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‘Sir Henry’ in the Riverside Park Hotel, Oct. 27,28, 29; Nov. 4 and 5. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Macroom Flower & Garden Club Talk. Thurs 12th Oct 8p.m. at Coolcower House.
Macroom Town Stations Mass for all town areas in St. Colman’s Church on Fri. Oct 13 at 7.30p.m.
Monument unveiling at Gurranereigh to Mag Galvin on Sun Oct 15 at 3pm.
Muskerry Sports Stars remembered at Ballincollig Rugby Club on Mon Oct 16th at 8 p.m.
Macalla na hÉireann concert in Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig on Tues , Oct 17.
Kilmurry Active Retirement Interior Decorating, Thurs 12, 19, 26, Oct 7.30 p.m. in Museum.
Clondrohid N.S Sonas Table Quiz in The Tavern Bar, Clondrohid on Fri 20th Oct at 8pm’
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.
Ballinagree Vintage rescheduled to Sun. Oct 22nd
Inniscarra Historical Society Journal launch at Griffin’s Garden Centre Wed , Oct 25 at 8p.m.
Rusheen NS Bingo fundraiser in Aghinagh GAA hall on Thurs Oct 26 @ 8pm.
Dromleigh NS Hallowe’en Disco on Fri, 27th Oct from 7-9pm.
Art Exhibition opening, Sat 28th Oct at 6pm at Ballymaloe
Laochra Óg A.G.M Fri 3rd of Nov at 8 : 30 p.m. in Clondrohid Hall.
Clondrohid Development Group American Tea Party in the Hall on Sat Nov 4 at 8pm.
Cill na Martra GAA American Tea Party in the Abbey Hotel on Sat 25 Nov at 8pm
Macroom Table Tennis Club every Tues. 7pm - 9.30pm at Macroom Sports Complex
Kilmurry Active Retirement Walking every Sun 2.30p.m.from Church Car park.
Terelton Parent and Toddler group every Mon 10am-12 noon in Terelton Community Hall.
LVEB Events
"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
Gramophone Circle Fri. Oct. 13 at 11a.m.
Storytime. Sat. Oct. 14 and 21 at 12 noon.
ACOL Bridge Wed. 18, 10a.m. – 1p.m.
Purlies Thurs. Oct. 19 at 11a.m.
Author Reading Moira Frowley Doyle Thurs 19th Oct at 12.30
Ciorcal Cainte Thurs. Oct. 26 at 11.30.

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Macroom Updates

Sir Henry

Sir Henry Browne Hayes (1762 – 1832) is about to have his colourful exploits revealed on stage in Macroom after close on 200 years. ‘Sir Henry’, a musical drama by Cork composers, Alan Kiely and Kevin Connolly, tells the story of the Regency buck, inveterate gambler and womaniser who lived at Vernon Mount, near Douglas in Cork city. He created uproar and scandal, while, in the dual standards of the era, being made Sheriff of Cork City and being awarded a knighthood.
Cathal Mac Cabe, former head of music at RTE, has applied classical arrangements to the score and is directing the production, while Ann Dunne and Anne Egan are Musical Directors when ‘Sir Henry’ is staged at the Riverside Park Hotel October 27, 28 and 29 and October 4 and 5.
Based on documented fact and Cork legend, the story traces the abduction in 1797 of heiress, Mary Pike (21), who came from a wealthy family of brewers, millers and glassmakers. She was kidnapped by the 35 year old roué and his friend, Coughlan, as she left the home of her uncle, Cooper Penrose, in the Vienna Woods area. She was imprisoned at Vernon Mount before being rescued. The hunt for her kidnapper and how he was able to ride roughshod over the laws of the time seem incomprehensible in the 21st century - perhaps! His eventual capture, conviction and transportation to New South Wales are the stuff of legend. The time setting is in the final years of Grattan’s Parliament, when revolution had changed things utterly in America and France and the United Irishmen were about to embark on the 1798 rebellion and these movements are reflected in the story.
‘Sir Henry’ will resonate with Cork audiences, with references to Coughlan of Coughlan’s Buildings, Fenn, the Marsh etc. Sir Henry and friends were Masons, members of the Friendly Club, which still exists. The Pikes were a Quaker family of bankers, who lived at Bessborough House. Later, in Famine times, Ebenezer Pike had a shipyard adjacent to a Quaker Soup Kitchen at Adelaide Street and he arranged that piped steam from the shipyard would be used to cook the soup for the starving more speedily than fire.
Cast. Sir Henry Browne-Hayes Sean Óg Ó Duinnín; Attiwell Hayes - Pat Brady; Ann Charlotte Hayes - Rachel O’Riordan; Charles Coughlan - Peter O’Riordan; Mary Pike – Geraldine Barry Murphy; Cooper Penrose - Dan Creedon; Elizabeth Penrose - Stephanie Shine; James Penrose – Martin McCarthy; Grenville- Concubhar Lucey; Blackley - Con Foley; Smithson- Pat Kelleher; Harrington- Derry Dineen; Reverend- Robert O’Riordan; Dr. Gurmunzer- Donal Ó Ceallaigh; Quinn- Kevin Moynihan; Curran - Jim Leahy; Judge – Robert O’Riordan; Forsythe - Kieran McCarthy; News Boy - Gerard Collins; other roles played by : Anita Blake Gallagher, Carmel McCarthy, Elaine Lombard and Eleanor Lucey.
Chorus: Ann O’Sullivan, Theresa Dineen, Margaret Creed, Mary Connolly, Mary O’Callaghan, Teresa Downey, Eleanor Lucey, Anita Blake Gallagher, Carmel McCarthy, Elaine Lombard, Dónal Ó Ceallaigh, Michael Murphy, Gerard Collins, Kieran McCarthy.

Bright Future for Sir Henry

Cathal Mac Cabe, former head of music at RTE, is currently in Macroom, directing rehearsals for ‘Sir Henry’, a brand new, historical musical. Cathal comes from a musical background in Derry and was taught the piano by his grandmother, an accomplished musician. His father was a musical conductor and Cathal first appeared on stage in 1943. Nevertheless, he pursued a career as a Chemistry teacher for many years, while always being involved in amateur theatrics. In a major career change, he moved to Dublin when he successfully applied for a job in RTE and was producer of the RTE Radio show, Music on the Move, presented by Gay Byrne. But, in retirement, he found his ideal role - as Director - and for the past seventeen years has directed many successful shows. He has a long and happy association with Cork and continues to direct shows in the Opera House and Everyman Theatre.
Mr. Mac Cabe rates ‘Sir Henry’ highly and feels it will be well received by a Cork audience since it is a true crime story, located in a recognisable setting, with families, societies, businesses and buildings still in place and big houses still standing even if not occupied. ‘It is a good story, with good tunes and a very experienced cast’, the veteran director said and he looks forward to a very successful run in the Riverside Park Hotel, October 27, 28, 29 and November 4 and 5 and hopefully, a transfer to a Cork theatre at a later date.

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View of the ceremonial start ramp at Cork 20 Rally in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook 

Cork 20 Rally 2017

The Acesigns Cork 20 International Rally 2017, which was based in Macroom for the first of three annual visits, during the last weekend of September, ran off very smoothly. There had been some advance apprehension about unsocial behaviour and the 'boy racer' syndrome associated with rallies in the past, but fortunately, there were no major issues recorded over the weekend. A spokesperson for local Gardaí said that the event had been very well run and that no incidents had been recorded and no accidents involving the general public.
100 plus cars took part in the rally and they competed in different categories - International, National, Historic and Junior sections. A great crowd turned out on Friday night in Macroom Town Square as Pat O’Connell, Chairman of the Lee Valley Enterprise Board, flagged off the drivers from the Start Ramp. Saturday morning saw the drivers undertaking the Cobblers Cross, Kilmurry and the Johnstown, Kilmichael stages. They were to prove the most difficult of the weekend and took a heavy toll, as overnight rain made the roads slippery and ended many hopes. The iconic Cill na Martra stage and scenic Lough Allua in Inchigeela were rated by top crews, including Alastair Fisher and winner, Sam Moffett, as the best stages in the country and they were over whelmed by the crowds of supporters in Cill na Martra and Inchigeela villages. Contestants returned to the Service Park at Hartnett’s Cross between stages and this involved much traffic on minor roads as the N22 was avoided.
Leg 2 took drivers north and west of the town on Sunday. The morning stages visited Mushera and the Butter Road and the afternoon stages followed the infamous Mullaghanish and Cúil Aodha/ Fuhiry route. Among the victims of those roads was pre-race favourite, Josh Moffett. His brother, Sam, was the overall winner of the International Rally and Owen Murphy, Ovens, finished 4th in that category. Macroom man, William Lynch, was co-driver to Kevin Eves in the Toyota Corolla that came first in the National category and claimed the modified Tarmac Championship. Other local winners were navigator, JJ Cremin, who partnered Dunmanway’s Conor McCarthy and finished 2nd in Class 20, claiming the Ted O’Connell Memorial Trophy for the highest placed Cork crew. Finishing 3rd in Class 20 were Inchigeelagh’s EamonnCreedon and Barraduff man, John Hickey. The Ballyvourney pairing of Christy McCarthy and Cathal Quill finished 2nd in Class 11F. Other local finishers included Kevin and Stephen Hogan, Donoughmore and Barry and Grace O'Brien, Macroom.
On Sunday night, the awards ceremony took place in the Riverside Park, which had served as a social centre throughout the event. William Lynch, winner in the National Category, was presented with a cup and the speeches were followed by music and celebrations with the AK Trio. While the weekend was a challenging one for Clerk of the Course Paul Browne and his team, he said the move to Macroom had been a success. The support they received from the local community and the feedback from the contestants was all very positive.
Tourist Bonus. Initial reports indicate that in excess of 700 beds were booked per night for 3 nights in the Macroom/ Ballyvourney /Millstreet/ Dunmayway/ Coachford/ Ballingcolling area for Rally officials and marshals alone. The Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom, the headquarters, provided all the Marshals and Volunteers with food over the weekend. The three days were really busy in the hotel, with teams registering on Friday, people dropping in to check on accidents and results at the Rally Office on Saturday and Sunday and the jubilant finish with the prize giving and celebrations on Sunday night.

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Winners of the modified class, William Lynch, Macroom and Kevin Eves , celebrate at the Official Finish Ramp in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook 

Tidy Macroom

Macroom was again awarded a Silver Medal and an additional five marks in the 2017 Tidy Towns adjudication. It earned 318 marks, just 12 behind the overall winner. The judges awarded an extra mark in each of the categories: Community Involvement & Planning; Built Environment and Streetscape; Landscaping and Open Spaces; Wildlife, Habitats and Natural Amenities; Sustainable Waste and Resource Management and maintained the 2016 mark in the three other categories: Tidiness and Litter Control; Residential Streets & Housing Areas; Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes.
The adjudicators paid tribute to the work undertaken by committee members and volunteers from community associations and social clubs and suggested that other clubs such as the G.A.A., Soccer Club, Athletics Club, Senior Citizens, schools etc might get involved.
Macroom’s beautiful buildings were much admired: the Castle, the Town Hall, the churches, the convent, business premises around the Square, the Auld Triangle etc. Flower displays were praised and it was suggested that harvested rainwater or river water might be used for their maintenance. The Castle Demesne and Town Park, first rate amenities, with riverside walks and gym equipment and picnic tables, came in for special mention.
The standard of litter control in the town centre was very good and a tribute to the ongoing efforts of committee members and volunteers. Recycling efforts were highly commended – charity shops, SMILE, etc. Hopes for the imminent provision of a Bypass were expressed.

