Lee Valley Outlook Nov 27 2014 v11e24

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Lighting up Macroom – Fri. Dec. 5 from 6p.m. © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Updates


The "switching on of the lights" is one of the most important markers in Macroom's calendar and the Lee Valley Enterprise Board have put together a full programme of events for this well established occasion.
This year, proceeding will start with the "Jingle Bell Run". Starting from outside the Briery Gap Theatre at 6.15 p.m, this fun run will take about 15 minutes. Participants will go along South Square into the Castle Demesne and around the new the flood lit GAA pitch. The only criteria is that you bring a Santa Hat or a bell. It's in aid of the Friends of Macroom Hospital so we're expecting a big turnout and a lot of fun.
We're delighted to have "one of our own", Briege Corkery, to formally switch on this year's Christmas Lights at 7 p.m sharp. Briege is a "legend" and she'll be bringing both the All Ireland Camogie and Ladies Football cups to town that evening, so make sure to bring your cameras.
As usual, we'll have food stalls and arts and crafts in the Square and don't forget the Carousel for the boys and girls. The Dynamic Show Band will provide entertainment throughout and of course, there will be lots of carol singing to get us into the festive mood.
The shops will be open till late, with great discounts and price reductions, and will continue with these fantastic bargains right throughout the weekend. The Lee Valley Enterprise Board can confirm also that there is FREE PARKING (2 hour limit) right up to Christmas Eve and we would like to thank the "new" Municipal Council for "relaxing" the usual Parking conditions.
It's still very tough out there for business and we must continue to support Local Trade and Business. Macroom and its surrounding areas (like many other towns) are still struggling so we can't emphasise enough how important it is to keep buying and staying LOCAL for all your needs. It does help and keeps our community together, so think Macroom and the Lee Valley this Christmas.

Newsflash: We just got confirmation that the one and only SANTA is making a special appearance to meet all the boys and girls on Friday evening, December 5, so make sure ye are all there in good time. Entertainment will continue throughout the weekend with carols and The Brass Ensemble in the Square on Saturday at 4p.m and Santa in St. Colman's NS on December 6 and 7 from 2 – 6p.m.

Lee Valley Diary

De La Salle College with Shrek Hits Macroom on Thurs. 27th Nov. at 8.00pm. Sold Out!
Ó Chúil Aodha go hOileán Í on RTÉ 1- 10.15pm Thurs., Nov. 27th.
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.
Kilmurry Parents Association Christmas fair on Sat. Nov. 29, 2pm – 6pm in Kilmurry GAA Hall
Rital Lynch, Soprano. Exhibition and CD launch, City Library, Grand Parade on Tues., Dec. 2 at 7p.m. Macroom Business After Hours on Wed. 3rd Dec. 6-7pm at Macroom E Enterprise Centre.
Hairspray the Musical from St. Mary's at Briery Gap Dec. 5 – 7. .
Macroom Flower & Garden Club Ruby Anniversary Dinner at The Castle Hotel on Fri. Dec. 5th
Christmas choral concert in St. Mary's Church, Kilmurry on Fri. Dec. 5th @ 8pm.
Table Quiz Fri. Dec. 5th 9p.m. at the Weigh Inn, Dripsey
Free Parking in Macroom for 2 hours Dec. 6 – 24.
Festive floral demonstration in Inchigeelagh Hall, Sat Dec 6th @8.30pm
Coolea Christmas Market at 11:30a.m. 7th Dec. in Áras Éamonn Mac Suibhne.
Toy Mass and Market: Sun. Dec. 7th in Rylane church and school from 11.30am.
Coachford Christmas Lights: Switch on Sun. Dec. 7th at 6.30pm.
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
Mainistir do Chúil Aodha: Cruinniú poiblí Luan, 15ú Nollag, 8:00 in, Árus Éamonn Mac Suibhne
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:

Storytime7 year olds
Fiona Buckley talk Fri. Nov. 28. 12.30p.m.
Ciorcal Cainte: Mon. Dec. 1 at 11.30a.m.
Book Club Wed. Dec. 3 at 11a.m.
Purlies Thurs. Dec. 4 at 11a.m.
Gramophone Circle: Mon. Dec. 8. 11a.m.
Bridge Club Wed. Dec. 10 at 10.30 a.m.
Art Exhibition: Work of Jane Cooney.

Briery Gap:
Shrek Hits Macroom on Thurs. 27th Nov. at 8.00pm. Sold Out!
Donal Skehan Friday 28th Nov. 8p.m.
Hairspray the Musical from St. Mary's at Briery Gap Dec. 5 – 7. .
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

Christmas Outlook

The Christmas issue of the Lee Valley Outlook will be available from December 18. We invite parishes, clubs and associations to contribute to that publication. Parishes are invited to submit details of Church Liturgy – Nativity plays, Carol recitals, Penitential Rites, Masses etc. Clubs and associations might like to record their activities during 2014. Please forward details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, December 15 or telephone 026 41891.

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 A group of first years from McEgan College visit the Gearagh as part of the Make a Book Project ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

Make A Book Preparations: First and second year students at McEgan College visited the Gearagh and the Inniscarra Dam this week in preparation for their JCSP Make a Book exhibition. Students will work with their teachers to design and write a book which will be displayed in the City Hall in Cork in 2015.
Literacy Initiatives: Word Millionaire got under way this week with a reading for fun afternoon. Students visited a local book shop where they bought new books and then settled down for a relaxing afternoon of reading. This marks the beginning of an annual four week initiative whereby two teams compete to be the first to read one million words.
Dairymaster. 28 students along with Mr. Dennehy, Ms. Mulally and Sheila Ronan SNA headed off to Causeway in County Kerry to explore Dairymaster's global manufacturing facility. This company is a world leader in dairy equipment manufacturing and has a wide innovative product range including milking equipment, automatic scrapers, automatic feeders, milk cooling tanks, heat detection systems plus much more. Tour guide Philip Kennedy led the group around the grounds of the factory, giving in depth details of the equipment they manufactured there and inspiring and influencing students into taking up a career in the dairy industry. Both students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed the experience and got a good feel for the work that takes place in Dairymaster and why they are so successful. Students with farming backgrounds and an interest in dairy could see the advancements and potentials for their farms and for their future.

Rital Lynch, Soprano

To mark the 100th anniversary of her birth, an exhibition on the life of famous Macroom soprano, Rita Lynch, will be mounted at the City Library, Grand Parade, Cork. The exhibition will be launched by City Mayor, Cllr. Mary Shields, on Tuesday, December 2 at 7p.m. A CD including many of her songs will also be made available.
Rita was born in Macroom on the 2nd December 1914. The 'Golden Voiced Soprano' won every accolade both in competition and public performance, made records and toured extensively in Ireland, the UK and the U.S.A. Only World War 2 prevented her planned move to Italy for training. Career highlights include winning the Soprano Gold Medal and the Geoghegan Cup in the Dublin Feis Ceoil in 1938, and the Count John McCormack Voice of Ireland Competition in 1939, singing the soprano lead in the bicentennial performance of Handel's Messiah in Dublin in 1942 and guesting for Sir Arthur Fiedler at a Boston Pops Irish night in 1949. In 1945 Rita married Patrick Shaw and while raising four children, continued her singing in concerts, broadcasts and pantomime. She pursued a successful career as a singing teacher during the 1970s.
Tracks on the CD include The Last Rose of Summer, The Spinning Wheel, The Fairy Tales of Ireland, I Will Walk With My Love, Home Sweet Home, She is Far from the Land, Danny Boy, Jimmy mo Mhíle Stór, Perfect Day, Galway Bay, My Lovely Celia, O That It Were So, Domhnall Óg and Love Thee Dearest.

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A section of the attendance at the Christmas meeting of Macroom Flower and Garden club in Coolcower House. © Lee Valley Outlook

Flower Club

Macroom Flower & Garden Club hosted a Charity Gala Floral Demonstration on Thursday 13th November at Coolcower House. There was a huge attendance at this event which was supporting Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association & Macroom Meals on Wheels. Representatives from both charities addressed the crowd. The Floral Demonstration entitled "Christmas is coming" by Theresa Collins AOIFA (Tipperary) was superb. The audience were inspired by the many wonderful exhibits that were created, using seasonal foliage and flowers. The event concluded with a standing ovation for the demonstrator and all exhibits were raffled. The club wishes to thank all who attended and supported the event, especially those who travelled long distance . Now the attention turns to a very special celebration of the club's 40th Ruby Anniversary Dinner on Friday December 5th at the Castle Hotel. Mass will be celebrated in the hotel at 6.30p.m., followed by reception and dinner. There will also be a Mini Demonstration by surprise guests following dinner. Tickets are €40 purchased in advance. Past members and friends are most welcome. Contact Secretary 087-9821708 or Chairperson 086-3046608.

