Lee Valley Outlook March 2 2017 v14e5

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Coolehane Bridge from town side. ©Con Kelleher

Lee Valley Diary

Citizens Information Stand at Coachford Post Office on Fri 3rd March, 10am to 1pm.
Seó Faisean in Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, Fri. 3rd at 8p.m.
Too close to Home Fri 3rd of March in Inchigeela Hall
Muskerry Local History Society lecture, March 6th at Ballincollig Rugby Club (8 p.m.).
Kilbarry NS clothing collection Tues 7th March 9am.
Kilmury Historical lecture on Tues 7th March @8:30 pm in museum.
Uachtarán an Oireachtais, Seán Ó Muimhneacháin, sa Leabharlann i Máigh Cromtha, Déardaoin, Márta 9, 11a.m.
Ger Wolfe Sings at Macroom Book Shop, Thurs. March 9. €10
Flower Club meeting at Coolcower House on Thurs 9th March, 8p.m. Spring Gardening with D. J. Murphy
St. Lachteen N.S. Donoughmore. Bingo Fri 10th March at 7.30pm in Stuake Community Hall.
Inniscarra Set Dancing Céilí in Ballyanly Community Centre, Sat 11th March 9.30pm to 12.30am
Kilmurry Active Retirement AGM Tues March 14th, followed by Furniture Making and Restoring in Kilmurry Museum.
Coppeen St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 3pm on Fri 17th March.
Top of Coom Run for Preemie Babies, Sun. March 10 at 12 noon
Crookstown Vintage Club poker run on Sun 19th March, leaving Clifford’s bar at 12.15 p.m.
Rylane Park fundraising 4 Mile Run / Walk on Sun 19th March at 2p.m. from Rylane School .
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 Successful T.D on Thurs 9th March at 8:00pm. SOLD OUT
Flower of Macroom 2017 at 8p.m. on Sat. 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.
Tree Talk on Tues March 7th at 12 noon.
Environment Group Tues 7th at 5.30p.m. .
Ciorcal Cainte Thurs. March 9 at 11a.m. le Sean Ó Muimhneacháin.
Gramophone Fri March 10th at 11 a.m
Creative Writing Group Tues. March 14, 6p.m.
Purlies Thurs March 16 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

St. Patrick’s Week in Macroom

Entertainment to celebrate our national festival will be mostly home-grown this year as no international group are visiting Macroom. Nevertheless, plenty of enjoyable events are scheduled for the run up to St. Patrick’s Day in Macroom and for the annual parade.
Shows in the Riverside Park will certainly draw the crowds, with Lisa McHugh’s concert on March 5 and John B. Keane’s ‘Successful T.D.’ on March 9th already sold out. ‘The Flower of Macroom’ selection on Saturday, March 11 is sure to draw a great crowd for a highly entertaining show, similar to the Rose of Tralee selection. Kevin Moynihan, a gifted comedian and talker, will interview the entrants and the winner will have the honour of leading the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17. The Flower selection will be followed by a dance, with music by Tim Joe and Anne.
There will be plenty of music on St. Patrick’s Day also, with Tim Joe and Anne playing before the Parade, and Cullen Pipe Band, Bandon and District Pipe Band and St. Colman’s N.S. Brass Band playing and marching. Aghinagh Comhaltas will provide traditional entertainment and many bars throughout the town will have in-house music. Their will be plenty of Irish Dancing before and during the Parade and at a Feis in the Community Leisure Centre at 5p.m.
The Lee Valley Enterprise Board is again providing a host of cartoon characters and impressive floats and these, along with the ever popular Magic Show with Tony Baloney will be great attractions for children of all ages. Bígí ann gan teip!

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Former days at Mercy Convent, Macroom ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

150 Years of Mercy

St. Mary’s Secondary School & St. Joseph’s Primary School are celebrating 150 years of Mercy Education in Macroom, during this academic year. A number of events have already been held during the year to mark this celebration. In September, a beautiful Mercy Day Mass was attended by both school communities; many of the Sisters of Mercy who had spent some of their lives in Macroom, as well as past lay staff from both schools. In November, a prayer service in the Sister’s Graveyard was attended by members of the deceased Sisters’ families as well as many members of the parish. 2nd year students went to Dublin in early December and were given a very informative tour of the Mercy International Centre in Baggot Street and a talk on the life of Catherine McAuley. Both schools also had a delightful Carol Service in St. Colman’s Church on December 9th.
The final event will be on Saturday, March 11th, when Mass will be celebrated at 11.00 a.m. in St. Colman’s Church. This will be followed by a book launch and reception in St. Mary’s Secondary School and will feature a number of displays of photos and artefacts which people are invited to come and view. We would like to extend a warm céad mile fáilte to everyone to join us on that day and would especially love to see past pupils and anyone who was in any way connected with either school. If anyone has photos or artefacts that they would like to contribute for display on the day, please contact 026/41544.

Macroom Cope

Community spirit is alive and well in Macroom, we are pleased to note. The Cope Foundation Macroom and District AGM was held at the Father Ryan Hall on February 20. The Fundraising Committee worked hard in 2016 to raise funds for Cope Foundation which supports 2,350 children and adults with an intellectual disability and/ or autism across Cork City and County. At their AGM, the Committee presented two cheques to John Clifford from Cope Foundation amounting to €13,492.50. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported their fundraising efforts in 2016. John Clifford praised the Committee for their long-standing commitment to Cope Foundation and commended the wonderful community spirit and good will in Macroom and the surrounding areas. The Committee is already planning their fundraising activities for the year ahead with the Flowers of Hope campaign fast approaching. Volunteers will deliver Flowers of Hope envelopes to homes across Macroom and surrounding areas in May/June and would welcome any new volunteers that would be willing to help with the campaign. If you’d like to join the Committee or help out with fundraising, please get in touch with Jo-Anne in Cope Foundation on 021 4643220.

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Jamie Relihan with his parents, Brigid and Danny and the trophies he won in 2016. © Con Kelleher

Jamie Relihan – On fast track to Success.

Jamie Relihan is a 16 year-old, Junior Certificate student at De La Salle College, Macroom and he lives in Dan Corkery Place with his parents and siblings. His hobbies include the usual - Gaelic Football and the not so usual – Autograss motor racing. He thinks he is the only Macroom person currently motor racing. Danny, his father, has loved motors and cars all his life and has transmitted this passion to his son Jamie. John Anthony, his older brother, also raced cars. Under the instruction of his father, Jamie learned to drive in a disused sandpit 2 years ago, and it all came very easily and naturally to him. Later in 2015 he began competitive racing and he developed and honed his skills. 2016 was a very successful year for him. Racing in the Junior (U-16) 1A class – 1 litre - , he won a total of 12 trophies. Among his most treasured are a second in his class in the All-Ireland Final and the Perpetual Shield for best driver in his class at Mallow car track for last year. Incidentally, Tomás Creedon, Massytown won the Shield in 2006.
Autograss racing is not for the faint hearted. Competitors wear helmets and neck braces, and there must be a net outside the right side front window; this is so to prevent the right arm being ‘forced out’ in the event of a crash. Jamie has had a numbers of tumbles, but he cast these off as part of his sport. Racing of any sort is expensive and Jamie is lucky to have the whole-hearted support of his parents, Brigid and Danny; and Danny provides the mechanical knowledge and back-up. Luckily, he has great sponsorship from Paul Barrett, Lissarda; Karen Godsil (proprietress of Macroom Barbers, The Mart) and Maurice McCarthy (Macroom Tool Hire).
Jamie finds interests and activities outside of school very beneficial. De La Salle is encouraging and supportive of his efforts, and, indeed, Danny brought a racing car to school last year. Football provides activity, exercise and team participation and motor racing sets him different individual challenges. Jamie is an accomplished footballer, plays in goal, and he was part of a county-winning league team with Macroom U-14s in 2015. This year, Jamie will compete in the Autograss Senior class and is keen to test his skill against ‘the big boys’. A major highlight of the year will be holding of a round of The British Autograss Championship in Mallow at the end of April. It is expected that 200 visitors will be competing against 100 Irish drivers; the track is expected to be busy from dawn ‘til dusk over the 2 days. Jamie is to be commended for his successes to date in a tough sport where you are competing on your own. Well done Jamie and every Good Wish for the future. By Con Kelleher

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The grand finale of ‘The Field’ at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook

Drama in the Lee Valley

Despite the serious impact of the loss of the Briery Gap, the show goes on in Macroom and the Lee Valley, with a very busy February and March on stage. Sullane Players staged an excellent production of John B. Keane’s ‘The Field’, at first in Ballyvourney, followed by two sell out performances in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom. The superb cast did full justice to Keane’s masterpiece and, though written in another era, many of the themes resonated in the current climate.
Seven of the 12-member cast of ‘The Field’ – Pat Brady, Treasa O’Riordan, Jim Leahy, Gerard Collins, Adriana Dinneen, Derry Dinneen and Connie Foley – went on to the Opera House the following week for two stagings of ‘Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical’. That major production had been a great hit in Macroom and the Opera House last autumn and the benefit shows for Sullane Haven, Macroom sold out well in advance of February 21 and 22. In fact, the Opera House management said that they could have easily filled the 1.000-seater auditorium for another show. Shandy Hall had 37 actors on stage and close on the same number involved with other aspects of the demanding production. Producer, Anne Dunne, must be highly commended for ‘keeping all the balls in the air’, particularly since they had no permanent ‘home’ for rehearsals, costume and prop storage etc.
Next up for entertainment in the Riverside Park is Lisa McHugh on Sunday, 5th March at 8:00pm – Tickets SOLD OUT. The Successful T.D by John B. Keane, with Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy, on Thursday, 9th March is also SOLD OUT. The Flower of Macroom selection, determining the 2017 Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, guarantees a great night’s entertainment on March 11 at 8:00pm. Following the Rose of Tralee type interviews conducted by Kevin Moynihan, Tim Joe and Anne will provide music for dancing. Ahakeera Drama Group will present Too Close To Home on Friday, 24th March at 8p.m. Tickets €12 / €10. .

