Lee Valley Outlook April 30 2015 v12e9

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'Oliver' in the Briery Gap, May 1 – 3 © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

40 Hours Adoration in Macroom church Thurs. Ap 30 7.30p.m. to Sat. May 2 7.30p.m.
Éire Óg Fun Run at Farran Wood. Thurs. April 30.
Ciorcal Comhrá Déardaoin 30 Aibreáin, 8.30p.m. ~ 9.30p.m. sa Riverside Park Hotel, Maigh Chromtha.
CONNECT Business Network Event on Wed May 6, 8.45am-10.00am at Macroom E with Tracey Ryan of Bia Beauty
McEgan College open day for day courses on Thurs May 7 9.30am to 1 pm
Caum Community Gardening Talk and sale at the Riverside Park, Macroom Thurs May 7 at 8p.m.
Oliver at the Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork on Sat May 9th at 2pm and 8pm.
Muskerry Vintage Club Run Sun May 10th Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney 9.30am
Men's Shed Lions Open Meeting in the Castle Hotel on Mon 11th May at 8.00pm.
M.S. Coffee Morning in the Castle Hotel, Macroom on Tues, May 12, 9.30a.m. to 11.30a.m.
Fashion Show in aid of Kilbarry N.S. at Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Thurs 14th May
Greenshine in Ionad Cultúrtha on Fri 15 May at 8.30pm.
Parent & Toddler group Mon mornings of school term, 10am-12, Tarelton Community Centre.
Irish Red Cross Scout Hall Macroom Tuesdays at 8 p.m..

Macroom Library:

Story time Saturday at 12 noon.
Adult Book Club Wed. May 6 at 11.30am
The Purlies Thurs. May 7 and May 21 at 11a.m. .
Music Morning Fri. May 8 at 11am. with Mary Shine
Macroom Writers Group Tues. May 12, 6 - 7.30pm
ACOL Bridge Wed. May 13 and May 27 at 10.30a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte Thurs. May 14 at 11.30 a.m
Jim Murphy, author, on Friday, May 15.
Ceardlann Amhránaíochta le Máire Ní Chéilleachair , May 28
May Art Exhibition by Kristin Gleeson's class.

Briery Gap:

Oliver. Fri 1st, Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd May at 8.00pm. Matinee on Sun 3rd May at 3.00pm.
St Vincent Mon 4th May at 8.30p.m.
American Sniper Mon 11th May at 8.30p.m.
Ross Browne- Professional Idiot. Fri 15th May at 8.00pm.
Johnny Carroll and Dessie O'Halloran, on Friday May 22nd at 8.00pm.for what is sure to be a unique pairing of two supremely talented musicians. Tickets €15/€12.
Frankie Gavin Fri. 12th June at 8.30pm.

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

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Fagin's den at 'Oliver' in the Briery Gap © Lee Valley Outlook


'Oliver' at the Briery Gap Theatre, Macroom, opened to great crowds and acclaim during the last weekend of April and will continue in Macroom on May 1, 2 and 3 at 8p.m., with a matinee on Sunday May 3 at 3p.m.
N.B. The Briery Gap was full for each show last weekend and booking for next weekend is reported to be very heavy so do ring 026 41793 and avoid disappointment.
This testing musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic has many great numbers and these were ably performed by a totally amateur cast drawn from all over the Lee Valley. As one has come to expect from all Briery Gap productions, costuming, make up and sets were top class. Young actors were particularly impressive in the show, with remarkable performances from the Artful Dodger, Mr. Sowerberry, Noah Claypole and Oliver and excellent casting and acting from Fagin, Nancy and Bill Sykes. Particularly enjoyable solos were Oliver with Where is Love; Nancy with Oom Pah Pah and As Long as he Needs Me; Bumble with Boy for Sale and Fagin Reviewing the Situation. It's a Fine Life and Who will Buy? were beautifully performed by the chorus.
The children in the Workhouse and in Fagin's Den and the little 'toffs' were most appropriately dressed and choreographed and added a very important ingredient to a most successful show.
Cast: Oliver - Finn Brady; Dodger- Conor Dineen; Nancy- Stephanie Shine; Bill Sykes- Dan Creedon; Fagin- Jim Leahy; Mr. Bumble- Pat Brady; Widow Corney- Treasa O Riordan; Mr. Sowerberry - Darren Faul; Mrs Sowerberry – Adrianna Dinneen; Bet- Mary .Lynch; Mrs Bedwin- Laura Lagerquist; Noah Claypole- Bobby Wolfe; Mr. Brownlow- Robert O Riordan; Charlotte – Rachel O'Riordan; Old Sally- Anita Blake Gallagher; Dr. Grimwig- Eugene Lee. Charlie Bates- Colm Mc Carthy; Book Boy – Jamie Blavin.
Adult Chorus : Con Foley, Kevin O'Brien, Brendan O Brien, Orla O Rourke. Brian de Róiste. Declan Kelleher. Amhlaoibh McSweeney. Catherine Barr. Ava Rose Gallagher. Millie Aherne. Leaghanorah Carroll. Criosa O Regan. Sheila Curtis. Anne O Sullivan. Margaret Creed. Mary O Callaghan. Denise Mc Carthy. Teresa Downey. Alisheen O Connell. Theresa Dineen.
Children's Chorus: Teegan Kelleher, Eppie Kelleher. John Hurley. Gearoid Kelleher. Jamie Blavin. Lain Land Schotten. Evan Gallagher. Kayla Healy. Aimee Twomey. Anna Kyprianou. Tori Kelleher. Elma Mc Carthy. Meabh Mc Carthy. Mary Sheehan. Conor Muller. Lorraine Casey. Jacob Flanagan.
Director Kevin Hough. Backstage Eleanor Healy, Make Up and Hair; Iseult O'Connell, Spotlight; Ray Casey, Lighting Design; Emer O'Neill, Lighting/ Sound; Rita O'Brien and Jennifer O'Sullivan, Costumes; Eimerar Blavin, Maureen Sheehan, Ann Marie McMahon, Fiona Tobin and Clare O'Brien, Wardrobe Assistance.
Production Team Theresa Dineen, Cast and Chorus Coordinator; Denis Coleman, Stage Set and Design; Kevin O'Brien, Props; Denis Noonan and Denis Coleman, Stage Management; P.J. Leonard, Paul Kingston, Maureen O'Brien, Theresa Dineen and Tony Day, Stage Crew; Sarah Anne Meehan, Choreographer, Stephanie Shine, Assistant Choreographer and Brendan O'Brien, Assistant Director.
Orchestra Ann Egan, Piano; Padraig Dineen, Percussion; Elaine McCarthy, Cello; Orla Dineen and Ciara Dinneen, Violins and Ann Dunne and Anne Egan, Musical Directors. Costumes were by Nomac Costumes.
Everyman. Having made their debut with The Sound of Music at the Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork last year, the Briery Gap group return to the city theatre for two shows of Oliver on Saturday, May 9th May at 2pm and 8pm.

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The last officers of Macroom I.C.A. branch: Katie Dineen, President; Norma Sheehan, Treasurer; Sheila Sheehan, Secretary and Peggy Buckley, Vice President. © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom I.C.A. Closes Down

Macroom I.C.A. is no more. Because of falling numbers, prohibitive expenses and lack of support, the remaining members recently decided that the 62 year old association was no longer viable.
Macroom I.C.A. was founded by Mrs. Tess Neville, Killarney Road, in 1953, with the permission of the then parish priest, Canon O'Connor. (The national association dates from 1910). Membership soon reached 120 and included young and old and women from all levels of society in the town. Mrs. Neville was first President. Sheila Sheehan, Masseytown and Peggy Buckley, South Square were among the early members and Katie Dineen has been a member for 42 years.
In the early 20th century, women, once they married, had very few opportunities to mix socially. While men had the G.A.A., bowlplaying, card playing, the pub etc., most women only left the kitchen to go to church or shopping. The I.C.A. set out to educate women, to give them a voice and equality and help them deal with problems, which up to then they were advised to 'offer up'. Among their early aims were rural electrification, water services and rural transport. An Grianán was established to promote education and provide courses and visiting lecturers in horticulture, cooking, art, craft, drama, poetry, debating, public speaking, health and social problems. But, above all, the I.C.A. helped women to make friends.
The first meetings in Macroom were held in the Town Hall but in 1957 the members bought a Nissan hut that, ironically, had become redundant after the completion of the E.S.B. hydroelectric station at Carrigadrohid. The hut was put in place in disused land near Macroom Castle. Because they had no title to the site, the I.C.A. could not get insurance. Part of the Castle fell on the hut in February 1967, destroying not just the building but all the minute books and records too. Thereafter, members met in one another's houses and embarked on a vigorous fundraising campaign. They bought the current hall in 1973 and got permission from the V.E.C. to erect it. Their programme of education, development and socialising continued, with outings, dances, tours and classes in computers, yoga, first aid, photography etc. A lovely feature of the meetings was the serving of tea with a different street responsible for the catering at each meeting.
But, as the 21st century rolled on, membership dwindled. Because of low usage, the E.S.B. bill became an unsustainable burden on the remaining members and public funding was not available to defray such expenses. Regretfully, they decided to disband. They remember the good days with nostalgia; the friends they made; what they learned and the fun they had.

Resurfacing of N22 in Macroom

Having commenced on Monday 13th April, work on the resurfacing of the main road through Macroom town proceeds. The fine weather has facilitated good progress and, at the time of going to print, the contractors, Priority Construction Ltd., are approaching the Square from the east. Work should be completed by the end of May. It entails removal of existing road surface and replacement with material up to the macadam binder layer before returning to undertake works for utility cover and frames, road crossings, etc., followed by the final macadam wearing coarse and road markings for the entire site.
It may come as a surprise to some that resurfacing of the N22 extends only to the junction with Barrack Lane / Garda Station / Courthouse. No resurfacing will be done over the bridge itself or along New Street and Killarney Road.
Work is done at night time, from 7pm to 7am Monday to Friday, finishing at 7a.m. each Saturday morning. For the duration of the works there will be some disruption to normal traffic and parking along the N22. Traffic is controlled by a Stop / Go system, entailing up to 20 minutes wait. While Priority Construction Ltd. will endeavour to minimise inconvenience and maintain access to premises and businesses in the town at all times, please note that accesses adjacent to the works may be limited for short periods of time. Therefore, if you are unable to arrange alternative delivery time and need to gain access during the times detailed above, please make contact with Conor McMahon, Site Agent with Priority Construction Ltd. at 087 7546750.
N.B. Cast and patrons of 'Oliver' in the Briery Gap on Friday May 1 should make allowances for traffic delays from 7p.m. for the performance.

