Lighting Up Macroom and Masseytown 2015 ©Lee Valley Outlook
Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner at Riverside Park Hotel, Thurs. Dec. 10 at 1.30p.m.
INTO meeting for newly qualified teachers Thurs Dec 10th, 4.30p.m. in the Castle Hotel.
Macroom Golf Club A.G.M on Thurs 10th of Dec in the clubhouse @ 8p.m...
Canovee GAA AGM is on December 11th at 7.30 in the Portocabin
Coachford Christmas Market on Sat Dec 12th in the GAA Hall
Christmas market in Carriganima NS on Sat 12th of Dec 5 pm to 8pm.
Carol Service in St. Colman's, Macroom on Sun 13th at 7p.m.
Penitential Rite-Confessions in St. Colman's Macroom —Tues 15th at 7.30 p.m
Christmas bingo night Wed 16th Dec at 8.30pm in Clondrohid Hall.
Dripsey Ambush Slide Show on Mon Jan 16th at Ballincollig Rugby Club (8 p.m.)
Simon Concert at The Mills Inn, Ballyvourney, Sun 20 Dec at 8.30pm.
Story time Saturdays at 12 noon.
Gramophone Circle Fri. Dec. 11 at 11a.m.
ACOL Bridge Wed. Dec. 16 and 23 at 10.30a.m.
Purlies Thurs. Dec. 17 at 11.30a.m.
Ciorcal Gaeilge Fri Dec. 18 at 11.30am..
November Exhibition by Jane Cooney.
Sleeping Beauty Christmas Pantomime on Dec.12th, 13th, 19th & 20th Dec @ 3.00pm and 18th 19th 20th Dec. @ 8.00pm
Louise Morrissey Mon 28th Dec
Crystal Swing Friday 22nd January at 8.00pm.
Pat Shortt "Selfie" Friday 29th January @ 8.00pm
Countdown to the Switching on of the Christmas Lights in Macroom by Claire Kelleher, Flower of Macroom. Also included, Padraig and Tadhg O'Driscoll and Mayor, Michael Creed ©Lee Valley Outlook
Christmas celebrations have begun in the Lee Valley and Macroom town and villages throughout the area are beautifully illuminated and decorated for the holy season. The weather forecast in advance of the turning on of the lights in the town on Friday, December 4 was dire so a large number of the stallholders who had reserved places in the Square pulled out. Nevertheless, a huge crowd turned up. They were well wrapped up against the blustery wind and fortunately, the rain held off. There were carols, music, mulled wine, mince pies and a great variety of food and festive fare to keep young and old happy. Masseytown enjoyed better weather conditions for the illumination of the Christmas tree on Sunday and again, great crowds of families and revellers came and enjoyed music, food and craic.
The next two weeks are all important for local traders so do shop in the Lee Valley and keep jobs at home. The panto in the Briery Gap is on over the next two weekends and is just as professional and far more entertaining than anything you will see in city theatres. With a cast of 120, all locals, you are guaranteed a great night's or afternoon's entertainment.
Many schools in the area are preparing for their Christmas concerts and we hope to get photos of these memorable performances to brighten the dark days of January. Parishes are preparing for Christmas with carol services and the Penitential Rite and Confession. In Macroom, the carol service is in the church on Sunday, December 13 at 7p.m. and the Penitential Rite- and Confession is on Tuesday 15th at 7.30 p.m.
The Briery Gap choir in full voice at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook
The first ten winners in the Lee Valley Enterprise Free Draw for customers at LVEB members' businesses were announced at the switching on of the lights on December 4. The ten lucky winners of €50 vouchers for local shops are: Nora O'Leary, Macroom. Paddy Carroll, Bawnmore. Jerry Dineen, Kilbarry. Claire Cronin, Codrum. Phyllis Buckley, Coachford. Julie Ash, Coolcower. Sarah Murphy, Macroom. Eileen Manning, Macroom. Ann Cronin, Glen Park. Bridget Connolly, Clondrohid. The draw for another ten €50 vouchers will be held on Saturday, December 19.
Free 2 Hour Parking is available in Pay Parking areas in the town up to Christmas Eve.
Olan Murphy, Macroom Haulage, presenting cheque for €5000, proceeds of his success in Moffett World Operator Challenge, to Macroom Community Hospital. Also pictured are staff of Macroom Hospital, Paddy, Bridie and Ciaran Murphy ( Macroom Haulage), Betty O'Mahony (Olan's grandmother), Bernie Buckley and Martin Kellet (Cargotec Ireland) ©
Olan Murphy, Macroom Haulage, recently represented Ireland in the international Moffett World Operator Championship and finished 3rd in the World. Preliminary heats were held in 14 countries around the world, with time trials and safety and precision elements. In the final in Dundalk, Olan represented his family firm, Macroom Haulage (Cork) – Fleet Transport Irish Haulier of the Year 2016. He finished 3rd, behind Dutch and UK operators.
Moffett is currently celebrating its 70th anniversary and auctioned a once off special machine to generate the prize money. Olan decided to donate his winnings - €5000 - to Macroom Hospital, where his granny, Betty O'Mahony, is a resident. Olan and family have had a busy week as he also got married in Killarney last Friday. We wish him continuing success and happiness.
A section of the huge crowd that turned out in bad weather conditions for the switching on of the lights in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook
Not alone is Macroom to get a Bypass, a new Garda Station and a Fire Station but the HSE has announced the imminent provision of a day-care centre on the hospital campus at Gurteenroe, previously vacated by them in favour of the rented Health Care Centre adjacent to Dunne's Stores. The design of a day-care centre in Macroom hospital grounds is part of the team's remit when planning the layout of the required upgrade of Macroom hospital to meet HIQA standards by a new extended deadline of 2021. €300 million of capital funding has been made available nationally to complete these works.
St. Joseph's Primary School, Macroom recently signed up to the Super Troopers Health Homework Initiative. Over 20,000 school children in 125 County Cork primary schools are currently signed up to the biggest health homework programme in Ireland. Nationwide, there are 180,000 national school pupils, 7,000 teachers, about 75,000 families and a thousand schools – about a third - are participating in the exercise. Super Troopers is a novel approach to encourage children to adopt a healthy lifestyle. With the sponsorship of Laya, Health Insurers, the Super Troopers campaign encourages teachers, parents and children to treat the task of daily physical activity with the same importance as their regular school subjects. It is a long-term and habit-changing programme to establish positive attitudes to healthy eating, well-being and exercise, not a 'quick-fix' solution. For more information, please go to www.supertroopers.ie or call 01 522 48 48.
The cast of De la Salle College play, The Town that Never Raised an Elf, take the plaudits at the end of their show. ©An Scoil
Macroom Men's Shed group has just moved in to new premises in Massytown, provided by the St. Vincent de Paul Macroom branch. The idea of the shed came from The Lions' Club and Michael Lillis among others. Following initial meetings, a committee was formed and The Men's Shed had its first get-together recently, at which seven attended. The Shed is loosely modelled on others, has a constitution and among its rules are 'No smoking, No Alcohol and No Gambling'. The officers are John Murphy, Chairman; Robbie Finn, secretary (ex Australian Army) and Seán O'Leary, Treasurer.
Tutor Ms Bernie Angland with PLC Students from McEgan College on a recent visit to Macroom Family Resource Centre ©An Scoil
Fantasy Hairdressing. On Monday 7th December, the hairdressing department of McEgan College took part in a fantasy hairdressing competition in Macroom E. Students were encouraged to design and create fantasy hairstyles using a variety of recycled material. Transition year students acted as the models for the day and patiently sat through while the hairdressers created the amazing styles. Tina and Joanne from Macroom Hair Studio gratefully acted as the judges. The second year hairdressers will now go forward and enter the Fantasy Hairstyle Competition in St. Johns Central College, Cork on the 8th February. Well done to all.
Vex Robotics. McEgan College embarked on their second and final practice trial for the Vex Robotics competition in St. Colman's College, Midleton on Friday the 4th of December. The finals will take place in C.I.T at the end of January. The team of six students got on really well, winning the opening round of the competition. The team showed great consistency throughout and were praised for their manufacture and design of their robot. The Vex Robotics project is encouraged and promoted through STEM. What is STEM? STEM combines science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to form an engaging field of study. Vex Robotics is a great way for students to explore STEM hands-on while learning. The teamwork and problem-solving skills they take away from this experience prepare them for future careers in STEM fields and serve them throughout their lives.
Michael & Nora McCarthy, Glenview Motors, Macroom, present a set of jerseys to St. Mary's Senior Football team ©An Scoil
Football. St Mary's Senior Football team played Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibhne in Killarney December 1 in the Munster quarter final. It was a very close exciting encounter with the Macroom girls coming out on top on a scoreline of 4-10 to 7-10. They are now through to the Munster Semi Final. The girls lined out in their new jerseys which were generously sponsored by Glenview Motors, Macroom. A big thank you to Michael & Nora McCarthy.
St Vincent de Paul collection. Fifth Year students with their teacher, Ms. O'Connor, organised a St. Vincent de Paul food collection in the school. The students and teachers were very generous with their donations. Best wishes for Christmas to all our local voluntary workers in St. Vincent De Paul.
Christmas. As a spiritual preparation for Christmas and to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on the 8th December, all students will attend Mass in St. Colman's Church at 10.30 a.m. On Monday 14th December the school community has an opportunity to avail of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for Christmas.
St. Mary's students create Conflict in the Convent at their annual show. ©An Scoil
4th year show. The TY Show 'Conflict in the Convent' took place on the 26th & 27th November in the Briery Gap. It was a sell-out show, a resounding success and enjoyed by all. There were great raffle prizes won by many in aid of the HOPE foundation.
Scholarships for past pupils. At a reception in U.C.C., two students, Vera O' Riordan and Eibhlin Kelleher, received a Quercas scholarship based on their L.C. Results. In U.L. Caoimhe Browne received a J.P. Mc Manus scholarship based on her L.C. Results. Niamh McCarthy was also awarded the Women In Engineering Bursary in UL based on her Leaving Certificate results.
