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Lee Valley Diary

ʻAr m-Éirí Dhom ar Maidinʼ art exhibition in Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne March 5 at 7.30p.m. to April 27
De la Salle: American Tea Party in the Castle Hotel Thurs March 5 at 8pm
Clondrohid G.A.A. Table Quiz in the Tavern on Fri March 6.
ACR World War I lecture on Friday 6 March at Coachford National School at 7.30pm.
Mr. and Mrs. Macra Night. March 6 in the Laine Bar, Ballinagree at 9.30pm.
Clondrohid G.A.A. table quiz in the Tavern, Clondrohid on March 6
Macroom Senior Citizens A.G.M. on Mon March 9th at 8.00pm in Fr. Ryan Hall.
Macroom Area Over 60s talent competition Tues. March 10th in Fr Ryan Hall, Macroom 8.30pm.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club. March 12th, 8p.m. at Coolcower House. Spring Gardening Talk
Trad for Trocaire in Cilleanna Bar, Johnstown, Kilmichael on Sat14th March from 9pm.
History lecture on Mon. March 16th, 8p.m. at Ballincollig Rugby Club 'East Muskerry Landmarks'.
Crookstown St Patricks Day céilí in Hall from 9.30p.m.
Crookstown Vintage Club run on Sun 22nd March from Clifford's Bar 10.30 a,m.
Pauline Scanlon, Padraig Rynne, Cilian Doheny san Ionad Cultúrtha Fri 27th March @ 8:30
Coachford Players present 'Separate Beds' in Coachford GAA Hall on April 11th 12th and 13th
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Parent & Toddler group meets every Monday morning of school term, from 10am-12, in Tarelton Community Centre.

Macroom Library:

Story time Saturday at 12 noon.
Creative Writing Tues. March 10 at 6p.m.
Bridge on Wed. March 11 at 10.30a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte agu Ceardlann Amhránaíochta Thurs. March 12 at 11a.m
Gramophone Circle: Fri. March. 13 at 11a.m.
The Purlies Thurs. March 19 at 11a.m. .
March Art Exhibtions. Neans Uí Laoghaire.

Briery Gap:

Brian Kennedy Fri., March 6 @ 8.30pm.. Note change of date.
Muskerry Macra Drama County Finals March 7 and 8.
Instellar Monday 9th March at 8.30pm.
Two Days One Night Wed 11th March. 8.30p.m.
Starmakers Fri 13th and Sat. 14th March at 8.00pm. Sun 15th 3.00pm.
The Flower of Macroom selection on Sun, March 15 at 8p.m.
The Grand Seduction Mon 16th March at 8.30pm.
The Expendables 3 Monday 23rd March at 8.30pm.
Jimmy's Hall, directed by Ken Loach, Wed. 25th March at 8.30pm.
How to Train Your Dragon Sat 28th March at 2.00pm.
The Judge Mon 30th March at 8.30pm.
An Evening of Entertainment with Briery Gap Youth Theatre and Adult Mixed Choir on Wed. Ap. 1st

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

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 A wet St. Patrick's Day celebration in 1988 ©SMcS

Macroom Updates

St. Patrick's Day in Macroom.

St Patrick's Day celebrations will begin in Macroom the previous Thursday, March 12, when award winning sean nós singer, Máire Ní Chéilleachair will conduct a singing workshop in Macroom Library as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge. This will replace the usual Ciorcal Gaeilge and will start at the earlier time of 11a.m. and run until 12.30p.m. Máire will sing many well-loved songs and members of the audience will also be invited to sing, tell stories or recite Irish poems.
A new departure for 2015 is the selection of The Flower of Macroom, the winner to act as Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Many local businesses and clubs have nominated entrants for the Flower of Macroom. They will be interviewed Rose of Tralee style by Seán Óg Ó Duinnín at a function in the Briery Gap on Sunday night, March 16.

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Macroom Guides and Brownies parade in 1988 cSMcS

St. Patrick's Eve will feature a Music Trail, with live entertainment in Dinneen's Bar, J.C. Murphy's, Murray's Bar, the Castle Hotel and T.P. Cotter's.
St. Patrick's Day will feature all the usual elements – Mass and blessing of shamrock, pre-parade entertainment in the Square, the parade, led by the newly crowned Flower of Macroom and post parade fun and games with a magic show in the Square, feis in in the Community Leisure Centre and live music by the Briery Gap and in the town's bars. Lee Valley Enterprise Board, organiser of the St. Patrick's Day celebrations, welcomes visitors to the town and encourages one and all to support local business. .

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Sacred Heart Westport B, overall winners of the All Ireland 15 minute Light Entertainment Festival 2015 at the Briery Gap, are presented with the Donal Buckley Perpetual Trophy by Keely Buckley, with on right Pat O'Connell M.C. © Lee Valley Outlook

All Ireland Light Entertainment 2015

Eight groups from schools from Cork to Donegal contested the All Ireland 15 minute Light Entertainment Festival 2015 at the Briery Gap, Macroom. Those fortunate enough to attend the performance enjoyed a feast of music, dance, fun and thought provoking original material. Two groups came from the Sacred Heart School in Westport and staged original shows, the first dealing with bullying and the second, a really wonderful drama, reminiscent of Máire Ní Gráda's An Triail and incorporating the Magdalen Laundries and songs from Les Miserables and Blood Brothers. This won First Best Overall, €500 and the Donal Buckley Perpetual Trophy and also, Best Director. Wilson's Hospital Secondary School, Multyfarnham was a close runner up with their excellent original Life Love Loss. This show, with a bereavement theme, incorporated wonderful dance routines and spirituals and the lead singers were most impressive. Besides the €300 for Second Best Overall, they were awarded Best Choral and the Mary McSweeney Perpetual Trophy and Best Individual for the female lead. C.B.S. Mullingar's hilarious adaptation of Cinderella won them Third Best Overall, €200, Best Comedy and a Special Adjudicators' Award for the Two Ugly Sisters. Best Outstanding Performance and Fourth Overall went to Scoil Mhuire Kanturk. They brought trad to a new level and were uncontested winners of the Best Traditional Award and the William Harrington Perpetual Trophy. Their Brush Dancers received a Special Adjudicators' Award.
The joyful input and dramatic output of all the talented participants gives one great hope for Ireland's youth.

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Bring it Home! CBS College Mullingar are presented with the Mullingar Art Centre Perpetual Trophy and 1st prize by Cllr Aindrias Moynihan, Deputy Mayor Cork Co Council; John McGrath, Chairman of Mullingar Arts Centre and Pat O'Connell at the All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival final in the Briery Gap © Lee Valley Outlook

Transition Year Drama Festival 2015-

The adjudicators at the 2015 TY Drama Festival in the Briery Gap were not to be envied on February 28 as they undertook a marathon reviewing session of 15 dramas and then had to pick a winner from at least eight excellent performances. Michael Twomey, (Miah), stated at the presentation of prizes that the standard this year was by far the highest in the 15 year history of the competition. And this was not soft soap. I, too, saw all the dramas and feel that they rivalled most professional shows. Many of them were original scripts by students and teachers and dealt with social issues such as cyberbullying, suicide, homosexuality, racism, exclusion, child abuse and gossip. Classic dramas such as Twelve Angry Men, Juno and the Paycock, Blood Brothers, The Hobbit, Magdalen Whitewash, Sive and A Romantic Lover were abridged and presented most effectively. Táin Bó Cuailgne was presented with wonderful music, sets, costumes and body paint but lacked impact due to poor lighting. The eventual winners were 1st C.B.S. Mullingar with 12 Angry Men and they also won Best Director Award. 2nd King's Hospital, Palmerstown with Alone in a Crowd which also won Best Original Script. 3rd Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon with Sive and they also won the award for Best Set/ Lighting. Previous non-prize-winner award went to Abbey Vocational school, Donegal with Juno and the Paycock. Best Performance went to Cahill O'Driscoll, Nagle Rice, Doneraile for his role in Blood Brothers. Best Irish Play went to Gaelscoil Reachrann, Donaghmede for An Táin and the also won Best Costumes Award. Best Supporting Role went to Sacred Heart, Westport for A Human Write. Special Adudicators' Awards went to St Wolstan's, Celbridge; St Mary's, Charleville; Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney (B); Presentation , Thurles; Nagle Rice, Doneraile; Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon(Mena) and Tarbert Comprehensive School.
The importance of the annual Drama Festival and Light Entertainment Festival cannot be overstated. Their contribution to the development and wellbeing of students nationwide is immense and the joy, confidence and sense of achievement given to students from all backgrounds is incalculable. Besides, subjects and problems that may be taboo in class or in social interaction are confronted on stage and this airing must be beneficial to all concerned.
The festivals are a huge bonus to Macroom too. They bring close on one thousand visitors to the town every February, many of them staying overnight and all of them using local shops and restaurants. Anne Dunne, the brain behind the initiatives, has undertaken a herculean task and works against the odds to make the festivals even better each year. With the economic downturn, funding has been an enormous problem. As we look forward to an upturn now, any business thinking of promoting a most worthwhile project should look no further than these annual productions.

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The Sheehan family celebrate the Diamond Wedding of their parents, George and Sheila Sheehan, Masseytown at the Riverside Park Hotel ©

Diamonds are Forever

George and Sheila Sheehan (nee Twomey), Mountmassey, Macroom, recently celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of their marriage on February 6, 1955. Their wedding was a far cry from present-day wedding extravaganzas but, on the other hand, has survived the ups and downs of more than half a century and the raising of a family of 12. They now also boast 27 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren! One son and daughter live in England, one in Dublin and all the others live and work in the Macroom area. Skilled in many different trades and occupations, they have their own co-operative network and help each other when needed, be it at building, tiling, carpentry or accounting.
Sheila and George met at the fourpenny hops (which were by then costing 10d), in Macroom Town Hall. George, a native of Coachford, was employed in Dripsey Woollen Mills, while Sheila worked in Neville's office, which was then located in the Tanyard in Masseytown. Her father was a a harness-maker. She made her own wedding outfit as she had attended classes in the Dreadnought School of Fashion in the Terence Hotel (later the Victoria and Lee Valley Hotel). The wedding was after Sunday Mass in Caum Church. Sheila and her attendants travelled there in Jerry Cronin's hackney car. But being February and frosty, the car boiled and they were late arriving. Canon O'Connor (later Archdeacon) was to celebrate the Mass and he was out waiting impatiently for them.
After the ceremony, both families and some friends and neighbours returned to Sheila's home in Macroom for the wedding breakfast. They had a lovely day, with songs from the guests and music provided by George's brother, an accomplished accordionist, who played with a local band. The late Dennis Dinneen photographed the wedding party and the joyous image taken near Macroom Bridge is much prized by all the family. George and Sheila went on honeymoon to Youghal for a few days and then spent a few more days with Sheila's aunt in Midleton. The early years of their marriage were spent in Macroom, Coachford and Dripsey but they later returned to Macroom to help care for Sheila's parents. Sheila joined the I.C.A. soon after it was founded. George played hurling with Aghabullogue, winning many medals and later, he and Sheila took up pitch and putt and golf.
Sheila and George intended having Mass and a quiet family celebration on their 60th wedding anniversary. But that is not how it worked out! Thanks to their daughter-in-law, Anna, they celebrated in style. In 2014, The Riverstown Park Hotel, in association with The Corkman, ran a competition which offered 3 couples a wedding reception for 80, a 5 course meal and 3 bedrooms, including the beautiful Bridal Suite, for the night of the wedding. Unknown to Sheila and George, Anna entered them in the competition and they were among the winners of the package. Fr. O'Mahony celebrated a lovely Mass for them in the hotel, at which they renewed their marriage vows. They then had a wonderful meal, complete with wedding cake and champagne, after which there was music, song and a disco which ran into the next morning, quite unlike 60 years back.
Their advice to young couples is to think positive; make the best of things; have give and take and never go to bed without making up a disagreement. They wish to sincerely thank their extended family, neighbours and friends and particularly, the management and staff of the Riverside Park for making their anniversary a memorable occasion. Their 12 children are so proud of George and Sheila and consider them wonderful role models as well as ideal in laws. They can never thank them enough for all that they have done for them.

