Lee Valley Outlook April 27 2017 v14e9

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Macroom from the East  c Con Kelleher

Lee Valley Diary

Cork ARC Cancer Support House’s annual Flag Day in Castletownbere Macroom on Thurs 27th April
Coachford Flower and Garden Club meeting April 26th.
Book Launch. ‘Kilmurry 1932 – 1935’ in Independence Museum on Tues April 25 at 8.30p.m.
Clondrohid Community Hall public meeting: Thurs April 27 at 8pm.
Macroom Flower Club demonstration Thurs Ap. 27th at 8p.m. in Coolcower House
Laochra Óg Féile fundraiser tea party at Clondrohid Hall, Fri April 28th at 7.30pm
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.
Kilmurry Active Retirement Gardening with Willie Granger in Kilmurry Museum Tues May 2 7.30
Éire Óg Camogie Club annual 5k Fun Run/ Walk in Farran Woods on Thurs May 4 . Registration at Lee Valley Rowing Club from 6:30pm.
Pilgrim Walk to Shrone from Cill na Martra at 7:30am on Sun, May 7th. Mass 1.30p.m.
Clondrohid Horse Fair:at the Bell Inn on Sun. May 14.
Valley Wheelers 150km One Day Cycle, June 10th from Cill na Martra.
Bealtaine at Fr. Ryan Hall, Macroom
Coffee Morning on Frid May 5th at 10.30am.
Social Evening on Tues May 9th at 8.30pm
Afternoon Sing Along on Wed May 17th at 3.00pm
Group Holiday to Castle Court Hotel Wesport May 21st - 26th.
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
Closure Bank Holiday, Sat. 29 Ap.
Environment Group Tues. May 2 at 6p.m.
Adult Book Club Wed. May 3 at 11.30a.m.
Purlies Thurs May 4 at 11 a.m.
Gramophone Fri May 5th at 11 a.m
Storytime. Sat May 6 at 12 noon
Creative Writing Group Tues. May 9 at 6p.m..
ACOL Bridge Wed. May 10 at 10 am.
Ciorcal Cainte at 11.30a.m. on Thurs. May 11.
Positive Mental Health talk Fri May 12 at 11a.m.
Spanish Lesson Sat. May 13 at 2p.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

Macroom Bypass Details

The proposed road development commences to the west of Baile Mhúirne, and for 6.6km continues in an easterly direction, approximately parallel to and north of the existing N22. It then crosses to the south of the existing N22 in the townland of Cúil na Cathrach and continues in an easterly direction south of the existing N22 for approximately 6km. It crosses the existing N22 for a second time at Carrigaphooca, taking a north easterly direction and by-passing Macroom to the North. At this point, the proposed road turns southwards before crossing the River Laney and River Sullane and re-joins the existing N22 approximately 2km from Macroom, at Coolcour.
The road development comprises of four junctions at the following locations:
• At the tie-in point with the existing N22, west of Baile Mhúirne in the townland of Sliabh Riabhach;
• At Tonn Láin, where there is access to/ from the existing N22, the Clondrohid Road (east of Baile Mhic Íre) & the local road network;
• At Gurteenroe, where there is access to/from the existing N22, the R582 Millstreet Road & the local road network;
• At the Coolcour Roundabout where the proposed road ties back into the existing N22.

There are 4 river bridges proposed, spanning the Bohill, Sullane, Foherish and Laney rivers. Other crossings of the proposed road development include those over the regional, county, local and access roads. These will be provided via numerous road bridges and accommodation bridges.
Go mairimid go bhfeicimid é.

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A section of the attendance at the Easter ceremonies at the 1916 monument in Macroom. © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Easter Commemoration

The Annual Easter Commemoration took place in the Town Square, Macroom on Sunday, April 16th in ideal weather conditions. M C, Stephen O'Connor, Ballyvourney, opened the event. The wreath was laid by Dónal Ó Cróinín and the last post sounded by Padraig Dinneen. Fr. Connie Murphy recited a decade of the Rosary and the Proclamation was read by Sean Ó Coill. A most interesting oration (text elsewhere) was delivered by well known historian and author, Michael Galvin and the ceremony closed with the singing of the National Anthem by Michael Bradley. Piper, Donal Kelleher, provided appropriate music before the ceremony. Though well down on the remarkable turnout of last year, nevertheless a good crowd was in attendance.

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Basket making class at Macroom Adult Learning Centre with tutor, Yvonne O'Flynn ©Con Kelleher

Bealtaine in Macroom

Bealtaine Festival Events - Coffee Morning on Friday May 5th in Fr. Ryan Hall at 10.30am. Bealtaine Social Evening on Tuesday May 9th in Fr. Ryan Hall starting at 8.30pm with a talk by West Cork Citizens Information Service followed by dance with Jerry McCarthy and Liam Healy. Bealtaine Afternoon Sing Along on Wednesday May 17th in Fr Ryan Hall at 3.00pm with Kevin O'Brien and Peggy Lynch. Group Holiday to Castle Court Hotel Wesport from Sunday May 21st to Friday May 26th.

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Macroom Scouts and Cub Scouts during a recent visit to Atlantic AirVenture in Shannon. ©Marie Crowley

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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School band at Easter concert at St. Joseph’s ©An Scoil

St. Mary’s Updates

Basketball. Our 2nd year Basketball team are competing in the All-Ireland in Dublin on Tuesday, 2nd May. A bus of supporters will be travelling to the event to cheer the team on. We wish them success on the day.
Football. First years had a very enjoyable Football Blitz on Wednesday 26th.
History Tour. 4th year History students had the annual history excursion to Dublin 25th April. They departed from Millstreet at 8am. They visited Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin Castle, House of Lords in Bank of Ireland., College Green, Trinity College where they saw an exhibition of Dennis Dineen Photography in the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Glasnevin Cemetery and, to finish off the day, a trip to Jervis Street shopping centre. They returned to Millstreet at 9.30pm having had a thoroughly enjoyable day.
5th year History Class. On Saturday, 8th April, the 5th year History class travelled to Cork City Library, Grand Parade to do some research for their Leaving Cert History Projects. Staff at the Library were very welcoming, pleasant and helpful. Having contacted the Library in advance to inform them of the visit and give a list of topics which the girls intended to research, much material was ready and waiting for us on our arrival. The school would like to thank the staff of Cork City Library for all their help.
5k Park Fun Run. A 5k Park fun run will take place on Friday 28th April, from 2-4pm in the Castle grounds, Macroom, to raise funds for the Lourdes Pilgrimage in June. Two fifth year students, Lorraine Dromey and Lynn O’Riordan, will be helping the invalids on the pilgrimage.

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

May Bank Holiday Weekend we are closed on Saturday 29th. Quite a busy fortnight ahead though apart from that. On Tuesday 2nd Macroom and District Environment group will meet at 6pm. On Wednesday 3rd. Bookclub for adults takes place at 11.30. The title under review is ‘Us’ by David Nicholls. Thursday 4th the Purlies meet again. The library windows were a credit to their talents over Easter. ( see photo elsewhere in this issue). Friday 5th, a week earlier than usual, our gramophone presentation will take place. It will be presented this month by staff member, Christine Cronin. All welcome to this free and friendly event. Saturday 6th Storytime at 12 noon with a member of staff. All children 3-8 welcome. We have storytelling hints and tips for parents, please just ask at the desk for details. Tuesday 9th, the creative writing group will meet at 6pm. New members welcome. Wednesday 10th May, ACOL Bridge at 10 am. Thursday 11th, Ciorcal Cainte le Nora Levis. Bain úsáid as do chúpla focail.
Being healthy means more than looking after your body. ‘Your Good Self’ is a joint initiative between the County Library Service and the HSE promoting self help towards positive mental health. There are lots of resources available in your local library books, CDs, DVDs all chosen by health professionals for their relevance in an Irish context. On Friday 12th, we will host a talk by a member of the HSE psychology services at 11am. ‘Positive Mental Health for Older People’ is the theme. Everyone is welcome. Just a heads up well in advance for conversational Spanish with Elena on Saturday 13th at 2pm. Please ring the library at 026 42483 for further details.

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Ceol sa chlós ag Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh. ©An Scoil

Local TV 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.
This will conclude this season’s broadcasts from Local Television. Our sincere thanks to Dan Joe Kelleher and his small band of helpers.

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Blake O’Gorman in the Castle Grounds. ©Con Kelleher