World Champion. Congratulations to Ms. De La Cour who achieved a gold medal in the World Championships in Kickboxing having beaten competitors from Bulgaria, Poland, Greece and Italy. The Irish team got the second best number of medals in the world (beaten only by Russia) last week in the World Championships. Ms. De La Cour has had numerous Irish titles over the last 12 years, achieving gold at the European Championships in 2009 at junior level. She was the runner up in the World Championships in 2010 and won gold in the European Championships in 2011. In 2013, she competed in the senior category for the first time and has now won a gold medal in the minus 50 kg category world championships. Me De La Cour has also been awarded a Sports Scholarship from UCC for her outstanding commitment and achievements in her Sport. She has participated in the sport since she was seven years old, having done a Summer Camp in Bantry. Ms. De La Cour trains four nights a week, which increases to 6 nights when she has a competition coming up. A very dedicated sportsperson, Ms. De La Cour is an exceptional role model for the rest of us who want to achieve something in our lives.
Sleeping Beauty and the Prince at the Pantomime in the Briery Gap, December 12, 13, 18, 19, 20. ©Lee Valley Outlook
Christmas Panto 2015 at the Briery Gap is the evergreen tale, "The Sleeping Beauty". It opens on Saturday 12th December with a Matinee at 3p.m. There will be matinees again on Sunday 13, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20, with evening shows at 8p.m. on Friday 18, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20. This is Sleeping Beauty's first visit to the Briery Gap and is the venue's 16th Panto, boasting a cast and chorus of over 120 talented adults and children. The Panto features all the traditional characters as well as some surprise guests and plenty local humour. The cast includes Kelly Ann Healy as "The Sleeping Beauty", Luke Horgan as "Prince Philip", Jim Leahy as "Dame Marge", Maureen O Brien as "The Wicked Fairy – Maleficent", Conor Dinneen as "Foxy - Maleficent's Assistant", Pat O Connell as "Lord Chamberlain", Pat Kelleher and David Lucey as "Matt and Batt", Finn Brady as "Tiger- The Palace Cat", Con Foley as "The King, Anita Gallagher as "The Queen", Ava Rose Gallagher as "The Story Teller" and Theresa Dineen as "Monica". Not forgetting The Three Fairies - Carmel McCarthy as "Flora", Mary Lynch as "Fauna" and Padraig O Driscoll as "Merryweather".
Tickets €16 and concessions €12 for Children/ OAP's, with discounts available for groups. Don't miss the most magical fairy-tale in the land at Briery Gap, Macroom this Christmas season! To book, contact Briery Gap Box Office on 026-41793 or see www.brierygap.ie for further information.
Sleeping Beauty Briery Gap presents our Annual Christmas Pantomime on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th December @ 3.00pm and Friday 18th, Saturday 19th, & Sunday 20th @ 8.00pm. Tickets €16 Children €12
Louise Morrissey Monday 28th December Tickets €20
Crystal Swing Friday 22nd January at 8.00pm. Tickets €15
Pat Shortt "Selfie" Friday 29th January @ 8.00pm Tickets €29
We have been asked to republish instructions for tuning into LTV. We hope the following will be of help.
Reception of LTV covers much of the Duhallow/ Muskerry area but reception can be impacted by location of hills. Reception is as it was in the past, before digital TV. It continues to be on analogue. All TV sets, old and new, can receive analogue. To tune, a remote control is important. Connect a good UHF group A aerial to your TV, with the aerial facing Sleaveen, Carriganimma or Clara Mountain. Then scan your TV set, either full scan or analogue scan. When scan is complete, your TV will show digital and analogue channel numbers. LTV is on the same channel as EWTN.
Kilmurry N.S., winners of Macroom Library Primary Schools' Quiz 2015 - Helen Nyhan, Caoimhe Bradfield, Joseph Murphy and Owen Keane ©
Music Morning will take place on Friday, 11th December at 11am, the last meeting before Christmas.
ACOL Bridge will take place on Wednesday 16th & 23rd at 10.30am.
Macroom Purlies knitting group meet before Christmas on the 17th Dec 11.30am.
Ciorcal Cainte will meet again on Friday 18th December at 11.30am. Fáilte roimh cách.
Exhibition by Jane Cooney of paints & textiles for the month of December. Come in & see the lovely work.
Christmas books suitable for adults & children, including baking books, craft books and Christmas themed novels. All yours for a two-week loan period for the €2.50 adult membership fee & children are 50c.
Artists Deirdre Murphy & Patricia O'Sullivan with friends & colleagues at the launch of their exhibition, Tropical Paradise, at Macroom library ©
Thurs. Dec. 10. 9.30p.m. News and Sport. Star Trax Studio Production.
Sun. Dec. 13: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Centenary Mass from Taur. Fr. Francis Manning PP. Celebrant. 6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes
Wed. Dec. 16: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50 Remembering the late Jackie the Farmer O'Sullivan 103.
Thurs. Dec. 17 9.30p.m. Cork County Scór final 2015.
Sun. Dec. 20: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Mass from Helay's Bar, Kilcorney with Fr. Liam Comer PP. 6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes
Christmas market (bake sale and sale of unique handmade gifts) in Carriganima National School on Saturday, the 12th of December 2015, from 5 pm to 8pm. Have a relaxing cup of tea or some non-alcoholic mulled wine at this yuletide event that is hosted by the parents association. Cookie decorating for the children!
Christmas bingo night. Wednesday 16th December at 8.30pm in Clondrohid Community Hall. Cash Prizes of €1,750. Guaranteed Jackpot of €500 - must go on the night. A great night's entertainment for all.
Lee Valley Speakers, next meeting Jan 5th at Fr Ryan Hall. Dec 15th meeting cancelled.
Macroom G.A.A Lotto Results 24/11/15 Jackpot €3600 Numbers 18-29-33. No Winner. €70 Damien Conlon, Railway View. €20 Ted Kelleher, Gurteenroe, James Roche, 2 The Orchard, Macroom, Ali Ring Jnr, St. Colman's Park, Kathy Looney, The Lawn, Macroom. Don Buckley, Castle Hotel.
01/12/15. Jackpot €3800. Winning Numbers 9-20-33. No Winner. €70. Clare Dineen, Main Street €20. Maureen Moynihan, Oakwood Court, Macroom. Kitty Lynch, Railway Tce, Macroom Gerard Donovan, C/O Murray's Bar. Liz Griffin, Heron Wood, Carrigaline. Caoimh Browne, Railway View.
50-50 Comhaltas Cosanta Chúil Aodha: Buaiteoir 06/12/15 - €250 Bríd Ní Thuama, Barr an tSeanchnoic, Cluain Droichead. 29/11/15 - €154 Colin Lynch, Cill Airne. 22/11/15 - €177 Diarmuid Kane, Dúglas, Corcaigh. Ticéid ar fáil go háitiúil don tarrach seachtainiúil gach Domhnach. Tickets available locally for the weekly draw each Sunday.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Nov. 25. Jackpot €2,000. No winner. €70 Ted O'Driscoll, Bawnmore. €20 - George Sheehan, Masseytown. Tim Coakley, Inchigeela. Kitty Lynch, Ballymakeera. Mary Murphy, Berrings
December 2. Jackpot €2,200. No winner. €70 – Mags O'Leary, Codrum. . €20 - Ash Murphy, Fairywood Hse. Clondrohid Margaret Coakley, Inchigeela Niamh Crowley, Clondrohid Peter McSweeney, c/o The Tavern
Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: Dec. 6.. Jackpot €18,750. Numbers drawn 5 13 23 29 No winner. Christmas hamper Alanna Creedon, Aherla. €50 Sean Murphy, Donoughmore. €25 Helen Buckley, Aherla. Edel Condon Aherla. Online player, Aidan Ahern. Canovee GAA lotto can now be done online log on to smart lotto or click on Canovee GAA Facebook page for the link. A €25 spot prize has been added for online players. Jes McCarthy and Aidan Ahern were the first two winners.
Coachford AFC Lotto Results 23/11/2015, Jackpot: €1,000, Numbers Drawn: 8 – 12 – 30, No Winner: €40 Jim Bob Buckley, €20 Phil O'Sullivan, Cathy Dunton, Orla Manley, Mark & Brian Dineen (Yearly Ticket).
30/11/2015, Jackpot: €1,200, Numbers Drawn: 20 – 30 – 33, No Winner: €40 Mags, €20 Louise, Snotty & Carey, Sheila O'Riordan, T.J. O'Sullivan, Mark & Brian Dineen (Yearly Ticket).
7/12/2015, Jackpot: €1,400, Numbers Drawn: 10 – 13 – 18. Winner: Tom Tarrant (Yearly Ticket), €40 Julianne Cooney, €20 Eoghan Maher, Rosanne Buckley, J.T. Roche, Pat Delaney.
Sgt Chris Hoare, speaking to the children of Canovee NS at the presentation of the Irish Flag © Peter Scanlan Photography
Regarding announcement of funding, it is hoped that applicants can be notified following the next full Council Meeting, which takes place on December 14th.
The Spirit of Christmas will be celebrated at the first ever Carriganima Christmas Market which takes place in the school on Saturday December 12 from 5pm - 8pm. This event is being organised by the Parents Association. For those who love to shop, the market will give you the opportunity to view some unique, affordable and exceptional work, handmade by the pupils just for you and your loved ones. They worked together to display some of the finest arts and crafts. So whether you are looking for natural skincare products, handcrafted jewellery, Artisan foods or anything else crafty, then the Carriganima Christmas Market is a must. Festive food and drink will be on offer, all in a relaxed atmosphere. There will be a cookie decorating event for the children. Everyone welcome.
St Vincent de Paul collection: will be taken up outside the church at all Masses in Clondrohid and Carriganima on December 12 / 13. Your help and support as always is much appreciated.
Blessing of crib and tree: Despite the atrocious weather conditions, the Development Group put the crib and Christmas tree in place, and Fr. Wickham blessed both after Mass on Saturday night. The Youth Choir excelled themselves as usual with some lovely carols. The Development Group would like to thank everyone who helped them during the year and they wish all in the parish a very happy and peaceful Christmas.
