Lee Valley Outlook April 2 2015 v12e7

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Easter 2015. © Lee Valley Outlook

Easter Liturgy in the Lee Valley

Macroom: Holy Thursday: Mass of the Last Supper Caum 4p.m. Macroom 7.30 p.m. Holy Hour Macroom 9 – 10p.m. Good Friday: Stations of the Cross: Caum 11 a.m. Macroom 11 a.m. Lord's Passion Macroom 4 p.m. Way of the Cross from Castle Gates 7.30 p.m. to Church. Confessions in Caum 11.30a.m. and Macroom 11.30 – 2p.m.; 5 – 6 .m and 8 – 9 p.m. Holy Saturday Morning Prayer 10 a.m. Easter Vigil: 9 p.m. Macroom. Confessions in Macroom 11 – 1p.m. and 7 – 8p.m.

Clondrohid Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord's Supper 7.30 p.m. Good Friday: Lord's Passion 3 p.m. Stations 7.30 p.m. Easter Vigil:8 p.m.
Carriganima: Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper 6 p.m., Good Friday Lord's Passion 6 p.m. Easter Vigil 6 p.m.

Kilmichael: Holy Thursday : Mass of the Last Supper – Johnstown 5.00pm; Cooldorrihy - 8.00 pm
Good Friday: Stations in Toames - 12 noon. Liturgy in Cooldorrihy 3p.m. Johnstown - 7.00 pm. Confessions after ceremonies.
Easter Vigil– Toames 8.00 p.m.
Easter Sunday: Mass: Johnstown 10a.m.; Cooldorrihy 11.30 a.m.

Uíbh Laoire. Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord's Supper. Inchigeela 7 p.m; Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 9 p.m. Confessions after ceremonies. Exposition in Gougane Barra Oratory 11p.m. to midnight.
Good Friday: Stations of the Cross in Gougane at 12 noon. The Lord's Passion: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 3pm and Inchigeela 7pm. Collection for Holy Places.
Holy Saturday Confessions in Inchigeela 12 noon to 1p.m. Mass in Ballingeary at 7p.m. and Inchigeela 9pm,
Easter Sunday: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 10 am, Inchigeela 11.30 a.m.

Methodist Church, Lighthouse, Main Square, Millstreet. Easter Sunday service, including Holy Communion, 6.30 pm at the Lighthouse. Everyone is always welcome to all of our services. For further information contact Rev. Laurence Graham 064 6631613

Lee Valley Diary

24 Hour Fast by Pat Crowley, Kilmichael and Castle Hotel, on Good Friday, April 3.
Senior Citizen Holiday May 24th - 29th to Claremorris. Book by April 4.
Macroom F.C. Race Night Easter Sunday (April 5th) at Murray's Bar.
Macroom Scouts table quiz in Murrays bar on Friday 10th of April at 9pm.
Coachford Players present 'Separate Beds' in Coachford GAA Hall on April 11th 12th and 13th
Moonraker Forest Rally on Sunday, April 12th.
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 Mon morning of school term, 10am-12, Tarelton Community Centre.
Irish Red Cross Scout Hall Macroom Tuesdays at 8 p.m..

Macroom Library:

Closure: for Easter, Fri. 3 to Mon. 6 inclusive.
Story time Saturday at 12 noon.
ACOL Bridge on Wed. April 8 at 10.30a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte Thurs. April 9 at 11a.m
Gramophone Circle: Fri. April 10 at 11a.m.
The Purlies Thurs. April 16 at 11a.m. .

Briery Gap:

Before I Go to Sleep Mon April 6 8.30p.m.
The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Wed April 8th at 8.30pm.
Fury Mon April 13 8.30p.m.
Oliver. Fri 24th, Sat 25th & Sun 26th April & Fri 1st, Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd May at 8.00pm. Matinee on Sun 3rd May at 3.00pm.
Ross Browne- Professional Idiot. Fri 15th May at 8.00pm.

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

Macroom Updates

Road Works on N22

Flashing lights and a scrolling text board at the western end of Macroom, warning of delays on the N22 due to road works, led people to believe that the action was in town. Not so. It is very advanced notice of work in progress at Ballytrasna and Lissarda.
The long awaited resurfacing of the N22 through the town is now scheduled for the period April 20 to May 22, with a three day gap at either side. Most of the work will be completed at night time. The streets will not be closed off. A Stop and Go system will be in operation.

99 Years On

The last commemoration ceremony before the landmark centenary celebration in 2016 to honour all those who died for Irish freedom in 1916 and in the subsequent War of Independence will be held in Macroom on Easter Sunday. The ceremonies will have a 3pm start and are organised by the War of Independence Committee, a group with no party political agenda. All who wish to honour the memory of those who fought and died for Irish freedom are invited and exhorted to attend.
The short ceremony will include the reading of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic by Stephen McCarthy; the sounding of the Last Post by John Dineen; the laying of a wreath on the monument in the square by a member of the Herlihy family, Baile Mhúirne; the recitation of a decade of the Rosary in Irish by Con Lynch and a short oration, this year to be delivered by Maurice O'Callaghan , author and filmmaker.

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Gavin Sheehan, Cheltenham winner and Champion Conditional Jockey 2014

Ride On

Jimmy McCarthy's chart topper, Ride On, may well be considered the anthem for another man with Macroom roots, as 22 year old Gavin Sheehan heads for Aintree next week. Gavin, the youngest of six children of Sean and Geraldine Sheehan, Dunmanway, is grandson of George and Sheila Sheehan, Masseytown, Macroom, who recently celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of their wedding. Soon after that happy event, Gavin, one of their 27 grandchildren, won the Grade 1 World Hurdle on 14/1 outsider, Cole Harden at the Cheltenham Festival, leading from start to finish. And, the icing on the cake, Gavin was declared Champion Conditional Jockey for the past year, with 50 wins. Little wonder that he is seen likely to fill the vacating saddle of Champion Jockey, T.P. McCoy who has just announced his imminent retirement from jump riding.
As a toddler, the young Gavin loved to play 'horsey' on whatever makeshift materials he could find and, when he was about five, his parents bought a real pony for the children. From when he was 11 Gavin competed successfully in local donkey derbies and, at 13, rode in his first pony race in Ballybunion, where the extended family holidayed every year. Sheila hand made his first set of silks but, unfortunately Gavin broke his hand during the race. He went on to ride with David Keane and Aidan McCarthy and won the All Ireland Horse and Pony Racing Championship on two successive years. He then moved to Limerick and spent two years with Michael Hourihan, before returning to John Murphy's yard in Innishannon. Four years ago, while recuperating from a badly broken collar bone, he went to England and met Lambourn trainer, Charlie Mann, who asked him to join his yard. He rode seven winners during his first season in Lambourn and 24 the next year, before moving on to the bigger stables of Warren Greatrex. Both jockey and trainer could not be happier with the Cheltenham win and look forward to great days ahead at Aintree and beyond. But the people who are most proud of Gavin are family and friends in Dunmanway, Cork and Macroom.

Macroom Senior Citizens

Macroom Senior Citizens, founded 47 years ago and first known as the Geriatrics Society, provides a huge variety of services for older people in the town and surrounding parishes. These include meals-on-wheels, luncheon club, laundry, chiropody, weekly bingo, group holidays, physical activities and sheltered housing and Care and Repair Programme
In 2014 over 13,660 meals were prepared in the kitchen and these four course meals are available in the dining room from 12.30pm. – 2.00pm daily. A delivery service operates for the elderly who are housebound six day a week. The elderly who live alone can even come on Christmas Day for their Christmas Dinner. Dinners are now being collected by home helps and taken to people in their homes outside of Macroom Parish. Sincere thanks to cooks and all who serve and deliver meals.
A Care and Repair Programme, in association with Age Action Ireland, provides a handyperson to carry out minor repairs and odd jobs such as changing light bulbs, minor decorating, hanging curtains, minor gardening and installing smoke alarms. 117 Care & Repair jobs were completed in 2014.
Laundry service is available each day to all Senior Citizens at very reasonable rates. A weekly Chiropody service is available every Thursday in Sullane Haven from 11am to 5pm. The Annual Holidays have proved to be very successful with everyone enjoying their six day break. Art and Craft classes take place in the hall on Mondays, 11am - 12 noon. Macroom Senior Citizens compete in the Over 60s Talent Competition and the heat winner goes forward to the final in the City Hall.
Line Dancing is a great way to keep fit and runs in the hall on Friday 2.00pm and 3.00pm. The Bealtaine Festival during May features sing-alongs, coffee morning and concert. Three Socials were held in 2014 but numbers attending has declined over the years. The annual outing in July was to Dingle, returning to the Castle Hotel and proved very successful. The Christmas Dinner at the Riverside Park Hotel ws enjoyed by all who attended. Fund raising ran in August and October and included the Bring and Buy and Barbeque. November Mass was celebrated in the hall for our deceased Senior Citizens and our deceased committee members.

McEgan College Updates

Special Needs Classroom. McEgan College is delighted to announce the good news that their long awaited Special Needs classroom for students with Mild to Moderate Learning Difficulties is now closer to going ahead. After a meeting on Tuesday 24th March with the various reps of the Castle Demesne, GAA, Golf Club, Sports Complex, agreement has finally been reached for this much needed classroom for the school and the wider community. In 2012 the Dept. of Education and Skills granted the money to build a purpose built classroom for second level students with Mild to Moderate Learning Difficulties at McEgan College to facilitate local students. This was on foot of an already successful Special Class for Students diagnosed with Autism established in the school in 2010. This good news is the culmination of many months of hard work and dedication by school principal Trish Lynam, deputy-principal Margaret Corkery, Gerry Ryan (SENO), parents, Hazel Bourke (class teacher) Michael Healy (class teacher), local politicians and Cork ETB.
Despite not having a classroom, the Mild to Moderate Class opened in September 2012 in a small learning support room. The class currently has four students enrolled who have established themselves as part of the school community and have settled into McEgan College very well. This special class provides for pupils with significant needs that cannot be educated in a mainstream class setting. The class has a lower pupil-teacher ratio than mainstream classes, with one teacher and one SNA for eight pupils. The students integrate with their peers in any main stream classes for which they individually are able. They also join in school trips, projects, sport & fund raising events. They have recently completed a project with other first and second year students on the Gearagh, and were justifiably proud to see it on display in City Hall. The new classroom will include a separate social area, life skills area, computer station, work stations and teachers area, along with a sensory room and toilet facilities within the space. Principal Trish Lynam welcomed the news and is hopeful that approval from the Planning Dept will be received shortly. She said 'Pupils with learning difficulties have very specific needs and require an environment to help develop skills and allow them to function independently. We look forward at McEgan College to being able to provide a suitable purpose built learning environment for students with Learning difficulties within their home town of Macroom'.

