Lee Valley Outlook v15e9 May 3 2018

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Aghinagh Comhaltas hosts Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí May 9 – 13 ©Lee Valley Outlook
Lee Valley Diary

Flag Day for Autism on Thurs May 3rd.
Pat Shortt - ‘How’s Tings!’ at Riverside Park Hotel on Sat 5th May at 8:00pm
Coachford Players production in GAA Hall Sat, Sun and Mon, May 5, 6 and 7, 8.30p.m.
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 8:45am.
Donoughmore Bealtaine Dance in Community Centre on Sun. 6th May, 9 to12 midnight.
Croí na Laoi walk Mon. May 7th from Cooleen @ 11am
Kilmichael Pitch and Putt Introductory evening in Annahala, Wed May 9 at 7pm.
Kilmichael Soccer Race Night on Fri 11th May at 8:30pm in Dromey’s Bar
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 CANCELLED.
Darkness into Light - Inchigeela: 5km walk for Pieta House 4.15am Sat 12th May from the GAA Grounds.
Lee Valley Speakers Tues May 15th and June 5th at 8pm in Castle Hotel
Mass for Families: in Clondrohid Church, Sat. May 19 at 7.30pm.
Macroom Senior Citizens Summer holiday to Cavan, Sun May 20th to Fri. May 25th.
Kilmichael Cemetery Mass on Mon 28th May at 8pm in Macloneigh Cemetery.
Independence Museum Kilmurry opening hours Fri Sat and Sun 2pm to 5pm for 2018.
Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí May 9 – 13
Tribute to Tadhg Kearney Wed. May 9, 7.30p.m. at Auld Triangle.
Oíche Amhránaíochta Thurs. May 10, 9p.m. at Riverside Park Hotel
Sean Nós Dancing in GAA Hall Fri. at 6.00 pm
Official Opening in the Castle Hotel Fri at 8 pm
Oíche Amhránaíochta on Sat at 9p.m. in the Castle Hotel’s Next Door Cafe
Fleadh Céilí Sat at 9.30 p.m. in Crookstown Hall
Aifreann as Gaeilge in Macroom Church Sun. at 10.30 am.
Macroom Library
Storytime 12 midday Saturdays.
National Herb Week talk May 4th at 11.30am.
Closure. Saturday May 5th for May Bank Holiday
Creative Writing Group Tues. May 8th at 6pm.
Bridge Club May 9th at 10am.
Ciorcal Cainte May 10th at 11.30am
Music Morning on May 11th at 11am with Eddie Hogan.
Purlies on May 17th at 11.30am with visitors from Dunmanway library.
Juvenile Book Club May 19th at 3pm
Ciorcal Cainte on May 24th at 11.30am with Seán Ó Sé
Anti Litter Judging in Macroom
1st Period, May 14th - 23rd. Estates: Glenties and Sally Gardens
2nd Period, May 28th - June 6. Estates: the Hermitage and Millbrook
3rd Period, June 11 - 20. Estates: Ros Álainn and Sullane Weirs.
Macroom Senior Citizen Bealtaine Events
Tues. May 15, 9p.m. Social Evening in Fr. Ryan Hall
Wed. May 16, 3p.m. Sing Along in Fr. Ryan Hall
Sun, May 20 – Fri. 25 Holiday in Cavan.
Weekly: Mondays 11a.m. Art and Craft; Thursdays: 10a.m. Bridge; 8.30p.m. Bingo; Fridays: 2p.m. Line Dancing.
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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Aghinagh Comhaltas Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí 2018 Committee ©

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí 2018

All roads lead to Macroom on the weekend of Saturday May 12th and Sunday May 13th, when the town hosts what is the biggest county Fleadh Cheoil in the country. Secretary, Teresa Dennehy, says that around 1,200 musicians, singers, storytellers and dancers will be competing over the weekend. Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí promises to be a most entertaining weekend and preparations are currently well under way. There will be live music, song and dance as Aghinagh Comhaltas play host to this county competition for the fourth time. The Fleadh features competitions for individuals, grúpaí cheoil, ceílí bands and dancers, with qualification for Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan and possibly Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda later in the year as the prize for the winner.
There will be other events and activities in the town in the days leading up to the weekend’s competitions. The Fleadh gets underway on Wednesday night, May 9th,with a tribute to former Comhaltas member and renowned musician, Tadhg Kearney, in the Auld Triangle, commencing at 7.30 pm. On Thursday night there will be an Oíche Amhránaíochta in the Riverside Park Hotel, Casadh an tSúgáin, starting at 9 o’clock. On Friday evening at 6.00 pm there will be Sean Nós Dancing Competitions in the GAA Hall in the Castle Grounds.
The official opening of the county Fleadh takes place in the Castle Hotel on Friday night at 8 pm with a music session to follow and a celebration of 40 years of Aghinagh Comhaltas. Though small in number, this is a most active Comhaltas branch. On Saturday, starting at 10.00 am., competitions for the U12 and U15 age groups will be held at Bishop McEgan College and at De la Salle College. On Saturday night, at 9p.m., there will be an Oíche Amhránaoíchta with the nationally renowned Máire Ní Chéilleachair in the Castle Hotel’s Next Door Cafe. On Saturday night also, a Fleadh Céilí will take place in Crookstown Hall with Tim Joe and Ann starting at 9.30 pm. On Sunday there will be an Aifreann as Gaeilge in Macroom Parish Church at 10.30 am. Competitions for the 15-18 year olds commence at 10.30 and senior competitions also take place, place in both McEgan college and De Le Salle College. Céilí band competition will take place in the Sports Hall in Macroom Community Leisure Facility in the Castle Demesne. Access to all competitions can be had by purchasing a wrist band which covers all the days activities. For €5, one can sit in on the competitions of their choice and have a wonderful day’s entertainment. Everybody is encouraged to come along and see for themselves the magnificent talent that there is throughout the county.

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Mark McMillan, winner of award for Best Sound Design on ‘The Burying Party’ at New York Film Awards. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Sound Man, Mark!

Mark McMillan, well known as an exceptional sound man to producers of musicals, dramas, concerts and theatrical extravaganzas in the Lee Valley, has earned international recognition by winning Best Sound Design award for ‘The Burying Party’ at New York Film Awards 2018. The one-hour, World War 1 film was also a prize winner in LA and has been nominated for Melbourne. Though set and filmed in Flanders, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Suffolk, the sound design was recorded in the Lee Valley. Sound design, he explained, is ‘if you close your eyes, the sounds would not only transport you to a location but also to a period in time’.
A Scot by birth, Mark has always been immersed in music and sound. He found early employment as a guitarist on BBC radio and later worked with music publishers and a recording studio, leading him to composition, musical arrangement and production and sound engineering. With firsthand experience of both performing and producing, Mark opened his own studio where he composed music and sound for promotional videos. He then spent ten years travelling the world, always gravitating towards musicians and sound technicians. Arriving in Ireland at the start of the recession, he wisely decided to upskill, studying Music Technology at UL and earning a Masters degree.
When he went looking for work, Anne Dunne, Manager of the Briery Gap, gave him the opportunity to transfer his skills and experience into the theatre environment. He became part of the team doing sound for all the Lee Valley Enterprise Board productions, including Murder at Shandy Hall and Sir Henry. Mark has recorded and done musical arrangements for Patrick Bergin, while making contacts which led to doing sound production and post production for film.
He is particularly grateful for the warm welcome he received in Macroom and the opportunities accorded him. He loves life in the Lee Valley and would like to get even more involved with creative projects in the area. A possibility is creating a service where he takes recording equipment to locations like churches, schools etc to record performances. He can later work on production, e.g. overdub string arrangements or other acoustic or electric instruments. He remains forever open to learning new things, trying new things and experimenting. He may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Two Macroom Students for Apprentice Chef Cook Off

Suzan Aslanoglu from St Mary's Secondary School and Jack Granville, Mc Egan College, are among 27 young chefs from Munster and Leinster who have been selected for the final cook off of Apprentice Chef 2018. On Friday, 4 May, the Apprentice Chef Programme, which is supported by Flogas Ireland and Fáilte Ireland, will feature on RTE’s very popular Nationwide at 7p.m. Then, on Thursday, May 10, at IT Tralee, the students will don their chef whites and spend the morning in the college’s professional kitchens creating their individually designed dishes.
Since October 2017 over 800 students have enjoyed a series of demonstrations and workshops as part of the programme which aims to promote the importance of healthy eating to enhance physical and mental wellbeing, encourage young people to consider a culinary career to help combat the current chef crisis in Ireland and contribute to the development of self confidence and self esteem. The finalists have been mentored by accomplished chefs and supported by a nutritional therapist. Each dish created by the students must have a “Good Mood Food” influence. The standard of dishes produced by participants is extremely high.
All finalists receive a specially commissioned Ambri chopping board, a Just Cooking cookbook and their Apprentice Chef monogrammed chef uniform. The Supreme Apprentice Chef will also enjoy a styling session at Easyfood Magazine HQ this summer and receive the unique perpetual trophy.

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Macroom Tidy Towns Group working in Cork St., in front of Oakwood, laying a base for a new shrubbery. ©Con Kelleher

 Anti Litter

This year’s Anti Litter Challenge will run during May and June. There will be 3 judging periods and 2 estates will be nominated during each period. A negative marking system applies: there are 100 points to start and points are deducted for each piece of litter found. One mark is lost for each piece of litter and 10 cigarette butts will also cause the loss of a mark. 90% of the marks are applied to the town centre streets.
1st Judging Period, May 14th to May 23rd. Estates nominated for judging are Glenties and Sally Gardens
2nd Judging Period, 28th May to June 6th. Estates are the Hermitage and Millbrook
3rd Judging Period, June 11th to June 20th. Estates are Ros Álainn and Sullane Weirs.

St. Mary’s

Careers & Course Evening. St Mary’s held a very successful Careers& Course evening on April 19th. The CAO change of mind facility opens on May 4th, therefore Leaving Cert students are preparing to finalise their course choices for Third Level. Representatives from UCC, CIT, NUIG, Tralee IT, UL, WIT, Cork College of Commerce & Mallow College of Further Education were present on the night to offer invaluable advice to students. Fourth year students, at this time of year, are also in the process of choosing the subjects they will study for their Leaving Cert. St Mary’s were extremely fortunate to have 70 past pupils available on the night, many of whom are still in college and others who are employed in various sectors, ranging from engineering, business, accounting, teaching, childcare, I.T, science & pharmaceutical areas, to medicine, occupational therapy, speech & language therapy, interior architecture, hairdressing, graphic design, the defence force, law, the humanities and much more .Those past pupils who are working have forged extremely successful careers for themselves, are real ambassadors for St Mary’s and are excellent role models for the students. These past pupils were available to offer guidance to students, ranging from their first hand experiences of college life and courses, along with job roles, career progression &job opportunities. The school staff would like to express their thanks to these amazing past pupils, who give so freely of their time to help our students. The past pupils who return every year do so because they found the careers evening to be hugely beneficial & informative when they were in St Mary’s; therefore they are very eager and willing to pass their wisdom on to the next group of students coming through the school. It was a hugely successful evening and students left with a greater clarity around the subjects to choose for their senior cycle and the courses to choose for Third Level.
School Fundraiser. The school had a very enjoyable fundraiser recently in the Castle Hotel. Lorraine Costello, a sixth year parent, gave a very practical demonstration on novelty cake decoration, where she designed a handbag out of a cake. We thank Lorraine for making a second cake that was shared with the audience. Eileen O’Brien from Kinsale Garden & Flower Club worked on ten fabulous floral arrangements, both classic and contemporary, with a witty narrative. The cake and all the floral arrangements were raffled at the end of the night. Many thanks to both demonstrators for their generosity. This light entertainment was enjoyed by all who attended and we hope to build on it in the future.
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Junior Cert Metalwork Pupils at McEgan College with their examination projects ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates.

