Lee Valley Outlook v15e3 Feb. 8 2018

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Sir Henry will again strut the streets of Cork on Tuesday, February 13, en route to Cork Opera House ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Macroom Flower & Garden Club A.G.M. and demo. Thurs 8th Feb at Coolcower House 7p.m.
Aghinagh GAA Table Quiz, Fri Feb 9th at 8pm in Aghinagh GAA Hall Rusheen.
Aghinagh Comhaltas Table Quiz in the Auld Triangle, Macroom on Fri 9th Feb at 8p.m.
Inchigeela Walk- 10k Derreneanig Linear- Sun Feb 11th. Start 2pm from parish hall.
Book Launch An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire biography at Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, Sun. Feb. 11 at 6p.m.
Muskerry Local History Society lecture on Cork's Independence Dead, 1916-1921 Mon Feb 12, 8pm, Ballincollig Rugby Club.
‘Sir Henry – The Musical’ at Cork Opera House, Tues 13th Feb at 8:00pm.
KHAA lecture on "The Irish Gunpowder Story in Ballincollig " 14th March @ 8pm in Independence Museum Kilmurry
KHAA presents Peadar Ó Riada, Seán Ó Sé and Guests at Éire Óg Ovens on Sat Feb 17th at 8pm.
‘50 Shades of Red’ Seminar on Sat, Feb 18 at The Parish Centre, Church Hill, Carrigrohane 2 – 5.30p.m.
Lee Valley Speakers Tues Feb 20 and March 6 at 8pm in the Castle Hotel Macroom.
Concert in Rylane Church on Sat 24 Feb at 8pm.
Bingo in Inchigeela Hall Feb 24th 8.30pm
Over 60s talent heat on Sun. March 25th in Coachford GAA Hall at 3pm.
Aghinagh Comhaltas will host Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí in Macroom on May 11th, 12th & 13th 2018.
Inchigeela Bingo every Sat. night at 8.30pm in the Hall.
LVEB Events
Second Honeymoon with Sullane Players at the Riverside Park Hotel, Thurs and Fri March 8 and 9 at 8.00pm.
Flower of Macroom selection Sat 10th of March at 8:00pm at the Riverside Park Hotel.
‘Sir Henry – The Musical’ at Cork Opera House on Tues 13th Feb at 8:00pm.
Macroom Library
Gramophone Circle; Fri. Feb. 9 at 11a.m.
Story time; Sat. Feb. 10 and 17 at 12 noon.
Creative writing group Tues. Feb. 13 at 5.30p.m.
Purlies Thurs. Feb. 15th at 11.30 a.m.
ACOL Bridge Wed 21st ,10 a.m to 1.00.

We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. in this fortnightly Diary. We may include commercial events that are also being advertised simultaneously in the magazine. Please email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026 41891 or post to Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. Remember you can access back issues of the Lee Valley Outlook at www.macroom.ie

Macroom Updates

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Macroom Guide Leader, Emma Barry, pictured with Irish Girl Guides’ Gaisce Co-ordinator and South West Regional Commissioner, Deirdre Henley, at the silver Gaisce Award ceremony in Thurles ©

Silver Gaisce Award for Macroom Guide

A Macroom Guide Leader was presented with a silver Gaisce Award at a special award ceremony in Thurles recently. Emma Barry, 19, who is a Leader with Macroom Guides and a member of MacEgan Senior Branch (the Irish Girl Guides’ branch for 14-30 year olds) said working towards the Award involved going outside her comfort zone. “I got to do things such as get to know an elderly neighbour better and learn yoga,” she said. “However, undertaking and successfully receiving, my Chief Commissioner’s Award with two close friends on my adventure journey had to be my favourite part of the experience. It involved a 60 km hike over five days with just €3.50 a day to feed our team of three. We had to keep a log of our journey, help in the community, complete projects and write a song at the end of our journey! The best part was making lifelong friends and learning how much we could achieve under pressure.”
Emma said that the skills she had learned through her involvement in IGG helped her achieve her Gaisce Award. “My Guiding background gave me the drive to keep going with the Award, which at times was hard but gave a memorable and satisfying feeling when you finally receive the products of your work.”
In tandem with the Gaisce Award, Emma worked towards her IGG Silver Moon Award, which she will receive on 22nd February. She is already working steadily on her gold Gaisce Award and plans to undertake the IGG Golden Sun Award too. Emma said, “I’d really like to thank Deirdre Henley, my Senior Branch Leader who is also IGG’s South West Regional Commissioner and Gaisce Co-ordinator, for all her support along the way.”

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Flower of Macroom contestants 2017. This year’s selection is on Saturday, March 10 at 8p.m. at the Riverside Park Hotel. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Flower of Macroom 2018

Applications are now invited for the Flower of Macroom selection which is due to be held in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Saturday, March 10 2018. Clubs, associations, parishes and businesses throughout the Lee Valley are invited to nominate a representative. Last year’s selection event was a hilarious night of banter, talent and entertainment, presented by Kevin Moynihan. Twelve beautiful Flowers came from Macroom, Ballyvourney, Cill na Martra, Dripsey, Donoughmore, Coachford, Clondrohid and Carriganima. It is hoped that there will be an even bigger selection this year. Applications to Lee Valley Enterprise Board This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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McEgan College students visit the Bord Gáis Theatre for a performance of ‘The Sound of Music’. ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement. As part of the changes currently being rolled out for Junior Cycle (2015), the reporting process at junior cycle will culminate in the presentation of a new type of award, the JCPA, to students, replacing the Junior Certificate. It will report on student achievement across a broad range of areas of learning and will offer parents/ guardians a clear, broad picture of their child’s learning journey over the three years of junior cycle. McEgan College awarded their first JCPA certificates on Tuesday 23rd January 2018.
Trip to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. On December 20, nearly seventy students and six staff members visited the Bord Gáis Theatre in Dublin to see the Sound of Music. Shopping and lunch in the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre preceded the Matinee Production, which was simply spectacular and the students sang along to iconic songs like “Doh a Deer”, “The Hills are Alive” and “So long, Farewell”. Thanks to Miss O'Regan who put the most enjoyable trip together.
Cork Prison Visit. Third year CSPE class recently visited Cork prison as part of their CSPE Action project. The visit was organised by Ms. Clifford and tour was given by Carmel Healy, a warden who has worked in the prison for many years. Students were privileged to be given access to many areas of the prison including: the holding cells, the prison school, recreation areas, cells blocks, gym, chapel, visiting room and the control room (where video footage of the 300+ cameras in the prison is monitored). The visit was hugely interesting and informative. Three wardens answered questions at the end of the visit and thanked the students of McEgan College for their interest and excellent behaviour.
Bond Trader Challenge Five fifth year students from our Business class, accompanied by our Business teacher, Ms. Quinlan, went to the Brehon Hotel in Killarney to take part in an intra-school competition from Kerry and West Cork, the Bank of Ireland Bond Trader Challenge. We got a short introduction to what was involved in trading and how the stock market works. The competition was exciting and interesting, with new issues popping up constantly. As a team, we had to make a decision on whether we should invest in the stock market, put our money into bonds or keep our cash. It was a great learning experience and a very enjoyable afternoon. We ended up coming 7th out of the 32 schools that participated in the competition. Jackie Ó Luasa 5th year.
Lá ‘le Bríde. Students in Room 4 have been learning about St. Bridget, prior to her saint’s day on the 1st February. Students learnt about the legend of St. Bridget’s cloak, and how she fashioned a cross from rushes. They were delighted by a surprise visit from Sarah Twomey (fifth year student), who came to show the class how to make a traditional St. Bridget’s cross. Each student, under the direction of Sarah, completed a cross and all were very proud of their handiwork. Thanks to Sarah for sharing her skill and passing on this lovely country tradition. Thanks also to Mr. Healy for collecting the rushes during very inclement weather.
CIT Study Skills Workshop: As McEgan College is linked with Cork Institute of Technology, the school benefits by being invited to many workshops and revision classes in the college free of charge. All fifth year students visited CIT recently and participated in a Study skills workshop. Topics covered included Why Study, Nutrition, Mindfulness, Study Strategies and Assistive Technology. Students were provided with a variety of study aids and materials to kick start their new study plans. The day provided students with yet another opportunity to visit the college and become more familiar with the campus.
C.A.O Application Dates: The 1st of Februarywas the deadline for applying through the C.A.O for college courses in Institutes of Technologies and various Universities. Late applications can be made between the 5th of March and the 1st of May. The charge for such late applications is €60 on line. Students applying through the C.A.O will however get a chance to make changes to their application if they so wish. At the beginning of May, applicants will be able to register on-line a change of course choices free of charge. Leaving cert students yet unsure of college courses are encouraged to focus on their studies for the moment, with pre exams fast approaching and revisit the investigation at a later date.
Applications for PLC Colleges: Applications are now being accepted for St. Johns College, Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa and The College of Commerce. Students from McEgan interested in these colleges will have the opportunity to visit all three of them on March 6th when their open days will be taking place.
Minding our Mental Health: Our students had talks funded by South East Cork Area Development Partnership (SECAD) to whom the school is very grateful. Resilience and Coping skills were themes that were discussed. Similar talks are scheduled for the schools upcoming ‘Mental Health Week’.
2018 School Bank was officially launched recently. We were honoured to have such legends as Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley on hand at the School to oversee the launch, and they were both very impressed at the calibre of students in this year’s School Bank Team - Sophie Streng, Paul Schuh, David Wilmot, Sharon O Leary and Sheila Mc O’Leary. Also present were Pádraig O’Driscoll (Business Teacher); Donal Casey (Branch Manager, Bank Of Ireland) and Trish Lynam (Principal). Financial Literacy and Competency is taken very seriously in McEgan and the School Bank is an ideal way to introduce this very important skill-set. The School would like to thank Breige, Rena and Mr Donal Casey (Bank of Ireland Branch Manager) for their attendance and also the staff of Bank of Ireland for their continuing support.

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Daltaí Gaeilge Scoil Mhuire, Clochar na Trócaire, Máigh Chromtha ag déanamh Crois Bríde chun céiliúradh a dhéanamh ar bhanéarlamh na hÉireann ar an gcéad lá den Earrach. ©An Scoil

St. Mary’s Updates.

