Lee Valley Outlook Jan 19 2017 v14e2

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A view of Macroom Town Centre from Looney's Field. ©Con Kelleher

Lee Valley Diary

Martin Hayes and David Power in concert at Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne, Fri 20th Jan @ 8:30 p.m.
Loch Allua Golf Society A.G.M. in Briar Rose Bar, Inchigeela at 9p.m, Fri Jan 20.
Kilmurry GAA Mass in complex on Fri 20th Jan at 8pm.
Crookstown Céilí club: Céilí on Sat 21st Jan in Crookstown hall at 9.30 p.m.
Clondrohid Development Group annual Christmas /New Year Adult Party on Sun Jan 22 at 2pm in the Community Hall.
Special Needs Disco at the Castle Hotel on Sun Jan 22nd from 7pm to 9pm .
KHAA AGM Tues Jan 24th at 8pm in Independence Museum Kilmurry.
Kilmurry Irish Dancing Classes from Thurs 2nd Feb 7.30 in the Museum.
Kilmurry Active Retirement Meeting Tues 7th Feb in Museum 7.30.

Events at the Riverside Park Hotel
Lisa McHugh 5th March at 8:00pm – Tickets €18.
Successful T.D by John B. Keane on Thursday 9th March at 8:00pm at the Riverside Park Hotel Macroom
Flower of Macroom 2017 at Riverside Park Hotel on March 11th.

Macroom Library
Storytime. Each Saturday at 12 noon for 3-8year olds.
Purlies Thurs Jan. 19th at 11 a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte Thurs 26th Jan at 11.30.
St. Brigid's Cross making workshops on Wed. Feb. 1st
Bookclub Wed 1st Feb.
Creative Writing group Tues, 7th Feb.
Environmental Group Tues 7th Feb 5.30 to 7.15 p.m.
Gramophone on Fri Feb. 10th at 11 a.m

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

Kerry - our Hope for Bypass?

The revelation that Kerry County Council had what they termed a satisfactory meeting with the TII (old NRA) last week regarding the long awaited Bypass of Macroom and Baile Mhúirne on the N22, raised hopes in some quarters and hackles in others. Cork County Council is miffed that their Kerry colleagues stole a march on them and now offer hope of real work on the project by 2019 as opposed to studies and reports. Cork County Council is meanwhile waiting to have a meeting with Shane Ross, Minister for Transport at a time and date to be arranged and then inviting Kerry Council members to attend. This meeting would relate to several road projects in the south.
It is quite understandable that Kerry County Council would have an active and urgent interest in the Macroom Bypass project. Motorists from mid and South Kerry all use the N22 when accessing the hospitals, airport, colleges and businesses in Cork city and Macroom is on the main tourist route for Killarney. Debilitating, frustrating traffic jams in Macroom add to the stress and cost of such journeys. Despite the traditional rivalry between Cork and Kerry on the football field, Macrompians suffering the daily congestion, pollution and delays are pleased to get active support and hope from the Kingdom.

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Grand finale at Pantomonium in Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook 


Despite working with serious handicaps, the Briery Gap team produced another hilarious, crowd pleasing panto this season. The company had no permanent home in which to rehearse. Much of their collection of costumes, meticulously gathered over the past decade, was damaged in the June fire. They were again staging a show which included more than seventy children but now on a makeshift stage in an accommodating hotel, but without the benefits of proper stage lighting, sound system and tiered seating. Besides, many of the usual adult cast had been involved in the October production of Murder at Shandy Hall and had to conserve their energies for that show's two stagings in the Opera House in February . This meant a reduced adult chorus and new faces, but the mix worked and produced a highly entertaining, two-hour show.
Comedy was the vital ingredient in the mix. None and Donie's efforts at mastering circus acts delighted children of all ages and the additional contributions by Professor Panto and helper and the French ringmaster and circus master went down very well.
Music was also well served. The children's and youth choruses presented rousing numbers. Delightful solos from talented singers were supplemented by a wonderful passage from Les Miserable, featuring iconic numbers from that show sung by top class Lee Valley artistes.
All three stagings of Pantomonium were sold out and the feedback from the audience was most positive. But we all look forward to the prompt reopening of the Briery Gap Cultural Centre, making the staging of such important shows easier on cast and producers.

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Emma Lucey and Emer McMahon, St. Mary's students at the Young Scientists Exhibition ©An Scoil.

St. Mary's Updates

Public Speaking. Transition Year students attended a Public Speaking workshop given by Alan Devine, (a former actor of Fair City), on 12th and 13th January. Students were taught skills on how to increase their confidence on delivering presentations to an audience as well as communicating their message with conviction.
Transition Year students s are currently doing a module on Basic skills in First Aid given by Mr Gerard McAuliffe from the Red Cross. Another group is learning about the requirements of the Driver Theory Test as well as learning how to drive in a dual-controlled car with their instructor, Mr Gerry Carmody.
BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. This year St. Mary's had great success at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition with Ms. Butler receiving the BT Educator of Excellence award. This is a very prestigious award with only four science teachers nationwide receiving this recognition. This reflects the opportunities made available to the students at St. Mary's by a very dedicated science department. With 2500 entries and only 500 places, we were delighted to have four projects accepted to this year's exhibition. The titles of the projects were:
Where are the Banbhainisteoirí? – A study into the lack of female coaches in Ladies football in Ireland.
Does the Gearagh make Clean Air? – The detection of air pollution using lichens as an indicator.
The Effects of Powdered Protein on Athletes
I spy with my coloured eye – to statistically analyse the correlation between eye colour and eye sight.
The eight TY students spent three nights in Dublin with their science teachers, attending the RDS each day to present their project to judges, fellow students and the public. A great time was had by all.
Mental Health and Wellness. As part of our ongoing commitment to the holistic development of our students, the school is organising a dedicated Mental Health and Wellness week which will run from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th January. Topics that will be addressed across various year groups include: Coping with Stress and Anxiety, Online Safety, Physical Safety, Respectful Relationships, Resilience, Alcohol use and Mental Illness. As part of this programme we will be hosting a presentation for Parents entitled: "Social Media – Challenges for Parents" which will examine teenage online activity. This will take place on Monday, Jan. 23rd at 7pm.

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Claire Leahy and Stephanie Kelly who will represent McEgan College at the European Parliament ©An Scoil.

McEgan College Updates

European Parliament Visit. Two LCA students from McEgan College, Claire Leahy and Stephanie Kelly, have won a trip to Strasbourg, France to visit the European Parliament. The girls will join 22 other LCA students from around Ireland to debate key areas of concern for young people, namely: emigration, environment, human rights and youth employment. McEgan College is very proud of these two ambassadors who have worked extremely hard to secure their place on the visit.

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De la Salle College Macroom Students' Council 2017 ©An Scoil

Entertainment at Riverside Park

Lee Valley Enterprise Board presents John B Keane's Successful T.D on Thursday 9th March at 8:00pm at the Riverside Park Hotel Macroom. Starring Jon Kenny & Mary McEvoy – Directed by Michael Scott. Tickets €20 from 086 1663395. The Successful T.D. follows the trials, tribulations, misadventures and hilarious antics of Tull McAdoo as he seeks re-election to the Dáil in the "October Elections". Written by John B Keane in 1967, he displays his edge for humour and satire that are uncomfortably close to the politics of today ... Peppered with Keane's gallery of madcap characters, this show will have you laughing at politics (in a good way) from the start.
Flower of Macroom 2017. Lee Valley Enterprise Board is delighted to announce that entries are now being taken for the 2017 Flower of Macroom. As part of the St. Patrick's Day celebrations, the lucky winner will have the honour of leading this year's St Patrick's Day Parade as Grand Marshal. Each club, business or society in the Lee Valley region may enter one candidate to represent them at a special function to be held at Riverside Park Hotel on March 11th where the 2017 "Flower of Macroom" will be crowned.
Now in its third year, this event has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2015! There are numerous benefits to entering this event, including generous prizes as well as the promotion of your business, club or society throughout the Lee Valley region & farther afield. Last year's winner, Meghan Buckley from Macroom E Park, would certainly recommend entering.
"It was an honour to have won the Flower of Macroom 2016. It was a very proud moment and a privilege to hold the title for the year. I would encourage anyone who is thinking of it to definitely take part!"
For information on how to enter please contact Joe by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 026 20544
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.