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Lar Dinneen speaks at the launch of 'Small Town Portraits', the work of the late Dennis Dinneen, at the Boole Library, U.C.C. © Lee Valley Outlook

Small Town Portraits.

An exhibition of photographic portraits by the late Dennis Dinneen opened on the 16th April and will run until 27th June in the Boole Library, UCC, Cork. Members of the public are invited to view this extraordinary exhibition, entitled 'Small Town Portraits'. The opening hours of the Library are: Mon-Fri 07.00-22.45, Sat 10.00-17.45, Sun 11.00-20.45.
The photographic work of Dennis Dinneen, spanning the 1950s, 60s and 70s, is known to most people in the Lee Valley as his iconic images are widely used in local histories. But this exhibition focusses on a hitherto neglected section of the collection – the portraits and passport photographs, many yet unseen.
Curator David J Moore describes these portraits as having "an unusual informality that occasionally reveals an awkwardness between subject and camera. The mix of off-kilter compositions, wallpapers, backdrops and small juxtapositions within the frame make for unique and often humorous moments. Many of these moments have not been seen publicly until now, as Dinneen cropped most portraits from the full negative for his clients. Looking retrospectively at these images un-cropped allows us to see the extent of Dinneen's unique vision and playfulness with photography. He was far more than just your average photographer providing a service. He had a wonderful eye, mixed with talent, technique and fantastic wit." The exhibition is curated by David J Moore and has been made possible with the help of Crónán Ó Doibhlin at UCC Library, University College Cork.
At the official opening of the exhibition in the Boole Library, Professor John A. Murphy,(a neighbour, classmate and occasional opponent in single combat of the late Dennis Dinneen), remarked on the photographer's professionalism, innocence and affection for his native place and rounded off with a rousing rendition of Bould Thady Quill.
Lar Dinneen, son of the photographer, thanked all responsible for the exhibition, particularly David Moore for his devotion to the project and the librarians at U.C.C. for facilitating it.
The attendance at the opening included many Macrompians who were engrossed in trying to identify some of the subjects on display. Many are now deceased and young people in particular were difficult to name, since they are now close on half a century older than when photographed! But among those identified were the Doody family, Raleigh House, including Joan Doody Vaughan; Dan Vaughan, barber; John O'Sullivan of the Castle Ballroom; Annette O'Sullivan, Patricia Piper, Eilish Mullins, Mick the Rose, Mr. Hallissey and Terry Lynch, Castlemore.

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1950 Confirmation class at Macroom Convent school. ©

Old Photos

The Lee Valley Outlook is very fortunate to have been given permission recently to copy old photographs from the Macroom area. In this issue we carry the 1950 Confirmation class from the Convent Primary School, now St. Joseph's. Something went wrong for the photographer on the day and the girls were asked to wear their Confirmation clothes to school next day so that the photograph could be taken. Not all complied but some did. The back row includes Terry Keegan, Mary Lucey, Janie Kearney, Helen O'Callaghan, Philomena Murphy, Joan Canny. Centre: Eileen Twohig, Angela Creedon, Nellie Kelly, Joan O'Riordan, Peggy Murphy, Joan Kiely, Olive Baker. Front: Sheila Creedon (country), Margaret Murphy, Sheila Creedon (town), Nuala Kelleher, Evelyn Crotty and Joan Hennigan.
We also got access to a photo copy of a feature in the Times Pictorial Week, dated May 19, 1951 with many pictures from Macroom by Times Pictorial photographer, Dermot Barry. These include the Vocational School, furniture makers, Richard Quill, Roland Brady, Johnny Creedon and Jerry Kelleher; draper, John Caldwell with son, Daniel; VS Headmaster, Michael O'Driscoll with son, Gerard; creamery manger, Donal Tangney; fishermen, John O'Sullivan, Dan Quill, Joe Dunlea, Brian Baker, Michael Dunlea and Edward Warren; Michael McNamara and harriers; Guard Dunphy; butchers, Paddy and Neville O'Farrell; chimney sweep, James Creedon; Bill Casey, 'Macroom's oldest Gael' and Maighread Cronin and the domestic economy class at the vocational school.
We would welcome old photographs that the owners might care to share through the Lee Valley Outlook.

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Pat O'Connell and Evelyn McSweeney, Macroom Twinning Association, at civic reception in Marcallo con Casone with Estelle Renneux, Thomazo Roger and Massimo Olivares. ©

International Twinning 2015

On the weekend of April 24th to April 26th representatives from Macroom and Bubry came to Marcallo con Casone in Italy to take part in a twinning celebration between the three towns. A full programme of events was organised for the weekend and on Saturday the groups attended an open air Mass to celebrate the feast of St Marco. This was followed by a parade, led by the Marcallo Brass band, the twinning groups and the residents of Marcallo, to the war monument for a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of Italy's involvement in the second world war which was on the 25th April 1945. The twinning groups then attended a Civic Reception at the Town Hall where speeches were delivered by Massimo Olivares, Marcallo; Thomazo Roger, Bubry and Pat O'Connell, Macroom. All three speakers stressed the importance of the friendship which has been built up between the three towns over the years and Pat O'Connell stated that this is borne out by the fact that Bubry and Macroom are now twinned for 35 years and Marcallo con Casone, Bubry and Macroom are twinned for 13 years. He also stated that over the past year exchanges have taken place between the three towns with a group from Macroom going to Bubry, fishermen from Bubry coming to Macroom and recently, 43 students and four teachers coming to Macroom from Marcallo. In May 2015 a group of 31 students and three teachers from De La Salle College Macroom will travel to Marcallo. Pat O'Connell also stated that in recent years twinning associations were finding it very difficult to obtain funding from Europe and this will have to be addressed in order to keep the concept alive across Europe. The groups were free to attend the outdoor markets in Marcallo in the afternoon and that night attended a play entitled Wind and Water which was followed by Celtic music.
On Sunday the groups left Marcallo by vintage cars for a very enjoyable drive in the country side and in the afternoon, a guided tour of the museum and park Villa Annoni in Cuggiono took place. At the farewell dinner hosted for the friends of the twin towns and the host families, Carla Ferri, on behalf of the Marcallo con Casone twinning committee, thanked all those who took part in the programme of events over the weekend and said they were looking forward to coming to Macroom in 2016.

Flower Club

Macrooom Flower & Garden club hosted a Floral Demonstration on Thursday 16th of April at Coolcower House. The magnificent evening sun was setting as Members and visitors arrived for the event entitled "Spring Dreams" by Geraldine McCarthy (AOIFA). The occasion was also attended by Mr. Pat O'Connell Chairman of Macroom Meals on Wheels for presentation of a cheque which was accepted on behalf of the charity. Chairperson, Ann Quinlan, welcomed invited guests, members and visitors from neighbouring clubs, including Kinsale, Coachford, Ballincolllig and Tralee. Officers and Committee were busy with the proceedings of the evening. Mr. O'Connell addressed the audience and thanked the club for their contribution and for their generous support down through the years. Following photographs, the Floral Demonstration began. Our Demonstrator from Doneraile had lots of ideas and brought us the colours of spring and Dreams of the Garden in her creative exhibits. At the interval raffle tickets were sold and Club Competitions were judged. Treasurer and Asst. Treasurer were busy recording names for both the Social Evening/ Garden visit on Thursday 21st of May to Crosshaven and Club Members' Annual Outing to the National Flower Festival in Ennis in June. The Club officers wish to thank all who attended the evening and look forward to seeing you all in September when the Club will host a Floral Demonstration by a well-known AOIFA Demonstrator. For further details on all events contact 087-9821708 or 086-3046608.

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Judy Kenneally, organising teacher, with Italian students and teachers from Marcallo con Casone, near Milan during cultural exchange with De la Salle, Macroom, ©An Scoil

McEgan Updates

"Make A Book"Second year students from McEgan College recently enjoyed a trip to The Glucksman Gallery in UCC. The students were invited to exhibit in the gallery their project on "The Gearagh". The project included the book, some canvas art work and a 3D Model of the landscape. Afterwards students got a guided tour from Mc Egan College's past pupil, Patricia Chyla. The students got to see what is was like to be a student of UCC. Thanks to Ms. Brew and Ms. Bourke who organised the trip.

Macroom Library

Bealtaine Art exhibition is by local artists tutored by Kristin Gleeson and will hang in the library from May 1. The Adult Book Club meets on the 6th May at 11.30am to discuss this month's book, 'The Son' by Philip Meyer over a cuppa. For Bealtaine the Macroom Purlies Knitting Group will have their 'Twinning' event on May 7. Their fellow knitters from Dunmanway library will visit Macroom to chat & knit and they meet again on May 21.
Music Morning is on May 8 at 11am. Mary Shine will be our guest for this month so thanks to her in advance. Refreshments will be served. Also thanks to Mr Peter O' Regan who hosted a lovely morning in April (in spite of our technical difficulties but all ended well) with his musical choices.
Macroom Writers Group meets on May 12 from 6 - 7.30pm to discuss their work & ideas over refreshments. The Bridge Group meets on May 13 at 10.30am in the library and refreshments are served. They meet again on May 27. An Ciorcal Cainte meets on May 14 when conversational Irish for beginners /improvers & the very fluent includes news, culture and even gossip, all over a cuppa and is led by Nora Levis 11.30 – 12.30. . Jim Murphy talks about his book 'Passage to Everest and Beyond' on Friday, May 15. It tells the story of Major Richard Hingston, explorer & war hero & makes for a fascinating story. Máire Ní Chéilleachair, Sean Nos singer, will visit us at Macroom for the Bealtaine Festival of Age & Opportunity on May 28. The time is to be confirmed, contact the library on 026/42483.

Briery Gap Programme

Theatre: Oliver. Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd May at 8.00pm. Matinee on Sunday 3rd May at 3.00pm. Tickets €16/ €13. Matinee €12. Having made their debut with The Sound of Music at the Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork last year, the Briery Gap group return to the city theatre for two shows of Oliver on Saturday, May 9th May at 2pm and 8pm.
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 on Friday May 22nd at 8.00pm.. Tickets €15/€12.
Frankie Gavin Friday 12th June at 8.30pm. Tickets €20.
Cinema: St Vincent Monday 4th May at 8.30p.m. Admission €4 . A struggling single woman, moves to Brooklyn with her 12-year-old son. Having to work very long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of a bawdy misanthrope next door. Vincent takes Oliver along on many unsuitable trips but the boy sees the good in Vincent that no one else can.
American Sniper Monday 11th May at 8.30p.m. Admission €4 . U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle takes his sole mission -- protect his comrades -- to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. Despite grave danger and his struggle to be a good husband and father to his family back in the States, Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq. However, when he finally returns home, he finds that he cannot leave the war behind.

