Lee Valley Outlook Feb 5 2015 v12e3

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Snow Capped Mullach an Ois from Cill na Martra © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Updates

Clubs and Committees in the Lee Valley.

Get your nominations in for


As part of St Patrick's Weekend celebrations, Lee Valley Enterprise Board is inviting nominations for "The Flower of Macroom", who will have the honour of leading the 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade as Grand Marshal. Each club or business may enter one candidate to represent them at a special function to be held at the Briery Gap on Sunday 15th March at 8.30 pm where the 2015 "Flower of Macroom" will be crowned. The winner will be selected by a panel of adjudicators (50%) and members of the audience (50%).
Please submit nominations to St. Patrick's Festival Committee, Lee Valley Enterprise Board, E Park, Macroom.

Lee Valley Diary

Aghinagh Comhaltas presentation to Marymount Hospice in Breathnach's, Coachford on Fri. 6th Feb. at 9.00pm.
1916 Relatives Macroom and district inaugural meeting at the Riverside Hotel on Sat. 7th Feb. at 8 pm.
Sunday Afternoon Céilí with Aghinagh Comhaltas at The Riverside Park Hotel on Sun.8th Feb 3.00 - 6.00pm.
Kilgarvan ag Rith charity 5km/ 10km race in Kilgarvan on the 8th of Feb. at 12 noon.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club. A.G.M. Thurs. 12th Feb. 7p.m. at Coolcower House
Lourdes Mass on Fri. Feb. 13 at 7.30pm in St Gobnait's church, Ballyvourney
Benefit Night at Dogs Friday Feb 13th for Cork Camogie All Ireland Champions
Remembering 1916 – '23 Meeting in Kilmurry museum on February 14
Tidy Towns Collection Sat Feb 14th and Sun 15th at Masses in Coachford.
Coachford Foróige Cake Sale and Coffee Morning on Feb.15th
Donoughmore Macra TV themed table quiz for Marymount and Cope. Feb. 21 in Pat Barry's at 8.30pm.
Dromleigh table quiz in Dromey's Bar, Droumcarra, on Fri. Feb. 27th at 8.30pm.
Music Quiz with Coachford NS Parents Association on Sat. Feb. 28th in O'Callaghan's Bar at 8.30pm..
Cystic Fibrosis Dance Sat Feb 28th at The Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom. 9.30pm till late.
Clondrohid G.A.A. table quiz in the Tavern, Clondrohid on March 6
Macroom Area Over 60s talent competition Tues. March 10th in Fr Ryan Hall, Macroom 8.30pm.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club. March 12th at Coolcower House. Speaker Hester Forde.
Coachford Players present 'Separate Beds' in Coachford GAA Hall on April 11th 12th and 13th

Macroom Library:

Story time Saturday at 12 noon.
Bridge on Wed. Feb. 11 at 10.30a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte Thurs. Feb. 12 at 11.30a.m
Gramophone Circle: Fri. Feb. 13 at 11a.m.
The Purlies Thurs. Feb. 19 at 11a.m. .

Briery Gap:

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Mon. 9th Feb. at 8.30pm.
Ida on Wed. 11th Feb.at 8.30pm.
Patrick O'Sullivan Fri. 13th Feb. at 8pm .
Box Trolls Sat. 14th Feb. at 2.00pm.
Magic in the Moonlight Mon. 16th Feb. at 8.30pm.
The Real McCoy, Feb. 19th – 21st.
Hypnotist "Dale Thomas" February 22nd.
Gone Girl Mon. 23rd Feb. at 8.30pm.
Kon-Tiki. Wed. 25th Feb. at 8.30pm.

All Ireland 15 Minute Light Entertainment Festival Finals 2015. Fri., February 27th.
All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival Finals 2015, Sat., Feb. 28th.
Brian Kennedy Fri., March 6 @ 8.30pm.. Note change of date.

We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. in this fortnightly diary. Please email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; telephone 026 41891 or post to Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. Remember you can access back issues of the Lee Valley Outlook at www.macroom.ie

Macroom Updates

Hat Trick for Castle

For the 3rd year in a row, the Castle Hotel and Leisure Centre, Macroom earned a Travellers' Choice Award and is again ranked in the Top 25 Hotels in Ireland by Trip Advisor. The hotel is no stranger to awards and last year was presented with the National Title of 'The Best Hotel Carvery in Ireland', and received two 2014 Trip Advisor Awards. The prestigious awards are run on an annual basis by Trip Advisor, which is the world's largest travel community, where millions of travellers seek information on all items travel related.
Owner, Don Buckley said "It is so rewarding to be acknowledged once again by the world renowned Trip Advisor and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the team at The Castle Hotel for their continued hard work and commitment. We are delighted to be ranked so highly and keep company with well-established Cork hotels such as Hayfield Manor, River Lee and Inchydoney. This is a fantastic boost for management and staff and will spur us on to exceed our guest requirements".

Attention Kellehers  

Dr. Con Kelleher recently received a beautifully hand-written letter from a complete stranger, a United States resident, who was looking for information on relatives who may be living in the Macroom area. The writer, a lady by the name of Ms Catherine (Cathy) Bendig, lives at 9173 Reed Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410. Her great-great grandfather was a Cornelius Kelleher from Macroom and she is anxious to know if she has any cousins living in the area. Her family details are as follows:
Great-great grandparents: Cornelius and Ellen Kelleher
Great grandparents: Eugene {D.o.B. 5/12/1885} and Nora{or Hanora}, neé Cronin, {D.o.B. 4/8/1886} and they were married on January 18th, 1908. {Eugene had a brother, John, and a sister, Hannah}.
Grandmother: Margaret Charlotte Kelleher { D.o.B. 16/07/1922}.( Her great grand aunt was Kathleen Kelleher {D.o.B. 18/11/1920}. The eldest daughter, Eileen, was 2 according to the 1911 census)
Cathy gives various addresses of her antecedents and these are Macloneigh, Codrum and Gurteenroe Street – presumably New Street.
On May 1, 1927, when he was 41 years, Eugene, Nora and family sailed to New York on the Scythia and landed 9 days later. The family settled in New York. Attached is a picture which Cathy thinks was taken about that time, and her grandmother , Margaret Charlotte, is the smallest girl in the photo. Cathy was born in Brooklyn, moved at 6 to Allentown in Pennsylvania, and to Florida when she was 20. She is hoping against hope that somebody may know who her grandparents were and that she will find some long lost cousins.
Anyone with information can contact Ms Bendig at above address or Dr. Con at 24 Oakwood, Macroom.

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Pupils from McEgan College with Kevin Corcoran and Declan O'Mahony, director & producer of River Runner, at showing in the Briery Gap ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

River Runner Some of our 1st and 2nd Year students visited the Briery Gap to view River Runner. Students are currently working on their entry for the JCSP Make a Book Exhibition which they are doing on The Gearagh. They were delighted to learn the compelling story of the Wild Atlantic Salmon on the River Lee. More importantly for them however, they found the film's discussion of the history of the Grearagh very helpful as they work hard to bring their project to completion.
McEgan College recently held an Entrance Assessment for incoming 1st years in the college. Students were tested in literacy and numeracy ability and had the opportunity to engage in some home baking as well as team building activities in the Astro-Turf. Well done to all those who braved the inclement weather and it was lovely to meet parents, grandparents and family members over a hot cup of tea. Application forms are available from the main office.
TY Parish Day: On January 28, McEgan College Transition Year students participated in the second annual TY 'Parish Day'. This was held in the Castle Hotel. Transition year students from all three schools in Macroom were in attendance. The theme of the day was 'Hope' and the guest speaker was Dr. Fergus Heffernan. Dr. Heffernan spoke to the students on positive mental health and outlined coping techniques which might be of help to them in their daily lives. The 4A1 and 4A2 group created a special display board to bring with them to reflect the theme of the day. One of our students also closed the day's proceedings with a reflection based on the theme of 'Hope'. The aim was that our transition years will have been inspired to bring back a message of positivity after participating in the day's events. Many thanks to the Parish team of Fr. Roberts, Fr. Joe and Fr. McCarthy and to the Macroom Parish Assembly for organising and funding such a special day for the students of Macroom.

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Local elections count in Macroom 1985 © S McS

Soccer Bag Pack

Macroom F.C. will hold a fundraising bag pack at Dunnes Stores, Macroom this coming Friday 6th Feb (from 4pm) and Saturday 7th Feb (all day). The club has seen massive growth, particularly at schoolboy and schoolgirl levels in recent years, with well in excess of 300 players from Under 7 to Under 16 now regularly playing and training with the club. Also Macroom F.C. caters for Under 18 (Youths) level as well as having two junior adult teams. Central to the success and sustainability of any club are fundraising events such as these, as well as the volunteerism required to hold them. With this in mind, the club would like to invite any parent or adult club member who is available on either Friday or Saturday, for an hour or two, to make contact with club secretary Pat Melia @ 087 3520351 or chairman Denis Murray @ 087 2941780. All support for this important event will be greatly appreciated.

