Lee Valley Outlook Nov 12 v12e23

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 Macroom Enterprise Town Expo ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Apology: Because of computer problems, we lost all recent emails so many upcoming events are omitted. We have also lost email addresses so we would appreciate if you can send information/ photographs again to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note change in email address.

Macroom Flower & Garden Club Charity Floral Demonstration on Thurs 12th Nov at 8p.m at Coolcower House.
Lee Valley Speakers Tues. Nov. 17, 8p.m. Fr. Ryan Hall
Macroom Ladies Football AGM on Fri Nov 20th at 8.30pm in the Castle Hotel.
De la Salle Panto in College, Nov. 24, 25.
Clondrohid GAA Club AGM Fri Nov 27 at 8pm.
Laochra Óg Memorial POC Fada on Sun 29th Nov in Clondrohid.
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
Magical Christmas Tea Party in Fr. Ryan Hall, Wed. Dec. 2 at 8.30p.m.
Christmas in Macroom. Switch on of lights at 7p.m Fri Dec. 4.
Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner at Riverside Park Hotel, Thurs. Dec. 10 at 1.30p.m.
Mainistir Gobnait a's Abán weekly meetings, Monday, 8p.m. in Youth Centre in Cúil Aodha.
Macroom Library:
Story time Saturdays at 12 noon.
Gramophone Circle Fri. Nov. 13 at 11a.m.
Purlies Thurs. Nov. 19 at 11.30a.m.
Ceol as Gaeilge Fri Nov. 20th at 11.am..
ACOL Bridge Wed. Nov. 25 at 10.30a.m.
Primary Schools quiz on Wed Nov. 25th in McEgan College Hall 3.45 to 5p.m
November Exhibition with Deirdre Murphy and Patricia O'Sullivan
Briery Gap:
Johnny McEvoy 13th November @ 8.00pm.
Clouds of Sils Maria Mon 16th Nov 8.30pm.
Callaghan's Place Drama on Fri 20th & Sat 21st Nov @ 8.00pm.
Spy Monday 23rd November @ 8.30pm
"Conflict in the Convent" on Thurs 26th & Fri. 27th Nov @ 8.00pm
Force Majeure Mon 30th Nov 8.30pm.
Sleeping Beauty Christmas Pantomime on Dec.12th, 13th, 19th & 20th Dec @ 3.00pm and 18th 19th 20th Dec. @ 8.00pm
Louise Morrissey Mon 28th Dec
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

Computer Error!

Because of computer problems, we lost all recent emails so data supplied to us over the past weeks is unavailable for publication. We have also lost contact email addresses so we can't make personal contact. We would appreciate if you can send information/ photographs again to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note change in email address. We particularly ask schools, clubs, community groups etc to re-submit material, Halloween photographs etc. If we receive them before Thursday, November 19, we will include them in the November 26 issue. Photos of teams who reached the final of competitions are also welcome.

Lighting Up for Christmas 2015

Note for your diary. The official switching on the Christmas lights will be on Friday the 4th of December . Claire Kelleher, the Flower of Macroom, will pull the switch at 7 p.m. The occasion is now one of the established events in the town's calendar. It promises to be bigger than ever, with the shops open late and special discounts throughout the weekend..For further details, please see the advertisement in this week's Lee Valley Outlook.

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Niall Lucey, Gougane Barra Hotel, chats with Celebrity Chef, Rachel Allen, at Macroom Enterprise Town Expo ©Lee Valley Outlook

Bank of Ireland Expo

In what started as an embarrassing week nationally for Bank of Ireland, with the controversy about counter withdrawals, Macroom Branch ended on a very high note with an exceptionally successful two day Expo in the Sports Complex. Stall spaces were completely filled on Friday, with 90 exhibitors displaying everything from delicious food to diet plans; comfortable armchairs to exercise regimes; art, make up, machinery and much more. While Garda representative, Tony Davis found it difficult to get the attention of the attendance when giving security advice, Celebrity Chef, Rachel Allen had a lovely chat with Neil Lucey of Gougane Barra hotel about a host of interesting matters ranging from good Irish food to family Christmas at Ballymaloe and guiding the next generation into the catering business. She also made presentations to the student winners of Bank of Ireland's Enterprise Town School Award.
Mickey Harte, Tyrone Gaelic Football Manager, was the star attraction at the Sports Complex on Saturday. He spoke on 'Leadership & Motivation' as well as taking part in a coaching session with young GAA enthusiasts. He was joined by Bank of Ireland and Ballingeary's John O'Driscoll, Éamonn Ryan, Vera Foley, Colman Corrigan and more. Family entertainment included demos from local clubs, a bouncy castle, face painting, a climbing wall, a fire brigade display, GAA skills coaching, and a Hurling Simulator .

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Different Strokes. Mickey Harte, Tyrone Manager, tries his hand at putting at Macroom Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Expo ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Ploughing

Macroom Ploughing Association recently held their A G M in Coolcower House. A large crowd attended and all are looking forward to the Ploughing Match to be held on Sunday January 3. More information on this at a later date. The following officers were elected for 2016: President Eddie McCullagh; Vice Presidents, Paddy O'Sullivan, Jerry Cotter, Dermot Buckley, John O'Sullivan, Jerry Kelleher, Michael O'Callaghan, Pat Burke, and Pat Casey. Chairman : Connie Buckley, Vice Chairman : Daniel O'Riordan; Secretary : Rosemarie O'Riordan; Asst. Sec : William Lynch; Treasurer : Matthew Coakley; P.R.O. Dan F. O'Riordan; Asst P.R.O. Breda Kelleher. County Delegates: Connie Buckley, John Kelleher, Jerry Kelleher, Pat Casey (Hanover Hall ), Daniel O'Riordan, Pat Casey, Dan F O'Riordan, Mathew Coakley.

Senior Citizens Fundraising

Macroom Senior Citizens Sullane Haven Project hopes to fundraise in the run up to Christmas. Christmas Cards painted by Sullane Art group will be on sale in local shops where you can pick up a packet of 12 cards for only €5. On Wednesday December 2nd a Magical Christmas Tea Party will take place in Fr Ryan Hall, starting at 8.30pm. Tickets are €10 and details from Evelyn Mc Sweeney on 026/41070. Macroom Senior Citizens/Active Retired annual Christmas Dinner will take place on Thursday December 10th at Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom, starting at 1.30pm and tickets at €25 are available from Evelyn Mc Sweeney, Middle Square.

St. Mary's Updates

The Transition Year students are very busy at the moment. In October the students celebrated Mental Health Day in Rochestown Park Hotel, Brezzie, John Lonergan and Kathleen Lynch spoke to the 750 students present. It was an excellent presentation.The same students also had a Seminar Drive for Life presented by Bayside Services from Achill. The focus of this seminar was road safety and practice for the theory test.
Three groups of our Transition Year students are through to the B.T. Young Scientist Exhibition which will take place on the R.D.S. in January.A number of Transition Year students are involved with fundraising for the Hope Foundation. They will hold a Bingo night and raffle in the Castle Hotel in Mid November. Two students, Flora Lynch and Leah Hartnett will travel to Calcutta at Easter with the Hope Foundation.
A team of Transition Year students from St. Marys recently participated in the Cork Mental Health Foundation Public Speaking competition, held in the Silver Springs Convention Centre in Cork.The team members were Kate Bradley, Sarah Sweeney and Rachel Mc Carthy, all of whom delivered compelling speeches on topics related to positive mental health.This public speaking project is organised annually to encourage second level school students to focus on positive mental health. Students are invited to research the topic of mental health and in so doing develop an awareness of the importance of positive mental health and an understanding of mental illness.Students were aided in their preparation by their English teachers, Mrs. Casey and Mrs. Twomey, who accompanied them on the day.

