Lee Valley Outlook v16e18 September 5 2019

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Macroom Food Festival 2019 – September 19 – 22

Lee Valley Diary

Night Classes Enrolment at McEgan College Thurs 5th of Sept 7 to 8 pm.
Carriganima Fun/ Run/ Walk for Hospitals Sat Sept. 7 from 2.30p.m.
“Meet the Crafters” at Johnny Timmy Johnny’s, Inchigeela, 5 - 7 pm Sat 7th Sept
St . Mary's Church bicentenary fundraiser Sat. Sept. 7 in Berrings Hall.
Complex Simplicity Art exhibition opening at Ionad Cultúrtha Sat Sept 7 at 7p.m.
An tAthair Peadar Centenary meeting in The Pub, Carriganima Sept. 9 at 8.30.
Macroom Flower & Garden “Hidden Gems of Autumn” Thurs 12th Sept 8p.m. Coolcower House
Kilmurry Active Retired Meeting Thurs 12th Sep at 7.30 in Heritage Room.
Citizens Information at Coachford Post Office, Fri 13th Sept 9.30 am to 2pm.
Millstreet Vintage Tractor Run for CART Sun. Sept. 15. 10am Carriganima
30th Bengour Harvest Festival Sun. Sept 15, 1.30 to 5.30p.m.
Macroom Country Market 25th birthday, Tues. Sept. 17th in GAA Hall, Castle Grounds, 11.15am- 1.15pm.
Kilmurry Coffee Day for Marymount at Museum on Thurs 19th Sept 9 am to 4.30 pm
Donoughmore Marymount coffee night Thurs Sept 19th Community Centre, Stuake, 7pm -9pm.
Kilmurry Concert at Eire Óg Pavilion Sat 21st Sept at 8 pm.
In Song and Story with Ballincollig Comhaltas at Oriel House Thurs Sept 26th at 8:30pm -11:30.
St . Mary's Church Berrings bicentenary celebration Fri Sept 27th. Mass 7.30 pm.
Daonscoil an Fhómhair i nGuagán Barra 4 – 6 Deireadh Fómhair (Oct.)
Terence MacSwiney Weekend – at Kilmurry Independence Museum 18th - 20th October
Macroom Library Events
Storytime every Saturday at noon.
Juvenile Book Club Sat Sep 7th at 3pm.
Creative Writing Group Tues Sep 10th at 5.30pm.
Bridge Club Wed Sep 11th at 10am.
Music Morning Fri Sep 13th at 11am.
Purlies Thurs 19th at 11 30 am.
Business Advice Clinic Fri 27 Sept
Tuesday Hours. Closing reverts to 7.30 p.m. from Sept 3.
Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne
Tuesday (weekly) Knitting & Craft Group 11 am
First Tuesday monthly @ 10.30 am - Library Book Club
Aoine 20ú 10.30 r.n. Labhair Linn sa Leabharlann
Friday 20th 4.30 pm Culture Night Event
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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Macroom Food Festival 2019– September 19 – 22 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Food Festival 2019

The town of Macroom readies itself for its 8th Annual Food Festival Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd September. Food, drink & entertainment events will take place at a number of indoor & outdoor venues across Macroom town centre, including the Main Square, The Castle Hotel, various pubs, cafés, restaurants, shops & pharmacies. It will have plenty of food, live music & lots of fun for all the family: Comedy Capers at the Castle Hotel; Meet the Buffaloes at Toonsbridge; Teatime Swing Dance; Macroom’s infamous Taste Trail including the Outdoor International Flavours event & Busking Competition; Saturday Night Session on the Square with Hot Guitars & very special guests; Sunday’s Monster Outdoor Food Market, Cork & Kerry Schools cook-off competition, interactive children’s entertainment, live music & more.
Kicking off with Comedy Capers at the Castle Hotel on Thursday 19th September, the festival will see the town of Macroom come alive with food, drink, music and all sorts of fun entertainment for four jam packed days in September. This year’s festival will feature a mix of the old favourites with some new events such as the Comedy Capers event and a Busking Festival to accompany Saturday afternoon’s Taste Trail.
On Friday there will be a tour of Macroom Buffalo Farm, an insight into the cheese making process and a delicious tasting of their award winning cheeses. Meanwhile, back in town, C103 will broadcast live from The Castle Hotel, featuring lots of local producers, on-air tastings, interviews and music. Later that evening, we’ll be dressing up for a stylish, foot-tapping Teatime Swing Dance spectacular, complete with tea, coffee, light bites and sweet treats at The Castle Hotel.
Saturday morning is one for the kids: the main square will be transformed into the Clowning Around Kids Zone, with Conor the Clown, facepainting, dancing, balloon magic and storytelling. Saturday afternoon there’ll be orienteering for taste buds on the Taste Trail – participants follow balloons and bunting to taste their way around sixteen different venues in town. This year, the trail will include a mindfulness station at the Library, special dietary needs stations at a number of pharmacies, the always popular International Flavours and some more surprises, along with the usual favourite tasters.
Macroom Food Festival is also now accepting entries from musicians for their chance to play at a number of Busking Stations around Macroom during the afternoon of Saturday 21st September and will be holding an open voting competition on Facebook over the coming month. First prize winner will also get to open for Hot Guitars later that evening at the Saturday Night Session on the Square. Musicians should send their demo videos now to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
As always, Sunday will see the square transformed into a massive outdoor food market, complete with wacky entertainment from Circus Outside the Box, live music from the Army Band of the Southern Command, face-painting and lots more. Students will get competitive at the Danone Nutricia Annual Schools Cook-Off and as always, there will be plenty to eat and drink all round – from local organic meats to vegetarian and vegan delights, baked treats, seasonal produce, artisan ice cream and everything in between, from Macroom, Cork, Munster and beyond.
The festival draws a crowd of 10 000 each year and is a favourite in the Cork foodie calendar. See www.macroomfoodfestival.com for full line up of events.

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2019 first years at McEgan College Macroom ©An Scoil

Night Classes At McEgan College

There will be an enrolment for night classes on Thursday 5th of September at McEgan College between 7 and 8 pm. There is a wide variety of classes on offer. The college is also offering various QQI Level 5 and 6 Accredited Courses. Please check out the school website at www.mcegan.ie for more information or alternatively contact the school on 026-41076 for more information.

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First Year Group 2019 at De La Salle College, Macroom ©An Scoil

Irish Girl Guides in Belgium

Vera O’Riordan of McEgan Ranger Unit Macroom embarked on the Irish Girl Guides Explorer Belt Challenge in August 2019. This is her account of the Challenge: 180 kilometres, 12 local projects and 9 nights of camping is the perfect recipe for an adventure and that is exactly what the Irish Girl Guides’ Explorer Belt challenge aims to be.
One of the unique features of the Explorer Belt is the mystery surrounding the location. The 180km hike can be held anywhere in Europe and to add to the drama - the location is not revealed to the participants until the day of departure. Keeping this in mind, it's no surprise that our group had a fiery and adventurous spirit - an opportunity (and challenge!) of a lifetime indeed! On the 28th of July, we all convened in Dublin Airport. My hiking partner (Mikeyla Arpac) and I were convinced we would be trekking through the tulips of the Netherlands. You could only imagine the look on our faces when we opened our golden envelopes containing our boarding passes for Brussels! Upon arrival in Brussels, we hopped on a train with the rest of the participants to Oostende, a beautiful coastal city boarding the North Sea. After a briefing and night's rest in the hostel, Mikeyla and I were dropped off at a random town and given a case containing a map and our money for the week - we were to stick to a budget of €3.75 per person per day on the journey. Once we found our bearings on the map, we planned our route for the 10 days and set off.
During the first three days of our trip, we trekked through Flanders - an area steeped in World War 1 history. One of our projects involved a trip to the small Belgian town of Mesen, there we rested by the Peace Fields, near where the historical Christmas day football match was played between opposing sides in the Great War as the unofficial 'Christmas truce' ceasefires took place. Also overlooking the town was a round tower memorial built to commemorate the 40,000 people of Ireland who died fighting with the Allied forces. It was my favourite place to visit on our journey. I knew so little about World War 1 before hiking through Flanders and it was amazing to see the ties and history that Belgians and Irish people shared through the tragedy of war. Throughout our trip, Mikeyla and I were humbled by the hospitality of the locals of Flanders. Each night we were required to ask the locals for permission to pitch our tent on their land. They kindly let us stay in their gardens and often invited us in for a warm cup of tea! We asked them about their pets, their views on Belgian affairs, how they feel about the EU, what hobbies they had and what artwork in the local area they like to complete our assigned projects. Often the conversations would go beyond the assigned briefs and we would share stories of travel, of our future plans and of our families back home. One night a lovely lady by the name of Crystal offered us a fantastic spaghetti dinner - which came as a huge luxury after days of tinned soup and baked beans cooked on a gas cooker!
By day 10, we really felt we had faced up to and overcome the challenges of the Explorer Belt. We climbed the famous cycling hill – Kemmelberg; we discovered traditions in Verne dating to the middle ages, we got chased by pet dogs and even helped a vet clean their entrance with brushes, soap and elbow grease. We chatted with over 40 locals throughout our 10 days, carrying our bags and wearing our neckerchiefs wherever we went. Having handed in our map, budget, log and project books, we had two interviews with the assessment teams. We spent the remaining part of the afternoon exploring Oostende before the Award ceremony. What a wonderful achievement to see all five teams being awarded the coveted Explorer Belt. I have never felt so thrilled to be on such an adventure and it has been the highlight to date of my time as a member of Macroom Girl Guides. By Vera O’Riordan

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St. Mary’s first years with their Year Head, Ms O’Donoghue ©An Scoil

News from St Mary’s

Medjugorje. We would like to sincerely thank Fr John for organising another very successful School pilgrimage to Medjugorje. 31 students from 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th year travelled to Medjugorje in early July. The students had a wonderful spiritual and social experience. Fr John was a superb spiritual director, facilitating very lively Masses and liturgies as well as very reflective meditation. His fundraising efforts provided students with many very enjoyable social occasions. Especially for the 21 3rd years who travelled, it was a perfect way to relax after their Junior Cert.
Book Launch. August 19 we were delighted to hear that one of our students, Theresa Galvin, launched her very own book “Lightning Nerve”, at The Auld Triangle. Some of Theresa's friends from her Comhaltas Music Group opened proceedings with a variety of tunes. Her teachers, Ms Murnane and Ms De la Cour, spoke very kindly about Theresa and her achievements. The night was filled with joy as Theresa's family, teachers and friends got together to celebrate her success. Her book is on sale in Fitzgerald’s Bookshop, Macroom, Waterstone’s, Eason’s and on Amazon. What an amazing achievement for a young writer! We wish her every success.
All Ireland Champions. We would like to congratulate two of our 5th year students, Erika O’Shea and Aoife Twomey, who were part of the All Ireland winning Cork Minor Football Team during the Summer. Cork won the All Ireland Minor ‘A’ Ladies football final after defeating Monaghan in the decider in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. The score line consisted of Cork winning 4-11 to 1-8. Erika writes “To win an All Ireland medal means the world to Aoife and myself . It made all the hard work worthwhile. We had a tough training season which consisted of training two or three nights a week, every week for the past 10 months. We were so lucky to work with Joe Carroll, who we are extremely fortunate to have as a school football trainer as well as a coach on the Cork Management Team. Joe’s passion for football and all the time he has given up for us finally paid off. We really appreciate all of the work that he has put in to coaching our team over the last couple years. Aoife and I are both looking forward to having another go with the Cork Minors next year and hopefully, we will add to our medal collection in the future !” Congratulations to Joe and to the girls on an amazing achievement, well done, we are very proud of you all.
1st Years. St Mary’s Secondary School was delighted to welcome our new students on Monday the 26th of August. The girls were met by their new Principal, Vice Principal and Year Head and spent the morning getting to know each other and their new school with the help of their Buddies. The Buddy System is very effective in St Mary’s and sees fourth year students act as Role Models and Mentors and are of huge help and benefit to the 1st years, helping them with their lockers, books and timetables, taking them from class to class for the first few weeks; making sure that they are ok during break and lunch time and walking them to the Bus Stop after school. They help them to settle in to their new school; to get to know other students in their class etc and help them to transition from Primary School happily. The Buddies (Saoirse Moloney, Estelle Hickey, Marian Creedon, Ciara Bradley, Ciara Quinn, Sarah Kelleher, Caoimhe Horgan and Saorlaith O’Leary) are doing a fantastic job this year as the first years seem to be very happy and settled in their new school already. Their Mentor is Ms O’Donoghue.