Christmas Eve Masses: will be celebrated in Clondrohid Church at 8pm on Christmas Eve and in Carriganima at 6pm.
Christmas bingo: On Wednesday, December 16 at 8.30pm in the Community Hall. Jackpot of €500 must be won on the night plus over €1,000 in other cash prizes. Hamper & Christmas Ham Raffle also on the night. Mark it in your busy diary
Carriganima entertainment: Once again the pub in Carriganima will have their usual entertainment and craic in the lead up to the festive season . This Saturday night, patrons will remember from last year what 'Fuel the Pub' means. So do your best and bring what you can. Music will be by Danny Golden. On Sunday December 20 at 3pm, a very important man is arriving. Santa with his elves and helpers will be arriving in style in the local 'Bus'. D.J. Owen will be providing the entertainment on St. Stephens night, the choice is yours whether you want disco or country and western, he is very flexible. On Dec 28 the annual Christmas draw will take place with great prizes as usual. Music by Robert Quinlan. On Dec 30 'Great Murphy Night Out' with Little Creature, and on Dec 31 Danny Creedon will be playing. On Jan 2, Willie Burke will be the entertainer, and on 'Women's Christmas' Jan 6 the Millstreet Community Singers will be on hand to liven things up.
Macroom Ploughing Match: will take place on Sunday January 3 on the farm of James Murphy, Caum. All the usual classes will be available. A great day out for the family, meet some friends. Results and Dancing that night in Coolcower House, music by Autumn Gold. Everyone welcome
G.A.A.NEWS: The AGM of Clondrohid GAA club was held recently ,with a large attendance present. The chairman Tim McCarthy opened the meeting ,welcoming everyone and thanking all those who helped with the running of the club over the past year. The meeting continued with comprehensive detailed reports from the secretary Tim O'Connor and the treasurer Gerard Kelleher. Election of officers was next on the agenda, there were a number of new personnel elected ,and some outgoing officers remained in office. The club welcomes new executive members: Mark Creed as Health & Wellbeing officer, Shane Creed as Irish and Cultural officer, Kevin Hourihan as Coaching officer, Rab Bonnar executive member Martin O Mahony as Muskerry Board Delegate. Whilst its fantastic to have new people on the executive, the club acknowledges the dedication and commitment of executive members who have stepped down, your input and dedication to the club is much appreciated over the years. The chairman addressed the meeting and complemented the dedication of everyone involved in the club, and wished the club every success in the year ahead.
St. Stephen's Day match: It's that time of the year again. Yes, the annual Married men v Single men match returns this year at 12 noon on Stephen's day. Can the married men upset the odds again this year and defend the title they won so heroically last year? Or will the young guns finally come out of their shells and beat their wiser, better, more handsome compatriots? All proceeds go to the fight against suicide with more details to follow.
The switching on of the Christmas lights in Carrigadrohid by members of the Tidy Towns Committee © Peter Scanlan Photography
Leader funding There was dismay and disappointment last week at a community meeting in Macroom when IRD Duhallow announced that funding for community groups and those wishing to grow their businesses in the Lee Valley area for the next five years under the old Leader funding programme would be a very meagre €142,500. It has emerged that IRD Duhallow will possibly now be managing the programme in the Mid Cork area from 2016 to 2021. The last programme was administered by West Cork Development Partnership. Speaking after the meeting in Macroom, Coachford Community Association chairperson, Peter Dineen said " This is madness, there is no way that this level of funding for most of the villages in the Lee Valley and Macroom town over the next five years will have any real impact on the communities. I can't understand how areas in West and North Cork while receiving less that they got in the previous programme are still going to be applying for grants from much bigger budgets than we are. Cork County Council, the South Cork LCDC and our councillors in the Blarney Macroom area must come up with a valid explanation of why once again this area of the county is being neglected. Dividing up less than €30,000 a year between all the communities in Mid Cork is an insult to the many volunteers who are working hard to improve their communities. The Council must revisit this decision and must do it immediately"
World Championships return in 2017. The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland has been awarded the honour of hosting the FIPS-ed World Youth Championships in 2017. The event attended by youths worldwide is expected to attract in excess of 40 teams, supporting staff and families to Ireland, the chosen venue being the Inniscarra Reservoir centred around the village of Coachford in Co. Cork. The championships to be staged on the Coachford Greenway, a 2.8km linear park in the form of a walkway providing access for anglers to the Inniscarra Reservoir, to be held in July 2017, are still subject to a technical inspection of the venue which will be further developed to support the event. With over 400 expected to attend, the event will provide an estimated boost of nearly €2million to the region.
Coachford Christmas Market is on Saturday 12 at the GAA hall from 10.30am. There promises to be a huge variety of stalls selling unusual and beautiful Christmas gifts. The market always draws a huge crowd who look forward to purchasing delicious cakes and other Christmas food items. Santa Clause has promised to visit to hear the children's wishes for their perfect present and to make sure everyone is being good in the final run in to the very special day.
Coachford Christmas lights were switched on last Sunday and they have the village looks very festive. The committee purchased additional lights this year and these have made a huge difference to the place.
GAA AGM The Annual General Meeting of Aghabullogue GAA club will take place this Sunday at 7pm in the GAA complex in Coachford. Items expected to feature on the busy agenda will be the development of the new Astro Turf pitch, plans for the intermediate football and hurling teams in 2016, replacing the old galvanised fencing and the election of officers for the coming year.
Flooding The road by the GAA pitch was under a lot of water on Friday and Saturday as the drains were blocked and couldn't take the amount of rain that fell in the short period of time. These drains were supposed to be cleaned during the year by Cork County Council but remain in a terrible condition. However the floods in this area did not deter the Garda camera van from parking nearby and once again conducting the shooting Fish in a barrel exercise. The Greenway was closed to walkers and fishermen on Monday as the river Lee had risen to unsafe levels and high water and flooding were making the 2.8km stretch a hazard.
Christmas Draw The Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Company Limited are holding a Christmas draw to raise money for the maintenance and the upkeep of the very popular Greenway. Tickets are only €2 each or three for €5 and the fantastic prizes include tickets to see Manchester United, a weekend in Killarney and a family Portrait. Tickets can be purchased in all the shops and pubs in Coachford and the draw takes place on December 30th.
Barnardos Head visits Coachford The CEO of Barnardos, Mr. Fergus Finlay, paid a visit to Coachford National School to speak to the children and to accept a contribution raised for the Children's Charity at a sponsored walk on the Coachford Greenway, which he said would do a tremendous amount of good, especially in the run up to Christmas. Mr Finlay expressed his wish that the cost of going to school for all families, but especially those who may be struggling financially, could be reduced.
Wanted male actors. Coachford Players next production will be the John B. Keane classic, 'Many young men of twenty'. The drama group will perform the play in April in Coachford and hope to begin rehearsals in early January. The cast includes two males between the ages of 18 to 24 and the group is looking for new or experienced actors within this age group to take on these essential parts. If you are interested or know somebody who may fit the part, then please ring the group's secretary on 086 8177684.
2016 Calendar Aghinagh Comhaltas has just published their 2016 Calendar. Each month features a beautiful painting by members of the Coachford Atelier Art Group. The calendar costs only €10 and is aid of Marymount Hospice. Copies are available in the local shops and would make a lovely Christmas present.
The 30th annual Ballincollig Scouts Bazaar and Auction takes place on Sunday, December 6th in the Community Hall, Ballincollig at 2. 00pm. Now in its 30th year, the Bazaar is an essential part of Christmas in Ballincollig and one of the towns longest standing traditions. The Bazaar is always filled with bargains, Christmas cheer, toys, fun, games and much more. Prizes for the legendary 'Spin the Wheel' include chocolates, wine, boxes of biscuits, succulent Turkeys and mouth-watering hams and packed to capacity Christmas hampers. The Bazaar is the main fundraiser for the scout group and all the proceeds will go directly to support the 160 scouts of all ages and to keep the bus on the road, maintaining the scout hall and to provide scouting equipment.
Sponsorship. The first months of the new school year have been very busy at Dromleigh N.S. The children have had the benefit of some very kind donations. Kilmichael GAA has kindly sponsored goal posts for the new pitch in recognition of the school's 175th Anniversary. The posts have already been tried and tested! Motivation Ballincollig has sponsored a set of jerseys for the school and third class used them during their recent football blitz in Macroom. The school community is most grateful for the generosity of Motivation.
Activities. Children from the school took part in West Muskerry Sports, with Saorlaith Murphy, Daniel Cotter, Fey Healy, Roisin Carroll and Eve Murphy all coming home with medals. Activities continue at the school. Pupils have completed their annual gymnastics course and have now started Zumba lessons.
Science. The Senior Classes participated in the recent Science Week activities. Two teams represented the school in the Science Quiz in UCC which was run by the Lifetime Lab. The next day, the children of fourth, fifth and sixth classes were back in UCC to attend the presentation "Dr. Death and the Medieval Medicine Show". They also got a chance to view the Stone Corridor in the Aula Maxima.
Fundraising. The school had a most successful used clothing collection. We wish to thank those who contributed. The annual Christmas Draw will take place again this year, with are many great prizes. Tickets available from parents and the school.
Book. As Christmas approaches, copies of Dromleigh's 175th Anniversary publication "Dromleigh N.S., Kilmichael Spans Three Centuries" are still available. This highly acclaimed publication contains a wealth of information, photos and history, not just of Dromleigh but of the wider Kilmichael area. It would certainly be a great present for those at home or abroad.