Cork Young Filmmakers Success. On Friday April 27th, a very eager group of TY students took part in First Cut! Youth Film Festival in Youghal. There were many other secondary schools taking part in the competition. Their film was the result of hard work and determination. Their initial film disappeared when the hard drive crashed and the students were devastated so they had to reshoot the entire film again. This was not ideal as there were time constraints and a genuine concern that maybe the essence of the first production might be lost. The students however rose to the occasion and made a valiant effort under pressure. The awards were based on an audience adjudication and indeed their film got a fantastic response. The students came second in the competition. They were delighted. Thanks to Mr Butler who accompanied the students on the day, Ms Ní Laoire who worked with the students in this workshop and above all, to the staff of the Cork Film Centre, who worked tirelessly in the making of the film and brought their idea to fruition.
Construction Studies McEgan College past pupil, Michael O’Brien, recently spoke to pupils of Construction Studies about his position as BIM (Business Information Manager ) with BAM Ireland and his career to date. He told the students, Dean Granville, Hugh Murray, David O'Leary, Robin Kiss, Roland Almasi, Oisin O'Neill, Patrick Kavanagh, Anika Roberts, David O'Riordan & James O'Sullivan, about how technology is changing the Construction industry.
Metalwork Students from McEgan College have completed their Junior Cert Metalwork projects with the assistance of their teacher, Mr. Tim Dennehy. The Higher Level project was a Model Snowcat and the Ordinary Level project was a Model Jeep. All projects were completed to a very high standard.
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Ardilaun Guides with their Guide and scout friends from the UK at the Awesome Walls during the Easter holidays. ©

 Macroom Library

The annual Bealtaine Festival begins at the start of May with a range of events taking place across the country throughout the month to celebrate the arts and creativity in older age. It is a festival that supports rich creative life for all older people. Booklets of these events are available in the library. Purlies Knitting Group will meet on May 3rd at 11.30am. New members are very welcome. To help celebrate National Herb Week, the library will be hosting a talk on ‘Herbs that Grow on your Doorstep,’ on May 4th at 11.30am. We would love for you to come along to listen to speaker Aurora Plannells tell us all about the native, wild herbs that grow all around and that we use every day. Closure. The library will be closed on Saturday May 5th as it will be the May Bank Holiday weekend. You can renew your books by popping into the library at any time with your library card before May 5th, over the phone at 02642483, or online at https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services
The Creative Writing Group will meet on May 8th at 6pm. The Bridge Club are due to meet on May 9th at 10am. New members are always welcome. Ciorcal Cainte will resume on May 10th at 11.30am with Nora Levis. This is a chance to have a friendly chat with other Irish speakers over a lovely cup of tea. Fáilte roimh chách. Music Morning will take place on May 11th at 11am with Eddie Hogan. Purlies Knitting Group gets together once again on May 17th at 11.30am and will be joined on the day by their fellow knitters from Dunmanway library. We can't wait to see what new ideas these two talented groups will come up with when they join forces. The next meeting of the Juvenile Book Club takes place on May 19th at 3pm for a discussion on the book, 'Tall Story' by Candy Gourlay. There will be a special Ciorcal Cainte taking place on May 24th at 11.30am when we will be joined by Irish singing legend, Seán Ó Sé, for a performance of traditional music and songs. Fáilte roimh chách. 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. Before you leave, be sure to browse through some of our new children's books that we recently received.
A copy of the Register of Electors is available in the library for members of the public to check to see if they are registered to vote. To vote in the upcoming referendum, you must be registered by May 8th. Application forms for registration are also available in the library.
Music Morning. Tom Seacy presented the April Music Morning at Macroom Library and delighted the huge audience . His selection included Carnival of Venice with John Wilbraham; Your Tiny Hand is Frozen from Puccini’s La Boheme; Margaret Burke Sheridan singing O Breathe not his Name; Róisín Dubh; Seul sur la Terre from Dom Sebastien by Donizetti; Think of Me sung by Kenneth McKellar and Tornami a Dir che m’Ami from Don Pasquale. Louis Browne sang Because I Love you so and Glasgow Orpheus Choir performed an Eriskay Love Lilt. Agnes Baltsa promised There Will be Better Days and Paddy Homan sang the Bells of Shandon . The final song in a most uplifting musical session was Ave Maria from Verdi’s Otello, sung by the inimitable Maria Callas.

‘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!

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Launch of Crookstown Vintage 30th birthday festival, attended by John Madden, National President of the Irish Vintage Society. Brendan Grace will perform at a concert in Crookstown Hall on August 11 and open the festival on August 12. ©


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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.

Kilmurry Stay Fit for the Future Better Balance Better Bones program starting Thursday 3rd May. Pre Booking is essential - Barry O Connell at Cork Sports Partnership 021-4347096.
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, as well as a 9 km walk, on Sunday, May 6th. Funds raised will purchase and install Defibrillators in the parish. The event will commence from Kilmichael Bar, Dromleigh, registration at 12 noon and vintage run and walk at 1:30 pm . Entry fee €20 for Vehicles. €10 for walkers; children under 15 free. 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.
Croí na Laoi. Last walk of present series on Bank Holiday Monday May 7th. Meet at Cooleen @ 11am to walk the 12km Loop. Walks will resume in the autumn.
Kilmichael Pitch and Putt Introductory evening to Pitch and Putt will be held at the club house, Annahala, on Wednesday the 9th of May at 7pm. Lessons will be given and all are welcome to an enjoyable evening.
Bealnamorrive Walk of Hope CANCELLED.
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.
Kilmichael Soccer . Kilmichael Rovers FC are hosting their annual Race Night on Friday 11th May at 8:30pm in Dromey’s Bar. You can buy a horse of any club member for €10. Guaranteed to be a great night out. Thank you for supporting Kilmichael soccer.
Ballinagree N.S. Parents’ Association are hosting a Charity Clothing Collection for NCBI (National Council for the Blind Ireland). Donations can be delivered to Ballinagree N.S. on Saturday May 12th 3-4pm and Tuesday May 15th 2-4pm. They will accept previously loved clothing, linen, curtains, belts, handbags and shoes (paired) in a large plastic sack. No cushions, duvets, pillows, socks or underwear please. NCBI process all donations, sell garments in their 98 shops nationwide and recycle what they cannot use for resale. Ballinagree N.S. and NCBI appreciate your support.
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.
Lee Valley Speakers will meet on Tuesday May 15th and Tuesday June 5th at 8pm in the Castle Hotel Macroom. Anyone interested in learning about public speaking is welcome.
Kilmichael Cemetery Mass, organised annually by Kilmichael Historical Society, will take place on Monday 28th May at 8pm in Macloneigh Cemetery. Everybody welcome.

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Presentation to Frank Honohan and Seamus Twomey at Donoughmore G.A.A. Club Social at Blarney Castle Hotel, with left, Patsy Foley, Chairman and right, Bernie Honohan, Secretary. ©

 Donoughmore GAA Club held their annual social at Blarney Castle Hotel recently. Presentations were made to two of the club’s long serving members. Frank Honohan, long serving selector on the Cork Ladies Football team, was honoured for his many years of service and hard work on behalf of Donoughmore GAA. and Seamus Twomey was lauded for the many years he spent coaching young players and promoting Scór na nÓg at St. Lachteen’s N.S.
Kilmurry Clean Up. Lissarda Scouts organised a spring clean in April. They worked very hard in Warrenscourt woods as unfortunately, it’s very bad with litter bugs. They served refreshments in Kilmurry Museum afterwards, with candy floss for the kids and really highlighted the amount of work that needs to be done to clean up our countryside. Pics in next Outlook.
Macroom Tidy Towns' Committee is planning to paint portions of the wall in Cork St., in front of Oakwood, lay a path and plant new shrubbery, similar to that west of the Grotto on the north side of the road. This project will enhance the area and give a good first impression to our visitors from the east.
Inchigeela Tidy Towns will be out every Tuesday evening from now on - meet in the village on Tuesday 8th from 7pm on. New volunteers most welcome!
Independence Museum Kilmurry opening hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 2pm to 5pm for 2018
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: April 15. Jackpot €1,150. Numbers drawn 05, 28, and 36. No winner. €50 Liam Curtin, Model Farm Road. €20 each: Barry Reardon, Coachford. Kitty Horgan, Oughterra. Johnny & Rita O'Sullivan, Ballinagree. C&M&M&A, c/o Martin Hubbard.
April 22. Jackpot €1,300. Numbers drawn 10, 12, and 40. €50 Con Casey, Mid Cork Pallets. €20 each: Eileen O'Shea, Coolkisha. Johnny & Rita O'Sullivan, Ballinagree. Denis Lynch, Knockrour, Béal na Marbh. Stephen Spillane, Ballinagree.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto Results 18/4/2018. Jackpot €2000. No winner . €70 Don McCarthy, Bealnamorrive. €20 each: Ann McSweeny, Carrigphooka. Donie Kelleher, Moulnahorna . Secret Seven, c/o Catherine Murphy. Gobnait Goggin Moulnahorna.
25/4/2018. Jackpot €2200. No winner . €70 Eleanor & Kathleen, c/o Bingo €20 each: Maureen Hurley, Dunmanway. Tim McCarthy, Carriganima. Saoirse Kelleher, Kilvoultra. John O’Callaghan, Ballingeary
Kilmurry GAA lotto results. April 10. Jackpot €1,200. Numbers drawn 15,36,40. No winner. €50 Aoife O Callaghan. €20 each: Jackie Spillane Jim O Mahony Brendan O Leary Anthony Crowley Ursula O Donovan
April 17. Jackpot €1,400. Numbers drawn 6,17,40. €50 Ryan Healy . €20 each: Pat Payne, Mary&Margaret, Mona O’Riordan, Tim Holden
Macroom FC Lotto 16/4/18. Jackpot €5, 200. Numbers drawn: 17, 19, 35. No Winner. €80 Samantha and Sharon c/o Fudge. €20 each: Margaret Dineen c/o Lar's, Matty McDonagh c/o Swanky, John O' Connor c/o June's, Jennifer Creedon c/o Noel.
23/04/16. Jackpot €5, 400. Numbers drawn: 15, 27, 30. No Winner. €80 Tim O' Leary c/o Golden's. €20 each: Paul Renniger c/o Lar's, Pat O' Riordan Snr c/o P o' R, Ollie Murphy c/o Mary Anne's, Michael Burns c/o T.P.s.
30/04/18 Jackpot €5,600. Numbers drawn: 19, 20, 21. No Winner. €80: Maisie c/o Brian. €20 euro: Chrissie O' Donoghue c/o Hound, Toes c/o Lar's, Nancy Pyper c/o Hound, M and J c/o Janet.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 17/04/2018. Jackpot €8.600. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 1-25-28. €70 Des McGarvey, Coolcower €20 each: Anne Hurley, C/O Mc Carthy's Newsagents. Pat O'Connor & Denny Moloney, C/O Murray's Bar. O'Mahony Family, Cork Street. Margaret Buckley, Next Door Cafe. Naoh O'Connell, Railway View.
24/04/2018. Jackpot €8.800. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 4-14-33. €70 Denny Lynch, Castle Street €20 each: Sean Cronin, Ardilaun. Jennifer Murphy 9 Cork Street. Eileen Kenny. C/O Pat Crowley, Town Hall. Moira Creedon, Bawnmore. Danny Murphy, Codrum.
Coachford AFC Lotto: Results 23/4/2018. Jackpot: €2,600. Numbers Drawn: 10 – 34 – 35. No Winner. €40 Eileen Buckley. €20 Noreen Barry Murphy, Margaret O’Shea, Kathleen & Nikki, Eddie Twomey (Yearly Ticket).
30/4/2018. Jackpot: €2,800. Numbers Drawn: 2 – 32 – 34. No Winner. €40 Peggy Enneguess. €20 John Moynihan, Keith Linzell, Jim Bergin, Margaret O’Shea.