Blake O’Gorman, Footballer

By Con Kelleher

Blake O’Gorman played with Cork minors in 2016, the latest in a long line of Macroom players to have donned the Cork jersey at that grade. I recently had the pleasure of talking to him and he outlined his route to that achievement.
Blake was born in 1998, an identical twin of Ethan. He attended St Joseph’s and St Colman’s Boys’ National schools. He began playing with the U-6s and Dan Creedon was his first mentor. In his early years he says that he was not especially gifted, was thought not to be as good as Ethan and struggled to make teams. Later he was coached by John ‘Bobo’ Cronin and Bobbie Dwyer and they were very encouraging and knowledgeable, and greatly developed his game. When he was 14, Don Creedon made the Cork panel and this stoked Blake’s ambition and he resolved, one day, to play for Cork. Don, as well as Alan Quinn, Rory Buckley, Seán Kiely and Fintan Goold were his idols. Kevin Dwyer, a Cork minor in 2015, was a huge inspiration. At U-16 level, Blake was coached by James Duggan and Pa Goold and they increased his football skill and knowledge. Playing with older players like David Horgan and Pa Lucey was very beneficial. Francis Horgan was his manager in his first year playing for the U21s, and he was very influential.
Together with Ethan, Blake attends De La Salle, Macroom, and he was lucky to be part of a good group without ever winning competitions. There he benefitted from the help and wisdom of Mr Stephen Quinn, Mr Fergus Ryan, Mr John Ryan and Mr Eric Graham. Unluckily, De La Salle lost a Simcox final to Críost Rí in 2016.
With Macroom and as part of a squad of very good players, Blake won numerous regional competitions. He played in 3 county finals - two U-16 and one minor - but unfortunately, Macroom lost all three. .
With his gradual improvement, he was called for trials and made the Cork under 16 panel in 2014, the under 17 selection in 2015, and the 2016 minor team. As well as developing the basic skills of football, Blake and Ethan spent/spend hours and hours practicing their kicking, shooting and free-taking. Furthermore, they assiduously attend the gym about 4 times per week; this improved their athleticism, an essential element of modern top class Gaelic football. The Cork set-ups also incorporate dietary, nutritional and hydration advice as part of their management, with frequent monitoring of body-fat ratios, hydration status etc.
In 2016 Blake was picked for Cork minors’ championship game against Tipperary and he acquitted himself quite well. However, he did not make the team for the next round or the side to face Kerry in the Munster Final. This was so in spite of a top class performance for Macroom in the Premier Intermediate Championship against Grenagh when he scored 5 points. To say he was disappointed would be an understatement, and he was heart-broken. Together with the backing of his family, he received great support from Joe Carroll, Pa Goold, John O’Mahony and Tadhg O’Mahony and this helped him greatly to ‘weather the storm’. In tandem with losses in county finals and a Simcox final, Blake has known lows as well as highs.
This year Blake sits his Leaving Certificate, and he had high hopes of a successful Corn UÍ Mhuirí campaign. However he damaged his shoulder in Sept. and he is out of football since. He has undergone surgery and continues to attend physiotherapy. Happily, his injury is responding to treatment and he hopes to be playing again in the summer. An unintended bonus is that he has had more time to study and is happy the way his pre-leaving ‘mocks’ went. UCC or UL are his first choices for third level, and each is excellent academically and football-wise.
Short term, his goals are to do well in his Leaving, get back to full fitness and help the Premier Intermediates to a county title. All going well, he hopes to perform to a high standard, catch the attention of the U-21 selectors and to again wear the Cork jersey. Blake is appreciative of the support and sacrifices of his mother, Geraldine, and the companionship and rivalry of Ethan. His uncles-in-law, Noel ‘Monty’ O’Sullivan and Aidan Brophy, provide support and encouragement for the twins. Noel attends most of their games and provides invaluable feed-back and advice. In his career to date, Blake has achieved great things in football, but has also suffered big setbacks. As is often the case, success comes with a lot of hard work and heartache. But his attitude is good and he is determined to maximise his potential. Listening to him, I have no doubt but that he and Ethan will succeed.


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Age Action are planning Getting Started beginners' computer, smartphone and tablet classes for over 55s at New Street, Macroom after Easter. One to one tuition for 5 weeks, 2 hours a week on Saturday mornings 10-12 a.m. To find out more or to register for you or a friend or neighbour, please text “Macroom” to 087 1956026 and if anyone has just a few basic skills in computers, phones, tablets, etc., please text Volunteer Macroom to 0871956026. We provide the induction training, the material and the support.
Cork ARC Cancer Support House’s annual West Cork Flag Day collections are set to take place in Castletownbere, Bantry, Ballylickey, Skibbereen, Clonakilty, Kinsale and Macroom on Thursday 27th April, 2017.
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.
Kilmurry Active Retirement Gardening with Willie Granger in Kilmurry Museum Tuesday 2nd May 7.30
Éire Óg Camogie Club will hold its annual 5k Fun Run/ Walk in Farran Woods on Thursday, 4th May at 7:30pm. Registration will take place in the Lee Valley Rowing Club from 6:30pm. €10 per adult. €5 per child and €15 per family.
Walk to Shrone. The 15th Annual Pilgrim Walk from Cill na Martra to the City at Shrone, at the foot of the Paps, will leave Cronin’s Farm, Clohina, Cill na Martra at 7:30am on Sunday, May 7th. Walkers can also join at The Mills, Baile Mhúirne at 8:45am. It is planned to arrive in time for Mass at the City at 1.30p.m. . As this walk goes through tracks, trails and forest roads, good walking boots are vital. Cronin’s Farm will be signposted from the Mons Bar on the N22. All are most welcome to come on this varied walk.
Macroom Table Tennis Club on Tuesdays from 7pm - 9pm at the sports complex, sharing the big hall with the badminton club.

Dennis Dinneen Photography. An exhibition of the work of the late, great photographer from Main Street, Macroom, entitled ‘Small Town Portraits’ and curated by David Moore, has just opened at the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin and shows until May 27. Dennis’s work may also be found in the photographic book, ‘Muskerry through the Lens of Dennis Dinneen’.

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.

St Joseph’s On April 7, pupils from Fourth and Fifth Class joined with pupils from Scoil Eoin, Inis Eonáin, Maulatrahane NS, Leap, St Joseph’s NS, Skibbereen, St Patrick’s BNS, Skibbereen, Scoil Naomh Bhríde, Union Hall, Abbeystrewry NS, Skibbereen as part of the National Children’s choir. It was a wonderful night under the direction of Joan Marie Healy Ronan, a night that the girls will never forget.
Kilmurry Spring Clean. Thanks to everyone who took part in the first national spring clean event on April 9th. The event was organised by Kilmurry historical society who provided refreshments at the museum. There was a great turn out and it has made a difference. The Lissarda 31st Beaver and Scout group with their leaders were super and worked very hard. Thanks too to Alan Lucey, digger hire, Sheila's Shop and Garda Brian Harte. Hopefully, walking in the summer evenings can be more pleasant for everyone.
Young Film Maker. Arran Bradstock, Coolavoking, Cill na Martra, won The Spirit of Fresh award this year at the Fresh Film Festival for his entry Box[ed]. The Fresh Film Festival highlights films of young filmmakers. To watch Arran's films, go to www.youtube.com/3degreeproductions.
Boot Camp took place in Firmount Primary School on Thursday April 6th. All the children from Junior Infants to 6th Class participated in a fun-filled day of activity. Children tumbled, crawled and climbed, manoeuvring their way through the courses, under the watchful eye of Darren, Denise and Michael. Numerous parents were on hand to assist at the various stations. It was a most enjoyable experience for all involved.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto 16/4/2017 Jackpot €2,200. Numbers drawn: 10, 32 and 39. No Winner. €50 Gerard & Ina Coakley, Derryroe, €20 each Paddy O'Sullivan Masseytown, Ciaràn Cummins Little Island, Martin & Julie Buckley Woodley's Cross, Caeliv Donnelly Carrigaline..
23/04/2017 Jackpot €2,350. Numbers drawn: 04, 33 and 42. €50 Martin O'Mahony Rockgrove, €20 each Mary Cotter Leades, John Joe & Bridie Kelleher Leades, McCarthy Grandchildren Ballyvongane, Breda McCarthy McCarthy Fruit & Veg.
Canovee G.A.A. Lotto. April 16th Numbers drawn: 2,3,5,10. No winner. €50 Evan & Nicole Lynch Aherla. €25 each euro Pat O’Sullivan Crossmahon. Kevin O’Connor Aherla. €25 on line Margaret Corcoran
April 23rd. Numbers drawn: 2,8,12,29. Jackpot €12.350. No winner. €50 Denis Lucey Kilcrea. €25 each Katie Lyons Carrigadrohid. Sophie O’Donoughoe Carrigadrohid.. €25 on line James O’Donnell
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: April 12.. Jackpot €3,000. No winner. €70 Michael O’Leary, Gurrane €20 each: Eddie Walsh, Macroom Matthew McDonagh, Carriganima Humphrey O’Riordan, c/o MCP M. Scanlan, 8 Sullane Weirs, Macroom
April 19.. Jackpot €3,200. No winner. €70 Kathleen Twomey, c/o Sheila Walsh Carriganima. €20 each: Darran O’Brien, Clondrohid Con O’Riordan, Sleaveen East, Dolores O’Leary, c/o Bingo Siobhan Looney, Macroom.
Macroom F.C. Lotto 18/04/17. Jackpot 3,600. Numbers drawn: 10, 28, 29. No Winner €80 Jim O' Riordan c/o Noel €20 each. Noreen McSweeney c/o Corner Store. Gill Ronan c/o Murray's. Maureen O' Grady c/o Fudge. Paddy Murphy c/o Noel
24/04/17 Jackpot €3, 800 Numbers drawn: 7, 14, 28. No Winner. €80 Katie Dineen c/o Evelyn. €20 Dan Cronin c/o Connie. Helena and Steph c/o June. Tony Buckley c/o Lars. Marguerite O' Riordan c /o Fudge
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 11/04/2017. No Winner, Numbers 22-23-28. €70 Paddy Buckley, Clonfadda €20. Dick Dinneen, New Street Mary Mc Sweeney, Barrett Place, Lisa Cosgrove, Masseytown. Shelia Buttimer, Coolcower. Colum Kelleher, 24 Oakwood.
18/04/2017. Jackpot €3,400. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 10-29-30. €70. Marguerite O'Riordan, Barrett Place €20 each. Hugh Twomey, Middle Square,. Clare Cronin, New Street, Mgt, Cronin, Coolavokig, Abbey O'Connell, Kilberrihert, Rusheen, Colman Corrigan, Glen Park
Coachford AFC Lotto 18/4/2017. Jackpot: €2,400. Numbers Drawn: 15 – 25 – 29. No Winner. €40 John Healy, €20 Kevin Daly, Brendan Barry Murphy, Kathleen Crowley, John Tarrant (Yearly Ticket).
24/4/2017. Jackpot: €2,600. Numbers Drawn: 8 – 22 – 36. Winner: Josephine Moynihan. €40 John Healy, €20 Eileen Buckley, Michael O’Riordan, Wyn O’Connor, John Healy (Yearly Ticket).
Lee Valley Updates