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Macroom Ploughing Association Committee at Coolcower House © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Library

Opening Hours. The library is now closed on Mondays. Therefore, the gramophone circle has been rescheduled to the second Friday of the month. February's will take place on Friday 13th and will be hosted by Maurice Linehan. Our current opening hours are Tuesday 10.00am to 7.30p.m and Wednesday to Saturday inclusive 10.00am to 5.30pm. Purlies next meet on Thursday 19th at 11.30a.m. Bridge takes place on Wednesday 11th February at 10.30a.m. Story time Saturday, (excluding Bank Holiday weekends), at 12 noon for 3 - 7 year olds. This is conducted by a member of staff. You do not have to be a library member to come to storytime.
Teenagers 13 to 18 are invited to enter the Cork City Libraries short story competition. First prize is €200 and there are two runner up prizes of €50. Entry forms and further details are available at the library desk.
If you do not have internet access at home, as a library member you are entitled to internet access here once a day for an hour. There is a network printer attached to our computers which is invaluable at times for people to be able to print boarding passes, CVs etc. You may also bring a memory stick and print from that. Wi-Fi access is available to library members through smartphones, tablets or laptops and there is no time limit on your session on these.
We had a day long 'walk in' St. Brigid's Cross making session on Saturday 31st January and this resulted in many homes now being graced with a masterpieces created with the help of Lorraine, Nora and Gillian! We hope everyone enjoyed it.
Thoughts will turn to holidays as the days lengthen so if you are thinking of going abroad you would want to check that your passport is in date. Should it require renewal be aware that the library has Passport Renewal forms.

Brian Kennedy for Briery Gap

The Briery Gap is delighted to announce the long awaited return of internationally celebrated talent, Brian Kennedy, to Macroom on Friday 6th March (note change of date). Brian survived a childhood on the infamous Falls Road, West Belfast at the height of its hellish history. Against all the odds, he carved out an extraordinary career in music. From harmonising with ambulances as a child, to finally overcoming stage fright, his gradual ascent was nothing short of miraculous. He busked on the dangerous streets of his hometown whatever the political weather, until a sudden escape to London when only 18 saw him surviving in the only way he knew. He sang unaccompanied in the underground stations and outside the Dominion Theatre, sometimes literally in order to eat, before eventually being 'discovered' by Simon Fuller. His regular tours of Ireland, the UK, Australia, Germany and the USA, including the major global festivals, has resulted in an every-growing international fan base and a phenomenal twenty-year career in the rollercoaster ride that is the unpredictable music industry. In 2015 he goes from strength to strength with his recent tribute album to Joni Mitchell.
Tickets €18/15 are available from the Briery Gap Box Office on 026-41793 or see brierygap.ie for further information. For those that have purchased tickets for the original date, please contact us to exchange. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

The Real McCoy

Sullane Players, Macroom will again take to the stage in The Briery Gap, Macroom on Thursday, Friday & Saturday 19th, 20th & 21st February to present "It's the Real McCoy". This hilarious comedy is set in rural Ireland in the 1960s and has played to sell out audiences across the country. The play is set in rural Ireland in 1964 and focuses on the life of 68 year-old Madge Mulloy who has spent more than 40 years struggling to survive on a small farm with her only daughter, Maura. Sadly, Madge has had to live with the fact that her husband Tom simply vanished within five months of marrying her, without trace. The play centres on Tom's homecoming and explanation of his disappearance. With two love stories, a dominant wife, a frightened husband, a confused curate, a gormless postman and two pedigree gossips, this production has all the ingredients for an unforgettable night of entertainment! This is rip-roaring comedy at its best, a combination of high drama and amazing Irish wit that will bring you in a nostalgic trip. This is Sullane Players 10th production since its inception in 2007 and boasts a top class cast from Macroom and the surrounding locality. Admission €12 and €10 Concessions. Performance starts at 8pm sharp. Book your tickets today at 026 41793. In aid of Macroom Senior Citizens & Units for Autism, St. Colman's School, Macroom

Briery Gap Programme


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Monday 9th February at 8.30pm. Admission €4. Ten years after simian flu wiped out much of the world's humans, genetically enhanced chimpanzee have established a thriving colony just outside San Francisco. A small band of human survivors emerges and conflict develops.
Sulan Film Society present Ida on Wednesday 11th February at 8.30pm. Admission €7. Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.
Box Trolls Saturday 14th February at 2.00pm. Admission €3. Eggs, an orphan, lives with the Boxtrolls -- a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who inhabit a cavern beneath the city of Cheesebridge. He devises a daring plan to save the Boxtrolls from extermination.
Magic in the Moonlight Monday 16th February at 8.30pm. Admission €4. With Colin Firth and Emma Stone, a tale of magic and spiritualism.
Gone Girl Monday 23rd February at 8.30pm. Admission €4. A 2014 American psychological thriller film stars Ben Affleck. Set in the Midwestern United States, the story begins as a mystery about a man whose wife has gone missing and the events after.
Sulan Film Society present Kon-Tiki. Wednesday 25th February at 8.30pm. Admission €7. In1947, six people set out to cross the Pacific Ocean on a balsa wood raft called 'Kon-Tiki'. With the world media watching, the crew navigates the Kon-Tiki across the Pacific Ocean using the stars and being driven by the currents and wind.


Patrick O'Sullivan Friday 13th February at 8pm .
Sullan Players present The Real McCoy, February 19th – 21st. Tickets €12/€10
Hypnotist "Dale Thomas" February 22nd. Tickets €15/€10
All Ireland 15 Minute Light Entertainment Festival Finals 2015. Friday, February 27th.
All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival Finals 2015, Saturday, February 28th.
Brian Kennedy will perform in the Briery Gap on Friday, March 6 @ 8.30pm Tickets €18/€15. Note change of date.
Muskerry Macra Drama County Finals will be held on 7th and 8th March.
Starmakers present Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March at 8.00pm. Sunday 15th March at 3.00pm. Tickets €12/€10
Ahakeera Drama Group presents Love Thy Neighbour on Friday 20th March. Tickets €12/€10
Ross Browne – Professional Idiot 15th May. Tickets €12/€10
Briery Gap has a new website at www.brierygap.ie. Check us out.

Local TV Programmes

Thurs. Feb. 5. 9.30p.m Final part of Scoraiocht.
Sun. Feb. 8: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. 80th anniversary Mass at Muinefliuch N.S. 2014.
6.30p.m. News and Sport. Rylane N. S. Centenary Celebrations 2014 Part 2.
Wed. Feb. 11: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Celebrating the feast of St. Gobnait. Muinefliuch N.S. 80th anniversary celebrations.
Thurs. Feb. 12. 9.30p.m. Vintage machinery display at John Barry's, Millstreet 2002, presented by the late Jamie Kelleher
Sun. Feb. 15: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Féile Lachtairn Graveyard Mass at Cullen 1990 with Mons. Ó Fiannachta.
6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes.
Wed. Feb 18: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Daniel Kingston Run 2014.


Contact information: Please email text and/or photographs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026-41891 or post to Lee Valley Outlook, Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. (Photos by Friday before publication. N.B. We never guarantee that a photo will be published, except in a paid ad.)

Aghinagh Comhaltas and Local Artists are presenting a cheque to Marymount Hospice in Breathnach's, Coachford, on Friday 6th February at 9.00pm. €2,500 was raised from the sale of the annual calendars. Thanks to all who contributed. The night will also include a session of traditional music. Bí ann gan teip!
"Sunday Afternoon Céilí" with Aghinagh Comhaltas at The Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Sunday 8th February 3.00 - 6.00pm. Music with Tim Joe & Anne.

Macroom Flower & Garden Club. A.G.M. Thursday 12th February at Coolcower House at 7.00pm, followed by Mini Cookery Demonstration by Karen Maybury Fitzpatrick (Dunmanway). Annual Membership accepted on the night. New Members most welcome. Enquiries 087-9821708.
March 12th Gardening Guest Speaker Hester Forde of Cosheen Gardens Glounthaune, Co. Cork.

ʻAisling Ghealʼ le Iarla Ó Lionaird & Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin. Explore the Songs and Sounds of a Hidden Ireland at Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh, Baile Mhúirne on Friday 13th February at 8:30. Tickets €20/€15 – pre-booking strongly advised. 026.45733 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dromleigh annual table quiz is to take place in Dromey's Bar, Droumcarra, on Friday February 27th at 8.30pm. Teams of 4 for €20. Raffle on the night. Everyone is welcome.

Cystic Fibrosis Dance Saturday February 28th at The Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom. Music by The Michael Collins Band. Dancing 9.30pm till late. Admission €10. Raffle on the night. Enquiries 085 7713975. All support welcome.

Macroom Person Of The Year 2014 Awards will take place in The Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Saturday March 7th. Nominations are now open.

Mid Cork Pilgrimage to the "Shrines of Europe" will run from September 30th for 7 days. Pilgrims will visit Lourdes, Santiago de Compestela, Fatima, St Ignatius of Loyola etc. Fr Donal O'Brien will be Spiritual Director and Padraig O'Driscoll will be Tour Director. Full itinerary & details may be had from O'Driscoll Travel – Macroom – 026 41342.

Dromleigh N.S. is now accepting applications for enrolment for September 2015 and future years. Enrolment forms are available from the school. You may call to the school, ring 026 46212 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

175th Anniversary. Dromleigh N.S will celebrate its 175th Anniversary during the summer term of 2015. We hope, in conjunction with this, to republish the history of the school - Memories of Dromleigh, A Country School. We are now looking for any photographs, memories or information you may have. More information will be available shortly.

Ploughing. The last Macroom Ploughing meeting for 2015 campaign took place recently in Coolcower House, and on the night a presentation was made to the former treasurer, Mort Ambrose and his wife, Rebecca, who were married in December 2014. Most committee members were present on the night for the big occasion, and they all wished them well in their new life together.

February 1st premier 2 football league Canovee 2.09 Cobh 6.03

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto. Jan. 20. Jackpot €4,000. Numbers drawn19, 30, 36. No Winner. €70 Danny Moynard, c/o Conor Buttimer. €20 Con O'Keeffe, Dooniskey. Patsy Moynihan, Oakwood Court. Colum Kelleher, 24 Oakwood. Dan Cronin, Montenotte. Grace Murray, Railway View.
Jan. 27. Jackpot €4,200. Numbers drawn 26, 34, 36. No Winner. €70 Brid O'Driscoll, Sullane Weirs. €20 John Kenny, Glounanargid. Abby O'Connell, Kilberrihert, Rusheen. Eileen O'Riordan, Cill na Martra. Richard Ring, Toames, Kilmichael. Esther Kenneally, Glen Park. .