Metalwork Projects. Junior Cert students from McEgan College successfully completed their Higher level Metalwork projects (Model Stock Car) before the deadline of Friday March 27. They are Jordan Burns, Hugh O'Shea, Eoghan Twomey, Dillon Cawley, Kevin O'Riordan, Alanah O'Leary, Serena O'Shea, Conor McCarthy and Brandon Vaughan. Prior to sitting the written examination in June, students will have already completed two components of the Metalwork examination - the project (Model stock car) worth 50% and a practical test in May which is worth 25%.
Sa Ghaeltacht. On March 27 a group of Senior Cycle students, together with two of their teachers, went on a very successful overnight trip to the Dingle Gaeltacht to improve their Oral Irish. We stayed with a lovely Bean an Tí in Ceann Trá (Ventry). It was an action packed trip including many activities, all of which were 'as Gaeilge', such as a Climbing Wall, Dingle Aquarium, and a Céilí in which students from other schools were also present. Bhí an-craic acu! The students had a two hour masterclass from an experienced Oral Irish examiner and a Guided Tour around Slea Head which included a trip to the Blasket Island Visitor Centre which all students found interesting. They also saw ancient beehive huts, and the famous Gallarus Oratory. It was an action packed two days in which the students learned a lot both in terms of culture and language. I can tell you it was a quiet bus on the return journey home! Good luck to all of our Leaving Cert students in their Irish Oral Exams.

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Transition Year students from De la Salle College Macroom enjoy the sunshine in St. Émilion, near Bordeaux. ©An Scoil

De la Salle Updates

The return leg of the annual schools' exchange programme with Ecole St. Genes in Bordeaux was a tremendous success, with 40 students from France being hosted by families here. Amongst the interesting visits undertaken by the French students were outings to Sherkin Island, the Jameson experience in Midleton, the Titanic centre in Cobh, the Famine museum in Skibbereen, Muckross House and a guided hike through the Gearagh. Exchange organiser Eileen Butler from De la Salle was delighted with how things had gone with both legs of the exchange, which is the oldest ongoing schools exchange programme in the country. As part of the twinning project with Marcallo con Casone near Milan, Italian students will shortly be arriving in Macroom to begin the annual exchange with first year students in the school.
First years and Second years from De la Salle College Macroom actively participated in the recent Friendship week. Students were very enthusiastic to get involved in participating in this very important week in the school calendar. Class teachers, with the support of the CSPE, SPHE and language teachers were all very involved in organising a very eventful week. Activities ranged from céilís to designing posters, participating in a very inspirational Mass organised by our chaplain Fr. Joe O'Mahony and also going for a long walk by the river and exercising on a few machines on the way. The message students received was that it is always so important to talk to your friends or a trusted adult if you have any concerns or worries. Exercise is also a great way of relieving many forms of stress. Group interviews were also organised by the Guidance Counsellor where students discussed their experiences in 1st or 2nd year in the school.
Fifth year students attended the School of Engineering Industry and Open Day in Devere Hall in U.C.C. Speakers with expertise across the Engineering spectrum from construction to energy to I.T. to medical technology and pharmaceuticals to Global project delivery gave very informative sessions to the students. The students found this day very interesting, with informative presentations from all lecturers. Plenty of food for thought for our future engineers!
The Transition Year students attended a "positive mental" day in Rochestown Park organised by the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. Speakers at Mentality included Gillian O'Sullivan, world silver medallist race walker and people from reachout.com. All of the students were very impressed with Eamon Keane, Broadcaster, Counsellor and Guidance Counsellor, who shared his story with all 800 students present. The challenges he had to overcome in life were extremely difficult but he inspired everyone present to believe that you can succeed in life no matter what obstacles come your way.
On the GAA front, the school's U-16 hurlers suffered defeat in the final of the Cork Schools C hurling championship, having to narrowly give best to Coláiste Mhuire from Cobh. In the ongoing league stage of the U-14A Cork schools' football championship, De la Salle posted a very comfortable success against Coláiste Treasa from Kanturk.

Macroom Guides

Three Guide leaders, Ann Marie O'Leary, Claire Kelleher and Deirdre Henley, would like to thank all those who supported their fundraising table quiz last week and those who donated prizes. A special word of thanks to Denis and Tina Murray of Murray's Bar for all their help with the fundraiser. The leaders are raising funds for their service project to Pune in India, which takes place this June and July. They will be working with children who have been affected by family illness and who lack basic resources and educational opportunities. Sangam is one of the Guiding World Centres and has many community partners in and around Pune. These community projects allow those who stay in Sangam to undertake a wide variety of service projects while learning about the culture and traditions of the local people.

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Solar Eclipse March 2015 from Clonfadda. ©Mick Walsh

Macroom Library

Easter Opening. The library will be closed on Good Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Monday 6th April. Should you wish to renew items you can do so online at corkcoco.ie/library using your barcode and PIN number. If you don't have a PIN number, if you hand your card in to us at the desk one will be assigned to you. We wish all our patrons a very Happy Easter.
Forms. Should you wish to get on the supplementary Electoral Register call in to us in the library for the requisite form. We also have passport forms and can print out Driving Licence application forms on request.
Did you know that the grants for energy efficiency home improvements have been increased and by an average of 20%? Contact the library for the list of increases. For further details Cork County Council's Energy section in Mallow can be contacted for details at 022 43610
New books are being added to stock regularly so call in and have a browse through the shelves. Staff are willing to recommend titles and authors so don't hesitate to ask.
At time of going to press our exhibition for April has not been confirmed. We are hoping to have a display about Rita Lynch opera singer one of Macroom's most famous natives.
Thursday 16th April is Purlies day. They meet next at 11.am until 12.30 or so. Refreshments will be served. All knitters welcome to this free and friendly event. Bridge takes place on Wednesday 8th at 10.30. Some knowledge of ACOL Bridge is required. Ciorcal Cainte le Nora Levis takes place on Thursday 9th at 11.30. Gramophone morning is on Friday 10th at 11.a.m. Peter O'Regan will be our presenter. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Briery Gap Programme

CinemaBefore I Go to Sleep. Mon April 6 8.30p.m. Admission €4. A taut thriller based on a best-selling novel, the story of a woman (Nicole Kidman) who wakes up every day with no memory as the result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life - as well as everyone in it, including her doctor (Mark Strong) and husband (Colin Firth).
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.
Fury Mon April 13 8.30p.m. Admission €4. In April 1945, the Allies are making their final push in the European theatre. A battle-hardened Army sergeant named Don "Wardaddy" Collier (Brad Pitt), leading a Sherman tank and a five-man crew, undertakes a deadly mission behind enemy lines
Theatre: Oliver. Briery Gap presents our annual musical on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th April & Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd & Sunday 4rd May at 8.00pm. Matinee on Sunday 3rd May at 3.00pm. Tickets €16/ €13. Matinee Special Rate €12
Ross Browne- Professional Idiot. One of the best emerging stand-up comedians in the country. He is one of the stars of RTE 2's hit hidden camera show The Fear as Jimmy, Bad Bouncer, Sergeant Major and Dolf. Friday 15th May at 8.00pm. Tickets €10.
Johnny Carroll Briery Gap is delighted to welcome Johnny Carroll back to Macroom, this time with special guest Dessie O'Halloran, for what is sure to be a unique pairing of two supremely talented musicians. Tickets €15/€12.

Briery Gap has a new website at www.brierygap.ie. Check us out.

Local TV Programmes

Thurs. April 2. 9.30p.m. Easter Pageant from Macroom. 1995 Song of Mary.
Sun. April 5: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Easter Vigil Mass from Inchigeela 2008.
7p.m. News and Sport. Easter Pageant from Macroom 1994 Choose Christ.
Wed. April 8: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 2015 commemoration of 1916 at Macroom; Cill na Martra St. Lachtaín Parade 2015
Thurs. April 9. 9.30p.m.. St. Patrick's Day Parade from Rathmore 2015. The Aubane Butter Road Celebration 1998. Final Part
Sun. April 12: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Vigil Mass from Boherbue 2012 with Fr Jim Kenneally .
6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes.
Wed. April 15: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Aghinagh Comhaltas from Murrays Bar 2015. Final part.
Thurs. April 16. 9.30p.m. Scoraiocht from home of the late Padraig Ó hIcí, Cullen 1998.


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24 Hour Fast. Pat Crowley Kilmichael (Castle Hotel) is again doing a 24 hour fast on Good Friday, April 3. This year Pat is doing it for Cope Foundation, Macroom branch and for Co Action West Cork, She would greatly appreciate any contribution you could make to these worthy organisations. Collection boxes will be in all local shops/ bars in Kilmichael and also in the Castle Hotel, "Cafe Next Door", Supervalu Macroom, Creedon's Shop and Hotel Inchigeela and Supervalu Centra Dunmanway.

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.

Macroom Scouts annual fundraising table quiz in Murrays bar Macroom on Friday 10th of April at 9pm. Tables of four people €20.

O'Donovan Rossa Commemoration. The centenary of the funeral of Fenian, Diarmuid O'Donovan Rossa, will be held in Clonakilty on Saturday, April 11. It will include a lecture in the Community Hall at 3p.m by historian, Traolach Ó Donnabháin; the recitation of P.H. Pearse's famous graveside oration in the Square by actor, Gerry Motherway at 4p.m.; a walk round the town at 4.15, to be followed by music with Comhaltas in O'Donovan's Hotel.

Moonraker Forest Rally 2015 was recently launched at the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney. Local support is hugely appreciated by the organisers, Munster Car Club. The rally, on Sunday, April 12th, includes the former 64 kms as well as a four by two format with one new 13 km stage never used before.

