Lee Valley Outlook v16e10 may 16 2019

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‘Bóthar na Gaoithe’ – the new road network being put in place in Cleanrath. Derryfineen to the north. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Rosary at Kilmurry grotto each Wed night in May at 7 30p.m.
parkrun in Macroom 6th birthday Sat. May 18 from 9.30a.m. at Leisure Centre
Macroom AFC Awards Night Sat May 18th at Murray's Bar at 8pm.
Mushera Platform dance Sun. May 19. 3 to 5.30pm
Irish Language Classes Kilmurry Museum. Tues May 14 and 21 and June 25 at 7.30
Ballinagree Cope Walk Sun May 26. Half way to Ballinagree. Noon start.
Famine Graveyard Mass: at Carraig a’ Staighre Mon. May 27 at 7pm
Kilmichael Cemetery Mass. 8pm Mon 27th May in Moneycusker.
The Blarney Stone at Opera House Wed May 29th at 8:00pm.
Kilmurry GAA 5Km Funrun/ walk Thurs 13th June, 7:30pm in Kilmurry village

Macroom Library
Storytime Every Sat at noon.
Drama ‘Crossword’ May 22nd at 11am
Ciorcal Cainte May 23 at 11.30a.m.
Bridge Club May 29th at 10am.
Closure – Sat June 1st Bank Holiday.
May Art Exhibition by Rashika Kahapola.

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Macroom Updates

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At the final Blarney Macroom Municipal District Meeting 8th May in Council Chamber, Macroom, from left: Andy O’Brien, Executive Engineer; James Dwyer, Senior Executive Engineer; Marie O’Leary, Municipal District Officer; Cllrs. Gobnait Moynihan, Michael Creed, Ted Lucey, Cathaoirleach, Bob Ryan, Ronnie Morley & Jim Molloy, Senior Executive Officer, with Cllr Kevin Conway inserted. ©

We need the Briery Gap ...now

 It is now three years since an unfortunate back stage fire in the Briery Gap Cultural Centre, Macroom deprived the town and hinterland of an invaluable amenity. Since May 2016, we have been without our theatre, which had been upgraded just two years previously. The Library, also part of the Cultural Centre, has been transferred to rented premises at Railway View, an added burden on the taxpayer.
In the intervening years, Briery Gap ownership has been transferred totally to Cork County Council. The Board of the Briery Gap and the Lee Valley Enterprise Board have striven to keep music, drama, cinema, culture alive in the area. Initially, films were screened in the Castle Hotel on a weekly basis. Concerts, musicals, dramas, pantomimes etc have been presented in the Riverside Park Hotel at the western end of Macroom. But this is no longer sustainable. A hotel, no matter how accommodating and welcoming, cannot provide backstage facilities, changing rooms, wardrobe storage, stage sound and lighting. Even the stage itself and seating had to be put in place for each show by an ever dwindling group of volunteers. And rehearsals for the many successful new shows – Murder at Shandy Hall, Sir Henry and the current Blarney Stone – have been housed in a variety of locations when the hotel was booked out.
Cork County Council has elaborate plans for the replacement of the Briery Gap. They are estimated to cost €4 million. The planned four storey building includes a balcony with 70 seats; a bar overlooking the Square; upgraded toilet and backstage facilities. The building will have a totally new, modern face.
The updated programme (Stage 2) December 2018 envisaged the completion of Detailed Design to April 2019; Construction Procurement to June ’19; Construction Works July 2019 to June 2020 and Handover & Project Close-Out: June 2020 to June 2021.
With a view to checking progress and ensuring a timely completion of work on the project, the Briery Gap Board, following their last Board meeting, sought a meeting with the three local sitting County Councillors – Michael Creed, Ted Lucey and Gobnait Ní Mhuimhneacháin - but this has not yet been granted. Neither has the Board received any further update from the relevant County Hall staff.
As we head into local and European elections, all those with an interest in culture, drama and accountability in the Lee Valley might bring the future of the Briery Gap to the urgent attention of canvassing politicians. We don’t want the Briery Gap to be another Events Centre saga with escalating costs and no progress.

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Patrick Bergin presents a bouquet to Musical Director, Ann Dunne, on the final night of The Blarney Stone at the Riverside Park Hotel. Also included, Ann’s granddaughter, Lia Kenny. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Army Band to Serenade ‘The Blarney Stone’ at Opera House.

 The Army Band of the Southern Command will take part in events at Cork Opera House on Wednesday, May 29 when ‘The Blarney Stone’, a light hearted musical from the 1920s, is staged. The direct link between the two seemingly unrelated subjects is Fritz Brase who composed the music for John MacDonagh’s 1928 show, featuring Yanks, Lords, Leprechauns and the iconic Blarney Stone. ‘The Blarney Stone’ was planned to be staged in Broadway but the Wall Street Crash and Depression changed everything.
In 1923, Colonel Wilhelm Fritz Brase, Royal Music Director of the Emperor Alexander 1st Guards Grenadiers in Germany, was chosen to set up an Army School of Music, when General Richard Mulcahy, the then Chief of Staff, said that he wanted to have bands “that will dispense music and musical understanding in the highest terms to the people”. Between 1924 and 1936 The Army School of Music was established at Beggars Bush Barracks, Dublin. It consisted of four regional bands as well as the school, which Colonel Brase led until his death in 1940.
While leader of the band, Fritz Brase also undertook other musical enterprises, among them setting ‘The Blarney Stone’, a book by John MacDonagh, to music. In the decade after the Rising, the War of Independence, the Civil War, life went on, particularly in the Arts. MacDonagh had fought beside his brother, Thomas, Proclamation signatory and executed patriot. Now he continued to write poetry, books and plays, particularly in America. The plot of the Blarney Stone takes many fantastic turns, introducing history, legend, leprechauns, the fairy Goddess, Cliodhna and the dreaded Curse of Cliodhna. But at the denouement, there is forgiveness and reconciliation, remarkable for an author who had undergone such personal stress and loss.
John pursued a varied career in the entertainment industry, singing professionally in opera and writing successful plays and comedies, some of which were performed on Broadway. He later became Director of Programmes in Radio Éireann and devised the famous “Question Time” programme. The script and score of the Blarney Stone lay dormant for almost 90 years until they were discovered by film actor, Patrick Bergin, who stars in this World Premiere production.
“The Blarney Stone” is a rip-roaring comedy with an English Lord, an American millionaire, an extrovert theatrical producer and a tribe of leprechauns becoming involved with the good people of Blarney. Chaos ensues because at stake is the fate of the famous Blarney Stone!
“The Blarney Stone” opened successfully in Macroom on a five night run and will be staged at Cork Opera House on Wednesday, May 29. Promoters, Lee Valley Enterprise Board, are pleased to note that tickets are selling well for this highly entertaining, delightful show, directed by Cathal MacCabe, with Ann Dunne as Musical Director. Tickets €25 /€22 for this special performance can be booked online at www.corkoperahouse.ie or by calling 021 – 4270022.

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Patrick Bergin with members of Macroom Tidy Towns and Masseytown Residents’ Association at the opening of the Tiny Feet Fairy Garden Shed in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

New Shed for Fairy Garden

During his stay in Macroom for the staging of The Blarney Stone, Hollywood Star, Patrick Bergin, took time out to officially open the Tiny Feet Shed at the Fairy Garden in Masseytown. The Fairy Garden, which opened just last year, is a magical refuge on the bank of the Sullane. It offers peace, tranquillity and a delightful play area to all ages and is just a short distance from Macroom Bridge. It is the brainchild of a group of local activists, of whom Catherine Murphy is the chief motivator. Macroom Tidy Towns and the Men’s Shed have all contributed hugely to the development of the garden and there are great plans for the immediate development of a Sensory Garden and a biodiversity area.
Patrick Bergin said it was a real honour for him to be asked to perform the opening of the shed in the charming garden. He particularly admired the tree stumps that invited the weary to relax and soak up the atmosphere in this great amenity area.
Brian Sullivan, presented a picture of Macroom Bridge and Castle to Patrick and Catherine Murphy gave a bouquet of flowers to his friend,Helen Golden.

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Julie and Clodagh Murray, Macroom after completing their 50th parkrun©

 Celebrating 6 Years of Castle Demense parkrun

Castle Demense parkrun in Macroom celebrates its 6th birthday on Saturday, 18th May. Macroom was the 3rd parkrun set up in the country and the 1st outside Dublin when it began on 18th May 2013. Today, there are 86 parkruns taking place every Saturday morning all over the country.
parkrun is a free, timed, 5km walk or run through the scenic Castle Grounds. It’s not a race & you walk or run at your own pace, with plenty of support & encouragement on hand. Exercising, whether walking or running, has proven physical & mental benefits for those taking part.
In 2013, among the people involved in bringing parkrun to Macroom were Yvonne Collins & Conor McMahon, together with Claire Hurley, Cork Sports Partnership & the Castle Demesne Trustees. Since 2013, we have had 297 events. We start every Saturday morning at 9.30 beside Macroom Community Leisure Centre. We would like to thank James & his staff at MCLC for the continued use of their facilities for our post parkrun tea/ coffee. There is a fantastic social side to parkrun & a very welcoming atmosphere. We have amazing volunteers who continue to make this all possible. We hope to see everyone on Saturday 18th to celebrate our 6 years.
For newcomers to parkrun, you can go www.parkrun.ie/castledemense to find out more & register.

Macroom Guides go International

Sixteen members of Ardilaun Guides and MacEgan Senior Branch, Macroom were joined by eight Boherbue Guides at Easter on their week’s trip to the World Guide Centre, Our Chalet, in Adelboden Switzerland. The Contingent Leader was Deirdre Henley, Macroom Leader and Regional Commissioner South West Region, ably assisted by five other Leaders from Macroom and Boherbue. The party of thirty flew to Geneva from Dublin airport to begin their adventure. At Our Chalet, the group took part in a programme called Action on Body Confidence. This programme supports Guides to plan and run their own advocacy projects in their communities and to make a lasting change in the way their society works. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (W.A.G.G.G.S) and Dove have been working on Free Being Me - a body confidence programme since 2013. The Guides have completed this programme and this Easter had the opportunity to partake in the follow up programme at Our Chalet in the Swiss Alps. The sessions were led by a trainer from Malaysia and team members from South Korea, Canada and the UK. Each group decided on their choice of topic for an advocacy project and planned this during the week. These advocacy projects will form part of the Guide programme over the coming months. All participants received a certificate on completion of the course which, on the final night, had a live feed from around the world and included some parents of the Guides themselves from Ireland.
While in Switzerland, the Guides completed several hikes in the beautiful Swiss Alps and took a Gondola up to the snowfields on the Engstligenalp plateau where great fun was had snow tubing. Trips were also organised to visit the Trummelbach Falls which are the only internal waterfalls within a mountain in Europe. These falls drain three glaciers in the Alps. Interlaken, a beautiful city between two lakes, was a favourite place to visit with beautiful scenery including lakes and snow-capped peaks, as was the town of Kandersteg and the Kandersteg International Scout Centre. During the week, the Guides met Guides and Leaders from England and the U.S.A. who were staying at Our Chalet. The staff at Our Chalet were a very international mix from countries as far afield as Australia, Mexico, Wales, Canada, U.S.A., England, South Korea Germany and Malaysia. All too soon the day arrived to head home.A trip of a lifetime was over. The Guides and their Leaders met so many nationalities at our Chalet from all over the world, they shared a common commitment from the youngest to those a bit older and realised that Guiding is indeed a world-wide movement that knows no boundaries. The visit to Our Chalet will stay long in the memory of the young Guides and their Leaders.

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De la Salle First Years on their Italian Exchange in Marcallo con Casone. ©An Scoil

De la Salle

The peer mediation program for Second Year students, facilitated by Alec Coakley, has come to an end and has been extremely beneficial to the students. They have developed skills that will hugely benefit them in their day to day lives. The skills of listening, negotiating, bargaining and debating that they have learnt through role play has enhanced their interpersonal skills. It led to discussions on democracy, justice, human rights and around supporting each other in the school environment. It has been a very positive experience for the students and has enhanced their wellbeing. Some students have volunteered to get involved in a program within the school next year which will be kindly coordinated by Mr. Coakley. We would like to thank him for his time, effort and commitment to organising the program.
Football. A selection of De La Salle footballers who will be competing for places on next year’s senior football panel participated in the Lord Mayors Cup on May 2nd. Over the course of the day, each team played four 24 minute games. De La Salle kicked off against Críost Rí, and despite being level at half time, lost out to a score line of 2-5 to 1-5. Coláiste Choilm awaited De La Salle in their second game and after a tight affair in the opening exchanges, De La Salle emerged winners on a score of 2-7 to 1-3. De La Salle prepared for their third consecutive game as they lined out against Skibbereen, and it was clear the previous 48 minutes of football was taking its toll. Nevertheless, the lads battled on, and a solid defensive performance meant only 1-1 was conceded over the 24 minutes while 3-10 was hammered home by the De La Salle forwards. The squad had a chance to recuperate before taking to the field for their final game of the day. Thankfully, a fantastic team performance led to a comfortable win against Coláiste Spioraid Naomh. De La Salle progressed to the final of the competition, which took place on Thursday 9th May in Páirc Ui Rinn. The final finished De La Salle Macroom 4-16 and Coláiste Chríost Rí 4-9. An excellent display of football and the boys are excited for the next school year and the promise it holds. The Cup Final match report can be found on our school website.
Athletics. The boys competed very well in the SMSAA track and field competition recently, showing great character and determination in their events. A particular well done to Szymon Wachowski (second year) who won a first place medal for the discus.
History. Well done to our two Junior Cycle History teams who took part in the History quiz in Mount Mercy on Thursday, May 9th. Both teams competed very well. They consisted of Dylan O’Riordan, Darragh Neville, Jack Fagan, Conor Relihan, Patrick Kerry, Mark O’Leary, Joseph Murphy and Tadgh O’Keeffe. The latter four came away with fourth prize, which out of forty teams is a tremendous achievement. The boys won €40 for their effort.

