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No Room 2017 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Christmas Greetings.

Nollaig Shona; Happy Christmas; Joyeux Noel; WesolychSwiat; Buon Natale;
Frohliche Weihnachten; Priecigus Ziemassvetkus; Selamat Hari Crismas;Crismas Asamsakai; Craenium Ferieit; Karaksony Boldog; WestotychOEWiab;
Felix Naridad; Suba NathtalakWewa; Speslevova Rozdestva. CУACTηИBORO
POЖДECTBA. Blywyddynnewydddda. Sheng danKual le. NodoligUawen.

LVEB Chairman’s Message 2017.

As we head into the last weekend before Christmas, it is important that we support our local shops in Macroom and the Lee Valley. The turning on of the Town’s Christmas lights, together with the Christmas market, attracted large crowds to the Town Square, where there was plenty of stalls and entertainment for both young and old. This year, the Lee Valley Enterprise Board added some new lighting features in the Town Square as well as erecting a new Christmas tree in the Main Street. Macroom is the envy of many towns in Ireland with its wonderful display of Christmas lighting and great credit must go to Martin Coughlan and his crew, who do a fine job in erecting the Christmas lights and the Christmas wreaths each year.
Throughout 2017, the Lee Valley Enterprise Board organised a large number of events, starting off in March with the selection of the Flower of Macroom, which is now part of the St. Patrick’s Week Festival. Laura Creedon from Kilnamartyra was selected after a very exciting contest at the Riverside Park Hotel. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade again attracted a large crowd to the town and the Food Festival in September was an outstanding success, again proving that Macroom is now one of the major food festivals in Ireland. In October 2017, the Lee Valley Enterprise Board was also involved in hosting the Cork 20 International Car Rally and the whole Lee Valley region gained financially from this three-day event.
With the Briery Gap Theatre still closed, the Lee Valley Enterprise Board is trying to fill this void, with a large number of shows and concerts taking place at the Riverside Park Hotel. Our next production is the Christmas Pantomime CINDERELLA, which is packed with the best of comedy to suit all ages from 3 to 93, with many of your favourite players. The Pantomime takes place on Friday, Jan 5th, Saturday Jan 6th and Sunday Jan 7th 2018 at the Riverside Park Hotel and tickets are available from our Booking Office, South Square, Macroom. It is very disappointing to hear from Cork County Council that the Theatre and Library won’t be ready for use until the end of 2019. As Chairman of the Lee Valley Enterprise Board, I would like to thank Cathy Cronin and the management of the Riverside Park Hotel for giving us the use of their function room for the staging of events over the past year.
The Lee Valley Outlook has proved itself to be the most popular magazine in the region and this is due in no small way to the enormous amount of work that our editors, Máire and Seán McSweeney, Brendan Kenneally and Con Kelleher, put into this production every two weeks, with wide coverage of news items, articles and sport. I would also like to thank all those who submit news items and photographs, our advertisers and Des O’Connor from Outlook Publications for their support during 2017.
To all of our members and to the members of Blarney/ Macroom Municipal District Council, we would like to thank you for your financial support during 2017, because without this support, we would not be in a position to promote and develop Macroom and the Lee Valley Region.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year and remember, Keep you Business in Macroom to Keep Macroom in Business.

Pat O’Connell, Chairman Lee Valley Enterprise Board.

Hope and Joy

We all know what Christmas is supposed to be about, celebrating the birth of a child in Bethlehem, a child who changed the world and the way we look at it. That is what it is supposed to be about, but it doesn’t always go like that. There was discord in the world 2000 years ago and there is still discord in the world. There was kindness in the world 2000 years ago and there is still kindness in the world. One person cannot make the whole world a kinder place, but we can show kindness to those around us. Kindness is not always reciprocated. Jesus knows that more than anybody else. He came into the world in a stable, almost a nobody, but when you think about it, would somebody who came to serve be born in luxury? The birth of a child brings hope and joy and sometimes fear, but mainly hope and joy. Christmas brings hope and joy to many of us, but not to all. Jesus came to bring us all hope and joy. It would be great if we could all experience it. I hope we will.
Nollaig shona agus ath bhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir.
Fr. Anthony O’Mahony, P.P. Uíbh Laoire.

Editors’ Note

The editors of the Lee Valley Outlook wish to thank all who contributed to the magazine in 2017. We welcome new contributors and acknowledge an expansion of interest and enjoyment. Dr. Con Kelleher’s input and co-operation is much appreciated. His photographs and interviews with people from the area have brought back memories of times past; residents and businesses and information on crafts, customs and trades.
News reports, photographs from schools, clubs, services, parishes, are all most welcome. The Lee Valley Outlook, first published as a 20-page advertiser in November 2003, is a voluntary effort and needs input from you to build on its success. Contact: 026/41891; Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to Killarney Road, Macroom. The first edition of 2018 will appear on January 11.
Please tell absent friends and family that they may access an edited version of the magazine on line by Googling Lee Valley Outlook / current issue. Back issues dating to March 2012 are available by clicking the 'Lee Valley Outlook Archive' tab at www.macroom.ie. You may also view a regularly changing slide show.
Nollaig faoi shéan is faoi mhaise dúinn go léir agus síochán agus sláinte san athbhliain.

Reeling in the Year 2017


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Pantomonium ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom ploughing match was held successfully on the appointed day, January 1. A temporary library opened in rented premises at Railway View. McEgan College students, winners of the Michael Sweetnam Award, visited the European Parliament. Circus Pantomonium was a great success at the Riverside Park Hotel. David Howard, Ballinora , was named the 2016 Muskerry G.A.A./ Auld Triangle SportsStar.

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On stage at the Opera House. ©Lee Valley Outlook

A month of drama in which ‘Murder at Shandy Hall’ played two sell-out shows at Cork Opera House. Sullane Players marked their 10th anniversary with a superb production of ‘The Field’. The Briery Gap was awarded a €250k upgrading grant for when it might be reopened. Noel Murphy, Masseytown won a professional boxing match in the National Stadium before many Macroom supporters. Seán Ó Muimhneachain, Cúl a’ Bhuachaigh, was appointed Uachtarán an Oireachtais.

Pic 05 Mickey Mouse stuff at Macroom St. Patrick’s Day Parade ©Lee Valley Outlook

Because of the closed Briery Gap, Macroom lost the annual Schools Drama and Light Entertainment Festivals to Mullingar. The 150th anniversary of the Mercy Order was celebrated in Macroom. Laura Creedon, Cill na Martra, representing Naomh Abán Ladies, was selected from 12 entrants as 2017 Flower of Macroom. Foróige Macroom held its inaugural meeting. Newmarket won the Tom Creedon Cup, defeating Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh. Big crowds attended the parades on a damp St. Patrick’s Day.

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The power of fire in Gougane Barra ©Caitriona Hurley

Easter ceremonies were low key after the 2016 extravaganza. Store of Memories and a Taste Trail opened in Inchigeela. A huge forest fire wreaked havoc in Gougane Barra and spectacular images of the iconic oratory went viral. Kilkenny defeated Cork in the Camogie League final. Mary McSweeney received a Bene Merenti medal to mark her 60 years as organist in Macroom.

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Preparatory work for the long awaited bypass ©Lee Valley Outlook ©Lee Valley Outlook

Michael Galvin’s 14th book - Kilmurry 1932 - 1935- was launched. Cork Ladies won another Football League final, defeating Donegal. Cormac Larkin, the Hermitage, had an asteroid named after him at Intel ISEF Awards in Los Angeles. Macroom Marts presented over €20k in sponsorship to worthy causes.

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Midsummer Mass at St. John’s Well ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lovely weather sees Summer Dancing nights at the Riverside Park Hotel. Seán Ó Liatháin released An Crúiscín Lán, a CD of traditional songs. Johnny Lynch, of Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella fame, became a television star and promoted the beautiful Lee Valley, courtesy of the Aldi tv ad. Clondrohid Showstoppers had a tribute night as the group disbanded. Many local Primary school teachers retired.

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High Hopes Choir in Dripsey ©Lee Valley Outlook

Work started on preparatory work for the long awaited bypass. O’Neill’s Sports Shop at Railway View closed down but many premises carry Sale Agreed signs and a new, larger Lidl premises opened. Coachford Family Festival moved forward to July and Daniel Corkery Summer School and Donoughmore Carnival drew crowds. It was announced that the Cork 20 Car Rally would be based in Macroom for the next three years. The Lee Valley Enterprise Board revealed a dream to develop the Church of Ireland building as a cultural centre.

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Rena brings home the silverware – again ©Lee Valley Outlook

Inchigeela Festival, Rylane Village Fete, Heritage Week events and Crookstown Vintage provided summer entertainment. Toons Bridge Dairy advertised for buffalo farmers to cater for increased demand. Work on the roof of St Colman’s church saw Perpetual Adoration transferred to the Convent Chapel. The High Hopes Choir was a huge attraction in Dripsey. Seán Ó Sé starred at a Senior Citizen fundraiser. St. Colman’s new church organ was showcased at a recital in Macroom.


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Macroom Food Festival ©Lee Valley Outlook

A busy month featured Macroom Food Festival and a very successful Cork 20 Rally. Vague plans for the Briery Gap suggested that work on reconstruction might commence in September 2018. A Falla Cuimhneacháin was unveiled in Cúil Aodha. Cork Camogie team reclaimed the O'Duffy Cup from Kilkenny, earning a record breaking 27th title for Cork and 18 All Ireland medals for Rena Buckley, who is first to captain All Ireland champions in her own county in both codes. Cork Lady Footballers lost out to Mayo in the semi final, having won 11/12 of the previous All Ireland Championships.

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William Lynch speeds through Cill na Martra during the Cork 20 Rally ©Lee Valley Outlook

Who Wants to be a Thousandaire was a very successful fundraiser for West Muskerry A.C. Grease Lightning was staged in the Riverside Park Hotel in four well attended shows, followed by seven nights of ‘Sir Henry’, directed by Cathal MacCabe. Macroom Tidy Towns retained the Silver Medal and earned an extra 5 marks. Storm Ophelia October 16 affected many, leaving some without power, water and Internet connection for close on a month. Macroom Handball Club was re-established.

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‘Sir Henry’ ©Lee Valley Outlook

The Alleluia concert in St Colman’s Church, Macroom, revived memories with hymns from bygone days. Conchúr Ó Luasa, Screathan, won Corn Ui Riada for Sean Nós singing at the Oireachtas. Helen Hallissey produced her play, There Goes the Bell, in the CAT Club. Macroom FC celebrated its 40th anniversary. St Mary's presented their own sketch, the Great Escape, in Clondrohid.

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Christmas Lights in Macroom 2017 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Coachford Players staged a very successful production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. Masseytown lit up for Christmas on December 3 while the traditional Christmas Shopping day, December 8, brought festive cheer to Macroom. Most villages in the area were decorated and illuminated for Christmas and Poc Fada and Cic Fada seem to be the new phenomenon to provide after Christmas entertainment and exercise.

