Lee Valley Outlook Sept 28 2017 v14e20

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Billy Coleman goes through Cill na Martra in 1984 Cork 20. The 2017 event is Sept. 30 – Oct 1. © SMcS

Lee Valley Diary

St. Mary’s Open Evening Thursday Sept 28 from 6 to 8.30pm.
Gradam an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh Sat Sept 30th at Ionad Cultúrtha, Ballyvourney from 2.30pm.
St. Senan’s Church, Inniscarra, talk on Sat Sept 30, 3 – 5p.m., “Making the best of a bad job”.
Harvest Festival at St. Senan’s Church, Canon’s Cross, Inniscarra, Sun. Oct 1 at 11a.m
Johnstown / Kilmichael Vintage & Harvest Festival on Sun Oct 1st.
Clondrohid Retired Active on Monday, Oct 2 at 8pm in the Community Hall.
Clondrohid Development Group American Tea Party, Sat. Nov. 4.
Frank Moynihan Cookery Course at Coolcower House from Wed Oct 4th at 7.45pm.
Daonscoil an Fhómhair in Gougane Barra Hotel, October 6 – 8.
Kilmurry Musuem Stone Sand & Gravel Industry Exhibition opening, Sat 7th Oct at 2.30 pm.
Coffee Morning in Scoil Mhuire Ballingeary on Sun. 8th Oct. from 10.30am
Powerlifting Fundraiser and Disco in Murray’s Bar on Sun. Oct. 8 at 5p.m.
Monument unveiling at Gurranereigh to Mag Galvin on Sun Oct 15 at 3pm.
Biker Poker Run in aid of BUMBLEance at Mills Inn on Sat 21 Oct at 10am.
Who Wants to be a Thousandaire? Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom, Sat. Oct. 21 at 8pm.
Dámhscoil Mhúscraí in Óstán Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne, Satharn, 21 Deireadh Fómhair. 7p.m.
Macroom Table Tennis Club every Tues. 7pm - 9.30pm at Macroom Sports Complex
Terelton Parent and Toddler group every Mon 10am-12 noon in Terelton Community Hall.
LVEB Events
Cork 20 International Rally HQ at the Riverside Park Hotel Macroom Fri 29th Sept to Sun Oct 1st.
Grease Lightning! Fri Oct 6th, Sat Oct 7th at 8:00pm & Sun Oct 8th at 3:00pm.
"Sir Henry", Fri Oct 27th Sat Oct 28th & Sun Oct 29th at 8:00pm. Sat Nov 4th & Sun Nov 5th at 8:00pm.
Shawn Cuddy and Friends Fri. Nov. 3rd at 8.30p.m.
"Walking back to Happiness" Sat. Nov. 11th at 8.30p.m.
Celebrating Christie Hennessy Sat. Nov. 18th at 8 p.m..
Ruaile Buaile Sat. Dec. 2nd at 10p.m.
Macroom Library
Storytime. Sat. Sept. 30 at 12 noon.
Environmental Group meeting Tues. Oct. 3rd at 5.30.
Louise Phillips reading Wed 4th Oct at 12.30
Purlies Thurs. Oct. 5 at 11a.m.
Space Week Storytime for 3- 5 year olds Sat. Oct. 7 at 12 noon.
Ciorcal Cainte Thurs. Oct. 12 at 11.30.
Gramophone Circle Fri. Oct. 13 at 11a.m.

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

Macroom Updates

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Speed-mad supporters at the 1984 Cork 20 in Cill na Martra ©SMcS

International Car Rally for Macroom

The Lee Valley will resound with the bark of fast cars during the weekend September 29 to October 1. While based at the Riverside Park Hotel, Killarney Road, activity will rev up in the Town Centre on Friday evening. Initial Car Scrutiny is at McCarthy’s Glen Mill, on the Clondrohid road on Friday. Thereafter, the official Service Area will be located in the Industrial estate at Coolcower, near Hartnett’s Cross. Meanwhile, the cars will be impounded each night in the G.A.A. Car Park in the Castle Grounds.
The main Square in Macroom will be closed off from about 5:30p.m. Rally merchandise trucks will be located in the Square and a rally car simulator will allow aspiring rally drivers of all ages to test their driving skills. The Red Fm Big Bus will also be in the Square. There will be music from 7p.m. and at 8p.m., the ceremonial start ramp will take place, with all the top drivers and local competitors driving their cars under the Castle arch and up onto the start ramp. The general public will then get a chance to see all the competitors and their cars.
A Schools Rally Safety Event took place in the lead up to the event, with pupils from McEgan College & De La Salle present, along with Paul Browne, Clerk of the Course 2017 AceSigns Cork 20 Rally, Colman Hegarty Munster Car Club and Philip Cross, Rally Driver & Rally car owner.

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Service area at Railway View during Cork 20 1984 ©SMcS

Special Stages. The rally will drive off on Saturday morning and the first leg will take contestants to Crookstown and Poulanargid. The second morning stage is around Johnstown in Kilmichael. After lunch, the drivers will take on the famous Kilnamartrya stage, with a finishing point in Inchigeela. The final round of the day on Saturday is another classic stage, starting in Ballingeary and traversing the South Lake Road past Inchigeela and finishing in Kilmichael. On Sunday morning the cars will go north of Macroom to Mushera and wind up near Millstreet Country Park. The second special stage of the day traverses the Butter Road between Millstreet and Rylane, before winding back down to the finish at Ballinagree. After lunch, the cars will again be travelling west of Macroom, starting at Clondrohid and going via Ballyvourney to Mullaghanish. The final stage starts south of Ballyvourney village and winds its way south west to the Mouth of the Glen. The cars will be at the Official Finish Ramp in Macroom Town Centre from 4p.m. on Sunday.
The Riverside Park Hotel will have special meal offers, nightime music and a shuttle bus service to an from the Square during the weekend.

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Macroom Tidy Towns receive sponsorship for Litter Pickers from Frank Twomey Hardware, West Square. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Tidy Macroom

Macroom Tidy Towns Committee is to be congratulated on retaining the coveted Silver Medal first won in 2016 and enjoying a further 5 point increase in marks from 313 to 318. The National Tidy Towns Results were announced on Monday, 25th September at a ceremony in the Helix in Dublin and four Macroom Tidy Towns members attended. We will have a full report in the next issue of the Lee Valley Outlook. But, in the meantime, there are sighs of relief in a town that is beset by traffic congestion and with many unsightly buildings along the main thoroughfare.
Some 2017 Tidy Towns Results: Macroom 318. Silver. Kinsale 324. Gold. Millstreet 314 Bronze. Ballincollig 327 Gold. Kanturk 262. Dripsey 242. Clondrohid 267. Baile Mhic Íre/ Baile Mhúirne 276 Cill na Martra 220 Endeavour Award. Carrigadrohid/ Killinardrish 280. Berrings 288. Cúil Aodha 273. Inchigeelagh 269. Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 302. Aherla 264. Dunmanway 300.
After a poor start in the Cork County Council Litter Challenge, Macroom improved its standing and finished 4th of 10 in Category 2B. Macroom scored 2887 while Carrigtwohill, the winners, had 2935 points. This is the 21st year of this competition and €20K in total was awarded in prizes. Macroom will get a ‘Valued Participant’ certificate and a cheque.

Macroom Library

Council Matters. The future boundary between Cork City and County is an ongoing issue. The Boundary Proposal document produced by Cork County Council is available for consultation in the library. The closing date for submissions, in writing or at corkcoco.ie, is Friday 17th November at 5p.m. This will affect us all long into the future, so is worth informing oneself on.
Our events for this fortnight begin with Storytime on Saturday 30th at 12 noon. All 3 - 8 year olds welcome. To celebrate Space Week there will be a younger age level event at 12 noon on Saturday 7th October It’s a space themed Story time and craft session for 3- 5 year olds, a repeat of one we did during the summer. Ring 026 42483 to book a place as numbers are limited to 20. Please note this replaces our usual Storytime. Macroom and District Environmental group uses the library for its’ meetings on the first Tuesday of the month so anyone wishing to get involved be here on the 3rd at 5.30. On Wednesday 4th October at 12.30 we are delighted to welcome best selling crime writer Louise Phillips to Macroom library. She will read from her work and answer questions on her writing and writers. All are welcome to attend. This replaces our usual monthly book club meeting. Thursday 5th October The Purlies Knitting group will meet at 11.am. Refreshments will be served as per usual. Help can be given with any knitting project. On Thursday 12th October the second Ciorcal Cainte of the season will take place at 11.30 with Nora Levis. All levels of Irish speaker welcome. This free and friendly event goes on for an hour.
Library membership is free on completion of a form and production of Photo I.D and proof of address. Members please remember to bring your library card to use the service.

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Danny - James Patterson and Sandy - Grace Wood, at a rehearsal of ‘Grease Lightning’ which runs in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom October 6, 7 and 8 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Grease Lightning in Macroom

Macroom Youth Theatre will be in action at Riverside Park, with ‘Grease Lightning’, Oct. 6th, 7th and 8th It will showcase the best talent in the Lee Valley area and is directed by Margot Carlile. This exciting musical, which is set in California in the 1950s, features high school romance, beach parties, teenage angst and great songs and dance routines. Songs include Greased Lightning, Summer Nights, You’re the One, Tears on my Pillow, Cool Rider, Look at me; I’m Sandra Dee.
The cast of ‘Grease Lightning’: Danny - James Patterson; Kenickie - Gerard Collins; Doody - Darragh Linehan; Sonny - Oisin O’Reilly; Eugene - Evan Gallagher; Roger - David Lucey; Vince - James O’Mullane.
Sandy - Grace Wood; Frenchie - Lorraine Casey; Rizzo - Lara O’Sullivan; Marty - Rachel Wood; Jan - Rachel Dineen; Patty - Kiera Moynihan; Ms Lynch - Ciara Quinn; Coach - Sarah Louise Burke; Cha Cha - Aine Sheehan.
Chorus - Abbie Healy. Anna Kyprianious. Eabha Donovan. Clodagh O’Riordan. Ciara O’Riordan. Kate O’Sullivan, Maeve McCarthy, Alma McCarthy, Rose Flannery, Saoirse O’Mahony.

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Launch of West Muskerry AC ‘Who Wants to be a Thousandaire’ fundraiser by Minister Michael Creed. The Show will be held in the Riverside Park Hotel October 21. © John Delea.

Who Wants to be a Thousandaire?

Minister Michael Creed officially launched the West Muskerry A.C. fundraiser, “Who wants to be a Thousandaire” on Friday, 15th of September at St. Colman’s Boys National School. All our main sponsors were in attendance - Michael Purcell & Son, Solicitors; Killian Lynch Auctioneers; Deasys Pharmacy; Griffins Garden Centre; Mid Cork Electrical; Niall Murphy Tarmacadam; Firebird; Sean Lehane Pumps and Folláin as were some very special guests - Mayor of Cork County, Declan Hurley; West Cork Board and Cork County Board Chairperson, Bill Allen; World Champion Race Walker Olive Loughnane, European medallist boxer, Christina Desmond, Multi All Ireland Medallist in Camogie and Football, Briege Corkery; Muskerry Special Olympic Club; Aindrias Moynihan TD; Councillor Ted Lucey; Councillor Michael Creed and Liadh Ó Riada MEP.
Paul Meskell from Pallas Marketing entertained all the club members, our special guests as well as the Muskerry Special Olympic Club with a sample of how the fundraiser game works. Mr. Jack Purcell Solicitor was called up as the first contestant and some very hard questions were posed to him. He even had to ask the audience for help but succeeded in winning €1,000, only to be told it was for fun tonight and he would have to turn up on the night of the show, 21st of October next, and hope to be picked out again. Bridgin Kelleher, athlete, was the next contestant up and again, Bridgin also asked help from the audience. She used her 50:50 option also and was successful in winning €1,000 but like Jack, was told she would have to try again and hope to be picked out on the night of the Show.
The night finished off with some light refreshments. “Who wants to be a Thousandaire” is a night not to be missed. Minister Michael Creed was the first person to purchase a family ticket to the show which will be held in the Riverside Park Hotel on the 21st of October next at 8pm. Tickets for the show are on sale from any club committee member or by contacting the club phone 087 7874554. There will be no tickets sold at the door on the night so make sure you purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment in what is going to be a fantastic night out.
The fundraiser is to help West Muskerry A.C purchase a training grounds: a field has been sourced which will be suitable for the growing club as well as the Paralympic and Special Needs members. A huge thank you to all our main Sponsors as well as all the businesses around Macroom and the surrounding areas who have supported this fundraiser. If any business would like to get involved in supporting our fundraiser, please do not hesitate to contact any club committee member or contact the club phone on 087 7874554. Tickets are €20 each and a family ticket is €60.
Would you like to be a “Thousandaire”? Then don’t be late in buying your ticket and you may get that chance on the night, 21st of October, 2017 in the Riverside Park Hotel.