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St. Mary’s 1st year Basketball Team who won their game against St Marys Midleton recently ©An Scoil

News from St Mary’s

Sport. Congratulations to our 1st year Basketball Team - with their strong defence they very successfully won their game against St Mary’s Midleton, demonstrating fantastic teamwork. Congratulations to St Mary’s Athletes who competed extremely well at CIT track for the South Munster Track and Field Championships on May 8th. Our 1st and 2nd years participated in a Munster Colleges Camogie Blitz and won well against Ashton and St Brogan’s. After playing with great heart and skill they lost to Coachford 1.4 to 1.0. Well done girls and huge thanks to Liam Slattery, Mrs Lehane and Mrs Kelleher for coaching the girls all year. Congratulations to Aoife Twomey and Erika O’Shea who were part of the Cork Minor Football Team who beat Kerry in the Munster Final recently and to Katie Dineen who has been training hard with the team all year. Congratulations also to Ava Rose Gallagher who was on the Cork Under 16 team, who beat Kerry in their Munster final recently. Well done girls – CorcaighAbú.
Star Search. Congratulations to Aimee TwomeyPrendeville in 1st Year who came 1st in her Category of the Munster StarSearchCompetition in the Castle Hotel May 5th. Aimee performed “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi and won a Trophy and a Scholarship to a Singing Summer Camp
Trócaire. Thank you to Ruby O’ Shea, Niamh Murray and Ava Ronan for organising the Trócaire Fast this year. Four of our 1st year students, Emer O’Connor, Ruth Creed, Anna O’Mahony and Sarah O’Leary, attended the Salters Chemistry Festival in UCC with Ms Kelly and had the opportunity to carry out experiments and solve chemistry problems in a university laboratory setting. They then attended a Science Magic Show and really enjoyed the day.
Massive congratulations to our past pupil, Celina Buckley, who has recently published her first picture book “The Salmon of Knowledge” which was launched in Waterstones recently. We are very proud of her amazing achievement. The girls went on their last visit of the school year to Care Choice nursing home. Thanks to all of the girls for their dedication all year, visiting the residents and for sharing their wonderful talent with them! Thanks to Elaine and Ms Queally for organising the visits and for rehearsing with the girls in preparation for the visits. The residents really enjoyed this. Our Transition Year students completed their 2nd week of Work Experience on the week of the 29th of May. Thank you so much to Ms Tobin for coordinating this valuable opportunity for the girls. Thanks also to all of the Businesses and Organisations who welcomed our girls and taught them so much during the week. Well done to Eva Slattery and Katherine Aynsley who got through to the final of the Apprentice Chef Competition. The girls participated in the final in Tralee IT on Thursday the 9th of May. Congratulations girls on this great achievement. Thanks very much to Fr John and Mrs O Donovan for organisinga Trip to Gougane for our 5th year Religion class The girls enjoyed a lovely Prayer Service led by Fr John and lovely treats in the coffee shop afterwards.

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McEgan Transition Year students, Ms Angland (TY Co-ordinator) and the staff of Boots Pharmacy involved in the Schools Business Partnership Initiative ©An Scoil

McEgan College

Boots Pharmacy. McEgan College is part of The Schools’ Business Partnership, an education inclusion programme that partners schools with business. Transition Year students at McEgan College work with Boots Ireland on a programme that has been in existence for several years at McEgan. It is delivered by Celine McGrath, Regional Coordinator – Cork (The Schools' Business Partnership) and Lisa Buckley, Boots Teacher Practitioner, University College Cork. Celine and Lisa visited McEgan College on numerous occasions with colleagues from various Boots Stores in Cork. They gave the students an insight into the variety of jobs at Boots, from Pharmacist to Beauty advisor.
In November, McEgan students visited Boots, Half Moon Street, Cork and received a guided tour of the store and saw how the business operates. Boots’HR Manager spoke to them about CV/ Interview skills. In the New Year, the Boots Team visited McEgan to conduct “Mock Interviews” with students and some were fortunate enough to gain work placements with the leading pharmacy, while others have applied for Summer positions. On Thursday 2nd May, the final day of the programme, Celine and Lisa, along with Bridget and Leanne, (two newly qualified Pharmacists) gave feedback on the students’ overall contribution to the programme and words of advice for when looking for future employment. This year, eight students were presented with a Certificate of Achievement, for developing the best skills on the programme. The Transition Year students at McEgan, along with the staff, are very grateful for this invaluable opportunity.
Cork City FC Our Transition Year class had the pleasure of working with Cork City FC for the past number of months where Erica, John and Chris from Cork City FC (Enterprise Coordinators) facilitated workshops on “How To Run A Club”. The students were then given the task of creating their own soccer theme enterprise. They held a very successful Soccer Blitz in the Complex recently, and were responsible for the planning and running of the event. . Over 60 McEgan students took part in the Blitz, with each team having a teacher as their team manager. The competitiveness was fierce! Massive congratulations to all involved on a fantastic fun filled event. McEgan Soccer winning team: Mr Devane, Eoghain O'Riordan, Séan Cronin, Séamus Murphy, Darragh Buckley, Lucy O'Callaghan, Keelan Kelleher accompanied by John O Flynn (Cork City FC) and Chris McDermott (Cork City FC)

Macroom Library

Drama – the library will be hosting a play called ‘Crossword,’ written by Cork-based playwright, Katie Holly and commissioned by the Cork County Council Arts Office for the Bealtaine Festival. It will take place on May 22nd at 11am and we’d love for as many people as possible to come along and enjoy the show! Ciorcal Cainte will take place on May 23rd at 11.30am. Bridge Club will be meeting on May 29th at 10am. Closure – the library will be closed on Saturday June 1st as it will be the Bank Holiday weekend. You can renew your books by popping into the library at any time before then, over the phone at 02642483, or online at https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services. Throughout the month of May, the library will be exhibiting a collection of watercolour-based paintings by local artist Rashika Kahapola. The collection is titled ‘Heart to Art’ and the paintings are available for purchase. Please feel free to take a browse at the collection the next time you visit us.
When you become a member, you’ll be able to borrow and request books, audiobooks, DVDs etc from any public library in the country. You’ll also gain access to all of our online services, such as e-books, newspaper archives, e-magazines, e-audiobooks, language and learning courses and much more. Visit https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services/library-online to see them all. It’s completely free to join the library; all you need is photo I.D and proof of address, so pop on in the next time you’re passing by!
Music Morning. Mary Curtin, with the invaluable help of Eddie Hogan, presented the May Music Morning in Macroom Library, the last of the current season. She chose a delightful and varied selection, most of them known to the capacity audience. First was Samhradh, Samhradh with Iarla Ó LionIrd and The Gloaming, an appropriate choice for a beautiful May morning. Ronald Binge’s Elizabethan Serenade and Don McLean singing Castles in the Air followed. The lilting Silent Worship with Kenneth McKellar preceded Barbara Dickson with The Water is Wide and baritone, Bryn Terfel, singing Lazy Bones. Cork’s own Billa Connell gave us I don’t work for a living and the last number before the break was John Bennett and Bring Flowers of the Rarest, a number chosen by Eddie.
Joyce di Donato got the second half going with Mascagni’s Ave Maria. We enjoyed Gentle Maiden, a trad instrumental number with Eugene O’Donnell and David McCafferty and Limerick tenor, Michael Nash sang Killarney. Next came Casta Diva with Kim Scott and another instrumental number composed by Ronald Binge, Sailing By. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and two hilarious numbers from Billa, The Garden Where the Praties Grow and The Little Shirt my Mother Made for Me brought a thoroughly enjoyable morning to a conclusion.
The next Music Morning will be on Friday, September 13 when Máiréad Herlihy will open a new season.


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Irish Language Classes Poetry and Songs with Pádraig Ó Duinnín in the Heritage Room, Kilmurry Museum. Starting Tuesday 14th May at 7.30 and continuing, May 21 and June 25th. All welcome.
Mushera Platform first dance of the season Sunday May 19. Music by Tim Jo & Ann 3 to 5.30pm. No cover charge.
Ballinagree Cope Walk Sunday 26th of May from Half way Ballyvourney to Ballinagree. Leaving at 12 noon sharp. All welcome.
Kilmichael Cemetery Mass. The annual Cemetery Mass organised by Kilmichael Historical Society will take place at 8pm on Monday 27th May in Kilmichael Old Cemetery, Moneycusker. All are welcome.
The Blarney Stone at Opera House.Lee Valley Enterprise Board are proud to announce that ‘The Blarney Stone’ will be performed at the prestigious Cork Opera House for one night only on Wednesday May 29th at 8:00pm. Those attending this event will also be treated to the talents of the Army Band who will perform at the entrance to the Opera House to honour the world premiere of Fritz Brase’s work. Sincere thanks to everyone who has supported this production so far. Without the dedication and hard work of a huge number of people, as well as the support of all those who came to see the show in Macroom, productions such as this would not be possible. Tickets €25 /€22 for this special performance can be booked online at www.corkoperahouse.ie or by calling 021 – 4270022.
Kilmurry GAA 5Km Funrun/ walk takes place on Thursday 13th June at 7:30pm in Kilmurry village
Cake Sale for Hope Michael O’Donoghue, Kilcondy and Mary Mullins, Kilmurry, recently presented a cheque, proceeds of a fundraising Easter Cake Sale in Kilmurry Museum, to Hope Foundation representatives, Maureen Kenny & Pauline Coffey. Hope Foundation works with street and slum children and their families in Kolkata, India in the areas of education, healthcare, vocational training and child protection.
Paidir. A Abán naofa, fóir orm inniu. Coinnigh saor mé ar ghach turas. .Leigheas mo phianta is neartaigh mo chnámha. Is led’ chomharsa, Gobnait, treoraigh sinn go Párrthas.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto 5th May Jackpot €1,000. Numbers drawn 3, 15, 16. No winner. €50 Conor & Mary McCarthy, Castleview. €20 each Murty Lucey, Inchalea; Trevor Kelleher, Láine View, Ballinagree; Denis Murray, Murray's Bar; Stacey Lynch, Carrig Inn.
12th May. Jackpot €1,300. Numbers 2, 15, 33. No winner. €50 Pat & Nora Casey, Currawaddra. €20 each Michael Corkery, Mashanaglas; Kieran Lehane, Ballinagree; Maeve & Tara O'Riordan, Rahalisk; Gearoid & Eoghan O'Brien, Anvil Bar.
Canovee G.A.A. Lotto May 5th. Jackpot €8,750 Numbers 4,9,22,28 No winner . €50 Amy Barry Murphy €25 Catriona &Willie Twomey, Lissarda Jennifer mc Carthy. €25 online Elaine o Sullivan
May 12. Jackpot €8,900. Numbers 2,7,14,27 No winner €50 Brendan Kelleher c/o Eddie Healy. €25 Betty Rockford Stacey Madden €25 online Mairead Dillworth
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto May 1 €70 Nicholas Murphy Macroom €20 each: John and Helen Desmond Macroom, Noreen and Doggie c/o Laine, Kevin Cullinane Coachford, Carmel Kirby Macroom.
May 8 Jackpot €4,200. €70 Noreen O’Sullivan, Bantry €20 each: Ciara & Ashling Quinn, Clondrohid. Mark Loughrey, Lactify. Margaret Coakley, Inchigeela. Jessica McSweeney, Carrigaphooka
Cloughduv Win and Spin March: Annmarie Ryan €160. Matt Lehane €160. Donie O Leary €150. Ciara & Niamh O Leary €100. The Bateman Family €120
April: Niamh Ahern for Aaron Ahern €100. Donal Holland €100. Brian Collins €100. Eileen O Leary €160. Ian Walker €150
Donoughmore G.A.A. Lotto April 30th Winning Numbers: 17 31 33. Jackpot €1200: No Winner €25 Lucky Dip Winners: Hughie O’Callaghan 2. Mary Daly 3. Gemma Whelan 4. James Twomey 5. Denis + Noreen O’Regan
May 8th Winning Numbers: 8 25 29 Jackpot €1300. No Winner €25 Lucky Dip Winners: 1. Annette Kearney 2. Kay Healy 3. Kelly Honohan 4. Willie Cotter 5. J.E.F.T.D.N. Honohan.
Macroom AFC Lotto 07/05/19. Jackpot: €2,000. Numbers drawn: 2, 15, 29. No Winner. €80 John Manning c/o Cash. €20 each: Ted Savage c/o Hound, Mick Galvin c/o Hound, Mary T. Murphy c/o Twomey’s, Brian and Mgt c/o Hound.
13/05/19: Jackpot: €2,200. Numbers drawn: 15, 28, 35. No Winner. €80 Adam O’ Sullivan c/o Hound. €20 Alan and Frances c/o Lar’s, Martina and Sca c/o Hound, Conor Lucey c/o Lar’s, Willie O’ Riordan.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 30/04/2019. Jackpot €1400. Numbers 14-24-36. No Winner - €70. Dan F O'Riordan, Shanballyshane, Kilnamartyra. €20 each. Margaret Lucey, Gortnalica, Clondrohid. Shelia Johnson, Barrett Place, Kate Murray, C/O Murray's Bar.Anita & Nicole Murphy, Cork Street, David Casey, Barrett Place
7/05/2019. Jackpot - €1600 Numbers drawn: 2-8-17. €70. Abbey O'Connell, Kilberihert, Rusheen. €20 each: Denis Dinneen, Kilnagurteen, Margaret O' Leary, Mossgrove, Bandon Paul Kingston, New Street, Connie O'Riordan, Sleaveen East, Theresa Buckley, Annville
Rylane CPA Lotto: 7/5/2019 Jackpot €2800. Numbers drawn: 2 - 5 - 13 No Winner. Marie, Eolan & Johnny (Rylane), The Two of Us (Rylane), Cal Mc Carthy (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20: Mag's Chipper.

