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In Step at Macroom St. Patrick's Day parade 2015 © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Moonraker Forestry Rally launch night at Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney Fri. March 20 at 8:00 pm.
Seán Ó Sé agus Peadar Ó Riada Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne,8.30p.m. Aoine Márta 20.
St. Lachteen's N.S., Donoughmore Enrolment Day Thurs March 26, 2.15pm to 3.15pm
Macroom Guides Table Quiz in Murray's Bar on Fri 27th March at 9.00 pm.
Pauline Scanlon, Padraig Rynne, Cilian Doheny san Ionad Cultúrtha Fri 27th March @ 8:30
Daffodil Day 2015 Fri March 27th Baile Bhúirne Coffee Morning in the Abbey Hotel from 10am to 12.30 pm.
Macroom Golf Club Classic March 20th, 21st and 22nd. Teams of three. Open to visitors.
Coffee Morning/ Cake Sale in The Riverside Park Hotel Macroom on Mon March 23, 10.30am to 2pm for Donagh Murphy Kingston
UCC's School of Music launch of Bóithrín na Smaointe, Connie O'Connell's collection, Thurs , March 26, at 6 p.m.
Bealnamorrive Daffodil Day Coffee Morning at Tadhg O'Leary's Bar on March 27, 9 – 11a.m.
Reoite'ag Scoil Mhuire Ballingeary on Fri 27th and Sat 28th March 8p.m. and Fri 27th @ 12 noon.
Ladies Open Day Macroom Golf Club. Wed, April 1. 3 person team event.
Easter 5Km walk/ run Easter Saturday April 4th at 12 noon from Dromleigh NS.
Senior Citizen Holiday May 24th - 29th to Claremorris. Book by April 4.
Coachford Players present 'Separate Beds' in Coachford GAA Hall on April 11th 12th and 13th
Ladies Golf Taster Session at Macroom Golf Club on Tuesday April 14th 6pm to 8pm
Macroom Flower Club Floral Demonstration Thurs April 16 at Coolcower House 8p.m..
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.
ACOL Bridge on Wed. March 25 at 10.30a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte Thurs. March 26 at 11a.m
Bookclub Wed. April 1 at 11.30a.m.
The Purlies Thurs. April 2 at 11a.m. .
Gramophone Circle: Fri. April 10 at 11a.m.
March Art Exhibtions. Neans Uí Laoghaire.

Briery Gap:

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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Volunteers responsible for infrastructure at Macroom St. Patrick's Day parade © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Updates

St. Patrick's Day in Macroom. 

The sun shone. The bands played. The crowds trooped in and had great craic. St. Patrick's Day parade 2015 proved one of the best yet despite the organisers' fears of the impact of cutbacks. Of necessity, the parade was more community orientated than previously and this drew a great response from the thousands of visitors to the mid Cork capital. The inaugural Flower of Macroom, Claire Kelleher, Clondrohid, was Grand Marshal of the parade and she arrived in style on a tri-coloured balloon throne. Her ladies in waiting, the other seven entrants for the Flower of Macroom, followed on and took their place on the reviewing stand, lending it more colour and glamour than in previous years when it was mainly manned by politicians and officials.Pic 49

Macroom St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal 2015, Claire Kelleher, Flower of Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook

Children of all shapes and sizes revelled in the variety of cars, tractors, lorries, bicycles and steam engines on parade. Animals were out in force too, with calves, lambs, alpacas and dogs on show. The 'horses' with the Three Amigos, though not quite of Cheltenham standard, were particularly entertaining. Winning floats in the parade were 1st Macroom Marts; 2nd Kilmurry Historical Society; 3rd Enchanted Flowers. Shop Window winners were 1st Macroom Opticians; 2nd Marie Farrell; 3rd Enchanted Flowers. Highly Commended: Kitty O'Leary Hairdresser, Chapel Cross and Peggy Buckley, South Square.
Meanwhile, we hear that absent friends in Woodland String Band, Philadelphia suffered pangs of longing for Macroom this St. Patrick's Day and are already planning a return visit in 2016.

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The eight beautiful contestants for the inaugural Flower of Macroom in the Briery Gap. © Lee Valley Outlook 

The Flower of Macroom 

The inaugural Flower of Macroom event in the Briery Gap was a resounding success and hopefully, will set a new trend and establish a new marketing brand for the Lee Valley area.
The brainchild of Anne Dunne, manager of the Briery Gap, and members of the Lee Valley Enterprise Board, the idea sprang from a quest for a suitable Grand Marshal for the 2015 St. Patrick's Day parade. Local businesses and groups were asked to nominate contestants and eight answered the call – the Castle Hotel, Church Lane Restaurant, Vaughan's Café, No 57, Dinneen's Bar, Golden's Bar, Care Choice and Masseytown Community. Eight beautiful, talented and amusing girls appeared on stage at the Briery Gap and were interviewed by a capable and articulate Seán Óg Ó Duinnín. They were Aisling Crowley, Danielle O'Connor, Mary Lynch, Marie O'Leary, Melanie Dinneen, Lioba McSweeney, Claire Kelleher and Kimberly Herlihy.
They told of their current occupations – most of them students; their memories of St. Patrick's Day parades in Macroom; their wish for the future development of Macroom, their plans for the summer etc. They each performed a party piece, which ranged from singing to dancing to poetry and talent was there aplenty. Melanie Dinneen's rendition of The House of the Rising Sun was particularly impressive and Danielle O'Connor's original poem, 'Anxious', resonated with everyone conscious of mental health issues.
The winner was chosen by a combination of audience vote and adjudicators' assessment. Annette Dilworth and Claire White of Cinderella's Closet, a bridal boutique in Cork and with direct links to Mountmassey House, were most efficient in the role of judges and delivered a thoughtful and appreciative assessment of each entrant before declaring the popular winner, Claire Kelleher, Clondrohid, who was representing Care Choice. Claire, a care assistant at the nursing home, was most entertaining and has plans to go to India on a Girl Guide initiative during the summer. But first, she had the joyful experience of leading Macroom's St. Patrick's Day Parade 2015 as the first ever Flower of Macroom.

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Pat Murphy, Ballinagree, winner of Macroom over 60s Talent Competition, with Humphry O'Sullivan and Paddy O'Brien. ©

Macroom Senior Citizens 

Over 60s. The Macroom heat of the Over 60s Talent Competition took place on March 10th at Fr. Ryan Hall. Music for the evening was provided by Gerry Mc Carthy and Liam Healy and there were five contestants, all giving top class performances. The MC for the night was Paddy O'Brien and Pat Murphy, now living in Ballinagree but formally from Cork City, was declared the winner. Pat is a member of the Briery Gap Adult Choir and will now represent Macroom in the semi-finals at the City Hall, Cork on Sunday April 26th. The Over 60s competition is a fund raiser for the Irish Heart Foundation and to date has raised €462,000 for the organisation.
Annual General Meeting. Looking back at 2014, Pat O'Connell, Chairman Macroom Senior Citizens/ Active Retirement said that despite the voluntary/ charitable sector being under continuing pressure for a variety of reasons, the organisation enjoyed a very successful year, with all services running to full capacity. The Care and Repair service launched in March in conjunction with Age Action Ireland has proved to be a big success with over 117 jobs completed, thanks to Denis Healy. The Bealtaine Festival was a great success as was the annual holiday to Monaghan with day trips arranged by Pat Sheehy and Regina Casey and Evelyn Mc Sweeney organising the holiday. The Bring and Buy and Barbeque on a Friday night in August was well supported as were the fund raising events in October. Thanks to the business community for their support. The sheltered housing in Sullane Place and Sheltered Apartments in Sullane Haven are operating very successfully, thanks to staff and volunteers. Funding came from Health Service Executive South and thanks go to Ronnie Dorney and Theresa Mc Carthy for all their help. Funding has been reduced on a yearly basis since 2007 but in 2014 funding stayed the same as in 2013. The Shopeen is essential to making up the shortfall in funding and thanks go to voluntary staff and TUS worker for their vital input. Also in 2014, donations came from Sullane Art Society through the sale of their Christmas Cards, De La Salle College through their Christmas Charity Appeal, Castle Hotel through their Christmas Jumper Appeal and Macroom Flower Club from their Christmas night, all of these donations are very much appreciated.
Officers elected for 2015. Chairman Pat O'Connell. Vice Chairman Fr. Joe O'Mahony. Secretary Regina Casey. Asst Sect. Ann Cronin. Treasurer Evelyn Mc Sweeney. PRO Gabriel O'Leary.

More in next issue.

Need a Holiday?