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McEgan College Transition Year students at Killarney National Park ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

Vex Robotics. What is Vex Robotics? Teams of students are tasked with designing, building and programming a robot to play against other teams from different schools. This project teaches the design process in an engaging, hands-on manner to help to challenge, motivate and inspire students. On the 6th of November the first training day for the Vex Robotics competition which was held in Davis College Mallow. A team of ten students from McEgan College competed against 11 other schools. The main objective of the day was to give teams an opportunity to see how their robot performs on a Vex Arena and what can be improved on. Representatives from EMC (Ballincollig) were on hand to give valuable advice to the schools on design, manufacture and the programming of the robot. The finals take place in CIT at the end of January.
Guidance Updates. Senior Cycle Students have had visits this term from CIT and UCC personnel who spoke to them about the various courses and application procedures. Students attended an exhibition in Kanturk organised by The IRD in Duhallow where representatives from various colleges in Ireland and The Uk were available to answer student questions. Some students attended college open days in UCC, UL and Clonakility Agricultural College. On November 20th, students will travel to CIT open day and throughout the month can avail of talks from CIT, Cork College of Commerce and University of Limerick, all taking place in the school. Free revision classes provided by UCC due to the link McEgan College has with the university through the UCC Plus Programme have begun in Biology for 6th year students. There are 100 hours of free tutoring in total on offer for the students across all subjects between here and May. 6th year students are also in a position to begin processing CAO applications since November 5th and can do so until the 1st of February.

De la Salle Updates

Results.An exceptional set of Leaving Cert results in August, which put De la Salle Macroom well ahead of national averages, was followed in September by an excellent set of Junior Cert results. Based on his junior cert results, Eoghlan Clancy of Transition Year was invited to participate in the National Olympiad of science in DIT, where he came in the top 10 in the country.
Bereavement. Early in the school year the sad news was announced of the death of former De la Salle teacher Mr. Hal O'Brien, R.I.P.
Computer Upgrade. Work is nearing completion on an extensive €42,000 refurbishment of the school's computer room, which it is hoped will be in full operation sometime in November.
New Boys. 56 First Year students have begun their days in De la Salle this year and they have already become well immersed in school activities, from participating in the school mass to involvement in football and hurling. A "bonding" trip to the Aqua Dome in Tralee was enjoyed by all.
G.A.A.The schools' GAA season is well under way now and De la Salle Macroom has already seen plenty of action. In the Corn Uí Mhuirí (Munster Schools' Senior A football), the school was comfortably defeated in the first round by Coláiste Chríost Rí. Hopefully improvement will be seen in the remaining 2 games in the group, which will be against Pobal Scoil Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore and Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne, Dingle. In the Munster Schools' U-15A football championship, it needed a point with the last kick in a replay against High School Clonmel to see De la Salle through to the second round.Unfortunately, despite a good showing, they were to succumb to St. Brendan's Killarney in their next game. In the U-14A football championship, De la Salle had a thrilling one–point victory against St. Colman's Fermoy. In hurling, De la Salle lost to Coláiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire in the Senior C championship, while the school had a very comfortable win against Coláiste Mhuire Cobh in the Cork Schools' U-16 C championship. De la Salle also had a comfortable win against Davis College Mallow in the Cork Schools' U-14 C championship.
Panto Planning and practice for this year's Christmas drama, "The Town that Never Raised an Elf", has been ongoing for several weeks now, with the script, set, costumes and performers all being readied to take to the stage in the school towards the end of November.
Transition Year activities are up and running, for which the lads have put some money in the kitty with a fund-raising hike to the summit of Carrántouhill in Kerry.
Careers. All of the 6th and 5th Year students recently visited Rochestown Park hotel for the annual careers event, while a large number of the 6th Years also visited the Open Day in UL. A field trip to Killarney National Park was undertaken in September by the 6th Year geography students as part of their course.

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INTO presentation to retired teachers, with, from left, Máiréad de Búrca, Sinéad Twomey; retirees, Sheila Burke and Stiana Ó Céilleachair; Emma Dineen, President INTO and John Driscoll, C.E.C. © ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Library

On Friday 13th, Teresa Tangney and Mary McSweeney will present the music at our monthly gramophone event. All are welcome to this free and friendly event which begins at 11.am. Refreshments will be served during the 15 minute interval. A new departure on the music front for Macroom library is a music morning as Gaeilge. It's an idea that came out of our Ciorcal Cainte. The format will be the same as our regular one only the music will be in Irish and the introductions to the pieces will also be in Irish .So, Bígí linn Dé hAoine 20th Samhain 11.am to 12.30. Fáilte roimh chách. Beidh cupán tae ar fáil freisin.
Saturday 14th at 12 noon there will be Storytime for 3-8 year olds. This lasts about 45 minutes and will be conducted by a member of staff. The Purlies meet on Thursday 19th at 11.30. Music morning in Irish is Friday 20th at 11.am. Wednesday 25th at 10.30 we will have our ACOL Bridge players here
Our Annual Primary Schools quiz will take place on Wednesday 25th November in McEgan College Halla from 3.45 to 5.00 or thereabouts, depending on whether we have a tie breaker round. We thank McEgan College for the use of the hall and Paul Lynch for setting up the room for us. Parents are welcome to attend. We must insist that any snacking be done before the children enter the halla. No eating is allowed during the quiz.
Tropical Paradise is the title of the exhibition of works by local girls, Deirdre Murphy and Patricia O'Sullivan, which will be on display in the library until the end of November.

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The cast of De la Salle Macroom's Christmas panto during dress rehearsal for their upcoming show, Nov. 24, 25. ©An Scoil

Panto at De la Salle

De La Salle College is once again the home to singing and dancing as the Transition Year group are deep in rehearsal for their Christmas Panto, "The Town that Never Reared an Elf". Where once footballers roamed the corridors, now it's quite commonplace to encounter elves and reindeer, snowmen and even Santa himself! All Transition Year students are involved in the production and the show will be staged in the school itself for the first time in many years.
A matinee will be held for the children from St Colman's national school, who will be the first to see the show, followed by the fifth and sixth class pupils from surrounding areas.
Performances open to the general public will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, November 24th and 25th, starting at 8pm. Tickets will be on sale in the school at €10 for adults and €5 for children under 12.

Briery Gap Programme

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.
Johnny McEvoy 13th November @ 8.00pm. Tickets €25.
Callaghan's Place, presented by Killorglin Drama Society, on Friday 20th & Saturday 21st November @ 8.00pm. Tickets €15/ €12.
"Conflict in the Convent", presented by St Mary's Secondary School on Thurs 26th & Fri. 27th November @ 8p.m. Tickets €10 & €8
Sleeping Beauty Briery Gap presents our Annual Christmas Pantomime on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th December @ 3.00pm and Friday 18th, Saturday 19th, & Sunday 20th @ 8.00pm. Tickets €16 Children €12
Louise Morrissey Monday 28th December Tickets€20

Local TV Programmes

Thurs. Nov. 12. 9.30p.m. A visit by LTV to Rockchapel for a seisiún presented by Jack Roche Part 1.
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 with Peter Roche, Carriganimma/ Millstreet, presented by Con Lynch.
7.15. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes.
Wed. Nov. 18. . 9.30p.m. News. Sport and local entertainment. 9.50 Kilmichael Ambush Site Renovation.
Thurs. Nov. 19. 9.30p.m. A visit by LTV to Rockchapel for a seisiún presented by Jack Roche Part 2.
Sun. Nov. 22: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Mass for An Dóchtúir Ó Loingsigh Gathering in Cúil Aodha with tAthair Ó Briain
6.30p.m.. A Story that should be told relating to Fr. O'Connell, Rusheen and presented by Con Lynch. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes
Wed. Nov. 25: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50 Ballingeary – Inchigeela Social Evening 2009 with M.C. Seán Ó Sé.
Thurs. Nov. 26. 9.30p.m. Kilmichael Commemoration 2014
Sun. Nov. 29: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Carraig a'Staighre Famine Mass 2015 with Fr. Wickham P.P.
6.30p.m.. A Story that should be told relating to Sr. Margaret Kiely, Ballydaly, Millstreet and presented by Con Lynch.
7p.m. Repeat of Wed. programme.