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Students from St. Mary's prepare for 'Hairspray' © An Scoil

St. Mary's

Hairspray: St. Mary's Secondary School, Macroom is delighted to announce this year's Transition Year production of "Hairspray the Musical". The show will run from the 5th to the 7th of December. Tickets are available from the Briery Gap (€8 and €10). Hairspray is a 1960s musical set in Baltimore in the US, where a groovy teenager, Tracey Turnblad, has a dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show, which is a local TV dance programme. Transition year classes have been cancelled due to work on the production. Singing rehearsals are led by Ms. Donovan, while Ms. Collins (Art teacher) is giving direction in props and backdrop. The cast, led by Kerri O'Sullivan, Lily Healy, Máiréad O'Sullivan, Ella Curtin, Shauna Lyons and Abigail Kelleher, are busy learning their lines. Be sure to get your tickets for this popular musical from the Briery Gap.
Apprentice chef: 14 Transition Year students from St. Mary's attended the Hotel and Catering Department in Tralee for the Apprentice chef workshop. They received a Tour of I.T Tralee Hotel and catering department with lecturer Mark Murphy, and were treated to a Cooking demonstration by Mark Doe (Just Cooking School, Killarney) and Simon Regan (Head chef in hotel Europe, Killarney).
Parkrun. 2A1 C.S.P.E. class organised a 5 kilometre 'Parkrun' (www.parkrun.ie) in the Castle Grounds in aid of Pieta House, Cork, which provides support and services for young people in preventing suicide and self-harm. It was a huge success, with one hundred and twenty-nine students and teachers taking part. Well done to everyone who took part in the run and to those who sponsored them. Many thanks to Yvonne in the Sports Complex, whose help was invaluable.
The Othello Session: Sixth year students of St. Mary's attended 'The Othello Session' in the Everyman Theatre. 'Othello' is the single text studied by the students and this theatre experience helped to further their studies of the Shakespearean play, performed by Cyclone Rep and specifically designed for students. The play was performed in full, interspersed with a quiz show staged by the four actors who analysed the themes and plot of the play. It was a fun and interactive way for students to study and revise and the experience proved to be beneficial for students and teachers involved.
Irish Cancer Society. 22 Transition Year students took part in the Painted Pink day to raise money for breast cancer. Over €10,000 was collected in the community with the help of the students.
UCD Scholar Award: Angela Crowley and Lucy Kelleher were awarded a scholar Award from U.C.D. for the high marks they received in their Leaving Cert. 2014. The ceremony was held in U.C.D. where Angela id studying Physiotherapy and Lucy is studying Veterinary Science. All in St. Mary's are very proud of their achievement. Chomhghairdeachas.
Breakthrough Cancer. Students from St. Mary's, Daria Byrdziak, Alexandra Wozniak, Emer McMahon, Méabh O'Riordan and Emma Lucey presented a cheque of €785 to Dr. Mark Tangney, from Breakthrough Cancer Research on behalf of 2A2 CSPE class.
All Ireland Cups. Cork Ladies Football and Camogie Cups visited St. Mary's recently, along with the U16 Football All-Ireland Cup and the U18 Munster and 'Rebel Óg' Cup. St. Mary's has direct links with all of this silverware, having past and present pupils on these successful teams. On the Cork Ladies Football team are past pupils - Briege Corkery, Vera Foley, Jean O'Sullivan and Marie Ambrose and 6th year student, Máiréad Corkery. Both Briege and Vera were members of the first St. Mary's team to win a Schools Football All-Ireland in 2002 while Jean, Marie and Máiréad were members of the last winning All-Ireland teams in 2012. Marie Ambrose captained the Cork U18 team who lost to Galway in the All-Ireland this year. Also, on this team from St. Mary's were Máiréad Corkery, Niamh Duggan and Aisling Kelleher. Máiréad O'Sullivan and Nicola Dennehy were members of the U16 All-Ireland winning team. The visit of the Cups, players and management was a great occasion for the school. Speakers were the Principal, Mr Cooke, who welcomed all and congratulated all players on their successes, including Briege and Vera's recent All Star awards and Briege's Tatler Sportswoman of the Year award. He complimented the underage players on the dedication and commitment that they devote to their sport. In her speech, Briege reminisced on her school days in St. Mary's both in the classroom and on the playing field. Cork Senior manager, Éamonn Ryan, also spoke, giving some very valuable guidelines to all students. Other visitors were Pat O'Leary, Cork Senior selector and Marian Crowley, Cork U14 manager.

Macroom Library

The young author Fiona Buckley, whose first book 'Better Than Gold' was published early in 2014, will visit Macroom Library on Friday, November 28th at 12.30. 13 year old Fiona will read from her book and answer questions from the audience. Talent like Fiona's deserves to be acknowledged and supported. Any member of the public who would like to attend will be welcome. Macroom library is delighted to be able to facilitate this visit.
Our annual Primary School Quiz took place on Wednesday 26th. 17 schools took part, which is a great turnout. We will have a list of winners in the next issue of the Lee Valley Outlook. Many thanks to the teachers and parents who transported the children to the quiz and to McEgan College for the use of their halla for the afternoon. Thanks are particularly due to Paul Lynch who got all the tables and chairs out for us and cleared them away again afterwards.
The exhibition of the paintings of husband and wife team, Michael and Marie Lillis, comes down on Saturday 29th and will be replaced by Jane Cooney's pieces for the month of December. Do call in to view both exhibitions.
Ciorcal Cainte takes place on Monday 1st December at 11.30. Bígí linn. Refreshments will be served. The following Monday 8th is our music morning. Attendees are invited to bring along a CD with the track they would like to hear marked on the cover. If you would like to say a few words about your choice, that would be welcome but it is not compulsory! Bookclub members will get together on Wednesday 3rd December at 11.30 to discuss 'Tigers in Red Weather' by Lisa Klaussman. On Wednesday 10th our Bridge players will gather from 10.30 to play hands until 1.00. This popular pastime is our most recent group initiative and has proven very successful. Thanks to Mary Neville for suggesting it and organising all the start-up items needed. The Purlies knitting group will be here on Thursday 4th December from 10.30 until 1.00. All levels of knitter welcome. The group is currently working on an Advent project. All will be revealed shortly. So, December will be a busy month in the library! Our opening hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday from 10.00 to 5.30 and Tuesday 10.00 to 7.30. Internet and Wi- fi access is available to members. Since November 1st anyone joining for the first time must produce photo i.d and proof of address before we can sign them up.

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Snow White (Kelly Ann Healy) prepares for the Christmas Panto in the Briery Gap, Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook

Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Briery Gap is delighted to stage, for the very first time, the most popular of all fairy tales - "Snow-white and the 7 Dwarfs. With a cast of over 150, this annual Christmas experience is sure to entertain all ages in the true spirit of Panto. It includes all the characters from the story - the beautiful Snow-white, the cruel stepmother, all 7 dwarfs, the Dame, Fairy Queen, Huntsman, Handsome Prince and many others. The cast and chorus are all local and are at present working hard at rehearsals to bring the best Panto ever to Briery Gap. Early booking is advisable and there are special rates for group bookings. Tickets are now available at Box Office 026 41793.
Performances: Matinees: Sat 13th, Sun 14th, Sat 20th and Sun 21st December at 3pm.
Evening performances: Friday 19th, Sat 20 and Sun 21st December at 8pm.
Tickets €15 Concessions €10.
Cast: Snowwhite – Kelly Ann Healy. Stepmother – Maureen O'Brien. Dame- Jim .Leahy. King George- Pat O'Connell. Nanny- Treasa O'Riordan. Shifty- Pat Kelleher. Nifty- Con Foley. Nurse- Róisín Crowley. Fairy Queen- Carmel McCarthy. Prince- Eugene Lee. Mirror Mirror - Pat Brady. 7 dwarfs- Bobby Wolfe, Darren Faul, David Leahy, Richard O'Sullivan, Brian de Róiste, James Farrell, Stephen Coleman.

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The Briery Gap Mixed Choir with Stephen Breslin, choir director, who will perform at the switching on of the Christmas Lights in Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook

Briery Gap Choir

The Briery Gap Mixed Choir has proved to be an outstanding success, with over 40 members. For the past 10 weeks (on Wednesday evenings), Stephen Breslin, the choir director, has worked on Vocal Exercise and 3 part harmony with the group and is very impressed with the talent and wonderful voices. The Choir will perform before the switching on of the Christmas Lights on the 5th December at 6.45pm. Stephen will be back in January to continue the Choir and new members are welcome with application forms available at Briery Gap.

Briery Gap Programme

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


De La Salle College presents Shrek Hits Macroom on Thursday 27th November at 8.00pm. SOLD OUT!
Donal Skehan – Friday 28th November at 8.00pm. Tickets €20.
St Marys Secondary School presents Hairspray on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th December at 8.30pm and Sunday 7th December at 2.00pm. Tickets €10 /€8.
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

Local TV Programmes

Sun. Nov. 30: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Clondrohid Corpus Christi Procession 2014. Talk by Frances Hogan, EWTN from Caum Church.
6.30p.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. Message in a Bottle launch by Lions Club.
Wed. Dec. 3: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 2013 Panto from Briery Gap, Babes in the Wood.
Sun. Dec. 7: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Healing Mass from Tubraid Well, Millstreet 2014.
6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes.
Wed. Dec. 10: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Christmas in Macroom 2014. De la Salle drama of Jim Larkin Lockout 1913.

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Bengour Harvest Festival Committee presenting €45.600, the proceeds of their 25th festival 2014 to representatives from CRC and Marymount © Colum Cronin


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Christmas Outlook: The Christmas issue of the Lee Valley Outlook will be available from December 18. We invite parishes, clubs and associations to contribute to that publication. Parishes are invited to submit details of Church Liturgy – Nativity plays, Carol recitals, Penitential Rites, Masses etc. Clubs and associations might like to record their activities during 2014. Please forward details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, December 15 or telephone 026 41891.

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

Ó Chúil Aodha go hOileán Í: This intimate documentary follows the life of Cór Chúil Aodha over an 8-week period, charting its weekly trials and tribulations, under Peadar Ó Riada's watchful direction and culminating in a historical visit to the renowned island of Iona with President Michael D. Higgins in the year of the choir's 50th anniversary. Upcoming Broadcast on RTÉ 1- 10.15pm Thurs., Nov. 27th.

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

Kilmurry Parents Association are holding their annual Christmas fair on Saturday 29th November @ 2pm – 6pm in Kilmurry GAA Hall with FREE admission. Santa will be in his Grotto and children will be greeted by the Elves as they make their way in to see Santa. There will be many more attractions including, Raffle, Mulled Wine, Sweet Magnolia Garden Centre, BB and Rose with Forever Living Aloe Vera products, Nanas Kitchen, Sam's Baby Chinos, Orange Tree Costume Jewellery, Kilmurry Historical Society, Parents Association Arts and Crafts, and many more stalls full of great Christmas gifts. Great family day out guaranteed, with a lovely Christmas atmosphere.

