Lee Valley Outlook April 13 2017 v14e8

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Beannachtaí na Féile 2017 © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Crookstown Céilí on Sat 15th Ap in Crookstown hall at 9.30 p.m.
Easter Sunday Dawn Mass in Kilcrea Abbey at 6am.
Inchigeela Easter Sunday Ceremony after Mass on April 16th. .
Macroom Easter Commemoration in the Town Square on Sun, Ap 16th at 3.00pm.
Cruinniú na Cásca Céilí Mór ag 21:00 san Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, Luan Casca, Aibreán 17
Macroom FC Race Night, Murray's Bar, Ap 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 demonstration Thurs Ap. 27th at 8p.m. in Coolcower House
KHAA presents Seamus Begley, Jim Murray and Liam Ó Maonlaí in concert, Sat 29th April in Eire Óg Pavilion, Ovens at 8pm.
Donoughmore Bealtaine Social Dance Sun. 30th April in the Community Centre, Stuake at 8.30pm.
Valley Wheelers 150km One Day Cycle, June 10th from Cill na Martra.
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
Easter Closure Fri. 13 – Mon 17 inclusive.
Storytime.Each Saturday at 12 noon for 3-8year olds.
Purlies Thurs April 20 at 11 a.m.
Spanish Lesson Sat. Ap 22 at 2p.m.
Ciorcal Cainte at 11.30a.m. on Thurs. Ap. 27.
Gramophone Fri May 5th 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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Preparatory work at Kippagh, Ballyvourney for the N22 Bypass. St. Gobnait’s is south, over the tractor. © Lee Valley Outlook

Light at End of N22 Tunnel?

Commuters through the Lee Valley are encouraged by reports of preliminary work and surveys in advance of the long awaited Macroom Bypass. Fencing off of land acquired under compulsory purchase orders has commenced at Kippagh, Ballyvourney. Site investigation to determine the ground conditions and an archaeological survey of the route is promised to get underway within the next month. Preparatory procedures, surveys and reports should burn up at least €13m on top of the millions already dedicated to the project over the decades. We await allocation of funding for the actual road building. When that is in place, the tendering process should get the green light.
The N22 bypass concept includes a 22km stretch of dual carriageway from Coolcower to Slievereagh, bypassing Macroom and Ballyvourney to the north. It will include up to 20 bridges as well as access roundabouts and should have a very positive effect on lifestyle and the environment in Muskerry.
The project had been included in 2016 – 2021 Capital Investment Plan but hit a speed bump last year when TII declared that other road works had priority. Protests and lobbying followed on that depressing news and the Stop Go procedure is now on Wait.

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At a party in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom for the cast and organisers of the recent very successful ‘Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical’, from left, Alan Kiely, Patrick Bergin, Sheila Twomey and Kevin O’Brien © Lee Valley Outlook

Shandy Hall Revisited

The cast and organisers of ‘Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical’, met up recently to recall an exhilarating 6 month rollercoaster that brought them from the forging of a brand new musical to Cork Opera House for sellout shows. Along the way they encountered major hurdles resulting from the Briery Gap fire but, on the principle that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, the company persevered and flourished. They enjoyed a great night of reminiscence and music at the Riverside Park Hotel on April 7 and only one number from Shandy Hall featured in the songs performed! The wealth of talent available in the Lee Valley continues to amaze and great voices that had acting or chorus roles in the show, delighted the audience. We look forward to their next production.

Macroom Easter Commemoration

The Annual Easter Commemoration will take place in the Town Square, Macroom on Sunday, April 16th at 3.00pm. Piper, Donal Kelleher, will provide music before the ceremony starts and the Master of Ceremonies will be Stephen O'Connor from Ballyvourney. This year, the wreath will be laid by Dónal Ó Cróinín, with the last post being sounded by Padraig Dinneen. Fr. Connie Murphy will recite a decade of the Rosary and the Proclamation will be read by Sean Ó Coill. The Oration will be given by well known historian and author, Michael Galvin and the ceremony will close with the singing of the National Anthem by Michael Bradley. Everyone welcome to come along.

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Macroom Tidy Towns Committee with their 2016 Silver Medal. Seated are Secretary John Lyons, Chair Martin Coughlan and Treasurer Judy O'Sullivan. ©Con Kelleher.

Macroom Tidy Towns

The A.G.M. of Macroom Tidy Towns took place recently, with a good crowd in attendance. The committee was delighted to report that Macroom had been awarded a Silver Medal in 2016 because, in its category, it was within 20 points of the national winner. The medal was accompanied by a framed certificate and a cash prize of €700, a very welcome addition to the coffers.
The meeting was opened by Martin Coughlan, Chair for more than 30 years. Martin welcomed everybody and thanked the volunteers who work mostly on Saturday mornings and who have greatly improved the appearance of the town in recent years. He was delighted that their wonderful work was recognised and rewarded with the Silver Medal. He also expressed gratitude to the Blarney/Macroom Municipal Council and the Cork County Council for their support, and he especially acknowledged the assistance of James Dwyer, Town Engineer. Their office and outdoor staff have provided all possible help. The committee is blessed to have Martin so strategically placed to advance its cause. He outlined some problems – financing of desirable projects and finding a convenient store for equipment.
Secretary, John Lyons, also in position for more than 30 years, gave a detailed account of the committee’s activities. The officers meet for ‘house-keeping’ duties and also with council officials on a regular basis. A Newsletter was prepared and more than 1.400 copies were distributed. He said the judges’ observations form part of next year’s programme. A new 5 year plan needs to be initiated and must be ready by late May. Projects under consideration are the Mill Dam, the shrubbery in front of Oakwood, and The Mart area. It is also hoped to erect more outdoor gym equipment and the committee is very keen to have murals throughout the town. Liaison with the Residents’ Associations is vital. A €300 grant is available annually for each estate. The flower baskets, sourced in Ballyvourney, were a great success. The Tidy Towns volunteers have been doing: Litter Picking, Planting Flower Beds, Washing and Maintaining street furniture and Weeding the walls in Castle Street and various laneways. Tidy Town judges have suggested that an unsightly feature in a town - a ruin, an old shed – if presented properly, could become an attractive feature. Much emphasis is placed on amenities and the environment and they strongly encourage engagement with businesses, residents’ groups, like-minded organisations such as the Men’s Shed, schools and individuals for the promotion of sustainable resources and waste management.
Treasurer, Judy O’Sullivan, produced impeccable accounts and the committee is in a healthy financial state. However, with more money and volunteers, greater improvements could be made. Grants and the Church Gate Collection are the principle sources of income, supplemented this year by the €700 cash prize.
The reports were adopted and the officers were returned. During the Open Forum, it was pointed out that a grant for painting the outside of houses is available, but the presence of potholes in some streets makes painting ineffective. Dumping of illicit household waste, particularly fire-ashes, was bemoaned as was abuse of bottle banks. Consideration is being given to the use of cameras, and people are advised to report or challenge such anti-social behaviour. The committee fervently wishes for more volunteers and more finances. It faces 2017 with confidence, vigour and ambition and is determined to further enhance the town and move closer to a national award.

Macroom Flower & Garden Club

A Floral Demonstration with Angela Heffron AOIFA, entitled “April Showers”, will be held on Thursday, 27th of April at 8.00p.m. in Coolcower House. Club Competitions (please refer to Schedule) Sales Table (please support by donating labelled slips or cuttings from your garden). New Members and visitors most welcome. Enquires and Booking re June Members’ outing please contact 087-9821708 for further information. On behalf of the Officers and Committee, we would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter.

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Enjoying the recent school exchange between St. Mary’s and De la Salle, Macroom and St. Genès, Bordeaux ©An Scoil

St. Mary’s Updates

Basketball. Congratulations to our second year basketball team who won all their matches in Galway on Saturday, April 1st. They are now into the All Irelands finals, which will be played after Easter. We all wish them the best of success.
French Exchange. The annual school exchange between St. Mary’s and De la Salle, Macroom and St. Genès, Bordeaux took place recently. The Irish students immersed themselves in French culture during their visits to Saint Emilion, Arcachon and Bordeaux city. They also climbed the Dune du Pyla and attended school. Students from St Genès enjoyed excursions to Cobh Heritage Centre, The Skibbereen Famine Centre, Gougane Barra and Killarney National Park as well as participating in school classes.They also enjoyed unforgettable Irish hospitality in the families with whom they stayed. Lasting memories and steadfast friendships have resulted from this longstanding school exchange.
1st Year Football. Our First Year footballers recently played a series of games against Beara Community School in the Castle Grounds, Macroom. The girls were refereed and coached by some of our Transition Year students as part of their T.Y coaching module. St. Mary’s performed excellently; kicking some great scores along with displaying excellent teamwork throughout. A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all. St Mary’s Abú!

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Aoife Foley, Transition Year student at St. Mary’s, who won an award in the recent Press Pass Competition. ©An Scoil

PASS PRESS AWARD - Opinion Section – 2nd Place

By Aoife Foley, St Mary’s Secondary School, Convent of Mercy, Macroom. Winner of 2nd place in Opinion Section.
We should have talked about Nana It was her second stroke… the first one had been a minor one, a wakeup call where she made a great recovery. This time it was different. My uncle had found her slumped on the kitchen floor and called the ambulance immediately. What followed that day was a complete nightmare. These painful memories were brought back to me as I sat watching Brendan Courtney’s documentary “We need to talk about Dad”, this past Monday night. It told the story of the family’s battle to access care for his father Frank, 75, who is paralysed as a result of a stroke. Unfortunately, I could completely identify with this family’s predicament. The following weeks, of Nana’s hospitalisation, are just a blur. The consultant informed us that she had had a stroke which had damaged a significant part of her brain. She couldn’t communicate, she was agitated, confused, and frightened. She created havoc for nursing staff by refusing to co-operate. This was a complete change from the warm-hearted, caring and gentle grandmother I knew and loved. Soon, our family were called to the office of the hospital administrator. She explained that Nana could not stay in the hospital and that we would have to find alternative care. The consultant said that she would need 24 hour care and would never again be capable of independent living. I remember family meetings where the possibility of taking her home was discussed. We would take turns we said, anything to keep her at home, which is where we knew she wanted to be. Providing 24 hour care is a big challenge for any family however, and during one of our meetings, the consultant said we were being unrealistic and wouldn’t cope. The administrator explained the details of the Fair Deal scheme which provides financial support to older people for nursing home care. Nana always said she did not want to end her days in a nursing home. The value of her house and her pension along with finance from her family would cover the high cost of nursing home care. Why couldn’t all this money be put towards the cost of home care I asked myself? This would have been a win-win situation. My Nana would be at home surrounded by her family. There would have been someone with her day and night to ensure her safety. Unfortunately, Fair Deal only covers the cost of nursing home care we were told. So, Brendan Courtney’s programme and the similarities between his dad and my Nana, brought back a lot of painful memories for us. Nana was moved to a nursing home where she lived for 2 years. She was well cared for but she wasn’t happy there. We visited her often and she always tried to come away with us at the end of each visit, it was heart-breaking and very upsetting for everybody. I admire Brendan Courtney for what he is doing for his dad and all older people. In my opinion, it is now time for the Health Minister to extend the Fair Deal scheme to home care. All the evidence suggests patients do better and are happier in their own surroundings. It is too late for Nana now but the problem is real and growing and something needs to be done... and soon. Mahatma Gandhi once famously said “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members”. Right now in Ireland, it is fair to say that we are failing our weakest members and that has to change.

