Lee Valley Outlook May 28 2015 v12e11

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Ballymakeera East from Gort an Imill © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Kilmurry G.A.A. Family Funday May 30th 3-6pm in Kilmurry GAA pitch
Dromleigh N.S. Spans 3 Centuries with John Greene on C103 FM radio Sun. May 31 at 7p.m.
Rosary at the Grotto: New St. Macroom. Sun. May 31 at 7.30pm.
Coffee Morning for St. Joseph's Young Priests' Society, Fri. June 5, 10.30a.m. Fr. Ryan Hall.
Remembrance Ceremony for World War 1 participants at Ballincollig Sat 6 June at 3.00 pm.
World War 1 Exhibition in Ballincollig on Sat , 6 June 11a.m.- 4p.m.
Macroom Church Gate collection for MS Cork Branch at weekend June 6-7.
Corpus Christi Processions. Sun. June 7.
Dromleigh N.S. Spans 3 Centuries with John Greene on C103 FM radio Sun. June 7 at 7p.m.
Over 60s Talent Final June 7 at City Hall, Cork at 8p.m. with Pat Murphy
Carraig a' Staighre Famine Mass, Mon. June 8 at 7.30p.m.
Kilmurry Active Retirement Group walk on June 9 from Kilmurry Museum at 7:30pm..
Macroom Cemetery Mass at graveyard, Killarney Road, on Fri June 12 at 7:30pm
Dromleigh N.S. Kilmichael 175th anniversary celebrations Sat. June 13 from 11a.m.
Aghinagh Macra 5k fun run/ walk on Sun June 14 from 2p.m. at Laine Bar.
Dromleigh N.S. Kilmichael Fun for All Day Sun. June 14 from 2p.m.
Pirates of Carriganima: Sun 14th of June from 2 pm at school.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club Annual Members' Outing Sat June 20
Daniel Kingston Memorial 5k in Macroom on Wed 24th June at 8p.m.
C.A.R.T. Carriganimma social at Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, Sat. June 27.
Liz Lucey Run from Inchigeela. July 12.
Parent & Toddler group Mon mornings of school term, 10am-12, Tarelton Community Centre.
Kilmurry Active Retirement Group Bluebell Walk every Mon. From Kilmurry Church carpark 7:30pm.

.Macroom Library: .
Story time Saturdays at 12 noon.
Adult Book Club Wed. June 3 at 11.30am
The Purlies Thurs. June 4 at 11a.m. .
ACOL Bridge Wed. June 10 at 10.30a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte le Nora Levis, Thurs. June 11 at 11.30a.m.
June Art Exhibition Landscape Lee Valley.

Briery Gap:
Selma Mon 1st June
Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer Sat. June 6 at 8.00pm.
Frankie Gavin with De Danaan and Greenshine Fri. 12th June at 8.30pm.
The Hundred Foot Journey Mon 15th June
Love is Strange Mon 22nd June
Foxcatcher Mon 29th June

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

Briery Gap in Run for Mayor's Award

Briery Gap Community Group Events have been shortlisted for an award at the County Cork Mayor's Community & Voluntary Awards on June 3rd. The groups include Youth Theatre, Christmas Pantomime and the annual Musical. Briery Gap's Youth Theatre was established to develop the creativity of teenagers in the Lee Valley area and to promote their artistic talents through theatre performance and production. The Youth Theatre meets on Mondays at 7.00pm in the Briery Gap. All youths aged 12 – 21 are welcome. The group includes many talented actors and musicians, but members also gain experience in set design, costuming, lighting, dancing and all aspects of the performing arts.
Briery Gap celebrates 16 years of Pantomime this year. With a dedicated cast of up to 150 performers, the annual production has gained a reputation as one of the best Pantos in the country. This year's show promises to be even bigger and better than before – oh no it isn't – oh yes it is!
Briery Gap Players most recent production, "Oliver!", was its sixth Spring Musical and the most successful to date, having already presented classics such as Oklahoma, Calamity Jane, Showboat, South Pacific and The Sound of Music. As a testament to the reputation and success of the productions, the group has been invited to perform at Cork's iconic Everyman Theatre for the past two years. The wonderfully talented RTE Director, Kevin Hough has been with the group since the beginning, working alongside Briery Gap Manager & Musical Director Ann Dunne, Ann Egan, Costume Designer Rita O'Brien, Set Designer Denis Coleman, not to mention an enthusiastic cast and crew of talented Macrompians who work hard to put the "razzle dazzle" on for appreciative audiences year after year.
Briery Gap is delighted to be nominated for this special honour and its personnel is very proud of all the dedicated individuals who come together to make these groups so successful.

New Café for Macroom

'Chocolate Café' opened at the bookshop in Fitz-Gerald Street, Macroom on Monday, May 25 and will be open for business 6 days a week, 10a.m. to 5.30p.m. It offers Badger and Dodo Coffee, O'Connell's Hot Chocolate, Co Co Bean Chocolate, Pandora Bell, Skelligs, Chez Emily as well as Hadji Bey's Turkish Delight. The café got great local support for the opening and Elia, the barrista from Badger and Dodo called in to check it out and offer his support. At present, there are 3 trained barristas, Shirley Finnoula and Michaela.
As well as fantastic coffee, Chocolate Café offers amazing chocolate costing just 65 cent as well as rocky road millionaire squares and many many other sweet treats. Come along and treat yourself.

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Pat Kelleher, Chairman Macroom Lions, presenting a cheque to Sr. Brigid for the building fund at St. Joseph's Primary School. Also included, Michael Lillis, Ted Kelleher, Denis Canty and Liam Walsh © Lee Valley Outlook

Litter Challenge

Judging continues in the County Council sponsored Litter Challenge and Macroom is still in the middle of the field. During the second period of judging, May 11th to May 20th, O'Connor Park, the designated area, did very well, scoring 99.8, with just two cigarette butts spoiling the perfection of the estate. The Town Centre still has plenty room for improvement.
After the second round of judging, Ballincollig is still in the lead on 1945, followed by Bantry, Mitchelstown, Clonakilty, Kanturk, Macroom on 1837, Carrigaline, Midleton, Charleville and Cobh. The third period of the Litter Challenge is 25th May - 3rd June, during which time the Town Centre will again be inspected and The Orchard is the nominated estate. The Villages Semi Final runs 29th June to 8th July and the County Final 20th - 24th July.

St. Mary's Updates

The Catherine Mc Auley Awards were held in St. Mary's on Tuesday 12th May. Dr. Juliette Buckley, Mater Private Cork, was the most Distinguished Past Pupil. She spoke eloquently of her career to date and gave some good sound advice to the students. Briege Corkery, past pupil, also attended and presented the sports awards on the night. She spoke of her sports career and advised students to find their niche in life. There were numerous awards recipients, including Niamh Duggan who received the Gerard Healy Sports Award; Mairead Corkery who was presented with the Senior Sports Award by sister, Briege Corkery; Maeve Kelleher who received the Junior Sports Award; Sinead Cronin received the CEIST Award. This is a new category sponsored by the school trustees and was presented by Sr. Eilish, chairperson of the Board of Management. Other categories included were full attendance, individual subject awards for 6th years, Press Pass Awards, Irish Debating and Inter School teams, Gaisce. Dr Juliette Buckley presented the Catherine Mc Auley Awards and the Junior and Senior Academic Awards. Photos in the next issue of the Lee Valley Outlook.

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All Ireland Football and Camogie star, Rena Buckley, visits McEgan College during Health Week ©An Scoil

McEgan Updates

Leaving Certificate Graduation Mass was held in the school on May 27. Thirty seven students graduated on the day - 28 Leaving Certificate students and 9 LCA students. Fr. O'Mahony celebrated the Mass and it was well attended by parents and staff. The students had diligently prepared for the Mass in the months leading up to the day. They put together a beautiful liturgy which was complemented by lovely music and singing. Congratulations to the Class of 2015 and the very best of luck to each of them as they leave McEgan College.
Console is a national organisation supporting people in suicidal crisis and those bereaved by suicide, through professional counselling, support and helpline services. Their annual flag day was held in Macroom on May 12. McEgan College transition year students collected in the town throughout the day to raise essential funds for this worthwhile organisation. Well done to the students who took part. This collection raised €448. Staff at the school also donated money. Between the two collections, €927 was raised. This money will go towards meeting the needs of those who contact the organisation for support.
Health Week McEgan College, Macroom came up with an innovative response to the growing concerns surrounding childhood obesity in Ireland. For a second consecutive year, the school offered a full week dedicated to the promotion of healthy lifestyles and exercise and fitness. Health week 2015 was a resounding success. A committee led by PE Teacher, Mr. Twomey and his Sports and Recreation class met in early March to plan a fun packed week for both teachers and students. The project focused on the promotion of a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating and exercise. During the week speakers from organisations such as Herbal Life, Macroom Physiotherapy and Cork Youth Health Services met with students to offer advice and to highlight the benefits of a healthy life style to their long term health and wellbeing. A variety of activities such as a GAA blitz , a Sports day, bubble ball, cross bar challenges, novelty events and penalty shoot outs were also organised and even the staff of McEgan got involved when past pupil Danny Payne put them through their paces during lunch time Zumba classes. All students and some staff took part in the 5k park run, with Katie Dineen 1st year, winning the junior run; Conor Corkery, 5th Year, the senior run and Mr. Twomey the first teacher over the line. Congratulations, and well done to all involved.
Junior Cycle students along with their parents and teachers rounded off another successful year with the JCSP awards ceremony. The JCSP programme recognises student's academic success but also focuses on their artistic and extracurricular achievements. Student work was on display and the audience enjoyed both music and poetry recitals from the students. It was a very special occasion for some 3rd year students who were graduating from the programme. JCSP co-ordinator, Ms. Buckley, commended their efforts and wished them the very best in their upcoming exams. "All the students here today have worked exceptionally hard and each of them is talented in their own unique way. This is obvious not only from the fantastic projects on display but also from the performances this afternoon. I wish each and every one of them, particularly our 3rd years, the very best in their upcoming exams. It has been my pleasure to work with them over the last number of years".

Premiere of 'Macroom'.

A brand new, historical drama, 'Macroom', which speculates on the last hours of Michael Collins, Commander in Chief of the Free State forces, will premiere in the Everyman Theatre, Cork August 4 – 22 (excluding Sundays). Playwright, Ian Pattison, speculated on the events of August 22, a landmark day in Irish history. It depicts Collins meeting with a Republican representative in Macroom, with a view to ending the Civil War. Arising from his death at Béal na mBláth, following a gun-fight, later on that fateful day, Jock McPeak, machine gunner, goes on the run. When eventually extradited from Scotland, he is interrogated by Director of Intelligence, Dave Neligan, regarding the day's events. 'Macroom' is directed by Patrick Talbot.