Ballincollig & District Vintage and Classic Car Club's 10th anniversary Gougane Barra Run and Memorial Service will take place on Sunday the 12th of April. Starting at Applegreen Service Station, Classis, Ovens, (beside Ballincollig Rugby Club) @ 12 noon. Travelling to Gougane Barra where club member, Fr Paul O'Donoghue, will celebrate Mass in St. Finbarr's Oratory for deceased members of vintage clubs including family members at 1:30pm. From Gougane Barra the run will return to Macroom via the Top of Coom and to the Riverside Park Hotel for optional Dinner and presentation of prizes at 3pm. Entry Fee is €10 per car. Optional meal €10 per person / €5 per child.

Flower Club meeting and Floral Demonstration on Thursday 16th of April at Coolcower House 8.00p.m.. Geraldine McCarthy AOIFA (Doneraile) will present "Spring Dreams". Visitors most welcome. Members' Competitions and a Sales Table. Further enquiries to 087-9821708 or 086-3046608.

Irish Red Cross Training in the Scout Hall Macroom on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. New members always welcome.

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.

Daffodil Day. Nora Casey and the organisers of Daffodil Day Coffee Morning and Cake Sale in Bealnamorrive would like to thank all who helped out and contributed towards making it a very successful event. €2016 has been raised to date for the Irish Cancer Society. Special thanks to O'Leary's Bar and Ballyvongane N.S.

Successful Fundraiser. A Coffee Morning, Cake Sale and Raffle were held recently at the Riverside Park Hotel Macroom to raise funds for the treatment of Donagh Murphy Kingston, Macroom who is suffering from leukaemia. Great numbers turned out and the organisers wish to thank all who contributed and helped out in any way.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 17/03/15. Jackpot €5600. No winner. Numbers Drawn 08-13-19 €70 Ritchi O'Connor, 42 Oakwood. - €20 Leah & Ella Goold, Gurteenroe. Con Kelleher, 24 Oakwood. Emer Cotter, Town Hall, Macroom. Denise Moloney, Main Street. Mags O'Leary, C/O Sean Coughlan, Macroom.
24/03/15. Numbers Drawn 05-19-26 - No Winner - €70 Mag's Murphy, 2 The Hermitage, Macroom. - €20 Tracy Plunkett, Cork Street Damien O'Callaghan, Dripsey Charlotte Murnane, Kilnamartyra Dan Cronin, Montenotte Ant Cullinane, Dan Corkery Place.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: March 18. Jackpot €4,000. No Winner. €70 Dick Dineen, New St. Macrom. €20 Dolores O'Leary, c/o Bingo. Mary Nott. Masseytown. Geard Kelleher, Mounahorna. The Spillane Family, Moulanhorna.
March 25. Jackpot €4,200. No Winner. €70 Michael O'Sullivan, Douglas. .€20 Martin O'Mahony, 45 The Glenties. Donal O'Connor, Kilvoultra. Gerard Kelleher, Moulnahorna. Donal Twomey, c/o Phoenix Clinic, Macroom.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto March 17. Jackpot: €13,050, Numbers Drawn: 2, 17,18, 28. No Winner. €50 Marie Walsh, Aherla. €25 Connie O'Keeffe, Dooniskey. Eddie Healy, Carrigadrohid.
March 22. Jackpot: €13,200, Numbers Drawn: 2, 11, 16, 30. No Winner. €50 Kevin Madden, Aherla. €25 Denis Cronin, Crookstown. John Falvey, Aherla.
March 29. Jackpot: €13,350, Numbers Drawn:7, 9, 17, 25. No Winner. €50 Connie O'Keeffe, Dooniskey. €25 John O'Mahony, Ovens. Barry O'Regan, Roovesbeg.

Uibh Laoire GAA Lotto Results 8/3/15 Jackpot: €8050. Numbers Drawn: 6, 24, 34. No Winner. €30 - Kitty Cronin, Graigue; Muireann & Rosin Cotter, Cappanclare; €20 Raymond Twomey, Upper Currahy; Gerard Healy, Cill Na Martra; Anthony McSweeney, Rossmore.
15/3/15 - Jackpot: €8200. Numbers Drawn: 2, 5, 23. Winner Peggy Murphy, Inchinaneave; €30 Kathleen McCarthy, Carriganima; Ann, Patrick & Paul Hallisey, Inchigeela; €20 Eileen Manning, Inchigeela; Jim Coakley, Inchigeela; David Dineen, Milleen.

Kilmurry GAA lotto. Jackpot €1,200 Winning numbers 3, 29, 31. No winner. €50 Margaret Murphy €20 Elmarie Corcoran, Chrissie Murphy, Lynda McCarthy Peg Lyons

Aghinagh GAA Lotto March 22nd . Jackpot of €2050. No winner. €50 Ned McCarthy c/o Dan O'Connor. €20 Dan O'Regan c/o Carrig Pub. Con & Jean Lehane. Lisa Collins c/o Ploughman. Claire & Jack Manning c/o Laine

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 23/3/2015, Jackpot: €3,600, Numbers Drawn: 8 – 18 – 28, Winner: Pat O'Keeffe (Yearly Ticket), €40 Pat Hayes , €20 Dan O' Connell, Daniel Murphy, Nicky Martin, Michael Walsh (Yearly Ticket).
30/3/2015, Jackpot: €1,000, Numbers Drawn: 23 – 28 – 35, No Winner: €40 Richard Collins (Yearly Ticket), €20 Sarah Madden, Kathleen Lane, Pat Hayes, Gene Hogan.

Lee Valley Updates

Clondrohid Updates.

Congratulations to Claire Kelleher, Mount Cross, Clondrohid, who represented Care Choice in the Flower of Macroom competition and had the joyful experience of leading Macroom's St. Patrick's Day Parade as the Grand Marshal. Claire, a care assistant at the nursing home, was a very worthy winner of the Flower of Macroom. She plans to go to India on a Girl Guide initiative during the summer. Well done Claire and good luck.
Muinefliuch N.S. recently held an American Tea Party as a fundraiser for the conversion of an extra classroom. It was held in the Community Hall Clondrohid and, as always, a huge effort was made and so many people came to support this worthy cause. Everybody donated generously and the amazing sum of €3,400 was raised. Thanks to Tim Joe and Ann for providing entertainment on the night. A big Thank You to everyone who donated money and spot prizes. Rest assured this classroom will provide much needed space for the pupils.
Clothes Recycling is Muinefliuch school's next fundraiser on Tuesday April 28. If you have any old or used quality clothing or footwear to give, it would be greatly appreciated. Clothes, shoes, belts and bags can be put together in one bag, and blankets, sheets, pillow cases (not duvets) can be put in a different bag. This facilitates the different rate payments. Thank you in advance for your support for this venture, and sure it could be a profitable way of doing a good old Spring clean. Contact the school on 02644007.

G.A.A. Clondrohid 6.07 to Ballinora 4.08. Clondrohid U11s travelled to Ballinora and, after a slow start, produced some lovely points followed by crackers of goals. Clondrohid U10s attended a monster blitz in Macroom. The two Clondrohid teams played 3 games each, winning all 6 games. Huge effort and great skills were on show. Unfortunately, Inchigeeela proved too strong in the final of the U. 21C Championship in Annahala. Well done to all involved.
Fixtures: Saturday April 11 12A FL Clondrohid V Ballinora at 2pm
Monday April 13 U 16C FL Clondrohid v Shamrocks at 7pm.

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Ballyvongane N.S. Ballad Group, winners of Cork County Final of Scór na bPáistí

Best Overall School in Cork

Ballyvongane N.S. surpassed all expectations in the Cork County Final of Scór na bPáistí which took place in Ovens on Saturday, March 21 by coming 1st in the Ballad Group and Instrumental Music categories and being selected as "The Best Overall School in Cork" in the competition. This was a just reward for the countless hours of practice before and after school hours. Much credit is due to the children involved for their commitment and to their coaches for their enthusiasm and dedication.
The following is a list of the children who participated: Rince Foirne: Aoife McCarthy, Emma O'Sullivan, Ciara Buckley, T,J. Buckley, Maria Buckley, Meadhbh McCarthy, Ellie Buckley, Lea Linehan. Amhránaíocht Aonair: Aoife McCarthy. Figiúr Rince Aonair: Maria Buckley. Scéalaíocht: Meadhbh McCarthy. Ceol Uirlise: Aoife McCarthy, Ciara Buckley, T.J. Buckley, Maria Buckley, Meadhbh McCarthy. Bailéad Grúpa: Emma O'Sullivan, Aoife McCarthy, Ciara Buckley, T.J. Buckley, Joanne Scully. Rince Seit: Emma O'Sullivan, Aoife McCarthy, Ciara Buckley, T.J. Buckley, Maria Buckley, Meadhbh McCarthy, Ellie Buckley, Tori Kelleher. Trá na gCeist: T.J. Buckley, Darragh McCarthy, Meadhbh McCarthy. Coaches: Liz McCarthy (Instrumental Music). Grett Buckley (Ballad Group). Martin Buckley (Quiz).

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An paráid i gCill na Martra Lá 'le Lachtaín ©Diarmuid O'Connell

Coachford Updates

Separate Beds. Coachford Players are busy rehearsing their spring production of 'Separate Beds' by Sam Cree. The play is a fun filled comedy with laugh after laugh and is expected to draw huge crowds to Coachford Hall for its three night run from Friday April 11 to Sunday April 13. The three-act comedy is set in the home of Arthur Marshall who is a successful businessman. He is preparing for his daughter Judy's wedding and, like all good fathers, is having some decorating done for the occasion. His decorator, Andy, is not the fastest to get the job done and has other things on his mind also! While Arthur's business is successful his love life is less straightforward and leads him into some difficult situations!; especially relating to where he should sleep. When you add in the maid who samples every bottle and a priest not fully on top of his brief, the days coming up to the wedding are chaotic indeed. Coachford Players, PRO Peter Dineen said, "this is a great play and is loads of fun for the audience. The play has had huge success in Mallow last year when On Q productions staged it and it also was performed in Banteer a few years ago. We are expecting big audiences for our production in Coachford and are advising people to come early to avoid being disappointed."
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. The 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'Riordan's. Entry is only €20 per vehicle.
Tree top adventure. The Zipit adventure centre opened in Farran Woods on Saturday March 28th. The centre will provide hours of fun for children and teenagers as they use Zip lines to transverse from tree to tree around the forest. Zipit in Farran Forest Park offers up to 4 hours of tree-top, fun-filled, adventure challenge in a healthy, outdoor setting for adults and children from age 7. Climb poles and climbing walls, swing into cargo nets, balance on a rope bridge, hurtle down a zipwire, even ride a BMX across a treetop bridge! Full details at www.zipit.ie or call 051 858008
Winner alright. After three months of waiting the Coachford AFC lotto has found a winner. Pat O'Keeffe's numbers of 9,18 and 28 were drawn out and he now collects a massive cheque of €3,600. "We are delighted for Pat, It's great to see someone winning a large amount of money and we look forward to building the jackpot up again over the next few weeks, said Peter O Riordan, Chairman of the soccer club. Next week's jackpot starts off at a very nice €1,000 and tickets can be purchased right across the village.