Invitation to Macroom Business After Hours on Wednesday 3rd December 6-7pm at Macroom E Enterprise Centre. Join us to celebrate the beginning of the festive season for a fun casual networking event, complete with Christmas nibbles, fun, games and prizes. All are welcome. Entry is €5 and all proceeds go directly to Macroom Community Hospital. Macroom E Enterprise Centre, Bowl Road, Macroom. Telephone: 026 20520. Please Register in Advance

Christmas choral concert in St. Mary's Church, Kilmurry on Friday, December 5th @ 8pm. Tickets €15 each available from Mary at 087 6568110. The KHAA 2014 Calendar of Events is coming to an end with what promises to be a most atmospheric and very special night of choirs to commence the Christmas Season. Come along and hear the wonderful voices of the Chorus of Cork, Castletown Kenneigh Choir and Glaslyn Choir, Bandon, including a solo performance by Elaine Mulvaney. Book early to avoid disappointment. Proceeds to Kilmurry Museum & Cultural Centre.

Table Quiz advertised for Friday November 21 by Dripsey community association had to be changed to Friday December 5th at the Weigh Inn, Dripsey at 9.00 p.m. €10 per person /table of four. Proceeds to refurbish the ambush monument & a bus shelter for school children.

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.

Coolea Christmas Market 7th December in Áras Éamonn Mac Suibhne at 11:30. There will be live music, a wide variety of stalls and Daidí na Nollag will be visiting. Contact Mary O'Connor 0876204781.

Muskerry Historical Society, Paddy O'Flynn will give a talk on the illustrious career of the Lord of Muskerry, Cormac McCarthy at Muskerry Rugby Club Hall on Monday December 8 at 20:00. Attendance on the night is €3 (annual subscription for all lectures €10). For more information contact Rod MacConaill (086 1089524) or Dermot Lucey (087 9331135).

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.

Bengour Harvest Festival Committee recently presented €45,600, the proceeds of their 25th festival, to representatives from three beneficiaries: Marie Barry & Dan Philpot, Marymount Hospice; Michael Collins-Powell from ACT at C.U.H & Dr Declan Soden, Head Scientist at Cork Cancer Research Centre. Bengour Harvest Festival has raised more than €770,000 to date to help the fight against cancer.

Christmas Shoeboxes : Carriganima N.S. recently participated in the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal. The Parents Association held an event where parents and children of local schools and the public very generously gave shoeboxes filled with wonderful gifts for children less fortunate in underdeveloped countries. Christmas treats, music and a festive atmosphere completed the evening. Children put great thought in to what they would include and each box was very original and different and the school managed to surpass last year's number of boxes. We hope that they will bring some joy to the children who receive them. The box you sent may be the only present they will ever receive. Well done to all the families who graciously donated a Christmas box.

IMNDA Fundraiser: Siobhan & Padraig Lynch (Coolea) wish to thank all those who supported their recent tea/ coffee day in aid of the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association (IMNDA). They are very grateful to all those who helped on the day and wish to thank local businesses for their generous spot prizes towards the raffle. The total amount collected was €3,797 and a great day was had by all.

Naomh Fionnbarra win: In the final played in Carrigadrohid on November 16 against a strong Ballinora side, the final score was 2.12 to 2.07. The game see-sawed throughout but Naomh Fionnbarra pulled away in last 10 minutes. Team captain, Caoimhe Creedon, in her post-match speech thanked trainer, Billy Twomey and selector Irwin Cummins. The team was made up of Eve Cummins, Molly Ring, Rosa Simmons, Méabh Dineen, Áine Lynch, Erin Buckley, Bláithín Lynch, Sorcha Herlihy. Emer O'Dea, Shauna Herlihy, Lauren Cummins, Caitríona O'Leary, Caoimhe Creedon(captain), Sarah Twomey, Sofia Burke, Meadhbh Ní Cheallacháin, Niamh O'Donovan, Bernie Twomey, Sharon O'Brien.

Tree of Light. Sponsorship for St. Enda's N.S. 'tree of light' are now available. They will shine all over the Christmas season at Johnstown church. Sponsorship of a light is €5 and tickets are available from Johnstown Church from Sunday, November 30 until December 14 or you can contact Kirstie on 0879974445, Sinead on 0879764008 or Mary on 0863724388. This is a beautiful way of remembering a loved one or letting someone know that you are thinking of them this Christmas. All money raised goes to St Enda's N.S. Thank you for your support.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto. Nov. 18. Jackpot €2,400. Numbers drawn 2, 34, 35. No Winner. €70 Brendan Kenneally, Glen Park. €20 Tim Kelleher, South Square. Janette Kearney, Oakwood. John Hurley, Gortyleahy. Tadhg O'Driscoll, Sullane Weirs.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Nov. 12. Jackpot €5,600. No winner. €70 Katelynn O'Callaghan, Ballinagree. €20 Sean Burns, c/o Bell Inn. Teresa Twomey, The Tavern. Mick Kelly, Bandon, Ray Fallon, Clondrohid.
Nov. 19. Jackpot €5,800. No winner. €70 Shane McCarthy, Carriganimma. €20 Eileen O'Reilly, c/o Bingo. Agnes Buckley, Droumcarra. Liam Kelleher, Oakwood. Anne Lehane, Dunmanway.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto. Nov. 9. Jackpot: €4,900.Numbers Drawn: 3 - 9 – 16 No Winner, €50 John Cronin, Codrum, Macroom. €20 Peggy Lynch, Horsemount. Deirdre O'Connell, Farranree. Denis Twohing, Horsemount. Nancy Bradley, Ballinagree.
Nov. 16. Jackpot: €5,050.Numbers Drawn: 7 - 29 – 35 Winner: Aghinagh This Week's Jackpot €5,050. Winner, Mary Ambrose, Caherbaroule. €50 William Neville, Dromree. €20 Jerry Cotter, Kilberrihert. Liam Cotter, Dooneens. Elaine O'Callaghan, Aghabulloge, c/o Jason and Katherine. Margaret Duggan, Moulnahorna.
Nov. 23. Jackpot: €1,000.Numbers Drawn: 12 -16 – 38 No Winner, €50 Breda McCarthy. €20 Sinead O'Callaghan, c/o Carrig Inn. Lesley Cassidy, c/o Cathernine Corkery. Denis Murray, Macroom. Donal Burns, Clonavrick.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto Results Nov. 16. Jackpot: €10,500, Numbers Drawn: 13 – 16 - 20 – 26. , No Winner, €50 Johnny Healy, Nettleville. €25 John Bob O'Sullivan, Carrigadrohid.
Nov. 23. Jackpot: €10,650, Numbers Drawn: 4 – 8 - 22– 23. , No Winner, €50 Patrick Deasy, Aherla. €25 Daniel Shine, Aherla.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 17/11/2014. Jackpot: €2,200, Numbers Drawn: 3 - 28 - 33, No Winner, €40 Bernie Field, €20 John Moynihan, Michael O' Connell, Aidan Finn, Donal O' Callaghan (Yearly Ticket)
24/11/2014, Jackpot: €2,400, Numbers Drawn: 13 - 20 - 34, No Winner, €40 Thady Delaney, €20 Ted Long, Mary Sull & Con Lucey, Henry Browne & Antoinette, Peter Kelleher (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

Christmas Outlook

The Christmas issue of the Lee Valley Outlook will be available from December 18. We invite parishes, clubs and associations to contribute to that publication. Parishes are invited to submit details of Church Liturgy – Nativity plays, Carol recitals, Penitential Rites, Masses etc. Clubs and associations might like to record their activities during 2014. Please forward details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, December 15 or telephone 026 41891.

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Fáilte roimh Corn Uí Riada agus Nell Ní Chróinín agus Corn Brendan Martin agus Rhóna Ní Bhuachalla in Ard na Laoi ©Nóirín Uí Thuama

Mainistir Ghobnait is Abán do Chúil Aodha

Tá Mainistir le tógaint i gCúil Aodha. Tá coiste ar bun cheana féin agus tionóladh trí cruinniú poiblí faoin scéal. Beidh an chéad cruinniú eile ar an Luan, 15ú Nollag ar a 8:00 in Árus Éamonn Mac Suibhne. Fáilte roimh chách. Mainistir Ghobanait is Abáin atá ar intinn glaoch air. Tá Órd roghnaithe agus tá cuireadh neamh oifigiúil fachta acu cheana féin.
Plans are well advanced for the establishment of a hermitage for a contemplative order at Cúil Aodha in Gaeltacht Mhúscraí. The Papal Nuncio is finalising details and the instigator of the project, Peadar Ó Riada, hopes the monastery will open during this decade. A series of public meetings are being held in Árus Éamonn Mac Suibhne in Cúil Aodha and the next meeting will be on Monday, December 15 at 8p.m.

Film Festival Win for Anú

Anú Pictures is pleased to announce that its latest film, 'Tadhg McSweeney Painter - A Film Portrait', won the Cork Shorts Award at this year's Cork Film Festival. The jury commented, "We are delighted to award filmmaker, Dónal Ó Céilleachair, for the outstanding way in which he captures the talent and spirit of this artist."
This film is an intimate portrait of a unique Irish artist, who continues to find extraordinary beauty in the absolutely ordinary, while illuminating a whole other way of looking at the world around us, in the process. This is the first film by Dónal Ó Céilleachair in a new series of film portraits of artists in the area. The film includes music by Fiona Kelleher, Caomhín Ó Raghallaigh, 3Triúr and Peadar Ó Riada, making it a true reflection of Gaeltacht Mhúscraí. Filmed mainly at Tadhg's studio in Cnoc Sathairn, Cill na Martra, it is just 23 minutes long.