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Macroom Foxhound Meet at Firville on a sunny New Year's Day 2017. ©Annmarie Mulcahy.

Macroom Library

Settling in well now here in the former Spar building, Main St. We have the same opening hours, Tuesday 10.00 to 7.30, Wed - Sat 10.00 to 5.30. Membership is free to all and first time joiners need to provide photo I.D and proof of address. No fines are being charged on books due before the fire in the Briery Gap. This status will continue at least until the end of January but we would ask patrons to return any outstanding books as soon as possible.
We enjoyed a lovely morning of music courtesy of Connie Foley on Friday 13th. There was a good audience turnout in spite of the extremely cold weather. Storytime, conducted by a member of staff, takes place each Saturday at 12 noon for about 45 minutes. Open to all 3-8 year olds. Macroom and district Environmental Group's first meeting in our new location will take place on Tuesday 7th February from 5.30 to 7.15 p.m. They are open to new members and you would be made most welcome. The Purlies return on Thursday 19th January at 11.am. to knit and natter. All level of knitter welcome. Senior knitters are always available to help with any difficult bits! Ciorcal Cainte will take place again on Thursday 26th January at 11.30. Hosted by staff member Nora Levis it is an informal and non-judgemental forum in which to practice your cúpla focail. Bíonn cupán tae ar fáil freisin. Visits to us from St Colman's N.S classes have also resumed. During our hiatus, the mobile library visited the school every second Friday (given driver availability) from early September. The boys found visiting the bus a great novelty but given the deteriorating weather, the novelty was wearing off!
We are hoping to have day long drop-in St. Brigids' Cross making workshops on Wednesday 1st February. Please contact the library at 026 42483 after Thursday 26th to confirm that this will take place. At going to press we are expecting to have public access Wifi finalised by the time this issue is on the streets! Again, please ring 026 42483 to confirm. We thank our patrons for their patience in this matter.

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Donie prepares to cut Nonie it two at Pantomonium in Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook

Gramophone Morning.

Connie Foley presented the first gramophone session of 2017 in the temporary library premises at Railway View on a snowy January morning. Despite many flu casualties, a great crowd attended. Unfortunately, Eddie Hogan was one of the flu absentees - his first time ever missing a Macroom gramophone session and librarian, Christine Cronin, took his place as dj. Get well soon Eddie and all the other patients. Connie's choice was a real singalong selection, opening with Dean Martin singing Everybody Loves Somebody, followed by Pal of my Cradle Days, sung by Sean Dunphy and his late father's favourite, South of the Border. Eartha Kitt delivered a steamy, bilingual version of Under the Bridges of Paris, followed by Spanish Eyes by Al Martino and Shenandoah . Connie remembered past Eurovision entries with Sean Dunphy singing The Hills of Clare, perhaps better known as If I Could Choose and Butch Moore with Walking the Streets in the Rain. Katie Duff and Daniel O'Donnell combined to present Whispering Hope. Vince Hill sang Edelweiss from The Sound of Music. Petula Clarke gave a beautiful rendering of How are Things in Glocca Morra and then, Younger than Springtime and Elvis Presley's La Paloma brought us to teatime. The Kerry Connie Foley opened the second session with Doonaree, followed by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly singing True Love from High Society. Jim Reeves sang I love You Because and Joseph Locke delivered Sweet Sixteen and the Holy City. Nana Mouskouri's White Rose of Athens, Bing Crosby with the Isle of Innisfree and a rousing El Paso brought a thoroughly nostalgic and enjoyable session to a conclusion.
Graham Booth will present the next gramophone session on Friday, February 10 at 11a.m.

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Masseytown and the western end of Macroom from Looney's Field ©Con Kelleher, Oakwood.

Local TV Programmes

Thurs. Jan. 19. Laharn Céilí Band, Boherbue.
Sun. Jan. 22: 5.30 p.m. Annual Mass from Tubrid Well 2009. 6.30p.m. Repeats of Wed. and Thurs. programmes. The Flower of Macroom and Laharn Céilí Band.
Wed. Jan. 25 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. Mid Cork Junior A Football semi-final Aghinagh v Macroom 1992.
Thurs. Jan. 26. 9.30p.m. Clonbanin 1921 Ambush Site Commemoration.
Sun. Jan. 29: 5.30 p.m. First Holy Communion 2016 from St. Joseph's, Macroom. 6.30p.m. Repeats.
Wed. Feb. 1. 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. Music, Song and Dance at the home of Con and Joan Walsh, Gloundav, 2016.
Thurs. Feb. 2. . 9.30p.m. Crossbarry Annual Commemoration 2016.
Sun. Feb. 5. 5.30 p.m. Berrings First Holy Communion May 2016. 6.30p.m. Repeats.


Contact information: Please email text and/or photographs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; telephone 026-41891 or post to Lee Valley Outlook, Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. (Photos by Friday before publication. N.B. We never guarantee that a photo will be published, except in a paid ad.)

Loch Allua Golf Society A.G.M. in Briar Rose Bar, Inchigeela at 9p.m. on Friday, January 20.
Martin Hayes and David Power in concert at Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh, Baile Mhúirne, Friday 20th January 2017 @ 8:30 p.m. Booking: 026.45733
Kilmurry GAA Mass for deceased members on Friday 20th January at 8pm in Kilmurry GAA complex.
Crookstown Céilí club: Céilí on Saturday 21st January in Crookstown hall. Music by The Breens. Commencing at 9.30 p.m. All are welcome
Special Needs Disco at the Castle Hotel on Sunday January 22nd from 7pm to 9pm . Open to all ages, all abilities. Bring a friend or sibling. €5 entrance . Lots of spot prizes . Special guest DJ Jerry spinning the discs. Great night for all.
KHAA AGM Tuesday 24th January at 8pm in Independence Museum Kilmurry. We would encourage interested people to become involved in the KHAA organisation at the AGM. A new exciting adventure for 2017 includes marketing, becoming a museum guide, involved in fundraising, project management, organising lectures and field trips. Everyone welcome.
Kilmurry Irish Dancing Classes starting Thursday 2nd February with Kate O'Donovan 7.30 in the Museum. All Welcome
Kilmurry Active Retirement Meeting Tuesday 7th February in Museum 7.30. All Welcome
Macroom Twinning Association is organising a trip to Bubry from June 30th to July 3rd. Anyone interested should contact Mireille at 0879241260. Cost around €200. A full week-end of French food, local visits, music and dance!
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 and 22 2017 at 8:00pm – Tickets €25/22 from www.corkoperahouse.ie or by calling 021 4270022.
Fundraising CD. Mona O' Riordan, Kilmurry and Anne Dillane, Ballyheigue, recently launched a charity CD for Pieta House and the Kerry/ Cork Health link bus at Mai Fitz's bar and restaurant in Lissarda. MC on the night was Tim Coughlan from C103. A second launch will be held in O' Regan's bar in Ballyheigue on Friday 20th January.

