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Circus Pantomonium Stars at Riverside Park, Macroom Jan. 6, 7, 8. © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Pantomonium in Macroom. Jan 6, 7 and 8,
KHAA Little Women's Christmas Tea Party Fri 6th Jan at 7:30pm in Kilmurry Museum.
Medicinal Cannabis Bill discussion in Castle Hotel Macroom, Tues. Jan 10 at 8p.m
Loch Allua Golf Society A.G.M. in Briar Rose Bar, Inchigeela at 9p.m. on Fri, Jan 20.
Clondrohid Development Group annual Christmas /New Year Adult Party on Sun Jan 22 at 2pm in the Community Hall.
KHAA AGM Tues Jan 24th at 8pm in Independence Museum Kilmurry.

Events at the Riverside Park Hotel
Circus Pantomonium January 6th, 7th & 8th
Lisa McHugh 5th March at 8:00pm – Tickets €18.

Macroom Library
Ciorcal Cainte Thurs 12th Jan at 11.30.
Gramophone on Fri Jan. 13th at 11 a.m
The Purlies Thurs Jan. 19th at 11 a.m.
Creative Writing group Tues, 7th Feb.
Bookclub Wed 1st Feb.

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

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The second Christmas draw for Lee Valley Enterprise Board customers is made at T.M. Cronin's, Macroom. ©

Macroom Updates

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Children involved in Pantomonium in the Riverside Park Hotel on January 6, 7 and 8. © Lee Valley Outlook

Christmas Past and 2017 Aspirations

Christmas 2016 will be remembered in the Lee Valley for its relatively benign weather conditions. After dire advance weather predictions, Storm Barbara fizzled out before it reached us. While Christmas Day was dark and dreary, the days prior to and after the feast were bright and bracing and saw families, dogs, walkers and cyclists out in force. Macroom Ploughing Match, the first of the year, proceeded in ideal conditions on New Year's Day and was well attended, as was Macroom Hunt. Christmas liturgy was very well attended in local churches, with standing room only at some of the Masses. Visitors from home and abroad swelled the congregations and were treated to memorable choral and devotional services.
After a mixed bag in 2016, Macroom and the Lee Valley residents hope for better fortunes in the coming year. A temporary library has been opened at Railway View but it is sincerely hoped that Cork County Council will proceed 'ar cos in airde' to restore the Briery Gap Cultural Centre, damaged by fire in May 2016. Hopes have also been revived that there will be real progress - not just studies and reports - in the bypassing of Macroom, bringing relief for residents and commuters from daily congestion and pollution. We also look forward to the prompt provision of the promised Day Care Centre at Macroom Hospital; a new school building for De la Salle College and new Garda Station and Fire Station in Gurteenroe.
But, above all, we wish our contributors, readers, advertisers and all the people of the Lee Valley and beyond a happy, peaceful and healthy 2017.

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Nativity scene at parish carol service with pupils from St. Colman's BNS. ©An Scoil

Hope for Bypass in 2017?

Minister Michael Creed confirmed before Christmas that the Government allocation to Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) for the Macroom- Baile Mhúirne N22 bypass project will be increased to €14 million for 2017, up from €3.8 million in 2016. He said that this meant the project is a clear priority with the Government. The increased funding should facilitate advance works, site investigation works, geophysical surveying relating to archaeology and advance civil works contract including site clearance and fencing. The Minister promised that in the New Year, extra resources will be provided for priority projects that are at an advanced stage of progression to move to full construction. Hopefully, this will include the N22 project.

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An overall view of Macroom Ploughing Match 2017, held on the lands of Nora and Pat Casey, Curraghawaddra, Aghinagh on New Year's Day ©Richard Cotter

Macroom Ploughing Match 

The first 2017 Ploughing Match for West Cork Ploughing was held on the lands of Pat and Nora Casey of Curraghawaddra, Aghinagh, Coachford on Sunday, January 1st. It has been a while now since Macroom Ploughing was able to hold their Annual Match on the first Sunday of January, due to inclement weather, so last Sunday was eagerly awaited by all. Everything was in place. A lot of organising is required to run a successful Ploughing Match and this time round, despite the rain on Saturday night, the sun came out and the competitors arrived in force.
It was a very successful Match on an excellent site, with over 50 competitors taking part. Thanks to the Judges, led by Martin Kehoe who travelled from Wexford and John McCarthy, Denis Keohane and committee members of West Cork Ploughing. The hospitality tent was a welcome shelter from the chilly wind and the warm cuppa helped you on your rounds. Thanks to Nora and her helpers.
A successful night followed in Coolcower House where competitors and workers were treated to a superb meal. Thanks to Bernie and her staff. Later the results were announced and the music commenced. Late refreshments were also served.
The chairman thanked all those who helped on the day, especially committee members. A special word of thanks to all the sponsors who contribute generously every year to Macroom Ploughing. Without their generosity, this club would not be as successful as it is.
A special presentation was made on the night to Matthew Coakley and Jeremiah Delaney who came 1st in their respective classes at the 2016 National Ploughing Championships. Thanks to Sean McSweeney who always makes himself available to Macroom Ploughing with his camera.
Results: Senior Class. 1st Barry O'Sullivan 2nd Jim Grace 3rd John A O'Donovan 4th Kevin O'Driscoll
Intermediate Class. 1st Jimmy Nyhan 2nd Geoff Wycherley 3rd Tony Wharton
U 28 Class 1st Kieran Coakley 2nd Ger Kirby 3rd David Walsh
U 21 Class 1st Aidan O'Donovan 2nd Ian O'Farrell 3rd James o' Sullivan
Horse Class 1st John O'Donovan 2nd J.J. Delaney
Vintage Classes. Open Hydraulic Class. 1st Denis Cummins 2nd Michael Coomey 3rd Maurice Sheehy
Confined Class 1st Cian Ryan
Trailer Class 1st Michael Bennett 2nd Jerry Cadogan
Reversible Classes 2 Furrow 1st Ger Coakley 2nd Liam O'Driscoll 3rd Michael Wycherly
3 Furrow 1st Padraig Walsh 2nd Dan Hurley 3rd Tim Lawlor
Local Reversible 3 /4 Furrow 1st Billy Wiseman 2nd Danny McCarthy 3rd Michael McCarthy
3 Furrow Conventional 1st John Keohane 2nd Matthew Coakley 3rd Kevin O'Riordan
Macra Class 1st Alan Lynch
Local 3 Furrow Standard 1st Jerh Buckley 2nd Fintan Creedon 3rd Dan F O'Riordan 4th Willie Lyons 5th Gerard Kelleher
Local Beginner 1st James Downey

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Librarians, Paula Walker, Christine Cronin, Lorraine Lynch and Nora Levis at Macroom Library ©Con Kelleher.

Macroom Library's New 'Home'.

Macroom Library re-located to its new home in Railway View, where Greys' Spar Supermarket was, just before Christmas. Work had been on-going on the premises for the past two months and the result is a lovely bright space and easily accessible. The library will remain at this location until the Briery Gap is refurbished and operational, possibly in 2018.
The library contains books for adults, the daily newspapers and a particularly attractive area for children. It also hosts Story Time every Saturday at noon, an Adult Book Club, Gramophone Recitals, Macroom Purlies Knitting Group, Ciorcal Cainte, a Bridge Club and a Creative Writing Group. Art Exhibitions too are held, and the Library is involved in the Bealtaine Festival, The Summer Arts Programme, Macroom Food Festival and the Children's Books Ireland Literary Festival.
Ms Lorraine Lynch and her colleagues, Ms Paula Walker, Ms Christine Cronin, Ms Gillian Kelleher and Ms Nora Levis, are delighted with their new 'home' and are eagerly looking forward to providing a top-class library service for Macroom and its hinterland. With the near-by book shop, music school and photography centre, it has claims to be the cultural centre of town. It is very pleasing to see the building, idle for a number of years, being put to such great use. Congratulations to Cork County Council and particularly, The Library Section, and best wishes to the staff in their new location.
Macroom Library's phone no. Is 026/42483, and more details are available on Cork County Council's website. By Con Kelleher

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Third Year students from De la Salle College Macroom in Haulbowline during their CSPE visit to the naval base ©An Scoil

