Lee Valley Outlook March 30 2017 v14e7

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Laochra Óg, prizewinners in Macroom St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017 © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Daffodil Day at Tigh Uí Laoghaire’s Bar, Bealnamorrive, Fri. March 31, 9a.m. to 11p.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.
Croí na Laoi meeting on Tues, 4th of April.
Kilmurry Active Retirement meeting Tues 4th April.
Muinefliuch Parents’ Association Pub Quiz in the Tavern, Clondrohid on Fri April 7 at 8pm.
Easter Walk & Quiz Trail at Dromleigh N.S on Sat April 8 at 12 noon.
Mushera Platform afternoon tea dance in Ballinagree marquee, Sun , 8 April, 3-6pm.
Gramophone Circle for Alzheimers at Imperial, Cork, Sun. April 9 at 8p.m.
Laochra Óg Easter Camp 10th and 11th of April.
Looking Your Best Tues 11th April, in Kilmurry Museums 7.30p.m.
Macroom FC Race Night, Murray's Bar, April 16 (Easter Sunday) , 9pm.
Coachford Flower and Garden Club Annual Outing April 20th; club meeting April 26th.
Book Launch. ‘Kilmurry 1932 – 1935’ in Independence Museum on Tues April 25 at 8.30p.m.
Macroom Flower Club meeting on Thurs 27th of April at Coolcower House

Events at the Riverside Park Hotel
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.
Environmental Group Tues 4th Ap at 5.30p.m.
Bookclub on Wed 5th April.
Purlies Thurs April 6 at 11 a.m.
Gramophone Fri April 7th at 11 a.m
Macroom Community Choir Sat. Ap. 8th at 3pm.
Coppeen charity run on Sun 9th Ap at 11am at An Caipín Bar
Creative Writing group Tues 11th , 5.30 until 7pm.
ACOL Bridge from 10.00 am on Wed Ap. 12th
Ciorcal Cainte at 11.30a.m. on Thurs. Ap. 13.

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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St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal and Flower of Macroom, Laura Creedon, arrives in style © Lee Valley Outlook

Lá ‘le Pádraig

Despite the damp and dreary weather conditions, a great crowd turned out for the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Macroom and nobody got very wet. There may not have been as many onlookers as usual but they all enjoyed a colourful, amusing spectacle, with plenty music, floats and entertainment.
Leading the Parade came the Colour Party, three members of the FCA in military attire. Then came the 2017 Grand Marshal, Laura Creedon, Flower of Macroom. Laura was immaculately turned out and received a great welcome. She was followed by a retinue of Flower contestants, kindly transported by Enchanted Flowers. While a bevy of Disney characters greeted the many children in attendance, a great selection of vintage vehicles made their way before the reviewing stand. My personal favourite was the E type Jaguar. A loyal supporter of the Macroom Parade, Declan Lordan, Bandon, came with his steam engine, Border Queen.
Ballinagree Mayor was accompanied by Donald Trump and they promoted Ballinagree Vintage, Cope, Mushera Platform, Ó Cathasaigh Alpacas and Daffodil Day in Bealnamorrive on March 31. Macroom Girl Guides were followed by the O’Sullivan School of Irish Dancing who gave a display, and the very fit group from West Muskerry A.C., accompanied by St. Patrick himself. Macroom G.A.A. was followed by the Scouts and there was a huge contingent from Macroom A.F.C., celebrating their 40th anniversary. C103 attended and the organisers, Lee Valley Enterprise Board, brought back the giant dragon, much to the delight of the children. Prizewinning motorcyclist, Orla Lynch, paraded on one of her machines and she was followed by St. Colman’s Brass Band, who performed for the crowd. Donald Trump had a narrow escape from a chainsaw operator on the Macroom Tool Hire float and Bandon and District Pipe Band raised spirits and had feet tapping to their music.

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Furry friends enjoy a damp St. Patrick’s Day in Macroom. © Lee Valley Outlook

The Broomhill Vintage Club had a wonderful float, complete with ‘Henry Ford and his glamorous Model T’ advertising the 100th anniversary celebration of Henry Ford in Ireland at the Coachford Festival in July. They were followed by a selection of High Nellies. Macroom’s Men’s Shed float preceded the Aideen Johnson School of Dance, representatives from St. Val’s Football Club and Circus Vegas. Tim Lyons Engineering had some very imposing machinery. Macroom Foróige brought out the Sun. Cullen Pipe Band preceded Laochra Óg Hurling and Camogie Club with the Moon and their prizewinning giant camán float. The delightful Kinsale Drummers were the final act in the parade, though Bandon Pipe Band made a welcome return circuit of the town. Lee Valley Enterprise Board prizes for floats were awarded to West Muskerry A.C., Enchanted Flowers, Broomhill Vintage Club, Macroom Men's Shed, Foróige and Laochra Óg, ‘in no particular order’!
As usual. Tony Boloney entertained the children after the parade. Aghinagh Comhaltas provided music and there was Irish dancing galore at the Feis in the Leisure Centre.

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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 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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Mrs. Eithne Jeffords, great grant niece of Mother Evangelist, foundress of Mercy Convent in Macroom, pictured with her aunt's portrait painted in 1904..©An Scoil

St. Mary’s Updates

150 years of Mercy Education in Macroom. Mrs. Eithne Jeffords, great grand niece of Mother M. Evangelist O’Mahony, foundress of the Convent of Mercy, Macroom pictured beside a portrait of her great grant aunt which was painted in 1904. Following the publication of an article in the ‘Irish Examiner’ heralding the forthcoming celebration of 150 years of Mercy Education in Macroom, Mrs. Jeffords contacted the school to make herself known. We were delighted that she and her husband Jim were both able to join us for our very special day.
Apprentice Chef 2017. Carolyn O’Donovan and Muireann Crowley, two transition year students, participated in Apprentice Chef 2017 in the Institute of Technology, Tralee. They were given a chance to work on their cooking skills and prepare, cook and serve their dish for T.J. O Connor and John Murray who are two well known people in the world of Irish food. Muireann’s dish was seared wagyu served with pureed celeraic and pear poached in a red wine jus with green beans and blue veined cheese. Carolyn served monkfish with smoked trout cannelloni and butter sauce with roast pureed carrot and pepper. Well done to the two girls and special congratulations to Carolyn who has now advanced to the final of the competition to be held next May.
Sport. First and Second years played games in basketball on Monday 20th March. First years travelled to Mallow to play Davis College. In a tough game the girls put up a good performance but were not successful on this occasion running out, while the second years played away to Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty winning with a score line of 39-14. Second years went on to play in the final of the southern division in Junior C against Bandon in Neptune on Wednesday last where they saw off formidable opponents to win 27-11. They are now through to the quarter final of the All-Ireland series. Cork Schools Football quarter final took place on Thursday last. St. Mary’s comprehensively defeated Beara Community School. The semi-final will be held in the next few weeks possibly against Kanturk.
French Exchange. We had the French exchange students with us in Macroom during the past two weeks. We hope they have enjoyed their stay here. They were given an Irish breakfast in our Canteen on Wednesday morning where they got a taste of our Irish food and culture.

Céiliúradh 150 Bliain ag Clochar na Trócaire, Máchromtha.

Céad bliain go leith ó shin
Ba mhór an céiliúradh ar an mbaile seo
Nuair a bhunaigh an tSiúr Evangelist
Clochar na Trócaire

Chaith sí is a comhoibrí
Na blianta fada ina diaidh
Ag múineadh is ag guí
Ar son na mílte daltaí
Scaipithe ar fuaid an domhain

Ach tháinig aois ciniciúil
Gan coinne ag an eaglais leis
Aois an dorchadais, an dubh-bhás
Is stop clog an Clochair

Ta folúntas uaigneach ann anois
An é laige ar gcreidiúnt i nDia
Nó compord an tSaoil
Nó tóir an tSaibhris
Ba chúis leis an meath
I ndúil na híobairte
D. C. Ó Mathúna

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Old Mercy nun's habit. ©

Goings on at St. Joseph’s

Electric Picnic. In early March, 5th class got a wonderful opportunity to become actively involved in science and engineering. Dr. Olive Murphy called to the classroom, equipped with the kit for Engineer’s Week and gave a really interesting presentation and then we began experimenting! We created static electricity using balloons and went on to create electricity from fruit, using lemons as our battery. Everyone worked in groups and got a chance to participate. Finally, we made an electronic circuit, which allowed us to increase and decrease the intensity of an LED. We enjoyed Engineer's Week, thanks to Dr Murphy.
Nutri Safari. The girls from 3rd and 6th classes had a fantastic day attending a Nutri-safari in O’Leary’s SuperValu in Macroom. The Nutri-safari forms part of the Super Troopers programme that we run in our school. They really enjoyed the visit as a nutritionist took them on tour of the shop and spoke about the food pyramid and gave lots of different ideas and recipes. The girls visited the fruit and vegetable section, the bakery, the meat counter and the dairy section of the shop, tasting many different foods along the way. They sampled fresh fruit and veg, tasty and healthy breads, milks and cheese. Huge thanks to SuperValu and the Super Troopers programme for taking us on the Nutri-safari. We really enjoyed it and our fabulous foodie goodie bags!
Sing Along. The children from 4th and 5th class in St. Joseph’s Primary School, along with a host of other Cork schools, will be singing in the Cork National Children’s Choir Concert on Wednesday April 5th at 7.30pm in the All Saints Church, Drimoleague. It promises to be a spectacular occasion with over 200 voices singing a varied repertoire, with everything from Handel to Queen, traditional Irish songs to popular. Tickets €10 (children under 10 €7) are available at the school or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Photos in next issue.