Christmas Ceremonies 2017

Macroom Parish
Masses: Christmas Eve: Sunday: Vigil Mass 7 p.m. with Youth Choir; Midnight Mass 12.00
Christmas Day, Monday: 8.30 am, 10.30 am., 12.00 noon. Caum: 10.00 am. Polish Mass 1.30 pm
St. Stephen’s Day: Tuesday-- 10.00 am.
Confessions: Saturday. 23rd : 12 noon - 3 p.m. Caum: 12 noon to 12.30.
Carol Service in Macroom on Sunday 10th, December at 7 p.m.
Penitential Rite-Confessions in Macroom —Tuesday 12th at 7.30 p.m.
Aghinagh Parish
Christmas Eve Masses 7.00 p.m. Bealnamorrive; 9.00 p.m. Ballinagree
Christmas Day Masses 9.30 a.m. Bealnamorrive; 11.00 a.m. Rusheen
Aghabullogue Parish
Christmas Eve Masses: Aghabullogue – 7 p.m.; Coachford – 9 p.m.; Rylane – 11 p.m.
Christmas Day Masses: Aghabullogue – 8.30 a.m.; Coachford – 10 a.m.; Rylane – 11.30 a.m.
Baile Mhúirne Parish
Masses: Oíche Nollag: Baile Mhúirne 6.30p.m. Cúil Aodha 9p.m.
Lá Nollag. Dec. 25. Baile Mhúirne 8.30 agus 11.30a.m. Cúil Aodha 10 a.m.
Cill na Martra Parish.
Masses: Christmas Eve: Sun. 24th Cill na Martra 7.00 pm; Réidh na nDoirí 9.00 pm.
Christmas Morning: Mon. 25th Réidh na nDoirí 9.30 am; Cill na Martra 11.30 am.
Clondrohid Parish
Christmas Eve: Clondrohid 11a.m. (no 8.30a.m. Mass) and 8p.m. Carriganima 8p.m. (no 10a.m. Mass)
Christmas Day: Clondrohid 8.30am and 11am. Carriganima 10am.
St. Stephen’s Day 11a.m. Mass in Clondrohid
Donoughmore Parish
Christmas Eve: Mass 7pm St. Lachteen’s Church. 8.30pm St. Joseph’s Church
Christmas Day: 9.30a.m. and 11.30a.m. St. Lachteen’s Church. 10am St. Joseph’s Church
Farran/ Ovens Parish
Confessions: Sat. 23rd Dec.: Ovens 11am. Farran 12noon..
Christmas Eve Masses: Ovens 6pm & 10pm. Farran 8pm.
Christmas Day Masses: Ovens 8.30am & 11.30am. Farran 9.30am.
Kilmichael Parish
Sat.23. Mass - Cooldorrihy 8.15 pm
Sun. 24. Christmas Eve. Mass Johnstown 10.00 am Toames 11.30 am Vigil Mass – Toames 7.30 pm Cooldorrihy 10.00 pm.
Mon. 25th Dec Christmas Day Mass Johnstown 9.00 am; Johnstown 10.00 am; Toames 11.30 am
Tues. 26. St. Stephen’s Day Mass- Cooldorrihy 10.00 am.
Uíbh Laoire Parish
Christmas Eve: 7pm Ballingeary. 9 pm Inchigeela
Christmas Day: 10am Ballingeary. 11:30am Inchigeela
St Stephen's day: 10am Inchigeela

Lee Valley Diary

Christmas Dinner at the Fr. Ryan Hall, Barrett’s Place, Macroom from 12.30p.m. Christmas Day. Everyone welcome.
Dip na Nollag Lá Nollag tar éis Aifreann Chúil Aodha 10a.m.
Coachford 5k Run on Coachford Greenway on St. Stephen’s Day at 11am.
Run the Wren Fancy Dress Walk from Inchigeela Village at midday, Dec 26th.
Kilmichael Puc Fada St. Stephen’s Day, 2.15 pm from Kilmichael Bar
Poc Fada Inniscarra G.A.A. and Camogie Club, St. Stephen’s Day, from Blair’s Inn, at 12 noon.
Alan Buckley Memorial Cic Fada Sat 30th Dec from Kilmurry @2pm to Béal na Bláth
€20 Card Game. Inchigeela Hall. 90% Payout 30th Decemberat 3p.m.
Ballinagree Vintage Run Sun. 31 Dec. Leaving village at 12 noon.
Lee Valley Speakers Jan. 2nd and 16th at 8pm in the Castle Hotel Macroom.
KHAA Little Women’s Christmas Tea Party 6th Jan @8:30pm in Museum.
Macroom Ploughing Match Sun. Jan. 7 at Teergay, Kilbarry, 11.30am.
KHAA AGM on 16th January @ 8pm in Museum
Inchigeela Bingo every Sat. night at 8.30pm in the Hall.
KHAA presents Peadar Ó Riada, Seán Ó Sé and Guests at Éire Óg Ovens on Sat Feb 17th at 8pm.
Aghinah Comhaltas will host Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí in Macroom on May 11th, 12th & 13th 2018.

LVEB Events

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

Adult Bookclub Wed. Jan. 3
Purlies. Thurs Jan. 4 at 11a.m.
Story time; Sat. Jan. 6 at 12 noon.
Children’s Bookclub Sat Jan. 6 at 3 p.m.
Ciorcal Cainte Thurs.Jan. 11 at 11.30a.m.
Gramophone Circle; Fri. Jan. 12 at 11a.m.
Art exhibition for December by Sullane Art Group
Christmas Closure Sat. Dec 23 to Mon. Jan. 1 inclusive.

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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.

Christmas Dinner Don’t be alone on Christmas Day. Come and enjoy Christmas dinner at the Fr. Ryan Hall, Barrett’s Place, Macroom. Dinner is served from 12.30p.m. No age restrictions. Everyone welcome.
Cover Pic. The homeless Nativity scene on the cover of the Christmas Outlook is the work of Julius Garibaldi Melchers, 1860 – 1932, the son of German immigrants to America.
Dip na Nollag. Beidh Dip na Nollag ar siúl Lá Nollag tar éis Aifreann Chúil Aodha 10a.m.. Cártaí urraíochta agus eolas le fail ó Jerh 086 2543377 nó Siobhán 087 9274671.
Coachford 5k Run. Coachford Community Association is hosting a 5Km run and walk on the Coachford Greenway on St. Stephen’s Day at 11am. The Community Association is hoping that everyone will come out for some fresh air and get the body moving again after spending the previous day eating and drinking too much. Everyone is welcome to come along. There is no entry fee but a donation bucket will be available.
Seamus Noonan Memorial Poc Fada Inniscarra G.A.A. and Camogie Clubs will host their annual Poc Fada on St. Stephen’s Day, 26th December, starting at Blair’s Inn, at 12.00 noon. This is a great day out for everyone, and an enjoyable family event in the G.A.A calendar. All proceeds from the Poc Fada will go to local charities. Teams will comprise of three, with entry fee of €10 for Adults and €5 for Juveniles. Presentation of prizes will take place in the Club House, where light refreshments will also be available. All trophies won throughout the year will be on display.
Kilmichael Puc Fada takes place on St. Stephen’s Day starting at 2.15 pm at Kilmichael Bar and finishing at 5 Roads, Terelton. Registration from 1.45 pm onwards.
Alan Buckley Memorial Cic Fada takes place Saturday 30th December from Kilmurry Village @2pm and heading to Béal na Bláth
Ballinagree Vintage Club Tractor, Car and Bike Run will take place on Sunday, 31 December. Entry fee of €15, with sign on from 11a.m. Leaving Ballinagree Village at 12 noon. Brass plaque to all who register. Presentation to Marymount at 3p.m. Enquiries to 0860647381.
Macroom Ploughing Match will take place on Sunday, January 7 on the lands of Angela Leonard, Teergay, Kilbarry, Macroom. Commencing at 11.30am. Usual classes. Results in Coolcower House that night. Great day out for all the family.
Lee Valley Speakers will meet on the 2nd and again on the 16th of January 2018 at 8pm in the Castle Hotel Macroom. Anyone interested in learning about public speaking is welcome.
Kilmurry Historical KHAA proudly presents Peadar Ó Riada, Seán Ó Sé and Guests in Concert In Eire Óg Ovens on Saturday February 17th at 8pm. Tickets €20 from Mary (087) 6568110 or Eventbrite www.kilmurrymuseum.ie
Lighting up Kilmurry. A large crowd gathered in Kilmurry for the turning on of Christmas lights in the village. The choir and DJ provided entertainment to the onlookers. Sheila O'Callaghan turned on the lights at 7pm. Santa also paid a visit. The Museum was open for tea and coffees. A big thanks to everyone who has financially supported the lights and to Dermot O'Callaghan and his fellow workers for the fantastic Christmas lights that are on display in Kilmurry Village.
Macroom Fly Anglers Draw. 1st Elly May Twomey, C/o Michael Casey. 2nd Patrick O’Mahony, Bandon. 3rd Mary Kelleher, Bridgemount, Clondrohid. 4th Trish O’ Mahony, Watergate Street, Bandon. 5th Teresa O’Mahony, Castle Road, Bandon. 6th Siobhán Lehane, Ballingeary. 7th James Clinton, C/o Frank Haynes. 8th Pat Sheehy, Lower Cork Street, Macroom. 9th Conor Downing, C/o John Twomey. 10th Peter Cashman, C/o Frank Haynes.
Lee Valley Enterprise Draw Prizewinners of €50 vouchers on Friday, December 8 were Elaine Riordan, The Hermitage at Clancy’s Fresh Fish; Pat Kelleher, Codrum at Vaughan’s Cafe; Patsy Collins, Kilmichael at Dental Practice; Gobnait Magner, Monkstown at Glenview Motors; Theresa O’Donoghue, Ballinagree at Allie Browne Drapery; Nora O’Riordan, Rathcoole, Mallow at T.M. Cronin’s; Johanna O’Driscoll, Lower Codrum at AIB Bank; Ann O’Mahony, Tullatreada at Quinlan’s; Jane O’Brien, Clondrohid at Twomey Butcher’s; Kathleen Curtin, Sullane Place at Vaughan’s Cafe.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto; 10th Dec.Jackpot €4,000. Numbers drawn 14, 20, 29. No winner. €50 Hugh & Jenny Kelleher Annagannihy Ballinagree €20 Claire & Jack Manning Coolnidane, Alan Cummins Rusheen, Dave Barry Laharn, John O'Connell Knockrour. Additional Christmas Prizes: Hamper: Ted & Gretta Roche, Curraghanearla. Voucher for Michael Twomey: Conor & Gearoid Lehane, Ballinagree
17th Dec. Jackpot €4,150. Numbers drawn 35, 36, 37. No winner. €50 Noel Lynch Coolgarrif €20 each: Michael Creed Clondrohid, Bill Rourke Lyroe, Denis Twohig Horsemount Ballinagree, Àine Hurley Bawnmore. Additional Christmas Prizes: Hamper: Michael Shaughnessy. Voucher for Michael Twomey: Ellen Coakley, Derryroe. Bottle of Whiskey: Shauna Lehane, Ballinagree.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto Results. 6/12/2017. Jackpot €4000. No winner. €70 Ann Marie Murphy, Pike Hse., Carriganima €20 each €20 - Kate Murray, c/o Murray’s Bar Anthony Hennigan, Carrigaphooka Catherine O’ Connor, c/o Murray’s Bar Denise Ahern, Aherla. Congratulations to Sheila Walsh of Carriganima, the jackpot winner of €250 this week.

