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Autumn 2015 in Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Road Bowling Lecture Mon. Nov. 2, 8p.m. Gort Mhuire Hall, Ballineen.
Information Event for Over 60s in the Castle Hotel on Tues 3rd Nov. 12noon to 4p.m.
Twinning Meeting Macroom GAA Pavilion Thurs. Nov. 5, 8p.m.
Bingo Night in Rusheen on Thurs, Nov 5 at 8.00pm in Aghinagh GAA Hall.
LitWrits debut book launch, Nov. 5 at 8pm in White Horse Inn, Ballincollig.
Bank of Ireland Business Expo in Sports Complex, Fri 6 Nov from 3pm to 7pm
Boxing in the Riverside Park, Macroom on Fri Nov 6th at 8pm
Bank of Ireland Community Expo in Sports Complex, Sat. 7 Nov 11a.m. to 2p.m
Drama at the Marquee at O'Callaghan's Bar Coachford on Nov 6th, 7th & 8th.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club Charity Floral Demonstration on Thurs 12th Nov at 8p.m at Coolcower House.
Macroom Ladies Football AGM on Fri Nov 20th at 8.30pm in the Castle Hotel.
Laochra Óg Memorial POC Fada on Sun 29th Nov in Clondrohid.
Mainistir Gobnait a's Abán weekly meetings, Monday, 8p.m. in Youth Centre in Cúil Aodha.
Macroom Library:
Story time Saturdays at 12 noon.
Book Club Wed. Nov. 4 at 11.30a.m.
Purlies Thurs. Nov. 5
Ciorcal Cainte. Fri. Nov. 6 at 11.30a.m. .
Creative Writing Tues. Nov. 10 at 6p.m..
ACOL Bridge Wed. Nov. 11 at 10.30a.m.
Gramophone Circle Fri. Nov. 13 at 11a.m.
November Exhibition with Deirdre Murphy and Patricia O'Sullivan
Briery Gap:
It's The Real McCoy Fri 30th and Sat 31st Oct @ 8.00pm.
Marshland Mon 2nd Nov 8.30pm.
Red Hurley Thurs 5th Nov @ 8.00pm.
Mr Holmes Monday 9th November @ 8.30pm
Clouds of Sils Maria Mon 16th Nov 8.30pm.
Spy Monday 23rd November @ 8.30pm
Force Majeure Mon 30th Nov 8.30pm.

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

Macroom Updates

Smiles All Round at Macroom E

Macroom E, along with groups from Britain, Norway and Greenland, has been tasked with reducing the amount of rubbishending up in our seas by devising ways of converting recycled material into saleable products. An estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic waste and trawler nets end up in our seas annually, much to the detriment of marine life and seabirds, as well as spoiling the environment.
The SMILE programme, initiated at Macroom E in 2010 under Project Manager, Michelle Greene, has enjoyed considerable success in enabling businesses to recycle and reuse waste material. Their expertise is now being called upon by the EU's Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme to reduce marine litter by incentivising its removal and enabling communities and entrepreneurs to transform plastic waste into a valuable resource.

Upgraded Macroom

Macroom is promised a makeover in the near future. The long awaited by pass is included in the Government's plans for road structure in the next five years. We are also to get a new Fire Station and Garda Barracks, both of which are to be located on the N22 at Gurteenroe, across from Glenview Motors. The fire station will be moving from the old Castle Ballroom in the Castle Demesne and the garda station will replace the old facility at Barrack Lane, next to the Court House. Resurfacing of side streets in Macroom is proceeding, with Chapel Hill currently receiving attention. But concern is still being voiced at the failure to replace malfunctioning street lights and illumination on Macroom Bridge.

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Niamh Quain, Simon Community, who discussed the issue of homelessness with 2nd year students at De la Salle College, Macroom as part of their CSPE course. ©An Scoil

Bank of Ireland Expo

Celebrity Chef, Rachel Allen and Mickey Harte, Tyrone Gaelic Football Manager will be among the star attractions at the Bank of Ireland 'Enterprise Town' initiative at Macroom Sports Complex over the weekend of the 6 and 7 November. The initiative aims to promote and drive business momentum for SMEs and the wider sports and social community in the locality. A Business Expo will be held on Friday 6 November from 3pm to 7pm and a Sports and Community Expo on Saturday 7 November from 11am to 2pm. Both events are free and are open to both customers and non-customers of Bank of Ireland.
Over 90 local businesses will showcase at the Business Expo event throughout the day on Friday. At 3.30pm, a business panel discussion on the theme of 'business and tourism' will include representatives from hotels in the area. Special guest Rachel Allen will speak at 5.30pm and will be on hand to meet and network with businesses individually. Additionally, the local Gardaí will deliver a talk on Crime Prevention. A presentation will also be made to the student winners of Bank of Ireland's Enterprise Town School Award.
Saturday's Sports and Community Expo will feature over 55 local organisations and clubs from a range of areas including sports, arts, flower arranging, SECAD, holistic therapy & yoga, photography, walking and judo. A sports panel discussion including a number of inter-county GAA players kicks off at 11.30am. Special guest Tyrone Senior Football Manager, Mickey Harte will speak on 'Leadership & Motivation' as well as take part in a coaching session with younger GAA enthusiasts. In addition to performance from local schools there will be plenty to keep the family entertained with demos from local clubs, a bouncy castle, face painting, a climbing wall, a fire brigade display, GAA skills coaching, a Hurling Simulator & lots more.

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Macroom Primary School Girls 1930 © (Courtesy of Leahy family) 

Extension for St. Joseph's

New classrooms at St Joseph's Primary school were opened on Tuesday 20th of October. Mr Pat Halloran , Chairperson of the Board of Management, helped by twins, Sam and Jack Leavy and Katie Watt, cut the ribbon to open the classrooms. It was a special treat for them as they celebrated their birthdays that week. Fr Roberts blessed the building and unveiled the plaque. Invited guests together with all the pupils in the school were present for the opening ceremony. The school choir were joined by the Junior classes in joy filled singing. The building includes three classrooms and a resource room. One classroom and resource room is upstairs as the building is split level. They are spacious and bright, with beautiful views of the town.
Mr Pat O'Halloran thanked the Board of Management, Margaret O'Riordan, Sylvia Sexton, Cornelia Moss, Sr Brigid, Fr Eamonn McCarthy, Vincent Kingston and Owen McCarthy for their help in getting to his stage, a slow process. To begin with the school did not have a suitable site for the building until the Sisters of Mercy donated free of charge the plot of land on which the current building stands. The lands on which the school buildings stand, and where it is proposed to construct the new car park (in front of the new classrooms) which has been owned by the Sisters of Mercy will belong to Macroom Parish now. As a symbolic gesture, Sr Mary Cashman handed over the key of the building to the Parish Priest Fr Roberts.
Department of Education and Skills grants of €360,000 did not cover the full cost of the building of these classrooms and an additional €150,000 had to be raised by the school. Drainage works were also part of the development, attenuations tanks were installed to help divert excessive surface rain water. It is hoped that this will benefit the residents on Chapel Hill and the town generally. Plans are underway to develop a staff car park in front of the new classrooms, which it is hoped will help relieve traffic congestion in the vicinity of the school.
Sr Brigid O'Connell thanked the Parents Association and the numerous parents who helped organize and support our fundraising efforts, sponsors, the staff and parents for their patience and support, the main contractors John Curran and Sons and our architect Niall O'Connor from Bertie Pope and Associates. While a building on its own doesn't make a school, we are delighted that the current and future pupils of St. Joseph's are finally being educated in the modern building and environment they, and you their parents, deserve. Our aim is to continue to match the standard of teaching and learning to the high standard of our new facilities.
Photographs from the opening will be included in the next issue of the Lee Valley Outlook.

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Second year Business Study students from McEgan College visit O'Mahony, Walsh, Corrigan, Murray Insurance Brokers with their teacher Ms Mulally. © Lee Valley Outlook

McEgan College Updates

Open Evening. Bishop Mc Egan College held its open evening on October 15 and it again proved to be a huge success. A very large attendance was given guided tours of the college and its facilities. Teachers were in their specialist rooms to provide the prospective students and their parents/ guardians with detailed information of the subjects on offer in the College. Students of 5th & 6th classes from St. Joseph's, St. Colman's, Clondrohid, Rusheen, Terelton, Cill na Martra, Carriganima, Muinefluich, Ballinagree, Canovee, Cloughduv, Dromleigh, Inchigeela, Kilbarry, Kilmurry and Bealnamorrive were delighted with the interaction that took place and they were pleased with being given the opportunity to sample some of the work done in some of the classrooms. Refreshments were served in the assembly area by the College's Parents' Association prior to the Principal's- Ms. Patricia Lynam address. There was also a number of speakers who provided the packed Assembly with some reflection of Mc Egan College life and also the College's extensive programme of courses on offer from Junior to Leaving cycle. The evening was lighted by the wonderful music provided by the school's musical society and the public were then invited to tour the school at their own behest and to meet teachers to discuss any item of their course with them. The evening provided a wonderful insight into the educational attributes that the college has to offer.
'Paint it Pink' McEgan College's PLC second year Hairdressing students recently joined the 'Paint it Pink' campaign and ran a hugely successful fundraiser in their E-Park salon to raise much needed funds for Breast Cancer research. October is Breast Cancer awareness month and on Wednesday, October 7th and 14th, the students provided hairdressing services for College staff, friends, family and locals who came to show their support for this worthy cause. Refreshments were provided for all clients and a raffle was held, with great prizes on offer, generously donated by many of the local shops and businesses in the greater Macroom area. A total of €550 was raised by the students for this very worthy cause. A huge THANK YOU to all who contributed so generously on the day! Well done to all concerned.
McEgan's Master Chefs. On October 20, McEgan College competed in the prestigious Schools Masterchef competition which starts the very successful Taste of Ballyhoura Country Food Festival. The college was represented by Chefs, Edel Shorten, Áine Corkery, Pablo Jimenez Gascon, Ashling Twomey, Ava Coleman and Aoife O'Driscoll. Utilising as many local products as possible, the team designed a menu featuring, Roast Loin of Shandagan Lamb served with a Thimbale of Aubergine & Sunview Goat's Cheese. For dessert the young chefs made Almond & Raspberry Macaroons, Chocolate Pots and Macroom Apple Streudsel Tart. Local food producers and ingredients that featured in the menu included Shandagan lamb, Twomey's butchers, Caroline Robinson's organic vegetables, Sunview Goat's Cheese and Macroom Oatmeal. The national competition took place in the superb setting of Recipe 4 Success Cookery School, Annacotty, Co. Limerick. The team demonstrated creativity and culinary flair.
Drive Ed. Transition Year students at McEgan College were very fortunate to experience the Driver Ed-Programme, Irish School of Excellence., a hands-on learning experience for all students. Each student had the opportunity to: Drive, Change Wheels, Experience "Beer Goggles", Use Sat Navs, Practice Theory Test, Buy & Tax their choice of Car, Green Energy Module, Road Safety Module, Hazard Perception, Basic Mechanics & much more. All the students enjoyed this innovative programme tremendously and hopefully, they learned some valuable lessons on Driver Safety. We are looking forward to Kieran O'Brien and his crew coming to McEgan again next year.

