Lee Valley Outlook v15e11 may 31 2018

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Looking West from the Hermitage in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

 Lee Valley Diary

Johnstown Mass Rock. Mass at the Commons on 31st of May at 7.pm.
St. Joseph's Young Priests Society Coffee Morning in Fr. Ryan Hall, Macroom at 10.30 am, Fri 1st June.
Music Among the Trees at St Senan's, Canon's Cross, Inniscarra Fri June 1st @ 8pm.
250th Parkrun in Macroom Castle Demesne, Sat June 2nd 9.30a.m.
Coppeen 6km fundraising walk and BBQ for Rapid Response Sat 2nd June at 5.30pm
Inchigeela coffee morning in Creedons, Sun 3rd June, after Mass.
Lee Valley Speakers Tues June 5th at 8pm in Castle Hotel
Croí na Laoi meeting in Parish Hall, Inchigeela Tues, June 5th @ 9pm.
Dromleigh N.S. open afternoon June 7th at 1:30p.m.
Moody Roots Concert in Kilmurry Museum Fri 8th June at 8pm.
"Who Wants to be a Thousandaire" for Firmount NS at Oriel House on Sat June 9
Kilmichael Family Fun Day, Sun. June 10, 2 -5p.m. Behind Kilmichael Bar.
5K Fun Run and Family Evening June 10 in Ballinagree.
Source to Sea choral celebration at St Finbarre’s Cathedral on June 10.
Poulanargid Dog Show in Kilmurry on Fri, June 15 at 7.30p.m.
Rusheen fundraising dance in Aghinagh GAA hall, Rusheen Fri June 15 at 9pm.
Charity BBQ at the Láine Bar Ballinagree Sun 24 June at 4 pm.
Kilmurry GAA Fun 5Km Run/Walk from Museum on Wed 13th June at 7:30pm.
Daniel Kingston 5K Road Race Thurs June 21st.
Charity BBQ at the Láine Bar Ballinagree Sun , 24 June at 4 pm.
Mass at St. John’s Well Mushera at 8pm on Mon 25 June.
Mushera Platform - first dance of the season Mon 25 June. 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm.
Vintage Run from Kilmurry Museum, Sun., July 22nd.
Spike Island Tour Aug 18th Bus departing Kilmurry Museum at 10am.
Terence MacSwiney weekend in Kilmurry Oct 19th to 21st
Independence Museum Kilmurry opening hours Fri, Sat and Sun 2pm to 5pm for 2018.
Macroom Library
Storytime 12 midday Saturdays.
Closure: Saturday June 2 for June Bank Holiday
Adult Book Club June 6th at 11.30am
Purlies Knitting Group June 7th at 11.30am.
Creative Writing Group June 12th at 5.30pm.
Bridge Club June 13th at 10am..
Ciorcal Cainte June 14th at 11.30am
Anti Litter Judging in Macroom
2nd Period, May 28th - June 6. Estates: the Hermitage and Millbrook
3rd Period, June 11 - 20. Estates: Ros Álainn and Sullane Weirs.

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

Macroom Road Works

A section of the N22, from the Auld Triangle to Glenview filling station in Gurteenroe, is currently undergoing repair. The work is proceeding by night, 8p.m. to 6a.m. A Stop and Go system will be in place during those hours.

Bypass Update

Under the N22 Scheme, 22kms of new dual carriageway will be constructed along the N22 Cork/ Killarney/ Tralee Road. The new dual carriageway will bypass both Macroom and Baile Mhúirne and will include: An online roundabout east of Macroom at Coolcower as well as five new offline roundabouts; 18 local road bridges and associated local road realignments; River bridges over the rivers Sullane, Laney, Foherish and Bohill, as well as a diversion of the River Owengarve and 24 farm underpasses /overpasses.
An investment of approximately €214m will be required to cover land costs, construction costs and all other costs arising. A number of advance work items have been/ are being progressed as follows: An advance fencing and site clearance contract was completed late in 2017. 3 archaeological contracts have been underway along the entire length of the new route since 2017. It is expected that on-site elements of these contracts will be completed in July/ August of this year. A detailed site investigation contract has been completed in order to assess the ground conditions likely to be encountered during the main construction works. An advance environmental works contract is currently underway. Works here include the creation of a suitable receiving environment for the long term translocation of the Kerry Slug as well as works to ensure the protection of the Freshwater Pearl Mussel which is present in the works area. This contract will be completed by August of this year.
Given the scale of the works required and the nature of the ground conditions which will be encountered on site, a 3 year construction period is anticipated for the main works. These main works are scheduled for a 2020 start in the Capital Investment Programme. However, construction start will be brought forward to 2019 if possible.

‘Leprechaun Economics’ at Briery Gap

We have now passed the second anniversary of the May 2016 fire that has left the Briery Gap closed down and Macroom Library transferred to rented accommodation. The tardiness in addressing the restoration was, at first, ascribed to concerns regarding insurance on the damaged building. But, in December 2017, Mr. Jim Molloy, Senior Executive Officer, CCC, gave an assurance that insurance would not be an issue that would delay progress.
But, as the Celtic Tiger roars back, building costs have soared and despite a grant of €250,000 being announced on February 13 2017, Cllr. Ted Lucey has now raised the spectre of a shortfall of approximately €1.5m to 2m for the refurbishment of the Briery Gap.
In 2017, Cllr. Lucey was told that Cork County Council had undertaken a competition for the procurement of a design team in autumn 2016. Schedule of works was to be as follows:
Stage 1 – Preliminary Design: Date of Appointment to End of February 2018
Stage 2 – Part VIII Planning: January 2018 to end of May 2018
Stage 3 – Detailed Design: January 2018 to end of September 2018
Stage 4 – Construction Procurement: September 2018 to December 2018
Stage 5 – Construction Works: January 2019 to December 2019
Stage 6 – Handover & Project Close-Out: December 2019 to December 2020.
Cork County Council noted that the programme periods are only indicative at this stage and that they would endeavour to have the Briery Gap Theatre available for use as both a theatre and a library prior to December 2019.
However, in a May 25th submission to the Blarney- Macroom Council meeting, Cllr. Lucey stated: It is extremely disappointing to learn of the shortfall of approximately €1.5m to 2m for the refurbishment of the Briery Gap. It has now been closed for the past two years due to fire. It is absolutely essential that the funding shortfall is found. Its closure is a huge loss to local businesses, schools, musical and drama groups from all the surrounding areas.
As I have highlighted in the past, it has been the heartbeat of Macroom and the Lee Valley area. Huge praise must be given to the board members who have continued to work tirelessly to keep a lot of events going. It’s becoming next to impossible and financially challenging to keep these shows going in the Riverside Park Hotel which is approximately 1.5km from the town centre.
I therefore request that Cork County Council explores all avenues to address the financial shortfall to ensure that this fine facility, which encompasses the theatre, cinema and library, is refurbished for the people of Macroom and the greater Lee Valley area.
To which Jim Molloy responded at the May 25 meeting as follows:
Cork County Council understands the importance of the Briery Gap to the whole community of Macroom and the greater Lee Valley. The council is currently examining how the funding short fall can be addressed. This is being done by examining what schemes that various Government Departments are currently running as well as those that they intend to run. Potential sources from European Union programmes are also being examined.
The council is also reviewing the design requirements for the Briery Gap to determine what if any potential cost reduction measures are available.
Cllr. Lucey has now requested a monthly report on progress and the Council agreed to that.

Archaeological Site at Macroom Workhouse?

On the morning of Friday, May 25, part of the road in the grounds of Macroom Hospital subsided. The opening revealed a narrow hole, approximately a metre in diameter and seven metres deep. HSE appointed workmen were immediately on site with heavy machinery and gravel, with the intention of filling the hole. But, in light of its location, immediately adjacent to the remains of the Famine Workhouse, and the obviously man-made stonework in the lining of the fissure, concerned locals tried to contact archaeological authorities as a matter of urgency. When this failed, an appeal was made to the County Council office in Macroom Town Hall and this resulted in the site being secured temporarily. A spokesperson for the County Council now says that this is a matter for the HSE. We await developments with trepidation, fearing that irreversible work will be done to fill the ‘well’ before it can be properly investigated.
We are currently celebrating the National Famine Commemoration and it would be most inappropriate that any unconsidered action be taken at this historic site without further investigation.

Celebrating 5 Years of Parkrun in Macroom

On Saturday 19th May, the VHI Roadshow with Rena Buckley came to the Castle Grounds to celebrate its partnership with Parkrun Ireland and also mark 5 years of Parkrun in Macroom. 18 Time All-Ireland Winner, Rena Buckley, joined the 97 walkers & runners for a warm up as well as a post run stretch & cool down session. VHI provided a marquee tent for the morning as well as healthy snacks and refreshments. The fantastic weather also helped mark a memorable day.
Castle Demense Parkrun takes place every Saturday morning at 9.30am. It is a free, timed 5km that you can run or walk. It is a great way to get active and there is always a good social side to it when we enjoy a cup of coffee afterwards. Go to www.parkrun.ie for all the information you need. You can also check out our Castle Demense Parkrun facebook page for updates. This Saturday June 2nd will be our 250th Parkrun here in Macroom. So we would love to see you there.

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McEgan Graduation Class 2018 ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates.

Visit to FEXCO. Our LCVP trip took us to Killorglin on the 17th of May to visit one of the great success stories that Ireland has produced. Fexco, founded in Ireland in 1980 by Brian McCarthy (a Cork man), recognised a niche in the market and decided to set up this business to assist people who had great difficulty changing their currency. Now, Fexco employs more than 2000 people across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North America, Latin America and Australia. FEXCO, which stand for the Foreign Exchange Currency of Ireland, serves some of the world’s biggest brands across multiple industries through a wide range of innovative products and services. We learned about the different departments that FEXCO operates and the products they sell and how their systems operate to service these products. It was a very interesting experience and it taught us a lot about how there is always a middle party involved with the financial transactions you make. By Michaela O`Riordan
Trip to Zipit. The second year students, accompanied by Ms. Murphy their tutor and Mr. Butler, attended a fun filled day in Zipit Farran Woods to mark the end of another successful term. Students enjoyed climbing from tree to tree at up to heights of 8 meters and zip lining distances of 150 meters. Students learned to overcome their fears of heights and also were able to walk in the beautiful nature park. A great time was had by all.

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Fourth Year group from De la Salle College with their Transition Year portfolios and certificates ©An Scoil

 Seán Ó Sé sa Leabharlann

Belying his four score plus years, Seán Ó Sé was in tremendous voice at a Bealtaine celebration in Macroom Libray on May 24. Accompanied by Johhn Whte, he opened the programme with a rousing version of The Real Old Mountain Dew,followed by his beloved bi-lingual Carrigfergus whch he learned from his great friend, Seán Ó Riada. John White sang a dedley tht included Kingston Town and Daylight Come and I want to go Home. This was followed by Will You Go Lassie, Go, Galway Bay and teh aisling, Táimse im’ Chodladh. A medley that included The Black Velvet Band, The Wild Rover, The Boys from the County Armagh, Cnocáinín Aerach Chill Mhuire and Mountmassey, was followed by Bantry Bay, before the grand finale and Seán’s signature tune, An Poc ar Buile. Throughout the performance, Seán kept his audience entertained with a series of hilarious and slightly risqué stories in which ‘an rud eile’ was a frequent ingredient.
Go maire tú céad ag amhránaíocht agus ag caint a Sheáin.