Kilmurry GAA Lotto 4/12/2017 No Winner. Jackpot €4,800. Winning numbers 23,28,31€100 Declan Kelleher €50 each Cathal Burke, Owen Keane €20 each. Hannah Moss, John O’Mahony, All the Blacks.
11/12/2017 Jackpot €5,000 Winning numbers 17,28,31. No winner. €100 Chestnut €50 each John Michael Galvin. Ted O’Keeffe. €20 each Noel Hartnett, Chris Murphy, Helen Knight

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 05/12/2017. Jackpot €5.000. No Winner, Numbers drawn: 2-25-35.. €70 Vincent Kingston, Coolyhane. €20 each: Kevin Payne, Cork Street. Jim Chambers, C/O T.P. Cotters,. Melanie Spillane, Kilbarry. Shelia Crowley, Gurteenroe. Tadgh O'Driscoll, Sullane Weirs.
12/12/2017. Jackpot €5,200. No Winner, Numbers drawn: 2-16-18. No Winner. €70 Clare Mungovan, Middle Square. €20 each: Breda O'Riordan, New Street. Orla O'Riordan, Sleaveen East,. Margaret Buckley, New Road. Denis Paul Bradley, Masseytown. Dympina Corrigan, Glen Park.

Coachford AFC Lotto: 11/12/2017. Jackpot: €5,600. Numbers Drawn: 29 – 30 – 35. No Winner. €40 Jim Bob Buckley. €20 Michael Goulding, Mark O’Mahony, Oliver c/o Centra, Mick Riordan (Tullig).
18/12/2017. Jackpot: €5,800. Numbers Drawn: 3 – 8 – 22. No Winner. €40 Bingo Hotties. €20 Nuala Manley, Adam & Mark Murphy, Eilish Murphy, Oliver.


Macroom Scientist’s New Book

Dr. Colm P. Kelleher, Ph. D., has just published a book, 'Phases of Matter', in collaboration with three other American scientists. It is an adult colouring science book based on research on colloids and matter. Colm, originally from Railway View, Macroom and son of Con and Teresa Kelleher, attended De La Salle, Macroom.
Colm Kelleher is a scientist at Harvard University, specialising in Biophysics and the physics of colloids. As well as scientific research, Colm is interested in science communication and education and has published several Ted-Ed videos on physics and maths. He earned his B. Sc. in Maths and Physics at U.C.C. in 2008, and completed his Ph. D. in Physics at New York University in 2016.
'Phases of Matter' is soft covered and retails at €12.99. It is available in Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop, McCarthy Newsagents, Macroom, and in Liam Ruiséal's and Vibes and Scribes in Cork city. It is also available on-line. The book would make a suitable Christmas present for University science students and second level students interested in science, while anyone can enjoy the colouring.

Macroom Updates

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Rose Violet and Sweetpea, (Pádraig O’Driscoll and Kevin Moynihan) create mayhem for ‘Cinderella’ in Macroom January 5 – 7. ©Lee Valley Outlook


Macroom’s 2017 – 2018 Panto is the ever popular ‘Cinderella’, with Kelly Ann Healy in the title role and the Fairy Queen is played by Lorraine Casey. Prince Charming is played by Panto newcomer Donal Ó Ceallaigh, who is ably assisted by his cousin, Dandini – Gerard Collins. The King is played by another well-seasoned performer – Pat Kelleher, who is assisted by his very dedicated secretary – Mary Lynch. Comedy in abundance is provided by the usual suspects, Jim Leahy as Dame Daisy, Ugly Sisters Rose Violet and Sweetpea played by Pádraig O’Driscoll & Kevin Moynihan and the superbly talented Darragh Murphy as Buttons. The local postman and nosey gossip, played by David Leahy, also contributes to the fun, while Con Foley, the palace guard, has the task of making sure the slipper fits the right foot while keeping order at the Grand Ball. You will enjoy the much-loved chorus of tiny tots. Dancing and singing to the music of the great Elvis are the teenage chorus, with soloists, Martin McCarthy, Julie Dunne and Con Foley. There is also an exceptional production team working behind the scenes to help create a Panto which everyone has to see, don’t miss out.
Children’s Chorus: Amy Brown, Jane Brown, Alisha Callaghan, Julia Collins, Tadhg Crowley, John Crowley, Una Cummins, John Dunlea, Sophia Dunlea, Laoise Flynn, Katie Hourihan, Emma Kelleher, Lauryn Kelleher, Cara Kelleher, Lia Kenny, Tess Kenny, Lilly Lambrou, Chloe Lambrou, Lanah Leavy, Sarah Lyons, Grace Lyons, Tara Lyons, Amy McCullagh, Lilly McCullagh, Molly McCarthy, Niamh McCarthy, Aoife McCarthy, Oisin McCarthy, Emily Mehigan, Grace Mehigan, Daniel Mulcahy, Siún Nì Dhuinnín, Éabha Ní Laoire. Cara O’Brien, Orla O’Brien, John O’Brien, Madeline O’Callaghan, Dorothy O’Callaghan, Isabelle O’Callaghan, Brid O’Driscoll, Máire O’Donovan, Laoise O’Flynn, Patrick O’Grady, Sophie O’Grady, Sean O’Mahony, Mary Jo O’Mahony, Mollie O’Mahoney, Liadan O’Regan, Kate O’Sullivan, Ted O’Sullivan, Anna O’Sullivan, Aimee Twomey Prendeville, Saoirse Twomey, Fionán Twomey, Doireann Vaughan.
Teenage Chorus: Clodagh O’Riordan, Ciara O’Riordan, Lara O’Sullivan, Anna Kyprianou, Rachel Dineen, Ciara Moynihan, Chantell Mason, Mary Sheehan, Evan Gallagher, Jane Kyrianou, Niamh White.
Child Soloists: Aimee Twomey Prendeville, Molly McCarthy , David Mulcahy. Palace Trumpeter ; Kevin Bradley.
Back Stage. Marketing; Aidan Vaughan. Children’s Registration Co-Ordinator: Alisheen O’Connell. Lighting —Jon Mathers. Sound – Mark McMillan. Projection Denis Collins. Choreographer- Margot Carlile. Costumes—Jennifer O’Sullivan & Rita O’Brien. Make Up—Eleanor Healy. Stage Set and Props—Martin Coughlan, Pat O Connell, and Tony Ring.
Orchestra: Piano – Anne Egan. Guitar – Liam Kent. Violin- Orla Dineen. Percussion – Padraig Dineen, Cello- Caoibhe Moynihan
Director and Script Writer—Ann Dunne
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.

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The Palace Cinema, the site of the Briery Gap Cultural Centre, which suffered fire damage in May 2016 and is set to lie idle for another two years at least. ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

 Briery Gap Refurbishment

Councillor Ted Lucey MCC asked for an update on the Briery Gap schedule of works at the December meeting of Blarney-Macroom Municipal District Council, stating that progress has been very slow on the project to date. He stressed that the Briery Gap is a huge loss to the local community and requested details on when work is due to commence – workmen on site and what is the completion date?
He was told that Cork County Council undertook a competition for the procurement of a design team in autumn 2016. The current position in relation to the schedule of works is as follows:
Stage 1 – Preliminary Design: Date of Appointment to End of February 2018
Stage 2 – Part VIII Planning: January 2018 to end of May 2018
Stage 3 – Detailed Design: January 2018 to end of September 2018
Stage 4 – Construction Procurement: September 2018 to December 2018
Stage 5 – Construction Works: January 2019 to December 2019
Stage 6 – Handover & Project Close-Out: December 2019 to December 2020.
Cork County Council noted that the programme periods are only indicative at this stage and that they would endeavour to have the Briery Gap Theatre available for use as both a theatre and a library prior to December 2019. They promised to issue quarterly updates to the members of the Blarney/Macroom Municipal District over the course of the project.
Questions were raised regarding insurance on the damaged building. The Briery Gap Board of Management has already settled with their insurers and it was previously understood that Cork County Council had also settled with the insurers of the building. Mr. Jim Molloy,
Senior Executive Officer, CCC, assured Cllr. Lucey, that insurance would not be an issue that would delay progress.
Considerable damage was done backstage in the Briery Gap in the May 2016 fire. The theatre auditorium had been fully refurbished in 2013. The library, which occupied the ground floor of the building was not damaged by fire, but was moved to rented premises at Railway View in December 2016. Initially it was stated that the Design stage would be completed in early Q2 of 2018 and would then proceed to the Procurement of Construction Contractors and the commencement of works in Q3 2018. In the most recent update, Construction Works are scheduled for January – December 2019.

De La Salle Updates.

While acknowledging that it represents only a narrow measure of a school’s success, it was nevertheless very gratifying to see De la Salle riding high in the latest “league table” for entry to Third Level. The school rated in 7th place overall in Cork city and county, with 97% of last summer’s Leaving Cert cohort going on to further study.
Steven Bradley from Fifth Year had a successful trip to the IWAS games in Portugal, setting several personal bests along the way and an Irish record in the 800 metre event.
In GAA, De la Salle College is into the final of the Corn Simcox (Cork Schools’ Senior A football) after beating Clonakilty Community College 1-7 to 0-8 in the semi-final. The game was played in Páirc Uí Chaoimh and De la Salle will be going for a fifth win in the competition since 2006. Coláiste Chríost Rí or Hamilton High School Bandon will provide the opposition in the decider. De la Salle has been drawn against St. Brendan’s College Killarney in the quarter-final of the Corn Uí Mhuirí (Munster Schools’ Senior A football) and that game will be played on January 17th.
The school sent a team of thirteen athletes to the Cork Schools’ junior cross country at Riverstick. Overall, De la Salle was placed sixth of eighteen schools, with Ramon Gasper from Third Year in tenth place and Ben O’Connell first in the Second Year section.
The 2C class travelled to Haulbowline to visit the naval base as part of their C.S.P.E. project and a great day was had by all both on the water and ashore!
A phenomenal response from parents, students and the community in general resulted in De la Salle being able to present a virtual mountain of food hampers to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for distribution to the needy this Christmas. The school also held a “Christmas Jumper” day in aid of the MCA charities, while the Transition Year students were on the streets of Macroom collecting for the same body.