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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.
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
Macroom G.A.A Lotto Results 27/10/15 Jackpot €2800 Numbers 9-31-33. No Winner. €70 Eileen Kenny, C/O Pat Crowley, Macroom. €20 Hannah O'Connell, Railway View Shelia Buttimer, Coolcower Marie Deasy, Gurteenroe Terrace Anita Murphy, 9 Lower Cork Street Jim Mahony, C/O Mc Carthy's Newsagents, Main Street, Macroom.
03/11/15. Jackpot €3000. Winning Numbers 3-26-34. No Winner. €70. Jennifer Murphy, 9 Lr Cork Street, Macroom. €20. Julette Riordan, Kilnamartyra, Eliz Browne, Railway View Breda Cotter, Main Street Abby Murphy, Kilberrither, Rusheen Conor Hughes, C/O Conor Buttimer
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Oct. 28.. No winner of Jackpot. €70 - Jack Manning, c/o The Laine Bar. €20 - Marian Manning, c/o The Laine Bar. Bridget Peters, Clonmel. Mary McSweeney, c/o The Laine Bar. Joan Kelleher, Rathmore
Nov. 4. No Winner of Jackpot. €70 - Mary Golden, Kilcorney €20 - Anna O'Callaghan, Ballinagree Margaret O'Leary, Mossgrove, Bandon Kitty Lynch, Ballymakeera Kathleen McCarthy, Carriganima
Lee Valley Updates
Apology: Because of computer problems, we lost all recent emails so many upcoming events are omitted. We have also lost email addresses so we would appreciate if you can send information/ photographs again to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Dr. Mercedes Desmond Ph. D. with family members, Mary, John, Diarmuid and Mairead Manning, when she received an honorary Doctorate in Education at U.C.C. ©

Dr. Mercedes – Science Guru

When Peggy Desmond was born at Stuake, Donoughmore in 1922, there was little general interest in Science and it was rarely included in the second level curriculum, particularly in girls' schools. Peggy was the eldest of five girls - Margaret, (Sr. Mercedes), Kitty, Mary (Sr. Annunciata), Joan (Desmond) and Sheila (Noonan), born to Paddy Desmond and Hannah Kiely. Peggy was very bright and, in an era long before the advent of Free Education, her parents resolved to give her every chance and she was sent as a boarder to the Presentation Secondary School, Thurles in 1936. Mathematics and History were her favourite subjects and she completed her leaving Certificate, minus Science subjects of course, in 1941. Hearing the call to the religious life, she joined the Mercy order atSt Marie's of the Isle in Cork in 1942 and was given the name Mercedes. She taught at St Aloysius Private Junior School for three years.
By 1945, the Principal of St Al's came to understand the importance of the Science subjects and, recognising Sr. Mercedes's ability, she was sent to study Physics under Professor J J McHenry at U.C.C.She found the subject challenging, exciting and mind-boggling. During those war years, the equipment needed for practical work wasbasic. Rationing of daytime gas meant that experiments were often carried out at night. In 1948 Sr Mercedes graduated with a degree in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Her external examiner was Professor ETS Walton, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics for his work on splitting the atom and she enjoyed a long term friendship with him and his family.
While teaching at St. Al's, the excitement and wonder of Science led Sr Mercedes to continue to study Astronomy, Botany, Physiology and Biology. She attended Practical and Applied Science classes in the Crawford and Kevin Street Institute of Technology. In 1962 she was a founder member of the Irish Science Teachers' Association (ISTA), which now has a membership of 1,200 and seeks to ensure the highest possible standards of science education in Ireland. She was a great believer in George Boole's dictum that "The pupil should be required to commit nothing to memory before it is understood".
Sr Mercedes had a broad vision of Education. She welcomed the challenges which presented with the introduction of Free Education. Her appointment as Principal of St Al's in 1978 provided an opportunity to respond to the changing nature of the student population and she initiated Learning Support. She was a member of the Executive of Catholic Convent Secondary Schools and,evenwhen she retired in 1985, acted as Manager of St Al's until a Board of Management was set up in 1992. She continued to serve on the Board up to 1995. In 1985, Sr Mercedes became a member of the College Council of CIT and was the only female member during her two terms of office. In 1995 she was the recipient of the 'BP Science Educator of the Year Award' from the Irish Science Teachers' Association. She received the honorary degree of Master of Education at UCC in 2006 and now, in the lead in to Science Week 2015, along with other luminaries in the Science and Mathematics fields, she has been awarded an honorary Doctorate in Education. Wouldn't her parents be proud. Professor Áine Hyland delivered the Citation at the ceremony and said: 'In conferring this Honorary degree on Sr. Mercedes, UCC is also honouring all those religious women in Ireland throughout the decades who not only provided excellent educational opportunities for girls, but who, like Sr. Mercedes, were outstanding role models and exemplars of female leadership.' In conclusion, she adapted a tribute to George Boole, 'Sr. Mercedes, thy fame will live when thou art gone. Genius will bid thy name to live forever'.
The Desmond family has contributed much to the local community. Paddy Desmond was long known as Mr. Athletics in Donoughmore and throughout the county of Cork. He was Chairman of the local Sports Committee and Athletics Club for 25 years; a founder of Cork County Juvenile Sports and County Chairman for 21 years. He was also a gifted actor, singer and musician. He was a guard on the Muskerry train that had New Tipperary as its terminus and worked on CIE trains in the city when the Muskerry line closed.

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Ag oscailt oifigiúil Slí Bhriain ag Coláiste Ghobnatan, Martin Hallahan, Kathleen Uí Dheasúna,Comhairle na dTuismitheoirí, Colmán Ó Tuama, Dónal O' Riordáin agus Breandán Ó Lionáird (Príomhoide) © An Scoil

Slí Bhriain

Ag oscailt oifigiúil do Shlí Bhriain, (raon nua siúlóide agus reatha ag Coláiste Ghobnatan i gcuimhne ar iarscoláire Brían a d'imigh ar shlí na fírinne i 2009), ar an Aoine 23ú Deireadh Fómhair, do ghlac roinnt scoláirí páirt i 1/2 mharatón. Chomh maith le sin, bhronn Kathleen Uí Dheasúna, (Comhairle na dTuismitheoirí), dearbhán ar Cholmán Ó Tuama a bhí ag éirí as a phost. Do chaith, Colmán, athair Brían, tréimhse 26 bliain ag múineadh Gaeilge agus Stair i gColáiste Ghobnatan go dtí 2015. Agus bhronn Dónal Ó Riordáin seic urraíochta ar Cholmán (don Brían Ó Tuama Fund) ón méid airgid a bhailigh sé tar éis meachan a chailliúnt ag úsáid an raon nua siúlóide agus reatha. I láthair fresin bhí Martin Hallahan (Bord Oideachais agus Oiliúna Chorcaí agus Breandán Ó Lionáird (Príomhoide).

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Scoil Abán Naofa, Baile Mhúirne celebrate their win over Cill na Martra in Roinn DF7 at the Allianz Sciath na Scol finals at Pairc Ui Rinn. © Picture: Mike English

Clondrohid Updates

November Prayers: Many people turned out last Sunday despite the heavy rain for the annual November prayers. Thanks to Fr. Wickham and the choir for making this a solemn occasion.
Weightlifting: Laura O'Riordan has returned from Scilly where she performed like the true champion she is. She came first in her weight class and in the open category for 55.5kg class. She did 57.5kg bench and broke the squat world record at 112.5kg She also has the deadlift world record at 140kg and she has the total world record for the world full powers. So she lifted 305kg @53.7kg bodyweight. What an achievement. Well done from all in Clondrohid.
Gorta Self Help Africa: This collection took place in Clondrohid and realised €320. Thanks to everyone who contributed and to the collectors who gave freely of their time.
Halloween Capers: Well done to Ash, Terri and family, who opened up their house through a haunted tunnel on Halloween, Nov 31 in Clondrohid. Great ideas, great effort, but not for the faint hearted !
Bishop's Island; Having had a very successful launch and sale of this memorable book, anyone who would like a video of the launching can contact Dan J Kelleher, Carriganima on 026 44007.
Birthday: The pub in Carriganima has reached its 5th birthday and, to celebrate, they are changing tactics this year and bringing a magician answering to the name of Jer Kearney. It looks like he could have a few tricks and surprises up his sleeve. Its all happening on Saturday night Nov 21. On the following Saturday night Nov 28 a young fellow from west Cork -Conor O'Mahony, will entertain you playing many instruments.

