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Entrants for the 2017 Flower of Macroom. Winner is Laura Creedon, 4th from right. Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Ballinagree N.S. Cake Sale on St. Patrick’s Day from 10:30am
Ballinagree St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 11a.m.
Coppeen St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 3pm on Fri 17th March.
Aghinagh Ó Cathasaigh Alpacas on parade in Macroom on St. Patrick’s Day.
Top of Coom Run for Preemie Babies on Sun. March 19th at 12 noon.
Taispeántas Ealaíne i Halla Pobail, Cill na Martra ar an Domhnach, 19ú Márta ag 12:15pm
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 .
Text Alert public meeting in Clondrohid Hall on Mon March 20 at 8pm.
Henry Forde lecture at 8.00 pm on Mon, 20 March in Ballincollig Rugby Club.
Lee Valley Speakers: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 8pm Castle Hotel. Open meeting March 21st.
World Water Day on Wed, 22 March. 3pm boat trips on Lough Allua. 5pm tapas by Real Olive Co. in Creedon’s Hotel, Inchigeela. Evening talks 6pm. 8pm Music by Ger Wolfe & Friends.
Tai-chi Classes starting Thurs 23rd March in Kilmurry Museums 7.30.
Rusheen N.S. Clothes Recycling Collection on Fri. 24 and Mon 27th March.
.Stress Management talk in the Castle Hotel, Macroom at 7.30pm on Tue 28th March.
Daffodil Day at Tigh Uí Laoghaire’s Bar, Bealnamorrive, Fri. March 31, 9a.m. to 11a.m.
Kilmurry Irish Dancing Classes Thursday nights 7.30 in the Museum.
Table Quiz:for Dromleigh NS in Dromey’s Bar on Fri 31st March @8pm.
Muinefliuch Parents’ Association Pub Quiz in the Tavern, Clondrohid on Fri April 7 at 8pm.
Gramophone Circle for Alzheimers at Imperial, Cork, Sun. April 9 at 8p.m.
Laochra Óg Easter Camp 10th and 11th of April.
Macroom FC Race Night, Murray's Bar, April 16 (Easter Sunday) , 9pm.
Macroom Flower Club meeting on Thurs 27th of April at Coolcower House
Events at the Riverside Park Hotel
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.
Ciorcal Cainte Thurs. March 23 at 1.30 a.m..
Spanish Conversation Group Sat. March 25, 2 – 3.30p.m.
Purlies Thurs April 6 at 11 a.m.
Gramophone Fri April 7th at 11 a.m
We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. in this fortnightly diary. Please email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026 41891 or post to Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. Remember you can access back issues of the Lee Valley Outlook at www.macroom.ie

Macroom Updates

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Colour party at St. Patrick’s Day parade 2016. © Lee Valley Outlook

Lá ‘le Pádraig

Everybody is welcome to Macroom on Friday, March 17 to celebrate our national holiday. There will music galore, 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. There will also be plenty of Irish Dancing before and during the Parade and at a Feis in the Community Leisure Centre at 5p.m.
The spectacular parade, which commences at 3.30p.m., will be led by 2017 Flower of Macroom, Laura Creedon. 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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2017 Flower of Macroom, Laura Creedon, Cill na Martra and Naomh Abán, with judges, Annette and Clare from Cinderella’s Closet and Seán Óg Ó Duinnín. © Lee Valley Outlook

Flower of Macroom goes Viral

In March 2015, with no international visitors to Macroom and no outstanding local achievements, appointing a Grand Marshal for the parade became a problem. Ann Dunne came up with the idea of a Flower of Macroom Festival, with the chosen contender having the honour of leading Macroom’s St Patrick's Day Parade. While the first two years were successful, the 2017 event has blossomed to what was first envisaged. The Lee Valley Enterprise Board members did Trojan preparatory work and it was a truly inclusive and highly entertaining event, with representatives from many local parishes, businesses, clubs and associations.
Twelve women, by far the greatest number to date, were nominated and besides the honour of being named as Flower of Macroom, the winner would also get €500, beautiful jewellery from Matt Murphy’s and a cosmetic hamper from Deasy’s Pharmacy. The comely dozen proved to be intelligent, articulate, talented, beautiful and entertaining. They are pursuing a variety of career options and practically all are active in sport, community and charity events. Any one of them would have been a great ambassador for the Lee Valley and Adjudicators, Annette and Claire from Cinderella’s Closet Bridal Wear .and Sean Óg Ó Duinnín, had a difficult task in choosing the 2017 Flower of Macroom and admitted to having changed their minds a few times before all agreeing on Laura Creedon. Laura’s selection was greeted with cheers from her many supporters and well-wishers and was also approved by unbiased members of the audience, who deemed her a great representative of Macroom and the Lee Valley in the year ahead.
A vital element in the success story was the presenter. Kevin Moynihan got the very best from the entrants and milked every comic situation. Alan Kiely provided musical accompaniment and entertainment and post selection dancing was to the music of Tim Joe and Anne .
The capacity audience at the Riverside Park Hotel was provided with a great night’s fun and even if their nominee didn't win, they had an enjoyable and social night out at minimal cost.

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A section of the capacity audience at the Flower of Macroom selection at the Riverside Park Hotel © Lee Valley Outlook

Flower of Macroom – a Colourful Bouquet

The first contender to be interviewed by Kevin Moynihan at the 2017 Flower of Macroom Festival in the Riverside Park Hotel was Sheila Twomey, Rusheen, representing her family’s business, Dan Twomey Ltd.. No stranger to the limelight, Sheila played Elizabeth Cross in Shandy Hall recently. She is a Social Science student. Emma Flanagan represented Broomhill Vintage Club, Coachford. She is involved with their fundraising and plays football and Camogie, while also finding time to study Arts with English and Psychology. Claire Cronin represented Supervalu. She is studying Criminal Justice, has played football with Macroom and supports the Irish Guide Dogs.
Griffin’s Garden Centre was represented by Ciara Corkery from Donoughmore. A nursing student, she extolled Granny Griffin’s apple tart and scones. She plays football with Donoughmore; is a member of Macra, a portrait and tattoo artist and demonstrated how to recycle your stilettos into beautiful flower arrangements. Vera Riordan, Macroom, represented the Irish Girl Guide. She is a Guide Leader with Ardilaun, serves on Macroom Parish Council and is a Minister of the Eucharist. She is studying Energy Engineering at UCC.
First of three, Rachel Horgan represented Masseytown Community Group. Though of farming stock, she is resolved not to marry a farmer and is training to be a Primary School teacher. She was celebrating having passed her driving test - at the third attempt! The second Rachel, Rachel O’Riordan, came from Clondrohid and was nominated by Laochra Óg Hurling and Camogie club. She is studying Chemistry . She has appeared in several Showstopper productions and she gave a beautiful performance of When We Were Young. Rachel number 3, Rachael O’Shea, is a native of Eyeries and was nominated by West Muskerry A.C. Qualified in Business, she works locally and trains successfully with West Muskerry.
Laura Creedon, Cill na Martra, represented Naomh Abán Ladies, with whom she plays Peil na mBan. She is also a champion bowl player and is training in veterinary nursing. She had M.C. Kevin sweating as she initiated him in the mysteries of bovine pregnancy. Another Cill na Martra woman, Breda O’Connell, represented the Castle Hotel. Qualified with an Arts degree, she would like to pursue a career in Social Services. She read a great poem written by her uncle in which he recalled the Sheehan Cottages.
Mary Kate Murphy, Carriganima, was nominated by Clondrohid GAA. She told of their many fine facilities and sang Ellis Island. Louise Desmond, Coolavokig, Cill na Martra , represented C and H Cab and Coach Hire. She is a business student at CIT and is also in training for a Charity Strictly Come Dancing, performing the Salsa and the Mashed Potato. A great women’s advocate, Louise sang the evergreen Fáinne Geal an Lae.

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Celebrating 150 years of Mercy Education in Macroom ©

150 Years of Mercy Education in Macroom

On Saturday, March 11th, in glorious sunshine, we celebrated 150 years of Mercy Education in Macroom. It was the culmination of a number of events organised during this school year by both St. Joseph’s Primary School and St. Mary’s Secondary School to acknowledge the huge contribution made by the Mercy Sisters in Macroom over the last century and a half. The day commenced with Mass concelebrated by the Bishop of Cloyne, Dr William Crean and the local clergy. It was enhanced by the lovely choir and music performed by the students and teachers from both schools. Many of the nuns from Macroom Convent returned for the celebration. The church was packed with former pupils, teachers and local people who turned out to support and congratulate the nuns on the immense contribution they have made to the education and personal development of young people of the town and its hinterland. Then Monsignor James O’Donnell launched a publication celebrating 150 years of Mercy Education. The book is filled with the history of the schools, lovely old and new photos and anecdotes from past pupils and teachers. It is on sale for €10 from St. Mary’s and Macroom Bookshop. Many commented that it would make a lovely gift for anybody who couldn’t make it on Saturday or indeed former pupils/teachers who live abroad. The classrooms and corridors of Mary’s Secondary School were decorated with many lovely old photographs and memorabilia from the past. Roll books going back to 1903 were the main attraction of the day. It truly was a great opportunity for all those associated with Mercy Education in Macroom to meet up and reminisce about old times over a cup of tea and refreshments. Some former students were so nostalgic that class reunions were mooted for later this summer.

Macroom Flower & Garden Club

The guest speaker at the March meeting was D. J. Murphy from (Bandon Garden Centre) who is currently celebrating 30 years in business. Members and gardening enthusiasts enjoyed a slide presentation, followed by an illustrated lecture. D. J’s collection at his private garden includes 50 varieties of snowdrops as well as hellebores, camellias, azaleas, tree ferns and his much loved Hostas. He stressed the importance of feeding all plants at the appropriate time and dividing bulbs every three years. He advised on Camellias and suggested that the Williams Hybrid varieties Donation, Inspiration and Anticipation were more frost hardy There were a large variety of plants for sale, one specimen plant a new cross variety called Magnolia Michelia Doltsopa “Silver Cloud” a fragrant tree with stunning flowers, suitable as a feature plant in the garden.
The Committee would like to thank all who attended , to D. J. Murphy, Gerard and Karen for a wonderful and informative evening and to Bernie O’Callaghan at Coolcower for hosting the evening . The next Club meeting will be on Thursday 27th of April at Coolcower House - a Floral Demonstration by Angela Heffron (AOIFA) . Booking is essential for Annual Members’ outing in June. Contact 087-9821708 for further details.

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Richard Manning, John Murphy, Morty Lehane, Charles Senior and Seán O'Leary at work at Macroom Men’s Shed ©Con Kelleher.