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Macroom Youtreach winners of Best Acting Award at I.C.T.U. 'Youth for Decent Work' Film competition in Dublin. Front: Marian Morgan, teacher, Sarah Coleman, Ciara O'Mahony, Catherine Barr, teacher, Angela Doherty. Back: Luke Coleman, Jack O'Donovan, Jack Dineen, Tadgh O'Keeffe, Myles O'Driscoll © Lee Valley Outlook

Award for Macroom Film Makers

The 'Youth for Decent Work' Film competition, run by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, encourages students and youth groups to explore the theme of 'Decent Work' through the medium of drama and film making. Macroom Youthreach students submitted their short film 'Blank Cheque', which is based on the concept of how exploitation in the workplace can lead to unemployment and in some cases, poverty and homelessness. The movie was devised and developed over a number of months by the students, and it was shortlisted for the awards in December 2014. A cast and crew of approx. 15 students took part in the process.
Over 90 schools nationwide submitted movies but only 30 entries were shortlisted for an award. The presentations were held in The Savoy Cinema in Dublin on February 26 and all participating schools were invited. Almost 700 students and teachers from every part of Ireland attended. The event was hosted by 'Love/Hate' actor Andrew Heffernan. The president of the ICTU, as well as representatives from various other unions, were on hand to present the awards. The categories were, 'Best Acting', 'Best Interpretation of the Theme' and 'Best Overall Winner'. Macroom Youthreach was nominated for 'Best Acting', along with six other entries, from the 90 or so who entered....and they won! The prize is a full day master-class acting course with the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin for our students. Congratulations to all concerned.

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Mr Maurice O'Keeffe, AIB, Macroom, presenting an iPad to Sr Brigid O'Connell, Principal, St Joseph's Primary School as part of the school fundraising campaign © Lee Valley Outlook

St. Joseph's Macroom

Building On. St. Joseph's Primary School, Macroom is currently adding on three new classrooms and a resource room, for which it needs to raise €70,000 for completion and equipment. Mr Maurice O'Keeffe, AIB, Macroom, presented an iPad to Sr Brigid O'Connell, Principal, as part of the school fundraising campaign.
Glo Silver. Second class in St Joseph's Primary School won €500 in the Glo Silver RSA poster competition. They will attend a prize giving ceremony in Dublin Castle on Monday 16th March with their class teacher Mc Celina Buckley. The school has been shortlisted as one of five final schools in Ireland for a prize of €2000.
Local Artist. St. Joseph's 3rd class pupil, Clodagh McDonagh, recently won 1st prize in the All Ireland Credit Union Art competition. Marty Whelan presented her with her prize on February 16 at Croke Park Stadium. Clodagh also won the All Ireland Credit Union Art Competition last year in the under 7 competition and she has designed some stationery for the local Credit Union branch.

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2A class from De la Salle College Macroom outside the gates of Collins Barracks in Cork, which they visited as part of their CSPE course © An Scoil

De la Salle College Macroom Update

ASD Unit: Planning permission has been granted for an Autism Spectrum Unit (ASD) in De la Salle College Macroom. The unit will open for new students in September 2015.
Principal John Murphy has welcomed this development, the purpose of which will be to provide the local community with an educational service that is much sought after at the present time.
In Dublin. The 2B class from the school travelled to Dublin recently as part of their studies for the Civic, Social and Political Education (C.S.P.E.) course. They were welcomed to Dáil Eireann by Michael Creed TD and spent some time in the public gallery, where, by coincidence, they observed a debate that was taking place on the industrial action presently being undertaken by teachers! They also paid a visit to the historic General Post Office on O' Connell Street, central to the 1916 Rising, and had a tour of the sights of the city. The 2A class spent a day visiting Collins Barracks as part of their C.S.P.E. course, enjoying the attractions of the military museum there.
In football, the school's senior team suffered disappointment when they were beaten by Rochestown College from Cork in the semi-final of the Simcox Cup. The same opposition also inflicted defeat on De la Salle in the first round of the Cork Colleges' U-16 A football championship. The series of losses unfortunately continued when the school's U-16½ team went down by a goal to Abbey CBS from Tipperary. By beating Maria Immaculata Community School from Dunmanway in extra time, the school's U-16 hurlers advanced to the final of the Cork Schools' C final, where they will meet Coláiste Mhuire from Cobh.
Past Pupils. Four pupils of the school in the nineteen seventies paid a visit to their alma mater recently to address the present senior cycle students. They spoke to them about their own experiences and gave advice on the variety of career paths that are available to them, stressing that what a student should aim to do after their school years should reflect their talents and interests, be they academic or otherwise. The four speakers were well received by the students and staff and the school was very appreciative of their time and effort, and in particular of the insights they imparted to the students on life after school. The speakers were Denis Cotter (award-winning author and chef from Café Paradiso in Cork), Pádraig Dineen (currach builder and TV documentary maker), John FitzGerald (University librarian UCC and award-winning poet) and Paddy Murphy (of Macroom Haulage, Irish Haulier of the Year 2013). A word of thanks also to Ms Jean O' Donovan, who organised the event.

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McEgan College Castle Bank at AIB Build a Bank Regional Final L-R Ms. Cooper, Mary Ann Healy, Lily Murphy Ownsworth, Tyrone Murphy and Caolán Shorten. ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

Make a Book. 1st and 2nd Year students visited City Hall to partake in the JCSP Make a Book Exhibition. They based their book on the Gearagh and, over the last number of weeks researched the topic, went on a field trip to the Gearagh and went to see the film River Runner. In their art class they created a beautiful three piece canvas which captures the beauty of the Gearagh. In woodwork they created a model of it and in their geography class they created a book detailing all that they had learnt about this wonderful habitat right on their door step. Well done to everyone involved!

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Sullane Sentinel in 2008 © Lee Valley Outlook

Death of Innocence

For many years now, walkers on the banks of the Sullane in Tom Creedon Park and Macroom Golf Club have had their spirits raised when privileged to see Henry or Henrietta, the Sullane heron. The impressive, dignified bird gladdened the hearts of its beholders as it stood, one-legged or took unruffled flight.
But no more. In late January, a local senior citizen again encountered the beautiful bird as he enjoyed a late afternoon stroll. As usual, he admired it and then continued across the golf course. He heard the sound of gunfire from the river bank and though it made him uneasy, he continued on his way in the winter dusk. Next morning he returned only to find the grain riddled remains of his friend.
It beggars belief that any responsible adult, entitled to carry a gun, would slaughter such a graceful, inoffensive creature. Herons are not pests or vermin. While living on fish, local anglers are horrified at the mindless killing of their colleague. The killer didn't reap material gain and it certainly wasn't a test of marksmanship to destroy what was a sitting duck. No one should harm another living creature just as part of a power trip.

Macroom Library

Another new month signals the Spring & ongoing events at Macroom library. The March Exhibition is by Neans Uí Laoire, Ballingeary. The Macroom Purlies – Knitters meet in the library at 11am Thursday 5th March for a knit and a natter. Congratulations to the ladies who had a lovely article by Catherine Ketch about the knitting club in the Community section of The Southern Star. Macroom Creative Writing Group meets again on Tuesday 10th March at 6pm in the library after a successful first meeting with facilitator, Rosemary Canavan. Bridge morning in the library is Wednesday 11th March from 10.30am – 1.00pm. Refreshments served. We look forward to hosting a special Seachtaine Na Gaeilge Event. Beidh Scoraíocht sa Leabharlann i Maigh Chromtha le Máire Ní Chéilleachair – Amhránaí Sean Nós ar an Déardaoin 12 ú Márta ó 11.00 – 12.30. Fáilte roimh cách. Join us in Macroom Library on Thursday 12th March from 11.00 – 12.30 for a Sing Along and a cup of tea with Máire Ní Chéilleachair – Sean Nós Singer and Teacher. Everybody welome. Music morning with guest presenter Mr Eddie Hogan is on Friday 13th March at 11am. Join us for a musical treat with refreshments served.

