Lee Valley Outlook v15e12 June 14 2018

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Stroll in the Park among the Rhododendrons ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

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.
Film Making Bootcamp at McEgan College June 25 – 29. Apply by Mon. June 18.
Dromleigh N.S. Bring and Buy for Marymount Fri June 22nd at 12noon.
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.
Kilmichael Community Alert planning meeting Mon 25th June at 8.30 pm in Coolcower House,
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.
Purlies Knitting Group June 21st at 11.30am.
‘Basher Bacon Puppet Show’ June 23rd at midday.
Juvenile Book Club June 23rd at 3p.m.
Anti Litter Judging in Macroom
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

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Catherine Coughlan, Mary O'Brien, Breda Cotter, Isabel Good, Anne O'Mahony, Joan Dinneen (Deputy Director of Nursing); Dr. Con Kelleher, Bernie Buckley, Director of Nursing; Ber Power, H.S.E; Minister Jim Daly and Minister Michael Creed. ©Macroom Community Hospital.

Macroom Hospital – Good news on the horizon.

On May 25th, Mr Jim Daly, Minister of State with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People, visited Macroom Hospital, together with his assistant, Mr Darren Hourihane. Minister Michael Creed facilitated and attended the meeting. At the gathering they met Ms Bernie Buckley, Director of Nursing in Macroom Community Hospital; her Deputy, Ms Joan Dinneen; Friends of Macroom Hospital representatives Ms Breda Cotter, Ms Mary O’Brien, Ms Catherine Coughlan and Ms Isobel Good, Ms Ann O’Mahony, together with Ms Ber Power, HSE South Manager, and Dr. Con Kelleher.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss:
The extension/ development of Macroom Community Hospital.
The possible conversion of the Health Centre to a Day-Care Unit for the elderly.
The use of the converted Health Centre for other activities; services for children and for the handicapped were suggested.
The great news is that in a follow-up e-mail, dated May 29th 2018, to Nursing Director Buckley, Darren Hourihane, on behalf of Minister Daly, confirmed that planning for the new hospital extension will be sought in November 2018, building will start in 2019 and will be completed in 2020. Assurances were also given that the conversion of the Health Centre will be addressed in the very near future.
After the meeting Ministers Creed and Daly walked around the hospital. They were very impressed with the condition of the hospital, the quality of the care, and especially with the use of nurse prescribing and the availability of intravenous treatment when needed. These facilities are rare in community hospitals. All this is a testament to the professionalism and excellence of the staff and management of Macroom Hospital. Minister Daly acknowledged the lack of space. It is understood that a substantial budget has been allocated for the hospital extension and that extra money may be provided for work on the Health Centre/ Day-Care unit. How fantastic for the Macroom area if both were completed in the next few years.
By Dr Con Kelleher, retired local G.P.

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Warming up for the VHI Roadshow with Rena Buckley at the Castle Grounds Macroom to celebrate 5 years of Macroom Park Run ©

State Exams

The Leaving and Junior Certificate examinations continue for the next week at all three Macroom Post Primary schools as well as in Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne, Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh and Coachford Community College. We wish all our young people clear heads and total recall of all they have learned over the past years. The Leaving Cert is an important stepping stone on the road of life but there are many paths to fulfilment.
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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Macroom Tidy Towns members, John Lyons and Yuri put the flower baskets in place in glorious weather. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Tidy Macroom

Macroom was in 4th position after the 1st round of Cork County Council Anti Litter Challenge but went into a clear lead in the 2nd round, with the last round of judging proceeding June 11 – 20. Competing in Category B, Macroom now has 1947.6 points and Fermoy is in 2nd place with 1932.4 points.
In the second judging, the residential areas, Oakwood, the Hermitage and the area around the church were excellent. They lost just 1.1 points out of 400. The Town Centre was much improved from the first marking, losing 16.3 marks from a total of 600. The nominated estate for the next judging period is Sullane Weirs, and the judges will pick a 2nd estate at random, so all estates should be at the ready. The town will be judged between Monday June 11th and Wednesday 20th.
The good weather permits more open air socialising, but please do not discard cigarette butts, food wrappers, cans and bottles indiscriminately. Macroom Tidy Towns volunteers are out in force every weekend, cleaning up the mess left at the Weirs and Tom Creedon Park, the Town Park and Castle Demesne, as well as the town centre. Flower tubs have been put in place at the entrance to Oakwood; Barrack Lane flower beds have been tidied up and bedding plants added and hanging baskets went up on the main streets in town. Tidy Towns volunteers meet each Saturday morning in the square at 9 am. More volunteers are always welcome.

Film Making Bootcamp in Macroom

For just €50, aspiring young filmmakers, aged 13 – 19, can experience a week long immersion in the skills required to make a film. Summer Film Making Programme 2018 takes place at Mc Egan College, Macroom June 25-29. With the support of Cork County Council, Cork ETB and SECAD, the Cork Young Filmmakers Programme is once again able to offer these amazing opportunities to young people throughout County Cork this summer.
Always wanted to make a movie, learn new skills, have fun and meet new people? Participants in the programme will learn and experience a wide variety of different aspects of being a filmmaker in a hands-on, fun and interactive workshop. Work alongside professional filmmakers from Cork Film Centre, over five days to explore, learn and create short film. Filmmaking isn’t a solo activity so you’ll meet other, like-minded young people.
Young people get to make a film and learn new skills to take home. It’s all about having fun, building confidence, encouraging creativity and self-expression. For many, this experience is creating pathways into college, university and the film industry. All will have an opportunity to showcase their short films at special Festival and Gala Film events.
Apply: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. immediately with name, contact details; address/ tel.no., age and briefly outline any experience, why you feel this course is for you! Closing Date Monday 18th June. Only charge €50! Places are limited so please email your application NOW to ensure your place. For information please call or text 0868139019. Macroom 25-29 June at Mc Egan College. Mallow - 9-13 July at The Big Blue Cube.

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Macroom 1997 U-15 football team that includes the late Daniel Kingston, fourth from left, front row. ©Supplied by Tadg Sheehan

Daniel Kingston Run

The ninth Daniel Kingston 5k memorial run/ walk takes place in Macroom on Thursday 21st June at 8p.m. Registration between 6pm and 7.45pm. A great evening is assured and for those who have never participated before, it's definitely recommended. Entry fee is €10 and refreshments are served in the sports complex afterwards. All surplus proceeds go to Cork ARC - Cork cancer support house - a safe haven for people with cancer and their families, where one can find information, practical help and emotional help. Daniel (25) passed away in 2009 from Hodgkin’s lymphoma and since then, family and friends have raised €225k in his memory. Each year there has been tremendous support from local race participants, businesses, clubs and volunteers. Further race details can be found in -http://corkrunning.blogspot.com/2018/06/noticedaniel-kingston-memorial-5k.html?m=1
The lads in the accompanying photograph of the 1997 Macroom U-15 GAA team, kindly supplied by Tadhg Sheehan, through Con Kelleher, are: Back, from left: Sean O'Leary, Barry O'Brien, Christopher Murphy, John Goold, Brian Dunton, Hugh Kelleher, Brian Purcell, Conor Buckley, Tomás Murray, Denis Carroll, Daniel O'Callaghan and Owen McCarthy (Coach).
Front, l. to r. Olan Murphy, Martin O'Donnell, Peter Burns, Patrick Angland, David Murnane, Daniel Kingston, Shane Hurley, Ciarán Murphy and Mark Twohig

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.

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Corpus Christi procession 2018 in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Corpus Christi Procession

The annual Macroom Eucharistic procession took place on June 10th from the parish church to the temporary altar in the Square. This year it was held in glorious sunshine, with children and adults participating in summer finery. The procession did not stop the traffic, proceeding along one side of the street, with minimum disruption. It has been part of the Church liturgy in Macroom for ninety years or more. In the 20th century, it was also a huge social event, drawing great crowds and meriting new hats and summer dresses.