Macroom Men’s Shed

Macroom Men’s Shed recently celebrated its first anniversary. The purpose of the Men’s Shed movement is to promote the physical and mental health and wellbeing of men, especially those who live alone or feel isolated. The Shed is located in Masseytown and is open from 2.00pm to 4.00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. It has now embarked on a new gardening project to add to the carpentry and furniture repair projects already in place.
In 2015 Macroom Lions Club organised a public meeting with a view to developing a branch of the National Men’s Shed Association in Macroom. Some 30 members of the public attended the meeting in the Castle Hotel, and a committee, under the chairmanship of John Murphy, was formed. A lengthy search for premises ensued and a centre was sourced from the Macroom Branch of the St. Vincent de Paul. With the support of a grant from Macroom Lions Club, the premises was rewired, connected to the ESB and was officially opened and blessed in June 2016.
Construction of bird, bee and bat boxes for the Glas Scheme was approved by the Dept. of Agriculture Inspector and resulted in a total of 420 boxes being produced for local farmers in 2016. Flower boxes were supplied to Masseytown Residents’ Association as well as some furniture repairs, all done at a nominal cost. Great credit must be extended to Kelleher Bros of Masseytown who offered the Men’s Shed the use of adjoining stables for storages etc.
The next phase of development of the Men’s Shed is now under way. Local businessman John White offered the Men’s Shed the use of a plot of land which the members have reclaimed and ploughed. To date, a garden shed has been sourced and a garden tunnel has been erected. It is intended to produce vegetables and fruit during the year. Mary Cronin of Lissarda Garden Centre has kindly offered a variety of seed for the garden, so another great year is envisioned.
Men’s Shed is affiliated to the National Men’s Shed Association who provide ongoing support and information to the group. Insurance cover is also provided for all members. A Health & Safety Statement, as well as a policy concerning the protection of children and vulnerable adults, is in place. The committee and all the members of Macroom Men’s Shed would like to extend their thanks to all the individuals, local voluntary groups and businesses in the Macroom area for their ongoing support in getting this worthwhile project off the ground. Members of the public and new members are always welcome to drop in for a cup of tea. You never know, Macroom Men’s Shed may be just for you! For further information contact John at 087 2593695 or Sean at 087 7703899. By Con Kelleher

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Betty Sommers, Philadelphia, who visits Macroom twice ever year, with Pat O’Connell at the Flower of Macroom selection © Lee Valley Outlook

Senior Citizens’ AGM.

2016 was another successful year for Macroom Senior Citizens. Since its beginnings in 1968 it has grown and developed, but the number of volunteers is greatly reduced. Committee members devote significant amounts of their own time and energy to run the organisation and organise activities such as Bingo, Bealtaine Festival, Socials, Holidays, Summer Outings and Fundraising Activities. Services include four course meals seven days a week, even at Christmas; meals on wheels on six days per week; art and craft; tai chi and line dancing, chiropody, laundry, care and repair service. With costs ever on the increase, the Society acknowledges the great support of the local community and businesses; the H.S.E., De La Salle College Christmas Charity Appeal; Macroom Flower and Garden Club; the voluntary staff in The Shopeen. The Fr. Ryan Hall was used to its full potential during the year, with various groups using the facilities at very reasonable rates.
We would encourage more people from Macroom and the Lee Valley Region to use the services which are available to the elderly. Last year, over 13,178 meals were prepared in our kitchen. Sincere thanks to our cooks, Bridie Lynch, Joan Dinneen and our Voluntary Kitchen Helpers from St. Mary's Secondary School and Bishop Mc Egan College. Also to those who deliver meals: Maurice Cullen, Michael O’Callaghan, Noreen Kelleher, Kay Clement, Denis Healy, Yvonne Manning, Joan Kelly and Pat O'Connell. More people are encouraged to give a little of their time to this very worthwhile charity. Every little helps.

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Youth and Adult members at Foróige's inaugural meeting in Macroom GAA Pavilion ©Con Kelleher.

Foróige for Macroom.

Foróige, Macroom, held its inaugural meeting on Friday 3rd March at Macroom G.A.A. Pavilion, with a mixture of adults and youths attending. Founded in 1952, Foróige is the leading youth organisation in Ireland. It currently works with 56,000 young people, and has 611 clubs and other activities including Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programme. It caters for youths from 11 to 18 years. The title ’Foróige’ come from the Irish words Forbairt na hóige = Development of Youth and its aim is to develop young people in a fun way.
After many discussions regarding the lack of a youth club in Macroom, Catherine Cahill and Claire Creedon decided to ask some other adults if they would be interested in getting a club going. There was a very successful Youth Club based in The Castle Ballroom – now The Sports Complex - in the ‘70s and ‘80s and it catered for basketball, indoor soccer, athletics, table tennis and drama/light entertainment. Most parents supported the idea but, understandably, were unable to commit to regular meetings etc. Jennifer O'Sullivan and John Wenger quickly came on board, and by the time they had organised a volunteers' training programme, Breda Quinn, Aoife Cooney, Rose Sweeney, Danny Morey and Fiona O'Mahony had enrolled.
With support and advice from John Dennigan, Foróige Organizer for West Cork, and volunteers from Ballineen and West Cork, groundwork was done and Macroom volunteers attended training evenings, learning how to set up and run a club, and went through the Garda Vetting process. Options for a meeting venue were explored and the group was delighted when Macroom GAA granted use of the pavilion on Friday nights. They are most grateful to John O'Mahony, Pat O'Connell and Pat Crowley.
Daniel Cronin and Colm O'Sullivan, Foróige Trainers, were enthusiastic and energetic. Foróige Clubs are run by the young people themselves with the support and co-operation of adult leaders. So while the initial setting up of the club falls to the adults, the young people decide the format of the meetings, projects, events etc. they would like to organize. They elect their own club committee, and learn to plan and manage the weekly meetings and outings.
Foróige is recognized as a charity; it is government funded and receives subventions from the H.S.E. and other statutory bodies. Foróige activities are designed to achieve their goals in a fun way by:
Building self esteem and confidence through challenging experiences
Developing the ability to manage personal and social relationships
Providing learning opportunities which enable members to gain knowledge and develop skills
Building the capacity of young people to consider risks and consequences, make informed decisions and take responsibility
27 members registered on the night. Catherine was delighted with the large turnout at the enjoyable opening and is confident that this is an omen of good things to come. All are welcome, just contact 087 1510953. By Con Kelleher

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Anne Dunne with the Swarbrigg brothers of Eurovision fame, judges of the 2017 Schools Light Entertainment Festival in Mullingar © Lee Valley Outlook

National Light Entertainment Festival 2017

Five schools contested the 2017 final of the All Ireland Light Entertainment Festival in Mullingar Arts Centre recently. The Briery Gap Macroom, which usually hosts the festival, is still closed due to a fire last May, but it is hoped that planned restoration will get underway quickly and the iconic theatre will be open for business by next spring.
Twenty five students from Nagle Rice College Doneraile staged an excerpt from Grease and won a special award for their set. Wilson’s Hospital, Multyfarnham presented an original show based on the real life story of a local man who fought in the Boer War. They won awards for costumes and for Best Male Vocalist. Westport College made an appeal for endangered species and their representation of wolves, bees, elephants and polar bears won them 2nd place overall, Best Original and a special award for their band,. Joint winners came from extremities of the country - Buncrana, Donegal and Ballyphehane, Cork. The latter staged Dot Dot Dot, a colourful musical based on Mamma Mia ,with excellent costumes and singing and they also won the Best Choreography award. Buncrana’s wonderful original tribute to Gráinne Mhaol incorporated stunning setting images, dance and music and earned them trophies for Best Trad Show and Best Individual Award for Grace O'Malley.
Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg of Eurovision fame adjudicated and professed themselves overwhelmed by the high standard of creativity and presentation. They congratulated Anne Dunne, Manager of the Briery Gap, for devising the concept and wished the Festival well for the future

Transition Year Drama in Mullingar

The 17th annual Briery Gap All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival was held in Mullingar Arts Centre on March 4 instead of Macroom, a huge loss to the town. The Board of Westmeath’s spectacular Arts Centre were most welcoming and accommodating but it is hoped that this important educational and cultural event will be back to its original venue in double quick time.
Over the past 17 years the Transition Year Drama Festival has grown and developed and this year’s finalists presented a diverse, highly sophisticated and enthralling selection of plays. They included excerpts from well-known productions such as Big Maggie, The Importance of Being Earnest, Grease and Bog of Cats. Comical and incisive adaptations of Shakespearean plays and characters and the mangling of fairytales presented light relief and cutting wit, while original scripts dealing with gossip, mental health, peer pressure, American politics and immigration reflected very well on the social awareness and dramatic skills of students and teachers.
The judges, all with Mullingar roots, included Daniel Everton, a young actor who is on a 3 year scholarship with the Lloyd Webber Academy in London and now has a part in Doctors on BBC;
Angela Lynch and Martin Mulligan, producer and programmer for Electric Picnic. They had a formidable task in deciding the winners from the 15 finalists. 1st Prize Overall went to St Mary’s, Charleville, with ‘No Smoke Without Fire’. Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Blarney came 2nd with ‘The Voice’, dealing with schizophrenia. Other local winners were St Brogan’s Bandon (Best Set/Lighting); Best Supporting Role for Emma Bickerdyke, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál Blarney and Best Comedy, De La Salle Macroom.
Speaking at the prize giving, the Mayor of Mullingar, John Shaw, and Frank McDermott, Cathaoirleach of Westmeath County Council, professed themselves astounded by the very high quality of all productions reaching the finals. They extended good wishes for the future of the Briery Gap to representatives, Anne Dunne, Alisheen O’Connell and Liz Barry but said they were honoured to have had the opportunity to host such a wonderful project in Mullingar.

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St. Mary’s students with their teachers head off to Munich for their German exchange. ©An Scoil

St. Mary’s Updates

Ultimate Frisbee. On the 11th of February, two teams from St Mary’s travelled to the Mardyke Arena in Cork City to compete in the Murray Cup, which is in its second year and is named after Donal Murray to commemorate his large contribution to the development of Ultimate Frisbee among secondary schools in Cork. Both teams played outstandingly well in the group stages, picking up victories against some difficult opposition. One team reached the semi-final but were defeated 8-2 by John Scottus Secondary School from Dublin. Our other team met St Angela’s from Cork in the 5th place play-off and earned a comprehensive 10-3 victory. St Mary’s teams finished 3rd and 5th overall in the women’s division, a great achievement and testament to the hard work the students and their teacher Mrs Brid Kelleher put into preparing for the tournament. Panel : Kate Brady, Lydia Costello, Molly Cronin, Michelle Crowley, Karena Curtin, Aoife Doyle, Leah Hartnett, Maeve Kelleher, Louise Lynch, Eimhín O’Mahony, Lynn O’Riordan, Karla O’Shea, Layla Sharkey, Sarah Sweeney, Flora Lynch, Riona O’Connor, Eimear O’Leary.
German Exchange is underway at present. We hope our students are enjoying their trip to Munich. The return visit by the German students will be from March 25th to 1st April.
French Exchange. Students participating arrived on Tuesday last, 14th March and we hope they will have a very enjoyable experience here with us in Macroom.
Religion Department. First and second year students had retreats with Declan Browne from Mallow on 1st and 2nd March. The retreat acts as a bonding time for year groups as well as a reflection on the girls’ spiritual lives and their relationship with God and others.
Pre-exams. Both 3rd and 6th year students are back to timetable classes, having completed their pre-exams last week. Parent Teacher meetings for 2nd, 4th and 5th year students were held on Friday, 3rd March.
Press Pass Awards. At the Press Pass Awards in Dublin, students were awarded for their original journalism, created as part of the Newspapers-in-Education programme. We are delighted that Transition year student, Aoife Foley, was a recipient of a writing award in the Opinion section, for her article “We Should have talked about Nana”. In it she took the brave decision to share her love of her Nana and speak about her last days in a nursing home. Not only that but she made the piece utterly relevant and current to issues surrounding the care of old people by discussing the Fair Deal Scheme and relating her family’s experience to the recent broadcast of Brendan Courtney’s show, ‘We Need to Talk about Dad’. The winners were selected by a panel of newspaper editors and journalists, chaired by Professor John Horgan, the former Press Ombudsman. Well done to Aoife and to her teacher, Ms. Murnane!