6th class from St. Lachteen's, Donoughmore with teacher, Aislinn Sexton, who are performing at the official opening of Ireland 2016 State Commemorative Programme 1st January in Dublin, representing Cork ©An Scoil
Sixth class pupils from St. Lachteen's N.S., Donoughmore, are counting down the days to their Christmas Holidays for a very special reason. The students, with their teacher, Ms. Aislinn Sexton and Mr Barry Condron, Acting Principal, will travel to Dublin to perform at the official opening of Ireland 2016 State Commemorative Programme on January 1. The event will commence with a showcase performance at the Convention Centre. St. Lachteen's has the honour of being selected to represent Cork and perform with a 32-County Children's Choir and the Cross Border Orchestra. This landmark occasion will be hosted by Minister Heather Humphreys T.D., and will be performed before an audience of over two thousand invited guests and will be recorded for national broadcast. It is a privilege for the school to participate in such a wonderful occasion and an honour for the pupils that will be part of this one and only event. This is not St Lachteen's first collaboration with the Cross Border Orchestra: they previously performed with the Cross Border Orchestra at the Peace Proms Concert. This was a fantastic musical experience for the pupils as it exposed them to a variety of musical styles and genres and gave pupils the opportunity to work with pupils in other schools as well as some of Ireland's top professional musicians and conductors. For now the school continues its singing tradition as pupils practice and prepare for the 2016 State Commemorative opening, as Ella Fitzgerald said 'The only thing better than singing is more singing' and that is certainly true for the pupils of St. Lachteen's. Taking part are Conor O'Sullivan, Ella Honohan, Isabelle Murphy, Frankie Honohan, Mary Ellen Corkery, Katie McCarthy, Dean Browne, Aidan O'Mahony, Rosie O'Sullivan, Jasmine Beckom, Danielle O'Brien, Abbie Walsh, David Twomey, Cormac Crowley, Eolan Forde John McCarthy, under the direction of Ms Aislinn Sexton.
St Lachteen's had a very special visit when Sgt. Denis McGarry and Gunner Mark Ahern, members of the Defence Forces, delivered the National Flag and a copy of the 1916 Proclamation to the school in advance of the 1916 Centenary Celebrations. Children, parents, grandparents and members of various community groups assembled in the school hall for the occasion and listened avidly while they were informed about the Proclamation, the history of the Irish Flag and how to care for it. Paul Ring helped to read the proclamation and Danielle O'Brien and Eva Marie O'Brien were presented with the flag. All of the children were reminded of the importance of knowing about their past as they prepare for their future. The children also learned about life in the Defence Forces in a question and answer session. Already the children of the school are brainstorming what to include in St Lachteen's own proclamation which will be read in tandem with the National Proclamation on March 15th when the flag will be officially flown. This date is 'Proclamation Day', where all schools in the state will mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 rising. The visit ended with all the children and guests singing the National Anthem.
Berrings Macra won the Girls indoor soccer National title on December 6th. After many months of training, the girls team took the title in Gormanstown, Co.Meath after beating Knockraha Macra in the final.
Donoughmore Macra would like to thank everyone who attended their local Calor Know Your Neighbour Christmas coffee morning and cake sale at Donoughmore Community Centre on 6th December! Club members were determined to spread Christmas cheer throughout the community, and undoubtedly, this was achieved by the sleigh-load. From singing Christmas carols, wearing festive jumpers, face painting, a friendly chat over a cup of tea and a scone, as well as fun and games for the kids, there was something for people of every age! Of course, the star of the morning was Santa Claus himself, who took time to speak and delight all of the children, including the big kids. As always, Donoughmore Macra had massive support from the local community, and families even travelled from the city to be there! Goodwill was also apparent from the generous donations of sponsored raffle prizes. At the coffee morning, the club launched their Cork Penny Dinners collection, where members and locals simultaneously contributed non-perishable foods and kitchen supplies. Donation boxes are available in the local shops, located in Stuake and Firmount.
A section of the huge crowd in Masseytown for the turning on of the lights. Lee Valley Outlook
Following on from the success of the first annual Concert for the Simon Community at the Mills which netted €2,180 from donations and a raffle on the night, a group of local musicians has decided to band together again to help this wonderful charity. The Simon Community in Cork sees to the comfort and lodging of as many homeless people as they can accommodate and brings a little respite from the cold, harsh reality of the streets for the ever increasing number of people in need.
We can all help a little and have a wonderful night of camaraderie and music in the process. Come to The Museum Bar at The Mills Inn in Ballyvourney on Sunday 20 December for a full and very varied line-up of music and fun. The acts confirmed so far are Greenshine, Banna Flúit Loch a Bhogaigh, Conal Ó Gráda, Tim Riordan of Natural Gas, Holly Ní Ghráda and Tomás Dunne, Nell Ní Chróinín and, if last year's show is anything to go by, there will be lots of surprise guests to add to the fun of the occasion! As with last year's show, money will be raised on a donation basis and from a raffle of prizes very generously given by local businesses. So come along, enjoy the music and give what you can to make this a night to remember, starting at 8.30pm.
The Lighthouse, Millstreet is glad to publish this year's Christmas events. During Advent we will extend our normal opening time so that we will be open Thursday mornings 9.30am-12-30pm and each Saturday in December 1pm-4pm. We have a selection of Christmas gifts, cards, books and CDs. We continue with themed informal Bible study each Tuesday at 7.30pm, new comers welcome. Our Advent services are held each Sunday evening at 6.30pm. Sunday service on 13th December will include a live Nativity. Carol service on 20th December will be held outside in the square where we invite anyone to come along and join in the celebration, followed by tea and mince pies. Our Christmas service will be at the Lighthouse at 6.30pm on 24th December. Prayers will be said for all Millstreet residents during this time. If you have a particular need that you would like us to include in our prayers, please feel free to call in or drop a note or just a name or initial through the door.
Wishing you all a joyful and peaceful Christmas.
Bridget O Sullivan with Mary & Caitríona Ní Cheilleachair at the launch of "Memories of Céim an Fhia School" in Gougane Barra. © Nóirín Uí Thuama.
"Memories of Keimaneigh National School", a new book about this school near Gougane Barra, was launched recently. The first National School in Keimaneigh opened in 1871 at Gougane Cross about three miles west of Ballingeary. It replaced a Hedge School which stood at An Athán. In 1915 a new school opened a few hundred yards away on Carraig a'Bhranair and educated the children of the locality up until 1982 when the children transferred to a span new school in Ballingeary. In 2014, the local Historical Society began to record all the pupils who attended the National Schools in Uibh Laoire Parish. They copied the Registers for Keimaneigh National School which record all the pupils who attended from 1871 to 1982. The Register also includes the pupil's townland and parent's occupation which is an important genealogical source. Two Cumann Staire members, Diarmuid and Eileen O'Mahony, contacted as many of the past pupils as they could and asked them to write about their time in the school. The response was fantastic and the memories started flowing in from near and far, from past pupils and their families. They also researched the history of the area and have compiled all the information in this new book. Keimaneigh can boast a number of well-known past pupils. Paddy Cronin and Denis Walsh excelled on the sporting field while Cait Ní Mhuimheacháin was a well-known sean-nós singer and Anastasia McCarty was famous as Ansty, wife of Tim Buckley, the couple immortalised in Eric Cross' book "The Tailor and Ansty".
"Memories of Keimaneigh National School" (priced €10), was launched by Seán Ó Sé, whose mother, Peig Twomey attended the school and came from the last house at the eastern end of Bantry Parish, just west of The Pass of Keimaneigh. Her teacher there in the early 1900s was Willie Island O'Sullivan who advised her that "your best chance in life is your books, girl". Like Peig, all 700 pupils who passed through the school's doors in its 111 years made the best of the chance it afforded them.
by Joan O'Leary
He travelled north, he travelled south, he travelled east and west,
With bags in hand, in search of a spin, he barely took a rest.
To people's houses he would go, a different one each day,
You'd have to sit and listen, for he had so much to say.
From Kings and Queens in foreign lands and the weather forecast too,
To the current state of Africa or goings on in Timbuktu.
Then on a Sunday afternoon, in Frank's shop he would be,
Buying Rolos and bananas and Cream Crackers for his tea.
Conjoe was a legend; he travelled far and near,
And then when he returned again, all the stories you would hear.
No more will Conjoe walk the roads so much travelled in the past,
Those shopping bags have had their day: he's now at rest at last.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis
The demolition of Macroom Castle in 1965 ©Dennis Dineen Collection
Final of 3 Parts. By Con Kelleher
Macroom Sports Complex/ Fire Station was previously the Youth Club, and was also known as the Castle Ballroom. The soccer club was the driving force behind the formation of the Youth Club. The hall was then owned by John J. O'Sullivan, Glenview and he ran the Social Welfare office at the rear of the building. Under a board of Trustees, composed of Eddie Warren, J.J. Hinchion, Tom Tobin and Michael Kelleher, the hall was rented at a charge of 7s/10p per week; other expenses included insurance and rates. The acquisition provided a great bonus for both the soccer club and the town. It gave the soccer club a home and it provided a venue for basketball, indoor soccer, table tennis, drama, dances and social events. This was particularly useful over the winter months and Jerry remembers G.A.A. stars such as Timmie O'Callaghan, Pat O'Sullivan, 'Farmer' Murphy and 'Gunner' O'Leary playing basketball
The area outside the Welfare office, which was at the back of the hall, was the 'venue' for 'Pitch and Toss', a game of skill and betting in which coins were tossed; it attracted large gatherings, was played on Sunday mornings and after tea in the summertime and was keenly contested. A Macrompian, recently home from London, commented, in his newly acquired Cockney accent, that one of the players had 'chucked' the coins as far as Sleaveen Road, he tossed them so high. Jerry remembers a concert in the hall, sometime in the '50s, when The Army Band was top of the bill, and they were supported by leading local entertainers. Also performing was a Bulgarian choral group and he recalls a heated discussion among the local performers on the propriety of allowing 'Communists' perform in a town like Macroom.