Macroom Senior Citizens/Active Retirement Group is organising a holiday at Mc William Park Hotel, Claremorris, Co. Mayo from Sunday 24th to Friday 29th May 2015. The break includes 5 nights B&B and 5 Evening Meals; return Coach from Macroom to Claremorris plus 4 Day Tours. The Holiday Cost is €350 plus €10 Active Retirement Ireland Affiliation. Total €360 per person sharing. Single room supplement available at €10 per night. Tea, Coffee and Scones on evening of arrival. Free use of the Hotel Leisure Centre, which included indoor swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room. Entertainment will be provided in the Hotel and will include Live Music, Bingo.
Proposed Itinerary: This year we will again use Mc Carthy Coach Hire, Ballymakeera for the entire trip.
Sunday :- Dept. Fr. Ryan Hall, Macroom 10.00am. – Stop for Coffee break and Lunch - Check in to The Mc William Park Hotel on Sunday evening. Evening Dinner - Relax and enjoy Sunday Night. Day trips will be organised for Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday. (Additional cost may occur when visiting different centres.) Friday:- Dept The Mc William Park Hotel at 10.00am – - stop for Coffee break and Lunch, arriving Macroom 6pm. approx.
To secure a place - names to be submitted with a €100 deposit (non-returnable) not later than Saturday 4th April to Macroom Senior Citizens, Sullane Haven, Lucey's Lane, Macroom. Tel 026/41698. As these Holidays are extremely popular it is advisable to book without delay. Bookings will be on a first come basis. Final payment by Friday 24th April.

Flower Club

Macroom Flower & Garden Club meeting on March 12th was well attended for what was a wonderful Gardening Talk by Mary Cronin B.Sc. Hort. from Sweet Magnolia Garden Centre, Lissarda. Mary had lots of new Spring Stock which included a new organic compost from Donegal, apple trees, specimen flowering cherry trees, Roses, Hydrangea Limelight and Primula Victoriana. Members and visitors enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of the night and were eager to ask questions, to which Mary replied with very practical advice. The Club wishes to thank Mary for her time, for accepting an invitation at short notice and wishes her every success in the future. The next club meeting will be a Floral Demonstration on Thursday 16th of April by Geraldine McCarthy AOIFA (Doneraile) "Spring Dreams" at Coolcower House 8.00p.m.. Visitors most welcome There will Members' Competitions and a Sales Table. Further enquiries to 087-9821708 or 086-3046608.

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Exchange students from St. Mary's with German hosts and teachers Ms. McGrath and Ms. Collins at Neuschwanstein, the model for the Disney castle. ©An Scoil

St. Mary's Updates 

Physical and mental health was chosen for particular focus at St. Mary's during February, with a variety of events taking place during the month. On February 5, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th years took part in a 5k run/ walk to promote mental health awareness. Also the Amber Flag committee held a non-uniform day to celebrate uniqueness. Congratulations to Caoimhe Browne in 6th year and Sarah Wynroe in 1st year for winning best unique outfit. All Transition Year students attended a talk in the Castle Hotel from Dr. Fergus Heffernan on stress management. 1st and 2nd year students attended a presentation from "Cyclone Rep" drama group, the focus of which was Anti Bullying. Other presentations included a talks from Noel Brosnan, Aware; Margaret Crean on Relationships and Sexuality and Con Cremin from Talbot Grove on alcohol.
Scholarship. Aine Cotter received an Academic Scholarship Award from St. Patrick's College, Thurles based on her achievements in the Leaving Certificate. She is studying for a B.A. in Education - Business Studies and Accounting.
Gael Linn Debates. Three 5th year students participated in Gael Linn debates. They won the first 2 rounds and are now in the Regional Final. They are Niamh Dineen, Michelle O'Callaghan and Ciara Creedon. Is é an rún a bheidh le plé acu ná go bhfuil Éire á rialú ag an Aontas Eorpach. Go n-éiri leis na cailini and na múinteoirí, Inion Ni Dhonnabhain agus Maistir Ó Cuill.
School Exchanges. Twenty 2nd & 4th year students went on a school exchange to Munich, Germany from February 23rd – March 5th. Twenty 2nd & 4th year students will be on a school exchange to Bordeaux, France from March 3rd – 12th. We wish them a Bon Voyage.

McEgan College Updates 

Paired Reading. Over the last six weeks a group of Transition Year students have been visiting the fifth class students of St. Colman's National School two mornings a week. Together they have read Lois Lowrey's novel Number the Stars. Set in wartime Copenhagen, it tells the story of a young girl's attempts to help her Jewish friend. The purpose of this initiative is to help younger students gain both confidence and fluency when reading aloud. The project also aims to develop links between the two schools which will support primary school students in the future as they transition to secondary school.
Lourdes. Every year, during the first week of June, two transition year students from McEgan College are chosen to become voluntary youth helpers on the Cloyne Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. This year there were a huge number of applicants but only two lucky candidates were chosen – Mícheál Coakley and Mary Ann Healy. As pilgrims in Lourdes, Mícheál and Mary Ann will help the sick at meal times - with transportation (including wheelchairs, voitures and blue chairs) and most importantly, share their time, talent, friendship and good humour. Every year, with the help of their teachers - Mrs. Cait Clifford and Ms. Carol Warren, enough money is raised to send the two students to Lourdes. At the start of March, the school held its annual 'Lourdes Walk' around Raleigh. First, second, fourth and fifth year students were all given sponsorship cards and €813 was raised. A bake sale was also held in the school, with €270 raised. A bag pack will be held in Dunnes Stores on the 17th and 18th April to raise the remainder of the funds. While it is a big undertaking for the school to raise so much money, we feel it is both an extremely worthwhile and important endeavour. Best of luck to Mícheál and Mary Ann in June!
Trócaire Climate Change Conference. Ten TY students from McEgan College travelled to Millstreet Parish Centre for a post-primary conference on Climate Injustice. The event was organised by John Magee, Chaplain in Millstreet Community School. He was assisted by Sheila Dillon of Trócaire. Four other schools from the surrounding areas were also in attendance – Kanturk, Rathmore, Boherbue and Macroom. Each student participated in three workshops. Each workshop focused on a different aspect of Climate Change. Students were encouraged to bring back what they learned and share it with others in their own school. The TY students in McEgan College who participated in yesterday's event are now going to share their knowledge with first year students and give them a workshop of their own. Well done to all who participated.
UCC+ Awards. A group of second year students were honoured for their endeavours in Maths, Gaeilge, European languages and Science and for their merits and abilities in the latter. The students were Michaela O'Riordan, Darragh O'Sullivan, Rachel O'Connor, Sarah Twomey, Cathal Healy-Ring, Mary O'Leary and Aoife Galvin. They were accompanied by their proud parents and extended families on the night. Máire Ni Laoire was also present. There were photos taken followed by finger food and refreshments. A great night was had by all.

Macroom Guides

Three leaders from Macroom Girl Guides; Ann Marie O'Leary, Claire Kelleher and Deirdre Henley, have been selected to take part in a service project in India this June and July. They will stay in the Guiding World Centre -Sangam - in Pune in the state of Maharashtra. While there, the team will be working closely with children who have been abandoned due to family illnesses and circumstances. The Guides are busy fund raising towards the project work and will be holding a Table Quiz in Murray's Bar on Friday 27th March at 9.00 pm. They would very much welcome support from all who can join them on that evening. The Ladybirds, Brownies and Guides have been holding Sangam evenings where they dressed in saris and punjabi suits; learnt some Hindi, practised Mehendi painting and cooked Indian curries with chapattis. We look forward to the support of our Guide families and the people of Macroom and the surrounding areas.

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Ceardlann Amhránaíochta ag Máire Ní Chéilleachair sa leabharlann i Máigh Chromtha le linn Seachtain na Gaeilge © Lee Valley Outlook

Seachtain na Gaeilge 

Macroom Library hosted a delightful morning of ceol agus caint as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge. Máire Ní Chéilleachair, a wonderful singer and teacher of sean nós, with Ovens, Cill na Martra and Baile Mhúirne connections, conducted the well-attended Ceardlann Amhránaíochta. Most of the songs were familiar to the audience but Máire, with the co-operation of the staff of the library, provided photocopies of the words and these were discussed and explained, bringing a wonderful new dimension to songs such as Éamonn an Chnoic, Aililiu na Gamhna, Táimse agus Máire agus Thugamar Féin an Samhradh Linn. Other well-known numbers were Bhíosa lá i bPort Láirge, Báidín Fheidhlimidh and, in recognition of the time that was in it, Dóchas Linn Naomh Pádraig. Members of the audience also contributed songs and recitations. So successful was the event that another seisiún is planned for the Bealtaine Festival.

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Three generations – Frank Twomey with son, Noel, on right and grandsons, Eoin and Cian, in centre. © Con Kelleher, Oakwood.


