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Carrigaphooka Castle in November ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Fleadh Tea Party – fundraising - in Laine Bar, Ballinagree, Fri Nov. 24th at 8 pm.
Masseytown Community Group table quiz in Mary Anne's on Fri Nov 24th at 9pm.
Concert for Simon at The Mills Inn, Ballyvourney at 9 p.m. on Fri. 24th of Nov.
Cill na Martra GAA American Tea Party in the Abbey Hotel on Sat 25 Nov at 8pm .
Kilnamartyra Parish Bazaar Sun. Nov. 26th at 2 p.m. in the Ionad Pobal.
Shane Murphy Memorial Poc Fada on Sun Nov 26th at 12 noon in Clondrohid
Kilmichael Ambush Commemoration on Sun Nov 26th at ambush site at 1:30pm.
Alleluia! Hymns; on Sun. Nov. 26th in St. Colman’s church Macroom at 7p.m.
Éigse Diarmuidín i gCúil Aodha agus Baile Mhúirne, Samhain 30 - 3 Nollag.
Macroom G.A.A. Club Juvenile A.G.M. 1/12/2017 at 7.45 p.m. in Club Pavilion.
Kilmurry G.A.A. A.G.M. Fri .1st Dec @ 8 p.m. in Kilmurry G.A.A. Complex.
Rusheen NS Annual Christmas market Sun. 3rd Dec. in Aghinagh G.A.A. Hall at 11.45 a.m.
Donoughmore Macra coffee morning, Sun Dec 3rd after 11:30am Mass, in Donoughmore hall.
Masseytown Community Group turning on of Christmas lights on Sun Dec 3rd at 5pm.
Muskerry Local History Society Talk - Cork City before 1916 - at Ballincollig Rugby Club on Mon 4th Dec. at 8p.m.
Kilmurry Active Retirement. Christmas Ready Ideas, Tues Dec 5th @ 7.30 in Museum.
Senior Citizen Christmas Tea Party on Wed. Dec. 6th in Fr. Ryan Hall at 8.30pm.
Kilmichael Ambush - An Illustrated Talk at Coppeen, on Wed 6th Dec at 8.30p.m.
Santa at the Mills Inn Dec. 7 – 10; 14 – 17; 19 – 23.
Macroom Illumination and Christmas Market Fri. Dec. 8 at 7p.m.
CCM Active Retired bus to High Kings, INEC Killarney, Sat. Dec.9.
‘The Wizard of Oz’ on Dec 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th in Coachford G.A.A. Hall at 8p.m.
Macroom Special Street Market in the Town Square, Tues. Dec. 12.
Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner on Thurs Dec 14th at Riverside Park Hotel at 2.00pm
Santa on Horseback in Carriganima, Sun, Dec 17, at 3pm.
Inchigeela Bingo every Sat. night at 8.30pm in the Hall.
Cuidiú coffee morning on the 2nd Wed. of the month, 10:30-12:30 in Macroom GAA pavilion.

LVEB Events
Alleluia! In St. Colman’s Church, Macroom, Sun Nov 26th. 7p.m.
Ruaile Buaile Sat. Dec. 2nd at 10p.m.
Cinderella! at Riverside Park Hotel Fri Jan 5th at 7.30pm. Sat Jan 6th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Sun Jan 7th at 2.30pm.
Macroom Library
Story time; Sat. Nov. 25 and Dec 2 at 12 noon.
Ciorcal Cainte; Thurs. Nov. 23rd and Dec. 7th at 11.30 a.m.
Primary Schools quiz in McEgan College on Wed 29th Nov at 3.45.
Children’s Bookclub Sat Dec 2nd at 3 p.m.
Adult Bookclub; Wed 6th Dec at 11.30.
Gramophone Circle; Fri. Dec. 8 at 11a.m. with Mary Curtin. Members’ choice.
Art exhibition; by Ann O'Sullivan students from Nov. 3.

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Macroom Updates

Christmas in Macroom

The traditional Christmas Shopping Day, December 8, is falling well this year - on a Friday - making for a long weekend for many. Macroom will get into the festive spirit when the magnificent Christmas lights are switched on and the Christmas tree is illuminated by 2017 Flower of Macroom, Laura Creedon, Cill na Martra, at 7p.m. The Lee Valley Enterprise Board has organised a Christmas Street Market, with food stalls, Arts and Crafts galore, a carousel, Disney characters, disco music, Dynamic Show Band etc. Many Macroom shops will be open late and offer special discounts up to 20% on December 8 and 9. Shoppers in Macroom over the next weeks will get free raffle tickets from LVEB businesses and there will be draws for ten €50 vouchers on December 8 and 20.
Blarney/ Macroom Municipal District Council is promoting a Special Christmas Market in the Town Square on Tuesday, December 12.

Active Retired Christmas

Macroom Senior Citizens fundraising Christmas Cards are for sale in shops around the Lee Valley. These cards shown hand painted images of Christmas and are very popular each year, with each pack containing 10 cards for only €5. We would like to thank the Sullane Art Group who organise the printing and distribution of these cards for us each year. Our Christmas Tea Party takes place on Wednesday December 6th in Fr. Ryan Hall at 8.30pm. Tickets for this event are €10 and for further details, contact Evelyn Mc Sweeney, Middle Square, Macroom. This is a very enjoyable night where people meet and have a chat and the night will finish a musical recital.
Macroom Senior Citizens/Active Retired Annual Christmas Dinner takes place on Thursday December 14th at Riverside Park Hotel. Dinner at 2.00pm will be followed with a dance and social evening. Tickets costing €25 can be purchased from Evelyn Mc Sweeney, Middle Square, Macroom phone 026/41070.

Christmas Flowers

Macroom Flower & Garden Club hosted its Annual Charity Floral Demonstration at Coolcower House recently. The AOIFA Demonstrator was Ann O Hara from Nenagh, and her presentation was entitled “The bells ring out for Christmas Day”. Ann is well known in the Irish Association of Floral Artists, and has graced the stage at World shows in Japan, New Zealand and South Africa. This was her second visit to Macroom and her talent and charm has remained superb. Her exhibits were well chosen, using wonderful plant material and flowers. The event was supporting West Cork Rapid Response. Chairperson Winifred Lynch welcomed all in attendance and introduced Dr. Meg MacConaill who gave a brief outline on behalf of the Charity. Then it was over to the Christmas Demonstration which was welcomed in a style that was truly ‘show- stopping’. At the interval cameras were in action to capture the theme while committee members were busy preparing for a Draw and Raffle. The finale had ‘the bells’ ringing. Proceedings concluded with President Eileen Kelly proposing a vote of thanks to Ann O Hara for a most entertaining evening. The officers wish to thank all who attended and supported this Annual event, to visiting Club members who travelled long distances, and to Bernie O’Callaghan and staff of Coolcower House for their warm welcome and hospitality.

Cathy Scannell -charity upholsterer.

By Con Kelleher
For 35 years Cathy Scannell worked as a mid-wife in the Erinville and Cork University Maternity Hospitals. She retired in 2012 and since then has had to find ways to fill her time usefully. One of the activities she has taken up is upholstery. Recently she told me about her new hobby. She got the idea when visiting Nazareth House about 3 years ago, saw a need for stools and has been busy since.
One of Cathy’s favourite subjects in school was ‘Arts and Crafts’ and she now has an opportunity to use the skills then acquired. Cathy gets the timber pieces cut and assembles the frames by hand. She then tops them with foam and covers them with the loveliest of material. She makes about 2 per month and has completed more than thirty to date. For the most part, she makes them to order and the client chooses the material. Her grandmother, Maria Scannell, had a shop in Ballymakeera and Cathy used to go there as a child. On one occasion she tried to parcel an item but did not do too well. Her grandmother gently showed her how to do it properly and advised her ‘If something is worth doing, it is worth doing it well’. This is a lesson Cathy has not forgotten.
When finished, the stools are sold and the money raised is donated to charity. Beneficiaries so far are Nazareth House, Cork Arc House Services and its Kerry equivalent. These items are rapidly becoming collectors’ items and are really exquisite pieces. Coming from a well known Ballyvourney family that has given great service to the parish and the area, Cathy continues that tradition and hopes to be busy for the foreseeable future. In a novel way Cathy has discovered how to keep herself busy, use her talents, produce lovely furniture and benefit very worthy charities. Well done Cathy and we wish you every success for the future

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Gillian Kelleher, Macroom Library, at Macroom Citizens Information event for Over 60s ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Library

Gramophone: Teresa Tangney and Mary McSweeney presented our November music morning on Friday 10th. Teresa did the first half, opening with Brinidisi from La Traviata and finishing with ‘Come back to Sorrento’ sung by Andrea Bocelli. In between came such favourites as Susan Boyle’s version of ‘I Dreamed a Dream,’ which we all remember so well from her X Factor audition, and Sean Ó Riada and Ceoltóirí Chualann sa Gaiety. Following the break, Mary McSweeney took up her position beside Eddie Hogan who was doing the tracking as per usual. Unfortunately for Mary, the music centre decided to misbehave and refused to play further than 30 seconds into any piece of music. Mary herself saved the day though by going quickly home and returning with her own CD player! , So the music continued albeit 15 minutes or so behind schedule. Among Mary’s selection was Jardins sans la Pluie by Debussy and Lullaby –Lady Macfarren sung by Macroom’s own Rita Lynch. We apologise to Mary for the ordeal we put her through and promise to have the music centre in working order for Friday 8th December when the group next meets. For that we will have John Vahey to thank as he is going to examine it for us. Mary Curtin will present members’ choice on the 8th. Would attendees please bring along a favourite CD, Christmassy or otherwise, and mark the track they want played?
Our next Ciorcal Cainte takes place on Thursday 23rd November at 11.30 for an hour. Everybody is welcome. Tá failte roimh gach éinne. Bíonn comhrá ginearálta ar siúl agus cupán tae ar fáil. All levels of Irish catered for. Bain triail as. Ná bíodh eagla ort. In December, Mí na Nollag, the Ciorcal Cainte date is December 7th.
The Annual Primary Schools quiz will take place in McEgan College on Wednesday 29th November at 3.45. All schools in the area have been notified and invited to send a team of 4 from any class. There is a cup for the winners and plaques for second and third placed teams. All members of the winning teams get a medal also. We hope to be finished by 5.15. There is no eating allowed in the school. Thanks in advance for your co- operation in this matter. Parents are welcome to stay during the quiz.
Storytime for 3-8 year olds will be on Saturdays Nov. 25th and Dec. 2nd. It will be conducted by a member of staff and last between 30 and 45 minutes.
Children’s Bookclub is on Saturday December 2nd at 3 p.m. for 45 minutes. Don’t forget to think up a book club name guys, a character from a book that you would like to be. There is space for one more boy, 9-12 if anyone is interested and we would like an enthusiastic reader who would like to meet other kids who love reading too. We apologise for the cancellation last month.
Bookclub; Wednesday 6th December at 11.30. The current book is ‘One Breath Away’ by Heather Goodenkauf. Early reports are that it’s a good one!
The closing date for inclusion on the voting register is Friday November 25th. If you have moved house or turned 18 you can check if you are on the current register here in Macroom library. We have the paper version or the paper or you can check it online. We have the form you need to fill out and send to the Franchise Section, County Hall. If you are later than the 25th the supplementary register is your only hope of getting to vote in the various referenda promised for 2018.

