the season. Well done and thank you to each and every one of you. Best wishes too to Rachel Moynihan who suffered a bad knock in the 2nd half of the match and received treatment for concussion.

Thanks to the parents and supporters who have been here for every match, and to the management team of Michael Moynihan, John Kingston, Tony Hughes and especially Margaret Buckley, without whom things just wouldn't have run smoothly all season.

Éire Óg Ladies

Éire Óg 5.4 Ballinora 3.1

Éire Óg Ladies played their U11 Mid Cork Football League Final against Ballinora in Carrigaline. This competition was run over the summer months for girls who were available to play. In what started out in beautiful sun shine, both teams played great football with Ballinora first to score with a well taken goal. Éire Óg girls got to grips with the game and the sudden down pour and were rewarded with a goal from Aisling Desmond, followed on by another goal by Maeve O'Callaghan. The rain continued but that did not stop the Éire Óg girls from scoring another goal by Eimear O'Donovan. Ballinora responded with another goal and a point. Maeve O'Callaghan got a point for Éire Óg and Clodagh O'Connor, who was doing great work around the centre of the field, was rewarded with two further points, leaving the score at half time Éire Óg 3.3 to Ballinora 2.1. The weather improved for the second half but conditions under foot were very slippery and the girls found the going tough. Despite this they battled on and the backs and midfielders must be complimented on the wonderful display of football played by each and every one of them. They did what was asked of them and supplied the ball to the forwards where Maeve O'Callaghan scored another point. Ballinora struck almost immediately with a goal and a point. That left just three points between the teams. In the final minutes of the game Éire Óg Eimear O'Donovan and Aoibhinn Goulding scored a goal each to put the game beyond Ballinora. Aisling Desmond captain was delighted to receive the trophy on behalf of her team.
Team: Megan Sheehan, Sara Sheehan, Sadbh McGolderick, Eimear Murphy, Edel Sheehan, Clodagh O'Connor (0.2), Emily Coffey, NIamh O'Shea, Maeve O'Callaghan (1.02), Indie Sheehan, Aoibhinn Goulding (1.0), Aisling Desmond (1.0), Shauna Sheehan, Eimear O'Donovan (2.0), Orlaith Cahalane, Emma O'Regan, Emily Barry Murphy and Maria O'Donovan.

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Prizewinners in the Lady President's Prize (Christina Cronin) at Macroom Golf club - ©O'Sullivan Photo, Macroom.

Lee Valley Basketball

Congratulations to Caoimhe O'Driscoll on making the U15 Irish Squad. Caoimhe from Kilcondy, Crookstown, is a member of the Lee Valley Basket Club and is a 2nd year student attending Coláiste Choilm in Ballincollig. Caoimhe has had a fantastic year to date: she was part of the South Basketball Team that recently participated in the All Ireland Schools Weekend in Galway that successfully retained the All Ireland title. The Lee Valley Basketball Club wish to congratulate both Caoimhe and the entire South Basketball Team on their supreme achievements. Caoimhe has also been selected for U15 Irish Squad this year, after competing successfully in open trials in Dublin over the last number of weeks. Lee Valley Basketball Club would like to congratulate Caoimhe on this great achievement and wish her and the U15 Irish Squad the best of luck for the year ahead.
Lee Valley Basketball Club train every week on Wed & Thurs in Macroom Leisure Centre. All new members welcome. Coaches- Mark Scannell and Tara Brosnan.

Division 2 Cork County League Lee Valley 33 Youghal 44
Siobhán Murphy opened the scoring for Lee Valley. Youghal responded and less than a minute later Mary O Donnell got a point from a free. Lee Valley played well in offence, catching many of the rebounds. Mairéad O Sullivan opened the score in the second quarter. Youghal came in strong after time-out in the third quarter scoring 6 points before Lee Valley answered with 5 points. Lee Valley made some great steals and were strong on the ball.
Team :Mary o Donnell, Siobhán Murphy, Mandy Kelleher, Emer Murphy, Emer O leary, Niamh Cotter, Mairéad O Sullivan ,Rosie Buckley
U18B County League Lee Valley 50 Youghal 9
This match was a very one sided affair. Yoghal opened the score with a point from a free throw. The opening score from Lee Valley came from Brionnagh Healy, followed by scores from Orla Hannon and Sarah Beth O Mullane. Mairéad O Sullivan came on and scored, followed by some lovely scores from Síofra Burgoyne. Lee Valley defence played well with Siofra Burgoyne and Mairead O Sullivan working well. Youghal opened the scoring in the 2nd half. Lauren Buckley followed this with 2 points for Lee Valley. There were scores from Aine Barry and Saoirse Mc Carthy. Lee valley won this game with great ease.
Team :Orla Hannon, Brionnagh Healy Siofra Burgoyne,Sarah Beth O Mullane,Mairéad O Sullivan,Aine Barry Lauren Buckley,Sarah O Donovan, saoirse Mc Carthy