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Jan. 21. Jackpot €2,600. No Winner. €70 Danny & Pauline O'Connell, The Terrace. €20 Jerry McCarthy, Carrigaphooka. Marion Kelleher, Ballinagree. Gerard Kelleher, Moulnahorna. Teresa Bradley, Macroom. .
Jan. 28. Jackpot €2.800. No Winner. € 70 Angela Looney, Rosnascalp, Macroom. €20 - Michael O'Riordan, c/o Anne Corkery. Hugh O'Keeffe, 17 Curraglen, Clondrohid. Con Drew, Clondrohid. Murt Buckley, Lactify, Clondrohid.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto Jan. 11. Jackpot: €11,700, Numbers Drawn: 9, 14, 19, 27. No Winner. €50 Aidan Murphy, Farnanes. €25 Caroline Corkery, Drombeg. Loreto O'Riordan, Knockavollig.
Jan. 18. Jackpot: €11,850, Numbers Drawn: 7, 8, 16, 18. No Winner. €50 Norma O'Mahony, Aherla. €25 Noreen Dunne, Carrigadrohid. Anthony Crowley, Cloughduv.
Jan. 25. Jackpot: €12,000, Numbers Drawn: 8, 9, 10, 30. No Winner. €50 Deirdre Twomey, Farran. €25 Robert Cullihane, Coachford. Mike and Pat Lynch, Larch Hill.
Feb. 1. Jackpot: €12,150, Numbers Drawn: 1, 6, 9, 29. No Winner. €50 Peggy Soylu, c/o Don Carroll. €25 Joanne Hickey, Aherla. Cathy Noonan, Inchigeela.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto. Jan. 12. Jackpot: €2050.Numbers Drawn: 1- 4 – 25 No Winner, €50 Gavin Leahy, Ballinagree. €20 Ger O'Donovan, Ballinagree. Eddie Neville, Rylane. Fr. John Ryan, Bealnamorrive. Declan Ambrose, Caherbaroule.
Jan.18. Jackpot: €2,200.Numbers Drawn: 9 - 32 – 41 No Winner, €50 Nora Twomey, Horsemount. €20 Kay O;Mahony, Rockgrove, c/o Jason. Sinead O'Callaghan, Canovee. Frank and Anne Keating. Coolkisha. John and Catherine Murphy, Coolkisha.
Jan. 25. Jackpot: €2,350.Numbers Drawn:7 -17 – 24 Winners: Gobnait and Aoife Hubbard, Ballyvongane. €50 Martina Casey, Carriganine. . €20 Leanora O'Connor, Macroom. Shane Lehane, Ballinagree. Conor Corkery, Dripsey. Sheila Buckley and Seanie MacSullivan, c/o Ploughman's Bar.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 26/1/2015, Jackpot: €2,000, Numbers Drawn: 10 – 13 – 24, No Winner, €40 Breeda O'Connell, €20 John Hogan, Tessie Sheehan, Kevin O' Brien, Michael Walsh (Yearly Ticket).
2/2/2015, Jackpot: €2,200, Numbers Drawn: 13 – 15 – 26, No Winner, €40 John Hogan, €20 Eugene Hogan, Brendan Barry-Murphy, Ger O'Connell, Ann Murphy.

Lee Valley Updates

Remembering 1916

Plans are currently underway in the Lee Valley to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence. Though there was no actual fighting in the area at Easter 1916, local battalions of the Irish Volunteers mobilised and marched, with a view to collecting arms from the ill-fated Aud in Kerry. Many were subsequently arrested and imprisoned in Cork, England and Frongoch.
Meetings are now being planned and the organisers are looking for suggestions on how best to remember that turbulent period. The inaugural meeting of 1916 Relatives Macroom and district will meet in the Riverside Park Hotel on Saturday, February 7 at 8 pm. Another meeting is planned for the new museum in Kilmurry on February 14. Cork County Council is also said to be working on plans to commemorate 1916 – 1923. Suggestions for the Kilmurry meeting and for the County commemorations may be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Aghinagh Comhaltas Group 1985. © S McS

Ceol for Simon

During Christmas week, a wonderful musical get together was held at The Mills Inn, Ballyvourney and all the money collected went directly to The Simon Community in Cork. The varied and entertaining programme kicked off in fine style with Banna Flúit Loch a Bhogaigh. Ellie and Eimear were a revelation with their up-to-date set featuring modern songs with their own spin. Oireachtas winner, Nell Ní Chróinín, was in wonderful voice as was Eoiní Maidhchi Ó Suilleabhain, who had the place in stitches with his song about the Night of the Big Wind. Conal Ó Gráda and Richard Lucey got every foot in the house tapping with a fine brace of tunes while Greenshine brought their harmonies, fine musicianship & mellow sound to get people in the mood for the grand finale, a high octane set from the mighty Thirsty Scholars. Now for the important part....the night was run on a donation basis, with a half time raffle. Máire O'Leary, Sile Ní Chróinín and Ann Morgan did a wonderful job of raffle ticket sales and between the raffle and the donations, the extremely generous people of West Muskerry raised the very impressive sum of €2,180 for the Simon Community and the feeling of goodwill and craic was palpable. Special thanks goes to Don O'Leary who donated the hall and staff of the Mills along with the posters and a fine hamper. Our other generous contributors included Cornucopia Healthstore, Follain, Costcutters, Centra, Twomey's Wood and Sheila & Martina's Hair Salon. It is hoped that this concert will become an annual event and a celebration of local music.

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Clondrohid County minor champions along with selectors and special guest Graham Canty enjoy the presentation night at The Mills Inn ©

Clondrohid Updates.

C.A.R.T. Carriganima Area Rural Transport held a well-supported coffee morning on January 31, with a wonderful array of cakes, cookies, buns and jams, all homemade. Support from near and far was amazing and a big thanks to all who attended and made it a huge success. A weekly "card night" route is being organised for Sunday nights, with Tuesday mornings route organised for all interested in shopping and other essentials in Macroom town. Anyone interested, please contact Sean Murphy or any committee member. On February 21 "The Pub" will host a charity auction night towards C.A.R.T. Any donations of quality items new or well-maintained are very welcome. On the night items such as GAA and a Celtic top, all signed, meal vouchers and "bob a job", along with many novelty and practical items, will be on sale. A good night is assured, with bargains guaranteed. Committee members are: Chairman John Manning ;Vice Chair John Joe Moriarty; Secretary Joan Kelleher; assistant Kay Mc Donagh; Treasurer Cait Ring; assistant, Mary Mac Carthy; PRO Sean Murphy; assistant Jerry Riordan.
Clondrohid GAA held a victory function in the Mills Inn recently. Medals were presented to the 2013 Under 21 football team and to the minor football team who won the league and championship in Rebel Óg East 2014 and also won the County title. With a huge crowd present and special guest Graham Canty, as well as representatives from Rebel Óg and The Muskerry Board, proceedings began with a lovely meal. Mr Tim McCarthy, Club Chairman, addressed the gathering and introduced the guests. Mr Patsy Foley, Rebel Óg East, congratulated the players on their success and the officers of the club on the excellent facilities available now in Clondrohid. He said that Clondrohid was the envy of many a club, not only in the county of Cork but throughout the country. An all-weather pitch and a running track are now completed and available to the teams to train on. Mr. David Lee from the Muskerry Board congratulated the winning teams and had a special word for the minor team who defeated his native Ballingeary in the County Final. Ted Kelleher spoke on behalf of the minor team and thanked parents for their support throughout the year; his fellow selectors, Dan Creedon, Barth O'Shea and Jeremy O'Sullivan. He then introduced the players who were presented with their medals by Graham Canty. Noel McDonagh introduced the U21 team members who were presented with their medals. Graham Canty advised the players to make wise choices as they move from minor to U21 grade; to set goals for themselves and aim to fulfil them and stick together. In doing so, more success would come their way. On a more sombre note, a commemorative plaque was presented to the family of the late Shane Murphy, to be hung in the meeting rooms of the club. Clondrohid GAA would like to thank everyone for attending this very pleasant function, especially Graham Canty who kindly posed for many photographs on the night. Clondrohid G.A.A. will be holding a table quiz in the Tavern in Clondrohid on March 6 Tables will consist of 3 at €30 a table .Spot prizes on the night .Get cracking now and get your team of 3 ready for a fun night out. More details will follow nearer the event, so note the date March 6. Congratulations to Aidan (Doc) and Sinead Kelleher on the birth of their baby daughter and best wishes from the club, Enjoy many happy days and hopefully not too many sleepless nights.

World Gold Congratulations to Olive Loughnane who is to be crowned 2009 world champion following the disqualification of a Russian athlete. Well done Olive and we look forward to welcoming you to Clondrohid with your Gold Medal. Olive and Martin Corkery appeared on the Late Late Show recently

Congratulations: Maria Lane of Clondrohid received an award from Cork Education & Training Board at the Rochestown Park Hotel recently. Accompanied by her proud parents, Peter & Eileen, Maria was commended for her effort and hard work in obtaining her goal of Primary School Teaching which she is now doing at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. Maria attended Mc Egan College Macroom and principal Ms Lynham and Vice Principal Ms Corkery were also there for the occasion.
Afternoon Show on RTE 1: Clondrohid hit the limelight again last week when Anne Hickey Galvin appeared on the Afternoon Show with Máire and Dáithi. She had a complete makeover, hair, makeup and clothes, and wow ! did she steal the limelight. Well done to all the family.
Lourdes Mass for the Diocese of Cloyne: will take place on Friday February 13 at 7.30pm in St Gobnait's church, Ballyvourney. Everyone welcome.