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Children's chorus at Pantomonium in the Riverside Park © Lee Valley Outlook

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto Results 18/12/2016 Jackpot €4,450. Numbers drawn: 4, 21 and 34. No Winner. €50 Denis Buckley, Kilcolman, Sarah Spillane, c/o Noreen Spillane, Ballinagree €20 each Mícheál O'Connor Macroom, Paul O'Connor Rusheen, Nora McCarthy Ballinagree, John O'Connell Knockrour. Additional Christmas Prizes: Hamper - Peggy O'Riordan, C/O Breda McCarthy. Voucher for Michael Twomey - Anne O'Driscoll, Lacknahacknee. Bottle of Wiskey - Kieran Twomey, Rylane.
23/12/2016 Jackpot €4,600. Numbers drawn: 10, 29 and 32. No Winner. €50 Denis Buckley, Kilcolman. €20 each Brendan Kelleher c/o Carrig Shop, Con and Noreen O Connor Rusheen, Declan Casey Coachford, MT and Gobnait McCarthy Ballyvongane.
1/1/2017 Jackpot €4,750. Numbers drawn: 9, 12 and 29. No Winner. €50 Maureen Long Rylane. €20 each Matthew Coakley Rahalisk, Kevin and Carol Healy Horsemount, Sean O Sullivan, Valley View, Rylane, Stephen Kelly Macroom P/O.
8/1/2017 Jackpot €4,900. Numbers drawn: 9, 10 and 19. No Winner. €50 Pat Lucey Macroom. €20 each John Twomey Rusheen, Tony & Eileen Deasy Coolkisha, Vincent Coakley Derryroe, Gretta Linehan Barret Place Macroom.
15/1/2017 Jackpot €5,050. Numbers drawn: 13, 29 and 36. No Winner. €50 Humphrey O'Riordan- MCP. €20 each Seamus O'Leary Dromduve, John Joe Kelleher C/O Laine Bar, Willie Dennehy Rylane, Paddy O'Sullivan The Lawn Masseytown.
Canovee GAA Lotto January 8th; Numbers drawn: 1,12,20,26. Jackpot €10,100. No winner. €50 A Sexton Farran; €25 each: Kay Healy & Mary Francis Creedon Sarah Murphy Gurranleigh.€25 on line Mairead Dilworth.
15/1/17; Jackpot €10,250. Numbers drawn: 2,4,7,10; No winner. €50 Jenna & Adam Hayes Aherla. €25 each:Jerry Moynihan Canovee Mary O'Sullivan Tulltuada. €25 on line Jimmy Moynihan.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: 4/1/ 17. Jackpot €1.600. Numbers drawn: - 4, 10, 16. Two Winners €800 each to Kathleen McCarthy, Carriganima and Sarah Grant, Ballyvourney. €70 Mark Creed, Carrigaphooka €20 each €20 - Denise Ahern, Aher. la. Catherine Lehane, Gortnalicka. Dan O' Callaghan, O'Connor Park. Daniel Casey, Rusheen.
11/1/ 17. Jackpot €1.000. . €70 Mary Caroll, Crookstown €20 each Trish Murphy, Mullinhassig. Mary Anne Healy, Gortnalicka. Catherine Creedon, c/o Inchigeela P.O. Marie Buckley, Nadd
Kilmurry GAA lotto 02/01/17 Jackpot €12,200. Numbers 17,8,28.. No winner. €50 Dave Dwyer. €20 each: Nora O Driscoll, Mary, Fiona, Mairead Kilbarry, Padraig McSwiney, Caroline Barry, Padraig Healy Dooniskey
09/01/17 Jackpot €12,400. Numbers 14,20,28. No winner. €50 Michael Herlihy. €20 each: Declan Kelleher, Lynda MCcarthy, Mary O Sullivan Bandon, Ger McCarthy Breen, Mary A O Sullivan Kilmurry.

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David Casey, winner of Macroom G.A.A. Lotto, receives his €15.000 cheque from Pat O'Connell, Secretary Macroom G.A.A. and Evelyn McSweeney, seller. © LeeValley Outlook

Big Winners. 2017 started well for Lotto players in Macroom with the GAA and AFC Lotto Jackpots won after record making runs. The AFC Jackpot of €8.000 was first to go to Sharon and Mark c/o Po'R on Monday, January 9 and the following night, David Casey, Barrett's Place won the GAA €15,000 Jackpot. They were most popular winners, all long standing contributors to the lottos. We wish them well with their winnings. It's back to brass tacks now, with both Jackpots back to €1.000 for the next draw.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 3/01/2017. Jackpot €14,800. Winning Numbers 5-18-22. No Winner. €70. Margaret Kelleher, Mountmassey. €20 each: Frank O'Brien, Millbrook, Anita Murphy, 9 Cork Street, Mary Vaughan, Barrett Place, Anne O'Farrell, Main Street, Alice Mc Sweeney, Sleaveen West.
10/01/2017. Jackpot €15,000. Winning Numbers 8-13-27. Winner. David Casey, 53 Barrett Place, Macroom. €20 each: Eileen Horgan, St. Colman's Park, Dan Griffin, Aguarinagn, Dripsey, Sean Murphy, C/O McCarthy's Newsagents,. Jerry Kelleher, Killarney, Marguerite O'Riordan, Barrett Place, Macroom.
Macroom FC. Lotto. 03/01/17. Jackpot €7,800. Numbers drawn 18, 30, 32. No Winner €80 Esther Sheehan c/o Fudge €20 each Lily McDonagh c/o Swanky. Michael Burns c/o Evelyn. Sharon O' Leary c/o JC's. Pat O' Connor c/o Murray's
09/01/17. Jackpot €8,000. Numbers drawn 12, 16, 17. Winner Sharon and Mark c/o Po'R €80 Denis Kelly c/o Evelyn €20 each €20 Gillian Ronan c/o Murray's. Teddy O' Leary c/o Cash. Angy c/o Evelyn. Ciara, Cian and Tom c/o Cash.
Coachford AFC Lotto Results 3/1/2017. Jackpot: €4,400. Numbers Drawn: 11 – 12 – 31. No Winner. €40 Tim O'Leary (Yearly Ticket), €20 Sheila & Mags, Tim Buckley (Yearly Ticket), Colm Oldham, Shane Burns.
9/1/2017. Jackpot: €4,600. Numbers Drawn: 5 – 7 – 14. No Winner. €40 Trisha & Oisín, €20 Triona Dineen, Sheila O'Sullivan, Keith Linzell, Eamon Lynch (Yearly Ticket).
16/1/2017. Jackpot: €4,800. Numbers Drawn: 9 – 34 – 36. No Winner. €40 Patrick O'Callaghan, €20 Herlo & Danny, Angela Murphy, Trigger, Phillip Cullinane.

Lee Valley Updates

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Snow at Cashloura, Carriganima ©Oonagh Kelleher

Clondrohid Updates

Development Group: It's that time of the year again when this group get together to host their annual Parish Christmas / New Year Adult Party. It will take place on Sunday Jan 22 in Community Hall at 2pm A great social day out guaranteed again with food , music, entertainment and of course plenty dancing. with Tim Joe and Ann, and no doubt some guests See you there.
Set Dancing: It is time to shake off the January blues and join Teddy in the Community Hall on Tuesday nights at 8pm. All are welcome Bring a friend, or two.
Trócaire: Trócaire is looking for volunteers to bring social justice issues alive at parish level. Contact Fr. Tom McDermott (Trocaire Representative in Diocese of Cloyne ) 0861615216, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sinead on 0214275622 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. An information evening will be held on Jan 31 at 7pm in Midleton, the venue to be decided. This initiative is supported by Bishop William Crean.
Rural Development (LEADER) Programme 2014-2020. The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe Investing in Rural Areas. LEADER North Cork. IRD Duhallow will open Expressions of Interest for Enterprise, Rural Towns and Broadband from Jan 9, 2017. With a closing date of Feb 28, 2017. These measures are time bound, in that all applications under these measures must be received during the period outlined. All other Measures are open and Expressions of Interest can be submitted at any time. , A workshop to assist people was held last week in the James Memorial Institute in Newmarket, but you can still contact them on 02960633 The IRD Expression of Interest form can be downloaded from the website www.irdduhallow.com/grant-schemes/leader-programme.