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Frances McCarthy with children from St. Colman's N.S. exploring the Moon through the TARA telescope at Macroom Library. © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Library

As part of Mallow Library Europe Direct Information Centre programme of events for 2015, a Blackrock Castle Observatory workshop took place in Macroom Library on Wednesday May 20th. The Library hosted students from 5th Class of St. Colman's Boys National School for a one hour workshop exploring the Moon through the TARA telescope. Project TARA helps to promote interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) by giving students access to a live robotic telescope in California.
Closure: The Library will be closed on Saturday 30th May due to the Bank Holiday week end. While loan periods have been adjusted to take account of this, you may renew your items online at corkcoco.ie providing you have a PIN number on your account. Ask at the desk for further details. Alternatively, you can ring us at 026 42483 to have items renewed. Please have your library card to hand when doing this. The library will reopen at 10.00 am on Tuesday 2nd June.
Bookclub takes place on Wednesday 3rd June. This will be the last get together until September. Therefore, no book will be distributed at this meeting but a discussion of 'Testimony' by Anita Shreve, and other books the members have read and enjoyed since the last meeting, will take place. The Purlies will meet on Thursday 4th at 11 a.m. There is a possibility that some members may take part in 'World Wide Knit in Public Day' on Saturday 13th June. The nearest location to Macroom is Ballincollig, where it will take place in Tesco's Community Meeting Room from 10.30 amt 4.30pm approx. As with our own group, beginners will be welcomed and supplied with yarn and needles on the day. As this is a charity event, there is a charge of €5 which will benefit Sightsavers (preventing blindness in the third world). ACOL Bridge will take place on Wednesday 10th June beginning at 10.30. Ciorcal Cainte with Nora Levis on Thursday 11th June for an hour at 11.30. Refreshments will be served. Any level of Irish at all is welcome. Many thanks to Mary Curtin of CareChoice who was the final presenter of the season at our music morning on Friday May 12th. A very enjoyable morning by all accounts. With state exams coming up, our tables are choc a block with students studying. We have one table reserved for newspaper/magazine reading and we ask students to please adhere to this. Boston University Concert Band, as part of World Cultural Tours and Ireland Tour 2015, performed in the Briery Gap Cultural Centre in Macroom on May 26 and was much appreciated by the audience.

Boston Concert Band in Briery Gap

The 50-member Boston University Concert Band entertained an appreciative audience in the Briery Gap Cultural Centre, Macroom on May 26. Children from local schools joined in the fun as Dr. Jennifer Bill, Conductor, and Marisa Youngs, Assistant Conductor, introduced them to the various instruments - flute, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet and euphonium. They presented a varied programme that included the works of American composers and finished with a delighful number entitled Ireland of Legend and Lore, with the haunting melody of the Foggy Dew as a background theme.

Briery Gap Programme

Theatre: Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer onSaturday 6th June at 8.00pm. Tickets €25.
Frankie Gavin and De Danaan Friday 12th June at 8.30pm. Tickets €20. We are very pleased to announce that support will be provided by Macroom band, "Greenshine" - Noel Shine and Mary Green & Ellie Shine, a vocal trio with pure style and colour in all their wide repertoire of songs, will open the show to get the night off to a mighty start!
Macroom Youth Theatre. The Briery Gap's Youth Theatre brings you a showcase of their many talents, with an evening of music provided by the various bands within the group. Join us to celebrate the wonderful talent that has been uncovered over the past 12 months! Thursday 18th June @ 8.00pm Tickets €10 /€7
Cinema Selma Monday 1st June. Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The Hundred Foot Journey Monday 15th June. Hassan Kadam is an extraordinarily talented and largely self-taught culinary novice. When he and his family are displaced from their native India and settle in a quaint French village, they decide to open an Indian eatery. However, Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), the proprietress of an acclaimed restaurant just 100 feet away, strongly objects. War erupts between the two establishments, until Mallory recognizes Kadam's impressive epicurean gifts and takes him under her wing.
Love is Strange Monday 22nd June. Foxcatcher Monday 29th June.

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At Coffee Morning for Giving for Living Radiothon at J.C. Murphy's: Sheila Canty, Marcella O'Neill, organiser, Kitty Browne and Joan O'Callaghan. © Lee Valley Outlook


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Kilmurry G.A.A. Family Fun day will be held on May 30th 3-6pm in Kilmurry GAA pitch, with plenty for the family to do on the day. There will underage football Blitz, Adult football Blitz, BBQ, Cake Sale and Car wash. It promises to be a fantastic day and there will be plenty of amusements for both kids and adults (Tug of war, races, beat the keeper, longest kick). All funds raised will go towards the maintenance of the Pitch.

Irish Red Cross training nights from June 2nd at 8p.m. will be on a fortnightly basis for the summer months. Weekly training nights at Macroom Scout Hall, Cork Street, will resume in September. New member always welcome.

St. Joseph's Young Priests' Society. Coffee Morning in the Fr. Ryan Hall, Macroom on Friday, June 5 from 10.30a.m. This is the annual fundraiser for the support of student priests in Ireland and the Third World. The Society helped 860 students last year, 106 of those in Maynooth. Requests are constantly coming from seminaries in Ukraine, Africa etc. seeking more help as students have to be turned away due to lack of funds.

Multiple Sclerosis Cork Branch will hold a Church Gate collection at Masses in Macroom during the weekend June 6-7. Please support.

A Remembrance Ceremony for the soldiers and naval personnel from Ballincollig and surrounding parishes who died in World War 1 will be held in Ballincollig Shopping Centre on Saturday, 6 June at 3.00 pm. Almost 250 people from the area fought in the Great War and ninety-six of these were killed in action or died later from their wounds. Apart from Ballincollig, the dead came from Ballinora, Carrigrohane, Coachford, Crookstown, Dripsey, Inniscarra, Kerry Pike/Clogheen, Ovens/Farran and Waterfall. Muskerry Local History Society is organising the ceremony, and all the names of the war dead will be read out by primary school pupils. The list of war dead is based on the work of local historian, Anne Donaldson, which she published in Times Past 2014-15, the journal of Muskerry Local History Society. All are welcome to attend the ceremony, particularly descendants of those who died in the war.

Over 60s Talent Final will be held on June 7 at City Hall, Cork at 8p.m. and Pat Murphy will represent Macroom Senior Citizens/ Active Retired. Congratulations Pat and best of luck in the final. .

Kilmurry Active Retirement Group. Guided walk in Warrenscourt with Tom Galvin on 9th of June, meet in Kilmurry Museum at 7:30pm. All welcome. Bluebell Walk continues every Monday. Meet in Kilmurry Church carpark at 7:30pm. All welcome.

Macroom Cemetery Mass will be celebrated at St. Colman's Graveyard, Killarney Road on Friday 12th June at 7:30pm to remember all those buried in Macroom. All are welcome. Mass-goers are requested to arrive early to allow sufficient time to park and be on time for the Mass.

'Landscape: Lee Valley', an exhibition of recent work by Lissarda-based artist, at Macroom Library June 2-27 Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5.30pm. Admission Free

Pirates of Carriganima: Please join us at Carriganima N.S. for a pirate themed fun afternoon for all the family on Sunday, 14th of June from 2 pm! Treasure hunt, games, girls & boys dress up competition, raffle, BBQ, arts & crafts, races, cake sale, bric-a-brac & toy sale etc.

The 6th Daniel Kingston Memorial 5k is taking place on Wednesday 24th June at 8p.m. As with previous years, all surplus proceeds go to Cork ARC Cancer support House. Runners and walkers are welcome. Registration costs €10 per person. Further details can be found on www.danielkingstonmemorial.com .

First Holy Communion. Donoughmore children from St. Lachteen's N.S. received Holy Communion recently. They were Leah Geaney, Conor Twomey, Redmond Reardon, Orla Kelleher, Patrick Corkery, Patrick O'Rourke, John Casey, Finn O'Callaghan, Rory Honohan, Oisin Brew Dinan, Ciara O'Keeffe, David McDonnell, Tommy O'Sullivan, Matthew Power, Anna Crowley and Lisa Kaar. Their teacher, Ms. Cairtrin Murphy was with them during the beautiful ceremony, at which Fr Jerry O'Riordan P.P. officiated; the school choir sang and Mrs Ring played the organ. Thanks also to the parents' council who provided teas and refreshments in the school hall to over 200 people after the ceremony.

Scout Awards. Three Macroom Scouts - Arthur Murray, Sean Sweeney and Tadgh O'Leary – recently received the Chief Scout Award for Cub Scouts. This is the highest award a Cub Scout can achieve. In earning this award they had to complete a 20km hike on the Sheep's Head; they held a Boardgames Day for the public and all money raised went to the Special Needs Unit in St Colman's National School; they spent a night on a mountain in Killarney National Park and completed a large number of personal challenges. This is an amazing achievement for the Scouts and all at Macroom Scouts are very proud of them. Well done boys.

Nepal Breakfast. The generosity of the people of Macroom never fails us, as we in the Macroom & District Lions Club experienced on May 23 at our Breakfast for Nepal, in Lynch's Coffee Shop in the Square. A staggering total of €2953 was raised in a matter of hours for the poor victims of that horrible earthquake which killed thousands and left many more injured and homeless. That money will all go to Nepal where the Lions International have people working on the ground. Our sincere thanks to Humphrey and Pat and all the Lynch family and staff for providing us with super breakfasts, which were enjoyed by so many.

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt Club held their Club Strokeplay recently. Winners; were 1st Nett Barry Kelleher. 1st Gross Jim O Donoghue. 2nd Nett Sean O Leary. 2nd Gross Dan Kiely. The Club is always open to New Membership. Free Coaching Lessons will be given on Wednesday evening @ 7pm for the next few weeks. Come along and enjoy a hobby that lasts a lifetime. Never too young or old to start, whether an amateur or a pro. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 12/05/2015:- Jackpot €7,200. Numbers Drawn 12-25-32. No Winner - €70 Mary Lynch, Castle Street. €20. Brendan Kenneally, Glen Park Marguerite O'Riordan, Barrett Place. Joan Chapman, Oakwood. Tim Joe Lyons, Main Street Collette Mullins, Coolea,
19/05/2015:- Jackpot €7.400. Numbers Drawn 01-09-36. No Winner - €70 Josie O'Keeffe, Sleaveen West. €20. Mary O'Neill, Chapel Hill. Shelia Buttimer, Coolcower. Pat Murphy, 18 lower Cork Street. Catherine Murphy, Clonfadda.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: May 13. Jackpot €5,600. No Winner. €70 O'Mahony Family, 6 The Terrace €20 €20 - Mary Golden, Kilcorney. Eileen O'Connor, Main St., Boherbue. Jerry Cronin, c/o Firebird. Dick Dineen, Macroom.
May 20 Jackpot €5,800. No Winner. €70 Anne Lehane, Dunmanway €20 - €20 - Catherine Creedon, c/o Inchigeela P.O. Emer O' Connell, St. Jude's, Kilnamartyra. Sheila Frost, London. Katelyn O' Callaghan, Ballinagree

Canovee G.A.A. May 17. Jackpot: €14,400, Numbers Drawn 3, 4, 27 29. No Winner. €50 Michael O'Donoghue, Carrigadrohid. €25 Daire Hayes, Aherla. Dan Murphy, Canovee. Lotto May 24. Jackpot: €14,550, Numbers Drawn: 2,6,20,28. No Winner. €50 Margo Duffy, Drogheda €25 Connie O'Keeffe, Dooniskey. John and Tony, Rylane.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 18/5/2015, Jackpot: €1,800, Numbers Drawn: 9 – 26 – 28, No Winner: €40 Paddy O' Riordan, €20 Lotto Ladies, Marie Murphy, Eileen Martin (Glebe), Paddy Martin.
25/5/2015, Jackpot: €2,000, Numbers Drawn: 3 – 4 – 14, No Winner: €40 Aisling, Mags & Sheila, €20 Eileen Martin (Glebe), Ben O' Connell, Ger Carey, Alan Hogan.

