Lee Valley Outlook v16e15 July 25 2019

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River Island, Inchigeela ©Pat Dromey

Lee Valley Diary

Daniel Corkery Summer School: continues at Creedon’s Hotel, Inchigeela, July 25, 26
Summer Concert at Griffins Garden Centre Fri July 26, 7.45 pm.
Ballincollig Vintage Club 2-day Show July 27, 28 at Castle West Shopping Centre, 12 noon daily.
Coffee Morning on Sun. July 28 at 10:30am in Kilmurry Museum in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland.
Macroom FC A.G.M. Fri. Aug 2nd at Murrayfield @ 8pm.
Mushera Platform dance Sun., Aug. 4th, 3 - 5.30 pm. Music by the Singing Jarvey.
Bridge morning in the Abbey Hotel, Baile Mhúirne Wed 7th Aug @ 10.15
Gearagh 5K Fun Walk/Run Fri. 9th Aug. from Kilmichael GAA Grounds 7.30 pm
Comedian Bernard Casey in Crookstown Hall at 8.30 p.m.Sat. Aug. 10th
Crookstown Vintage Day 11th Aug from 1.30 p.m.
Ballinagree Vintage & Family fun day, Sun. Aug.18.
Art Exhibition Work by students of Creative Gems Art Studio, Town Hall Gallery, Aug. 1-24.
Macroom Senior Citizens August Activities in Fr. Ryan Hall
Coffee Morning: Fri. Aug. 2nd @ 10.30am
Bring & Buy: Fri. 16th @ 7.30 pm
Annual Raffle: Fri.16th @ 9.00 pm.
Afternoon Tea Dance: Wed. 21st 3pm.Music by The Rambler. Admission: €5
Bingo: Every Thurs. @ 8.30 pm.
Line Dancing: Every Fri. @ 2 pm
Chiropody: Every 2nd Thurs. Ring for appointment 026 41698
Bridge: Every Thurs. @ 10 am.
Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne
Tuesday (weekly) Knitting & Craft Group 11 am
Am Oscailte / Opening Hours:
Dé Máirt (Tue) : 10.00 am - 6.00 pm (Dúnta / Closed 1.00 - 2.00 pm)
Deardaoin (Thur) : 2.00 pm - 7.00 pm
Dé hAoine (Fri) : 10.00 am - 6.00 pm (Dúnta / Closed 1.00 - 2.00 pm)
Dé Sathairn (Sat): 10.00 am - 1.00 pm
We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. in this fortnightly Diary. We may include commercial events that are also being advertised simultaneously in the magazine. Please email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026 41891 or post to Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. Remember you can access back issues of the Lee Valley Outlook at www.macroom.ie

Macroom Updates

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Household items from times past on sale at Free Market in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

‘Free Market’ in Macroom

Three students from Cork Centre of Architecture Education exhibited models and explained plans for their ideal revitalisation of areas in Macroom town centre during the recent Free Market exhibition. One student chose St. Colman’s Church of Ireland, Castle Street and adjoining lanes for his dream development of a concert venue leading to off street, after theatre restaurants/ bars. Another planned for the development of apartment buildings in the green area behind the Mall in Sleaveen and the third dream was the restoration of the upper floors of business premises as living quarters for the owners or the development of flats to let.
The students were ideally planning for a population explosion in Macroom when/if the bypass becomes a reality. They argued that young, highly educated graduates might live and work in a Macroom that facilitated on line businesses through the provision of a business hub with world class broadband and technological infrastructure. This would make commuting with Cork, Mahon, Little Island etc. unnecessary. While the students didn’t take potential problems into consideration, the concept opened our minds to what might be possible if we wish to bring life back to the town core.

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Members of Macroom Tidy Towns and Birdwatch Ireland in search for swifts at Fitzgerald St., Macroom ©John Lyons

Swiftwatch in Macroom

Members of Macroom Tidy Towns joined with members of Birdwatch Ireland recently in a search for swifts and to identify where they might be residing. It was a most interesting talk and walkabout, beginning inside the Castle Gates, and ending up in Goldens for a chat and shelter from the rain. Paul Hadland from the West Cork Branch explained about the birds, their decline in numbers and the reasons for this, with loss of nesting sites being a primary one. As the group assemled, a swift was seen to nest in the apex of the nearby AIB building. There are no visible nests as these enter small holes under roofs generally. Then on to the De La Salle schoolyard and again, there are swifts in residence here. From there the audience proceeded to Fitzgerald Street where groups of swifts were to be seen flying about over the old Bus Éireann Buildings where again they are nesting.
Macroom Tidy Towns are currently engaged with IRD Duhallow in a European Project to erect a Swift Tower with 28 nesting sites and have got approval from Macroom Marts for the tower to be erected on their property. Work has commenced on this and further information will follow.

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Vera O’Riordan of MacEgan Rangers on a recent voyage on a Tall Ship ©

Macroom Guides
Vera O’Riordan of MacEgan Rangers, Macroom was selected to take part in the Tall Ships voyage representing the Irish Girl Guides (IGG) along with Helen Moriarty, a Guide Leader from Bandon. Both agree that the Tall Ships voyage was one of the most exciting events they have ever been involved with through IGG and loved meeting young people from other youth organizations such as Youth Reach, Sea Scouts and youth organisations based in Liverpool. On the voyage, there were 20 young people between the ages of 18 and 30 and a crew of 20 volunteers and crew members, including a chef. Each bunk had six beds in it and everyone ate together in the main rest area called the 'mess'.
During the day everyone helped out on deck, adjusting the sails by climbing the masts with harnesses (scary, but amazing!), monitoring the direction and steering the ship. Vera and the others were organised into groups called Watches, which were rotated for monitoring the ship through the night. It was really exciting sailing at 2am in the morning! On day 3, they had a break and spent the day on the Isle of Man. It was fab, chilling out on the beach and relaxing in the local bar while the ship was docked nearby. By day 5, they reached Liverpool and had become close friends with both the participants and the crew members. The Tall Ship requires an open mind and a willingness to get stuck into work, just like any Girl Guide would at camp. A lot of the rotas and work ethic from Guide camp translates really well to getting the full benefit of the Tall Ship’s Voyage, so a love of camping will ensure that one will enjoy the busyness of sailing on a Tall Ship for sure! Do remember to pack sea sickness tablets and something for nausea - very handy on the first day when setting sail!
The young participants have kept in touch since the trip ended and have planned a reunion, scuba diving in Dublin. Irish Girl Guides offer a number of its members the chance to avail of a Tall Ships Voyage each year. Vera is the fourth member of MacEgan Rangers to have had this opportunity.

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Muriel Shops Local – a fascinating mural in the Council Car Park at Railway View, Macroom ©Ted Hallahan

Fundraising Week for Senior Citizens

The annual fundraiser will run in the Fr. Ryan Hall, Macroom during the month of August. Events include:
Coffee Morning – Friday, August 2nd @ 10.30am
Bring & Buy: - Friday 16th @ 7.30 pm, followed by the Annual Raffle @ 9.00 pm.
Afternoon Tea Dance: - Wednesday 21st at 3pm. Music by The Rambler. Admission: €5
Bingo: Every Thursday @ 8.30 pm.
Line Dancing: - Every Friday @ 2 pm
Chiropody: - Every 2nd Thursday. Ring for appointment 026 41698
Bridge: Every Thursday @ 10 am in the Fr. Ryan hall.

Macroom Flower Club

 Macroom Flower & Garden Club Annual Outing took place June 29th, visiting gardens in the Waterford region. The first stop was to a waterfront, period house, set on beautiful, well- tended gardens overlooking the Blackwater estuary. On arrival, we were greeted by the owners. Morning coffee was enjoyed indoors as light rain had dampened the occasion to sit outdoors. Following refreshments, we were invited to view the garden, full of Summer colour in the morning sunshine. Members enjoyed a leisurely stroll, good gardening advice and departed with some plant slips which we hope to see flourish in our gardens next year. The lunchtime stop was at Mount Congreve Estate & Gardens at Kilmeaden. The private guided tour was booked for 1.30p.m., allowing time for a relaxing light lunch at The Dairy café, served by pleasant staff. The plant sales area was visited and purchases made. The 4 acre walled garden was full of colour as we proceeded on our tour of this amazing garden. The final stop was in Waterford city for evening Dinner, which completed a fabulous day. All arrived safely back to Macroom, our thanks to McCarthy Coaches and to the bus driver who was most attentive and made sure all our purchases of plants reached Macroom intact.
The next Club meeting at Coolcower House is on Thursday, September 12th for a Floral Demonstration with Helen Cusack AOIFA. National Flower Festival entitled “Splendour in Flowers & Stone will take place, 27th to 29th September at St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh.

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Ardilaun Brownies at a recent camping trip in Kilbrittain. ©Zoe Dinneen

Macroom Library

Summer Opening Hours – just a reminder that we close at the earlier time of 5.30pm on Tuesdays throughout the summer. Our regular late Tuesday closing time will resume on Sep 3rd.
Pride – we’re proud to be celebrating Cork LGBT+ Pride Week in Macroom Library which runs from July 28th – August 4th. In preparation for this, we’ve put all of our LGBT+ stock on one stand so it’s much easier to find. Please feel free to take a browse and pick up one of the free LGBT+ magazines on display too.
Purlies Knitting Group – woolly jumpers may be the last thing on anybody’s mind in this recent lovely weather, but that won’t stop the Purlies Knitting Group from their great work, and they’ll be meeting again on August 1st at 11.30am.
Closure – the library will be closed on Saturday August 3rd due to it being the Bank Holiday Weekend. You can renew your books by popping into the library at any time before then, over the phone at 026-42483, or online at https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services
Children’s Arts & Crafts – we’ll be running three arts & crafts workshops for kids during the month of August with Samantha Morton. Each session will begin with some storytelling based on a popular kid’s book, and then this will be followed by an activity based on the story itself! August 6th – Painted Sun-catchers, August 13th – Mindfulness Colouring Craft, August 20th – Painted Fairy Money. Each workshop runs from 10.30am until 12pm and is suitable for children aged 6-12 years old. Places are already filling up fast so make sure to book a place by visiting us at the desk or by calling 026-42483.
Local Artists – anyone wishing to display their painting/drawing collection in the library, please enquire at 026-42483.