Berrings Updates

Christmas. Berrings Community Association / Berrings Tidy Towns Christmas Tree Lighting took place early December. The tree was blessed and turned on by Fr. Tom and Berrings School Choir entertained the crowd with their carol singing. Mulled wine and mince pies were enjoyed by the adults and children got their goody bags at a very enjoyable community event.
Pub Quiz. Our annual fundraising quiz took place in Blair's Inn after Christmas. A very enjoyable night and thanks to all who attended and supported us.
Wishing all a very happy New Year and thanks to everyone who helped and supported us in 2016.

Inchigeela Updates

A bright New Year. Croí na Laoi, the Inchigeela development group, invites new members on its team. Last year was a very successful one in improving the appearance and safety of the village and surrounding area and there are plans to continue that work. If you want to join them, you are most welcome. There are no age restrictions. If you wish to do your student Gaisce practical work, they will help you out. If you have suggestions or criticisms, they will take them on board. Go raibh maith agaibh A big Thank You to all who supported them in their efforts during 2016 and in their recent fundraising events.

Coláiste Ghobnatan

Cúrsa Ceimice. Bhain Bliain a 4 agus 6 triail as ceimic san oideachas tríú leibhéal, nuair a tháinig daltaí ceimice ó Choláiste na hOllscoile, Corcaigh ar cuairt chuig Coláiste Ghobnatan. Bhí ar na daltaí dúnmharú a réiteach agus anailís a dhéanamh ar substaintí éagsúla sa rang mar chuid de cheardlann 'Spectroscopy in a Suitcase'. Bhain gach duine taitneamh as an gceardlann ceimice, a bhí eagraithe ag Iníon Ní Ríordáin, agus bhí sé cabhrach dos na daltaí a bheidh nó atá ag déanamh staidéir ar an gCeimic don Ardteist.
Ranganna Sínis. Tá Bliain a 4 ag freastal ar ranganna Sínis i mbliana. Ding junbo is ainm don múinteoir Sínis agus is as Jiangxi dó, sa tSín. Tá sé in Éirinn ag freastal ar Choláiste na hOllscoile, Corcaigh, leis an gConfucius Institute for Ireland. Tá sé ag múineadh i gColáiste Ghobnatan faoi chultúr agus bia an tSín, agus frásaí bunúsacha sa Sínis. Beidh triúr dhalta ón idirbhliain ag dul ar thuras go dtí an tSín i rith laethanta saoire na Cásca.
Daltaí ag an Ionad Lae. Ó thús na scoil bliana tá daltaí na hidirbhliana ag tabhairt cuairt ar an Ionad Lae i mBaile Mhúirne. Go dtí seo ghlacadar páirt i dtráth na gceist, eagraithe leis na seanóirí; tá cártaí Nollag déanta acu; d'imríodar cluichí éagsúla agus d'fhreastail na daltaí ar cheolchoirm de chuid Sean Keane, nuair a bhí sé ag seinnt san Ionad Lae roimh na Nollag.
Turas Bliain a 3. D'fhreastail Bliain a 3 ar an taispeántas Eolaí Óg i mBaile Átha Cliath le déanaí. Chonaiceadar na tionscnamh iontacha go léir, d'fhoghlaimíodar an-chuid faoi ábhair éagsúla eolaíochta. Chomh maith le sin bhí an deis acu féachaint ar feithidí neamhghnáthacha a bhí á thaispeáint ann.


Lá 'le Bríde

'Sé an chéad lá de Mí Feabhra Lá 'le Bríde agus toisc Lá 'le Gobnatan a bheith chomh cómhgarach dó, is dócha go dtógann sé a lán den tábhacht uaidh i bparóiste Baile Mhúirne. Mar sin féin, tá roinnt nósanna fós ann. Cuireann daoine ciarsúr bán ar crocadh ar sceach agus fágtar ann fan na hoíche é. Deineann daoine eile cros nó crosóg Bríde de luachair agus crochtar anairde ar falla nó os cionn an dorais é agus fágtar ann ar feadh bliana é. An áit inar rugadh Bríd, tá tobar ann ach is i gCill Dara atá a teampall. Léiríonn a hainm, Muire na nGael, chomh tabhachtach is a bhí sí agus an áit a thug na Gaeil di. Brid, Padraig agus Colmcille patrúin na hÉireann agus deirtear go bhfuil siad curtha le chéile i nDún Pádraig. Tá mórán paidreacha a deirtear chuichi.
A Bhríd, a mhaighdean gheal choir,
Cuidigh liom roimh Dhia na glóir'
Im' shuí, im' luí, san oíche nó sa ló.
Go mbeidh tú liomsa choíche is go deo

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2017 snow on Mushera seen from Cill na Martra © Lee Valley Outlook

Spring in the Air 2017

'If winter comes, can spring be far behind'.
St. Brigid's Day, February 1, is supposed to be the first day of spring. It is the Christianised form of Imbolc, the Celtic celebration of lambing and lactation. Scholars link Brigid with Brigantia, an ancient deity. Her feast is one of the Celtic calendar's quarterly markers along with Bealtaine, Lúnasa and Samhain. St. Brigid, patron saint of Ireland along with Patrick and Colmcille, is one of a minority of recognised women saints. She is Leinster's chief saint, coming from Kildare, where she had her convent and church in an oak wood – Cill Dara – in the 6th century.
St. Brigid's Cross is a well-known emblem linked with the feast. When RTE began broadcasting in 1961, it was the station's logo. The cross is usually made from 12 rushes, interwoven to make a central square and with four arms of equal length. The legend is that Brigid was attending the death-bed of a pagan chieftain. She picked some rushes from the floor and began to weave a cross. The sick man questioned its significance and became a Christian before death. The St. Brigid's Cross is hung in houses and farm buildings to ward off illness in man and beast. It is often on sale in tourist centres, sometimes made of plastic, in Taiwan!
Biddy Boys and Biddy Balls are other customs linked to February 1. In some parts of Munster, people dressed up in straw costumes, with elaborately woven straw headpieces. The Brídeoga then went from door to door, singing and playing music.
Brat Bhríde is a white cloth or handkerchief left outside on the night of January 31. It is said to have curative powers and is also a symbol of purity and reputed to be effective at childbirth and to cure barrenness. St. Brigid's mantle is a fragment of woollen material listed among the treasures of Bruges Cathedral.
A Naomh Bríd, a Mhuire na nGael, scar orainn do bhrat.
A Naomh Bríd, a chroí na féile, stiúir sinn ar an mbóthar ceart.
A Naomh Bríd gheanúil, ghrástúil, ar ár namhaid cosain sinn.
A Naomh Bríd, a bhean rialta, álainn, ar uair ár mbáis glaoigh orainn.
Polish Feasts: January 21 is Grandmothers' Day in Poland and January 22 is Grandfathers' Day. W Dniu Swieta Babci! Dziadka Duzo Zdrowia i Radosci!

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An artist's impression of the interior of a hut at Frongoch Internment Camp ©

Frongoch Prison Camp: university of revolution

Tim Crowley presented a very interesting lecture on Frongoch Prison Camp, organised by Muskerry Local History Society in Ballincollig Rugby Club on January 16.. After the Easter Rising 1916, almost 2,000 detainees were confined in Frongoch internment camp in North Wales from June to December 1916. In the camp, a revolutionary spirit was cultivated amongst the men and many of them later became the key leaders of the War of Independence, including Michael Collins. Tim Crowley's lecture highlighted the experiences of the men in Frongoch, particularly relating to internees from Clonakilty and Lyre.

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Jack Murphy (Chairman) and Michael Twomey (Secretary) at Aghabullogue Point to Point on January 8 ©.

Survival by emigration.