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Civic reception for American Ambassador, Jean Kennedy Smith, at Macroom Famine Commemoration 1997 ©SMcS

 Macroom Library

The library staff would like to thank the people of Macroom and environs for their continuing support of the library at our new location in Railway View. We wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas and good health for 2018. We close at 5.30 on Friday 22nd and reopen on Tuesday January 2nd at 10.00am.
Our first activities in 2018 are Wednesday 3rd Adult Book club. The current title is ‘A Temporary Gentleman ‘by Sebastian Barry . Thursday 4th sees the return of the Purlies knitting group at 11am for an hour and a half or so of knitting and crochet accompanied by a cup of tea/coffee and a chat.
Saturday 6th we have Childrens Storytime at 12 noon for 45 minutes. Conducted by a member of staff and suitable for 3-8 year olds.
In the afternoon of the 6th at 3p.m we have Childrens bookclub for 45 minutes or so. The current title is ‘The Night of the Burning’ by Linda Press Wolff. Members, please bring any copies of ‘Jennie ‘ still outstanding and think up a book club alias.
Thursday 11th Nora Levis will lead Ciorcal Cainte at 11.30 for an hour le cupán tae. Nollaig Shona.
Friday 12th is the first music morning of the New Year with Connie Foley doing the presenting. All are welcome to this free and friendly event.

Local Television

Wed. Dec. 20. 9.30pm. Carols and Pageant from Ballyvourney 2005. .
Sun. Dec. 24. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Glenstal Abbey – a Guide, 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. Who Wants to be a Thousandaire fundraiser for Carriganima N.S. Part 1 2006.
Sun. Dec. 31. 5.30p.m. Sunday Special followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Jan. 3. 9.30pm. Who Wants to be a Thousandaire fundraiser for Carriganima N.S. Part 2 2006.
Sun. Jan. 7. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: The Monks of Glenstal Abbey, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Jan. 10. 9.30pm. The Holy Show 1982 at Palace Cinema Macroom. .
Sun. Jan. 14. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Mass from St Gobnait’s Ballyvourney, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Jan. 17. 9.30pm. Holy Show 1984 at Palace Cinema Macroom. .
Sun. Jan. 21. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special Talk by Fr McCarthy, Macroom, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Jan. 24. 9.30pm. Éigse 1993 and 1995 from the Abbey and Mills, Ballyvourney. .
Sun. Jan. 28. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Mass at Carrigastyra Famine Graveyeard 1997, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Jan. 31. 9.30pm. Scoraíocht from Castle Hotel Macroom, November 2017, presented by Maurice Healy Part 1.

Lee Valley Updates

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‘The Wizard of Oz’ in Coachford ©Lee Valley Outlook

 Magic in Coachford

Coachford players staged a highly entertaining production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in the local hall on four nights in the run up to Christmas. Very talented and experienced members of the cast, coupled with a delightful children's chorus, made the well loved show a most enjoyable experience for the appreciative audience. Back in the 1950s, Coachford was famous for the special effects in the annual pantomime. The spark of innovation still burns brightly, as evidenced in Miss Gulch's bad tempered departure astride a High Nelly; the meltdown of The Wicked Witch and, to a lesser degree, the Wizard’s flight in a hot air balloon! All created great hilarity.
Colette Hogan, blessed with a fine voice, was an ideal Dorothy. Anne Marie McMahon was the essence of malevolence as the Wicked Witch, while Tomas Healy, as the wizard/ professor, was wonderfully verbose and articulate. Aunt Em, the Tin Man, the Lion and Scarecrow, in their dual roles, were all excellent. Animals and children are said to be scene stealers and a very well behaved Toto and his alter ego captured the attention of the audience at every appearance. Lighting and costumes were very effective.
Both orchestra and chorus were excellent and the audience thoroughly enjoyed well loved numbers such as, Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead; We're off to see the Wizard, Follow the Yellow Brick Road, Somewhere Over the Rainbow etc.
Perhaps the most pleasant thing about the production was that every member of the cast seemed to be having a ball on stage, surely a reliable barometer on which to judge an amateur production and a good omen for the future of drama in Coachford. Fr. Buckley must be proud.

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Clondrohid u21 Muskerry Champions 1997 ©SMcS

 Clondrohid Updates

Muinefliuch N.S. recently participated in a Science Quiz organised by Lifetime Labs at U.C.C. 60 teams from all over Cork took part .Muinefliuch was represented by Tom Finn, Leanne Healy and Grace O'Riordan, all 6th class and Donna Kelleher, Ailbe Burke and Eabha O'Sullivan all 5th class. The 6th class pupils were thrilled to hear that they had come 1st in their section after a nail biting, tiebreaker round. They were presented with medals and books by the deputy Lord Mayor. Cllr. Fergal Dennehy. The pupils in 5th class had also done themselves proud by getting just 2 points less than the 6th class. Comhghairdeas!
Muinefliuch Parents’ Association would like to thank everyone who came along to their Christmas demonstration in the school on December 7 . A big thank you to Cathriona Healy O’Brien of Enchanted Flowers for putting on a fabulous demonstration. Thank you to all those who donated raffle prizes, had a stand in our mini market and all those who helped make our night a great success. Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising events throughout the year. Wishing you all a happy Christmas and a peaceful new year.
Christmas entertainment in Bell Inn: Friday 22 Music by The Hillbillies, St. Stephen’s Night Con and Marian, and New Year’s Eve Sledge and Marian.
Entertainment in Carriganima: On Thursday Dec 28 the well established ’Murphy’s 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.

Ireland in 1967.

Jack Lynch was Taoiseach and Éamonn De Valera was president. NFA protests saw roads blocked with machinery. The widowed Jackie Kennedy and her children holidayed in Ireland. Second level students, who had been granted free education, now got Free Transport. A Jayne Mansfield show was cancelled in Tralee. Poet, Patrick Kavanagh and novelist, Walter Macken died. Jack Lynch and Terence O’Neill met in Stormont and were snowballed by Ian Paisley and friends. Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association was established. The law preventing Catholic priests from attending the theatre was changed by the hierarchy.
Irish no 1 singles included Green Green Grass of Home with Tom Jones; I'm a Believer/ The Monkees; Joe Dolan with The House with the Whitewashed Gable; Petula Clarke with This is my Song; Engelbert Humperdinck with Release Me and the Last Waltz; Frank and Nancy Sinatra with Something Stupid; Sandie Shaw and Puppet on a String; The Dubliners with Seven Drunken Nights; Johnny McEvoy and Boston Burglar; The Tremolos and Silence is Golden; Johnny Kelly and Black Velvet Band; All you Need is Love with The Beatles; San Francisco with Scott McKenna; Whiskey on a Sunday with Danny Doyle and Treat my Daughter Kindly with Pat Lynch.
RTE News decided not to cover the Vietnam War. Popular home-made programmes were Wanderly Wagon, the Late Late Show, Dáithí Lacha, Féach, Tolka Row. Newsbeat, The Riordans, Quicksilver , Seven Days. Other favourites were Green Acres. The Lucy Show. Bonanza. Bewitched. The Beverly Hillbillies. The Virginian. Daktari.
1967 Films included The Graduate, Cool Hand Luke, The Dirty Dozen, Jungle Book, Bonnie and Clyde, You Only Live Twice, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, In the Heat of the Night, Barefoot in the Park, Casino Royale, Doctor Dolittle, A Man for All Seasons.
A reasonable salary for young professionals was £1,500 pa. A 4-bedroomed house in affluent Foxrock cost £4,000 and an average size car cost £800. Popular children's toys included Lego, Matchbox cars, dolls, doll houses, furniture and tea sets. The cost of a pint ranged from 2s in Kerry to 2s 10d in Dublin. Kilkenny beat Tipperary in the hurling All Ireland and Meath beat Cork in the football final.

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Macroom Streetscape 1997 ©SMcS

 World News 1967

The Vietnam War ground on, with huge casualties on both sides. The US government, led by President Johnson, tried to massage the details but student protests and anti war marches grew in power and numbers. Muhammad Ali refused to give compulsory military service and was barred from world boxing for three years. Racial riots spread throughout U.S cities. Space exploration continued, including the Apollo disaster. The first North Sea gas was pumped ashore in Yorkshire. The Cambodian Civil War got underway. President Kennedy’s body was reinterred in Arlington Cemetery. The Torrey Canyon oil spill off Lands End was an environmental disaster. San Francisco becomes the centre of Flower Power and the Summer of Love. Elvis and Priscilla Presley married in Las Vegas. The Six Day War between Israel and Syria, Egypt, Iraq and Jordan was fought out. The results, with Israel capturing East Jerusalem, the old city, the Golan Heights and the Gaza Strip, set the scene for the ongoing Middle East troubles. Biafra broke away from Nigeria. Britain and Ireland applied for EEC membership but De Gaulle vetoed British entry, delaying Ireland’s membership also. The U.K. experienced its first public colour television broadcast. Pirate radio stations like Radio Caroline, resisted legal control. Che Guevara was arrested and executed in Bolivia. Christian Barnard performed the first heart transplant in Cape Town .


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Macroom Hunt at the Rectory 1997 ©SMcS

 1997 in Macroom

Land was needed for housing and an attempt was made to buy the Fair Field. There were changes to water charges and motor taxation. Domestic water was now ‘free’ but must be funded from Motor Tax. Macroom U.D.C. was up in arms as this depleted their revenue. Duffy’s Circus visited the Town Car Park. Macroom U.D.C. voiced support for RTC to be made CIT. The installation of a Civic Amenity Site, a new concept, was discussed. Traffic problems were ongoing. Government representatives declared that the Bypass was a matter for the NRA and the NRA refused to meet with a deputation from the UDC but assured them that it would be considered post 1999. Detailed proposals for improving traffic flow were published. The provision of a Gearagh Heritage Centre was discussed as was funding and support for a Famine Commemoration. A Civic Reception was accorded Jean Kennedy Smith, American Ambassador, on May 2 for the Famine ceremonies. Martin Coughlan was U.D.C. Cathaoirleach and he was succeeded by Pat O’Connell, with Denis Kelleher as Leas Cathaoirleach. George Desmond’s Centra Store at Hospital Cross was declared the cleanest supermarket in Ireland. Tom Sweeney finished Top Irish Rod at the World Fly Fishing Championships in America. The Library/ Theatre project went to contract in October. A £50,000 local contribution was required. With £10,000 won in the Gay Byrne Show, a seat sale helped raise more. Macroom received 10 extra marks in the Tidy Towns competition and Browne’s Bar won the award for the Best Traditional Shop Front in the country. It was announced that the ‘Holey Bull’ would be grounded east of the town and not in the flower bed at the Bridge Car Park. The Bealick Mill project received awards from FÁS and AIB. The Centenary of the U.D.C. was celebrated in December.

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Cill na Martra u13 team 1997 ©SMcS

 Ireland in 1997.