Lee Valley Updates

Transforming Our World

Clondrohid N.S. 5th class pupils have emerged as regional finalists in the Transforming Our World Irish Aids Awards 2018 initiative for primary schools across Ireland. Fifth class children have been learning about the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development 2015-2030 and the work of Irish Aid in partnership with developing countries. The Clondrohid children researched, discussed, planned, created and presented inspiring, informative and thought provoking projects which have qualified for the regional finals, which will take place in the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, later this month.

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5th Class students at Clondrohid N.S. present their projects on Transforming Our World Irish Aid 2018 ©An Scoil

Clondrohid Updates

World Meeting of Families: Clondrohid parish will have a Celebratory Mass for Families in Clondrohid Church on Saturday night May 19 at 7.30pm. All family members will be most welcome. Come along and take part in this celebration and enjoy the chat and cuppa and refreshments later in the Community Hall.
Parish Pastoral Council: There was a great turnout last Monday night in the Community Hall. Fr. Wickham gave a synopsis of what a parish pastoral council entails. Many spoke and asked questions and a few suggestions were discussed. The main theme on the night was one’s love for one’s parish and how best to encourage more families to attend Mass. A further meeting will be held in September when a committee will be formed, with further meetings on a regular basis. More chat, discussions, and suggestions will hopefully take place in the Community Hall after the special Family Mass on Saturday night May 19.
Cloyne Diocesean Pilgrimage to Knock: will take place on Sunday, May 13. Bookings to Noel Lynch 026 45194. Bus going via Clondrohid
Macroom Pro Life: Keeping the 8th Amendment in the Constitution (protecting the lives of the unborn babies and mothers ). If you would like to take part in giving out information and joining the canvass for a No vote, please contact Mary Twomey 086 3299375, Rosarie O‘Leary 086 8154288 and Peter Scanlon 087 2243019.
Muinefliuch Fundraiser: Muinefliuch NS Parents Association would like to thank all those who took part in their 5km fun run on April 29. A great crowd supported the event and everyone enjoyed the day. Well earned refreshments were served in the school after, followed by a bumper raffle. Thank you to everyone who helped out on the day and to all local businesses for your kind donations to the raffle.
G.A.A. Congrats to the U 16’s who had a great win over Macroom on a score line of 3 12 to 2 7. Well done to the U 8’s who had a great day out last Saturday at a blitz in Rusheen with Aghinagh and the Dohenys.

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Kilbarry NS and Inchigeela NS rugby players at the Cork Primary Schools Touch Rugby Blitz in Pres College Rugby Pitches, Wilton with Munster players Simon Zebo and Brian Scott. ©

Inchigeela Updates

Walks. Last walk of present series on bank holiday Monday May 7th. Meet at Cooleen @ 11am to walk the 12km Loop. Walks will resume in the autumn.
Inchigeela Tidy Towns will be out every Tuesday evening from now on- meet in the village on Tues 8th from 7pm on. New volunteers most welcome!
Confirmation Day. The Bishop of Cork and Ross, Most Reverend John Buckley, officiated at the Parish Confirmation on April 18. In a packed church, Bishop John concelebrated Mass with our Parish Priest, Father O Mahoney, for the 37 children, their families and friends. There were children from 3 parish schools, Inchigeela, Ballingeary and Kilbarry. At first, gifts were brought to the altar symbolising aspects of school life, like sport art and music etc. The hymns were sung beautifully by the young people. It was nice to hear that the Irish Language was not forgotten in the ceremony, with many of the prayers and hymns being sung beautifully as Ghaeilge. The Bishop, in his homily, spoke of the strength and confidence needed by all, going out into the world and of the importance of retaining ones faith and principals. He emphasized the importance of the home and parental input into the moulding of the young person for the world. Much credit is due to all involved for the great preparatory work done for the special day and for the children’s lovely art-work, on the theme of Pentecost, that decorated the church walls. Bishop John, of course, is a son of this parish and is proud of his Iveleary roots. Born in Graigue, the next townland to that of Inchigeela church, he was ordained in1965, he served as President of St Finbarr’s College, Farranferris and was consecrated as Bishop of Cork and Ross in 1997. Bishop Buckley returns regularly to take part at parish ceremonies like the Mass in the graveyard and at historic Carraig an Aifrinn. In his younger days, he was a fine hurler and still keeps up an interest in road bowling, which he learned in Inchigeela.
Darkness into Light. Inchigeela hosts its 5km Walking into Light event on Saturday May 12th. The walk begins at 4.15 am at the Football pitch and will proceed to the grotto in Rossmore and return.
Trócaire. If there are any Trócaire boxes still out, you are asked to return them to the church as soon as possible, so that your donations can be put to good charitable use.
Tidy towns. The volunteers will meet every Tuesday evening from now on- starting on May 1st Meeting at the boat slip in Graigue from 7pm onwards.
Bímis ag Caint. Beidh an Ciorcal cainte ar siúl ar feadh tamaillín eile. Why not join in at Creedon’s on Thursdays at 8.30pm.
Junior A’s There was a good start to the Junior As campaign with a win over Inniscarra in the first round .Score 2-14 to 1-10 Well done to all.
Blazing Saddles. The Munster Vintage Motor Cycle and Car Club had their annual “Inchigeela Run” over the weekend. As usual Creedon’s Hotel is their base from which they take a trip of about 100 miles into West Cork and back on Saturday, followed by a short local spin on Sunday. It is interesting to see these lovely old bikes, polished and pampered, all together in the village and to see the care they are given by their owners.
Cuckoo. I think I heard the first cuckoo sneezing a week ago. It’s a tough old bird that can tolerate the Irish weather. The swallows seem to have cancelled their flight !

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‘Per Verse’ cast members, Joe Scanlon, Peter Dineen and Pat Lehane, in rehearsals for this weekend’s play in Coachford. ©Peter Dineen .

Coachford Updates

World Premiere A new Derry Cotter play will make its World Premiere in Coachford during the May Bank Holiday weekend. The play, ‘Per Verse’ is one of two great plays that Coachford Players will bring to the stage in the GAA Hall in Coachford on Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights, May 5, 6 and 7. ‘Per Verse’ by Derry Cotter and ‘The Nightingale and not the Lark’ by the esteemed Irish playwright, Jennifer Johnston are two plays that will entertain audiences. ‘Per Verse’ while having its first outing on stage for the author, is also the first play that long time actor with Coachford Players and the Briery Gap Theatre Group, John McCaffery, will direct. Veteran director, Anthony Greene will take charge of the ‘Nightingale and not the Lark’ production. The plays will take to the stage at 8.30pm each night. Admission is only €10 and includes a glass of wine or a cup of tea and coffee.
ACR Heritage. The Aghabullogue Coachford Rylane Heritage group will launch their book on the history of Coachford Pantomimes next Saturday, May 5th at the Coachford Player’s One Act Plays in the GAA Hall at 8pm. The book is a terrific account of the legendary Coachford Pantomimes that entertained thousands from all over Cork and Munster in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. The Coachford Pantomimes were well ahead of their time and laid the path for many other communities around the country to stage world class productions in local halls all over the country.

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Members of Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Society with their Cork County Community Award. ©Peter Dineen .

 Greenshine at Toon Bridge

Local act, Greenshine, are delighted to be returning to Toons Bridge Cafe, one of their very favourite venues, to play on Sunday 13 May. Advanced booking from 087 4161791 is advised as seating is limited. Since last playing at Toons Bridge, the trio have seen their star rise, especially since the recent launch of their new single Dandelion Seed. The song is gathering the most amazing reviews in every quarter. It is currently No.1 in the RTE Radio1 Airplay Chart and is entering its 4th week on the stations playlist - no mean feat for a band of independent musicians who record in their tiny home studio outside Macroom. The song has been gathering fans near and far and the kudos are rolling in. On the strength of Dandelion Seed, the trio was asked to perform live on the Today with Seán O’Rourke Show on RTE Radio1, which brought their music to 312,000 listeners. Greenshine are also appearing at the Right Here Right Now Fest at the Cork Opera House as guests of Iarla Ó Lionáird and Steve Cooney on June 3.


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Diarmuid Canty with Emer O'Leary, Activities Manager, CareChoice Nursing Home, Macroom. © Con Kelleher

The Big Snow 1947 and Other Matters.