National Cycling Hill Climb

Cycling Ireland has announced that Valley Wheelers Cycling Club has been successful in their bid to host the National Hillclimb Championships. It will be held in Gaeltacht Mhuscraí in Beal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh on Saturday 3rd October 2015. The Hillclimb Championship is a short uphill individual time trial and category winners will be crowned National Champion. The chosen course is approximately 6 km and is located off the South Lake Road.
This will be Valley Wheelers' first venture into hosting a competitive event. It will be a busy weekend for those involved in the club as this event will be followed by the annual Trasna na nGleannta sportive on Sunday 4th October in Cill na Martra. It is expected a large crowd will arrive for the weekend as both events bring a large following of competitors and spectators alike.
The holding of this National competition by Valley Wheelers CC shows their commitment to continue the promotion of cycling and highlights their ongoing progression as one of the premier cycling clubs in Munster. Exciting times indeed for all involved.
Valley Wheelers welcome new members and run weekly roadbike cycles catering for all abilities. Membership is only €35 see www.valleywheelerscc.com . Don't delay – Join Today!

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World Gold Medallist, Olive Loughnane, with Aghabullogue Camogie members who represented their club at county level in 2014. Left to right - Cliona Healy, Julie Tarrant, Katie McCarthy and Miriam Cotter © Peter Dineen

Coachford Updates

Golden Olive. The village of Coachford was buzzing with the exciting news that local resident, Olive Loughnane's silver medal triumph in Berlin in 2009 is to be upgraded to Gold following the disqualification of the Russian athlete, Olga Kaniskina for performance enhancing drug violations. Coachford celebrated Olive's fine performance in 2009 and organised a welcome home party for the athlete. In 2012, to mark her involvement in the London Olympics, a statue in honour of Olive was erected in the village. John Hogan, member of the Community Council and organiser of the 2009 welcoming home event, said " We are all thrilled for Olive and her husband Martin and family on this excellent turn of events. Olive was always special to us here in Coachford and we are all immensely proud of all her achievements. We have witnessed Olive putting in hour after hour of intensive training on the roads around Coachford when she was preparing for the world, European and Olympic Games and we now feel that this Gold Medal win is the least she deserves. Olive is a fantastic Community person and is always on hand to speak to children and adults about staying fit and healthy and preparing for the big sporting events in their lives. She is a member of the organising Committee for the Coachford 5 mile Road race every August, She is an officer on the school's Parent's Association and is taking part in and supporting the Operation Transformation walks in the village at the moment. Olive has always been Gold to us here in Coachford. We may now have to erect another statue for our World Champion!"
County Medals. World Champion Walker, Olive Loughnane, was guest of honour at the Aghabullogue Juvenile Medal Presentation Ceremony on February 1st at the GAA hall Coachford. Olive presented medals to the Aghabullogue Under 13 camogie County League Champions and to the Under 15 girls who won the Muskerry Cup blitz and to the Under 14s who were runners up in the County League in 2014. The Aghabullogue Under 13 footballers who won the County League title were also presented with their medals. Olive Loughnane spoke on how giving your best in every game or race is vitally important and being able to walk off the pitch after winning or losing, knowing that there was nothing else you could have given out there, was the most important lesson any sportsperson could learn.
Coachford Foróige will hold a Cake Sale and Coffee Morning on February 15th to raise funds for the Club. The members are busily planning their next outing at Easter. The group are also planning for their participation in the West Cork District Talent competition in March.
Tidy Towns Collection takes place on Saturday February 14th and Sunday February 15th at Masses in Coachford. Please give generously.
Music Quiz. Coachford National School Parents Association will hold a Music Table Quiz on Saturday February 28th in O'Callaghan's Bar Coachford at 8.30pm. This is a great night out and will have you humming, singing and frantically trying to guess the song, the movie it came from or the name of the artist. Great night assured, don't miss it.
Coachford Players are busily rehearsing for their annual full length play, 'Separate Beds' by Sam Cree. This hilarious play will be performed in Coachford GAA Hall on April 11th 12th and 13th
Coachford Church Choir are looking for new members to join the traditional choir. New members are vital to keep the choir rejuvenated and to offer new voices to those attending Mass each Sunday. "If some more people don't join the choir soon, you won't hear them at all" said organist, Laura Dineen. The Coachford Church Choir doesn't ask for full time commitment and there are no fees to join! There are plenty of spaces available and you will be welcomed with open arms.

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Members of KHAA presenting a Certificate of Appreciation to Dan Holland, to mark his 90th birthday in Creedon's Hotel, Inchigeela ©

Kilmurry HAA

In the mid-1940's, the forward-looking people of Kilmurry, proud of their history and culture stretching back into prehistory, had the vision and the initiative to form a local history group which was formalised in 1963 as the Kilmurry Historical & Archaeological Association Ltd., (KHAA). Dan Holland is one of the remaining founding members. Back in the early 1960's Dan and his fellow Kilmurry history enthusiasts worked hard at acquiring artefacts and then fitting out and converting the original museum building into one of the first local history museums to be established in post-independence Ireland. Dan has been an enthusiastic and active KHAA member since these early days and in January 2014 he proudly cut the sod of a brand new Museum and Cultural Centre development in Kilmurry village. The building of this ambitious development has now been completed and the KHAA members are currently working on the presentation of their collection in the new museum. Dan's friends in KHAA marked his ninetieth birthday in style at a very pleasant function in Creedon's Hotel, Inchigeela and presented him with a 'Certificate of Appreciation' in recognition of his lifetime commitment and support of Kilmurry Historical & Archaeological Association and Museum.

Macra Matters

Terelton Macra would like to wish James Crowley, Helena Walsh, John Crowley and Tim Crowley from Enniskeane all the best as they proceed to the next level in the TG4 programme, Clann Feirm Factor. The Crowleys defeated Mourneabbey family, the O'Callaghans, in the Sunday night programme on January 25th at 8 30. The contestants pitted their skills in tests of sheep judging and dosing; tractor manipulation; welding and hanging a gate; plant identification and erecting a sheep pen. Even for non-farmers, it is a fascinating programme.

Donoughmore Macra members had the official launch of their TV Fest recently. This TV themed table quiz will be held on the 21st of February in Pat Barry's, Donoughmore at 8.30pm. It is €5 per person with a max of 5 to a table. All proceeds raised from this event will go to Marymount Hospice and the Cope Foundation. Donoughmore Macra are encouraging everyone to dress up for the occasion. There will be prizes on the night for best dressed team and best dressed individual. It promises to be a great night so please support. For more information check out: https://www.facebook.com/donoughmore.macra

Giotaí ó Choláiste Ghobnatan

An Idirbhliain:
Comharthaí lámha: Tá daltaí na hidirbhliana ag freastal ar cúrsa chomharthaí lámha le cúpla seachtaine anuas. Tá a lán á fhoghlaim acu agus beidh scrúdú ag deireadh an chúrsa. Is deis iontach é seo dos na daltaí scil nua a fhoghlaim agus a chleachtadh.
An tSín: Tá ceathrar- Grace Bettayeb, Máire Ní Shúilleabháin, Saoirse Ní Bhraoin agus Sarah Ní Dhonnabháin- ón rang roghnaithe chun freastal ar champa Sínise i Shanghai ar feadh dhá seachtaine i rith saoire na Cásca.
Rince Sean Nós- Thosaigh na scoláirí ag foghlaim rince sean nós ó Shane Creed le déanaí. Baintear an-thaitneamh as i gcónaí.
Ceardlann Eolaíochta: Tháinig cainteoir ó UCC chun ceardlann a chur ar siúil do roinnt de dhaltaí na hidirbhliana maidir le bianna GM agus an slí ina gcuireann siad isteach ar dhaoine agus an timpeallacht.
"The Harmony Project": Tháinig cainteoir chun labhairt leis idirbhliain faoi drugaí agus alcól trí ceol. Cheap gach éinne go raibh sé ana-shuimiúil agus baineadh an-sult as.

An Scoil:
Peil: Ba mhaith linn tréaslú le foireann peile sinsear na scoile, a bheidh ag imirt i leathchraobh na Mumhan an Sathairn seo.
Cainteoir Innealtóireachta: Tháinig Dr. Denis Kelliher ó UCC go dtí an scoil chun labhairt faoi thábhacht innealtóireacht shibhialta sa lá atá inniu ann agus na rudaí a féidir leat déanamh tar éis an chúrsa a dhéanamh. Baineadh an-thaitneamh as an caint.
Marie Keating Foundation: Bhí ceardlann ar siúil ag daltaí na hidirbhliana agus bliain a cúig mar gheall ar conas coimeád sláintiúil. Labhraíodh faoi éifeacht caitheamh tobac agus alcól ar an gcorp chomh maith.
Tráth na gCeist: Beidh tráth na gceist ar son Cumann Tuismitheoirí na scoile ar siúil sa Mhuileann oíche dé hAoine ag a 8 a chlog. Bígí ann!