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Preparing for ‘Alleluia’ in Macroom Church on Sunday, Nov. 26 at 7p.m. ©Con Kelleher


St Colman’s Church, Macroom will play host to the sensational Alleluia! Hymns Celebrating the Faith of Our Fathers on Sunday November 26that 7p.m. This follows on a very successful inaugural concert in Cork’s Everyman theatre and another at the North Cathedral in Cork. Starring Linda Kenny (soprano) and Ryan Morgan (Tenor), it will also feature Macroom Church Choir, Canovee Church Choir, Briery Gap Mixed Choir and St Joseph’s Primary School Choir and the Alleluia musicians (under MD Alan Carney). It promises to be a truly magical night.
Sunday 26th November, St. Colman’s Church, 7pm. Tickets €15 available at Box Office, The Square, Macroom and 026 41174, 087/1663395 and from Evelyn McSweeney, South Square Macroom, 026 41070.

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Derry Casey and Frank Casey of Philmac Ltd. Wilton presenting a set of jerseys to De la Salle Macroom Principal, John Murphy. Also included are students James O'Mullane and Dylan Twomey. ©An Scoil

De La Salle Updates.

Mental Health. From November 13th to 15th a campaign in relation to positive mental health and wellbeing was held in De la Salle College to highlight the value of a positive attitude to life and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. First & Second Year students had the opportunity to listen to the inspirational story of Donal Walsh delivered by his father, Finbarr, founder of livelifefoundation. Speakers from Cuan Mhuire told their stories of coping with addiction and the impact it had on their lives. The students participated in boot camps and walks and were given presentations on healthy eating. There was also a competition for the best poster promoting Positive Mental Health, which was won by first year student, Max Wyczynski.
Team Hope. Junior Cert students have been busy filling their “shoeboxes” with toys and non-perishable food items for the charity, Team Hope.
GAA The school’s senior football team has had one win (against Clonakilty CC) and one loss (to Coláiste Choilm) in the Corn Uí Mhuirí and need to beat Coláiste Chríost Rí to progress to the knockout stages of the competition. A victory against Rochestown College saw De la Salle advance to the semi-final of the Corn Simcox, where they will face Clonakilty CC. Having overcome Coachford College in the first round of the Munster Schools’ U-15B championship, De la Salle were beaten by Abbey CBS from Tipperary in the next round.
Science Olympiad. On the basis of his stunning Junior Cert results, Colm O’Riordan from Transition Year has been invited to participate in trials for the Irish Science Olympiad team.

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St. Mary’s 6th year students with actors at the Everyman Theatre ©An Scoil

St. Mary’s Updates

The Great Escape: Transition Year students in St Mary’s recently presented their Show, “The Great Escape”, in Clondrohid Hall. The storyline, written by a Transition Year student, centres on the antics of six elderly women in a nursing home. Produced and directed by Mrs. Catherine Long, the production was very entertaining.
Football: St Mary’s football teams have had a very busy period over the past month at Senior, Junior and U-14 level. Having defeated Coláiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon, the Senior team has qualified for the Munster Quarter-finals against St. Anne’s of Tipperary Town. On the 10th of November the Junior team had a fantastic win over Pobalscoil Bheanntraí on a score of 3-7 to 1-6. Our U-14 team also played Pobalscoil Bheanntraí but lost following a very courageous performance. Scoil Mhuire Abú!
Díospóireacht Comhghairdeachas le Eilís Ní Ghealbháin, Aoibhe Ní Mhurchú agus Cáit Ní Mhurchú ón gcúigiú bliain a ghlac páirt i gComórtas Díospóireachta Ghael-Linn. S’é an rún a bhí á phlé acu ná ‘gur Parthas Turasóireachta í Éire an lae inniu’. Bhí siad ag labhairt i gcoinne an rúin. D’éirigh go hiontach leo sa chomórtas agus beidh siad ag dul ar aghaidh chun páirt a ghlacadh sa chéad babhta eile.
Theatre Visits: This week our 3rd and 6th year students visited the Everyman Theatre to see their studied Shakespearean plays. Our third year students experienced an interactive production of "Romeo and Juliet". It was thoroughly enjoyable and one of our students was even invited on stage to take part in one of the scenes! The sixth years were treated to a highly entertaining production of ‘King Lear’ where they were invited to become involved in the workshop segment. This educational trip will benefit them hugely in their English exams next June.

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Pupils from McEgan College on their School Tour to London over the midterm break. ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

Sky High on London Eye. McEgan College students enjoyed an action packed tour of London during midterm break in the company of teachers Ms. Lillian O’Mahony, Mr. Tim Dennehy and Mr. Adrian O'Connor. The pace was frenetic as the group visited Harry Potter studios, Madame Tussauds, the London Eye, the Natural History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and “Aladdin” the West End show. There was also a river Thames boat tour and a guided tour of London, which introduced the students to many of the cultural and historic sites such as the Houses of Parliament and St. Pauls cathedral. After an exhausting but exhilarating tour our students, who were excellent travel companions, returned safely to Macroom.
Science Week Students at McEgan College, Macroom, immersed themselves wholeheartedly in the festivities of Science Week again this year. Students learned about and discussed the important contributions Irish scientists have made to our society and the wider world. Models of the cell were created and posters describing the scientific method. Students spent some of their lunchtime participating in some fun experiments; how soap works, the physics of pressure and effects of catalyst, and they discovered the theory being studied in class can be quite fun and enjoyable while still being applicable to our everyday lives. Thanks to Mr. Lyons, Mr. Kelleher and Ms. McAdam for coordinating the week.
Leaving Certificate Retreat McEgan College Leaving Certificate went to Killarney on a two day retreat, two action packed days full of walking, laughing, bonding and reflection. The first day included a trip to St. Mary’s Cathedral for 10.30am Mass; a walk to and from Ross Castle; a visit to Killarney House for a guided tour and some free time for shopping and dinner and a trip to the cinema. Tuesday’s main activity was a visit to Kilcummin to meet with Geoffrey from Killarney Falconry. Here, the students handled hawks and owls – something very different and enjoyable. The group headed back to Killarney where a lovely lunch was had by all. The two days were a wonderful experience and a trip that the students will remember for a long time to come.
Christmas Shoebox Appeal; Well done to the first year students in McEgan College who participated in this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal. The shoe boxes, filled with gifts for needy children in developing countries, will be distributed in the coming weeks just in time for Christmas. This is such a worthwhile endeavour and an excellent way for Irish students to engage with children less fortunate than themselves.

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Events

"Alleluia Concert! - Hymns Celebrating The Faith of Our Fathers. Sunday 26th November at 7:00pm in St Colman’s Church, Macroom. Featuring Linda Kenny (Soprano) & Ryan Morgan (Tenor) as well as Macroom Church Choir, Canovee Church Choir, Briery Gap Mixed Choir, St Joseph's Primary School Choir. Tickets €15. Book your tickets now from 026 41174, 087 1663395 or www.macroom.ie or Evelyn McSweeney, South Square Macroom, 026 41070
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.
Christmas Pantomime Cinderella! Kick start your 2018 with our adaption of the classic Pantomime Cinderella in the Riverside Park Hotel. Featuring all the iconic characters played by a local cast & chorus, it is not to be missed! Further details will be available soon! Dates: Friday January 5th at 7.30pm. Saturday January 6th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Sunday January 7th at 2.30pm. Adults €15 /Children €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 are 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 church in Macroom to create a cultural & tourism amenity.

Local Television Back on Air

Local Community Television (LTV) is back on air, with one transmission weekly, on Wednesday, from 9.30p.m., with Sunday Special at 5.30p.m. and a repeat of the Wednesday programme from 6.30p.m. every Sunday. Programmes during the season will be based on recordings made during the past 35 years and are sure to bring back memories.
Wed. Nov.22. 9.30p.m. Rockchapel Seisiún presented by Jack Roche. Part 1.
Sun. Nov. 26. 5.30p.m. Sunday Special: First Holy Communion Mass for children from St. Joseph’s Primary School, Macroom, May 2017, followed by Repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Nov.29. 9.30p.m. Rockchapel Seisiún presented by Jack Roche. Part 2.
Sun. Dec. 3. 5.30p.m. Sunday Special: Carols at Castle St. Church, Macroom in 1987, followed by Repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Dec. 6. 9.30p.m. Christmas Panto Jack in the Beanstalk from Briery Gap 2009 Part 1.
Sun. Dec. 10. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Dec. 13. 9.30pm. Christmas Panto Jack in the Beanstalk from Briery Gap 2009 Part 2.
Sun. Dec. 17. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special Christmas Reflection with Fr. B. Desmond, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Dec. 20. 9.30pm. Carols and Pageant from Ballyvourney 2005. .
Sun. Dec. 24. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Christmas Day, Mon. Dec. 25. 5p.m. Mass from Kilmurry 2007. Followed by St. Joseph’s Christmas Concert 2010 and Christmas in Codrum at O’Callaghan home and 2012 Senior Citizen Party from Fr. Ryan Hall.
Wed. Dec. 27 9.30pm. Thousandaire fundraiser for Carriganima N.S. 2006. .
Sun. Dec. 31. 5.30p.m. Sunday Special followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.


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Snippets may include details of upcoming Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. We may include commercial events that are also being advertised simultaneously in the magazine.