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Reoite le daltaí Scoil Mhuire, Béal Áthan Ghaorthaidh © Nóra Ní Luasa

Macra Matters

Waterfall Macra Macra is a voluntary organization for young people between the ages of 17-35. It is made up of a nationwide network of clubs with 6 key areas of activity: agriculture, sports, travel, public speaking, performing arts and community involvement. Macra is a fantastic social club and a great way to make new friends and enhance your social life! Contact us on our facebook page or else contact Noreen on 0876340678. Great fun guaranteed!
Berrings Macra na Feirme have had great success in recent weeks. Congratulations to the club's ballad group and disco dancers who have progressed to the National Semi Final in the National Talent Competition. Well done to their set dancing team who came in second place. Well done to the club's drama cast and producer Eugene O'Sullivan who have qualified for the National Drama final with their production of "Don't blame it on the boots". Well done to Emer O'Shea who was nominated for best female actress. Congratulations to Niamh O'Shea who won the adjudicators award for best comedic performance. Best of luck to all in the next round of the competitions.

Cork County Heritage

The National Commemorative Plan for 2016 was launched on March 31, more about that in the next issue or check out www.ireland.ie. The Easter Rising of 1916 is traditionally commemorated at Easter time and next year Ireland will commemorate the Centenary of the Easter Rising on Easter Monday, March 28th.
Nominations for the Mayor's Community Awards are now due. The Mayor will give 11 awards in total (9 Divisional awards, 3 for each of the three Divisions (North, South and West) and 1 overall award for Community/Voluntary groups as well as 1 overall award for individuals). The closing date for submission of nominations is Friday 24th of April and the Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday the 3rd of June. Each County Councillor can nominate 1 group and 1 individual.
Easter Saturday, April 4th marks the second official National Pilgrim Paths Day, a day to celebrate Ireland's extensive network of Christian pilgrim routeways. County Cork has St. Finbarr's Pilgrim Path to Gougane Barra and a 3-day event has been organised. Check www.pilgrimpath.ie.

April also includes International Day of Monuments and Sites on April 18th; International Day for Biodiversity on April 22nd and World Book Day on April 23rd.
The Heritage Council administers a grants scheme to REPS 4 participants on the conservation and repair of traditional farm buildings. Closing date for applications 5pm on Monday 27th April 2015. Forms and Guidance documents are available by clicking here.
Upcoming Events.
Thursday 16th April at 20:00 Illustrated Lecture - Gallipoli 1915 - The 100th Anniversary at Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Blarney. Mr. John Mulcahy will detail this ill-fated campaign where at least five soldiers from the Blarney area were among the many thousands of casualties on the infamous beaches.
Monday 20th April 2015 at 20:00 at Ballincollig Rugby Club. Author Gerry White will give an anniversary lecture on the Royal Munster Fusiliers involvement in the Battle of Aubers Ridge and the famous painting of Fr. Gleeson's general absolution of the soldiers.
Thursday 7th May at 20:00 Early Industries of Blarney at Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Blarney by Dr. Colin Rynne of UCC
Sunday 10th May Launch of the World's largest Battle Scene, the Battle of Waterloo, at The Toy Soldier Factory, Kilmamartyra, Macroom. The huge Diorama totaling 26 x 13 feet (8x4 Metres), houses 15,000 hand cast and hand painted Prince August Model Soldiers by Andre Rudolph from Germany. Check out www.toysoldierfactory.ie .

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The Easter Bunny visits Kilbarry N.S. ©An Scoil

Cáisc Shona

Happy Easter; Buona Pasqua; Joyeux Paques; Frohliche Ostern; Wesolych Swiat Wielkanocnych.

Easter Sunday 2015 falls on April 5. Easter is a moveable feast and its date was officially set by the Nicene Council in 325 A.D. – to fall on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after March 21. Thus, it can fall on any date from March 22 to April 25. This year it falls just half way between the extremes. Easter is Christianity's oldest and most important feast, celebrating Christ's victory over death. It is the basis of the church year.
Like many Christian festivals, pagan rituals have been adapted and modified to form part of the Easter liturgy. The word 'Easter' is derived from Ostra, the Teutonic goddess of spring. Throughout Europe, it was customary to greet the new life evident in nature with bonfires and sacrificial rites. We remember St. Patrick and his lighting of the Paschal fire on the Hill of Slane in defiance of the law that ordained that the first fire should be lit by the High King on Tara. We now have the lighting of the Paschal Fire as part of the liturgy during the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night.
Easter is closely linked with the Jewish Passover, which commemorates the Angel of Death passing over households marked with the blood of the sacrificial lamb. Scripture shows the Last Supper, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection taking place at the time of the Passover and Christians believe they are the fulfilment of the Jewish feast, with Christ as the Paschal Lamb.
'Easter Duty' is a concept familiar to older generations but not often stressed now. This obliged Catholics to 'receive worthily of the Blessed Eucharist at Easter-time - that is from Ash Wednesday to Trinity Sunday, inclusive'. It was also tied up with the requirement 'to confess our sins at least once a year' and so, we have Penitential Rites and Confessions in most churches in the run up to Easter.
To children, Easter means Easter Eggs. This custom dates from when Lent was strictly observed and people enjoyed a feast of boiled eggs when the fast was over. They were sometimes dyed to make them more attractive to children. Nowadays, children who have been fasting from sweets during Lent, enjoy the chocolate eggs at Easter. The Easter Bunny, a German tradition, has now arrived in Ireland. Chickens, a sign of new life, also feature and roast lamb, served with mint sauce, is the traditional Easter dish.
In previous times, when women had to have their head covered in church, Easter bonnets were to the fore. These fabulous concoctions are now mostly confined to the racing enclosure.
Because of the timing of the Easter Rising, many parades and commemorations are held at historical sites at Easter.

Easter in Poland

The celebration of Easter in Poland is preceded by Holy Week, which begins with Palm Sunday. Palm branches and decorated twigs, symbols of Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem, are the focal point of the ritual. Good Friday marks the start of the vigil at symbolic tombs of Christ, which lasts until Holy Saturday. On Holy Saturday, services including processions are held to commemorate the Resurrection. Inside the church, priests sprinkle holy water on small baskets brought by believers and filled with cakes, eggs, horseradish, sausages, ham, salt, pepper, and tiny sugar lambs.
At home on Easter Sunday morning, the beautifully laid table is covered with coloured eggs, cold meats, coils of sausages, ham, yeast cakes, pound cakes, poppy-seed cakes, and at the centre of it all, a lamb made of sugar, commemorating the resurrected Christ. Horseradish mixed with beets, "cwikla", is traditionally present on Polish Easter tables. Sharing a boiled egg with one's relatives is a national tradition. Cakes are very important ingredients of Easter breakfast: cakes called "mazurki" were prepared only for that occasion. "Mazurek" is a flat cake, usually on pastry or a wafer, covered with paste of nuts, almonds and cheese.
On Easter Monday there is a very ancient Easter tradition called "Smingus-Dyngus" – the custom of pouring water on one another! The best thing to do is remain at home all day, because while leaving to go for a short walk or even to go on foot to the church, one is likely to get wet! Agnieszka Stesel


Q. I am renting a house to a tenant for over a year and in the past few months the tenant has not paid me any rent. What are my legal options?
A. Under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2004 tenants are required to pay their rent when it falls due and their tenancy may be terminated for non-payment of rent.
Where a landlord seeks to terminate a tenancy of duration longer than six months (known as a Part IV tenancy) because the tenant has failed to pay rent, the following three-step procedure must be followed:
(1) Give the tenant notice that they have breached their obligation to pay rent. This should be done in writing.
(2) Serve a 14-day warning notice for failure to pay rent.
(3) Serve a 28-day notice of termination of the tenancy.
Step 1:Notice of Breach of Obligation: The landlord must notify that (i) the tenant is in arrears of rent, (ii) the tenant is allowed a reasonable time to remedy that breach of obligation, (iii) the landlord is entitled to terminate the tenancy if the tenant fails to remedy that breach of obligation within the period specified. The first notification does not need to be in writing and a landlord can give a tenant verbal notice of the rent arrears but must ensure that the tenant is aware that failure to pay the rent arrears within a reasonable time will result in the landlord terminating the tenancy, as a landlord may need to give evidence that this has been communicated to the tenant, it may be prudent to give this notice in writing.
Step 2:14-day Warning Notice for Failure to Pay Rent: Where a tenant falls into arrears, the landlord must serve a written notice on the tenant informing him or her of the amount of rent that is due. The landlord will then give the tenant 14 days to pay those rent arrears.
Step 3: 28-day Notice of Termination of the Tenancy: If the tenant fails to pay the rent due within 14 days of receipt of the written notice at Step 2 above, the landlord may proceed to terminate the tenancy by serving a 28-day notice of termination.
Registered landlords should apply to the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) for dispute resolution in cases where the tenant fails to vacate the rental dwelling after the expiry of valid notices of rent arrears and termination. The PRTB will prioritise such cases for an adjudication hearing and will make an enforceable determination order requiring the tenant to vacate the property if validly served notices have expired. Landlord or other agents must never remove a tenant or their property from a rental dwelling themselves or interfere with their utilities e.g. electricity or water supply as this will be treated as an unlawful termination of tenancy with potential awards of damages in favour of the tenant.
It is essential that all notices are valid. It is essential that you give adequate notice periods and that they are in the prescribed format. The notices are quite technical and you should seek professional advice.
It is important that landlords take the following steps prior to referring a Dispute Application to the PRTB to avoid delays in processing their case.
1. Obtain tenants details at commencement of the tenancy, for example PPS numbers, contact details etc.
2. Register your tenancy – landlords cannot take a case to the PRTB unless they have fulfilled their legal requirement to first register their tenancy.
3. Contact the community officer – if a tenant is in receipt of rent supplement but is not passing on the rent or has cancelled direct payment to the landlord's account.
4. Maintain detailed records – keep a rent book.
Even when the PRTB reaches a determination, the order can only be enforced through the Circuit Court. A landlord can do nothing until this process has been completed and in the meantime, is denied access to their dwelling and incurs ongoing costs associated with the dwelling.