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Operatic interlude at Macroom Food Festival ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Food Festival

The sixth annual Macroom Food Festival took place September 21 - 24, with record numbers of visitors, despite the very mixed weather. This year the festival began once more with a Vintage Tea Dance on Thursday at the Castle Hotel, coordinated by Phil Doyle of The Auld Triangle, ably assisted by bakers from Youthreach Macroom and Glen Mill Restaurant, along with some delicious cheeses from Vincenzo’s Little Dairy. An old style evening of dancing, tea and delectable delights was had. The prize for Best Dressed Lady went to Ann O’Riordan and Best Dressed Gent to Fudge Moloney. The Cobh Animation Team played maitre d’ for the evening and added a further layer of glamour to procedings. Friday morning saw a packed out tour of Macroom Buffalo Farm, under the expert guidance of Dorothy Ó Tuama, Lee Valley Taste Trails. Meanwhile back in town, festival media partners C103 were busy broadcasting live from the Castle Hotel with on-air tastings from Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella, Folláin Preserves, Michael Twomey’s Butchers, Aurora Planells Bernat, interviews with John P Quinlan of Quinlans Gift Shop, Finn of the new Macroom Farmers’ Market, Pat O’Connell spoke about the Church of Ireland Project and a live performance from Sarah Beth O’Mullane.

Friday evening, the ever popular Artisan Affair took place at The Riverside Park Hotel. Cork County Mayor, Declan Hurley, attended. An exquisite eight course tasting menu, each course was lovingly prepared and presented by a different local producer. This year, the hard working team comprised The Real Olive Company, Castle Hotel, The Mills Inn, De Róiste Foods, The Auld Triangle, The Riverside Park Hotel, Glenmill Restaurant and No. 57 Gourmet Kitchen. Entertainment on the night was provided by the Singing Waiters and Undercover Singing Chef, followed by dancing til late. Some wonderful spot prizes provided by Folláin Preserves, Deasy’s Pharmacy, Michael Twomey’s Butchers, North Square Pharmacy and Matt Murphy’s Pharmacy ensured plenty of prize winners went home very happy.

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Activity at the Teddy Bears’ Picnic during Macroom Food Festival ©Lee Valley Outlook

Water Proof Food Festival

Saturday’s kids’ zone was not dampened by the rain: a marquee on the square was filled with small people and hilarity, while entertainment was provided by Hooparella, Aaron the Balloon Man, Rachel on face painting, Teddy Bears’ Picnic and story time. The annual Taste Trail ran all day and all evening and provided festival goers with a delicious foodie orienteering experience at TP Cotters, Next Door Café, The Real Olive Company at Golden’s Bar, Walsh Catering at Dinneen’s Bar, Vaughan’s Café, Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella & 9 White Deer at The Castle Lodge, The Castle Hotel and Fitzgerald’s Book Shop and Chocolate Café, Bia Ganbreise at Nature’s Corner. Next on the trail was the LIDL International Flavours Marquee on the Main Square, featuring stalls from Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Hungary & Bangladesh. The night owls’ Taste Trail kicked off at J.C. Murphy’s and Murray’s Bar.

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Fear a’ Tí, Fionnán Cogan, keeps things moving at the Céilí Mór in the Marquee during Macroom Food Festival ©Lee Valley Outlook

A new addition to the festival line-up was the Outdoor Céilí on Saturday evening. Rain forced the outdoor back into the Marquee where Fionán Cogan called the steps and Tim Joe and Anne O’Riordan played the tunes while the guests polished up on their set dancing skills. A mini pop up market provided by Jack Buckley, Toonsbridge Dairy & Hegz Delights fed the masses.

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Enjoying a day out in the sun at Macroom Food Festival ©Lee Valley Outlook

The Real Deal on Sunday

Sunday’s massive outdoor market was busier than ever thanks to the sunshine and over 60 stalls providing everything from the ever popular buffalo burgers, to churros, to noodles, falafels washed down with sweet treats, 9 White Deer beers and barista coffee. Entertainment, as always was provided by Circus Outside the Box, Aaron the Balloon Man, Face Painters, Annelise Roche and the Army Band of the Southern Command.

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All the contestants in the Danone Nutricia Toddle Box Cook Off with judges and Minister Michael Creed at Macroom Food Festival 2017 ©Lee Valley Outlook

The Cork & Kerry Toddle Box Schools Cook-off finals took place, in two heats, live in the open air on Sunday afternoon. Finalists were St. Marys Secondary School Macroom, Presentation Secondary School Tralee, Millstreet Community College, St. Mary’s Secondary School Mallow, McEgan College Macroom and Mary Immaculate Community College Dunmanway. Mary Immaculate Community College Dunmanway took home first prize with St. Mary’s Secondary School Mallow coming in second.

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Overview of Macroom Food Festival 2017 ©Lee Valley Outlook

A lineup of talks and demos took place at The Castle Hotel – Aurora Planells Bernat of An talamh de Luibheanna gave an informative talk and tasting of local herbs and their uses in cooking and medicine; SECAD hosted a live cookery demonstration with Ballymaloe chef Shermin; Bryan McCarthy of Cocktail Bar Cask gave a talk and tasting focused on gin, cider and local herbs; Aurelia Monprofit wrapped up the event with her presentation and tasting on Raw Food Living
Once the market stalls were taken down and the last traders left, it was back to The Castle Hotel for the Festival Awards Presentation and closing party. Winners were presented with bespoke handmade spoons from Carving Mad. Best Pint: 9 White Deer Brewery; Chef of the Festival: Phil Doyle, Auld Triangle; Best Burger: Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella & Shorten’s Bar; Venue of the Festival: Golden's; Dish of the Festival: Viktoria Csvgy, Veronika & Co., the Hungarian Stall at the International Flavours Marquee for their goulash & cream puffs; Best Shop Window: Deasys Pharmacy Group Cork; Best Festival Photo: James O’Driscoll, JOD Photography; Barperson of the Festival: John Corcoran Riverside Park Hotel; Best Looking Chef: Ellen O' Leary No 57 Gourmet Kitchen; Macroom Food Festival Hero 2017: the entire staff and management of Castle Hotel Macroom under the leadership of Don Buckley.

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Nuala O’Connell SECAD, Shermin Thompson, chef; Aurora from Spain and Helene from France at Cookery Demonstration in the Castle Hotel at Macroom Food Festival 2017 ©Lee Valley Outlook

SECAD Helps Food Festival

For the second year running SECAD Partnershipwasdelighted to join forces with the dynamic Macroom Food Festival to deliver a family friendly cookery demonstration as part of a series ‘Local Food, International Flavour’ at the Castle Hotel on the final day of the festival. In a town with an already rich food heritage and a growing international reputation for fine artisan foods, the cookery demonstration marked a culmination of the work of the‘Macroom International Food Flavours Group, includingBangladeshi, Hungarian, French, Italian and Spanish members. The group welcomed people to develop recipes together, to provide a flavour of the cultural diversity of Macroom and the surrounding areas. Under the guidance ofBallymaloe trained chef, Shermin Thompson,, the international group launched a short recipe leaflet to share at the event.
SECAD Partnership’s Food Fusion Integration Programme is supported by the Communities Integration Fund and the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme. The freeFood Fusion programme appeals to new communities, to serious foodies and to those curious about international cuisine. The programme provides an opportunity to share a wealth of knowledge existing in our communities and celebrates cultural diversity through food and welcomesadditional people to join to learn about food from around the world, meet new people and make new friends.
The winners of the SECAD Primary Schools poster competition in which ten local schools from Macroom and surrounding areas participated, were also announced The theme was ‘Food from around the World’ and a great amount of creativity was on display at the exhibition at the Castle Hotel during the Food Festival. Results : Junior category (junior infants, senior infants & first class). 1st Melanie Spillane, Kilbarry NS. 2ndCaoimhe Ni Dhuinin, ScoilFhionnbarra, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh. 3rd Sarah Healy, St Joseph’s Primary School, Macroom. Intermediate category (second, third and fourth class) 1st Charlie Magee, St Colman’s BNS, Macroom. 2nd Gavin O’Riordan, Muinefliuch NS. 3rd Emily Mehigan, St Joseph’s Primary School, Macroom. Senior category (fifth and sixth class). 1st Clodagh McDonagh, St Joseph’s Primary School, Macroom. 2nd Daniel Murphy, Muinefliuch NS. 3rd Rebecca Morgans, Rusheen NS. SECAD Partnership is a Local Development Company which provides supports to individuals and groups through the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP). These supports include one to one advice on training, employment, and self-employment opportunities by appointment at the SECAD office, Macroom E, Bowl Rd., Macroom. For further information, please contact SECAD at 021 461 3432 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St. Mary’s Updates

Mindfulness. All students in St Mary’s will be exposed this year to training in Mindfulness, as part of the new Wellbeing programme which is being introduced into schools this September. Mindfulness is a way of being in the present moment with kindness, curiosity and compassion. It is the art of bringing attention to our thoughts, feelings and actions as they arise. It involves “learning to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds, moment by moment, with open-minded curiosity and acceptance. Rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen, it trains us to respond skilfully to whatever is happening right now, be that good or bad”(Source: Mindfulness in Schools Project). Ms. Aedamur Kelly is a Guidance Counsellor and also a trained Mindfulness teacher. She will be facilitating 6 weeks of the .b (pronounced dot be), Mindfulness in Schools Project to all year groups over the course of the first term. The programme aims to give students a life skill which helps them to feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled, to get on better with others, to help students to concentrate and learn better and to help them to cope with stress and anxiety.

McEgan College Updates

Bursary. Mary Ann Healy, Clondrohid, who sat Leaving Cert at McEgan College in 2017, was presented with a €1,000 bursary by Macroom Credit Union in recognition of her excellent Leaving Certificate results. Mary Ann is now pursuing a level 8 degree in Agricultural Science in CIT. Present at Macroom Credit Union Bursary Presentations were Maura Burton and Judy O Sullivan (Board Member of Macroom Credit Union) and Ms Margaret Corkery, Deputy Principal at McEgan College. Schools’ Cook Off. The beautiful, bright, autumnal afternoon of Sunday 24th September provided the perfect back drop to the Macroom food festival. Here again, second level schools competed in the final of the annual Schools Cook Off. This year, McEgan College was ably represented by Darragh O’Sullivan and Kai Kuersten, both senior cycle students. The young chefs decided to showcase some wonderful fresh Hake from Clancy’s Fishmongers and some of Caroline Robinson’s fabulous vegetables. The students cooked the fish and vegetables ‘enpapillote’, which is a healthy cooking method, as the dish had to be suitable for toddlers. Thanks to Caroline O’Connell and the competition judges for their organization and hard work in making this such a wonderful competition. Congratulation to MICC Dunmanway on their well deserved win.

Macroom Brownies

Fifteen Brownies with their three leaders, Rosaleen Henry, Zoe Dinneen and Sharon O’Connell, set off from Macroom to Killarney for a two night ‘pack holiday’. The bus took them to Killarney National Park, where they stayed in a Park Hostel. Having unloaded their luggage, with sleeping bags, pillows, clothes and raingear, beds were chosen and made before their first activity – crafting friendship bracelets with embroidery threads. Next morning the Brownies made their own pack lunch and, clad in rain gear, set out on a hike of the park and Reenadinna wood ring, the oldest Yew tree wood in Europe. They identified different trees and plants and learned about adaptations that the plants had for survival. After lunch all visited Muckross House and gardens, where their favourite climbing tree was found. Ice-cream was bought at the farm shop before returning to the hostel where they did some work on a programme called ‘Free Being Me’ which is designed to make girls feel comfortable in their own skin and stresses that beauty comes in many forms, shapes, sizes and types. A hot dinner, prepared and served with the help of four older Brownies, was enjoyed by all. After dinner and clean up, the girls embarked on a torch lit, night time hike. It was calculated that during the entire day Brownies had walked 15km, a great achievement. For the final night, a rousing indoor campfire sing song and cup of hot chocolate prepared all for bed. On Sunday morning Brownies had a hot breakfast and then set to work tidying, cleaning and packing for the journey home. The bus transported very happy but tired Brownies and Leaders.