Clondrohid Updates

Crèche Fundraiser:Celtic Steps, The Show will be performing live on stage in the Abbey Hotel Ballyvourney on Friday November 28 This is a fundraiser event for the Clondrohid Community Crèche, Pre School, and After School Services. Tickets at €15 per person. Great night assured. Go to www.celticsteps.ie for more information on the show.
Lotto: A jackpot of €6,000 as we approach Christmas. Worth buying a ticket. You never know your luck. The Yearly Lotto tickets are available now to renew or purchase for the coming year. Please buy one to support the club. Excellent value at €90 for 52 weeks or €50 for 26 weeks. Minimum jackpot of €1000 + €200 every week not won. A really lovely, long lasting Christmas present. Tickets are available from members. Draw takes place every Wednesday night at Bingo.
Muinefliuch Young Scientists: The Science Teachers Association, in conjunction with the Lifetime Labs, organised a science quiz recently in U.C.C. Over 40 teams from 4th - 6th class from Cork City and County participated. Muinefliuch N.S. entered 2 teams in the 4th class section. They both did extremely well, with one team in 3rd place with a total of 49 points, only 7 points behind the winners on 56. This was a great achievement for this small country school. Well done to the pupils, parents and teachers.
Carriganimma Entertainment:is back in the news again in the lead up to Christmas. Saturday, November 29 they are celebrating their 4th birthday. No doubt there will be some surprises on the night. Music by The Murphys from Killorglin, now based in Tyrone, a Dad and his 3 daughters. On Friday December 5 it's a 'Fuel the Turf Night', You could well call this a 'Bartering Night' Music will be Jerry McCarthy and Autumn Gold. And on Saturday December 13 Peter Lane will be providing the entertainment.
G.A.A.: Having won 3 titles already this year, Clondrohid Minors were going for their fourth title last Saturday in Ballyvourney. Their opponents were once again Ballingeary, but unfortunately this time they were defeated by the narrowest of margins 1 7 to 11 . Well done for a great year's entertainment boys and a well-deserved rest till 2015.

Rusheen Goes Scientific

Rusheen primary school pupils recently visited St. Mary's Science department and were given a tour of Macroom's brand new science labs. Science is a core focus at St. Mary's and they take great pride in recent results in all science subjects. Like Rusheen primary school, St. Mary's is a small school with small classes and Macroom's young scientists are given lots of attention and nurturing. Workshops were delivered very professionally by the school's 3rd and 4th year students. The children from Rusheen got to make their own periscopes, partook in interactive dissections and conducted chromatography experiments that are used to solve real-world crimes in forensic science. Afterwards, the students were served lunch by St. Mary's very welcoming Trish who runs the canteen. Bhain gach duine taitneamh as an lá agus bhí gach duine lán le heolas agus iad ag imeacht abhaile.

Carrig to Croke Park

A big thank you to all who attended the launch of Carrig to Croke Park: A History of Canovee GAA at the Castle Hotel on the 1st May. Thank you also to those who purchased the book and for the compliments we received. As Christmas approaches we would like to remind you that we still have some copies of the book for sale. There may be people out there who don't realise that their photo, name or a family member are included in the book. For those outside Canovee, there are also many things of interest.
Máiréad Lavery, editor of the Country Living section of the Farmers Journal, got a copy of the book at this year's Ploughing Match. In her editorial she wrote:
"Plenty of books pass over my desk and occasionally there's one that's a bit special and that I'm delighted to share with our readers. In this case, it's Carrig to Croke Park: A History of Canovee GAA". " If I had my way, every household in Canovee would have several copies of the History of Canovee GAA. They'd have them for their children and grandchildren. They'd be there for family members who live far away from the parish and who, on opening this book, will be drawn back home to a great day when they were part of something special".
John Dolan, editor of the Holly Bough, leads his full page article in this year's edition as follows: "If a movie about the GAA is ever to crack Hollywood, then scriptwriters would do a lot worse than look to the story of Canovee for inspiration".
The book is on sale for €20 at Dunne's Shop, Carrigadrohid, Macroom Book Shop and McCarthy's Shop in Macroom and also in Lissarda and Coachford.

Valley Wheelers

Interested in getting fit, losing weight or a new sporting challenge? Have you considered cycling? Valley Wheelers cycling club is now accepting new members for next season. The club caters for all levels of cyclists, from the complete novice to the more experienced cyclist. We have specific junior sections to introduce younger people to cycling in a fun and safe environment. Also there is a ladies leisure section and range of senior levels. We will be holding registration nights in various locations in the coming weeks. Joining Valley Wheelers cc includes membership to the club, Cycling Ireland insurance and a complimentary valley wheelers cycling apparel! These nights are of course open to our current members also and members are reminded that early registration is the only way to ensure you are insured early in the new year. Registration nights are as follows:
3 December Macroom-Auld Triangle @ 8.00pm
4December Ballingeary -Cuan Barra @8.00pm
4December Ballyvourney-The Mills Inn @8.00pm.
We look forward to seeing you and if you cannot attend these registration nights, please feel free to contact any committee members whose numbers are available on our website www.Valleywheelerscc.com

Macra Matters

Donoughmore: Community involvement has been strong in Donoughmore Macra recently. Zumba classes are held every Monday night from 7-8pm. Adults €7, students €5. The novice debaters of Elaine O'Connell, Denise Kelleher and Daniel Buckley competed in the Cork county semi-final but were defeated by Kilmeen Macra. Tom Carroll is through to the final of impromptu public speaking in Mayo after an impressive performance at the semi-final in Templemore. Saturday night is bingo at the community centre. Donoughmore Macra is delighted to announce that on the 6th December, club members will be in two national finals. Firstly, Tom Carroll, Meig Collins and Emily O'Donovan will participate in the team public speaking. They beat off stiff competition in the semi-final in Macroom. On the night, Meig Collins was bestowed the 'Best Speaker' award. This will be followed by Tom Carroll going solo when he contends in the impromptu public speaking later the same evening. His semi-final took place in Templemore and he defeated Macra members from all over Munster. Long may Donoughmore's gift of the gab continue!

What If?

Secondary Schools in six West Cork towns (Bandon, Clonakilty, Coachford, Dunmanway, Kinsale and Macroom), were asked to take part in a project organised by West Cork Development Partnership to think up and design projects for their towns, imagining that there were no cost or planning issues. The 'What if' project aims to get Transition Year students to think about what their area might need in the future, what's important to it now and what frameworks should be put in place to continue to serve all the population of the town. The various schools looked at different aspects of their towns and how they might enhance what is already in place and put in other facilities that would be of benefit to people. They looked at projects that would help to tackle obesity; that would provide spaces for older and younger people and projects that would be sustainable and use the natural environment in the towns. Coachford College TY students created a wonderful project and came up with some great ideas for the area. 1) The walled Garden in the college could be used for garden allotments. 2) The old Muskerry Tram railway line from Coachford to Peake, Donoughmore and Blarney could be developed into a walking and cycle path. 3) Swimming facilities including a diving area and changing rooms could be developed by the river Lee. 4)A skate park and Playground could be built near the college and the Coachford AFC grounds. 5) An indoor ball alley and viewing stands could be located near the GAA grounds.

Coachford News

Christmas Lights: Coachford is preparing for Sunday December 7th when the new Christmas lights will be switched on at 6.30pm. Coachford Community Association and Tidy Towns Committee have invested in even more lights so as to increase the Christmas spirit in the village this year. A Christmas market will take place, with Carol Singers, Mulled Wine and maybe a visit from the North Pole's most famous resident! Chairperson of Coachford Tidy Towns committee, Martha McCaffery said, 'Thanks to the money raised by the Community Association's 'Night at the Musicals' and the very generous donation by Broomhill Vintage Club we are in a lovely position of being able to purchase more lights for the village this year.'
Toy Mass and Market: Sunday December 7th will see the annual Toy Mass take place in Rylane church at 11.30am. This very beautiful ceremony helps the local St. Vincent de Paul. Children coming to the Mass will bring a Christmas gift for other children in the parish who may be less fortunate than themselves. Following the Mass, a Cake Sale and Christmas Market organised by the Rylane N.S. Parents Association will take place in the School Hall. A fabulous selection of locally produced goods will be on offer and it is an ideal opportunity to stock up on some unusual Christmas presents as well as delicious cakes. Tea, coffee and mulled wine will also be available. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the morning with your neighbours, friends and community.
Tidy Towns committee and helpers planted over 2,000 daffodil bulbs on the approach roads to the village in recent weeks. It is hoped these will explode into a burst of colour in the spring, to make the village even more beautiful. The committee is also working on replacing the planters at the Millennium Park that were vandalised recently.
Pink walkers. The recent Action for Breast Cancer walk organised by Murphy's Centra Coachford raised a massive €2,650. Well done to all involved and especially those who got out there and walked.
Calendar. Coachford NS Parents Association has produced a lovely calendar for 2015, featuring all the students. It is very well produced and would make a beautiful gift for those who may have relatives in the school or for those who might be living and working away from home and want to have something that is very unique to Coachford. The National School will hold their Christmas Concert on Thursday December 11th in the GAA Hall in Coachford. This is always a great occasion where all the children get involved and put on a very entertaining show. The students have recently taken part in the annual Shoe Box appeal. The children packed shoe boxes with Christmas gifts for children in Africa.
Soccer Academy. Killinardrish / Coachford Schoolboys Academy is calling all boys aged 7 to 11 to training on Saturday mornings at 11 am. The future soccer superstars plus their parents are invited to attend Coachford Soccer Club, The Glebe, Coachford. Don't forget your boots/ shin guards!
Last Man Standing. Coachford AFC are running another round of their very popular 'Last Man Standing' competition based on the premiership football results. This is a test of skill combined with a bit of luck to pick a winning team in the premiership each week. If your selection keeps on winning you could be the last man standing in the new year and receive €400 cash prize. To enter contact any member of the committee before November 29th.