Masseytown Community Group has begun their preparations for the festive season. Events kick off with the annual fund-raising table quiz in Mary Anne's on Friday November 24th at 9pm. A table of four costs €20 and entries will be taken on the night. Finger food will be provided and a large selection of spot prizes will add to the excitement of the evening! The big event will be the turning on of the Christmas lights on Sunday, December 3rd at 5pm. Mulled wine and mince pies will be provided. Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves will make their usual appearance, with treats for the children. The street will come alive to the sound of Christmas music and craic! Masseytown looks forward to welcoming everyone to the festivities.
Cill na Martra GAA American Tea Party Fundraiser in the Abbey Hotel, Baile Bhúirne on Saturday, 25 November at 8pm
Kilmichael Ambush Commemoration ceremonies on Sunday November 26th begin at 10:30am. Mass in Irish in Castletownkenneigh church. Wreath laying ceremony on the graves in adjoining cemetery. Commemoration at the ambush site in Kilmichael at 1:30pm. Guest speaker Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire Sinn Fein T.D . Dinner and social evening in Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway all welcome.
Éigse Diarmuidín i gCúil Aodha agus Baile Mhúirne, ón Déardaoin, Samhain 30 go dtí an Domhnach, 3 Nollag.
Kilmurry GAA AGM takes place on Friday 1st December @8pm in Kilmurry GAA Complex. All welcome.
Rusheen NS Christmas market Sun. 3rd Dec. in Aghinagh G.A.A. Hall at 11.45 a.m. Sample home baking, a glass of mulled wine; usual stalls, attractions. All welcome!
Muskerry Local History Society Illustrated Talk - Cork City before 1916 at Ballincollig Rugby Club on Monday 4th December 8p.m. by Michael Lenihan. All welcome.
Kilmurry Active Retirement. Christmas Ready Ideas for Decorating Home, Table & Christmas Cooking with Catherin Foley, Tuesday Dec 5th @ 7.30 in Kilmurry Museum. All Welcome
Kilmichael Ambush - An Illustrated Talk by Gerry White, renowned Military Historian, at ‘An Caipín', Coppeen, on Wednesday 6th December at 8.30p.m. The event has been organised by the Coppeen Archaeological, Historical and Cultural Society and all are welcome to attend.
Cuidiú coffee morning in Macroom for parents and babies/ toddlers on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 10:30-12:30 in Macroom GAA Hall (back of the Castle Grounds). Tea, coffee and refreshments provided. Cost is €2.50 per adult - €1.50 for Cuidiú members.
Rylane NS celebrated Halloween in style, with all of the children dressing up in scary costumes. In the process, they raised €200 for Kim O'Sullivan. Sarah-Jane O'Sullivan, student council representative of Rylane NS, presented the cheque to Kim, Special Olympian in St. Paul's School (Cope, Montenotte) on behalf of her team who will represent Munster in the Special Olympics.
Clondrohid Pioneers. Fr. Wickham, P.P. Clondrohid recently presented long term emblems to local Pioneers. Mrs. Nell Kelleher has been 80 years a Pioneer and Michael Lucey, Noreen Vaughan and Tadhg Healy are all Golden Jubilarians.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto; 5th November.Jackpot €3,250. Numbers drawn 5,28 and 31. No winner. €50 Nora McCarthy, Ballinagree €20 each Micheàl O'Connor Macroom, Donnacha Twohig Mallow, Con & Rachel Lucey Incheale, Seanie McSullivan & Mary O'Sullivan Ballinagree.
12th November. Jackpot €3,400. Numbers drawn 13, 32 and 37. No winner. €50 Darragh Horgan Belrose Castletown €20 each Sean Horgan Horsemount Ballinagree, Claire & Jack C/O Làine Bar, Tommy Desmond, Quarry's Cross, Caroline Lynch C/O Ballinagree Shop.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto Results.8/11/2017. No Jackpot winner. €70 Sean Murphy, Knocknakila, Millstreet. €20 each Gussie O’Riordan, Inchigeela; Simon, Orla, Nessa McCarthy, Carriganima; John Cronin, Codrum; Mary Kenneally, Crookstown.
15/11/2017. No Jackpot winner. €70 Patricia O’Leary, Mount Cross, Clondrohid €20 each Jerome O’Leary, Gurrane Dan Kelleher, Moulnahorna Joan O’Neill, Inchigeela Heber & Sheena McMahon, Raleigh North. Next Week's Jackpot €3,600. Congrats to Dave Reidy Macroom on winning the Halloween Bingo Jackpot of €300 and to Mary O’ Sullivan Ballinagree on winning the €250 Bingo Jackpot last week. Congrats to all those who won the Lotto Jackpots during the year namely: Kathleen Twomey €2000 Realtin Walsh € 2,200 Zena Cotter €4,000 Dan Kelleher € 800, Martin and Yvonne O Mahony €400.
Kilmurry GAA Lotto 06/11/2017 No Winner. Jackpot €4,000. Winning numbers 04,17,36. €50 each Ger McCarthy and Dave Moss. €20 each. Kitty Howard. J. Moloney. Des Callaghan. Kevin Linehan.
13/11/2017 Jackpot €4,200 Winning numbers 11,17,20. No winner. €100 Lorraine Murphy €50 each Finbarr Gorey and Donal & Siobhan Lissarda. €20 each Collette McSwiney. Donal & Siobhan Lissarda. Robert Buckley.
Kilmurry GAA yearly lotto tickets can be obtained from Michael Aherne, William Murphy, Flor McCarthy, Richard Hinchion, Tim Hartnett,Pat O' Leary(PO), Donal O' Leary(PO).
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 7/11/2017. Jackpot €4.200. No Winner, Numbers drawn: 3-26-33. €70 Denise Moloney, Main Street. €20 each: Mairead Cronin, Ballyvourney, Killian Lynch, Main Street, Richie O'Connor, 42 Oakwood, Vincent Kingston, Coolyhane, Orla Buckley, Lower Farran
14/11/2017. Jackpot €4,400. No Winner, Numbers drawn: 5-18-32. No Winner. €70 Michael Walsh, Carriganima. €20 each: Don Lynch, Codrum. Irene O'Shea, Coolalta, Carrigadrohid. Gobnaith Riordan, C/O Mc Carthy's Newsagants, Macroom. Conor Hayes, C/O Conor Buttimer, Macroom. Eamon Geran, C/O Corner Shop, Cork Street.
Macroom F.C. Lotto 13/11/17: Jackpot €1,000. Numbers drawn: 13, 19, 24. No Winner. €80 Aiden O' Brien c/o Darrin. €20 each: Fiona Cunningham c/o June, Paddy Murphy c/o Noel, Mary Hurley c/o Darrin, Mary Golden c/o Golden's.
20/11/17 Jackpot €1,200. Numbers drawn 2, 29, 33. No Winner. €80 Breda Cotter c/o Tp's. €20 each: Adam Ring c/o Darrin, Jim O' Sullivan c/o TP's, Marie Spillane c/o June, Shane O'Sullivan c/o Connie.
Coachford AFC Lotto: 13/11/2017. Jackpot: €4,800. Numbers Drawn: 3 – 12 – 16. No Winner. €40 Hannah Finnegan and €20 each to Breda O’Connell, Tracey Casey, Jim O’Sullivan, Annie Rooney.
20/11/2017. Jackpot: €5,000. Numbers Drawn: 2 – 21 – 30. No Winner. €40 Tessie Sheahan. €20 Tim Hallissey (Yearly Ticket), Shane Lucey (Yearly Ticket), Daniel O’Connell, Boss & Fiadh.

Lee Valley Updates

Clondrohid Updates

Muinefliuch N.S. Parents Association is holding a Christmas Flower Demo in the School on Thursday December 7 at 8pm, presented by local girl, Caitriona Healy O’Brien of Enchanted Flowers, Macroom. There will be Craft Stalls, refreshments and of course a raffle on the night. Tickets €10 can be purchased at the door on the night. Everyone welcome, come along and get into the Christmas spirit.
CART Bus: A very successful coffee evening was held in the Pub Carriganima to raise funds for the replacement CART bus. The Committee would like to thank all who supported their coffee evening and all those who contributed in their own way. Those who gave spot prizes both individuals and businesses, those who baked , served teas , coffees and cleaned up , helped with the raffle and prizes. Thank you to the businesses that allow us put posters up and to the people who LIKE and SHARE The CART trips. CART can only achieve its goals with the assistance of the generous donations they receive from members of the community. Millstreet Vintage Clubs presented a cheque from their very successful autumn annual “ tractor run “ on the night. A big thanks to the Club on presenting the €1,300.99 proceeds to Carriganima based CART Rural Transport Service Bus. Perfect weather conditions added to the enjoyment of the day, close on 70 tractors took to the road over scenic terrain to Moll Carthy’s Bridge for a short halt before returning to Carriganima Pub for a Barbeque and refreshments. The committee hope to hold some church gate collections commencing with Clondrohid on Dec 2 and Dec 3.
Entertainment in Carriganima: This Saturday night November 25, Seanie and Mattie are celebrating their 7th birthday in ‘The Pub’! Come along and celebrate with them. Music by Paudie and Shades of Country from Shrone. On Sunday, Dec 17, Santa is arriving on horseback at 3pm. Great day out for all the family. On Thursday Dec 28 the well established ‘Murphys Night Out’ will take place . Music by Little Creatures. They are also hoping to run a First Aid Course in the pub around 7pm for 1 hour over a period of 2 to 3 weeks. If you are interested please contact Seanie on 087 2600640, and depending on interest. they will organise same.
Poc Fada: Shane Murphy Memorial Cup, to benefit Cope foundation Macroom and kindly sponsored by Macroom Credit Union, will take place on this Sunday, Nov 26 at 12pm. Registration in Community Hall. Shuttle bus from Hall to starting point. Everyone welcome.
Survey by IRD Duhallow: Would all those who took this form from Healy’s Spar, please fill it up and return as soon as possible . It is anonymous and there is a box available at the shop for same. Thank you for your co operation.
Development Group: Well done to Johnny, our R.S.S. worker, who is completing a masterpiece in stone building at the moment at Church Cross graveyard at the entrance to the Glebe. Johnny is no stranger to stone building throughout the village.

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Anne Cullinane and Annette Murray making a presentation to Eddie Maloney on his retirement as Principal of Canovee National School ©Peter Scanlan

Inchigeela Updates

Sad News from America. The parish is much saddened with the news from America that Father Gerard Creedon has died unexpectedly. Only very recently did we write in The Outlook on the honour and acclaim given to him for his work with the less fortunate in Dale City, where he ministered, and on the huge respect with which he was held in America and in Ireland. The planned Uíbh Laoire GAA annual General Meeting of Sunday last has been postponed as a mark of respect, as Father Gerard was a Vice President, played with the club in days gone by and always took a great interest in its progress. Ár gcómhbhrón dá mhuintir agus leaba i measc na Naomh go raibh aige.
Lotto Jackpot Won. The Iveleary GAA Lotto Jackpot of €3,700 has been won. Congratulations to winner, Niall Hurley of Ballingeary.
Ladies Football AGM. The AGM of the Ladies Football Club (Naomh Fionnbarra) is scheduled to be held in the Inchigeela club house next Sunday 26th of November at 4pm.
Clothes Collection Scoil Fhionnbarra, Ballingeary, will hold a fundraising clothes collection on this weekend , 25th and 26th of November. Bags of dry clothes, curtains, bed clothes and paired shoes may be left in at the school on Saturday from 6.30 to 7.45pm and Sunday from 9.45 to 11am.
Sunday Walk. The walk on Sunday was completed again by a large number who enjoyed good weather and lovely scenery of pastoral landscape, hill and lakeside. This walk route is a little more testing than the previous ones because of the greater distance but it has different aspects of scenery to compensate. More than once it was mentioned how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful and healthy environment. The next walk (number 6) South Lake Road Linear, 3rd Dec. 2 hours approx. Meet at Holy Year Cross Lay-by at 1.30pm.
Good Neighbours. That time of year has come round again, when we might pay closer attention to the welfare and needs of our neighbours and to our senior citizens especially. Doing a little might help a lot as weather deteriorates, like keeping an eye out for anything unusual, running an errand or checking discreetly if there is enough provisions, fuel and warm clothes etc. Respecting privacy of course is very important.

