Lee Valley Outlook June 22 2017 v14e13

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Summer on the Sullane 2017 © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Daniel Kingston Run in Macroom on Thurs., June 22 at 8p.m.
Dromleigh N.S: Bring and Buy Sale, Fri. June 23rd at 12 noon.
Dancing at Mushera Platform Marquee from 8:30pm Fri June 23rd.
Poulanargid Dog Show in Kilmurry on Fri, June 23
Kilmichael Family Fun Day Sun. June 25th, 2-5pm, behind Kilmichael Bar.
Siúlóid Mullach an Ois 25th of June in Baile Mhúirne.
Kilmurry Historical talk on Moviddy cemetery, Crookstown on Sun June 25th at 11am.
St. John's Well, Mushera Annual Mass at 7:30 pm on Tues. June 27th. Note change of date.
Éalú Lua Adventure Race Sat. 16th Sept. Early bird registration, Wed. 28th June, Briar Rose bar Inchigeela, 8-9pm.
Macroom F.C. A.G.M. Thurs. June 29, Murrayfield, 8p.m.
Macroom F.C. Adult Awards Night. Sat. July 1st Murray's Bar @ 7pm
Open Garden at Tanner’s, Raheen, Newcestown on Sun July 2 , 12 noon to 6p.m.
Macroom F.C. Schoolboys Awards Night Riverside Park Hotel Thurs 6th July at 7.30pm.
Liz Lucey Run July 9th in Inchigeela.
Macroom Golf Club Juvenile Summer Camp July 10th to 12th 3.00 pm to 5.30 pm
West Muskerry A.C Athletics Summer Camp 24th - 27th July, 10am to 2pm at Clondrohid Track
Kilmurry Museum opening hours every Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sunday: 2pm to 5pm.
Kilmurry Active Retirement Walk every Mon night from Church Car park 7.30p.m.

Events at the Riverside Park Hotel
‘Summer Nights’. Weekly Dance Nights 9.30 – 12 midnight. Friday June 23rd Breakaway and June 30th, Lee Sound.

Macroom Library
Storytime. Sat at 12 noon
Purlies Thurs June 29 at 11.30 a.m.
Spanish Sat. July 1 at 2p.m.
Environment Group Tues. July 4 at 5.30p.m.
Art Exhibition to June 30 .

We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. in this fortnightly Diary. We may include commercial events that are also being advertised simultaneously in the magazine. 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

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Corpus Christi Benediction in Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Updates

Briery Gap Update

The County Council official charged with overseeing the restoration of the Briery Gap Cultural Centre, damaged by fire more than a year ago, reports that:
• All inspections and preliminary reports have been completed.
• The Final Fire Report is due to be issued to CCC this month; this should enable the insurance claim to be issued to IPB in July.
• Pre-Qualification Tender Documents are being drafted for the appointment of Consultant Engineers for the Refurbishment.
• It is anticipated that these will be issued in late June/early July, with a consultant to be appointed in September.
Cllr Ted Lucey intends raising the matter again at the Blarney/ Macroom Council meeting on Friday, June 30.

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Macroom Lions presentation to Foróige. From left, Alex Coakley, Claire Creedon, James O’Sullivan, Lions President, Catherine Cahill, Martin Lucey, Tony Kelleher and Donal Mulcahy. © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Enterprise Events at Riverside Park Hotel

‘Summer Nights’. Weekly Dance Nights this June at Riverside Park Hotel featuring your favourite Local Acts.
Friday 23rd June -Colum Cronin and his Band
Friday 30th June -Lee Sound
Tickets €10 will be available on the door each night from 9:15pm.Dances will run from 9.30 to 12 midnight!

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De la Salle College First Year students in the San Siro stadium dressing room in Milan during the annual exchange with Marcallo con Casone ©An Scoil

Macroom Library

Cork County Library will run the Summer Stars Reading Adventure again this summer. As Macroom library was closed last summer, this will be our first engagement with the scheme and we are looking forward to it. Its aim is to encourage children to continue reading over the summer, thus helping to build literacy skills while also having fun. Call to the library to register or for further details. The County wide launch of the Summer Stars took place in Macroom on Tuesday 20th June and was performed by Eileen O’Brien, the County librarian, to coincide with our open day. More on that in the next issue of this publication.
To tie in with the Summer o f Space at Cork Institute of Technology, a broad range of space themed activities is planned across the branch network. Watch this space! Storytime Saturday 24th and July 1st at 12 noon. Saturday July 1st Spanish with Elena at 2p.m. This will be the final session until September. Ciorcal Cainte is finished until September. Purlies will meet on Thursday 29th June to knit and chat. Macroom And District Environment Group meets Tuesday 4th July at 5.30.
Our first art exhibition in our new location is the work of Sheila O’Callaghan and it will remain in place until the end of June. She uses oils on canvas and chalk pastels. They are for sale by contacting the artist and would make a lovely present. Anyone who would like some help with the Choice Based Letting website , call into the library and a member of staff will help you. Be sure to bring the username and password you received from the council. We cannot access your account without them.

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Matthew, Matt and Henry Murphy. (Con Kelleher).

Murphy’s Corner Part 2

By Con Kelleher
Macroom Sales Yard opened in 1962; Harry Murphy was chairman of a committee that was responsible for its setting up and he was its first chairman. Later it became Macroom Mart and, later again, a part of Cork Marts. Others involved were Dan Murphy, Coolalta, Timmy Kelleher – the garage, J.J. Hinchion, Dónal Tangney, Paddy O’Farrell, Tommy Tobin, Richie Cotter, Leades, Michael Corrigan and Joe Murphy. It was quite difficult to procure the site as there were many interested parties. The committee also had to deal with the ‘rights’ of the Macroom Town and Masseytown fairs; these fairs were held on the streets, and were akin to what now takes place in Cahermee and Ballinasloe Horse Fair. However, the tricky work was completed and the mart is one of Macroom’s success stories. Macroom was good for the mart and the mart was, and continues to be, good for Macroom. Harry retired as chairman when Cork Marts took over.
Unfortunately Carmel Murphy died suddenly because of a brain haemorrhage in 1966, when Catherine, the youngest, was only 8 years old. Harry was bereft and the family was devastated. He died the following year and the family was in turmoil. Mary stayed at home from college for a period and afterwards, their aunt, Mrs Eliza O’Mahony, came to stay. Matt had completed his Pre- Medical year in U.C.C. but, as a consequence of his parents’ untimely demise, he switched to studying Pharmacy in U.C.D. Despite the huge blows, the family survived and each member did well. Mary qualified as a doctor and practiced as a G.P. in Drogheda but died last year. Dan was a solicitor in Macroom until retiring last year, and John is an accountant and works in Macroom. He married Nora Kelleher, Shanakiel, and they have 3 children. John played on successful Macroom minor teams in 1969 and 1970. Sheila is married to Peter O’Herlihy and Catherine married Tadhg Twomey.
Matt Murphy married Christine Fleming in 1976 and she runs a very successful jewellery, cut glass and gift ware shop. Of their four children, Henry and Eimear work as pharmacists in the family business; Clíodhna is a G.P. and Sinéad works in Psychiatry. Matt and Christine became grandparents in 2014 and they have one grandchild, Matthew. Over time, the pharmacy acquired the adjacent Murphy and Browne’s Drapery shop and the old C. W. Ashe premises. In recent years, the family has opened a second chemist shop in Macroom, ‘Railway View Pharmacy’ and have other pharmacies in Buttevant and Wilton, Cork. Ever interested in farming, Matt and Chris have a farm in Caum and used to breed show cattle. Both are interested in public speaking and are founding members of Lee Valley Toastmasters. Matt was on the board of Cork Marts for 10 years and served as Chairman for five.
On the sporting front, Matt has a county School Shield medal (1962) and fellow team members were Fr. Dick Browne (captain), John O’Brien, New St., Dr. Jerry Kelleher, Mountmassey, Jerry Kelleher, Main Street, John O’Mahony, Main Street, Johnny O’Sullivan, Henry Collins, John McSweeney, Teddy Cunningham, John Purcell, Tom Coughlan and Teddy O’Connor. The last mentioned was an exceptionally talented player but unfortunately, did not play after School Shield grade.
The Murphy family and Murphy’s pharmacy have been part and parcel of the fabric of Macroom for almost a hundred years. Matt was on the committee for the Macroom Mountain Dew Festival and, with Martin Fitzgerald and the late Denis Murphy (Spar), provided financial backing for the ground-breaking event. Family members have contributed their time, energy and talents to many projects in the town and surrounding areas and have sponsored innumerable clubs and causes. Matt is delighted to see the town doing well and is proud and honoured that he and his family have been able to play their part.

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Harry Murphy presenting a cup to Jerome Kelleher in Macroom Sales Yard in 1965. © Dennis Dinneen collection


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Daniel Kingston Run The 8th memorial run will be held in Macroom on Thursday, June 22 at 8p.m. Registration is at Macroom Sports Complex. Funds raised go to Cork ARC Support.
Dromleigh N.S: Bring and Buy Sale and huge raffle, Friday June 23rd from 12 noon.
Poulanargid Dog Show in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, will be held by Poulanargid Harrier Club at Kilmurry on Friday, June 23.
Mushera Platform first dance of the season will take place on midsummer’s night, Friday, 23rd June, from 8-10:30 pm. Music by Lee Sound. Dancing will be in the marquee on the original restored platform.
Kilmichael Family Fun Day Sunday June 25th, 2-5pm. Competitive races, novelty races, bouncy castles, face painting & much more! In the sports ground behind Kilmichael Bar. Donations at the gate, all welcome.
Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association ltd. Sile Healy will give a talk on Moviddy cemetery, Crookstown on Sunday June 25th at 11am.All welcome.