This is an extract from an article that was initially published in the Irish Examiner. Karen Walsh is a solicitor practicing in C.W. Ashe & Co. Solicitors in Macroom, Co. Cork and comes from a farming background. Her contact details are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 026-41005.
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.


The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Set in post Roman Britain, this novel details the journey of All and Beatrice as they set off on a journey to find a son they haven't seen in years. They expect to encounter many hazards but they cannot foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another.
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Sports Mad


Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football Championships

A Championship Final Inniscarra 4-7 Macroom 2-10
B Championship semi-final: Éire Óg 3 – 14 Aghabullogue 1 - 12
B Championship Final Cill na Martra 0-10 Éire Óg 0-7
C Championship Final Iveleary 2-16 Clondrohid 0-9

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Inniscarra who defeated Macroom in the Macroom Motor Services u21A Muskerry Football Championship final © Lee Valley Outlook

U21 A Championship Final

Inniscarra 4 – 7 Macroom 2 – 10
An excellent 2015 Macroom Motors Mid Cork U 21 Football A grade championship was brought to a fitting conclusion at Annahala when Inniscarra and Macroom produced a top class, quality football sporting final. Three points separated the teams at the finish and Macroom could point to a few key incidents which cost the them that margin but overall Inniscarra were deserving winners and so they add a second title to their only other previous success in 2001. This final was a repeat of the 2014 B final and few would have envisaged at the start of this campaign that these two teams would have been contesting the A final but they got there on merit and for Inniscarra in particular there is every incentive to go on to further success in the years ahead as they have the vast bulk of this team available again next year.
After a fine opening period by Macroom, the pace of this game was being forced by Inniscarra with Macroom playing catch up for most of the first half and the early part of the second half. Macroom got on top in the last quarter but had left themselves with too much to do at that stage.
Stephen Dornan opened the scoring with a point after three minutes for Inniscarra but John Murphy, the outstanding Macroom forward, quickly equalised and then put Macroom into a narrow lead. David Horgan pointed a free for Macroom in the seventh minute and then from the kick out won possession and sent the ball goalwards over the defence for Alan Quinn to run on to and the latter buried the ball in the 'Scarra net to make it 1-3 to 0-1 in Macroom's favour. The Inniscarra response was not long in coming and was decisive! Seán O'Donoghue, who had an outstanding first half at centre forward, set up a great chance for Tomás O'Connor and the latter billowed the Macroom net in the 9th minute, Liam Collins added a point and in the 11th minute Sean Lynch placed his fellow corner forward Dave Barry for another goal to put Inniscarra back in the lead, a lead they were never subsequently to lose. Tomás O'Connor and Seán O'Donoghue quickly added a point apiece and Inniscarra now led by 2-4 to 1-3 as the first quarter was drawing to a close.
Alan Quinn now had a point for Macroom but the town side were dealt a heavy blow in the 16th minute when they lost possession in defence and Stephen Dornan was on to the ball in a flash and buried a third goal in the Macroom net from close range. This goal was a sickening blow for Macroom and at eeh other end they lost a great opportunity of getting a goal back, Don Creedon's shot whizzing just outside the post. To Macroom's credit, they kept up the effort and were rewarded with three points in a row in the run up to half time, Chris Foskett, Don Creedon and John Murphy the scorers, and when Tomás O'Connor had a punched point for Inniscarra in reply, the half time score was 3-5 to 1-7 in favour of the winners, but Macroom were not out of the game by any means.
One felt that Macroom needed a good start to the second half, but in fact it was Inniscarra who got the boost. In the 37th minute, Inniscarra went on the attack and Seán O'Donoghue got possession in the right corner cut in and gave Declan Kiely no chance at all from close range. Undaunted, Macroom hit back with a superb goal from John Murphy after a great run out of defence by Kevin O'Dwyer. Seán Lynch pointed for 'Scarra, John Murphy did likewise for Macroom, 4-6 (18) to 2-8 (14) the score at the three quarter stage. Inniscarra lost a man to a black card and in the 50th minute there was a pivotal moment in the game when a by-now increasingly dominant Macroom had a goal disallowed for a square offence. David Horgan pointed a Macroom free in the 52nd minute to reduce the gap to a three point one and Macroom introduced their captain Pa Lucey for the final minutes but they needed a goal to save the day and Inniscarra were not making any major mistakes in defence to facilitate them. Macroom did miss a scorable free before Don Creedon cut the deficit to two points but Inniscarra held on and eventually they broke down field and when Dornan was fouled, Seán O'Donoghue pointed the resultant free to keep the three point margin between the teams at the final whistle.
Scorers: Inniscarra: T O'Connor 1-2, S O'Donoghue 1-2 (0-1f), S Dornan 1-1, D Barry 1-0, L Collins and S Lynch 0-1 each. Macroom: J Murphy, 1-4, A Quinn 1-1, D Horgan 0-2 (F), D Creedon 0-2, C Foskett 0-1.
Inniscarra: James Walsh: Cathal Griffin, Kevin O'Herlihy, Brian Gould: Stephen Dornan, Jack O'Dwyer, Seán Lynch: Jerry Roche, Paul Farmer: Liam Collins, Seán O'Donoghue, David O'Keeffe: Sean Lynch, Tomás O'Connor, David Barry. Subs: Aaron O'Raw, Declan Hyland, Cillian Browne, Jack Hayes, David Carroll..
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 McKenna, Patrick Lucey.
Referee: Mr Pat O'Leary, Kilmurry.

U21 B Football championship

semi final Éire Óg 3 – 14 Aghabullogue 1 - 12
Éire Óg qualified for the final of the U21 B Football championship and a meeting with Cill na Martra after a hard earned but deserved victory over Aghabullogue at a very sunny Cloughduv. Éire Óg were the physically stronger side and this counted, particularly towards the finish when their advantage in height and weight began to tell. Aghabullogue had some very fine footballers, none better than corner forward Mathew Bradley who finished with a personal tally of 1-7 from play, but overall the Ovens side were the better balanced and their attackers showed real ability in the last quarter.
Conditions were perfect at Cloughduv and Aghabullogue started well with points from Evan O'Sullivan and Mathew Bradley. Daniel O'Connor opened the Éire Óg account with a point in the 8th minute and three minutes later Denis Murphy set up Darragh Lucey for a goal from close range to put Éire Óg in the lead. Mathew Bradley had a point from a free for Aghabullogue but Donncadh Kelly replied with a brace for the winners and Daniel O'Connor kicked over a superb point to give his side a 1-4 to 0-3 lead after 18 minutes. Mathew Bradley and Ian BarryMurphy had points for the losers in the 20th minute and Barry Murphy's next point in the 27th minute left only the minimum between the teams. Darragh McCarthy and Donncadh Kelly each pointed for Éire Óg but Mathew Bradley, first kicked a point and then took a fine pass from Evan O'Sullivan to turned his marker and billow the Éire Óg net to leave Aghabullogue 1-7 to 1-6 in front at the break.
Daniel O'Connor's point from a free on the restart levelled matters for Éire Óg, Evan O'Sullivan and Bradley pointed to put Aghabullogue back in front, Eoin O'Shea and Cathal Murphy points brought Éire Óg level in the 37th minute. Bradley and O'Connor swapped points to again leave the sides level at 1-10 apiece after 40 minutes. The stalemate was broken in the 42nd minute when Cathal Murphy put Ronan O'Toole clear inside the defence and the full forward made no mistake from close range to set Éire Óg on the road to victory. Mathew Bradley replied with an Aghabullogue point but in the final quarter Éire Óg got on top as the lighter Aghabullogue boys visibly tired. Ronan O'Toole, now at centre forward and Denis Murphy kicked over points, Denis Murphy then slotted home a third goal for the winners six minutes from time and Cathal Murphy and Denis Murphy added further points. A late point from Mathew Bradley was a deserved reward for Aghabullogue's spirited efforts.
Scorers: Éire Óg: D Murphy 1-2, R O'Toole 1-1, D Lucey 1-0, D O'Connor 0-4 (0-2f), D Kelly 0-3, C Murphy 0-2, D McCarthy and E O'Shea 0-1 each. Aghabullogue: M Bradley 1-8 (0-1f), I BarryMurphy and E O'Sullivan (0-1f) 0-2 each.
Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: Ross McCarthy, John Mullins, Daniel Cotter: Michael Corkery, Ger McSweeney, Jason Twomey: Daniel O'Connor, Daire McCarthy: Cathal Murphy, Denis Murphy, Donncadh Kelly: Darragh Lucey, Ronan O'Toole, Jack O'Driscoll. Subs: Eoin O'Shea for J O'Driscoll, Keith O'Riordan for C Murphy, Aonghus McCarthy for D Cotter (Black card), Brian Hurley for D Lucey.
Aghabullogue: Dylan Kelleher: Denis Desmond, David O'Connell, Anthony Corkery: Seán Dineen, Ryan Dennehy, James Lynch: Greg Long, Seán O'Sullivan: Daniel O'Rourke, Ian BarryMurphy, Niall BarryMurphy: Mathew Bradley, Evan O'Sullivan, Billy Casey. Subs: Michael O'Regan for D O'Rourke, Luke O'Connor for G Long.
Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.

