Lee Valley Outlook v15e25 December 20 2018

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Beannachtaí na Nollag ©Lee Valley Outlook

Christmas Greetings.

Nollaig Shona; Happy Christmas; Joyeux Noel; WesolychSwiat; Buon Natale;
Frohliche Weihnachten; Priecigus Ziemassvetkus; Selamat Hari Crismas;Crismas Asamsakai; Craenium Ferieit; Karaksony Boldog; WestotychOEWiab;
Felix Naridad; Suba NathtalakWewa; Speslevova Rozdestva. CУACTηИBORO
POЖДECTBA. Blywyddynnewydddda. Sheng danKual le. NodoligUawen.

LVEB Chairman’s Message 2018

 Throughout 2018 the Lee Valley Enterprise Board organised a large number of events, the most recent being the Christmas Market and the Switching on of the Town’s Christmas Lighting. This year, after consulting with our business members, it was decided to bring forward the Christmas Market and the Switching on of the lights to Saturday December 1st and this proved to be very successful. Despite the weather, it was wonderful to see the local community coming out in force and taking part in the carnival atmosphere for the official switching on of the lights by Flower of Macroom, Emma Nott and chairman of the Blarney/Macroom Municipal Council Cllr Ted Lucey. I would also like to thank all the volunteers who turned up to help set up the Christmas Market and a special word of thanks to Martin Coughlan and his crew for the wonderful job they do in erecting the Christmas Lights and the Christmas Wreaths around the town. This is the 18th year of erecting the lights and some of the festoon lighting and the main features are gone past their sell by date, so an effort will have to be made in 2019 to collect funding in order to replace some, if not all of the existing system.
In March, the St Patrick’s Week Festival took place with Emma Nott being selected Flower of Macroom and we also had the Woodland String Band from Philadelphia in Macroom. They brought with them a group of 150, which gave the town a big uplift. The Food Festival in September was a big success, with large crowds attending the outdoor food market on the Sunday. The Cork 20 International Rally also took place in Macroom the last weekend in September and Lee Valley Enterprise Board were also involved in securing this Rally for Macroom.
The Lee Valley Enterprise Board is still staging concerts and shows at the Riverside Park Hotel while the Briery Gap Theatre remains closed and I would like to thank Cathy Cronin for giving us the use of their function room for staging these events. Hopefully in 2019 some progress will be made in order to get the Theatre and Library back in business in Macroom.
As Chairman of the Board I would like to say a special word of thanks to our dedicated editors of the Lee Valley Outlook, Máire and Sean McSweeney, Brendan Kenneally and Con Kelleher, for the amount of time and effort they put into the production of this magazine every two weeks. I would like to thank Outlook Publications for their support during 2018 and also to all those who submitted news items and photographs. I would like to thank the Blarney/ Macroom Municipal District Council who are the main sponsors of our Christmas Lighting Project, St Patrick’s Week Festival and Macroom Food Festival and all of our own members for your financial support during 2018.
On behalf of the Board I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Pat O’Connell, Chairman Lee Valley Enterprise Board.

Good Tidings of Great Joy

I want to begin by wishing you all the blessings of Christmas and the New Year We find ourselves in the midst of this bleak mid Winter, awaiting the coming of the Light of the World into our hearts and into the world we live in. Christmas is truly a season of Light. Each of us, in our daily lives, is called to bring others the light of God’s Love.
In “ A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, we see the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from a dark, self-centred, uncaring individual to a person who allows the light of goodness deep within him to radiate, thus making a selfish world a selfless world, fully aglow with goodness and love. Christmas, above all, is about the conversion of our hearts.
Looking all around us this Christmas season what do we see ? Shops and streets brightly decorated with everybody exceptionally busy ; large volumes of traffic bumper to bumper awaiting their turn to find a parking space. While all this goes on, we need to be aware that for many people this is a time of mixed emotions. Christmas focuses our minds on the joys and sorrows of human experience. For many, Christmas is truly an enjoyable time - children and young people look forward to Christmas with joyful expectation. It is also a time for family reunions at our airports and ports, when we see countless loved ones coming home to be with their family. It’s the time for friends to reconnect personally, not merely through texts, to spend quality personal time catching up on the latest and sharing precious memories. Christmas allows us the opportunity to exercise random acts of kindness through the exchange of presents, the sending of cards or the Christmas text. It is certainly a time for hospitality, to offer it or to receive it ourselves. It’s a time to let our light shine through. Yet, for many, this can also be a difficult time - a time of memories fondly recalling those Christmases past which were shared with loved ones no longer with us; moments when the nostalgia of the past floods mind and heart, reinforcing in many lives a sense of loneliness and isolation. Those who have been bereaved this year find Christmas a poignant time for themselves and their families as they miss that loved one from the table on Christmas day.
We also know the reality that many families struggle to cope financially with the varying demands of the season. We are invited to let our little light shine into the lives of many. While we try to respond to those needs, we pray that the Light of God’s Love may touch the hearts of all, especially those in any need whatever. Wherever we find ourselves and whatever our personal feelings may be, there is one thing that we can all celebrate at Christmas - the birth of Jesus Christ. In good and challenging times, he reassures us all that light will overcome darkness in our own lives and in the world too. Jesus is the message of Hope for our future - no matter how difficult life may seem, he is with us- we are not alone. He is the reason for the season.
May the Blessings of Christmas be with you and all your loved ones, at home or far away, during these days.
Fr. Joe O’Mahony, Administrator, Cill na Martra.

Editors’ Note

The editors of the Lee Valley Outlook wish to thank all who contributed to the magazine in 2018. We welcome new contributors and acknowledge the expansion of interest and enjoyment they have generated. Dr. Con Kelleher’s input and co-operation is much appreciated. His photographs and interviews with people from the area have brought back memories of times past; residents and businesses and information on crafts, customs and trades. His great interest in history will, hopefully, add to the cultural value of the Lee Valley Outlook in 2019. We encourage others with an interest in local history and events to record their findings and we will gladly publish suitable material.
News reports, photographs from schools, clubs, services, parishes, are all most welcome. The Lee Valley Outlook, first published as a 20-page advertiser in November 2003, is a voluntary effort and needs input from you to build on its success. Contact: 026/41891; Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to Killarney Road, Macroom. The first edition of 2019 will appear on January 10.
Please tell absent friends and family that they may access an edited version of the magazine on line by Googling Lee Valley Outlook / current issue. Back issues dating to March 2012 are available by clicking the 'Lee Valley Outlook Archive' tab at www.macroom.ie. You may also view a regularly changing slide show.
Nollaig faoi shéan is faoi mhaise dúinn go léir agus síochán agus sláinte san athbhliain.

Lee Valley Diary

Christmas Bingo Sat 22nd in Inchigeela hall
Dip na Nollag tar éis Aifreann 10a.m. i Linn Snámha Chúil Aodha Lá Nollag.
Seamus Noonan Poc Fada St. Stephen’s Day from Blair’s Inn, Inniscarra at 12.00 noon.
Inchigeela Wren Day fundraising walk from the hall at 12 noon.
Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí in Ostán Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne, Aoine, 28ú Nollaig ag 7:00 i.n.
Alan Buckley Memorial cic fada Sat 29th Dec., 11am, Kilmurry to Beal na Bláth.
Big €20, 45 Card Game Inchigeela Hall 3p.m. Sat. 29th Dec.
Ballinagree Vintage tractor, car, and bike run on Sun 30 Dec from 11 am
Open/Vintage Tractor and Car Run Sun 30 Dec Kilnadur at 12 30 pm. Proceeds to Cancer Connect and St. Enda's NS, Kilnadur.
Independence Museum Kilmurry Parish Schools Exhibition Dec 30th after Mass to 5pm.
The Muskerry Tram story at Griffin's Garden Centre Fri., Jan. 4th at 8p.m.
Kilmurry HAA Little Women's Christmas Party Jan. 5th in Heritage Room Kilmurry
Macroom Ploughing on Sun Jan 6 on the lands of the Healy Family, Carrigathou, Coachford, from 11.30am.
Musical 2019. Auditions for "The Blarney Stone", Riverside Park Hotel on Sun 13th Jan from 4pm..
Cork Burning. A talk by Michael Lenihan in Independence Museum Kilmurry 16th January at 8pm.
Walk While you Can fundraising concert at Riverside Park Hotel, Sat Jan 19 at 8p.m.
Donoughmore G.A.A. Lip Sync Sat March 16th at Blarney Golf Resort.

Carriganima Entertainment:
Traditional weekend Dec 21/22
Willie’s Country Roadshow on St. Stephen’s night.
Murphy’s Party on Dec 27 with ‘ Little Creatures’
Macroom Library
Christmas Holidays: Closed Sat Dec. 22nd to Thurs 27th (inclusive), and Tues. Jan.1. Open Fri 28th and Sat 29th and from Jan. 2.
Christmas Storytime Every Sat at noon.
Adult Book Club Jan. 2 at 11.30a.m.
Purlies Knitting Group Jan. 3 at 11.30am.
Creative Writing Group Jan 8th at 5.30pm.
Bridge Club will meet on Jan 9th at 10am.
Ciorcal Cainte Jan. 10 at 11.30am.
Music Morning Jan. 11th at 11am
LVEB Shows at Riverside Park Hotel
Christmas Panto: Fri. Dec. 21 and Sat. Dec. 22
We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley func tions, 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

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Launa Film Group members 1998 ©SMcS

Macroom and Lee Valley Updates

The Blarney Stone – New Musical for the Lee Valley

The Lee Valley and Macroom have a strong tradition of presenting successful musicals. Over the years, and while the Briery Gap was still available, a talented group staged shows that ranged from Oklahoma, to South Pacific, to Oliver, Show Boat and the Sound of Music. More recently, they have presented new works, Murder at Shandy Hall and Sir Henry, in the Riverside Park Hotel and taken them on to the Opera House. For a third successive year, Lee Valley Players are embarking on a totally new musical production – The Blarney Stone.
This enchanting musical was written by John MacDonagh, brother of the more famous Thomas McDonagh, poet and patriot and hero of the 1916 Rebellion. The musical score provided by Fritz Brase, the German composer who was brought to Ireland in 1923 to establish our Army Bands. The musical is an ingenious mixture of real-life drama and the magical world of Irish mythology, with the local band of leprechauns showing just who holds the upper hand in Blarney. Fritz Brase’s natural musical style is Central European operetta and he has cleverly blended this with Irish traditional songs and dances. It is a toe-tapping score.
The musical was written in 1928, aimed at the American market and plans were well advanced to present it on Broadway when a sudden illness caused it to be cancelled. The script and score disappeared in the intervening years and only surfaced again when Patrick Bergin, no stranger to Macroom, found them by chance in Cloughjordan. Patrick forwarded the script to Ann Dunne to read through and they decided that this was a musical that must be staged. The next step was discussing the project with Pat O’Connell, Lee Valley Enterprise Board and having received his approval and encouragement, the most important decision was to decide on a first class director . Cathal McCabe, another friend of the Lee Valley, was the obvious choice. He then revised the script and score and the work is now ready for casting. This means that our presentation will be a World Premier!
The Blarney Stone is full of laughter and tears, clouds and sunshine. It’s a gem of a musical that is suitable for all the family.
Auditions for leading roles and Male and Female Chorus will take place at Riverside Park Hotel on Sunday 13th January 2019 from 4pm. All the main characters sing. Applicants will be required to sing a song from a musical and read some show extracts if necessary. There are ten main characters. Patrick Bergin will play the male lead.
The Characters.
Patrick Joseph McSweeney---A Blarney boy made good. He left Ireland at seventeen and made his fortune in New York. He has come back to right the wrongs done to his parents. (This role will be played by Patrick Bergin)
Cheryl McSweeney---His wife. She is a glamorous New Yorker, once a performer in nightclubs but now highly respectable and wants to get into “Polite Society”.
Jessica McSweeney---Their daughter. She is an all-American girl who can sing and dance. She embodies the best characteristics of both her parents.
Sam Golden---Their wise-cracking friend. He is manager of two New York theatres and thinks he can make a nice profit buying the Blarney Stone.
Lord Frederick Wye---He is one of the younger members of the British House of Lords and is not much given to speaking. A Dark Horse one might say. Cheryl sees him as the ideal son-in-law.
Una O’Connor---The charming young owner of the Blarney Castle Hotel. Forthright and sensible beyond her years.
Maurice Armstrong---He is the son of the owner of Blarney Castle itself and so is required to act as a guide. He is really interested in show- business and wants to go to the bright lights of London’s West End. He is a great friend of Una O’Connor but they are not romantically involved.
Andy Harkin---The garrulous doorman at the Blarney Castle Hotel who knows everything and everybody. He speaks four languages and is incomprehensible in all of them.
Grollach, Festy and Teague---They are leprechauns.