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Coachford N.S debating team with school principal and debating mentor, Sharon O’Driscoll. ©An Scoil

Coachford Updates

Follow the Yellow Brick Road. There are only two weeks left to the opening night of the Coachford Players production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. This fantastic and colourful musical will open on Saturday December 9th and will run for four nights until December 12th. The musical features a top class local cast who are working extremely hard preparing for the opening night. The show is full of wonderful characters and great songs. Come along to see Dorothy played by Colette Hogan perform the classic, ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ as she meets up with the Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion. Be prepared to be frightened by the wicked witch as she threatens all in the land of Oz and the adorable Munchkins and get ready to meet the lovely and good witch Glinda and the ever powerful wizard. This is the first musical in Coachford to feature a dog and Toto is being pampered and groomed in preparation for his four big performances on Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th, Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th of December. Don’t miss this great night out and prepare yourself to be entertained and transported to the wonderful land of Oz. Tickets are available at the door each night and the show begins at 8pm.
Indoor Tractor for charity. The Broomhill Vintage Club’s Ladies Tractor Building team are attempting to do something different this weekend as they will try and build their famous Ferguson 20 tractor inside in O’Riordan’s Pub, Coachford in aid of the Rickie Healy appeal. This is going to be a great day of entertainment and fun. Aoife Murray will be in attendance with the All Ireland Camogie trophy and there will be music later on in the evening when the great Balladeer, Tim Riordan of Natural Gas, will play to please the large crowd. “The lads did this feat some years ago and it was great fun to see the tractor coming together in the bar but Sunday will be the first time that the ladies will attempt it. Having the All Ireland camogie trophy here is a great bonus and we are looking forward to a lot of people turning up to help the girls raise money for the Rickie Healy Appeal” said Pat O’Riordan of O’Riordan’s Bar. The day of fun and fundraising begins at 3pm.
50/50 Draw Just because Christmas is almost here, the Coachford Community Association are giving out 5 prizes in this month’s 50/50 Raffle. 1st prize is 50% of the total pot and there is a beautiful box of Christmas biscuits for 4 runners up. Get your tickets before the end of the month to be in with a chance of winning these great prizes. Tickets are available around the village. This is the only draw to guarantee to give you half of all that is collected and the only raffle to guarantee there will be a winner every single time the draw is made. You can’t lose as every time you buy a ticket your community benefits. Tickets are only €2 each or 3 for €5.
Debating. Coachford NS debating team has qualified for the next round of the Concern Primary School Debates after winning a close area heat with Rylane National School. The teams of fifth and sixth class pupils were asked to debate the motion that ‘To Tackle Climate Change, All People Should Become Vegetarians,’ with Coachford N.S proposing the motion and Rylane N.S opposing it. Three speakers from each team of six pupils had to speak on the motion for three minutes, with both team captains giving an additional summary of their team’s argument at the end of the debate. After a close heat, with both teams presenting strong arguments for and against the motion, the Concern adjudicator determined that the motion had been carried, with the Coachford team of captain, Rachel Bowen and speakers, Alec Harrison and Sean Casey, winning the debate.
More than 25 Cork primary schools are taking part in this year’s Concern P.S debating competition which last year saw more than 400 primary schools around the country compete. The Concern primary school debating competition was established in 2011 and aims to encourage the use of debating as a learning tool for senior primary school classes. These debates in particular help students learn to speak in public and in front of their peers, develop cognitive, language and research skills and gain a deeper understanding of global issues affecting millions of people. For more information on the Concern debating competition see: www.concern.net/get-involved/schools/debates.
Coachford N.S debating team consisted of speakers, Alec Harrison, captain Rachel Bowen, and Sean Casey; team members Eimear O’Sullivan, Breandán O’Sullivan and Sophie Martin and school principal, Sharon O’Driscoll, was debating mentor.

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Aghinagh Macra who competed in the final of Club of the Year at Gormanstown ©

Macra Matters

Donoughmore Macra's men’s and ladies’ soccer team enjoyed a second and third place finish respectively in the Regional Round of soccer recently. A Young Farmer Development group meeting was held in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom, on the 15th of November. It was a highly informative meeting and was beneficial to all young farmers who attended. Donoughmore Macra are holding their annual coffee morning on Sunday December 3rd. This year the event is in aid of Brothers of Charity. It is taking place after 11:30am Mass, in Donoughmore hall. There will be fun and games for all the family and maybe even a surprise visitor! All support is greatly appreciated.


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Macroom International (subsequently Macroom FC), founded in 1977 © 

Ruby Anniversary for Macroom FC.

By Darragh Deasy.
The history of soccer in Macroom has reached a great milestone in 2017 as Macroom FC celebrates its 40th year since the foundation of the club in 1977. Years of hard work and dedication from a huge number of people have allowed the club to establish no less than 20 teams from the ages of 7 all the way up to adult level and with outstanding facilities that can rival any club in Ireland. Organised soccer was part of Macroom life long before the current club was founded, with Macroom Athletic beginning in 1965. This was mainly due to interest in the Irish and English club game, along with a great appetite for sport in the Mid Cork capital. The soccer club entered into Division 3 of the Cork Athletic Union League (AUL) and survived for four seasons before mass emigration affected Macroom badly and Macroom Athletic folded in 1969. But there can be no doubt that the seeds of Association football in the town were sown during that period.

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Macroom FC team 1980 when they were promoted to the 2nd division. ©

 Eight years then passed before a new club, Macroom International (subsequently Macroom FC) was formed. Willie O' Riordan, Tim McSweeney, Denis James Murray, Damien Lacey, Gene O'Callaghan, P O'Callaghan and C Sheehan were some of the people who were instrumental in the forming of the club in 1977. Interestingly, 40 years on, the link with the very beginning of the club remains. Willie O' Riordan is the current Life President, having played a huge part in the entire history of Macroom FC. His son William is the current secretary. Chairman, Denis Murray, is the son of founding member, Denis James. Links from generation to generation put the onus on current members to continue the work that began all those years ago.
Throughout those early years of the 70s/80s, a strong committee was vital, to ensure the roots put down would form a strong foundation for the future. Tom McSweeney, Ted O' Leary, Nollaig O'Mahony, Paul Kingston, Bob Renniger, Willie O' Riordan, Joe and Barry Moloney, Tim and John Kelleher, Trevor Shine, Declan Allen, Jerry Kelleher, Declan Ring and Edward McGuinness were some of many volunteers who made an invaluable contribution.
The club entered the 3rd division of the Cork AUL and finished in third place in their opening season. In 1979/80 they earned promotion to division 2. After consolidating this position for a few years, the club found itself in the first division at the conclusion of the 1983/84 season. First division soccer brought fierce competition and the relatively inexperienced side were relegated the following year. The club reacted sensibly by forming U14 and U15 sides under the guidance of Michael Keenan, Ted O'Leary and others. Giving players more exposure to the game at a younger age was vital. Also, Youths (U18) teams began to be entered, with Connie Foley and Damien Lacey among those in charge. The Youths have a fantastic history of success, with league and cup titles regularly being won. Underage teams players arrived at adult level better equipped for the demands of the Cork AUL and this policy came to bear fruit in the following years. One of the most famous nights came at the conclusion of the 1987/88 season when Macroom and West End Utd met in a division 2 league playoff. A huge crowd attended the game at John A Woods ( Lakewood) grounds. Trailing 3-2 at half time, an outstanding second half saw Macroom triumph 5-3. Leo Goold, JJ Murphy, Paul Kingston, Colman O'Riordan, Tony Sheehan, Barry Moloney, Frank Barrett and captain Noel O'Riordan were part of an excellent team.
In the early 1980's and during the summer 'off' season, the Street Leagues were born. This competition is now known as the annual 7 a side. The Street Leagues were famously competitive, with teams from New St, Cork St, Masseytown, Main St, Barrett's Place/ Coolcower and St. Colman's Park among those taking part. The games were without doubt a breeding ground for future Macroom FC players. It also gave more experienced or older players the opportunity to showcase their skills to the local public and it was an important part of the town's sporting and social calendar. To be continued.

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St. Mark’s Church of Ireland, Kilbonane ©

St. Mark’s, Kilbonane

St. Mark’s Church of Ireland, Kilbonane, is on the back road from Cloughduv to Kilumney. A lovely, cut limestone building, it forms part of Moviddy Union of Parishes together with St. Andrew’s, Kilmurry and St. Martin’s Templemartin. In Cole’s records of the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross 1903, Captain. R. Tonson Rye, D.L. of Ryecourt, is described as the owner of the rectorial tithes of Kilbonane parish, his title dating back to the year 1667, and is noted as the landlord of the glebelands of the parish.
Proposed plans for a new church in Kilbonane were published in the ‘Irish Builder’ journal of September 1897. The original church, which cost £60 in 1834 and was built by way of public subscription, had been deemed unsuitable for worship following Episcopal Visitation by Bishop Meade. The bishop noticed that a handsome modern church at Aglish was closed for a number of years and suggested that it be taken down and re-erected near the site of the Kilbonane church. The parishioners carried out his wishes and held a two day fundraising bazaar, opened by the Countess of Bandon in August 1896. On the 26th of June, 1901, the bishop consecrated the new building, described as a very pretty structure, after the design of W. H. Hill, who also designed Cork Courthouse. It was built mainly through the generosity of Thomas Clarke, J.P. of Farran House and Allerton Hall, Liverpool. A handsome carved oak pulpit, in memory of the late William Clarke was presented by his grandchildren; and the remainder of the church furniture and requisites were donated by Mrs. Clarke.
There is a marble World War 1 memorial on the wall of St. Mark’s to Richard Webb Barter, 24, who lost his life in France in the autumn of 1915. He was remembered recently, along with twenty-two others from Moviddy Union of Parishes who died in action during WW1, at a special service to mark the 100th anniversary of the conflict. In Guy’s directory of Munster 1893, Richard’s father, Richard H Barter, is listed as a member of the gentry and living at Annesgrove, Aherla. His mother Lizzie (Elizabeth) was born in 1861 and married Richard Barter in 1886. She gave birth to one surviving child, Richard, whose father also leased land from Robert Atkin Rogers at Aherla-Beg, Kilbonane. He was a substantial landholder as he is listed as landlord to 6 families on the house and buildings census return form. The Barters are listed on the 1901 census as: Richard 45 land proprietor; wife Lizzie 40; son Richard 10 and Aunt Eliza Madras. They had one domestic servant, Margaret Conner. According to Ireland’s calendars of wills & administrations 1858-1920, Richard Hayes Barter died on 16 July 1912 and the primary beneficiary of his will was his wife Lizzie, who inherited £467, 11s, 11d.
Richard (24), having enlisted in the British army in Macroom, is recorded as being killed in action at the Battle of Loos on October 9 1915, while serving as private, with regimental number 7463, in the 2nd battalion of the Irish guards. The Battle of Loos took place from 25 September – 8 October 1915 on French soil on the Western Front and was the largest British offensive operation of 1915. Richard Barter was buried in Bethune Town Cemetery in France in grave number IV E 99. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. It was noted in the Irish Independent of 3 November 1915 that the Churchwardens and congregation attached to Kilbonane Church decided to place a memorial tablet in the building to his memory.
Richard served alongside the author Rudyard Kipling’s son Jack at the Battle of Loos. Jack Kipling died in action on 27 September. According to Kipling, “Officially, the formation of the 2nd Battalion of the Irish Guards dates from the 15th July 1915. By summer of ’15 the tide of special reserve officers was towards its flood, and the 2nd Battalion was largely filled by them. They hailed from every quarter of the Empire, and represented almost every profession and state of life in it, from the schoolboy of eighteen to the lawyer of forty odd. Just where the Battalion lay, our front line was two hundred yards from the enemy—too far for hand-bombing, but deadly for artillery and machine-gun work. Our artillery was declared to be more numerous and powerful than the German. No one really thought that they would be attacked, possibly for the reason that such a thing had not happened to them personally before. You see, we had lost count of time—even of the days of the week. We didn’t think anything could happen”. Three were killed and 19 wounded in Richard’s battalion in the three days surrounding his death. By Síle Healy Hunt

