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Ballinagree Village . © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

The Field in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Thurs and Fri, Feb 16 and 17 at 8p.m.
Tidy Towns every Sat morning from Feb 18th Church Gate collection March 11th and 12th. A.G.M. March 29th.
Crookstown Céilí Sat 18th Feb in Crookstown hall at 9.30 p.m.
Muskerry Local History Society lecture at 8.00 pm on Mon, 20 Feb, in Ballincollig Rugby Club.
Murder at Shandy Hall, the Musical in Cork Opera House at 8p.m. Tues. and Wed. Feb. 21 and 22.
Macroom Men's Shed: first A.G.M. at the Castle Hotel on Wed Feb 22nd at 8.00 pm.
Dripsey Ambush memorial parade Sun Feb 26th from Dripsey Cross at 3.00 p.m.
Too close to Home Fri 3rd of March in Inchigeela Hall
Kilbarry NS clothing collection Tues 7th March 9am.
Flower Club meeting at Coolcower House on Thurs 9th March, 8p.m. Spring Gardening with D. J. Murphy
Kilmurry Irish Dancing Classes Thursday nights 7.30 in the Museum. 

Events at the Riverside Park Hotel
Lisa McHugh 5th March at 8:00pm – Tickets €18.
The Field Thurs and Fri. Feb 16 and 17 at 8p.m.
The Successful T.D by John B. Keane on Thurs 9th March at 8:00pm
Flower of Macroom 2017 at Riverside Park Hotel on March 11th.
Too Close To Home Fri. 24th March at 8:00pm
RuaileBuaille Fri. 28th April at 8:30pm
Paddy O’ Brien in Concert Thurs. 25th May at 8:00pm 

Macroom Library
Storytime.Each Saturday at 12 noon for 3-8year olds.
Macroom And District Environment Group Tues 21st
ACOL Bridge Wed. 22, 10.30a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte Thurs. Feb. 23at 11.30a.m.
Bookclub Wed. March 1 at 11.30 a.m.
Purlies Thurs March 2hat 11 a.m.
Gramophone Fri March 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

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Patrick Bergin (Dr. Philip Cross) at the gates of Shandy Hall, Dripsey © Lee Valley Outlook

Star Returns to Orbit

Hollywood actor, Patrick Bergin, is currently back in the Lee Valley, his spiritual home. While rehearsing for his lead role in ‘Murder in Shandy Hall – the Musical’ last autumn, the acclaimed star came to love Macroom and Múscraí, the people and the landscape. He visited holy wells, Gougane Barra, Baile Mhúirne, Cúil Aodha, Béal na mBláth,Kilmurry, Cill na Martra, Ballinagree, Carrigadrohid - and Dripsey again and again. He joined with the community in enjoying music and dance sessions, concerts, the jazz festival and the traditional Mass in Cúil Aodha. Country roads were his particular delight, especially ‘rabbits’ dual carriageways’!
On a return visit to Macroom in November, Bergin visited ‘Sullane Haven’, a Residential Centre which caters for 13 elderly people and Sullane Place which consists of 7 sheltered houses at Lucey’s Lane, Macroom. These units enable the elderly to live independent, active and full lives while accessing daily lunch, meals on wheels, chiropody, art and craft, weekly bingo, group holidays and Care and Repair Service as required. Meeting with residents and staff, he was highly impressed by the facility and his parting comment seemed only half in jest: ‘Put my name on the waiting list; this place would suit me fine’. He is delighted that the centre will receive funding from the shows being staged at Cork Opera House February 21, 22 at 8p.m.

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Preparing for Shandy Hall –the Musical, which will be staged in the Opera House, Feb 21 and 22 © Lee Valley Outlook

‘Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical’ is a stage adaptation of ‘Murder at Shandy Hall – the Coachford Poisoning Case’, a 2010 book by true-crime writer, Michael Sheridan This Victorian tale of love, betrayal, murder and retribution is based on real life events in the Lee Valley during the oppressively hot summer of 1887. It tells the story of one of the ascendancy, Philip Cross (62), a retired British army surgeon and resident of the ‘big house’, Shandy Hall, between Dripsey and Coachford. A brash, bullying personality, Dr. Cross nevertheless fell head over heels in love with Evelyn Skinner, the 21-year-old, Scottish governess of his daughters. Wishing to marry her, he poisoned his sickly wife in a cruel, ham-fisted manner and brought his new wife back to Shandy Hall within a month of the funeral. Moral outrage and a scandalised but titillated populace helped create an international media frenzy.
‘Murder in Shandy Hall – the Musical’ was a runaway success when it premiered in October 2016 and sold out for all performances in the Riverside Park Hotel and Cork Opera House. With a local and very talented cast, the historical tale is being staged again in the Opera House on Tuesday, February 21 and very heavy booking has made it necessary to have a repeat performance on Wednesday 22. Looking at the Opera House website, there are only ten seats left for the Tuesday performance and just over one hundred for the second show. Tickets €25/22 from www.corkoperahouse.ie or by calling 021 4270022. The bus from Macroom to the Opera House on February 22 is also booked out.

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Professional boxer, Noel Murphy, in action ©

Good Luck Noel

Everyone in Macroom wishes Noel Murphy, Masseytown the very best as he returns from America for a fight at the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday, February 25th. Macrompians are set to be out in force for this professional bout.
Noel was born on July 8th 1994. His cousin, Dylan Dineen, persuaded him to join Macroom Boxing Club when he was 10 years old and he was found to be a natural. The coaches at the boxing club at the time were John Desmond, John Casey, Don O'Leary and Denis O'Sullivan. They invested a lot of time and energy in the young boxer and when Tom Power joined the club, he became Noel's main trainer. He won an Irish Amateur Youth title at 17 and this was followed closely by an Intermediate title. Tom Power organised a trip to America in 2012 and Noel was spotted by fellow Corkman, Kevin Crowley, who offered him the opportunity to go professional under his management. Noel’s parents, Linda Kirby and Anthony Murphy, insisted that he sit the Leaving Cert first. Following this, he went to CIT in 2013, pursuing a Recreation and Leisure course. But after first year, with the full support of his parents, Noel booked a flight to America and went to live and train in Woodlawn, New York with Kevin Crowley. He was soon signed by boxing promoter, Lou Dibella. Currently, his record is 8 - 0 wins, with 2 knockouts. He fights at welterweight. His last fight was a big step up, a joint Dibella/ Mayweather promotion. Noel defeated his opponent – the previously undefeated Maxito Sainvil, with an unanimous decision.
Noel's debut Irish fight, against Spaniard, Avelino Vazquez , is on Saturday, February 25th at a Red Corners promotion in the National Stadium in Dublin. Macroom people have been overwhelmingly supportive and they will have at least one quarter of the seats that night. Tickets can be got by contacting Noel’s aunt, Margaret Dineen, on 0872738479.

Briery Gap to get Upgrading Grant

The Briery Gap Cultural Centre in Macroom is to benefit from a €9 million capital investment scheme for arts and cultural centres nationwide, to the tune of €250,000. The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht affairs, Heather Humphreys, visited the fire damaged theatre with Agriculture Minister, Michael Creed, last summer. She recommended applying for an upgrading grant, facilitating the installation of an easily accessed lift, better toilets, dressing rooms and box office. This is a welcome boost to the efforts of all bodies charged with the speedy restoration of Macroom’s iconic theatre. It is already nine months since the fire and it is feared that it may take another two years to have the theatre and library up and running again. (Macroom Library is functioning in rented premises since Christmas).
Cllr. Ted Lucey, who appealed for action in the restoration of the Briery Gap at Council meetings before Christmas, says that two plans for the building are now under consideration. When a decision is made, it is hoped that work will get underway shortly. All details have already been sorted out with insurance companies etc. The additional grant announced on February 13 should act as a spur for prompt action.

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Macroom Men’s Shed project, ready for a busy Spring ©Con Kelleher

Macroom Men’s Shed New Project.

Members of Macroom Men's Shed are very excited with their latest project. Local farmer /developer John White has very kindly given the group use of a plot of land – about a quarter of an acre. Already much work has been done, and the men have erected a very impressive poly-tunnel. The members are planning to produce a variety of vegetables and fruit in the tunnel and on the adjoining ground. Seán O’Leary advises that the first A.G.M. of the Men's Shed takes place in the Castle Hotel on Wednesday, February 22nd at 8.00 p.m. Members and non-members are welcome to attend.

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De la Salle Macroom students in full costume as they prepare for the final of the Transition Year Drama competition in Mullingar ©An Scoil

Macroom Tidy Towns

The Tidy Towns workers are stepping up their work programme again for this year and are meeting on Saturday 18th and every Saturday morning after that. The group is always looking for extra Volunteers to help out in the various tasks. The Annual Church Gate collection will take place on March 11th and 12th this year, and this is one of the main sources of income. Having received a silver medal in last year’s National Tidy Towns competition, every effort will be made to retain this and at some stage, maybe to get a gold. The Annual General Meeting will take place on March 29th and details will be advertised widely. Some members will attend a special meeting in Ballincollig, where the judges in the Tidy Towns competition will advise on how to prepare applications and give pointers as to how marks might be increased. Grass cutting in the estates is now a major burden on the group’s finances and residential areas in the future will be expected to make a contribution towards this. If anybody is interested in finding out more, they should attend the AGM, where there will be an update on all works being undertaken or planned.

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Macroom Flower & Garden Club cheque presentation to Philomena Barry (St Vincent de Paul) From left: President Eileen Kelly, Philomena Barry, Winifred Lynch Chairperson and Nuala O’Connell, Treasurer ©

Macroom Flower & Garden Club

The A.G.M. took place on Thursday 9th of February at Coolcower House. Officers for 2017 are: President Eileen Kelly; Chairperson Winifred Lynch; Secretary Nora Gallagher; Treasurer Nuala O Connell. The meeting was immediately followed by a presentation to two local charities - Macroom Senior Citizens and St. Vincent de Paul - proceeds of annual Gala Charity Demonstration held in November. The guest speaker for the evening was Mary O’Keeffe AOIFA. Her presentation was entitled “Victorian Glimpses”. This attracted interest as many members and visitors attended. Mary showcased her collection from the Victorian era, which included wallpaper, pressed flowers, table settings and floral design. The evening closed with a presentation of Honorary Certificates to three members of the Club, Mary O Sullivan, Mary Murray and Mary Creedon. The next Club meeting will be held at Coolcower House on Thursday 9th March and this will be a Spring Gardening Talk with D. J. Murphy at 8.00p.m. New members and visitors most welcome. Enquiries 087-9821708.