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Emma Nott, Flower of Macroom 2018, makes the final draw for Lee Valley Enterprise Board €50 vouchers at FitzGerald’s Book Shop. Also included, Pat O’Connell, Jo Lovell and Ciara Ahern ©Lee Valley Outloo

Christmas in Macroom  

The Lee Valley Enterprise Board organised 2 Free Draws for customers of its members. The first draw was held on December 1 and the second draw was on December 15. Free tickets for the draw were available from LVEB member outlets. There were 10 prizes of €50 vouchers up for grabs in each draw. The first lucky 10 on December 1 were: Venessa Walsh, Gortyleahy at Deasy’s Pharmacy; Ignota, Millstreet at Mary’s Toymaster; Mary Murphy, Inchigeela at House of McGregor’s; Molly Cronin, Millbrook Avenue, Macroom at Connections; Noreen Kelleher, Cork Street at Macroom Opticians; Tim O’Riordan, Macroom at Dinneen’s Bar; Michael Shannon, Macroom at Golden’s Bar; Fred Ring, Macroom at Dinneen’s Bar; Sean O’Connell at Macroom Printing Works and David Berry, Wright Medical at Twomey’s Butchers.
The winners in the second draw were Myra Lynch, Lissacresig at D. J. Kenny’s; Helen McSweeney, Glananarig at Fitzgerald's Bookshop; Michael O'Donaghue, Millstreet at Dan Twomey's; Kathleen & Liz at The Shopeen; Margaret Buckley, The Mall at Tom McCarthy Dental; Oscar Walsh, Clondrohid at Haven Pharmacy; Bina O'Riordan, Kilmichael at Twomey's Butchers; Steph Kelly, Macroom at The Shopeen; Aileen O'Sullivan, Lissarda at Vaughan's Cafe and Michael Shannon, Macroom at Golden's.

New Parking Plans for Macroom

Cork County Council New Draft Parking Control Bye Laws for Macroom are currently available for inspection at the Town Hall in Macroom. They include plans to extend Pay Parking areas to parts of the car park at Fair Green and also to parts of Chapel Hill. This would add a total of 59 Pay Park spaces – 8 on Chapel Hill; 13 on the north side and 21 on the south side of the road at Fair Green and 17 at Fair Green, opposite Dunne’s Stores. It is accepted that parking must be regulated within the town in order to achieve a turnover of spaces. If we must have pay parking, it is seen as a positive move to have it evenly distributed, ergo the proposed extension to pay parking areas at the eastern end of town. However, there are some issues that the Lee Valley Enterprise Board feels should be addressed. It is proposed to start pay parking at 9 a.m. There is some concern that this would have a negative effect on morning trade in the town. At the moment a number of shoppers take advantage of the early morning free parking. The current 10 a. m. start, coupled with the first hour free, is an attraction to early morning shoppers and parents on school runs. A 9 a.m. start, even with the first hour free, may generate bad publicity for the town as pay parking can be very contentious.
The Draft Parking document was available to public inspection up to 19th December at the Town Hall. Submissions regarding it may be made before 9th January to The Municipal Officer, Town Hall, Macroom if you feel there is anything proposed which may affect your business.

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The changing face of the Palace – Briery Gap. ©

Briery Gap Updates 

There is some progress in preparation for the restoration of the Briery Gap Cultural Centre in Macroom, damaged by fire in May 2016.
Cork County Council has now lodged a Part 8 Planning application and the Plans are available to view during opening hours on Floor 9, County Hall and in the Town Hall in Macroom until Friday January 18th. There is a further 2 weeks (until Friday February 1st 2019) to send in written submissions or observations. These should be sent to Jim Molloy at Floor 5 County Hall or to Mark Collins, county architect, Floor 9, County Hall. Cork County Council has submitted a category 1 application to the Department of Rural & Community Development’s Rural Regeneration & Development Fund. It it is hoped that, as plans progress, this application to the Fund will be approved.
The proposed works at the Briery Gap are to refurbish and upgrade the existing 3 storey theatre and library building and will consist of reconfiguration and construction of a new 4 storey, contemporary designed street elevation; demolition and removal of the existing external, fire damaged structures to the rear; demolition and clearing out of the existing internal structures throughout; reconfiguration of front of house facilities and auditorium space , including construction of upper balcony; reconfiguration and construction of back of house facilities (library and theatre), construction of additional floor levels to front and rear and all associated site works.
The planned four storey building includes a balcony in the theatre with 70 seats; a bar overlooking the Square; upgraded toilet and backstage facilities. The building will have a totally new, modern face, different and hopefully, functional. All interested parties should inspect the detailed plans and make their opinions known before February 1.
Below is the updated programme (Stage 2) December 2018:
Stage 1 – Preliminary Design: Date to November 2018
Stage 2 – Part VIII Planning: December 7th 2018 to February 14th 2019
Stage 3 – Detailed Design: Date to April 2019
Stage 4 – Construction Procurement: March 2019 to June ‘19
Stage 5 – Construction Works: July 2019 to June 2020
Stage 6 – Handover & Project Close-Out: June 2020 to June 2021.
This would mean that both the theatre and library would be operational in mid 2020.

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Lee Valley Entertainers present £4.000 cheque to the new Briery Gap 1998 ©SMcS

Civic Reception in Macroom

Blarney/Macroom Municipal District hosted a Civic Reception in the Castle Hotel Macroom to honour the sporting achievements of juveniles in our municipal district. Due to the high number of recipients, this reception was held on 2 nights and awards were made each night. On Monday 26th November, Cathaoirleach, Cllr Ted Lucey, presented certificates of achievement to Macroom Soccer Club; U12 Soccer League & Cup Champions (girls); U12 Division 6 Winners (boys). Macroom Ladies Football Club: U12 Mid Cork Champions; U14 Mid Cork Champions; U16 Mid Cork & County Champions. Laochra Óg: U14B2 West Region Championship & League; U16B2 West Region Hurling Champions.
On Wednesday 28th November Cllr Ted Lucey presented a certificate of achievement to Serena Pearse & her coach Tony Pearse on her huge successes in Power lifting which include holder of 16 Irish Titles, 12 European Titles & 10 World Titles and she is ranked No 1 in her category. Also, on the night Cllr Lucey presented certificates to members of West Muskerry Athletic Club on their achievements as follows: Stephanie Cotter – Gold Medal Winner in Junior All Ireland 1500m Track & Field 2018; Stephen Bradley - Broke 2 Irish Records in IWAS World Junior Games in 2018. Gold Medal Winner in County & Munster Track & Field 2018; Jamie Hourihan - Bronze Medal Winner in the All Ireland Cross Country Championships with the Cork Team; Cathal Ryan - Gold Medal Winner in 100m, Silver Medal in Javelin & Silver Medal in 400m at IWAS World Junior Games in 2018. Cllr Michael Creed presented two road bowlers with certificates of achievement on their success as follows: Colm McLoughlin - U18 All Ireland Road Bowling; Cathal Creedon - U12 Munster & U12 All Ireland Road Bowling. Cllr Gobnait Moynihan presented certificates of achievement to dancers from Scoil Rince Uí Thuama and their coach, Lorraine Ni Thuama on their recent success. Presentations were made to the following: Elysia Ni Flanagain - Age 12 All Ireland Champion; Orlaith Ni Chroinin - Age 16 All Ireland Champion; Roisin Ni Thuama - Age 11 Ceili World Champion; Doireann Ni Thuama - Age 11 Ceili World Champion; Kealan Ni She - Age 11 Ceili World Champion; Niamh Ni Riordan - Age 11 Ceili World Champion; Emma Ni Chroinin - Age 11 Ceili World Champion; Kayla Ni Ealaithe - Age 11 Ceili World Champion. Finally, Cllr Lucey presented certificates of achievement to teams and their management of Eire Óg on winning in the following categories: Minor P2A Hurling Champions; U15P2 Football League Champions; U15P2A Hurling League Champions; U16A Hurling County Champions; East U16A Hurling Champions.
Both nights were a huge success with certificates presented to over 200 recipients from the Blarney/Macroom Municipal District. The Members and Staff of Blarney/Macroom MD would like to congratulate all those who received their awards and wish them continued success in their future endeavours.

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Macroom postwomen and postmen with their manager, Jerry Murphy, busy at work to deliver the Christmas mail © Con Kelleher.

2018 at St Mary’s  

January - We had great success at this year’s BT Young Scientist competition. Three of our projects received highly commended recognition from the judges. Well done to all this year’s participants who worked extremely hard to represent St. Mary’s and their dedicated teachers.
February - Congratulations to our 4th year students, Erin Leahy, Kate Murray, Nicole O'Connor, Saran Wynroe, Hanna O'Donovan and MaryAnn O'Shea who stole the show at the UCC Psychology Department's PsychSlam competition with their project entitled 'Are schools killing creativity'. The won the Audience Choice Award for their project.
March - Congratulations to Ms O Donoghue and her Space Savers Bank team who won the AIBs 'Build A Bank' competition held in the RDS, Dublin. Fantastic achievement. This is the third time that St Mary’s have won this National Competition – the only school in Ireland to have achieved this. Well done to all involved.
April - Ms. McGrath and Ms. Watkins and some 4th and 2nd year students went to Germany on their exchange to Munich and all arrived safe and well in Bordeaux for their French Exchange with Ms Deasy and Mr Cooke. A massive congratulations to Mrs. Kerrigan and leaving cert chemistry students, Leah Kelleher, Kate Bradley, Lydia Costello and Laura O’Reilly, who emerged victorious against 22 other schools in the Pfizer Chemistry Quiz! The girls had an amazing score of 46 questions out of 48, showing that they are well set for their leaving cert chemistry exam.
May - Heartiest congratulations to our Senior Footballers on becoming Munster Champions in Charleville. Well done girls & we would like to extend a huge thanks to your mentors, Mr Joe Carroll, Ms Lily De La Cour& Mr Sean Quill for your hard work &commitment to the girls,
June. All 3rd year and 6th year students completed their exams and they all did extremely well. We are so very proud of all of our girls.
July Safe travels to all our students, staff, helpers and Fr. John as they head off on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje.
August. Huge congratulations to our Leaving Certificate class of 2018 who received fantastic results. All of the hard work, commitment and motivation paid off. We are extremely proud of you all. The students’ commitment to their work, the dedication of their teachers and the support of their parents is reflected in their results. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for the future.

De la Salle College

The SPHE students and their teacher, Miss O’Shea, would like to thank everyone for supporting the 2018 De La Salle St Vincent De Paul Christmas Food Hamper Appeal. Special thanks to all the students, parents, teachers and the McCarthy family in Glenview for their very generous donations. We exceeded all expectations and doubled last year’s intake! Thank you to all students who participated in the annual Christmas Jumper Day. The money raised will help to send our fourth year students to Lourdes in the New Year. Congratulations to Fionn Crowley (2nd year) who won a voucher for Cummins Sport with his festive effort. Our Christmas Charity Collection will take place on Thursday, December 20th. Fourth year pupils will be collecting around Macroom town in aid of local charities; St. Vincent de Paul, Cope and Macroom Senior Citizens. Well done boys and a very big thank you to those who have contributed already this week. De La Salle fell agonisingly short in the final of the Cork U-16 Hurling Championship in PáircUí Chaoimh, on Thursday 13th. De La Salle, Macroom – 1-07 Coláiste an Chroí Naofa – 1-09 . Full report in January Outlook. Nollaig Shona daoibh go léir!
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Another amazing Christmas display created by Macroom's Purlies Knitting Group ©

Macroom Library

All of us here at Macroom Library would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We would also like to give a big thank you to everyone who was involved in the events held in the library throughout the year, and to anyone who contributed in any way to making our library such a great place for the community, and an enjoyable place for us to come to work.
Open and Closed Days – the library will be closed for the holidays from Saturday 22nd to Thursday 27th (both days inclusive). We will be open on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th, and will then be closed until we open again on Jan 2nd.
School Quiz – Congratulations to Dromleigh NS – winners of our Annual School Quiz. After a tense finish, they managed to come out on top over Scoil Fhionnbarra following a tiebreaker question, with St. Colman’s NS finishing third. Well done and thank you to everyone who took part and we hope to see you again at next year’s quiz.
Adult Book Club will start us off in the New Year with a meeting on Jan 2nd at 11.30am. They will be discussing ‘The Drowning of Innocence,’ by Pádraig O’Gorman, and we hope to be joined by Pádraig himself on the day. Purlies Knitting Group will be meeting on Jan 3rd at 11.30am. Their amazing Christmas display is currently brightening up our windows and bringing a real festive feel to the library, so be sure to take a look! Creative Writing Group will get together again on Jan 8th at 5.30pm. Bridge Club will meet on Jan 9th at 10am. Ciorcal Cainte will resume on Jan 10th at 11.30am. The next Music Morning will take place on Jan 11th at 11am. Storytime takes place every Saturday at midday.
We hope to see lots of new faces join us at these events in 2019. New members are always welcome!