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Macroom delegation at Twinning ceremony in Marcallo con Casone in Italy ©

Twinning Trip

Representatives from Macroom Twinning Association travelled to Marcallo con Casone, near Milan, recently for the annual get together with Italian and French ‘twins’. The Macroom delegation included Pat and Peggy O’Connell, Evelyn Mungovan, Breda McCarthy, Ann Dunne, Richard and Geraldine Manning. They flew out to Milan on June 1 and joined friends from Marcallo and Bubry for dinner. On Saturday the group visited the beautiful old town of Bergamo and in the evening enjoyed a buffet dinner and an exhibition of Italian folk dancing back in Marcallo. On Sunday, after Mass in the parish church, there was an official twinning ceremony in the town hall in Marcallo with Pat O’Connell speaking on behalf of the Macroom group, and in the afternoon all visitors travelled to Magenta for a re-enactment of the famous Battle of Magenta of June 4th 1859 when a French- Sardinian army defeated the Austrian army during the 2nd Italian War of Independence. The visitors returned to Marcallo for dinner with their hosts at the Centro Pensionati, (Senior Citizens) the meal being followed by a most enjoyable evening of music, song and dance to which all three cultural groups contributed. The Macroom delegation arrived home on Monday, having flown from Malpensa Airport via Amsterdam to Cork. The weather for the weekend was beautiful and all agreed that it had been a most pleasant trip.
Marcallo con Casone, Macroom and Bubry in Brittany are partners in a three way twinning agreement in which each town plays host to the other two on a three year rota basis. Speaking on behalf of Macroom Twinning Association, Pat O’Connell said:
Mayor of Bubry, Mayor of Marcallo con Casone, elected representatives, friends of twinning, I am delighted to be present here in Marcallo this weekend as we meet for our annual twinning meeting. Our Chairman Paul Collins asked me to apologise for not being present due to work commitments. As each year passes it appears time is speeding up, it seems like only yesterday we were together in Bubry. Since its beginning we have celebrated many years of twinning between our three towns. At each occasion I am reminded of the memoir by the Irish author Muiris Ó Súilleabháin called “Fiche Bliain ag Fás” [Twenty Years Growing] first published in 1933. The book takes its title from an Irish proverb:
Fiche bliain ag fás. Fiche bliain faoi bhláth. Fiche bliain ag cromadh. Fiche bliain gur cuma ann nó as. (Twenty years growing. Twenty years in bloom. Twenty years declining. Twenty years when it doesn't matter) . Sometimes this is seen as a bleak proverb. However, I think its essence captures and reflects the state of the twinning association in Macroom currently. Our association in Macroom is in stasis; we are the same members for many years and we struggle to attract younger members. We will continue to try to re-energise our town and its people to take on board the spirit of twinning, but it is difficult. The friendships and relationships which have been forged between our three towns will outlive any formal association which we have created. The friendship and culture I have witnessed here in Marcallo this weekend tells me that it is vital that all three towns make an all out effort to ensure that this friendship pact is kept in place and I would also make an appeal to the members of the European Parliament to make an all out effort to restore funding to towns that are involved in Twinning right across the European Union. I would like to thank the members of the twinning committee here in Marcallo con Casone for the excellent programme they have put in place this weekend and on behalf of the Macroom Twinning Association, formally invite you all to join us in Macroom for the 2019 celebration of the twinning of our three towns.

FAI Festival of Football for Macroom

Macroom F.C. is one of the Cork clubs chosen to host the FAI as the association comes to the Rebel County for its 2018 AGM August 10 – 18. The major event will take place in Macroom on August 16 when a plaque will be unveiled to mark the 40th anniversary of the club’s founding and another plaque will remember deceased members. It is hoped that luminaries of the Soccer world will be among visitors to Macroom on that day, as well as CEO, John Delaney and President, Tony Fitzgerald. It’s a great occasion for Macroom FC and an opportunity to celebrate their service to the youth of the area and sport in general.

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Josh Mullen and Eleanor Lane make a presentation to Mrs. Cáit Clifford to mark her retirement from the teaching staff at McEgan College ©An Scoil

 McEgan College Updates.

TY Tour of Mid-Cork. After a very successful launch of Macroom and the Lee Valley Tourist Guide, the TY students (on their final outing of the year), did a “whistle stop” tour of the region on Monday May 28th. First up was the Gearagh and then onto Johnny Lynch’s Buffalo Farm where the pupils were taken around the farm and shown the various steps to making Mozzarella Cheese. After a quick tasting session, it was then onto the Toy Soldier Factory in Kilnamartyra which is a “hidden gem” in the heart of Muskerry. The famine will always play a big part in Irish History and the students heard the very sad story of the Buckley Family who were buried in the Famine Graveyard at Carraig a’ Staighre near Clondrohid. Finally the students finished their Tour in the Independence Museum in Kilmurry village. Great credit must go Kilmurry Historical society for their vision in building what is a magnificent Museum and the pupils were most impressed by the local historical displays on view. Certainly worth a visit. The Tourist Guides are available in all strategic locations across Mid Cork. For further details, please contact the Macroom Town Hall on 026-41545.

Macroom Library

Throughout the month of June, the library will be exhibiting a number of beautiful pencil-drawings by local artist, Ann Mechelinck - O’Sullivan. Ann returned to her earliest artistic passion of pencil-drawing for this collection, which is called ‘Back to Basics.’ A list of names and prices of the drawings is also available to view in the library.
Planning a holiday? Be sure to browse through our travel section which contains lots of books and travel guides that might help you on your way.
The Summer Stars reading scheme begins again soon so be sure to enquire at the desk about signing your children up for it so they can take part this summer. This a great way to encourage them to continue reading after the school year has ended – they sign up, collect their reading card, write the names of the books they read over the summer on their reading card so they can collect their Summer Stars certificate and maybe a few goodies at the end of the summer.
The Purlies Knitting group will be meeting on June 21st at 11.30am. The library will be playing host to the ‘Basher Bacon Puppet Show’ on June 23rd at midday. No booking required, so bring the kids along to what is sure to be a fun and enjoyable show. The Juvenile Bookclub will meet on June 23rd at 3pm to discuss the book ‘A Greyhound of a Girl’ by Roddy Doyle.
Next time you visit the library, be sure to enquire about all of our free online services. Library members can access e-Books and e-Audiobooks through BorrowBox, and e-Magazines through the RBdigital app. Leaflets for both of these services are available in the library. You might be interested in searching for an old newspaper article from years ago, in which case you can access several newspaper archives on our computers. We also have over 500 online courses available if you would like to begin an e-learning course – business, crafts, history, web development and many more. You can also use our Mango language courses to help you learn any language you wish. All you need to do to use these online services is join the library, and it's completely free! Please visit https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services/library-online too for more info.


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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.
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.
Film Making Bootcamp at McEgan College, Macroom June 25 – 29. Apply by Monday, June 18 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dromleigh N.S. Sixth class students will host their annual Bring and Buy Fundraiser in the school on Friday June 22nd at 12noon. All proceeds donated to Marymount Hospice and the school. Home baking and a wonderful range of raffle prizes on offer. Please support. www.dromleighns.ie
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.
Community Alert. It is proposed to establish a Community Alert scheme for the following townlands of Kilmichael: Toames East, Toames West, Toames Beg, Annahala, Inchisine, Farranavarigane, Inchinashingane, Dromkeen. A meeting is scheduled for Monday 25th June at 8.30 pm in Coolcower House, Macroom. The meeting will be attended by Garda Orla Doyle, Community Garda, who will provide information on setting up such a scheme. All interested persons residing in these townlands are welcome to attend. Further information from.Elaine Kiernan 086 8141732 or Noel O'Driscoll 085 1662907
Pride in Your Jersey Stephen Beattie, Cork F.C., recently presented a hamper to James O'Riordan, a 3rd class pupil at Scoil Naomh Muire, Farran. James won a hamper, a family pass to the Cork F.C match with Derry City F. C., and match tickets for the school in the Clonakilty Food Co. sponsored "Take Pride in your Jersey" schools programme".
Independence Museum Kilmurry parish schools exhibition this November. School photos pre 1970s would
West Muskerry A.C. At Macroom People of Year awards, Ciara Hurley was nominated for her volunteering in the athletic club; Jamie Hourihan got the special achievement award for winning All Ireland Bronze Medal in Cross Country and Stephen Bradley won Senior Sports Person of the year award. West Muskerry athletes also took part in the Relay at the Cork Marathon. This was organised by Sharon Noonan in memory of her father, Patsy Coleman, who loved both his club, West Muskerry A.C. and the marathon.