De la Salle Review

New Boys. The new school year saw 58 First Year students start in De la Salle College Macroom. In late September they all went on a "bonding trip" to the Aquadome in Tralee and the school is very pleased with how well the lads have settled in.
Autism Unit. The school opened a new Autistic Spectrum Unit, initially catering for 3 students but this will rise to its maximum capacity of six next September. The unit has been welcomed with open arms by a supportive local community and the three children attending are very happy and making great progress.
Results. An excellent set of Leaving Cert results in August was backed up by a very high placing by the school in the recently published "league tables". Equally impressive were the Junior Cert results. Based on his results, Transition Year student, John Downey, was invited to trials for the Irish Science Olympiad team.
Transition Year has got off to a fine start, with students taking part in modules such as self-defence, swimming, music, and a GAA refereeing course, as well as undertaking a week of work experience. They have also made a hike to the top of Torc Mountain in Kerry and had a paintballing adventure in Tralee. Over the Christmas period they raised funds for the MCA group of charities. Rehearsals are presently under way for a drama competition towards the end of January, when they will be presenting a modern take on Shakespeare.
Sport. On the sporting front, it has been a case of mixed fortunes with the school's senior team. A first round win in the Corn Uí Mhuirí against Hamilton High School was followed by two narrow defeats to St. Brendan's Killarney and Killorglin. Progress in the Corn Simcox (Cork Schools' Senior A football) has been smoother, with an impressive first round win against Coláiste Chríost Rí being followed by victory against Skibbereen CS. The school will next face Coláiste Choilm in the semi-final. The U-15 footballers won against Dungarvan CBS in the first round of the Munster B competition but had to give second best to Clonakilty CC in the next round. The school's U-14 football team has had only one game so far in the Cork Schools' A championship, losing to Coláiste Choilm. Following wins against Coláiste Mhuire Cobh and Davis College Mallow, the school's U-16 hurling team has made it to the final of the Cork Schools' C championship, where Maria Immaculata CC Dunmanway await in the decider. The U-14 team has qualified for the semi-final of their competition by beating Kanturk.
Athletics. The school participated in a number of athletics events last term and has picked up several medals along the way. This continues a long tradition of athletics achievements by De la Salle Macroom, a fact emphasised by the recent visit of athletics legend, James Sheehy, to his alma mater. He generously donated to the school a mounted presentation of his medal collection along with a compendium of his athletics achievements down through the years.
Defence Forces. A military theme was evident in the field trips for the third year C.S.P.E. classes. One class visited the naval base in Haulbowline as part of their project, while the other made a trip to Collins Barracks in Cork. Two excellent outings and learning about soldiers, sailors, ships, guns, the army's UN duties abroad and the humanitarian service of the Irish Navy in the Mediterranean made a huge impression on the lads.
Debating. The school performed well in inter-school debating competitions during the last term, winning first round contests in two separate events and making the third round in one of these.
Mental Health. First and Second Year students participated in several events as part of Positive Mental Health Week. These included lectures on positive mental health and on nutrition in relation to health, a visit from members of Cuan Mhuire, a dance competition and a physical activity boot camp.
The annual shoebox appeal in aid of the Team Hope charity was again carried out in the school before Christmas, with the usual encouraging response from students and the community. Aindrias Moynihan TD visited the school to accept the boxes on behalf of the charity and those who will benefit include children in need in Africa and Eastern Europe. A Christmas hamper appeal for St. Vincent de Paul was very well supported and received with gratitude by the charity.
Bereavement. The year ended on a sad note with the passing away of former Deputy Principal, Pat Joe Horgan, who had taught in the school from 1962 to 2002 – Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Christmas Collection. Transition Year students from De la Salle College made a pre-Christmas collection in Macroom to raise funds for local charities, including Macroom Senior Citizens, COPE and St. Vincent de Paul. This has become a tradition at De la Salle and has helped raise tens of thousands of euro in the past decades and has become a key part of the Transition Year experience to develop the students as contributing members to society.

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McEgan College students, Claire Leahy and Stephanie Kelly and teacher, Ms Creedon, who have been selected to visit the European Parliament as part of the Michael Sweetman Trust Competition ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

European Parliament Visit. Huge congratulations to Leaving Cert Applied students, Claire Leahy & Stephanie Kelly and their teacher Ms. Creedon, who have been selected to go to the European Parliament from January 24- 27th. The LCA students entered the Michael Sweetman Educational Trust Competition. Each year, the Michael Sweetman Educational Trust awards a trip to Euroscola in Strasbourg, France to 24 Leaving Certificate Applied students, attending an ETB School, College or Centre. The girls' Social Education project showcased their work on their own contemporary issue, ranging from LGBT in Schools, Female Genital Mutilation and Donald Trump Igniting Racism. We are very proud of our students who entered this prestigious competition. The students will highlight their knowledge of the European Union and in particular, Youth Employment.
Career Guidance Updates. Many senior cycle students attended open days in University College Cork, Tralee IT, University of Limerick, Limerick IT, Carlow IT, Mary Immaculate College Limerick, Clonakilty Ag College, and Cork IT. Representatives from many of these colleges also visited the school throughout the term to speak directly to the students. First, second, third and sixth year students completed Study Skill Workshops which were facilitated by Student Enrichment Services, Dublin. The students found the workshops to be very motivating. CAO applications are being accepted since early November but Leaving Cert students will have until July 1st 2017 to make changes to their applications.
College Links. At McEgan College, we continue to be very grateful for the unique links we hold with UCC and CIT. Sixth year students are partaking in additional afterschool higher level classes in subjects such as Maths, Irish, Biology, DCG, Physics among many more which will commence after Christmas. There is no charge to the students for these classes as they are paid for in full by UCC. As McEgan College is a part of the UCC Plus Programme, the Leaving cert Higher Level students have the opportunity to attend Saturday revision days throughout the year in subjects such as Maths, Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Similar opportunities are available from CIT to students of McEgan College. Representatives from both of these colleges attended the CAO information night for parents held on November 21st which gave parents an opportunity to speak about The Higher Education Access Route and our direct application link with CIT on a one to one to the experts in this field.
Selfies. McEgan students, in cooperation with Bank of Ireland, attempted a world record selfie recently. The bank was packed to capacity in a sea of blue McEgan uniforms, as excited students (and teachers) pulled their best selfie poses with smartphones and tablets at the ready. The event was coordinated by Ms Bernie Angland, TY coordinator and Mr. Gerry Ryan, branch manager and staff of Bank of Ireland. Officials from the Guinness Book of Records were on hand to record and adjudicate the event which was simultaneously occurring in over 40 schools across Munster. Also Bank of Ireland will donate money to "Make a Wish Foundation" for all the selfies taken by McEgan College.

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St. Mary's Macroom Choir who participated in Carol Service ©An Scoil

St. Mary's Updates

Christmas Dinner. St. Mary's school community celebrated Christmas early on the 8th December, when all the students and staff were treated to a beautiful turkey and ham dinner with all the trimmings. All the hard work involved in the food preparation was done by Canteen Manager, Trish Long. We owe Trish a huge debt of gratitude for the annual Christmas dinner event in our school which provides the students with a lovely opportunity to have Christmas dinner with their friends. The food is served by Trish with the help of Timmy and the staff, followed by a festive sing-song and table quiz, both of which are organised by the Student Council.
Carol Service. St. Joseph's Primary School together with St. Mary's had a very prayerful Carol Service on December 9. Music and singing were provided by both schools. This gave us all an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas amidst the hustle and bustle of the commercial side of the festivities.
Transition Year Students went on Work Experience and shadowed several different professions. We are very grateful to those businesses and organisations who have exposed them to their careers. This opportunity will help them greatly to make informed career decisions in the future. They had a Sign language workshop and an Etiquette seminar on the 19th December, along with a visit to Macroom Community Hospital where the girls entertained the residents with extracts from their show, "West Cork Story". They enjoyed a Beauty Therapy demonstration and a workshop on Spanish dancing given by three Spanish students who are currently studying in St. Mary's. We would like to say goodbye to Maria Lobo Sahun and Irene Campillo Pereda who are returning to Spain. A group of eight Transition Year students visited Cahereen Nursing home recently, where they entertained the residents with some festive music and song.
First Year Students entertained the residents of Care Choice with their lovely renditions of carols and Christmas songs on December 15th. Residents and staff really enjoyed their performance and their chat afterwards.

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Professor Panto and assistant, Jim and David Leahy, preparing to disappear politicians at Circus Pantomonium ©Lee Valley Outlook

Circus Pantomonium

A New Year feast of music, comedy and magic is in store at Briery Gap's exciting Christmas Pantomonium in early January. Featuring a chorus of over 70 local children as well as the traditional soloists and adult chorus, we are delighted to announce the return of Panto legends, Nonie & Donie, (Padraig O'Driscoll and Kevin Moynihan), a comedic duo without compare. Also starring are the musical sisters, Kelly Ann and Georgina Healy and the hilarious Jim Leahy ably assisted by his talented son, David. Also, adding to the cast directly from Youth Theatre is Gerard Collins and David Lucey. This event is a real community effort as a cast, chorus, crew and production team of over 100 local people are taking part!
Talented soloists include Laura Lagerquist, Alisheen O'Connell), Anita Gallagher, Martin McCarthy, Julie Dunne, Ann Buckley, Lorraine Casey, Connie Foley, Brendan O' Brien, Pat Kelleher, Jamie Blavin, Tadhg Carter, Gearoid Kelleher and Amie Twomey.
Brighten up your Women's Christmas and New Year with a Circus full of laughter, song and cheer which is suitable for all ages! Performance dates at Riverside Park Hotel are as follows: January 6th at 7:30pm; January 7th at 2:30pm; January 8th at 2:30pm. Tickets €12/10 are available online at www.brierygap.ie or by calling our Box Office on 026 41917!