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Knitter, Eileen O'Connell and librarian, Paula Walker with Purlies' Halloween exhibition at Macroom Library. ©John Delea

Macroom Library

Our art exhibition this month comes from two young local artists, Deirdre Murphy and Patricia O'Sullivan. Bookclub will be on Wednesday 4th November at 11.30. The feedback about the book, 'Gold ' by Chris Cleave is very good. Discussion on it will take place that morning and a new title will be distributed. The Purlies have surpassed themselves with the Halloween display this year. Do call in to see it. It will still be here for a few weeks after Halloween. The ladies meet for their regular knitting/crochet session on Thursday 5th November. All level of knitter and crochet welcome. Ciorcal Cainte with Nora Levis will be on Friday 6th November at 11.30. Again, all level of Irish speaking welcome. ACOL Bridge will be on Wednesday 11th at 10.30. Anyone with a knowledge of ACOL Bridge is welcome to attend.
The reasonably new creative writing group meets at 6.00p.m on the second Tuesday of the month, making this month's date Tuesday 10th November. Don't be shy. All attendees are very new to this, it's a learning curve for all so, no need to feel intimidated.
The library will have a stand at the upcoming Information Event for Over 60s in the Castle Hotel on Tuesday 3rd November. We were there last year and it was a great success. Well done to the West Cork Citizens Information service for organising it.
Happy Halloween to all our patrons. We are open for business Saturday 31st with storytime at 12 noon as usual on Saturdays.

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Macroom Primary School Boys 1930 © (Courtesy of Leahy family)

Briery Gap Programme

Marshland Monday 2nd November Two homicide detectives must settle their differences to bring a murderer to justice before more young women are killed.
Mr Holmes Monday 9th November @ 8.30pm Admission €5. Long-retired and near the end of his life, Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) grapples with an unreliable memory and must rely on his housekeeper's son as he revisits the still-unsolved case that led to his retirement.
Clouds of Sils Maria Monday 16th November. A veteran actress (Juliette Binoche) comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier
Spy. Monday 23rd November @ 8.30pm. Admission €5, Despite having solid field training, a CIA analyst has spent her entire career as a desk jockey, working hand-in-hand with dashing agent Bradley Fine. Using high-tech equipment and a hidden earpiece, Susan is the guardian angel who helps Bradley avoid danger. However, when Bradley is assassinated by a Bulgarian arms dealer, Susan wangles her way into her first undercover assignment.
Force Majeure Monday 30th November. Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke) is on a skiing holiday in the Alps with his beautiful wife Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli) and their two desperately cute children. He seems to be a man who has it all, yet, while enjoying lunch on a restaurant, there's an avalanche that sends Tomas running away from the table in fear of his life, leaving his family to fend for themselves.
Sullane Players present It's The Real McCoy, written by Tommy Marren, Friday 30th October and Saturday 31st October @ 8.00pm. Tickets €12/ €10
Red Hurley Thursday 5th November @ 8.00pm. Tickets €20
Sullane Players present Pretend Sick 6th and 7th November @ 8.00pm. Tickets €12 and €10
Johnny McEvoy 13th November @ 8.00pm. Tickets €25.
Killorglin Drama Society present Callaghan's Place, Friday 20th & Saturday 21st November @ 8.00pm. Tickets €15/ €12.

LTV Back on Air

Local Television 2015 –'16 will recommence broadcasting from Wednesday, November 4. It has been providing service for more than 30 years and was the first of its kind, as acclaimed by the Department of Communications. LTV has its own agenda, using its own recordings and copyright and is a registered company since 1988. Some of the early programmes are available in the County Library.
Today, reception of LTV covers much of the Duhallow/ Muskerry area but reception can be impacted by location of hills. Reception is as it was in the past, before digital TV. It continues to be on analogue. All TV sets, old and new, can receive analogue. To tune, a remote control is important. Connect a good UHF group A aerial to your TV, with the aerial facing Sleaveen, Carriganimma or Clara Mountain. Then scan your TV set, either full scan or analogue scan. When scan is complete, your TV will show digital and analogue channel numbers. LTV is on the same channel as EWTN.
But for the voluntary help and good will of the local people, it would be impossible to carry on. Thank you very much indeed for supporting LTV, your local, community channel.

Local TV Programmes

Wed. Nov. 4. . 9.30p.m. News. Sport and local entertainment. 9.50 Short excerpts from LTV programmes over the past 30 years in the Muskerry region.
Thurs. Nov. 5. 9.30p.m. LTV brings back memories from the Duhallow region over the past 30 years.
Sun. Nov. 8: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Mass from St. Colman's Church, Macroom to mark Mons. O'Donnell's Diamond Jubilee.
6.30p.m.. A Story that should be told by Sr. Eileen Healy, Cúil Aodha, presented by Con Lynch. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes
8p.m. Footage from the past.
Wed. Nov. 11: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 1993 programme, Macroom Town and Countryside, presented by Barry O'Brien. An introduction to Gougane Sunday Walk 2015.
Thurs. Nov. 12. 9.30p.m. A visit by LTV to Rockchapel for a seisiún presented by Jack Roche.
Sun. Nov. 15: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Gougane Sunday Walk and Mass with Bishop John Buckley.
6.45p.m. A Story that Should be Told by Peter Roche, Carriganimma/ Millstreet, presented by Con Lynch. 7.15. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes.


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Road Bowling Lecture by Dr. Séamus Ó Tuama, Adult Education Dept. U.C.C., will be presented by Ballineen and Enniskeane Heritage Group on Monday, November 2 at 8p.m. in Gort Mhuire Hall, Ballineen. It will trace the history of road bowling from the 1954 Enniskeane Convention to the present day. Admission €5 including refreshments.
Information Event for Over 60s in the Castle Hotel on Tuesday 3rd November, 12 noon to 4p.m. The presenters will speak about Entitlements for the over 60s; Nursing Home Support Scheme; Making a Will and Staying Safe. Tea and Coffee and a chat will all be on offer.
Bingo Night in Rusheen. The postponed Rusheen N.S. Parents' Association Bingo fundraiser will now go ahead on Thursday, November 5 at 8.00pm in Aghinagh GAA Hall. All are welcome including children from 3rd class upwards. The night promises to be a bit of craic, with lots of prizes to be won
LitWrits debut book launch, "Tales From the White Horse", November 5 at 8pm at White Horse Inn, Ballincollig.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club will host a Gala Charity Floral Demonstration entitled "Sleigh Bells Ring" with Una Fleming (AOIFA) on Thursday, 12th November at 8.00p.m at Coolcower House, supporting Cope Foundation Macroom Branch and Cuan Mhuire (Farnanes). All are welcome. All exhibits raffled. Tickets & Enquires 087-9821708 or 086-3046608. Your support is appreciated.
Visit us at Community Imitative Stand on Saturday 7th November at Macroom Sports Complex 11.00a.m. to 2.00p.m.
Clothes Recycling Drive at Canovee school to 17th of November. De clutter the house. Please deliver to school during opening hours, 9am to 3pm, November 2 – 16 and Monday 16, 8pm to 9pm for those whom school hours don't suit.
Macroom Ladies Football AGM will take place on Friday November 20th at 8.30pm in the Castle Hotel. All welcome. Please support your local club.
Christmas Open House at the home of D.J. Murphy of Bridepark Cottage, Killumney, Ovens at weekends from Thursday 19th November to Sunday 29th November
Autumn into Winter. Our Cover Pic on the October 15 issue of the Lee Valley Outlook gave rise to some questions as to its location. It was taken at Derrineanig, Inchigeela.
Muskerry Judo & Sambo Club members took part in the first Dublin International judo competition and came home with 7 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals. The tournament's senior player of the day went to Muskerry's 16 year old Niamh Looney and the junior player of the tournament was 9 year old Emma Hallissey. Coach, Seamus Manning, was delighted with the effort and results of the team that competed and especially with the two Macroom girls, Niamh and Emma.
Lourdes Jubilarian. Denis Cronin, Codrum, recently made his 50th visit to Lourdes as an assistant with invalids in the hospital and at ceremonies at the Grotto. He travelled first with the Cloyne Diocesan Pilgrimage in 1979 and has gone every June since. In recent years he has also joined the Franciscan Pilgrimage in September and 2015 marked his 50th visit as a helper. His dedication was acknowledged during his most recent visit to Lourdes, when he received a presentation.
Macroom G.A.A Lotto Results 13/10/15. Jackpot €2400. Numbers 7-19-232. No Winner €70. Emma, Sarah & Billy Murphy, The Hermitage, Macroom. €20 Marcella O'Neill, Cloughduv Brendan O'Connell, Railway View €20 Anita Murphy, Lr. Cork Street Jonathan Casey, Cork Street Damian O'Callaghan, Dripsey
20/10/15. Jackpot €2,600. Numbers 18-22-28. No Winner. €70 John Murphy, Cork Street €20. Mark O'Sullivan, Dromree Eliz Browne, Railway View Eugene Hayes, C/O Conor Buttimer, Macroom Denis Ryan, Sullane Weirs Joe Creedon. 12 Cork Street.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Oct. 15.. No winner of Jackpot. €70 - Mary Golden, Kilcorney. €20 - Kathy Kelleher, Teerbeg. Mary Carroll, Crookstown. Mary Hurley, 13 Dan Corkery Place. Eileen Cooney, Coachford
Oct. 22.. No Winner of Jackpot €70 - Lorraine Kelleher, Old Mill Cross, Clondrohid. €20 - Macroom Bank of Ireland. Maureen Hurley, Dunmanway. Donal O'Connor, Kilavoultra. Danny O'Connor, Knocknagoshel
Canovee G.A.A. Lotto 11/10/2015. Jackpot: €17,550, Numbers Drawn:2 - 12 – 20 – 25. No Winner: €50 Brian O'Donoghue, Carrigadrohid. . €25 W. Corcoran, Crookstown. Stephen Downey, Caum.
27/9/2015. Jackpot: €17,250, Numbers Drawn: 3 - 21 – 25 – 26. No Winner: €50 Denis O'Sullivan, Ballincollig. €25 Linda Stanton, c/o Don Carroll. John O'Brien, Carrigadrohid.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto. Results 25/10/2015 Jackpot €3,250. Numbers drawn: 5, 13, 37. No winner. €50.Mary Deasy Rusheen. €20.Ger burke mcp C/o Anthony Hubbard. Simon O'Connell Bealnamorrive. McCarthy Grandchildren Ballyvongane. Marie Curtin c/o Ted Curtin.
Coachford AFC Lotto  Results 12/10/2015, Jackpot: €1,400, Numbers Drawn: 23 – 25 – 27, No Winner: €40 Noel Crowley, €20 Phil O'Sullivan, T.J. O'Sullivan, Paddy O'Riordan, Rosanne Buckley.
19/10/2015, Jackpot: €1,600, Numbers Drawn: 1 – 3 – 10, No Winner: €40 John Moynihan, €20 Breda O'Connell, Synan Noonan, Pegie Enneguess, John Tarrant (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