Local TV Programmes

Thurs. April 30. 9.30p.m. Visit of Rose of Tralee contestants to Millstreet Country Park 1996.
Sunday May 3. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Annual Mass at Shrone, recorded earlier in the day. .
6.30p.m. Launagh Valley Open Air Concert 1995 from Ballinagree. Part 2. Repeat of Thurs. programmes.
That will conclude the Local television broadcasts for the season. LTV hopes to be back on air in November.


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Ciorcal Comhrá ar an Déardaoin deireanach de gach mí. Déardaoin 30 Aibreáin, 8.30p.m. ~ 9.30p.m. sa Riverside Park Hotel, Maigh Chromtha. Fáilte roimh chách – scaip an scéal.

Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne. Mar chuid de cheiliúradh Bealtaine" ,beidh Ceardlann Fuála ar siúl sa leabharlann gach Máirt i rith na míosa. Foghluim conas Púic Tae, Mataí Boird, 7rl a dhéanamh ar 5/12/19/ 26iú Bealtaine 11.00 - 12.30 r.n. Tá spásanna teoranta ach iad a chur in áirithe roimh ré ag 026 45767.

CONNECT Business Network Event on Wednesday, May 6, 8.45am-10.00am at Macroom E, Bowl Road. Tracey Ryan of Bia Beauty will share how she used social media, clever branding and really good customer service to bring her company, Bia Beauty, from small beginnings at farmers' markets to big beautiful success! Bia Beauty prides itself on creating 100% natural skin care products. From moisturiser to baby's nappy cream, Bia Beauty really has all your family's skin care needs in one place with products that literally feed your skin. Entry is €3 and refreshments will be served.

Caum Community Gardening Talk and demonstration by D.J. Murphy, Bandon Garden Centre, in the Riverside Park, Macroom on Thursday, May 7 at 8p.m. Hanging baskets, planters, summer bedding, plants, shrubs and much more for sale on the night. Everyone welcome.

Men's Shed. Are you interested in starting a Men's Shed in Macroom? An Open Meeting will be held in the Castle Hotel on Monday 11th May at 8.00pm. All welcome. The Men's Shed is a place to meet for a chat, a cup of tea/ coffee or get involved in a project. It is suitable for men who are retired, unemployed or lonely. No skills required. www.mensshed.ie. Meeting sponsored by Macroom & District Lions Club.

M.S. Coffee Morning in aid of MS Ireland will take place in the Castle Hotel, Macroom on Tuesday, May 12, 9.30a.m. to 11.30a.m. All proceeds are for services and programmes for people with Multiple Sclerosis. The coffee morning is kindly sponsored by the Castle Hotel. All are welcome to attend.

Fashion Show in aid of Kilbarry N.S. will be held in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Thursday 14th May, when Style Advisor, Dee Kelly Morgan, will present the latest summer fashion from Mahon Point Shopping Centre. There will be a prize for the best dressed and a raffle for great spot prizes, including an overnight at the 5* Cliff House Hotel with Afternoon Tea. Local businesses supporting the event include Toonsbridge Dairy, Muse Hairdressing and the newly opened Beauty Suite. Tickets are €15, available from Muse and The Beauty Suite as well as Kilbarry school or by calling Siobhan on 086 339 4574. Many thanks for your support.

Over 60s Talent Semi Finals were held on Sunday April 26th at City Hall Cork and Pat Murphy, representing Macroom Senior Citizens/Active Retired , sang Christy Hennessy's Hold Back the Clouds and has now qualified for the final on June 7 at 8p.m. Congratulations Pat. .

The fundraiser at Mary Anne's Bar, Masseytown for Donagh Murphy Kingston was a great success. The auction and raffle were compered by Helen Coleman and Killian Lynch. Raffle prizes were all donated and items auctioned included a mini IPad and an overnight stay with dinner and breakfast at the Mills Inn.

Congratulations to the U14 teams of Coachford College who have reached the semi-finals of the U14 B Hurling and U14 A Football in the Cork Post Primary Schools Competitions. Recently, a set of jerseys, sponsored by Cronin's Gala in Coachford, was presented to Jack Murphy, U14 Football Captain, Sean Buttimer, U14 Hurling Captain, Kevin Jer O'Sullivan and David Drummond, coaches, by Colum Cronin of Cronin's Gala.

Moonraker Forestry Rally was enjoyed by all involved on April 12. Everything went according to plan with the event running safely and smoothly. The Munster Car Club wishes to thank all the local people, the local companies, the sponsors, the entrants, the attendees and anyone who helped in any way in carrying out this event. Local businesses all benefited hugely and hope to see the event back again in 2016.

24 Hour Fast. Pat Crowley, Kilmichael would like to thank all who donated to her 24 hour fast on Good Friday on behalf of Cope Foundation, Macroom and CoAction, Dunmanway. A total of €2,020.70 was raised (€60 of that came through Facebook's mycharities.ie, which goes directly to the two charities). Each group has also received a cheque for €980.35 which they will put towards the day to day running of the centres. Míle buiochas.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto Results 14/04/15. Jackpot €6400 Numbers Drawn 18-20-35 - No Winner - €70 Hannah O'Connell, 2 The Lawn , Mountmassey €20 Marie Minihane, Kilbarry, Dunmanway. Caoimhe Creedon, Inchigeela Dawn Murphy, Cork Street.Macroom Tom Hayes, Sullane Place, Macroom. Mary Ryan, Sullane Weirs, Macroom.
21/10/2015. Nunbers Drawn 2-6- 26. No Winner - €70. Mary Kelleher, Glen Park, Macroom. €20. Eileen Manning. Joan Chapman, 2 Oakwood, Macroom. Mgs Murphy The Hermitage. Carroll Family, Doonsiskey. Mgs Neville, Dan Corkery Place, Macroom.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: April 15. Jackpot €4,800. No Winner. €70 Eileen Foley, c/o Margaret Coakley. €20 Daniel O'Connell, The Terrace. Dolores O'Leary, c/o Bingo. Catherine Cotter, Kilavoultra. Mags O'Leary, Codrum.
April 22. Jackpot €5,200. No Winner. €70 Willie Neville, Droumree. €20 - Dan Buckley, Lactify. Sammy J. Murphy, Pike Hse, Carriganima. Jerry McCarthy, Carrigaphooka. Dave Tarrant, Derrignagree, Millstreet.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto April 19. Jackpot: €13,800, Numbers Drawn: 2, 8,15, 20. No Winner. €50 Norma McCarthy, Crookstown. €25 Sean Buttimer, Aherla. Rebecca O'Keeffe, c/o Dan Shine.
April 26. Jackpot: €13,950, Numbers Drawn 8, 15, 10, 23, 28. No Winner. €50 Connie O'Keeffe, Dooniskey.. €25 Anne Murphy, Carrigadrohid. Christy O'Sullivan.

Kilmurry GAA Lotto 20/04/15 Jackpot €2000. Numbers 1, 9, 10. No winner. €50 Charles Good. €20 Michael Ahern. Dan O'Sullivan. Noreen Murphy. Stand Back. Michael McSweeney. .

Aghinagh GAA Lotto April 26th Jackpot €2,800. No winner. €50 Danny O'Connor, Knocknagoshel, c/o Anthony Hubbard €20 €20 Pat O'Conner, Lacknahackney. Conor McCarthy, Castleview, Macroom. Brendan Kelleher, Ballinagree. Catherine McCarthy, Inchleagh.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 20/4/2015, Jackpot: €1,000, Numbers Drawn: 14 – 25 – 32, No Winner: €40 John O' Sullivan, €20 Jim Bergin, Aoife Barry Murphy, Ciaran Corkery, Don O' Riordan (Yearly Ticket).
27/4/2015, Jackpot: €1,200, Numbers Drawn: 11 – 29 – 32, No Winner: €40 Karen O' Mahony, €20 Christine Dineen, Sarah Madden, Martin O' Mahony, Tony Dineen.

Lee Valley Updates

The Boy from the Cross

Sean Ó Síocháin, General Secretary of the G.A.A. for many years, will be remembered in his own place, Cill na Martra, during the weekend May 7 – 10. The highlight of Comóradh Sheáin Uí Shíocháin is the match between the Senior football teams of Cork and Dublin at 3p.m. in Páirc Uí Chuana on Sunday, March 10. Prior to this, at 12.30p.m., Liam Ó Maolmhichíl will unveil a commemorative plaque at the upgraded football pitch.
Sean Ó Síocháin, a Primary school teacher and fine traditional singer, before getting a job with the G.A.A. during a teachers' strike in 1946, never forgot his roots and was a last and unfailing source of All Ireland tickets for Cill na Martra Rebel supporters. In return, he will be remembered in his native village where three memorials have a permanent place. His home has now been refurbished. Close by, at Páirc Uí Chuana, a stand has been named as "Ardán Uí Shíocháin" and finally, his bust is located at the centre of the village where he and his friends and neighbours congregated long ago.
The Gaeltacht village of Cill na Martra has planned a full programme for the weekend. The Marquee will host u15 and u18 Solo instrumental music competitions on Thursday, May 7. An u18 singing competition will honour the late Máire de Búrca and the night will finish with a Seisiún presented by Craobh Lachtaín Naofa CCÉ. Tim Joe and Ann O'Riordan will provide music for a Céilí from 9.30 on Friday and at 8p.m. on Saturday, May 9 the Adult Singing Competition is for Corn Sheáin Uí Shíocháin. Arcadia will provide music from 10p.m. and this will be followed by a Disco. After the commemoration and match on Sunday, May 10, Richard Lucey and Friends will entertain from 5p.m. and Bog the Donkey at 10p.m. will bring the weekend's celebrations to a conclusion.

Clondrohid Updates.