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Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal. Peadar Ó Riada has put out a final call for entries for the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal competition 2017, which closes on Friday 29 September. This year the competition is open to metal reed instruments – accordion, concertina, melodeon, mouth organ and the like. 15 musicians will be invited to take part in the final in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork on 2 February next year, and the winner will receive €2500 and the prestigious Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal.
St. Senan’s Church, Canon’s Cross, Inniscarra will host a talk by Bishop Richard Henderson on Saturday, September 30, 3 – 5p.m., entitled “Making the best of a bad job”. As a scientist, the Bishop is also aware of the importance of not driving a wedge between science and the Bible. On Sunday, October 1 at 11a.m., Bishop Henderson will conduct the 2017 Harvest Festival at St. Senan’s.
Johnstown / Kilmichael Vintage & Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 1st. Proceeds go to Marymount Hospice, Co-Action Dunmanway, SVP Dunmanway, 3 Local Community Hospitals, 9 local schools and other charities. It will feature a large display of Vintage machinery, numerous side shows, Pet Dog show and fun events for all the family. Your support would be greatly appreciated. In conjunction with the Harvest Festival, there will also be a cake sale and the club would be very grateful if people would kindly donate baking on the day. We are having a Tug-O-War competition and would like to invite 7 representatives from any club or pub to take part in this fun event.
Kilmurry Active Retired. Kathy Kennedy will give a talk on the 3 Pillars of Health Tuesday October 3rd 7.30 at the Museum. Catherine Foley’s Interior Decorating enhance your home tips. Classes starting Thursday 5th October 7.30 in the Museum. Walking every Sunday starting October 7th. Meeting Kilmurry Church Car park 2.30p.m.
Frank Moynihan Cookery Course at Cool cower House, Macroom. Commencing Wednesday, October 4th at 7.45pm. Phone O86 2627855.
Coffee Morning Scoil Mhuire Parents Association has organised a coffee morning to support the continuing works in Scoil Mhuire Ballingeary. The coffee morning will be held in Scoil Mhuire on Sunday, 8th October from 10.30am (after Mass) to 12.30pm.
Powerlifting Fundraiser and Disco for Serena Pierce’s World Championship trip to Boston in Murray’s Bar on Sunday, October 8 at 5p.m.
Sean Nós Dancing for beginners. Tuesday Oct 10th from 8.00pm till 9.30 pm in Murray’s Bar. Aghinagh Comhaltas seisiúns will take place on the same night in Murray’s Bar from 9.30 pm on. The Sean Nós and seisiúns will also take place on the second Tuesday of November and December.
Macroom Table Tennis Club - We are currently playing on Tuesdays from 7pm - 9.30pm at the Sports Complex in the Castle Grounds. Admission is €4 adults, €3 underage, payable to the complex on the way in. Currently it's all adult players - underage players welcome but should bring their own adult supervision. Some coaching and tips available free of charge.
Memorial to Conor. Gleann na Laoi G.A.A. and Cloheen/ Kerry Pike Community recently unveiled a commemorative plaque to Conor Lucey, R.I.P., who came originally from Knockanure, Ballymakeera. Conor contributed hugely to the local G.A.A. and to all voluntary community efforts. A large crowd of family and friends and the local community attended the unveiling at the pitch, known locally as The Bog. Co-incidentally, Conor’s home pitch in Ballyvourney was known as An Portach.
Rainbows is a support group that helps children deal with their feelings following a death or separation within the family. It is done through group support. Program starting mid October. Contact Macroom Family Resource Centre 026 20561for application forms.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto Results 10th September 2017. Jackpot €2,050. Numbers drawn 4, 9, 30. No winner. €50 Joe Lyons Canovee. €20 each Anthony Kelleher Horsemount Ballinagree, Darrin & Àine Ring Coolalta, Maurice O'Connor Leades, Liam Cotter Doneens.
17th September. Jackpot €2,200. Numbers drawn 8, 10, 28. No winner. €50 Finbarr O'Sullivan Rylane €20. each Matthew Coakley Rahalisk, Tadhg Twohig Mallow, Pat Hogan Coachford, Noel Lynch Coolgariff.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto Results. 13/9/2017. No Jackpot winner. €70 Michael & Julie Kelleher, Gortnapeasta €20 each Con Drew, Clonfadda Anne Marie Kelleher, Lee View Hse., Macroom Ciaran Kelleher, Moulnahorna Cara O’Leary, Gortnalicka
20/9/2017. €70 Sheila Frost, London €20 each Dan & Honey, c/o The Laine Bar Nora O’Leary, Ballingeary Kay McDonagh, Carriganima Mary Cooney, c/o The Greyhound Bar.
Kilmurry GAA Lotto 18 September. No Winner. Jackpot €2,600. Winning numbers 9,5,38. €50 Richard Buckley €20 each. Chrissie Murphy Der Hartnett Eamon Guerin Brian McCarthy Noreen Kelleher.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 12/09/2017. Jackpot €2.600. No Winner, Numbers drawn: 7-28-34. €70 Dan O'Callaghan, O'Connor Park. €20 each: Denise Moloney, Main Street, Janette Kearney, Oakwood Breda Cotter, Sullane Weirs, Kay Healy, Greyhound Bar, Siobhan O' Leary, Codrum
19/09/2017. Jackpot €2.800. No Winner, Numbers drawn: 26-28-30. No €70 Gerard Kelleher, Clondrohid, €20 each: Michael Mongovan, Middle Square, Tony Hughes, Macroom Credit Union. Caoimhe Daly, 9 Millbrook Close, Aisling Rehilan, C/O Corner Shop, Macroom Kathleen Mc Carthy.
Macroom F.C. Lotto 18/09/17: Jackpot €8,000, Numbers drawn: 19, 32, 35. No Winner. €80: Brian and Mgt c/o Hound. €20: Daniel O'Mahony c/o Mary Anne’s, Helena and Steph, Don Lynch c/o Castle Hotel, Karen Murray c/o Catherine.
25/09/17. Jackpot €8,200. Numbers drawn: 14, 21, 34. No Winner. €80: Dylan and John c/o Mary Anne's. €20: Mary Cooney c/o Hound, Dinger c/o Lars, Katelyn O’Callaghan c/o June's, Helena and Steph Kelly.
Coachford AFC Lotto Results 18/9/2017. Jackpot: €3,200. Numbers Drawn: 3 – 19 – 23. No Winner. €40 Johnny Sheehan, €20 Oliver c/o Centra, Cathy Dunton, Brendan Barry Murphy, Olive & Owen.
25/9/2017. Jackpot: €3,400. Numbers Drawn: 27 – 31 – 34. No Winner. €40 David Murphy, €20 Paddy Riordan, Kathleen Lane, Declan O’Connell, Jerry Hubbard (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

Clondrohid Updates

Muinefliuch N.S. Honours Bro. Charles: Muinefliuch school recently welcomed eleven of Brother Charles O’Leary’s former students from Malaysia for the unveiling of the Stone Seat in his honour. This event was graciously hosted by Eileen Foley Principal of the school.
Development Group: The annual fundraising American Tea Party will take place on Saturday night, November 4. Mark it in your Diary. Great night assured. Good food, chat and craic and this year it will be roll up the carpet and dance the night away.
St. Mary’s Open Evening: will take place on Thursday Sept 28 from 6 to 8.30pm. Principal’s address at 6.30pm. Everyone welcome. To secure your place, you can register on the night or before the closing date, October 20.
Teddy’s Dancing: Classes have resumed and will continue on Tuesday nights at 8pm for adults and Saturday nights at 7.30pm for the younger folk. Something for everyone at these classes.
Retired Active Group: A meeting to set up a Retired Active Group in Clondrohid was attended by more than 40, making it a resounding success. Louise Bourke of I.R.D Duhallow chaired the meeting and gave an excellent account of all the activities of I.R.D. in Newmarket. It was an excellent launching pad to hear of all these activities as places like Clondrohid, Carriganima Macroom Ballinagree etc. are now in the Duhallow catchment area for Leader funding. Jack Roche of I.R.D spoke passionately of Rural Ireland trying to retain its identity and to stand up and be counted. Speakers from the Active Retirement Southern region and from various clubs - Donoughmore, Castlemagner etc spoke with passion of what being involved in this Group has meant to them. Being active in your club means different things to different people. It ranges from meeting up for a cuppa and a chat to organising a trip away. Loneliness was one of the key reasons for people to join. Bringing relevant people into your meeting to help you with questions to ask at your doctor appointments, to making a will and what that entails. Keeping it simple to start with and it will grow. Meeting up with other groups and joining them on trips was recommended.
The following were elected: Chairman Maurice Manning, Sec. Catherine Kelleher, Treasurer Sheila Walsh, P.R.O. Ann O’Connell. Committee members, Teresa McSweeney, Margaret Buckley, Denis Lucey, Teresa Twomey, Maria Healy. The next meeting will be on Monday, Oct 2 at 8pm in the Community Hall. All those who attended the meeting are most welcome to come along again and if you missed the meeting, please come along too.
IRD Duhallow Business Awards: All businesses in Duhallow and parts of Mid Cork including Clondrohid, Carriganima, Macroom etc. can enter for these awards. The categories include : Best Business Start Up, Best Established Business Award, Woman Led Business Award, Creative Industry Award, Agri Business Award, Community Enterprise Award. Forms are available in the Corkman Newspaper or download it from www.irdduhallow.com.Fill it up and e mail it to louise.bourke@irdduhallow .com or post it to Duhallow Business Awards IRD Duhallow, James O’Keeffe Institute, Newmarket, Co Cork. Closing date for entries is Thursday October 12.
Courses at Macroom E Park: Please see the following list of courses that are scheduled for Macroom E by I.R.D Duhallow: Essentials of HR for Business Owners commencing Tuesday, October 10 from 9.30 to 4.30 costing €75. Recruitment and Interview Skills commencing Tues Oct 17 from 9.30 to 1pm costing €75. Managing Absenteeism commencing Tues Oct 17 from 2pm to 5.30pmcosting €75. Big Red Book commencing Wed Oct 25 from 9.30 to 5.30pm costing €125. Sage commencing Tues Nov 7 and Wed Nov 8 commencing 9.30 to 5.30 costing €200. Advanced Excel Wed Nov 22 commencing 9.30 to 5.30pm costing €100. Far First Aid . To be decided. All courses can be booked on line www.irdduhallow.com or e mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no 02960633.
G.A.A. Well done to Clondrohid girls Katie Dineen, Grace Murphy and Niamh Duggan playing for Naomh Abán in the Junior A County final in Mayfield last Saturday. Unfortunately Aghada proved that little bit stronger for them on the day. Well done to Laochra Óg u 12 Camogie team who were narrowly defeated in a County final last weekend.

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Family, friends and neighbours of the late Conor Lucey, ‘Family, G.A.A. and Community Man’, at the unveiling of a memorial plaque at Gleann na Laoi G.A.A. pitch. ©

Inchigeela Updates

Culture Night was marked in Inchigeela with the reading of a diary, kept by Michael Johnny O’Sullivan, who left Inchigeela for Australia in 1913, never to return. Store of Memories switched off its lights and in the candle-light, re created an ambiance suiting 1913.First, the many guests were treated to a lively trad fiddle duet by Ben and Anna O’Sullivan. There followed a magical reading of the old diary by the writer's grand nephew, Edmond O’Sullivan, seated next to a lone oil lamp. The reading concluded to rousing applause and a true star was born after Ed’s magical performance. The diary is very reminiscent of The Tom Crean Drama as Michael’s journey took six long weeks from Cork to Melbourne. Thanks to Dorothy and the O’Sullivan family who truly brought Michael O’Sullivan back home on Friday 22nd of September 2017. And a bit of magic was witnessed by those who attended. The 100 year old diary may be seen in the Store of Memories, in Inchigeela.
Walking Routes. Inchigeela was honoured by the Mayor of Cork County, Councillor Declan Hurley, who unveiled the map of the walking routes, planned out by Croí na Laoi, the local development group. In his speech, the mayor stressed the importance for one’s health of regular exercise as well as the fun aspect of walking with friends and connecting with Nature. Fin Cronin, Croí na Laoi chairperson, thanked the Mayor for the interest he has shown in Inchigeela and for the support and encouragement which he has given freely in the past. He also thanked Councillor Gobnait Moymihan for the same reasons. Miss Moynihan could not be present but she was represented by Aindrias Moynihan TD, her brother. The wall map was blessed by our new Parish Priest, Fr Anthony O’Mahoney. The Chairperson thanked the large crowd for attending at the unveiling and he said that a regular walk was planned every 2 weeks. The walkers then headed off on the Direen Loop Route and met afterwards for tea in the Parish Hall. The verdict was that it was a very enjoyable morning. The walk map can be viewed in The Square and some pics appear on Croí na Laoi facebook. N.B. Photos will be included in next Outlook.
Éalú Lúa. Congratulations go to the organisers and all involved in the adventure event,” Éalú Lua,” held in Inchigeela and Ballingeary recently. It was a big undertaking, carried out smoothly by the organisers and enjoyed by all the triathletes from the many positive reports on the event.
Minor Win. Well done to the Iveleary minor team on their win over St Colum’s in The Rebel Óg West football Final on Sunday last, in Ballingeary. It was a very sporting show of skill and determination.