St. John's Well, Mushera Annual Mass will take place at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, June 27th. Note change of date. Dancing at Mushera Platform will proceed as originally planned on Friday, June 23rd
Éalú Lua Adventure Race The first ever event will take place on Saturday 16th September 2017 on and around the beautiful Loch Allua. It is a multi disciplinary event consisting of a 5km run, 20km cycle and a 1.5km kayak. Éalú Lua Adventure Race is a non profit event aimed at promoting Loch Allua and the surrounding areas to people of the locality and tourists alike. The race base and start point will rotate between Inchigeela and Ballingeary annually. Early bird registration at the discounted price of €35, Wednesday 28th June at the Briar Rose bar Inchigeela, from 8-9pm. See Éalú Lua on Facebook for event details, and regular updates on training options.
Open Garden at the home of Frank and Kitty Tanner, Raheen Newcestown on Sunday, July 2 , 12 noon to 6p.m. Proceeds to Irish Community Air Ambulance.
Macroom Golf Club Juvenile (under 18 yrs) Golf Coaching Mondays 10.00 am to 12.00 noon; Tuesdays 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm; Wednesdays 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm. Summer Camp (8 to 12 Yr olds) July 10th to 12th 3.00 pm to 5.30 pm €40 per person Enquiries: Tim 083 1088152.
Kilmurry Active Retirement Walking in Kilmurry every Monday night. Meeting in Church Carpark 7.30
Blitz. Ghlac peileadóirí Scoil Abán páirt i mblitz Mhuscraí le déanaí i gCeannabhuí. Bhuaigh na buachaillí sa craobh i gcoinne St. Colman’s, Maigh Chromtha agus tháinig na cailíní sa tarna háit tar éis chailliúnt go Cluain Drochid sa chraobh.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club Annual Members Outing to Co Tipperary took place recently.
The weather was spectacular and the choice of two gardens was ideal. They had many rest areas which were appreciated on such a hot day. The hosts were most gracious and refreshments at both venues were homemade and delicious. A visit to a local Garden Centre was included on the Itinerary and both staff in the Horticulture section and Café were excellent. Evening Dinner rounded off the day and was enjoyed by all. A special word of thanks to our bus driver, who went out of his way to help and for that the Committee and members are most grateful. Enjoy the Summer!
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: June 7. Jackpot €1400. No winner. €70 - Marita Smith, Carrigaphooka. €20 each: Maureen Smith, Dunmanway. Denise Looney, c/o Laine Bar. Davy Tarrant, Millstreet. Margaret Coakley, Inchigeela.
June 14. Jackpot €1600. No winner. €70 - Anne Casey, Rusheen Cross. €20 each: Fergal Kelleher, 36 Oakwood. Zena Cotter, Kilvoultra. Peter McSweeney, Clondrohid. Martina Twomey, Hartnett’s Cross
Kilmurry G.A.A. Lotto 29/05/17 Jackpot €2,000 numbers 22,25,26. No winner. €50 Aishling Crowley €20 each: Margaret Kelly Con O Keefe, Pat O Callaghan, Liam Leahy, Willie Barrett.
06/06/17 Jackpot €2,200. Numbers 10,29,40. No winner. €50 Kevin Barrett, €20 each Donie Kearney Aileen Crowley O Sullivan, Trish Collier Eoin Keane John O Mahony.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 06/06/2017. Jackpot €5.200. No Winner, Numbers drawn: 7-25-34. €70 . Mary Lehane, Glen Park €20 each. Brendan O'Rourke, E.S.B. Dunmanway. Maurice Healy, Gurteenroe House, Macroom. Damien Conlon, Railway View, Evelyn Mc Sweeney, Middle Square, . Colman Corrigan, Glen Park,.
13/06/2017 Jackpot €5,400. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 9-21-34. €70. Brooke Murphy, 9 Lr. Cork Street €20 each. Liobe Mc Sweeney, 8 Barrett Place. Maeve Cotter, Sullane Weirs, Aidan O'Brien, C/O Shelia Buttimer. Michael Browne, Railway View. Paul Long, New Street
Macroom F.C. Lotto 06/06/17 Jackpot €5,000. Numbers drawn: 21, 32, 33. No Winner €80 John Kelleher c/o Lars €20 each Dick Dineen c/o Evelyn. Mary McSweeney c/o June. Denny Lynch c/o Darrin Clare Mungovan c/o Evelyn
12/06/17 Jackpot €5,200. Numbers drawn: 4, 11, 15. No Winner €80 Noreen McSweeney c/o Evelyn €20 each. Pat Murphy c/o Brian. Norah Deasy c/o Lars. Michael Shannon c/o Goldens Paul Twohig c/o Lars
19/06/17 Jackpot 5,400. Numbers drawn: 16, 18, 33. No Winner €80 Murless c/o Connie €20 each Denis and Anne c/o Greyhound Anne Duggan c/o Greyhound. Paulie Kingston c/o Paulie. Anne Duggan, Mashanaglass
Coachford AFC Lotto Results, 6/6/2017. Jackpot: €2,000. Numbers Drawn: 20 – 28 – 32. No Winner. €40 Noreen Walsh, €20 Jean O’Connell, Luke Casey, Breda O’Connell, Peter Kelleher (Yearly Ticket).
12/6/2017. Jackpot: €2,200. Numbers Drawn: 7 – 27 – 34. No Winner. €40 Denis Finnegan (Yearly Ticket), €20 Connie Cronin, Paddy & Madge, John T. Roche, Joe the Dog.
19/6/2017. Jackpot: €2,400. Numbers Drawn: 12 – 15 – 16. No Winner. €40 Paddy Riordan, €20 David O’Mahony, Jim Bergin, Declan O’Connell, John T. Roche.

Lee Valley Updates

Clondrohid Updates

Clondrohid Community Hall was built in the late 1970's and has served the people of this area well ever since. Many halls across Ireland were built in similar style, for the purpose of indoor sports, performances, fundraisers and meetings etc. Regrettably some halls fell into disuse, with resulting loss of vital revenue for insurance, heat and maintenance. Clondrohid Community Hall is fortunately nowhere near this at the moment but we cannot become complacent as to its future, its purpose and its maintenance. The Committee has identified some areas that will require attention immediately, others in the coming years that will have to be attended to and will cost some considerable amount of money, e.g. much of the property needs to be rewired and this is to begin immediately as well as a replacement for the gas meter which is not repairable due to its age. The biggest expense probably will be its roof but others areas have been identified such as replacement of external doors and remaining windows, insulation to the cavities to reduce heating costs, energy saving lighting internally and externally to reduce electricity costs, facility for hot water, hopefully solar or eco, disabled toilets and child changing facilities, painting and a deep clean. These are being prioritised by the committee.They will take some time but we are actively seeking funding/ grant-aid and looking at standing costs in an attempt to keep our facility in top class condition and self sufficient into the future. If the conditions are improved we feel the possibility of lucrative corporate and show events are a great way of generating substantial income.
Some of the immediate changes are a booking and fee structure, plus a receipt and expenditure tracking system; the committee is reluctant to increase the costs and feel the way forward is to increase the use, thus increasing income. We encourage everyone to consider having a function, party or fundraiser in the facility, and to support all those currently using the facility. The fee structure agreed is, €5 for a meeting, €5 an hour for small business using only the back room (hall would be available separately), €15 an hour for community or sporting fundraiser events. €25 an hour for commercial users, e.g. those using for personal or corporate business.€50 for a birthday party. This is an extremely attractive but necessary starting point and we hope it is supported and any extra business is to be welcomed. All Community Hall meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend and become involved. Booking contacts available at Hall. News is available on Face Book regarding meetings and events.
All Ireland rally for life will take place in Dublin on Saturday July 1 at 2pm. Bus leaving Macroom at 8am. Transport to and from bus can be arranged. Contact Rosarie on 086 8154288 or Peter on 087 2243019 for more info.
Corpus Christi: This solemn occasion took place in the village on June 11. Unfortunately the weather was not too kind and the procession took a shorter route around the church car park. Fr. Wickham led the procession, followed by the altar boys, the First Holy Communion children with their teacher, the Choir and men, women and children. Rosary was recited, and hymns sung. The procession returned to the church for exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The First Holy Communion children recited their hymns and prayers. A lovely parish occasion.
Farewell to Showstoppers: A very nostalgic night was held in Clondrohid Community Hall on June 8, a night of reminiscing as people examined photos from all the shows over the years 2006 to 2013. While the group were busy forging friendships and making so many happy memories, numerous charities benefited financially from each show run, giving a grand total of €41,927.34. Showstoppers donated their 86 sweatshirts to the Burren Chernobyl Project and that they have been shipped to an orphanage in Chernobyl.
Trocaire Collection: The amount collected this Lent amounted to just over €2,300.Thanks to everyone who subscribed.
St. John’s Mass at St. John’s Well takes place on Tuesday night June 27. The following night, Saturday 24, entertainment in Carriganima Pub is with the ‘2 Mikes ‘ from Beaufort Killarney. Everyone welcome. Watch this space for a big Barbecue in July
Fundraiser The Irish heart fundraising event that took place on June 4 in memory of Shane Murphy included a marathon waxathon, shave or dye, raffle, and auction. It raised the overwhelming amount of €8750 and a huge thank you to all who participated in the very worthy fundraiser. A presentation of the cheque to the Irish heart foundation will take place Monday June 26 at 7pm in The Tavern .All are welcome and congratulations to everyone involved ,see you on the night .
Cúl Camp Registration Forms available, contact Fergal on 0879359704 July 10 to July 14.
Munster u15 super 10 blitz finals. Clondrohid U 15 team was one of 6 Cork teams who qualified for the finals at Mallow. Even though we were the lowest ranked team there, we approached the day with the right attitude and gave a good account of ourselves. The first game v Austin Stacks of Kerry resulted 4-8 to 1-4 . Stacks went on to the final where they lost out narrowly to Buttevant. Our 2nd game was against Durarigle Gaels and we were level at half time and lost out to a late goal 3-4 to 2-4. A good day with all players receiving Munster training tops. Team: Luke Duggan. Jerome Healy Conor Lucey . Gearoid O Connell Liam Coleman. George Lowrie, Conor O Leary Ciaran O Leary Alex Kelly JK Long ,Conor Dineen Eoin Kelleher David O Connell .

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Celebrity chef, Denis Cotter, performs the official opening of Store of Memories, with Dorothy Ó Tuama. ©Connie Cronin Photographer

Inchigeela Updates

Litter Challenge We are delighted with the news that for the first time ,Inchigeela is in the final of the litter challenge run by Cork Co Council. This means that the momentum must now continue with extra care because we are told that the inspectors could visit at any time. It would fantastic to win the challenge and with everybody’s participation, we can do it !
Procession. The annual Corpus Christi Procession was held on Sunday and was attended by a huge crowd. This was the third consecutive year that the weather has been splendid for the occasion. There were colourful bunting and floral arrangements, windows of holy pictures and statues. The pipe band and the choir sounded superb. The village was looking at its best and it is inspiring to see the effort that was made for the special day.
Street Picnic After the procession, it has been a practice now for the past few years to hold a little party in the open air. This year’s picnic was held in glorious sunshine and sun cream and ice cream was the order of the day. Many brought their own food but apple tarts appeared from nowhere with pavlovas and roulades and jam filled scones and endless cups of tea and coffee .It is a credit to those who put in such hard work. Well done. And a special word of praise to the Ballingeary Pipe Band who played and marched in the Procession and who afterwards gave more of their time to entertain the picnickers in the brilliant sunshine. All in all, an unforgettable day.