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Transition Year Pupils who are involved in the running of McEgan College School Bank, supported by Bank Of Ireland ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

New Junior Cycle. Mc Egan College has fully embraced the changes to the Junior Cycle curriculum and the first three subjects are currently being rolled out in the school: English, Business and Science. All departments are working tirelessly to complete their Classroom Based Assessments and Assessment Tasks, which formulate part of the ongoing continuous assessment practice that the New Junior Cycle promotes.
English Updates: Our third year students have now successfully completed their two Classroom Based Assessments. The students created and presented and Oral Communication presentation on a topic of their choosing and also drafted and re-drafted two pieces of written work for the Collection of Student Texts. Following on from this, the students them completed their Assessment Task, which accounts for 10% of their overall mark in the State Exam. Well done to all students and the very best of luck in the upcoming exams. The English Department will host their second Subject Learning and Review Meeting (SLAR) of the year this May. This promotes collaborative practice, whereby English teachers from other schools are invited to come in and review students' work. The previous two SLARs hosted by the school have been extremely successful and we look forward to collaborating with our other English colleagues again in May. Business and Science are currently in year one of a three year cycle and the new syllabus is being taught to our first year students.
McEgan Bank. We welcomed Bank of Ireland for the launch of the School Bank, which offers all students the opportunity to open a bank account and make it easier for them to save on a regular basis. The School Bank is open every Tuesday in McEgan College from 1.20 – 1.50. pm. It is supported by experienced Bank of Ireland staff members from the local branch, to ensure its smooth operation and to support the school team with any questions and queries they may have. The School Bank was launched by Aidan Walsh, Cork Hurler. Last Monday we had a Bank Blitz from 2-4 pm where staff from Bank of Ireland Macroom facilitated our School Bank Team to give students the opportunity to open new Bank accounts. During this period they managed to open 30 new Bank Accounts. It has been a great experience for our students to participate in this excellent programme. We also will have the “Learn to Earn” Business classes delivered to our Transition Year students by Bank Of Ireland. Each student will receive a Certificate of Achievement on completion of this programme.
Make a Book. Second Years have been busy preparing the JCSP Make a Book for the last few months. This year the book was made in Science class on the topic of Ecology. The class went on the ecology trip to Killarney National Park back in October, where we learned a lot about the plants, animals and their habitats. What we learned that day has been recorded in the book using photographs, diagrams and images taken through the microscope to support our writing. This has been a cross curricular project combining Science, Art, CSPE and Woodwork. Students in Art produced 2 beautiful paintings of views from the national park. The art class who also produced paintings and other support work for the book. In English we worked on acrostic poems using the key words of Ecology. In CSPE we researched our responsibility to the environment and made posters for the book. The book will be on display in Oriel House Hotel Ballincollig on Tuesday 14th March for some of our class to present to other JCSP schools in Cork. I will then be displayed in the assembly area in the school. By Oísín O’Neill &David )’Riordan 2nd yea r

Lee Valley Enterprise Events at Riverside Park Hotel

Too Close To Home by Ahakeera Drama Group. Friday, 24th March at 8:00pm - Tickets €12/10.
This year's production from Ahakeera Drama Group, Too Close to Home, is a hilarious comedy which gives a window into the world of James Ryan, an aspiring playwright, who is trying to write a three-act play.
RuaileBuaille 28th April at 8:30pm – Tickets €12 (€10 per ticket for group bookings of 5 or more). Bar service available throughout. Over 18s event. Ruaille Buaile are a dynamic 4-piece band playing their unique “trad with a twist” style, infused with up-beat Irish folk. This young four piece from the midlands of Ireland and are quickly becoming one of Ireland’s most exciting up and coming bands!
Paddy O’ Brien in Concert 25th May at 8:00pm – Tickets €20. This year Country legend Paddy O’ Brien celebrates 30 years in Country Music. For a great night’s entertainment make sure you join Paddy and his guests to hear him sing many of his hit songs.
Tickets for all the above events can be booked from 087 1663395 or online through www.macroom.ie or the Lee Valley Enterprise Board Facebook page. If you have any specific seating requirements please let us know!
Our Box Office at South Square Macroom is also open on Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

Macroom Library

www.yourcouncil.ie is up and running for you to log any issues with pot holes, street lighting, an issue with a tree or a hedge etc. You must first register with an e-mail address and set up an account but library staff can help with that if necessary. Staff can also help with accessing the choice based letting option on the council website. You must have received a letter from the council with your password and username on it.
Storytime takes place each Saturday at noon for 35 to 45 minutes. It’s led by a member of staff and suitable for children aged around 3 to 7. The attention span of the younger ones may not last the full session but they get into the habit of it after a while. Parents are required to stay in the library during story time.
The way the Thursdays fell in March means the Purlies will not meet again until April 6th but there is an exhibition of their work in the windows and 2 display cabinets just inside the door highlighting the work of Féileacháin, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland group.
Elena, who is Spanish, and one of our most recent and enthusiastic members has offered to host a Spanish conversational group for adults beginning Saturday 25th March 2 pm 3.30. Ring the library at 02642483 for further details.
Bhí ócáid an-dheas againn le haghaidh Seachtain na Gaeilge sa Leabharlann ar an Déardaoin 9ú Márta. Bhí Seán Ó Muimhneacháin mar aoi speisialta ag an gCiorcal Cainte agus bhaineamar go léir an taitneamh as an seisiún. Bhí comhrá, amhráin, dánta, scéalta agus aithriseoireacht ó Sheán féin agus ón gcomhluadar agus gach éinne ag baint sult as. Míle buíochas do Sheán as bheith in ár láthair agus guimíd gach rath air ina ról nua mar Uachtarán ar Oireachtas na Gaeilge. Beidh an chéad cruinniú eile ag an gCiorcal Cainte ar an Déardaoin 23ú Márta ag a 11.30. Fáilte roimh gach éinne.
Gramophone. Philip Brennan, a Northerner but with strong Macroom connections, presented a diverse and information-rich, March gramophone event. In keeping with the season, each piece had an Irish element. Philip opened with March of the Toys from Victor Herbert 's Babes in Toyland and this was followed by Lovely Jimmy by Havelock Nelson and sung by American soprano. Joyce O’Flaherty di Donato. Only a Rose from The Vagabond King preceded Raifteiri’s Cill Aodáin with sean nós singer, Gearóidín Breathnach. Michel Sardou sang the 80s pop song, Les Lacs du Connemara and this was followed by our own Rita Lynch with her 1948 recording of I will Walk with my Love. Andrea Bocelli with Time to Say Good bye and Sean Dunphy and the Hoedowners with Mountmassey, the Flower of Macroom brought us to refreshment time.
The second half of Philip’s selection started with Music Box by John Gibson; Majella Cullagh singing Scenes that are Brightest from Maritana and Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald with Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life from Victor Herbert s Naughty Marietta. Bernadette Greevy and Hugh Tinney gave us Song of Glen Dun; Mami Dixon sang I Could have Danced all Night from My Fair Lady. The programme ended with four beautiful local songs and performers - Sean Ó Síocháin with Réice Luimní, otherwise known as Fágfaimid Siúd mar atá sé. Kathleen Dineen, Marian Terrace and White Raven with Seán Clárach Mac Domhnaill’s Mo Ghile Mear, Nell Ní Chróinín singing Cath Chéim an Fhia and The Banks of Sullane with Niamh Parsons.
Eddie will present the April Circle on Friday, April 7, a week early because of Easter. He is also currently selling tickets for a fundraising gramophone session for Cork Alzheimers in the Imperial Hotel, Cork on Sunday, April 9. A bus may take applicants from Macroom. Contact Christine at the Library desk 026 42483.

Local TV Programmes

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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Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh who were defeated by Newmarket in the 2017 Tom Creedon Cup final ©Con Kelleher

Memories of Tom Creedon

By Gus Kelleher
I had the privilege of playing with Tom Creedon – or Thomas as he was known locally – from minor to adult in the green and white of Macroom. He first came to my attention when he secured his place on our minor team in 1970, even though he was only 16 years old. We got as far as the County final only to be defeated by a star-studded Nemo, boasting such greats as Brian Murphy, Dinny Allen, Seamus Coughlan etc. Tom more than held his own in this illustrious company letting everybody know that he was a special talent. Later on, of course, he starred in the Cork Minor All-Ireland winning team of 1972, which also included club mates Leo Goold and Tim ‘Bonzo’ O’Sullivan. It was a time of great optimism in Macroom GAA, following on the successful run of minor teams from 1968 onwards. Successive appearances in 4 County minor finals from 1969 to 1972 seemed to promise a great future for the club. Macroom, at that stage, held the record for most Senior county titles won, the last coming in 1962.
Tom was very much part of the story of Macroom GAA from the early 1970s until his tragic death in 1983 at the age of 28. He qualified as a civil engineer and his work took him all over the world until he was employed by Ascon in the construction of Moneypoint Power Station, one of the biggest construction projects of the 1970s. He and his wife, Marian, lived in Ennis, where young Tom was born. Tom’s commitment to his home town team was total and he never missed a game, practice, league or championship unless prevented by illness or injury. He was a natural leader on and off the field and proved an inspiring captain who always led by example.
Two stories illustrate his unwavering loyalty to his home club: Once, when Colman Corrigan, another Macroom great, was part of an All Ireland winning U-21 team which played Galway in Ennis in the replayed final, a general dispensation was given to Macroom players so they could go to Ennis to support Colman. We were due to play Nemo Rangers in our own pitch in a match of little consequence at the same time as the match in Ennis. However Tom, who was actually living in Ennis at the time, was the first man togged out in Macroom on that day!
Another time was when Macroom played St. Nick’s in the county Senior Championship of 1983. Tom had led this team to Intermediate success in 1982 and, combined with the talented players of the U21 team who also tasted county success in 1982, there was a feeling of great optimism within the club that Macroom, at last, had the makings of a team that could seriously challenge for honours at the highest level. Players like Colman Corrigan, Eamonn Goold, Mickey Browne, ‘Shan’ Moloney, Leo Goold, Tony ‘Saga’ O’Sullivan were stars among a group of very talented players. And Tom Creedon was the undoubted leader and inspiration of all of them. Unfortunately in the lead-up to this huge game in Ovens, Tom had a very serious knee injury. To ensure his fitness to play, during the week leading up to the game he attended a physio in Ennis Hospital every day for a couple of hours and followed that up with a session in the evening with a ‘quack’ who used to treat greyhounds! He duly led out his beloved team and Macroom made a successful return to the Senior ranks as they beat St. Nick’s by a few points.
Alas! It was to be Tom’s last match with his club and the awful accident in May 1983 robbed his family of a wonderful husband, father, son and brother and robbed his club and town of one of its finest and noblest sons.
In his beautiful poem ‘Munster Final’, Bernard O’Donoghue eloquently evokes the classic image of our wonderful Thomas in action against the old enemy in Killarney:.
As for Tom Creedon, I can see him still,
His back arching casually to field and clear.
‘Glory Macroom! Good boy Tom Creedon!’
We’d be back next year to try our luck in Cork.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis!