 Musical chairs in matters politic saw Mary Robinson replaced by Mary McAleese as President; John Bruton replaced by Bertie Ahern as Taoiseach and Dick Spring replaced by Mary Harney as Tánaiste. Ruairi Quinn took over as Labour leader. The Celtic Tiger was roaring despite ongoing scandals – Fr. Brendan Smyth was convicted and imprisoned; the McCracken Tribunal, Ben Dunne, Charles Haughey, the Blood Transfusion and Hepatitis C scandal filled the airwaves and newspapers. Divorce was legalised. Riots were commonplace in Northern Ireland but the IRA declared a ceasefire in July. Frank McCourt won a Pulitzer Prize for Angela’s Ashes. Kerry beat Mayo in the football final and Clare beat Tipp in the hurling All Ireland.
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Corpus Christi procession 1997 ©SMcS

World News 1997

Clinton was sworn in for a second term as U.S. President. The British Labour Party, with Tony Blair as Prime Minister, was back in power after 18 years. The U.K. ceded sovereignty of Hong Kong to China. Scotland and Wales opted for devolution. Dolly the sheep was cloned in Scotland. A Russian-Chechen Peace Treaty was signed. Khmer Rouge atrocities under Pol Pot continued in Cambodia. The Dow Jones doubled its value in a very volatile. N Y Stock Exchange. Princess Diana and Mother Teresa died. Woolworth stores closed down after 117 years. An earthquake in Umbria wreaked havoc in Assisi. The film Titanic premiered. The English Patient won Best Film at the Academy Awards. The Lost World -Jurassic Park, Men in Black, Tomorrow Never Dies, As Good as it Gets, Air Force One, Liar, Liar, My Best Friend’s Wedding and The Full Monty were other box office hits. .
Popular 1987 Songs were Two become One and Who Do You Think You Are? with the Spice Girls; Discotheque by U2. Time to Say Goodbye with Sarah Brightman and Andrea Boccelli; I'll Be Missing You with Puff Daddy; D'You Know what I Mean by Oasis; Men in Black with Will Smith; Candle in the Wind with Elton John and Good Looking Woman with Dustin and Joe Dolan.

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Wild West Festival in Macroom 1997 ©SMcS


The Christmas Brack.

Growing up in New Street in the early '50s was totally different to what young people experience today. My father was Manager of O’Leary’s Bakery, later to become Neville's, so we lived over the shop at the front of the premises. The Bake House was at the back of the building and, as a young lad, I spent a lot of time running around this area where the bakers, Tom O’Donovan and the Dalys, made bread by hand. That wonderful aroma of freshly baked bread is still with me today and draws me to bread shops wherever I go.

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Staff outside O’Leary’s Bakery, New Street. From left: Nellie and Nan Counihan, Bill Ahern, Denny Murray and Bill Ryan. ©

Early December every year, the baking of Christmas bracks would start, and it was very exciting for me. Not only was Christmas coming but I would be involved in the process. Freshly baked bracks would be taken to the loft over the Bake House and left to cool. That beautiful smell of baked dough and fruit was everywhere. At the right time my job would start - to wrap the bracks for delivery with my co-wrappers, Michael John Dromey and John Twomey, Mike the Butcher's dad, . The fun and craic was a marvellous experience for a young boy at that time and I would get half-a-crown for my trouble before Christmas. The bracks would then be taken down to where the vans were waiting to take them to the shops all over the area and of course, in the town, where Paddy Sheehan would deliver them with his horse-drawn van.
Being that time of year, I thought I would share that memory with you.
Pat Kelleher

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Macroom AFC 40th birthday ©

Ruby Anniversary for Macroom FC. Part 3

By Darragh Deasy.

Pitch and clubhouse developments. Over the years, there have been many successes on the field but arguably ,the finest achievement of them all was the erection of the clubhouse at Murrayfield. Built in 1999, this was a huge step forward for the club and required much long term thinking from the then committee. At the time, it was also a massive financial undertaking. The clubhouse contains 4 dressing rooms with showers, referee’s room, kitchenette, meeting room, ladies and gents toilets, along with an equipment storage room. Today, it is a prized asset and receives regular positive comment from both visiting clubs and the local public.
The next phase of development was an upgrade to the Murrayfield pitch which took place in 2008/9. Once again, this was a massive challenge, with a complete overhaul and realignment of the playing surface involved. Many will remember the old layout with the pitch running from west (Town end) to east (St. Colman’s Park end). The new arrangement sees the main pitch run from south to north and is located adjacent to Macroom E Park. This has allowed the remaining area to be developed for the hosting of games for the younger age groups and also to facilitate training for all teams. Interestingly, an article on Macroom FC, published in 1990 in The Southern Star newspaper, contained the following quote from the then P.R.O. Tim Kelleher, "I would like to see Premier division football and the club acquiring its own pitch and complex. It will take time, but that's what we must aim for". The fact that the pitch and clubhouse upgrades were planned and achieved is an example of the desire of members to improve the club. It should also be a source of great satisfaction to the many people who had that vision all those years ago to see such plans coming to fruition.
With agreement from the Town Park trustees, the top class pitch at the Town Park has been used by the club for competitive fixtures since 1987. This is a fantastic place to play and has been vital for the hosting of home games. With natural drainage along the banks of the River Sullane, the playing surface is outstanding. It is also a very scenic venue and strollers along the riverside walk will regularly stop to take in some of the action. Away teams are always impressed by how well kept this pitch is and the credit for that is due to the grounds committee of Hughie Kelleher, Shane O' Sullivan and Willie O' Riordan. In addition to, Macroom Town Council workers help with grass cutting and pitch upkeep - much appreciated backup.
Way back in 1977, home games were played at a pitch adjacent to the top of the Bowl Road - this is the road which nowadays connects Dan Corkery Place and St. Colman's Park. One club member recalls the original pitch with fondness and humour by its local name, 'Slaughter House Stadium", a title guaranteed to intimidate visiting teams! As time passed, a move was made to an adjoining pitch and, when construction work began there on what became Dan Corkery Place, a short move was necessary and this location was named Murrayfield and remains the home ground to this day.
In the following years, John Martin Fitzgerald of The Hooded Cloak was kind enough to allow the club to use a section of his premises for togging off and showering. Fitzi was always a great supporter of the club and many events, like the annual dinner dance, club lotto, various meetings and after match refreshments were enjoyed in both the front and back bar. And one sure sign of an upcoming fixture in Murrayfield was the sound of metal studs on concrete as players made their way from Fitzi's down past Neville's Bakery (presently Dunnes Stores) just before kickoff. With The Hooded Cloak sadly no longer in business, Murray's Bar has filled the void and Murrays have been fantastic to the club. Monday night is the busiest night off the field as the club lotto (run by Catherine O' Connor, David Shine, JJ Murphy, Connie Foley, Willie O'Riordan and Noel O'Riordan) along with committee and management meetings take place in Murray's function room. With the number of teams, there is always a hectic agenda and in many ways, is an unseen part of the club. The lotto, grounds and general club committee members do marvellous work behind the scenes, dealing with various day to day issues and planning for the future. Murray's is also an ideal location for the prompt distribution of lotto results and tickets throughout the town. To be concluded


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Famine walk to the site of the Workhouse at Macroom Hospital during Macroom Famine Commemoration 1997 ©SMcS

Comharchumann Forbartha Mhúscraí

Community Woodwork Project. Tá fir agus mná i nGaeltacht Mhúscraí á lorg chun tabhairt faoi thogra adhmadóireachta pobail, trí mheán na Gaeilge, a bheidh á reáchtáil go háitiúil SAOR IN AISCE, i gcomhar le Bord Oideachais agus Oiliúna Chorcaí. Tosnóidh an togra san athbhliain, ag brath ar éileamh.Ní gá go mbeadh scileanna adhmadóireachta ná Gaeilge líofa ag rannpháirtithe an togra ach iarrtar ar dhaoine suim a bheith acu scileanna adhmadóireachta nua a fhoghlaim nó cur leis na scileannaatá acu, agus spéis a bheith acu sa Ghaeilge chomh maith.
The project will see the group coming together one evening per week (for approx 3hrs) over a period of eight weeks to work on a project to make wooden chairs which will then be inscribed with Irish language words, phrases or poetry, as the group decides. These chairs will be called 'cathaoireacha comhrá' or 'conversation chairs' and, once completed, will be placed in public places to encourage those who sit down to use their cúpla focal. This project going ahead depends on local demand and those interested in taking part are therefore asked to contact the Comharchumann as soon as possible.
Beannachtaí na Nollag Ba mhaith le Comharchumann Forbartha Mhúscraí buíochas ó chroí a ghabháil le pobal Mhúscraí as an tacaíocht ar fad i gcaitheamh na bliana, idir thacaíocht do ghnáth-thograí an Chomharchumainn agus tacaíocht do tograna pleanála teanga go háitiúil. Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain Faoi Mhaise daoibh go léir. Athosclóidh oifig an Chomharchumainn tar éis saoire na Nollag ar an Déardaoin, 4ú Eanáir.
Tuilleadh eolais faoin gComharchumann ar fail ar line ag www.cfmteo.com.

Be Secure at Christmas

In addition to the standard precautions such as alarming your home, leaving lights on, and locking all windows and doors, you might consider some extra precautions at Christmas and the New Year. Don’t store extra cash in your home; use cards where possible, and remember, ATMs don’t close for Christmas. Hide expensive gifts and not in the most common places such as wardrobes and closets. Discard packaging with discretion. You might like to show off that you got an expensive watch, phone or electronic gizmo, but more than the neighbours might be interested in the empty branded boxes. Don’t advertise your absence from home by posting on social media from a Christmas party or the start of a vacation. Don’t forget to unplug your Christmas lights at night time. Always arm your alarm when leaving home. It won’t work if it’s turned off.

Sports Mad

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Cill na Martra, Muskerry u21 A Football Champions 2017 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Mid Cork GAA Review – 2017

If 2016 in Mid Cork GAA was notable for the emergence of new champions in A grade hurling and football, then 2017 will be remembered for the complete re-establishment of the old order, with Kilmurry in football retaining their title (fourth in six years) and Cloughduv taking the hurling crown (third in four years) back from Ballinora, even though they needed a semi final replay to dispose of the former champions.
In football, Iveleary and Kilmurry were the pre-season favourites for the title and both duly progressed to the final. Iveleary had a big win over Canovee in the opening round; Kilmurry drew with Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh and won the replay. In the quarter finals, Kilmurry were too strong for Aghinagh; Iveleary got the better of Kilmichael and, as the draw kept them apart in the semi finals, both advanced to another Mid Cork final, Kilmurry with a big win over Ballincollig, Iveleary after a stiff test from Canovee. The final was hosted by Naomh Abán at the impressive Páirc Íosagáin in Baile Mhúirne and Kilmurry, after surviving a shaky first half, piled on the scores in the third quarter but were nearly caught by a great last ten minute fight back by the Uíbh Laoire men.