The struggle for survival in the late 18th and early 19th century in Ireland brought certain people to unfamiliar destinations and the resilience of one Timothy Riordan is captured vividly in his remarkable first hand account of his own life. His parents Denis Riordan and Ellen Murphy were born in 1769 and 1779 respectively and were next door neighbours in Fornaught, Donoughmore. Both of their parents in turn had ten acres of land adjoining each other. During this period in the mid eighteenth century they were left devastated 'when their leases expired the landlord turned all the small holdings into one large estate'. Timothy was born in Fornaught in 1817 and after training as a carpenter emigrated to Bradford in England in 1844. He married Alice Knowles, but they did not have the best of fortune in their early days, as they lost two infant babies'. Four years later (1848) they landed in New York just as hundreds of people from Timothy's native Donoughmore were escaping from the famine. In 1852 the travel bug hit again and they moved to Chicago by sailing vessel this at a time when there was no railway route. By this stage they had three young children but in their journey to the west coast tragedy befell the family once more. One of the children John, an infant, died on the ship, with the co-operation of the captain Timothy obtained some boards to make a coffin. On a scheduled stop for timber Timothy and his wife buried their son on the Michigan shore and in what must have been a poignant scene all the passengers disembarked and went ashore for the funeral. Despite such a shattering setback Timothy and Alice purchased four land lots that included lumber for a house, in the town of St. Charles. With no mill to plane the timber he had to prepare everything by hand. After his day's work Timothy worked long into the night to build a house and in a punishing schedule remarked that 'from 4 July to 15 August I never undressed to go to bed'
He then added 'then all my plans for the future were upset'. Once again misfortune befell the family as Alice died in childbirth, her little infant surviving but the baby only lived for a month after. After this traumatic episode in his life, Timothy was introduced to a widow and was 'married in about a week' Timothy and his new wife were blessed with three sons but his tale of woe continued. Patsy one of the sons, he recalled, 'was sick about a year and of course we tried everything to cure him, but in vain, he died in April 1869, aged 14'. Tim, another son, cut himself on the knee with his father's chisel and was forced to put his leg in a tub of ice for two weeks. Being almost recovered he did the unthinkable and dropped the same chisel cutting his leg once more. To compound such adversity he then proceeded to 'smash all his fingers on one hand and we feared he would lose his hand'. How any man or woman could have the forbearance to absorb such blows seems heroic. On a happier and amusing note Timothy told of one occasion when himself and his wife decided to visit his sister and started to drive there with a mule and wagon, 'the mule had a spite against me and would not move if I was in the wagon, so I had to walk most of the way both going and coming back'.
Taken from 'Ancient Sweet Donoughmore :Life in an Irish Rural Parish to 1900' by Gerard O'Rourke.

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Foireann U13 Naomh Abán, buathoirí contaé ag bronnadh na mbonn san Abbey ©Nóra Ní Luasa


Making a Will

Dear Karen,
My brother died last year without making a Will. He was a bachelor without children. He left behind him four siblings, including myself. He left a farm worth €1 million and €400,000 in a bank account. I understand that each of us is entitled to a share in his estate in equal shares. I am a farmer and would like to buy the lands. Am I entitled to do that? What is the procedure? Am I entitled to buy the others out? What advices do you have?

Dear Reader,
I am sorry to hear of your brother's passing. It is unfortunate that your brother did not leave a Will. This is a situation I encounter quite regularly. He has, what is known as, died 'intestate' i.e. he died without leaving a valid will. You are correct in that you and your three siblings have a share in his estate equally. You and your siblings have a share as tenants in common in the lands. 'Tenants in common' means each party holds an individual, undivided interest in the property. This means that each party has the right to sell or transfer ownership of his share. All your siblings have an equal right to use the property. No party owns the lands or part of the lands exclusively.
Where tenants in common agree to divide the lands into individual areas in which each will have the exclusive right to a particular area, this is known as partition. However, where co-owners do not agree, the matter will have to go to court. One co-owner can effect a partition or court sale through an application to the courts without the need for consent or agreement from the other co-owners.
Section 55 of the Succession Act 1965 states that "The personal representatives may, subject to the provisions of this section, appropriate any part of the estate of a deceased person in its actual condition or state of investment at the time of appropriation in or towards satisfaction of any share in the estate, whether settled or not, according to the respective rights of the persons interested in the estate". This means that the legal personal representative, the person appointed to administer your brother's estate, has the power to vest assets in a certain beneficiary in satisfaction of a beneficiary's share in the estate.
However, the difficulty can arise where the asset that is appropriated is higher than the value of the other assets in the estate and then people receive unequal inheritances. Their entitlement needs to be discharged with monies from the estate.
In your case, the farm is worth €1 million and there is €400,000 in cash. You have an entitlement to one quarter of the farm which has a value of €250,000 and a quarter share of the cash which is €100,000. If you were to leave your siblings take your €100,000 cash in satisfaction of you taking the farm, there would be a shortfall of €650,000 for your siblings, and that is what you would need to buy them out. As there is not enough cash in the estate, you would have to enter into a deed of family arrangement whereby you would try to buy out the others for cash consideration.
You and your siblings could enter into what is known as a 'deed of family arrangement'. It is a deed between family members where the beneficiaries in the will or the parties entitled on intestacy decide between themselves how property is to be divided up. Essentially, it is a deed where beneficiaries in an estate reach an agreement and divide property in an estate, out of line what is written in the will or in accordance with the rules of intestacy. It goes without saying that to enter into a deed of family arrangement there must be agreement between all parties. One should always obtain tax advice in advance of signing a deed of family arrangement and it may have adverse tax consequences. It is also important to be independently legally advised in advance of signing.
Karen Walsh, a solicitor specialising in Farming issues, is the author of 'Farming and the Law' published by Clarus Press. It is available to purchase in all good bookshops. For further information please see www.claruspress.ie
Karen Walsh, from a farming background at Grenagh, Co Cork, is a solicitor practicing in Walsh & Partners, Solicitors and Commissioners for Oaths, 17, South Mall, Cork. Telephone: 021-4270200 mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.walshandpartners.ie
Disclaimer: While every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information contained in this article, solicitor Karen Walsh does not accept responsibility for errors or omissions howsoever arising, and you should seek legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances at the earliest possible time.

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Foireann U15 Naomh Abán, buathoirí contaé ag bronnadh na mbonn san Abbey le Colm O'Neill ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Grow it Yourself GIY