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Dia linn is Muire, is Gobnait na Cille © Lee Valley Outlook

St. Gobnait, Muire Mhúscraí

Following close on the feast of St. Brigid comes that of St. Gobnait, who is held in much higher esteem in Munster, particularly in the West Muskerry Gaeltacht village of Ballyvourney. St. Gobnait's Day, February 11th, has since time immemorial, been a local holiday devoted to religious ceremonies and Rounds, as opposed to the fair and secular celebrations on Whit Sunday. Precise knowledge of St. Gobnait is unavailable, but from 'bealoideas' and the 1951 archaeological excavations in Gort na Tiobratan, it may be deduced that she had a convent there on the hill in the 6th or 7th century. St. Abán, who had a monastery in the valley of the Sullane about a ¼ of a mile away from St. Gobnait's, is considered by some to have been her brother. But it is more widely believed that he gave her the land for her convent and church when she arrived in the district. Many legends are told of her trip to West Cork. She is alleged to have been a native of the Aran Islands. In a vision, she was told to build her church and convent where she found nine white deer grazing. She travelled through Connacht and Munster in her quest. Many places in which she stayed are called 'Cill Ghobnait' or Kilgobnet. In Clondrohid, near Macroom, she saw some white deer, but not until she got to Gort na Tiobratan did she find exactly what she sought.
Gobnait is reputed to have been very kind to the poor and oppressed and is also shown as a woman of action when required. An invader of the area planned to build his castle on the hill near where Coláiste Íosagáin now stands. St. Gobnait's hill commanded a view of that hill and she threw an iron ball or bowl at it. The bowl flattened the edifice and returned to Gobnait's hand, boomerang style. Several attempts were made to build the residence but each effort was demolished by Gobnait's bowl and eventually the unwelcome visitor departed. This sounds like the beginning of the bowling tradition in West Cork! Gobnait is also renowned as a bee-keeper. In fact the bees may be considered her army. Rustlers were creating havoc in the district, stealing cattle and sheep, and the locals asked for Gobnait's help. She dispatched her bees on the trail and they quickly routed the rustlers. One of the ancient carvings still visible on the ruins of the mediaeval church at Gort na Tiobratan is known as the Gadaí Dubh or Gadaí Ghobnatan. Its presence is explained in another legend. Manx tradesmen were employed in the building of St. Gobnait's convent. She had a white horse which was used to transport stones. One of the workers stole the others' tools during the night and planned to abscond on horse-back. However, when day dawned, he found he had made no progress as the horse was still circling the church. His effigy was carved and included in the stonework to publicise his guilt. But at least he is remembered centuries later, when his more honest companions are long since forgotten. Over one of the windows of the church is a carving known as Síle na Gig, an ancient fertility god. Many people performing the round pay homage here also, praying for fertility for the land and those who dwell thereon.
People came from far and near to pray and do the rounds at St. Gobnait's. Among the famous historical characters who visited were Cardinal Rinuccini, the Papal Legate and Monsignor Massari, on their way to the Synod in Kilkenny in 1645. O'Sullivan Bere, on his way to Leitrim after the Battle of Kinsale, also made a stop at Ballyvourney. It had received official recognition from the Pope at the beginning of the 17th century, with special indulgences for those who performed the Rounds. These rounds are still done on St. Gobnait's Day, February 11, on Whitsunday and throughout the year. Since the excavation in the 1950s, a local committee has looked after the area and the installation of lighting has made night rounds possible and popular. In bygone days, supplicants did the rounds fasting on 21 consecutive mornings. They slept in the ruined church during the night, completed the rounds at daybreak and returned home for the day's work, only to return again at nightfall. On the final day, the pilgrim emptied Tobar Ghobnatan and, if he saw a trout, it was taken as a good omen for the granting of his petition. People not being made of the same stuff now, they limit themselves to nine rounds for very special requests. Sometimes these are done consecutively, with one round completed before midnight and the other immediately afterwards, thus fulfilling the requirement for two days. Pilgrims come from all over the south to pray at Ballyvourney, and large groups frequently make public rounds at night. The format can vary considerably but recommended prayers and rites are now listed on notice boards at each station. The round always begins at St. Gobnait's statue, sculpted by Seamus Murphy A.R.H.A., and erected in the mid-fifties when the site was renovated. It is richly symbolic, with Gobnait's bees immortalised in stone around the base. Also inscribed is the opening prayer of the round :
"Go mbeannaí Dia dhuit, a Ghobnait Naofa,
Go mbeannaí Muire dhuit agus beannaím fein duit.
Is chugat a thánas ag gearán mo scéil leat,
Is ag iarraidh mo leighis ar son Dé ort".
On St. Gobnait's Day and Whitsunday the ancient statue of the saint is exposed and venerated in the parish church. It was customary to measure the length and the breadth of the statue with a piece of woollen thread, and this, known as Tomhas Ghobnatan, was kept to cure illness and ward off evil. The Rounds in Ballyvourney have by now been stripped of some of their ritual but it still gives an awesome feeling to see groups of people completing the demanding devotion in a show of solidarity with an ailing neighbour and praying :"A Ghobnait mhúinte ó Bhaile Mhúirne, tarse chugam led' chabhair is led' chúnamh". But, to feel the wonderful, peaceful atmosphere of St. Gobnait's, one should go there alone, early on a summer's morning. Then one can experience untainted nature combined with a strong awareness of the divine. One can visualise the spirits of the many poets, patriots and musicians who chose St. Gobnait's as a last resting place, adding their voices to the dawn chorus of joy.

Year of Light 2015

2015 has been designated the International year of light and light-based technologies. Cork County Library service has embraced this theme and has explored the variety of ways in which the concept of light is central to our lives, our culture and our welfare. The programme of events for 2015 reflects the concept of light, not only from a technological point of view but also explores the role of light in art, literature, and in energising our daily lives.
Cork County Library's Year of Light programme was launched by Mayor Alan Coleman in LHQ in Cork County Library on Monday 2nd February (Candlemas), a fitting day which marks the mid point of winter – halfway between the shortest day and the spring equinox. The exhibition includes installations from UCC's George Boole 200 programme as well as from CIT based Nimbus Centre, CIT's Department of Mechanical, Biomedical and Manufacturing Engineering, and CIT Media Communications and CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory and will run throughout February (Mon-Fri 9.30am to 5.00pm) at County Library LHQ Gallery in Carrigrohane Road.
County Library staff have compiled booklists and quotations on the theme of light and highlights the library's collection, including not only Adult and Children's fiction but also showcasing other formats and collections including audio-books, e-books, poetry and non-fiction. The Library Staff have also compiled an excellent reading list, A little light reading, to help you choose entertaining and informative books and audio-books in this Year of Light. This exhibition will be on display in other areas of the county during the year and libraries in North, South and West look forward to hosting talks and events by the exhibitors. The Year of Light programme, also includes the library's Short Story Competition for over 18's on the theme of light – closing date 20 Feb 2015 – full details are available from your local branch of Cork County Library or at www.corkcoco.ie/library.


Michael called in to me in the office the other day. He said that as the milk quota was now abolished he was conscious of making plans to maximise his land in order to produce as much milk as possible. He was thinking about contracting out the rearing of his heifers in the future. He said he could keep more high margin cows if the replacement heifers were removed from the milking platform and was wondering what were some of the issues that should be covered in a legal agreement.
After you have made initial enquiries, sought out a rearer with a good reputation, walked the farm with the rearer to satisfy yourself that the standard of grassland is good, checked with the Department that the two previous herd test results are clear, observed the quality of previous stock that the rearer has raised, noted boundary fences etc. and you are happy, then it is time to put a written agreement in place.
The arrangement in simple terms involves a dairy farmer entering into a contractual agreement with another farmer and the replacement stock is reared on the other farmers holding. In all cases a written agreement is critical. No contract, badly drafted contracts or incomplete contracts can lead to ambiguity and disputes down the line. Drafting a contract also allows both parties to explore the issues and practicalities in advance of animals being transferred, allowing potential problems to be addressed and ironed out at an early stage. It might take time and money but it is important to get both parties expectations and responsibilities down in writing before any arrangement commences.
As I explained to Michael, each agreement will vary and should be tailored to each particular set of circumstances but some of the important questions to ask are as follows:-
How long is the agreement to be for? The normal rearing period is usually in or around 19 months
What about animal health? The farmer's animals must come from herds that are T.B. free and animals must have a clear test within the previous twelve months. Evidence of this should be produced to the rearer in advance of entering into the agreement. The rearer, in addition, may guarantee that they will not have any stock belonging to any other herd owner during the period of the agreement.
Vaccinations. Normally the heifers will have been vaccinated when received as necessary. If the animals have not been vaccinated prior to transporting to the rearer's holding, the rearer will arrange vaccination and charge the farmer for the cost and administration of the vaccine. Evidence should be produced to the rearer that the animals have been vaccinated prior to the commencement of the agreement
Targets. This needs to be negotiated between the respective parties and should be specific. Will the heifers be weighed and if so, by whom and at what stage? Target live weights at set ages should be set down. Charges are agreed in advance, dependent upon the system and normally will be on a per head per day basis or per kilogram of live weight gain basis. There are different types of contracts but the most common arrangement is per animal per day or per kilogram of live weight. If the rearer is to receive a bonus for reaching target weights this should be detailed in the agreement.
Tagging and Dehorning. All stock should be tagged and dehorned on delivery to the rearer and the rearer is responsible for replacing any damaged/lost tags
Breeding. The farmer is normally responsible for semen and other breeding costs. The rearer is normally responsible for heat detection, insemination costs and pregnancy diagnosis costs. Mating procedures need to be decided upon, for example, if stock bulls are to be provided, the breed and number of stock bulls should be agreed in advance. The agreement may provide that the rearer must notify the farmer should any heifers not be in calf following scanning.
Death. Who covers the cost of disposal? Is the contractor paid for rearing the heifer up to date of death or will the rearing costs be refunded? Knackery charges are usually the responsibility of the rearer. The farmer should be notified within one day of the death of a heifer. If losses arise of more than 5% of a herd, the rearer should refund in full any fees paid
Veterinary costs. Who is responsible for this? Veterinary tasks and medicines are normally at cost to the farmer except when these have been brought about through the negligence of the rearer, in which case the rearer is responsible. The rearer should notify the farmer before seeking veterinary assistance unless in the case of emergency where the farmer cannot be contacted
Transportation. Normally it is the farmer who bears this cost both for delivery and return.
No contract is fool proof but many of the issues that can cause difficulties can be addressed and ironed out by having a written agreement in place. If targets aren't achieved who is at fault? Whoever is at fault, it is without doubt the farmer that will lose out the most in the long term. He or she needs to ensure that a written contract is in place to ensure that targets and time periods are crystal clear. If a rearer establishes a good reputation and is producing a quality service it will also be in his or her interest that a written contract is in place. With contract rearing usually kicking off in or around April, it is important to start getting your agreement in place now.
+This is an extract from an article that was initially published in The Examiner. Karen Walsh is a solicitor practicing in C.W. Ashe & Co. Solicitors in Macroom, Co. Cork. Her contact details are 026 -41005 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Sports Mad