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Snippets may include details of upcoming Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. We may include commercial events that are also being advertised simultaneously in the magazine.
Briery Gap Update. Our local councillors, elected members of Macroom Municipal District, Cork County Council will meet in Macroom Council Chambers on Friday, July 26 and receive an update on the proposed restoration of the Briery Gap Cultural Centre from Mary O’Brien, Executive Architect. Update in next Lee Valley Outlook.
Daniel Corkery Summer School. The annual Summer School is in full swing at Creedon’s Hotel, Inchigeela. On Thursday, July 25, a lecture on The Wild Geese over the Somme will be presented by John Oxford and Douglas Gill at 9p.m. Friday, the final day of the Summer School, will include a Char-a-Banc Tour with Michael Galvin at 12 noon; Mass and Choral Performance at 8p.m., followed by a lecture entitled Reverse Arms by Julian Putkowski at 9p.m.
Inniscarra Historical Society presents a Summer Concert at Griffins Garden Centre on Friday, July 26, starting at 7.45 pm. It will include performances by High Hope Choir and much local talent. Admission by ticket only. Tickets available at Griffins Garden Centre, Coachford Post Office, Ted Cronin’s Shop Macroom, Cloghroe Shops, Dan Donovan’s Shop Ballyshonin and O’Donovan’s Shop, Firmount. Proceeds to be shared with Cork Penny Dinners.
Ballincollig Vintage Club 2-day Show July 27, 28 at Castle West Shopping Centre from 12 noon daily. Proceeds to Westgate Foundation Social Services.
Coffee Morning on Sunday the 28th of July at 10:30am in the Heritage Room in Kilmurry Museum in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. Hosted by Denise Murphy who is doing the Tour de Munster Cycle in August which involves cycling 600km over 4 days around Munster. All proceeds go directly to Down Syndrome Ireland. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
Macroom FC Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday Aug 2nd. The venue is the clubhouse at Murrayfield @ 8pm. All are welcome to attend
Mushera Platform dance on Sunday, August 4th, 3 to 5.30 pm. Music by the Singing Jarvey.
Bridge morning in the Abbey Hotel Baile Mhúirne on Wednesday 7th August @ 10.15
Gearagh 5K Fun Walk/Run on Friday, 9th August commencing at Kilmichael GAA Grounds, Annalala at 7.30 pm. Registration from 6.15 pm onwards. €10 per person or €20 for family.
Croosktown Vintage Club annual vintage day 11th August with official opening by Dr.. Jason van der Velde at 1.30 p.m. On Saturday, 10th August, Comedian Bernard Casey in Crookstown Hall at 8.30 p.m.
Ballinagree Vintage & Family fun day, Sunday, August 18. All Vintage and classic vehicles welcome. Proceeds to St Colman’s House, Macroom and to Macroom Community Hospital and local charities. Enquiries to 086 0647381.
Macroom Flower and Garden Club meeting at Coolcower House, Thursday, September 12th. Floral Demonstration with Helen Cusack AOIFA.
Camogie Stars of the Future. Aghabullogue U11 team played Fr O’Neill’s at half time during the Cork v Meath Senior Camogie match. It was wonderful to see Aghabullogue’s own Cliona Healy and Ciara McCarthy starting for Cork Seniors. Congratulations to Sarah Byrne, a ref for the Go-Games and a big thank you to trainers, Avril, Flor and John, for all their hard work and dedication. Congratulations to Cork Camogie team on a fantastic victory.
Presentation. A cheque for €4,724.45 was presented to John Cahill of The Mercy Hospital Foundation recently at a gathering in Shorten’s Bar, Ballingeary. Those who took part in the Head shave would like to say Míle Buíochas to all who supported them and helped in any way.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto July 14. Jackpot €2,650. Numbers drawn 24, 31 and 38 No winner. €50 Alan and Bill O'Sullivan, Knockrour, Coachford. €20 each Alice and Eamonn Looney, Annagannihy, Tim O Leary, Dromduve, Liam Cotter,Doneens and Norma Cotter, Doneens.
July 21. Jackpot €2,800. Numbers 13, 21 and 33. . No winner. €50 John Lyons, Scrahanard. €20 each Noel & Kathy Hinchion, Mashanaglas; Stephen Murphy, Coachford; Conor & Mary McCarthy, Castleview; John & Kay Lynch, Knockrour.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto July 10. €70 Ted Kelleher, Gurrane. €20 each: Sean O’Callaghan The Village, Barry O’Regan Coachford, William Neville Dromree, Siobhan and Declan Walsh Clashmaguire.
July 17. Jackpot €1,400. €70 Maureen Hurley Dunmanway €20 each: Francis Moynihan Sally Gardens, Alan Mc Carthy Bealnamorrive, Kate Lyons Scrahanard..
Donoughmore G.A.A. Lotto July 9th Jackpot €2100: Winning Numbers: 3 7 28 Jackpot Winner: No Winner LuckyDip Winners: 1. Sean O’Shea 2. Jimmy Buckley 3. Ted Murphy 4. Maurice Honohan 5. Michael + Louise O’Callaghan
Kilmichael G.A.A Lotto 15th July– Jackpot €4,000; Numbers: 31-11-19-30; No Winner. €50 Christy O’Leary, Cooldorrihy €25 each Roisin, Tommy & Seán Carroll, Shanacashel; Ryan Scalan, c/o Seamas O’Leary; Joan O’Neill, c/o Dromeys.
22nd July– Jackpot €4,150; Numbers: 5-6-8-32; No Winner. €50 Shane Creedon, c/o Jerry Masters €25 each Thomas Coakley, Coppeen; Pat O’Shea, Dromkeen, Toames; Nuala Halpin, Dalkey, Co. Dublin.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 9/07/2019. Jackpot €3400. Numbers 6-8-32. No Winner - €70. Tadgh Ó Laoire, Ardilaun, Codrum. €20 each: Margaret Buckley, Kilnagurteen, Michael Mungovan, Middle Square, Joe Buckley, Peake, Coachford. Kate Murray, C/O Murray's Bar. John Kenny, Railway View.
16/07/2019. Jackpot - €3600 Numbers drawn: 1-30-32. €70. John Kenny, Railway View. €20 each: Paddy O' Connor, Knockagree. Kate Murray, C/O Murray;s Bar. Ella & Liah Goold, Gurteenroe, Mary Hayes, Enniskeane,. Bernard Crowley, C/O Murray's Bar.
Macroom A.F.C. Lotto 15/07/19. Jackpot €4,000. Numbers drawn: 16, 22, 25. No Winner. €80: Kay Healy c/o Hound. €20 each: Joe Cunningham c/o Danny, Martina Foley c/o Hound, Margaret Kelly c/o Evelyn, Fionnuala Salib c/o June.
22/07/19. Jackpot €4,200. Numbers drawn: 18, 27, 34. No Winner. €80: John O' Driscoll c/o Swanky. €20 each: Denis Noonan c/o Noel, Sarah Daniell c/o Breda, Dawn Murphy c/o Hound, Denis Kelly c/o Evelyn.
Rylane CPA Lotto: 8/7/2019 Jackpot €3,700. Numbers drawn: 5 - 31 - 32. No Winner. €20: Linda O'Sullivan (Rylane); Denny Lyons (Donoughmore); Caseys (Carraghawaddra). Seller's Prize €20: Johnny O'Sullivan.
15/7/2019 Jackpot €3,800. Numbers drawn: 6 - 24 - 36. No Winner. €20: Vicky Hurley (Rylane), Mary Murphy (Nadd), Seán Buckley (Rylane East). Seller's Prize €20:Johnny O'Sullivan.
Coachford AFC Lotto: 15/7/2019. Jackpot: €4,400. Numbers Drawn: 5 – 14 – 21. Winner: Jillian Lawlor. €40 Peter O’Riordan. €20 Eileen Buckley, Maud Cotter, Sheila O’Riordan, Barry Murphy.
22/7/2019. Jackpot: €1,000. Numbers Drawn: 13 – 15 – 26. No Winner. €40 Lisa Bergin. €20 Emma Casey, John Hogan, Jerh. O’Sullivan (Online Ticket), Steve & Helen.

Lee Valley Updates

Crookstown Vintage Weekend August 10 – 11

This fun filled two day event will bring fun and games and draw vintage machinery from all over the south of Ireland on Saturday, August 10 and again on Sunday, 11. Saturday’s events will commence with a four mile tester for High Nellie Bicyles from the Cornerstone to Cliffords at 4.30p.m. The Bernard Casey Show in Crookstown Hall at 8.30p.m. is completely Sold Out, news to gladden the hearts of the organisers. On Sunday, Jason van der Welde will perform the official opening of the Annual Vintage Day at 1.30p.m. and events in the field during the afternoon will include competitions for Best Young and Old Ladies and Gents; Children’s Sports; a dog show, tractor barrel racing, flower arranging demonstration, baby show, threshing, butter making, vintage display of cars, tractors, bicylcles, all accompanied by music with Peter Lane.

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Luceys Galore at the final Liz Lucey Memorial Run in Inchigeela ©Lee Valley Outlook

 Final Liz Lucey Run

This year, we celebrated the 10th Annual Liz Lucey Memorial Run in Inchigeela on July 14th. It began 10 years ago when unfortunately, Liz Lucey, a 31 year old Inchigeela girl, passed away from ovarian cancer. A group of Liz's friends decided to run an event in her name in the Mills Inn in Ballyvourney. Owing to its success, it was then brought to Liz's homeplace, Inchigeela, where it continued for a further 9 years and raising in excess of €140,000. Each year people came from far and wide to support this great cause. Marymount Hospice provided great help and support to the Lucey family in their time of need. Similarly, Marymount helps many people in the local area and this contributes hugely to the fundraiser’s success on a yearly basis. This year, after first count, a massive €16,000 has been raised. However, the final figure will be announced at our upcoming presentation night (date to be confirmed).
This event would not have been possible without the kind sponsorship of many businesses both locally and nationally. Year on year, they kindly came on board to provide food, advertising, hall decorations and raffle prizes, which helped keep running costs to a minimum. Similarly, the effort of the volunteers who helped out on the day to sell raffle tickets, serve tea, provide catering and the stewards, ensure the smooth running of the event each year. Many of these helpers were there from early morning till late evening and without them, the event couldn't run as efficiently as it did. Local organisations such as the GAA, Valley Wheelers and Inchigeela Hall provided invaluable support to the running of the event.
The Liz Lucey fundraiser included a variety of activities, including a tractor run, vintage cars, walking and cycling. Over the years, we have had a mix of old and new vehicles, which added variety and interest to the day’s events. In 2019, we had 60 cars and 90 tractors, a phenomenal entry. Furthermore, our cycle this year was the biggest ever, with 72 cyclists taking part. The walk, an ever popular event, had in excess of 160 participants this year, which ensured the roads of Inchigeela were bustling.
The Liz Lucey Memorial has really become a community affair and is one that has brought the parish of Uíbh Laoire together. It embodies community spirit and promotes the strengthening of bonds between different organisations. Having fun and craic is what it promoted and it offered a chance for neighbours to meet up and have the cuppa and a chat while, at the same time, supporting a great cause. We feel that this would be very much in accordance with Liz’s wishes. While this has been declared the final Liz Lucey Memorial Run, we hope that some other group will come on board to organise another event that will continue to tap in to the good will, kindness and generosity typical of the area. By Tracey Cronin.