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Cill na Martra who defeated Éire Óg in the Muskerry Macroom Motor Services u21 B Football Championship © Lee Valley Outlook

Final: Cill na Martra 0 – 10 Éire Óg 0 – 7
The rise and rise in Cill na Martra's football fortunes continues and on the basis of this display in the final of the Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 B Football championship, there will be plenty more good days to come in the future. Cill na Martra beat a good Éire Óg team more comprehensively than the scoreline suggests and in truth the winners played the better football from start to finish and should not have been vulnerable to a late Éire Óg rally which could have denied them victory. Winners of the C championship last year, Cill na Marta will be in A next season and with all but one of the present side still under age they will be a handful for any opposition. They are spirited, skilful and hard working with some outstanding footballers in attack and defence and are still an improving side. Full back Gearóid Golden, midfielders Mike Desmond and Tadhg Corkery and full forward Dan Ó Duinnín are all really excellent footballers and they are full of promise.
Éire Óg were well fancied by many to win this final but they found themselves on the back foot from the throw in and never really got on top of the opposition. There was a gale blowing and it favoured Cill na Marta in the first half and the Gaeltacht men got of to a great start. Full forward Dan Ó Duinnín was razor sharp and he had two points scored within as many minutes to settle his side quickly and give them a boost of confidence. Only the rapid advance of Éire Óg goalkeeper Chris Kelly denied Danny Ó Duinnín of a goal in the fifth minute but Cill na Martra were flying at this stage and their constant pressure yielded further points from Damian Harrington and Ó Duinnin to have them 0-4 to nil in front after the opening ten minutes. Denis Murphy had an excellent point for Éire Óg in the 12th minute, Dan Ó Duinnín quickly replied and when Daniel O'Connor had an Éire Óg point from a free in the 15th minute Ó Duinnín again matched it, taking a pass from Anthony Cooney before kicking sweetly over the bar to leave the score at 0-6 to 0-2 after twenty one minutes. Cill na Martra were fortunate a minute later when Darragh McCarthy set up Ronan O'Toole for a shot at goal but the shot from the Eire Óg full forward, his side's main threat in attack, came back into play off the upright and was cleared to safety. A four point lead was reasonable but one felt that Cill na Martra needed more considering the strength of the wind and fortunately for the winners they added two more points to their tally in the minutes preceding the half time whistle. Mike Desmond sent a '45' straight and true over the Éire Óg crossbar in the 28th minute and in injury time Seán Furey, despite being under pressure from several defenders, managed to squeezed the ball over the bar to leave Cill na Martra leading by 0-8 to 0-2 at the interval.
Eire Óg had a point from Cathal Murphy immediately after the restart but minutes later Dan Ó Duinnín was fouled and Mike Desmond lashed the ball into the wind and over the bar to keep the six point gap between the sides. As the half progressed it became obvious that Éire Óg did not possess the guile to open up the extremely hard working Cill na Martra defence and when they did manage to penetrate in the 45th minute Finén Ó Faoláin denied them a goal with a brilliant interception. In the 47th minute, John Cronin set up Damian Harrington for a vital point to increase the Cill na Martra lead but this was to be the winner's last score. Donncadh Kelly and Darragh McCarthy had two fine points for Éire Óg to cut the deficit to five with ten minutes remaining and Cill na Martra then wasted a chance to finish off the opposition. James Aynsley set up Dan Ó Duinnín for a run at the Éire Óg goal, Ross McCarthy was forced to pull down the attacker and a black card was issued and a penalty awarded. Unfortunately, a forward retaliated, the penalty was cancelled and a hop ball resulted instead. Five minutes from time, as the tempo increased further, Daniel O'Connor had a point for the Ovens men and when Ronan O'Toole added another point two minutes later only a single score now separated the sides. The Cill na Martra defence remained composed however, Desmond won vital ball at midfield and Cill na Martra retained their three point lead to the final whistle.
Scorers: Cill na Martra: D Ó Duinín 0-5 (0-1f), D Ó hUrdail 0-2 (0-1f), M Ó Deasúna 0-2 (0-1f), S Ó Foirréidh 0-1. Éire Óg: D O'Connor 0-2, D McCarthy, C Murphy, D Murphy, D Kelly, R O'Toole 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: Kyrillos Salib: Eoin Ó Loinsuigh, Gearóid Ó Goilí, Finén Ó Faoláin: James Aynsley, Antóin Ó Cuana, Pádraig Ó Criodáin: Miceál Ó Deasúna, Tadgh Ó Corcora: Gearóid Ó Faoláin, Damian Ó hUrdail, Daire MacLochlann: Seán Ó Foirréidh, Daniel Ó Duinnín, Seán Ó Cronín.
Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: Ross McCarthy, John Mullins, Daniel Cotter: Michael Corkery, Ger McSweeney, Jason Twomey: Daniel O'Connor, Daire McCarthy: Cathal Murphy, Denis Murphy, Donncadh Kelly: Darragh Lucey, Ronan O'Toole, Jack O'Driscoll. Subs: Eoin O'Shea, Keith O'Riordan, Aonghus McCarthy, Brian Hurley.
Referee: Mr Dave Murnane, Macroom.

U21 C Championship

Final: Iveleary 2 – 16 Clondrohid 0 – 9

Pic 51 Iveleary who defeated Clondrohid in the Muskerry Macroom Motor Services u21 C Football Championship © Lee Valley Outlook

The U21 C final at Annahala was notable for the individual performance of Iveleary centre forward Cathal Vaughan who finished with a personal tally of 1-11, only 0-2 of which came from frees. The Toons Bridge man had an unfortunate season last year, when injury eventually ruined what had started off as a very promising year, but all matters medical now appear to have been cleared up and the Cork U21 man is coming back to form.
Iveleary had the benefit of the very strong wind in the first half and made full use of it. Cathal Vaughan had a point directly after the throw in and from the kick out, Barry O'Leary got possession, passed inside to Chris Óg Jones who parted to Vaughan and the latter's drive from close range billowed the Clondrohid net. At the other end Seán Quinn had the misfortune to see his effort come back off the Iveleary crossbar, Barry O'Leary then pointed for Iveleary and Darren Dineen pointed a free to open the Clondrohid account in the 7th minute. When Iveleary returned to the attack, Vaughan began to score from all angles and distances and four points in a row had the score at 1-6 to 0-1 before Cian Creedon had a smashing Clondrohid point in the 18th minute. Iveleary had six further points on the board before the next Clondrohid score from a Darren Dineen free in the 28th minute and Vaughan closed the first half scoring with a late point, his tenth point of the half. In the dying seconds outstanding Clondrohid goalkeeper Alan Duggan saved his side further punishment with a superb save from Liam Kearney.
On the resumption Duggan again thwarted Iveleary, this time denying Cian Creedon and after Seán Quinn had a point for Clondrohid, Duggan again made a marvellous save, this one from Chris O'Donovan. Darren Dineen had a Clondrohid point from play in the 38th minute, followed by one from a free and Mark Creed pointed in the 42nd minute to leave the score at 1-13 to 0-7. Iveleary needed a score to stop the gathering momentum and after Miceál Ó Lionáird was fouled going forward, Vaughan converted the free to settle his side again. As the final quarter started Barry O'Leary worked his way up into attack and crossed into the Clondrohid goalmouth where Liam Kearney connected to smash to the net and end the contest. Clondrohid battled gamely on and were rewarded with points from David Lynch and Brian Corcoran, both excellent scores, but Iveleary finished well with points from Miceál Ó Lionáird and team captain Kevin Jones.
Scorers: Iveleary: C Vaughan 1-11 (0-2f), L Kearney 1-1, B O'Leary 0-2, M Ó Lionáird and K Jones 0-1 each. Clondrohid: D Dineen 0-4 (0-2f), C Creedon, S Quinn, M Creed, D Lynch and B Corcoran 0-1 each
Iveleary: Liam Cotter: Finbarr McSweeney, Ciarán Galvin; Miceál Ó Lionáird, David Murphy, Ciarán O'Riordan: Kevin Jones, Barry O'Leary; Liam Kearney, Cathal Vaughan, James O'Donovan: Chris Óg Jones, Christopher O'Donovan. Sub: Ian McSweeney.
Clondrohid: Alan Duggan: Denis O'Riordan, Ian O'Riordan: Conor Flanagan, Lorcan Lynch, Stephen O'Riordan: Brian Corcoran, Jerome Ring: Cian Creedon, Mark Creed, David Lynch: Darren Dineen, Seán Quinn. Subs: Cian O'Riordan, Cillian Lynch.
Referee: Mr Kieran Furey, Cill na Martra.

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Kilmurry who defeated Canovee in the Muskerry Cup football final © Lee Valley Outlook

Junior A Football Muskerry Cup Final

Kilmurry 2 – 9 Canovee 0 – 11
Goals in the first and final minutes of this closely contested Muskerry Cup final at Kilmichael were the decisive scores in a Kilmurry victory which allowed them reclaim the Muskerry Cup after Canovee were the victors in 2014. Daniel Cahalane's goal in the first minute inspired Kilmurry to put a great first quarter performance and to lead by 1-4 to nil with two points from James White and one each from Finbarr Crowley and Greg Barrett. Canovee's Mark Verling pointed two frees early in the second quarter to get his side on the board and from there to the interval the holders more than held their own, as reflected in the half time score of 1-6 to 0-5.
The second half was an intriguing affair with Canovee, boosted by the introduction of some effective substitutes, cut steadily into the Kilmurry lead despite Kilmurry resistance. Three Canovee points from Conor Hughes were answered by points from Jonathan Buckley and Dave McCarthy to maintain the four point gap with six minutes to go but then Canovee upped the pressure and two points from Mark Verling and one from Conor Hughes left only a point between the sides, 1-9 to 0-11, as the game went into injury time. Canovee were pressing forward for an equaliser when Kilmurry broke forward quickly, Daniel Cahalane and Colm Crowley combined to open the Canovee defence and Jonathan Buckley provided the clinical finish to seal victory for Kilmurry.
Scorers: Kilmurry: J Buckley 1-2 (0-1f), D Cahalane 1-0, F Crowley, J White and G Barrett 0-2 each, D McCarthy 0-1. Canovee: C Hughes 0-5 (0-2f), M Verling 0-4 (0-2f), Ds O'Sullivan and M Deasy 0-1 each.
Kilmurry: Jason McDonald: Liam Buckley, Kevin Barrett, Ian Murphy: Dave O'Halloran, Liam Long, William Barrett: James White, Colm Crowley: Daniel Cahalane, Finbarr Crowley, Greg Barrett: James Kelleher, Dave McCarthy, Jonathan Buckley. Subs: Pádraig Berhanu (45)
Canovee: David Wiseman: Gearóid Lucey, James Scanlan, Daniel O'Sullivan: Aidan Murphy, Michael Dunne, Conor Hughes: Paul O'Sullivan, Liam Kelleher: Brian Ahern, William Ahern, Denis O'Sullivan: Mark Verling, Michael Deasy, Con Dunne. Subs: Sean O'Connor (35), Mark Healy and Darren Twomey (45), Blake Ring (50).