Twomey's Hardware shop at West Square is a Macroom institution. With its eye-catching street display, it is the essence of an old style business and a mecca for snap happy tourists. Within its narrow confines, the laden shelves can probably provide everything from a needle to an anchor, and if not in stock, your requirement will be accessed if at all possible before the week is out.
Frankie opens shop at 8 a.m. most mornings, keeping up a family tradition. He started here in 1961 and his only son, Noel, has been running the shop with him since 1986. The Twomeys have made a huge contribution to Macroom through their involvement in business and sport, particularly football.
Frank's grandfather, Michael, worked in Mr Jeremiah (The County) O'Leary's hardware shop at North Square, where the TSB now is. Michael and his wife, Abina, bought the premises at West Square in 1938, the year before the outbreak of World War 2 and 'The Emergency'. It had previously been a pub, a butcher's shop and a cake shop. They opened a hardware shop and a restaurant, which did a great trade, was a haven for passing lorry-drivers and was jam-packed on fair days. Abina also kept two bank clerks from the adjoining 'Munster and Leinster Bank', now AIB, as lodgers. Frank was educated in Macroom at the convent, St. Colman's and De la Salle. He spent much time with his grandparents and it was automatically expected that he would help out in the shop and restaurant. His grandfather died in 1961 and aged just 16, Frank left school to run the shop. One assistant, Michael O'Keeffe, Dromina, introduced farm machinery sales and developed the seed business. Others assistants were Teddy Cunningham and the late Dónal Buckley, Kilnagurteen.Pic 02

The Twomey premises at West Square, Macroom © Dennis Dinneen Collection

In the early days cars were scarce. Many farmers still used the horse-and- cart and the lucky ones had vans. Seeds were delivered in hundred weight sacks and had to be mixed and bagged according to the farmers' orders. This work was done out of hours. Frank worked hard; the shop was open 9 to 6, six days a week, and business was good. Frank married Catherine Quinlan, Caum, in 1968. Noel was born in 1969, and subsequently, Sandie, Catherine junior and Pamela arrived. Catherine helped in the shop and became 'as good as himself ' but unfortunately died in 2001 – a tragic loss for Frank and his family.
An all-round sportsman, hurling was Frank's first love and he played for Aghabullogue, winning two Mid-Cork junior medals. He played in Lloyd George's (Dan O'Sullivan's) famous street leagues. Soccer was another interest and he was a founding member of Coachford Soccer Club. He took up bowling and enjoyed throwing many a 'score'. At the behest of the late Mick Goold and others, Frank took up training in the early '80s. He started with the U-14s and the group won many Mid-Corks and the crowning glory in 1986 - the Minor county championship – a first for the club since 1948. Noel, Frank's son, was one of the team and went on to play at minor, u21, junior and senior levels for Cork. Frank and Noel had the unusual distinction of being chairman of selectors and captain, respectively, of the Cork minors in 1987. The Twomey family continues its connection with sport. Noel managed the Premier Intermediates who contested the 2013 final and Frank's grandchildren, Cian, Aoife and Dylan are promising players of football, basketball and soccer. The latter is particularly talented: in an U-14 match last year he scored 6-5; he was on the Cork U-14 football panel and is on the Cork AUL soccer team.Pic 03

Macroom Minors, County Football Champions 1986 ©SMcS 

Frank is optimistic about Macroom's future. He has seen many ups and downs. Recession hit the area hard in the '80s; Paper Sacks closed and there was much emigration. The '90s /early'00s saw the economy recover and industries like General Instruments gave a tremendous boost. Then there was the most recent downturn, but he still feels Macroom has improved tremendously over the years. While many businesses have closed over the past 20 years, locally owned and run businesses contribute greatly to the character, richness, vibrancy, continuity and sense of community. Thankfully, the town and surrounding areas have many such family enterprises. Frank and his family, through their business and sports involvement, have given great service to, and have richly enhanced the character and uniqueness of Macroom.
Con Kelleher, Oakwood.

Macroom Library

Newsprint. Among the magazine titles the library stocks is Consumer Choice. It is delivered digitally and we make a printout of it and leave it out on the table for patrons to peruse. This month's issue includes tests on large tablets pc s and vacuum cleaners. There is an eye opening survey on Ireland's electricity suppliers and their complex and ever increasing range of offers. Switch and save as the ad says! Two new titles added are 'Image' Interiors and Irish Tatler. We continue to get the Irish Times, the Examiner, the Corkman and the Southern Star and we get the Evening Echo on Tuesday, our late opening day. You do not need to be a member to browse our range of newspapers and magazines.
Ceardlann Amhránaíochta. We were delighted to have that great local singer, Máire Ní Chéallachair, visit the library for a sing along with members of the Ciorcal Cainte and members of the public who saw our poster. This was part of our celebration of Seachtain na Gaeilge. It was most enjoyable and we will, hopefully, have Máire visit us again for Bealtaine.
Good news for children is that they can now borrow 6 items instead of 4 in one visit. New children's titles are added to stock on a regular basis and we are always open to suggestions to stock a series we hadn't heard of that some child thinks his/her age group would enjoy.
Thursday March 19th sees our Purlies meeting at 11.am until 12.30 to knit and natter and the following date is Thursday April 2nd. All levels of knitting welcome. ACOL Bridge takes place on Wednesday 25th March at 10.30. Ciorcal Cainte ar siúl arís ar an Déardaoin 26ú lá Márta ag leath uair tar éis a haon déag le Nóra Levis. Tea and coffee will be served as it is at almost all of our events. Bookclub meets on Wednesday 1st April at 11.30. The bookclub is already oversubscribed so we cannot accept newcomers at the moment. This month's title is 'Arctic Summer'. Nance Úi Laoire is our exhibition artist for the month of March. A pupil of Bernadette Cotter, her landscapes are local in theme and gentle in tone. Everyone is most welcome to call in to see them.

Gramophone Recital

Eddie Hogan, Ballincollig, no stranger to Macroom Gramophone Circle, since he is one of the longest and most loyal members, presented the March session in the library. It was a delightful programme and, in deference to upcoming feasts, Eddie dedicated it to mothers and grandmothers everywhere and included Dóchas Linn Naomh Pádraig, with the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus; John Feeney, tenor, singing Hail Glorious St. Patrick and the inimitable John McCormack and the Dear Little Shamrock. Looking ahead to the weekend sport highlight, he delighted at least one member of the audience by playing Land of our Fathers with David Lloyd.
We enjoyed songs from a wide range of voices. The sopranos included Maria Callas singing Quando m'en Vo from Puccini's La Boheme; V'adoro, Pupille with Elly Melling from Handel's Julius Caesar; Majella Cullagh with Luigi Arditi's Felicitá; Rita Lynch with Home, Sweet Home and Rosa Ponsel singing My Old Kentucky Home. Wonderful contralto, Kathleen Ferrier, sang Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes. The male voices included German bass, Gottlob Frick singing an aria from Mozart's Magic Flute; Ivan Rebroff, a Russian with a 4½ octave range from soprano to bass, singing Plaisir d'Amour; baritone, Lawrence Tibbett with Foster's Old Black Joe; Irish tenor, John O'Brien Carolan singing Ye Banks and Braes of Bonnie Doon, recorded in Cork Jail; German tenor, Peter Anders with I'm only a Strolling Vagabond; Scottish tenor, Kenneth McKellar with Belmont at Paisley Abbey and Italian tenor, Tito Schipa singing Handel's Largo, Ombra Mai Fu. Other delightful numbers were a duet, Jo Stafford and Gordon McCrae singing Beautiful Isle of Somewhere and the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra playing Bon Accord.
Peter O'Regan will present a Gramophone Recital in the Fr. O'Donovan Hall, Millstreet on Friday, March 20 at 8.15p.m. and he will also present the April session at Macroom Library at 11a.m. on Friday, 10. A gramophone recital to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society will run in the Imperial Hotel, Cork on Palm Sunday, March 29 at 8p.m. It will be presented by Margaret O'Leary and Pat Lomasney is M.C. Tickets €10.

Briery Gap Programme


The Expendables 3 Monday 23rd March at 8.30pm. Admission €4. Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader.
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 2 Saturday 28th March at 2.00pm. Admission €3. Five years have passed since Hiccup and Toothless united the dragons and Vikings of Berk. Now, they discover a secret cave that houses hundreds of wild dragons -- and a mysterious dragon rider.
The Judge Monday 30th March at 8.30pm. Admission €4. Hank Palmer, a brilliant but shady attorney, returns to his Indiana hometown after learning that his mother has passed away. His arrival triggers renewed tension between himself and his father, Judge Joseph Palmer.
The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Wednesday April 8th at 8.30pm. Admission €7. The unlikely story of a 100-year-old man who decides it's not too late to start over.


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 19. 9.30p.m. The Aubane Butter Road Celebration. 1998. Part 1
Sun. March 22: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. First Holy Communion in Berrings 2014.
6.30p.m. News and Sport. Lenten Reflection with the late Fr. Timmy O'Connor. St. Patrick's Day Parades 2015.
Wed. March 25: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Lenten Reflection. St. Patrick's Day parades from the Lee Valley. Flower of Macroom from the Briery Gap.
Thurs. March 26. 9.30p.m. The Aubane Butter Road Celebration. 1998. Part 2. St. Patrick's Day Parades.
Sun. March 29: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Confirmation in Clondrohid parish 2013.
6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes.
Wed. April 1: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Easter Pageant from Macroom 1994.
Thurs. April 2. 9.30p.m. Easter Pageant from Macroom 1995. Song of Mary.


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Moonraker Forestry Rally will hold its launch night in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, on Friday night, 20th March at 8:00 pm. All are welcome.

Seán Ó Sé agus Peadar Ó Riada san Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne, 8.30p.m. Aoine Márta 20.

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.

