Autumn into Winter © Lee Valley Outlook
Remember infant loss on Fri 16th Oct at 7.30pm in the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road
Book Launch Ancient Sweet Donoughmore. Fri Oct 16 at 8p.m. in the Community Centre, Stuake.
Crookstown Ceili Club on Sat 17th Oct. at 9.30 p.m.
Book Launch In Praise of Bees. Sat. Oct. 17, 8.30p.m. at Mills Inn, Ballyvourney.
Fundraiser for Laura O' Riordan on Sat, Oct 17th in the Bell Inn, Clondrohid.
Lee Valley Speakers meet on Tues. Oct. 20th at 8p.m. in Fr Ryan Hall, Macroom.
Book Launch: of Pat Kelleher's book in Clondrohid Hall on Thurs Oct 22 at 8pm by Alice Taylor.
Bingo fundraiser for Rusheen N.S. on Thurs Oct 22nd at 8.00pm in Aghinagh GAA Hall.
Brothers at White Horse Inn on Thurs, Oct 22nd at 8.30.
Monster Halloween Disco at Dromleigh NS, Kilmichael, Fri, 23rd Oct 7pm.
The Rally Macra na Feirme Annual Conference at Riverside Park Hotel, Sat. Oct 24.
Race Night for Laochra Óg in Murray's Bar Macroom on Oct 24th at 9 p.m.
Twinning Meeting Macroom GAA Pavilion Thurs. Nov. 5, 8p.m.
Story time Saturdays at 12 noon.
Ciorcal Cainte. Thurs. Oct. 22 at 11.30a.m. .
Pitchi, Puppet Show in Briery Gap, Thurs. Oct. 22 at 3p.m.
ACOL Bridge Wed. Oct. 28 at 10.30a.m.
Gramophone Circle Fri. Nov. 13 at 11a.m.
Lucinda Sly Sat 17th Oct 8.00pm .
Timbutu Mon 19th Oct 8.30pm.
Comhaltas Macalla na hÉireann 2015 Tue 20th Oct at 8.00pm
It's The Real McCoy Fri 30th and Sat 31st Oct @ 8.00pm.
Marshland Mon 2nd Nov 8.30pm.
Red Hurley Thurs 5th Nov @ 8.00pm.
Clouds of Sils Maria Mon 16th Nov 8.30pm.
Force Majeure Mon 20th Nov 8.30pm.
First Year group 2015 at De la Salle College Macroom. ©An Scoil
Despite increasing traffic problems, Macroom again increased its mark in the 2015 competition, gaining one mark in each of the categories. The Tidy Town's Committee was congratulated on its excellent work, getting good voluntary support, publishing a yearly newsletter and encouraging the local schools to earn green flag status and in turn, support the Tidy Towns committee. The Castle Demesne was highlighted as a significant amenity, the park catering for the needs of all members of the community. The work that has been done on the paths and the connecting bridge has made the park more accessible. The beautiful roses at McEgan College make a lovely impression at the entrance to the demesne. The information boards were commended as was the gym equipment along the route and the newly erected bat boxes. The Castle hotel, the Town hall, JC Murphy's pub all earned favourable comment as did the lanterns and hanging baskets. St Colman's Church, the local schools and the Grotto were all praised. The children's playground came in for special mention as did Bealick Mill and Heritage centre with its display of farm machinery. Admired were the trees on Main Street and the superb stone landscaped beds Some areas of untidiness and signs needing cleaning were highlighted. Controlling litter is a community effort and should not be left solely to the Tidy Towns committee. Educating people to dispose of their litter in a proper manner is important. Macroom Enterprise Centre is a modern facility that the town is very fortunate to have. It helps people manage their waste. Setting up of residents associations with support from the Tidy Town group is a positive way of encouraging estates to take responsibility for their own areas. Running best estate competitions and best garden is recommended. Unoccupied houses and businesses create more work for Tidy Towns committees. The preparation of a draft register and working with the County Council is the right direction to take in addressing these issues. The approach roads to Macroom are extremely busy and traffic through the town moves slowly. The verges are well maintained with some lovely landscaping. Overall judgement: the town is progressing well.
Members of the Lee Valley Enterprise Board with Tom Loomis in Philadelphia ©
Recently a delegation from the Lee Valley Enterprise Board's St. Patrick's Day Committee visited Philadelphia to make arrangement for a return visit of the Woodland String Band for the St Patrick's Week Festival 2016. The Americans will visit Macroom from Friday March 11th to Saturday March 19th and Pat O'Connell, Chairman of the Lee Valley Enterprise Board, stated that this influx of visitors will be of great financial benefit to the town and the whole Lee Valley region. Various tours will be arranged for the group and the Woodlanders will perform at jam sessions at pubs and hotels around the town. It is also hoped that the band will entertain Primary School children from the Lee Valley at the Briery Gap during their stay in Macroom and, of course, they will take part in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Their return will add colour and life, not to say volume, to the 2016 Parade.
Woodland String Band President, Tom Loomis, stated that members of Philadelphia's Woodland String Band and their families and friends are already looking forward to March 2016 when they hope to celebrate St. Patrick's week and march in the best parade in Munster. The band will have over 20 playing members and 15 marshals. In total there will be close to 150 Americans visiting with the band. Having missed coming in 2015, the band has been counting down the days until they arrive back in Macroom on March 11, 2016. Tom Loomis extends his sincere thanks to the Lee Valley Enterprise Board and all of the people of Macroom who open their homes, hearts and rooms to the group every year for the St. Patrick's Day visit.
St. Mary's Student Council Members 2015 ©An Scoil
Basketball. 28th September, the U16 and Senior Teams played Davis College, Mallow in Macroom. St. Mary's Senior team won and the U16 team were defeated. October 6, the 1st year and U16 teams played North Pres. at Neptune Stadium and both teams won.
Football. Junior footballers began their championship campaign on September 25 against St. Mary's Secondary School Mallow. Despite the girls' best efforts, Mallow proved too strong and ran out convincing winners. We wish to extend our congratulations to our past pupils, Briege Corkery, Vera Foley, Marie Ambrose and Mairead Corkery who won the All-Ireland Senior football title for a 10th time in 11 years against Dublin. Comhgáirdeachas ó chroí dóibh.
Student Council Members 2015. 1st Year Leah Coughlan Ava Rose Gallagher. 2nd Year Aimee O'Herlihy Rebecca O'Regan 3rd Year Lorna O'Connor Sophia Burke 4th Year Karla O'Shea Michelle Crowley Lydia Costello Rebecca Payne 5th Year Catriona Grainger Shaunagh O'Sullivan Bronagh Desmond Claudia Maier 6th Year Amber Harley Laura Wills
World Champion Congratulations to Serena Pierce 5th year who won gold and broke the world record at the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation European Championship in Italy recently.
Science. Congratulations to Kate Bradley and Sarah Doyle who were invited to participate in the Irish Science Olympiad at the end of October in DCU. The girls were chosen by the State Examinations Commission based on their exceptional results in both Mathematics and Science in the Junior Certificate examinations.
Open Evening was held on Tuesday, 29th September. An enthusiastic group of sixth class girls and their parents attended. Mr. Cooke addressed them and then they went on a tour of the school.
Buddies. On the 28th September, forty-six First Year students, accompanied by seven students from 4th Year who have acted as 'Buddies' during September and two members of the teaching staff, Miss Cahalane and Miss Healy, attended a bonding trip at West Cork Secret Gardens between Kilbrittain and Timoleague. Under the watchful eye of trained instructors, the girls took part in a series of activities and challenges which built confidence, leadership and friendship, qualities that are vital to any successful team. After a welcoming shower and change of clothes, the girls relaxed over very tasty stone baked pizza. The activities included participation in a military assault course, an obstacle course, water slide and a forest run. A great day was had by all. Thanks to the 'Buddies' for all their hard work and care to our new first years.
Comórtas Filíochta. Ghlac daltaí na scoile páirt i gcomórtas filíochta Daonscoil An Ghúgáin. Bhuaigh ceathrar duais ag an gcomórtas. Ella Ní Chuirtín – Aistear. Clodagh Ní Iarlaithe – Sainmhíníonn sé seo dom. Eimhín Ní Mháthúna – Mo Dhaideo. Karina Ní Chuirtín – Ar an mbóthar go Crócaigh. Comhgáirdeachas libh!
Transition year students recently travelled to Cappanlea Outdoor Pursuits Centre at which they participated in hill walking, kayaking, orienteering, rock climbing and other team building activities.
Food Festival Transition Years students, Eimhin O'Mahony and Maeve Kelleher represented St. Mary's at Macroom Food Festival, Schools Cook Off Competition with their dish, Trio de Janeiro.
Walking with Olive St Mary's Secondary School launched their "Healthy Exercise Lifestyle Programme" with Olive Loughnane, World Champion race walker. Olive spoke about the importance of scheduling exercise into one's daily routine, while Nutritionist, Anneliese Dressel from "The Healthy Hub" in Ballincollig, talked about how counter-productive it is to have a "treat" after exercising. All three year groups were led on a walk through the Castle Grounds by Olive and were given smoothies and platters of fruit and vegetables afterwards. For the next four weeks, first, second and fourth year students will have one class period a week of exercise outside of PE classes. The girls will be exposed to four activities: Boxercise, Balance and Coordination, Skipping and Brisk Walking. The school is mindful of the need to educate its students on the importance of exercise with a view to sustaining a healthy body and a healthy mind.