Mainistir Gobnait a's Abán.

Tá an obair chun mainisitir do thógaint i gCúil Aodha ag sodar ar aghaidh go ciúin i gcónaí. Is iad Peadar Ó Riada (Cathaoirleach), Beitsí Ui Shuibhne (Rúnaí), Sile Uí Luasa (Cisteóir) agus Domhnal Ó hÉalaithe (Stairí) na príómh oifigigh den gcoiste agus tá cúntas bainc oscailte acu le TSB sa Chearnóg Thuaidh i Magh Chromtha. Bionn cruinnithe acu gach oiche Luain in Ionad Óige Dónal Ó Liatháin ar a 8:00 agus tá fíor chaoin fáilte roim aon duine chun na cruinnithe seo.
Tá módh oibre éagsuil acu. Ní feachtaisí móra bailithe airigid atá beartaithe ach fiafraí ar dhaoine am, saothar agus earraí a bhronnadh. Tá suil, sa tslí seo, go mairfidh ceangal an phobail leis an Mainistir níos sia. Abair duine éigin ag rá lena leanaí faoi cheann céad bliain, "An bhfeiceann tu an cúinne sin is an doras sin? Bhuel mo sheanathair do chur é sin isteach sa mhainsitir sin siar i 2016. "Nó b'fhéidir, "An bhfeiceann tú an gáiridín deas bláthanna sin? bhuel mo shean mháthair a chur an crot sin ar sin an chéad lá nuair a bhíodar dá thógaint fadó i 2016".
Is ar an bpaiste talaimh lastiar de shéipéal Chúil Aodha atá sé i gceist an Mainistir beag do thógaint agus fáilte geannamhail curtha ag an t-Easbog Liam Crean roimis agus é raite aige gur saothar thabhachtach é seo ar mórán leibhéal éagsúil. Tá sé beartaithe tosnú lena deich nó dódhéag cillín, cistin is prointeach, leabharlann nó scriptorium, seomra paidireoireachta, saotharlannaí oibre is seomraí stórais agus aonad beag óstaíochta do chuairteoir chun na mainistreach.
Gan dabht, beidh airgead dá bhailiú leis agus fáilte roim gach pingin ach is mó an meas fós ar obair pro-bono curtha ar fáil. Faoi láthair, tá an coiste ag lorg duine éigin chun cabhair do thabhairt le cúntaisí, ailtire le árachas ailtireachta proifisiúnta agus comhairleoir dlí. Tá ceathrar innealtóirí againn cheana féin leis an meitheal ach beidh fáilte roim a thuile.
Tá dhá phíosa tailimh deonaithe agus gealltanas de adhmhaid don mainistir fachta cheana féin, maraon le córas teasa ó Mark Éire agus insealú is cúnamh le fuinneoga is dóirse agus geallúintí úsáid innealra is measainí go h-áitiúil, agus cnuasach deilbh atá tosnaithe cheana féin agus troscán eaglasta. Ach beidh a thuile ag teastáil. Táthar ag beartú roinnt campaí samhraidh don mheithal oibre do rith an bhliain seo chughainn chun gur féidir le lucht leaga bloc is concrete is plastaráíl is siúinéarachta ó áiteanna eile teacht agus obair ann ar feadh seachtain nó dhó. Cuirfear ranganna Gaeilge agus ceilidhe istoiche ar fail doibh sin. Mar sin beidh daoine ag teastáil chun cabhair do thabhairt le bia agus caitheamh aimsire na meithile oibre agus lóistín deonach leis ag teastáil. Má tá daoine le taithí acu ar an riómhaire agus iad sásta cabhair do thabhairt leis an idirlín leis, bygor, ach beidh fáílte rompu chomh maith!
Tá sé i gceist an Mainsitri do bheith críochnaithe go luath 2018 agus an eochair do bhronnadh ar Abb an úird ar Lá Lughanasa 2018. Tá Nuncio an Phápa an Dr Cathal de Brún i bhfeidhil an idirghabháil agus is iad Órd an Chlann Beithile an céad rogha. Tá idir manaigh is mná-rialta acu seo agus is futhú féin cioca a thiocfaidh. Níl ach dhá choiníoll dá chur orthu, (a) go mbeidh sagart ar fáil igcónaí don pobal áitiúil má bhíonn gá leis agus (b) toisc iad ag maireachtáil sa Ghaeltacht, gur Gaeilge teanga an tí.
Órd iad seo gur paidireoireacht a bhíonn ar bun acu agus ní bhíonn curamaí shóisialta acu ar nós oideachas, leigheas 7rl. Maireann siad ar gáirdín beag chun bídh agus deineann said blúiríní beag ealaíona - icons, beachadóireacht, potadóíreacht is obair leathair is a leithéid, chun pinginí beaga a thuileamh chun aon costas breise orthu do chlúdach. Faoi láthair, tá Iointaoibheas bunaithe ag an gcoiste agus is ansúd a bheidh uinéireacht gach nídh go dtí go dtabharfar ar láimh gach rud chun an Órd i 2018. Tá sé i gceist ag an Iontaoibheas/ coiste iad féin do scor nuair a bheidh an gnóth sin déanta. Tá fáilte i gcónaíroimn gach saghas cúnaimh is moltaí is tacaíócht.

Cúil Aodha Monastery

Plans are proceeding apace for the construction of Mainistir Gobnait a's Abán in the land behind Cúil Aodha Church in Gaeltacht Mhúscraí. The project, instigated by Peadar Ó Riada, has received the blessing of Bishop Crean of Cloyne, while the Papal Nuncio, Dr. Browne, is in the process of appointing an Order to the monastery. The Family of Bethlehem order of monks and nuns is his probable choice. Two requirements are that a priest would always be available for local Masses and that Irish would become the main language of the establishment.
The monastery will have ten or twelve cells, a kitchen, dining room, library, oratory, workshop, store room and guest room. It will be built by voluntary labour. Summer work schemes are planned. Four engineers have already offered their pro bono services but blocklayers, architects, plasterers, accountants, carpenters, IT experts, electricians, lawyers, plumbers, landscapers, cooks etc. are all required for this unique project. Donations to the project already include two bits of land, a heating system, windows, doors, furniture, statues. Money is always welcome and may be lodged in the Trust's account at TSB Macroom. Anyone interested in the project is invited to the weekly meetings every Monday at 8p.m. in Ionad Óige DónalÓ Liatháin, Cúil Aodha.

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Pat Kelleher, author, speaking at the launch of his book, Bishop's Island, by Alice Taylor, with, on right, M.C. Barrry O'Brien © Lee Valley Outlook

Bishop's Island

A great crowd attended the launch by well-known author, Alice Taylor, of Pat Kelleher's book, Bishop's Island, in Clondrohid Hall recently. Alice, a friend of Pat's sister, Sheila, since their school days in Drishane, spoke of her many visits to Mount Cross. She said that 'Bishop's Island' is the story of Clondrohid and how things were. It traces progress in rural life with honesty, detail and a sense of community and illustrates how farmers benefited from the education provided in vocational schools, through Macra na Feirme and from Agricultural Instructors.
Barry O'Brien acted as M.C. at the launch. He referred to some of the subject matter of 'Bishop's Island', including the story of Bishop McEgan, the Battles of Macroom and Carrigadrohid; the Kelleher family tree; the political landscape of the 1930s and the Blueshirts; the demise of the Masseys and the transition to the Kellehers of Mount Massey and Pearson's House; the tragic Brock family who drowned in 1945; Macroom Railway, Waterworks, Show and Ploughing Association; Field Days and Carnivals in Clondrohid; the history of Drishane and Clondrohid schools; Fr. Mullane; Malachy Duggan and much more.
'Bishop's Island' is on sale at €10 in local shops.