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Beautiful features that helped increase Macroom’s Tidy Towns score ©Lee Valley Outlook

Who Wants to be a Thousandaire?

West Muskerry A.C. launched a huge fundraiser, “Who wants to be a Thousandaire”, recently, with a view to raising revenue to purchase training grounds: a field has already been sourced which will be suitable for the growing club as well as the Paralympic and Special Needs members. The event, which is attracting huge support from athletes, businesses, politicians and the general public will be held on Saturday, 21st of October at 8p.m. in the Riverside Park Hotel in Macroom. Contact club members or 087 7874554 for tickets: €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

Macroom Library

Friday 13th is a lucky day for us because it’s music morning in the library. Graham Boote will present and we are confident of a lovely morning of entertainment. Saturday 14th Children’s Storytime at 12 noon to 12.45 for 3 - 8 years old with a member of staff. Wednesday 18th ACOL Bridge at 10.00 until 1.00 p.m. Thursday 19th Author Moira Frowley Doyle writes fiction for young adults and will tell us how she got into writing and probably read from her works which include ‘Spellbook of the Lost and Found’ and ‘The Accident Season’. All welcome to this event at 12.30. Thursday 19th is also Purlies knitters morning and because of the 12.30 start of the author visit, we are asking that they finish a little earlier than usual. Saturday 20th Children’s Storytime at 12 noon.
Free internet access for members of the library. Please bring photo ID and proof of address if you wish to join up. There is a national library management system in place now and it is this which enables members to use their card in any other public library in the country and to request books from other counties if Cork County Library doesn’t have it.
The Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley, is encouraging the people, communities and businesses across Cork to have their say on the boundary alteration proposal put forward by Cork County Council under Section 29 of the Local Government Act 1991. I remind Macrompians that the proposal document is available to view on the Council’s website www.corkcoco.ie with copies on display at County Hall, Cork County Branch Libraries, and Municipal District / Area Offices. Submissions may be made online at: www.corkcoco.ie/viewproposal-makeasubmission or by post until 15th November.

Gearagh on Canvas at Ballymaloe

When Siobhan Duggan moved to Macroom six years ago, she knew very little about the Gearagh, the amazing nature reserve on her doorstep, its history, ecology and folklore. The opportunity arose to promote it when she was invited to exhibit in Ballymaloe, along with six other artists, in a collection titled 'The Road Not Taken’. (Robert Frost’s poem). Siobhan’s background is in graphic design - managing a successful design business for almost 10 years. While known for her watercolour studies of animals, this work is concerned with landscape and a sense of place, comprising soft pastel and oil paintings. Other contributing artists are Antonio Sammartano, Albano Paolinelli, Gentian Lulani, Ellen Barrett, Lar McCarthy and Anna Barden and the show will open on Saturday 28th October at 6pm at The Grainstore, Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry - Opening address by Tim Severin. All welcome.

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Events

Sir Henry’ Fri October 27th, Sat October 28th & Sun October 29th at 8:00pm. Sat Nov 4th & Sun Nov 5th at 8:00pm. Based on true events, this show tells the farcical story of Sir Henry Browne Hayes, the notorious play boy who caused scandal throughout the British Empire in 1797. Written by the hugely talented Alan Kiely and Kevin Connolly and directed by the brilliant Cathal Mac Cabe, another hit is in store! Tickets €20 /€18
Shawn Cuddy & Friends in Concert. Friday Nov 3rd at 8:30pm. Known as one of the most hardworking in the business, Shawn and his band have numerous awards and hit singles to their name. Joining them on the night will be some special guests. Tickets €20.
"Walking back to Happiness" - 60's and 70's Music Show. Saturday November 11th at 8:30pm. “Walking Back To Happiness” looks back with great fondness, love, care and devotion to memorable songs from the 60's and 70's and beyond. You will want to sing along and stomp your feet and clap your hands in time with all the hits!Tickets €18/15.
Aonghus McAnally: Celebrating Christie Hennessy. Saturday November 18th – Show starts at 8:00pm. In this all-new show, celebrated entertainer Aonghus McAnally brings the legendary Hennessy songbook to life with his uncanny recreation of his close friend Christie’s voice and guitar playing. Tickets €22.50
RuaileBuaile. Saturday December 2nd at 10:00pm. We are delighted to welcome RuaileBuaile back to Macroom this December after a powerful fast paced performance last Spring. This young Irish modern-day Trad / Pop / Folk group are one of the top performers in Ireland at the moment! Tickets €10
Our Box Office at South Square Macroom opens from 11pm to 2pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. For further info please call 026/41174 or 087/1663395. Tickets also on sale online from our Facebook page & www.macroom.ie.
Any profits the Lee Valley Enterprise Board make from these shows will go back into local projects, including the restoration of the Church of Ireland in Macroom to create a cultural & tourism amenity.

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Danny and Sandy (James Patterson and Grace Wood) lead the show at ‘Grease Lightning’ in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Grease Lightning in Macroom

The recent staging of ‘Grease Lightning’ in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom by Lee Valley Youth Theatre, under the direction of Margot Carlile, was an unqualified success. All involved with the production are to be congratulated. Preparation for the show proceeded despite severe handicaps – no fixed abode for costumes and rehearsals and competing weekend attractions such as Macroom Food Festival and the Cork 20 Rally. Nevertheless, music, dance, choreography, acting, costumes, lighting were all top class and a credit to everyone on and off stage.
Grace Wood, playing Sandy, put in a thoroughly professional performance and all the other lead actors are to be commended also. It was obvious that everyone on stage revelled in their roles, and hopefully, will go on to participate in many more dramatic productions in the Lee Valley. .
The two night stagings of ‘Grease Lightning’ played to practically full houses and the matinee on Sunday had many appreciative juveniles in the audience who, hopefully, will seek to emulate the cast of ‘Greased Lightning’ in due course.

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‘Grease Lightning’ in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

St. Mary’s Updates

Sports Day September 21st was Sports Day for 1st and 2nd years at St. Marys. This hugely successful day was organised by the 4A1 class group. Students competed in novelty events e.g. egg and spoon race, three legged race, football solo and in a dodgeball league. Each class group performed their class chant, specially composed for the event. All individual and team winnings contributed to the class score. Winning class group was 1A2. Well done to all.
Camogie St. Mary’s had their first camogie match, in a number of years against Carrignavar. Our opponents were very strong in the first half. Although St. Mary’s came right back into it during the second half, they lost by five points by a formidable side.
Leaving Certificate Biology Trip September 21st, 6th Year Biology students travelled to Fota Wildlife Park to carry out their Ecology Field study. They studied a woodland ecosystem and also got to spend some time exploring the Wildlife Park.
Cappanalea Transition year students travelled to Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre in Killorglin on October 4 for three days of outdoor pursuits, including rock climbing, orienteering, abseiling, kayaking and hill-walking.
Religion 6th years had their Retreat on October 3 with Declan Browne. It was a day full of bonding activities and meditation, where the reflective part of the day took place in the new and refurbished Prayer Room in St. Mary’s.
First Year “Buddies” Outing First years were taken for their annual bonding day organized by their Transition Year “Buddies” on September 28th to ‘West Cork Secret’ in Kilbrittain. They had a great time taking part in the activities which included an obstacle course, giant slide, mud activities, orienteering and karting. They finished off the day with a pizza.
Open Evening We had a very successful open evening where 6th class students from the surrounding areas were introduced to the school by very enthusiastic first and second year students who manned specialist rooms throughout the school. Many thanks to our couriers who escorted the groups around the school, and answered questions from our visitors.

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Recent graduates from McEgan College of Further Education ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

Junior Certificate Metalwork. McEgan College students, Elliott Lynch and Stephen Shorten both received awards for their Junior Cert Metalwork projects in the Cork City and County area. The Engineering & Technology Teachers’ Association organised the awards which were held in Pobalscoil na Trionóide, Youghal, on Friday September 22nd. Elliott Lynch received first place for his project in the Junior Cert Ordinary Level section while Stephen took second. This competition is organised to acknowledge and reward excellence in Junior Certificate Metalwork.
Further Education QQI Awards The Riverside Hotel, Macroom was filled to capacity on 28th September. The atmosphere was celebratory and one could feel the pride that many graduates and their families felt as they reaped the rewards of hard work, perseverance and dedication. McEgan College staff were delighted and privileged to join with graduates and their families to celebrate their success. The annual QQI awards night has been growing in size over the last few years, which reflects the commitment of students and the college itself to the local community.
The Principal complimented all the graduates on their hard work, dedication and commitment to their studies and wished them every success in the future. Guest speakers included Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, Mr. John Fitzgibbon, Director of Further Education, Cork Education and Training Board who both spoke about the importance of providing a Further Education service for the community and its surrounding hinterland and continuing the strong community links in the area.
Awards were given in all the courses that McEgan College has on offer including Advanced Administration level 6, Advanced Early Childcare and Education level 6, Early Childcare and Education level 5, Hairdressing level 5, Healthcare Support level 5 and Nursing Studies level 5. McEgan College had nearly ninety graduates this year, many of whom are progressing to employment or Further Education.

De la Salle Updates

International Studies. In the midst of the excitement over the recent excellent set of Junior Cert results in De la Salle College Macroom, one remarkable achievement went slightly under the radar because the student involved has returned to his native Spain. Having spent the academic year studying in De la Salle, Arturo Mate Martin (15) from Ciudad Real, near Madrid, achieved 3As and 6Bs at honours level. Despite English not being his first language, Arturo adapted well to both school and Irish life. He was hosted by the Flanagan family in Clondrohid. Arturo was one of many visitors who have recently spent a year studying in De la Salle, and the trend continues this year. The school is currently hosting six such students, from 3rd to 5th Year. These include three from Spain, one from France, one Italian and one Norwegian.
Credit Union Bursary. Darren Creed, who graduated from De la Salle this summer, was recently awarded a €1000 bursary from Macroom Credit Union. The money will go towards funding of his Third level education.
Missionary. De la Salle Brother and Muinefluich native Charles O’Leary was honoured recently by the unveiling of a memorial, which the local national school and its Parents’ Association were instrumental in having erected. Brother Martin Curran from the De la Salle order addressed the gathering, which included many of Br. Charles’ relations and several who had made the long trip from Burma, where the contribution Br. Charles made to education is highly valued.