Fashion show fundraiser: The Lord Mayor of Ballingree, Helen Spillane, is hosting a fashion show in aid of Niamh Deasy on Friday night May 1 at 8pm in the Community Hall, Clondrohid. Tickets €10. On the cat walk on the night will be fashion from Dunne's, Gay Girl, T.M. Cronin, L'occasion, Ballerina Boutique, and Noirin's Boutique Millstreet.. A very worthy cause so please support by coming along and enjoying the night out.
Knock Cloyne annual pilgrimage takes place on Sunday May 10.For more information contact Nell Kelleher.
Congrats: To local lads, brothers Iarla and Eoghan McCarthy of Carrigaphooka, who finished 40th overall in the Moonraker Rally in Ballyvourney recently. Both of them have experience of navigating, but it was their first time competing as a team and Iarla's first as a driver. Well done.
G.A.A. U10 Games. Clondrohid played Kilmurry in what was a lovely evening for football. 23 players togged out and participated in 4 games. Honours were shared evenly,with 4 games played and 2 wins each. All the players can be very proud of the way they played in what was an excellent display of football skills for such a young age. Well done to all involved.
Well done to the Junior A's who defeated Inchigeela convincingly last week but lost to Canovee by a point in Carrig They play Kilmurry in the first round of championship Friday May 1 in Macroom at 7.30pm . Best of luck.
Fixtures: Junior A. Champ Friday May 1 in Macroom at 7.30pm. J.A.FL Sunday May 10 Ahinagh V Clondrohid at 6pm. J.C FL Thursday May 14 Clondrohid v Kilmurry at 7.30pm. U 18C FL Thursday May 7 Clondrohid V Lee Gaels at 7.30pm. U 16C FL Monday May 4 Donoughmore V Clondrohid at 7pm. U 16C FL Saturday May 9 Clondrohid v Grenagh at 6pm
Parish Confirmation: On Tuesday April 21 children in 5th and 6th class from Clondrohid Muinefliuch, and Carriganima schools received their confirmation in the church in Clondrohid. The buntings went up early in the week, thanks to Johnny. The weather was very kind to all as the sun beamed from early morning. 58 children in total were confirmed. The bishop was unable to attend so the ceremony was performed by Fr. Roberts Macroom. It was a very dignified and holy occasion for both the boys and girls, their sponsors, parents and family and their teachers. Well done to all who helped in any way to make it such a great occasion, especially our parish priest, Fr. Wickham, and sacristan Bridget.
McEgan College open day for day courses will take place on Thursday May 7 from 9.30am to 1 pm Contact 02641076 for more information.


Greenshine, Noel Shine, Mary Green and Ellie Shine, return to Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir O Loingsigh, Ballyvourney on Friday, 15 May at 8.30pm. Tickets €10 and €15and info from 026 45733.
Since releasing their self-titled album GREENSHINE, which appeared on Radio One's Recommended New Music List and was endorsed by Christy Moore, they have travelled the length and breadth of the country playing concerts and festivals. Highlights of the past include playing for the President at the Abbey Theatre, making their first appearance at Electric Picnic, playing with Frankie Gavin and De Danann at the Cork Folk Festival and The Limerick Concert Hall and having the original songs of the trio take flight. All this as well as playing their own concerts means that Greenshine's musical calendar is a busy one. The trio is currently working on their second album.

Nuacht ó Choláiste Ghobnatan

Eachtraí na h-idirbhliana:
CIT: D'fhreastail deichniúir ón idirbliain ar CIT ar feadh seachtaine roimh saoire na Cásca. Shuíodar isteach ar léachtanna agus fuaireadar blas de shaol na h-ollscoile. Bhaineadar triail as na h-ábhair innealtóireachta éagsúla, spórt, turasóireacht agus aíocht, agus roinnt cursaí eile atá ar fáil sa choláiste.
Drámaíocht le Jamie Ó hAllacháin: Tá rang na hidirbhliaina ag glacadh páirt i ranganna drámaíochta le Jamie Ó hAllacháin le roinnt seachtaine anuas. Baineann siad an-taitneamh as na ranganna gach seachtain.
Turas go dtí an tSín: Thaistil ceathrar dalta ó bhliain a ceathair go dtí an tSín i rith Saoire na Cásca mar pháirt den UCC Confucius Institute. D'fhreastail siad ar ranganna san ollscoil i Shanghai gach lá agus fuaireadar blas de chultúir na Síne. Ghlac roinnt daltaí páirt sa 'Chinese Bridge Competition' a bhí ar siúl an deireadh seachtaine seo chaite agus d'éirigh ana-mhaith leo-fuaireadar an seans freastal ar champa samhraidh i mí Iúil.
Diospóireacht Eolaíochta: Ghlac grúpa daltaí páirt i ndiospóireacht eolaíochta i UCC roimh Saoire na Cásca. Rinneadar diospóireacht ar na topaicí 'Bianna GM' agus 'gaschill suthach'. D'éirigh go maith leo sa chéad babhta , ach ní raibh an t-ádh leo sa tarna babhta.
Munster Driving Campus: Chuaigh lucht na h-idirbhliana ar thuras lae go Munster Driving Campus i Mala. D'fhoghlaímiodar conas tiomáint, roth a aistriú agus bhaineadar triail as scrúdú teoiric samplach. Lá iontach, áisiúil a bhí ann agus baineadh an-taitneamh as.
Sci-fest: Ghlac dalta ón idirbhliain páirt sa chomórtas eolaíochta Sci-Fest. Chuir sé isteach leis an tionscnamh 'Why are our bees disappearing?. Ba mhaith linn tréaslu leis mar gheall ar an obair agus an iarracht a dhein sé leis an tionscnamh.
Nuacht na Scoile:
Craobh na hÉireann: Teastaíonn ó mhuintir na scoile tréaslú leis an bhfoireann peile mar gheall ar an iarracht agus an macántacht a thaispeánadar i ngach cluiche a d'imríodar agus craobh na hÉireann go háirithe. Faraor, ní raibh an t-ádh leo sa chraobh, an scór a bhí ann ná Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin 0-19, Coláiste Ghobnatan 2-12.
Turas Saorán Bliain a 2: Thug bliain a 2 cuairt ar an gCúirt ar Sráid Washington mar pháirt den rang Saorán..
Dráma Fraincíse: Tháinig an grúpa French Theatre for Schools ar chuairt go dtí an scoil le dhá dráma, 'La Décision Dangereuse' agus 'Le Rôle'. Thug an grúpa drámaíochta cead do roinnt daltaí ón scoil páirt a ghlacadh chomh maith. Baineadh an-sult as an lá.
Turas Gnó Bliain a haon: Chuaigh Bliain a 1 agus rang gnó bliain a 2 ar thuras go Banc na hÉireann i Máigh Chromtha le déanaí. Tugadh cead dóibh na seomraí ar fad sa bhanc a fheiceáil agus d'fhoghlamaíodar faoi gach ról sa bhanc.
Scrúdaithe Praicticiúla: Thug daltaí ón Teastas Sóisearach agus an Árdteist faoi scrúdaithe ins na hábhair praicticiúla agus bhí béaltrialacha Gaeilge, Fraincíse agus Gearmáinise ar siúil sa scoil. Ba mhaith linn tréaslú le gach éinne leis an iarracht a dheineadar.

Muskerry Vintage Run

The Muskerry Vintage Club Annual Run will take place on Sunday May 10th. Registration and refreshments will be at the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney from 9.30am. Registration fee of €15 per car. Cars will be parked in the school car park adjacent to the hotel. The cars will depart at 11.15am, taking in some of the highways and byways of Cork & Kerry. The mid-way stop will be at the Kerry Way, Glenflesk, where refreshments will be supplied. Again there is ample off road parking here to view and display the cars.
The second leg of the trip will bring the cars back to Macroom via Rathmore and Millstreet, to the Riverside Park Hotel, where the Prize-giving will take place and also an optional 3 course meal at a cost of €14 per person. Each car will receive a starter prize and there are Perpetual awards for pre 1960 category, 1960>1980 category, Retro Classic category and Best Overall car. There will be an array of Spot prizes also. We thank you for your support in the past and look forward to seeing you on the day.

Macra Matters

Berrings Macra na Feirme has enjoyed huge success recently. Firstly, Colm O'Leary won the dairy stock judging competition and will now represent the club in the next round. Berrings earned the accolade of "Macra's Fittest Club" after completing a variety of fitness tests and challenges in Clonakilty. Our team of Aileen Sheehan, Philip O'Leary, Clive Donovan and Liam Hennessey proved to be in top shape and brought home the title. Finally, the clubs ballad group and disco dancing teams travelled to Cashel to perform in the semi-final of the "The National Talent" competition. Both acts were successful on the night and have qualified for the All-Ireland final. Best of luck to both teams in the final which will take place on the 3rd of May in Navan, Co.Meath,

Cork County Heritage

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 .

Heritage Week will run from 22nd to 30th August and the theme is Industrial Heritage. The Heritage Unit of Cork County Council will organise a few events. Should you have any proposals or ideas for events please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that the registration period for heritage week events, to feature in both the National Event Guide and the County Cork Event Guide, is now open, up until 30th May. All events must be registered online at www.heritageweek.ie by said date.

Heritage Churches. The County of Cork has many Christian places of worship, some dating from the 4th/5th century and right up to the recent past. Following on from the success of the recent publications "Heritage Bridges of County Cork" in 2013 and "Heritage Houses of County Cork" in 2014, the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council, supported by the Heritage Council, is to undertake a publication on the Heritage Churches of County Cork in 2015. If there are any Christian places of worship in your area that you feel would warrant inclusion in the publication we would welcome any specific information/ stories/ photos that you may have to share and such details can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All submissions will be given due consideration and it is anticipated that a significant number will feature in the publication. Should you be interested in engaging with the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council on this project please submit any and all comments, details and photos by Friday 1st May.