Jerry's father was in the Old IRA and sided with Michael Collins after the Treaty and was a member of the Free State Army. Cumann na nGaedhal/ Fine Gael was Jerry's natural political home and he recalls marches through the town in the late '30s, before the outbreak of the war, which he thinks were those of the Blueshirts. When Dan Drinan (Fine Gael), his colleague in O'Leary's, died, Jerry was co-opted on to the Urban District Council, was elected at the following local elections, and altogether served for about seven years. Exchanges in the chamber were tough and sometimes bitter. The big issue of the period was the fuel crisis, necessitating a visit from Peter Barry, then Minister for Transport. Around that time, a by-pass was offered and declined. Jerry also expressed disappointment at the knocking of most of Macroom Castle and laments the loss of what would have been a wonderful tourist attraction. He recounts canvassing for Dónal Creed and marvelled at his ability to draw votes from 'all quarters'. During one general election, ex Taoiseach, Liam Cosgrave, canvassed the convent and Tommy O'Connell was put in charge of refreshments. On rummaging in the drinks cabinet, he found a bottle of clear spirits which, of course, was used exclusively for cooking. Jerry also stated that three members of staff of O'Leary's, North Square, served as chairmen of Macroom UDC - Dan Drinan, William O'Connor and himself. Jim O'Connell, father of Pato, also worked in O'Leary's. Pat is now the manager of Sullane Haven, where Jerry lives and he too served both as chairman of the UDC and Mayor of Macroom.
The Senior Citizens Association was founded in the 1970s. Inaugural/ early members included Mrs. Nessa Lucey, Fr James Cronin, Regina Casey, Mary McSweeney, Michael Kelleher, Mrs Ann Creed, Mrs May Kelleher, Mrs Rowell and Jerry. The organisation is still thriving and now manages Sullane Haven and accommodation in Annville and Sullane Place. Jerry is enjoying life there and is comfortable, secure and very well minded. Visitors and friends often call to reminisce on times past and discuss the topics of the day. He relishes the freedom to come and go as he pleases, and continues to stay abreast of local news and activity. His life has been long, happy and interesting and he feels satisfied with his contribution to life in Macroom.
Christmas offers at Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop
Happy Pear cookbook normally €20 reduced to €15. What Matters by Mary Kennedy, normally €19 reduced to €15. Various gifts sets: Dork Diaries. Fashion City. Guess how Much I love you, normally €20 reduced to €15. Great stock of adult colouring books.
Sport. The White Heat by Tomas O Se €20. Last Line by Packie Bonner €20. My Story by Stephen Gerard €19. Pulling the Strings by Peter Stringer €25
Biographies. Me and My Mate Jeffrey by Niall Breslin €18. Hopscotch by Hillary Fannin €17. That's Life by Marty Whelan €20. A Fly Never Lit by P.J. Cunningham €15.
1916 History Children of the Rising by Joe Duffy €25. Easter Dawn by Turtle Bunbury€30. 1916 by Tim Pat Coogan €24. The Scrap by Gene Kerrigan €20
Great gift ideas include All in the Cooking €17 The Women by Alice Taylor €17 Around the Farm Gate €15 Count your Blessings by Francis Brennan €15 Grandpa's Great Escape by David Williams €14 And many many more
Of the six Cork county champions, Dungourney in Junior Hurling are the only Cork standard bearers to win out in Munster as Nemo Rangers went down to Clonmel Commercials in senior football, Carrigaline to St Mary's in intermediate football, following Newcestown in intermediate hurling, Glen Rovers in senior hurling and Bandon in junior football.
Senior Hurling Championship
Glen Rovers 1-9 Ballygunner, Waterford 0-19
Final: Na Piarsaigh, Limerick 2-18 Ballygunner 2-11
Senior Football Championship
Nemo Rangers 1-13 Stradbally (Waterford) 0-5
Semi final: Nemo Rangers 0-14 Killarney Legion 0-8
Final: Nemo Rangers 0-9 Clonmel Commercials 1-7
Premier Intermediate Hurling
Semi Final: Newcestown 0-14 Clonakenny (Tipperary)
Final: Wolfe Tones (Clare) 1-18 (21) Newcestown 2-13 (19)
Premier Intermediate Football
Carrigaline 2-8 Oola (Limerick) 0-5
Final: St Mary's (Kerry) 1-16 Carrigaline 0-9
Junior A Hurling
Dungourney 2-11 Broadford (Limerick) 0-5
Final: Dungourney 1-17 Fenor (Waterford) 0-8
Bandon 0-14 Golden (Tipperary) 0-7
Semi final: Templenoe (Kerry) 0-16 Bandon 1-10
Final: Templenoe 2-17 Coolmeen, Clare 0-3
De La Salle senior footballers suffered their third successive defeat in Corn Uí Mhuirí going under to group winners, Rathmore at Mallow on a scoreline of 3-19 to 3-5. DLS are now out of the competition and must focus their attention on the upcoming Cork Colleges semi-final. The team line out was: S Lucey (Aghinagh): Jack Cronin (Macroom), Liam Wall (Kilmurry), Brian Hinchion (Kilmurry): Liam O'Sullivan (Kilmurry), Ethan O'Gorman (Macroom), John O'Mullane (Kilmurry): Alan Quinn (Macroom), Cathal Foley (Kilmichael): Blake O'Gorman (Macroom), Chris Óg Jones (Iveleary), Kevin Murphy (Kilmichael): Mark Healy (Canovee), Caleb Dinneen (Macroom), Greg Fitton (Kilmurry). Subs: Trevor Tobin (Kilmichael), J Murphy (Canovee), Josh Pickering (Kilmichael).
The All Ireland Even Ages Cross Country championships were held at Santry in Dublin and West Muskerry athletes put in some great performances. Most of the athletes were running up an age group and for some it was their first All-Ireland. There were over 150 runners in each race.
In Boys U12 2000m, James O'Neill and Colm Gellispie both won gold medals as part of the winning Cork team. In the club competition, West Muskerry finished out of the medal but the teams were in the top ten teams in Ireland, no mean achievement. The team was Kames O'Neill, Colm Gellispie, Brendan O'Sullivan, Macdara O'Conaola, Paul Downey and James McCarthy with Dylan deFaoite as sub. Member.
In Girls U14 3000m, Shannon Cotter and Katelyn Kelleher ran extremely well. Shannon Cotter put in a great finish and was rewarded with a gold medal as part of the Cork team. In Boys U14 3000m Connor O'Neill and Tadhg Manning performed really well. Connor, despite an early fall, won a gold medal with the ;winning Cork team.
In Girls U16 4000m, Jennifer Cotter and Cailtin Hurley ran fine races and both won Bronze medals with the Cork team. In Boys U16 4000m, James Downey was running up an age and will have benefited from the experience when competing in the U15 All Ireland this weekend.
Macroom GAA held its Annual General Meeting recently and team managers were appointed for the various teams being affiliated. Bobby O'Dwyer has stood down after two years in charge of the Premier Intermediate teams and his place as manager will now be taken by Mossie Barrett of Donoughmore, former very successful manager of the Cork Junior Footballers. Mossie will be assisted on his management team by Tim O'Sullivan and Colman Corrigan. Alan O'Shea has taken on the management of the Macroom junior team, assisted by Francis Horgan, formerly with the U 21 team. The manager of the minor footballers is Patrick Goold, assisted again by Joe Carroll, Leo Goold and John Ryan. A manager for the U21 footballers has not yet been appointed.
The Gala End of Year Awards Night will be staged on January 9th 2016 in Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig. Last year saw the launch of a new initiative to highlight and recognise sporting endeavours within the Muskerry Division. This year, once again, The Auld Triangle and Muskerry GAA Sports Star Awards were very successful, with eight super performers being honoured. The next step in this initiative is a Gala Awards Evening. This event will be a Black Tie affair, where there will be the announcement of:
One Overall Sports Star of the Year from the 8 monthly winners
The Junior Hurling Team of the Year sponsored by O'Mahony Walsh, Auctioneers and Insurance Brokers
The Junior Football Team of the Year sponsored by Murphy Fuels – Macroom Haulage
The teams will only be announced on the night from the final panel of nominees.
The Annual General of Muskerry GAA Division was hosted by Aghinagh GAA at their new club pavilion at Rusheen. All the outgoing officers on the Executive had to stand down from their positions, as per rule, but were eligible to seek another post. Cathaoirleach JJ Long did not seek any new position, nor did former Cathaoirleach and Development Officer, Frank McCarthy, both men ending a long association with the board. Outgoing Cultural Officer, Pádraig Ó Céilleachair did not seek election to any new position either. Between them the three retiring officers had given 50 years of outstanding service to the Muskerry board and not unnaturally, were recipients of many fulsome and well deserved tributes from the delegates present. JJ Long and Frank McCarthy were honoured by being elected as Vice Presidents of the board.
The meeting was overshadowed by the very recent death of Peter Downey of Inniscarra, former chairman of the Muskerry Referees Association, and there were many tributes paid to Peter and to his contribution to the GAA in Inniscarra, Muskerry and beyond.
The new line up of the officer board for 2016 is:
Uachtarán: Austin Cremin, Inniscarra Leas Uachtaráin: Tadhg Ó Gealbháin, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh; Tony O'Mahony, Ballinora; Pat O'Mahony, Inniscarra; Aubert Twomey, Ballincollig, JJ Long, Kilmurry and Frank McCarthy Ballincollig. Cathaoirleach: Pat Malone, Éire Óg. Leas- Cathaoirleach: William Buckley, Dripsey. Rúnaí: John Feeney, Dripsey. Cisteoir: Dave Lee, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. Oifigeach Forbartha: John Crean, Aghabullogue. Oifigeach Caidrimh: Kevin Murphy, Ballincollig. Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Vacant. County Board Delegates: Paddy O'Mahony, Inniscarra and John Crean.
The executive is to be completed by the election of two members from the board delegates and this election is to be held in January.
Tuarascáil an Rúnaí ó William Buckley, Rúnaí 2011-2015
It is again my pleasant responsibility to present a report on the activities of the Association within Múscraí for the present year. As I write my last report as Rúnaí, it is hard to believe that five years has passed so quickly. This AGM will create its own bit of history, as we say goodbye to two wonderful gentlemen of Muskerry. First, I want to mention Frank McCarthy who joined the Board in 1988, serving as Leas-Cathaoirleach until 1991 and Cathaoirleach, 1991 - 2010, where his leadership qualities came to the fore. He has a great ability to negotiate and find solutions to problems and bring matters to a satisfactory conclusion. He spent the last five years serving as Development Officer and much of that time securing sponsorship for the board and funds for coaching in the second-level schools in Ballincollig and Coachford.