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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

Schools’ Drama and Light Entertainment Festivals

Because of last May’s fire damage to the Briery Gap, this year’s All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival and Light Entertainment Festival are lost to Macroom. Instead, they will be staged at Mullingar Arts Centre on Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4. The festivals provided a great boon to Macroom over the past 15 years. They put the Muskerry capital on the cultural map and brought up to 1.000 participants and supporters to the town from as far away as Donegal. Many of the groups stayed overnight and all of them used local shops and restaurants. We sincerely hope that work on the reconstruction of the Briery Gap Cultural Centre will proceed apace and that Anne Dunne and her volunteer assistants will be in a position to continue the good work they instigated and developed in Macroom.
Finalists in 2017 All Ireland Light Entertainment Festival on Friday 3rd March are Nagle Rice, Doneraile; Wilson’s Hospital, Multyfarnham; Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane; Crana College, Buncrana, Co Donegal and Sacred Heart Westport, Co Mayo. Adjudicators are Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg of 1970s Eurovision fame.
The All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival Finalists on Saturday 4th March are Sacred Heart, Westport (A); Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon (B); Sacred Heart, Westport (C); Ardscoil Ris, Limerick; Colaiste Mhuire (A): Colaiste Mhuire, Ennis (B); St Brogan’s, Bandon; St Mary’s Secondary School, Charleville; Scoil Mhuire gan Small, Blarney (C); Scariff Community College, Co. Clare; Castlepollard CC, Co Westmeath; Coláiste Mhuire, Buttevant; Colaiste Mhuire. Ennis (C); De La Salle College, Macroom; King’s Hospital, Palmerstown, Dublin.

Briery Gap Restoration

The Briery Gap Board of Directors met with Cork County Council officials recently for what was deemed ‘a very productive meeting’. Cork County Council owns the building at South Square. They advised that they have now appointed an engineering team, Horgan Lynch, to advise on the extent of works involved in undertaking the additional works to be funded by the €250,000 grant recently announced under the capital investment scheme for arts and cultural centres nationwide. .This is a prerequisite to completing the redesign and refurbishment of the venue. The Board of the Briery Gap accepts that this will add time to the restoration process but, at the end of that process, are confident that it will be a state of the art venue for the use of the community. Briery Gap Management reports that the claim with Insurers for equipment and fittings has now been settled and that money will be ring fenced for the restoration process. Cork County Council is negotiating with their Insurers for the building and are said to be making good progress.
A spokesperson for Cork County Council said that they are committed to refurbishing the Briery Gap. Plans have been drafted for the refurbishment and improvement of the internal layout of the building to allow for greater wheelchair accessibility, increased toilet provisions and passenger lift amongst other improvements. This ideal plan would also increase the bar area and current seat capacity. It is also hoped to improve the street presence for the Council’s library service. However, this proposed layout involves significant alterations to the building. In order to determine its viability, survey work commenced on 16th February; should be completed within two weeks and should give a greater understanding of what can and cannot be altered. If the proposed layout proves unfeasible, or impractical to pursue due to excessive costs, Cork County Council will carry out remedial works to the existing building on a like for like basis, which unfortunately would only allow for minimal improvements to the existing arrangement of spaces, layout and services.
The over-riding question of a reopening date remains undetermined.

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Jerry Lehane, 1st in Junior Cert 2016 Material Technology Wood Project in Ireland, with his teacher, Mr Cronin; his mother and Ms Margaret Corkery, (Deputy Principal) McEgan College. ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

Woodwork Awards. Two students from Bishop Mc Egan College are receiving National Awards credited from the State Examinations Commission for outstanding results in their Junior Certificate 2016. Their results in Material Technology Wood left Jerry Lehane and Ellen O’Sullivan, in 1st and 2nd places respectively, ahead of the thousands of students that sat their M.T.W. Exam in 2016. Both students are being presented with their awards at an official ceremony in Galway on March 11th. Jerry submitted a beautiful artefact that was to be presented to an International sporting individual for the Olympic Games in Rio for 2016. Ellen designed a fabulous decorative mirror unit for a child's bedroom that had a theme of an animated film. The results from the theory papers were released last month and the school finds itself in a very unique but rewarding position of having Ireland's top 2 students in attendance for M.T.W. Mr James Cronin prepared both pupils for Junior Cert and is very proud of their achievements. He has an excellent record of achieving very high grades in his subject area over the years.
The students, their parents, Principal, and teacher have been invited to attend the awards to be presided over by the national awards body and other attendees from the State Exam's Commission and other bodies in conjunction with these ceremonies. The school is proud of their results and delighted that the hard work and endeavour shown by the students demonstrate the collaborative work ethic that the school has at its core to ensure that the students will always be competing at the serious end of business in the State Examination Commission Junior and Leaving Certificates in the years ahead. Well done and congratulations to all involved.
U 16 Boys Football 2016/2017. On January 27th we played Midleton CBS in Ballincollig in the U-16 Gaelic Football quarter final. Some of our 1st year students made their debut and they acquitted themselves very well. The game was played on a heavy pitch which suited the older boys from Midleton as they used the wind and elements to their benefit. We scored two great goals and some well taken points in the first half but found ourselves down 11 points at half-time. Most teams would have thrown in the towel at this stage but the lads dug deep and levelled the game with 6 minutes to go. We hit the crossbar and had a goal disallowed. We narrowly lost at full time by 2 points on a score of Midleton 6-12 to Bishop Mc Egan 6-10. We had some fantastic performances but the group worked so hard together that they deserved better. However, the coaches saw enough to ensure that the future of football in the college is in good order with these young players.
Panel: Seamus Murphy, Pádraic O Leary, James Creedon, Nathan Byrne, Joe O Donovan, Patrick Burke, Carlos de Juan, Jack Granville, James O Sullivan, David O Leary, David O'Riordan, Darren Lane, Max Bubl-Murphy, Tommy O Driscoll, Sam Kelleher, Keelan Kelleher, Jerry Lehane, Oisin Shovlin, Dean Granville, Jerry Lehane.

More Adult Courses

The following courses are available at Macroom Adult Education Centre, Tel: 026 20248/ 0868239097: Word Processing, Internet & E-mail, Social Media ( Facebook & Twitter), Ipads, Nutrition & Healthy Options, Skin & Nail Care, Craft/ English, Family Learning, Maths. We also provide one to one tuition in Reading, Writing, Spelling & Maths. This is a free and confidential service funded by Cork ETB.

Lee Valley Enterprise Events at Riverside Park Hotel

Lisa McHugh in Concert Sunday. March 5 SOLD OUT.
The Successful T.D by John B. Keane on Thursday, 9th March at 8:00pm. SOLD OUT
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.

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Kingston family presentation of €7459 cheque, (proceeds of 2016 Daniel Kingston 5k Memorial Run) to Hilary Sullivan, Cork ARC, © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Library

The county library local studies department will host a table at the ‘Genealogy Quarter’ at the over 50s expo in the City Hall Cork on Saturday 4th March. There will be a series of talks on genealogy on both Saturday and Sunday. Free tickets can be printed off from www.seniortimes.ie or we have some to give away at the library desk. The speaker schedule is also on view at the desk. Anyone with any interest in genealogy should enjoy the day.
Irish Newspaper Archive is the largest digital collection of Irish newspapers giving access to over 40 titles including for examples the Cork Examiner from 1841, the Southern Star from 1892 and the Kerryman from 1904. The database can be accessed on the public computers once you are a library member and library membership is free on production of photo i.d and proof of address.
Fixtures. The theme of tree week for 2017 is ‘Tell me how I can make a Difference’. Macroom library will host a ‘Ted’ talk on Tuesday March 7th at 12 noon. ‘The Triumph of the Tree’ is the title of Ted Cook’s sure to enjoyable and informative talk. This event is open to old and young, members and non library members. Tuesday 7th Macroom and District Environment Group at 5.30.
Seachtain na Gaeilge runs from 1st to 17th March. Chun é seo a cheiliúradh beidh Aoi Speisialta againn ag an gCiorcal Cainte ar an Déardaoin 9ú Márta ag a haondéag. Beidh Seán Ó Múineacháin cumadóir aitheanta amhráin, dánta, agallamh bheirte, lúibíní, ceapóga, agus amhráin saothair, agus atá anois mar Uachatarán ar Oireachtas na Gaeilge i láthair. Tá an áthas orainn go bhfuil sé toilteanach bheith in ár gcomhluadar. Beidh fáilte roimh gach einne. To celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge the Ciorcal Cainte have invited a special guest, Seán Ó Muimhneacháin, noted composer of songs, poems, agallamh bheirte, lúibíní, etc to participate in the session on Thursday 9th March. Seán has recently been appointed President of Oireachtas na Gaeilge, a great honour and well deserved! There will be a change of start time to facilitate this visit so Ciorcal Cainte will start at 11a.m. Everyone is welcome and there will be refreshments afterwards.
Friday 10th we will have Philip Brennan coming out from Cork to do the Gramophone presentation at 11a.m until 12.30 . Tuesday 14th Creative writing group meets at 6pm. We are delighted to announce that Denyse Woods has been appointed as writer in residence with the group and will be attending from April. Thursday 16th March our Purlies knitting group meets. They have prepared an exhibition of baby garments etc, to highlight the work of Féileacháin, (the Stillbirth and Neo Natal Death Association of Ireland).

Local TV Programmes

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. Music and Song from the Sandpit House 2014 Part 2 Clondrohid Adult Party 2017
Wed. March 8. 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. A Night to Remember at the Castle Hotel 2016 Part 1.
Thurs. March 9. 9.30p.m. Scoraíocht from times past by Star Trax Studio..
Sun. March 12 : 5.30 p.m. St. Colman’s Cemetery Macroom Mass 2012 6.30p.m. The Flower of Macroom Selection 2017 and Repeats.
Wed. March 15. A Night to Remember at the Castle Hotel 2016 Part 2.
Thurs. March 16. . 9.30p.m. Dancing at Aubane from times past. . .
Sun. March 19 5.30 p.m. Sunday Mass from Rylane 2011 6.30p.m. Repeats of Wed. and Thurs. programmes.
Wed. March 22. 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. Looking back at St. Patrick’s Day 2017.
Thurs. March 23 Looking back at St. Patrick’s Day 2017
Sun. March 26: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Mass from Cill na Martra 2011 6.30p.m. Repeats of Wed. and Thurs. Programmes
Wed. March 29. 6.30p.m. News and Sport. A Night to Remember at the Castle Hotel 2016 Part 3.
Thurs. March 30. Tarmac Rally from the 70s, featuring Billy Coleman.


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Citizens Information Service Information Stand at Coachford Post Office on Friday 3rd March from 10am to 1pm.
Kilbarry NS clothing collection Tuesday 7th March 2017 9am. Enquries and early drop offs 085-8661543.
Kilmury Historical and Archaeological Association lecture from Comdt Sean A Murphy, entitled "The Kilmichael ambush, a military analysis" on Tues 7th March @8:30 pm in Kilmurry museum.All welcome.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club Gardening Talk/ Slide Presentation with D. J. Murphy (Bandon) entitled “New ideas for Spring”, on Thursday March 9th at 8.00p.m. at Coolcower House 026-41695. Plants available. Members competitions. New members and visitors most welcome. Annual Membership now accepted. Enquiries 087-9821708 re upcoming AOIFA Floral Workshop Days.
Inniscarra monthly Céilí. Set Dancing Céilí in Ballyanly Community Centre with Donie Nolan and Taylors Cross on Saturday, 11th March 9.30pm to 12.30am. Great night assured. Refreshments served. Everybody welcome.
Kilmurry Active Retirement AGM Tuesday March 14th, followed by Furniture Making and Restoring with Michael O’Connell in Kilmurry Museum. New members welcome.
Crookstown Vintage Club: Annual poker run takes place on Sunday 19th March with sign in from 10 a.m. at Clifford’s bar, leaving at 12.15 p.m.and returning to the Corner Stone bar. All owners of vintage cars, tractors and motorcycles are more than welcome to take part. All proceeds going to local charities.
Centenarian. Eileen McCooey celebrated her 100th Birthday at Cahereen Care Centre on 15th February 2017. She had a lovely day surrounded by all her family and friends, starting with a beautiful Mass by Fr. Roberts. Eileen thoroughly enjoyed the evening, singing a few songs and dancing to the 'Irish Weavers'. Her son and family came especially from England for the occasion.