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French students and their teachers who have been on the schools exchange with De la Salle Macroom ©An Scoil

De la Salle Updates

17 boys from De la Salle College and 16 girls from St. Mary’s, along with their teachers, have returned home after spending ten days in France on the annual exchange programme with Ecole San Genès in Bordeaux. This was the return leg of the exchange, with the French students having stayed in Macroom a few weeks previously. The students were hosted by families and this adds greatly to the cultural value of the exchange. Highlights of the trip included a guided tour of the magnificent city of Bordeaux, climbing the Dune Du Pyla (the largest sand dune in Europe), visiting the town of St. Emilion, which is a world-heritage-site, a tour around a very impressive wine-producing co-operative facility, and a day on the beach in the town of Arcachon, where many of the students sampled oysters for the first time. As luck would have it, a rugby team from a Birmingham boys’ school was also on the beach and an international “friendly” soccer game ensued. French onlookers were both bemused and delighted as a word-perfect rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann opened proceedings under the tricolour. The game resulted in a one-all draw and more new friends made. The students also spent time in French classrooms to experience the quite different approach that is taken to education there. As ever, the exchange was extremely successful and continues to go from strength-to-strength.
The 37 Italian students and their teachers who had been on exchange with De la Salle also returned home after a very enjoyable visit to Macroom. A similar number of De la Salle’s First Year students will be heading to Milan in early May on the return leg of this exchange.
The school’s fund-raising raffle has taken place and the winners were: Colm O’ Mahony (1st prize), Daniel Buckley (2nd), Julie O’ Dea (3rd), Matt O’ Leary (4th) and Katie O’ Riordan (5th).

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Students from Marcallo in Italy, who are on an exchange with De la Salle Macroom, ahead of their visit to Cork Gaol and Cobh ©An Scoil

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

Closure. The library will be closed over Easter on Good Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and obviously, Monday 17th. We will reopen on Tuesday 18th at 10.00 am.
Loan periods for items borrowed have been adjusted to reflect this closure and we remind patrons that once the 3 week loan period is up, fines will generate at the rate of 5 cents per day per item. This can be avoided by renewing online or ringing us at 02642483. We wish all our customers a Happy Easter.
The Purlies will meet on Thursday 20th at 11a.m. All new members very welcome to this free and friendly activity.
On Saturday 22nd April at 2p.m., Elena will host the second conversational Spanish lesson. The first was very much enjoyed. We hope to make this a fortnightly event. Saturday morning at 12 noon, our regular storytime will take place.
Ciorcal Cainte with Nora Levis at 11.30 on Thursday 28th. There is no pressure to be fluent at this gathering. It is all about enjoying our language.
Just a reminder that we are now situated in the former Spar supermarket in Railway View. Opening hours are Wednesday to Saturday 10.00 to 5.30 and Tuesday 10.00 to 7.30pm. Membership is free but subject to production of photo i.d and proof of address.
Gramophone Morning. The April session was presented on Friday, April 7 by Eddie Hogan, a very good friend of music lovers in Macroom. Eddie opened his uplifting selection with a lively performance by the Jim McCloud Scottish Country Dance Band, followed by Goodnight, Pretty Maiden, Goodnight from the operetta, Cousins from Nowhere. Joan Sutherland sang Deep in my Heart from the Student Prince and then we had Thomas Allen with Non Piu Andrai from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. The Prince of Denmark’s March / Trumpet Voluntary, was followed by Valerie Masterson singing The Sun and I from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado. The sobering Abide With Me came next; Nelson Eddie performed Danny Boy and the first half ended, in deference to the season, with the Marian hymn , Regina Coeli, from Cavalleria Rusticana, with Pietro Mascagni. An adaptation of Katherine Tynan’s poem, Sheep and Lambs, was performed by the Orpheus Choir; Majella Cullagh sang Spring is Returning from Rossini’s Thieving Magpie; John McCormick gave us Maggie and White Raven performed There’s No Place Like Home. We then enjoyed Verdi’s Force of Destiny with Zinka Milanov and Largo from Kenneth McKellar, before the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. The May Gramophone Morning is on Friday 5 and will be presented by librarian, Christine Cronin.

Local TV Programmes

Wed. April 12. 9.30p.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. 1916 Commemoration in Macroom followed by Easter Concert from St. Joseph’s Primary School.
Wed. April 19. 9.30p.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 1997 6.30p.m. Repeats of Wed. and Thurs. Programmes.
Wed. April 26. 9.30p.m. News and Sport. Forestry social 1987 featuring the late Michael Darcy.
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. 5.30 p.m.. Annual Mass at Shrone 2017.


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Crookstown Ceili Club: Ceili on Saturday 15th April in Crookstown hall. Music by the Glenside Céilí Band, Commencing at 9.30 p.m. All are welcome
Macroom FC Race Night at Murray's Bar on April 16 (Easter Sunday) with a 9pm start.
KHAA presents Seamus Begley, Jim Murray and Liam Ó Maonlaí in concert, Saturday 29th April in Eire Óg Pavilion, Ovens at 8pm. Tickets from Mary on 0876568110, from the museum and eventbrite. .
Donoughmore Bealtaine Social Dance with the Marino Sound on Sunday 30th April in the Community Centre Stuake. Refreshments served at 8.30pm, to be followed by a great night of dancing. Admission €10. All welcome.
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.

Valley Wheelers 150km One Day Cycle, June 10th 2017, Kilnamartyra go dtí Cill na Martra. Fundraising for the ICU Mercy Hospital Cork. Support will be greatly appreciated.
Lee Valley Speakers meets on 1st & 3rd Tuesdays each month at 8pm, the Castle Hotel. Next meeting is on April 18th
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.

Hair Donation. Cláragh Ní Shuibhne, Scoil Náisiúnta Réidh na nDoirí, recently donated her long hair to Little Princess Foundation to make a wig for little girls who have lost their own hair due to illness. She has collected €600 so far for Aoibheann's Pink Tie in the process. Many thanks to all who have donated money and also to Sheila and Martina's Hair Salon.

Walk for Water Pupils from Carriganima N.S. recently took part in the Walk for Water event in Gougane Barra which was organised by Green Schools Ireland. All participants had to walk 6 km, taking 6 litres of water in a back pack. The aim of the walk was to raise awareness about water scarcity in developing countries.

Naomh Fionnbarra ladies won the 2016 Autumn League and the Medal Presentation was held recently at Toonsbridge Dairy. Congratulations to Bláithín Lynch who received U16 Player of the Year and Shauna Herlihy, Player of the Final. Missing from team photo were Sophia Burke & Gillian Concannon.

Daffodil Day at Bealnamorrive raised €1,310. The organisers wish to thank all who helped and contributed.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto 2/4/2017 Jackpot €2,050. Numbers drawn: 4,24 and 41 No Winner. €50 William Neville, €20 each Gearoid O’Brien c/o Anvil Bar, Con and Noreen O’Connor Rusheen, Trevor Burns Macroom and Bobby Healy c/o Anvil Bar.
09/04/2017 Jackpot €2,200. Numbers drawn: 10, 17 and 18. €50 Geraldine Kelleher Ballinagree, €20 each Tade Noonan C/O Martin Hubbard, Con & Noreen Healy Leades Cross, Seamus Sexton Nadd, Evelyn & Zoe McCarthy Cobh.
Canovee G.A.A. Lotto. Numbers drawn on April 2nd 5,14,17,28. No winner. €50 Tim o Riordan Aherla. €25 each Kevin Cullihane Coachford. Phil o Connor c/o Don Carroll€25 on line James McCarthy
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: March 29. Jackpot €2,600. No winner. €70 Kate Lyons, Scrahanard €20 each: Mary Ann Healy, Gortnalicka. Dan O’Riordan, 1 Dan Corkery Pl. Dan Kelleher, Moulnahorna. Ellen Kelleher, Mushera, Millstreet.
April 5.. Jackpot €2,800. No winner. €70 Siobhan Fitzgerald, Lakadota, Millstreet. €20 each: Larry & Aine Creed, Carrigaphooka. Cavan Spillane, Ballinagree. Agnes Lehane, Dunmanway. Mikey O’Leary, Umera.
Kilmichael G.A.A. Lotto Results, 27.03.2017. Numbers Drawn: 1-14-25-27. No Winner. €50 HDOC c/o J. Murphy €25 each John & Bina Kelleher, Castleview. Hannah Buckley, c/o M. Foley. Francis & Eileen Kelly, Inchincurka
03.04.2017. Numbers Drawn: 1-2-21-26.. No Winner. €50 Sinead Crowley, Dunmanway €25 each Sheila Cullinane, c/o Dromeys. Sinead O'Callaghan, Cooldaniel. Emer O'Brien, Dunmanway. Jackpot next week €15,000.
Kilmurry G.A.A. Lotto 13/3/2017 Jackpot €14,200. Numbers drawn: 18,28,40. No Winner. €50 Nathan Kelleher €20 each Mary Sullivan Dooniskey, Noel Cotter, Noreen MCcarthy, Paddy Delaney, Jo Jo.
20/3/2017 Jackpot €14,400. Numbers drawn: 20,21,40. €50 Ann Holden €20 each Natasha Howard, Aidan O Neill, Archie and John, Jack Crowley, Gerard Kelleher.
27/3/2017 Jackpot €14,600. Numbers drawn: 22,30,34. €50 Sean O Leary. €20 each Anthony Crowley, Cian and Luke Barry, Ber Clifford, Eileen Galvin.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 28/03/2017 Jackpot €3,000.Winning Numbers 2-5-7. No Winner. €70 Michael Lucey, Gortnalicka, Clondrohid. €20 each: Denis Ryan, Sullane Weirs. Paddy Murphy, Dromree. Sarah O'Sullivan, c/o Eveyln Mc Sweeney. Orla Kelleher, Sleaveen East, Macroom. Leah Goold, Gurteenroe
4/04/2014. Jackpot €3,200.Winning Numbers 2-18-23. No winner. €70 Tanya Horgan, Slieveragh. Ballyvournety.. €20 each: Paddy Murphy. Crookstown, Brid O'Driscoll, Sullane Wieirs, Kathleen Lynch, Codrum, Macroom. Billy Murphy, Codrum, , Breda Cotter, Main Street
Macroom F.C. Lotto 3/04/17 Jackpot 3,200. Numbers drawn 5,6,10.. No Winner €80 Shiela Barrett c/o Danny. €20 each. Claire Dinneen c /o Lars. JJ Murphy c/o Janet. Joe Moloney c/o Fudge. Marguerite O' Riordan c/o Fudge.
10/04/17 Jackpot €3,400. Numbers drawn 2, 7, 8. No Winner. €80 Breda McCarthy c/o Noel . €20 each. John Casey c/o Goldens. Anne Duggan c/o Greyhound. Noel Kelleher c/o Joan. Sheila Barrett c/o Danny
Coachford AFC Lotto 3/4/2017. Jackpot: €2,000. Numbers Drawn: 8 – 22 – 33. No Winner: €40 Paddy & Tracy, €20 David & Laura Hayes, Dan Shine, Denis & Mim O’Connell, Micheál Walsh (Yearly Ticket).
10/4/2017. Jackpot: €2,200. Numbers Drawn: 8 – 17 – 34. No Winner: €40 Sophie Martin, €20 Dan Shine, Margaret O’Shea, Nick Martin, Ann Twomey.