Clondrohid Updates

Annual pilgrimage to Knock: will take place on Thursday August 15. Bus will leave Ballyvourney at 7am and Clondrohid at 7.15am approx. Contact Mary Twomey on 086 3299375 if you wish to travel.
Sunday Mass in Carriganima: There will be no 9.45 Sunday Mass in Carriganima until Sept 8
Clondrohid Community Fun Day: In association with IRD, Clondrohid will host a Day of the Region on Sunday Sept 1 at 12 noon in the area of Clondrohid Community Hall. Events will include a 5km Fun/Run/Walk; a range of children’s activities including a Bouncy Castle; Indoor/outdoor market, Live Music, Family Fun Ball Run. Refreshments. Daly’s Chipper. Registration for Fun/Run/walk at 11.30am. Entry fee €10. Some other events will have an entry fee. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. for more info. All proceeds will support the Community Hall and the Parents Association. Anyone willing to give a hand on the day will be most welcome. Should be a great Parish occasion.
CART Bus Carriganima: This bus which is free comes to Clondrohid every Tuesday about 9.50, arriving in Macroom at 10 approx. Back in Clondrohid again around 1pm and on to Carriganima.. It will drop you off in the Square and pick you up again. So if you need to do some shopping or meet someone for a chat and a cuppa this is the way to go . For more info contact 085 1752814 or 087 8794128
G.A.A. NEWS: Hard luck to these great bunch of lads, who showed a great fight back spirit last Sunday evening in Kilmurry in the Junior A Championship but sadly came out on the wrong side, losing by the last kick of the game First half was an even encounter with 3 points apiece at half time , low scoring but weather didn’t help. Aghinagh pulled away in the second half and led by 8 points at one stage but Clondrohid dug deep and pulled off some great points and got the all important goals and were leading by 2 points with the game practically up .Late in injury time Aghinagh got a free and managed to get a goal to win by the narrowest of margins. Final score Clondrohid 2.09 Aghinagh 2.10 Well done to all involved.

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Sean Keane joined local singers and musicians, Joseph Twomey, Meave Barrett, Leah Buckley, Saoirse and Oisín Sheehan, at concert to mark Donoughmore’s 50th carnival. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Donoughmore Carnival

 The parishioners of Donoughmore enjoyed a wonderful weekend of 50th Carnival celebrations. It started Thursday 18th with the official opening by Minister of Agriculture Michael Creed, who congratulated the parish on the long tradition of the carnival and the community spirit which is evident in Donoughmore. Maurice Brew was MC on the night and gave a detailed history of the carnival; Mary Wallace, Community Council Chairperson, thanked the volunteers past and present that continue to work for our parish. Cllr Michael Looney, representing the County Lord Mayor, recounted his carnival memories with pride. Present also were Cllr Eileen Lynch, Cllr Martin Coughlan and Aindrias Moynihan TD. A warm welcome was extended to Canon Harrington who sowed the seed of a Carnival by getting a group together 50 years ago. Presentations were made to Canon Harrington, Noreen O’Regan, 1st Treasurer and Noreen Corkery, 1st Secretary. A great evening of chat, laughter, trips down memory lane helped along with the carnival memorabilia on display continued in to the night, helped along by the refreshments served by the catering committee. On the pitch that night our young people continued the tradition of the Fancy Dress, led on this auspicious occasion by Ballingeary Pipe Band; there were giant board games and a fantastic obstacle course to entertain the kids.
Friday and Saturday night saw the revival of inter townland skittle and wellington throwing competitions. The Car Treasurer hunt had 15 entries. The Teddy Daly Memorial Soccer match provided an entertaining game attended by Noreen and the Daly Family. Carnival Bingo saw the very popular local man, Denny Lyons, win the Jackpot game to tremendous applause. Ladies football is a long standing tradition at the carnival and this year the U 10s girls donned their jersey and held inter club blitz.
Saturday night, in a packed community hall, patrons were entertained first by local musicians, Joseph Twomey, Maeve Barrett, Leah Buckley, Oisín and Saoirse Sheehan, followed by Sean Keane. The concert was a huge success. Thank you to Shane Healy on sound, the organisers and you who supported the event.
Sunday we awoke to drizzly wet conditions but as they say, ‘the show must go on’ and it did with All Ireland Tug of War competitions led in by a sole piper. Winners on the day were 640kg Championship G&B Gold Castlegregory; Silver Mulcair; Bronze 680kg Open G & B Gold Castlegregory, Silver Donoughmore Bronze. Thank you to all who braved the weather and supported events on the pitch, MuskerryMacra Craft Competitions, Donoughmore Macra, Donoughmore Vintage Club, Vincent Casey with Sheaf Tossing, local Scouts & Beavers. Colm O‘Regan was a huge hit in the Tea Tent with fans queuing to get a signing and photos and then enjoying a reading from his latest book, ‘Ann Devine Ready for her close-up’. Colm and the rain very nearly brought the marquee down! The Wellness Tent was a new addition. Thank you to Catherine Hassett, Claire, Sue from Ballincollig Wellness Centre, Mary Bruton , Lorraine and Martina Kelleher who were delighted with the genuine interest in their therapies and treatments. To the local Art Group who displayed their amazing work, thank you. Classes resume in September in Firmount Old School.
In the complex, indoor bowls provided hours of testing your skill and gave the public the opportunity to have a go, while the baby show was well attended. The carnival memorabilia was on display and thank you to Vincent Casey who provided us with DVDs footage of past carnivals. The wet weather was damp but did not dampen the carnival spirit. Thank you to all who braved the elements and supported the events.
Sunday night the St. John Forde Match was won this year by the U12 girls and the cup was presented by Gerard Forde. The BBQ saw the 2 marquees full and music by The Rogues provided great entertainment as good a show as any ‘Ant & Dec’ duo. The Carnival Draw was held and then Mary Wallace, Chairperson counted in the Fireworks Display, which was a fantastic finish to the 50th Carnival. Thank you to all who volunteered and those who supported the Carnival.
Check out donoughmore carnival fb page for brilliant photos, Onwards and upwards for the 51st.
By Monica Kennedy, Secretary Community Council

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Daoine a léigh a gcuid scríbhinne ag West Cork Literary Festival, ina measc, triúr ó Leabharlann Baile Bhúirne ©Eimear O’Herlihy

 Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne

 Socraíodh na dátaí faoi dheireadh! Beidh na ceardlanna le scéalaíocht, ealaíon agus ceardaíocht do dhaoine óga ar siúl i Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne ar an 6ú, an 13ú agus an 20ú den mhí seo chugainn, Mí Lúnasa. Beidh siad ag tosnú ag 2.30 i.n. agus ag leanúint go dtí 4.00 i.n. Beidh Samantha Morton mar áisitheoir agus is é an téama don chéad ceardlann ná gabhálaithe gréine, maisithe. Níl aon táille ar na ceardlanna ach caithfeá clarú sa Leabharlann nó ar 026 45767 i rith am oscailte (thíos).Táim cinnte go mbeidh an-spraoi ag gach duine sna ceardlanna seo, atá oiriúnach don aois ghrúpa 6 go 12 bliana.
There is a lot of interest in the Summer Arts children’s workshops detailed above, so if you are interested, please register without delay. The themes for the workshops are: painted sun-catchers, mindfulness colouring craft and decorated fairy money boxes. You can choose whichever workshop interests you the most or you can register for two or for all three. The Summer Stars Adventure has received great support in Ballyvourney Library and last year’s registration numbers have already been exceeded. It’s wonderful to see so many children choosing their books, requesting favourite authors and series and stocking up on books to take on holidays. I have no doubt that the reading skills of all involved will have no chance of getting rusty during the school holidays. If you have already completed a reading progress card, you can return it to the library and collect a new one. At the end of the summer, everyone gets a lovely certificate and there are some prizes too! If you haven’t registered yet there is still time, just drop in to the library and sign up to get your reading progress card and bookmark. If you are not a library member it is very easy to join up. Visit the library with a parent or guardian and fill out a registration card, your library membership card can be issued immediately and you can register for Summer Stars at the same time.
While the children are busy choosing books and registering for the above, there is plenty to occupy the adults accompanying them. Ballyvourney Library has a wide variety of fiction novels covering all genres. There is also a comprehensive non-fiction collection encompassing the Healthy Ireland at your Library national initiative and the Work Matters Programme suggested titles. Free WiFi is available and there is a computer with internet facilities for public use, as well as printing and copying facilities. A separate computer is available for you to explore our online services, check the catalogue or order books. With the exception of a small charge for printing/copying, all the facilities are free for members and as membership is free, it makes sense to join your local library. I look forward to welcoming new members to Ballyvourney Library and if you were a member in the past and still have your membership card, please bring it with you when updating your membership.
Scottish comedian Billy Connolly said “Going to the Library changed my life”. Are you ready to change yours?
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Macra Matters

Aghinagh Macra’s Shelia Lynch attended the launch night of the 2019 International Miss Macra Festival in the Anner Hotel, Thurles recently. She will be representing Aghinagh Macra over the August Bank holiday weekend in Thurles as she competes for the overall 2019 Miss Macra crown. Since joining Aghinagh Macra in 2012, Shelia has embraced every opportunity presented to her. She has been an active member of the club, having served two years as club secretary and two years as chair. Shelia has been part of some incredible Aghinagh Macra achievements, such as being part of a victorious All-Ireland ladies football team, finalists in ladies soccer finals and finalists in All-Ireland set dancing. Shelia is the current PRO for Aghinagh and Muskerry Macra. She has also served as County Competitions Secretary and Competitions Chair. While in Macra, Shelia has successfully organised many wonderful social events in her community, one special highlight was a 4 week cookery course in 2018. For her remarkable contribution and dedication over the last few years, Shelia received the President’s County Leadership Medal. As she prepares for the finals of Miss Macra, everyone at Aghinagh Macra and beyond wishes her the very best of luck!


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A mixture of headstones at Moviddy Cemetery ©

A Hidden Gem in Crookstown.