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Bridge players at Macroom Library ©

Macroom Library

Thanks to all the children who participated in The Summer Star Reading Programme this summer and who came to our party Saturday 24th. For those of you who were unable to attend, please feel free to ask for your Reading Certificate at the desk. Also there was a raffle, so please check to see is your name on the winning list. Some wonderful workshops were held in the library over the summer. Thanks to Samantha Morton for hosting the Arts & Crafts workshop for the children with beautiful creations made and enjoyed. Also for Heritage week, Macroom Library had the pleasure of having the Aghinagh Comhaltas Group who provided wonderful traditional music to a fine crowd.
Thanks to Dorothy Ó Tuama for her talk ‘A Story of Emigration’ where she read out excerpts from her Uncle’s Diary. Thank you to Aurora Planells for her talk on ‘The traditional Use of Herbs’. All events were well attended, thank you to everyone that came and supported. Please watch out for more events that will be happening in Macroom Library which will be advertised here, social media and posters around town.
Events that are happening in the Library over the next two weeks:
Juvenile Book Club meeting will be on Saturday 7th at 3pm. Storytime is held every Saturday at noon. Creative Writing Group Meeting is Tuesday 10th at 5.30pm. Bridge Meeting is Wednesday 11th at 10.00am. For anyone interested in playing bridge for the first time, the Bridge Club have left pamphlets in the library with details, so pick one up next time you are in. Gramophone Music morning will be hosted by Graham Boote on Friday 13th at 11 00 am and everybody is welcome to attend, listen to music, relax and enjoy a cup of tea. Purlies Knitting Group will meet up Thursday 19th at 11 30 am. Local Artists – Anyone wishing to display their painting/drawing collection in the Library, please contact us at 026/42483. Tots Time – We are thinking of beginning a Tots Time group in the Library, possibly one Friday morning a month but it will depend on interest. It would be a great opportunity for Mums also to meet up with other Mums in the area. If interested, please contact us in the Library.
The Library will be back to normal opening hours on Tuesdays from the start of September, opening from 10.00am to 7.30pm. There will be a Business Advice Clinic on in the Library Friday 27 September – advertising well in advance. Anyone interested in advice about starting up a business or otherwise can book online at; localenterprise.ie/SouthCork to make an appointment. This is done in collaboration with the Local Enterprise Board and Work Matters Initiative in the library.
Everyone is welcome to become a member of the Library and membership is free for all. To join, complete an application form and bring along proof of Identity and address. There is a wide variety of fiction novels covering all genres and a comprehensive non-fiction collection encompassing the Healthy Ireland at your Library national initiative and Work Matters Programme suggested titles. Free Wi-Fi is available and computers with internet facilities for public use, as well as scanning, printing and photocopying 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 /photocopying, all the facilities are free for members. We look forward to welcoming new members and if you were a member in the past and still have your card, please bring it with you when updating your membership.
“When I got my Library card, that’s when my life began” Rita Mae Brown.


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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.
Back to School. Students and teachers throughout the Lee Valley have just begun the 2019 – 2020 school year and we wish them every success, happiness and fulfilment in their work and studies. We will be glad to publish photographs of the incoming classes and of events and achievements relating to school activities. Many schools have done important historical research. Some projects might be suitable for publication and we would be glad to hear about them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please send photographs as jpg large format attachments.
A Prayer for Students. Dear God, thank you for the gift of education in every form. As we start a new year, may confidence be our foundation; may grace be our guide and may hope be our compass toward a bright future. May we have eyes to see the needs of those around us and a heart to love well. May we face each day with positivity, knowing that no matter what comes our way, we don’t have to face it alone.
Night Classes At McEgan College Enrolment for night classes on Thursday 5th of September at McEgan College, 7 to 8 pm. There is a wide variety of classes on offer. The college is also offering various QQI Level 5 and 6 Accredited Courses. Please check out the school website at www.mcegan.ie for more information or alternatively contact the school on 026-41076 for more information.
St . Mary's Church Berrings is celebrating its bicentenary on Friday, September 27th with Mass at 7.30 pm followed by a reception in Berrings School Hall. Everyone more than welcome to join us for this celebration. A fundraising dance is being held on Saturday 7th September in Berrings School Hall for St. Mary's Church Bicentenary celebrations. Music by C & M. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
Complex Simplicity An exhibition of prints and paintings by the late Tadhg McSweeney will be officially opened at Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh in Baile Mhúirne on Saturday, September 7 at 7p.m. It will remain on show until October 22.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club Floral Demonstration with Helen Cusack AOIFA entitled “Hidden Gems of Autumn” including ideas for Wedding Flowers. Thursday 12th of September 8.00p.m. Coolcower House Macroom Tel 026-41695. Visitors most welcome. Plant Sales Table and Club Competitions 087-9821708. Date for your Diary: AOIFA National Flower Festival “Splendour in Flowers and Stone” St. Colman’s Cathedral Cobh, September 27th – 29th . Further details available from Club Secretary.
Kilmurry Active Retired Meeting Thursday night 12th Sep 7.30, followed by a Presentation/ talk Exploring the Healing Power of Plants by Rose McCarthy in the Heritage Room, Kilmurry. Admission €5. All welcome.
Bengour Harvest Festival 30th annual event on Sunday, September 15, 1.30 to 5.30p.m. Over the past 30 years, this voluntary effort has raised more than €1million to fight cancer. Please support.
Macroom Country Market is celebrating 25 years of service to the public and, to celebrate this occasion on 17th September, there will be free tea, coffee and cake and a free raffle. All are welcome. The Country Market is held in the GAA Hall, Castle Grounds, Macroom and is open from 11.15am until 1.15pm.
Kilmurry Coffee Day and Cake Sale in aid of Marymount Hospice takes place in Independence Museum on Thursday 19th of September from 9 am to 4.30 pm. All are welcome!
Donoughmore Marymount Fundraising Group is holding its annual coffee night on Thursday September 19th in Community Centre, Stuake, Donoughmore from 7pm -9pm. Ticket will be for sale on the night and in local shops, with lots of prizes to be won. Your generous donations of home baking would be greatly appreciated and will be taken in on the day from 2pm in community centre and your continued support on the night would be very much appreciated. Raffle starts at 8.30p.m. There will be home baking so come along and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a chat - all in a good cause. Also 2 x Laptops for Auction on the night. Everyone welcome.
Kilmurry Historical & Archaeological Association present Mary Byrne (X Factor Finalist) in Concert at Eire Óg Pavilion on Saturday 21st September at 8 pm. Also featuring Newcestown Comhaltas & Kilmurry Parish Singers. Buy your tickets €20 www.eventbrite.ie or contact Mary @ 087 6568110.
Daonscoil an Fhómhair i nGuagán Barra 4 – 6 Deireadh Fómhair (Oct.) Téama na Daonscoile: Amhránaíocht Dhúchasach Mhúscraí agus Traidisún Béil na Mumhan – filíocht agus ceol, lúibíní agus agallaimh beirte.
Creativity @ Creedons exhibition opened on August 23rd at Creedon’s Hotel, Inchigeela and features local artists. The exhibition will run for the next 6 weeks and it is well worth a look if you are passing through.
Inniscarra Historical Society The second Journal: ‘Changing Times’ will be launched in November at Griffin’s Garden Centre.
Results of Crookstown Vintage Show Draw:1. Eoin Lucey, c/o Oliver Lucey 2. Kitty Howard, Crookstown 3. Patrick Kennelly, Crookstown 4. Anne Marie Delaney, Upper Bellmount 5. John Ringley, c/o Spar Lissarda 6. Margaret Kelliher, 39 New Street, Macroom 7. Harvey... 8. Natalie Twohig, Upper Bellmount 9. Ann Leahy, Bridelands 10. R Wall, Crookstown 11. John Sullivan, Riverstick.
Best Dressed Lady: Senior. Kathleen Hayes, Aherla Junior. Trisha Sullivan, Farranivane Best Dressed Gent: Senior. John Oxford, Toames Junior. James Murphy, Crookstown
Aghinagh G.A.A. 18th August. Jackpot €3,400. Numbers drawn 21, 28 and 30. No winner. €50 Pa O'Riordan, Iveleary. €20 each Mary Ambrose, Caherbaroule; Pat O'Sullivan, Glashagarrive; Jackie Lehane, Sleaveen; Eleanor Kelleher, Moulnahourna.
25th August Jackpot €3,550 Numbers drawn 14, 26 and 42. No winner. €50 Marion & John Joe Kelleher, Ballinagree. €20 each to Jack & Nora O'Leary, Knock, Bealnamorrive; Aine Hurley, Bawnmore, Macroom; Evelyn & Zoe McCarthy, Cobh, C/O Anthony Hubbard; Simon O'Connell, Bealnamorrive..
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto Aug. 21. €70 Dan O’Riordan, Dan Corkery Place, Macroom €20 each Alan O’Donoghue, Dripsey, Richie O’Connor, Oakwood, Macroom, Duggan Family, Moulnahorna, Cian & Abbey Kelleher, Oakwood Macroom.
Aug 28. Jackpot €1,600. €70 George Kelleher Oakwood €20 each: Marie Spillane Moulnahorna, Eddie Walsh Dromduv, Eileen Reen, Rathmore, Siobhan O’Shea Lissacreasig.
Kilmichael G.A.A Lotto 26th August: Jackpot €4,900; Numbers: 1-7-18-25; No Winner. €50 Miah Murphy, Johnstown €25 each to Fintan Collins, Shanacashel; Peter & Maureen Cronin, Kilnadur; Denis Murray, c/o Murrays Bar, Macroom.
2nd September: Jackpot €5,050; Numbers: 6 -9-17-26; No Winner. €50 John Joe & Edel Coakley, Inchigeela €25 each to Fionán & Naoise O’Dwyer, Shanacashel; Tim Kelly, Gneeves; Kathleen Lordan, Dromcarra.
Kilmurry G.A.A. Lotto: 26/09/2019. Jackpot: €2,800 Numbers Drawn:6,33,34. No winner. €50 Aoifa O Callaghan€20 each: Elizabeth Wall, Deirdre Jj Browne, Laurence Buckley, Chris Cahill, Steve Glasgow.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 20/08/2019. Jackpot €1200. Numbers 1-8-22. No winner. €70 Francis O'Riordan, Teerbeg. €20 each: Celia Lynch, New Street, Dennis Buckley, Kilmichael, Brigid Relihan, Dan Corkery Place, . Mary C Kelleher, New Street, Eliz & John Crean, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.
27/08/2019. Jackpot - €1400 Numbers drawn: 7- 23-33. €70. Michelle & Brooke Murphy, Cork Street €20 each: Connie O'Riordan, Sleaveen East, Anita Murphy, Cork Street, Kay Kelleher, South Square, Stephren O' Leary, Cork Street, Margueite O'Riordan, Barrett Place
Macroom A.F.C. Lotto 26/08/19. Jackpot: €5,200. Numbers drawn: 10, 17, 22. No Winner. €80: Daniel O’ Leary c/o Lar’s. €20 each: Pat Bonzo c/o Murray’s, Mgt and Brian c/o Hound, Tim Ring c/o Lar’s, Liz, Ger and Charlie c/o Danny.
Rylane CPA Lotto: 19/8/2019 Jackpot €4,300. Numbers drawn: 6-18 - 37. No Winner. €20: Shelly Dennehy (Rylane); Joan Healy (Rylane); Joan Kelleher (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20:Crowleys.
26/8/2019 Jackpot €4,400. Numbers drawn: 1 - 7 -37. No Winner. €20: Gráinne Mc Carthy (Killeen, Aghabullogue); Theresa Dennehy (Rylane); Josh Grimes (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20:Helen Kelleher.
Coachford AFC Lotto: 26/8/2019. Jackpot: €1,000. Numbers Drawn: 1 – 17 – 36. No Winner. €40 Kathleen Healy (Yearly Ticket). €20 Jackie Doherty, Sophie Martin, Dan O’Mahony, Yvonne & Ray.
2/9/2019. Jackpot: €1,200. Numbers Drawn: 1 – 5 – 24. No Winner. €40 Martin Griffin. €20 Helen, G. Harrington, Sheila Moloney, Eoghan Maher.

