Lee Valley Outlook v15e8 April 19 2018

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Lackaduv and Carriganine, Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Rylane Ladies Club Gardening Talk, Demo and Plant Sale in Rylane Hall on Thurs, Ap 19 at 8p.m.
Kilbarry NS Table Quiz at 8pm Fri April 20th in Creedon’s Hotel, Inchigeela.
A Cuppa for Cope at the Castle Hotel, Macroom on Fri 20th April, 10.30am – 12.30pm.
Kilmichael Ladies Soccer Afternoon Tea Fundraiser on Sat 21st April in Dromey’s Bar, Dromcarra, 2 - 5pm.
Crookstown Céilí on Sat 21st April in Crookstown hall.
Country and Western Night for Carriganima N.S. Sat April 21 at 9 pm in the Riverside Park Hotel
Broomhill Vintage Club Spring Run on Sun April 22nd from 11am, Coachford GAA Hall
Fundraiser for St Mary’s on Fri. Ap 27th at 8pm in the Castle Hotel.
Family 5km Fun Run / Walk on April 29th from Muinefliuch NS. at 2pm.
Mushera Platform Fundraising Afternoon Tea Dance in Ballinagree on Sun 29 April, 3-6pm.
Lee Valley Speakers on Tues May 1st and 15th at 8pm at Castle Hotel
Flag Day for Autism on Thurs May 3rd.
Pat Shortt - ‘How’s Tings!’ at Riverside Park Hotel on Sat 5th May at 8:00pm
Johnstown / Kilmichael Vintage vehicle Club run and 9 km walk on Sun, May 6thfrom Kilmichael Bar.
Pilgrim Walk to Shrone on Sun May 6th, Clohina 7:30am; Mills at 8:45am.
Donoughmore Active Retirement Bealtaine Dance in Donoughmore Community Centre on Sun. 6th May, 9 to12 midnight.
Aghinagh Comhaltas will host Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí in Macroom on May 11th, 12th & 13th
Darkness into Light walk: 12th May @4 am from Independence Museum, Kilmurry.
Bealnamorrive Walk of Hope Sat, May 12 at 4.15a.m.
Darkness into Light - Inchigeela: 5km walk for Pieta House 4.15am Sat 12th May from the GAA Grounds.
Macroom Senior Citizens Summer holiday to Cavan, Sun May 20th to Fri. May 25th.
Independence Museum Kilmurry opening hours Fri Sat and Sun 2pm to 5pm for 2018.
Macroom Library
Storytime 12 midday Saturdays.
Ciorcal Cainte: Thurs. Ap. 26, 11.30a.m.
Poetry Day Thurs. April 26, 11.30 – 1p.m.
Women & Islam talk, Tues. May 1st at 11.30am
Adult Book Club May 2nd at 11.30am
Purlies Thurs. May 3 at 11.30 a.m.

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

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Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Michael Creed, with Transition Year students and their teacher, Pádraig O’Driscoll, at the launch of tourist brochure at McEgan College, Macroom. Also included, Principal, Ms Lynam and Deputy Principal, Ms. Corkery. ©Lee Valley Outlook

 Tourist Guide Launch

An updated version of the 2004 tourist brochure , A Couple of Dozen Places to Visit in the Lee Valley, was launched by Agriculture Minister, Mr. Michael Creed T.D. at McEgan College, Macroom on April 10. The glossy, colourful brochure was published by the Transition Year students of the College and their Business teacher, Mr. Pádraig O'Driscoll. It contains maps, photographs and a short introduction to 24 places of interest for tourists visiting the beautiful Lee Valley.
Ms Trish Lynam, Principal, welcomed the Minister and other politicians present, the students, guests and sponsors of the brochure. She listed the many changes and additions to Macroom and the Lee Valley since it was last published and commended the hard work and enterprise of the students and their teachers in undertaking this important service to the area.
Mr. Kevin Conway, chairman of the Blarney-Macroom Municipal Council, acknowledged the time and dedication required to produce such a publication and recommended that the concept be expanded to promote the numerous attractions of Mid Cork, similar to the Wild Atlantic Way and other branded tourist projects.
Mr. Pat O'Connell, Chairman of the Lee Valley Enterprise Board, congratulated all involved in the relaunch and recommended that the brochure be distributed to locations that would target visitors and make them aware of the Lee Valley's many attractions.
Minister Creed paid tribute to the students and their teacher on such a high quality product. He said that in a 'post bypass era', it will be vital to highlight reasons for tourists to visit and stay in Macroom. This brochure enumerates the cultural, archaeological and historical attractions and its many activities. He said that the students' involvement took them beyond the walls of the school, making them aware of the richness and diversity of the area.
County Mayor, Declan Hurley, welcomed this 'fantastic publication' saying that it was as good if not better than anything produced by Cork County Council. He reiterated the importance of tourism, which he believes helped us out of recession .
Adriana Gruhle, an international Transition Year student from Germany, said, in impeccable English, that the project brought home the beauty of their own place to the students as well as giving them great experience in the financing and promotion of such a project.

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Banna Cheoil Laichtín Naofa at Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí fundraising concert ©

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí 2018

Aghinagh Comhaltas will host the 2018 Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí in Macroom from Wednesday, May 9 to Sunday 13. The interesting programme of events includes a Tribute Night for Tadgh Kearney with Family & Friends at the Auld Triangle on Wednesday at 7.30p.m. and Oíche Amhránaíochta - “Casadh an tSugáin” in the Riverside Park Hotel on Thursday at 9p.m. Things will begin to get serious on Friday, with the Sean Nós Dancing Competition in the GAA Hall, Castle Grounds at 6p.m, followed by An Oscailt Oifigiúil agus Ceiliúradh 40 bliain de Aghinagh Comhaltas in the Castle Hotel at 8p.m. Saturday will see action from 10a.m. with Comórtaisí faoí 12, 12–15, Grupaí Cheoil & Bannaí Cheoil 15-18 at McEgan College & De la Salle College. There will be an Oíche Amhránaíochta in the Castle Hotel Café at 9 p.m. and a Céilí le Tim Joe & Anne in Crookstown Hall at 9.30p.m. Sunday will include Aifreann Traidisiúnta in Macroom at 10.30a.m. and Comórtaisí 15–18, Seniors, Grupaí Cheoil & Bannaí Cheoil faoí 12, 12-15 agus Seniors.
Aghinagh Comhaltas would like to thank all those who took part in the fundraising concert in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Friday, 6th April. There was a fantastic array of talent from around the county, all previous Fleadh winners in their own specific areas. MC on the night was Dermot Donovan and the entertainment was thoroughly enjoyed by a capacity audience. Concert Line up included Newcestown Plearacha, Máire Ní Chéilleachair, Freemount Plearacha, Shannon Buttimer, Storytelling, Kilshannig Group, Niall Ó Cathasaigh, Peggy Lynch, Lachtain Naofa Comhaltas, Muiris Buttimer, Storytelling, Geraldine O’Callaghan and co and Linehans, Millstreet.
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       Burnt seat in dug-out on 31/3/2018 ©Pat O'Connell                 Fence on golf course side torn down ©Con Kelleher

Vandalism and Anti-Social Behaviour in Macroom March/ April 2018.
The barrier to the Castle Grounds car park was found to be badly bent on Saturday morning, April 14, by John O’Mahony, Chair of Macroom G.A.A. Club. This attack is the latest in a series of assaults on the barrier. For several years, groups of young people have been congregating in the Castle Grounds dug-outs. They drink alcohol and smoke, use and abuse drugs in various concoctions and combinations. The ages of those involved are as young as 14. Last year, one boy was ‘socialising’ in the in the dug-out instead of being at U-14 football training. Both boys and girls are participating.
Coupled with drinking and taking drugs, the children concerned often light fires on the seats, whether for heat or ‘preparing’ their drugs. They have damaged the timber seats of the dug-outs on innumerable occasions. Cans and bottles of alcohol are drunk and the containers then discarded. Bottles are sometimes broken and the broken shards are left on the playing surface. This poses a serious and potentially lethal danger to the players. Now, when using the Castle Grounds for games and training, one of the first jobs of selectors is to check that there is no broken glass or other dangerous object(s) on the playing surface.
The culprits are breaking the law by trespassing, damaging property and by drinking alcohol under the permitted age limit. Perhaps the biggest concern is that the youngsters are putting themselves in danger. The offenders are young and immature, and their bodies are not able to handle alcohol, not to mention the various cocktails of alcohol, stimulants and drugs that are taken on top of that. Empty packets of prescription and over-the-counter drugs have been identified and include benzodiazepines and ‘Solpadol’ – a combination of paracetamol and codeine. I have seen these packets at the dug-outs. In the event of somebody getting ill and into trouble, and because of the illicit nature of the activity, help is either not called at all or called at a late stage. In my opinion, the conditions for a tragedy are all there. On one occasion last year, while attending training as a selector, I saw one young girl, who was very slight, and perhaps fourteen years old; she was weak, getting sick and thrown down. On enquiring about her, I was told, impolitely, where to go and mind my own business. An offer to bring her home was summarily rejected by her ‘friends’. Thankfully she recovered a little, and I saw her walking, wobbling, from the pitch.
The G.A.A. club has a problem with vandalism but the town has a bigger difficulty with the anti-social behaviour and the dangerous, self-destructive activity of some of our younger people. Unchecked and unaddressed, this dangerous activity could lead to very serious consequences for someone and his/ her family. The club is pursuing all methods to deal with the problem, enlisting the aid of the Gardaí, and would welcome the help of the community in solving this issue.
C. Kelleher, P.R.O. Macroom G.A.A, Club.


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Barrier to G.A.A. car park vandalized - picture taken on April 14th 2018 ©Con Kelleher.

Macroom Flower Club

Macroom Flower & Garden Club recently hosted a Floral Demonstration at Coolcower House with guest Demonstrator, Bertranda Delaney AOIFA Thurles, entitled “Spring is”. Chairperson, Winifred Lynch, welcomed all present, followed by announcements on upcoming Club activities. Bertranda was then introduced to the stage and members and visitors were captivated by her exhibits, which began with a Contemporary Parallel followed by Spring tapestry, Traditional Symmetrical triangle and placements suitable for Spring Wedding, pot et fleur with some well chosen plant material and unusual flowers. All exhibits were raffled. The meeting concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by President, Eileen Kelly, for an excellent enjoyable evening which was both uplifting and inspirational. Special word of thanks to Alice Looney for organising Sales Table, to Members who entered Club Competitions and to the Committee for their help on the night. Forward planning, Members’ Social evening scheduled for Wednesday 16th of May. Please contact Secretary as soon as possible to confirm if interested in attending. For further details contact 087-9821708. Gratitude to Bernie O’Callaghan of Coolcower House for all her help and attentiveness to detail.

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St. Mary’s students at Soccer Tournament ©An Scoil

St. Mary’s

Soccer Tournament. On the 22nd of March, Transition Year students at St. Marys’ held a soccer tournament for the second year students. The tournament was a fun activity for them to experience and it was also beneficial as it helped the class to bond and form a team. They received training from Jason Browne who is a Coevre soccer coach. The five weeks helped us learn new skills and helped with the managing of the soccer tournament. Each one was assigned to different jobs from managers, coaches and referees etc. On the day of the tournament, second year students were divided into four teams of five or six. Each team had a manager. Six matches were played; each team played three matches with two finals, a cup final and a plate final. Well done to the winners and to the TY students who organised a very successful day.
A fundraiser for St Mary’s Secondary School, Macroom will be held on Friday, April 27th at 8pm in the Castle Hotel. Lorraine Costello, a well established cake decorator and Eileen O’Brien, a well known floral artist from Kinsale Garden and Flower Club, will both be demonstrating on the night. It should prove to be a very enjoyable evening. Tickets €20 can be bought from the school office (026) 41544 or the Castle Hotel (026) 41074.

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De la Salle Macroom's football team that defeated St. Colman's Fermoy in the Quarter-final of the Cork Schools' U-16B championship ©An Scoil

De la Salle Updates

De la Salle’s footballers travelled to Fermoy to take on St. Colman’s in the quarter-final of the Cork Schools’ U-16 B championship. After a good tussle, the Macroom side came away with a 2-14 to 2-9 victory. The school will next face Ballincollig Community School in the semi-final of the competition.
As the first prize for an inter-schools competition, a large number of De la Salle Transition Year students spent two days in Killarney, taking part in outdoor pursuit events and a guided visit to the National Park. Having taken in a movie in the town's cinema, the lads stayed overnight in a hostel near Killarney before being given a tour of the Liebherr manufacturing plant the following day.
Stephen Bradley in Fifth Year and Cormac Buckley in Third Year have both been nominated in the sports section of the Macroom Person of the Year awards. The winner is decided on the basis of a public vote which is carried out on the mymacroom.com website.
Exchange. The return leg of the Macroom / Bordeaux exchange will commence on Monday April 23rd, with a group of the school’s Transition Years teaming up with St. Mary’s girls to head off to école St. Genès and renew acquaintances with their French friends. They will return home on May 2nd, which is the same day a large number of De la Salle’s First Years will be flying to Milan for the return leg of the Macroom / Marcallo cultural exchange.