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Jim O’Riordan and Bernie Sheehan, 3rd and 5th from left, representing Firebird Heating Solutions, Ballyvourney, winners of Product of the Year at the prestigious H and V News Awards 2018 in London with the Combi HE boiler for Domestic Heating. ©

 Award for Firebird. Firebird Heating Solutions, Ballyvourney, was awarded the prestigious 2018 H&V News Award for Domestic Heating Product of the Year recently. The winning product is Firebirds’ Enviroblue Combi HE. Jim O’Riordan and Bernie Sheehan represented Firebird at the Awards Ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: May 27. Jackpot €2,050. Numbers drawn 8, 29, and 33. No winner. €50 Michael Cotter, Bawnmore. €20 each: Florence & Olivia O'Driscoll, Bawnmore. Brianna & Conor Shannon, Aughinida. Mary & Jerry Herlihy, Derryroe. Ger Healy, Kilnamartyra.
June 3. Jackpot €2,200. Numbers drawn 8, 27, and 32. €50 Brendan Kelleher, Ballinagree. €20 each: Liz and Pat Kelleher, Shanakill, Tara O Riordan and Conor Spillane, Ballinagree, Tommy O Sullivan, Mid Cork Pallets, Vincent Coakley , Derryroe
Canovee Lotto June 3rd. Numbers drawn: 3, 10, 12, 30. No winner €50 Jim Cunningham, Carrig Inn. €25 John T Roche, Dripsey €25 M. Boyle, Canovee Online prize €25 Michelle O Sullivan
June 10th. Numbers drawn: 1, 13, 15, 29 No winner. €50 Gavin Good, c/o Hickeys Bar. €25 Michelle Flynn, Kilcrea €25 Gerald Ahern, Aherla Online prize €25 Elaine O Sullivan. Next week’s lotto is €11,000.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto Results 31/5/ 2018. Jackpot €3200. No winner. €70 Gobnait Goggin, Moulnahorna €20 each: Sheila Walsh, Carriganima Timmy & Mary Lyons, Dromree Dan Kelleher, Moulnahorna Aidan Harty, c/o MC.
6/6/ 2018. Jackpot €3400. No winner. €70 Noelle O’Sullivan, Clondrohid Village €20 each: Tim O’Riordan, Ballymakeera Lower Mick Dineen, Macroom The Crowley Brothers, c/o Bingo Olan Buckley, Kilnagurteen.
Macroom GC Lotto 5th June Jackpot €1400 Numbers Drawn 2 26 36 No Winner €40 Vincent Twomey Coolea €20 Catherine Hennigan, Codrum €20 Donal Ahern, Canovee
Macroom FC Lotto 05/06/18. Jackpot €6,600. Numbers drawn: 2, 3, 35. No Winner. €80 Pat Crowley c/o Noel. €20 each Liam Goulding c/o Swanky, Darragh Deasy c/o Murray's, David O'Mahony c/o Lars, Elaine O' Shea c/o Evelyn.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 29/05/2018. Jackpot €9.800. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 2-24-25.. €70 Mgt Buckley, New Road €20 each: Francis Kiely, Cork Street. Tim Joe Lyons, Main Street,. Caoimhe Daly, Millbrook Close. Ethan O' Gorman, Galway's Cross. John O'Driscoll, 1 O'Connor Park,
05/06/2018. Jackpot €10.000. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 15-25-33. €70 Evelyn Mc Sweeney, Middle Square €20 each: Brooke Murphy, 9 Cork Street, Macroom. €20. Mary Cooney, Greyhound Bar. Declan Kiely, Cork Street. Nora O'Leary, Codrum. Denise Moloney, Main Street.
Coachford AFC Lotto: Results 5/6/2018. Jackpot: €3,800. Numbers Drawn: 15 – 20 – 27. No Winner. €40 Louise Lyons. €20 Jacqueline Field, Lisa Murphy, Colm & Jack Oldham, Trisha McCullagh.
11/6/2018. Jackpot: €4,000. Numbers Drawn: 8 – 26 – 32. No Winner. €40 Frank Buckley. €20 Roberta Linzell, Ted Kelleher, Tessie Sheehan, Dermot Foley (Yearly Ticket).

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Rang na hArd Teiste ag Oíche Chéimnithe 2018 ag Coláiste Ghobnatan le Príomhoide, Toirdealbhach Ó Lionáird and Leas Príomh Oide, Máiréad Uí Liatháin. ©An Scoil

 Lee Valley Updates

Erin Represents Cork at Rose of Tralee

Erin O’Connell, daughter of Mary and Jack, Aghabullogue, has been chosen to represent Cork at the 2018 Rose Festival in Tralee. Erin, who works as a staff nurse at CUH, leads a busy life. As well as her demanding career, she also plays Camogie with Aghabullogue and coaches under age teams. She has a fine voice, which she used effectively at the Rose Selection in Sllversprings as she sang ‘Big, Bad, Handsome Man’. Music and sport are in her genes as her mother is one of the Healys of Aghavrin and her grandfather, Joe Healy, was a fine singer and musician, as well as being steeped in G.A.A.

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Some of Class of 2018 at Coachford College ©Peter Dineen

Clondrohid Updates

Corpus Christi Procession: The annual procession took place last Sunday after 11am Mass. It was a glorious sunny day and a very large crowd took part. The Altar boys led the procession followed by Fr. Wickham, the first Communion children of the parish, the choir, and the people. Two decades of the Rosary were recited as the procession made its way to the School and back to church. At the school, hymns were sung, exposition of Blessed Sacrament took place and the first Communion children sang their hymns with the help of their teacher. The procession returned to the church for more hymns and prayers. A lovely parish occasion. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way.
Development Group: would like to extend their best wishes to all those who have commenced their Junior and Leaving Cert exams, especially all those from the parish. They would also like to thank all those who are helping them with flower-planting, watering etc. Anyone willing to give a hand is most welcome The new boxes on the wall across from Healys Spar are looking resplendent, well done. Tidy Town judging will be taking place shortly so all hands on deck keeping the village clean, tidy and litter free
Retired Active: This group gets together once a month for a coffee and a chat on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. . Come along and enjoy this social occasion where ideas are considered and plans are made for outings etc. Anyone wishing to be part of this group or join them on outings etc needs to be insured as part of Active Retired Group. Cost of insurance is €12 per annum. Please enquire from Maria at post office or any committee member.

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Corpus Christi Procession 2018 in Clondrohid ©Clondrohid Photographers

G.A.A.News; Well done to the Junior As who defeated Dripsey in the first round of the championship and to the Junior Cs who defeated Ballincollig in a league match. Clondrohid U12s continued their league campaign at home to Kinsale. The lads started really strongly and led 2-5 to 0-3 at halftime. The hot conditions did not seem to bother the lads. The midfielders set up attack after attack and the quick and mobile front line punished Kinsale. All the panel were used and added to the final score of 7-11 to 2-4. A fine team display all around the pitch. Well done to the lads and coaches on a great performance.
Clondrohid U10s travelled to Dromtarriffe to take part in a tournament. They played 3 games in very hot conditions. They played St Peter’s, Kanturk and Canovee. With 15 players available, it was a very tough opening game against St Peter’s. They played Kanturk next and lost to a late goal. The last game against Canovee gave Clondrohid a win, 3-2 to 1-4. Well done to all the players who worked so hard. Well done to coaches and parents for bringing them and staying on to support our stars. See ye for the final day of the tournament next Saturday.
Lough Derg Pilgrimage: Thurs June 28 to Sat June 30 Contact Fr. John on 089 7078770
Mushera Platform Dance: Annual Mass at St. John’s well on Monday June 25. Dance later on the Platform .Music by Jerome Liam and Lee Sound. With a cuppa as usual. Everyone welcome.
Daniel Kingston Memorial Run: Thurs June 21 starting at 8pm .registration from 6 to 7.45pm. Money raised goes to ARC. Cork Cancer Support House, in memory of Daniel Kingston who passed away 9 years ago. Prizes and refreshments in the G.A.A. Hall . Everyone welcome.

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Daltaí Ardteiste Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, leis an Máistir Mac Suibhne, Bean Uí Argáin agus an Máistir Ó Duinnín. ©An Scoil

Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh

Céimniú Lucht na hArdteiste 2018 Aoine 25ú Bealtaine. Bhí Aifreann na Scrúdaithe sa tSéipéal ag am lóin le ceol álainn agus cór bríomhar. Labhair an tAthair Anthony faoi na cuimhní a bhí aige féin faoin Ardteist agus bhain sé cúpla gáire as an slua.
Bhí tráthnóna fíor-thaitneamhach i Scoil Mhuire nuair a tháinig daltaí, tuismitheoirí agus foireann na scoile le chéile le céiliúradh a dhéanamh ar an gcúig bliana a chaith lucht na hArdteiste ar scoil. Bhí Muireann Ní Argáin agus Finín Ó Loingsigh ina bean agus fear a’ tí agus bronnadh teastaisí agus boinn Gaisce ar an rang. Bronnadh Dalta na Bliana ar Julie Ní Choinceannainn. Bhí bia blasta ar fáil agus comhluadar taitneamhach faoin ngrian ag pobal na scoile.Guímíd gach rath ar dhaltaí na scrúdaithe stáit na hArdteiste agus an Teastas Shóisearach.