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Macroom Flower & Garden Club Gardening Talk. Guest Speaker from Future Forests, Kealkil, Bantry, Thursday 12th October 8.00p.m. at Coolcower House 026-41695. Large Selection of Plants available. New Members and visitors most welcome.
Macroom Town Stations Mass for all town Station areas will be held in St. Colman’s Church on Friday, October 13 at 7.30p.m. Everybody is invited to the Castle Hotel afterwards for tea and a chat.
Kilmurry Active Retirement Interior Decorating with Catherin Foley Thursday 12, 19, 26, October 7.30 p.m. in Kilmurry Museum. Walking every Sunday 2.30p.m., meeting in Kilmurry Church Car park. All welcome.
Comhaltas on Tour with music, song, storytelling, dance and yarns in Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig on Tuesday, October 17 as part of Macalla na hÉireann, that brings sixteen leading Irish traditional musicians, dancers and singers to 14 venues nationwide. Muskerry participants are 19 year old musician Shane Scanlon and Ballincollig CCE colleague and compere, Dick Beamish. Shane plays Banjo and Mandolin on the concert tour and is the holder of five All Ireland Fleadh Ceoil medals. Fear An Tí to the nationwide series of concerts is West Cork native Dick Beamish, who is also involved in acting, traditional singing and sean-nós dancing. Tickets for the concert at Coláiste Choilm from 087-2028638 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Clondrohid N.S Sonas presents a Table Quiz Fundraiser in aid of the pupils of the Clondrohid NS Autism Units in The Tavern Bar, Clondrohid Village on Friday, 20th October at 8pm. €10 per person. 4 per table. Raffles and Spot Prizes on the night. Come join us for a great night in aid of our little heroes!
Inniscarra Historical Society. Launch of first journal, ‘Changing Times’, at Griffin’s Garden Centre on Wednesday, October 25 at 8p.m. Review by Shane Lehane. All are welcome.
Rusheen NS Parents’ Association will hold the annual Bingo fundraiser in Aghinagh GAA hall on Thursday, October 26 @ 8pm. Everyone welcome including children from 3rd Class upwards. Great cash prizes to be won on the night and also a raffle which will include hampers, bottles, chocolates etc.

Dromleigh NS is holding the annual Hallowe’en Disco on Friday, 27th October from 7-9pm. DJ Danny Zuma will provide the tunes. There are party games, face painting, tasty treats & raffle prizes! Children must be supervised. Donations at the door. Come if you dare-it'll be Spooktacular!
Cill na Martra GAA American Tea Party Fundraiser in the Abbey Hotel, Baile Bhúirne, on Saturday, 25 November at 8pm
Bingo at T.P. Cotters. Following our recent fundraiser, the organising committee would like to say a very big thank you to all who attended; to our very generous sponsors of games and raffle prizes; to Macroom Senior Citizens for the bingo machine; everyone who helped in any way to make the night a success and of course, Jack & Breda for hosting the event. A great night was had by all and a total of €2500 was raised for Macroom Hospital.
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.
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.
Donoughmore Marymount Fundraising Group would like to thank most sincerely all who contributed cash, cheques and gifts; ticket sellers & buyers, bakers, traffic management, catering, vegetables growers & all those who helped to make the night such a success. To date the figure raised stands at £18,000.03.
Ballyanley Slí na Slainte A great crowd turned out for the official opening of the 1 km Slí na Sláinte walk at Inniscarra Community Centre, Ballyanley. Eileen Dilworth and Michael O'Sullivan cut the ribbon at the opening. Fr. Donal Coakley PP administered a blessing. John Connolly, Chairman Inniscarra Active Community Club, Claire Hurley, Cork Sports Partnership; Tara Curran, Irish Heart Foundation and Emma Dineen, Principal Cloghroe NS also attended. The project was instigated by The Inniscarra Active Community Club in conjunction with the Community Association, Irish Heart Foundation and Cork Sports Partnership.
Kilbonane NS, Aherla recently benefited from a large donation from the Vintage Association in Aherla which allowed them to purchase the necessary resources for the Literacy Lift Off programme initiative. Thanks to this generous contribution and the Parents Association, the pupils of Kilbonane, both current and future, will reap the rewards for years to come.
Comóradh an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh. Bhronn Micheál Ó Cróinín, sin-garmhac an dochtúra, Corn Cuimhneacháin Dhómhnaill Uí Loingsigh ar Danielle Ní Chéilleachair, buaiteoir an chomórtais amhránaíochta ar an sean-nós, in éineacht le Caitríona Ní Chonaill, buaiteoir Chorn Uí Fhlannagáin d’amhráin nuachumtha san Ionad Cultúrtha i mBaile Mhúirne.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto 24/9/2017. Jackpot €2,350. Numbers drawn 23, 36, 37. No winner. €50 Eileen O'Shea Coolkisha €20 each John & Gobnait White, Coolehane Macroom, Anthony & Sean Hubbard Bèal na Marbh, Teresa & Morty Lucey Incheale, Marion Kelleher Ballinagree.
1st October. Jackpot €2,500. Numbers drawn 13, 22, 25. No winner. €50 Darren Burns C/O The Làine Bar €20 each Ted O'Driscoll Bawnmore, Pat Horgan Coachford, Paudie Twohig Ballinagree, Sarah/Alan/Cavan C/O The Làine Bar.
Canovee G.A.A Lotto Numbers drawn Sept 17th: 1,2,21,22. No winner of €5,150 Jackpot. €50 Mi O’Mahony Aherla. €25 Aia Leahane Aherla. €25 Fin & Jen Mac Aherla. € 25 on line Anne Marie Lyons
Numbers drawn on Sept 24 5,8,12,27 No winner of €5,300. €50 Connie OKeeffe Dooniskey. €25 Tadgh & Maureen Lyons €25 Jack T Roche € 25 on line Karen Hynes.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto Results. 27/9/2017. No Jackpot winner. €70 Paula O' Shea €20 each Pat Lynch, Ballymacorcan Paddy Lynch, Junior, Carrigaphooka Jim Lucey, Sullane Weir Matt Neville, Carriganima
4/10/2017. €70 Marie Spillane, Moulnahorna €20 each M. Scanlan, Sullane Weirs, Macroom Peggie O’Leary, Carriganima Nora O’Donoughue, Clondrohid N.S Maurice Buckley, Nadd. Next Week's Jackpot €2,400.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 26/09/2017. Jackpot €3.000. No Winner, Numbers drawn: 11-13-26. €70 Paddy Murphy, Dromree. €20 each: Kay Healy, Greyhound Bar. Bernie Kelleher, Kiel. Michael Scannell, Corner Shop, Macroom. Leah Goold, Gurteenroe. Denis & Jennifer Buckley, 8 An Gleann
3/10/2017. Jackpot €3200. No Winner, Numbers drawn: 14-21-25. No Winner. €70 Jane Murray, Railway View. €20 each: Mary Hayes, c/o Conor Buttimer, Macroom. Leah Goold, Gurteenroe. Catherine O'Connor, Railway View. Denis Murray, Railway View. Eileen O'Connor, Kilmichael..
Macroom F.C. Lotto 02/10/17: Jackpot €8,400, Numbers drawn: 17, 29, 31. No Winner. €80: Tony Quill c/o Lar's. €20 each: Mary Cooney c/o Greyhound, Claire Dineen c/o Lar's, Jim O' Sullivan c/o T.P.'s, Mary McSweeny c/o Fudge.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 2/10/2017. Jackpot: €3,600. Numbers Drawn: 7 – 9 – 24. No Winner. €40 Martin Holmes, €20 Mary & Danni, Anna O’Riordan, Lisa McElroy, Trisha & Oisín.
9/10/2017. Jackpot: €3,800. Numbers Drawn: 18 – 27 – 32. No Winner. €40 Eric & Dara Holmes, €20 Eileen Buckley, Paul Murphy, Declan O’Connell, Eugene Riordan (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

Ballinagree Festival

Ballinagree Vintage rescheduled to Sunday, October 22nd, commencing with vintage & classic road run (registration from 9am). Will be followed by Family Fun Day in Ballinagree Village, incorporating auction in aid of Marymount & Cancer Research and local charities. Fun Day will include best dressed lady & gent and boy & girl under 12, vintage style fancy dress, dog show, food stalls old reliable bacon & cabbage. Special welcome to all Ford tractors celebrating 100 years of Ford in Ireland, along with Case IH International and David Brown celebrating 175 years (1842 - 2017). Enquiries to 0860647381.

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Briege Corkery with pupils from Rusheen N.S. having completed "Start Your Own Business" with BizWorld. ©An Scoil

Clondrohid Updates

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 at Healy’s Post Office Clondrohid, in the Corkman Newspaper or download it from www.irdduhallow.com.Fill it up and e mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post it to Duhallow Business Awards IRD Duhallow, James O’Keeffe Institute, Newmarket, Co Cork. Closing date for entries is this Thursday October 12. The winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony on November 16 in the I.R.D. Centre in Newmarket.
Active Retired Group: A follow up meeting was held October 2 and another large crowd attended, which all looks well for the group. Anna O’Mahony was elected as Asst. Treasurer. Lots of ideas were discussed, and it’s the intention of the group to meet in the Hall around 10am on Wednesday October 11 or a cuppa and a chat, where more ideas will be discussed. The Group is formed, a name to be discussed, and hopefully it will grow and blossom and everyone will benefit from it.
Development Group: will be holding their annual fundraising American Tea Party in the Community Hall on Saturday night, November 4 at 8pm. Please come along and enjoy the chat, the craic, refreshments, and this year it’s roll back the carpet and get on your dancing shoes. Music will be by M&M. Great night assured. Anyone wishing to host a table, please contact Breda on 0868831206 or Maria on 0851069356. The Group would suggest in order to cut down costs for the host /hostess, to keep the food simple and small quantities and to share the hosting. The night is all about having fun and keeping work to a minimum. As usual, tablecloths, ware, cutlery will all be provided.
The Development group has been successful in putting up ‘ Know your Speed’ sign at the entrance to the village. They would like to thank James O’Dwyer of Cork Co. Council for his endeavours in this regard. Speed through our village is constantly on the minds and lips of the residents, so please take note and slow down, a tragic accident is only waiting to happen.
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.
Tidy Towns. Once again Clondrohid increased its marks, from 260 to 267. Well done to everyone who contributed to this success. Some comments from the report included the following: Church and school admired for its painting etc. Presentation of shops and commercial properties were considered second to none, with the Tavern, Hairdressing Salon and Spar all looking particularly well. Co Op Stores very impressive, given the size of the structure. All the stone walls were admired and praised. Village name signs and the permanent landscaping beds beneath them were all admired. The Hanging Baskets and all the flowers and shrubs at Bridge area were all highly commended. Litter control was excellent. The standard of presentation of individual houses and properties was generally good. Well done to all those households who take pride in their dwellings, their flower arrangements were magnificent. Curra Glen looked very well with its neatly trimmed grass, simple landscaping and trees. The Community Field and its sporting facilities, Clann Aire and its surrounds were all praised.
Carriganima Masses: Please notes there will be no 10am Mass in Carriganima on Sunday Oct 22.
Music at Bell Inn: On Friday night Oct 27( Bank holiday weekend ) a local group The Kickers will be performing. Come along and support them.
CART Carriganima: A trip being organised to Griffins Garden Centre will take place on Sunday Oct 15 at 11am. Also the CART bus is available to bring people to ‘Who wants to be a Thousandaire’ in the Riverside Park Hotel on Saturday Oct 21 in aid of West Muskerry Athletic Club. All enquiries for travel details to 087 8794128.