Lee Valley Updates

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1953 Class group from Dromleigh N.S., which celebrates its 175th anniversary on June 13 – 14. ©

Dromleigh N.S. Celebrates 175th Birthday

Parents and staff at Dromleigh NS, Kilmichael, are currently planning great celebrations for the 175th anniversary of the opening of the school in 1840. The pre famine establishment is among Ireland's oldest schools, having been set up under the new primary schools initiative at the behest of Kilmichael parish priest, Fr James O'Driscoll, with a projected enrolment of 200. By 1842 the first principal, Cal O'Callaghan and assistant, Mary O'Sullivan, taught 260 children in the 37 ft x 20 ft, one roomed schoolhouse.
Dromleigh survived the famine, with depleted enrolment. It functioned through the Young Ireland and Fenian rebellions, the Land League and Home Rule movements and was central to the game-changing Kilmichael ambush in November 1920. In the fearful aftermath, as the British army exacted revenge locally, principal, Patrick O'Riordan, closed the school for a two week period. With the coming of national independence, Dromleigh teachers adapted to new government and a changing curriculum, with added stress on the teaching of Irish.
The structure of the school remained unchanged for well over a century, apart from the addition of a folding partition to divide the rooms in the 1930s. Then, in the early 1980s, a wonderful development - Dromleigh got piped water and flush toilets, even if they were at the end of the yard. In the late 80s a grant was finally made available to build on a toilet block and install a rear entrance. Dromleigh celebrated its 150th anniversary in 1990 with the publication of 'Dromleigh – A Country School'. The then Minister of Education, Mary O'Rourke, visited and unveiled a plaque.
Enrolment grew in the 1990s and Dromleigh finally got permission to employ a third teacher and build on another room and office. Education Minister, Mícheál Martin TD, came for that official opening. In the new millennium, funding was made available for the last extensive addition and the current school is exactly seven times the size of the original 'edifice'. Minister Batt O'Keeffe came for that opening.
Now that Dromleigh is 175 years old, it was decided to update and reprint the school's history book. The new edition is called 'Dromleigh NS Spans Three Centuries'. It contains much of the original book's historical content and this is supplemented by photographs, reports and Kilmichael developments over the past 25 years.
The 175th anniversary celebrations will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 13 - 14 . Concelebrated Mass in the school will open proceedings at 11am on Saturday. This will be followed by the book launch, the unveiling of a plaque and the raising of the school's green flags for Energy and Litter and Waste. Refreshments will follow, with an opportunity to socialise and examine roll books, photographs and artefacts. The celebrations will continue on Sunday, with a Fun for All Day in the pitch and the school open to visitors and past pupils.
The substantial book, 'Dromleigh NS Spans Three Centuries', will be on sale in the school over the anniversary weekend and in local shops, priced €20.
John Greene of C103FM visited Dromleigh recently. He interviewed local people, past pupils and teachers and the children, under the direction of Ger Wolfe, provided musical content for two radio programmes which will be broadcast at 7p.m. on Sunday 31st May and Sunday 7th June. A far cry from June 1840.

Buíochas ó Mhuintir Uí Shíocháin

During the weekend, May 9th-10th, Cill na Martra GAA club, led by Gearóid Ó hÉalaithe, paid a great tribute to our late father, Seán Ó Síocháin. The Ó Síocháin family is very grateful and honoured by the thought, planning and hard work that went into organising this amazing commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his birth.
Seán Ó Síocháin was a former Director General of the GAA, a singer and broadcaster with both Radio and Teilifis Éireann, whose heart never left his beloved Cill na Martra, where he learned to value community spirit and the importance of the "meitheal", a principle which guided him throughout his life. This wonderful community reciprocated over the years by erecting a bronze bust of him in the village and by naming the stand at the Cill na Martra GAA pitch in his honour.
The weekend celebrations included junior and senior singing competitions in his name; unveiling a plaque at the house where he was born; hosting a senior football match between Cork and Dublin at the Cill na Martra GAA pitch and an excellent oration by Liam Mulvihill in the marquee. The singing talent did not end with the exquisite voices in the competition on Saturday night but culminated in the moving Mass, "Aifreann Cill na Martra", composed by their musical director Gobnait O'Connor and sung beautifully by the local choir in the church on Sunday.
This was a weekend that none of us will forget and we will always be indebted to the community of Cill na Marta for this extraordinary Comóradh.
Mile buíochas ó Mhuintir Ui Shíocháin

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Carriganima N.S. students who received a plaque and a flag at the Junior Entrepreneur Showcase Day for their Cookbook project. © An Scoil

Clondrohid Updates

Trócaire: The large sum of €2,800 was raised in Clondrohid Parish over the Lenten period for Trócaire. Thanks to all who subscribed, and if that box is still somewhere in the house, please submit it without delay.
Padre Pio Pilgrimage: is on Sunday May 31 at Holy Cross Abbey Thurles from 1.30pm to 4pm. Contact E. Kenny on 026 42545 or 026 41245 for more information.
Corpus Christi Procession: This annual parish event will take place on Sunday June 7 after the 11am Mass in Clondrohid. The procession will take place from the church to the local Community Hall where prayers and hymns will be recited and will then proceed back to the church again for veneration of the blessed sacrament. This year's first Holy Communion children will be part of the procession. Everyone welcome to participate.
Carraig a'Staighre Mass: in remembrance of all who were buried there in the famine times will take place on Monday June 8 at 7.30pm. A very solemn occasion for all in the area to attend.
Rosary at Grotto on New Street on Sunday May 31at 7.30pm. A special candle will be lit and will then be brought to the Grotto at Lourdes where it will be lit for the needs and intentions of those in Macroom and its surrounds. Everyone welcome to attend.
Carriganima community association are holding a social in aid of C.A.R.T. (Carriganima Area Rural Transport) on Saturday night June 27 in "The Abbey Hotel " Ballyvourney. Music with Peter Lane of The Blackwater Sound . Tickets are available from all committee members or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All welcome and a great night assured with fine food, great music and dance with a few trips down memory lane.
G.A.A. News: Congratulations to De La Salle College on winning the Cork Colleges U 14 A Football Final in Ballincollig. Their opponents were St. Francis College Rochestown. It was a sensational turnaround from being 10 points down to win on a score line of 2 15 to 5 4. Clondrohid can feel very proud of their two players, Eddie Duggan and Fionn Heffernan for their part in this great win. Congratulations to Sean Desmond on making the Cork U 15 Development Squad. The U11 team played Macroom last week in the league in Tom Creedon park and with outstanding performances by everyone, they ran out winners on a score line of 7.03 to 1.02. Fixtures: Friday May 29 U 14C FC Shamrocks v Clondrohid at 7.30pm. Monday June 1 U 13B FL St. Vincent's v Clondrohid at 7.30pm. Thursday June 4 U 14C FL Clondrohid v Whitechurch at 7.30pm.

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At the launch of Aherla & District Vintage Run in aid of Kilbonane N. S. which will be held on Sunday, June 7. ©Peter Scanlan

Coachford Updates

Aviva Stadium tickets. Coachford AFC is running a fundraising draw over the next two weeks with two fantastic prizes on offer. First prize is 2 match tickets for the vital 'Euro 2016' qualifier game between the Republic of Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday June 13. The second prize is possibly even more appetising as the runner up will receive 2 tickets to the Ireland v England 'Friendly' game also at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday June 7. Tickets are €5 each or 3 for €10 and can be bought from any club member or in most Pubs and shops in the village. The draw takes place on Tuesday June 2.
Community House. The management Committee of the Coachford Community House have invested a large amount of money in bringing the facilities of the Main Street building up to superb standard. The building, which is home to the local Community Playgroup, now also contains two modern consultation/ meeting rooms. The building is ideally located in the heart of the busy village and would be an ideal office space for a medical or legal professional. Rates are extremely reasonable and would be very advantageous for a start-up or expanding business. For further information contact the building manager on 085 1594263.
Suicide Aware. Broomhill vintage club were honoured by 'Suicide Aware' for all the support the club has given the charity over the last few years. At a flag awarding ceremony, the organisers of the Coachford Autumn Festival were thanked for the enormous amount raised through the Festival and the donations given at the' Tractor Builds' and 'Vintage Runs'. Rugby Star, and the new ambassador for the Suicide Aware charity, Alan Quinlan, in presenting the flag, praised the club and commended them in their efforts to fundraise for a worthy cause and to help in removing the stigma around mental health. Club secretary, Peter Dineen said, "While it was lovely to be honoured and thanked by suicide aware, thanks should really go to all those who support our events and attend the festival and those businesses that sponsor us each year. Our Tractor builds have toured all over the county and beyond and have raised a huge amount of money through donations received at the various events. The Coachford Autumn Festival continues to go from strength to strength and is now one of the biggest weekend events in Cork. We are continuing to do our best to grow the event and to raise as much money as possible for Suicide Aware and other charities." The Coachford Autumn Festival runs from August 14

More Results from Fleadh Chorcaí

Qualifiying in Comhrá Gaeilge from Craobh Lachtaín Naofa were: 11-13.Méabh Ní Chonaill, 13-15.Caitríona Ní Chonaill, 9-11.Aodhagán Ó Riordáin, 9-11.Ellen De Búrca, Faoi 9.Iseult Ní Riordáin, Faoi 9.Finín Ó Conaill and from Craobh Niall Ó Cathasaigh 11-13.Kate Ní Shé and 9-11.Aoibhín Ní Fhloinn. Meadhbh Ní Chathasaigh, Niall Ó Cathasaigh and Paidí Ó Horgán, Lachtaín Naofa qualified in Whistle, Faoi 9.
2nd Prize. Flute, 15-18. Colm Ó Meachair Newly Composed Song (Irish), Aon Aois Seán Ó Muimhneacháin. Whistle, Faoi 12.Emma Coombs. Flute Slow Airs, 15-18.Hannah Coombs Fiddle Slow Airs, Faoi 12.Nóra de Búrca Newly Composed Song (English) Any Age.Seán Ó Muimhneacháin. Songs in English (Ladies) 15-18.Danielle Ní Chéilleachair. Songs in English (Men) 12-15.Jack Ó hÉalaithe. Banjo, 15-18.Shane Scanlon. Céili Band, O18.Old Quarter Céilí Band. Ceol Beirte Faoi 12.Meadhbh Ní Chathasaigh, Róisín Ní Mhurchú. Fiddle, Faoi 12.Kate Ní Shé. Whistle Slow Airs, Faoi 12.Róisín Ní Mhurchú. Flute Slow Airs, 12-15.Oisín Ó Gráda. Uilleann Pipes Slow Airs, 12-15.Molly Ní Ghráda. Uilleann Pipes Slow Airs, 15-18.Muireann Ní Shé. Grúpaí Ceoil, 12-15.Ceoltóirí Mhúscraí. Mandolin, O18.Eugina O'Sullivan. Pianó, O18.Siobhan Murphy. Uilleann Pipes, 12-15.Molly Ní Ghráda. Uilleann Pipes, 15-18.Muireann Ní Shé. Storytelling, O18.Dick Beamish. Sean Nós Singing, Irish (Men), O18.Conchubhar Ó Luasa. Ceol Beirte O18.Caitriona Ní Luasa, Maighréad Ní Luasa. Fiddle, O18.Caitríona Ní Luasa.
3rd & rec. Fiddle, Faoi 12.Nóra De Búrca. Sean Nós Singing, Irish (Ladies), Faoi 12.Ellen De Búrca Piano Accordion, 15-18.Alex Black. Ceol Beirte 12-15.Kate Ní Shé, Meadbh Ní Shé. Niall Ó Cathasaigh Céilí Band Drums, 15-18.Shane Scanlon. Whistle, 15-18.Muireann Ní Shé. Whistle, Faoi 12.Adele Ní Mhurchú Whistle Slow Airs, Faoi 12.Cillian Ó Cathasaigh. Fiddle Slow Airs, Faoi 12.Anna Jansson. Button Accordion, O18.Maighréad Ní Luasa. Flute Slow Airs, 15-18.Colm Ó Meachair.