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Michael John Dromey and Darby O'Donovan enjoy Macroom Food Festival 2015. ©Lee Valley Outlook

The Way we Were

By Con Kelleher
Those who grew up in Macroom in the '50s and 60s accepted the world as it then was and had no concept of how it would change. It was an era before television and with limited access to the outside world. Returning emigrants, tourists and 'blow-ins' provided the greatest outside influence. With the passage of time, progress and the advent of social media, the world and Macroom are radically different and it is both important and interesting to record earlier times. The memories of Jerry Darby O'Donovan take us on a trip down Memory Lane.
Jerry O'Donovan is now 82 and is blessed with a clear and lucid memory. He is in great health and spirits and is delighted with his current accommodation in Sullane Haven. Born in Massytown in 1933, he was the first of three boys. His father, Tommy, was a Macrompian and his mother, Catherine, came from Knockraha. She was a housekeeper for vet, Tom O'Leary, grandfather of his namesake who currently practises at North Square. Catherine met Tommy, who had been a member of the Old IRA.,when he worked at Connie O'Leary's bakery, grocery and general provisions, New Street. Neville's Bakery used this site prior to its move to Fair Green.
When Jerry was 3, his family moved to upper Cork Street and he lived there until he transferred to Sullane Haven in 2013. His brother, Paddy, was born in 1936 and Connie was born 3 years later. Jerry began his education in the convent with Sr. Thaddeus and Sr.de Salles and was later taught by Steve O'Mahony, Eddie Collins' uncle; Paddy Desmond, uncle of Fr. Batty; Br. Thomas and Br. Sylvester at Macroom Boys' National School. He enjoyed school and recalls going barefoot during the good weather and playing football on the street with the ball made of a cow's bladder. Two local abattoirs made supplies readily available. Occasionally they played challenge games against Sleaveen Road in the Yank's field, Sleaveen. Football boots were uncommon, and when available, the right boot was given to the right legged boy and the left to the 'ciotóg', a prudent use of scarce resources.
Times were tough and Jerry's father worked when work was available. His mother was a great housekeeper and manager. Sheets and pillow cases were made from flour bags and frequent washings erased the markings. They ate so much rice that Connie thought they might become oriental in appearance! Contemporaries included John O'Sullivan, Michael Quill, Droumdubh, Johnny Creedon, the footballer, Denis Corrigan, Christy Murphy, Cork Street, James Hartnett and Michael (Mika) Healy.
Having completed 7th class, Jerry attended the Vocational School for a number of years and got his first job in 1947 with Mrs Hannie McCarthy, Main Street. 64 Pearse Street' was the address she always used. Hannie had a shop and restaurant, and kept pigs in the backyard. Later she had a clothes shop across the Main Street, a chip shop down Danzig and The Victoria Hotel, which she called 'The Terence' – for patriotic reasons. She was very ably assisted by Sheila Cronin, Caum. Hannie was an excellent business woman, perhaps ahead of her time. The Irish Press was the only newspaper sold and the FiannaFáil cumann meetings were held there. Jerry recalls being berated for not properly delivering a notification for a meeting and was accused of doing so on political grounds! Fresh fruit and vegetables were specialities and suppliers included the Rev. R. V. Harbord, the Church of Ireland minister, who lived in The Rectory, Castle Street. Other sources of produce were Mrs Godsil, Dromkeen, Kilmichael, grandmother of Richard, the Auctioneer; Teddy Murphy, uncle of Tommy Murphy, New Street (also known as McCurtain St.) and A. A. Barnard, Coolehane, who lived in Michael and Sheila Kelleher's current residence. A. A. was a bee-keeper of the highest order and won prizes for his honey in shows countrywide and in Dublin. He also grew daffodils commercially. It was through these contacts that Jerry first heard of various culinary herbs, garlic, ginger, damsons, quinces, muscatels, and other exotica. It began and encouraged an interest in gardening that became one of his great passions. To be continued.

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 Members of Macroom U.D.C. and local media at a retirement presentation. Jerry O'Donovan is 3rd from left in back row. ©Dennis Dinneen Collection


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Paddy O'Connor, Sales Manager at Kelleher's Ford Macroom, presenting his prize to Andrew Murphy, winner of Open, with, from left, Pat Kelleher, Pat Gowen, Sales, Philip Cooper, Captain Macroom Golf Club and Tim Kelleher. ©Lee Valley Outlook


Part 2 of 3
Rent. Rent varies considerably depending on the individual site circumstances (light intensity, grid connection etc.) In some cases there may be scope to obtain a share of the revenues from the electricity generated on the site, alongside a rental income especially where there are high solar radiation levels. Most rental agreements are adjusted for inflation but it is important to clarify exactly how the rent is structured, how often it is reviewed, and what basis it is agreed on. Be sure to check who you are dealing with before you sign anything. It may be possible to negotiate a supply of electricity to your own property at a reduced rate or even free as part of the rental agreement.
Planning. The cost of a Planning Application is normally borne by the developer. Initial feedback from local planners suggest that solar parks may be viewed more favourably than windfarms. That is largely because the panels stand no more than 2.5 metres off the ground, making them less intrusive and they also make no noise. Very few solar parks have been given the go ahead so far in Ireland. It is unclear how Planning Authorities will react to any surge of applications at this stage. If planning is refused, generally the developer will pay to resubmit an application but landowners should be aware that some developers may walk away from a project if the problems cannot be overcome.
Practicalities. Having a solar farm located on a remote part of your holding is one thing; having such an installation in the middle of an active farm is another. The potential impact on existing operations should be given serious consideration. Turbines and access routes can affect your farm greatly. They can change field configurations and create land fragments inaccessible to large equipment. On grazing land, fences and gates may have to be changed. Access is another area to consider carefully, especially during the construction phase. There could be up to one hundred and fifty articulated lorries accessing your lands. How will access roads and construction affect your farming business and daily life?
Impact on Basic Payment Entitlements Before you sign any document you need to consult with your Teagasc advisor. Entitlements could be affected by the installation of solar panels on your land. The area taken up by solar panels themselves will not usually be eligible for basic payment entitlements. Therefore, the farmer should deduct these areas from the basic payment entitlements application. When considering whether the rest of the land parcel is eligible, the farmer must consider whether or not he can demonstrate that the primary purpose of the land is agricultural. For example, if the primary function of the land parcel is for solar panels, the whole land parcel is ineligible. Whereas if the land around the panels (and maybe also under the panels) is grazed in line with normal grazing activities, this land could be considered eligible but the farmer must still deduct land which cannot be grazed from their basic payment entitlements application.
How many entitlements will you lose? The answer really is "it depends". You need to speak with professionals in advance of signing to ensure you enter into such an agreement with all the facts. Keeping the land in good agricultural and environmental condition also needs to be adhered to.
Maintenance The developer is responsible for maintenance costs and usually have their own insurance in the event of damage to equipment. Check at the start that it is in order to graze stock on the land once the solar park is built. Some companies may only allow sheep to graze around the panels.Access tracks may need to be improved or extra ones built. You need to establish who will pay for this. You also need to consider how the equipment will be taken out again at the end of the rental period and who will pay for this. A common fear of farmers is that when the lease comes to an end, they will be stuck with solar panels and equipment on their land. Seek a bond to be put in place as coverage should the developer fail to remove equipment or if he cannot afford to clean up the area or reinstate the land, once the lease expires.
Costs Developers also tend to cover legal, engineering and other professional fees incurred. Farmers should ensure that they incur no costs at all even in the initial planning and set up. They should not be put out of pocket.
Insurance Ensure you are entitled to a copy of yearly insurance certificates. Ensure the developer indemnifies you in relation to claims arising out of the developer's use of your land.
Right to Renew? The developer should retain no rights whatsoever once the agreement has terminated. An option for the developer to extend the term is not unusual. He should not have an automatic right to renew. A developer should have to re-negotiate with you again. Is it really essential for the developer to have an option to extend the lease? Most leases will have a voluntary termination clause in favour of the developer, on receipt of written notice. Should this be coupled by a payment? It is up to you to negotiate.
What to look for in a developer Credibility and solvency. Experience/ history. Proven track record elsewhere in Europe. Financial standing and access to funding.
Seek independent advice It is essential to seek expert advice before putting any pen to paper. Rushing into signing could have far reaching and disastrous consequences for the farming business.
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.