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Clondrohid minor team who lost out to Crosshaven in the Rebel Óg East final in Ballincollig©Cluaindrohid pro

Clondrohid Updates

Book Launch: A large, enthusiastic crowd attended this long awaited book launch of Bishop's Island by Pat Kelleher in Clondrohid Hall. Barry O'Brien was M.C for the night and opened proceedings with a brief insight to the book. Pat (better known on the night as Paddy) helped people to understand his need to get his thoughts on history and life in Clondrohid in days gone by, put in print. Alice Taylor, who has been a regular visitor to Mount Cross over the years, was given a great welcome and, as she launched the book, she advised people to purchase copies as Christmas presents for loved ones living abroad. Many presentations were made on the night, and of course the night wouldn't be complete without the cuppa and some food. Great credit is due to Pat, Terri and family and all those who helped them in any way to bring this book to fruition. It takes a lot of hard but rewarding work to publish a book. The book is available for €10 at Healy's Post Office, Dairygold, Kelleher Oils, Bell Inn, James Cooney Book Shop, June's Quick Pick Masseytown, Fitz's Book Shop. Happy reading.
November Mass. The annual remembrance Mass for the deceased will take place on Tuesday, November 3 in Clondrohid church at 7.30pm. The names of those loved ones who passed away between November 2014 and November 2015 will be called out and a family member or a representative will proceed to the altar with a candle where it will be lit and placed near the altar. The candles will be available at the end of the church. Later on, anyone who wishes to light a candle for a departed loved one can do so.
Prayers at Graveyard: The annual November prayers for the Holy Souls will take place in Clondrohid Graveyard on Sunday, November 8 at 12pm, after 11am Mass in Clondrohid.
The Development Group would like to thank all those who supported them in their recent American Tea Party. A special word of thanks to those who hosted tables and their guests who gave generously to the fund and bought raffle tickets. Thanks to all the local businesses and individuals who donate annually to them and without whose help it would be hard to survive. The amount raised from the tables and raffle amounted to €2,445 and donations from businesses and individuals amounted to €1,580. Rest assured, every penny will be accounted for and hopefully, wisely spent. Thanks to all the local talent who performed superbly on the night. Thanks to Hall committee and to Peter Lane for sound equipment. To one and all who helped in anyway, Mile Buiochas. Having made representations to Cork Co Council re better lighting in the village, the Group are pleased to see some new lights have been installed, and will keep this matter on their agenda. They acknowledge the Council's help in this regard.
A Fundraiser at Bell Inn for Laura O'Riordan was a great success. The place was bopping and a great night was had by all. Laura wishes to thank everyone for coming to support her and donating so much. She really appreciates it. A huge thank you to all her sponsors who gave lovely spot prizes for the raffle. Thanks to everyone who helped out in anyway with the organising of the night. She will be heading off on October 29 and competing on October 31. Good luck from all in Clondrohid.
Gorta Self Help Africa annual collection will take place in Clondrohid and Carriganima (outside the churches ) at all Masses October 31 / Nov 1. Your support as usual would be appreciated.
Lotto: With the sun shining, and the club's superb facilities providing a beautiful backdrop, chairman Tim McCarthy and treasurer Gerard Kelleher had the pleasure of presenting Noreen O'Callaghan with her €10,000 cheque from her recent GAA Lotto win. The club lotto is one the main source of fundraising so make sure to purchase a weekly ticket or to avail of your yearly ticket offer. Noreen would agree it was a great return on a €2 investment .Congratulations Noreen; enjoy!
Bell Inn: Saturday night Oct 31 music by The Hillbillies.

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Aghabullogue under 14 footballers who defeated Glanmire in the U14 football Premier 2 championship Shield final. ©Peter Dineen

Coachford Updates

Drama at the Marquee. Coachford Players present a night of drama at O'Callaghan's Bar Coachford on November 6th, 7th & 8th. The group will perform three entertaining One Act plays; 'Green Grow the cabbages' by Phillip Johnson, 'The Unwanted' by Walter Wikes and 'Doggies' by Jean McConnell. The long established drama group will be performing their 10th year of 'Pub Theatre' in a Marquee adjacent to O'Callaghan's Bar. Patrons will be able to enjoy a drink as they relax and are entertained by these three wonderful plays. The Marquee is a terrific space and the acoustics are superb Please note, some of the content of one of the plays is suitable only to an adult audience.
All Ireland title. Broomhill Tractor Builders from Coachford have been crowned All Ireland Champions for the fourth time in eight years. The team of John Joe Dennehy, Greg Cronin, Danny Martin and Bobby Roche represented Cork and competed against teams from Donegal and Cavan in the final round in Portlaoise. Broomhall were first to build and set the standard with a superb time of 7 minutes 11 seconds. Last year's winners, Donegal tried hard to get inside that time but never really came close and their best time was just over 8 minutes. Accepting the trophy, Team Captain, John Joe Dennehy praised the team for its hard work and team manager, Tadhg Murphy and all the supporters who cheered them on in Portlaoise and also at the semi Final at the National Ploughing Championships in September.
Cemetery Prayers will be recited at Coachford Cemetery on Sunday from 3pm and at Aghabullogue Cemetery at 2pm. Prayers will be recited at Magourney Cemetery the following Sunday, November 8th at 11am.
Boxing. The New York Fire Department will box Rylane boxers and Garda boxers in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Friday, November 6th at 8pm. Great night's entertainment guaranteed.
Charity walk. Murphy's Centra walk for Breast Cancer was again a huge success, with over 70 people taking part in the 5km walk from the village to the Greenway. The walk coincided with the unveiling of a beautiful seat on the Greenway dedicated to the memory of Bernie Bergin who for years worked in Murphy's Centra before her untimely death earlier this year. The charity walk, dedicated to Bernie's memory, raised over €1,720, with some donations still to come in.
Pub History. Renovations at O'Riordan's Bar last week unveiled some unexpected village history. As the current owners removed the timber façade, it revealed the name of the 1960s owners, Mangans, over the door. Proprietor Pat O'Riordan explained that Celine Mangan was the owner of the historic pub in the late 1960s. The bar has seen several owners since, including Lissons, Stouts and O'Shaughnessy's. The old shop front has given rise to great discussion and reminiscence about the owners of all the bars in the village down through the years
Theatre Awards. Coachford Players enjoyed a very successful Ballincollig Drama Festival recently. Each of their two entries came home with awards. The group's festival play, 'The Window Cleaner', picked up the Best Director award for Eugene O'Sullivan and 'The Unwanted' was the recipient of the Adjudicators Award for its director Louise Murphy Lyons. The best Actress award was won by Emily Twomey for her part in the Blue Hat production of 'Tough Cookies'. The Unwanted, will feature in the 'Pub Theatre' night in Coachford in early November.

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De la Salle athletics team with trophies ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

James Sheehy (contd.)

In 1962, at 16, James won the All Ireland Senior high jump title – defeating his great rival, Pat O'Shea, Millstreet, in Killarney. In 1963, at the Eamonn Ceannt stadium in Dublin, he won 5 junior titles in one day - the long, high and triple jumps, hurdles and pole vault. Perhaps his greatest day was in the Mardyke in 1964, when he won 6 events at the Cork school sports, breaking records and winning the cup for best senior school for De La Salle. He represented Ireland at the Catholic Student Games in Lisbon.
This led to great local and national acclaim. Brendan O'Reilly – an athletic scholarship boy himself - and of RTE fame, contacted him and enquired if he were interested in seeking a scholarship to the U.S. James duly applied to Lou Montgomery with his achievements and paper clippings and he was awarded a scholarship to Cornell University, Ithica, New York State. James was the first Cork student to get an athletic scholarship to the U.S.; others to follow were John Hartnett, Sonia O'Sullivan and Ciarán O'Lionáird - another De La Salle man.
James chose a science course and, athletically, did well in his freshman/ first year, winning many competitions. He competed against Ivy League universities such as Yale, Harvard, Brown, and New Haven. Second year was tougher and he recorded second and third places. Unfortunately, science was not his forte and he left Cornell after 2 years. In the meantime he had developed a long standing interest and ability in art – he had bought art books in his early teens - and he was accepted, with a scholarship, in the State University of New York in Buffalo, in the Art department. His training included etching, lithography and printing and he felt very happy in this environment. Competing for Buffalo in 1968 and 1969, he recorded his best ever results. It is important to remember that James had to work to keep himself in this period and he supported himself by part time work in bars, restaurants and a country club.
After qualification he moved to New York City and he got a position in Hollanders Workshop Inc. – one of the most important printmaking studios in the U.S. He worked in printing, etching and lithography. Although artistic, the disciplines were very demanding physically, and air conditioning was not permitted. He collaborated with artists such as Willem de Kooning, James Rosenquist and John Cage and printed their graphic works; all were major figures of the Abstract Expressionism movement. He had contact with Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol, the famous pop artist, at this workshop. He received a teaching assistantship from the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and he graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts in 1973. Road racing and long distance running became popular at this time and James found time to compete.
While on a visit home in early 1978, he successfully applied for a teaching post in Limerick College of Art and Design and taught there until his retirement in 2010. Shortly after his return he met Rita Kelleher, Shanakiel, Macroom, and they married. They live in Cork, just off the Model Farm Road, and have three children – Kate, Conor and Una and. Interestingly, Conor, coached by his father, won an All-Ireland senior school triple jump championship in 2003. They joined an elite group of 14 'fathers and sons' who won such titles in the same event.
James has had one-man art exhibitions in New York, Dublin, Limerick, Cork and two in John Quinlan's Vangard gallery in Macroom. In April of this year, Limerick City Gallery of Art held an exhibition of some of the lithographs he printed for American artists. His work is in the collection of a number of museums in the U.S as well as the Crawford Gallery in Cork, the Limerick City Gallery and the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland.
James was a gifted athlete and is a wonderful artist and his talent, application and success in two disparate fields is truly amazing. I am grateful to James for speaking to me, and to Colman O'Riordan, his cousin, for making the contact.
Con Kelleher, 24 Oakwood, Macroom.

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1915 Cork footballers in New York, including James Sheehy's uncles, Seán and Con Kelleher and others from Macroom ©



Counting my Blessings by Francis Brennan
In short, a book about happiness .How we handle what life throws at us.
Available at Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop. Macroom. Price €14.99.