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Lynch Clan Gathering ©John Tarrant.

Macra Matters

Aghinagh Macra. It's that time of the year again when our annual 5k fun run/ walk and Know your neighbour evening will take place. This year it will be held on Sunday June 14th in the Laine Bar. Sign in is at 2pm, with race starting at 3pm, followed by the know your neighbour evening at 4.30pm. All money raised will go to local boy, Donagh Murphy Kingston. There will be prizes for the top three male and female finishers and a beautiful Perpetual Cup for male and female winners. There will also be prizes for best male and female under 16 and first walker home. Our know your neighbour evening will consist of a free BBQ, open air music by the Hillbillies and the famous water dunk tank, bouncing castle and much more.

Fundraiser for Cuan Mhuire

A huge crowd attended a fundraising lunch at Cuan Mhuire, Farnanes recently. Sr Consilio, Sr Brid and Sr Agnes were special guests and they addressed the attentive audience during the afternoon.
Cuan Mhuire is Ireland's largest voluntary provider of Rehabilitation Treatment for individuals suffering from addiction and other related issues. Since its formation in 1966 by Sr. Consilio, Cuan Mhuire has treated over 75,000 people. Its main objective is the rehabilitation of persons suffering from alcohol, drug and gambling addictions. At any one time Cuan Mhuire has 600 people in treatment through their nationwide centres in Bruree, Co. Limerick; Farnanes, Co. Cork; Athy, Co. Kildare; Coolarne, Co. Galway and Newry, Co. Down.
Many thanks to all for such generosity in supporting this very worthy cause in our locality

Heritage News

Grants. €3,000 was awarded for the conservation of selected artefacts at Kilmurry Museum including the Kathleen O'Callaghan Celtic Revival costume, under the Heritage Council Community Grant Scheme 2015. May 31st is the closing date for the submission of Heritage Week Events August 22nd -30th. Another funding stream has also just come on board (Local Diaspora Engagement Fund 2015) with a closing date of May 29th at noon. In relation to commemorative efforts for Cork in 2016, an All-Party Commemorative Centenary Committee, chaired by Cllr. Frank O' Flynn, has recently been established. It is hoped that Cork will see a wonderful array of initiatives and events in 2016, with the public at the very heart of these. Over the next few months a plan for Cork in 2016 will be developed and to this effect there will be a number of public meetings early in June.

Upcoming Events. The Dennis Dinneen Photographic Exhibition is currently on display in the Boole Library, UCC and will remain on display until June 27th 2015. For more information click here.
Clogheenmilcon Fen. Blarney & District Historical Society presents a Field Trip to The Clogheenmilcon Fen with Prof. Robert Devoy on Thursday, June 4 at 7.30p.m. . The fascinating story of the formation of the woodlands, bogs and fens of Blarney and how the Blarney lakes were formed will be presented. Discover how the advancing ice gouged out huge valleys and what occurred when the ice eventually retreated northwards, leaving huge amounts of debris in its wake. Please assemble at the Amenity Car Park at the rear of the Coursing Field at 7.30pm Everybody welcome. Enquiries to Brian Gabriel 0872153216.
World War 1 Exhibition. Muskerry Local History Society is organising the World War 1 Roadshow in Ballincollig Shopping Centre on Saturday, 6 June 11a.m. – 4 pm. An exhibition and lecture will be presented by the Cork branch of the Western Front Association in conjunction with the Irish Great War Society and the Royal Munster Fusiliers' Association. The exhibition will include a large collection of militaria and photographs as well as stories of Cork's involvement in World War 1. Please bring photos, medals, badges, papers and other memorabilia for discussion with experts present. There will be a research desk where enquiries about relations who fought in the Great War will be answered. Military historian and author, Gerry White, will present a lecture on Cork soldiers and Victoria Cross heroes at 12.30 pm.
The 61st O'Mahony Clan Gathering will be held at Coolcower House, Macroom, Friday 19th to Monday 22nd June. For further information visit the O' Mahony Society Website by clicking here. Date/Time
The world's largest Battle Scene of the Battle of Waterloo is currently on display at the Toy Solider Factory in Kilnamartyra. For more info see www.toysoliderfactory.ie.

Kilmurry Connects

Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association (KHAA) is very proud of its new museum and cultural centre and recently organised an event to share it with others and in doing so, generate funds. The event involved local people brining the Kilmurry landscape and its newest centre to life. Talks included 'Principles of Museum Artefact Conservation' by Ms Cragh May O Mahony; Aidan O' Sullivan spoke on the history of Warrenscourt and Dan Joe Crowley discussed Vintage cars. A walk to Warrenscourt woods was led by Tom Galvin on a most beautiful day. Noel Carey gave a class on exercising. Sile Healy spoke on the rise and fall of dancehalls in County Cork and Colm Cronin sang us out on a most enjoyable evening. Displays included Terence McSwiney's artefacts from the old Kilmurry museum; Anna O'Halloran's crafts and Dan Joe Crowley's Vintage cars. Crowds came from Bandon, Farran, Kilmichael and Crookstown and more than 100 people passed through our doors on the day.

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 1V
Present and Former State of Population.
As for the reputed number of inhabitants in this parish, from the account now taking down by order of Government by Mr. Browne, the high constable of east and west Muskerry, the population of the town amounts to 2,923 men, women and children of the parish (exclusive of the town) and to 3,000 ditto in the town. The inhabitants are mostly shopkeepers of various kinds, shoemakers, tailors, carpenters, weavers, publicans, butchers etc. There is no manufacture in the town; in the country the people are all farmers and labourers. .
The situation of the inhabitants of the town in point of wealth is but middling; all struggling by their industry to support their families. In the country, the farmers are in general comfortable but not rich, generally owing their landlords two, three and often four gales of rent. The farms are generally let by the Protestant landlord to a middleman, who is generally a Roman Catholic, who then lets the farm at a rack-rent to the common farmer and frequently has three times more out of the ground than the real landlord; so that if the people be distressed, as doubtless they are in many parts of the country, most certainly it is not by the Protestant landlord but by the middlemen, who are generally of their own persuasion. .
However, the custom of leasing land to middlemen is now wearing away fast; Mr. Hedges Eyre never does so, declaring always that he will never have anyone between him and the occupying tenant. Was this generally practised, it would be of the highest benefit to the farmers of the country.
The general food of the people in the country is potatoes and milk; few of them have meat, which now is nearly double in price, from the great exportation of cattle alive into England, except of a Sunday. In the town they live on oatmeal and bread. .
There being scarcely any bog here, fuel is supplied from the neighbouring parishes, the parish of Clondrohid particularly abounds with several extensive turf bogs; but the carriage of turf to Macromp, three miles, frequently costs more than the turf itself. .
The tradesmen in general are hardworking and live well and have meat three or four days in the week. By the number of publicans in the town, it is supposed the consumption of porter is immense. The general appearance of the people is healthy to a degree an.
d population is increasing every year; but we have had no remarkable instances of longevity within our recollection. .
The Genius and Disposition of the Poorer Classes. .
The disposition of the poorer class is generally peaceable, quiet and hospitable to a degree. Go into the poorest cabin in the country and they will cheerfully offer you a share of their potatoes and milk, butter and eggs and be affronted if you refuse them.
The language used by the people of the town is English entirely and generally in the country parts of the parish; though now and then we meet with some of both sexes who cannot speak a word of English, but this is rare. There are no particular customs, patrons or patron-days in this parish, nor any traditions respecting them.

To be continued.

Homemade Wills

Making a 'home made' Will is a little like DIY. We all have a little knowledge on how to go about it but we never really get it completely right, do we? More than ever before, people have accumulated significant assets over their lifetime, which means it is more important than ever to make sure you make a valid Will. It is critical that your Will is properly drafted and executed. It could be tempting to rely on a homemade Will, which can seem less expensive at the time. In my opinion, it is a false economy.
If a Will is not valid and not drafted properly, it can have catastrophic consequences and more often than not is not even worth the paper it is written on and carries no weight. For the relatively small expense of employing a solicitor to draft your Will, why would you put your loved ones at risk of having to battle through the Courts for years over your Estate? Sorting out misunderstandings and disputes may result in considerable legal costs, which will reduce the amount of money in the estate.
If a Will is not valid or badly drafted it can lead to disputes and bad feeling and an estate becomes much more difficult and lengthy to administer. If a Will is invalid the person who made a Will will be deemed to have died intestate i.e. they died without a Will. It is a lot cheaper to have a Will made properly at the start. There is no substitute for a skilled person, trained in the fine art of their trade, doing it for you.
Careful Will drafting can also have a significant impact on the level of Inheritance Tax which will be paid. It provides an opportunity to assess the position and consider what steps can be taken to minimise the inheritance tax liability. The small cost of making a Will can represent excellent value when compared to the tax savings that can be made. A solicitor can offer advices in relation to tax consequences of the Will.
There are many mistakes you can make if you leave a homemade Will, including failing to sign and witness the document correctly, omitting the date, forgetting to include all of your assets and not amending it correctly if changes are made.
Are there any circumstances where homemade Wills are suitable? No. Solicitors are trained to look at the whole picture and your particular circumstances and the potential outcomes in the future that you are not necessarily thinking about. Your solicitor will raise issues that you have not considered and can discuss options available to you. Those preparing a homemade will do not benefit from that expertise and therefore will not necessarily spot all the issues. And importantly, your estate is not going to be eaten up in legal fees because something has been drafted incorrectly.
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.