Diarmuid (Dermot) Canty was born in 1938 and his clearest memory from childhood is of the Big Snow of 1947. He lived in Enniskeane until January 2017 when he moved to CareChoice Nursing Home, Macroom. We all remember Storm Emma in March 2018 and the hardship and distress it caused. The snow and ice of those freezing days brought Diarmuid vivid memories of the Big Snow of 1947 and of conditions prevailing in Ireland in his early years. Recently, Diarmuid, a lucid, perceptive and intelligent man, told me his story and recalled the White Winter of 1947 when he was 8 years old.
Kielnacrunnagh (Kilnacranagh) – ‘the church of the wood’ - is a town-land about one mile from Enniskeane. Jeremiah and Mary (née O’Neill) had a 60 acre farm and were blessed with five children. Theresa, the eldest, born in 1936, married in Boyle, Co. Roscommon and sadly passed away last year. Diarmuid was 2 years younger; stayed at home when he was fourteen, remained a bachelor and farmed all his life. Perry was next and his children did well; one is a dentist and another is a solicitor in Cork city. Kathleen (O’Shea) lived in Shandangan, Carrigadrohid, and Anthony emigrated to England where he worked in building and maintenance.
Fianna Fáil and De Valera were elected to government in 1932 and they withheld the ‘Annuities’ from Britain. The UK retaliated by imposing tariffs and the ensuing Economic War lasted from 1932 to 1938. World War 2 started in 1939 and lasted 6 years. Ireland was neutral and those war years here were called ‘The Emergency’. Both periods left the country in a very depressed economic state. Rationing was still in place. Most of West Cork did not yet have electricity; – rural electrification did not reach Enniskeane until New Year’s Day, 1960. Other infrastructure was basic; the roads were rudimentary and private motorised transport was for the select few.
When Diarmuid was young, the farm was ‘mixed’ and his parents had tillage, milked cows, raised fat cattle and had some pigs. Life was tough and frugal but it was so for mostly everybody. Heating was provided by open fires, and hot water bottles heated the beds. Cooking was done on a range or on an open fire. Blocks and turf were used for firing, and logs were often sticking out of the fire, to prolong their life. Few had running water in the house and the toilet was outside. Children walked to school and people generally travelled on foot, by bicycle or pony and trap. Owning a car or tractor was ‘the stuff of dreams’.The priest, the doctor and a few others had cars. Dr Fehilly, the local doctor, used a motorbike to do his calls. Entertainment consisted of listening to the radio, playing cards, ‘scoraíochting’, going to football or hurling matches or attending the occasional dance or play.
On St Patrick’s Day, 1943, De Valera, as Taoiseach, addressed the nation in a radio broadcast that became famous. The oration was later called ‘The Ireland that we dreamed of’, in which he extolled the virtue of ‘a people, satisfied with frugal comfort, who devoted their leisure to the things of the spirit – a land whose countryside would be bright with cosy homesteads...... the contest of athletic youths and the laughter of happy maidens’. De Valera’s idyllic vision was perhaps lived out in the Enniskeane, and other similar places in the Ireland of the 1940s. Diarmuid’s contention is that people were happier and friendlier then; they had the time and the willingness to help each other. Very few had money or material comforts.
January 1947 was exceptionally cold and an Arctic wind swept through Ireland and Britain. Munster and Leinster had been affected by the snow since mid January and the bad weather gradually extended nationwide. On Monday the 24th of February a major Arctic depression approached the Cork and Kerry coast and advanced to cover the whole country. It released a very heavy fall of snow, up to 4 ½ feet in the Enniskeane area. The Blizzard of February 25th was the greatest single snowfall on record and lasted for almost fifty consecutive hours. Other locations of the country had much greater depths of snow. The winter of 1946/1947 was the coldest and harshest winter in living memory. Snow fell on 20 – 30 days of the fifty between Jan. 24th and March 17th in various parts of the country.
The Canty family was snow-bound and school was suspended. How did they cope? Diarmuid said that his family was lucky as their 2 storey house was in good order. They fed their cows and milked them. Water was available too although the top of the well froze and the ice had to be broken. They also had a plentiful supply of meat. When needed, either John Shorten or Stanley Howe, local butchers, were summoned to kill an animal, most often a pig; the meat was salted and stored in barrels. Furthermore, the train to West Cork was still in action and stopped at Ballineen. Goods – about 90% in the late 1940s - were transported by rail but the advent of the lorry was changing this practice. One of Diarmuid’s tasks during the Big Snow was to walk to the village and get flour, with which his mother was able to bake bread and their diet was reasonably good.
Horses were the farmers’ essential friends and the Cantys had two. However they were unable to take them out during the Big Freeze. If a horse’s foot sinks into the snow, the area above the hoof freezes and makes the horse useless, and exposes it to losing the frozen leg and thus death. They got a loan of a donkey from Ben Shorten, a neighbour and, using iron wheels, the donkey was able to perform many tasks. The hardest part of the journey was to push, pull and cajole the animal to the main road, which was mostly passable because of tracks made by the occasional lorry or bus. The round 2 mile trip to Enniskeane and back could take four hours.
Diarmuid recalled the difficulties encountered when a neighbour died in Bandon hospital. The hearse was able get the body to Murragh Cross but no further. Jack Giles, a local farmer, completed the transport of the man’s remains to the church on the back of his tractor. It took three weeks before the snow began to melt. Barretts in Coppeen reported that in one shady spot at the rear of their premises, snow was still visible at the August week-end. Stories emerged of the effects of the snow. A céilí was reportedly held on Lough Key, Roscommon, and people danced on the frozen lake. Almost all road and rail traffic ground to a halt. Severe rationing was introduced and half of Dublin’s homes had no firing. Thousands of sheep and cattle died of hunger and exposure. A CIÉ rescue convoy was sent into Connacht with provisions. Perhaps one of the saddest incidents occurred in Kimmage, Dublin. A water-filled 100 feet deep quarry in Sundrive Road had frozen over and children played on it. Gardaí were unable to keep them away and on Sunday March 2nd, 1947, about twenty children were playing a game of ice hockey and the ice broke. Six fell in and three lost their lives in the freezing water. They were aged 16, 13 and 8.
The snow gradually melted and life returned to normal. Diarmuid returned to school after two months; the building and heating were not very good. Although he was a clever scholar, he ended his formal education aged fourteen, in 1952. His parents decided to keep him at home and that was the end of the matter. Electricity became available in Enniskeane in 1960. This transformed life in Ireland, urban and rural. The next biggest progressive step was mechanization. Diarmuid got his first car, an Austin A40, in 1966 and he bought a Massy Ferguson 35 tractor in 1967 for £500. Macklin’s Garage, Bandon, supplied both. Farming was advancing too and he became a dairy farmer almost exclusively. Production methods and incomes improved and Ireland’s accession in 1973 to the E.E.C/The Common Market, now the E.U., accelerated this process.
There have been many ups-and-downs in farming over the years. In one period Diarmuid remembers that the price of calves was very low. A neighbour brought two calves to Bandon Mart and was unable to sell. He met a friend and tied up his crib outside a pub when he went for a drink with his pal. On returning to the crib he now had four calves instead of two. Diarmuid is delighted to see the improvements in farming but reckons that to farm properly nowadays, one requires at least 100 acres, good land and a deep ‘back pocket’. He is very sorry for what his colleagues have suffered this winter with the wetness, storms, Emma’s snow and the wetness again. Although life is so much better in many ways, he reckons people before were kinder, more helpful and that they were happier.
Life in CareChoice is very pleasant and he is thrilled with the kindness and attention he is receiving. He has many visitors and has made new acquaintances and friends. His mind and memory remain crystal clear, especially his recollection of times long ago, and he is very correct in his recall of detail. It was an education and pleasure to meet Diarmuid and I wish him many years of contentment and happiness in his new home.
Emer O'Leary, Activities Manager, CareChoice Nursing Home, helped with the compilation of this article. Thanks also to Colum Cronin, Coppeen, and Bernie Whyte, Enniskeane, for their interest and information. By Con Kelleher

Poetry Corner

April 26th was National Poetry Day and was celebrated with readings of favourite old poems and new compositions throughout Ireland. Macroom Library hosted a very successful poetry morning in conjunction with the fortnightly Ciorcal Cainte. The large gathering enjoyed recalling poems they learned in school and newer creations. This prompted the idea of having a Poetry Corner in the Lee Valley Outlook. We will be pleased to publish your favourite poem in Irish or English as well as encouraging aspiring poets to submit their work. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Since we once learned ‘the cuckoo comes in April and sings his song in May’, we will lead off with William Wordsworth’s ‘To the Cuckoo’, in the hope of encouraging the ‘darling of the spring’ to sing in this inclement weather. Our second choice is the short Irish poem, Subh Mhilis le Séamas Ó Néill.

To the Cuckoo by William Wordsworth
O blithe New-comer! I have heard,
I hear thee and rejoice.
O Cuckoo! shall I call thee Bird,
Or but a wandering Voice?

While I am lying on the grass
Thy twofold shout I hear;
From hill to hill it seems to pass,
At once far off, and near.

Though babbling only to the Vale
Of sunshine and of flowers,
Thou bringest unto me a tale
Of visionary hours.

Thrice welcome, darling of the Spring!
Even yet thou art to me
No bird, but an invisible thing,
A voice, a mystery;

The same whom in my school-boy days
I listened to; that Cry
Which made me look a thousand ways
In bush, and tree, and sky.

To seek thee did I often rove
Through woods and on the green;
And thou wert still a hope, a love;
Still longed for, never seen.

And I can listen to thee yet;
Can lie upon the plain
And listen, till I do beget
That golden time again.

O blessèd Bird! the earth we pace
Again appears to be
An unsubstantial, faery place;
That is fit home for Thee!
Subh Mhilis le Séamus Ó Néill
Bhí subh mhilis ar bhoschrann an dorais
Ach mhúch mé an corraí ionam a d’éirigh.
Mar smaoinigh mé ar an lá a bheas an bhoschrann glan,
Agus an lámh bheag ar iarraidh.


How’s Tings - Pat Shortt's brand new tour with a variety of brand new characters explores all tings Irish!

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is role in the TV Drama “Small Town” and will shortly be seen in cinemas playing the lead role of Harry Hambridge in the hilarious comedy caper movie “The Flag”.

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Sports Mad

Cork win first Minor Camogie Title

Cork 0-18 Galway 1-11
Cork moved through the gears in the final quarter to get the better of Galway and claim the All-Ireland Minor A Camogie title by 0-18 to 1-11 in MacDonagh Park, Nenagh. This is Cork’s first victory in the grade since it was changed to U18 from U16 in 2006, and it was secured by virtue of an all-round team performance, with eight different contributors to their 18-point tally.
The Leesiders began well, moving into an early three-point lead after Ciara O’Sullivan took a pass from Cliona Healy to score in the opening minute. Points from Healy (free), Emma Murphy and Hannah O’Leary put some daylight between the sides. Galway brought things level with a great goal and went into the lead briefly, before Saoirse McCarthy landed a whopping point from a 60m free and it was nip and tuck from there to the interval when it was 0-8 to 1-5.
McCarthy and team captain, Moira Barrett edged Cork ahead once more but Galway got their noses in front by the 38th minute and stretched the lead to two. Cork have finished strongly in most of their games and they found another level, to turn this game on its head. The introduction of Rachel O’Regan had a huge impact, scoring two points and setting up another for Fiona Keating. McCarthy continued her accurate shooting from placed balls to confirm a memorable Leeside success.

Cork Win Division 2 Camogie League Final

Final Result: Cork 0-8 Westmeath 1-4
Cork managed to reverse their group defeat to Westmeath to win the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 2 title for the second year in a row by the narrowest of margins. It went down to the wire, as Westmeath’s 24th minute goal from a 20m free gave them hope, having fallen five points behind. Another point brought them closer but Cork defended magnificently in the last eight minutes of play. After a slow start, Westmeath trailed by three points at the break. Caroline Sugrue had opened the scoring for the Rebels and Katelyn Hickey, Keeva McCarthy and Rachel O’Shea (free) gave them a 0-4 to 0-1 interval lead. McCarthy was very unlucky not to add a goal but her effort struck the crossbar. In the second half, Sugrue and Greville exchanged scores but when McCarthy (45) and substitute Kate Wall found the target, Cork were in a strong position. And though Greville found the target from another free, Hickey’s second point restored what was a healthy advantage in the context of this game. Westmeath proved a tenacious bunch however and redoubled their efforts, keeping Cork scoreless for the remainder of the game and almost reeling their opponents in. But the silverware was headed Leeside for the second consecutive season though and that will be a boost too for Paudie Murray’s crew, as they look to go one step further in the second tier Championship, having lost the last two Finals
Scorers for Cork: C Sugrue, K Hickey, K McCarthy (1 45) 0-2 each; R O’Shea (f), K Hickey, K Wall 0-1 each
Cork: A Lee, L Weste, S Harrington, N O’Callaghan, S Hutchinson, J Barry, Katie McCarthy, L Callanan, S Buckley, R O’Shea, K Hickey, A Kavanagh, Keeva McCarthy, R O’Callaghan, C Sugrue. Subs: K Wall for McCarthy (44), R Keane for Sugrue (60)
Semi-final Result: Cork 1 – 13 Kilkenny 0 – 9
Cork came out on top in the semi-final battle with Kilkenny on April 22 to book a place in the Division 2 Final of the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League against Westmeath on April 29, who saw off Dublin by 3-10 to 1-6 to become finalists.
Cork laid the foundations for their triumph with a magnificent defensive effort in the first half, led by skipper Sarah Harrington and Lauren Callanan. They faced into a very strong wind in that opening period, but, thanks to the stout rearguard effort, led at the interval by 0-7 to 0-6. Keeva McCarthy, Katie Wall, Caroline Sugrue, Rachel O’Shea and Niamh O’Callaghan were among the scorers for the Rebels. With the wind aiding their efforts after the restart, Cork put some daylight between them and the Cats, by virtue of a point from Sugrue, three long-range efforts from frees by McCarthy and a brilliant score by Katelyn Hickey. And when Rachel O’Callaghan hand-passed to the Kilkenny net seven minutes from time, it was all over.