Congratulations to Coachford N.S. (Alec Harrison, Eimear O'Sullivan, Clara Daly and team coach, Emer Barry Murphy) & Aghabullogue GAA (Elizabeth Long, Doireann Healy and Eimear Corkery) junior quiz teams and Aghabullogue GAA junior Figure and Set Dancers (Aoife Murray, Kaitlyn Bradley,Sophie Bowen, Doireann Healy, Elizabeth Long, Aisling O' Sullivan,,Autumn Nagle, and Chloe Murphy)who have qualified for County Scór na bPáisti

Dromleigh N.S. We are now accepting enrolments for the 2017-2018 school year. Please ring the school at 026 46212 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for enrolment forms. The school's website is www.dromleighns.ie.
Rosary every Thursday at 8p.m. in Bealnamorrive Church. Join us for Lent.

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.
Macroom Bridge group continue to meet every Thursday morning in The Fr. Ryan Hall at 10 am. New bridge players welcome.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto 19/2/2017 Jackpot €1,000. Numbers drawn: 03, 06 and 19. No Winner. €50 Gerard Kelleher, Kelleher’s Oil €20 each Don McCarthy Beal na Marbh, Helen & Tony Dineen Shanakiel, Anne O'Leary Dromduve, Catherine McCarthy Inchalee.
26/2/2017 Jackpot €1,150. Numbers drawn: 01, 05 and 10. €50 Tom Carroll Dromduve. €20 each Ambrose Kenneally Bawnmore, John Joe Kelleher Ballinagree, Cremin’s Shop Aghabullogue, Matthew Herlihy, Mid Cork Pallets.

Canovee GAA Lotto 19/2/2017 ; Numbers drawn: 2,18,20,23. Jackpot €11,000. No winner. €50 Helen Buckley Aherla. €25 each: Ger & Marie O’Sullivan Ballincollig. Connie o Keeffe Dooniskey €25 on line Margaret Corcoran.
26/2/17; Jackpot €11,150. Numbers drawn: 3,16,18, 22; No winner. €50 Christy O’Sullivan Crossmahon €25 each: Maria Corcoran c/o Castlemore Arms. Michael O’Mahony Rathard Aherla.€25 on line Aidan Ahern Aherla.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Jackpot €1,400. No winner. €70 Gerard Kelleher, Moulnahorna €20 each: Carmel Murphy, Ballyverrane. Jamie Kelleher, Moulnahorna. Con O’Brien, Curraleigh. Donal Kelleher, Moulnahorna.
Kilmurry G.A.A. Lotto Results 13/2/2017. Jackpot: €13,400. Numbers Drawn: 3, 15, 22. No Winner. €50 Valerie. €20 each Ollie Plunkett. Jed Hartnett. Patrick Manning. Kathleen Buttimer Maureen O Sullivan
20/2/2017. Jackpot: €13,600. Numbers Drawn: 5, 26, 32.. No Winner. €50 Ann Creedon €20 each: John Moss Michael Deasy William Barrett Denis O Donoghue Margaret Kelly
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 14/02/2017. Jackpot €1,800.Winning Numbers 8-18-35. No Winner. €70 Mary Lynch, Castle Street,. €20 each: Conor Lorrigan, Gurteenroe. Shelia Crowley, Gurteenroe, Sharon & Samantha Creedon, Cork Street, Liz & Mark Corrigan, Glen Park, Francis O'Riordan, Teerbeg, Macroom. .
21/02/2017. Jackpot €2,000.Winning Numbers 31-33-34. No winner. €50 Michael Lucey, Gortnalicka, Clondrohid.. €20 each: Shelia Walsh, Carriganima Maria O'Shea, Castle Court, Macroom. Ted Savage, Masseytown, Murphy, C/O Town Hall Kathy Looney, The Lawn, Mountmassey.
Macroom F.C. Lotto 20/02/17 Jackpot 2,000. Numbers drawn 13,19,34. No Winner €80 Dylan Dineen c/o Lars. €20 Thomas McSweeney c/o Noel. Sean Lynch c/o Fudge. Cooper c/o Janet. Margaret Kelleher c/o June
27/02/17 Jackpot 2,200. Numbers drawn 6, 23, 32. No Winner. €80 Lilly McDonagh c/o Swanky €20 Noel Kelleher c/o Joan Gerard O' Donovan c/o Murray's Dan Twomey c/o Noel. Michael Scannell c/o Corner Store
Coachford AFC Lotto Results 20/2/2017. Jackpot: €5,800. Numbers Drawn: 1 – 4 – 20. Winner: Aghabullogue G.A.A. €40 Steve Crowley, €20 Eileen & Paul, Margaret Twomey, John Hogan, John Moynihan & Trigger, Diarmuid O’Riordan, Michael O’Shaughnessy (Yearly Ticket).
27/2/2017. Jackpot: €1,000. Numbers Drawn: 1 – 2 – 34. No Winner: €40 Aisling, Darren, Noah Noonan, €20 Karen O’Mahony, Finola Murphy, Shane Martin, Harriet O’Connell.

Lee Valley Updates

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Seán Ó Muimhneacháin, Cúl a’ Bhuachaigh, Cill na Martra, Uachtarán an Oireachtais 2017, lena bhean, Máiréad ©

Uachtarán Oireachtas na Gaeilge 2017

Insealbhaíodh Seán Ó Muimhneacháin mar Uachtarán Oireachtas na Gaeilge 21 Feabhra 2017, i dTeach an Ardmhéara i mBaile Átha Cliath. Rugadh agus tógadh Seán i nGaeltacht Mhúscraí agus tá aithne mhór air ó cheann ceann na tíre as a shaothar leis na healaíona traidisiúnta a chur chun cinn. Fear ildánach é an Uachtarán nua-shealbhaithe - cumadóir amhrán, drámadóir, teagascóir agus, le roinnt blianta anuas, foilsíodh dhá shaothar dá chuid, ‘Bígí ag Agallamh’, bailiúchán d’Agallaimh Bheirte & de Lúibíní in oiriúint do dhaltaí bunscoile; agus ‘Gleanntán an Aoibhnis’, bailiúchán de dhánta agus d’amhráin leis. Ar ndóigh tá duaiseanna Oireachtais go leor bronnta air thar na mblianta - sna comórtais Agallaimh Bheirte, Lúibíní, Amhráin Saothair, Sceitse agus Amhráin Nua-Chumtha.
"Is mór an onóir dom a bheith mar Uachtarán ar Oireachtas na Gaeilge,” a deir Seán Ó Muimhneacháin agus Slabhra an Uachtaráin á bhronnadh air. “Tá dóchas i mo chroí ag tabhairt aghaidh ar an mbliain atá romham, dóchas i leith na teanga agus dóchas i leith an chultúir,” a dúirt sé. “Go deimhin spreagann an tOireachtas dóchas ionam i gcónaí nuair a chím an óige chun tosaigh, ag iomaíocht sna comórtais agus ag baint sult agus pléisiúr as Oireachtas na Samhna, príomhfhéile náisiúnta na nGael, - an Ghaeilge go líofa ag gach duine acu. Tá sé i gceist agam taitneamh a bhaint as an mbliain, ag bualadh le lucht na Gaeilge ó gach aird den tír," a dúirt sé.
"Tá tréithe agus buanna Uachtarán Oireachtais go smior ag Seán Ó Muimhneacháin,” a dúirt Liam Ó Maolaodha, Stiúrthóir an Oireachtais. "Tá a shaol caite aige ag déanamh gnímh ar son na n-ealaíona Gaeilge, ag ullmhú iomaitheoirí óga le haghaidh Oireachtais, ag roinnt a chuid scileanna agus a chuid saineolais go fial le glúnta óga ar scoil agus sa phobal, mar bhall dílis de Chonradh na Gaeilge, de Chomhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, de chompántais drámaíochta áitiúla, de Choiste Forbartha Chill na Martra agus dár ndóigh, rinne sé éacht ina chuid oibre leis an scéim, Aisling Gheal.”
Ba é searmanas insealbhaithe ceann de na chéad imeachtaí i bhféilire leathan ócáidí a bheidh ag Oireachtas na Gaeilge in 2017.Is i gCill Airne a reáchtálfar Oireachtas na Samhna na bliana seo, ó 1 – 5 Samhain 2017. Beidh Seán i láthair sa Leabharlann i Máigh Chromtha ar an Déardaoin 9ú Márta ag 11a.m. agus cloisfidh an lucht éisteachta cuid d’á amhráin, dánta, agallaimh bheirte, lúibíní, ceapóga agus rl. Beidh fáilte roimh chách.