Manchester Martyr’s Table

Fenian, William Philip Allen, was apprenticed to a Master carpenter in Bandon and made a table that still exists 150 years later and is a prominent and key item at Independence Museum Kilmurry, where it serves as a memorial to one of the Manchester Martyrs. Allen was a Tipperary native and his family transferred to Bandon when his father became a turnkey at the local Bridewell. Although raised a Protestant, his Catholic mother saw to it that he also studied her faith. An intelligent and thoughtful student, the young Allen was received into the Catholic church. He came under the influence of Fenians in the town and joined the organisation. He did not complete his carpentry apprenticeship but ended up working for a builder in Manchester, where he was an enthusiastic member of the Fenians and a leader in the rescue of Colonel Thomas J. Kelly and Cork Centre Unit leader, Timothy Deasy while being transferred to prison in Manchester. There is much doubt surrounding Allen’s role in the killing of Police Sergeant Charles Brett during that ambush. However Allen and his Fenian companions, Michael Larkin and Michael O’Brien, were hung for murder even though the charge and the trial itself were highly questionable. British authorities hoped that this would put an end to the Fenian scare but instead, it was a major boost to the Fenian cause . Their speeches from the dock and the unquestionable idealism of the men, especially their rallying cry of “God Save Ireland”, ensured that they would become iconic figures of the Nationalist struggle.
For 50 years their anniversary on the 23rd of November was an important date in the Nationalist calendar. In 1917 the anniversary provided an opportunity for returned internees from Frongoch and recent Irish Volunteer recruits to muster a public show of strength. One such public display was held one hundred years ago this month (November) in 1917 – just adjacent to where our museum now stands. Kilmurry village witnessed a torchlight procession making its way through the village, ending at the graveyard on top of the village – a scene repeated throughout the country – by Volunteers in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Manchester Martyrs’ execution. The importance of the religious aspects of the commemorations and the many local connections would have a galvanising effect on the local Volunteers in the forthcoming revolutionary period.



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Aoife Foley, Sophia Burke, Kaylynn O'Sullivan, Kate Murphy & Joanne Kelly, St Mary’s Macroom students, at the launch of their AIB Build A Bank Challenge,with popular blogger and makeup artist Hazel Long, who cut the ribbon to open the Bank © John Delea.

 Build a Bank Challenge

As part of the AIB ‘Build a Bank’ Challenge, six Transition Year students (with the help of 4 assistants) from St. Mary’s Secondary School, Macroom have recently set up their own school bank. The school bank team decided to call their bank – Space Savers Bank. The Space Savers will open in the school canteen every Tuesday under the supervision of Eleanor Hickey, Student Officer at AIB Macroom and Ms. Arlene O’Donoghue, their Business Teacher. The students involved are: Caoimhe Moynihan, Hanna Donovan, Katie Sheehan, Jessica Buckley, Savannah Hickey, Mirium Murnane, Aimee O Herlihy, Elaine Kelliher, Anna O Leary and Eileen Condon. The school bank team have designed their bank around market research so that they have a bank available in the school that completely meets the needs of their target market. In October all Transition year students in the school were invited to apply to AIB to be chosen to run the 2017/2018 school bank. The students applied for the positions by filling in an application form and all who applied were interviewed by two AIB Bank Officials.
The AIB 'Build a Bank' Challenge, which is now in its 16th year, is an exciting and fun way for Transition year students to set up and run their own school bank. The competition is of huge benefit to the students involved as it introduces them to the world of business and banking, teaching them new skills such as money managing, marketing strategies, customer service skills, leadership and teamwork skills. The school bank competition also benefits all of the students in St Mary’s as it encourages them to lodge and save their money on a regular basis. Recently, The Space Savers Bank held their fantastic Launch Party, at which students could lodge money, open an account if they did not already have one and enjoy music, sweets , buns and cakes. They also had an opportunity to chat to and take pictures with special guest – Hazel Long (the social media star - Make up by Hazel). There was huge excitement at this event and the students were all very keen to get involved and start saving. There were competitions for all students who lodged money or who opened an account on the day.
As the girls progress in this competition they have lots of amazing fun ideas that will keep their customers happy and most importantly, keep them saving. The girls will be taking part in the Regional Final in Cork on the 6th of February. The school and the students involved would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all local businesses who sponsored prizes for their launch party, this is very much appreciated. The sponsors are: The Bigger Picture, Corrigans Insurance, Granvilles, Enchanted Flowers, Dunnes, Anne Marie’s Beauty Salon, Connections, The Castle Hotel, Moon Balloon, Muse, No 57, Railway View Pharmacy, Haven Pharmacy, Deasy’s Pharmacy, The Movement, Deloitte Accountants, Lynch’s Hairdressers, The Auld Triangle, Michael Twomey Butchers.


Things to do in November. Do not leave beds bare for the winter – sow a green manure, or cover with a thick layer of manure/ compost and then black plastic or straw. This will return nutrients to the soil, keep the worst of the weather off it, suppress weeds and prevent leaching of nutrients. ‘Earth up’ or tie up vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Divide up your rhubarb if you want to propagate, and cover it with a thick mulch of manure. Prune apple trees. Mulch fruit bushes. Take cuttings of currant bushes from current season’s wood.
Sow broad beans outside now for an early crop next spring. To avoid rotting before germination, make small newspaper cups and germinate them indoors first. Next summer’s garlic does best if it’s planted before Christmas – plant outdoors in well prepared soil in a sunny spot. Some varieties of onion can over-winter and will be ready to harvest in early summer.
Harvest perpetual spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes, swede, parsnips, apples, pears. Start harvesting leeks, winter cabbage, kale, artichokes, Brussels sprouts. Time to lift carrots and turnips or at least cover them with a good layer of straw to protect them from frost damage.
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Sports Mad

GAA- Munster Club and Cork County Championships 2017

Senior Football Championship

Champions: Nemo Rangers (St Finbarrs)
Relegation Playoffs: Clonakilty 2-11 O’Donovan Rossa 1-9
St Nicks 2-10 Dohenys 1-5
Last Two: O’Donovan Rossa and Dohenys
Munster Club Senior Championship:
Quarter Final: Nemo Rangers w/o from Waterford champions
Dr Crokes 0-14 Clonmel Commercials 0-8
Semi finals: Nemo Rangers 2-17 Adare (Limerick) 0-4
Dr Crokes (Kerry) 2-19 Kilmurry-Ilbrickane (Clare) 0-10
Munster final at P Uí Rinn: Dr Crokes v Nemo Rangers, Sunday November 26th.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Champions: Mallow (St Michaels)
Relegated: Grenagh
Munster Club Intermediate Championship:
Quarter finals: Mallow 1-11 Dungarvan 0-11
St Senans 0-12 Kiladangan 0-8
Semi Finals: Mallow 1-8 An Ghaeltacht, Kerry 1-19
St Senans (Limerick) 2-11 Kilmihil (Clare) 2-8
Final: An Ghaeltacht v St Senans at Tralee

County Intermediate Football Championship

Champions: Kanturk (Mitchelstown)
Last Two: Douglas and Carrigaline

County U21 Football

U21A Champions: Douglas (Cill na Martra)
U21B Champions: Kilshannig (Robert Emmetts)
U 21 C Champions: Dromtarriffe (St Kevins)

County Junior A Football Championship

Champions: Knocknagree (Erin’s Own) 2-10
Munster Junior Football Championship
Semi Finals: Knocknagree 2-16 v Sliabh gCua,Waterford 1-7
Dromid Na Piarsaigh 2-17 Galtee Gaels, Limerick 3-10
Final: Dromid v Knocknagree at Mallow Dec 3rd.

County Junior B Football Championship

Semi-Finals: Cobh 2-11 Grange 1-8
Cill na Martra 2-12 Newmarket 0-10
County Final: Cill na Martra 2-6 Cobh 4-14