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


Camogie All Stars

Cork, All-Ireland champions, won seven places on the 2015 Camogie All Stars team sponsored by Liberty Insurance and their opponents in the final, Galway, received another seven. Gemma O'Connor was awarded the inaugural Camogie Association/WGPA Senior Players' Player of the Year award, being selected from a shortlist compiled by the WGPA after voting by inter-county players. O'Connor collected her ninth All Star award at centre-back while team-mate, Aoife Murray was selected in goal. Pamela Mackey and Rena Buckley were named in defence. Cork captain, Ashling Thompson, was selected in midfield while Orla Cotter and Briege Corkery were named in the forward line.Cork manager Paudie Murray was named Liberty Insurance Manager of the Year after guiding his county to successive All-Ireland titles.
Camogie All Stars 2015: Aoife Murray (Cork); Pamela Mackey (Cork), Sarah Dervan (Galway), Heather Cooney (Galway); Rena Buckley (Cork), Gemma O'Connor (Cork), Lorraine Ryan (Galway); Niamh Kilkenny (Galway), Ashling Thompson (Cork); Orla Cotter (Cork), Niamh McGrath (Galway), Kate Kelly (Wexford); Briege Corkery (Cork), Molly Dunne (Galway), Ailish O'Reilly (Galway).

County Finals 

There was mixed luck for Mid Cork teams in the two county finals played most recently.In the replay of the Junior A hurling final, Cloughduv did not reproduce the form of their earlier clash and went down to Dungourney in what was a major disappointment for all concerned.
In Junior B football, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh came out on top against East Cork side, Ballinacurra and so added the county championship title to the county league title already won, to complete a great county B double. This was a remarkable achievement for the Gaeltacht club.
Fellow Uibh Laoire parishioners, Iveleary, are due to contest the county Junior A football league final against Knocknagree and will make a bold bid to finish what has already been a memorable year in style.

County Senior Hurling Championship

Champions: Glen Rovers (Runners up, Sarsfields)
Relegated: Killeagh

Munster Championship:

Ballygunner (Waterford) 0-19 Glen Rovers 1-9

Senior Football Championship

Champions: Nemo Rangers (Castlehaven)
Relegated: Aghada

Munster Championship:

Nemo Rangers 1-13 Stradbally (Waterford) 0-5
Semi final: Nemo v Legion, Nov. 15th at Cork venue.
Premier Intermediate Hurling
Champions: Newcestown (Valley Rovers)
Relegated: Kilworth
Munster Championship:
Newcestown 0-14 Clonakenny (Tipperary)
Final: Newcestown v Wolfe Tones (Clare) Nov. 22nd.

Premier Intermediate Football

Champions: Carrigaline (St Michaels)
Relegated: Ballinora
Munster Championship:
Carrigaline v Oola (Limerick) Nov. 15th at Kilmallock

Intermediate Hurling

champions: Charleville (Dripsey)
Relegated: Barryroe

Intermediate Football

Champions: Fermoy (Mayfield)
Relegated: Adrigole

Junior A Hurling

Champions: Dungourney (Cloughduv)
Munster Championship:
Dungourney v Dromcollogher/Broadford (Limerick) at Dromcollogher

Junior A Football

Champions: Bandon (Iveleary)
Munster Championship:
Bandon 0-14 Golden (Tipperary) 0-7
Semi final: Bandon v Templenoe (Kerry) on Nov 22nd, Cork venue.

County Junior A Hurling

Championship Final Replay Dungourney 1-21 Cloughduv 0-11:
Dungourney won the Cork junior hurling championship for the first time in their history after a fully-merited 13-point victory over Cloughduv at Páirc Uí Rinn.
A late rally in the drawn game a week previously had earned them this second chance and they availed of their opportunity with open arms. They led for most of the 60 minutes, looked comfortable all through, and with midfielder Ryan Denny rifling over 12 magnificent points in difficult conditions they thoroughly deserved their win.
Cloughduv faced the wind in the first half but started well. Colm Ryan had them in front after two minutes and when Dungourney equalised immediately, Colm Ryan pointed again in the 5th minute to put them back in front. Dungourney were level again immediately and were beginning to get on top already. Four Dungourney points gave the East Cork side a 0-6 to 0-2 lead after 10 minutes before points were exchanged with Brian Ahern scoring for Cloughduv. Three further points for Dungourney had increased their lead to seven points before Cloughduv scored again from a Jerry Lucey free and both sides then twice exchanged points before half time, Jerry Lucey scoring both Cloughduv points from frees. At the interval Dungourney were in front by double scores 0-12 to 0-6 and Cloughduv who had been finding scoring difficult were clearly in trouble against a bang-in-form Eastern outfit.
Dungourney scored again on the restart, Joe Ryan replied for Cloughduv. Another Dungourney point was answered by a point from a Jerry Lucey free and a Lucey blast for a goal from a 43rd minute free was stopped and cleared to safety. Two further points for the winners left them leading by 0-16 to 0-8 at the three quarter mark, they were hurling well against a Cloughduv teams that was not, and they were in control. Cloughduv fought back with points from Jerry Lucey, Eoin Clifford and Brian Ahern in a three minute scoring burst to cut the gap back to five points but Dungourney came back and four points in a row had the outcome settled by the 54th minute, 0-20 to 0-11 now the score. Ryan Dennehy had his twelfth point for Dungourney and in injury time the winners put the icing on the cake when they at last got in for a goal against a resolute defence. It was heartbreak again for Cloughduv, beaten in their third final in seven years, but they have had a fine county campaign after an indifferent Mid Cork championship.
Scorers for Cloughduv: J Lucey (0-5 f), B Ahern and C Ryan (0-2 each), J Ryan and E Clifford (0-1 each).
Cloughduv: Cormac O'Driscoll; Aidan Ahern, Paul O'Sullivan, Liam Long; James McCarthy, Andrew Cronin, Aidan Murphy; Sean Curzon, Denis O'Sullivan; Donal Corkery, Brian Ahern, Colm Ryan; Joe Ryan, Jerry Lucey, Mark Walsh. Subs: Subs: Seán O'Connor (25), Eoin Clifford (39), Ger Ahern (42), Tadgh McCarthy (56).