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Members of Aghinagh Community at the Parish Presentation to Fr. John Ryan on his departure from Aghinagh Parish at the Castle Hotel Macroom. ©Michael Corkery

Clondrohid Updates

Carriganima St. Patrick’s Day Parade: will not take place on St. Patrick’s Day but on Sunday March 19, commencing at 3pm. A fun day for all the family, with no doubt some surprises. Everyone welcome. Music by the Ferrymen.
G.A.A. If anyone is interested in representing Clondrohid GAA in this year’s 2017 Flower of Macroom, please contact the Club Secretary, Tim O'Connor, Tel: 086 2219292 for further details. Final night for registration: Tuesday March 7 from 7pm - 8:30pm. Registration is now due and must be paid so that all players can be registered to ensure they are covered by the Players Injury Scheme. Please contact Club Registrar, Marion Flanagan, should you require any further information. Tel: 087 2114320.
Championship Draws: Junior A Football 1st round Clondrohid got a bye. 2nd round Clondrohid play the losers of Blarney v Donoughmore. Junior C Football: Clondrohid v Ballincollig.
Easter Camp; After very successful Easter camp last year there will be another Free Easter camp this year 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

River Island walk. The local recreation park was recently taken over by the County Council and now planning and brain storming has begun as to how it will be brought back to its former beautiful state. The group Croi na Laoi have sought a Leader grant and the help of Councillors and Engineers to restore this amenity. Recently they took Councillor Declan Hurley on a walk about of the Island and swimming area and he was impressed with the park and local enthusiasm. There are great hopes also for its development and likewise for the area known as The Boat Slip in Graigue.
U21s On A Roll. The under 21 football team have had a very successful campaign so far and are now into the final with Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh. Best of luck to all!
Parish Fundraiser. A great evening of good food, song and music was had at “The Flying Enterprise,” the Cork hostelry of Finbarr and Dolly O Shea . This annual event , hosted by the O Shea family, is well supported and is a great parish fundraiser. Finbarr’s roots are in Inchigeela and he and his family deserve a huge thanks for his hospitality and generosity.
Fallen Parapet. The wall of the bridge straddling the Derrivane River at last succumbed to heavy traffic and fell .during the week .It’s a reminder to all that the old Coach House, a preserved building, may yield to the same heavy traffic before long!
Ahakeera Play. Don’t forget to support the comedy, Too close to Home in the hall on Friday 3rd March. It’s a National School fundraisre

Coachford Updates

Citizens Information Outreach. The West Cork Citizens Information Service will be available at Coachford Post Office on Friday 3rd March from 10am to 1pm. Staff from Macroom Citizens Information Centre will be available to provide information and advice on a range of topics including employment rights, redundancy, unemployment & other social welfare benefits, family matters, consumer issues, migration issues, and disability issues. Anybody interested in the service can drop-in to Coachford Post Office on Friday. No appointment is necessary. The service is free, confidential and independent.
West Cork Citizens Information Service has an office at South Square, Macroom, which is open from Monday to Thursday from 10am -1pm and 2pm-5pm each day. The help-line number for West Cork Citizens Information Service is 0761 07 8390.
Coachford Foróige experienced in a small way the dreadful conditions that homeless people have to go through as they had their Sleep Out in aid of the Cork Simon Community recently. The youth group slept out in front of Dairygold, Coachford in wet and cold conditions. On what was a truly miserable night, the 30 young people and their Leaders did their best to stay warm and entertain themselves. " It was a tough sleeping rough but it gave us a real idea of what the homeless people have to go through every night. The wet and the cold were horrible and we even had to put up with a drunk couple who shouted at us for sleeping outside as they made their way home. It's an experience that we wouldn't like to go through every night but we are very aware that many of our homeless people do", said one member of the club. Coachford Foróige also raised money for Cork Simon by means of sponsorship cards.
Dance with Me. The Great Coachford Dance Off takes place in Coachford College on Friday 10th March at 7:30pm in aid of Marymount Hospice. Students will get together to show off their dancing skills in what promises to be an entertaining evening of dance competition, Rehearsals for this night of dance are in full flow and Tango’s , Quick Steps and Salsas, along with other dance routines, are being finely tuned in advance of the charity event. A panel of Judges will decide which couple deserve the accolade of best Dancing Couple 2017.

Rylane Community Park

Rylane Community, in association with ACR, are organising a 4 Mile family Fun Run / Walk on Sunday, 19th March at 2p.m. from Rylane School . The group hopes to raise funds to buy a community field and the walk/run is one of many planned events, which also include a draw, with tickets selling door to door all over the Macroom area.

Coppeen St Patrick’s Day Parade

When St Patrick’s Day parades were the exclusive property of the principal cities of Ireland, Sgt Sheehan Ballineen began one of the very first rural St Patrick’s Day Parades in the tiny village of Coppeen. Today, all those years later, despite stiff competition from Cork city & neighbouring towns, this is one of the country’s longest running events of its kind, always attracting large crowds, with a great evening’s entertainment to suit all ages. This year, on Friday 17th March, Vera Foley, Cork Ladies football Star from nearby Tarelton, will officially open the St Patricks Day parade. The Parade starts at 3pm sharp & includes over twenty five floats representing local organisations and community groups. A fine display of vintage cars & tractors also adds greatly to the occasion.
To add to the festivities, a feast of traditional Irish music song and dance will be provided by Coppeen National School (mentored by Louise Cohalan, another Ladies Football Star) NewcestownComhaltas, and Castletown Set Dancers. Children’s entertainment includes a super bouncy castle, various side shows, road running races etc. Everybody is welcome to Coppeen at 3pm on Friday, 17th March. Spread the word!

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Bliain a 4 ó Choláiste Ghobnatan leis an bpostaer faoin seó faisean ©An Scoil

Coláiste Ghobnatan

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 chomh maith. Beidh roinnt múinteoirí de chuid Coláiste Ghobnatan ar stáitse ar an oíche, chomh maith le daoine na háite ag déanamh mainicíneacht ar na héadaí. Tá teilifís cliste le buachaint ar an oíche agus beidh spórt agus spraoi ar fáil go flúirseach ag gach éinne.
Bailiúchán éadaí. Bhí bailiúchán éadaí ag Comhairle na dTuismitheoirí inar bailíodh an t-uafás éadaí agus táid ana bhuíoch as an dtacaíocht.
Cluichí Cispheile. Bhí cluichí cispheile ag buachaillí bliain a haon agus a dó i gcoinne Coláiste Phobal Sciobairín ach ní raibh an t-ádh leo. Le Caitriona O’Connell.

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Students from Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh at 'Crann Taca' - 'Tree of Support', during 'Seachtain Leasa 's Measa' ©An Scoil

Scoil Mhuire, Ballingeary

Teastaisí Molta 2016. Ag ócáid fíor-thaitneamhach ar an Aoine 13ú Eanáir, bronnadh teastaisí ar dhaltaí de chuid an Bhóird Oideachais agus Oiliúna i gCorcaigh. Is é Donnagh Seartan a fuair teastas Dalta na Bliana do lucht Ardteistiméireachta 2016. Bronnadh Teastas Éachta speisialta ar Liam Ó Cróinín as ucht na dtorthaí Árdteistiméireachta a bhain sé amach i 2016. Táimíd fíor-bhródúil astu beirt.
'Seachtain Leasa 's Measa' - 'Do Good, Be Good, Feel Good Week'. The week commenced with each student getting a Dialann Dearfach. Bhí ribíní le suáilcí le ceangail ar rálaí an sconsa ag geata na scoile. Dé Máirt - Lá le Vailintín – Cion & Grá d’ár gcáirde. Students wore a red item of clothing / accessory and gave heart-shaped note in thanks to a friend / family member. Wednesday - tús na réamh scrúdaithe – and students starting exams received a pencil with a supportive note inscribed, along with a thoughtful prayer and a sweet treat. The 'Crann Taca' - 'Tree of Support' - was planted in the school entrance hall. Déardaoin - Meas ar ár bhfoireann teagaisc & an foireann choimhdeach – maidin chaife le sóláistí ullmhaithe ag Bl.1. Dé hAoine - Comhluadar - First, Second and Fifth Years enjoyed a céilí with local musicians, accordion player, Denis Moynihan and guitar player, Johnny Twomey in the Halla from 2.25 - 3.35 . le Ciarán Ó Laoire.

Macra Matters

Berrings Macra was delighted to present a cheque for €1,050 to "Friends of Marymount Hospice". Thank you to O'Leary's Centra in Tower for hosting the annual Christmas carol singing and to the local community for their generosity. Berrings Macra enjoyed many successes in recent competitions. Congratulations to the ladies basketball team who have qualified for the All-Ireland final. Well done also to Eva Mullane who won the regional round of solo singing in the National Talent competition.
Aghinagh Macra members have had a busy few weeks. On Titles Night, Sheena Murphy won the Miss Blue Jeans title and will now go on to represent the club and Muskerry Macra at Cork County titles night on the 4th March and the National final in Athboy on the June Bank Holiday. Well done to club members Grainne Browne and Paul O’Sullivan who also represented the club on the night. The regional round of Basketball took place in Donoughmore and Aghinagh Men’s and Ladies teams participated. Congratulations are extended to Berrings Macra who won the ladies Competition and to Donoughmore who won the men’s competition. Best of luck to both clubs in the National finals. Aghinagh members took part in the Muskerry round of the National Talent Competition. Congratulations to our Ballad Group, Karen Dineen, Sheila Lynch, Katie O’Connell and Lisa McSweeney who came 1st and also to our set dancing team of Sean Dineen, Jayne Cotter, Lisa Horgan, Mags Pierce, Siobhan Kelleher, Noreen Horgan, Aileen Corkery and Karen Dineen who qualified for the county final. Well done to solo singers Sarah Twomey and Taugh O’Riordan and to Grainne Browne and John Lynch who represented the club in the Mastermind competition. The Ballad Group and Set Dancers now progress to the county finals in Enniskeane on Friday the 10th March. Best of luck to both groups. Our next club meeting will take place on the 8th March at 9pm at Tigh Ui Laoghaire Bar Bealnamorrive. New members are always welcome.

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Michael & Kitty Corkery, Helen, Rena and Tim Buckley at the North City and Districts Awards © Tim Buckley

More Awards for Rena and Briege

Sports Stars, Rena Buckley and Briege Corkery, continue to collect honours and awards. The Evening Echo Overall Ladies Sports Star awards for 2016 fittingly went to Rena Buckley and was presented at a lavish function at the Rochestown Park Hotel. Among the 11 other monthly winners were fellow camogie player Anna Geary; boxer, Christina Desmond from Kilnamartra who rounded off 2016 with a bronze medal in the European Championships and fellow Inniscarra parishioner, Audrey O Flynn who has won 120 caps in hockey. Rena is currently doing a Masters in Physiotherapy in UCD and exam commitments prevented her from attending the function. Her parents accepted the prestigious award sponsored by Newbridge Silverware on her behalf. At the Overall North City and Districts Awards black tie banquet sponsored by Singletons SuperValu Hollyhill and The Maldron Hotel at Silver Springs Hotel, despite stiff competition, especially from All Ire;amd Junior hurling winners Mayfield, Rena Buckley and Briege Corkery emerged as joint winners. Briege was unable to attend as she was doing a medal presentation in Tipperary and her parents accepted on her behalf.