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Committee members of Croí na Laoi /Tidy Towns who developed, designed and erected the Inchigeelagh Walks signage. ©Connie Cronin Photography

Inchigeela Updates

Tidy Towns Success. Inchigeela celebrates its wonderful results in the Tidy Towns competition which were announced recently. The hard work, good planning and effort of the residents and Tidy Towns volunteers have been rewarded with a well deserved 14 extra points for 2017. The adjudicator praised the efforts made by the householders and the businesses in the village and nearby areas in improving the appearance of their homes and premises. The display of flowers, shrubs and attractive colours was praised. The clean streets and well kept gardens and well maintained grass verges were noted. The full adjudication report and marks can be viewed on the Croí na Laoi notice board at the Store of Memories and in the Post office and Creedon’s Hotel. The group intends to take on board the advice and minor criticism given in the adjudication. If any reader has a comment or suggestion where more points might be gained, the Croí na Laoi group would love to hear it. The group thanks everybody for their great effort in creating a bright and clean environment in Inchigeela and look forward to continued participation by all.
Rally Excitement. The Cork 20 came to town recently and the roaring of mighty engines filled the air. There was lots of excitement, as followers tried to get good vantage points from where to view the cars and catch a glimpse of their heroes as they flew past. Credit has to go to the organisers and marshals who ran the event smoothly and with minimum inconvenience to the public.
Local Walks. Look out for notices about regular walks organised for Sundays between now and Christmas. These are non competitive and you can run, sprint, gallop, saunter, jog, skip, amble, stroll or just plain walk! The main thing is to enjoy. Next walk is planned for October 22nd. It’s walk Number 3 on the walk routes map, to Skeheenaradharc - a riverside walk with splendid panoramic views at the end.
Football. Victory eluded our local team in the Semi final of the JAFC. It was an exciting game throughout. And although not victorious, we all are very proud of them and of everyone involved in their campaign and we thank them for giving us such an exciting season. We know that the lads will be back!

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Ballinagree COPE committee presents a cheque to COPE Foundation, Macroom ©

Macra Matters

Aghinagh Macra are very proud to have been selected as one of the six finalists in the Club of the Year competition. Members and supporters will travel to the Macra Anual Conference in Gormenstown, Co. Meath on the October bank holiday for the final. This is a huge achievement for the club. The club recently presented a cheque for €2,200 to Embrace FARM. The charity provides a bereavement support group for farm families who have lost a loved one or suffered serious injury in a farming accident. The money was raised at the annual 5K Fun Run and Know Your Neighbour evening which was held in Tigh Ui Laoghaire.
Well done to the Donoughmore Macra bowling team who competed in the National Bowling Competition and put in a great effort on the day. Hard luck for our Novice Debating team who were narrowly defeated by Awbeg Macra in the county semi-final round of novice debating in Waterfall.

An Dáimhscoil

Tionólfar Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí Uí Fhloinn in Ostán Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne, Dé Sathairn, 21ú Deireadh Fómhair 7p.m. Ag a 2in, ar an lá céanna agus san ionad céanna, beidh ceardlann filíochta le Seamus Barra Ó Suilleabháin, file óg atá leabhar leis foilsithe, Beatha Dhónail Dhuibh, agus ard chlú air. Tá an cheardlann seo dírithe ar dhaoine óga go h-áirithe. Tá clú ar Shéamus Barra as ucht a chuid rapaireachta. Cuir teachtaireacht chuig An Cléireach má tá suim agat bheith páirteach sa cheardlann.
An Cuireadh
A fhilí na Dáimhe níl bhur gclú le sárú
Mo chairde, bhur gcairde clann cairdiúil dlúth
Glacaigí lem' chuireadh seolta go fáilteach
Is tagaigí 'n bhur sluaite le h-úire bhur smaointe
Breacaithe i bhfoirm bhéarsaí mar is dual don bhféile
Bídís aerach, gairid nó fada ar do rogha mhéadar
Déanaigí moladh agus spórt ar gach ábhar ach aoir
Beannacht Dé leis na filí d'fhág sinn go tréith lag
I bhflaitheas na ngrást táid 'nár n-aice fós
Go gnóthach ár bhféile a choimeád ar an bhfód
Is fada an lá é chíncís 1925
Filí Dáimh Scoil Mhúscraí ag saothrú gan dua
Ag ceiliúradh gach bliain ndiaidh a chéile
Tair chughainn i mbliana fáilteofar tú gan iarracht
Ach gheóbhair bualadh bos éachtach má bhíonn agat dán
Geallaim díbh sult is oíche caithréimigh
Mar a chleachtaí in Éirínn i laethe na sean
Tá mo chroí ag preabarnaigh ag súil le bhur ndréachtaí
Beidh oíche go maidin againn a bheidh fileata léannta
Nócha bliain caite ag ceiliúradh an traidisiún Gaelach is arsa in Éirinn
An Cheist
Trumpa balbh néata a luaigh an fhile ina dhán
I dteanga nach dtuigfeadh éinne ag giolcáil dúinn bharnáil
Bagairtí ar gach taobh ag cur i gcontúirt ár slándáil
An dtabharfá slán sinn a Mhic Dé ó Oráisteach an Tí Bháin?
Tá ceannaire místuama a thabharfadh do an dúshlán
Ar cheann arm mhillteach i dtírín mídhaonna thall san Áis
Gach rud ullamh don chogaíocht ghéar, idir sliogáin is diuracháin
A Uain Dé, le dóchas a éilím an dtabharfá dúinn síocháin?
Tá an oighear ag leá leis is gan aon stop d'ár bhfagáil
Aer te san atmasféar ag téamh an domhain beagán ar bheagán
Báisteach tréan is tóirneach géar is díle ar Inis Fáil
A Aoire shéimh, bhfuil aon baol go dtiocfaidh tú dár tarrtháil?
Claíomh le faobhar ina bhagairt scéin d'fhuil ár muineáil
Is buamaí daonna go pléascach tréan i veán bán á dtiomáint
Ag trodaí Dé faoi threoir a chléir i mbun sléacht ar Chrosáid
A Mhaighdean Mhátháir, ar son Dé, an ndeinfeá sinn a shábháil?
An Cheangal
Is fearr droch rith ná seasamh séimh ar bhruach an dhuibheagáin
Is fearr ól go doimhin is tú ag fánacht tréan ar lá an áir
Is fearr Dia a thréigean na cloí go bréagach le miotas na seana bhfáidh
Cothromas is cóir a éileamh is, ar son Cé, ná bac leis an mbéal bán!
Gabhann ceard agus cumadh na filíochta in Éirinn siar cúpla míle bliain - roimh theacht Chríost fiú. Ealaín ab ea an fhilíocht i bhfad sara raibh an prós ann. Tá Dáimh Scoil Mhúscraí Uí Fhloinn á cheiliúradh gach bliain ó 1925. Níl a leithéid eile in Éirinn. Tá an Dáimhscoil bunaithe ar thraidisiún na seanchúirteanna a bhí in Éirinn fadó. Bhíodh ceann i mBaile Mhúirne i dTigh na Cille in aice le Reilig Ghobnatan. Thug Aogán Ó Rathaille cuairt uirthí sin timpeall na bliana 1700. Thóg muintir Colthurst ceannas ar stát na nIarlathach, agus nuair a cailleadh an tAthair Liam, an duine deireannach a chónaigh i dTigh na Cille, chuaigh feith na filíochta chun codlata lena bháis.
Bunaíodh Dáimh Scoil Mhúscraí Uí Fhloinn i Scoil Náisiúnta Bhaile Mhúirne, Domhnach Cincíse 1925. Bhí triúr i láthair: Pádraig Mac Suibhne (An Suibhneach Meann), múinteoir scoile ó Chúil Aodha; Pádraig Ó Crualaoi (Gael na nGael), táilliúir ó Bhaile Mhúirne agus Dónal Ó Ceocháin, Timire Gaeilge. Toghadh Gael na nGael ina uachtarán agus Dónal Ó Ceocháin mar chléireach. I 1929 tugadh an Dáimhscoil go Cúil Aodha. Tá sé ar ais i mBaile Mhúirne, in Óstán Ghobnatan, le tamall anois agus na sluaite fós ag freastal air agus ag cumadh dánta agus amhráin. Ón Dáimhscoil a tháinig ‘An Poc Ar Buile’, ‘An Peidhleacán’, ‘Táimse agus Máire’, ‘An Imirce’ agus a lán, lán eile dán agus amhrán.


‘The Break' - Marian Keyes
This is s story about the choices we make and how those choices help to make us.
It is Marian Keyes at her funniest, wisest and brilliant best.
Available at Fitz-Gerald’s bookshop €17.00


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.

Muskerry Sports.

Tim O’Brien puts the spotlight on some Cork sportsmen and women who excelled over the decades in a cross-section of sporting disciplines. The show features such exponents as Jack Lynch, Christy Ring, Dr. Pat O'Callaghan, Margaret Murphy (Ovens), Jack Lynch of Knockrour greyhound fame; supreme bowlplayer Mick Barry, cycling ace Frank O'Sullivan, Jimmy Bruen, Danno Mahony, Jack Doyle, Billy Coleman, Noel Cantwell, Roy Keane, Denis Irwin, Donal Lenihan, Tom Kiernan, Ronan O’Gara; Marcus O’Sullivan, Robert Heffernan, Sonia O’Sullivan, Rena Buckley, Briege Corkery and paralympians John Twomey and Kathy Dunne who inspired so many others with physical disabilities. The feats of such equine wonders as Dawn Run, Cottage Rake and Imperial Call, as well as racing supremo, Vincent O’Brien, will also be highlighted.
The illustrated lecture, organised by Muskerry Local History Society, will be held at 8.00 pm on Monday, 16 October, in Ballincollig Rugby Club.

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Group attending the launch of the Sli na Slainte at Inniscarra Community Centre, Ballyanley. © Mike English

Muskerry Local History Society Programme 2017-18

Monday, 16 October: Legends of Cork Sport: Tim O’Brien
Monday, 20 November: Mud, Blood and Bravery: The Battle of Passchendaele, 31 July to 10 November 1917: Gerry White
Monday, 4 December: Cork city before 1916: Michael Lenihan
Monday, 15 January: The Conscription Crisis in Cork in 1918: Tim Crowley
Monday, 12 February: Let slip the dogs of war: Cork's Independence Dead 1916-1921: Barry Keane
Monday, 26 March: A Doctor’s Sword: Bob Jackson
Monday, 16 April: An t-Athair Peadar Ó Laoghaire: Dermot O’Donovan
May: History tour, date and location to be decided.
Lectures at Ballincollig Rugby Club Hall at 8.00 pm sharp. Annual subscription €10. Alternatively a cover charge of €3 applies at each lecture. Further information from Liam Hayes (0877828546), Dermot O’Donovan (0214873266), Rod MacConaill (0861089524) or Dermot Lucey (0879331135)

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The cast and stage crew of Aladdin at Coachford Panto during the Fr. Buckley era ©

Eileen Lynch Remembers.