Lee Valley Updates

Clondrohid Updates

Tidy Towns: With the good weather of the last week or so, it’s time once again for cleaning, painting, and planting in preparation for the Tidy Towns. Over the next few weeks the Development Group will be at their busiest, so anyone willing to give a helping hand will be most welcome. Contact Maria at Healy’s Post Office or Breda on 0868831206. ‘Many hands make light work’.
Free Easter Camp: is running April 18 and April 19, 11am to 2pm. Register your child by texting Fergal Kelleher with name and age to 0879359704
Spar FAI Soccer Tournament : Muinfliuch pupils from 5th and 6th class recently participated in the SPAR FAI Soccer Tournament in Clonakilty. The Boys Team won one game, drew one game and lost three. The girls went on to win all five games and have qualified for the Regional finals which will take place in Turner’s Cross at the end of April. Well done
Trip to Germany: Congrats to Mary O’Donovan from Clondrohid, a teacher in Boherbue Comprehensive. A German pupil of hers has travelled to Germany where she will take part in a language test at the German Embassy. Well done.
Bottle Bank: Due to the commencement of work on the new National School in Clondrohid during the Summer, this facility at the Car Park will no longer be available from the 1st week in June.
Scoil Rince Ui Thuama (s.r.u.t.): This Irish Dance Group is a member of C.R.D.M.(Cumann Rince De Mheasa ). Classes are held in Ballyvourney and Clondrohid. This dance school started in 2013 with a small number of Beginner Dancers. Over the last number of years the school has grown in numbers and professionalism, taking part in many Feiseanna here in Ireland and also in England. They have taken part in competitions such as Irish Open, All Ireland and World Championships with great success. Locally, they perform in Ballyvourney at the Christmas Concert and in Ballingeary at the parade on St. Patrick’s Day. At present 23 dancers are preparing to take part in this year’s C.R.D.M.World Irish Dancing Championships being held in Drogheda on April 22. Their motto is ‘ Team Spirit, Friendships, and to be aware that you are already a winner by just taking part and enjoying the experience. A lot of hard work is needed to prepare these dancers, so well done to Lorraine and her helpers and the parents.

Inchigeela Updates

By Finbarr Cronin

Eiri Amach na Cásca. Last year, Inchigeela remembered the brave men and women of 1916 with appropriate celebrations, a Garden of Remembrance and a commemorative plaque .The commemoration committee decided that it would be a good idea to continue to honour our patriots and so, on Easter Sunday, there will be a short ceremony after 11.30 Mass.
Children’s Playground. Some invited representatives of Cork Co. Council visited Inchigeela recently and were shown areas where possible improvements might take place.They were interested, especially in the idea of a playground and the development of a garden on The Island in Cappanclare.The Council itself would not be in a position to provide the equipment but could consider giving a site and assistance in setting it up .

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Donoughmore, winners of Division 1 final at the Cork Ladies Basketball Championships at Neptune Stadium. ©Mike English

Donoughmore Retirement

Denny O Connor recently retired from the Community Employment Scheme based in Donoughmore GAA. Denny has been part of the scheme for six years and will be greatly missed. Patrick Buckley Chairman of Coachford Schools Project ( CE ) Community Employment scheme, said that Denny was an amazing talent to have on the project . His years of experience were invaluable in assisting the GAA club maintain the grounds and the busy clubhouse. Nell Crowley of Donoughmore Community Centre said that Denny will be greatly missed; he had a vast knowledge on maintenance and could always be relied upon to help in other areas of the project. The supervisor, Denise and all the participants wish Denny many happy years in his retirement with his wife Mag and their family .

Nuacht ó Choláiste Ghobnatan

Turas Staire Chuaigh Bliain a 4 ar thuras staire go Corcaigh. D’fhreastalaíodar ar Iarsmalann Ime Chorcaí, agus d’fhoghlaim siad conas a dhéanadh im in Éirinn fadó. Chonaiceadar pacáistiú d’im áitiúl agus léarscáil des na “bóithre ime”. Ansin d’fhreastail siad ar Phríosún Chathair Chorcaí. D’fhoghlaimíodar faoi na príosúnaigh a coimeádadh ann agus conas mar a raibh saol sa phríosún fadó. Chuaigh Bean Uí Thuama leo.
Seachtain ag Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Chorcaí. D’fhreastail deichniúr dalta ó Choláiste Ghobnatan ar sheachtain oideachasúil san Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Chorcaí. Bhí an eispéireas acu chun a bheith mar daltaí an choláiste don seachtain, ach amháin bhí orthu dul abhaile gach oíche. D’fhreastailíodar ar léachtaí agus bhualadar le daltaí atá ag freastal ar an gcoláiste faoi láthair.
Turas go Liebherr Chuaigh daltaí na hIdirbhliana ar thuras chuig monarchan Liebherr i gCill Airne. Chonaic siad craein a bheith deartha san oifig, an miotal dos na craein a bheith curtha le chéile agus péinteálaithe, réidh le hiomprú amach. Bhí insamhlóir ag an gcomhlacht a thaispeáin conas a mbraithneofá agus tú i gcraein, agus bhí an seans ag na daltaí triail a bhaint as. Chuaigh Máistir Ó Creimín agus Maistir Ó Céilleachair leo. Le Caitriona Ní Chonaill.

What's the Story?

At Togher N.S., Dunmanway they believe that technology has the power to help transform how people learn. The school has long been a Digital School of Distinction, an awards programme which promotes, recognises and encourages best practice in the use of technology in primary schools. Togher N.S. strives to equip children with the digital skills that they will need for the Information Age. Getting the full benefit of Information Technology is not without its difficulties however and some of these issues are addressed by the children of Togher N.S. in their latest project. Pupils from 3rd - 6th class in Togher N.S. Dunmanway have entered "What's the Story?" digital competition organised by Trend Micro, Cork. They uploaded a two minute video on the theme "If you could change one thing about your digital life, what would it be?" Their video called "Access Denied" deals with themes such as poor broadband coverage and internet safety.
Winning entries are selected based on a combination of ratings and number of views, as well as an assessment by a subjective, independent panel of judges. The video can be viewed at https://whatsyourstory.trendmicro.ie/entry/2-66022/ or accessed from their blog page at http://togher.edublogs.org/

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John Creedon, captain of 1955 Cork Senior footballers © Creedon Family

Johnny Creedon: the 1956 All-Ireland Final and the Letter.

Johnny Creedon was one of Macroom’s best ever footballers. He captained Macroom Senior team in 1955 and he played for Cork Senior Footballers from 1954 to 1957, when he emigrated to New York and played football there.
Cork reached the All-Ireland final in 1956 and five Macroom players were on the side - Dan Murray, Mick Goold, Eric Ryan, Niall Fitzgerald and Johnny. Paddy Harrington, father of Major golf winner, Pádraig, was Cork’s right half-back that day. Galway prevailed in an epic match, largely due to the presence of ‘The Terrible Twins’, Frank Stockwell and Seán Purcell. Johnny scored the first of 3 second half Cork goals early in the second half and those scores brought Cork right back into contention.

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52. Johnny Creedon’s caring letter to Galway player, Seán Keeley, in 1956. © Creedon Family

The following is an incident from that match and its sequel. At that time, all sixteen forwards and midfielders lined up in mid-field for the throw-in. On this occasion, Niall Fitzgerald won the ball and played it over the head of Gerry Daly, the advancing Galway full-back. Seán Keely, another Galway back, went to gather the ball. Johnny Creedon collided with him and unfortunately, Seán’s jaw was broken. The following day Cork team members, Mick Goold, ‘Toots’ Kelleher, Paddy O’Driscoll, and Tommy Furlong went with Johnny to The Mater Hospital to enquire about Seán’s well being. But Seán had been taken to St Vincent’s Hospital and they were unable to meet him. However, Johnny subsequently wrote to Seán and this 60 year old letter came to light when Jim Carney of the Tuam Herald was doing a feature on the 1956 final and the article was published in January 2017, and was in the match programme for this year’s Galway versus Cork league game. Seán subsequently wrote to Johnny and sent a copy of his letter. The correspondence testifies to the highest levels of sportsmanship and human kindness. Long may these attributes flourish in the G.A.A. and indeed all sport. Seán and John met up in Ballinasloe on April 1 of this year and undoubtedly, discussed and analysed the game, past and present. .
Johnny won School Shield, Juvenile and minor (Muskerry and county) medals with Macroom. With Cork, he won an All-Ireland Junior medal in 1955 and with Cork Seniors, he won a Munster medal and a National League medal, both in 1956. He also played for Munster. Johnny emigrated to New York in 1957, and played football there, winning a number of medals. He played and managed the New York Senior team and was presented with an award by the New York Corkman’s association.
Johnny lives with Pat, his wife, and near his daughter and grandchildren in Macroom.
My gratitude goes to the Creedon family and to Barry O’Brien who is preparing an article on Johnny’s sporting career and this will be published soon. Con Kelleher

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54. The Cork 1956 All-Ireland final team who were defeated by Louth. ©Courtesy of Creedon family

Easter Liturgy in the Lee Valley

Macroom: Holy Thursday: Mass of the Last Supper Caum 4p.m. Macroom 7.30 p.m. Holy Hour Macroom 9 – 10p.m.
Good Friday: Stations of the Cross: Caum 11 a.m. Macroom 11 a.m. Lord’s Passion Macroom 4 p.m. Way of the Cross from Castle Gates 7.30 p.m. Confessions in Caum 11.30a.m. – 12noon and Macroom 11.30 – 2p.m.; 5 – 6 .m and 8 – 9 p.m.
Holy Saturday Morning Prayer 10 a.m. Easter Vigil: 9 p.m. Macroom. Confessions in Macroom 11 – 1p.m. and 7 – 8p.m.
Aghinagh: Holy Thursday: Ballinagree—8.00 p.m.
Good Friday: Stations of the Cross: Rusheen 11a.m. Ballinagree 12 noon; Bealnamorrive 8 p.m. Lord’s Passion: Rusheen 3.00 p.m.
Easter Vigil: Bealnamorrive 9.00 p.m
Easter Sunday: Ballinagree 10 a.m; Rusheen 11a.m.
Clondrohid: Holy Thursday: Carriganima 6p.m Clondrohid 7.30p.m.
Good Friday: The Passion Clondrohid 3p.m. Carriganima 6p.m. Stations Clondrohid 7.30p.m.
Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil Clondrohid 8p.m.
Easter Sunday: Mass Clondrohid 8.30 a.m. and 11a.m. Carriganimma 10a.m.
Cill na Martra Holy Thursday: Réidh na nDoirí 5.00p.m; Cill na Martra 8.00 pm.
Good Friday:- Cill na Martra: Lord's Passion 3.00 pm; Réidh na nDoirí: Stations 8.00 p.m.
Easter Vigil Cill na Martra 9.00 pm.
Donoughmore: Holy Thursday: Mass of Lord's Supper in Stuake at 7.00pm and Fornaught at 8.30pm. Good Friday: Stations of the Cross in Stuake at 12 noon and Fornaught 11 am. Lord's Passion, Stuake, 7.00pm; Fornaught 3.00pm. Prayer around the Cross Fornaught 8.30p.m.
Holy Saturday: Vigil in Stuake 7.00pm and Fornaught 8.30pm.
Easter Sunday: Fornaught 10.00am. Stuake 11.30am.
Farran and Ovens. Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper Farran: 6.30pm.Ovens 8pm.
Good Friday Stations of the Cross Farran: at 12noon. Ovens 3p.m. Ceremonies & Holy Communion Farran 6.30pm. Ovens 8p.m. Confessions: Farran 11.30am to 12.30pm. Ovens 2.30pm to 3.30pm.
Holy Saturday Confessions: Ovens 12noon. Farran 1pm. Easter Vigil at 7pm in Farran and 9p.m. in Ovens.
Easter Sunday Dawn Mass in Kilcrea Abbey at 6am. Farran: 9.30am. Ovens: 11.30am.
Kilmichael: Holy Thursday, April 13: Mass of the Last Supper – Johnstown 5p.m. Cooldorrihy 8pm; Confessions after Mass.
Good Friday. Stations of the Cross and Veneration of Cross and Holy Communion
Toames - 12 noon; Cooldorrihy 3pm; Johnstown - 7.00 pm. Confessions afterwards
Holy Saturday Easter Vigil – Cooldorrihy 6.30 pm; Toames - 8.00 pm
Easter Sunday Mass Johnstown 10.00 am. Toames -11.30 am .