Coachford AFC Lotto: 7/5/2019. Jackpot: € 2,400. Numbers Drawn: 1 – 7 – 21. No Winner. €40 Jim Bergin. €20 Nicole Martin, Ann Murphy, John Moynihan, Barry Riordan.
13/5/2019. Jackpot: € 2,600. Numbers Drawn: 16 – 34 – 36. No Winner. €40 Cara O’Connell. €20 Kathleen Crowley, Tony Enneguess, Mary Dineen, Peter Kelleher (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

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Ballyvourney/ Ballymakeera Tidy Towns Group on a Spring Clean ©

Ní Neart go Cur le Chéile

Ballyvourney/ Ballymakeera Tidy Towns have been extremely busy in the last few months and are geared up for a busy season ahead. Judging for both the Tidy Towns Competition and the Anti-Litter Challenge are just weeks away and the ‘Tidy Towners’ will be out in force, keeping Ballyvourney/ Ballymakeera looking beautiful. Last year, through a tremendous amount of work and volunteering, Ballyvourney/ Ballymakeera won a total of 3 awards, and are appealing to the public to do their bit and continue the village’s success! From May 13th, judges will be seen around the village, inspecting the main roads, pathways, housing estates, shop fronts and the Bottle Bank for any signs of litter, including cigarette ends. Every piece of litter will equal 1 point deducted from the village’s score of 100. Judging will also begin for the Tidy Towns Competition, and therefore, Ballyvourney/ Ballymakeera Tidy Towns Group are appealing to everyone in the village to show their support by: sweeping in front of their own houses/ shops, picking up any litter they see, reporting cases of dumping to Tidy Towns or the Anti-Litter Unit, keeping shrubs and lawns trimmed, and of course, when you have time, volunteering with the Tidy Towns group any weekday evening from 6.30-7.30pm, or Saturdays 11am-12. While litter control is an important part of Tidy Towns, it also involves the overall attractiveness of the village, the extent to which the community engage in activities, biodiversity, environmental awareness and projects such as Ballymakeera TidyTown’s Sensory Garden, Gairdín Ghobnatan, being developed in the overgrown plot by the Ionad Lae. Ní neart go chur le chéile, and hopefully, with everyone’s help, we can keep Ballyvourney /Ballymakeera looking beautiful!

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Peter Dineen who gave a magnificent performance of In High Germany by Dermot Bolger in Coachford ©Lee Valley Outlook

Drama in Coachford

Coach ford Players presented a fine night’s entertainment and three totally different productions in the local hall over the Bank a holiday weekend. Anthony Greene presented Chekhov’s The Bear, giving the audience an insight into life in Russia c. 1900. Eva Donovan, Eva Kelleher and Willie Barrett gave great performances. Ann Kiely delivered an adapted version of A Reflection on Life by the irrepressible Pam Ayers, a rather sexist reflection on the male of the species. In total contrast, Peter Dineen gave a massive performance as Eoin in In High Germany by Dermot Bolger and directed by Eugene O’Sullivan. What might have been regarded as a reprise of Ireland s sparse successes on the soccer field, particularly in the 1988 World Cup, was instead a thought provoking monologue on the huge role Sport play in our psyche, giving identity and a feeling of self worth to Irish people at home and abroad, particularly, disenfranchised emigrants, reuniting them and reminding them of their roots. In a huge performance, Peter Dineen considere underprivileged children, loyal friends and what being Irish signifies to different people. A thoroughly enjoyable informal show.

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Jim Lucey Principal opens the doors of the new school in Clondrohid. Also included are, Aileen Lynch, Deputy Principal, Siobhán O’Donoghue, 6th class teacher and Maeve Murphy Transition Year Student. ©Peter Scanlan Photography

 Clondrohid Updates

Open Day at Clondrohid NS: An unique day in the life of any parish took place in Clondrohid on Wednesday, May 1, when the eagerly awaited new school opened its doors to all and sundry. Crowds poured into the school from 1pm to have a look at this great new facility. Teachers, staff and pupils were on hand to show people around. The ‘cuppa’ was also available. So roomy, so bright, the views were the comments by all who strolled from classroom to classroom. One would think that they stepped in to another world. Well done to all who helped to bring this long awaited school to fruition. The best of luck to all who cross the threshold over the years to come.
First Holy Communion: The children from 2nd class in Clondrohid N.S. received their Holy Communion last Saturday . A great parish occasion, and the weather couldn’t have been kinder .When the ceremony was over, parents, children, teachers, family and friends made their way to the new school, where for the first time, the Holy Communion breakfast was held in the new school hall, a bit of history. Lovely refreshments were served up by the Parents’ Association. Well done to all who helped out at this event. The 2nd class children form Muinefliuch and Carriganima will receive their Holy Saturday 18 in Carriganima church. We wish them well.
Scoraiocht in Community Hall: The Active Retired held their first Bealtaine Festival event and it was a great success. Thanks to everybody who travelled to be with them to celebrate in song, story and music. The talent was limitless. Thanks to all in the group who helped in any way setting up the hall and with the refreshments. A special thank you to Teddy Kelleher who did an excellent job as M.C. and to Peter Lane who provided the lovely backdrop and the sound systems. The next event for the Active retired is Exercises in Hall on Wed May 22 at 10am.
Annual Famine graveyard Mass: will take place at Carraig a Staighre on Monday night May 27 at 7pm A very important and commemorative occasion in the parish. Mark in the diary.
G.A.A. The 1st match of the Junior a Championship took place last Saturday evening in Inchigeela when Clondrohid took on Kilmichael. A match where some excellent football was played, a pity to lose by the narrowest of margins. Clondrohid 0 15, Kilmichael 3 7..Best of luck in the next round. Clondrohid u 16s have played 4 league games to date .The first game was at home against Ahane Gaels. They were always in control and won on a scoreline of 3--12 to 0-08. Next match was against near neighbours and rivals Cill na Martra and with a depleted squad due to injuries and holidays, we had to battle right to end, winning on a scoreline of 4-03 to 3-04. Next match was away to Ibane Gaels in Barryroe and what a performance. They won on a scoreline of 0-05 to 2-18 .The last game was against Kilbrittan in Kilbrittan and in poor conditions the team won on a scoreline of 1-08 to 2-12 . We are now on top of the league table on full points and the next match will be after the exams. This panel of players are a great bunch to work with, willing to listen and learn from their coaches and give 100 per cent in every match they play. A sincere Thank You to Con Kelleher ,Fionnabha Metal Recycling, . for his sponsorship of a set of jerseys for the Junior A squad. Con presented team captain Neilus Murphy with the jerseys recently The club wish the team every success and they appreciate the generosity from Con, and wish him continued success in his business.
Daniel Kingston memorial: This 10th annual event takes place on Thursday June 20 at 8pm. All surplus funds are donated to ARC Cork Cancer Support. To date €231,417 has been raised. Please mark it in your diary and on the night, come out and walk, jog, run or just enjoy the social event.

Nuacht Scoil Mhuire

Turas Scoile Bl.1 & 2. Ar an Aoine, an 3ú lá de Bhealtaine, chuaigh an chéad agus an tarna bliain go ‘Ballyhass Lakes’ in aice le Mala. Roinneadh an dá bhliain i ndhá ghrúpa ann. Ar dtús, bhíomar ar na ‘téada ísle’ agus i mbun cluichí obair foirne. Ina dhiaidh sin chuamar ag cadhcáil agus bhí an-spraoi go deo againn. Tar éis na cadhacadóireachta, bhí sos againn. Ansin thugamar aghaidh ar an “Leap of Faith.” Dhreapamar suas ar pholla ard agus ansin, ag an mbarr, bhí orainn léim go polla eile agus iarracht a dhéanamh breith air. Munar rug tú air, íslíodh síos go talamh tú. Bhí na daltaí ar éirigh leo é a dhéanamh ana bhródúil astu féin! Chomh maith le sin, chaitheamar tamall ar na ‘ziplínte’ agus ar an bhfalla dreapadóireachta. Bhí sé ana dheacair mar bhí orainn dúshlán a dhéanamh orthu. D’fhilleamar abhaile tráthnóna sona sásta mar bhí lá den scoth againn ann.
Turas Scoile Bl.5. Ar an Aoine an 10ú Bealtaine chuaigh an 5ú bliain go hionad eactraíochta West Cork Secret in aice le Cill Briotáin. Thosnaíomar ann le cluichí foirne. Bhí na cailíní go léir ar fhoireann amháin agus na buachaillí go léir ar an bhfoireann eile. Bhí iomaíocht ana ghéar ar fad eadrainn! Tar éis an tsosa, thugamar in éineacht lenár múinteoirí aghaidh ar an gcúrsa bacainní. Bhíomar fliuch salach ós na locháin uisce. In ainneoin sin, bhaineamar ana thaitneamh as. Ar deireadh, bhíomar ar an sleamhnán uisce. Sleamhnán 220 troigh atá ann agus b’é buaicphointe an lae. Nuair a bhí críochnaithe again, bhí píotsa ullamh acu dúinn. Bhí ana lá go deo againn!
Cúrsa Garchabhrach. Bhí cúrsa garchabhrach ag an Idirbhliain 3ú Bealtaine. Fuaireadar ana chuid eolais agus cleachtadh. Ar dtús, taispeánadh dóibh conas déileáil le gortú agus conas bindealán a chur ar dhuine i gceart. Ansin, d’fhoghlaimíodar faoi ACS (CPR) agus conas an dífhibrileoir a úsáid. Tugadh comhairle dos na daltaí chomh maith maidir le conas rudaí ar nós taom croí, stróc, comhtholgadh, srl. a aithint agus na céimeanna gur ceart a thógaint chun déileáil leo. D’fhoghlaimíodar a lán rudaí luachmhara ach tá súil againn nach mbeidh siad ag teastáil!
Tiomáint . Ar an 8ú Aibreán, thug an Idirbhliain cuairt ar ionad tiomána Bheanntraí. Thosnaíodar amach le heolas ar shábháilteacht rothair. Bhí rás rothar agus cúrsa deacair rothaíochta le déanamh ansin acu. Ina dhiaidh sin bhí plé ar chúrsaí ólacháin agus tiomáint. Bhain na daltaí triail as ‘beer goggles’, a thaispeáin tionchar an óil dóibh. Ansin dhein na daltaí go léir triailscrúdú teoirice. D’éirigh le cuid acu! Ag deireadh, bhí deis ag gach dalta roinnt ama a chaitheamh ag tiomáint.

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Coachford College Medal presentation to Senior A Team Munster Champions ©Michellle Cooney

Uíbh Laoire Notes.