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Ms. Butler, St. Mary’s, Macroom, who received a BT Educator of Excellence award at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition ©

St. Mary’s Updates

BT Young Scientist. This year, St. Mary’s had great success at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition with Ms. Butler receiving the BT Educator of Excellence award, 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.

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St. Mary’s TY students attending the I WISH conference promoting careers for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths. ©An Scoil

I WISH 2017 Conference. Transition Year students attended I WISH 2017 Conference on February 9th in Cork City Hall. I WISH is an initiative to inspire, encourage and motivate young female students to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). I WISH featured workshops and engaging talks by women who have seen opportunities for a great career in STEM. We hope our students were motivated enough to think about pursuing a career in the Science field.
Basketball at St. Mary’s 1st and 2nd year students played their second round of matches against Ballincollig Community School, where they saw off formidable opponents to win both matches by scores of 18-8 and 40-10 respectively. This is two wins out of two. Next round is against Scoil Mhuire, Cork. Both St. Mary’s teams are on track now to qualify for the quarter finals.
Camogie training is continuing with a practice match last week.
Drive for Life Pat McNeely of Bayside Services provided a one day 4th year programme on Road Safety. He spoke to them on the impact of different speeds and also showed video clips of serious road accidents to make them aware of road safety. He also went through the Driver Theory Tests with them. We hope they will benefit greatly from this programme when they take to the roads themselves.

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Students from McEgan College, Macroom at Irish Hotels Federation event in Killarney. ©Ger McCarthy

McEgan College Updates

ETB Awards. Conor Corkery received “Student of the Year Award 2016” for McEgan College at the annual Cork ETB awards ceremony which was held at Rochestown Park Hotel on Friday 13th January. He received this award as he had achieved 100% attendance at the College during the previous six years. Aside from his academic achievements, Conor participated actively in all school sports, playing Gaelic football, Hurling and Rugby. During Transition Year he was nominated by two of his teachers for the West Cork Garda Youth Awards and was the overall winner for the Macroom area.
Positive Mental Health Week. McEgan College promoted positive mental health during the week of 6th to 10th February. The aim was to create awareness of the stigma surrounding mental illness and also to open up the conversation. Our message for this new initiative is “It’s okay not to feel okay and it’s okay to ask for help”. The week involved talks from Elma Walsh from SECAD, Anthony O’Shaughnessy, Psychotherapist and Noreen from Lisheen House. There was a Danceathon in the sports complex to kick off the week, with the help of Danny Zumba. “Walk in my shoes” saw all students wearing odd shoes for the day, with proceeds from this and the Danceathon going to the Donal Walsh Foundation. Other events included a raffle with a signed Munster rugby jersey as 1st prize and numerous other very generous prizes donated from local businesses, as well as DJ for a day, HIIT classes, spinning, good mood food and walk and talk at lunch time. Together we can all think positively!
Donal Walsh ‘Live’ Foundation. As part of our LCVP studies, 5th year students chose the “Donal Walsh Livelife Foundation” to fundraise for. Miss Angland, their LCVP teacher, facilitated and guided them on this project which coincided with our ‘Mental Health Week’. The students requested spot prizes for a raffle from local businesses and they were extremely generous. Our top prize was a signed Munster jersey and our raffle raised over €1,725, which was donated to Donal’s mother, Elma, who spoke so eloquently about her son, his illness and how he hoped his words would help any young people experiencing Mental Health issues. She encouraged teenagers to seek help and talk to someone during their tough times and told us how all the money raised goes to very worthy areas such as Pieta House, children’s/ teenagers wards in CUH, Crumlin etc.
A Day out with a difference. Transition Years from McEgan College were lucky enough to visit the flagship Boots Pharmacy in Cork, at Half Moon Street. This was a day full of learning opportunities, as well as vital interview techniques being shared. After an introductory presentation, the students were put into groups of 4 and each group was assigned a member of the Boots staff. There were 5 different areas of careers which the students were introduced to: Stock room, Fragrances, Pharmacy, Beauty and Management. Each group was brought around the shop and introduced to each area. There was a 10minute presentation on each area, which granted the students the opportunity to gain an insight into these types pf career. It was a fantastic way of learning that there are multiple careers associated with Boots, and not just pharmacy and beauty, which may have been the understanding prior to going on this trip. Lisa Buckley, a pharmacist in Boots and Pharmacy lecturer in UCC, gave the students the opportunity to ask questions about any area of the business which interested them. After the tour of the shop the students learned of interview techniques and got handy tips for CVs. Two women from the pharmacy and HR placements gave this presentation. The handy “tips and tricks” of interviewing and CV writing were very beneficial to all pupils who wish to get work experience and some who are in the process of applying for part-time jobs. The feedback from the students after this trip was that it was a very positive and enjoyable tour. The work and organisation put in from both Lisa Buckley and Celine McGrath, who is the Cork Regional Co-ordinator for Business in the Community of Ireland, meant a fantastic day was had.

Lee Valley Enterprise Events at Riverside Park Hotel

The Successful T.D by John B. Keane on Thursday, 9th March at 8:00pm. Tickets €20.
Election Manifesto on behalf of Mr. Tull MacAdoo TD. Any man with a vote is a man to be respected! I was elected by men like you, men of the fourth and fifth book, or at most sixth. My victory is your victory. I am one of you. Voting for me is the way you can get salty taste of triumph. Many of you were pauperized and hungry like my mother and myself. When you put me in - you put yourselves in. I was the poor man’s candidate - and I still am. Vote for Tull and I’ll look after you! A vote for Tull is a seat for yourself! Make Tull McAdoo your Number one!
If Tull gets your vote, come to the Riverside Park Hotel on March 9th at 8:00pm for a night of hilarious entertainment with Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy (aka Biddy).
Flower of Macroom 11th of March at 8:00pm – Tickets €10
The Flower of Macroom event has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2015! The lucky winner will have the honour of leading this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade! For further info please contact Jo by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 026 20544.
Too Close To Home by Ahakeera Drama Group. Friday, 24th March at 8:00pm - Tickets €12/10.
This year's production from Ahakeera Drama Group, Too Close to Home, is a hilarious comedy which gives a window into the world of James Ryan, an aspiring playwright, who is trying to write a three-act play.
RuaileBuaille 28th April at 8:30pm – Tickets €12 (€10 per ticket for group bookings of 5 or more). Bar service available throughout. Over 18s event. Ruaille Buaile are a dynamic 4-piece band playing their unique “trad with a twist” style, infused with up-beat Irish folk. This young four piece from the midlands of Ireland and are quickly becoming one of Ireland’s most exciting up and coming bands!
Paddy O’ Brien in Concert 25th May at 8:00pm – Tickets €20. This year Country legend Paddy O’ Brien celebrates 30 years in Country Music. For a great night’s entertainment make sure you join Paddy and his guests to hear him sing many of his hit songs.
Tickets for all the above events can be booked from 087 1663395 or online through www.macroom.ie or the Lee Valley Enterprise Board Facebook page. If you have any specific seating requirements please let us know!
Our Box Office at South Square Macroom is also open on Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

Macroom Library

As many of you may already know, Macroom library is funded through Cork County Council Library and Arts service and therefore, it is part of our remit to help citizens access council services and information. For example, we hold paper and c.d versions of the County Development Plans, both draft and full, and the corresponding maps. We also have access to the council website and subsections thereof through the public access computers. A new initiative of Cork County Council is a portal you can access anytime from your own home www.yourcouncil.ie The creation of this customer service portal arose as a response to a survey commissioned by Cork County Council in 2015. The survey returned very positive feedback overall from the people of Cork to the service provided by the Council, but a number of suggestions were also received, including the provision of online self service options which would be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The resultant ‘Your Council’ is the first of its kind on offer from a local authority in Ireland. It provides a range of on line services, including planning, recruitment and environmental reporting and renewal of dog licenses. The portal will continue to develop with more services coming on stream during 2017.
Events for the coming fortnight: Macroom And District Environment Group meets on Tuesday 21st . This is a rescheduled meeting due to a bereavement. Thursday 23rd Ciorcal Cainte with Nora Levis at 11.30 for an hour. Storytime Saturday 18th and 25th at 12 noon for 30 to 45 minutes depending on the attention span of the participants! ACOL Bridge. On one Wednesday a month some of the ACOL Bridge players will convene in Macroom Library from 10.30 to 1pm or so. February’s date is Wednesday 22nd. On Thursday 2nd March the Purlies knitters will meet here at 11. For an hour and a half or so of knitting and chatting. On Wednesday March 1st our Bookclub will meet at 11.30 to discuss the current title ‘Greengage Summer’ By Rumer Godden.
Just a reminder that the library is now located in part of the former Spar shop in Railway View. Membership is free and open to all.

Gramophone Morning

Graham Boote presented the February Gramophone Morning at Macroom Library, a delightful and lively occasion. Reflecting the presenter and the season, the music had strong Welsh and romantic ingredients. Graham, in a lilting Welsh accent, opened the programme with the Bryn Terfel version of O What a Beautiful Morning, followed by Dolores Keane singing Far Away in Australia and Don Williams proclaiming I Wouldn't Want to Live Without You. Violinist, Stephane Grappelli, played a magical version of jazz number, Blue Moon and then we enjoyed Pavarotti singing Panis Angelicus. Cliff Richard surprised many of the audience with a duet with Sarah Brightman - All I ask of You from Phantom of the Opera. From Sounds of Wales, the 1000 Welsh Male Voices brought us the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Verdi’s Nabucco and in contrast, Daniel O’Donnell gave us Blue Side of Lonesome. Dance Boheme from Bizet's Carmen was followed by Con and Noreen from Courtmacsherry with Rathlin Island , Andy Williams with I Just Can't Help Falling in Love with You and the very lively Surfing USA brought us to refreshment time.
The second segment of the programme got off to a rousing start with Barry Manilow's Copacabana, the Offenbach Can Can, and Elvis with Jailhouse Rock. Johnny Cash gave us Folsom Prison Blues; the Grimethorpe Colliery Band played the religious Guide me O thou Great Redeemer; Glenn Miller gave a boisterous American Patrol before a most enjoyable selection concluded with Two Little Girls in Blue, in memory of the late Mary O'Connor and the Carpenters with Mr Postman.
Philip Brennan will present the next Gramophone Morning on Friday March 10 at 11a.m.