Gardaí, Youth and the Law

The launch of a booklet, Gardaí, Youth and the Law, was attended by parents, youth leaders, teachers and young people from secondary schools and community and voluntary organisations from across the Cork West Garda Division. Chief Superintendent Tom Hayes officially launched the booklet, and went through the content, which includes topics such as Bullying, especially Cyberbullying; Public Order, Theft and Fraud, Criminal Damage, Drugs and Alcohol, and Road Safety issues. He said that the primary purpose of the booklet is to create a better understanding of the law by young people. He acknowledged Kinsale Youth Support Services (KYSS), who acted as partner to An Garda Síochána in bringing the publication of the booklet to fruition.
Guest speaker was Mr. Michael Pattwell, retired District Court Judge, who outlined some of his own experiences. He also spoke about the consequences of bullying on young people both in the short and long term. Concentrating on the consequences of crime, and in particular for the character of the offender, he said that a conviction has a major impact on a person's ability to travel, and he praised the work being carried out by the Gardai and voluntary groups such as KYSS in keeping young people out of trouble.
Garda Damian White, Community Garda based in Bandon was M.C on the evening. He said that many people associate encounters with the Gardaí with trouble - an accident or tragedy. But much of the work done by An Garda Síochána is concerned with keeping young people out of, not into, trouble. Garda White thanked their partners in the schools and community based organisations that provide such valuable support to the youth and through whom 10,000 booklets will be distributed to young people.

Polish Life in Cork

Who are these people who have made Ireland their home? What have they been doing in Ireland since they joined the E.U. in 2004? What are these people's backgrounds? What are they like? Children of Polish parents are being born and reared in Cork and are having an increasing impact on Irish society. What can the Irish do to understand the Polish and become familiar with their customs and mentality? What is hiding under the surface and are the stereotypes we have created about them anywhere near the truth? Let's get to know them better. Tune in each week to hear a 3 part programme on 93.1 LifeFM at 3:10pm from Thursday 4th June (repeated Saturdays) and dig a little deeper and discover something new about our Polish friends and neighbours.

Summertime and the Livin' is Easy......

But not if you an older person living in Ireland with few friends or social contacts. Even though daylight hours are increasing as we move towards summer, afternoons and the evenings are still a lonely time for older people. Senior Help Line, Ireland's only national help line for older people, has been reviewing its recent calls Typical quotes from callers include:
'I'm very depressed as I'm less mobile each year. This year shows me that I can get out and about even less' - 78 year old female caller
'If I have seen nobody all day, the afternoon only emphasises how lonely I am' – 80 year old male caller
'I enjoy afternoon television, but they change the schedule in summer, and I miss my favourites' – 71 year old female caller
'I am terminally ill, and I feel so alone. I know I will never see another spring - 67 year old male caller
'There seems to be a lot more people hanging around in summer, or knocking on your door wanting to sell you things. It makes me feel very vulnerable' - 77 year old male caller
Senior Help Line is a national confidential listening service for older people, provided by trained older volunteers. It is Ireland's only peer telephone service for older people, and one of the few worldwide. Senior Help Line is a programme of Third Age, a voluntary organisation with 1,400 trained older volunteers countrywide contributing to their communities variously as tutors, advocates, listeners and befrienders. Third Age promotes the value of older people as volunteers, while offering services to more vulnerable older people, all geared to connectivity and social inclusion.
Senior Help Line is open every day of the year from 10 am till 10 pm, and many people phone regularly for valuable social contact. Senior Help Line is available throughout Ireland for the cost of a local call. LoCall 1850 440 444. www.thirdageireland.ie


Becoming Your Real Self by Dr.Eddie Murphy

Here Eddie shares his methods for building up and maintaining mental fitness and a positive outlook.
Available from Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €17.99.

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

Daniel thought his parents were safely in Sweden enjoying their retirement on a remote farm but, with a simple phone call, everything changed. His father tells him that his mother is not well. In fact she has been committed to a mental hospital. Then she calls Daniel telling him that everything his father has told him is a lie. Whom should he believe? Whom should he trust? It is up to him to examine the evidence and decide for himself. An absorbing, unsettling and multi-layered novel. Great holiday read.

Available now at FitzGerald's Bookshop €9.99

Sports Mad


Senior Hurling Championship

Round 1

A: Douglas 1-14 St. Finbarr's 0-9

B: Ballyhea 1-19 Blackrock 0-11

C: Na Piarsaigh 5-13 Youghal 0-12

D: Midleton 0-20 Killeagh 2-8

E: Glen Rovers 0-23 Ballymartle 2-19

F: Carrigtwohill 0-16 Erin's Own 2-22

G: Sarsfields 0-27 Newtownshandrum 0-29

H: Bride Rovers 3-18 Bishopstown 0-25

Round 2 (First Round Losers)

St Finbarrs v Blackrock

Youghal v Killeagh

Glen Rvrs. v Carrigtwohill

Sarsfields v Bishopstown

Divisions/Colleges Section

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

4th round – open draw. 16 teams, 8 first rd. winners plus 4 second round winners plus 2 third round winners plus two from Divs./Colleges . Eight Qualifiers to date: Douglas, Ballyhea, Na Piarsaigh, Midleton, Ballymartle, Erin's Own, Newtownshandrum, Bride Rovers.

Senior Football

Round 1

A: Carbery Rangers 0-14 Valley Rovers 2-10

B: Clyda Rovers 0-9 Castlehaven 2-12

C: Bishopstown 2-14 O'Donovan Rossa 2-11

D: Newcestown 0-16 Clonakilty 0-8

E: Nemo Rangers 1-18 Ilen Rovers 0-10

F: St. Nick's 1-7 Douglas 2-9

G: BALLINCOLLIG 1-15 St. Finbarr's 1-12

H: Dohenys 1-11 Aghada 0-10

Round 2

Carbery Rangers 1-7 Clyda Rovers 0-8

O'Donovan Rossa 2-15 Clonakilty 0-10

Ilen Rovers v St Nicholas

St Finbarr's v Aghada

Round 3 (4 teams, 2nd round losers)- open draw to be made Clyda Rovers, Clonakilty

Divisions/Colleges Section

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

4th round – open draw. 16 teams, 8 first rd. winners plus 4 second round winners plus 2 third round winners plus two from Divs./Colleges. Ten qualifiers to date: Valley Rovers, Castlehaven, Bishopstown, Newcestown, Nemo Rangers, Douglas, BALLINCOLLIG, Dohenys, Carbery Rangers, O'Donovan Rossa.

Premier Intermediate Hurling

Round 1 (8 winners to rd. 4)

A: Watergrasshill 1-16 Cloyne 2-11

B: Mallow 2-26 INNISCARRA 1-22

C: Castlelyons 1-16 Kanturk 1-13

D: Ballinhassig 4-16 Carrigaline 2-12

E: Fermoy 2-15 Valley Rovers 1-9

F: BLARNEY 2-13 Kilworth 0-15

G: Courcey Rvrs. 1-16 Bandon 0-17

H: Tracton 1-13 Newcestown 1-16

Round 2 (1st Rd. losers)

Kanturk v Bandon,

Tracton v Kilworth

Carrigaline v Valley Rovers,


Inniscarra 1- 22 Mallow 2 – 26 aet.

Inniscarra did not enjoy the best of luck in this first round tie at Mourneabbey and as a consequence must now face the stiff challenge of Cloyne in round two. Helped by some excellent point taking by Kieran Rice, Colm Casey and Seán O'Donoghue, Inniscarra led at half time by a point, 0-9 to 0-8 after playing with the wind. The Mid Cork men led for much of the second half and they had extended their advantage to three points with only two minutes remaining and even though Mallow were by no means finished it still looked odds on a win for 'Scarra. Mallow cut the lead down by a point, then by another and with the game in injury time the North Cork men were awarded a dubious free which their ace freetaker Seán Hayes (2-13 in all, 2-8 from frees!)duly converted to force the game into extra time on a scoreline of Mallow 1-17 to 'Scarra's 0-20. All Mallow's second half scores (1-9) had come from frees! Hayes had earlier blasted a penalty to the Inniscarra net to give Mallow a short lived lead in the 41st minute but Inniscarra had come back strongly with points from Aidan O'Mahony, Colm Casey and Conor Buckley to go three clear before Mallow snatched their dramatic draw.

In extra time Inniscarra had a chance of a goal after four minutes but Aidan O'Mahony's penalty blast was deflected over by the Mallow goalkeeper and Mallow went on to outscore the Mid Cork side by five points to two in the first half of extra time to lead by 1-22 to 0-22. Mallow then stretched their lead by a further two points in the final ten minute extra time period but David O'Keeffe hit a goal for Inniscarra to bring them back into live contention with five minutes remaining. Unfortunately for 'Scarra, they conceded a second penalty to Mallow immediately after and when Seán Hayes also blasted this one to the net the issue was effectively decided in his sides favour.
Inniscarra scorers: A O'Mahony 0-9 (0-1 pen, 0-3f), D O'Keeffe 1-0, C Casey 0-4, K Rice 0-3, S O'Donoghue and T O'Connor 0-2 each , F Olden and C Buckley 0-1 each. Inniscarra: John O'Keeffe: Donal O'Callaghan, Kevin Burke, John O'Callaghan: Alan Sheehan, Stephen Olden, Paul Farmer: Tim Murphy, Frank Olden: Tomás O'Connor, Colm Casey, Seán O'Donoghue: Aidan O'Mahony, Kieran Rice, John Casey. Subs: David Barry, David O'Keeffe, Conor Buckley, Daniel O'Connell.
Blarney 2 – 13 Kilworth 0 – 15

Blarney defeated Kilworth in an entertaining game at Páirc Uí Rinn. Blarney played against the wind in the first half but got off to a good start with David Dunlea opening their account with a fine point from 40 metres. Kilworth with the wind to their backs dominated possession and after 7 minutes Kilworth led by 0-4 to 0-1. The two sides then exchanged points before Colin Murphy picked out the unmarked Barra O'Connell who struck the sliotar through a crowded goal mouth to the net to level the scores. Again points were exchanged before Mark O'Leary had a second Blarney goal in the 20th minute, scoreline now read 2-3 to 0-7. Blarney came more into the game while Kilworth started to concede frees and Barra O'Connell and Mark Coleman capitalised on this. At half time Blarney led by 2-7 to 0-8.

Kilworth started the second half well and put on the pressure. The North Cork side pointed a free before Blarney were awarded a penalty after David Dunlea was brought down. The Kilworth goalkeeper made a great save from O'Connell's strike and this lifted Kilworth who went on to score the next five points as the intensity mounted. Barra O'Connell was on form with the placed ball and got Blarney's first point of the second half after 46 minutes and a minute later passed to Joe Jordan for another point. In the 50th minute a point from a Blarney free put 4 points between the sides but Kilworth scored another point in reply. With only 6 minutes to go Kilworth lost a man to a red cardand this proved fatal to their chances. Mark Coleman pointed another long range Blarney free, Kilworth lost another man to a second yellow to leave them down to 13 players with 3 minutes remaining. Blarney controlled the game to the final whistle.

Scorers: Blarney: B O'Connell 1-5 (0-5f), M O'Leary 1-0, M Coleman 0-3 (frees), D Dunlea 0-2, J Jordan, S Mulcahy and C Murphy 0-1 each.