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The Ó Liatháin family at the launch of Johnny’s CD, An Crúiscín Lán’, in Baile Mhúirne ©Diarumid O’Connell

An Crúiscín Lán

Sheol Seán Ó Liatháin, nó Johnny Corny mar a ghlaoitear air go háitiúil, ó Bhaile Mhic Íre, dlúthdhiosca dúbailte dá chuid amhrán in Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loinsigh ar an Aoine, 26ú Bealtaine. Seoladh an dlúthdhiosca i gcomhpháirtíocht le scéim amhránaíochta Aisling Gheal agus tá sé beartaithe ag Séan an t-airgead ar fad ó dhíolachán an dlúthdhiosca a chur i dtreo Ospidéal Mhaigh Chromtha. Tá 25 fuaimrian san iomlán le cloisint ar an dá dhlúthdhiosca dár teideal An Cruiscín Lán. Is é Peadar Ó Riada a thaifead an dlúthdhiosca ina stiúideo sa Draighean i gCúil Aodha. Tá na hamhráin ann idir Ghaoluinn agus Béarla araon, agus iad mar shamail de shaol Sheáin go dtí seo - amhráin lena uncail Peaití Tadhg Pheig, amhráin ó uncail eile leis, John Tadhg Pheig agus a bhean chéile siúd, Molly Patsy, amhráin a d’fhoghlaim sé le Cór Chuil Aodha ó na seascaidí i leith agus cúpla amhrán eile a thaithíonn leis. Ag an seoladh, labhair Peadar Ó Riada le Johnny féna chuid míreanna amhránaíochta agus ar ndóigh, bhí neart scéalta le hinsint aige.
Johnny Lehane, Ballymakeera, (mid Cork pallets and Rochestown Park Hotel) launched his debut album, An Crúiscín Lán, in Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh on Friday, 26th May. All proceeds go to Macroom Hospital. This double CD has 25 tracks in Irish and in English and include Seán’s favourite songs, songs he acquired from his uncle Peataí Tadhg Pheig, songs he learned from another uncle, John Tadhg Pheig and his wife, Molly Peatsaí and songs he has learned as a member of Cór Chúil Aodha since the sixties. The album is available in most local shops and bookshops at €17. It is a delightful collection, with Seán’s inimitable voice giving us classics such as An Poc ar Buille, The Trip to Gougane, The Pup came home from Claodagh, Baile Mhúirne near the Town of Sweet Macroom, My Inchigeela Lass, An Crúiscín Lán, Bímís ag Ól, Abha an tSuláin, Baile Mhúirne, Na Géanna and Mo Ghille M’Fear among many others.

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Lucht an 5ú bliain, Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, ar an dturas go dtí Santiago de Compostela. ©An Scoil

Nuacht ó Scoil Mhuire. Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh

Camino. Ar an 25ú lá d’Aibreán chuaigh bliain a 5 ar thuras scoile thar lear chuig Santiago de Compostela in iarthuaisceart na Spáinne. Turas 5 lá a bhí ann. Ar an gcéad lá shroicheadar an Spáinn ag a leath uair tar éis a 2 agus thugadar cuairt ar an ardeaglais sa bhaile ann.Ar an dara lá chuadar ar bhus chuig an meánscoil i Moana. Thug na daltaí cuairt ar gach rang ag tabhairt taispeántais ar Éirinn dos na daltaí Spáinneacha. Ansin bhí deis aithne a chur ar na daltaí sin tar éis scoile ar an trá. D’fhágadar slán leo ansin agus chuadar ar bhád chun an bhá a thrasnú go Vigo. Chuadar ag siopadóireacht i go leor siopaí ann agus sar i bhfad, bhíodar ar an mbus arís chun filleadh arn óstán don oíche.
An lá dar gcionn thugadar fé shiúlóid 40km atá mar pháirt den shiúlóid oilithreachta an Camino. Bhuaileadar le daoine difriúla ar an siúlóid agus d’fhanadar i Pedrouzo an oíche sin. Ar an Aoine, dhéanadar an leath eile den siúlóid agus níorbh fhada gur shroicheadar Santiago de Compostela. D’itheadar i mbialann áitiúil an oíche sin agus d’éisteadar le ceol traidisiúnta. Ar an lá deireanach, chuadar timpeall an bhaile sular fhágadar an Spáinn. Bhí an-spórt ar fad acu ar an dturas is bhíodar díomách nuair a bhí orthu filleadh abhaile.
Scrúdaithe. I mí na Bealtaine bhí bliain na hArdteiste agus lucht an Teastais Shóisearaigh ag déanamh a scrúduithe praiticiúla Miotalóireachta, C.G.A.T. agus Adhmadóireachta.
Peil. Bhí comórtaisí peile in aghaidh Coláiste Ghobhnatan ag bliain a 1 agus a 2 i mBaile Mhúirne ar an 3ú lá de Bhealtaine. Roinneadhna daltaí ón dá scoil i 15 fhoireann. D’imríodar cluichí ansin agus ar deireadh, bhain foireann ó Scoil Mhuire an bua amach is bhíomar ana bhródúil astu!
Céilí. Ar an 12úlá de Bhealtaine tháinig daltaí bliain a 1 agus a 2 ó Ghaelscoil Carraig Uí Leighin ar cuairt chuig Scoil Mhuire. Ghlacadar páirt i gcéilí san halla le daltaí bliain a 1 agus a 2. Bhí an-chraic acu go léir.

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An cúigiú bliain Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, a bhain sult as an siúlóid Gaisce i gCill Áirne. ©An Scoil

Turasanna. Chuaigh bliain a 1 agus a 2 chuig ‘Ballyhass Lakes’ le haghaidh a dturas scoile an tseachtain ina dhiadh sin ar an 16úlá de Bhealtaine. Bhí gníomhaíochtaí ar nós an “Leap of Faith” agus an “Gladiator Challenge” ar bun acu. Bhí an t-ádh leo go raibh dea-aimsir acu is bhí ana lá acu go léir!
D’eagraigh bliain a 5 Lá Spóirt ar an gCéadaoin an 17ú lá de Bhealtaine. I measc na n-imeachtaí, bhí rásaí 100m agus 400m, rásaí sealaíochta, poc agus cic fada agus an tarraingt téide. Chuaigh bliain a 6 ar a dturas scoile go dtí an Daingean ar an 19ú lá de Bhealtaine. Thugadar cuairt ar Ionad an Bhlascaoid i nDún Chaoin le foghlaim faoi stair na mBlascaoidí agus chuadar go hionad dreapadóireachta sa Daingean. Bhí ana lá acu! Agus ar ndóigh, chuaigh Bliain a 5 go Santiago de Compostela, mar atá ráite thuas.
Gaisce. Ar an 9ú lá de Bhealtaine chuaigh bliain a 5 ar thuras Gaisce i gCiarraí. Chuadar ar shiúlóid 20km ó Néidín go Cill Áirne. D’itheadar béile i mbialann Milano an tráthnóna sin agus d’fhéachadar ar scannán sa phictiúrlann chomh maith. Bhí deis acu dul ag siopadóireacht an mhaidin dar gcionn agus shroicheadar baile arís roimh dheireadh an lae scoile Dé Céadaoin. Chuaigh bliain a 5 ag curachóireacht i Loch Allua ar an 12ú lá de Bhealtaine. Chuadar thar n-ais ann an Aoine dar gcionn is bhaineadar ana thaitneamh as an gcurachaóireacht agus na radharcanna áille ann.

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Future Farmers of America (FFA) visit Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella farm during Discover Ireland tour © Lee Valley Outlook

Discover Buffaloes in the Lee Valley

Discover Ireland is now directing many tour groups to the Lee Valley as Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella and Don Corkleone (a.k.a. Johnny Lynch, Clonclud, Cill na Martra) and his herd of buffalo become a major tourist attraction. Two busloads of Americans visited the idyllic farm last week, with farmers from 30 different States, learning about this novel enterprise. They were member of FFA, Future Farmers of America, who were being rewarded for innovative farming projects. They are students at a variety of agricultural colleges and universities and are on a weeklong visit to Ireland. Included in their schedule were visits to the National Stud, dairy cattle and beef cattle farms, fish farms and Ireland’s only buffalo mozzarella enterprise near Toon’s Bridge in Cork.
At the latter venue they were met by ‘Il Capo’, Johnny Lynch, the enterprising farmer who decided to opt for a totally new type of agriculture some years back, and Dorothy Ó Tuama, chef and local tour guide. They led two groups through all areas of Macroom Buffalo, from where the calves are born and fed to the milking areas and then, to lush meadows where they observed the huge, placid, curious animals. Because of hygiene constraints, they were not permitted o visit the dairy where the cheese is made but were able to sample the product on site.

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Discover Ireland representatives, Liam Finnegan and George Connolly with Johnny Lynch (Don Corkleone) and Dorothy Ó Tuama at Macroom Buffalo farm. © Lee Valley Outlook

Johnny and Dorothy gave informative and entertaining talks on the novel business and fielded a host of questions. Johnny is keen to encourage other Irish farmers to branch into buffalo dairy farming. Demand for buffalo milk, buffalo mozzarella cheese and buffalo meat for burgers is now outstripping supply as more restaurants and supermarket chains stock the products. Buffalo milk is used by people with dairy intolerance. ‘Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese’ is far less processed than what is sold as ‘Mozzarella Cheese’, which is made from cow’s milk and has to have fat added to bring it up to the required 8%. Buffalo meat has a distinctive taste and makes delicious burgers. Once established, Johnny claims that buffalo husbandry is far more profitable than traditional dairy farming.
Dorothy Ó Tuama also manages the iconic Store of Memories which is open on weekend afternoons at Inchigeela. She also organises a Lee Valley Taste Trail, taking visitors by bus to Inchigeela for instruction in brown bread making, to Gougane Barra, the buffalo farm, Fia Bán Brewery in Baile Mhúirne and Macroom Oatmeal Mill in Masseytown.

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Zach Ayers, Missouri and Evan Schaefer, Ohio, meet the fauna at Macroom Buffalo farm © Lee Valley Outlook

This ties in appropriately with Macroom Food Festival in September. The festival has become a major success story for the Lee Valley, showcasing the wonderful artisan products of the area. We have wonderful scenery, music and food in the Lee Valley as well as warm, welcoming people. Let us be more aware of our wealth and make it accessible to visitors from near and far.

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Clondrohid Showstoppers present €1,399.34 cheque, the final charitable donation of €41,927.34 total, to the local Development at their closing down party. © Clondrohid Photographers.