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Making music 1988 ©SMcS

Briery Gap Programme


Instellar Monday 9th March at 8.30pm. Admission €4. In Earth's future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. A team of researchers go across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind's new home.
Sulan Film Society presents Two Days One Night on Wednesday 11th March. Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.
The Grand Seduction Mon 16th March at 8.30pm. Residents of a small fishing community in Newfoundland charm a doctor into becoming the town's full-time physician in order to secure a vital factory contract.
The Expendables 3 Monday 23rd March at 8.30pm. Admission €4
Jimmy's Hall, directed by Ken Loach. Wednesday 25th March at 8.30pm. Admission €7. The film is set in 1932 and follows events when Jimmy returned from a decade in New York and re-opened a 1921 dance hall.
How to Train Your Dragon Saturday 28th March at 2.00pm. Admission €3
The Judge Monday 30th March at 8.30pm. Admission €4

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/ €8
The Flower of Macroom, presented by Lee Valley Enterprise Board on Sunday, March 15 at 8p.m. Tickets €10.
Ahakeera Drama Group presents Love Thy Neighbour on Friday 20th March. Tickets €12/€10
American Country Show Sunday 22nd March at 8.00pm Tickets €20
An Evening of Entertainment with Briery Gap Youth Theatre and Adult Mixed Choir on Wednesday 1st April at 8.00pm. Tickets €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. March 5. 9.30p.m. Kilcorney Social Evening 2015 Part 2. Rambling House from Boherbue 2004 Part 2.
Sun. March 8: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Relics of St. Therese leave Macroom 2009,.
6.30p.m. News and Sport. Aghinagh Comhaltas at Murray's Bar, Macroom 2015. Part 1.
Wed. March 11: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Lenten Reflection with Fr. Manning. Pre-view of St. Patrick's Day celebrations. .
Thurs. March 12. 9.30p.m. St. Patrick's Day parade in Millstreet. 1995. Collins- Eubank Weigh In Excerpts at Green Glens. 1995.
Sun. March 15: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Sunday Mass at Ballydaly 2012.
6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes.
Wed. March 19: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Lenten Reflection with the late Fr. Timmy O'Connor. St. Patrick's Day Parades 2015. Aghinagh Comhaltas at Murray's Bar 2015 Part 2.
Thurs. March 20. 9.30p.m. The Aubane Butter Road Celebration. 1998. Part 1


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ʻAr m-Éirí Dhom ar Maidinʼ. Cill na Martra artist, Tadhg Mac Suibhne, will exhibit some of his work at Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh, Baile Mhúirne from March 5 at 7.30p.m. to April 27. The exhibition will be opened by Dónal Ó Céilleachair, film-maker, and there will be a screening of Dónalʼs award winning film, "Tadhg McSweeney. Painter – A Fim Portrait", as part of the opening.

Mr. and Mrs. Aghinagh Macra is holding a Mr. & Mrs. Night on the 6th of March in the Laine Bar, Ballinagree at 9.30pm. The aim of the game is to see how well you know your other half! There will be a total of two rounds followed by a raffle. Hope to see ye all there. Don't forget to check out our Facebook page Aghinagh Macra for more information and you can also follow us on twitter (@aghinaghmacra) and Instagram (aghinaghmacra).

ACR Heritage (the Heritage Committee of Aghabullogue Coachford Rylane Community Council) presents 'Coachford & District: The World War I Experience' (with new material). This will be a presentation by Anthony Greene on the involvement in World War I of those who came from Coachford and its environs (officers and the rank and file). It will take place on Friday 6 March at Coachford National School at 7.30pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Ballincollig & District Vintage and Classic Car Club celebrating 10 Years. Wednesday 4th of March Club Meeting at Mary O'Connor's Bar, Ballincollig at 9:00pm. Sunday 8th of March. Cars and Coffee Morning, in the covered car park @ Tesco, Ballincollig from 10:30am. Bring your Vintage/Classic Car or just call in to meet up!

Macroom Senior Citizens Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday March 9th at 8.00pm in Fr. Ryan Hall.

Over 60's Competition. Macroom heat will take place in Fr. Ryan Hall on Tuesday March 10th at 8.30pm. MC Paddy O'Brien and music will be provided by Jerry Mc Carthy and Liam Healy. Admission is FREE. Anyone interested in taking part please contact Evelyn McSweeney 026/41070.

Macroom Flower & Garden Club "Spring" Gardening Talk with Mary Cronin (BSc. Hort.) Sweet Magnolia Garden Centre, Lissarda on Thursday 12th March at Coolcower House at 8.00p.m. Doors open 7.30p.m. Plants for sale. Visitors and new members most welcome Enquires 087-9821708. Hester Forde is rescheduled for Gardening Talk October 8th 2015.

Comhairle Tuismitheoirí Scoil Mhuire welcomes you all to oíche Rince, Ceoil & Craic in Óstán Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne on Friday 13th March @ 10pm. Music is by Patrick & Conor O' Sullivan & we hope this will be an enjoyable night out for young & old alike. Ticéid ar díol i Siopa Uí Dhuinnín & ag an doras ar an oíche. Costas €10.

Trad for Trocaire session in Cilleanna Bar, Johnstown, Kilmichael on Sat14th March from 9pm. All musicians, clappers, singers and spectators welcome.

Crookstown Ceili Club Ceili St Patricks night music by Tim Joe and Anne from 9.30 p.m. All welcome

Crookstown Vintage Club Fourth annual poker run on Sunday 22nd March. Sign in at Clifford's Bar from 10.30 a,m. Parking available in Cronin's yard. Leaving Crookstown at 12 noon. Returning to the Corner Stone Bar. Refreshments served. All tractors / cars and motorbikes welcome.

Fundraiser. Donagh Murphy Kingston, Macroom, is currently suffering from leukaemia and friends of the family are holding a coffee morning & cake sale at the Riverside Park Hotel Macroom on Monday 23rd March, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. All proceeds are going towards Donagh's treatment. Your support would be gratefully appreciated. Contact 086 872 8582.

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.

St. Mary's Members of Cyclone Rep delivered a very worthwhile and informative Bullying Prevention Session to all 1st and 2nd year students in St Mary's recently. The session included a presentation, a workshop and dramatisation on the topic of bullying awareness and prevention. Students were informed and their attitudes challenged giving them a valuable lesson in their own care and the care of others around them.

Music Night every Wednesday from 8pm at Golden's Bar in Macroom. This free-style music session has been running for more than a year and is open to all. Everyone welcome to come and join in, especially those who write their own music or songs, or who might be a bit shy of playing publicly, there's no pressure.

"The Real McCoy", performed by the Sullane Players in the Briery Gap recently, was a great success and played to full houses during its four night run. The actors were Madge Malloy (Eleanor Lucey), Maura Malloy (Treasa O'Riordan), Cora O'Hora (Chelsea Cunningham), Martin Daly (Patrick Mullane), Tom Molloy (Pat Melia), Nora O'Hora (Adriana Dineen) and Fr McCoy (Conor O'Leary).

Ladies Football. Mairead Corkery and Aisling Kelleher were members of the Munster Schools Ladies' Football Team who competed in Inter-provincial Blitz in Mullingar recently. The Munster team reached the final, which was a very close and exciting contest. They lost by only a single point to Connacht. It was a great honour for these St. Mary's Students to be selected as members of this very successful Munster team.

Macroom Ladies Football season is under way again. U16, U14 and U12 training has now commenced. U10 and U8 training starting in April. New players very welcome and we encourage parents to get involved. For training times and locations contact Emer O' Leary PRO 0863792924/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or keep an eye on our Facebook page.

Dromleigh N.S. is now accepting applications for enrolments 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..

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto. Feb. 17. Jackpot €4,800. Numbers drawn 20, 22, 30. No Winner. €70 John O'Driscoll, O'Connor Park. €20 Peggy O'Connell, Railway View. Tom Hayes, Sullane Place. Liam Kelleher, Oakwood. Emer Cotter, c/o Pat Crowley. Danny Monard, c/o Conor Buttimer.
Feb. 24: Jackpot €5.000. Numbers Drawn 03-05-07 - No Winner - €70 Emily, Grace & Anna Mehigan, Coolyhane, Macroom. €20 Sean & Caoimh Buckley, Lower Farran, Ovens. Pauline Harrington, Toames, Kilmichael. Nora O'Leary, Codrum, Macroom. Berna Murphy, Tarelton, Macroom. Ken O'Reilly, Masseytown, Macroom.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Feb. 18. Jackpot €3,400. No Winner. €70 De, Arron, Cormac & Lars, c/o Teresa Twomey, The Tavern.€20 – Mary Boyle, Canovee. Juliette Riordan, An Crois. Ann Marie Murphy, Pike House, Carriganimma. Christy Ring, Carriganimma. .
Feb. 25. Jackpot €3.600. No Winner. €70 – Siobhan Lynch, Lissacreasig. €20 – Sean and Tiernan Quinn, Clondrohid. Dan Kelleher, Moulnahorna. Gearoid O'Callaghan, Ballinagree. Margaret Ann O'Connell, c/o Pat O'Brien.

Uibh Laoire G.A.A. Lotto. Results for 22/2/15 - Jackpot: €7750. Numbers Drawn: 1, 17, 27. No Winner! €30 - Con O'Keeffe, Lissarda and Statia Barry, Carrignacurra; €20 - Claire Kelleher c/o The Briar Rose; Margaret Coakley, Inchigeela; Denis Hurley, Inchigeela.
1/3/15 - Jackpot: €7900. Numbers Drawn: 12, 21 ,33. No Winner! €30 - Tony O'Sullivan, Kilnagurteen, Macroom and Craig Mulcahy, Bandon; €20 - Judy Horgan, Inchigeela; Danny Cronin, Glasheen; Majella O'Neill, Cappanclare.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto Feb. 22. Jackpot: €12,600, Numbers Drawn: 4, 13,15, 25. No Winner. €50 Tom Finnegan, c/o Castlemore. €25 Tom Finnegan, c/o Castlemore. Liam Murphy, c/o Castlemore. .
March 1. Jackpot: €12,750, Numbers Drawn: 10, 16, 25, 26. No Winner. €50 Declan Allen, Caum. €25 John F. O'Sullivan, Ballincollig. John O'Mahony, Knockane, Ovens.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 23/2/2015, Jackpot: €2,800, Numbers Drawn: 27 – 31 – 36, No Winner, €40 David O' Mahony, €20 Mark O' Flynn, David O' Mahony, Martin Hubbard, Eugene O' Riordan (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

Coppeen St Patricks Day Festival

The Annual St Patricks Day Festival will be held in Coppeen on Monday March 17th This year's event will be opened by members of the Crowley family, Moneynacrohy, Enniskeane, who recently won the top award in the TG4 Clann Feirm Factor awards program.
The festival will have a packed program of events which will include musical performances from Coppeen school children, Newcestown Comhaltas and a set dancing display by Castletown set dancers. The parade will start at 3.00 pm at the school, with the usual keen competition for the best float, which will include substantial prize money for 1st 2nd and 3rd places and the Sergeant Tim Sheehan trophy for the best overall winner. So come early to be part of a great day at Coppeen Festival.

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Dromleigh N.S. pupils and teachers in the 1950s. The school is currently celebrating its 175th birthday ©

Dromleigh N.S. 175

Dromleigh N.S., Kilmichael; one of Ireland's oldest national schools, is currently celebrating its 175th anniversary. The historic old school first opened its doors on 13th June 1840. It was the second school under the national system of education opened in the sprawling parish of Kilmichael by the progressive parish priest, Fr. James O'Driscoll. The first teacher was twenty one year old Cal O'Callaghan and within a few years had a pre-famine enrolment of up to 300 pupils. The school survived the ravages of the famine and the subsequent decimation of the local population through emigration. Coming into the twentieth century, it saw major changes with the First World War, the War of Independence and the Civil War. Kilmichael Ambush of 28th November 1920 was a major event in the locality and Dromleigh N.S. had to close for some days afterwards.
The original building remained unchanged until the last decades of the twentieth century. However, each decade since then has seen major refurbishment under progressive Boards of Management. This culminated in a more than doubling of the size of the building in 2010. Dromleigh reached its third century in style.
A committee has already begun to plan the 175th anniversary celebrations. A history of the school which was published in 1990 will be republished and updated. More celebrations are planned for June. The committee is now looking for our oldest past pupils to join in our celebrations. We are also seeking old photos of school groups or local activities. In particular, we are seeking a photo of Dromleigh girls from 1927 which we know exists but has never been located. We have the 1927 boys' group. Please send any information or photos to the school. Phone 026 46212 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Clondrohid Updates.