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Striking up a tune to launch Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí May 7 – 10 © Lee Valley Outlook

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí 2015

The 54th Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí will take place in Ballincollig May 7 – 10 and will be hosted by Craobh Niall Ó Cathasaigh branch of Comhaltas which is currently celebrating its 40th birthday. The branch has a strong tradition of successful participation in Fleadh Cheoil competitions, with County, Provincial and All-Ireland titles having been won by its members. Ballincollig Comhaltas previously had the honour of successfully hosting Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí in 1992, 2009 and Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in 2011. The branch has set and ceilí dancing on Monday nights in Ballincollig GAA Pavilion, sean nós dancing classes, music classes, regular music sessions and singing nights.
The County Fleadh is the first step for competitors towards qualifying for the Munster Fleadh in Nenagh in July and to gain the coveted place at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann which takes place in Sligo in August. Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí expects more than 1,200 entries in music (solo and ensemble), singing (solo, traditional ballads and sean nós) and comhrá Gaeilge. As well as the competitions, which will be mainly held at Coláiste Choilm, the comprehensive programme includes a Seisiún Concert at Oriel House Hotel on Thursday, May 7 at 8.30p.m., to be followed by the official opening and Oíche Cheoil with a Celebration of '40 Bliain ag Fás' of Craobh Niall Ó Cathasaigh - Baile an Chollaigh.
On Friday, May 8, Oriel House will host the finals of Sean Nós Dancing competitions at 6 p.m. and the Singers Concert at 8.30p.m., featuring past All Ireland winners of Senior Singing in Irish & English from Cork and Neil Ní Chróinín, current holder of 'Corn Uí Riada' at 'Oireachtas na Gaeilge'. Saturday will feature Outdoor Entertainment and Gig Rig at Ballincollig Shopping Centre and music sessions in Ballincollig & environs. The night will round off with Céilí Mór & Sets at Halla Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin and Ceol byTim Joe and Anne. The Sunday programme will include Aifreann Tradisiúnta at 10a.m. at Church of St. Mary and St John; Open Air Céilí & Sets; performance by County Senior Céilí Band Champions; Official Closing of Fleadh Chorcaí and Céilí & Sets at Ballincollig GAA, Ceol - Matthew Kelleher.

Macroom 200 Years Ago

Parish of Macromp by Rev. Simeon Davies Junior, Protestant Rector of Macroom 1796 – 1830. Report for Mason's Parochial Survey 1814 – 1819. Part 11
There is a good Bridewell and Courthouse in the town, built some years back at the expense of the county. In this the sessions are held once a year by Mr. Hobson, the Assistant Barrister of this County.
We have 3 bridges in the parish; one called the Old Bridge, under the castle and church, over the river Sillane, leading to Millstreet and Kerry; the second called the New Bridge, over the Sillane and Lany united, leading to Carrigadrohid and Cork; and a third called Ballyglassin Bridge over the river Lee, leading by the mail-coach road to Cork which is 18 miles from Macromp.
There is no town but Macromp, no village, no seat of a nobleman, and not many belonging to gentlemen; the castle is the principal. East of the town, near the bridge of Ballyglassin, is Coolcour, a handsome place, the estate and residence of John Brown, Esq. West of Macromp may be seen a pretty place called Rockborough, the estate of Mr. Hedges Eyre and the residence of Thomas Browne, Esq. Also Codrum, the residence of John Warren Esq. and estate of Mr. Hedges Eyre. Within half a mile of the town, to the north-west, may be seen on an elevated piece of ground, a handsome seat called Mount Massey, formerly the residence fo Massey Hutchinson, Esq., by whom it was built and now the property of his grandson, Hugh Massey, a minor of 8 years old, who will have a property when of age of £6.000 a year at least. Over Old Bridge are two small streets, one leading to Millstreet, called Gurteen-row, containing some houses; the other leading to Mount Massey, called Massey-town, containing also some houses; both are generally included in the town of Macromp.
In the town of Macromp is one large inn, built within these 3 years by Mr. Hedges Eyre, which cost him from two to three thousand pounds; it is doing well, from the number of carriages passing through from all parts of England and Ireland, going to see the celebrated lakes of Killarney; there are two or three other inns of less consequence. There are a number of good houses in the town, mostly slated, as Mr. Hedges will let no house but to tenants obliged to raise and slate them.
The principal road through the parish is the mail-coach road, which has been established within these 3 years by two gentlemen of the highest respectability, Mr. Oliver an Mr. Ellard, who have expended a very considerable sum of money in this establishment. A coach leaves Cork every morning of the year at 6 o'clock, arrives here at 10 to breakfast and goes on through Millstreet, and arrives in Killarney at 6 in the evening. A road is now nearly completed from Killarney to Tralee, and when finished, the coach will go to that town every day; at present four sets of horses, 16, are employed for each coach every day. There are also several cross roads through the parish, leading to Bandon, Mallow etc.
There is now a new line of road struck out by Mr. Hedges Eyre, from Macromp to Bantry (24 miles) through the parish of Inchageelah, by the beautiful lakes. This road is now making and when completed, will open a communication for a mail-coach to Bantry, which will be of the greatest utility to the south of Ireland. Large private subscriptions have been put down to aid the county in the execution of this work.
To be continued. Note that place names are as they appear in the original document.

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New life at Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella farm © Lee Valley Outlook

Just for Today

I will live through the next twelve hours and not try to tackle all of life's problems at once.
I will improve my mind. I will learn something useful. I will learn something that requires effort, thought and concentration.
I will be agreeable. I will look my best, speak in a well-modulated voice, be courteous and considerate.
I will not find fault with friend, relative or colleague. I will not try to change or improve anyone but myself.
I will have a programme. I might not follow it exactly but I will have it. It will save me from two enemies – hurry and indecision.
I will do a good turn and keep it a a secret. I will do two things I don't want to do, just for the exercise!


Mightier than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer

Volume five of the Clifton Chronicles, this novel opens with an IRA bomb exploding during the MV Buckingham's maiden voyage but now many passengers lose their lives. Harry Clifton launches a campaign for the release of a fellow author .His wife Emma crosses swords with Lady Virginia Fenwick and Emma's son Sebastian is quickly making a name for himself at the bank. An exciting and turbo charged cliff-hanger.

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Sports Mad


The Colleges and Divisions have been in action in the county senior championships and the Intermediate football championship has commenced, with three games already decided. The coming fortnight will see much activity in the first rounds of the three county football championships and the Mid Cork Junior A football championship is also about to commence.

2015 Cork County Senior and Intermediate Championship

Senior Hurling Championship

Round 1

A: Douglas v St. Finbarr's

B: Ballyhea v Blackrock

C: Na Piarsaigh v Youghal

D: Midleton v Killeagh

E: Glen Rovers v Ballymartle

F: Carrigtwohill v Erin's Own

G: Sarsfields v Newtownshandrum

H: Bride Rovers v Bishopstown

Round 2 (First Round Losers)

A v B, C v D, E v F, G v H

Senior Hurling (Divisions/Colleges)

Round 1

A: Duhallow 1-17 Carbery 1-13

B: MUSKERRY scr. Carrigdhoun w/o

C: UCC 3-16 CIT 3-15

D: Imokilly 3-21 Avondhu 3-18

Round 2

Duhallow v Carrigdhoun

UCC v Imokilly

Senior Football

Round 1

A: Carbery Rangers v Valley Rovers

B: Clyda Rovers v Castlehaven

C: Bishopstown v O'Donovan Rossa

D: Newcestown v Clonakilty

E: Nemo Rangers v Ilen Rovers

F: St. Nick's v Douglas

G: BALLINCOLLIG v St. Finbarr's

H: Doheny's v Aghada

Round 2

A v B, C v D, E v F, G v H

Senior Football (Divisions/Colleges)

Round 1

A: Duhallow 3-11 Avondhu 1-10

B: CIT 1-6 Muskerry 0-12

C: UCC 0-18 Carbery 1-6

D: Beara 4-13 Seandún 0-13

Round 2. Duhallow v MUSKERRY. UCC v Beara

Premier Intermediate Hurling

Round 1

A: Cloyne v Watergrasshill


C: Castlelyons v Kanturk

D: Carrigaline v Ballinhassig

E: Fermoy v Valley Rovers

F: BLARNEY v Kilworth

G: Courcey Rovers v Bandon

H: Tracton v Newcestown

Round 2 C v G, H v F, D v E, B v A

Premier Intermediate Football

Round 1



C: Castletownbere v Carrigaline


E: Bantry Blues v ÉIRE ÓG

F: Newmarket v Kiskeam

G: St. Vincent's v Na Piarsaigh

H: Nemo Rangers v St. Michael's

Round 2 H v A, G v E, D v F, C v B

Intermediate Hurling

Round 1

A: Barryroe v Aghada

B: Ballygarvan v ÉÍÉ ÓG

C: Milford v Fr. O'Neill's

D: DRIPSEY v Meelin

E: Argideen Rangers v Charleville

F: Kildorrery v Castlemartyr

G: BALLINCOLLIG v Kilbrittain


Round 2 F v H, B v E, G v A, D v C

Intermediate Football

Round 1

A: Glanworth 1-9 Adrigole 0-11

B: Mayfield 2-9 Glanmire 2-5

C: Kildorrery v Kinsale

D: Ballydesmond v Kanturk

E: AGHABULLOGUE 2-11 Mitchelstown 1-13

F: Millstreet v Glenville

G: Rockchapel v Youghal

H: CILL na MARTRA v Fermoy

Round 2. C v H. Adrigole v Mitchelstown. D v F. G v Glanmire

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Muskerry who defeated CIT in the Cork County Senior Football Championship © Lee Valley Outlook

Muskerry Senior Hurlers

The fallout from the shock walk-over conceded by Muskerry hurlers to Carrigdhoun in the first round of the county senior hurling championship continues and the matter was raised at the latest Mid Cork Board meeting. John Feeney, senior hurling manager, reported on the circumstances that led up to the team being withdrawn two days before the fixture. The manager stated that the selectors had months ago drawn up a panel of over 50 hurlers and had approached all members of this panel to ascertain the level of commitment to Muskerry hurlers. All were positive but when it came to the time to actually assemble a team to field in championship, there were now only 27 of these players available but the selectors were happy with this panel. Two weeks before the game the selectors provisionally picked their team for championship but then, four days before the game was scheduled to be played, the selectors again met to review their panel and they now learned that they had only 17 players of the original 55 available to them. Experience teaching that further withdrawals were inevitable, the selectors took the decision to ask the officers of the division to withdraw the team rather than give a walk over on the night to Carrigdhoun. This request was reluctantly complied with as there was felt to be no alternative course of action.
The board officers will now review the situation and report back to the members and, with them, decide on future action to ensure that the division, with its proud history in senior championship, will not suffer such embarrassment again.