JJ Long became Leas-Cathaoirleach in 1999, a post he held until 2010. He then served as Cathaoirleach, 2010-2015, a post he held with distinction. As we all know, during that term, JJ suffered a very serious farm accident. He has been an inspiration to all of us and showed true grit and determination as he battled his way from rehab back to his post as Cathaoirleach in Coachford. His constant good humour and the will to get back are just some of the characteristics that make him an incredible man. Both these men will be a huge loss to the Board, and I am sure if there is any need to seek advice in the future, they will only be a phone call away.
Also, our Cultural Officer, Pádraig Ó Céilleachair's term of office has concluded, and he has decided not to put himself forward for any other position. Hopefully, he will continue on as a Referee Assessor, as he has been an excellent referee in past years.
Awards. January is usually a quiet month regarding GAA activities but this year the awards for Junior Football and Hurling Teams, were announced in Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig and were kindly sponsored by Macroom Haulage and O'Mahony Walsh and the evening was sponsored by Oriel House Hotel. The individual monthly award winners were chosen from Football, Hurling, Camogie and Ladies Football. Nominations for each month were brought forward by a number of media reporters, who closely monitor the games. Each monthly award winner, along with family and friends, was invited to attend a presentation function at the Auld Triangle in Macroom. The overall winner of the Auld Triangle Sports' Star award for 2014 was Briege Corkery, St Val's and Cloughduv.
In all, the Board ran 18 Competitions in 2015, and 272 games were played in both Football and Hurling. Our Junior A Football Championship is still the number one attraction. This year, Uíbh Laoire and Inniscarra reached the final, where they competed for ultimate honours on the newly refurbished facilities in Cill na Martra. Uíbh Laoire last won this competition in 1985, and Inniscarra in 1989, so for both teams, there was a lot at stake. Uíbh Laoire came out on top to the delight of their huge following and went on to contest the county final
In Junior A Hurling, Cloughduv are still the kingpins. Cloughduv and Blarney 2nd team contested the final, which was played in Coachford before a modest crowd. Cloughduv later made it all the way to the county final only to leave a five-point lead slip, the game ending in a draw. Their luck deserted them in the replay, which was played in atrocious conditions.
In U21 A Football, Inniscarra and Macroom made it to the final, where Inniscarra came out on top in a very closely contested final. They were beaten by Beara in the county championship, however. They certainly look strong contenders for honours again in 2016.
In U21 Hurling, Blarney regained their position as kingpins in Muskerry, when they overcame the challenge of Inniscarra in the final. Blarney beat Newcestown in first round of county championship, but were then defeated by Duhallow in the Semi-Final.
Gate receipts and attendances were down this year. This was not helped by the poor weather conditions on the day of the Junior A Football final, and by a rather poor Junior Hurling championship.
SCÓR is now struggling, with fewer clubs competing, which is a pity. It appears that this side of the GAA activity is now being neglected. With the introduction of new rule changes, it should be easier to get more people involved. There are plenty musicians, singers, dancers and other knowledgeable people within the various clubs. I am sure that, if asked, they would be delighted to show their wares on stage during these long winter nights. I would hope that all clubs would make the effort to get people out this year.
Muskerry Teams: We entered both hurling and football teams in County Senior Championship. It is sad to report that, I believe for the first time, we were unable to field a team in the senior hurling championship. There was an outcry from the delegates at the following board meeting as to why this happened. A report from John Feeney stated that at the start of the year they had picked from a panel of 50 players. Subsequently, quite a few made themselves unavailable because of injury or otherwise. A panel of 27 players were picked a week before championship, and when selectors met to finalise the team two days before the fixture, they were now down 10 more players from the team because of injury. They then contacted the Board to withdraw from the championship. Our footballers had a very good win over CIT. However, we failed once again to get over Duhallow in the next round. With some injuries and players not making themselves available, it became very difficult for our selectors. The responsibility now rests with the clubs to ensure that players make themselves available for Muskerry teams in the future. Huge efforts were put in by both selection committees. The hurling team was looked after by the following – John Feeney (Dripsey), Manager, and selectors, John Sexton (Ballincollig), Dave O'Brien (Blarney), James O'Leary (Éire Óg) and Peadar Murphy (Inniscarra). In charge of the football team were Andrew McCarthy (Inniscarra), Manager, John O'Callaghan (Iveleary), Pat O'Leary (Kilmurry), Matt O'Leary (Aghinagh) and Dermot O'Riordan (Kilmichael). Football: Muskerry 0-12 CIT 1-06, Muskerry 1-14 Duhallow 2-17.
Junior A Hurling. Nine teams competed in this championship, with some good matches being played. Cloughduv nearly came a cropper in the semi-final when Ballinora took them to a replay. Having recovered from that fright, Cloughduv then went all the way to the county final. With a five-point lead and only a few minutes left, we were all hoping that Cloughduv would succeed. Unfortunately, they were caught in the dying moments and the game ended all square. Lady luck deserted them completely in the replay.
Junior B Hurling Eleven teams were entered in this Grade, with Cloughduv and Uíbh Laoire making it to the final. This year, for the first time in this grade, divisional winners were allowed to compete in a county championship. With Uíbh Laoire concentrating on football, Cloughduv were nominated to play in the county championship, only to be beaten by Bantry. Uíbh Laoire later came out on top in the Muskerry final, in what was a bad weekend for Cloughduv.
County B Hurling and Football. There was no internal competition for these clubs this year, as it was run on a County wide basis. Uíbh Laoire beat Gabriel Rangers in Round 1 and were beaten by Randal Óg in the quarter final. In Football Gleann na Laoi lost to Goleen in Round 1 and to St Johns in the Losers Round.
U21A Hurling Seven teams contested this competition, which is now one of our better hurling competitions. The commitment given by the board to allow teams two chances in the competition is proving very difficult to run because of the tight time-frame in which the competition must be completed. The clubs played these games mid-week, in between other championships, in order to finish the competition on time. Blarney proved too strong for Inniscarra in the final.
U21 B Hurling. Four teams entered in this competition, but the withdrawal of Kilmichael and Laochra Óg left Grenagh and Donoughmore in the final. Played before the Junior Football final in Cill na Martra, Donoughmore proved too strong for Grenagh on the day. Donoughmore were beaten by Kilworth in the first round of the county championship.
Junior A Football. This is our premier competition, with fifteen teams entering the draw, and with some great matches being played all around the division. Since 2010 there have been five different winners of this competition. At the beginning of any given year, it is virtually impossible to pick a winner of this championship, as any team is capable of winning. Uíbh Laoire and Inniscarra competed for the honours in the newly refurbished facilities in Cill na Martra. Uíbh Laoire had last won this competition in 1985 and Inniscarra in 1989, so for both teams there was a lot at stake. Uíbh Laoire came out on top to the delight of their huge following.
Junior B Football. Twelve teams were in the draw for this one, with Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh and Uíbh Laoire making it to the final. Played in Macroom, this was first time that these two teams met in a final of Junior B championship. Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh gained the bragging rights over their neighbours in a one sided final. The winners looked very impressive on the night, and we were not surprised when they brought back the county title to Muskerry. Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh looked well capable of competing in Junior A championship next year.
Junior C Football Eight teams entered this competition, with Ballincollig and Clondrohid making it to the final, which was played in Kilmurry. Ballincollig produced a very young team for this competition and proved too strong for all others.
U21 A Football Inniscarra were not too pleased when asked to play U21A Football this year, but on this occasion, we were proved right, when they went on to beat Macroom in the final. Both these teams competed in the B final last year, so are making steady progress, and we look forward to another good championship for 2016.
U21 B Football This is a very competitive section in our U21 competitions, where any one of a number of teams could win. Cill na Martra and Éire Óg met in the final, played in Annahala, where Cill na Martra came out on top. Later, they went all the way to win the county championship, with a narrow victory over Kilmeen. Having won the C championship in 2014, B in 2015...can they make it three-in-a-row in 2016?
U21 C Football With only three teams competing in this competition, played in a round robin style competition, Uíbh Laoire and Clondrohid contested the final. Uíbh Laoire started the year off well, winning their first trophy, and in doing so gave a signal of what was to come.
I would like to thank all our referees for their wonderful service and commitment to the Coiste during the past year, and to me during my term as Rúnaí. They have always been very obliging and helpful when needed. They do a great job and without them, there would be no games played. As you can see from above, our referees are highly respected at County level, getting high profile County finals. Also, 'Thank You' to Aubert Twomey, our referee administrator this year, for his contribution to the CCC in the appointments for Championship matches. Donald O'Leary came on board as Referee Assessor, this year, along with Pádraig Ó Céilleachair whose experience is invaluable.
Once again Cumann Réiteoirí Mhúscraí have been extremely busy both in the division and throughout the county. Our annual in-service course was held in Cloughduv in late January and was very well attended. Thanks, once again, to Pat Moore and John Motherway for providing an interesting and informative course which, as usual, contained some lively discussion and debate. We held regular meetings throughout the year to discuss the implementation of rules and other ongoing issues. A special thanks to Aghabullogue GAA for the use of their facilities to hold our meetings. We also held our annual Pitch & Putt outing in Kilmichael in February and a special thanks to John Ryan who sponsored this year's main prize and to the Kenny family from Grenagh for once again sponsoring the runners up prize. The Cumann Réiteoirí Mhúscraí Hall of Fame recipient was Denis O'Mahony, Kilmichael, a respected referee for many years. Denis was very appreciative of his colleagues presenting him with this award. The award was presented at our annual Christmas Function and, once again, thanks to the Muskerry Board for their financial support of this event and also for contributing to the purchase of new gear for the referees. On behalf of Cumann Réiteoirí Mhúscraí, I would like to thank all the officers of the Muskerry Board for their support over the last 5 years.
