Lee Valley Outlook v15e5 March 8 2018

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Woodland String Band at Macroom St. Patrick’s Day Parade 3.30p.m. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Concert for McEgan College Special Support Classroom Thurs March 8 at Castle Hotel.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club Spring Gardening Talk on Thurs 8th of March at Coolcower House.
Cupid Wore Skirts Fri. March 9, with Ahakeera Drama group in Inchigeela Hall
Muskerry Local History Society lecture by author of ‘A Doctor’s Sword’, Mon March 12 at 8.00 pm in Ballincollig Rugby Club.
Senior Citizens AGM rescheduled to Mon. March 12th.
Macroom Senior Citizen Social evening in Fr. Ryan Hall on Tues. March 13 at 9p.m.
Ballincollig Gunpowder Story lecture at Kilmurry Museum Wed 14th March at 8pm.
Cuidiú Coffee Morning 10:30-12:30 Wed 14th March, Macroom GAA Hall
Stained Glass classes from Thurs 15th March in Kilmurry Museum 7.30p.m.
Crookstown Céilí Club: Céilí in Crookstown Hall on St Patrick’s night at 9.30 p.m.
Croí na Laoi /Tidy Towns AGM will take place on 20th March at 8pm in the Hall Inchigeela
Holy Hour on Wed. March 21, 8 – 9p.m. in Bealnamorrive Church.
Crookstown Vintage Club annual road/poker run on Sun 25th March from Corner Stone Bar at 12.15.
Coffee Morning in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, 9.30am to 12.30pm., Daffodil Day, March 23.
Over 60s talent heat Sun. March 25th in Coachford GAA Hall at 3pm.
Coláiste Samhraidh Bhaile Mhúirne Cruinniú san Ionad Lae i mBaile Mhúirnear an Máirt, 27ú Márta ar a 8:00in
Rosary for Lent every Wed at 8p.m. in Bealnamorrive church.
Aghinagh Comhaltas will host Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí in Macroom on May 11th, 12th & 13th 2018.
Darkness into Light walk: 12th May @4:15am from Independence Museum, Kilmurry.
LVEB Events in Riverside Park Hotel
Second Honeymoon with Sullane Players, Thurs and Fri March 8 and 9 at 8.00pm.
Flower of Macroom selection Sat 10th of March at 8:00pm.
St. Patrick's Eve Concert Fri 16th of March at 8.00pm.
Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí Fund Raising Concert Fri. April 6th at 8:00pm.
Macroom Library
Closure for St. Patrick’s Day: Sat. 17 and Mon. 19.
Music Morning Fri. March 9, 11a.m.
Bridge: Wed. March 14 at 10a.m.
Purlies Thurs. March 15 at 11.30 a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte 11.30a.m. Thurs. March 22.
Storytime 12 midday Sat. March 24

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

sincere apologies that the Macroom Updates segment was omitted from the hard copy of Lee Valley Outlook v15e5 through an unfortunate error.

Macroom Updates

Flower of Macroom 2018

Due to the success of last year’s Flower of Macroom, the Lee Valley Enterprise Board is delighted to announce that entries are now being taken for the 2018 Flower of Macroom. Each club, business or society in the Lee Valley Region may enter one candidate to represent them at a special function to be held at Riverside Park Hotel on March 10th where the 2018 “Flower of Macroom” will be crowned and receive a cash prize of €500. The selected Flower of Macroom will have the honour of leading this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade as Grand Marshal. Now in its fourth year, this event has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2015. There are numerous benefits to entering this event whilst also promoting your business, club or society throughout the Lee Valley region and further afield. Compere – Kevin Moynihan. Tickets €10 available from Booking Office, South Square, Macroom Tel 026/41174 or 087 1663395 or see www.macroom.ie.
Flower contestants at time of going to press include Tracey Cronin, representing Scór Mhúscraí; Ellen Murray, Care Choice Macroom Nursing Home; Emma Nott, Macroom Family Resource Centre; Julie Buckley, Castle Hotel; Sinead Kelleher, Quinlan’s of Macroom; Nicola Dennehy, Mai Fitz’s Lissarda; Roisin Cotter, Healy’s Spar Clondrohid; Katelynn Coleman, Masseytown Community Group.
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Woodlander leads the band in the 2018 New Year’s Day Mummers’ Parade in Philadelphia ©