Local TV Programmes

Thurs. Feb. 16. 9.30p.m. Bachelors in Trouble drama ..
Sun. Feb. 19 : 5.30 p.m. Programme on St. Padre Pio with Donal Enright and DD O’Mahony. 6.30p.m. Repeats. Music, song and dance from Healy’s Bar, Kilcorney. Part 1 and Bachelors in Trouble
Wed. Feb. 22. Music, song and dance from Healy’s Bar, Kilcorney. Part 2.
Thurs. Feb. 23. . 9.30p.m. Music and Song from the Sandpit House 2014 Part 1. .
Sun. Feb. 26 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Sisters of Mercy Macroom Mass September 9 2012. . 6.30p.m. Repeats of Wed. and Thurs. programmes.
Wed. March 1. 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. Clondrohid Adult Party 2017.
Thurs. March 2. Music and Song from the Sandpit House 2014 Part 2
Sun. March 5: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Mass from Boherbue 2012. 6.30p.m. Repeats of Wed. and Thurs. programmes


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The Field, John B. Keane’s masterpiece, will be presented by Sullane Players in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Thursday and Friday, February 16 and 17. All performances are at 8p.m. and admission is €12 and concession, €10.
Tidy Towns. Meeting every Saturday morning from February 18th. More volunteers most welcome. The Annual Church Gate collection will take place on March 11th and 12th. Please give generously. Annual General Meeting on March 29th.
Crookstown Céilí Club: Céilí on Saturday 18th February in Crookstown hall. Music by Rise the Dust Céilí band commencing at 9.30 p.m. All welcome.
Míle Murder.Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical, will be back at Cork Opera House on Tuesday, February 21 at 8p.m., with an added show on Wednesday February 22 due to popular demand. This is a fundraiser for Macroom Senior Citizens Sullane Haven Project. Tickets €25/22 from the Opera House, at www.corkoperahouse.ieor by calling 021 4270022.
Macroom Men's Shed: The first A.G.M. of Macroom Men's Shed will be held at the Castle Hotel on Wednesday the 22nd of February at 8.00 pm. This meeting is open to members and non members, male and female alike. Come along and find out what we do at the Men's Shed.
Kilbarry NS clothing collection Tuesday 7th March 2017 9am. Enquries and early drop offs 085-8661543.
Macroom Juvenile GAA Registration Night was held on Saturday, February 4 in the Pavilion and players from 10 down got a free football. 120 boys registered on the night.
Ballinagree Vintage Vehicle society recently presented cheques to Ballinagree Board of Management, Ballinagree Development Group and Ballinagree Defibrillator Group.
Macroom Twinning Association is organising a trip to Bubry from June 30thto July 3rd. Anyone interested should contact Mireille at 0879241260. Cost around €200.A full week-end of French food, local visits, music and dance!
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto 5/2/2017 Jackpot €5,500. Numbers drawn: 38, 39 and 41. No Winner. €50 Paul O Sullivan Rusheen, €20 each Patrick Roche Curraghanearla, Sheila Walsh Clondrochid, Evelyn McCarthy Cobh and Donal Burns Clonavrick.
12/2/2017 Jackpot €5,650. Numbers drawn: 17, 32 and 39. Winner. Danny O'Connor, O'Connor Transport, Knocknagoshel €50 Noreen Spillane Rahalisk Ballinagree, €20 each Caeliv Donnelly Carrigaline, Lou, Tommy & Finn C/O Anvil Bar, Dan Kelleher Moulnahorna, Billy & Bina O'Connell Coolnadane Macroom

Canovee GAA Lotto 5/2/2017 ; Numbers drawn: Jackpot €10,700. No winner. €50 Tessie Moynihan Canovee; €25 each: Joan O’ Flynn Kilcrea. Liam & Nora Lyons Canovee. €25 on line Ronnie Dunlea
12/2/17; Jackpot €10,850. Numbers drawn: 7,9,22,29; No winner. €50 O’Neill family Castlemore Arms . €25 each: Bernie Twomey Lehena. TJ Lyons, Canovee.. €25 on line Julie Finnegan .
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: 1/2/ 17. Jackpot €1,000. No winner. €70 Kevin Cullinane, Coachford €20 each: Shane Creed, Carrigaphooka. Johnny Mahony, 6 O'Mahony Pl., Clondrohid. Dan Kelleher, Moulnahorna. Dan O'Callaghan, O'Connor Pk., Macroom.
8/2/ 17. Jackpot €1,200. No winner. . €70 Maurice Buckley, Nadd...€20 each Jackie Spillane, Moulnahorna. Priscilla Kelly, c/o Clondrohid N.S.. Paul Burke, 11 O’ Mahony Pl. Nora O’Leary, Ballingeary.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 31/01/2017. Jackpot €1,400.Winning Numbers 22-23-36. No Winner. €70. Jayden O'Sullivan, 13 The Glenties. €20 each: Mary Kelleher Carey, Sleaveen Road, Macroom.. Finbarr O'Sullivan, Cooldaniel, Toames. Liz O'Driscoll, Castleview. Marcella O'Neill, Cloughduv. Breda Cotter, C/O T. P. Cotter's.
7/02/2017. Jackpot €1,600.Winning Numbers 3-34-36.No winner. €50 Brendie O' Rourke, ESB, Dunmanway. €20 each: Margaret Healy, Farran, Colman Corrigan, Glen Park Frank Twomey, West Square. Siobhain O'Leary, Codrum. Danny Moynard, C/O Conor Buttimer, Macroom.
Coachford AFC Lotto Results, 6/2/2017. Jackpot: €5,400. Numbers Drawn: 13 – 26 – 35. No Winner. €40 Martin Griffin, €20 Roberta Linzell, Mary Roche, John Hogan, Eugene Kiely.
13/2/2017. Jackpot: €5,600. Numbers Drawn: 24 – 31 – 35. No Winner. €40 John Moynihan, €20 Nora O’Callaghan, Nicole Martin, Danny & Katie, Ann Carey.

Lee Valley Updates

Mainistir Ghobnatan is Abán

Plans are proceeding for the construction of a monastery for an order of contemplative nuns at Cúl Aodha. The brainchild of composer and musician, Peadar Ó Riada, the intention is that the Sisters of the Family of Bethlehem will occupy a monastic settlement near the village that will incorporate simple wooden huts suitable for retreat accommodation. Part of the deal is that a priest will also be provided, thus ensuring that, despite the falling number of vocations, Cúl Aodha will have a priest, a church and Mass into the future. The project has the backing of the bishop and the Papal Nuncio . While the nuns will be given possession of the complex, it will revert to the local community should they ever abandon the site. But, in the short term, the planned completion date of the monastery is August 1, 2018.

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Plans for the new stand at Éire Óg G.A.A. pitch. ©

Éire Óg Stand

Éire Óg G.A.A., which has provided playing and training facilities for hurling, football , camogie and ladies football at its grounds at Ovens over the past four decades, is about to embark on a significant development to mark its ruby anniversary . The club already has 3 playing pitches as well as a training pitch, Astro Turf with floodlighting, a pavilion, dressing rooms and ball alley. It now plans to add a 300-seater, covered stand to its new sand/ soil based pitch with floodlighting, thus adding to the comfort and potential of the stadium.
The total cost is €140, 000 and the club hopes to raise €35,000 towards that sum in the short term. One of the planned fundraisers is seat sponsorship. For €100, one can dedicate a seat to anyone, living or dead and this dedication will be acknowledged on a display board at the grounds.
Pic. 62. Children from Muinefliuch N.S with their first ever Active School Flag. ©An Scoil

Clondrohid Updates

Development Group: Having made representations to Mr. James O’Dwyer, senior executive engineer, re the constant breaking of the speed limits through the village of Clondrohid, it was great to hear last week that councillors were told that a VAS sign will be put in place during the summer months. These signs flash the speed at which a driver is driving, so hopefully, drivers will take more care and slow down when they see their speed flashing in front of them. For some time now, residents have been living in fear that sooner or later a serious accident resulting in death will occur. The Development Group would like to thank Mr. O’Dwyer for his support and help in getting this issue recognised.
Clondrohid School: The green light was finally given to the construction of Clondrohid’s new national school. The state of the art, 8 classroom building, with an attached 3 classroom ASD Suite, is to go to construction this year. Great news.
Credit Union Quiz: A Junior and Senior team represented Muinefliuch school recently in this Credit Union Quiz. The senior team did extremely well and the junior team came 2nd overall and will now take part in the Regional finals in Mallow in March. Congrats and well done to all.
Entertainment in Carriganimma: Big party planned, music with Jerry McCarthy and Autumn Gold on this Saturday, February 18.
G.A.A.: Under 21 Football Championship result Clondrohid 1-9 Lee Gaels 0-11. Well done lads
Easter Camp; After a very successful Easter camp last year, there will be another Free Easter camp this year again. The dates are Tuesday April 18 and Wednesday April 19 from 11am till 2pm . It will be for national school going children. If you want to register your child/ children, phone/ text Fergal Kelleher with name and age to 0879359704.

Inchigeela Updates

Too close to Home. Friday 3rd of March is a date to tick in our diary .The famous Ahakeera players are producing one of Jimmy Keary’s best known plays on the stage of Inchigeela Hall on that night. “Too Close to Home,” is a 3-act hilarious comedy about a man who writes a play and includes his own family in it. This causes trouble at every turn and produces great fun. It’s also a fund raiser for Inchigeela National School, so please give it your support.
AGM of Croí na Laoi was held recently. The Development Group was very pleased with the success of the year’s work according to the Chairman, Finbarr Cronin, who listed a total of 25 very successful projects and events that comprised their year’s efforts. He stressed the importance of co-operation between all groups and interests, and he especially thanked the Tidy Towns sub- committee who got top marks this year in the competition. The importance of volunteers and the support of the public in achieving success was highlighted. The chairman thanked all of his colleagues for their hard work and support and he proposed a special thanks to Teresa Cotter, Secretary and Treasurer, Angela Brennan, whose 3 year terms of office ended. He lauded them both for their Trojan work over those years. Invited guest speakers from other local organizations and work groups spoke of their own volunteer activities and this proved to be very informative and interesting. The new committee: Chair, Fin Cronin. Vice Chair Dan Kelleher; Secretary, Nora Bridget O’Riordan; Asst Sec, Teresa Cotter; Treasurer Gussie O Riordan; Asst Treas, Cathal O’Sullivan. Dorothy Uí Thuama and Connie Cronin will act as PRO.
Congratulations and well done to Cliona O Riordan of Carrignacurra who was conferred with a Doctorate Degree at the University of Limerick recently. Cliona’s thesis was entitled “An investigation into the Role of Targeted Resistance for the Deep neck Flexors in Chronic Neck Pain Rehabilitation”. Cliona attended Inchigeela National school, Scoil Mhuire, Ballingeary and UL.
GAA Lotto. Interest in the local GAA lotto is building as the jackpot prize approaches €9,000.