To all the referees who officiated at Divisional Championship Finals and County Championship Finals, I offer my congratulations. As usual the appointments for the Finals were evenly distributed and we compliment the Board for their fairness in this regard. Since the last Muskerry Board AGM, Michael Keane has stepped down from his role as Referees Administrator for Coiste Chontae Chorcaí. I wish to thank Michael for his many years of assistance and encouragement to the Muskerry referees and I am sure he will continue to be a great source of support to us. My thanks once again to Aubert Twomey for carrying out his role as Muskerry Referees Administrator and to Paud Kelleher and Donald O'Leary for carrying out their roles as referees' assessors. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage clubs to support their club referees by providing them with officials for matches. It can be extremely difficult to get officials and clubs have a duty to support their own referees in this regard. I would also ask clubs to seek out any members from within their own ranks who are interested in becoming referees and I remind them that Cumann Réiteoirí Mhúscraí is always available to support new referees.
Referees who refereed Championship Finals for Coiste Chontae Chorcai in 2015: Ger Ahern - Junior B Hurling Final. Ted Hayes- U21 A Football Final Replay. John Ryan- Intermediate Football Final. David Murnane- Intermediate Football Final Replay. Diarmuid Kirwan- Senior Hurling Final.
Go raibh maith agaibh
Venues. My thanks to all clubs who hosted our games during the year. Without your help, our championships could not run as smoothly as they do. Despite the huge amount of games that are now played, ye are always willing to accommodate this board. Also, my thanks to those people who collect the monies at the gates, which is surely not an easy job.
Media. My thanks to all our local media who do so much work to promote our games locally, especially, Brendan Kenneally, Lee Valley Outlook, who also provides match reports for website, Aubert Twomey, Southern Star and County, Kevin Murphy, Evening Echo and Michael Scanlon of C103, all of whom provide great coverage of divisional activities.
County Board Delegates. My thanks to Paddy O'Mahony and John Crean for representing Muskerry at the County Board for the past twelve months.
Congratulations. Cork Minor footballers: Congratulations for being selected on the County panel to Daniel Ó Duinnín, Cill na Martra, Chris Kelly, Éire Óg, Kevin Dwyer, Macroom, Sean Lucey, Ballincollig, and Conor Hughes, Canovee.
Cork Minor Hurlers: Congratulations for being selected on the County panel to Mark Coleman, Conor McCarthy, Blarney, Robbie Burke, Ballincollig and Mathew Bradley, Aghabullogue.
Congratulations to the Cork Ladies Footballers and Camogie players, who brought senior All Irelands back to Leeside. Both teams were well represented with Muskerry players and selectors. Congrats to both Rena Buckley and Briege Corkery for collecting their sixteenth Senior All Ireland medals.
Congratulations to Coláiste Ghobnatan on winning Munster Senior C Colleges honours and who were very unlucky in the All Ireland Final, losing to Rathangan by the slenderest of margins.
Finally, congratulations to Cill na Martra, on winning County U21 B Football, and Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, on winning County Junior B Football titles.
Our thanks, once again, are extended to our sponsors during the past year: Quish's Super Valu, Ballincollig. Ballincollig Credit Union. Ross Oil, Farnanes. MJK Oils, Clondrohid. Macroom Motor Services. Farho Intelligent Heating, Farran. The Auld Triangle, Macroom. Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig. Rochestown Park Hotel. Cumnor Construction, Blarney
Match Sponsorship. The post-match receptions for the Junior A Finals, which are held in the Auld Triangle on the Monday evening following the matches, are sponsored by the Auld Triangle and have been a very enjoyable occasion for players and mentors of the participating teams. 'Man of the Match' Awards are also presented at these functions. Our thanks go to the Sponsors for these presentations - O'Mahony Walsh & Associates for the Hurling, and Ross Oil for the Football. Our thanks also go to Michael O'Riordan for his generous sponsorship of these receptions. We were disappointed at the attendance for the hurling final, but the Football final made up for it, with a great turnout, especially from the Inniscarra club, who brought the majority of the Team and Club officers, a hard thing to do, especially when you are on the losing side.
This new venture, undertaken by the board, would not be possible but for the generous sponsorship of Michael and Eileen O'Riordan of the Auld Triangle, Macroom. I would like to thank the hard working committee for the time and effort they put into organising these monthly events. This committee is chaired by John Feeney, Dripsey, with Anne O'Riordan, Cloughduv as Secretary/PRO. The other members of the committee are Michael O'Riordan, Auld Triangle, Dave Lee, Ballingeary, Wm. Buckley, Dripsey, Brendan Kenneally, Macroom, Aubert Twomey, Ballincollig and Kevin Murphy, Ballincollig. We are very grateful, also, to the latter three for the media coverage we get every month. Also, we would like to thank Mike English for all his photographic work. We now look forward to the selection of the overall winner, and the selection of the Junior teams of the year in both hurling and football.
Muskerry Junior Football 2014 1 Joe Kelleher, Éire Óg, 2 Liam Long, Kilmurry, 3 Trevor O'Brien, Clondrohid, 4 Aidan Corkery, Donoughmore, 5 John Carey, Dripsey, 6 Dave Barry, Aghinagh, 7 Dave O'Leary, Kilmurry, 8 James White, Kilmurry, 9 Mike O'Brien, Aghinagh, 10 Sean O'Connor, Canovee, 11 Cathal Vaughan, Uibh Laoire, 12 Gary Murphy, Dripsey, 13 David O'Sullivan, Dripsey, 14 Peter Kelleher, Kilmichael, 15 Declan Ambrose, Aghinagh.
Muskerry Junior Hurling 2014: 1 Jonathon Buckley, Cloughduv, 2 Paul O'Sullivan, Cloughduv, 3 James O'Leary, Kilmichael, 4 Kevin Horgan, Donoughmore, 5 Andrew Cronin, Cloughduv, 6 Michael Hodge, Ballinora, 7 Bryan O'Halloran, Ballinora, 8 Darragh Ring, Cloughduv, 9 Conor Cotter, Kilmichael, 10 Sean O'Connor, Cloughduv, 11 Peter Kelleher, Kilmichael, 12 Shane Sexton, Donoughmore, 13 Patrick Fitton, Ballinora, 14 Michael Murphy, Ballinora, 15 Donal Corkery, Cloughduv.
2015 saw the Auld Triangle and Muskerry Sports Star Awards enter their 2nd year. March Award Winner – Sean O'Donoghue, April Award Winner – Amhlaoibh Lynch. May Award Winner - Vera Foley. June Award Winner – John Carey. July Award Winner – Colm O'Leary. August Award Winner – Rena Buckley. September Award Winner – Brian Cronin. October Award Winner – Aidan Ahern.
Cumann Réiteoirí Mhúscrai, with great sadness and deep regret, learned of the tragic death of our esteemed refereeing colleague and dear friend, Peter Downey, RIP. Peter began his long and successful career in refereeing in Muskerry in 1995 and worked his way up within Muskerry to referee all the major finals, including two Junior A Hurling Championship Finals and one Junior A Football Championship Final. He was also a prominent referee for the Cork County Board, Rebel Óg and the Cork Camogie Board. He refereed numerous finals for each of these Boards including the Cork County Senior Camogie Final. He was also an established member of the Camogie Association National Referees Panel. In recent years he began a new role as a referee's assessor for the Camogie Association and went on to be elected Chairman of their National Referees Association which was one of his proudest moments. He also travelled to America to referee for the Camogie Association. In 2001 Peter was delighted to be elected Chairman of Cumann Réiteoirí Mhúscraí, a role he fulfilled with great success for 12 years. The standard of refereeing today in Múscraí would not be as high without his influence. Peter worked tirelessly to attract new referees to the association and generate a close bond between us all. He made all new referees feel welcome and part of the Cumann from the beginning. As part of his Chairmanship, one of his accomplishments was organising various functions (Christmas Dinner, Pitch & Putt Outing and trip to Croke Park). As long as Cumann Réiteoirí Mhúscraí come together to meet, Peter will always be spoken about in the highest regard. We would like to send our sincere condolences to his wife Geraldine, sons Adrian, Peter Jnr, Brian, Kevin and his mother Nina, on the tragic loss of Peter. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam. - Cumann Reiteoiri Mhúscrai.
Regretfully a number of members from various clubs within the division passed to their reward since our last AGM: Seamus McCarthy Kilmurry - Muskerry Captain 1970, JJ Hinchion Canovee ,Denny Buckley Donoughmore, former Board Delegate, Margaret Holland Inniscarra, Hal O'Brien Ballincollig and De la Salle, Macroom, Denny Buckley Inniscarra, former Treasurer, Fr. Finbar Kelleher Aghabullogue, Peter Downey Inniscarra – Referee. We remember in our prayers all the deceased members from various clubs who passed to their eternal reward during the past year. Ar dheis láimh Dé go raibh siad. A Novena of Masses will be offered for all deceased members of the Association in Muskerry.
It is hard to believe that five years have passed since I took over from our previous Rúnaí, Pádraig Ó Mathúna, and even harder to imagine how he managed to do this job without the technology that was available to me. It was a very busy five years, which included the launch of the Muskerry History Book, the visit of Uachtarán Cumann Lúth-chleas Gael, Liam O'Neill, to the Muskerry Division, and the launch of the Sports Star Awards. I would like to thank my fellow officers for all their help, also the Board delegates and the County Board Office, who have been very helpful and courteous to me during my term. Also, I would like to thank JJ Long for his continued support. Lastly, I would like to thank the club delegates for all their help and cooperation. 2016 is just around the corner and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the clubs the best of luck for the year ahead. I look forward to seeing ye all in the new year, on the 9th of January, at the Oriel House Hotel for the Sports Star Awards, and the selection of the Junior Hurling and Football teams of the year 2015. These teams are kindly sponsored by O'Mahony-Walsh and Macroom Haulage-Murphy Fuels, Macroom.