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Béal Átha's first Mid-Cork Junior title. Tadhg is in the back row, fifth player from left. ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

More Memories of Ted Galvin

(talking to Con Kelleher)
Tadhg Ó Gealbháin has many interests. He taught and was principal for many years in Coláiste na Mumhan, an integral part of Ballingeary history. It welcomes scores of ‘páistí’ to Gaeltacht Mhúscraí every summer. Tadhg continues to serve on the board and is delighted to see that the number of students attending is again increasing. Liam Shorten is soon to take Tadhg’s place as a board member.
Ballingeary Show was inaugurated in 1961 and continued up to 2015.Tadhg was on the founding committee. He was a fine singer; he plays cards four nights a week – ‘35’ on two nights and Solo and ‘110’ the other times. He used to play Bridge in the Sullane Club in Macroom but retired when his partner moved. He once ‘performed’ for Ballingeary Pipe Band. The Band was invited to play at the opening of a GAA pitch, but some members were unable to be present. Tadhg was pressed into service; given the uniform and a set of bagpipes. However the ‘reed’ was removed and no sound emitted from the instrument. All were delighted with his performance! Tadhg was a guest on TG4’s Comhrá programme and he has been on the radio and television many times.
GAA has played a major part of Tadhg’s life. Ballingeary is a portion of Iveleary, and in the ‘50s, the parish had just one G.A.A. club. There were a lot of young lads who were keenly interested in football but were unable to get on the Iveleary teams. At the same time, Coláiste na Mumhan, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh wanted to develop a pitch for its summer influx of Irish students but was unable to get a grant because there was no local club. Fr. Michael Murphy – later Bishop of Cork – was the local curate at the time. He, along with Séamas Ó Sé and others, including Tadhg, founded Cumann Peile Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh in 1957 and Tadhg was its first ‘rúnaí’. The pitch was known as the ‘Hanging Field’, as it had been used for summary executions in Penal Law times. Ballingeary’s first jerseys were green but, because that was already Ballincollig colour, Ballingeary switched to white with a shamrock. This proved difficult to keep stain-free and the club finally changed its colours to red and black.
Leading club players in the ‘50s and ‘60s included Eoin Moynihan and Jerry Galvin, Tadhg’s brother. Both played on the Muskerry team beaten by Macroom in the county senior final of 1962. The leading teams in Muskerry at the time were Kilmichael, Canovee, Ballincollig and Ballingeary. In 1965 Ballingeary won its first Mid-Cork junior title when they beat Ballincollig in the final in Macroom and they were absolutely delighted. Ted was a corner back and no goals were conceded in the championship. Afterwards, they had a meal in the Victoria Hotel and only 3 of the panel had alcoholic drinks.
As well as being Ballingeary’s first ‘rúnáí’, Tadhg was later chairman and representative at the Mid-Cork and County Boards, acting as chairman of the Mid-Cork Board for two years. He is a very strong proponent of Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta (cathaoirleach’ for 10 years) and finds it beneficial in promoting contact, camaraderie and mutual support among Gaeltacht communities. Béal Átha won the Comórtas junior title five times, and was part of a Gaeltacht Mhúscraí team that was once successful in the senior competition. Béal Átha hosted the competition on two occasions, and each was highly successful.
Over the years, Ballingeary had many fine players, including Eoin Moynihan, Jerry Galvin (Tadhg’s brother) and Tom Prendergast from the ‘50/’60s; the O’Driscoll brothers, John and Kevin, and later again Peadar Concannon. However, he has no doubt that the present team is the best-ever Ballingeary side. It has talent, intelligence and commitment and Tadhg has high hopes for its chances in 2017. Last year they won the Tom Creedon Cup, gained promotion to Division 1 of the Football League and were unlucky to lose the semi-final of the Premier Intermediate championship to Kiskeam, the eventual winners. As well as that, the club is able to field two competitive and successful junior teams – much to the chagrin of other bigger local clubs. Ballingeary G.A.A. has never had it so good.
Tadhg is in good health; his mind and memory are excellent and life is agreeable. He has been a great contributor to life in Ballingeary and beyond, and hopefully, he will enjoy many more years of happiness and contentment – maybe crowned by seeing his beloved Ballingeary playing senior football for the first time ever.

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The first committee for Ballingeary Show 1961,© Courtesy of Cumann Staire Uíbh Laoire


Muskerry Local Historical Society

The ascent of the first air balloon from Cork just over 200 years ago will be featured in the next Muskerry Local History Society lecture on March 6th at Ballincollig Rugby Club pavilion (8 p.m.). It was described as 'one of the most daring efforts of human enterprise' and the speaker on the night will be Mark Davies, a relative of the Leslie family who built the original gun powder mills in Ballincollig.
An addition to the Society's programme is a lecture on Henry Ford: The Cork connection on Monday March 20th and this will be delivered by Ford's Marketing Director, Denis McSweeney. He will talk about the origins of the Ford family in Cork in this, their centenary year, and how they set Ireland on the road to industrialisation.
The War of Independence, with particular emphasis on late 1920, will be featured by the Society on Monday April 10th, when Tim O'Brien recalls, through a slide show presentation, the deaths of hunger strikers Joe Murphy and Michael Fitzgerald in Cork Gaol; the fatal shooting of the Delany brothers at Kilbarry, near Blackpool, and the tragic deaths of six young men from the Blarney Street area in the Ballycannon Ambush at a Kerry Pike/ Clogheen location. Also being highlighted on the night is the repatriation from the U.S. in 1958 of the bodies of the late Capuchin friars, Fr. Albert and Fr. Dominic, who were deeply involved in the War of Independence era.
All the lectures will take place at the Ballincollig R.F.C. pavilion and are open to the public.

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.


‘The Hearts Invisible Furies’ by John Boyne -
Cyril Avery, born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community, is adopted by an eccentric Dublin couple. He will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from. A novel that will make you laugh and cry, with a devastating ending. This is Boyne’s new gripping story.
Available at Fitz-Gerald’s Bookshop €17.00


Dangerous Trees

A happy Californian wedding party was cut short recently when a large tree fell on guests, killing one and injuring five others.
There is an obligation on every owner and/ or occupier of any structure and the owner or occupier of any land on which a structure is situated, to take all reasonable steps to ensure that it is not a hazard or potential hazard to persons using a public road and that it does not obstruct or interfere with the safe use of a public road or the maintenance of a public road. Every landowner or occupier should examine their lands and their boundaries and assess the trees located thereon for the safety of the public, including pedestrians and cyclists, themselves and their family members. Examples of hazards might be dead or dying trees, ditches or hedges interfering with traffic, blocking footpaths, obscuring road signs or obscuring a view of the road ahead. If a tree located on your land injures or causes harm to someone, he or she may take legal action against you. We must take responsibility and inspect the trees on our lands. If in doubt, hire a tree surgeon to carry out an inspection of the trees.
Local Authorities have certain powers under Section 70 of the Roads Act 1993 to force a landowner to comply with their legal obligations. A road authority may serve a notice in writing on the owner or occupier to remove, modify or carry out specified works in relation to the structure within the period stated in the notice. If the owner fails to comply within the period stated in the notice, the authority may carry out the work and charge the owner. It is an offence not to comply with the notice and a person guilty of an offence shall be liable on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding €1,238.70 or, at the discretion of the court, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment, or, on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding €12,386.97 or, at the discretion of the court, to imprisonment, for a term not exceeding two years or to both such fine and imprisonment.
It is also worth noting that by virtue of Section 37 of the Forestry Act, it is illegal to uproot any tree over 10 years old, or cut down any tree of any age, including trees which form part of a hedgerow, unless a felling notice has been lodged with the Garda Station situated nearest to the trees, at least 21 days before felling starts. A Felling Notice may be obtained from any Garda Station or from the Felling Section of the Forest Service of the Department. After receipt of a Felling Notice, prohibition orders are normally served. These remain in force pending the issue of a Limited Felling Licence, which can include environmental and replanting conditions.
There are some exceptions where a felling licence is not required, such as trees standing within 100 feet of any building other than a wall or temporary structure or a tree certified by the local authority as dangerous to road traffic on account of age or condition.
Overhanging trees and encroaching roots can cause disputes between neighbours. You are free to cut back any tree overhanging your property but you may not trespass on your neighbour’s property to do so. If you are concerned about a neighbour’s tree, it is best to approach the landowner and outline your concerns. The simplest way to resolve these issues is to talk to your neighbours in a friendly way. If the landowner refuses to acknowledge the problem, you should report the matter to your Local Authority and allow them to carry out an inspection of the tree.
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 Email: 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.


Sowing seeds “indoors” or outside. I sow the following vegetables outside in the vegetable patch: potatoes, onions, garlic, shallots, peas, beans, parsnips and carrots. Pretty much everything else I sow indoors first and then (usually about 4-6 weeks later, when the seedlings are a little bit hardy), I plant them out in the soil. The vegetables I sow this way include lettuce, tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, sweetcorn, broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, celeriac, beetroot, spring onions, courgette, cucumber, kale, pumpkin, squash, spinach and turnip.
A seed sown in the soil outside has a lot to contend with in that difficult first 8 weeks of its life: frost, snow, rain, wind, slugs, snails and birds. By sowing indoors you are giving the seedling a chance to get itself established before it has to deal with these threats. The word “indoors” can mean inside the house or in a greenhouse/potting shed with benches. Sowing indoors can extend the growing season at either ends. This is particularly important for vegetables that have a very long growing season –tomatoes, aubergines and peppers. You can cheat even further by buying a heated propagation unit which provides your seedlings with heat from beneath.
Things to do in March. Continue to prepare ground. Fork or rake over existing beds, breaking up large clods of earth. Cover new seedlings with fleece if a frost is due. Start your daily slug patrols and lay beer traps. Don’t let new-season weeds take over – get on top of them with weekly hoeing.
Sow. Indoors: lettuce, aubergine, peppers, cucumbers, celery, celeriac, sweet corn, basil, leeks, summer cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, parsley, courgette, French beans. Sow outdoors or under cover: broad beans, red cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts, onions, leeks, turnip, peas, radishes, early lettuce, asparagus. Plant your first early seed potatoes, as soon as weather conditions allow.
Harvest. This month you could be enjoying (from the ground and from storage) onions, leeks, parsnips, potatoes, some varieties of lettuce, mint, sprouting broccoli, kale, rhubarb, chard, the first of the spring cauliflowers and cabbage, and spinach (perpetual, spinach beet). By Michael Kelly

Sports Mad

Big Win for Macroom Boxer.

In his first professional fight in Ireland, Macroom southpaw, Noel Murphy, Masseytown, claimed the BUI Celtic welterweight title before a noisy crowd in the National Stadium, Dublin on Saturday, February 25. The Rebel redhead fought Avelino Vazquez for the belt in the chief support bout on the Red Corner Promotions ‘Unfinished Business’ card. In what was a mature and controlled display from the 22 year old, Murphy took an eight-round points win.
A big number of supporters travelled from Macroom and the reception he got when walking to the ring will take some beating – with the Cork fans making a deafening noise. Murphy shaded the opening round but the fight opened up in the second, and Vallejo was staggered by a sharp counter left. A quieter third followed, but some heavy shots right at the conclusion drew chants of ‘Olé, Olé, Olé’ from the Murphy Army. He was increasingly dominant in the fourth and two big lefts in the fifth left Vazquez momentarily wooden-legged, but the gritty Galician recovered. Vazquez’s output was dropping considerably as Murphy remained on top in the sixth and upped the workrate as he entered the seventh round for the first time in his career. Vazquez responded well, but never looked like threatening the Cork boxer’s commanding lead. The pair went toe-to-toe in the final round, much to the crowd’s delight, as Murphy rounded off an impressive performance.
Going to the scorecard, there seemed to be little doubt, although the final tally of 78:75 seemed harsh on the Irishman. The win sees Murphy move to 9(2)-0, while the game Vazquez drops to 4(0)-3(0).
The Lou Di Bella-promoted Macrompian will now return to his training base in Woodlawn, New York. He is #1 in the Irish welterweight rankings (champion Peter McDonagh) and, if his promoter, agrees, would like to fight for the Irish title during the summer. Ideally, this fight would be in Dublin but may be fought in the Big Apple.