Coachford College Awards

Coachford College, one of the biggest second level schools in the area, recently honoured its past and present pupils at a gala Awards Night. Headgirl, Kathy Sheehan and Headboy, Conor O' Sullivan opened proceedings by welcoming guest of honour and past pupil, Susan Hayes, (Managing Director of Hayes Culleton Ltd, an international financial company based in Dublin) to the Coachford College annual Awards Ceremony on Friday, November 14. The class of 2014 was recognised for outstanding achievements in the Leaving Certificate Examination. Mr Dermot O'Donovan, Treasurer, presented Una Browne with the Trustees Award for achieving 605 points. She is now studying medicine in N.U.I.G. Principal, Mr Patrick O'Connor, congratulated Joanne Crowley who received an Entrance Scholarship to U.C.C. on her outstanding results. He also paid tribute to Junior Certificate students - Stephanie Cotter on achieving 9 As in her Junior Certificate and John Cooper who was awarded first place in Cork city and county and received a Gold Medal for the quality of his Junior Certificate Metalwork Project. Transition year student of the year 2014 was presented to Ciara Corkery for exhibiting qualities which Transition Year aim to foster such as initiative, maturity, self-confidence, application to work, showing consideration towards others and teamwork.
The sporting success of the students was evidenced by the large number honoured on the night. Team captain, Una Browne, led the camogie team to the stage to receive their Cork Colleges Senior A medals. The senior player of the year was awarded to Maeve Corkery; the Junior player of the year was awarded to Megan McCarthy and Karen Dennehy was awarded first year player of the year for being the most improved player of the year. Conor Smith, Liam Twohig and Cathal Crowley were recognised for their success on the football field. Athletics is a passion for a number of students who train diligently with their coaches in the clubs of West Muskerry, Donoughmore and Bandon. Sarah Kelleher, Jennifer Cotter, Stephanie Cotter, Sharon O'Sullivan, Stephanie O'Sullivan, Abby Browne and Adam Buckley were honoured for their successes in Track and Field. Special mention was also given to the students who have been successful at All-Ireland and World level - James Beckom, All-Ireland basketball champion; Luke Casey u14 All-Ireland soccer champion; Jenny Brew-Dinan and Ciara McCarthy u16 Cork ladies football All-Ireland champions; Niamh and Dean Looney for Irish and European success in Judo and sambo; Shannon Murphy and Emma Flanagan, European and World TaeKwonDo success.
Ciara Corkery, Paul Dineen, Thomas Kelleher, Tadhg Bradley, Ingrid O'Reilly, Leah Buckley, Marie Wallace, Tina Walsh, Becky Dineen and Amy Heelan were recognised for their fundraising initiatives, raising money for such worthy causes as Trócaire, Diabetes Ireland, Cancer Awareness Campaign and Irish Oesphogus Cancer and Donal Walsh Live Life Foundation.
The music department, under the direction of Ms. Colette Kidney, enthralled the audience throughout the evening. The most anticipated award of the night, Student of the Year, was awarded to Una Browne, a well -deserved winner and a popular choice.

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Daltaí na hidirbhliana ó Choláiste Ghobnatan agus múinteoirí Gearóid Ó Creimín agus Shane Ó Duinneacha ag 'Run In The Dark' timpeall cathair Chorcaí ©An Scoil

Nuacht ó Choláiste Ghobnatan

AWARE: Tháinig cainteoir ó AWARE go dtí an scoil chun labhairt leis an Idirbhliain faoi shláinte intinne agus mothúcháin. Bhi an-suim ag na daltaí toisc gur topaic an-tabhachtach í sláinte intinne i saol an déagóra sa lá atá inniu ann.
Gym: Thosaigh an idirbhliain ag freastal ar gym Physique i gCill Áirne tar éis an bhriseadh meán téarma. Chomh maith leis na meaisiní a usáid, bhain na daltaí triail as Zumba agus Yoga.
Gold of the Desert Kings: An tseachtain i ndiaidh an bhriseadh meán tearma ghlac na daltaí páirt sa chluiche bhoird "Gold of the Desert Kings". An príomh aidhm a bhí leis seo ná chun obair fóirne agus idirspleáchas a chur i bhfeidhm idir na daltaí. Baineadh an-taitneamh as an gcluiche.
Rith sa Dorchadas: Ghlac roinnt daltaí ón idirbhliain páirt i Rith sa Dorchadas a bhí ar siúl i gcathair Chorcaí. Rith an cuid is mó de dhaltaí 5 cilimeadar, ach bhain roinnt daltaí 10cilimeadar amach. An aidhm a bhí leis seo ná chun airgead a bhailiú ar son an "Mark Pollock Trust".
The Forestry Company: Mar pháirt den rang adhmadóireachta, chuaigh na scoláirí ar chuairt go foraois pleanáilte le "The Forestry Company" i Doire na Sagairt. Fuaireadar turas treoraithe den suíomh agus eolas ó Conor Daly, ceann des na stiúrthóirí. Léiríodh conas na crainn a chuir, cén saghas ithreach atá oiriunach do cén crann agus taispeánadh dhá saghas foraois difriúil dos na daltaí.
Le teacht fós:
Irish Heart Foundation: Beidh cainteoir ag teacht ón "Irish Heart Foundation" go luath chun labhairt leis an idirbhliain faoi shláinte chroí agus sláinte ghinearáilte.
Liebherr: Tá turas go Liebherr eagraithe mar pháirt den rang miotaileóireachta chun deantús craein a fheiceáil.
Sive: Beidh bliain a 4 ag freastal ar an dráma "Sive" a bheidh á chur i láthair san Everyman Theatre i gcathair Chorcaí an Déardaoin seo chugainn.
Nuacht na scoile:
CGAT: D'eagraigh an rang CGAT díolachán hot dogs ar son an charthanacht Marymount agus bailíodh €96. Chomh maith leis sin, eagraíodh Tráth na gCeist ar son Pieta House agus díolachán cístí ar son an "Donal Walsh Foundation". Bailíodh €220 do Pieta House agus bailíodh €226 don "Donal Walsh Foundation". Tá roinnt imeachtaí éagsúla á eagrú ag an rang CGAT dos na céad cúpla seachtaine eile cosúil le díolachan Candy Canes agus Seó Tallainne na Nollag.
Díospóireacht: Bhí an dara babhta den chomórtas díospóireachta Gael Linn ar siúl sa scoil le déanaí. Tháinig roinnt scoileanna eile chun díospóireacht a dhéanamh ar an rún; "Is maith ann iad Facebook agus na meán soisialta" Bhí ár fhoireann díospóireachta- Chloe Racine, Seosamh Ó Buachalla agus Eoin Ó Connaill ó bhliain a 2 a labhairt i gcoinne an rúin. Níor éirigh leo dul tríd go dtí an chéad babhta eile, ach ba mhaith linn traoslú leo ar an iarracht mhaith a rinneadar sa chomórtas.

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.


Christmas books for everyone.

Biography/ Autobiography

Margo by Margo O'Donnell €19.99. Life and Loves of a he Devil by Graham Norton €17.99. So Anyway by John Cleese €17.99. It's All in the Head by Majella O'Donnell €14.99. Down the Crooked Road by Mary Black €23.99. Full On by Ivan Yates €23.99. Conduct Unbecoming by Desmond O'Malley €24.99.


The Bloodied Field by Michael Foley €16.99. Kilmichael A Battlefield Study by Sean A. Murphy €19.99. T.K. Whitaker by Anne Chambers €28.99. Vivid Faces by R.F. Foster €23.99. Judging W.T. Cosgrave by Michael Laffan €30.00. The Green Divide by Michael Barry €25.


In My Own Words by Paul Galvin €20.99. Test by Brian O'Driscoll €22.99. Cake by Shane Curran €17.99. Dalo by Anthony Daly €20.99. Second Half by Roy Keane €22.99.


Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett €23,99. Desert God by Wilbur Smith €23.99. Bone Clocks by David Mitchell €16,99. Assassination of Margaret by Hillary Mantel €16.99. Grey Mountain by John Grisham €23,99. History of Loneliness by John Boyne €14,99. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult €16.99. Nora Webster by Colm Tobin €16.99. The Year I Met You by Celia Ahern €14.99. Woman who stole my Life by Marian Keyes €16.99.


Awful Auntie by David Williams €12.99. Danger is Everywhere by David Doherty €8.99. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney €14.99. Dork Diaries by Rachel Russell €12.99. Moone Boy by Chris O'Dowd €12.99. Brilliant by Roddy Doyle €11,99. Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo €12.99. Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilson €15.99. Santa is Coming to Cork €5.99.


Back to Basics by Kevin Dundon €22.99. Fast by Neven Maguire €19.99. Simply Delicious Christmas by Darina Allen €26.99. Bake Like an Italian by Catherine Fulvio €19.99. Food for the Fast Lane by Derval O'Rourke €19.99. Dinner by Domini Kemp €24,99. The Happy Pear by David and Stephen Flynn €19.99.

Miscellaneous .

Irish Mammies Christmas by Colm O'Regan €12.99. Simplest Prayer irish ranciscans €17.99. It's the Little Things by Francis Brennan €14.99. Heading for the Light by Colm Keane. €14.99. Love Your Home by Dermot Bannon €19.99. Saol by Catherine Conlon €12.99. Medium Sized Town by Ronan Casey €10.99. ICA Book of Tea €19.99. Do You Remember by Alice Taylor €16.99.