Youth Awards

An Garda Síochána in West Cork is pleased to launch the 20th annual West Cork Garda Youth Awards, in association with SuperValu. The Awards celebrate outstanding young people between the ages of 13 and 21 years. Awards will be considered for nominated young people who, by their presence, make their communities a better place in which to live. Last year, a record number of 147 young people were nominated. The nomination process is open to everyone, so if you know of a young person who is committed to making a difference to their community, please put them forward, as every nominee will receive a certificate, even if they do not win an award. This certificate is a very valuable item to have on a young person's CV into the future.
West Cork Garda Youth Awards 2015, in association with SuperValu, will take place on Friday 27th November in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry. There are 11 Awards: 5 Overall Awards, 4 District Awards, 1 Group Award and also 1 Special Achievement Award. The Group Award category applies for groups of two or more young people whose combined efforts have contributed positively to their communities. The Special Achievement category is open to any young person who has defied the odds or overcome difficult circumstances, and whose commitment deserves recognition. The nomination forms are available from Garda Stations and SuperValu stores in the West Cork Garda Division. The closing date for applications to be submitted to Garda James O Mahony, Bandon or Garda Don Davis, Bantry is Friday 30th October.


Over the last twelve months many farmers have found themselves being actively canvassed by solar farm developers looking to secure locations for solar farm installations on their lands. Farmers considering getting involved with large scale solar power schemes should think carefully about what is in store. The prospect of additional income will always be welcomed by farmers and landowners but many are signing contracts with installers without taking legal advice or talking through the issues with their Teagasc Advisor and other professionals. There are plenty of contractual aspects to consider before signing on the dotted line.
Essentially a Solar Contract is an agreement between a developer and landowner which involves the developer arranging for the design, planning, financing and installation of the solar energy system on a farmer or landowner's property at little or no financial cost to the landowner. The developer remains responsible for the operation and maintenance of the system for the duration of the agreement. At the end of the term a landowner may be able to extend the term or have the developer remove the system or choose to buy the solar energy system from the developer.
There are two common types of deals being offered by developers namely exclusivity deals and option agreements. Exclusivity deals effectively tie the landowner in to one developer for a certain period while that company investigates whether it is worth progressing the project. The developer carries out initial investigations about the viability of a site safe in the knowledge that the landowner cannot deal with a competitor. Option agreements allow the developer to lease the land once planning permission has been obtained. Generally the developer looks for a 1 to 5 year option period. If the term is longer it should be accompanied with milestone payments. You should also consider inserting a clause that Planning Permission should be applied for by a certain time.
Exclusivity deals and option agreements are some of the most onerous legal documents you can sign. You could be effectively restricting your land for 25 years and upwards. Exclusivity deals and option agreements also prevent you from discussing the agreement with anyone. You should not sign anything until you and your advisors have examined the agreement thoroughly.
If the developer is granted planning permission and requires the land, the developer is entitled to insist that you execute the Lease and you will have solar installations on your land for normally 25 years. The landowner receives an annual rent for allowing the equipment to be installed. When the option agreement is signed, you have also agreed the terms of the lease. The lease cannot be renegotiated later. If the development cannot go ahead, the option is not exercised and the Lease does not become operative. Consequently, the option payment may be all that is received by a landowner. It is up to you to negotiate terms that suit you and ensure that you are fairly compensated for the risk and onerous terms.
Even though high rents are attractive farmers need to be happy as they are entering into a long term arrangement. 25 years is a long period of time to rent out part of your land. The farmer should bear in mind any issues that may evolve over time. Part 1 of 3
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.

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Management and staff of Macroom Motors, winners of Main Dealer of the Year Aftersales IrishAuto Trade Awards 2016. © Lee Valley Outlook

Daylight Saving

Clocks went back an hour on Sunday October 25th at 2am as part of 2015 winter Daylight Saving. This makes mornings slightly brighter and evenings darker. The whole concept of daylight saving was introduced in 1907 when William Lillet published a pamphlet called 'The Waste of Daylight' in a bid to get people out of bed earlier by changing the nation's clocks. He spent the rest of his life trying to convince people his scheme was a good one but died of influenza a year before his clock-changing plan was adopted by the Germans and the UK in 1916. There are currently about 70 countries that participate in Daylight Saving Time. Ireland is located in the Greenwich Mean Time zone, sharing the same time as Great Britain, Iceland, Portugal, and some countries in northwest Africa. In Ireland, the maximum 17 hours of sunlight - on the longest day in June (the summer solstice) - dwindles to just seven hours and 30 minutes by December 21(the winter solstice).
Time management is a fascinating concept. The 1985 sci-fi film, Back to the Future, saw the characters going back 30 years, which was easy enough for the producers as they knew about conditions in 1955. The sequel, Back to the Future 11, however, saw the time machine progressing to October 21, 2015. This time round they didn't get things quite right with some 'wonders' still in the science fiction zone while we have surpassed many others.

Electric Light Saving

We can reduce waste of electricity by practising good habits in the use of artificial light. Turn the lights off when leaving a room and use "task" lighting rather than whole room lighting when only a small amount of light is required. Clean light fittings, reflectors and lampshades regularly to make them more efficient. In an effort to conserve electricity, the EU started to phase out incandescent bulbs in 2009 and production ceased in 2012 but there are still many homes that have these inefficient light bulbs hiking up their energy costs. The old bulbs are very wasteful as 90% of the electricity they use produces heat rather than light. Energy efficient alternatives not only save money but also help to protect the environment. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and halogen light bulbs cost more to purchase but they are far more energy efficient, using 80% less electricity than an equivalent incandescent light bulb and typically lasting eight to twelve times longer. Replacing 3 x 100W incandescent light bulbs with CFLs using 3 hours of electricity per day can save an average household up to €43 per annum.

Lighting Up

With the change in time at the October Bank Holiday weekend, road users must ensure that they are visible.
Motorists. With longer hours of darkness and tougher driving conditions during the winter months, drivers need to be extra vigilant on the road. Be safe, be seen: use dipped lights even before darkness has fallen. In fading light and darkness, pay particular attention to other vulnerable road users such as cyclists, and pedestrians, especially in areas without street lighting or proper footpaths. Slow down if the dazzle from the headlights of oncoming traffic is distracting you – and remember to dip your full headlights for oncoming traffic. Keep your windscreen clean as streaked windows can make it impossible to see in the dark. In darkness always drive at a speed at which you can stop within the distance revealed ahead from your lights (normally 30 metres for dipped lights and 100 metres for full headlights). Driving at night exposes cars with faulty lights which can lead to penalty points so make sure all the lights on your car are in working order including indicators and break lights. It's more difficult to judge a safe gap in the dark so never overtake unless you are absolutely certain it is safe to do so.
Pedestrians. Make sure you wear high visibility jackets/ armbands/ strips.

Sports Mad

County Final Disappointments

Mid Cork teams were involved in three county championship finals, two in hurling and one in football, over the past fortnight but unfortunately, as yet no county title has found its way to the division. Dripsey in intermediate hurling and Uíbh Laoire in junior A football have been beaten but Cloughdubh still has a vital say in the destination of the County Junior A Hurling title as they face Dungourney in a replay of their drawn thrilling final. In Junior B football, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh will contest the final against Ballinacurra and will be attempting to add the county championship title to the county league title already won and so complete a great county B double.
Mid Cork teams were also involved in county football league finals with both Ballincollig and Naomh Abán in the Div. Two decider, Cill na Martra in the Div. Three final and Aghabullogue in the Div. Four final. Again, the outcomes were not good, Ballincollig the only title winners, but all four teams did gain promotion to a higher division for 2016. Uíbh Laoire will be contesting the Junior A football league final against Knocknagree and will have to battle hard to succeed.

County Senior Hurling Championship

Champions: Glen Rovers (Sarsfield's). Relegated: Killeagh

Senior Football Championship

Final: Castlehaven 0-10 Nemo Rangers 0-10 - a draw
Replay: Nemo Rangers 1-10 Castlehaven 0-11
Champions: Nemo Rangers (Castlehaven). Relegated: Aghada

Premier Intermediate Hurling

Champions: Newcestown (Valley Rovers). Relegated: Kilworth
Premier Intermediate Football
Final: Carrigaline 0-12 St Michaels 0-11
Champions: Carrigaline (St Michaels). Relegated: Ballinora

Intermediate Hurling

Final: DRIPSEY 1-10 Charleville 5-24
Champions: Charleville (Dripsey). Relegated: Barryroe

Intermediate Football

Final: Fermoy 0-7 Mayfield 0-7 – a draw. Relegated: Adrigole
Relegation Play Off: Millstreet 2-8 Adrigole 2-8 – a draw. Replay: Millstreet 3-6 Adrigole 1-7

County Intermediate Hurling Championship Final:

Dripsey 1 – 10 Charleville 5 – 24
The Dripsey dream of county honours were dashed but the men in red and blue can look fondly back on what has been a wonderful season of one giant killing act after another. Milford, Grenagh, Kildorrery, Aghada were all slain by the Dripsey warriors but Charleville made up for last year's final heartbreak at the hands of Fermoy, justified the pre-match predictions and were clear winners of the intermediate hurling title at Páirc Uí Rinn under lights. Charleville's march to the final had been impressive and they certainly delivered on the biggest day, their splendid outfield play rewarded with some clinical finishing. Dripsey went toe to toe with Charleville in the early stages, with the score 0-4 to 1-3 after only seven minutes, but that Charleville goal was a warning of the blitzkrieg to come. The score was 2-7 to 0-6 after the opening quarter and at 3-15 to 1-6 at the break, it was clear that the North Cork men, a really fine hurling team, were on their way to the premier grade for next year. The Dripsey goal came in the 25th minute from Diarmuid O'Riordan and had been preceded by a period when the winners had registered 2-8 without reply.
Charleville opened the scoring with two early points but Diarmuid O'Riordan from a free in the 2nd minute and Shane Burke from play levelled for Dripsey by the 3rd minute. Dripsey then went in front, Diarmuid O'Riordan pointing another free and when Mark O'Sullivan added a point it was 0-4 to 0-2. Charleville came back with a point before in the 7th minute they struck for their first goal to regain the lead and they never lost it subsequently. Conor Hayes hit over a Dripsey point, Charlevillle answered with a brace but Diarmuid O'Riordan kept Dripsey in touch with a point from a free in the 10th minute, 1-5 to 0-6 now. Dripsey at this stage were managing barely to hang in there and Charlevillle edged a goal clear before they struck for a second goal, a quality ground stroke! Point followed point in excruciating fashion for Dripsey and when Charleville hit a third goal kin the 19th minute to make it 3-11 to 0-6 the contest was clearly all over. Diarmuid O'Riordan's goal in the 15th minute, following good work by Conor Hayes, gave the enthusiastic Dripsey support something to cheer about but the die was cast!
Dripsey had the first point of the second half, a Diarmuid O'Riordan free, but an off the ball set-to then resulted in two red cards, one for each side. Another Charlevillle goal followed and the remainder of the game was sheer torture for Dripsey. A fifth Charleville goal in the 50th minute, and further points added to the pain even though Dripsey kept bravely battling on.
Dripsey scorers: D. O'Riordan 1-5 (0-5 f); S. Burke 0-2; C. Hayes, M. O'Riordan (f), M. O'Sullivan 0-1 each
DRIPSEY: Aidan Buckley: Barry Kelleher, Liam Murphy, Daniel Buckley: Shane O'Riordan, John Carey, Aidan Murray: Stephen Murray, Michael O'Riordan: Conor Hayes, Diarmuid O'Riordan, Shane Burke: David O'Sullivan, Mark O'Sullivan, Pat O'Riordan. Subs: Killian Kelleher (ht), David Buckley 52, John O'Riordan 52, Dean O'Sullivan 57.

County Junior A Hurling Championship Final

Cloughduv 2 - 13 Dungourney 1 - 16 – a draw.
Cloughduv were denied at the death by a late Dungourney rally but the Muskerry champions showed excellent form as they rattled the strong favourites with some quality hurling which had put them five points in front with just four minutes to play in the Cork JAHC final at Páirc Uí Rinn. It finished in a draw, but Cloughduv have been improving with every game since they were lucky to survive the Ballinora challenge in the semi final of the Mid Cork championship and they will be hoping for a further little bit of improvement and a touch of luck to land them that elusive county title and promotion to intermediate for next season when the teams replay.
Dungourney opened strongly and were 0-6 to 0-4 ahead after 20 minutes of this marvellous match. Young Eoin Clifford had opened the scoring for Cloughduv, Dungourney levelled, Gerry Lucey pointed the first of his six frees, the East Cork side hit back with three points in a row but the excellent Donal Corkery got a score back for Cloughduv. Two more Dungourney points made it 0-6 to 0-3 in the 18th minute but Gerry Lucey pointed another free and then pointed a '65' to reduce the deficit to a single point on 22. Dungourney went two clear seven minutes from the break, Joe Ryan answered with a Cloughduv point to which there was an instant Dungourney reply. Cloughduv now took the lead when their bang in-form corner-forward Joseph Ryan rattled the net following an Aidan Ahern clearance, gathered and dropped in by midfielder Denis O'Sullivan. Gerry Lucey pointed another free, Dungourney replied but then on the call of half-time Dungourney were awarded a penalty but young Cormac O'Driscoll saved that shot and Cloughduv led by 1-7 to 0-9 at the break.
On the restart, Joe Ryan landed a point to put Cloughduv a goal clear, Gerry Lucey matched a Dungourney point and Seán O'Connor's point made it 1-11 to 0-10 in Cloughduv's favour after 41 minutes. Dungourney responded with three points in a row to trail by just one point at the end of the third quarter, 1-11 to 0-13.
After Dungourney drew level in the 48th minute, Gerry Lucey then came out to point a huge point and Ger Ahern moved them two points clear. When Brian Ahern volleyed to the net after Colm Ryan's effort was originally parried they were leading 2-13 to 0-14 and they looked like they might succeed with time running out. Dungourney had a point and then their Kenneth Kelleher got on to a rebound and manage to squeeze the sliotar past a couple of defenders into the net. Jack Griffin pointed in the first minute of stoppage time to force a replay. A fair outcome to a tremendous contest!
Scorers for Cloughduv: J Lucey (0-7, 0-5f, 0-1 '65'), J Ryan (1-2), B Ahern (1-0), D Corkery, G Ahern, E Clifford and S O'Connor (0-1 each).
Cloughduv: Cormac O'Driscoll; Aidan Ahern, Paul O'Sullivan, Liam Long; James McCarthy, Andrew Cronin, Aidan Murphy; Eoin Clifford, Denis O'Sullivan; Donal Corkery, Brian Ahern, Seán O'Connor; Joe Ryan, Jerry Lucey, James Moynihan.
Subs: Mark Walsh (36), Colm Ryan (49), Ger Ahern (50).
Management Team: John Grainger, Ronan Conlon, Tim Buckley and George Murphy.
Physio: Mark Evans.

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Iveleary who were defeated by Bandon in the County Junior A Football Championship Final ©Con Kelleher

County Junior A Football Championship Final:

Bandon 3 – 11 Uibh Laoire 2 - 9
Uíbh Laoire, Muskerry champions for the first time in 30 years, had to suffer the disappointment of losing the county final to Bandon at Páirc Uí Rinn but on the day the better side won and the West Cork team did play well and are worthy champions. Bandon thus ended a 22-year spell away from intermediate football and repeated the result of the only other previous meeting between the clubs, the 1929 final when Bandon's 1-3 to 0-0 win had given them a county junior double.
Uibh Laoire were outsiders with the bookies going into this final, their first since 1929, and their young inexperienced side needed all the breaks but instead the luck appeared to be with Bandon at both ends of the park. Uibh Laoire should learn from this campaign and should emerge a better side for next season when there will be strong opposition waiting for them in Mid Cork.
Uibh Laoire were first to score through Brian Cronin but Bandon were in front by the 4th minute and were never led subsequently. Brian Cronin saw a snap shot from close range come back off an upright in the 8th minute and Cathal Vaughan and Seán Lehane pointed to make it 0-4 to 0-3 in the 14th minute. Then against the run of play, Bandon got in for a fortuitous goal and added three points to lead by 1-7 to 0-3 after 19 minutes. Uibh Laoire came roaring back at them, inspired by a Seanie Lehane goal, set up by Chris Óg Jones and Liam Kearney. Points from Cathal Vaughan, Brian Cronin and Vaughan again narrowed the gap to a single point by the 25th minute, 1-6 to 1-7, points were then exchanged with Seán Lehane scoring for the Mid Cork champions, but Bandon struck a vital blow in the 28th minute when after a great Jamie Cronin save, the rebound was booted to the net. At half-time, the scoreline read 2-8 to 1-7 in favour of Bandon.
Uibh Laoire would only score a single point in the next 25 minutes. Bandon pointed on the restart, Brian Cronin pointed an Iveleary free in reply in the 35th minute. The third Bandon goal in the 40th minute was a disaster for Uibh Laoire, and very unluckily conceded. A point followed and Bandon now led by 3-10 to 1-8 and were obviously in a strong position. Bandon had a last opoint in the 52nd minute but Uibh Laoire worked a fine goal in the 55th minute when Sean O'Leary booted ahead to Chris Óg Jones who drew the defender before putting Cathal Vaughan in possession five metres from goal and the Bandon net was shaking within a second. Chris Óg added a point and Bandon put up the shutters and denied the Uibh Laoire men any further encouragement.
Scorers for Uibh Laoire: C Vaughan (1-3, 0-3f), S Lehane 1-2, B Cronin 0-3 (0-1f), C Óg Jones 0-1.
Iveleary: Jamie Cronin: Donal Cotter, Daniel O'Riordan, Barry Murphy; Ger O'Riordan, Cal McCarthy, Kevin Manning: Cathal Vaughan, Seán O'Leary: Liam Kearney, Seán Lehane, Finbarr McSweeney: Brian Cronin, Barry O'Leary, Chris Óg Jones. Subs: Shane Galvin 44, Finbarr McSweeney Jnr. 46, Ger McSweeney 52, James M O'Leary 59. Subs not used: Joseph Creedon, Edward Buckley, Patrick O'Riordan, David Hourihan, John F O'Callaghan, Kevin Jones, Ciarán O'Riordan, Colin Tanner, Brian Murphy, Kevin Hourihan, John Murphy, James O'Donovan.
Selectors: Tim O'Sullivan, Denis Cronin and Mike Creed.
Team Trainer: Jim O'Sullivan
Physio: Clíona O'Riordan.

County Junior B Football Championship

Final: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Ballinacurra, November 1st.