St. Brigid’s Cross. St Brigid’s Day is celebrated on the 1st February each year. St. Brigid is renowned for her hospitality, alms giving and care of the sick. This year in St. Mary’s, the Irish teachers helped celebrate St. Brigid’s Day by making crosses in the traditional manner out of rushes. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
I WISH Programme. Transition Year students attended the I WISH Conference in City Hall, Cork on January 25th. I WISH is an initiative to inspire, encourage and motivate young female students to pursue careers in STEM. The conference featured workshops, daily keynotes and engaging talks by women and men who have very successful roles in Science and Technology careers. Many of our students were motivated to think about pursuing a career in the Science field after the event.
Basketball at St. Mary’s. Commiserations are extended to the U16 Basketball team who lost their All-Ireland semi-final in Dublin on Wednesday last, 31st January. They had qualified for the All-Ireland Semi-final against Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Enniscrone, Co Sligo. Hard luck to a super St. Mary’s team who tried so hard.
Football at St. Mary’s. St. Mary’s Senior Football team had a great win over St. Mary’s, Ennis in the Senior Munster Semi-Final on a score line of 3-8 to 4-9. St Mary’s have now have qualified for a Munster Final which will be played following the mid-term break. The girls put in a real work like performance and ground out the win, having been down eight points at half time. The whole team played exceptionally well, with standout performances from Rosa Simmonds in the full back line, Emer O’Dea playing in the half forward line along with Katie Dineen and Aoife Twomey. A special mention has to go to Eve Cummins in goals who pulled off an excellent penalty block in the dying minutes of the game to retain the lead for the Macroom team. The girls are now looking forward to a Munster Final appearance. Scoiul Mhuire Abú!
Retreat. A retreat for Transition Year students in Macroom town took place in the Castle Hotel recently. The speakers were Fionnbarr Walsh, father of the late Donal Walsh from Blennerville and Mrs Colette Wolfe, mother of Leanne Wolfe who passed away some years ago from being bullied online. Later that evening, Mrs Wolfe addressed the parents of the three secondary schools in the town.
Bank – AIB Build a Bank Challenge. Transition Year students are through to the Regional Finals which take place on Monday, 5th February. The team consisting of Jessica Buckley, Katie Sheehan, Miriam Murnane, Caoimhe Moynihan, Hanna O’Donovan and Savannah Hickey, has been working very hard under the stewardship of Ms O’Donoghue. Wishing them the best of luck in the competition.
PsychSlam. Sarah Wynroe, Hanna O‘Donovan, Nicole O‘Connor, Erin Leahy, MaryAnn O’Shea and Kate Murray are busy preparing their project entitled “Are schools killing creativity?” for a competition in the Psychology Dept. in UCC. They will deliver their presentation using the Pecha Kucha model. Good luck to all of them.

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Group taken on the initiation of School buses based in Macroom c.1970. Included are 1st on left, Danny Lynch, the first school bus driver in Macroom and his son, John, on right; Tommy Linehan, 3rd from right and his daughter, Margaret and a number of bus inspectors and officials. ©Dennis Dinneen Collection.

 Lee Valley Enterprise Board Events

Sullane Players present Second Honeymoon by Sam Cree at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Thursday, March 8th and Fri March 9th at 8.00pm. A hilarious play set in a seaside boarding house, featuring amongst others the landlady, her put-upon husband, their flighty servant girl, some newly weds and a couple celebrating their silver wedding. Tickets €15/12 available from Booking Office, South Square, Macroom Tel 026/41174 or 087 1663395.
Flower of Macroom selection on Saturday, 10th of March at 8:00pm at the Riverside Park Hotel. Now in its fourth year, The Flower of Macroom event has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2015. The lucky winner will have the honour of leading this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. For info on how to enter please contact Jo by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 026 20544! Tickets available from 026 41174 or 087 1663395.
All Ireland Light Entertainment and Transition Year Drama Festival 2018. All Ireland Finals - Light Entertainment Friday February 23rd.at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom. Transition Year Drama final will be in Mullingar on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3.
The standard of productions in the qualifying rounds was exceedingly high. Shows going forward to the Light Entertainment final in Macroom on February 23 are Sacred Heart Westport (2 entries), St Brogan’s Bandon; Ardscoil na Mara, Tramore; Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Blarney; Blackwater Community College, Lismore; Beara Community School, Castletownbere.
Finalists in T.Y. Drama 2018 are Castlepollard, Co Westmeath; Coláiste Colmcille, Ballyshannon (2 plays); St Mary’s CBS, Portlaoise; St Wolstan’s , Celbridge, Co Kildare; Kings Hospital, Palmerstown Dublin; Meán Scoil Mhuire, Convent Road, Longford; CBS Kilkenny; Sacread Heart School,. Westport Co Mayo (B and C); Coláiste Mhuire , Buttevant; Coláiste Mhuire, Ennis(2 plays); Ardscoil Rís, Limerick; Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Blarney, Thomand College, Limerick, Nagle Rice, Doneraile, Presentation College, Mitchelstown; St Mary’s Secondary School, Charleville.
‘Sir Henry – The Musical’ at Cork Opera House on Tuesday, 13th February at 8:00pm. Tickets: €22 & €25. Booking fees apply to telephone and online bookings.

Sir Henry at Cork Opera House.

‘Sir Henry- the Musical’, will be staged at Cork Opera House on Tuesday, February 13. The Regency buck, Sir Henry Browne Hayes (1762 – 1832) will have his infamous deeds recounted on home turf, two hundred years later. The gambler and womaniser, who lived at Vernon Mount, near Douglas, was well known in both upper and lower circles of the 18th century city. Sheriff of Cork City and awarded a knighthood, he was also a member of the Friendly Society, the Freemasons.
Talented Cork composers, Alan Kiely and Kevin Connolly, have put the story of the outrageous libertine to music and Cathal Mac Cabe, former head of music at RTE, has applied classical arrangements to the score and is Director of the show. Ann Dunne and Anne Egan will act as Musical Directors at the Opera House, as they did when ‘Sir Henry’ had a very successful launch in Macroom last autumn.
Based on documented fact and Cork legend, the story traces the abduction in 1797 of heiress, Mary Pike (21), who came from a wealthy family of brewers, millers and glassmakers who lived at Bessborough House. She was kidnapped by the35 year old roué and his friend, Coughlan, as she left the home of her uncle, Cooper Penrose, in the Vienna Woods area. She was imprisoned at Vernon Mount before being rescued. The hunt for her kidnapper and how he was able to ride roughshod over the laws of the time seem incomprehensible in the 21st century. His eventual capture, conviction and transportation to New South Wales are the stuff of legend.
The time setting is in the final years of Grattan’s Parliament, when revolution had changed things utterly in America and France and the Unite Irishmen were about to embark on the 1798 rebellion.
The show will resonate with Cork audiences, with references to Coughlan of Coughlan’s Buildings, Fenn, the Marsh. Penrose etc.
The all local cast has tremendous actors, singers and musicians. Come along to the Opera House on Shrove Tuesday and celebrate local history and talent.

Macroom Library

Music morning is on Friday 9th with John Lynch presenting and Eddie Hogan doing the tracking. All are welcome to this free and friendly event which will be punctuated by light refreshments about halfway through. There will be at least one outing to the polls this year and if you want your voice to be heard, we wish to advise that we have taken delivery of the newly published Register of Electors for 2018/19. Should you wish to check if you are on it or need a form to get on the supplementary Register, do visit us. Anyone learning to use the computer/internet or who needs to print off bank statements or bills is very welcome to use the library computers. However, you do need to be a library member. Membership is free but we do require proof of identity and address. You will then be given a card which it is county library policy that you produce to use our services. We do not like to disappoint people but we make it quite clear on joining that you need to bring your library card to use the computers or borrow items. You are welcome to browse the newspapers, Examiner, Times, Corkman, Southern Star, Farmers journal, or magazines, Hello, Womans Way, Permaculture, the Phoenix, look at the art exhibitions, the library space is open to everyone, but to borrow you need your card! Art groups or artists interested in using our exhibition space please contact Lorraine at 026 42483.
Fixtures. Saturday 10th and 17th Storytime at noon by a member of staff. Tuesday 13th Creative Writing at 5.30p.m. All welcome. Thursday 15th Purlies Knitting group starts at 11.30. Wednesday 21st ACOL Bridge at 10 a.m until 1.00.

Local Television

Wed. Feb. 7th. 9.30pm. Scoraíocht from Castle Hotel Macroom, November 2017, presented by Maurice Healy Part 2.
Sun. Feb. 11. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Interview on St. Gobnait with Donal and Diarmuid McSweeney, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Feb. 14th. 9.30pm. Good Old Days 2002 at Briery Gap, Macroom.
Sun. Feb. 18. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: 1988 Programme on An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire, presented by John Ahern and Diarmuid Roche, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Feb. 21st 9.30pm. A 2003 tribute to the late Roger Healy at the Briery Gap
Sun. Feb. 25. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: 1986 BBC programme on Padre Pio, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Feb. 28th . 9.30pm. Murt Kelleher Music Show at Fr. Ryan Hall, 1986.


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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.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club A.G.M. Thursday 8th February at Coolcower House 7p.m. followed by Guest speaker, Catherine Foley, who will give a presentation on Interior Design. New members and visitors most welcome. Annual Membership for 2018 now due, Schedule of Demonstrations and events will be outlined. Further details contact 087-9821708
Aghinagh GAA Table Quiz, Friday February 9th at 8pm in Aghinagh GAA Hall, Rusheen. All welcome. €10 per person, prizes & raffle.
Carriganima N.S. invites you to the opening of their 2 new Special Education rooms on Friday 9th February at 7pm. Minister Michael Creed will officiate. All welcome to attend.
Aghinagh Comhaltas will hold a Table Quiz in the Auld Triangle, Killarney Road, Macroom, on Friday 9th February. This is a fundraiser for Fleadh 2018 which is being held in Macroom in May. Tables of 4 for €40 and it starts at 8 pm. Your support is welcome. Bí linn, beidh fáilte roimh cách.
Inchigeela Walk- 10k Derreneanig Linear. Sunday, February 11th. Suitable for all abilities - allow 2 hours minimum. Meet at 2pm at parish hall.
Cathal Mac Coille, former RTÉ Morning Ireland presenter and a distant descendant of an tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire,.will launch the bilingual biography of the Clondrohid writer - ‘Mise an Mac San’ - in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, on Sunday 11 February at 6 p.m. Those attending the launch will also hear a rare recording of an tAthair Peadar’s voice, made in Castlelyons in 1907. Copies of Mise an Mac San on sale at the launch for €15.
Kilmurry Historical KHAA proudly presents Peadar Ó Riada, Seán Ó Sé and Guests in Concert in Éire Óg Ovens on Saturday February 17th at 8pm. Tickets €20 from Mary (087) 6568110 or Eventbrite www.kilmurrymuseum.ie.
Crookstown Céilí Club: Céilí on Saturday 17th February in Crookstown Hall from 9.30 p.m. to 12.30 a.m. Music by Rise the Dust Céilí band. Tea served and all are welcome.
Lee Valley Speakers will meet on Tuesday, February 20 and March 6 at 8pm in the Castle Hotel Macroom. Anyone interested in learning about public speaking is welcome.
Bingo in Inchigeela Hall to support Hope Foundation volunteers Sophia Burke and Rosa Simmons on their way to work with The Street children of India Feb 24th 8.30pm Please support.
Upcoming Lectures Pat Flynn will give a lecture on "The Irish Gunpowder Story in Ballincollig and link to Fort Camden" 14th March @ 8pm in Independence Museum Kilmurry
Coachford A.R.A. Creative writing in GAA Hall, Thursdays 2 -3.30p.m.

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Cork City's four 2017 trophies visited Macroom Doctors' CME meeting in January. ©Con Kelleher).