Part 2.
In 1954 Fr. Buckley became curate in Coachford and his mother lived with him and she was a ‘real’ lady. There were some pre-existing musical groups in the area. These coalesced and formed the new Coachford Dramatic Society. Under the direction of Miss Eileen Twohig, Coachford Choir had won an Oireachtas choir competition for town and rural areas in 1953. 1954 was the Marian Year and Fr. Buckley staged a religious pageant – City Of David. This was followed by two more productions - Saint Philomena and Rose of Battle. Arabian Nights in 1956 was the first pantomime staged and this began a series that ran to 1962; Cinderella (1957), Dick Whittington (1958), Sleeping Beauty (1959), Aladdin (1960), Dick Whittington (1961), and Jack and the Beanstalk (1962) followed. He was involved in all aspects of the shows: script writing, music selection, stage design and lighting and choosing chorus dance numbers. As soon as one season was over, preparations began for the next pantomime. Many thought he was planning even before one show was over, or thinking about ‘ideas’ that might work better in a different production
Meticulous in his preparations, Fr. Buckley hired costumes for the principals from Ging’s of Dublin, and outside ‘stars’ and musicians were recruited from Macroom, throughout Muskerry and Cork. Anna O’Shea, Macroom, was the musical director and other performers were Dan O’Leary, Blarney, Rita Lynch, Beatrice O’Neill and Joan Canny – all from Macroom. Eileen Cavanagh, Cork, joined following the burning of Cork Opera House in December 1955 and was in charge of ‘ensembles’ and choreography. Dick Murphy was credited with the scripts. Local talent was abundant and included Jerry Buckley, Nora Mary Callanan-Murphy, Seán Crowley, Tadhg Kenneally, John and Eileen Lynch, Nora Murphy, Mary Murphy, Olan Moynihan, Joe McCarthy, Dan Maher, Paddy O’Sullivan, Rufina O’Sullivan, Joan O’Leary, Peggy O’Mahony, Seamus O’Donoghue, Denis O’Mahony and Joan Tuohy. Interestingly, Fr. Buckley’s name never appeared on the programmes although one ‘note’ was written by the ‘producer’, presumably Fr. Buckley.
As innovative as he was meticulous, Fr. Buckley devised novel and ambitious special effects and they were implemented by James Cooney. These effects became Coachford Pantomime’s trademark and were famed far and wide. Features included underwater effects with life-like fish, real doves, the fountain scene with its rainbow image, an on-stage waterfall that used 500 gallons of water each night and the infra red lighting. An Evening Echo critic at the time wrote that ‘nothing like it in terms of pantomime had been seen here before and, in (his) theatre-going experience, nothing comparable to it for sheer daring and inventiveness had been attempted either in Cork or Dublin’. Busloads of people attended from all over the county, province and country, even from Newry, Co. Down. The village was thronged with people on these nights and Gardaí directed traffic.
Prop-making began in June and they were often foldable, as on-stage space was so tight. Rehearsals began in September for 3 or 4 nights per week. The Gleesons who lived next to the hall were very generous in allowing their house to be used as changing rooms. (The original hall was knocked in the ‘80s). The show opened on St. Stephen’s Night and ran nightly until Lent, with a matinee on Sundays. In 1960, Aladdin ran for two full months, with full houses every night. Coachford village was regularly chock-a-block with cars and buses from all over and the atmosphere was electric.
Fr. Buckley was a member of Macroom Golf Club and was Captain in 1965 when Michael Kelleher won his prize. Eileen Lynch was thrilled to have been part of that fantastic era; delighted to have made such great friends, and is very determined to have Fr. Buckley remembered. She is wonderfully cared for by the nurses and staff in Macroom Community Hospital and I wish her happiness and contentment for the future.
Credits: Information for the above is taken from material supplied by Eileen Lynch, Mary Noonan, an article from Cois Laoi – Lee Valley Review, 2006 and a presentation by Seamus O’Donoghue, Coachford. The nurses and staff in Macroom Hospital were very helpful, as were Mary Creed and Anthony Green, and Canon Roberts, Macroom. Mary Noonan was essential to this article being written and I thank her very sincerely for her patience and kindness. By Con Kelleher

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Eileen Lynch with staff and friends at Macroom Hospital. Included, Anne O'Mahony, Aoife Sheehan, Siobhán Calnan, Bríd Quill-O'Leary, Mary Noonan, Niamh McSweeney, Clíodhna Ní Laoire, Maggie O'Mahony and Helen Kelleher ©Con Kelleher.


Buíochas Mór

Macroom Cork 20 Fundraising Committee we would like to thank everybody who supported and helped make the Cork 20 International Rally a success in Macroom. We thank our partners, Riverside Park Hotel and the Lee Valley Enterprise Board, who supported the event and worked over the last ten months to make it possible. Thanks also to Macroom GAA, Glenview Motors and Wright Medical for providing the event with Scrutiny, Parc Ferme and Service facilities. Businesses and traders in Macroom and the Lee Valley gave financial support through stage sponsorship and advertising and without this, the event would not have been possible. Thanks to their support, we attracted some of the biggest names in Irish Rallying to Macroom, and through the glowing comments from the crews about the stages and the area itself, it bodes well for the 2018 event, to which winner, Sam Moffett, eagerly looks forward. We thank the people of Macroom, the residents on the stages and the larger population of the Lee Valley for your co-operation, your hospitality and for embracing the event, the competitors and the spectators. Planning has already started on making it a bigger and better event for Macroom in 2018.

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Owen Murphy, Ovens and co-driver, Anthony Nestor, who finished 4th overall in the Cork 20 Rally, speed through Cill na Martra ©Lee Valley Outlook

Garda Youth Awards

An Garda Síochána is pleased to launch the 22nd annual West Cork Garda Youth Awards, in association with SuperValu. The Awards celebrate outstanding young people between the ages of 13 and 21 years. The organisers recognise that a lot of good work is being done by young people in every community in West Cork. Awards will be considered for nominated young people who, by their presence, make their communities a better place in which to live. Last year, a total of 128 young people were nominated. The nomination process is open to everyone, so if you know of a young person who is committed to making a difference to their community, please put them forward, as every nominee will receive a certificate, even if they do not win an award. In this way, all nominees are recognised for their efforts, and the certificate is a very valuable item to have on a young person’s CV into the future.
The 2017 West Cork Garda Youth Awards will take place on Friday 1st December 2017 in the Riverside Park Hotel in Macroom. There are 11 Award Categories; 5 Overall Awards, 4 District Awards, 1 Group Award and 1 Special Achievement Award. The Group Award category applies to two or more young people whose combined efforts have contributed positively to their communities. The Special Achievement category is open to any young person who has defied the odds, or overcome difficult circumstances, and whose commitment deserves recognition. The nomination forms are now available from any SuperValu store in the area and at Garda Stations. Electronic versions of the nomination form are available at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The closing date for applications is Friday 10th November. They may be submitted to Garda James O’Mahony, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Bandon Garda Station, or Garda Don Davis, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Bantry Garda Station or e emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Earthing up Leeks. Leeks have to be earthed up during the growing season – this process encourages the bleaching or whitening of the stem. Be careful not to get soil in to the heart of the leek. Use kitchen roll inserts to “earth up” leeks – pop the insert over the leek and it does the same job as earthing up’
Herbs. Pot up herbs to grow inside over the winter. Continue to lift crops that have finished harvesting and clean up the beds. Sow over-wintering green manures. If you are going to cover empty beds down with manure for the winter, the earlier you do it the better. Try and find a good source of farmyard manure if you don’t have your own – cow, horse, pig, sheep and chicken manure are all great sources of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium for your soil. Cut autumn fruiting raspberry canes down to the ground.
Sow hardy varieties of peas and broad beans later this month for an early spring crop but only do so in well-drained soil. In the polytunnel get a crop of cauliflower and carrots going over the winter. Plant selected varieties of garlic and winter onion sets.
Harvest pumpkins, squashes, courgette, apples, pears etc. It’s the last hurrah however for peas, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, peppers and chilli-peppers. Continue to harvest wild mushrooms, elderberry, blackberries, sloes, carrots, potatoes, parsnips, swedes, celeriac, turnip, beetroot, celery, marrows, leeks and cabbage. Michael Kelly

Sports Mad

GAA- Cork County Championships 2017

Senior Football Championship

2 Mid Cork teams: Muskerry Rd 3 exit and Ballincollig at quarter final stage
Semi-Finals: Carbery Rangers 0-14 St Finbarr’s 3-14; Duhallow 0-12 Nemo Rangers 5-13.
Final: Nemo Rangers v St Finbarr’s at P Uí Chaoimh, October 15th.
Relegation Playoff Semi-Finals: Clonakilty v O Donovan Rossa ;Losers of (Dohenys v Newcestown) v St Nicks.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

6 Mid Cork teams: Ballinora, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Éire Óg, Grenagh, Macroom, Naomh Abán. 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.
Semi Finals: Mallow 0-16 Bandon 1-6; St Michaels 2-16 Newmarket 1-12
Final: Mallow v St Michaels at P Uí Chaoimh, October 15th 2017.
Relegated: Grenagh

Intermediate Football Championship

2 Mid Cork teams: Aghabullogue and Cill na Martra
Kanturk 0-19 Kildorrery 2-6; Cill na Martra 1-10 Mitchelstown 2-13
Final: Mitchelstown v Kanturk
I F C Relegation Playoff Semi-Finals: Douglas 0-7 Adrigole 2-15: Carrigaline 2-4 Kinsale 4-18. Last Two: Douglas and Carrigaline (both club second teams).
Mitchelstown 2 – 13 Cill na Martra 1 – 10
A bitterly disappointing day for Cill na Martra at Banteer that saw their high hopes of advancing to the Intermediate county final evaporate in a disastrous first half. It all started so positively with the Muskerry men scoring an early brace of points and looking to be very comfortable but in the 9th minute they conceded an unexpected goal when Mitchelstown midfielder David Dineen rooted the ball over the line. This shock goal did have a negative effect on the Gaeltacht side and gave an enormous boost to the winners but Cill na Martra managed to settle their nerves again and matched the North Cork men score for score and there was every indication that they could again get control. It was 1-3 to 0-5 after 17 minutes and no further score ensued to either side before the second game changing incident six minutes later when a Cill na Martra midfielder was red carded by referee Joe Larkin. This was a blow from which Cill na Martra never recovered and before half time they had conceded a further 1-3 without reply, to be 2-6 to 0-5 in arrears at the break and in an obviously serious situation. In the second half, numerically disadvantaged Cill na Martra were always playing catch-up and with no real chance of reining in the winners who finished strongly and were able to overcome the concession of a late goal, a smashing effort from Dan Ó Duinnín.
Cill na Martra were oozing confidence in the opening sequence and points from Mike Ó Deasúna and Dan Ó Duinnín were a reflection of their enterprising play. Then came the goal for Mitchelstown which was followed immediately by a point, but Dan Ó Duinnín kicked a point in reply to steady Cill na Marta nerves and when the now much improved North Cork men had two further points, Mike Ó Deasúna and Martin Ó Conchuir replied with fine points for Cill na Martra, to leave only a point between the sides. The sending off in the 23rd minute was followed by three points in a row for the Avondhu men as Cill na Martra struggled to get to grips with the cruel turn in their fortunes and their misery was complete when in time-added-on, Mitchelstown corner forward Cathal O’Mahony forced a ball over the goal line for a sickening score which gave his side a seven point interval lead.
Mitchelstown had increased their advantage to nine points within five minutes of the restart, with further points, before Shane Ó Duinnín had a much need point for Cill ina Martra in the 39th minute which was followed by two more from Martin Ó Conchuir and another from Daire Mac Lochlainn, to narrow the gap to five points by the 48th minute. Mitchelstown now needed a score to prevent doubt setting in and it came immediately and halted the Cill na Martra revival. Mitchelstown lost a defender to a black card offence, Dan Ó Duinnín pointing the resultant free, but hit back decisively with three points in a row to remove any doubt concerning the outcome. Dan Ó Duinnín’s goal in the 57th minute for Cill na Martra was a magnificent effort but Mitchelstown had the final say with a point from midfielder Dave Dineen, who finished with 1-3 to his credit, all from play.
Scorers: Mitchelstown: D Dineen 1-3, C O’Mahony 1-2, J Sheehan 0-3 (0-2f), S Walsh 0-2, P Magee, S Cahill and S Beston 0-1 each. Cill na Martra: D Ó Duinnín 1-2 (0-1f), M Ó Conchuir 0-3 (0-1f), M Ó Deasúna 0-2, D MacLochlainn, S Ó Céilleachair and S Ó Duinnín 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: James Aynsley: Antóin Ó Cuana, Graham Ó Mocháin, Daire MacLochlainn: Seán Ó Céilleachair, Danny Ó Conaill, Tadhg Ó Corcora: Gearóid Ó Goillidhe, Micheál ó Deasúna: Martín Ó Conchuir, Daniel Ó Duinnín, Colm Ó Laoire: Maidhicí Ó Duinnín, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Shane Ó Duinnín. Subs: Fionnbarra Ó hEaluithe h/t, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh 48, Marc Ó Goillidhe 59.