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Grace Donovan, on behalf of Aghinagh Comhaltas and Coachford Atelier Art Group, presents cheque for proceeds of 2017 calendar to Ann O’Mahony, Friends of Marymount Hospice ©Peter Dineen

Coachford Updates

Calendar Sales. Aghinagh Comhaltas and The Coachford Atelier Art Group presented the proceeds of the sale of their 2017 Calendar to the Friends of Marymount Hospice. at a function in O'Callaghan's Bar, Coachford recently. The two local organisations come together each year to produce a high quality calendar of 12 original paintings from the Art group. In presenting the cheque of €3,830, Grace Donovan said " We are delighted once again to be able to donate the proceeds of our Calendar to Marymount. It is always heartening to see how many people want to support this cause and purchase the Calendar. I would like to thank all those involved with producing the calendar and especially those artists who give their work and allow them to be reproduced. I'd also like to thank the families of artists who are no longer with us in agreeing for their work to be included in this year's calendar. I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank the shops, our members and friends for selling the calendar and to Fr. Peadar Murphy for advertising the project. I'd especially, on behalf of Aghinagh Comhaltas and the Coachford Altelier Art Group, like to express our thanks to all those who bought this year's calendar and who helped raise all this money for Marymount." In accepting the cheque on behalf of Marymount Hospice , Ann O Mahony of the Friends of the Hospice thanked all involved and said "This very kind donation will go a long way in helping to maintain services at the hospice and will also go towards funding the nurses who visit patients at home. This donation, along with others from the Coachford area over the last number of years, are very welcome and have made a very real contribution to ensuring the services at Marymount. "
County Scór. Congratulations to Coachford National School & Aghabullogue GAA junior quiz teams and the Aghabullogue GAA junior Figure and Set Dancers who have qualified for County Scór na bPáistí, having qualified in the semi final in Coachford. The Aghabullogue GAA Junior Set and Figure Dancers: Aoife Murray, Kaitlyn Bradley,Sophie Bowen, Doireann Healy, Elizabeth Long, Aisling O' Sullivan,,Autumn Nagle, and Chloe Murphy. Coachford National School Junior Quiz Team - Alec Harrison, Eimear O'Sullivan, Clara Daly and team coach, Emer Barry Murphy. Aghabullogue GAA junior Quiz Team - Elizabeth Long, Doireann Healy and Eimear Corkery.
N.B. Pics in next issue of the Lee Valley Outlook.

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Students from Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne at Irish Hotels Federation event in Killarney. ©Ger McCarthy

Coláiste Ghobnatan

Careers Roadshow. Students from Coláiste Ghobnatan - Sile Ni Mheachair, Cait Ni Chroinin, Muireann McSweeney, Eoin O'Connell, Aaron Creedon, Cait Forde, Conor Creedon, Darragh Lynch, Victoria Cygan, Brian Murphy, Cian Feury and Jack Healy - attended the first ever Tourism & Hospitality Careers Roadshow at the INEC, Killarney recently. Organised by the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), the initiative is part of an industry-led programme being run in association with the Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI), IT Tralee, Cork IT and Regional Skills, to give senior cycle students a flavour of the wide variety of careers and roles available in tourism and the hospitality industry and the various career paths they can take to get started. Tourism and hospitality businesses in Ireland need to recruit over 6,000 entry-level employees each year across all areas of their operations.
Seó Faisean. Beidh Seó Faisean ar siúl in Óstán Ghobnatan ar an 3ú Márta. Taispeánfar éadaí de chuid siopaí éagsúla mar shampla: Mods and Minis, Penneys, New Look, Urban Outfitters agus Cummins Sports. Beidh daltaí na hIdirbhliana ag glacadh páirt, ag taispeáint éadaí a dhéanadar ó ábhair athcúrsáilte difriúla. Comh maith le sin, beidh siad ag mainicíneacht éadaí de chuid siopa Naomh Uinseann de Pól i Maigh Chromtha. Déanfaidh na daltaí cúlra don stáitse agus maiseóidh siad an ardán taispeána comh maith. Beidh roinnt múinteoirí de chuid Coláiste Ghobnatan ar stáitse ar an oíche, comh maith le daoine na háite ag déanamh mainicíneacht ar na éadaí. Tá teilifís cliste le buachaint ar an oíche agus beidh spórt agus spraoi ar fáil go flúirseach ag gach éinne.
Taispeántas ealaíne “Idir”Cuireadh taispeántas Bliain a 4 i láthair san Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhic Íre ar an 2ú Feabhra. “Idir” téama an taispeántais agus rinne na daltaí féinportráidí le dúch agus grianghrafadóireacht nochtadh lena múinteoir ealaíne Iníon Ní Dhoirbheáin. Leanfaidh an taispeántas seo go dtí an 6ú Márta.
Turas Tíreolaíochta. Chuaigh Bliain a 1 agus rang Tíreolaíochta Bliain a 3 ar thuras chuig Uaimh Craig. Chonaiceadar na haolchoinnle, na haolchuisní agus foirmíochtaí carraige sna huaimh. Chuaigh Iníon Ní Chuáin agus Máistir Ó Dúcháin leo.
Turas Bliain a 4 D’fhreastail Bliain a 4 ar an “Tourism and Hospitality Roadshow” in Óstán an Gleneagle i gCill Áirne. D’éisteadar le scéalta dhaoine a oibríonn in óstáin agus i bpostanna difriúla ar fud na tíre. Taispeánadh dóibh na postanna éagsúla atá ar fáil in óstáin, déanadh cúpla mias ar stáitse (le cabhair ó na daltaí!) agus chuaigh Máistir Ó Duinneacha in éineacht leo. Caitriona O’Connell.

Muinefliuch Flag

The children, staff and school community at Muinefliuch were delighted to be awarded the school's first ever Active School Flag. The accreditor, Fiona Harrington, from 'Active School Flag' visited the school in December. She commented on the fantastic facilities available to the pupils and noted the trojan work being done throughout the year by the school community to highlight the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and partaking in at least one hour of physical activity daily. The Active School Flag is a non-competitive Department of Education and Skills initiative, supported by Healthy Ireland, which seeks to recognise schools that strive to achieve a physically active and physically educated school community. Pupils, parents and staff formed an Active School Committee that met regularly throughout the year to come up with innovative ways to make PE popular and fun. Activities including Wake up-Shake up dance mornings and welly throwing competitions were organised. The highlight of the year was the Active School Week. We were privileged to have Cork Ladies Footballers and sporting legends Briege Corkery, Brid Stack, Ciara McCarthy, Marie Ambrose and Sinéad Cotter visit us during week and again later in the year with loads of silverware! We were also delighted to welcome Macroom boxer, Christina Desmond, the current European Bronze medallist. Children took part in the GloHeath mile challenge, walked to school each morning and had PE for homework. What could be more fun than that! The Muinefliuch NS community is more active, more often as a result of the Active School Flag process and long may it continue. Is fearr an tsláinte ná na táinte.

Meath piper and Galway harper win Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal

Piper, Éanna Ó Cróinín from Ráth Cairn in Co. Meath, and harper Úna Ní Fhlannagáin from Galway were the winners in the final of the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal competition broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta recently from the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork. They were presented with the medals, made of solid silver, which will now have their names engraved on them before they are coated in gold by Cashel goldsmith, Pádraig Ó Mathúna. They will also share a cash prize of €2500. There were 14 competitors in total, with Michael Coughlan the only Cork musician to make the final.
The competition is run by Peadar Ó Riada and honours the memory of his late father, Seán Ó Riada. It emphasizes musicality, as opposed to technical perfection.

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Tadhg Ó Gealbháin at the G.A.A. clubhouse in Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh © Con Kelleher

Memories of Ted Galvin

(talking to Con Kelleher)
Tadhg Ó Gealbháin has lived all but 5 of his 83 years in Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, his native village and his life has been full, varied and rich. He is good friends with all his neighbours and he thinks this is an important element in his long and happy life. Central themes for him are family, his parish, teaching, an Gaeilge and the G.A.A. An ardent Ballingeary mentor and supporter, he also has great friends in Muskerry, the county and throughout Gaeltacht areas.
Tadhg was born in Ballingeary in 1934, the eldest of a family of six. His parents came from Inchigeela originally. His siblings were Nancy, Fr. John, Cora, Jerry and Noreen. All but Cora are still alive. She died aged 20. Both his parents worked – his father as a lorry-driver and his mother as a National Teacher. All his primary education was through Irish, which was also spoken at home though his father usually spoke in English. Times were tough but they always had enough. Pat Sweeney was his primary school teacher and he was ‘old-school’. Memories come to mind of standing in a circle, being asked questions and those who erred were chastised with the stick. One of his earliest recollections was attending a play in the hall and hearing An t-Uasal Séamas Ó Sé speaking in Irish; Tadhg marvelled at his eloquence, and resolved to be able to talk like that when he himself was an adult.
There was no secondary school in Ballingeary in the ‘40s and Tadhg was first sent to the seminary in Farranferris: his mother had hopes that he might have a religious vocation. He decided otherwise and switched to Coláiste Íosagáin, Baile Mhúirne, where he sat his Leaving Certificate. The regime there was benign, with Br. Basil being exceptionally kind. If he came upon any mischief, he would say ‘My, my, cad a dhéarfadh do Mhom?’. Iosagáin was a Preparatory college, leading to admission to St. Pat’s, the National Teacher training college in Drumcondra. In one of Tadhg’s Íosagáin years, they had just 92 pupils in 5 classes. Football and handball were the games on offer and only Irish was used. Students came from all over the country and he recalled one Monaghan lad, home on holidays, going for messages and asking for them ‘as Gaeilge’.
Tadhg qualified as an N.T. in 1955. The Dean said that a new teacher, good at football, was required in Wexford. After an enjoyable year, but without making the Wexford senior football team, Tadhg got a job in Macroom, in the Boys’ National School and taught there for 2 years. Br. Ferdinand, Br. Leander and Br. Leopold were his colleagues. He remembers teaching ‘Roger’ Gerard Healy, Jimmy Donoghue, Michael Kelleher, Main St./ Gurteenroe and John ‘Sauce’ O’Callaghan. ‘Roger’ was a great all-rounder, good in class and on the field. Michael Kelleher remembers learning the ‘Veni Creator’ for Confirmation and ‘Stabat Mater’ for the Easter ceremonies. Tadhg had digs in Twomey’s, West Square, and often accompanied the late Mick Goold on his veterinary rounds. He recalled an occasion when Mick invited a local ‘hardy boy’, inclined to fisticuffs, to join them when a particularly bloody veterinary procedure was scheduled. As Mick expected, the ‘tough’ man fainted when proceedings got underway and humorous reports of this had the desired effect of reducing his aggression.