No Six in a Row for Cork Footballers

Mayo 1-20 Cork 3-12
Cork missed out by two points to earn a place in the Lidl Ladies NFL Division 1 final, spoiling their six-in-a-row dreams, while their opposition, Mayo, are in their first ever final.Sinead Cafferky scored the vital Mayo goal, while denying Cork a goal at the other end. Mayo had a combined 0-16 haul from forward stars Sarah Rowe and Grace Kelly en route to the decider. Playing with the strong wind, Mayo took the lead in the first minute when Grace Kelly pointed from a free, with Orla Finn, who scored 1-9, replying for Cork. Sarah Rowe restored Mayo’s lead, before Cork then took over. Ciara O’Sullivan and Finn pointed in quick succession and with six minutes gone Libby Coppinger goaled for Cork, after some good work by O’Sullivan and Eimear Scally. Finn got her third point, to make it 1-4 to 0-2 with seven minutes gone. Sinead Cafferkey replied for Mayo, with Ciara O’Sullivan on target for the Rebels. Two from Rose made it 0-5 to 1-5, before Coppinger was fouled by Emma Lowther, but Sorcha Murphy saved Scally’s shot from the resultant penalty. Finn scored from a free, but for most of the rest of the first half it was all Mayo. Four from Rowe, along with three from Grace Kelly, made it 0-14 to 1-6. Cork were thrown a lifeline when Finn got their second goal and just before half-time she pointed to make it 2-7 to 0-14 at the break in favour of Mayo. Clodagh McMahon opened the scoring in the second-half for Mayo, with Finn replying for Cork. Four minutes into the second-half and Cork were back in front, when Aine O’Sullivan set up Coppinger for her second, and Cork’s third goal, to make it 3-8 to 0-15. Mayo responded in style, with points from Fiona McHale, Rowe and Grace Kelly to go back in front. Finn had the sides level again, with Rowe putting Mayo back in front, with 11 minutes to go. With 21 minutes of the second-half gone the vital score came when Gilroy and McHale combined to set up Cafferky to make it 1-19 to 3-9. Finn and Grace Kelly exchanged points, with Eimear Scally and Finn getting late scores for Cork. But Mayo hung on to reach the final, where they will face Dublin in two weeks. Dublin had the narrowest of wins in the other semi-final when they defeated Galway 2 – 8 to 2 – 7.
Scorers for Cork: O Finn 1-9 (5f), L Coppinger 2-0, C O’Sullivan 0-2, E Scally 0-1.
Cork: M O’Brien; M Ambrose, E Meaney, E Spillane; M O’Callaghan, M Duggan, S Kelly; A Hutchings, B O’Sullivan; C O’Sullivan, C Collins, O Farmer; L Coppinger, E Scally, O Finn. Subs: A O’Sullivan for M Ambrose, A Barrett for S Kelly.

GAA Cork County Championship Draws 2018

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
Round 3 (16 teams) qualifiers to date: St Finbarrs, Castlehaven, Valley Rovers, St Nicholas, Carbery Rangers, Nemo Rangers, Bishopstown, O’Donovan Rossa, Ballincollig, CIT, Duhallow and the five winners of the Rd Two games.
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
Round Three qualifiers to date: St Vincents, Nemo Rangers, Bandon, Éire Óg, Newmarket, Fermoy, St Michaels, Naomh Abán, and three winners of Rd Two games.

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 1-7 Adrigole 2-10
(D) Millstreet 1-17 Clonakilty 1-6
(E) AGHABULLOGUE 1-17 Ballydesmond 1-6
(G) Kildorrery 0-9 Glanmire 0-8
(H) Carrigaline 0-16 Youghal 0-18
(I) GRENAGH 1-9 Glanworth 1-6
(J) Kinsale 1-9 Mitchelstown 2-11
Round 2 (Losers from Preliminary & Round 1) Carrigaline v Mayfield, Glanworth v Glenville, Ballydesmond v Clonakilty, Glanmire v Gabriel Rangers, Kinsale v Ballinora, Rockchapel a bye
Round Three Qualifiers: Knocknagree, St Finbarrs, Adrigole, Millstreet, Aghabullogue, Cill na Martra, Kildorrery, Youghal, Grenagh, Mitchelstown, Rockchapel and winners of five Rd two games.
Aghabullogue 1 – 17 Ballydesmond 1 – 7
The final scoreline suggests an easy victory for the Mid Cork men but the reality was quite different. The teams were level at 0-5 each at half time, and Ballydesmond kicked a goal and a point early after the restart to go four points clear. The Duhallow men then suffered a big blow with the loss of county star Donncadh O’Connor and aided by the strong wind, Aghabullogue got down to the business of putting points on the board. They held Ballydesmond scoreless for the remainder of the game until injury time and point by point eliminated the deficit and continued scoring to go six clear. A goal in injury time was the icing on the cake for Aghabullogue who can now concentrate on hurling and the upcoming first round tie with Ballygarvan.
Ballydesmond had wind advantage in the first half but play was very even and the teams matched each other point for point before Donncadh O’Connor kicked over twice to give his side the edge. In the final minutes of the half, Mathew Bradley had a brace to bring Aghabullogue level.
A goal for Ballydesmond on the resumption was a shock and the Duhallow men added a point to go four points clear. Undaunted, Aghabullogue knuckled down to work and with their midfield of Seán O’Sullivan and Aidan BarryMurphy excelling the attack got good ball and kicked over ten points without reply. Mathew Bradley was outstanding oncec again and got fine support from John Corkery and Evan O’Sulllivan. Sean O’Sullivan had their goal in the final seconds of normal time.
Aghabullogue scorers: Seán O’Sullivan 1-0, Mathew Bradley 0-7 (0-3f), John Corkery 0-5, Evan O’Sullivan 0-2.
Aghabullogue: David Moynihan: P Twomey, D Merrick, Jerome Corkery: Billy Casey, Paul Ring, M Dennehy: Seán O’Sullivan, Aidan BarryMurphy: John Corkery, Evan O’Sullivan, Mathew Bradley: David Thompson, Patrick Finnegan, Ian BarryMurphy. Subs: Alan Hogan, Ryan Dennehy, Niall BarryMurphy, M Long.

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) Douglas 3-19 Killeagh 1-9
(B) Midleton 0-19 Bishopstown 0-12
(C) Sarsfields 1-18 Ballyhea 1-14
(D) Erins Own 4-21 Bride Rovers 2-13
(E) Blackrock 1-19 Carrigtwohill 1-12
(F) Glen Rovers 4-20 Killeagh 1-9
(G) Bandon 2-15 Na Piarsaigh 0-15
(H) Newtownshandrum 2-14 Kanturk 0-15
(I) Newcestown 1-13 St Finbarr's 0-14
Round 2 Ballymartle v Ballyhea, Bride Rovers v Na Piarsaigh, Kanturk v Bishopstown, Killeagh v St Finbarrs, Carrigtwohill a bye.
Round Three qualifiers to date: UCC, Imokilly, Douglas, Midleton, Sarsfields, Erin’s Own, Blackrock, Glen Rovers, Bandon, Newtownshandrum, Newcestown.

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round 1
(A) Mallow 0-20 Cloyne 2-11
(B) Fermoy 2-16 Carrigaline 0-16
(C) Kilworth 1-9 Charleville 1-14
(D) Fr O' Neills 3-8 Aghada 0-10
(E) Ballinhassig 1-22 Watergrasshill 0-15
(F) Castlelyons 0-19 Youghal 1-15
(G) Valley Rovers 2-14 BLARNEY 0-11
(H) Courcey Rovers 3-18 INNISCARRA 0-19Round 2 (Losers from Round 1)
Inniscarra v Carrigaline, Kilworth v Aghada, Watergrasshill v Blarney, Cloyne v Youghal
Round Three qualifiers to date: Mallow, Fermoy, Charleville, Fr O’Neills, Ballinhassig, Castlelyons, Valley Rovers, Courcey Rovers.
Inniscarra 0 – 19 Courcey Rovers 3 – 18
In ‘a game of two halves’ at Ballygarvan, Inniscarra won the toss but elected to let Courceys play with the strong wind in the first half and found themselves 3-14 to 0-6 in arrears at half time. After an opening point from David O’Keeffe for ‘Scarra, Courceys had hit a massive 2-10 without reply by the 16th minute. With points from Michael Coleman, Seán O’Donoghue and Paul Farmer, Inniscarra got back on the scoreboard but on the stroke of half time Courceys young forward Sean Twomey pounced for his third goal to open up a huge seventeen point gap gap between the teams.
Inniscarra came thundering back at the South East men in the second half and hit nine points without reply after an early Courceys point. With ten minutes remaining it was 3-16 to 0-18 after Inniscarra had little luck when Seán O’Donoghue’s rasping shot hit the Courceys post when a goal seemed likely. Thereafter Courceys steadied again and were in control to the end.
Inniscarra scorers: M Coleman 0-8 (frees), P Farmer 0-4 (frees), C Rice 0-3, S O’Donoghue, D O’Keeffe, O McCarthy and S O’Mahony 0-1 each.
Inniscarra: John O’Keeffe: C Lombard, Cathal Griffin, John O’Callaghan: S Olden, Paul Farmer, Seán O’Donoghue: Liam Ó Riain, A McCarthy: Colm Casey. Padraig O’Donoghue, Dan O’Connell: David O’Keeffe, Michael Coleman, O McCarthy. Subs: S O’Mahony 16, Ciarán Rice h/t, E O’Connor 52.
Blarney 0 – 11 Valley Rovers 2 – 14
Valley Rovers repeated their 2017 win over Blarney, this time not in Páirc Uí Chaoimh but at the more humble P Uí Rinn. The first half was very competitive and it waqs all square after an exciting opening quarter. Martin Coleman was hurling well for Blarney and the tourist village side hit the front 0-8 to 0-6 but then conceded a goal to the Valleys. It was close at half time 1-7 to 0-8 and at the three quarter mark only a goal separated the teams, 1-11 to 0-11. Valleys finished strongly, two points followed by their second goal and they were in control to the finish as Blarney failed to add a score to their tally in the final quarter.
Scorers for Blarney: M Cremin 0-4 (0-3f), D Whyte, M Coleman and P Philpott 0-2 each, D Hanlon 0-1.
Blarney: Conor Murphy: Cormac O’Mahony, Paul O’Leary, Conor Power: Seán McSweeney, Joe Jordan, Alan McEvoy: Martin Coleman, Ray Murphy: Declan Hanlon, Peter Philpott, Mark O’Leary: Mark Cremin, Danny Whyte, Colin Murphy. Subs: Michael J Shine 41, Shane Mulcahy 49.

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Preliminary Round: Dungourney 1-13 Douglas 0-10
Round 1
(A) Dungourney v Milford
(B) Ballygarvan v AGHABULLOGUE
(C) ÉIRE ÓG v Sarsfields
(E) Kildorrery v DRIPSEY
(F) Argideen Rangers 2-9 Castlemartyr 3-17
(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 0-15 St Catherines 1-17
Round 2 (Losers from Pre Round & Rd 1)
Douglas v G, B v H, D v A, E v J, Grenagh v L, K v I, C v Argideen Rangers
Round 3 qualifiers to date: Castlemartyr, St Catherines
Grenagh 0 – 15 St Catherines 1 – 17
Grenagh went down to a five point defeat to St Catherine’s at Killavullen. St Catherines were always forcing the pace after a very tight opening quarter and led by four points at the break, 0-10 to 0-6. Two points to each side in the period immediately after half time maintained the four point gap at ther 40thminute but Granagh then had points to cut the gap to the minimum 0-14 to 0-13 as the final quarter dawned. A goal for
the East Cork men at this stage was the decisive score and they stayed on top to the finish.
Grenagh scorers: S Cronin 0-4 (0-2f), S Bourke 0-3 (fs), A O’Neill 0-3, P BarryMurphy, T Kenny, A Duggan, P McSweeney and K Cummins 0-1 each.
Grenagh: C Buckley: A Kiely, Kelvin Cummins, P McCarthy: A Duggan, Gerry Russell, M O’Riordan: K O’Neill, P BarryMurphy: Adrian O’Neill, Sean Bourke, Seamus Cronin: L Walsh, Tom Kenny, Peter McSweeney. Sub: A Buckley.