McEgan College Awards. Best Leaving Cert Applied, Martin McCarthy. Best Junior Cert, Aoife O Driscoll. Mr Brendan O'Brien (Former Principal) and Best Leaving Cert, Aisling O'Driscoll ©An Scoil
The annual awards ceremony to celebrate student's achievement took place on Friday 25th September in the College. Students' talents and abilities were recognised in endeavour, attendance, sport, enterprise, commitment to the community and academia. The event was attended by Fr. Joe O'Mahony, School Chaplain, Mr. Brendan O'Brien, former Principal, Ms. Olive Loughnane, World Champion Walker, Ms. Deirdre Creedon CIT, Ms. Nora O'Leary, Parents Association rep, Mr. Josh Mullen, Students Council rep, Ms. Margaret Corkery Deputy Principal and Ms. Patricia Lynam, Principal, staff and students.
Worthy recipients included the overall student of the year, Aishling O'Driscoll, now studying Home Economics and Religion teaching in St. Angela's College, Sligo. Aishling achieved 550 points in her Leaving Certificate, scoring A1s in Biology, Business and Home Economics. Other awards presented were the Sean Shannon Perpetual trophy to Tadgh Lane, Clondrohid, and Paul McDonnell memorial trophy awarded to Conor Healy.
Fr. Joe welcomed everyone to the ceremony. He encouraged compassion in the light of the refugee crisis. Mrs. Margaret Corkery acted as MC. Mr. Brendan O'Brien remarked on the excellent hard work being achieved by the student body and the teachers in the College. Ms. Olive Loughnane emphasised the importance of regular exercise for a healthy mind and body. School Principal Ms. Patricia Lynam congratulated those about to receive awards, putting special emphasis in her address, on her pride in the wonderful achievements of all the students of McEgan College.
Former Macroom pharmacist, Jack Kerins with Cormac and Irene Deasy at the official opening of the store at Main Street. © Lee Valley Outlook
Bank Holiday. Closed Saturday 24th for the Bank Holiday Week End. Dating of items borrowed will be adjusted to take this closure into account. Items may also be renewed online if you have a PIN on your account. Ask at the library desk to have this assigned. Many thanks to Joan Cronin for a very enjoyable Gramophone presentation this month. We look forward to our next event on Friday, November 13th with Theresa Tangney and Mary McSweeney.
The Purlies have hung their Halloween display of knitted items in the Children's section. They are fabulous. Do call in to see them and also the paintings by 'The Clondrohid Art Group' which are equally worth a viewing.
Thursday 22nd, at 3pm., as part of the Children's book festival, we are co-hosting a puppetry theatrical event in the Briery Gap. Called 'Pitschi' and all about a kitten, it is staged by Fideri Fidera, has had great reviews from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and we hope all our young Macrompians enjoy it. The show is free of charge and suitable for 2-7 year olds. It is not necessary to book tickets in advance.
Ciorcal Cainte with Nora Levis takes place at 11.30 a.m on Thursday 22nd. Bígí linn. Beidh cupán tae ar fail freisin. Bridge takes place on Wednesday 28th October at 11a.m. Storytime by a member of staff, takes place at 12 noon Saturdays (excepting Bank Holiday week-ends) for 3-8 yr olds. Duration 45 minutes. A recent development in our service is to print off the driving licence application form for anyone who does not have internet skills. Unfortunately, we have to charge the print rate of 15 cents per page and it is a ten page document, but it's an option anyway. When time and staffing levels allow, we are willing to help library members access online forms. As a guideline, between 10 and 11 a.m Wednesday to Saturday is the optimum time for this.
Joan Cronin presented the October Gramophone Morning at Macroom Library and it was a delightful feast of good music. Joan and her husband, Ted, celebrated their Diamond Jubilee, 60 years together, in September and one felt that many of her choices reflected those happy and eventful years. Romance was high on the agenda: Nelson Eddie with My Hero; Love will find a Way from Maid of the Mountain; Plaisir d'Amour by Bellini with Richard Tauber; We'll Gather Lilacs and I'll Walk Beside You. Other numbers reflected Joan's taste and philosophy – The Merriest Fellows are We, Vienna, City of my Dreams with Richard Tauber, James Galway playing Allegro from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, The Fairy Tree by John McCormick, A Bachelor Gay am I, Beidh Aonach Amárach, Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair, Pavarotti singing La Donna e Mobile from Rigoletto, I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls with Cara O'Sullivan, In a Monastery Garden and I Have a Dream.
The November Gramophone Circle will be co- presented by Mary McSweeney and Teresa Tangney on Friday 13.
The Briery Gap, Macroom will host Comhaltas Macalla na hÉireann on Tuesday, 20th of October at 8:00pm. It's the only Cork venue selected for the 2015 show. Each year, the National Tour assembles a fine mix of established artists together with up-and-coming young stars in a colourful show which appeals to both the connoisseurs and peripheral fans of Irish traditional entertainment. Macalla na hÉireann brings over two hours of the best of traditional entertainment. Fear A' Tí for Macallla na hEireann 2015 is the legendary singer and raconteur, Seán Ó Sé. This year's Comhaltas tour includes a presentation which commemorates through Irish song, music and dance and narration, the long sequence of events that led to the 1916 Rising. Comhaltas has 420 branches worldwide, promoting the music, song, dance and language of Ireland. It has 18 cultural centres and upwards of 50,000 volunteers. Tickets €12.
Timbuktu Monday 19th October @ 8.30pm Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, proud cattle herder Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith.
Furious 7 Monday 26th October @ 8.30pm Admission €5. After defeating international terrorist Owen Shaw, the crew have separated to return to more normal lives. However, Owen's older brother, is thirsty for revenge. A slick government agent offers to help Dom and company take care of Shaw in exchange for their help in rescuing a kidnapped computer hacker who has developed a powerful surveillance program.
Marshland Monday 2nd November Two homicide detectives must settle their differences to bring a murderer to justice before more young women are killed.
Clouds of Sils Maria Monday 16th November
Force Majeure Monday 20th November.
Sleeping Beauty. Briery Gap Christmas Pantomime 2015- Rehearsal and registration date: Children's chorus Monday (Bank Holiday) 26th October at 3.30pm until 4.30pm. Numbers Limited. Adult chorus: 4.30 to 5.15pm (Bank Holiday) 26th October). New members very welcome. Enquiries - 026 41793
Lucinda Sly written and directed by John McKenna. Saturday 17th October 8.00pm. Tickets €15/€12.
Comhaltas Macalla na hÉireann 2015 Tuesday 20th October at 8.00pm. Tickets €12
Sullane Players present It's The Real McCoy, written by Tommy Marren, Friday 30th October and Saturday 31st October @ 8.00pm. Tickets €12/ €10
Red Hurley Thursday 5th November @ 8.00pm. Tickets €20
Sullane Players present Pretend Sick 6th and 7th November @ 8.00pm. Tickets €12 and €10
Johnny McEvoy 13th November @ 8.00pm. Tickets €25
Early NCT Offer Beware! Motorists have recently been invited by the NCT to avail of early testing to avoid the New Year rush. This states 'A vehicle may be tested up to 90 days before the expiry of your current certificate without affecting the due dates'. However, additional NCT rules state that 'Vehicle passes more than 90 days ahead of mandatory test ....next test date is reset to anniversary of this voluntary test. Vehicle passes within 90 days of a mandatory test --- next test date is unchanged. Vehicle passes one or more months after a mandatory test .....next test date is unchanged. The moral of the story - it costs you to look too far ahead even though the NCT invites you to do so way in advance of the 90 days.
An Invitation to Remember Cork University Maternity Hospital will hold their annual Service of Remembrance on Friday 16th October at 7.30pm in the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road for anyone who has experienced pregnancy or infant loss. Light refreshments will be served after the service and there will be an opportunity to meet the hospital staff and other parents. Additional parking is available in the adjacent UCC Western Gate Building, Western Road, Cork. 021 4920500
Crookstown Ceili Club. Céilí on Saturday 17th October commencing at 9.30 p.m. Music by The Breens. Refreshments served. All are welcome.
Lee Valley Speakers meets on October 20th and on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month in Fr Ryan Hall, Barrett Place, Macroom at 8pm.
Bingo Fundraiser. Rusheen N.S. Parents' Association are holding a Bingo fundraiser on Thursday, October 22nd at 8.00pm in Aghinagh GAA Hall. All are welcome including children from 3rd class upwards. The night promises to be a bit of craic, with lots of prizes to be won.
Brothers. Random Players present 'Brothers' upstairs at 'The White Horse', Ballincollig on Thursday, October 22nd at 8.30. Admission €5. 'Brothers' is a piece of theatre devised and directed by Maurice McGillicuddy for two actors, Brendan O Sullivan and Dixie Collins. It deals with two bachelor brothers who decide that a night spent talking and relaxing in the home they share together might be good for the soul. Aided by music, song and dance they discuss and dispute some of the critical times in their lives, past and present.