Referee: Mr. Colm Vaughan, Cill na Martra.

Muskerry Senior Teams

Muskerry senior footballers are scheduled to meet CIT in the first round of the county senior football championship (Divisions/Colleges section) at Mourneabbey on Tuesday 14th April at 7pm. This is a knock-out game with the winners meeting either Duhallow or Avondhu in the next round. Muskerry hurlers are down to meet Carrigdhoun at P. Uí Rinn on Saturday April11th next. The winners bow out of the competition and the winners meet either Duhallow or Carbery.

Mid Cork Championship Fixtures

Ross Oil Junior A Football- 7 First Round games

Canovee v Cill na Martra at Clondrohid, May 2nd
Ballincollig v Inniscarra at Blarney, May 2nd
Blarney v Naomh Aban at Carraigadrohid, May 6th
Éire Óg v Aghinagh at Coachford, April 26th
Kilmurry v Clondrohid at Macroom, May 1st
Kilomichael v Donoughmore at Carrigadrohid, May 3rd
Iveleary v Macroom at Ballingeary, May 3rd
Dripsey received a first round bye.
The draw for the 2nd round (for first round losing teams) will be made at the conclusion of the first round ties.

Cork U21 Footballers

Munster semi-final: Cork 1-12 Kerry 1-9

The Mid Cork trio who formed the Cork full forward line for the victory over Kerry made a major contribution to the win. Seán O'Donoghue of Inniscarra scored 1-1, Cathal Vaughan of Iveleary finished with 0-4 (0-3 frees) to his credit, Peter Kelleher of Kilmichael scored two points and made a major impact at midfield for the final quarter. As well as scoring 1-7 of the total, the trio all played very well in general play. Ballincollig's Cian Kiely came on as a late substitute in defence. In the Munster Final Cork are away to Tipperary in Thurles on Thursday April 9th.

Cork Footballers

Cork seniors defeated Mayo in the Allianz National league and are sure of a semi-final spot in the Division One play offs. Noel Galvin of Ballincollig and Fintan Goold of Macroom started and finished the game for Cork, Paddy Kelly of Ballincollig and Daniel Goulding of Éire Óg came on as second half substitutes. Cork next play Derry, the latter already doomed to relegation.
The league semi-final is scheduled for Sunday April 12th next.

Cork Hurlers

Cork 4-21 (33) Tipperary 2-28 (34)
Quarter Final: Cork 0-18 Wexford 0-14
Cork hurlers lost a four goal lead and suffered defeat to Tipperary at home in Division One and then struggled to beat Wexford a week later in the quarter final of the National league. Cork now face Dublin in the semi-final stage with Tipperary and Waterford meeting in the other semi-final. Both semi-finals are fixed for Kilkenny on Sunday April19th, Cork v Dublin at 2pm.

Ladies Football

Cork ladies defeated Laois 5-18 to 1-4 at Mountmellick in their Tesco National League Division One fifth round game and as a result now are table toppers. Cork have one league game remaining, against Dublin, and while Cork are through to the semi-final stage already, this is a vital game for Dublin.


Inniscarra 3 - 3 Ballincollig 0 - 10
In a nail biting Ballincollig Under Lights Tournament final Inniscarra hung on to win out by two points. Both teams deserve great credit in playing at near championship pace for long periods during the game. Inniscarra came to this final on a straight run having won both their qualifying games and semifinal but found themselves trailing 0 7 to 2 goals at half time. The margin could have been greater as Ballincollig were awarded a penalty after 15 mins and opted for a point. In an equally tense second half Inniscarra out scored Ballincollig 1 3 to 0 3 most of the points coming from frees. Aoife Kavanagh in accepting the trophy thanked the Ballincollig club for running the tournament early in the year and Ballincollig Credit Union for their sponsorship.

Macroom GAA

Macroom minors had their first Rebel Óg East 'A' league game of the year against local rivals Kilmurry under lights at the Castle Grounds. Kilmurry started well and were 0-3 to nil up after the opening 10 minutes. Only a brilliant save by goalkeeper Caleb Dinneen saved Macroom from falling further behind but Macroom rallied and excellent points from Christy McCarthy, Mark Corrigan and Don Creedon had them level approaching half time. Just before the break a well worked combined movement put Craig Ronan through and he finished with a fine goal to give Macroom a 1-3 to 0-3 interval lead. The second half was very competitive but Macroom controlled midfield and some excellent point taking by Don Creedon and stout defending by Jack Kelleher and Alex Ryan saw a major improvement in Macroom's fortunes and the home side ran out deserving winners at the finish on a scoreline of 1-11 to 0-9.
Macroom: Caleb Dinneen: Cian Twomey, Jack Cronin, Ryan Creed: Alex Ryan, Kevin O'Dwyer, Mark Corrigan: Alan Quinn and Paul O'Farrell: Robert Healy, Blake O'Gorman, Don Creedon: Cathal O'Riordan: Craig Ronan, Christy McCarthy. Subs Used: Alan O'Farrell, Ethan O'Gorman, Jack Kelleher, Frankie Clarke.

Laochra Óg

Laochra Óg took part in two parades during the St. Patrick's weekend, the first in Carriganimma and the other on St. Patrick's Day in Macroom. The weather was great for both occasions and everybody enjoyed taking part in the fun. Thank you to all who helped to make it possible and who took part in both parades. The "Fast and Furious" speed shot challenge proved popular at the St. Patrick's Day parade as well and great thanks to all who assembled it and manned on the day. It created some entertainment while the parade was getting under way.
Training season is upon us once again and it commences for the following groups:
U6/ U8 Hurling Training in Macroom Sports Complex on Fridays for 3 - 4 weeks, 6 p.m to 7 p.m.
U9/ U10 Hurling Training in Clondrohid Hall for two weeks, then in Teerbeg, 6 15 to 7.15 p.m.
U14s hurling competition on April 4th
N.B. There is no training on Friday next (Good Friday) 3rd April.
Fixtures April 4th U11s hurling league Laochra Óg v Blarney in Blarney at 2 p.m.; U14s hurling league Laochra Óg v Lee Gaels in Macroom town park 12.30 p.m.

Éire Óg

The 2015 season for our U12 team got off to a busy start with Éire Óg hosting a blitz on March 21. All the teams in our section attended - Millstreet, Cloughduv, Killeagh, St. Catherine's, Kilbrittain/ Timoleague and Newtownshandrum. The games started off at 10:30 on the western pitches and each team played three games during the morning. This gave all of our 17 players on the U12 & U11 panels a great opportunity to play against new opposition. After a very busy morning it was great to relax with the other teams and enjoy the food and refreshments in the hall arranged by parents & members of the club. The other clubs were delighted and enjoyed their visit to Éire Óg. A big Thank You to everyone that helped us organise and run the blitz on the day

Kilmurry G.A.A.

Training has re-commenced recently for all age groups so there is tremendous activity in and around Kilmurry pitch each Sunday morning at 11am when age groups from under 6 up to under 12 train. Under 14 and under 16 training goes on during the week. Great credit to all coaches and mentors for giving their time and efforts each Sunday morning.
Matches have begun already for the under 11s. On 21/3/15 Kilmurry travelled to Cill na Martra for an U11 Football League 1 fixture. Kilmurry were always in control and finished with a convincing victory, Well done to all boys and girls and best of luck during the year. The Under 14s started the year well with an away win against Cill na Martra in U14 C League 1 competition. This was an exciting match with both teams playing well. Kilmurry won by a single point - Kilmurry 2-11 to Cill na Martra's 3-7 The Under 14s then went on to compete in the Rebel Óg Féile Peile B competition on 14/3/15. Kilmurry played three games. First match was against Glanwoth. Kilmurry played well and beat Glanwoth by a single point. Next match was against Courcey Rovers and again played well and had a well-deserved win. The third match was against Passage West. Kilmurry tried their best but lost to a stronger Passage West team. Well done to all players and mentors for all their efforts during the day. Kilmurry U 16s have started the year well and have won both their matches in the U 16 A league. On the 22/2/15 Kilmurry played away to Canovee and, after a competitive match, won 3-10 to 1-6. On the 20/3/15 Kilmurry played away to Glenville. Again Kilmurry played well and had well deserved victory with a final scoreline of Kilmurry 3-14 to Glenville's 2-5. Junior B league result Kilmurry 4-9 Ballincollig 1-6.

Canovee G.A.A.

Canovee 9-10 Inniscarra 0-4.
Canovee under 14 team recorded a comprehensive victory against Inniscarra in their opening league match in the Eastern "A" league. Canovee, playing against the wind, led at half time 3-4 to 0-3 with the goals from Colm McCarthy, Odhran O Driscoll and Jack Kelleher. In the second half goals came from Jack Kelleher (2),Eoin Moynihan, Connor O Neill(2) and Odhran O Driscoll. There were also some well taken points especially from our defenders Tim O Connor and Brian McNabola. Team:Jack O Connor, Ben Cheasty, Eoin McNabola, Dylan Delaney, James Downey, Brian McNabola, Tim O Connor, Evan Dodd, Odhran O Driscoll, Daniel Browne, Jack Kelleher, Cian Cronin ,Connor O Neill ,Eoin Moynihan, Colm McCarthy.Subs used:James Hennessy and Conor Dodd.