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Clondrohid NS girls football team who recently won the mini 7s competition in Newcestown. ©An Scoil

Clondrohid Updates

Community Hall meeting: The incoming Hall Committee would like to invite you to a public meeting on this Thursday, April 27 at 8pm in the Community Hall to put a development plan in place. This meeting is to give you, the community, the chance to let the committee know what it is you want from the community hall going forward so as to get the most use out of the hall, which is a great facility to have and needs to be maintained and upgraded if possible. All clubs and groups are asked to send one member to this meeting and further meetings to help to bring this plan to fruition, Any suggestions on how to maximise the use of the hall will be taken on board and looked at as we put together this 5 year plan to develop and refurbish the hall,
Laochra Óg hurling and camogie club: Congrats to the U 12 Camogie team on their first visit to Croke Park on the bank holiday Monday to take part in All Ireland Blitz. Great success on the day, Well done. Great day out for all those who travelled with them for this memorable occasion.
Horse Fair: The annual horse fair takes place at the Bell Inn on Sunday May 14. Everyone welcome.
First Holy Communion: The children from 2nd class in Clondrohid will receive their First Holy Communion in Clondrohid Church on Saturday May 6. The children from Muinefliuch and Carriganima will receive theirs on the following Saturday, May 13 in Carriganima. A memorable occasion for parents and children and teachers.
G.A.A. Fixtures. Junior A FL Clondrohid V Donoughmore Sat April 29 in Donoughmore. U 14 Clondrohid V Kilmurry in Clondrohid at 7pm on Thursday April 27. Minor Clondrohid V Ballinora at 7.15pm in Ballinora on Thursday April 27. U 12 Clondrohid V Passage in Passage on Monday May 1.
Over 91 children registered for this Easter Camp. A great time was had by all . Thanks to all who helped.

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Visitors from Malta, Italy, Portugal and the Czech Republic with their hosts from Gaeltacht Mhúscraí at a céilí in the Abbey Hotel © Lee Valley Outlook

Inchigeela Updates

Easter Oration. Michael Galvin, historian and author, was guest speaker at the Easter Sunday commemoration ceremony at the Inchigeela Garden of Remembrance. Michael spoke to the large crowd about the aftermath of 1916 and what happened locally and nationally 100 years ago. 1917 was a year of reflection after the trauma of the previous year. The rise of popularity of Sinn Fein began at the expense of the Irish parliamentary party. Likewise, it was the rise to prominence of De Valera who won a seat on Clare for Sinn Fein. This was all being played out to the background of an awful war in Europe where thousands of Irish men were being slaughtered and the beginning of the spread of the Spanish flu throughout Ireland and Europe that left thousands of victims in its wake. Fr Martin blessed the attendance and the garden. The proclamation was read by Jack O’Leary and piper, Donal Kelleher, played a selection of patriotic tunes. Seamus Twohig was MC and the pleasant ceremony was ended by the singing of Amhrán na bhFiann.
Spring Cleaning. Over 20 willing volunteers of all ages met on Good Friday morning and proceeded to pick the litter along the approach roads. This community spirit is indeed inspiring and illustrates great pride in place. The weekly tidy up continues onTuesday evenings and is showing noticeably wonderful results.
Summer is here. Tradition has it that the first cuckoo was always heard in Inchigeela and for some time now, this year’s herald of warmer days is singing away to its heart’s content in the green groves of Coolrua West and Coornahilla on the south lake road. The first swallows too are testing out their flight and appear to be settling in for the long warm days ahead.
Off to Santiago. Our best wishes to the pupils and teachers of Scoil Mhuire who are walking to the shrine of St James on the Camino de Santiago in N.W Spain this week. Biodh turas deas agaibh.
Huge Fire. A massive fire is raging in the mountains above me in Gougane Barra as I write, putting the National Park in danger and wiping out wildlife for hundreds of square kilometres We are told that it will continue to burn on for some time as the mountain area is inaccessible to fire fighters.

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Gorse Fire coming down over the Doire na Sagart Mountains at Gougane Barra ©Caitriona Hurle

Gougane Barra Fire

A huge fire blazed in the West Cork/ South Kerry area over the weekend and on Sunday night, April 23, it raged along the hilltop above Gougane Barra Lake and St. Finbarr’s Oratory. Guests at Gougane Barra Hotel had a grand stand view of the conflagration, which was reflected in dramatic fashion on the waters of the lake. Breda Cronin Lucey of Gougane Barra Hotel has no memory of a fire of such magnitude in that location previously though there have been many outbreaks over the decades, the last serious one 26 years ago, a few days before Katie and Neil’s wedding. Neil was out fire fighting in the run up to the nuptials.
Neil Lucey, now hotel proprietor, was up all Sunday night advising fire fighters and Coillte workers on access to the dangerous terrain that reaches a height of 700m. While the local forestry escaped the fire, thousands of acres of high mountain fionnán were burned, a disaster for the precious flora of the area and for wild life and nesting birds. The fire was brought under control in the early hours of Monday morning and the fire crews from Macroom, Bantry, Dunmanway and Skibbereen departed. Then the flames erupted again, but a fortuitous shower at 12 noon dampened the area, to everyone’s relief.
The current dry spell led to the lightning spread of fire, which may have been started accidentally or by illegal burning. Farmers are allowed burn mountain growth under the Single Farm Payments Scheme up to March 1but there have been up to 50 fire brigade callouts to gorse fires since that. Macroom Gardaí are said to be and an investigation will now be conducted as to the cause of the fire.


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Historian, Michael Galvin, delivers the oration at Macroom on Easter Sunday © Lee Valley Outlook

1917 Remembered

The oration delivered by historian, Michael Galvin at the Easter Rising Commemoration in Macroom, in which he describes the political and social climate in the area one hundred years ago. Part 1 of 2 .
Perhaps it's appropriate, at a remove of 100 years, to dwell a little on 1917, a year too often neglected in the historical narrative, wedged in, as it is, between the seismic events of 1916 and 1918 which brought the end of the Great War, the Conscription Crisis, and the General Election that catapulted Sinn Fein to the forefront of history and dismissed the powerful Irish Parliamentary Party.
By 1917, the promise of Home Rule, Redmond’s influence and the glories of local hero, Michael O'Leary, were beginning to fade in the popular minds, now buoyed up by the glow of 1916 and the release of the prisoners in December. Home Rule was becoming outdated and nationalist aspirations were now more ambitious. Rolling political events throughout 1917 laid the foundation for the future revolution, making this year pivotal in the unfolding drama that was 1918 to the Truce in July 1921. The early months of 1917 saw a vigorous reorganisation of the Volunteer movement as well as the proliferation of Sinn Féin clubs. The old Macroom 4th battalion now became the 7th, comprising 13 companies , with Dan Corkery as Commandant and Charlie Browne Adjutant. Easter Sunday, April 27, the first anniversary of the rising, saw the Volunteers hoisting the national flag atop the Town Hall and an altercation occurred when the RIC took it down amid loud jeers, a shower of snow and a reading of the Proclamation.
A pivotal moment came in June when Éamonn de Valera, the only leading officer of the Rising to have escaped the firing squad, won a symbolic victory in the Clare by election, ousting Redmond’s man there. Perhaps the last throw of the home rule dice was the Irish Convention in July, convened by the British Government to ascertain and possibly satisfy nationalist aspirations. The exercise proved abortive because it was boycotted by Sinn Fein as superfluous in the new post 1916 dispensation. Sinn Fein’s increasingly militant attitude was accentuated by severe press censorship under DORA, Defence of the Realm Act, and complicated too since the US entry into war divided nationalist opinion in America.
More militant too is the tone set by the fledgling Michael Collins in his Thomas Ashe graveside oration in September, a veritable and unequivocal call to arms. In a booming voice, Collins addressed the huge gathering thus: nothing additional remains to be said. That volley which we just heard is the only speech which is proper to make above the grave of a dead Fenian. Following this dramatic and terse explication, he stuffed his prepared speech in his pocket and stepped back into the crowd before the note-taking RIC could take a good look at him .
The election of de Valera as president of Sinn Fein and also the Volunteers in October, was pivotal in marrying both wings of the nationalist movement and he was accorded a huge welcome to Macroom on December 15th, with a huge, triumphant procession from Coolcower House to the Town Square. Another Nationalist focus in the town was the Manchester Martyrs commemoration in November, with 500 volunteers ceremoniously assembled in the Square.
By 1917, and not for the first or last time, the labour movement was being swept aside by the onward rush of Sinn Fein and the Russian Revolution triggered a knee jerk mirage, with Workers' Soviets set up in creameries and mills in Waterford , North Cork and Limerick in particular. With Connolly dead and Larkin emigrated, the future looked bleak. The coming revolution was principally of the town bourgeoisie and strong farmers, not with any great social or working class import. De Valera later declared: Labour must wait, and they are still waiting. When Larkin returned in the early 20s, the great man proved more of an embarrassment in the harsh new world that was the Free State. To be concluded


Public Services Card

The Public Services Card, which is set to replace a whole raft of other identification cards for services such as Child Benefit, State Pension, Free Travel, Passport applications, Social Welfare, is now being offered to all citizens. Invitations to attend at a Social Welfare office for authentication are arriving by post but leave much to be desired. The appointment letter states that one can reschedule the date and time offered if unsuitable by ringing the telephone number at the head of the letter. There is no telephone number included. The location for the appointment gives the street, the desk and floor number, but no town, name or number for the building or office and no Postal Code. Communication skills upgrading might be offered to management supervising the roll out of the PSC.
Married women may also get the shock of learning that they have no personal Social Service Number. Their PPS card, their Medical Card, their European Insurance Health Card etc, all bear their husband’s PPS number with a W added. Should the husband die first, the widow is left with no number. Women are now being offered new PPS numbers, but the implications for such a change to existing identification has still to be assessed and quantified. The majesty of our bureaucratic services.