Under 16B Skibbereen v Lee Valley
Right from the tip, it was evident that this would be a tight affair with little to separate the teams. In fact, throughout the first half the gap between the teams on the scoreboard never past three points. Both teams showed good form early on offensively. With both teams working very hard, Lee Valley kicked off the scoring with a lovely lay up by Maedbh Barry. This was an exciting and enjoyable match to watch with some good defensive by Aideen Buckley and Kate Wall. And some great attacking by Caoimhe O'Driscoll & Saoirse Mc Carthy. There was some lovely scoring on both sides throughout the game. Great Scores for Lee Valley by Sarah Doyle and Niamh McGrath. Lee Valley taking the well deserved win. Team: Aoife Doyle, Brid Og McSwiney, Orla Collins, Saoirse Mc Carthy, Maedbh Barry, Aideen Buckley, Kate Brady, Joanne Kelly, Grace Kiernan, Caoimhe O'Driscoll, Sarah Doyle, Nicole Quinn, Sinead Dart O Flynn, Niamh Mc Grath, Alison Murphy and Kate Wall

Macroom Soccer

FAI Junior Cup Round 4, Macroom 1 Tower F.C. 4.
Macroom A suffered a disappointing FAI Junior Cup defeat to an excellent Tower F.C. side at Murrayfield. Macroom began well and dominated the game for the opening twenty minutes. Barry O' Donnell and James O'Connor worked hard up front, putting the visitors defence under an amount of pressure. Anthony O' Donoghue then had a fine free kick tipped over the bar. As the half went on, Tower began to get a foothold and after Dylan Dineen had made two great saves, the opener arrived. A right wing cross was deflected and it looped over the stranded Dineen to give the visitors a half time lead. The second half began with Macroom pushing forward looking for the equaliser but it was Tower who doubled the lead on fifty five minutes. A low cross from the end line came off Darragh Deasy and trickled over the line at the far post. It was now a tall order but the home side found a lifeline ten minutes later when Deasy fed O'Donnell who struck a dipping effort over the keeper to halve the deficit. It was now game on but the killer goal arrived just two minutes later when a Tower shot from twenty five yards nestled in the top corner. Macroom ploughed on, with Stephen Crowley and O'Connor both coming close, but the visitors were comfortable enough with the two goal lead. Late on, Tower got their fourth and the tie was well and truly finished. Although it must be acknowledged that Tower were an excellent opponent, Macroom will be disappointed with their own performance.

AOH Cup Round 2, Kanturk 0 Macroom 1.
Macroom A qualified for the third round of the AOH Cup following a hard earned victory over hosts Kanturk on Saturday afternoon last. This victory was built on an excellent defensive performance throughout the field. In an even first half, Macroom netted the only goal of the game in the fifteenth minute. Darren Dineen did well to rob a Kanturk defender out on the left flank. He fed Barry O' Donnell who squared for the inrushing Stephen Crowley to slot past the helpless keeper. Macroom saw out the remainder of the half to take a slender interval lead. Kanturk began the second half on the front foot and the visitors were forced back, having to defend on the edge of their eighteen yard box for long periods. The visiting back four were excellent in this period with full backs Brendan and Jeremy O' Sullivan working well with Sean O' Riordan and Darragh Deasy in the centre. In midfield, Rob Downey and Anthony O' Donoghue were getting through an amount of work and up front Dineen and James O' Connor were doing their best with a limited supply of ball. Off the bench, Tommy Condon, Dec O' Riordan and Shane Creedon all contributed. The home side did create a number of chances but a mixture of poor shooting and last gasp defending saw Dylan Dineen's goal remain intact. With a rare foray into opposition territory, the lead was almost doubled when O' Donnell's left foot shot was tipped on to the crossbar. Kanturk continued to press unrtil the very end but Macroom held firm to record a morale boosting victory. Macroom A have no competitive fixture this coming weekend but an away friendly
against Cloughduv Celtic has been arranged, with a 2pm kick off on Saturday.

Macroom B were disappointed to see their Presidents Cup Quarter final against Castlelack postponed due to an unplayable pitch last weekend. This game will be played in the coming weeks. Its back to league action this Saturday with a trip to Leaghanamore to face Greenwood (2pm).

Munster Youths Cup, Leeside 5 Macroom 2.
The youths travelled to Little Island and were defeated 5-2. Goals were scored by Robert Healy and Craig Ronan. Its league action this Saturday with an away trip to Ringmahon Rangers (2pm).

Lotto Success: There have been three lucky winners of the Macroom F.C. weekly club lotto in recent weeks. Firstly, the jackpot of €5,200 on October 27th was won by Paul and Annette c/o Mary Ann's. The three numbers drawn were 3, 21 and 36. And the following week (November 3rd) the €1,000 jackpot went to Nellie Casey c/o T.P. Cotters. The lucky numbers on this occasion were 2, 29 and 31. Amazingly, last Monday night (Nov 10) the €1,000 jackpot was won by Alice McSweeny c/o Murrays Bar with the winning numbers being 19, 23 and 25. Congratulations to all the winners.

November Draw: Up for grabs for the club November draw were two tickets to Republic of Ireland v U.S.A. (Aviva stadium, Nov 18th) along with an Irish jersey. The draw took place at Murrays Bar on Monday, Nov 10 and the lucky winner was Micheàl Deasy, Millstreet Road, Macroom. Thanks to all those who supported the draw. Look out for further fundraising activities over the coming months.