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football Championships

U21 A Football Champions: Kilmurry(Éire Óg)

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Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh who defeated Macroom in the U-21B Muskerry Football Final in Cill na Martra ©Con Kelleher

Mid Cork U21 B Football Championship Final

Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 3 – 8 Macroom 1 – 12
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, with twelve of the team which played in last year’s C championship final defeat to neighbours Iveleary, won a marvellous Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 B football championship final at Kilnamartyra. The Ballingeary men led by a point at the interval, 2-3 to 1-5, after the teams had twice been level in the first half and it was level again the three quarter mark at 2-5 to 1-8. Macroom went two points in front only to be brought back to equality again by the 55th minute and the game then took a dramatic turn in favour of the winners when Macroom had a man dismissed, for a second and rather harsh yellow card, and immediately Donagh Seartan banged in his second goal to give Béal Átha the advantage in the home straight. Macroom cut the gap back to a single point but Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh, who had an outstanding game at midfield, fittingly had the final score to ensure a hard earned but merited victory and a second ever B title for his side.
Goals win matches and certainly won this game for Béal Átha. Their first came in the 14th minute when Enda Ó Luasa passed to Donagh Seartan and the latter ran through the centre of the Macroom defence before slotting home to give his side a 1-1 to 0-2 lead. Earlier Macroom had claims for a penalty denied, Mark Corrigan had made a superb tackle to dispossess a Béal Átha attacker and then Jack Ó hUrdail kicked over from close range when another goal seemed likely. In the 18th minute the sides were level at 1-2 each when Ethan O’Gorman found Eolan O’Leary with a defence splitting pass and the Macroom man buried the ball in the Béal Átha net. Macroom joy was short lived however as within minutes Shane Ó Críodáin earned a penalty after being knocked in the Macroom goalmouth, and for the third consecutive game Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh buried the spot kick to put his side back in front.
The third goal, the ultimate match winner, did not come until late in the game and after some very exciting play. Macroom had fought back to be level by the 29th minute with points from Cathal O’Riordan, Cillian O’Donovan (his second) and Eolan O’Leary but the deadly dou of Donagh Seartan and Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh combined for the latter to ease the winners in front by the minimum before the break, 2-3 to 1-5. Macroom had kicked seven first half wides, Béal Átha only two! On the resumption Macroom fought back with points from Mark Corrigan, Don Creedon and Seán McMahon in answer to two pointed frees from Seartan and it was 2-5 to 1-8 at the three quarter mark. Points from Alan Quinn and McMahon sent Macroom clear, Donagh Seartan replied with a brace for the Gaeltacht men – all square again with four minutes remaining and both teams giving of their all. Then came the crucial Macroom dismissal, followed by a poor kick out from the Macroom goal which was swooped on by Seartan who then took a return pass from Jack Ó hUrdail before belting the ball to the Macroom net. Macroom to their credit fought back against the odds and two points from Cathal O’Riordan frees had only a point between the teams as the game went into injury time but Béal Átha were not to be denied now and the Ó Loinsuigh late point was the match clincher.
Scorers: Béal Átha’nGhaorthaidh: D Seartan 2-4 (0-2f), C Ó Loinsuigh 1-2 (1-0 pen).S Ó Críodáin and Ó hUrdail 0-1 each. Macroom: E O’Leary 1-1, C O’Riordan 0-3 (frees), C O’Donovan, S McMahon (0-1f) 0-2 each, E O’Gorman, M Corrigan, D Creedon, A Quinn 0-1each.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Conor Ó Buachalla: Shane Ó Laoire, Enda Ó Luasa, Seán Ó Riordáin; Ciarán Ó Laoire, Daire Ó Ceallacháin, Brian Ó Tuama; Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh, Shane Ó Criodáin: Ronán Ó Loinsuigh, Donagh Seartan Jack Ó hUrdail: Gavin Ó Laoire, Seán Ó Muimhneacháin, Barra Ó Buachalla. Sub: Criostóir Ó Rinn for B Ó Tuama 55.
Macroom: Kevin Condon: Cian Twomey, Paul O’Farrell, Ryan Creed:[U1] Seán McMahon, Jack Cronin, Mark Corrigan: Caleb Dinneen, Cillian O’Donovan: Don Creedon, Alan Quinn, Blake O’Gorman: Cathal O’Riordan, Eolan O’Leary, Ethan O’Gorman. Subs: Robert Healy for B O’Gorman inj. 17, Jack O’Riordan for J Cronin 45. Referee: Mr Pat O’Leary, Kilmurry.
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Donoughmore who defeated Kilmichael in the Muskerry u21C Championship final ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U 21C Football Championship (13 a side) Final

Donoughmore 4 – 6 Kilmichael 1 – 7
Three goals in the opening quarter were vital in helping Donoughmore to win their first ever Mid Cork U21 C Football championship title at Rusheen on Sunday afternoon last. With Darren Lucey rampant at midfield in that period, and Martin O’Sulllivan lethal in attack, the Kilmichael defence was under constant pressure and was regularly breached. Kilmichael to their credit fought back and despite conceding a fourth goal gave themselves hope with a goal from a Josh deLacey penalty just before the interval. On the restart, a second Kilmichael penalty shot struck the post and thereafter Donoughmore tightened up, were content to contain the opposition and remained in control to the finish against a very plucky Kilmichael side.
Two points from Josh de Lacey gave Kilmichael an early lead but in the 5th minute Adrian Looney, in full flight collected a Martin O’Sullivan cross from the right wing and made no mistake from close range. Five minutes later, Darren O’Sulllivan won possession at midfield, parted to Martin O’Sullivan who put Ben Honohan clear, 2-2 to 0-2! The third goal in the 14th minute was a brilliant individual effort from Martin O’Sullivan who dribbled the ball under pressure along the ground in from the ‘45’ and adjusted his feet before crashing a ground shot past Patrick O’Mahony in the Kilmichael goal. Two Kilmichael points were followed by the fourth Donoughmore goal in the 27th minute, Darren Lucey setting this one up for Billy Barrett. Kilmichael had a goal disallowed for a ‘square’ infringement but came back and were awarded a 30th minute penalty for a foul which saw the goalkeeper black carded and Josh deLacey tucked away the penalty to leave the score at 4-3 to 1-4 at the break.
Within minutes of the resumption, Kilmichael’s Brendan Kelleher was pulled down in the Donoughmore goalmouth but the resultant penalty struck the post and flew clear across the goal to safety. Kilmichael kept up the offensive and were rewarded with points from Cathal Foley and Ronan Murphy, 4-3 to 1-6 at the three quarter mark, but the winners priority now was to protecting their goal and this they succeeded in doing well despite losing Darren Lucey to a second yellow card four minutes from time. A late exchange of points from Jeremy Kennedy and Josh deLacey frees concluded the scoring, with Donoughmore emerging worthy winners.
Scorers: Donoughmore: M O’Sulllivan 1-2, A Looney, B Honohan and B Barrett 1-0 each, J Kennedy 0-4 (0-2f). Kilmichael: J deLacey 1-4 ( 1-0 pen, 0-1f), J McCarthy, C Foley and R Murphy 0-1 each.
Donoughmore: Michael Buckley: David Looney, Brendan O’ Callaghan: Alan Jones, Adrian Looney, Niall O’Callaghan: Darren Lucey, St John Forde: Owen Buckley, Ben Honohan, Cian Murphy: Martin O’Sullivan, Jeremy Kennedy. Subs: Josh Burton 30, Daire O’Shea 58, Colm Looney 59, Josh Twomey 59.
Kilmichael: Patrick O’Mahony: Ger Murphy, Kevin Murphy: David Horgan, Cathal Foley, Kieran Murphy: Chris O’Connell, Brendan Kelleher: Kevin Kelleher, Alan McCarthy, Jamie McCarthy: Ronan Murphy, Josh De Lacey. Subs: Luke Hennigan 29, Trevor Tobin 45. Referee: Mr Brendan BarryMurphy, Aghabullogue.

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Daire O’Shea, Donoughmore captain, receiving the Muskerry u21C Championship trophy from John Feeney, Chairman Muskerry Board. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Mid Cork GAA Championships

Championship Launch

The Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A football championship 2018 and the MJK Oils Mid Cork Junior A hurling championship 2018 were launched at Kilmurry with representatives of the sponsors and each club in the division present. Mr Jimmy Murphy, Cathaoirleach, Cumann Cill Mhuire, welcomed all present: Mr Pat Malone, Cathaoirleach Roinn Mhuscrai CLCG thanked the sponsors for their generous financial support and wished the clubs competing well. Board PRO Kevin Murphy thanked the media for the coverage given to the games on radio and in the local press.
Cloughduv are defending JAHC Champions after beating Kilmichael in last year’s decider. They are going for a third Muskerry crown in four seasons this year and start the defence of their crown against Éire Óg on May 26th in Blarney. Cloughduv won the 2017 Muskerry final in convincing fashion, and were expected to make inroads into the county championship but lost to Kilbrin.
Kilmurry, the defending champions, have the same management in place this season and led by captain Dave McCarthy, will be hoping to win the Muskerry crown for a third year in a row, having beaten Iveleary in the 2016 and 2017 decider. In 2017 hopes were high for a successful county championship run, but Kilmurry got shocked by Erin’s Own in the quarter-final.