Farewell to Clondrohid Showstoppers

Showstoppers took a final bow in Clondrohid Hall recently. Sadly, the group is disbanding after many years of fun, friendship and top class entertainment. Showstoppers gave us marvellous shows from 2006 to 2103 and showcased some amazing young local talent. Starting in 2006 with ‘’Excerpts from Grease’’, they progressed to ‘’Mission Impossible Finding Elvis’’ 2007; 2008 ‘’Rocking all over the World’’; 2009 You Can’t Stop The Beat’’; 2010 ‘’Glitz at the Ritz’’; 2012 Oh What a Night’’ and finally, 2013 ‘ Oh What a Life’’.
399 children took part over the seven year period and their parents were willing helpers behind the scenes. Thousands of lines, scores of songs and dance routines, endless hours of rehearsing, kept the cast and crew busy from October into Easter each year. While the group was busy forging friendships and making so many happy memories, numerous charities benefited financially from each show run -
Bothar €7,500, Irish Guide Dogs €4,000, The Hope Foundation €6,000, Shine €6,163, Chernobyl Children’s Project €5,000 , Debfibrillator Fundraising Group €500, Build For Life €4,000, Clondrohid Parish Church €2,500, Clondrohid Community Hall €2,500 and now The Clondrohid Development Group €1,399.34, giving a grand total of €41,927.34 donated to charities. Showstoppers donated their 86 sweatshirts to the Burren Chernobyl Project and that they have been shipped to an orphanage in Chernobyl.
At a presentation on Thursday, June 8, Fr.Wickham P.P. was presented with some framed photographic memorabilia by Catherine Long, the group chairperson. These will be hung at a later date in Clondrohid Community Hall to remember this wonderful group and celebrate their superb contribution to the lives of so many of the parish youth. Eileen Lane and Carmel Sheehan treasurer and assistant treasurer for the group presented Breda Kelleher, treasurer of Clondrohid Development Group with a cheque for €1399.34, being the balance in the group’s now closed account.
Catherine, who wrote , produced and choreographed all the shows, said it was a privilege to lead the group , but, that as everyone knows, for something to be successful, it must have people to come together and work together. That certainly happened for seven years! She extended a huge thank you to all the people and parents who rallied around the group each year to help in any way that they could to ensure the show’s success. A special word of thanks to Fr.Wickham for his support and for offering a solution to storage for years. She then paid tribute to the wonderful group of children who made up the cast and rehearsed tirelessly each year. She mentioned especially the backstage team led year after year by the wonderful and very witty Joanne O’Riordan. A joy to work with. Catherine then spoke of key people behind the scenes. Without their involvement no show would have been possible. She paid tribute to the hard work of past and present committees. The present committee, Eileen Lane , Carmel Sheehan ,Jennifer O’Sullivan ,Ann O’Connell and Denise Cronin, were thanked for their huge contribution. Eileen Lane has been the group treasurer for a number of years and was very ably assisted by the incredibly organised Carmel Sheehan, vice treasurer. Catherine highlighted that along with working on committee, both Carmel and Jennifer led the costume team for years. This was a mammoth task, but they did it with such enthusiasm, commitment and good will ,these ladies were the back bone of the group and deserve a huge tribute for the endless hours of hard work that went in to making the children look spectacular on stage. Denise also took on the role of secretary, while being an integral part of the costume team. This trio of ladies, always calm , always caring and always positive, were a pleasure to work with over the years and grateful thanks was extended to them all.
Ann O’Connell was the group’s PRO on committee and did a fantastic job promoting the group. She was also thanked for the countless hours she spent at every rehearsal helping to coach and cajole the children to be ready for ‘’the big show run’’, her infectious energy was ever present and very much appreciated. Catherine said that while it was sad to see the group come to an end, the committee was heartened that so many of their assets were now being passed on to Clondrohid Youth Choir and The Community Hall and they would go on to benefit the youth in our community into the future.
Clondrohid Development Group would like to pay tribute to all those involved in these great shows. It took great dedication, time and energy. A special word of appreciation to Catherine, Sean and their family for all their hard work. An excellent performance needs a dedicated leader, and the young performers of those years were the lucky ones.

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Cats’ Meow at Showstoppers 2009 in Clondrohid © Lee Valley Outlook


Historical Invitation

Articles relating to local history, businesses, families and individuals that have been published in the Lee Valley Outlook in recent years have been enjoyed by many readers. So as to ensure inclusion of material from all our catchment area, we invite submissions and we will be glad to publish suitable pieces from local historians and writers throughout the Lee Valley. The usual length of articles is 700 – 800 words and longer pieces may be published over a number of issues if necessary. They may be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you may seek further information by email or by ringing 026 41891

Historical Book on Murragh (Newcestown)

‘Murragh A Place of Graves’ has been published by Ballineen, Enniskeane and Newcestown voluntary group and will be available soon. This book is the culmination of many years of hard work by dedicated local groups, intent on preserving and recording the historic character of this ancient and sacred place. Murragh, situated on the banks of the River Bandon between Enniskeane and Bandon, remains an important focal point in local history, and a place of Christian worship and burial since at least the 12th century. A tumulus (ancient burial mound) located within the church bounds, gives evidence of pre-Christian activity and burial practice. In recent centuries, movement of the River Bandon course has undermined and washed away, a large portion of the old graveyard and most of the old church.

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The wedding party of Terence McSwiney: Front: Terence and his wife Muriel (née Murphy). Back Mary MacSwiney, Annie MacSwiney, Fr Augustine Hayden OFM Cap.; bridesmaid Geraldine O’Sullivan, best man Richard Mulcahy. ©

Centenary of MacSwiney Wedding Celebrated in Kilmurry

Kilmurry Museum’s Object of the Month for June is, appropriately, a wedding gift presented to Terence McSwiney and his bride, Muriel Murphy of Cork, on June 9, 1917, one hundred years ago. The inscribed silver dish ring, made by Cork silversmiths Egans in 1916, was bought at auction in 2016 and was generously donated to the Independence Museum, Kilmurry, previously known as the Terence McSwiney Memorial Museum because of the patriot’s strong connections with the area.
Muriel and Terence had met through mutual friends at Christmas 1915 but, with Terence deeply immersed in his activities with the Irish Volunteers and arrested in May 1916 after the Easter Rising, romance did not blossom immediately. However, Muriel became a support to him and others in the separatist movement during their stand-off with the British authorities during Easter week at Cork’s Volunteer Hall and during Terence’s subsequent detention in England. When he was released along with many other Cork prisoners at Christmas 1916, Muriel spent several weeks in Dublin. She had gone to visit friends in England when word reached her of Terence’s deportation in February 1917. Volunteers had been taken into military custody and, without any charges or convictions, sent to several English towns and villages and ordered not to travel outside of a limited area. After tracking Terence down to the Herefordshire village of Bromyard, Muriel visited him and they became engaged on March 3. Muriel was a member of a prominent Cork distillery family, and her mother disapproved of the match, despite Terence’s attempts to secure her approval through the efforts of Cork’s Catholic bishop, Daniel Cohalan. The wedding, which they had hoped to have within a few weeks of getting engaged, was instead put off until the day after Muriel’s 25th birthday, when she would become financially independent. While Terence’s sisters, Mary and Annie, were present at the wedding on June 9, the bride’s family was not represented. At Terence’s request, the Capuchin friar, Fr Augustine Hayden, officiated at the ceremony. He had tended to many of the wounded and the dying during the Easter Rising in Dublin, and had been with many of the executed leaders in their final hours in May 1916. Just as the Irish language featured prominently in the couple’s early interaction and their correspondence during Terence’s 1916 detention, it was also the language of their marriage. The occasion was a rare opportunity for MacSwiney to don the uniform of the Irish Volunteers, and so, one was smuggled to England for him. In the warm June sunshine, he arrived at the Catholic church in Bromyard in a large overcoat, which he removed once inside, to reveal the uniform.
The silver dish ring was a gift to the couple from the girls of Saint Íta’s. The inscription reads: M M M agus T Mac S Lá an Spórta, 9/6/17. Lá an Spórta’ is possibly in error for ‘Lá a bPósta’, or Day of Marriage]. Ó Cailíní Sgoil Íte Naomhtha [From the girls of St Íta’s School]. St Íta’s was a school established in Cork city in September 1916 by Mary and Annie MacSwiney, after Mary lost her job at St Angela’s College, a girl’s secondary school on St Patrick’s Hill. She had been taken away by police while teaching a class and was held for a short period in Cork Women’s Gaol. The school’s religious owners were worried about the impact of her arrest in the aftermath of the Easter Rising. St Íta’s continued to teach girls up to Leaving Certificate, and boys in infant classes until it closed in 1954 and was amalgamated with Scoil Mhuire.
The others who attended the wedding were Muriel’s friend Geraldine O’Sullivan (later Neeson), who was her bridesmaid. She later taught occasionally at St Íta’s, where Terence and Muriel’s daughter Máire (later Máire MacSwiney Brugha) was among her pupils in the 1930s. The best man was Richard Mulcahy, who would later become Chief of Staff of the Irish Volunteers/ Irish Republican Army, and National Army Commander-in-Chief after Michael Collins’ death at Béal na Bláth in August 1922.
The newlyweds got to enjoy rural Cork during summer 1917, after Terence and others were released within weeks of the wedding in Bromyard, as part of a wider amnesty for remaining Irish prisoners held since Easter 1916. He and Muriel travelled to the Gaeltacht village of Ballingeary. Muriel described it in the weeks after her husband’s death in October 1920 as “a very, very beautiful place out in the country where they still do things in the old Irish way. They do not know English there yet, I am glad to say, and they are very much better off for it.” The couple stayed in Ballingeary until September, when they moved to the city for their three short years together, much of which Terence spent in prison or away from home for fear of arrest.


The Essex Serpent‘ by Sarah Perry
London 1893, Cora Seaborne's husband dies. Retreating as a new widow to the countryside with her son, she encounters rumours of the ‘Essex serpent‘, a creature of folklore said to have returned to roam the marsh.
A lovely novel about the workings of life, love and belief. Full of intelligence and charm.
Available at Fitz-Gerald’s bookshop €11.00


Hegarty School of Dancing

Lisa Hegarty teaches dancing in Crookstown , Canovee & Cill na Martra and her dancers just had an amazing weekend at the biggest competition of the year, Fó Chomórtaisí Na Mumhan, held in Limerick. The children won lots of medals, cups and trophies. The Fó Chomórtaisí are important to our dancers who are making their way through the grades in competitive Irish dancing and it's a stepping stone to the Munster Championships. While we compete at all levels, from beginner to World level, we emphasise that our school ethos is not all about competition. Dance is for everyone, whether you compete or not. It's an expression and 'every child counts'. We are all the same thrilled that the Hegarty Irish Dance Academy did so well in Limerick last weekend. Next up, the dancers will join a group of musicians from Killarney and visit Killarney’s twin town, Saint Avertin for the Festival des Horizons, held in the town every year.