Blarney: Paul Hallisey: John Barrett, Paul O'Leary, David Walsh: Mark Coleman, Joe Jordan, Brian Hurley: Ray O'Donovan, Barra O'Connell: Mark O'Leary, Colin Murphy, John Daniel Good: David Dunlea, Mark Cremin, Shane Mulcahy. Subs: Keith Costello (46)

Premier Intermediate Football

Round 1 – 8 winners to Rd. 4

A: BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH 0-15 Macroom 1-10

B: BALLINORA 0-4 Mallow 1-12

C: Castletownbere 0-7 Carrigaline 0-9


E: Bantry Blues 2-6 ÉIRE ÓG 3-10

F: Newmarket 1-9 Kiskeam 2-7

G: St. Vincent's 1-9 Na Piarsaigh 0-8

H: Nemo Rangers 1-7 St. Michael's 1-11

Round 2- 4 winners to rd. 4

Nemo Rangers v MACROOM

Na Piarsaigh v Bantry Blues

GRENAGH v Newmarket

Castletownbere v BALLINORA

Round 3 2 games, winners to rd. 4, losers to relegation play off.

Intermediate Hurling

Round 1

A: Barryroe 1-7 Aghada 1-21

B: Ballygarvan 2-14 ÉIRE ÓG 2-13

C: Milford 0-16 Fr. O'Neill's 0-24

D: DRIPSEY v Meelin

E: Charleville 3-14 Argideen Rangers 2-10

F: Kildorrery 2-16 Castlemartyr 2-13

G: B'COLLIG 0-18 Kilbrittain 1-16


Round 2

Castlemartyr v Grenagh/Aghabullogue

ÉIRE ÓG v Argideen Rngrs.


DRIPSEY/Meelin v Milford

Éire Óg 2 – 13 Ballygarvan 2 – 14

An injury time point for Ballygarvan was the winner for the South East side and left Éire Óg facing Argideen Rangers in round two of the intermediate championship. Early on Eire Óg with points from Paul McDonagh, Cian O'Mahony, Cathal Murphy and John Dineen led by 0-4 to nil after seven minutes but Ballygarvan replied with a brace and then in the 16th minute their main scorer, Dan McCarthy, who finished with a personal tally of 2-7 (0-4 frees), got a goal, reacting fastest when Dylan Desmond had made an outstanding save and the ball ran loose in the square. Three minutes from the break Éire Óg had a goal from Cathal Murphy and at half time they led by 1-6 to 1-4, Eoin O'Shea contributing the two points from frees.

On the restart, Ballygarvan had three points to go in front again and then McCarthy had his second goal. Back came Éire Óg and after Daniel Goulding had his shot blocked, Eoin O'Shea was on hand to lash the sliotar to the net. O'Shea added a point to level the scores and then O'Shea and McCarthy matched each other point for point. Ballygarvan led by 2-12 top 2-10 with five minutes to go but O'Shea, Cathal Murphy and Michael O'Shea pointed to edge Éire Óg noses in front by the 59th minute. An equalising point for Ballygarvan followed and then with the game in injury time McCarthy hit over the winner ofr Ballygarvan.

Scorers: E O'Shea 1-6 (0-5f), C Murphy 1-3 (0-2f), P McDonagh, C O'Mahony, J Dineen and M O'Shea 0-1 each.

Éire Óg: Dylan Desmond: Shane McCarthy, Timothy O'Leary, Aidan O'Connor: Cian O'Mahony, Alan O'Mahony, Dermot O'Herlihy: John Mullins, John Dineen: Daniel Goulding, Daniel O'Connor, Cathal Murphy: Eoin O'Shea, Michael O'Shea, Paul McDonagh. Subs: Keith O'Riordan (48), Ronan O'Toole (56).

Ballincollig 0 - 18 Kilbrittain 1 – 16 aet.

Ballincollig lost a thriller at Bandon where the game had to go to 20 minutes extra time to produce a winner. Ballincollig started well and led by two early points from Ian Coughlan and Cian Dorgan. Maurice Sexton, who finished with 1-10, all ten points coming from frees, quickly levelled matters and then the Black and Amber went two points in front. Cian Dorgan had three points to Sexton's two, all from frees, and Kilbrittain had two points from play with Robbie Burke getting one from play for Ballincollig. Kilbrittain led by 0-8 to 0-6 at the break.

The second half was thrilling with two points from Dorgan and one from a Finbarr Kelly 90m free putting Ballincollig in front. Sexton levelled for Kilbrittain at the end of the third quarter. Kilbrittain then took over and four points in a row put them clear but back came Ballincollig and they fired over the last four points of the game to leave the sides level at 0-14 each at the full time whistle, despite six minutes of injury time being played.

The vital break came for Kilbrittain when Maurice Sexton found the Ballincollig net in the first half and they led by a point at the break, 1-14 to 0-16, Conor Sexton and Finbarr Kelly scoring for the Mid Cork side. Kilbrittain went two points upon the restart but back came 'the Village' and Cian Dorgan and Kelly again found the range to level the scores with two minutes remaining. When a draw looked likely, up came Maurice Sexton to land the winner for Kilbrittain.

Ballincollig scorers: C Dorgan 0-9 (0-7f), F Kelly 0-4 (all frees), C Moore, I Coughlan, R Burke, E Ryle and C Sexton 0-1 each.

Ballincollig: Finbarr Kelly: Noel Galvin, Liam Jennings, Mark Prendergast: Rory O'Doherty, John P Murphy, Colin O'Donovan: Ciarán O'Sullivan, Colin Moore: David Bowen, Ian Coughlan, Matt O'Leary: Cian Dorgan, Stephen O'Donoghue, Robbie Blake. Subs: Shane Murphy, Conor Sexton and Emmet Ryle.

Intermediate Football

Round 1

A: Glanworth 1-9 Adrigole 0-11

B: Mayfield 2-9 Glanmire 2-5

C: Kildorrery 1-16 Kinsale 0-9

D: Ballydesmond 0-11 Kanturk 1-9

E: AGHABULLOGUE 2-11 Mitchelstown 1-13

F: Millstreet 0-11 Glenville 0-14

G: Rockchapel 2-13 Youghal 0-10

H: CILL na MARTRA 0-10 Fermoy 1-9

Round 2 – 8 teams

Kinsale v CILL Na MARTRA

Adrigole 3-7 Mitchelstown 2-15

Ballydesmond 0-14 Millstreet 0-13

Youghal v Glanmire

Round 3 – 4 teams. Adrigole, Millstreet

County Championship Hurling/Football Fixtures

Saturday May 30th

Carrigadrohid: PIFC R2 Nemo Rangers v MACROOM, 7.00pm ET

Ballyanley, IHC R1, Grenagh v AGHABULLOGUE, 7.00pm ET

Banteer, IHC Rd1 DRIPSEY v Meelin, 7.30p.m. E.T.

Newcestown, IFC R2 Kinsale v CILL na MARTRA, 7.30pmET

Sunday May 31st

Brinny, IHC R2, BALLINCOLLIG v Barryroe, 3.30pm ET

Monday June 1st

Aughaville U-21 'A' QF INNISCARRA v Beara, 3.30pm

Saturday June 6th

Castlemagner, PIFC, GRENAGH v Newmarket 7.30pm ET

Ballingeary, PIFC R2 Castletownbere v BALLINORA 7.30pm ET

Sunday June 7th

Munster Senior Hurling Championship

Cork v Waterford at Thurles.

Preceded by: MIHC: Cork v Waterford

Saturday June 14th at Páirc Uí Rinn:

Munster Senior Football: Cork v Clare, preceded by: Junior F.C. Cork v Limerick

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship

Kerry 0 - 16 Cork 1 - 12 (after extra-time).

Cork were edged out by a single point in this entertaining semi-final played in Austin Stack Park, Tralee. The Kingdom, reigning All-Ireland champions, emerged victorious with a point in the last minute of extra-time, thus ending the Rebels' interest in this season's minor championship. Macroom's Kevin O'Dwyer at corner back, was forced off injured in the 23rd minute, caught by a late challenge. Cill na Martra's Dan Ó Duinnín lined out at midfield and when moved to full forward late in the game almost saved Cork with a superbly taken goal. Conor Hughes of Canovee was a very effective sub for Cork in the final quarter and extra time.
The sides were level at 0-5 each after 17 minutes and it was 0-9 to 0-7 in favour of Kerry at half-time. Cork could only add a single point, from Dan Ó Duinnin, in the opening 23 minutes of the second half with the assistance of the wind. Kerry were 0-11 to 0-8 to the good but Cork claimed the last three scores of normal time to force extra time. Kerry went three points up in extra time but the goal that Cork needed came with a minute and a half to go in extra-time from the ever dangerous Dan Ó Duinnín who finished brilliantly and if there was to be a winner at this late juncture, it looked likely to be Cork. But alas, ....then came the Kerry point. Scorers for Cork: D O Duinnin (1-3), S Leonard (0-3, frees), S Sherlock (0-3, frees), S McEvoy, G Murphy and C O'Rourke (0-1 each).
Cork: M White (Clonakilty); KEVIN O'DWYER (Macroom), T O'Connell (Clonakilty), S Powter (Douglas); T Bushe (Ilen Rovers), R Walsh (Castlehaven), S Madigan (Buttevant); E O'Brien (Douglas), DAN Ó DUINNÍN (Cill na Martra); D Lowney (Clonakilty), S Kingston (Douglas), S McEvoy (Clonakilty); S Leonard (Ilen Rovers), G Murphy (Castletownbere), S Sherlock (St Finbarr's). Subs: N Walsh (Douglas); E Ryle (Carrigaline); CONOR HUGHES (Canovee) (51); C O'Rourke (Carbery Rangers, 0-1) ; E McSweeney (Knocknagree). Extra time subs: S O'Neill (Kildorrery); C Dennehy (St Finbarr's) ; D Lowney. The Selectors included Tom Dorgan (Ballincollig) and Andrew McCarthy (Inniscarra).

Cork Colleges U14 A Football Championship Final

De La Salle, Macroom 2 - 15 St Francis, Rochestown 5 - 4.

De La Salle Macroom Under 14 footballers took the Cork Post Primary Schools county A football championship title with a brilliant win over St Francis College, Rochestown at Ballincollig. The score was DLS Macroom 2-15 Rochestown 5-4, a two point win for the Mid Cork side who had to come from nine points down at half time to win this one with a marvellous last quarter rally.

DLS Macroom won the toss and decided to play against a strong breeze. They started well and went ahead by 0-3, all from Jack Kelleher frees, (awarded for two fouls on Dylan Twomey and one on Ian Jones) by the 10 minute. Rochestown started to come into the game and had two points in quick succession but DLS again took the game to Rochestown with Aaron O'Donovan, Jack O'Riordan at the back, Sean O' Riordan and Eoin Moynihan at midfield and Jack Kelleher, Ian Jones and Dylan Twomey up front all prominent. DLS got two points from play from Ian Jones and Dylan Twomey but then Rochestown took over and forced Macroom into mistakes and turnovers and got on a run, scoring four goals in quick succession. At half time the score was DLS Macroom 0-6 St Francis Rochestown 4-3.