Liz Lucey Event. The organisers of the very successful fund raiser for Marymount, in memory of Liz Lucey, have announced recently that this year’s event will be the final one. This is the tenth year of the popular July Sunday in Inchigeela, when walkers, runners, cyclists, vintage tractors and cars all take to the highways and byways of the parish and each year has been a success story. This year, however, will be the last and we all hope that it will be an even bigger success. There is great credit due to the organisers and participants for their massive effort in this huge undertaking.
Garda Timetable. The Garda will attend at the clinic in the Parish Office on the following days: Mon 20th 11am to midday; Mon 27th 6pm to 7pm; Mon June 3rd 6pm to 7pm.
Inchigeela Tidy Towns. It’s a busy time with 2 competitions going at the same time. The tidy town’s competition has started and so has the Litter Challenge. The weekly clean up has been changed to 7.30pm on Tuesdays.(Meet at graveyard with shovels and brushes) But you will see people working hard outside of those hours! And there is a rota compiled for the daily litter pickup, which lasts for 6 weeks. Everyone’s help and support is required if we are to maintain the same level of success that came for the past 5 or 6 years. We notice a major improvement already in the absence of litter and a general tidiness, with people attending to gardens, hedges, paintwork etc. More volunteers always welcome.
Music at Toonsbridge. There was a very pleasant night’s entertainment on Sunday night last in the Toonsbridge Dairy when Ger Wolfe and the New Skylarks put on a most pleasant show for a very appreciative audience. Ger sang many of his old numbers as well as an assortment of his most recent compositions. It was a relaxed night in relaxed surroundings. The Dairy is an ideal location for a medium sized audience, with good food and an excellent cellar and most importantly, a friendly greeting from the hosts. The other Skylarks are, Paul Frost (Bass),Edel O’Sullivan (violen) and Martin Leahy (drums).
Dawn Walk. The “Darkness into Light” fundraiser morning walk for Pieta House was very successful again and the participants were blessed with a lovely dawn. Well done to all who arose and walked or ran and also to those who stewarded and organised the event.
CPR. A one hour course on CPR and how to use the defibrillator will be held in the GAA rooms in Béal Átha on 15 of June for info call 086 869 3755 or 086 083 7662 or see Irish heart .ie
Mick Dineen Cycle. This is the 10th year of this well supported event in memory of a well loved cyclist, and word smith .This cycle in August will be the final holding of the cycle and the organisers are looking forward to making this cycle even greater than all the preceding ones.
Cuan Barra. The chiropodist, Joan O’Donovan, will attend Cuan Barra on Fri 17th May. Call 0868258023 for appointment. Beautician: call 0871679563. Hairdresser: call 0877798592.
Clothes Collection. Reminder that the fundraising used clothes collection will take place after Masses on 25 and 26th May at the school or at school time during the following week.

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The Clapper Bridge in Ballingeary ©Anna O’Sullivan Cronin

Macra Matters

Aghinagh Macra recently celebrated a second place finish in the set dancing category at National Titles Competition in Mullingar. The all-female team gave a tremendous performance. The ladies made a huge effort in preparing for the finals and had great fun along the way. Everyone in the club is thrilled with the result and proud of the set dancing team. Well done girls! New members are always welcomed and should contact the club on Facebook or Instagram.

Kilmurry Historical

Room available to hire in Kilmurry museum for a wide range of events, classes, activities, parties. Plenty parking, wifi and kitchenette. Contact Mary 0876568110 for details
Historic graves and Kilmurry historical association are looking for volunteers to help on June the 8th with the recording, mapping and photography of headstones in Moviddy cemetery, Crookstown. Training provided on the morning/ day. If you are available for any few hours, please contact 086 0593260
Darkness into Light. Thanks to all who walked the walk of hope from Independence museum on May 11th. It was a fabulous morning. D etails of amount raised for Pieta House to follow.


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Surviving section of Macroom Workhouse CK  Plaque on Macroom Workhouse . ©Con Kelleher

Macroom Union and The Great Irish Famine (1845-51) – some aspects

By Con Kelleher
The Great Irish Famine was Europe’s worst nineteenth century natural disaster. The immediate cause of the Famine was a potato blight caused by a fungus, Phythophtera Infestans, then unknown to science. The blight also affected Europe and Britain but was so devastating in Ireland because of what I term the three ‘Ps’.
The first was our very high Population; the second was the degree and extent of Poverty, especially in the West and along the western seaboard and thirdly, the almost exclusive dependence of the poorest 1/3 of people on the Potato for survival. In the 1841 census the Irish population was recorded as 8.2 million and this was probably an underestimate. The population was higher again by 1845, the first year of the Famine. Poverty was everywhere and there was no social welfare. The Halls, English visitors, (1834) recall giving a half-penny to ninety two people in Macroom and it was similar in every town they visited. Another gauge of poverty is that in county Cork in the 1840s 80% of houses were fourth or third class; the former were one-roomed mud or stone cabins without a window or chimney, with the third class home being the same but with a window and/or door. There is an example of the fourth class cabin in U.C.C., near the Stone Corridor.
While it is difficult to comprehend the scale of what happened in those dark years, some figures help us to appreciate the enormity of the tragedy.
Following the enactment of the 1838 Irish Poor Law Act, 130 new administrative divisions of the country - Poor Law Unions - were created. County Cork had eleven such unions, and one of these was Macroom Poor Law Union. Each Union had at its centre a workhouse or poor house – Tigh na mBocht in Irish. Outside of cities, they were built in market towns, and roughly covered a ten-mile radius. Town-lands were grouped into District Electoral Divisions, based on taxation units; the Divisions in turn elected members to Boards of Guardians, the Unions’ governing bodies. Effectively, Unions were ‘unions’ of civil parishes; in Macroom’s case it comprised seventeen parishes, plus parts of Kilmichael and Athnowen - Aghabullogue, Aghinagh, Aglish, Athnowen, Ballyvourney, Cannaway, Clondrohid, Donoughmore, Duniskey, Iveleary, Kilbarry, Kilcorney, Kilmurry, Kilnamartyra, Macloneigh, Macroom, Magourney, Matehy and part of Kilmichael. Macroom Workhouse had an initial capacity to cater for 600 ‘inmates’ and was opened on the 13 May 1843. This figure was derived from roughly 1% of the population, and the Workhouse was the sole means of State relief.
Some Population Figures:
Area/Pop. Year > 1841 1851 1871 1901 1911
Ireland (millions) 8.20 6.50 5.42 4.50 4.39
Macroom Union(1,000s) 58,818 37,397 30,544 22,998 21,418

In seventy years Ireland’s population dropped from 8.2 to 4.38 million people – a loss of 3.82 million or a 46.5 % decrease. In that period, Macroom Union lost 37,400 people or 63.5% of its inhabitants
Ireland and Macroom Union lost its people by three mechanisms:
1. The Famine caused about one million extra deaths.
2. Emigration; Fitzpatrick estimates that eight (8) million emigrated between 1801 and 1921.
3. Decreased Birth Rate dropped during and after the Famine.
Infections were the main agents of death during the Famine, with Relapsing Fever and Typhus being the chief culprits. Both are caused by organisms, Rickettsiae, and carried by the human louse. The louse thrives in insanitary conditions, and the filthy, overcrowded conditions of the workhouses and cabins facilitated the rapid spread of the fatal infections. Dysentery, cholera, TB, measles, scarlet fever and pneumonia all contributed to the huge numbers who died from infection. About 250,000 - 300,000 people died in workhouses from 1845-1851. Between 1847 and 1849, 25% of all Irish Workhouses inmates died. Dropsy and marasmus – caused by protein lack, were also significant causes of death. Vitamin C and A deficiencies caused scurvy/pellagra, and Xerophthalmia which in turn induced blindness. The humble potato abounded in vitamins A and C.

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Macroom Workhouse and Grounds, Ordnance Survey Map 1904. It also shows the site of the Burial Ground. ©Con Kelleher

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Pre- and Famine time mud cabin, fourth class 'house'.©Con Kelleher

Emigration was a fact of life in early nineteenth century Ireland and about a million emigrated from 1801-1845. The famine accelerated this trend and it continued at a high rate up to 1921, and indeed after. A feature of Irish emigration is that it was mostly young single adults, with roughly equal numbers of men and women leaving; the majority were unskilled and un-educated, and for many, their first language was Irish. The journey was fraught and many succumbed en route. Woodham-Smith and Kirby Miller give graphic descriptions how badly Famine emigrants were treated.
Because of the exodus of young adults, the birth-rate dropped alarmingly. This is evidenced by the Macroom Baptismal records of the nineteenth century. Canon Roberts, P.P. Macroom, very kindly gave me permission to examine those records and the results are tabulated below.
Macroom Parish Baptismal Records 1824 – 97
(Jan. 1st > June 30th {first 6 months of year})
Year >
1824 1842 1845 1846 1847 1848 1849 1850 1851 1852 1853 1861 1897
(6/12s, 1/1 - 30/6) 146 168 146 141 122 103 111 73 105 66 62 65 49

Macroom’s Workhouse was on the site where Macroom Community Hospital is situated; only the central spine remains and it now houses the ambulance depot and care-taker, Tadhg Dinneen’s equipment shed. Before its recent move, it also contained Macroom Dental Clinic. The surviving section was used as the dining area and also served as a church and chapel. During the height of the Famine crisis, two auxiliary workhouses were added – one in Mountmassey House and the second in Massytown. Mountmassey House had 500 inmates and was the scene of the manslaughter of one of its inmates. An t-Athair Peadar Ó Laoghaire in Mo Scéal Féin gives an account of his neighbours, the Buckleys, and their fate in the ‘Poor House’ on the hill, presumably, Mountmassey. Eavan Boland’s poem, Quarantine, is based on the episode and Declan O’Rourke’s Poor Boy’s Shoes poignantly relates the story. In June 1849 there were 4,028 people in Macroom Workhouses.

Macroom Workhouse Burial Ground filled quickly and Carrigastyra Famine Graveyard was used from 1849 on. It was where Diarmuidín and Síle, the two Buckley children, were buried. When they found out their children had died and were buried in Carrigastyra, Padraigh and Cáit left the workhouse and stopped to grieve on their way home. The following morning, Padraigh and Cáit were found dead in their cabin home in Derryleigh and her feet were against his breast, in his last loving act to keep his wife’s cold feet warm.
Such were some of the sufferings of people in Macroom Union from 1845-1852.


Medical Negligence

Medical Negligence which is also known as "clinical negligence" occurs when a person suffers an injury as a result of a healthcare professional not providing an adequate or proper level of care. Health professionals would include doctors, dentists and any other medical professionals.
If you wish to bring a medical negligence claim, it is advisable that you make contact with a Solicitor who will take an initial detailed attendance from you and carry out investigations as to whether there is potentially an actionable case. The investigations would include the following:-
1. It is advisable to obtain medical records from various hospitals and GPs that you have attended to ascertain your past medical history and the history of the treatment.
2. You will be required to obtain a report from a suitably qualified expert confirming that in their opinion the treatment that you received fell below the requisite standard of care which would be expected.
3. Once a suitable expert report is at hand commenting on liability and causation, a letter of claim would need to be sent to the appropriate defendant.
4. You may then consider bringing court proceedings. Your solicitor would be required to brief a barrister to draft the appropriate court proceedings. The majority of medical negligence cases are in the High Court.
The first key step to ascertaining whether there is an actual case is to get an appropriate expert report. As Ireland is a relatively small country, it is often difficult to find an appropriate expert based in Ireland and you may be required to retain an expert based in the United Kingdom or elsewhere. This report will comment on causation and liability and is crucial in ascertaining as to whether there is a stateable case.
Once proceeding have been issued, the defendant will then set out there position and it will then be clear as to whether liability or causation are being disputed. If this is not being disputed, there is a strong possibility that the defendant will enter into settlement negotiations. If the matter is being disputed by the defendants it is likely that the matter will then go to a court hearing or trial.
It is important to know under the Statute of Limitations Act 1957 the time limit for bringing a medical negligence case is two years from the date of injury or the date of knowledge that the injury was caused.