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Macroom Senior Citizens/ Active Retired Group on holiday at Crystal Hotel, Cavan. ©

Macroom Library

We would like to thank everyone who came along for the visit of Seán Ó Sé to Macroom library on May 24th. Seán was accompanied by John White on keyboard, and they both performed a number of well-loved songs, to the delight of all in attendance. Seán also told a number of funny tales which left the audience in stitches. A big thank you to both Seán and John for entertaining us all, and for helping us to bring the Bealtaine Festival in the library to a close on a high note. Míle buíochas arís.
Closure. The library will be closed on Saturday June 2nd as it will be the June Bank Holiday weekend. You can renew your books by popping into the library at any time with your library card before June 2nd, over the phone at 02642483, or online at https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services The Adult Book Club will be meeting on June 6th at 11.30am to discuss the book 'Night Falls on the City' by Sarah Gainham. This will be the final meeting of the book club before it takes a break for the summer. The Purlies Knitting Group will get together again on June 7th at 11.30am. New members are always welcome. The Creative Writing Group will be meeting on June 12th at 5.30pm. The Bridge Club will be held on June 13th at 10am. Feel free to come along and join in. The Ciorcal Cainte will resume on June 14th 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 cách. 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.
Music Morning. Eddie Hogan presented the May Music Morning at Macroom Library and it was a delightful programme, varied and interesting. It opened with the Entry March from The Gypsy Baron , played by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, followed by tenor, David Lloyd, singing All Thro' the Night. Hungarian soprano, Maria Tiboldi, sang Vilia from Franz Lehar's Merry Widow. U.S. baritone , Leonard Warren, sang Danny Boy and soprano, Marilyn Hill, and baritone, Peter Morrison, performed a duet, A Paradise for Two, from Maid of the Mountains..Placido Domingo and the Vienna Boys Choir performed Pueri Concinite. The Easter hymn, Regina Coeli, was sung by London Opera Chorus and Manchester Schoolchildren’s Choir sang Henry Purcell’s Nymphs and Shepherds. This was followed by Peter Dawson and The Floral Dance and Mozart’s Alleluia from Exsultate Jubilate. Rossini’s Thieving Magpie was followed by Arleen Auger , soprano, singing an arial from Handel’s Atalanta. Where’re you walk was sung by Kenneth McKellar. White Raven performed Beir Mé Ó. Nelson Eddy sang Steve Foster’s Come Where my Love Lies Dreaming and a lovely morning’s music concluded with Tito Schipa and Ombra Mai Fu from Handel’s Xerxes.


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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.

Night Road Works Works commenced on the N22, at the western end of Macroom, on Monday, May 28 and will continue nightly for approximately 3 weeks, 8pm until 6am. A Stop and Go system will be in place during those hours. The road from the Auld Triangle to Motors Filling Station is to be repaired.
St. Joseph's Young Priests Society, Macroom annual Coffee Morning will be held in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 10.30 am on Friday, 1st June. Our annual fundraiser promises to be a pleasant get together for coffee and a chat and a draw in aid of a good cause. Students for the priesthood at home and in the Third World depend on St. Joseph’s to support their time in Seminary as very few have private means to help them. It is gratifying to receive letters from young priests acknowledging their gratitude for the funds raised at Coffee Mornings etc. We look forward to seeing many friends in the Fr. Ryan Hall on June 1st.
Music Among the Trees, a concert evening of local musical talent at St Senan's, Canon's Cross, Inniscarra Friday, June 1st @ 8pm. All welcome. Retiring collection in aid of Edel House and The Hardest Harvest, my Maasai family appeal.
West Cork Rapid Response Coppeen Community Council stage a 6km fundraising walk Saturday 2nd June at 5.30pm in Coppeen followed by BBQ & Music.
Inchigeela coffee morning in Creedons, Sunday 3rd June, after Mass to support voluntary teacher Clodagh Galvin going to Uganda. Please support.
Croí na Laoi development group will meet in the Parish Hall, Inchigeela on Tuesday, June 5th @ 9pm. New members are welcome.
Lee Valley Speakers will meet on Tuesday June 5th at 8pm in the Castle Hotel Macroom. Anyone interested in learning about public speaking is welcome.
Dromleigh N.S. invites new entrants to an open afternoon on June 7th at 1:30p.m. Contact the school on 026-46212 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Keep up to date with all our activities on our website www.dromleighns.ie.
"Who Wants to be a Thousandaire" Fundraiser for Firmount NS at Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig on Saturday, June 9.
AghinaghMacra’s annual 5K Fun Run and Family Evening will be held on the 10th of June at the Laine, Bar, Ballinagree. This year, all money raised will go to Breakthrough Cancer Research and Down Syndrome Ireland. Registration for the event will start at 2pm, with the run beginning at 3pm. The run will cost €10 for adults and €5 for children. There will be a BBQ (free for runners) and music by The Hillbillies starting at 4pm. There will also be games, a bouncing castle and a raffle on the day. All support is greatly appreciated. Please contact club secretary Sheena Murphy for more information (086-7356180)
Kilmichael Family Fun Day in the Sports Field behind Kilmichaeel Bar on Sunday, June 10, 2 - 5p.m. Bouncy Castle, Novelty Races, D.J. Cathy, face painting and more. All welcome.
Source to Sea stages a great choral celebration at St Finbarre’s Cathedral on June 10. Multi denominational invitations will go out across the City and County very soon from Dean Nigel Dunne. This is a free public invitation and it will feature the wonderful choir of St Finbarr’s Cathedral Boys and Girls.
Kilmurry GAA Fun 5Km Run/Walk takes place in Kilmurry Village on Wednesday 13th June at 7:30pm.Registration from 6pm in Kilmurry Museum. Adults €10. Children €5. Refreshments in museum afterwards.
Poulanargid Harrier Club Dog Show in aid of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, will be held in Kilmurry on Friday, June 15 at 7.30p.m.
Rusheen Community Group are holding a fundraising dance in Aghinagh GAA hall, Rusheen on Friday the 15th of June at 9pm. Music by Back on Track. A great night assured.
The Mayor of Ballinagree, Flor O'Driscoll, is hosting a charity BBQ at the Laine Bar Ballinagree on Sunday, 24 June at 4 pm. This will take place in aid of the Cancer Unit of the Mercy Hospital Cork, in honour of his late father Jerry. All welcome and your support would be greatly appreciated.
Mushera Platform - first dance of the season will take place on Monday night, 25 June. Music by Jerome Coakley and Lee Sound from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm.
Independence Museum Kilmurry parish schools exhibition this November. School photos pre 1970s would be gratefully appreciated and will be returned. Contact George 0868194311
In the Genes Aghabullogue girls; Miriam Cotter and Cliona Healy, were members of the Cork Minor camogie team that won the All Ireland recently. Cliona's grandfather was Joe Healy, renowned hurler with Aghabullogue in the 1950s. Miriam's great great granduncle, Dan O' Sullivan of Larchfield, was a member of the 1890 All Ireland winning team, when Aghabullogue won the first All Ireland for Cork.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: May 13. Jackpot €1,750. Numbers drawn 5, 25, and 28. No winner. €50 Willie 'Small Farmer' Casey. C/O Jason's Bar. €20 each: Denis & Lorraine McCarthy, Ballyvongane, Marion & John Joe Kelleher, Ballinagre, Eileen Casey, Curraghawadra. Teresa & Murty Lucey, Incheale.
May 20. Jackpot €1,900. Numbers drawn 9, 14, and 30. €50 Denis O'Mahony, Mid Cork Pallets. €20 each: Ted O'Driscoll, Bawnmore. Gill Kelleher, Kilberrihert. Seamus O'Leary, Dromduve. Denis O'Riordan, Curraghanerla.
Canovee Lotto May 20th Numbers drawn: 8,13,20,22 No lotto winner 50 Euro Tadgh o Neill c/o castlemore arms. 25 euro Diarmuid Kirwan. 25 euro Phil o Connor c/o Don Carroll. 25 Euro online Amy McCarthy
May 27 th Numbers drawn: 2,9,26,29 no winner. 50 Euro Bernie Twomey Canovee. 25 Euro Ariety & Michael Deasy Aherla. 25 Euro Alanna Creedon Aherla. 25 Euro online Magaret Corcoran
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto Results 16/5/ 2018. Jackpot €2800. No winner. €70 Cathal Creedon, Bawnmore €20 each: Tim McCarthy, Carriganima Con O’Riordan, Sleaveen East, Macroom Nora Twomey, Reinaree Robert O’Connor, Oakwood, Macroom.
23/5/ 2018. Jackpot €3000. No winner. €70 Dan Creedon, Bawnmore €20 each: Gobnait McSweeney, Carriganima Marion Kelleher, Ballinagree Dan Kelleher, Moulnahorna Jackie Spillane, Moulnahorna
Kilmurry GAA lotto results. May 14. Jackpot €2,000. Numbers drawn 5,14,31. No winner. €50 Mary Murphy €20 each: Browne Family. Tom and Louise Murray. Tim O Leary. Jim Murphy. K O Leary
May 21. Jackpot €2,200. Numbers drawn 8,17,19. €50 Gerard Roche €20 each: Niamh O Sullivan. Noreen Kelleher. Stephen and Pat Payne. Mary Buckley. Peggy Buckley
Macroom FC Lotto 21/5/18. Jackpot €6, 200. Numbers drawn: 8, 20, 28. No Winner. €80 Alan Lynch c/o June. €20 each: Joan O' Riordan c/o Joan, Joe Quill c/o Lar's, Joe Cunningham c/o Danny, Mag Lacey c/o Brian.
28/05/18. Jackpot €6, 400. Numbers drawn: 10, 11, 13. No Winner. €80 Linda Murphy c/o Mary Anne's. €20 each: Connie O' Riordan c/o Castle Hotel, Pa Lehane c/o J.C.s, Dave O' Mahony c/o Lar's, Barty Relihan c/o Lar's .
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 15/05/2018. Jackpot €9.400. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 16-22-33. €70 Caoimhe Creedon, Inchigeela €20 each: Shelia O''Riordan, Teerbeg. Colman Corrigan, Glen Park. Norma O'Donnell, Castlecourt. Karen Hoare, Kilnamartyra. Colum Oldham, Beechville, Coachford
22/05/2018. Jackpot €9.600. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 10-20-28. €70 Declan Coughlan, Kilnagurteen €20 each: Dick Dineen, New Street. Alishe Murphy, Masseytown. Emily, Mia & Mary Mc Sweeney, Coolyhane. Conor Buckley, Lower Farran Shelia Walsh, Carriganima.
Coachford AFC Lotto: Results 16/5/2018. Jackpot: €3,200. Numbers Drawn: 5 – 11 – 21. No Winner. €40 Michael O’Shaughnessy (Online Ticket). €20 Breda O’Connell, Dan Shine, Trish & Oisín, Richie Hartigan (Online Ticket).
21/5/2018. Jackpot: €3,400. Numbers Drawn: 12 – 21 – 32. No Winner. €40 Dhani Merrick (Online Ticket). €20 Conor Healy, Eve O’Gorman, Eamon Murphy, Danni Madden.
28/5/2018. Jackpot: €3,600. Numbers Drawn: 15 – 19 – 32. No Winner. €40 Danni Madden. €20 Willie & Catriona Twomey, Hancie Casey, Dan O’Riordan, Cathy Dunton.