Cork County U21 Hurling Championship
Final: Duhallow v Blackrock

Mid Cork Junior B Hurling Final: Cloughduv v Iveleary

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Naomh Abán who were defeated by Ballincollig in the Senior Football Division 2 League Final © Lee Valley Outlook

County Football Leagues

Division 2 Final Ballincollig 0 - 12 Naomh Abán 1 - 5
Ballincollig defeated Naomh Abán to claim the Division 2 Football League Final on a damp night at Macroom and so will be back in the Kelleher Shield next year after two seasons in the second tier of the county leagues, as indeed will Naomh Abán. The teams were level at the end of a lively opening half but Ballincollig were the better side in the second half and finished out the game strongly, Seán Kiely and Ciarán O Sullivan dominating possession in the final quarter when the senior side outscored the Baile Mhuirne men by 0-4 to 0-1.
Ballincollig enjoyed a bright opening and points from Johnny Kelly, Cian Dorgan (free) and John Miskella gave them a good start before Naomh Abán had their opening point from Maidhc Ó Duinnín in the 12th minute. The Gaeltacht side went ahead through a Donncha Ó Ceaocháin goal after a brilliant run from Micheál Ó Cróinín four minutes later. Cian Dorgan tapped over a free for Ballincollig to level the scoring, 0-4 to 1-1 after 17 minutes. Micheál Ó Cróinín edged his side in front from a free on 22 but Cian Kiely kicked a late point to ensure the sides were level, 0-5 to 1-2 at the break.
On the resumption, Naomh Abán edged in front following a classy point from Maidhc Ó Duinnín. Ballincollig replied with a couple of points from the Kiely brothers Seán and Cian and Alan O'Donovan made it 0-8 to 1-3 in the 37th minute. Johnny Miskella's point from a free left three points between the sides after 45 minutes but Micheál Ó Cróinín reduced the gap with a superb kick as his side kept in touch. Johnny Kelly and Cian Kiely extended the lead to four points, Ó Cróinín reduced the gap to three points with five minutes remaining. Ballincollig powered forward in the closing minutes and Alan Donovan finished off a fine move to seal a deserved victory.
Scorers: Ballincollig: C Kiely 0-3, J Kelly, J Miskella (0-1f), A Donovan, C Dorgan (0-2f) 0-2 each, S Kiely 0-1. Naomh Abán: D Ó Ceocháin 1-0, M Ó Cróinín 0-3 (0-2f), M Ó Duinnín 0-2.
Ballincollig: Jack Gibbons; Shane Murphy, Liam Jennings, Colin Moore; Seán Lucey, Stephen O'Donoghue, Dylan Kerstein; Seán Kiely, Ciarán O'Sullivan; Peter O'Neill, Johnny Kelly, Cian Kiely; Alan Donovan, Cian Dorgan, Johnny Miskella. Subs: Ian Coughlan (38), S Murphy (55), R Noonan (58).
Naomh Abán: Seanacháin Ó hUidhir; Colm de hÍde, Seamus Ó Mathúna, Liam Ó Luasa; Niall Ó Ceallaigh, Diarmuid Ó Scanaill, Maidhchí Ó LiatháIn; Tadhg Ó Scanaill, Miceál Ó Laoire; Donncha Ó Cróinín, Miceál Ó Cróinín, Amhlaoibh Ó Loingsigh; Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Maidhc Ó Duinnín, Donncha Ó Ceocháin. Fir Ionaid: Concubhair Ó Murchú (39), Seamus Ó Laoire (39), Seamus Ó Riada (53).
Referee: P O'Leary (Kilmurry).

Division Three Final Cill na Martra 1-11 Mallow 1-13 aet
Cill na Martra will be in Division Two of the county league next year but will regret not going up as champions after losing lout to Mallow in extra time at Mourneabbey. Mike Desmond put the Mid Cork side into an early lead, Mallow replied with two points but a Noel O'Leary point in the 16th minute levelled the scores. A point for Mallow was followed by a goal for the North Cork men in the 20th minute but back came the Cill na Martra men with a Shane Dinneen point and when Mallow had a point in the 27th minute, Cill na Martra struck for a goal a minute later, Shane Dineen the scorer. In the last minute of the half, Mallow drew level with a point to make it 1-4 apiece at the break.
Mallow went two points clear early in the second half but points from Mike Desmond frees on 39, 42 and 44, had the Muscraí Gaeltacht men back in front. Mallow pointed to draw level but three points in a row from Noel O'Leary aned Mike Desmond to which Mallow could only muster a single point in reply left the score at 1-10 to 1-8 with eight minutes remaining. Cill na Martra should have closed out the opposition at this stage but conceded points in the 58th and 59th minutes to leave the teams deadlocked at full time on 1-10 each and so extra time was necessary.
Mallow took the initiative early to shoot over two points, Cill na Martra replied with a single point from Mike Desmond before the break. In the final ten minute period Mallow added a further point and held their lead to the finish.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Marc Ó Goilí, Colm Ó Laoire, Danny Ó Conaill: Gearóid Ó Goili, Graham Ó Mocháin, Tadgh Ó Corcora: Miceál Ó Deasúna, Seán Ó Céilleachair: Fionnbarra Ó hÉaluithe, Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Martín Ó Conchúir: Dara MacLochlainn, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Shane Ó Duinnín. Fir Ionaid: Cathal MacSuibhne, Damian Ó hUrdail agus Caoimhín Ó Suilleabháin.

Division Four Final: Aghabullogue 0-10 Kanturk. 6-17
Kanturk were easy winners of this final at Banteer. The Duhallow side had two early goals and were clearly the fitter side, having been eliminated from championship only a week earlier. Kanturk led by 3-5 to 0-4 at half time John Corkery (0-3) and Donal Twomey scoring for Aghabullogue. Another Corkery point for Aghabullogue was followed by two further goals for the winners on the restart and it was only a case of damage limitation for Aghabullogue from there to the finish. Aghabullogue scorers: J Corkery 0-8 (0-7f), D Twomey, I BarryMurphy 0-1 each.
Aghabullogue: J Buckley: A Hogan, D Merrick, A Corkery: R Dennehy, S O'Sullivan, D O'Connor: M Dennehy, A BarryMurphy: E O'Sullivan, N Buckley, S Dineen: D Twomey, J Corkery, I BarryMurphy. Subs: P Finnegan, M O'Brien, D Sheehan, R Byrne, D O'Rourke, C Long.

County Minor A Football Semi Finals.

Macroom 1 – 18 Ibane Gaels 2 – 5
A week after scaling the heady heights by taking the West Region minor A football championship title for the first time with a surprise one point win over Carbery Rangers, Ibane Gaels were brought crashing down to earth when they were largely outplayed by Macroom in the county semi final at Ballinlough. Macroom had been heavily defeated in the East Region final by Kilmurry but hit the ground running here and even though Ibane, the Barryroe/Timoleague combination team, were on level terms after ten minutes, Macroom went on to dominate and led by 0-10 to 1-2 at the interval. They never lost their grip on proceedings subsequently and the second Ibane goal did not come until the 55th minute when the issue was decided and merely served to put a better appearance on the scoreboard.
Macroom attacked from the throw in, Eolan O'Leary pointed and from the kick out Jack Cronin won possession and set up Alan Quinn for a second point to get Macroom off to a confidence-boosting start. Ibane settled and opened their account with a 7th minute point which was soon followed by an equalising point. Macroom now began to get a grip on proceedings with their midfield of Blake O'Gorman and Jack Cronin, backed by a strong half back line of Alan Quinn, Kevin O'Dwyer and Alex Ryan, dominating and the points began to flow. Don Creedon, Quinn, Cathal O'Riordan, Ethan O'Gorman and Eolan O'Leary, all found the target but they were rocked in the 18th minute when a high ball into the Macroom goalmouth finished in the roof of the net, 0-7 to 1-2 now the score. Ibane failed to drive on from this boost however and it was Macroom who finished the half strongly with two points from Cathal O'Riordan followed by another from Ethan O'Gorman. Their lead of 0-10 to 1-2 reflected the Macroom superiority in the opening half.
A point got Ibane Gaels off to a promising start in the second half but Mark Corrigan kicked a quick reply for Macroom and the winners stretched their lead with further points from Ethan O'Gorman and Don Creedon. When Eolan O'Leary and Ethan O'Gorman combined to set up Alan Quinn for a shot in the 41st minute the team captain did not disappoint and his goal gave Macroom a lead of 1-13 to 1-3 and they were now very much in control. Robert Healy added a point before Cahalane's reply for Ibane on the three quarter mark was followed by three further points for Macroom and a missed penalty for the winners did not cause any anxiety so pronounced was their dominance. Ibane were awarded a penalty in the 55th minute which Bill Fleming expertly propelled to the Macroom net but the result was beyond doubt at this stage and the game finished tamely with an exchange of points between Cathal O'Riordan and Stephen Madden.
Scorers: Macroom: A Quinn 1-3, C O'Riordan 0-4 (0-2f), E O'Leary and E O'Gorman 0-3 each, D Creedon and R Healy 0-2 each, M Corrigan 0-1.
Macroom: Christopher McCarthy: Jack Kelleher, Paul O'Farrell, Ryan Creed: Alex Ryan, Kevin O'Dwyer, Alan Quinn: Jack Cronin, Blake O'Gorman: Cathal O'Riordan, Eolan O'Leary, Mark Corrigan: Don Creedon, Ethan O'Gorman, Robert Healy. Subs: Cian Twomey (ht.), Jack O'Donovan (50), Caleb Dinneen (53), Craig Ronan (55), Frank Clarke (55).

Buttevant 2-11 Kilmurry 0-15
In the other county semi final, also played at Ballinlough, East region champions Kilmurry suffered a heart breaking two point defeat by Buttevant, the North Region title winners, in a quality contest. Buttevant were boosted by an early goal but Kilmurry with four points from Joe Ryan, two from Liam Wall, and a point apiece from Brian Hinchion, James Mullane and Sean Warren were on top and led by 0-9 to 1-4 at the interval and could well have added a goal just before the break. Kilmurry had further point from Joe Ryan, Warren and Liam O'Sullivan but the concession of a second goal to the North Cork boys gave them the advantage and Kilmurry were chasing the lead from there to the hectic finish. In a late attack the Mid Cork side were denied a goal by the butt of the post and Buttevant were relieved to survive and so reach the final.
Kilmurry have an East league final to contest against Éire Óg and will be hopping for some compensation here.
Kilmurry: Eoin Curzon: Richard O'Brien, Fionn Warren, William Ronan: Tomás Collins, John Mullane, Liam O'Sullivan (0-1): Marco Healy, Liam Wall (0-2): James Mullane (0-1), Brian Hinchion (0-1), Eoghan Clifford: Seán Flanagan, Joe Ryan (0-7), Seán Warren (0-3). Subs: Kyle Kelleher and Greg Fitton.