The C.A.R.T. Bus fund is going in the right direction. A night of wonderful community spirit was on display in Carriganima, matched only by an equally wonderful array of items for sale. A Charity Auction in aid of C.A.R.T. (Carriganima Area Rural Transport) was held on February 21 with bidders aplenty and their generosity was guaranteed on the wide variety of items and services which were up for grabs. Killian Lynch as auctioneer for the evening was outstanding, and ensured that all lots went to a good home, both near and far . It has to be noted the event had an excellent selection of items too numerous to list but all who donated in any way have the gratitude of the Committee who worked tirelessly to make the event a smooth running one. .At the end of the night sports lovers, animal lovers and buyers who value their community went home happy in the knowledge that their efforts made a huge difference. All money raised on the night will go towards the purchase of a bus to transport people for shopping, doctors appointments, collection of prescriptions etc. .C.A.R.T. will continue the weekly bus trips to Macroom on Tuesdays and weekly cards on Sunday nights.
Entertainment: Carriganima will host their St. Patricks Day Parade on Sunday March 15 at 3pm. As usual, this will be an eagerly awaited event with lots of surprises and Live Music. On Monday Mar 16 Live Music by Borderline 4 Piece Band.
Pilgrimages: The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday May 10, and the pilgrimage to Lourdes will depart on June 1. Fr. Roberts Macroom has booking forms for those with needs.. The Pilgrimage to Fatima takes place in September.
De la Salle: This Thursday night March 5 An American Tea Party in the Castle Hotel at 8pm for more details contact the school on 02641832 or Brid on 087/ 2114313.
G.A.A.: Clondrohid U16 s played Crosshaven in Rebel Óg League. Clondrohid began well creating some great scoring opportunities but not taking their points .As the game continued, Crosshaven began to impose their strength and secured some good scores. Crosshaven were physically stronger and went on to win this encounter Clondrohid battled well and considering the entire team are U15 they should be very proud of their performance.
Junior As played Donoughmore in the League and recorded a great win: Clondrohid 2-09 Donoughmore 1-04.
Table Quiz will be held in the Tavern on Friday March 6.Teams of 3 and €30 per table. Round up your friends for this event and come along for a great night out.
With the success of the Kelloggs Cúl Camp last year the club has decided to do it again for 2015, July 6 to July 10. If you require any further information please contact Fergal Kelleher Cúl Camp co coordinator on 087 9359704.
Fixtures: Sat Mar 7 at 2pm U 16C FL Carrignavaar V Clondrohid.Sat Mar 7 at 2pm 12A FL2 Bride Rovers v Clondrohid.

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Tirelton NS Junior Team, winners of Macroom Credit Union Quiz, are presented with trophy by Mr. Tony Hayes, Manager Macroom Credit Union. ©An Scoil

Coachford Updates

Coachford and Dripsey areas feature prominently in the next Muskerry Local History lecture on Monday March 16th at the Ballincollig Rugby Club pavilion. Tim O'Brien's slide show presentation will include pictures of Rooves Bridge, the Dripsey Ambush memorial, Dripsey Woollen Mills, Dripsey Castle, the Ardrum Estate as well as details of Leader's Folly at Clonmoyle and St Olan's Well. Under the title 'East Muskerry Landmarks - past and present - the presentation will also include items from neighbouring parishes like Blarney, Donoughmore, Grenagh, Kilmurry, Ballincollig and Ovens. The show will highlight some existing landmarks in these areas as well as seeking out information on others that have long since faded into the background. The presentation on March 16th will commence at 8 p.m. and for Society non-members there is a cover charge of three euros.

Scoil Naomh Muire Fearann

Scór. Pupils from Scoil Naomh Muire, Fearann did exceptionally well at Scór na bPáistí in Inchigeela, qualifying for the Muskerry final in six events. In their Novelty Act, "Mrs. Brown Does Scór, Cathal made a wonderful Agnes Brown. Oisín qualified in Solo Singing, Órla in the Solo Instrumental, Rebecca in the Recitation with her portrayal of Tom Crean, Órla, Indie, Clodagh, Éabha and Oisín in the Ballad Group and Rebecca, Isobel and Cathal in the Quiz. We wish them well in the finals.
Robotics. 5th and 6th class children took part in the Vex Robotics Competition which was held in the Cork Institute of Technology in early February. This was sponsored by EMC, and the children had to build a robot that could complete set tasks. They had a "super" day and really enjoyed meeting the other schools involved and seeing their robots, and of course they also met Cork hurler Lorcan McLoughlin at the event.

Parent / Toddler Group

Tarelton/ Kilmichael Parent & Toddler group meets every Monday morning of school term from 10am-12, in Tarelton Community Centre. Formerly Tír na nÓg, the group was re-established in September 2013 to help families in the area to connect before their children begin school. We are the only group in the Kilmichael /Macroom area serving such a need. The modest charge of €3 per family goes towards the rent, light & heat costs for the hall. Tea & coffee is provided but we ask that you bring a snack for your own child.
Each week we do a different activity-playdough, painting, glueing, colouring. Nothing too difficult, just a gentle way of introducing our pre-schoolers to carrying out tasks, working together, turn taking & sharing, while giving them something to look forward to each Monday.
Week by week, faces become more familiar to them & they begin to form gentle friendships with someone other than family. Our pre-schoolers also learn to sit at the table for snack time & later help with tidying up, all valuable lessons for when they begin school.
Our meetings are also a great way for parents & carers to get to know others in the community, providing a support network & opportunity for new friendships in a relaxed, inexpensive daytime setting. We are now on Facebook so please look us up then come & join us next Monday!

Macra Matters

Donoughmore Macra is currently enjoying a full schedule. Four members entered Muskerry Macra's Titles Night in Ballinagree. It was a great night's entertainment and well done to all those who took part. Special congratulations to club member Heather Healy who will go on to represent Muskerry in the International Miss Macra Competition in Tipperary in August. Members attended a farm walk hosted by Jim Good in Aherla and learned about the opportunities and obstacles associated with making the transition to Wagyu cattle. The club held a TV Fest in Pat Barry's Bar, a TV themed table quiz in aid of Marymount Hospice and the Cope Foundation, and it proved a great success, with over €850 raised. The club would like to express its gratitude to everyone who supported this event. Tthe regional round of Basketball was held in Donoughmore. The club entered a ladies team but were unfortunately defeated in their second game. Well done to all those who took part.
Berrings Macra na Feirme have been very busy in recent weeks. The club competed in the Muskerry final of the National Talent competition in Ballyanly on February 27th. It was a clean sweep on stage for Berrings! Congratulations to the clubs set dancers, disco dancers, ballad group and solo singer Emer O'Shea who have qualified for the next round. Ballad group: Colm Foley, Norma Hurley, Eva Mullane, Emer O'Shea, Niamh O'Shea and Colm O'Leary. Disco dancers:Norma Hurley, Nicole Sherlock, Yvonne O'Keeffe, Noreen Healy, Niamh O'Shea and Norma Downing. Set dancers: Norma Hurley, Aine Donovan, Nicole Sherlock, Una Browne. Norma Downing, Noreen Healy, Eleanor McSweeney and Yvonne O'Keeffe. Áine Donovan was also successful in the regional round of titles night. Congratulations to Áine, who will represent Berrings in the Miss.Blue Jeans competition in Athboy in June.
Best of luck to Berrings Macra's drama cast in the Cork County Drama competition. The cast consists of Aileen Hennessey, Colm Foley, Emer O'Shea and Niamh O'Shea. The drama is produced by Eugene O'Sullivan. The team will perform "Don't blame it on the Boots" in the Briery Gap, Macroom on Sunday night at 7pm.

Lá Fhéile Naomh Abán

Deintear ceiliúradh ar fhéile Naomh Abán i mBaile Mhúirne ar an 16ú Márta. Deirtear gur rugadh é i gCo na Midhe. Bhí sé go maith chun eagalaise a thógáil, Bhunaigh sé deich gcinn, ina measc dhá chlochar. Chuir sé fé i Sean Chluain i mBaile Mhúirne. Tá an láthair sa chill i dtalamh muinntir Uí Ríordáin, treasna an tSuláin ó Charrig an Adhmaid. I gCill Abáin, tá rian a áitreabh i bhfoirm ciorcail trí clocha ógham ann, tobar, carnán cloch, bullán agus crois. Tá blúire dá chnámh i mbosca i bpoll agus tá rialacha an turais i mbosca ann leis. Tá cáil air chun pianta chámh a leigheas agus daoine a chosaint ar aistear, go mór mhór turas ar mhuir. Anam Chara do Naomh Gobnait abea é agus deirtear guarab é a chosraigh í mar Mháthair Abb.
Cailleadh é in aois a 104. Bhí mná caointe ag caoine timpeall na h-áite agus, ag an am céanna, bhí deirfiúr le Naomh Gobnait an bhreoite. Bhí eagla ar Ghobnait go gceapfadh sí gurab í fein a bhí ag fáil bháis agus ghearr Gobnait fuaim san áit ina raibh a deirfiúr agus tugtar Cumar Bodhar ar an áit sin ó shoin.
Paidir do Naomh Abán: A Abáin naofa, fóir orm inniu. Coinnigh saor mé ar gach turas. Leighis mo phianta is neartaigh mo chnámha, Is led' chomharsain, Gobnait, treoraigh sinn go Párrthas.