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Cill na Martra, Muskerry u21 A Football Champions 2017 ©Lee Valley Outlook

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Kilmurry, Muskerry Junior A Football Champions 2017 ©Lee Valley Outlook

This year, both divisional finalists qualified for the county championship and each started their campaigns well. Kilmurry got little trouble from Kilbrittain; Iveleary demonstrated that they were suffering no ill effects of the divisional defeat by overpowering a highly rated Valley Rovers side. Iveleary then continued their good form with a notable win over Boherbue to qualify for the semi final; Kilmurry got a bye to that stage. Eventual county and Munster champions Knocknagree had a fortunate one point win over Iveleary at Millstreet and the narrow defeat of Kilmurry by Erin’s Own in Páirc Uí Rinn under lights was a major disappointment.

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Cloughduv Muskerry Junior A Hurling Champions 2017 ©Lee Valley Outlook

 In hurling, the draw decided that champions Ballinora would meet championship favourites, Cloughduv, in one semi final, so the way was open for a lesser fancied team to make the final stage. Cloughduv were simply awesome in taking a strong Ballincollig asunder in the opening round. Ballinora defeated Éire Óg and then Donoughmore, to make the semi final. Cloughduv let a big lead slip in the closing stages in their semi final against Ballinora, who thus earned a replay and in the replay, Cloughduv were deserving winners but had little enough to spare over the reigning champions. On the perceived weak side of the draw, Kilmichael had a surprise narrow win over Donoughmore, then beat Blarney in another thriller and in the semi final, got the better of Ballincollig to qualify for their second A final in four years. Cloughduv were the better team in the final, which unusually was played under lights, mid week in Macroom, county deadlines being the cause of the scheduling.

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Aghinagh, Muskerry Junior C Football Champions 2017 ©Lee Valley Outlook

In the county championship, Kilmichael were no match for Dromina, the game played four days after the divisional decider. Cloughduv, a pale shadow of the early summer side, were outplayed by Kilbrin in heavy weather conditions a week later.
There was some consolation for both divisional champions late in the year, Cloughduv winning the county and divisional league titles in junior hurling and Kilmurry taking the Muskerry Division One league title. Canovee show continued signs of revival by reaching the county league final.

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Aghinagh, County Minor B Football League Champions 2017 with mentors ©

Mid Cork Divisional Championship Finals

Junior A Hurling Cloughduv 1-22 Kilmichael 1-13
Junior B Hurling Blarney 5-10 Cloughduv 4-11
U21 A Hurling Inniscarra 0-19 Eire Og 0-13
U21 B Hurling Grenagh 3-10 Lee Gaels 1-10
Junior A Football 13-Kilmurry 2-19 Iveleary 2-14
Junior B Football Cill na Martra 2-11 Ballincollig 0-07
Junior C Football Aghinagh 3-12 Clondrohid 1-14
U21A Football 7-Cill na Martra 1-15 Kilmurry 1-15
U21A Football Replay Cill na Martra 3-16 Kilmurry 2-15
U21B Football Naomh Abán 0-12 Aghinagh 0-11
U21 C Football Iveleary 5-08 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1-19

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Cill na Martra, Muskerry Junior B Football Champions 2017 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Junior Football Leagues

Division 1 Final Kilmurry 2-10 Inniscarra 1-12
Division 2 Final Blarney 3-13 Dripsey 3-11
Division 3 Final Canovee 3-07 Ballinora 0-05
Junior Hurling Leagues

Junior A Final Cloughduv 4-22 Ballincollig 0-12
Junior B Final Blarney 1-17 Aghabullogue 2-13

The Mid Cork U 21 Football championships were a big success this year, with outstanding games in all three divisions, great football played and each climaxing in wonderfully entertaining finals. Cill na Martra won their first A grade final and went on to reach the county final. Runners up, Kilmurry, beaten only after a replay in the Mid Cork final by Cill na Martra, also had a fine run in the county, before losing in the semi final to the eventual champions, Douglas.
In U 21 hurling, Blarney competed in the new county U21 Premier championship and Inniscarra returned to Mid Cork and took the A title and then went on to win the county A title. Grenagh took the B title and advanced to the county semi final stage before bowing out.

Cill na Martra won the Mid Cork Junior B Football championship, defeating Ballincollig. Blarney took the B hurling crown with a win over Cloughduv. Cill na Martra reached the county B final and Blarney got to the county semi final before going under. In the C Football championship, Aghinagh took their first divisional championship title.

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Muskerry Senior Football team 1997 ©SMcS

 Muskerry entered teams in the county senior hurling and senior football championship. The hurling team lost narrowly to Bandon but then defeated Carrigdhoun. They were fixed to play Érin’s Own at a time when it was impossible to put out a representative team, were removed from the competition and the affair left a feeling of an injustice having being done them. Muskerry footballers had a truly shocking outing against Duhallow, were spirited and competent in the second round game against Clonakilty but were no match for Ballincollig in the next round.

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Naomh Abán, Muskerry u21B Football Champions 2017 ©Lee Valley Outlook

County League Finals

Division 3 Hurling League:
Final: BALLINCOLLIG 2-17 Dungourney 3-11
Junior A Hurling League
Final: CLOUGHDUV 2 - 22 Lisgoold 0 - 10
Rochestown Park Hotel Division 1 Football League
Final: BALLINCOLLIG 0-14 Clonakilty 1-9
Division 2 Football League Final:
Division 3 Football League Final:
AGHABULLOGUE 3-11 Newmarket 1-14
Division 5 Football League Final:
GRENAGH 0-9 Gabriel Rangers 2-10
County Junior A Football League
Final: CANOVEE 0-8 Knocknagree 0-19

Auld Triangle Restaurant/ Muskerry GAA Sports Stars of the Month 2016:

Eight outstanding athletes were selected as monthly winners of the Auld Triangle /Muskerry GAA Awards during the season and from these will be selected the overall Muskerry Sports Star of the Year for 2017. The Gala Awards Dinner will be held in Oriel Court Hotel, Ballincollig in February, when the Sports Star of the Year winner will be announced.
The monthly award winners were:
March: Chris Óg Jones, Iveleary U21
April: Daniel Ó Duinnín, Cill na Martra Fé 21
May: Mark Coleman, Blarney and Cork
June: Peter Kelleher, Kilmichael and Muskerry
July: Joe Ryan, KilmurryU21
August: Aoife Murray, Cloughduv Camogie
September: Kevin Hallissey, Éire Óg hurlers
October: Niamh McCarthy, Inniscarra Camogie

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Iveleary, Muskerry u21C Football Champions 2017 ©Lee Valley Outlook

 County Rebel Óg Roll of Honour 2017

Premier 1 Minor Football Champions: Éire Óg
Premier 2 Minor Hurling Champions: Inniscarra
Minor B2 Football Champions: Aghinagh
U16 Premier 2 Hurling Champions: Ballincollig
Premier 2A Hurling Champions: Blarney

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Macroom Intermediate Footballers 1997 ©SMcS

Macroom GAA

The past year was a very busy one for Macroom GAA, with much activity on the field of play and off it. Very many people gave generously of their time in coaching, organising, administration and fund raising to ensure that the club would continue to have a meaningful place in the life of the Macroom community and the teams upheld the sporting traditions of the club. Trophies won were scarce but at under age level, work is being done which will bear fruit in the years ahead.
The intermediate footballers won their first round tie in the Premier intermediate championship by defeating Naomh Abán but then lost badly to Newmarket in the second round. Macroom then beat St Vincent’s in the third round, were drawn against Newmarket again in the fourth round and again lost to the Duhallow men, their third defeat by Newmarket in the year as they had also lost the Tom Creedon Cup first round game to them in January. Macroom had a very good Division Two league campaign, and will be contesting in the top league group next year, having earned promotion by qualifying for the final against Cill na Martra but lost this to our neighbours.
Macroom Juniors competed in the Muskerry Division 2 league and B championship and county junior B league. All fixtures were fulfilled and the team went to round three in the championship, with wins over Kilmichael and Gleann na Laoi, before losing to Ballincollig in the semi final.
Macroom U21 footballers had a disastrous championship, losing to Aghabullogue and Éire Óg in the A grade.
The Minor footballers were contesting in the Rebel Óg West A championship and lost the semi final after a replay and also went to the league semi final. The team performances pleased the selectors and there was significant progress made with this group of players.
At underage level, there is no shortage of activity but little to show in the way of competitions won. Patience is required for the coaching work to bear fruit – but it will.
Club finances are under control and the past year saw revenue boosted by a very successful Golf Classic and a protracted run in the weekly lotto. The club benefitted from the Cork County Board draw, which was well supported. Club sponsors, Macroom Motors Toyota, have been very supportive of the club, as have businesses with advertising at the pitch.
The Castle Grounds, with its superb floodlighting and playing surface, was a very popular venue for games all the year, with big championship fixtures from the Cork County Board and the Muskerry Board, Rebel Óg and Ladies football being hosted. The Grounds committee and the team of regular match day volunteers work really hard all year to ensure the safety and enjoyment of patrons.
During the year, Macroom GAA mourned the loss of President, Michael Darcy; Vice Presidents Hugo Casey and PJ Lehane and stalwart worker, Thady Oldham. They will be missed by all in the club.