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Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaigh, winners of Roinn DGF7 at the Allianz Sciath na Scol football finals at Páirc Uí Rinn. © Mike English

County Junior B Football Championship Final

Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh 1-14 Ballinacurra 0-14.
Béal Átha took the county B title at Páirc Uí Rinn after a great game of football and so completed an historic county B double, having already won the league title. A golden goal in the 38th minute from Gerry McCarthy was the crucial score and came just after Ballinacurra had a goal disallowed. Béal Átha were level at the three quarter stage but finished the stronger side and were deserving winners of a very close contest.
From the very start the game was close and exciting. The sides were level at 0-4 apiece following the opening quarter before Ballinacurra then went clear with a burst of unanswered scores. Their four-point lead could have been more, Béal Átha goalkeeper Gary Hurley performing heroically on several occasions and with the Ballinacurra defence in control, they led 0-8 to 0-5 at half-time, Diarmuid Thompson hitting four of the Béal Átha scores, three frees.
The second half started in a frenzy of scoring, with the Ballingeary men kicking over three points inside two minutes, two of them from Donagh Shorten and the other from Thompson to level matters at 0-8 each. Ballinacurra battled back to regain the lead with two points in a row and they had a goal disallowed after seven minutes. Within seconds Ger McCarthy had the green flag waving at the other end when he got in behind the defence and beat the Ballincurra goalkeepr from close range. Back came Ballinacurra with two points to regain the lead, but Crothúir Lynch replied with a Béal Átha point to level again as the final quarter commenced.
Béal Átha finished strongly, a testimony to the effort made on the training field all year. Hegarty and O'Leary had Ballinacurra points, but Thompson, Shorten and Lynch combined to hit five points for the winners and the county cup was heading west to the Gaeltacht Mhuscraí village and huge celebrations.
Scorers for Beal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh: G McCarthy (1-0), D Thompson (0-8, 0-4 f), D Shorten (0-4), C Lynch (0-2 f).
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: G O Muirthile, S O Duinnin, D O Coill, C O Loinsigh, D Seartan, L O Criodain, G O Creimin, L O Coinceannain, E O Duinnin, D O Duinnin, C O Linsigh, D O Ceallachain, D Mac Tomais, G MacCarthaigh, D Searten. Subs: Seán O Tuama (h-t), Seamus O Tuama (40), P O Criodain (54).
The Jim Cronin Cup was presented to Shane Ó Duinnín by County Board Chairman Ger Lane.
Cork County U21 Hurling Championship
Final: Duhallow 1-12 Blackrock 1-12 - a draw

Mid Cork Junior B Hurling Final

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Iveleary who defeated Cloughduv in the Muskerry Junior B Hurling Championship final ©Lee Valley Outlook

 Iveleary 2 - 12 Cloughduv 2 – 9
A week after the county final defeat of their footballers, the hurlers of Uibh Laoire were in action in the Mid Cork B final and gave a smashing display to take the title and banish any lingering feelings of 'the blues'. It was a difficult assignment for Cloughduv who had to line out within two days of their own major disappointment, the loss of the A county final replay to Dungourney. Victory therefore was something that both clubs badly wanted and the players on both sides gave their all and the outcome was in doubt to the final whistle.
Two points from Michael Deasy had Cloughduv off to a good start but Uibh Laoire hit back with points from David Dineen and Liam Kearney to draw level by the fifth minute. A minute later the western side hit the front with a fine goal from Colin Tanner and Darren Kelly then pointed a '65' to give his side a further boost. Ger Lynch immediately replied for Cloughduv with a point but Darren Kelly's point from a 16th minute free restored the four point advantage to Uibh Laoire. Cloughduv had a 19th minute goal disallowed and Uibh Laoire finished the half in style with three points from Darren Kelly, two from frees. Kevin BarryMurphy pointed a late free for Cloughduv to leave the half time score at 1-7 to 0-4 in favour of Uibh Laoire.
Cloughduv had a point from Ger Lynch on the restart, Barry O'Leary replied for Uibh Laoire. Seán Flanagan picked up a loose clearance to point for Cloughduv but Uibh Laoire struck a major blow in the 39th minute when Barry O'Leary parted inside to John O'Callaghan and the experienced centre forward blasted the sliotar to the net. The score was now 2-9 to 0-6 and Uibh Laoire were jubilant. Darren Kelly added a point from a free to open up a nine point gap but Cloughduv hit back tellingly in the 42nd minute when a rather needlessly conceded free allowed Donal Murphy to lash the ball to the net and bring Cloughduv back into contention. Darren Kelly pointed a free and Cathal Vaughan fired over a superb point from out on the wing for Uibh Laoire to leave the score at 2-11 to 1-6 at the three quarter stage. The final quarter saw a Cloughduv revival which just failed. Seán Flanagan fired over a great point and Kevin Barry Murphy pointed a free in the 52nd minute to leave his side six points adrift. A minute later a Kevin BarryMurphy shot from a very tight angle was blocked but not held and the ball finished in the Uibh Laoire net to leave only three point now between the sides with seven minutes remaining. The momentum was with Cloughduv but an injury to John Deasy (accidental collision with one of his teammates) raised fears of a serious neck problem and play was delayed for twenty minutes while the Cloughduv man was attended to on the field by a doctor before being taken by ambulance to hospital.
When play resumed there were six minutes remaining, Uibh Laoire had steeled themselves for the expected Cloughduv onslaught and were determined not to yield any further ground. Ger Lynch did manage a point for Cloughduv but Uibh Laoire were safe when Darren Kelly pointed a late free to leave a three point margin between the teams.
The good news later was that the injury to the Cloughduv player was not as serious as feared and happily he was back home that evening.
Uibh Laoire: Con O'Callaghan: Ciarán O'Riordan, Daniel O'Riordan, John McNulty: Gerard O'Riordan, Finbarr McSweeney Jnr., James M O'Leary: Finbarr McSweeney, Darren Kelly: Liam Kearney, John F O'Callaghan, Barry O'Leary: David Dineen, Cathal Vaughan, Colin Tanner. Subs: Ger McSweeney and Barry Murphy.
Cloughduv: Jonathan Buckley: Luke McCarthy, Jerry Murphy, Michael Dunne: Peter Kelleher, Donal Cronin, Barry Walsh: Pádraig Hinchion, David O'Leary: Kevin BarryMurphy, Michael Deasy, Pádraig Berhanu: John Deasy, Donal Murphy, Ger Lynch. Subs: Seán Flanagan, Gavin Hickey, Eoin Curzon, Seán Twomey.
Referee: Mr Liam Barry, Ballincollig

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Inniscarra who defeated Aghinagh in the Muskerry Junior A Football League final ©Lee Valley Outlook

County Junior A Football League Final

Uibh Laoire v Knocknagree at Millstreet, fixed for November 15th.