And so it begins. Another season starts with the determined act of seed sowing in the potting shed.
Ah but it feels good to start again though it seems too cold to be sowing seeds. The calendar says spring but it's definitely still winter outside. All day the weather has alternated erratically from sun to cold showers of rain. Before I finish I make a cloche over the pots with some rubber pipe and spread a layer of clear plastic over them, tucking the plastic in beneath them. I am creating a little hothouse for these seeds, which need heat to germinate. It entails coaxing Mediterranean conditions from a cold February and trying to warm up the world.
Things to Do in February
Preparation. Turn over the soil only if the weather is dry – if the soil sticks to your boots it's too early for digging! Keep off the soil to prevent compaction - use timber planks to stand on for access. If you have not already done so, order/buy your seeds, spuds and onion sets. Sprout seed potatoes – put them in a container (e.g. used egg carton or empty seed tray) and leave them in a bright warm place. Check the pH of your soil – you can buy a soil pH testing kit in any garden centre. Lime your soil now if required (to reduce acidity in very acid soils), particularly important in your brassica bed.
Sow. On a sunny windowsill indoors, in a heated greenhouse or on a heating mat: sow celery, globe artichokes, celeriac, leeks, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, peas, aubergines, peppers/chilli-peppers. In polytunnel or greenhouse: beetroot, Brussels sprouts, summer and autumn cabbage, carrots, leeks, lettuce, radish. Outside: Weather permitting you can try planting out broadbeans, spinach, kohlrabi, onion and shallot sets, Jerusalem artichokes, parsnip and early pea varieties.
Harvest. Winter cabbage and cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts, spinach, kale and leeks.
Cook. Recipe of the Week – Perfect Parmesan Parsnips, courtesy of Donal Skehan.
Ingredients: 1kg of parsnips. 3 tablespoons of wholemeal flour. 1 tablespoon of ground black pepper. 1 tablespoon of sea salt. 1 generous handful of Parmesan cheese. 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Directions: Preheat the oven to 200oC/390oF/Gas 6. Peel the parsnips and chop in half and then slice into four. You may need to slice the chunks in half again depending on what size you want them. Place the parsnips in a pot and cover with cold water. Bring the pot to the boil and simmer for 4 minutes. Rinse with a little cold water and drain the chunks in a colander. Combine the flour, pepper, and salt in a large bowl. Tumble the parsnips into the bowl and toss to coat. Place in a large roasting tray, sprinkle over the Parmesan cheese and drizzle with olive oil. Roast in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
Tip of the Week – Slugs
In preference to using chemical slug pellets, encourage birds and frogs in to your garden. They will help keep the slug population under control. Slugs don't like egg shells, gravel, coffee granules and salt so try sprinkling them on the ground around your veg plants –.
Cold or Flu?
Both are miserable but have some different symptoms and may need to be handled in different ways.
The Common Cold. The first 3 days are when you will feel worst. The first symptom of a cold is usually a sore throat. This is followed by symptoms such as sneezing or a blocked, sore and runny nose. Generally 1 out of 3 people with a cold will experience a cough with an overall feeling of being unwell. Do not take antibiotics for a cold, as colds are caused by viruses and antibiotics cannot treat viruses. Drink plenty of fluids to replace those lost from sweating and runny noses. Get lots of rest and eat healthily. By the 4th day, most adults will start to feel better but children will take a little longer to get well again. Continue to drink plenty of fluids and eat healthily. You can start getting back to normal when you feel well enough, usually by the 7th day. Except for young children, you should be fully recovered – but remember a cough, if you also have one, can last 3 weeks.
Flu. In its first two days, the symptoms of flu, like sore throat, fever and muscle ache develop quickly and you will feel very unwell. Usually you do not need to see the doctor as most flu can be treated at home. Drink plenty of fluids to replace those lost from sweating. Get lots of rest and eat healthily. People who are at risk of the complications of flu may need to see a doctor as there are specific anti-viral medicines available which you might need. These work best if started within 48 hours of flu symptoms. By the third day, your flu symptoms are at their peak and you will feel at your worst. Continue to drink plenty of fluids to replace those lost from sweating and runny noses. Make sure you are still getting lots of rest and eating healthily. By the fifth day you should start to feel much better although a cough and general tiredness may last for two to three weeks. Again, continue to drink plenty of fluids, eat healthily and return to normal activities when you feel better.

Sports Mad


Tom Creedon Cup 2017

There has been a good start by Mid Cork clubs in the Tom Creedon Cup competition which is open to all premier intermediate and intermediate football teams. In their opening round games, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, winners of the competition in 2016 for the first time, and their Gaeltacht Mhuscraí neighbours Naomh Abán, both won and so set up a quarter final clash between them, a contest that is sure to inspire both teams to get down to some serious early season training.
The Tom Creedon Cup in sponsored by Macroom Bookshop, Fitzgerald Street, Macroom and is organised by Macroom GAA in conjunction with the Cork County Board.

Tom Creedon Cup 2017

First team named has home advantage except in the final which will be played in Macroom. Extra time in all games and extra 5 mins e/w if required.
Round 1 (On or before January 21st)
Ballydesmond v Bandon
Cill na Martra v Mallow
St Finbarr's 0 – 10 Naomh Abán 1 - 12
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 3 – 17 Mitchelstown 2 – 17 aet
Macroom v Newmarket
Quarter-Finals (On or before January 28th)
(A) Ballydesmond/Bandon v Cill na Martra/Mallow
(B) Naomh Abán v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh
(C) Macroom/Newmarket v Kinsale
(D) St Michael's v Millstreet
Semi-Finals (On or before February 4th)
A v B, C v D

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 3 – 17 Mitchelstown 2 –17 aet
The opening game in the Tom Creedon Cup 2017 was an exciting affair with extra time being needed to separate Béal Átha and Mitchelstown at Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. In their final game of the 2016 season Béal Átha lost out in extra time to Mallow in the Division Two league final, this time the Gaeltacht men had better luck and so earn a quarter final spot where they will face Naomh Abán at the Baile Mhuirne club's venue.
Ben Seartan had the opening score of the new season with a point from a free and added another and when Seamus Ó Tuama pointed in the eight minute it was 0-3 to nil in favour of the home side. Mitchelstown hit back with a brace and points were then exchanged, sides level at 0-4 apiece in the 16th minute, Donagh Seartan the Béal Átha scorer. The teams were level again at 0-5 each and again at 0-7 each after further points for Béal Átha from Ben Shorten and Pól Ó Buachalla but the stalemate was broken in the 29th minute when Ben Seartan got through for a goal and after a Mitchelstown point, Eoin Ó Coill had a point for the home side who thus led by 1-8 to 0-8 at the break.
Mitchelstown were the more dominant side in the third quarter and were back on level terms at 1-9 to 0-12 by the three quarter stage, Leonard Ó Concubhair the sole scorer for Béal Átha. Ben Seartan eased the home side ahead but Mitchelstown responded with a goal in the 51st minute and when they added a point in the 56th minute they enjoyed a 1-13 to 1-10 lead. Béal Átha staged a fine recovery in the final minutes and points from Liam Seartan, his brother Ben from a free, and Eoin Ó Coill, brought them level and sent the game into twenty minutes of extra time on a 1-13 each scoreline.
In the first half of extra time Tim Ó Laoire had a Béal Átha point but the North Cork side replied with a goal to lead by two points at the break, 1-14 to 2-13 now the score. In the final ten minute period, Donagh Seartan had a lead goal after only twenty seconds but a Mitchelstown point levelled the scores at 2-14 apiece. Donagh Seartan struck again with a second goal and added a point to match one for Mitchelstown, all these scores coming in a four minute spell. Points from Donagh Seartan and Ian Ó Coinceannainn in the dying minutes of the game kept Béal Átha one goal clear as the North Cork side unsuccessfully did all in their power to rescue the day.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Darren Ó Coill: Ciarán Ó Nunáin, Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh, Caoimhín Ó Loinsuigh: Dara Seartan, Liam Seartan, Nollaig Ó Laoire: Eoin Ó Coill, Leonáird Ó Conchubhair: Seamus Ó Tuama, Colmán Ó Tuama, Pól Ó Buachalla: Ben Seartan, Tadgh Ó Laoire, Donagh Seartan. Ionaidí: Dara Ó Ceallacháin, Ian Ó Coinceannainn agus Seán Ó Coill.

St Finbarrs 0 – 10 Naomh Abán 1 – 12

Naomh Abán had a successful visit to Cork where they defeated the 'Barrs intermediate side to earn a home quarter final game with Béal Átha.
The home side started well and had two points on the board before Naomh Abán replied with a brace to be level at 0-2 each in the 8th minute. Points were twice exchanged before the Mid Cork side hit the front in the fifteenth minute at 0-5 to 0-4 and they were never to lose the lead subsequently. Naomh Abán added points to open up a three point gap and when St Finbarrs had a point, Naomh Abán replied with two more, 0-9 to 0-5 now the score. In the 27th minute Naomh Abán got in for the only goal of the game, Donncha Ó Ceocháin who was in flying form all afternoon, cutting through the defence once again before burying the ball in the net. The Barrs came back with a late point so at the break the Gaeltacht men were comfortably in front, on a 1-9 to 0-6 scoreline.
Naomh Abán never lost control of the game in the second half and had opened up a 1-12 to 0-7 lead within six minutes of the restart. It was clear that the Gaeltacht men would prevail and as the tempo fell, St Finbarrs who finished with fourteen men, got in for three further points without reply from the winners but there was never any likelihood of an upset and Naomh Abán held on confidently to the finish.
Scorers: Donncha Ó Ceocháin 1-5, Colm Ó Murchú 0-3 (0-2f), Diarmuid Ó Scannaill, Seamus Ó Laoiore, Niall Ó Ceallaigh, Pól Ó Cathasaigh 0-1 each.
Naomh Abán: Miceál Ó Donnchu: Seamus Ó Mathúna, Criostóir Ó Deasúna, Pádraig Ó hAilíosa: Muiris Ó Donnchu, Colm de hIde, Diarmuid Ó Scannaill: Micheál Ó Laoire, Micheál Ó Liatháin: Seamus Ó Laoire, Colm Ó Murchu, Niall Ó Ceallaigh: Pól Ó Cathasaigh, Conchúr Ó Murchu, Donncha Ó Ceocháin.