Lee Valley Updates

Clondrohid Updates

Winning Streak: Congratulations to Con Lehane on his appearance on Winning Streak last weekend. He was the lucky one called to ‘spin the wheel’. His wit and humour went down a treat with the presenters. Well done Con, and well done to his wife Philomena, relations neighbours and friends who all accompanied him to Dublin and to his bus driver, Jerry. A day out to remember.
Corpus Christi Procession: is on Sunday June 3 after 11am Mass in Clondrohid. Weather permitting the procession will take place from the Church to the Community Hall for prayers and hymns, and return to Church for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Please note also, due to this procession there will be no 10am Mass in Carriganima on Sunday June 3.
Lourdes Pilgrimage: Best wishes and to all those travelling ,especially from the parish, to Lourdes this week on the annual Diocesan Pilgrimage.
Text alert: The A.G.M. for this group will be held in the Community Hall Clondrohid on Tuesday, June 5 at 8.30pm. On the night you can renew your membership or join up. Garda Orla Doyle will attend as usual. Please take note that Linda Coughlan from Bank of Ireland will also attend to discuss Internet Banking, Social Media and on line contacts. This discussion could be of great benefit to parents, who nowadays are under a lot of pressure re the usage of mobile phones. Mark the date on your busy diary.
Family Mass: A lovely gathering was held in the Community Hall last Saturday evening after the 7.30pm Family Mass. Those wishing to travel to Dublin for the visit of the Pope in August for World meeting of Families were given some information, with more to follow. Lovely refreshments were available. Thanks to all who baked and helped out.
Retired Active: This group gets together once a month for a coffee and a chat on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Next get together is on Wednesday, June 13 at 10am in Community Hall. Come along and enjoy this social occasion where ideas are threshed out and plans are made for outings etc.

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An tUachtarán le Muintir Uí Lionáird i mBaile Mhúirne © Nóra Ní Luasa.

Inchigeela Updates

Trip to India. Recently I told you of two great Iveleary girls who went to India on a work experience with the Hope organisation. I asked Sophia Burke and Rosa Simmonds for a report of their trip and here is a summary of what they saw and did. Well done girls!
“We travelled to Kolkata on the 12th of April with the Hope Foundation. It was an extremely eye-opening and rewarding experience and the things we saw and people we met have changed our perspective on the world. We travelled through the slums and dumps in 45 degree heat, and got to witness first-hand, the poverty and turmoil that the people of Kolkata have become accustomed to living in. However, when we visited the orphanages and care homes that are run by the Hope foundation, we saw the tremendous work that was being done, and were able to find out just exactly what our fundraised money was being used for. The children in these facilities had been taken off the street and are receiving love and nourishment in safe and caring environments. We visited schools which provided a free, full time education for some of the poorest children in Asia, and also had the privilege of visiting the Hope hospital, which in 2008 was established to cater to the secondary healthcare needs of the street and slum dwelling children and adults in West Bengal and surrounding areas. It was an experience that would not have been possible without the generous people of our locality, who worked tirelessly to ensure that we reached our fundraising target and were able to take part in such a wonderful immersion programme. We would like to thank everyone who helped us along the way, and we are extremely grateful for the support that we received from the very beginning.”
Corpus Christi Procession. The annual procession was held after Mass and as usual, was attended by a huge crowd. It’s good to see that tradition is kept alive. The village was splendid for the occasion, thanks to the huge efforts of all residents, the planning committee and the Tidy Towns group. The choir showed that they are in splendid voice and the Ballingeary pipe band added to the festive atmosphere. Well done to the First Communicants who brightened the roadway with flower petals.
Fisherman’s Tale. A large number of fishermen, many from England, are taking part in a coarse angling competition on the lakes this week. The O’Callaghan Cup and a sizable cash prize is being fished for. The event is sponsored by O’Callaghan’s Bar and Restaurant in Coachford. It provided an amazing sight of lines of fishermen with all their gear enjoying the sport by the lakeside on both North and South Lake road. Tight Lines !
Coffee Morning in aid of nurture Africa will take place on Sunday, 3rd June, after Mass in Creedon’s hotel. This summer, Clodagh Galvin will be travelling to Nansana, Uganda, to work as a volunteer teacher. She will be involved in education enablement, sustainable living and child protection projects. All fundraising will go directly to these projects. Donations of any amount towards this worthy cause are greatly appreciated.

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Robin Lawlor, Aghabullogue and Sarah Hardie, Stow, who were married recently in Gloucestershire. ©

Coachford Updates

Over 60s talent show. Well done to Pat Murphy from Ballinagree who represented Coachford in the Semi Final of the Cork Over 60s Talent Competition in the City Hall last weekend. Pat gave a beautiful rendition of John Denver’s ‘Season of the Heart’. The crowd loved Pat’s wonderful performance and so did the judges as they put him through to the final on June 17th. Members of Coachford Foróige who organised the Coachford heat of the talent show were in attendance to cheer Pat on and are now looking forward to seeing him compete in the Grand Final.
Rapunzel Rapunzel. Well done to Lauren Cogan from Rylane who has donated 14 inches of her hair to the Rapunzel Charity. Lauren's selfless donation of her hair will make over two wigs for those who are suffering hair loss. Lauren agreed to have her hair cut for this very worthwhile charity. The deed was carried out expertly by Marie in Stylz Hair Salon in Coachford on Saturday. In fairness to Lauren, she smiled and laughed all the way through her haircut. Well done to Marie and the staff who made it a very pleasant experience for Lauren and her family. Congratulations to all involved.
Champions. Congratulations to the Coachford U16 soccer team who have won their league title for the second season in a row. The boys were superb all season and each of the 18 members of the squad deserve all the accolades that come their way. They finished off their incredible campaign with a 2-1 win over second place Midleton. A terrific goal from Emmett Aherne and a well placed penalty kick from Cialan O’Sullivan sealed the win. The boys played 14 games in their long spread out season and won 12 , drew one and lost only the one game against runners up, Midleton. Well done to their manager, Declan Murphy and assistant, Ronnie Aherne. The boys will be playing in the U17 Youth Leagues next season and we wish them the very best of luck.
Pick up your Butts. Coachford Tidy Towns continues to take part in the Cork County Council Anti Litter Challenge . The first week saw the group collect bags and bags of rubbish along the streets and roadways around the village. Hundreds of cigarette butts were picked by an army of litter fighters on a daily basis. “We were all surprised by how much litter is still being dropped on the sides of the road and thrown from cars. The cigarette butts are our biggest challenge and the litter being left at the Recycling bins also continues to be a real issue. We are very grateful for those businesses who have come on board to help us in our efforts to keep the village clean. The competition goes on until the end of June so we are asking everyone to redouble their efforts to keep Coachford litter free and beautiful” said Peter Dineen of the Coachford Tidy Towns.
Class of 2018. Coachford College held their Leaving Certificate Graduation Ceremony last week. Almost 80 students organised and took part in the ceremony full of songs, readings and speeches from pupils, parents and teachers. Head Girl, Mary O’Riordan and Head Boy, Marc Dineen, thanked their teachers and parents for looking after their educational needs over their time at the college. They also thanked the school for not only preparing them for the upcoming Leaving Cert but for looking after their Health and Wellbeing and for ensuring that they received a lot more than an academic education but are also well prepared and well-grounded for their lives ahead. Fr. Peadar Murphy and Mr. Hanley gave inspirational speeches to the pupils wishing them the best of luck as they said goodbye to their 6 years in Coachford College and embarked on a new chapter in their lives. The pupils, along with Ms Daly, put in a huge effort into making this night memorable for all the pupils and parents in attendance. We wish all of them the best of luck as they begin their exams next week.


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The Bridge at Macroom in Famine times ©

Famine in Macroom Part 2.

by Máire Mac Suibhne

Since the potato underpinned the whole economy, things began to change in Macroom when blight struck in 1845. But it didn't really take effect until '46. The social system then broke down. Labourers, cottiers and small farmers were worst affected and they were the main customers of the town's many businesses. There was now little produce to be sold in the market and even less with which to pay for services or goods. The needy from many parts of the Union came to Macroom looking for help or a place in the Workhouse, but it was full. It was reported that Skibbereen, which had an 800 capacity, closed when the numbers reached 1,046 but Macroom Workhouse, which was supposed to hold only 600, had 1,500 inmates. A ballad of the time, ‘The Union of Macroom’, goes:
T'was in lveleary by the Lee my childhootl days passed by;
The Famine came and filled the graves, I watched my father die.
The bailiffs with the notice came; the bit of ground was gone;
They set the roof-tree in a blaze, the crowbar's work was done.
With neither house nor bed nor home, the Poorhouse was our doom
And on my jacket soon I bore 'The Union of Macroom'.
My mother in the Workhouse died, her brother from the town
Brought out her corpse by horse and cart and buried her in Gloun.
Those who had family or friends living in the town went to them looking for help. There are reports of more than five families being accommodated in some cabins, with the spread of dysentery, disease and fever resulting. One observer described the cabins' occupants as filthy, naked, starving, dying'. Those who had no friend or neighbour or relation on whom to call, lay down by the market house, hoping to get some help from passersby. The authorities cleared them away as they were regarded as a public nuisance and a source of sickness. They then went down to the bank of the Sullane, by the bridge, where Ó Riada's car park is now located, and lay down there.
There was little outdoor relief to be had. Two boilers were eventually set up and these provided soup at 2d a quart. There are newspaper reports of the bakeries being stormed by the starving, looking for bread. In September 1846, large crowds came from surrounding parishes - men, women and children – shouting, ‘Food or work’, and striking terror into the townspeople and shopkeepers. Fr. Lee, the parish priest, came and spoke to them, promising that the planned Relief works would provide an income. Half a loaf of bread was given to those who congregated at the Workhouse and, we are told, when they departed, ‘the town resumed its wonted appearance of tranquillity’.

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Students from Muskerry second level schools perform a Famine Pageant in Macroom at the 150th commemoration in 1997 ©S.McS.