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Breda O’Connell, who represented the Castle Hotel in the Flower of Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook

Ode to Macroom

By Ned McCarthy, Cill na Martra, for his niece, Breda O’Connell, 2017 Flower of Macroom representative for the Castle Hotel. .
Macroom is known to be the town that never reared a fool
Possibly, who ever said that, was trying not to be cruel.
I cannot sing and I cannot dance, I hope you don’t think I’m awful.
So, the only thing that is left to do, is recite a load of waffle.
In defence of the town’s honour, I come from the next parish,
A place called Kilnamartyra, where some people still speak Irish.
But whenever I am far from home and I’m asked where I’m from
The answer I always give them is, that I come from Macroom.

But there is no real denying that this place is steeped in history.
It’s said to be were druids hung out, way back in far off centuries.
They met there by the river, having travelled from afar
You can still find wise men meeting: I’ve seen them in the bar.
Where Brian Boru’s great battle beat the Danes near Bealick mill.
Or when Mac Carthys lived in the Castle or the Masseys on the hill.
There is even talk that William Penn, the father of Pennsylvania,
Used to hang around the castle gates before heading for America.

For centuries, Macroom has been a proud local market town.
Such stories the old castle could tell, if it could just write them down.
Its stories are not all happy; it’s seen famine and emigration.
It’s seen wars and executions that defy all explanation.
But the square became a meeting place when the train came in to town,
And a place of great ideas, proposed laws were written down.

At a mass rally in the square in nineteen hundred and four,
Was born the Macroom Program, and the poor couldn’t have dreamt of more.
The then local politician, a man call JJ. Sheehan,
Got a law passed in Westminster, the finest ever seen.
Fifty thousand cottages to cater for the homeless.
A quarter of a million people were housed in Sheehan’s cottages.

It’s sad now that in the time we live, in a world of Trump and ISIS,
That in spite of all our progress we still have a homeless crisis.
Maybe we should look to Macroom? We may well find some answers?
Be inspired by men like Sheehan and not a load of chancers.
To say the town never reared a fool, there’s no need for explanation.
But we have a lot to be proud of and that’s no exaggeration.
I’d like to thank the Castle Hotel and forgive me if I sound gloom
But I’m honored to represent them, in the flower of sweet Macroom.

Cruinniú na Cásca i mBaile Mhúirne

Bí linn i mBaile Mhúirne ag Cruinniú na Cásca in Óstán Ghobnatan Luan Cásca an 17ú Aibreán ar a 9.00pm. Beidh cuairteoirí ón Iodáil, ó Mhalta, ón Phortingéil agus ó Phoblacht na Seice linn chun ceol a bhaint as an urlár ag Ceilí mór na Cásca, leis na ceoltóirí Shane Creed agus a chairde. Eagraithe ag Cairde Mhúscraí san Eoraip. Saor in aisce. @cairdemhuscrai.

Remembering 1917 in Inchigeela

After Easter Sunday Mass on April 16th, a short ceremony will take place at the 1916 Garden of Remembrance in Inchigeela village. All welcome. This year we remember a young man from Inchigeela, Denis Quinlan O.C., who was Company Officer in Command of the Inchigeela Company at the age of 20 and a fearless leader. He was accidentally shot while carrying his own revolver. “The early demise of a promising soldier was deeply regretted. Further info to be found in following websites, Cumann Staire and Bureau of Military History. http://ballingearyhs.com/journal1997/inchigeelavolunteers.html http://www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie/reels/bmh/BMH.WS0873.pdf#page=8

Michael Galvin Book Launch

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.

Cáisc Shona; Happy Easter; Buona Pasqua; Joyeux Paques; Frohliche Ostern; Wesolych Swiat Wielkanocnych.

Easter Sunday 2017 falls on April 16, nearly the latest it could be. The date of Easter was officially set by the Nicene Council in 325 A.D. – to fall on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after March 21. Thus, it can fall on any date from March 22 to April 25. Easter is Christianity’s oldest and most important feast, celebrating Christ’s victory over death. It is the basis of the liturgical year.
Like many Christian festivals, pagan rituals have been adapted and modified to form part of the Easter liturgy. The word ‘Easter’ is derived from Ostra, the Teutonic goddess of spring. Throughout Europe, it was customary to greet the new life evident in nature with bonfires and sacrificial rites. We remember St. Patrick and his lighting of the Paschal fire on the Hill of Slane in defiance of the law that ordained that the first fire should be lit by the High King on Tara. We now have the lighting of the Paschal Fire as part of the liturgy during the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night.
Easter is closely linked with the Jewish Passover, which commemorates the Angel of Death passing over households marked with the blood of the sacrificial lamb. Scripture shows the Last Supper, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection taking place at the time of the Passover and Christians believe they are the fulfilment of the Jewish feast, with Christ as the Paschal Lamb.
‘Easter Duty’ is a concept familiar to older generations but not often stressed now. This obliged Catholics to ‘receive worthily of the Blessed Eucharist at Easter-time - that is from Ash Wednesday to Trinity Sunday, inclusive’. It was also tied up with the requirement ‘to confess our sins at least once a year’ and so, we have Penitential Rites and Confessions in many churches in the run up to Easter.
To children, Easter means Easter Eggs. This custom dates from when Lent was strictly observed and people enjoyed a feast of boiled eggs when the fast was over. They were sometimes dyed to make them more attractive to children. Nowadays, children who have been fasting from sweets during Lent, enjoy the chocolate eggs at Easter. The Easter Bunny, a German tradition, has now arrived in Ireland. Chickens, a sign of new life, also feature and roast lamb, served with mint sauce, is the traditional Easter dish. In previous times, when women had to have their head covered in church, Easter bonnets were to the fore. These fabulous concoctions are now mostly confined to the racing enclosure. Because of the timing of the Easter Rising, many parades and commemorations are held at historical sites at Easter.
As our population becomes ever more secular, we hear media reports of ongoing attempts to remove religious reference from annual feasts - the latest being the introduction of Chocolate Eggs. The fate of the Easter Bunny and the Easter Bonnet remains to be decided.


‘I’m Your Man, The Life of Leonard Cohen’ Sylvie Simmons
This is the biography Cohen has long deserved. The genius behind such classics as ‘Suzanne’, ‘Bird on the Wire’, and ‘Hallelujah’, Cohen has been one of the most influential and important songwriters of our time. This is a definitive work on his life and career.

Available at Fitz-Gerald’s Bookshop €16.50

Sports Mad

Littlewoods Camogie League

As expected, Kilkenny and Cork are finalists in the 2017 Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 final and an enthralling and highly competitive match should ensue on April 23. In the semi-finals, Kilkenny defeated Galway 1-14 to 0-11 and Cork beat Limerick 3-15 to 0-12. The April 23 pairing is a repeat of last September’s All-Ireland final, which saw the Black and Amber prevail comfortably to end a 22-year drought and in the process, seal a wonderful double, having garnered League honours earlier in the season. But Cork, hopefully, will have something important to contribute to this year’s outcome. They came out on top by a single point when the teams met in the group stages in Kilkenny on April 1 and emerged from that phase of the competition with a 100% record, so the latest rematch will be highly anticipated.
Cork 0-12 Kilkenny 0-11
In the qualifying round against Cork, their first faceoff since the edgy 2016 All Ireland clash, the Cats fell to their second defeat of the campaign as Katrina Mackey notched up eight points to give Cork the narrowest verdict, 0-12 to 0-11. Kilkenny had seven individual scorers and would have been happy with their start as they shared six points with the visitors but points from Chloe Sigerson, Amy O’Connor and Mackey moved Cork three clear. That was still the margin with two minutes of normal time remaining but the Noresiders finished strongly with a brace of points from Miriam Walsh setting up a grandstand finish. They couldn’t find the equaliser though, meaning they had to concede this battle.
Cork 3-15 Limerick 0-12
Limerick opened the scoring in the semi-final at Páirc Uí Rinn but Julia White levelled quickly for Cork and Orla Cronin edged them ahead before Niamh McCarthy continued the impression she has created since coming into the Rebels’ line-up this year by hand-passing to the net after 10 minutes. Three Limerick points followed but Katrina Mackey slotted three of her own on the way to registering a tally of 1-8, while Amy O’Connor and Gemma O’Connor also did the business to make it 1-8 to 0-6 at the break. Niamh Mulcahy reduce the margin to four from a free straight after the restart but once Mackey’s attempt for a point from 35m dropped into the net two minutes later, the writing was on the wall. Mackey and the regal Gemma O’Connor had impressive replies to Limerick scores before McCarthy removed all doubt with her second goal eight minutes from time.
In Division 2, the semi-final pairings will see Derry play Kildare while Cork will take on Carlow on Easter Sunday at 2p.m.

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Inniscarra, County Senior Camogie Championship winners, celebrate at Oriel House Hotel. ©Mike English

Lidl Ladies National Football League.

Donegal 3-16 Cork 0-12
Cork, with 15 points, were already through to the League semi-finals before they lost badly to Donegal in the qualifiers on April 2. Lethal forwards Geraldine McLaughlin and Yvonne McMonagle tormented League and All-Ireland champions, Cork, collecting 3-10 between them in a comprehensive win in Mallow. McLaughlin’s fifth-minute penalty goal handed Donegal the early initiative and two minutes later, McMonagle was on target with a second goal for the visitors. Cork did work their way back into contention but at half-time Donegal led 2-5 to 0-8. After the break, McMonagle struck again for Donegal’s third goal and they would hold out to collect a famous victory over the Rebels. Cork were boosted by the returns of 11-time All-Ireland winner Bríd Stack and Annie Walsh for their seasonal bows in the second half – but they fell to a second defeat of the season.
Cork panel for the Donegal match. 1-Martina O'Brien 2-Emma Spillane 3-Roisin Phelan 4-Eimear Meaney 5-Mairead Corkery-St. Val's 6-Roisin O'Sullivan 7-Shauna Kelly 8-Melissa Duggan 9-Louise Coholan 10-Ashling Hutchings 11-Bríd O'Sullivan 12-Orlagh Farmer 13-Grace Kearney 14-Rhona Ní Bhuachalla 15-Orla Finn 16-Meabh O'Sullivan 17-Áine Hayes 18-Maire O'Callaghan 19-Annie Walsh 20-Saoirse Moore 21-Brid Stack 22-Aideen Lynch 23-Laura Cleary 24-Eimear Scally 25-Libby Coppinger 26-Jess O'Shea 27-Marie Ambrose 28-Niamh Cotter 29-Aisling O'Sullivan
Donegal went on to beat Mayo in the qualifiers, to join Cork on 15 points, while the other semi-finalists are Dublin and Galway on 12 points each. The semi-finals will be played on April 23.