St. Lachteen's N.S., Stuake, Donoughmore Enrolment Day Thursday 26th March, 2.15pm to 3.15pm Parents very welcome, meet our teaching staff, tour the school and have a look at our proposed building project 2015. Admission Forms available from the office Contact Monica at 7337248

Daffodil Day March 27th 2015. Anyone willing to donate fresh daffodils. Volunteers also wanted if you have some time available on the day please contact 086-1719324.

Daffodil Day 2015 is on Friday March 27th and the annual Baile Bhúirne Coffee Morning will be held, as usual, in the Abbey Hotel from 10am to 12.30 pm. This is the 21st year that this event has been organised and hosted by Mary O'Connell & Fionn Mc Sweeney and over the years it has become both a lovely community social occasion and an incredibly successful fund raiser. The support for the event is enormous, with a large crowd in attendance. All the shops and local businesses support it and it has never failed to be a success. Mary & Fionn would now like to step down as host/ organisers and would be very happy to pass it on to some other local individual or group who would have an interest in keeping the event ongoing. So if there is anyone who thinks this is something they would like to get involved in, please speak to Mary or Fionn on the day and they would be happy to let you know what is involved.

Bealnamorrive Daffodil Day. Second annual event at Tadhg O'Leary's Bar on March 27, 9 – 11a.m. in aid of Irish Cancer Society. Coffee, tea, cakes, cake sale, bring and buy. Come and enjoy a morning of fun and chat for a great cause.

Fundraising Dance in aid of St. Enda's N.S., Kilnadur, Dunmanway on 27th March in the Parkway Hotel. Doors Open @ 9.00PM. Music by Joe Cooke & the Southern Beat. Admission €10 (available on the door or call Kirstie on 0879974445). A great night assured!

Dromleigh Parents' Association will hold an Easter 5Km walk/ run led by Veronica Horgan -2015 Operation Transformation leader! Easter Saturday April 4th at 12 noon. Beginning and ending at Dromleigh NS. 2km walk -suitable for buggies. 5km Quiz Trail - family fun and challenging 5Km walk/ run/jog. €5 for walkers and €8 for families (children must be accompanied by an adult). Free goodie bags for all children and 1st & 2nd prizes for Quiz Trail. Complimentary refreshments and teas/ coffees after walk.Easter Bonnet competition, raffle & cake sale. So fresh air, cryptic clues, yummy cakes and large white furry special guest...interested? Come along.

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.

Donoughmore Community Bingo every Saturday night in the community hall at 8pm. Teas & Refreshments served. Jackpot at €640. Amenity Walk Family Membership is €20. Cards available at the community hall Stuake after 7pm Mass Saturday nights and after 10am & 11.30am Masses Sundays.

Ballyvongane N.S. won the Denis O'Donovan Trophy for the Best Overall School at the Scór Múscraí Finals held recently in Ovens, coming first in Instrumental Music, Ballad Group and Solo Singing; 2nd in The Tráth na gCeist (after a tie break) and 3rd in Figure Dancing, Set Dancing and Solo Figure Dancing. Congratulations to all the children involved, their coaches and parents.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto Results 03/03/05. Jackpot €5200. Numbers Drawn 20-23-28 - No Winner - €70 Conor Buckley, Lr. Farren, Ovens. €20 Dennis Buckley, Toames, Kilmichael. Tim Joe Lyons, Main Street, Macroom. Richie Connors 42 Oakwood, Macroom. Richard Ring, Dromcarra, Kilmichael. Michael Burns, O'Connor Park, Macroom.
10/03/05. Jackpot €5400. Numbers Drawn 01-21-22 - No Winner - €70 Michael Scannell, Cork Street, Macroom. €20- Jack Oldham, Beechwood, Coachford. David Cotter, Main Street, Macroom. Antoinette Cullinane, Dan Corkery Place, Macroom. Ber Cotter, Town Hall, Macroom. M. Scanlan, 8 Sullane Weirs, Macroom.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: March 11. Jackpot €3,800. No Winner. €70 Martin & Catherine Lehane, Gortnalicka.€20 Margaret Coakley, Inchigeela. Ian Tahery c/o Darren O'Brien. Bridget Peters, Clonmel. Danny Riordan & Conor O'Sullivan, Lissacreasig

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto March 8. Jackpot: €12,900, Numbers Drawn: 3, 7,10, 26. No Winner. €50 Pat Cronin, c/o Dan Shine. €25 Chrissie O'Donoghue, Carrigadrohid. John Cronin, 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 2/3/2015, Jackpot: €3,000, Numbers Drawn: 3 – 16 – 27, No Winner, €40 Dave & Miriam O' Riordan, €20 Colm Oldham, Bláithín Buckley, Stephen O' Shea, Elaine Murray.
9/3/2015, Jackpot: €3,200, Numbers Drawn: 22 – 25 – 29, No Winner, €40 Pat Joe Buckley, €20 Tom Lucey, Wally O' Hara, Aoife Crowley, Senan Noonan.
16/3/2015, Jackpot: €3,400, Numbers Drawn: 18 – 21 – 33, No Winner, €40 Ger O' Connell, €20 Judy Greene (X 2), Breda O' Connell, Des Murphy.

Lee Valley Updates

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Prizewinning film director, Arran Bradstock, Coolavokig, with cast and crew, Bobby Wolfe, Caitriona Lynch, Roza Paterek, T.J. Bowles, Arran Bradstock, David Douw, Amhlaoibh MacSuibhne, Darren Faul ©

Lee Valley Film Director

Arran Bradstock, Coolavokig, won the Best Director Award at the First Cut Film Festival after the screening of his films "The Long Haul" and "Two of a Kind". The Festival was held at the Mall Arts Centre in Youghal on February 27 and 28 and there were over 100 submissions this year.
Arran and his Three Degree Production team participated in a panel discussion at the festival. Shaun O'Connor, award winning director of Uisce Beatha and (R)onanism, was the panel moderator along with Brendan Canty, the filmmaker behind the music video "Take Me to Church" by the group Hozier.
"The Long Haul" has also been officially selected for the Fresh Film Festival national finals later this month. The cast and crew include Bobby Wolfe, Caitriona Lynch, Roza Paterek, T.J. Bowles, Arran Bradstock, David Douw, Amhlaoibh MacSuibhne, Darren Faul All of Arran Bradstock's films can be found on Youtube.com/3degreeproductions and on facebook.com/3degreeproductions.

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Ag ullmhú do 'Reoite' ag Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh Márta 27 & 28 ©An Scoil

'Reoite' i nGaeltacht Mhúscraí

Cuirfidh daltaí Scoil Mhuire Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh an ceóldráma lán-Ghaeilge 'Reoite', bunaithe ar an scannán Frozen, ar stáitse sa Halla i mBeal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh ar an Aoine 27ú Márta @ 8 i.n. agus an Satharn 28ú Márta @ 8 i.n. Beidh nóinléiriú ar an Aoine @ meánlae chomh maith. Beidh seans ag cách, idir óg agus aosta, taitneamh a bhaint as an seó spleódrach seo a leanann scéal na deirfiúracha Anna agus Elsa, an Prionsa Hans, an gaiscíoch Kristoff agus an fear sneachta Olaf agus mórán eile. Canfar 'An ndéanfaimíd fear sneachta?', 'Seo ag Reó', 'Don Samhradh!' agus mórán eile sa cheóldráma taitneamhach lán-Ghaeilge seo.
'Reoite', or 'Frozen as Gaeilge' will be performed by the students of Scoil Mhuire Ballingeary on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th March (with a matinée on Friday 27th @ 12). It promises to be a great show. Is féidir ticéidí a fháil on scoil ag (026) 47050 nó This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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An dream a bhuaigh corn Mhichíl Uí Dhuinnín ag mórshiúil Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh © Nóirín Uí Thuama

O'Connell's Music

A book and two CDs, entitled Bóithrín na Smaointe, with 69 new tunes composed by Cill na Martra fiddle-player, Connie O'Connell, will be launched in UCC's School of Music next week. Connie initially taught himself how to play in the mid-1950s when he got his first fiddle at the age of twelve, later receiving tuition from music-teacher Paddy Foley of Macroom. The retired farmer from Baile Uí Bhuaigh attended his first Fleadh Cheoil in 1967. Over the intervening years, Connie has gained wide recognition for his vast store of tunes from various traditional Irish music regions, including the neighbouring enclave of Sliabh Luachra.
From the late 1970s, the Cill na Martra maestro has been a fiddle-tutor with UCCs Music Department, as part of a ground-breaking curriculum devised by pianist and lecturer Micheál Ó Súilleabháin, so as to integrate traditional and classical musicians. The latest compilation of Connie's own compositions include reels, jigs, and hornpipes, slides and polkas. Music notation for his tunes is provided in the book, as well as bilingual definitions of their titles, many of which compliment the local townlands in Cill na Martra. Scenic photographs on each page show how the composer is also in tune with, and inspired by, the local environment.
Connie is joined on the CD recordings by his daughter Áine for fiddle-duet renditions of the tunes accompanied on piano by John Blake. The work has been compiled with the assistance of Ealaíon na Gaeltachta, the Arts Council and UCC's Music Department, who are hosting the entire work on their college website.
Bóithrín na Smaointe will be launched on Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m. in UCC's School of Music building on Sunday's Well Road in Cork.