Many, many coffee table books. Truly something for everyone

At Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop, Macroom

Transfer of Farmland during Lifetime

Part Two - Continued

Do you want to transfer the family home in your lifetime or leave it pass in your Will? You may wish to transfer the family home now and retain an exclusive right of residence in the property for your lifetime. Sometimes the farmer may wish to gift the family home to another member of the family. You need to be practical here. The recipient of the farmland needs to live nearby, for example, when cows are calving in the middle of the night. Some farmers wish to retain sites or valuable pieces of land which can be sold now or later or to provide gifts to other children. Sites may need to be marked out by an engineer and this also takes time. Some farmers wish to include in the Deed of Transfer that the recipient will pay them a certain amount of money over a certain number of years in consideration of the gift to provide an income. Others wish to include a covenant in the Deed of Transfer that nursing home expenses will be paid by the recipient, if required. Other farmers wish to include a covenant in the Deed of Transfer that a certain amount will be paid by the recipient to other members of the family by a certain time. Some retiring farmers may wish to retain ownership of some of the farm for life as security and lease it to the successor to generate income.
Another important consideration for farmers is the fact that a person's income and assets are subject to a detailed examination to decide on the level of contribution which they must make towards nursing home costs. For farmers, there is a five-year "look back" rule and assets including the farm which they have transferred in the five-year period before entering in to a nursing home are included in the calculations. The only "safe" transfers are those where a clear five year period has elapsed between the time of the transfer and the first application for State support. This is a relatively new consideration for farmers when deciding whether to transfer land in their lifetime.
The identified successor to the farm needs to have all his or her agricultural education completed to avail of stamp duty relief and other incentives for young trained farmers. The successor needs to ensure that they will have viable ongoing income when they take over the farm. The successor should not be overburdened with debt due to family settlements or excessive lease or support payments to parents relative to the income generated by the farm.
If you are still undecided on what you want to do, do not use this as an excuse not to make a Will. Make a Will to deal with your assets until such time as you decide what to do. If you do not make a Will, your estate will pass according to the rules of intestacy. If you have transferred the farmland it is very important to ensure that you make a Will or update your Will. Good advice will make the task less daunting. Planning the transfer can be a difficult task for any parent, whatever the circumstances. However, it can be even more difficult if the transfer is unplanned through illness or the death of the owner. It is important for every landowner to make the decision on the future ownership of the farm business so that their wishes can be carried out. By not making a decision, you are planning to have your assets divided using the rules of intestacy i.e. you are leaving it to the state to decide these rules meaning that the farm could be divided among a number of your next-of-kin. This often results in family disputes and the outcome may be the break-up of the farm business. This is the time to get the item off the "to do" list. Government policy could change significantly over the course of a few budgets. If your decision is delayed, it may be more difficult to achieve what you want in the future.

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.

Sports Mad

Munster Club Championships

Senior Hurling Championship

First Round: Sarsfields lost to Kilmallock

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

First Round: Ballyhea lost to Lixnaw

Junior A Hurling Championship

Castlemartyr 1-16 Kenmare 0-10

Final: Castlemartyr v Modeligo of Waterford.

Senior Football Championship

First Round: Ballincollig 1 – 9 Austin Stacks 0 – 15 aet.

There was huge support for Ballincollig in Tralee for the new Cork champions first venture into the provincial championship and early on it seemed that Ballincollig's incredible season was going to reach new heights by claiming victory over the home side. Ballincollig got off to a great start and at the end of the first quarter led by 1-4 to 0-1. Young Cian Kiely had kicked over the first point after only two minutes, All Ireland star Patrick Kelly smashed home a goal four minutes later and John Kelly then punched over a point and Cian Dorgan pointed two frees. Stephen O'Donoghue was doing a superb job in curbing the threat of Kieran Donaghy at the other end, the Stack selectors eventually being forced to move the Kerry star to midfield, a move which yielded rich dividends for them. Stacks got five points in a row in the ten minutes before half time and at the break Ballincollig led by only a single point, 1-4 to 0-6.
Early in the second half, Ballincollig, now facing the breeze, lost their influential midfielder Ciarán O'Sullivan to injury and after five minutes play Stacks had taken the lead for the first time in the game, 1-4 to 0-8, and were now looking good for victory. Johnny Miskella had a Ballincollig point to level matters,, Stacks replied to retake the lead. Stacks raised the lead to two points in the 47th minute but Ballincollig refused to die and a great Sean Kiely run ended with a fierce shot which unfortunately went over rather than under the Stack's crossbar. Ballincollig kept up the pressure and in injury time the evergreen Johnny Miskella sent over the bar from over forty five metres to force the game into extra time, 1-7 to 0-10. In extra time Stacks kicked three points without reply in the first period and added a fourth point on the restart. Back came Ballincollig with points from Cian Dorgan and Miskella to keep their hopes alive but again Stacks raised the gap to thee points and Ballincollig just could not get through for the goal they needed in the time remaining.
Ballincollig scorers: P Kelly 1-0, J Miskella 0-3, C Dorgan 0-3 (0-2 frees), C Kiely, S Kiely and J Kelly 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: David Lordan: Luke Prendergast, Stephen O'Donoghue, Noel Galvin: John Paul Murphy, Liam Jennings, Cian Kiely: Sean Kiely, Ciarán O'Sullivan: Niall Allen, Patrick Kelly, George Durrant: John Kelly, Cian Dorgan, John Miskella. Subs: Peter O'Neill, Colin Moore, Ian Coughlan, Dylan Kerstein, Sean Lucey.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Valleys Rovers 1-11 Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) 1-8

Final: Valley Rovers v Ardfert at Killarney.

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Cill na Martra supporters record Sciath na Scol win Mike English

Junior A Football Championship

Millstreet 3-14 Naomh Eoin, Clare 0-9

Semi Final: Millstreet 0-8 Brosna 1-10

County JAHL Final

Ballinhassig 1-13 Cloughduv 1-9

Rebel Óg

Cork County Minor A Football Championship Final:

Ilen Rovers 2-13 Cill na Martra 1-9

Cill na Martra had a great opening twenty five minutes to this game and led by 1-9 to 0-3 at that stage. They allowed Ilen back into the game in the run up to the interval however and at the break it was 1-9 to 1-4. Unbelievably, Cill na Marta were not to score at all in the second half as the West Cork side got on top and piled on the agony. Early points from Danno Dineen, Michael Desmond and Anthony Cooney had the Muskerry Gaeltacht boys 0-3 in front after only three minutes. A goal from Dean McCarthy in the tenth minute doubled their advantage and early in the third quarter there were further points from Danno Dineen, Michael Desmond and Danno again to increase the lead and even though Ilen got a couple back Cill na Martra added three more points, two from Danno Dineen and another from Dean McCarthy to lead by 1-9 to 0-3 with five minutes to go to the break. Ilen then got in for the goal they desperately needed, added a point and so were only five adrift at the interval.

On the restart Ilen got on top around the midfield area and their forwards put the Cill na Martra defence under increasing pressure. Three quick points had the West Cork side in strong contention, they missed some glorious chances of points and Cill na Martra goalkeeper, Ky Salib denied them of a certain goal with a really brilliant save. Ilen continued to apply the pressure and the scores began to flow again and they drew level at 1-9 each and then struck for the vital second goal. Four points followed in succession and as Cill na Martra continued to draw a blank at the other end the West Cork side gained control. This game also acted as County League semi final and so Cill na Martra 's interest in that competition also ended with this defeat and Ilen went on to complete the double.

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 agus Donncha Ó Loinsuigh, Ryan Ó Caochlaíoch, Evan Ó Cathasaigh, Pádraig Ó hEaluithe.

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County football champions, Naomh Abán who defeated Aghabullogue in u18B County final ©Nora Ní Luasa

County Minor 'B' Football Championship – Final Replay

Naomh Abán 2-5 Aghabullogue 0-10

Naomh Abán took the county 'B' title after a massive contest with Aghabullogue in the replay of the final at CIT in Cork. Naomh Abán got a goal in less than 10 seconds straight from the throw in when Concubhair Ó Murchú broke through the Aghabullogue defence before firing in an unstoppable shot to the net. Aghabullogue recovered and were level by the 13th minute and the sides were level again at 1-1 to 0-4 after 19 minutes. Each side added a point to be still level at half time, 1-2 to 0-5.

Twice Aghabullogue took the lead but Naomh Aban's Conchuir Ó Riordáin shot a second goal in the 43rd minute to give the Gaeltacht boys a lead of 2-4 to 0-7 and they added a point early in the final quarter. They were not to score again and Aghabullogue scored three points to narrow the gap to a single point but could not get the equaliser.
Aghabullogue shot 14 wides over the hour, Naomh Abán had only three in total – hence they are now the county champions!
Naomh Abán: Gearóid Ó Luasa: Stiofáin Ó Murchú, Rónán de hÍde, Miceál Ó Ceallacháin: Cian Ó Suilleabháin, Brian de Róiste, Tadhg Ó Riordáin: Micheál Ó Duinnín, Concubhair Ó Murchú: Daithí Ó Tuama, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Dáithí Ó hAileamhain: Eoin de Roiste, Piarais Ó Liatháin, Conchuir Ó Riordáin. Fir Ionaid: Eoin MacCarthaigh agus Diarmuid Ó Meaghair, Concubhair Ó Luasa, Pádraig Ó Tuama, Colm Ó Meaghair, Diarmuid Ó Tuama, Eoin Ó Scanaill, Darragh Ó Laoire, Donal Ó Deasúna. Roghnoirí: Eoghan de hÍde, Seán Ó Loinsuigh, Donnacha Ó Ceocháin, Miceál Ó Scanaill.
Aghabullogue: Luke O'Connor: Paul Ring, Killian Cooney, Tim McSweeney: Denis Desmond, Niall Barry Murphy, Sean Dineen: Greg Long, Sean Lane: Mathew Bradley, Ian BarryMurphy, Billy Casey: Cian O'Hara, Aodán Healy, David Thompson. Subs: Sean O'Connell, Colm Dennehy and Daniel O'Rourke, Gavin O'Flynn, Barry Fitzpatrick, Shane Tarrant and Christopher Murphy.