Cork City's 2017 Soccer Trophies visited Macroom Doctors' CME meeting in January. Dr Ger Murphy, Cloughduv, is the Cork City team doctor and the trophies he brought are the F.A.I. Cup, the Munster Senior League Cup (the ornate one), the Airtricity League Trophy (the tall one) and the President's Cup (the small one). Local doctors to welcome the trophies were Drs Con Kelleher, John Burke, Shane Hurley, John O'Riordan, as well as Jeremy Cotter (Glengarriff), Vincent Boland (Kenmare) and Mark Henderson (Newmarket).
Rainbows Ireland provides group support for children and young people who are experiencing grief and loss following a bereavement or parental separation. If you would like your child to participate, please contact Macroom Family Resource Centre for application form. Completed forms to be returned to Macroom Family Resource Centre on or before Mon 19th Feb for program to commence Wed 7th March 2018
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: Jan. 21. Jackpot €4,900. Numbers drawn 15, 24, 29. No winner. €50 John & Maura Twohig, Horsemount €20 each: Eileen O'Brien, Rahalisk, Norma Cotter, Dooneens, Olan Noonan, C/O Anthony Hubbard, Martin McCarthy, C/O Laine Bar.
Jan. 28. Jackpot €5,050. Numbers drawn 5, 11, 42. Denis O'Mahony, C/O Mid Cork Pallets €20 each: Jerome & Sheila Twohig, Leades Cross, Tara O'Riordan & Seamus Crowley, C/O Làine, Olan Noonan, C/O Anthony Hubbard, Matthew Herlihy, C/O Mid Cork Pallets.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto Results. 24/1/2018. Jackpot €1600. No winner €70 Noreen Mc Carthy Slieveragh. €20 each: Joan O’Neill Inchigeela. Mary Gallagher Farnanes.Joanne Spillane Rahalisk. Mary Nott Masseytown..
31/1/2018. Jackpot €1800. No winner €70 Michael O’Sullivan €20 each: Martin & Yvonne O’Mahony, The Glenties Nellie Dineen, c/o Bingo Claire & Jack Manning, c/o Laine Bar Linda Byrne, Carrigadrohid, c/o The Pub
Macroom FC Lotto 29/01/18: Jackpot €3,000. Numbers drawn: 1, 22, 33. No Winner. €80: Liz, Ger, Charlie c/o Danny. €20 each: John Hunt c/o Twomey's Butchers, Claire Mungovan c/o Evelyn, Joan O' Riordan c/o Joan, Michael Dineen c/o Greyhound.
05/02/18: Jackpot €3,200. Numbers drawn: 12, 18, 19. No Winner. €80: Margaret Coakley c/o Corner Store. €20 each: Cian and Alex Cotter c/o Evelyn, Nicholas Pierce c/o Evelyn, Ceilia Lynch New Street, Fiona Cunningham c/o June.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 23/01/2018. Jackpot €6,200. No Winner, Numbers drawn: 6-13-36. No Winner. €70 John Fitzgerald, C/O Evelyn Mc Sweeney €20 each: Melanie Spillane, Kilbarry. Denis Cronin, Crookstown. Stephen O' Leary, C/O Auld Triangle Gobnait O'Riordan, C/O McCarthy’s Newsagents Gerard Kelleher, Clondrohid.
30/1/2018. Jackpot €6.400. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 9-12-18. €70 Denise Moloney, Main Street €20 each: Marguerite O'Riordan, Barrett Place. Naoh O'Connell, Railway View. Gerard Quinn, C/O Murray's Bar. Hannah O'Keeffe, Ok Cleaners, Kanturk. Sharon O'Connell, Coolyhane.
Coachford AFC Lotto: Results 29/1/2018. Jackpot: €1,200. Numbers Drawn: 3 – 17 – 27. No Winner. €40 Ollie Riordan. €20 Aileen Casey, Alan Hogan, Kate Murphy, Patsy Murphy.
5/2/2018. Jackpot: €1,400. Numbers Drawn: 3 – 21 – 34. No Winner. €40 Ellen Healy. €20 Ben O’Connell, Sheila O’Sullivan, Trisha McCullagh, Shane Lucey (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

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Mairtín Ó Mathúna, Baile Mhic Íre, ag leámh dán a chum sé ag Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí 2018. ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Daimhscoil Scoil 2018

 Bhí ghach aoinne an-shásta le Dámh Scoil Mhúscraí Uí Fhloinn 2018 a tionóladh ar an 2ú Eanair in Óstán Ghobnatan i mBaile Mhúirne . Bhí orainn an teacht le chéile i Mí na Samhna a chur ar athló de bharr na stoirmeacha agus go deimhin, bhí an oíche den 2ú Eanair stoirmeach, fliuch chomh maith. Chuir sé ionadh orainn go raibh an slua chomh mór. Tháinig daoine ó áiteanna éagsúla in Éirinn agus daoine áitiúla chomh maith.
Bhi freagraí ar an gcuireadh agus ar an gceist agus píosaií eile ar ghach ábhar fén spéir. Is geal linn gur bhain gach duine taithneamh agus sult as an ócáid. Bhí tae agus cístí againn ag deireadh na hoíche agus is breá leis an slua an caidreamh lena chéile.
I 1925 a bunaíodh an chéad Dáimhscoil agus nach mór an éacht é a bheith beo fós.
Betsy Ni Shuibhne, Uachtarán

Máire – Amhránaí na Bliana 2018

Bhí muintir Mhúscraí ag céiliúradh i mBéal Feirste ag an deireadh seachtaine nuair a ainmníodh Máire Ní Chéilleachair mar Amhránaí na Bliana ag Gradam Ceoil TG4 2018. B’as Cill na Martra tuismitheoirí Mháire. Tá baint aici féin le Fearann agus an chathair agus dlúthbhaint aici le Comhaltas Baile an Chollaigh. Ach is tré scéim amhránaíochta Aisling Gheal is mó atá cáil uirthi. Tá sí ina múinteoir le hAisling Gheal ó 2000 agus tá éacht déanta aici ag sábháil na sean amhráin i gceantar Mhúscraí agus ag múineadh don aos óg conas mar ba cheart iad a canadh.
B’iad beirt dá hiarscoláirí a mhínigh tábhacht Mháire don amhránaíocht ag an ócáid iontach i mBéal Feirste. Bhuaidh Nell Ní Chróinín Corn an Riadaigh i 2014, an onóir is mó ag an Oireachtas do amhránaíocht ar an sean nós agus dhein Concubhar Ó Luasa an éacht céanna i 2017. Chan an beirt acu ‘Na Táilliúirí’ le Dónal Ó Mulláin, in éineacht le Máire mar buille scoir.
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Clondrohid Updates

St. Gobnait. A new statue of St. Gobnait will be blessed at Church Cross on Sunday February 11 (St. Gobnait’s feast day). The stonework and statue will be blessed by Fr. Wickham around 12 pm, after Mass in Clondrohid. It was erected by Johnny Kelleher, a man of many talents but well known locally for stone building. Everyone is invited to this important occasion and thanks to anyone who gave Johnny assistance with this lovely construction. Please come along and support this local initiative.
Weekly Adoration hours every Monday from 3pm to 8pm in Clondrohid Church. Committed Adorers needed for the individual hours. Contact Eileen Kenny on 026 42545 or Tessie Lynch 026 44094.
Macroom Prolife: A meeting will be held in the Castle Hotel on Friday February 9 at 7.30pm on the forthcoming referendum on the 8th Amendment. Speakers will include Alan Daveron and Joe Walsh who are promoting awareness on the importance of the 8th Amendment. At this critical time, people are encouraged to attend.
Muinefliuch NS: The participants in the Ballad group, Instrumental group and Individual singing competition all qualified for the Múscraí final of Scór na bPáistí. Comhghairdeas.
St. Brigids Day. Pupils celebrated Lá Fhéile Bríde and the beginning of Spring by picking rushes and making their own St Brigid’s crosses.
Literacy. As part of the programme to promote reading, the school approached Cork County Council in relation to the Mobile library coming to the school. It now comes every second Monday morning between 10.20 and 11am,and is of course available to all members of the community (commencing on February 19).
Carriganima NS.; They invite you to the opening of their 2 new Special Education rooms Friday February 9 at 7pm. Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed will officiate. All welcome to attend.

Inchigeela Updates

Cheval Event. There was great excitement in Inchigeela , when over thirty horses and ponies of all sizes, with riders of all ages, arrived in the village to take part in the Cheval fundraiser event, organised by the Inchigeela/ Johnstown Cancer Connect. There were also a lesser number of sulkies and beautifully kept carriages. The chevaliers went westwards on the south lake road and returned about two hours later on the northern route. The horses were then cooled down in the river and the riders and supporters were given the hospitality of Creedon’s Hotel, with refreshments and good music. The participants are to be commended for the good, condition of their horses and tack and the carriages of show condition, as well as the visible care and kindness shown to their animals.
A few of us remembered the days when such a number of horses and carts filled the village, coming from or going to the creamery. And we recalled the wise villagers who collected the free droppings, as manure for their veg and rose gardens!
Ciorcal Cainte. An evening of fun launched a series of conversational Irish sessions in Creedon’s hotel on Thursday last. The evening was relaxed and enjoyable, with some laughter and funny stories. You didn’t have to have a lot of Irish and we found that much of our school learned Irish came back with a little practice and some help from Neasa, our Director. The sessions continue on Thursday 15th of February in Creedon’s. Everybody welcome .Tá fáilte roimh gach éinne.
Sunday’s Walk on the Dereen Loop was very enjoyable. We were pleased to see and welcome some walkers from Kilmichael, Kilmurry and Kealkil. This is very encouraging because we would love to share with others our beautiful scenery of lakes, hills and valleys. However, the day was somewhat marred by the discovery of a number of plastic bags of rubbish dumped near the route. This is very disappointing to find such disrespect for an area of such natural beauty. We are informed that the Council will comb through the dump for evidence of identity and the perpetrators will hopefully be found and prosecuted. Next Sunday’s walk is the Derreneanig linear route.
GAA Social. There was a pleasant night of celebration and recollection in Creedon’s Hotel recently, when Iveleary GAA Club held its social night. The Minors were presented with their Cork West medals and the U21 team received their Mid-Cork medals. Player of the year in Football went to Ciaran O’Riordan and John O’Callaghan was chosen Hurler of the Year. Gerard Mac Sweeney was presented with the Clubman of the Year Award. Newly appointed chairperson, Barry Oldham, thanked all for their participation and support and shared his hopes for 2018.
Road Deterioration. The winter weather has caused much deterioration in some roads, causing motorists to swerve to avoid potholes of enormous size. Could there be some system of reporting these gigantic craters and attending to them immediately, before they develop into mini swimming pools?
Bingo in Inchigeela Hall To support Hope Foundation volunteers Sophia Burke and Rosa Simmons on their way to work with The Street children of India Feb 24th 8.30pm Please support.

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Daltaí na céad bliana agus iad ag déanamh Cros Bhríde ag Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh. ©An Scoil

 Scéalta ó Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh

Ar an Aoine, an 2ú lá d’Fheabhra, bronnadh Próifíl Ghnóthachtála na Sraithe Sóisearaí ar ghrúpa na cúigiú bliana. B’é seo an chéad uair gur bronnadh a leithéid agus ins na próifíl, tugadh aitheantas do réimsí eile foghlama le linn na céad trí bliana ag na daltaí sa scoil chomh maith le torthaí na scrúdaithe stáit. ‘Sí Máire Ní Mhurchú, Cathaoirleach an Bhóird Bhainistíochta a bhronn na Próifíl ar na daltaí. Táimíd an-bhródúil astu.
Tugadh Teastaisí Molta do dhaltaí chomh maith le aitheantas faoi leith a thabhairt dóibh siúd a léiríonn dea-mheon i Leith na hoibre agus a chuireann le spiorad na scoile. Tá moladh mór tuillte acu.
Bhí cuairteoirí speisialta sa scoil ar Lá le Bríde nuair a bhí Ciorcal Cniotála ag daltaí Eacnamaíocht Bhaile ón gcéad agus dara bliain. B’iad seo saineolaithe áitiúla sa chniotáil agus, go deimhin féin, sa téarmaíocht a bhaineann leis an gcniotáil. Bhí cúpla uair an chloig an-taitneamhach go deo acu. Thug daltaí na céad bliana faoi chrosanna Bríde a dhéanamh chomh maith agus bhí toradh an-mhaith ar shaothar an lae.
Bhí bua iontach ag foireann peile na cailíní faoi 16 in aghaidh Mounthawk ó Thrá Lí i rith na seachtaine agus beidh siad sa leath-chraobh ag deireadh na míosa. Chomh maith leis sin, tá pobal uile na scoile ag tabhairt faoi ‘Feabhra Folláin’ leis an ndúshlan aclaíocht éigin a dhéanamh ar feadh 28 nóiméad gach lá le linn na míosa. Guímíd gach rath orthu agus go leanfar leis an dea-nós.