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

Pride in our Community

Muintir na Tíre has recently announced the Pride In Our Community Competition 2019 with entries being accepted up until the closing date of Friday, June 1st. The aim of the 'Pride in Our Community Competition' is to encourage Community Groups and volunteers in County Cork to develop new or existing community -based Amenity/ Projects that will be of long-term benefit to the community. These projects should be available to all the community. The Muintir na Tíre Amenity Project competition is organised by Cork County Federation Muintir na Tíre in conjunction with Cork County Council and any community group from the County of Cork can enter. For full information on the competition visit

Sports Mad

Rebels are Lidl NFL Division 1 Champions for 12th Time

By Daragh Small
Cork 1-12 Galway 2-7
Saoirse Noonan was the super-sub once again for Cork as they were crowned Lidl NFL Division 1 champions for the 12th time, beating Galway at Parnell Park. Ephie Fitzgerald had already inspired his players to two victories over champions, Dublin, in the league, and this was a huge win for last season’s beaten TG4 All-Ireland finalists.
Noonan finished her goal brilliantly when she was presented with her chance in the 48th minute and that killed off the Galway challenge. Captain, Martina O’Brien, had saved a Róisín Leonard penalty and although Charlotte Cooney and Louise Ward did find a way past the Cork goalkeeper, Galway were second best in this divisional final, their sixth reversal in the decider.
The final was a tight enough affair in which both sides flooded their defences and then attacked methodically looking to exploit any weakness. Galway dominated the opening quarter but Cork worked their way into the game and took a narrow 0-7 to 0-5 lead into the half-time break. Orla Finn tied things up for the first time before Róisín Leonard tapped over her opening free, and Ciara O’Sullivan hit back for Cork. The Munster outfit took the lead for the first time in the 16th minute when Libby Coppinger manipulated an opening and scored for a 0-3 to 0-2 advantage. Finn scored her second to make it a double-scores lead in the 20th minute and that came just after Mairéad Seoighe was awarded a yellow card, when the Galway attacker collided with Hannah Looney off the ball. Galway were down to 14 players. They scored the next two points but those were soon cancelled out by Finn and Eimear Scally. Cork had Aishling Hutchings yellow carded in the 29th minute but Cork scored last in the half, Ciara O’Sullivan’s second secured a two-point interval lead.
A Galway penalty on six minutes was saved. Niamh Cotter scored a brilliant Cork point and Scally scored another stunning point after she combined with Hannah Noonan. Cork were 0-9 to 0-5 in front and Finn’s fourth meant for another double-scores lead in the 42nd minute. Six minutes later Ciara O’Sullivan played in Noonan and she was calm enough to pass the ball past Lisa Murphy for the crucial Cork goal – a stunning finish with a side-foot volley from the substitute. But Galway hit back when Charlotte Cooney blasted to the net in the 52nd minute, while Niamh Cotter and Ciara O’Sullivan both saw yellow for Cork. Galway scored late with two points and a magnificent goal. But there wasn’t enough time for the comeback and Cork held on for a deserved win.
Cork Scorers –: O Finn 0-5 (0-3f), S Noonan 1-0, E Scally 0-3, C O’Sullivan 0-2, L Coppinger 0-1, N Cotter 0-1.
Cork: Martina O’Brien, Clonakilty; C O’Shea, Hannah Looney, Aghada; Melissa Duggan, Doheny’s; Maire O’Callaghan, Mourneabbey; Eimear Kiely, Valley Rovers; Shauna Kelly, Araglen; Niamh Cotter, Ashling Hutchings, Fermoy; Ciara O’Sullivan, Mourneabbey; Orlagh Farmer, Midleton; Daire Kiely, Valley Rovers; Eimear Scally, Éire Óg, Libby Coppinger, St. Colum’s; Orla Finn, Kinsale .Subs: Eimear Meaney, Mourne Abbey for for D Kiely (39), Saoirse Noonan, Nemo Rangers for O’Callaghan (39), Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, Naomh Fionnbarra for Coppinger (47), Emma Spillane, Bantry for E Kiely (50) Referee: M Farrelly (Cavan).

Cork County Football and Hurling Championships 2019

Draws for 2nd round of all championships to be made on May 28th

Senior Football Championship

Divisional / College Section
Round 2: Seandún 2-8 UCC 2-14, CIT 2-11 Duhallow 1-18
Duhallow and UCC qualify for open county championship draw for last 16
Clubs Section
Preliminary Round
O Donovan Rossa 2-12 Carrigaline 1-8
First Round
Kiskeam 2-12 Mallow 0-10
St Finbarrs 3-12 Clyda Rovers 0-6
Clonakilty 2-9 Newcestown 0-9
Nemo Rrs 3-14 Valley Rovers 1-6
Dohenys 4-15 St Nicks 0-7
Douglas 1-10 Bishopstown 1-9
Fermoy 1-9 Castlehaven 0-11
Ilen Rovers 2-9 Carbery Rngrs 1-9
O’DRossa 0-12 Ballincollig 0-10
2nd round (draw to be made): Carrigaline, Mallow, Clyda, Newcestown, Valley Rovers, St Nicks, Bishopstown, Castlehaven, Carbery Rangers, Ballincollig
3rd Round qualifiers (to date): Duhallow, UCC, Kiskeam, St Finbarrs, Clonakilty, Nemo Rangers, Dohenys, Douglas, Fermoy, Ilen Rovers, O Donovan Rossa.
O’Donovan Rossa 0 – 12 Ballincollig 0 – 10
Two late points for the Skibbereen side consigned Ballincollig, who played the final third of the game a man short, to 1st round championship defeat at Ballinascarthy and a place in the dreaded second round draw. Ballincollig had the benefit of the strong wind in the first half but Rossa’s were more than holding their own and led by 0-5 to 0-4 at the end of the opening quarter. Four points from Darren Murphy and another from Seán Kiely helped Ballincollig to a one point interval advantage, 0-9 to 0-8. In the third quarter there was only one score, a point for Ballincollig from Kevin Browne. In the 40th minute, Ballincollig lost Luke Fahy to a red card and gradually Rossa’s numerical advantage began to tell. It was level as the game went into time added but two late frees gave the West Cork men the ticket to the third round.
Ballincollig scorers: Darren Murphy 0-5, Cian Kiely 0-2, Cian Dorgan , Seán Kiely and Kevin Browne 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: Ciarán Noonan; Colin Moore, Liam Jennings, Shane Murphy: JP Murphy, Stephen O’Donoghue, Luke Fahy: Sean Kiely, cian Kiely: Kevin Browne, peter O’Neill, Killian Coleman: Robert Noonan, Cian Dorgan, Darren Murphy. Subs; Colm O’Connell 23, Robbie Burke 27, Patrick Kelly 52.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Preliminary Round
Bantry Blues 2-10 Nemo Rangers 0-12
Round 1
Aghada 1-12 Na Piarsaigh 0-16
Bandon 3-14 Newmarket 1-19
Castletownbere 1-16 Kanturk 0-19 draw
Kanturk 4-9 Castletownbere 1-10 replay
Cill na Martra 1-9 Éire Óg 0-8
Naomh Abán 1-9 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2-12
St. Michael’s 3-12 Macroom 1-14
Bantry Blues 3-11 St. Vincent’s 1-16
Round Two: Nemo Rangers, Aghada, Newmarket, Castletownbere, Éire Óg, Naomh Ábán, Macroom, St Vincents.
Round Three: Na Piarsaigh, Bandon, Kanturk, Cill na Martra, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, St Michaels, Bantry Blues.

Intermediate Football Championship

Preliminary Round
Kildorrery 0-7 Knocknagree 1-13
Round 1
Gabriel Rangers 0-9 Adrigole 0-5
Dromtarriffe 3-9 Millstreet 1-10
Kinsale 1-15 Ballydesmond 0-14
Youghal 0-5 Knocknagree 3-19
Aghabullogue 2-8 Mitchelstown 1-8
Grenagh 0-12 Glanmire 2-11
Rockchapel 4-7 Ballinora 0-8
Mayfield 1-15 Glenville 2-9
Glanworth 1-13 St Finbarrs 0-11
Round Two: Kildorrery, Adrigole, Millstreet, Ballydesmond, Youghal, Mitchelstown, Grenagh, Ballinora, Glenville, St Finbarrs
Round Three: Gabriel Rangers, Dromtarriffe, Kinsale, Knocknagree, Aghabullogue, Glanmire, Rockchapel, Mayfield, Glanworth.

Senior Hurling Championship

Divisional / College Section
Round 2
UCC 2-17 Muskerry 0-16
Imokilly 0-24 Carbery 0-10
UCC and Imokilly both qualify for last 16 county senior championship draw.
Club Section - Preliminary Round
Erins Own 3-7 Ballymartle 2-8
Round 1
St. Finbarr's 3-23 Carrigtwohill 0-8
Na Piarsaigh 0-18 Killeagh 1-12
Bandon 1-17 Newcestown 0-17
Blackrock 2-27 Ballyhea 1-10
Glen Rovers 1-17 Midleton 0-16
Bishopstown 1-14 Newtownshandrum 1-13
Douglas 1-18 Bride Rovers 1-12
Sarsfields 2-24 Kanturk 0-11
Charleville 1-27 Erins Own 1-25
Round Two: Ballymartle, Carrigtwohill, Killeagh, Newcestown, Ballyhea, Midleton, Newtownshandrum, Bride Rovers, Kanturk, Erins Own.
Round Three: UCC, Imokilly, St Finbarrs, Na Piarsaigh, Bandon, Blackrock, Glen Rovers, Bishopstown, Douglas, Sarsfields, Charleville.

Premier Intermediate Hurling

Round 1
Blarney 0-24 Ballinhassig 2-12
Castlelyons 2-17 Youghal 1-12
Cloyne 0-14 Aghada 2-13
Fermoy 1-23 Courcey Rovers 1-22
Fr. O' Neill’s 1-22 Ballincollig 2-14
Inniscarra 0-13 Watergrashill 1-16
Kilworth 0-20 Valley Rovers 0-12
Mallow 3-15 Carrigaline 1-20
Round Two: Ballinhassig, Youghal, Cloyne, Courcey Rovers, Ballincollig, Inniscarra, Valley Rovers, Carrigaline
Round Three: Blarney, Castlelyons, Aghjada, Fermoy, Fr O’Neills, Watergrasshill, Kilworth, Mallow