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Foireann Scoil Fhionnbarra Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh a bhuaigh comórtas peile Múscraí urraithe ag Allianz. ©An Scoil


Midsummer Customs

The month of June, in common with other months, has its own customs, some of which have ancient roots. Others were adopted or changed with the coming of Christianity and some continue to this day. Midsummer sees the onset of the summer or June solstice, being the longest or shortest day of the year, depending on whether you live in the northern or southern hemisphere. In Ireland, this year's summer solstice falls on Thursday, 21 June, and will bring us the day of the year with most daylight. This will be followed by days of increasing darkness, but hopefully, months of fine and warm weather too. The astronomical significance of the summer solstice wasn't lost on the ancient people of Cork, who regarded it as extremely important. Farrannahineeny Stone Row, near Kilmichael, is aligned to the summer solstice sunset. On Cape Clear island, there is a 5,000 year old passage grave aligned to the summer solstice sunrise, making it a truly ancient monument. Old midsummer rituals included the rolling of burning wheels downhill, imitating the sun's course and decline across the sky; and the lighting of fires at crossroads and upon hilltops. The importance of light and the ritual dispelling of darkness were seen as integral and essential parts of life.
As is often the case, ancient Irish festivals continued by becoming associated with Christianity. On 23 June we have St John's Eve, the day before the annual feast day of St John. St John's Eve is also commonly known as 'Bonfire Night'. Today, it conjures images of young folk building bonfires of wood and other materials, but in past times, this particular fire tradition was more of an affair for the entire community. Fires would have been lit across Ireland at sunset and tended until late into the night. Young and old would have gathered around them. Events would have differed, depending on what part of the country it was, but could include music, dancing, singing, games, feats of strength and skill, eating and drinking. People would come the following day (St John's Day), take ashes from the fire, and spread them over the land to symbolically protect their crops.

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Holy Well at Knocknagappul, near the top of Musheramore. ©Doug Lucey

 The Schools' Collection (folklore and local tradition material compiled by Irish primary school students in the 1930s) confirms that Cork was no different in mixing ritual and religion in the twentieth century. We learn from the children of Churchtown School that St John's Eve was celebrated by bonfires, when material would be gathered in eager anticipation during the previous week. Everything that could be obtained was collected together into a heap. Those living near bogs would gather bog deal (wood), which would be dried before use and which would blaze 'splendidly' when it was lit. The wood would be stood straight and ringed by sods of turf soaked in paraffin. People would then dance around the lit bonfire. The school children of Rosscarbery tell us that locals would visit wells on St John's Eve and St John's Day. They would recite prayers, make 'the rounds' and seek cures and relief from afflictions. In older times, people would have stayed up all night, and spent part of their time in church.
There are many holy wells dedicated to St John in Cork county, such as on Musheramore mountain, north of Macroom. This particular mountain is the location for a number of holy wells. The well near the mountain top was a place where local herdsmen would pray for the continued health and prosperity of their animals. Lower down the mountain is another well, surrounded by stonework, railings, stations of the cross and car parks. This is St John's Well, otherwise Tobair na Faithni (a place where warts are meant to be cured). Here Mass is celebrated annually on St John's Day (24 June). It is hard not to be distracted by the stunning beauty and views of the surrounding countryside, mountains and valleys. St John's Well is ancient, and believed by some to have had ritual importance to the surrounding community in pre-Christian times. The immediate area has plenty evidence of ancient habitation, including stone circles, stone rows, wedge tombs and other Bronze Age monuments. It all serves to remind us of connections between the past and the present, and the importance of and continuation of ritual and religion to this very day.
By Doug Lucey

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Some of the congregation at the Mass in Macloneigh Cemetery ©John Kelleher

Ancient Cemetery at Macloneigh

Macloneigh graveyard, although unknown to many, is actually one of the most important religious sites in County Cork. The area known as Macloneigh was a parish in its own right until it was incorporated into the parish of Kilmichael in 1778. Thereafter, the area was known as the United Parishes of Kilmichael and Macloniegh and finally, just Kilmichael.
It is reputed to be the baptismal site and early home of St. Finbarr, patron saint of the Diocese of Cork. His father, Amhairgean, owned land in this area and the townland of Farranavarrigane still bears his name. Finbarr later went on to study for the priesthood and returned to build a church in his home place. The exact location of that first church is not known but is probably nearby. The church appeared in the official lists of Pope Innocent in 1199 and has been described as a cathedral church of the Diocese of Cork. The name of the church and the parish can be traced from Mágh cluain eich (the sloped plain of the steed) to Cluain Achad Durbcon in 1281.
The present church ruin is late medieval in design with a beautiful chancery window in the eastern wall. The site was taken over by the Church of Ireland during the Reformation. In fact, clergymen resided in the Rectory beside the graveyard until well into the 1800s. A bullán (hollowed out) stone can be seen at the entrance to the site. These artefacts are often found in association with church sites but this stone was found a little distance away during the 1950s when work was being carried out for the flooding of the river Lee, prior to electrification.
It suggests that the church site once covered a much bigger area. The graveyard surrounding the church is now rarely used but Kilmichael Historical Society organises a Mass here every three years and it is always well attended. Visitors often remark on the beauty and peacefulness of the site. It is hard to imagine it was once a busy monastic site on a very important route up the River Lee. It is not difficult to see, however, why it was chosen for the purpose so many years ago.
By Anne Bradley

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. Even if you cannot remember all the words of the poem, we will source them if at all possible. If contributors so wish, we will add their name as selector.
Tréithe na Féinne le Osborn Ó hAimbeirgin
Ceist ag Pádraig, grá na nGael,
Lá ar laoch an liathfhoilt,
Caoilte Mac Rónáin na scéal
Tráth in Éirinn iathghlais.

‘Inis dúinn, a scéalaí bhinn,
Céard thug daoibhse and tiarnas?,
Nó céard do choinnigh sibh gan mheath
An oiread mhair na Fianna?’

‘Trí tréithe do dhaingnigh sinn’,
D’fhreagair Caoilte ciallmhar.
‘Glaine ár gcroí ‘gus neart ár ngéag,
Is beart do réir ár mbriathar’.

The Terrible People by Ogden Nash
People who have what they want are very fond of telling people who haven't what they want that they really don't want it,
And I wish I could afford to gather all such people into a gloomy castle on the Danube and hire half a dozen capable Draculas to haunt it.
I don’t' mind their having a lot of money, and I don't care how they employ it,
But I do think that they damn well ought to admit they enjoy it.
But no, they insist on being stealthy
About the pleasures of being wealthy,
And the possession of a handsome annuity
Makes them think that to say how hard it is to make both ends meet is their bounden duty.
You cannot conceive of an occasion
Which will find them without some suitable evasion.
Yes indeed, with arguments they are very fecund;
Their first point is that money isn't everything, and that they have no money anyhow is their second.
Some people's money is merited,
And other people's is inherited,
But wherever it comes from,
They talk about it as if it were something you got pink gums from.
Perhaps indeed the possession of wealth is constantly distressing,
But I should be quite willing to assume every curse of wealth if I could at the same time assume every blessing.
The only incurable troubles of the rich are the troubles that money can't cure,
Which is a kind of trouble that is even more troublesome if you are poor.
Certainly there are lots of things in life that money won't buy, but it's very funny -
Have you ever tried to buy them without money?


Townlands Carnival Presentation.

Townlands Carnival recently donated a €500 cheque to Ballyvongane NS, Coachford, to help fund the school’s new robotics project. The festival, located at Rusheen Farm Estate near Macroom, has had a long-running and fruitful relationship with the local national school, with pupils and their families invited each summer to the three-day event.
“We’re delighted to help out Ballyvongane NS with the donation,” said Townlands Carnival Director, Sam Beshoff, “and look forward to having the pupils enjoy our great families area and all of its activities at the festival again this summer.”
Townlands Carnival, running from July 20 – 22, has revealed some huge headliners for this summer’s event, including disco legends Sister Sledge and UK electronic pioneers Leftfield (DJ set). Also playing are Kila, King Kong Company, The Eskies, Katie Kim and more.
Further details for Townlands Carnival can be found at www.townlandscarnival.com


No matter what precautions are put in place, accidents at work can and do happen under varying circumstances. Injuries caused by these work accidents can range in severity from minor lacerations and sprains to broken bones, amputations, severe burns and sometimes, sadly, even fatalities.
If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident at work and you suffer from a workplace injury, you may be able to file a claim for compensation.
In Ireland, employers and business owners are legally responsible for the welfare and safety of their staff and any visitors to their premises. All businesses must compulsorily hold insurance and conform to Health & Safety legislation to ensure that they meet those guidelines. If you feel that your employers failed to meet these responsibilities and that it led to the accident at work, you can receive compensation by filing a work accident claim.
In certain circumstances, even if you contributed to your own work accident, you may still be able to claim injury compensation if your employer is deemed to have been the main instigator of your injury.
When Can You File An Accident At Work Claim?
You may have a valid basis for a work accident claim if you are injured at work for any of the below mentioned reasons and have suffered a personal injury:
• Slip, trip or fall
• Dangerous practices and procedures in the workplace
• Defective or poorly maintained equipment
• Dangerous machinery at work
• Falling object
• Non-adherence to Health & Safety regulations
• Negligence of co-workers
• Insufficient or improper training
• Assault at work
• Accident while operating a forklift or crane
• Faulty lifting and manual handling practices brought on by lack of training
• Industrial injuries such as hand arm vibration syndrome or vibration white finger
Caveat to Making a Work Accident Claim
As with all kinds of accident compensation cases, the most important aspect of filing a work accident claim is being able to prove that your personal injury was caused as a consequence of the negligence of your employer.
Even if it was a straightforward accident in a factory for example, caused clearly by your employer’s negligence, it may sometimes be difficult to prove it in court. This is when it is important to appoint a personal injury solicitor who will assist you in assembling all the evidence and presenting it convincingly.
Time Limit for Filing
The time limit for claims for compensation is two years from the date of the accident. Even so, it is very important that you notify in writing the person you hold responsible for your injury of the nature of the wrong they have committed within two months of the accident. While it may not affect your application to the Injuries Board, it may affect your case later if you have to go to court.