Quish Super Valu Mid Cork Junior A Football League Final

Inniscarra 1 – 17 Aghinagh 0 – 6
Inniscarra footballers, defeated in the divisional championship final by Uibh Laoire, gained a measure of compensation and showed that they are a power to be reckoned with going forward, when they had a comprehensive win over last year's winners Aghinagh in the final of the Quish Super Valu Ballincollig, Mid Cork Junior A football league at Carraigadrohid on Sunday last. By any standard, it was an impressive performance by the new league champions who were strong and mobile in defence and at midfield and had some very accurate forwards who kicked over some really superb points. Aghinagh just could not cope with the overall power of their opponents and the writing was on the wall for them from early on even though their dogged resistance kept them in contention until the three quarter mark.
Points from Paul Farmer and Tomás O'Connor had Inniscarra in front before Declan Ambrose opened the Aghinagh account from a free in the 8th minute. Seán O'Donoghue pointed from play a minute later for Inniscarra and added another from play and Tomás O'Connor's second point in the 13th minute made it 0-5 to 0-1 and already the omens were not good for Aghinagh. The Inniscarra defence with Kevin Burke, Jack O'Dwyer and team captain John O'Callaghan to the fore were more than able to cope with the Aghinagh attacks, Conor Buckley and Paul Farmer were winning midfield and in attack, Seán O'Donoghue and Tomás O'Connor were in devastating form and Aghinagh struggled to contain them. Inniscarra had two further points from O'Connor followed by one from O'Donoghue within minutes and Aghinagh missed a golden opportunity of a goal in the 22nd minute when Mathew McCarthy's close range shot went narrowly wide after a strong run from Declan Ambrose had created the opportunity. Inniscara lost Liam O'Riain to a black card but his replacement Steve Dornan did not weaken the winners and Seán O'Donoghue had two further points before the break in reply to a brace from Declan Ambrose frees for Aghinagh. At half time it was 0-10 to 0-3 and Inniscarra were full value for their comfortable lead.
Aghinagh needed to start the second half well but instead it was Inniscarra who continued where they had let off and Seán Lynch and Dan O'Connell had early points to increase their side's lead. William Coakley pointed a free for Aghinagh but Seán O'Donoghue and Tomás O'Connor replied with further points in the 40th minute. Aghinagh fought back and a point from Seán Kelleher and another from Declan Ambrose reduced the deficit and left them still hoping for a miracle. Points from O'Connor and Paul Farmer at the start of the final quarter ended any lingering uncertainty about the outcome however and as both sides emptied their respective benches, a golden goal from Steve Dornan in the 56th minute was the only incident of note before the final whistle.
Scorers: Inniscarra; S Dornan1-0, T O'Connor 0-7, S O'Donoghue 0-6 (0-4f), P Farmer 0-2, S Lynch and D O'Connell 0-1 each. Aghinagh: D Ambrose 0-4 (0-3f), W Coakley (f) and S Kelleher 0-1 each.
Inniscarra: Dominick Kelleher: Cathal Griffin, Kevin Burke, Jack O'Dwyer: Timmy Murphy, John O'Callaghan capt., Liam O'Riain: Paul Farmer, Conor Buckley: Liam Collins, Sean O'Donoghue, David Barry: Seán Lynch, Dan O'Connell, Tomás O'Connor. Subs: Steve Dornan for O'Riain (black card) 23, Alan Sheehan for O'Donoghue (inj) 40, John O'Keeffe for Lynch, Jack Hayes for Murphy, Donal O'Callaghan for O'Connell and Tommy Buckley for O'Dwyer (all 56/57).
Aghinagh: William Ambrose: Jeremiah Kelleher, Alan Hourihan, John Lynch: Dermot O'Callaghan, Dave Barry, Donagh McCarthy: Miceál Corkery, Michael O'Brien: William Coakley, Declan Ambrose, Seán Kelleher: Donagh O'Riordan, Seamus O'Leary, Mathew McCarthy. Subs: Donal Corkery (blood sub.), for O'Riordan (ht.), Jason McCarthy for M McCarthy 37, Shane Corkery for O'Leary 40, Trevor Burns for Lynch 50, Seán Horgan for Coakley 55, Paud O'Sullivan for O'Callaghan 55.
Referee: Mr Ted Hayes, Éire Óg.

Cumnor Construction Mid Cork Junior A Hurling League Final

Ballinora 2-14 Donoughmore 2-11
Ballinora won their first Junior A hurling trophy since 1997 when they took the league title with a deserved win over Donoughmore at the Dripsey venue. Ballinora only lost out on a semi final replay to Cloughduv so this win was significant and will give them hope for the future.

County Minor A Football Final

Buttevant 3 – 5 Macroom 1-9
Macroom may have been fortunate to progress to the Minor A county football final after surviving some tough challenges along the way but they certainly had no luck at all in the final at Ballinlough and were defeated by two points by hot favourites Buttevant. The main cause of the Macroom defeat was the concession of 2-1 within three minutes of the restart of the second half when the Mid Cork side had been on top in the opening period and they again dominated in the closing quarter. The pity was that Macroom played really well and made a major contribution to an excellent final.
The half time score was 0-6 to 1-2 in Macroom's favour and only the goal in the 13th minute allowed Buttevant to stay in touch in this period. Macroom were full of fire and played the far better football from the start. Robert Healy opened the scoring with a point in the 8th minute but Buttevant struck for a goal against the run of play in the 13th minute, a long range free being punched on to the net in a crowed goalmouth. Points from Ethan O'Gorman and Eolan O'Leary had Macroom level by the 19th minute and when Buttevant had their first point from a free, Don Creedon equalised for Macroom in the 24th minute. Another point from a free put Buttevant in front but Macroom points from a Cathal O'Riordan free and Don Creedon from play gave the Mid Cork side a deserved interval lead, 0-6 to 1-2.
The opening minutes of the second half were disastrous for Macroom. Buttevant had their opening goal within 50 seconds, and added a point from a free in the 2nd minute. Buttevant got possession of the kick out and a forward was allowed to cut through the defence to plant the ball in the net and give his side a 3-3 to 0-6 lead. To their credit Macroom did not buckle and a point from an Alan Quinn free was followed by one from play from Cathal O'Riordan. Don Creedon and Cathal O'Riordan combined to give possession to Paul O'Farrell in the 40th minute and the full back advanced before placed a low drive into the corner of the Buttevant net. Only a point now separated the teams, 3-3 to 1-8 but Macroom could not get any closer. Buttevant pointed to open up a two point gap in the 47th minute, Alan Quinn took a pass from Kevin O'Dwyer to point and cut the gap to the minimum again five minutes from time. The play was hectic now and Macroom have reason to feel aggrieved that a Buttevant injured player was replaced by a substitute but appears to have continued to play on for a couple of minutes before the North Cork side came up field and a free in injury time yielded them the point that ensured them of the county title.
Macroom scorers: Paul O'Farrell 1-0, C O'Riordan, Don Creedon and Alan Quinn 0-2 each, Robert Healy, Ethan O'Gorman and Eolan O'Leary 0-1 each.
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: Jack O'Donovan (43), Caleb Dinneen (55) and Craig Ronan, Frank Clark, Cian Twomey, Colm O'Mahony, Daniel O'Riordan, Alan O'Farrell, Martin Meaney, Aidan McMahon.

County Minor B Football championship semi final

Fermoy 0 – 14 Canovee 0 – 11
Canovee suffered a narrow defeat in the county semi final at Buttevant. Canovee started well and were 0-5 to nil up after ten minutes but North Cork champions Fermoy settled and got scores on the board so well that it was Canovee 0-6 to Fermoy's 0-5 by the 20th minute. Canovee then went two up but Fermoy replied with a brace before the break to level the scores at 0-7 each.
Points from Patrick Buckley and Mark Walsh had Canovee back in front on the resumption but Fermoy hit back with four points in a row to take a two point lead by the 40th minute. Points were exchanged to keep two between the teams with ten minutes remaining and there was fierce pressure on defences at both ends. Scores were at a premium however and only one further point was scored and this from Fermoy two minutes from time.
Canovee: Cormac O'Driscoll: Eoin Lehane, Eoin Cullen, Brian Verling: Seán Browne, Neil Quirke, Denis Murphy (0-1): Kieran Moynihan (0-3), Jack Murphy: Patrick Buckley (0-1), Mark Healy (0-2), Conor Hughes (0-1): Darragh Cronin, Humphrey O'Mahony, Mark Walsh (0-3). Subs: Shane O'Riordan, David Carroll.
Muskerry Sports Star Award
The MuskerryGAA/Auld Triangle Sports Star of the Month of October is Aidan Ahern, of Cloughduv. Aidan was consistently good at corner back as Cloughduv advanced to the county junior final and could not be faulted even in ultimate defeat of his side.
Clondrohid G.A.A.
Clondrohid Under 14 team played Kilmurry in the Eastern Region League Final in Rusheen on Saturday November 7. This was a most exciting game, with the lead changing on a constant basis. The score at half time was Kilmurry 2-5 Clondrohid 2-3. In a high scoring second half Clondrohid with a late scoring burst, claimed victory on the final score Clondrohid 6-7 Kilmurry 5-5. A notable feat was the four goals scored by Clondrohid captain, Cathal Creedon. A sincere word of thanks to the coaches/ trainers/ mentors who took charge of this team. Well done to you all. Thanks to all the parents who travelled to games and to all the loyal supporters who turned up on Saturday in Rusheen. Well done to everyone involved. It's wonderful to finish off the season with a trophy.
Team Panel: Conor Murphy, Brian Lynch, Fionn Heffernan, Jerh Kelleher, Jerome Healy, J.K. Long, Eddie Duggan, Alex Kelly, George Lowrie, Ciaran O'Leary, Michael Buckley, Cathal Creedon, Conor Dineen, Conor Lucey, Conor Murphy, Conor O'Leary, Eoin Kelleher, David O'Connell, Gearóid O'Connell, Fionán O'Leary.
Clondrohid GAA Club AGM is on Friday November 27 at 8pm.