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Coachford ARA members prepare for Christmas ©

Coachford Updates

School of Health. Coachford College held a very successful Health Week recently, organised and run by the Leaving Cert students. Students were invited to take part in an A to Z from Aerobics to Zumba classes. The week began with exotic fruit tasting to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle. With pomegranates, pomelo, mangos and chillies and many more fruits on offer, students educated their taste buds. A rowing competition in association with the National Rowing Centre, a beep test, squat challenge along with talks on Nutrition kept the students (and teachers) on their toes all week. The Marie Keating Foundation visited the college and gave talks to senior cycle students on health checks and self-awareness. This initiative is just one part of the overall Health and Wellbeing ethos of Coachford College.
Thousands for Marymount. Congratulations and well done to the students of Coachford College who raised almost €5,000 for Marymount Hospice from their recent brilliant Great Coachford Dance Off'. TY students put their hearts and souls into organising the competition and raised €4,739
Coffee Morning for Special Olympics. Joseph Dineen has been selected to compete in the Ireland Special Olympics and his parents are hosting a Coffee & A Cuppa" morning at their home in the the Railway Coachford on Sunday 11th February from 10 am ---1 pm in aid of All-Ireland Special Olympics Golf in Dublin in June. Everybody very welcome.
50/50 raffle. Congratulations and well done to Shane O Riordan of O’Riordan’s Bar Coachford, the latest winner of the Coachford Community Association 50/50 raffle. Thanks to all buyers and sellers. Tickets are on sale now for the February community draw.
Broomhill Vintage Club is holding its AGM on Thursday February 8th at 8.30p.m. in the Community House, Coachford and look back on their best year in their decade’s existence. They had a very successful run in April and a great Honda 50 run in September and continue to organise the Coachford Family Festival. ‘Our Tractor Builders had a tremendous year. We are now looking for more people to get involved and would love to see you on the 8th’, said Jerh O’Sullivan, Chairman of the club.
Coachford U17s will play one of the biggest games of their careers so far when they face Galway side,Maree Oranmore at the Glebe in the last 16 round of the FAI cup. Every man woman and child is being asked to make the effort to come out and support the lads.
Coachford Family Festival dates. The organisers have announced the dates of this year’s festival, running from Tuesday, July 10 to Sunday July 15th inclusive. The committee is already planning new and exciting events for this year’s family extravaganza. Nicola Doherty, Festival PRO said,“It seems ages away now but it won’t be long coming around and we are hoping that the fantastic businesses and the community get behind it again this year as they always do.”
€4,000 win for Coachford Couple. Darren Rooney, Portlaoise and his wife Mary Bridget (Enneguess) from Coachford are in the process of constructing a new house in Coachford. Ducon Concrete Ltd based in Kanturk launched a competition offering the winner a chance to win back the cost of floor slabs installed in their house, up to the value of €4000. The winners had decided to put concrete floors and concrete stairs in their new house and are delighted with the result and with their win.

Coachford Active Retired

Coachford ARA (Active Retired Association) is heading into its 8th year on a high. Congratulations to Marie Kelleher, who was our representative on the team that was very closely pipped for 1st place at the annual bowling weekend in Killarney. Bowlers and friends had a brilliant weekend. We are already back to our ‘Pals' exercise sessions on Tuesdays, run by Pat and Ber O'Leary and Aqua aerobics on Wednesdays in Macroom. Our regular programme also includes a book club, bridge, creative writing and lace making. At our monthly meetings, we host speakers who inform us on health, life / death issues and subjects to educate and/or entertain us. We go to shows and for meals together, go on day outings and occasional overnights. We are delighted to be in a position to accommodate ideas/ suggestions from our members and so, have enjoyed new experiences that we might otherwise have missed. Most of our activities are timed for 10.30 am, including our monthly meetings which are held in the GAA Hall, Coachford on the first Thursday of the month.
AGM was on February 1 and happily, all executive positions are filled. We would like to see all members attending as we set out our programme for the year. We welcome new members. If you are interested, please come along, or contact Vonnie 0217334462 or email Judy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further enquiries. We enjoy trying to keep ourselves active, stimulated, healthy and useful and we enjoy each other's company. We wish God’s Blessing and all the best to our members for the coming year.
Creative Writing. Elizabeth Carthy, a noted writer, a published author and a seasoned facilitator, is running a creative writing course for Coachford ARA on Thursdays, 2 – 3.30p.m. in the GAA Hall. If you have any interest in setting down your own story /history, writing imaginatively or creating poetry, she is very encouraging and supportive. We would welcome participants from other ARA groups and people who are not yet members but would like an opportunity to put pen to paper.

Fifty Shades of Red.

Carrigrohane Union of Parishes will host ‘50 Shades of Red’ on Saturday, February 18 at The Parish Centre, Church Hill, Carrigrohane T12 APY7. New Wine Ireland is working with ‘Love for Life’ to deliver two seminars on challenges in family life. The seminars are for parents, carers and volunteers who work with young people to help have the difficult conversations, create a vision for their relationships and develop confidence to talk about relationships and sex without embarrassment.
2.00 – 3.30 pm. As technology develops, the access, affordability and anonymity of the porn industry grows. In this seminar, we will address some of the current trends and also consider why we should be concerned. What impact does porn really have? We want to be able to address this subject with sensitivity, confidence and without embarrassment – how can we help those who are struggling with porn and what hope can we offer?
4.00 – 5.30 pm ‘The Birds and the Bees’. How do we talk with confidence to our kids about sex? How do we share our values with them? How do we ensure that we give them great information and equip them to make great choices which demonstrate a value for themselves, relationships and sex? Getting to grips with their world, including current trends in technology, this seminar will equip parents, carers and volunteers who work with young people to meet the challenges.
To Book: 021 4877260 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.cupcork.ie


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Bóthar na Réidh, part of the Cork – Kerry road prior to 1820 ©Lee Valley Outlook

The Road West

The road from Cork to Kerry is frequently in the news, particularly the segment of the N22 from Macroom to Ballyvourney. I was recently reminded of an article I penned for a Cork Examiner supplement in 1991. The impressively named 1989 – 1993 Operational Programme of Peripherality had great plans for the road then and they are still unfulfilled. But, with preparatory work ongoing for the Macroom Bypass, perhaps relief is in sight within the next quarter century or so! Then the serpentine road will be bypassed, flown over or under and only the locals will still traverse the road of many bends. The ‘preparatory’ work being undertaken now near the Halfway House is largely obliterating the Board of Works, a short segment of road built in Famine times and also impinges on Bóthar na Réidh, the Cork – Kerry road prior to 1820.
In my initial research, prior to the 1991 article, two local teachers, John Kelleher R.I. P. and Seán Ó Muimhneacháin, Uachtarán an Oireachtais, were of considerable help. Beannacht Dé le John agus buíochas mór le Séán. M. Mac S.

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Mons Bar, also known as the Halfway House, with owners, Christy and Nellie O’Riordan and family in the early 60s. © Courtesy of O’Riordan family

1991. The stretch of road from the Halfway House to Ballymakeera- Ballyvourney, on the way, to Killarney, well qualifies for a preservation order as an historical monument to the convoluted minds of the road makers of another age. Emigrants returning after an absence of forty or fifty years are known to bemoan the changes brought about in the name of progress. They complain that towns, villages and roads are unrecognisable. But people retracing their steps to the Coolavokig area can wallow in nostalgia as bends, humps and hollows are precisely the same. And they can console themselves, if not the residents, with the thought that there is little fear of any immediate changes. The E.C., in its 1989 – 1993 Operational Programme of Peripherality, has allocated £13m to a 13km stretch eastwards from Sliabh Riach, but its utilisation doesn’t seem imminent.
But sarcasm aside, it is a most interesting bit of road. The Halfway House earns its name - it is half way between Cork and Killarney and half way between Macroom and Ballyvourney. It is known locally as the Mons. Many explanations are offered for the title. At one time, the house is reputed to have had only female occupants. In the local Gaeltacht area it came be known as Tigh na mBan and this was anglicised into Mons. In direct contradiction to this is the theory that a colourful gentleman who lived there was referred to by neighbours as the "rnon". Since the Halfway House was the only pub for miles around, it was a favourite drinking spot. Some say that a bloody battle was fought there after closing hours one night during the First World War. A local wit later compared the brawl to the Battle of Mons and the name stuck.

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Dancing at Mons Platform in the 1950s ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

Whatever the origins of the name, the Mons is a noted landmark. In the late '50s and early 60s an open-air platform flourished just east of the crossroads, in the townland of Lisacreasig -"the fort of the savage or glutton". Music was supplied by local musicians, particularly the White Heather Band. Many a middle-aged couple will recall that they first met while trying to evade the midges at tree-sheltered Mons platform, on the banks of the Sullane.
The owners of the Halfway House had farm buildings at the other side of the main road. In front of these, on the roadside, was a long stone bench where passengers from Cill na Martra, Renaniree and Clondrohid waited for the Ballyvourney bus. This bench was known as "The Hob", It was a great gathering place on summer evenings and Sunday afternoons. Here the male population congregated to play "Pitch and Toss", to gossip and to watch the world go by. On Whit Sunday, when all roads led to St. Gobnait's in BalIyvourney, small children went only went as far as the Hob , from which they had a grandstand view of the passing traffic. John Kelleher, a local teacher, penned the enclosed lines in memory of wonderful hours spent at The Hob.

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John Kelleher, R.I.P., poet, teacher and storyteller ©Lee Valley Outlook


Those davs are gone forever, those days of long ago,
When in joyful mood, we gathered at the Cross-
We were not small in number, we sometimes reached a score,
And manfully, we played our Pitch and Toss.
Our hearts were Iight and airy, our laughter loud and shrill.
Our thoughts were always ‘resting on the job’.
The rivalry was always keen, ‘twixt Timmy, Tadhg and Bill,
On those evenings when we met down at the Hob.

Some were young and merry, full of laughter and of song,
Some indeed had reached the twilight of their years,
Some had sampled life’s mixed basket and shared its right and wrong,
Some had tasted of its sorrows and its tears.
But to some the sound of laughter and the loud, resounding cheer
And the ne’er to be forgotten burst of song
Seemed to banish all their troubles, their sorrows and their fears
On those evenings when we met down at the Hob.

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Fun and games at the Halfway House in the early 60s © Courtesy of O’Riordan family

 And when the game was over, we reclined upon the seat.
Some talked about the topics of the day,
The prospects of weather, the sunshine and the heat,
The efforts made to cut and save the hay.
Others spoke of matches; the old ones had their say
Of men of yore who wore the red of Cork,
The arguments were friendly but the young folk used give way
On those evenings when we met down at the Hob.