De La Salle started well again in the second half well and got three points all from play but then were dealt a huge blow with the concession of another goal, nine points again between the teams. Credit now to the DLS boys who really upped their game from here to the final whistle and took complete control in all areas of the field, piling on the pressure on Rochestown. DLS tacked on two more points, from Cillian O'Donovan and Sean O'Riordan, and Jack Kelleher brought the Mid Cork boys bang into contention with his surging runs down the middle earning two more points. DLS then got a great goal when Sean Riordan won a ball at midfield, passed on to Jack Kelleher who ran at the heart of the defence before parting to Caelum Lynch who buried the ball in the back of the net. Rochestown pointed a free, DLS got a point from play and then followed with a great goal from Dylan Twomey. DLS finished with the 'insurance' point from Sean O'Riordan.

De La Salle Macroom: Christopher O'Connell (Western Gaels?Kilmichael): James Galvin (Macroom), Aaron O'Donovan (WG/Iveleary), Shane Meaney (Macroom): Fionn Heffernan (Clondrohid), Jack O'Riordan (Macroom), Eddie Duggan (Clondrohid): Seán O'Riordan (WG/Iveleary), Eoin Moynihan (Canovee): Caelum Lynch (Kilmurry) (1-1), Jack Kelleher (Canovee) (0-13, 0-10 f), Ronan Murphy (WG/Iveleary): Dylan Twomey (Macroom) (1-0), Cillian O'Donovan (Macroom), Ian Jones (WG/Iveleary). Subs: David Hunt (Macroom), Daniel O'Donovan (WG/Iveleary) both used and Cathal Creedon (Clondrohid), Ciaran O'Leary (Clondrohid), Jackub Byrdzaik (Macroom), Liam Linehan (Macroom), Denis Dulea (Kilmurry), Darragh Linehan (Kilmurry), Brain Lynch (Clondrohid), Eoin Cahill (Macroom), Aidan Murray (WG/Kilmichael) and Darren Quinn (Macroom).

The DLS team was coached by staff members, Jack Cott (Castlemagner) and John Ryan (Macroom).

Munster Senior Camogie Final

Cork 0 – 12 Tipperary 0 – 11

Cork senior camogie ladies won their third Munster title in a row at Cashel with a one point win over Tipp after a very close final. Cork were without Rena Buckley and Breige Corkery, both on duty with the lady footballers in the national league final replay, and had to come from behind to win this one.

Cork are All Ireland Senior champions but the Cork team on duty at Cashel was without eight of that 2014 team. The Cork management are delighted with the Munster win as it will give the newcomers on the side valuable experience of competing at top level. Cork travel to play Galway in the All Ireland series in a month's time.
Tipp led by 0-10 to 0-3 at half time after playing with the wind. The closing stages were hectic as Cork drew ever closer to the home side with Orla Cotter (0-10, 0-9 from frees!) punishing every indiscretion by the Tipp backs. Corner forward Katrina Mackey fired over her only point of the game in the 54th minute to put Cork in the lead for the first time and it proved to be the winner. Aoife Murray, was outstanding in goals for the Rebels.

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Presentation of gear to Muskerry referees by J.J. Long, Chairman Muskerry Board. From left, David Murnane, Macroom; Miah Moynihan, Grenagh; Pat O'Leary, Kilmurry and Tim McCarthy, Clondrohid. © Lee Valley Outlook

Mid Cork Junior Hurling and Football

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A Football Championship

The first round in the Mid Cork Junior A football championship is now complete and the seven winning teams advance to the round three open draw. The first round losers will now play off in second round games, with the winners advancing to round three and the losers exiting the 2015 championship.

2nd Round (last chance) draw:

Dripsey v Éire Óg

Cill na Martra v Ballincollig

Donoughmore v Clondrohid

Naomh Abán – a bye

Round 3 qualifiers to date: Aghinagh, Blarney, Canovee, Inniscarra, Iveleary, Kilmichael and Kilmurry.

Quish's Super Valu Junior Football League Division 1

Played Won Drawn Lost Points

Inniscarra 5 3 2 0 8

Kilmurry 5 4 0 1 8

Clondrohid 7 3 1 3 7

Aghinagh 4 3 0 1 6

Donoughmore 6 2 1 3 5

Ballincollig 3 2 0 1 4

Canovee 5 2 0 3 4

Kilmichael 5 2 1 2 5

Blarney 5 1 1 3 3

Iveleary 5 2 0 3 4

Dripsey 4 0 0 4 0

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Lee Valley Basketball u18B Champions 2015. ©

Ballincollig Credit Union Mid Cork Junior A Hurling Championship

First Round:

Cloughduv 1-14 Ballincollig 0-12

Donoughmore v Kilmichael

Ballinora v Éire Óg

Blarney v Inniscarra

Gleann na Laoi – a bye

Sunday 31st May:

Ballinora v Eire Og at Cloughduv, 3.30pm

Donoughmore v Kilmichael at Coachford 6.30pm

Saturday 6th June:

Blarney v Inniscarra at Donoughmore 7pm

Cloughduv 1-14 Ballincollig 0-12

Defending champions Cloughduv were just that bit better than Ballincollig in the opening game of this year's Ballincollig Credit Union Mid Cork JAHC at Ovens. A powerful third quarter from Cloughduv proved decisive after they had trailed by a single point at the break.

Cloughduv were without injured defender Andrew Cronin but could call up Joe Ryan to take his place. Ballincollig's Aidan O'Donovan opened the scoring after two minutes but Joe Ryan quickly clipped over an equaliser. The slippery conditions made life difficult and Ballincollig were guilty of some poor shooting in the opening period. Donal Corkery put Jerry Lucey clear and his rasping shot gave Ballincollig's goalkeeper James Linehan no chance after 13 minutes. Aidan O'Donovan kept his side in touch with some excellent frees while Cloughduv's Denis O'Sullivan pushed his side further in front, 1-3 to 0-3 after 21 minutes. Ballincollig regained the initiative with O'Donovan pointing another free and Stephen Coughlan had a terrific long range point. A superb score from play by O'Donovan kept up the Ballincollig momentum and Rob Ryan put them in front with their fourth point in a row to make it 0-7 to 1-3 at halftime.

Jerry Lucey and Aidan O'Donovan exchanged points from frees before Ballincollig's Alan Donovan was denied a goal by a great save from Cormac O'Driscoll. Cloughduv, now playing with the breeze, had points from Joe Ryan, Donal Corkery and Brian Ahern to open up a three point lead. Ballincollig defended well but Joe Ryan came through to fire over another excellent point. Further points from Joe Ryan, Denis O'Sullivan and two placed efforts from Jerry Lucey left Cloughduv leading by 1-12 to 0-8 after 48 minutes before Aidan O'Donovan scored his fifth free of the night and a Brian Cotter point reduced the gap to six points.

Ballincollig pressed forward in the closing stages but the Cloughduv defence always remained in control. Cloughduv's Mark Walsh landed a smashing point while Ballincollig's Brian Glavin flicked over the crossbar as his side sought a goal in vain.

This was an impressive team performance from the champions and they look very focussed for the campaign ahead

Scorers: Cloughduv: J Lucey 1-6 (4f, '65), J Ryan 0-3, D O'Sullivan 0-2, B Ahern, D Corkery, M Walsh 0-1 each. Ballincollig: A O'Donovan 0-8 (7f), S Coughlan, R Ryan, B Glavin, B Cotter 0-1 each. Cloughduv: Cormac O'Driscoll; Paul O'Sullivan, Aidan Ahern, Liam Long; A Murphy, Mark Verling, Liam Kelleher; Sean Curzon, Denis O'Sullivan; Colm Ryan, Donal Corkery, Brian Ahern; Joe Ryan, Jerry Lucey, James Moynihan. Subs: B Verling (41), Ger Ahern (50), Mark Walsh (54).

Ballincollig: J Linehan; B O'Halloran, K O'Sullivan, C Collins; S O'Sullivan, C Harris, D McDonnell; A O'Donovan, D Collins; S Coughlan, P O'Neill, B Cotter; A O'Donovan, R Ryan, J Murray. Subs: B Glavin for R Ryan (45). Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Éire Óg).

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Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Sports Award winner for April, Amhlaoibh Lynch, Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaigh, receiving the award from Michael O'Riordan watched by his mother, Mary Ann, sisters, Siobhan, Gobnait, Mairead, Majella and Juliet. ©Mike English

Cork Ladies win another League Final

Cork 0-14 Galway 1-10

Éamonn Ryan's Cork retained the Tesco Ladies NFL Division 1 crown in Portlaoise as dual star, Rena Buckley's late point sealed victory in a thrilling replay. Buckley struck from distance to secure a third successive League title for the Rebels who are masters of the last minute coup. This is Cork's ninth League success since 2005. In the replay, the sides were level four times in the second half. Galway lost influential captain Geraldine Conneally to a yellow card and the sin-bin, with nine minutes remaining. And Cork, despite registering 14 wides, took advantage as Valerie Mulcahy's seventh point hauled them level, before Buckley fired over the winner.
Cork led by 0-10 to 1-5 at half-time, coming from behind after Patricia Gleeson's 26th-minute goal handed Galway a 1-5 to 0-7 advantage. But Cork looked the better team throughout. Geraldine O'Flynn was placed at full-back against Tracey Leonard, scorer of six points from play in the drawn game. Former Footballer of the Year O'Flynn was backed by Roisín O'Sullivan, operating at centre back for Cork.
Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 0-7 (5f), A Hutchings 0-3, R Buckley 0-2, B Corkery & E Scally 0-1 each.
Cork: Martina O'Brien; Marie Ambrose, Geraldine O'Flynn, Roisin Phelan; Vera Foley, Roisin O'Sullivan, Brid Stack; Rena Buckley, Briege Corkery; Ciara O'Sullivan, A Hutchings, A Walsh; Doireann O'Sullivan, Valerie Mulcahy, Orla Finn. Subs: Eimear Scally for Finn (h.t.), Rhona Ní Bhuachalla for D O'Sullivan (44), Aisling Barrett for Ambrose (47), Orlagh Farmer for Walsh (51).

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Laochra Óg u14 team. ©

Laochra Óg

The U16's Hurlers played Ballinora in Ballinora. Great performances by all. Final score was Ballinora 4 – 6 to Laochra Óg 6 – 3. Special thanks to sponsors Macroom Opticians and all the drivers and supporters. It was nice to bring home a win. The Junior "B" hurlers played Iveleary away. Laochra Óg were up seven points in the first half but let their guard down in the second half and the game ended in a draw, 1 – 13 each. Thanks to team sponsors Deasy's Pharmacy and all the supporters who travelled on the day. The U12 hurlers played Cloughduv in Macroom Town Park. A high scoring game enjoyed by all. Thanks to team sponsors Astra Systems and all who came to support the players. Junior "B" hurlers played Lismire in Banteer in the first round of the County Championship.Players played well throughout the game and the final score was Laochra Óg 1 – 14 to Lismire 1 – 11. The U12s played Grenagh away. Playing with a stiff breeze in the first half the team should have been further ahead at half time but Lady Luck didn't smile when Brian Healy crashed an unstoppable shot off the crossbar and several more chances went astray. To add to their bad luck they got caught for two soft goals against the run of play to leave the minimum between the teams at half time. Facing the wind the backs defended time and time again with a man of the match performance from Darren Lynch who cleared everything that came his way. With only a point still separating the teams and with time running out Grenagh proved stronger and got a late goal to seal the win. Final score Grenagh 4 – 4 to Laochra Og 2 – 4.
Fixtures: Thursday May 28 U8 /U10 hurling teams play Kilmichael in Macroom Town Park at 7.15 . Parking at Ó Riadas car park and down laneway to the left of Kelleher's D.I.Y. (Limited car parking there). Saturday May 30 U11 hurling league Laochra Óg v Lee Gaels venue to be confirmed. Stay in touch with face book/website for late changes.