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Aghabullogue 0-14 Ballinhassig 1-10
Argideen Rangers 2-15 Castlemartyr 0-17
Barryroe 0-7 Glen Rovers 3-16
Blackrock 2-14 Kilbrittain 1-10
Dripsey 1-8 Ballygarvan 0-24
Eire Óg 1-22 Dungourney 2-18
Grenagh 1-19 Na Piarsaigh 0-19
Mayfield 1-16 Sarsfield 0-20
Meelin 2-18 Midleton 2-15
Milford 3-13 Ballymartle 3-22
St. Catherine’s 0-15 Cloughduv 0-17
St Finbarr’s 0-14 Douglas 0-13
Tracton 0-25 Kildorrery 1-16
Aghabullogue 0 – 14 Ballinhassig 1-10
Aghabullogue won but were not happy with a disappointing performance in defeating Ballinhassig’s second team at Ovens in the county Intermediate Hurling championship. Aghabullogue were expected to be successful with something to spare but only won by the narrowest of margins and the fare served up was mediocre with the accuracy of Shane Tarrant from placed balls the major factor in Aghabullogue’s win. Aghabullogue opened the scoring in their first attack with an Ian Barry Murphy point. They failed to press on however and they trailed by 0-3 to 0-2 after ten minutes. A point from Paul Ring followed by two from Shane Tarrant had them ahead 0-5 to 0-3 by the 17th minute but Ballinhassig fought back to be level terms. Aghabullogue finished the half well with two Tarrant points from frees being followed by a Paudie Twomey point from play and so they led by 0-8 to 0-5.
On the resumption Ballinhassig came to within a point of Aghabullogue with the only goal of the game from a 40th minute penalty. Shane Tarrant’s point from another free at the end of the third quarter was a relief for Aghabullogue who were now finding it very hard to make progress in attack. Eight minutes passed without a score and Aghabullogue suffered a set back when they were reduced to fourteen players in the 53rd minute, Seán O’Sullivan receiving a second yellow card. Ballinhassig drew level terms from two pointed frees and looked now capable of winning. They went a point in front but Shane Tarrant’s accuracy had Aghabullogue on level terms in the 62nd minute and Paul Ring from play was on target a minute later to regain the lead for the Mid Cork side. Ballinhassig again drew level before Tarrant got the all important winning point for Aghabullogue in the 66th minute. The winners move on to the third round of the competition knowing they must improve.
Scorers for Aghabullogue: Shane Tarrant 0-9 (0-7 f), Paul Ring 0-3, Paudie Twomey and Ian Barry Murphy 0-1 each.
Aghabullogue: Finbarr Foley: Michael Dennehy, Denis Quinlan, Aidan Barry Murphy: Darren Rooney, Seán Furney, Seán O’Sullivan: Paul Ring, Mathew Bradley: Evan O’Sullivan, Neil Barry Murphy, Cian Furney: Shane Tarrant, Paudie Twomey, Ian Barry Murphy. Subs: Aodhán Healy 35, Niall Buckley 58.
Ballygarvan 0-24 Dripsey 1-8
Ballygarvan were shaping like winners for most of this contest at Ovens. Dripsey gave it their best shot but Ballygarvan were impressive and could be a force in the competition this year on this performance. Dripsey found themselves on the back foot from the off and were quickly three points in arrears and soon Ballygarvan had doubled their and appeared to be heading for a landslide victory. Dripsey trailed by eight points but received a much needed boost in the 14th minute when Mark O Connell created an opening for Eoghan Maher who promptly blasted to the Ballygarvan net. Dripsey then outscored the winners by 0-5 to 0-3 in the remaining period before the break when they only trailed by two points on a 0-10 to 1-5 score line. Ballygarvan started the second half well with two further points but Michael O’Riordan pointed two frees in reply for Dripsey to remain in contention. Dripsey however were unable to bring sustained pressure on their opponents who quickly increased their lead again and Ballygarvan really went on a scoring spree in the final quarter, scoring ten points before Eoghan Maher got a point back for Dripsey in the dying seconds. Dripsey will be hoping to have better luck when they seek a win in their second round, last chance outing.
Scorers for Dripsey: Michael O’Riordan 0-5 (0-4 f, 0-1 65), Eoghan Maher 1-1, Aidan Murray and Mark O Sullivan 0-1 each.
Dripsey: Diarmuid O’Riordan: Dean O’Sullivan, Shane O’Riordan, Barry Kelleher: John Carey, John O’Riordan, James Cotter: Aidan Murray, Michael O’Riordan: Seán Murphy, David O’Sullivan, Mark O’Connell: Daniel Buckley, Eoghan Maher, Mark O’Sullivan. Sub: John Buckley 50.
Grenagh 1 - 19 Na Piarsaigh 0 – 19
Grenagh did not have it easy against the city side’s second fifteen but were never led at Blarney and were delighted to advance to round three of the intermediate championship. The closing stages were hectic as the teams battled it out with only two [points separating them before Michael O’Riordan’s late, late point at least eased the situation for Grenagh who deserved their hard earned win.
The teams were level at 0-4 each after ten minutes, and it was close to half time before Christopher Buckley’s goal opened up a gap between the teams and enable Grenagh to lead by 1-12 to 0-8 at the break. Na Piarsaigh made a strong late rally which had the gap down to two points but Grenagh held out for a welcome win.
Grenagh scorers: Sean Bourke 0-11 (0-6f, 0-1 sideline), C Buckley 1-2, A O’Neill 0-2, T Kenny, P BarryMurphy, C O’Sullivan, M O’Riordan 0-1 each.
Grenagh: Colm O’Neill: A Kiely, Liam Walsh, Aonghus Duggan: Shane Dorgan, Kelvin Cummins, P McSweeney: Kevin O’Neill, Paul BarryMurphy: C O’Sullivan, Tom Kenny, Christopher Buckley: Adrian O’Neill, Seán Bourke, Michael O’Riordan. Subs: D Kenny 54, T Buckley 62.
Cloughduv 0 – 17 St Catherine’s 0 – 15
A wonderful victory for last year’s county junior champions as Cloughduv had to overcome the disadvantage of playing two thirds of this intermediate championship game a man down after losing Eoghan Clifford to a 22nd minute red card. Cloughduv were being led by two points at the time but they responded magnificently to their numerical problem with an all out effort which resulted in them leading by a point at the break, and never panicking in the second half they carved out a massive win. Mark Verling was moved from wing forward to centre back and played a central role in the Cloughduv victory as did his brother Brian who scored 0-10 for the winners. The teams had been level four times before it became 0-7 to 0-5 in Catherin’s favour when Cloughduv lost their star defender but in a superb response, Denis O’Sullivan pointed in the 25th minute and Brian Verling fired over three points to give Cloughduv a 0-9 to 0-8 interval lead. On the resumption Donal Corkery pointed for Cloughduv, Catherine’s replied with two points to draw level by the 35th minute. After being denied a goal by a great save by Jonathan Buckley in the Cloughduv goal, Catherine’s hit a point from the resultant ‘65’ to take the lead, Cloughduv equalised and went in front, Catherine’s levelled at 0-12 each. Aidan Murphy’s point in the 43rd minute put Cloughduv back in front and they were never to be led again. Brian Verling and Mark Walsh added points and Cloughduv were three clear. Twice points were exchanged, Catherines had another point to cut the gap to two points and it needed another super save by goalkeeper Buckley in the closing seconds to enable Cloughduv to keep their noses in front and emerge victorious.
Cloughduv scorers: Brian Verling 0-10 (0-7f), Donal Corkery 0-2. Joe Ryan, Mark Verling, Denis O’Sullivan, Aidan Murphy, Mark Walsh 0-1 each.
Cloughduv: Jonathan Buckley: James Moynihan, Brian Ahern, Paul O’Sullivan: David O’Leary, Eoghan Clifford, Denis O’Sullivan: Mark Walsh, Brian Hinchion: Andrew Cronin, Aidan Murphy, Mark Verling: Brian Verling, Joe Ryan, Donal Corkery. Subs; Liam Kelleher h/t, Patrick Buckley 53, Kevin BarryMurphy 56, Ger Ahern 61.

County U21 Football Championship 2019

U21 A Football

Preliminary Rd:
St Michaels 1 - 8 Carbery Rangers 0 - 9
Dohenys 0-10 Charleville 2-7
First Round:
A. Carrigaline 2-16 Glanmire 0-11
B. Aghada 1-8 Ballincollig 0-19
C. Beara 0-12 Bishopstown 1-7
D. Éire Óg 2-10 Valleys 0-12
E. Kilshannig 0-16 Nemo Rangers 1-10
F. Douglas v Castlehaven
G. O’D Rossa 1-17 St Finbarrs 2-14
H. Charleville v St. Michaels
Quarter Finals: Carrigaline v Ballincollig, Beara v Éire Óg, Kilshannig v F, St Finbarrs v H
Ballincollig 0 -19 Aghada 1 – 8
Ballincollig, runners up in Mid Cork, were too good for East Cork champions Aghada in the county U21 FC at Pairc Ui Rinn. Ballincollig were a point ahead in a minute and were in a good position at the end of the first quarter, leading by 0-6 to 0-1. Aghada improved and were on top in the closing stages of the first half and only two points separated the sides at the break. On the resumption Ballincollig fired over four points in as many minutes but Aghada responded with a smashing goal in the 35th minute but the next ten minutes again belonged to Ballincollig and they added three points without reply. It was 0-14 to 1-7 by the 48th minutes, Aghada reduced the arrears to three but a great run by Luke Fahy which he finished with a point was inspirational and the winners scored four additional points without reply during the remaining playing time.
Scorers for Ballincollig: D Murphy 0-9 (0-3 f), E O’Reilly 0-5 (0-1 f, 0-1 ‘45’), D Dorgan 0-2 (0-1 f), L Fahy 0-2, E Cooke 0-1.
Ballincollig: S Hogan, K Walsh,G O’Donoghue, S Walsh: R Bourke, K Crowley, F Denny: L Fahy, J O’Leary: D McCullagh, E Cooke, J Murray: D Dorgan, D Murphy, E O Reilly. Subs: F Ó Donabháin 42, S Wills 54, S O’Neill 56, C Quirke 62.
Éire Óg 2 - 10 Valley Rovers 0 – 12
Mid Cork champions Éire Óg had to battle really hard to overcome the challenge of Carrigdhoun runners up Valley Rovers in the opening round of the county U21 A FC. Éire Óg started well and with points from Rian O’Flynn, Joe Cooper and an Anthony O’Doherty free went three clear after four minutes but Valleys were level at 0-3 each by the 17th minute and then went a point up. Points from Jack Murphy, and two Anthony O’Doherty frees had the Ovens side leading by 0-6 to 0-4 at the break.
On the resumption, Valleys hit the front again with three points in a row, Anthony O’Doherty had an equaliser from play, Jack Murphy put Éire Óg in front only for Valleys to level at 0-8 each at the three quarter stage. A goal now for Éire Óg was a massive boost, O’Doherty added a point and a second goal in the 52nd minute, again from Dylan Foley, gave Éire Óg a 2-9 to 0-9 lead entering the home stretch. Valleys were not giving in however and added a further three points to their tally, Jack Murphy getting a point for the winners and Éire Óg were delighted to hear the final whistle with a four point gap between the teams.
A win for the Mid Cork champions then, but room for improvement!
Éire Óg: Eoin Kelleher: Seán O’Flynn, Shane Quigley, Cillian Sheehan: Diarmuid Dinneen, John Cooper, David Twomey: Jack Murphy, Anthony O’Doherty: Conor McGoldrick, Hugh Murphy, Rian O’Flynn: Joseph Cooper, Dylan Foley, Brian Hurley. Subs: Mark Kelleher, Patrick Twomey and Jerome Kelleher

U21 B Football

A. Courceys 0-2 Aghabullogue 3-18
B. Castlemartyr v Avondhu winners
C. Seandun winners v Carbery winners
D. Duarigale Gaels
Semi Finals: A v B, C v D
Aghabullogue 3-18 Courcey Rovers 0-2
Aghabullogue footballers had no difficulty in disposing of the challenge over Courceys in the county U21B FC at Newcestown. Aghabullogue led by 1-6 to 0-1 at the interval.
Aghabullogue: Dan Lane: Paul Dilworth, Conor Smith Tom Long: Jack Murphy, Paul Ring, Killian BarryMurphy: Shane Tarrant, Niall BarryMurphy: Aodhán Healy, Mathew Bradley, Adam Murphy: Luke Casey, David Thompson, Tadgh Bradley. Subs: Josh Grimes, Paul Dineen, Seán Lane, Seán O’Connell, Conor Dineen, Shane Moynihan, Keelan O’Sullivan, Jack Oldham, Pádraig O’Sullivan, Darren Reidy.

U21 C Football

A. Crosshaven v Aghinagh
B. Bride Rovers 1-15 Ballycastle Gaels 2-10
C. Seandun winners v Carbery winners
D. Robert Emmetts
Semi Finals:
A v Bride Rovers, C v Robert Emmets

Tom Creedon Cup Final

Knocknagree v Cill na Martra at Macroom, date yet to to be fixed

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Cill na Martra a bhuaidh ar Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh i gCraobh Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta Mhúscraí ©Lee Valley Outlook

Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta

Gaeltacht Mhuscraí – Craobh cluiche
Cill na Martra 1 - 12 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 0 -11
Cill na Martra defeated neighbours Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh in the final of the Muskerry Gaeltacht section of Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta 2019 at Cill n a Martra and so will travel to Kerry on the June weekend as Gaeltacht Mhuscraí representatives. Cill na Martra had to overcome a very strong challenge from Béal Átha, and only a very late goal assured them of success. Béal Átha finished the game with only 13 men as they lost two players, both to a second yellow card, five minutes from the end of a gripping contest when the teams were level for the fifth time. Conditions at Páirc Ui Chuana were excellent, the weather beautiful and the playing surface on a par. There was a big attendance and the two teams were almost at full strength, Daniel Ó Duinnín a notable absentee however from the home side’s attack. Cill na Martra dominated the opening quarter at the end of which they led by 0-5 to 0-1 with points from Mike Ó Deasúna, Ciarán and Shane Ó Duinnín, Danny Ó Conaill and Fionnbarra Ó hEaluithe. Andy Ó Coinceannain had the lone reply from a 12th minute free but as the visitors settled, Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsigh kicked a point after Cill na Martra goalkeeper Antóin Ó Conaill had brilliantly denied Matt Ó Riordáin with a superb save, Andy Ó Coinceannain pointed another free, Cian Ó Duinnín reduced the deficit to a single point and in the 25th minute Donagh Seartan brought Béal Átha level at 0-5 each with a fine score. Cill na Martra lost Tadhg Ó Corcora to a recurring injury but regained the lead when Danny Ó Conaill had his second point just before the half time whistle.
The teams were to be level four times in a very exciting second half, a reflection of how closely matched they were. Twice Béal Átha regained parity before they took the lead at 0-8 to 0-7 for the first time when Andy Ó Coinceannain pointed a free in the 42nd minute as the exchanges began to get sharper. After Mike Ó Deasúna levelled from a free in the 45th minute, Danny Ó Conaill put Cill na Martra in front almost immediately and when the Béal Átha goalkeeper Gearóid Ó Muirthille then made another of several outstanding saves, Mike Ó Deasúna pointed the resultant ‘45’to open up a two point lead. Back came the visitors and Andy Ó Coinceannain had them level again by the 53rd minute with two points from frees, the second a fine long range effort. With the teams level at 0-10 each, the outcome was uncertain but within minutes everything changed. In a single incident, Béal Átha lost two defenders to second yellow cards and Mike Ó Deasúna pointed the resultant free and followed up with a glorious point from play to the delight of the big enthusiastic home following. To their credit, Béal Átha would not yield and Conchuir Ó Loinsigh’s point as the game went into added time reduced the gap to a single score. In the 65th minute, Cill na Martra broke quickly out of defence, Nollaig Ó Laoire’s delivery found Damien Ó hUrdail all alone in front of the Béal Átha goal and even goalkeeper Ó Muirthille could not stop the perfectly directed shot which finally decided the outcome of a super contest.
Scorers: Cill na Martra: D Ó hUrdail 1-0, M Ó Deasúna 0-6 (0-3f, 0-1 ‘45’), D Ó Conaill 0-3, C Ó Duinnín, F Ó hEaluithe, S Ó Duinnín 0-1 each. Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: A Ó Coinceannain 0-6 (0-5f), D Seartan 0-2, A Ó Loinsigh, C Ó Duinnín, Crothuir Ó Loinsigh 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Seanachán Ó Loinsigh, Graham Ó Mocháin, Eoin Ó Loinsigh: Seánie Ó Foirréidh, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Tadhg Ó Corcora: Gearóid Ó Goillidhe, Fionnbarra Ó hEaluithe: Ciarán Ó Duinnín, Mairtín Ó Conchúir, Danny Ó Conaill: Damien Ó hUrdail, Micheál Ó Deasúna, Shane Ó Duinnín. Subs: Sean Ó Céilleachair, Colm Ó Laoire, Gearóid Ó Faoláin.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Gearóid Ó Muirthille; Ciarán Ó Nunáin, Leonard Ó Conchuir, Sean Ó Donnchú: Daire Ó Ceallacháin, Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsigh, Nollaig Ó Laoire: Eoin Ó Coill, Matt Ó Riordáin; Eanna Ó Duinnín, Cian Ó Duinnín, Seamus Ó Tuama: Diarmuid MacTomáis, Aindrias Ó Coinceannain, Donagh Seartan. Subs: Conchuir Ó Loinsigh, Liam Seartan, Colmán Ó Tuama
Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football Championships