Monster Halloween Disco at Dromleigh NS, Kilmichael, Friday, 23rd October. Doors open 7pm. All families of ghosts and ghouls are most welcome. Boogie on down with DJ Danny Zumba (7.30pm) face painting, raffle, teas/ coffees and treats, all for only €5 per family. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Come along for a spooktacular evening.
Walk in the Park. The Trustees of Macroom Castle Demesne are in the process of tarmacking the footpaths and walks in the grounds. Following the completion of the new bridge across the river - a joint venture with Macroom GAA - people are enjoying the walks in the area much more. A large section of the path from the New Bridge has been recently completed, with the help of a generous grant from Cork Co Council. The Trustees will continue to tarmac the other footpaths on the grounds in time and hope this valuable amenity will be enjoyed by all.
Jack & Jill Fundraiser: Joe and Tanya Foley, together with their children Ella, James, Anna and Joseph, wish to thank all those who supported and those who helped organise their recent fundraiser in memory of Baby John. €6,544 was raised for The Jack & Jill Foundation which will provide home nursing care to seriously ill children. There was a great atmosphere on the morning and a wonderful sense of community spirit. Sincere thanks to everybody involved.
European Powerlifting Champions. Father and daughter, Tony and Serena Pierce, were most successful at the European Powerlifting Championships in Italy. Tony won the Masters Squat while Serena won the u16 Squat title and, in doing so, broke the World Record. They were sponsored by Pat Melia of mymacroom.ie
Rainbows Peer Support Programme assists children who have suffered a bereavement either through the separation or death of a parent, sibling, friend etc. It helps them to find healing and growth through the pain. It doesn't need to hurt forever. Commencing November. For application form contact Macroom Family Resource Centre, Phone 026 20561.
Comhlacht Tithe Soisialta agus Forbairt an tSulain Teo from Ballyvourney have been awarded an Community Integration Award from The Irish Council for Social Housing. Comhlacht Tithe have been commended for their ability to interact with all of the state agencies to achieve the necessary services for the people of the community, for their commitment to rural life and the community living there and their excellent model of how to sustain a Gaeltacht community. Committee board members, Michael Ó Ceallacháin and Jermiah Quill, were presented with the award at a function in Tullamore in September.
Macroom G.A.A Lotto Results 29/09/15. Jackpot €2000. Numbers 5-11-31. No Winner. €70 Denis Noonan, Sally Garden, Macroom. €20. Caoimh Creedon, Inchigeela Leah & Ella Goold, Gurteenroe, Tricia Daly, Millbrook Close, Macroom Michael Lucey, Gortnalicka, Clondrohid Denis Kelly, 24 Barrett Place.
1-10-15. Jackpot €2200. Numbers 1-6-29. No Winner. €70 Judy O'Sullivan, Kilnagurteen. €20 Maureen O'Mahony, Aherla Ben & Adam O'Riordan, Castle |Street, Macroom. Kate Lyones, Clondrohid Emer Murphy, Glenleigh, Kilcorney Conor Buckley, Lower Farran, Ovens.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Sept. 30.. No Winner of €9,600 Jackpot €70 – Dan O'Regan, Codrum. €20 – Ian Godfrey, c/o P.O.; Siobhan Vaughan, Kilnamartyra, Michael Lucey, Kilgobnet. Trevor O'Brien, The Hermitage.
Oct. 7.. No Winner of €9,800 Jackpot €70 - Mary D. Ambrose, Rusheen €20 - Margaret Burke, Crookstown. Maureen O'Sullivan, Crookstown. Ciara Creedon, Aubane, Millstreet. Martin Cremin, Cill na Martra
Kilmurry GAA Lotto 28 Sep 2015. Jackpot €1400. Numbers 20,35,36. No winner. €20 Ayla O'Sullivan, John Falvey, Stephen O'Donoghue, Michael McSwiney.
Coachford AFC Lotto 5/10/2015, Jackpot: €1,200, Numbers Drawn: 12 – 20 – 29, No Winner: €40 Lynn O'Leary, €20 Mary O'Mahony, Paddy Martin, Mags, Paul Murphy (Yearly Ticket).
Cork Opera House hosted the first public presentation of Peadar Ó Riada's latest compositions at 'Mo Ghille Mear', a concert that included a concerto for uilleann pipes in three movements and new arrangements of old favourites on October 1. Piper, Mick O'Brien, was accompanied by the magnificent Camerata Chorcaí, a professional chamber orchestra conducted by John O'Connor, C.I.T. School of Music. The audience enjoyed the wonderful concerto which started with a lively, echoing movement, followed by a slow, traditional piece which led to the final romp in the Hop Store.
Helen Ní Shé, presenter of An Saol ó Dheas at Raidió na Gaeltachta, was an entertaining and informative bean a tí. She ably introduced the performers, including the inimitable Cór Cúil Aodha, and Sean Ó Sé, who had just launched his biography, An Poc ar Buile – The Life and Times of Seán Ó Sé.
In the second part of the programme, under the baton of Peadar Ó Riada, composer, musician & choir director, the choir sang their most popular numbers that included Go mbeannaithear Duit, Samhradh, Samhradh, Through Banks of Mist, Bímís ag Ól, The Banks, Im Long mé Measaim, An Poc ar Buile, Táimse im Chodladh, Níl 'na Lá, Mo Ghile Mear and Amhrán na bhFiann.
Full house at American Tea Party fundraiser in Clondrohid Hall ©Maria Healy.
Rusheen N.S. Parents' Association are holding a Bingo fundraiser on Thursday, October 22nd at 8.00pm in Aghinagh GAA Hall. All are welcome including children from 3rd class upwards. The night promises to be a bit of craic with lots of prizes to be won.
American Tea Party: All roads led to the Community Hall for this most successful event. The craic, the food and the entertainment was top class at the 2nd American Tea Party organised by the Development Group to raise funds ,to support all their ventures and pay the bills. They would like to thank all those who hosted tables and all their guests who gave freely of their hard earned money to support them. A special word of thanks to all those who donated money to the fund and prizes for the raffle. The same businesses and individuals support them each year and without their help, it could not survive. Thanks to the Hall committee for use of hall and to Peter Lane for sound equipment. The entertainers outshone themselves, there was a mixture of music, song and dance by all local people. A special surprise on the night was the young dancers from Clondrohid, Ballyvourney, and Ballingeary, who are off to Brighton in March 2016 to compete in the WIDA World and European Irish Dancing Championships. We wish them well. Thanks to all who helped out on Friday night and again on Saturday night to make it a success.
Fundraiser for Laura O' Riordan, Macroom, on Saturday, October 17th to sponsor her trip to the World full Power Powerlifting Championship in Gela, Sicily on October 31. The event will include a table quiz and raffle in the Bell Inn Clondrohid. Hot food and sandwiches will be served and lots of sponsored spot prizes from the local businesses.
Book Launch: The long awaited book, ' Bishop's Island' by Pat Kelleher, Mount Cross, will be launched in the Community Hall Clondrohid on Thursday night October 22 at 8pm by renowned author and story teller, Alice Taylor. A tremendous amount of work by the Kelleher family has gone in to the production of this book so your support would be much appreciated.
Set Dancing: Teddy has resumed his dancing classes in the Hall, every Tuesday night at 8pm. Come along and enjoy.
Tidy Towns: Clondrohid once again increased its marks from 248 to 254. The judges' report included praise for the entrance to the Community Field with its two Mill Stones; the Community Creche and playground; tree planting in that area; the bright painting of school and community hall; the trees by the side and the neat and tidy Bring Bank. The Church also was admired, as was the Spar shop and post office; The Tavern, a superb stone building and the bridge over the river Foherish with its bright and colourful with hanging baskets. The raised bed landscaping at the community field was admired, also a splendid landscaped area with seating across from the Tavern. Some nice plants along the top of the wall were admired. The houses on the approach roads and along the streetscape were well presented with neat gardens and colourful hanging baskets and window baskets bringing a splash of colour. Well done to the residents in the housing estates on managing their own estates and presenting them to such a high standard. The approach roads have splendid planting at the village signs with neat verges. Clondrohid was a pleasure to visit and adjudicate. You are making good progress in the competition, doing good work developing and enhancing the village. The negatives would need to be tackled but can only be done if the Development Group can get a few energetic new members to join up with them, with new ideas and driving force.
Carriganimma Run/ Walk: The organisers of this fundraiser would like to thank all participants in this September event. Up to 210 men, women and children took part in a great community effort. The organisers would like to thank everyone who helped, all their sponsors for making it a great enjoyable occasion A total of €2,800 was raised, which will be divided equally between Millstreet and Macroom Hospitals. The presentation will take place in the pub, Carriganima on Saturday Oct 17 at 9.30pm.All welcome.
Gorta Self Help Africa: annual church gate collections in Clondrohid and Carriganima on the last weekend of October, Sat 31 / Nov 1. Your support as usual would be appreciated.