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Aghinagh Ó Cathasaigh Alpacas on parade in Macroom on St. Patrick’s Day for the Irish Cancer Society. Special guests, Martin Desmond, Chairman and John Kelleher, PRO, Innishannon Steam and Vintage, which will be held on June 4 and 5.
Ballinagree N.S. Parents’ Association will hold a Cake Sale on St. Patrick’s Day in Ballinagree from 10:30am onwards. Cakes, Buns, Cookies, and Treats, Hot drinks; Tea, Coffee & Hot Chocolate ! Kids entertainment- ‘Conor The Clown’12:30 - 2:30pm.
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.
Top of Coom Run - "Tiny Steps for Preemie Babies” - 5k and 10k fun run on Sunday, March 19th at 12pm.
Lee Valley Speakers: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 8pm Castle Hotel. Open meeting March 21st.
World Water Day 2017. To mark World Water Day on Wednesday, 22 March, Bia Gleann na Laoi have organised a series of events in the locality. At 3pm , there will be boat trips on Lough Allua {from pier on Macroom road}. At 5pm in Creedon’s Hotel, Inchigeela, tapas will be served by Real Olive Co. Evening talks which start at 6pm include building a currach with hazel by Paul Lynch. Kieran Murphy will give a talk on Water & Community. Alan Nolan will talk On Atlantic Salmon as indicator species. At 8pm Music by Ger Wolfe & Friends. There will be a Freshwater Ecology Display from 3pm ~ 8pm. All welcome. Details :Contact : Fred La Haye 086 8770050 or 026 47985.
Kilmurry Active Retirement Tai-chi Classes starting Thursday 23rd March in Kilmurry Museums 7.30. All Welcome
Rusheen N.S. is having a Clothes Recycling Collection on Monday 27th March. Items accepted: unwanted clothes (any condition, once clean), bed linen, curtains, handbags, pairs of shoes, mobile phones and laptops. Drop off to the school on Friday 24th 9.00 - 9.30am & 2.00-3.00pm & Mon 27th 9.00-9.30am. For further info or alternative drop off, contact Jim 0874188869 or Yvonne 0876220595.
Stress Management. Dr.Fergus Heffernan PhD, a renowned psychologist and psychotherapist, and leading educator in the area of stress management, will give a talk in the Castle Hotel Macroom at 7.30pm on Tuesday 28th March. This presentation will offer a thought provoking and light hearted look at how families can best support their teenagers in the challenging times we live in. This talk is open to all who may be interested, but parents of teenagers hopefully will find the presentation useful. Admission is free and all are welcome. Refreshments served afterwards. The talk is being organised by Macroom Parish Pastoral Council. Dr.Heffernan will already have spoken to all 4th year students in the secondary schools in Macroom.
Daffodil Day at Tigh Uí Laoghaire’s Bar, Bealnamorrive, Fri. March 31, 9a.m. to 11a.m. (Note change of date). Tea and coffee, Cake Sale, Bring and Buy. Enjoy a chat when you join us.

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.
Table Quiz: Dromleigh NS is holding a fundraising table quiz in Dromey’s Bar on Friday 31st March @8pm. Tables of four €20. Special prize for junior table. Great spot prizes. All welcome.
Rosary every Thursday at 8p.m. in Bealnamorrive Church. Join us for Lent.
Tidy Towns. Meeting every Saturday morning. More volunteers most welcome. Annual General Meeting on March 29th.
Macroom FC Race Night at Murray's Bar on April 16 (Easter Sunday) with a 9pm start.
Macroom Bridge group continue to meet every Thursday morning in The Fr. Ryan Hall at 10 am. New bridge players welcome.
Cemetery Mass in Saint Colman’s Cemetery Macroom will take place on Friday 16th June at 7.30 pm. All welcome'
Art for Cancer. Last Autumn an Art Exhibition was held in Coachford in remembrance of the late Mary Lynch. The paintings were works she had been preparing to exhibit, her 4th exhibition, with the proceeds always going to Cancer Charities. Recently, Mary’s children, George and Jane, presented a total of €9000 to Cúnamh Cancer Support, Bon Secours and to Friends of Marymount.

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11 Year old Orla Lynch, Sleaveen West, Macroom, in action recently at Magilligan , Co. Derry in preparation for the upcoming MX season ©Emma Lynch

Speed Merchant. 11 year old Orla Lynch, Sleaveen West, Macroom was in practice recently at Magilligan , Co. Derry in preparation for the upcoming MX season. Orla will be taking part in the MCUI Southern Centre and Irish Championships and will also contest some rounds of the British Championship this year.

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Kevin Barrett, De la Salle College, Macroom, is presented with Best Comedy Award by Frank McDermott, Cathaoirleach Westmeath County Council at the National Transition Year Drama Festival in Mullingar. © Lee Valley Outlook

Drama Win. De La Salle Macroom Transition year pupils travelled to the Mullingar Arts Centre in early March to compete against 15 other schools in the Briery Gap All Ireland Drama Competition. The students performed an original play written by English and history teacher, Ms Jean O’ Donovan, “The Most Lamentable Tragedy of the Desperate Housewives...and their Fellas, Like!”. The school made it through to the final via the qualifying event, which was held in the Riverside, Macroom. The students and their teachers were delighted to come away with the prize for Best Comedy after a well-received performance of their play, which also received the prize for overall runner-up. Ms O’Donovan was accompanied by Ms Nicola Crowley and Ms Peig O’Connor, English teachers in De La Salle. The success was due reward for months of hard work and practice, and all involved were delighted.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto 5/3/2017 Jackpot €1,300. Numbers drawn: 04, 09 and 38.No Winner. €50 Patricia Twomey & Brendan Shanakiel €20 each Cal McCarthy Rylane, Michael Fitzsimmons Carrigagulla Ballinagree, Ann & Patrick Twomey Shanakiel, Noel O'Callaghan Ballinagree.
12/3/2017 Jackpot €1,450. Numbers drawn: 10, 38 and 40. €50 Seamus Sexton Nadd, €20 each Emma Barrett MCP, Brid Kelleher C/O M & J Oil, Noel Lehane Ballinagree, Judy Lynch C/O Ballinagree Shop.

Canovee GAA Lotto 5/3/2017 ; Numbers drawn: 6,23,24,30. Jackpot €11,300. No winner. €50 Austin O’Neill Whitechurch. €25 each: Ellen ,Eileen &Mary Leeview. Katie Lyons. Carrigadrohid. €25 on line Mary Coughlan .
12/3/17; Jackpot €11,450. Numbers drawn: 3,21,22,28; No winner. €50 Ahern family Forrest. €25 each: Eadaoin Fitzgibbon Dripsey. Mike & Pat lynch Larchill €25 on line Edwina Lyons.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: March 1. Jackpot €1,800. No winner. €70 Ann McSweeney, Carrigaphooka. €20 each: Sheila Lucey, Gortnalicka. Mary T. Corcoran, Coolacreasig. Niamh Crowley, Clondrohid. Mary Nott, Masseytown.
March 8. Jackpot €2,000. No winner. €70 Trevor O’Brien, The Hermitage. €20 each: Eileen Cooney, Coachford Colette O’Shea, Carrigaphooka Martin Twomey, Hartnett’s Cross Shane Creed, Carrigaphooka

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 28/02/2017. Jackpot €2,200.Winning Numbers 5-16-27. No Winner. €70 Murphy & Murray, Railway View. €20 each: Margaret Cronin, Coolavokig,. Richard Ring, Kilmichael. Ally Ring Jnr, St. Colman's Park. Frank Cronin, Railway View. Eily O'Shea, Coolkisha, Coachford.
7/03/2017. Jackpot €2,400.Winning Numbers 5-31-35. No winner. €70 Marian Coughlan, St. Colman's Park.. €20 each: Raymond O'Riordan, Sleaveen East. Carla & Emma Crean, England. Aoife & Gearoid O'Connell, Gortnapeasta, Clondrohid. Kathleen Mc Carthy, C/O Shelia Buttimer. Jennifer & M.A. Murphy, 9 Cork Street.

Macroom F.C. Lotto 06/03/17 Jackpot 2,400. Numbers drawn 5, 12, 35. No Winner €80 Aidan O' Brien c/o Darrin . €20 Pauline Harrington c/o Fudge Margaret Kelly c/o Evelyn Ann Duggan c/o Greyhound Bar Mary Ellen c/o Greyhound Bar
13/03/17 Jackpot 2,600. Numbers drawn 5, 17, 36. No Winner. €80 Jim O' Sullivan c/o TPs €20 Josie O' Keeffe c/o Lars Eleanor Healy c/o Fudge Nellie Casey c/o Evelyn Alice McSweeney c/o Murray's.
Coachford AFC Lotto Results, 6/3/2017. Jackpot: €1,200. Numbers Drawn: 6 – 7 – 25. No Winner: €40 Aidan & Ian Barry Murphy, €20 D.P. Halloran, John Moynihan, Antoinette & Loretto, Tom O’Donovan.
13/3/2017. Jackpot: €1,400. Numbers Drawn: 14 – 25 – 32. No Winner. €40 Dan Shine, €20 Pat Joe Buckley, Patrick O’Callaghan, Noel O’Callaghan, Paddy & Tracy.

Lee Valley Updates

Lá ‘le Lachtaín tré Shúile na nÓg

Rinneadh ceardlanna pleanála teanga sna scoileanna náisiúnta i gCeantar Mhúscraí le déanaí agus d'éirigh chomh mhaith sin leis na daoine óga go bhfuil sé i gceist na pictiúirí a tharraingaíodar a cur os comhair an phobail. Beidh taispeántas “An Ghaeilge trí shúile na nÓg”, ag léiriú meon agus dearcadh an ghlúin óig áitiúil maidir leis an nGaeilge & ceantar Mhúscraí le feiscing i Halla Pobail, Cill na Martra ar an Domhnach, 19ú Márta ag 12:15pm (tar éis paráid Lá ‘le Lachtaín).
A display entitled “An Ghaeilge trí shúile na nÓg”, illustrating the perceptions of the of the young generation in relation to the Irish language and Gaeltacht Mhúscraí and based on a series of workshops recently conducted in Múscraí’s primary schools as part of the local language planning project, will go on show in Cill na Martra’s Community Centre after Mass and the Naomh Lachtaín Parade on Sunday, March 19 c. 12.15p.m.

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.
Text Alert: A public meeting will be held in Clondrohid Hall on Monday March 20 at 8pm. One can renew their membership or become a new member of this very important text alert organisation.. Sgt Ian O’Callaghan Crime Prevention Officer and Orla Doyle Community Officer will be in attendance to answer any questions. Light refreshments will be served and everyone welcome.
Muinefliuch Parents’ Association Pub Quiz in the Tavern, Clondrohid on Friday April 7 at 8pm. Table of 4 costing €40. Raffle on the night. Mark it in your diary, great night assured.
G.A.A.: Congrats to Clondrohid Minors who defeated Whitescross on a score line of 4 10 to 2 6. Congratulations to Sean Desmond on being selected on the Cork under 17 Football squad for upcoming inter county competition to be played in April & May. Best of luck Sean from all in Clondrohid G.A.A. Fixtures: U 12 FL Saturday Mar 18 at 11am Clondrohid V Aghinagh in Clondrohid . U 10 FL Saturday Mar 18 at 2pm Clondrohid v Kilmurry in Kilmurry. Minor FL Sunday Mar 19 at 2.30pm Clondrohid V Carrignavaar in Clondrohid

Fundraiser for Neonatal Unit CUMH

Abby and Seamus O’Leary, Ballymakeera, whose twins spent the first three months of their lives in the Neonatal unit in Cork University Maternity Hospital, want to help other premature babies by raising funds for the unit. They recently celebrated the first birthday of their beautiful and healthy twins, Abimay and Gerard, who were born on February 25th, 2016. Gerard weighed only 1lb 11oz while Abimay was 2lb 6oz when they arrived over three months early. The twins, who suffered from heart conditions and underdeveloped lungs, remained in the unit for those months and were attended by their parents and 14-year old sister, Monica. Abimay was allowed home after 10 weeks and Gerard after 13 weeks. They have since both undergone heart surgery and are looking forward to a bright future.
Having seen first-hand the care at the neonatal unit the family now wants to to say thanks for all the help they received. They have just launched "Tiny Steps for Preemie Babies”, a fun run from the Top of Coom pub on Sunday, March 19th at 12pm. There are two routes – 5k and 10k - both starting at the Top of Coom Bar and crossing the border from Kerry into Cork and back again. The start and finish line will be at the Top of Coom where refreshments will be served afterwards. The race will be officially timed and t-shirts will also be available. The event is open to walkers, joggers and runners and even babies in buggies. Registration is now open and the cost is €20 for adults, €10 for 10-18 year olds and u10 are free unless they would like a T-shirt for which the cost is €10.