Colleges Football

Corn Uí Muirí – Munster A Senior Football
De La Salle, Macroom 0-5 Coláiste Chríost Rí 2-12
DLS Macroom got off to a bad stat in their Corn Uí Mhuirí 4 team group, going down to Col Chriost Rí at Ballincollig. DLS in fairness had little opportunity to prepare adequately with the involvement of Kilmurry and Macroom in the minor championship final but still the mentors will not be too happy with this effort. After a very low scoring first half, the Cork side led by a single point at the break 0-4 to 0-3, Trevor Tobin scoring on 17 and Mark Healy kicking over two frees, in the 25th and 27th minutes. The second half performance was very disappointing from the Mid Cork side and Criost Rí had ten points on the board before their next point, again from a Mark Healy free in the 50th minute. Mark Healy had one more point from a free while Criost Rí capped a reasonably good performance with a late goal.
De La Salle: James Anysley (Cill na Martra): Kyle Kelleher (Kilmurry), Liam Wall (Kilmurry), Jack Cronin (Macroom): Blake O'Gorman (Macroom), Alan Quinn (Macroom), Kevin Murphy (Kilmichael): Caleb Dinneen (Macroom), Cathal Foley (Kilmichael): Greg Fitton (Kilmurry), Trevor Tobin (Kilmichael), John O'Mullane (Kilmurry): Ethan O'Gorman (Macroom), Mark Healy (Canovee), Brian Hinchion (Kilmurry). Subs: Adam O'Leary (Aghinagh), John Murphy (Clondrohid).
PS Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore defeated champions PS Corca Dhuibhne, An Daingean/ Dingle in the other group game and DLS will have to improve before they face the two Kerry sides. Two teams will qualify for the quarter finals.

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Brian Cronin, Uíbh Laoire GAA, accepts the Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Sports Award for Septemberfrom Michael O'Riordan, sponsor. Included are Brian's parents, Rosarie and Ted, sister Marian, brother, John and aunt, Nell. ©Mike English

Muskerry Sports Star Award

The MuskerryGAA/ Auld Triangle Sports Star of the Month of September was Brian Cronin of Iveleary. Brian was selected on the strength of his performances during the month of September with Uibh Laoire as they defeated Inniscarra in the Mid Cork final, Urhan in the county and then drew with Ballyclough.
The awards function was held at the Auld Triangle and Awards Committee chairman, John Feeney, said that these were great times for the Uíbh Laoire club and Brian Cronin had played a valuable part in the winning of the Mid Cork title after a lapse of thirty years and then in helping the club to advance to a first county final since 1929, a 60 year effort.
Pat Malone, Leas Cathaoirleach of the Muskerry Board, congratulated Brian and his family on being honoured and wished Brian and Iveleary the best of luck in the county final. The Leas Cathaoirleach thanked awards sponsor, Michael O'Riordan and the Auld Triangle for their continued support of the board and also thanked the awards committee for its work.
Uibh Laoire club chairman, Diarmuid O'Riordan, described Brian as a great servant of the club over many years since his days as an outstanding under age player. Diarmuid praised the support received from Brian's parents, Ted and Rosarie, and described Brian as a true role model for all young players in the club.
Michael O'Riordan in presenting the September monthly award to Brian welcomed all the Cronin family and Iveleary club members to the Auld Triangle, praised Brian's contribution to the clubs achievement in reaching the county final after so many years of struggle and wished the club well in the final.
Brian in reply, thanked the Michael O'Riordan for sponsoring the award and for the very pleasant meal and presentation ceremony. Brian thanked his Iveleary team mates and the club selectors for enabling him to acquire a Mid Cork championship medal at last and expressed his hopes for a successful county final. Brian thanked his parents and family for their constant support, particularly on the bad days.

County GAA Fixtures

Friday October 30th At Páirc Uí Rinn,: J'A'HC Final Replay Dungourney v CLOUGHDUV, 7.30pm ET
Saturday October 31st At Millstreet: J'A'FL Final, Knocknagree v UIBH LAOIRE, 2.30pm ET
Sunday November 1st At Páirc Uí Rinn: J'B'FC Final BÉAL ATHA'n Ghaorthaidh v Ballinacurra, 4.00pm
Sunday November 8th At Walsh Park, Waterford, Munster Club SHC, Ballygunner v Glen Rovers
At Waterford venue, Munster Club SFC, Waterford v Nemo Rangers
At Cork or Waterford venue, Munster Club IHC SF Newcestown V Tipperary/Waterford
At Tipperary venue, Munster Club JFC QF Tipperary v Bandon
Sunday November 15th At Limerick or Kerry venue, Munster Club JHC SF Limerick/Kerry v Cork (Dungourney or Cloughduv)

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Frank Honohan, Briege Corkery, Rena Buckley, Éamonn Ryan and Pat O'Leary at 96FM and Rochestown Park Hotel Awards ©Michael Corkery

2015 LGFA TG4 Player's Player of the Year Nominees

The nominees for the Ladies Gaelic Football Association TG4 Players' Player of the Year Awards have been announced. Three players are nominated in each category, Junior, Intermediate and Senior. The nominees were voted for by their fellow players who could not vote for anyone on the same team in which they play themselves. Not surprisingly, the dynamic midfield pairing for Cork of Rena Buckley and Briege Corkery, each with 10 All Ireland Football medals as well as holders of the 'Double Double', have been nominated for the award which has previously been won by Corkery herself. Dublin's captain and star forward, Lyndsey Davey, is the third nominee.

Clondrohid G.A.A.

Well done to the U14s who beat Shamrocks in the league semi-final. Congratulations to all involved. Clondrohid U10's headed to West Cork Secret last week for their end of year trip. 21 players enjoyed orienteering, go carting, team building, obstacle courses and of course the huge water slide. Everyone had great fun and there is a bright future for this team. Thank you also to the coaches and parents who made the trip possible. The under 6s had their end of year party in Clondrohid hall recently. A bouncy castle was on hand to provide entertainment for these boys and girls who are the future of the club and great credit is due to the mentors /coaches of this age group as it's here the foundation skills are learnt. On the final day of the season fun was had by all, refreshments were served and every child received a medal.
The brave minor team lost by the slightest of margins to Kildorrery in the Rebel Óg County Minor ''C'' Championship semi-final in Ballincollig. Clondrohid began well, gaining possession and opening the scoring and swiftly adding 2 more points. Kildorrery came into the game and scored a fortuitous goal and the sides were level at 1-4 each with 20 mins gone. Both sides exchanged some more points at the short whistle we trailed 1-06 to 1-08. On the resumption of play Clondrohid defended well and added some well taken points to draw level at 1-09. As the game entered the final 10 mins. both teams chased the win and Kildorrery got the vital scores. A sincere word of thanks to all the players on this very young minor team, some from our U15s. Thanks also to the selectors /trainers /mentors for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.

Laochra Óg

Laochra Óg would like to thank everybody who sponsored our race night, whether it was buying a page in our race book or a horse on a race card. Thanks to Denis Murray, Murray's Bar Macroom for hosting the event and doing a fine job. Also to Suzanne, Bernie, Deirdre and Con for selling horses on the night. Finally, a special thanks to Paul, Lisa Lyons and Ian Keoghan who have done an incredible amount of work leading up to the event. It was an enjoyable night. Well done to everyone involved.
Laochra Óg are holding the Shane Murphy Memorial POC Fada on Sunday 29th November in Clondrohid. Online registration @ www.laochraog.com/shane-murphy-memorial-poc-fada/ All proceeds to Jamie Wall foundation. Sponsored by Macroom Credit Union.

Macroom Soccer

Macroom A had a 2-1 win away to City Wanderers in the opening round of the AOH Cup and then followed on with a home win over Knockraha B in the 2nd round, the final score being a decisive 6-0 margin.
Macroom B went down 4-1 away to Blackpool Celtic in the AUL Div.3 league but recovered well to defeat Greenwood 2-1 away in the same competition a week later.
Macroom Youths were away to Castleview in the FAI Youths Cup 1st round and came away with a fine 5-2 victory.

Cross Country

West Muskerry AC athletes have had a great start to the cross country season and all are showing great promise. The club travelled to Carrignavar for the County Even Ages championships and despite most running up an age, all performed superbly.
In the Boys U12 2000m, James O'Neill and Breandán O'Sullivan had a great battle all through in a really fast race and came 5th and 6th respectively, with the team taking the Bronze medals: James O'Neill, Breandán O'Sullivan, James McCarthy, Paul Downey, Rowan Mullane, Dylan de Faoite and Conan Kelleher. In Girls U16 4000m, Jennifer Cotter took 5th place overall and her team mates, Caitlin Hurley, Sarah Kelleher and Niamh McSweeney, were in super form also and the team won the Silver medals.
In Girls U14 3000m, all 5 girls ran superbly and won the Bronze team medals for Shannon Cotter, Karelyn Kelleher, Sarah O'Neill, Annie Maher and Grainne Twomey. The other athletes who ran on the day and are showing such promise are: Jamie Hourihan, Michael Downey, Cian Kelleher, Seán Lucey, James Lucey,. Eoin Moynihan, Tadhg Manning, Conor Lucey, Liam Coleman, Sean O'Sullivan, James Downey, Ruth Creed, Colm O'Mahony, Danielle O'Neill, Aisling O'Leary, Ciara Buckley and Brigin Kelleher. In the U23 county championships Clodagh Galvin ran a super race and finished strongly to take the Bronze medal. Jerry O'Mahony ran a fine race in the Novice Men's.

Macroom Golf Club

Men's Results Week 1. Seniors: 1st Noel O'Sullivan (15), Jim Lynch (18) Pat Doyle (24) 48.3
Thursday Open 1st Noel O'Sullivan (15) 37 pts
Christmas hamper: 1st Martin O'Mahony(14) 43 pts, 2nd Jim Nyhan (12) 41 pts, 3rd Aidan Kelleher (10) 41 pts, 4th John Barrett(18) 40 pts, Gross Ml O'Riordan(9) 40 pts 6th Peter Roberts(15) 39 pts
Week 2. Seniors Scramble: 1st Flor McCarthy (12), Ml O'Mahony (18), Andy Lynch (26) 43 pts
Open singles: 1st Vincent O'Mahony (20) 44 pts
Ford Open singles: 1st Andrew Murphy (21) 43 pts, 2nd Ml O'Mahony (18) 42 pts, 3rd Aidan Kelleher (9) 40 pts, Gross Kevin Sheehan (3) 31 pts
Fixtures: Tuesday Seniors. Thursday Open singles. Saturday & Sunday 14 hole singles.
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