Farming has increasingly become one of the most dangerous and hazardous occupations. It has the highest fatality rate of all economic sectors and over 1,000 injuries occur on farms every year.

There are a variety of factors which result in accidents occurring in farms such as attacks from animals, defective or misplaced machinery and equipment, collisions involving tractors and falls from height.

If a farmer is an employer or the farm is open to the public, they will be required to have employers and public liability insurance in place which will cover any accidents which occur on the farm. It is advisable that you report the accident as soon as possible and the insurance company is then notified. If the accident is serious or if a fatality occurs, it will need to be reported to the Gardaí or the HAS (Health & Safety Authority).

If an accident is reported early, it allows for proper investigation to be carried out and it is helpful in proving causation that any injuries suffered are arising from the accident. In this regard, it is advisable to attend your GP or hospital on the day of the accident or as soon as possible. Under legislation, it is possible to obtain a court order that the scene of the accident is preserved as much as possible in order that accidents can be fully investigated.

Liability is then investigated by the insurance companies and they will normally make a decision then as to whether they intend to dispute fault or admit the claim. It may be necessary to involve a third party not covered under the employers or public liability insurance policy. An example of this would be if the accident occurred as a result of an injury arising out of a defective product such as farm machinery or equipment which was manufactured by a third party.

If you have suffered an injury on a farm it is advisable that you consult a solicitor. The procedure is that the solicitor will then write a letter of claim to the appropriate parties and it’s advisable that you then attend a treating doctor. If the injury is minor in nature, you would normally attend a general practitioner but for more serious injuries, it is advisable you are treated by a specialist such as an orthopaedic surgeon, depending on the nature of the injuries.

Your solicitor will ask your treating medical expert to complete a report which will set out the injuries suffered as a result of the accident and will often give a prognosis as to when you are likely to recover from your injuries. The prognosis will often be contingent on whether further surgery is required. The doctor will normally not be in a position to give a final prognosis until the injuries have settled post-surgery.

Under Irish Law, there is a limitation period and you have two years to bring a case for personal injury to the courts. However, before a case can be brought, an application has to be made to the Injuries Board. Once a claim is submitted to the Injuries Board, the limitation period stops and it begins to run again once it leaves the Injuries Board.

The Injuries Board normally assess a claim (which can take a number of months) and they make a decision as to whether they will offer an award or alternatively, they will give authorisation to issue court proceedings. The Injuries Board do not accept certain claims such as psychological cases. You have the option to accept or reject the award offered. If you reject, the Injuries Board will then give you authorisation to issue court proceedings.

Depending on the severity of the injury and the level of damages sought, your Solicitor will then decide as to what the appropriate court to sue in is. The courts for bringing personal injury claims are the District, Circuit and High Court. Damages normally consist of an award for pain, suffering and loss and you can also claim for quantified damages arising out of an accident. An example of this would be loss of earnings or medical expenses.

It is also worth noting that if you are a dependent of somebody who suffered a fatality resulting out of an accident, an action can be pursued against the wrongdoer. This is known as a fatal injury claim. Dependents are normally spouses or children. A claim can be made if the dependent has suffered financial loss or mental distress as a result of the accident.

If you have suffered an accident on a farm or if you are a dependent of somebody who has died resulting from an accident, is advisable to consult a Solicitor as soon as possible as you may be entitled to damages. It is important that any accidents are reported immediately and the relevant insurance companies are notified.

Karen Walsh, from a farming background at Grenagh, Co Cork, is a solicitor practicing in Walsh & Partners, Solicitors and Commissioners for Oaths, 17, South Mall, Cork. Telephone: 021-4270200 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.walshandpartners.ie
Disclaimer: While every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information contained in this article, solicitor Karen Walsh does not accept responsibility for errors or omissions howsoever arising, and you should seek legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances at the earliest possible time.

Grow it Yourself

On one level, food growing is quite simple – you sow a seed, a plant grows, you eat it. But of course, it’s the bits in between those major milestones where things can get complicated. Seeds don’t germinate. Seedlings die. There’s too much rain, or not enough. It’s too cold, or too damn hot. The place is overrun with weeds. And slugs. Everywhere you look, there’s a weed with a slug on it. Plants bolt or run to seed. Growth is puny, or over-abundant. Yield is poor, or there’s a glut you can’t handle. Too much nitrogen in the soil or not enough. Too acid. Too alkaline. Too many things to learn, not enough time.
Food growing is a skill and like any skill worth having, it takes time to get a handle on it. Have a look below at some of the basics. It all starts with good soil. This involves good composting, getting soil ready if starting from scratch; single/double digging; soil improvement (mulching, adding compost/manures etc); and then preparing a bed for planting (raking soil to a fine tilth). Next comes sowing and planting things: sowing seeds indoors or under cover; pricking out and potting those seedlings on; sowing seeds direct in the soil (things like peas, carrots, onions, spuds etc). Then comes plant maintenance: weed control (mainly, hoeing); managing pests and diseases (particularly slugs); watering (knowing how much or how little to use); plant maintenance (e.g. pinching off growing tips to bulk plants out, pinching out side shoots on tomatoes etc). And finally, we get to the really fun part, when you get to sample your home-grown food. There are important skills there too: knowing when to harvest from a plant; being able to deal with gluts; being able to ‘process’ and store your food so you can prolong the season (braiding, pickling, drying, freezing, clamping etc).
To-Do in May.
Get outdoor beds ready for early summer transplanting. Fork over and rake. Earth up potatoes as the plants develop. Put protective barrier around your carrots to thwart the dastardly carrot root fly. Regularly hoe weeds and mulch. Water plants if required. Support tomato, bean and pea plants with twiggy sticks, pea netting, timber supports with chicken wire, or existing fence or hedge. Pinch out the growing tips of broad beans plants to help prevent Blackfly.
Sow Indoors for planting on later: basil, dill, coriander, courgette, cucumber, sweet corn, pumpkins. Outdoors: winter cauliflower, cabbage, kale, spinach, sprouting broccoli, leeks, beans (French, Runner, Climbing French), beetroot, parsnip, turnip, swedes, radish, lettuce, peas, broccoli, rocket, carrots. Harden off and begin to plant out seedlings you have lovingly raised indoors – e.g. tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, brussels sprouts, sprouting broccoli, cabbages, sweet corn, leeks.
Harvest asparagus, purple sprouting broccoli, radish, rhubarb, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach and chard. May is likely to see the first real bumper salad leaves like lettuce and rocket – as well as the first garlic, beetroot and globe artichokes.
Sports Mad

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Starting Early! Junior and Senior infants from Cloughduv N.S. completed hurling coaching sessions courtesy of the GDA for Mid-Cork. ©An Scoil

Littlewoods Camogie League Division 1 Final

Kilkenny 2-7 Cork 0-10
Kilkenny retained their Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 title with an all-round team performance that marks them as serious champions and contenders for the championship for a second successive year. Kilkenny stifled the previously high-scoring Cork attack, while creating the space that delivered two priceless goals of their own. In the first half, they won the vast majority of the individual battles around the pitch, physical battles at a new level. Cork did improve in the second half; the introduction of Orla Cotter a welcome boost after the brilliant St Catherine’s stickwoman had missed most of the spring through injury. They began to match Kilkenny’s intensity. In the 48th minute, when Amy Connor shot for goal, had Catherine Foley failed to block, it could have been a different story. Cork missed out on some good chances and dropped too many balls short.
Kilkenny got a goal in the third minute. Gemma O’Connor responded with a point for Cork but Kilkenny had three of the next four points. Paudie Murray substituted three-time All Star Pamela Mackey after just 20 minutes. Kilkenny were full value for their 1-6 to 0-4 lead at half time.
The Leesiders were better after the restart and looked much sounder defensively. Meanwhile, Cotter was having a real impact, scoring three points, including two from play. A freak goal, resulting from misunderstanding the referee’s decision in the 41st minute, proved decisive and gave Kilkenny a safety net despite late points from Libby Coppinger and Hannah Looney, the latter a fizzing shot that just cleared the crossbar.
Scorers for Cork: K Mackey 0-4(3fs); O Cotter 0-3(1f); G O’Connor, L Coppinger, H Looney 0-1 each
Cork: A Murray, L Treacy, P Mackey, R Buckley, E O’Sullivan, A Thompson, C Sigerson, G O’Connor, J Barry, A O’Connor, O Cronin, J White, K Mackey, N McCarthy, L Collins. Subs: L Coppinger for P Mackey (21), O Cotter for Collins (33), H Looney for White (50), L O’Sullivan for Barry (55). Referee: O Elliott (Antrim)

Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 2

Cork 0 -18 Carlow by 1-7
Cork and Derry have qualified to face off in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 2 final, with Dublin and Roscommon making it through to the Division 3 decider, with both games scheduled for April 30. Derry last won the Division 2 title in 2012 but they struggled at the highest level in both League and Championship. Now returned to Division 2, they have shown clearly that they will be contenders for silverware all season.
Cork will provide the opposition after giving a scoring exhibition in dispensing with Carlow by 0-18 to 1-7 at Carriganore. It says much for the Rebels that in clocking up such a tally, they had six individual scorers. Rachel O’Shea was top of the tree with six points but Katelyn Hickey (four) and Linda Collins (three) were significant contributors too.
Daragh Ó Conchúir

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Cork u16 footballers, winners of the Munster Championship ©

Lidl Ladies National Football League.