St. Patrick’s Festival

It’s all systems go for the 2018 St Patrick’s Day Parade. We welcome back Tom Loomis and the Woodland String Band from Philadelphia with a 150 strong group. This is an enormous economic boost to Macroom and the surrounding area and we thank Tom for his loyalty and dedication to the town for close on 20 years now. For those who have not seen Woodland in action, it’s certainly worth a visit to see them in this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Macroom. Their pageantry and musicality are not to be missed.
Two events you should look out for during the Festival. Both taking place in the Riverside Park Hotel @ 8 p.m.. First up is the very popular Flower of Macroom contest on Saturday 10th. This event has gone from strength to strength and the winning contestant will have the honour of being the Grand Marshal for this year’s Parade. A very exciting concert will take place the following Friday, March 16th (St Patrick’s eve) which will feature the Woodland String Band; from Nashville, Country Music star, Payton Taylor; local traditional musicians plus the Kiely School of Dancing. This promises to be a smashing concert and one not to be missed.
2018 Parade promises to be the biggest ever. We have secured fantastic puppetry from Dowtcha Puppetry in Cork, plus the usual floats, marching bands/ groups and pageantry. It’s going to be a Parade full of colour and one that everyone will enjoy. We would like to thank our main sponsor, The Blarney/ Macroom Municipal Council. Without their continued support, this Festival would not happen.
Our full events programme is in the centre pages of the Magazine. We would like to re-confirm that the Parade is on at its usual time of 3.30 p.m.

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Blackwater Community College, winners of National Light Entertainment Festival 2018, receiving the Donal Buckley trophy from Peggy Buckley.  c. Jon Mathers

Light Entertainmet Final

The final of the 2018 Schools Light Entertainment Festival was held in the Riverside Park Hotel on February 24. Geoff Goold, Artistic Director, Blood In The Alley Theatre Company; Margo Carlile, (Carlile Stage School) and Marty Mulligan , Mullingar Arts Centre, were the adjudicators. The standard was very high. Big winners on the night came from Blackwater Community College, Lismore, Co Waterford who came first overall, winning the Donal Buckley Perpetual Trophy. They also won the award for Best Choral and the Mary McSweeney Cup; Best Individual award for their Male Soloist, Keith Burke, and they also got the William Harringtown Trophy for Best Traditional.
Second overall was St Brogan’s, Bandon, who also won Best Comedy. Sacred Heart School, Westport, Co Mayo came 3rd Overall. Best Choreography award went to Ardscoil na Mara, Tramore. Adjudicators’ Special Awards went to Musicians from Westport School (Group A); Trio Westport School Group B and Show Presented – St Brogans School, Bandon. Best Original- winners were Sacred Heart Westport (Group B).
The Transition Year Drama Festival, scheduled for Mullingar March 2 and 3, fell victim to the Beast and Emma (surely a theme to inspire young playwrights of the future) and has been rescheduled to March 9 and 10, with no small effort from Anne Dunne and her helpers.

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McEgan College pupils practise "walk in my shoes" during Mental Health Week ©An Scoil