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Raising the National flag, Green school flag, Health Promoting school flag, and Digital school flag on March 16 at St Joseph's Primary School, Macroom ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

Apprentice Chef 2017. Cathal Healy Ring and Niamh McSweeney represented McEgan College on the 15thMarch at the prestigious Apprentice Chef competition at Tralee IT. The students had spent weeks practicing and perfecting their dishes, under the guidance of their mentor chef,Mark Doe and teacher, Hazel Bourke. The students used the opportunity to showcase quality, locally produced ingredients. Cathal’s dish featured Langoustine Prawns supplied by Clancy’s Fishmongers combined with a Quinoa and Cous Cous Salad. Niamh used free range chicken and the award winning Toon’s Bridge Mozzarella Cheese. Both students enjoyed the experience of getting to cook in a professional kitchen under the guidance of industry chefs. The judges said they were awed by the standard of skills and presentation by all students who represented schools from Muster. We are very proud of Niamh , who was chosen by the judges to represent McEgan in the final in May. She will be busy perfecting her culinary skills over the next few weeks in preparation for the big event.
National Award Winners. Two students from McEgan College Macroom were presented with National awards in G.M.I.T. on Sat 11th 2017. Jerry Lehane was awarded 1st place and Ellen NíShúilleabháin 2nd place by the State Examinations Commission as a result of their Junior Certificate Results 2016. The ceremony was attended by the Assistant head of the S.E.C. and two senior inspectors. Also in attendance was Ms. Catherine Connolly T.D. Mr. Michael Hannon Academic Registrar of GMIT, Mr. David Tracy Director of Sisk and Mr. Dermot Carey Chairman of the I.C.F.
This was an immensely wonderful achievement for both students, parents and to their teacher Mr. Cronin as their work was displayed on the day. This is a very unique achievement for any school and we in McEgan College are very proud of both students. McEgan College is continuously striving to be at the fore when it comes to exam success and these awards are testament to this fact. Our students were encouraged to consider the scholarship programme in GMIT as a result of these awards. The families of both Jerry Lehane and Ellen NíShúilleabháin attended as did their teacher Mr. James Cronin, Principal Ms. Patricia Lynam, and Dept. Principal Ms. Margaret Corkery.
Both students were paid magnificent tributes and were told that this day was a milestone in their life and careers and should be very proud of their achievement. The Ass. Head of the S.E.C. also stated that it was extremely difficult to achieve the mark they did and the work that they did was of the highest quality and encouraged them both to strive to achieve more awards in their futures. The event was recorded on T.V. and is going to be used by the various bodies to encourage students to develop their educational opportunities in both 2nd level and in 3rd level. Congratulations to all involved in these wonderful achievements.
Induction morning. On Saturday 25th March, McEgan College welcomed students from the surrounding 6th class primary schools who have enrolled for entry to our college next September. Assessments were done in both numeracy and literacy in the first part of the morning. After their break students, were spilt into three groups and experienced woodwork, metalwork and home economics. Parents were also welcomed to join us for a cup of tea and some home baking. Overall, it was a lovely morning.
Gaeltacht. 6th year Gaeilge students went on 'Turas chun na Gaeltachta' in preparation for their imminent Irish Oral Examinations. . They benefited from the experience of being immersed in the language through many activities, including: a trip to the Dingle Aquarium, a climbing wall activity, an oral language lesson with an experienced examiner, a céilí and a guided tour of the Dingle Peninsula. To all our students taking the Irish Oral exam this week, which will account for 40% of their overall mark - go n-éirí libh!

De la Salle Updates

Taekwondo De la Salle College Macroom Transition Year student, John Wynroe, competed recently in the English Elite Taekwondo Open Championships. The event was held in Swindon and drew competitors from Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Japan. Of the hundreds of people competing, eleven were Irish. Overall, John won three gold medals and one silver. Two of the gold were won in different sparring divisions (point sparring and continuous). The third gold medal John won was in special technique in a category involving over 50 competitors and the silver medal was won in patterns. John adds these medals to a burgeoning collection, having already brought home medals from places such as Italy and Budapest in European and World Championships. His next tournament will be the Leinster Championships on the 26th of March.
Cultural Exchanges. In mid-March, a group of 40 boys and girls, along with their teachers, arrived in Macroom for the “first leg” of the annual exchange with Ecole St. Genes in Bordeaux. The French visitors have been staying in the homes of De la Salle and St. Mary’s students and have spent their time enjoying the sights of Macroom and beyond, as well as experiencing Irish school life! Twenty De la Salle students will be travelling to Bordeaux together with a group from St. Mary’s on the return leg of the exchange. The annual cultural exchange with Leonardo da Vinci College in Marcallo con Casone, Milan, will begin with a visit from over thirty Italian students and their teachers to Macroom, and again, they will be staying with De la Salle parents. A similar number of De la Salle first year students will make the return trip to Milan in early May.
Football. In GAA, the senior football team was unlucky when they lost out by a point to Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig in the semi-final of the Corn Simcox. In the first round of the U-16A Cork championship, De la Salle had to give best to Skibbereen Community School and in the Cork Schools’ U-14A football, De la Salle were beaten by Clonakilty Community College. Photos in next issue.

Lee Valley Enterprise Events at Riverside Park Hotel

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

Among the advantages of our new computer system will be the possibility of requesting books from libraries outside of Cork County should we not ourselves have the title, and the ability to use your library card in any public library in the republic! All items including dvd's have a 3 week loan period for all borrowers. However, there is no longer a grace period once the item goes overdue. From the due day, a 5 cent per day per item fine generates. There are several ways to avoid this. You can ring us at 02642483 with your card number or, if you have a PIN number set up on your account, you can access your account online and renew. Ask at the desk about putting a PIN on your account.
The knitting exhibition to highlight the work of Féileacháin, the Irish stillbirth and neonatal death association, continues until the end of March.
Tueday 4th April Macroom and District Environmental Group will meet at 5.30.
Bookclub is on Wednesday 5th April. The current title under discussion is ‘She’s Come Undone’ by Wally Lamb. Thursday 6th sees the Purlies gathering for their regular knitting session. All levels of knitting welcome. The second Friday of the month, 14th, is Good Friday and the library will be closed so Gramophone with Eddie Hogan takes place on the first Fridayb 7th at the usual time of 11 am until 12.30. All are welcome to this free and friendly event at which light refreshments will be served.
Macroom Community Choir is set to sing in the library on the afternoon of Saturday 8th at 3pm to celebrate the Life Long Learning festival. This should a be very enjoyable departure from the usual Saturday afternoons here and we look forward to a large attendance. There is no charge for this event. Our usual Children’s Storytime will take place at noon led by a member of staff.
On Tuesday 11th the Creative Writing group will meet at 5.30 until 7pm. We are delighted to have author Denyse Woods to mentor the group as writer in residence.
Wednesday 12th ACOL Bridge takes place from 10.00 am and on Thursday 13 staff member Nora Levis will steer the Ciorcal Cainte at 11.30.

Local TV Programmes

Wed. March 29. 6.30p.m. News and Sport. Dancing at Aubane 1998. Johnny Kelleher, Clondrohid, in action.
Thurs. March 30. Tarmac Rally from the 70s, featuring Billy Coleman.
Sun. April 2: 5.30 p.m. Annual Mass from St. Gobnait’s, Baile Mhúirne 2016. 6.30p.m. Repeats of Wed. and Thurs. Programmes
Wed. April 5. 6.30p.m. News and Sport. Music, song and dance at the Pub in Carriganimma, March 5 2017. .
Thurs. April 6. Music and Song from Doyle’s, Knocknagree.
Sun. April 9: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Mass at Ballydaly 2012. Celebrant Canon Fitzgerald PP. 6.30p.m. Repeats of Wed. and Thurs. Programmes
Wed. April 12. 6.30p.m. News and Sport. 1916 Commemoration in Carriganimma.
Thurs. April 13. Holy Thursday programme.
Sun. April 16: 5.30 p.m.. First Holy Communion Mass from Macroom 2016. 6.30p.m. Repeats of Wed. and Thurs. Programmes. 1916 Commemoration in Macroom.
Wed. April 19. 6.30p.m. News and Sport. Music, song and dance at Collins’s Bar, Kilmichael, November 2016. .
Thurs. April 20. Killarney in my Dreams, featuring Dermot Moriarty .
Sun. April 23: 5.30 p.m.. Famine Mass at Carrigastyra. 6.30p.m. Repeats of Wed. and Thurs. Programmes.
Wed. April 26. 6.30p.m. News and Sport. To be decided,
Thurs. April 27. Going Places by MFG Productions. .
Sun. April 30: 5.30 p.m.. Annual Mass at Shrone 2016. 6.30p.m. Repeats of Wed. and Thurs. Programmes.
Sun. May 7. Annual Mass at Shrone 2017.


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Daffodil Day at Tigh Uí Laoghaire’s Bar, Bealnamorrive, Fri. March 31, 9a.m. to 11p.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 N.S. Parents’ Association are holding their annual fundraising table quiz in Dromey’s Bar on Friday, 31st March at 8pm. The talented Denis McCarthy will be our MC for the occasion so challenging questions & entertaining commentary will be guaranteed! Tables are €20 for teams of four, with a separate prize for u18 entrants. Spot prizes also to be won.

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.
Life Long Learning Festival in Macroom from Monday the 3rd of April to Saturday 8th of April. Free drop-in short workshops for all ages running throughout the day in the Macroom area, held in several locations. More information find us on Facebook @ Life Long Learning Festival Macroom or phone 086 1436401

Kilmurry Active Retirement Meeting Tuesday 4th April New Member's Welcome. Tai-chi Classes Thursday night. Looking your best, with Jennie White Style & Colour Consultant Tuesday 11th April, in Kilmurry Museums 7.30 All Welcome.

Easter Walk & Quiz Trail at Dromleigh N.S will be held on Saturday, April 8th at 12 noon. Cost is €5 per peson or €8 per family/ team of four. The school will be open from 11am for registration, to accept entries for our Easter Bonnet competition and also for you to stock up on some goodies at our bake sale - so a busy morning for little bunnies! We look forward to and thank you for your continued support at these wonderful community events.

Mushera Platform fundraising afternoon tea dance will take place at marquee in Ballinagree village, on Sunday, 8 April 2017 from 3-6pm. Music by Autumn Gold.

Coppeen & District Vintage Club charity run on Sunday 9th April. Registration at 11am at An Caipín Bar Coppeen. €20 Entry Fee. Bikes, Cars, Tractors & Trucks old and new all welcome. In Aid of Bumbleance and Dogs for Disabled.