Intermediate Football Championship:

Aghabullogue 2 – 11 Mitchelstown 1 – 13
Aghabullogue will be delighted with the victory of their footballers in the intermediate championship at Mallow which assures them of advancing to Round Four in the championship, retaining their status for 2016, and allows their hurlers to now concentrate on their preparation for a tough assignment in their meeting with Grenagh in late May. The Aghabullogue victory was achieved in thrilling circumstances. The Mid Cork men led by 1-8 to 0-5, five minutes into the second half, but much fancied Mitchelstown then hit a purple patch and kicked over six points in a row to draw level by the 47th minute and they went in front a minute later for the very first time with another point. Aghabullogue were in need of a boost and it came in the form of a vital goal from Evan O'Sullivan in the 50th minute, set up by young championship debutant Mathew O'Brien Bradley. Aghabullogue added a point but back came Mitchelstown with a goal to level matters again with four minutes remaining. Mathew O'Brien Bradley now kicked over to put Aghabullogue back in front but Mitchelstown drew level once again two minutes into injury time. A minute later Mathew O'Brien Bradley kicked over another point and this one was the winner for Aghabullogue as the final whistle followed soon after.
Aghabullogue got off to perfect start with a goal from Evan O'Sullivan inside the first minute and they had added two points before Mitchelstown got their opening score, a point in the 13th minute. Mitchelstown added two further points before Aghabullogue scored to open up a one goal gap again but the North Cork men continued to improve and had reduced the deficit to a point ten minutes from the break. Aghabullogue finished the half well with three points on the trot, one each from Mathew O'Brien Bradley, John Corkery and Mark Long, and they led by 1-6 to 0-5 at the break. On the restart, Aghabullogue added two further points to lead by 1-8 to 0-5 but then Mitchelstown got down to business in earnest and the remainder of the contest was wonderful entertainment with the Aghabullogue supporters jubilant at the finish. Aghabullogue scorers: Evan O'Sullivan 2-0, M O'Brien Bradley 0-6 (0-2f), J Corkery 0-3 (0-1f), D Twomey and M Long 0-1 each.
Aghabullogue; John Buckley: David O'Connell., Dhani Merrick, Alan Hogan: Stephen Dennehy, Michael Dennehy, Greg Long: Ryan Dennehy, Sean O'Sullivan: Mark Long, Donal Twomey, Evan O'Sullivan: Mathew O'Brien Bradley, John Corkery , Brian Buckley. Subs: Sean Dineen (43), Aidan BarryMurphy (45), Kevin Finnegan (48), Pat Walsh (61).

Senior Hurling Championship

UCC 3-16 CIT 3-15
In the senior hurling championship, UCC beat CIT by a single point at Páirc Uí Rinn. Peter Kelleher of Kilmichael was full forward for CIT and the Kilmichael man, the only Muskerry hurler on the field, had a goal after 8 minutes and another two minutes later to help give CIT a 3-3 to 0-3 lead at that early stage. It was 3-9 to 0-11 at half time but improving UCC had the gap down to a single point with nine minutes remaining. UCC then landed three points in a row, CIT got one back but it is the university students who advance.

County Championship Football Fixtures

Ballincollig: Senior Championship 1st Round: v St Finbarr's at Páirc Uí Rinn, Monday May 4th, 4.45pm
Éire Óg: Premier Intermediate C'ship 1st Round: v Bantry Blues, Friday May 1st at Ballingeary, 7pm
Naomh Abán: Premier Intermediate Championship 1st Round: v Grenagh at Coachford, Saturday May 2nd, 7pm.
Grenagh: Premier Intermediate Championship 1st Round: v Naomh Abán at Coachford, Saturday May 2nd, 7pm.
Ballinora: Premier Intermediate Championship 1st Round: v Mallow at Blarney, Saturday May 2nd, 7pm.
Cill na Martra: Intermediate Championship 1st Round: v Fermoy at Ballincollig, Saturday May 2nd, 6.30pm
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Premier Intermediate Championship 1st Round: v Macroom at Cill na Martra, Saturday, May 9th, 6pm.
Macroom: Premier Intermediate Championship 1st Round: v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh at Cill na Martra, Saturday May 9th, 6pm.
Aghabullogue: Intermediate Championship 1st Round: Defeated Mitchelstown 2-11 to 1-13 to advance to Rd. 4.

County Championship Hurling/ Football Fixtures

Sat. May 2: J 'B' FC Prelim 2, Gleann na Laoí v St Johns
Sat. May 9th: J 'B' FC R1, Rathpeacon v Gleann na Laoí/St Johns
Saturday May 16th PIHC R1, Mallow v Inniscarra, 7pm at Mourne Abbey
IHC, Ballygarvan v Éire Óg, 6pm at Brinny
J 'B' HC R1, Laochra Óg v Lismire, 3.30pm at Banteer
J 'B' HC R1, Gabriel Rangers v Uíbh Laoire, 3.30pm at Aughaville
Sunday May 17th IHC R1, Ballincollig v Kilbrittain, 2.30pm at Bandon
U-21 'B' QF, Cill na Martra v St Nicholas/Passage
Sunday May 24th PIHC R1, Blarney v Kilworth 3.45pm at P Uí Rinn
PIFC R2: If Naomh Abán v Newmarket/Kiskeam (or May 30th)
Saturday May 30th SFC R2, Ballincollig/St Finbarrs v Dohenys/Aghada
PIFC R2 Nemo Rangers/St Michaels v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh/Macroom
PIFC R2 St Vincents/Na Piarsaigh v Bantry Blues/Eire Óg
PIFC R2 Castletownbere/Carrigaline v Ballinora/Mallow
IHC R1, Dripsey v Meelin, 7.30pm at Banteer.
IHC R1, Grenagh v Aghabullogue, 7 pm at Ballyanley
Junior 'B' H.C. Round 2
Sunday May 31st IFC R2 Kildorrery/Kinsale v Cill na Martra/Fermoy
Monday June 1st U-21 'A' QF Inniscarra v Beara, 3.30pm at Aughaville
PIFC if Grenagh, Grenagh v Newmarket/Kiskeam

Cork Fixtures

Munster Minor Football Championship

:Wednesday May 13th: at Tralee, Munster MF SF Kerry v Cork, 7.00pm
Sunday June 7th: At Thurles, Munster SHC SF Cork v Waterford and Munster IHC SF Cork v Waterford
Saturday June 14th at Páirc Uí Rinn: Munster S.F.C. SF Cork v Clare/Limerick and Munster J.F.C. SF Cork v Clare/Limerick

Allianz National Foot League Div 1 Final

Dublin 1 –21 Cork 2-7
For the second year in a row, Cork footballers were well beaten by Dublin in Croke Park in the concluding stages of the national league, last year in the semi-final, this year at the final stage. Cork were never in contention in this game and would appear to still have a lot of the problems they had last year.
Dublin were in firm control at the interval, leading 1-9 to 0-5, with Cork having failed to register a score from play in the entire first half. Cork finally got their first score from play on 48 minutes, with Mark Collins finding the net but Dublin replied instantly with a point from Paddy Andrews, to take the sting out of the Cork strike.
The final 15 minutes were fairly academic as Dublin tagged on points with ease to cruise home. It was harrowing stuff for Cork, who simply had no answer to Dublin's wide gallery of attacking options. Cork managed a second goal before the end, Daniel Goulding finishing past Cluxton, but there was no hiding place for the Rebels after this one - they were simply never in the game.
The only consolation for Brian Cuthbert is that Cork have almost two months to recover before their Munster championship opener against the winners of Clare v Limerick on June 14.
Cork: Ken O'Halloran; NOEL GALVIN (Ballincollig), Michael Shields, James Loughrey; Jamie O'Sullivan, Conor Dorman, Tomás Clancy; Eoin Cadogan, FINTAN GOOLD (Macroom); Kevin O'Driscoll, John O'Rourke, Colm O'Driscoll; Colm O'Neill, Mark Collins, Brian Hurley. Subs: Paul Kerrigan (27), DANIEL GOULDING (Éire Óg)(37), Barry O'Driscoll (50), Donal Óg Hodnett (52), John Hayes (58), Stephen Cronin (63).

National Hurling League Division 1 Final

Cork play Waterford in Thurles on Sunday May 3rd, 3.30pm in the Allianz National Hurling League Final. The game will be preceded by the Camogie National League final between Cork and Galway.
Cork hurlers qualified by defeating Dublin 1-27 to 2-23, a one point victory and the Rebels had to come from 12 points down at one stage to win in dramatic fashion at Kilkenny. Cork however appear to have some problems, particularly in defence. There was no Mid Cork representative on the Cork panel.
Waterford beat Tipperary by a point in the other semi-final, also played at Kilkenny. Cork and Waterford will also clash in the Munster championship semi-final on June 7th next.


Galway and Cork will play in the Division 1 final of the Irish Daily Star Camogie League, having battled to overcome Kilkenny and Limerick in their respective semi-finals.
Cork were made work very hard by a Limerick side continuing to make giant strides and it was only in the last 10 minutes that the All-Ireland champions' experience showed as they pulled away for a 1-12 to 0-10 victory.
Cork went ahead early on with a goal from Amy O'Connor and she added a quick point before the Limerick defence, in which Sarah Carey excelled, managed to put the shackles on her. It was to prove an essential opening though as Limerick fought back well with the magnificent Niamh Mulcahy scoring points from frees and play. Noreen Barry forced Cork goalkeeper, Amy Lee into a fabulous save but with the wind at their backs in the second half, the Shannonsiders would have been pleased to be trailing by just one point at the change of ends, 1-5 to 0-7.
It was nip and tuck in the second period, with Orla Cotter (who finished with six points) and Mulcahy (0-7) exchanging scores. Lee made another good stop to keep her goal intact but Cork finished strongly. Aisling Thompson and Cotter showed well when it really counted, while Briege Corkery had a massive impact off the bench in that closing period.

Ladies Football

In the Tesco Ladies National League semi-final at Dromcollogher, Cork defeated Kerry 0-13 to 0-10 while Galway defeated Dublin 4-13 to 3-4 at Mullingar. Cork will now contest their 11th National League final in 12 years and their eighth successive league final under Éamonn Ryan. Cork will be endeavouring to make it three in a row for the second time when they meet Galway on Saturday May 9th.
Cork and Kerry were level five times in the first half and the Rebels led by a single point 0-7 to 0-6 at the break. Valerie Buckley and Briege Corkery formed a very effective midfield partnership. Eimear Scally was absent through injury.
The aforementioned Briege Corkery has just announced her engagement to Diarmuid Scannell, C úil Aodha. Congratulations from all at the Lee Valley Outlook.