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Tadhg Ó Gealbháin, front, right, in a Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh team from the mid 60s ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

Fr Abernethy was curate at that time and asked Tadhg to attend a Macroom match, putting his allegiance in question. He resolved his dilemma by turning up but without his gear. He remembers Mick Goold as a great footballer, exceptionally good at fielding, drop-kicking and reading the game. Other Cork footballers to impress him were Denis Bernard, Con Paddy O’Sullivan, Tom Creedon, Donnacha O’Connor and Colman Corrigan.
Tadhg was appointed principal in Ballingeary in 1958, where he served up to his retirement. John Browne succeeded him in Macroom. Wedding bells rang for Tadhg in 1971 when he married Eileen Cronin, Ballingeary. Their two children are Colm, who works in Cúl Aodha and Órla, who is married, with three children. Eileen died 20 years ago and he still misses her very much. She kept a scrapbook with photos and paper clippings, a treasure trove of Ballingeary GAA history. One of his grand-daughters is studying Law and Irish and finds Tadhg a great help in translating various technical and uncommon words into Irish. To be continued.


The Big Snow of 1947

Some of our senior readers may remember the great freeze up of 70 years ago. It continued for close on two months, with snowdrifts, impassable roads and shortages of fuel and foodstuffs. We would love to get accounts of memories from that harsh spring. Photographs of course, would be particularly welcome. Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 026 41891.

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The 1971 Golden Jubilee Parade to the site of Dripsey Ambush © 

Dripsey Ambush Remembered

The annual Dripsey Ambush Commemoration ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 26 – the anniversary almost to the day of the traumatic event in 1921 when five young men from the district were executed at Cork Prison. They wereThomas O'Brien and Daniel O'Callaghan, Dripsey; Timothy McCarthy, Fornaught, Donoughmore; Patrick O'Mahony, Berrings and John Lyons, Aghabullogue. They had been captured by British Crown Forces, whom they had intended to ambush a month earlier. Many others were wounded on that fateful day and one of those, Jim Barrett, the station master on the Muskerry Tram line at Firmount, Donoughmore, succumbed to injuries a few weeks later.
Those executed were found guilty following trial at Victoria Barracks, Cork. Along with Jim Barrett and all other participants in the ambush attempt, they will be remembered on the last Sunday of February at the Monument site near Godfrey’s Cross, on the Dripsey - Coachford road, following a parade from Dripsey Cross, commencing at 3 o'clock.
Note: The Dripsey Ambush story has been highlighted over the past year by Tim O'Brien from Cloghroe, with the delivery of slide show presentations at various Cork City and County venues.

Ordinary Women in Extraordinary Times

Muskerry Local History Society has organised a lecture by Anne Twomey on Ordinary Women in Extraordinary Times: Cork Women in the Revolutionary Years. This is an illustrated talk, documenting the role played by 10 Cork women, including the Wallace sisters, in the revolutionary years. The Wallace sisters, Nora and Sheila, were prominent in intelligence circles in Cork. Their shop on Augustine Street was well known as a dispatch centre. They, along with other Cork women, played crucial roles at that time, roles which are only being highlighted now during the Decade of Centenaries. The lecture will be held at 8.00 pm onMonday, 20 February, in Ballincollig Rugby Club.

Shrove and Lent. 2017

Ash Wednesday 2017 is on March 1 and next year, it will fall on February14, St. Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days before Easter. It is a moveable feast, falling on a different date each year because it is dependent on the date of Easter. It can occur as early as February 4 or as late as March 10.
Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of placing ashes on people’s foreheads as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are gathered after the palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday are burned. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent – 40 days of what used to be fast and abstinence.
Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday, is on February 28,. Like Ash Wednesday, it depends on the timing of Easter and can vary from February 3 to March 9. ‘Shrove’ comes from the verb ‘to shrive’, meaning to repent and be absolved of one’s sins, an ongoing process during Lent. Before Lent, people tended to let off high spirits with feasting and celebrations such as Mardi Gras (fat Tuesday), when people consumed items made from sugar, fat and eggs, whose use was limited during Lent. Nowadays, pancakes are a traditional dish for Shrove Tuesday. They come in many guises, from solid, buttermilk pancakes to gastronomically delightful Crepes Suzettes. The former requires flour, bread soda, salt, buttermilk, butter and sugar. Ingredients for the latter include flour, eggs, milk, caster sugar, salt and melted butter with orange sauce for dunking and brandy and Cointreau for flambé.
In bygone times marriages could not take place during Lent so there was a rush to fit them in by Shrove Tuesday. The monks on Skellig Rock adopted a different calendar, in which Easter was later, and so, granted a few more days for late weddings. This led to the ‘Skellig List’, a satire composed by local poets in which mature bachelors and spinsters were linked romantically.



Holding' by Graham Norton
A mystery novel set in a remote Irish village called Duneen. When human bones are discovered on a farm, Sergeant PJ Collins is determined to solve this disturbing case.
A murder mystery that is heart warming, with occasional humour. A delightful read.
Available at Fitzgerald’s Bookshop for €15.50

Built Heritage Grant Schemes 2017

Minister for Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys has announced two funding schemes for Protected Structures - the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2017 (BHIS)and the Structures at Risk Fund (SRF) 2017.
The allocation of funding for Cork County Council under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2017, is €50,000. The scheme will be administrated by the Architectural Conservation Officer. The fund is intended to assist with works to safeguard structures protected under the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) and, in certain cases, works to structures within Architectural Conservation Areas. The fund is not intended to assist in the carrying out of routine maintenance, alterations, improvements or pre-existing work. Please click here for the application form and the Guidance document is available here.
The Structures at Risk Fund is only for structures that are in immediate danger of significant deterioration. Please click here for application forms. Please note that the deadline for submission of completed applications for both the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and The Structures at Risk Fund is 5 p.m. on the 28th of February 2017. Application should be addressed to the Conservation Officer, Planning Department, Floor 3, County Hall, Cork. Late applications and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Cork School Garden Garden Competition 2017

Yes, it’s that time of year again; time to start thinking about your school garden and how it will look when summer arrives. Set your goals for your garden now and you could be among the winners. The Cork County School Garden Competition, now in its 5th year, is a most popular competition for Primary Schools within the County. It promotes environment, biodiversity and good gardening skills and practices amongst the County's primary school-goers. It is open to applications and further information is available on the Muintir na Tíre website by clicking here. The Competition is run by Muintir na Tíre with the support of Cork County Council's Environment and Heritage Sections and Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey. Participating schools this year will have a chance to avail of from an overall Fund of up to €5,000.

Sports Mad


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Coachford College Senior Footballers who captured the Munster B title,defeating Mitchelstown CBS in the final ©Peter Dineen

Coachford College – Munster Champions

Coachford College 0-10 Mitchelstown CBS 0-5
Coachford College senior footballers faced Mitchelstown CBS in the Munster Final in a cold but dry Charleville. Mitchelstown were red hot favourites coming into the game, having defeated Rosscarbery in the semi final with a massive score of 1.14 in normal time and 2.21 after extra time. But in the final, Coachford held them to just 5 measly points and all of them came in the first 30 minutes. Coachford were awesome. They played as a unit, as a pack, constantly running, attacking, defending and supporting one another. The half back line, led by Paul Ring, dictated the game. The full back line had a tough job to try and keep the Mitchelstown side from running riot. Shane Tarrant, Eoghan O'Connell and Eoghan Lehane were outstanding as they repelled every attack. Goalkeeper, Luke O'Connor, once again showed why he is first choice for Coachford and for his club,. His kick outs are superb but his awareness in goal is excellent. He had another clean sheet and made a great save to stop a penalty in the dying moments of this great match. John Cooper and Conor Smith were full of running in midfield and Cooper in particular gave a Man of the Match performance. David Thompson was causing their full back line a lot of problems with his darting runs. At Centre Forward, Aodan Healy was having one of his best ever games. Mitchelstown went two points up within the first ten minutes before the boot of Thompson drew us level. Tadhg Bradley and Cormac O Driscoll gave their defence plenty to think about. The second half began with Coachford 6 points to 5 ahead and our defence continuing to defy the advances of the opposition. The Coaches, Mr. Drummond and Mr. O Sullivan had them well coached and St. John Forde and Denis Murphy continued alongside Ring to wreck any chance that Mitchelstown had of launching an attack. Meanwhile, the half forward line of Aodh Twomey, Eoghan Maher and Healy ran at the defence at every opportunity. When Coachford went three points ahead it looked to be in the bag when they went 4 up it was and when they won by 10 points to 5 it was only what they deserved. They say a team is only as good as the panel and with the amount of running and work these guys did, it was inevitable that fresh legs would be needed, Billy Barrett and Dean O Sullivan were two of those very capable replacements, with nine more eager to come on to help to win this title. This was a tremendous performance by a team of friends and class mates. They played for each other, for their coaches and for the school. They were a joy to watch and I look forward to seeing them in the All Ireland Semi Final on March 18th when they face the Connaught Champions. However, a thought for Tadhg Bradley who played so well but had to be stretchered off due to a nasty head injury in the last two minutes and missed the celebration although watching the way he and all his teammates played today, he'll have more days like this in the future.After the game Donncha Nuanain presented the cup in memory of his father to Coachford captain, Paul Ring.
Scorers for Coachford College : David Thompson 0-6 (0-5f) John Copper 0-1, Aodh Twomey 0-1, Aodan Healy 0-1, Tadhg Bradley 0-1.
Coachford College : Luke O’Connor (Aghabullogue) Shane Tarrant (do) Eoghan O’Connell (Canovee) Eoghan Lehane (do) St John Forde (Donoughmore) Paul Ring (Capt) (Aghabullogue) Denis Murphy (Canovee) John Cooper (Eire Óg) Conor Smith (Aghabullogue) Aodh Twomey (do) Aodhán Healy (do) Eoghan Maher (Dripsey) David Thompson (Aghabullogue) Cormac O’Driscoll (Canovee) Tadhg Bradley (Aghabullogue)
Subs : Billy Barrett (Donoughmore) and Luke Casey (Aghabullogue).
Peter Dineen

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Coachford College who defeated Sacred Heart, Clonakilty in Cork Post Primary Junior A Camogie Final. ©Rob Lotty 