Coachford Autumn Broomhill Vintage Festival members, Conor O'Riordan, treasurer; Tadhg Murphy,Chairman and Dan O'Riordan, present a cheque to Friends of Macroom Hospital, Anne O'Mahony, Mary O'Brien and Catherine Coughlan. © Lee Valley Outlook
Huge Gain. Coachford Tidy Towns gained 25 points in the 2015 competition, its highest jump since the group first entered the competition four years ago. It marks a real improvement for the hard working committee. Big gains were achieved in litter control, approach roads and the built environment and streetscape. The appearance of Coachford Childcare Centre, the national school and Coachford College received positive comment. Dairygold Co-Op, O'Callaghan's Bar, O'Riordan's Bar were commended for their floral displays. Cooney's Garage, the Grotto and the old church and graveyard also received special mention. The welcome to Coachford sign and Boat near O'Donovan Engineering were also praised in the report. The small plaques describing the Cooper and his trade were lauded, as was work carried out at the old carpet shop and on the approach roads and planting. Commenting on the judging, Chairperson of Coachford Tidy Towns, Martha McCaffery said," We are delighted with this year's score and the judges' remarks. The work that the Foróige club carried out with us on Brosnan's caught their eye. We would especially like to thank Oliver O'Riordan for the huge amount of work he has done and the work that the local businesses and schools put into making their premises more presentable; Michael O'Riordan's work on the Cooper signs and the homeowners in Knockanowen It is disappointing to lose marks due to careless spraying of herbicide. We still have a lot of work to do but this is a great boost and we look forward to making the village more presentable and a nicer, cleaner and more attractive area in which to live." The full report and marks can be viewed at http://www.tidytowns.ie/u_reports/2015 in the Cork West category.
Coachford Festival Donations. Broomhill Vintage Club presented cheques to nine charities from the proceeds of Coachford Autumn Festival. Macroom Hospital and Sullane Haven received €1,500 each at a presentation at Macroom Hospital. On Saturday night in O'Riordan's Bar Coachford, Suicide Aware (€4,000), Marymount Hospice (€1,500), Coachford, Aghabullogue and Rylane National School Parents Associations (€500 each), Coachford Tidy Towns (€1,500), and Coachford Christmas Lights (€500) all received their cheques. "It's the best part of the whole festival. We love being able to donate the money to the various charities. We all look forward to giving away the money. We thank the Sponsors, the supporters, the volunteers and Aghabullogue GAA who provided the excellent facilities" said Tadgh Murphy, Chairperson.
Aghabullogue survive. Aghabullogue will be playing Intermediate hurling again next year having defeated Barryroe in the relegation playoff final in Brinny on a score of 2-11 to 1-11. The game was far from a classic and the result was in the balance right up to the final whistle. The win means that once again Aghabullogue will be one of the few clubs who will have both a football and hurling team in the intermediate grade. Meanwhile Dripsey continue to prepare for the County Intermediate Final on Sunday October 25th. The Village is festooned with blue and red flags and buntings and the area is full of excitement in advance of the eagerly awaited game.
Coachford College is to be part of a pilot project to support the development of a new model for allocating additional teaching resources to schools for pupils with special educational needs. It will take place in 47 schools during the 2015/16 school year. Following a selection process designed to ensure that as full a range of schools as possible would be represented, to take account of disadvantaged classification, gender mix, school size and sector,47 Schools (28 primary schools and 19 post primary schools) have agreed to participate in the pilot project on a voluntary basis. This is a very positive development for parents of children with special educational needs in the catchment area.
Election Pressure. Members of Aghabullogue Coachford Rylane Community Council are appealing to everyone living in the area to put pressure on all public representatives and candidates in the upcoming General Election to ensure that the proposed sewage and water upgrades (from D to A listing) for Coachford are implemented immediately by Irish Water, to ensure the survival and future development of the village. Coachford and its schools are important to the whole parish and the wider area.
Football Victory. Aghabullogue footballers were the toast of the parish recently as they secured a famous victory over Glanmire in the U14 Premier 2 championship Shield Final. This was a truly David versus Goliath encounter as Glanmire were hot favourites to win this game. However the boys from Aghabullogue had other ideas and secured a famous win on a score line of 1.11 to 1.08. The Aghabullogue coaches had put a lot of work into preparing the lads. The game was in the balance right up to the final whistle but the goal scored by Tadgh Bradley proved decisive. Great celebrations took place once the ref decided that time had elapsed and as Killian Barry Murphy collected the trophy, a huge cheer erupted from his 21 team mates. The future of football in the parish looks to be in good hands.
A great gathering at Cronin's farm Clohina Cill na Martra at the start of the walk for the annual Gougane Sunday Mass. ©Joan McLoughlin
Valley Wheelers cycling club held the national hill climb championships recently over a tough course on the outskirts of Ballingeary. The event was attended by cyclists from all over the country and they were treated to the spectacular scenery of Lough Allua and the surrounding valley when they reached the top, helped greatly by the fantastic weather on the day. The main event was won by Tralee man, Denis Dunworth, in a superb time of 13.41 over the 6.6 km course. Valley Wheelers got their first national medal when Francois Mousset claimed 2nd place in the m60 event. This was followed up by local woman, Siobhan Dineen claiming gold in the women's category, a fantastic achievement by both cyclists and well deserved. The club would like to thank the sponsors, Macroom Motors, Macroom Tool Hire, Cafe Velo, Firebird, Macroom Nutrition Club and O Sullivan Cycles Killarney. Also a big thank you to the organising committee, local residents, Ballingeary GAA, Gardaí and everyone who helped with refreshments on the day.
This event was followed up the next day by the club's annual Trasna na nGleannta charity cycle. Again a great turnout of cyclists took part in this great fundraiser for the Irish Pilgrimage Trust. Well in excess of 200 people took to the roads of Cork and Kerry on one of the three challenging routes. This event is organised annually by club stalwart, Paudie Dineen, and his committee of friends and helpers . Again their luck held out and another fine morning allowed the cyclists to take in the breath-taking scenery en route. The club and organisers would like to thank the Top of Coom and the Bridge Bar, Ballylickey for the use of their premises for the food stops. Also the Kilnamartyra GAA, local people who gave so generously of their time to help with stewarding, baking, food preparation, tea and coffee etc. Mile buiochas.
The Rally. The coopsuperstores.ie Macra na Feirme Annual Conference will take place over the October Bank Holiday weekend, Friday 23rd to Monday 26th October, in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork. The Rally, being hosted this year by Muskerry Macra, has events to suit every member..
The Agricultural Conference section of the weekend will be held in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom, in the heart of the Muskerry Macra Region, on Saturday the 24th October at 2pm following farm tours in the morning.. Buses will depart the Rochestown Park Hotel at 9am and will bring attendees to the farms and then onto the Riverside Hotel for lunch and the conference. The beef and dairy tours will each visit two farms and will have independent facilitators to ensure focussed and worthwhile discussion. There will also be an alternative tour looking at some entrepreneurial agricultural businesses. Dairy farms to be visited are that of Michael Bateman, a dairy farmer milking 500 cows on a 170ha platform near Crookstown and the farm of Gerard Buckley, Laharn, with 170 cows on his 52ha milking platform. The Dairy tour will be facilitated by Aidan Brennan, a dairy specialist with the Irish Farmers Journal.
The Beef tour will be facilitated by Anthony Dineen, the local Teagasc advisor and will visit the farm of Niall O'Mahony in Crookstown. Niall purchases and finishes about 550 head of cattle each year, formulating his own feeds, using barley produced on the farm. A factory representative will attend to discuss specifications and to look at animals which are fit or not fit for slaughter. The second Beef farm is that of Ger Dineen, a Teagasc Better Farm participant, with a suckler to beef enterprise, farming 31ha. An ICBF representative will be present to discuss using indexes and physical evaluations of an animal in order to choose the perfect replacement.
The theme of the Conference is "Inspiration for this generation; taking the next step". The key goal is that those attending leave in a positive frame of mind, psyched up and motivated to overcome the challenges facing them in their farming careers. Topics under consideration include Land Mobility, the supports and obstacles within CAP, and the personal skills key to a young farmer to deal with these issues.
European Commissioner for Agriculture; Phil Hogan will be attending the conference, which will be chaired by Bryan Hynes (the Chair of the Ag Affairs Committee) and by Seán Finan the National President. It's an excellent opportunity for Macra na Feirme to deliver a message to the commissioner, highlighting the need to and the value of investing in young farmers. A panel discussion amongst young farmers will consider topics of vital interest to them, their personal challenges and ambitions.
Other weekend events include Reeling in the Years themed fancy dress, Club of the Year competition and a farm safety demo as well as many more. Bands J90, Ian Hendrick Band & Deuces Wild will be providing entertainment over the weekend, as well as DJs including Red FM's Colm O'Sullivan. Full event details are on www.muskerrymacrarally2015.com.
Donoughmore Macra is proud to announce that they have made the last fourteen in the Macra na Feirme Club of the Year competition which recognises Macra clubs' achievements throughout the year and is the highest accolade a club can achieve. From the top 14 clubs, seven are chosen to go on to the National final at the Macra na Feirme annual conference in the Rochestown Park Hotel October 24.
The 2014-2015 officers did trojan work ahead of the interviews in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. It was a truly remarkable year for the club, between strengthening ties with the local community, gaining sixteen new members and creating the innovative feeder club within Coachford College school. Club members eagerly await the results!