Inchigeela Updates

Scór winner, Tracey Cronin, has won the Senior Singing in the County Scór Sinsear, which takes her into the Munster Finals on April 9th in Limerick. We all wish her success Go néirí go geal léi.
GAA Lotto. The jackpot is now €9,100 with no winners last week. Consolation prizes went to Aibhe Cronin, Kay Healy, Margaret Daly, Kathleen Galvin and Tony O’Donovan.
Spring Clean-up The litter picking and general tidy up takes place again on Good Friday morning, 14th of April The five approach roads are the main target. It has been very strongly supported in the past few years and hopes are that this will continue. Volunteers will be provided with gloves, high vis jackets and bags. Young people are welcome when accompanied by an adult. And then my favourite part, picking out the nicest cakes and tarts at the tea which will be provided afterwards for all volunteers in the hall!
Thank you All The staff and pupils of Inchigeela National School wish to thank all who contributed to a most successful fundraising in the hall recently. Play and raffle raised more than €1,000
Marquee Dancing An exciting line up of talent will hit the stage for this St Patricks Weekend including Bog the Donkey on 17th; Tr Dallas, John Hogan, Trudi Lawlor, Teresa and the Stars on the 18th a vintage car display and the Kilkennys on the 19th .See local ads. Funds support West Cork Co action. By Finbarr Cronin

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Creating a biodiversity web at Coachford N.S. ©An Scoil

Coachford Updates

Coachford Flower and Garden Club AGM took place in Coachford NS recently. The officers for 2017 are President, Kathleen Donnelly; Chairperson, Sheila Cooney.; Secretary, Marian Scully. Treasurers, Nancy O’Donovan and Noreen Walsh. The meeting was followed by a very informative talk and slide show on gardening given by John and David Hosford of the Weekend Garden Centre. The Club’s Annual outing takes place on April 20th to Mount Congreve Gardens and to Curraghmore House Portlaw. Bus leaves the Church Grounds at 8.30 sharp. Pre booking is essential. The April club meeting takes place on April 29th in Coachford N.S. at 8pm. Please note change of date. D.J. Murphy will give a talk on gardening Visitors and new members are very welcome.
Biodiversity in Action. Coachford NS children welcomed the arrival of Spring and celebrated biodiversity week by taking part in a series of environmental activities. The children created a biodiversity garden, by planting old tyres outside the school and building mini-greenhouses with volunteer, Joanne Crowley. Junior and Senior Infants made guerilla gardening ‘seed bombs’ while first and second class built a bug hotel for insects found in the school grounds. UCC environmental experts Alison and Simon Harrison led a mini beast hunt around the school grounds and brought a boa constrictor snake to meet the children! Heritage Council environmental educationalist, Jessica Mason, held a series of workshops with the children on Green School Action Day. These included each class creating a biodiversity web to explore the effects of human strain on the environment.
Ms Mason said: “In school, children learn different subjects in class but the reality is that everything is connected and it’s the same with the environment. We bring the children outdoors and get them looking at tiny things to ask big questions. We’ve been looking at how everything in the environment is connected and what we need to survive. It’s experiential education.”
Support for Ava. Communities across the Lee Valley turned out to show their support for Vera Twomey as she battles to try and get Medicinal Cannabis made a legal medicine in Ireland so that she can then obtain it for her daughter, Ava, who suffers from Dravets Syndrome, an extremely rare, drug-resistant epilepsy. Ava has hundreds of seizures daily and frequently spends long periods in hospital. All of the many drugs have been tried and failed to treat her seizures but medicinal cannabis has been shown to be successful. Vera Twomey has spent the last week walking to Dublin to try and get the Minister for Health to work towards making medicinal cannabis legal. To show their support, hundreds of people gathered in Ballincollig, Macroom, Coachford, Dripsey, Rylane and Ava's home village of Aghabullogue recently. Children made posters and adults made speeches pleading for urgent action. .
Darts. The darts team from O'Callaghans Bar, Coachford, recently beat the Abbey Hotel team in an A League encounter but O'Riordan's Bar suffered a humiliating 14-0 defeat to the Top of Coom bar in their two legged match. Star player for the O'Callaghan's team, Ger Carey, said they have a great blend of youth and experience and are looking forward to the next few matches".
Camogie Dancers. Aghabullogue Camogie Set and Figure dancers were outstanding in as they qualified for the County Final of Scór na bPáistí . The same eight girls make up the teams in both competitions and had been practising and training a lot since qualifying from the Muskerry finals a. The County Final is fixed for March 25th and we wish the girls the very best of luck.
Dance Off. Coachford College Great Dance Off was tremendous and the transition Year students that organised it should be very proud of their terrific show. The teachers joined in. Well done to Miss Hourihan who did an excellent job as MC. The three judges; Miss O' Riordan, Mr. Lotty and Mr. Fitzpatrick, were great fun and provided encouraging comments but delivered their harshest criticism to the male teachers. The stars of the night were the dancers who had put a huge effort into preparing their routines for the Marymount Hospice fundraiser. They jived, waltzed and Salsaed their way across the floor of the college PE hall as they wowed the audience with their glittering array of steps, lifts, flips and slides. The variety of dances and costumes was unbelievable. The music acts which were interspersed throughout the show were great and were another vehicle for displaying the huge amount of talent in Coachford College. Well done to the school, the students and teachers for raising what should be a very healthy amount of money for Marymount Hospice. A special tribute to the males who donned dresses for the night, the ultimate sacrifice for charity.

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Aghabullogue show of support for Vera Twomey. ©Peter Dineen

Berrings Updates

The Community Association/ Tidy Towns wish to thank everyone who attended and supported our recent Crossroad fundraising dance in Berrings. It was very much appreciated. The 2017 Summer dancing commences on Saturday 3rd June. Music by Singing Jarvey. Work and projects for the year have already commenced. New volunteers are needed to maintain existing projects - litter pick - to assist with new work and in general, to help to keep Berrings tidy.

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Buaiteoir 'Press Pass' Caitríona Ní Chonaill ó Choláiste Ghobnatan, lena múinteoir, Bean Uí Argáin ©An Scoil

Tús Maith

Congratulations from all at the Lee Valley Outlook to Caitríona Ní Chonaill, a Transition Year student at Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhic Íre, who recently won the Features Category at the NewsBrand Ireland Press Pass Awards. More than 8.000 TY students took part in the initiative, which provides free newspapers to participating schools and encourages students to read and critically analyse news stories and submit their own work. Caitriona, who submits ‘Nuacht ó Choláiste Ghobnatan’ to the Lee Valley Outlook, wrote a colour piece entitled ‘Set Dancing- A Young Tradition’, for the Press Pass programme. It dealt with the set dancing community and how young people are taking over the dance floor with new-found enthusiasm and included an interview with Larry Creed, who organises Set Dancing in Baile Mhúirne. The Judges’ Citation read: Of the hundreds of essays we trawled through across the four categories, the Features winner was easily one of the stand out entries. The notion/fad of Set Dancing should not bowl us over. It should not excite 30- and 40-something judges who have just ploughed through dozens of essays…but what the winning writer achieved is remarkable. As the reader is taken on a journey back in time we were transfixed by the beautiful prose, clever intro and perfectly conducted and relevant interviews.
We look forward to Caitriona’s future work.

Nuacht ó Choláiste Ghobnatan

Turas go dtí an Bhruiséal. Bhí beirt dhalta ó Choláiste Ghobnatan ina 'bhFeisirí Eorpach' don lá mar pháirt de chluiche agus iad i bParlaimint na hEorpa le linn Seachtain na Gaeilge.D’imríodar an cluiche le daltaí ó Ghaelcholáistí agus ó scoileanna i nGaeltachtaí eile, agus bhí orthu dhá bhille a chuir tríd Parlaimint na hEorpa. Chuaigh na daltaí, Caitríona Ní Chonaill agus Séamas Ó Muimhneacháin, chuig an mBruiséal lena múinteoir Iníon Ní Chuáin leo. D’fhreastail na daltaí ar Pharlaimint na hEorpa agus bhíodar ag caint le Feisirí Eorpach Liadh Ní Riada - a d'eagraigh an turas - agus Seán Kelly. Déanadh cairde maith ar an turas agus is deis iontach a bhí ann chun foghlaim faoin slí a oibríonn Parlaimint na hEorpa agus conas a bhíonn saol an Fheisire ó lá go lá.
Comórtas Press Pass. Píosa faoin traidisiún den rince seit igceantar Mhúscraí, agus agallamh le eagraí céilithe in Óstán Ghobnatan gach seachtain, Larry Creed, a bhuaigh an chéad duais sa chatagóir Gnéithe sa chomórtas náisiúnta Press Pass. Thaistil scríobhnóir an alt, Caitríona Ní Chonaill, suas chuig an searmanas bronnta san Convention Centre i mBaile Átha Cliath lena deirfiúr Méabh agus a múinteoir Bean Uí Argáin léi. . Le Caitriona Ní Chonaill.


Muskerry Local Historical Society

Ford Lecture. Muskerry Local History Society are organising a lecture on 'Henry Ford, the Cork Connection'. The lecturer, Denis McSweeney, will talk about the origins of the Ford family in Cork, the foundation of the Ford vehicle manufacturing company by Henry Ford to become one of the largest Corporations in the United States and the establishment of the Ford factory on the Marina in Cork which set Ireland on the road to industrialisation in 1917. Henry Ford’s subsequent history will be outlined and the history of the changing fortunes of the Marina factory and its eventual closure. Denis, a native of Gurranabraher, joined Ford Cork in 1971 and worked his way to becoming Ford Marketing Director in Cork. This very interesting lecture will be held to commemorate the founding of the Ford factory in Cork, one hundred years ago, in 1917. The lecture will be held at 8.00 pm on Monday, 20 March in Ballincollig Rugby Club.

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.