Grow it Yourself

Growing plants from seeds. Potting compost is the medium that is used. It is completely different to compost that you might make yourself in the garden from rotting plant matter. Potting compost is a sterile medium in which there are no weed seeds. It also retains moisture very effectively and is very low in nutrients so it is only ever used for starting seeds off. If you intend to grow a plant to maturity in a pot, it will need to be transplanted in to a medium that has more nutrients in it (e.g. a mix of garden compost and soil etc). It’s worth buying good quality potting compost – ideally one that is approved for use in organic production and peat-free.
Things to do in June. Watering and weeding duties step up a notch – the tunnel/greenhouse in particular will require a good deal of water from now on. Watch the weather and water outside as required. Continue to earth-up potato plants to prevent the spuds becoming green. Mulch and water tomato plants and continue to remove side shoots that appear in the leaf axils. Stake everything that grows tall – raspberries, peas, beans, tomatoes etc. Net soft fruit against birds – it’s worth the effort.
Sow courgettes, pumpkins, summer and winter squash, fennel, chicory. Succession sow: beans (French and Runner), kale, pea, spinach, spinach beet, summer broccoli, carrot, swede, leek, lettuce, Brussels sprouts, beetroot, chicory, endive, turnip, kohlrabi, fennel. Plant out leeks, Brussels Sprouts, cabbage, autumn cauliflower, calabrese, sprouting broccoli, celery, celeriac, cucumbers, pumpkin, marrows, runner beans, aubergine.
Harvest the first broad beans and peas as well as new potatoes, new carrots, soft fruit like gooseberries, cherries and strawberries. Herbs are in full flow. Also harvest kohlrabi, cabbage, cauliflower (month end), spinach, spring onion, shallots, salad leaves, elderflower, rhubarb, salad leaves, onions, carrots, beetroot, garlic, sea-kale.
Recipe of the Month – Strawberry and Spinach Salad
Celebrate the seasonality of strawberries and new season spinach with this delicious and super-quick salad. Serves 4.
Ingredients: 300g annual spinach Approx 400g strawberries, sliced 120ml olive oil 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 100g caster sugar 1/4 teaspoon paprika 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
Directions Toss together the spinach and strawberries in a large salad bowl. In another bowl whisk together the oil, vinegar, sugar, paprika, sesame seeds and poppy seeds. Pour over the spinach and strawberries, and toss to coat.
By Michael Kelly

Legal Affairs

Solar Development

There are many pitfalls which every farmer who has been contacted by a solar developer must watch out for. These are commercial agreements and to avoid any undesired outcomes concerning your land, you should seek the advices of a suitably qualified and experienced solicitor. Your solicitor will then guide you through the agreement process from beginning to end.
I would like to concentrate on three of the most unfair clauses I have seen in some solar agreements that landowners have been asked to sign.
Automatic right of renewal of the lease. Some leases contain clauses that give the developer the automatic right to renew the lease. Some of the clauses allow for the terms and conditions to be renegotiated again between the developer and landowner; others provide that the renewal shall be on the exact terms and conditions as the current lease. Remember, the term of the lease can be anything from between 25 to 35 years. I hate to be morbid here, but you may not be around when this lease comes to an end. It may be your children dealing with this developer. You are, to a certain extent, venturing into the unknown. Unlike a neighbour renting your land to farm, you do not know the developer very well. Will the relationship with the developer be a positive and mutually beneficial relationship? Will the developer comply with the lease and be respectful towards you and your land? I advise my clients that if the agreement is positive and you are happy with it, then by all means renegotiate with the developer at the end of the term in relation to a new lease. Rights extending to the use of land beyond what is reasonably expected for the operation of a solar farm should be examined closely and not agreed to unless clarified.
Reinstatement of land. Another important clause to look out for (or more importantly to check that it is there) is that the developer will remove all equipment at the end of the lease. The restoration of land is expensive and you should not have to bear this cost and be faced with this hassle at the end of the term. Access roads should be reinstated. Some agreements contain clauses whereby the onus is placed on the landowner to notify the developer in writing that they require the access roads to be reinstated. Watch out for this. There are very strict time limits that you must comply with to get the developer to reinstate access roads. You may think you are covered when you have clauses in your agreement that confirm the land will be reinstated by the developer, but what happens if the developer goes bust? Who takes down the equipment then? It is critical that the developer agrees in the lease to have an insurance bond in place to look after you in this event. Always ask for a copy of this insurance bond every year throughout the term of the lease.
Right to assign to a third party. Lastly, there are almost always clauses in the option agreement and leases whereby the developer has power to assign the agreement to a third party. I cannot stress the next point enough. Make sure you have the entitlement to be notified about the proposed assignment and make sure your written consent is required before any such assignment takes place. You will no longer be dealing with the current developer and you are now faced with the prospect of a new developer taking his or her place, and consequently you are entitled to know who you will be dealing with it, their qualifications, experience, track record etc. and you are entitled to say no to the proposed assignee. Often, the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t!
If administered correctly a solar agreement can be a very good and fruitful land use. It does not fit in every situation but depending on the farmers own circumstances and location to the grid, it may be a good option to look at with your land. I have only touched on a few of the clauses to look out for, so it is important to obtain expert advice in advance of signing.
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.

Sports Mad


Senior Football Championship

2 Mid Cork teams: Muskerry and Ballincollig
Round 2A (WINNERS of Round 1)
Douglas v Carbery Rangers
Castlehaven v Carbery
Nemo Rangers 0-15 Bishopstown 2-2
Avondhu 1-12 UCC 3-18
BALLINCOLLIG 1-10 Valley Rovers 2-15
Duhallow 4-15 Seandún 1-11
Round 2B (LOSERS of Round 1 & Preliminary Round 1)
Newcestown v St Finbarrs
Dohenys v CIT
O’Donovan Rossa 0-10 Clyda Rovers 0-12 aet.
Clonakilty 0-12 MUSKERRY 1-12
Kiskeam v Aghada
Ilen Rovers 0-17 St Nicks 0-10
Carrigaline v Beara
Round Three: (2A losers v 2B winners) - to date
BALLINCOLLIG, Bishopstown, Avondhu, Seandún: Ilen, Clyda, MUSKERRY
Round Four: 2A winners and Round 3 winners
Valley Rovers, Nemo, UCC, Duhallow
Eliminated: St Nicks, O’Donovan Rossa, Clonakilty

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Muskerry who defeated Clonakilty in the County Senior Football Championship. © Lee Valley Outlook

Muskerry 1 – 12 Clonakilty 0 – 12
Muskerry, demolished by Duhallow in the opening round, had no fewer than nine new faces in their starting line out for their second round game in the senior championship at Newcestown and playing with great spirit and no little skill gave a super display to deservedly advance to the third round and thereby eliminate Clonakilty from this year’s championship. All 18 players who did duty gave it their best shot and it was a most rewarding occasion for the team and of course the management who took such flak after the dismal performance in April. Muskerry had some outstanding performers in goalkeeper John Buckley, Liam Seartan and Peter Kelleher but all others were not far behind and Seán Kiely, Micheál Ó Laoire and Daniel Goulding showed many touches of their undoubted class.
The Muskerry goal was scored as early as the sixth minute, was beautifully constructed and expertly executed, and was a massive boost to the divisional side. Leonárd Ó Conchubhair won possession out in the right corner, turned and put a perfect pass across the open centre into the path of the inrushing David Horgan who held the ball and then belted it wide of the Clon keeper, stranded on his goal line. The goal put Muskerry in front 1-1 to 0-1 and kept them in the lead all through the game to the final whistle. Liam Seartan added two points, Clon replied with a brace. Seán Kiely, who had an outstanding first half, came forward to fire over a point and John Buckley made a top class save from fine Clon wing back David Lowney. Donncadh Ó Ceochain had a smashing second point in the 24th minute and Liam Seartan and Peter Kelleher added one apiece before Clon finished the half with two points to leave Muskerry ahead by 1-7 to 0-6 at the break.
Clonakilty had cut the deficit by two further points within five minutes of the restart, another fine young Clon performer Seán White getting the second of these. David Horgan, set up by Liam Seartan, had a point for Muskerry to steady the ship in the 36th minute and after two bad Clon wides, Daniel Goulding pointed a free and then took a fine point from play to leave Muskerry 1-10 to 0-8 in front at the three quarter stage and playing well. Goalkeeper John Buckley had denied Seán White with a superb save and continued to deal confidently with all sorts of threats to his goal to the finish. Two more Clon points cut the gap to a goal but in the 21st minute Ben Seartan kicked over a slick point after a clever build up. Peter Kelleher was a powerful figure at midfield where Micheál Ó Laoire was fielding well and the all over effort by the Muskerry players as Clonakilty tried desperately to get back into contention was heart warming. A point for Clon was followed immediately by a Peter Kelleher point for Muskerry in the 56th minute and excellent defending limited Clon to a single point in the last five minutes so Muskerry honour was restored and they can look forward to the next round, confident that they have the ability to overcome what will be another stiff challenge if they maintain their focus and commitment.
Muskerry scorers: D Horgan 1-1, L Seartan 0-3, P Kelleher 0-2, D Ó Ceocháin 0-2, D Goulding 0-2 (0-1f), B Seartan and S Kiely 0-1 each.
Muskerry: John Buckley (Aghabullogue): Michael Cronin (Macroom), Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh (Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh), Kevin O’Dwyer (Macroom): Seán Kiely (Macroom), Fintan Goold (Macroom), Conor Cotter (Kilmichael): Leonárd Ó Conchubhair (Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh), Micheál Ó Laoire (Naomh Abán): Ben Seartan (Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh), Liam Seartan (Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh), David Horgan (Macroom): Daniel Gouldiong (Éire Óg), Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Donncadh Ó Ceocháin (Naomh Abán). Subs: David Goold (Macroom) 54, Donagh Seartan (Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh) 57, Brian Cronin (Iveleary) 58.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

6 Mid Cork teams: Ballinora, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Éire Óg, Grenagh, Macroom, Naomh Abán.
Round 2A (WINNERS of Round 1)
MACROOM 0-10 Newmarket 1-14
ÉIRE ÓG 0-9 St Michaels 0-12
Castletownbere 1-10 Bantry 3-14
Round 2B (LOSERS of Round 1)
Bandon v Nemo Rangers
GRENAGH 2-10 Na Piarsaigh 1-20
BALLINORA 1-4 St Vincents 1-13
Round 3: (2A losers v 2B winners)
MACROOM, Éire Óg, Castletownbere, Na Piarsaigh, St Vincents
Round 4:
Newmarket, St Michaels, Bantry Blues
Eliminated: Ballinora

Ballinora 1-4 St Vincent’s 1-13
Back in April when Ballinora went under to Castletownbere in the first round of the championship the Outlook report on the game started with the comment ‘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.’ Thus it came to pass when Ballinora and St Vincents met at Blarney in what was an eliminator for the losers and Ballinora found themselves without six of their first round team and injury deprived them of two more before the first half was over. These handicap proved altogether too much for the Mid Cork men and they were well beaten by an in-form Vincent’s side.
Ballinora played with the benefit of the strong wind in the first half and when they were 1-6 to 0-3 in arrears at the break the writing was truly on the wall for their chances. Ballinora had a good opening quarter and after 22 minutes it was 0-3 apiece. The city side did serious damage in the run up to half time however with three points followed by a superb goal giving them a six point advantage. Just before the interval Ballinora’s Conor McGrath sustained a broken collar bone and with Ben Ahern injured earlier and forced to retire the day was a becoming a real disaster for Ballinora. In fairness they battled on in the second half but Vincents were not going to let this game slip and they added five further points to their tally without reply in the third quarter. A goal from a penalty, expertly slotted home by Michael Murphy gave Ballinora renewed vigour and they added a point from Denis Buckley. Vincents replied with a brace and their goalkeeper Paddy O’Shea made two fabulous saves in late Ballinora attacks. The Mid Cork side are now unfortunately out of this years championship.
Ballinora scorers: M Murphy 1-1 (1-0 pen.), D Buckley, A O’Neill and D Holmes 0-1 each.
Ballinora: Jack Farrell: Conor McGrath, John O’Regan, Kenneth Greally: Dylan Dineen, Barry Crowley, Brian Rigney: Alan O’Neill, Ben Ahern: Alan O’Shea, Tomás McGrath, Brian Murphy: Darragh Holmes, Michael Murphy, Kevin O’Regan. Subs; Denis Buckley 17, Gearóid O’Sulllivan h/t, James Hogan 48.