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Launch of Muskerry G.A.A. Junior A Football Championship at Kilmurry. Club representatives with Tim Holland, Ross Oil, sponsor ©Lee Valley Outlook

Ross Oil 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 Coachford
C Clondrohid v Dripsey, Saturday May 26th at Carrigadrohid
D Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Canovee, Saturday May 12th at Coachford
E Kilmichael v Aghinagh, Friday May 4th at Clondrohid
F Inniscarra 1-10 Iveleary 2-14
G Éire Óg 1 -12 Donoughmore 0-12 aet.
2nd Round: Loser A v Loser B, Loser C v Loser D, Loser E v Inniscarra, Donoughmore – a bye
Round 3 qualifiers to date: Iveleary, Éire Óg, Donoughmore
Éire Óg 1 – 12 Donoughmore 0 – 12 aet

The Macroom Motors Mid Cork Junior A football championship got under way for 2018 with the victory of Éire Óg over Donoughmore at a cold Carrigadrohid. There was never much between the sides, 0-4 to 0-3 at half time in favour of the Ovens men, and 0-9 apiece at the end of 6o minutes. This being a game with a second chance for losers, extra time was required and in the opening half here, Éire Óg scored 1-3 without reply to put themselves in a very strong position. In the final ten minute half, Donoughmore cut the deficit in half but they could not get through for a goal and so went under. The good news for Donoughmore of course is that both teams advance to round three as the losers get a bye!
Three points from Dylan Foley and one from Paul Ryan gave Éire Óg a one point advantage at the break after an uninspiring opening thirty minutes, Leon Cogan, Tadhg Collins and Shane Sexton replying for the Donoughmore men. The second half saw Éire Óg increase their lead through Fintan Brennan only to bre brought back to equality when Gearóid O’Rourke and Tadhg Collins had points and sub Conor O’Rourke put Donoughmore in front with a 37th minute point, 0-6 to 0-5. Two points for the winners were matched by two for Donoughmore who still led with ten minutes remaining. Fintan Brennan now pointed two Éire Óg frees but Leon Cogan levelled matters two minutes from time, 0-9 each the score.
Dylan Foley was the scoring hero of extra time for Éire Óg. He gave his side the advantage with two point and a Dermot Hurley point opened up a three point gap. Just before the interval, a foul on Rian O’Flynn resulted in a penalty and Dylan Foley slammed the spot kick into the corner of the Donoughmore net. With a six point advantage it was not likely that Éire Óg could be caught now and so it proved, last ten minute points from Leon Cogan, Darren Lucey and St John Forde not sufficient to save the day.
Scorers: Éire Óg; Dylan Foley 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-2f), F Brennan 0-4 (0-2f), P Ryan and D Hurley 0-1 each. Donoughmore: L Cogan 0-3 (0-2f), T Collins 0-3 (0-1f), G O’Rourke 0-2, S Sexton (f), C O’Rourke, D Lucey and St J Forde 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: Eoin Kelleher: Denis O’Keeffe, Diarmuid Dineen, Daniel Cotter: Michael Corkery, Alan O’Mahony, Ross McCarthy: Donncha Kelly, Paul McDonagh: Philip O’Sullivan, Dermot Hurley, Fintan Brennan: Paul Ryan, Dylan Foley, Philip Hayes. Subs: Brian Hurley for P O’Sullivan h/t, David Twomey for P Ryan inj. 33, Rian O’Flynn for D Kelly 53, Patrick Twomey for F Brennan 60, Keith O’Riordan for P Hayes inj. 68.
Donoughmore: Kevin O’Riordan: Alan Twomey, Aidan Corkery, Daniel Forde: Paul Crowley, Jamie Twomey, Adrian Looney: Tommy Joe Barrett: Jeremy Kennedy: Stephen O’Connor, Leon Cogan, Darren Lucey: Shane Sexton, Gearóid O’Rourke, Tadhg Collins. Subs: St John Forde for J Kennedy h/t, Conor O’Rourke for S O’Connor h/t, Martin O’Sulllivan for S Sexton 60, Brendan O’Callaghan for J Twomey 69, Conor Kelleher for T Collins 76. Referee: Ciarán Ó Foirréidh, Cill na Martra
Iveleary 2 – 14 Inniscarra 1 – 10
Beaten divisional finalists but with a fine county championship run behind them last year, Iveleary served notice that they haven’t gone away yet and will be a major threat to Kilmurry again this season. When Chris Óg Jones scored the first of his two goals in the 20th minute, it gave the Iveleary men a 1-4 to 0-1 lead and, playing well, they were already on the road to victory. Inniscarra fought well, had plenty of possession but did not have the finish and Iveleary led by 1-6 to 0-3 at the break.
A really good goal from Chris Óg Jones two minutes into the second half left Inniscarra with a mountain to climb, but, inspired by Seán O’Donoghue, they never gave up and five third quarter points had the deficit down to five points by the 43rd minute, 2-7 to 0-8. Iveleary now upped a gear with Cathal Vaughan and Brian Cronin to the fore and they were comfortably ahead to the finish. The Inniscarra goal from Conor Buckley came too late to affect the outcome. Inniscarra now face the losers of the Kilmichael/Aghinagh first round tie – a tough challenge.
Scorers: Iveleary: C Óg Jones 2-2, C Vaughan 0-6 (0-2 ‘45’, 0-2f), B Cronin 0-5 (0-3f), B O’Leary 0-1. Inniscarra: C Buckley 1-0, S O’Donoghue 0-4 (0-2f), L Collins 0-2, J Hayes (f), D O’Connell, E Baxter, J O’Dwyer 0-1 each.
Iveleary: Joe Creedon: Barry Murphy, Daniel O’Riordan, Donal Cotter: Finbarr McSweeney Jnr., Kevin Manning, Ciarán Galvin: Ciraán O’Riordan, Seán O’Leary: Seán Lehane, Cathal Vaughan, Finbarr McSweeney: Brian Cronin, Barry O’Leary, Chris Óg Jones.
Inniscarra: Lorcan Geaney: John O’Keeffe, John O’Callaghan, Kevin O’Herlihy: Conor Buckley, Seán O’Donoghue, Jack O’Dwyer: Alan Sheehan, Aaron O’Raw: Eric Baxter, Conor Cronin, Shane Buckley: Jack Hayes, Dan O’Connell, Stephen Dornan. Subs: Liam Collins for C Cronin h/t, Cathal Griffin for K O’Herlihy 39, Adam O’Connell for J Hayes 40, Donal O’Callaghan for J O’Keeffe 54. Referee: Ted Hayes, Éire Óg.

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Launch of Muskerry G.A.A. Junior A Hurling Championship at Kilmurry. Club representatives with Gerard Kelleher, M. & J. Kelleher Oils, sponsor ©Lee Valley Outlook

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 and County Championship Fixtures

Friday May 11th IHC R1, Ballygarvan v Aghabullogue, 7.30pm ET at Ovens
Saturday May 12th IHC R1, Éire Óg v Sarsfields, 7.45pm ET at Páirc Uí Rinn
Saturday May 12th IHC R1, Inniscarra v Ballymartle, 7.00pm ET at Ballincollig,
Junior 'B' Football Championship Round 2 Junior 'C' Football Championship Round 2
Sunday May 13th @ Mallow, IHC R1, Kildorrery v Dripsey, 3.30pm ET
W/E May 20th
Munster SHC Rd 1, CORK v Clare and MMHC Rd 1, Cork v Clare at P Uí Chaoimh
Under-21 'A', County F C Round 1, U21 'B' F C quarterfinals
Under-21 'C' County F C quarterfinals, Junior 'B' Hurling Championship Round 2
W/E May 27th Munster SHC Rd 2, Tipperary v CORK and MHC Rd 2, Tipperary v Cork at Thurles
Saturday June 2nd Munster SHC Rd 3, CORK v Limerick and MHC Rd 3, Cork V Limerick at P Uí Chaoimh
W/E June 3rd @ Thurles or Pairc Uí Chaoimh, Munster SFC SF, Tipperary/Waterford v Cork
Junior 'B' County Football Round 3 Junior 'C' County Football Round 3
W/E June 17th
Munster SHC Rd 5, Waterford v CORK and MHC Rd 5, Waterford v Cork at Waterford
County U-21 'A' Football quarterfinals County U-21 'B' Football semi-finals
County U-21 'C' Football semi-finals Junior 'B' County Hurling Round 3
Wednesday June 20th @ Pairc Uí Rinn, Munster U-21 HC SF, Cork v Waterford
Saturday June 23rd Munster Senior Football Final and Munster Minor Football Final
Wednesday June 27th @ Tralee, Munster Junior Football Final, Kerry v Cork
Sunday July 1st Munster Senior Hurling Final and Munster Minor Hurling Final

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Macroom u12 Ladies Football team ©

Macroom Ladies Football

April 19th our U14 ladies had a great win over Shamrocks in the Mid-Cork league, winning 6-10 to 2-5. April 20th the U-16s were honoured for their outstanding success at "Macroom Person Of The Year 2017" Awards. They received medals from sponsor Cristoir Desmond. Club Chairman, Martin O'Brien, received an award for his invaluable contribution to the club and Ladies sports in Macroom, as did the club's "Football Mom", Ann Galvin. Ava-Rose Gallagher received the "Junior Sportsperson Of The Year" award from organiser Pat Melia. April 21st Macroom U12s defeated St Michael’s in Tom Creedon Park 3-12 to 1-1. April 22 Macroom U14s participated in Féile, gaining valuable experience.
Bishopstown 9-8 Macroom 5-11
Macroom's ladies bowed out of the U-21 C Championship on April 29th after a great battle with a stronger Bishopstown side. The score was 1-4 to 5-6 at halftime, but, even when the weather deteriorated and rain poured and thunder crashed, they fought on gamely, scoring a mighty 4-7. The result sets Bishopstown up for a clash with Naomh Abán from Baile Bhúirne. Well done to the Macroom ladies for a real gutsy game. To reach a Championship semi-final in their first year together is a superb achievement and all involved should be very proud of themselves.
Macroom 4-12 to Passage West 2-8
Macrooms U16 ladies had a crucial Mid-Cork league semi final against Passage West, one of the top teams in the division, on April 23rd. At half time in Tom Creedon Park, and after a tough first half, Macroom led 4-10 to 1-5. Passage West fought hard in the second half, allowing Macroom only two more points to their 1-3 but Macroom held out as worthy winners and look forward to yet another Mid-Cork league final against Bishopstown in September.
U8 and U10 girls are back in training - over 40 girls with coaches Jack Purcell and Concubhar Murray. Thanks to the girls, parents, coaches and all who made the night such a success and good omen for the future of ladies football in Macroom.
Hard luck to Macroom club members, Aoife Twomey and Erika O'Shea who represent us with the Cork U-16 ladies & who played in the U16A Munster championship Semi-final in Mallow on Saturday, April 28th. Full Time Score was Cork 1-08 Tipperary 3-06.
Summer Camp. Macroom Ladies Football Club is delighted to host one of the Cork Ladies Football Development Summer Camps in Tom Creedon Park July 16 - 19. This 4 day camp will be coached by some of the top Cork Senior and Minor ladies team, a great learning opportunity for our members. It runs Monday to Thursday, 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 kit and leisurewear can be purchased from the Macroom LGFC shop which is now live on the Azzurri website, under the club shops section
at http://www.azzurri.ie/Shop/Macroom-Ladies

Macroom G.A.A.