Coachford Retain Title

Coachford College 2-7 Sacred Heart, Clonakilty 1-1
The Muskerry camogie academy retained their Cork Post Primary camogie Junior A title by virtue of a comprehensive victory over Clonakilty. Clonakilty had easily accounted for St. Mary’s, Charleville in their semi final whereas Coachford required a last minute point from Julie Tarrant to eliminate favourites, Colàiste Choilm, at the penultimate stage. Coachford started well in the final, with Leah Dineen converting two early frees before Cork U14 player ,Maedhbh Ring, with the help of Karen Dennehy, finished a long range clearance from Marguerite Lyons past goalie, Daire O’ Brien. Clonakilty responded with a point before Ella Foley, Ciara Sheehan and Lauren Moynihan were involved in creating Dineen’s third point. Caroline Barrett and Sheehan created an opening for Julie Tarrant to score a point before referee, Diarmaid Kirwan, blew for half time.
Roisín Dullea, Hannah Sexton and Eimear O’Brien battled gamely for Sacred Heart but it was Ciara Ring, easily the best player on view, who imposed her authority on the game. Regular forays from her centre back posting resulted in a personal tally of a goal and two points in the second half, which provided the platform for the reigning champions to distribute their possession wisely. Moira Twomey marshalled a lively Katelyn Dineen whilst Captain, Jenny Burke and Tarrant contained the midfield pair ,Annie Condon and Hannah Sexton. Coachford defenders, Brid Cotter, Emer Barry Murphy and the inspiring Miriam Cotter stifled any goal opportunities before they could test the stylish net minder, Leah Cooney. Best for Coachford were Ciara Ring, Miriam Cotter, Marguerite Lyons and Leah Dineen.
Coachford: Leah Cooney, Brid Cotter, Miriam Cotter, Emer Barry Murphy, Moira Twomey, Ciara Ring [1-2], Marguerite Lyons, Jenny Burke [C], Julie Tarrant [0-1], Ella Foley, Ciara Sheehan, Maedhbh Ring [1-0], Lauren Moynihan, Leah Dineen [0-4], Karen Dennehy. Subs: Aisling Healy, Anna Glazier, Caoimhe O’ Shea, Caroline Barrett, Keira Cooney, Laura Buttimer, Robyn Martin, Sophie McCarthy.
Munster Junior A Plate Final: Coachford College 2-7 St. Joseph’s Tulla 0-2. Coachford annexed the Munster Junior A plate title, beating St. Joseph’s Tulla, and the school’s senior squad are anticipating a herculean battle to retain their Cork Senior A title when they meet St. Mary’s Charleville. Rob Lotty

Tom Creedon Cup

The 2017 Tom Creedon Cup competition, sponsored by Macroom Bookshop, is nearing the final stage, with holders, Béal Átha‘n Ghaorthaidh, already qualified for the final in which they will meet either St Michael’s or Newmarket.
First Round:
Cill na Martra 0-14 Mallow 0-12
St Finbarr’s 0 – 10 Naomh Abán 1-12
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 3 - 17 Mitchelstown 2-17
Macroom 1 – 10 Newmarket 1 – 13
Quarter Finals:
Ballydesmond 1-8 Cill Na Martra 1-10
Naomh Aban 1-12 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2- 10
Newmarket 0 -16 Kinsale 1 - 5
St Michaels 3-21 Millstreet 0 - 2
Semi finals:
Cill na Martra 0-12 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 0-15
St Michaels v Newmarket

Cill na Martra 0 – 12 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 0 – 15
Two teams in fine early season form, faced each other at Páirc Ui Chuana, Cill na Martra, and Béal Átha were deserving winners, displaying that little extra bit of class over the home side. Béal Átha led from the start and were impressive in building up an interval lead of three points and they responded well in the second half after Cill na Martra had brought scores level at 0-10 each. Cill na Martra, an intermediate team, can take plenty of positives from the game also as they fought all way to the final whistle against a team from the Premier intermediate grade and they have key players in good form.
A point from Ben Seartan and two more from Andy Ó Coinceannain gave Béal Átha a 0-3 to 0-1 lead after the opening ten minutes, Mike Ó Deasúna getting the Cill na Martra point from a free. The home side then drew level with another point from Ó Deasúna and a fine point from play from Danny O’Conaill but Back came Béal Átha with three points in a row, from Donagh Seartan, Andy Ó Coinceannain and Liam Seartan to regain the lead, 0-6 to 0-3. There was abundance of scores in the run up to half time with Tadg Ó Corcora and Shane Ó Duinnin first scoring for the home side, followed by point from Ben and Liam Seartan and Len Ó Conchuir Flor Béal Átha and finally Mike Ó Deasúna fired over another point from a free after a foul on Noel Ó Laoire. It was 0-9 to 0-6 at the break with Béal Átha having the edge but being pushed hard by the home side.
The pattern established continued in the second half with Béal Átha forcing the pace but never able to shake off the tenacious Cill na Martra men. Mike Ó Deasúna and Shane Ó Duinnín pointed to cut the gap, Donagh Seartan replied for the visitors after an incisive run by Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh. Ó Deasúna pointed another free, and then another to level the score at 0-10 each after 39 minutes. The Béal Átha response was decisive with four unanswered points in a row sending them clear by the 52nd minute, two points each from Ben Seartan and Tim O’Laoire. In the last five minutes Mike Ó Deasúna pointed twice for Cill na Martra but an injury time point from Ben Seartan eased the pressure on the winners.
Scorers: Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Ben Seartan 0-5 (0-1f), Andy Ó Coinceannain 0-3 (fs), Donagh Seartan 0-2, Liam Seartan 0-2, Tadhg Ó Laoire 0-2, Leonárd Ó Conchuir 0-1.
Cill na Martra: Mike Ó Deasúna 0-8 (0-7 frees), Shane Ó Duinnín 0-2, Danny Ó Conaill and Tadhg Ó Corcora 0-1 each.

Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Darren Ó Coill: Seán Ó Donnchú, Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh, Nollaig Ó Laoire: Cian Ó Duinnín, Liam Seartan, Dara Seartan: Eoin Ó Coill, Leonáird Ó Conchubhair: Pól Ó Buachalla, Colmán Ó Tuama, Seamus Ó Tuama: Ben Seartan, Ainrdrias Ó Coinceannain, Donagh Seartan. Ionaidí: Tadgh Ó Laoire h/t, Ciarán Ó Nunáin 55.
Cill na Martra: James Aynsley: Eoin Ó Loinsuigh, Graham Ó Mocháin, Marc Ó Goili: Gearóid Ó Goilí, Colm Ó Laoire, Antóin Ó Cuana: Tadhg Ó Corcora, Micheál Ó Deasúna: Daire MacLochlainn, Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Danny Ó Conaill: Shane Ó Duinnín, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín. Subs: Seanacháin Ó Loinsuigh 40, Fionnbarra Ó hÉaluithe 42,
Liam Ó Loinsuigh 50, Gearóid Ó Faoláin 55, Seán Ó Forreidh 55.
Referee: Mr David Murnane, Macroom.

County Football Leagues

The county football leagues have started with Round One games played in all five divisions. Seven teams in all from Muskerry are competing in the various divisions.
In the top flight clash, Ballincollig defeated Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, playing their first ever Division One (senior) match. Macroom and Cill na Martra had notable wins in Div Two as had Aghabullogue in Division Three.
Rochestown Park Hotel Div 1 Football League
Ballincollig 3-19 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 3-5
Carbery Rangers 5-7 Castlehaven 1-11
Clonakilty 1-10 Ilen Rovers 1-9
Mallow 0-12 Nemo Rangers 2-5
O Donovan Rossa 0-7 St Finbarrs 3-3

Division 2 Football League
Clyda Rovers 2-8 Douglas 1-11
Éire Óg 1-8 Kanturk 2-11
Kiskeam 2-8 Macroom 1-13
Naomh Aban 1-7 Newcestown 1-11
Bishopstown 2-7 Cill Na Martra 4-13

Division 3 Football League
Carrigaline 0-7 Aghabullogue 0-8
Fermoy 0-11 Bantry Blues 1-8
Nemo Rangers v Dohenys
Rockchapel 1-10 Glanworth 1-7
St Vincents 1-6 Newmarket 0-12

Division 4 Football League
Kildorrery 0-13 Bandon 1-14
Mayfield 1-8 Glenville 1-10
Na Piarsaigh 3-18 Kinsale 0-3
St Nicks 0-7 Mitchelstown 1-13
Ballinora v Castletownbere

Division 5 Football League
Adrigole 0-8 Grenagh 0-9
Carrigaline 1-4 Gabriel Rangers 6-9
Douglas 0-7 Clonakilty 1-10
Glanmire 2-16 Millstreet 2-4
St Finbarrs 2-15 Youghal 2-4

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football Championship 2017

The Mid Cork U21 Football championship has commenced. Twenty teams in all have entered and there are three grades, A, B and C.
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 0-8 Ballincollig 0-5
Aghabullogue 3-14 Macroom 1-2
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 0-6 Kilmurry 0-12
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 2-12 Grenagh 1-8
Rd 2: Ballinora v Canovee: Rd 3: Grenagh v Ballinora
Group 2: Rd 1: Kilmichael 1-3 N Abán 3-15
Rd 2: Blarney v Kilmichael Rd 3: N Abán v Blarney
Group 3: Rd 1: Aghinagh 0-13 Donoughmore 1-6
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 1-9 Lee Gaels 0-11
Iveleary 3-7 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1-9
Round 2: Lee Gaels v Iveleary, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Clondrohid
Round 3: Clondrohid v Iveleary, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Lee Gaels