U21 A FC Final: Éire Óg 3-12 Ballincollig 1-14
U21 B Football Championship Final replay: Aghabullogue 1 - 11 Canovee 0 – 8
U21 C Football (13 a side) Championship Final: Aghinagh v Iveleary

Junior A Football Championship

The championship first rounds will be played over the coming weeks. As always, these arrangements come with a warning – they may be changed so CHECK locally before travelling to a venue.
Round 1
A Éire Óg v Cill na Martra, Saturday May 18th 6.00 at Coachford
B Kilmurry v Iveleary Saturday May 18th 7.30 pm at Coachford
C Naomh Abán v Canovee, Saturday May 25th 7pm at Kilmichael
D Donoughmore v Inniscarra, Sunday May 26th 7pm in Grenagh
E Clondrohid 0-15 Kilmichael 3-7
F Dripsey v Ballincollig, Saturday May 18th 4pm in Ovens
G Blarney 0-11 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2-10
Aghinagh – a bye
Round 2
Aghinagh v Loser A; Loser B v Loser C; Loser D v Clondrohid; Loser F v Blarney
Round 3 – new draw
Kilmichael 3 – 7 Clondrohid 0 - 15
The Ross Oil Mid Cork junior football championship got off to a fine start at a sunny Inchigeela venue when Kilmichael and Clondrohid served up a very exciting contest, the outcome of which was in doubt to the final whistle. Kilmichael got a drubbing from Aghinagh at this venue in last year’s opening round so their delight in getting this victory under their belt is understandable. They had a young team on duty, as indeed had Clondrohid, and they played with great dash, but in the end it was the outstanding performance of Cork senior Peter Kelleher which was the difference between the teams. Kelleher had the opening goal in the second minute, a score which kept Kilmichael in touch with a dominant Clondrohid up to the interval and late in the game when the sides were level it was the burly full forward who broke the deadlock with a second goal which gave Kilmichael the impetus to carve out a win despite the efforts of never-say-die opponents. The first goal resulted from a perfect lob from the wing by Shane Foley into the Clondrohid goalmouth which Kelleher met with a fist, out jumping his marker and goalkeeper to propel the ball into the net. Kilmichael tried many times subsequently to replicate the move but good defending stymied their every effort and in fact it was Clondrohid who put scores on the board. Points from Darren Dineen and Fergal Kelleher (2) had the sides level by the 6th minute and an exchange of points between Chris O’Connell, from a free, and Fergal Kelleher kept the sides level after the opening quarter. A foul on Peter Kelleher gave O’Connell another point from the subsequent free but Darren Dineen pointed another free at the other end to maintain parity after 22 minutes. The closing stages of the half saw Clondrohid outscore their opponents by four points to one with Cian Creedon, Fergal Kelleher, and Darren Dineen twice on target, a fine point from Peter Kelleher the lone reply for the winners. Clondrohid led by 0-9 to 1-3 at the break, and had earned their advantage with enterprising play and good finish.
The second half had a flurry of scores in the early minutes, young Stephen O’Riordan pointing twice for Clondrohid, Peter Kelleher getting one back for the winners before substitute Danny Twomey, with his first touch, blasted a second goal for Kilmichael to leave his side now only a point in arrears, 0-11 to 2-4. Shane Creed pointed a free to double the Clondrohid advantage, Kilmichael fought back with a brace of points from Chris O’Connell frees to draw level and then with less than ten minutes remaining, Twomey kicked on to Peter Kelleher who had to shake off two defenders and make space to get in a powerful shot from close range which hit the net and gave Kilmichael a 3-6 to 0-12 advantage. Clondrohid redoubled their efforts with great spirit and were rewarded with two points from Darren Dineen but then lost their talented forward to a second yellow card. Chris O’Connell pointed a free to open up a two point gap, Paddy Lynch replied from play but Clondrohid just could not get an equaliser before the full time whistle.
Scorers: Kilmichael: Peter Kelleher 2-2, Chris O’Connell 0-5 (0-3f), Danny Twomey 1-0.
Clondrohid: Darren Dineen 0-6 (0-2f), Fergal Kelleher 0-4, Stephen O’Riordan 0-2, Cian Creedon, Paddy Lynch, Shane Creed 0-1 each.
Kilmichael: Shane Masters; Stephen Kelleher, Conor Cotter, Eoin Murphy: Brendan Cotter, Colin Murphy, Seán Buttimer: Finbarr Dromey, Chris O’Connell: Shane Foley, Cathal Foley, Simon Foley: Barry Kelleher, Peter Kelleher, Micheál Masters. Subs: Ronan Murphy for F Dromey inj 26, Danny Twomey for M Masters 34, Kevin Murphy for B Kelleher 37.
Clondrohid: Seán O’Callaghan; Paddy Lynch, Trevor O’Brien, Fionn Heffernan: John Corkery, Jeremy O’Sullivan, Brian Corcoran: Cian Creedon, Neilus Murphy: Mark Creed, Seán Desmond, Stephen O’Riordan: Shane Creed, Darren Dineen, Fergal Kelleher. Subs: Callum O’Shea for Corkery 40, Cathal Creedon for M Creed 50.
Referee: Liam Barry, Ballincollig.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2 – 10 Blarney 0 – 11
A well balanced Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh team had a little too much footballing craft for Blarney in the Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior football championship opening round game at Kilmurry. After a very evenly contested opening quarter Beál Atha struck two devastating blows in the early stages of the second quarter after which Blarney took remedial measures to counter the threat of Ian Ó Coinceannain and Seán Ó Coill in the Béal Átha full forward line but the damage had been done and Béal Átha were in a strong position at half time when they led by 2-6 to 0-3. Béal Átha had a solid third quarter and held a nine point lead ten minutes from time and although a battling Blarney managed the last four points of the game, they were fighting for their pride at this stage and could not deny the Gaeltacht club’s second fifteen a place in Round Three. Blarney now will have a second and last chance of advancing against the losers of the Ballincollig-Dripsey game in Round Two.
The opening quarter was very even and low scoring. Blarney did well to clear their lines after an early free by Seán Ó Muineacháin caused panic in their goalmouth, opened the scoring with a Seán Crowley point in the 8th minute but then fell behind to two pointed frees from Seán Ó Coill. With the wides tally at 3 each, Béal Átha struck for the first goal in the 17th minute, Ian Ó Coinceannain releasing to an unmarked Seán Ó Coill who blasted home from close range. Blarney replied with another Seán Crowley point but were rocked by a second goal from the Ballingeary men, Ian Ó Coinceannain finding the net from close range in the 22nd minute. Four points in a row for the now rampant Béal Átha followed before Blarney scored a third point from a Ray Murphy free to close the first half scoring with Béal Átha leading by 2-6 to 0-3.
The Béal Átha defence was able to counter the threat of the Blarney attack but the men from the predominantly hurling club did not lack for spirit and after Seán Ó Muineacháin pointed a free for the winners, Blarney hit over four points in a row to make the score 2-7 to 0-7 at the three quarter stage. Béal Átha hit back with points from Ian Ó Coinceannain and two from Seán Ó Muineacháin frees and the eventual outcome was now beyond doubt. In the final ten minutes Ray Murphy, from two frees, Conor Foley and Patrick Crowley had scores for Blarney to reduce the margin to five points and give the losers hope of yet progressing through the back door.
Scorers: Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Seán Ó Coill 1-3 (0-3f), Ian Ó Coinceannain 1-1, Seán Ó Muineacháin 0-4 (fs), Darren Ó Duinnín and Liam Ó Coinceannain 0-1 each. Blarney: Ray Murphy 0-4 (0-2f), Seán Crowley 0-3, Patrick Crowley 0-3 (0-1f), Conor Foley 0-1.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Muiris Ó Conchuir; Enda Ó Luasa, Micheál Ó Tuama, Shane Ó Duinnín: Liam Ó Críodáin, Gearóid Ó Creimín, Sean Ó Muineacháin: Dara Seartan, Liam Ó Coinceannain: Barra Ó Coinceannain, Liam Seartan, Darren Ó Duinnín; Seán Ó Coill, Ian Ó Coinceannain, Seán Ó Duinnín. Sub: Gearóid MacCarthaigh for S Ó Coill.
Blarney: David O’Sullivan: Vince O’Mahony, Eoin Mullane, Brendan Hallihan: Ray O’Donovan, Mark O’Leary, Stephen Mullane: Peter Philpott, Joe Jordan: Ray Murphy, Keith Costelloe, Alan McEvoy: John Daniel Good, Seán Crowley, Mark Cremin. Subs: Paul O’Leary for E Mullane, Patrick Crowley for B Hallihan, James Walsh for R O’Donovan, Conor Foley for S Crowley.
Referee: Mr Pat O’Leary, Kilmurry.

Junior B Football Championship

Round 1
A Grenagh v Inniscarra
B Kilmurry v Ballinora
Quarter finals
1 Canovee v Iveleary
2 Winner of A v Aghabullogue; 3 Winner of B v Aghinagh; 4 Ballincollig v Macroom
Semi Finals; 1 v 2, 3 v 4

Junior C Football Championship

Quarter Finals;
A Kilmichael v Dripsey; B Ballincollig v Éire Óg; C Gleann na Laoi v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh; D Blarney – a bye
Semi Finals: Winner of A v Winner of B, Winner of C v Blarney

Junior A Hurling Championship

Round 1
A Donoughmore v Éire Óg
B Ballinora 0-17 Inniscarra 0-19
C Iveleary v Cloughduv
D Ballincollig v Blarney
Kilmichael – a bye
Round 2
Kilmichael v Loser A; Loser B v Loser C; Loser D a bye BUT v Kilmichael if KM lose earlier
Inniscarra 0 – 19 Ballinora 0 – 17
This year’s MJK Oils Mid Cork junior hurling championship will not have Cloughduv as raging favourites, the 2018 county champions now up in intermediate grade, and the championship could be very competitive. Last season’s finalists Ballinora, and Inniscarra’s second choice squad who had been performing at intermediate level for the past number of years opened the season at Ballincollig and after a very close fought encounter the outcome was not decided until the time added on period. Inniscarra won a side-line ball, 60 metres from the Ballinora goal and Pádraig O’Donoghue’s effort was perfect and the sliotar sailed between the uprights. Inniscarra gained possession from the puck out and Dan O’Connell raised a white flag to assure his side of victory after an interesting rather than brilliant contest riddled with frees resulting from clumsy tackling.
Inniscarra’s free taker Aidan O’Mahony’s accuracy from long range frees helped ‘Scarra to a 0-11 to 0-8 in terval lead. Ballinora produced a good period following the resumption and their hopes got a boost when Howard and Darragh Holmes (2) pointed. Only the minimum separated the sides as the game entered the final quarter and the two sides traded score for score. David Howard regained the lead for Ballinora in the 53rd minute but Aidan O’Mahony confidently sent the sliotar between the uprights to again tie the scores. In the final minutes Inniscarra’s two points settled the issue.
Scorers: Inniscarra: Aidan O’Mahony (0-12 frees), Ardal O’Connell (0-1 free), Dave O’Carroll, Cillian McCarthy, Mark Nagel, James Murphy, Pádraig O’Donoghue (side-line) and Dan O Connell (0-1 each). Ballinora: David Howard (0-11 frees), Darragh Holmes (0-2), Michael Lordan (0-2), James Keohane and Kevin Murphy (0-1 each).
Inniscarra: D Óg Coleman: M O’Mahony, J O’Brien, J O’Sullivan: D O’Callaghan, D O’Carroll, E Kavanagh: A O’Mahony, P O’Donoghue: J Murphy, M Nagle, Dan O’Connell: Ardal O’Connell, Cillian McCarthy, C Rice. Subs: T Murphy, T Buckley, J Roche.
Ballinora: B Crowley: B Rigley, B Hourihan, P Dineen: K Greally, C Brosnan, P Cronin: M Lordan, D Holmes: D Howard, A O Shea, K Murphy: P Fitton, M Murphy, J Keohane. Subs: B Murphy, D Dineen.
Ref: Mr Brendan Barry Murphy, Aghabullogue