Naomh Pádraig

In aois a sé déag, tugadh Pádraig go hÉirinn ón mBreatain ag Niall Naoi nGiallach. Díoladh é mar sclábhaí le Miliuc agus bhíodh sé ag aoireacht caorach agus muc ar Shliabh Mis i gCo. Aontroma. Críostaí ab eaPádraig agus bhíodh sé ag guí chun Dé de ló is d’oíche. Chaith sé sé bliana ansan ach, le cabhair Dé, d’éalaigh sé abhaile. D’óirníodh ina shagart é agus deineadh easbog de ach fós, chuala sé muintir na hÉireann ag glaoch arais air chun insint dóibh faoin bhfíor-Dhia.
Tháinig Pádraig ar ais go hÉirinn agus thaisteal sé mór-chuid den tír ach níor shroich sé Corcaigh riamh. Maidin Domhnach Cásca, las sé tine ar Chnoc Sláinge, rud nár ceadaíodh go dtí go mbeadh tine na ndraoithe lasta ar chnoc Teamhrach. Cé nár ghlac an Ard Rí leis an gCríostaíocht, thug sé cead do Phádraig an creideamh a chraobhscaoileadh sa tír. Mhínigh seisean an Tríonóid Naofa le cabhair seamróige. Deirtear gur chuir sé an ruaig ar na nathaireacha nimhe as Éirinn.
‘Sé Pádraig patrún na hÉireann, maraon le Naomh Bríd agus Naomh Colmcille. Tá an féasta ar an 17ú Márta agus deintear é a cheiliúradh in Éirinn agus ar fud an domhain.

LúireachPhádraig (St. Patrick’s Breastplate)

Críost liom, Críost romham,
Críost i mo dhiaidh, Críost istigh ionam,
Críost fúm, Críost os mo chionn,
Críost ar mo láimh dheas, Críost ar mo láimh chlé,
Críost i mo luí dhom, Críost i mo shuí dhom,
Críost i mo sheasamh dhom,
Críost i gcroí gach duine atá ag cuimhneamh orm,
Críost i mbéal gach duine a labhraíonn liom,
Críost i ngach súil a fhéachann orm,
Críost i ngach cluais a éisteann liom.

Hail, Glorious St. Patrick

Hail, Glorious St. Patrick, dear saint of our isle.
On us, thy poor children, bestow a sweet smile.
And now, thou art high in the mansions above,
On Erin’s green valleys look down in thy love.

Ever bless and defend the dear land of our birth,
Where shamrock still blooms as when thou wert on earth.
Our hearts shall still burn, wheresoever we roam,
For God and St. Patrick and our native home.



‘Golden Hill’ by Francis Spufford
New York 1746, one rainy evening, a charming and handsome young stranger, fresh of the boat from England, presents an order for a thousand pounds that he wishes to cash. Who is this man and can he be trusted? - An entertaining and ingenious plot, this book was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards.
Available at Fitz-Gerald’s Bookshop €10.50


Recipe of the Week – Borscht. This recipe is a brilliant way to use garden vegetables at the end of the season and makes a very tasty and nutritious lunch dish. You can be flexible with the ingredients. Only the beetroot is critical (otherwise it’s not borscht)! Make a big batch of this and freeze it.
Ingredients: ¾ lb each of lean pork and cooked bacon, diced; 6 or more large beetroot; 2 large onions; 1 small celeriac or 2 sticks celery; 1 leek; 1 large turnip; 1 large swede; 1 or 2 parsnips; 4 carrots; 1 lb potatoes; Half a cabbage; Haricot or cannelloni beans, soaked overnight, to produce ¾ to one pint; Olive oil; Approx 1½ pints stock or water; 1 or 2 tablespoons cornflour; Plain yoghourt to garnish (if liked)
Directions: Roughly chop/dice all veg. Sauté onions lightly in oil, then add diced pork and brown all sides. Add vegetables and cook for a few minutes on medium heat, stirring to distribute oil evenly. Add the beans and sufficient stock or water to cover. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally, then add the cooked bacon, salt if required, and pepper to taste. Simmer for about 40 mins until everything is soft. Mix cornflour to a paste with cold water in a small bowl or cup, add some of the liquid from the pan to it, stirring, then trickle into pan, stirring constantly. Adjust thickness to own preference (this can be done after defrosting if preferred). When serving, add a dessert spoonful of yoghourt to each bowl.
Tip of the Month – Grow Red Cabbage - a very straight-forward, reliable plant to grow - pretty much untroubled by slugs and other pests once you get it started. It is also excellent for late summer coleslaws and will survive tough winters in the ground. Red cabbage is very easy and reliable to grow from seed, so there’s no real need to buy those expensive plants in modules. Sow the seeds in a seed bed or in modules (one seed in each cell) and they will almost certainly reward you with fine plants later on. By Michael Kelly

Traditional Irish Stew

Servings: 4-6; Preparation Time: 30 minutes; Cooking Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Ingredients: 3 tbsp Olive oil; 1.5kg lamb chops, with bones attached; 4 medium carrots, peeled, and quartered; 4 medium onions, cut into quarters; 15g butter; pinch salt and pepper; 600ml stock or water; 12 potatoes, peeled; sprig of Rosemary or thyme; 1 tbsp Parsley, chopped; 1 tbsp Chives, chopped. A few cloves of garlic if so desired.
1. Cut the chops in half, but don't take off the bones. Toss the meat in the
olive oil and fry until golden brown in a hot casserole.
2. Remove meat and replace with onions and carrots, stirring and frying for a couple of minutes, before returning the meat to the pan.
3. Pour in the stock, and simmer, either in a preheated oven at 160°C/gas 2,
or on the hob, until the meat is tender. This should take around 1 hour 30
4. Add the potatoes after 30 minutes, and continue simmering the stew. Stir
in the herbs and serve.

Sports Mad

Camogie League

Cork 2-14 Tipperary 1-12
Cork 3-19 Waterford 0-8
Cork came good the in the second half of the weather-delayed match in Group 1 of Division 1 of the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League. Second half goals from Katrina Mackey and Niamh McCarthy helped Cork see off a considerable challenge from Tipperary to make it two from two. Tipperary were much improved on their first-round, 17-point decimation by champions, Kilkenny and led by 1-7 to 0-9 at the break. Paudie Murray called in the heavy artillery at the interval, bringing on midfield dynamo Ashling Thompson. But it was Mackey who sparked the turnaround when grabbing the sliotar from Gemma O’Connor’s long delivery and making no mistake to shake the rigging and put Cork in front. Cork moved three clear thanks to Amy O’Connor, Cotter and Mackey, and when McCarthy’s shot from a tight angle looped into the Tipperary net, the destination of the precious points was finally confirmed.
In the final Group 1 game, Cork stayed top when making it three from three. A stunning second-half performance was the key to their 3-19 to 0-8 success at Carriganore. Only two points separated Cork and Waterford at the break (1-6 to 0-7) but Cork cut loose after the restart to put themselves in a very strong position ahead of crunch ties against Kilkenny and Wexford. By Daragh Ó Conchúir

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Coachford College who defeated Charleville to retain their Cork Colleges Camogie Senior A Merriman Cup title ©Rob Lotty

Coachford’s Double Double!

Coachford College retained their Cork Colleges Camogie Senior A Merriman Cup title by virtue of a four point victory over St. Mary’s Charleville at the recently developed Cork schools pitch in Castle Road. Their Junior team, captained by Jenny Burke, had already annexed the County A title last month, defeating Sacred Heart and thus completing back to back wins at that grade also. The Muskerry school started well with Miriam Cotter, Ciara Ring, Tara Clifford and Aideen Buckley in determined form at the back and good play from Callie McCarthy, Ella Foley and Lauren Moynihan leading to Ciara McCarthy’s pointed free. A 45m free was pointed by McCarthy. MaryClaire Carroll, Emma Hogan and Eimear Morrissey played well before the break but the critical score came from an intricate passage of play involving Burke, Brid Cotter and Cliona Healy, with Ciara McCarthy finding the roof of the net with a speculative shot. Coachford introduced a cluster of attackers to add energy to their team. Rachel McElroy, Marie O’ Reilly and Laura Barrett entered the fray after long absences from the game and, with Dennehy now marshalling Kilcommins and Aileen Hennessy clearing a lot of ball, Coachford extended their lead. Kate Herlihy, Bronagh Hartnett, Ellen Tarrant and Julie Verling were brought on for their tiring counterparts. Ciara McCarthy scored a point, Healy added her second and Katie McCarthy, a star in the making, got the insurance point to ensure Coachford remained champions for another season. Best for Coachford were Player of the match Ciara Twomey, Miriam Cotter, Tara Clifford and Katie McCarthy.
Coachford: CiaraTwomey, Aideen Buckley, Miriam Cotter, Tara Clifford, Aileen Hennessy [C], Ciara Ring, Callie McCarthy, Katie McCarthy [0-2], Jenny Burke, Ciara Sheehan, Ciara McCarthy [1-2], Ella Foley, Clíona Healy [0-2], Lauryn Moynihan, Leah Dineen. Subs: Caroline Barrett, Brid Cotter, Bronagh Hartnett [Vc], Ellen Tarrant, Julie Verling, Karen Dennehy, Kate O’ Herlihy, Kate Sheehan, Laura Barrett, Marie O’ Reilly, Rachel McElroy,

Tom Creedon Cup Final 2017

The final of the 2017 Tom Creedon Cup competition, sponsored by Macroom Bookshop, was a repeat of last year’s decider which Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh had won easily. Béal Átha subsequently had an easy win over Newmarket in championship and in this year’s Tom Creedon Cup final were looking to be coasting to victory when they led by 1-11 to 0-7 ten minutes from time having been easily the better team up to that point. The final ten minutes however were disastrous for Béal Átha as they appeared to fade away completely as Newmarket clicked into overdrive to score 2-7 without reply.
Béal Átha had been playing extremely well in early season so far and maybe this reverse will benefit them in the long term as they mount their bid for championship success in the months ahead.
Newmarket 2 – 14 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1 – 11
Newmarket, appeared to be heading for another defeat in this year’s Tom Creedon Cup decider when they trailed the holders by 1-11 to 0-7 with only ten minutes remaining at a sunny Macroom. The Gaeltacht side had led by seven points at the interval after dominating the first half proceedings and had seemingly decisively put down a brief Newmarket rally on the restart when Ben Shorten‘s 43rd minute goal helped them restore their seven point lead in a game where they now appeared to be heading for a comfortable victory. In the final ten minutes however the game took an unexpected turn when Newmarket, inspired by a TJ Brosnan goal in the 51st minute, played like men inspired and could do no wrong as Béal Átha faded alarmingly to be well beaten at the finish.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh were strongly fancied to win this final and everything that transpired in the first three quarters of the game reinforced the view that the cup would once again go the Gaeltacht side as they appeared to be much the better team. With Eoin Ó Coill and Leonárd Ó Conchuir on top at midfield and Liam Seartan commanding at centre back, they limited the winners to two points in the first half, the first a point from Conor O’Keeffe from the throw in and a point from Ryan O’Keeffe in the 11th minute after Colmán Ó Tuama and Ben Seartan had scored to put Béal Átha in front. From there to the interval it was all Béal Átha with further points from Seartan and Ó Tuama being added to by points from Liam Seartan and Andy Ó Coinceannain and two smashing points from play from Matt Ó Riordáin to leave the Gaeltacht men comfortably in front by seven points at the break, 0-9 to 0-2.
In the ten minutes after the restart, Newmarket found the range at last and points from Conor O’Keeffe, Danny Culloty and substitute Tony O’Keeffe brought them to within two points of Béal Átha by the 38th minute, 0-9 to 0-7. Four minutes later, following a bad kick out, Ben Seartan got possession and after an incisive run buried the ball in the Newmarket net. His brother Donagh then added a point and when Andy Ó Coinceannain had a further point from a tight angle in the 45th minute the interval gap of seven points between the teams was restored and Beál Átha Appeared to be heading for victory.
Crucially now however Newmarket introduced substitutes and the contribution of the newcomers was telling.
The break Newmarket needed came in the 51st minute when a high ball in to the Beál Átha goalmouth was punched to the net by experienced substitute, TJ Brosnan. Bart Daly immediately pointed a free and one could sense that the Duhallow side were revived and saw possibilities of victory. In rapid succession Culloty, Michael Cottrell and another substitute Barry O’Connor fired over points to level the scores and Béal Átha were unable to stem the flow. Newmarket hit the front with a goal from Cottrell, fed by Kevin O’Sullivan, in the 57th minute and in the time remaining, Ryan O’Keeffe, Culloty and Barry O’Connor all had points to put the issue beyond doubt and prove once again that the game is not over until the final whistle blows.
Scorers: Newmarket: M Cottrell 1-1, TJ Brosnan 1-0, D Culloty 0-4, C O’Keeffe 0-3, R O’Keeffe 0-2, B O’Connor 0-2, T O’Keeffe and B Daly 0-1 each.
Béal Átha: Ben Seartan 1-3 (0-1f), Colmán Ó Tuama 0-2, Matt Ó Riordáin 0-2, Andy Ó Coinceannain 0-2 (0-1f), Liam agus Donagh Seartan 0-1 each.
Newmarket: David Quinlan: Paudie Allen, John Ryan, Jack Guiney: Gavin Forde, Bart Daly, Eddie Allen: Alan Ryan, Michael Cottrell: Darren O’Keeffe, Daniel Culloty, Michael Kenneally: Ryan O’Keeffe, Conor O’Keeffe, Kevin O’Sullivan. Subs: Donal Hannon, Tony O’Keeffe, Barry O’Connor, Cathal Browne, Donncha Fitzpatrick.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Darren Ó Coill: Ciarán Ó Nunáin, Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh, Seán Ó Donnchú; Daire Seartan, Liam Seartan, Nollaig Ó Laoire: Eoin Ó Coill, Leonárd Ó Conchuir: Matt Ó Riordáin, Colmán Ó Tuama, Pól Ó Buachalla: Donagh Seartan, Andrias Ó Coinceannain, Ben Seartan. Fear Ionad: Tadgh Ó Laoire.
Referee: Mr John O’Leary, Mallow.