Every personal injury compensation case has its own circumstances and will proceed differently depending upon these circumstances and the reactions of the employers. While some are settled amicably and within a matter of months, others can take several years.

Karen Walsh from Grenagh, Co. Cork, comes from a farming background and is a solicitor practicing in Walsh & Partners, Solicitors and Commissioners for Oaths, 17, South Mall, Cork. Tel: 021-4270200Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.walshandpartners.ie
Disclaimer: While every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information contained in this article, Solicitor Karen Walsh does not accept responsibility for errors or omissions howsoever arising, and you should seek legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances at the earliest possible time.

Sports Mad

Senior Camogie Championship

Cork 1-19 Wexford 0-7
All-Ireland champions, Cork, had an easy win over Wexford in the first round of Group 2 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Camogie Championship at Páirc Uí Rinn. The Rebels, without the retired Rena Buckley and Orla Cotter, who recently got married, set the tone right from the outset, moving six points to no score clear. Five different players were on target from the time Ashling Thompson found the target from the left flank, with Orla Cronin becoming the first multiple scorer by landing the first point from a free after 13 minutes. Linda Bolger ended Wexford’s drought but Katrina Mackey brought her tally to three with a couple of fine scores to make it 0-9 to 0-3 at half time.
It was a procession in the second half as Amy O’Connor, Cronin, Lauren Homan and Thompson all had points before Mackey delivered the coup de grace with a goal, finishing with customary aplomb after good build-up play involving Thompson and O’Connor.
Meanwhile, Dublin enjoyed a 3-14 to 3-9 win over Offaly. Tipperary made light work of newcomers Meath, winning 6-14 to 0-10. Galway had a 1-16 to 0-9 win against Clare at Pearse Stadium and Kilkenny produced a stunning second half performance to record a resounding 2-18 to 0-11 win over Limerick in Bruff.
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)

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
(A) Castlehaven v Nemo Rangers
(B) St Finbarr's v Kilshannig
(C) Beara or Douglas v Carrigaline
(D) KILMURRY v Aghada
Semi-Finals: A v B, C v D
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
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

County Senior Hurling Championship

Round 2 Ballymartle v Ballyhea, Bride Rovers v Na Piarsaigh, Kanturk v Bishopstown, Killeagh v St Finbarrs, Carrigtwohill a bye.
Round Three qualifiers to date: UCC, Imokilly, Douglas, Midleton, Sarsfields, Erin’s Own, Blackrock, Glen Rovers, Bandon, Newtownshandrum, Newcestown.

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round 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 Finbarrs, 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 Catherines

County Junior B Hurling Championship

Round 3 Whites Cross v Lough Rovers
(A) O Donovan Rossa v Castletownroche
(B) Araglen v Randal Og
(C) Rathpeacon v Gleann na Laoi
(D) Belgooly v Whites Cross/Lough Rovers
Semi-Finals: A v B, C v D
County U 21 Premier 1 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
County U 21 Premier 2 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

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 2-14 Dripsey 1-10
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
Dripsey 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, Clondrohid, Éire Óg, Iveleary, Kilmurry, Donoughmore and three round 2 winners.
Quarter Finals: 8 teams, four games
Clondrohid 2 –14 Dripsey 1 – 10
Clondrohid are safely through to the third round of the Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior football championship after their win over Dripsey in the last of the first round games at Kilmurry. Dripsey started well and led by four points, but Clondrohid drew level in the 11th minute, went ahead a minute later and led from there to the end. Dripsey did suffer from a lack of penetration up front and could have got through for at least another first half goal and so were in arrears at the break by two points. The second half was a disaster for the losers as after a bright start they lost players to injury and their challenge faded in the final quarter.
Points from David O’Sullivan and Aidan Murray had Dripsey off to a good start and when Darren Dineen replied with a point for Clondrohid in the 8th minute, Dripsey hit back with a well worked goal a minute later, Martin O’Sullivan palming home a fisted John
Carey centre. A Clondrohid point from Paddy Lynch was followed by an equalising goal in the 11th minute, Shane Creed making no mistake from close range after a perfect pass from Fergal Kelleher. Seán Desmond and Darren Dineen pointed to put Clondrohid clear and in the 19th minute, Fergal Kelleher was again the provider when Darren Dineen blasted home a second Clondrohid goal to make it 2-4 to 1-2. John Carey and Daren Dineen, a real threat to the Dripsey defence, exchanged points, Martin and Mark O’Sulllivan had scores for Dripsey, now trailing by 2-5 to 1-5. In the closing minutes of the half, there was a flurry of scores, points from Paddy Lynch and Fergal Kelleher for Clondrohid answered by a point for Dripsey from Diarmuid O’Riordan and two from David O’Sullivan. Two points separated the teams at the break, 2-7 to 1-8, Clondrohid having enjoyed a good second quarter but not quite secure yet.
The second half started well for Dripsey but by the three quarter stage Clondrohid had victory sewn up. After an early Clondrohid point from a Darren Dineen free, points from David O’Sulllivan and Diarmuid O’Riordan had Dripsey to within a point of the winners at 2-8 to 1-10 in the 33rd minute. Dripsey were not to score again as Clondrohid gradually gained control. Points from Fergal Kelleher and Mattie McDonagh had eased Clondrohid a goal clear by the 44th minute, Dripsey lost Daniel Buckley and Michael O’Riordan to injury after a collision and the well focused Clondrohid side added points from Darren Dineen, from a free and from play, and one each from Brian Corcoran and Paddy Lynch to finished out the game in a comfortable position.
Scorers: Clondrohid: D Dineen 1-6 (0-2f), S Creed 1-0, P Lynch 0-3, F Kelleher 0-2, S Desmond, M McDonagh and B Corcoran 0-1 each. Dripsey: Martin O’Sullivan 1-1, D O’Sullivan 0-5 (0-1f), D O’Riordan 0-2, A Murray and J Carey 0-1 each.
Clondrohid: Seán O’Callaghan: Conor O’Leary, Trevor O’Brien, Jeremy O’Sullivan: John Corkery, Brian Corcoran, Conor Flanagan: Neilus Murphy, Shane Dineen: Mark Creed, Seán Desmond, Paddy Lynch: Shane Creed, Fergal Kelleher, Darren Dineen. Subs: Mathew McDonagh for S Creed h/t, Danny O’Riordan for B Corcoran inj. 54, Calum O’Shea for S Desmond inj 59.
Dripsey: James Cotter: Dean O’Sullivan, Joe Murphy, Daniel Buckley: John Carey, John O’Riordan, Jack Casey: Mark O’Sullivan, Aidan Murray: Michael O’Riordan, Diarmuid O’Riordan, Martin O’Sullivan: Killian Kelleher, David O’Sullivan, Colm Walsh. Subs: Shane Manley for C Walsh h/t, Aidan Buckley for D Buckley inj 46, Seán Corkery for M O’Riordan inj 48, Conor Canavan for J Casey b/c 53. Referee: Mr Ger Ahern, Canovee.
A minute’s silence was observed before the game in memory of Ms. Bridget Weekes, a valued member of the Dripsey backroom team over the years.