Macroom FC Race Night at Murray's Bar on April 16 (Easter Sunday) with a 9pm start.
Macroom Table Tennis Club - We are currently playing on Tuesdays from 7pm - 9pm at the sports complex, sharing the big hall with the badminton club. Admission is €4 adults, €3 teens, payable to the complex on the way in. All welcome. Some coaching and tips available free of charge.

Climb for Charity. Mrs. Pat Crowley, Kilmichael plans to climb Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil in May to raise funds for Macroom and Dunmanway hospitals. Collection boxes will be in the Castle Hotel, Supervalu, Trendy Hair and Cafe Next Door or contribute through Facebook page.(gofundme) All donations greatly appreciated.

Ballyvongane N.S. children recently celebrated their success in Scór Múscraí Finals 2017. For the 3rd year in succession, the school was awarded the Denis O'Donovan Trophy for the Best Overall School in Scór na bPáistí for the Muskerry region.

Loch Allua Golf Society A great turnout for our 1st outing for 2017, the Dick Hennigan Memorial Trophy, held at Macroom G.C on March 12th. The winner was Barry Oldham, with Cathal O'Sullivan in 2nd place. Our next outing will be in Beaufort G.C on April 22nd @ 11am. New members & guests are more than welcome. Contact Barry Oldham on 087-9129532.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto 19/3/2017 Jackpot €1,600. Numbers drawn: 7, 10 and 26. No Winner. €50 Eoghan McCarthy Inchealea, €20 each Jimmy Jazz Buckley Coachford, Helen Kelleher c/o Anvil Bar, M T O'Callaghan Rusheen. Briege Corkery Drombeg.
26/3/2017 Jackpot €1,750. Numbers drawn: 11, 27 and 30. €50 Noel O'Callaghan Ballinagree,€20 each William Casey Curraghwaddra, Jeremiah Corkery Drombeg, Brendan Kelleher Ballinagree, Kay Mac & Mary O, C/O Ploughman’s Bar Ballinagree.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: March 15. Jackpot €2,200. No winner. €70 Tim & Dolly Ring, Carriganima. €20 each: Pat & Nora Hogan, Dripsey. Eileen Lane, Ballinagree. Jimmy O’Donoghue, Macroom. Paul Burke, 11 O’Mahony Pl..
March 22. Jackpot €2,400. No winner. €70 Kay Healy, c/o The Greyhound Bar €20 each: Michael Walsh, Carriganima Ann Duggan, c/o The Greyhound Bar Mary Kelleher, Moulnahorna John & Sylvia Buckley, Carrigaphooka
Kilmichael G.A.A. Lotto Results, 13/3/2017. Numbers Drawn: 9– 11 - 18 - 32. No Winner. €50 Michael O’Riordan, Cooldaniel €25 each Dermot McCarthy, Knockane Paul Lynch, c/o 5 Roads Oliver Kelleher, Knockane
20/3/2017. Numbers Drawn: 6-21-27- 34. No Winner. €50 Emer O’Brien, Inchincurka €25 each Siobhan O’Riordan, Kilnamartyra. Eddie Dineen, Kilnamartyra. Joan Masters, Carrigboy. Jackpot next week €15,000.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 14/03/2017 Jackpot €2,2600.Winning Numbers 5-19-31. No Winner. €70 Brid O'Driscoll, Sullane Weirs. €20 each: Pat Cosgrove, 12 Masseytown. Maurice Healy, Gurteenroe. Nora Lucey, Clondrohid. Michael Walsh, C/O Shelia Buttimer, Macroom. Jim O'Sullivan, New Street
21/03/2017. Jackpot €2,800.Winning Numbers 3-5-8. No winner. €70 Pat O'Sullivan, 14 The Glenties. €20 each: Tom Mc Sweeney, Codrum. Eileen Buckley, Fr. Sheehan Place, Coachford. Eileen Kenny, C/O Pat Crowley, Macroom. Hughie Kelleher, O'Connor Park. Eily O' Shea, Coolkisha, Coachford.
Macroom F.C. Lotto 20/03/17 Jackpot 2,800. Numbers drawn 26, 28, 31. No Winner €80 Joe Cunningham c/o Joan. €20 Claire Dinneen c/o Lars Marian Coughlan c/o Joan Helen McSweeney c/o June Pat Bonzo c/o Murray's
27/03/17 Jackpot €3,000. Numbers drawn 5, 6, 33. No Winner. €80 Colette O' Donoghue c/o Goldens. €20 Joe Creedon c/o Murray's. Carmel Kirby c/o Lars. Mary Cooney c/o Greyhound. Denis Foley + Mags c/o Greyhound
Coachford AFC Lotto Results, 20/3/2017. Jackpot: €1,600. Numbers Drawn: 12 – 27 – 31. No Winner. €40 Senan Noonan, €20 Faye Leahy, Fred O’Callaghan, Owen & Olive, Eugene Riordan (Yearly Ticket).
27/3/2017. Jackpot: €1,800. Numbers Drawn: 6 – 12 – 33. No Winner: €40 Declan O’Connell, €20 Fergal Murphy, Eileen Buckley, Senan Noonan, Donal O’Callaghan (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

Clondrohid Updates

Community Hall A. G. M. A very good turnout of over thirty people led to a very productive meeting. Derry Murphy, the outgoing Chairman; Catherine Long outgoing Secretary and Treasurer, Proinnsias Creedon, all gave a very good account of business and the current situation in relation to the Community Hall and correspondence etc. Con Ò Leary and Felicity Kelleher, outgoing committee members, were also present. The outgoing committee have given long and outstanding service, not only with the Community Hall but also in many others way. On the night, a new Chairman, Peter Lane, and new Secretary, Gary Ò Brien, were elected along with existing Treasurer, Prionnsias Creedon, new P.R.O. Catriona Healy, and new Vice Chair Aylene Ò Brien, Other officers and committee members to follow later.
The New Chairman expressed his thanks to those who elected him and looked forward to being part of this new Hall Committee. New ideas and ways of getting them carried out would be very welcome. Once the committee is completed, it will try and represent everyone in the community. The current Committee would be obliged if anyone who has made bookings for any event could confirm them again with Peter Lane on 086/8318861, leave a message if unable to contact or contact any member of the new committee Notices will be posted and a Facebook page detailing rates and contact details is in the making by the P.R.O., Catriona. A public meeting regarding the hall and future development will be held during April at a date to be decided. Watch this space.
Text alert: A very large crowd turned out for this very important meeting. New members joined and existing members renewed their membership. Sgt. Ian O’Callaghan and Garda Orla Doyle spoke at length and gave some very good tips on security and awareness..The committee were all elected for another year.. Chairman Seanie Murphy , Secretary Anthony O’Leary, Treasurer Mary O’Sullivan, P.R.O. Maria Healy. People who registered last year need to renew their membership if they wish to receive their text alerts. Please do so over the next week. Refreshments and a great chat followed.
Muinfliuch 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

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Donald Trump and Ballinagree Cope at the Parade © Lee Valley Outlook

Patricks Day Parades: Well done to all who organised and those who took part in the Ballinagree and Macroom Parades. Despite the rain at times, great crowds turned out to cheer on all the floats and the participants. Carriganima held their parade on Sunday and once again well done to Seanie and all his helpers for a very enjoyable day out. Action, colour and craic were abundant. Great for a small village.
Permanent Diaconate Cloyne: The Bishop of Cloyne wishes to invite candidates for the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Cloyne. Application is open to married men aged between 30 and 60 years of age and to unmarried men aged between 35 and 60. For further info contact the Diocesan Director for the Permanent Diaconate, Rev Joseph O’Mahony C.C. Sandyhill, Macroom. www.catholicbishops.ie/diaconate
G.A.A.News: Congrats to the u 12s who had a very convincing win over Aghinagh recently. The u 10s and u 11s played some great football in their first outings last weekend but lost out to a stronger Kilmurry side in both sections. Well done. Early days. Congrats to Clondrohid's Juniors who had a convincing win over Ballingeary in JAL. Fixture: U 16 FL Clondrohid v Blarney on fri. Mar 31 at 6.45 pm in Blarney

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Ballyvongane N.S. children celebrated their success in Scór Múscraí Finals 2017. ©An Scoil

Inchigeela Updates

By Finbarr Cronin
U21 Winners. The u21 team emerged victorious from the Mid-Cork C championship in a final with neighbours, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh in Ballyvourney on Sunday last. It was a cracker of a game from beginning to end, played before a large crowd, with little separating the sporting teams in skill and determination. There was no let up, even into injury time where Iveleary emerged with a point to spare on a score of 5 -8 to 1-19. Congratulations to players and management. The game gave us all assurance that there is a great future for football in the parish.
Young Musicians The young musical quartet from Inchigeela National School, Ellen, Sean, Sheana, and Odhran, went a long way in the Muskerry Scór na bPáistí competition. They also delighted the audience on stage at the local hall as a curtain raiser for the Ahakeera Drama group. We hope that they continue to play together as they show great promise.
Croi na Laoi. The next meeting of Croí na Laoi takes place on Tuesday next, 4th of April. On the Agenda will be the upcoming Litter Challenge; The Tidy Towns Competition where Inchigeela did so well in 2016; the Good Friday Clean Up and other improvements planned for the area.
GAA Lotto. There’s no winner of the big prize, now €9,400, as yet. Consolation prize winners of last week were: Aoife O’Leary, Paul O’Leary, Connie Creedon, Denis O’Leary and John O’Donovan.
Spring Flowers The bulb planting of autumn is now showing results, with daffodils brightening up the day in the village, the island and in the boat slip in Graigue.

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St Lachteen’s All Ireland quiz team with Anthony Forde, Manager Blarney Credit Union ©An Scoil

St. Lachteen’s for Quiz Final

All roads lead to the RDS on Sunday 2nd of April for the National Credit Union Quiz Finals where St Lachteen’s N.S., Donoughmore will be representing not just the Blarney Chapter of the Credit Union, but County Cork. The Quiz attracts over 25,000 participants each year, so it is a huge achievement to be one of approximately 100 teams to compete in the final. Ciara, Kate, Maria and Paul have been diligently practicing with Mrs Harrington, the school quiz team coordinator, for the big event. If you want to test your knowledge try these questions from previous finals :
Q What is the name of the scale used to measure the spice level of a chilli pepper? – A, Scoville. Q Name the process that involves placing potatoes or other tubers into egg cartons to encourage sprouting. – A, Chitting. Q Halifax is the provincial capital of what Canadian maritime province? – A, Nova Scotia. Q Which artist had a famous blue period between 1901 and 1904? – A, Picasso.