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Male Voice Trio, Con Foley, Pat Kelleher and Brendan O'Brien, prepare for Circus Pantomonium in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Entertainment at Riverside Park

Circus Pantomonium January 6th at 7:30pm. January 7th at 2:30pm. January 8th at 2:30pm. Tickets €12/10 on sale now!
Lisa McHugh 5th March 2017 at 8:00pm – Tickets €18
Tickets for all shows available from 026 41917 or online at www.brierygap.ie. If you have specific seating requirements, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

Macroom Library

Library staff are delighted to be once again offering a full-time service in Macroom. We have resumed usual opening hours in our temporary accommodation in the former Murphy's Spar premises on Main St, opposite the bus station. That's Tuesday 10.00 to 7.30, Wednesday to Saturday 10.00 to 5.30.
Membership is free and there is currently a moratorium on fines on any library items due from before the fire. Books borrowed from other branches during our closed period can be returned to Macroom. However, patrons who wish to continue to use these branches will be responsible themselves for returning items to those branches.
Internet service is not yet in place. We hope to have this resolved within the next week.
Fixtures. Our activity schedule resumes immediately. The Creative Writing group met on Tuesday 3rd January and will meet next on Tuesday, 7th February. The Bookclub met on Wednesday 4th and will meet next on Wednesday 1st February. Ciorcal Cainte is scheduled for Thursday 12th January at 11.30. All levels of Irish welcome and hosted by staff member Nora Levis. Gramophone on Friday 13th at 11 a.m with Connie Foley presenting. The Purlies resume knitting in the library on Thursday 19th at 11 a.m. tea and coffee served at almost all library activities.
We wish the ACOL bridge players all the best in their new venue. They meet on Thursday there, and that suits them better than Wednesday which was their day with us, so no hard feelings! It was a pleasure to host them while it lasted. If any other group feels the library might be a suitable venue for them, please come and discuss it with branch manager, Lorraine Lynch. Christine Cronin

Media Stars! Macroom Library and its staff have made the limelight in recent days. We were delighted to see a substantial report on the reopened library on the 6 and 9 o'clock RTE News bulletins on Monday, January 2. If you missed it, you can access it on RTE Playback. Librarian, Gillian Gilbourne and family also featured on the front page of the Irish Examiner on December 29. She was named the Cliff Lyons Best Dressed Lady at the post-Christmas Race Meeting in Leopardstown and was resplendent in a classic Donegal tweed suit and fabulous accessories.

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A surprise visitor greets children after Christmas Night Mass in Cill na Martra © Lee Valley Outlook

Local TV Programmes

Thurs. Jan. 5. 9.30p.m. Music from the Wild Bog.
Sun. Jan. 8: 5.30 p.m. Annual Mass from St. John's Well 2016. 6.30p.m. Repeats of Wed. and Thurs. programmes. 'Those were the Days by Michael Lucey, presented by Jerry Twohig in Macroom and Music from the Wild Bog.
Wed. Jan. 11 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. Mercy Convent Macroom 1865 – 2005, presented by Brendan O'Brien.
Thurs. Jan. 12. 9.30p.m. O'Keeffe Clan Gathering 1998.
Sun. Jan. 15: 5.30 p.m. Rosary at Shanacashel 1986.6.30p.m. Repeats.
Wed. Jan. 18. 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. Flower of Macroom 2016.
Thurs. Jan. 19. Laharn Céilí Band, Boherbue.


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KHAA Little Women's Christmas Tea Party Friday 6th Jan at 7:30pm in Kilmurry Museum.
Loch Allua Golf Society A.G.M. in Briar Rose Bar, Inchigeela at 9p.m. on Friday, January 20.
KHAA AGM Tuesday, January 24th at 8pm in Independence Museum Kilmurry. After an amazing 2016,we welcome new members to join the KHAA organisation in 2017.All welcome.
Murder at Shandy Hall – The Musical will run at Cork Opera House as a fundraiser for Macroom Senior Citizens – Sullane Haven Project on February 21 2017 at 8:00pm – Tickets €25/22 from www.corkoperahouse.ie or by calling 021 4270022.
Funding. The Angling Centre at Inniscarra Lake recently got news of €150,000 in funding to support its development through the 2016 REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones) initiative, aimed at enhancing recreational and touristic amenities in rural areas.
Sean Keane visited An Ionad Lae, Day Centre in Ballyvourney on Monday December 19th. He spent over an hour singing and chatting with the elderly and gave out free copies of his new album for everyone there as a Christmas present. The Ionad Lae has had visits from entertainers such as Daniel O'Donnell, Margo O'Donnell, The High Kings, and Derek Ryan come to sing for them in recent years.
Canovee GAA Lotto 11/12/16; Numbers drawn: 2,8,12,25; No Jackpot winner. Hamper Paddy Hickey c/o Hickeys Bar. €50 George Murphy, Malaough; €25 each: Pat Harrington, Carrigadrohid. Niall Lucey, Carrigadrohid €25 on line Mary Coughlan
18/12/16; Jackpot €9650. Numbers drawn: 16,19,29,30; No winner. Hamper Jerry Quinlan, Tipperary. €50 James McCarthy Crookstown. €25 each: Connie stand back John O Sullivan, Ballincollig. €25 on line Martin Cagney, Aherla
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: 28/12/16. Jackpot €1.400. No Winner. €70 Sarah Spillane, c/o Noreen Spillane, Ballinagree €20 each Alan McMahon, c/o Noreen Spillane, Ballinagree. Margaret O'Brien, Coolehane. Michael Walsh, Carriganima. Rose O'Brien, Dripsey
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 20/12/2016. Jackpot €14,600. Winning Numbers 25-32-36. No Winner. €100. Mark Hartnett, Carrigadrohid. €40 each: Denise Moloney, Main Street, Macroom. €40. Mary McCarthy, The Glebe, Clondrohid. Pat Buttimer, Boston, Mass. U.S.A. Carla Buckley, Chalat, Kilnagurteen. Brian McMahon, Sullane Place.
Macroom FC. Lotto. 28/11/16. Jackpot €7,000 Numbers drawn 24, 33, 34. No Winner €80 Gabrielle O' Leary c/o Catherine €20 each Johnny O' Driscoll c /o Lars. Tom Hayes c/o TPs. Owen O' Sullivan c/o June's. Barthy Relihan c/o Lars
05/12/16, Jackpot €7,200Numbers drawn 3, 16 ,31. No Winner €80 Jim O' Sullivan c/o TPs €20 each David McSweeney c/o Murray's. Lily McDonagh c/o Swanky. Norelene Healy c/o Darren. Eileen Manning c/o Corner Store
Coachford AFC Lotto Results, 18/12/2016, Jackpot €4,000, Numbers Drawn: 1 - 6 - 26. No Winner. €40 Mary Sullivan, €20 John Hogan, Aoife Crowley, Madge Martin, Mary & Mags.
27/12/2016, Jackpot €4,200, Numbers Drawn: 17 - 18 - 32. No Winner. €40 Eileen Martin (Glebe), €20 Darragh Triggs, Anthony O'Riordan (Yearly Ticket), Andrew O'Shaughnessy (Yearly Ticket), Michael O'Shaughnessy (Online Ticket), Lisa McElroy (Online Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

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Welcoming Santa to Carrigadrohid for the switching on of the lights by Killinardrish/ Carrigadrohid Tidy Towns ©Peter Scanlan

Cannabis Help for Ava

Ava Barry, Aghabullogue, is a seven-year-old with a chronic form of intractable, drug resistant epilepsy. In October 2015, her parents were advised that no medication was left to treat her seizures and doctors advised them to "bring her home". With no hope of further treatment, they looked to an emerging treatment involving medicinal cannabis and created a Facebook page cbdforavasupport and petition for support at change.org (Ava Barry). They accessed CBD in October 2016 and Ava's seizures have reduced from five hundred a month to seven or so. They are now appealing that the law be amended to allow doctors prescribe CBD and THC and allow chemists to dispense it.
A meeting to discuss the medicinal cannabis bill will be held in the Castle Hotel Macroom on January 10 at 8p.m., with Aindrias Moynihan TD, Gino Kenny TD, Jonathan O'Brien TD, Tom Curran and Vera Twomey speaking on the subject. Medicinal cannabis can help cancer patients' chronic pain, MS patients, epilepsy patients and much more. If someone you care about could benefit from this opportunity to hear these speakers, please come along, especially with any questions you'd like answered.

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Pupils from Canovee NS performing their Christmas Nativity play © Peter Scanlan

Clondrohid Updates

Entertainment in Carriganima: The Christmas entertainment is coming to an end and a great time was had by all, so the last hurrah is this Friday, January 6,Women's Christmas. The Christmas draw will take place and the Rambler will have all the women 'bopping' Have fun.
Development Group: The annual Christmas /New Year Adult Party will take place on Sunday 22 at 2pm in the Community Hall Clondrohid. All the usual treats and entertainment. A great day out, come out and clear away the 'January Blues' Music, song, dance a plenty.
G.A.A. Clondrohid GAA received a nice Christmas present with the news that they have achieved a silver award in the Rebel Óg Benchmarking process for 2016 . This is a just reward for all the great work that the coaches, mentors, players and parents put in during the year. To qualify, they had to hit various targets during the year and each team in the club contributed. Well done and let's aim for Gold status for 2017.
Well done also to all those who turned out for the annual St. Stephen's Day Married v Singles game. Great fun, great excitement. The 'Marrieds' believe they took the honours It was all in a great cause, the children's Leukaemia fund.