 St. Helen’s churchyard, Moviddy, has been hidden from the local population in Crookstown and apart from it being a mixed graveyard, little was known about the churchyard and its history. The first mention of a Protestant presence in Moviddy goes back to 1591 where a Nicholas O’Flynn is listed as vicar of Moviddy. The graveyard itself gives us an insight into the historical development of the village through the people buried there. You may not be aware that St. Helen’s had a connection to Robert Falcon Scott’s ‘Terra Nova’ expedition of 1910 in Antartica, the same one Tom Crean was involved in. In fact one of Crookstown’s own took part. This gentleman was Robert Forde, who was baptised in St. Helen’s in 1875. In January 1911, Forde and his companions had the responsibility of examining the area around Ross Island ice shelf. By March 1912, Forde was suffering so badly from frostbite that he was ordered to the Terra Nova by Captain Scott. He is remembered by the naming of Mount Forde, a monumental peak of over 1,200 metres in Antarctica, in his honour.
There are a number of interesting burials in Moviddy including its longest serving rector, Hume Babington. He was Rector of Moviddy for 53 years, died on the 23rd of January, 1886, aged 81 years. This is inscribed on his tomb. Hume was a very forward thinking individual; he was part of a new wave of idealism in the 1800’s towards non-denominational education in Ireland. The Crooks from which Crookstown derived its name, are also buried here. Thomas Crooke, married Ellen, daughter of Tiege Mac Dermod MacCarthy (Lord of Muskerry). He built a large fortified house, with a fish tank on its roof at Crookstown! Crooks lived in Incharahilly in 1751, a mile west of Ryecourt. About this time Inshirahill became known as Crookstown. The mother of Robert Warren, 1st Baronet, (Warrenscourt), was Anne Crook.
Did you know that because of the Herrick family, British tourists flocked to Crookstown to take part in a specialised hunt? John Herrick, Crookstown, was secretary of the Muskerry Hunt. He died in 1924 and is buried in St. Helen’s. He formed the Bellmount Beagles, a pack of rare dogs called ‘weasel hounds’. This unusual form of tourism was highlighted in the Highland light infantry chronicle circa 1910. “Great consternation in the orderly room was caused and a record created in the leave book by two officers applying for leave for the purposes of weasel hunting. In the Muskerry country and owned by the secretary of the fox hunt, is a pack of small beagles who, during summer and autumn months, hunt stoats.”
A roofless mausoleum to the East of the church contains a classical wall plaque dated 1719. This is the Bailey vault. As a result of the 1641 rebellion, Dundrinan castle (Castlemore) and lands were forfeit by Phelim Owen McCarthy and by the late 1600s, the castle became the residence of John Bailey (buried in the Bailey vault in Moviddy cemetery, Crookstown). Colonel Rye married the daughter and heiress of Mr Bailey and acceded her lands at Castlemore. The inscription in the vault, now faded, reads “This monument was erected by Mrs. Anne Bailey, widow of John Bailey of Castlemore, Esq., who died the 15th of June 1719. He was a gentleman who always had a true interest of his country at heart. At the revolution, he served in person in the wars of Ireland till the kingdom was reduced to peace and quietness. Then quitting the wars, he returned to his wife and children and shewed himself as good an husband, as indulgent a father, and he was a true subject. Being honoured with the commission of the peace, he always administered justice so uprightly that he never blemished his commission and died lamented by all good men who knew him”. By Louise Daly

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Guided tour of Moviddy Cemetery ©

Sport in Macroom 1900-2000 –

Have you some hidden nuggets of information?
Sport is all around us – presently on television we are enthralled by the inter-county Hurling, Football, Camogie and Ladies Football championship series while the Ladies’ Soccer World Cup was extensively covered on all outlets. Mallow man James Sugrue, with the aid of drinking six pints of milk daily, is an instant star, having become the British Amateur Close Champion.
Macroom is a sports-mad town and has been for over a hundred years. Testament to this is the plethora of sports clubs in the town which range from GAA to soccer, golf to basketball, darts to road-bowling, equestrian to dog sports, handball and racketball, hurling and camogie (once in Macroom) now at Laochra Óg, rings and pool, athletics and road-running, karate and angling, table tennis and more. In the past, we have had pitch-and-putt and boxing clubs, hockey, cricket and rugby clubs, billiards and snooker in the Young Men’s Hall and probably more than I can recall or name. Pitch-and-toss might even qualify.
Sports have added excitement to many of our lives and have immeasurably enriched our sometimes humdrum existence over the years. Think of being part of a winning county football team or winning a bowling score or capturing a Captain’s prize in golf or pitch-and-putt or coming first or just finishing the Daniel Kingston Memorial race. Barry O’Brien’s History of Macroom G.A.A. Club 1886-1987 is a marvellous record of the club’s activities. Denis Paul Ring’s Macroom Through the Mists of Time is another wonderful source of sporting (and much other) information about the town.
Sports history has become academically respectable over the past thirty years or so and there are many brilliant sports history books, such as Paul Rouse’s Ireland & Sport A History and The Hurlers, Liam O’Callaghan’s Munster Rugby, Marcus De Búrca’ The GAA A History and Macrompian Prof. John A Murphy’s Where Finbarr Played, a history of sport in U.C.C. , 1911- 2011.
I am currently trying to research the rich history of sport in all its forms in Macroom in the twentieth century, including sport in our schools. Minute books, photos, paper-clippings, mementos and memorabilia, letters, accounts and recollections from all periods would be very welcome. Information on the way the town was at various times would also be very welcome, the effect of emigration on teams, the presence or absence of women’s participation/teams and so on. Any material loaned will be carefully minded and returned.
Contact details are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., O86/2480350 and 24 Oakwood, Macroom. Con Kelleher

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Camogie in Cork 1912 ©Mary Moran's A Game of Our Own

Camogie in and around Macroom 1917-2019

By Con Kelleher
Introduction. Since the Gaelic Athletic Association’s (G.A.A.) foundation in 1884 in Hayes’s Hotel, Thurles, G.A.A games have arguably been the most popular played in Macroom, and this is certainly true of the twentieth century. Over that period, (male) Gaelic Football has predominated with Hurling teams entered intermittently. Rounders is the least known GAA game, and it was rarely, perhaps never, played competitively in Macroom. Handball is also a G.A.A. sport but, in Macroom, has an existence that is parallel to the G.A.A. Club’s general activity. Thankfully, the Handball (and Racketball) Club is functioning and thriving. The Ladies’ Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) was founded in 1974. Currently Macroom Ladies’ Gaelic Football Club is very vigorous and competes at Junior and under-age levels and boasts several inter-county players. Camogie was and is played in Macroom, but mostly, in St Mary’s. However, there were previous iterations of a Macroom Camogie club which fielded teams. The first was in 1917, the second in the 1930s, the third in the 1940s and the last, very briefly, was in the 1960s. Laochra Óg, a hurling and camogie club, has a pitch in Teerbeg, just outside the town, locally keeps the camogie flag flying, has underage teams, is progressing very well indeed and has players from Macroom as well as from Clondrohid, Kilnamartyra and Ballyvourney. Some – Laochra players - Róisín Murphy and Brian Healy - have represented Cork. This chapter discusses the origin of camogie, past Macroom and other local camogie teams.

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Kate Dunlea leading Cork's first Camogie All-Ireland winning team in 1934, ©Mary Moran's A Game of Our Own

How Camogie Began. The Camogie Association was founded in 1904, forty years after the GAA was formed and when women’s life expectancy was forty eight years (currently c. 84). Then a woman’s role was seen as primarily in the home, and related to motherhood and home-keeping. Indeed it was believed that over vigorous activity damaged a woman’s ability to procreate. In the late nineteenth century, advances in women’s education saw more girls attending secondary school and progressing to third-level colleges. Coinciding with this was the Gaelic Revival which was driven by and found expression through the Gaelic Athletic Association (1884) and the Gaelic League (1893). The G.A.A. codified (and Davin more or less ‘created’ Gaelic Football) Irish games, just as the English had done with rugby, association football (soccer), hockey and other games. Women were first admitted to the Civil Service in the early 1890s and many came from the country, bringing with them their nationalist views and pastimes. The Gaelic League clubs /branches were natural ‘homes’ for these girls and women. The first camogie club arose from the Keating Branch of the Gaelic League, North Frederick St., Dublin. In 1903, branch members Máire Ní Chinnéide, Seán Ó Ceallaigh, Seamas Ó Bráonain and Tadhg O’Donoghue, drew up the first set of rules for a ‘modified’ ladies’ hurling. O’Donoghue, originally from Carrignavar, was an Irish scholar and later Professor of Irish in U.C.C., and coined the term ‘Camóguidheacht’, roughly translated as ‘junior hurling’ and the word later contracted to ‘camogie’. Cork’s first club, ‘Fáinne an Lae’, was founded in 1905 in the Blarney Street area. Later, some members went to live in Blackpool and formed another camogie club, ‘Clann na nGael’, in Blackpool. Later again, The Glen Rovers’ Camogie Club was also based in Blackpool..

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Macroom Camogie team in 1930s ©Barry O'Brien's Macroom G.A.A. Club History, 1886-1987

Macroom Camogie The first reference to camogie in Macroom comes from the Cork Examiner, 25 August 1913. In the article, the writer described the small size of the Macroom pitch and refers to a recent Macroom v. Kerry football match! Also on the programme were a hurling contest between Cloughduv and Redmond’s and a camogie game, a novelty in Macroom, featuring Redmond’s versus Blackrock. The anonymous reporter goes on to write that the ‘local ladies are quite sympathetic, and have even organised a team which promises to become known more widely in the near future’.
Barry O’Brien’s Macroom G.A.A. Club History 1886-1987 references a camogie team in Macroom in 1917 and it was called the Art Ó Laoghaire Camogie Club. Unfortunately, I was unable to find any evidence of their activities or games. {Ó Laoghaire was killed in an ambush in Carriganima in 1773 when just 26 years old. He lived in Raleigh House, west of Macroom and he had been involved in a dispute with Abraham Morris(on), Hanover Hall, an English land-owner and magistrate, over a horse. Morrison wanted Art’s horse and offered £5 pounds; because of the Penal Laws, Ó Laoghaire should have sold but refused. He was subsequently declared an outlaw and was ‘judicially’ shot and killed. Art’s wife, Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill, aunt of Daniel O’Connell, the Liberator, wrote Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire, a lament acclaimed as one the finest in European literature}.

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Macroom Camogie club 1967 © Southern Star, 16 April 1967

Macroom GAA Club History also carries a picture of a 1930s Macroom Camogie team - see photo. The Cork Examiner excerpt of 20 May 1933 (below) is quite interesting from a number of points of view. Firstly, the game was played in the Castle Park; it was possibly played in the Town Park, or the western side of the Sullane, now the Tom Creedon Park? Nora (Norrie, later Mrs Barrett) and Mary (later Mrs Browne) O’Callaghan were from Main Street and sisters of Denis (shoemaker) and Jackie. J. Neville was Judy Neville and later Mrs Barry, Barrett Place. During 1933 Macroom beat Hillside (Douglas) in May, and both Enniskeane, and St. Olan’s, 6-0 to 0-0, in Nov. but lost to U.C.C. in Dec.
The Southern Star, December 1933, carried an interesting advertisement which featured Macroom playing Muskerry Maids in a Camogie Cup Final in Clonakilty.
Young people please note the ‘All-Night’ dance; young people of the 1930s also enjoyed themselves.

National Heritage Week

National Heritage Week runs from Saturday 17th to Sunday 25th August. Over 130 events have so far been registered for the County of Cork. The Events Programme will be available in August, just prior to Heritage Week, and details of events can be uploaded towww.heritageweek.ie. The Theme for Heritage Week 2019 is ‘Pastimes and Past Times’, encouraging people to take a stroll through our local history and explore how our free time has evolved in often fascinating ways, from sports and storytelling to music and craft. Heritage Week is coordinated by the Heritage Council and is part of European Heritage Days which promotes Europe’s cultural heritage across the Union – a week very much to look forward to.