 McEgan College Updates

Positive Mental Health Week. Pupils and staff took part in a vibrant Positive Mental Health Week. Many activities were organised throughout the week to promote well being and more than €900 was raised for Pieta House . We were delighted to welcome back Danny Zumba (Danny Payne) , a past pupil of McEgan College , who returned to the school to perform his lively Zumba Class for both staff and pupils. Many pupils took part in the 24 hour mobile phone detox. Lunchtime walks were organised, HIIT and meditation classes were facilitated by staff members. Good Food Mood was organised throughout the week during break times. Students wore odd shoes to school to show solidarity for those with mental health issues, which is based on the well known slogan “Walk in my shoes”. Staff members dressed up in the McEgan Uniform which proved to be a great hit. Guest speakers from Aware and Seacad were invited to speak to the students. Transition Year Pupils created a powerful video called Heroes and Ghosts, which is available to view on our Facebook page via YouTube. Unfortunately the week was cut short due to Storm Emma and the “ Beast from the East”.
A huge thank you to Ms Murphy who co-ordinated the events and to Pat Relihan who made a fabulous cake which was raffled as part of the Random Acts of Kindness. All monies raised will be donated to Pieta House.
Special Needs. McEgan College is delighted to announce that their long awaited Special Needs classroom for students with Mild to Moderate Learning Difficulties is now nearly completed. In 2012 the Dept of Education and Skills granted the money to build a purpose built classroom for second level students with Mild to Moderate Learning Difficulties at McEgan College, to facilitate local students. This was on foot of an already successful Special Class for Students diagnosed with Autism established in the school in 2011. This good news is the culmination of many months of hard work and dedication by school principal, Trish Lynam, vice-principal Margaret Corkery, Gerry Ryan (SENO), Parents Association, School Staff, local politicians and Cork ETB, with support from the wider community.
Despite not having a classroom the Mild to Moderate Class opened in September 2012 in a small learning support room. The class currently has five students enrolled, who have established themselves as part of the school community and have settled into McEgan College very well. This special class provides for pupils with significant needs who cannot be educated in a mainstream class setting. The class has a lower pupil-teacher ratio than mainstream classes, with one teacher and SNA for eight pupils. The students integrate with their peers in any main stream classes for which they individually are able. They also join in school trips, projects, sport & fund raising events. They are currently completing work for a whole-school Positive Mental Health Week.
The new classroom will includes a separate social area, life skills area, computer station, work stations and teaching area, along with a sensory room and toilet facilities within the space. Principal Trish Lynam welcomed the news and is hopeful that the class can move shortly. She said:- ‘Pupils with learning difficulties have very specific needs and require an environment to help develop skills and allow them to function independently. We look forward at McEgan College to being able to provide a suitable purpose built learning environment for students with Learning difficulties within their home town of Macroom’.

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Events

Sullane Players present Second Honeymoon by Sam Cree in the Riverside Park Hotel - Thurs March 8th and Fri March 9th at 8.00pm. A hilarious play set in a seaside boarding house, featuring, amongst others, the landlady, her put-upon husband, their flighty servant girl, some newlyweds and Agnes and Frank, celebrating their silver wedding. Add to the mix the hilariously camp Victor, Agnes’s old flame Malcolm, the village’s very own Sailor and the local taxi driver. What you have on your hands is a brilliantly funny play by a seasoned performing group! Tickets €15/ 12 available from Booking Office, South Square, Macroom Tel 026/41174 or 087 1663395.
Flower of Macroom Selection in the Riverside Park Hotel- Sat 10th of March at 8:00pm. Now in its fourth year, The Flower of Macroom event has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2015! The lucky winner will have the honour of leading this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and will also receive a €500 cheque. For info on how to enter, please contact Jo by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 026 20544. Tickets available from 026 41174 or 087 1663395.
St. Patrick's Eve Festival Musical Concert in the Riverside Park Hotel - Friday 16th of March at 8.00pm. Kick off your St Patrick’s celebration with a night of Traditional Music with the Irish Group KAL, Country & Western from Payton Taylor all the way from Nashville, Irish Dancing with Kiely Walsh Academy (Irish Dance All Ireland Champions) and Music of the Mummers with The Woodland String Band from Philadelphia. This event is not to be missed. Tickets just €10 from 026 41174 or 087 1663395.
Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí 2018 Aghinagh Comhaltas Fund Raising Concert in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Friday April 6th at 8:00pm. Tickets €10.

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Recycling: politicians are put to work in Macroom to help locals greet the Beast from the East.