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An dream a bhuaigh Corn Mhichíl Uí Dhuinnín i mbliana ag an bParáid i mBéal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh ©Nóirín Uí Thuama .

Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh

Ag Éirí Linn. Chuaigh daltaí ó bhliain a 5 go dtí an Daingean chuig an gcomórtas Clár Comhlachta Réigiúnach do mhionchomhlachtaí. Bhí orthu cur i láthair a thabhairt ar a gcomhlachtaí dos na moltóirí. D’éirigh go hiontach leis an mionchomhlacht ‘Scrubs & Scíth’ agus tá siad ag dul ar aghaidh chuig an gcéad bhabhta eile. Reachtáladh craobh an chomórtais seo ar an 15ú lá de Mhárta sa Ghaillimh. Arís bhí ar lucht ‘Scrubs agus Scíth’ cur i láthair a thabhairt ar a dtáirge ar an lá. Bhí ocht ngrúpa eile san iomaíocht agus cé nár bhaineadar an chéad áit amach, thugadar trófaí abhaile leo. Táimid ana mhórálach astu. Táimid ana bhuíoch leis do Nóra Uí Aodha ó Bhard na nGleann a chabhraigh go mór leo.
Ag Fás Linn. Ar an 28ú lá de Feabhra, chuir rang Eolaíocht Talmhaíochta na 5ú bliana prátaí i dtigh gloine na scoile. Chuireadar síolta prátaí chun tuiscint a fháil ar an slí a fhásann prátaí mar chuid dá dtionscnamh ranga.
Ag Siúl Linn. Ar an 10ú lá de Mhárta chuaigh daltaí ón gcúigiú bliain ar shiúlóid i nGúgán Barra chun airgead a bhailiú don charthanacht Autism Ireland. Ba lá ceomhar a bhí ann ach in ainneoin sin, bhaineadar an-thaitneamh as an siúlóid timpeall na foraoise.
Ag Tiomáint Linn. Chuaigh daltaí ón gcúigiú bliain go hÓstán Bhaile an Róistigh mar ar thug an AXA Roadsafe Roadshow cur i láthair ar na hiarmhairtí a bhaineann le tiomáint dainséarach. D’insíodh scéalta chomh maith, fé shaol na ndaoine a bhí i dtimpistí bóithre a bhí i láthair ar an lá. Ina dhiaidh sin, bhí taispeántas de chriú bhriogáid dóiteáin ag obair ar thimpiste bóthair. D’fhoghlaim na daltaí ana chuid faoi na dainséaraí a bhaineann le bheith ag tiomáint ar na bóithre.
Ag Comhrá Linn. D'eagraigh múinteoirí agus daltaí Scoil Mhuire roinnt mhaith imeachtaí ar son Seachtain na Gaeilge le déanaí. Bhain na daltaí súp as cluiche 'Countdown' as Gaeilge, Tráth na gCeist, seisiún ceoil ag am lóin, ranganna rince, dúshláin 'Focal an Lae' / 'Liric an Lae' agus céilí i halla an phobail le ceoltóirí Denis Moynihan agus Johnny Twomey.
Ag Rince Linn. Mar chuid den Thomas F. Meagher Foundation, thaispeáin foireann Scoil Mhuire a mbród agus meas do bhrat na hÉireann. D'ardaíodar an brat mar chuid de 'Irish Flag Day 2017' agus cruthaíodar brat daonna chomh maith le taispeántas de rince Gaelach. le Ciarán Ó Laoire.

Nuacht ó Choláiste Ghobnatan .

Le Caitriona Ní Chonaill.

Cúrsa Bainistiú Peile. D’fhreastail Bliain a 4 ar chúrsa bainistiú peile agus d’fhoghlaim siad conas réiteoireacht a dhéanamh ar cluichí peile. Tá an rang faoi stiúir 'Rebel Óg Coaching' agus caithfidh na daltaí blitz peile a eagrú chun an cúrsa a chríochnú.
Marie Keating Foundation. Tháinig aoi-chainteoir ón 'Marie Keating Foundation' chun eolas faoin eagraíocht a thabhairt do dhaltaí na hIdirbhliana. Labhair sí faoi na saghasanna difriúla ailse agus conas gur féidir cosc a chur le ailse a fháil. Thaispéain sí dos na daltaí cad atá i dtoitíní agus an dochar a dhéanann siad dos na scámhóga.
Cúrsa Tiomána. Bhain Bliain a 4 triall as cúrsa tiománaí i Mala le deanaí. Bhí deis ag na daltaí féachaint ar inneall; d’aistríodar rothar ar ghluaistéan; d’fhoghlaimíodar treoracha bothar; agus bhí seans acu gluaisteán a thiomáint iad féin. Bhí faitíos ar chúpla des na daltaí roimh an dúshlán, ach bhain gach duine taitneamh as, agus eispéireas maith a bhí ann do chách.

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Larry Creed, instructor at the Thursday night Set Dancing session at the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney © Lee Valley Outlook

Set Dancing - a Young Tradition

By Caitriona Ní Chonaill, winner of Features Category, 2017 Ireland Press Pass Awards.

All teenagers love discos, right?

Wrong. Some teenagers love discos, but for others, there’s limited appeal in standing at the edge of a dance floor, too socially awkward to venture into the heaving throng and prevented by throbbing bass rhythms from holding any kind of meaningful conversation.
Which may go some way towards explaining why set dancing is taking the youth social scene by storm, as increasing numbers turn to traditional dances and discover the age-old activity anew.
If you need proof of the masses of young people swapping disco music for trad tunes, take a trip to Milltown Malbay in Co Clare at the start of July for the annual Willie Clancy festival. Your chances of actually trying set dancing will be limited by only one thing: Finding a square inch of space among the hundreds crowding the dance floors, both day and night.
What’s the attraction?
“It’s a social experience; you get to meet new people,” says Liam from Co Cork, an 18-year-old student whose love of set dancing began four years ago.
Unlike the individual nature of disco dancing, in a set of eight people all moving in strict formation he explains, “you’re forced to connect; you have to work together, otherwise you’ll collide with somebody else”.
The social interaction spans generations, class, gender, and a strong sense of community is evident among set dancers. Others are attracted to the activity as a keep-fit exercise and during upwards of three hours of non-stop dancing, are to be found with sweat dripping from their hair and just about everywhere else – a far cry from the self-conscious, appearance- checking of your average teenage disco-goer.
While occasions such as Willie Clancy week are the highlights of the set dancing calendar, the learning and socialising begins at home, where céilís and classes are on the agenda of many young people.
With 30 years’ experience in learning and teaching set dancing and organising céilís, Larry Creed is delighted to see the upsurge in young people carrying on the tradition.
“Seeing young people dancing, I think, there’s a great buzz, being with them,” says Cork farmer Larry, who runs céilís every Thursday in the Abbey Hotel in Ballyvourney.
Larry has witnessed health benefits too from the hobby he took up himself as a 16-year-old. “I have seen people coming to céilís who had health problems, or other problems, and they seem to be able to park their problems outside the door and go in and enjoy themselves, and that is a great source of joy,” he says.
Larry’s dancing career began under the tutelage of Clondrohid dancing teacher, Ted Kelleher, who to this day, still passes on the tradition to groups of enthusiastic children and teenagers.
Workshops with the likes of Pat Murphy and Connie Ryan followed, and Larry enjoyed competitive success in groups at Scór and Fleadh Cheoil, with sets including the Sliabh gCua, the ever-popular Sliabh Luachra, Cashel, and Larry’s favourites, the Newport and West Kerry sets.
He views the discipline of competitions as a useful starting point, from which dancers can go on to broaden their knowledge of sets and discover the more relaxed atmosphere of the céilí.
“When I started in competitions it was quite serious,” he recalls. “Not serious in the sense that you had to win every night you went out, but you had to do it properly.”
Now, he says, steps are still precise, parts are danced accurately, but enjoyment levels have increased for young people attending céilís. “Now, you can still do it properly, and have a ball.”
Set dancing’s future is secure, he believes, judging by the numbers of young people taking up the activity, with competitive dancing beginning at an ever-younger age.
“The big difference at the moment is that there’s a lot more youth taking part; they’re being taught for set competitions at a very young age. You’d often see it in competition in under-eights category, which is the future of set dancing really.”
His own son Shane was bitten by the set dancing bug aged nine, before going on to perform with the show Celtic Steps in Killarney’s INEC.
Having taught dancing in Denmark and the length and breadth of Ireland, while organising the long-running Abbey Hotel céilís back at home, Larry appreciates both the wider international appeal of Ireland’s dance tradition and the sense of community and belonging shared by set dancers young and old.
These delights, for teenager Liam, are only beginning to unfold, and whatever their ages, backgrounds, or level of dancing expertise, when they step out onto the floor he says “everyone’s in the same boat, and they’re all brought together by their love of dancing”.

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Full steam ahead at the Set Dancing session in Ballyvourney © Lee Valley Outlook


Tales of Economic War and Blueshirts

Local historian and prolific writer, Michael Galvin, will launch his latest work in Kilmurry Independence Museum on Tuesday, April 25 at 8.30p.m. Entitled ‘Kilmurry 1932 – 1935’, it deals with the Economic War and the Blueshirts and is the first of two volumes on that era. It also tells of conditions in the neighbouring parishes of Macroom, Bandon, Ballincollig and Dunnanway: the hardship; the sociocultural backwardness and troubles of the time; political turmoil and commercial depression.
Dedicated to the late Con Dunne, ,Killinardrish, the book will be launched by Professor Donncha Ó Corráin, UCC.

Muskerry Local Historical Society

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 struggle. The lecture will be held in Ballincollig Rugby Club at 8 p.m. on Monday 10 April. Proceeds in aid of Marymount. Open to the public.