Safety on the Farm

Here are some safety reminders that all farms, farmers and farm families should observe. You may want to add your own safety reminders to this list.

• Farmers need to do daily safety and maintenance checks on all tractors used to perform farm work.
• Farm tractors have one seat. This means one operator and no extra riders on fenders, hitches or in front-end loader buckets.
• All farm tractors and any attached or trailing farm equipment must display the triangular, orange Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) emblem.
• All operators of newer tractors equipped with a 2-point or 4-point ROPS (Rollover Protective Structure), must also wear the seat belt provided in order to be protected in a backward or sideways flip.
• Be cautious around all livestock that have given birth.
• Be aware of potentially deadly gas when working close to slurry storage.
• Never trust any hydraulically-raised equipment, such as front-end loaders, dump trailers, etc.
• Be aware of steep hillsides when harvesting any crop on the farm.
• Never step-over a running PTO shaft.
• Be sure all PTO shields and other safety shields are in good repair and properly secured on all farm equipment.
• When work has to be performed on a farm implement, be sure that the PTO has been shut off and that all machine movement has ceased.
• Always wait for a hot engine to cool before attempting to re-fuel a tractor.
• Never start a tractor in a closed garage or shed. The carbon monoxide (CO) threat can cause a human and/or animal fatality. Keep well-ventilated.
• Be sure to match farm equipment/implements to a tractor that is compatible to that equipment/implement.
Bígí cúramach! Consumers across the globe rely on a small number of dedicated farmers to keep the world fed. Food producers can stay safe by making good decisions when working with their farm machines and livestock. We suggest a large dose of respect for the potential of a farm accident, and continuous vigilance for the many and diverse farm safety challenges. Remember, farm safety is no accident.

Sports Mad

Cork County Football and Hurling Championships 2019

Senior Football Championship

Divisional / College Section
Duhallow and UCC qualify for open county championship draw for last 16 (Rd 3)
Clubs Section - Round 2
Newcestown v Valley Rovers
Carrigaline v Bishopstown
Clyda Rovers v Ballincollig
Mallow v St. Nicholas
Castlehaven v Carbery Rangers
Round 3 – open draw
Douglas v UCC
O’Donovan Rossa v Clonakilty
Duhallow v Carrigaline/ Bishopstown
Dohenys v Nemo Rangers
Mallow / St. Nicks v Newcestown / Valley Rovers
Kiskeam v Clyda Rovers/ Ballincollig
Fermoy v Ilen Rovers
C’haven/Carbery R v St. Finbarr's

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Round 2
Castletownbere v Nemo Rangers
Macroom v St. Vincent’s.
Éire Óg v Aghada
Naomh Abán v Newmarket
Round 3
Na Piarsaigh a bye
St. Michael’s a bye
Cill na Martra v Macroom / St. Vincent’s.
Kanturk a bye
Bantry Blues a bye
C’townbere / Nemo Rangers v Bandon
Béal Áth’an Ghaorthaidh v bye
Naomh Abán / Newmarket v Éire Óg /Aghada

Intermediate Football Championship

Round 2
Glenville v Mitchelstown
Ballinora v Adrigole
St. Finbarr's v Grenagh
Youghal v Millstreet
Kildorrery v Ballydesmond
Round 3
Kinsale v bye
Gabriel Rangers v bye
Glenville/Mitch’town v Dromtarriffe
Glanmire v Kildorrery / Ballydesmond
Rockchapel v Glanworth
Youghal / Millstreet v Mayfield
Knocknagree v Ballinora / Adrigole
St. Finbarr's/ Grenagh v Aghabullogue

Senior Hurling Championship

Round 2
Erins Own v Kanturk
Newcestown v Newtownshandrum
Carrigtwohill v Killeagh
Ballyhea v Bride Rovers
Ballymartle v Midleton
Round 3
Na Piarsaigh v St. Finbarr's
Charleville v Glen Rovers
Erins O/ K’turk v Ballyhea / Bride Rovers
Sarsfields v Douglas
B’martle/M’ton v Imokilly
Nc town /Nshandrum v Blackrock
Carrigtwohill/Killeagh v Bandon
Bishopstown v UCC

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round 2
Youghal v Carrigaline
Cloyne v Valley Rovers
Courcey Rovers v Ballincollig
Ballinhassig v Inniscarra
Round 3
Kilworth bye
Aghada v Youghal / Carrigaline
Castlelyons - a bye
Ballinhassig / Inniscarra v Mallow
Blarney - a bye
Courcey Rvrs / B’collig v Cloyne/Valley Rovers
Watergrasshill a bye
Fr. O' Neill’s v Fermoy

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round 2
Barryroe v St.Catherine's
Milford v Midleton
Douglas v Ballinhassig
Kilbrittain v Dungourney
Mayfield v Kildorrery
Dripsey v Na Piarsaigh
Castlemartyr bye
Round 3
Castlemartyr v Barryroe / St.Catherine's
Mayfield / Kildorrery v Eire Óg
Blackrock v Grenagh
Milford / Midleton v Tracton
Aghabullogue v Glen Rovers
Dripsey / Na Piarsaigh v Douglas / Ballinhassig
Ballygarvan v Sarsfields
St Finbarr’s v Argideen Rangers
Kilbrittain / Dungourney v Cloughduv
Meelin v Ballymartle

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 2-18 Castlehaven 1-14
G. O’D Rossa 1-17 St Finbarrs 2-14
St Finbarrs 1-13 O D Rossa 2-6 replay
H. Charleville scr. St. Michaels w/o
Quarter Finals:
Carrigaline 1-14 Ballincollig 1-16
Beara 0-8 Éire Óg 1-15
Kilshannig v Douglas
St Finbarrs v St Michaels
Semi Finals:
Ballincollig v Éire Óg
Kilshannig/Douglas v St Finbarrs/St Michaels

U21 B Football

A. Courceys 0-2 Aghabullogue 3-18
B. Castlemartyr v Buttevant
C. Na Piarsaigh v Newcestown
D. Duarigale Gaels
Semi Finals:
Aghabullogue v Buttevant
Piarsaigh/Newcestown v Duarigle Gaels

U21 C Football

A. Aghinagh w/o Crosshaven conceded
B. Bride Rovers 1-15 Ballycastle Gaels 2-10
C. Whitechurch v Randal Óg
D. Robert Emmetts
Semi Finals:
Aghinagh 2-10 Bride Rovers 1-9
Whitechurch v Robert Emmets
Aghinagh 2 – 10 Bride Rovers 1 – 9
Aghinagh are through to the Cork county U21 C football final after a fine win over East Cork champions Bride Rovers at Ballinora. Aghinagh opened well with a goal from Con Buckley in the 2nd minute and when Liam Twohig added three points they led by 1-3 to 0-1 after the first quarter. A goal for Bride Rovers in the 18th minute gave the East Cork side a boost and when Aghinagh replied with a point apiece from Micheál Horgan and Tadgh Sheehan, Bride matched them with two points to leave it at 1-5 to 1-3 after 26 minutes. Liam Twohig then had another point from play to which Bride responded with a late point to leave Aghinagh leading by 1-6 to 1-4 at the break after a very even first half.
The sides were neck and neck again for almost all the second half. Points from Liam Twohig and Con Buckley had Aghinagh four clear in the 43rd minute, Bride then scored two, 1-8 to 1-6 in the 50th minute. Sean O’Riordan and Shane Corkery fired over a point apiece, Bride again replied with two points to leave only a two point gap between the sides with five minutes remaining and it was still anyone’s game. A goal from Liam Twohig in the 57th minute finally broke the Bride Rovers challenge and a late point from a free was to be their only consolation.
Aghinagh scorers: Liam Twohig 1-5 (0-3f), Con Buckley 1-1, M Horgan, T Sheehan, S O’Riordan, Shane Corkery 0-1 each.
Aghinagh: Kevin Cotter: Olan Cummins, Cathal Crowley, Eoghan McCarthy: Euan Coughlan, Luke O’Leary, Adam O’Leary: Shane Corkery, Aodh Twomey: Con Buckley, Micheál Horgan, Sean O’Riordan: Cathal O’Riordan, Peter Murphy, Liam Twohig. Subs: Tadgh Sheehan, Richard Cotter, Alex Murphy, Sean Barrett, Seamus Murphy, Adam Leahy.

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Cill na Martra who defeated Knocknagree in the 2019 Tom Creedon Cup Final ©Lee Valley Outlook

 Tom Creedon Cup Final

Cill na Martra 2 – 9 Knocknagree 1 – 11
The final of the Tom Creedon Cup drew a big crowd to a sun drenched Castle Grounds in Macroom and the teams produced a contest worthy of the occasion. Cill na Martra won the intermediate championship last year and are now one of the fancied sides to take the premier intermediate crown, Knocknagree harbour ambitions of succeeding the Gaeltacht men as intermediate champions. Both sides have had impressive league campaigns this spring and early summer, and both are oozing confidence at present. In a game of quality football played at pace and with total commitment, Cill na Martra came out on top by the minimum, coming from two down, scoring the last three points of a game which was a thrilling spectacle.
Cill na Martra lined out without Tadgh Ó Corcora, drafted into the Cork panel for the Dublin game, and due to holidays, were also short at least four others considered regular starters. Knocknagree were also not at full strength, their Cork panellist Eoghan McSweeney a notable absentee but replacements on both sides were eager to stake their claims for championship starting places later.
Cill na Martra opened the scoring with a smashing goal from Damien Ó hUrdail in the 7th minute, an opportunity set up by Shane and Daniel Ó Duinnín but in truth they could have had more goals at this stage, only the crossbar denying Dan Ó Duinnín on one occasion. Denis O’Connor pointed for Knocknagree in the 9th minute and then their scorer-in-chief Anthony O’Connor pointed two frees in succession to level matters. Points were exchanged, Ó hUrdail and O’Connor, before the later put the Duhallow men in front in the 20th minute with an excellent point from play. Another O’Connor point was matched by one from Maidhcí Ó Duinnin and when Denis O’Connor kicked his second point in the 26th minute, Shane Ó Duinnín replied from a late free for Cill na Martra to leave the minimum still between the teams at the break, Knocknagree 0-7 to 1-3 for the Gaeltacht men.
Cill na Martra were level again within three minutes of the resumption, Daniel Ó Duinnín the point scorer, but the Muskerry men were shocked five minutes later when Geróid Looney palmed a well timed cross to the net. O’Connor pointed another free to put his side four points clear and it looked as if the game could slip away from the Cill na Martra side.
The game took a dramatic turn in the 42nd minute when an ill advised pass infield from a Knocknagree defender to his goalkeeper was intercepted by an alert Shane Ó Duinnín who ran on to slam the ball to the unguarded net and when namesake Daniel added a point, suddenly the teams were level and the scene was set for a tremendous final quarter. Fintan O’Connor replaced black carded Denis O’Connor in the Knocknagree team and with his first touch kicked his side in front and Anthony O’Connor doubled their advantage in the 47th minute, 1-10 to 2-5. Daniel Ó Duinnín then narrowed the gap to a single point from a free. In the 57th minute, Fintan O’Connor increased the Knocknagree lead back to two points with a superb score from play but Daniel Ó Duinnín, who along with Graham Ó Mocháin and former Cork hero Nollaig Ó Laoire were outstanding for the Gaeltacht men, brought the gap back to the minimum again as the supporters were in full voice. There were five minutes injury time to be played and in this period Knocknagree kicked two wides. In between, Damien Ó hUrdail pointed a tricky enough free to bring his side level and from the kick out Nollaig Ó Laoire won possession and parted to team captain Shane Ó Duinnín who advanced at speed and shot the ball over the Knocknagree crossbar for what proved to be the winning point after a wonderful game of football.
Scorers: Cill na Martra: D Ó hUrdail 1-2 (0-2f), S Ó Duinnín 1-2 (0-1f), D Ó Duinnín 0-4 (0-1f), M Ó Duinnín 0-1. Knocknagree: G Looney 1-0, A O’Connor 0-7 (0-3f), D O’Connor 0-2, F O’Connor 0-2.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Daire MacLochlainn, Graham Ó Mocháin, Eoin Ó Loinsigh: Seánie Ó Foirréidh, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Colm Ó Laoire: Finéin Ó Faoláin, Seán Ó Céilleachair: Máirtín Ó Conchuir, Maidhcí Ó Duinnín, Damien Ó hUrdail: Ciarán Ó Duinnín, Daniel Ó Duinnín, Shane Ó Duinnín. Subs: Liam Ó Loinsigh for C Ó Duinnín 40, Dean MacCarthaigh for M Ó Duinnín 43.
Knocknagree: Pa Doyle: Andrew Sheehan, Seán Daly, Gary O’Connor: Daniel O’Mahony, Killian Buckley, Karl Daly: Danny Cooper, Donagh Moynihan: James Dennehy, Daniel O’Connor, Gearóid Looney: Denis O’Connor, John F Daly, Anthony O’Connor. Subs: M Doyle for S Daly inj 15, Fintan O’Connor for D O’Connor b/c 43, M Dilworth for D O’Mahony.
Referee: Mr David Murnane, Macroom.