GAA- Cork County Championship 2017

Senior Football Championship

2 Mid Cork teams; Muskerry and Ballincollig
Preliminary Round
Newcestown 0-9 Douglas 0-14
Dohenys v Aghada

Round 1
(A) Avondhu v Kiskeam
(B) Carrigaline v Bishopstown
(C) CIT v Castlehaven
(D) Clyda Rovers v Douglas
(E) O Donovan Rossa v Nemo Rangers
(F) Seandun v St Nicks
(G) Carbery Rangers v Clonakilty
(H) Duhallow v MUSKERRY
(I) UCC v winners of Dohenys/Aghada
(J) Beara v Valley Rovers
(K) St Finbarrs v BALLINCOLLIG
(L) Ilen Rovers v Carbery

Round 2A (WINNERS of Round 1)
D v G, C v L, E v B, A v I
St Finbarr’s/BALLINCOLLIG v Beara/Valley Rovers
Duhallow/MUSKERRY v Seandun/St Nicks

Round 2B (LOSERS of Round 1 & Preliminary Round 1)
Newcestown v St Finbarrs/BALLINCOLLIG
Dohenys/Aghada v C
E v D
Carbery/Clonakilty v Duhallow/MUSKERRY
A v I, L v F, B v J

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

6 Mid Cork teams: Ballinora, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaodh, Éire Óg, Grenagh, Macroom, Naomh Abán.

Round 1
(A) St Michaels v Na Piarsaigh
(B) Castletownbere 2-11 BALLINORA 0-14
(C) Newmarket 2-10 Fermoy 0-15
(D) Nemo Rangers v Mallow
(F) ÉIRE ÓG 2-20 GRENAGH 3-6
(G) St Vincents v Bantry Blues

Round 2A (WINNERS of Round 1)
B Á GHAORTHAIDH/Bandon v Nemo/Mallow
N ABÁN/ MACROOM v Newmarket
St Michaels/Na Piarsaigh v ÉIRE ÓG
CastletownBere v St Vincents/Bantry

Round 2B (LOSERS of Round 1)
B Á GHAORTHAIDH/Bandon v Nemo/Mallow

CHAMPIONSHIP DRAWS 2017 11/12/2016

Intermediate Football Championship

2 Mid Cork teams: Aghabullogue and Cill na Martra

Round 1
(A) Rockchapel v Adrigole
(C) Kildorrery 3-13 Glanmire 1-13
(D) Kinsale v Glenville
(E) Douglas v Glanworth
(F) Mayfield v Millstreet
(G) Kanturk v Mitchelstown
(H) Ballydesmond v St Finbarr's
(I) Carrigaline V Clonakilty
(J) Gabriel Rangers v CILL na MARTRA

Round 2A (Winners of Round 1)
Carrigaline/Clonakilty v Gabriel R./CILL na MARTRA
B Desmond/St Finbarrs v Youghal/AGHABULLOGUE
A v G, D v Kildorrery, E v F

Round 2B (Losers of Round 1)
Carrigaline/Clonakilty v Gabriel R/CILL na MARTRA
B Desmond/St Finbarrs v Youghal/AGHABULLOGUE
A v G, D v Glanmire, E v F

Senior Hurling Championship

1 Mid Cork team: Muskerry
Preliminary Round
Glen Rovers v Bride Rovers

Round 1
(A) Avondhu v Carbery
(B) Na Piarsaigh v Newtownshandrum
(C) Killeagh v Erins Own
(D) Bishopstown v Imokilly
(E) Ballymartle v St Finbarr’s
(F) Winners of Glen Rovers/Bride Rovers v Sarsfields
(G) CIT v Douglas
(H) Duhallow v Youghal
(I) Blackrock v Winners of Bandon/MUSKERRY
(J) UCC v Carrigdhoun
(K) Ballyhea v Newcestown
(L) Carrigtwohill v Midleton

Round 2 (WINNERS from Round 1)
L v C, A v B, D v J, I v E, G v K, H v F

Round 2B (LOSERS from Round 1& Preliminary Round)
Losers of Glen Rovers/Bride Rovers v A
Losers of Bandon/MUSKERRY v J
L v I, D v K, B v H, C v G, F v E.

Premier Intermediate Hurling

2 Mid Cork teams: Blarney and Inniscarra
Round 1
(A) Ballinhassig v INNISCARRA
(B) Watergrasshill v BLARNEY
(C) Kilworth v Fermoy
(D) Kanturk v Castlelyons
(E) Cloyne v Tracton
(F) Courcey Rovers v Mallow
(G) Charleville v Fr O' Neill
(H) Valley Rovers v Carrigaline

Round 2A (WINNERS of Round 1)
Ballinhassig/INNISCARRA v Valleys/Carrigaline
BLARNEY/Watergrasshill v Courceys/Mallow
G v D, C v E

Round 2B (LOSERS of Round 1)
B’hassig/INNISCARRA v Valleys/Carrigaline
BLARNEY/Watergrasshill v Courceys/Mallow
G v D, C v E

Intermediate Hurling Championship

6 Mid Cork teams: Aghabullogue, Ballincollig, Dripsey, Éire Óg, Grenagh, Inniscarra 2nds.
Preliminary Round
EIRE ÓG v Kildorrery
Sarsfield v Dungourney
Midleton v GRENAGH

Round 1
(A) Meelin v Winners of ÉIRE ÓG/Kildorrery
(B) Carrigaline v Barryroe
(C) AGHABULLOGUE v St Finbarrs
(D) Kilbrittain v Castlemaytra
(E) Ballinhassig v Douglas
(G) Milford v Winners of Midleton/GRENAGH
(H) Winners of Sarsfields/Dungourney v Ballymartle
(I) Glen Rovers v DRIPSEY
(J) Na Piarsaigh v Blackrock
(K) Ballygarvan v Aghada
(L) Argideen Rangers v Mayfield

Round 2A (WINNERS of Round 1)
B v D
AGHABULLOGUE/St Finbarrs v Argideen/Mayfield
H v K
Na Piarsaigh/Blackrock v Meelin/ÉIRE ÓG/Kildorrery
Milford/Midleton/GRENAGH v Glen/DRIPSEY

Round 2B (LOSERS of Round 1 & Preliminary Round)
EIRE OG/Kildorrery v AGHABULLOGUE/St Finbarrs
Midleton/GRENAGH v D
G v H
Argideen/Mayfield v Glen/DRIPSEY
J v K, E v B, A a bye

Premier Intermediate Football

Castletownbere 2-11 Ballinora 0-14
This was a worrying defeat for Ballinora footballers at Kealkill as they now face the losers of the St Vincents /Bantry Blues game in the 2B round, the dreaded ‘last chance saloon’. Ballinora will be without several of their first choice players for that encounter and it will require a mighty effort to them to survive.
At Kealkill, Ballinora had an awful first half and were 0-9 to 0-3 behind at the break. Two Castletown goals in the period after the resumption left the Muskerry team 2-10 to 0-6 in arrears but they persevered and point by point they eat in to the big deficit and had it down to a single goal as full time approached. A late Castletown point finally settled the issue. Ballinora had injury problems in attack with Michael Murphy and Darragh Holmes not fully fit entering the game and they lost their captain Ben Ahern to injury just before half time. The fact that they still could mount a serious challenge in the closing stages will be some consolation to them and should give them hope for the major test ahead.
Ballinora scorers: M Murphy 0-8 (0-2f), D Holmes 0-4 (0-3f), C Murphy and P Fitton 0-1 each.
Ballinora: Jack Farrell: Conor McGrath,John O’Regan, Kenneth Greally: Ian Wycherley, Patrick Cronin, Dylan Dineen: Mike Lordan, James Lordan: Ben Ahern, Alan O’Shea, Tomás McGrath: Darragh Holmes, Michael Murphy, Conor Murphy. Subs: Pat Fitton 28, Kevin O’Regan (blood sub) 31.

Éire Óg 2-20 Grenagh 3-6
Éire Óg, beaten semi finalists for the past two years and again one of the championship favourites, had a scary start to this year’s campaign when they found themselves trailing by 2-3 to 0-5 after 20 minutes of this first round game at Blarney. Grenagh had an early goal from Paul Barry Murphy, John Russell added another later and only the woodwork denied Tadgh Walsh of a third goal which would surely have made it difficult for the Ovens men. As it was, Éire Óg had the experienced men to weather the storm and with Liam Sheehan and Daniel Goulding to the fore were only three points in arrears at the break, 2-3 to 0-8.
Éire Óg got down to business on the resumption and quickly drew level. John Cooper’s point in the 38th minute put them in front and they piled on the scores before Cooper’s goal in the 50th minute left them 1-16 to 2-4 in front and in total command. Éire Óg had a second goal from Denny Murphy and Grenagh did finish with a last minute goal but it was a comprehensive win for Éire Óg under their new coach Eddy Hartnett.
Éire Óg next face St Michaels or Na Piarsaigh in the 2A round while in 2B (last chance) Grenagh await the losers of that all-city clash in what will be a tricky assignment.
Scorers: Éire Óg: L Sheehan 0-8 (0-4f), D Goulding 0-7 (0-2f), J Cooper 1-1, D Murphy 1-0, D O’Connor 0-2, C O’Mahony and K Hallissey 0-1 each. Grenagh: P Barry Murphy, J Russell and T Walsh 1-0 each, T Kenny, C O’Sullivan, S Bourke, K O’Neill, LWalsh and B O’Neill 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: Michael Corkery, John Mullins, Anthony Doherty: Dan O’Connor, Fionn O’Rourke, Dermot O’Herlihy: Denis Hurley, Daire McCarthy; Cian O’Mahony, Denny Murphy, John Cooper: Daniel Goulding, Kevin Hallissey, Liam Sheehan. Subs: Seán Fogarty.
Grenagh: C Buckley: A Kiely, Tom Kenny, P McSweeney: Aonghus Duggan, Gerry Russell, Cillian Kenny: C O’Sullivan, Sean Bourke: Kevin O’Neill, Tadgh Walsh, Liam Walsh: Paul Barry Murphy, John Russell, Barry O’Neill.

County Championships Fixtures - April 2017

Saturday April 15th
@ Cloughdubh, PIFC R1, Beal Átha‘n Ghaorthaidh V Bandon 6.00pm Alt Apl 17th
@ Drimoleague, IFC R1, Gabriel Rangers v Cill na Martra, 6.00pm ET
Monday April 17th
@ Newcestown, SFC R1, CIT v Castlehaven, 3.00pm ET
@ Kanturk, SFC R1, Duhallow v Muskerry 3.00pm
Tuesday April 18th
@ Páirc Uí Rinn, if Cork, Munster Fé 17 Hurling Semi-final Cork v Tipperary
Wednesday April 19th: Munster MFC playoff, Cork v loser Clare/Limerick
Friday April 21st
@ Rathcormac, IHC Prelim Rd, Eire Óg v Kildorrery, 6.45pm ET
Saturday April 22nd
@ Páirc Uí Rinn, SFC R1, St Finbarrs v Ballincollig, 8.00pm ET
@ Carrigtwohill, IFC R1, Youghal v Aghabullogue, 6.45pm ET
Sunday April 23rd
@ TBC, SFC R1, UCC v Winners Dohenys/Aghada
Tuesday April 25th - Munster Fé 17 Hurling Final
Tuesday April 25th or Wednesday May 3rd
@ Páirc 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
Sunday April 30th
@ Pairc Uí Rinn, PIHC R1, Watergrasshill v Blarney, 7.00pm ET
@ Cill na Martra, PIFC R1, Naomh Abán v Macroom, 3.30pm ET
@ Caherlag, IHC Prelim R, Midleton v Grenagh, 3.00pm ET

Macroom Motors Ltd Mid Cork U21 Football Championship

The final of the Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 ‘A’ Football championship produced an unlikely and unique pairing in Kilmurry and last year’s runners-up, Cill na Martra, after their semi final victories over Éire Óg and Ballincollig respectively. Kilmurry have one previous ‘A’ championship victory to their credit, in 1971, while Cill na Martra have yet to win an ‘A’ title. Their final clash produced an outstanding game of football and the replay is eagerly awaited.
There was also a thrilling ‘B’ championship final at Macroom where Naomh Abán had to fight very hard to earn a one point victory over Aghinagh, the winner coming in injury time.
Semi finals:
Kilmurry 3-11 Éire Óg 2-11
Cill na Martra 2-17 Ballincollig 1-5
Final: Cill na Martra 1 - 15 Kilmurry 1 – 15 - a draw