Mid Cork Junior Football

Quish's Super Valu Junior Football League Division 1

                  P W D L P

Clondrohid 5 3 1 1 7
Inniscarra 4 2 2 0 6
Kilmurry 4 3 0 1 6
Donoughmore 5 2 1 2 5
Ballincollig 2 2 0 0 4
Aghinagh 3 2 0 1 4
Canovee 5 2 0 3 4
Kilmichael 4 1 1 2 3
Blarney 5 1 1 3 3
Iveleary 4 1 0 3 2
Dripsey 3 0 0 3 0

Quish's Super Valu Junior Football League Division 1 Results

Clondrohid 2-9 1-4 Donoughmore
Blarney 1-6 0-8 Canovee
Dripsey 0-9 3-8 Ballincollig
Kilmurry 1-6 0-5 Iveleary
Inniscarra 0-9 0-9 Clondrohid
Donoughmore 0-8 0-7 Blarney
Canovee 0-13 0-11 Dripsey
Kilmichael 0-14 1-9 Aghinagh
Dripsey 1-8 1-9 Donoughmore
Blarney 0-7 0-15 Kilmurry
Iveleary 1-13 1-14 Aghinagh
Aghinagh 3-7 0-11 Kilmurry
Clondrohid 2-11 0-4 Kilmichael
Donoughmore 2-4 0-10 Inniscarra
Ballincollig 2-14 1-7 Canovee
Clondrohid 4-10 0-14 Iveleary
Inniscarra 0-15 0-10 Canovee
Iveleary 1-16 1-12 Kilmichael
Blarney 0-10 3-12 Inniscarra
Donoughmore 1-5 0-11 Kilmurry
Canovee 2-9 0-14 Clondrohid
Kilmichael 1-5 0-8 Blarney

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Sean O'Donoghue, Inniscarra GAA, photographed with family members as he receives the Muskerry GAA/ Auld Triangle Sport's Award for March from Michael O'Riordan at the award's function. ©Mike English

Muskerry Sports Star of the Month

Sean O'Donoghue of Inniscarra has been selected as the first winner of the 2015 Auld Triangle/Muskerry GAA Sports Star of the Month Award for the month of March. Nineteen year old Seán is an outstanding young hurler and footballer and was a member of the Cork U21 football team which recently defeated Limerick and Kerry in the Munster championship before losing by the narrowest of margins to Tipperary in the final at Thurles. Seán was a key player with Inniscarra that won the Muskerry U21 A football championship for only the second time ever. Inniscarra defeated Ballincollig, Naomh Abán and Macroom to take the title and in recognition of his performances with his club and with Cork, Seán was the selection of the judging panel for the March Award.
Seán and his family and friends were the guests of honour at the presentation function at the Auld Triangle Restaurant where Seán received his award from Michael O'Riordan, sponsor. Also present were members of the Mid Cork Board including Cathaoirleach JJ Long and Runaí William Buckley and Inniscarra club chairman, Michael O'Driscoll. Mr John Feeney, Chairman of the Awards Committee acted as MC for the pleasant function.
There will be seven more monthly awards over the coming months and the Muskerry Sports Star of the Year will be selected from these monthly award winners and announced at a Gala Dinner in January next.

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A Football Championship

First Round Fixtures:
Friday May 1st Kilmurry v Clondrohid at Macroom 7.30pm
Monday May 4th Canovee v Cill Na Martra at Clondrohid 3pm
Kilmichael v Donoughmore at Carrigadrohid 7pm
Blarney v Naomh Aban at Kilmurry 4pm
Tuesday May 5th. Ballincollig v Inniscarra at Blarney 7pm
Wednesday May 6th. Éire Óg v Aghinagh at Coachford 7.30pm
Sunday May 10th. Iveleary v Macroom at Ballingeary.
The losers of the first round games and Dripsey, who received a first round bye, will be entered in a second round draw. This draw will be made after the first round games are played.

First Round Preview

Champions Kilmurry should have a slight edge over Clondrohid but the latter did have a good championship season in 2014, losing to Dripsey at the third round stage.

Canovee disappointed in last year's championship after coming down from intermediate grade, but they should be too strong for the Cill na Martra second string.

Kilmichael v Donoughmore looks to be a very open affair, with both sides with reasonable hopes of victory.

Blarney would be expected to overcome the challenge of the Naomh Abán second team but they did lose to the Macroom juniors two years in a row, so the Baile Mhúirne men are in with a good chance here.

The Ballincollig and Inniscarra game should be very close. Ballincollig are county senior champions and had a big panel in training all last year, many of whom will now be lining out with the juniors. Inniscarra recently won the Mid Cork A U21 title and football is strong in the club at present. A good contest seems in prospect.

Aghinagh, beaten championship finalists last year and subsequently league champions, should be too strong for the Éire Óg juniors.

Iveleary should not have any great difficulty in overcoming the challenge of the Macroom juniors and in Cathal Vaughan they have a player of real quality.

Macroom GAA

Macroom intermediate footballers defeated visitors Newmarket at the Castle Grounds in a County League- Division Two game. The final score was 1-16 to 0-12 and this win gives Macroom a record to date of three wins and two defeats from their five league games played. Championship opponents Béal Átha have a record of three wins and one draw from their six games played to date, so there is little to separate the teams on league form.

Macroom played reasonably well and a positive sign is that some players are coming into form at the right time. James O'Connell, Eoin O'Mahony, Rory Buckley, David Goold and Seán Kiely were prominent and gave strong leadership to the younger players. David Goold, Rory Buckley, Tony Dineen and Conor O'Sullivan scored the first half points to enable Macroom to be level at half time on a 0-8 scoreline to each side after a very competitive opening period. Macroom then went two points clear per David Goold frees but Newmarket fought back to equality. John Murphy put Macroom back in front in the 45th minute and from there to the finish Macroom were on top with points from Goold, Sean Kiely, and Conor O'Sullivan and a superb 48th minute goal from Ciarán Murphy which was really the match clincher. The line out was: James O'Connell, Alan Quinn, Eoin O'Mahony, Michael Cahill: Kevin O'Dwyer, Rory Buckley, Ciarán Murphy: Seán Kiely, David Cotter: Ger Angland, David Goold, Tony Dineen: Conor O'Sullivan, James Quinlan, John Murphy. Subs: James Murphy and Olan O'Mahony.

Macroom play their Premier intermediate championship first round game against Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh at Cill na Martra on Saturday June 9th at 6pm.

Macroom juniors play Iveleary in the Mid Cork Junior A Championship at Ballingeary on the following day.

St. Val's Club News

Senior Teams Congrats on defeating Eire Óg in the County A League. Well done to the Junior team who defeated Naomh Abán in Division 2A in a tight game, with a 3:09 to 3:05 victory. Congrats to the U21 team who defeated Rosscarbery in the County A semi-final in Newcestown recently.
Under 16s played Nemo in the U16A Mid Cork league without some regulars starting. It provided a great opportunity for all the squad to get some game time and for some U14s to get match experience at this level. With Sinead Plunkett and Sarah Burns scoring freely and Ciara Hughes dominating the game from midfield, the match turned out to be a one-sided affair with Val's winning comfortably. Kitty O'Brien and Ciara Plunkett, from the U14s, were rock solid and well capable at this level when they came on as were Joanne Kelly, Marian Lee and Zara Knight throughout the game. Our next match against Eire Óg is scheduled for Tues 5th May in Eire Óg and things will then quiet down for 'study time' for the Junior Cert.
Under 14s had mixed fortunes in their recent league matches, losing to Nemo and defeating Bishopstown. Good luck to them V Carrigaline in their Mid Cork league match on Thursday 30th @ 7:30 in Cloughduv. Please come and support them.
Under 12B team play Ballygarvan in their Mid Cork league in Carrigadrohid on Friday 1st May @ 7pm. Please support our up and coming players. Hard luck to the same team who lost to Carrigaline B team by 1 point in their first match. Our U12A team lost by a point to Nemo in a cracking game with the final score of 4:06 to 3:08. Both these tough games will stand in good stead to the girls for the remainder of their league campaigns.
Inter-County Well done to the St Val's & Cork senior players on their win over Kerry in the NFL Semi at the weekend. Galway are their opponents in the final after the defeated Dublin.
Best wishes to the Val's players involved with the Cork Minor team who play Tipperary in the Munster Final on 4th May, venue tbc, and to the Cork U14 team that play Waterford in their Munster Final on 2nd May, venue tbc.Don't forget to check out the new Mid-cork website where all local results and fixtures can be viewed – see www.midcorklgfa.com
Registration of players for the coming season is still being collected by your team management. The fees are as follows: Adult(over 18) €65, Juvenile(11-18) €50, Under 10 €30. Please return the forms to your team manager asap.

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Kilmurry GAA Easter camp ©

Kilmurry G.A.A.

Training for all underage teams is in progress, with training each Sunday mornings at 11am for age groups U6 to U12. The pitch is a hive of activity with children of all ages enjoying themselves. The U13, U14 and U16 training sessions are held during the week.
Kilmurry U10s have had two challenge matches in recent weeks. They travelled to Clondrohid on April and, with the large number of players that attended, there were two teams from each club and each team played two matches. Both of Kilmurry's teams played very well. April 23rd Kilmurry travelled to Macroom for another challenge match and competed well/
Kilmurry's U11s recently played Macroom in a Cork Eastern division league match at home. They played very well and were on top throughout the game. The final scoreline was Kilmurry 6 - 7 to Macroom's 1 - 1. Well done to all and best of luck in their upcoming matches.
April 16 Kilmurry's U12s played Inniscarra in a Cork Eastern division football league 2 match. Kilmurry played well from the start and finished as deserving winners with the final scoreline of Kilmurry 6 -11 Inniscarra 5 - 4.
In the U14 C football league 1, Kilmurry played Lee Gaels on April 23, away in Dripsey. Kilmurry played with great determination on the night and were deserving victors with a very impressive scoreline of Kilmurry 8 - 19 to Lee Gaels 4 - 2.. Well done to all players and keep it up for your upcoming matches.
April 24, Kilmurry held its annual fundraising table quiz in Mai's Fitz's, Lissarda. The event was very well supported and a great night's sport, craic and entertainment was had by all. Everyone had a very enjoyable night. Thank you to everyone who supported the event in any way.