Cork County Heritage

The Heritage Council has just announced details of the 2015 community based heritage grant scheme. which will make up to €600,000 available throughout the country and a wide range of different applications can be applied for (examples include educational, repairs to buildings, conservation plans, research, etc.). While the scheme is geared at community groups, individuals may also apply where they can make a strong case that their project will benefit the local community. Applications must be submitted using the Heritage Council's Online Application System (www.heritagecouncil.ie/grants/ ) prior to the closing date of 5pm on March 20th 2015.
Cork County Council is now inviting applications under the Structures at Risk Fund, 2015 whereby €624,000 will be divided amongst the 31 Irish Local Authorities. Submissions by March 13.
March Events. There will be Tree Planting Events on Sunday March 1 and March 8 from 12 noon to 4pm across from Macroom Golf Clubhouse. As part of National Tree Week which runs from March 1st to 8th inclusive, our native Irish Trees will be celebrated by local schools, Tidy Town Groups and Community Councils, who will be busy planting trees in recognition of the week.
"Coachford & District: The World War I Experience (with new material)" is the subject of a lecture by Anthony Greene at Coachford N.S. on Friday, March 6 at 7.30p.m. It should provide a most fascinating insight into World War 1 and its impact on this local area. The event has been organised by ACR Heritage and all are most welcome on the night. Further information can be obtained by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Tim O' Brien will give a fascinating talk on the key historic features of the Muskerry local area, entitled Landmarks of East and Mid Muskerry, in Ballincollig Rugby Club on Monday 16th March at 8p.m. Attendance on the night is €3 (annual subscription for all lectures €10). Event organised by the Muskerry Local History Society, for more information contact Rod MacConaill (086 1089524) or Dermot Lucey (087 9331135).
Dr. Hilary Bishop, Liverpool John Moores University, will give a talk on the numerous Mass Rocks located within the County of Cork on Wednesday 08th April at 8p.m. at the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. This talk has been organised by the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society. All welcome, no cover charge.

Divorce and Separation Pitfalls

In Ireland there is no such thing as a clean break on separation or divorce and it is possible for a spouse to return to court at a later date seeking additional financial support. The Court has an obligation when granting a divorce to satisfy itself that "proper provision" exists for both parties and this may involve amending the terms of the agreement entered into by the parties at separation. However, a recent Supreme Court decision has curtailed the ability of one party to seek a "second bite of the cherry" on divorce.
The Judgment was given by the Chief Justice Denham and addresses the important question of what constitutes "proper provision" on the granting of a divorce in circumstances where a separation has previously been entered into by the parties and it contains a "full and final settlement" clause.
In this particular case the parties were married in 1977 and separated in 1995. The couple lived in a house inherited by the husband and the wife brought £3,000 in savings to the marriage. They had no children and they ran a farm and garage. The husband started to pursue property development. The parties entered into a Deed of Separation in 1996 pursuant to which the husband agreed to pay the wife maintenance of £100 per week for two years, decreasing to £50 per week thereafter. He also gave her a house in the estate he developed and a lump sum of £70,000, and agreed to pay her VHI. The Deed of Separation contained a "full and final settlement" clause which stated that the agreement constituted a full and final settlement of all present and future financial claims by either party including where one party is seeking a divorce at a later date.
After the Deed of Separation was entered into the husband inherited properties, sold them and bought other lands which he later sold for €19 million. The maintenance was increased to €1,200 per month, pending a hearing of the divorce application. This was further increased to €2,400 per month by the High Court. The wife brought a claim for divorce and that "proper provision" be made for her. The wife still lived in the house the husband provided for her and had spent the lump sum of €70,000 and had not invested it. She had also incurred significant debts and suffered with ill health.
The divorce came before the High Court in May 2009 by which time the husband's assets were worth €21 million. The High Court granted the divorce and granted the wife €600,000 for the purchase of an annuity; €300,000 for the purchase of a pension; Maintenance of €54,000 per annum; €1 million for the purchase of a second house; a further lump sum of €600,000 and a payment of half the balance of the wife's legal costs.
On appeal, the Supreme Court made a number of important points.
A Deed of Separation should be given significant weight by a Court when determining what is "proper provision" on divorce, particularly if it contains a "full and final settlement" clause.
A clean break is a legitimate expectation in Irish law and "proper provision" does not mean redistribution of wealth acquired by one party.
A change in circumstances of one party should be considered by the Court, for example, illness.
If a spouse acquires wealth after a separation that is unconnected to any joint project during their married life, there is no automatic right of the other spouse to further monies or assets. The Court said that inherited assets should not be seen as assets obtained by both parties in a marriage. This point is important for farmers who find themselves facing a divorce – how and when the farm was bequeathed would be central to any division of assets.
A spouse should not be compensated for their own incompetence or indiscretion to the detriment of the other party.
The Supreme Court allowed the appeal and sent the case back to the High Court with the comment that the level of provision awarded by the High Court was excessive. This case provided much needed certainty at the time on the weight to be given to a Deed of Separation and "a full and final settlement" clause in the terms of separation agreement. The practice of using divorce as an opportunity to have a "second bite of the cherry" appears to have been somewhat restricted by this judgment.
While the above judgment is significant, each case will of course depend on its own facts and circumstances, for example in the above case, the court did not have to consider the needs of any dependent children. Despite all of the above being taken into account, a court always has a duty to ensure that proper provision is made for parties involved. If a separation agreement does not provide proper provision or the parties' circumstances change, for example a deterioration in health, then the court always has the power to ensure that proper provision is put in place at the divorce stage.

+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.

Cork Student Entrepreneurs

Over 45 mini-companies will compete to become the Cork Schools Local Enterprise Programme Regional Winners 2015 in University College Cork (UCC) on Friday, 6th March. With a prize fund of €4,000, this year some 400 students from across Cork will present their mini-company business plans, display their product or service and show their overall vision for their company to a panel of judges to become Cork Schools Enterprise Programme Regional Winners. The overall winners will each go on to the National Final in Croke Park in April. The two overall winning teams will receive a prize fund worth €2000 each for themselves and their school and a three-part mentorship programme courtesy of UCC. Additional prizes for Best Overall Company, Best Innovation, Best Display Stand, Best Business Report, Entrepreneur of the Year, Best Marketing incl. social media, and the GiveOrGet.ie Green Up Your Business Award will be announced on the day. Each winning team will receive a plaque and certificate. One student will earn the title of 'Most Promising Entrepreneur', winning the prize of a €100 One4All voucher.

Sports Mad


Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football Championship

A Championship - First Round
Ballincollig 1-7 Inniscarra 2-9
2nd Round (1st round Losers
Ballincollig 0-13 Naomh Abán 0-9
Semi Final: Macroom v Ballincollig, Saturday 7th March 3pm.
Final: Inniscarra v Ballincollig or Macroom, Saturday 21st March.
Inniscarra 2 – 9 Ballincollig 1 – 7

When graded A in this years U21 championship, Inniscarra mentors were worried that while they knew they had a talented group of players, they felt that they were a year too young and that a lower grade would be more appropriate. They were then drawn against the regular championship winners and reigning Mid Cork champions Ballincollig in the first round but when the teams met under lights at Macroom it was the outsiders who proved to be the superior team. Weather conditions were not good, the game opening in a downpour which lasted for most of the hour, but Inniscarra made light of the foul conditions and were highly impressive in the final quarter when all the goals were scored.
Ballincollig had wind advantage in the first half but scores were very scarce. The first ten minutes were scoreless before Ballincollig took the lead with a Cian Dorgan point and at the break there were only five points in total on the scoreboard when Ballincollig led by 0-3 to 0-2, Cian Dorgan (2) and Dylan Kirsten for Ballincollig, Dave Barry and Seán O'Donoghue replying for Inniscarra.
Inniscarra now had the benefit of the wind but it was Ballincollig who scored first on the resumption, Dylan Kirsten kicking his second point. Dave Barry quickly relplied for 'Scarra and then Tomás O'Connor kicked over the equaliser. Inniscarra had their tails up and one could almost feel their rising confidence as they piled on the pressure on the Ballincollig defence. Yet it was Ballincollig who scored next, Cian Dorgan pointing a free in the 41st minute but within two minutes Inniscarra were back on level terms again when Adam O'Connell sent over. At the three quarter mark Inniscarra look the lead for the first time when Seán Lynch pointed from play and then Sean O'Donoghue pointed a free to open up a two point gap. The first goal followed a minute later when Tomás O'Connor blasted the ball to the Ballincollig net after a fine attacking movement. Back came Ballincollig with a brace of Cain Dorgan Pojnts but Tomas O'Connor struck again for Inniscarra with a second goal and followed with a point, 2-8 to 0-7 now and there was no way back for Ballincollig. Cian Kiely did get in for a late goal but Sean Lynch had the final score, a point for Inniscarra.
Ballincollig are not out of the competition as they now meet Naomh Aban in the losers round with the winner of that game back in the semi final.
Scorers: Inniscarra: Tomás O'Connor 2-2, Sean Lynch 0-2, Dave Barry 0-2, Sean O'Donoghue 0-2 (f), Adam O'Connell 0-1. Ballincollig: Cian Dorgan 0-5 (4f), Cian Kiely 1-0, Dylan Kirsten 0-2.
Inniscarra: James Walsh: Cathal Griffin, Kevin O'Herlihy, Brian Gould: Aaron Oran, Jack O'Dwyer, Seán Lynch: Jerry Roche, Stephen Dornan: Liam Collins, Tomás O'Connor, David O'Keeffe: Adam O'Connell, Seán O'Donoghue, Dave Barry. Subs: Cillian Browne, Dylan O'Sullivan.
Ballincollig: Ciarán Noonan: Seán Lucey, Shane Murphy, Bryan O'Halloran: Dylan Kirsten, Cian Kiely, Ger Delaney: Peter O'Neill, Gearóid O'Donoghue: Stephen Coughlan, Rob Noonan, Luke Carey-Murphy: Morgan O'Mahony, Cian Dorgan, Colin O'Donovan. Subs: Eoin Oreilly, Kevin Browne.
Referee: Mr Miah Moynihan, Grenagh.