U-14 B League: Macroom 3-6, Naomh Abán 4-9
Macroom played Naomh Abán on April 20 in their first league game. Macroom had the better of the first half and perhaps should have led by more than 2-5 to 1-4 at the break. Mark Hunt and Robert Lucey each got 1-1, Ronan Morey kicked 2 points and Liam Holland scored the other. In the second half, there was no score for either side for about 15 minutes. Ballyvourney wrested the initiative about the 50th minute, rattled in 3 goals and some good points in short order. Macroom replied with a Mark Hunt point and a cracking goal from Marcin Olekski. Mark Hunt also scored a second half point. Cameron Murphy did well in goal and the backs defended stoutly for most of the game.
Panel; Cameron Murphy, Liam McSweeney, Ben O’Herlihy, Dylan Wenger, Max Wyszinski, Liam Holland,Dylan Molyneux, Mark Hunt, Brian Healy, Conor Coleman, Robert Lucey, Ronan Morey, Darren Sweeney, James Slattery, Oisín O’Sullivan, Marcin Oleksi, Cian Noonan, Manuke Kalahoope, Daragh Hogan, Nikki Leninov and Rowan Mullane.
U-12s: Macroom played Carbery Rangers in a challenge match on April 22nd. Goals before half-time put Macroom in a commanding position. Carbery put pressure on early in the second half but Macroom weathered the storm and late goals and points put the gloss on a very good performance and a fine win.
MacroomU-14s beat O’Donovan Rossa’s in the league and Macroom U-11s recorded 2 wins over Kinsale. Defeats were sustained by the Premier Intermediates in the Kelleher Shield against Nemo and by the Juniors against Naomh Abán. The Minors were beaten by Canovee and the U-16s by Clondrohid. The U-8s hosted a very successful four-club blitz on Sat. 28th. A membership night was held on Fri. 27th in the Pavilion.
Kelleher Shield: Macroom 0-8 Nemo 1-9.
Macroom welcomed All-Ireland Club finalists Nemo Rangers to the Castle Grounds. Nemo led 0-4 to 0-3 at half time. The teams were level again after 45 minutes at 0-5 each. One minute later Nemo had the ball in the Macroom net, followed by a point, to lead 1-6 to 0-5. Macroom replied with 3 points to reduce the deficit to a single point, with 7 minutes to go. Nemo added 3 points in the last 5 minutes while the home side had 3 wides. Well done on a good performance.
Team: B O’Connell, J O’Connor, P O’Farrell, M O’Donnell, M Cronin, A Quinn, M Corrigan(0-1), F Goold(0-1) D Goold(0-1), E O’Gorman(0-1), T Dineen, David Horgan(0-1), G Angland, P Lucey(0-1), A Hegarty(0-1). Subs used: O Murphy(0-1), D Creedon, D Cotter, B O’Sullivan, C Dinneen.
Junior B League: Macroom 0-5 , Naomh Abán 2-9.
Macroom lost to Naomh Abán by a 10 point margin in R1 of the league, played in Tom Creedon Park. Macroom conceded 2 early goals, and at half time trailed 0-4 to 2-6. In the second half, the Ballyvourney side added 3 further points to 1 for the home side and claimed the points.
Team: T Creedon, J Murphy, J Angland, R Creed, D Corcoran, M Cahill, C Condon, C Dinneen, J Cronin, R McSweeney, B O’Sullivan, C Hurley, C O’Sullivan, P Cronin, C O’Riordan.
U-14s: Macroom 5-7, O’Donovan Rossa 1-6.
Macroom hosted O’Donovan Rossa’s in the TCP on the 25th April. Macroom produced a very good display and were superior all through. Early scores put them in a strong position. Macroom led at half-time by 4-4 to 1-5. Our two goalkeepers were solid. Ben Herlihy and Liam Holland anchored the defence well. Robert Lucey and Mark Hunt controlled midfield and the forwards were lively and threatening. Top scorers were Mark Hunt with 4-2 and Dylan Molyneux with 1-3. Young Luke Knight (Kilmurry) refereed the game well.
U-11s: Macroom played Kinsale in the league - two games - on Sat. 28th in TCP. Macroom won both contests. The two matches were played in an excellent sporting manner.
U-8 Blitz: 4 clubs participated in a 6/7 a-side blitz. Macroom had 3 teams, Iveleary and Naomh Abán had two each and Béal Átha one. Sides played each other in rotation and the blitz was most enjoyable. The standard of play was good. Refereeing duties were shared by the clubs, and several young referees performed well. Aidan Brophy and his team ran a very efficient operation.
Minors: Were well beaten by Canovee in Carrigadrohid.
U-16s: With a very young team, and absent leading players, Macroom lost on a score of 2-7 to 3-10.
Thurs. 3rd May, Kelleher Shield, Macroom v. Mallow, 7 45 p.m. in Macroom.
Thurs. 3rd May, U-12 A, Macroom v. Whitechurch, away, at 7.00 p.m.
Sat. 5th May, U-14s Féile, In Donoughmore; v. BK Plunketts & Naomh Abán, 11.00a.m./2.00 p.m. (Group).
Sun. 6th May, Junior Bs, Macroom v. Aghinagh in Rusheen at 12 noon.
Sun 6th May, U-12 Bs, Macroom v. Ballinhassig, away at 5.00 p.m.
Mon 7th May, U-14s, Macroom v. Aghabullogue – challenge; venue to be decided.
Tom Creedon Cup Final: Saturday, May 5th at 4.00 p.m. in Castle Grounds, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v. Newmarket.

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Coachford N.S. Senior Girls’ Soccer team, winners of FAI Primary Schools 5s Cork County final ©An Scoil

Great Win for Coachford N.S.

Coachford National School senior girls’ soccer team won the county final of the FAI Primary Schools Fives tournament in a thrilling match against Ballyheada N.S at Turner’s Cross football stadium. After winning 3 - 2 in the nail biting final game of the day, the team of fifth and sixth class pupils will now go forward to represent Cork in the Munster finals in Mounthawk Park, Tralee, on May 9th. Each of the four provincial winners will then go on to compete in the national finals in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on May 30th.
The Coachford girls’ team - Edel Downey, Eimear O'Sullivan, Ailbhe Lucey, Elizabeth Long Sophie Martin, Clara Daly (Captain), Siobhan Barrow and Rachel Bowen, who have been training with their recently appointed teacher, Mr. Mark Reen, since October, are said to be “over the moon” with their win. This is the first time Coachford N.S has won the county final of the competition in more than ten years and is the first time the girls’ team has got through to the Munster finals. “It was a really exciting day for Coachford; it was completely nerve wrecking,” said Mr. Reen. The girls clawed back to win, scoring goals in the second half after being 1 - 0 down at half time. “We knew we needed to pull a goal back at half time, and once we got the second goal, we played hard to defend our lead and we held on until the end. It was a nail biting, exciting win,” said Mr. Reen.
“It’s great for the girls to get through to the Munster finals. It’s so good for their confidence. They put in such a big effort and they’re completely thrilled, they’re over the moon. Even if they don’t progress beyond the next stage of the competition, it’s great to have won the county final and to have had the experience of building team camaraderie and playing in a stadium. It’s something they’ll take with them beyond primary school,” he said.
The competition, which is run by the Football Association of Ireland in association with SPAR, has seen more than 1,495 schools and 28,576 children lace up their boots to take to pitches around the country in the last 12 months. The programme puts an emphasis on fun and inclusivity and aims to encourage female participation in sport. Mr. Reen praised the organisers of the competition and said he was impressed with the standard of play. “The event was extremely well organised by the FAI. It’s been really wet weather but it was great of them to open up the Turner’s Cross Stadium to school kids so that they could have the experience of having live crowds cheering them on. It was brilliant,” he said.

Laochra Óg

April 19 u14s had a convincing win over Kilbrittain 5-13 to 0-5. A great start for team and new sponsors, M & J Kelleher’s.
April 20th Mid Cork Pallets and Packaging presented new jerseys to the Laochra Óg U12 hurlers. We are very grateful for their support. Macroom Person of the Year awards took place in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom. Our club chairperson, Liam Slattery, won Voluntary Sportsperson of the Year 2018.
21st April U14 Féile Hurling in Cloughduv: We played the home team first in a great game. Our second game was against Lee Gaels and after a poor start, Laochra Óg ran out winners 3-3 to 1-3. It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning of Hurling in the sunshine even though we didn't qualify for the next round but all players will have learned a lot from the experience.
22nd April. Our u12 girls played 3 games in the blitz hosted by Blarney. In glorious weather they played Blarney in their first game and Blarney were the winners. In the second game, they played Rockbán. In a very evenly contested game, we came out on top. Our final game was against Inniscarra. Again a great display from all the girls and we also won. Well done to all the girls who played great in the very hot temperatures and to their parents for bringing them and staying to support. Also thank you to our sponsors Macroom Tidy Towns.
22nd April Club Development Draw. Winner of €410 was Caroline O'Donnell, Sullane Weirs, and the sellers prize of €25 goes to M. & J. Kellehers, Clondrohid. Next draw on May 6th.
April 23. Laochra Óg 6 – 11 Western Gaels 1 – 2. Our u 16s got their league campaign off to a good start with a convincing win in Ballyvourney. Well done to all on a good performance. Thanks to Coláiste Ghobnatan for the use of the pitch and our team sponsor M & J Kelleher.
24th April. Bhronn muintir Folláin geansaí nua arís ar iománaithe fé 9 agus fé 10. Tá Laochra Óg an bhuíoch leo go bhfuil siad chun fanúint linn i gcomhair ceithre bliain eile. Míle buíochas le Peadar as an subh a thug sé dos na páistí agus tuismitheoirí go léir. Tá súil again go mbeidh séasúr rathúil acu. .
25th April Our U16 girls played their first league match against St. Colums in Ballyvourney in a very evenly contested game.. Result: Laochra Óg 0.02 St Colums 0.01. Thanks to our team sponsor Healy's SPAR and Coláiste Ghobnatán for the use of the pitch and thanks to the Abbey Hotel for providing refreshments.
26th April U14 hurling league Laochra Og 6-14 Clonakilty 2-2. Brian Healy , James Burke , Eamon Meachair, Cormac Mc Carthy and Luke Duggan all taking fine scores.
u11 camogie girls played their first league game against Aghabullogue and U14 girls played their first league match against Clonakilty, preceded by Jersey Presentation with James Hickey Kitchens Result: Laochra Óg 4 3 Clonakilty 2 3
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Macroom FC Under 7 boys following their first game v Lakewood. ©

Macroom FC

U16 Local Cup. Macroom 2 Ringmahon Rangers 0.
The U16 side qualified for the quarter finals of the cup with a deserved win over Ringmahon at the Town Park. A closely contested first half saw few chances and it was 0-0 at the break. Early in the second period Macroom took the lead when inter league player Eoin Guiney was on hand to steer in a well worked corner. A few minutes later the gap was doubled when good work from winger JK Long saw Daniel Cotter apply the finish. Macroom were now in total control and saw out the remaining time with a degree of comfort and all players made a worthwhile contribution.
U16 Local Cup QF. Fermoy 3 Macroom 3 (AET). Macroom won 3-4 on penalties.
The semi final of the cup was reached in dramatic fashion when Macroom came through the dreaded penalty shoot out away to Fermoy. Daniel Cotter and Lawrence Asling had Macroom two goals ahead but Fermoy responded to leave it 1-2 at the break. The pace of the game dropped as heavy underfoot conditions had both teams tiring. In the final minute Fermoy scored to send the game to extra time. The hosts now had momentum and took a 3-2 lead in the first half of extra time. Macroom kept on trying and Daniel Cotter's pressure forced the Fermoy keeper into a handling error to leave the final score 3-3 ensuring a penalty shoot out. Patrick Barry, Eoin Guiney, Daniel Cotter and goalkeeper Steven O' Donoghue scored and O' Donoghue then saved to send Macroom into the semis.
Academy Teams:
The Under 7 team have recently played v Lakewood Athletic and St, Mary's and performed fantastically well. Our Under 8 team finally got to play their first games. They entertained Mallow Town at Murrayfield and last weekend travelled to play College Corinthians. The Under 10 side have been busy of late with games v Strand Utd, St Mary's and Ballincollig. And the U11s played v Avondale Utd and Riverstown at Murrayfield.
Adult Teams:
Macroom A hosted Bohemians knowing only a win would keep them in the hunt for the league title. A disappointing performance saw the Northside visitors record a 2-5 win. Macroom have 4 games remaining and still have a chance of finishing in the top two and possible promotion to the Premier league. Macroom B played Ballinhassig at the Town Park and were victorious on a 1-0 scoreline, with an OG accounting for the solitary goal. Next up was a trip to Millstreet to play Los Zarcos. After a cracking tie the home side were victorious 5-4. Goals from Macroom were scored by John James Healy (2), Mark Meaney and Pat Kelleher.

Macroom Golf Club

Results: 19 Apr American Golf Open Singles First Michael Brosnan 23 41pts
21/22 Apr Club Single First Stephen Quinn 16 44pts Second Tom Daly 17 42pts Third Donal Ahern 14 42pts Senior Gerard O' Flynn 23 40pts