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Fundraiser for Macroom Hospital at Golf Club 1997 ©SMcS

Macroom Golf Club

5 Dec 2017 First Flor Mc Carthy 14 John Dunlea 20 Maura Forde 23 Pat Cregan 27 25.3
7 Dec-2017 Turkey Singles 1st Kieran Savage 12 32pts
9/10 Dec 2017 Club Singles First Dan O'Connor 18 34pts Second William Buttimer 15 32pts.
17/18 Dec-2017 Club Singles First Declan Bowen 11 33pts; Second David Hayes 17 33pts; Senior Pat Curran 14 32pts.
Fixtures: Mon to Thurs - Club Turkey singles. Tues – Seniors. Fri, Sat & Sun - Invitational singles. Tue 26th - Invitational 3 person scramble. Thu 28th - Invitational singles. Fri 29th - Invitational 3 person team. Sat 30, Sun 31st & Mon 1st - Invitational singles

Clubs and Associations

Kilmurry GAA

The Junior A team had a very successful year, winning Mid Cork Championship for the 10th time in the Club’s history. An amazing and entertaining Mid Cork final took place in Ballyvourney against Iveleary. The eventual score was 2-17 to 2-12. The team also won the Mid Cork Junior A league, beating Inniscarra. In the County Quarter Final, we came up short against a physically strong Erin's Own team. Thanks to Junior A management Sean Murphy, Raymond O’Sullivan and Michael Linehan.
Under 21 team. While not winning any medals, the team caught the imagination of the public with the never say die attitude and their brand of football which got them to the Mid Cork Final. While losing after extra time to Cill na Marta was disappointing, they progressed to the County Semi Final, beating senior clubs, Aghada and Valley Rovers, before succumbing to eventual winners, a fancied Douglas team. Thanks to Cormac Linehan and his selectors, Jason Murphy, Ian Murphy, Dave McCarthy and Michael Ahern.
The Minors were graded at the third highest level. Championship looked promising, beating St Nick's and Ilen Rovers in next round. The semi-final against Kilshannig was a bridge too far. Sincere thanks to management, Chris Hannon, Denis O’Mullane, Barry Fitton and Michael John O Mahony.
Lip Sync Practise under the tutelage of Aideen Johnson and Danny Payne began in January in preparation for 31st March in Riverside Park hotel. We would like to thank Paul Barrett and Kevin O’Connell, masters-of-ceremonies; the three judges, Bríd Stack, Louise Cohalan and Greg Barrett; the staff at the Riverside hotel and proprietor Catherine Cronin; GAA stewards and everyone who helped and contributed to the event and generous sponsors and the lip sync participants for their time and effort.
Fun Run The 5th Annual Kilmurry GAA 5Km Fun Run/ Walk took place in June in Kilmurry Village. It was the same route as previous years. There were record numbers of 300 runners/ walkers. We would like to thank our sponsors Danone and Ross Oil.
Gym development started in 2016 with the conversion of the changing room/ viewing rooms into an open plan gym room. We would like to thank all the Kilmurry GAA players for giving of their time to help with this laborious task: Donagh Wall for his tractor and trailer; plumbing and wiring with help from JJ Murphy and William Barrett. We then purchased the matting and gym equipment. Currently we have 30 members inducted into the gym. The fee is €80, which includes membership of Kilmurry GAA, a very reasonable fee for 12 months unlimited access. Now that the playing season is finished, we hope to get the final few jobs done to make the gym more appealing to potential users.

Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association Review

KHAA Little Women’s Christmas party was enjoyed at Independence Museum and will be on again on 6th January 2018 at 8:30pm. Tables can be booked from Siobhan on (086)1767295.
A great concert was enjoyed in Ovens on 29th April by over 500 people. Newcestown Comhaltas, Liam Ó Maonlai and his Gospel Choir and. Jim Murray and Seamus Begley provided excellent entertainment. Also in April the National Spring clean took place in Kilmurry Village and surrounding areas.
‘From Classis to Coppeen’: The story of the stone, sand and gravel industry in the Bride Valley. Exhibition, was officially opened by Richard Wood on 7th October. People were able to view pictures and stories of life at Coppeen sand & gravel, Castlemore quarries, John A Wood, William Ellis & Son Ltd, Finbarr O' Neill and Jeremiah O' Reagan & Son Ltd. A special thanks to Michael Goulding for putting the exhibition together.
Hidden Gem bus tour took place on 19th August as part of heritage week and to celebrate the museum's first anniversary. Warrenscourt, Warrensgrove, Lissarda House, Ryecourt and Belmount house were visited by 80 people in two buses. Independence Museum would like to thank all the owners of the properties for letting us visit.
A wedding gift to Terence & Muriel MacSwiney, June 1917 has been added to our collection as we mark the centenary of his wedding to Muriel Murphy in June 1917.The silver dish ring was bought at auction in 2016 and has been generously donated to the museum.
A few dates for the Diary: KHAA Little Women’s Christmas Tea Party 6th January @8:30pm
KHAA AGM on 16th January @ 8pm in Museum
KHAA Concert. Peadar Ó Riada, Seán Ó Sé & other Guests, Ovens Saturday, February 17th at 8pm. Tickets €20 from Mary (087)6568110 or Search KHAA on Eventbrite for tickets online www.kilmurrymuseum.ie
KHAA would like to thank our members for their continued support and encouragement; for attending and taking part in our events. If you would like to get involved in this vibrant and exciting organisation, please contact any member of the KHAA or attend the KHAA AGM on 16th Jan.

Clondrohid Parish

G.A.A. Roundup. In Junior A football championship games Clondrohid defeated Blarney before losing out to Canovee while giving some inspired performances. Clondrohid reached the junior C final where a late scoring burst led to an Aghinagh victory in an exciting game. Having come back from a 10-point deficit in the first championship game, Clondrohid's U16s were defeated by eventual county winners Blarney in the replay. Clondrohid U15s reached the county semi-final where Aghabullogue proved too strong. A notable achievement during the year was the U14 team winning an exciting league final against Aghinagh. Clondrohid U12 team won all 'B' group stage games played, only to be defeated in a play-off. Club player, Sean Desmond, played with the Cork U17 team in the Munster championship. Both the Easter training camp and Summer Cúl camp proved to be very successful. A Family Fun day held for the first time in July was a novel and worthwhile event. A significant development during the year was the draining, kerbing and tarmacing of the car park, a grant under the Clár programme at I.R.D. plus generous sponsorship received from individuals, families and businesses, all of which were greatly appreciated. On a historical note, 2017 is the 125th anniversary of the playing of the 1891 all-Ireland senior football final involving Clondrohid, which was played on Sunday, 27th of February, 1892. Also later in 1892, Clondrohid won a second consecutive Cork county senior football title.
Clondrohid Development Group commenced their year with their now renowned Christmas /New Year Party. The Group got their wish with the assistance of Cork Co Engineer James O’Dwyer, when a VAS sign was installed to record speed through the village. The usual work during the summer of shrub and flower setting, maintenance and watering ,the Group was ably assisted by volunteers. Thanks to those workers, the marks in the Tidy Towns was increased by 7 points. The annual fundraising tea party realised over €2,000 and this, with very generous sponsorship from all the local businesses and individuals, helps the group to pay their bills. They were delighted to be able to purchase new figures for their outdoor crib. The Christmas tree, donated by Connie and Linda, was lit up with the crib and Fr. Wickham blessed them all. They would like to wish Johnny and Eugene and all those who help out a very happy Christmas.
The annual Famine Mass in Carrig a Staighre took place in May, the Corpus Christie procession in June. The Remembrance Mass for the Holy Souls and prayers in graveyard took place in November.
First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies took place in May and June.
Clondrohid N.S. The green light was given for the construction of a new National School. The girls won a mini 7’s competition in football. The Camogie girls reached the final of Sciath na Scol. Roisin Murphy played in the Camogie primary Go Games in Thurles. The U 12 Camogie team visited Croke Park in June to take part in an All Ireland Blitz.
Muinefliuch N.S.: Their junior team came 2nd in the Regional finals of the Credit Union Quiz. A boys’ team qualified for the regional Spar FAI soccer tournament finals in April. 3 pupils from 6th class won a Science Quiz in U.C.C. The school welcomed 11 of Brother Charles O’Leary’s former students from Malaysia for the unveiling of a beautiful hand crafted stone monument in the shape of a seat in his honour. They held a very successful Christmas Flower Demo fundraiser.
Carriganima N.S.: 2 Special Education Rooms were built. The school received its Active School flag. Pupils travelled to Templemore Garda Station and to U.C.C.
Showstoppers: After 8 memorable years in existence, Clondrohid Show Stoppers called it a day. Well done to Catherine Long for all her diligence. A total of €41,927 was raised and passed on to numerous charities. The balance left in the a/c was passed to the Development Group. Catherine continues with her Stagecraft with performances in December.
Active Retired Group: was set up during the year and is known as CCM Active Retired. Meetings have been held, Cuppa get togethers, outings to the INEC. Over 40 attended the first meeting. Anyone wishing to know more can enquire from Maria at Healy’s Post Office.
The CART bus made several trips to shows, historical places etc during the year. A great facility for all. They are fundraising at moment to upgrade it. The fun run/walk took place with all funds going to Millstreet and Macroom Hospitals. A new Hall Committee was elected. New ideas and new plans to follow.
Trocaire, Children Leukaemia fund, Irish Heart Cope, Pieta House, Macroom and Millstreet Hospitals were just some of the charities that benefited from different fundraising events carried out in the parish over the year 2017

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Aghinagh Heritage Group 1997 ©SMcS

 Aghinagh Comhaltas Hosts 2018 Fleadh

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí will be hosted by Aghinah Branch of Comhaltas in Macroom on May 11th, 12th & 13th 2018. Preparations are gathering apace for the hosting of the Fleadh. A very successful fundraising tea party was held recently in the Láine Bar, Ballinagree, and was well supported locally and by very many visiting Comhaltas branches. The many musicians, singers and entertainers added to what was a very lively and entertaining session. Peggy Lynch, who was one of the founding members of the host Aghinagh Comhaltas branch, spoke of the founding of the branch in 1978. The branch celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018, which coincides with the hosting of the County Fleadh. It promises to be a very busy year for the branch and an invitation was extended to anyone that want to help and be part of the 2018 events to come and be part of the team

Remembering Inchigeela 2017

The fine start to the year was shattered by Storm Doris bringing high winds and flooding in February. The AGM of Croí na Laoi, the local development society, was held in early February and 25 people attended. It was good to see some new faces as well as the dependable stalwarts. The Tidy Towns Committee got off to an early start with regular weekly clean-ups and planting. Cyril Casey and friends organised a St Patricks Weekend of entertainment in aid of Co-Action. The Big “Good Friday Clean-up” in Mid April had 25 volunteers on all approach roads. On May 6th a large crowd walked from “Darkness into Light” for Pieta House and “The Store of Memories” opened its doors, for the summer, for free to the public. Inchigeela entered the Litter Challenge of Cork Co Council in May and was adjudged 6th cleanest village from over 30 challengers. The annual Liz Lucey Memorial event on July 9th was a huge success, raising funds for Marymount Hospice. In mid July, Creedon’s Hotel hosted the Daniel Corkery Summer School, with stimulating lectures, music in the village and lakeside Art classes in lovely weather. Local reps were contacted with the objective of getting improvements for the area.
Mid August and Inchigeela GAA Festival had crowds of revellers thronging the village and top quality entertainers and a Fashion Show, making it an unforgettable end-of-summer event. O Leary people, worldwide, returned to their roots in Uíbh Laoire at their Clan gathering in Creedon’s hotel in early September. In mid September, the lakes came alive with the tri-athletes of an Adventure Race which raised funds for Marymount. Father Martin PP was transferred to Bantry and we welcomed Fr O’Mahoney. Inchigeela got a well deserved 14 extra points in The Tidy Towns Competition. Declan Hurley, Mayor of Co. Cork; cut the ribbon on the new Croí na Laoi mapped walks. We were also presented with a “Pride of Place” award from Muintir na Tíre. The 10 week Autumn Computer classes proved to be most successful. The Store of Memories held special events for Heritage Week and Halloween. And can we ever forget Hurricane Ophelia?
Uíbh Laoire GAA club continues to thrive, with Minor and U 21 successes, boding well for the future. The Junior As gave us some great days out, leading to a Mid Cork Final and County semi final. Well done to the girls’ football club, Naomh Fionnbarra. The Hall Committee arranged Dramas, Concerts, Cards and Bingo and accommodated meetings. A lovely calendar has been produced by the Historical Society and the Wran Boys (And Girls) are practising their stuff for their mad crack sponsored walk on St Stephens Day. All welcome! Inchigeela tidy Towns are now on facebook. Well done to all and A Happy Christmas and may 2018 see us all busy and supportive of one another.