Canovee 1.08 St Finbarr's 1.08
Canovee played St Finbarr's in the county junior A league. .Canovee led 1.03 to 0.05 at half time with Blake Ring expertly finding the net and Kieran Moynihan and Liam Kelleher adding points. At the start of the second half St Finbarr's scored a goal but Michael Deasy replied with a neat point , St Finbarr's stretched their lead to four points before Mark Healy scored three long range points and then tied the game with a close range free. At the final whistle the sides were level ., James mc Carthy was very steady in defence while Mark Healy shone in attack. Team David Wiseman , James Scanlan , James mc Carthy , jerry Murphy , georid Lucey , Michael Dunne , Paul o Sullivan , Paul Twomey , Sean o Connor , mark Healy 0.04. , Liam Kelleher 0.01, Blake ring 1.00, Kieran Moynhian 0.02, Michael Deasy 0.01, Denis o Sullivan.
St. Finbarr's 6-8 Canovee 1-6
Canovee under 13 team travelled to Togher to play St. Finbarr's in a premier 2 league match. St. Finbarr's led at half time 2-6 to 0-3. Canovee got more into game in the second half, with a well taken goal from Shane Hughes but St Finbarr's ran out winners. Team James Henessy, Connie O Riordan, Diarmuid Nolan, Michael O Mahony, Tim O Connor, Brian Mcnabola, Dylan Delaney, Eoin Moynihan, Conor Dodd, Colm McCarthy, Tomas og Twomey, Darragh Leahy, Mark Dineen, Odhran O Driscoll, Daniel Browne. Sub used: Shane Hughes.

An Appreciation. On March 13th Canovee lost one of their greatest with the death of JJ Hinchion. Born near Carrigadrohid village in May 1926, JJ played adult football with Canovee from 1944 to 1963, winning eight mid Cork medals in 46, 47,48,49,50,57,61,and 62. He won a county in 1950 and captained Cork juniors to all Ireland success in 51. He won a national league medal with Cork in 52 with the final played in New York. He also played in the 1957 all Ireland senior final v Louth which Cork lost narrowly. He trained Muskerry to the cork county senior title in 1970 ,the last canovee match he attended was last year's junior A final v Aghinagh in Macroom , JJ also played hurling with Aghabullogue and Cloughduv, JJ spent over seventy years working in Macroom ,and was a very popular and respected business man and a great club supporter , JJ married Patricia Cronin and had three boys Michael , Kevin and John. Canovee GAA would like to pass on their deepest sympathy to the boys and extended family. Aar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.


AOH Cup 4th Round, Park Utd 2 Macroom A 0.
The first team travelled to Mitchelstown and gave a fine committed performance, but ultimately came up short against excellent higher ranked opposition. The home side took the lead on ten minutes from a near post header and doubled their lead on 85 minutes thus ending Macroom's interest in this competition. Best on the day were Danny Kelleher, Stephen Crowley and Sean O' Riordan.
AUL Div 3 League, Macroom 4 Parkview Celtic 1.
Macroom continued their push for league honours with a comfortable win over struggling Parkview at the Town Park. The home side had goals from Andrew Hegarty (2), John James Healy and Trevor Costin, with a late consolation reply for the visitors. Macroom (2 games remaining) and Waterloo (3 games remaining) are level on points at the top of the division.
U14 Div 1 Mayfield Utd 0 Macroom 3.
The U14s had a very good win away to Mayfield in the league as they continued their chase for the second place promotion spot. Just before the break Caelum Lynch passed to Dylan Twomey who duly scored. On 42 minutes, Twomey made a terrific pass to Jack Kelleher who doubled the lead. Macroom defence was excellent, as was keeper Kuba Byrdziak. A penalty 12 minutes from time made it 0-3. A great team effort with excellent displays from Shane Meaney, Cillian O Donovan and Chris O Connell. Jack O' Riordan was outstanding again in midfield alongside man of the match Kelleher with Twomey working hard up front.
U14 Div 1, Macroom 1 Mayfield Utd 1
In the return game, Mayfield started well but the game was scoreless up to the hour mark when Caelum Lynch, helped by O'Connell and Twomey, found the net. Mayfield struck back two minutes later and it finished 1-1, a deserved point for both sides.. There were solid performances from Cillian O' Donovan, Shane Meaney and Jack Kelleher with Kuba Byrdziak excellent in goal.
U13 Div 2, Macroom 3 Avondale Utd 2.
The u13s gave a great display at Murrayfield to greatly improve their chances of league success. Avondale took the lead on 8 minutes Macroom replied and were back on level terms with a Steven O' Donoghue goal. The visitors regained the advantage just before halftime but the sides were level again on 44 minutes thanks to Conor Murphy who later scored the winner. Another brilliant performance from the squad with Reece Lee inspirational at the back and Conor Murphy absolutely outstanding.
Under 11 Div 2, Passage Utd 2 Macroom 5.
Macroom travelled to Rockenham Park to take on Passage. Darragh McCarthy's ferocious drive hit the back of the net after only 3 minutes. Leon Doody then hit a quick fire double in the 23 and 25 minute to put Macroom 3-0 up before the hosts got one back to make it 3-1 at half time. Liam Holland, introduced at half time, got on the score sheet for a 4-1 advantage. Passage made it 4-2 before Thomas Morgans scored the final goal. Best for Macroom were Leon Doody, Thomas Morgans, Darragh McCarthy, Liam Holland and Robert Lucey.
Under 11 Div 5, Bandon 3 Macroom A 0.
Macroom travelled to Bandon, the league leaders, for what proved to be a closer match than the scoreline suggests. This young team played very well and didn't really get what they deserved. All players were superb, with an outstanding performance in particular from Dylan Wenger.

Youths League, Macroom 3 Coachford 0.
The youths had an excellent victory at home to Coachford at Murrayfield to move to the top of the league. The goals arrived in the second half courtesy of Don Creedon, Robert Healy and Mark Corrigan making it a comfortable win for Macroom.
Draw. Congratulations to Ciara O' Riordan, Coolalta, Macroom who won the recent club draw. The prize was tickets to the European Qualifier between Ireland and Poland at the Aviva stadium, Dublin along with an Ireland jersey. Many thanks to all who supported this club fundraiser.
Macroom F.C. Race Night takes place Easter Sunday (April 5th) at Murray's Bar. A superb night of fun and entertainment is assured so please come along and support your local soccer club. First race @ 9pm sharp.

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Jennifer Cotter, West Muskerry A.C and Coachford College, who won a bronze Medal with ************Team Ireland at Schools International, photographed with her coach, Collette O'Riordan. ©

West Muskerry A.C.

International Bronze. Jennifer Cotter of West Muskerry A.C and Coachford College had her dream come true when she was selected for the Irish Schools International Junior Girls Cross Country. She and her seven team mates battled it out over the 3000m course in Santry on March 21 against England, Scotland and Wales. The weather was superb and the race was lightning fast. All 8 girls for team Ireland ran very well and Jennifer was very proud to be wearing the Irish Singlet and represent her Country. The results were tight and Team Ireland won the Bronze Medals. Jennifer was delighted to represent her country and to come home with an International medal. All at West Muskerry A.C. and Coachford College are very proud of her.
Chairman honoured. Gerard Moynihan was honoured last week by West Muskerry A.C. for his seven years of service to the club as chairman. Gerard has a Level 3 coaching qualification in sprints and hurdles and has trained athletes, including his own daughters Megan and Gráinne, to the highest level in national and international competition. Under his chairmanship, West Muskerry AC went from strength to strength. Gerard ensured that the club athletes got a taste of all the various field events by constructing a new long jump pit and a shot putt circle in the Town Park and organised cross country championships for the club on many occasions. After seven years of hard work and dedicated effort, Gerard has now stepped down as chairman but is still continuing to do great work in coaching and training athletes in the club. In recognition of his outstanding service, Gerard was presented with the Esther Enright Cup by Brígín and John P Quinlan at the recent West Muskerry Annual Party at the Riverside Park Hotel. The annual social get together was a great success with a big attendance of athletes and parents. DJ Seamus Gallagher did a fine job with the entertainment.

Congratulations were extended to the following athletes who competed successfully for Cork in the All Ireland Cross Country championships: James O'Neill, Shannon Cotter, Jennifer Cotter, Sarah Kelleher, Caitlin Hurley, Connor O'Neill, Brian McNabola, Garry O'Sullivan, Rachael O'Shea, Sharon O'Sullivan, Stephanie O'Sullivan, Seamus Gallagher, Jerry O'Mahony and Michael Cotter.

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Winners of Ladies Team category at Macroom Golf Club Classic. From left, Bernie McGrath, Philip Cooper, Captain. Rose Beamish and Maura Forde © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Golf Club

Club Classic Results March 20th, 21st and 22nd. 1st with 59 pts. Robert O'Keeffe.10, Vincent Twomey.17, Tim O'Riordan.18. Best Fri. with 52 pts Eamon O'Connor.15, Noel O'Connor.14..Billy O'Brien.16. Best Sat. 55 pts. Gerard Linehan.23. Simon Bradfield.26. Ml Linehan.14. Best Sun. with 58 pts. Thomas McSweeney.18. Declan Ring.14. .Jerry McKenna.18. Best Men.with 56 pts. Con Kelleher.22. Diarmuid McCarthy.13 Paddy Fitton.16. Best Ladies with 50 pts. Bernie McGrath.14.Maura Forde.24..Rose Beamish.16.Best Mixed with 51 pts Ann Morris.36.Bernadette Cotter.36.Dan O'Brien.11..
17/03/2015..3 Person team event. 1st with 56 pts Ml Downey.6.Philip Cooper 15.Ann Downey.29. 2nd 56 pts Tony Busher.11Pat Gould.18.Stephen Duggan 18. 3rd with 55 pts Paddy O'Dwyer.15 Richard O'Dwyer.9. Pat Oldham.19..
Club singles:1st Flor McCarthy(14) 44 pts,2nd Aidan Kelleher(11) 40pts,3rd Noel Fuller(20) 39 pts.
Seniors: 1st Donal Ahern(14), George Desmond(20), Sean De Burke(23) 42 pts.
Fixtures:Tuesday, seniors scramble. Thursday Open Singles. Sat and Sun Club Singles.
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.