COPE Fundraiser

The Laine Bar in Ballinagree hosted a wonderful evening for Cope Foundation recently. The local fundraising committee there presented the funds raised from their annual Walk (from the Mons Bar to Ballinagree). Over €5,000 was presented to Cope Foundation, which supports 2,350 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/ or autism across Cork city and county. The funds raised went to two Cope Foundation residential centres: Macroom (Dan Corkery Place) and Kinvara in Blackpool. The residents of the two houses, along with staff, were invited to Ballinagree to accept the cheques and celebrate the friendships that have formed over the years between those who benefit; the fundraising committee and everyone who takes part in the Walk. In both cases, the money will be used to help the centres purchase their own vehicles so that residents can enjoy more trips out and get involved in local community activities.
Cope Foundation is always grateful for any fundraising support. If you would like to help, please get in touch with Jo-Anne in the Fundraising Office on 021 4643220 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Find out more about the amazing work of Cope Foundation at www.cope-foundation.ie.

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Former pupils of Brother Charles O’Leary from Malaysia at ceremony at Muinefliuch N.S. ©

Muinefliuch Monument to Bro. Charles

The outstanding achievements of Brother Charles Michael O’Leary, late of Casloura and distinguished past pupil of Muinefliuch NS were celebrated recently at the school. Brother Charles’ life-long dedication to this work as a devoted educator and religious in his adopted home of Sabah, Malaysia was marked by the unveiling of a beautiful, hand crafted stone monument, in the shape of a seat. Now known as ‘The Buddy Seat’, it was donated by the Registered Trustees of La Salle Initiative. It was designed and made by Mick Wilkins and unveiled at Muinefliuch N.S. by Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, Chief Judge of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia, and a past pupil of Brother Charles. Tan Sri Richard Malanjum spoke about Brother Charles’ positive, inspirational influence on his own life and that of thousands of other Malaysian boys. One of those boys was Michael Tan who was present at the event and spoke of Brother Charles’ amazing ability to remember the names of each of the hundreds of students in his care.
Fr Anthony Wickham blessed the monument and spoke about the three symbols engraved on it. He explained that at the top of the monument is the Rafflesia flower, the national flower of Malaysia. The centre of the flower is cut out, allowing Mushera Mountain to be glimpsed through the monument. The carving below the flower is that of a swallow. Brother Charles loved to sing ‘Oh Graceful Swallow’, particularly at gatherings on visits home to Cork. The third carving is the symbol of the De La Salle order; the 5 pointed cross.
Brother Charles attended Muinefliuch N.S., from 1933 to 1941, after which he went on to train as a De La Salle Brother. His extraordinary life story was retold to all who attended the event by present day pupils. He received his secondary education at De La Salle, Castletown in the 1940s. Brother Martin Curran attended and spoke of Brother Charles’ humble nature and how proud the De La Salle brothers are of his legacy. He noted how Brother Charles enabled so many young people to fulfil their potential. Sheila McCarthy spoke on behalf of the O’Leary family and welcomed all in attendance, including Michael Creed T.D. & Cllr. Michael Creed, Mr John Murphy, Principal of De La Salle College, Macroom and our friends who travelled from Malaysia. She expressed her thanks to all involved in the project including the staff and children of the school. ‘Trasna na dTonnta’ was sung and played on the tin whistle to recognise the ‘turas fada’ made by Brother Charles. The school children also sang a Celtic Blessing. Following the unveiling, our Malaysian friends sang a rousing rendition of the De La Salle song and the Parents Association hosted all the guests in the school’s newly opened General Purpose Room. As recognised by Brother Curran, the Lasallian spirit is alive and well at Muinefliuch N.S. May that spirit, shown to so many by Brother Charles, serve as a life-long inspiration for us to continue serving others especially the young people in our care. By Shane Lehane (Deputy Principal)

Macra Matters

Donoughmore Macra members won National Leadership Awards at County Officer training that was held in Athlone at the beginning of September. Well done to Sean Wallace who received a Gold award and to Heather Healy and Elaine O’Connell who both received Silver awards. Well done to all teams who took part in the regional round of 7 a side football held in Rusheen. Congratulations to the Donoughmore Macra men's team who won their competition and are now through to the National Finals being held on the 15th of October. Well done to club member, Alan Lynch, who competed in the Macra na Feirme ploughing class at the National Ploughing Championships held in Screggan, Tullamore Co. Offaly. For more info on the club check out:www.facebook.com/donoughmore.macra, Twitter at www.twitter.com/dmoremacra or contact 086-2231538.
Aghinagh Macra had a busy start to the new Macra year. Congratulations to the team of John Lynch, Jayne Cotter, Tomas Kenneally and Eileen Lynch who won the Muskerry round of Club Question Time. They advance to the national final in Dublin. Well done to the men’s and women’s football teams who took part in the Muskerry round of 7 a-side football. AghinaghMacra will hold a cheque presentation night on the 29th of October in Tigh Ui Laoghaire in Bealnamorrive at 8.30pm. The proceeds from the annual 5K Fun Run and Know Your Neighbour Evening will be presented to a representative from Embrace FARM.

Bikers’ Poker Run for BUMBLEance

The Mills Inn, Ballyvourney, is delighted to announce that they are holding a Biker Poker Run in aid of BUMBLEance, The Children’s National Ambulance Service on Saturday, 21 October at 10am. Registration is €20 per person and will take place at the Mills Inn from 9am – 10am on the morning of the event.
Bikers, friends, supporters and fundraisers are all welcome on the day for what promises to be a fantastic day full of fun and fundraising. The Poker Run will have 5 stops on route. Each biker will be given one card per stop and the best Poker hand at the end of the run will win a voucher for bike accessories for €300. All funds raised from the Mills Inn Poker Run will go directly towards the South West Regional BUMBLEette Service which will help to transport and support even more sick children throughout Cork county and beyond.
At the launch of the Mills Inn Poker Run for BUMBLEance, Owner Don O’ Leary said: “The Mills Inn are proud supporters of BUMBLEance. We have organised the 2017 Poker Run to raise much needed funds for sick BUMBLEance kids. This service provides support to critically and seriously ill children throughout Ireland and we want to support these sick children and families in distress and to help them in any way that we can. We are urging all Bikers and friends to come along on the 21 October in support of our Poker Run in aid of BUMBLEance and, of course, to have lots of fun along the way.’
The Southern Regional BUMBLEette will provide support to sick children and their families throughout Cork city and county as they travel to and from home to hospital, national treatment centres, and respite and hospice care facilities nationwide. The service will also provide a very unique and specialized service through end of life Angel Trips, which is the final journey a terminally ill child takes on earth before he or she grows their Angel Wings.
Speaking today, Head of Fundraising & Engagement at BUMBLEance, Nicola O’ Sullivan said: ‘We are very grateful to The Mills Inn West Cork for their on-going, invaluable support of BUMBLEance. We rely on our valued corporate partners, fundraisers and friends to keep our BUMBLEance wheels in motion and we know that with their help and support we can assist even more sick children throughout Cork city and county and nationwide.’ The Southern Regional BUMBLEette will provide a FREE service to sick children and their families and will be fully kitted out with BUMBLEance features, such as; a TV, play station, DVD’s, music, fun BUMBLEance branding interior and exterior and sensory lighting and will have a defibrillator and suction machine on board. The BUMBLEette will also be utilized as a Chemo Cab service and will facilitate wheelchair and stretcher usage whilst enabling family members to travel with their loved ones in a safe, comfortable and secure environment.
For more information on The Mills Inn Poker Run please contact: Mills Inn T: 026 45237


Mysterious Death

On Friday October 13, 1944, Margaret (Mag) Galvin, Gurranereigh, Lissarda, was a sprightly 72 year old, but, as dawn broke the following morning, a terrible tragedy had unfolded. Mag Galvin had vanished from the face of the earth and her cosy homestead burned to the ground; thus initiating one of the most intriguing and unsolved mysteries in post-independence Ireland. Extensive Garda, L.D.F. and civilian searches followed, but all to no avail, and so, the mystery remains.
In recent years, the site of the cottage was purchased by the neighbouring O'Sullivan family and it was the wish of the late Joe O'Sullivan that Mag Galvin should be remembered. Accordingly , it was decided that a simple and dignified monument be erected , not only to keep her memory alive, but also to remind younger people now and in the future of some of the less savoury aspects of rural Ireland in decades past.
The monument will be unveiled by Monsignor Kevin O’Callaghan (whose mother hailed from Gurranereigh ) on Sunday October 15 at 3pm and all are welcome.

Food Galore.

Up to the final quarter of the 20th century, most Irish people ate to live instead of living to eat, as so many foodies now promote. Signs on, there were also very few obese people. Look back on photos up to the 1980s and you will find scarcely any young or middle-aged people who are overweight. Food, since it is all bound up with our basic instinct for survival, interests everyone to some degree. The practice of cooking is equally interesting. Lamb’s essay, A Dissertation on Roast Pig, from the old Inter Cert syllabus, set students wondering from an early age, about the history of this time consuming chore. The fulacht fia , featuring in some local archaeological sites, also brought historic cooking methods to mind. But, whatever the pros and cons of raw v cooked, the culinary art looks set to continue to absorb the attention and efforts of homemakers and television programmers in the third millennium.
Food mixers, microwave ovens, tinned, powdered, frozen and processed foods, have taken much of the drudgery from cooking. Our growing dependence on these methods increases our respect for cooks in bygone days. Kitchen tools remained basic and unchanged for centuries. Creaming the ingredients for a cake required muscle, energy and patience and a wooden spoon was the only aid available. Beating and whipping a sponge base was done with a pair of forks and the sophisticated cook had a wire whisk. Purée for soups and sauces was achieved by forcing the ingredients through a sieve with a wooden spoon. Peeling, chopping and grating were all done manually, with maximum expenditure of effort and plenty of opportunities for minor accidents.
Ordinary country people did not have much variety in their diet as they were governed by the availability of home grown ingredients and the time involved in preparation. ‘Good plain food’ was the norm and was consumed three times a day. Porridge in some shape or form nearly always featured on the breakfast menu. It could be made with flakemeal or oatmeal; flavoured with salt or sugar and served with milk. Boiled eggs, fresh from the henhouse, were also served in the morning. The bread was mostly homemade brown or white soda bread, with an odd loaf from the shop. Sunday morning was an exception in many households as a fried breakfast was served – rashers, sausages, pudding, egg and perhaps, potato.
Dinner, the main meal of the day, was eaten at midday. It was rarely preceded by soup , unless the main dish was boiled chicken, beef or mutton, in which case, pearl barley, diced carrot and onion were added to the boiling water and the stock was thickened with cornflour when the meat had been removed. The soup still had a thin consistency so it was customary to break bread into it before eating, a practice that came to earn the scorn of more sophisticated offspring and neighbours until the wheel came full circle and croutons were introduced.
Bacon was the most common daily meat. This could be the homegrown ‘hairy bacon’ or a shorter-lived factory bacon sold in most country shops. It was boiled with cabbage or turnips and served with boiled potatoes. Mustard added taste.
Irish stew was a great favourite, particularly in mountainous areas where sheep were plentiful. Mutton, onions and potatoes were all simmered in the one pot and the stew was delicious if colourless. Fowl featured frequently on the dinner menu since most households reared free range turkeys, ducks, geese and hens. Each clutch of chickens was fully grown at six months. Then most of the cocks were slaughtered in turn, while the hens were kept for egg producing purposes. The young fowl - prepared with bread stuffing for chicken and turkey and potato stuffing for geese and ducks - were roasted in the bastible. When hens and cocks were no longer productive, they were considered too tough for roasting and so, were slowly boiled, yielding bland meat and broth.,
Fish was a penitential dish. Except for the rare occasion when a travelling fish man brought supposedly fresh herring to our inland area or a poacher shared his salmon catch, hake or red herring were the only fish available for Friday and the many fast days during Lent. Hake, a dried and salted flat fish with a multitude of bones, had to be soaked overnight to remove some of the salt. It was served with a bland white onion sauce. Kippered herring were equally salty and these were boiled in half water, half milk. But meat and fish were not always available. Then tasty dinners were made with fried eggs, onions and potatoes, potatoes and white onion sauce or colcannon – finely chopped boiled cabbage, mixed with onion and mashed potato, butter and milk.
Like soup, desserts were occasional rather than regular additions. Jelly and custard were Sunday specials, but during the week, more solid after courses sometimes supplemented the meagre fare. Milk puddings - rice, semolina cornflour and tapioca, ‘frogspawn’ to the many who disliked it, were served when there was a milk surplus. Bread pudding was a very popular way of using up stale bread.
Supper, the meal served at the end of the day's work, again featured eggs. Cheese or something sweet might be added. The most common cheeses available in our area were Calvita and Mitchelstown. They were highly processed and plastic in texture. Spotted dog, white soda bread with sugar and a handful of currants added, might grace the supper table. Apple tarts were served in season. Late night snacks were not a served except when someone suffered from a cold or flu when the patient might be served boiled milk containing onion, butter and pepper.
People drank tea or milk. Bottles of Irel coffee were available in shops and Fry’s Cocoa powder featured in some pantries. We didn’t drink much water – certainly bottled water was not on offer.
How things have changed. Visiting the many stalls at Macroom Food Festival or one of our local supermarkets would be like a science fiction trip for our grandparents. Baps, wraps, bagels, croissants, pizzas, pasta, ethnic foods, spices, exotic fruit and vegetables. Bia go leor don domhan mór.