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Marian Creedon Hegarty presenting the Tom Creedon Cup to Cill na Martra captain, Shane Ó Duinnín. On right, Richard Murphy, Cultural Officer Cork County Board. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football Championships

U21 A F champions: Éire Óg (Ballincollig)
U21 B Football Champions: Aghabullogue
U21 C Football (13 a side) Championship Final: Aghinagh v Iveleary

 Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior Football Championship

Junior A 3rd Round:

Éire Óg 0-17 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2-9
Ághinagh 2-10 Clondrohid 2-9
Iveleary 2-10 Kilmichael 0-7
Quarter Finals:
A Ballincollig v Éire Óg
B Kilmurry v Aghinagh
C Blarney v Iveleary
D Canovee v Inniscarra
Semi Finals: A v B, C v D.
Iveleary 2 – 10 Kilmichael 0 – 7
Reigning champions Iveleary qualified for a quarter final joust with Blarney with this victory over neighbours Kilmichael in a disappointing 3rd round Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior football championship tie at Macroom. On a balmy summer evening, the pitch was in immaculate condition, the spectators were anticipating a close contest but in truth after a reasonably even opening half, Iveleary looked to be gaining control and two goals at the three quarter stage made the final outcome certain.
Kilmichael’s best period was in the opening quarter. Brendan Cotter opened their scoring after a strong run in the 7th minute, Iveleary lost Finbarr McSweeney early on to injury but Barry O’Leary brought them level and Cathal Vaughan marked his return to championship action with a point from an Iveleary free in the 15th minute. The sides were level at 0-2 each a minute later, Peter Kelleher, the former Cork player lining out at full forward where he was closely guarded by Ciarán O’Riordan with assistance from Barry Murphy, sending over and then Iveleary goalkeeper Joe Creedon made a good save from Shane Foley. Iveleary went a point clear in the 19th minute from a Brian Cronin free and Cathal Vaughan followed immediately with a point from play, to which Chris O’Connell replied for Kilmichael with an equally fine point and the first half concluded with goalkeeper Joe Creedon coming up to point a long range free in the final minute to leave Iveleary leading by 0-5 to 0-3 at the break.
On the restart, Peter Kelleher and Cathal Vaughan exchanged points and then Kilmichael substitute Josh deLacey and Brian Cronin did likewise, 0-7 to 0-5 after 40 minutes. The game then turned decisively in Iveleary’s direction with Aaron O’Donovan taking a pass from Barry O’Leary before finding the Kilmichael net with a powerful drive and within minutes, a leg block on substitute Chris Óg Jones resulting in a penalty award which Cathal Vaughan blasted to the net. With the score now at 2-7 to 0-5 the game was clearly over as a contest as Kilmichael did not possess the firepower up front to bridge the eight point gap and Peter Kelleher, their main threat in attack, was starved of possession and anyway was too well policed to cause undue problems for a competent Iveleary rearguard. Barry O’Leary and Peter Kelleher swapped scores, and as the game fizzled out Shane Foley from play and Cathal Vaughan from a free each pointed before Brian Cronin had the final score from an Iveleary free in the closing minute.
Iveleary, drawn in a very competitive half of the championship draw, will now set about defending their crown against the stiff challenges ahead.
Scorers: Iveleary: C Vaughan 1-4 (1-0 pen, 0-2f), A O’Donovan 1-0, B Cronin 0-3 (0-2f), B O’Leary 0-2, J Creedon 0-1 (f). Kilmichael: P Kelleher 0-3, B Cotter, C O’Connell, J deLacey and S Foley 0-1 each.
Iveleary: Joe Creedon: Barry Murphy, Ciarán O’Riordan, Ger O’Riordan: Finbarr McSweeney Jnr, Seán O’Leary, Kevin Manning: Daniel O’Riordan, Seánie Lehane: Conor O’Leary, Cathal Vaughan, Finbarr McSweeney Snr: Seán O’Riordan, Barry O’Leary, Brian Cronin. Subs: Aaron O’Donovan for F McSweeney Jnr inj 5, Chris Óg Jones for F McSweeney Snr 45, Ger McSweeney for S Lehane 52.
Kilmichael: Ronan O’Callaghan: Alan Murphy, Conor Cotter, Eoghan Murphy: Simon Foley, Finbarr Buckley, Seán Buttimer: Finbarr Dromey, Cathal Foley: Brendan Cotter, Ronan Murphy, Barry Kelleher: Chris O’Connell, Peter Kelleher, Shane Foley. Subs: Colin Murphy for E Murphy 30, Daniel Twomey for B Kelleher 35, Josh deLacey for R Murphy 35, Stephen Kelleher for D Twomey 56.
Referee: Mr Dave Murnane, Macroom.

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Liam Twohig, Aghinagh, accepting the Muskerry GAA/ Auld Triangle Sports Award for June from Eileen O'Flynn, Auld Triangle, in the presence of his family, parents, Sheila and Jerome, granny, Ann Twohig, sisters, Emer and Maeve, brother, Gearoid and uncle, Tim Buckley. ©Mike English

 Aghinagh 2 – 10 Clondrohid 2 – 9
It’s never over till the final whistle blows and that was borne out at Kilmurry where Aghinagh pipped Clondrohid by a single point in the Ross Oil Mid Cork junior football championship 3rd round tie. After a dull first half which finished level at 0-3 each, Aghinagh had a glorious period on the restart and opened up a 1-9 to 0-4 gap. They did not drive on however, content that the job was done, and very nearly paid a heavy price. Aghinagh lost three players in the 55th minute of regular time for three different reasons when they still held a comfortable six point lead and were then hit by Clondrohid thunderbolts, goals in the 57 and 58th minutes which put the western side ahead by a point. When Clondrohid went two clear in the 62nd minute it seemed that victory would be theirs but there was one more twist in the story of this local derby, a goal from Aghinagh full back and captain Dermot O’Callaghan in the 66th minute in a crowded Clondrohid goalmouth, which was to be the second last kick of the game and the winning score.
The sides were level at 0-3 each at the break. Aghinagh led by 0-3 to nil after only three minutes, Clondrohid had drawn level by the 21st minute as the rains fell and there was not much to get excited about.
On the restart, Aghinagh went into overdrive, outscoring their neighbours by six points to one and when Con Buckley booted home a goal in the 39th minute they led by 1-9 to 0-4 and were looking comfortable. Points from Darren Dineen gave Clondrohid some encouragement but the score was 1-10 to 0-7 when a series of events completely changed the tempo of the game. Aghinagh marksman Liam Twohig went off injured, another forward was black carded and Aghinagh were reduced to 14 men when midfielder Michael O’Brien got a second yellow card. A Darren Dineen point for Clondrohid was followed by his 57th minute goal, another from Mathew McDonagh a minute later and amazingly after all that had preceded this, it was Clondrohid who were now in front. Clondrohid players and supporters were on fire now, Aghinagh trying desperately for an equalising point. The game went into time added on and in the 62nd minute Fergal Kelleher kicked a smashing point for Clondrohid to put them two clear. Still the game went on and in the 6th minute of added time, Aghinagh were awarded a 40 metre free which Donal Corkery booted into the packed Clondrohid goalmouth and somehow or other in a mad scramble, Donal O’Callaghan got possession and booted the ball to the net to give his side the narrowest of winning margins.
Scorers: Aghinagh: C Buckley and D O’Callaghan 1-0 each, L Twohig 0-4 (f), D Corkery 0-3, M O’Brien, G O’Sullivan and D Ambrose 0-1 each. Clondrohid: D Dineen 1-6 (1-3f), M McDonagh 1-0, S Desmond, P Lynch, F Kelleher 0-1 each.
Aghinagh: Paul O’Sullivan: John Lynch, Dermot O’Callaghan, Seán Kelleher: Aodh Twomey, Dave Barry, Adam O’Leary: Gearóid O’Sullivan, Michael O’Brien: Richard OSullivan, Micheál Corkery, Declan Ambrose: William Coakley, Donal Corkery, Liam Twohig. Subs: Micheál Horgan for L Twohig inj 54, Con Buckley and Seán Horgan for M Corkery and D Barry, both h/t, Shane Corkery for W Coakley bc 55, Mathew McCarthy for G O’Sullivan.
Clondrohid: Seán O’Callaghan: Jeremy O’Sullivan, Trevor O’Brien, Paddy Lynch: Shane Dineen, Brian Corcoran, John Corkery: Cian Creedon, Neilus Murphy: Mark Creed, Seán Desmond, Darren Dineen: Shane Creed, Fergal Kelleher, Danny O’Riordan. Subs: Callum O’Shea for S Dineen inj 25, Mathew McDonagh, Conor O’Leary and Cathal Creedon for M Creed, J Corkery and S Creed, all 46, Denis O’Riordan for D O’Riordan.
Referee: Mr Pat O’Leary, Kilmurry.