Éire Óg 0 – 9 St Michaels 0 – 12
A disappointing result for Éire Óg at Brinny where they finished the game with fourteen men but at least they have one other chance of remaining in the competition when they face one of the four 2B winners in round 3. All of these represent a formidable challenge however in what is becoming a very competitive championship.
Conditions for the game were testing with a constant strong crossfield wind and very heavy rain at times. The Blackrock side led by 0-3 to nil after the opening quarter but Paul McDonagh had an opening point for Éire Óg in the 17th minute. Daniel Goulding added two points from frees before the break but Michaels had three further points to lead by 0-6 to 0-3 at the interval after an opening half ruined by the weather conditions.
Éire Óg, like the weather, were much improved in the second half and four points in a row had them in front for the first time by the 41st minute. Colm O’Callaghan and Liam Sheehan, from a free, had their rally quickly under way and then Daniel Goulding pointed a free from a very difficult angle to level matters. Another point from Goulding from a ‘45’ put Éire Óg into the lead for the first and only time but they then suffered a setback, losing a midfielder to a black card when they were really playing well. A magnificent save by the Michaels goalkeeper from Daniel Goulding in the 45th minute proved inspirational for the city men and they raised their game and were rewarded with three points in a row to go back in front on a 0-9 to 0-7 scoreline by the 51st minute. Éire Óg now lost a player to a second yellow card in the 53rd minute and they were fighting against the tide in the closing stages. Two further points from Goulding were not enough to save the day as Michaels remained in front and finished strongly with the last two scores.
Éire Óg scorers: D Goulding 0-6 (0-5f), L Sheehan (f), C O’Callaghan and P McDonagh 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: Michael Corkery, Dermot O’Herlihy, Dan O’Connor: Paul McDonagh, Alan O’Mahony, Cian O’Mahony: Ronan O’Toole, Dermot Hurley: Liam Sheehan, Colm O’Callaghan, Alan O’Connor: Daniel Goulding, John Dineen, Eoin O’Shea. Subs: Kevin Hallissey 44, John Kelleher 51.

Grenagh 2 – 10 Na Piarsaigh 1 – 20 aet.
To complete what has been a bad 2nd round for Muskerry teams, Grenagh were beaten in extra time by Na Piarsaigh at Blarney after looking likely winners for much of normal time. Na Piarsaigh had started well but were rocked by a Grenagh blitzkrieg between the 19th and the 26th minutes when they outscored the city side by 2-5 to 0-1. John Russell and Paul BarryMurphy had a goal apiece within three minutes and DD Dorgan, Gerry Russell and Colin O’Sullivan had points. Na Piarsaigh saved themselves however with three late points to be only four points in arrears at the interval on a score of 2-5 to 0-7.
A further point for Na Piarsaigh had them only three behind on the restart, but Grenagh replied with three points from scorer in chief DD Dorgan and they led by 2-8 to 0-9 at the three quarter stage, a substantial five point lead. Na Piarsaigh staged a massive rally however to fire over five points in a row to draw level and only heroic defending by Grenagh denied them of a winning goal before the long whistle sent the game into extra time on a 2-8 to 0-14 scoreline.
The city men controlled extra time outscoring Grenagh by four points to two in the first ten minute period and their goal in the second half really settled the issue though Grenagh had a chance of a revival but their well struck Gerry Russell penalty shot was saved by the Piarsaigh goalkeeper.
Grenagh scorers: DD Dorgan 0-8 (0-1f), P BarryMurphy and J Russell 1-0 each, G Russell and C O’Sullivan 0-1 each.
Grenagh: C Buckley: A Kiely, Tom Kenny, S Cronin: P McSweeney, P McCarthy, N Doherty: G Russell, S Bourke: DD Dorgan, T Walsh, K O’Neill: P BarryMurphy, J Russell, C O’Sullivan. Subs; L Walsh 38, K Cummins 55, A Duggan ET3, B O’Neill ET 10.

Intermediate Football Championship

2 Mid Cork teams: Aghabullogue and Cill na Martra
Round 2A (Winners of Round 1)
Clonakilty 1-10 CILL na MARTRA 0-17
St Finbarr’s 2-13 AGHABULLOGUE 1-3
Rockchapel v Kanturk
Glenville 0-11 Kildorrery 1-12
Glanworth v Millstreet
Round 2B (Losers of R 1- winners to 3, losers out)
Gabriel Rangers 5-15 Carrigaline 1-13
Ballydesmond v Youghal
Adrigole v Mitchelstown
Glanmire 2-10 Kinsale 1-6
Douglas 0-10 Mayfield 2-11
Round 3:
Clonakilty, AGHABULLOGUE, Glenville; Gabriel Rangers, Glanmire, Mayfield
Round 4:
Cill na Martra, St Finbarrs, Kildorrery
Eliminated: Kinsale, Carrigaline, Douglas

County U21A Football Championship

Round 1
(A) Carrigaline v Mallow
(B) St Michael's v Clonakilty
(C) Dohenys v Newcestown
(D) CILL na MARTRA v Nemo Rangers
(E) Beara 2-20 Bishopstown 5-7
(F) St Finbarr's 2-8 Douglas 2-11
(G) Castlehaven 0-11 Valley Rovers 1-14
(H) Aghada v KILMURRY
Quarter-Finals: A v B, C v D, Beara v Douglas, Valley Rovers v H

U21B Football Championship Draw

(A) Robert Emmetts 4-9 Kilmacabea 0-14
(B) Glanmire/Glenville v Na Piarsaigh/St Nicks
(C) Kilshannig v Shamrocks
(D) NAOMH ABÁN - a bye
Semi-Finals: Robert Emmett’s v B, C v Naomh Abán

Cork County Hurling Championship 2017

Senior Hurling Championship

One Mid Cork team: Muskerry
Round 2A (WINNERS from Round 1)
Midleton v Érin’s Ówn
Carbery v Na Piarsaigh
Imokilly 1-26 UCC 3-10
Blackrock v Ballymartle
CIT v Newcestown,
Duhallow 2-13 Sarsfields 3-22
Round 2B (LOSERS from Round 1& Preliminary Round)
Bride Rovers v Avondhu
MUSKERRY v Carrigdhoun
Carrigtwohill v Bandon,
Bishopstown v Ballyhea
Newtownshandrum v Youghal
Killeagh v Douglas
Glen Rovers v St Finbarr’s
Round 3: UCC, Duhallow
Round 4: Imokilly, Sarsfields

Premier Intermediate Hurling

2 Mid Cork teams: Blarney and Inniscarra
Round 2A (WINNERS of Round 1)
Ballinhassig v Carrigaline; BLARNEY v Mallow; Charleville v Kanturk; Kilworth 0-12 Cloyne 2-14
Round 2B (LOSERS of Round 1)
INNISCARRA v Valley Rovers; Watergrasshill v Courceys; Fr O’Neills v Castlelyons; Fermoy 4-12 Tracton 0-7
Round 3: 2A losers v 2B winners Kilworth, Fermoy

Intermediate Hurling Championship

6 Mid Cork teams: Aghabullogue, Ballincollig, Dripsey, Éire Óg, Grenagh, Inniscarra 2nds.
Round 2A (WINNERS of Round 1)
Barryroe 1-9 Kilbrittain 2-16
Sarsfields v Aghada
Blackrock 0-14 ÉIRE ÓG 0-12
Midleton 2-21 Glen Rovers 2-21 draw aet.
Round 2B (LOSERS of Round 1 & Preliminary Round)
Kildorrery v St Finbarrs
Dungourney 0-15 INNISCARRA 0-10
GRENAGH v Castlemartyr
Milford 3-15 Ballymartle 2-16
Argideen Rangers v DRIPSEY
Na Piarsaigh v Ballygarvan
Ballinhassig 4-22 Carrigaline 1-14
Meelin - a bye
Round 3: Barryroe, Éire Óg, Ballinhassig, Dungourney, Milford
Round 4: Kilbrittain, Blackrock
Eliminated: Inniscarra B, Carrigaline B

Dungourney 0 - 15 Inniscarra 0 – 10
The Inniscarra second team gave a creditable performance before going under to Dungourney in the last chance 2B round game at Caherlag. Six wides in the first ten minutes did not help their cause but they were stil level after ten minutes at 0-2 each with points from David Carroll and Paul Farmer. The East Cork side then went clear and at half time it was 0-7 to 0-4 in their favour. On the restart, Dungourney quickly extended their lead to six points and they still held this advantage at the three quarter stage before another Paul Farmer free cut the gap to five points. Two Dungourney points were answered by two more Paul Farmer points from frees and one from play by Pádraig O’Donoghue, the gap now four points as the game went in to injury time. Dungourney had a late point to remove any uncertainty.
Inniscarra scorers: P Farmer 0-7 (0-6f), P O’Donoghue, T Murphy and D O’Carroll 0-1 each.
Inniscarra: S Horgan: D O’Callaghan, B O’Mahony, J Buckley: D O’Carroll, L O’Riain, E Kavanagh: T Murphy, P Hyland; S O’Mahony, P O’Donoghue, P Farmer: D O’Sullivan, M Nagle, S Linehan. Subs: A Sheehan26, A O’Connell 45.

County Premier U21 Hurling Championship Draw

Round 1
(A) Douglas v Midleton
(B) Sarsfields v Glen Rovers
(C) Duhallow v Courcey Rovers
(D) Valley Rovers v Ballinhassig
(E) Mallow V Na Piarsaigh
(F) St Colmans v Carrigaline
(G) Newcestown v Fr O' Neills
(H) Charleville v Bishopstown
(I) Shandrum v St Finbarr's
(J) Blackrock v BLARNEY
(K) Erins Own v Killeagh/Ita's
Ballymartle a bye
Round 2 Ballymartle v D, J v F, C v G, I v H, E v A, K v B

Munster Senior Football Semi final

Cork 1-10 Tipperary 1-9

Luke Connolly’s 70th minute goal sent Cork into the Munster SFC final as Tipperary were edged out at Páirc Uí Rinn. When Conor Sweeney had a goal for Tipp in the 69th minute to put his side two points clear at that vital time, Cork looked to be heading for the qualifiers but from the Cork kick-out the ball was worked up the field through Michael Hurley, James Loughrey to Mark Collins, whose final well timed pass was palmed to the Tipp net by Connolly from close range.
Cork, wind assisted, only managed one point in the first half, shooting nine wides, and Tipp led by 0-4 to 0-1 at the break after a truly dreadful first half performance from the Rebels. On the resumption, Tipp went 0-6 to 0-1 ahead and Cork were up against it. Kerrigan led by example, and it was 0-7 to 0-6 for Cork with 18 minutes remaining. Tipp twice equalised, after Donncadh O’Connor made it 0-8 to 0-7 with a free, but Kerrigan and O’Connor pushed them two clear by the 64th minute. A Tipp point left just one in it coming down the stretch. Then came the two goals and Cork will face Kerry in Killarney on July 2nd.
Peter Kelleher of Kilmichael was started at full forward but replaced before half time stuck in a system that has not been developed to suit his natural abilities.
Scorers for Cork: Paul Kerrigan, Donncha O’Connor (2fs) 0-3 each, Luke Connolly 1-2, Barry O’Driscoll, Mark Collins 0-1 each.
Cork: Ken O’Halloran; Michael Shields, Jamie O’Sullivan, Kevin Crowley; Colm O’Driscoll, James Loughrey, Tomás Clancy; Ruairí Deane, Ian Maguire; Brian O’Driscoll, Paul Kerrigan, John O’Rourke; Colm O’Neill, Peter Kelleher, Luke Connolly.
Subs: Donncha O’Connor (30), Barry O’Driscoll (35), Seán Powter (half-time), Mark Collins (44-50, blood), Mark Collins and Michael Hurley (59), Gary Murphy (66).