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Mr. Kevin Conway, chairman of the Blarney-Macroom Council, with teacher, Mr. Pádraig O’Driscoll at the launch of tourist brochure at McEgan College.. ©Lee Valley Outlook

McEgan College Updates.
Tourist Guide Launch. Minister Michael Creed launched the new Tourist Guide for Macroom and the Lee Valley on Tuesday the 10th of April in the College. Produced by the Transition Year students, the Minister, The Mayor of Cork County, Councillor Declan Hurley and all local politicians were united in declaring it a job well done by the students. It has been fourteen years since a Guide such as this was published and it was startling the amount of changes that have taken place since in both the Town and the Lee Valley. Great credit must be given to the Transition Years and, as declared by the Mayor, this Guide is equal if not better than any other Tourist Guide he has seen over the past few years and a great tribute to the students’ work. On the students’ behalf, they would like thank their main sponsors, The Blarney/Macroom Municipal Council, The Lee Valley Enterprise Board and those who took out ads in the Tourist Guide. Without their financial support, the production would not have been possible. A special mention must also go to former teacher at the school, Mr Seán Mac Suibhne, whose help with photos, maps and local history enhanced the Guide no end. Míle Buíochas do ghach éinne.
Boots Wrap Up Session. Students of McEgan College welcomed the staff of Boots Pharmacy in Cork to their final Wrap up Session following months of working with the Pharmacy Group. Students were awarded certificates for hard work and performance in the interview process, which took place before the Easter break. Students prepared a PowerPoint presentation showing pictures and information learned over the 5 sessions. The partnership between Boots and McEgan College has been running over the past few years and is growing every year. Students have had the amazing opportunity to be able to delve into the life of the Boots staff and gain an understanding of what each department does. As well as these opportunities, students were also grateful to receive interview and CV preparation workshops and mock interviews held by Boots members of staff. The class presented the Boots representatives with flowers as a thank you for all the hard work they had put in over the past year.

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Amhránaí na Bliana, Máire Ní Chéilleachair, with an enthralled audience at Macroom Library ©

 Macroom Library

Macroom Library staff would like to thank everyone who came along for the visit of Máire Ní Chéilleachair on April 5th. There was a fantastic turnout as both Máire and an enthusiastic audience performed a number of traditional Irish songs. Míle buíochas do Mháire agus guimíd gach rath uirthi.
Purlies Knitting Group will meet on May 3rd at 11.30a.m. New members are very welcome. The talented-work of our knitters is always on display in our library window, which is currently the home of Peter Rabbit and his woolly friends. Ciorcal Cainte will resume on April 26th at 11.30am. This is a chance to have a friendly chat with other Irish speakers over a lovely cup of tea. Fáilte roimh chách. April 26th also marks Poetry Day in the library. It is an event which will be taking place in libraries all over Cork County and members of the public are invited to come to Macroom library to share their favourite poems with others from 11.30am -1pm. Members of our Ciorcal Cainte will be sharing their favourite poems during this time too.
As we continue to celebrate the anniversary of 100 Years of Women's Suffrage, a series of women's studies talks, in conjunction with the Centre for Adult Continuing Education UCC, will be taking place in a number of Cork County libraries. On May 1st at 11.30am, Macroom library will host a talk on the subject of Women & Islam, presented by guest-speaker Ms Rola Abu Zeid-O'Neill, who is programme coordinator of Diploma in Women's Studies, and Diploma in Development Studies in UCC. Booking is not required, so feel free to come along to what is sure to be a fascinating talk. Adult Book Club will convene on May 2nd at 11.30am to discuss their thoughts on the book, 'The Keeper of Lost Things' by Ruth Hogan. Children’s Story Time is held in the library every Saturday at midday. It is presented by a member of staff and lasts for around 30mins.
Membership of the library is free. Photo I.D and Proof of Address is required for adults and for guardians. Books can be renewed by popping into the library at any time with your library card; over the phone at 02642483; or online at https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services
Amhránaí na Bliana 2017, Máire Ni Chéilleachair, presented a wonderful morning of song and story to close on 50 listeners recently. The event was hosted by Macroom library as part of Bliain na Gaeilge and was an outstanding success. Máire opened the programme with the beautiful 200 year old love song, Bean Dubh a' Ghleanna . In hopes of changing the weather, she led the audience in a singalong of one of the oldest Irish songs, Thugamar Féin an Samhradh Linn. This was followed by The rollicking Rory Óg Mac Rory, and An Capaillín Bán, probably an aor, composed by George Shorten of Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh. Máire then sang the bilingual An Trucaillín Donn and explained the historical significance of the line, ‘Begob, ars an Bobby, this cart has no signature’. There followed a selection of songs from the audience, all warning of the risks involved with love and marriage. Eibhlín Ui Bhuachalla sang An Túirlin Lán and explained the salutary story behind it. Peadar McSweeney told of the marital difficulties encountered in Patsy McCann, will you marry my Daughter? Denis Lucey sang another witty song of thwarted romance while Diarmuid Cronin’s monologue told of the encounter between Susie and Mícheál Bocht. The session concluded with the Bonnie Blue Eyed Lassie from Bess Cronin's repertoire and another tale of Courtship, Slán is Beannacht le Buaireamh an tSaoil.

‘Tings’ with Lee Valley Enterprise Board

Pat Shortt - ‘How’s Tings!’ returns to Riverside Park Hotel on Saturday 5th May at 8:00pm Tickets €28
Following a string of sold out shows in Macroom over the last number of years, the one and only Pat Shortt returns to Macroom on May 5th with How’s Tings?, the hit show which has been selling out all over Ireland and the UK! In a night of music and mayhem, Ireland’s most popular comedian explores all sorts of tings. Big tings and little tings. Personal tings and tings that are not so personal. Important international tings and tings that only affect the parish. In Shortt, it’s a funny show about tings!
Pic. 50. AIB Bank Macroom Mortgage Evening for prospective home owners, with an architect, solicitors, engineers and bankers giving advice ©Lee Valley Outlook

 Local Television

Wed. April 18. 9.30pm. Kilmurry Museum 1984 followed by excerpts from recordings in Kilmurry area.
Sun. April 22. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich’s 1986 visit to Baile Mhúirne, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. April 25. 9.30pm. Comórtas Amhránaíochta agus Lúibíní ó Bhaile Mhúirne 1992. .
Sun. April 29. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Annual Mass from Shrone, first Sunday in May 2017, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.


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

Rylane Ladies Club Gardening Talk, Demonstration and Plant Sale with D.J. Murphy, Bandon Garden Centre, in Rylane Hall on Thursday, April 19 at 8p.m. Enjoy raffle, tea and chat.
A Cuppa for Cope! The Cope Foundation Fundraising Group in Macroom will hold a Coffee Break /Morning at The Castle Hotel on Friday 20th April from 10.30am – 12.30pm. The Coffee Break is part of this year’s Flowers of Hope campaign. The group won’t be going door-to-door this year with Flowers of Hope seeds; instead, they invite everyone to join them for their Coffee Break to enjoy tea/ coffee and a scone. Everybody is welcome. This year, Flowers of Hope pins and seeds will be available to purchase in lots of shops and businesses across Macroom. Keep an eye out for them from 9th – 30th April and please show your support by showing and growing your Flowers of Hope. Thank you to The Castle Hotel for accommodating the fundraising group for this event. For more information, contact Jo-Anne on 021 4643346. Visit www.cope-foundation.ie
Kilbarry NS Parents’ Association is holding a Table Quiz at 8pm Friday April 20th in Creedon’s Hotel, Inchigeela. Prizes for 1st and 2nd place and raffle on the night. €10 per person (max 4 per table) with all funds raised on the night supporting the Kilbarry NS Parents’ Association calendar of activities. All donations welcome.
Kilmichael Ladies Soccer team are organizing an Afternoon Tea Event Fundraiser on Saturday, 21st April in Dromey’s Bar, Dromcarra, 2 - 5pm. There will be a great selection of cakes and buns to choose from, cakes by donation. There will also be a raffle, tickets €2 for one, 3 for €5, with a huge selection of prizes. Face painting will be available for the kids. Guaranteed to be a great day out. All proceeds to Kilmichael Soccer. Thank you in advance for your support.
Crookstown Céilí Club: Céilí on Saturday 21st April in Crookstown hall. Music by the Glenside Céilí Band. Teas served. All are welcome.
C.A.R.T. Carriganima N.S. Fundraiser will take place this Saturday night April 21 at 9 pm in the Riverside Park Hotel Macroom. Country and Western Night. Bus leaving Carriganima at 8.45pm. Contact 087 8794128 for use of the bus. Great night assured. Everyone welcome.
Tractor and Car Run Broomhill Vintage Club will host their annual Spring Run on Sunday April 22nd. Registration is from 11am in the GAA Hall in Coachford with the run starting at Noon. For further details and information contact Kieran on 087 699 33 88 or Tadhg on 087 242 63 43
Family 5km Fun Run / Walk will be held on April 29th from Muinefliuch NS. Registration at the school from 1.30pm. Run at 2pm. Cost: €5 per person or €20 per family. Monster Raffle on the day. Refreshments afterwards. Fancy dress optional.
Mushera Platform Fundraising Afternoon Tea Dance will take place in marquee in Ballinagree village (at the back of the Laine bar) on Sunday, 29 April 2018. Music by Autumn Gold from 3-6pm. Spot prizes on door ticket.
Lee Valley Speakers will meet on Tuesday May 1st and 15th at 8pm in the Castle Hotel Macroom. Anyone interested in learning about public speaking is welcome.
Coláiste Samhraidh Baile Mhúirne Information Session. An mbeadh spéis agat scoláirí Samhraidh a choimeád i do thigh i 2019? Continuous support will be provided between now and then – Irish language & cookery classes, training on how to deal with students, funding to make your house suitable to cater for students etc. Tá seisiún eolais á reáchtáil / An Information Session will be held Dé Céadaoin, 2ú Bealtaine @ 8pm in Óstán Ghobnatan / Wednesday, 2nd May @ 8pm in the Abbey Hotel. Tuilleadh eolais 026 40877 / 083 191 5432 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 026 45366 / 087 243 9776 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Bígí linn.
Kilmurry Stay Fit for the Future Better Balance Better Bones program starting Thursday 3rd May. Pre Booking is essential. To book Barry O Connell at Cork Sports Partnership 021-4347096.ASAP.
Pat Shortt - ‘How’s Tings!’ at Riverside Park Hotel on Saturday 5th May at 8:00pm
16th Annual Pilgrim Walk to the City at Shrone, at the foot of the Paps will take place on Sunday, May 6th, leaving Cronin’s Farm, Clohina at 7:30am and the Mills, Baile Mhúirne at 8:45am. As this walk takes in mountain paths and forest trails, good walking boots are essential.
Donoughmore Active Retirement will hold a Bealtaine Dance in Donoughmore Community Centre on Sunday 6th May, 9 to12 midnight. Music by Marino Sound Admission €10 including tea.
Johnstown / Kilmichael Vintage Club is holding the annual vintage car, motorbike and open Tractor run along with a 9 km walk on Sunday, May 6th. Funds raised will purchase and install Defibrillators at Kilmichael Bar, Dromleigh and at Five Roads Bar, Terelton. All vehicle owners who participate in the run have a chance to win €100 sponsored by Buckley Bros. Agri., Terelton & Mountmusic and walkers get the chance to win €100 sponsored by Burgoyne Plumbing & Heating, "Sunnyside", Main Street, Dunmanway. More spot prizes will be raffled in the evening. The event will commence from Kilmichael Bar, Dromleigh, registration at 12:00 noon and vintage run and walk at 1:30 pm . Entry fee €20 for Vehicles and €10 for walkers. Children under 15 yrs go free in the walk. Refreshments afterwards at Kilmichael Bar. For more information of the routes for Tractors, cars and walkers etc. please contact Denis (086) 3738764 or P.J. (087) 6289734.
Bealnamorrive Walk of Hope in aid of Pieta House on Saturday, May 12 at 4.15a.m. Bring your own high vis jacket and torch. Refreshments afterwards.
Darkness into Light Kilmurry will take place on 12th May, starting at 4:15am from Kilmurry Village. Please be there for 4:00am for sign in at Independence Museum and bring your own torch and High Vis. Kindly sponsored by the Movement Gym Macroom. All proceeds to Pieta House.
Darkness into Light - Inchigeela : The annual 5km walk for Pieta House will begin at 4.15am on Saturday morning, 12th May from the GAA Grounds. Please note you must register on line for this event by logging onto Pieta House website.
Graceful Vintage. On the 11th & 12th August, Crookstown Vintage will be celebrating 30 years of vintage festivals, with Brendan Grace not only officially opening the festival, but also performing in Crookstown Hall on Saturday 11. Present at the launch was John Madden, National President of the Irish Vintage Society.
Independence Museum Kilmurry opening hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday 2pm to 5pm for 2018
Kilmurry GAA 5KFun Run/Walk will take on 13th June @7:30pm in Kilmurry Village. Registration from 6pm in Museum and Refreshments in Museum after. Adults €8. Children €5.
Kilmurry GAA Cúl camp on 20th- 24th August. Register now at gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps
Bealnamorrive Daffodil Day The organisers wish to thank all who supported this worthy cause. Your contributions are much appreciated. A magnificent total of €2,185 was raised.
Daffodil Day Coffee Morning Committee, Ballyvourney would like to say a huge Thank You to everybody who helped in any way, in the relaxed atmosphere of the Abbey Hotel, make their recent event such a huge success. A total of €5,077.65 was raised. The ongoing success of this coffee morning is thanks to the support and generosity of the individuals, shops and businesses of the local and surrounding communities.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: April 1. Jackpot €6,400. Numbers drawn 16, 20, and 30. Two winner. James & Mary Murphy, Derryroe and Brian O'Sullivan, Deelish; each receiving €3,200. €50 Danny Leahy, Ballinagree. €20 each: Billy O'Connell, Coolnadane. John O'Connor, Lyroe. Declan Kelleher, Moulnahourna, Carriganima. Deirdre O'Connell, Farranree.
April 8. Jackpot €1,000. Numbers drawn 4, 22, and 35. €50 Thady Noonan, Knockrour. €20 each: Brid Kelleher, C/O M & J Oil. Thady Delaney, Coachford. Gerard Buckley, Laharn. Denise & Kieran Sexton, Rusheen.
Canovee G.A.A. lotto. April 8th Number drawn 8,9,18,23 No winner of €9,500 €50 euro Timmy & Louise Carrigadrohid. €25 each: Liam &Nora Lyons Canovee. Gobnait Deasy Aherla. €25 on line Christine Cosgrave
April 15th Numbers drawn 4,6,7,12 No winner of €9,650. €50 Marion O’Sullivan Knockavullig. €25 each, Dan Shine. Courtney O’Connell c/o Dan Shine. €25 online Diarmuid O’Leary.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto Results 4/4/2018. Jackpot €1600. No winner . €70 Kitty Browne Dooniskey. €20 each: Darragh Deasy Macroom, Cathal Creedon Bawnmore, Anne Marie Cooney Ballymakeera, Brian Buckley M.C.P.
11/4/2018. Jackpot €1800. No winner . €70 Maria O’Donoghue, Coachford €20 each: Breda Twomey, c/o Bingo. Croia Kelleher, 12 Bridgefield Grove, Curraheen. Jim Angland. Maureen Hurley, Castle St., Dunmanway
Kilmurry GAA lotto results. April 2. Jackpot €2,400. Numbers drawn 6,22,40. No winner. €50 Fintan O Leary. €20 each: Noel Egan. Bonnie. Nora Twomey. Ciara O Leary. Jo Jo
April 9. Jackpot €2,600. Numbers drawn 7,13,16. Winner: Con O’Keeffe. €50 Bina Healy. €20 each: Bridget McSwiney. Dave McCarthy. Brian McCarthy. Jackie O Callaghan. Jason Murphy.
Macroom FC Lotto 3/4/18. Jackpot €5, 000. Numbers drawn: 10, 18, 29. No Winner. €80 Stephen Kelly c/o Fudge. €20 each: Richard Foskett c/o Lars, Aisling Relihan c/o Fudge, Bina Healy c/o Evelyn, Denise Moloney c/o Fudge.
09/04/16. Jackpot €5, 200. Numbers drawn: 2, 33, 34. No Winner. €80 Bob Renniger c/o Lars. €20 each: Rebecca O' Brien c/o June, Mattie Noonan 3 Fairfield Drive, Melanie Dinneen c/o Lar's, Josie O'Keeffe c/o Lar's.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 3/04/2018. Jackpot €8.200. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 2-11-26. €70 Jacinta O'Connor, Drumdubh €20 each: Carmel Goold, Gurteenroe,. Marian & Shane O'Leary, The Orchard. Breda Cotter, Main Street. Heather, Grace & Tara Lyons, C/O Mary Cooney. Jonathan Niamh Casey, Cork Street.
10/04/2018. Jackpot €8.400. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 1-10-13. €70 Sinead Slattery, Mountmassey €20 each: Anita & Nicole Murphy, 9 Cork Street, Jackie O'Sullivan, 14 The Glenties. Mary O'Mahony, Cork Street. John Hunt, Masseytown. Nora Twomey, Renaniree.
Coachford AFC Lotto: Results 3/4/2018. Jackpot: €2,000. Numbers Drawn: 5 – 32 – 33. No Winner. €40 Helen Feeney. €20 Tadhg Bradley, Bingo Hotties, Sinead O’Sullivan, Patrick O’Callaghan.
9/4/2018. Jackpot: €2,200. Numbers Drawn: 20 – 25 – 26. No Winner. €40 Catherine O’Flynn. €20 John Hogan Jnr, Pat O’Keeffe (Yearly Ticket), Tim Buckley (Yearly Ticket), Michael O’Shaughnessy (Online Ticket).
16/4/2018. Jackpot: €2,400. Numbers Drawn: 8 – 21 – 27. No Winner. €40 Ben O’Riordan. €20 Kathleen Crowley, Nell’s Nephews & Nieces, Theresa Cullinane, Noel Looney.