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Paddy O'Sullivan, John Lynch, Fr. Buckley, Eileen Lynch and Joan O'Sullivan in Bray ©Joseph Brennan, Bray

Eileen Lynch, the Coachford Pantos and the ‘Pantomime’ Priest.

By Con Kelleher

Eileen Lynch is in her nineties and lives, since early this year, in Macroom Community Hospital. Her cousin Mary Noonan, Coolalta, introduced me to her. Eileen and her brother, John, lived in Clonmoyle, Aghabullogue, all their lives and worked together in Dripsey Mills. The two were extremely close and were centrally involved in Coachford Pantomimes 1956 – 1962. Fr William Buckley, Catholic curate in Coachford, was the inspiration and guiding light of those shows. Hugely popular and successful, the pantomimes drew crowds from all over Munster and beyond. Eileen and John, together with Paddy O’Sullivan and his sister, Joan, were Fr. Buckley’s loyal lieutenants. Joan became Fr. Buckley’s housekeeper, and the five became life-long friends. Eileen wishes to have those wonderful times recalled and recorded.
Eileen was born in Aghabullogue and had two brothers, John and Denis, and a sister Mary, whose children visit her regularly. She went to Tullig National School and then became a weaver in Dripsey Mills. Always interested in books, she is widely read. Coachford Choir, of which she was a member, won an Oireachtas competition in 1953. The Coachford Pantomime era was enormously important and very exciting for her. Eileen recalled groups coming from as far away as Newry and staying overnight in Macroom after attending the Panto. Back then, roads were poor and cars scarce. To get to and from work and to Coachford for practice and the performances, she travelled by bicycle or scooter, often in bad weather. Taking part was so much fun that she discounts the difficulty involved. Her roles included ‘Principal Boy’ in Arabian Nights, ‘Dick’ in the first Dick Whittington, ‘Step-Mother’ in Cinderella, ‘Fairy Fauna’ in ‘The Sleeping Beauty’, and ‘Queen Bess’ in the second Dick Whittington.
John was three years younger than Eileen and died in 2016. He too attended Tullig National School. At Dripsey Mills he worked in the dyeing section and was regarded as a ‘finisher’. Following its closure, he was employed by FÁS until his retirement. As well as working tirelessly behind the scenes, he was a brilliant ‘dame’ and was thus complimented in a 1961 letter from Fr. Sheehan, a predecessor of Fr. Buckley in Coachford. The letter still survives. John was introduced to golf by Fr. Buckley and this later became one of his great interests. He devoted much time to Macroom Golf Club and his voluntary contribution was recognised when he was awarded Honorary Life Membership. He was ‘Santa’ at the children’s Christmas Parties for about 30 years, a great man to tell yarns and was always on hand to help in the bar or the kitchen if needed. A most affable man, John was well liked by all.
Fr. Buckley was from Midleton and he served in Kilnamartyra, Macroom and Coachford between 1943 and 1962. He was a man of many accomplishments. A gifted hurler, he played in the Harty Cup team with St. Colman’s College, Fermoy and minor hurling with Cork. All his life he was a keen music lover. However, perhaps his prime talent was as a producer and he will be especially remembered for his greatest enterprise, the Coachford Pantomimes. After ordination he was posted to Kilnamartyra where he put on Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado at Christmas 1945 and got many parishioners involved. The parish hall was full to capacity for the two performances and later, the operetta went ‘on tour’ to Macroom. Music came from a record played on a somewhat temperamental record-player. There was then no electricity in Kilnamartyra Hall and power for lighting was supplied by car batteries. Fr. Buckley got great plaudits for getting on so well with the people, raising their spirits, raising money and producing very professional amateur shows. Later he was transferred to Macroom and produced The Pirates of Penzance, The Gondoliers and The Yeoman Of the Guard and these were staged in what was then Meán Scoil an t-Athar Ó Laoghaire and is now De La Salle College. He was subsequently appointed curate in Coachford/ Aghabullogue in 1954. While in Kilnamartyra, Fr. Buckley made friends with Joan and Paddy O’Sullivan. Joan subsequently became his house-keeper. Paddy was a teacher in Christians, Cork, and he married Dr Marie Martin.
To be continued .


Wow Award.

Castle Hotel Manager, Eileen Lynch, presents, the latest recipient of the 'Wow Award' with her well deserved staff award. Kayleigh has consistently sought to improve her skills, progress her knowledge and always shows a positive 'can do' attitude.

Rally Line Up at the Riverside Park.

As the headquarters of the Acesigns Cork 20 International Rally, there is an action packed line up for the big event in the hotel at the centre of the action.
Friday, October 29th - All Day Special Rally Menu available at €12. After ceremonial start in Macroom Square, there us a shuttle service at 8.30 & 9 pm from the Square to the hotel. Meet all the Rally crew and enjoy live music with Shadow till late.
Saturday Sept 30th - All Day Rally Menu available till 10 pm at €12. Highlights of the day’s events will be screened throughout the hotel. Shuttle from Macroom Square at 9 pm and 9.30 pm. Live music with Shadow from 10 pm till late. Shuttle back to town centre.
Sunday October 1st- Special Rally Menu available till 10 pm. €12. Prize giving on Sunday evening, followed by Finger food and live music with the AK Trio from 10pm. All welcome to celebrate the finish of this great event.

Sports Mad


Senior Football Championship

2 Mid Cork teams: Muskerry and Ballincollig
Round 4. Clyda Rovers 1-11 UCC 1-15. Nemo Rgrs 2-20 Kiskeam 0-11. Valley Rovers 0-18 Avondhu 1-14; Ballincollig 2-20 Carrigaline 1-8. St Finbarr's 3-6 CIT 1-4. Duhallow a bye Carbery Rangers a bye Castlehaven a bye
Quarter-Finals. (A) Carbery Rangers 2-11 Castlehaven 1-11. (B) Ballincollig 0-12 St Finbarrs 1-12. (C) Duhallow 1-14 Valley Rovers 1-12. (D) Nemo Rangers 3-18 UCC 2-16
Semi-Finals. Carbery Rangers v St Finbarrs. Duhallow v Nemo Rangers.
Relegation Playoff Semi-Finals: Clonakilty v O Donovan Rossa ;Losers of (Dohenys v Newcestown) v St Nicks.
Ballincollig 0 – 12 St Finbarrs 1 – 12
After a good start, Ballincollig led by 0-3 to 0-2 after Cian Dorgan’s point in the 8th minute, Ballincollig came under increasing pressure and the ‘Barrs went on to lead by 0-9 to 0-3 at the interval, the Village failing to add to their tally despite numerous chances to do so. Five minutes into the second half, Ballincollig at last got on the score board through Cian Dorgan and when Dorgan added a point and then Cian Kiely had another to cut the deficit to three points. Ballincollig were unlucky with a goal chance in the 41st minute and the ‘Barrs punished them with two points followed by a goal in the 44th minute, 1-11 to 0-6 now the score. Cian Dorgan pointed two frees for Ballincollig, points were exchanged Ciarán O’Sullivan for Ballincollig to leave his side six points in arrears with seven minutes remaining. Three late points reduced the gap to a goal and this was enough to see the city team through to the semi final stage for the first time in seven years.
Ballincollig scorers: Cian Dorgan 0-7 (0-4f), S Kiely, C O’Sullivan, C Kiely, I Coughlan (f), J Miskella 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: Jack Gibbons: Noel Galvin, Eoin Hegarty, Shane Murphy: Colin Moore, Liam Jennings, Cian Kiely: Seán Kiely, Ciarán O’Sullivan: Stephen Coughlan, Paddy Kelly, George Durrant: Kevin Browne, Cian Dorgan, Johnny Miskella. Subs: Ian Coughlan h/t, Luke Fahy 53, K Crowley 60.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

6 Mid Cork teams: Ballinora, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Éire Óg, Grenagh, Macroom, Naomh Abán. All are now out of contention. Grenagh have been relegated to
Intermediate status for 2018 as they finished in the last two for two years in a row. Ballinora must avoid a last-two finish in 2018 to avoid a similar fate.
Quarter-Final replay St Michaels 2-15 Éire ÓG 0-8
Semi Finals: Mallow v Bandon: St Michaels v Newmarket
P I F C Relegation Playoff. (A) Nemo Rangers 1-21 Ballinora 1-6: (B) Naomh Aban 1-12 Grenagh 0-8. Relegated: Grenagh.
Éire Óg 0 -8 St Michaels 2 – 15
Éire Óg footballers went out off the premier intermediate championship at Carrigaline when the city side were far too strong for the Ovens men in their quarter final replay. St Michaels were on top from the start, led by 0-3 to nil after ten minutes and had increased their tally to six points before Daniel Goulding had the opening point from a free for Éire Óg in the 22nd minute. Eoin O’Shea added a point but then in the 26th minute Michaels struck for their first goal and led by 1-8 to 0-3 at half time, John Dineen getting the third point for the Ovens men.
Things did not improve for Éire Óg on the restart and St Michaels had added a further six points to their tally before Eoin O’Shea had the next point for Éire Óg in the 45th minute. O’Shea had another point and John Dineen then kicked two further points but St Michaels responded to this challenge with a second goal in the 52nd minute. Liam Sheehan’s late point completed the scoring.
Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: Michael Corkery, Dermot O’Herlihy, Cian O’Mahony: John Cooper, Paul McDonagh, Fionn O’Rourke: Alan O’Mahony, Liam Murphy: Dan O’Connor, John Kelleher, Daniel Goulding: John Dineen, Colm O’Callaghan, Eoin O’Shea. Subs: Denny Murphy 10, Liam Sheehan h/t, Aidan O’Connor 37, Daire McCarthy, Ronan O’Toole.
Naomh Abán 1 – 12 Grenagh 0 – 8
By losing in their two earlier championship games and now going under to N Abán in the relegation playoffs, Grenagh, who were in the same predicament last year, are to be relegated from the Premier grade to intermediate for next season, the fate that befalls teams who finish in the last two for two years in a row. They can have no complaints about the result of this game at a sunny Castle Grounds in Macroom as Naomh Abán were the better side all through, led by 1-4 to nil after 22 minutes and after allowing an understrenght Grenagh to come somewhat back into contention in the third quarter, finished out the game strongly for a comfortable win which removes all relegation fears from them for another year at least. Naomh Abán had an overall balance missing from Grenagh who were almost entirely dependent on All Ireland hurler Tom Kenny for scores from frees.
Conditions for the game were perfect and after a slow start, Naomh Abán struck a decisive blow in the 12th minute when Niall Ó Ceallaigh prodded the ball over the Grenagh goal line after his first effort had been stopped. As the Baile Mhuirne side were in control, two points each from Micheál Ó Duinnín and Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh eased them into a seven point lead before Tom Kenny had the first score for Grenagh from a free in the 23rd minute. Matters did not improve for Grenagh before the break, even though John Russell had a fine point from play, as Ó Duinnín and Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh added a point each from frees to leave the Gaeltacht men leading by 1-6 to 0-2 at half time.
Micheál Ó Laoire, dominant at midfield for N Abán, and Darragh Ó Laoire, increased the lead by further point on the restart before Tom Kenny kicked over five points for Grenagh, all but one from frees. Obvious weaknesses in the Grenagh attack meant that their increased pressure brought little reward and when N Abán substitute Tadgh Ó Riordáin had a point for the winners in the 53rd minute the six point gap between the teams was clearly beyond the capabilities of this Grenagh side to close. Two points from Deaglán Ó hAileamhain in reply to one from another Kenny free, kept the Gaeltacht men on course for a comfortable and relieving win.
Grenagh were Muskerry junior champions in 2006 and have risen through the grades in the past ten years with a talented group of players. They will now have to regroup but will still be formidable opponents for most teams in the lower grade.
Scorers: N Abán: N Ó Ceallaigh 1-0, M Ó Duinnín 0-4 (0-2f), D Ó Ceallaigh 0-3 (0-2f), D Ó hAileamhain 0-2, M Ó Laoire, D Ó Laoire and T Ó Riordáin 0-1 each. Grenagh: T Kenny 0-7 (0-6f), John Russell 0-1.
Naomh Abán: Micheál Ó Donnchú: Ronán de hÍde, Seamus Ó Mathúna, Tomás Ó hAilíosa: Micheál Ó Liatháin, Chris Ó Deasúna, Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh: Micheál Ó Laoire, Colm Ó Murchú: Conchuir Ó Murchú, Micheál Ó Cróinín, Niall Ó Ceallaigh: Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Micheál Ó Duinnín, Darragh Ó Laoire. Subs: Deaglan Ó hÁileamhain for D Ó Laoire 40, Tadgh Ó Riordáin for Con Ó Murchú 53, Diarmuid Ó Scanaill for N Ó Ceallaigh 57.
Grenagh: Conor Buckley: Stephen Lehane, Aonghus Duggan, Niall Doherty: Seamas Cronin, Gerry Russell, Peter McSweeney: Colin O’Sullivan, Seán Bourke: Kevin O’Neill, Tom Kenny, John Osbourne: Paul BarryMurphy, John Russell, Liam Walsh. Subs; Barry O’Neill for Osbourne 23, DJ O’Mahony for Walsh 53. Referee: Patrick O’Driscoll, Bride Rovers.