Mid Cork U21 A Football championship

Group 1
Éire Óg 0 – 8 Ballincollig 0 – 5
Champions Ballincollig must now (probably) win their two remaining group matches if they are to retain an interest in this year’s championship after they were defeated by Éire Óg at Ovens in the opening round of this year’s campaign. The home side were full value for their slightly unexpected victory, the foundations of which were laid in the first half when they held Ballincollig scoreless whilst kicking over a tally of six points themselves. In that opening period Éire Óg were full of passion and played some fine football with their top players all making massive contributions. Ballincollig did come back well in the third quarter and had cut the lead to two points before Éire Óg’s Colm O’Callaghan fired over his side’s first score of the half to break the loser’s momentum somewhat. In the final quarter Éire Óg managed to contain the Ballincollig attack once again and faulty shooting by the town team was disastrous to their cause. A late point for Éire Óg eased all tensions and left the winners comfortably in front at the final whistle. Al lin all, it was an impressive display by Éire Óg nd Ballincollig showed enough flashes of form to suggest that their title hopes are by no means extinguished yet.
Éire Óg lined out with John Cooper at full back, John Mullins at centre forward, and this duo together with Anthony Doherty, Daire McCarthy, Denny Murphy, Colm O’Callaghan and Eon O’Shea were in outstanding form all through the first half. Cian Kiely was outstanding for Ballincollig with strong support from Peter O’Neill and Kevin Crowley but the team generally lacked the fire and commitment of the their neighbours and they paid a heavy price as a result.
Éire Óg led by 0-3 to nil after the opening five minutes, John Mullins opening the scoring from play and Eoin O’Shea then chipping in with two well struck frees after a Cian Kiely shot for a point came back off the upright. A foul of Mullins gave Eoin O’Shea a third point from a free and Kevin Crowley’s shot for goal was blocked and cleared to keep Ballincollig scoreless at the end of the first quarter. Every ball was keenly contested, both sides missed chances, but in the last five minutes of the half Colm O’Callaghan kicked over two magnificent points to the delight of the big home support. Ballincollig did have a late chance of a goal but after a great break out of defence the ball was kicked wide and Éire Óg led by 0-6 to nil at the interval.
Ballincollig obviously had to up their game on the restart and they did dominate the early exchanges, pinning Éire Óg back to their own half, and at last the scores began to come. Kevin Crowley, who made several incisive runs out of the Ballincollig defence, opened his side’s scoring in the 34th minute and when lion-hearted Cian Kiely had further points in the 39th and 42nd minutes, the Ballincollig revival was well under way. Substitute Aidan O’Donovan kicked over another point on the three quarter mark and only two points now separated the teams, 0-6 to 0-4 and only some bad misses maintained this gap. Éire Óg badly needed a boost and it came in the 48th minute when Colm O’Callaghan fielded a kick out from the Ballincollig goal, ran on and the booted the ball over the bar to give his side some breathing space. Ballincollig were not to score again, Brian Hurley pointed a late free for Éire Óg needlessly conceded, and the winners were well content at the final whistle having struck a vital low early in the championship against their near neighbours.
Scorers: Éire Óg: Colm O’Callaghan 0-3, Eoin O’Shea 0-3 (frees), John Mullins and Brian Hurley (free) 0-1 each. Ballincollig: Cian Kiely 0-2, Kevin Crowley and Aidan O’Donovan 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: Eoin Kelleher: Shane Quigley, John Cooper, Cathal Mullins: Michael Corkery, Anthony Doherty, Seán Desmond: Daire McCarthy, Colm O’Callaghan: Denny Murphy, John Mullins, James O’Sullivan: Jeremy Desmond, Diarmuid Dineen, Eoin O’Shea. Subs: Jack Murphy 38, Brian Hurley 40, Danny Cotter 45.
Ballincollig: Ciarán Noonan: Shane O’Neill, Seán Lucey, Karl Spillane: Luke Fahy, Gerard O’Donoghue, Kevin Crowley: Cian Kiely, Peter O’Neill: Shane O’Sullivan, Jordan O’Connor, James O’Leary: Eoin Byrne, Eoin O’Reilly, Kevin Browne. Subs: Aidan O’Donovan 40, Robert Burke 50, Jack Hoey 52, Karl Walsh 58.
Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.

Aghabullogue 3 – 13 Macroom 1 – 2
A win for last year’s B champions Aghabullogue against Macroom was not a major surprise, the margin of victory at Coachford on Saturday afternoon last definitely was. Aghabullogue led from the off, and their defence dealt comfortably with the weak Macroom attacks. Three points from David Thompson and two from Mathew Bradley helped the home side to an eight point lead and when Mathew Bradley caught a kick out and then ran through the heart of the Macroom defence before belting a shot to the net just before half time to give Aghabullogue a 1-8 to nil interval lead it was clearly game over even at this early stage.
On the restart, a goal for Macroom from a Cathal O’Riordan high shot from the wing was followed by a point from Ethan O’Gorman but Aghabullogue then resumed where they had let off in the first half and a string of points were split by a second goal in the 50th minute from David Thompson who also had a goal from a penalty in the very last minute.
Aghabullogue: David Thompson 2-6, Mathew Bradley 1-3, P Ring, D O’Rourke, B Casey and S Lane 0-1 each. Macroom: Cathal O’Riordan 1-0, Ethan O’Gorman 0-2.
Aghabullogue: Donal Lane: Denis Desmond, Seán Dineen, Luke O’Connor: Seán Lane, Seán O’Connell, Paul Ring: Billy Casey, Conor Smith: Daniel O’Rourke, Mathew Bradley, Shane Tarrant: David Thompson, Aodhán Healy, Conor Dineen. Subs used: Tim McSweeney and Pat Long.
Macroom: Declan Kiely: Cian Twomey, Paul O’Farrell, Jack Cronin: Robert Healy, Ryan Creed, Mark Corrigan: Caleb Dinneen, Olan O’Mahony: Kevin O’Dwyer, Alan Quinn, Brendan O’Sullivan: Don Creedon, Ethan O’Gorman, Cathal O’Riordan. Subs used: Brian McMahon, Brendan O’Callaghan, Colm O’Mahony and Eolan O’Leary.
Referee: Colm Ó Mocháin Uas., Cill na Martra.

Group 2
Kilmurry 0 – 12 Inniscarra 0 – 6
In the U21 ‘A’ championship, Group 2, Kilmurry were at home as Inniscarra conceded home advantage and they were full value for their six point win.
Kilmurry had a good first half and led at the break by 0-7 to 0-4, Inniscarra having kicked six wides at this stage. Joe Ryan and Eoin Clifford were in top form and were causing the Inniscarra defenders endless problems and Kilmurry were happy at the break with their spirited first half display.
When the action resumed Kilmurry’s Brian Hinchion moved upfield out of defence to add to their advantage and there was no further score from either side for almost twenty minutes. Inniscarra then had a point from Podge O’Donohue but they could make no further inroads against the determined Kilmurry defence. Joe Ryan pointed a free for the home side and Kilmurry remained very much in control. Adam O’Connell pointed an Inniscarra free in the 54th minute but this was to be his side’s last score and Liam Wall and Joe Ryan pointed in reply to consolidate Kilmurry’s strong position as the finishing line was approaching. Inniscarra got a chance of fight back when they won a penalty in the 57th minute but a superb save by Sean Curzon ensured there was no way back for Inniscarra and another Joe Ryan point then really wrapped things up for the winners.
Scorers: Kilmurry: Joe Ryan 0-7 (0-2 Frees), Eoin Clifford 0-2, Seán Warren, Brian Hinchion and Liam Wall 0-1 each. Inniscarra: Adam O’Connell 0-3 (0-1 F), Tomás O’Connor, Dylan O’Sullivan and Podge O’Donoghue 0-1 each.
Kilmurry: Eoin Curzon: William Ronan, Fionn Warren, Padraig Hinchion: Seán Curzon, Kyle Kelleher, Brian Hinchion: Liam Wall, John O’Mullane: James O’Mullane, Greg Fitton, Seán Flanagan: Eoin Clifford, Seán Warren, Joe Ryan. Subs: James Dunlea 27, Michael John Grainger 42, Mark Dromey 53, Evan Carroll.
Inniscarra: David Óg Coleman: Jack Harrington, Killian Browne, John Stanton: David Carroll, David Twomey, Declan Hyland: Andrew McCarthy, Stephen Dornan: James Walsh, Eric Baxter, Podge O’Donoghue: Tomás O’Connor, Adam O’Connell, Dylan O’Sullivan.Subs: Conor Barrett h/t, Daniel O’Herlihy 44, Podge O’Donoghue 46, Brian O’Mahony 57.
Referee: Mr John Ryan (Macroom)

Mid Cork U21 B Football championship

Canovee 2-12 Grenagh 1-8
Canovee were at home to Grenagh at Carrigadrohid on a coldSaturday afternoon with the strong easterly wind made things difficult for the team facing into it. Canovee had the wind in the first half and led at half time by 1-10 to nil withy team captain James Verling scoring the goal. It was Grenaghs turn to have the wind in the second half and they slowly reduced the lead. However a second Canovee goal, this one from Sean Browne following a neat turn ended the game as a contest.
Canovee: Cormac O’Driscoll: David O’Keeffe, Patrick Buckley, Seán Twomey: Brian Verling, Mark Healy, Mark Walsh: Denis Murphy, Kieran Moynhian: David Carroll, Eoin O’Connell, Seán Browne: Jack Murphy, Dara Cronin, James Verling. Subs: Patrick O’Neill, Noel Browne, Dean Lynch, Billy Kingston.
Referee: Mr Kieran Furey, Cill na Martra.

Kilmichael 1-3 Naomh Abán 3-15
The scoreline tells the story of this game, played at a sunny but very cold Annahala. A strong East wind favoured Naomh Abán in the first half and after a sluggish start the visitors got down to business and put Kilmichael under pressure for much of the half. Points from Daire Ó Laoire, Conor Ó Criodáin, Conchuir Ó Murchu and Micheál Ó Duinnín gave N Abán a 0-4 lead after ten minutes and as they got completely on top, more points followed from this quartet with Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh also getting in on the act. When Daire Ó Laoire got in for a goal in the 30th minute it gave Naomh Abán a 1-9 to nil interval lead and the outcome was almost certain at that stage. Nothing in the second half occurred to upset the half time calculations and there was always going t9o be only one winner of this game. Conor Ó Criodáin and Cian Ó Suilleabháin got the second half goals for Naomh Abán whilst Josh deLalcey got 1-1 for Kilmichael with Ronan O’Callaghan and Shane O’Donoghue adding a point apiece.
Naomh Abán: Gearóid Ó Luasa: Fionn Ó Loinsuigh, Ronán de hÍde, Stiofáin Ó Murchú; Cian Ó Suilleabháin, Tadhg Ó Riordáin, Aodh Ó Catháin: Miceál Ó Duinnín, Conchuir Ó Murchú: Conor Ó Críodáin, Diarmuid Ó Meachair, Daire Ó Loinsuigh: Daire Ó Laoire, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Eoin Ó Scanaill. Fir Ionaid: Piarais Ó Liatháin, Eoin de Róiste, Donal Ó Deasúna, Ger Ó Tuama, Daithi Ó Tuama.
Kilmichael: Stephen O’Leary: Ger Murphy, Kevin Kelleher, Kieran Murphy: Brendan O’Callaghan, Kevin Murphy, Eoin Murphy; Cathal Foley, Shane O’Donoghue: Jamie McCarthy, Alan McCarthy, Luke Hennigan: Josh deLacey, Trevor Tobin, Pádraig O’Leary. Subs; Ronan O’Callaghan, Ciarán O’Donoghue, Oisín deLacey, James Coughlan, Gavin Murray, Anthony O’Donovan.
Referee: Mr Ger Ahern, Canovee.