Lee Valley Updates

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Na daltaí a thosnaigh sa Chéad Bhliain i Scoil Mhuire Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 2019 ©An Scoil

Nuacht Scoil Mhuire

Torthaí Ardteiste. Tréaslaímid go mór leis na daltaí a thug faoin Ardteist i Scoil Mhuire i Mí an Mheithimh. Fuaireadar a gcuid torthaí le déanaí agus éacht déanta acu. Bhaineamar ana thaitneamh as na blianta a chaitheadar linn. Guímid gach rath agus áthas orthu agus iad ag tabhairt faoin gcéad chéim eile ina saolta anois.
Bliain 1. Tá ríméad orainn fáilte a chur roimh na daltaí nua a bheidh ag tosnú ar aistear nua oideachais linn i mbliana. Tá 20 dalta sa chéad bhliain agus is é seo an líon is mó a thosnaigh sa scoil le roinnt blianta anuas. Bhí imeachtaí éagsúla eagraithe dóibh le haithne a chur ar a chéile, ar na méantóirí a bheidh ag cabhrú leo agus ar phobal na scoile i gcoitinne. Tá súil againn go mbainfidh siad taitneamh agus tairbhe as an na blianta a chaithfidh siad inár measc
Seomraí Nua. Is mór an chúis áthais dúinn é go bhfuil dhá sheomra nua tógtha agus oscailte againn i Scoil Mhuire in am don scoilbhliain nua. Tá Seomra Adhmadóireachta agus Seomra Eac. Bhaile nua le scoth an trealaimh anois againn agus súil againn go gcuirfidh siad go mór le foghlaim agus go háirithe scileanna praiticiúla na ndaltaí. Chuaigh an fhorbairt seo chun tairbhe do phobal uile na scoile mar athchóiríodh na seanasheomraí ina seomra ranga nua agus seomra foirne nua breá fairsing!

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Aodhagán Ó Riordáin, CCÉ Craobh Lachtaín Naofa, Cill na Martra, 1st Prize winner in Comhrá Gaeilge 13-15 at the Fleadh in Drogheda ©

Fleadh Winners

Members of CCÉ Craobh Lachtaín Naofa returned home from Drogheda with three all-Ireland wins and three runners-up medals after a very successful weekend at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. The Cill na Martra Comhaltas branch now has two All-Ireland champions in Comhrá Gaeilge, with Aodhagán Ó Riordáin winning the 13-15 years category, and Méabh Ní Chonaill the 15-18 years section, while Seán Ó Muimhneacháin won the amhráin nua-cheaptha Gaeilge competition. There was a double success for Muintir Uí Chonaill, with Finín Ó Conaill coming second in Comhrá Gaeilge 9-11 years. In Amhránaíocht ar an Sean-Nós, two singers from the branch took runner-up medals, with Danielle Ní Chéilleachair second in the women's over 18 competition and Seán Ó Súilleabháin second in the men's under 12 section. Comhghairdeachas leo go léir.

Citizens Information Outreach Coachford 2019

South Munster Citizens Information Service will be available at Coachford Post Office on Friday 13th September from 9.30 am to 2pm. Staff from Macroom Citizens Information Centre will be available to provide information and advice on a range of topics including The National Childcare Scheme Which opens in October of this year. Its work also includes a representational advocacy service to people who feel that they have been denied their rights and entitlements. Anybody interested in the service can drop-in to Coachford Post Office on Friday. No appointment is necessary. The service is free, confidential and independent.
Contact number for Macroom Citizens Information Centre is 0761 07 8430 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Caheragh Vintage Run.

Caheragh & District Vintage Club Modern, Classic & Vintage Run will take place on Sunday 8th September. Proceeds will go to the Aisling Tanner Fund. Registration is at 11.30 am at The Coachman's Inn, Bauravilla. Run starts at 1.00pm. Music, BBQ & Craic after run at The Traveller's Rest, Caheragh at 4.30pm. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
Aisling Tanner is a sixteen year old girl with Cerebral Palsy. At nine months old she was diagnosed with this condition. Since then, Aisling and her parents have been trying to increase her quality of life. It is Aisling’s ambition to walk. In 2013, she started attending ABR treatment in Scotland three times a year. This treatment helps her in numerous ways. It has given strength to her upper body; she can now move her neck freely and has also given her more weight bearing strength in her legs, giving her more independence in transferring to and from the wheelchair and she can take a few steps. It is most beneficial for Aisling so we would greatly appreciate your support. “If you have nowhere to go on Sunday 8th at 1pm, we would really appreciate if you head to The Coachman's Inn and just go for a spin" - Aisling.

Lee Valley Author Launches First Novel

Naomi Kelly will release her debut novel, "Trial by Obsidian," on Friday 13th September. Her medieval style fantasy story tells of Juniper, a young magician woman who journeys across a forsaken border. The story follows her fight, not only against the prejudice she faces but for her very life. When an enemy, with as uncertain a past as Juniper has a future, offers help, she must question what really makes us who we are? Is there more to loyalty than a border? More to family than a blood-line? With elements of romance, family history and battles, there is something in the story for everyone!
Born in Dublin, Naomi moved to her grandfather’s farm and Hanover Hall when just 11. She attended St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s schools in Macroom, graduating in 2014. She has many happy memories of the Briery Gap, where she took part in dramas and enjoyed the library. She now lives in Terelton and works in a body care shop in Cork city. She credits her aunt, Jacinta O’Connor, an English and History teacher in Bantry, with being her inspiration and editor in chief.
Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop will stock the novel from Friday 13th and Naomi will attend for a reading and signing of the novel on Saturday 28th September from 3pm. All bookworms and writing enthusiasts are invited to celebrate the novel and ask any questions they may have about the writing process.

An tAthair Peadar Centenary

We will be celebrating the 100 year anniversary of an tAthair Peadar Ua Laoghaire in Carriganima in Spring 2020. Next committee meeting in The Pub in Carriganima on 9th September at 8.30. Everyone welcome. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.
Táimid ag comóradh 100 bliain An t-Athair Peadar Ó Laoghaire i gCarraig an Ime in Earrach na bliana 2020. Beidh an chéad chruinniú eile ar siúl sa The Pub i gCarraig an Ime ar an 9ú Meán Fhomhair ag 8.30. Fáilte roimh chách. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. le aon ceisteanna.

Clondrohid Updates

Clondrohid Fun Day (Day of the Regions ): It was with deep regret that the organisers of this event heard of the passing of Michael Healy RIP and as a mark of respect, they postponed this Fun Day. It is rescheduled for Sunday September 8. It will take place in the Clondrohid Community Hall area from 12pm to 4pm. Events will include a 5km fun run/walk/jog, Live Music, Bouncing Castle, Family Fun Ball Run, Stalls, Ice Cream Van, Fast Food, Raffle, Children’s Activities including Face Painting, Rinka, Magic, Balloons and much much more. Fun Run registration at 11.30am. €10 per adult. Stalls still available. Proceeds to be divided equally between Hall Committee and Parents Association. A lot of hard work has been done preparing for this venture so please support and enjoy a great parish event. 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. Anyone willing to give a hand is most welcome.
Success for Local Athlete. Congrats to Stephen Bradley who made history for his club when he competed in the Czech Republic and won the first 800m and 1500 m Bronze Para International medal for West Muskerry in both events.
Events in Carriganima: The annual Fun /Run /Walk in aid of Macroom and Millstreet Hospitals will take place on this Saturday September 7. Registration at 2.30 Entry €10 per adult, €5 for under 18’s and €20 for a family. Race commencing at 3.30.Later there will be refreshments and music in the pub. A very hard working committee deserve your support and as usual the ‘craic’ is always good.
CART Run. The Annual Millstreet Vintage Tractor Run in aid of CART, will take place on Sunday Sept 15. Registration at 10am in Carriganima. A great day assured. Come along for the chat and refreshments and support this fundraiser. This bus is a great asset in any community.
On Friday Sept 20, the Big Man is on his way to Carriganima again, the one and only TR Dallas. On Saturday Sept 21, Back on Track will be playing in the pub.
Iphone / Smart Phones Courses in IRD Duhallow: A beginners course on the use of Iphone /Smart phones will be held in the James O Keeffe Institute Newmarket commencing Wednesday Sept 11 from 10am to 12 noon one session per week for 5 weeks. Cost of course €10. There will be an improvers computer course on Monday Sept 9 from 10am to 12 noon . For more info or to book a place please ring 029 60633 as soon as possible.

Uíbh Laoire Notes.

Pop Up Shop The display and sale of local crafts had a very successful summer in the old store, fondly known as Timmy Johnny’s shop in Inchigeela village. Local crafts people co-operated to show their creative work and it was nice to see the old store come to life once more. There is tasty food, beautiful wooden items, photography, paintings, knitwear and more- and all created locally. The store closes on this Saturday but we hope that it will continue next year. The talented crafts people will be present at 5pm until 7pm on Saturday at the closing. So if you want to see some nice craftwork in unique surroundings there’s only a few days to call in and browse around.
Calling all O’Learys. The O’Leary clan gathering takes place in Creedon’s Hotel in Inchigeela, this weekend from Friday afternoon til Sunday afternoon. We understand that there will be a skype connection made on Friday at 6 pm, to O Learys far and wide. It is a wonderful opportunity for the clan members from afar to connect with their roots and to meet old acquaintances once more.
On the Lakes. The lakes have been alive with colourful kayaks all summer long and it’s good to see people of all ages enjoying such a healthy activity. Kayaks and instructions are available from K2 Sport and Leisure Inchigeela Phone 089 2444414 and Outdoor Discovery,086 3714660
Éalú Lúa Adventure Race Best wishes to the organisers and all taking part. The race begins on Saturday morning, 14th of September in Inchigeela this year and consists of a run, a cycle around the lakes and a kayak trip. We know that all participants will enjoy the event and the lovely lake and mountain scenery that is background to it.
Croí na Laoi Meeting The local development group held its first meeting recently, after the summer break and the following items were discussed; Community Environment Action Fund; Defibrillator; Hall survey report; Tidy Towns new equipment container; street ornamental furnishings etc.
Tithe Soisialta Béal Átha Bhí an oscailt oifigiúil ar an Aoine seo chaite. The new social houses are now officially opened and up and running. On Friday, at a pleasant occasion in Cuan Barra, a large crowd was present when the ribbon was cut by Michael Looney representing the mayor of Cork County Council, Donal Mc Manus and members of the local Cuan Barra Committee. The venture is a credit to all involved. The houses are beautiful and are a showcase of what can be done when a group of determined people will follow their dream right through to making it a reality. Maith sibh go léir.
Pictiúirí á lorg. This year is the 80th anniversity of the founding of a Technical school in Ballingeary. By coincidence it is also the 60th anniversary of the the founding of Fionnbarra Ó Murchú’s Meán Scoil Mhuire. The amalgamated schools (Scoil Mhuire) will be holding commemoration events to mark the occasion and are looking for the loan of photos from the past years. Má tá tu sásta cabhrú leo, chuir scairt ar (026)47050
Treat yourself Beauty therapist in Cuan Barra by appointment (085)1679563. Hairdresser, also in Cuan Barra make appointment (087)7798592
Beir Bua. We wish the Junior As and Junior Bs every success in their upcoming matches.

‘Lightning Nerve’ Launch

16-year-old Theresa Galvin, Gurranereigh, Kilmichael, has just launched her first novel. Theresa sat her Junior Cert. at St. Mary’s, Macroom in June and by August, is already a published author. With the help and support of her family, she launched ‘Lightning Nerve' in the Auld Triangle recently. It tells the tale of Zara Bolt who, fourteen years ago, lost her parents, her sister, everything. The McGillycuddy Academy for the Kings and Queens of Nature is not just any school. Zara’s world is falling down around her, but will she get caught in the backfire?
Theresa only discovered the joys of reading in 5th class but soon found it difficult to access interesting books, so, by age 12, decided to try writing her own. Learning of the McGillycuddy Reeks in Geography struck a chord in her imagination and set her off on a fantastic journey, encompassing excitement, adventure and magic. Her book is aimed at a 12 – 17 year old readership. Her role model is probably Scottish author, Estelle Maskame, who, at the age of 22, is already a bestselling author of 5 books. Theresa is a third of the way through another book, and may well surpass Estelle’s track record.