Tom Creedon Cup

The Tom Creedon Cup competition for all intermediate grade teams is once again sponsored by FitzGerald's Bookshop, Macroom, is organised by Macroom GAA and run under the auspices of Cork County Board GAA.
First Named team had home advantage up to the final, which will be played in Macroom.
Round 1 - A: Fermoy 2-12 Mallow 2-10
B: CILL na MARTRA 3-7 Mayfield 1-9
C: BALLINORA 0-4 Carrigaline 1-9
D: St. Michael's 0-15 BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH 0-10
E: Glenville 2-7 Glanmire 0-3
F: Kiskeam 0-12 Newmarket 0-9
G: Rockchapel 2-7 Nemo Rangers 2-10
H: Kinsale 0-6 MACROOM 0-10
Quarter-Finals – Four Away Wins!
1. Fermoy 1-14 CILL na MARTRA 2-12 aet.
2. Carrigaline 2-7 St Michaels 1-12
3. Glenville 0-7 Kiskeam 2-10
4. Nemo Rangers 0-7 MACROOM 0-8
Semi-Finals Cill na Martra 0-8 St. Michaels 0-7
Kiskeam 0-13 Macroom 0-8
Final: Cill na Martra v Kiskeam

St. Michaels 0 – 15 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0 - 10

St Michaels hosted Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh in the first round of the Tom Creedon Cup at Mahon. The rain held off for the duration of the match which made playing conditions dry: however, a strong cold wind prevailed throughout the game. St Michaels were first on the scoreboard after three minutes but Ben Shorten was soon to equalise for the visitors just two minutes later. This would be the only time the sides were to be level. Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, playing against the wind, were unlucky not to convert more from their well-worked passages of play, while St Michaels used the wind to their full advantage. At half time the score was St Michaels 0-8, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-3 but Béal Átha were hopeful that with the wind behind them they could get back in contention in the second half. Béal Átha were much improved in attack in the second half and Andy Ó Coinceannáin scored some trademark points from outfield. The Béal Átha defence was very tight and a strong midfield performance allowed Liam Shorten, Tadhg Ó Laoire and Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsigh to narrow the gap to just three points with ten minutes to go. However that was as good as it got for the Gaeltacht men and the game ended with St Michaels five point s clear.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Barra Ó Coinceannain: Ciarán Ó Nunáin, Leonárd Ó Concubhair, Nollaig Ó Duinnín: Cian Ó Duinnín, Seán Ó Donnchú, Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh (0-1): Colmán Ó Tuama, Eoin Ó Coill: Nollaig Ó Laoire, Liam Seartan (0-2), Pól Ó Buachalla: Diarmuid MacThomáis, Aindreas Ó Coinceannain (0-3), Beircheart Seartan (0-3). Ionadaí: Tadhg Ó Laoire (0-1) Dónal MacCárthaigh, Éanna Ó Duinnín, Darren Ó Coill.

Fermoy 1 – 14 Cill na Martra 2 – 12

This was a very satisfying win at Fermoy by the Muskerry Gaeltacht team who were understrength. Cill na Martra were two points down at half time but recovered well and led coming up to the final whistle only to be denied victory by a late point for the home side, who unsuccessfully contested last year's county final in the Intermediate grade. Normal time finished therefore on a score of 1-10 each, the Cill na Martra goal coming from Shane Ó Duinnín. In extra time the Muskerry side were boosted by a second goal, this one from a penalty excellently slotted home by Danny Ó Conaill and they emerged winners by the narrowest of margins to set up a home semi-final against Premier Intermediate side St Michaels from Blackrock. Shane Ó Duinnín and Danny Ó Conaill got the Cill na Martra goals and the points come from Mícheál Ó Deasúna, Daire MacLochlainn, Kevin O'Sullivan, Richard Hoare and Dan Ó Duinnín.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Antóin Ó Cuana, Colm Ó Laoire, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh: Alan Ó Mocháin, Graham Ó Mocháin, Danny Ó Connaill: Miceál Ó Deasúna, Cathal MacSuibhne: Risteard Ó hUidhir, Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Daire MacLochlainn: Caooimhín Ó Suilleabháin, Caoimhín Ó hUidhir, Shane Ó Duinnín. Fir Ionaid: Deaglán Ó Mocháin, Pádraig Ó Criodáin, Gearóid MacSuibhne, Dan Ó Duinnín, Gearóid Ó Goilí.

Nemo Rangers 0 – 7 Macroom 0 – 8

Macroom went through to the semi-final stage of the Tom Creedon Cup after their narrow win over Nemo Ranger Intermediates at Nemo. In what was a tight game all through, Macroom had the benefit of the very cold wind in the first half but it was Nemo who scored first, a point from a free after four minutes. David Horgan equalised for Macroom from play two minutes later and in the tenth minute David Goold pointed a free to put Macroom in front. Two further points from play from David Goold followed. on 14 and 16, before Nemo had a second point in the 18th minute, again from a free. Rory Buckley came up field to score a fine point soon after and Conor O'Sullivan added a point, to leave Macroom 0-6 to 0-2 in front at the break. Macroom had lost goalkeeper James O'Connell to injury at this stage but the defence was coping well with the Nemo attack, which was not finishing off its impressive approach work with scores. Eoin O'Mahony and Rory Buckley were very solid; in the centre of the Macroom defence. Nemo started the second half well and wind assisted, had two points knocked off the Macroom lead within ten minutes. The Macroom defence was still coping well with the pressure and ten further scoreless minutes had elapsed before David Goold had a welcome point for Macroom. Sean Kiely and Philip Corrigan were getting on top at midfield and doing an enormous amount of work. Nemo had a point in the 55th minute but a minute later David Horgan pointed for Macroom, ultimately the winning score. Nemo put in a very strong finishing burst and two late points brought them to within a single score of the visitors, but in a last desperate attack, it was the Macroom defence which came out on top and when the ball was cleared, the final whistle blew and so Macroom had advanced to meet Kiskeam in the semi-final.
Macroom: James O'Connell: Michael Cahill, Eoin O'Mahony, John Angland: James Murphy, Rory Buckley, Ciarán Murphy: Seán Kiely, Philip Corrigan: Gerard Angland, David Horgan, Tony Dineen: John Murphy, David Goold, Conor O'Sullivan. Subs: Thomas Creedon, Olan Murphy, Kevin O'Dwyer, Alan Quinn.

Kiskeam 0 – 13 Macroom 0 – 8

Macroom made the journey north into Duhallow for a Tom Creedon Cup semi-final clash with Kiskeam and were deservedly beaten by the home side who displayed the greater hunger all through. Macroom, already short Patrick Lucey and Fintan Goold, were without James O'Connell and the injured David Goold also on this occasion and did not raise their game to compensate for their absent comrades. Kiskeam were 0-5 to nil in front before Gerard Angland had an opening point for Macroom in the 22nd minute, soon to be followed by another from Conor O'Sullivan. Conor O'Sullivan had a second point just before half time but Kiskeam also had three points and led by 0-8 to 0-3 at the break. On the restart, Macroom had a mini revival and points from Conor O'Sullivan and Olan Murphy had the gap down to three points. Kiskeam replied with a point, but points from Conor O'Sullivan, a David Horgan free and from Olan Murphy left only a point between the teams 0-9 to 0-8 with ten minutes remaining. Macroom were not to score again however as Kiskeam finished strongly with a string of points to run out comfortable winners after a disappointing showing by Macroom.
Macroom: Declan Kiely: John Angland, Eoin O'Mahony, Michael Cahill: Ciarán Murphy, Rory Buckley, James Murphy: Philip Corrigan, James Quinlan: Seán Kiely, David Horgan, Gerard Angland: Conor O'Sullivan, Olan Murphy, John Murphy. Subs: Tony Dineen, Kevin O'Dwyer and David Cotter.

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Cill na Martra who defeated St. Michael's in the Tom Creedon Cup semi-final © Lee Valley Outlook

Cill na Martra 0 - 8 St Michaels 0 – 7

Cill na Martra were relieved to hear the final whistle in this semi-final encounter at Páirc Uí Chuana but they should not have been in any danger at that stage. The home side had played the much more enterprising football from the start and held a comfortable three point lead early in the second half. They then proceeded to miss four very scorable frees which had they been availed of, would have killed off the challenge of the city Premier Intermediate side. Let off the hook, Michaels staged a strong rally in the last ten minutes and despite missing some easy scores, were still only a point in arrears and on constant attack when the final whistle sounded. Cill na Martra started really well with unanswered points from Kevin O'Sullivan, Daire Mac Lochlainn and Kevin Hoare in the first seven minutes. The pace was very lively even at this stage and the slower, more methodical Michaels were in danger of being swamped but gradually, the city side began to get to grips with the pace of the game and they had two points, to be only the minimum in arrears by the end of the first quarter. A superb point from Dan O'Duinnín in the 16th minute eased the situation for Cill na Martra but Michaels replied with a third point and had a few bad misses from good positions. Dan Ó Duinnín had another point in the 22nd minute and when Michaels again replied, Dan Ó punched over a point in the 25th minute to maintain the two point gap. In the closing minutes of the half, Michaels had a point from a free but Kevin O'Sullivan ended a five man move with a point for the home side, who led by 0-7 to 0-5 at the break.
Immediately on the restart, Cill na Martra went a further point in front with a point from Kevin O'Sullivan and with the city men continuing to shoot some bad wides, Cill na Martra had the opportunity to put the game beyond their reach. Unfortunately for the home side three different kickers drove four frees wide in quick succession and when Michaels scored a point in the 45th minute, they were encouraged once again to renew their efforts. In the final ten minutes Michaels were on top but good defending kept them at bay and only a point was conceded late in the game to leave only the minimum between the teams. It was enough to see Cill na Martra through to their second Tom Creedon Cup final in a row and they will harbour legitimate hopes of winning the magnificent trophy on this occasion.
Cill na Martra: Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Marc Ó Goilí, Colm Ó Laoire, Nollaig Ó Loinsuigh: Alan Ó Mocháin, Graham Ó Mocháin, Danny Ó Connaill: Miceál Ó Deasúna, Cathal MacSuibhne: Risteárd Ó hUidhir, Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Daire MacLochlainn: Caoimhín Ó Suilleabháin, Caoimhín Ó hUidhir, Danny Ó Duinnín.Fir Ionaid: Gearóid Ó Goilí, Antóin Ó Cuana, Shane Ó Duinnín, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh agus Martín Ó Concubhair.