Intermediate Football Championship

2 Mid Cork teams: Aghabullogue and Cill na Martra
Round 4: (A) Ballydesmond 1-14 Mitchelstown 1-14 - draw (B) Aghabullogue 1-12 Rockchapel 2-9 - draw
Replays: Mitchelstown 2-19 Ballydesmond 1-10. Rockchapel 4-5 Aghabullogue 2-9
Quarter-Finals. (1) Kanturk 1-7 Glanworth 0-7. (2) Kildorrery 0-13 St Finbarrs 0-9. (3) Gabriel Rangers 2-5 CILL na MARTRA 2-10. (4) Mitchelstown 1-11 Rockchapel 2-6
Semi-Finals Kanturk v Kildorrery. Cill na Martra v Mitchelstown
I F C Relegation Playoff Semi-Finals. Douglas v Adrigole: Carrigaline v Kinsale.
Aghabullogue 2 – 9 Rockchapel 4 - 5
Aghabullogue went out of the championship to last year’s beaten finalists Rockchapel at Mourne Abbey. The score at half time was 1-4 to 1-3, Aghabullogue having the slight edge after both sides had opened well. The Rockchapel goal came in the 5th minute but Aghabullogue matched it there minutes later when David Thompson drove a penalty kick low and hard to the corner of the Rockchapel net to tie the scores at 1-1 apiece. The teams were again level twice subsequently before Aghabullogue took the lead before the break.
A goal for the Rock on the restart put the Duhallow men back in front and after a point for Aghabullogue in reply, Rockchapel hit them with a third goal and then a fourth goal in the 49tgh minute to make it 4-4 to 1-7, a six point lead. Mathew Bradley had a much needed goal for Aghabullogue in the 51stminute to leave three points between the teams and Aghabullogue cut it further back to two points but the Rock held on for an arrow win.
Aghabullogue scorers: M Bradley 1-4 (0-2f), D Thompson 1-3 (1-0 pen, 0-3f), N BarryMurphy and J Corkery 0-1 each.
Aghabullogue: John Buckley: Paul Ring, Dhani Merrick, Alan Hogan: Jerome Corkery, Ryan Dennehy, Mark Long: David Moynihan, Mathew Bradley: Micheál Twomey, Evan O’Sullivan, Niall BarryMurphy: David Thompson, Seán O’Sullivan, John Corkery. Subs: Niall Buckley 45, P Twomey 53, M Dineen 57.

County U21A Football Championship

2 Mid Cork teams: Cill na Martra and Kilmurry
Semi Finals: Cill na Martra v Clonakilty: Kilmurry v Douglas or Beara
U21B F C Final: Kilshannig 3-11 Robert Emmetts 1-11
U 21 C F C Final: Dromtarriffe 1-14 St Kevins 2-8
County Junior A Football Championship

Round 1. Boherbue 4-10 Urhan 0-4. Kilmurry 1-17 Kilbrittain 1-2. Kilmacabea 1-7 Kilworth 0-4. Delanys 0-10 Knocknagree 1-17. Valley Rvrs. 0-7 Iveleary 1-18. Buttevant 3-11 Glenbower Rvrs. 2-7. Erins Own v Belgooly. Garnish 0-10 Whites Cross 1-10.
Quarter-Finals. (A) IVELEARY v Boherbue. (B) Buttevant v Knocknagree. (C) KILMURRY v Erins Own or Belgooly. (D) Kilmacabea v Whites Cross
Semi-Finals: A v B, C v D
Kilmurry 1 – 17 Kilbrittain 1 – 2
Kilmurry were too strong for West Cork runners up Kilbrittain in a one sided county championship game at Ahiohill. Understrenght starting off, the losers then lost their two central defenders through injury before half time and really the final whistle could not come soon enough for supporters.
Kilmurry got off to the prefect start with early points from Joe Ryan and Seán Warren being followed by a Seán Curzon goal in the 11th minute. Kilmurry piled on the pressure, Kilbrittain struggled to contain them and did not get their own opening score until just before the break, at which stage Kilmurry led by 1-10 to 0-1. Jason McDonnell did see early second half action, twice denying the Carbery side goals and then Kilmurry resumed their onslaught. The Kilbrittain goal came from a late penalty kick.
Kilmurry scorers: J Ryan 0-6 (0-2f), S Curzon 1-1, S Warren 0-3, J Buckley 0-3 (0-1f), G Barrett 0-2, John O’Mullane, W Buckley (f) 0-1 each.
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: Fionn Warren, Kevin Barrett, William Ronan: John O’Mullane, Dave O’Leary, Liam Wall: Greg Barrett, William Barrett: Dave O’Halloran, William Buckley, Jonathan Buckley: Joe Ryan, Dave McCarthy, Seán Warren. Subs: Pádraig Berhanu 49, Eoin Barrett 54, James White 57, Liam Long 58.
Iveleary 1 – 18 Valley Rovers 0 – 7
Mid Cork championship runners up, Iveleary were much too strong for the Valley Rovers juniors at Cloughduv in the opening round of the county junior football championship. As the score line suggests, this was a comfortable win for the Muskerry men, an experienced outfit who were county finalists two seasons ago and who are capable of doing well if they strike form at the right time.
Iveleary got down to business from the throw in, Barry O’Leary scoring a point after 40 seconds. Defences prevailed for the next ten minutes before Iveleary added three points in quick succession, Chris Óg Jones, O’Leary and Brian Cronin the scorers. Cathal Vaughan had pointed a free before Valleys had their first point in the 22nd minute. It was becoming evident that Iveleary were too accomplished in attack and battle hardened in defence for the young Valleys’ side and further points from Cronin, O’Leary, Jones and Vaughan followed before substitute Fergal Lyons had Valley’s second point to make it 0-9 to 0-2 at the interval.
The second half saw a continuation of the trend, with early points from Vaughan and two from Jones, though the Inishannon side did match these three points. Cathal Vaughan had the game’s only goal in the 43rd minute and it was well taken. Vaughan, now at at full forward, collected a long delivery from Brian Cronin, dummied the defenders and planted the ball in the empty net. The points continue to flow for Iveleary with the Valleys replying through Adam Settini and a Pa Hurley ‘45’, Valleys had a man dismissed for a red card five minutes from time and Iveleary used their full complement of substitutes without suffering any ill effects.
Iveleary will be in action this weekend in the county quarter final against Duhallow champions Boherbue who will provide a much stiffer test.
Scorers: Iveleary: C Vaughan 1-6 (0-2f), C Óg Jones 0-5, B O’Leary 0-3, B Cronin 0-3 (0-1f), F McSweeney 0-1. Valley Rovers: A Settini 0-4, F Lyons, W Hurley and P Hurley (‘45’) 0-1 each.
Iveleary: Joe Creedon: Donal Cotter, Daniel O’Riordan, Barry Murphy: Seán Lehane, Kevin Manning, Seán O’Leary: Patrick O’Riordan, Ciarán O’Riordan: Finbarr McSweeney Jnr., Cathal Vaughan, Finbarr McSweeney: Brian Cronin, Chris Óg Jones, Barry O’Leary. Subs; Shane Galvin for P O’Riordan 45, Ciarán O’Riordan for F McSweeney Jnr. 50, Cal McCarthy and Ger McSweeney for C O’Riordan and C Jones, both 55, David Dineen and Alan O’Brien for Manning and Cotter, both 58.

Junior B Football Championship

(A) Imokilly v Carrigdhoun. (B) Beara v Avondhu. (C) Newcestown v CILL NA MARTRA. (D) Duhallow v Seandun
Semi-Finals: A v B, C v D
County Senior Hurling Championship
One Mid Cork team: Muskerry, qualified for Round Three but were removed from the competition.
Round 3: Ballymartle 1-11 Bishopstown 0-14 draw. Ballymartle 0-16 Bishopstown 0-11 replay. Erin’s Own awarded game v MUSKERRY. Carbery 1-15 Killeagh 3-23
CIT 1-18 Glen Rovers 0-21- draw. CIT 1-9 Glen Rovers 3-23 – replay. Duhallow 1-20 Bride Rovers 1-18. Bandon 1-19 Newtownshandrum 3-11. UCC a bye
Round 4 UCC 1-22 Midleton 1-20. Sarsfields 1-15 Killeagh 1-11. Glen Rovers 0-14 Na Piarsaigh 1-12. Bandon 2-22 Ballymartle 1-15. Erins Own 1-16 Duhallow 1-9. Blackrock, Imokilly, and Newcestown – each a bye
Quarter-Finals. (A) UCC 0-18 Sarsfields 1-15 draw (B) Erins Own 3-16 Imokilly 2-19 draw. (C) Na Piarsaigh 3-16 Bandon 1-10 (D) Newcestown 1-11 Blackrock 1-13
Semi-Finals: A v B, Na Piarsaigh v Blackrock
S H Relegation Playoff Semi-Finals. St Finbarrs v Losers (Youghal v Douglas) Ballyhea v Carrigtwohill

Muskerry Senior Hurlers

The county board executive decided that Muskerry had failed to fulfil the fixture v Erin’s Own, awarded the game to Érin’s Own and imposed heavy penalties on Muskerry, decisions which were unsuccessfully contested at county level and which could not be appealed to Munster Council GAA by Muskerry who feel that they have been dealt with unfairly, and differently to at least two other contestants. Muskerry have to appealed to the higher authorities in the DRA (Disputes Resolution Authority) in pursuit of re-instatement in the senior hurling championship. No outcome as yet!

Premier Intermediate Hurling

2 Mid Cork teams: Blarney and Inniscarra are now both out of championship contention.
Semi Finals: Mallow v Cloyne; Kanturk v Ballinhassig
P I H C Relegation Playoff (A) Watergrasshill v Inniscarra: (B) Castlelyons v Tracton
Intermediate Hurling Championship
6 Mid Cork teams: Aghabullogue, Ballincollig, Dripsey, Éire Óg, Grenagh, Inniscarra 2nds.
Éire Óg now join Ballincollig in the semi final stage, where the neighbours now do battle for a place in the final. Aghabullogue, Inniscarra B, Grenagh and Dripsey are out of the championship race.
Quarter-Finals Kilbrittain 2-8 Ballincollig 1-20. Éire Óg 0-17 Sarsfields 0-7. Mayfield 1-15 Douglas 1-8. Aghada 2-12 Midleton 2-9.
Semi Finals: Ballincollig v Éire Óg: Mayfield v Aghada
Éire Óg 0 – 17 Sarsfields 0 – 7
Conditions for this championship quarter final at Blarney were dreadful but Éire Óg made light of that challenge and that of their opponents Sarsfields who came with a big reputation but found the going too tough for their short passing, possession game. Kevin Hallissey was the scoring hero for the winners, finishing with a personal tally of 0-10, 0-6 of which came from frees.
Eire Óg led by 0-5 to 0-2 after twenty minutes and had added another two points to their tally before the break, without any further reply from the Glanmire men. By the three quarter stage the gap was down to four points after Sars had mounted a strong rally on the restart, but it was the Mid Cork men who finished out the game in style. Points from John Cooper and Kevin Hallissey steadied the ship and the winners drove on to the final whistle to the delight of their very wet but very happy supporters.
Éire Óg scorers: K Hallissey 0-10 (0-6f), É O’Shea and K O’Riordan 0-2 each, J Cooper, B Hurley and C O’Callaghan 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: Dylan Desmond: Aidan O’Connor, John Kelleher, Paul Kirwan: Brian Corcoran, Dermot O’Herlihy, Fionn O’Rourke: John Cooper, Dan O’Connor: Alan O’Mahony, Kevin Hallissey, Eoin O’Shea: John Dineen, Daniel Goulding, Brian Hurley. Subs: Paul McDonagh, Colm O’Callaghan 53, Keith O’Riordan 58.