Ballincollig 0 – 13 Naomh Abán 0 – 9
Ballincollig availed of the back door to advance to the semi-final and a meeting with Macroom by defeating Naomh Abán under lights at Cloughduv. Ballincollig were under pressure early on but got a slight edge in the second quarter and led by 0-7 to 0-5 at the interval. The game was won and lost in the ten minutes after the restart when Ballincollig added four more points to their tally to open up a six point gap. Naomh Abán recovered subsequently and cut the deficit by three points with over ten minutes remaining and Ballincollig were also reduced to fourteen men after a forward was dismissed for dissent. Ballincollig had enough quality players to survive in the time remaining and were deserved winners but knew that they had been survived a stiff challenge from a N. Aban side weakened by injuries.
Cian Kiely opened the scoring with a point for Ballincollig in the first minute, Maidhchi Ó Duinnín had a brace for N Abán in reply before Eoin O'Reilly pointed to level the score at 0-2 each after ten minutes. Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh and Colin Dorgan then exchanged points and Cian Kiely and Eoin O'Reilly pointed to put Ballincollig two clear. Maidhchí Ó Duinnín and O'Reilly swapped points as did Ó Ceallaigh and Dylan Kirsten to make it 0-7 to 0-5 at the break.
Points from Kirsten, Rob Noonan, Noonan again and Cian Dorgan eased Ballincollig into a 0-11 to 0-7 lead within seven minutes of the restart. A fine point from Jamie Mac Giolla Bríde roused N Abán once again and two points from Maidhchi Ó Duinnín had cut the gap to three points by the 48th minute. Ballincollig were under pressure but had enough experienced heads to remain cool and points from Morgan O'Mahony and Cian Kiely eased their situation once again. The outstanding Maidhchí Ó Duinnín pointed a free to complete the N Abán scoring.
Ballincollig: Ciarán Noonan: Kevin O'Sullivan, Seán Lucey, Bryan O'Halloran: Dylan Kirsten, Shane O'Neill, Ger Delaney: Cian Kiely, Gearóid O'Donoghue: Eoin O'Reilly, Rob Noonan, Stephen Coughlan: Morgan O'Mahony, Cian Dorgan, Colin O'Donovan. Sub: Matt O'Leary.
Naomh Abán: Gearóid Ó Luasa: Tomás Ó hAilíosa, Colm de hÍde, Seamus Ó Donnchú: Ronán de hÍde, Briain de Roiste, Maidhchí Ó Liatháin: Paidí de Róiste, Concuir Ó Murchú: Piarais Ó Liatháin, Jamie MacGiollaBríde, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh: Conchuir Ó Riordáin, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín, Pól Ó Cathasaigh. Fir Ionaid: Eoin de Róiste agus Pádraig Ó Céilleachair.
Referee: Mr. Pat O'Leary, Kilmurry.

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 B Football Championship

2nd Round – (1st round losers)
Donoughmore 5-7 Canovee 0-11

3rd Round – Quarter Finals:

Cill na Martra 1-13 Kilmichael 0-4
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 5-11 Donoughmore 0-8
Aghabullogue 1-10 Ballinora 0-3
Éire Óg 1-9 Kilmurry 0-12 (draw) aet.

Semi Finals:

Cill na Martra v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh
Aghabullogue v Éire Óg or Kilmurry

Donoughmore 5 – 7 Canovee 0 – 11

Donoughmore may have won this second round game by double scores but the scoreline does scant justice to the spirited efforts of the Canovee side at a cold but dry Coachford. Canovee matched Donoughmore in most aspects of play but they conceded five goals and this was fatal to their chances. Canovee were very much in contention at half time when they trailed by a mere point on a 1-4 to 0-6 scoreline having played against the wind in the first half. Mark Healy and James Moynihan had shared the Canovee scores between them and Jamie Twomey had scored the Donoughmore goal after ten minutes to give his side a major boost. Jamie Twomey had also kicked over two points and Damian Lucey and Conor O'Rourke had added one apiece to give Donoughmore the narrowest of advantages at this half way stage.
On the restart, Donoughmore struck early for a second goal, this one from Shane Lucey, but Canovee replied with a point from James Moynihan to stay in contention. Canovee were giving as good as they got at this stage but then they were hit by a demoralising blow, the concession of a third goal in the 38th minute which was a real set back, Jamie Twomey on the mark for his second goal of the day for Donoughmore. Again Canovee responded and a string of points from Moynihan and Mark Healy had the gap between the teams down to two points by the three quarter stage 3-5 to 0-11. Canovee now conceded a fourth goal, Shane Lucey the scorer, and there was no way back now as Donoughmore added further points before Darragh O'Shea slipped in a fifth goal on the call of full time.
Donoughmore: Diarmuid Manning: Cormac O'Connell, Adam Looney, Seán Looney: Adrian Looney, Brian Ahern, Stephen Looney: Conor O'Rourke, Tommy Joe Barrett: Jamie Twomey, Darren Lucey, Seán Daly: Ger Buckley, Shane Lucey, Darragh O'Shea. Subs: Jack Daly, Keelan Forde, Kevin Looney and Conor Kennedy. Canovee:
Canovee: James Verling: Colin Murphy, Michael Dunne, James O'Sullivan: Cian Lehane, Blake Ring, Conor Hughes: Ciarán Canty, Aidan Murphy: Shane O'Riordan, Darren Twomey, Jack Murphy: Mark Healy, James Moynihan, Tadhg O'Riordan. Subs: Brian Verling, Mark Walsh, Niall Kirk.
Referee: Mr. Ted Hayes, Éire Óg.

Quarter Finals:

Cill na Martra 1 – 13 Kilmichael 0 – 4

This quarter final at Clondrohid started with a freezing cold shower but thankfully the rain soon stopped even if the cold wind remained. Cill na Martra were favoured to advance and it soon became obvious that they had the stronger fifteen and were on top in most quarters. Midfielders Tadhg Corkery and Mike Desmond had points to give them an early lead and fifteen minutes had elapsed before Trevor Tobin had an opening point for Kilmichael (could have been a goal, the ball whizzing just over the crossbar!). Cill na Martra dominated the second quarter and points from Desmond, Corkery, Damian Harrington, and Daire MacLochlainn helped them to a 0-7 to 0-2 interval lead, Ronan O'Callaghan's point from a free the sole Kilmichael reply.
On the restart, John Cronin and then the lively Dan Ó Duinnín with three points, added to the Cill na Martra tally before Shane Foley had a point from a Kilmichael free at the three quarter stage. Kilmichael had by now not benefited from two glorious goal chances (one hotly contested goal line decision going against them) and they really needed these scores to give a boost to their efforts. The game ceased to exist as a live contest after a Cill na Martra goal from Gearóid Phelan in the 47th minute removed any uncertainty about the final outcome. Corkery and Pádraig Creedon added Cill na Martra points, Peter Kelleher had a fine point for Kilmichael as the sides played out the remaining time.
Cill na Martra had fine performers in goalkeeper Kyrillos Salib, Antóin Ó Cuana, Gearóid Ó Goilí, Miceál Ó Deasúna, Tadgh Ó Corcora: Damian Ó hUrdail and Daniel Ó Duinnín.
Next Up: Cill na Martra are now in the semi final and await the challenge of Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh.
Cill na Martra: Kyrillos Salib: Donagh Ó Riordáin, Gearóid Ó Goilí, Finén Ó Faoláin: Pádraig Ó Críodáin, Antóin Ó Cuane, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh: Miceál Ó Deasúna, Tadgh Ó Corcora: Daire MacLochlann, Damian Ó hUrdail, Gearóid Ó Faoláin, Seán Ó Foirréidh, Daniel Ó Duinnín, Seán Ó Cronín. Fear Iionaid: Darren Ó Foirréidh.
Kilmichael: Ciarán O'Donoghue: John O'Mahony, Cathal O'Donovan, Oisín deLacey: Barry Kelleher, Finbarr Buckley, Luke Hennigan: Peter Kelleher, Shane O'Donoghue: Kevin Murphy, Shane Foley, Cathal Foley: Jamie Coughlan, Ronan O'Callaghan, Trevor Tobin. Sub: Shane O'Leary
Referee: Mr. Ger Ahern, Canovee.

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 5 – 11 Donoughmore 0 - 8

Béal Átha did major damage to Donoughmore early in this game at Kilmichael, leading by 3-3 to 0-3 after the opening quarter. Donoughmore more than held their own in play subsequently up to half time but could make little impression on the Béal Átha defence and there were still three goals between the teams at half time. When Diarmuid Thompson scored a fourth goal for the Gaeltacht side in the 38th minute the gap was now up to eleven points and despite the fact that Béal Átha had lost a man to a red card (second yellow) there was no danger that Donoughmore would have enough firepower to rein in the winners who finished strongly.
Donoughmore opened the scoring with a brace of points from Shane Lucey but Seán Quill then struck for the first goal for Béal Átha in the fifth minute and added a point from a free. Five minutes later Donagh Shorten got in for a second goal and when Diarmuid Thompson had a third at the end of the first quarter the writing was on the wall for Donoughmore. The losers did have more than their fair share of possession in the run up to half time but had little enough to show for it, points from Conor O'Rourke and Jamie Twomey their only reward. It was 3-4 to 0-4 at the break and Béal Átha were in a strong position with the wind to aid them in the second half.
Béal Átha were down to fourteen men early in the second half, a second yellow card costing them a midfielder. Darragh O'Shea pointed for Donoughmore but the outstanding Diarmuid Thompson took a pass from Seán Quill in the 38th minute and billowed the net to really settle the issue. A string of points followed from Thompson, Shorten, Quill and Kieran Cotter before Thompson met a cross from Cotter to punch home a fifth goal in the 53rd minute and make the score 5-10 to 0-5. Plucky Donoughmore battled on and Shane Lucey kicked over three points in a row to reward their spirited efforts.
Béal Átha now meet neighbours Cill na Martra in the semi final- a must anticipated local derby game!
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaiodh: Donncadh Ó Ceallacháin: Cian Feilstein, Darren Ó Coill, Ciarán Ó Núnáin: Daire Ó Ceallaigh, Daire Seartan, Antóin Ó Cremín: Concuir Ó Loinsuigh, Caoimhín Ó Loinsuigh: Barra Ó Buachalla, Barra Ó Sé, Seán Ó Coill: Diarmuid MacTomáis, Ciarán MacCoitir, Donnagh Seartan. Fir Ionaid: Nollaig Ó Laoire, Seamas Ó Tuama, Daire Ó Tuama, Criostóir Ó Rinn, Eanna Ó Luasaigh.
Donoughmore: Diarmuid Manning: Cormac O'Connell, Adam Looney, Kevin Looney: Adrian Looney, Brian Ahern, Stephen Looney: Conor O'Rourke, Tommy Joe Barrett: Jamie Twomey, Darren Lucey, Seán Daly: Ger Buckley, Shane Lucey, Darragh O'Shea. Subs: Conor Kennedy, Jack Daly, Keelan Forde, Sean Looney.
Referee: Mr Liam Barry, Ballincollig.

Aghabullogue 1 – 10 Ballinora 0 – 3

When Aghabullogue, having played against the wind, led an understrenght Ballinora side by 0-5 to nil at half time, the writing was on the wall for the Waterfall boys. Ballinora had enjoyed plenty of possession in the first half but had squandered many good chances against an Aghabullogue side, which is playing well in this campaign. When Aghabullogue had a goal from Ian Barry Murphy soon after the restart it signalled the end of Ballinora's hopes, though the Ballinora boys did kick over three points in reply, two from Daire Holmes frees and one from Pádraig Dineen. Michael O'Brien Bradley, Ian Barry Murphy and Greg Long had further points for Aghabullogue who were in command to the finish. Michael O'Brien Bradley, Evan O'Sullivan and Billy Casey had the first half scores for Aghabullogue.
Next Up: Aghabullogue are through to the semi final stage and await the winners of the Kilmurry v Éire Óg quarter final replay game.
Aghabullogue: Dylan Kelleher: Daniel O'Rourke, David O'Connell, Anthony Corkery: Niall BarryMurphy, Ryan Dennehy, Seán Dineen: Greg Long, Seán O'Sullivan: Ian BarryMurphy, James Lynch, Billy Casey: Mathew O'Brien-Bradley, Evan O'Sullivan, Denis Desmond. Subs: Tim McSweeney, Seán Lane.
Ballinora: Jack Farrell: Brian Rigney, Neil Walsh, David Fitton: Conor McGrath, Michael Lordon, Dylan Dineen: James Forde and Kevin O'Regan: Pádraig Dineen, Denis Buckley, Jack Blake: Daire Holmes, Tomas Healy, Ben O'Connor. Sub: Brian Hogan.
Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.