 Relief works were promised for Pound Lane, Coolehane and New Road, connectine Sleaveen and Chapel Hill, above the church, but there was much dissatisfaction with this as it was said that Captain Gordon, the man in charge of the Works, returned forms to state that workers on the road were being paid 8d or ls a day and in no case were they paid more than 4d. An Examiner Report in February ‘47 said that 2.700 of the population of Macroom had no income. Those who could emigrated to Australia, to England, to America, to Canada. But it was the healthy and better off who mainly went and they were a great loss to the country. Some landlords, perhaps with a view to clearing their land of impecunious tenants, but also from humane considerations, helped pay tenants' fares. Australia needed women to balance the number of male immigrants and it was decided to export ‘well conducted young women' from Workhouses: thirteen were sent from Macroom and 14 from Dunmanway in February 1848. Many were also imprisoned or transported for crimes, most of which related to the theft of food, the killing or bleeding of animals and non payment of rent.
In February 1849 there were 3,307 people accommodated between the Workhouse in Pound Lane and the Auxiliary Workhouse in Masseytown. In the 1851 census, Macroom's population had increased by 1,000 since l84l but this included 2.124 in the Workhouse. There were no death certificates at the time but marriages decreased from an annual 42 to 8.
But life did go on as usual for some people. Those who could afford to, spent those years abroad. We see ads for Macroom Races. When Queen Victoria came to Cork in August, 1849 she was entertained at banquets under floral arches in the company of the landed gentry, among them Hedges Eyre of Macroom Castle. We may remember the rhyme from our history books of old:
‘Arise ye dead of Skibbereen
And come to Cork to greet your Queen’.
When he came to Macroom for the 150th commemoration of the Famine in 1997, Professor Joe Lee of U.C.C. said: "Look at the very worst pictures coming out of Africa: the bodies at the roadside; the bloated bodies of babies, and all you have to do is just change the colour and that was what was on the roads of lreland'.
Jean Kennedy Smith, U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, said, in her address at Macroom Town Hall: “This has been a very moving day for me. I have seen how much the history of the area lives on; how deeply that Famine is etched in the Irish mind; how, despite the generations, the pain and loss are still there. It is a solemn occasion, a time to reflect. But it can also be a time for renewal; a time to express our gratitude to the men and women of the Famine, who, though devastated and powerless, still sought futures through pain and carried on. I am reminded of the many Irish people who were forced to leave their homes and emigrate to the United States. They helped to build a great nation. To them my country is truly grateful. It is to that spirit that we now pay tribute, not so that we look to the past with pity and sadness, but rather, with pride and hope.”

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Kellehers' shop in New St. ©Family Collection

James Kelleher; New Street and Gurteenroe Part 2.

By Con Kelleher
When Kelleher’s shop opened, and for many years before and after, New St had many shops and businesses. At the Bridge was Twomey’s paper-shop, later owned by McCarthys. Eleanor Healy had, and still has, her hair salon there. Mattie Twomey, father of Sheila Sheehan, was a harness-maker and plied his trade at the rear of where Eleanor’s salon is. Macroom Library, managed by Mrs Joan Creedon and later Mrs Collins, was sited at the Bridge, and later again, there was an electrical shop there. Michael Walsh, Carriganima also had an electrical shop and was very clever with televisions and all appliances. Up from James’s shop was O’Leary’s (Drummer’s); this was a bakery, a grocery, a shoe shop and was one of the biggest businesses in Macroom. After that came Neville’s Bakery, before it shifted to Masseytown, and its final move to the Fair Green. The former Fair Green bakery site is now occupied by Dunne’s Stores and John Neville’s Health Centre Building. ‘The Trump Card’ was a pub in New Street for many years. Above that, Reardons had a small shop at 88 and they sold paint and overalls. John Reardon won a scholarship to U.C.C. and later was a gifted teacher in De La Salle for many years. He was also the inspiration, script-writer, producer and promoter of the very successful and popular Macroom pantomimes from 1956 to 1965. Anne Dunne took part and her father, Johnny, played in the orchestra. O’Shea’s ‘ Old Bell Mineral Waters was above that again and they employed many. John O’Shea founded the enterprise and was father to Curry O’Shea, the great Macroom and Cork footballer. He was captain and a leading member of the Macroom seniors who won 4 county senior titles in 5 years, 1909-1913. Anna O’Shea was a noted musical director of shows and pantomimes in Macroom and Coachford. There is now a dog grooming business run by John O’Shea – ‘Old Bell Grooming Centre’. Later there was an off-licence to the front, but that too has closed. Peggy Mullane ran a shop on the left hand side and further up. This was later taken over by Kitty and Connie Buckley, brother of John Francis, Massytown, and was one of the first supermarkets in town. O’Sullivans/ Desmonds had a pub on the street.
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Curry O’Shea, former Cork captain 1909 and his great grandson, Bradley O’Shea © Supplied by Leo Goold

On the other side of the road, Tim and Joan Creedon ran a very fine hardware shop and specialised in seeds. As well as Connie O’Callaghan, Desmonds had a grocery store and further up was Sheila ‘Babe’ O’Callaghan’s bar. Many popped in for a quick pint going to and coming from their duties. Paul Kingston remembers that when he was sent as a child for 2 pint bottles for his father, John, a carpenter, he would be served in the snug but not in the bar; he recalled how meticulously Sheila wrapped the bottles for their 100 yard journey. Mary O’Callaghan, the vet, is a niece of Sheila. The pub later became Pat McCarthy’s. Sadly that too is now closed. Macroom Motor Factors operated from Desmonds’ premises at a later stage but that also has closed. Neilly Lehane had a bicycle repair shop on the other side of the lane from Sheila Babe’s. Above him, O’Callaghans had a small mill and dealt in meal, flour and ration. Opposite them was sited Coughlan’s Mineral Waters in ‘Well House’, now the residence of Dónal and Caitlín Ó Mathúna; the mineral water plant was ably run by Peggy Long. Her sons, Seamas and Charlie/K, were good footballers and Charlie achieved high office in Munster Rugby. In more recent times, Glen Stores, run by George and Josie Desmond, at the Hospital Cross, was an award winning supermarket. Before that Mrs Healy and her daughter, Eileen, ran a shop there. Unfortunately the shop is idle now and does not look well. Gallaghers had an electrical business at the entrance to Grotto House. Across the road, Denis Twomey had a very busy garage. Near the garage was Emmet O’Sullivan’s farmyard where he milked his cattle. Tom Creedon Park is now on ‘his’ land. Nearby again was the pound – hence the nickname of ‘Pound Lane’. As well as being known as New Street, it was also called ‘Pound Lane, ‘Bothar na Sop’, ‘Wisp Lane’ and ‘Batten Lane’.
At the top of New St, opposite the Grotto, Connie Murphy had a timber and coffin-making business. They also had a shop and petrol pumps to the front. Connie’s son, Curry/Con, is a gifted musician and musical director, and has been involved in many productions. Joe Murphy, brother of Connie, had an Engineering practice and Undertaking business and Niall, his son, continues to practice as an engineer.

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New St. - lower section in February 2018. ©Con Kelleher

Below Connie O’Callaghan’s shop was a tailor – Mattie O’Callaghan. Danny Hallinan had a hackney business and Jackie McDonnell was a farmer and milked cows. Mary McDonnell grew lettuce for Kellehers’ shop. Below that was Murray’s bar and it later became Macroom’s first Off-Licence, specializing in wines. Dónal’s and Mary’s uncle was T.C. Murray, the Abbey playwright and Olympic medallist for Art in 1924. Next door, Mrs O’Brien, a sister of Johnny Ring, was a music teacher and below that was Margaret and Sonny Lucey’s Bridge Bar, next to the Garda Station. There are plans for a new station, which will see the closure of the old barracks and will be yet another loss to the street. Corrigans had a shop at New St./ Massytown corner, over the mill dam. To all intents and purposes, New Street was a separate, self-sufficient and thriving ‘town’. Some new businesses and activities like Kelleher’s D.I.Y. (now closed), Canty’s, Quinlan’s, McSweeney’s Accountancy, Bell Dog Grooming, Glenview Garage and the Adult Education Centre have come.
James and Mary retired in 1997 and sold their shop. They live happily in Gurteenroe, and their son Pat, lives next door. The By-pass will be just at the side and back of their house and farm and they will lose some of their beloved land. While delighted with progress, they are not looking forward to the forthcoming disruption. Both Mary and James gave devoted services to Macroom and went about their business in a quiet, pleasant and dignified manner. The town was lucky to have their presence and contribution and it is unlikely to see their likes again. I wish James and Mary many years of good health and contentment.

Kilmurrry Historical Events

Moody Roots Concert in Kilmurry Museum on Friday 8th June at 8pm.Tickets €10.
Vintage Run. Independence Museum Kilmurry will hold their inaugural vintage road run with a difference on Sunday, July 22nd. The theme of the run will be the historical sites of Rebel Cork including Béal na Bláth, Kilmichael Ambush and Inchigeela. The Run is open to all vintage and classic vehicles. Registration begins at museum from 10.30am, with departure at 11.30am and interesting twists throughout the day. Further details from Siobhan at 086 1767295 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or http://kilmurrymuseum.ie/
Spike Island Tour August 18th Bus departing Kilmurry Museum at 10am. Refreshments in the Commodore Hotel, Cobh. Boat leaving Kennedy Pier, Cobh at 12 noon. Guided tour of Spike for 1hr 15min. Please feel free to bring a picnic or lunch can be purchased in Spike Island Cafe. Time to explore yourself and boat departing back to Cobh at 3.30pm. Local 15min guide tour. Cobh Regatta is also on and there will be lots of street entertainment for young and old. Bus departs Cobh 5pm, followed by refreshments and entry into Independence Museum. €30 per adult and €20 per child. To book your seat, please contact Ellen 0851470058 or Karen 0878325417. We see this tour booking out fast, so we would encourage you to book early.
Terence MacSwiney weekend Independence Museum Kilmurry presents the First Terence MacSwiney weekend October 19th to 21st 2018. Programme of Events : Friday 19th October 7:30pm opening of Terence MacSwiney weekend at Kilmurry Church by Cathal Brugha. Saturday 20th lecture by Gabriel Doherty "Look of the conqueror: Terence MacSwiney and O’Donovan Rossa". Poetry of Terence MacSwiney. Tour of Terence MacSwiney locations, visiting the old graveyard in Kilmurry and old Museum in Kilmurry (Former home of MacSwiney Family) Sunday 21st Mass including specially commissioned work by Peadar Ó Riada commemorating Terence MacSwiney.

Poetry Corner

We will be pleased to publish your favourite poem in Irish or English in future editions of the Lee Valley Outlook. Email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., post to Killarney Road, Macroom or telephone 02641891 and we will source the words of your nomination if at all possible. If contributors so wish, we will add the name of the selector.

JUNE by Francis Ledwidge.
Broom out the floor now, lay the fender by,
And plant this bee-sucked bough of woodbine there,
And let the window down. The butterfly
Floats in upon the sunbeam, and the fair
Tanned face of June, the nomad gipsy, laughs
Above her widespread wares, the while she tells
The farmers' fortunes in the fields, and quaffs
The water from the spider-peopled wells.

The hedges are all drowned in green grass seas,
And bobbing poppies flare like Elmor's light,
While siren-like the pollen-stainéd bees
Drone in the clover depths. And up the height
The cuckoo's voice is hoarse and broke with joy.
And on the lowland crops the crows make raid,
Nor fear the clappers of the farmer's boy,
Who sleeps, like drunken Noah, in the shade.

And loop this red rose in that hazel ring
That snares your little ear, for June is short
And we must joy in it and dance and sing,
And from her bounty draw her rosy worth.
Ay! soon the swallows will be flying south,
The wind wheel north to gather in the snow,
Even the roses spilt on youth's red mouth
Will soon blow down the road all roses go.