I H C Relegation Playof Round 1
(A) DRIPSEY 1–15 Ballygarvan 2–12 draw, (B) Carrigaline v Meelin
(C) Grenagh v Ballymartle, (D) St Finbarrs 1-24 INNISCARRA 1-10
Semi-Finals: Losers of A v Losers of B: Losers of C v Inniscarra

County Premier U21 Hurling Championship

Round 1
(A) Douglas 2-12 Midleton 1-13
(B) Sarsfields 3-21 Glen Rovers 2-12
(C) Duhallow 4-18 Courcey Rovers 3-11
(D) Valley Rovers 0-21 Ballinhassig 1-14
(E) Mallow 1-15 Na Piarsaigh 1-12
(F) St Colmans 1-14 Carrigaline 0-15
(G) Newcestown 1-10 Fr O' Neills 6-20
(H) Charleville 2-21 Bishopstown 0-11
(I) Shandrum 4-12 St Finbarr's 1-13
(J) Blackrock v BLARNEY
(K) Erins Own v Killeagh/Ita's
Ballymartle a bye
Round 2 (losers round)
Ballymartle v Ballinhassig, J v Carrigaline, Courceys 1-19 Newcestown 2-12,
St Finbarrs 1-11 Bishopstown 0-11, Na Piarsaigh v Midleton, K v Glen Rovers

Inter-Divisions U21 'A' & 'B' Hurling Championships Draws

Inter-Divisions U21 'A' Hurling Championship Quarter-Final Carbery v Imokilly
Semi-Finals Seandun v Avondhu. MUSKERRY v Carbery/Imokilly
Inter- Divisions U21 'B' Hurling Championship Quarter-Final Grenagh v Carbery
Semi-Finals Avondhu v Grenagh or Carbery. Imokilly v Carrigdhoun

County Junior A Hurling Championship

Round 1. St Catherines 2-12 Tracton 1-3. Dromina 2-20 KILMICHAEL 0-9. Banteer 1-15 Brian Dillons 2-20. Kilbrin 4-15 CLOUGHDUV 1-10 Nemo 1-14 Ballinascarthy 0-9. Valley Rovers 0-8 Russell Rovers 5-15. Clonakilty 1-14 Ballyhooley 1-17.
Quarter-Finals (A) St Catherines a bye, (B) Russell Rovers v Kilbrin. (C) Brian Dillons v Dromina, (D) Ballyhooly v Nemo Rangers
Semi-Finals: A v B, C v D. Kilmichael 0-9 Dromina 2-20. Cloughduv 1-10 Kilbrin 4-15
Both Muskerry representatives in the county championship were defeated at the first round stage, which was disappointing. Kilmichael were in action only three days after the Mid Cork final and were no match for Dromina. Cloughduv were well beaten by Kilbrin who were runners up in Duhallow and their lighter players were not able to cope with the dreadful weather on the day. Their line out was: Jonathan Buckley: James Moynihan, Paul O’Sullivan, Andrew Cronin: Liam Long, Aidan Ahern, Aidan Murphy: Donal Corkery, Sean Curzon: Mark Walsh, Brian Ahern, Mark Verling: Eoghan Clifford, Joe Ryan, Kevin Walsh. Subs: James McCarthy, Kevin BarryMurphy, Brian Verling, Liam Kelleher, Sean O’Connor.

Junior B Hurling Championship (Inter-Division)

Quarter-Finals (A) Imokilly v Carrigdhoun (B) Duhallow v Carbery (C) Avondhu v Seandun (D) BLARNEY a bye
Semi-Finals A v B, C v D

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Cill na Martra who defeated Ballincollig in the Muskerry Junior B Football Championship semi-final ©

Ballincollig Credit Union Junior B Football Championship

Semi finals: Cill na Martra 4-15 Canovee 0-4. Ballincollig 1-13 Macroom 2-8
Final: Cill na Martra 2–11 Ballincollig 0–7
Cill na Marta regained the Mid Cork Junior B football championship title after a lapse of four years with a decisive victory over Ballincollig at a very wet Ovens. Cill na Martra were warmly fancied to win but when they were reduced to fourteen men five minutes before the interval the outcome was anything but certain. The game stayed in the balance until the 41st minute when Ciarán Ó Duinnín finished a fine movement with a blistering shot to the Ballincollig net, a goal followed immediately by a brace of points and then a second goal in the 44th minute from Damien Ó hUrdail, scores which left Cill na Martra leading by 2-8 to 0-3 and in total control despite their numerical disadvantage.
The rain poured down on sodden players for most of the first half. Cill na Martra were the better side if not dominant and led by 0-4 to 0-1 in the 25thminute, but then lost a forward to a red card after an exchange of verbals with the referee. At half time, with the score at 0-5 to 0-3 in their favour, the Gaeltacht side were not assured of victory. Damien Ó hUrdail and Robert Walsh each had contributed a brace for their respective sides.
There was a major improvement in the Cill na Martra play in the second half with their running game causing Ballincollig problems as the rains ceased. Donal Óg Ó Laoire had a point to increase their lead before the avalanche of score in the critical four minute period finished any hope Ballincollig had of getting on top. The Cill na Martra play exuded confidence but Ballincollig battled on to the finish and contributed to the enjoyment of the spectators.
Scorers: Cill na Martra: D Ó hUrdail 1-5 (0-1f), C Ó Duinnín 1-0, D Óg Ó Laoire 0-2, P Ó Conchuir, S Ó Foirréidh, P Ó Críodáin, D MacCarthaigh 0-1 each. Ballincollig: R Walsh 0-3 (0-2f), G O’Callaghan, L Casey Murphy, G Murray and J O’Brien 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Pádraig de Brún, Eoin Ó Céilleachair, Eoin Mac Lochlainn: Pádraig Ó Críodáin, Alan Ó Mocháin, Seanachán Ó Loinsuigh: Cathal MacSuibhne, Pádraig Ó Conchuir: Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Gearóid Ó Faoláin, Seán Ó Foirréidh: Damien Ó hUrdail, Dean MacCarthaigh, Ciarán Ó Duinnín. Subs: Finén Ó Faoláin 45, Liam Ó Loinsuigh 45, Seán Ó Cróinín 50, Stiofán Ó Conaill 55, Donagh ó Riordáin 57, Darren Ó Riordáin 59.
Ballincollig: David Lordan: Luke Casey Murphy, Kevin O’Sulllivan, Harry O’Brien: John Connaughton, Oliver Ryan, Shane O’Sulllivan: Jordan Murray, James O’Leary: Diarmuid Nolan, Robert Walsh, David McCarthy: Gavin O’Callaghan, John P O’Leary, Daniel Barry. Subs: Danny Murphy 16, John O’Brien 40, Brian Glavin and Pádraig Harrington both 52, Paul Desmond 49, Ger Delaney 55. Referee: Mr Pat O’Leary, Kilmurry.

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Aoife Murray, Cloughdubh and Cork Camogie, receiving the Muskerry GAA/ Auld Triangle Sports Award for August from Stephen O'Leary in the presence of members of her family. © Mike English

MJK Oils Mid Cork Junior Hurling Championship

Cloughduv 1 – 22 Kilmichael 1 - 13
The M.J.K. Oils Mid Cork Junior Hurling Championship final was decided under lights mid week at the Castle Grounds Macroom and proved to be an entertaining contest. Cloughduv had only qualified for the final four days earlier but they showed no signs of tiredness and secured victory their expected victory over a battling Kilmichael side who fought to the end.
The pre match pouring rain had ceased by throw in time and the parade was led by Ballingeary Pipe Band. Kilmichael were rank outsiders but rose to the occasion and they gave their best performance of the season. They scored first when their marksman in chief Peter Kelleher sent the sliotar between the uprights in the first minute. Cloughduv equalized in the third minute through Kevin Walsh but the inform Peter Kelleher promptly regained the lead for Kilmichael when he raised a second white flag. Cloughduv now produced a period of dominance, outscored their opponents by eight points to three in the remaining period before the interval and so leading then by 0-9 to 0-5 they were looking good for their 23rd Muskerry title.
Cloughduv added points from Mark Walsh and Eoghan Clifford on the restart but there was to be no capitulation by Kilmichael and Shane Masters and Peter Kelleher had points in reply. The first goal of the match arrived in the 39th minute when Brian Ahern the Cloughduv captain found the net with a ground pull but Kilmichael still managed to come back and scored three points without reply when Adrian Kelly, Conor Cotter and Peter Kelleher were all on target. Cloughduv were in a confident mood in the final quarter and withdrew some Kilmurry footballers. Sean O’Connor, Brian Verling and Kevin Barry Murphy all managed to send the sliotar between the uprights as Clougduv’s margin of victory got more comfortable. Kilmichael never gave up however and were rewarded when substitute Brendan Kelleher crashed the ball to the net after Peter Kelleher’s free had been blocked. Donal Corkery who was selected as man of the match was a huge figure in Cloughduv’s victory and others who impressed were Liam Long, Kevin Walsh and Mark Verling. For Kilmichael Peter Kelleher was a powerful figure at centre half forward with goalkeeper Stephen O’Leary, central defenders John O’Mahony and the long serving John O’Riordan also outstanding.
SCORERS: Cloughduv: M. Verling 0-7 (0-3 f), B. Ahern 1-1, M. Walsh and K. Walsh 0-3 each, S. O’Connor, B. Verling and E. Clifford 0-2 each, L. Long and K. Barry Murphy (0-1 each)
Kilmichael: P. Kelleher 0-10 (0-7 f), B. Kelleher (1-0), S. Masters, A. Kelly, C. Cotter (0-1 each).
Cloughduv: Jonathan Buckley: James Moynihan, James McCarthy, Aidan Murphy: Liam Long, Aidan Ahern, Andrew Cronin: Donal Corkery, Seán Curzon: Kevin Walsh, Mark Walsh, Brian Ahern (Capt.), Joe Ryan, Mark Verling, Eoghan Clifford. Subs: Seán O’Connor 42nd, Brian Verling and Kevin Barry Murphy, both 51, Liam Kelleher 53, Patrick Buckley 59.
Kilmichael: Stephen O’Leary: Luke Hennigan, John O’Mahony, Kieran O’Leary: Kevin Kelleher, John O’Riordan, Simon Foley: Brendan Cotter (capt), Conor Cotter: Trevor Tobin, Peter Kelleher, Adrian Kelly: Micheál Masters, Shane Prendeville, Shane Masters. Subs: Jamie McCarthy 40, Brendan Kelleher 56, James O’Mahony 58. Ref: Colm O’Mocháin Uas., Cill Na Martra
A minute’s silence was observed before the game in memory of the late Thady Oldham, a stalwart member of Macroom GAA and very well known to patrons of the Castle Grounds.

Oriel House Hotel Junior B Hurling Championship

Final: Blarney 5-10 Cloughduv 4-11
Conditions at Coachford weren't ideal for hurling after the heavy weekend rain but both teams still served up a very entertaining game, watched on by a large crowd. Blarney started strongly and led by 3-5 to 2-5 at half time.
On the resumption Blarney went four points up after 35 minutes. Cloughduv fought back to level the game but Blarney struck lethal blows, Cian Sexton and Luke Madden both scoring excellent goals to leave Blarney in control of the game with 15 minutes remaining. Cloughduv kept plugging away and were rewarded with a goal which brought them back to within 3 points but Blarney held on to win and now go on to the county semi-final which will likely take place in mid-October.
Blarney: James Mulcahy, Mark Phelan, Dan McSweeney, Colm Kiely, Cian O'Mahony, Padraig Conway, Keith Bradford, Wayne Shine, Conor Foley, Colm Sheehan, Rob Morey, Robbie White, Donal O'Leary, Cian Sexton, Luke Madden. Subs: Shane O'Keeffe, David Sheehan, Shane Spillane, Niall Hayes.
Cloughduv: Tadgh McCarthy: Luke McCarthy, Eoin Curzon, Michael J Grainger: Cian Lehane, Michael Dunne, Sean Twomey: Donal Cronin, Shane Corkery: Ciaran Canty, Padraig Hinchion, Denis O’Sullivan: Sean Murray, Con Dunne, Liam Ryan. Referee: Liam Barry, Ballincollig.

Farho Under 21 A Hurling Championship

Semi finals: Cloughduv v Éire Óg, Aghabullogue 2-7 Inniscarra 1-13
Farho Heating Mid Cork U 21 B Hurling championship

Semi finals; Lee Gaels 6-17 Donoughmore 1-10, Western Gaels 30-4 Grenagh 1-17
Final: Lee Gaels (Dripsey/Gleann na Laoi) 1-10 Grenagh 3-10
Lee Gaels: Adam Casey: Patrick Walnski, Shane O’Riordan, Jack Casey: Eoin O’Connell, James Cotter, Keith Desmond: Shane Lucey, Mike O’Riordan: Brendan O’Connell, Eoghan Maher, Aaron O’Riordan: Killian Kelleher, Dean O’Sullivan, Conor Canavan. Subs: Colm Browne and Brian McDonnell.