Lee Valley Updates

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Mary Healy, Ann-Marie Healy, Eileen Buckley, Maria Murphy, & Marie Healy dressed as Suffragettes at the Easter Rising Commemoration in Macroom ©

Clondrohid Updates

Family 5km fun run/walk for Muinefliuch N.S. will be held on Sunday April 29 from the school. Registration at the school from 1.30pm. Run at 2pm. Cost €5 per person or €20 for a family. Monster raffle on the day. Refreshments served. Fancy Dress is optional.. All are welcome.
Parish Pastoral Council: A get together to have a chat about setting up a Parish Pastoral Council in Clondrohid will take place in Clondrohid Community Hall on Monday April 30 at 8pm.Everyone is welcome to attend . It would be great to see a turnout of all age groups at this gathering.
Clondrohid Community Hall A.G.M. took place on March 26. Attendance was unfortunately poor. Prionsias Creedon, treasurer, detailed the year’s expenditure, income, costs etc. The accounts were difficult to balance due to money owed by a small number of individuals for 2017. It had to include estimates for money owed. The account holds about €13000, about half owed for work done, and a surplus income over expenditure of approx €2300 (estimate). In future years all money owed should be paid by the end of January in order to have precise and accurate accounts for the AGM. The chairman gave an account of the aims and ambitions of this committee, to provide a building which is safe warm and dry. Safety was divided into subsections, insurance, electricity, gas, and the committee's responsibilities. Following a meeting with a safety consultant, it was agreed to implement his advice on health safety and responsibilities, ie safety statement, risk assessment, evacuation procedures, accident procedures, signage, first aid etc. Storage of items in public areas, not parish or committee property, needs to be addressed. The public liability insurance provided by the parish through Allianz, while providing cover for the building itself, did not ever cover any volunteers, community events or activities. This has now been resolved and cover has been provided for activities of volunteers, fundraising for the hall itself, birthday parties, and a limited number of community events. It is imperative that all others, clubs, organizations, individuals and those running commercial activities MUST have their own public liability insurance and must provide a copy to the committee with a booking form and details must be updated on renewal. Failure to comply will involve refusal of entry. Use without booking the hall is also outside the terms of parish insurance cover. Please contact and book the hall by either Text or email chairman presently.(086) 831 8861or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Other works carried out in the hall this year include the electrical system. 90% of the work is now complete. The fire alarm system has been upgraded significantly - the school paid for the upgrade. There were no smoke detectors in the main hall, stage area or loft areas to each side. An inspection resulted in the loft areas being earmarked as a significant risk, especially the use of domestic appliances being left working unattended in this area. The gas supply should have an automated shut-off in the event of an alarm or fire and this is being addressed. An inspection of the roof has been completed; it's in very poor condition. It has been difficult to obtain any quotes. In order to get Grant-Aid, the committee needs a lease on the building. This is being addressed by the parish. The thermal efficiency of the building is poor. We are on a waiting list for funding from I.R.D. Duhallow or anywhere we can get it.
There was no candidate to replace the Secretary or Vice Chair outgoing on the night. The other officers were not up for renewal as the position of Secretary, Chairman and Treasurer will be renewed in turn over a three-year term. The Chairman will take bookings until another officer is appointed. The Treasurer is dealing with correspondence. It is imperative that others get involved. The Current Officers Will Not Continue Without Assistance, it's about an hour a month, The other officers, Margaret McSweeney (child protection officer) Catriona Healy O’Brien (PRO) were returned unopposed.
CCM Active Retired: This newly formed group hold their coffee get together morning on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. The get together last week was a great success, and many ideas were discussed for the coming year. An outing to Bantry Fair, a Mystery Tour, a visit to a Nursing Home, Pilates, Bowling were just some of the events that are planned for the coming months..
Clondrohid Development Group will be holding a meeting in Community Hall on Monday April 23 at 9pm. Love to see some new faces as we head into the busy summer season. All help will be appreciated.
G.A.A. Great fun and loads of skills shown last week in this free Easter camp, with up to 80 kids attending both days. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out and made this possible and to all the families who support Clondrohid G.A.A.

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Laochra Óg players wear the new jersey presented by Healy’s Spar, Clondrohid ©

Inchigeela Updates

Tidy up. The Tidy Towns group had their first outing of the year on Saturday morning. The first area tackled was the roadway and footpath in the vicinity of the church, in preparation for the Confirmation ceremony. Welcome and thanks to the new volunteers.
Faoi lámh Easpaig 37 young people in all, from the three National Schools of Inchigeela, Ballingeary and Kilbarry, attended at the Confirmation Day on Wednesday in The Church of St Finbarr and Holy Angels, Inchigeela. Well done to you all and we hope that you had a lovely day.
Adventure race. The date for the second Éalú Lua adventure event, on and around the Inchigeela Lakes, has been fixed for Saturday, 15th of September. The race consists of a 5Km run, 20Km cycle and a 1.5Km kayak challenge. Early Bird (reduced) registration fee is €44 at Shortens, Ballingeary 8 to 8.30pm and at Creedon’s Inchigeela 8.30 to 9.00pm on Sunday 22nd April
Table Quiz. The parents association of Kilbarry National school will host a Table Quiz in Creedon’s Hotel, Inchigeela on this Friday, April 20th at 8pm. Prizes for 1st and 2nd table. Raffle on the night. €10 per person. Maximum of 4 per table. All proceeds will benefit the school.
RSS Vacancies. We are told that vacancies exist in the In the Rural Social Scheme. This is employment that benefits the community, such as maintenance and enhancing an area, caretaking, clerical skills etc. It involves working 19.5 hours a week and is open to male and female. If you are receiving social welfare payment or farm assist, you may qualify. You can contact (026)41167 Macroom Citizens Information or any member of Croi na Laoi, who will advise and help you.

Coachford Updates

Person of the Year. Vera Twomey, Aghabullogue, won the Person of the year award last weekend for her Trojan work in securing medicinal cannabis to help her daughter, Eva who suffers from severe epilepsy lead a near normal life. Vera’s campaign was long and but she never faltered. She brought her battle with the Department of Health to the gates of the Dáil. Her fight for justice and fairness for her beautiful daughter meant she had to endure much hardship and heartache but she was determined to see it through to the end. The villages of Coachford, Rylane and her home village of Aghabullogue came out in their droves last March in support of her battle for justice. A party is planned for Vera and her family in Aghabullogue in the next few weeks when this remarkable woman will return home a hero. Vera is now continuing the fight for justice for other families and children who also need medicinal Cannabis to help with their treatment. Vera, along with her husband Paul, took their long campaign from their family home in Aghabullogue to Europe to seek a license for the medicinal cannabis that is so vital for their daughter’s treatment. Vera appeared on countless radio and television shows, wrote hundreds of letters to politicians and doctors and pleaded with those who make the decisions to help her daughter. Vera endeared herself to everyone who came in contact with her because of her honesty, her determination, her enthusiasm, her steadfastness in her pursuit of fairness but most of all her love and compassion for her daughter Eva. Although Vera has secured the license for medicinal cannabis for Eva and no doubt that she is looking forward to returning to normal family life, she has vowed to continue the struggle to seek similar conditions for other sufferers. Well done Vera. The community is very proud of you. You took on the system and after a very long and hard battle you came out a winner.
Coachford Players. Two One Act plays will be performed by the actors from Coachford Players on May 5th, 6th & 7th in the GAA Hall in Coachford. The plays; ‘The Nightingale and not the lark’ by Jennifer Johnston is directed by Anthony Greene and ‘Per Verse’ by Derry Cotter is directed by John McCaffery. “We are delighted to be once again bringing two plays to the stage in Coachford. These two fine plays are very entertaining and will appeal to everyone. We are extremely fortunate that Derry Cotter has given us permission to stage the world premiere of his play ‘Per Verse’ here in Coachford”, said Eugene O’Sullivan. Admission is only €10 and includes a glass of wine, soft drink or tea and coffee at your table.
Coachford Foróige in National Competition. The Coachford Foróige club heads to Dublin this weekend to take part in the National Citizenship Awards for a second successive year. The group will present their project on working with older people in the community to the national judges. The day itself is a fantastic celebration of youth culture in Ireland, with bands playing throughout the day and an indoor Ferris Wheel and rock climbing along and loads of other entertainment laid on for members and leaders in the convention Centre at City West campus. The exhibition Centre will also be full of project displays from clubs all over the country.
Cancelled again. The Cork County Intermediate Football Championship game between Aghabullogue and Ballydesmond has been postponed for the second time in as many weeks due to the wet weather. The first round fixture was originally due be played in Millstreet on April 8th but was rescheduled for Cullen last weekend. However this was cancelled on Sunday morning and is now due to be played next weekend. For many clubs this would be an inconvenience but for a dual club such as Aghabullogue, it’s turning out to be a disaster as the hurlers are due to play Ballygarvan in their first round of the championship in two weeks time. The pushing out of the football game will leave the hurlers with very little time to prepare for their game. While no one is to blame for this backlog of fixtures it would be hoped that the County Board could be sensible and give the Aghabullogue hurlers some decent time to prepare for their championship. The boys have already this year been forced to cancel two vital league games in March due to the weather. These games would have been used to prepare the players for the upcoming championship. Meanwhile, the footballers who have endured a good league campaign, now find themselves in a waiting game for their championship fixture to be finalised. We wish them the very best of luck when they finally take to the pitch.
Coachford in semi final. The Coachford Premier soccer team takes on city side Glenthorn Celtic in the semi final of the AOH Cup on Sunday morning in Glenthorn Park at 10.45am. This is the biggest cup competition in the AUL and Coachford are very eager to reach the final.

Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne

Over the past few months the Sonas Class from Clondrohid N.S. had been visiting the Library on a weekly basis. I really looked forward to the bus pulling up outside and seeing the pupils happily heading toward their favourite corner and hunting for ‘that special book’. Some loved to browse while others had firm favourites with anything about trains topping the list. I hope they enjoyed the experience as much as I enjoyed having them.
Last month’s Book Club read was A man called Ove and the majority of the readers thought it was a worthwhile read. This month’s book is Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard’ and the verdict will be delivered at the next Club gathering on 1st May at 10.30am.
The Knitting & Craft group are busy at the moment, lots of different projects on the go – blankets, hats, scarves and tea cosies. They gather every Tuesday at 11am and new members are welcome. You don’t have to come every week and if you were a member in the past, please consider re-joining us – there’s always an extra chair & cup of tea available.
I have been asked about the name of our Ciorcal Cainte – Labhair Linn sa Leabharlann. It means Speak With us in the Library – imeartas focal le labhair agus leabhar atá ann. Bhí maidin iontach again ar an Aoine seo chaite le ceol, caint agus tae le chéile leis an t-amhránaí, Máire Ní Chéilleachair. Míle buíochas di, bhí a cuairt bainteach le Bhliain na Gaeilge. Beidh an céad crinniú eile de Labhair Linn sa Leabhairlann ag 10.30 r.n. Dé hAoine 27ú Aibreain agus tá fáilte romhat a bheith linn.
Coming Up Next. Saturday 21st April at 11 am Spring Into Storytime, bi-lingual Storytime aimed at 4 years old upwards.
Wednesday 25th April at 8pm, in association with the Healthy Ireland at Your Library programme, Cór Ban Cúil Aodha will perform a selection of songs.
Both of the above are free of charge but booking is advisable by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 026 45767 (during library opening hours).

Dripsey Tidy Towns

We have plenty of projects and plans ahead for this year. We would like to thank our main sponsors, Fin’s Garden Centre, The Weigh Inn Bar and Finbarr O Neill’s, for coming on board again this year. After our recent AGM, the below is our committee to lead us into our 4th year. Chairperson /PRO :Conor Corkery Secretary :Geraldine Fitzgibbon. Treasurer: Eadaoin Fitzgibbon. Assistant Chairperson: Fin Hayes. Development Officer: David Reilly. Environmental/Grants Officer: Bryan McDonnell. Other Committee members include; Hugh O Shea, Veronica O Sullivan, Ann Murphy, Eddie J. Murphy, Ann Ryan, Lorraine O Halloran, Olivia Moyihan and our newest recruit, Rory O Sullivan.
2018 POA 1. Erect our 5 new “Fáilte Go Dripsey” signs. 2. Design and put in place 3 History Information Boards. (CCC grant 2018). 3. Take part in; -An Taisce National Spring Clean; Cork County Councils Litter challenge; National Tidy Towns Competition; Pride in our Community. 4. Plant up our 49 baskets and our 13 planters with summer bedding. 5. Replace Boats at Dripsey Cross with stone feature. 6. Create our new HQ and book swap room adjacent to “Weigh Inn Bar”. 7. Distribute “No Junk Mail” stickers to each household for their letter box. 8. Summer Newsletter. 9. Mid Summer Fundraiser. 10. Work with our local representatives and the council on the 2018
Dripsey road resurfacing (works to commence during summer time): Dripsey Cross outside Pub (R618) -Dripsey Cross to Model Village Cross -Dripsey Cross to Doctors Cross -Dripsey Ambush to Coachford Village (R618) -Dripsey Ambush junction to Nadrid -Fergus area of Dripsey -Fergus/Cronody.
We meet at Dripsey Cross every Thursday at 6.30pm, and everyone is welcome to join us. We aim to help make our village a better place to live, work and visit. Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow us on Facebook.

Object of the Month at Kilmurry Museum

The Cell Indicator Flap and Peephole, as well as the handcuffs used on Paddy O’ Sullivan, are on permanent display in Independence Museum Kilmurry. The greatest loss of life incurred by the Irish Republican Army during the War of Independence occurred on 21st of February 1921, when a force of British Army, Royal Irish Constabulary and Auxiliaries/Black and Tans surrounded a farmhouse in Clonmult, inside of which were 21 Volunteers, almost the entire East Cork flying column. In the ensuing action, twelve IRA Volunteers were killed in a disputed surrender, four wounded and four captured; two of which were later executed. A total of 22 people died in the ambush and subsequent executions – 14 IRA members, 2 Crown Forces and 6 suspected informers
One of those who was captured on that day, Patrick(Paddy) O’ Sullivan, Lieutenant ‘A’ Company, 4th Battalion, 1st Cork Brigade, Irish Volunteers, was later executed, after court-martial, on the 21st of April, 1921 along with his friend, fellow Volunteer and fellow Cobh native, Maurice Moore. Patrick (Paddy) and Maurice had also joined the Volunteers together in 1916. Patrick took part in all the engagements of Cobh Company, including the captures of Carrigtwohill and Cloyne police barracks. He was one of the original members of the 4th Battalion, Cork No.1 Brigade Flying Column, and took part in all the company engagements up to the date of his capture at Clonmult.While the manner of the surrender at Clonmult was disputed, the British General Headquarters insisted that it was a false surrender while those surviving Volunteers insisted that the men had come out with their hands up, only to be shot by the police without any provocation; the fact that most of those killed in the surrender were shot in the face at close range seems to lend support to the latter.
In any case Patrick had just witnessed the deaths of most of his fellow Column members and then, while being conveyed from Clonmult to Cork Military Barracks, he was robbed and beaten by his captors. Paddy was, in his mother’s own words “her sole support’ and while at the time of his capture he was unemployed due to having being fired for being a prominent Sinn Feiner, a man of 22 when he died and a UCC graduate, his mother might have expected more than the inadequate gratuity she later received (after a protracted appeal) from the Army Pensions Board. The loving bond between Patrick, his mother, his country and his faith were evident in a letter sent to his mother the night before his execution:


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44 Jeremiah Coleman, Tom Sweeney, Liam Goulding, John O'Connor, Danny O'Donoghue, Christy Murphy, Tony Dunton, Mickey Burns and Denis Kelleher. (Supplied by Tom Sweeney, Mary Ann's). ©
45  William O'Leary (Magoola), in front of the crowd, before playing Denis Kelleher at the re-opening in Mary Ann's court in 1984. ©

Macroom Handball Club is back in business.

Macroom Handball (and Racquetball) club has been re-formed and is actively recruiting members, young and older, female and male. The alley is conveniently situated in Macroom Sports Complex and playing has begun following agreement with the Complex authorities. Already the club has affiliated to Croke Park – handball comes under the G.A.A. banner. The ‘old’ club had been dormant for four years, having been active for the previous twenty. John Lyons and Joe Creedon (New St.) are directing the revival. Both John and Joe have played handball for most of their lives and have a long association with the game. Joe learned the game at school in Coláiste Íosagáin, Ballyvourney, while John played in his native Callan, Co. Kilkenny.
There is a long history of handball playing in Macroom. An alley was attached to Mary Ann’s Pub, Masseytown, and it is reported that there was another in Cork St. The left side of the front wall of the Castle, before its demolition in 1967, was a very popular venue. The peculiar ricochets from the wall’s uneven surface added to the vagaries of the contest. Handball was also played in at least four other locations in town. One was at the top of Barrett Place, between the gable walls of Connie Hurley’s barber shop and Hannie McCarthy’s drapery store – since demolished; another was against the gable wall of what is now Nature’s Corner and formerly Mick Goold’s veterinary office; the wall was then windowless. Handball was also played against the side wall of the Castle Ballroom, just before the entrance to the old Fire Brigade station, and against a wall in Macroom mart.
In more recent times, a handball club was established in 1984. Following a parade from the Square to Masseytown, Councillor Denis Kelleher declared the club established, and played William O’Leary (Magoola) in the first match. The club went from strength to strength. However the alley was not in good repair and insurance costs became an issue. Joe Creedon left for work in Dingle and he was a great loss. It was decided to collect money to refurbish, or build a proper alley. In the 1990s, more than £40,000 was collected, and this was eventually contributed to the building of the Sports Complex. This was a very significant financial local contribution that facilitated the development of the Sports complex. The club moved to the Sports Complex in 1996. The original floor of the new alley was never ‘right’ and had to be lifted and re-laid. The club operated in the Complex from the mid 1990s. Mickey Burns, Tony Dunton, Jerry Hall, Patrick O’Leary, Danny O’Donoghue, Con Lynch were committee members and, with others, were very involved with the fund-raising.
Macroom has produced many excellent players over the years. Joe Creedon has competed at Fitzpatrick Cup senior level and has won his section. Joe won single and double county titles. Jerry Hall and Tony Dunton won a novice county doubles title in 1996. Danny O’Donoghue, accomplished in many sports, Patsy O’Leary, Glashagarrive, and Con Lynch were able to hold their own with most. Michael Lynch, Engineer, was a very good handball player and both he and Con attended Coláiste Íosagáin.
Racquetball is also played in the court and there have been significant successes in the past when the former club was active. Two of the girls, Emer Twohig and Paula O’Mahony, were successful at county, national and European levels and have All-Ireland and European medals to their credit.

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Pic. 46 Handball Club officers 1996, Stephen Kelleher, Jerry Hall, Patrick O'Leary, Mickey Burns, Tony Dunton and John Lyons. ©S.McS.
Pic. 47. Con Lynch receiving a trophy from Mickey Burns c. 1985. ©S.McS.

Handball and Racquetball are games that can be played from any age - from juveniles to pensioners; and there are playing members in their 50’s, 60’s and up to 70. Only very basic equipment and clothing are required, and you only need one other player to have a fantastic workout. The club is eagerly recruiting new members, girls and boys, and men and women of all ages. Adult membership is €30 (€20 for insurance, and €10 for playing) and €10 for juveniles. This must be among the best value anyone anywhere could get. Handball is excellent for hand/ eye co-ordination, and can be played as singles or doubles. It provides recreational and competitive participation for all ages and abilities, all year round. The club is hoping that this will be taken up by other sporting groups in the area particularly those involved with juveniles, to promote well-being and involvement. It is also hoped that local schools will express interest. Club members will visit the schools on request to demonstrate the game and its benefits.
Parents with some knowledge are advised to become involved and pass on their skill to new members. In cases where there is no knowledge, coaching will be provided. To see how handball is played, visit the coaching section of the national website GAA Handball.ie and see the video clips of the serves and different strokes.
It is great to see new projects begun in Macroom and I offer our ‘Best Wishes’ to the club in its new venture of providing two additional sporting opportunities for the people of the town and surrounding areas. Please contact John Lyons 086/8175859 or Joe Creedon 087/2105002 if you wish to try handball or join Macroom Handball/Racketball Club. By Con Kelleher.

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Pic. 48. Joe Creedon and John Lyons on court ©Con Kelleher
Pic. 49. Fr. Kelleher, Masseytown, with Denis Kelleher and Tony Dunton at the re-opening of Mary Anne's alley in 1984. ©(Supplied by Tom Sweeney, Mary Anne's).

Cad as duit? Source to Sea.