Macroom Purlies

The Macroom Purlies are a group of social knitters who meet twice monthly in Macroom library - the 1st & 3rdThursday in each month at 11.30am. They are a warm, happy group, where knitting is the focus and they have done some amazing exhibitions for the library over the years.
Every year the projects get more ambitious & when you think it can't possibly get any better, another incredible effort sets the bar even higher. This year, the Christmas display was truly beautiful with one window for the tree & knitted Christmas figures done by the ladies of the Purlies. The other window displayed a a stunning Winter Scene, an intricate crochet display by Sue Camm & Mary Murphy. The idea & display was designed & made by Sue with Mary's help. Her gift is the fine, eye straining work. The detail of the display is incredible, the buildings, a white church & band stand, among others, all had to be starched individually by Sue, who started planning the exhibition in August.
The exhibition was so well received. It made people smile and small children were fascinated by the miniature winter world & the comment book is full of praise for the work of these two talented ladies.
The Purlies have been in existence for over ten years and the group has gone from strength to strength, with one of the original members, Eileen O'Connell, still in attendance - which proves how the group has thrived in the community. For information on the Macroom Purlies please contact the Macroom Library on 026-42483. By John Delea.

Macroom Library

Friday 9th Music Morning - 11.00am – refreshments at interval. All welcome. Bridge - 14th March at 10am – refreshments served at interval. Thursday 15st March 11.30am – Macroom Purlies – knitting group meet up @ Macroom Library. New members welcome. St Patrick's Weekend – Branch closure on Saturday 17th & Monday 19th March. Thursday 22th March Ciorcal Cainte – Irish language conversational group meet for chat and refreshments in library at 11.30am – hosted by Nora Levis. Saturday 24th March – Children's story time at 12 midday.
Free internet access for members of the library. Please bring photo ID and proof of address if you wish to join up. The national library system now enables members to use their card in any other public library in the country and to request books/ material online too. Ask the staff about downloading the library App or the Audio books App to a device – it's easy once it's set up & there are so many great books to read!

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Stalker in Ballyvourney ©Máire Keane    Spideog sa Sneachta c. Máire Keane

Local Television

Wed. March 7 9.30pm. Céilí House at Farran Well 2005 with Kieran Hanrahan.
Sun. March 11. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Glenstal Abbey – a Guide, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. March 14 9.30pm. Macroom St. Patrick’s Day Parade 1993. Interviews with Denis Lucey, Park View and the Creedons, Pound Lane.
Sun. March 18. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Little Nellie of Holy God. 1985 interview from Good Shepherd Convent, Sundays Well, presented by Helen Hallissey, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. March 21 9.30pm. Muinefliuch N.S. Concert 1987 presented by the late Jim Murray.
Sun. March 25. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: The story of the Miraculous Medal, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. March 28 9.30pm. Murt Kelleher Music Show from Fr. Ryan Hall 1986.
Sun. April 1. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Mass at St. John’s Well, celebrant, Fr. Jackie Corkery, 2013, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.


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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.