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Jim Power, Economist, speaker at Béal na mBláth, 2019 ©Con Kelleher

Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne

There was a great turn out on Saturday 31st August for the culmination of the Summer Stars Reading Adventure in Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne. All the children who had registered received Certificates of Participation and many prizes were awarded. If you were registered for Summer Stars but were unable to attend the awards party, don’t worry, you can collect your certificate the next time you visit the library.
On Saturday 24th August we had our Heritage Week event. Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne was delighted to welcome archaeologist, Enda O’Flaherty, who is responsible for the evocative photographs which populate the pages of his book The Deserted School Houses of Ireland. Enda gave a lovely presentation which sparked great memories of school days in the audience. There were stories of bringing sods of turf for the fire, cranky teachers and lovely teachers, long walks to school in bad weather and high jinks along the way in good weather and then of course, those dreaded outside toilets were mentioned. It was a packed house with people having travelled from Midleton, Douglas, Sheep’s Head, Rathmore and of course, our neighbours from Macroom, Inchigeelagh, and many locals. Many thanks to Enda for volunteering his time and insights to what was a very successful morning. His next dream project is The Deserted Dance Halls of Ireland.
The Library Book Club had their first meeting since before the Summer on Tuesday. The Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 10.30 am. Every genre of book is considered and members can recommend some of their favourite authors and books. There is usually quite a lively discussion about the book that has been read. The Book Club is open to everyone and new members are very welcome. The knitting and craft group meet every Tuesday at 11pm. It doesn’t matter if you are experienced or a novice just bring whatever you are working on or come along and ask for some hints and tips. Plans for participating in Culture Night 2019 are presently being finalised. Niamh Ní Lochlainne, author of Bean Feasa and Ashleigh O’Neal, author of The Wren is Near, will visit the library to talk about their books, referring to what they draw their inspiration from. Please join us at Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne at 4.30pm on Culture Night for this talk which promises to be very interesting. Beidh Labhair Linn sa Leabharlann, an ciorcal comhrá i Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne ag tosnú arís san Fhómhar. Beimid ag teacht le chéile ag 10.30 r.n ar Dé hAoine 20ú Mean Fomhair. Tá fáilte roimh gach duine agus beidh fuighleach tae agus caife le fail. New member are welcome and all levels of spoken Irish are catered for. Some of you might have a little free time now that the children are back at school and there is nothing more relaxing than a few minutes with a cup of tea or coffee and a good book. Books are also a great way to fill the evenings when it is too dark to garden or safely go walking. So please drop in to the Library in Ballyvourney, join one of our groups or just chose some books from the wide variety on offer.
Our 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 Enquiries & Event Bookings Ph: 026 45767 during the above hours only.

Gradam an Dochtúra Uí Loingsigh for Conrad .

The 6th annual Dr Lynch Gathering will run on Saturday September 14th in Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh and later, in The Abbey Hotel. Three speakers will feature in the 2019 event, all discussing various Munster legends of times past. Professor Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Department of History, NUI Galway, will be speaking on his ongoing research into the life and times of Seán Ó Cuill, a Coolea man who became an advocate of the local Muskerry traditions and folklore as well as receiving recognition for his collection of songs, ‘Músgraidhe Fileata’. Ó Cuill went on to become a forward-thinking civil servant based in Dublin during the mid-1920s who was involved with the founding of Nua-Ghaeltacht, a housing scheme exclusively for Irish-speaking families.
Dr. Caoimhín de Bhailís, an Independent Art Historian, will tell about a painting by Clonakilty-born artist, Alfred Elmore, called “The Martyrdom of Thomas a Becket” and its patron’s interest in the painting’s theme. The patron in question was Daniel O’Connell. This is very topical given the recent presentation, at the 2019 Daniel O’Connell Summer School, of the death mask of the Great Emancipator to the State by the Countess of Dunraven, which has remained in the Derrynane Cottage since 1847. Dr. Seán Ua Súilleabháin, Department of Modern Irish, UCC who will speak about Art Uí Laoghaire – text, translations, myth and history.
The 5th Gradam an Dochtúra Uí Loingsigh will be presented to Conrad Creedon of The Abbey Hotel. Gradam an Dochtúra Uí Loingsigh was launched in 2015 to recognise the entrepreneurial spirit, ‘can-do’ attitude and cultural appreciation which was synonymous with An Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh, in a modern-day member of the wider West Muskerry Gaeltacht community. The Abbey Hotel is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the award is being presented to Conrad in recognition of his contribution to employment, cultural promotion and the community in general of West Muskerry.
This year there will also be a presentation made to the management of the Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh of a portrait of An Dochtúir Dómhnall Ó Loingsigh by Cork artist, Pat Dowling. Pat had previously painted the portrait of Seán Ó Ríordáin that is now hanging above the office. Ó Ríordáin will now be in good company as it has been said of both men that they were far ahead of their times, and it is only in the decades since their death that their true legacies are being understood.
August 5th 2019 saw a great achievement being attained for one of the direct descendants of Dr Lynch. Erika O’Shea of The Old Bell in Macroom, a great great granddaughter of Dr Lynch and a member of Macroom Ladies Football, was part of the Cork Ladies Football Minor A Team that won the 2019 All-Ireland title against Monaghan in Bord na Móna O’Connor Park in Tullamore. It is very fitting that a direct descendant of Dr Lynch has won such a great accolade, given her roots in the GAA – Dr Lynch was the first President of the GAA club in Ballyvourney!
The Dr Lynch Gathering is open to everyone, with the Opening Introduction taking place at 3pm. The gathering continues with dinner (€25 payable at the door) in The Abbey Hotel at 6.30pm – again all welcome. For further details please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check out www.drlynchballyvourney.ie

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Lissarda Ambush Commemoration Committee with Connie Long, M.C., speaker, Gerard O'Rourke, Fr. Michael Kelleher who led the prayers and Der Kelleher who raised the Tricolour. ©Con Kelleher

Heritage Event in Canovee

Carrigadrohid / Killinardrish historical group held an important heritage event at Canovee Graveyard on Saturday 24th August. Speakers were Peter Scanlon talking about the archaeological aspects of the 7th century monastic settlement on which Canovee graveyard is sited, Theresa Mathers gave a presentation on the graveyard and its residents and Jerry Moynihan talked about finding the 7th century Cross inscribed stone on his family lands and other entertaining anecdotes. Rita O’Brien ably introduced each speaker. Over 50 people attended the event, including some family members of those interred there. They were able to pass on further information to fill in some of the gaps on the history of the site.

Inchigeelagh Pop Up Craft Shop.

Unfortunately the time has come to close our pop up craft outlet in Johnny Timmy Johnny’s shop in Inchigeelagh, having already, due to great interest, extended its opening period. It has been a tremendous success and as a thank you, all our crafters will be in the shop on Saturday, 7th September. Please come and meet them. “Meet the crafters” will take place between 5 and 7 pm on Saturday 7th September.

Cycle for Scoliosis

A group of 19 cyclists from the Valley Wheelers Cycling Club, based in the mid Cork area, took part in a 1 day charity cycle from Cork to Dublin. The event, organised by Sean Casey, was in aid of the Straight Ahead Foundation which helps children with Scoliosis. Sean was inspired to organise this cycle as his daughter, Eabha, has Scoliosis and has had several surgeries over the years. The money raised goes towards alleviating waiting lists for children in need of surgery. The participants raised an impressive €14,086. On the 22nd of June, the group departed from the Clayton Silver Springs hotel in Cork and cycled to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Dublin in 1 day. Valley W CC would like to thank all those who kindly donated to the charity and a special thanks to Macroom Motors for providing a support van for the cycle.

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Dan Cronin reading Barry O'Brien's 'History of Macroom G.A.A. Club' in his library. ©Con Kelleher

Dan Cronin – Macroom Collector Extraordinaire
By Con Kelleher
Dan Cronin was born in the 1970s and has lived most of his life in Macroom. He is a Macroom based postman. While Dan may be a professional sorter and deliverer, he is also a sorter and collector of memorabilia. While collecting GAA match programmes is his major interest, he also gathers many other items. His library is an Aladdin’s cave of programmes, books, scarves, photos, brochures, coins, golf-ball markers, to name but some of his treasure trove. All items are neatly sorted, catalogued and stored and can be found in an instant. Furthermore, there is often a background story with many items. He estimates he may have 10,000 pieces altogether.
Collecting was almost genetic for Dan. His father, John, collected clocks and antiques; Tess, his mother, kept a scrapbook of Macroom activity as recorded in newspapers. John’s sisters kept everything. For example, they kept all Christmas cards received, which were returned to their envelopes and neatly boxed and stored. His uncle Dónal was also a gatherer. John, his father, brought Dan to his first big competitive GAA match when Macroom met Castlehaven in the championship. Played in Dunmanway, and mesmerised by what he experienced, Dan has ever since been enthralled with football and collecting; he even has the programme from that game. Although he played only until U-14 – ‘his’ team qualified for a Féile finals - Dan has attended most of Macroom’s significant matches since. Macroom’s recent Premier Intermediate championship win against St. Vincent’s was the club’s last big focus. Macroom meet Cill na Martra on 31 August 2019 in a very important fixture. As well as enjoying the spectacle and the excitement, Dan is currently Macroom GAA Club’s Membership Officer. He finds expression for his GAA interest through attending matches, in club administration and especially, in collecting match programmes. Collecting has been a labour of love for about thirty years. His passion for collecting memorabilia extends to other fields; he has items about golf, Pitch & Putt, Liverpool F.C., the history of Fianna Fáil, Irish history, sports history, bowling, quizzes and he owns many medals and coins.
Dan’s father, John, a Caum man and ardent Canovee supporter, served as Canovee club secretary/ treasurer for many years. His mother Tess (O’Rourke) was from Cloughduv and they settled after marriage in Macroom where John worked for the Post Office. He sometimes delivered parcels and much was done on bicycle. His route included Bawnmore, Clonavrick and Derryroe. Mike is Dan’s older brother and only sibling. John was also very interested in antiques and he collected and repaired old clocks. A maternal uncle, Dónal O’Rourke, collected GAA items – newspaper cuttings and photos - and gave Dan a box of very valuable material. Macroom doyen, Liam Walsh, Glen Park, has supplied many special items over the years, including the signed National League 1982 programme when Cork beat Kerry. Colm Oldham is another who is interested in old GAA material. Collecting GAA programmes is a demi-monde of its own and Dan has travelled Ireland in pursuit of his hobby. The distinguished historian Dónal McAnallen – co-editor of The Evolution of the GAA Ulaidh, Éire agus Eile and curator of Armagh Museum, is one of a valued group of contacts and friends. Dónal’s brother, Cormac, was the gifted and promising young Tyrone footballer who died unexpectedly at a very young age. Modern media, with its internet, websites and Done Deal, facilitates much of the chat, exchange and dealing that is part and parcel of the business.

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Cover of booklet for re-opening of McEgan/Castle Grounds in 1957. ©Con Kelleher

There are thousands of programmes in Dan’s collection. He has every All-Ireland senior football and hurling final programme since 1967; his earliest hurling final one is from 1947. These are complemented by semi-final, provincial final and National League programmes. With regard to Cork club games, his earliest items are from the 1947 finals St. Nick’s v. Clonakilty in football and St. Finbarr’s v. Sarsfields in hurling. His earliest Macroom programme is from 1957, Macroom v. Lees (now defunct) in a county senior semi-final photo. Dan has programmes from the 1958, ’59 and ’62 senior finals – Macroom won in 1958 and 1962 - with the last taking a place of honour. Also among his collection are those from the 1982, 1990 and 2000 Macroom intermediate final victories. Other special programmes include the 1961 All-Ireland minor final featuring Jimmy O’Donoghue, the All-Ireland football finals of 1956-’57 – with many Macroom players, 1972, ‘89-’90 (Colman Corrigan played) and 2010 Cork All-Ireland (Fintan Goold was a team member). The booklet of the re-opening of Macroom McEgan Park /Castle Grounds in 1957 is historic and Macroom club’s 1984 GAA centenary brochure is interesting. Incidentally, Jimmy O’Donoghue is both a P & P player and a collector, and they are good friends. To be continued.