County Football Leagues

The county football leagues are in full flow 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 are the only unbeaten team after three rounds of games and lead the table with 6 points from 3 games.
Beál Átha have two games played and recorded an historic win over Castlehaven in round two.
Ballincollig 3-19 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 3-5
Castlehaven 0-12 Ballincollig 0-13
Ballincollig 1-7 Ilen Rovers 0-5
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2-6 Castlehaven 0-10

Division 2 Football League

Macroom are unbeaten after three games, likewise Cill na Martra after their two opening round games. Naomh Abán have been desperately unlucky to lose their two opening encounters and Éire Óg will be looking for an urgent improvement in form as the league progresses.

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
Cill na Martra 1–11 Douglas 0-12
Clyda 0-5 Macroom 0-10

Division 3 Football League

Aghabullogue lead the division league table with three wins from their three games to date.
Carrigaline 0-7 Aghabullogue 0-8
Nemo Rangers 0-9 Aghabullogue 2-14
Aghabullogue 2-13 Fermoy 1-10

Division 4 Football League

Ballinora have only one game played to date and won this one. Bandon and Mitchelstown head the table, each with full points from three games played.
Ballinora 1-13 Ballydesmond 2-8

Division 5 Football League

Grenagh head this division with full points from three outings to date.
Adrigole 0-8 Grenagh 0-9
St Finbarrs 1-11 Grenagh 2-11
Clonakilty 0-9 Grenagh 2-9

In Junior football, the county leagues have just begun and Aghinagh have had a good win over Dromtarriffe to open their campaign.
County Junior A Football League Group 2
Aghinhagh 2 – 8 Dromtariffe 0 - 8

County Hurling Leagues

Division 1 Hurling League
Blarney 1 – 12 0 - 15 Courcey Rovers
Cloyne 1 - 9 Blarney 2 - 16
Division 2 Hurling League
Éire Óg 1 - 12 3 - 12 Watergrasshill
Division 3 Hurling League
Dungourney 1 - 12 Ballincollig 2 - 12
Ballincollig 2 - 18 Kilbrittain 1 - 8
Aghabullogue 0 - 9 Ballygarvan 0 - 7
Grenagh 1 - 11 Milford 1 - 11
Kilbrittain 0 - 17 Grenagh 0 - 7
Division 4 Hurling League
Dripsey 0 - 9 Inniscarra 0 - 12
Junior B Hurling League
Inniscarra 3 - 4 Killavullen 1 - 14

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football Championship 2017

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
Aghabullogue v Éire Óg is the only remaining group game. (Fixed for Monday March 20th at Ovens, 8pm)
Éire Óg have two wins (v Ballincollig and Macroom) from two games, Ballincollig two wins (v Aghabullogue and Macroom conceded) from three games.
If Aghabullogue cause an upset and defeat Éire Óg then there will be a three-way playoff to determine the semi finalists.
If Éire Óg win and so head the group, they will play Kilmurry in the semi final, with Ballincollig and Cill na Martra facing each other in the other semi final.
Group 2
Winners: Cill na Martra
Runners Up: Kilmurry

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Donoughmore who defeated Canovee in the Muskerry u21B Football Championship quarter final © Lee Valley Outlook

Mid Cork U21 B Football championship

Semi Final pairings:
Ballinora v Aghinagh on Sunday March 19th at Kilmichael, 12 noon.
Naomh Abán v Donoughmore on Sunday 19th March at Carrigadrohid, 3pmthrow in.
There were three groups of three teams each. Top team in each group and the best runner up qualified for semi final stage.
Group 1
Group Winners: Ballinora (Runners up-Canovee)
Group 2
Group Winners: Naomh Abán (Blarney)
Group 3:
Group Winners: Aghinagh (Donoughmore)

Best runner- up: Blarney 0 – 10 Canovee 1 - 14,
Canovee 0 – 9 Donoughmore 1 - 14

Donoughmore 1 – 14 Canovee 0 – 9

Donoughmore have availed of the second chance offered to group runners up, to gain a semi final spot in the championship and they will be pleased with the form shown in their win over Canovee at Donoughmore in the quarter final. Donoughmore lost out to Aghinagh in the group but displayed much ability and determination in this latest outing and will be a handful for Naomh Abán when the sides clash.
The first half exchanges were close with neither side gaining any distinct advantage. Darragh O’Shea’s point for Donoughmore straight after the throw in was cancelled almost immediately by a point for Canovee from a Mark Healy free and when Healy pointed another free in the 4th minute the visitors were in front for the first and only time in the game. Conor O’Rourke kicked a fine free over to level matters in the 7th minute and Darren Lucey took a smashing point from play to put Donoughmore back into the lead in the 10thminute. A minute later Martin O’Sullivan doubled the home side’s advantage and kicked over his second point in the 13th minute to make it 0-5 to 0-2. A Mark Walsh point for Canovee reduced the deficit to two points as the first quarter ended.
In the 19th minute Darragh O’Shea had a point for Donoughmore, Kieran Moynihan did likewise for Canovee despite heavy pressure. Moynihan then kicked over another point to leave only the minimum between the teams and in the 28th minute the scores were level when Mark Healy sent over the bar for Canovee. Donoughmore finished the half well with two points from Martin O’Sullivan, a very impressive wing forward for the winners, in the final minutes.
The third quarter saw Donoughmore gain a grip on the proceedings with strong performances from centre back Adrian Looney, T J Barrett and Darren Lucey at midfield and with Martin O’Sullivan and Darragh O’Shea sparkling in attack. After an early exchange of points between Conor O’Rourke and Kieran Moynihan, Donoughmore went five points clear with scores from O’Sullivan, Joe Harrington and Darragh O’Shea, all in rapid succession. Mark Healy pointed a Canovee free to give them some hope but back came the winners with a point from Darren Lucey to make it 0-13 to 0-8 at the three quarter mark and Donoughmore were playing with confidence now against a Canovee side straining to stay in touch. Joe Harrington added point to the Donoughmore tally in the 50th minute and when Martin O’Sullivan gave Darragh O’Shea a defence splitting pass a minute later to set the corner forward clear, O’Shea made no mistake from close range and effectively his goal ended the contest. Canovee tried hard to get back into contention but a string of wides did not help before Denis Murphy’s late point was some reward for their efforts.
Scorers; Donoughmore: Darragh O’Shea 1-3, Martin O’Sullivan 0-5, Conor O’Rourke, Darren Lucey and Joe Harrington 0-2 each. Canovee: Mark Healy 0-4 (0-3f), Kieran Moynihan 0-3, Mark Walsh and Denis Murphy 0-1 each.
Donoughmore: Michael Buckley: Donncadh Dilworth, Keelan Forde, Brian Ahern: Jamie Twomey, Adrian Looney, Conor Kennedy: Tommy Joe Barrett, Darren Lucey: Martin O’Sullivan, Conor O’Rourke, St John Forde: Darragh O’Shea, Adam Looney, Joe Harrington.
Canovee: Cormac O’Driscoll : David Carroll, Patrick Buckley Patrick O’Neill: Sean Browne, Mark Healy, Brian Verling: Denis Murphy, Mark Walsh: David O’Keeffe, Eoghan O’Connell, Kieran Moynihan: Kieran Walsh,Dara Cronin, Jack Murphy. Sub: Noel Browne
Referee: Mr Liam Barry, Ballincollig.
The Blarney team narrowly defeated by Canovee was: Alex Moynihan: Jack O’Keeffe, Sean McSweeney, Darragh McPolin: Michael John Shine , Sean Crowley, Wayne Shine: Eamonn O’Mahony, Peter Philpott: Conor Forde, Ray Murphy, James Walsh; Evin Murphy, Alan McEvoy, Luke Madden. Subs: Kevin Cremen, Pat O’Connell, James Doody, Barry Dennehy, Cian Ahern and Darragh Walsh.

Mid Cork U21 C Football championship

One group of four teams. Top two teams to qualify for final stage.
Final: Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Iveleary at Baile Mhuirne on Sunday 19th March at 12.30pm (Note time)
Iveleary have beaten Béal Átha, Lee Gaels and Clondrohid while Béal Átha lost to Iveleary and won their other two games.
Iveleary panel: 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,Mort Cotter and Mikey Cummins.
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, Ronán Ó Loinsuigh, Criostóir Ó Rinn, Seán Ó Muiineacháin, Brian Ó Tuama agus Ciarán Ó Laoire.