Laochra Óg

Laochra Óg U14s played Donoughmore away in a great contest. Laochra grew in confidence as the first half progressed and had a one point lead at halftime. Donoughmore rallied at start of second half but the lads dug deep and it was an intense and hard fought last twenty minutes. They created chances but failed to convert enough. Result: Donoughmore 6-6(24) Laochra Óg 4-10(22) . Great praise due to the young lads. They never gave up.
U16 hurlers faced Grenagh April 20 in Grenagh. A young team, they struggled from the beginning with tough opposition. Grenagh won in the end. Great game by all the players. Thanks to players and parents for making the journey and supporting the team.
Fixtures. Thursday April 30th Whitescross v Laochra Óg in Macroom Tom Creedon Park at 7 p.m., Saturday 2nd May U11s hurling league 4 Mayfield v Laochra Og in Mayfield at 2 p.m.
Wednesday 6th May U14s C Kilta Óg v Laochra Óg in Castlemartyr at 7 : 30 p.m.
Times to be confirmed.

Canovee G.A.A.

On April the 17 th Canovee played Inniscarra in the junior A football league in a fine open game. Inniscarra led by nine points to seven at half time . Mark Healy , Mark Verling , and Michael Deasy getting the points. Inniscarra had the better of the second half and at the final whistle were ahead Inniscarra 0.15 to Canovee 0.10 , however Canovee missed a great goal chance to draw level at a crucial point in the second half . Team Darren shine , Blake ring , Daniel o Sullivan , James mc Carthy , georid Lucey , Paul o Sullivan , James Moynhian , eamonn Lyons , Liam kelleher , Denis o Sullivan , Sean o Connor , mark Healy 0.07, mark Verling ,0.01 Michael Deasy 0.02, Darren Twomey , subs Paul Twomey , Michael Quinlan , Conor Buckley
April 21st junior football league division 2 Canovee 0.08 Iveleary 2.15
Minor. Football league Canovee 2.14 St Finbarr's 1.02
Canovee under age played two matches on April 23rd in perfect conditions in Carrigadrohid , in under 11 goals by Adam mc Nulty,Jamie o Connor and Cathal Driscoll helped canovee to beat lee gaels by 3.12 to 1.02,at minor level goals by Brian Verling and Patrick Buckley put canovee in command against st finbarrs ,final score Canovee 2.12 st Finbarr's 1.02
On April 24 th Canovee played Clondrohid in the junior A league. Clondrohid started the better and a few early points had them ahead . Canovee replied with a long range Michael Deasy effort and mark Verling points, further points by mark Healy and Darren Twomey added to a James Moynhian goal who finished well from a Liam kelleher pass left Clondrohid ahead at half time by 0.09 to 1.05 ,Clondrohid had the better of the second half but further points by Verling , Healy and Moynhian kept Canovee in touch . Canovee were still behind late in the game when tro moments of brilliance from mark Verling won the game for Canovee . First he sent a powerful free kick to the net and then winning the kick out sent over the winner to seal a dramatic win for Canovee , final score Canovee 2,09 Clondrohid 0.14. Canovee were fortunate winners on this occasion but kept at it when all seemed lost team David Wiseman , William Ahern , Daniel o Sullivan , James Scanlan , Brian Ahern , Michael Dunne , Blake ring , eamonn Lyons , Michael Deasy , Liam kelleher , mark Healy , mark Verling , James Moynhian , Darren Twomey , subs Darren Twomey , Paul Twomey , Denis o Sullivan
Canovee 5-10 to Douglas 1-2. On Friday evening April 24th Canovee hosted Douglas in the under 14 A Eastern league. Canovee playing with wind advantage in the first half started in impressive fashion and with on a scoring blitz which yielded 3-4 from Jack Kelleher and a goal from James Downey also there was some fine points from Connor O Neill ( 2 ) and Daniel Browne. Douglas got more into the game in the second half but found Canovee defence in top form, points from Diarmuid Nolan, Jack Kelleher ( 2 ) and a goal from Conor Dodd sealed a comfortable victory Team: Jack O Connor, Ben Cheasty, Eoin McNabola, Connie O Riordan, Diarmuid Nolan, Odhran O Driscoll, Cian Cronin, Eoin Moynihan, Brian McNabola, Connor O Neill,Evan Dodd, James Downey ,Daniel Browne, Jack Kelleher, Conor Dodd.

World's Shortest Basketball Game

Ballincollig Basketball Club's U18 Girls won the league in a dramatic finish to their season with a win over Lee Valley. The title was won with victory in their last league game of the season. The match will live long in the memory of the players. The game lasted thirty seconds on the night but started last November. Back in November the game was abandoned with thirty seconds remaining due to a wet floor resulting in an injury to a player with the game tied at twenty seven points each. Both teams were on top of the league with one defeat each. The winners of the thirty seconds game would be crowned champions.
Ballincollig had the ball at the restart. They advanced under pressure and attempted a shot which missed but won the rebound and attempted a shot only for the shooter to be fouled in the act. A shooting foul gave us two free throws and the Lee Valley coach called a time out to try and put pressure on the shooter. Fourteen seconds remained when the shooter stepped up to attempt shots that could decide an entire season's work. The first shot swished the net for a score, giving us a point lead. Second shot hit the ring; we gained the rebound and missed on the put back. With the clock running down Lee Valley advanced with the ball over the half way line. Ballincollig defence regrouped and after a hectic scramble, regained control of the ball to see out the final seconds and take the win. The League was won due to a very committed squad of sixteen players who deserve their win for their efforts throughout a hard season.

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Members of Crookstown Karate Club with Sensei Garrett O'Donovan, club instructor, who has been selected as Junior Kata & Kumite coach for the SKIF Irish squad. ©

Crookstown Karate club

Crookstown Karate club continues to grow in strength and to have great success in competition. 12 members of the club travelled to the National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy to compete in the IJKA Munster Open Competition. The competitors showed great spirit on the day, coming up against very strong opposition from many clubs throughout Ireland. The club did very well, bringing home 13 medals – 3 gold, 5 silver & 5 bronze -- well done to everyone. Many congratulation to our Sensei Garrett O'Donovan, club instructor, who has been selected as Junior Kata & Kumite coach for the SKIF Irish squad. This is well deserved recognition of his dedication to the art of karate and passing these values/ skills to his students over many years.

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Macroom Soccer u14 team ©Darragh Deasy


AUL Premier League Results

Macroom A 3 Cathedral Celtic 1.
Macroom A 3 Springfield 0.
The first team picked up two deserved home victories recently. Cathedral Celtic were visitors to Murrayfield and found themselves three goals behind at the break. The opening two goals came from Pat Kelleher corners. The third goal was well finished by Sean Quinn after good work from captain James O' Connor.
Cobh based side Springfield found Macroom in excellent form. The visiting keeper had already made two good saves before Dec O' Riordan broke the deadlock, with a fantastic 25 yard drive that flew into the top corner. On the hour mark the second goal came when excellent work from Barry O' Donnell left James O' Connor to apply the finish past the last defender. And O' Connor doubled his tally late on with a well taken goal from close range. This was perhaps Macroom's best performance this season with a strong defensive line led by Danny Kelleher also catching the eye.
Under 14 Promotion. The Under 14 side have finished their division 1 league campaign as runners up and have won promotion for the 2015/16 season. This is a hugely significant step for Macroom F.C. as this team will be the first schoolboys team within the club to play in a Premier league; the highest possible standard in Cork schoolboys football. This team have made huge strides since beginning at Under 11 level, thanks to players and coaches and is managed by Cathal Prendeville with assistance from Fergal Meaney and Kevin Sheehan. Under 14 Squad: Eoin Twomey, Kuba Byrdziak, Darren Quinn, Dylan Sullivan, Darragh Linehan, Chris O' Connell, Cillian O' Donovan, Shane Meaney, Dennis Dullea, Mateusz Juszczak, Jack Kelleher, Jack O' Riardan, Robert O' Donovan, Eoin Cahill, Arek Swazja, Jamie Relihan, Oisin Shovlin, Caelum Lynch and Dylan Twomey.
Under 11 Division 2, Youghal Utd 0 Macroom A 7.
Macroom travelled to Ardrath Park to take on Youghal in glorious sunshine. From the off the visitors controlled the game with Robert Lucey and Mark Hunt linking up well. The breakthrough came in the 10th minute when Hunt's ball to the back post was fired home by Ben Lyons. It was 2-0 shortly after thanks to Leon Doody. Jack Martin and Thomas Morgans kept the Macroom goal intact. On the stroke of half time, Ryan Leahy scored a penalty, resulting in a 3-0 interval lead. In the second half Liam Holland made it 4-0. Darragh McCarthy and Ryan Leahyand Holland combined for another and, with time almost up, Doody stabbed home his second goal, making it 6-0. And in injury time Macroom were awarded another penalty and Daire McMahon made it a magnificent 7. In what was a great squad effort, best on the day were Mark Hunt, Robert Lucey, Jack Martin, Ben Lyons and Liam Holland.
FAI Summer Soccer Schools. This hugely anticipated summer camp, open to girls and boys from ages 6-13, will once again be hosted by Macroom F.C. at Murrayfield from July 6th-July 10th. This event has proven to be a great success throughout the country in recent years with the Macroom camp being enjoyed by large numbers from the local area. Demand has been massive and this year promises to be no different. Anyone interested can book online at www.summersoccerschools.ie or by calling 1890 653 653.

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Committee and supporters at the launch of Macroom Golf Club Course Development Classic which will be held on June 26. © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Golf Club

Men's Results: April 14. Seniors : 1st E O'Connor(15), J Purcell(22), B O'Hea(25) 46.4
Nevada Bob's open singles 1st A Kelleher(11) 42 pts,2nd V O'Mahony(19) 36pts
Open singles 1st P Delea (23) 40pts, 2nd K Sheehan(3) 38 pts,3rd D Buckley(21) 38pts
April 21. Seniors :1st Oliver Sexton(12), Christina Cronin(21), Liam Murphy(23) 44 pts
Thursday Open Singles: 1st David Byrne(26) 39 pts ,2nd Tom Egan(11) fermoy 38 pts
Weekend Open singles 1st Mark O'Flynn(12) 47 pts ,2ndAlbert Groarke(16) 42 pts,3rd Kieth Stafford(11) 42 pts Gross Ian Wiseman(4) 39 pts
Fixtures: Tuesday, seniors scramble. Thursday Nevada Bobs Open Singles. Sat and Sun Open Singles. Bank Holiday Monday: Open 3 person Scramble.
Ladies Results. Sun 19th & Wed 22nd 18Hole Stroke &Putting. ILGU Medal / O'Shea Cup.
Winner - Noreen O'Sullivan (29) 67 net. On B/9. 2nd Ann Morris (35). 67 net. 3rd Ber O'Shea (10). 71 net. 4th Margaret Buckley (19) 73 net. Putting - Ger Galvin 31putts.