Éire Óg 1 – 9 Kilmurry 0 – 12 aet.

Even extra time could not separate these teams at Kilmichael and so they must meet again to decide who will face Aghabullogue in the semi final. A draw was accepted all round as a fair result after an excellent contest but one felt that Kilmurry may regret most this missed opportunity of settling the issue at the first attempt. Éire Óg were the physically stronger team and it counted but Kilmurry played some fine football all through and their lighter players did not lack courage.
The Éire Óg goal in the 23rd minute was the most important score of the game. The Ovens men were playing with a strong wind at the time but the sides were level at 0-2 each and Kilmurry were playing the better football. Éire Óg's Donncadh Kelly lofted in a high ball goalwards, the ball broke off the goalkeeper and there to swoop on the loose ball was corner forward Darragh Lucey who promptly dispatched the ball to the net. This goal separated the teams at half time and had Kilmurry chasing their opponents through most of the second half until they at last drew level with seven minutes to go at 0-7 to 1-4. The final stages were most exciting with Éire Óg regaining the lead through Daniel O'Connor, Eoin Clifford equalising for Kilmurry. In injury time, Denis Murphy put Éire Óg back in front but Jonathan Buckley pointed a late, late free, 0-9 to 1-6 now the score. Donncadh Kelly pointed for the Ovens side, a Marco Healy run led to Jonathan Buckley kicking the equaliser and then Buckley pointed a free to put Kilmurry in front! On time, Darragh McCarthy crossed to Daniel O'Connor who sent over a point for Éire Óg to send the game into extra time.
Jonathan Buckley put Kilmurry in front in the first half of extra time only for Éire Óg to draw level five minutes from time through the outstanding Daniel O'Connor.
Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: Daniel Cotter, John Mullins, Denis O'Keeffe: Michael Corkery, Ger McSweeney, Jason Twomey: Darragh McCarthy, Daniel O'Connor: Cathal Murphy, Ronan O'Toole, Donncadh Kelly: Darragh Lucey, Denis Murphy, Jack O'Driscoll. Subs: Eoin O'Shea, Keith O'Riordan, Ross McCarthy.
Kilmurry: Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: Pádraig Hinchion, Daniel Cahalane, Oisín McSwiney: Marco Healy, Adam Healy, Liam Wall: Patrick Grainger, Jonathan Buckley: Seán Curzon, Pádraig Berhanu, Kyle Kelleher: Joseph Ryan, Paudie O'Connell, Eoin Clifford. Subs: Brian Hinchion, John O'Mullane.
Referee: Mr John Horgan, Gleann na Laoi.

Macroom Motors U21 C Football Championship

Iveleary 3-9 Grenagh 1-4

Iveleary qualified for the final of the Mid Cork 21 football C championship by defeating Grenagh, who had previously lost to Clondrohid in this 13-a-side, three team competition. Iveleary had wind advantage in the first half and helped by goals from Chris Óg Jones and Liam Kearney were ahead at half time by 2-4 to 0-2. Iveleary remained in control all through the second half with points from Chris Óg Jones, Liam Kearney, Barry O'Leary and Finbarr McSweeney and a late goal from Barry O'Leary was the icing on the cake.
Iveleary: Liam Cotter: Ciarán Galvin, David Murphy: Miceál Ó Lionáird, Finbarr McSweeney, Ciarán O'Riordan: Barry O'Leary, Kevin Jones (capt.): Ian McSweeney, Liam Kearney, James O'Donovan: Chris Óg Jones, Christopher O'Donovan.

Junior Football - Muskerry Cup 2015

2014 winners: Canovee

Quarter finals:

Kilmichael 1-10 Iveleary 1-9
Canovee 3-8 Clondrohid 1-5
Dripsey 0-7 Aghinagh 1-6
Kilmurry 0-11 Donoughmore 1-7

Semi Finals:

Kilmichael 1-7 Kilmurry 2-9
Canovee 1-4 Aghinagh 0-5

Junior Football League Division 1

Kilmurry 1-6 Iveleary 0-5
Clondrohid 2-9 Donoughmore 1-4
Blarney 1-6 Canovee 0-8
Dripsey 0-9 Ballincollig 3-8

County League Results:

Division 1 Hurling: Blarney 1 - 13 Meelin 2-10
Div. Two Hurling: Eire Óg 1 - 12 Kildorrery 2-16
Division 3 Hurling: Barryroe 1 - 13 Grenagh 1-6
Ballygarvan 1 – 16 Dripsey 1-7

Division 2 Football League

Naomh Abán 1-10 Doheny's 0-13
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 1-10 Aghada 0-11

Division 3 Football League

Ballinora 4-3 St Nicks 0-12
Cill Na Martra 3-10 Kinsale 1-6

Division 4 Football League:
Grenagh 1-10 Aghabullogue 3-11

Allianz Hurling League Division IA:

Cork 1-24 Clare 0-17
Cork, defeated by Kilkenny at home the previous weekend, started slowly and trailed by 0-9 to 0-6 before Luke O'Farrell's goal brought them level and ignited their effort. By half-time, Cork were 1-12 to 0-12 ahead and they tore into Clare in the second half and outscored them by 0-8 to 0-3 in the opening 20 minutes to put the game beyond the reach of the Banner. When Clare did get in for a couple of goal opportunities, Anthony Nash was in unbeatable form.
Cork now travel to face unbeaten Dublin on Saturday, March 7.
Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-14 (0-8f, 0-1 65), L O'Farrell 1-1, C Lehane 0-3, C Murphy, D Kearney, A Walsh, S Harnedy, A Cadogan, A Nash (f) 0-1 each.

Allianz Football League Division 1

Donegal 0-12 Cork 1-8
Donegal held on to survive a Cork comeback in Ballyshannon in Division I of the Allianz Football League. The sides were level, five points apiece, at the break and Donegal roared out for the start of the second half when they hit five-in-a-row, including a massive 55m free from Michael Murphy. Cork came right back at them with Tomás Clancy palming home a goal in the 58th minute and had late opportunities to draw level at least but made costly errors which led to their first league defeat.
Scorers for Cork: C O'Neill 0-4 (4f), Tomás Clancy 1-0, M Collins 0-1, C O'Driscoll 0-1, D O'Connor 0-1 (1f), B Hurley 0-1.
Donegal held on to survive Cork: K O'Halloran; Tom Clancy, M Shields, J Loughrey; J O'Sullivan, E Cadogan, Tomás Clancy; FINTAN GOOLD (Macroom), M Collins; C O'Driscoll, J O'Rourke, K O'Driscoll; C O'Neill, D O'Connor, B Hurley. Subs: C Dorman, P Kerrigan, PATRICK KELLY (Ballincollig), J Hayes, D Hodnett.

Cork Ladies Football

Cork ladies suffered their first league defeat of the season by losing to Monaghan on a 2-11 to 2-10 scoreline in front of a bumper crowd. Monaghan struck for the opening goal but Cork, playing with the breeze in the opening half, responded to lead by three points, with Geraldine O'Flynn and Valerie Mulcahy among their scorers. At half-time, Monaghan were 2-5 to 0-8 in front and the lead stretched to five points before the game turned when Grace Kearney netted for Cork and the home side lost Grainne McNally to the sin-bin. Cork tied the game with their second goal, Kearney again on target, but Monaghan responded with late points to edge home with just the bare minimum to spare.

A week later at MourneAbbey Cork defeated league leaders Galway by a single point, 1-14 to 3-7 the score. Cork as a result with three wins from four outings went back to top of the league table. The winning point, two minutes into injury time came from Rhona Ní Bhuachallla. Eimear Scally finished with four points to her credit. Vera Foley (St Vals), Briege Corkery (St Vals), Rena Buckley (Donoughmore), and Eimear Scally(Éire Óg) all started for Cork and Rhona Ní Bhuachalla (Naomh Fionnbarra) came on as a second half substitute.

Next Up: Tyrone

Camogie National League

Cork have enjoyed countless close tussles with Clare in the past few seasons and it was more of the same for the All-Ireland champions at the Cork Camogie Grounds. Paudie Murray's wards lost to the Banner women in the semi-final of last year's IDS League but on this occasion, they held the upper hand to bag a first-round victory. Orla Cotter and Katriona Mackey were amongst the scorers as they led by 0-5 to 0-3 at half time. Clare kept in touch thanks to some Chloe Morey points but they couldn't get the goal they needed to turn things around.

Inniscarra Camogie Club

Rena Buckley recently received the Club Person of the Year award for 2014 for her many achievements in Camogie and Ladies Football, while still working tirelessly for her club. In the last year Rena won her ninth All Ireland Football medal and her fifth All Ireland Camogie medal. Emma Dineen presented the Hannah Kelly Cup to Rena at a recent club event and said "Rena was a consummate sportswoman, a very humble person and someone who gave her all to her club and her county".

Éire Óg Camogie Club

What an absolute privilege it was for Éire Óg Camogie Club to host a very special night recently in the Lee Valley Golf Club to mark the 40th anniversary of the famous 1974 County Camogie Championship victory over Killeagh by 9 -3 to 1-2. Younger members of the club will have grown up hearing the names of Breda O' Leary, who was captain that day, Francis Buckley (RIP), the O'Driscoll sisters Mary, Aileen, Noelle and Nancy, Marian Reck, the Lucey sisters, Patsy and Marian; their cousin Noreen Lucey, Teresa Lucey, Mary O'Regan, Rose O'Leary, Hilda Horgan, Eileen Dineen, Anne Brennan , Jackie Lane, Patsy O'Reilly, Grainne Mackey, Sheila O'Brien, sisters Margo and Anna Murphy, all names forever etched in the club's history and one of the greatest teams to represent Éire Óg Camogie Club . A number of members of this team went on the win Senior All Ireland medals with Cork. The team, club members, Team Coach Con Malone and Fr. Liam Ó hIcí, P.P. Ovens, gathered to pay their respects to those mighty women of 1974, and following a lovely meal and presentations, all the team members, some of whom travelled from Boston, Switzerland,and Brussels, relived that special day and no doubt filled in the gaps from the intervening years. Winning the 1974 County was a momentous occasion for Éire Óg and the people of Ovens Parish. Its nights like these that remind us what it is to be part of the Camogie association.