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Children’s chorus at 2018 Panto in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Where’s Santa?

The opening performance of Macroom's panto played to a full house at the Riverside Park Hotel on Sunday, December 16. The appreciative audience enjoyed a hilarious two hours packed with comedy, music and dance, beautiful sets and costumes. Projections of Macroom locations provided the settings for a brand new panto, ‘Where’s Santa?, based on a plot in which Santa is kidnapped by Scroogie and Moochie. A bereft Mrs Claus calls on the Columbo/ Pink Panther sleuths, Nonie and Donie and, predictably, the result is glorious chaos.
With more than 70 children, aged 2+ in the chorus, there was a strong Aaaah! factor. They were beautifully costumed as Santas, stars, elves and reindeer and wowed the audience with a selection of Christmas carols. Sixteen teenagers performed their choice of pop numbers and soloists, Kelly Ann Healy, Martin McCarthy and Julie Dunne, performed modern and classic numbers, to the delight of. the adults. Donie and and Nonie, aka as Kevin Moynihan and Pádraig O’Driscoll, were the undoubted stars of the show. Their comic acts and mime were enjoyed by young and old and Mrs Claus, reading Letters to Santa from the Taoiseach, President and Ann Dunne, (who wants a new Briery Gap), provided more hilarity.
As we face a new year, we are reassured that the Lee Valley is blessed with a wealth of talent, skill and above all, the ability to make-do.

Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne

Well it’s the last issue of 2018! The past couple of weeks have been busy at the Library. The beautiful crochet snowflakes hanging in the windows were made by the members of the knitting & craft group. They have been very busy throughout the past few months knitting twiddle mitts and knee blankets for the residents of Macroom Community Hospital. Following our very successful talk from the Irish Heart Foundation as part of the Healthy Ireland at your Library programme we had another event aimed at the younger members and aptly named Stomping in the Library with Ruti Lachs! It was a lively workshop of music, dance, movement & fun. On Saturday 15thwe had a Family Time at your Library event including story time, songs & colouring for children. Now is the perfect occasion for me to thank everyone who supported Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne over the past twelve months. All the members of the various library based groups, The Knitting & Craft Group, Book Club, Labhair Linn sa Leabharlann and the local schools. If you haven’t visited a library for a while, why not plan on doing it in 2019? Libraries have evolved a lot during the past few years and offer so much more than just a basic book lending facility. Drop into your local library and have a look around and have a chat with any member of the staff there to hear about all the services now on offer free of charge in your library.
Beidh an Leabharlann dúnta ar 22ú go 27ú Nollaig, beidh sé oscailte ar Dé hAoine 28ú agus Dé Sathairn 29ú Nollaig. Beidh sé dúnta arís go dtí Dé Déardaoin 3ú Éanair agusag oscailt an lá sin ag 2 a chlog. Ba mhaith liom buíochas a gabhail do gach duine as an dtacaíocht í rith 2018. Nollaig shone dhíobh go léir agus ath-bhliain fé mhaise!

Macra Matters

December 2nd, AghinaghMacra Club had both a Ladies and Men’s team competing in the All-Ireland Soccer Competition in Dublin. The Ladies team defeated Callan of Kilkenny and then lost to Mitchelstown of Cork, but managed to top their group on goal difference. In the semi-final, the ladies managed to pull off a great victory over Athboy of Meath. In a highly competitive final, Mitchelstown defeated the Aghinagh ladies by two goals to one. The club is extremely proud of the team finishing as National Final runner-ups. The men’s team further represented the club by beating Kilmacthomas of Waterford, Togher of Louth and Caheragh of Cork to top their group. The semi-final against Devils Bit of Tipperary ended in a draw and so penalties were required. It was to be ‘sudden death’ penalties that eventually separated the teams with Devils Bit victorious. Well done to both teams and all members involved. New members to club are always welcome, and should contact the Aghinagh Macra facebook page.

Macroom Golf Club

Results: 6 Dec 2018 Thurs Turkey Singles 1st Tony Bullen 22 32pts
8/9 Dec 2018 Club Singles 1st Padraig Ó Murchú 8 32pts 2nd Tom Fitzgerald 11 32pts
Week 4 League 1st Team 7 263 2nd Team 3 260
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Christmas Bingo. The Big Party night is on Saturday 22nd in Inchigeela hall. Lots of spot prizes, with tea and goodies to eat. Join the Christmas crack! Check!
Dip na Nollag tar éis Aifreann 10a.m. i Linn Snámha Chúil Aodha Lá Nollag. Cártaí urraíochta ar fáil ó Jerh Ó hÉalaithe agus Isla de Faoite. Cé go mbeidh tarrthálaí i láthair, ní mór don Dipper bheith in ann snámh in uisce doimhin; bheith i ndea shláinte; bheith 16 bliana d’aois ar a laghad; í/é féin a chur in iúl roimh léimt isteach agus le éadaí agus caipín te le chaitheamh tar éis teacht amach.
Seamus Noonan Memorial Poc Fada. Inniscarra G.A.A. and Camogie Clubs will host their annual Poc Fada on St. Stephen’s Day, starting at Blair’s Inn, at 12.00 noon. Teams will comprise of three. Entry fee -Adults - €10.00 and Juveniles - €5.00 All proceeds will go to local Charities. Presentation of prizes will take place in the Club House - Áras Tadhg Ó Muirí, where light refreshments will also be served. All trophies won throughout the year will be on display.
Inchigeela Tidy Towns are holding their annual Wren Day fundraiser : sponsorship cards available locally from members or donate on the day. The 4km Céim Daunt/ Island Loop or a longer 8km option also. Your support would be much appreciated. Meet at the hall at 12 noon.
Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí 1925-2018 in Ostán Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne, Dé h-Aoine, 28ú Nollaig ag 7:00 i.n.
Alan Buckley Memorial cic fada will take place on Saturday 29th December at 11am,starting in Kilmurry village to Beal na Bláth.
Big €20, 45 Card Game is scheduled for 3pm in the hall Inchigeela on Saturday, 29th December. Big prizes – heated hall.
Ballinagree Vintage will hold a tractor, car, and bike run on Sunday 30 December. Registration is from 11 am Entry fee €20. Leaving Ballinagree village at 12 pm sharp. Proceeds will go to Ballinagree Development Group to raise funds for a playground. Enquiries to 0876757447 or 0867840146.
Open/Vintage Tractor and Car Run, 3K and 7K Walks. Sunday, 30th December - leaving St. Enda's NS, Kilnadur at 12 30 pm. Proceeds to Cancer Connect and St. Enda's NS, Kilnadur.
Schools Exhibition. Due to a huge interest the schools exhibition will be on display for one day Dec 30th 10.30am to 5pm in Independence Museum, Kilmurry, featuring Kilbonane, Cloughduv, Kilmurry, Canovee, Beal na Bláth and Lackreigh.
The Muskerry Tram story will be presented in picture and commentary form by Tim O'Brien at Griffin's Garden Centre, Dripsey (by kind permission of proprietor, Margaret Griffin) on Friday, January 4th. The presentation, under the auspices of Inniscarra Historical Society, commences at 8 o'clock and there will be a 15 minute interval during which refreshments will be served. The Muskerry Tram lines ran deep into Mid Cork territory from 1887 to 1934 and covered such areas as Coachford, Peake, Dripsey, Cloghroe, Tower, Blarney and Donoughmore. Admission €3.
Little Women’s Christmas Party organised by KHAA, on January 5 at 8pm in Heritage Room at Kilmurry Museum. Men and Women welcome. Entertainment by Tim O'Riordan of Natural Gas. To be sure your table/ place is reserved , call 086 1767295.
Macroom Ploughing: The Annual Match will be held on Sunday January 6, 2019 on the lands of The Healy Family Carrigathou, Coachford, weather permitting. Starting time 11.30am. All systems go. A great day out for all ages. Meet up with old friends; check out the furrow and enjoy a good chat. Results to be announced in Coolcower House that night around 9pm. All are welcome.
Cork Burning. Kilmurry Historical and Archeology Association present a talk on Cork Burning by Michael Lenihan in the heritage room, Independence Museum, Kilmurry January 16th at 8pm. It covers such topics as Cork City before December 1920, the Black and Tans, Auxiliaries and K Company, Republican Cork, a timeline of events before the burning of Cork City, early fires and arson by crown forces in Cork, the Kilmichael Ambush, the Dillon’s Cross Ambush, premises destroyed, official investigations into the causes, compensation and rebuilding.
Walk While you Can fundraising concert for Motor Neuron at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom, Saturday, January 19 at 8p.m. Featuring Patrick O’Sullivan and Hugo Duncan. Tickets €20 from Evelyn McSweeneys; Box Office, South Square and Riverside Park.
Used Stamps. Basket at back of all Aghinagh parish churches for used stamps for Motor Neuron and Irish Cancer Society. Or give to Breda at Fruit and Veg stall in Macroom Square.
Simon Food Appeal. Boxes in Aginagh parish churches, shops and pubs until Sunday, December 23. They will be collected after Masses.
Macroom Rings Club. On 17th November 2018 we held a rings memorial tournament in honour of our esteemed friend, Leo Hughes. Leo was a big part of the rings circle, well loved, respected to everyone he met. Even though Leo's sight went downhill very fast, he was still able to throw a great hand of rings. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. €1500 was raised on the day and it went to Macroom Hospital.
Kilmurry GAA 2019 calendar is now on sale in Sheila's shop and MacSwineys shop Crookstown.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: Dec. 2. Jackpot €2,800. Numbers drawn 17, 20, and 27. No winner. €50 Joan O'Leary, Sleaveen, Macroom. €20 each: Ann Sullivan, Rusheen; Kay MacSullivan & Mike Fitzsimmons, Ballinagree; Marie Curtin, Coachford; Dan Twomey, C/O Tigh Ui Laoighre.
December 9. Jackpot €2,950. Numbers drawn 31, 33, and 37. No Winner €50 Matt Herlihy, Mid Cork Pallets. €20 each: Teddy & Maura Bradley, Dromree; Richie Regan, Carrigathow, Coachford; Theresa & Murty Lucy, Inchalea, Bealnamorrive; John & Kathleen Kelleher, Inchalea, Bealnamorrive.
Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: Dec. 9th Jackpot €5,600. Winning Numbers: 7,9,16,18 No Winner. Hamper Micheal o Sullivan Knockavullig. €50 Mark Evans Ballytrasna. €25 Con Murphy Farran. €25 Connie standback. €25 online Ronnie Dunlea
December 16th. Numbers drawn 1,5,9,17. No winner of €5,750 Hamper Eoin mc Nabola Aherla. €50 Mairead o Sullivan Ballytrasna. €25 Connie standback €25 Mary Keane Cloughduv. €25 online Karen Hynes.
Donoughmore G.A.A. Lotto Dec. 4th Jackpot €2,100. Winning Numbers: 6 18 35 No Winner. €25 each: 1.Paschaline McCarthy 2. Teddy O’Connor 3. Maurice Honohan 4. Mary O’Donoghue 5. Ellie Jones + Terry Buckley
Dec. 11th Jackpot €2,200. Winning Numbers: 8 18 23 No Winner. €25 each: Emer O’Shea 2. Dick Dineen 3. Dan O’Shea 4. Mary Cooney 5. Hannah McCarthy
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 4/12/2018. Jackpot: €5000. Numbers Drawn: 18-22-28. No Winner. €70 Katie Browne, Railway View €20 each: Margaret Dinneen, Kilnagurteen, Dave Martin, Rathalisk. Chloe O'Sullivan, Dromree. Marguerite O' Riordan, Barrett Place. Denis & Jennifer Buckley, 8 An Gleann
11/12/2018. Jackpot: €5,200. Numbers Drawn: 16-23-28. No Winner. €70 Catherine O'Connor, Railway View €20 each Helen O'Brien, Clondrohid. Coln Corrigan, Glen Park. Rachel Twomey, Rockboro. Alex & Cain Cotter, Dripsey. Tadgh O'Driscoll, Sullane Weirs
Rylane CPA Lotto: 3/12/2018 Jackpot €3,200. Numbers drawn:20 - 29 - 33. No Winner. €20 Maureen Long (Rylane); Vincent Carroll (Rylane); Finbarr O'Sullivan (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20: Crowleys
10/12/2018 Jackpot €3,300. Numbers drawn: 15 - 17 - 18. No Winner. €20 Maria Murphy (Coachford); Nora Walsh (Rylane); Pat O'Rourke (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20: Helen Kelleher

Coachford AFC Lotto: 10/12/2018. Jackpot: €1,200. Numbers Drawn: 2 – 16 – 23. No Winner. €40 Maurice O’Regan. €20 Mary Sull & Maria, Frank Bergin, Adam Murphy, Karen Kelleher.
17/12/2018. Jackpot: €1,400. Numbers Drawn: 10 – 28 – 32. No Winner. €40 Jeremiah O’Sullivan (Online Ticket). €20 Conor O’Riordan, Tim Flanagan, Billy Casey, Maudie Cotter (Snr).