AIas, those days are over, the famous Hob has gone
But has left us with the memories of the past
The arguments, the topics, the little bursts of song
That will be precious treasures while we last.
Those days we will remember; those days of long ago,
The voices of old John, Tadhgeen and Bob
Seem to haunt us and remind us of those happy days of yore
That we spent in joyful mood down at the Hob.

The Coolavokig road, known locally as Duffy’s Road, perhaps for its constructor, is reputed to have been built in 1820, so Daniel O'Connell was probably a frequent early user on his way from Derrynane to the Law Courts in Cork. Prior to that, the main Cork- Kerry road, Bóthar na Réidh, ran further north to Uisce na dTrí dTeorainn, passing by Cuasán, Ardeen, Shronegare (Sruth na gCaor), Páirc na gCeartan and Tobar an Ghabha. This was the route taken by Cardinal Rinuccini, the Papal Nuncio, on his way from Kenmare to the Confederation of Kilkenny in 1645, when he overnighted at St. Gobnait’s and in Macroom Castle. During the Famine, the Board of Works road was made from a point west of Coolavokig school and stopped short in the middle of a field about 20 yards from the main road at Mons. It is interesting to note that plans for the straightening of the road under the Programme of Peripherality, take the same line as the Famine road. Will they too lack implementation after 150 years? To be continued

The Mons Family.

John’ the Mon’ Kelleher (1840 – 1910), great-grandfather of John, Fr. Jerry, Anne and Frankie, was born in Lackaneen, in an old house on the northern side of the road (where the Hob was) and which was later turned into a shed and is still in the family’s possession. John the Mon married another Kelleher, Norrie (Hanora) (1839 – 1926). The Half-Way was built during their lifetimes. John and Norrie had nine children. Mary Anne (1879 – 1953) never married. She inherited the farm and Halfway House. Julia (1878 – 1928) married John O'Riordan, Lissacreasig, and Christy was one of their sons.

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Norrie ‘Mon’ with one of her daughters c.1910 ©Courtesy of O’Riordan family.

John the Mon's father, Cornelius Kelleher (Conchubhar Aindris) is listed in Griffith’s Valuations (1852) as the occupier of the farm in Lackaneen, when the Landlord was Rev. Robert E. Warren. Following the passing of the Land Acts in the 1880's and the 1903 (Wyndham) Land Act, tenants were advanced money to purchase the freehold of their farms from the landlord. A document dated 15th March 1917, shows that Honoria Kelleher (Norrie Mon), was granted the freehold, "subject to an annuity of 10 pounds, eight shillings and eight pence, beginning 1st June 1917 and payable half yearly, until an advance of 321 pounds has been paid". The landlord from whom it was purchased was Charlotte E. Warren.

Lá ‘le Ghobnatan

I mBaile Bhúirne tá bua gach baile,
Ó bheatha Gobnait Naofa,
Go mbíonn na sluaite ann ag taisteal
Ag déanamh turas le h-aghaidh an lae ann.
Do dhein saighdiúirí as na beacha
'S do thug dóibh airm gléasta
'S do sciob chun siúl lucht an creachta
'S do scaip an phlá le naofacht.
Sin paidir a fuaireas ó’n Athair Diarmuid Ó Ríordáin a bhí tráth ina scoláire i scoil Cúl a’Bhuachaigh, mar ar fhoghlaim sé é óna mhúinteoir, Bean Uí Chathasaigh. Is amhlaidh go bhfuair Amhlaoibh Ó Loingsigh, Cúl a’ Bhuachaigh, an paidir ó Proinnséas Ó Ceallaigh, Baile Mhúirne agus tá an lámhscríbhinn anois sa bhailiúchán béaloidis ó bhunscoileanna 1938.
Paidir. Naomh Bríd.
A Naomh Bríd, a Mhuire na nGael, scar orainn do bhrat.
A Naomh Bríd, a chroí na féile, stiúir sinn ar an mbóthar ceart.
A Naomh Bríd gheanúil, ghrástúil, ar ár namhaid cosain sinn.
A Naomh Bríd, a bhean rialta álainn, ar uair ár mbáis glaoigh orainn.

Pic 42St. Gobnait’s Ballyvourney, where Cardinal Rinuccini rested and prayed overnight in 1645. Lá ‘le Ghobnatan is on February 11. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Muskerry Local History Society

Barry Keane, author of Cork's Revolutionary Dead, 1916-1923, will lecture on Cork's Independence Dead, 1916-1921 on Monday, 12 February, at 8.00 pm in Ballincollig Rugby Club. This topic has caused considerable controversy in recent years as historians have clashed over aspects of the killings. Some historians have claimed that there was a sectarian motive behind some of the killings; others have said that was not the case. Barry Keane has thoroughly researched Cork's Independence Dead and he will present his conclusions at a very eagerly awaited lecture.


Comic St. Finbarr

“Troubled Waters”; a comic illustrating the epic 6th century tale of St. Finbarre’s battle with the Dragon Lua, will go on show at Bank of Ireland, Patrick St. Cork on Friday, February 9 at 6p.m. and will showcase until March 6. Artist, Keith Kennedy’s first comic is the centerpiece of the exhibition. The story is 16 pages of action set in beautiful Gougane Barra, Inchigeela lakes and all along the River Lee. Also included is a 4 page story set in modern day Cork called “Rat in the Grain”, by writer Niall Best. Professionally printed in Cork, this is Keith Kennedys first of hopefully many stories, and will be on sale in Waterstones, Vibes and Scribes, Comic Vault, Cork Flowers Design shop, Gougane Barra, and more shops along the Lee Valley.

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Munster Rugby’s Darren Sweetnam, Brand Ambassador, Macroom Motors, collecting the keys of hs 181 Toyota CHR Hybrid from Pat Barrett, General Manager. Also included, John Lehane M.D. and Patsy Lynch, Sales Exec. ©Lee Valley Outlook


To Do in February
Turn over the soil only if the weather is dry – if the soil sticks to your boots, it’s too early for digging! Keep off the soil to prevent soil compaction - use timber planks to stand on for access. If you have not already done so order/ buy your seeds, spuds and onion sets. “Chit” or sprout seed potatoes – put them in a container (e.g. used egg carton or empty seed tray) and leave them in a bright warm place. Check the pH of your soil – you can buy a soil pH testing kit in any garden centre. Lime your soil now if required (to reduce acidity in very acid soils), particularly important in your brassica bed.
Sow some seeds on a sunny windowsill indoors, in a heated greenhouse or on a heating mat: sow celery, globe artichokes, celeriac, leeks, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, peas, aubergines, peppers/chilli-peppers. In polytunnel or greenhouse: beetroot, Brussels sprouts, summer and autumn cabbage, carrots, leeks, lettuce, radish. Outside: Weather permitting you can try planting out broadbeans, spinach, kohlrabi, onion and shallot sets, Jerusalem artichokes, parsnip and early pea varieties.
Harvest Winter cabbage and cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts, spinach, kale and leeks.
Hoeing is 8 times faster than pulling weeds, apparently. Ideally you want to hoe to prevent weeds as opposed to having to get rid of them. Pulling weeds can upset soil structure and fertility. Far better to hoe weeds which basically dislodges the roots and forces them to die - they then rot down and add to soil fertility. From April to September run over the entire patch with a hoe each week - it’s enjoyable work if you do it right, standing upright with a long-handled hoe and moving it forward and back just beneath the soil surface. Try to hoe when the soil is dry. Weeds are more likely to take root again in wet soil. It’s good to redouble your hoeing efforts at two times of the year – (1) go in to the winter with a clean patch and (2) in spring, don’t let weeds get established. Mulch and green manures will prevent weeds from becoming established, as will coverings of mypex, plastic etc. Also important to keep the grass around your patch short - otherwise it’s a great seeding environment for weeds.

Pros and Cons of Setting up a Farming Company

Company Law. The farm business becoming a limited liability company is something that has become increasingly popular in the agricultural sector. For the purposes of this article, I will outline some of the advantages and disadvantages of incorporation.
Limited Liability. One of the most significant advantages to incorporation is limited liability. This essentially means that there is a limit put on the responsibility of the company shareholders to pay the debts of the company in the event the company runs out of money and becomes insolvent. The company is the farmer.
Succession Planning. A company can be easier to split amongst shareholders or successors by allocation of shares. It can be less complicated to divide shares in a farming company among children than to divide a sole trader farming business among them.
Tax Purposes. One of the most beneficial features of incorporating are the significant tax advantages. However, to benefit from the tax advantages it is important to ascertain as to whether your business and scale suits the move to incorporation. Essentially, if your farm business turnover is reaching the higher tax band, then it may well be more tax efficient to incorporate. For example, if a self-employed person’s earning capacity was over the higher tax band, then they could be taxed at 55%, whereas the corporation tax for a company’s trading profits would be at the lower rate of 12.5%.
A farmer also needs to consider the amount of money he or she draws from the business for his or her own personal use. There may be income available to a farmer outside of the company, for example, rental income or a spouse’s income, and then a farmer and his or her family has a reduced need to extract money from the company for personal use. This is important because if a farmer draws large amounts of money from the business for his or her own use, then the benefits of incorporation would be significantly reduced. Money drawn down from a business would be subject to the normal tax regime and it is only money that is left in the company that benefit’s from the 12.5% tax rate.
One of the main issues in determining if incorporation is the right move is, essentially, the turnover of the farm business. If the annual turnover in a farm business is reaching the higher tax band, then a farmer should seek advice from his or her solicitor in relation to the option of incorporation. The above are only a very brief summary of the tax issues to examine if considering incorporation.
Business expansion. If you are considering buying agricultural land in the future, it is tax efficient to allow profits to build up through a company. Earnings can be retained within the company for the purposes of investment.
Bank loans. Existing loans would have to be renegotiated as the facility agreements would have been in the sole traders’ name. In these circumstances, the Bank would have to draw up a fresh facility agreement transferring the loan to the company. This involves legal fees, land registry fees, time, inconvenience and negotiating a new loan with the bank. However, it can also be an opportunity to negotiate more favourable terms with your bank. The benefits of incorporation can also far outweigh any expense and inconvenience involved in the set up on incorporation.
Inheritance and Succession Planning. Consider the future and both your short term and long term plans for the business. If one is thinking of retirement soon, incorporation is not an option. A successor will not qualify for young trained farmer relief in the event that he or she takes the gift in the name of a company. He or she must farm for over 5 years. If farmland is in the name of a company, it may not be considered an agricultural asset for agricultural relief in respect of gifts or inheritances.
Costs and Administration. One must register the company name. One must register with the Revenue Commissioners. One must obtain clearance from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. One must arrange to transfer the herd number into the company name. Banks accounts will have to be set up in the name of the company. Annual accounts need to be prepared which usually involve higher accountancy costs.
Farmers thinking about incorporating their farming business should obtain professional legal and tax advice in relation to their own business and set of circumstances.
Karen Walsh comes from a farming background and is a solicitor practicing in Walsh & Partners, Solicitors and Commissioners for Oaths, 17, South Mall, Cork and author of ‘Farming and the Law’.

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Disclaimer: While every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information contained in this article, Solicitor Karen Walsh does not accept responsibility for errors or omissions howsoever arising, and you should seek legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances at the earliest possible time.