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Kilbarry N.S. Nativity Play ©Connie Cronin

Inchigeela Updates

Inchigeelagh Camera Club in Ballingeary recently undertook a project to photograph some of the over 80s living in the parish. An exhibition of these pictures was held recently in conjunction with The Coiste Forbartha Committee who launched their 2017 calendar. Pictures were chosen for this calendar from a large submission of photos taken by the locals. A coffee morning /evening was also held to raise funds for the local senior citizens. The historical society launched their annual which is jam packed with photographs & articles. A craft fair of locally made cakes and Christmas items was also held. The whole event proved to be a huge success & was attended by a large crowd. By Nóra Uí Riordáin
Ye Olde Curiosity Shop Inchigeela pupils recently visited what is known locally still as Timmy Johnny's Shop and enjoyed their visit .The shop has been closed for some years now, but is lovingly preserved by the O Sullivan family. Dorothy and Padraig guided the children around, explaining about times past. Read about their experience on their lovely school web site which has details of many of their events.
Team Hope Appeal: Well done to the pupils of Inchigeela N.S. who filled a huge number of shoe boxes with gifts for far away little boys and girls to make them happier at Christmas.
Historical Journal : The Inchigeela/Ballingeary Historical Society Journal is on sale now. It contains many interesting articles and photographs from former days, mostly from our parish.
Jack and Jill : The gifts and crafts market held in Creedon's Hotel was very successful. Good fun was had by a very supportive crowd. Thank you to all who supported and who donated material for sale and well done especially to Beryl and to Liz and to Joe Creedon M.C.
Garden Seats Two sturdy wooden seats were placed in the 1916 Garden of Remembrance recently, adding greatly to the appearance of the creation.
Come all Ye Faithful. A most enjoyable production of the Nativity play was staged at the church by the pupils of The National school .It is clear that a lot of preparation and hard work had gone into this pageant .A great performance. Well done to all involved.
Fun Time: Many supported the Wran Event on St Stephen's Day.
New Year Wishes: A very happy 2017 from Inchigeela to Inchigeela people everywhere, to all staff and contributors of L.V. Outlook and to all in our neighbouring parishes in the Valley of the Lee.

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Julie Ní Choinceannáin, Michaela Ní Chreimín, Muireann Ní hArgáin agus Sarah Ní Dhonnabháin, baill de Scrubs & Scíth ag Scoil Mhuire Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh ©An Scoil

Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh

Scrubs & Scíth. Bhí taispeántas ón gcumann fótagrafaíochta de sheanóirí os cionn 80 bliain d'aois ar siúl san Áras i bpáirc peile Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh roimh Nollag. Bhí a lán pictúirí des na seanóirí áitiúla le taispeáint acu. Chuaigh an t-airgead go léir ón maidin caife chuig seanóirí an cheantair. Bhí daoine ann chomh maith ag díol earraí Nollag, cistí agus leabhair. Bhí mionchomhlacht ó Scoil Mhuire dárbh ainm Scrubs & Scíth a bhí ag díol "scrubs" san Áras chomh maith. D'éirigh go hiontach le Julie Ní Choinceannáin, Michaela Ní Chreimín, Muireann Ní hArgáin agus Sarah Ní Dhonnabháin atá mar bhaill de Scrubs & Scíth.
An Fhoireann Díospóireachta. Bhain foirne díospóireachta Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh agus Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, Daingean Uí Chúis áit amach i gComórtas Uí Chadhain. Bhí an dá fhoireann i gcoinne an rúin 'Tá an duais Nobel don litríocht tuillte ag Bob Dylan.' Bhí an chéad bhabhta eile, an craobh réigiúnach, i Luimneach agus ní raibh an t-ádh leo ann. Bhíodar i gcoinne an rúin 'Is é an córas daonlathach an córas is fearr.' Fuair foireann díospóireachta Scoil Mhuire plaic an duine as dul chomh fada san sa chomórtas.
Cluiche Peile. D'imir foireann sóisearach na gcailíní Fé-16, Scoil Mhuire i gcluiche peile in aghaidh Scoil Mhuire ó chontae Luimní i bpáirc peile an Mhala. Níor éirigh leo an bua a bhaint amach, chailleadar an cluiche le ceithre chúilín ag an ndeireadh.
Oíche Cócaireachta. Bhí Oíche Cócaireachta ag Scoil Mhuire roimh Nollag. Bhí taispeántas ar siúl ag Katie Uí Luasa ag roinnt a scileanna cócaireachta leis an slua. Bhí mionchomhlacht na scoile, Scrubs & Scíth ag díol gach saghas "scrubs" ann chomh maith. Bhí crannchur Nollag ag an scoil tar éis an taispeántais. D'éirigh go hiontach leis an oíche agus bailíodh thart ar €1,500.
Na Todhcaí i Scoil Mhuire. An tseachtain dheireanach roimh an Nollaig, d'eagraigh Comhairle na nDaltaí Siúlóid na Nollag go barr chnoc Oileán Aibhneach do charthanacht Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland. Bhí tae agus brioscaí tar éis na siúlóide dos na scoláirí a ghlac páirt ann. Chuaigh na cailíní ó bhliain a 5 go cathair Chorcaí agus thug siad cuairt ar mhonarcha Arbutus Breads chun déantús aráin a fheiscint, tóir an óir a dhéanamh sa Mhargadh Sasanach agus béile a ithe i mbialann Luigi Malones. Bhí cead acu dul ag siopadóireacht ag deireadh an lae chomh maith.
Aifreann Nollag Ar an lá deireanach roimh laethannta saoire na Nollag, bhí Aifreann ar maidin, le Cór na Scoile ag canadh agus ceoltóirí ag seinnt cúpla port. Bhí Craobh Chomórtais Púil agus Mario-Cart tar éis Aifrinn agus chríochnaigh an lá le céilí roimh laethanta saoire na Nollag.

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Léiriú na Nollag sa séipéal i mBaile Mhúirne ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Coláiste Ghobnatan

Lá na Scannáin. Taispeánadh na scannáin 'Elf' agus 'Home Alone 1' sa scoil le déanaí. Bhreathnaigh Bliain a 1 agus 2 ar na scannáin, chomh maith le Bliain 4, a d'eagraigh an ócáid. Chuaigh an t-airgead a bhí bailithe go dtí an carthanacht Hope.
Comhar Creidmheasa na scoile. Roghnaíodh foireann de seachtar ndaltaí Bliain a 4 chun Comhar Creidmheasa a reachtáil sa scoil. Beidh eachtraí á eagrú acu i rith na bliana, le cabhair ó Chomhar Creidmheasa Mhaigh Chromtha.
Tráth na gCeist na Nollag. D'eagraíodh tráth na gceist don scoil ar fad roimh laethanta saoire na Nollag. Roinneadh na daltaí i bhfoirne difriúla agus bhain siad taitneamh as an ócáid.
Lá agus oíche oscailte do Rang a Sé. Tháinig daltaí ó na bunscoileanna éagsúla ar chuairt go Coláiste Ghobnatan don lá agus don oíche oscailte. Dhéanadar brioscaí sa seomra Eacnamaíocht Bhaile, fáinne eocracha sa seomra Miotalóireacht agus chonaic siad trialana eolaíochta sa seomra Eolaíocht. Bhí daltaí agus múinteoirí ar fáil don lá agus an oíche chun cabhair a thabhairt agus ceisteanna a fhreagairt. Rath a bhí ann don scoil.
Turas Éiceolaíochta. Chuaigh Bliain a 4 agus 5 ar thuras éiceolaíochta go Páirc Mucrois agus chuaigh Máistir Ó Dúcháin leo. Chonaiceadar luch ina gnáthóg nádúrtha, bhailíodar veirteabrach agus inveirteabrach agus thomhas siad leithead agus doimhneacht abhainn.
Cúrsa Cócaireachta. D'fhreastail Bliain a 4 ar chúrsa cócaireachta i gCorcaigh, agus chuaigh Bean Uí Ríordáin leo. Dhéanadar píotsa agus cístí banraíona, agus ansin chuadar ag scátáil oighir. Thit roinnt des na daltaí ar a dtóin, ach bhain gach duine taitneamh as an lá

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At the switching on of Christmas lights in Kilmurry by Nancy Crowley ©Peter Scanlan