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Cill na Martra who have qualified for the County u21A Football final, defeating Clonakilty at Kilmichael ©Lee Valley Outlook

County U21 Football Championship

U21A F C 2 Mid Cork teams: Cill na Martra and Kilmurry
Semi Finals: Cill na Martra 3-11 Clonakilty 1-16: 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
Cill na Martra 3 – 11 Clonakilty 1 – 16
Cill na Martra got some compensation for the loss of their intermediates when their U21’s had a fine win over Clonakilty at Kilmichael in an exciting county semi final. Cill na Martra started sluggishly and found themselves three points in arrears after as many minutes but a goal from Dan Ó Duinnín in the 7th minute ignited Cill na Martra and after adding a point, they had a second goal, this one from a Mike Ó Deasúna penalty in the 10th minute, to lead by 2-1 to 0-3. Three further points made it 2-4 to 0-3 at the end of the opening quarter but Clonakilty steadied the ship and after scoring a brace of points, had a goal in the 21st minute to narrow the gap further. At 2-6 to 1-7, Clon were right back in contention in the 27th minute but two minutes later, Dan Ó Duinnin struck for his second goal and Cill na Martra were content, leading by 3-6 to 1-7 at the break.
In the second half, Cill na Martra maintained their advantage and led by 3-11 to 1-11 with ten minutes to go. Clonakilty staged a terrific rally in the closing stages and reined in the Cill na Martra lead point by point to leave only a point between the teams when the final whistle did eventually sound and left Cill na Martra through to their first ever county A final.
Cill na Martra scorers: D Ó Duinnín 2-3, M Ó Deasúna 1-4 (1-0 pen., 0-4f), D MacCarthaigh 0-2, C Ó Duinnín and D Ó hUrdail 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra; James Aynsley: Eoghan Ó Céilleachar, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh, Donagh Ó Riordáin: Tadgh Ó Corcora, Antóin Ó Cuana, Pádraig Ó Críodáin: Gearóid Ó Góilldhe, Michéal Ó Deasúna: Damien Ó h-Úrdáil, Gearóid Ó Faóláin, Seán Ó Foirréidh: Ciarán Ó Dúinnín, Dan Ó Duinnín, Dean MacCárthaigh. Subs: Seán Ó Cróinín 23, Criostóir Ó Meachair 36.

County Junior A Football Championship

(A) IVELEARY 3-10 Boherbue 1-12
(B) Buttevant 1-10 Knocknagree 2-19
(C) KILMURRY v Erin’s Own (Belgooly 0-4 Erins Own 0-12)
(D) Kilmacabea 0-16 Whites Cross 0-7
Semi-Finals: Iveleary 0-18 Knocknagree 2-13; Kilmurry or Erin’s Own v Kilmacabea
County quarter final: Iveleary 3 – 10 Boherbue 1 – 12
Iveleary gave Boherbue a six point early lead in the county quarter final at Millstreet but were in front by the break on a 2-3 to 1-5 scoreline, Chris Óg Jones from play and Brian Cronin from the penalty spot finding the net for the Muskerry side. After an exchange of points on the restart Cathal Vaughan gave Iveleary another boost with a fine goal and from there to the finish it was a case of Iveleary defending their lead. Boherbue, the Duhallow champions, got the gap down to two points, but late in the game Iveleary copper fastened their victory with poitds from Brian Cronib and Cathal Vaughan.
Iveleary scorers: C Óg Jones 1-4, B Cronin 1-2, (1-0 pen., 0-2 f), c Vaughan 1-2 (0-1’45’), B O’Leary 0-2.
Semi final: Knocknagree 2 – 13 Iveleary 0 – 18
A superb county junior football semi final at Millstreet on Saturday afternoon last ended with Mid Cork championship runners up Iveleary one point adrift of their Duhallow counterparts and by common consensus, desperately unlucky not to have gotten at least another chance of making their second county final in three years. The Fates were definitely not kind to the Muskerry men as they lost their star forward Cathal Vaughan to a recurring leg injury just a minute after the break and then three minutes later had their other top sharpshooter Brian Cronin black carded as he attempted to stop a Knocknagree attack. Despite these heavy blows, Iveleary managed to turn a two point interval deficit of 1-8 to 0-9 into a two point lead and when they conceded a second goal in the 49th minute and then went into a three point arrears, still had the courage to fight back to equality on two occasions but could not match a 61st minute Knocknagree point which brought the Duhallow men their ticket to the county final.
Iveleary will be understandably disappointed to have lost but they were magnificent in defeat and displayed tremendous courage all through the game. They had a smashing opening quarter and led by 0-5 to 0-1 before Knocknagree’s Anthony O’Connor hit them with 1-2 in three minutes to give his side a one point lead 1-3 to 0-5 after 18 minutes. Iveleary fought back and with Barry Murphy, Kevin Manning, Ciarán O’Riordan, Cathal Vaughan and Brian Cronin to the fore they regained the lead before conceding three late points which left Knocknagree in front by 1-8 to 0-9 at the break.
On the resumption, Iveleary lost Vaughan in less than a minute but points from Cronin and the O’Leary brothers, Seán and Barry had them in front by the minimum in the 34th minute. Then came the dismissal of Brian Cronin, black carded for a clumsy tackle from behind, but another Barry O’Leary point in the 43rd minute had them two points clear. Points were exchanged before Iveleary conceded a second goal in the 49th minute, Fintan O’Connor getting his fingers to an Anthony O’Connor fisted cross marginally before the advancing Joe Creedon but enough to guide the ball to the net. O’Connor added a point from a free and wing back Michael Mahoney had another but three Iveleary points in a row, two from substitute Ger McSweeney and another from a Chris Óg Jones free, had the sides level at 2-11 to 0-17 in the 56th minute. Anthony O’Connor edged his side back in front but goalkeeper Joe Creedon came up to fire a long range free over the bar to level matters again as the game went into injury time. From the kick out, Fintan O’Connor was at the end of a Knocknagree move and had space to pop the ball over the Iveleary cross bar from close range and this score proved to be the winner as both sides each missed a scoring chance before the final whistle.
Scorers: Iveleary: B Cronin and C Vaughan (0-1f) 0-4 each, B O’Leary and Ger McSweeney 0-3 each, B Murphy, S O’Leary, C Óg Jones (f) and J Creedon (f) 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: Ciarán Galvin for C Vaughan inj 31, Ger McSweeney for B Cronin b/c 34, Shane Galvin for P O’Riordan 40.

Junior B Football Championship

Quarter-Finals: (A) Imokilly v Carrigdhoun (B) Glengariffe 1-7 Grange 1-10 (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.
Quarter-Final replays: UCC 1-14 Sarsfields 0-18; Erin’s Own 4-12 Imokilly 1-22
Semi-Finals: Imokilly 1-24 Sarsfields 2-21 draw; Blackrock 0-21 Na Piarsaigh 2-14
Final; Blackrock v Imokilly or Sarsfields
S H Relegation Playoff Semi-Finals: St Finbarrs v Youghal; Ballyhea 3-12 Carrigtwohill 2-17
Muskerry Senior Hurlers: Muskerry have 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.
Semi Finals: Mallow v Cloyne; Kanturk v Ballinhassig
Final; Kanturk 0-17 Mallow 1-12
P I H C Relegation Playoff
(A) Watergrasshill 1-19 Inniscarra 0-18: (B) Castlelyons 2-18 Tracton 1-15. Last Two: Inniscarra and Tracton

Intermediate Hurling Championship

6 Mid Cork teams: Aghabullogue, Ballincollig, Dripsey, Éire Óg, Grenagh, Inniscarra 2nds.
Semi Finals:Ballincollig 1-15 Éire Óg 1-17; Mayfield 0-11 Aghada 1-23
Final: Éire Óg v Ághada
Éire Óg 1 – 17 Ballincollig 1 – 15
There was a very big crowd present at Coachford for this much anticipated local derby in the county semi final and the attendance saw a close encounter that could have gone either way. Éire Óg started well and led early on but a Dave Bowen goal for Ballincollig put ‘the Village’ in the lead. Within minutes Daniel Goulding set up by Brian Hurley, had an Eire Óg goal and after the opening quarter it was level at 1-3 apiece. It was still very tight in the second quarter but two late points edged Éire Óg in front on a 1-7 to 1-5 interval scoreline.
The second half saw Éire Óg forcing the pace but being held in check constantly and it was still level just after the three quarter stage at 1-10 each. Ballincollig went in front, but Éire Óg fought back to level matters at 1-13 each and Éire Óg finished strongly with Kevin Hallissey, Colm O’Callaghan and Eoin O’Shea on target and heading for Páirc Ui Chaoimh and the county final clash with Aghada on October 22nd next.
Scorers; Éire Óg: K Hallissey 0-9 (0-5f, 0-1’65’), D Goulding 1-0, E O’Shea 0-3, C O’Callaghan and P McDonagh 0-2 each, J Cooper 0-1. Ballincollig: D Bowen 1-4 (0-3f), C Dorgan 0-6 (0-4f), E Hegarty 0-2, I Coughlan, L Fahy and S Coughlan 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: Dylan Desmond: Aidan O’Connor, John Kelleher, Paul Kirwan: Brian Corcoran, Dermot O’Herlihy, D McCarthy: John Cooper, Dan O’Connor: Alan O’Mahony, Kevin Hallissey, Eoin O’Shea: Paul McDonagh, Daniel Goulding, Brian Hurley. Subs: Colm O’Callaghan 47, Keith O’Riordan 55, Cian O’Mahony 59.
Ballincollig: R Cambridge: Conor Sexton, James O’Leary, R O’Donovan: Rory O’Doherty, Liam Jennings, Ciarán O’Sullivan: Cian Dorgan, Colin Moore: David Bowen, Eoin Hegarty, Conor Kinsella: Seán Walsh, Ian Coughlan, Robbie Bourke. Subs: Luke Fahy h/t, Stephen Coughlan 40, Peter O’Neill 56.
I H C Relegation Playoff Round 1
(A) DRIPSEY 1–15 Ballygarvan 2–12 draw, 4-121 to 1-11 replay (B) Carrigaline v Meelin
(C) Grenagh 2-20 Ballymartle 1-6, (D) St Finbarrs 1-24 INNISCARRA 1-10
Relegation Semi-Finals: Ballygarvan v Losers of B: Ballymartle 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 1-17 BLARNEY 1-14
(K) Erins Own 3-12 Killeagh/Ita's 4-16 L - Ballymartle a bye
Round 2 (losers round) Ballymartle 1-14 Ballinhassig 1-12; BLARNEY 2-20 Carrigaline 1-14; Courceys 1-19 Newcestown 2-12; St Finbarrs 1-11 Bishopstown 0-11; Na Piarsaigh 1-18 Midleton 1-11; Erin’s Own v Glen Rovers
Inter-Divisions U21 'A' Hurling Championship