Many people have questioned the real source of the River Lee and are unfamiliar with the upper and middle reaches of the Lee and its surrounding beauty. Magical myths associated with our river include the dragon of Gougane Barra. Certain tales have it that this creation was a sea like creature whose expulsion is believed to be the source of the large channel that is now the river Lee, flowing onward to the sea at Cork Harbour. Cork’s patron, Saint Finbar, was believed to have been led by an angel from the source of the river Lee at his monastic site, to its marshy mouth where he built a monastery “out of which grew the sea and the City of Cork. This is a wonderful tale as it spiritualises the source of our great river. Nobody will disagree that that this part of the river Lee is magical, mystical and no matter what your religious persuasion or no matter when you visit, its spiritual aura touches one and all.
Once the river Lee leaves the basin-like lake at Gougane Barra and sinks into the undergrowth and tumbled boulders that lie wedged upon each other for some ten thousand years, the Lee disappears from sight into some very dangerous gorges and rock crevices. The magic of terrain like this is that it is uninviting for humans! Mother Nature, for once, can do her business undisturbed.
The SOURCE TO SEA project is designed to unite all the different communities in a celebratory "festival-like" fashion along the river Lee from Gougan Barra all the way to the mouth of Cork Harbour. A uniquely designed “vessel”, which will be filled at the “source “of the river, will be relayed along the Lee, by different community groups, leading towards the sea and merging with the Cork Harbour Festival celebration. On the day of its arrival at the mouth of the river, it will be emptied into the waves of the Atlantic as a symbolic gesture of continuity.
Fortunately, every summer, Cork City hosts the largest celebration of boats on our waters during the Cork Harbour Festival. AN RÁS MÓR isorganised by http://meithealmara.ie and is a unique celebratory Ocean to City race. Initially it set out as a currach race. Over 13 years it has mushroomed into the biggest, multi-craft rowing race in Ireland and it is now the central focus of the annual http://corkharbourfestival.com

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Gougane Barra, source of the River Lee

Imagine a cultural celebration of all those communities from the Source of the Lee to the City merging with the Cork Harbour Festival. The river, the harbour and the sea are one. The SOURCE TO SEA idea is to bring communities, schools, clubs, environmental groups, tidy-towns groups, zero plastic waste groups, wildlife groups, together to celebrate the river, its tributaries , its mountains and hills (source) and learn and engage with all those who share the river as an amazing and precious resource that we all need to cherish and protect.
We have come along way since the first whisperings of the project back last October. The final Drop in The Ocean will close this year’s Cork Harbour Festival. The Bishop and Dean of Cork have both pledged their support at the celebrations we are organizing along the Lee from May 12 – June 10th. We have initiated a Green Action Plan in one of Cork’s major Hospitals. We have the full support of REDFM and 96FM for the festival of events. Several artists with very deep professional connections to organic growing, fishing, food supplying, boat building, have contributed their work and this is documented on our website. Cork Harbour Festival is the largest boating festival in Ireland and we are honoured to be part of the celebration.

A Prayer in Time of Need

Lord, I am always losing things. I know it is my own fault as I am untidy. I always say, ‘Lord, if you help me ot find what I am looking for, I will be more tidy’. But, somehow, I keep on being in a muddle. You said, ‘Seek and you shall find’. Well, Lord, give me strength to try to be a little tidier so that I may not waste so much time looking for things.
I know I put it there Lord, and yet it isn’t there. Has someone taken it? I’ve only got a short time and I must find it , please. Make my eyes see or my brain click, or something.
An I’m so cross when this happens, especially now. Calm me Lord. And teach me at the same time how blind I am and how little I see. Amen.

Setting up a Mortgage

Dear Karen,
I have obtained planning permission and have secured a builder to build my home. My father transferred the site to me. I have loan approval from my bank. I have been advised by the bank that I need a solicitor to put the mortgage in place? What are the next steps to allow me to proceed with the build and drawdown monies?
Dear Reader,
Congratulations! It is a very exciting time for you, but it can also be stressful and nerve wrecking. I will guide you through the process. Your solicitor will have your title deeds when you received the site from your father. Your solicitor will need to investigate title to make sure you have good, marketable title. The bank will send out a loan pack to your solicitor.
If you access your site through a right of way over neighbours lands a Deed of Right of Way will need to be put in place. Alternatively, you may need a formal wayleave to access water from a neighbour’s land and a Deed of Wayleave will need to be put in place also.
Normally, the letter of loan offer is signed with your solicitor. Once your solicitor is satisfied with title and all the mortgage documentation has been prepared, you will attend at their office to execute same. You have not mentioned whether you are getting the loan with a partner or spouse. If there are two borrowers and only one borrower is named on title, this should be brought to the attention of the bank at an early stage. Some financial institutions have no difficulty with this, but some insist on the title being in both names so it is best to seek clarification on this as soon as possible.
You will sign the Deed of Mortgage and other ancillary documents with your solicitor. A deed of mortgage is a legal document whereby a property owner gives the bank the property to hold as security until he pays off a debt. In the event that the borrower defaults on the loan repayments, the bank can seek to take possession of the property and sell it to repay the loan. The mortgage is registered as a burden on the title until loan is paid in full.
Your engineer or architect will need to send interim certificates of compliance with planning permission and building regulations throughout the build to your bank and your solicitor, on foot of these certificates, will request the various stage payments to pay the builder. At the end of the build, you will need to obtain a Declaration of Identity and Certificate of Compliance with Planning Permission and Building Regulations. These documents can be placed with your title deeds should you sell or remortgage in the future. The bank will not release the last stage payment without these documents, including evidence that all financial contributions on foot of the planning permission have been paid.
Failure to timely organise such things as life policies, direct debit mandates, identification, valuations etc. as required can often cause delays in completing a lending transaction.
Your solicitor, on foot of the undertaking that he or she has provided on your behalf to your bank, will apply to register the mortgage in the Land Registry. At the end of the build and when the mortgage has been registered, all the deeds to your house will be sent to your bank until the loan has been paid in full.
The above can seem a bit overwhelming but your solicitor will guide you through the process.
Finally, as you are the owner of a valuable property, you should consider putting a Will in place.
Karen Walsh, from a farming background, is a solicitor practicing in Walsh & Partners, Solicitors, 17, South Mall, Cork (021-4270200), and author of ‘Farming and the Law’. Walsh & Partners also specialises in personal injury claims, conveyancing, probate and family law. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.walshandpartners.ie
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.

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GAA Cork County Championship Draws 2018

In the senior championships, divisions /colleges have played off in separate sections with two teams to emerge for the subsequent 16 team, 3rd round open draw.
County Senior Football Championship (Divisions/Colleges Section)

CIT and Duhallow qualify for 3rd round open draw in SFC.

Senior Football Championship (Clubs Section)