Cruinniú na Cásca

A new national day of cultural celebration - Cruinniú na Cásca - will take place on Easter Monday, April 17th this year, and each and every Easter Monday henceforth. With respect to Cruinniú na Cásca 2017, Cork County Council will be supporting a whole range of activities in each of the eight Municipal Districts that make up the County of Cork. We would be delighted for you/your group to get involved on the day, be it a cultural commemoration of 1916, or an event that recognises the importance of Irish culture to our everyday lives, ranging from art and creativity to local history, language and folklore right through to our natural heritage and archaeological/ architectural heritage. Let the events be creative in nature and fully inclusive, inspired by the wonderful culture that surrounds and connects us all. It is hoped, in addition to a most successful Cruinniú na Cásca in County Cork, that community based Creative Ireland natured events and projects will take place across the County throughout 2017 and in the many years ahead.
If you would like for any local event/ project to form part of the Creative Ireland legacy project in County Cork, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 021 4285905. Where possible, Cork County Council will support, and certainly promote a range of events.



‘Apple Tree Yard’ by Louise Doughty

Yvonne Carmichael has a high flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage, so why is she drawn into a passionate affair with a stranger? At first life seems easy but she can’t control what happens next.

Available at Fitz-Gerald’s Bookshop €9.50


Grow Your Own Eggs

1. Young hens (called pullets) will start laying eggs generally at about 6 months – at this stage they are called ‘point of lay’ pullets. It’s an ideal time to buy them. Any earlier and you will be feeding hens that aren’t giving you an egg return. Expect to pay between €10 to €15 for a hen, depending on the breed.
2. Hens are best transported in a specialist crate or carrier, or a cardboard box if you don’t have one (firmly closed so they can’t get out, but with ventilation holes). Line the base of the box with newspaper and straw.
3. Leave new hens in their house for a few days to acclimatize and get used to their new home, particularly if they will eventually be free ranging. They need to get used to their house as their home base. Minor skirmishes are unavoidable when you bring new hens in to a flock and it takes a few days for them to establish their pecking order.

To Do in April
The key words for April are weeds and slugs. Check your early spuds regularly and ‘earth-up’ as required. Water your tunnel/ greenhouse – things can get pretty warm on a nice sunny April day and seedlings will dry out quickly.
Sow. Indoors: lettuce, tomato, pepper, chilli-pepper, cucumber, celery, celeriac, basil, leeks, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, parsley, courgette, marrow, globe artichoke, beans, sweet corn and pumpkin. Outdoors: broad bean, onion sets, pea, beetroot, cabbage, spinach, Brussels sprouts, parsnip, spring onion, leek, carrot, radish, broccoli, turnip. Plant out cabbage plants when they are 15/20 cm tall into well prepared soil that has been manured. By Michael Kelly. GIY

Sports Mad

Lidl NFL Division 1 - Round 6

Facing in to Round 7 of the 2017 Ladies Football League, Cork is again in the lead with 15 points. Galway follow on 12 points, with Donegal, Dublin and Kerry on 9 points each; Mayo and Armagh on 6 and Monaghan with 3 points. On the last weekend of March, Cork defeated Galway 1 – 11 to 2-5. Donegal beat Monaghan 3-12 v 1-17. Kerry defeated Armagh 0-11 v 0-9 and Mayo beat Dublin by a single point 1 -11 v 1 – 10.
In the game against Cork’s closest rivals, Galway, at Mallow, the sides were level at half-time, 0-6 to 1-3. Galway scored a quick goal and point at the start of the second half but Cork got back on track with Eimear Scally scoring a total of 1 – 4; Orlagh Finn 0-3, Saoirse Moore 0-2 and Libby Copppinger and Jess O’Shea 0-1 each.
The Cork team on Sunday March 26 was made up of Meabh O'Sullivan –Mourneabbey Marie Ambrose-St. Val's Roisin Phelan-Aghada Eimear Meaney-Mourneabbey Melissa Duggan-Doheny's Roisin O'Sullivan-Mourneabbey Shauna Kelly-Araglen Desmonds Bui Niamh Cotter-Beara Jess O'Shea-Inch Rovers Libby Coppinger-St. Colm's Bríd O'Sullivan-Mourneabbey -Eimear Scally -Éire Óg Ciara O'Sullivan-Mourneabbey Saoirse Moore-Fermoy Orla Finn-Kinsale. Subs were Orlagh Farmer-Midleton Rhona Ní Bhuachalla-Naomh Fionnbarra Louise Coholan-St. Val's and Ashling Hutchings-Fermoy. Other panel members were Aideen Lynch-Bandon Áine Hayes-Rosscarbery Mairead Corkery-St. Val's Aisling O'Sullivan-Mourneabbey -Emma Spillane-Bantry Blues -Maire O'Callaghan-Mourneabbey Annie Walsh-Inch Rovers Doireann O'Sullivan-Mourneabbey Laura Cleary-Éire Óg Brid Stack-St. Mary's Grace Kearney-Bride Rovers.
Round 7 of Lidl NFL Division 1 is on Sunday, April 2. Cork will play Donegal in Mallow at 12 noon while Mayo play Kerry; Galway v Dublin and Monaghan v Armagh.

Littlewoods Camogie League

Cork 0-16 Wexford 0-4
Katrina Mackey scored six points to confirm Cork’s spot in the Division 1 semi-finals of the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League when making it four out of four by trouncing a strangely lifeless Wexford 0-16 to 0-4 at CIT. The Leesiders set the tone in the first half, Katrina Mackey, Niamh McCarthy and Orla Cronin among the scorers as they galloped into an 0-8 to 0-1 lead by the short whistle. Expectations that the visitors would respond after the resumption were not met as Cork continued to pound away, with McCarthy, Gemma O’Connor, Mackey and Cronin keeping the scoreboard ticking over.
Apart from Mackey, newcomer McCarthy continued the positive impression she has created since being introduced this year, totting up three points. In all, the Rebels had seven different scorers and they look intent on making a bold bid for honours this year. Cork Scorers: N. McCarthy 0-03, K. Mackey 0-06, G. O'Connor 0-02, O. Cronin 0-02, J. White 0-01, A. O'Connor 0-01, E. O'Sullivan 0-01
Kilkenny are second in Group 1 after defeating Waterford 2-12 to 0-14 in a humdinger at Carriganore. Tipperary followed up their victory over Wexford with another one-point success, 2-11 to 2-10, against a Dublin team that, while still to get off the mark, are clearly improving. By Daragh Ó Conchúir
Cork meets Kilkenny in a needle match on April 1, while Tipperary meets Waterford and Wexford plays Dublin on April 2. The semi-finals will be played on April 9.

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football Championship

The Macroom Motors U21 football championship has made major progress at all three levels, with the ‘C’ grade already decided.
In the ‘A championship, Éire Óg finished their Group One unbeaten and qualify for a semi final meeting with Kilmurry, runners up in the second group. Ballincollig, as Group One runners up, face Group Two winners Cill na Martra in the second semi final, a pairing which is a repeat of last year’s final.
In the ‘B’ championship, form prevailed with the emergence of Aghinagh and Naomh Abán as finalists, both teams unbeaten to date. Aghinagh got the better of Ballinora whilst the Baile Mhúirne men were too good for Donoughmore, the winners of the losers section.
In a tremendously exciting ‘C’ grade decider, Iveleary repeated their earlier first round win over Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh but only a single point separated the teams at the final whistle.

U21 A Football championship
Group 1: Winners: Éire Óg. Runners up: Ballincollig
Group 2: Winners: Cill na Martra. Runners up: Kilmurry
Semi Finals: Éire Óg v Kilmurry; Cill na Martra v Ballincollig

U21 B Football championship
Group 1: Group Winners: Ballinora (Runners up-Canovee)
Group 2: Group Winners: Naomh Abán (Blarney)
Group 3: Group Winners: Aghinagh (Donoughmore)
Best runner- up: Donoughmore (after defeating Canovee who earlier had beaten Blarney)
Semi Finals:
Ballinora 0-7 Aghinagh 0 – 10
Naomh Abán 0 – 12 Donoughmore 0 – 8
Final: Aghinagh v Naomh Abán at Macroom on Saturday, April 1 at 7pm.

U21 ‘C’ football championship final
Iveleary 5 – 8 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1 – 19
Mid Cork U21 B Football championship semi finals:
Aghinagh 0 – 10 Ballinora 0 - 7
A very entertaining ‘B’ championship semi final at Annahala ended in a well merited victory for Aghinagh who had to dig deep to secure their passage to the final of a competition they won in 1975, their only championship victory to date. Aghinagh had to overcome a second half numerical disadvantage to succeed, and they had also lost a forward to a black card after only ten minutes play so their achievement is all the more noteworthy and they will put up a stiff challenge to a fancied Naomh Abán side in the final.
Ballinora faced the breeze in the first half and early on were shaping as the most formidable side when they took the game to their opponents. They were off target with a couple of points scoring efforts before a good move involving Michael Lordan and Dylan Dineen ended with the latter opening the scoring. Ballinora appeared to be on course to press home their advantage but Aghinagh availed of their more limited scoring opportunities and points Matt McCarthy in the 5th minutes and Liam Twohig in the 9th put them ahead. The exchanges were very even during the reminder of the half period and the score at the interval read 0-5 to 0-4 in Aghinagh’s favour.
Aghinagh carried the fight to Ballinora when the action resumed and Liam Twohig pointed two frees to enhance his sides prospects of victory before Aghinagh suffered a huge set-back when Shane Corkery’s second bookable offence earned a red card to leave them a player down. Aghinagh raised their game further to meet the new challenge and their defence refused to yield so Ballinora were unable to reduce the arrears. Aghinagh increased their lead when Liam Twohig registered their 8th point to give them a four point cushion entering the final quarter so they now looked good for a final place.
Dylan Dineen got a point back for Ballinora in the 47th minute but Liam Twohig immediately replied from a placed ball. Darragh Holmes got two points back for Ballinora and they had Aghinagh under pressure but another Liam Twohig point from a free eased the situation for Aghinagh and they were worthy winners with major contributions from Luke O’Leary, Dermot O’Callaghan, Matt McCarthy and Liam Twohig.
Scorers: Aghinagh: L. Twohig 0-8 (0-7 fs), S. Corkery and M. McCarthy 0-1 each. Ballinora: D. Holmes 0-5 (0-4 fs), D. Dineen 0-2.
Aghinagh: Kevin Cotter: Micheál O’Connell, John Lynch, Olan Cummins: Luke O’Leary, Dermott O’Callaghan, Andrew Murphy: Matt McCarthy, Shane Corkery: Adam O’Leary, Diarmuid Crowley, Michael Horgan: Liam Twohig, Aodh Twomey, Donagh O’Riordan. Subs: Eoin McCarthy 10, Chris Duggan 48, Richard Cotter 50.
Ballinora: Jack Farrell: David Fitton, Kenneth Greally, James Walsh: Conor McCarthy, Brian Rigney, Dylan Dineen: James Lordan, Michael Lordan: Pádraig Dineen, Tim Forde, Jack Blake: James Hogan, Darragh Holmes, Darragh Corkery. Subs: Seán Phillpott 10, Cathal Murphy 33, Gary Linehan 57.
Referee: Mr. Liam Barry, Ballincollig.