The Somme Soldier by Adrienne Acton

Rise up young boy, Britannia needs you
Heed not the truth, let not your faith deceive you
Leave green fields for a promise of glory
To innocent ears, a lie was the story.

Turn from sweet Cork and a mother’s charms
To death knell orders and barbed wire arms
Frozen dust on a crimsons field
On a general’s whim, his evil revealed.

100 years, let time take note
They are not lost while memories afloat
Another dead boy, who cared the score
My beautiful kin, you are no more.


Paidir do Scrúdaithe

A Dhia, cuir do bheannacht ar scoláirí atá ag déanamh scrúdaithe i láthair na huaire. Go dtreoraí an Spiorad Naomh iad i gcónaí agus go raibh cumhdach na n-aingeal orthu. A Mhuire, a Chathaoir n hEagna, guigh orainn. Naomh Gobnait, guigh orainn.

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Matt Mooney, AIB Head of Digital and Innovation; Don O’Leary, 9 White Deer Brewery and Aidan Andrews, AIB Macroom at a Digital conference in the Riverside Park Hotel. ©Lee Valley Outlook

 Music in the Glen

The Lee Valley will be well represented at the Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipes and Trad Festival in Glengarriff, Thursday June 21st till Sunday June 24th, when the beautiful town will host one of the country’s finest traditional events. This year, Sharon Shannon will headline the festival, playing at the Eccles Hotel in one of the three main gigs which require tickets. She will be backed by Jim Murray and others on Friday night 22nd June.
It’ll be and amazing weekend and many of the country’s best singers and musicians will play in a magnificent location, when the whole town becomes a set of enthusiastic venues for the event. Cór Chúil Aodha will perform. Mick O’Brien and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh will play in the Park Hotel at 8p.m. on Thursday, June 21 and Iarla Ó Lionaird, Cúil Aodha and of The Gloaming will feature with Steve Cooney in Glengarriff Church at 9.30p.m. on Saturday, June 23rd . Tickets may be bought on line at www.jimdowlingfestival.eu.

Sports Mad

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Sweet victory as Captain, Rena Buckley, reclaims the O’Duffy Cup for Cork in 2017 ©Neans McSweeney

Super All-star Rena

It was with great regret that we learned that dual champion, Rena Buckley, had decided to call it a day with regard to her involvement in inter-county Camogie and football. But, having given 15 years of stalwart, unselfish service to Cork, no one can grudge her the opportunity to devote more time to family, friends and career.
Rena has done an enormous service to the promotion of games for women and the manner in which she juggled study, career and sport successfully makes her a wonderful role model for youth and every parent’s dream.
Many areas lay claim to Rena – Inniscarra because she lives and plays Camogie there; Donoughmore, her ladies football alma mater and Macroom, where she runs a successful physiotherapy business. Rena has broken records galore. She’s the only Gael, male of female, with 18 Senior All Ireland Championship medals (11 football and 7 camogie). She has 10 All Stars, evenly divided between the codes. She is the only person to captain her native county to All Ireland victory in both codes. Perhaps the sweetest win of all for her many admirers came in 2017 when she led Cork to victory over Kilkenny, who had temporarily annexed the O’Duffy Cup in 2016!
Above all, Rena is an unassuming, hardworking woman and generous to the last. A fluent Gaelgóir, she embodies all that is best in our youth We wish her every success and blessing in the years ahead. Is cinnte dearfa nach bhfeicimid a leithéid arís.

GAA Cork County Championship 2018

County Senior Football Championship

Round 2 (Winners to Rd 3) Mallow v Kiskeam, Douglas v Dohenys, Clyda v Aghada, Carrigaline v Ilen, Clonakilty v Newcestown
Round Three (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 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

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.
Tom Creedon Cup

Winners: Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh (Newmarket)
County Senior Hurling Championship

Round 2 Ballymartle v Ballyhea, Bride Rovers v Na Piarsaigh, Kanturk v Bishopstown, Killeagh v St Finbarr’s, 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 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.
County Intermediate Hurling Championship:
Preliminary Round Dungourney 1-13 Douglas 0-10
Round 1
(A) Dungourney 2-22 Milford 1 -22
(B) Ballygarvan 1-12 AGHABULLOGUE 1-18
(C) ÉIRE ÓG 0-14 Sarsfields 1-12
(D) BALLINCOLLIG 2-16 Meelin 1-21
(E) Kildorrery 1-22 DRIPSEY 2-14
(F) Argideen Rangers 2-9 Castlemartyr 3-17
(G) INNISCARRA 0-11 Ballymartle 2-22
(H) Tracton 1-18 Kilbrittain 3-9
(I) Midleton 2-15 Blackrock 1-12
(J) Na Piarsaigh 1-11 Barryroe 1-13
(K) Ballinhassig 1-6 Glen Rovers 2-21
(L) St Finbarr's 2-9 Mayfield 1-16
(M) GRENAGH 0-15 St Catherines 1-17
Round 2 (Losers from Pre Round & Rd 1) Douglas v Inniscarra, Ballygarvan v Kilbrittain, Ballincollig v Milford, Dripsey v Na Piarsaigh, Grenagh v St Finbarr’s, Ballinhassig v Blackrock, Éire Óg v Argideen Rangers
Round Three qualifiers to date: Aghabullogue, Dungourney, Sarsfields, Meelin, Kildorrery, Castlemartyr, Ballymartle, Tracton, Midleton, Barryroe, Glen Rovers, Mayfield, St Catherine’s
Cork U21 County Football Championships

Under 21 A Football
Preliminary Round
Ahan Gaels 2-8 Nemo Rangers 2-16
Castlehaven 4-12 Bishopstown 2-7
Round 1
Carrigaline 1-15 Carbery Rangers 2-10
Aghada 3-1`3 St Michaels 1-6
St Finbarr's 2-21 ÉIRE ÓG 3-11
Beara v Douglas
Ilen Rovers 3-7 Nemo Rangers 1 - 16
KILMURRY 6-6 Mitchelstown 2-9
Kilshannig 2-14 Valley Rovers 1-6
Castlehaven 3-16 Glenville 2 – 12

St Finbarrs 2 – 21 Éire Óg 3 – 11

It took extra time for city champions St Finbarrs to finally see off the challenge of Mid Cork runners up Éire Óg at Blarney in the 1st round of the county Premier U21 football championship. Éire Óg will regret not availing of scoring chances and holding on for a win in normal time when they lost a four point advantage but the ‘Barrs too can point out that early on they led by seven points to nil and looked to be in a different class.
Dominant St Finbarrs led by 0-7 to nil at the end of the first quarter and looked to be heading for an expected easy victory. Things changed quickly however. Brian Hurley pointed for Éire Óg from play, Eoin O’Shea added a point from a free and the challenge gathered momentum as Colm O’Callaghan, John Cooper, Jack Murphy and Éoin O’Shea began to drive Éire Óg on. O’Shea had a goal in the 24th minute and two minutes later Cooper beat the goalkeeper to the touch and steered the ball into the Barrs net to bring Éire Óg level. A late free gave the city side a one point half time advantage, 0-9 to 2-2, but Éire Óg were in strong contention now.
On the resumption, the Ovens men kicked three points in three minutes and they were now on top and playing well. They went on to lead by four points and this lead could have been greater but for some missed opportunities and good goalkeeping by the Barrs net minder. In the closing stages Barrs rescued the day with four points in a row, three of these from Cillian Myers Murray, to force the game into extra time on a 2-8 to 0-14 scoreline.
In the first ten minute half of extra time, Colm O’Callaghan kicked Éire Óg in front with as point, Barrs equalised. Éire Óg goalkeeper Chris Kelly saved a penalty and Jack Murphy pointed to put the Mid Cork side back in front and then Murphy fired a penalty shot to the Barrs net. The city side replied with two points from frees to leave Éire Óg leading by 3-10 to 0-17 at half time. In the final ten minute half Barrs struck early to take command. Within less than three minutes the city side had two goals and they added two points to open up an insurmountable gap. A solitary Ryan O’Flynn point was all that Éire Óg could muster as the ‘Barrs had another two points to put a misleading appearance on the final scoreboard.
Scorers for Éire Óg: John Cooper 1-2, Jack Murphy 1-2 (1-0 pen), Eoin O’Shea 1-1, Brian Hurley and Dylan Foley 0-2 each, Colm O’Callaghan and Ryan O’Flynn 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: Daniel Cotter, Matt Brady, Shane Quigley: Ross McCarthy, Diarmuid Dineen, David Twomey: Jack Murphy, Colm O’Callaghan: Ruan O’Flynn, John Cooper, Eoin O’Shea: Brian Hurley, Dylan Foley, Jasion Twomey. Subs: Keith O’Riordan h/t, Killian Sheehan 70.

Kilmurry 6 – 6 Mitchelstown 2 - 9

Muskerry champions Kilmurry took on Mitchelstown in the opening round of the county 21 A football championship at Mallow and survived a strong challenge from the North Cork standard bearers to advance to the quarter final stage. Kilmurry got off to a great start and led by 2-1 to nil after seven minutes, Joe Ryan and Liam Wall the goalscorers. Mitchelstown had a fine goal in the 15th minute but four minutes later Kilmurry responded in telling fashion, Marco Healy making a great break from centrefield to give Kilmurry a third goal. Points from Seán Warren and Eoin Clifford helped Kilmurry a half time lead of 3-3 to Mitchelstown’s 1-4.
On the resumption, Mitchelstown hit an unanswered 1-2 to be level within three minutes and with the stiff wind to their backs they must have hoped for victory. At the three quarter mark it was 2-8 to 3-4 in the North Cork’s sides favour and only a super deflection by Liam O’Sulllivan denied the North Cork a third goal. Kilmurry then hit a match winning purple patch, scoring three goals in three minutes which assured the Muskerry champions of victory. Seán Warren hit the first goal in the 17th minute, and set up Liam Wall for a goal from the kick out and then Greg Fitton presented Evan Carroll with the opportunity of a third goal, 6-4 to 2-8 the score and Kilmurry in the driving seat. Points by Seán Flanagan and Evan Carroll put the finishing touches to a super performance.
Kilmurry scorers: Liam Wall 2-0, Seán Warren 1-2, Joe Ryan 1-1 (0-1f), Evan Carroll and Marco Healy 1-0 each, Eoghan Clifford 0-2, Seán Flanagan 0-1.
Kilmurry: Eoin Curzon: John O Mullane, Fionn Warren, Brian Hinchion: Kyle Kelleher, Liam O’Sullivan, James O Mullane: Seán Flanagan, Marco Healy: Greg Fitton, Eoghan Clifford, Liam Wall: Seán Warren, Joe Ryan, Evan Carroll, Sub: Darragh Linehan.