Cork 1-16 Dublin 0-13
Cork have qualified for a tenth successive Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 final by again beating Dublin, this time at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny in the semi-final. It’s a bitter pill for the Dubs who have lost out to the rebels in the last three All Ireland finals. Éire Óg’s Eimear Scally, whose season was interrupted by a bout of glandular fever last year, is emerging as a forward of genuine class, while All-Star Orla Finn continues to impress. Cork were 1-10 to 0-6 clear at half-time, a run of six points without reply opening up a comfortable lead. Scally and Finn had collected 1-6 between them, with all but one point of Cork’s first half tally coming from play. They scored a lucky goal when Finn’s long-range effort for a point came back off the crossbar and Bríd O’Sullivan was on hand to set up Scally for a simple finish. That score was decisive as, up to that, the sides had been level on three occasions. Midfielder Niamh Cotter roared through for a point to put Cork four clear but Dublin battled back to within one and Cork goalkeeper, Martina O’Brien pulled off a fine save.
In the second half, the Dubs cut the Cork lead to three points with five minutes of normal time remaining but the Leesiders found an extra gear again. All of Cork’s six starting forwards would finish with scores. Dublin finished the game with 14 players when Niamh Collins picked up a late yellow card but it mattered little to the end result, as Cork cruised to victory and are now seeking a fifth successive League crown against Donegal or Galway in the May 7 final.
Scorers for Cork – O Finn 0-7 (3f), E Scally 1-3, C O’Sullivan 0-2, N Cotter, L Coppinger, B O’Sullivan & O Farmer 0-1 each.
Cork 1-Martina O'Brien 2-MARIE AMBROSE St. Val's 3-Roisin Phelan 4-Emma Spillane 5-Melissa Duggan 6-Brid Stack 7-Shauna Kelly 8-Niamh Cotter 9-Jess O’Shea 10-Libby Coppinger 11-Bríd O'Sullivan 12-Orlagh Farmer 13-EIMEAR SCALLY Éire Óg 14-Ciara O’Sullivan 15-Orla Finn
Subs: Annie Walsh for O’Shea (38), Doireann O’Sullivan for Coppinger (47), LOUISE COHOLAN St. Val’s for Farmer (59), Ashling Hutchings for B O’Sullivan (60+2).

GAA - Cork County Championship 2017

Senior Football Championship

2 Mid Cork teams; Muskerry and Ballincollig
Preliminary Round
Newcestown 0-9 Douglas 0-14
Dohenys 1-8 Aghada 0-13

Round 1
(A) Avondhu 3-20 Kiskeam 2-11
(B) Carrigaline 0-8 Bishopstown 1-10
(C) CIT 0-12 Castlehaven 1-14
(D) Clyda Rovers 2-12 Douglas 1-16 aet.
(E) O Donovan Rossa 0-13 Nemo Rangers 2-18
(F) Seandun 3-11 St Nicks 2-11
(G) Carbery Rangers v Clonakilty
(H) Duhallow 3-20 MUSKERRY 0-9
(I) UCC 2-16 Aghada 1-16
(J) Beara 0-7 Valley Rovers 1-14
(K) St Finbarrs 1-10 BALLINCOLLIG 3-17
(L) Ilen Rovers v Carbery
Round 2A (WINNERS of Round 1)
Douglas v Carbery Rangers or Clonakilty,
Castlehaven v Ilen or Carbery
Nemo Rangers v Bishopstown,
Avondhu v UCC
BALLINCOLLIG v Valley Rovers
Duhallow v Seandun
Round 2B (LOSERS of Round 1 & Preliminary Round 1)
Newcestown v St Finbarrs
Dohenys v CIT
O’Donovan Rossa v Clyda Rovers
Carbery/Clonakilty v MUSKERRY
Kiskeam v Aghada
Ilen or Carbery v St Nicks
Carrigaline v Beara

Duhallow 3 – 20 Muskerry 0 – 9
‘If you are short many of your best players you cannot succeed against good teams’ selector Donal McSweeney stated after watching Muskerry go under to Duhallow at Kanturk in the opening round of the county senior football championship. ‘All the central players in our selected team became unavailable due to injuries and we just could not overcome losses on such a scale’ Donal continued, ‘but we do have a second chance (against the losers of the Clonakilty/Carbery Rangers game) and we will re-group now and given an injury free panel to choose from, we will be in a stronger position and hope to still progress in the competition’.
In all Muskerry were short no fewer than seven of the first choice side selected mid week and published in the match programme. Included in these were Cork U21’s John Mullins and Seán O’Donoghue, current county senior Peter Kelleher and former seniors Seán Kiely and Liam Seartan, and the Naomh Abán pair, Micheál Ó Laoire and Donncha Ó Ceocháin. Iveleary’s Cathal Vaughan also is presently on the injury list.
The writing was on the wall for Muskerry from the throw in as Duhallow, who lined out as selected and with a strong reserve panel, went about their business in a clinical manner. They had four points on the board before a Conor Cotter run set up a Muskerry point from Daniel Goulding, in the 9thminute but Duhallow continued to dominate and when Seamus Hickey had their seventh point in the 19th minute, it meant that all six of the winner’s forwards had now scored. A Daniel Goulding free from a distance hit the upright and bounced out and Muskerry could have scored a goal in the 21stminute when Conor Cotter presented John Corkery with a clear run at goal but the latter’s shot went wide of the post. A leg injury to Fintan Goold limited his subsequent effectiveness and as Duhallow continued to lord matters, inevitably a goal followed. Mark Healy’s goal from close range in the 28thminute put Duhallow into a 1-10 to 0-1 lead and the contest was clearly well and truly over. Muskerry wing back Dan O’Connor had a late point in reply to further points from Healy and Barry O’Connor for Duhallow before the half time whistle brought temporary relief for a beleaguered Muskerry, trailing by 1-12 to 0-2.
Three minutes into the second half Mark Healy had a second goal for Duhallow and the lack of a response from the moderate attendance was testimony to the lack of atmosphere now prevailing. Duhallow withdrew Aidan Walsh, Kevin Crowley and Donncha O’Connor but there was no diminution in their dominance. Muskerry did put some scores on the board through Brian Cronin, David Horgan, Darren Dineen, Chris Óg Jones and John Corkery but Duhallow substitute Eoghan McSweeney completed the rout with a last minute goal.
Duhallow will now meet Seandún and will have an impact on this championship. The challenge for Muskerry is to get their best team on the field, and they would trouble many teams if they could.
Scorers: Muskerry: D Horgan and J Corkery 0-2 each, D Goulding, D O’Connor, B Cronin, D Dineen and C Óg Jones 0-1 each.
Muskerry: Chris Kelly (Éire Óg): Liam Wall (Kilmurry), Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh (Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh), Kevin Manning (Iveleary): Dan O’Connor (Éire Óg), Colm de hÍde (Naomh Abán), Conor Cotter (Kilmichael): Fintan Goold (Macroom), David Horgan (Macroom): David Goold (Macroom), John Corkery (Aghabullogue), Dave McCarthy (Kilmurry): Ben Seartan (Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh), Daniel Goulding (Éire Óg), Donagh Seartan (Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh). Subs: Brian Cronin (Iveleary) h/t, Darren Dineen (Clondrohid) 37, Chris Óg Jones(Iveleary) 42, John Buckley (Aghabullogue) 53.

Ballincollig 3 – 17 St Finbarrs 1 – 10
This was an impressive start to the championship campaign by Ballincollig, county champions in 2014 and runners up last season. They started well, fell behind before half time but opened the second half in blistering form and had the ‘Barrs reeling from there to the finish. The city side scored only three points in the second half, all from frees, during which period Ballincollig added 2-11 to their half time tally. Ian Coughlan had a first half goal for Ballincollig and added his second four minutes from time. All Ireland star Paddy Kelly had the other goal after half time, a score which followed three points from Cain Dorgan, and which set ‘the Village’ on the road to victory.
Ballincollig scorers: Cian Dorgan 0-9 (0-4f), I Coughlan 2-0, P Kelly 1-0, C O’Sullivan 0-3, E Reilly 0-2, J Miskella, C Moore and S Kiely 0-1 each.
Ballincollig Jack Gibbons: Colin Moore, Liam Jennings, Eoin Hegarty: Luke Fahy, Noel Galvin, Cian Kiely: Seán Kiely, Ciarán O’Sullivan: Kevin Browne, Paddy Kelly, Eoin O’ Reilly: John Miskella, Cian Dorgan, Ian Coughlan. Subs: Shane Murphy ht, Dylan Kierstein 55.

Colleges Senior Football teams:

CIT lost to Castlehaven on a 1-14 to 0-12 scoreline in the senior championship at Newcestown. Mike and James Lordan (Ballinora), Seán O’Sullivan and Mathew Bradley (Aghabullogue) and Mark Healy (Canovee) saw action with CIT. Mathew Bradley scored 0-3 with Mark Healy getting 0-1 for the college.
UCC footballers defeated Aghada at Carrigtwohill on a score of 2-16 to 1-16. Alan Quinn (Macroom) and Darragh Holmes (Ballinora) were in the UCC lineout. Darrragh Holmes contributed 1-1 and Alan Quinn set up the second UCC goal scored by Liam O’Sullivan of St Michaels, Cork.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

6 Mid Cork teams: Ballinora, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaodh, Éire Óg, Grenagh, Macroom, Naomh Abán.
Round 1
(A) St Michaels 1-14 Na Piarsaigh 1-7
(B) Castletownbere 2-11 BALLINORA 0-14
(C) Newmarket 2-10 Fermoy 0-15
(D) Nemo Rangers 0-12 Mallow 2-18
(E) BÉAL ÁTHA’n GHAORTHAIDH 2-15 Bandon 1-10
(F) ÉIRE ÓG 2-20 GRENAGH 3-6
(G) St Vincents v Bantry Blues
(H) NAOMH ABÁN v MACROOM at Cill na Martra Sunday 30th April.