Junior B Football Championship

Round 1
A Inniscarra 3-12 Grenagh 0-0
B Kilmurry 2-12 Ballinora 0-7
Quarter finals
1 Canovee v Iveleary
2 Inniscarra v Aghabullogue
3 Kilmurry 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
MJK OILS Mid Cork Junior Hurling Championship

Junior A Quarter Final:
A Kilmichael a bye
B Éire Óg v Ballincollig
C Cloughduv 2-15 Ballinora 1-16
D Blarney v Inniscarra
Semi Finals:
Kilmichael v Éire Óg/Ballincollig
Cloughduv v Blarney/Inniscarra
Cloughduv 2 – 15 Ballinora 1 – 16
A year ago if Ballinora were to meet Cloughduv in the Mid Cork championship a close contest would have been expected. Cloughduv went on to win the county last year and so won intermediate status for this year. It was expected therefore that Ballinora in their absence, would make a strong bid for the MJK OILS Mid Cork title this year and certainly that they would account for the Cloughduv second string. Cloughduv hurlers however are in confident mood at present, prepared well and approached this quarter final clash in determined fashion with no fear, and duly achieved their aim at Ballincollig. Ballinora will be disappointed but having lost earlier to Inniscarra, another club second team, they were aware that their form this season has not been good.
Cloughduv were leading by 1-2 to nil after six minutes, early points from Darragh Walsh and Aodh Twomey followed by a long range goal from Ciarán Canty. Ballinora opened their account in the seventh minute through Darragh Corkery and David Howard from a free scored their second point. Cloughduv replied, Seán O’Connor and two from Darragh Walsh and when David Howard was on target with another Ballinora free in the 20th minute, Cloughduv had further points from Walsh and O’Connor (twice) to lead by 1-8 to 0-3. Ballinora finished the half well with three points, per Holmes, Fitton and Howard, and Cloughduv led by 1-8 to 0-6 but would face the breeze in the second half.
Ballinora went on the offensive when the play resumed and a Howard point from a free improved their position. Cloughduv replied instantly with a Darragh Walsh point and in the 38th minute Ciarán Canty had a second goal to open up a seven point gap. Ballinora to their credit now they went on the offensive and points from Darragh Corkery and Darragh Holmes were followed by a goal in the 46th minute from Alan O’Shea. Points were exchanged, Cloughduv forcing the pace, before Ballinora got the deficit back to a single point in the 31st minute, 2-13 to 1-15 the score. Con Dunne raised the gap to two, Howard pointed to leave it at the minimum before Ciarán Canty scored a long range Cloughduv point to clinch victory.
Scorers: Cloughduv: C Canty 2-1, Darragh Walsh 0-8 (0-6 f), Seán O’Connor 0-3, Glen Egan 0-2, Aodh Twomey 0-1. Ballinora: A O Shea 1-1, D Howard 0-7 (f), D Corkery 0-3, D Holmes 0-2, K Murphy and B Murphy 0-1 each.
Cloughduv: Conrad Crowley: Aodh Twomey, William Ahern, Kevin McNamara: Tony Dineen, Donal Cronin, Luke McCarthy: Liam Long, Michael Dunne: Darragh Walsh, Ciarán Canty, Cormac O’Driscoll: Luke Elliot, Seán O’Connor, Kevin Walsh. Subs: Con Dunne 36, Glen Egan 44, Cian Lehane 48.
Ballinora: Barry Crowley: Brian Rigney, Brendan Hourihan, James Lordan: Dylan Dineen, Conor Brosnan, Michael Lordan: Daire Corkery, Alan O’Shea: James Keohane, David Howard, Brian Murphy: Pat Fitton, Daire Holmes, Kevin Murphy. Subs: Michael Murphy ht, Alan O’Neill 47.
Referee: Mr John Horgan, Gleann na Laoi.

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, 10 games

Final: St Finbarrs P 10 - 40 points
Vs Cill na Martra P 10 - 38
Ballincollig P 10 - 28pts
Valley Rovers P10 - 22pts relegated
Béal Á Ghaorthaidh P 10 - 18 pts relegated

Division Two - 11 teams, 10 games
Final: Mallow P10 - 42pts promoted
Vs Castlehaven P10 - 40pts promoted
Éire Óg P10 - 30
Macroom P10 - 20 relegated
Aghabullogue P10 - 18 relegated

Division Three - 11 teams, 10 games
Final: Ilen Rangers P 10 - 46 pts promoted
v Douglas P10 42pts promoted
Naomh Abán P 10 28
Bishopstown and St Vincents - relegated

Division Four - 11 teams, 10 games
Final: Castletownbere 46pts
v Knocknagree 46 Points, both promoted
Kildorrery and Grenagh, both P 10 - 19pts, relegated

Division Five – 9 teams, 8 games
Final: Na Piarsaigh 36pts v Dromtariffe 36pts, both promoted
Ballinora P8 - 26

County Hurling Leagues

Div 1 and Div 2 – no Muskerry team
Division 3 – 10 teams, 9 games
Final: Valley Rovers 41pts 1-15 Watergrasshill 33pts 2-11
Winners only promoted – Valley Rovers
Ballincollig P9 - 27 points
Inniscarra P9 - 27 points
Blarney P9 - 23 points
Dungourney and Meelin relegated
Div 4 - 11 teams
Final: Kildorrery 44pts v Blackrock 42 pts, both promoted
Éire Óg P10 - 40pts
Aghabullogue P10 - 22 pts
Relegation Play off: Midleton v Barryroe
Div 5 - 11 teams
Final: Cloughduv 42 pts v Ballygarvan 42pts, both promoted
Dripsey P10 - 20pts
Grenagh P10 - 17pts
Inter County Championships

Senior Football

Dublin 5 – 18 Cork 1 - 17
A late barrage of goals eased Dublin to another huge win at Croke Park, getting their All-Ireland quarter-final group stage campaign off to a flying start. Yet the 13-point winning margin flattered the four-in-a-row All-Ireland champions somewhat with beaten Munster finalists Cork losing little face in a highly competitive encounter. Just three points separated the teams approaching the hour mark but Dublin opened up with some thrilling football in the closing minutes, drilling three more goals to put the game beyond doubt.
Cork started very well and flew into a four-point lead in front of 30,214 spectators. Kevin O'Driscoll, hit their opening point and Sean White, Kerrigan again and Ruairi Deane added three more and with just six minutes on the clock the Rebels led 0-4 to 0-0. Everything was going right for Cork in this period but Dublin soon found their range. O'Callaghan hit their first score in the eighth minute, Dublin's next score was a McCaffrey goal in the 11th minute and suddenly, for all of Cork's good work, there was just a point in it at 0-5 to 1-1. Dublin drew level in the 16th minute and a Fenton point two minutes later put them ahead for the first time. Dublin led by just 1-9 to 0-9 deep into first-half stoppage time when Macauley palmed in Dublin's second goal. A 2-9 to 0-9 half-time advantage flattered the hosts.
Cork were terrific throughout the third quarter and got the margin back down to just two points on a couple of occasions with Luke Connolly firing in a 46th minute penalty after Ian Maguire was pulled down. Substitute Dean Rock finished with five points for Dublin, four from placed balls, while those late goals, which all came from the 63rd minute onwards, killed the contest.
Cork scorers: Luke Connolly 1-3 (1-0 pen, 1 45), Paul Kerrigan 0-3, Brian Hurley 0-3 (0-1f), Michael Hurley 0-2, Mark Collins 0-1 (0-1f), Sean White 0-1, Ruairi Deane 0-1, Kevin O'Driscoll 0-1, Mattie Taylor 0-1, Liam O'Donovan 0-1.
CORK: Mark White; Thomas Clancy, Kevin Flahive, James Loughrey; Liam O'Donovan 0-1, Tomas Clancy, Mattie Taylor; Ian Maguire, Kevin O'Driscoll; Ruairi Deane, Sean White, Luke Connolly; Paul Kerrigan, Brian Hurley, Mark Collins. Subs: Michael Hurley for Kerrigan 56, Kevin O'Donovan for Loughrey 56, Ronan O'Toole for White 63, Stephen Sherlock for Collins 65, Cian Kiely for O'Donovan 66, John O'Rourke for Maguire 69.

Tyrone 2-15 Cork 2-12
Tyrone overcame Cork at Croke Park to record back to back wins in the quarter-final group stage. Trailing Cork by six points early in the second-half - and by seven in the first-half after conceding two goals - the 2018 finalists found themselves in a difficult position. But Mickey Harte's side refused to panic and a huge second-half display that included goals from Peter Harte and Cathal McShane - who hit 1-5 each - saw them to an important victory.
Tyrone were at their best in the periods either side of half-time and outscored the Munster finalists by 2-4 to 0-1 between the 27th and 48th minutes. They had a strong finale too with Harte, McShane, the excellent Mattie Donnelly and Tiarnan McCann all hitting crucial points.
The Rebels netted inside 15 seconds through their top scorer Luke Connolly, fed by Ian Maguire. Their second goal came in the 18th minute and this time defender James Loughrey was the player who guided a right-footed shot to the left corner of the net. Cork led by seven points approaching the half-time and were sitting pretty with a 2-4 to 0-5 interval lead despite back to back late points from Peter Harte.
The Tyrone management responded by changing a fifth of their team for the second-half, with changes in defence, midfield and attack and upping of the ante, Tyrone were dramatically ahead after 48 minutes with a 2-7 to 2-5 lead, the first time they were ahead.
Cork refused to throw in the towel and the sides were level twice after that at 2-9 and 2-10 apiece but Tyrone, crucially, never trailed again.
And when the need was greatest it was the Ulster outfit that drew on all their big game experience to grind out a priceless win with seven points from the 60th minute onwards.
Scorers for Cork: Luke Connolly 1-3 (2fs), Michael Hurley 0-4, James Loughrey 1-0, Mark Collins 0-2 (2fs), Mattie Taylor 0-1, Sean White 0-1, John O'Rourke 0-1.
CORK: Mark White; Stephen Cronin, Thomas Clancy, Kevin Flahive; Liam O'Donovan, Tomas Clancy, Mattie Taylor; Ian Maguire, Killian O'Hanlon; Sean White, Kevin O'Driscoll, Ruairi Deane; Luke Connolly, Brian Hurley, Mark Collins.Subs: James Loughrey for Tomas Clancy (12), Paul Kerrigan for Hurley (49), Michael Hurley for Collins (52), Sean Powter for Sean White (59), John O'Rourke for O'Driscoll (59), Stephen Sherlock for Cronin (67).