Naomh Abán 0 – 14 Donoughmore 0 – 8
Naomh Abán moved into the final of the Mid Cork U21 B football championship with a comfortable victory over Donoughmore at Kilmurry. Donoughmore, who had emerged from the group loser’s section, had the benefit of a strong wind in the opening half and were clearly in trouble at the interval when they were a point in arrears, 0-5 to 0-4, having failed to avail of the elements, seven wides not helping their cause.
Naomh Abán quickly added four points to their interval lead on the restart and even though Donoughmore fought bravely to the finish, it was always likely that the Baile Mhuirne men would prevail.
Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh had an early point for Naomh Abán, Conor O’Rourke equalised for the losers in the 13th minute after a slow start by both teams. Martin O’Sullivan kicked a lead point for Donoughmore in the 18th minute and after N Aban lost a defender to a black card, Conor O’Rourke pointed a free for Donoughmore and Tommy J Barrett improved their situation further with a point from play in the 24th minute, opening up a three point gap. Cork U21 Micheál Ó Duinnín pointed a difficult free into the gale to start a N Abán revival before the break, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh scored from a free and from play to level matters and then put his side ahead from another free just before the interval.
On the restart, points from Dara Ó Loinsuigh, Conchuir Ó Críodáin and from two Micheál Ó Duinnín frees had Naomh Abán in a comfortable position leading by 0-9 to 0-4 in the 37th minute and shaping like winners. Donoughmore did fight back with points from Conor O’Rourke, Joe Harrington and Darren Lucey but Naomh Abán remained in command, answering with points from Ó Ceallaigh and Piarais Ó Liatháin to retain the five point gap with ten minutes remaining. Ronán de hÍde did well to block a Joe Harrington effort for goal before the latter had a last point for Donoughmore in the 54th minute. Two late points from Micheál Ó Duinnín gave Naomh Abán further comfort as their defence denied Donoughmore the goal the losers desperately needed.
Scorers: N Abán: DÓ Ceallaigh 0-6 (0-4f), M Ó Duinnín 0-5 (0-4f), D Ó Loinsuigh, C Ó Críodáin and P Ó Liatháin 0-1 each. Donoughmore: C O’Rourke 0-3 (frees), J Harrington 0-2, M O’Sullivan, TJ Barrett and D Lucey 0-1 each.
Naomh Abán: Gearóid Ó Luasa: Fionn Ó Loinsuigh, Ronan de hÍde, Stiofáin Ó Murchú: Micheál Ó Ceallachain, Tadgh Ó Riordáin, Aodh Ó Catháin: Conchuir Ó Críodáin, Micheál Ó Duinnín: Eoin Ó Scanaill, Piarais Ó Liatháin, Dara Ó Loinsuigh: Conchuir Ó Riordáin, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Dara Ó Laoire.Subs: Cian O’Suilleabháin 21, Diarmuid Ó Meachair 55.
Donoughmore: Michael Butler: Brian Ahern, Keelan Forde, Doncadh Dilworth: Jamie Twomey, Adrian Looney, Conor Kennedy: Darren Lucey, T J Barrett: Martin O’Sullivan, Conor O’Rourke, St John Forde: Darragh O’Shea, Adam Looney, Joe Harrington.
Referee: Mr Pat O’Leary, Kilmurry

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Iveleary who defeated Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh in the Muskerry u21C Football Championship Final © Lee Valley Outlook

Mid Cork U21 C Football championship Final

Iveleary 5 – 8 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1 – 19
Only a single point separated the two teams from the parish of Uibh Laoire at the finish of an epic Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 football ‘C’ championship final at Páirc Íosagáin, Baile Mhuirne and few would have complained if the teams had finished level. Iveleary won, and the contribution of their corner forward Chris Óg Jones of a massive 4-7 towards that victory cannot be overstated. Last year’s Cork minor was in devastating form and used the space that 13-a-side football allows, to severely punish a Béal Átha side that was simply magnificent in defeat. Despite suffering the hammer blows of conceding goals, four in the second half when they also faced into the strong wind, the Gaeltacht men never lost heart and fought back time and time again to be only a point in arrears with five minutes remaining. Then a goal from a Chris Óg Jones penalty in the 58th minute seemed to finally end the uncertainty but back came Béal Átha again, inspired by the heroics of midfielder Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh and as the game went into injury time they had fired over three points to narrow the gap once again to the minimum and in a final attack could have secured the levelling point.
Iveleary faced the strong wind in the first half and had the boost of a fifth minute goal from Jones after midfielder Ciarán Galvin had won possession from a kick out. Béal Átha did not draw level until the end of the opening quarter when Donagh Seartan’s third successive point made it 0-5 to 1-2 and two further points from Seartan and one from Con Ó Loinsuigh had them three clear by the 20th minute. Iveleary points from Jones and Shane O’Dea were answered by another point from Seartan and a brace from Shane Ó Críodáin but Béal Átha then suffered a blow when centre back Dara Ó Tuama was black carded to add to the misfortune of having already lost midfielder Séamus Ó Tuama, severely hampered by a pre-match injury. Chris Óg Jones pointed a late Iveleary free to leave his side only two points, 0-11 to 1-6, in arrears at the break and this was a very satisfactory position for Iveleary who would have the benefit of the wind in the second half.
Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh had a Béal Átha point early in the second half, a declaration of intent that there would be no easy submission, but Chris Óg Jones struck for his second goal in the 34th minute after the persistence of Ciarán Riordan had won Iveleary possession in defence. Two minutes later Conor O’Leary fired over a centre to Shane O’Dea which the defence failed to cut off and the latter billowed the Béal Átha net again to give Iveleary the lead and Jones added a point to put Iveleary four points clear.
Béal Átha were not long in showing that they were up for the challenge as a Donagh Seartan point was followed by a goal from the lion hearted Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh in the 43rd minute which levelled matters once again and set the scene for a hectic final quarter. Béal Átha went in front by two points but another goal from Jones gave Iveleary a one point lead in the 52nd minute. Béal Átha had a ‘goal’ disallowed before Jones was fouled at the other end under a Barry O’Leary delivery and slammed in his fourth goal from the resultant penalty shot. A point from Shane Ó Críodáin and two from Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh frees rewarded the loser’s unceasing pressure in the closing minutes but they were still a point short when the final whistle sounded.
It was a wonderful final, a credit to two sporting teams and very well refereed by Ger Aherne. Iveleary captain Finbarr McSweeney, outstanding in defence for the winners, received the cup from Muskerry Board Runaí John Feeney, who complimented both sides and the referee for providing spectators with such an outstanding final.
Scorers: Iveleary: Chris Óg Jones 4-7 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), Shane O’Dea 1-1. Béal Átha: Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh 1-5 (0-2f), Donagh Seartan 0-8 (0-2f), Shane Ó Críodáin 0-4, Seán Ó Muineacháin 0-1, Dara Ó Ceallacháin 0-1.
Iveleary: Josh Pickering: Finbarr McSweeney, Liam Cotter: Tim O’Dea, Ciarán O’Riordan, Christopher O’Donovan: Ciarán Galvin, Barry O’Leary: James O’Donovan, Conor O’Leary, Eoghan Clancy: Chris Óg Jones, Shane O’Dea. Subs: Mickey Cummins 45, Seán Horgan 58.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Barra Ó Súilleabháin: Seán Ó Riordáin, Enda Ó Luasa; Shane Ó Críodáin, Dara Ó Tuama, Dara Ó Ceallacháin; Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh, Barra Ó Buachalla: Criostóir Ó Rinn, Séamas Ó Tuama, Jack Ó hUrdail: Ronán Ó Loinsuigh, Donagh Seartan. Subs; Seán Ó Muineacháin 20, Ciarán Ó Laoire 29.
Referee: Ger Aherne, Canovee.

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 in the senior and intermediate grades.

Rochestown Park Hotel Div 1 Football League

Ballincollig are the only unbeaten team after four rounds of games and lead the table with 8 points from 4 games.
Beál Átha have three games played and recorded one win to date.

Ballincollig 3-19 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 3-5
Castlehaven 0-12 Ballincollig 0-13
Ballincollig 1-7 Ilen Rovers 0-5
Nemo Rangers 1-11 Ballincollig 1-12
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2-6 Castlehaven 0-10
Ilen Rovers 1-10 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 0-11

Division 2 Football League
Macroom are unbeaten after four games, likewise Cill na Martra after their three opening round games. Naomh Abán have lost their two opening encounters and Éire Óg have recorded one draw to date.