Round 2A (WINNERS of Round 1)
N ABÁN/ MACROOM v Newmarket
St Michaels v ÉIRE ÓG
CastletownBere v St Vincents/Bantry

Round 2B (LOSERS of Round 1)
Bandon v Nemo Rangers
Na Piarsaigh v GRENAGH
BALLINORA v St Vincents or Bantry

Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2 – 15 Bandon 1 – 10
The final scoreline makes it look as if this was an easy victory for Béal Átha but in truth it wasn’t. Béal Átha, wind assisted, got off to a great start with a goal from Andy Concannon in the 4th minute from the penalty spot and dominating the play, they had built up a ten point lead, 1-8 to 0-1 by the 16thminute. By half time however, matters had changed completely with Bandon’s Mark Sugrue scoring his second point in the 20th minute and sparking a revival. A goal in the 27th minute from Adam Murphy was followed by two more Sugrue points and at the break the gap between the teams was down to three points, 1-8 to 1-5 and Béal Átha had to face the breeze in the second half.
Béal Átha started the second half well with a point from Cian Ó Duinnín and only the crossbar denied Ben Seartan a goal from a fisted effort five minutes in. Béal Átha goalkeeper Muiris Ó Conchuir then made a super save from an Adam Murphy shot and in the 39th minute Cian Ó Duinnín scored a smashing second goal for Béal Átha, Donagh Seartan, Ó Duinnin and Eanna Ó Duinnín all combining in the build up. Bandon were then awarded a penalty but again Muiris Ó Conchuir proved to be the hero of the hour with another fine save and to complete the Bandon tale of woe, they lost a midfielder to as red card. Seven points behind, 2-10 to 1-6, and down a man, they just could not get back into contention in the final quarter and Béal Átha were able to stay in control to the final whistle.
Béal Átha reached the semi final stage of the Premier intermediate championship last year and will be satisfied to be on the victory trail again this year. They face a stiff challenge in Mallow in the 2A round, the loser’s of which do at least get a second chane.
Bandon lost their first round game in the intermediate grade last season but went on to win the county title and promotion. They face Nemo in the 2B round and the losers here exit the competition.
Scorers for Béal Átha; Andí Ó Coinceannain 1-5 (1-0 pen, 0-2 f), C Ó Duinnín 1-1, B Seartan 0-3, D Seartan 0-2, L Seartan, L Ó Conchuir m Ó Riordáin and C Ó Loinsuigh 0-1 each
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Muiris Ó Conchuir: Nollaig Ó Laoire, Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh, Seán Ó Donnchú: Cian Ó Duinnín, Leonáird Ó Conchuir, Matt Ó Riordáin: Éoin Ó Coill, Colmán Ó Tuama: Eanna Ó Duinnín, Liam Seartan, C Ó Loinsuigh: Donagh Seartan, Aindrias Ó Coinceannain, Ben Seartan. Subs: Ciaráin Ó Nunáin 28, Tadgh Ó Laoire h/t.

Intermediate Football Championship

2 Mid Cork teams: Aghabullogue and Cill na Martra
Round 1
(A) Rockchapel 0-13 Adrigole 0-11
(B) Youghal 1-10 AGHABULLOGUE 1-15
(C) Kildorrery 3-13 Glanmire 1-13
(D) Kinsale 2-8 Glenville 2-12
(E) Douglas v Glanworth
(F) Mayfield 1-10 Millstreet 1-15
(G) Kanturk 2-15 Mitchelstown 1-13
(H) Ballydesmond 0-10 St Finbarr's 3-19
(I) Carrigaline V Clonakilty
(J) Gabriel Rangers 1-11 CILL na MARTRA 3-13

Round 2A (Winners of Round 1)
Carrigaline/Clonakilty v CILL na MARTRA
Rockchapel v Kanturk
Glenville v Kildorrery,
Douglas or Glanworth v Millstreet

Round 2B (Losers of Round 1)
Carrigaline/Clonakilty v Gabriel Rangers
Ballydesmond v Youghal
Adrigole v Mitchelstown
Kinsale v Glanmire
Douglas or Glanworth v Mayfield

Aghabullogue 1 – 15 Youghal 1 – 10
Two traditional hurling clubs met at Carrigtwohill, each wanting to get a win to eliminate relegation worries and clear the decks for the hurling championship openers. Aghabullogue have been displaying fine form in the leagues, with five wins from five games in Division 3 while Youghal have only one win in Div 5 to date. Aghabullogue were therefore slightly favoured to win and duly delivered on their early season promise.
Aghabullogue started well and with points from Mathew Bradley, David Moynihan, Evan O’Sullivan and John Corkery led by four points after the first quarter. Youghal recovered well however and coming up to half time the teams were level at 0-6 each. Aghabullogue got in for a vital goal just before the break, Stephen Dennehy creating a chance for David Moynihan which was smartly availed of.
Aghabullogue led by 1-7 to 0-6 at the interval but Youghal were in for a goal within seconds of the restart and they then added a point to level matters at 1-8 each in the 38th minute. This was as good as it got for the seasiders, as Aghabullogue went back in front with points from John Corkery and Mathew Bradley and the introduction of Patrick Finnegan was a major boost as the experienced substitute notched up three points as Aghabullogue outscored Youghal by seven points to two in the final twenty minutes.
Aghabullogue meet St Finbarrs in the 2A round with Youghal facing Ballydesmond in the last chance saloon known as 2B round.
Scorers for Aghabullogue: David Moynihan 1-2, John Corkery 0-5 (0-2f), Mathew Bradley 0-4 (0-3f), Pa Finnegan 0-3, Evan O’Sullivan 0-1.
Aghabullogue: John Buckley: Alan Hogan, Daithi Merrick, Sean Dineen: Jerome Corkery, Donal Twomey, Ryan Dennehy: Sean O’Sullivan, Billy Casey; Mícheál Twomey, Evan O’Sullivan, Stephen Dennehy: Mathew Bradley, David Moynihan, John Corkery. Subs: Patrick Finnegan 35, David Thompson 40.

Cill na Martra 3 – 13 Gabriel Rangers 1 – 11
This was a first ever intermediate championship game for last year’s county junior champions Gabriel Rangers and the start of a campaign Cill na Martra hope will end with a county title heading for the Cross later on in the year. The final score flatters the Muscraí Gaeltacht men slightly but there was no denying the merit of their win nonetheless.
Mike Ó Deasúna had the opening point for Cill na Martra after two minutes, Gabriels came back with three points in reply before points from Ó Deasúna and Shane Ó Dunnín levelled matters. Points were exchanged in the second quarter before the outcome of the contest was affected in a major, and very positive way for the winners. James Aynsley made a huge save for Cill na Martra and at the other end Maidhchí Ó Duinnín slammed home a goal for Cill na |Martra and this was followed by a goal from a penalty from Mike Ó Deasúna after the Rangers goalkeeper lay on the ball having saved from Dan Ó Duinnín. At half time it was 2-5 to 0-5 in favour of the Muskerry men after a very even half hours play.
Cill na Martra got on top early in the second half and led by 2-11 to 0-8 after points from five different players. When Maidhchí Ó Duinnín had his second goal in the 51st minute it finished any uncertainty as to the outcome of this game. Rangers battled on bravely and were rewarded with a late goal from a Mark Cronin penalty and three late points.
Cill na Martra meet the winners of the Carrigaline v Clonakilty (both club second teams) game while Gabriel Rangers meet the losers of this tie.
Cill na Martra scorers: M Ó Deasúna 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-4f), M Ó Duinnín 2-0, S Ó Duinnín 0-3, D MacLochlainn, G Ó Goilí, D Ó Duinnín and D Ó Conaill 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: James Aynsley: Antóin Ó Cuana, Graham Ó Mocháin, Dara MacLochlainn: Tadgh Ó Corcora, Danny Ó Conaill, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh: Gearóid Ó Goilí, Micheál Ó Deasúna: Seán Ó Céilleachair, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín, Colm Ó Laoire: Shane Ó Duinnín, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Dan Ó Duinnín.

Cork County Hurling Championship Draws 2017

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 Finbarrs
(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

County Championships Fixtures 2017

Friday April 28th at Rathcormac: IHC Prelim Rd, Eire Óg v Kildorrery, 7.00pm ET
Sunday April 30th:
At P Uí Rinn, PIHC R1, Watergrasshill v Blarney, 7.00pm ET
At Cill na Martra, PIFC R1, Naomh Abán v Macroom, 3.30pm ET
At Caherlag, IHC Prelim R, Midleton v Grenagh, 3.00pm ET
Tuesday May 2nd: Pairc Uí Rinn, Munster Fé 17 Football semi-final, Cork v Limerick, 7pm ET
Weds May 3rd P Uí Rinn, Munster Minor HC Playoff 1, Cork v Waterford, 7pm ET
Saturday May 6th
at Ballincollig, J‘B’HC Rd 1, Laochra Óg v Ballinacurra,5.00pm ET
Sunday May 7th
@ Pairc Uí Rinn, SHC R1, CIT v Douglas 4.30pm ET
@ Pairc Uí Rinn, SHC R1, UCC v Carrigdhoun, 6.15pm ET
@ Brinny, SHC Prelim R, Bandon v MUSKERRY, 3.30pm ET
County Fé-21 ‘A’ Football Round 1 – Alt May 14th
Wednesday May 10th
At P Uí Rinn, Munster Minor Football C’ship Semi-Final, Cork v Kerry, 7.00pm ET
Thursday May 11th Munster Minor Hurling Playoff 2, If Cork, Cork v Limerick

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Cill na Martra team who defeated Kilmurry in the replay of the Muskerry u21 A Football Championship final after extra time. © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Motors Ltd Mid Cork U21 Football Championship Final Replay