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Rachel Duffy, Ballincollig and Siofra Burgoyne, Lee Valley receive their Under 18 B MVP of the Year Awards from former International, Rose Breen, at the Cork Ladies Basketball Board's Annual Awards ceremony at the Clarion Hotel. ©Mike English

Kilmurry G.A.A.

U8 At the recent Eire Óg monster blitz the sun shone, as did Kilmurry under 8s, many competing in their first blitz. Displaying the skills they've learned in recent weeks at training, the boys and girls showed how quickly they've progressed. They played exciting and close fought games against Clondrohid, Lee Gaels and Aghinagh. Thanks to all concerned, particularly Aine for organising the event so well.
U10s travelled to Inniscarra for a challenge match and, with the large number of players that were present, there were two teams each club and each team played two matches. Inniscarra were too strong but Kilmurry competed well and learned a lot in the process.
U11s enjoyed a third consecutive win, this time against Lee Gaels, away in Dripsey and all players put in a great effort in this exciting match. Kilmurry led all the way and the final score was Kilmurry 4 -8 Lee Gael 2 -2.
U12s travelled to Rathcormac to play Bride Rovers in a very competitive match . Kilmurry had a lot of possession in the first half but were down at half time. They came back well for an impressive win - Kilmurry 5 -5 to Bride Rovers 5 – 1. This makes it three wins out of three matches. All are training well and the next match is against Ballinora.
U13s have now played two matches in the league. They were defeated by Blarney 3 – 11 to 2 – 6. They lost to Ballygarvan 3 -1 to 1 – 2. The match was very well refereed.
U14s have played their third match in the football league. They played Whitechurch at home and played very well. They led throughout the game and the final scoreline was 7 -16 to 2 -4. Well done to all players and mentors. They played a challenge match against a strong Ballinora side and were beaten. The U14 championship matches will start in early June with their first outing against either Lee Gaels or Crosshaven. Best of luck in their upcoming matches.
A family fun day will be held in Kilmurry GAA pitch on Saturday 30th May 3pm to 6pm. It will include a BBQ, bake sale, 7-a-side underage and adult matches, a car wash and many more amusements for kids. All proceeds for this event are for the maintenance of the Kilmurry GAA pitch. Be sure to keep a note of this event and call and support a worthy cause.

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Macroom U-13s who played White's Cross recently ©Con Kelleher , Oakwood.

Canovee G.A.A.

On May 14 Canovee played Macroom in the under 12 football league . Macroom were narrow winners by 4.06 to 2.08, Dara Mc Mahon and Thomas Crowley getting the goals. On May 18th Canovee played Mallow away in the premier 2 football league. Canovee turned in their best performance of the season winning by 3.09 to 1.03 with Conor ONeill with two and Conor Dodd scoring the goals. On May 21 Canovee played Macroom in perfect conditions in Macroom, Canovee won by 5.15 to 5.07 with Jack Kelleher scoring a hatrick of goals while Conor and Evan Dodd added one each. On May the 24th Canovee played Bride Rovers in the under 14 football league in perfect conditions in Carrigadrohid . Canovee led at half time by 7.07 to 1.00, and at the final whistle were ahead by 9.14 to 5.04 . The goals were scored by Cian Cronin, Gavin Walsh , Jack Kelleher , Evan Dodd , Conor Dodd , and Ben Cheasty.

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Members of the Cloughduv U-16 hurling and camogie teams visit Cloughduv N.S. with trophies. ©An Scoil


Macroom A completed their league season with a 2-2 draw away to Springfield at Cobh. With the wind to their backs Macroom made most of the running in the opening period yet still found themselves with a two goal deficit at the break. In the second half the visitors improved further and completely took over the game from the hour mark. The deficit was halved on 65 minutes when a multi-pass move involving Tommy Condon, Craig Ronan, Darragh Deasy and Anthony O' Donoghue allowed James O'Connor to finish well. The pressure continued and with just five minutes remaining, Ronan's well struck free kick gave the home keeper no chance to give the visitors a deserving point.
Macroom A have finished mid table in the Premier A league, probably a fair reflection of the season. There is much encouragement to be taken however as the vast majority of the squad are under twenty years of age. This season will prove invaluable to these young players who will have gained great experience of the adult game. And with further players due to graduate from this year's Youths league winning side, the future is certainly very bright for the adult teams within the club. Macroom A was managed by Denis Murray, with assistance from JJ Murphy, Con Foley and Darragh Deasy.
Macroom B are still waiting to begin their playoff for promotion to the second division. Corkbeg have been confirmed as one of their rivals but the third division three section is yet to be completed. A three team mini league will then take place, with the top team winning promotion.
Under 15 Neil Welch Cup Quarter Final, Macroom 3 Ballincollig 0.
Macroom advanced to the semi-finals of the cup after a good win over visitors, Ballincollig. James O'Mullane was on fire for the home side, chipping in with all three goals. Kevin Barrett also had an excellent game in what was a fine team performance.
Under 11 Division 2, Macroom 5 Richmond 1.
Macroom kept their push for league honours on track in what was a fine all round performance. Macroom took the lead midway through the first half. Daire McMahon's pass found Thomas Morgans and he sent a superb left foot drive to the back of the net, via the crossbar. Macroom doubled their advantage two minutes later when McMahon stabbed home from a corner. Shortly after, it was 3-0 following persistent play from Darragh McCarthy, which ended up with a Richmond defender putting through his own net. McCarthy was rewarded for his efforts just before half time when he latched onto a loose ball and slotted a crisp right foot shot into the bottom corner. Richmond pulled a goal back on 40 minutes. Macroom scored their fifth goal late on via Leon Doody. Dylan O'Riordan made some great saves. Best on the day in what was a fantastic team performance were, Jack Martin, Daire McMahon, Daniel Callanan and Dylan O Riordan.
Fundraising Draw. Macroom FC are currently holding a fundraising draw with excellent prizes of International tickets for the Aviva Stadium. On Sunday June 7th Republic of Ireland entertain England in a much anticipated friendly with a 1pm kick off in Dublin. And the following Saturday, June 13th, its the turn of Scotland to visit the Aviva for the massive European Championship Qualifier, kick off 5pm. There are two tickets up for grabs for both of these games with the first name drawn having the choice of which game they wish to attend. The second name drawn will win the remaining pair of tickets. Lines are on sale from team managers, committee and club members as well as at Murray's Bar and are priced at a reasonable 2 euro per line or 5 euro for 3 lines. Please support your local club.
Under 11 Division 2, Corinthians 0 Macroom 1.
Macroom took on Corinthians in their penultimate game of the league. The visitors were desperately seeking the three points and they did not disappoint with all players putting in a superbly spirited performance. The game started with Sean Murphy causing multiple problems for the home defence. At the back Thomas Morgans was in outstanding form and with the help of Eoin Healy, Jack Martin and Daniel Callanan, they made sure that Corinthians were made to work incredibly hard for any half chance that came their way. Midway through the opening half a sweeping move involving Ben Lyons, Daire McMahon and Leon Doody was expertly finished by Sean Murphy courtesy of a wicked left foot drive. The second half was very evenly matched. Corinthians came close grazing the bar before Leon Doody had to watch his shot hit the post and roll agonisingly wide. James Burke was unlucky when his shot went just wide via the post. In the final few minutes Macroom had to stand firm against the Corinthian onslaught with Daniel Callanan and Thomas Morgans making vital interceptions. Macroom remain top of the division (44 points from 17 games) with one game left. Nearest challengers Watergrasshill are 9 points adrift with 4 games less played. Macroom entertain Watergrasshill on Friday, May 26, Murrayfield@ 7.15pm. Best on the day in a brilliant team performance were, Sean Murphy, Thomas Morgans, Daniel Callanan, James Burke and Ben Lyons.
Under 11 Division 5, Macroom A 3 Carrigaline Utd 3.
Macroom started the game with huge intent and completey dominated their opponents throughout the opening half with Darren Sweeney and Dara Kelleher causing massive problems for the Carrigaline defence. Sweeny had two superb goals inside 20 minutes and his link up play with Ronan Morey was particularly impressive. The first half was finished off when Ben Herlihy sent a well struck free kick to the roof of the net to leave it 3-0 at the break. Carrigaline were excellent in the second half and put Macroom in all sorts of problems. Two quick goals had the visitors right back in the contest. Dylan Wenger, Conor Lucey and Jim Bob Newell were working manfully to keep the now rampant visitors at bay. But the pressure finally told when Carrigaline levelled with a fine strike from an acute angle. At the death, Darren Sweeney had a superb free kick cannon off the crossbar and away to safety and it ended honours even. Sweeney, Dylan Wenger and Ronan Morey had excellent outings for Macroom in what was a fine team performance, especially in the first half.

Macroom Golf Club

Men's Results: May 12.Seniors 1st Tom Fitzgerald, Kieran Kelly, Liam Murphy 46.3.
NBS singles 1st Denis Dinneen (16) 41 pts.2nd Declan Murray(17) 38 pts
Club singles 1st Gerry O'Flynn (22) 40 pts,2nd Noel Herlihy (22) 39 pts,3rd Declan Murray(17) 39 pts
May 19. Seniors 1st. Donal Ahern(14),Steve Wills(17),Ray Murphy(25) 42 pts
NBS Singles: 1st John Ronan(18) 49 pts,.2nd Paddy Fitton(17) 39 pts
Club Classic: 1st Marie Kerr(20) Skibb, Dir Kerr(24), Barry Kerr(28) 62 pts. Best Fri: Keith Stafford(11),Shane Murphy(13), Noel Miller (5) 59 pts. Best Sat: Richard Fitzgerald(19), John Wiseman(17), Sean McCarthy(24) 56 pts. Best Sun: Tony Busher(11), Pat Gould(18), Stephen Duggan(18) 58 pts. 1st Men :John Doherty(10), Alan O'Connor(14), John Desmond(21) 57 pts. 1st Ladies Joan Curran(30), Helen Feeney(24) Kathleen Sheehan(23) 47 pts. 1st Mixed Ml Lillis(19), Marie Lillis(36) Keith Stafford(11) 57 pts
Fixtures : Tues Seniors, Thurs: NBS open singles, Fri & Sat open 4/ball. Sun Monthly medal.