Kilmurry 3 – 11 Éire Óg 2 – 11 aet
Kilmurry supporters were ecstatic after their side’s victory over Éire Óg side at a sun drenched Blarney in the semi final of the Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 ‘A’ football championship. Éire Óg had qualified unbeaten from their group, Kilmurry had been defeated by Cill na Martra and qualified for the semi final only as group runners up and their young team, almost all of whom will be under age again next season, were considered not ready yet for the challenge of a physically strong and experienced Ovens side. Kilmurry conceded two early goals to their opponents and despite having played with the very strong wind were lucky to be on level terms at half time. Éire Óg, with the wind, then went in front and Kilmurry had dire need of Joe Ryan’s goal in the 42nd minute which put them in front but from there to the finish they tore into the fray and it took two late points from Éire Óg to send the game into extra time, at 2-7 each. The third Kilmurry goal from Eoin Clifford gave Kilmurry a one goal lead after the first ten minute extra time half and they never looked like losing control despite facing the wind in the final period.
The Blarney venue was in great condition for the game and there was a fine crowd present in glorious sunshine. The very strong wind favoured Kilmurry in the first half and in the 4th minute, Seán Warren was under a Joe Ryan free and fisted to the Éire Óg net, outjumping two defenders. Éire Óg had cancelled out this goal within three minutes, Dylan Foley breaking down a ball for Jack Murphy who belted to the Kilmurry net from close range to level the score. Two minutes later, Brian Hurley had a smashing second goal for the Ovens side, Daire McCarthy and Murphy involved in the build up, and when Jack Murphy added a point in the 12th minute, Éire Óg led by 2-1 to 1-0 and were the dominant side despite facing the wind. Kilmurry tightened up in defence subsequently and their attack, led impressively by Joe Ryan at centre forward, began to cause the Éire Óg defenders some problems at last. Joe Ryan kicked over from a free, then from play before Eoin O’Shea had a point from an Éire Óg free in the 20th minute and Denny Murphy, back in defence, averted and goal at the expense of a ‘45’ which Joe Ryan pointed. In the final minutes of the half, Liam Wall sent over two fine points from play to bring Kilmurry level at 1-5 to 2-2 at the interval but Éire Óg looked to be in a strong position as they would have the wind to their backs in the second half.
Without any lead to defend, Kilmurry had to go on the offensive from the restart but kicked three wides in a row and Jack Murphy’s point put Éire Óg in front in the 35th minute. Two minutes later Rian O’Flynn added a fine point and it seemed that Éire Óg, although not playing with any great cohesion, would stagger on to victory. Joe Ryan’s goal for Kilmurry in the 42nd minute was the vital score of the game. It gave Kilmurry a lead they could battle to defend and was an enormous boost to their morale and from here to the finish they carried the game to their opponents who became clearly rattled as they failed to gain any level of dominance. James O’Mullane added a point to give Kilmurry a two-point lead at the three quarter stage and when Jack Murphy had an Éire Óg point, Joe Ryan kicked a superb point into the wind to leave Kilmurry still two points clear eight minutes from time. Éire Óg went frantically in search of scores to rescue their situation and they came very late, John Mullins and Daire McCarthy each sending over the bar in the last minute to level the scores at 2-7 each.
In extra time, Kilmurry again had the wind behind them in the first half, Joe Ryan kicking an early point but Éire Óg replying with points from Jack Murphy and Rian O’Flynn. Kilmurry needed a boost and it came in the form of a third goal, Seán Warren drawing the cover before punching a perfectly weighted pass across to Oghan Clifford whose fisted connection over the advancing goalkeeper’s head finished tucked away in the back of the net. Joe Ryan kicked over a 50metre free and Kilmurry led by 3-9 to 2-9 at the break. Seán Warren increased their lead with an early point on the resumption and even though Éire Óg replied with two points from Jack Murphy and Daire McCarthy, Kilmurry were playing like men possessed and were never going to concede now. The outstanding Joe Ryan finished the scoring with a point from a free and the Kilmurry support roared their heroes home.

Scorers: Kilmurry: J Ryan 1-7 (0-3f, 0-1 ‘45’), S Warren 1-1, O Clifford 1-0, L Wall 0-2, Js O’Mullane 0-1. Éire Óg; Jack Murphy 1-5 (0-1f), B Hurley 1-0, R O’Flynn 0-2, E O’Shea (f), J Mullins, D McCarthy and D Murphy 0-1 each.
Kilmurry: Eoin Curzon: William Ronan, Fionn Warren, Pádraig Hinchion: Kyle Kelleher, Liam O’Sullivan, Seán Curzon: Liam Wall, John O’Mullane: James O’Mullane, Joe Ryan, Seán Flanagan: Brian Hinchion, Seán Warren, Oghan Clifford. Subs; James Berhanu 27, Greg Fitton, Evan Carroll 72, Mark Dromey 78.
Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: Anthony O’Doherty, Michael Corkery, Seán Desmond; Shane Quigley, John Mullins, John Cooper: Daire McCarthy, Colm O’Callaghan: Riain O’Flynn, Denny Murphy, Jack Murphy: Brian Hurley, Dylan Foley, Eoin O’Shea. Subs: Jack O’Driscoll 35, David Twomey 40, James O’Sullivan and Keith O’Riordan, both 54, Ross McCarthy 74.
Referee: John Ryan, Macroom.

Cill na Martra 2 – 17 Ballincollig 1 - 5
In what was a repeat of last year’s U21 A final, Ballincollig and Cill na Martra met in the second semi final at Kilmichael. Most of the players who were in action last season when Ballincollig won by two points were again eligible for this season’s competition so another exciting contest was anticipated but the spectators were very much disappointed as Cill Na Martra secured a resounding victory. The Gaeltacht side, with the wind, hit the ground running and Ballincollig found themselves on the back foot for most of the hour. Cill na Martra were quick to open their account when Micheal O Deasúna sent the ball between the uprights from a free in the first minute and they added three more points to their tally during the next five minutes. Dan Ó Dúinnín, who was in devastating form, was on target from play, Micheál O Deasúna confidently sent the football from long range from a free between the uprights and Damien Ó h-Urdáil from play knocked over point number four. Ballincollig were clearly in trouble even at this early stage and their position got significantly worse in the 8th minute when an attack broke down and play swung to the opposite end of the field. Dan Ó Dúinnín got possession and availed of the goal scoring opportunity presented so Cill na Martra looked good for a divisional final appearance for the second year in a row. Ballincollig eventually opened their account in the 9th minute when Peter O Neil scored a long range point but it did not signify an improvement in their fortunes. Cill na Martra continued to have the upper hand and minors from Gearóid Ó Góllidhe and Seán Ó Fóirreídh left them comfortable at the end of the first quarter. The hard working Cian Kiely got a point back for Ballincollig but the score was nullified when Micheál O Deasúna converted another free. A Ballincollig goal from Shane O Sullivan in the 19th minute was a boost to their sagging morale but they never managed to produce a sustained bout of attacking play. The remaining first half exchanges saw Cill na Martra still retaining a slight edge with two Ó Deasúna points from frees to a single Eoin O’Reily point for Ballincollig also from a free closing the first half scoring. Cill na Martra consequently led at the interval on a 1-9 to 1-3 score line and their lead was not an overall reflection of their dominance considering that they were wide of the posts on eight occasions.
Ballincollig with a number of players in their ranks with intercounty experience hoped they would make a significant impact on the restart but the Cill na Martra dominance continued and a 32nd minute point from Tadg Ó Corcora increased their lead. Eoin O’Reily scored Ballincollig 4th point two minutes later but a Cill na Martra scoring spree then followed. Another Ó Deasúna pointed free was followed by a Gearóid Ó Faoláin minor from play and there was no let up subsequently with two more Ó Deasúna points from frees, and points from play from Damien Ó h-Úrdáil and Seán O Cróinín. Cill na Martra really put the issue beyond doubt in the 52nd minute when a powerful attacking movement ended with Micheál O Deasúna billowing the Ballincollig net. The Gaeltact sides were emptying the bench following same and Ballincollig made an attempt at damage limitation. A strong attack won them a penalty but Eoin O’Reilly’s spot kick was saved excellently by James Ansley and when the referee ordered the kick to be retaken Ansley was again equal to the task. The only remaining item of note in the game was another Cill na Matra point which was scored by their star forward Dan Ó Dúinnín.
It was a powerful performance by Cill Na Martra who generally had the edge in the most sectors with their mid-field duo Micheál Ó Deasúna and Gearóid Ó Goillidhe, right half back Tadgh O Corcora and full forward Danno Dúinnín particularly impressive. In a Ballincollig side that found themselves under pressure right through the hour, Luke Fahy and Cian Kiely deserve commendation for the efforts at endeavoring to turn their situation around.
Scorers: Cill na Martra: M Ó Deasúna 1-8 (0-8 F), D Ó Dúinnín 1-2, D Ó h-Úrdáil 0-2, G Ó Faóláin, G Ó Góillidhe, S Ó Fóirreídh, T Ó Corcor and S Ó Cróinín 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: S Ó Sullivan 1-0, E Ó Reilly 0-2, P O Neill, R Bourke (f), C Kiely 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: James Ansley: Eoghan Ó Ceallachar, Antóin Ó Cúana, Evan Ó Cathasaigh: Tadgh Ó Corcora, Eoin Ó Loinsigh, Seán Ó Fóirreidh: Gearóid Ó Góilldhe, Michéal Ó Deasúna: Ciarán Ó Dúinnín, Gearóid Ó Faóláin, Seán Ó Cróinín: Damien Ó h-Úrdáil, Dan Ó Duinnín, Dean Mac Carthaigh. Subs: Pádraigh Ó Críodáin 52, Donadh Ó Riordán 54, Cristóir Ó Meachair 55, Ryan Ó Coaclaoich 57, Ciarán O Fóirreidh 58.
Ballincollig: Ciarán Noonan: John Hoey, Luke Fahy, Kevin Crowley: Jordan Murray, Gearóid O Donoghue, Kevin Browne: Cian Kiely, Peter O’Neill: Shane O’Sullivan, Jordan O Connor, Robbie Bourke: Danny Murphy, Eoin O Reilly, James O Leary. Subs: Karl Walsh 40, Ryan Twomey 46, Shane Hogan 50.
Referee: Mr Ger Aherne, Canovee.