Senior Hurling

Kilkenny turned in a powerful second-half performance to see off Cork and secure a semi-final place. Trailing by two points at half-time, Brian Cody's side summoned up all their courage and character and displayed no little quality to firstly reel Cork in before turning the screw emphatically. It was eight unanswered points between the 40th and 52nd minutes that ultimately propelled the 2015 All-Ireland champions through to the last four. They will face holders Limerick in the semi-finals, a repeat of last year's quarter-final tie which the Shannonsiders won narrowly.
Cork, who have now bowed out of the Championship at Croke Park for the third season running, had an inspired full-forward in Patrick Horgan, who struck 3-10 yet somehow finished on the losing side.
Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 3-10 (1-0 pen, 8fs), Alan Cadogan 0-4, Seamus Harnedy 0-2, Mark Coleman 0-1, Darragh Fitzgibbon 0-1.
Cork: Anthony Nash; Seán O'Donoghue (Inniscarra), Eoin Cadogan, Niall O'Leary; Mark Ellis, Stephen McDonnell, Mark Coleman (Blarney); Billy Cooper, Darragh Fitzgibbon; Daniel Kearney, Conor Lehane, Luke Meade; Alan Cadogan, Patrick Horgan, Seamus Harnedy. Subs: Robbie O'Flynn for Lehane (45), Shane Kingston for Kearney (47), Tim O'Mahony for Cooper (50), Damien Cahalane for O'Donoghue (54), Christopher Joyce for Meade (63).

Under 20 Football

Cork 3-16 Kerry 0-12
Cork dethroned Kerry as EirGrid Munster Under 20 football champions in emphatic fashion at Páirc Uí Rinn. Keith Ricken’s charges were full value for their victory in front of 2,758 spectators and denied Kerry a clean sweep of 2019 provincial football titles with a display highlighted by some terrific individual scores.
Cork made three changes following their facile 31-point demolition of Waterford with Daniel O’Connell , Colm O’Callaghan and Seán Meehan starting.
Cork led by 0-10 to 0-6 at the break and Cork conjured up a cracking goal early in the second period, Blake Murphy raced on to a hopeful ball and thundered an unstoppable shot into the top corner. Additional Cathal O’Mahony, Damien Gore and Colm Barrett points added to Kerry’s misery as the Rebels played with a swagger and an arrogance usually associated with Kerry.
The closing stages saw Cork’s defence deny their opponents time and space with a couple of late Donal O’Sullivan frees helping reduce the deficit. Cork’s win was never in doubt however and they finished with a flourish as Fionn Herlihy and Cathal O’Mahony rattled the Kerry net to complete their rout.
Scorers for Cork: Cathal O'Mahony 1-5 (1f), Mark Cronin 0-5, Blake Murphy 1-1, Fionn Herlihy 1-0, Colm Barrett and Damien Gore 0-2 each, Colm O'Callaghan 0-1.
CORK: Josh O’Keeffe; Michael O’Mahony, Maurice Shanley, Paul Ring (Aghabullogue); Gearoid O’Donovan, Seán Meehan, Peter O’Driscoll; Brian Hartnett, Daniel O’Connell; Colm Barrett, Colm O’Callaghan (Éire Óg), Mark Hodnett; Mark Cronin, Cathal O’Mahony, Damien Gore.
Subs: Blake Murphy for Hodnett (27), Daniel O’Connell for Murphy (36, blood), Fionn Herlihy for O’Callaghan (48), Jack Murphy (Éire Óg) for Barrett (50), Jack McCarthy for O’Donovan (59), Shane Hickey for Meehan (60).
FIXTURES Senior Football: Cork v Roscommon Sunday August 4th at 4pm in Pairc Ui Rinn.
Under 20 Football: Cork will play Tyrone in the All Ireland Semi Final on Sunday July 28th in O’ Connor Park Tullamore at 4pm
Minor Football: Cork will play Ulster champions Monaghan in an All Ireland Quarter Final on Sunday July 28th in Tullamore 6pm.
Under 20 Hurling
Cork play Tipperary in the Munster Final on Tuesday July 23rd at 7.30pm in Thurles. Declan Hanlon and Pádraig Power both of Blarney were on the Cork panel named for the Munster final.

Cork Ladies Senior Football Championship

Cork 6 – 19 Cavan 3 – 8

The outstanding Orla Finn scored 0-12 as Cork kickstarted their All-Ireland SFC Group 1 campaign with a convincing win over Cavan at Mullingar. Eimear Scally, Saoirse Noonan and Libby Coppinger also stood out on a day when Ephie Fitzgerald's charges issued a strong statement of intent in their quest to reclaim the Brendan Martin Cup. Following an initially tight opening, the Leeside challenge pushed into gear. Finn (two), Aine O’Sullivan and Eimear Scally added points, before an O’Sullivan shot squeezed underneath Elaine Walsh for a Cork goal in the 12th-minute. The league champions remained in control, until Cavan responded with a brace of goals to force their way back into contention. A Scally point settled Cork and Coppinger then linked up with Noonan to grab her side’s second major on 25 minutes. Donna English added an additional point for Cavan but with Finn in sparkling form, Cork ended the half nine points in front on a scoreline of 2-13 to 2-4.
Within 60 seconds of the restart, the impressive Kinsale attacker contributed her fifth point from play to move the Cork lead into double digits. Cavan gained brief respite, only for the Munster side to re-assert their authority. Noonan finally got the better of the Cavan netminder at the end of a sweeping move. Coppinger got her second goal and Cork’s fourth before team captain Doireann O’Sullivan was introduced for her first appearance of the championship. Finn continued to do the bulk of the damage for Cork and Scally’s successful penalty enhanced their tally inside the closing-quarter. Doireann O’Sullivan capped a fine cameo with a point on 53 minutes, in advance of swapped goals between Cavan substitute Geraldine Sheridan and Orlagh Farmer. Aisling Sheridan and Lauren McVeety were on target late on for the Breffni county, who are still in line for a quarter-final place should Armagh fail to beat Cork at O’Connor Park, Tullamore next weekend.
Scorers - Cork: O Finn 0-12 (6f), L Coppinger 2-0, E Scally (1-0 pen), S Noonan 1-2 each, A O’Sullivan, O Farmer 1-1 each, D O’Sullivan 0-1.
Cork: M O’Brien; S Kelly, H Looney, E Meaney; M O’Callaghan, M Duggan, E Spillane; A Hutchings, A O’Sullivan; L Coppinger, C O’Sullivan, O Finn; O Farmer, S Noonan, E Scally. Subs: E Kiely for Looney (h-t), R Ni Bhuachalla for Noonan, D O’Sullivan for Coppinger (both 40), D Kiely for O’Callaghan, M Ambrose for Meaney (both 52).

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Eileen O'Flynn presenting the Muskerry GAA/ Auld Triangle Sports Award for May to Eimear Scally, Éire Óg, in recognition of her contribution to Cork Ladies Gaelic Football team's win in the National League Final v Dublin.. Included are Pat Malone, Chairman Muskerry GAA and Reggie Halligan, Chairperson Éire Óg Ladies GF Club. ©Mike English

 Cork Camogie Seniors in All Ireland Semi-final.

Over the weekend, July 13,14, Cork, Waterford and Tipperary all secured their progression to the knockout stages of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship when they secured home wins at the expense of Meath, Clare and Dublin respectively. Reigning champions, Cork, maintained their one hundred percent record when they defeated Meath in Páirc Uí Rinn. The Rebels wasted no time in taking control of the game despite conceding the first point to Kristina Troy. They moved 0-8 to 0-3 clear before two goals in four minutes, the first from Ciara McCarthy and the second from Katelynn Hickey, left Meath with a mountain to climb. Laura Hayes and Cliona Healy were on target with frees to push the gap out to 2-11 to 0-3 at half-time, and while the Royals did manage a goal of their own three minutes in to the second half, their attacking forays were few and far between and Cork restricted to them to two further points in the second half. Manager, Paudie Murray, went deep into his panel for this game, using only a handful of players who would normally be considered frontline starters, and the hunger to catch the eye of the manager was clear as a young team kept piling on the scores. A third goal from Linda Collins in the 53rd minute sealed what was an emphatic Cork 3-22 to Meath 1-5 victory.
Camogie activity July 20/ 21 secured semi-final qualifications for Group 1 winners, Kilkenny and All Ireland champions and Group 2 winners, Cork on August 17. The other semi-finalists will be determined by Waterford v Galway and Tipperary v Limerick All Ireland quarter-finals on August 3.
In their final match of the qualifiers, Cork continued their unbeaten run when they produced a trademark improved second-half showing to see off Waterford by 2-10 to 0-7 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship. In a game played in horrible conditions, with a strong wind and driving rain, Waterford gave their brave supporters plenty to shout about in the first half and were 0-6 to 0-4 ahead at the break. The teams were level four times in the first 20 minutes as Carton exchanged scores with Orla Cotter, and then with Orla Cronin. Cronin pushed Cork ahead for the first time but Áine Lyng responded with Waterford’s first score from play. The Déise had the better of the second quarter before Gemma O’Connor edged the Rebels in front once more. It was the Carton show for the remainder of the half, as she split the posts three times from placed balls to give Waterford that two-point interval advantage. Cronin had a brace of points to restore parity within two minutes and the teams were still inseparable at the three-quarter mark when the Enniskeane sharpshooter sent a shot to the top corner of the net that gave the goalie no chance. Niamh McCarthy’s injury-time goal was harsh on Waterford, who will now play Galway in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final at Semple Stadium on August 3rd, with Tipperary and Limerick also doing battle. Cork and fellow group winners Kilkenny qualify directly to in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals, which will take place on August 17th.
Cork: AOIFE MURRAY, CLOUGHDUV, L Hayes, Pamela Mackey, Laura Treacy; Hannah Looney, Gemma O’Connor, Chloe Sigerson, Libby Coppinger, BRIEGE CORKERY, CLOUGHDUV, Amy O’Connor, Orla Cronin, Orla Cotter, Linda Collins, Julia White, Lauren Homan. Subs: NIAMH MCCARTHY, INNISCARRA for White HT; C. McCarthy for Cronin 49, K. Hickey for Coppinger 53; C. Healy for Collins 56; L.O’Sullivan for Looney 60.

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Presentation of prizes at Castle Hotel Open Day at Macroom Golf Club. From left: Maureen McGrath, winning team; Lady Captain, Marie Lillis; Marian Fleming, winning team and Lady President and Sponsor, Margaret O’Leary Buckley. ©

Great Cork Win for Macroom’s Noel Murphy

Professional boxer, Noel Murphy, Masseytown, Macroom had a great win at Neptune Stadium, Cork on July 20. Great crowds of supporters travelled from the Lee Valley to cheer Noel to victory over Hungarian, Adam Mate. This was the Macroom man’s 14th win since he turned professional and it went the full eight rounds, when he was declared a decisive winner 79 – 74. Crowds had previously travelled from Macroom to see Noel win in the National Stadium in Dublin, but this was their first opportunity to see him fight as a professional in Cork; his based is in New York. Noel (25) started his boxing career with Macroom Boxing Club, now, sadly, closed down.

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Group C at Macroom AFC Soccer Camp 2019 ©Con Kelleher