Cill na Martra 3 - 16 Kilmurry 2 – 15 – aet.
‘Would the replay be as good as the drawn game?’ was the inevitable thought of many in the big attendance at the Macroom Motors Mid Cork U 21 ‘A’ football championship decider at the Castle Grounds, Macroom. The answer came quickly as the teams, so evenly matched in the first game, were again locked together on 0-3 apiece after an exhilarating opening quarter. The pattern established continued all through until the end of normal time, when first one side, then the other, seemed to be getting on top, only to be reined in again by battling opponents. Eventually, it took extra time to separate the teams when the older age profile and accompanying strength of the Cill na Martra men brought them a mighty victory, their first ever in the ‘A’ grade at this age and a reward for years of dedicated attention to under age football in Cill na Martra.
Both teams were a credit to their clubs and parishes and there were some outstanding performers for both sides. Daniel Ó Duinnín, who scored all three goals, and four points also, for Cill na Martra was the star performer as all his scores came from play, all were wonderful scores and all three goals in particular came at vital stages and were major boosts to the new champions. Mike Ó Deasúna, despite playing with thirteen stitches in his leg after a work accident, contributed a massive 0-9, 0-6 from frees, and was heroic in his endeavours in the circumstances. Kilmurry had possibly the better balanced team but were, on average, a year younger than their opponents and this was vital in the end when strength and stamina became a factor in extra time.
Kilmurry started well and led by 0-3 to 0-1 early on but by the end of the first quarter it was level, John Mullane, Seán Warren and Oghan Clifford scoring for Kilmurry, Tadgh Ó Corcora and Ó Deasúna for the Gaeltacht side. Seán Warren edged Kilmurry back in front and then, in the 20th minute, Ó Deasúna parted to Dan Ó Duinnín in full flight and the Kilmurry net was bulging. Ciarán Ó Duinnín added a point but back came Kilmurry with points form Warren and Seán Curzon and they were in front 1-6 to 1-4 when John O’Mullane forced the ball home from close range in the 28th minute. A minute later Cill na Martra replied with a stunning goal, Dan Ó Duinnín again the scorer, Damien Ó hUrdail supplying the final pass. Cill na Martra led by 2-4 to 1-6 at the break, after a great opening half.
The teams were level four times in a second half of tremendous excitement. Tomás Collins levelled matters; Clifford put Kilmurry in front, Mike Ó Deasúna equalised again and then Dan Ó Duinnín struck with his third goal, soloing through the defence from 50 metres out in the 36th minute. Back came Kilmurry with points from Liam Wall and Clifford and an equaliser from Joe Ryan in the 41st minute and two minutes later, a low cross from Joe Ryan was met at the far post by James O’Mullane who slid the ball home to put Kilmurry a goal clear. Chris Ó Meachair pointed for Cill na Martra; Liam Wall belted over a ‘45’ for Kilmurry, Mike Ó Deasúna’s free was answered by a point from play from Seán Warren to leave Kilmurry three points in front with ten minutes remaining, 2-13 to 3-8. Cill na Martra scored three points to draw level, Dan Ó Duinnin on 51, Mike Ó Deasuna from a free which saw Kilmurry lose a defender to a second yellow card and in the 58th minute, Ó Deasúna kicked over the equaliser, 3-10 to 2-13, from another free. The excitement was unbearable for the animated supporters of both teams!
For the twenty minutes of extra time the floodlights were called into use and Ó Deasúna and Brian Hinchion had an early exchange of points before Dan Ó Duinnín put Cill na Martra back in front and Ó Deasúna added a point from a free to open up a two point lead at the interval. Another Ó Deasúna free yielded a point on the restart and Dan Ó added a superb point from play. Kilmurry were clearly tiring but Joe Ryan gave them hope with a point from a free. Dan Ó Duinnín crowned a magnificent display with another point which settled the issue finally.
Mid Cork Board Cathaoirleach Pat Malone, presented the championship trophy to Cill na Martra captain Eoin Ó Loinsuigh and was profuse in his praise of both teams and of referee, John Ryan, who officiated at both finals.
It was a great occasion for the Cill na Marta club and a proud day for selectors Kevin Ó Súilleabháin, Danny Ó Conaill and Alan Ó Mocháin.
Scorers: Cill na Martra: D Ó Duinnín 3-4, M Ó Deasúna 0-9 (0-6f), T Ó Corcora, C Ó Duinnín and C Ó Meachair 0-1 each. Kilmurry: John O’Mullane 1-1, Js O’Mullane 1-0, O Clifford and S Warren (0-1f) 0-4 each, L Wall 0-2 (0-1 ‘45’), J Ryan 0-2 (0-1f), T Copllins and B Hinchion 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: James Ansley: Eoghan Ó Ceallachar, Antóin Ó Cúana, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh: Tadgh Ó Corcora, Pádraig Ó Críodáin, Seán Ó Fóirreidh: Gearóid Ó Góilldhe, Dan Ó Duinnín: Seán Ó Cróinín, Gearóid Ó Faóláin, Ciarán Ó Dúinnín: Damien Ó h-Úrdáil, , Michéal Ó Deasúna Dean Mac Cárthaigh. Subs: Cristóir Ó Meachair 31, Evan Ó Cathasaigh 76.
Kilmurry: Eoin Curzon: William Ronan, Liam Wall, Pádraig Hinchion: Kyle Kelleher, Liam O’Sullivan, Seán Curzon: Fionn Warren, John O’Mullane: James O’Mullane, Joe Ryan, Tomás Collins: Oghan Clifford, Seán Warren, Brian Hinchion. Subs; James Berhanu 56, Greg Fitton 61.
Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.

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Kilmurry who were defeated by Cill na Martra in the Muskerry u21 A Football Championship final at Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook

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Michael McSweeney, Auld Triangle, presenting the Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Sports Award for March to Chris Óg Jones, Uíbh Laoire. Included are his parents, Chris and Kay, sisters, Annie and Emily and brothers, Kevin and Ian. © Mike English

Auld Triangle Muskerry Sports Star Award

The first monthly award winner for 2017 in the Muskerry GAA Auld Triangle Sport Star Awards is Chris Óg Jones of Iveleary. Chris was a member of the Iveleary U21 football team which won the Mid Cork ‘C’ title in March and scored 4-7 in the final, which his club won by a single point against neighbours, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh. The award was presented at a very pleasant function hosted by the Auld Triangle with family, club members and Mid Cork Board officers present.
Cathaoirleach of the Board, Pat Malone congratulated Chris Óg on his award and wished him and his club well for the year ahead. Mr Malone thanked Eileen O’Flynn and the Auld Triangle for their support for the GAA in Muskerry and for sponsoring the awards scheme. Diarmuid O’Riordan, Chairman of Iveleary, spoke of the appreciation for the recognition given to Chris Óg and praised the role of the Lee Valley Outlook and the local press in publicising the games in Muskerry. Michael McSweeney, on behalf of the Auld Triangle, expressed their delight at being associated with awards which recognise outstanding local sportsmen and women and praised the work of all the clubs in Muskerry. Chris Óg thanked the Awards committee for the honour of being the first winner in 2017 and thanked his club mates and coaches for helping achieve the honour.
There will be eight monthly winners selected over the course of the season and from these the Muskerry Sports Star of the Year will be chosen and announced at a Gala Dinner in January next.

Muskerry Championship Fixtures

The Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior Football Championship begins this weekend and the six first round ties will be decided over the next few weeks.
Friday April 28th
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Kilmurry at Annahala 7.30pm
Canovee v Iveleary at Macroom 7.30pm
Sunday 30th April
Kilmichael v Ballincollig at Kilmurry 2.30pm
Inniscarra v Aghinagh at Kilmurry 4.15pm
May 6th :
Eire Óg v Dripsey at Ballincollig 7pm
May 12th:
Blarney v Donoughmore at Grenagh 7.30pm

2017 Under 21 Hurling Championship Draws

Round 1 – Three winners to semi final stage
A Cloughduv v Ballinora
B Aghabullogue v Ballincollig
C Inniscarra v Éire Óg
Round 2 - Loser of A v Loser of B
Round 3 (Quarter Final) – Loser of C v Winner of Rd 2

U21 B Hurling Championship

Round 1
A Lee Gaels v Western Gaels
B Donoughmore v Laochra Óg
Round 2
Grenagh v Loser A
Round 3 (If Grenagh lose in Rd 2)- Grenagh v Loser B_

Macroom Juvenile G.A.A. Update.