Reeling in the Year 2018

Panto Magic with Cinderella and 55 children, as well as teenagers and adults, helped relieve the post Christmas blues. Professor Martin Tangney was awarded an OBE. Macroom Ploughing Association enjoyed ideal weather conditions for its event in Teergay. Coachford College Dance Off raised funds for Marymount. Macroom FC celebrated 40 years and John O’Farrell helped revive memories of Main Street, Macroom. Very heavy rain resulted in widespread flooding.

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Ploughing 2018 at Teergay ©Lee Valley Outlook

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‘Sir Henry’ and friends at Cork Opera House ©Lee Valley Outlook

‘Sir Henry’ attracted great crowds to Cork Opera House. Heats of the Transition Year Drama and Light Entertainment were held in the Riverside Park Hotel but the finals were again lost to Mullingar. Máire Ni Chéilleachair was named Amhránaí na Bliana. At the Muskerry GAA Auld Triangle Sports Stars 2017, Rena Buckley was honoured for her 18 Senior Camogie and Football medals and Mark Coleman was named Sports Star of the Year.

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‘The Beast from the East’ slows everything down. ©Lee Valley Outlook

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‘Flower of Macroom’ selection 2018 ©Lee Valley Outlook

The Beast from the East brought snow and a complete close down for a few days. The first sod was turned for Clondrohid’s long awaited national school. Emma Nott was selected Flower of Macroom 2018. The Woodlanders brought a great crowd from Philadelphia for St Patrick's Day and despite a poor forecast and the Triple Crown final v England, great crowds attended an excellent concert and Parade. St Mary's Spacesavers won the AIB Build a Bank Challenge for a third time.

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St. Patrick’s Day in Macroom 2018 ©Lee Valley Outlook

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 Re-launch of Lee Valley Tourist Guide ©Lee Valley Outlook

On Easter Sunday, dawn Mass was celebrated in a variety of locations, including Macroom Castle Grounds. A tourist Guide for Macroom and the Lee Valley was launched at McEgan College. Exchanges were completed between schools in Macroom, Italy and France. Anti social behaviour in the town and Castle Grounds received overdue attention.

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí was held in Macroom in good weather conditions. Darkness into Light walks brought hope to many areas. Shops continued to close and new shops open as construction of the bypass is heralded to start in 2020, with an estimated three year building period. Projected cost of the restoration of the Briery Gap is set at €4 million. Politicians promise that an extension to the hospital will be completed by 2020. The Park Run in the Castle Grounds celebrated its first five years.

Great crowds participated in the Daniel Kingston run. The street surface from the Auld Triangle to Glenview Motors was repaired. Macroom Twinning Association members visited Marcallo con Casone. The best Summer in living memory brought soaring temperatures, balmy days and drought. Groups from the Ciorcal Gaeilge at Macroom Library and Ballingeary Pipe Band enjoyed Garden Parties at Árus an Uachtaráin. Erin O’Connell, Aghabullogue, was chosen to represent Cork in the Rose of Tralee.

As the glorious weather continued, the centenary of the ambush at Béal a’Ghleanna was commemorated and Donoughmore Carnival, Coachford Festival, Ballyvourney - Coolea Show and Féile na Laoch got underway. Fr. Browne, PP Cill na Martra, retired, sparking off a realignment of parishes due to dwindling numbers of priests.

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Officials at FAI Festival of Football Roadshow ©Lee Valley Outlook

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Chairman, Pat O’Connell, speaking at the 50th anniversary of Macroom Senior Citizens ©Lee Valley Outlook

Crookstown Vintage celebrated 30 years of steam and Inchigeela Festival was very successful. Macroom Senior Citizens marked 50 years of service to the elderly in the Lee Valley. The work of local artists was displayed in the Town Hall. FAI officials visited Murrayfield during the FAI Festival of Football Roadshow. Many locals went to Croke Park, Phoenix Park and Knock for the Papal visit.

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The Fairy Garden opens in Masseytown. ©Lee Valley Outlook


Tiny Feet Fairy Garden opened in Masseytown as the summer continued for Macroom Food Festival and the Cork 20 Car Rally. Macroom was clear winner in the County Council Anti Litter contest and retained its Silver Medal while getting an extra 7 marks in the Tidy Towns. The Castle Hotel won an award for the Best Hotel Carvery in Ireland. Cork won a record 28th Camogie title, giving Briege Corkery her 18th All Ireland medal. Culture night celebrated Bliain na Gaeilge.

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Macroom Food Festival 2018 c Lee Valley Outlook



Lee Valley Young Players presented a successful Mamma Mia. Many Lee Valley food producers earned Blas na hÉireann awards. Cill na Martra won their first ever County Intermediate Football final. Inniscarra Camogie team won the County and Munster titles. Cloughduv won the Junior A Hurling championship and have already won the Munster title. Macroom lost a great citizen, Derry Coakley, tragically. Muskerry Co op Shop and Dunne’s Carrigadrohid closed down.

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Cast of Mamma Mia in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

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24 Autumn Colours in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Anna May McHugh came to a Penny Dinners and Simon fundraising concert in Macroom and visited the grave of the Ploughman, Jerry Horgan. Macroom Artists launched their Christmas cards. St. Mary’s presented ‘A Small Snag’ in Clondrohid. Many soccer fans from Macroom went to Copenhagen for Ireland’s last match under Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane. The Special Needs Unit was officially opened at McEgan College.

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Christmas Lights 2018 in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

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Where’s Santa? The burning question at Panto 2018 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Christmas preparations included markets, concerts, carol singing, beautiful decorations and a brand new Panto, Where’s Santa? Gráinne Ní Loingsigh, Baile Mhúirne, turned on the Christmas lights at RTE.


1968 in Macroom

1968 U.D.C. members were Councillors Kelleher, O'Connor, Tommy O'Connell, Darby O'Donovan, Seamus Burke, Martin McCarthy. Cors. O'Leary was Chairman and was succeeded by John Browne. Liam Thompson retired and was replaced by Sean Twomey. The Castle had fallen and been demolished in 1967 and there were plans for the extension of the Vocational School on the site. Solicitors for Major Kenny Herbert wrote, disclaiming liability for Macroom Castle. The graveyard was extended. Council land was given for the erection of an engineering factory and Macroom Caterers outlet at Millstreet Road. A Roll of Honour for veterans from 1916 - 1923 was hung in the Town Clerk's Office after some initial disagreement. The provision of public toilets was an ongoing concern. Macroom Tidy Towns were making a great effort and the Junior Chamber presented litter bins to the Council.

Ireland 1968.

Jack Lynch was Taoiseach and Éamonn de Valera was President. Minister for Education, Donogh O'Malley, collapsed and died while canvassing. A seat to commemorate the poet, Patrick Kavanagh, was unveiled alongside the Grand Canal in Dublin. The Aer Lingus aircraft, St Phelim, bound for London, plunged into the Irish Sea off Tuskar Rock, killing all 61 passengers and crew. King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola of Belgium paid a state visit to Ireland. President de Valera opened the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park in New Ross. Police baton-charged Civil Rights demonstrators in Derry, marking the beginning of The Troubles. Cork Regional Hospital, now CUH, opened, as did County Hall. With 17 storeys, it was the tallest building in Ireland at the time. It cost £500,000 and was built floor by floor, with no scaffolding. Wexford beat Tipperary in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Final. Down defeated Kerry in the Football Final. Tony Dunne and George Best became the first Irish footballers to pick up European Cup winners medals as Manchester United defeated Benfica in the final at Wembley Stadium.

World 1968.

It was a remarkable year in which new movements sought to change a deeply troubled world through protest and revolt. Alexander Dubček was chosen as leader of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, leading to an all too brief Prague Spring, which was ruthlessly suppressed by Soviet might. The Vietnam War was at its worst. News of the Tet Offensive, the siege of the US Embassy in Saigon, the My Lai Massacre, as well as the relentless and escalating loss of American troops, led to worldwide protests. The Civil Rights Movement was also gaining strength in the U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot dead and riots erupted in major American cities. Senator Robert Kennedy entered the race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination but was assassinated in Los Angeles in June. Subsequently, Richard Nixon defeated the Democratic candidate, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, and American Independent Party candidate, George C. Wallace. Before going out of office, President Johnson ordered a complete cessation of "all air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam" effective November 1.
Student protests sparked the 1968 Polish political crisis. One million Paris students rioted. Student protests started in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. The 1968 Winter Olympics were held in Grenoble, France. The Summer Olympics were held in Mexico and the first ever International Special Olympics Summer Games were held in Chicago. Coal mines in Britain continued to close. The semiconductor company, Intel, was founded. Yale University announced it was going to admit women. Pope Paul VI published the encyclical Humanae Vitae, on birth control.
Racing driver, Jim Clark was killed in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim. La, la, la by Massiel won the Eurovision Song Contest for Spain. Manchester United won the European Cup Final, becoming the first English team to do so. The TV series Dad's Army was broadcast for the first time. Hawaii Five-O opened on CBS. NASA launched Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission. Apollo 8 entered orbit around the Moon.
1968 Songs and Singers. The Irish Top 10 was: Hey Jude Beatles; Help Yourself Tom Jones; Those were the days Mary Hopkin; Little Arrows The Dixies; Young Girl Union Gap; Delilah Tom Jones; Honey Bobby Goldsboro; The good, the bad and the ugly Hugo Montenegro; A man without love Engelbert Humperdinck; Simon Says Dickie Rock. Other favourites included ; Mary from Dungloe Emmett Spiceland; Nora Johnny McEvoy; Chance fo a Lifetime Pat McGeegan; Congratulations Cliff Richard; Lily the Pink the Scaffold; Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues.
1968 Films Space Odyssey, Bullitt, Planet of the Apes, Rosemary’s Baby, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Odd Couple, Night of the Living Dead, The Green Berets, The Lion in Winter, Funny Girl, War and Peace, The Love Bug, Yellow Submarine, Oliver, Chitty Chitty Bang Bng. Where Eagles Dare.

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The Bull is unveiled at East Side, Macroom 1998 ©SMcS

1998 in Macroom

The Council celebrated its centenary, having been set up in 1898. 1998 members were Nora Murray, Pat O'Connell, Con Kelleher, Evelyn McSweeney, Denis Kelleher, Martin Coughlan, Billy Leahy, Jerry Lane, John Browne. Town Clerk was MacDara Ó hIcí. Complaints were voiced about late night noise at Munchhouse, a fast Food Restaurant. There were also complaints about the level of ESB service after the closure of the local office. Nominees from the Enterprise Board joined the traffic subcommittee to promote the bypass. Poitín Aoibhinn Teoranta submitted a planning application for a distillery at Bealick Mill. The Wild West Festival was a great success in ideal weather conditions. Eight Council houses were planned for the Fair Field. €400,000 interest free loan was granted to Cork County Council for the long awaited water scheme which opened in July. To mark its official opening, Macroom’s ‘Holey’ Bull was erected. Macroom came second in the anti litter league and got 218 marks in the Tidy Towns competition.