Seán Ó Loingsigh

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Rusheen N.S. who came first in both Set & Figure Dancing in the Muskerry Final of Scòr na bPáistí held in Ovens. ©An Scoil

Clondrohid Updates.

Tree Planting. The children and parents of Muinefliuch N. S. joined forces with local tree expert, Ted Cook recently to learn about and plant trees on the school grounds. Each family planted a native Irish tree as part of National Tree Week. The school wishes to thank Ted for his very interesting talk and demonstration on tree planting and also Coillte, who kindly sponsored the trees. We look forward to learning more about trees and to watching them grow to maturity.
The table quiz held in the Tavern was a great success, with at least 23 tables taking part. Great excitement, great craic, and great general knowledge. Congrats to the Dromree team of Teddy and Aidan Kelleher and Finbarr Nyhan on being the overall winners on the night Well done to the organisers and to any who helped out.
Fundraising: A Coffee Morning/ Cake Sale will take place in The Riverside Park Hotel Macroom on Monday March 23 from 10.30am to 2pm.Raffle will also take place. This fundraising event is being organised for Donagh Murphy /Kingston, who has been diagnosed with leukaemia. Please come along and bring a friend. If you would like more info or wish to offer help please ring or text 086 /8728582
Laochra Óg hurling club were the winners of the 2014 Voluntary Organisation of the year award at the My Macroom Person of the Year awards which were held in the Riverside Park Hotel in Macroom on Saturday night last .Pat O'Connell also won Person of the Year award on the night.
G.A.A. Clondrohid Junior As travelled to Inniscarra and were delighted to come away with a draw as they were short a few players. Well done.
Clondrohid G.A.A. would like to extend their sympathies to the Kelleher Family, Clashmaguire on the death of their mother Peggy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.
Fixtures. Mar 29 JFL at 3pm Clondrohid V Kilmichael. Sat 21 U 11 FL at 2pm Ballinora v Clondrohid. Sun 22 U16C FL at 11.30 Clondrohid V Ballinora. Sat 28 U 18C FL at 2pm Tracton V Clondrohid.

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Coachford N.S. dancers entertain the crowds before Macroom St. Patrick's Day parade © Lee Valley Outlook

Coachford Updates

Soccer Easter Draw Killanardrish/ Coachford Schoolboys Academy will hold their annual Easter draw to raise much needed funds to purchase training equipment and playing gear. The raffle has some excellent prizes. The young players will be selling the tickets in the locality over the coming weeks. Entry to the draw costs only €2 and you can enter as often as you like! The Killanardrish/ Coachford Schoolboys academy now caters for over 30 boys and girls each Saturday morning. Their noncompetitive leagues will begin in April and will run for 10 weekends up to the middle of June.
Coachford Tidy Towns Committee would like to thanks all those who gave so generously to their Church Gate Collection recently. The committee are planning a series of works over the next few months and are looking at installing new flower beds, replanting some planters and planting some trees. The committee are also investigating ways of improving the streetscape of the village in line with the published ACR Community Council 2014 Village Design Statement. A major project planned by the group is dependent on sourcing some funding through the new Cork County Council Municipal District Community Grant Scheme.
Dripsey Tidy Towns, a new group, was formed to spearhead the communities efforts to improve the local environment and make the Dripsey area a better place to live, work and visit. For more information on the group please contact Chairperson Conor Corkery, Secretary Peg Baker, Treasurer Geraldine Keating or any of the following members: Eddie J Murphy, Margaret Griffin, Leo O'Sullivan, Hugh O'Shea and Bernie O'Connell.
Super Operation Transformation, Coachford version, was a huge success and great credit must go to Ciara Murphy of CM Fitness, Nutrition and Sports Rehab who organised the six week programme. Each week more than 50 participants undertook many activities and every Sunday the group took part in the timed walk/jog/run at the Coachford Greenway. This programme was a tremendous success with more and more people taking part each week and building up a new level of fitness and making many new friends along the way.
Separate Beds. This hilarious play will be performed in Coachford GAA Hall on Saturday April 11th, Sunday April 12th and Monday April 13th at 8.00pm each night. The three-act play is set in the home of Arthur Marshall, a successful businessman who is preparing for his daughter Judy's wedding. Home improvements with decorator, Andy, are not the fastest and lead to some difficult situations! Coachford Players Drama group are looking forward to large crowds for this play and are encouraging the public to come along and enjoy a night of comedy.
300 trees planted. On Sunday 8th March in conjunction with National Tree Week the ESB and Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Limited hosted a tree planting event on the Coachford Greenway. Up to 300 trees that will further enhance this fabulous amenity were planted with up to 200 local people turning up to plant their 'family tree' and mark the occasion. Each person/ family that planted a tree received a certificate and the many children (and some adults) also received a 'I planted a tree' bag of jelly beans from the ESB. Species planted were Whitethorn, Blackthorn, Mountain Ash, Oak and Beech. The organisers would like to thank everyone who turned up to plant the trees; the ESB for supplying the trees; Margaret Fehily and Griffin's Garden Centre for their expertise and help on the day and to Coachford Gun Club for their continued contribution.
Lest we forget. Aghabullogue Coachford Rylane Heritage committee hosted a talk by historian Anthony Greene on 'The Great War and the Coachford Connection' as part of its commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the First World War. The talk was a fascinating exploration of the local people that travelled across Europe to war and what compelled them to go. It brought to life the conditions these brave men fought under and explained how they died and what life was like for those that survived and came home to live out their lives in Coachford. At the end of the talk the large attendance applauded the talk and more importantly those men who gave up their lives.
Vintage run in the Lee Valley. Broomhill Vintage Club will hold their annual Vintage Car and Tractor run on Sunday April 12th. Drivers are invited to register at the GAA hall in Coachford from 11.00am where tea, coffee and scones will be available on registration. The cars will depart at noon and head west to Gougane Barra via Toonsbridge, Inchigeela and Ballingeary. They owners will regroup and park up for a short while and return to O'Riordan's Bar Coachford via Kealkil, Coppeen and Crookstown. The tractors will leave Coachford at 12 and head south for Canovee and enjoy a 20 mile run around the highways and byways of beautiful Canovee, Larchhill and Forrest before returning to Coachford Village for hot food in O'Riordans. Entry is only €20 per vehicle.
Coachford 5th Autumn Festival dates are set for Friday August 14th to Sunday August 16th 2015. The organisers are promising another fantastic festival, with many new events while retaining the family favourites from previous years. The five mile road race, the 'Voice of The Festival' and the massive vintage show and family fun day will again feature.Festival 2014 raised over €8,500 for Suicide Aware and local charities.
Community Employment Scheme in Donoughmore / Coachford are seeking a CE Project Administrator 19.5 hrs a week based in Coachford Area. Must complete Garda Vetting and be eligible for the CE scheme. Please check with DSP office . Contact Denise on 021 7337171
Community Council Elections The ACR community Council is preparing for the 2015 election of the new council members. The ACR Council is made up of 5 members of the public from Aghabullogue, 7 members from Coachford and 5 from Rylane. Nomination papers should be available to the public over the coming weeks. The outgoing council members are asking people to please consider putting their names forward for the election and help to continue the good work carried out over the last five years by being part of the new council.
Yankee Tea Party Rylane National School Parents Association are hosting an American Tea Party on Friday March 20 in Rylane National School at 8.30pm. Tickets at €10 can be purchased in Crowley's Shop Rylane or from any committee member. It promises to be a great night with loads of gorgeous food and fantastic music from local band, the Hillbillies.
Parish Confirmation Children from Aghabullogue Parish will be confirmed in Aghabullogue Church on Wednesday, April 15th.
Race night Fresh from the success of Cheltenham, race goers are invited to another feast of horse racing in O'Riordan's Bar in Coachford on Saturday March 28th. The Race night is being organised and run by the Aghabullogue GAA players to raise much needed funds for their club. The event, sponsored by O'Riordan's Bar, promises to be a great night out full of horsey people, dodgy bookmakers and gullible punters. The players are busy selling horses and races around the parish so if you fancy becoming a horse owner for a night, then pop along to O'Riordan's and ask to be let in to the owners Lounge and hopefully you'll end up in the winners enclosure.

Macra Matters

Donoughmore Macra members recently took part in the Muskerry Round of the National Talent Competition at Ballyanly. Special congratulations to Donoughmore's solo instrumentalist, comedy duo and novelty act who progress to the next round.
Donoughmore Macra members presented a cheque of €470 to Marymount Hospice, money raised at TV Fest, a TV themed table quiz that was held on Feb 21st. Thanks again to everyone who supported this event. Club members travelled to Macroom to take part in the Cork County Drama Competition in the Briery Gap and well done to the team of Máiréad Healy, Elaine O'Connell, Emily O'Donovan and Evelyn O'Shea who were nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Local success continued when the Volleyball team participated in the Regional Round in Kilmurry and won. Best of luck going forward. For more information on the club check out https://www.facebook.com/donoughmore.macra
Berrings Macra Aine Donovan was chosen to represent Muskerry at this year's Ms Blue Jeans Competition. Aine is a native of Grenagh but has been a very active member of Berrings Macra, participating in Sport, Drama and Debating and is a fantasist ambassador for our club. We wish her the best of luck in the competition. Berrings Macra presented a cheque of €2000 to Marymount Hospice following a very successful Carol Singing Fundraiser over Christmas. We recently participated in the regional Volleyball Tournament in Kilmurry but were narrowly beaten by Donoughmore. The club will be hosting their Easter raffle in the coming weeks. Please support our very active club.