Liam Ó Buachalla
Please note that the reports from Proinnsias Mac Cárthaigh - Oifigeach Forbartha and Máire Ní Dhonnabháin, Rúnaí Scór, have been held over for the Januray 7 edition of the Lee Valley Outlook.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, winners of Minor County Championship C Final ©Orla Shorten
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 6-09 Kildorrery 5-07
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh have added yet another cup to this year's collection after beating Kildorrery in the Minor County Championship C Final. A wet and windy Ballincollig played host to both the Minor County Semi Final (in which Béal Átha beat off Crosshaven by a single point) and also to this epic encounter between Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh and Kildorrery. Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh got off to a dream start with a score line of three goals and four points to no score by the eleventh minute. Ronán O Loingsigh was the first to slot over a well taken point and this was soon followed by an unstoppable shot at goal by Barra Ó Buachalla. Donagh Seartan contributed 1-02 along with a further goal and a point from Conchuir O Loingsigh. Great defence work by Séan Ó Riordán, Shane Ó Críodáin, Enda Ó Luasa, Daire Ó Ceallacháin and Cristóir Rinn prevented the Kildorrery attack from scoring within this time frame. Kildorrery had scored two points by the the 20th minute however, when a well worked attack found the back of the Ballingeary net. This got the Kildorrery momentum going and they closed Béal Átha's lead from 15 points to 6 by the end of the first half 4-05 to 2-05.
Kildorrery scored a superb 1 goal and two points in the first five minutes of the second half and had stolen the lead from the Gaeltacht men but an outstanding performance by Séan Ó Riordáin and Conchuir Ó Loingsigh made sure the ball got back down to the Béal Átha forwards. With Seamus O Tuama dancing through the Kildorrery back line they had no option but to foul in the box. Conchuir O Loingsigh fired the penalty past the Kildorrery goalkeeper. Béal Átha were now up two points and they did not lose that lead for the remainder of this County Final. In a game that saw eleven superb goals, the score ended Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 6-09 to Kildorrery 5-07
Béal Átha.n Ghaorthaidh; Conor Ó Buachalla, Enda Ó Luasa, Seán Ó Riordáin, Shane Ó Críodáin, Daire Ó Ceallacháin, Cristóir O Rinn, Conchuir Ó Loingsigh 3-03 (1-0 P 0-3 F), Barra Ó Buachalla 1-0, Donagh Seartan 1-05, Seán Ó Muineacháin, Seamus Ó Tuama, Jack Ó hUrdail, Ronán O Loingsigh, Brian Ó Tuama, Risteard Ó Suilleabháin, Donncha Ó Creimín, Ciarán Ó Laoire.
U13 Naomh Abán girls after winning the Mid Cork final, played against Éire Óg ©Nóra Ní Luasa
Kilmurry U16s played Urhan in the County League semi-final in Ballydehob Nov. 22. In what was a closely contested game, with the same opponents they beat in the County Championship final, Kilmurry emerged victorious by a single point on a score of 0.19 to 2.12. Greg Fitton, Caelum Lynch and James O'Mullane scored some fine individual points and Liam O'Sullivan with the outstanding William Ronan were impressive at midfield. The game was all square coming to the final whistle until Tomas Collins won a ball midfield, carried it forward and put it over the bar for the winning point. Clonakilty awaited in the final which was played in Clonakilty November 30. Conditions were very poor,with driving wind and rain. The score at half time was 1.5 to 1.4, Evan Carroll the goal scorer. Kilmurry, down a point but playing with the wind in the second half, got three points in a row from Liam O'Sullivan which swung the momentum and with James O'Mullane, Darragh Walsh and Dylan Kierans all impressing around the middle and Greg Fitton scoring a goal, Kilmurry emerged winners on a score of 2.11 to 2.7. Kilmurry finished a remarkable year as County champions in League and Championship.
Éire Óg 1-9 Ballygarvan 1-4.
The curtain came down on the Cork Adult Camogie scene for 2015 when Eire Óg lined out to play Ballygarvan in the remaining final of the year at the Castle Road venue. At stake was the long awaited Summer cup, and significantly the sun shone brightly and the pitch surface was excellent for the occasion. Ballygarvan started with a well taken goal but Eire Óg followed with some excellent points and led at the break 0-7 to 1-1. Ballygarvan started the second half in determined fashion and were level after 10 minutes. A great goal by Ellen Herlihy restored the Eire Óg lead. The closing stages were exciting, and while Ballygarvan tried hard to the end, Eire Óg were not to be denied on this occasion. Overall, this was a great triumph for Eire Óg and their team panel and mentors, deserve great credit.
Eire Óg scores: Margaret Herlihy 0-4, Ellen Herlihy 1-1, Erin Corkery 0-2, Elaine Scally and Marie Gleeson 0-1 each.
Eire Óg t: Rachel Murray, Aileen Hennessy, Aoife Hennessy, Katie McCarthy, Orla Meaney, Siobhan Hutchinson, Aoife O Callaghan, Margaret Herlihy(Capt), Emma Crowley, Aine Barry, Elaine Scally, Maeve Ellen Desmond, Erin Corkery, Ellen Herlihy, Marie Gleeson, Ruth Murphy, Marie O Leary, Gillian Murphy, Leanne O Shea, Amy O Callaghan, Nicole Desmond, Cliona O Brien, Laura Hayes, Avril McSweeney. Referee. Andrew Larkin, Douglas.
The AGM of Clondrohid GAA club was held recently, with a large attendance present. The chairman Tim McCarthy opened the meeting, welcoming everyone and thanking all those who helped with the running of the club over the past year. The meeting continued with comprehensive detailed reports from the secretary Tim O'Connor and the treasurer Gerard Kelleher. Election of officers was next on the agenda, with some new personnel elected and some outgoing officers remaining in office. The club welcomes new executive members: Mark Creed as Health & Wellbeing officer, Shane Creed as Irish and Cultural officer, Kevin Hourihan as Coaching officer, Rab Bonnar executive member, Martin O'Mahony as Muskerry Board Delegate. Whilst it's fantastic to have new people on the executive, the club acknowledges the dedication and commitment of executive members who have stepped down. Your input and dedication to the club is much appreciated over the years. The chairman addressed the meeting and complimented the dedication of everyone involved and wished the club every success in the year ahead.
St. Stephen's Day match: It's that time of the year again. Yes, the annual Married men v Single men match returns this year at 12 noon on Stephen's day. Can the married men upset the odds again this year and defend the title they won so heroically last year? Or will the young guns finally come out of their shells and beat their wiser, better, more handsome compatriots? All proceeds go to the fight against suicide with more details to follow.
Ballincollig became the Mid-Cork Grade B Football champions when they defeated Clondrohid 1-6 to 0-7 in the final at Coachford on Sunday 12 October 1975. The game proved to be a thriller from start to finish, with the gallant Clondrohid boys being overtaken in the closing stages by a very determined Ballincollig fifteen. Although lacking in experience, the Clondrohid boys took their more experienced opponents by surprise. They missed a few golden opportunities in the first half when they were playing with the breeze. Their opponents also missed some chances, but in the general run of play, they were the most consistent for the hour.
Clondrohid's first score came from Finbar O Brien. Three minutes later Jack Hegarty equalised for Ballincollig with a fine point. At the start of the second quarter, Maurice O Connell put Ballincollig ahead. Michael O Callaghan and Paddy Corkery had the lion's share of play at centre field for Clondrohid but this advantage was not converted into scores. They led by a single point at the half way stage, 0-3 to 0-2. In the second half, against the wind, Clondrohid surprised their opponents by getting two more points from Michael O Callaghan and Joe Kelleher to go three points ahead. However, Ballincollig swept into attack and a point from Aidan Ryan and another from Tim Foley narrowed the lead. Tim O Leary was brought midfield and, playing a fine style of football, put Ballincollig back on track. Clondrohid increased their lead with a point from Michael O Callaghan. With Jack Hegary and Leo Ryan in scoring mood for Ballincollig they quickly drew level and with ten minutes left a Jack Hegarty goal was disallowed as the referee had the whistle blown for a free out. The Clondrohid boys went into the lead with a point from Michael O Callaghan. Excitement ran high in the closing stages as Ballincollig failed to score from a few close in frees. When the game appeared to be all over a Ballincollig movement saw Sean Hourihan's kick dip under the bar to give the lead to Ballincollig with only seconds left in the game. It was heartbreak for a gallant Clondrohid side who had defeated Canovee, Our Lady's Hospital and Kilmichael on their journey to the final.
Ballincollig: J Coughlan, M Dineen, D White, A Twomey, S McCarthy, S Hourihan, J Sexton, M O Connell, L Ryan, A Ryan, J Hegarty, T Foley, D Barry Murphy, T O Leary, P O Neill.
Clondrohid: M Lucey, J Lucey, P Kelleher, M Lucey, J O Callaghan, J O Leary, H Lynch, P Corkery, M O Callaghan, F O Brien, M O Leary, J Kelleher, C O Callaghan, P Kelleher, L Creed. Referee . TJ Lyons.
Clann Uí Mhurchú ag bronnadha an Shane Uí Mhurchú Memorial Cup on the inaugural winners, Ian O Riordan, Brian Corcoran and David Lynch. ©Nóra Ní Luasa
What a fantastic community spirit shown by everyone on Sunday 29th to launch the Shane Murphy Memorial Cup. Wind and rain could not prevent this event from taking place. It's impossible to thank everyone individually and because of the unique spirit within the club, nobody is looking for thanks, However, the superb effort put in by all was outstanding. More than 40 teams of three competed, a fitting tribute to Shane and fantastic that his cup was won by his friends & team mates, David Lynch, Brian Corcoran and Ian O'Riordan. The memorial cup was presented by the Murphy Family. The individual trophies were presented by Daniel, Colin and Caoimhe Murphy. €1500 was raised for Jamie Wall whose father, Michael, was present on the day for the presentation. We would like to thank Johnny Manning for the use of the Carriganimma Bus "Cairt" and driver Con O'Leary for driving on the day. Thanks to you all for taking part & donating. Super day great craic.
Results. Seniors :Nov. 29 1st Oliver Sexton(13), Phil Cooper(17), Ml Dwyer(22) 48.8
Club singles : 1st Tony O'Riordan (16) 32 pts
Seniors Dec. 1: 1st Vincent Kingston, Tom Fitzgerald, Liam Nash.
Fixtures: Tues Seniors, Mon/ Fri Weekly singles, Sat/ Sun Mini hamper.