Buying Second Hand Machinery
Dear Karen,
I am a farmer but I sometimes do a bit of contracting for machinery to supplement my income and I would have good knowledge about the quality of farm machinery. I was recently looking for a land leveller for my own farm and I saw one on a website similar to done deal. There was a number and it said his name was Mick. I rang the seller and we agreed to meet up. He came to the farm and brought the land leveller with him. He was eager for a cash sale and asked could we keep it out of the books and as he gave me a good price I agreed. He said if there was any problems with it to give him a shout and he gave me his word that it would fit on the tractor I have. I then tried to use it the next day, but it wouldn’t attach to the tractor and the mechanism appears to be faulty. I rang the seller and he denied he sold it to me and said he can’t help me and I tried ringing again but he won’t answer. What should I do?
Dear Reader,
As a purchaser and particularly in respect of private treaty sales, you should be aware of the legal doctrine called ‘Caveat Emptor’. Unfortunately you are responsible for checking the quality and suitability of the product and there is an onus on you to do so. Ordinarily, a consumer will be protected under the Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act 1980 where goods must be of merchantable quality, fit for purpose and as described in the advert. Two factors need to be considered when ascertaining whether you are a consumer. Firstly, it needs to be established whether the contract was made in the course of a business and secondly whether the goods supplied were the type ordinarily supplied for private use or consumption.
It could be classified here that you were making a commercial purchase for use in your business, trade or profession and you may not be classified as a consumer. However, you would still have rights under contract law. As a general rule, the seller can either repair or replace the item. Alternatively, they can refund the cost of the item to you. The first step in attempting to obtain redress from a seller is to approach the seller directly and see whether they will agree to repair or provide a refund. I see you have done that and he is refusing to assist. The second step would be to instruct a solicitor and send a letter of demand. The success of this letter will likely depend on the contract you and the seller have. It will depend if you have any sort of guarantee or warranty connected to the machine. It doesn’t appear that there is a warranty here unless the seller has one which he hasn’t made you aware of.
If a solicitor’s letter fails to obtain any redress in the matter, it is advisable to consider initiating legal proceedings. Legal proceedings can be brought in the small claims, district, circuit and high court depending on the level of damages sought for the breach of contract. The majority of consumer/ breach of contract type cases tend to be dealt with in the lower courts. It would have been better if you had a written contract or an invoice or bill with the seller as you could have relied on this as proof of payment which you may need to rely upon at a later stage. In future, make sure you always get written proof of the sale. I think, in your case, it would be helpful to print the website ad which gives proof of the seller’s phone number and name and you would will need to give a statement to your solicitor or you may need to give evidence in court to show there was an oral contract between you and the seller and to show you paid for and received the goods. It might be helpful to look if there is a serial number on the leveller which may trace back to the seller.
In instances where a potential breach of contract has occurred it will be important to investigate who was at fault. If such a machine was used for its specific purpose and was not fit for that purpose and if you are classified as a consumer, you will have rights as far as seeking remuneration is concerned. If there is a fault, it is advisable to immediately report it to the seller. The longer you wait to report a fault, the weaker your position on a number of fronts is. It may be difficult to establish whether the goods were fit for purpose or faulty at the time of purchase as there may have been an intervening act in the interim period from the time of purchase to the time you noticed the fault. The seller may also potentially argue the fault has arisen from wear and tear in the interim period. If the fault was present immediately after buying and you did not report it, you may have difficulty obtaining a full replacement or refund.
You should also be aware of The Defective Product Act 1991 which introduced the idea of product liability and if a seller sells a faulty or defective product and harm such as personal injury is caused by that product, then the seller has been negligent and is liable for damages. I would recommend in all cases that if you do discover a fault in goods such as machinery you have bought, it is advisable to take immediate action and notify the seller. If you receive no redress here, it is advisable to take legal advice and consider your options further.
Karen Walsh, of Walsh & Partners, Solicitors, comes from a farming background and is a solicitor specialising in agricultural law, land law and renewable energy and is author of ‘Farming and the Law’ available from www.claruspress.ie. The firm also specialises in personal injuries, employment law and family law. She has offices in Dublin and Cork. For further information please contact 01-602000 or 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.

Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association Ltd Concert

Mary Byrne’s story is the stuff of fairytales and movies. She’s the Tesco supermarket checkout lady who took a chance in life at the age of fifty by auditioning for Britain and Ireland’s biggest TV talent show, the X Factor. Although she was pipped for a place in the 2010 X Factor final, Mary won the hearts of millions with her big, warm personality and powerhouse voice. And when she finally got her life-changing break in the world of show business, Mary Byrne, a bright and ambitious woman with a wealth of life’s experiences under her belt, was determined to make the most of it.
Mary has performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her historic State visit to Ireland, and shared the stage with Neil Diamond to perform for over 55,000 fans at Dublin's Aviva Stadium and has performed all over Ireland, The UK, Europe and is a regular performer in the USA in theatres and on luxury cruises. Having achieved multi platinum status on her music albums, Mary has just released her 4th Album, “Mary Byrne sings the 60’s”. Following her dream of acting on stage and screen, she performed on the West End Touring Production of Grease – The Musical starring as Teen Angel and she performed a sixteen week sell-out tour of Ireland starring in “Menopause – The Musical” before being cast in Cheerios Panto at the Tivoli Theatre as the Good Queen Mary. Her stage career continues this year as she stars in both the hilarious comedy theatre show “Dirty Dusting” which tours Ireland in November 2019 and then appears in the Longford Panto, “Cinderella”, at Christmas 2019.
Mary was recently honoured to be made an Ambassador of the Make-A-Wish Foundation which grants wishes for sick children. Never shy of a challenge, Mary bravely abseiled down one of Dublin’s tallest buildings for Make-A-Wish Foundation. Mary also featured as a leader on “Celebrity Operation Transformation” on RTE1 which saw her transform herself in both body and mind, a journey she continues and currently stands 5 stone lighter, with a fresh new confidence in her life. Mary is very much looking forward to appearing in Ovens Co Cork for a fundraising concert on 21st September at 8pm benefiting the Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association. Details on Independence Museum Kilmurry Facebook

Sports Mad

Cork County Football and Hurling Championships 2019
Senior Football Championship
Divisional / College Section: Duhallow and UCC qualify for open draw for last 16 (Rd 3)
Clubs Section - Round 2
Newcestown 1-13 Valley Rovers 0-14
Carrigaline 2-9 Bishopstown 1-9
Ballincollig 5-15 Clyda Rovers 0-6
Mallow 3-13 St. Nicholas 1-6
Castlehaven 1-18 Carbery Rangers 2-17
Round 3
Douglas 2-16 UCC 1-14
Clonakilty 3-14 O’Donovan Rossa 1-19
Duhallow 2-15 Carrigaline 0-7
Nemo Rangers 1-14 Dohenys 1-9
Mallow v Newcestown
Kiskeam v Ballincollig
Fermoy 1-9 Ilen Rovers 1-10
Carbery Rngrs 1-17 St. Finbarr's 2-17

Quarter Finals Draws
A St Finbarrs v Nemo Rangers
B Kiskeam/Ballincollig v Douglas
C Duhallow v Clonakilty
D Mallow/Newcestown v Ilen Rovers
Semi Finals: A v B, C v D
Ballincollig 5 – 15 Clyda Rovers 0 – 6
Ballincollig had an expected win over Clyda in the SFC at Blarney. Clyda have not been doing well this season and Ballincollig simply had too much class for the North Cork men on this occasion. The Ballincollig full forward line finished with 3-8 to their credit, a sign perhaps of the amount of possession they enjoyed.
The opening quarter was evenly contested, Ballincollig leading by 0-4 to 0-3 after 15 minutes. With Peter O’Neill outstanding at midfield, the Ballincollig forwards got plenty quality ball and tore Clyda asunder in the second quarter. Goals from Darren Murphy and JP Murphy helped them to a 2-10 to 0-4 interval lead and the contest was clearly decided at that stage. Garry Comeford had another Ballincollig goal on the restart and the remainder of the game was of mere academic interest with Clyda trying hard to limit the damage.
Ballincollig scorers: Darren Murphy 2-4, JP Murphy, Cian Kiely and Garry Comefort 1-1 each, Cian Dorgan 0-3 (0-1f, 0-1 45), Kevin Browne and Seán Kiely 0-2 each, R Noonan 0-1.
Ballincollig: Jack Gibbons: Noel Galvin, Liam Jennings, Killian Coleman: JP Murphy, Colm O’Connell, Cian Kiely: Seán Kiely, Peter O’Neill: Kevin Browne, Paddy Kelly, Colin Moore: Garry Comeford, Cian Dorgan, Darren Murphy. Subs: Rory Noonan 32, Robbie Bourke 38, Stephen O’Donoghue 48.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship
Round 2
Castletownbere 0-11 Nemo Rangers 5-14
Macroom 1-16 St. Vincent’s 2-11
Éire Óg 3-16 Aghada 1-17
Naomh Abán 1-10 Newmarket 1-13
Round 3
Na Piarsaigh a bye
St. Michael’s a bye
Cill na Martra 6-12 Macroom 1-11.
Kanturk a bye
Bantry Blues a bye
Nemo Rangers 1-14 Bandon 1-16
Béal Áth’n Ghaorthaidh v bye
Newmarket 2-13 Éire Óg 2-14
Round 4 – Quarter Finals
Na Piarsaigh v St Michaels
Cill na Martra v Kanturk
Bantry Blues v Bandon
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Éire Óg

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Cill na Martra who defeated Macroom in the 3rd round of Cork County Premier Intermediate Football Championship at Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh ©Lee Valley Outlook

Cill na Martra 6 – 12 Macroom 1 – 11
Cill na Martra inflicted a very heavy defeat on Macroom in the PIFC 3rd round game at Ballingeary and while one might quibble about the margin of victory, there is no doubt that the winners were by far the better side over the hour and never eased off. Cill na Martra have really good form with their intermediate county championship win of last year being followed up this season with a Tom Creedon Cup victory and a very successful run in the top division of the county leagues in which they lost only at the final stage to country senior champions St Finbarr’s.
The final outcome did not look likely at half time when Cill na Martra led by 1-7 to 1-4. The first quarter was evenly contested and when Dylan Twomey set up Pa Lucey for a Macroom goal in the 14th minute, Macroom were leading by 1-2 to 0-3. Macroom got little benefit from this score however as Cill na Martra swept down the field, Ciarán Ó Duinnín was fouled as he bore down on goal and Mike Ó Deasúna buried the resultant penalty in the Macroom net. Macroom subsequently kicked three bad wides before drawing level at 1-3 each but, by half time, the winners had added four more points to lead by three at the break.
A Macroom point on the restart had their deficit down to two points, but they missed another chance and never subsequently got back into live contention as they were immediately after hit by two goals in a minute from Cill na Martra, Daniel Ó Duinnín and Shane Ó Duinnín the lethal finishers after defence splitting approach work. The game was as good as over now and Daniel Ó Duinnín finished any lingering doubts about the outcome when he smashed in another goal in the 46th minute to make it 4-8 to 1-7. Cill na Martra did not let up, introduced eager substitutes and banged in two more late goals to add to Macroom misery.
Scorers: Cill na Martra: M Ó Deasúna 1-5 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), S Ó Duinnín 1-3, D Ó Duinnín 2-0, F Ó hEaluithe and G Ó Faoláin 1-0 each, D Ó Conaill 0-2, S Ó Céilleachair, D Ó hUrdail 0-1 each. Macroom: P Lucey 1-2 (0-2f), T Dineen and F Goold 0-2 each, A Quinn, D Horgan, C O’Sullivan, D Twomey and J Murphy 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Daire MacLochlainn, Graham Ó Mocháin, Eoin Ó Loinsigh: Seán Ó Foirréidh, Tadgh Ó Corcora, Gearóid Ó Goillidhe: Fionnbarra Ó hEaluithe, Seán Ó Céilleachair: Donal Ó Duinnín, Ciarán Ó Duinnín, Shane Ó Duinnín: Damien Ó hUrdail, Micheál Ó Deasúna, Danny Ó Conaill. Subs: Colm Ó Laoire 40, Martin Ó Conchuir 43, Maidhcí Ó Duinnín 46, Gearóid Ó Faoláin 51, Liam Ó Loinsigh 52, Finén Ó Faoláin 55.
Macroom: Brendan O’Connell: Paul O’Farrell, Rory Buckley, James O’Connor: Michael Cronin, Alan Quinn, Mark Corrigan: Fintan Goold, David Horgan: Don Creedon, Seán Kiely, Tony Dineen: Conor O’Sullivan, Patrick Lucey, Dylan Twomey. Subs: Gerard Angland 25, Eolan O’Leary 40, Blake O’Gorman 48, Johnny Murphy 50, Andrew Hegarty 56.