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Macroom Wild West Festival 1998 ©SMcS

Ireland 1998

The Planning Tribunal opened in Dublin Castle. The Good Friday Agreement was endorsed in a referendum by people north and south of the border. Viagra went on sale worldwide, a product of Pfizer, Ringaskiddy. The new Northern Ireland Assembly met; Reg Empey and Seamus Mallon were elected First Minister and deputy First Minister respectively. John Hume and David Trimble were joint recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. The horrific Omagh bombing killed 29 people. As the Celtic Tiger roared, unemployment fell by 20% with the number of people in work rising by 100,000. The Labour Party and Democratic Left united. On December 31, the Punt was traded for the last time as the Euro currency was launched. TV3 went on air. Gay Byrne broadcast his final radio show. Galway won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, beating Kildare and Offaly beat Kilkenny in the Hurling final. Waterford beat Monaghan in the Ladies All Ireland Football final and Cork won their 19th Camogie All Ireland, defeating Galway.

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Macroom U.D.C. celebrates its 100th anniversary 1998 ©SMcS

World News 1998

Google seems to be around forever but was founded a mere 20 years ago. Microsoft became the biggest Company in the World and released Windows 98 while Apple Computer unveiled the iMac. France won the 1998 World Cup in France. President Bill Clinton was embroiled in the Lewinsky scandal. The Russian economy collapsed, with the rouble losing 70% of its value against US dollar in 6 months. Several of the largest Russians banks collapsed and millions of people lost their savings. Europeans agreed on a single currency, the Euro. The European Central Bank was established in Frankfurt, Germany. The European Court of Human Rights became a permanent court, with full-time judges. The Yugoslav conflict continued, with horror stories from Kosovo.
Popular Films. Armageddon. Titanic. Saving Private Ryan. Godzilla. There's Something About Mary. A Bug's Life. Dr. Dolittle. Shakespeare in Love. Lethal Weapon 4. The Avengers. The Mask of Zorro.
Popular Musicians. All Saints. Céline Dion. Madonna. Chumbawamba. Jennifer Paige. Marilyn Manson. Green Day. Metallica. Janet Jackson.
Popular Television: Law & Order. One Foot in the Grave. The Jerry Springer Show. Frasier. NYPD Blue. The Nanny. The X-Files. ER. Friends. Star Trek: Voyager. 7th Heaven. Judge Judy. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The Practice. Teletubbies (UK). Simpsons

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Macroom Castle and gates in olden times ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

Christmas 70 years ago 

Information gleaned from the Cork Examiner 1948.
Christmas 1948 was a far cry from the present festivities. The Second World War was over for three years but its effects still lingered. Rationing was in force and ration books and stamps were valued items in every household. Flour and sugar were the most pressing requirements at Christmas time and these were still scarce. Woodford Bourne, Cork, advised registration for tea and sugar at their store in St. Patrick Street. Ireland's stock of sugar was being supplemented by its product from beet at the factories in Mallow, Carlow, Thurles and Tuam, but only gradually were farmers adapting themselves, their farms and machinery to the growth of sugar beet.
Ireland had to produce its own flour during the war years. Since our climate is not well suited to the growth of wheat, the end product was coarse and brown and resulted in a dark coloured bread. Brown flour was subsidised and, when white flour came on offer at Christmas 1948, it was at an inflated price - 113/- per sack as opposed to 41s/9d. Mr. Dillon, the Minister for Agriculture, announced that bread rationing would continue and that unsubsidised pure white bread would be available at 2s-0d for a 4lb loaf. Jacob's Biscuits warned that it was necessary to increase their prices, since they could no longer avail of subsidised flour, but they added that demand for their biscuits still outstripped their production capacity. Imported fruit, which had been unavailable since 1939, came back on the market. Many children were fascinated by the fragrant yellow balls which helped fill their Christmas stockings, their first experience of real, live oranges. Simcox of Patrick Street, Cork, offered to send tinned marmalade, jam and fruit as Christmas presents.
Farmers had done well during the war, as cereals, meat, fowl and eggs were much in demand. There was also plenty employment. Labourers were in demand and earning from 11d to 1s 3d per hour, depending on experience. They worked a 50-hour week, giving them £2-10s to £3 in wages. Many labourers made good money cutting turf during and after the war, since coal was scarce, and they delivered the fuel by the cartload to their urban customers. Poverty was still rife in towns and the St. Vincent de Paul Society did great work, bringing a few luxuries into poor homes. Carol-singers raised funds for this charity during the week before Christmas and spread the Christmas spirit in towns.
By 1948, petrol was again available, but few people had cars. They relied on horses, bikes, buses, trains and Shank's mare for transport and visits to the town and city were few and far between. Most people in Muskerry came to Macroom to ‘bring home the Christmas’. They made purchases in town which might not be available in their local shop. Big, 1lb Christmas candles topped the shopping list. Fruit bracks from the town's baker, were also popular and most households bought some porter and a bottle of port or sherry. Toys for the children were limited in range. Girls got dolls or sewing and knitting sets and boys got sponge or rubber balls and meccano. Snakes and ladders, ludo and dominoes were the popular games. Adults were becoming more appearance-conscious in the late '40s and the number of hairdressers and barbers in Macroom town gave witness to this. They included Miss Costelloe, Miss Lynn, Mrs. McSweeney, C. Hurley, Peter Murphy, J.O'Regan, Pat Riordan and Dan Vaughan. Permanent waves were in fashion for young ladies and photographs taken at dances in that period show frizzled, tortured looking heads, not unlike the seasonal turkey. But fashion was all important. Ready-made clothes were now available for those who could afford them and Cash's, the Munster Arcade and Dowden's offered everything from lingerie to twin-sets to furs. But the Christmas presents being promoted seventy years ago were practical in the extreme. All kinds of bed-clothes were offered. You could buy a double walnut bed, complete with mattress and padded headboard for £11 - 10s -0d. Tickets for the Irish Hospital Sweepstake were available at 10/- each.
Home was the place to be for the holidays and many Irish emigrants streamed westward, arriving on board the Innisfallen at Cork port. There was plenty of employment to be had across the water, rebuilding Britain's cities and motorways, after the war destruction, and holiday-makers had money to spend on their return. Macroom's forty-nine pubs welcomed their custom and they added to the festive air. But not on Christmas night. Then, everyone stayed home after the ritual visit to the church for Confession. Dinner was served late on Christmas Eve, at about four o'clock instead of the customary one o'clock. Since it was a fast day, fish was on the menu and salted ling, served with white onion sauce, was popular in many households. The "Cork Examiner", trying to educate the local palate, printed exotic recipes from their columnist, Elizabeth Craig. These included dishes such as salmon mousse, not food for “the plain people of lreland"!

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Dealing in second-hand clothes during the Fair in Macroom decades ago. ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

 Mass was central to the celebration of Christmas for the vast majority. Canon Fox, the Macroom parish priest, decided that the practice of having midnight Mass should be discontinued, since some of the congregation arrived too fulI of spirits. Miss Richardson, the organist, presided at the morning Missa Cantata. In rural churches, early Mass on Christmas morning was also sung, to the accompaniment of a sometimes wheezy harmonium. But the congregation sang the "Adeste Fideles" with enthusiasm if not harmony. Since those wishing to receive Holy Communion had been fasting from midnight, they made no delay after Mass but hurried home to a cooked breakfast. The typical Irish household enjoyed roast turkey, stuffed with bread or potatoes, turnips, cabbage and potatoes for the Christmas dinner, at about three o'clock. Dessert was plum pudding and custard or trifle and cream. Spiced beef was favoured for Christmas supper.
It was also customary to stay at home on Christmas Day. All shops and pubs were closed and there was nowhere to go, even if one wished to leave the fireside. Television was still in the realms of science fiction but there was a radio in most houses. Electricity had not arrived, but wet batteries brought Radio Éireann into many a kitchen. It offered a sedate selection of programmes. Broadcast commenced with High Mass from one of the Dublin churches. Music figured largely in the day's offering. It was classical or traditional, with a penchant for opera.
Christmas Day 1948 was no exception, with the Garda Céilidhe Band starring. Frank O'Connor read one of his own short stories, "The Last Post", and a pantomime, "The Wonderful Lamp", got a radio airing. This must have equalled Din Joe's "Take the Floor", which had Rory O'Connor dancing on the radio!
Macrompians were glued to the radio on St. Stephen's Night at 7.45 when local soprano, Rita Lynch, gave a recital on Radio Éireann. Later on, the young and/ or single adjourned to local dance halls for the great St. Stephen's Night revels. Returned emigrants increased the attendance and provided some different faces and talent. Kilnamartyra Hall offered music by D.J. O'Leary and his Caballeros. For a half-crown, one could dance from 9p.m. to 3a.m. Donal O'Regan's amplified band, boasting seven performers, were on stage at Carriganima, while Kilmurry offered music from the Sullane Valley Quartet at 3s 6d but warned that refreshments would be extra. This did not include alcoholic beverages. Tea, sandwiches, spotted dog and sticky buns were the popular fare, though one might be offered a boiled egg at some dances and plates of cold meat were served with YR and Chef sauce at more up-market venues.
Pantomimes were big business in the city. The old Opera House staged Aladdin in 1948. The Babes in the Wood were frolicking in the Fr. Matthew Hall, while Sleeping Beauty was snoring away in the A.O.H. Hall in Morrisson's Island. There was just time to recover from the holiday excesses and then, punters could indulge their fancies and recoup their Christmas expenses at Inchigeela Races on December 28. The prize money was a generous £55.
Mountmassy Men's Club held their annual dance in Rylane Hall on Women's Christmas, January 6. Declan Donovan and his band played from 9 - 3. Admission was 4/- but supper was extra. Four miles away, Donoughmore Hurling Club held their annual Céilidhe in Stuake Hall on the same night. The Éire go Bráth Band from Fermoy provided the music. Meantime, Macroom Anglers were dancing to the strains of Chris McMahon's full orchestra at a cost of 3/-.
Such were the pleasures enjoyed in mid-Cork 70 years ago. .

Parishes, Clubs and Associations
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Clondrohid, non-exam County Champions 1998 ©SMcS

Clondrohid Parish 

Development Group: The eagerly awaited Christmas Party took place as usual, with cold plate and dessert and dancing to the music of Tim Joe and Ann and family. The Group bid farewell to Johnny who retired as an R.S. S. worker of many years. A presentation was made to him at the Bell Inn. The annual fundraiser had a Halloween Theme, with Caitriona of Enchanted Flowers. Thanks to all the local businesses that support this Group year after year. The marks increased again in the Tidy Towns; well done to all. The Christmas tree and Crib were switched on in early December. St. Gobnaits statue: was erected near the Bell Inn by local craftsman, Johnny Kelleher and blessed by Fr. Wickham on February 11 Community Hall: A lot of work done and more to do. The electrical and fire alarm systems have been upgraded. The Hall is available for meetings, functions, parties, arts and crafts, exercises, dancing etc. etc. Booking is essential and one has to have insurance. World Meeting of Families: 2018 was the year and Clondrohid had a special Mass in May to celebrate this upcoming event in August. Many parishioners travelled to Dublin for this occasion.
Active Retired: This new Group is up and running and all looks well for 2019. Coffee mornings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Their 1st outing was to Bantry, Schull and Ballydehob in July. A great night out in the INEC in August. Commencing on Sept 24, this group enjoyed great singalongs in the Hall, funded by the Adult Education Board. Hope to have it again in 2019. A trip to Griffins Garden centre in October. Christmas dinner in the Abbey Hotel in December. Anyone wishing to join can contact Mary on 0872036947 or drop in to Maria at Post Office. The Group really appreciated Maria’s help as a drop off or a pick up centre for them. Parish Pastoral Council: was set up and a committee is to be formed in early 2019. Adoration in Clondrohid church: commenced in 2018 and continues on Mondays from 3pm to 6pm.
Schools. Clondrohid N.S.: The sod was turned for the erection of our new school on March 5 by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and all looks well for the big opening in 2019. A fundraiser table quiz was held in the Tavern for the Sonas Autism unit in the school and was well supported. The children of the school took part in many events during the year, sports, quizzes, etc, with great success. Muinefliuch N.S.: 5th and 6th class pupils did some computer programming using Scratch. 3 pupils designed an interactive Santa and pupils learnt to play chess. The children qualified for the final of Múscraí Scór na bPáistí in Ballad, Instrumental group and individual singing. Fundraiser for school with a 5km fun run /walk was held in April. The school was placed in the top 12 in the Muintir na Tire School Gardening Competition. They won the 6th class section in a Science Quiz in U.C.C. Carriganima N.S.: opened 2 new special Education Rooms. Children took part in many competitions during the year and did their parents and teachers proud.
Clondrohid Community Recreational Facility: The new car park was unveiled early in the year, excellent facility. Scoil Rince Uí Thuama: Congrats to all who brought trophies and cups to Clondrohid. Paralympic Munster Grand Prix: Stephen Bradley had many honours bestowed on him this year including Cork Athlete of the year in C.I.T. Poc Fada: This annual poc fada was a great success once again in memory of Shane Murphy. Money raised donated to Marymount. Carriganima: St. Patricks Day Parade as always a great success. The annual fun run/ walk in aid of Macroom and Millstreet Hospital took place in September as did the annual Tractor Run by Millstreet Vintage in aid of CART. Loads of entertainment in Carriganima pub during December. Contact Seanie on 0872600640 to keep up to date. Annual Famine Mass took place in May at Carrig a Staighre and the Corpus Christi Procession in June and Rosary at Curra Road Grotto in July. Winning Streak Local man Con Lehane made the journey to Dublin with his friends and relations, and had the pleasure of spinning the wheel. Clann Aire. One of the best facilities for children in any parish is a Creche and after school, and Clann Aire has excellent facilities. Teddy Kelleher retired from teaching set dancing during the year and handed the baton over to his trusted friend, Alan .We salute you Teddy for all your years of teaching. Some legacy. Line Dancing, a new venture this year commenced in October with large numbers having great fun. Cards continue on Sunday nights and Bingo on Wednesday nights
Clondrohid G.A.A. In under 21 football Clondrohid played 3 championship games - being defeated after extra time by eventual county champions Donoughmore in first round ,winners versus Eire Og in next round to qualify for semi final where Kilmichael proved too strong. Clondrohid Junior A football team defeated Dripsey in championship first round but lost out narrowly to Donoughmore in next round. In minor football championship games, Clondrohid defeated Carrignavar but with a depleted team, Castlelyons were much too strong in next round. Clondrohid under 16 team lost narrowly in championship replay with Ballinhassig. ln under 15 matches, Clondrohid defeated Cill na Martra only to lose out to Clann na Gael after extra time in the county semi final. Clondrohid under 14’s had a great championship run, defeating Aghinagh and Castlelyons to reach the final where Whites Cross proved too strong. In under 12 football Clondrohid played 7 league games in reaching the playoff stages where Fr.O ‘Neill’s were defeated .ln semi final eventual winners Donoughmore were strong . An Easter Training Camp ,a Summer Cúl Camp and a Family Funday were again successfully organized during the year . Clondrohid GAA, in association with Clann Aire Crèche, National School, Hall Committee , Astro and Development Group, successfully applied for a CLAR grant to upgrade the community facilities entrance roadway. 2018 is the 40th anniversary of a junior B Mid Cork league and championship double won by Clondrohid in 1978. In a tremendous year for the club under 12 and under 21 titles were also achieved.