Macroom Flower & Garden Club Spring Gardening Talk and Demonstration by Margaret Griffin (Griffins Garden Centre) on Thursday 8th of March at Coolcower House Macroom 026-41695. Plant Sale & Raffle. Registration for members now due. New members and visitors most welcome 087-9821708.
Macroom Senior Citizen Social evening in Fr. Ryan Hall on Tuesday, March 13 at 9p.m. Music by Jerry McCarthy and Liam Healy. All welcome.
Cuidiú Coffee Morning 10:30 -12:30 Wednesday 14th March, Macroom GAA Hall (back of the Castle Grounds). Bring your babies and toddlers to play while you get a coffee and chat with other parents (€2.50 non-members, €1.50 members) Contact Helen Corcoran or Aoife Noonan via Cuidiú Cork on Facebook.
Upcoming Lecture Pat Flynn will give a lecture on "The Irish Gunpowder Story in Ballincollig and link to Fort Camden" 14th March @ 8pm in Independence Museum Kilmurry. Members free. Non-members €5.
Stained Glass classes by Michael Ray beginning Thursday 15th March in Kilmurry Museum 7.30p.m.
Crookstown Ceili Club: Ceili in Crookstown Hall on St Patrick’s night. Music by Tim Joe and Anne. Commencing at 9.30 p.m. All are welcome. Tea served.
Holy Hour. Peaceful, reflective holy hour in candlelight, led by Fr. John Keane, diocesan co-ordinator for Eucharistic adoration, on Wednesday, March 21, 8 – 9p.m. in St. John the Baptish Church, Bealnamorrive. Everyone most welcome. Light refreshments. Rescheduled from February because of snow.
Maidin Caifé Lus an Chrom Chinn Coffee Morning in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, 9.30am to 12.30pm., Daffodil Day, March 23.
Crookstown Vintage Club annual road/poker run on Sunday 25th March with sign in at the Corner Stone Bar from 10.30 a.m. Leaving the village at 12.15; arriving back to Clifford’s bar at 3.30 for refreshments.
Coláiste Samhraidh Bhaile Mhúirne Beidh cruinniú ar siúl san Ionad Lae i mBaile Mhúirnear an Máirt, 27ú Márta ar a 8:00in ag iarraidh an Coláiste a shlánú.
Rosary for Lent every Wednesday at 8p.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, Bealnamorrive. Everybody most welcome.
Rusheen N.S. is now accepting applications for enrolment for September 2018. Enrolment forms are available from the school at (026) 42733, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or from our website at www.rusheenns.ie , where you can also keep up to date with our school news.
Inchigeela Christmas Bingo Funds raised at the Christmas Bingo night in Inchigeela on 23rd of December were presented recently to Ann O'Mahony and Breda Cotter from Friends of Macroom and Tim O'Donovan from Friends of Dunmanway hospital, by Billy Cotter and Gus O'Riordan. Thanks to all the regular Bingo attendees for your support throughout the year and in particular, for this fundraising event. Join us for Bingo every Saturday night, 8:30pm in Inchigeela Parish Hall. All welcome!
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: Feb. 18. Jackpot €5,500. Numbers drawn 05, 15, and 18. No winner. €50 Martin Hubbard, Inchelea. €20 each: Mairead Corkery, Drombeg, John Long, Rylane, Kay & Seamus, C/O Laine, John Hubbard, Beal na Marbh.
Feb. 25. Jackpot €5,650. Numbers drawn 02, 03, and 20. €50 Margaret Buckley, Ballytrasna, C/O Carrig Inn. €20 each: Donncha Twohig, Mallow, Juliette & Aonghus McSuibhne, Horsemount, Ballinagree, Norma & Alex Casey, Cobh, Tara O'Riordan & Conor Spillane, C/O Laine Bar.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto Results 28/2/2018. Jackpot €2600. Winner Simon, Orla and Nessa McCarthy Carriganima. Heartiest congratulations. Seller was Kathleen McCarthy €70 Donal Kelleher Moulnahorna. €20 each: Sophie and Dick Dineen Macroom, Nora McCarthy Glenview, Macroom. Siobhan Skagan California. Joan O’Riordan c/o Rathmore Bingo.
Kilmurry GAA lotto 19/2/18 Jackpot €1,400 Winning numbers 12,18,19. No winner. €50 Ding €20 each Noah Daly. Stephen O’Donoghue. Derek Long. David Murphy. Brendan O’Leary.
26/2/18 Jackpot €1,600. Winning numbers 5,15,25. Winners none. €50 Noah Daly €20 each John O’Leary. Irenevsz Suick. Margaret Murphy. Liz Fitz. Bina Healy.
Macroom FC Lotto 20/02/18: Jackpot €3,600. Numbers drawn: 5, 8, 32. No Winner. €80: Mags Neville c/o Greyhound. €20 each: Conor Lucey c/o Lars, Sharon and Samantha c/o Murray's, Lauren O' Leary c/o Lars, Olan Buckley c/o June.
26/02/18: Jackpot €3,800. Numbers drawn: 2, 4, 35. No Winner. €80: Tim Joe Lyons c/o Murray's.€20 each: Lydia c/o Janet, Antoinette Cullinane c/o T. P.'s, Richie O' Connor c/o Evelyn, Sean Lynch c/o Mary Anne's.
05/03/18. Jackpot €4,000. Numbers drawn: 4, 5, 28. No Winner. €80: Aoife and Darragh O'Sullivan c/o Murray's.€20 each: Joelle and Keith c/o Connie, Donal O'Riordan c/o Darrin, Sharon and Mark c/o P o'R, Joanne O'Riordan c/o T.P.'s.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 20/02/2018. Jackpot €7,000. No Winner, Numbers drawn: 7-8-32. No Winner. €70 Richard Long, Kilmichael €20 each: John Kenny, Railway View. Maria O'Shea, Castle Court. Anne Casey, Rusheen. Catherine O'Connor, Railway View. Stephen O'Leary, Auld Triangle.
27/02/2018. Jackpot €7.200. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 3-11-15. €70 Dan O'Regan, Codrum €20 each: Gerard Quinn, Carrigban. Grace Murray, Railway View. Mary Lehane, Glen Park. John, Molly & Charlie, C/O John O'Mahony. Dawn & Cameron Murphy, Cork Street.
Coachford AFC Lotto: Results 26/2/2018. Jackpot: €1,000. Numbers Drawn: 1 – 9 – 15. No Winner. €40 Annie Rooney. €20 Jim Bergin, Ann Martin, Owen McGarvey, Kathleen Murray.
5/3/2018. Jackpot: €1,200. Numbers Drawn: 20 – 21 – 22. No Winner. €40 Willie Buckley. €20 Mary O’Sullivan, Aoife Crowley, Ciaran Corkery, Micheál Corcoran.