Mid Cork U21 ‘A’ Football final

Cill na Martra 1 – 15 Kilmurry 1 – 15
The final of the U21 ‘A’ championship at Macroom was a wonderful advertisement for Gaelic football and great credit is due to the two clubs, players, mentors and supporters, and to efficient and sensible referee, John Ryan, for making it a superb occasion. Kilmurry and
Cill na Martra, each produced a display of quality football, with some excellent defending and marvellous scores. Kilmurry recovered from a four point 20th minute deficit to be level by the interval and in the second half it was Cill na Martra who found themselves four points in arrears after 39 minutes but they had drawn level by the 50th minute at 1-14 apiece. The final ten minutes had the big attendance enthralled as the two gallant teams sought supremacy. Kilmurry edged in front with a Tomás Collins point with five minutes to go but a minute into injury time Tadgh Ó Corcora kicked over a glorious equaliser for Cill na Martra and forced a replay which no one will want to miss.
Conditions at Macroom were ideal, glorious sunshine and little or no wind. Kilmurry playing into the town goal were in front in the third minute, Joe Ryan kicking the first point of his massive 1-6 personal contribution. James O’Mullane quickly added a point and when Dean Mac Carthaigh had an opening score for Cill na Martra, O’Mullane had another point in reply. Kilmurry goalkeeper Eoin Curzon made a super save from Damien Ó hUrdail but full back Antóin Ó Cuana was forward to kick a point, 0-3 to 0-2 after an opening seven minutes of nonstop action. Ryan and Oghan Clifford had points to put Kilmurry three clear but back came Cill na Martra and four points in a row, two from Mike Ó Deasúna and one each from Dan Ó Duinnín and Dean Mac Carthaigh had the Gaeltacht side in front by the 18th minute. Sean Warren levelled matters for Kilmurry with a point before Cill na Martra got a massive boost in the 20th minute when after Curzon pulled off another great save from Mac Carthaigh, Sean Ó Cróinín found the net from close range with a low shot. Mike Ó Deasúna added a pont from a free in the 22nd minute to put his side four points clear. Joe Ryan and Tadhg Ó Corcora exchanged points and in the closing four minutes of the half, Kilmurry had four points, Clifford and Ryan scores followed by two from Seán Warren which left the teams level at the break 0-11 to 1-8. It was quite apparent by now that the teams were very evenly matched.
On the restart, Oghan Clifford and Brian Hinchion had early points for Kilmurry and Damien Ó hUrdail had one in reply. In the 39th minute, Kilmurry struck for a well worked goal, Brian Hinchion and Joe Ryan combining cleverly before the latter planted the ball in the corner of the net to open up a four point advantage. Cill na Martra now outscored their opponents by five points to one over the next ten minutes to have the teams level at 1-14 apiece by the 50th minute. Three of these came from Mike Ó Deasúna frees, full back Antóin Ó Cuana and Gearóid Ó Faoláin adding a point apiece and Joe Ryan had a solitary reply. Ó Deasúna was now very effective at full forward, with Dan Ó Duinnín operating at midfield but Kilmurry were not going to capitulate and came back on the offensive. Substitute Tomás Collins had them back in front with his first touch in the 25th minute and as the clock ticked on it looked that this score would prove to be a winner. The equaliser came in injury time and was superb score, Tadhg Ó Corcora bursting forward and belting the ball over the bar from forty metres to the mighty roar of the relieved Cill na Martra supporters.
Scorers: Cill na Martra: S Ó Cróinín 1-0, M Ó Deasúna 0-6 (frees), D MacCárthaigh, A Ó Cuana, T Ó Corcora 0-2 each, D Ó Duinnín, D Ó hÚrdail and G Ó Faoláin 0-1 each. Kilmurry: J Ryan 1-6 (0-2f), S Warren 0-3 (0-1f), Js O’Mullane and O Clifford 0-2 each, B Hinchion and T Collins 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: James Ansley: Evan Ó Cathasaigh, Antóin Ó Cúana, Eoghan Ó Céilleachair: Tadgh Ó Corcora, Eoin Ó Loinsigh, Seán Ó Fóirreidh: Gearóid Ó Góilldhe, Michéal Ó Deasúna: Seán Ó Cróinín, Gearóid Ó Faóláin, Ciarán Ó Dúinnín: Damien Ó h-Úrdáil, Dan Ó Duinnín, Dean MacCárthaigh. Subs: Pádraigh Ó Críodáin 31, Donadh Ó Riordán 45, Cristóir Ó Meachair 55.
Kilmurry: Eoin Curzon: Pádraig Hinchion, Fionn Warren, William Ronan: Kyle Kelleher, Liam O’Sullivan, Seán Curzon: Liam Wall, John O’Mullane: James O’Mullane, Joe Ryan, Greg Fitton: Brian Hinchion, Seán Warren, Oghan Clifford. Sub; Tomás Collins 53.
Referee: John Ryan, Macroom.

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35 Naomh Abán who defeated Aghinagh in the Muskerry u21B football championship final © Lee Valley Outlook

Mid Cork U21 ‘B’ Football final

Naomh Abán 0 – 12 Aghinagh 0 – 11
After a rather lack lustre first half dominated by Naomh Abán, this Macroom Motors Mid Cork U 21 ‘B’ football championship final at Macroom on Saturday evening last burst into life after the break with Aghinagh casting caution to the winds. The teams were level at 0-7 each by the 37th minute, Aghinagh having scored five points in a row without reply, and from here to the finish the two teams provided a wonderful contest with neither side able to get a decisive advantage. Seven minutes from time, Aghinagh took the lead for the first time when Liam Twohig kicked over his seventh point and only two minutes remained when Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh pointed a Naomh Abán free from out on the sideline. Injury time was being played and everybody would have settled for a draw when Ó Ceallaigh fired over a superb point from play to break Aghinagh hearts and win the day for Naomh Abán.
Cork U21, Maidhc Ó Duinnín, opened the scoring from a free after eight minutes and adding three more, made it 0-4 to 0-2 after 18 minutes. The Aghinagh points came from a Liam Twohig free in the 11th minute and a point from play from Michael Horgan three minutes later and they were not to score again until after the break. Naomh Abán looked the better side but Aghinagh were not playing to their potential and the winners added further points from Darragh Ó Laoire, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh and Ó Laoire again to lead by 0-7 to 0-2 at the interval.

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Aghinagh who were defeated by Naomh Abán in the Muskerry u21B football final © Lee Valley Outlook

Aghinagh were a revelation in the second half and went into action from the throw in. Liam Twohig had three more points on the board within four minutes, Dermot O’Callaghan made a rousing run out of defence before parting to Adam O’Leary who kicked over another point and when Michael Horgan kicked over his second point in the 37th minute the sides were level and it was ‘game on’! Naomh Abán were not found wanting in rising to the challenge and Maidhc Ó Duinnín pointed a free and immediately added on a point from play to steady the ship, 0-9 to 0-7 in the 42nd minute. Mathew McCarthy was now performing heroically at midfield for Aghinagh and their attack was buzzing. Two frees yielded two further points from Liam Twohig frees to level matter again in the 48th minute and when Maidhc Ó Duinnín again put his side in front, Donagh O’Riordan cut through the N Abán defence to kick over a super point to level the scores again in the 22nd minute.
The excitement was now intense, and Liam Twohig sent the Aghinagh support into ecstasy with a point from a free in the 53rd minute, giving his side the lead for the first time in the game. The minutes passed without a score but just when it seemed that Aghinagh would survive, up popped Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh with a marvellous levelling point for N Abán from a free way out on the right touchline. The game was into injury time when Ó Ceallaigh produced a magnificent winner for the Baile Mhuirne men, bringing joy for the winners at the end of a wonderful game.
Scorers: Naomh Abán: M Ó Duinnín 0-7 (0-4f), D Ó Ceallaigh 0-3 (0-2f), D Ó Laoire 0-2. Aghinagh: L Twohig 0-7 (0-6f), M Horgan 0-2, A O’Leary and D O’Riordan 0-1 each.
Naomh Abán: Gearóid Ó Luasa: Fionn Ó Loinsuigh, Ronán de hÍde, Stiofáin Ó Murchú: Micheál Ó Ceallacháin, Tadgh Ó Riordáin, Aodh Ó Catháin: Conchuir Ó Críodáin, Maidhc Ó Duinnín: Eoin Ó Scanaill, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Dara Ó Loinsuigh: Dara Ó Laoire, Piarais Ó Liatháin, Conchuir Ó Murchú. Subs: Conchuir Ó Riordáin40, Cian O’Suilleabháin, Diarmuid Ó Meachair 51,.
Aghinagh: Kevin Cotter: Olan Cummins, John Lynch, Micheál O’Connell : Luke O’Leary, Dermott O’Callaghan, Andrew Murphy: Matt McCarthy, Shane Corkery: Adam O’Leary, Diarmuid Crowley, Michael Horgan: Donagh O’Riordan, Aodh Twomey, Liam Twohig. Subs: Eoin McCarthy 30, Richard Cotter.
Referee: Mr Ted Hayes, Éire Óg.

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Maidhc Ó Duinnín, Naomh Abán captain, receives the Macroom Motors u21B Championship trophy from Pat Malone, Treasurer County Board. Lee Valley Outlook

Remember the teams!

1971 Kilmurry – Mid Cork U21 ‘A’ champions (1st A title)
Final: Kilmurry 1 – 6 Macroom 2 - 2
Kilmurry: Martin Coughlan: Dan Buckley, Liam Fleming, Denis Galvin: Dan O’Halloran, Liam O’Sullivan, Denis Lucey; Michael Galvin, Pat Lucey: Seán Murphy, James O’Sullivan, Edward Galvin: Ray O’Sullivan, Maurice Galvin, Denis Healy. Sub: Anthony Hickey.
1998 Cill na Martra Mid Cork U21 ‘C’ champions (1st U21 title)
Final: Cill na Martra 1 – 7 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1 – 5
Cill na Martra: Shane Hoare: Pat Dineen, Cathal McSweeney, Donal Cronin: Jamie Twomey, Colm O’Leary, Aidan Dineen: Brendan Lynch, Pádraig Cooney: Donal Buckley, Kevin O’Sullivan, Richard Hoare: Eoin Vaughan, Micheál Casey, Liam Vaughan. Sub: Niall Cronin.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final

Limerick 1-20 Cork 1-18
A late surge was vital as Limerick booked their place in the Allianz HL Division 1 semi-finals by seeing off Cork at Páirc Uí Rinn.
While Patrick Horgan’s eighth point levelled the game for Cork at 1-17 each in the 67th minute, the Shannonsiders had three in a row to open up the biggest lead the game had seen since Cork were 1-8 to 1-5 in front after 26 minutes. Mark Coleman did point a late 65 as Cork sought to seize victory, but no injury-time goal chance presented itself and John Kiely’s side march on to a last-four clash with Galway.
It was a game of high intensity, and both sides enjoyed periods on top. The teams went in tied at 1-9 each at half-time. The 7,892 present witnessed a second half of continued ups and downs as the teams took it in turns to move ahead with pairs of points. Limerick led by 1-16 to 1-14 with 14 minutes left, they seemed set to push on but two Horgan frees had Cork level once more. Ultimately Limerick won out.
Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 0-8 (0-7 frees), Luke Meade 1-1, Séamus Harnedy 0-3, Alan Cadogan, Mark Coleman (0-1 65) 0-2 each, Bill Cooper 0-1, Anthony Nash 0-1 (f)
CORK: Anthony Nash; Stephen McDonnell, David Griffin, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Mark Ellis, Mark Coleman (Blarney); Lorcán McLoughlin, Dean Brosnan; Bill Cooper, Séamus Harnedy, Luke Meade; Alan Cadogan, Patrick Horgan, Darragh Fitzgibbon. Subs: Brian Lawton (ht), Michael Cahalane (42), Daniel Kearney (54), Luke O’Farrell (70).