Sports Mad

Cork Camogie Win

Cork 0-15 Wexford 1-10
Five-time All-Star, Orla Cotter notched up 10 points as All Ireland Champions, Cork, held off a gutsy Wexford by to make it two wins from two games in Division 1 of the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues. Linda Bolger finished with nine of Wexford’s score but Cotter had just a little more support from the likes of Amy O’Connor, Orla Cronin and Hannah Looney, which proved significant in the Group 1 tie at St Patrick’s Park, Enniscorthy.
Wexford led early on with Bolger among the scorers but Cork shifted through the gears and their Cotter’s radar was in fine working order as they moved six clear. The hosts rallied well in the second quarter however and were back to within a point at half time, trailing by just 0-9 to 1-5. The Models’ rearguard continued to struggle under significant pressure after the resumption though and that resulted in a number of frees. Cotter accepted the opportunities gleefully as Paudie Murray’s charges edged clear once more. Indeed an indication of how comfortable they were was that Cotter was satisfied to tap over the bar from a penalty. Wexford never gave up and Bolger shot some excellent points from placed balls to drag them back into contention but they needed another goal and the Rebel defenders were not in generous mood.
In the other Group 1 game, Tipperary defeated Offaly by 0-16 to 0-7 at The Ragg. In Group 2, after a first round draw, Limerick registered their first win of the campaign, 2-10 to 0-2 against Meath. Waterford and Clare ended with 2-13 apiece.
On February 4, Cork had a free Sunday and were joined at the top of Group 1 by Wexford, who defeated Offaly by 2-11 to 0-8 while an inexperienced Galway line-up claimed their first triumph of the season to overcome Tipperary on a 2-14 to 1-10 scoreline. Meanwhile, Kilkenny moved well clear at the top of Group 2 with their third win in three outings, this time a 1-14 to 0-8 triumph over Waterford. With nine points, they are almost assured of a place in the last four as they pursue a third title in a row. But the battle for the second Group 2 spot is certain to go down to the wire, with Limerick, Dublin, Waterford and Clare in a logjam, all on four points after February 4 matches. Clare had their first win, 1-8 to 0-9 over Limerick and Dublin also bagged their first win of the campaign, 0-15 to 0-10 against Meath.
February 18 fixtures are Cork V Tippearary; Galway v Offaly; Clare v Meath; Kilkenny v Limerick; Waterford v Dublin.

Cork Ladies in Winning Form

Cork 2 – 17 Kerry 0 – 9
Cork 4 – 14 Monaghan 1 – 7
The Lidl National Football League has got off to a rousing start and, after two rounds, old rivals Cork and Dublin lead the pack on 6 points each and are set for a shootout in Round 3 in Croke Park next Saturday, February 10. In Round 1 on January 28 Cork beat neighbours Kerry 2 – 17 to 0 – 9 while Dublin beat Donegal 2 – 5 to 0 – 7. In Round 2 on February 4, Cork won 4 – 14 to 1 – 7 over Monaghan, while Dublin beat Westmeath 2 – 10 to 2 – 5. As it now stands, Cork and Dublin have 6 points each; Galway 4; Kerry 3; Mayo 3; Donegal 1 and Monaghan 0.
Orla Finn scored 8 of Cork’s points in Round 2 while Eimear Scally, Doireann, Ciara and Brid O’Sullivan scored the goals. The Cork v Dublin match on Saturday 10 may be seen live on eir Sport.

Tom Creedon Cup 2018

The Tom Creedon Cup 2018 is now at the semi final stage with two Mid Cork Gaeltacht Mhúscraí teams involved. Béal Átha played two matches in the one weekend to make up for a previous postponement and won both to get their year off to a fine start. Béal Átha will face last year’s beaten county finalists, St Michael’s, in one semi final while Cill na Martra now know that they will be facing Tom Creedon Cup holders, Newmarket, in the other pairing.
Round 1
Ballydesmond 3 - 5 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2 - 15
Naomh Abán 1-14 Macroom 0-13
(1) Béal Átha’n 1- 16 Naomh Abán 0 - 13
(2) St Michael's 3-17 Rockchapel 1-10
(3) Cill na Martra 0-8 St Vincents 0-5
(4) Nemo Rangers 2-7 Newmarket 2-16
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v St Michaels
Cill na Martra v Newmarket
Ballydesmond 3 – 5 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2 – 15
Béal Átha travelled to Ballydesmond for a Friday night game under lights against the home side and emerged with a comfortable seven point victory in the end. Only three points had separated the sides five minutes from time but the Muskerry men finished strongly to assure themselves of a winning start to their season.
Points from Concubhair Ó Loinsuigh, Cian Ó Duinnín and Ben Seartan had Beál Átha in an early lead but Ballydesmond had a goal in the 8th minute to level matters. Diarmuid MacTomáis pointed to put Béal Átha back in front, the Duhallow men equalised but points from Ben and Donagh Seartan had their side back in front at the start of the second quarter, 0-6 to 1-1. A second Ballydesmond goal was a shock to Béal Átha but the visitors responded well and two point s from Liam Seartan were followed by another brace from his brother Ben and one from young Donagh and when Ballydesmond could only notch a point in reply, Béal Átha led at the break by 0-11 to 2-2.
In the third quarter, Béal Átha had two early points from Ben Seartan and one from Diarmuid MacTomáis while the home side had two points in reply before Cian Ó Duinnín went through for a goal in the 40th minute which gave Béal Átha a seven point lead, 1-14 to 2-4. The game looked to be all over and the tempo fell for a while, Ballydesmond managing a 44th minute point to leave a six point gap. When the home side got in for a third goal in the 54th minute however the outcome was by no means certain but Béal Átha rose to the challenge and Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh fired in a goal four minutes from time to assure the visitors of victory and Liam Seartan made assurance doubly sure with a late point.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Gearóid Ó Muirthille: Nollaig Ó Laoire, Seán Ó Donnchú,e Darren Ó Coill: Dáire Ó Ceallacháin, Eanna Ó Duinnín, Matt Ó Riordáin: Colmán Ó Tuama, Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh: Seamus Ó Tuama, Ben Seartan, Cian Ó Duinnín: Diarmuid MacTomáis, Liam Seartan, Donagh Seartan. Subs: Barra Ó Coinceannain, Darren
Ó Duinnín, Seán Ó Coill, Eanna Ó Luasaigh, Caoimhín Ó Loinsuigh.

Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1 – 16 Naomh Abán 0 – 13
Two days after their win over Ballydesmond, Béal Átha were at home to fellow premier intermediate side Naomh Ában in the Tom Creedon Cup quarter final and after a slow start got their game together late in the half to lead by a point at the break. After an exchange of points on the restart, Béal Átha shot over seven points between the 39th and 47th minutes to take a 1-13 to 0-9 lead and they were never going to lose the game subsequently.
Naomh Abán dominated the opening quarter and led by 0-4 to nil at the end of that period. When Ben Seartan had an opening score for Béal Átha in the 19th minute, N Abán replied with two further scores to lead by five points six minutes from the break. In that remaining period Béal Átha turned the game around with a Liam Seartan point being followed by a vital goal from Diarmuid MacTomáis in the 26th minute and each then added a point to leave the home side leading by 1-4 to 0-6 at the interval.
Two further points for Béal Átha on the resumption increased the lead but back came N Abán with a brace, 1-6 to 0-8 after 38 minutes, still only a point between the teams. That situation changed completely over the next nine minutes however when Béal Átha outscored the visitors by seven points to one to take a commanding lead. Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh, Colman Ó Tuama, Seamus Ó Tuama twice and Liam Seartan with 0-3 were the scorers and with only a point from N Abán in reply, Béal Átha were in a very strong position leading by 1-13 to 0-9. In the closing stages Béal Átha increased their advantage to eight points before Naomh Abán finished well with two points from frees which cut the margin to six points.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Gearóid Ó Muirthille: Nollaig Ó Laoire, Seán Ó Donnchú, Darren Ó Coill: Dáire Ó Ceallacháin, Eanna Ó Duinnín, Matt Ó Riordáin: Colmán Ó Tuama, Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh: Seamus Ó Tuama, Barra Ó Coinceannain, Cian Ó Duinnín: Diarmuid MacTomáis, Liam Seartan, Ben Seartan. Subs: Caoimhín Ó Loinsuigh, Pól Ó Buachalla, Seán Ó Coill, Eanna Ó Luasaigh.

2018 Cork County Football Leagues

The country football leagues have commenced and in Division One, last year’s champions Ballincollig got their campaign off to a good start. So did premier intermediate side Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, who had a notable home win over last year’s county finalists St Finbarrs to continue their good start to the year, this being their third win in a row. Cill na Martra and Macroom, both promoted from the second division, were not in action on opening weekend.

Division 1
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1-11 St. Finbarr's 1-7
This was a very close encounter at Ballingeary with the sides level at 0-3 each after the opening quarter before ‘Barrs had a goal to take a two point lead. Two early points from Ben Seartan had put the home side in front, ‘Barrs replied with as brace to level matters after 13 minutes. Liam Seartan kicked Béal Átha in front, again ‘Barrs equalised, 0-3 each. Liam Seartan put his side in front again but the ‘Barrs goal in the 18th minute gave the city side the lead for the first time. Béal Átha recovered, points from Diarmuid MacTomás frees in the 22nd and 26th minutes levelling matters before Ben Seartan had his third point of the half to give the Gaeltacht side the lead at half time on a 0-7 to 1-3 scoreline.
On the restart, the ‘Barrs kicked over four points without reply to take a one goal advantage by the three quarter stage 1-7 to 0-7, but Béal Átha had the better of the closing stages. The visitors were not to score again as Béal Átha set about getting scores on the board and constant fouling gave Ben Seartan the opportunity, which he availed of, of cutting the lead. Points in the 46th, 48th and 49th minutes had Béal Átha level and a Seamus Ó Tuama point eight minutes from time had the rampant home side back in front. A minute from the end of normal time Cian Ó Duinnín had the goal which guaranteed victory and a great start to the league campaign for the Béal Átha men.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Gearóid Ó Muirthille: Nollaig Ó Laoire, Seán Ó Donnchú, Darren Ó Coill: Dáire Ó Ceallacháin, Eanna Ó Duinnín, Matt Ó Riordáin: Colmán Ó Tuama, Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh: Seamus Ó Tuama, Barra Ó Coinceannain, Cian Ó Duinnín: Diarmuid MacTomáis, Liam Seartan, Ben Seartan. Subs: Leonárd Ó Conchuir, Caoimhín Ó Loinsuigh, Pól Ó Buachalla, Seán Ó Coill, Eanna Ó Luasaigh.
Ballincollig 2-12 Valley Rovers 0-11
Ballincollig, who won the league title for the first time last season got this year’s campaign off to a good start with a comfortable home win over Valley Rovers. Colin Weste had a goal which contributed to a 1-6 to 0-4 half time lead and Paddy Kelly had a second in the second half. Ballincollig welcomed back John Paul Murphy who had been abroad for the past two years and whose presence had been sorely missed.
Other results:
Clonakilty 3-10 Mallow 2-5; Nemo Rangers 2-17 O'Donovan Rossa 0-3
Next Up: Sun Feb 11th Carbery Rangers v Cill na Martra, St Finbarr’s v Macroom, Valley Rovers v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, O’Donovan Rossa v Ballincollig
Sun Feb 18th Valley Rovers v Cill na Martra, O’Donovan Rossa v Macroom, Mallow v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Clonakilty vBallincollig
Sun Feb 25th: Macroom v Carbery Rangers