Junior B Hurling Championship

Round 1
A Gleann na Laoi v Éire Óg
Quarter Finals
1 Grenagh v Laochra Óg
2 Winner of A v Inniscarra
3 Aghabullogue v Ballincollig
4 Blarney v Ballinora
Semi Finals: 1 v 2: 3 v 4

Muskerry Cup Football

A Donoughmore v Kilmichael
B Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Blarney
Quarter Finals;
Winners A v winners B; Clondrohid v Dripsey; Aghinagh v Éire Óg; Cill na Martra v Naomh Abán

County Football Leagues

Division One - 11 teams - On Top: St Finbarr’s Played 8 - 34 points; Cill na Martra P 6 - 22pts; Ballincollig P 6 - 20pts; Béal Á Ghaorthaidh P 7 - 7pts.
Division Two - 11 teams - On top: Castlehaven and Fermoy each P6 - 26pts; Macroom P6 - 14 pts; Éire Óg P4 - 12pts; Aghabullogue P5 - 7pts
Division Three - 11 teams - On top: Aghada P 5 - 25 points; Naomh Abán P 6 - 16
Division Four - 11 teams - On top: Castletownbere P7 – 31 Points; Grenagh P 4 - 10pts
Division Five – 9 teams - On top: Millstreet P6 - 22pts; Ballinora P5 - 15

County Hurling Leagues

Div 1 and Div 2 – no Muskerry team
Division 3 – 10 teams - On top: Inniscarra P6 - 24pts; Ballincollig P7 - 19 points; Blarney P6 - 18 points;
Div 4 - 11 teams - On top: Blackrock P6 - 30 pts; Éire Óg P4 - 16pts; Aghabullogue P5 - 9 pts
Div 5 - 11 teams - On top: Ballygarvan P 7 - 31 points; Cloughduv P7 - 27 pts; Dripsey P5 - 12pts; Grenagh P7 - 11pts

Munster Senior Hurling Championship

Cork 1-24 Tipperary 2-28
A Tipperary team featuring five men who won a senior All-Ireland in 2010 and two more who an U-21 All-Ireland the same year gave an absolute exhibition of hurling against Cork in glorious sunshine Pairc Ui Chaoimh before over 30,000 spectators. Cork were extremely disappointing, lacking a good first touch and worse, stomach for battle. Patrick Horgan was the lone bright light in the Cork attack . Whether Cork will have the spirit to challenge Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds is now the big question and can they improve their speed and on skill to the required level for Munster championship.
The much discussed playing surface at Páirc Ui Chaoimh was in excellent condition but unfortunately only Tipperary benefitted on this occasion.
CORK: Anthony Nash; Seán O’Donoghue (Inniscarra), Eoin Cadogan, Niall O’Leary; Christopher Joyce, Tim O’Mahony, Mark Coleman (Blarney); Darragh Fitzgibbon, Luke Meade; Daniel Kearney, Seamus Harnedy, Robbie O’Flynn; Conor Lehane, Pat Horgan, Shane Kingston. Subs: Damien Cahalane for Christopher Joyce (45), Aidan Walsh for Robbie O’Flynn (60), Declan Dalton for Daniel Kearney (65), Jack O’Connor for Shane Kingston (70)
Next up: Limerick v Cork at Páirc na nGael, Sunday May 19th, 4 pm.

Kilmurry GAA

There was great excitement for both teachers and pupils in Kilmurry and Cloughduv National School when Kilmurry GAA officers arrived with a large amount of new sports equipment to the value of €1,200 for the schools. Kilmurry G.A.A. Club presented the new equipment to Kathleen Creedon, Principal Kilmurry NS and Sylvia Linehan, Principal Cloughduv NS, by way of supporting their continued promotion of Gaelic Games and all sporting activities within the schools. We approached the schools to see what sports gear they needed and once the list was compiled, we were delighted to present them with the equipment required. A special mention for our club member, Kieran Bracken of Elverys Sports, who helped us to source all of the equipment. #molanóige #futurestarsinthemaking

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Macroom G.A.A. Club Easter camp footballers. ©Con Kelleher

Macroom GAA

u6s played four matches in Bishopstown, lasting ten minutes each. They then enjoyed some tug-o-war. The u6s next play Canovee in Carrigadrohid on Sunday 19th May. Squad: Nathan Myler, Eoghan Kelly, Sam Purcell, Fionn McKenna, Ardan O'Riordan, Luke Murphy, Cathal Kelleher, Liam O'Callaghan, Liam Bourke, Matthew Murphy, Odhran McCarthy.
u7s played in a Blitz in Páirc Ui Chaoimh against Nemo Rangers, St. Michaels and Mitchelstown. This week training continues. Squad: Noah Kelleher, Odhran O'Regan, William Bland, Luke Guider, Tieran Harrington, Oisin Harrington, Cian Kelleher, Jack Ryan, Ciaran O'Sullivan, Tom Minihane, Adam Creedon. The Mentors involved were Dermot Creedon, Brendan O'Regan, John Minihane and Donie Angland.
Minor footballers played Ballygarvan in the league and lost out on a scoreline of 5-10 to 3-8. They were short a number of players due to exams and injuries. Team: Reece Lee, Darragh Kiernan, James Galvin, Darren Quinn, Mark Hunt, David Hunt, Jack Sexton, Jack O'Riordan, Shane Meaney, Robert Donovan, Bradley O'Shea, Ben O'Connell, Kieran Doody, Dylan Towmey, Dylan Faller, Martín de Sosa.
Junior Bs played Canovee in the Mid Cork Junior B league and lost a tight game 2-8 to 1-10 in what was a good sporting encounter played on the exceptionally good surface in the Castle Grounds. Team Team: Tom Creedon, Jack Kelleher, Martin O'Donnell, John Angland , Alan O'Farrell, Olan O'Mahony, Mark O'Callaghan , David Cotter (capt), Jack Cronin, Dan O'Riordan, Eolan O'Leary, Darren Creed, Don Creedon, Conor Hurley, Olan Murphy. Subs introduced Declan Kiely, Jack O'Donovan, Conor McKirgan.
Golf Classic: takes place on Friday 31st May. It's a fantastic day out and and a team of three golfers gets a round of golf and a meal in the beautiful Macroom Golf Club for €200. Sponsor tee boxes for €50 . Please contact for timesheet : Don Buckley, Paddy Murphy, Tom O'Sullivan, John O'Mahoney, Denis Buckley, PC Crowley, Colm Cronin, Kevin Hinchion.
Cúl Camps Registration is now is now open for the Macroom GAA Cúl Camp which takes place this July. Go to https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/ for further details and registration.
Cork Minor Footballers: Best of luck to our own club man Bobby O'Dwyer as he manages the Cork Minor footballers this Wednesday May 15th against Clare in Cusack Park Ennis at 7pm.
Strictly Come Dancing: As noted on one of the previous updates Macroom GAA is going to be holding a Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser later this year. If you are interested in getting involved in any capacity whatsoever then please contact chairman Joe Carroll or secretary John Ryan

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Macroom B soccer team receiving training tops jointly sponsored by Matty O' Leary Electrical and GG's Gin Bar, Clonakilty. ©

Macroom AFC

By Darragh Deasy
Macroom B completed their league season with 2 excellent home victories. Completely dominant throughout, Macroom recorded a 10-1 win over bottom of the league side Ballinhassig with Jack O' Donovan scoring 4 goals. John James Healy helped himself to 2 and James O' Connor, Owen McSwiney, Mike Hourihan and an own goal made up the remainder. The final league game saw Millstreet based side Los Zarcos visit the Town Park and Macroom secured the points with a 2-1 victory. James O' Connor and Mike Hourihan scored and there were fine outings from Mark Meaney, Darren Cullinane, Damien Hoare, keeper Declan Kiely and Chris Brown. Macroom B finished a creditable 4th in division 3A. Many new faces have emerged and manager Matty O' Leary along with assistant Gordon O' Sullivan can be well pleased with a very promising season.
Macroom A travelled to Buttevant, winning 2-0 which moves them into 2nd place in the Premier A league standings. Andrew Hegarty was the man in form scoring in each half. Best for Macroom we’re Ian Winters, Szymon Sanetra and Mark Corrigan. Macroom currently occupy the promotion position but Waterloo trail them by 3 points and have one game remaining v Buttevant. A win for Waterloo would set up a playoff for promotion. Any other result would see Macroom return to the Premier league.
Underage Round Up. Macroom FC U11A travelled away to Coachford, fielded 3 teams and played some fantastic football. The U15 A team finished their season with a home draw v Buttevant and a big 9-0 away win over Churchvilla. The U12A side took on Avondale Utd in the Albert Conboye cup and emerged victorious on a superb 3-0 scoreline. Also in the Conboye cup, the U12s had a smashing 7-0 away win against Carrigtwohill Utd. There were also further U12 league wins over Crosshaven (2-1) and Springfield Ramblers (5-2). In U11A Macroom played their first ever competitive fixture away to Carrigaline Utd. The squad including Gearoid Quinn, Michel Pilat, Kieran O' Dwyer and Jack O'Shea. Another of our U11 teams was also making a competitive debut, away to Corinthian Boys. Goals were scored by Jack Leavy and Cathal Neville with Thomas Hopkins, Kyle Cronin, Billy Murphy and Christopher Lane all performing strongly. The U15 girls had 16 players in attendance for an away game v Douglas Hall, the only goal scored by the home side. The U13 girls lost out 5-2 to Park Utd. Macroom had five girls representing the Cork Schoolgirls league. Playing against teams from Dublin, Tipperary, Limerick, Wexford and Kerry, this was a fabulous experience. Well done to Lily Desmond, Oliwia Wozniak, Maisie Murphy, Saorlaith Murphy and Rachel Murphy.
Youths. The Youths finished off their season with a fine 4-1 win over Killeen Celtic. Dylan Twomey with 2 goals and 1 each for Oisin Shovlin and Pawel Osnowski in yet another fine squad performance. Macroom lost out on promotion by 1 point, losing only twice in 22 league games. They had a big night out in Turner’s Cross, losing out on penalties after an epic final. An excellent season for this team and it is hoped that many will now graduate to our 2 adult teams.
Awards Night. Our annual awards night for Adult and Youth (U18) teams will take place on Saturday May 18th at Murray's Bar, commencing at 8pm. All are welcome to attend this event which celebrates the excellent effort and commitment shown throughout the season by all of these teams.

Interested in Handball or Racquetball?

Macroom Handball and Racquetball Club (MHRC), based in the Leisure Centre, Macroom, is on the lookout for anyone interested in playing or learning either sport. Whether you are a returning player or a complete novice help is on hand from experienced MHRC members who cantake you through the basic rules, moves and techniques. Both Handball and Racquetball are relatively easy to learn, great fun to play and can improve balance and coordination, while also giving you a whole body workout. Racquets, balls and goggles are available at the centre so all you need bring is suitable clothing and footware.
If you are interested in a taster session of Handball or Racquetball please contact the number below and we can make arrangements. If you would like to join the club as a member fees are just €30 per year for adults and €10 for juniors. The only additional charge is for the lights at €1 per 20 minutes.
Contact: John on 086 817 5859.

Macroom Golf Club
Results: Munster Seniors Cat A Leo Goold(9) 43pts Cat B Alan Townend(19) 39pts Cat C Bertie Crowley(23) COBH 33pts
Mc Guirk’s Open 1st Barra Concannon(6) 38pts 2nd Damien O'Mahony(23) 38pts
TM Cronin Cup 1st Dean Brosnan(17) 39pts 2nd Stephen Duggan(17) 39pts 3rd Tom Daly(16) 38pts BG Padraig O'Connor(0) 32pts Senior Jimmy Lynch(18) 37pts.

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt Club

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt is currently celebrating its 40th year in existence - a great credit to the men and women who had the foresight all those years ago to design a great pitch and putt course in Kilmichael, and to all those people who have worked hard to keep it to the standard it is today. It sits in the heart of the Gearagh, a famous part of the Lee Valley region. We hope to have a very successful celebratory year, so keep an eye out for open days for family and friends. Green Fees available at the club and new members are always welcome. Other clubs are also welcome for fun days out or to try out a new skill.
The club strokeplay was held on April 28th. Results were: 1st Nett. Dan Kiely. 1st.Gross Jim O Callaghan, 2nd. Nett Dan Cronin, 2nd Gross Kevin O Donovan.