Tom Creedon Cup

The 2017 Tom Creedon Cup competition, sponsored by Macroom Bookshop, has reached the final stage with the holders, Béal Átha‘n Ghaorthaidh, set to meet Newmarket in a repeat of last year’s decider.
Semi finals:
Cill na Martra 0-12 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 0-15
St Michael’s 0-11 Newmarket 2-12
Final: Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Newmarket on Saturday, March 4 at Macroom. 3p.m. throw-in.

County Football Leagues

The county football leagues have started, with action in all five divisions. Nine teams in all from Muskerry are competing in the various divisions.

Rochestown Park Hotel Div 1 Football League

Ballincollig 3-19 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 3-5
Castlehaven 0-12 Ballincollig 0-13
Ballincollig 1-7 Ilen Rovers 0-5
Division 2 Football League
Éire Óg 1-8 Kanturk 2-11
Kiskeam 2-8 Macroom 1-13
Macroom 1-10 Éire Óg 1-9
Naomh Aban 1-7 Newcestown 1-11
St Michaels 2-13 Naomh Abán 2-12
Bishopstown 2-7 Cill Na Martra 4-13
Division 3 Football League
Carrigaline 0-7 Aghabullogue 0-8
Nemo Rangers 0-9 Aghabullogue 2-14
Aghabullogue 2-13 Fermoy 1-10
Division 4 Football League
Ballinora 1-13 Ballydesmond 2-8
Division 5 Football League
Adrigole 0-8 Grenagh 0-9
St Finbarrs 1-11 Grenagh 2-11
Clonakilty 0-9 Grenagh 2-9

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football Championships

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 0-4 Éire Óg 4-13,
Ballincollig 0-13 Aghabullogue 0-7
Round 3: Ballincollig v Macroom, Aghabullogue v Éire Óg
Group 2 – 3 teams
Round 1: Inniscarra 0-6 Kilmurry 0-12
Round 2: Kilmurry 0-10 Cill na Martra 2-6
Round 3: Cill na Martra 1-9 Inniscarra 0-7

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: Grenagh 1-7 Ballinora 2-9
Rd 3: Ballinora 1-14 Canovee 0-8
Group Winners: Ballinora (Runners up-Canovee)
Group 2: Rd 1: Kilmichael 1-3 N Abán 3-15
Rd 2: N Abán 0-13 Blarney 1-7
Rd 3: Blarney 3-5 Kilmichael 2-2
Group Winners: Naomh Abán (Blarney)
Group 3: Rd 1: Aghinagh 0-13 Donoughmore 1-6
Rd 2: Inniscarra B 0-3 Aghinagh 3-18
Rd 3: Donoughmore w/o Inniscarra B conceded
Group Winners: Aghinagh (Donoughmore)
Best Runner Up A Blarney v Canovee. B Donoughmore v winners of A.
Semi- finals: Ballinora v Aghinagh. Naomh Abán v B

Mid Cork U21 C Football championship

One group of four teams. Top two teams to qualify for final stage.
Round 1: Clondrohid 1-9 Lee Gaels 0-11: Iveleary 3-7 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1-9
Round 2: Lee Gaels 2-9 Iveleary 3-11
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1-12 Clondrohid 2-8
Round 3: Lee Gaels 0-7 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 5-12
Clondrohid 0-7 Iveleary 2-11
Final: Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Iveleary at Baile Mhúirne on Sunday, March 19 at 3p.m.

Mid Cork U21 A Football championship

Group 1
Macroom 0-4 Éire Óg 4-13
Éire Óg followed up their win over Ballincollig with a comprehensive win over Macroom at the Castle Grounds and are now certain to reach the semi final stage. Macroom competed well enough in the opening quarter, scoring first through Don Creedon, but when Brian Hurley cut in from the wing to plant the ball in the Macroom net in the 15th minute it effectively signalled the end of the Macroom resistance. Éire Óg then led by 1-3 to 0-1 and when they added a goal apiece from James O’Sullivan and Danny Cotter to lead by 3-5 to 0-1 at the break the game as a contest was clearly over. The second half was merely of academic interest with the winners leading by 3-12 to 0-2 at the three quarter stage and they added a fourth goal from Ryan O’Flynn in the 55th minute.
Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: Shane Quigley, Michael Corkery, Seán Desmond: Anthony Doherty, John Mullins, Ross McCarthy; Daire McCarthy, Colm O’Callaghan: James O’Sullivan, John Cooper, Denny Murphy: Brian Hurley, Danny Cotter, Jack Murphy. Subs: Daire Conway, Diarmuid Dineen, Donal O’Leary and Ryan O’Flynn.
Macroom: Declan Kiely: Brian McMahon, Paul O’Farrell, Jack Cronin: Kevin O’Dwyer, Robert Healy, Ryan Creed: Caleb Dinneen, Olan O’Mahony: Brendan O’Sullivan, Ethan O’Gorman, Mark Corrigan: Brendan O’Callaghan, Don Creedon, Cathal O’Riordan. Subs: Alex Ryan, Craig Ronan, Eolan O’Leary.
Referee: Mr Pat O’Leary, Kilmurry.

Ballincollig 0-13 Aghabullogue 0-7
As expected , Ballincollig had that little bit too much all-round balance for an Aghabullogue side which fought to the finish but badly missed the threat of the injured Ian BarryMurphy in attack.
Ballincollig scored first when Eoin OReilly pointed from a close in free in the 4th minute but Aghabullogue equalised three minutes later, Mathew Bradley also from a free, on target. Luke Fahy regained the lead for Ballincollig when he moved upfield in the 8thminute to raise a white flag and they subsequently scored six additional points without reply. Eoin O’Reilly converted a free in the 14th minute, Jordan O’Connor twice in as many minutes from play, and Luke Fahy again. Cian Kiely punched over to increase Ballincollig’s lead to seven points in the 28th minute and Aghabullogue’s Matt Bradley then sent the football between the uprights, 0-8 to 0-2 at the break.
Ballincollig faced the breeze when the action resumed but they promptly increased their lead. Points from Luke Fahy and Aidan O’Donovan put them in a very strong position but it is to Aghabullogue’s credit that they did not capitulate and they got a few scores back. David Thompson pointed two frees and Matt Bradley raised another white flag from play but that was as good as it got for them. Jordan O’Connor and Eoin O’Reilly both pointed for Ballincollig, Aodán Healy scored Aghabullogue’s 7th point in the 57th minute but Ballincollig had the final score, a superb point from Eoin Byrne. Ballincollig: Ciarán Noonan; Jack Hoey, Shane O’Neill, Kevin Crowley: Luke Fahy, Gearóid O’Donoghue, Kevin Browne: Cian Kiely, Peter O’Neill: Robbie Bourke, Jordan O’Connor, Shane O’Sullivan: Aidan O’Donovan, Eoin O’Reilly, Eoin Byrne. Subs: Danny Murphy 32, Colm Bohane 57, Cormac Kelly 58.
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: Tony Long 50.
Referee: Mr John Horgan (Gleann Na Laoi)

Group 2
Kilmurry 0-10 Cill na Martra 2-6
Kilmurry, buoyed by their win over Inniscarra a week earlier, were in determined form when they faced last year’s beaten finalists Cill na Martra at Kilmurry and for a long time in the second half it looked as if the home side would take the laurels but they were hit by 1-2 from Cill na Martra in the last five minutes and went down to a two point defeat.
Liam Wall opened the scoring with a Kilmurry point in the 6th minute, Dan Ó Duinnin quickly equalised from a free and Sean Ó Foirreidh put the visitors in front with a point in the 15th minute after a very even opening quarter. Kilmurry lost Kyle Kelleher to a black card and Mike Ó Deasúna put Cill na Martra further ahead in the 18th minute with a point but Kilmurry fought back and points from two Joe Ryan frees had the sides level by the 24th minute at 0-3 each. Kilmurry goalkeeper did really well to deny Dan Ó Duinnin a goal and Pádraig Hinchion helped with a super block on the rebound but before the half time whistle, Tadgh Ó Corcora had a fine point for Cill na Martra and two minutes from the break, Ciarán Ó Duinnin scored a superb goal from the winners to leave his side 1-4 to 0-3 in front at the interval.
The third quarter was dominated by Kilmurry and points flowed from Joe Ryan (free), Liam Wall, Seán Flanagan, Ryan again (free) tro leave the teams level at 0-7 to 1-4 at the three quarter stage. Joe Ryan then pointed another free to put Kilmurry in front and in the 25th minute the Kilmurry sharpshooter had a fine pint to open up a two point gap as Kilmurry looked to be heading for victory. Within two minutes the whole complexion of the game changed as first Mike Ó Deasúna took a pass from the enterprising Dan Ó Duinnin to shoot a point, and from the kick out, Ciarán Ó Duinnín scored a second goal after a good built up. Seán Ó Cróinín added a point instantly to leave Cill na Martra three points clear and Kilmurry deflated at the sudden reversal in their fortune. Gearóid Ó Goilí took a black card for the Cill na Martra cause and Kilmurry had to be satisfied with a point from the Joe Ryan free which left them two points adrift at the final whistle.
Kilmurry: Eoin Curzon: William Ronan, Fionn Warren, Pádraig Hinchion: Seán Curzon, Kyle Kelleher, James O’Mullane: Liam Wall, John O’Mullane: Brian Hinchion, Greg Fitton, Seán Flanagan: Eoin Clifford, Seán Warren, Joe Ryan. Subs: James Berhanu, Evan Carroll.
Cill na Martra: James Aynsley; Ebhan Ó Cathasaigh, Antóin Ó Cuana, Éoin Ó Céilleachair: Gearóid Ó Goilí, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh, Seán Ó Foirreidh: Mike Ó Deasúna, Tadgh Ó Corcora: Gearóid Ó Faoláin, Damian Ó hUrdail, Seán Ó Cróinin: Ciaráin Ó Duinnín, Dan Ó Duinnín, Dean MacCarthaigh. Subs: Criostóir Ó Meachair, Donagh Ó Riordáin.
Referee; Mr Dave Murnane, Macroom.