Lee Valley Updates

New School for Clondrohid

March 5 2018 was a landmark day for the parish of Clondrohid and the surrounding area as the first sod was turned for the erection of a new school by Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Michael Creed T.D. Also in attendance was Chairman of the Board of Management,Fr. Wickham P.P. Clondrohid, who blessed the site; Mr. Con Lehane, Principal; Aindrias Moynihan T.D., Cllrs. Michaeal Creed and Gobnait Moynihan; staff members;  the Board of Management of Gurrrane N.S. and school students as well as some of the design team for the project.
Clondrohid has had a national school since 1833, when a two storey school functioned in the church grounds. It also had a Crofton school at the eastern end of the village. In September 1880, a grant of £533 was sanctioned by the Department of Education for a new national school at Gurrane, Clondrohid. The school was intended to accommodate 300 children and was to cost £800. Progress was a bit faster then than now, and the new school opened 17 years later, on August 31 1897. Perhaps hoping to speed things up, the Commissioners gave a £4-10s-0d grant for a school clock in 1898!
Gurrane N.S. has served the community well over the centuries but decades back, it was decided to apply for a grant for a new school. Planning has encountered ups and downs and recessions, but it is hoped that by summer 2019, Clondrohid will finally have a brand new, state of the art school, well able to cater for its burgeoning student population. At present, there is an enrolment of 210, with a staff of 23, all working in the old school building and a multitude of prefabs. They look forward to a beautiful €4.5m. two-storey school, with 8 mainstream classrooms, ASD classrooms, hall etc. Contractors for the project are Conack Construction Ltd. Bail ó Dhia ar an obair.