Macroom Girl Guides Annual Report

Macroom Girl Guides are entering their thirty eighth year as one of the most vibrant youth organisations in the locality, catering for girls and young women from the ages of five to twenty-five. The Units in Macroom comprise of Ardilaun Ladybirds, Ardilaun Brownies, Ardilaun Guides and MacEgan Rangers, with one hundred members in total and a large group of parents who regularly help with meetings and activities providing great support to the Leaders.
As well as attending weekly meetings, regional and national trainings and conferences, all members had the opportunity to take part in the extra activities organised by the hard working team of leaders; including local camps with other Guide in the region, hikes, kayaking, weekends away, the National Guide Cook Out Day, many varieties of outdoor activities and international camps and seminars.
Vera O’Riordan was selected to take part in a Hiking week in the Swiss Alps in January. Ann-Marie O’Leary headed the team that was selected to attend Polaris, a leadership seminar for Guides held in Scotland and Orna Sexton was one of the team members. Aisling Burns, Niamh McFall and Mia Normoyle have been selected to attend the Denmark Link camp next summer and Orna Sexton, Danielle Riordan, Lorna O’Connor and Nadine Relihan were selected to attend Roverway 2018 in the Netherlands.
Guides took part in the Timpeall an Domhain International project to learn about the worldwide aspects of Guiding and chose to study India and its culture in particular. Projects were presented by teams of Guides from the Region in Caum Hall this spring. All Guides celebrated World Thinking Day and contributed money for the World Thinking Day Fund, which helps to develop and deliver non-formal educational resources, programmes and international events and to support a wide variety of projects in different focus countries each year. Hey Jinks was well attended by our Brownies in Farran Woods this spring and the Guides took part in SQUELCH in the autumn. MacEgan Rangers helped out running bases at these events.
This year’s Regional Senior Branch weekend was organised by Averil O’Connor in Cork city in January as was the Regional Lightweight Hiking weekend in March in the Black Valley. The older Rangers attended the National Weekend in Ennis in November and Lorna O’Connor took part in the IGGNITE pre-camp hiking challenge in Tipperary in July. Rangers had a fun-filled weekend at Ventact in September and Lorna won a golden ticket for a flight in a helicopter. Rangers undertook the many challenges for this year’s Senior Branch programme. Emma Barry achieved her Silver Gaisce – the President’s Award, her Silver Senior Branch Award and Assistant Leader warrant. All members of the Ranger Unit are currently taking part in this scheme at all levels from Bronze to Gold.
As usual camping formed a large part of the summer activities for the Guides and Rangers, who attended IGGNITE International IGG camp. All the Rangers were working as staff for the event and the Guides hosted a group from Villierstown in Waterford and San Diego in the US. The Guides had a variety of great activities to choose from, including outdoor survival skills, canoeing, dance, learning about the Sustainable Development Goals, night survival, drama, Medi- alert, pioneering, orienteering and much more. Other camps were held in Caum, where our Guides were joined by Guides and Leaders from Boherbue and Cork City. Congratulations to Emma Lloyd and Nadine Relihan who achieved the Senior and Junior Campcraft Licences respectively.
Brownies held their Pack holiday in Killarney Leigh-Dale Cottage in September and Guides took advantage of the Halloween mid-term for a few days away in Top of the Rock in Drimoleague for a programme of hiking and spooky fun activities. Ladybirds have had a very busy year of meetings and indoor and outdoor fun activities achieving many badges including Voting, Active Body, Medicine Safety and World Guiding. Ladybirds and Brownies spent a day at the IGGNITE camp. They also attended the pantomime in the Everyman organised by the Joint Committee of Guiding and Scouting. Two members of the Guide Unit – Laoise O’Callaghan and Aisling Burns - achieved the National Guide Award this autumn – the highest award in Guiding. They attended the national presentation in Dublin with Guides from all over the country. Some of the many activities organised by the Guides and Rangers for their programme this year included; kayaking, completing the WAGGGS Surf Smart syllabus, a visit to Fossett’s Circus, taking part in the IGG Cookie Project, Christmas floral arrangements and decorations under the guidance of Eileen Murphy – a must do activity every December, film nights, the live screening of The Nutcracker ballet from the Royal Opera House in London, varieties of outdoor cooking, maintaining the garden in Caum and supporting the local St. Vincent de Paul Christmas appeal.
Guiding, as well as being important to the development of its members, plays an integral in the life of the local community Macroom District is lucky to have such active Units and dedicated Leaders and would welcome enquiries from former members or interested adults about becoming involved in local Guiding and joining this vibrant team. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 087-3283581.

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St. Lachteen’s Donoughmore with trophies 1997 ©SMcS

Donoughmore Macra

2017 was a busy year for Donoughmore Macra, with members taking part in all that Macra has to offer: sports, stockjudging, drama and public speaking competitions. Sports nights were held every other week in Donoughmore and these were a key factor in many of our sports teams reaching the National Finals. We also enjoyed a club day out to Ballyhass Lakes at the beginning of September and a Christmas night out to Kinsale during December.
Members travelled the length and breadth of the country attending everything from quizzes to dinner dances to fun runs, campaigning for Donoughmore member, James Healy, once he announced his intention to become the next Macra National President. All of the travelling paid off as, in April, it was announced that James had won the campaign and would be President of Macra for the next 2 years!
April proved to be a busy month, as we organised a television themed table quiz to raise funds for Cork Cancer Research. Members also travelled to Kilkenny to support club member, Diarmuid Lee, in the Mr Personality competition and travelled to Tipperary in August to support Ciara Corkery in the International Miss Macra competition.
One of the main highlights of the year was the Macra National Rally which was held in Co Meath over the October Bank Holiday weekend. Over 20 members travelled and had great fun meeting Macra members from all over the country. At the beginning of December we held our annual Christmas coffee morning; this year it was in aid of Brothers of Charity. It was a huge success with great support.
All here in Donoughmore Macra are looking forward to everything that next year has to offer; roll on 2018!

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Coachford Musical Society production 1997 ©SMcS

 Coachford 2017 – a Wonderful Community

 It was a busy year for Coachford and a year that saw thousands of new visitors to the river, thousands of euro raised for charities and thousands of reasons why Coachford is a village for the future, the past and the present.
Greenway and Water Sports. There were many highlights for the area in 2017 with the World Youth Angling Championships coming to the River Lee and the Greenway last August. This was the second time in three years that the world descended on Coachford and the Community came out in their droves to help and welcome the teams from Europe and beyond. There are rumours of another World Fishing Championship coming soon. The National Rowing Centre was busier than ever in 2017, with the fabulous World Champion rowers continuing to train on the river. It too will be the centre for a major international competition in 2018 with the European Junior Rowing Championships in July.
Storm Ophelia brought destruction and disruption to Coachford, with sections of the community without electricity and water for days but what surfaced was a great community spirit. Neighbours and friends rallied around and shared and local businesses like O Donovan’s Engineering and Griffins Garden Centre put their generating facilities at the disposal of those afflicted. Lynch’s Hardware kept their lights on at night so people in the village weren’t left in complete darkness.
Maintenance. 2017 began with Rooves Bridge closing for some minor repairs. However, the bridge itself remains in an appalling condition. The council also began repairs to the footpaths around the village and the Community hopes this work will be completed promptly and the forgotten village may feature in the minds of our councillors a bit more in 2018. The recycling bins continue to be a major source of littering and Coachford Tidy Towns were kept busy cleaning up abandoned rubbish. Irish Water is to begin work on the new Sewage Scheme in 2018.
The Greenway was the real success story of 2017. All involved in the Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Committee have done unbelievable work and this was acknowledged recently when they received the Sporting award at the Ambassador of Cork awards.
Coachford Family Festival. The annual event moved back from August to July and it worked a treat. Five days of glorious sunshine provided loads of family fun and festivities. The highlights were the Children’s Disco, the Wife Carrying race, Road Bowling and the wonderful Lip Sync Competition which was won by Peter Dineen, who lip Synced Adele’s hit ‘Hello’ perfectly. The Festival raised over €15,000 for charity.
Business. 2017 saw the long awaited sale of Breathnach’s Bar in the heart of the village and hopes are that it will reopen in early 2018. O’Donovan’s Engineering, now one of the area’s major employers, was crowned Cork Agribusiness of the year while Margaret Griffin picked up a Cork County Council Community Award.
Coachford Foróige had a great year. Éabha Donovan and Abbie Healy represented the club at the National Talent finals and came away as champions. Lizzie Harrison got all the way to the All Ireland Finals in the Aldi Foróige baking competition, winning the District, County and Munster competitions on her way. The club was also nominated for a Citizenship award for their work in raising awareness for homeless people through their sponsored Sleep Out and had a great day at the national finals.
Coachford College enjoyed another hugely successful, if sad year, with the departure of Principal, Mr. Pat O’Connor who held the post for 33 years. The college was very active and also returned tremendous results in the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams. The School is set to continue to grow in 2018 under the new Principal, Ms. Áine Ní Fhaoláin.
Ava. The village and surrounding areas came out in support of Ava Barry in March and demonstrations were held in Aghabullogue, Coachford, Rylane and Dripsey.
Coachford Community Association launched their 50/50 raffle and it has proved to be a major success. The Association, along with Coachford Tidy Towns, has once again made the village look very festive, with the installation of the Christmas Lights. They were also very busy with landscaping projects and helping out with the World Fishing Championships in August.
Coachford Players performed in the All Ireland One Act festival Circuit in March and enjoyed a brilliant run of one act plays in the Lee Valley Golf and Country Club in April, a venture to be repeated. They finished the year with a very successful Musical which brought the Wizard of Oz to Coachford.
Broomhill Vintage club had an extremely busy 2017. The ladies’ and men’s Tractor Building teams have been all over Cork and Munster doing building demonstrations for charity. They took part in the Macroom St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the very first time and they held a very successful Vintage run in April and Honda 50 Run in October.
In sport, the year started with Aghabullogue Junior hurlers celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 1991 county win but earned no silver this year. The footballers won the Division 3 intermediate league title. Underage teams were more successful. The Under 16s won the County A football title and the East Region League trophy. The Under 12s won the double, capturing both the Football and hurling titles and the Under 14 and U16 hurling sides captured their East Region titles. The Camogie club had a great year, bringing home three trophies. Stephanie Cotter continues to light up Athletics with her brilliant performances at home and abroad, winning College and National Championships. Stephanie was also the recipient of a Cork City Spots award in May. Coachford AFC had another great year, with the Under 15s winning their league title.

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