Munster Senior Hurling semi Final

Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15
Cork qualified for a first Munster final date with Clare since 1999 with a super performance against Waterford at a sun-drenched Semple Stadium, watched by a 33,163 crowd, the heat of the day matched by the hurling from the outset.
Waterford gave Cork a really tough physical challenge, unlike the Tipp game in the earlier round, but the Cork young fellows stood up to the test and the more experienced players on the Cork team really gave them fine example.
The sole Mid Cork hurler on the team, young Mark Coleman from Blarney, gave another marvellous performance and was coolness personified in the heat of the battle. His skill levels are amazing and his point from a sideline cut a thing of beauty. Damien Cahalane at full back is developing into a solid dependable defender, Mark Ellis from Millstreet outside him a tower of strength and up front Cork have players oozing with skill. The whole team has the absolute necessity for this level – courage- the willingness to put their bodies on the line, and the Cork supporters are just loving it all.
Scorers for Cork: P. Horgan (0-10, 7 frees, 1 65); C. Lehane (0-4); S. Harnedy (0-2); D. Fitzgibbon, M. Coleman (sideline), M. Ellis, B. Cooper, A. Cadogan, M. Cahalane, L. O’Farrell (0-1 each).
Cork: A. Nash; S. McDonnell (c), D. Cahalane, C. Spillane; C. Joyce, M. Ellis, Mark Coleman (Blarney); B. Cooper, D. Fitzgibbon; L. Meade, C. Lehane, S. Harnedy; P. Horgan, A. Cadogan, S. Kingston.
Subs: M. Cahalane (55); D. Kearney and L. O’Farrell (61); B. Lawton (69); D. Brosnan (70+3).

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior Football Championship

All games in the 1ST Round of the Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A football championship have now been decided. From now on, all games (with one exception) are knock out.
Champions Kilmurry, Iveleary, Aghinagh, Ballincollig, Éire Óg and Donoughmore are all through to the third round.
Round 2:
Clondrohid v Blarney
Kilmichael v Inniscarra
Canovee v Dripsey
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh a bye (OR Béal Átha v Clondrohid, if Clondrohid lose to Blarney)

MJK Oils Mid Cork Junior Hurling Championship

All of the first round games in the MJK Oils Mid Cork Junior A Hurling championship have now been decided and reigning champions Ballinora, 2015 winners Cloughduv and surprise packets Iveleary and Kilmichael (The West’s awake!) through to the third round.
In the Round 2 games for first round losers, Gleann na Laoi (who received a 1st round bye) meet Blarney, Éire Óg face Donoughmore, Ballincollig receive a bye (unless Gleann na Laoi lose to Blarney in which case Gleann will face the Ballincollig men for the right to advance.
Round 1
A Cloughduv 5 – 29 Ballincollig 1 - 4
B Kilmichael 1-13 Donoughmore 1-10
C Ballinora 1 - 17 Éire Óg 1 – 9
D Iveleary 3 – 12 Blarney 3 - 10
E Gleann na Laoi a bye
Round 2
Gleann na Laoi v Blarney
Éire Óg v Donoughmore
Ballincollig - a bye (OR Ballincollig v Gleann, IF Gleann lose to Blarney)

Kilmichael 1 – 13 Donoughmore 1 – 10
The last of the first round ties in the MJK Oils Mid Cork Junior A Hurling championship was played at Coachford and produced a big surprise with Kilmichael, powered by Cork footballer Peter Kelleher getting the better of Donoughmore, who now have to travel ‘the scenic route’ to advance in the competition. Peter Kelleher, just two days after lining out with Cork footballers against Tipperary in the Munster championship, gave a fantastic display of accurate shooting and his work rate was phenomenal having to cope with very close attention as he clearly had been identified as the major threat to Donoughmore. When the teams were tied at 1-10 each with less than ten minutes remaining it was the big Kilmichael man who broke the deadlock and settled the issue with a massive point from a half way line free, followed by point from play from the left touchline with a group of opponents in attendance and a final point after collecting a puck out from his own goal.
Early on, it was Donoughmore who looked the side most likely to progress. After Jamie McCarthy opened the scoring with a point for Kilmichael, Donoughmore struck for a goal in the 5th minute, Shane Healy’s ground shot from close range hitting the net. Donoughmore added four points, two from Healy and one each from Jamie Twomey and Adrian Looney to lead by 1-4 to 0-2 at the end of the opening quarter, Peter Kelleher the Kilmichael scorer. In the 18th minute, Kilmichael got an unexpected boost when a long range free from Simon Foley finished in the Donoughmore net but Donoughmore had four of the next five points, three from Healy and one from Leon Cogan, with Jamie McCarthy hitting a point in reply for Kilmichael, to leave Donoughmore in front on a 1-8 to 1-4 scoreline in the 26th minute. In the remaining minutes, Peter Kelleher struck over a long range free, Conor Cotter added another point from play and Donoughmore finished the half with a point from a free from Shane Healy to lead by 1-9 to 1-6 at the break. Kilmichael would have the wind behind them in the second half and Donoughmore were not in a secure position.
Donoughmore were to add only one single score, a point in the 52nd minute, to their half time tally as Kilmichael, scenting victory tore into the fray in the second half. Peter Kelleher hit a long range free over in the 34th minute, Shane Sexton had the misfortune to see his shot hit the butt of the Kilmichael post and Donoughmore hit four wides in a row to add to their growing anxiety. Kelleher pointed another free in the 40th minute and five minutes later the sides were level at 1-9 each when Kelleher drove another ball over the Donoughmore bar. Shane Sexton now pointed for Donoughmore to put his side back in the lead but almost immediately Kelleher parted to Trevor Tobin who fired over an equaliser for Kilmichael with seven minutes remaining. The closing play and the scoring were dominated by Peter Kelleher and his Kilmichael colleagues who gave their all in pursuit of a surprise win and achieved their goal, even though luck was on their side as Donoughmore again had the misfortune to be denied a goal by the woodwork.
Scorers: Kilmichael: S Foley 1-0 (free), P Kelleher 0-9, (0-6f), J McCarthy 0-2, C Cotter and T Tobin 0-1 each. Donoughmore: S Healy 1-6 (0-3f), L Cogan, A Looney, J Twomey and S Sexton 0-1 each.
Kilmichael: Shane Masters: Luke Hennigan, Donal Kelly, Kieran O’Leary: Simon Foley, John O’Riordan, Kevin Kelleher: Brendan Cotter, Conor C otter: Jamie McCarthy, Peter Kelleher, Trevor Tobin: Paul O’Sullivan, Shane Prendeville, James O’Mahony. Sub: Colm Dromey 52.
Donoughmore: Kenneth Cullinane: Stephen Looney, Aidan Corkery, Laurence Barry: James Looney, Leon Cogan, Adrian Looney: Shane Healy, Aidan O’Brien: Conor O’Rourke, Darragh O’Shea, William Murphy: Stephen O’Connor, Jamie Twomey, Shane Sexton. Subs: Alan Savage h/t, Aidan O’Shea 49, Colm Looney 51.
Referee: Colm Ó Mocháin, Uas., Cill na Martra.

Camogie Championships

In Group 1, made up of Kilkenny, Waterford, Dublin, Galway and Clare, 2016 champions, Kilkenny, bidding for their first ever double-double, started the senior championship well with a convincing 2-16 to 0-6 win over Waterford. In the group’s other game Dublin got the better of Clare in a cracker 3-11 to 1-14 match.
In Group 2, made up of Cork, Offaly. Limerick, Wexford and Tipperary, Cork used a strong wind to pull away from Tipperary in the second half and record a 1-16 to 1-7 win at The Ragg. The home team had a mountain to climb at the interval as they trailed 0-6 to 0-4 despite having the advantage of the elements. Cork punished them after the restart with two converted frees by Orla Cotter, who finished with six points including two from play, as well as minor scores from Niamh McCarthy, Libby Coppinger and Amy O’Connor, before Hannah Looney displayed her footballing skills to kick a 35th minute goal. Ciardha Maher goaled for Tipp late on but it was much too late to have any bearing on proceedings.
And there was a mild surprise in the other game in Group 2 as Offaly, who have proved doughty championship competitors in recent years, came away from the Gaelic Grounds with a 2-18 to 3-14 success over Limerick.
In the second round of the Group 1 Senior Championship, on June 17, Clare defeated Waterford 2-19 to 3-9 with Chloe Morey scoring 15points, while Galway won over Dublin 3-18 to 1-12, with Ailish O’Reilly notching up 11 of the Galway points. Cork will meet Limerick and Wexford play Offaly in Group 2 of the Senior Championship on June 24.
In the Intermediate Championship, Cork beat Galway 2 -12 to 0-9. Daragh Ó Conchúir

Cork Ladies With Mountain to Climb

Kerry 2-15 Cork 2-13
Late goals from Kerry’s Sarah Houlihan and Anna Galvin left All Ireland Champions, Cork reeling and out of the Munster final for the first time in thirteen years. Meanwhile, Kerry go through to the TG4 Munster ladies senior football final against Waterford on July 9.
Cork lost it in the last three minutes of the game as they saw their ‘comfortable’ 3 point lead become a two point deficit. Inspired by the sharp-shooting of All-Star Orla Finn, Cork had come from six points down early in the second half to lead by three with time running out. But after Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh cut the gap back to two points with a free, those strikes from Houlihan and Galvin turned the game on its head again. There was still time for Cork to register points from Annie Walsh and Eimear Scally but the clock ran out on the Leesiders, and they must now head for the qualifiers.
That’s uncharted territory for Cork, who fielded just seven of the team that lined out from the start against Dublin in last year’s All-Ireland final. It’s been very much a transitional campaign for manager Ephie Fitzgerald and his players, and they’ll have to work hard to retain the All-Ireland title from here.
In this round 3 fixture, Kerry were ahead by double scores at half-time, 0-10 to 0-5, and the hosts also registered eight wides in the opening half. Both teams came into the game having suffered defeat to Waterford and while a draw would have sufficed for Kerry on scoring averages, Cork knew they had to win to make the final. Playing with the breeze, all of Kerry’s points came from play in that first half, with Cork managing just two. Finn’s three frees kept the Rebels in touch but Kerry had much the better of it, forcing key turnovers inside their own half and creating clear-cut goal-scoring opportunities. Twice, Cork narrowed the gap to two points again but Kerry put over three unanswered points to establish a 0-9 to 0-4 advantage. Annie Walsh and Scanlon traded scores approaching half-time and when Ní Mhuircheartaigh popped over a free to kick-start the second half scoring, Kerry were 0-11 to 0-5 clear. But Cork rallied from there and launched a fine revival that sent them into a 2-11 to 0-14 advantage. Aine O’Sullivan netted in the 34th minute and when Niamh Cotter scored Cork’s second goal ten minutes later, they were level at 2-8 to 0-14. Galvin forced a brilliant save from Martina O’Brien before Finn’s 47th minute point had Cork ahead for the first time in the game. Further scores from Finn and Scally had Fitzgerald’s charges three points clear, before Kerry came with a stunning late surge to claim a famous win.
Scorers for Cork – O Finn 0-8 (4f), N Cotter & A O’Sullivan 1-0 each, E Scally 0-3, A Walsh 0-2.
Cork – M O’Brien; M Ambrose, B Stack, M Duggan; E Meaney, R Phelan, S Kelly; N Cotter, J O’Shea; M O’Callaghan, B O’Sullivan, A Walsh; E Scally, A O’Sullivan, O Finn. Subs – L Coppinger for O’Callaghan (h.t.), A Hutchings for Kelly (h.t.), O Farmer for A O’Sullivan (57).
Cork, boasting a record breaking 6 in a row and 11 of the last 12 All Irelands, will find it challenging to bring the Brendan Martin Cup ‘home’ in 2017. But they have completed Houdini acts before, so ‘never give up till it’s over’!