Cork County Heritage

March Events. 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.

Funding for 2016 Projects. The Arts Council has announced details of a new funding programme for Arts Projects that will be inspired by or reflect on the centenary of the 1916 Rising. €1 million will be available for ambitious projects, in any art form, up to €500,000 and with no lower limit . The Open Call for National Projects gives artists and arts organisations the opportunity to engage with the centenary through the creation of ambitious projects. An International Jury will select the final projects. Responses will be sought for projects which are large in ambition, but which can be realised in a range of scales, from large to small; are in any art form or cross disciplinary; engage with the public, as audience members and/ or participants. Guidelines and application forms will be available from the Arts Council www.artscouncil.ie from March 25th. The closing date for initial proposals is April 15th. In addition to the Open Call for National Projects, The Arts Council will also shortly announce details of its 16x16 Artists' Bursaries, a special 2016 strand of touring as well as a large scale national event.

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Briege Corkery cuts the tape at the official opening of Burke's Haven Pharmacy at North Square, Macroom. Included, Seamus and Clare Burke, proprietors. © Lee Valley Outlook


Séamus Burke, Pharmacist and his staff in Macroom have been very busy over the last few weeks putting the finishing touches to the vibrant new store to mark the launch of the first Haven Pharmacy in Cork. Haven Pharmacy is the new name for the country's leading, fastest growing pharmacy co-operative.
Haven Pharmacy Burke's have rebranded inside and out - offering a new and diverse range of products, services, health screenings, special offers and a unique and interactive store experience for the local community. There has been a pharmacy at North Sq Macroom for over 40 years and many local families are loyal customers since it first opened. Seamus, with close Ballyvourney connections, took over just three years ago.
"As Haven Pharmacy Burke's, I am now part of a nationwide co-operative of independent pharmacists," he explained. "The benefit of being a member of a co-op is that I can get better deals from suppliers and share these savings with my customers. Being part of a large group of pharmacies gives me the resources and the most up to date clinical information and research to better serve my customers. We are retaining all the very best of what we had at North Square Pharmacy, with some great new enhancements including more health screenings, regular health talks in store, special offers and promotions tailored specifically for our customers and a dynamic and refreshing new store environment. We are already recognised within the industry as leaders in expert healthcare advice, our dispensing business is one of the highest in the country and the depth and scope of our knowledge is significant".
There was a launch day for Haven Pharmacy Burke's on Friday 13th March where great deals and discounts were offered to customers. A tremendous crowd attended and Corks Red FM's patrollers were there. There was face painting and balloons , canapés and cupcakes, goody bags and spot prizes. Briege Corkery, Cork ladies football captain cut the ribbon.

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Cliona O'Brien, Clondrohid at the official opening of Burke's Haven Pharmacy at North Square, Macroom. © Lee Valley Outlook

Sports Mad


Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football Championships

A Championship Final
Inniscarra v Macroom at Annahala, Sunday, March 22nd, 2.30pm.
Followed by Muskerry Cup Final Canovee (holders) v Kilmurry at 4pm.

B Championship semi-final
Aghabullogue v Éire Óg at Cloughduv Sat. March 21st 3pm;
B Championship Final at Macroom Saturday March 28th 4pm:
Cill na Martra v Aghabullogue or Éire Óg

C Championship Final at Macroom March 28th 2.30pm
Clondrohid v Iveleary

A Championship - Semi Final:
Macroom 0-11 Ballincollig 0-9
Final: Inniscarra v Macroom, Sunday 22nd March.

Macroom 0 – 11 Ballincollig 0 - 9

Macroom are deservedly through to the Macroom Motors Mid-Cork U21 A Football Championship Final after a brave performance brought them victory over Ballincollig in the semi final at Clondrohid. An injury weakened Macroom led from start to finish and they enjoyed a 0-6 to 0-2 interval lead. Ballincollig trailed by five points midway through the second half but had reduced the gap to a single point five minutes from time. However, Macroom finished strongly and points from a David Horgan free and one from play from Don Creedon from an acute angle eased their situation and Ballincollig could only muster a point from a free in a final desperate onslaught.
Macroom had the benefit of the wind in the first half and started well. A point from a David Horgan opened the scoring in the 2nd minute and Brendan O'Sullivan doubled their advantage from play in the tenth minute. Ballincollig had their opening point in the 15th minute, Stephan Coughlan the scorer. Macroom increased their lead through the hard working John Murphy in the 20th minute and minutes later, Ballincollig's goalkeeper Ciaran Noonan denied Murphy a certain goal with a magnificent save. Morgan O'Mahony had a point for Ballincollig but Macroom finished the half strongly with points from Don Creedon (24), John Murphy (26) and David Horgan (30) to leave four points between the sides, 0-6 to 0-2 at the break.
Cian Dorgan pointed two Ballincollig frees early in the second half to make it 0-6 to 0-4 but Macroom completely dominated the midfield area thereafter through the efforts of David Horgan and Robert Downey. Horgan pointed for Macroom in the 40th minute, Murphy added another a minute later, and Horgan had another point in the 44th minute to open up the five point gap. Ballincollig now rallied and Cian Dorgan, Morgan O'Mahony and Dorgan again had points to cut the deficit to two points with eight minutes remaining. Outstanding Macroom defender Kevin O'Dwyer was denied a certain goal by another superb from Ciaran Noonan but a point from Cian Kiely in the 56th minute left only a point between the sides. Macroom rose to the challenge and their two late points left Ballincollig in pursuit of the goal which the Macroom defence was not willing to concede.
Scorers: Macroom: D Horgan 0-5 (5f), J Murphy 0-3(1f), D Creedon 0-2, B O'Sullivan 0-1. Ballincollig: C Dorgan 0-5 (5f), M O'Mahony 0-2 (2f), S Coughlan, C Kiely 0-1 each.

Macroom: Declan Kiely; Kevin O'Dwyer, Barry Healy, Alex Ryan; Olan O'Mahony, Emmett Quinlan, Brian McMahon; David Horgan, Robert Downey; Blake O'Gorman, John Murphy, Brendan O'Sullivan; Don Creedon, Alan Quinn, Chris Foskett. Subs: Darren and Paul O'Farrell.
Ballincollig: Ciarán Noonan; Kevin O'Sullivan, Seán Lucey, Shane O'Neill; Dylan Kerstein, Shane Murphy, Bryan O'Halloran; Cian Kiely, Gearóid O'Donoghue; Eoin O'Reilly, Rob Noonan, Stephen Coughlan; Morgan O'Mahony, Cian Dorgan, Colin O'Donovan. Subs: Matt O'Leary, Kevin Browne, Shane O'Sullivan.
Referee: Mr Pat O'Leary (Kilmurry).

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 B Football Championship

3rd Round – Quarter Final Replay: Éire Óg 3-8 Kilmurry 2-7
Semi Finals: Cill na Martra 3-12 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-6
Aghabullogue v Éire Óg
Final: Cill na Martra v Aghabullogue or Eire Óg