Tadhg Crowley Cup

Round 1 A: St. Finbarr's 3-11 Ilen Rovers 1-11
B: Aghada 0-8 Douglas 2-7
C: St. Nick's 0-5 Clonakilty 0-6
D: Newcestown 2-7 Valley Rovers 2-12
E: Bishopstown 2-10 BALLINCOLLIG 2-7
O'Donovan Rossa Bye
Quarter-Finals 1. O'Donovan Rossa 1-12 St Finbarr's 3-9
2. Douglas 1-0 Clonakilty 0-13
Valley Rovers - bye
Bishopstown - bye
Semi-Finals St Finbarr's 0-5 Clonakilty 0-7
Valley Rovers 0-8 Bishopstown 1-8
Final: Clonakilty v Bishopstown

Tadhg Crowley Plate (Teams defeated in Round 1)

Quarter-Final Ilen Rovers 0-11 Aghada 1-11

Semi-Finals: St Nicks 0-8 Newcestown 3-10
Ballincollig 1-7 Aghada 1-9
Plate Final: Newcestown v Aghada

Cork Footballers

Cork played Dublin in Páirc Uí Rinn in the opening round of the Allianz National Football League and even though the visitors were understrength, Cork were delighted with a two point victory on a score of 1-15 to 0-16. This was a major confidence booster for the footballers and hopefully, they can regain the dash they had earlier last year before unexpectedly crashing to Kerry in the championship, a defeat which ruined their season. Fintan Goold of Macroom started at centre field for Cork and later was a very effective centre back. Paddy Kelly, the Ballincollig star, is still on the injury list and Daniel Goulding of Éire Óg is also out of action at the moment.
Cork will travel to play Monaghan in the second round of the league, a difficult assignment and the first of four visits to Ulster this season. Cork have two remaining home games, against Mayo and Kerry, in what is a very competitive Division One league.

Ladies Football

Cork Ladies opened their season with a great win over arch rivals Mayo at Swinford in the Tesco Homegrown National League, Division One. Cork won by 2-13 to 1-8, after coming from being 1-6 to 1-3 behind at half time. Cork are at home to Kerry at Cloughduv on Sunday 8th February at 2 pm in their next league encounter.

Cork Hurlers

Cork hurlers defeated Clare 2-21 to 0-18 in the semi-final of the Waterford Crystal Cup at Mallow. Cork fielded only two of the team beaten by Tipperary in last year's All Ireland semi-final but still were too sharp for an understrength Clare side. Cork led by 2-13 to 0-7 at the break and the end result was likely even at that stage. Corner back, Sean O'Donoghue of Inniscarra and Peter Kelleher of Kilmichael were two young players from Muskerry who got a run with Cork and both will benefit from the experience of playing against inter-county players in competition.

Cork 1-16 Limerick 3-20

A more experienced Limerick side eventually pulled away from a battling Cork challenge in the Waterford Crystal Cup final played under lights at Mallow. Leading by five points at half-time, Limerick went seven clear inside a minute of the restart but the hosts' response was impressive. Cork scored five of the next six points, with Cian McCarthy, Andy Walsh and Luke O'Farrell all on target. With just over 15 minutes left, that three-point gap, 2-15 to 1-15, still pertained but then Limerick struck for what was the winning of the game. Shane Dowling got his first point and then excellent midfielder James Ryan scored his fourth before Adrian Breen netted his second and Limerick's third goal.
Scorers for Cork: Cian McCarthy 0-8 (0-3f), Stephen Moylan 1-0, Paul Haughney, A Walsh 0-2 each, Brian Murray, Luke O'Farrell, Brian Lawton, Patrick Horgan 0-1 each.
Seán Ó'Donoghue of Inniscarra again started in the Cork defence and Peter Kelleher of Kilmichael was listed amongst the substitutes but was unavailable due to injury.

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Éire Óg hurlers 1985 © S McS

Rochestown Park Hotel County Football Leagues

The four divisions of the Cork county football leagues are about to begin and Muskerry teams are in action in three of them. Ballincollig, the county senior champions, are presently in Division Two and no doubt will want to get promotion this year to the higher grade. The opening fixtures for Mid Cork teams are:

Division 2 8 February 2015 - Round 1
Ballincollig v Bantry Blues
Éire Óg v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh
Naomh Abán v Doheny's
Fermoy v Macroom

15/02/2015 Round 2
Kiskeam v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh
Éire Óg v Bantry Blues
Naomh Abán v Fermoy
Macroom v Ballincollig

22/02/2015 Round 3
Éire Óg v Ballincollig
Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh v Aghada
Macroom v Naomh Abán

Division 3 Feb. 8 2015 - Round 1
Ballinora v Mitchelstown
Castletownbere v Cill na Martra

15/02/2015 Round 2
Castletownbere v Ballinora
Cill na Martra v St. Vincent's

22/02/2015 Round 3
Ballinora v St Nicks
Cill na Martra v Kinsale

Division 4 Feb. 8 2015 - Round 1
Aghabullogue v Adrigole
Na Piarsaigh v Grenagh

15/02/2015 Round 2
Mayfield v Aghabullogue
Grenagh v Millstreet

22/02/2015 Round 3
Grenagh v Aghabullogue

Macroom Motors Mid Cork Under 21 Football Championships 2015

U 21 A Football Championship – 4 teams
Round One Macroom v Naomh Abán at Clondrohid on Saturday 14th Feb. at 3 pm
Ballincollig v Inniscarra at Cloughduv, Monday 23rd Feb. at 7pm
The 2 winners wait until the 2 losers play one another. The winner of this latter game will play the waiting team it has not already lost to in a semi final; the other waiting team now goes straight into the final.

U 21 B Football Championship – 11 teams
1st Round – 5 games and a bye.
A Ballinora v Éire Óg at Ballincollig 7th Feb at 2 pm.
B Blarney v Kilmurry at Coachford 7th Feb at 2 pm.
C Aghabullogue v Canovee 7th Feb. at Annahala
D Cill na Martra v Donoughmore at Carrigadrohid 14 th Feb. at 3 pm.
E Aghinagh v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh at Cloughduv 7th Feb. at 4 pm.
F Kilmichael – a bye
2nd round (losers round) – 14 th Feb. where possible. A v B; C v D; E v Kilmichael
3rd round – eight remaining teams (5 first round and three losers round winners). Provision to be made for Kilmichael - if they lose their 2nd round game they will get a second chance.

U 21 C Football Championship (13 a side) – 3 teams

Uíbh Laoire, Grenagh and Clondrohid will play one another in a round robin with top two qualifying for a final.
Clondrohid v Grenagh at Macroom on Friday 13th Feb. at 8 pm.

Junior Football - Muskerry Cup 2015

2014 winners: Canovee. Eight teams entered the competition, the traditional opening competition of the season for Muskerry junior football clubs.
Quarter finals (Fixed for weekend of 14/15 February):

A Donoughmore v Kilmurry
B Kilmichael v Iveleary
C Canovee v Clondrohid
D Dripsey V Aghinagh
Semi Finals: A v B, C v D.

The first round of the 2015 Rochestown Park Hotel Mid Cork Division One Football league is scheduled for Sunday 22nd February, 2015 and the pairings are:

Aghinagh vs Inniscarra at Rusheen

Blarney vs Canovee at Blarney

Clondrohid vs Donoughmore at Clondrohid

Dripsey vs Ballincollig at Dripsey

Iveleary vs Kilmichael at Inchigeela

Kilmurry Juvenile Club

The AGM of Roinn na Óg Cill Mhuire took place in Kilmurry GAA Club on January 22nd. Outgoing Chairman, Donagh Wall, thanked the various groups who assisted the club throughout the year and congratulated players, mentors and parents for the many successes the club had experienced over the year. In particular, he congratulated the U15 and 16 teams who had both reached their respective league final, with the U16s securing victory. He complimented the U10 team who had reached both the cup final of the Brian Cronin Tournament in Dromtarriffe and the Neilie Twomey cup final. He went on to speak of the success of the U12 team which was runner up in the Rebel Óg group and the U11team which won their group and contested a county semi-final.
He complimented the Easter Training camp which Cork player Brian Hurley had attended. It proved to be a very successful day and players were enthralled by Brian and the advice he offered. Other activities which were organised included a table quiz and the annual card drive. The time and effort and support for all these events were acknowledged. Particular mention was given to the role of the parents in the club and it was acknowledged that the club simply could not function without the support of the dedicated parents who help throughout the year, ferrying players back and forth to training and matches and supporting the many fundraising events which take place.
As this was Donogh Wall's final year as Chairman, he paid tribute to his fellow officers and all those who had assisted and supported him over the past three years. Donogh's ontribution and leadership was acknowledged from the floor. The newly elected officers of Kilmurry Roinn na nÓg for 2015 are: Chairperson: DD O'Mahony, Vice Chair: John Keane, Secretary: Stephen Gilbert , Assistant Secretary: Pat Sheehan, Treasurer: Tim Irwin, Assistant Treasurer: Paul Shanahan PRO: Anthony Dineen