Cill na Martra 1-9 Inniscarra 0-7
Cill na Martra qualified for the semi final stage as group winners after this win over Inniscarra at Páirc Uí Chuana, which leaves them unbeaten in the group. Inniscarra, suffering their second defeat, are out of further contention and Kilmurry qualify for the semi final stage as group runners up.
Inniscarra were without the injured Seán O’Donoghue, the captain of the Cork U21’s this season, and his absence was a major setback for their attack. In addition they lost Tomás O’Connor to a black card at the three quarter stage when the game was still there to be won and it was the lack of scoring power which contributed most to their undoing. That said, Cill na Martra were in front from the 20th minute to the finish and when Inniscarra had the gap between the teams down to a single point with ten minutes remaining, it was the Gaeltacht side who finished the strongest, outscoring their opponents by 1-2 to 0-1 in the run in to the finish.
Ciarán Ó Duinín and Gearóid Ó Faoláin had early points for the home side, Inniscarra replied with three points from Tomás O’Connor, one from a free, to lead at the end of the first quarter. The outstanding Dan Ó Duinnín levelled matters, Mike Ó Deasúna put Cill na Martra in front and Ciarán Ó Duinnín’s late point gave his side a deserved two point interval lead, 0-5 to 0-3.
A point from Damian Ó hUrdail increased the lead to three points on the restart, but after a period of stagnation, Inniscarra hit back with points from Aaron O’Raw and Adam O’Connell to keep the pressure on Cill na Martra. Points were exchanged but then Cillo na Martra wrapped up the victory and their place in the semi final with a point from ÓhUrdail, a smashing goal from Dean MacCarthaigh and a late point from Dan Ó Duinnín in reply to a Dylan O’Sullivan point for ‘Scarra.
Cill na Martra: James Aynsley; Ebhan Ó Cathasaigh, Antóin Ó Cuana, Éoin Ó Céilleachair: Tadgh Ó Corcora, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh, Seán Ó Foirréidh: Mike Ó Deasúna, Gearóid Ó Goilí: Ciaráin Ó Duinnín, Gearóid Ó Faoláin, Seán Ó Cróinin: Damian Ó hUrdail, Dan Ó Duinnín, Dean MacCarthaigh. Subs: Criostóir Ó Meachair, Donagh Ó Riordáin, Cianie Ó Foirréidh.
Inniscarra: David Óg Coleman: Jack Harrington, Cillian Browne, Declan Hyland: Danny O’Herlihy, David Twomey, Andrew McCarthy: Eric Baxter, James Walsh: Stephen Dornan, Dylan O’Sullivan, Aaron O’Raw: David Carroll, Tomás Ó’Connor, Adam O’Connell. Subs: Padraig Ó Donoghue, Conor Barrett, Brian O’Mahony, Mike O’Connell.
Referee; Mr Joe Larkin, Ballinora.

Mid Cork U21 B Football championship

Group 1:Grenagh 1-7 Ballinora 2-9
Ballinora 1-14 Canovee 0-8
Grenagh 1-7 Ballinora 2 – 9
Ballinora came from behind at Grenagh to gain a vital win and end the home side’s interest in the championship. Darragh Holmes was the scorer of both the winner’s goals, one in each half, and also was the main scoring threat all through.
Ballinora: Jack Farrell: Conor McGrath, Kenneth Greallly, David Fitton; Pádraig Dineen, Brian Rigney, Cathal McCarthy: James Lordan, Mike Lordan: James Hogan, Tim Forde, Dylan Dineen: Jack Blake, Darragh Holmes, Seán Philpott.
Ballinora 1- 14 Canovee 0 – 6
Ballinora followed their win over Grenagh with a home win over Canovee and they now top the group and qualify for the play offs.
Ballinora led at the interval by 0-8 to 0-3 and were in command, thanks to an outstanding midfield performance from Mike and James Lordan and another top class display from Darragh Holmes in attack. Canovee staged a strong second half fight back and play was very even until the only goal of the game came late from the boot of Dylan Dineen to wrap up the win for the home side. Mark Healy had 0-5 for the young Canovee side, short some of its more experienced players.
Ballinora: Jack Farrell: James Walsh, Kenneth Greallly, David Fitton; Pádraig Dineen, Brian Rigney, Conor McGrath; James Lordan, Mike Lordan: James Hogan, Tim Forde, Dylan Dineen: Jack Blake, Darragh Holmes, Seán Philpott. Sub; Daire Corkery.
Canovee: Cormac O’Driscoll : Seán Twomey , Patrick Buckley ,EoghanO’Connell: Kieran Moynhian , Brian Verling, Seán Browne: Denis Murphy,Mark Healy: David Carroll ,Mark Walsh, Jack Murphy: Dean lynch , PatrickO’Neill, Noel Browne . Subs Daniel Akinringbola, Kieran Walsh , Billy Kingston.

Group 2 N Abán 0-13 Blarney 1-7
Blarney 3-5 Kilmichael 2-2
Round Two: Naomh Abán 0 – 13 Blarney 1 – 7
Blarney were always in contention in this game and really put it up to the fancied home side at Páirc Íosagáin. It was 0-6 to 0-4 at the break but a Blarney goal form Alan McEvoy just after the restart had the eastern side in front and made Naomh Abán really increase their efforts. With Maidhchí Ó Duinnín driving them on from midfield they rattled off four points in a row to regain control but Blarney kept in touch to the finish and indeed in their final attack saw a Ray Murphy shot slam off the Naomh Abán crossbar and Alan McEvoy’s shot off the rebound just skimmed wide of the post.
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: Diarmuid Ó Meachair, Piarais Ó Liatháin, Daire Ó Loinsuigh: Conor Ó Críodáin, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Daire Ó Laoire. Fir Ionaid: Conchuir Ó Riordáin, Eoin Ó Scanaill, Eoin de Róiste.
Blarney: Alex Moynihan: Michael J Shine, Stephen Sheedy, Sean Mc Sweeney; Wayne Shine, Sean Crowley, Eamonn O’Mahony: Peter Philpott, Alan McEvoy; Conor forde, Ray Murphy, James Walsh: Luke Meade, Kevin Cremen, Pat O’Connell. Subs: Evan Murph76y, Dan Quill, Daire McdPo0nil, Declan Hanlon.

Round Three: Blarney 3 – 5 Kilmichael 2 - 2
The wet and blustery conditions in Blarney made it very difficult for both teams and the game started slowly. Over 20 minutes had elapsed before Blarney had their opening score but at half time they led by 0-4 to 0-1, Ronan O’Callaghan the lone scorer for Kilmichael. Kilmichael started the second half strongly, scoring 1-1 within 3 minutes to reclaim the lead, Cathal Foley the goalscorer, Jamie McCarthy getting the point. Blarney responded with two great goals scored in the 39th and 43rd minutes by Peter Philpott and Conor Forde respectively. Michael John Shine added a point before Kilmichael’s Ciarán O’Donoghue scored a second goal in the 59th minute, pulling back Blarney’s lead to just three points. The issue was finally settled by a fine Blarney goal from Peter Philpott in 61st minute.
Blarney team: Alex Dineen: Jack O’Keeffe, Sean McSweeney, Darragh McPolin: Michael John Shine , Sean Crowley, Wayne Shine: Eamonn O’Mahony, Peter Philpott: Conor Forde, Alan McEvoy, Luke Madden: Kevin Cremen, Pat O’Connell, Evan Murphy. Subs: James Doody, Barry Dennehy, Cian Ahern and Darragh Walsh.
Kilmichael: Stephen O’Leary: Gerard Murphy, Brendan Kelleher, Kieran Murphy: Luke Hennigan, Kevin Murphy, Eoin Murphy; Cathal Foley, Shane O’Donoghue: Jamie McCarthy, Alan McCarthy, Oisín de Lacey: Luke Hennigan: Joshua de Lacey, Ronan O’Callaghan, Páraig O’Leary. Sub: Ciarán O’Donoghue.

Group 3: Inniscarra B 0-3 Aghinagh 3-18

Donoughmore w/o Inniscarra B conceded
Aghinagh had a facile win over Inniscarra ‘B’ at Rusheen and so qualified unbeaten for the semi final stage of the championship. Inniscarra later withdrew from the competition, leaving Donoughmore as runners up.
Aghinagh panel: 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, Chris Duggan and Richard Cotter.
Donoughmore panel: 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. Billy Barrett, Adam Looney and Ben Honohan.

Mid Cork U21 C Football championship

One group of four teams. Top two teams to qualify for final stage.
Round 1: Clondrohid 1-9 Lee Gaels 0-11: Iveleary 3-7 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1-9
Round 2: Lee Gaels 2-9 Iveleary 3-11
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1-12 Clondrohid 2-8
Lee Gaels 2 – 9 Iveleary 3 – 11
Lee Gaels at home gave Iveleary a strong challenge but this defeat left them with only a slim chance of making the final. Chris Óg Jones had two goals for the winners and Shane O’Dea had the other while Aaron O’Riordan and James Cotter had the goals for the Dripsey/Gleann na Laoi combination.
Clondrohid 2 - 8 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1 – 12
Béal Átha came from a position of being 2-7 to 1-3 in arrears at half time to leading by a1-12 to 2-8 after scoring nine points in a row without reply. Clondrohid then drew level with four minutes to go but Donagh Seartan got a late winning point for Béal Átha.

Round 3:
Clondrohid 0 - 7 Iveleary 2 - 11
Conditions were difficult at Clondrohid, with a strong wind and frequent rain. Clondrohid mounted a strong challenge and Iveleary can thank Chris Óg Jones, whose goal in the 22nd minute helped them to a 1-3 to 0-2 interval lead. When Clondrohid fought back with two points on the restart it was a second goal from Jones which steadied the ship and sent Iveleary side on to the final.
Iveleary: Josh Pickering: Liam Cotter, Finbarr McSweeney; Tim O’Dea, Ciarán O’Riordan, Chris O’Donovan: Ciarán Galvin, Barry O’Leary: Olan Clancy, Conor O’Leary, James O’Donovan; Shane O’Dea, Chris Óg Jones. Subs: Mort. Cotter and Mikey Cummins.
Clondrohid: Alan Duggan: Stephen O’Riordan, Denis O’Riordan: Killian Lynch, Conor Flanagan, Callum O’Shea: Cian Creedon, Brian Corcoran: Dean Burke, Sean Quinn, Shane Lehane: Darren Dineen, Thomas O’ Connor.
Referee: Mr JJ Murphy, Kilmurry.