U21B Football Championship

(A) O’Donovan Rossa 4-18 BÉAL ÁTHA’n GHAORTHAIDH 1-3
(B) Seandún v Duhallow
(C) Midleton 4-12 Ballygarvan 2-8
(D) Avondhu a bye

O’Donovan Rossa 4 – 18 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1 – 3

The loss through injury of Donagh Seartan the week before the game was a major blow to Béal Átha’s chances of overcoming O’Donovan Rossa in the county U21 B football championship quarter final at Enniskeane but cannot account for the huge gap in standards apparent between the two teams on this occasion. Béal Átha were beaten comprehensively by a much better side, described as ‘faster, hungrier and more clinical’, and Rossas had the victory in the bag after the opening quarter when they led by 0-7 to nil, which had been extended to a 4-10 to 0-1 lead by half time. Béal Átha’s only scorer was Conchuir Ó Loinsigh with 1-3 (0-1f), the goal a fine effort scored just after the start of the second half. Béal Átha won a very competitive Mid Cork B championship in style, are the Skibbereen side in the wrong grade? Time will tell.
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 Loinsigh, Shane Ó Criodáin: Ronán Ó Loinsuigh, Criostóir Ó Rinn, Jack Ó hUrdail: Gavin Ó Laoire, Seán Ó Muimhneacháin, Barra Ó Buachalla. Subs: Orin Ó Grianna 43, Donncadh Ó Creimín 47, Seamas Ó Fearail 57, Rian Ó Tuama 57.

U21C Football Championship

(A) Belgooly 1-7 DONOUGHMORE 4 - 13
(B) Kildorrery 2-10 Whitechurch 0-11
(C) Cobh 1-10 Tadg MacCarthaigh 0-13
(D) Duhallow a bye
Semi Finals Donoughmore v Kildorrery: Cobh v Duhallow champs
Donoughmore U21: 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, Daire O’Shea (capt.), Colm Looney, Joseph Twomey, Billy Barrett, Kieran Aherne, Shane Kelleher, Lorcan Morrissey, Josh Bruton, Sean McAuliffe. Coach: Mossie Barrett Selectors: Seán O’Shea and Philip Barrett.

U 21 Premier 1 County Hurling Championship

Round 1
(A) BLARNEY v Douglas
(B) St Finbarr's v Valley Rovers
(C) Charleville v Duhallow
(D) Fr O' Neills v Glen Rovers
(E) St Colmans v Blackrock
(F) Killeaghita's v Sarsfields
(G) Shandrum v Midleton
(H) Na Piarsaigh a bye
Round 2 (Losers of Round 1) Na Piarsaigh v A, F v G, C v E, B v D

U 21 Premier 2 County Hurling Championship

Round 1
(B) Bishopstown v Ballinhassig
(C) Ibane Gaels v Carrigaline
(D) Ahane Gaels v Aghada
(E) Courcey Rovers v INNISCARRA
(F) Ballymartle v Tracton
(G) Mallow a bye
Round 2 (Losers of Round 1) Mallow v A, C V D, E v B, F a bye

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Conchúr Ó Loinsigh, Ballingeary GAA, receiving the Muskerry GAA /Auld Triangle Sports Award for April from Kitty Walsh, Auld Triangle in the presence of Conchúr's family, parents, Noreen and Dan, Aine, sisters and brothers, Siobhán, Gearóid, Fionn and Bláithín. Conchúr won the award in recognition of his displays with the club's under 21 team, winners of the B football championship for the first time since 1982. © Mike English

 Mid Cork GAA Championships

Ross Oil Junior A Football Championship

1st round:
A Ballincollig 3–8 Blarney 1-11
B Kilmurry 6-10 Cill na Martra 1-8
C Clondrohid v Dripsey June 9th.
D Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 0-4 Canovee 3-17
E Kilmichael 0-10 Aghinagh 0-17
F Inniscarra 1-10 Iveleary 2-14
G Éire Óg 1 -12 Donoughmore 0-12 aet.
2nd Round Blarney v Cill na Martra, Loser C v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Kilmichael v Inniscarra, Donoughmore – a bye
Round Three (open draw to be made, 11 teams – three games, 5 byes): Aghinagh, Ballincollig, Canovee, winners of Clondrohid/Dripsey, Éire Óg, Iveleary, Kilmurry, Donoughmore and three round 2 winners.
Quarter Finals: 8 teams, four games.
Ballincollig 3 - 8 Blarney 1- 11
Two goals in two minutes early in the second half were the vital scores in this very closely fought Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A Football championship 1st round game at an unusually warm Donoughmore on Friday evening last. The teams had been level when Blarney had got the opening point of the second half but the Ballincollig goals put the satellite town team in the driving seat. They proceeded to open up a seven point gap between the sides, 3-6 to 0-8 early in the final quarter but a Luke Madden goal for Blarney ten minutes from time re-invigorated his sides always strong challenge and Ballincollig were under pressure to hold on from there to the end. Ballincollig march on to round 3, Blarney will face Cill na Martra in the loser’s round and that should be a very close contest.
John Kelly had a Ballincollig goal after three minutes but points from Conor Hogan and from two Alan McEvoy frees had the sides level by the seventh minute. Darren Murphy and Ian Coughlan pointed to put Ballincollig clear, Paul O’Leary for Blarney and Murphy exchanged points and Alan McEvoy pointed a late free to leave the score at 1-3 to 0-5 at the break. Blarney were full of spirit and were not conceding in any way to a Ballincollig side with many players with senior experience.
On the restart, Blarney drew level through another McEvoy free but then suffered the two body blows, the first goal, a fierce drive coming from Stephen Coughlan, the second goal, a deceptive cross-goal shot from Darren Murphy that finished in the far corner of the Blarney net. Points from John Daniel Good and McEvoy reduced the deficit for Blarney, Darren Murphy responded with a point from a free, 3-4 to 0-8 at the three quarter stage. Further Ballincollig points from Darren Murphy and Mark Allen opened up a seven point lead but back came Blarney with a Joe Jordan point followed by Luke Madden’s goal and then five minutes from time, a point from Alan McEvoy’s free left only two points between the teams. Brian Cotter got a badly needed point for Ballincollig in the 58th minute, Joe Jordan matched it a minute later but Darren Murphy had the final score, a point from a free, to make the Ballincollig position secure.
Scorers: Ballincollig: D Murphy 1-5 (0-2f), J Kelly and S Coughlan 1-0 each, I Coughlan, M Allen and B Cotter 0-1 each. Blarney: L Madden 1-0, A McEvoy 0-6 (frees), J Jordan 0-2, C Hogan, JD Good and P O’Leary 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: Ciarán Noonan: Jordan Murray, Darren Murphy, Gearóid O’Donoghue: Cillian Coleman, Stephen O’Donoghue, Robbie Bourke: Niall Allen, Stephen Coughlan: Brian Cotter, Robert Noonan, Eoin O’Reilly: John Kelly, Ian Coughlan, Darren Murphy. Subs: David Bowen 39, Jordan O’Connor 59.
Blarney: Shane Jordan: Vince O’Mahony, Mark Cremin, Eoin Mullane: Ray O’Donovan, Cormac O’Mahony, Alan McEvoy: Peter Philpott, Mark O’Leary: John Daniel Good, Joe Jordan, Paul O’Leary: Conor Hogan, Keith Costelloe, Luke Madden. Subs: Seán McSweeney, Paul O’Connor. Referee: Colm Ó Mocháin, Uas., Cill na Martra.

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 Winner A v Winner F, 2 Winner E v Winner D
Semi Final 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

MJK Oils Junior A Hurling Championship

Round 1
A Ballincollig v Iveleary, Thursday May 31st at Cloughduv
B Cloughduv v Éire Óg, Saturday May 26th at Blarney
C Donoughmore 2-6 Ballinora 3-16
D Blarney v Kilmichael, Sunday June 3rd at Coachford
Round 2 Loser A v Loser D, Donoughmore v Loser B
Ballinora 3 – 18 Donoughmore 2 – 6
Ballinora, champions in 2016 and one of the annual strong contenders for honours, got their MJK OILS Mid Cork Junior A hurling championship campaign off to a good start at Blarney on Saturday evening last , being always in command in their encounter with an understrength Donoughmore side. It was a good performance by the winners with their forward division particularly impressive. A Ballinora victory looked a fore gone conclusion at half time and there was never a doubt in the second half about the outcome despite Donoughmore’s best efforts to improve their situation. Ballinora are now through to the championship semi-final, Donoughmore will have a last chance of advancing in the second round.
Kevin Murphy put Ballinora ahead after thirty seconds but Shane Sexton hit an equaliser immediately for Donoughmore. A goal from Pat Fitton regained the lead and Ballinora maintained the pressure and led by 1-5 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter. Donoughmore’s Shane Sexton got a point back in the 17th minute but Ballinora replied tellingly, Pat Fitton with a point and then Michael Murphy crashed home their second goal in the 20th minute. Darragh Holmes hit a third goal four minutes later with a powerful drive to the net. Shane Sexton created an opening for Shane Horgan to get a goal back for Donoughmore in the 28th minute but half time saw Ballinora leading 3-10 to 1-5 and in control. Donoughmore certainly tried hard to turn their situation around in the second half but Ballinora were able to stay comfortably ahead and led 3-15 to 1-6 at the end of the third quarter. A goal by Shane Sexton in the 47th minute from a penalty was a boost for Donoughmore but Ballinora finished with three points to demonstrate their dominance.
Scorers: Ballinora: David Howard0-8 (0-6 f, 0-1 65), Pat Fitton 1-3, Darragh Holmes 1-3, Michael Murphy 1-1, Darragh Corkery 0-2, Kevin Murphy 0-1. Donoughmore: Shane Sexton 1-3 ( 0-2 f, 1-0 pen), Shane Horgan 1-0, Gerard Buckley 0-2, Leon Cogan 0-1.
Ballinora: Barry Crowley: Kenneth Greally, Brendan Hourihan, David Fitton: Tomás McGrath, Raymond Connery, Patrick Cronin: Mike Lordan, Alan O Neil: Pat Fitton, Michael Murphy, Darragh Corkery: Kevin Murphy, David Howard, Darragh Holmes. Subs: Conor McGrath 46, Brian Rigney 48.
Donoughmore: Wayne O Donnell: Denis Dorney, Aidan Corkery, David Looney: Leon Cogan, Kevin Horgan, Alan Twomey: Laurence Barry, Adrian Looney: Shane Sexton, William Murphy, Aidan O Brien: Gerard Buckley, Alan Savage, Shane Horgan. Subs: Brendan O Callaghan 31, St John Forde h/t, Sean Looney 44. Referee: Mr John Horgan, Gleann na Laoi.