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Laochra Óg officers at launch at the Riverside Park, Macroom © Nóra Ní Luasa

Laochra Óg Celebration

Laochra Óg Hurling Club celebrated its first anniversary in the Riverside Park Hotel Macroom on January 25. The day kicked off with bouncing castle, zumba dancing, face painting, fast and a furious sliotar shot speed challenge, food and refreshments. Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley arrived and tested their shots with some of the younger members of the club. The kids had lots of entertainment and were busy all day. Later, as guests arrived, there were photos, introductions and speeches. Dignitaries included Tracey Kennedy, Vice Chairman of Cork County Board; J. J. Long, Chairman of Muskerry Board; Patsy Foley, Vice Chairman of Rebel Óg and Gerard Healy, Kilnamartyra, representing Coiste na nÓg, Briege Corkery, Rena Buckley, local T.D. Michael Creed; County Councillors Aindrias Moynihan and Michael Creed and Fr. Tony Wickham, P.P. Clondrohid. Elaina Lucey, Carriganimma joined Liam Slattery, Chairman of Laochra Óg hurling club in cutting the birthday cake and officially launching the new club. Lots of prizes in the raffle included two jerseys signed by the Cork Hurling Team. It was a great event, great buzz on the day and was well supported.
Thanks to Greta Forde for a fabulous birthday cake, Felicity Kelleher for the new club banner, Derry O'Riordan, Macroom Bouncing Castles, Michael McCarthy Astra Systems for providing disco, everyone who did home baking, the Hillbillies for live entertainment and The Riverside Park Hotel for hosting the event and to everyone who attended and to all involved in the organising of this event.
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Foireann Fé 12 Cumann Peile Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, a bhuaigh Rebel Óg Iarthar Chorcaí, ag bronnadh na mbonn ©

Cumann Peile Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh

Bhí oíche Bronnadh na mBonn ag Cuman Peile Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh ar an Satharn an 31ú lá d'Eanair dos na fóirne fé 12 agus fé 18. Bhí slua ollmhór ag an ócáid ar an oíche. Bhí Aidan Ó Rourke, Cathaoirleach Rebel Óg Iarthar Chorcaí i láthair ag an mbronnadh chomh maith leis an aoí speisialta, Tom Clancy, Cloch na Coillte. Bhuaigh an fhoireann Fé 12 an Rebel Óg Iarthar Chorcaí agus bhuaigh an fhoireann Fé 18 an Sraith Iarthar Chorcaí agus an Sraith Chontae.

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Foireann Fé 18 Cumann Peile Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh a bhuaigh Sraith Iarthar Chorcaí agus Sraith an Chontae ag bronnadh na mbonn ©


Under 14 League, Blarney Utd 2 Macroom 2.
The Under 14 side took a deserved point from O'Shea Park in what was a fine division one encounter. Macroom had the better of the chances in the first half and were ahead after just 5 minutes. Dylan Twomey played the ball into Dennis Dullea who, although fouled, managed to return it to the in rushing striker. The referee played an excellent advantage and Twomey finished it low to the corner. The away side were on top now and were unlucky not to have a second when Twomey found Jack Kelleher in the penalty area. Kelleher's first time pass just eluded Twomey and Blarney breathed a huge sigh of relief. The home side were awarded a dubious free-kick after 25 minutes and the long range effort found the net to make it 1-1, which it remained until half time. Macroom started the second half well and took the lead on 45 minutes when Caelum Lynch showed great feet going around two defenders and smashing a low shot to the corner to make it 2-1. Blarney had introduced a number of subs at half time and they started to make a difference. The goal finally came 15 minutes from time when the Macroom defence failed to clear and a low shot found the net. Kuba Byrdziak pulled off a couple of good saves in the Macroom goal and there was one last chance when a Jack Kelleher corner found Twomey at the edge of the box. His volley was pushed outside the post by the home keeper and it finished with honours even. Macroom had fine performances from Jack O'Riordan and Lynch in midfield, with Twomey and Kelleher doing well in attack.

Under 11 Local Cup, Macroom 1 Watergrasshill Utd 2 (AET)
There was heartbreak for Macroom in the first round of the Local Cup when they conceded deep into extra time to a Watergrasshill side that on the balance of play just about deserved their victory. Watergrasshill were fast out of the blocks and their much stronger and physical presence was evident as Macroom struggled to get into the game. Having said that, the visitors had to wait until the 29th minute to make their pressure count, capitalising on a defensive error to leave the score 0-1 at half time. Macroom improved in the second period and kept the opposition pushed back in their own half with some slick passing. The home side were rewarded for their efforts when a Ben Lyons corner was thumped into the top corner by the hardworking Daire McMahon. Watergrasshill responded and were the better side as the half continued. During this time the visitors were left frustrated by the brilliance of Dylan O'Riordan, who pulled off a string of outstanding saves to the delight of an enthusiastic crowd. It was more of the same in extra time as Watergrasshill continued to put pressure on the home defence. Macroom had a couple of chances of their own to snatch victory but were guilty of wasteful finishing. After a succession of corners in added time the visitors struck when a fine strike from the edge of the penalty area found the roof of the net. Best on the day for a gallant Macroom were Dylan O'Riordan in goal, Jack Martin, Daire McMahon and Robert Lucey.

Under 11 Local Cup, Macroom A 2 Ballincollig A 3 (AET)
Macroom A entertained division 2 side Ballincollig A in the Local Cup at Murrayfield. A number of good opportunities were created by the home side early on, but unfortunately none were converted. With Conor Lucey to thank in goal for making some smart saves, Macroom soon broke the deadlock when great teamwork gave the very impressive Ronan Morey the time to slot home from close range. Macroom continued to create chances with Jack Devine, Cian McSweeney, Colm McSweeney & Darren Moynihan doing well in midfield. With 5 minutes remaining before half time, the home side went two up. Following a scramble in the penalty box Darren Moynihan was on hand to slot home. With Jason Bowles, Dylan Wenger & Ben Herlihy cutting out the majority of Ballincollig attacks, Macroom went in at half time with a 2-0 lead. They started the second half as they did the first, putting pressure on Ballincollig with Max Wyczynski causing problems down the left flank. As the half wore on, the away side began to dominate midfield and pinned Macroom back for long periods. The home defence was finally breached when a mix up allowed Ballincollig an easy tap in. This handed Ballincollig the initiative and the home side were struggling to keep the division 2 outfit at bay. Late in normal time, a deserved equaliser arrived for the visitors meaning extra time would be required. Ballincollig began extra time on the front foot, although Macroom looked dangerous on the counter attack. Just before half time in extra time the away side broke the offside trap and got in for the lead goal. Macroom battled on and when the referee awarded a free kick outside the box, it was seen as a great chance to equalise. Up stepped Ben Herlihy to smash the ball against the post with the keeper stranded. The visitors defence managed to clear the rebound and this proved to be the last chance for Macroom. A fantastic effort from Macroom against a team three divisions above them. Best were Ben Herlihy, Conor Lucey and Ronan Morey.

The youths had a good 4-2 win away to Douglas Hall and have advanced to the quarter finals of the Murphy Youth Cup. Goals from Paul O' Farrell, Mark Corrigan, Don Creedon and Robert Healy gave Macroom an impressive win. Macroom hosted higher ranked Kilreen Celtic in the FAI Youths Cup. The home side gave a good account of themselves but will be disappointed with a 2-1 defeat. Goalscorer on the day was Paul O'Farrell from the penalty spot. There is much to look forward to for this talented outfit with the Murphy Cup quarter final to come as well as occupying a great position in the league. Macroom lie second in the table, 3 points behind leaders Park Utd (Mitchelstown) with 2 games in hand.

AUL Division 3 League, Greenwood 2 Macroom B 2

Macroom picked up a good point away to Greenwood. This result keeps them in the hunt for league honours. St. John Boscos lead the league with Greenwood and Waterloo just behind. Macroom sit fourth, 3 points behind the leaders with 3 games in hand in what is a very competitive section.

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Officers and members at Bolchumann Réigiún na Gaeltachta medal presentation © Nóra Ní Luasa

Macroom Golf Club

Results: 11/01/2015 14 Hole singles First John Barrett 17. Second John Lawlor 13. Third John Ronan 18
18/01/2015 Captains& Presidents Drive in First Barry Oldham 15 Brenda O'Connor 35 Nora Corkery 36 Tom Fitzgerald 12. Second Jimmy Nolan 9 Sheila Dwyer 29 Bernie McGrath 14 Paul Long 22. Third Tim O'Callaghan 13 Peter O'Halloran 23 Margaret Walshe 16 Norma Fitzgerald 30. 4th Martin Kanavagh 12 Mary Lehane 18 Cait Breathnach 36 Christy Keating 23. 5th John Wood 12 Jim Prouse 24 Ann Morris 36 Kathleen Feeney 34.
25/01/2015 14 Hole singles: 1st Gerry O'Flynn (24) 38 pts 2nd Christy Healy (20) 36 pts 3rd Noel Horan (17) 36 pts
27/01/2015 Senior scramble 1st Moss Moriarty (16), Ml O'Mahony (17), Ml O'Dwyer (22) 47.5
Club singles 1st Moss Moriarty (16) 33 pts
Fixtures: Tuesday: seniors scramble. Sat & Sun Club singles.