Division 2
Aghabullogue 1-9 Newmarket 2-13
Newly promoted Aghabullogue, last year’s Div 3 champions, were at home to Newmarket, one of the better premier intermediate sides, at Coachford and were in trouble at half time when the Duhallow men led by 2-7 to 0-5. Newmarket continued to be in control for much of the second half but Aghabullogue’s play did improve significantly and when Mathew
Bradley found the Newmarket net ten minutes from time there was still time for Aghabullogue to rescue the day. Unfortunately Aghabullogue had what was considered a legitimate goal disallowed six minutes from time and Newmarket held firm for the remainder of the hour. Mathew Bradley, John Corkery, Patrick Finnegan and Niall BarryMurphy were the point scorers for Aghabullogue.
Aghabullogue: David Moynihan: Alan Hogan, Dhanni Merrick, Seán O’Connell: Jerome Corkery, Ryan Dennehy, Michael Dennehy: Stephen Dennehy, Seán O’sullivan: billy Casey, Mathew Bradley, Evan O’Sullivan: James Byrne, Patrick Finnegan, John Corkery. Subs: Niall BarryMurphy, Aidan BarryMurphy, Ian BarryMurphy and Michael O’Sullivan.
Other Div 2 results: Newcestown 1-16 Douglas 2-5; Kiskeam 5-6 Clyda Rovers 1-9; ÉIRE ÓG a bye; Castlehaven v Kanturk, St. Michael's v Ilen Rovers postponed

Next Up:

Feb 11th Ilen Rovers v Aghabullogue, Clyda Rovers v Éire Óg
Feb 18th Aghabullogue v Douglas, Éire Óg v Newmarket

Division 3 – Feb 4th Results:
Carrigaline 1-11 Bandon 1-6
Nemo Rangers 1-18 Bantry Blues 0-7
Rockchapel 3-9 Dohenys 1-11
Castletownbere 2-6 Glanworth 0-8
Bishopstown a bye, NAOMH ABÁN v Fermoy postponed.
Feb 11th Naomh Abán v Nemo Rangers
Feb 18th Naomh Abán v Glanworth

Division 4 – Feb 4th Results:
GRENAGH 1-8 Kildorrery 0-5
Na Piarsaigh 2-7 St. Vincent's 1-9
Gabriel Rangers 1-14 Ballydesmond 1-13
Mitchelstown 4-8 BALLINORA 2-9
Kinsale 0-10 Aghada 0-12
Glenville – a bye
Feb 11th Ballinora v Kinsale, Grenagh a bye
Feb 18th Kildorrery v Ballinora, Grenagh v Aghada

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Foireann fé-21 Cill na Martra, a bhuaidh Craobh Grád A Mhúscraí don chéad uair riamh agus bainisteóirí ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Mid Cork U21 Football

The draws for the Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football Championship 2018 were made at the recent Mid Cork Board meeting. Every team gets at least two games before possible elimination.
U21 A Football (Five teams)
First Round: A Éire Óg v Cill na Martra; B Ballincollig v Naomh Abán; C Kilmurry a bye; 2nd round: Loser of A v Kilmurry: IF Kilmurry lose this game then they play losers of B (Ballincollig or N Abán).
Semi finalists: Winners of A, winners of B, Kilmurry or Losers A, Losers of B or Kilmurry – repeat pairings to be avoided until the final.
U21 B Football (Nine teams)
A Macroom a bye B Blarney v Ballinora C Canovee v Aghabulloguer D Aghinagh v Iveleary E Grenagh v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh
2nd Round Macroom v Losers B, Losers C v Losers D, Losers E a bye unless Macroom lose, then Losers E v Macroom
Quarter Finals: Four winners, and three others from losers games. Repeat pairings to be avoided in draw.
U 21C Football (five teams)
A Clondrohid v Donoughmore; B Lee Gaels v Kilmichael: Éire Óg (2nds) –a bye
Round 2: Losers of A v Éire Óg and if Éire Óg lose then they play loser of B, who otherwise have a bye.
Semi finals: 2 winners and the other 2 qualifiers.
U 21 Football Fixtures:
Warning: Patrons should check locally re fixtures for Sat 17th as starting times may change.
Saturday February 11th: BFC: Aghinagh v Iveleary at Kilmichael, 2pm throw in
Saturday Feb 17th: ‘A’FC: Ballincollig v Naomh Abán at Macroom, 3pm
Éire Óg v Cill na Martra at Kilmurry, 3pm
‘B’FC: Blarney v Ballinora at Ballincollig, 3pm
Canovee v Aghabullogue at Risheen, 3pm
Grenagh v BéaL Átha’n Ghaorthaidh at Coachford, 3pm
‘C’FC: Clondrohid v Donoughmore at Carrigadrohid, 3pm
Lee Gaels v Kilmichael at Cloughduv, 3pm
Games continue every Saturday with neutral venues, but if such are not available, then first drawn has the home advantage.


The format for the 2018 Junior Hurling and Football leagues in Mid Cork was decided at the board meeting. Junior A teams will play in the Div One Football league, most Junior B teams in Div Two F, Junior C teams and some JB teams in Div Three F.
Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Awards Dinner

The Gala Awards Dinner will be held in the Oriel Court Hotel Ballincollig on Saturday February 17th next when the Muskerry GAA Sports Star of the Year 2017 will be named along with the Muskerry Junior Hurling and Muskerry Junior Football teams of the year.
The Muskerry GAA Sports Star of 2017 will be chosen from the outstanding eight monthly award winners list. The Auld Triangle and Muskerry GAA Sports Star Awards Monthly Winners for 2017 were:
March – Chris Óg Jones (Iveleary)
April – Daniel Ó Duinnín (Cill na Martra)
May – Mark Coleman (Blarney)
June – Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
July – Joe Ryan (Kilmurry)
August – Aoife Murray (Cloughduv)
September – Kevin Hallissey (Éire Óg)
October – Niamh McCarthy (Inniscarra)

Munster Colleges Senior A Football

The Corn Uí Mhuiri final will be an all Kerry affair with Tralee CBS and PS Chorca Dhuibhne (Dingle/An Daingean) meeting in the decider.
Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig 1 – 6 Tralee CBS 0 - 10
A late point secured Tralee CBS’s passage to the final of the Corn Uí Mhuirí (Munster PPS U18½AFC) for the second year in a row after a tempestuous semi final at Baile Bhúirne. Tralee led by 3-1 early on, Col Choilm levelled at 3-3in the 24th minute but Tralee led by 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time. The Kerry side raised their advantage to four points on the restart but were then held scoreless as Coláiste Choilm came back strongly, despite being down to 14 men since just before the interval. Colm O’Callaghan’s goal left the Cork boys only a point adrift in the 36thminute, Jack Murphy’s fifth point levelled on 43, before James O’Sullivan’s point gave them the lead for the first time. In the 53rd minute Seán Quilter notched his sixth point to equalise for Tralee, and extra time loomed, but centre back John Walsh, impressive throughout, put Tralee back in front in the 58th minute. In injury time there were a couple of simultaneous flare ups on the pitch and play resumed only after three bookings, two for Tralee and one for Coláiste Choilm, a second booking meaning they finished with 13. In the remaining minutes Col Choilm got possession despite facing a massed defence and worked a difficult scoring attempt which unfortunately went narrowly wide.
Scorers for Coláiste Choilm: J Murphy 0-5 (0-4f), C O’Callaghan 1-0, J O’Sullivan 0-1.
Coláiste Choilm: Adam O’Riordan (Éire Óg): S Dwane (St Finbarr’s), S Walsh (Ballincollig), B Sorensen (Ballincollig): Cillian Sheehan (Éire Óg), F Denny (Ballincollig), E Dodd (Canovee): Colm O’Callaghan (Éire Óg), Jack Murphy (Éire Óg) capt: Hugh Murphy (Éire Óg), E Cooke (Ballincollig), Ross Donovan (Ballincollig): D Scott (Inniscarra), Cian Rickard (Éire Óg), Jamie O’Sullivan (Éire Óg). Subs: N Lordan (Ballinora).
Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne 3-11 St Brendans, Killarney 3-8

Allianz Football League Division 2

Cork 1-16 Tipperary 3-16
A dominant period midway through the second half was critical as Cork got their Allianz FL Division 2 campaign off to a losing start at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Cork began with six debutants while Tipp had none, and the visitors established a 0-4 to 0-1 lead in the opening nine minutes. Seán White got his and his county’s second point on ten minutes and Cork added another five points without reply. Mark Collins, playing in a two-man inside forward line with Stephen Sherlock, had three while John O’Rourke also got on the scoresheet. Cork debutant, Daniel O’Callaghan, set up Ruairí Deane for a point on the half-hour, so the home side were three to the good, 0-9 to 0-6, but Tipp responded with two points. In injury time, Cork had a great chance to extend their advantage when Seán Powter, was fouled in the goal area, Cork were awarded a spot kick but Sherlock’s penalty was well saved by the Tipp goalkeeper Evan Comerford.
Sherlock began the second half with two points, but Tipp were building momentum and, after Liam McGrath and Mark Collins exchanged points, they scored an unanswered 2-4 to open up a 2-13 to 0-12 lead.
Cork ended their drought when sub Colm O’Neill was able to palm home from close range after Ruairí Deane’s handpass set him up, and O’Neill created a similar chance for Sherlock but he hit the post.
O’Neill and Sherlock had points as Cork came back to within two but McGrath gave Tipp breathing space again to bring his tally to 1-5 and then got his second and their third goal with two minutes left to out the outcome beyond doubt.
Scorers for Cork: Stephen Sherlock (0-3 frees), Mark Collins (0-1 free) 0-5 each, Colm O’Neill 1-1 (0-1 free), Seán White 0-2, John O’Rourke, Seán Powter, Ruairi Deane 0-1 each.
CORK: Mark White; Sam Ryan, Jamie O’Sullivan, Micheál McSweeney; Kevin Flahive, Kevin Crowley, Brian O’Driscoll; Ian Maguire, Daniel O’Callaghan; Seán White, Seán Powter, Ruairí Deane; John O’Rourke, Mark Collins, Stephen Sherlock. Subs: Colm O’Neill 47, Killian O’Hanlon 50, Michael Hurley 53, Tomás Clancy 58, Kevin O’Driscoll 65, Conor Dorman 66.
Cork 1-13 Down 0-10
A big second half from Cork saw them pick up their first win in Division Two of this season's Allianz Football League campaign in Newry. They outscored Down after the break by 1-6 to 0-4 in Pairc Esler, Mark Collins with the all-important goal after 55 minutes. Both sides finished with 14 players with Cork's Jamie O'Sullivan and Down's Connaire Harrison sent off after a scuffle right on the stroke of full-time.
The first half was very competitive. Cork led by 0-5 to 0-1 after 13 minutes with Colm O'Neill, Mark Collins and Sean White all on target. Down hit three points in a row and they battled well to reduce the deficit to 0-7 to 0-6 at the break.
Cork's they were the only team in it in the second half. After Down drew level six minutes after the restart, two points from Mark Collins, one a free, edged them ahead midway through the second half. Down closed the gap to 0-9 to 0-8 on 53 minutes, but Collins' goal in the 55th minute killed Down off.
Ruairi Deane played in to Collins who spotted the Down keeper off his line and cleverly looped the ball over his head and into the net. O’Neill then added a free to put Cork in a 1-11 to 0-8 lead with 12 minutes remaining, and it was all over as a contest.
Cork Scorers: M Collins 1-5 (0-2f), C O’Neill 0-5 (0-4f), S White 0-2, P Kelleher 0-1.
Cork: Mark White (Clonakilty); Sam Ryan (St Finbarrs), Jamie O’Sullivan (Bishopstown), Michael McSweeney (Newcestown); Kevin Flahive (Douglas), Brian O’Driscoll (T MacCarthaigh), Tomás Clancy (Fermoy); Ian Maguire (St Finbarrs), Cillian O’Hanlon (Kilshannig); Seán White (0-2) (Clonakilty), Kevin Crowley (Millstreet), Rory Deane (Bantry Blues); John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers), Colm O’Neill (Ballyclough) (0-5, 4f), Mark Collins (Castlehaven) (1-5, 2f). Subs: Michael Hurley (Castlehaven) 44, Conor Dorman (Bishopstown) 51, PETER KELLEHER (Kilmichael) (0-1) 60, Mathew Taylor (Mallow) 63, CIAN DORGAN (Ballincollig) 68, Stephen Sherlock (St Finbarrs) 69 and Ryan Price (O Donovan Rossa), Daniel O Callaghan (Clyda Rovers) and Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh).