Intermediate Football Championship
Round 2
Glenville 1-14 Mitchelstown 0-12
Ballinora 1-11 Adrigole 1-8
St. Finbarr's v Grenagh
Youghal 0-13 Millstreet 0-19
Kildorrery 1-15 Ballydesmond 0-19
Round 3
Kinsale a bye
Gabriel Rangers a bye
Glenville 2-10 Dromtarriffe 0-19
Glanmire 2-9 Ballydesmond 1-15
Rockchapel 0-6 Glanworth 1-11
Millstreet 2-10 Mayfield 1-9
Knocknagree 2-18 Ballinora 1-10
St. Finbarr's/ Grenagh v Aghabullogue
Quarter Finals
Kinsale v Gabriel Rangers
Dromtarriffe v Ballydesmond
Glanworth v Millstreet
Knocknagree v ‘Barrs/Grenagh/Aghabullogue
Knocknagree 2 – 18 Ballinora 1 – 10
Ballinora were well beaten by 2018 All Ireland junior champions Knocknagree at Clondrohid in the IFC round 3 game. The Duhallow men settled early and were rewarded with a goal but Ballinora were competitive and Ben Ahern had a goal for the Mid Cork side to stem the tide. However Knocknagree were in scoring form and led by 1-11 to 1-4 at the break. Knocknagree continued to be on top and as second goal at the three quarter stage wrapped up the victory and passage to the quarter finals.
Ballinora: Eoin Walsh: Kenneth Greally, John O’Regan, Kevin O’Regan: James Keohane, Mike Lordan, Ian Wycherly: Alan O’Neill, James Lordan: Darragh Holmes, Michael Murphy, Alan O’Shea: Ben Ahern, Darragh Corkery, Brian Murphy Subs: David O’Halloran h/t, Conor Brosnan 35, George Forde 47.

Senior Hurling Championship
Round 2
Erin’s Own 1-13 Kanturk 0-19
Newcestown 1-21 Newtownshandrum 6-13
Carrigtwohill 1-11 Killeagh 1-9
Ballyhea 3-20 Bride Rovers 4-16
Ballymartle 2-11 Midleton 1-20
Round 3
Na Piarsaigh 0-16 St. Finbarr's 1-16
Charleville 1-21 Glen Rovers 1-22
Kanturk 0-14 Ballyhea 1-14
Sarsfields 0-19 Douglas 0-15
Midleton 4-16 Imokilly 0-34
Newtown 1-25 Blackrock 2-16
Carrigtwohill 2-10 Bandon 1-11
Bishopstown 0-17 UCC 1-12
Quarter Finals
A Imokilly v Sarsfields
B Bishopstown v St Finbarrs
C Newtownshandrum v Glen Rovers
D Carraigtwohill v Ballyhea
Semi Finals: A v B, C v D
Bishopstown 0 – 17 UCC 1 – 12
Eoghan Clifford and Brian Verling (0-5) of Cloughduv and Karl Walsh (Ballincollig) were in action with UCC.

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship
Round 2
Youghal 1-13 Carrigaline 3-15
Cloyne 0-18 Valley Rovers 1-20
Courcey Rvrs 1-11 Ballincollig 0-16
Ballinhassig 0-12 Inniscarra 3-12
Round 3
Kilworth bye
Aghada v Carrigaline
Castlelyons - a bye
Inniscarra 1-16 Mallow 0-15
Blarney - a bye
Ballincollig 1-11 Valley Rovers 1-17
Watergrasshill - a bye
Fr. O' Neill’s v Fermoy
Quarter Finals
Kilworth v Aghada/Carrigaline
Castlelyons v Inniscarra
Blarney v Valley Rovers
Watergrasshill v Fr O’Neills/Fermoy

Intermediate Hurling Championship
Round 2
Barryroe 1-11 St.Catherine's 4-17
Milford 1-11 Midleton 4-16
Douglas 2-17 Ballinhassig 1-14
Kilbrittain 0-14 Dungourney 1-15
Mayfield v Kildorrery
Dripsey 1-15 Na Piarsaigh 1 - 11
Castlemartyr a bye
Round 3
Castlemartyr 3-11 St.Catherine's 3-14
Mayfield / Kildorrery v Eire Óg
Blackrock 3-16 Grenagh 0-14
Midleton 0-13 Tracton 0-18
Aghabullogue 0-18 Glen Rovers 0-16
Dripsey v Douglas
Ballygarvan 0-11 Sarsfields 2-20
St Finbarr’s v Argideen Rangers
Dungourney 2-11 Cloughduv 1-15
Meelin 3-16 Ballymartle 1-17
Cloughduv 1 – 15 Dungourney 2 – 11
Cloughduv just got the better of Dungourney in a thrilling IHC 3rd round tie at Riverstown, a point from Brian Verling in time-added the winning score. Brian Verling contributed no less than 1-10 to the Cloughduv tally, a massive contribution. Dungourney led by 1-6 to 0-6 at half time, their goal coming in the 21st minute of what was a nervous half for both sides.
The second half was outstanding, both sides giving everything in pursuit of a win. Brian Verling had Cloughduv flying with his goal after only two minutes, 1-7 to 1-6 for Dungourney now, and it was hammer and thongs from there on. Dungourney looked to have struck a decisive blow with a second goal in the 52nd minute making it 2-9 to 1-11 but back came Cloughduv to equalise and then go in front only to be hauled in again, 2-10 to 1-13 after 56 minutes. Cloughduv went back in front, Dungourney equalised in the first minute of injury time before Brian Verling hit the winning point a minute later!
Cloughduv scorers: Brian Verling 1-10 (0-5f), Mark Walsh 0-3, Donal Corkery and Aidan Murphy 0-1 each.
Cloughduv: Jonathan Buckley: Paul O’Sullivan, Brian Ahern, Patrick Buckley: Denis O’Sullivan, Dave O’Leary, Brian Hinchion: James Moynihan, Liam Kelleher: Mark Walsh, Aidan Murphy, Donal Corkery: Joe Ryan, Andrew Cronin, Brian Verling. Subs: Mark Verling h/t, Kevin BarryMurphy 40, William Ahern 47, Seán O’Connor 49, Ger Ahern 60.

Premier 1 U21 Hurling Championship
Preliminary Round: Douglas v Na Piarsaigh
Round 1
A Loser Douglas / Na Piarsaigh v Midleton
C Killeagh Ita’s v Fr. O’Neill’s
D BLARNEY v Duhallow
E Sarsfields 6-21 Blackrock 1-10
F Shandrum 2-13 Bishopstown 0-16
Round 2
G Loser A v Loser B; H Loser C v Loser D J Loser E v Loser F
Round 3
(i) Winner Douglas / Na Piarsaigh v Winner H (ii) Winner G v Winner J
Quarter Finals
1. Winner C v Winner (ii)2. Winner (i) v Winner E
3. Winner D v Winner F4. Winner A v Winner B

Premier 2 U21 Hurling Championship Draw
Preliminary Round: AGHABULLOGUE v Valley Rovers
Round 1
A Loser Aghabullogue / Valley Rovers v Erins Own
B Ballinhassig v Charleville
C Mallow 3-16 INNISCARRA 2-18
D Courcey Rovers v Carrigaline
E CLOUGHDUV v Bride Rovers
F Tracton v St. Finbarr’s
Round 2
G Loser A v Loser B; H INNISCARRA v Loser D; J Loser E v Loser F
Round 3
(i) Winner Aghabullogue / Valley Rovers v Winner H
(ii) Winner G v Winner J
Quarter Finals
1. Mallow v Winner (ii) 2. Winner (i) v Winner E
3. Winner D v Winner F 4. Winner A v Winner B
Junior B Football Championship
Final: Grange 2-4 Goleen 0-7

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 Finbarr’s 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
Final: AGHINAGH v Whitechurch/ Robert Emmet’s

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

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Paul Ring, Aghabullogue, winner of the Muskerry GAA/ Auld Triangle Sports Award for July with his parents, Denis and Maura, sisters, Meadhbh and Cliona and grandfather, Paddy O'Mahony, former long serving Secretary of the Muskerry Division. Maedhbh is a member of the Cork U 16 Camogie panel. © Mike English

 Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior Football Championship
Semi Finals:
Iveleary 3-10 Canovee 0-10
Aghinagh 1-14 Ballincollig 0-13
Aghinagh 1 – 14 Ballincollig 0 – 13
Aghinagh are through to their fourth ever Mid Cork junior football championship final and will be hoping for a change of luck (never A title winners yet) when they meet champions Iveleary in the final at Macroom on Sunday September 8th. They were deserving winners of this semi final at an excellent Kilmurry venue and have maintained the form which has seen them unbeaten in league and championship in Mid Cork this season.
Ballincollig, lost three players to their senior team which played and defeated Clyda the previous evening but still managed to stay in contention up to the three quarter stage when old legs began to tire. They were level at 0-8 each at the break and the teams were still level after 48 minutes but as Ballincollig tired and Aghinagh introduced fresh young legs off the bench, the winners dominated the last ten minutes and they were in control at the finish despite a late Ballincollig rally which yielded the last two points.
Aghinagh started well with points from William Coakley, Declan Ambrose and Liam Twohig, Eoin O’Reilly had a fifth minute point for Ballincollig, Donal Corkery instantly replied and Michael O’Brien’s point in the 10th minute left Aghinagh 0-5 to 0-1 in front. Aghinagh lost focus temporarily and Ballincollig got back into strong contention and cut the gap to a single point. Back came Aghinagh with a point from a Liam Twohig free after a foul on Ambrose, and Donal Corkery restored a three point advantage in the 19th minute. In the five minutes before the break, Ballincollig outscored Aghinagh by four points to one and it was 0-8 each at half time.
On the restart, Ballincollig struck first with a point from Dara Dorgan, followed by a converted ‘45’ from Eoin O’Reilly. Liam Twohig had a point from play and then pointed a 42nd minute free to level the scores at 0-10 each. Declan Ambrose put Aghinagh in front, Alan O’Donovan equalised, Twohig then pointed a free in the 49th minute to put his side back in front again and they stayed there to the finish.
Donal Corkery fired over a point in the 54th minute and his brother Mícheál set up a glorious goal chance for Declan Ambrose a minute later which was availed of in style. Ambrose had a point to open up a six point lead and Aghinagh were on their way to the final. Ballincollig did have two late points but the final whistle sounded to end any thoughts of a late rescue.
Scorers: Aghinagh: D Ambrose 1-3, L Twohig 0-6 (0-5f), D Corkery 0-3, W Coakley and M O’Brien 0-1 each. Ballincollig: E O’Reilly 0-6 (0-3f, 0-1 ‘45’), D Dorgan 0-2 (0-1f), J O’Leary, C O’Sullivan, B Cotter, C Sexton and A O’Donovan 0-1 each.
Aghinagh: Paul O’Sulllivan: John Lynch, Seán Kelleher, Adam O’Leary: Trevor Burns, Dave Barry, Aodh Twomey: Gearóid O’Sullivan, Michael O’Brien: Declan Ambrose, Donal Corkery, Richard O’Sullivan: William Coakley, Micheál Corkery, Liam Twohig. Subs: Con Buckley for W Coakley 49, Dermot O’Callaghan for T Burns 50, Mathew McCarthy for M O’Brien 58, Micheál Horgan for M Corkery 59, Jeremiah Kelleher for A Twomey 59.
Ballincollig: John Kelly: Colin O’Donovan, Sean O’Neill, Sean Lucey: fenton Denny, Kevin Crowley, David Collins: Ciaráin O’Sulllivan, James O’Leary: Eoin O’Reilly, Brian Cotter, brian Kelly: Dara Dorgan, Stephen Coughlan, Alan O’Donovan. Subs: Ger O’Donoghue for S Lucey 29, Conor Sexton for D Collins 45, Evan Cooke for J O’Leary 57.
Referee: Colm Ó Mocháin, Uas., Cill na Martra.