Preliminary Round Valley Rovers 3-12 Mallow 1-12
Round 1 (Winners to Rd 3)
(A) St Finbarr's 1-17 Carrigaline 3-6
(B) Castlehaven 2-15 Dohenys 2-10
(C) Valley Rovers 3-6 Newcestown 1-9
(D) St Nicks 3-11 Kiskeam 1-14
(E) Carbery Rangers 0-11 Clonakilty 0-8
(F) Nemo Rangers 1-16 Clyda Rovers 0-5
(G) Bishopstown 0-11 Douglas 0-9
(H) O Donovan Rossa 1-16 Aghada 3-8
(I) BALLINCOLLIG 0-15 Ilen Rovers 0-8
Round 2 (Winners to Rd 3)
Mallow v Kiskeam, Douglas v Dohenys, Clyda v Aghada, Carrigaline v Ilen, Clonakilty v Newcestown
Ballincollig 0 - 15 Ilen Rovers 0 – 8
Ballincollig were strongly favoured to win against a young Ilen side (7 U21 players) at Macroom and duly delivered on expectations but were not overly impressive in doing so. They started well and led by 0-5 to nil after the opening seven minutes, scores coming from Cian Dorgan (2), Seán Kiely, Cian Kiely and Alan O’Donovan, and when Ilen at last got on the board, Ballincollig replied with points from Dorgan and Kevin Crowley, the latter scores then matched by two for Ilen, 0-9 to 0-3 after 24 minutes. Ilen had cut the gap to five by the break and when they added three more points on the restart, Ballincollig were beginning to get worried. Johnny Miskella was introduced from the bench, Cian Kiely got a badly needed point to stop the Ilen flow and another stalwart Ciarán O’Sullivan came on. Ballincollig regained control and stayed on top to the end.
Ballincollig scorers: C Dorgan 0-6 (0-3f), C Kiely 0-3, A Donovan 0-2, J Miskella, L Fahy, S Kiely and K Crowley 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: Jack Gibbons: Shane Murphy, Liam Jennings, Colin Moore: Luke Fahy, JP Murphy, Cian Kiely: Seán Kiely, Peter O’Neill: Kevin Crowley, Paddy Kelly, Kevin Browne: George Durrant, Cian Dorgan, Alan Donovan. Subs: Johnny Miskella 42, Ciarán O’Sullivan 47.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Round 1 (A) St Vincents 1-13 Castletownbere 1-11
(B) Nemo Rangers 1-8 Kanturk 0-10
(C) Bandon 1-14 NAOMH ABÁN 0-15
(E) Na Piarsaigh 0-17 Newmarket 1-21 aet
(F) Bantry Blues 1-8 Fermoy 4-8
(G) MACROOM 1-8 St Michaels 0-12
Round 2 Bantry Blues v Na Piarsaigh, Macroom v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Kanturk v Castletownbere, Naomh Abán a bye
Bandon 1 – 14 Naomh Abán 0 – 15
The vital fact here is that although Naomh Abán lost, the losers had received a bye to round three and so both teams will be in the draw for that round.
A strong wind blew at Carrigadrohid and Naomh Abán had to face it in the opening half. The Gaeltacht men had a great start with points from Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Micheál Ó Liatháin and Colm Ó Murchú but Bandon quickly levelled with three points in a row. Thereafter Naomh Abán thrice took the lead, three times Bandon reined them in, before a Bandon point just before the break gave the town team a 0-7 to 0-6 interval lead.
Bandon inflicted massive damage in the ten minutes after the restart, adding 1-6 to their tally to which N Abán could only muster a solitary Maidhchí Ó Duinnín point in reply, 1-13 to 0-7 now the score. Thereafter Naomh Abán, inspired by the accuracy of Ó Duinnín, cut into the Bandon lead point by point and by the 57th minute it was down to a mere two points, 1-14 to 0-15. Despite huge pressure, Naomh Abán could not add to their tally but will take satisfaction from the spirit shown in their last quarter rally.
N Abán scorers; M Ó Duinnín 0-7 (0-3f), D Ó Ceallaigh 0-4 (0-2f), D Ó Loinsuigh, M O Liatháin, C Ó Murchú, C Ó Críodáin 0-1 each.
Naomh Abán: Micheál Ó Donnchú; Ronán de hÍde, Criostóir Ó Deasúna, Pádraig Ó hAilíosa: Dara Ó Loinsuigh, Tomás Ó hAilíosa, Tadhg Ó Riordáin: Micheál Ó Liatháin, Colm Ó Murchú: Conchuir Ó Críodáin, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín Niall Ó Ceallaigh: Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Seán A MacCarthaigh, Piarais Ó Liatháin. Subs: A O Loinsuigh 45, Dara Ó Laoire 56.
Éire Óg 1 – 11 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 0 – 11
Éire Óg defeated Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh in the opening round of the county premier intermediate football championship at a windy Cill na Martra and gave clear indication that they will be a major force in the battle for honours this season. The Ovens outfit had the strong wind advantage in the opening half and when they turned over with only a single one point lead, 0-7 to 0-6, they looked to be in trouble against a Béal Átha side which had set the tempo in the first half. On the restart however Éire Óg dominated the third quarter and when former Cork star, Daniel Goulding found the net in the 45th minute, this was the decisive score which set his team on the road to victory.
Éire Óg took an early lead, Daniel Goulding pointing a 3rd minute free but then suffered the loss through injury of wing back Michael O’Shea. Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh pointed a free for Béal Átha, Goulding replied and talented young Colm O’Callaghan took a superb point from play to open up a two point gap in the 10th minute. Ben Seartan from a free, and O’Callaghan exchanged points and as Béal Átha controlled the play despite the wind, they drew level at 0-4 each with points from Diarmuid Mac Tomáis and the influencial Cian Ó Duinnín as the second quarter commenced. Goulding edged Éire Óg back in front, they lost Fionn O’Rourke to injury but his replacement Aidan O’Connor had a 23rd minute point to double the advantage. In the closing stages Béal Átha’s enterprising play was rewarded with two points scored by Mac Tomáis and Maitiú Ó Riordáin, intersected by a fine score from Éire Óg centre back Dermot O’Herlihy. Éire Óg looked to be in trouble at the break, leading by 0-7 to 0-6 but now to face the elements.
On the restart Éire Óg exerted relentless pressure on the Béal Átha defence, Dermot O’Herlihy, Liam Murphy, Ronan O’Toole, Liam Sheehan excelling around the middle and a tackle on Goulding yielded the next score, a point from a Liam Sheehan free in the 40th minute. Donagh Seartan finished off a fine move with a Béal Átha point in the 43rdminute and two minutes later Éire Óg’s Daire McCarthy sent over a high cross from the right wing, Daniel Goulding collected, turned and his shot shook the net from a tight angle. Ben Seartan and Goulding traded scores, Andí Ó Coinceannain came on for the Gaeltacht men and pointed a long range free and Donagh Seartan’s 55th minute point left only two points between the teams. Éoin O’Shea had a smart point for the winners, Béal Átha were missing scorable chances as the Éire Óg defence now proved its worth. Goulding’s point opened up a four point gap and a late point from Andí Ó Coinceannain was all the western men could muster.
Éire Óg are through to Round 3; Béal Átha, with players to return from injury, will still fancy their chances of joining them there by overcoming neighbours Macroom in the losers round.
Scorers: Éire Óg: D Goulding 1-5 (0-3f), C O’Callaghan 0-2, A O’Connor, D O’Herlihy, L Sheehan (f) and E O’Shea 0-1 each. Béal Átha: B Seartan (0-1f), D Mac Tomáis, D Seartan (0-1f), A Ó Coinceannain (fs) 0-2 each, C Ó Loinsuigh (f), C Ó Duinnín, M Ó Riordáin 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: John Cooper, John Mullins, Cian O’Mahony: Daire McCarthy, Dermot O’Herlihy, Michael O’Shea: Liam Murphy, Fionn O’Rourke: Ronan O’Toole, Liam Sheehan, Colm O’Callaghan: Dan O’Connor, Daniel Goulding, Eoin O’Shea. Subs: Denny Murphy for M O’Shea inj 4, Aidan O’Connor for F O’Rourke inj. 22, John Dineen for L Sheehan inj. 57, Jason Twomey for D O’Herlihy bc 60.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Gearóid Ó Muirthille: Nollaig Ó Laoire, Seán Ó Donnchú, Darren Ó Coill: Maitiú Ó Riordáin, Éanna Ó Duinnín, Daire Ó Ceallacháin: Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh, Colmán Ó Tuama; Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh, Cian Ó Duinnín, Donagh Seartan: Diarmuid Mac Tomáis, Eoin Ó Coill, Ben Seartan. Subs: Aindreas Ó Coinceannain for C Ó Tuama 45, Seán Ó Duinnín for E Ó Coill 55, Liam Seartan for B Seartan 56, Ciarán Ó Nunáin for N Ó Laoire inj 62. Referee: Mr Joe Larkin, Ballinora.
St Michaels 0 – 12 Macroom 1 – 8
Last year’s beaten county finalists St Michaels move on to round three but Macroom earned no little credit for their battling display in the premier intermediate county football championship first round tie at Ovens. Macroom struggled for most of the first half but came with a late scoring burst to be level at the break with 1-4 to Michael’s 0-7. Within two minutes of the restart, Michaels had regained the lead and when Macroom then lost a man to a red card the expectation was that the city side would ease on to an expected victory. Fourteen man Macroom however raised their game to new heights, drew level and went two points in front with ten minutes to go as their supporters willed them to hold on. The numerical disadvantage however proved crucial as Macroom tired in the difficult conditions prevailing and Michaels kicked over four points before Macroom, contesting to the last, had a final point to leave only the minimum between the sides when the final whistle blew.
The city side opened well, putting the Macroom defence under sustained pressure and led by 0-3 to 0-1 after the opening seven minutes. When David Goold pointed a free to add to his brother Fintan’s earlier point, the response from Michaels was telling; Keith Hegarty, Tadhg Deasy and Liam O’Sulllivan all shooting over points as the city attack, well orchestrated by Eric Hegarty at centre forward, was causing the Macroom rearguard endless problems. David Goold pointed from a free, Tadhg Deasy had a fine point for Michaels in reply as they led comfortably by 0-7 to 0-3. Macroom mentors now introduced Rory Buckley into defence and Ethan O’Gorman came into attack and the break they badly needed came in the 29th minute when David Horgan’s inch perfect pass left Tony Dineen in possession bearing down on goal and the latter was fouled, earning Macroom a penalty. Michaels lost Daniel Meaney to a black card, Seán Kiely’s spot kick was near perfect but Tony Dineen had sustained an injury which later n forced his withdrawal. Fintan Goold brought Macroom level in injury time, pointing a free from out on the sideline.
The second half had a sensational start when following a misdirected Macroom sideline ball, Liam O’Sullivan hit the Macroom post when the goal was at his mercy. Crucially Paul Cronin kicked over the first of his three second half points in the ensuing play to restore the lead to the Blackrock men. Macroom suffered a major blow in the 35th minute when Ger Angland, who had been in outstanding form, was red carded but instead of dying as so often in the recent past, the town team rose to the challenge and put up a tremendous battle to the finish. Fintan Goold brought them level from a 45m free and Andrew Hegarty’s 41st minute point gave them the lead for the first time. Macroom goalkeeper Brendan O’Connell, back from Australia, denied Liam O’Sulllivan with an outstanding save from a close range blast on 45 and two minutes later substitute Patrick Lucey put them two up but Michaels quickly replied with a Paul Cronin point. Tadhg Deasy brought the teams level from a free, rather rashly conceded in the 52nd minute and Macroom lost James O’Connor to a black card. With the teams level at 0-10 to 1-7, Macroom lost three good chances of going back in front and Michaels punished them with a point apiece from wing forwards Keith Hegarty and Paul Cronin. Despite being visibly out on their feet, Macroom went back on the attack for the last five minutes but despite their best efforts a point from Fintan Goold was their only reward.
Scorers: St Michaels: P Cronin and T Deasy (0-1f) 0-3 each, E Hegarty, K Hegarty and P Cronin 0-2 each. Macroom: S Kiely 1-0 (pen), F Goold 0-4 (0-1f, 0-1’45’), D Goold 0-2 (f), A Hegarty and P Lucey 0-1 each.
St Michaels: Cian Denn: Luke Carroll, Owen O’Sulllivan, Tom Lenihan; Alan O’Callaghan, Richard Dineen, Daniel Meaney: Andrew Murphy, Eoin Hickey: Keith Hegarty, Eric Hegarty, Paul Cronin: Tadhg Deasy, Domhnall Cremin, Liam O’Sulllivan. Subs: C Kilcoyne for Meaney b/c 30, Eoghan Buckley for L O’Sullivan 48, Mark Drummond for O O’Sullivaninj 56.
Macroom: Brendan O’Connell: James O’Connor, Paul O’Farrell, Martin O’Donnell: Michael Cronin, Sean Kiely, David Cotter: Fintan Goold, David Goold: Gerard Angland, Tony Dineen, Mark Corrigan: John Murphy, Andrew Hegarty, David Horgan. Subs: Ethan O’Gorman for M Corrigan inj. 25, Rory Buckley for D Cotter 28, Alan Quinn for J Murphy 35, Patrick Lucey for T Dineen inj 48, Don Creedon for J O’Connor b/c 52. Referee: Michaels Collins, Clonakilty.

Intermediate Football Championship

Preliminary Round Mayfield 0-8 Glenville 0-13
Round 1 (A) Knocknagree 0-17 Rockchapel 3-7
(B) St Finbarr's 3-18 Gabriel Rangers 1-3
(C) Glenville v Adrigole
(D) Millstreet v Clonakilty
(E) AGHABULLOGUE v Ballydesmond
(G) Kildorrery 0-9 Glanmire 0-8
(H) Carrigaline v Youghal
(I) GRENAGH 1-9 Glanworth 1-6
(J) Kinsale 1-9 Mitchelstown 2-11
Round 2 (Losers from Preliminary & Round 1) H v Mayfield, Glanworth v C, E v D, Glanmire v Gabriel Rangers, Kinsale v Ballinora, Rockchapel a bye
Cill na Martra 2 – 22 Ballinora 0 - 6
With the score at 0-6 to 0-2 after the opening quarter, it was clear even that early that there would be only one outcome to this county intermediate football championship tie at Macroom. Cill na Martra were fit and focussed and had a full forward line capable of tearing the Ballinora rearguard asunder. Full forward Daniel Ó Duinnín was in irrepressible form and had huge support from brother, Ciaran and namesake Shane.
Tougher tests lie ahead for Cill na Martra but they do appear to have the capability of going all the way before the end of this season.
Conditions at Macroom were very difficult , the pitch heavy after twelve hours of rain which continued to fall periodically during the contest. Ballinora went on the attack from the throw in but corner forward Pat Fitton with the goal at his mercy blazed over the bar to open the scoring. Daniel Ó Duinnín replied with a brace, Tadhg Ó Corcora came through for another, Darragh Holmes kicked a fine point for Ballinora and Cill na Martra had another three points, Fionnbarra Ó hEaluithe, Shane and Daniel Ó Duinnín the scorers. The Gaeltacht men were on top all over the field and pumped ball into the full line of attack with rich return on the scoreboard. Points were exchanged then four more followed for Cill na Martra before Michael Murphy had another score for Ballinora which was followed by two more for Cill na Martra.
With the interval score at 0-13 to 0-4, the contest was clearly over and within eight minutes of the restart Fionnbarra Ó hEaluithe had fired home a goal, set up by former Cork favourite, Nollaig Ó Laoire. There was no relief for Ballinora who bravely battled on against the tide and were rewarded with two points midway through the half but there was no hint of a revival. Shane Ó Duinnín had a late goal and there was relief all round when the final whistle sounded.
Cill na Martra were not at full strength but were efficient in all lines. Ballinora, down from premier grade, will be battling to hold on to their intermediate status until promising underage players come through. Their immediate challenge is to overcome Kinsale in round two.
Scorers: Cill na Martra: S Ó Duinnin 1-8 (0-5f), D O Duinnín 0-6, F ÓhEaluithe 1-1, N Ó Laoire 0-2, T Ó Corcora, C Ó Duinnín, M Ó Conchuir, A Ó Cuana, S Ó Fóirréidh 0-1 each.
Ballinora: D Holmes 0-2, M Murphy 0-2, P Fitton and B Ahern 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Éoghan Ó Céilleachair, Graham Ó Mocháin, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh: Seánie Ó Fóirréidh, Antóin Ó Cuana, Danny Ó Conaill: Tadhg Ó Corcora, Gearóid Ó Goillidhe: Gearóid Ó Faoláin, Martin Ó Conchuir, Fionnbarra Ó hEaluithe: Ciarán Ó Duinnín, Daniel Ó Duinnín, Shane Ó Duinnín. Subs: Nollaig Ó Laoire for T Ó Corcora inj. 29, Daire Mac Lochlainn for A Ó Cuana inj 52.
Ballinora: Eoin Walsh: Neil Walsh, Kenneth Greally, Patrick Cronin: Brian Murophy, Mike Lordan, John O’Regan: Alan O’Neill, Daire Coakley: denis Buckley, Darragh Holmes, Kevin Murphy: Ben Ahern, Michael Murphy, Pat Fitton. Subs: Brian Rigney for J O’Regan ht, Kevin O’Regan for B Murphy 40, Colin O’Shea for K Murphy 47, Brendan Hourihan for P Cronin 54. Referee: Michael O’Leary, Diarmuid Ó Mathúnas
Grenagh 1 – 9 Glanworth 1 – 6
Trailing by 1-6 to 0-2 at half time Grenagh looked to be in big trouble at Killavullen but in a remarkable turnaround, they scored 1-7 in the second half and held the North Cork men scoreless and so advance to round three after their first championship victory in recent years.
A point apiece from Kelvin Cummins and DD Dorgan in the two minutes before the break was all Grenagh could manage in the first half but went on the offensive from the throw in after the break and took control of proceedings. A goal from Paul BarryMurphy in the 45th minute brought them level and they added the points to take the laurels.
Grenagh scorers: DD Dorgan 0-6 (0-3f), P BarryMurphy 1-0, K Cummins 0-1 (f), G Russell 0-1, S Dorgan 0-1.
Grenagh: DJ O’Mahony: A Kiely, L Walsh, S Dorgan: S Cronin, P McCarthy, M Riordan: T Buckley, A Duggan: G Russell, T Kenny, K O’Neill: DD Dorgan, K Cummins, P BarryMurphy. Subs: C O’Sullivan 48, L Sheehan 60.

Senior Hurling Championship (Divisions/Colleges Section)

Round 1 (knock out) UCC and Imokilly qualify for 3rd round open draw

Senior Hurling Championship (Clubs Section)

Round 1 (A) Killeagh v Douglas
(B) Midleton v Bishopstown
(C) Sarsfields v Ballyhea
(D) Erins Own v Bride Rovers
(E) Carrigtwohill v Blackrock
(F) Ballymartle v Glen Rovers
(G) Na Piarsaigh v Bandon
(H) Newtownshandrum v Kanturk
(I) Newcestown v St Finbarr's
Round 2 F v C, D v G, H v B, A v I, losers of E a bye.
LI Imokilly 5 – 22 Muskerry 0 - 19

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round 1. (A) Mallow v Cloyne
(B) Fermoy v Carrigaline
(C) Kilworth 1-9 Charleville 1-14
(D) Fr O' Neills v Aghada
(E) Watergrasshill v Ballinhassig
(F) Youghal v Castlelyons
(G) Valley Rovers v BLARNEY
(H) Courcey Rovers v INNISCARRA
Round 2 (Losers from Round 1) H v B, Kilwiorth v D, E v G, A v F.