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.At launch of Poc Fada in memory of the late Shane Murphy arehis family, Laochra Óg members and Macroom Credit Union(sponsors)© Con Kelleher.

Laochra Óg

Poc Fada. Laochra Óg Hurling Club has launched the Shane Murphy Memorial Cup Poc Fada. This is in memory of Shane who was an outstanding underage player, excelling at both hurling and football equally. He won numerous medals and awards throughout his short life, winning man of the match scoring 3 – 1 in the Munster U16 Vocational Schools final in April 2012. He was destined for huge things prior to his tragic passing on the field of play in December of that year. He became the inspirational leader of the Coláiste Ghobnatan senior team. It was fitting that the team went on to win the County and Munster Vocational Senior Colleges titles in his memory. A quiet, unassuming lad who was destined to wear the county jersey in both codes, he is greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Macroom Credit Union has sponsored a memorial cup and trophies in Shane's memory for the Laochra Óg Poc Fada.
The presentation of the cup and trophies to the Murphy family took place in Macroom Credit Union on Thursday October 29 in the presence of Tony Hughes, Manager and the committee of Macroom Credit Union. Laochra Óg hurling club committee, Rena Buckley and Michael Wall, who represented his son, Jamie Wall. Jamie attended the Easter Camp in 2014 and was extremely popular with all the children who took part. This year's Poc Fada will take place in Clondrohid on Sunday Nov 29. The proceeds of the event will be donated to "The Friends of Jamie Wall" fund, to support Jamie's ongoing rehabilitation and his goal of living a full and independent life. The Shane Murphy Memorial Poc Fada will raise funds annually for various charities.
Medal Presentation. On Friday October 30 Laochra Óg U6, U8 and U10 boys and girls were presented with medals by Briege Corkery in Clondrohid Hall. Thanks to Briege for taking the time out for the club and especially, all the younger players in the club. Thanks to all the parents/ guardians for bringing their children along to the training sessions and matches all year. It's all about participation, enjoyment and success will follow. Thanks to all the trainers for their hard work and commitment throughout the year. Also to all those who supported the trainers, at home and in the club and do so quietly in the background, often without recognition for their efforts.
On October 31 Laochra Óg U14 hurling team took part in a hurling blitz in Donoughmore, playing Grenagh, Donoughmore and Lee Gaels. Well done to all the lads who played well and got some great scores. The boys received medals afterwards. Thanks to Donoughmore GAA Club for hosting this well organised event. Also, a thank-you to the U14 trainers Joe, Mick and Dónal who put a lot of their time and effort into this team.
Laochra Óg would like to thank all the parents/guardians who signed up their children with the club for the year 2015. They hope your children had a good time and many happy memories. Also your financial support, whether it's the €2 at training or supporting one of the fundraising events. Like all voluntary organisations, they must do their own fundraising as well as keep teams in action on the field. A special thank you must go to the U6, U8 and U10 trainers Lorraine, Mary, Suzanne, Josie, Mary, Eddie, Mary Anne, Brian Kerins, Brian O'Donoghue, Daniel, Fiona, John Nash and Ian. A.G.M. Laochra Óg Hurling Club A.G.M. took place in Clondrohid Community Hall on Friday 3rd November. Elected officers include : Chairperson Liam Slattery, Vice Chairperson Donal Casey, Secretary Marguerite Murphy, Assistant Secretary Suzanne O'Brien, Treasurer Eddie Walsh, Assistant Treasurer Joe O'Leary, P.R.O. Siobhan O'Shea, Assistant P.R.O. Ian Keoghan.
Macroom Enterprise weekend took place at the Leisure Complex Macroom. Tyrone manager Mickey Harte met with members of Laochra Óg at the Laochra Óg stand. An inspirational man who gave a great address to the large attendance. Well done to all involved.
Date for the calendar : Laochra Óg Poc Fada, Shane Murphy Memorial Cup, will take place on Sunday 29th November at 12 noon in Clondrohid. All proceeds to the Jamie Wall Foundation. Teams can be entered online http://laochraog.com/shane-murphy-memorial-cup-poc-fada/

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Macroom U-14s, having won the U-14 A League final; they beat Fr O'Neill's by 3-9 to 1-5and the captain was Eoin Cahill. ©Con Kelleher, Oakwood.

Rebel Óg U16 A County League Final

Aghabullogue 1-12 Ballygiblin 1-10
Aghabullogue U16 hurlers completed an historic double when they defeated Ballygiblin to claim the Rebel Óg County U16 A League title to add to the Rebel Óg Championship title they had won earlier in the year. On an excellent day for hurling, the match took place at Church Road in Blackrock. Playing with a significant breeze in the first half, Ballygiblin opened well and only great defending by Kevin Cotter and Ardghal O'Buachalla prevented a goal in the first attack. Ballygiblin used the wind well and led 1-4 to 0-2 after 15 minutes, Aghabullogue's scores coming from Tadhg Bradley and Shane Tarrant. Then good work from David Thompson and Ciarán Dineen set up Shane Tarrant for a great goal and the same player narrowed the margin further from a free. Late Ballygiblin points left the score 1-6 to 1-3 at the interval. The second half turned into a thrilling encounter. Ballygiblin led by 5 points twelve minutes from the end and Aghabullogue looked to be in trouble. However, the switch of Paul Ring to midfield and a monster free from inside his own half from Aodán Healy, sparked an Aghabullogue recovery. Further points from Cianie Furey, Shane Tarrant and a brilliant equaliser from Tadhg Bradley left the game in the melting pot. Back came Balllygiblin to take the lead again heading for injury time. But Aghabullogue forced a '65 and under great pressure Aodán Healy levelled the match. On the puckout, the hardworking Paul Ring earned Aghabullogue another free. Aodán Healy stepped up again and fired over the lead point. A further point from Shane Tarrant closed out the scoring. The trophy was presented to the winning captain, Tom Long, who thanked the players, parents and in particular the mentors for all their great work and effort throughout the year. The great hurling tradition of Aghabullogue remains very much alive in the hands of these excellent players.
Team: Ardghal O'Buachalla, Eoghan McCarthy, Kevin Cotter, Jack Desmond, Cianie Furey, Paul Ring, Conor Smith, Aodán Healy, David Thompson, Ciarán Dineen, Shane Tarrant, Tadhg Bradley, Killian Barry-Murphy, Liam Twohig, Tom Long (Capt), Billy Dennehy, Jack Murphy, Jack O'Mahony, Conor Dineen, Paul Dineen, Mark Kelleher, Jack Long, Paul Dilworth

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Macroom team who won the inaugural Maureen O'Hara Classic at Glengarriff. From left: Sean and Máire McSweeney; Josie and George Desmond; Maureen O'Hara; Jerry and Mai Bradley; Anne and Michael Kelleher ©

Macroom Golf Club

One Day When we were Young. The recent death of film star, Maureen O'Hara, brought back fond memories of when a team from Macroom won the inaugural Maureen O'Hara fundraising classic at Glengarriff Golf Club in 1984. The high profile event was sponsored by the star in memory of her late husband, General Charles Blair. The Macroom group was last out but came back victors. They were incoming President, George Desmond; outgoing President, Sean McSweeney, Michael Kelleher and Jerry Bradley.
Men's Results 26/10/2015 Open scramble First on 62. James Stafford 16 Keith Stafford 12 Shane Murphy 12
27/10/2015 Seniors scramble First on 46.6 Noel O'Sullivan 15 Ml Dwyer 22 Barry Madden 27
29/11/2015 Open singles First Shane Murphy 12 39 pts
01/11/2015 14 Hole singles First Garry Morris 5 36 pts Second Paddy O'Leary 18 35 pts Third Ger Linehan 24 35 pts
03/11/2015 Seniors scramble First on 45.4 John Lawlor 13 James Deane 19 Ger Linehan 24
07/11/2015 14 Hole singles First Barry Murphy 19 31 pts Second Stephen O'Connor 17 31 pts Third Kevin Sheehan 3 31pts