Codrum Community

The AGM of the longest running Community Association in Macroom took place recently at the Auld Triangle. Chairman John Lyons, welcomed all present to a packed room. Secretary Ann McCarthy and Treasurer Mary Walsh presented their reports. No membership fees are charged and the bank account shows a positive balance as a result of judicial financial management and local voluntary labour to carry out works. Along the road, residents had served to maintain their local areas, litter picking, clearing gullies, cutting back trees, gathering leaves from shores and drains to keep water off the road. Flowers were planted and maintained at the entrance roads to Codrum and Clonfadda. The residents’ list for Codrum/ Clonfadda has been updated.
Local residents, Catherine Murphy and John Lyons have contributed hugely to the work of Macroom Tidy Towns throughout the year. A new initiative being promoted is to plant and manage areas for biodiversity. This will mean that selected flowers, shrubs or trees be planted that promote pollination and these areas will have signs erected to highlight this to the local residents. The green area at the Crescent will be examined with a view to development. Officers elected: Chairperson, John Lyons. Secretary, Ann McCarthy. Treasurer, Mary Walsh.
There was a general discussion on items that need to be addressed in the area by the council. Future works include the restoration of stone wall at the lower end of Codrum Road. A table quiz will be organised for local residents in the Springtime and Kevin O’Brien has volunteered to prepare this. An entertainment night may be held at a later date with local Codrum musicians and following the AGM, there was some entertainment in the bar by two local residents to finish off the evening.

Active Retired

Ballyvourney Active Retirement Group was established in March and are looking forward to another interesting year ahead. This year, visits to Kenmare Seascape, Spike Island and the Famine Exhibition in Skibbereen were enjoyed, as were the weekly walks (weather permitting, of course!) More recently, many members took part in a five week course in Mindfulness and Well-being. Two weekly Yoga sessions are ongoing throughout the year. Music/ singing classes, the setting up of a bridge group and art classes are among some of the plans for 2019.

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Macroom Juvenile Fishing Club members 1998 ©SMcS

Tidy Towns

Ballyvourney /Ballymakeera Tidy Towns would like to thank all those who got involved in this year's activities, from litter-pickers and sweepers, to planters and painters. It's been a very busy year, with Ballyvourney achieving three awards in various events. We were placed third in the annual County Litter Challenge, while also receiving awards for the Best Improved Village, at both District and County level! During the summer months, volunteers worked hard in anticipation of the Tidy Towns judging, which took place on the day of Ballyvourney/ Coolea Show. Overall, we received a good score, 279 out of 450, which is only 59 marks away from the winning Village in our Category! Judges commented on increasing community involvement, which includes our new volunteers and Junior Tidy Towners. Looking forward to 2019, Ballyvourney Tidy Towns hopes to continue welcoming new volunteers! We will be working closely with Transition Year Students in Coláiste Ghobnatan, while also working on some new projects in the village to continue increasing Ballyvourney's attractiveness and appeal for both locals and those travelling through. Mile Buíochas is Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir!

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Ballingeary Pipe Band celebrates its 70th anniversary with Bishop Buckley 1998 ©SMcS

Croí na Laoi

Croí na Laoi is a Development Society or simply put, a group of local people, in Inchigeela, who volunteer to do things that, hopefully, will benefit the area in which we live, making it a more enjoyable, healthier and prosperous home for the present generation and for the generations to come. We hope to instil in everybodya pride of place and love for our own area, an appreciation and understanding of our past and a hope for our future. Croí na Laoi is open to everybody, young and old. New residents are always very welcome. Officers are elected at a public meeting and don’t receive payment. 2018 was a very successful year, in which we accomplished a lot. It began with a major clean-up of the roads about 3 miles on all sides of the village. 35 volunteers made short work of it in about 2 hours and the Council disposed of all the litter. We have made representations to our local representatives and Council engineers for assistance in various projects and we are very grateful for the interest they have shown in us and in the improvements in our locality. The repairs to the Derrivane River bridge is an example of this support, as is the erection of traffic speed indicators on the eastern and western approaches to the village. In the past year, the society is very pleased to have acquired funding for many of our projects. Dairygold gave a donation towards the churn stand at the creamery cross and this was completed by our scheme workers. The churn stand and a photo of the creamery in operation around 1960,stands in memory of all the milk suppliers and those who worked in the creamery in the past. A family, no longer in the village, funded the cost of painting their old home, which had become derelict. Our volunteers removed ivy and grime from the building and painted the exterior, transforming the building into a very pleasant one. The Tidy Towns group have long wanted a secure place to hold their equipment and this year we got funding for a shipping container to hold the tools and machinery.
Inchigeela has a secret park, a little known gem on the River Lee, which is known as “River Island”. There are pathways, picnic tables, a tennis court and even a Fairy Forest. It had been in need of attention and Croí na Laoi got funding for improvement works to the tune of €50,000. Hopefully the park will soon be returned to its former lovely state. Croi na Laoi has also been informed that €100,000 has been granted for enhancement works in Inchigeela village and the boat-slip in Graigue. These two grants will be managed by the County Council engineers.
Inchigeela has long participated in the Tidy Towns competition and we made a gain of 40 marks in the past four years, 11 this year. The group must be commended for their good planning and hard work, combining with the scheme workers, whose work has added in a significant way to the appearance of the village, the Island, the grotto, the boat-slip etc. We wish Billy a very happy retirement and we welcome John on board the team of scheme workers. Inchigeela scored well in the Cork Co Council Litter Challenge 2018 and we were proud to accept our prize at the Council Chambers. The residents and businesses are to be commended as well for their contribution to the improvement of the area in recent years.
We produced an end of year news letter covering the year’s activities and this can be picked up in the local business premises. On St Stephen’s Day, Croi na Laoi are holding a sponsored walk to raise funds to cover further projects. Some projects will have to be funded by our own meagre kitty and so I ask you to be generous and help fill the sponsorship cards or why not come along and support the good work! More volunteers are always needed. Thank you to our public reps and engineers; to all who gave words of support ; those who filled endless forms; our news-letter editor, gram; to those who picked litter, weeded and dug, planted, power washed and painted, swept and sweated; to my good colleagues on the committee. It was my pleasure to work with you. And I hope that we will all do the same again next year and for many years to come. Nollaig Shona agus Ath bhliain faoi mhaise díbh go léir. Finbarr Cronin, Chairperson, Croí na Laoi

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St. Patrick’s Day in Macroom 1998 ©SMcS

Kilmurry HAA

Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association (KHAA) and Independence Museum had another successful year in 2018. We would like to thank the people who visited the museum or participated in any of our events for their support. We held a varied programme of lectures over the winter and spring months, from Behind the Wall (Bandon) to Cork to Barbados – the Story of the Unfree Irish. Our programme for the coming year starts with Cork Burning on 16th January. A very successful concert was held in Eire Óg in February, featuring Sean Ó Sé and Peadar Ó Riada and Newcestown Comhaltas. In June, a local group of musicians and poets, “Moody Roots”, staged a great concert at the Museum and An Evening of Art with Richards Woods. We had the Darkness into Light Walk in support of Pieta House in May and a number of fundraising coffee mornings as well as our first ever Vintage Car and Tractor Event – The Rebel Run – taking in Kilmichael Ambush, Beal na Bláth and Inchigeela. 80 people joined us for a Day Trip to Spike Island during Heritage Week. Our first Terence MacSwiney Weekend in October featured the opening speech by Cathal MacSwiney Brugha, two excellent lectures and specially commissioned poetry and music. This was the first of three, leading to 2010 and the centenary of Terence MacSwiney’s death on hunger strike. ‘The Old Village Schools’ book was launched and the Kilmurry National Schools exhibition ran throughout November and again, on Sunday 30th December from after Mass to 5p.m.
Local people are the lifeblood of a local history museum. We want to thanks all our supporters and volunteers. We want to continue to tell the story of the long struggle for an independent Ireland. We hosted the Public Meeting on how we should commemorate the centenaries of key events in October. We collaborate with other local history groups and UCC to develop an Independence Trail to mark the events that happened here in rural Cork. Independence Museum Kilmurry has closed now for the winter but will open for groups by arrangement and on Sundays during February and will be open Thursday – Sundays 2-5 from St Patrick’s Day. KHAA would like to wish our members and volunteers a happy and peaceful Christmas and prosperous New Year.

Macroom Guides Annual Report 2018

Macroom Girl Guides is one of the most vibrant youth organisations in the locality, catering for girls aged five and upwards, with over one hundred members and many prents who regularly help with meetings and activities, providing great support to the Leaders. Macroom Guides had an exhibition in the Community space in Macroom Library in August, which sparked a lot of interest. As well as attending weekly meetings and various trainings and conferences, members participate in extra activities organised by the hard working Leaders, including camps, hikes, outings, cottage weekends, outdoor activities, water sports, visits with other Guiding units and international travel. Our Senior Branch members are currently undertaking Gaisce - the President’s Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Niamh McSweeney was awarded Bronze and Emma Barry Silver this year. They attended camps in Ireland, the Netherlands and Denmark this summer as well as Ventact South in September and visited the World Centre in London. Emma and Niamh organised the Guide camps at the Regional Camp in July and achieved their Campcraft Qualifications. Members took part in/ helped to organise the Chief Commissioner’s Award challenge in August.
Ladybirds have increased in number. They achieved many badges including Voting, Road Safety, International Guiding and Cultural Diversity. They attended the Regional Funday in Killarney in May and took advantage of the sunny weather with outdoor activities. They were taught how to plant daffodil bulbs at their meeting hall in Caum. They visited the Fairy Garden in Macroom, played many games and had a picnic at the Giant’s Table. They enjoyed the Christmas pantomime in the Everyman organised by the Joint Committee. Brownies have been very active, taking part in the April Spring Clean in Macroom, Hey Jinks in Farran Wood, enjoying the pantomime and learning many aspects of Engineering while completing the latest badge set up for them by Engineering Ireland. Guide activities included an afternoon at the Awesome Walls with their Guide and Scout friends from the UK; a training session with Cork City Archery Club; the South West Regional Camp in Melleray; SQUELCH in Farran Wood; Go Global Day in Dublin – a day to learn about the worldwide aspects of Guiding and how to avail of opportunities for international service, seminars and camps.
Three Guides attended an international camp in Denmark; four Rangers attended Roverway in the Netherlands and one adult Leader attended Activate - Voices Against Violence seminar in Switzerland this year. All are busy fund raising as thirty five members attend international events next year in Switzerland, England, Austria and India. Guides have produced a Cookbook of their favourite tried and tested recipes which is selling very well, have held a Zumbathon, a Games night and a Santa party, had stalls at the Christmas Markets, have an ongoing raffle and are taking part in IGG’s Cookie Project. Enterprise is alive and well amongst the Guides.
MacEgan Rangers have six members who currently sit on National Committees of Irish Girl Guides – Niamh, Lorna and Emma sit on the Senior Branch, International and Membership, Equality Diversity and Inclusion (MEDI) respectively; Averil O’Connor is the Chair of the Senior Branch Committee and Vera O’Riordan is the Chair of Communications; Deirdre Henley is a member of the Executive Board, a Trainer and Outdoor Advisor on the Adult Training and Outdoor Committee (ATOC) and the National Gaisce Coordinator for IGG on the Senior Branch Committee. Certainly a record for one Unit. Guiding, as well as being important to the development of its members, plays an integral part in the life of the local community Macroom District is lucky to have such active Units and dedicated Leaders and welcome enquiries from former members or interested adults about becoming involved in local Guiding.