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Preliminary Round Douglas v Dungourney
Round 1 (A) Winners of Douglas/Dungourney v Milford
(B) Ballygarvan v AGHABULLOGUE
(C) ÉIRE ÓG v Sarsfields
(E) Kildorrery v DRIPSEY
(F) Argideen Rangers v Castlemartyr
(G) INNISCARRA 2 v Ballymartle
(H) Tracton v Kilbrittain
(I) Midleton v Blackrock
(J) Na Piarsaigh v Barryroe
(K) Ballinhassig v Glen Rovers
(L) St Finbarr's v Mayfield
(M) GRENAGH v St Catherines
Round 2 (Losers from Preliminary Round & Round 1) losers of Douglas/Dungourney v G, B v H, D v A, E v J, M v L, K v I, C v F

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Aghabullogue, Mid Cork U-21 Hurling Champions in 1974. ©(Supplied by Con Kelleher).

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football Championships

U21 A Football Champs: Kilmurry(Éire Óg)

Mid Cork U21 B Football Championship

1st Round: A Macroom a bye B Blarney 1 – 7 Ballinora 0 – 8 C Canovee 3-7 Aghabullogue 0-8 D Aghinagh 2 -9 Iveleary 1-9 E Grenagh 0 – 8 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 6 - 14
2nd Round: Macroom 3-12 Ballinora 2-9; Aghabullogue 2-10 Iveleary 3-3; Grenagh a bye
Quarter Finals: A Aghinagh a bye B Canovee 1-8 Macroom 1-10 C Aghabullogue 0-13 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 3-4 draw Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2-6 Aghabullogue 0- 10 replay D Blarney 1-9 Grenagh 1 -8
Semi finals: Aghinagh 0 – 11 Macroom 1 – 11; Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2-9 Blarney 1-9
Final: Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Macroom at Cill na Martra, Saturday April 21st 7pm
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2 – 9 Blarney 1 – 9
Midfielder Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh continues to make a massive contribution to the progress of the Béal Áth’n Ghaorthaid U 21 footballers in the Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football championship. Scorer of 2-3 out of 2-6 a week earlier in the quarter final win over Aghabullogue, Ó Loinsuigh had 2-4 to his personal credit when the whistle blew at Cill na Martra in the semi final and it was his overall performance which ensured his side’s passage to a final with Macroom after Blarney had put up an unexpectedly stiff challenge to the Gaeltacht men. Indeed Blarney will regret their many first half wides when they matched their opponents in every facet except scoring and consequently found themselves 0-6 to 0-2 in arrears at the break despite their fine performance.
The major difference between the teams in the first half was that Béal Átha put points on the board, Blarney did not. Béal Átha had early points from Donagh Seartan and centre back Daire Ó Ceallacháin and Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh’s point in the 14th minute made it 0-3 to nil and Ó Loinsuigh had added a further point before Blarney at last scored, a point from Seán Crowley from all of 50 m in the 25th minute. Further points from Ó Loinsuigh and Seartan increased the Béal Átha lead, Blarney lost midfielder James Dineen to a black card but did get a second point, Alan McEvoy converting a free. An injury to Séamus Ó Tuama caused a delay as the Ballingeary man was stretchered from the field with a leg injury.
The two Béal Átha goals came early in the second half and helped the winners to a nine point lead. A penalty shot awarded for a foul on Ronán Ó Loinsuigh yielded a goal for Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh from the spot in the 33rd minute and four minutes later Ó Loinsuigh intercepted a pass in the Blarney defence to run on and slam a fierce drive to the net to give his side a seemingly unassailable 2-6 to 0-3 advantage. Blarney however to their credit, did not throw in the towel but redoubled their efforts, driven on by Seán Crowley and Alan McEvoy and they had Béal Átha under pressure to the finish. They reduced the deficit, point by point, and when full forward Conor Forde slammed the ball to the Béal Átha net in the 55th minute the gap between the teams was down to four points, 2-8 to 1-8, and Blarney were in hot pursuit of the Gaeltacht men. The outstanding Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh steadied the ship for Béal Átha with a superb point but Blarney’s top performer Seán Crowley had a similar score for his side to leave a goal still between the teams. Blarney remained on the offensive as the game went into injury time but they just could not get through for the goal needed to force extra time and so Béal Átha move on to a meeting with Macroom in the final.
Scorers: Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh; C Ó Loinsuigh 2-4 (0-1f), D Seartan 0-3 (0-2f), D Ó Ceallacháin 0-2. Blarney: C Forde 1-0, S Crowley 0-6 (0-1f), A McEvoy 0-3 (0-2f).
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Conor Ó Buachalla: Shane Ó Críodáin, Enda Ó Luasa, Gavin Ó Laoire: Ciarán Ó Laoire, Daire Ó Ceallacháin, Brian Ó Tuama: Conchúir Ó Loinsuigh, Barra Ó Buachalla: Criostóir Ó Rinn, Seán Ó Muimhneacháin, Seamus Ó Tuama; Ronán Ó Loinsuigh, Donagh Seartan, Seán Ó hUrdail. Subs: Seán Ó Riordáin for S o Tuanma inj 29, Donncadh Ó Cremín for C Ó Rinn 45.
Blarney: Ben Ahern: Brian Walsh, Michael John Shine, Stephen Mullane: Donal Hoare, Eoin Mullane, Dan Quill: James Dineen, Seán Crowley: Olan Hegarty, Luke Madden, Alan McEvoy: Jack O’Keeffe, Conor Forde, James Walsh. Subs: Jack Crowley for J Dineen b/c 27, Cathal Hegarty and Will Crowley for J O’Keeffe and J Walsh, both on 42. Referee: Mr Pat O’Leary, Kilmurry

U 21C Football Championship (13 a side)

A Clondrohid 2-11 Donoughmore 2-13
B Lee Gaels 1-7 Kilmichael 4-7
Éire Óg (2nds) –a bye
Round 2: Clondrohid 4 – 8 Éire Óg 2 1 - 14
Round 3: Éire Óg 2 0 – 10 Lee Gaels 2 - 3
Semi Finals:
Donoughmore 2 – 6 Éire Óg 0 – 7
Clondrohid 0 – 13 Kilmichael 2 – 12
Final: Donoughmore v Kilmichael

Tom Creedon Cup 2018

Semi-Finals: Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 6 - 9 St Michaels 3 - 9
Newmarket 1 – 14 Cill na Martra 1 – 11
Final: Newmarket v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh

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Eileen O'Flynn, Auld Triangle, sponsors, presenting the Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Sports Award for March to Sean Warren, Kilmurry, winners of the Under 21 Football Championship. Included are his parents, Trish and Ed, twin brother, Fionn, grandmother, Mai Leahy and family friend, Betty Murray. ©Mike English

 Mid Cork GAA Championships

Dates and venues for opening rounds of the Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A Football and MJK OILs Junior A Hurling Championship were confirmed at the last board meeting. In the premier grade in hurling and in football, first round losers will receive a second chance of advancing.

Junior A Football Championship

1st round: A Ballincollig v Blarney, Friday May 25th at Donoughmore
B Kilmurry v Cill na Martra, Saturday May 12th at Inchigeela
C Clondrohid v Dripsey, Saturday May 26th at Carrigadrohid
D Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Canovee, Sunday May 13th at Kilmichael
E Kilmichael v Aghinagh, Friday May 4th at Macroom
F Inniscarra v Iveleary, Sunday April 29th at Kilmurry
G Éire Óg v Donoughmore, Saturday April 28th at Ballyanley
2nd Round Loser A v Loser B, Loser c v Loser D, Loser E v Loser F, Loser G – a bye

Junior A Hurling Championship

Round 1 A Ballincollig v Iveleary, Saturday May 12th at Cloughduv
B Cloughduv v Éire Óg, Saturday May 26th at Blarney
C Donoughmore v Ballinora, Saturday May 26th at Blarney
D Blarney v Kilmichael, Sunday June 3rd at Coachford
Round 2 Loser A v Loser D, Loser C v Loser B

Junior B Football Championship

Round 1 A Naomh Abán v Ballincollig; B Iveleary v Inniscarra; C Aghabullogue v Canovee; D Grenagh v Donoughmore E Macroom v Kilmurry F Ballinora v Aghinagh
Quarter Final 1 Winner A v Winner F, 2 Winner E v Winner D
Semi Final 3 Winner C v Winner B, 4 Winner 1 v Winner 2

Junior C Football Championship

Round 1 A Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Gleann na Laoi; B Kilmichael v Éire Óg; C Dripsey v Clondrohid; D Macroom v Ballincollig
Semi Final Winner A v Winner B, Winner C v Winner D

Junior B Hurling Championship
Preliminary Round Gleann na Laoi v Laochra Óg
Round 1 A Loser of Preliminary v Blarney B Grenagh v Ballinora C Ballincollig v Éire Óg
Round 2 1 Winner A v Winner B 2 Winner C v Preliminary winner 3 Cloughduv v Donoughmore 4 Aghabullogue v Inniscarra Semi Final Winner 1 v Winner 2, Winner 3 v Winner 4

Munster Minor Football Championship

Cork 4-20 Waterford 0-5
Cork secured a Munster MFC semi-final spot with an easy win over Waterford at Páirc Uí Rinn. Cork had a goal from Conor Corbett inside three minutes, and a second from Aodhán Ó Luasa on 10 had them 2-4 to 0-0 in front. Cork continued to dominate and led by 2-13 to 0-3 at half-time.
Evan Cooke added a third goal within a minute of the restart and though the scoring rate dropped as both sides emptied their benches, the Rebels gradually eased further clear. Seán McDonnell wrapped up the win with a late fourth goal. Cork play Kerry in Tralee in the semi final next month.
Scorers for Cork: A Ó Luasa 1-5 (two frees), C Corbett, S McDonnell 1-2 each, E Cooke 1-1, D O’Sullivan 0-3, M O’Neill 0-3, D Buckley, F Cronin, E Nation, J Harte 0-1 each.
CORK: D Doody (Buttevant); D Connolly (Glanworth), D Buckley (Newcestown), C O’Donovan (Glanmire); F Cronin (Cullen), D Phelan (Aghada), E Nation (Aghada); N Hartnett (Douglas), R Lombard (Ballyhooly); HUGH MURPHY (Éire Óg), D O’Sullivan (St Finbarr’s), EVAN COOKE (Ballincollig); S McDonnell (Mallow), AODHAN Ó LUASA (Naomh Abán), C Corbett (Clyda Rovers).
Subs: J Harte (Douglas), A Whelton (Castlehaven), M O’Neill (Buttevant), NEIL LORDAN (Ballinora), M White (Douglas), J O’Shea (Urhan).

Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 Final 2018

Kilkenny 0-15 Cork 1-11
Cork Camogie players and footballers have made a practice of inflicting one point defeats on their opponents in important matches over the years but were on the receiving end in this year’s Camogie final, as Kilkenny beat them by the narrowest of margins at Nowlan Park. But they must admit that it was mostly self-inflicted. They had a dire opening half. Their first score, a point from Orla Cotter, came in the 10th minute, when Kilkenny already had eight points on the board. After 20 minutes, the score was 0-11 to 0-1. Cork began to wake up in the final 10 minutes of the half and the score was 0-12 to 0-5 at the break. Orla Cronin scored a brilliant solo goal after seven minutes of the second half but Kilkenny responded with points to keep a six point margin. A couple of points from Katrina Mackey in the last-quarter set Cork on fire and had Collins found the net with her kick in the 47th minute, rather than drag the attempt wide after recovering from being fouled, (in what many would argue should have merited a penalty and red card) the result might have been different. As it was, Cotter had an easy point from the free, to leave three between them. Kilkenny had the chance to finish it in the 54th minute but Thompson saved Denise Gaule’s shot from a penalty, resulting from action from Aoife Murray, who did receive a red card. The Cats were unable to make the extra player count though. Collins flashed a shot inches over the crossbar and Cotter converted a free to leave just the minimum between them at the final whistle.
This was a fourth crown in five seasons for the Noresiders and a 14th in total. In the process, they inflicted a third defeat on their old rivals from their last four meetings in major finals going back to the 2016 All-Ireland. Cork have 16 wins and 9 losses in finals. All Ireland champions, they must now regroup and hope to repeat the result of the 2017 final when they defeated the Cats.
Scorers for Cork: O Cronin 1-1; L Collins, O Cotter (fs) 0-3 each; K Mackey 0-2; G O’Connor, A Thompson 0-1 each
Cork: A Murray, L O’Sullivan, L Treacy, P Mackey, L Coppinger, G O’Connor, C Sigerson, A Sheehan, A Thompson, O Cronin, O Cotter, K Mackey, L Collins, N McCarthy, A O’Connor. Subs: H Looney for McCarthy (ht), J White for O’Connor (44), L Homan for Coppinger (54), A Lee for K Mackey (56), M Cahalane for O’Sullivan (60+1)

Minor Camogie Final for Cork

Cork will play Galway in the All-Ireland Minor A Camogie Final after the Rebels saw off a dogged Clare by 1-11 to 0-9 and Galway accounted for Tipperary 4-9 to 1-10. Aoife Power got Clare off to a good start but points from Aoife Hurley, Cliona Healy and Saoirse McCarthy enabled Cork to streak ahead after eight minutes. Finia O’Brien and Brídín Dinan edged Clare in front but then came the crucial score with a goal from McCarthy after 20 minutes, the Courcey Rovers player poking the sliotar to the net from close range. Ciara O’Sullivan added a point soon after to put a goal between them, and with Dinan and Hurley exchanging scores, that was the margin at half time, 1-6 to 0-6. Linda Daly made it a two-point game but points from Healy and Fiona Keating put clear daylight between the sides for the first time with eight minutes remaining. And Jerry Wallace’s crew continued their strong finish, McCarthy and skipper Moira Barrett among the scorers to keep Clare at arm’s length. Dinan converted a free and had a late penalty saved by Sarah Ahern, ensuring that it was Cork who would advance by 1-11 to 0-9 to cross swords with Galway on April 28th.