Junior B Football Championship
Quarter finals
1 Canovee 0-7 Iveleary 0-8
2 Inniscarra 0-13 Aghabullogue 1-9
3 Kilmurry 5-17 Aghinagh 0-6
4 Macroom 1 – 14 Ballincollig 1 - 12
Semi Finals;
Kilmurry 3-12 Macroom 0-15
Iveleary 3 - 12 Inniscarra 3 – 12 draw
Iveleary 2-14 Inniscarra 2 -14 aet - 1st replay
Final: Kilmurry v Iveleary/Inniscarra

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
Quarter Final:
A Kilmichael a bye
B Éire Óg 0-13 Ballincollig 0-12
C Cloughduv 2-15 Ballinora 1-16
D Blarney 0-13 Inniscarra 4-12
Semi Finals:
Éire Óg 3-18 Kilmichael 1-19
Cloughduv 2-10 Inniscarra 1-11
Final: Cloughduv v Éire Óg
Éire Óg 0 – 13 Ballincollig 0 – 12
This local derby produced a close exciting encounter in the MJK OILS Mid Cork junior hurling championship quarter final at Coachford on a wet midweek evening and Éire Óg won their passage to the final courtesy of a last second winning point from a confidently struck Eoin Lyons ‘65’. Eoin Lyons was the hero of the hour for the winners as the ace marksman hit over no less than 0-10, 0-9 from frees and his accuracy was the chief reason the Ovens men advance to meet Kilmichael. It was tough luck on Ballincollig who had been level at the break, fell five points in arrears with ten minutes remaining and who had staged a wonderful comeback to draw level as the game entered time added and then had their chance of victory taken from them.
The first half was very evenly contested but Éire Óg were forcing the pace and Ballincollig only led once, early in the game. Eoin Lyons opened the scoring after two minutes, Ballincollig levelled through Shane Murphy and Stephen Wills put them in front from a free in the 7th minute. County footballer Ronan O’Toole equalised from play and Eoin Lyons pointed a long range free to put Éire Óg in front in the 13th minute. Wills brought Ballincollig level again, Lyons restored the lead for Éire Óg, both scores from frees. Ballincollig goalkeeper James Linehan made a superb save to deny Jerome Kelleher but Lyons doubled the Éire Óg advantage to 0-5 to 0-3 in the 22nd minute. Shane Murphy and Lyons exchanged points and in the final minutes of the half, points from play by Shane Murphy and Alan O’Donovan brought Ballincollig level and the teams retired to the dressing rooms locked at 0-6 each.
Éire Óg were on top on the resumption and had outscored Ballincollig by four points to one by the 40th minute. An Eoin Lyons brace was added to by one each from Michael O’Shea and Darragh McCarthy from play, Conor Kinsella on target for Ballincollig. Ballincollig had a great chance of getting back into contention when awarded a penalty at the three quarter stage but Stephen Wills shot was too near goalkeeper Conor Keane who cleared to safety and when Éire Óg followed up with two more points from Lyons their 49th minute lead of 0-12 to 0-7 looked adequate for victory.
Ballincollig staged a fine rally in the last ten minutes which had the spectators in fine voice. Stephen Wills hit over two points from frees and Conor Kinsella had a massive point from the half way line to cut the gap to two points with five minutes remaining. Wills pointed a free in the 26th minute to leave the minimum between the teams, 0-12 to 0-11, and both sides now hit wides. In the 60th minute, Stephen Coughlan took a pass from Shane O’Neill and hit over an equalising point for Ballincollig but the rally was in vain as Éire Óg attacked and earned a ‘65’ which Eoin Lyons hit straight and true between the Ballincollig posts for victory.
Scorers: Éire Óg: E Lyons 0-10 (0-9f, 0-1 ’65), R O’Toole, M O’Shea, D McCarthy 0-1 each
Scorers for Ballincollig: S Wills 0-5 ( 0-4f), S Murphy 0-3, C Kinsella 0-2, S Coughlan, A Donovan 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: Conor Keane; Seán O’Flynn, John Kelleher, Phil O’Sullivan; Cian O’Mahony, Tim O’Leary, Alan O’Mahony; Cathal Mullins, Seán Desmond; Michael O’Shea, Darragh McCarthy, Ronan O’Toole; Diarmuid Dineen, Eoin Lyons, Jerome Kelleher. Subs: Fintan Brennan 10.
Ballincollig: James Linehan; Josh Cotter, Stephen O’Donoghue, Barry Sorenson; Shane O’Neill, James O’Leary, Colin O’Donovan; Conor Kinsella, Karl Spillane; Stephen Wills, Stephen Coughlan, Alan O’Donovan; Shane Murphy, Seán Ryan, Jason Murray. Subs: Davy Collins 40.
Referee: Mr Brendan BarryMurphy, Aghabullogue
Éire Óg 3 – 18 Kilmichael 1 - 19
Eire Óg’s last Mid Ciork junior hurling championship final appearance was in 1977 when they had their first choice team on duty and since then their junior championship participation in Muskerry has been with second choice squads. The last time that Eire Óg qualified for a divisional final with a second choice side was as far back as 1932 when they lost narrowly to Ballincollig. They had a strong side on duty and were just that bit better than Kilmichael who did contribute to making this a most entertaining MJK OILS Mid Cork junior hurling semi final. A likely intermediate player in that team’s next engagement, Ronan O’Toole, made a huge contribution and his 1-6 from play was outstanding.
O’Toole and another noted footballer Kilmichael’s Peter Kelleher swapped early points before two points from frees by Eoin Lyons put Éire Óg in front after 7 minutes. Chris O Connell from a free and Peter Kelleher from play pointed to bring Kilmichael level after ten minutes. Ronan O’Toole and Lyons had points, Peter Kelleher pointed a free in the 13th minute answered by an Éire Óg point from Michael O’Shea from play. In the second quarter the winners consolidated their position and they led 0-10 to 0-6 by the 26th minute. Peter Kelleher pointed two frees , most awarded for fouls on himself. Kilmichael fell further behind in the remaining period and they had it all to do when Eoin Lyons had an Éire Óg goal to make it 1-11 to 0-9 at the break.
On the restart, a Kilmichael rally with points from Connor Cotter and Kelleher briefly raised Kilmichael’s hopes but Ronan O’Toole was again at hand to steady the ship for his side. Further points from Peter Kelleher and Cotter kept Kilmichael hopes alive but O’Toole crashed home a decisive goal in the 42nd minute, O’Toole, Lyons and O’Shea were all on target subsequently and the score stood at 2-15 to 0-17 with ten minutes remaining. Éire Óg’s position improved further with a third goal, this one from Jerome Kelleher. Kilmichael to their credit refused to capitulate and their impressive young midfielder Ronan Murphy created a goal scoring opportunity, well taken by Alan McCarthy to cut the gap to four points. Michael O’Shea scored his fourth point, two converted frees by Peter Kelleher kept Kilmichael’s hopes faintly alive but Eoin Lyons had late points from frees to clinch victory.
Scorers: Eire Óg:Eoin Lyons 1-8 (0-7 frees, 0-1 pen), Ronan O’Toole 1-6, Michael O’Shea 0-4, Jerome Kelleher 1-0. Kilmichael: Peter Kelleher 0-13 (0-10 f), Alan McCarthy 1-0, Chris O’Connell 0-3 (frees), Conor Cotter 0-3.
Eire Óg: Conor Keane: Seán O’ Flynn, John Kelleher, Phil O’ Sullivan: Cian O’Mahony, Tim O’Leary, Alan O’Mahony: Cathal Mullins, Seán Desmond: Michael O’Shea, Darragh McCarthy, Ronan O’Toole: Fintan Brennan, Eoin Lyons, Jerome Kelleher. Subs: Joe Kelleher 44, Cillian Sheehan 45, Donnacha Kelly 58.
Kilmichael Stephen O’Leary: Eoghan Murphy, Donal Kelly, Gerard Murphy: Shane Foley, Brendan Cotter, Seán Buttimer: Conor Cotter, Ronan Murphy: Cathal Foley, Peter Kelleher, Alan McCarthy: Chris O’Connell, Shane O’Donoghue, Finbarr Buckley. Subs: Micheál Masters h/t, Kevin Kelleher 52, Shane Prendeville 58.
Referee: Colm Ó Mocháin, Uas., Cill na Martra.

Junior B Hurling Championship
Round 1
A Gleann na Laoi 3-9 Éire Óg 6-15
Quarter Finals
1 Laochra Óg 1-11 Grenagh 0-10
2 Éire Óg v Inniscarra
3 Aghabullogue 1-18 Ballincollig 0-11
4 Blarney v Ballinora
Semi Finals: Laochra ÓG 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 Junior Championship Draws
County Junior Football Championship
A Carbery winners v Imokilly runners up
B Duhallow winners v Muskerry runners up
C Beara winners v Carrigdhoun runners up
D Seandun winners v Avondhu runners up
E Imokilly winners v Carbery r up
F Muskerry winners v Duhallow r up
G Carrigdhoun winners v Beara r up
H Avondhu winners v Seandun r up
Quarter Finals: A v B, C v D etc

County Junior Hurling Championship
A Avondhu winners v Carbery R up
B Carbery Winners v Seandun R up
C Carrigdhoun winners v Avondhu r up
D Duhallow winners v Carrigdhoun r up
E Imokilly winners v Muskerry r up
F Muskerry winners v Imokilly r up
G Seandun winners v Duhallow r up
Inter County Championships

All Ireland Minor Football Final
Cork 3-20 Galway 3-14 - a e t
These are great times for Cork football with the Electric Ireland Minor title now added to the U20 All Ireland crown already won.
Galway led at the break with a 0-8 to 0-5 advantage, chiefly due to the damage inflicted by a smart full forward line. Galway moved on to a 0-10 to 0-6 lead but were then rocked by a Cork spell of supremacy which yielded 1-2 without reply. A subsequent Corbett score had Cork 1-8 to 0-10 in front, but Nathan Grainger levelled in the 43rd minute, ensuring the issue was delicately poised entering the last quarter and it remained gripping until the end of normal time as the lead switched hands on numerous occasions. Daniel Cox’s thunderbolt goal in the 57th minute had Galway 1-12 to 1-11 ahead but Michael O’Neill equalised from a free. Culhane steered Galway in front. Cork’s response was a Luke Murphy point. The drama continued when Galway substitute, Niall Cunningham, slammed a goal in the third minute of additional time. Once more Cork came back with Corbett replying with the major required, 2-13 each and extra-time was required.
Cork started with energy and intent as a Ryan O’Donovan goal was quickly followed by a point from the crafty Corbett and when O’Neill added two more, Bobby O’Dwyer’s side were six to the good and Galway couldn’t recover.
Scorers for Cork: Conor Corbett 1-7, Michael O’Neill 0-6 (3fs), Jack Cahalane 1-1, Ryan O’Donovan 1-2, Darragh Cashman 0-2, Patrick Campbell and Luke Murphy 0-1 each.
CORK: Cian O’Leary; Daniel Peet, Neil Lordan (Ballinora), Joseph O’Shea; Adam Walsh Murphy, Daniel Linehan, Darragh Cashman; Eoghan Nash, Jack Lawton; Hugh Murphy (Eire Óg), Patrick Campbell, Kelan Scannell; Michael O’Neill, Jack Cahalane, Conor Corbett. Subs: Sean Andrews (35, Nathan Gough46, Luke Murphy 51, Ryan O’Donovan 60), Tadhg O’Donoghue 69.
Congratulations to Neil Lordan Ballinora, Hugh Murphy Éire Óg and Manager Bobby O’Dwyer, Macroom resident and Urhan native.

Under 20 Hurling All Ireland Final
Tipperary 5-17 Cork 1-18
Tipperary were crowned All Ireland Champions as they defeated Cork in the Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U-20 Final at Páirc na nGael in Limerick. Four goals for Tipperary in the first eight minutes of the match ultimately decided the contest. It was a devastating scoring burst from Tipperary that summed up everthing good about Liam Cahill's team.
Daire Connery and Ryan Walsh did their best to inspire their Cork team-mates, but every time the Rebels clipped a point Tipp replied in kind.
Tipperary had a commanding 4-9 to 0-10 lead at half time and t was the Premier County who raced out of the traps on the restart. Cork fought valiantly, but they’d left themselves too much of a mountain to overcome. Tommy O’Connell lashed a brilliant shot to the top corner of the Tipp net, and when Brian Turnbull then landed two frees in quick succession it was Cork who suddenly had all the momentum. They came agonisingly close to two more goals too as Evan Sheehan’s shot was brilliantly saved by Tipperary goalkeeper Aaron Browne and then Sean Twomey’s shot whistled past the post. Having survived those two scares, Tipp settled any jangling nerves when Morris landed a free and the supreme Seymour cut a sideline over the bar and Tipp finished with a flourish when substitute Cathal Bourke raced through to fire home a fifth goal.
Scorers for Cork: Brian Turnbull 0-8 (7f), Tommy O’Connell 1-2 (2 ’65), Ryan Walsh 0-2, Daire Connery 0-2 (1f), Shane O’Regan 0-1, Conor O’Callaghan 0-1, Robert Downey 0-1, Brian Roche 0-1.
CORK: Ger Collins; Conor O’Callaghan, James Keating, Eoin Roche; Ger Millerick, Sean O’Leary Hayes, Robert Downey; Ryan Walsh, Tommy O’Connell; Sean Twomey, Brian Roche, Daire Connery; Brian Turnbull, Shane O’Regan, Padraig Power (Blarney). Subs: Evan Sheehan ht, Jamie Copps 40, Barry Murphy 41.
Commiserations to Cork Manager Denis Paul Ring, formerly Cloughduv and Canovee, and to Blarney’s Pádraig Power and Declan Hannon.