Laochra Óg

Fourteen determined young girls from our U8 camogie team played their hearts out in two matches against Cloughduv, showing great skill and team work. Laochra Óg Camogie U12/ 14 Parish League Finals ended in Ballyvourney with Cork beating Tipp by a goal and Wexford beating Kilkenny. Our U10 camogie girls were in action against Millstreet, playing 3 games, each very fast moving and all the girls getting lots of opportunity to show off their skills. Well done to the U11 hurlers who were narrowly defeated by Donoughmore. Congratulations to all the U10 boys who performed brilliantly. Hard Luck to our Under 12 Camogie team in the Cork County Final. To get to this stage of the competition was an incredible achievement from the girls from the four parishes. To think that up to last year Juvenile Camogie was never played in these parts of West Muskerry shows what a story it has been. The year was a long one starting with three blitzes, including playing in Croke Park - an experience of a life time for the girls. We won eight League matches and were unbeaten until the match against Watergrasshill. The game itself started slowly for us, conceding two goals before levelling the game with fine scores from Lauren O Brien and Roisin Murphy. However at the end of the game, with Laochra Óg two points down, it stayed Watergrasshill 2-08 Laochra Óg 3-03. We thank coaches Mary McCarthy, Caroline Healy and Katriona Hickey for their efforts.
Thanks to all our team sponsors, hosts and parents. Thanks to the Laochra Óg Committee who work tirelessly all year round behind the scenes putting structures in place so we can field teams. .
50/50 Club Development Draw winner Con O'Shea, Glendav, Carriganimma who won €385 and the sellers prize of €25 goes to The Pub, Carriganimma. Thanks to everyone who supported the draw. Next draw takes place on Sunday 8th of October.

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Macroom U-16s who have qualified for County U-16 Final, Premier 1, © Leo Goold.

Macroom Juvenile G.A.A.

Minors: Macroom lost a replay to Owen Gaels in the championship.
U-16s: reach County Final by beating Passage 2-10 to 3-4. They registered some great scores, particularly from Kuba Byrdziak and Shane Meaney. Macroom's final opponents are Ibane Gaels in Kilmichael next Sunday at 3.00 p.m. .
U-10s Macroom triumphed in the Padraig Dervin Blitz in the Castle Grounds. 8 teams played and served up a fantastic feast of football. Teams were divided into 2 groups of 4 and played on a round-robin basis. In the semi-finals, Macroom defeated Carbery Rangers by a goal. Kilmeen overcame Glenflesk. The final was a very tight, low scoring affair which Macroom won by 2 points. Ben McCrory gleefully accepted the cup on behalf of his team. It was Macroom's first triumph in this competition for 3 years. Macroom’s results: Macroom 3-6 Kilmurry 0-4; Macroom 2-4 Castlehaven 1-6; Macroom 1-3 Kilmeen 4-1. Semi-F. Macroom 3-3 Carbery Rangers 2-3 Final - Macroom 1-4 Kilmeen 1-2. Tony O’Sullivan, Owen McCarthy, Ciarán McCrory, Conchubhair Murray, Claire Creedon and their team of volunteers, including the U-14s, excellently organised the event. Macroom Super Valu very generously sponsored the fruit and Castle View Chinese provided the very tasty hot food. The U-10s had 2 good wins over Valley Rovers. The A team won by a point and the B team by a goal.
U-14s: defeated Doheny’s 9-11 to 5-5. 21 boys travelled and all got at least 30 minutes of action. Mark Hunt finished with 2-3 and Seán De Lacey scored 3-1. Kieran Doody, Robert Lucey and Cian Riordan each got 2 points and Marcin Oleksi notched a goal. Skibbereen played Macroom in a challenge. The final score was Macroom 5-5 to 1-10 for Skibbereen. The U-14s played Passage West away in the 1st round of championship and were ahead 4-2 to 1-0 at half-time. Macroom outscored the opposition in the second period. The final score was Macroom 6-5 to 1-2 for Passage. Top scorer was Luke Aherne with 2-2, and both Kieran Doody and Daragh Kiernan got 1-1. All the Macroom scores came from play. The next match, against Ballinhassig, is scheduled for the Castle Grounds Saturday 30th at 3.00 p.m.
U-12s played Bishopstown away and were beaten by a very good side. U-9s played Mallow away . U-8s/U-7s played very well against Béal Atha, Clondrohid, Lee Gaels, O’Mathúnas and Kilbrittain.
Ms Bríd O’Riordan has retired from the role of Children’s Officer. She has given great service in a delicate and difficult position. The juvenile club thanks her for all her wonderful work in this and many other areas for several many years. Mark O’Sullivan has taken her place.
U-9s: held their annual Macroom Plate, with four teams of 7 or 8 players competing and 2 teams shared the trophy.
Fixtures; Sat. 30th; U-14s: Macroom v. Ballinhassig in Castle Grounds at 3.00 p.m. (Provisional).
Sun. 1st of Oct. Macroom v. Ibane Gaels in Kilmichael at 3.00 p.m. County Final. Under 7/8s, U-9s and U-10s will train/ play matches on Sat. mornings only from now on. Sun. Oct 6th: A Juvenile Club Fund- Raising Family Walk will be held; it begins in Castle Grounds at 12 noon, goes to the Weirs and returns to the Castle Grounds. Light refreshments will be served in the Pavilion afterwards. Your generous donations will be gratefully accepted on the day.

Macroom Ladies Football

Macroom U13s played the league final against Ballygarvan but lost 6-7 to 2-0. The girls never lost heart and fought hard to the last second. We are proud of each and every one of them. Special thanks to team mentors, Michael Cahill and James Duggan and to all who helped. Macroom Minors defeated St Michael's in Mahon. The game could have gone either way and the final ten minutes found Macroom trailing, but a late goal brought them level, followed by the winning point, for a final score of 4-9 to 4-8. Well done to our young minor team, now through to the semi-final of the league. The U15 Mid-Cork Development Academy training, hosted by Macroom LGFC, continues in Tom Creedon Park, with local clubs receiving instruction from top county and club coaches: Noel Twomey, Ken Whelan and Martin O'Brien.
We encourage everyone to visit and "like" our Facebook page, Macroom Ladies Football, as we try to encourage young ladies from the Macroom and surrounding areas to get involved in football. Our club has increased in size and has had a very successful season so far. Our U16s and Minors are both training hard for their semi-final dates in the Summer leagues, with the Autumn leagues still to come. Macroom Ladies train in Tom Creedon Park every Wednesday at 6pm and new players from U8 to Minor are very welcome.

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Group of 100 children enjoying FAI Camp in Macroom. ©

Macroom FC

by Darragh Deasy.
Adult Teams:The cup scene has taken centre stage over the last two weeks as Macroom A and B took part in the AOH and Munster Junior Cups with varying results. AOH cup round 2 saw both teams in action and unfortunately it was defeat on the double. The first team travelled to the Southside to take on Pearse Celtic B and were beaten on penalties following a 2-2 draw with the goals coning fron Andrew Hegarty and James O' Connor. Macroom B entertained Coachford A at Murrayfield and gave a great account of themselves against Premier league opposition. At the finish they came up just short on a 3-2 scoreline after extra time with Darren Dineen and John James Healy getting the goals. Last weekend it was Munster Junior Cup round 1. Macroom B were away to Premier side Kanturk. Once again a great performance brought no reward as the Duhallow side won 4-2. It was 2-2 at half time with Darren Dineen and Dec O' Riordan getting the goals. John James Healy was unlucky to see his header come off the upright midway through the second half. And two late goals saw the home side progress. The A side travelled to Greenwood and recorded an excellent 3-0 win. They were on top throughout and goalscorers were Keith Holden, Conor O' Sullivan and Robert Healy. A home fixture v Rylane Celtic awaits in the next round.
Youths: The Youths league has kicked off and Macroom have had a good start. They lost their opening game v Carrigtwohill but followed this up with a huge 10-1 victory over Crosshaven. Kuba Byrdziak, Dylan Twomey, Stephen Ryan and Szymon Sanetra all got goals but Lloyd Asling was the star player with a personal haul of 6 goals. Next up was a midweek trip to Whitegate where a 2-1 win over hosts Corkbeg was garnered. Asling put the visitors in front and Sanetra doubled the lead in the second half. Corkbeg halved the deficit late on but Macroom held out for the 3 points. Just four days later Bandon came to the Town Park and emerged winners on a 5-3 scoreline. Bandon led early on but Aaron O' Donovan levelled after a fine solo run and strike. The visitors added further goals either side of half time but Macroom again responded through a Sanetra goal, making it 3-2. However, Bandon pushed on for two more goals and Lloyd Asling's nice finish was just a consolation. Cobh side Springfield were next to visit and Macroom were back in business with a deserved 4-2 result. Lloyd Asling got the opener after his pressure forced the Springers' keeper into an error. Aaron O' Donovan was on hand to double the lead and though the visitors pulled a goal back, Asling got his second to make it 3-1 at the break. Springfield replied once more early in the second half. The Macroom defence then coped well with a period of sustained pressure. And late on, Asling capped another fine individual performance when he drove in off the right flank and finished superbly for his hat trick. Dan Buckley and Sean Desmond gave outstanding performances for Macroom who will be pleased with the positive beginning to 2017/18.
U16. The U16 side took on Corinthians in the National Cup and comfortably qualified for round 2 with a 6-0 away win. Interestingly all the goals came in the second half when Macroom's dominance finally told on the scoreboard. JK Long was the one to break the deadlock and after this the goals flowed from George Lowrie, Eoin Guiney and Daniel Cotter. Late in the game Cotter notched his second and Pawel Osnowski made it six with a fine header. Next up is an away trip to play Carrigaline Hibs. In Premier league action, Macroom travelled to play Ringmahon Rangers and had a brilliant result, winning 5-2. The was an outstanding performance and shows this team is capable of competing at the top level. Patrick Barry, Daniel Cotter and an own goal had the visitors 3-0 up inside 15 minutes. The home side responded with 2 goals before half time. However Macroom pushed on in the second period and with Barry and Cotter again notching goals, were comfortable winners by the final whistle.
The U14s entertained Bantry Bay Rovers from the West Cork league and after a 3-3 draw won the penalty shoot out 5-4 in the National Cup. Macroom went ahead on 8 minutes through Kacper Smardz however Bantry levelled just 2 minutes later. Early in the second period the visitors went ahead but Macroom restored parity when Patrick Kelleher arrived to head home at the back post. Daire McMahon put Macroom ahead once again with a fantastic strike but Bantry scored late on to force extra time. No further goals were scored so penalties were needed to decide the issue. The home side came out on top thanks to Dylan O' Riordan who made two fantastic saves. An excellent result with Robert Lucey, Ronan Morey, Daire McMahon, Thomas Morgans and Dylan O' Riordan all turning in great performances. Last weekend it was back to division 1 league action when Castleview visited Murrayfield. Another fine outing saw Macroom record a 3-1 win. The visitors took an early lead but Robert Lucey scored a brilliant goal to leave it 1-1 at the break. Macroom took over in the second half and goals from Daire McMahon and Sean Murphy secured the points in what was an excellent squad performance. The second U14 team had a big win over visitors Churchvilla on a 5-1 scoreline. Macroom started brightly and Liam Holland had the first goal in the 10th minute. Churchvilla responded and levelled to make it 1-1 at half time in what was an excellent flowing contest. As the game wore on, the home side began to dominate. Alan Desmond and Conor McSweeny had quick goals to put Macroom in command. McSweeney then struck for his second with a beautiful lob over the advancing keeper. And with just seconds remaining, Liam Slattery scored from a tight angle to seal the victory. Best on the day were Holland, McSweeney and Finn Brady.
Church Gate Collection Macroom FC Annual Church Gate collection will take place this coming weekend (Sat Sep 30th and Sun Oct 1st). The club is hugely grateful for all support received and all funds will be used for day to day running of our busy club.

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All the participants in this year’s President Prize competition at Kilmichael Pitch and Putt Club ©

Macroom Golf Club

Results. Week 1. Seniors Scramble: Ml Kelleher G Desmond & P Murphy 45.1
Thurs Open Singles: 1st. Tom Fitzgerald 35pts.
Minor Scratch Cup: 1st Rob Barrett(20) 89 2nd. AF Murphy(20) 91 3rd. DG O'Sullivan(19) 93
Club Singles: 1st Kevin Daly(15) 64nett2nd M Dineen(17) 68 nett 3rd Ml Shine(11) 69nett.
Week 2 Open Singles 1st: D Byrne(22) 42pts 2nd: R Fitzgerald(20) 39pts 3rd: J Courtney(12) 39pts Senior: T O'Callaghan(11) 39pts
Fixtures: 28 Sept - Oct 1st Open 3 person Team Event €60 per team.