Semi final: Cill na Martra 2 – 12 Newmarket 0 – 10
Mid Cork champions, Cill na Martra, won through to the final of the county interdivisional junior B Football championship with an impressive performance which was too much for Newmarket under lights at Macroom.
Cill na Martra started well with three points on the board, two from scorer in chief Damien Ó hUrdail who finished with a personal tally of 1-7, before Newmarket had an opening score in the 9th minute. A minute later Cill na Martra struck a decisive blow when Eoghan Ó Céilleachair was fouled by the Newmarket goakeeper, a penalty was awarded and Damien Ó hUrdail slammed the spot kick to the net. Even though Newmarket reacted with two fine points from their best forward TJ Brodie, Cill na Martra were oozing confidence, piled on the pressure, converted chances into scores and they led by 1-7 to 0-4 at the break. Even at this stage the outcome looked fairly certain as the Gaeltacht side looked to be too youthful and too well prepared for the Duhallow men.
The second half resumed with two more Damien Ó hUrdail points before Newmarket staged a brave comeback for a period. TJ Brodie pointed a free in the 38th minute, Shane Murphy did likewise two minutes later and when Brodie and Murphy fired over excellent points from play the gap between the teams was down to four points as the final quarter got under way. Sensing the imminent danger, Cill na Martra responded in decisive fashion. The excellent Seánie Ó Foirréidh punched over a point and then in the 50th minute Dean MacCárthaigh took a pass from Pádraig de Brún close to the Newmarket goal, turned his marker and buried the ball in the net. With the score now at 2-10 to 0-8 the game was effectively over and both sides shared four points as the final whistle was awaited.
Scorers: Cill na Martra: D Ó hUrdail 1-7 (1-0 pen., 0-4f), D MacCarthaigh 1-2, S Ó Foirréidh 0-2, S Ó Conaill 0-1. Newmarket: TJ Brodie 0-5 (0-1f), S Murphy 0-3 (0-2f), P O’Brien and J Hayes 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Pádraig de Brún, Eoghan Ó Céilleachair, Finén Ó Faoláin: Eoin MacLochlainn, Seanachán Ó Loinsuigh, Seánie Ó Foirréidh: Cathal MacSuibhne, Pádraig Ó Conchuir: Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Liam Ó Loinsuigh, Ciarán Ó Duinnín: Damien Ó hUrdail, Stiofán Ó Conaill, Déan MacCarthaigh. Subs: Donal Ó Buachalla 46, Ebhan Ó Cathasaigh 55, Darren Ó Foirréidh 57, Tadg Ó Duinnín 57.
Final: Cobh 4 – 14 Cill na Martra 2 – 6
The dream of a count title is over for another year for Cill na Martra junior B footballers as they were decisively defeated in the final by a fine Cobh side. Major damage was done to the Gaeltacht men’s cause in the space of just one minute before half time when Cobh got in for two goals to turn a tight game on its head and lead by 2-5 to 0-4 at the break.
Cobh had opened the scoring with two points in the early minutes but Cill na Martra were level at 0-2 each by the end of the first quarter. Points were exchange to keep matters level before Cobh went two points clear again by the 25thminute. There was still this gap between the teams as the game went into injury time and then Cobh hit Cill na Martra with a double blow to take a decisive lead. A Cill na Martra point left the Gaeltacht side trailing by seven points at the break and with a mountain to climb.
On the restart, Cobh quickly added a further three points to their interval lead before Cill na Martra had a 35th minute point followed by a goal in the 38th minute to reduce the deficit to 2-8 to 1-5. Cobh responded to the challenge however and a further three points for the harbour men had them nine points clear again by the 47th minute. A Cill na Martra point was matched by one for Cobh before Cill na Martra hopes were rekindled by a 52nd minute goal, six points again the arrears to be made up. Cobh were not to be denied however and after replying with a point, they added a decisive third goal in the 56th minute and with the outcome certain, had a fourth goal in the last minute take the county title in impressive form. Cobh had already won the county league title and so completed a notable county double for the club.
Scorers for Cill na Martra: D Ó hUrdail 1-4 (1-1f), G Ó Faoláin 1-0, C Ó Duinnin 0-1, S Ó Fóirréidh 0-1.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Pádraig de Brún, Eoghan Ó Céilleachair, Eoin MacLochlainn: Pádraig Ó Criodáin, Alan Ó Mocháin, Seanachán Ó Loingsigh: Cathal MacSuibhne, Pádraig Ó Conchúir: Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Liam Ó Loingsigh, Seánie Ó Fóirréidh: Ciarán Ó Duinnín, Dean MacCárthaigh, Damien Ó hUrdail. Subs: Donal Ó Buachalla h/t, Finén Ó Faoláin h/t, Seán Ó Cróinin 44, Gearóid Ó Faoláin 48.

County Senior Hurling Championship

Champions: Imokilly (Blackrock)
S H Relegation Playoff Semi-Finals: St Finbarrs 1-14 Youghal 2-10
Ballyhea 3-12 Carrigtwohill 2-17
Last Two: Youghal and Ballyhea

Munster Club S H championship:
Final: Na Piarsaigh 3-15 Ballygunner 2-10

County Premier Intermediate Hurling

Champions: Kanturk (Mallow)
Last Two: Inniscarra and Tracton
Munster Intermediate H championship:
Final: KANTURK 1-23 Kilmaley, Clare 0-25
County Intermediate Hurling

Champions: Ághada (Éire Óg)
I H C Relegation: Last Two: Ballymartle and Carrigaline/Ballygarvan

County Premier U21 Hurling Championship

Round 4 (A) Sarsfield 1-13 BLARNEY 0-15 (B) Blackrock 2-14 Fr O' Neill 0-18
(C) Valley Rovers 1-21 Glen Rovers 2-16 (D) Douglas v Charleville
(E) (Na Piarsaigh 2-11 St Finbarr's 1-15) w/o St Colman scr. (F) Mallow 3-11 Shandrum 2-15 (G) Killeagh-Ita’s 2-11 Duhallow 1-11 (H) Courcey Rovers 2-15 Ballymartle 0-14
Quarter-Final: Sarsfields 1-20 Blackrock 1-15, Valley Rovers v D, St Finbarr’s 0-10 Shandrum 1`-19, Killeagh/ St Ita’s 4-11 Courceys 1-16
Semi Finals: Sarsfields v Valleys/(Douglas or Charleville), Shandrum v Killeagh-St Itas
Inter-Divisions U21 'A' Hurling Championship

Champions: Inniscarra (Fermoy)
Inter- Divisions U21 'B' Hurling Championship

Champions: Kilshannig (Sarsfields)

County Junior A Hurling Championship

Final: Brian Dillons 1-13 St Catherine’s 2-10 draw
Replay: St Catherine’s 0-13 Brian Dillons 0-12
Munster Junior Championship
Semi finals: Ballybacon-Grange, Tipp 1-11 St Catherine’s, Cork 0-9
Ardmore, Waterford 5-22 Boydke, Clare 1-8
Final: Ballybacon v Ardmore

County Junior B Hurling Championship (Inter-Division)

Final: Sarsfields 0-12 Killavullen 2-6
County League Finals & Knockout Stages

Red FM Senior Hurling League

Semi-Finals: Erins Own 1-16 Killeagh 3-13
Glen Rovers 1-11 Sarsfields 3-14
Final: Killeagh v Sarsfields
Division 1 Hurling League
Final: Charleville v Fr. O’Neill’s
Division 2 Hurling League
Final: Castlelyons 1-15 Watergrasshill 0-10
Division 3 Hurling League:
Final: BALLINCOLLIG 2-17 Dungourney 3-11
Division 4 Hurling League:
Final: Mayfield 2-13 Sarsfields 1-15
Junior A Hurling League

Semi-Finals: CLOUGHDUV 1-25 Érins Own 4-15
Lisgoold 1-20 St. Ita’s 2-10
Final: CLOUGHDUV 2 – 22 Lisgoold 0 - 10
Junior B Hurling League
Final: Killavullen 4-12 Killeagh 4-10
Football Leagues

Rochestown Park Hotel Division 1 Football League

Semi-Finals: BALLINCOLLIG 4-16 Valley Rovers 1-5
Carbery Rangers 0-12 Clonakilty 0-13
Final: BALLINCOLLIG v Clonakilty
Division 2 Football League
Final: CILL na MARTRA 1-15 MACROOM 0-9
Division 3 Football League
Final: AGHABULLOGUE 3-11 Newmarket 1-14
Division 4 Football League Final:
Bandon 1-11 Castletownbere 1-7
Division 5 Football League

Final: GRENAGH 0-9 Gabriel Rangers 2-10
Last year’s county junior football champions Gabriel Rangers finished their first season in the intermediate ranks on a positive note, taking the county league Division 5 title and earning promotion to division four with a convincing win over Grenagh in the final at Kilmichael. The teams were level at 0-5 each after twenty minutes but Gabriels then began to fire over the scores and held a four point advantage at the interval. A goal from Seán Kelleher within a minute of the restart had Gabriels on the high road to victory and they never looked in danger of losing subsequently, Seán Kelleher’s second goal in the 54th minute merely the icing on the cake. Incidentallly Kelleher’s two goals were the only scores for the winners in the second half but they were comfortably in control.
The opening twenty minutes gave no indication of what was to come and in fact it was Grenagh who would have been most content at that stage as they were facing the wind. Mark Cronin got Gabriels off to a good start with a first minute point but Gerry Russell quickly equalised, Ultan Duggan, the main threat in the Grenagh attack, put his side in front and that wonderful clubman Tom Kenny pointed a free to put Grenagh two clear after eight minutes. Points were exchanged, Mark Cronin and Kelvin Cummings, and then Chris Moynihan and Cronin pointed to bring Gabriel Rangers level by the 18th minute. Tom Kenny pushed Grenagh back in front from play and Mark Cronin brought Gabriels level once again in the 20th minute. In the ten minutes before half time, Gabriel Rangers forwards really clicked and two points each from Cronin and Chris Moynihan and one from Ger O’Callaghan helped open up a four point gap at the break when the winners led by 0-10 to 0-6. It was clear by this stage that an understrenght Grenagh did not have the same fire power up front that Gabriels possessed and that much outfield possession was not being converted into scores.
Within a minute of the restart, the contest was as good as over. In a fast break, Fionn Hurley fed Seán Kelleher in full flight and from close range the big midfielder made no mistake and buried the ball in the Grenagh net. Immediately after, Grenagh had the ball in the Gabriel’s net but the score was not allowed for a square infringement and so the seven point gap remained between the teams. Ultan Duggan had a Grenagh point in the 38th minute but the glaring inadequacy of the loser’s attack was very evident and the loss of a player to a red card in the 45th minute did nothing to help the Grenagh cause. Duggan pointed a 46th minute free but really the game had petered out as a contest and Seán Kelleher blasted a second goal in the 54th minute to add to the Grenagh misery. Ultan Duggan had the final score, a point from a free to bring proceedings to a close.
Scorers: Grenagh: U Duggan 0-5 (0-2f), T Kenny 0-2 (0-1f), G Russell and K Cummins 0-1 each.
Grenagh: Denis John O’Mahony: Stephen Lehane, Aonghus Duggan, Alex Kiely: Paul McCarthy, Gerry Russell, Seamus Cronin: Sean Bourke, Tom Kenny: Kevin O’Neill, Ultan Duggan, Timmy Buckley: Paul BarryMurphy, Liam Walsh, Kelvin Cummins. Subs: Conor Buckley 50, John Osborne 55, Liam Sheehan 55, Niall O’Connell 58.