Lee Gaels 0 – 7 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 5 – 12
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh qualified for the C final and a re-match with parish neighbours Iveleary after comprehensive win over Lee Gaels at Dripsey. Béal Átha led at half time by 2-7 to 0-3 and strolled through the second half . Seán Ó Muineacháin and Donagh Seartan each had two goals, Shane Ó Críodáin getting the other.
Lee Gaels: Adam Casey: Jack Casey, Eoin O’Connell: Shane Lucey, Brendan O’Connell, Michael O’Riordan, Keith Desmond:, Eoin Maher, Brendan O’Callaghan:, Conor Canavan, Aaron O’Riordan, Aaron Desmond, Patrick Walosky, James Cotter, Jarad Murphy Sheehan, Dean O’Sullivan.
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: RonánÓ Loinsuigh, Criostóir Ó Rinn. Fir Ionaid; Seán Ó Muiineachákin, Brian Ó Tuama agus Ciarán Ó Laoire.

Allianz National Football League

Cork 1-14 Fermanagh 0-9
Cork defeated Fermanagh by eight points at Páirc Uí Rinn in round three. Fermanagh were left to regret eight first-half wides as Niall Coakley’s 24thminute goal, helped Cork to a comfortable 1-7 to 0-4 half-time advantage.
Peter Kelleher, introduced as a late substitute, was the only Mid Cork player involved in this game.
Scorers for Cork: Niall Coakley (1-4, 3fs); Paul Kerrigan (0-4); Brian O’Driscoll (0-2); John O’Rourke, Donncha O’Connor, Luke Connolly, Donal Óg Hodnett (0-1 each).
Cork: Ken O’Halloran; Kevin Crowley, Tom Clancy (Clonakilty), Michael Shields; Tomas Clancy (Fermoy), James Loughrey, Stephen Cronin; Aidan Walsh, Ruairi Deane; Brian O’Driscoll, Luke Connolly, John O’Rourke: Niall Coakley, Donncha O’Connor, Paul Kerrigan. Subs: Colm O’Neill (53), Mark Collins (55), Colm O’Driscoll (60), Donal Óg Hodnett (62), Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael) (67), Kevin O’Driscoll (70).

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A

Dublin 2-19 Cork 1-14
An excellent Dublin performance saw the visitors claim their first Allianz HL Division 1A points with victory over Cork at Páirc Uí Rinn. Early on, Cork looked to have continued the form which saw them beat Clare in their opening game but the Dubs – heavily beaten by Tipperary in their previous outing – managed to reel off 1-8 without reply to move into a lead they would not lose. Eoghan Conroy’s point in injury time put Dublin 1-11 to 1-7 in front and, after Cork reduced the margin on the resumption, it was Conroy who scored their second goal in the 41st minute. After 53 minutes Dublin lost wing-back Chris Crummey for a second yellow card, but Cork couldn’t make the extra man count as the last six points of the game were shared, with Dublin finishing strongly.
Mark Coleman of Blarney was the only Mid Cork hurler on duty with the county team.
Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 0-7 (0-5fs, 0-165), Shane Kingston 1-2, Luke Meade 0-2, Mark Coleman (0-1 free), Alan Cadogan, Conor Lehane 0-1 each.
Cork: Anthony Nash; Killian Burke, David Griffin, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Mark Ellis, Mark Coleman (Blarney); Bill Cooper, Daniel Kearney; Luke Meade, Shane Kingston, Darragh Fitzgibbon; Alan Cadogan, Patrick Horgan, Séamus Harnedy.
Subs: Damien Cahalane (25), Stephen McDonnell (h-t), Conor Lehane (45), Paul Haughney (49).

Macroom GAA

Macroom intermediates had another good win in the county league when they defeated Éire Óg on a 1-10 to 1-9 scoreline at the Castle Grounds. This was Macroom’s second win in a row in the new season’s league and it was another encouraging performance against good opposition. A cracking goal from John Murphy got Macroom off to a good start but Éire Óg kicked over six points in a row before the home side had a second score, a point from Pa Lucey in the 20th minute. Further points from Olan Murphy and Andrew Hegarty had Macroom only a point in arrears at the break on a 0-7 to 1-3 scoreline.
Seán Kiely kicked a levelling point on the restart and John Murphy put them back in front. The sides were level again at the three quarter stage but Macroom pulled clear with points from David Horgan, Patrick Lucey and Ethan O’Gorman before a last second goal for the visitors cut the winning margin to a single point.
Macroom: Declan Kiely: Gerard Angland, Robbie O’Dwyer, Martin O’Donnell: David Cotter, Fintan Goold, Michael Cronin: David Horgan, Seán Kiely; Paul O’Farrell, John Murphy, Andrew Hegarty; Olan Murphy, Patrick Lucey, Ciarán Murphy. Subs: Ethan O’Gorman, Brendan O’Sullivan, Michael Cahill, Mark Corrigan. Macroom will play Clyda Rovers at Mourne Abbey on Sunday March 5th next.

Macroom Juvenile GAA

Spring is in the air; the hours of daylight are lengthening and footballs are being kicked again. Hallelujah, Macroom juveniles have re-commenced playing.
U-16s played a practice game against Iniscarra U-15s, Premier grade in the Castle Grounds and they played quite well. They had a good turn-out of 22 players, and the match was very beneficial. Manager Patrick Goold and selectors Joe Carroll, Leo Goold and Seán Kiely were well pleased, and are looking forward to the season with confidence.
U-14s. Macroom played Kenmare in a challenge game in cold conditions. They had a good panel but unfortunately Kenmare were too strong. All players got a game and Dylan Wenger, Jack Sexton and Mark Hunt played well. Mark O’Sullivan and his selectors will have learned a lot from the match.
U-9s/U-10s: On an overcast and drizzly morning at Tom Creedon Park the U-9s and U-10s resumed training. The league will start in 3 weeks and it was great to see 35 players turn out. Both managers -Tony O'Sullivan and Chris Donovan - were delighted with the effort and skill shown by all the players, both old and new.

Cork Ladies on Target – Lidl League to Date.

Round 1 Cork 5 – 17 Kerry 1 – 11
Round 2 Armagh 0 – 12 Cork 0 – 9
Round 3 Cork 2 – 11 Dublin 1 – 8
Round 4 Cork 3 – 9 Mayo 1 – 8
Having started well in the 2017 Lidl Ladies National Football League by defeating neighbours Kerry 5 – 17 to 1 – 11, Cork suffered a Round 2 setback when they unexpectedly lost out to Armagh in Clonmore on a scoreline of 0-12 to 0-9. Armagh led by 0-7 to 0-3 at half-time against the Rebels, who had Eimear Meaney in good scoring form but failed to catch the northern challengers.
However, Ephie Fitzgerald’s women made amends when they decisively defeated Dublin in the 3rd round and got two valuable points. The match, heralded as the battle of the All-Ireland finalists from the last three seasons, gave a new-look Cork side home advantage in Mallow and they ran out 2-11 to 1-8 winners against the Dubs. Cork, aiming for a fifth successive League crown, made it two wins from three in the group stages as All-Star Orla Finn scored 1-7, all from frees. Dublin scored an early goal but that was cancelled out by Finn’s goal midway through the half, At half-time, Cork led by a single point, 1-5 to 1-4, and one might have expected a ding dong second half, but Dublin struggled and were decisively defeated. After two victories, this was Dublin’s first loss of the season and at the end of round 3, four teams are locked together on six points – Dublin, Cork, Donegal and Galway, with Mayo, Monaghan, Armagh and Kerry all on three points.
CORK: Martina O’Brien; Marie Ambrose, Róisín Phelan; Eimear Meaney; Melissa Duggan; Róisín O’Sullivan; Shauna Kelly; Niamh Cotter; L. Cohalan; Libby Coppinger; Bríd O’Sullivan; Jessica O’Shea; Eimear Scally; Ciara O’Sullivan; Orla Finn. Subs. Doireann O’Sullivan; A. Hutchings; G. Kearney.
Round 4 v Mayo. Ephie Fitzgerald’s Cork moved ominously to joint head of affairs in Division 1 of the League on Saturday 25, in Swinford, after inflicting a 3-09 to 1-08 defeat on Mayo in a repeat of last year’s Division 1 final. Cora Staunton scored eight points for Mayo and Sarah Rowe goaled, but Cork led early and never looked back. After two early Staunton points, the Rebels got two goals in as many minutes, courtesy of Eimear Scally and Brid O’Sullivan. Rowe responded with a Mayo goal but the half-time score was 1-04 to 2-05. Cork, with the breeze, had little difficulty in coasting home, 3 – 9 to 1 – 8.
In the battle for the four top places in Division 1, Cork, Dublin and Galway now lead the pack, with 9 points each. In Round 4, Galway beat Armagh; Dublin beat Donegal and Kerry beat Monaghan. Cork lead on score difference.

Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League

Cork 1 – 7 Dublin 0 – 4
All Star and dual player, Rena Buckley, is Cork Senior Camogie captain for 2017, her Inniscarra club having won the 2016 County championship. Cork, with bitter memories of their 2016 defeat by League and Championship winners, Kilkenny, got off to a good start in Division 1 of Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League. They defeated Dublin 1 – 7 to 0 – 4. The Dubs fought tooth and nail in the opening half, leaving them level with Cork on 0 – 3 each. Cork got three points on resumption and an injury time goal put an even better appearance on the scoreline.
Cork’s Round 2 match against Tipperary on February 26 was postponed as the pitch was deemed unplayable. They are scheduled to play Waterford on March 12 and Wexford on March 19. Champions, Kilkenny, lost out 2-11 to 0-9 in their Round 2 match against Wexford and Waterford beat Dublin 0-11 to 0-7. This was a second win for Wexford as they had narrowly defeated Waterford, 1-11 to 1-10 in Round 1, in which Kilkenny had decimated Dublin. This leaves Wexford in the driving seat so far, pending the Cork – Tipperary game.

Laochra Óg

Our latest 50/50 Club Development Draw had Jerh Lynch, Reinaree winning €425 and the seller’s prize of €25 went to Reinaree Post Office. Thanks to all supporters. The next draw will take place on Sunday 12th March in Clondrohid Community Hall at 12 noon.
One 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.
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.

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Macroom Golf Club Drive In 2017. From left, Captain, Tom Fitzgerald; :Lady President, Rose Costello; Lady Captain, Maedbh Loughrey; President, Donal Ahern. ©Tim Keating

Macroom Golf Club

Men’s Club.Week 1. Open singles Qualifer: Pat Meaney(20) 33pts. Club singles: 1st John Twohig(15) 37pts, 2nd Paddy Mawe (19) 34pts, 3rd Donal Ahern(14) 34pts, Seniors. Tom Daly(16) 33pts, Best Gross Kevin Sheehan(2) 33pts.
Week 2. Seniors; 1st- Jimmy Nolan (9), Liam Nash (19), John Purcell (22) 45.0. Open Singles Qualifier: 1st- Kevin Sheehan(2) 30pts. Club singles: 1st - David Byrne(35), 2nd- Cathal O'Sullivan(8) 34pts
Fixtures Tue – Seniors; Thur - Open Singles Qualifier; Sat & Sun - Club Singles & Winter League