Junior B Football Championship

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

Junior C Football Championship

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

MJK Oils Junior A Hurling Championship

Round 1
A Ballincollig 0-14 Iveleary 0-16
B Cloughduv 3-25 Éire Óg 3-13
C Donoughmore 2-6 Ballinora 3-18
D Blarney 4-18 Kilmichael 1-23 aet.
Round 2 Ballincollig v Kilmichael, Donoughmore v Éire Óg
Round 3 qualifiers to date: Iveleary, Cloughduv, Ballinora and Blarney; to be joined by winners from round two games.
Semi finals: 4 remaining teams.
Iveleary 0 – 16 Ballincollig 0 – 14
Iveleary hurlers scored a deserved win over Ballincollig at Kilmichael in the opening round of the MJK OILS Mid Cork Junior A Hurling championship after a very entertaining game. Their two points victory is seen as a surprise as the team from the satellite town included seven players who had intermediate hurling championship experience and Iveleary would not be considered a force in junior A ranks although they have a fine record in B grade with five titles to their credit, their latest being in 2015. Their clash with Ballincollig was always very close with very little between the teams and ultimately the major factor separating the sides was that Iveleary free taker James Martin O’Leary was in exceptional form, scoring 0-11 in total, all from placed balls and Ballincollig will regret some of the transgressions which gave the Iveleary sharp shooter the opportunity to display his skills.
Iveleary started well with points from two frees followed by a long range effort from play from Ciarán O Riordan. Ballincollig were certainly on the back foot at that stage as the lively Iveleary side were vigorously contesting every ball. The former eventually opened their account in the 8th minute when Shane Murphy raised a white flag and their play improved following the switch of Robbie Burke to centre field and bringing of Rory O Doherty out from full to centre half forward. Iveleary managed to lead at the interval on a 0-7 to 0-6 scoreline and they were not flattered by the position as the strong performance of Ballincollig stalwart Brian Cotter at full back was vital in averting many dangerous situations or his side.
James Martin O Leary consolidated the winner’s position following the resumption but Ballincollig then produced their best period. Minors from Robbie Bourke, Rory O Doherty and Shane O Sullivan put them ahead for the first time. They were unable to push on however and Iveleary kept up their relentless efforts. Finbarr McSweeney (Junior) scored an equalising point in the 41st minute and two more O’Leary points from frees meant that they had regained the initiative entering the final quarter. Two Rory O’Doherty points kept Ballincollig in touch but Iveleary had their noses in front as the time ticked away. They defended well in the final seconds and they were well deserving of their victory.
Scorers: Iveleary: James Martin O Leary 0-11 (0-10 f, 0-1 ‘45’), Finbarr McSweeney Junior 0-2, Ciarán O Riordan, Cathal Vaughan and Ger McSweeney 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: Rory O Doherty 0-6 (0-2 f), Robbie Burke 0-2, Shane Murphy 0-2, Shane O’Sullivan 0-2, Conor Sexton 0-2 (0-1 f).
Iveleary: Eamonn Creedon: David Murphy, Daniel O’Riordan, Shane Galvin: Kevin Manning, James M O’Leary, Barry Murphy: Finbarr McSweeney Jnr, Finbarr McSweeney: Cathal Vaughan, Ger McSweeney, Ciarán O’Riordan: David Dineen, John O’Callaghan, Colin Tanner. Subs: James O’Donovan 40, Anthony McSweeney 54.
Ballincollig: Dave Kenny: Cameron Lucey, Brian Cotter, Gearóid O’Donoghue: Eoghan O’Neill, Conor Sexton, Stephen O’Donoghue: Dave Collins, Shane O’Sullivan: Robbie Bourke, Brian Galvin, Paul Sheridan: Shane Murphy, Rory O’Doherty, Mark Bowen. Subs: Ciarán Connery 17, Chris Collins 39, Danny Murphy 54. Referee: Mr John Horgan (Gleann na Laoi)
Cloughduv 3 – 25 Éire Óg 3 – 13
Reigning champions, Cloughduv got their MJK OILS Mid Cork junior hurling championship campaign off to a good start with a comfortable win over a strong and battling Éire Óg side at a very sunny Blarney and in the process showed that they will once again be the team to beat in this year’s competition. Éire Óg stayed in live contention with their neighbours until half time, thanks mainly to two fine goals from their young corner forward Dylan Foley, but at the break Cloughduv introduced regular Joe Ryan into attack and his 1-1 within two minutes of the restart eased the champions into a six point lead, 2-10 to 2-4, and they had doubled that advantage by the three quarter stage as their class showed in the perfect conditions prevailing. Éire Óg never gave up and their perseverance was rewarded with some fine scores in a well contested final quarter but the outcome was not in doubt.
Cloughduv got off to a dream start with a point from James Moynihan, who then set up a goal for Donal Corkery in the 2nd minute. Dylan Foley ignited the Éire Óg challenge with a goal in the 6th minute, the opportunity created by county footballer Ronan O’Toole who went on to have a fine outing. Points from Mark Walsh, Moynihan, and four in a row from Mark Verling had Cloughduv comfortably in front, 1-7 to 1-2, at the end of the first quarter but O’Toole and Fintan Brennan added to Ross McCarthy’s earlier point for Éire Óg and when Dylan Foley lashed in a second goal in the 27th minute it helped his side to be only two points adrift at the break, Cloughduv leading by 1-9 to 2-4.
Cloughduv anxieties were manifest by changes in defence and in attack at the interval and the introduction of Joe Ryan, a member of the current Tipperary senior football panel, paid immediate dividends, his goal from a tight angle in the 32nd minute setting up the champions for a rampant third quarter in which they outscored Éire Óg by 1-10 to 0-3 to lead by 2-19 to 2-7. The outcome was assured now but the teams produced a very entertaining final quarter, the highlight of which was a smashing goal from Fintan Brennan in the 49th minute for Éire Óg but which also featured some excellent points from both sides. Midfielder Mark Verling rounded off his outstanding display with a Cloughduv goal from a penalty in the final seconds to add to the ten points he had already amassed, seven of which had come from play.
Scorers: Cloughduv: M Verling 1-10 (1-0 pen, 0-3f), J Ryan 1-2, D Corkery 1-0, M Walsh 0-4, J Moynihan and B Verling 0-3 each, G Ahern, K BarryMurphy and A Cronin 0-1 each. Éire Óg: D Foley 2-1, F Brennan 1-2, R O’Toole 0-4, D McCarthy 0-4 (0-2f), R McCarthy 0-2.
Cloughduv: Cormac O’Driscoll: David O’Leary, Brian Ahern, Patrick Buckley: Seán Curzon, Eoghan Clifford, Aidan Murphy: Mark Verling, Denis O’Sullivan: Liam Long, Andrew Cronin, Mark Walsh: Brian Verling, Donal Corkery, James Moynihan. Subs: Joe Ryan h/t, Geer Ahern h/t, Kevin BarryMurphy 42, Aodh Twomey 50.
Éire Óg: Conor Keane: Phil O’Sullivan, Donncha Kelly, Denis O’Keeffe: Diarmuid Dineen, Liam Murphy, Eoin Kelleher: Seán Desmond, Cian O’Mahony: Fintan Brennan, Darragh McCarthy, Dan O’Connor: Dylan Foley, Ronan O’Toole, Ross McCarthy. Referee: Mr Joe Larkin, Ballinora.
Blarney 4 – 18 Kilmichael 1 – 23 aet
The last of the first round games in the MJK OILS Muskerry junior hurling championship was decided in Coachford in glorious sunshine and was very exciting. Blarney and Kilmichael went all out for victory from the start, both sides produced periods of dominance and it eventually took extra time to produce a winner.
Blarney lost to Kilmichael last year and they came to Coachford strongly determined not to suffer the same fate again this season. In the early stages of the action they certainly had the upper hand and at the end of the first quarter they had a deserved 0-8 to 0-3 advantage. The powerful play of Conor Cotter at centre field was a vital factor in keeping Kilmichael in touch however. He scored two points in as many minutes and the lead was further reduced when their goal keeper Stephen O’Leary came outfield to send a ninety metre free right between the posts. Only two points now separated the sides but Blarney then produced another period of dominance and Kilmichael did well to hit back before the break however with promising young players Brendan Kelleher and Cathal Foley from play and Peter Kelleher from a free, all finding the range. The half time score of 0-10 to 0-8 favoured Blarney but it was anybody’s game still.
Kilmichael had the upper hand in the second half as Peter Kelleher on three occasions, Brendan Cotter twice and Brendan Kelleher all raised white flags while Blarney’s only reply was a point from James Dineen. Kilmichael now led by three points and pressed forward to clinch victory. A centre from Cathal Foley put the Blarney defence under pressure and Kilmichael corner forward Trevor Tobin managed to kick the sliotar to the net so Kilmichael were in a strong position as the game entered the time added on period. There were a few stoppages during the hour so there was plenty of time for additional excitement. Blarney were awarded a thirty metre free from an acute angle and the effort from the taker Sean Crowley surprisingly found its way to the net. Blarney returned to the attack from the puck out and Keith Castello managed to gain possession and he got inside the back for a shot at goal and he found the net to level the scores. Two more minutes remained to be played. Kilmichael went on the offensive and they were awarded a free and Peter Kelleher regained the lead for his side. Blarney had one final opportunity to reply and Costello now slotted over the equalising point to force extra time.
In the additional 20 minutes of action. Blarney appeared to be in the stronger position as they had introduced five fresh players during the final quarter and they introduced another, Olan Hegarty for the extra time period. Kilmichael were not as fortunate vis-a-vis the introduction of fresh legs. Conor Forde put Blarney ahead, Kilmichael again regained the lead with points from Conor Cotter and Peter Kelleher before the short break. Blarney re-introduced James Dineen and it proved to be a match winning decision as he capitalised on two goal scoring opportunities and secured victory for his side.
It was a disappointing finish for Kilmichael but they are not out of the championship however and they face Ballincollig in their second (and last) chance outing with a reasonable chance of advancing.
Scorers: Blarney James Dineen 2-8 ( 0-3 f), Keith Costello 1-2, Conor Forde 0-4 ( 0-2 f), Sean Crowley 1-1 ( f), Barry Dennehy 0-3. Kilmichael: Peter Kelleher 0-11 ( 0-9 f), Conor Cotter 0-4, Trevor Tobin 1-0, Brendan Kelleher 0-3, Brendan Cotter 0-2, Stephen O Leary 0-1(f), Finbarr Dromey and Cathal Foley 0-1 each.
Blarney: Richard O Shea: Luke Madden, Daniel Cronin, Stephen O’Brien: Eoin Mullane, Paul O’Connor, Anthony O’Shea: Vincie O’Mahony, Keith Costello, Seán Crowley: John Daniel Goode, Conor Forde: Barry Dennehy, Ciarán Buckley, James Dineen. Subs: Darragh McSweeney 45, Eugene McCarthy 47, Donal Hoare 48, Brian Deasy 50, Olan Hegarty for extra time.
Kilmichael: Stephen O’Leary: Shane Masters, Donal Kelly, Micheál Masters: Brendan Cotter, Finbarr Buckley, Shane Foley: Conor Cotter, James O’Mahony: Finbarr Dromey, Peter Kelleher, Brendan Kelleher: Trevor Tobin, Shane O’Donoghue, Cathal Foley. Subs: Adrian Kelly 35, Shane Prendeville 58, Patrick O’Mahony 73-76 blood sub. Referee: Mr John Ryan (Macroom)