Sports Mad

GAA - Cork County Championship Draws 2017

Senior Hurling Championship

1 Mid Cork team: Muskerry
Preliminary Round
Glen Rovers v Bride Rovers
Round 1
(A) Avondhu v Carbery
(B) Na Piarsaigh v Newtownshandrum
(C) Killeagh v Erin's Own
(D) Bishopstown v Imokilly
(E) Ballymartle v St Finbarrs
(F) Winners of Glen Rovers/Bride Rovers v Sarsfields
(G) CIT v Douglas
(H) Duhallow v Youghal
(I) Blackrock v Winners of Bandon/MUSKERRY
(J) UCC v Carrigdhoun
(K) Ballyhea v Newcestown
(L) Carrigtwohill v Midleton
Round 2 (WINNERS from Round 1)
L v C; A v B; D v J; I v E; G v K; H v F
Round 2B (LOSERS from Round 1& Preliminary Round)
Losers of Glen Rovers/Bride Rovers v A
Losers of Bandon /MUSKERRY v J
L v I; D v K ; B v H; C v G ; F v E

Premier Intermediate Hurling

2 Mid Cork teams: Blarney and Inniscarra
Round 1
(A) Ballinhassig v INNISCARRA
(B) Watergrasshill v BLARNEY
(C) Kilworth v Fermoy
(D) Kanturk v Castlelyons
(E) Cloyne v Tracton
(F) Courcey Rovers v Mallow
(G) Charleville v Fr O' Neill
(H) Valley Rovers v Carrigaline
Round 2A (WINNERS of Round 1)
Ballinhassig/INNISCARRA v Valleys/Carrigaline
BLARNEY/Watergrasshill v Courceys/Mallow
G v D; C v E
Round 2B (LOSERS of Round 1)
B'hassig/INNISCARRA v Valleys/Carrigaline
BLARNEY/Watergrasshill v Courceys/Mallow
G v D; C v E

Intermediate Hurling Championship

6 Mid Cork teams: Aghabullogue, Ballincollig, Dripsey, Éire Óg, Grenagh, Inniscarra 2nds.
Preliminary Round. EIRE ÓG v Kildorrery. Sarsfield v Dungourney; Midleton v GRENAGH
Round 1
(A) Meelin v Winners of ÉIRE ÓG/Kildorrery
(B) Carrigaline v Barryroe
(C) AGHABULLOGUE v St Finbarr's
(D) Kilbrittain v Castlemaytra
(E) Ballinhassig v Douglas
(G) Milford v Winners of Midleton/GRENAGH
(H) Winners of Sarsfields/Dungourney v Ballymartle
(I) Glen Rovers v DRIPSEY
(J) Na Piarsaigh v Blackrock
(K) Ballygarvan v Aghada
(L) Argideen Rangers v Mayfield
Round 2A (WINNERS of Round 1)
B v D; AGHABULLOGUE/St Finbarr's v Argideen/Mayfield
H v K; Na Piarsaigh/Blackrock v Meelin/ÉIRE ÓG/Kildorrery
Milford/Midleton/GRENAGH v Glen/DRIPSEY
Round 2B (LOSERS of Round 1 & Preliminary Round)
EIRE OG/Kildorrery v AGHABULLOGUE/St Finbarr's
Midleton/GRENAGH v D; G v H
Argideen/Mayfield v Glen/DRIPSEY
J v K; E v B; A a bye

Senior Football Championship

2 Mid Cork teams; Muskerry and Ballincollig
Preliminary Round
Newcestown v Douglas. Doheny's v Aghada
Round 1
(A) Avondhu v Kiskeam
(B) Carrigaline v Bishopstown
(C) CIT v Castlehaven
(D) Clyda Rovers v Winners of Newcestown/Douglas
(E) O Donovan Rossa v Nemo Rangers
(F) Seandun v St Nicks
(G) Carbery Rangers v Clonakilty
(H) Duhallow v MUSKERRY
(I) UCC v winners of Dohenys/Aghada
(J) Beara v Valley Rovers
(K) St Finbarrs v BALLINCOLLIG
(L) Ilen Rovers v Carbery
Round 2A (WINNERS of Round 1)
D v G; C v L; E v B; A v I
St Finbarr's /BALLINCOLLIG v Beara/Valley Rovers
Duhallow/MUSKERRY v Seandun/ St Nicks
Round 2B (LOSERS of Round 1 & Preliminary Round 1)
Newcestown/Douglas v St Finbarrs/BALLINCOLLIG
Dohenys/Aghada v C; E v D
Carbery/Clonakilty v Duhallow/MUSKERRY
A v I ; L v F; B v J

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

6 Mid Cork teams: Ballinora, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, Éire Óg, Grenagh, Macroom, Naomh Abán.
Round 1
(A) St Michaels v Na Piarsaigh
(B) Castletownbere v BALLINORA
(C) Newmarket v Fermoy
(D) Nemo Rangers v Mallow
(G) St Vincents v Bantry Blues
Round 2A (WINNERS of Round 1)
B Á GHAORTHAIDH/Bandon v Nemo/Mallow
N ABÁN/ MACROOM v Newmarket/Fermoy
St Michaels/Na Piarsaigh v ÉIRE ÓG/ GRENAGH
C T Bere/BALLINORA v St Vincents/Bantry
Round 2B (LOSERS of Round 1)
B Á GHAORTHAIDH/Bandon v Nemo/Mallow
N ABÁN/MACROOM v Newmarket/Fermoy

Intermediate Football Championship

2 Mid Cork teams: Aghabullogue and Cill na Martra
Round 1
(A) Rockchapel v Adrigole
(C) Kildorrery v Glanmire
(D) Kinsale v Glenville
(E) Douglas v Glanworth
(F) Mayfield v Millstreet
(G) Kanturk v Mitchelstown
(H) Ballydesmond v St Finbarr's
(I) Carrigaline V Clonakilty
(J) Gabriel Rangers v CILL na MARTRA
Round 2A (Winners of Round 1)
Carrigaline/Clonakilty v Gabriel R./CILL na MARTRA
B Desmond/St Finbarr's v Youghal/AGHABULLOGUE
A v G; D v C; E v F
Round 2B (Losers of Round 1)
Carrigaline/Clonakilty v Gabriel R/CILL na MARTRA
B Desmond/St Finbarrs v Youghal/AGHABULLOGUE
A v G; D v C; E v F

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At the draw for the 2017 Tom Creedon Cup at Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop, Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Tom Creedon Cup

The launch of the 2017 Tom Creedon Cup football competition was hosted by Macroom Bookshop, FitzGerald's Street, who are once again sponsoring the competition this year. Amongst those present at the launch were John O'Mahony, Chairman, and Pat O'Connell, Rúnaí of Macroom GAA club, Martin FitzGerald of FitzGerald's Bookshop (Sponsors), County Board PRO Donal Leahy and members of the Creedon family. Twice football All Star, Colman Corrigan, recalled his playing days with Tom Creedon and made the draw for the 2017 competition.
Tom Creedon Cup (Premier Intermediate & Intermediate Football) 2017
Round 1 (On or before 2.30pm, January 21st)
Ballydesmond v Bandon
Cill na Martra v Mallow
St Finbarr's v Naomh Abán
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Mitchelstown
Macroom v Newmarket
Quarter-Finals (On or before 2.30pm, January 28th)
(A) Ballydesmond/Bandon v Cill na Martra/Mallow
(B) St Finbarr's/Naomh Aban v Béal Athan Ghaorthaidh/Mitchelstown
(C) Macroom/Newmarket v Kinsale
(D) St Michaels v Millstreet
Semi-Finals (On or before 2.30pm, February 4th)
A v B, C v D
Competition rules
All games home or away with first team out at home in all games except Final, which will be played in Macroom.
Rounds to be played weekly on a knock-out basis, beginning on January 21st, until completion, with all games fixed for 2.30pm on the Saturday unless agreed otherwise by the two clubs
Extra time in all games and extra 5 mins e/w if required.
Replays if necessary to be played before next round is scheduled.

Mid Cork GAA Board Convention

The Annual General Meeting of the Muskerry GAA board was held at Baile Mhúirne, hosted by Naomh Abán in their magnificent new complex. Rúnaí, John Feeney's report has already been comprehensively carried by the Lee Valley Outlook but there were some additional items at its conclusion as follows:
Referees: I would like to thank all our referees for their wonderful service and commitment to the Coiste during the past year, and to me during my first year as Rúnaí. They have always been very obliging and helpful when needed. They do a great job and without them there would be no games played. As you can see from above, our referees are highly respected at County level, getting high profile County finals. Also, 'Thank You' to Aubert Twomey, our referee administrator this year, for his contribution to the CCC in the appointments for Championship matches. Thanks also to referees assessors, Donald O'Leary (Hurling) and Pat Lehane (Football).
Venues. My thanks to all clubs who hosted our games during the year. Without your help, our championships could not run as smoothly as they do. Despite the huge amount of games that are now played, you are always willing to accommodate this board. Also, my thanks to those people who collect the monies at the gates, surely not an easy task.