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 Championship Fixtures

Saturday June 2nd at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Munster SHC Rd 3, Cork v Limerick at 7pm, preceded by Minor HC Rd 3, Cork V Limerick at 5pm.
June 17th: In Thurles, Munster SHC, MHC: Rd 5, Waterford v Cork at 2pm

Munster Senior Football Championship

Cork 1-17, Tipperary 0-9:
Cork will meet either Clare or Kerry in the Munster SFC final on Saturday,June 23rd after comfortably overcoming Tipperary in the semi final at Thurles. This was the fourth Munster semi-final meeting in five years and with the previous three having been decided by margins of one and two-points (twice), a tight contest was expected but for the small band of Cork supporters present in an attendance of 3400 it turned out to be a joyous occasion, the best display from the county footballers in recent years.
This Cork display was full of enthusiasm, fast breaking out of defence and with little of the pedestrian sideways and backwards football that Cork have served up too often to the despair of their supporters. Players worked for one another, appeared to know what the game plan was and got their reward.
After an even enough start, 0-3 each early on, Cork got a vital goal in the 31st minute to go five points clear and led by seven points, 1-8 to 0-4, at the break. Tipperary did stage a mini-comeback in the second half, rattling over five points without reply and cutting the deficit back to five points1-11 to 0-9 as one or two of the Cork team kicked wides from difficult positions, ignoring better placed colleagues. The Cork management moved quickly however and brought in a full complement of fresh substitutes and control was regained once again. Luke Connolly finished with ten points and was outstanding in the Cork attack. Goalkeeper Mark White had a fine debut and denied Tipperary on at least two occasions in the first half.
Scorers for Cork: L Connolly 0-10 (0-5 f); M Collins 0-3; C O’Neill 1-0; P Kerrigan 0-2; S White, B Hurley 0-1 each.
Cork: Mark White; Kevin Crowley, Jamie O’Sullivan, Kevin Flahive; Sean White, Sean Cronin, Tom Clancy; Ian Maguire, Aidan Walsh; Kevin O’Driscoll, Mark Collins, Rory Deane; John O’Rourke, Colm O’Neill, Luke Connolly.
Subs: Brian Hurley for O’Neill (47 mins, inj); RONAN O’TOOLE (Éire Óg) for O’Driscoll (56); PETER KELLEHER (Kilmichael) for A Walsh, Paul Kerrigan for O’Rourke (60); James Loughrey for S White (64); Matt Taylor for Clancy (68).
Cathal Vaughan (Iveleary) and Cian Kiely (Ballincollig) were also on the Cork panel.

Munster Senior Hurling Championship

Cork 2-23 Clare 1-21
Cork won their first Munster SHC game in the new Páirc Ui Chaoimh, a round-robin first round game with Seamus Harnedy’s late late goal clinching victory for the home side.
The 24,490 in attendance saw Clare begin with three points on the spin but Cork reeled them in and at the end of the first quarter Cork had a 0-6 to 0-5 lead. Clare drew level at 0-8 each but by half-time Cork had nudged one ahead thanks to a Seamus Harnedy point, 0-11 to 0-10. The game continued in nip-and-tuck fashion in the second half, with Cork one ahead on 45 minutes, when there was a long stoppage for medical attention to Robbie O’Flynn of Cork, who had to be stretchered off after colliding with teammate Conor Lehane.
After that break Cork struck for a Conor Lehane goal after Patrick Horgan had chased what looked to be a ball going wide, but Clare replied within minutes with a fine Kelly goal, and the game really came alive with the score 1-15 each at the three-quarter stage. Cork edged three points ahead going into the last seven minutes but Clare cut the gap to two before Seamus Harnedy’s late goal secured victory for the Rebels.
Scorers for Cork: P. Horgan 0-10 (0-6f); S. Harnedy, C. Lehane 1-2 each; D. Fitzgibbon 0-3; M. Ellis 0-2; M. Coleman, R. O’Flynn, B. Cooper, D. Brosnan 0-1 each.
CORK: Anthony Nash: SEÁN O’DONOGHUE (Inniscarra), Damian Cahalane, Colm Spillane: Christopher Joyce, Mark Ellis, MARK COLEMAN (BLARNEY): Darragh Fitzgibbon, Billy Cooper: Daniel Kearney, Conor Lehane, Robbie O’Flynn: Luke Meade, Seamus Harnedy, Patrick Horgan. Subs: Brian Lawton for Kearney (blood, 33-HT); Shane Kingston for Meade (42); Tim O’Mahony for O’Flynn (inj, 45); Dean Brosnan for Kearney (inj, 59).
Cork 1-23 Tipperary 2-20
Substitute Jake Morris earned Tipperary their first point of the Munster SHC round-robin as his injury-time equaliser secured a draw against Cork at Semple Stadium. Cork looked to have done enough to secure a second straight win as late points from Séamus Harnedy and Shane Kingston (two) gave them a cushion following an excellent Tipperary fightback. When Anthony Nash saved brilliantly to deny John O’Dwyer a goal, it looked as if it wouldn’t be Tipp’s day, but points from Jason Forde and John McGrath gave them hope and at the very end, Morris – with his first touch – fired over after Cork uncertainty in clearing.
Cork had begun brilliantly with seven unanswered points inside 14 minutes but Tipp could have had a goal but Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash pulled off a wonderful save. Nash could do nothing to drive Jason Forde’s drive on 14 but Cork still led by nine points, 1-15 to 1-6 at half time.
Tipp had five points in a row on the restart, Cork came back with two, the next four points were shared, but a good Tipp move ended in a second goal, Forde feeding Noel McGrath for a good low finish across Nash. Bill Cooper moved Cork four in front again but Tipp were coming. Nash had to be quick off his line to deny O’Dwyer a shot, however points from Forde (65), O’Dwyer and John McGrath (two) had the home side level by the 60th minute. That was how it finished, but not without plenty more twists and turns in the final 10 minutes.
Scorers for Cork: Shane Kingston 1-5, Séamus Harnedy, Patrick Horgan (2fs) 0-5 each, Daniel Kearney 0-4, Bill Cooper, Conor Lehane 0-2 each.
CORK: Anthony Nash; SEÁN O’DONOGHUE, Damien Cahalane, Colm Spillane; Mark Ellis, Christopher Joyce, MARK COLEMAN; Darragh Fitzgibbon, Bill Cooper; Luke Meade, Conor Lehane, Daniel Kearney; Séamus Harnedy, Shane Kingston, Patrick Horgan.
Subs: Brian Lawton for Meade (54), Tim O’Mahony for Kearney (59), Jamie Coughlan for Kingston (70).

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship

Cork 0 – 26 Clare 3 – 13
Six unanswered points near the finish got Cork’s Munster MHC campaign off to a winning start against Clare at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. With four minutes remaining, Clare led by 3-13 to 0-20 but Cork finished strongly with scores from Alan Connolly, Paddy O’Flynn (two each), Cathal Hickey and Daniel Hogan to take the points.
Scorers for Cork: Evan Murphy 0-8 (0-6 frees 0-1 65), Shane Barrett 0-5, Alan Connolly 0-4 (0-2 frees), Paddy O’Flynn 0-2, Cormac O’Brien (65), Cillian O’Donovan, Olan Broderick, Paul Cooney, Daniel Hogan, Pádraig Power, Cathal Hickey 0-1 each.
CORK: Cian Long (Glen Rovers); Christian Murphy (Midleton), Padraic Cullinane (Ballinascarthy), Cian O’Donovan (Sarsfields); Cormac O’Brien (Newtownshandrum), Luke Horgan (Glen Rovers), Cillian O’Donovan (Douglas); Olan Broderick (Killeagh), PAUL COONEY (Ballincollig); Kevin Moynihan (Na Piarsaigh), Shane Barrett (Blarney), Daniel Hogan (Sarsfields); PÁDRAIG POWER (Blarney), Paddy O’Flynn (Bride Rovers), Evan Murphy (Glen Rovers). Subs:Alan Connolly (Blackrock) 24, Cathal Hickey (Lisgoold) 47, Darragh Flynn (Ballygiblin) 53.
Tipperary 4-15 Cork 1 - 14
Three first half goals paved the way for Tipperary to kick-start their Munster MHC campaign, seeing off Cork in Thurles. A week earlier, Cork also allowed three opening-period goals to Clare but, while they fought back to win on that occasion, they were unable to bridge the gap this time.
Scorers for Cork: Pádraig Power 0-4, Cormac O’Brien (frees), Daniel Hogan (0-1 free) 0-3 each, Aaron Mulcahy 1-0, Evan Murphy (frees), Shane Barrett 0-2 each.
Cork: Cian Long (Glen Rovers): Christian Murphy (Midleton), Pádraic Cullinane (Ballinscarthy), Niall O’Riordan (Mallow): Luke Horgan (Glen Rovers), Cormac O’Brien (Newtownshandrum), Cillian O’Donovan (Douglas): PAUL COONEY (Ballincollig), Olan Broderick (Killeagh): PÁDRAIG POWER (Blarney), SHANE BARRETT (Blarney), Daniel Hogan (Sarsfields): Alan Connolly (Blackrock), Paddy O’Flynn (Bride Rovers), Evan Murphy (Glen Rovers). Subs: Ciarán O’Brien (St Catherine’s) (50), Cian McCarthy (St Oliver Punkett’s), Cian O’Donovan (Sarsfields), Cathal Hickey (Lisgoold), Aaron Mulcahy (Midleton).

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Eire Óg P2A county hurling champions ©

Hurling Win for Éire Óg

Eire Óg 5 10 Inniscarra 2 13
Éire Óg were recently crowned U15 premier 2A hurling county champions after a top class game in Redmonds. A local derby, it was always going to be an epic battle. The wind had a bearing on the game as Éire Óg owned the first half and Inniscarra took over after half time. Joe Enright got the first score of the game for Inniscarra. Cathal Sheehan replied for Éire Óg in the fifth minute with the first of his four goals. Darragh Coakley and David Casey made it 1 02 to 0 01. Coakley dominated at centre back for Éire Óg, with Sheehan immense in the full forward line for the Ovens based outfit. Sheehan scored two goals within 5 minutes, and when Sam O’Driscoll and Casey each raised a white flag, Éire Óg were in firm control. Enright replied for Inniscarra with two points to make it 3 04 to 0 03 midway through the first half but Sheehan added another goal and a point to make it 4 05 to 0 03. Brian Lowney and Enright were on target for Inniscarra with Coakley and Sheehan replying for Éire Óg to leave it 4 07 to 0 05 at the short whistle.
Sheehan got the first score of the second half for Éire Óg but led by Joe Enright, Inniscarra roared back into the game. Enright scored two points and when Scott McElroy got in for a goal,it was 4 08 to 1 07. Sheehan replied with a point for Éire Óg but Inniscarra were not going down without a fight. Jonathan Keane and Enright pointed, and when Conor O’Riordon got a goal and a point, the scoreboard read 4 09 to 2 12 and it was game on. Sheehan did steady the ship for Éire Óg with a point and Lowney replied for Inniscarra. Éire Óg, having weathered the storm were not going to be denied, and when Seamus Lordon rattled the back of the Inniscarra net with five minutes left, the cup was heading to Ovens. Referee, Ian Thomas, sounded the final whistle and it was greeted with jubilation from the Éire Óg camp. Captain Darragh Coakley collected the cup on behalf of the Éire Óg team, and the celebrations began in earnest after a highly entertaining game, played in a very sporting manner.
Scorers for Éire Óg C Sheehan 4 -05 (2f) S Lordon 1-0 D Coakley (2f) D Casey 0 -2 S O Driscoll 0-1.
Scorers for Inniscarra C O Riordon 1-1 S McElroy 1-0 J Enright 0-7 (5f) B Lowney 0-03 S O’Donoghue, J Keane 0-01 each.
Éire Óg E O Shea, F Dineen, C Harris, A Power, D Coakley (Capt) A McCarthy, S Lordon, D O Connell, S O Driscoll, D Dillon, T O Brien, C Sheehan, M. Murphy, D Casey, C Buckley, K. McSweeney, N. Sheehan, R O Driscoll, M. Dineen.
Inniscarra, C Heelan, D Keane, S McLoughlin, S Naughton, J Cussen, J Enright, S O Deadaigh, C Desmond, M Linehan, A O Donovan, S O Donoghue (Capt) P Dunne, S McElroy, V Lowney, C O Riordon, J Keane.