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

June 17th: In Thurles, Munster SHC, MHC: Rd 5, Waterford v Cork at 2pm
June 23rd: Munster Football final: Cork v Kerry, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 7pm start

Munster Senior Football Championship

Cork will meet Kerry in the Munster SFC final on Saturday, June 23rd in Páirc Ui Chaoimh, throw in at 7pm.
Ticket Information Adult Stand Pre Purchase: €35 Adult Terrace Pre Purchase: €25 Juvenile Stand & Terrace: €5 Students/Seniors will receive €10 concession with valid ID at the designated stile prior to entry. Adult prices increase by €5 at midnight 22nd of June.
Tickets are available for purchase on line and at Centra and Supervalu Outlets in Blarney, Ballincollig and at O’Leary’s SuperValu Macroom.

Munster Senior Hurling Championship

Cork 1-25, Limerick 0-28
Cork were held to a draw by fourteen-man Limerick in another thrilling Munster hurling championship group game on a very warm and sunny evening in magnificent Páirc Uí Chaoimh before 34,607 very satisfied supporters. Limerick got the equaliser after Patrick Horgan had given Cork the lead with a late free but overall Cork were happy with the draw as they were not in top form, visibly tired playing their third championship game in fourteen days.
The result could have gone either way after Limerick lost Aaron Gillane to a first-half red card and trailed by two points at the break, 0-14 to 0-12. The Shannonsiders were back on level terms in the 41st minute only for Patrick Horgan to send the ball to the net four minutes later after he was given a peach of a pass by Seamus Harnedy, rounded a defender and slammed a pile driver home. Four unanswered Limerick points, then gave Limerick a one-point lead in the 51st minute and they opened a three-point advantage by the 57th minute. Cork recovered, drew level by the 68th minute and then went ahead through the excellent Fitzgibbon only for the game to finish out all square in the end.
Seán O’Donoghue of Inniscarra, the innocent party in the Limerick sending off, was withdrawn by Cork at half time on a yellow card and Mark Coleman of Blarney was once again in defence for Cork.
Scorers for Cork: P. Horgan 1-11 (0-9 f, 0-1 65); D. Fitzgibbon 0-4; C. Lehane 0-3; D. Kearney, S. Kingston 0-2 each; M. Coleman, C. Spillane, L. Meade 0-1 each.
CORK: A. Nash; SEÁN O’DONOGHUE (Inniscarra), C. Spillane, D. Cahalane; M. Ellis, C. Joyce, MARK COLEMAN (Blarney); D. Fitzgibbon, B. Cooper; D. Brosnan, D. Kearney, C. Lehane; S. Harnedy (c), P. Horgan, S. Kingston.
Subs for Cork: T. O’Mahony for S. O’Donoghue, L. Meade for D. Brosnan (both h-t); M. Cahalane for S. Kingston (60); J. Coughlan for C. Lehane (70+3).
Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship
Cork 0-17 Limerick 1-20
Limerick made it two wins from two as they became the first team to win an away game under the new Electric Ireland Munster MHC format with victory over Cork at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Limerick took the lead inside the first minute and led by 0-12 to 0-7 at half time. Cork points had it back to 0-14 to 0-10 before Limerick struck for the decisive blow on 42 minutes as Cormac Ryan fired home the only goal of the game. Cork sought to eat into the gap but Limerick saw the game out efficiently and effectively.
Scorers for Cork: Jack Cahalane 0-6 (fs), Cormac O’Brien 0-4 (0-3fs), Ethan Twomey, Pádraig Power (0-1f) 0-2 each, Olan Broderick, Daniel Hogan, Fergal O’Leary 0-1 each.
CORK: Cian Long; Ciarán O’Brien, Niall O’Riordan, Cian McCarthy; Cormac O’Brien; Luke Horgan, Cian O’Donovan, Cillian O’Donovan; Ethan Twomey, Olan Broderick; Pádraig Power (Blarney), Shane Barrett (Blarney) Capt., Daniel Hogan; Paddy O’Flynn, Jack Cahalane. Subs: Aaron Mulcahy for O’Flynn (34), Cathal Hickey for Broderick (44), Ryan McCarthy for Cian McCarthy (47), Fergal O’Leary for Hogan (48), Paul Cooney (Ballincollig) for Cahalane (56). Fergal O Leary (Inniscarra) was also on the Cork panel.

Macroom Ladies Football

Following on from their recent win over Ballinhassig on June 1st, Macroom U-14 Ladies booked their place in the Mid-Cork league final on Sunday, June 10th with a great 4-8 to 3-8 win over Grenagh in Tom Creedon Park. It was a tough game with neither side giving an inch and with 15 minutes to go, Grenagh had a two goal lead. Macroom ladies showed real determination and gave it everything they had in the last few minutes. When the final whistle blew it was Macroom who emerged victorious.
On Sunday June 10th, 22 of our younger ladies participated in the Mid-Cork U10 Blitz in Éire Óg GAA Club. The teams competing were from Ballincollig, Ballinhassig, Ballygarvan, Douglas, Éire Óg, Macroom, Shamrocks and Naomh Fionnbarra. Thanks to all the girls, parents, mentors and the host club for a very enjoyable morning.
Macroom & St Val’s U14 teams played a very sporting practice match on May 29th in Tom Creedon Park under blistering heat conditions. Both teams enjoyed a very competitive game and the club would like to say thanks to St Val’s for a great game. Macroom Ladies Football Club are delighted to be hosting one of the Cork Ladies Football Development Summer Camps in Tom Creedon Park from the 16th to the 19th of July.

Macroom G.A.A.

Macroom U-12s hosted Naomh Abán in a challenge game in Tom Creedon Park and ran out good winners on a score of 4-9 to 1-3. Concubhar Murray and his selectors were thrilled with the effort and skill displayed and with the progress of the squad. The U-11s played Sam Maguires in Dunmanway. Sam Maguires led by a goal at half time, Macroom led by 2 points with 10 minutes to go but the home side kicked a few points to win at the finish. Macroom U-10s travelled to Dublin to play in the Kilmacud Crokes Blitz. It was a fantastic experience and enjoyed by all. Macroom fielded two teams and both performed very well, despite meeting some of the best teams from Dublin, Armagh and Wexford. U-8s played well in Kilmurry.
Cúl Camp for boys and girls will take place from July 16th to 20th in the Castle Grounds
The Club offers condolences to James Duggan, Chair of the Juvenile Committee, on the recent death of his mother, Bridget Duggan, Blarney. Ar dheis Dé a h-anam dilís. The club encourages you to take part in the annual Daniel Kingston Memorial run on June 21st at 7.30 p.m. U-11 to U-8 street league on Wed. June 20th. The Club is organizing a blitz on the World Cup - €10 per ticket and €100 for the winner. The draw is on Wed. June 13th. Please contact Shane Dunne for details.
U-14 League, R4; Clann na nGael (Drimoleague) 1-8 Macroom 6-7.