Media. My thanks to all our local media who do so much work to promote our games locally, especially, Aubert Twomey, Southern Star and County, Kevin Murphy, Echo, Brendan Kenneally, Lee Valley Outlook and Michael Scanlon of C103, all of whom provide great coverage of divisional activities.
County Board Delegates. My thanks to Paddy O'Mahony and John Crean for representing Muskerry at the County Board for the past twelve months.
Congratulations to all players from the Muskerry division who represented Cork at any grade during the year. Congratulations to the Cork Ladies Footballers who brought the senior All Ireland back to Leeside. The team was well represented with Muskerry players and selectors. Congrats to both Rena Buckley and Briege Corkery for collecting their seventeenth Senior All Ireland medals. Congratulations to Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Blarney on winning Munster and All Ireland Senior C Colleges Hurling titles.
Our thanks, once again, are extended to our sponsors during the past year:
The Auld Triangle, Macroom. Quish's Super Valu, Ballincollig. Ballincollig Credit Union. Ross Oil, Farnanes. MJK Oils, Clondrohid. Macroom Motor Services. Farho Intelligent Heating, Farran. Erneside Engineering. Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig. Rochestown Park Hotel. Cumnor Construction, Blarney
Match Sponsorship
The post-match receptions for the Junior A Finals, which are held in the Auld Triangle on the Monday evening following the matches, are sponsored by the Auld Triangle and have been a very enjoyable occasion for players and mentors of the participating teams. 'Man of the Match' Awards are also presented at these functions. Our thanks go to the Sponsors for these presentations - O'Mahony Walsh & Associates for the Hurling, and Ross Oil for the Football. Our thanks also go to Eileen O'Flynn for her generous sponsorship of these receptions.

Sport Star Awards

This venture, undertaken by the board, would not be possible only for the generous sponsorship of Eileen O'Flynn of the Auld Triangle, Macroom. I would like to thank the hard-working committee for the time and effort they put into organising these monthly events. This committee is chaired by William Buckley, Dripsey, The other members of the committee are Anne O'Riordan, Cloughduv, (Secretary) Eileen O'Flynn, Auld Triangle, Dave Lee, Ballingeary, Brendan Kenneally, Macroom, Aubert Twomey, Ballincollig, Kevin Murphy, Ballincollig and John Feeney, Dripsey. We are very grateful, also, to the media people for the coverage we get every month and we would like to thank Mike English for all his photographic work. We now look forward to the selection of the overall winner, and the selection of the Junior teams of the year in both hurling and football.
The first award winner for 2016 went to the very talented Mark Coleman for his notable performances in January, February and March. The Blarney man captained his school Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál to All-Ireland Senior Hurling success in March. Aghabullogue Midfielder Sean O'Sullivan was a worthy recipient in April for his outstanding performance in their historic U21 B Football Final win over Éire Óg. The win came a few weeks after the Coachford side lost one of their star players Greg Long who passed away on a holiday in Spain. Daniel Goulding was the standout winner in the month of May. Goulding was in fantastic form as he scored ten points to help his club Éire Óg overcome the challenge of Nemo Rangers in the first round of the PIFC in early May. A few days later, Goulding inspired his division Muskerry to overcome the challenge of Aghada in the first round of the SFC.
Tom Kenny was a deserving winner in June, giving a brilliant performances in the opening round of the IHC even if it was no avail as Grenagh lost to Kilbrittain by a goal. Aoife Murray was fully deserving of her award in July, as the excellent goalkeeper between the sticks put in a Player of the Match performance in Cloughduv's Senior Camogie Championship against Milford. The winner for the month of August was David Howard. The Waterford native was in sublime form as he helped his side overcome the challenge of Cloughduv in the Muskerry JAHC Semi-Final and a few weeks later, Howard inspired his side to overcome the challenge of Blarney in the Muskerry JAHC Final, as Ballinora won the title for the first time since 1997. The winner for September, was Cork ladies football star Rhona Ni Bhuachalla. The forward who was born and raised across from the GAA pitch in Ballingeary helped the Cork ladies to their sixth successive All-Ireland title in September when Rhona's goal three minutes into the second half was decisive. The eighth and final award winner for 2016 went to Ballincollig's Cian Dorgan. The 21-year-old was in breath-taking form, as he helped his club reach two County Finals in Senior Football and U21 Hurling.
Regretfully a number of members from various clubs within the division passed to their eternal reward since our last AGM: Our sincere condolences to the families of all those concerned. We remember in our prayers all the deceased members from various clubs who passed to their eternal reward during the past year. Ar dheis láimh Dé go raibh siad. A Novena of masses will be offered for all deceased members of the Association in Muskerry.
I would like to thank my fellow officers for all their help, also the Board delegates and the County Board Office, who have been very helpful and courteous to me during the year. While there are no contests for Officerships this year there will be one change as our President, Austin Cremin, Inniscarra, has completed his term of office. Austin has given a lifetime of distinguished service to the board but his greatest moment was surely the launch of the History of Muskerry book by Liam O'Neill, President of the GAA. Austin will be succeeded by Ted Galvin, Beal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh and we wish him well for his term of office.
2017 is just around the corner and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the clubs the best of luck for the year ahead. I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year, on the 28th January 2017,at the Oriel House Hotel for the Sports Star Awards, and the selection of the Muskerry Junior Hurling and Football teams for the year 2016.
Sean Ó Finneadha

Cumann Réiteoirí Mhúscraí

2016 is drawing to a close and once again Cumann Réiteoirí Mhúscrai have officiated at a huge number of games both in the division and throughout the county. Our annual in-service course was held in Coachford in early February and was very well attended. We held regular meetings throughout the year to discuss the implementation of rules and other ongoing issues. A special thanks to Aghabullogue GAA for the use of their facilities to hold our meetings. We also held our annual Pitch & Putt outing in Kilmichael in June and a special thanks to the Downey Family from Inniscarra who sponsored this year's first prize and to the Kenny family from Grenagh for once again sponsoring the runners up prize. The Cumann Réiteoirí Mhúscrai Hall of Fame recipient was Denis Lordan, a respected referee from Eire Óg. Denis was very grateful to his colleagues for presenting him with this award. The award was presented at our annual Function and, once again, many thanks to the Muskerry Board for their financial support of this event and also for contributing to the purchase of new gear for the referees. The Muskerry Board have also supported the referees by purchasing a referee communication system. This has made it much easier for linesmen to communicate with the referee during matches. To all the referees who officiated at Divisional Championship Finals and County Championship Finals I offer my congratulations on these appointments. As usual, the appointments for the Finals were evenly distributed and we compliment the Board for their fairness in this regard. My thanks once again to Aubert Twomey for carrying out his role as Muskerry Referees Administrator and to Pat Lehane and Donald O'Leary for carrying out their roles as referees assessors.
Since our last report to convention, we have lost a dear friend in JJ Long. During his time with the Muskerry Board, JJ was an avid supporter of all referees and he always reacted positively to our requests. He will be a great loss to the GAA community both in Muskerry and beyond. May he rest in peace. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage clubs to support their club referees by providing them with officials for matches. It can be extremely difficult to get officials and clubs have a duty to support their own referees in this regard. I would also ask clubs to seek out any members from within their own ranks who are interested in becoming referees and I remind them that Cumann Réiteoirí Mhúscrai is always available to support new referees. The more referees that are active within the division the better it is for all the clubs in Muskerry.
Referees who refereed Championship Finals for Coiste Chontae Chorcaí in 2016: Kieran Furey - Junior C Football Final. John Horgan- Junior B Football Final. Joe Larkin- Senior Hurling Final. Dáithi Ó Muirnain-Rúnaí

Referees Honoured.

Referees who officiated at County Championship Finals during 2016 received their county medals at a very enjoyable function held at the Imperial Hotel recently. Cork County Referees Administrator, Ger Harrington, congratulated all the referees on their appointments and complimented them on the excellent standard of their performances. He also commended the officers of Coiste Chontae Chorcai for having the courage to abandon the more conservative approach of giving finals to " a safe pair of hands" and giving some of the lesser known referees an opportunity to prove their worth.
As a result twelve out of the twenty one referees chosen were officiating at their very first County Final and this he said "can only benefit us all in the long run."
Ger Lane, Cathaoirleach Coiste Chontae Chorcai, remarked that it was a great honour to be appointed to referee a county final at any level and he wished all the referees the best of luck with their careers into the future.
The Chairman also made a presentation on behalf of the County Board to Banteer's Conor Lane who refereed this year's All Ireland Football Final in September, becoming the first Cork referee to do so, since Clonakilty's Michael Collins in 2001. Those present paid a silent prayerful tribute to Dominic Rooney, Carrigtwohill, who passed away unexpectedly during the year.
The full list of referees honoured is as follows.
SFC. Kevin Murphy, Nemo Rangers, PIFC. Michael Collins, Clonakilty, IFC. Pa O'Driscoll, Bride Rovers, JAFC. Cathal O'Murchu, Brian Dillons, JBFC. John Horgan, Gleann na Laoi, JBFC replay. Michael J O'Keeffe, Dromtarriffe, JBFC Inter Divisional. Dave Farrell, Mitchelstown, JCFC. Kieran Feury, Cill na Martra, U 21 AFC. Michael Sheehan, Liscarroll, U 21 BFC. Cormac Dineen, Douglas.
SHC. Joe Larkin, Douglas, PIHC. Simon Stokes, Tullylease, IHC. Teddy O'Donovan, Douglas, IHC replay. Nathan Wall, Carrigaline, JAHC. Anthony Cummins, Ballymartle, JBHC. Andrew Whelton, Clonakilty, JBHC replay. Liam O'Riordan, Belgooly, JBHC Inter Divisional. Michael O'Mahony, Kilbrittain, JBHC Inter Div. replay. Andrew Larkin, Shamrocks, U 21 PHC. Ciaran O'Regan, Ballyhea, U 21 AHC. Ian McCarthy, Bandon.