Quarter-Final: Carbery v Imokilly
Semi-Finals Fermoy 0-28 Na Piarsaigh 1-0-7; INNISCARRA v Carbery/Imokilly
Inter- Divisions U21 'B' Hurling Championship Quarter-Final
GRENAGH 2-12 Doheny’s 1-9
Semi-Finals Avondhu v Grenag; Lisgoold 1-17 Tracton 0-13

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 Balinascarthy 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 0-17 Kilbrin 2-10 (C) Brian Dillons 1-19 Dromina 0-9; (D) Ballyhooly 0-14 Nemo Rangers 0-17
Semi-Finals: St Catherine’s v Russell Rovers; Brian Dillons v Nemo Rangers

Junior B Hurling Championship (Inter-Division)

Quarter-Finals (A) Sarsfields 1-29 Valley Rovers 1-8 (B) Newmarket 1-14 Randal Óg 2-6 (C)Killavullen 1-17 Whites Cross 0-7 (D) BLARNEY a bye
Semi-Finals Sarsfields v Newmarket: Killavullen v Blarney

Mid Cork Farho Under 21 A Hurling Championship

Semi finals: Cloughduv 0-11 Éire Óg 1- 20, Aghabullogue 2-7 Inniscarra 1-13
Final: Inniscarra 0-19 Éire Óg 0-13
Aghabullogue 2-7 Inniscarra 1-13
The conditions for the Farho heating Muskerry Under 21 Hurling Championship semi final were most unpleasant at Clougduv. The rain poured down throughout the game making it difficult to play attractive hurling but it is to the teams’ credit however that they managed to produce an entertaining hours competitive game.
Inniscarra always appeared to be the side with the greater potential but inaccurate shooting hindered them, 13 wides to 4 for Aghabullogue. Inniscarra got off to a good start when points from play from Podge O’ Donoghue and Tomás O’Connor were followed by one from Sean O’ Donoghue from a free. Aghabullogue defence was defending well in front of outstanding goalkeeper Ian Barry Murphy, back in action after a serious injury. Two pointed frees from Matt Bradley were a boost to Aghabullogue but as Sean O’Donoghue was on target from three frees for ‘Scarra, there was daylight between the sides with Inniscarra now leading 0-7 to 0-2. Aghabullogue fought back well however and they were back in the game when in the 16th minute Mathew Bradley created an opening for Dan Ó Duinnín who duly dispatched the sliotar to the Inniscarra net. Bradley brought Aghabullogue even closer from a free but in the run up to half time Inniscarra again consolidating their position however and they led at the interval 0-10 to 1-3 and they were still shaping as likely victors.
Points by Matt Bradley from frees in the 33rd and 35th minutes kept Aghabullogue’s hopes alive however and an exchange of points between Andrew McCarthy and David Thompson still left the issue delicately poised as the final quarter approached. Sean O’Donoghue set up a goal opportunity for full forward Stephen Dornan who confidently blasted to the net. Within two minutes Dan Ó Duinnín got through for his second gopal, Bradley quickly followed with a point from a free so the minimum separated the sides as the game was finishing on a very exciting note. Inniscarra’s greater strength enabled them to go on the offensive at a very vital stage and had points from Tomas O’Connor and a Sean O’Donoghue free. Inniscarra subsequently failed on two occasions to clinch victory and Aghabullogue had a late chance to snatch an equalising goal from the free but Inniscarra lined the goal well and denied them.
Scorers: Inniscarra: Sean O’ Donoghue 0-8 (0-7f), S Dornan 1-0, T O’Connor 0-3, P O’Donoghue and A McCartyhy 0-1 each. Aghabullogue; D Ó Duinnín 2-0, M Bradley 0-6 (0-5f), D Thompson 0-1.
Inniscarra: David Óg Coleman, James Buckley, Bryan O’Mahony, Ciarán Lombard, Jack Harrington, David O’Carroll, Con O’Leary, Liam Ryan, Andrew McCarthy, Tomas O’Connor, Sean O’Donoghue, Podge O’Donoghue, Owen McCarthy, Stephen Dornan, Michael O’Connell.
Aghabullogue; Ian Barry Murphy, Tadg O’Corcora, Dermot O’Callaghan, Seán Ó Foirréidh, John Lynch, Sean O’Connell, Sean Lane, David Thompson, Niall Barry Murphy, Paul Ring, Dan Ó Dunnín, Aodhán Healy, Denis Desmond, Matthew Bradley, Tom Long. Subs: Cian Ó Foirréidh 41, Liam Twohig 48. Ref.: Colm O’Mocháin, Uuas., Cill Na Martra.
Inniscarra 0-19 Éire Óg 0-13

The Farho Intelligent Heating Muskerry under 21 Hurling Championship final was decided at Cloughduv. Inniscarra were the favoured team and they were deserving victors over an enthusiastic Eire Óg side. Inniscarra took the lead in the third minute and they stayed ahead for the reminder of the game but could not be assured of victory until very late in the game.
Following Andrew McCarthy’s opening point, Inniscarra consolidated their position with Tomás O’Connor, Michael O’Connell and Sean O’Donoghue all scoring before eight minutes had elapsed. Eire Óg then got more into the game and a John Cooper point from play and one from an Eoin O’Shea free raised their hopes. Andrew McCarthy was on target from an Inniscarra free in the 21st minute but Eire Óg stayed very much in touch when Eoin O’Shea and Brian Hurley both from frees raised white flags. Innsicarra finished the first period strongly however with points from Sean O’Donoghue and Stephen Dornan and led 0-8 to 0-4 at the short whistle.
Another point from an O’Donoghue free in the 31st minute suggested that Innsicarra were going to drive on but Eire Óg had a very good third quarter. Eoin O Shea was on target from four long range frees and he also raised a flag from play while Inniscarra’s only reply was a point from Tomas O Connor. Only a single point separated the teams as the final quarter commenced but Inniscarra certainly had the edge for the reminder of the game. Their defenders were uncompromising while Sean O Donoghue and Tomás O Connor were on target and Inniscarra led 0-17 to 0-13 when the time added on period commenced and further points from Owen Mc Carthy and Sean O Donoghue clinched victory.
Scorers: Inniscarra: Sean O Donoghue 0-10, (0-9 f). Tomas O Connor 0-4, Andrew Mc Carthy 0-2 frees, Michael O Connell, Stephan Dornan and Owen McCarthy 0-1 each.
Eire Óg: Eoin O Shea 0-9 (0-7 f) John Cooper 0-2 Keith O’Riordan and Brian Hurley (f) 0-1 each.
Inniscarra: Dave Óg Coleman, James Buckley, Bryan O’Mahony, Ciarán Lombard, Jack Harrington, Dave O’Carroll, Con O’Leary, Liam Ryan, Andrew McCarthy, Podge O’Donoghue, Sean O’Donoghue, Tomás O’Connor, Owen McCarthy, Stephen Dornan, Michael O’Connell. Subs: Danny O’Herlihy 53; Liam Buckley 57, Gordon Desmond 58.
Éire Óg: Dylan Desmond, Matt Brady, Brian Corcoran, Paul Kirwan, Ross McCarthy, John Mullins, Darrgh McCarthy, John Cooper, Diarmuid Dineen, Keith O’Riordan, Denny Murphy, Colum O’Callaghan, Eoin O’Shea, Eoin Kelleher, Brian Hrley. Subs: Cathal Mullins 47, David Kirwan 52, Adam O’Riordan 55, Chris Kelly 56. Referee: Mr Ger Ahern, Canovee.

County League Finals & Knockout Stages

Red FM Senior Hurling League Quarter-Finals: Killeagh v Newtownshandrum. Na Piarsaigh v Sarsfields
Semi-Finals: Erin’s Own v Killeagh/ Newtownshandrum; Glen Rovers v Na Piarsaigh/ Sarsfields
Division 1 Hurling League
Final: Charleville v Fr. O’Neill’s/ Kilworth/Courcey Rovers (playoff required)
Division 2 Hurling League Final: Castlelyons v Watergrasshill
Division 3 Hurling League Final: Ballincollig v Dungourney
Division 4 Hurling League Final: Sarsfields v Mayfield
Junior A Hurling League Semi-Finals: Cloughduv, Lisgoold, St. Ita’s, Erin’s Own (draw to determine pairings)
Junior B Hurling League Final: Killavullen v Killeagh

Rochestown Park Hotel Division 1 Football League

Semi-Finals: Ballincollig v Valley Rovers; Carbery Rangers v Clonakilty
Division 2 Football League Final: Cill na Martra v Macroom
Division 3 Football League Final: Newmarket v Aghabullogue
Division 4 Football League Final: Bandon v Castletownbere
Division 5 Football League Final: Grenagh v Gabriel Rangers
Junior A Football League Semi-Finals: Knocknagree v Boherbue; Canovee v Iveleary
Junior B Football League Final: St. John’s v Cobh


Meath 0-10 Cork 0-7
Cork lost to Meath the replay of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Final. Cork clocked up three points in the first six minutes with the wind behind them. Keeva McCarthy scored three stunning points from frees for the Leesiders as they moved 0-5 to 0-1 ahead by the 17th minute. They only managed another two by the interval however and were held scoreless for 30 minutes. Some injudicious shooting contributed to that but Meath improved as they battened down the hatches in defence and took the battle to Cork. The sides were level within seven minutes of the restart and Meath, who had definitely wrested control with the elements in their favour, stretched clear. McCarthy gave Cork some hope with another pointed free but the Rebels never looked like chiselling out the goal they needed to avoid a second consecutive final defeat.
Scorers for Cork: K McCarthy 0-5(fs); C Sugrue, K Hickey 0-1 each
Cork: A Lee, S Harrington, L Weste, N Ní Chaoimh, R Kileen, S Buckley, L Callanan, F Neville, J Barry, K Hickey, K McCarthy, M McCarthy, R O’Shea, L Collins, C Sugrue. Subs: My Lynch for Kileen (41), M Buckley for Sugrue (58), S Fahy for O’Shea (60).
2017 All Star Nominations. All Ireland Senior Camogie Champions, Cork, figure prominently among the nominations for the 2017 All Stars, with 11 Cork names on the list. Aoife Murray is nominated as Goalkeeper. Full back nominees are Rena Buckley and Laura Treacy; Half Backs, Pamela Mackey, Gemma O’Connor and Eimear O’Sullivan; Mid-field, Aishling Thompson and Forwards, Orla Cronin, Orla Cotter, Katrina Mackey and Amy O’Connor and Manager of the Year nominee, Paudie Murray. Defeated finalists, Kilkenny, have nine nominees. Rena Buckley and Ashling Thompson, Cork and Anne Dalton, Kilkenny have been shortlisted for the Camogie Association/ WGPA Player of the Year Award.