Macroom Handball

The AGM of the Handball/ Racquetball Club was held in December at the Community Leisure facility in the Castle Grounds. There was a good attendance. It was the first year of activity for the reformed club after the restoration of the court within the sports complex last January. 50 members joined throughout the year, including 13 juveniles. The club is insured with the GAA and in the coming year it is hoped that young members from the local GAA club and Laochra Óg might try their hand at handball, a game that is very good for hand/ eye co-ordination and improves playing skills. Officers appointed for the coming year were: Chairperson; Pat Harrington Secretary; John Lyons
Treasurer; PC Crowley PRO; Joe Creedon. This is an excellent indoor facility in the heart of Macroom and very good value, an excellent way to keep fit, suited to all ages, boys, girls, men women. So why not make a New Year Resolution to join up and have fun shedding the pounds after any Christmas excesses. For more information, contact any of the officers or call in to the Leisure Centre in the Castle Grounds.

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Muskerry Junior A Hurling Champions, Cloughduv, who went on to win the County and the Munster titles, with more to come. ©

Mid Cork GAA Review – 2018

2018 will be remembered as a great year for hurling in Mid Cork, with Cloughduv taking the divisional junior title, Cork county championship title and then the Munster Junior Hurling title. The Cloughduv U21 hurlers won the Muskerry A title and went on to contest the county final in the grade. Ballincollig intermediate hurlers won the county intermediate championship and their U21 hurlers followed on by taking the county Premier 2 title. Well done to all involved!
In football, Iveleary won back the divisional title but went out at the semi final stage in the county championship to eventual champions, Dromtarriffe. Kilmurry U21’s took the divisional title after a lapse of decades and after defeating the reigning champions, Douglas in the county semi final, only lost narrowly to Nemo Rangers after a replay in the final. Donoughmore U21’s won the Muskerry ‘C’ title and went on to take their first county title in a thrilling final. 2018 will be a never-to-be forgotten year for Cill na Martra as they took their first ever county title by winning the county intermediate football championship, defeating their fellow divisional side, Aghabullogue, in the final.
The Mid Cork hurling championship provided some fine games in the earlier rounds. The luck of the draw decided that reigning champions, Cloughduv, and their main rivals Ballinora, champions in 2016, could not meet until the final. Cloughduv were very impressive in their opening game against a fine Éire Óg side, Iveleary had a shock in store for Ballincollig, Blarney were fortunate to get the better of Kilmichael and Ballinora saw off the challenge of Donoughmore. In the second round, Kilmichael maintained their good form, seeing off the Ballincollig challenge; Éire Óg had no difficulty in defeating an understrength Donoughmore side. In Round Three, Cloughduv saw off the Kilmichael challenge; Blarney beat Éire Óg in a very tight game. The ‘big two’ justified their high rating in the semi finals, Cloughduv against Iveleary, Ballinora disposing of Blarney. Cloughduv were favourites for the final and were much superior to a disappointing Ballinora side as they comfortably took their 24th divisional title at Ovens with the new stand there much appreciated by the fine attendance. In the county championship, Cloughduv were a revelation, finally blossoming forth with displays of hurling artistry in attack and courageous, disciplined defending, to sweep all opposition aside on their march to the county title. St Ita’s, Shanballymore, and Newmarket all fell by the wayside before Cloughduv won the long awaited country title by defeating Russell Rovers in the final on a 2-14 to 0-14 scoreline. In the Munster semi final, Tipperary champions Boherlahan at home could not stop the Cloughduv march and the Munster title was won with a smashing win over Ballinameela of Waterford in the final at Mallow. Next up for the champions is an All Ireland semi final clash with Kilkenny champions in the New Year.
In football, Iveleary and Kilmurry were the pre-season favourites for the title and the draw gave both a chance of advancing to the final. Iveleary had a hard earned first round win over Inniscarra; Kilmurry impressed in their big win over Cill na Martra. Ballincollig looked strong in defeating Blarney, Aghinagh were flying in their win over Kilmichael, Canovee impressed in their comprehensive win over Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh. Éire Óg caught Donoughmore with a late rally and Clondrohid had a comfortable win over Dripsey. In Round Two, Cill na Martra saw off the Blarney challenge. Dripsey and Inniscarra finished the championship aspirations of Béal Átha and Kilmichael respectively. The 3 third round games saw Donoughmore, Ballincollig and Éire Óg emerged winners over Clondrohid, Aghinagh and Dripsey respectively and set up the quarter final stage. In the quarter finals, Ballincollig were too strong for Donoughmore and Iveleary likewise for Éire Óg, though they did get as major fright here. Inniscarra, taking games in quick succession, impressed against Cill na Marta and Canovee had a shock in store for neighbours Kilmurry, deservedly deposing the champions at Macroom. Iveleary then won their hard fought semi final against Ballincollig; Canovee had a strong challenge from Inniscarra but emerged triumphant. Iveleary won a fine decider, 1-9 to 1-6, at Kilmurry and both teams went on to the county championship.
Canovee were well beaten by Boherbue in the first round of the county, Iveleary had a tough outing against Buttevant at Donoughmore, but emerged winners and had no difficulty in disposing of the challenge of Midleton in the quarter final. Iveleary’s defeat by a single point in the county semi final by Dromtarriffe (1-13 to 1-12) at Macroom was a disappointment as the Muskerry champions looked well capable of winning this game against the eventual county champions.

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Cill na Martra, County Intermediate Football Champions 2018 ©

Mid Cork Divisional Championship Finals:

Junior A Hurling: Cloughduv 2 – 23 Ballinora 0 - 9
Junior B Hurling: Blarney 1 – 10 Cloughduv 1 - 9
U21 A Hurling: Cloughduv 0 – 20 Éire Óg 0-13
U21 B Hurling: Inniscarra B 3 – 8 Ballinora 0 - 12
Junior A Football: Iveleary 1 – 9 Canovee 1 - 6
Junior B Football: Naomh Abán 0-9 Inniscarra 0 – 5 (replay)
Junior C Football: Gleann na Laoi 1 – 8 Dripsey 1 - 7
U21A Football: Kilmurry 3 – 10 Éire Óg 1 – 10
U21B Football: Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 3 – 8 Macroom 1 - 12
U21 C Football: Donoughmore 4 – 6 Kilmichael 1 –7

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Members and representatives of Canovee GAA County Junior Champions 1968 who were presented with awards recently © Peter Scanlan

Junior Football Leagues

Division 1 Final: Ballincollig v Kilmurry or Canovee
Division 2 Final: Kilmurry 1 – 7 Naomh Abán 0 – 10 draw
Division 3 Final: Gleann na Laoi 0 – 9 Macroom 0 - 7
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Junior Hurling Leagues

Junior A Final: Ballinora 2 – 19 Blarney 1 - 3
Junior B Final: Aghabullogue 0 – 16 Éire Óg 0 - 10
Once again, the Mid Cork U21 football championships provided great competition in all three grades and two of the winners progressed to their respective county finals. Kilmurry won the A championship for the second time ever, their last win being in 1971. They progressed to the county final and lost here only after a replay. Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh won their second B championship and Donoughmore won their first C championship and went on to win a memorable county final.
In hurling, only three teams contested the Mid Cork U21 A championship, Blarney, Inniscarra and Ballincollig competing in the county Premier A/B championships. Cloughduv were crowned champions for the first time since 1992. They subsequently defeated Fermoy but lost to Bride Rovers in a closely contested county final very late in the year. Inniscarra B won the B championship.
Naomh Abán won a well contested B junior football championship and can yet complete a double if they defeat Kilmurry in the replay of league final. Gleann na Laoi regarded to C grade and won a fine championship /league double. Blarney won the B junior hurling championship, a notable achievement for the club’s third team.
Muskerry entered teams in the county senior hurling and senior football championship. The hurling team lost narrowly to county champions, Imokilly and the footballers lost to CIT. Team preparation was much improved on the previous year and commitment from players was good. Divisional teams are not given a second chance and so both Muskerry teams made first round exits from the championship.

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Presentation of medals to Cill na Martra Juvenile G.A.A. 1998 ©SMcS

Auld Triangle Restaurant/ Muskerry GAA Sports Stars of the Month 2018

Eight outstanding athletes were selected as monthly winners of the Auld Triangle /Muskerry GAA Awards during the season and from these will be selected the overall Muskerry Sports Star of the Year for 2018. The Gala Awards Dinner will be held in Oriel Court Hotel, Ballincollig in January 2019 when the Sports Star of the Year winner will be announced.
The monthly award winners were: March: Seán Warren, Kilmurry U21 F; April: Conchuir Ó Loinsigh, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh U21F; May: Mark Verling, Cloughduv JH; June: Conor Cotter, Kilmichael JH; July: Darren Lucey, Donoughmore U21 F; August: Eimear Scally, Éire Óg and Cork LGF; September: Aoife Murray, Cloughduv and Cork Camogie; October: Tadhg Ó Corcora, Cill na Martra IF

County Rebel Óg Roll of Honour 2018

Premier 2A Minor Hurling Champions: Éire Óg
Minor B1 Football Champions: Naomh Abán
U16 Premier 2 Hurling Champions: Ballincollig
Premier 2A U15 Hurling Champions: Éire Óg
Premier 2 U15 Football Champions: Éire Óg

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Macroom Junior C Football Champions 1998 ©SMcS

Macroom GAA

At the recent AGM of Macroom GAA, club secretary Pat O’Connell stood down after 27 years of service in that office. Pato received many tributes for his work for the club over the years which saw many important developments in the provision of playing and training facilities for the players young and old, male and female. The present facilities at the Castle Grounds and Tom Creedon Park are testimony to his efficiency, vision and energy and will benefit the club for decades to come. On the playing fields, the winning of the county intermediate football championship in 2000 was a highlight and the club has been a strong Premier intermediate side since. Thanks Pat for all your efforts and enjoy your rest, well earned!
Macroom intermediate footballers were playing in the top division of the county league last year and found the going tough against bigger and stronger teams. Two wins out of the ten games played were not enough to avoid relegation to Div Two and hopefully, next year the league record will be much improved. Macroom had a good Premier Intermediate championship season. The team was very honest even in defeat against St Michaels in the first round, ruthlessly efficient against Béal Átha in the second round and lost to Bantry in a game that was there for the taking, to exit the championship in the third round. In the early season, Macroom lost to Naomh Abán in the Tom Creedon Cup which was disappointing.
Macroom entered two junior teams this year. The junior B team lost to Kilmurry in the opening championship round and finished in 4th place in the Div Two league, playing ten games. The junior C team advanced to the championship semi final and also did well in their league, losing narrowly in the final.
Macroom U21 footballers had a good championship campaign, defeating Ballinora, Canovee, Aghinagh in close games, before losing the final by two points to Ballingeary. The players put in a great effort and just missed out on taking the title.
Macroom minors did not have a good season, lost to Erin’s Own in the championship at home and had an indifferent league campaign. The death of Frank McMahon in August was a sad blow to his family and to all in the club. Frank was a great supporter of his son Seán and his minor team mates and will be missed.