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Donal Mulcahy, sponsor, with Laochra Óg u8 camogie team

Laochra Óg

Ballinascarthy 9-7 Laochra Óg 8-2. A massive performance from LaochraÓg U12 Hurlers against an older and bigger Ballinascarthy side. Loads more to do in 2017. Thanks to our sponsors Astra Systems.
U12 Camogie v Fermoy.Laochra Óg were too strong this time for Fermoy who like ourselves are a new Camogie Club starting off. Goals from Caoimhe, Lizzie, Lilly, Donna, Roisin and Aisling and some great points including Darcy's point getting among the scorers. We have two home matches left in the coming weeks.
Laochra Óg 2 – 10 Tracton 3 _ 10. This was our first U14 League defeat of the season. We played some of our best hurling this year and were five points to the good at half time. As the second half went on Tracton began to wear our boys down and, ultimately, it was a well taken penalty that edged Tracton into the lead. Thanks to Tracton for a good tough game , to Colaiste Ghobnatan for the use of the field and to our sponsor Macroom Opticians.
U14 Féile in Carlow. The U14 Camogie Team participated in the 2017 Féile and were welcomed by Setanta Hurling and Camogie Club. They played their first two games in glorious sunshine. First up were St. Fiachras Club from Kilkenny. This was a great game of camogie against a very strong Kilkenny team. Final score was LaochraÓg 2-0 to St. Fiachra’s 2 -5. Their second game was a much closer battle against Choill Dubh of Kildare. Laochra Óg missed out on the win by a point. Final score was LaochraÓg 1 – 3 to Choill Dubh 2 – 1. On Saturday 17th they played Setanta Hurling and Camogie Club and lost and later that day they played St. Ann’s of Wexford and qualified for the semi-final. On Saturday night Setanta Hurlling and Camogie Club presented a beautiful commemorative plaque to Laochra Óg. On Sunday 18th they played Longford Clashers and won. Laochra Óg were now through to the final against Paulstown, Kilkenny in the afternoon. It was a fantastic final, Laochra Óg were beaten by a stronger Paulstown side. The girls did themselves and LaochraÓg proud and came off the field with no regrets. Afterwards medals were presented to Captain of the Laochra Óg camogie team Emma Galvin and with some much needed refreshments they headed on to Thurles to watch Cork v Waterford and of course Roisín Murphy play in the primary schools team at half time. Roisin is the first Camogie player to qualify for Camogie Primary Go Games from Clondrohid national school. Congratulations and well done from Laochra Óg who would like to thank Setanta Hurling and Camogie Club for their hospitality throughout the weekend. Some fantastic organising done plus great weather included made for a super weekend and some great memories made. We would also like to thank Danone Nutricia Macroom who kindly sponsored bottled water for the trip. It was greatly appreciated.
50/50 Club Development Draw Winner Joan Masters, Kilmichael €320 and sellers prize of €25 goes to Derry Murphy. There will be an extra prize in the next draw on July 2nd of €200 voucher for Advanced Pitstop. Be sure and get your tickets in on time. Winner at every draw.

Macroom Juvenile Updates

Sadly, Hugo Casey died on June 17th. Hugo captained the 1962 County- Senior winning team. He was a loyal servant of Macroom G.A.A. Ar dheis Dé a anam.
Well done to the U-10s who had a big win over Croke Rovers. Jack Sexton played for Cork U-14s who beat Clare, Wateford and Kerry on June 13th. An U-9s/ U-10s group will take part in the Daniel Kingston Run on Thurs. 22nd. The U-12s had a great day in Ballyhass Adventure Centre on June 18th.
Macroom U-10s played a league game against Croke Rovers, a 12-a-side. Macroom started at a good pace and finished with a comfortable win. A feature of the game was the passing, movement and the high tally of points that Macroom scored. U-12s were beaten by Naomh Abán on 12th of June. U-11s were beaten by Duarigle Gaels on June 12th. They played much better in the last 2 periods. Aidan Lynch made many fine saves and both Bobby Murphy and Ben McRory did well in defence. U-9s; Played Ballygarvan away and were very competitive. U-8s/U-7s; had a great morning of football in Dunmanway. The managers were very happy with their displays. U-6s; Played Clondrohid away and had a good time in sunny conditions. They left everything on the pitch.
Fixtures; U-16s will play Éire Óg on 25th of June in TCP. Minors will play Ibane Gaels on 3rd of July in Macroom.

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Macroom Impact team celebrate their All Ireland Volley Ball win ©

Impact Volley Ball Club

Macroom Volley Ball Club, Impact VC, took part in the Mixed Recreational All Ireland Championship event in Mountmellick, Co. Laois on 14th of May. The best 8 teams from all Ireland met on court to fight for the trophy. All the games were of very high standards and it was the first time in the history of the game in Ireland that two top teams from each region met to contest the event. Most games ended with the slenderest of margins - a 1 point advantage. Thanks to the great play and spirit of the whole team, Impact from Macroom achieved their first ever success at such a level when they were declared outright winners of the Championship.
IMPACT team: Adam Kasjanowicz, Jan Bandalewicz, SlawekDembik, Robert Byrdziak& PawelSmolen. KasiaSullivan-Kuzma, Magda Smolen, WiktoriaMorawiec& Alice Colavolpe.

Ballincollig Basketball Club

With the end of the season upon us, Ballincollig Basketball Club would like thank all those who helped us throughout the year. Thanks to the players for attendance at training and matches; the parents for getting them there; all the coaches; our generous sponsors; all those who helped with fundraising; Coláiste Choilm for the use of their facilities and our committee members. Some training will continue through the summer and individual coaches will notify players where this is happening. We will be back after the summer for a new season filled with endless possibilities. I would also like to wish my successor as PRO the best of luck in the new season.
For further information on joining the club, contact us by email at ballincollig.basketballclub @gmail.com. In the meantime keep up the basketball practice, enjoy the holiday break and all the fine weather to come!

Macroom FC

A.G.M. The annual general meeting of Macroom FC will take place on Thursday 29th Jun at the clubhouse at Murrayfield, commencing at 7. 30pm. This is an important club meeting and all are welcome to attend.
Adult Awards Night. July 1st will see the club Adult Awards for the 2016/17 season being held. This promises to be a fantastic occasion with the President's Cup winning, Macroom B, set to receive their medals. Our Youths team also had a great season, finishing as runners up in the league. There will also be Player of the Year and Top Scorer awards for Macroom A, B and Youths teams. Along with this, we have a BBQ on the night, so all are welcome to Murray's Bar @ 7pm for what should be an excellent evening’s entertainment.
Schoolboys Awards Night This eagerly awaited club event will be held at the Riverside Park Hotel on Thursday, 6th July, beginning at 7.30pm. All underage players, parents and supporters are welcome to attend as the achievements of our underage players will be recognised.

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Norma Fitzgerald presents her husband, Tom’s Captain’s prize to Terry Horgan, winner with 40 points. © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Golf Club

Results: Week 1. Seniors: 1st - ~Jimmy Nolan(10) Jim O'Neill(22) Michael Dwyer(22) 46.6
HpG Open singles: 1st - Olan Haskett
Captain's Prize June 9 & 10 Mr Tom Fitzgerald. First - Terry Horgan(22) 40 pts, Second - Gary Morris (5 )39pts, Third - Tony Sheehan(19) 38pts, Best gross - Padraig O'Connor(1 )35 pts, Fourth - Olan Haskett(11) 38pts Past Capt & Pres - Leo Goold(9) 35pts, Committee - Declan Ring(14) 36pts 1st Senior - Ted Murphy(9) 37pts, 2nd Senior - Donal Ahern(14) 36pts 1st Student - James Stafford(14) 26pts, 2nd Student - Mark Healy(20) 25pts Cat:1 0/12 First - Martin Kavanagh912) 37pts, Second - Barra Concannon(9) 37pts, Third - Martin O'Mahony(12) 35pts, 1st Nine - Stephen Cassidy(11) 19pts, 2nd Nine - Derek Murray(10) 20pts. Cat :2 13/18 First - Martin Corkery(16) 37pts, Second - Keith Stafford913) 37pts, Third - Liam O'Callaghan(17) 37pts, 1st Nine - John Desmond(16) 20pts, 2nd Nine - Denis Dineen(16) 21pts Cat :3 19/28 First - Denis Buckley(20) 37pts, Second - Paul Delea(20) 36pts, Third - Robert Barrett(20) 34pts, 1 st Nine - Brendan O'Dwyer(20) 18pts, 2nd Nine - Anthony Hartnett(19) 22pts Longest Drive - Leonard Waugh(1) 35pts, Nearest the pin - David Byrne(21) 10 inches
Sunday June 11. Club singles : 1st Garrett Irish (17) 37 pts
Week 2. Seniors: 1st - Michael O'Mahony(18), Jim O'Connell(20), Marie Lillis(34) 45.8
HpG Open singles: 1st - Adam Wills (Lee Valley)(14) 44pts, John O'Donoghue(23) 38pts
Sat & Sun Open Singles: 1st - James O'Leary(19) 43pts, 2nd - PJ Healy(12) 42pts, 3rd - Ronan Brett(16) 42pts, Gross - Padraig O'Connor(1) 38pts, Senior - Tim O'Callaghan(12) 41pts
Fixtures: Macroom Golf Club Juvenile (under 18 yrs) Golf Coaching Mondays 10.00 am to 12.00 noon Tuesdays 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm Wednesdays 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm Summer Camp (8 to 12 Yr olds) July 10th to 12th 3.00 pm to 5.30 pm Enquiries: Tim 083 1088152.

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Ken Leonard, Manager O’Leary’s Supervalu Macroom (Sponsors), presents the Intermediate Scratch Cup to Martin O’Mahony, 2nd left, with Donal Aherne, President and Tom Fitzgerald, Captain Macroom Golf Club © Lee Valley Outlook