Allianz Football League Division 2 Round 7

Cork 1-10 Down 0-13
An unwelcome trend of fading in games late on struck Cork again as Down fought back to claim a deserved share of the spoils in the concluding round of fixtures in National Football League Division 2 at Pairc Ui Rinn.
Cork led by four points after 50 minutes and were still 1-10 to 0-10 in front with 10 minutes’ regulation time remaining. Down, to their credit, never gave up the chase.
Cork, who were unable to add to their tally, came under even more intense pressure as Down fought like tigers to avoid defeat.
Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill 0-6 (0-4 f), R Deane 1-1, P Kerrigan 0-2, J O’Rourke 0-1
CORK: K O’Halloran (Bishopstown); M Shields (St Finbarr’s), T Clancy (Clonakilty), K Crowley (Millstreet); C O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaighs), J Loughrey (Mallow), S Cronin (Nemo Rangers); R Deane (Bantry Blues), A O’Connor (St Colum’s); K O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaighs), J O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers), I Maguire (St Finbarr’s); C O’Neill (Ballyclough), Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), P Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers), captain.
Subs: A Walsh (Kanturk) ht, D Og Hodnett (O’Donovan Rossa) 45, B O’Driscoll (Nemo Rangers) 48, J O’Sullivan (Bishopstown) 53, J McLoughlin (Kanturk) 57.
Macroom GAA

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55 Presentation of Macroom GAA kit to sponsors, Macroom Motors

Presentation to Macroom Motors

Macroom GAA recently presented Macroom Motors with new training and tracksuit tops as a token of appreciation for their continued support. Having become the main sponsor of Macroom GAA in 2014, Macroom Motors has maintained their support for the club since, with the partnership going from strength to strength. Players and club officers made the presentation to Pat Barrett and Paschal Buckley of Macroom Motors at the fabulous Toyota showrooms at the Cork end of the town. Speaking at the presentation, John O’Mahony Chairman of Macroom GAA thanked Toyota for their support of the club and hoped that they will be rewarded with silverware before the year is out. Pat Barrett, General Manager of Macroom Motors complimented the club on their new training gear and stated that the sponsorship has been extremely beneficial for Macroom Motors also. He thanked all associated with Macroom GAA for doing business with the garage and wished the club all the best for the coming year.
Macroom play Naomh Abán in the 1st round of the Premier Intermediate Championship on Sunday 30th April.

Canovee Rebel Óg

Canovee were at home to Urhan in the second round of the Rebel Óg West minor A football league , A strong finish to the first half had Canovee ahead 1,07 to 0,05 .Shane Riordan finishing off a well worked move to find the net. Canovee came under pressure in the second half as Urhan slowly narrowed the gap but at the final whistle they were still ahead by 1.11 to 0.11 Canovee defence play in determined fashion while the forwards took some neat scores . The next match is away to Skibbereen on April 18 th with the Castlehaven game to be rescheduled, Team Jack o Connor ,Noel Browne ,Eoaghan o Connell ,Eoin mc Nabola,Sean Keating , Patrick o. Neill ,Sean Browne ,Denis Murphy ,David o Keeffe ,Kieran Walsh ,Dara Cronin , Jack kelleher, Paudie o Leary , Shane Riordan ,Billy Kingston , subs Daniel o Drisscoll ,Eoin Moynhian,Ben Cheesty.
Canovee player Eoghan Leahane played for Cork under 17s in their huge win over Waterford last week in the Munster football championship

Laochra Óg

Well done to our U10s who got their league off to a winning start against a very good Lee Gaels side. All the players displayed great skill and determination. Special thanks to our sponsors Folláin. Thanks to all for travelling. Laochra Óg Under 14 Boys travelled to Kenmare to play a strong and skilful Kenmare and had to work hard to come out on top on a scoreline of Kenmare 0-10 Laochra Óg 4-1. Thanks to Kenmare and team Sponsors Macroom Opticians.
Well done to Laochra Óg U14 Camogie team who defeated Kilworth 0-4 to 2-1. Thanks to club sponsors Colm O Sullivan and Macroom Tidy Towns. Well done to the u10 Camogie girls who played 2 great games of Camogie in Cloughduv..Looking forward to seeing ye at Easter camp. Happy Easter to you all . U12 camogie team were out in Cloughduv competing in Muskerry Blitz. They gave great performances against Eire Óg, Cloughduv 1 and Cloughduv 2.
50/50 Club Development Draw winner was Eoin Healy, Dromree who won €409. Seller's prize goes to Michael Healy, Dromree. Next draw April 23rd.


61. Macroom B, 2-1 winners over Temple in the President’s Cup Final ©

Macroom FC

Macroom B 2 Temple United 1
Macroom B captured the President's Cup at Turner's Cross, following a brilliant 2-1 victory over Temple Utd. Sean Quinn was the ace marksman with two stunning goals ensuring that the cup returned to Macroom for the first time since 2007. On a perfect night for football and on a beautiful surface, Macroom began brightly. Forward trio Jack O' Donovan, Mark Corrigan and Quinn were causing huge problems for the Temple defence. After a few close calls, Macroom went ahead on 22 minutes. Barry Kelleher won a great header which fell to Quinn. His first time volley from the edge of the box scorched into the top corner. Temple came more into the game for the remainder of the half but the Macroom defence of O' Huidir, O' Callaghan, Deasy and Cullinane dealt comfortably with anything that came their way. Macroom deservedly led 1-0 at half time.
The Northside club improved big time in the second period and sustained pressure yielded a scrappy equaliser on 56 when Macroom failed to clear a free kick and the ball was stabbed home from close range. Temple continued to push but Macroom held firm with Willie O Riordan and Jack Cronin putting in great midfield shifts. The game was evenly balanced entering the final quarter but Macroom's pacey front three were continuing to do well. Corrigan in particular was causing havoc on the left flank. And it was his run and cross which was expertly met at the back post by Quinn to make it 2-1 on 75. Andrew Boyle in the Macroom goal made a good save from a long range effort and then he combined with O' Huidhir to clear off the line via the post when an equaliser looked certain. Pat Kelleher was introduced to good effect as Macroom saw out the remaining time. And wild celebrations were sparked when the final whistle went.
Kevin O' Mahony of the Cork AUL presented the cup to the captain, Barry Kelleher and Sean Quinn was deservedly awarded with the man of the match. It was an outstanding effort from the whole squad and management and gives a great boost to everyone involved with Macroom FC.
Squad: Andrew Boyle, Darren Cullinane, Mark O Callaghan, Darragh Deasy, Damien O Huidir, Willie O Riordan, Jack Cronin, Barry Kelleher, Mark Corrigan, Sean Quinn, Jack O Donovan, Pat Kelleher, Matt O Leary, Ryan Creed, Darren Creed, Gordon O Sullivan, Jack Kelleher, John Ronan, Aaron O Callaghan, Chris Brown, Shane Creedon, Brian McMahon.
The team is managed by Noel O Riordan, Willie O Riordan and Darragh Deasy.
Race Night. The eagerly awaited Macroom FC Race Night will take place on Easter Sunday, April 16th at Murray's Bar. The action will begin at 9pm so please come along and join us for what promises to be a fantastic club occasion.

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Macroom A who beat Crescent Athletic, Cork city 3-2 on March 27 in Murray's Field. ©Con Kelleher

Kilmichael Soccer

Kilmichael Rovers ladies FC reached the West Cork Cup final for a second consecutive year. On Sunday the 26th of March they beat Bunratty United ladies in the semi final. The final was played against Kenmare on Sunday April 9th, in Schull and, unfortunately, Kilmichael lost out. Third time lucky, so keep going ladies. .
Kilmichael team: Jerry Kelleher (Manager), Lynn O'Riordan, Celine Casey, Marian Cotter, Mary Murphy, Rosemarie O' Riordan, Josephine McCarthy, Kathy Healy, Sarah Lane, Lily Healy, Amanda Twomey, Declan Kelly (Manager), Caroline Barry (Captain), Aine Galvin, Aileen Corkery, Sinead Foley, Mary Hallahan, Caitriona O'Donoghue, Sandra O'Mahony, Paula O'Riordan, Niamh Cotter, and Eoin Kelly

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Kilmichael Rovers ladies soccer team. ©

Ballincollig Basketball

Ladies. Congratulation to our three members who have been selected on the Cork U14 Team, Caoimhe McCormack, Holly Kierans and Caoimhe O’Donovan and to Caitlin Quinn who has been selected on the Cork U17 Team. We wish the girls the very best when they travel to Limerick and Belfast later this year.
Ballincollig U18 Team travelled to Kanturk recently and started well, leading 12-11 at the end of the first quarter. Kanturk dominated the second quarter and reached the half way mark leading 25-19. Ballincollig rallied in the third quarter and retook the lead in the fourth quarter. Defending well while running the clock down, Ballincollig won 40-34 and are now tied at the top of the league with Midleton and will go into a playoff to decide the league title.
Senior Ladies played Glanmire in the Championship final and trailed by nine points at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was highly competitive and Glanmire increased their lead to eleven. In the third quarter Glanmire raced into a twenty four points lead but Ballincollig Ladies responded with fierce intensity and reduced the lead to thirteen points at the end of the third quarter. The fourth quarter with all to play for saw both teams serve up some outstanding basketball. The closing stages was frantic and the game was decided in the final thirty seconds with Ballincollig in foul trouble and Glanmire scoring four free throws to win by four points in a dramatic finish.
From Ballincollig point of view, while the players were disappointed with the result, the way they came back in the second half from a deficit of twenty four points was outstanding. It will drive them on to finish the season with a trophy they deserve for their efforts.
The Coláiste Choilm gym was busy on Friday night with Girls U12/U14/U16 teams playing some great basketball. Our ever improving U12 team had a victory over Glanmire. The U14 Girls played Cobh in a game they needed to win to cement a Top Four placing and Ballincollig girls came away a great win. Our U16 girls, who were short a number of players, played Cobh. The visitors proved too strong on the night with a convincing win.
Men Our U14A boys team played Fr. Matthews in the last game of the league and, with an unbeaten record and the league title already won, hopes were high. Ballincollig had a slightly better first quarter and led by 16 points to 13. Fr. Matthews recovered and had the match level at the half way mark and were still tied at the quarter end. The final quarter was fast and furious. Ballincollig edged ahead but were reeled back in again. With a final effort we managed to get a 3 point lead and some solid defending as the clock ran down resulted in a 54-51 victory. This team now go on to the A.I.C.C. matches which will be held in Derry shortly.
Our Division 1 Men's team took on Neptune in B.C.S. recently. The first quarter was close and Ballincollig led by 2 points at the end. Neptune outscored us in the second quarter and led by 1 at half time on a 41-40 score line. However we produced the scores in the third quarter to open up a decisive lead of 13 points. Despite a Neptune fight back, we increased this in the final quarter running out winners on a final score of 94-77.
Top 4 Playoffs. Most regular league games have been played at this stage in the season. Top 4 games will be ongoing and coaches will inform players when these are taking place.

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Donoughmore, winners of Division 1 final at Ladies Basketball Championship at Neptue. Mike English

Macroom Golf Club

Results. Week 1. Seniors: 1st - Ger Gleeson (17), James Deane (20), Ray Murphy (28) 45.6
Open 4 Ball: 1st - Paddy Fitton (14), Leo Goold (10) 47pts
Club Singles: 1st - James O'Leary (19) 47pts, 2nd - Pat Crowley (19) 42pts, 3rd - John Turner (14) 41pts, Best Gross - Padraig O'Connor (1) 35pts, Senior - Moss Moriarty 16) 41pts
Week 2. Seniors: 1st- Bob Fitzgerald(11), Robbie Barrett(20), Michael Barrett(22) 45.7
HpG Open Singles: 1st - Jack Healy(17) 42pts, Paddy Mawe(19) 40pts
Championship of the Course: 1st- James Neville(13) Net 63, 2nd - Declan Bowen(11) Net 64, 3rd - Pat Fitton(17) Net 66, Best Gross - Padraig O'Connor(1) Net 72, Senior - Bob Beecher(22) Net 69
All 74's qualified
Fixtures. Tue – Seniors. Thur - HpG Open Singles. Fri - 3 per Open team event. Sat - Holm Patrick Cup qualifier Sun - Monthly Medal & Club singles