Quarter Final Replay: Éire Óg 3 – 8 Kilmurry 2 – 7

Éire Óg will meet Aghabullogue in the semi final of the Macroom Motors Mid Cork U 21 B Football championship after their win over gallant Kilmurry in an exciting quarter final replay a t Annahala. Éire Óg were made battle all the way to the final whistle by a Kilmurry side that did not enjoy much luck in this encounter. Forced to start without the injured Joe Ryan in attack, Kilmurry lost their goalkeeper to a black card after 15 minutes and conceded three goals in the opening half, the third of these a cruel blow after they had lost possession going forward. Nevertheless the losers never lost heart and fought back after every reverse to have the gap between the teams down to a single goal with three minutes remaining. Éire Óg got the vital next score however, just as they had done at earlier stages when severely threatened, and they did deserve their victory, hard won though it was.
The pitch at Annahala, which has taken many games over the recent few weeks, was in remarkable order and the weather was cold but dry. Full forward Paudie O'Connell got Kilmurry off to a fine start with two well taken points from play and Darragh Lucey had an equally fine point for the winners in the 11th minute to open their account. The first decisive moment in the game came at the end of the opening quarter when Donncadh Kelly put Ronan O'Toole through on goal, the Éire Óg full forward was pulled down by goalkeeper Jason McDonnell and the referee had no choice but to issue a black card and award a penalty which Darragh Lucey duly slammed past stand-in goalkeeper Liam Wall, withdrawn from defence where he was missed. Éire Óg got in for a second goal six minutes later when Daniel O'Connor set up the chance for his midfield partner Darragh McCarthy and the latter's low drive just whizzed inside the post. Kilmurry did not collapse however at these reverses and two point from Jonathan Buckley had the deficit down to three points when disaster befell them again, outstanding full back Daniel Cahalane bursting forward out of defence but then sending out a misdirected pass which was quickly dispatched goalwards to the unattended Ronan O'Toole and the latter picked his spot before firing in a goal from close range. A long range free from Pádraig Berhanu was the Kilmurry reply and five points separated the teams at the break, 3-1 to 0-5.
Éire Óg enjoyed a short spell of dominancy on the restart and they used it very well. With their midfield pairing on top, the attack got good ball and points from Darragh McCarthy, Denis and Cathal Murphy and O'Toole saw the gap between the teams open up to 3-5 to 0-5 within five minutes and Kilmurry now had a mountain to climb. They did not submit easily however and Jonathan Buckley had a point from a free and then saw his deflected drive hit the Éire Óg post before being scrambled to safety in the 43rd minute. They still maintained their challenge and were rewarded in the 49th minute when Marco Healy lashed a ball to the Éire Óg net, 3-5 to 1-6 now the score. Éire Óg responded well with a super point from Jack O'Driscoll and when Jonathan Buckley scored for Kilmurry, Daniel O'Connor replied immediately for Éire Óg to maintain the six point gap with only five minutes remaining. Kilmurry goalkeeper Liam Wall now saved a point blank effort from Cathal Murphy and three minutes from time Marco Healy was fouled and Kilmurry were awarded a penalty, which Jonathan Buckley smartly dispatched to the net. Only a goal now divided the teams but Darragh McCarthy made an Éire Óg victory secure with a point in the dying seconds.
Scorers: Éire Óg: D McCarthy 1-2, R O'Toole 1-1, D Lucey 1-1 (1-0 pen.), D Murphy, C Murphy, J O'Driscoll and D O'Connor 0-1 each.
Kilmurry: J Buckley 1-4 (1-0 pen., 0-1 f), M Healy 1-0, P O'Connell 0-2, P Berhanu 0-1 (f).
Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: Denis O'Keeffe, John Mullins, Daniel Cotter: Michael Corkery, Ger McSweeney, Jason Twomey: Darragh McCarthy, Daniel O'Connor: Cathal Murphy, Denis Murphy, Donncadh Kelly: Darragh Lucey, Ronan O'Toole, Jack O'Driscoll. Subs: Ross McCarthy, Eoin O'Shea , Keith O'Riordan, Brian Hurley.
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: Oisín McSwiney, Daniel Cahalane, Pádraig Hinchion: Patrick Grainger, Marco Healy, Liam Wall: Adam Healy, Darragh Flanagan: Seán Curzon, Jonathan Buckley, Kyle Kelleher: Padraig Berhanu, Paudie O'Connell, Eoin Clifford. Subs: Brian Hinchion, Seán Warren, James Berhanu.
Referee: Mr Dave Murnane, Macroom.

Semi Final: Cill na Martra 3 - 12 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0 – 6

This all-Gaeltacht Mhuscraí semi final clash in the Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 B Football championship at Kilmichael was eagerly awaited but turned out to be a very tame affair with Cill na Martra proving to be much superior on the day. 'Tosach maith, leath na hoibre' ('a good start is half the work') is an old Irish sean-fhocail and one which the winners surely believe in as they had victory wrapped up in the opening ten minutes after which time they led by 3-1 to nil. Cill na Martra subsequently stretched this lead to 3-7 to nil before Béal Átha at last registered a point in the 23rd minute and at half time the contest was as good as over. Béal Átha were subsequently playing for their honour rather than victory in the second half and to their credit they did mount a serious challenge for much of that second period..
The gale force wind had a major bearing on the tend of the play. Cill na Martra had the advantage in the first half and made good use of it, hitting the Ballingeary men with an early blitzkrieg which yielded three goals. The ball was hardly thrown in when Dan Ó Duinnín availed of hesitancy in the defence to billow the Béal Átha net, Seán Furey got in for a second well taken two minutes later and Dan Ó then pointed a free. In the tenth minute Damian Harrington put a beautifully flighted through ball down the centre for John Cronin to run on to and the corner forward had the net shaking again, 3-1 to nil. With the Cill na Martra pairing of Mike Desmond and Tadhg Corkery dominating midfield, Cill na Martra monopolised possession and the Béal Átha attack saw little enough ball and having to contend with the gale as well, found scoring difficult. Cill na Martra added points from Gearóid Phelan, Ó Duinnín, Desmond and Harrington before Seán Ó Coill pointed a free for Béal Átha in the 23rd minute and then added a point from play to leave the score at 3-7 to 0-2 at the break and the ultimate outcome looking fairly assured at this stage.
The Ballingeary boys did mount a robust challenge on the restart and a superb early point from Diarmuid Thompson was followed by a point from their spirited defender Ciarán Noonan. Noel O'Leary added another point as Béal Átha remained on the offensive but a goal never looked likely. Mike Desmond had a Cill na Martra point in the 40th minute and ten further minutes elapsed before the next score, a point for Béal Átha from Sean Ó Coill, their final score. Tadhg Corkery, Dan Ó Duinnín, Phelan and Desmond, all added points for Cill na Martra as time was played out.
Scorers: Cill na Martra: D Ó Duinnín 1-2, S Furey and J Cronin 1-0 each, M Desmond 0-5 (0-2f), T Corkery and G Phelan 0-2 each, D Harrington 0-1.
Béal Átha: S Ó Coill 0-3 (0-1f), D Thompson, C Noonan, N O'Leary 0-1 each.

Cill na Martra: Kyrillos Salib: Donagh Ó Riordáin, Gearóid Ó Goilí, Finén Ó Faoláin: Pádraig Ó Críodáin, Antóin Ó Cuana, 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. Fir Ionaid: Darren Ó Foirréidh, Ryan Ó Cochlaoich.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Donncadh Ó Ceallacháin: Cian Feilstein, Darren Ó Coill, Antóin Ó Cremín:: Daire Ó Ceallacháin, Ciarán Ó Núnáin, Nollaig Ó Laoire: Daire Seartan, Concuir Ó Loinsuigh: Barra Ó Buachalla, Ciarán MacCoitir, Barra Ó Sé: , Diarmuid MacTomáis, Seán Ó Coill, Donnagh Seartan. Fir Ionaid: Seamas Ó Tuama, Daire Ó Tuama.
Referee: Ted Hayes, Éire Óg.

County Leagues Results:

Division Two Football:

Nemo Rangers 3-6 Naomh Abán 1-11
Kiskeam 1-7 Ballincollig 1-14
Division 3 Football League
Castletownbere 0 - 9 Cill Na Martra 0-9
Division Four Football:
Youghal 0-7 Grenagh 4-12

Division 1 Hurling League

Tracton 1 - 16 Inniscarra 1-11
Division 2 Hurling League
Watergrasshill 0 - 10 Eire Og 1-12
Mallow 2 - 10 Ballincollig 0-7
Division 3 Hurling League
Dripsey 1 - 16 Aghabullogue 1-12
Milford 1 - 9 Grenagh 0-8

County Junior A Football League Group 1
Aghinagh 1 - 10 Clann na nGael 0-8

County Junior A Football League Group 2
Ballinhassig 0 - 13 Canovee 2-14
Gabriel Rangers 3 - 13 Iveleary 2-16

Junior Football - Muskerry Cup 2015

2014 winners: Canovee

Semi Finals: Kilmichael 1-7 Kilmurry 2-9
Canovee 1-4 Aghinagh 0-5
Final: Canovee v Kilmurry at Annahala on Sunday March 22nd at 4pm

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
Inniscarra 0-9 Clondrohid 0-9
Donoughmore 0-8 Blarney 0-7
Canovee 0-13 Dripsey 0-11

Cork Footballers Win

Cork inflicted a heavy defeat on Kerry in the Allianz National Football league at Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork. Fintan Goold of Macroom was once again at midfield for Cork and played quite well in partnership with Eoin Cadogan despite being pitted against two taller opponents in Maher and Moran. Stephen O'Donoghue of Ballincollig was given the task of limiting the effect of All Star Kieran Donaghy at full back and did as well as anyone could be expected to do. Noel Galvin of Ballincollig and Daniel Goulding of Éire Óg were listed among the substitutes.
Cork then travelled to Omagh and defeated Tyrone to secure a semi-final spot in Division One. Stephen O'Donoghue and Fintan Goold again started in this game and Daniel Goulding came on as a second half substitute as Cork came from behind to record a fine victory.
Next up for Cork is a home game against Mayo on Sunday 29th March.

Cork Hurlers

Allianz Hurling League Division IA: Cork travelled to face unbeaten Dublin and routed the home side at Croke Park. They then travelled to Salthill in Galway and had a thrilling win over Galway to head the league table, like the footballers, and qualify for the semi-final stages. Regrettably, not one hurler from Mid Cork is figuring with Cork seniors at present.
Next up is a home game v Tipperary in Cork on Sunday 22nd March.