Macroom Ladies Football

Summer is here again and with it comes the time for the State Examinations and the resulting lull in matches as clubs allow their members the time to study for and sit their exams. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our ladies who will sit the Junior and Leaving Certificate Examination, and also to the older ladies who will sit college exams, the very best of luck.
Macroom Junior ladies had a very convincing win over Grange in Tom Creedon Park. Macroom were in command from the throw-in and controlled the play very well and finished with a very comfortable win. The U-14 ladies travelled to Ballinora and came away with a great win, 8-7 to 2-2.
Club member, Meabh Kelleher, represented her county when she played for the Cork Primary Schools Football team in Thurles, defeating Tipp convincingly. Team members received their Cork sports gear and were delighted to have the chance to play in front of a large crowd. Well done Meabh, the fourth club member to represent her County with Katie Dineen at Junior level, Aoife Twomey and Erika O'Shea at U-16 and Macroom LGFC are very proud for such a small club to have great representation at so many County levels.
We heard during the past week of the retirement from inter-county play, of 18 time All-Ireland winner and Cork legend Rena Buckley. Rena has an incredibly impressive playing record and is the most successful Ladies football player in the history of the game. Rena will still be playing football with her club Donoughmore but has called time on her inter-county career to concentrate more time on the "people in her life". Rena works in her own business as a Chartered Physiotherapist in Macroom and is a great asset to players of all sports in our area. We would like to wish Rena all the best and thank her for her commitment and for all she has done for Cork and for the game.
Macroom Ladies Football Club will soon be hosting one of the Cork Ladies Football Development Summer Camps. This will be held in Tom Creedon Park from the 16th to the 19th of July. This camp will be coached by some of the top Cork Senior and Minor ladies team members and is a great opportunity for our young ladies to be trained by some of the stars of Cork ladies football. It will be a 4 day camp, running from Monday July 16th through to Thursday July 19th from 10am to 2pm. The fee is €45 which is payable on the day and each girl will receive a purple training jersey on completion of the camp. Bookings can be made by completing the online application form on https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/corklgfacamp2018 or scan the barcode on the poster. For further information or queries please contact the Camp Coordinator Orlagh Farmer on 086-3509870. (Image attached - corkladiesfootball.png)

Macroom G.A.A.

Macroom Intermediates travelled to play Clonakilty in the county league, division 1. Macroom were short some regulars, had a goal after two minutes and missed some good early opportunities. Clonakilty then dominated and led by 2-9 to 1-0 at half time. Macroom outscored Clon by 0-8 to 0-2 in the second period but were unable to bridge the gap. The final score was Clonakilty 2-11, Macroom 1-8.
Mid Cork Junior B Football League Macroom had their first win of the year, defeating Canovee 2-11 to 2-8 in a hard fought encounter. The team was: Thomas Creedon, Richard McSweeney, Jack Cronin, Alan O’Farrell, M O’Callaghan, Ciarán Murphy, C Condon, Conor Hurley, Brendan O’Sullivan, D Corcoran, Conor O’Sullivan, Shane Dunne, J Leahy, Darren Creed, P Cronin. Subs: C Dinneen, R Murphy.
Minors: were well beaten by Canovee in the minor non- exam league. Cillian Donovan hurt a shoulder and unfortunately will be out for a while.
U-14s: Macroom travelled to Caheragh R3 of the Rebel Óg West league. Macroom were behind 2-4 to 2-10 at the break. In the second half Macroom took the fight to their opponents, and when Dylan Molyneux finished a well crafted goal, Macroom were ahead, for the first time, by a point with eight minutes remaining. Scores were exchanged in a nail-biting finish. The final result was a draw, Macroom 5-9, Caheragh 4-12. Macroom Panel; Cameron Murphy, Ben Herlihy, Liam McSweeney, Max Wyzinski, Liam Holland, Robert Lucey, Brian Healy, Mark Hunt, Ronan Morey, James Slattery, Conor Coleman, Darren Sweeney, Dylan Molyneux, Oisín O’Sullivan, Marcin Oleksi, Nikita Leninov Jonah Dervin, Cian Noonan and Daragh Hogan.
U-12Bs: Macroom second U-12 team hosted Aghinagh – 10 nominated players cannot be selected. Macroom held their own for the first half and were down 0-5 points at the break. On resuming, Aghinagh scored early goals and went on to win. Macroom had many good displays; Maciej Byrdziak, Ben O’Riordan, Shane McCarthy, Ray Griffin, Bobby Murphy and Jakub Gdaniec-Bastion played well.
U11s: played Éire Óg in the TCP in two matches. Team A did very well and won by a goal. Team B lost by a few scores but everyone competed very well and the effort displayed by every player was the most pleasing aspect of the games.
Macroom U10’s played Kilmurry away, both Macroom teams played good football and won the two games.
U-9s: The U9’s played well against Clonakilty away. Macroom drew one and narrowly lost the other game. Macroom hosted Kilmurry and of four matches played, Macroom won two, drew one and lost one. It was a very enjoyable evening and both teams enjoyed the after-match goodies.

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The very successful Impact Volleyball team. ©

Victory for Impact

Congratulations to the Impact Volleyball Club's female team for winning their finals which took place in Killkenny on Saturday the 28th of April. All three teams took part in a tournament in Dublin on the 24th and 25th of February. The male team did not get into the finals as they lost their match against UCC. But they played all their matches very well but, sadly, the luck wasn’t on their side. From our two mixed teams, one got to the semi-finals, but lost after a very intensive match. The ladies played very well in Dublin and so went into the Women’s Junior Final Championship. On behalf of the female team, I wish to express sincere thanks for the support that we got from the rest of the group, especially the male team! They cheered us on and gave us motivation, inspiration and the coaching that we needed, during the bad and good times of each match!
The team went to Kilkenny to play the final against Santry. They played very well. It was a very stressful match but, in the end, we won 3:0 in sets. We will be attending the annual awards night at The Royal Marine Hotel in Dublin on the 12th of May! There we will receive our medals and the trophy we all so greatly wanted to win. In the 2018/19 season, the ladies team hopes to start playing in Division two. We wish for the best and hope to bring more medals back home in the next season.

U12 Schoolgirls CWSSL Cup Final.

by Darragh Deasy.
Macroom 2 Ballincollig 0.
Macroom were crowned CWSSL Cup champions at Turner's Cross on Sunday last following a deserved 2-0 win over Ballincollig. Played in front of a large attendance, this was an outstanding performance from the whole squad in which all 16 girls got on the field to make a valuable contribution. The game started with Ballincollig on attack, but returning Macroom keeper, Molly Murphy, was equal to several attempts at goal. Gradually Macroom began to settle and take control of the game with Caoimhe O’Brien, Lauren O’Brien and Olivia Wozniak all doing well. A succession of corners almost led to the opening goal but soon after, Macroom hit the front. The hard working Avril Manning got beyond the last defender and struck a low shot past the advancing keeper. Macroom continued to press but were happy enough to take a 1-0 half time lead.
On the restart, the pattern of the game continued. Ballincollig attacks were rare and defenders, Lily Murphy, Grace Murray and Joanne Kelly, dealt comfortably with anything that came their way. Kelly was having a fantastic game, covering well and pushing up the right flank at every opportunity. Up front, Lisa O'Donovan was creating havoc by putting constant pressure on the Ballincollig back three. The lead was doubled with ten minutes remaining and Macroom were now really in full flight. On this occasion, Caoimhe O Brien found space and an unstoppable left footed strike found the top corner. Although Ballincollig tried until the end, Macroom saw out the remaining time comfortably and the experience gained from playing in this final last year was visible for all to see.
At the final whistle there were joyous scenes from players and supporters and the cup was presented to captain, Grace Murray, on the steps of the Donie Forde stand. And Caoimhe O'Brien was deservedly presented with the Player of the Match award. The team is managed superbly by Tim Murphy and Mick Goold and a great camaraderie clearly exists between all players and management. On returning to Macroom, the excitement continued. A Garda escort led the traditional tour of the town. The large and noisy cavalcade of cars made sure the experience for the young players will not be forgotten for a very long time. A memorable occasion for the schoolgirls section and indeed a real boost for the club as a whole.
Squad: Molly Murphy, Lily Murphy, Grace Murray, Joanne Kelly, Caoimhe O'Brien, Lauren O'Brien, Avril Manning, Olivia Wozniak, Aoife Murphy, Clara Kelleher, Christina Casey, Lisa O'Donovan, Aoibhe McSweeney, Leah McMahon, Saorlaith Murphy, Mairead Roche.

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Macroom U12 Schoolgirls, winners of CWSSL Cup Final ©Darragh Deasy

Macroom FC

U12 Schoolgirls Success. Following the big win at Turner's Cross, the U12 girls turned their attention back to league action. With two games remaining, two wins would secure the title. The first up was an away trip to Passage and the three points were gained after a tough encounter. The final game was away to Carrigaline Utd. After another tremendous performance, Macroom were crowned league champions with a 3-0 win. It has been a fantastic year for this team and to secure the double is a rare event indeed. Well done to all players, coaches and also to the dedicated group who promote girls soccer in Macroom. The future is certainly bright.
Adults. Macroom A completed their league campaign with a 5-0 win over Leeview Athletic and a 1-1 draw v Buttevant. These four points were not enough to gain promotion and Macroom finished third. A decent season for this young team and it is hoped that they can continue to improve.
U15 Neil Welch Cup Semi Final Victory Macroom U15s have set up another big day by qualifying for the Neil Welch cup final. A tough trip to Passage last Saturday saw the away side run out 1-3 winners. An excellent first half saw Macroom lead 2-0 at half time, goals coming courtesy of Aaron Hunt and Conor Kelleher. In the second period Passage halved the deficit. The home side responded well by driving forward and the excellent Lawrence Asling fired the third late on. A determined performance from the whole squad and they now await the winners of the other semi final which features Ballincollig and Corinthian Boys. This team is managed by Barry Fitzgerald and Chris Brown.

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Alan O’Regan, (front, 2nd from right), captain of the winning team at Macroom G.A.A. Golf Classic at Macroom Golf Club, with organising committee. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Golf Club

Results: 15 May Seniors Scramble 1st Flor Mc Carthy 14 Liam Nash Dermot O'Shea 25 Derry Canty 22 44.5
17 May American Golf Qualifier 1st Tom Fitzgerald 11 46pts 2nd David O'Connell 15 43pts
19/20 May First Barra Concannon 9 42pts Second Barry Ronayne 15 41pts Third John Desmond 16 40pts Gross Kevin Sheehan 2 35pts Senior Donal Ahern 17 37pts