Allianz National Football League - Division Two

Clare 2-11 Cork 0-9
Played in front of a megre attendance of 985 at Cusack Park the Clare footballers scored a first League win over Cork in 23 years. In a match played in driving rain, wind and occasional sunshine, Clare played exceptionally well in the second half to record their second win of the season.
Although Cork dominated possession in the opening 20 minutes the teams were tied at half-time. Points from Aidan Walsh, a Luke Connolly 45 and centre back James Loughrey, left Cork leading 0-3 to 0-0 after 21 minutes. Cork found it very difficult to penetrate a Clare defence, which regularly had 13 players behind the ball. Clare showed very little threat in attack until wing forward Cian O'Dea goaled from close range 10 minutes before half time and suddenly, despite Cork's dominance of possession, the game was now tied. Points from wing back Tomás Clancy and a Niall Coakley free, left the teams level at the interval, following a brace of Eoin Cleary points for the home county.
Clare started the second half with three points to go 1-5 to 0-5 ahead. Niall Coakley and Colm O'Neill replied for Cork, Jamie Malone, Tubridy and Ciaran Russell did likewise for the winners. However Jamie Malone's goal, four minutes from time, sealed an exceptional result for Colm Collins' team. Cork meanwhile were left reflecting on a very poor second half display which included a Colm O'Neill penalty hitting the post in second half injury time.
Not one Mid Cork player was in action for the county footballers.
Scorers for Cork: Niall Coakley 0-2 (2fs), Colm O’Neill, Tomas Clancy, James Loughrey, Aidan Walsh, Michael Shields, Paul Kerrigan, and Luke Connolly (45) 0-1 each.
Cork: Ryan Price; Michael Shields, Tom Clancy, Kevin Crowley; Tomas Clancy, James Loughrey, Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers); Aidan Walsh, Ruairi Deane; Brian O' Driscoll, Luke Connolly, John O Rourke; Niall Coakley, Donncha O' Connor, Paul Kerrigan (captain)
Subs: Colm O’Neill (35 inj), Mark Collins (43), Donal Óg Hodnett (48), Ian Maguire (50), Kevin Davis (60), Colm O'Driscoll (64).

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A

Kilkenny 0-22 Cork 0-15
A point up at the break (0-11 to 0-10), Kilkenny were hauled back level by Cork before they hit the gas and raced away. Walter Walsh got them going with a 41st minute point, a score which was quickly followed by a T.J. Reid free. Walsh helped himself to another point soon after before, in their best move of the match, he knocked down a Reid cross for Richie Hogan to split the posts.
The Cats kept their good run going after that, ending a blistering five-minute spell with further minor scores from Conor Martin and Hogan. When the dust had settled, they were 0-18 to 0-12 in front; a first league win of 2017 beckoned.
Cork were breathing down Kilkenny necks at half-time (0-11 to 0-10) but that second half scoring charge from Kilkenny changed the game’s complexion.
Scorers for Cork: Conor Lehane 0-10 (4fs, 365s), Alan Cadogan 0-2, Bill Cooper, Dean Brosnan, Seamus Harnedy 0-1 each.
Cork: Anthony Nash; Killian Burke, Damien Cahalane, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Mark Ellis, MARK COLEMAN; Bill Cooper, Daniel Kearney; Dean Brosnan, Conor Lehane, Shane Kingston; Alan Cadogan, Seamus Harnedy, Luke Meade.
Subs: Cormac Murphy (22); Stephen McDonnell (57); Patrick Horgan (57); Luke O’Farrell (63).

Waterford 1 - 13 Cork 1 - 21
Cork revived their league quarter final hopes with an encouraging eight-point win against Waterford at a sunny but windy Walsh Park. With 6,629 spectators in attendance, Cork took control of the contest through a purple patch of six unanswered points before Luke Meade’s goal on 49 minutes clinched victory. The man of the match contributed 1-1 during the second period and set up another two points.
Mark Coleman, Bill Cooper, Lorcan McLoughlin and Conor Lehane were also to the fore. The Rebels had twelve contributors to the scoreboard by the full time whistle.
Four consecutive points through Lorcan McLoughlin, Nash (free), Conor Lehane (free) and Seamus Harnedy left it 0-8 to 1-2 in Cork’s favour. Cork recorded the last five points of the half, two Lehane frees and one each by Mark Coleman, Cooper and Shane Kingston to depart 0-14 to 1-4 ahead.
Substitute Michael Cahalane extended the lead to eight on the restart. The home side whittled it down to four but Dean Brosnan and Luke Meade pointed at the opposite end. On 49 minutes, Meade sprinted through one on one with Stephen O’Keeffe and smacked it home (1-17 to 1-9).
Young Mark Coleman of Blarney was the only Mid Cork player on the field but his contribution to the victory was significant and he continues to progress at the highest level.
Scorers for Cork: C Lehane 0-8 (7fs), L Meade 1-1, B Cooper 0-3, A Nash (f), C Joyce, M Coleman, D Brosnan, S Kingston, S Harnedy, M Cahalane, L McLoughlin, P Horgan 0-1 each.
Cork: A Nash; S McDonnell, D Cahalane, C Spillane; C Joyce, M Ellis,Mark Coleman (Blarney); B Cooper, L McLoughlin; D Brosnan, C Lehane, L Meade; A Cadogan, S Harnedy, S Kingston. Subs: M Cahalane (31), P Horgan (64), K Burke (66), C O’Leary (68).

Macroom GAA

In the county football league, Division 2, Macroom intermediates were at home to Clyda Rovers at the Castle Grounds. Clyda had conceded home advantage as their pitch at Mourne Abbey was unplayable and the rain in Macroom was bucketing down for all of the first half and the early portion of the second half before the game finished in sunshine.
Macroom started well and with points from Patrick Lucey, Seán Kiely and Don Creedon led by 0-4 to 0-1 after the opening quarter. David Goold and Patrick Lucey added a point apiece, but Clyda rallied strongly, to leave Macroom leading by 0-6 to 0-4 at the break. On the restart, Clyda cut the deficit to a single point and the outcome was uncertain but after a period when stalemate ensued, Seán Kiely had a great point from play to give Macroom momentum once again and Patrick Lucey fired over two points in quick succession to give Macroom a 0-9 to 0-5 advantage entering the final quarter. The Macroom defence held firm under pressure and a late point from Patrick Lucey was the only score of the final quarter. It was a fine team performance victory from Macroom who have now won their three league games to date. The line out was: Declan Kiely: Michael Cahill, Robbie O’Dwyer, Gerard Angland: Michael Cronin, Fintan Goold, David Cotter: Seán Kiely, David Horgan: Don Creedon, Johny Murphy, David Goold: Patrick Lucey, Olan Murphy, Ciarán Murphy. Subs: Ethan O’Gorman and Martin O’Donnell.

Macroom Juvenile GAA

Matches have resumed and both the U-14s and U-16s have seen action.
Under 14s; The U-14s got off to a great start in the league, winning against Courcey Rovers 3-9 to 0-7 at the Castle Grounds. The team worked hard together, as their rivals initially went into the lead but Sean De Lacy and Jack Sexton quickly started putting points on the board. A goal by Sean put Macroom in a comfortable lead, and Daragh Kiernan joined in the scoring when he added two points. Macroom led 1-6 t0 0-3 at half-time. A goal from Ronan Morey after half time ensured that Macroom was comfortably ahead at the break. After the change over, Courcey Rovers responded, but Jack and Daragh notched up some more points, and Mark Hunt clinched the win with his goal and point. Darragh Neville was excellent as goalkeeper, and impressed all when he saved a penalty. The work rate of each team member in misty wet conditions ensured the Macroom forwards were well supported and kept busy. The subs contributed well when brought on and ensured the energetic pace of the game was maintained. Well done to all. The final score was Macroom 3-9, Courcey Rovers 0-7.
Under-16s; the U-16s entertained the Dohenys of Dunmanway in a practice game in the Castle Grounds. Macroom played reasonably well in the first half and were down 2 points at half-time. Some soft goals were conceded in the second half which saw Macroom on the wrong side of the final score-line. However several players performed well; and, with the missing players back, this game should stand to them. Their next fixture is on Thur. 16th of March against Ibane Gaels.
The U-6s, U-8s, U-9s and U-10s all trained on Sat. morning with good numbers in each age group. It was a special day for those training with the U-6s for the first time and they enjoyed themselves very much.
The club will be taking part in Friday’s St Patrick’s Day Parade and all players are welcome to march under the club banner in their football outfits.

Laochra Óg

50/50 Club Development Draw. The ticket for our latest 50/ 50 club development was drawn by Rachel O'Riordan who represented Laochra Óg in the Flower of Macroom in the Riverside Park Hotel. Draw winner was Diarmuid Keane from Coolea who won €420 and the seller’s prize of €25 goes to Ó 'Luasa's Foodstore in Ballymakeera.
Flower of Macroom Competition. Thanks to Rachel O'Riordan for representing the club in the 'Flower of Macroom' selection. Rachel did a fabulous interview and sang an Adel song 'When we were young' and the audience were in awe of her magnificent singing voice. Well done Rachel. You did us proud! Thanks to the Lee Valley Enterprise Board for a very well run show and for a lovely night. Well done to all the girls.
Easter Camp. Register for the Laochra Óg Easter Camp by contacting Liam Slattery at 0879437272. The fee for the camp is €20 per child for 1st and 2nd child for the two days and €10 per subsequent child for the two days. Easter Camp will be held on the 10th and 11th of April.

Macroom FC

Race Night. Macroom FC will hold a fundraising Race Night at Murray's Bar on April 16 (Easter Sunday) with a 9pm start. Horses, priced at just €10 are now on sale from club and committee members. Team managers will also be selling horses so please purchase early to avoid disappointment. On the night, there will be great fun with auction and novelty races taking place. This is a huge fundraiser for the club and will be used for the day to day running of our 17 teams. Please come along and show your support for your local soccer club.
Macroom FC Youths recorded a huge 9-0 home win over Douglas Hall. In a one sided affair, goals were scored by Eolan O' Leary (3), Sean McMahon (3), Lloyd Aisling, Jordan O' Riordan and Syzmon Sanetra. There were also fine performances from Kevin Barrett, Liam O' Sullivan, Greg Fitton, Marcel Szulhan and Tom O' Donovan.
U10 Blitz. The Under 10 Schoolgirls team took part in a CWSSL blitz last Sunday. Teams from Riverstown, Passage, Springfield Ramblers, Blarney Utd, Wilton Utd and Watergrasshill took part which made for an excellent mornings work. All players enjoyed the games and this is further evidence of the continuing growth of schoolgirls soccer within Macroom FC and throughout Cork.
U16 Macroom 2-2 Coachford/Killinardrish.
A big local derby finished all square with Macroom having to come from behind on two occasions. Trailing 1-0 at the break, the home side equalised from Jack Kelleher's superb strike. On the hour mark, Coachford retook the lead but deep in injury time Macroom got a deserved leveller. Mateusz Juszczak did great work down the right flank and his cross was headed home by Shane Meaney to secure a point.

Macroom Golf Club

Men’s Club. Seniors: Jimmy Nolan (9), Albert Groarke (16), Vincent Kingston (27) 36.8
Open singles qualifier: 1st - Ted Murphy(11) 32pts
Club singles: 1st - Garrett Irish (18) 32pts, 2nd - Padraig O'Connor(1) 31pts, Senior - Moss Moriarty(16) 31pts, Best Gross - Tom Fitzgerald(11) 20pts
9/3/17 Open singles Final: 1st - Leo Gould (10) 34pts, 2nd - Martin Dineen (18) 32pts, 3rd - Diarmuid Flavahan (20) 32pts.
12/3/17 Club Singles & Winter League: 1st - John O'Keeffe (17) 37pts, 2nd - Terence Sheehan (14) 35pts, 3rd - Barry Oldham (15) 34pts, Senior - David Hayes(17) 34pts, Best Gross - Kevin Sheehan(2) 30pts
Fixtures. Tue – Seniors. Thur - V-par (18 hole) Open singles. Fri - Viennese Waltz, (18 hole) 3 person Open team event. Sat - Male (18 hole) Open 2 man team event. Sun - Male (18 hole) Open scotch 4'somes.