Cork U21 Footballers

Cork Under 21 footballers defeated Limerick in Limerick in the Munster quarter final and so qualified to meet Kerry in the semi-final at Cork. Seán O'Donoghue of Inniscarra, Peter Kelleher of Kilmichael and Cathal Vaughan of Iveleary all lined out with the county team. Dr Aidan Kelleher, Clondrohid is a selector with the Cork team.

Camogie National League

Cork showed the advantage of having already played a game in the Irish Daily Star Camogie League as they came on strong in the second half to carve out a 0-9 to 0-5 win over Kilkenny in The Mardyke. The defending champions were having their first outing of the season and it showed.

Having said that, Fintan Deegan's new charges began well with an Aoife Neary point and though Cotter slotted three frees around a Denise Gaule's successful placed ball for the visitors, when Megan Farrell and Neary found the target, it was 0-4 to 0-3. And thanks to Cotter's 28th minute penalty being saved, that's how it stayed at half time.

It got even better, as Gaule converted a fantastic free from a very tight angle soon after the resumption but Kilkenny didn't score again as Cork upped the tempo. Katriona Mackey began the flurry of points for the All-Ireland champions and Cotter flashed over a number of frees to bring her tally to seven points and open a gap that was significant in the context of such a tight game.

Davina Tobin was outstanding for Kilkenny but they just couldn't get any change from the tremendous Cork defence.

St. Val's Club News

Senior Team. March has seen league football recommence in all age groups. Our senior team opened their Division 1A league campaign against Inch Rovers in Killeagh on 7th March. In very wet and windy conditions that made football hard to play, Val's came out on top with a 4:16 to 0:03 victory. They will meet Bride Rovers in the next round on 21st/22nd March. Congrats to our 5 senior players involved in the Cork squad that had a good victory against Tyrone in Fermoy at the weekend. They now play Laois in the next round of the league.
Under 16. Having received a walk-over in their first league match, our 1A team played Douglas in Cloughduv. Early scores from Sinead Plunkett, Ciara McCarthy, Meabh Carroll and Claire Nevin put them in a comfortable position which was never relinquished. Most notable performances on the day came from Aoife Kearney with 2 great points, a first ever point for Orna Sexton, and a solid debut performance from Ciara Walsh in the backline. Aoife Foley and Meave Kelleher were rock solid in the fullback line, and with Caoimhe Cotter driving forward from wing back, they set the foundation for a 4:11 to 1:1 victory. Next match against Carrigaline circa 28th March.
Under 14. Our U14 team are still waiting to play their first match having had a few games called off due to weather and pitch closures. Congrats to U14 player Aislinn O'Mahony and the Cork U14 team who defeated Kerry in the Munster Championship on a 4:16 to 1:10 scoreline on 14th March.
Under 12 training for all players at U11 and U12 level has commenced. Texts will be sent to all players on our database re same
Registration of players for the coming season will be collected by team management in the next few weeks. The fees are as follows: Adult(over 18) €65, Juvenile(11-18) €50, Under 10 €30. If there are any new players interested in coming along at any age group, please contact Tony Hughes, on 0861708020. New players are always welcome at all standards and ages.

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Macroom underage G.A.A. at St. Patrick's Day parade © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom GAA

Macroom footballers had a fine win over last year's county intermediate champions Éire Óg in the Division Two County League game at the Castle Grounds on St Patrick's Day. The final score was 2-15 to 0-9 and this was a good display by Macroom. Fintan Goold made his first appearance of the year in the Macroom colours and showed just why he is an intercounty footballer. He and Philip Corrigan won centerfield for Macroom, the forwards consequently got good ball and they made good use of it. Once again the young players showed fine promise and the selectors appear to be putting together a promising panel of players. Macroom led by 2-6 to 0-2 at half time and were always in control to the finish. The line out was: James O'Connell: Olan O'Mahony, Eoin O'Mahony, Alan Quinn: Kevin O'Dwyer, Rory Buckley, Davie Cotter: Fintan Goold, Philip Corrigan: Ger Angland, Seán Kiely, Tony Dineen: Conor O'Sullivan, David Goold, John Murphy. Subs: Barry Healy, James O'Connor, Michael Browne, Alan O'Shea.

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Laochra Óg Hurling Club at Macroom St. Patrick's Day parade © Lee Valley Outlook

Canovee G.A.A.

Canovee 2.14 Ballinhassig 0.13
Canovee played Ballinhassig in the junior A county league .Ballinhassig played with wind advantage in the first half and led at half time by 0.11 to 0.04 . With Canovee forwards seeing more of the ball their play improved .Con Dunne and Sean O Connor added points while Darren Twomey and Michael Deasy found the net to put Canovee in control .The starting team had seven changes from the Muskerry Cup semi-final , team David Wiseman , Georid Lucey , Daniel O Sullivan , Cian Lehane , Brian Ahern , Conor Hughes , Michael Quinlan . Paul Twomey, Liam kelleher , Con Dunne , Sean O Connor , Denis O Sullivan , Mark Healy , Michael Deasy , Darren Twomey.
Canovee 0.13 Dripsey 0.11. 
On march the 17th Canovee played Dripsey in the junior A football league in perfect conditions in Carrigadrohid. Dripsey dominated the first twenty minutes and led by 5 points to 1point with Mark Verling getting the point. Mark Healy with 2points narrowed the gap further and at half time Dripsey led by 6 points to 3 points with Canovee also having a penalty saved. Canovee started the second well with points from Michael Deasy , Darren Twomey. Mark Verling and Mark Healy to put them ahead.Liam Kelleher added a point from midfield while hard working full forward Michael Deasy scored a neat point. This was a good win after a poor start with Mark Verling making a welcome return to action after a long term injury. Team David Wiseman , Gearóid Lucey, James Scanlan , Daniel o Sullivan , Michael Quinlan , Paul o Sullivan , Aidan Murphy , Liam kelleher 0.01, Paul Twomey , Sean o Connor , William Ahern , Denis o Sullivan , mark Healy 0.04, Michael Deasy 0.03, Mark Verling 0,04, subs Darren Twomey 0.01, Cian Leahane , Blake Ring

Macroom Golf Club

Results: 4 ball : 1st. Terence Sheehan (15) & John Ronan (17) 38 pts.2nd Robert Barrett (20) & Pat B Murphy (22) 37 pts. 3rd Vincent O'Mahony (19) & Jack Healy (20) 37 pts
Weekly singles : 1st Paddy Fitton(16) 32 pts. 2nd Martin Dineen (18) 32 pts
Open Singles : 1st Gerard Linehan(25) 43 pts, 2nd Liam Ronayne (20) 42 pts. 3rd John B O'Sullivan (11) 42 pts.
Fixtures: Weekly singles. Tuesday, seniors scramble. Fri Sat & Sun. Open 3 Person Team event.
Club Classic fundraiser on March 20th, 21st and 22nd. Teams of three with overall prize and best scores on each day as well as category prizes. €60 per team with a €5 bar/ restaurant voucher for each team member. Open to visitors.
Ladies Open Day. Wednesday, April 1. 3person team event, kindly sponsored by Hickey's Pharmacy, Ballincollig. Entry €10 per person.

Ladies Golf Taster Session at Macroom Golf Club on Tuesday April 14th 6pm to 8pm Equipment provided. Sample chipping, putting and long game. All in a fun and friendly environment. Why not give it a try :enjoy some exercise, fresh air and socializing with your family and friends. All ladies welcome. No charge. Contact Eileen Kelly..0876311321.

Schools Cross Country

Jennifer Cotter of West Muskerry AC ran a superb race for her school, Coachford Community College, in the Junior Girls All Ireland Schools Cross Country to secure her place with Irish schools team in the International Cross Country on March 21st. Jennifer helped Coachford College to the bronze medals along with Aislinn O'Mahony, Sarah Kelleher and Ciara Ring. Stephanie Cotter ran in the Intermediate Girls race and just missed out on qualification for the Irish team.

West Muskerry Seniors

West Muskerry seniors group competed in the Ballycotton 10 mile road race recently and all runners performed very well. John Cronin 1:12:45, Michael McSweeney 1:10:04, Jeremy Kelleher 1:12:21, Jerry O'Mahony 1:12:45, Jerry O'Riordan 1:15:02, Noel Moynihan 1:19:25, Conor McMahon 1:27:03 and Keith Ryan 1:28:29 were all delighted with their times. Karena McCarthy, the only female from the group taking part, completed the course in a new personal best time of 1:18:02. The group train together every Wednesday night and their times are improving with every race they run.
All in West Muskerry AC offer their congratulations to Collette O'Riordan who recently received the Voluntary Work in Sport Award at the Macroom Awards Ceremony at the Riverside Park Hotel.

Muskerry Judo

It has been a very busy couple of weeks for Muskerry Judo/ Sambo club. Lloyd Manning won the CMAP male competitor of 214 award and went on to win bronze at the Antwerp International judo Championships in Belgium with players from France, Switzerland, Georgia, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Britain, Belgium and also were Ryan Delaney won Gold, Niamh Looney bronze, Dylan Delaney bronze and Ronan Manning 7th place in a really tough category's. Saturday last a team of 13 players with coaches travelled to Galway for the 40th Galway Open and came home with 8 Golds, 4 bronze and 1 silver.

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