Rebel Óg County Minor C Football League Final

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-11 Clondrohid 1-7

In the recent county championship final, Clondrohid had come out on top by a point but in the league final at Baile Mhuirne the boys from the Muscraí Gaeltacht reversed that earlier result with a one point win after another very exciting game.
Béal Átha clearly wished to end their season on a high which they duly did after withstanding a late Clondrohid fightback. Ballingeary led 0-8 to 0-2 at half time after dominating the first half with points from Diarmaid Mac Thomáis (4) Conchuir Ó Loingisigh (2) Seamas Ó Tuama & Donagh Seartan. Clondrohid took control in the 2nd half however and scored a goal after 40mins. They then launched attack after attack on the Béal Átha goal and struck the bar with 5mins to go. However Béal Átha scraped through by a point thanks to 'best on the day and captain Cian Fielstein, Dara Ó Ceallacháin and Donagh Seartan who ran themselves into the ground and carried lots of ball in heavy conditions. Béal Atha scorers: Diarmaid Mac Thomáis (0-5) Conchúir Ó Loingsigh (0-2) Seamas Ó Tuama (0-2) Donagh Seartan (0-2).

U 16 County A Hurling Championship Final

Cloughduv 1-16 St Catherine's 1-7

The Cloughduv U16 Hurlers have finished the year in style by winning the U16A County Championship in a hard fought game against a spirited St. Catherine's team in Ballincollig. Unbeaten in all competitions in 2014, (having recently been crowned Rebel Óg East Champions, East League Winners, and County League winners) Cloughduv, who were expertly coached by the very experienced Jon Darby throughout 2014, were very determined to finish the season with a clean sweep in all competitions. Despite being late in the year for hurling, the pitch in Ballincollig was in good condition and both sides had big support, having built up quite a rivalry this year. Initial first half exchanges were even until Brian Hinchion struck for a wonderful goal to but some daylight between the teams. However, St. Catherine's fought back with a well taken goal of their own. Cloughduv upped the pressure for the rest of the first half with well taken scores from Darragh Walsh, Sean Flanagan, Mark Walsh, Jamie Buckley and Greg Fitton to finish the half with an eight point lead on a score of 1-10 to 1-02.
St. Catherine's started the second half very well, but the Cloughduv defence proved too strong and determined and repelled a number of attacks on goal. Points were traded throughout the half but Cloughduv were always in control and finished with a well-deserved win on a final score of 1-16 to 1-7, to spark great celebrations amongst the Cloughduv players, supporters and mentors. It capped off a great year for this team which didn't lose a single game and captured 4 trophies along the way.

Cloughduv : Cormac O'Driscoll, Richard O'Brien, Jack Murphy, Padraig O'Leary, Eoghan Curzon, Eoghan Clifford, Shane Corkery, Gavin Hickey, Mark Walsh (0-07), Darragh Walsh (0-02), Sean Flanagan (0-03), Jamie Buckley(0-02), Brian Hinchion(1-0), William Ronan, Greg Fitton (0-02).

Subs: Sean Browne, John O'Mullane, Liam Wall, David O'Keeffe, Gearoid Grainger, all used and Luke Elliot, Dara Cronin, Sean Warren, Fionn Warren, Dylan Kierans and Patrick Hayes

U15 Hurling Championship Final

Inniscarra 2-11 Carrigtwohill 1-11 aet

Carrigtwohill led Iniscarra by seven points with ten minutes remaining but Scarra battled on and secured an equalising goal from Dylan Church in the dying seconds to force extra time, the score 1-9 apiece. It was still level after the first half of this extra period but Inniscarra then struck for their second goal from Michael O'Connell and this was enough to secure the victory.
Inniscarra: Dave Óg Colman: Ciarán Lombard, Callum Morris, Liam Doyle: Jamie O'Sullivan, James Buckley, Con O'Leary: Liam Buckley, Owen McCarthy: Michael O'Connell, Liam Ryan, Sean Doyle: Ardal O'Connor, Colin O'Sullivan, Edward O'Connor> Subs: Jonathan Scannell, Dylan Church, Mark Mcloughlin.

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Muskerry GAA/ Auld Triangle Sports Award winner for October, Patrick Kelly, Ballincollig GAA, receiving the award from Michael O'Riordan. Also included are Patrick's parents, Kathleen and John, brother, Bryan and fiancée, Sarah. © Mike English

Auld Triangle and Muskerry Sports Star Award for October

Patrick Kelly of Ballincollig was the recipient of the Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Restaurant Sports Star Award for October. Patrick was honoured for his contribution to his club Ballincollig's historic first ever Cork County Senior Football Championship title victory and for his leadership all year long in the campaign.

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Naomh Fionnbarra who defeated Ballinora in the u14 Mid Cork final ©

2014 Muskerry Sports Star

The October award is the last of eight monthly awards for 2014 and from these eight winners an overall Muskerry Sports Star of the Year will be selected by the panel of judges and honoured at a Presentation Dinner in January. The eight Muskerry sports personalities honoured this year were –

March: Seán Kiely, Ballincollig U21 football, Cork U 21 and UCC Sigerson Cup. April: Fintan Goold, Macroom and Muskerry footballers. May: Briege Corkery, St. Val's, captain of Cork Ladies National League Champions. June: John O'Callaghan, Inniscarra, captain of Cork Intermediate hurlers, All Ireland Champions. July: Peter Kelleher, Kilmichael hurlers. August: Mícheál Ó Croinín, Naomh Abán footballers. September: Rena Buckley, Inniscarra, Cork Camogie, All Ireland Champions. October: Patrick Kelly, Ballincollig senior football.

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Ovens N.S. boys' and girls' Football teams and their trainers, who won the Sciath na Scol finals recently in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. ©Donagh Glavin

Munster Colleges

De La Salle, Macroom 1-11 Clonakilty Community College 2-15

Beaten in the final last season, De La Salle Macroom will have great difficulty to reach the play off quarter final stage of this year's Senior A Football Corn Uí Mhuirí competition, after losing their second game in the group to Clonakilty Community College at Kilmichael. In the group, heading into the final round of games, Tralee CBS have two wins from two games played, Ballincollig's Coláiste Choilm have one win and one defeat, as have Clonakilty. DLS have no win from their two games and all depends on the results of the DLS v Col. Choilm and Tralee v Clon games to determine which two teams will emerge to progress to the quarter finals, Tralee and Col Choilm being the most likely duo.
De La Salle got off to a great start with a goal in the very first minute from Marco Healy and they followed on with points from Joe Ryan, Alan Quinn (2 frees) and Don Creedon, to lead by 1-4 to 0-2 after the opening quarter. It was all Clon in the second quarter however and at half time the score was 1-7 to 1-4 in favour of the West Cork side who had been playing with a strong wind. On the restart, DLS began to cut into the Clon lead and with points from Kevin Murphy, Alan Quinn, Trevor Tobin, Quinn again and Marco Healy, were on level terms after ten minutes, the score being 1-9 each. One would have imagined that the momentum was with the Mid Cork boys at this stage but Clon went three points clear, only to be partially reined in by points from Finbarr McSweeney and Joe Ryan, Clon leading by 1-12 to 1-11 now with eight minutes left to play. Clon finished the stronger however with two further points followed by a smashing goal to end the uncertainty and then had a final point to finish well clear.
De La Salle: Ciarán O'Donoghue (Kilmichael): Jack Cronin (Macroom), Pádraig Hinchion (Kilmurry), Liam Wall (Kilmurry): Kyle Kelleher (Kilmurry), Finbarr McSweeney (Iveleary), Kevin O'Dwyer (Macroom): Cathal Foley (Kilmichael), Marco Healy (Kilmurry): James Berhanu (Kilmurry), Chris Foskett (Macroom), Alan Quinn (Macroom): Kevin Murphy (Kilmichael), Joe Ryan (Kilmurry), Don Creedon (Macroom). Subs: Trevor Tobin (Kilmichael), Sean Quinn (Clondrohid).

McEgan College 2-18 Killorglin Community College 2-04

McEgan College progressed to the next round of the Munster Under 18.5 Football Championship after a comfortable win over a well drilled Kerry outfit. The first half ebbed and flowed, with not much between the teams, but goals in the second half from the Cork team saw Macroom over the line. Stand out performers on the day were Darren Dineen (Clondrohid) and Brian Corcoran (Clondrohid) who marshalled the midfield with considerable authority and Donncha Lynch (Cill na Martra )who kicked an impressive 1-6 from play. Well done to McEgan College and best of luck in the next round.
McEgan Team: Secott Lucey, Ian O'Neill, John Stephen O'Riordan, Conor Kelleher, Davin Forde, Jordan Burns, Conor Corkery, Darren Dineen (c), Brian Corcoran, Timmie Desmond, Mícheál Horgan, Donncha Lynch, Dylan Cawley, Cian O'Leary, John Martin Lehane.

County Football Leagues 2014 Rochestown Park Hotel

Division One:

Winners: Carbery Rangers. Runners Up: Nemo Rangers

Relegated: Aghada and Naomh Abán.

Division Two:

Winners: Clyda Rovers, promoted along with Runners Up: Valley Rovers.

Relegated: Glanworth and St Michaels.

Ballincollig, Macroom and Beál Átha'n Ghaorthaidh all finished in the top half of the table.

Division Three:

Winners: Éire Óg, promoted along with Runners Up, Fermoy.

Relegated: Grenagh and Na Piarsaigh.

Cill na Martra and Ballinora finished in mid table.

Division Four:

Winners: Carrigaline, promoted along with runners-up: Mitchelstown.

Aghabullogue finished in mid table.