Kiskeam 2-8 Macroom 1-13
Macroom 1-10 Éire Óg 1-9
Clyda 0-5 Macroom 0-10
Macroom 1-19 Bishopstown 1-9

Bishopstown 2-7 Cill Na Martra 4-13
Cill na Martra 1–11 Douglas 0-12
Kanturk 0-9 Cill na Martra 1-14

Naomh Aban 1-7 Newcestown 1-11
St Michaels 2-13 Naomh Abán 2-12

Éire Óg 1-8 Kanturk 2-11
St Michaels 0-13 Éire Óg 1-10

Division 3 Football League
Aghabullogue lead the division league table with four wins from their four games to date.
Carrigaline 0-7 Aghabullogue 0-8
Nemo Rangers 0-9 Aghabullogue 2-14
Aghabullogue 2-13 Fermoy 1-10
Aghabullogue 3-8 Adrigole 2-7

Division 4 Football League
Ballinora have only one game played to date and won this one. Mitchelstown head the table, with seven points from four games played.
Ballinora 1-13 Ballydesmond 2-8

Division 5 Football League
Grenagh head this division with full points from four outings to date.
Adrigole 0-8 Grenagh 0-9
St Finbarrs 1-11 Grenagh 2-11
Clonakilty 0-9 Grenagh 2-9
Grenagh 0-17 Gabriel Rangers 0-8

In Junior football, the county leagues have just begun. Aghinagh had a good win over Dromtarriffe to open their campaign and Kilmichael had a good win over Dripsey. Canovee have not yet seen action.

County Junior A Football League Group 2

Aghinhagh 2 – 8 Dromtariffe 0 – 8
Kilmichael 1-9 Dripsey 0-3

County Hurling Leagues

Division 1 Hurling League
Blarney have played four games, won 1 and drew two. Inniscarra have played one game which they drew. Charleville are league leaders with three wins from three games.
Blarney 1 – 12 0 - 15 Courcey Rovers
Cloyne 1 - 9 Blarney 2 – 16
Inniscarra 0 – 10 Blarney 0 – 10
Charleville 2 – 22 Blarney 0 - 10
Division 2 Hurling League
Warergrasshill are league leaders with six points from three games. Éire Óg have two points from two games.
Éire Óg 1 - 12 3 - 12 Watergrasshill
Aghada 1 – 14 Éire Óg 0 - 22

Division 3 Hurling League
Balincollig head the league table with six points from three games, Aghabullogue have four points from two games played with Grenagh having two points from two games.
Dungourney 1 - 12 Ballincollig 2 - 12
Ballincollig 2 - 18 Kilbrittain 1 – 8
Ballincollig 1 - 17 Midleton 2 - 6

Aghabullogue 0 - 9 Ballygarvan 0 – 7
Blackrock 1-12 Aghabullogue 2 - 16

Grenagh 1 - 11 Milford 1 - 11
Kilbrittain 0 - 17 Grenagh 0 - 7

Division 4 Hurling League
Dripsey have four points from three games played and are table toppers at present. Inniscarra have one win from two games played.
Dripsey 0 - 9 Inniscarra 0 – 12
Inniscarra 0 – 9 Sarsfields 3 – 15
Douglas 0 – 9 Dripsey 1 - 15
Carrigaline 0 – 7 Dripsey 2 - 14

County Junior A Hurling League Group 1

Blarney 0 – 10 Cloughduv 1 – 16

County Junior B Hurling League

Inniscarra 3 - 4 Killavullen 1 - 14
Laochra Óg 1 – 11 Inniscarra 0 – 14
Araglin 1 – 12 Blarney 3 – 7
Ballinora 1 – 10 Cloughduv 1 - 13

Allianz National Football League - Division Two

Cork footballers will probably not be relegated and definitely, will not be promoted, after securing a win and a draw from their latest league encounters. Their final game will be against Down at home and they can hope for another win in this game.
Cork 0 – 18 Meath 1 - 15
A stirring second-half comeback by Meath earned them a share of the spoils in this Division 2 encounter at Páirc Uí Rinn. Cork’s advantage twice stretched to nine points early in the second-half, but Meath dug in and kicked 1-6 without reply between the 50th and 65th minute to move into a 1-14 to 0-16 lead. A Colm O’Neill free ended their 19-minute scoring spell and although Barry O’Driscoll returned the Rebels in front, it was a lead they were unable to safeguard. Meath’s Donal Lenihan kicked his fifth free in the fourth minute of stoppages to ensure stalemate at Páirc Uí Rinn.
Colm O’Neill was the outstanding figure in the Cork attack during the opening half, landing three from play and three from play. Cork lost Aidan Walsh to an injury on eight minutes, and Ian Maguire soon joined Walsh on the line for a black card offence that he was none too pleased with.
Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill (0-9, 0-3 frees); M Collins (0-3, 0-2 frees); P Kerrigan (0-2); J Loughrey, R Deane, P Kelleher, B O’Driscoll (0-1 each).
Cork: K O’Halloran; K Crowley, Tom Clancy, M Shields; Tomás Clancy, J Loughrey, S Cronin; A Walsh, R Deane; I Maguire, M Collins, K O’Driscoll; C O’Neill, Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), P Kerrigan.
Subs: J O’Rourke 8, C O’Driscoll 20, C Dorman 57, Barry O’Driscoll 61, K Davis 64, N Coakley 72.

Derry 2 – 10 Cork 0 - 20
Cork’s footballers eased their relegation fears with a four-point away win with Colm O’Neill contributing over half the Cork tally, four from play, four from frees and three from ‘45’s. Paul Kerrigan chipped in with five more points from play.
Cork were content to tap points over at a regular rate with Derry hanging trailing after the opening quarter. A second half Derry goal brought the home side back to within a point but a Cork team criticised for an inability to push home many an advantage in recent times reacted impressively and racked up the next four scores to see the game out and leave Derry in the relegation danger zone.
Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill (0-11, 4 frees, 3 ‘45’s); P Kerrigan (0-5); M Collins (0-2, 1 free); J O’Rourke and B O’Driscoll (0-1).
Cork: K O’Halloran; M Shields, T Clancy (Clonakilty), K Crowley; T Clancy (Fermoy), J Loughrey, S Cronin; I Maguire, R Deane; K O’Driscoll, M Collins, J O’Rourke; C O’Neill, Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), P Kerrigan. Subs: C O’Driscoll HT, D O’Connor 51, B O’Driscoll 57, D Og Hodnett 62, C Dorman 64, J McLoughlin 65.
Allianz Hurling League Division 1A
Cork 0 – 26 Tipperary 3 – 16
Cork hurlers finished their Division 1A league campaign with a spirited display against an understrenght Tipperary at sunny Pairc Ui Rinn and qualified for a quarter final tie with Limerick as a reward for their one point win before a big crowd, mainly Cork supporters desperate for signs that the revival of Cork’s hurling fortunes is underway.
Young Mark Coleman of Blarney continues to show promise at wing back as he learns his trade at senior inter county level.
Patrick Horgan scored 15 points for the Rebels, including the winner deep in injury time, as Kieran Kingston’s side finished in second place in the Division 1A table.
Cork led for most of the game but were pegged back by two Tipp goals just before the break and the third Tipp goal from Séamus Callanan in the final minute of normal time levelled the scores. Horgan put Cork ahead immediately after that, but Tipp levelled once more as substitute Ronan Maher scored from a sideline. There was just enough time for one more Cork attack and Horgan was on hand to score the winner with the final puck.
Cork had the wind behind them in the first half and led by 0-14 to 2-6 at the break. Tipp came more into the game on the restart and six unanswered pointed to put them 2-14 to 0-18 in front but Horgan and Luke Meade tied matters for Cork before the pulsating finish.
Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 0-15 (10fs, 1 ‘65’), Darragh Fitzgibbon 0-5, Alan Cadogan, Séamus Harnedy 0-2 each, Luke Meade, Conor Lehane (f) 0-1 each.
CORK: Anthony Nash; Stephen McDonnell, Damien Cahalane, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Mark Ellis, Mark Coleman (Blarney); Lorcán McLoughlin, Dean Brosnan; Bill Cooper, Conor Lehane, Luke Meade; Patrick Horgan, Séamus Harnedy, Alan Cadogan.
Subs: Darragh Fitzgibbon 7, Brian Lawton 42, Michael Cahalane 62.

County Championships Fixtures

Sunday April 2nd 2017
Páirc Uí Rinn, NFL, Cork v Down 2.00pm
NHL Quarter Final: Cork v Limerick 4pm
Tuesday April 4th
@ Dungarvan, Munster Fé 17 FC, Waterford v Cork
Saturday April 8th
@ Blarney, PIFC R1, ÉIRE ÓG v GRENAGH, 6.00pm ET
@ Ballingeary, PIFC R1, Castletownbere v BALLINORA,6.00pm ET
Tuesday April 11th
@ Limerick, Munster Fé 17 Hurling Championship, Limerick v Cork
Wednesday April 12th
@ Thurles, Munster MFC, Tipperary v Cork
Saturday April 15th
All-Ireland U-21 Football Semi-finals Munster v Connaught
@ Cloughdubh, PIFC R1, BÉAL ÁTHA ‘n GhAORTHAIDH v Bandon 6.00pm. Alt Apl 17th
@ Drimoleague, IFC R1, Gabriel Rangers v CILL na MARTRA, 6.00pm ET Alt 30th
Sunday April 16th
National Hurling League Semi-finals
Monday April 17th
@ Newcestown, SFC R1, CIT v Castlehaven, 3.00pm ET
@ TBC, SFC R1, Duhallow v MUSKERRY, 3.00pm
Tuesday April 18th
@ Pairc Uí Rinn, if Cork, Munster Fé 17 Hurling Semi-final Cork v Tipperary
Wednesday April 19th
@ TBC. If Cork, Munster MFC playoff, Cork v loser Clare/Limerick
Friday April 21st
@ Rathcormac, IHC Prelim Rd, ÉIRE ÓG v Kildorrery,6.45pm ET
Saturday April 22nd
@ Pairc Uí Rinn, SFC R1, St Finbarrs v BALLINCOLLIG,8.00pm ET
@ Carrigtwohill, IFC R1, Youghal v AGHABULLOGUE,6.45pm ET
Sunday April 23rd
National Hurling League Final
Tuesday April 25th
Munster Fé 17 Hurling Final
Tuesday April 25rd or Wednesday May 3rd
@ Pairc Uí Rinn or Ennis, Munster Minor HC Cork v Loser Waterford/Clare.
Wednesday April 26th
Munster MF Play-off 2, if Cork, Loser Tipperary/Cork v Winner play-off 1
Saturday April 29th
All-Ireland Fé 21 Football Final
@ Watergrasshill, IFC R1, Douglas v Glanworth, 4.00pm
Sunday April 30th
@ Cill na Martra, PIFC R1, NAOMH ABÁN v MACROOM,3.30pm ET
@ Caherlag, IHC Prelim R, Midleton v GRENAGH, 3.00pm ET

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Macroom G.A.A. © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom GAA

Macroom intermediate footballers were at home to senior side Bishopstown at the Castle Grounds in the county league, division two, and made it four wins from four outings with a 1-19 to 1-9 win over the visitors. Points from David Cotter, Fintan and David Goold, Seán Kiely, Michael Cronin, Olan Murphy, Pa Lucey and David Horgan helped Macroom to a 0-14 to 1-5 interval lead and a goal from David Cotter in the 36th minute wrapped up the points for Macroom. The Macroom line out was: Declan Kiely: Michael Cahill, Olan O’Mahony, Martin O’Donnell: Michael Cronin, Fintan Goold, David Cotter: Sean Kiely, David Horgan: David Goold, Johnny Murphy, Ethan O’Gorman: Don Creedon, Patrick Lucey, Olan Murphy. Subs introduced were; John and Ger Angland, Ciarán Murphy, Mark Corrigan and Brendan O’Sullivan. Macroom’s next outing will be away to Cill na Martra, another unbeaten side. Macroom are due to face Naomh Abán in the championship at Cill na Martra in late April.
Macroom junior footballers will commence their season with a home league game against Naomh Abán on Sun day next, April 2nd at 12 noon.