A skillnet meeting was held by Seandun Macra recently for a farm cert. This was to organise subsidised agri courses. Donoughmore Macra had members in attendance who found the night extremely beneficial. In stock judging competitions, members took part in the beef stock judging in Macroom marts and Diarmuid Lee and Brian O Reilly came second in the U-23 and Over 23 competitions respectively. Congratulations go to Stephen Hartnett and Shane Healy who came first in these competitions. The sheep stock judging was held in Dunmanway. It was a very successful morning for our members with Edel O Connell, Alan Twomey, Brian O'Reilly and Sean Wallace all coming in the top four. Edel and Alan will now progress to the next round. Muskerry round of impromptu public speaking took place in Aghinagh after the regional meeting. Donoughmore had an impressive seven entrants and Meig Collins came away with the title, with Diarmuid O'Connell a close runners up. Novice debaters, Ian O'Connell, Diarmuid Lee and Marie Wallace convincingly opposed the motion that "Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac" but Fermoy Macra were the winners while Marie Wallace came home with the Best Speaker award. Congratulations to all.
Upcoming events include team public speaking, the rally and welding. New members always welcome. For more info on the club check out:www.facebook.com/donoughmore.macra, Twitter at www.twitter.com/dmoremacra or contact 089-2059115.
A young James Sheehy with a collection of his trophies. ©Dennis Dinneen Collection
James Sheehy was a phenomenal schoolboy athlete - arguably the best Macroom has produced. With pure natural talent, he took the Irish Schools and senior athletic scene by storm. Between 1960 and 1964 he won 13 All-Ireland College titles in 5 different events and single-handedly won the intermediate shield for De La Salle, Macroom in 1961 and 1962. In 1964 he won an athletic scholarship to Cornell University in the U.S.A. Later he became an artist of national and international importance and he lectured in art in The Limerick College of Art and Design. He now lives just off the Model Farm Road in Cork. I recently had the great pleasure of meeting him and listening to his story.
James was born at home in Cork Street in 1945 to Margaret (née Kelleher) and Connie, the youngest of 3 children; Katherine passed away in 2014 and Pat lives in Ballyverrane. Connie was not only a very successful painter and decorator but an accomplished fisherman, very adept at making his own fishing flies. He was multi-talented and witty. In later years he also painted in the other sense, as did Katherine. Margaret's family came from Cork Street and had a long association with the town. Connie's forebears are buried in the Church of Ireland graveyard in Castle Street, a sure sign of true Macroom lineage.
Margaret's father, Jim, competed in walking races and two of his brothers, Seán and Con Kelleher, played football for Macroom and Cork in the early 1900s. Seán was also a prominent athlete and at one time held the Irish quarter mile record. Both emigrated to the U.S and were members of the Cork football team in New York from 1910 to 1916. One Macrompian wit was once praising James to his father, but added 'he didn't get the talent from your side of the family'.
The convent was James's first school and he later attended The Boys' National and was quite happy there. Classmates included Barry O'Brien, Micky Dunne, Denis Leahy, Donal McIlwraith, Gerard 'Roger' Healy, Peter Kelleher, PJ Curtin, and Frankie Corcoran. James remembers racing around the circular driveway in the convent and from wall to wall in the National. He was a natural sportsman, good at football and he captained Macroom to a School Shield County in 1959. He discovered his jumping ability when he found that he could 'spring' much higher that his classmates in competitions to touch protruding shop signs. He had no particular mentor but the teachers were supportive and took him to sports meetings. In his first outing to the Cork School Sports in the Mardyke in 1957, he broke the record for the under 14 high jump.
He went to De La Salle in 1958 and continued to excel in football and sports. Interestingly, there was a history of athletics in the school and he mentioned that Niall and Myles Fitzgerald, Barrett Place, had won All-Ireland pole vaulting schools championships in the 1950s. The school had high jump and pole vault standards, a bamboo pole for vaulting, a javelin and there was a sand pit in the Canon's field. Only one track suit was available and in competitions it was shared; the top went to the runners and the bottom to the jumpers.
There was no coaching on hand but he had the strong support of the teachers and the backing of the Macroom Athletic Club. Athletes learned from colleagues, books, and the occasional Pathe newsreel shown in the Palace Cinema. Other local contemporary athletes included John O'Sullivan, Dinny O'Callaghan, Martin Fitzgerald, Colman McSweeney and Humphrey Lynch. The county athletic scene was strong, with annual sports meeting in many villages and towns, and they allowed athletes to develop skills in a friendly and competitive way. He remembers cars leaving Macroom with athletes most Sundays from June to September. At the venue and as a jumper, his first task was to dig the pit, and then remove the stones. Occasionally saw dust was provided. The sports meetings also included bicycle races; these were exciting as often there were crashes at the final bend. As well as innumerable cups and medals, he won ware, cutlery sets and suit lengths. To be continued.
Con Kelleher, Oakwood.
James Sheehy, Macrompian, artist and athlete ©Con Kelleher, Oakwood.
Over the last twelve months many farmers have found themselves being actively canvassed by solar farm developers looking to secure locations for solar farm installations on their lands. Farmers considering getting involved with large scale solar power schemes should think carefully about what is in store. The prospect of additional income will always be welcomed by farmers and landowners but many are signing contracts with installers without taking legal advice or talking through the issues with their Teagasc Advisor and other professionals. There are plenty of contractual aspects to consider before signing on the dotted line.
Essentially a Solar Contract is an agreement between a developer and landowner which involves the developer arranging for the design, planning, financing and installation of the solar energy system on a farmer or landowner's property at little or no financial cost to the landowner. The developer remains responsible for the operation and maintenance of the system for the duration of the agreement. At the end of the term a landowner may be able to extend the term or have the developer remove the system or choose to buy the solar energy system from the developer.
There are two common types of deals being offered by developers namely exclusivity deals and option agreements. Exclusivity deals effectively tie the landowner in to one developer for a certain period while that company investigates whether it is worth progressing the project. The developer carries out initial investigations about the viability of a site safe in the knowledge that the landowner cannot deal with a competitor. Option agreements allow the developer to lease the land once planning permission has been obtained. Generally the developer looks for a 1 to 5 year option period. If the term is longer it should be accompanied with milestone payments. You should also consider inserting a clause that Planning Permission should be applied for by a certain time.
Exclusivity deals and option agreements are some of the most onerous legal documents you can sign. You could be effectively restricting your land for 25 years and upwards. Exclusivity deals and option agreements also prevent you from discussing the agreement with anyone. You should not sign anything until you and your advisors have examined the agreement thoroughly.
If the developer is granted planning permission and requires the land, the developer is entitled to insist that you execute the Lease and you will have solar installations on your land for normally 25 years. The landowner receives an annual rent for allowing the equipment to be installed. When the option agreement is signed, you have also agreed the terms of the lease. The lease cannot be renegotiated later. If the development cannot go ahead, the option is not exercised and the Lease does not become operative. Consequently, the option payment may be all that is received by a landowner. It is up to you to negotiate terms that suit you and ensure that you are fairly compensated for the risk and onerous terms.
Even though high rents are attractive farmers need to be happy as they are entering into a long term arrangement. 25 years is a long period of time to rent out part of your land. The farmer should bear in mind any issues that may evolve over time. Part 1 of 3
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.
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People in at-risk groups are warned to get vaccinated against influenza which can lead to severe illness and death. The HSE provides the flu vaccine free of charge to those in at risk groups which are:
Everyone aged 65 years and over
Anyone over six months of age with a long term illness requiring regular medical follow-up such as chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, diabetes or those with lower immunity due to disease or treatment
Residents of nursing homes and other long stay facilities
It is important for all those in the at risk groups to be vaccinated again this year as the virus strains in the vaccine have changed since last year. Some people in the at-risk groups may also need to be vaccinated against pneumonia. This is not required every year.
While there may be some minor, temporary reactions to the vaccinations, be assured that the flu vaccine cannot give you the flu as it does not contain any live flu virus. This year's seasonal flu vaccine protects against the three common flu virus strains expected to be circulating this year.
The vaccines and consultation are free for those with a Medical Card or GP Visit Card. All others will be charged a consultation fee. Those aged 18 years or older in the at risk groups may attend either their GP or pharmacist for vaccination and those under 18 years should attend their GP.
For more info go to www.immunisation.ie Information leaflets are also available in GP surgeries, pharmacists and HSE Local Health Offices.
Mid Cork teams will be involved in four county championship finals in the coming weeks, two in hurling and two in football and will contest at least four county league finals as well.
In Intermediate hurling, DRIPSEY, the surprise packet of that championship, will meet hot favourites Charleville and will hope to continue their giant killing feats for at least one more game.
In the Junior A Hurling decider, CLOUGHDUV will be outsiders against Dungourney but can deliver, as they have continued to improve with each recent outing.
UIBH LAOIRE, Mid Cork football champions after a thirty year barren spell, are in the County Junior Football final against Bandon and will be determined to seize this golden opportunity of making history (and reversing the only previous meeting between the teams, in the county final of 1929!).
In Junior B Football, the BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH second team, winners of the Mid Cork B championship, face Ballinacurra and will attempt to add the county championship title to the county league title already won and so complete a great county double.
Mid Cork teams are also involved in many of the county league finals with both Ballincollig and Naomh Abán in the Div. Two decider, Cill na Martra in the Div. Three final, Aghabullogue in the Div. Four final and Uibh Laoire in the Junior A final, all in football.