Ladies Football

Mourneabbey 5 – 7 St. Val’s 1 – 9
St. Val’s lost out to Mourneabbey in the Cork Senior Football Championship final at CIT on October 8. St. Val’s had dominated County football for many years, but now it is Mourneabbey who have earned four in a row. St. Val’s had a lot of Lee Valley players, who have given sterling service to club and county over the years. Beidh lá eile acu.
St. Val’s. M. O’Sullivan, C. Hughes, C. Ambrose, A. Kelleher, Jenny Brew Dinan, Brid Stack, Marie Ambrose, Louise Cohalan, S. Cotter, C. Nevin, Vera Foley, C. McCarthy, Joanne Down, Mairead Corkery, Nicola Dennehy. Subs. Sinead Plunkett, A Corkery.

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Éire Óg who were crowned 2017 Under 12A County Camogie Champions, defeating Sarsfields ©

County for Éire Óg

Éire Óg 4:09 Sarsfields 02:03.
Éire Óg were crowned Under 12A county camogie champions when they defeated a highly fancied Sarsfields on September 23. Éire Óg travelled to Ballinlough with a squad of 20 fit players and the unfortunate Kira O’Leary whose season has been blighted with repeated injury. Éire Óg had the wind in the first half and showed their intent from the start. Laoise Murphy, having received an excellent pass from Ciara O’Brien, buried the ball in the back of the net. Further points were tagged on by Grainne O’Mahony and Edel Sheehan before Laoise Murphy crashed home her second goal. Éire Óg were dominant all over the pitch, with sterling displays from Ellen O’Leary, Aine Larkin, Grace O’Brien, Emily Cremin, Leigh Coakley, Abi Mullins and in particular, Shauna Sheehan who went on to receive “Player of the Match”. Éire Óg enjoyed a comfortable 8 point lead at half time. With the wind to their back in the second half, Sars scored an early goal but Éire Óg responded with a goal from an Orlaith Cremin long range free. Ella Buttimer, Meave McGoldrick, Shannon Niesen, Ella Scanlon and Rebecca Kearns caused problems in attack and with Shauna Sheehan dominant in defence, the Sarsfields threat diminished. Maria O’Donovan’s fabulous overhead flick to the net meant that the game was all but over. The heavens opened for the closing stages of the match but it was Éire Óg who poured forward and tagged on a few more points to run out comfortable winners on a score line of 04:09 to 02:03. Captain fantastic Ciara O’Brien received the cup to rapturous applause from a large crowd of supporters.
Éire Óg Team. Ellen O'Leary, Maria O'Donovan, Grace O'Brien, Shauna Sheehan, Gráinne O'Mahony, Edel Sheehan, Abi Mullins, Ciara O'Brien, Laoise Murphy, Aine Larkin ,Leigh Emily Cremin,Shannon Niesen, Kate Murphy, Rebecca Kearns, Ella Buttimer, Meabh McGoldrick,Ella Scanlan Orlaith Cremin Ruby Halligan Kira O’Leary.

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Laochra Óg u12 camogie team with their County medals ©

Laochra Óg

Laochra Óg u8 boys played Kilmichael in three games and won two, with lots of skills being displayed. Friday 13th is the final training session for this season from 6 to 7, with Cork senior hurler Shane Kingston visiting. Laochra Óg u10 girls played 3 games against St. Colum’s and showed great progress. Thanks to all team sponsor; to Michel and Nora McCarthy for the use of Teerbeg and the parents for bringing the girls and for their support.
50/50 Draw winner was Sheila Hartnett who won €405 and the sellers prize went to Derry Murphy. The 50/50 lotto is one year on with €11,800 in prize money paid out so far. Donal and Susan Mulcahy have kindly sponsored our new tickets and have already sponsored club jerseys. Next draw is on October 22nd.
A.G.M 2017 is on Friday 3rd of November at 8 : 30 p.m. in Clondrohid Community Hall. Parents/ Guardians, players and new members are all welcome and encouraged to attend.

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Macroom U-10s, winners of Padraig Dervin Blitz in Castle Grounds, Macroom ©Con Kelleher

Macroom Juvenile G.A.A.

Hugo Casey Cup. The U-12s will run their annual blitz on October 14th and the Hugo Casey Cup will be presented to the winning team. 4 teams will participate and the competition begins at 12 noon in the Tom Creedon Park.
Fund-Raising Walk. A good crowd took part in the walk to the Weirs and back, and a substantial sum of money was generated. Concubhar Murray was the main organiser and he got great help.
Club Leagues for the U-7s to U-14s will be played under lights in the Castle Grounds on October 18th – older group(s) – and Friday 20th for the younger lads. Alan O’Shea is the lead person and it is hoped to recruit current older players to manage the various sides. Please contact Alan or Diarmuid Holland if interested in helping.
Diary. Sat. 14th : The ‘Hugo Casey’ Cup/U-12 Blitz
U-7s/U-8s in monster blitz in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Club Leagues on 18th and 20th of October under lights in Castle Grounds.
A.G.M in November, date not set.

Macroom Ladies

Macroom Minors lost to Naomh Abán in the League, having performed very well. U8s and U10s were presented with their medals recently. In order to raise funds for the club, we are collecting clothes for recycling. Please bag old or unwanted clothing and bring it along to any training session.
U15 Mid Cork Development Academy training concluded in Macroom with coaching team, Noel Twomey, Ken Whelan and Martin O'Brien. There are lots of photos from the last training session on the Macroom Ladies Football Facebook page. Our new Macroom Ladies Football Club jerseys will have their first wear in the league semi-final against Ballyphehane. We wish our ladies the very best of luck as always.

Macroom FC

Schoolgirls Round Up: The Under 14 girls have had a solid start to their league season. Their first outing was an excellent away win over Douglas Hall and this was followed up with victory over visitors Leeside. These two wins represent more good progress and hopes will be high that the team can continue in this rich vein of form.
The U12 side, under the management of Tim Murphy, played their first competitive game v Ballincollig and were defeated 5-1. This result did not reflect the story of the game as Macroom played really well and were unfortunate not to be closer at the final whistle. Next up was a trip to play Mallow Utd and another great performance brought success for the team on a 4-1 scoreline. Overall it has been another encouraging start for Macroom FC schoolgirls teams.
Academy: The Academy U10 side welcomed Strand Utd to Murrayfield and played a number of highly entertaining games. These non competitive small sided games (which include U7 to U11) are aimed at encouraging young players to use the ball intelligently and not to fear expressing themselves when they have the ball. The non competitive ethos also encourages more enjoyment and removes the 'win at all costs' mentality. Also, official ball weights are now lighter. The theory behind this is that the ball will travel to where the kicker expects whereas a heavier ball will stop prematurely, thus frustrating the player. There are also 'retreat lines' on the pitch. This means when a team have a goal kick, the opposing team must retreat back the pitch behind their retreat line which is approximately one third of the length of the pitch. With space and free players in front of the goalkeeper and defenders, they will develop a good habit of looking to pass the ball instead of playing it aimlessly upfield. All of these directives have come from the FAI player development plan under the stewardship of High Performance Director Ruud Dokter.
Adults: Macroom A entertained Carrigtwohill Utd in the 2nd round of the Munster Junior Cup at Murrayfield, recording a comprehensive 5-1 win. Keith Holden was in great form notching a hat trick while Andrew Hegarty and Robert Healy were also on target. Macroom A begin their Premier A league campaign this Sunday with a home fixture v Greenwood (Murrayfield 10.45am).
Schoolboys: The U16s travelled to Carrigaline Hibs and won 2-1 in the National Cup 2nd round. Pawel Osnowski had Macroom one up at the half time whistle. Several chances to extend the lead were missed before Carrigaline equalised with ten minutes remaining. Then, Eoin Guiney was the visitors' hero, when he struck with an overhead kick with time almost up. Another fine outing and safe passage to round 3.
The U14s entertained Springfield Ramblers in the National Cup in what was a completely one sided affair. Sean Murphy, Jack Martin, Daire McMahon, Mark Hunt and Ryan Leahy all scored two goals while Brian Healy got the other in a facile 11-0 victory.
Church Gate Collection. The club would like to express its thanks to all who contributed to the recent church gate collection. All funds raised will help greatly with day to day running costs of our extremely busy club.

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Colette O’Donovan (sponsor)presents the OzEire Perpetual Trophy to Macroom Seniors, Andrew Nolan, John Purcell and Michael Dwyer, winning team, Included are Donal Ahern, President and Tom Fitzgerald, Captain, Macroom Golf Club ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Golf Club

Results. Week 1. 1st Oct 2017 Chairman's Team Event First Donal Ahern 13 Adrian Murphy 15 Andrew F. Murphy 20 65pts Second Kevin Sheehan 2 Terence Sheehan 15 Tony Sheehan 19 62pts Third Tim O'Callaghan 11 Joe Courtney 11 Christy Naughton 16 60pts Mixed Patrick Fitton 10 Bernie Mc Grath 14 Pat Fitton 17 58pts Ladies Ber O'Shea 9 Eileen Kelly 23 Maura Forde 24 52pts Best Thu Flor Mc Carthy 14 Michael Kelleher 17 Liam Nash 19 60pts Best Fri Leo Goold 9 Kevin Hinchion 13 Michael Kelleher 17 58pts Best Sat P. Kavanagh 10 Mahon G Mc Sweeney 23 Mahon Jessica Kavanagh 16 Mahon 59pts Best Sun James Neville 11 Michael Shine 11 Owen Mc Carthy 13 60pts Nearest Pin 6th Michael Kelleher Nearest Pin 13th John C. Lynch (Blarney) Well done all.
Week 2. Thursday Open : David Hayes(17) 34pts
Christmas Hamper: 1st Terence Sheehan(15) 41pts 2nd Edmond Neville(14) 41pts 3rd: John B O'Sullivan(11) 40pts Best Gross: Leonard Waugh(1) 38pts Senior : James O'Leary(15) 38pts
Fixtures: Thurs 12th Open Singles s/f. 14/15th Club Singles s/f