Macroom Juvenile GAA

Macroom U-9s played the first league games for 2017 against Valley Rovers. The 29 Macroom players, in three teams, were very competitive, winning two games with excellent football played by both Macroom and Valley Rovers.
U-11s played two games against Valley Rovers in the Tom Creedon Park . Game 1; Macroom lost 5-9 to 0-10, with great football being played by both sides in heavy underfoot conditions that did no suit our physically smaller team. Game 2 also resulted in a loss but was competitive. Macroom entertained Thomas Russell’s (Kilshannig) on Sun. 26th March in the Castle Grounds. Macroom were competitive if unsuccessful in both games, with many fine individual performances. The Macroom mentors were happy with the performances and are looking forward to the rest of the year.
U-12s played a league game on Sat. 25th March against Donoughmore. Unfortunately we were well beaten; the team was largely made up of U-11 players and they found the going very difficult against a more mature Donoughmore team. However they tried hard and battled right to the end.
U-14s: travelled to play Aghabullogue in a 2nd round league tie. Playing with the wind, points by Jack Sexton, Mark Hunt, Robert Lucey and Darragh Kiernan and 2 goals late in the half by Sam Kelleher and Ronan Morey saw Macroom leading at half-time 2-7 to 2-0. The only negative was Kieran Doody’s injury. After the break, Macroom continued to do well and added 3 Seán De Lacey points. In the 52nd minute Aghabullogue got a fourth goal but Seán converted a late free and the final score was Macroom 2-10 Aghabullogue 4-2. Panel: Liam Holland, Barry Galvin, Ben O’Connell (V. Capt), Dylan Wenger, Jerry Kelleher, Brian Healy, Sam Kelleher, Jack Sexton (Capt.), Mark Hunt, Daragh Kiernan, Kieran Doody, Robert Lucey, Michael Kelleher, Seán De Lacey, Ronan Morey, Martin Sosa, Frank Lazlo, Rian Coghlan, Scott Moore, Darren Sweeney, Nikiti Leninov and Marcin Olefsky. Next Sat. Féile will take place and Macroom are at home, with matches in the Castle Grounds and Tom Creedon Park.
U-16s played Kanturk in the Castle Grounds and the final score was Kanturk 4-11 Macroom 3-7. Macroom led at half time 3-6 to 0-4. Wind was not a factor but a poor second half performance left Macroom suffering a reversal of fortunes. The potential is there and the mentors are determined to realise their full ability.

Laochra Óg

Laochra Óg took part in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Macroom and won 1st prize for their float. Lots of clubs and businesses took part this year. Many children were involved in making this year’s parade enjoyable and a great family day out. Thanks to everyone involved. Roll on 2018.
Laochra Óg Easter Camp April 10th/11th at Ballyvourney Coláiste Ghobnatan pitch from 11am till 2pm. Camp for Boys and Girls U8 to U14. Cost €20 per child or €50 for three children. To register, text name and age to 087 9437272. Pay on the day. Camp open to non members. Helmets and hurls loaned out for new comers

Success. Well done to Laochra Óg Junior B team drawing their first league match at home to Inniscarra on a scoreline of 1-11 Laochra Óg to 0.14 Inniscarra. Laochra Óg had to dig deep at the end of the game with two points down in the closing stages to draw level. Thanks to Club Sponsors Deasy Pharmacy for their continuing support. Laochra Óg Hurling and Camogie Club promoting Hurling for adults and kids in West Muskerry.
Camogie. Laochra Óg under 12 Camogie team have been picked to take part in Camán to Munster on Saturday April 1st in Mallow. Games V Shannon Rovers {Tipperary} Ballyea {Clare} and Na Piarsigh {Limerick}. Girls are really looking forward to this day out and may get a chance to play at Croke Park on Easter Monday. Camán to Croker. Laochra Óg Camogie Team going to Féile in Carlow June 16th is as follows Caoimhe Murphy, Lauren O Brien, Ciara Bradley, Lucy O Leary, Aisling O Leary, Breanna Hickey, Aine Sheehan, Donna McCarthy, Caoimhe O Leary, Emma Galvin, Lucy O Connor, Eilish O Connell, Eimear Ni Luasa, Lily Murphy, Emma Kelly, Hazel Healy, Rachael O Riordan, Helena Healy, Realtin Lynch, Maira Moynihan, Lorraine O Connell and Roisin Murphy. Congratulations girls
Club membership is now due, as last year's membership expires on the 31 March. Thanks to everyone who has renewed to date. Remember that players cannot play or train with the Club if membership is not paid by 31 March. The most convenient way to join or renew your membership is through our website at www.laochraog.com

50/50 club development draw. Winners Conor and Irene Murphy, Renaniree PO €440. Winner’s prize: Eileen Murphy Renaniree PO. Thank you to everyone who took part. Next draw will be held on April 9th.

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Macroom Soccer Club celebrates 40 years at the Parade © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom FC

President's Cup Final. Macroom B will take on Temple Utd in the cup final on Tuesday April 4th. This huge fixture will take place at Turner's Cross, with a 7.30pm kick off. It is a great occasion for the club and it is hoped that a large crowd can travel to the home of Cork City FC to support the team. Macroom's path to the final includes wins against Waterloo, Grattan Utd, and Bweeng Celtic.
U12 Schoolgirls Cup Semi Final Victory. The U12 team entertained Blarney Utd at Murrayfield and came away with a fantastic 1-0 result. This was a whole hearted performance against quality opposition and secures a cup final berth and another trip to Turner's Cross. The solitary goal was scored by team captain Leanne Healy. This was a great effort from the whole squad with goalkeeper Molly Murphy and defender Lilly Murphy having particularly good games.
Macroom A picked up three points with a 3-2 home win over visitors Crescent Athletic. The city side went ahead midway through the opening half but Macroom equalised just before half time when Robert Healy struck an outstanding shot. Danny Kelleher's well placed header had the home side in front but Crescent equalised on seventy minutes. Macroom kept driving on and were rewarded when Healy struck his second to secure the win.
Macroom B recorded a 4-1 win over Knocknaheeny Celtic at the Town Park. Goals from Barry Kelleher (2), Chris Brown and Ryan Creed ensuring a comfortable victory. Los Zarcos of Millstreet were the next opposition for Macroom B and this one finished all square 1-1. The home side led with time almost up until John Ronan popped up at the back post to steer the ball home. Best performers were Mark Corrigan, Darren Cullinane and Andrew Boyle.
U15 Schoolboys: Ringmahon 0 Macroom 2. An excellent away performance saw Macroom take the three points. Goals in each half secured the win. The first came from Daniel Cotter following JK Long's corner. And Cotter was on hand to double the lead, after good work again from Long and Eoin Guiney. Macroom had good outings from Cormac Buckley, Peter Murphy, Bradley O' Shea and George Lowrie.
U16 Local Cup: Bandon 2 Macroom 4. A depleted U16 side fashioned a brilliant result in the local cup. The visitors had a devastating opening half in which they scored three times without reply with Daniel Buckley, Aaron O' Donovan and an own goal accounting for the comfortable half time scoreline. Bandon pulled a goal back early in the second half but Macroom restored the three goal lead when Dylan Twomey Prendeville was on target. The home side scored a late consolation as Macroom move on to a home tie with Kinsale in the next round.
Race Night The Macroom FC Race Night is now just over two weeks away (Easter Sunday, April 16th, Murray's Bar, 9pm). Horses are selling fast so don't delay and purchase now for a reasonable €10. You can buy your horse from team managers and club members. Also, please join us on the night where great fun is assured.

Macroom Golf Club

Results. Week 1. Seniors: Dave O'Connell(15), David Hayes(17), Sean de Búrca (24), 44.4
Thur: Open Singles V-Par: Tom Fitzgerald(11) +6
St Patrick’s Day Viennese Waltz Open : Barry Roynane(13), William Buttimer(17), John O'Donovan(18) 87pts
Sat: 2 man Team - 1st - John Doherty (11), Alan O'Connor(15) 51pts, 2nd - Philip Cooper(18), Diarmuid Flahavan (20) 49pts
Week 2. Seniors: 1st - Ted Murphy (11), Michael O'Mahony (17), Frank Mc Carthy (23), Pat Lovett (24) 44.9
Sun 19/3 Scotch 4somes; 1st- John O'Keeffe (17), James Vaughan (26) 48pts
Club sprint; 1st - James Nolan(9) 39pts
Club Singles: 1st - Barra Concannon (9) 46pts, 2nd - Paddy Mawe (19) 45pts, 3rd - Brian Hartnett (6) 45pts, Senior - Pascal McSwiney (15) 42pts, Best gross - Robert O'Keeffe (8) 32pts
Winter League Final Playoffs; 1st - Team 9, 2nd - Team 6, 3rd - Team 8