Kilbarry girls delighted to meet Rhóna Ní Bhuachalla at the homecoming of the Cork Ladies All Ireland Champions 2015. ©Nóirín Uí Thuama.
St. Val's 1-11 Mourneabbey 1-11
2014 Senior Football County Champions, Mourneabbey, took on the might of St. Val's in the 2015 final at CIT on Saturday, October 10. Between them, the teams featured 11 of the Cork Senior All Ireland panel of just a fortnight ago but now the stars, including Briege and Mairead Corkery, Vera Foley and the O'Sullivan sisters faced each other in an epic battle. It was a game of two halves – St. Val's in ascendancy in the opening 30 minutes, reflected by the half time score 1-8 to 0-4. Captain, Caoimhe Creedon, Briege Corkery, Aoife Plunkett, Joanne Down and Ciara McCarthy all added to the scoreline. But the second half was a different story with a transformed Mourneabbey side notching up 1-7, with a mere 3 points coming from the Muskerry women. But for an uncharacteristic wide from Mourneabbey's Doireann O'Sullivan in injury time, it would have been all over for St. Val's. The replay in Carrigaline on Wednesday, October 14, after just four days, came too late for us to cover, due to printing deadlines but we wish the St. Val's side the very best now and in the future.
Scorers for St. Val's: Caoimhe Creedon 1-2; Aoife Plunkett 0-3; Joanne Down 0-3; Ciara McCarthy 0-2; Briege Corkery 0-1.
St. Val's: Mairead O'Sullivan, Marie Ambrose, Liz Coholan, Aisling Kelleher, Claie Ambrose, Sinead Cotter, Vera Foley Briege Corkery Mairead Corkery Ciara McCarthy, Louise Coholan, Eva Dunne, Joanne Down, Aoife Plunkett, Caoimhe Creedon, Subs Ciara Hughes Claire Byrne.
P.S. Unfortunately, St. Val's lost the replay 0-9 to 3-9.
Semi Final Replay: Sarsfield's 4-15 Erin's Own 1-14
Final: Glen Rovers 2-17 Sarsfield's 1-13
Castlehaven 1-13 O'Donovan Rossa 1-10
Nemo Rangers 1-11 Carbery Rangers 0-13
Final: Castlehaven v Nemo Rangers
Newcestown 1-18 Mallow 1-16
Valley Rovers 1-14 Ballinhassig 0-15
Final Newcestown 1-23 Valley Rovers 0-8
Inniscarra 2 -16 Kilworth 1 – 13
Inniscarra were playing for their Premier status and their pride at Mallow and showed that they should never have been in this situation with a display full of skill and passion. Scoring heroes for Inniscarra were Daniel O'Connell and Aidan O'Mahony who between them contributed 2-11 of the winner's tally, full forward O'Connell getting 2-3and O'Mahony on the wing slotting over 0-8, 0-7 from placed balls.
Inniscarra started in determined fashion and Dan O'Connell had two early points to settle them in. Kilworth responded with a point but back came 'Scarra with points from Aidan O'Mahony and Tomás O'Connor before Dan O'Connell had his first goal on the 10 minute mark. Kilworth replied with two points but Aidan O'Mahony then hit over three points in a row and when O'Connell had his second goal it gave Inniscarra a lead of 2-8 to 0-4 at the break.
On the restart, Kilworth had two quick points but with Aidan O'Mahony in lethal form from frees, Inniscarra always managed to keep a decent margin between themselves and the North Cork men. A late Kilworth goal was a fair reward for their efforts but Dan O'Connell fittingly had the final score of the game to ensure his side of a victory fully deserved and achieved in great style.
Inniscarra scorers: D O'Connell 2-3, A O'Mahony 0-8 (0-5f, 0-2 '65'), T O'Connor 0-2, C Casey, J Casey and J O'Callaghan 0-1 each.
Inniscarra: John O'Keeffe: Brian Gould, Ger Burke, John O'Callaghan: Kevin Burke, Conor Buckley, Alan Sheehan: John Casey, Seán O'Donoghue: Tim Murphy, Colm Casey, Aidan O'Mahony: Kieran Rice, Daniel O'Connell, Tomás O'Connor. Subs: Seán O'Callaghan 52, Stephen Dornan 58, Frank Olden 60.
Final: Carrigaline v St Michaels
Final: DRIPSEY v Charleville
Mayfield 2-15 Kanturk 2-10
Fermoy 1-8 Glanworth 0-6
Final: Fermoy v Kanturk
Relegation Play Off: Millstreet 2-8 Adrigole 2-8 – a draw
County Junior A Hurling Championship
Semi Final: Dungourney 3-16 Ballymartle 1-12
Final: CLOUGHDUV v Dungourney on Sunday October 25th in P. Uí Rinn.
Quarter final: Knocknagree 1-19 Fr O'Neill's 1-5
Semi finals: Iveleary 2-15 Ballyclough 0 - 7 (Replay)
Bandon 1-13 Knocknagree 1-7
Final: IVELEARY v Bandon on Saturday October 24th in P Uí Rinn.
Iveleary 2 – 15 Ballyclough 0 – 7
Iveleary junior footballers are through to the county final and a decider with Bandon after the Mid Cork champions inflicted a heavy defeat on Ballyclough in the replay of their county semi final at Mourneabbey under lights. It was by any standard a fine performance and it should sent the Uibh Laoire men into the decider in good heart, confident in their ability to take a first county junior title for their club. Ballyclough were not at their best however and Bandon will be a different proposition in the final if they too reproduce the form they have shown to date and as they did in their demolition of Knocknagree in the second semi final at Macroom. The final however does represent a glorious opportunity for the Iveleary men to make history.
Iveleary settled early in the perfect conditions and even though it was Ballyclough who scored first through Teddy O'Shea, points from Brian Cronin, Cathal Vaughan and Chris Óg Jones had the Muskerry men two points clear by the 12th minute. Iveleary were well on top in this opening sequence but tended to overdo their short passing game and Ballyclough points from county star Colm O'Neill and O'Shea had the teams level at 0-3 each in the 23rd minute. A point from young Chris Óg Jones for Iveleary a minute later restored the lead to his side and ushered in a very productive period for Iveleary in the run up to half time when at last their superior play was reflected on the scoreboard. In-form Brian Cronin slotted home a Jones cross to the Ballyclough net in the 25th minute and Barry O'Leary then soled through from midfield to fire over another point a minute later. Colm O'Neill, who was well marshalled by Iveleary 's Daniel O'Riordan, attempted in vain for a goal from a 14 metre free for Ballyclough and in injury time Brian Cronin fired over another Iveleary point to leave the Mid Cork men comfortably in front by 1-6 to 0-3 at the interval after dominating proceedings in the opening half. Their defence was once again tight, midfield hard working and enterprising, and the attack, while a little over elaborate at times carried plenty of scoring fire power and is also very mobile and hard working. In the second half had Iveleary reduced the North Cork men to a demoralised and undisciplined state well before the finish . Ballyclough had opened the scoring but O'Shea's point was answered by four points in a row for Iveleary, with Finbarr McSweeney, Cathal Vaughan, Brian Cronin and Vaughan again the scorers and leading by 1-10 to 0-4, Iveleary were already clearly on their way to the final even though twenty minutes still remained. Colm O'Neill pointed two frees for Ballyclough but back came Iveleary with a point from a Cathal Vaughan free in the 46th minute and then two minutes later full back Daniel O'Riordan was up in attack to finish a Chris Óg Jones cross to the net and add to the Ballyclough misery. The final ten minutes saw a complete rout of Ballyclough with Cathal Vaughan kicking over simply superb points from long distance frees and Ballyclough reduced to 14 men with the dismissal of a midfielder and he could have been joined by a couple of his team mates if the referee had not been in such benevolent humour. Ger McSweeney had the final point for Iveleary just before the end and the winners had the applause of their large and enthusiastic following ringing in their ears as they departed for the changing rooms. Everybody knows however that Bandon in the final will provide a far stiffer test than Ballyclough did here!
Scorers: Iveleary: B Cronin 1-3, D O'Riordan 1-0, C Vaughan 0-7 (0-2f), C Óg Jones 0-2, B O'Leary, F McSweeney and G McSweeney 0-1 each. Ballyclough: C O'Neill 0-3(f), T O'Shea 0-3, A Finnegan 0-1.
Iveleary: Jamie Cronin: Donal Cotter, Daniel O'Riordan, Barry Murphy; Ger O'Riordan, Cal McCarthy, Kevin Manning: Cathal Vaughan, Seán O'Leary: Liam Kearney, Seán Lehane, Finbarr McSweeney: Brian Cronin, Barry O'Leary, Chris Óg Jones. Subs: James M O'Leary 53, Ger McSweeney 55, Shane Galvin 56,Finbarr McSweeney Jnr. 57, Edward Buckley 60, Patrick O'Riordan 60.
Subs not used: Joseph Creedon, David Hourihan, John F O'Callaghan, Kevin Jones, Ciarán O'Riordan, Colin Tanner, Brian Murphy, Kevin Hourihan, John Murphy, James O'Donovan.