Cork Ladies in Football Semi-final.

Cork finished the qualifying rounds of the Division 1 Football League with a very poor showing against Donegal. In an irrelevant Round 5, which had been deferred due to the Beast from the East, Cork lost 2-3 to 4-11. They were already through to the semi-finals, where they meet Mayo who are now equal on points with them at 15 each. Dublin, who finished top of the table with 18 points, will meet Galway on 13 points in the other semi-final on Sunday, April 22.

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Macroom Junior Ladies Football team. ©

Macroom Ladies Football

Macroom U21s played Passage West in Tom Creedon Park in the Championship quarter final with both sides looking for the win in this vital knockout match. Macroom took an early lead and were 1-4 to 0-1 ahead mid way in the half and led 2-6 to 1-2 at halftime. Passage closed the gap to just a few points before Macroom regained control, finishing 3-13 to 2-4. They now advance to the semi-final and await the result of the other three quarter finals on April 12th.
Macroom Juniors continued their very successful run with a brilliant 2-12 to 2-2 victory over Na Piarsaigh in Tom Creedon Park. With 1-9 to 0-0 Macroom lead at halftime, Na Piarsaigh came back strong in the second half, scoring 2-2 but Macroom added a further 1-3 to the tally to emerge victorious. They played well in all positions and are one of the teams to watch in the league this year.
Macroom U16s will play Bishopstown on April 22nd in their next U16 B-league fixture. They are training hard. On the pitch training is with strength and conditioning coach, Conor McMahon and in the gym, with Paul Cronin of the Innovation Gym, who has very generously sponsored Gym membership for our U16 ladies for the season.
Macroom U14s played away to Grenagh on April 8th and came home with a 7-6 to 0-1 win in their U14 C league fixture. They were very strong in both defence and attack and were in control of the game from the outset. Unbeaten in the league so far, these ladies are continuing the trend of very strong Macroom ladies teams at present and are very promising for the future.

Macroom Ladies Football Club was well represented in the Cork U16 team which had a great 3-14 to 1-5 win over Tipperary on April 8th. Local players, Aoife Twomey and Erika O'Shea, contributed to the great win under the watchful eye of Cork's U16 manager and local man, Noel Twomey. Cork will play Tipperary again in the Munster semi-final on April 28th. The winners will play Kerry in the Munster U16 A final on May 5th. We would like to wish Aoife & Erika and their Cork team mates the very best of luck in the Championship.
Macroom club member, Katie Dineen, is representing our Club with the Cork Minor ladies, who had a great 4-12 to 3-6 win over Kerry in Cloughduv on April 2nd in round 3 of the Minor A Championship. We would like to wish Katie and her Cork team mates all the best in the Championship.
Macroom Ladies Football Club is delighted to be a host for Cork Ladies Football Development Summer Camps in Tom Creedon Park in July. It will be coached by some of the top Cork Senior and Minor team members and is a great opportunity for our young ladies to be trained by some of the stars of Cork ladies football. It will be a 4 day camp, running from Monday July 16th to Thursday July 19th from 10am to 2pm. The fee is €45 which is payable on the day and each girl will receive a purple training jersey on completion of the camp. Bookings can be made by completing the online application form on https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/corklgfacamp2018 or scan the barcode on the poster. For further information or queries please contact the Camp Coordinator Orlagh Farmer on 086-3509870. Macroom Ladies Football Club shop is now live on the Azzurri website under the club shops section at http://www.azzurri.ie/Shop/Macroom-Ladies

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Macroom U-12s with mentors at Croke Park ©

Macroom U-12s Play in Croke Park

On Thursday, April 5th, Macroom U-12 squad travelled by bus to Croke Park to take part in the Annual Go Games. The club qualified because it satisfied Benchmarking Standards. (Participating clubs are invited to Headquarters on a rotational basis). 22 eager footballers, and 3 coaches, 2 assistant coaches and several parents, all equally excited, were up at the crack of dawn and departed at an early hour to make the journey to Headquarters. This was a chance for the boys to play football on the SACRED SOD of Croke Park.
They played 3 mini games, against Valentia(Kerry), Galtee Rovers(Tipperary) and Kildysart(Clare), each contest of 13 minutes duration. The selectors gave equal opportunity to each lad and every player got an equal amount of game time, with an emphasis on participation rather than trying ‘to win at all costs’. The team played good football and one of the pictures shows Evan Casey O’Sullivan scoring a lovely point.
The joy on the boys’ faces at the end was delightful to see and management was very proud of their performance and behaviour. All the players were a credit to themselves, their families and the club. A mighty day was had by all, and the trip will be remembered and cherished by everyone for the rest of their lives. Concubhar Murray, Órla Kelleher and Diarmuid Holland were the adults in charge, and they were ably assisted by Liam and Eoin Holland. Several parents travelled also and the club thanks them for their support.

Macroom G.A.A.

We wish the U-21s the Best of Luck in next Saturday’s final against Ballingeary. The team would appreciate your support in Kilnamartyra. The Castle Grounds hosted the SFC match, Ballincollig v. Ilen Rovers and the Intermediate game Kilnamtyra v. Ballinora recently and the pitch stood up well. The club would like to thank all those who helped on a day when the weather was poor; your efforts were much appreciated. Vandalism has reared its ugly head again with damage to the dug-outs, the fence and the car park barrier. The Gardaí are pursuing the matter and other options are being considered.
U-14s; Macroom played Aghinagh in a challenge match and recorded a good win. Aghinagh were short some players but provided a good contest. Daragh Hogan saved a well struck penalty. Conor Coleman, Darren Sweeney, Ronan Morey and James Slattery scored classy goals.
U-12Bs; Macroom travelled to Kilnamartyra to play their 2nd league game. Macroom cannot use their ten leading players and had to recruit some U-11s for the occasion. Despite the disparity in size the younger and smaller Macroom team played with fire and skill. The final score was Macroom 2-5 to 4-7 for Kilnamartyra.
U-11s Macroom travelled to play Nemo Rangers in a league game. 2 teams lined out and both games were played in a very sporting manner. Team A had a very close battle with very little between the teams throughout the match; they lost by 4 points in the end. Team B played a fantastic game and ran out comfortable winners. The standard of football displayed by the 23 lads in both games was excellent, with huge improvements made in the past few weeks. The players, parents and the coaches all went home very happy.
U-10s; Macroom won both games against Canovee in Carrigadrohid on April 14th.
U-9s: They gave a great display against Bantry in Castle Grounds on April 14th.

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M and J. Kelleher jersey presentation to Laochra Óg ©

 Laochra Óg

Our youngest club players started back training at Teerbeg with our dedicated trainers. Thanks as always to Michael and Nora Mc Carthy Glenview Motors for their continued support to our club by providing playing fields for our members. Laochra Óg U9 boys had their first hurling match against Cloughduv in Clondrohid Community astro pitch. They played three 15 minute, very good competitive games. We would like to thank our sponsors, Niall Murphy Tarmac and Clondrohid Community Recreational Facilities Ltd, for the use of the astro pitch. Thanks to Maria and Connie Healy, Healy's Spar Clondrohid who presented the new U16 jerseys to Laochra Óg and to M & J Kelleher filling station in Clondrohid. Thanks to Gerard and Brid for supporting our club and becoming one of our new sponsors for 2018. Wishing them and the team a sussessful season ahead.
Development Draw winner of €360 John Cotter, Macroom and the seller’s prize €25 went to T.P. Cotter's Bar, Macroom. Thanks to all our parents, guardians, club members for your time and continuing support in getting the new season up and running. Thanks to all our sponsors who have supported us in getting this far and to our new sponsors going forward in the coming seasons.

Macroom FC

U16 Local Cup, Macroom 2 Blarney Utd 1.
A keenly contested cup tie saw Macroom advance in a fine game featuring two well drilled Premier league sides. All the goals came late on as some excellent defending throughout had spurned the many attacking attempts. Macroom took the lead through a fine goal from Daniel Cotter who rounded the keeper to slot home. Blarney responded to level matters and it looked like extra time. However, there was one more chance and a ball fizzed across the box was fired home by Patrick Barry. Best for Macroom were David Hunt, Lawrence Asling and JK Long.
U14 Local Cup, Rockmount 1 Macroom 4.
This was a satisfactory away win for the U14 side. Kacper Smardz had Macroom ahead early on with a close range finish and it was 0-2 at the break after Ryan Leahy's long range effort outsmarted the Rockmount keeper. The visitors were now very comfortable and the third goal arrived midway through the second period. Here, Ryan Leahy struck for his second after Daire McMahon had been fouled just outside the box. The home side did pull a goal back but Macroom finished the scoring with the hard working McMahon notching a deserved fourth. Fine performances from Ronan Morey, Mark Hunt, Dylan O' Riordan and Jack Devine.
U7 and U8 Boys. Both of these teams have been training weekly since September and all players have been having great fun while learning some of the basic skills of Association football. An average of 40 players have been turning up in all sorts of weather which shows great interest from parents and players alike. Also, the coaches putting in the work at all Academy levels deserve high praise. The format of these non competitive grades is that games are arranged by the Cork Schoolboys league from April onwards so players can gain the experience of playing against other teams. Macroom FC Under 7s travelled to play Lakewood last week and had a fantastic time. The Under 8 game away to Wilton Utd was not played due to torrential rain but over the coming weeks there will be plenty of games taking place and all parents are encouraged to come along and support the teams.
Macroom FC Schoolgirls on Tour: Last week the Republic of Ireland U19 womens team entertained Spain in an international match at Turner's Cross. Over 40 girls from Macroom FC availed of a great opportunity to see international football up close. It was a great evening out and was fully enjoyed by all attendees. Many thanks to Roy Desmond, Martina Twomey and Lelia Murphy who co ordinated the trip. This is another example of the large interest in girls soccer thoughout the Macroom club. Macroom Town U12 girls travelled to play Ballincollig recently and lost out 5-1. Maisie Murphy was the goalscorer in which all players displayed a great attitude throughout. The other U12 team took on Leeside and had another convincing win. Goals from Aoife Murphy, Avril Manning, Lisa O' Donovan, Olivia Wozniak and Joanne Kelly keeps Macroom at the top of the table.
A recent Inter league tournament featuring teams from Dublin, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Wexford, Waterford and hosts Cork was held. Macroom players Caoimhe O' Brien, Molly Murphy, Maisie Murphy, Aoife Murphy and Saorlaith Murphy represented the Cork team. This was a great day out and all players, their families and all club members are delighted to see Macroom FC schoolgirls donning the Cork jersey.
Adult Teams: With midweek fixtures now in full swing the two adult teams have been busy recently. Macroom A travelled to Rylane and came away with a fantastic 1-2 victory. This was a really important win as it propelled Macroom towards to top of the division with the possibility of promotion very much alive. Last Friday another away fixture was not as fruitful as hosts Buttevant won 2-0. However there is still a good chance for this young team if they can grab as many points as possible from their 5 remaining games. Macroom B hosted league leaders Lakewood Athletic at the Town Park and won convincingly by 4-1. Darren Dineen was in great form in monsoon like conditions and his goals allied to stout defending from Mark O' Callaghan and Gordon O' Sullivan ensured victory. Consistency of both available personnel and performance has been a problem for the 'second team' this season. And much changed line ups have fallen to subsequent defeats to Ard Na Laoi and Innishvilla. The team lie in 6th place in the division 3 league.

Macroom Golf Club

Championship of the Course: 1st Gerard Galvin (14) 43 pts, 2nd Garret Irish (17) 41 pts, 3rd Noel O'Flynn (13)41 pts Best gross Pádraig O'Connor (sc) 34 pts, Senior Tony Lancaster (23) 39 pts
14/15 April Club Singles 1st: Michael O'Mahony(17) 42pts 2nd: Garrett Irish(17) 41pts 3rd: Ronan Brett(14) 40pts
Fixtures: 17th April: Club Seniors Scramble 10.30am. 19th April American Golf open Qualifier 21st April Club Singles 22nd April Club Singles + SWAP DAY to Beaufort GC