McGrath Cup – Munster Football

Cork 2-22 Tipperary 1- 8
Cork footballers 2017 season opened in promising fashion as they eased past the challenge of Tipperary under lights in Templetuohy. Cork went about their business in determined fashion and had their first victory of the year wrapped up by half-time when the visitors held a 1-12 to 1-4 advantage. This was the first meeting of the counties since Tipperary's Munster championship win over Cork last June but there was never any doubt the result this time round.
Cian Dorgan of Ballincolig and John Mullins of Éire Óg were handed their competitive debuts, while Niall Coakley, a native of Carrigaline who plays his club football with St Jude's in Dublin, was also given a first start.
Dorgan sustained an injury in the 12th minute which disappointingly ended his debut. His replacement, Skibb's Kevin Davis kicked six points from play upon his introduction while Coakley finished with 2-3.
Cork scorers: N Coakley 2-3 (0-1 free); K Davis (0-6); B O'Driscoll, D O'Driscoll (0-3 each); R Deane, S Powter (0-2 each); C Dorman, I Maguire, P De Róiste (0-1 each).
CORK: R Price; M Shields, John Mullins (Eire Óg), J. McLoughlin; S Cronin, C Dorman, M Taylor; I Maguire, R Deane; K O'Driscoll, S Powter, B O'Driscoll; N Coakley, Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Cian Dorgan (Ballincollig). Subs: D O'Driscoll for K O'Driscoll (11 mins, inj); K Davis for Dorgan (12 mins, inj); K Histon for Taylor (HT); P De Roiste for Maguire (HT).

Kerry 1 – 13 Cork 1 - 9

Kerry comfortably overcame Cork at Mallow in the final round of the McGrath Cup. The Kingdom led from start to finish with their advantage extending to eight points midway through the second-half but Cork did miss a second half penalty and their free taking was not up to the required standard either. Cork could/should have made this a much more competitive contest but there was a lack of passion and conviction in much of their play.
Peter Kelleher was the only Mid Cork player to start in this game and Cork passing will have to be a lot more accurate if any benefit is to be derived from the Kilmichael man's height and strength at full forward. Ronan O'Toole of Éire Óg came on as a substitute at midfield in the second half and did reasonably well there.
Kerry led by 0-6 to nil after the opening quarter and it was 1-8 to 0-5 at the break, the goal coming from a James O'Donoghue penalty. Newcomer Niall Coakley scored four of the Cork points in this period. Coakley however missed a penalty in the 41st minute, kicking low and wide of the post, and this had a debilitating effect on the team and the Cork supporters.
Cork did finish well enough but Kerry were coasting at this stage. A goal from Coakley in the 60th minute raised the temperature somewhat but Kerry never looked like losing this game. Castletownbere's Gary Murphy kicked two fine points when introduced for Cork in the second period.
Brian O'Driscoll was one Cork player who did show a burning desire to win the game.
Scorers for Cork: N Coakley (1-5, 0-3 frees); G Murphy (0-3); B O'Driscoll (0-1).
Cork: K O'Halloran; J Loughrey, K Histon, J McLoughlin; S Cronin, C Dorman, M Taylor; I Maguire, R Deane; S Powter, B O'Driscoll, M Collins; N Coakley, Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), K Davis.
Subs: A O'Donovan for Histon (20 mins); G Murphy for Powter (HT); Ronan O'Toole (Eire Og) for Maguire (48); E Lavers for Loughrey (61); D O'Driscoll for Davis (60)

Auld Triangle & Muskerry Sports Star Awards Monthly Winners for 2016

The Muskerry GAA Sport Star Awards, undertaken by the Mid Cork Board, would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of Eileen O'Flynn of the Auld Triangle, Macroom. This is the third year of the Awards scheme and the awards committee has been busy all year in organising the monthly events, and now in preparation for the annual Awards Dinner. This committee is chaired by William Buckley, Dripsey, Anne O'Riordan, Cloughduv, is Secretary and the other members are Eileen O'Flynn, Auld Triangle, Dave Lee, Ballingeary, Brendan Kenneally, Macroom, Aubert Twomey, Ballincollig, Kevin Murphy, Ballincollig and John Feeney, Dripsey.
Eight monthly winners were selected in 2016 and from this list one overall Sports Star of the Year will be selected and announced at the dinner at Oriel Court on January 28th next.
The selection of the Mid Cork Junior teams of the year in both hurling and football will also be announced at the dinner. These teams will be selected from the lists of junior players nominated as the outstanding hurlers and footballers in Muskerry in 2016.

The first monthly award winner for 2016 went to 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 the middle of March defeating Roscommon CBS by two points, 0-17 to 2-9. Coleman scored nine points of the winner's total. Coleman is one of the brightest young prospects in the Muskerry division and has already worn the Cork jersey lining out for the Minors and is currently on the senior hurling team in action in the Munster League.
Aghabullogue midfielder Sean O'Sullivan was the award 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 Aghabullogue had lost one of their star players Greg Long who sadly passed away on a holiday in Spain. Captain O' Sullivan played a vital role at midfield, as well as winning kick outs and contributing to many of their scores, including Ian Barry-Murphy's crucial goal in the final as they won 1-8 to 0-10.

Ovens man Daniel Goulding was the 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 Muskerry footballers to overcome the challenge of Aghada in the first round of the SFC by scoring 1-5. Daniel Goulding will be focusing purely on his club in 2017, having retired from the Cork Senior team in October. The 30 year old gave great service in his ten years with
Cork senior footballers and won an All Ireland, 3 National League titles and as many Munster titles in a great era for Cork football.

Tom Kenny was a deserving winner in June. Even though there were not too many games played during the month, Kenny's brilliant performances in an important game couldn't have been ignored. Tom Kenny has been outstanding for Grenagh for many years and helped his club to many honours including their Junior County win in 2013. Tom Kenny also played Hurling and Football for Cork, made 47 appearances for the Cork Senior hurlers from 2003 to 2013, scoring 1-33 in the process and won two All Ireland medals.
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.

Aoife Murray has been ultra reliable in goal, lining out for her club since 2002. Murray has also starred with Cork since 2002. A series of impressive saves in the 2009 All-Ireland Final won her the "player of the match" award from RTÉ in that game.

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 then champions Cloughduv in the Muskerry JAHC Semi-Final, 0-10 to 0-9, with Howard chipping in with five frees in dreadful conditions. A few weeks later, Howard inspired his side to overcome the challenge of Blarney in the Muskerry JAHC Final, as they won the title for the first time since 1997, with the wing-forward scoring 1-9 in a 1-15 to 2-10 victory.

The winner for the month of September, was Cork ladies football star Rhona Ni Bhuachalla from Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, a member of the Naomh Fionnbarra club. Rhona helped the Cork ladies to their sixth successive All-Ireland title in September beating Dublin 1-7 to 1-6, with Ni Bhuachalla's goal three minutes into the second half a vital score. Rhona Ni Bhuachalla previously was introduced as a sub in the 2014 All-Ireland Final and within minutes of her introduction, she got a vital goal then also. History repeated itself.