U-14s: Macroom played Western Gaels (Iveleary and Kilmichael) in a challenge match. After a slow start, Macroom dominated the game and led at half-time by 3-4 to 1-2 with Kieran Doody and Seán De Lacey getting the goals. Noteworthy was the performance of David O’Donoghue, grandson of Jimmy, for the opposition. The final result was Macroom 4-8, Western Gaels 2-4.
Macroom U-10s had 2 very competitive games against Aghinagh. Honours were evenly divided and many U-9s played and did well. The U-9 training session was taken by James McCarthy, GDA, and was excellent.
Senior League catered for the U-11s, U12s and U-13s: 32 players took part and were divided into 4 teams. 1. Railway View – captain, Mark Hunt. 2. Codrum – captain Brian Healy 3. Masseytown – captain Ronan Morey and 4. Gurteenroe – captain Liam Holland.The competition had U-13 rules, with all scores of equal value (goals =points). Games were played in a round robin league format, were of 20 minutes duration, and the 2 top teams contested a final. All games were nip and tuck with no team winning all their games. After 120 minutes of football, Masseytown and Gurteenroe – both with two wins each qualified for the play-off. In the qualifiers, Masseytown had come out on top, so there was an opportunity for Gurteenroe to get revenge. By now all had been playing for 60mins, so fatigue was a factor. Nevertheless, each player gave his all, and after a very close contest, Gurteenroe just about won. A plaque was presented to the Gurteenroe captain, Liam Holland, by the Juvenile Club Chairperson, James Duggan. Afterwards, medals were presented to all the players and everybody had refreshments in the pavilion. The competition was a great success. Congratulations are due to the conceivers of the competitions and to all those who helped in organizing it. Well done to the winners and to all the lads who gave their best.
Junior League: in the Castle Grounds. 6 teams competed and they were Raleigh (Mike McKenna), St. Colman’s Park (DJ Lucey), Gurteenroe (James Duggan), Coolehane(Brendan Cregan), Codrum (Jerry Bradley) and Cork Street (John Cronin{Bobo}). Six teams of seven players competed in two groups. The group games (expertly refereed by Concubhar Murray and Alan O Shea) were very close. Cork Street and St Colman’s Park topped their respective leagues and qualified for the final. This was an absorbing contest which ebbed and flowed to the very end, and Cork Street equalised with the final kick of the game to take it to extra time. Water was needed by all (and especially referee Alan O Shea! Extra St Colman's Park finally overcame their opponents! The quality of football was superb, with breathtaking attacking football combined with excellent defending. ‘Well done’ to all the players and thanks to all the parents, families and friends who came to support our future stars.
Macroom U-6s and U-8s played in blitzes in Ballyvourney and the U-9s, U-10s and U-11s all played matches in the Castle Grounds. The U-6s had a super turnout and really got stuck in. The U-8s enjoyed a great morning of football and their management was very pleased. U-9s were very competitive against Bishopstown, and played 6 matches. In the league, Macroom U-10's played two well contested matches against a very good Inniscarra outfit. Every Despite letting in a few late goals in each game, Macroom won out on score-lines of 5-10 to 4-4, and 4-7 to 5-2. The management was very proud of the effort and determination shown by everyone. The U-11s played Bandon in 2 games but unfortunately were missing some strong players. The Macroom mentors were very happy with the great effort and all panel members received valuable game time. Panel; Aidan Lynch, Ben O Riordan, Cormac Burke, David Burke, Oisin O’ Sullivan, Alex Geasley, Rory Kiernan, Colin Kelleher, Mihaol Oleski, Martin Fitzgerald, Ryan Sabas, James Slattery, Jamie Murphy, Danny McKirgan and Rory Cregan.
U-14s: Macroom hosted Ballyvourney for a challenge game. Macroom dominated proceedings. Luke Aherne opened the scoring with a brilliant goal. This was followed by 1-4 from the in-form Seán De Lacey and a point by Ronan Morey. Macroom led at halftime 2-5 to 0-1 and the final score was Macroom 3-6 to 0-4 for Ballyvourney. Goalkeeper Darragh Neville was very sound and the backs were composed and in control. Midfield ensured a very good supply to the forwards who notched the necessary scores. Panel: Darragh Neville, Barry Galvin, Ben O’Connell, Dylan Wenger, Liam Holland, Brian Healy(1-0), Sam Kelleher, Jack Sexton, Mark Hunt, Gerry Kelleher, Kieran Doody, Martin Sosa, Luke Aherne(1-0), Seán De Lacey(1-4), Ronan Morey(0-1), Marcin Oleski, Michael Kelleher, Rian Coghlan, Ferenc Lazlo, Darren Sweeney, Ben O’Herlihy, Dylan Molyneux and Jensen Ward (0-1).
U-16s: beat Ballyvourney 2-10 to 1-6 in a challenge game.
Sprint Workshop: Olympian and Cork Hurling fitness coach David Matthews conducted an excellent session in the Castle Grounds on Fri. 21st and it should prove very beneficial. The club thanks Stephen Moore for arranging the event.

Laochra Óg

Hurling and Camogie Camp took place in Coláiste Ghobnatan, Ballyvourney. Included was a visit to one of our club sponsors, FolláinTeo., who gave complimentary jam to all the boys and girls who attended the camp. Míle buíochas as bhur tacaíocht. Coaches included Trevor Horgan, Niamh McCarthy, MichaelCahalane, Fionn Keane, Cárthach Keane, Bríd Stack with six transition year students giving a helping hand, Eoin O'Connell, Síle Meachair, Hannah Lyons, Caoimhe Cronin, Fionn Lynch and James Moynihan. Maeve Murphy and Shauna Healy assisted for the two day camp.
Croke Park. Our U12 Camogie team were in Croke Park to play against three teams: Wolfe Tones na Sionna from Co. Clare, Edenbrook Club from Co. Tyrone and Mountbellew-Moylough from Co. Galway. LaochraÓg won all three games and had a tour of the stadium and museum afterwards. Shauna Healy was the club referee who attended on the day. A great day out for everyone who travelled and some more good memories made. Thanks to everyone who travelled.
U16 B Hurling League took place in Coláiste Ghobnatan and the visitors led from the start with accurate freetaking. Laochra Óg made a great rally in the second half and considering that the core team was depleted with injuries and players on holidays, it was brilliantly filled with new additions like David O’Connor and Brian Healy. Final score was LaochraÓg 3 – 4 to Croke Rovers 6 – 9.
U13 Laochra Óg Camogie team played Eire Óg at Ovens. Éire Óg, an excellent team, played a great Camogie and went on a scoring spree at the start of the game. LaochraOg started getting more into the game before half time and played really well in the second half. Girls learned a lot from this game and it will be good experience in the games ahead. Thanks to team Sponsors, Macroom Tidy Towns and Eire Óg Camogie Club.
50/50 Club Development Draw Latest winner was Neilus Murphy, Clondrohid who won €402 and the sellers prize of €25 goes to Marguerite Murphy. Thanks to everyone who supported the draw. Next draw May 7th.
Féile fundraiser tea party at Clondrohid Community Hall, Friday April 28th at 7.30pm for our u14 Camogie team competing at the National Féile Competitions, Carlow in June. Contact club personnel if you are willing to help out please.

Macroom FC

Macroom FC Under 8 Academy boys group travelled to Moneygourney last weekend for a non competitive fixture against hosts Douglas Hall. All players and supporters enjoyed the experience. It will no doubt give them further encouragement as they continue to learn the game and have great fun at the same time.

The U10 schoolgirls were also off on their travels. They made the trip to take on Lakewood Ath. With an excellent turnout from players, Macroom fielded two teams, and the whole squad gave a great account of themselves.

The U15 schoolboys were away to Carrigaline in the last 16 of the local cup and were unlucky to lose 2-1 in extra time. Daniel Cotter's cross and Eoin Guiney's pressure had Macroom one up through an own goal. The home side levelled and then won the tie with a last minute extra time goal. Disappointment for the squad but a fantastic performance nonetheless.

In the U16 schoolboys cup, Kinsale paid a visit to Murrayfield and were heavily defeated 5-1 by a rampant home side. Daniel Buckley and Oisin Shovlin had Macroom in the driving seat, leading 2-0 at half time. Shovlin was in great form and he was on target twice more to secure his hat trick. The scoring was completed by Aaron O Donovan as Macroom coasted into the quarter final. Best were Dylan Twomey Prendeville, Shane Meaney and Daniel Cotter. Macroom are at home to Mallow Utd in the last eight (Fri 28th Apr).

The U12 girls are having an unbelievable season. Their latest league win was away to Park Utd of Mitchelstown last weekend. A 6-1 result keeps Macroom battling on two fronts. They still have a great chance of forcing a playoff in the league and they will also contest the cup final in Turner's Cross in May.

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Ballincollig Basketball Boys U14A team who won AICC. ©

Ballincollig Basketball Club

All Ireland Champions. Our U14 Boys are All Ireland Club Championship winners for the second year in a row. The U14 Boys made the long journey to Derry for the annual AICC Tournament. Their first game was against Dublin Sonics, a challenging game where the boys found themselves 7 points down at the start of the 4th quarter but with some resilient defence, they held Dublin to 6 points in the final quarter and scored 17 themselves. This win set up the next pool game against Kestrels. Another good win here got us into the AICC Semi Final against our Kerry neighbours from Tralee. This was a really good game of basketball where both teams displayed their skills. The game was in the balance right up to the final minutes where Ballincollig held on to win 45-39 . Then it was onwards to the Final against our local rivals, Blue Demons. The boys kept their best play for the final where they played really well and ran out deserving winners .
A big thank you to the travelling parents who made the journey to Derry to support the team . Two AICC victories in a row is something to be very proud of. We now have 23 different players holding All Ireland medals. Congratulations to the Coaches and players on their achievement.
Used Clothes Collection. Ballincollig Basketball Club are having a Used Clothing Collection during training times in the Sportlann at Coláiste Choilm over the next couple of weeks. Time to de-clutter that wardrobe and get all those old winter clothes, bed linen, curtains, lap-tops and mobile phones down to Ballincollig Basketball Club. This is open to anyone in Ballincollig and not just club members.
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.

Macroom Golf Club

Results: Week 1. Seniors:1st-Stephen Wills(16), Noel Fuller(21), Barry Madden(28) 45.5
HpG Open singles: 1st-Ted Murphy(11) 43pts, 2nd - Jim Lehane(Kinsale) (21) 41pts
3 Per Open Team event:1st- Mark O'Flynn(6), Rob O'keeffe(8), Pa Finnegan(14) 59pts
HolmPatrick Cup Qualifer: 1st-Leo Goold(11), Liam Nash(19) 47pts
Monthly Medal: 1st - P.J. Healy(12) 65, 2nd - Damien O'Mahony(27) 67
Week 2. Seniors: HpG open singles:1st - Michael Linehan(11) 42pts, 2nd - Paul McCarthy(3) 39pts
Club Singles:1st Jack Healy(17) 46pts,2nd Declan Bowen(11) 44 pts.3rd Frank O'Brien(20) 42 pts
Fixtures: Tue – Seniors. Thur - HpG Open signles. Sat & Sun - Club singles