Scór Mhúscraí - Secretary's Report 2015-2016

Scór na nÓg. The year started with the Scór na nÓg competition. We had competitors in 5 competitions with 6 clubs entering in total. Most of the competitions were poorly entered, with no competitors in the Novelty Act or Recitation. The standard was high with all 1st placed winners progressing to the County Final where Inniscarra Camogie came 2nd. Aghabullogue won the Question Time section in the County Final and progressed to the All-Ireland Final.
Muskerry results in Scór Na Nóg were as follows: Figure Dancing: 1st Aghabullogue 2nd Aghinagh. Solo Singing: 1st Miriam Cronin Iveleary. Instrumental Music: 1st Grenagh 2nd Aghinagh
Ballad Group: 1st Aghinagh. Set Dancing: 1st Inniscarra Camogie 2nd Naomh Abán
Scór Sinsear
We had competitors in two competitions, with four clubs entering. The standard was high with all 1st placed competitors progressing to the County Final. Tracey Cronin Iveleary came 1st in the Solo Singing in the County Final and progressed to the Munster Final. The Question Time was held on a separate night with all clubs in the County invited to take part, Muskerry were well represented in this.
Muskerry results in Scór Sinsear were as follows:
Solo Singing: 1st Tracey Cronin Iveleary 2nd Ricky Kelleher Dripsey. Ballad Group: 1st Ballinora 2nd Grenagh

Scór na bPáistí
They were divided into three semi-finals as the entries were so high. Inchigeela and Coachford were the venues for the 3 semi-finals, with 2 qualifying for the final in each section. The final was held in Ovens. The standard in all competitions was very high and many of our competitors' reached the County Final, where Ellen de Búrca Scoil Lachtain Naofa Cill na Martra won the Solo Singing competition, T J Buckley Ballyvongane N.S. came 2nd in the Sean Nós competition and Ballyvongane National School won the Instrumental Music.
Muskerry results in Scór na bPáistí were as follows:
Figure Dancing: 1st Scoil Abán Naofa Baile Mhuirne 2nd Aghabullogue G.A.A. 3rd Ballyvongane National School. Solo Dance: 1st Eidín Ní Fhaoláin Scoil Lachtain Naofa Cill Na Martra. 2nd Ella Buttimer Scoil Naomh Muire Fearann. 3rd Eilis Ó Raghallaigh. Scoil Náisiúnta Ceann an Mhaí
Sean Nós. T J Buckley Ballyvongane N.S. Adam Ring Rusheen N.S. Solo Singing: 1st Ellen de Búrca Scoil Lachtain Naofa Cill na Martra. 2nd Tori Kelleher Ballyvongane N.S. 3rd David Bradley Éire Óg Football. Instrumental Music: 1st Ballyvongane National School 2nd Scoil Lachtain Naofa Cill Na Martra. 3rd Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin Baile an Chollaigh. Solo Instrument: 1st T J Buckley Ballyvongane N.S. 2nd Eamon O'Meacair Chuil Aodha N.S. 3rd Padraig Buckley Cloghroe N.S. Recitation: 1st Billy Sheehan Scoil Naomh Muire Fearann. 2nd Maeve O 'Connell Scoil Lachtain Naofa Cill na Martra 3rd Gearoid Kelleher Ballinagree N.S. Balled Group: 1st Ballyvongane National School 2nd Aghabullogue Camogie 3rd Scoil Náisiúnta Ceann an Mhaí Novelty Act: 1st Rusheen N.S. 2nd Ballyvongane N.S. 3rd Scoil Naomh Muire Fearann Question Time: 1st Ballyvongane National School 2nd Aghabullogue N.S. 3rd Muinefluich N.S. Set Dancing: 1stAghabullogue G.A.A. 2nd Rusheen N.S. 3rd Aghinagh G.A.A.
Congratulations to Ballyvongane National School on winning the Denis O'Donovan trophy for the best school/club in Scór na bpaistí. The Niall Casey Cup for the best overall club in Muskerry for the three Scór competitions went to Grenagh. I would like to thank my fellow officers on the Muskerry Scór committee for their support. To the various hall committees, adjudicators, teachers, mentors, secretaries and cultural officers for their help and co-operation. It must be noted that we a now living in a different era to when Scór was established and that Scór will only flourish if suitable people are recruited in each club area. Finally, to all those who participated in Scór this year I would like congratulate you on your achievements and wish everyone the best of luck for the coming season.
Máire Ní Dhonnabháin. Rúnaí

Development Report 2016 for Muskerry GAA

The following is an outline of development work undertaken and in the pipeline for clubs in this Division in 2016.
CLG Ballincollig: We in Ballincollig GAA do not have any development work or grants received in 2016 to report.
CLG Ballinora: a quick list of developments during 2016
- The entrance to Ballymah was tarmacked
- The walkway around the premises at Ballymah was tarmacked
- The new training pitch was floodlit
- Goal posts & Ball stop nets were erected on the training pitch
- We received An Bord Pleanala approval for continuation of works previously approved by Cork County Council
- The location of the new ball wall was agreed, the design completed and we have commenced preparation of planning documentation for same In relation to grants, we have approval for a DTTAS grant which was originally notified in 2015 and we are working on draw done procedure for same. We also received grant aid from Cork County Council and have submitted a grant application to the Munster Council.
CLG Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: we have done very little in developing our club grounds this year. However, we put up new and higher nets behind the goal at the clubhouse end. Unfortunately our clubhouse was broken into on Good Friday night and there was an attempted arson attack on the building. The fire was contained to the meeting room as there was fire resistance carpet on the floors. However there was a huge amount of smoke damage to the inside of the building which took nearly two months to rectify. We did claim from our insurance policy but we still lost out on the excess and other equipment we had to buy to try and prevent this happening again. We are having huge problems with our pitch with a few years now and despite getting professional advice, sanding it and we got a company to earthquake it this past year to try and eliminate the surface water and stop the grass from rotting, nothing has worked.
CLG Blarney: below is a brief overview of development works completed in 2016 and what we are intending to complete in 2017.
We have recently completed a significant development incorporating a 60m x 40m all weather training facility along with an 18m long ball wall. Received Munster council grant for development works completed.
Continued with pitch maintenance for both pitches including erecting goalmouth protectors.
Completed repairs to the club gym roof.
Erected information sign outside clubhouse targeting passing traffic.
Planned repairs to goalmouth netting in early 2017.
Sanding of pitches planned for winter 2016/2017.
CLG Clondrohid: In 2016 we re-sodded our goals, repainted our dressing rooms.
CLG Donoughmore: Re works carried out by club during 2016, we drained Pitch No. 2. Lateral drains were cut across the pitch at 6 metre centres. Drains are 100mm wide and 450mm deep and discharge into existing water course. Gravel slit drains were installed the length of the pitch at 1 metre centres, slits are 50 mm wide and 250 mm deep. These intersect with and discharge into the lateral drains. The work is now complete. The project cost in excess of 60K and to date we have not received any grant for the project. We did not receive any grant aid from any source in 2016.
CLG Eire Óg: Eire Óg Hurling and Football Club carried out the following works in 2016. We created a soil/sand based pitch on our main field. Erected floodlighting on our main field. We installed a computerised irrigation system on the field, and erected water storage tanks. Erected safety netting behind the goals on the field. Created a lighted car park for our main pavilion area.
CLG Gleann na Laoi: During 2016 we verti drained our pitch and re-sodded the goalmouths.
CLG Grenagh: Grenagh GAA continue to develop our new pitch. In Dec 2015 we received a Munster Council Grant for €15843 and in June 2016 we received €12750 from Cork County Council. These grants have gone towards site and perimeter fencing for the new pitch in 2016.
CLG Inniscarra: 2016 has been an exciting time for Inniscarra GAA club with the redevelopment of the ''Box Pitch'' commencing. We have been installing Purpose Designed Floodlighting to allow our Juvenile & Adult teams extend their training seasons and allow our teams train under Floodlit conditions in preparation for Championship & League deciders, now held at the later stages of the calendar year and commencing earlier in the year also with many of the games under floodlighting. It will also see the erection of Permanent Goalposts & Ball Stop netting along with Ground development works. This re-development will expand our training times capacity, notably midweek. Given the expansion of our membership, which has resulted in some age groups now entering two separate teams, our existing facilities are under huge pressure. Under-Age teams now play more frequently in comparison to even 5 years ago and the ability to train under floodlit conditions will assist these age groups in continuing to compete at the highest levels.
CLG Kilmichael: The Development at Kilmichael GAA Grounds is as follows for 2016.
1. Construction of new entrance to Club Grounds including new Gates.
2. New Road Way created from Entrance of Grounds to Club House/ Main Pitch.
3. Drainage Works are underway on the Old Pitch at present.
4. Club is at present purchasing a new Mower, having been provisionally granted €16000 under the 2015 Sports Capital Programme.
5. The Club received a Grant on €7000 under the 2015, Cork County Council, Amenity Grant Programme. This Grant was paid to the Club early in 2016 and went towards the cost of new Roadway and Entrance outlined above.
CLG Kilmurry: Kilmurry GAA development 2016. Work started on the conversion of a new gym in Kilmurry GAA clubhouse. Internal walls have been knocked in order to have an open space for new gym. We applied to Cork County Council for a grant for this work. In early 2017, we will see the purchase and installation of gym equipment.
CLG Macroom: Macroom GAA carried out the following works in 2016. –
Tom Creedon Park - Erected four new aluminium goalpost, verti draining and banding and laid new carpet at goal mouths on main pitch.
Castle Grounds - sodding goal mouth areas, verti draining, banding and spreading 200 tonne of sand.
CLG Naomh Abán. Buiochas le Dia, we managed to finish our new clubhouse, "Árus Iosagáin", in time for Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta in June. We now have a state of the art clubhouse. Downstairs there are four dressing rooms, medical rooms, storage rooms and public toilets as well as a covered stand capable of holding over 300 people. Upstairs we have a hall, gymnasium and kitchen. It would have been impossible to carry out this development without the support of the local community who not only donated financially but also worked voluntarily on the project. We are grateful to the Sports Capital Programme who gave us a grant of €125,000 towards the cost of the project. We have applied to the Munster Council for a grant as well and await their decision. Roinn na Gaeltachta are also giving us a grant of €38,000 to help with surfacing the outside area. It took a lot of work and planning in difficult financial times but it shows what a small rural club can do and we are more than willing to share our experience and knowledge with other clubs, " Ni neart go cur le chéile".
Coaching in Secondary Schools. The board continues to support the good work which is being done in the secondary schools in the division. We are very grateful to all the people who coach and organise the various teams and to the clubs who supply the players. These clubs have also been very generous with financial support. In conclusion, I wish to express my thanks to the clubs who provided the information for this report and thank them for their hard work and dedication
Sean Ó Críon, Oifigeach Forbartha