Two even teams keenly contested the first half. Marcin Oleksi opened the scoring with a goal and Macroom added four points before the break. Drimoleague, with clever forward play, replied with five points. Just before the break, they goaled and led by 1-5 to 1-4 at half-time. Immediately on the resumption, Macroom took control and scored 1-2 without reply. In the last quarter, four quick goals delighted selector Tony Saga O’Sullivan and killed the contest. Jonah Dervin was solid in goal, the backs were resolute and Cian Noonan and Liam McSweeney were excellent. Rowan Mullane, Ben Herlihy and Conor Coleman were staunch defenders and did not concede a second goal. Robert Lucey had a very good second half. Brian Healy and Mark Hunt were superb all through, and Mark was top scorer with 3-2. James Slattery, Darren Sweeney, Cameron Murphy, Ronan Morey and Oisín O’Sullivan did well in the forward line. Marcin took his goal with aplomb. Panel: Jonah Dervin, Rowan Mullane, Ben Herlihy, Liam McSweeney, Cameron Murphy, Robert Lucey, Cian Noonan, Brian Healy, Mark Hunt, Conor Coleman, Ronan Morey, James Slattery, Darren Sweeney, Marcin Oleksi, Oisín O’Sullivan, Nikki Leninov and Darragh Hogan.
U-12A League; St. Catherine’s (Conna) 4-3, Macroom 0-3
St. Catherine’s started the better and got two early goals. Macroom steadied after this and the half-time score was 2-2 to Macroom’s 0-2. Macroom pressed on the resumption but were unable to find the net. St Catherine’s finished the stronger and got two more goals before the end. Bobby Murphy was good in goal and was not at fault for any of their goals. Davey Burke and Aidan Lynch were superb in the full back line and were ably assisted by Ryan Sabas and Jamie Murphy. Oisín O’Sullivan and Mark Condon did well at midfield and all the forwards tried hard. The absence of key players lessened Macroom’s chances.
Panel: Bobby Murphy, Aidan Lynch, Alex Geasley, Cormac Burke, Ben O’Riordan, Ryan Sabas, Mark Condon Oisin O’Sullivan, David Burke, Evan Casey O’Sullivan, Danny Lynch, Colin Kelleher, Jamie Murphy, Majiec Byrdziac, Michal Oleksi, Sam McCarthy and Ruairí Kiernan.
U-11s: travelled to Clonakilty and won two close games. They played good football and enjoyed themselves.
U-10s: They took part in the Dromtarriffe Blitz and won games against Lyre, Clyda Rovers and Aghabullogue. The players performed brilliantly.
U-8s/U-7s: They played in the Canovee Blitz and did very well – super weather, super performances.

Laochra Óg

Our u 14 boys notched up their fifth win in a row in Ballyvourney against St. James from Ardfield. A good display throughout the field sees our boys maintain their top spot in the group. Our u11 girls played Éire Óg in Ballyvourney in the Muskerry league. U14 Camogie team travelled to Erin’s Own for a first competitive match for both groups. Laochra Óg were missing seven older girls against a strong Erin's Own team. Younger players did very well, learning a lot from the experience. Well done to the u12 girls who played Fr O Neill’s in a league game in Ballyvourney. Although we were beaten, it was a very competitive game with great skills and tenacity.
Many thanks to parents and host clubs and sponsors, M & J Kelleher, Macroom Tidy Towns, Hickeys Furniture, Glenview Motors.
This year’s Camp 4 Champs Hurling and Camogie Camp will be held in Coláiste Ghobnatan Ballyvourney on August 14th/15th/16th.
Unwanted Clothing and Shoes in good condition can be dropped off at Teerbeg at any training session/ matches during the year. Proceeds from recycling will go towards the running of the club.

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Impact Volleyball Club who contested the 2018 National Mixed Volleyball Final ©

Impact in Volleyball Final

Having won the South Mixed Recreational CUP Tournament in January of 2018, Impact advanced to the National Mixed Volleyball Final 27th May in Mountmellick Sports Centre in Laois. There they competed with the best teams from the whole country. Impact represented the South region, together with Balls of Anarchy. The competition was organised for the first time last year and Impact were impressive winners, setting a high standard with their performance.
This year, all teams displayed a much higher standard of play and the competition was keener. In very close matches, teams fought eagerly to win the last golden point and progress in the competition, hopefully to the final to determine the winners of the Mixed Recreational All Ireland Championship title. Impact, formidable competitors throughout due to teamwork and communication, made their long way to the final in which they played Serv-viors. In the first of three sets, Impact won by a mile, showing that they were a team to be reckoned with. In the second set, the rival team stepped up their game and beat Impact. The vital third set would decide if Impact would retain the title won last year. Serv-viors led with the points due to a very strong and difficult serve. Impact did their best to catch up but, since this set was shorter - 15 points instead of the normal 25 - Impact didn’t have enough time to catch up, resulting in them losing.
The competition was of a very high standard and the Impact team would like to congratulate the winners who played a great game. Impact fought bravely and always supported each other throughout all the games, showing how well-supporting of a team they are. They all motivated one another showing their will power and their bond not only as team mates but as friends too. The players can’t wait until next year’s tournament in hopes of winning their title back again.
The team would like to say a huge thank you to all the organisers of the tournament for making the experience possible but the person who deserves a special thank you is Conor Flood who put his all into all of this. This year each team got the opportunity to play against each other which resulted in plenty of satisfaction for all teams.
Impact Team: Mateusz Moc (captain), Michal Wozniak, Pawel Smolen, Jan Bandalewicz, Adam Kasjanowicz, Robert Byrdziak, Barbara Sliwa, Zuzanna Moc, Raquel Arribas Rivero, Maria Costa, Wiktoria Morawiec & Magdalena Smolen.

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Macroom Soccer U-12 team, Cup and League champions. ©Con Kelleher

 Macroom FC

FAI Festival of Football. Over the last decade, the FAI has been holding the annual general meeting in a different county each year and in 2018, Cork will be taking its turn. In simple terms, the FAI will decamp from their base at Abbottstown, Co. Dublin from Aug 10th - 18th. One exciting aspect of this event is visits to affiliated clubs by FAI delegates, managers and former senior internationals. The great news for Macroom FC is that we have been chosen as one of the clubs that will host the FAI. This major event will take place on August 16th and will involve the unveiling of plaques commemorating the club's 40th anniversary and a remembrance plaque for deceased members. FAI CEO John Delaney will be in attendance, along with President, Tony Fitzgerald. Other top level officials possibly including the current senior men’s management team and former senior internationals will also be visiting Macroom. This is a huge occasion for the club and is an ideal way to showcase the fine facilities, large playing numbers and the many tireless volunteers that contribute to our excellent club.
Underage Awards Evening: This much anticipated event will take place at the Riverside Park Hotel at 8pm on June 28th. All teams from U12- U16, along with their parents, are invited to attend. Awards for Player of the Year, Top Scorer and Most Improved Player will be presented to all teams and medals will be collected by the successful teams from the 2017/18 season.
U14 Promotion. The Under 14 division 1 side entertained College Corinthians at Murrayfield knowing victory would secure promotion. The home side was completely on top and ran out easy winners by 8-0. They will now compete at the top level in the Premier league for the 2018/19 season. Well done on an outstanding effort to all players and their management team of Noel Leahy, Dave Martin and Andy Morgans.
U15 Promotion Hunt This team is agonisingly close to promotion. A 3-2 home win over Wilton Utd has Macroom in pole position and they need just one more point to be guaranteed 'going up'. A great response from this team following the recent devastating loss in the Neil Welch cup final.
Academy News. The U7, 8 and 9 groups have now completed their playing season. It was a hugely enjoyable year for all the players and the large interest is great to see. The last few weeks were particularly good as the fine weather lent itself to great fun at Murrayfield. The U10s and U11s also finished up by holding a 'World Cup' at Murrayfield. No less than 85 players took part in a well organised event. A huge thanks to all Academy coaches for the efforts all season. Academy teams will now take a breather until mid September.
Schoolboys In the Cork Schoolboys League U14 Division 1 Macroom conceded a goal to St Mary's 1 after 30 seconds and that was enough for St Mary's to claim the 1st division title. Macroom have 4 home games remaining and 3 wins could secure them a return to the Premier division next season. The first of these games yielded a 4-2 win to Macroom against Leeds who finished the game with 8 men. Macroom goals came from Daire McMahon with two equalisers, Robert Lucey on 55 to give the home side the lead and with only minutes remaining, Conor Kelleher was bought down in the box and Daire McMahon slotted home the spot kick to complete his hat trick. In the Welch Cup final, Macroom U15s lost 3-2 to Corinthian Boys A. Macroom U12 Division 6 team are league champions after a 4-0 win over Riverstown away. This was the Macroom boys’ 11th win from 12 games played.

Macroom Golf Club

June 9 – 10 Mike Shine's Captain's Prize Results 1st Brendan Cregan(16) 41pts; 2nd Pat Curran(14) 41pts; 3rd Kevin O'Keeffe(14) 40pts; Best Gross Pádraig O'Connor(0) 34pts; 4th Jim O'Neill(22) 40pts