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Macroom G.A.A. Committee in the new Tom Creedon Park 1998 ©SMcS

The lack of success at underage level must be a worry to all who realise that the adult teams of the future depend on a stream of good skilful competitive, young players coming through. There is no shortage of activity but little to show in the way of competitions won. Hopefully, the effort at coaching will bear fruit soon.
Club finances are well under control and the past year saw revenue boosted by a very successful Golf Classic and a protracted run in the weekly lotto. The club benefitted from the Cork County Board draw, which was well supported. Club sponsors, Macroom Motors Toyota, have been very supportive of the club, as have businesses with advertising at the pitch.
The Castle Grounds, with its superb floodlighting and playing surface, was a very popular venue for games all the year, with big championship fixtures from the Cork County Board and the Muskerry Board, Rebel Óg and Ladies football being hosted. The Grounds committee and the team of regular match day volunteers worked really hard all year to ensure the safety and enjoyment of patrons.
During the year, Macroom GAA mourned the loss of three former players, two, Frank McMahon and Brian Goold at a very young age. The third, Joe O’Brien, was a star forward on the Macroom Senior championship winning team of 1962. They will be missed by all in the club.

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Ballyvourney Ladies Football team 1998 ©SMcS

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Macroom Ladies Football team 1998 ©SMcS

 Macroom Ladies football

Macroom Ladies Gaelic Football Club were honoured at a Civic Reception held by Cork County Council to acknowledge the incredible success of the club during 2018 and in recent years. Blarney/Macroom Municipal District Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Ted Lucey spoke very highly about the amazing success enjoyed by the young ladies in winning the U-12 Mid Cork League, U-14 Mid Cork League, U-16 Mid Cork League andU-16 County Championship levels this year as well as their amazing success at all levels in recent years. Club coaches Martin O'Brien, Ted Kelleher, Michael Cahill, Ann Galvin and Carla Buckley were also honoured for their contribution to the outstanding success of the club. As this reception only honoured the success of U-18 teams, the brilliant Macroom Junior team were not present but they too are most certainly deserving of recognition for their success at winning the Mid-Cork League this year.
Congratulations and well done to all our young ladies and their mentors on another great year.

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West Muskerry athletes 1998 ©SMcS

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Ballinagree N.S. celebrates its centenary 1998 ©SMcS

Kilmurry G.A.A.

Kilmurry GAA AGM was held in the Complex on November 30. The Secretary, Treasurer and PRO made their reports and accounts of various teams and events of the year were communicated. The highlight of the year for 2018 was Kilmurry winning the Under 21A Mid Cork title for the first time in 47 years. The membership was set for the year at €50 for adult and €25 for student and €30 for gym membership. The following officers were elected for 2018: Chairman :Jim Murphy; Vice Chairman :Peter Lyons; Secretary :Donagh Wall; Treasurer :Noel O Dowd; Assistant Treasurer :Tim Irwin; PRO :Michael John O Mahony; Cultural Officer: Ed Warren; Muskerry Board delegate: Teddy Hartnett; Proxy Muskerry Board Delegate: Jim Murphy; County Board Delegate: Richard Hinchion; Proxy County Board Delegate: Peter Lyons; Club registrar: Liam Long; ASAP officer: Michael Garvey; Coaching officer: Jason Murphy. The following we're elected onto the Kilmurry GAA committee: Brian Harte, Sean Murray, John Hinchion, JJ Murphy, Tim Kelleher, Kevin Barrett, Dave McCarthy, Sean McSweeney, Albert Murphy, William Murphy, Donal Riordain, Tim O Keeffe, Eoin Barrett, Fionn Warren, Greg Barrett, Denis O Donoghue, Kiernan Bracken, Padraig Hinchion, Luke Knight, John O Mullane.

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Éire Óg Camogie players and trophies 1998 ©SMcS

Laochra Óg

The presentation of the proceeds of the recent Shane Murphy Memorial Cup Poc Fada, €2,200, took place at Marymount Hospice recently. Thanks to all who participated and who donated to this worthy cause and to our sponsors, Macroom Credit Union.
Club Development Draw took place at the Laochra Óg Table Quiz night in J.C.Murphy's, Macroom. The winner of the main prize of €368 was Eve Walsh, Dromduff. 2nd prize winner Ted Kelleher, Macroom who won the Mulcahy Insurance key protection policy. 3rd prize David O'Leary, Ardnacrusha who won €50 voucher for Debenhams sponsored by James Hickey Kitchens Ballymakeera, 4th prize winner Jimmy and Mary Murphy, Pike House, Carriganimma who won a hamper sponsored by Healy's Spar, Clondrohid and the 5th prize winner of a bottle of whiskey went to Grace Horgan, The Hermitage, Macroom. We would like to thank everyone who sponsored great spot prizes for the Quiz Night and the 50/50 Draw and Bernie, Eileen and Fiona for all their hard work in organising the Quiz Night, Damien and staff at J.C.Murphys, Macroom for hosting the event, Jimmy Murphy for being M. C. and to everyone who helped out in any way. Happy Christmas and best wishes to everyone for the New Year.

Macroom FC

by Darragh Deasy.
In January, for the first time ever, schoolboy teams at U14 and U16 level reached the open draw of their respective National Cup competitions. The U14 side played Kells /Blackwater FC in Meath, while the U16 side welcomed Donegal side, Quigley's Point Swifts. Although both sides were defeated, they played well and these big events were a great boost to the club. In February, poor weather conditions forced many postponements. But the SFAI U16 All Ireland Final in which Cork defeated Dublin, went ahead, featuring Macroom U16 player, Eoin Guiney. This medal was added to Eoin's collection as he also has an All Ireland medal for the Cork Schoolboys League at U15 level. U12 schoolgirls goalkeeper, Molly Murphy, was chosen to join the Cork U12 squad, becoming the first ever Macroom FC female player to receive representative honours with the CWSSL. Storm Emma caused disruption in March. But the St. Patrick's Day parade in Macroom went ahead, featuring players, members and coaches and plenty of Macroom FC colours. Underage players from the club joined up with Macroom GAA juveniles, an excellent initiative that excited much favourable comment. Easter Sunday, April 1st saw Macroom FC take to the horses at our annual Race Night at Murray's Bar; a great success with a big crowd attending and much local support. Over 40 schoolgirl players visited Turner's Cross to watch Rep Ireland U19 v Spain U19 in international women's football. The U12 schoolgirls captured an unbelievable league and cup double in May, defeating Ballincollig in a memorable cup final at Turner's Cross and triumphing in their final league game away to Carrigaline Utd, securing the first ever league and cup double for any Macroom FC side, an outstanding achievement.
With the FIFA World Cup in Russia in full swing, there was loads of local action in June. The U12 boys were crowned league champions, winning13 from 14 league games. Our U14s and U15s were promoted, the U15s desperately unlucky to lose the Neil Welch cup final. Macroom A finished 3rd in the Premier A league while Macroom B were mid table in division 3. Underage Awards night was held at the Riverside Park Hotel. Murray's Bar also hosted the annual club volunteers’ night to thank all who contribute to the success and running of Macroom FC. Tremendous summer weather helped the FAI summer soccer schools camp at Murrayfield in July. 115 boys and girls had a brilliant week at the largest camp in Cork county. France were crowned FIFA World cup champions, defeating surprise package Croatia 4-2 in Moscow. The FAI festival of football visited Cork and Macroom FC in August. A memorable occasion saw a plaque dedicated to deceased club members unveiled by FAI President, Tony Fitzgerald, at Murrayfield. FAI CEO, John Delaney attended, along with Cork AUL officers and local dignitaries. A great crowd came along as former senior internationals, Kevin Kilbane and Stephen Hunt, took part in drills with our Academy players. Current senior women’s internationals, Amanda Budden and Roma McLaughlin, attended as did international coaches Colin O' Brien and Colin Bell. The club received much praise from the FAI for its promotion of the sport along with a €5,000 cheque and 100 tickets to an international at the Aviva Stadium. It was truly a great day and the contribution of all Macroom FC officials and supporters made it extra special. The big weekly lotto prize of €8,400 was scooped by Mary Cooney of The Greyhound Bar. September saw the arrival of the 2018/19 season with all 20 Macroom teams seeing plenty of action. Many club members travelled to the Liam Miller tribute match at a sold out Páirc Uí Chaoimh where Cork's own Denis Irwin had the pleasure of scoring the first ever soccer goal at the home of Cork GAA. The club held two FAI safeguarding seminars, where over 60 club coaches and members successfully completed the course. In mid October, a large number of members travelled to the Aviva Stadium to witness a 0-0 Nations League draw between Rep Ireland and Denmark. Despite the dour nature of the game, the youngsters had a great experience at such a fantastic ground. November brought more silverware for the schoolgirls. The U14 girls won the league, defeating Passage in the final at Murrayfield. The U12 side also reached the final but lost away to Skibbereen. Our first ever Futsal team, named Macroom Cannons U13, continued their training sessions at Macroom Community Leisure Centre. Also, winning teams from the 2017/18 season were honoured at a Blarney/ Macroom Municipal district civic reception held at the Castle Hotel. The club also held a church gate collection, receiving large support from the community. A trip to Ballymun was a big highlight in December, when Macroom A played in the 5th round of the FAI Junior Cup. Ballymun were victorious but it was a great experience for a young Macroom side. The club lotto jackpot of €4,200 was shared between Josie O' Keeffe c/o Lar's and Margaret Cronin c/o Fudge. Macroom FC would like to thank all who have contributed to the running of our busy club throughout 2018, both on and off the field. Thanks also to our sponsors, members and all who have supported the club in any way. We wish you a Happy Christmas as we look forward with optimism to a sporting and successful New Year.
Christmas Ceremonies 2018 

Macroom Parish:
Masses: Christmas Eve: Monday: Vigil Mass 7 p.m. with Youth Choir; Polish Mass 9.00pm; Midnight Mass 12.00
Christmas Day, Tuesday: 8.30 am, 10.30 am., 12.00 noon. Caum: 10.00 am.
St. Stephen’s Day: Wednesday-- 10.00 am.
Confessions: Monday 24th 12 noon - 3 p.m. Caum: 12 noon to 12.30.
Aghinagh Parish:
Christmas Eve Masses 7.00 p.m. Ballinagree----- 9.00 p.m. Rusheen
Christmas Day Masses 9.30 a.m. Bealnamorrive; 11.00 a.m. Ballinagree
Baile Mhúirne Parish
Masses: Oíche Nollag: Baile Mhúirne 6.30p.m. Cúil Aodha 9p.m.
Lá Nollag. Dec. 25. Baile Mhúirne 8.30 agus 11.30a.m. Cúil Aodha 10 a.m.
Cill na Martra Parish:
Masses Christmas Eve 7pm in Cill na Martra and 9pm Reidh na nDoiri
Christmas Day Masses 9.30 am Reidh na nDoiri and 11.30 am Cill na Martra
Clondrohid Parish
Christmas Eve: Carriganima 6p.m. Clondrohid 8p.m.
Christmas Day: Clondrohid 8.30am and 11am. Carriganima 9.45am.
St. Stephen’s Day 11a.m. Mass in Clondrohid
Donoughmore Parish
Christmas Eve: Mass St. Lachteen's: 7.00pm. Fr. P.J. O'Driscoll & Fr. Mort; St. Joseph's 8.30pm. Fr. O'Riordan.
Christmas Day: St. Lachteen's 9.00am. Fr. O'Driscoll. 11.30am. Fr. Downing. St. Joseph's 10.00am. Fr. O'Riordan.
Farran – Ovens Parish.
Confessions: Ovens: Saturday, 22nd Dec @ 11am. Farran: Saturday, 22nd Dec @ 12noon. Christmas Eve: Ovens: @ 11am & Farran: @ 12noon.
Mass Times: Christmas Eve: Ovens: 6pm & 10pm. Farran: 8pm.
Christmas Day: Ovens: 8.30am & 11.30am. Farran: 9.30am.
Kilmichael Parish
Christmas Eve. Vigil Mass – Toames 7.30 pm Cooldorrihy 10.00 pm.
Christmas Day Mass Johnstown 9.00 am; Johnstown 10.00 am; Toames 11.30 am
St. Stephen’s Day Mass- Cooldorrihy 10.00 am.

Uíbh Laoire Parish
Mass. Christmas Eve: 7pm Ballingeary. 9 pm Inchigeela
Christmas Day: 10am Ballingeary. 11:30am Inchigeela
St Stephen's day: 10am Inchigeela
Confessions: 21st Dec Inchigeela before 10.00am Mass. 24th Dec Ballingeary before 10.00am Mass