Muskerry GAA Annual Meeting

The Annual General of Muskerry GAA Division will be hosted by Dripsey club at Griffin's Garden Centre on Monday 8th December at 8 pm. All competitions in the division have now been completed and playing activities are therefore at an end until the New Year. All the outgoing officers on the Executive have been returned for another year, all unopposed: Cathaoirleach: JJ Long, Kilmurry. Leas- Cathaoirleach: Pat Malone, Éire Óg. Rúnaí: William Buckley, Dripsey. Cisteoir: John Crean, Aghabullogue. Oifigeach Forbartha: Frank McCarthy, Ballincollig. Oifigeach Caidrimh: Daithí Ó Laoi, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Pádraig Ó Céilleachair, Baile an Choillig. County Board Delegates: Paddy O' Mahony, Inniscarra and John Crean. The executive is completed by the election of two members from the board delegates and this election is held in January. The outgoing members were John Feeney, Dripsey and Donal Ó Cróinín, Cill na Martra.

Éire Óg – Minor County Champions

Éire Óg 3-12 Boherbue 1-10

In near perfect conditions Éire Óg Minor Footballers made history for the club by winning their first ever Ladies Minor A County Final. A fantastic match that brought the best out of both teams was decided by a brilliant defensive display from the winners in the second half. From goalkeeper Jane O'Sullivan to Grace Collins at no. 10 who possibly gave her best ever display to hold the Boherbue girls scoreless until 3 minutes to go in the 2nd half. Grainne Cahalane can be well pleased with her marshalling of Julie Dennehy at full back and Sheena Murphy mopped up a lot of loose ball in the right corner. Some fantastic block downs by Aoife O'Callaghan at centre back really led her line well and in midfield the tireless running by Aoife Nic a' Bhaird. Early scores by both teams set the tone and in the 6th minute when Aine Cronin was brought down, Eimear Scally made no mistake with the resulting penalty. Boherbue were quickly back on level terms after some excellent points from Evie Casey and Julie Dennehy and further pressure on the Eire Óg defence saw Boherbue lead by 3 points with half time looming. However some brilliant work by Laura Cleary and Ruth Murphy resulted in Eimear Scally scoring two frees on the stroke of half time to leave Boherbue in front by the narrowest of margins 10pts to 1-06.
Eire Óg got a lucky break at the start of the second half and the ball was in the Boherbue net. This score certainly settled the winners and they played some beautiful football. Boherbue were fighting for their lives but a solid defence and hard running midfield kept them pushed back and when Caitlin Brennan scored a third goal for the winners there was no way back for Boherbue and Éire Óg captain Eimear Scally lifted the cup on behalf of her delighted teammates.
Éire Óg: J O'Sullivan. S Murphy, G Cahalane, L.A Ó Se, J Coleman, A O' Callaghan, M O' Leary (01), A Nic A bhaird, R Murphy (01). G Collins , L Cleary(01), A Cronin, E Cleary, E Scally(2-09), 1 pen 07 frees. K McCarthy, C Brennan(1-0), G Holmes, T Murphy, A McSweeney, N Desmond< K Nagle, G Murphy.

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Find the player who was to earn at least 13 All Star Awards © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Ladies A.G.M.

Macroom Ladies Football AGM took place on Thursday 20th of November in the Castle Hotel. There was a good attendance. The year was reviewed by the various officers including reports from the treasurer, secretary and team coaches. The very good year had by the u14s (reaching u14 final) and u12s (reaching u12 semi-final) was relayed to the meeting. Officers were then put forward for the coming year: Chairperson Margaret Buckley, Secretary Eileen O'Mahony, Assistant Annette Munro, Treasurer Una Horgan, PRO Emer O'Leary. There was also a lot of enthusiasm and interest for the club on the night but more support and help is needed to ensure the future of the club. Thanks to all who attended and we look forward to seeing ye all in the New Year.

Macroom GAA

Macroom GAA held its Annual General Meeting at the club pavilion and the following officers and committee were elected for the coming year: President: Michael Darcy. Vice Presidents: Eddie Downey, P. J Lehane, Canon Donal Roberts and Hugh Casey. Chairman: John O'Mahony. Vice Chairman: David Murnane. Secretary: Pat O'Connell. Asst. Sec.: John Ryan. Treasurer: Pat Crowley. Asst. Treas.: Brendan Kenneally. Irish Officer: Con Lynch. PRO: John Ryan. Child Protection Officer: to be appointed by Committee. Membership Officer: Stephen O'Connor. Board Delegates: County – John O'Mahony, Mid – Brendan Kenneally. Executive Committee: Don Buckley, Kevin Hinchion, Conor Buttimer, Tom O'Sullivan, Tim O'Sullivan, Denis Buckley, Diarmuid Holland.

Macroom Soccer

Unplayable pitches: With the deteriorating weather over recent weeks, a large number of fixtures were postponed. Hopefully conditions will improve but the most likely outcome is that many more fixtures will be lost over the winter months. This is a hugely frustrating time for players, managers and supporters alike. And indeed it seems the most recent years since the big freeze of 2010 have been by far the worst, with teams regularly not playing for up to seven or eight weeks at a time. With the League of Ireland having changed its season to run from February to October a number of years ago, perhaps a debate on a similar change throughout junior soccer is not too far away. Obvious benefits would include a better standard of pitches throughout the summer months, not only for games but also training sessions. There would be less need for clubs to rent all weather, floodlit venues to accommodate training during the winter. This is a huge financial burden on clubs. Also 'summer soccer' would definitely prove more attractive for supporters with better weather encouraging more people to attend games. Of course any possible change would clash with other popular codes in Ireland but that's not to say everyone could not be accommodated. There are long evenings from April to September each year and midweek games could become the norm. Having said that, the challenge of managing fixtures would be a huge undertaking. And there would also be logistical problems running off provincial and national cup competitions if all leagues throughout the country were not aligned. However, the sporting youth of Ireland is of great importance to the future of the country, so regardless of what sport is being played, surely the best time for any young player to reach their potential is to train and play when both the conditions and facilities are at their peak. Having said all that, it remains highly unlikely that any change would come about in the near future.

Presidents Cup Quarter Final, Castlelack 1 Macroom B 2 (aet)

Macroom have qualified for the semi-finals of the third division cup, thanks to a narrow but deserving win over hosts Castlelack. This was a game Macroom dominated for large parts but the competitive nature of the home side meant that 110 minutes of football was needed to separate the sides. The opening period was frantic with tackles flying in and it was one such tackle that changed the course of the game in the visitors favour. A straight red card was issued to a Castlelack player after a very poor attempt at winning the ball. The home side battled on in a mainly defensive set up and it was scoreless at the break.
Macroom upped the pace in the second half and the deadlock was broken on the hour mark. Barry Fitzgerald got to the right byline and pulled back a great ball. Andrew Hegarty was floored as he went to shoot and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Barry Kelleher stepped up and made no mistake.

The visitors continued to press and Padraig Harrington saw his header tipped around the post by the home keeper. Macroom were comfortable at this stage but with time almost up Shane Keane was harshly penalised for hand ball. A penalty was awarded and scored so it was on to extra time.

Early in the opening period, Castlelack were reduced to nine men after a late tackle. Macroom kept up the pressure and were rewarded two minutes from the end. This time, a through ball looked to be going harmlessly wide until the home keeper clipped the ankle of Barry Kelleher and the referee awarded a hotly disputed penalty. Noel Leahy took the responsibility and made no mistake to send a jubilant Macroom into the semi-finals. This was another excellent result and keeps Macroom's' momentum going with a number of vital league games coming up. They entertain Castlelack in league action this coming Saturday at 2pm.

U14 Division 1: Macroom 2 Everton 0.

The U14's had a good win last weekend at Murrayfield when they had to grind out a 2-0 result against Everton. The home side had the better of the chances in the first half but some very good defending from Everton kept it scoreless at the break. The opening goal came after six minutes of the second half when Dennis Dullea linked up well with Caelum Lynch on the left wing and Dullea's perfect cross was finished neatly by Mateusz Juszczak. The next twenty minutes was evenly contested with the visitors having more of the play but they were unable to trouble the Macroom keeper. The three points were wrapped up with late on when Lynch delivered a delightful cross field ball to Dylan Twomey. Twomey got beyond the last defender and finished well from a very tight angle. It was a solid performance as Macroom had not played in a month but some improvements will be needed for the league fixture away to Corinthians at the weekend.

Under 11 Division 5, Crosshaven A 4 Macroom A 2.

Macroom A travelled to Camden for their latest league encounter. The visitors started slow and were hit by two quick goals. Following this, Max Wyczynski and Darren Moynihan combined well down the left flank and Macroom were awarded a penalty when Wyczynski was brought down in the box and he duly converted from the spot. With Macroom on top now, a sloppy goal was conceded and that had Crosshaven going in at the break with an undeserving 3-1 lead. The home side won a penalty shortly after the break which was converted leaving Macroom with a big task to get anything out of the game. But every player dug in and Darren Sweeney finished superbly from close range to cut the deficit. Macroom's work rate was excellent now with Colm McSweeney and Alan Desmond having outstanding games. The considerable pressure on Crosshaven finally told when the referee awarded a penalty for a high tackle. Up stepped Jenson Ward who was very unlucky to see his shot come back off the post. Both sides had further chances but the final whistle left Macroom losing out 4-2. A great effort all round with Darren Moynihan and Eoghan O'Brien giving excellent performances.

Soccer Fixtures:

Premier A League, Dillons Cross Athletic v Macroom A, Silverheights, Sun Nov 30, 10 45am Division 3 League, Macroom B v Castlelack, Town Park, Sat Nov 29, 2pm Under 11 League, Macroom v Ballincollig, Murrayfield, Sat Nov 29, 10.30am Under 11 League, Macroom A v Lakewood Athletic, Murrayfield, Sat Nov 29, 11.45am Under 13 League, St. Marys v Macroom, St. Marys Park, Sat Nov 29, 10.30am Under 14 League, Corinthian Boys v Macroom, Castletreasure, Sun Nov 30, 10.30am Under 15 League, Macroom v Avondale Utd, Murrayfield, Sun Nov 30, 10.30am

Photo Captions v11e23 November 13

NB. Christmas Shoeboxes Pics 1- 3, 21 – 23, 35, 38, 39, 60.