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A

Cork 1-24 Kilkenny 0-24:
This first NHL game - under lights - in the redeveloped Páirc Uí Chaoimh saw Cork drive to a thrilling win in front of 16,180 spectators. Cork had 1-1 on the scoreline after three minutes thanks to Robbie O’Flynn and Shane Kingston respectively. Kilkenny were level five minutes later with captain Cillian Buckley (0-2) leading the charge and the sides were level by the end of the first quarter of a free-flowing game. Kilkenny went two up but Lehane (free) and O’Flynn tied it up and Colm Spillane grabbed the lead for Cork but in injury time Richie Reid hit a beauty from the wing and Alan Murphy added another to make it Kilkenny 0-15 to Cork’s 1-11 at the break.
Cork pushed ahead in the second half but Kilkenny leveled, 1-14 to 0-17, on 45 minutes.
The scoring rate had dipped somewhat and Kilkenny drew level with five minutes left. The game was held up for a significant period for medical treatment to Kilkenny captain Cillian Buckley and Cork jumped to a three point lead on the frestart and the Cats just couldn’t overhaul them.
Scorers for Cork: C. Lehane (0-11, 0-9 frees); S. Kingston (1-1); R. O’Flynn, A. Cadogan, S. Harnedy (0-2); L. Meade, D. Kearney, M. Ellis, C. Spillane, D. Fitzgibbon, J. O’Connor (0-1 each).
Cork: P. Collins, Seán O’Donoghue (Inniscarra), E. Cadogan, C. Spillane, C. Joyce, T. O’Mahony, D. Fitzgibbon, B. Lawton, R. O’Flynn, C. Lehane, D. Kearney, A. Cadogan, S. Harnedy (c), S. Kingston.
Subs: L. Meade 26; M. Cahalane 56; R. O’Shea blood 57-60; J. O’Connor 62.
Wexford 0-21 Cork 1-14
Wexford outplayed Cork in the second-half at Wexford Park to make it two wins from two in Division 1A of the Allianz Hurling League. Cork packed a serious threat during the first-half, but Wexford battled tenaciously to close to within 1-9 to 0-10 at half-time before producing a teak, tough defensive showing which laid the foundations for Davy Fitzgerald's men to celebrate. Wexford hit eleven second half wides but did enough to win as Cork did not have the necessary drive to overcome the determination of the home side.
Conor Lehane capitalised upon a defensive slip to dash in from the left and find the net early on and Robbie O'Flynn and Seamus Harnedy extended the gap to 1-2 to 0-1 as wind-assisted Cork posed serious questions. Conor O'Sullivan had to come to Cork's rescue when clearing off the line and Lee Chin converted the resultant '65 before flashing over three more scores as Wexford fought-back to within 1-6 to 0-7 after 25 minutes.
Patrick Horgan responded three times – twice from frees – to maintain Cork's slight advantage, which was 1-9 to 0-10 at half-time.
Early second-half scores from Conor Lehane and Alan Cadogan proved a false dawn for Cork as their attrack was well contained by the Wexford rear-guard, which held the opposition scoreless for 23 second-half minutes. Wexford got on top, Cork came back with a brace to lead by a point, 0-16 to 1-14 before Jack Guiney restored parity and then pointed a monstrous free which was followed by three further points from the jubilant home side.
Scorers for Cork: Conor Lehane 1-2 (0-1 f), Patrick Horgan 0-4 (3 fs), Alan Cadogan 0-2, Darragh Fitzgibbon, Robbie O Floinn, Bill Cooper, Seamus Harnedy, Shane Kingston, Michael Cahalane 0-1 each.
CORK: Patrick Collins; Seán O’Donoghue (Inniscarra), Eoin Cadogan, Conor O'Sullivan; Christopher Joyce, Tim O’Mahony, Mark Ellis; Darragh Fitzgibbon, Daniel Kearney; Robbie O’Flynn, Conor Lehane, Bill Cooper; Alan Cadogan, Patrick Horgan, Seamus Harnedy. Subs: Luke Meade ht, Brian Lawton 48, Shane Kingston 48, Damien Cahalane blood-sub 54, Michael Cahalane 60, Jack O'Connor 68.

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Pic. 20. James Duggan, chair, Concubhar Murray MC and winning team, John Neville, Brendan O'Regan, Richard Neville and Niall Burke at Macroom GAA/LGFA Quiz ©Con Kelleher

Macroom G.A.A. Club

Rebel Óg Gold Standard. The juvenile club is delighted to have been awarded the Gold Standard in Rebel Óg Benchmarking for the period 2017-2020 (having been silver in 2016). The judgment is made on a number of parameters: the number of games played, the number of training sessions held, and proper administration with regard to secretarial, treasury and vetting work. Consideration is also given to the upkeep of grounds and dressing rooms, organization of matches and provision of referees, and running our affairs well with a friendly and healthy relationship with other clubs. Note is also made of the occurrence of special training modules such as ‘speed camp’ and goalkeeping coaching. The effort was led by Diarmuid Holland and other club officers, and all involved should be complimented and well pleased with the award. Effectively the recognition is saying that we have good club structures and the basis for on-going development and progress. Well done to Diarmuid and all who contributed.
Healthy Club Project: The general aim of the scheme is to promote the physical, mental and social well-being of our players. The idea seems excellent and the club is eager to implement its strategy. Danny O’Keeffe is the Health and Well-being Officer for the club.
Intermediates: continue to train. Macroom are back in Division 1 and will be playing Kelleher Shield football again. They play St. Finbarr’s in Togher next Sun. 11th of Feb at 2.30.
Juniors: are training with the intermediates and good numbers are attending. Tadhg Sheehan is the Junior B manager and Concubhar Murray is guiding the Junior Cs.
U-21s: played Dromtarriff in the final of the Glenville Cup in Cloughduv without the O’Gormans, Alan Quinn and Mark Corrigan. The strong Dromtarriff side had the upper hand from the beginning, and won by 10 points.
Minors: will be back training in TCP at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday.
U-16s/U-15s: will commence training on Thursday in the TCP at 7.30 p.m.
U-11s and U-12s: begin training on Sun. 11th at 10.30 in TCP.
Juvenile Registration: there was a good turn-out in the Pavilion on Fri. night and the process will be finalized next Fri. 9th from 7.30 to 8.30 again in the pavilion.
Congrats to Kanturk and Knocknagree on their All-Ireland successes.

Macroom FC

National Cup: There was double disappointment for the U14 and U16 teams with both losing out in the last 32 of the Skechers National Cup. The U14 side were first in to action as they travelled to Co. Meath to play Kells/ Blackwater FC. The game was moved to an all weather facility in Navan and resulted in a 5-1 win for the home side. Macroom trailed 2-0 at half time but played a brilliant second half. Although Kells increased the lead to 3-0 Macroom then took over. An outstanding solo effort from Conor Kelleher meant it was game on at 3-1. Then, a number of gilt edged chances came and went and as the visitors pushed on, they were punished with two late breakaway goals. The scoreline did flatter Kells somewhat and the Macroom players and management can hold their heads high. It was undoubtedly a positive experience for all and will surely provide much inspiration and lead to further success. Many thanks also to Kells/ Blackwater FC for looking after the U14 team, management and supporters.
The following day it was the turn of the U16s to entertain Quigley's Point Swifts from Donegal at Murrayfield. There was a great crowd in attendance and an excellent atmosphere along with favourable weather conditions. The visitors settled the quicker, with Macroom possibly suffering from some nerves as this was a huge game for them. A well worked short corner led to the opening goal for Swifts. Soon after, the visiting keeper made an outstanding save to keep it at 0-1. From the very next attack it was 2-0 to Swifts and Macroom now faced an uphill struggle. Having regrouped at half time, the home side gradually got more of a foothold in the game. Midway through the second period, Patrick Barry's free kick found the net via the post and it set up a frantic finish. Macroom were now driving on looking for the all important equaliser. Chances were missed at both ends as the tie remained on a knife edge. Unfortunately, the final whistle arrived and it was Swifts who progressed to the next round on a 1-2 scoreline. Despite the result it was a great occasion for the young players and their management team. The desire and commitment shown was outstanding. Also, a real buzz was evident around the town in the build up to these games which was fantastic to see. The grounds committee put in a huge effort to ensure that the U16 game was played at Murrayfield. And the club as a whole demonstrated fine hospitality to our Donegal visitors and indeed many favourable comments came the way of Macroom FC.
AUL Division 3 League, Lakewood 3 Macroom B 1.
Macroom travelled to Lakewood for an afternoon kick off on January 28th and lost out 3-1. An experienced if somewhat understrength Macroom took to the field and began well. John James Healy cut in from the right and struck a fine left foot shot beyond the home keeper after 10 minutes. The visitors were comfortable for the remainder of the first half and led 0-1 at the break. Lakewood, now playing with wind advantage began to gain control as the second half progressed. Macroom held out until 67 minutes when a deflected free kick gave keeper Declan Kiely no chance. This season in Junior soccer, teams are permitted to make 5 substitutions (an increase from 3) and this had a massive impact on this game. Lakewood were able to send on 5 youthful players and this made a huge difference for them. A hotly disputed penalty gave Lakewood the lead and in injury time a breakaway goal made the points safe for the home side. A battling performance from Macroom but with no reward. The unavailability of key players and a lack of match practice proved to be insurmountable obstacles in this fixture.
Grattan Utd B 0 Macroom B 0
In the President's Cup 1st Round, Macroom won 4-2 on penalties after extra time.
Defending champions Macroom B gave an outstanding performance away to Grattan and qualified for the quarter finals. The home side enjoyed much dominance but found the Macroom defence in sparkling form. After a tough 110 minutes of football, the sides could not be separated. The dreaded penalty shoot out was required but Macroom were soon jubilant winning 4-2. Lakewood Athletic await in the last eight.

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Macroom Golf Club Drive In 2018. From left, President Albert Groarke; Norma Fitzgerald, Lady Captain; Michael Shine, Captain and Mary Lehane, Lady President. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Golf Club

Results: 28th Jan: Club Singles 1st: Barry Ronayne (12) 31pts
9 Hole Scramble: 1st Mary Cronin(18) Shane Murphy(13) Keith Stafford(13) 29.8
03/04 Feb 2018 Club Singles First William Buttimer 14 32pts Second Tom Daly 17 31pts Senior Donal Ahern 14 31pts
30 Jan Seniors Scramble First Flor Mc Carthy 14 James Deane 20 Derry Canty 22 34.4
Fixtures: Tue – Seniors. Sat & Sun - Club singles