Cork Regain u-16 Title after 16 Years
Cork withstood a fierce late rally from five-in-a-row chasing Galway to secure the county’s first triumph in an All-Ireland Under 16 A Camogie Championship Final since 2003. By the narrowest of margins, 1-14 to 2-10, Cork held on for victory at MacDonagh Park in Nenagh. The Rebels led by 10 points with 6 minutes left on the clock and still had seven in hand entering injury time but Galway hit them for two late goals to fray the nerves. It was a brave attempt by the women of the west but Cork were deserving winners, having dominated most of the proceedings. Donie Daly’s charges led by 1-5 to 0-4 at half-time, leading scorer Aimee Morgan grabbing the goal, to which she added five points by the end. Clíona Lynch, Rose Murphy, Morgan and Tara Crowley were magnificent in the second half, with Murphy and Crowley hitting three points each and Orlaith Cahalane two as the Leesiders pulled well clear. Gilchrist and Chloe Farragher grabbed the goals in the supplementary period of six minutes added on, but Cork had done enough to end a lengthy famine at this grade and ensure an influx of fresh blood to the red jersey in the future.

Laochra Óg
Our U6 team travelled to Cloughduv and showed great determination along with amazing hurling skills. The trainers are super proud of them all. Thanks to Brian and all the Cloughduv team and to our sponsors, Niall Murphy Tarmac. Our Junior B hurlers began their championship campaign with a great win over Grenagh at a damp Coachford. Grenagh had the better start using the strong wind but Laochra Óg were only 2 points down at half time. They got a new lease of life in the second half, led by goalkeeper and captain, David Lynch, along with Donal Casey who was definitely reeling back the years with a vintage display at full back and corner backs, Iain O'Riordan and Desmond Lynch. Micheál Casey, Joseph Buckley and Kevin Healy held control of the half back line throughout the game and great free taking from Diarmuid Ó Meachair and Neilus Murphy. Darragh Healy and Sean O' Leary laid a platform for a well executed goal by centre forward Colm Ó Meachair. Our full Forward line of Stephen "the diver" Murphy, Donagh Healy and Humphrey O' Leary worked tirelessly throughout and got in the scoring act with a couple of neat points. Adam O'Connell also made a contribution when introduced as a sub. The winning scoreline of 1-11 to 0-10 earned Laochra Óg progress to a semi final meeting with Eire Óg or Inniscarra.
Our U8 girls hosted our blitz at Coláiste Ghobnatan , with Iniscarra, Ballinora and Eire Óg in attendance. Thanks to our referees Liam and Emma, to the parents for their support and help and our 3 goalies today who played really well under pressure and Mulcahy Insurances Ltd for their ongoing support and a icecream after the match. Laochra Óg U10's played 3 very competitive 20 minute games, 12 aside against Millstreet. They won 5-11 to 5-5. Thanks to our sponsors Follain Preserves. Well done to the Laochra Óg U14 Hurlers who put on an epic display of hurling and pure determination against a very evenly matched St. Patricks team. Laochra Óg were ahead at half time but by full time St. Patricks had pulled it back to a draw. Laochra Óg eventually won by a single point, 5-9 to 4-11 at the end of extra time. Thanks to our sponsor, MJK Oils for their continued support and sponsorship. U12 boys have played two games recently against Cloughduv and St Patrick’s East Kerry Team sponsors Mid Cork Pallets and Packaging. We wish the u16 boys all the best this Friday at 6:30 in Kilmichael when they play in the final.
Club Development Draw winner is The Sugrue Family, Kells, Co. Kerry who won €300 and the sellers prize goes to Ó Luasa Foodstore, Ballymakeera. Next draw 9th of September.

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Some of the participants in Strictly Come Dancing, organised by Macroom GAA and planned to run in Rochestown Park Hotel on October 19. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom GAA
Macroom were heavily defeated by neighbours, Cill na Martra, in the premier intermediate football championship at Ballingeary on Saturday evening last. Macroom were well in contention until early in the second half but the concession of two goals in a minute was a fatal blow and Macroom never recovered thereafter. It was a very disappointing outcome for management, players and supporters but a reality check on present status. Macroom played three championship matches this year. In the opening round, they gave last year’s county finalists, St Michael’s, a close run; defeated St Vincent’s in the 2nd round and now lost heavily to an up and coming Cill na Martra side, favoured by many to make a strong bid for ultimate honours.
Macroom junior footballers were defeated in the B championship semi final at Kilmichael on a 3-12 to 0-15 scoreline. Macroom played well, never gave up and were in contention to the end. Like many of the lower grade championships this season, success or failure for the club second teams depends on how many players are used by the first teams before the second team is in action. Macroom lost players to the intermediates in the win over Vincent’s and their absence was significant.
Underage GAA. After the gloom of the premier intermediate team’s defeat comes the joy of a significant win at under age level for Macroom. On Monday evening, Macroom U12’s played Sam Maguires in the Rebel Óg West U12 A final at the Castle Grounds and won a very exciting game on a 5-16 to 3-10 scoreline. The Dunmanway parish boys led early on but Macroom battled back to be 2-6 to 1-3 ahead at the break. Ten minutes into the second half, Macroom led by ten points, 2-12 to 1-5, but ten minutes later were desperately clinging on to a two point lead, 2-12 to 2-10 as Sam Maguire’s showed their class. The break went Macroom’s way with a third goal and they played superbly to the finish against gallant opponents.
Macroom Panel: Jack O’Shea, Ryan Siju, Ray Griffin, Regan Wong, Donagh Murray, Sam Leavy, Jack Leavy, Cian O’Sullivan, Billy Coleman, Shane McCarthy, Ruadhan McKenna, Odhran Creed, Charlie Magee, Kuba Gdaniec, Maks Hadjuk, Noe Kollar, David Neville, Ben McCrory, Darragh Donovan, Cathal Neville, Max Szulhan, Marcel Sobol, Billy Murphy, Denis McSweeney, Euan Molyneaux.

Macroom FC

Macroom Youths team are off to a flyer with two big wins in their opening games. Corinthians were the visitors for the first league fixture. The city side took an early lead against a nervous home team However, Macroom settled well following this setback and replied with 5 unanswered goals. Ben O'Connell, Conor Murphy, Kieran Doody, Jack Kearney and Daniel Cotter were all on target to record a 5-1 win. Captain David Hunt led the team well in an excellent squad performance.
Next up it was a league cup encounter with Carrigaline, also at home. The team were in great form for this tie with Daniel Cotter, George Lowrie and Lawrence Asling netting in a blistering 10 minute period before half time. The goals continued to flow in the second period as Cotter notched his hat trick, Asling got his second and Cathal O'Riordan popped up with 2 goals of his own. The scoring in a 9-1 win was completed by Patrick Barry. Early days yet and tougher tests lie ahead, but this is a hugely encouraging start for this team and their management.
Macroom B made the trip to take on Parkview Celtic in AUL Div 3 and returned with all 3 points, following a 2-1 win. They were delighted to get on the field as last week’s game was called off - Greenwood were unable to field on that occasion and now appear to have pulled out of the league altogether.
Macroom dominated the opening half at Garryduff. Dylan Corcoran's great run down the right flank led to the first goal. He found Darren Dineen who fed the inrushing Oisin Shovlin to blast home. The lead was doubled shortly before half time. Goalkeeper Declan Kiely's long clearance found Dineen in space and he duly lifted the ball over the advancing Parkview netminder. In the second half it was a case of keeping the home side at bay. Parkview did pull a goal back (from a penalty) but Macroom were comfortable enough and will feel they should have won by more as a number of late chances were spurned. Mike Hourihan and Brendan O'Sullivan were prominent for Macroom while Ian Winters, Craig Ronan and Damien Hoare also performed well.
Macroom Youths travelled to Blarney Utd and will be disappointed with a 3-2 defeat, having led 2-0 at the break. First half goals from JK Long and a Patrick Barry penalty had the visitors in a great position. However Blarney came out flying for the second half and scored 3 unanswered goals. Macroom searched desperately for the equaliser and were unlucky with an effort that rattled the crossbar. Time ran out and the home side took the spoils.
In underage football, the U10 boys travelled to Lakewood and played some excellent 7 a side games against the locals on a beautiful morning. The U13 girls premier team resumed their calendar year season with a game v Kinsale at the Town Park. Lisa O’ Donovan, Caoimhe O’ Brien and Saorlaith Murphy scored with Macroom playing some excellent football. The U12 boys group have been busy preparing for the coming season in recent weeks. With huge interest at this age group there will be 3 teams representing Macroom FC in various divisions. In the U13 schoolboys league Macroom A had a big 7-1 win over visitors Pearse Celtic at Murrayfield. Well done to all players and coaches John Neville and Jimmy Murphy.
At adult level Macroom B fell to their first league defeat when an old foe, Los Zarcos from Millstreet won 2-1 at the Town Park. Next up is an AOH Cup 1st round tie away to Grangevale on Sun Sep 8th, kick off 10.45am. Macroom A travelled to Glenthorn A and had an encouraging 2-2 draw. Their involvement in the Linnane league cup has now ended. The Premier league begins in earnest this coming Sat Sep 7th with a home tie v Bohemians, Murrayfield 2pm.

Coachford AFC Celebrates

By Peter Dineen
What a day! Over 200 children and team officials took part in the Coachford AFC 50th Anniversary underage soccer blitz on Sunday, August 18th. The day was filled with fun, friendship and fantastic football. Players from all over the city and county gathered to celebrate with Coachford the milestone of being a rural soccer club for 50 years and not just existing but growing to becoming one of the bright lights in the Cork underage soccer scene.
The club’s grounds at the Glebe looked pristine on a sun drenched Sunday. The pitches were in excellent condition with the playing surfaces like billiard tables. The whole day was planned out and run off with military precision. Hats off to the organisers whose hard work and commitment to the event was evident throughout the day. Well done to the refs, the coaches, the ticket sellers, the catering staff and the countless volunteers who made this blitz the success it was. But the real stars were the players. Players from Macroom, College Corinthians, Strand United, Bweeing Celtic, Ringmahon Rangers, Lakewood and Coachford poured their heart and soul into every single game. They ran, chased, kicked, headed, scored and fought for every single ball as if they were playing the world cup final and for some, this was their world cup. They shook hands after and laughed together while enjoying the bouncy castles, the tug o’ War, cross bar challenge and penalty shoot outs.
The game of the day had to be the U9 final between Coachford and Strand United. This was a thriller from start to finish with the result in the balance right up to the final whistle. Coachford may have lost this one but the young stars of the future showed some terrific skill and bravery throughout the day and only for the woodwork, on two occasions, denying them victory they may have come away with the winner’s trophy.
Well done Coachford AFC on creating memories for all those children last Sunday and for another great event on your 50th anniversary year. What a great way of saying ‘We are here and here to stay’ and who knows, some of those young blitz players may be the ones organising the 100th anniversary celebrations.

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Presentation of Spa Cup Mixed Foursomes at Macroom Golf Club, Fergal McDermott and Eleanor Balwdwin, with organiser, Jim Morris. Also included Paschal McSwiney, President; Dan O’Brien Captain; Marie Lillis, Lady Captain and Margaret O’Leary Buckley, Lady President. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Golf Club

Results: 20th Aug Seniors Scramble 1st Jim Nolan/.Dermot O'Shea/ Bob O'Hea 46.1
22nd Aug Mc Guirks Golf Qualifier 1st Padraig O'Murchu(8) 39pts 2nd Leo Goold(7) 39pts css 36pts
24/25 Aug Open Singles 1st Flor Mc Carthy(14) 40pts 2nd Cathal O'Connell(17) 40pts
24/25 Aug Monthly Medal 1st Michael Riordan(11) 66 2nd Martin Corkery(14) 68
25th Aug SPA Cup Mixed 4somes 1st Fergal Mac Dermott(18) Eleanor Baldwin(28) 40pts
27th Aug Seniors Scramble 1st Pat Connell/ Tess Kelleher/ Frank McCarthy 47.5
29th Aug Mc Guirks Golf Qualifier 1st Jim Nolan(10) 37pts 2nd Jack Healy(15) 36pts
31st Aug - 1st Sept Open Singles 1st Stephen P. Wills(10) 41pts 2nd Dylan Cotter(13) 41pts 3rd Joe Cunningham(11) 39pts BG Denis Quinlan(8)