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Macroom U-12 football team Manager, Mr. Enda Kiernan, accepts a set of jerseys from Macroom Credit Union representatives –Ms. Maura Burton, Chairperson and Mr Tony Hughes, Manager. Also included, Eoin Holland, Darragh Kiernan, Liam Holland, Jack Sexton, Max Wyczynski, Michael Kelleher, © Con Kelleher, 24 Oakwood.

Macroom GAA

Macroom U14 travelled to Ballyanly for their opening East Region league game. With a near gale force wind blowing Macroom opted to play with the wind in the first half and dominated from the off but had several scoring attempts blown off course. However maintaining pressure, Eoin Twomey had a goal for Macroom's first score after 12 minutes. Macroom added three more goals and five points before half time and led 4-5 to nil.
Inniscarra playing with the wind in the second half struggled with its force and also saw their scoring attempts blown off course. The first score from Inniscarra came as a goal after 15 minutes but Macroom responded immediately from kick out with a goal. Macroom defened well and keeping the ball low with short passing scored two more goals.
Full time score: Macroom 7-5 Inniscarra 2-1.
Macroom : Tadgh O'Leary, Cormac Buckley, Darren Quinn, Robert O'Donovan, Kuba Bydziak, Cillian Donovan (0-1) Shane Meaney, David Hunt, Jack O'Riordan (1-0), Dylan O'Sullivan (2-0), Liam Linehan (0-1), Eoin Cahill (Captain), Dylan Twomey (2-1), Eoin Twomey (1-0), Bradley O'Shea (1-2). Subs – All used: Shane Sweeney, Adam McCarthy and Kevin Bradley

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Canovee GAA Under 14A League Winners East Region ©Peter Scanlan

Canovee G.A.A.

Canovee played Aghinagh in the Muskerry cup semi final in Carrigadrohid in very difficult conditions with heavy rain ,strong wind and a very muddy pitch , Canovee played with the advantage in the first half and early points by James Moynhian and Michael Deasy put them ahead ,Aghinagh replied with a point but James Moynhian added two more , coming up to half time Denis O Sullivan finished powerfully to the net to leave Canovee ahead at half time by 1.04 to 0.01, Aghinagh added two points at the start of the second half . With conditions worsening Canovee held out for a narrow win Canovee 1.04 Aghinagh 0.05 William Ahern was Canovee top performer. Team David Wiseman , Gearóid Lucey, James Scanlan. Jerry Murphy , Aidan Murphy , Michael Dunne , James Moynihan , Paul o Sullivan , Liam kelleher , Denis o Sullivan , William Ahern, Brian Ahern , con Dunne , Michael Deasy , Sean o Connor , subs Blake ring , mark Healy , Darren Twomey ,
Canovee played Blarney in the junior A football league in very difficult conditions but both teams did their best. The first half was an even affair with the sides level at half time 0.03 each , Michael Deasy with two and James Moynhian getting the points . The teams traded points in the second half with Sean o Connor ,James Moynhian and Con Dunne who was making a welcome return to play after a long term injury all added points ,however a late penalty. By blarney put them ahead , Canovee had a late chance to equalise but through a free kick that was send wide and at the final whitsle blarney were ahead by 1.06 to 0.08.team Aidan Murphy was Canovee top performer on the day David Wiseman, Georid Lucey, James Scanlan, Cian Leahane, Blake Ring, Jerry Murphy, Aidan Murphy ,Paul O Sullivan ,Liam Kelleher , Brian Ahern, James Moynihan , Denis o Sullivan , Sean o Connor, Michael Deasy , Mark Healy , Subs Con Dunne , Michael Quinlan

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Coláiste Ghobnatan a bhuaidh Craobh an Mumhan agus Corn Sheáin Uí Mhurchú i gcoinne Pobal Scoil Inbhear Sceine, Neidín, ©Nóra Ní Luasa


Under 14 League, Macroom 2 Midleton 1
The U14's had a fierce battle against a resilient Midelton side at the Town park. The home side started very brightly and were well in control in the opening quarter. The first goal came on 16 minutes when Mateusz Juszczak put Jack Kelleher through on goal and he slotted the ball low past the keeper. Midleton responded and found an equaliser on 22 minutes when poor marking led to the concession a soft goal. Macroom took over again after the goal and regained the lead after 30 minutes. Following good link up play between Juszczak and Dylan Twomey down the right, Twomey's fed Dennis Dullea, who found the net from close range. Midelton put huge pressure on for long periods in the second half but Macroom defended admirably. Kuba Byrdziak pulled off a fine save in the home goal and there was excellent work from the midfield duo of Caelum Lynch and Jack O' Riardan. Macroom held on for a morale boosting victory which was simply down to a massive effort from all players.

Under 11 League, Macroom 4 College Corinthians 1.
Macroom welcomed Corinthians to Murrayfield for a top of the table clash, coming away with a crucial three points. The visitors settled immediately and were in front inside two minutes after some hesitant defending from the hosts. Midway through the first half Leon Doody was brought down inside the area and he made no mistake with the penalty smashing it into the roof of the net to level matters. Soon after good persistent play from Sean Murphy allowed him to squeeze the ball between the keeper and the post to put Macroom 2-1 ahead. In the 26 minute, a sublime Daire McMahon through ball had Sean Murphy facing down the keeper and he made no mistake, cooly slotting home to leave the score 3-1 at half time. Macroom kept up the pressure in the second half and Thomas Morgan forced a superb save with a free kick from twenty yards. The game was put beyond Corinthians reach in the 45th minute when Murphy completed his hatrick with a vicious swerving drive sealing a deserved win for Macroom. An excellent performance throughout the team with Thomas Morgan and Sean Murphy particularly impressive.

U11 League, Macroom A 2 Avondale Utd 4
Tough conditions prevailed ay Murrayfield for the visit of Avondale and an entertaining contest ensued, with the city side coming out on top. Just before half time they picked Macroom off with two quick goals to leave the home side trailing at the break. In the second half the Macroom were much improved and Darren Moynihan struck a left foot shot, finding the left corner. A deflected effort found its way to the Macroom net, restoring Avondale's two goal advantage. And with 15 mins remaining, the visitors added a fourth. Macroom'simpressive Darren Sweeney got on the score sheet with a superb strike from outside the box, giving the keeper no chance. Man of the match Conor Lucey was called into action late on to make a couple of fine stops . It finished up 4-2 to the away side, but was an excellent performance from Macroom.

Under 12 Local Cup, Kinsale 2 Macroom 5.
Finding themselves two nil down after only 10 minutes, Macroom responded in clinical fashion, with five unanswered goals making the trip to Madden park a worthwhile one. Mike Fitton was on target twice, along with strikes from Jack Kearney, TJ Buckley and a cracker from Jack Lucey. This was a fine team display with Aaron Hunt having a great game for Macroom.

U13 League, Macroom 2 Everton 1
The Under 13 side continued their title push with a well deserved and hard fought win at the Town Park . After having much the better of the first half, Macroom found themselves losing one nil at half time. This was mainly due to a number of great chances not being taken. They showed superb character to keep going in the second period, and got a deserved equaliser on 39 minutes through Conor Murphy, following great work by Sean o' Riordan and Patrick Barry. The home side continued to press and substitute Steven O Donoghue was on hand to curl a great effort from the edge of the box, giving Macroom a precious lead. Everton came close to an equaliser in the dying minutes only for a magnificent save from Peter Murphy from point blank range. Macroom saw out the remaining minutes to pick up a valuable three points Best on the day were Sean O Riordan, JK Long, Conor Murphy and David O Connell.

In AUL Division 3, Macroom B had differing results over the last two weeks. First up, an away 2-1 defeat to Ard Na Laoi was followed up by an excellent 3-2 home win over St. John Boscos last weekend. Macroom remain at the top of the league with Waterloo the nearest challengers. International Tickets Raffle Macroom FC have a spring fundraising raffle in which tickets for Rep. of Ireland v Poland are up for grabs. This vital World Cup Qualifier takes place at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on March 29th. The prize also includes an Irish jersey of the winners choice. Lines are now on sale at the reasonable price of €2 or 3 for €5 and are can be purchased from all managers, committee members and at Murrays Bar.
Race Night The annual club Race Night will take place on Easter Sunday Night, April 5th. Horses will be on sale shortly from club members and usual outlets. Macroom FC would like to invite everyone to come along to Murrays Bar where a great nights entertainment is assured. First race on the night will be @ 9pm.

Macroom Golf Club

Results: 17th Feb Seniors Scramble. Liam Cotter 12. Noel Fuller 20. Donal Manning 28. 44pts.
21st and 22nd Feb Club Singles. 1st Jack Healy(20 34pts. 2nd Jerry McKenna(18) 33pts.
24th Feb. Seniors scramble: 1st Lohn Lawlor(13), Ml Brosnan(22), Frank McCarthy(22) 47.3
Feb. 28. March 1. Club Singles: 1st Patrick Fitton(11) 33 pts 2nd Andrew Murphy (21) 33 pts.
Fixtures: Weekly singles. Tuesday, seniors scramble. Sat & Sun Club singles.


Leabhra Feabhra. Lee Valley Basketball Club have embarked on a new initiative to promote the Irish language in Macroom . Irish language books were on sale during Basketball games for the month of February . A wide range of books are presently on loan to children who attend the weekly Ciorcal Cainte in Macroom Sports Centre.
Cuireadh tús le Leabharlann Gaelach do Chumann Cispheile Ghleann na Laoi I Maighchromtha le déanai. Bhí Cabríní de Barra ó Oifig Forbartha, Glór nan Gael i láthair chun aitheantas a thabhairt ar an obair dhíograiseach seo atá á dhéanamh ag an gCumann I gcur chun cinn na Gaeilge.Cuireadh tús leis an leabharlann seo de thoradh thacaíocht Fhoras na Gaeilge agus tugtar deis feasta do bhaill an Chlub scata leabhar a thabhairt abhaile leo .
Is í aidhm an Chlub an Ghaeilge a mhuscailt sa teaghlach agus tá súil ag an gClub go mbeidh na baill cíocrach chun na leabhar. Tá ag eirí go breá leis an gCiorcal Cainte faoi lathair agus tá sé de chuspóir ag an gClub bheith lán páirteach I bhforbairt na Gaeilge I measc an phobail agus cois teallaigh i MaighChromtha.
Anyone wishing to help out with promotion of Irish activities in the club please contact Seán at 085 7516908.