The eighth and final award winner for 2016 went to Ballincollig's Cian Dorgan. The 21 year old was certainly kept on his toes in the month of October with a number of vital games. The talented attacker helped his side reach two County Finals in Senior Football and U21 Hurling. Dorgan scored four points in the SFC Semi-Final win over Nemo Rangers including the winner in the last minute and also contributed massively in the decider even though Ballincollig suffered defeat to Carbery Rangers. Also in October, Cian Dorgan starred with Ballincollig U21 hurlers who won the Mid Cork and reached the county final.

Teams of the Year.

The selection of the Mid Cork Junior teams of the year in both hurling and football will also be announced at the dinner. These teams will be selected from the lists of junior players nominated as the outstanding hurlers and footballers in Muskerry championships in 2016.
The list of nominees for the Muskerry Hurling team of 2016 is:

The list of nominees for the Muskerry Football team of 2016 is:

Mid Cork U21 Football Championship 2017

The draws for the Mid Cork U21 Football championship were made this week at Coachford. Twenty teams in all have entered and there will be competition in three grades, A, B and C. Games will commence on Saturday 11th February next.
First named team has home advantage in all group games.

Mid Cork U21 A Football championship
Two groups, one of four teams and the other of three teams. Top two teams in each group qualify for the semi-final stage.
Group 1 - 4 teams
Round 1: Éire Óg v Ballincollig, Aghabullogue v Macroom
Round 2: Macroom v Éire Óg, Ballincollig v Aghabullogue
Round 3: Ballincollig v Macroom, Aghabullogue v Éire Óg
Group 2 – 3 teams
Round 1: Inniscarra v Kilmurry
Round 2: Kilmurry v Cill na Martra
Round 3: Cill na Martra v Inniscarra

Mid Cork U21 B Football championship
Three groups of three teams each. Top team in each group and the best runner up qualifies for semi-final stage.
Group 1: Rd 1: Canovee v Grenagh Rd 2: Ballinora v Canovee Rd 3: Grenagh v Ballinora
Group 2: Rd 1: Kilmichael v N Abán Rd 2: Blarney v Kilmichael Rd 3: N Abán v Blarney
Group 3: Rd 1: Aghinagh v Donoughmore Rd 2: Inniscarra B v Aghinagh
Rd 3: Donoughmore v Inniscarra B
Mid Cork U21 C Football championship
One group of four teams. Top two teams to qualify for semi final stage.
Round 1: Clondrohid v Lee Gaels Iveleary v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh
Round 2: Lee Gaels v Iveleary Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Clondrohid
Round 3: Clondrohid v Iveleary Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Lee Gaels

Canovee GAA

On January 16th Canovee underage AGM was held in the clubrooms before a nice attendance, A wide ranging discussion was held. Player numbers , coaching and the pressure on players trying to play a number of different age groups were some of the items discussed Chairman Timmy Joe Lyons stepped down after 4 years at the helm . Timmy joe was a constant supporter of all age groups and and made coaching his number one priority of both players and mentors across his four years which the club are extremely grateful for. Officers elected for the coming year were chairman Paudie Lyons , vice chairman Noel Moynihan, secretary Mark Healy , children's officer Tom McCarty and school liaison officer Liam Kelleher.

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Cill na Martra U16 Medal Presentation at the Mills Inn ©Joan McLoughlin

Laochra Óg Updates

50/50 club development draw. Our latest 50/50 Club Development Draw took place in Clondrohid Community Hall on Sunday 15th. This week's winner was Michael Cronin, Lios Buí Beag, Cill na Martra who won €402 and the seller's prize of €25 goes to Dromey's Centra shop in Ballymakeera. Thanks to everyone who supported the draw. The next draw will be on January 29th.
Church gate collections. Our annual church gate collections took place over the last couple of weeks in Clondrohid, Carriganimma, Macroom, Caum, Ballyvourney, Coolea, Kilnamartyra and Reinaree. Thank you to all who contributed and helped out in any way. Your support is greatly appreciated towards the replacement of club equipment for the coming season.
Note for the diary. Laochra Óg Hurling and Camogie Easter Camp this year will be on Monday the 10th and Tuesday 11th of April. Further details to follow in coming weeks.

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Macroom AFC U-15 Premier team, who drew with Carrigaline ©Con Kelleher, Oakwood.

Macroom AFC

Adult Section. Macroom A continued their recent run of good form with an outstanding 4-0 win away to Dillon's Cross Athletic. The visitors were in a comfortable position at half time, with a 2-0 lead. The excellent performance continued into the second period and two more goals were scored. Andrew Hegarty, Darren Dineen, Craig Ronan and Robert Healy were the goalscorers.
Macroom B entertained Central Rovers in their first league game of 2017 at the Town Park, and fell to a 3-1 defeat. The home side were behind 1-0 on the half hour mark, but found an equaliser just before half time when Mark O'Callaghan's pin point cross was expertly headed home by Matt O' Leary. The visitors retook the lead with an excellent volley midway through the second period. Macroom responded by twice hitting the woodwork but the leveller never arrived. Instead, a late breakaway goal secured the three points for the city side.

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Macroom AFC's B team who played Central Rovers, Cork city, in the league, © Con Kelleher, Oakwood.

Ballincollig Basketball

Happy New Year. Ballincollig Basketball Club would like to wish all our members, parents, coaches and all those who help us a Happy New Year.
Playful Basketball for 4 to 8 year olds on Saturdays will be changing to the later time of1:30 from Saturday 14th January 2017onwards.
Social Basketball is available as an evening class in Ballincollig Community School for Spring 2017. Contact B.C.S for further details.
Training times in the Sportlann in Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig.
(Boys) U9/10 Friday's 5pm - 6pm. U11 Wednesday 5pm - 6pm. U12 Thursday 5pm - 6pm. U13 Monday 5pm - 6pm & Wednesday 6pm -7pm. U14 Monday & Thursday 6pm - 7pm. U16 Monday & Wednesday 7pm - 8pm /Thursday 8pm - 9pm U18 Monday & Wednesday 8pm - 9pm U20 Wednesday 8pm - 9 pm. Div 1 Monday/Thursday 9pm - 10pm Div 2 Wednesday 9pm - 10pm
Training Times (Ladies). U9 Saturday 10.00am - 11.00am. U11/12 Saturday 11.00am - 12.45pm. U14 Tuesday 5pm - 6.15pm U15 Friday 6pm - 7:30pm U16 Friday 7.30pm - 9.00pm U18 Friday 8:00pm - 9.15pm & Sunday 6pm - 8pm Senior Tuesday 7.30pm - 8.45pm & Sunday 6pm - 8pm Div 1 Tuesday 8.45pm - 10.00pm & Sunday 6pm - 8pm
New Members always welcome! If anyone would like further information on joining Ballincollig Basketball Club they can contact Ken Quinn on 086/1636035 or Francis O' Sullivan on 087/2532671. Alternatively they can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or just come along to a training session to try out the sport .

Macroom Golf Club

Results 1: Thurs Open Singles:1st- Albert Groarke (12) 36pts, 2nd - Gerard Galvin (11) 34pts.
Club Singles: 1st - Andrew F. Murphy (20) 35pts, 2nd - Vincent Twomey (18) 35pts, 3rd - Conor McCarthy (22) 34pts, Senior - Paddy Mawe (19) 34pts, Best Gross -Stephen P. Wills (9) 34pts.
Results 2: Seniors: Ted Murphy (11), Tony Bullen (20), Marie Lillis (34), 47.5
Thurs Open singles: 1st-Ted Murphy (11) 29pts
Club Singles:1st-James Vaughan (23) 36pts, 2nd-Martin Kavanagh (12) 36pts, 3rd-Keith Stafford (13) 34pts, Best gross-Tim Keating (12) 59, Senior-Donal Ahern(14) 33pts.
Fixtures: Tues-Seniors Thurs-Open singles qualifier. Sat & Sun-Club singles