Selectors: Tim O'Sullivan, Denis Cronin and Mike Creed. Team Trainer: Jim O'Sullivan Physio: Clíona O'Riordan.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 1-12 Mitchelstown 2-5
Ballinacurra 0-13 Doheny's 0-11
Final: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Ballinacurra, November 1st.
Cailíní faoi 12 Naomh Fionnbarra a bhuaigh Craobh an Chontae le déanaí © Nóirín Uí Thuama.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 1-11 Grange 1-5
Béal Átha's B team led from the start in this county B league final at Delanys. It was 0-4 to 0-1 after the first quarter and 0-9 to 0-3 at the break with Grange reduced to 14 men at this stage. On the restart, Grange had a goal and a point, 0-9 to 1-4 now, but back came the Béal Átha men with a point and their goal in the 51st minute was decisive.
County Junior B Hurling Championship
Bantry Blues 2-12 Cloughduv 2-11
Note: Cloughduv have not yet played the Mid Cork B final as their opponents Iveleary are heavily engaged in the junior football championship. Cloughduv were nominated to represent Muskerry and will face Iveleary in the Mid final when the football is completed.
Blarney 2-13 Duhallow 4-15
Blackrock 0-20 Fr O'Neills 1-12
Final: Duhallow v Blackrock
Blarney 2-13 Duhallow 4-15
Blarney got off to a bright start with two points in the opening minute from Conor Forde and Shane Mulcahy but the divisional side quickly responded, converting two frees. In the 7th minute Duhallow got their first goal of the night, and with Duhallow now dominating the middle of the field, they scored two more points and in the 15th minute struck for a second goal. A minute later Mark Coleman pointed a side line cut from 45 metre to leave the score board reading Blarney 0-4 Duhallow 2-5. Duhallow extended their lead before Barra O'Connell ran at their defence and when his first shot was well saved by the keeper Barra following up struck the ball to the net. However Duhallow answered with their third goal of the night, a real killer blow to Blarney!
Alan McEvoy scored a well taken point from the left wing just before the break to leave the half time score Blarney 1-6 Duhallow 3-9.
Both sides exchanged points in the opening minutes of the second half before Barra O'Connell got his second goal of the night, batting a high ball into the Duhallow net. Blarney grew in confidence, started running at Duhallow defence drawing frees which Mark Coleman pointed. The closest Blarney got however was within five points and Duhallow had the final score, a fourth goal and they were the better side on the night.
Blarney: Conor Murphy: Stephen Sheedy, Conor McCarthy, Wayne Shine: Paul O'Connor, Peter Philpott, Alan McEvoy: Mark Coleman, Ray Murphy: Conor Forde, Dan McSweeney, Sean Crowley: David Dunlea, Barra O'Connell, Shane Mulcahy. Subs: Kevin Cremen, David Cremen, Daragh Kelly, Michael John Shine.
Final: Cloughduv v Iveleary
Semi final: Iveleary 3-8 Donoughmore 2-5
The semi-final of the Mid Cork Junior B Hurling championship had to be played under lights in mid week in Macroom to try and avoid the necessity of nominating a team to represent Muskerry in the county championship and that placed Iveleary in the position of having to put together a teams of non junior A footballers. The result was that Iveleary were without 12 of their hurling panel and seven or so of their starting fifteen. Undaunted, the hurling selectors sent out a call to arms and the call was answered in great style by young and old alike. Not alone did Iveleary fulfil the fixture but they outhurled Donoughmore and won an unexpected passage to the final.
Donoughmore led by 0-2 to 0-1 early on but with Darren Kelly very accurate from frees the western side began to take command and a goal from Colin Tanner just before the break saw them lead by 1-6 to 0-2 at half time. Darren Kelly, a former Cloughduv under age star performer, cut through the Donoughmore defence in the 36th minute to score a spectacular goal and this score really put Iveleary on the road to victory. When Colin Tanner had his second and Iveleary's third goal in the 44th minute Iveleary were in a commanding position and they never subsequently looked like losing. Two late goals from Ger Buckley frees were some compensation for a gallant Donoughmore side.
Outstanding for Iveleary were goalkeeper Con O'Callaghan (30 years on from being on the 1985 football championship winning team!), Ciarán O'Riordan at centre back Darren Kelly at midfield and Colin Tanner and David Dineen in attack.
Scorers: Iveleary: C Tanner 2-0, D Kelly 1-5 (0-3f, 0-1 '65'), D Dineen 0-2, G McSweeney 0-1. Donoughmore: G Buckley 2-3 (2-1 f), S Horgan 0-1 f, C O'Hanlon 0-1.
Iveleary: Con O'Callaghan: A McSweeney, John McNulty, Mike Cotter: Alan O'Brien, Ciarán O'Riordan, Brian Murphy: Darren Kelly, PJ McNulty: Ger McSweeney, John F O'Callaghan, James O'Donovan: David Dineen, Ger O'Donovan, Colin Tanner. Subs: S Murphy, John Murphy and Kevin Hourihan.
Final: Ballincollig 6-14 Clondrohid 1-8
As expected, a very strong Ballincollig side with some very talented up and coming young players in the ranks had too much over all power and pace for Clondrohid in the Mid Cork Junior C final at Kilmurry. Clondrohid stayed with the winners for much of the first half but then in the run up to half time conceded three goals which left them in a difficult position at the break trailing by 3-4 to 0-5. Daniel Barry, Darren Murphy and Eoin Byrne were the Ballincollig goalscorers.
There was no let up by Ballincollig in the second half of this unequal contest and further goals from Daniel Barry, Darren Murphy from a penalty, and Matt Whelan put an added gloss on the scoreboard. Denis Desmond had the Clondrohid goal and their main point scorer was Mathew McDonagh.
Ballincollig: David McCarthy; Eoghan O'Callaghan, Shane O'Neill: Colm Bohane, Oliver Ryan, Colin O'Donovan: Sean Horgan, Gerry O'Leary: Eoin Byrne, Daniel Barry, Darren Murphy; Gavin O'Callaghan, Matt Whelan . Subs used: Eoin O'Neill, Brian O'Riordan, Kevin Bohane, Michael O'Donovan, Pádraig O'Donovan, Fergal Considine.
Clondrohid: Alan Duggan: Gary O'Brien, Anthony O'Leary: Conor Desmond, Denis Desmond, Denis O'Riordan: Christopher Flanagan, Brendan Kelleher: Richard Balfe, Tom Kelleher, Seán Quinn: Tomás Corkery, Mathew McDonagh. Subs: Tadgh Scannell, Noel McCarthy, Noel McDonagh. Referee: Mr. Hugh Kelleher, Canovee
Cailíní Faoi 12 Naomh Fhionnbarra in éineacht le Eamonn Ryan i gCorcaigh ag an oíche cheiliúrtha. ©Nóirín Uí Thuama.
The Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Sports Star of the Month for September has been chosen and Brian Cronin of Iveleary is the judges' choice. Brian will be presented with his award at a function in the Auld Triangle.
Kilmurry who defeated Macroom in the Minor A Eastern Section Final ©
Kilmurry 1 – 15 Macroom 1 – 7
Kilmurry minors have taken the Rebel Óg East Minor A football championship title for the second time in three years with a comprehensive victory over Macroom at Kilmichael. Macroom started well and were leading by 0-4 to 0-1 after ten minutes but Kilmurry had drawn level by the start of the second quarter, were leading at half time by a single point, 0-7 to 0-6, and really imposed themselves on the game in the third quarter, opening up a five point gap. The Macroom challenge faded and the game was all over as a contest well before the Kilmurry goal from their inspirational captain Marco Healy in the 57th minute. Macroom got in for an injury time goal which came much too late to affect the outcome. Kilmurry now go on to the county semi final and a meeting with North Cork champions Buttevant while Macroom get a chance to redeem themselves in the second county semi final with a meeting with the West Cork champions, either Carbery Rangers or Ibane Gaels.
Macroom broke from the throw in and Don Creedon kicked them into the lead with a fine point. Cathal O'Riordan pointed a free in the 2nd minute and another three minutes later after a foul on Eolan O'Leary. Kilmurry opened their account with a point from a Seán Warren free in the 7th minute but there was an instant reply from Macroom when Cathal O'Riordan had his first point from play. Joe Ryan now emerged as a threat in the Kilmurry attack and pointed two frees in a row and in the 16th minute Eoin Clifford tied the scores at 0-4 each with a point from play. Alan Quinn restored the lead for Macroom from a free and in the 22nd minute Blake O'Gorman finished a smashing attacking move with a well taken point to increase the Macroom lead to two points. Kilmurry began to gain complete control at midfield through the efforts of Marco Healy and Liam Wall and their attack with Eoin Clifford, Joe Ryan and Seán Warren ever dangerous revelled in the fine supply received. Liam Wall kicked a superb 23rd minute point, Joe Ryan levelled the scores in injury time and then kicked Kilmurry into the lead for the first time with a great point from over 35 metres out. Kilmurry led by 0-7 to 0-6 at the break.