Aghinagh 0 – 13 Donoughmore 1 – 6
Aghinagh had a good win over Donoughmore at Rusheen in Group 3. The winners led by 0-10 to 0-5 at the break and remained well in control to the finish, the Donoughmore goal from Adrian Looney coming too late to affect the outcome.
Aghinagh: Scott Lucey: Miceál O’Connell, John Lynch, Olan Cummins: Luke OLeary, Dermot O’Callaghan, Andrew Murphy: Shane Corkery, Mathew McCarthy: Adam O’Leary, Diarmuid Crowley, Miceál Horgan: Aodh Twomey, Liam Twohig, Donagh O’Riordan. Subs: Chris Duggan and Richard Cotter.
Donoughmore: Michael Buckley: Donncadh Dilworth, Keelan Forde, Jamie Twomey; Brian Ahern, Darren Lucey, Conor Kennedy: Tommy Joe Barrett, Martin O’Sullivan: Cian Murphy, Adrian Looney, St John Forde: Jeremy Kenny, Conor O’Rourke, Darragh O’Shea. Subs: Billy Barrett, Adam Looney and Ben Honohan.

U21 C Football championship

Iveleary 3 – 7 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1 – 9
The very strong wind at Inchigeela dictated the trend of this game. Béal Átha had the advantage in the first half and led by 1-8 to 1-0 coming up to half time but Iveleary recovered to add three points to their tally to trail by 1-8 to 1-3 at the break. Donagh Seartan had 1-3 of the Béal Átha scores and Chris Óg Jones got the vital goal for Iveleary in the 7th minute. The scoring rate slowed in the second half but a second goal for Iveleary from Ciarán Galvin tied the scores at 1-8 to 2-5 after 51 minutes. A minute later Finbarr McSweeney slammed in goal no. 3 and Iveleary went on to a four point victory.
Iveleary; Josh Pickering: Seán Horgan, Ciarán O’Riordan: Tim O’Dea, Ciarán Galvin, Chris O’Donovan: Finbarr McSweeney, Barry O’Leary: Olan Clancy, James O’Donovan, Conor O’Leary; Shane O’Dea, Chris Óg Jones.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Barra Ó Suilleabháin: Enda Ó Luasa, Seán Ó Riordáin: Daire Ó Tuama, Daire Ó Ceallacháin, Shane Ó Criodáin; Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh, Seamas Ó Tuama: Barra ÓBuachalla, Jack Ó hUrdail, Donagh Seartan: Sean Ó Muineacháin, Criostóir Ó Rinn.

Clondrohid 1 -9 Lee Gaels 0 – 11
Lee Gaels: Adam Casey: Jack Casey, Eoin O’Connell: Shane Lucey, Dean O’Sullivan, Brendan O’Connell: Michael O’Riordan, Keith Desmond: Jarad Murphy Sheehan, Eoin Maher, Brendan O’Callaghan: James Cotter, Conor Canavan. Subs: Aaron Desmond and Patrick Walosky.
Macroom GAA
Macroom intermediate footballers travelled to Kiskeam for the opening round of the county league and came away with a 1-13 to 2-8 victory. This was a heartening display as Macroom had to fight back after conceding two early goals to the home side. Behind at half time, Macroom kept clawing their way back and after a goal from Ciarán Murphy put them in front, they fought tenaciously to retain their lead to the finish. The team was: Declan Kiely; Robbie O’Dwyer, Olan O’Mahony, Michael Cahill: David Cotter, Fitntan Goold, Michael Cronin: Sean Kiely, David Horgan: David Goold, John Murphy, Gerard Angland: Ciarán Murphy, Patrick Lucey, Olan Murphy. Subs: Andrew Hegarty, Paul O’Farrell, Ethan O’Gorman, Don Creedon, Caleb Dinneen.

Mid Cork Championship Draws 2017

Junior A Hurling Championship
Round 1
A Cloughduv v Ballincollig
B Donoughmore v Kilmichael
C Ballinora v Éire Óg
D Blarney v Iveleary
E Gleann na Laoi – a bye
Round 2
Gleann na Laoi v Loser of D
Loser c v Loser B
Loser A - a bye (or v Gleann if ..)

Junior B Hurling Championship (Knock Out)
Round 1
A Laoachra Óg v Inniscarra
B Ballinora v Grenagh
Round 2
1 Winners of A v Winners of B
2 Aghabullogue v Cloughduv
3 Donoughmore v Blarney
4 Ballincollig v Éire Óg

Junior A Football Championship
Round 1
A Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Kilmurry
B Blarney v Donoughmore
C Kilmichael v Ballincollig
D Inniscarra v Aghinagh
E Canovee v Iveleary
F Éire Óg v Dripsey
G Clondrohid – a bye
Round 2
Clondrohid v Loser B
Loser C v Loser D
Loser E v Loser F
Loser A – a bye (or v Clondrohid if...)

Junior B Football Championship (Knock out)
A Gleann na Laoi v Cill na Martra
B Naomh Abán v Iveleary
C Inniscarra v Canovee
D Grenagh v Kilmurry
E Ballincollig v Donoughmore
F Ballinora v Aghabullogue
G Macroom v Kilmichael
H Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh - a bye
Round 2
Winner of A v Winner of B, C v D, E v F, G v H.

Pic 44

Gerard Bradley, with his boys, Brian and David, at Macroom Juvenile GAA Registration Night ©Con Kelleher

Laochra Óg Updates

The latest 50/50 club winner was Denis Noonan, Macroom, who won €430 and the seller’s prize of €25 went to T.P. Cotters, Main Street, Macroom. Next draw will be held on February 26th.
Club Registrations will take place at 12 : 15 on Sunday 26th February after the next 50/50 Club Development Draw in Clondrohid Community Hall and on Tuesday 28th February in Ballyvourney N.S. hall between 7 : 30 and 8 : 30 p.m.
Fixture. Laochra Óg Hurling and Camogie Easter Camp will be on Monday the 10th and Tuesday 11th of April. Further details to follow in coming weeks.
Training Schedule Camogie Training for U12, 13, and 14 girls will be on Fridays from 7 to 8 in Macroom Sports Complex. Hurling Training for U14s will be on Macroom Astro from 6 to 7 also on Fridays.

Crookstown Karate Club

On Jan 27th, four members of Crookstown karate club travelled to Castel D’Ario in Italy to complete in the Italian Shotokan International Cup. This was a fantastic competition with competitors attending from 5 other countries as well as high representation from the Italian clubs. All four competitors did very well in their respective categories, with the club coming home with 1 Gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze.

Ballincollig Basketball

Men. Division 2 (Red Team) extended their league record to 9-1 with a hard fought victory over an experienced Cork Celts team. Some great rebounding and defence by Fionnan McDermott, Peter Davies and Kyl Hilliard gave the team a great platform to race out to a 21 point lead at half-time. Cork Celts came back strongly in the 3rd quarter and cut the deficit to 8 despite a great effort by Shane Lucey and Luke McNamara off the bench. Celts made further inroads in the fourth quarter to make it a 2 point game with 3 minutes left. However some quick offense on the fast break by Ben Noonan, Ryan O Halloran and both David Finn and Daniel Sisk ensured that Ballincollig would be going home with the win and closed out the game winning by 12 points.
Our Division 2 (Blue Team) maintained their undefeated start to the season 7-0 by beating a strong Glanmire team in a repeat of their championship final victory against the same opposition the previous week. Ballincollig got off to a quick start with Garreth Blount hitting three quick 3 pointers and some big plays by Mike O Sullivan amongst others ensured that Ballincollig led big at the end of the 1st quarter. Glanmire came back into the game in the 2nd quarter and cut the lead to 12 points at the half. Ballincollig upped the tempo in the 3rd quarter with some strong press defence with Jose Horta and Florent Okalla coming to the fore. Some strong play by Julien, Gedis and Shane in the 4th quarter made sure of the win with Ballincollig winning comfortably by 14 points.
Our Division 1 team, managed to beat last year's league champions Cork Celts. Ballincollig started well with some big baskets by Shane Mooney and Colin Murray to get an early lead with some good contributions from Neil O Sullivan, Cathal Geraghty, Damien Power and Mariss Brusevics. Cork Celts came back in the 2nd quarter when Shane Mooney was taken off with a sprained ankle with some big 3 pointers to take a 12 point lead at halftime. Ballincollig came to life in the 3rd quarter with some high intensity basketball from young guns Josh De Nijs, Alex Chandler, Patrick Mc Sweeney and Daire O' Sullivan to lead by 2 at the end of the 3rd quarter. The game remained tight with each team exchanging the lead until Colin Murray, with a minute left made a big shot to give Ballincollig a 5 point lead to extended their record to 6-1 with another fine win.
Ladies The U14 team played in Mallow, Cobh and in the Johnny Murphy U14 Tournament in Cork. While results haven’t always gone their way their skill, courage and commitment have shone through. With nineteen players training the panel has agreed to a rotation of players for games. In league games they had narrow defeats in Mallow and Cobh but performances were excellent. In the Championship they had a hard fought victory over Mallow.In the U14 Tournament they came up against St Colm's of Limerick (in which they were beaten in a high scoring match) and Titans of Galway. Against Titans we started slowly but the fourth quarter saw a different Ballincollig and they cut the lead to single figures. Time ran out and a narrow loss in another high scoring game was our lot. Due to high scoring in our two games we qualified for the Quarter finals. Our opponents were to be Wildcats who we also were to meet in the Cork Championship quarter final. Both teams agreed to play the game as a double header. Ballincollig continued their good form and led by eleven points to two at the break. The Wildcats narrowed the gap to two points in the second quarter. Ballincollig increased their lead to four in the third. The last quarter had a lot to play for with a Tournament and Championship semi final spot at stake. Ballincollig held a lead of three points until eighteen seconds remaining when Wildcats scored a massive three pointers to level the game. Overtime looked a certainty but Ballincollig won two free throws with three seconds remaining. With everything at stake and nerves of steel, they scored both free throws to clinch the game. It was a tremendous team effort. Unfortunately, in the Tournament semi final, they met an in form and eventual winning Brunell team but bowed out with their heads held high.

Macroom Golf Club

Men’s Club. Club singles 1st Vincent Twomey (18) 37 pts.
Seniors: Dan Kiely(17), Jim Lynch(20), Noel McDermott(25) 37.5
Club singles: 1st-Michael O'Mahony(23) 36pts, 2nd-John Turner(14) 34pts, 3rd-Vincent Twomey(15)34pts, Best gross-Gary Morris(5) 28pts, Best senior-Tony Lancaster(22) 30pts Open Singles Qualifier: Keith Stafford(13) 34pts
Fixtures: Tue-seniors. Thur- Open Singles Qualifier. Sat & Sun-Club Singles & Winter League
Ladies Club. These are the results of Jan 14 Hole Stableford competition. Winner: Eileen Healy (10) 31 pts. 2nd Geraldine Galvin (12) 28 pts. 3rd Mary C.Cronin (19) 27 pts. 4th: Sinead Lynch (20) 27 pts 5th Annie Piotrowski (31) 26 pts.