County Junior A Football League

Semi-Finals: Knocknagree w/o Boherbue scr.,
Canovee 5-12 Iveleary 1-12
Final: Canovee v Knocknagree
Junior B Football League Final: Cobh 0-9 St. John’s 0-8

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Kilmurry Junior A team who won the Muskerry Junior A League against Inniscarra ©

Mid Cork GAA Leagues

Cumnor Construction Junior A Hurling League Final:

Cloughduv 4-22 Ballincollig 0-12
The final game in this season's Muskerry GAA competitions was played under lights at Cloughduv with the home side, championship winners, strong favourites to complete the double. In fairness to underdogs Ballincollig, a club second team, they survived well in the opening quarter but had no answer when Cloughduv upped the tempo.
Cloughduv scored first when Mark Verling sent pointed in the first minute but Ballincollig replied promptly and two pointed frees by Aidan O'Donovan put them ahead. The Verling brothers and Donal Corkery then began to make the presence felt for Cloughduv and the home side led 0-7 to 0-3 at the end of the first quarter. Ballincollig tried to turn the situation around but when the Cloughduv corner forwards Brian Verling and James Moynihan each raised green flags, the champions were heading for victory and with an interval lead of 2-9 to 0-8 the double looked on. When the action resumed, brothers Mark and Brian Verling were driving forces in keeping Cloughduv on the offensive and Brian had the ball in the net twice in the third quarter to really put the game out of Ballincollig’s reach. Ballincollig tried their utmost with players like Brian Cotter and minor Carl Walsh impressive but Cloughduv had this title wrapped up well before the end.
Scorers: Cloughduv: Brian Verling 3-3, Mark Verling 0-10 (0-6 f), James Moynihan 1-2, Donal Corkery 0-4, Seán O'Connor, Aiden Ahern and Andrew Cronin 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: A O'Donovan 0-7, (0-6 f), D Mulroy 0-2, M O'Brien, G O Donoghue, Eoin O'Neill 0-1 each.
Cloughduv: Jonathan Buckley: Paul O'Sullivan, Brian Aherne, Patrick Buckley: Seán Curzon, Eoin Clifford, Seán O'Connor: Denis O'Sullivan, Mark Verling: Kevin BarryMurphy, Andrew Cronin, Donal Corkery: Brian Verling, Aidan Ahern, James Moynihan. Subs: Patrick O'Leary 44, Pádraig O Leary 46.
Ballincollig: James Linehan: Kieran Connery, Brian Cotter, Shane O'Sullivan: Jordan Murray, Diarmuid MacDonal, Eoin O'Neill: Karl Walsh, Chris Collins: Colm Bohane, Gearóid O'Donoghue, Mark Bowen: Danny Murphy, Michael O'Brien, Aidan O'Donovan. Subs: Danny Mulroy h/t, David Collins 42, Paud O'Mahony 50.
Referee: Mr John Horgan (Gleann Na Laoi)

Erneside Engineering Junior B Hurling League semi finals:

Aghabullogue 6-11 Cloughduv 2-5
Ballinora 0-13 Blarney 2-15
Final: Blarney1-17 Aghabullogue 2 - 13
Quish Supervalu Ballincollig Junior Football League 1 Final:

Kilmurry 2 - 10 Inniscarra 1 – 12
Kilmurry junior footballers make it a league championship double by narrowly defeating Inniscarra in the league final at Ballinora but they were made battle all the way by an Inniscarra team which has the potential to be major championship contenders next season. Kilmurry were without some regulars but their recent involvement in competitive action gave them an advantage against an Inniscarra side who were without football championship action for a few months but who could have earned a draw in the dying seconds when a long range free kick taken was just marginally short of its target.
Kilmurry had the wind to their backs in the first half and an early point from Eoin Clifford gave them an early boost. Inniscarra came back with points from James Nellgan and Thomas O'Connor to go in front. Kilmurry then hit a golden scoring patch with star forward Joe Ryan raising three white flags and William Buckley also sending the range. The sides were level in the 24th minute however when Inniscarra secured the first goal of the game, Shane Buckley the scorer and Kilmurry who had missed a few chances were worried but they replied promptly and a good centre from Joe Ryan put Pádraig Berhanu in the clear and the latter booted to the ‘Scarra net. Kilmurry led at the interval on a 1-6 to 1-3 scoreline and when they consolidated their position following the restart with a Berhanu point they were shaping as likely winners. Inniscarra however, with two James Nelligan points from play and one from a Seán O'Donoghue free had the arrears reduced to the minimum and so the outcome was again uncertain after 40 minutes.
A Joe Ryan point from a free increased the Kilmurry advantage and was followed by Joe Ryan finishing off a good attack with a second Kilmurry goal. The contest was in the final quarter with Kilmurry enjoying a reasonable cushion but they had to endure some anxious movements before the end. Seán O'Donoghue’s accuracy from placed balls ensured that the Inniscarra arrears were reduced to the minimum and Kilmurry were on the back foot as the game entered the time added on period. A long range free fell just short so Kilmurry survived, if only just!
Scorers: Kilmurry: J Ryan 1-5, P Berhanu 1-1, E Clifford 0-2 ( 0-1f), J O’Mullane 0-1, W Buckley 0-1. Inniscarra: S O'Donoghue 0-5, S Buckley 1-0, Jim Nelligan 0-3, T O'Connor 0-3, D O'Connell 0-1.
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: Brian Hinchion, Eoin Barrett, Pádraig Hinchion: John O’Mullane, Liam Wall, Seán Curzon: Greg Barrett, David McCarthy: Pádraig Berhanu, William Buckley, Dave O’Halloran: Eoghan Clifford, Joe Ryan, Seán Warren. Sub: James White 42.
Inniscarra: Dominic Kelleher: Kevin O’Herlihy, Alan Sheehan, John O Callaghan: Jack O’Dwyer, John O'Brien, Conor Buckley: Daniel O'Connell, Stephen Dornan: Adam O'Connell, Seán O'Donoghue, Shane Buckley: Tomás O'Connor, David O'Keefe, James Nelligan. Subs: Aaron O’Raw 42, Eric Baxter 48, Paul Farmer 52, Conor Cronin 53.
Referee: Mr Ger Ahern, Canovee.

Quish Supervalu Junior Football League 2 Final:

Blarney 3-13 Dripsey 3-11.
The final of the Quish's Supervalu Junior 2 Football League at Clougduv was a very keenly fought affair with both clubs clearly anxious to get promotion to the top section. Weather conditions were poor but the teams provided patrons with a very entertaining game with no shortage of scores and the play going from end to end for the hour.
Blarney started at a blistering pace and were 1-2 to no score up after 5 minutes the goal being well taken by Keith Costello. Dripsey fought back and in the 9th minute Aiden Buckley goaled for them. The sides exchanged points but in the 22nd minute Blarney pulled 5 points clear when Ray O'Donovan had their second goal and they led by 2-7 to 1-6 at the break.
In a dramatic start to the second half, Dripsey scored 2-1 without reply, the goals coming from John Carey and Gary Murphy. Scores were very scarce for the next quarter of an hour and by the 20th minute Dripsey led by 3-9 to 2-8.
Blarney were thrown a lifeline when Keith Costello scored his second and Blarney's third goal in the 21st minute. Dripsey responded with a point to go two points up in the 22nd minute. However this was to be Dripsey's last score and a fitter looking Blarney team tacked on four points in the last minutes to win by two points.
Blarney: Shane Jordan: John Barrett, Mark Cremin, Vincent O'Mahony: Cormac O'Mahony, Paul O'Leary, Eamonn O'Mahony: Joe Jordan, Conor Foley: Mark O'Leary, John Daniel Goode, Raymond O'Donovan: Keith Costello, Stephen Lohan, Ray Murphy.
Dripsey: Ray Moynihan: Dan Buckley, John O'Riordan, Dean O'Sullivan: Jack Casey, John Carey, Martin O'Sullivan: Conor Hayes, Mike O'Riordan: Eoin Maher, David O'Sullivan, Gary Murphy: James Cotter, Mark O'Sullivan, Aiden Buckley.

Quish Supervalu Junior Football League 3

Semi finals: Ballinora 4-16 Clondrohid 1-3
Canovee 3-11 Aghinagh 1-6
Final: Canovee 3 – 7 Ballinora 0 – 5
Canovee took the Quish Supervalu Mid Cork Division Three football league title at Kilmurry, their younger age profile and greater scoring power proving too much for a battling Ballinora side. The exchanges were fairly even in the first half at the end of which Canovee held a 1-2 to 0-3 lead but Canovee eased further in front in the third quarter and a second goal, this one also from the lethal boot of Brian Verling in 47th minute, settled the issue and the final quarter saw Ballinora battling on and their persistence rewarded with the two late points.
Ballinora had the first score of the game, a fisted point from Darragh Corkery in the second minute and after Canovee had plenty of possession but had kicked four wides, Darren Hegarty increased the Ballinora lead with a point in the 18th minute. Dara Cronin pointed for Canovee, Hegarty had another for Ballinora and then in the 24th minute, after Ballinora lost centre back Denis O’Neill to a black card, Canovee’s Brian Verling found the net from close range to give his side the advantage and a lead they never subsequently lost. Exchanges remained even up to half time, David Carroll’s point for Canovee the only score and the winners held a 1-2 to 0-3 interval lead.
On the restart, Canovee increased their lead with two points from Dara Cronin in the opening minutes and Canovee goalkeeper and team captain Darren Shine made some quality saves to deny Ballinora the goal they needed to get back into contention. Scores were at a premium and Ballinora did not look capable of getting through the Canovee cover and remained adrift. Brian Verling had another Canovee point in the 45th minute and two minutes later ran on to a perfectly judged pass from Patrick Buckley and advanced further before blasting the ball past Eoghan Walsh in the Ballinora goal. Within a minute Canovee had a third goal, this one from Niall Cronin, and with a lead of 3-5 to 0-3 now had the game wrapped up. In the time remaining, Dara Cronin had a point for the winners, Darren Hegarty and Jurgen Werner had a point apiece for Ballinora and Dara Cronin then pointed a late free.
Scorers: Canovee: B Verling 2-1, N Cronin 1-0, D Cronin 0-5 (0-2f), D Carroll 0-1. Ballinora: D Hegarty 0-3, D Corkery and J Werner 0-1 each.
Canovee: Darren Shine: Michael Quinlan, Gerry Murphy, Colin Murphy: David Carroll, Paul O’Sulllivan, Seán Browne: Patrick Buckley, Ciarán Canty: Brian Verling, Conor Buckley, Dave O’Keeffe: Shane O’Riordan, Dara Cronin, Niall Cronin. Subs: Billy Kingston and Eoin Buckley.
Ballinora: Eoghan Walsh: Dave O’Neill, Tim Crotty, Neil Walsh: Tim Forde, Denis O’Neill, Pádraig Dineen: Cian Lucey, Brendan Hourihan: Kevin Murphy, Conor Brosnan, Seán Philpott, Darren Hegarty, Jurgen Werner, Darragh Corkery. Subs: Colm O’Shea, Cormac Field, Mick Twohig, Garry Linehan, Alan Walsh, Conor Larkin.
Referee: Ciarán Ó Foirréidh, Uas., Cill na Martra.

Munster Colleges Senior A Football

Col Choilm, Ballincollig 1-11 De La Salle, Macroom 0-10
A strong last quarter performance from Col Choilm saw them turn a two point deficit into a four point win at Kilmurry. This win brings the Ballincollig side strongly back into contention for qualification to the quarter final stages of the competition. The position going into the final round of games in the group is that Col Chríost Rí have four points and meet De la Salle Macroom who have two points from their two games played. Col Choilm have two points and are scheduled to meet pointless Clonakilty Community College in the final round. The top two teams in the group will qualify for the quarter final stage.

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Eileen O'Flynn presenting the Muskerry GAA/ Auld Triangle Sports Award for October to Niamh McCarthy in recognition of her displays with Inniscarra and Cork Camogie teams. Included are parents, Andrew and Rose and brother, Brian. ©Anne O'Riordan.

Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Restaurant Sport Star Award

The Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Muskerry Sport Star of the month of October was presented to the Inniscarra Camogie star Niamh McCarthy at a very pleasant function hosted by Ms Eileen O’Flynn of the Auld Triangle last week. Niamh has had a brilliant season with club and county, winning an All Ireland senior title with Cork in September and then helping Inniscarra retain their county senior title in October. Niamh has had her problems with serious injuries in the past and everybody rejoices that her perseverance and courage has been so well rewarded.
Niamh was accompanied at the presentation function by family, friends and team mates, as well as Tim Buckley, Chairman Inniscarra Camogie, club officers and county camogie representative. John Feeney, Chairman of the Awards Committee acted as MC and William Buckley, Vice Chairman spoke on behalf of the Muskerry Board. The award presentation was made by Eileen O’Flynn, Auld Triangle.
This latest award completes the monthly awards season and now attention will focus on which of the eight monthly award winners will be selected as Muskerry Sports Star of the Year for 2017, the winner to be announced at the Gala Dinner in February next. The eight winners for 2017 are: Chris Óg Jones (Iveleary), Daniel Ó Duinnín (Cill na Martra), Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Mark Coleman (Blarney), Joe Ryan (Kilmurry), Kevin Hallissey (Éire Óg), Aoife Murray (Cloughduv Camogie), Niamh McCarthy (Inniscarra Camogie).

Premier 1 County Minor Football Championship Final

Éire Óg 1 – 12 Douglas 2 – 8
Éire Óg minor footballers made history by taking the top championship in the county for the first time by defeating Douglas at Carrigaline. Éire Óg were in front from the start and led at one stage by nine points but had to weather a fierce Douglas comeback in the latter stage before emerging deserving winners of the county title.
Éire Óg started well and led by 0-5 to 0-1 after the first quarter and led at the break by 0-9 to 0-2. They increased their lead by a further two points before Douglas hit back and boosted by a goal, the city side had the deficit back to for points at the three quarter stage, 0-11 to 1-4. A superb goal from Dylan Foley lifted Éire Óg but Douglas were battling well and three points followed by a second goal reduced the Éire Óg lead to the minimum. In injury time the outstanding Jack Murphy pointed a long range free to assure Éire Óg of a deserved historic win.
Éire Óg: Adam O’Riordan: Paddy Twomey, Diarmuid Dineen, Shane Quigley: David Twomey, Colm O’Callaghan, Cillian Sheehan: Jack Murphy, Matt Brady: Ryan O’Flynn, Jamie O’Sullivan, Jerome Kelleher: Jamie Holland, Dylan Foley, David Kirwan. Subs: Cian Rickard, Colm Galvin, Cormac Allison.

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At the launch of Laochra Óg Poc Fada Sun. Nov. 26 in Clondrohid ©

Laochra Óg

Poc Fada. Offical launch of this year’s Poc Fada (Shane Murphy Memorial Cup) took place at Macroom Credit Union, sponsors for three years. Tony Hughes, manager and Diarmuid McCarthy welcomed everyone on the night. We greatly appreciate the support of the Credit Union. Proceeds of this year’s PocFada go to Macroom Cope Foundation. Members of the Murphy family and Joanne Higgins from Cork Cope Foundation attended the launch. The Poc Fada takes place on Sunday 26th of November in Clondrohid at 12 p.m. Thank you to everyone who came to support the launch, your continuing support means a lot to the club. Registration in Clondrohid Community Hall on the day. Shuttle bus from the hall to the starting point of the Poc Fada.To see team options and to register online check out http://laochraog.com/shane-murphy-memorial-cup-poc-fada/
Camogie. Coláiste Ghobnatan played their first ever schools Camogie match V St. Mary's from Macroom. The match was a good hard physical match with St. Mary's coming out on top. Coláiste Ghobnatan were missing some players but put in a great performance on their own grounds. Colaiste Ghobnatan were made up of local players from Laochra Óg and a couple of new beginners, while St. Mary's were made up of a mixture of Laochra Óg and Cloughduv players. Well done to both schools on a large turn out to watch the game.
Laochra Óg U8 boys took part in a monster blitz in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. They played three games ;Tracton in the 1st ,Ballinora in the 2nd and Aghada in the final one. Everyone had lots of playing time and played very well in the games. Thanks to Shane Kingston for meeting the players and taking photos with them too .
Club Development Draw €323 went to Caoimhe Murphy, Clondrohid and the sellers prize of €25 went to Marguerite Murphy. Thanks to everyone who supported the draw. Next draw takes place on Sunday 3rd of December.

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Éire Óg who defeated Sars in the U14 A County Camogie final. ©

Macroom Juvenile G.A.A.

Minors: Macroom played Naomh Abán in the Castle Grounds. Behind 1-7 to 0-2 after fifteen minutes, Naomh Abán rallied and scored 2 more points before the break. The Gaeltacht side continued its comeback and were just 2 points in arrears at 45 minutes. Macroom then got a few points to stretch their lead and eventually stretched away in the end to win by 1-16 to 0-12.
Coming Event; The Juvenile Club A.G.M. is on Fri. Dec 2nd at 7.45 p.m. in the club pavilion.

St. Colman’s in Sciath na Scol Final

St. Colman’s Boys’ National School, Macroom qualified for the F4 final in Páirc Uí Rinn on November 14 after several tough matches and some excellent performances. On a lovely day in a beautifully prepared venue, they met Whitechurch who carried the favourites tag following a few big wins. Before the match the players were individually introduced to the crowd and were heartily cheered and clapped by their respective supporters. The Whitechurch boys were immediately into their stride and had an early 1-2. Macroom responded with a goal and this raised their spirits and their game. The match was even enough but Whitechurch goaled again, and the half-time score was Whitechurch 2-3 to 1-1 for Macroom. The badly needed early second half scores for Macroom unfortunately did not materialise. Whitechurch dominated much of the period and finally won by 3-6 to 1-2. After the game, the players were presented with their medals. The Macroom boys were gallant to the end and gave their all. Whitechurch has a fine side with many gifted footballers, and Macroom did very well against them. St Colman’s, the teachers and parents can be justly proud of the brave, gutsy and skilful performance of the Macroom lads. By Con Kelleher.

 Eire Óg Camogie Champions .

On Saturday 28th October in Coachford, Éire Óg had a great victory against All-Ireland Féile Camogie champions, Sarsfields, in the U14 A County final. From the throw-in, Éire Óg were able to keep Sars under pressure and it took 17 minutes for Éíre Óg’s Laoise Murphy to register the first score of the game – a goal. Three minutes later, Órla Beechinor scored a point for Éire Óg. However Sars went on to score 1-2 to put them ahead at half time.
The second half saw Éire Óg continuing to keep the pressure on a fast and sharp Sars team. The Éire Óg defence was very solid and pulled off some great blocks and saves, with Olivia Lynch clearing well from full-back line in front of Róisín Murphy in goal, with Sophie O’Connell and Edel Sheehan in the corners. All the mid field players had vital roles, with Shauna Sheehan, Sadbh McGoldrick and Niamh O’Shea in the half back line feeding the sliothar through to Eimear O’Donovan and Órla Beechinor at mid-field (both scoring a point) and on to the half forwards of Aoibhinn Goulding, Cáit Malone and Emily Coffey who scored a great point. The full forward line of Patrice Holmes, Aisling Desmond and Laoise Murphy fought very hard for scarce possession against a tough Sars defence. Substitutes Maeve O’Callaghan and Maria O’Donovan provided fresh legs in the forwards in the second half, with both Maria O’Donovan and Laoise Murphy’s tenacity for possession resulting in a free to Éire Óg. Órla Beechinor converted to level the match in the 57th minute. A minute later Cáit Malone lead an Éire Óg attack on the Sars goal which led to a penalty for Éire Óg - which was pointed. Éire Óg was one point ahead to the delight of their supporters.
Éire Óg continued to press and competed hard for the Sars puck-out, keeping the sliothar in their half until the much awaited final whistle was blown by referee John O’Leary (Mallow).

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JP O' Sullivan (centre) receiving Macroom FC Lotto cheque. Included from left is JJ Murphy (treasurer), Denis Murray (chairperson) and Willie O 'Riordan (Life President). Also included on far right is Eric Murphy, representing the seller Dineen's Bar. ©

Macroom FC

Macroom A came out on top against Rylane Celtic, winning 2-1 in the Premier A league at Murrayfield. This was another fine performance and keeps the team in a good league position. Andrew Hegarty and Keith Holden were the goal scorers. Their next fixture is an away tie v Pearse Celtic in the Munster Junior Cup round 3 this Saturday at 2pm. The second team (Macroom B) headed for O' Neill Park and their first defence of the President's Cup against Grattan Utd. Unfortunately, the game was not played as severe fog deemed the Northside venue unplayable. The good news is that home advantage now switches and Macroom will entertain Grattan over the coming weeks. This Saturday its big league action at the Town Park. Kilmichael Rovers are the visitors and this should be a cracking game. Kilmichael have been going well, having joined the AUL from the West Cork league and any local derby is always a huge fixture. Kick off at 2pm.
Schoolgirls This section of the club continues to be busy. At U10 level, a blitz was organised featuring teams from Macroom, Avondale Utd, Riverstown and Watergrasshill Utd. A fantastic morning of football took place and many thanks to all parents for the support. The U14 team made the long journey to Fermoy and were unlucky not to come home with a result following a 2-1 defeat. All the same, the squad did themselves and all supporters proud.
U14 Schoolboys National Cup Macroom have qualified for the last 32 in Ireland thanks to a resounding 4-0 at Murrayfield last Sunday. Waterford side Lismore were the visitors and were no match for a rampant home side. Brian Healy (2), Daire McMahon and Patrick Kelleher were the scorers and there were outstanding performances throughout the team with Robert Lucey being particularly impressive.
U10 Academy A number of brilliant games were played at Murrayfield last Saturday as the team welcomed Lakewood Athletic. All players tried their heart out and served up great enjoyment for themselves and for the large crowd in attendance. Well done to all Macroom players and also to Lakewood who provided a stiff test in each game.
Congratultions Macroom FC wish to congratulate JP and Caroline O' Sullivan and their children Aoife and Darragh who scooped the massive €9,400 jackpot recently. This was a fantastic win and best of luck from all at the club.

Macroom Golf Club

Results; Seniors Scramble, 7 Nov-2017: 1st Ted Murphy(10), Noel O'Sullivan(17), Christy Healy(21), Tony Lancaster(23) 45.2
Turkey Singles, 9-Nov-2017 1st Paddy McCarthy(23) 34pts.
Club Singles: 11/12 Nov.-2017: 1st Alan Townend(20), 32 pts, 2nd Tim Keating(13) 32, 3rd William Buttimer(15) 32pts; Senior , Michael Lillis(12) 30.
14-Nov Seniors Scramble 1st Donal Ahern 14 Steve Wills 17 Tom McCarthy 19 John Smyth 26 with 45 nett
16-Nov Weekly Turkey Singles 1st Dave O'Connell 15(12) 34pts
19-Nov Club Singles First Murphy Cullinane 20 37pts. Second Gerard Galvin 14 36pts. Third Michael Twomey 18 35pts. Senior Tom Daly 17 33pts
Fixtures: Tue – Seniors. Mon - Fri - Club Turkey singles. Sat & Sun - Club Singles & W/L