The third quarter saw Kilmurry gain mastery and break clear on the scoreboard. Joe Ryan pointed from play and then kicked over two frees before Alan Quinn had a score for Macroom at last in the 43rd minute. Joe Ryan had two points at the three quarter stage and the Kilmurry side were now leading by 0-12 to 0-7 and displaying far more determination and grit than Macroom. James Mullane had another Kilmurry point and then Marco Healy took a fine pass from Seán Warren and lashed the ball to the Macroom net in the 57th minute. Seán Flanagan and Joe Ryan added points before Robert Healy took a goal from close range for Macroom in the dying second of injury time.
Scorers: Kilmurry; M Healy 1-0, J Ryan 0-10 (0-5f), S Warren (f), E Clifford, L Wall, J Mullane and S Flanagan 0-1 each. Macroom: R Healy 1-0, C O'Riordan 0-3 (0-2f), A Quinn 0-2 (0-1f), D Creedon and B O'Gorman 0-1 each.
Kilmurry: Eoin Curzon: Richard O Brien, Fionn Warren, William Ronan: Brian Hinchion, Marco Healy, Liam O Sullivan: John O Mullane, Liam Wall: Seán Flanagan, Eoghan Clifford, James O Mullane: Tomás Collins, Joe Ryan, Seán Warren. Subs: Kyle Kelleher and Darragh Walsh.
Macroom: Christopher McCarthy: Alex Ryan, Paul O'Farrell, Ryan Creed: Ethan O'Gorman, Kevin O'Dwyer, Jack Cronin: Alan Quinn, Caleb Dinneen: Blake O'Gorman, Eolan O'Leary, Mark Corrigan: Craig Ronan, Don Creedon, Cathal O'Riordan. Subs: Jack O'Donovan, Cian Twomey, Robert Healy. Referee; Peter Downey, Inniscarra.
Saturday October 17th
At Kilmurry, D2 FL Final, BALLINCOLLIG v NAOMH ABÁN, 4pm ET
At Banteer D4 FL Final, Kanturk v AGHABULLOGUE, 4.00pm
Sunday October 18th
County Football Finals at Páirc Uí Rinn:
SFC Final, Castlehaven v Nemo Rangers at 5.00pm
PIFC Final, St Michaels v Carrigaline at 3.00pm
Friday October 23rd
At Mourne Abbey, D3 FL Final, CILL na MARTRA v Mallow, 7.45pm ET
Saturday October 24th
At Páirc Uí Rinn, Co Final J'A'FC, UIBH LAOIRE v Bandon 6.15pm
Páirc Uí Rinn, Inter Co F Final, Fermoy v Mayfield 8.00pm
Sunday October 25th
Páirc Uí Rinn, J'A'HC Final Dungourney v CLOUGHDUV, 2.15pm
IHC Final, DRIPSEY v Charleville, 4.00pm
Saturday October 31st
At Millstreet J'A'FL Final, Knocknagree v UIBH LAOIRE, 4.00pm
Sunday November 1st
At Páirc Uí Rinn J'B'FC Final:
BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH v Ballinacurra
The U8s had a great day out at the monster blitz in Mallow. They showed great skill determination and friendship in winning two of their three matches. Hard luck to the Clondrohid Minors who gave a top class performance in the final V Crosshaven last Saturday evening in Ballincollig. Having played excellent football throughout against a physically stronger side, they were up 5 points at full time, but let Crosshaven back into it in injury time and unfortunately lost by 2 points on a score line of 3 8 to 3 10. No mean achievement for a team that had 5 players under 15. Well done to players and all involved with them.
Unfortunately the Junior Cs bowed out of championship also when they were defeated by a much younger, and more experienced Ballincollig side in the final in Kilmurry. Well done to players and mentors for all the enjoyable and well played matches leading to the final.
Éire Óg U16 Ladies Footballers after winning the U16B County Final against Aghada. ©
Sunday October 4 a younger Laochra Óg side lined out against Ballincollig in the Junior B hurling league in Macroom and were not able to overcome a stronger Ballincollig side. Laochra Óg would like to wish club sponsor, Cormac Deasy and his wife, Irene all the best for the future in their new pharmacy which was officially opened by Briege Corkery in Macroom. Go néirí libh. Laochra Óg would like to thank all the club sponsors: Deasy's Pharmacy, Macroom Opticians, Folláin Teo., Astra Systems, Niall Murphy Tarmac and Michael and Nora McCarthy, Glenview and Glenmill Restaurant, Macroom for their support over the last two years and hopefully, it will continue into 2016 for another season.
Sunday October 11th Junior "B" Hurling League, Laochra Óg v Donoughmore took place in Donoughmore. Great skill and effort by all the players. The game ended in a draw - Laochra Óg 4 – 7 to Donoughmore 3 – 10.
Laochra Óg Race Night fundraiser on October 24th only a few days left to fill the race cards. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
Macroom Ladies Football Club had a busy year with all teams very active and lots of games. The u12 girls reached the county 1/4 final against Erin's Own but lost narrowly. The u14 girls also reached their Summer League semi-final against Ballyphehane in September in the Castle Grounds but narrowly lost by a point. Well done to both the U12s and U14s on a great effort put in. The U10 girls had a busy year and played some great football against Eire Óg, St. Val's, Naomh Abán and Ballinora. The U8 girls also played a great game against St. Val's in Tom Creedon Park recently.
The sporting year culminated with the last day of training which took place for U16, U14, U12, U10, and U8 girls on Wednesday 30th September in Tom Creedon Park. We were blessed with beautiful sunshine, lots of fun and games and a surprise visit from the ice-cream van. An enjoyable evening was had by all. League medals were also presented to the U10 and U8 girls
Macroom Ladies Football would like to say well done to all the players for their commitment and achievements throughout the year. Much appreciation also to all coaches, mentors and parents who helped out and coached and also worked behind the scenes without which the club could not exist. More support and help is always welcome and needed. Thanks also to all who donated generously to the Clothing Recycling Drive. All monies raised go back into the running of the club. Macroom Ladies Football AGM will also be held in the coming months and we hope to see you all there and we look forward to seeing you next season also.
In the Premier A league Macroom A had a 3-1 home win against Cathedral Celtic at Murray Field. In the Munster Junior Cup, Macroom A travelled to Buttevant to play the home side and were beaten on a 2-1 scoreline.
In the Division 3 league, Macroom B went to Millstreet and came home with full points after recording a 2-0 win over Los Zarcos.
In the Cork Youths, Macroom U18s had 3-0 win over Avondale in the Div.1A league and so after 5 games Macroom remain unbeaten and head the league table with 15 points. In second place on 12 points after 5 games come Lakewood. Lakewood were at home to Macroom in the Munster Youths Cup and had a big 4-0 win over the visitors.
PJ Curtin presents his Captain's Prize to Kevin O'Donovan at Kilmichael Pitch and Putt Club. ©DanCronin
Captain's Prize (Mr PJ Curtin) 1st Nett Kevin O'Donovan 90 Pts. 1st Gross Jack Lynch 103. 2nd Nett Barry Kelleher 87 Pts. 2nd Gross Dan Kiely 103. 3rd Michael Vaughan Hole in one prize
Macroom Golf Club President's Prize to ladies. Prizewinners with front, from left, Kay O'Connell, President, Maire McSweeney, Yvonne Courtney, winner' Sean McSweeney, President and Eileen Kelly, Captain © Lee Valley Outlook
Men's Results. Tues. Sept. 29. Seniors: 1st Vincent Kingston (27). Pat Connell (14), George Desmond (21) 45.8 Thurs. Oct. 1 NBS open singles: 1st James Neville(14) 35 pts. Club singles: 1st Shane Murphy (14) 45pts,2nd James Neville(14) 41 pts, 3rd Alan Duggan (15) 40 pts, Best Sat. Brendan O'Neill(20) 40 pts
Tues. Oct. 6 Seniors: 1st Vincent Kingston (27),Ted Murphy (11),Dermot Kehily (21) 45 nett
Open singles: 1st John Lawlor(13) 40 pts. Open singles :1st Richard Grace(19) 42 pts, 2nd Declan Ring(13) 40 pts, 3rd Paul Delea(21) 40 pts
Fixtures Tues Seniors Thurs Open singles, Sat & Sun Christmas hamper.
Ladies' Results. President, Mr Sean McSweeney's Prize to Ladies. Winner- Yvonne Courtney (34) 38pts. On B/9. 2nd Joan Curran (31) 38pts Best Gross- Ger Galvin (11) 27 pts (gross) Silver-1st Mary C O'Brien (20) 36pts 2nd Margaret Walsh (16) 35pts. On B/9 3rd Bernie McGrath (13) 35pts Bronze-1st Maura O'Rourke (24) 35pts. On B/9 2nd Eileen O'Leary (24) 35pts 3rd. Maedhbh Loughrey (26) 34pts. On B/9 4th Anne Kelleher (29) 34pts. On B/9 5th Deirdre Galvin (21) 34pts. Front 9- Noreen O'Sullivan (28) Back 9- Eileen Kelly (23) 19pts Nearest the pin -2nd Hole Ger Cullinane Nearest the pin -11th Hole Margaret Walsh.
Wed. 30th Sept. 18H S/F Christmas Hamper Winner - Mary Creed (34) 37pts. On B/9 2nd- Maura O'Rourke (24) 37pts. On B/9 3rd- Maura Forde (24) 37pts 4th- Margaret Walsh (16) 36pts.