**************Pic. 28. Under age G.A.A. training with Grace Kiernan in Macroom ©Con Kelleher

Laochra Óg Updates

We had our bag pack in Dunnes Macroom in December and raised valuable funds for the club. Thanks to everyone who donated on the day and to everyone who helped out. Monies raised will go towards club equipment. Congratulations to our latest 50/50 winner, Nora O'Connell, Scrathanard, Clondrohid and sellers prize went to Niall Murphy Tarmac. We also had the second of our Christmas draws with 6 vouchers going to : Egan Family, Charleville (Deasy's Pharmacy). Joe Quill, Clondrohid (Centra Ballymakeera). Breda O'Riordan, Clondrohid (Be You Salon). Dónal O'Shea, Clondrohid (Dairygold Clondrohid). Kieran, c/o Ian Keoghan (Railway View Pharmacy). Sally Burns, Bell Inn (McCarthy's Fruit & Veg). Brian Healy, Dromree (Twomey's Butchers.
Laochra Óg members took part in the Kilmichael GAA's Annual Poc Fada. Great fun and great shots on the day. Thanks to Kilmichael GAA for great hospitality.
Happy New Year from Laochra Og Hurling and Camogie Club. Thanking the Players, Parents, Committee Members, Trainers, Mentors, Volunteers, Club Sponsors and to all those that donated generously to the club during the year. Enjoy the celebrations. Looking forward to 2017.
Our first 50/50 Club Development Draw for 2017 took place on Sunday 1st January. The winner was Conor O'Leary, Clondrohid and the seller was the Bell Inn, Clondrohid. Our annual Churchgate collections took place recently. Thanks to everyone who supported the collection which will help to cover the costs of new equipment for the 2017 season.Club registration now available online.

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Mr Seamus Burke, Haven Pharmacy, presents a set of jerseys to Macroom AFC U-13A soccer team. Included with players are Danny and Tracey Morey, John Wenger and Rose Sweeney ©Con Kelleher.

Macroom AFC

Premier A League.
Macroom A secured back to back league wins over recent weeks. The first of these came against Lakewood at a chilly Murrayfield, in which the 2-1 winning margin was fully deserved. Macroom led 1-0 at half time following Stephen Crowley's fine near post header. The lead was doubled midway through the second period when Dec O'Riordan was on target. The visitors pulled a goal back with ten minutes remaining, which led to a nervy finish, but Macroom held on to pick up a much needed three points.
Next up was an away trip to second placed Rylane Celtic, and the 4-2 winning margin wa a real boost for Macroom. Andrew Hegarty was in great form when he netted a hat trick. Dec O' Riordan was also on the scoresheet. Steven Crowley, James O'Connor and Paul O'Farrell all gave top performances for Macroom.
U15 Cork Schoolboys League Representation
Macroom F.C. wishes to congratulate Eoin Guiney who was a member of the Cork U15 schoolboys team that were crowned Munster Inter League Champions recently. Cork defeated Kerry on a 3-0 scoreline in the final played at Carrigaline. This is a great achievement by Eoin and all at the club are delighted as such recognition will no doubt encourage all underage players throughout the club.

West Muskerry A.C.

What a fantastic end to 2016 West Muskerry A.C. had on December 11 when 8 athletes competed in the All Ireland Uneven Age Cross Country Championships. Medals were awarded to the first 12 across the line, the first 3 County Teams and the first 3 Provence teams. Stephanie Cotter was on top of the world when she competed in the U19 4000m race. From the minute the gun went the speed of the athletes was unbelievable. Stephanie fought hard in the first lap to catch up with the lead group and then settled into her own pace at the back of the group. With 800m to go a group of 4 broke away and with 600m to go Stephanie made her move and took the lead and opened a gap of 5 meters. With 250m to go she had opened this gap to 15 meters and there was nobody going over take her. She sprinted home and was 1st across the finish line and crowned U19 All Ireland Champion. She also captained the Munster team to the silver medal.
Shannon Cotter was also in top form. She competed in the Girls u 15 3500m. She was running up an age but she battled really hard throughout the race. She received her reward when she was awarded the individual 8th place medal. She also helped both the Cork team and the Munster team to the Gold medals. A fantastic achievement.
In the Boys U 15 3500m Tadhg Manning also ran superb. After a bad start he had to battle his way up through the field in the first lap. He fought really hard to hold his position. With 250m to go he gave everything he had and finished strongly. His efforts helped Cork secure the bronze medals. A name to watch out for in the future.
In the Girls u 17 4000m Caitlin Hurley and Jennifer Cotter both improved on previous performances. They both planned how they were going to run the race as both were running up an age and they stuck to their plan and it worked really well for them. Their efforts paid off when both girls helped Cork secure the bronze medals.
In the Boys U13 2500m and the Boys U 17 5000m Colm Gellispie, Sean O' Sullivan and James Downey all running out of their age ran superb races. The competition was extremely high in all age groups but all three battled it out with the best in Ireland and did themselves, their club and their County proud. Unfortunately, Cork were just out of the medals on this occasion but watch out for these names as future stars in the making.
A very special thank you to the 5 business who sponsored some running tops and gear bags for the 14 athletes who competed at the All Ireland Cross Country Championships this year. The athletes looked superb and were very proud and it really motivated them to compete at their best. It is hoped this will inspire the younger athletes to set their goals high as with some hard work and a few sacrifices they too can reach this level. The Sponsors are Riverside Park Hotel, Follain Jam, Macroom Opticians, Deasys Pharmacy and Michael Twomey Butchers. A huge thank you to all the athletes, parents and coaches who helped make our club so successful. A unique bunch. Here's to 2017.

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Cathal O'Sullivan receives Player of the Year award from Society captain, Conor McCarthy, of Loch Allua Golf Society, Inchigeela. ©

Macroom Golf Club

Results: 24/12/16 Club Singles: 1st- Stephen Wills (16) 33pts
26/12/16 3pers invitational Team event: B Hartnett (6), J B Sullivan (11), J Twohig (15) 46pts
Week 2. Open singles: 1st-Denis Buckley(20) 36pts, 2nd-Martin O'Mahony(13) 36pts
3 person Invitation Scramble: 1st-Tom Fitzgerald(11), Frank O'Brien(20), Dermot O'Shea(24) 44.5
Club Singles: 1st-William Buttimer (17) 35pts, 2nd-Peter Barry (22) 34pts
Fixtures: Thur- 14 hole Open singles qualifier.
Sat & Sun- Club Singles and Winter League