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Preparing for Daffodil Day in Ballyvourney ©Mary O’Regan

 Daffodil Day 2018

Every one of us has been touched by cancer. And despite the frightening statistics, progress is being made. Thanks to cancer research, more people are surviving cancer now than ever before. Along with providing vital supports for people affected by cancer, the Irish Cancer Society has invested €25 million in lifesaving research since 2010. But none of this is possible without the support of the Irish public. By donating, you can make a positive impact at what can be the darkest point of a person’s life.
On Daffodil Day, Friday, 23rd March, please give what you can to make a difference to the lives of people going through cancer by joining us for our Coffee Morning in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney from 9.30am to 12.30pm. The fundraising hosts would like to welcome everyone to a morning of good company, great fun and lots of raffle prizes, in the relaxed atmosphere of the Abbey Hotel. The ongoing success of this coffee morning is thanks to the support and generosity of the individuals, shops and businesses of the local and surrounding communities. Bígí linn don Maidin Cáife Lá Lus'n Chromchinn!
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Senior students from Clondrohid NS who enjoyed a recent basketball blitz in Upper Glanmire. ©An Scoil

Clondrohid Updates

New School: The official sod turning for Clondrohid National school took place on Monday, March 5. Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Aindrias Moynihan T.D., as well as teachers, Building contractor and workers were all present for the ceremony, as Fr. Wickham P.P. blessed the site. Site clearance is underway and it is hoped to have the school up and running in 15 months or so.. Good luck to all involved.
Flower of Macroom: Best of luck to Roisin Cotter from Inchigeela, who will represent Healy’s Spar, Clondrohid in the Flower of Macroom in the Riverside Park Hotel this Saturday night March 10. Also to Sinead Kelleher of Clondrohid who is representing Quinlan’s Craft Shop. Good luck to all who are competing from Clondrohid Development Group.
Macroom Prolife (Protecting the Life of the unborn ) Rally for Life in Dublin on Saturday March 10. Bus departing: Ballyvourney Church 7.30 am Clondrohid Church at 7.45 am, and Macroom (near Dunnes Stores ) at 8 am. Macroom pro Life are encouraging everyone to join the tens of thousands travelling to Dublin to make this Rally for Life the biggest and best one yet. For bookings: contact Rosarie O’Leary (086) 8154288 or Mary Twomey (086) 3299375
St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Carriganima will host their now well known and excellent parade, not on St. Patrick’s day but on Sunday March 18 at 3pm. Come along and support this Family Fun Day out. Music in bar by Tommy G.
CCM Active Retired: The monthly coffee morning will take place on Wednesday, March 14 at 10am. in Community Hall. Please come along for that chat and social get together.
Set dancing: Continuing every Tuesday night for the Adults at 8pm and for the Children on Saturday night at 7.30pm
G.A.A.: Congrats to Mick Lucey on winning the €150 Voucher for Newbridge Silverware in the Cork GAA clubs draw. Well done to U 21’s who defeated Eire Óg in U 21 Championship on a scoreline of 4 8 to 1 14
Free Easter camp:will be held on Tues and Wed April 3 and 4 from 11 to 2pm. To register your child/ children, text Fergal Kelleher on 0879359704 with name, age and name of Parent /Guardian and telephone no.
Flower of Macroom: Anyone interested in entering the Flower of Macroom on behalf of Clondrohid G.A.A. contact Aidan O’Brien on 0872622897
Concert Patrick and Conor O’Sullivan in concert in aid of McEgan College Special Support Classroom, was originally to be held on March 2 but, due to bad weather, it was cancelled and it now takes place on Thursday March 8 in the Castle Hotel. Please note change of venue. Please support.

Clondrohid Carnival Reunion

It was an evening of nostalgia and reminiscence at The Pub, Carriganima on Friday February 23. The occasion was the re-union of the four Junior Football teams that played at Clondrohid Carnival tournament of 50 years ago, in 1967 and 1968. Those teams were Aubane, Ballydaly, Clondrohid, and Slanan Rovers. Over 30 players from those Golden Years attended, with a large number of supporters and guests. Some great games were recalled, lots of stories were told, many photos were taken and a great night was had by all. Many thanks to Mort Kelleher and his family for their beautiful music, to Dan Joe Kelleher who recorded the proceeding, to our hosts at The Pub for their hospitality, and to all others who helped to make it a great success. With the formalities over, Con O’Riordan was an excellent M.C. for the sing-song, poems etc and it all was most enjoyable.
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5th & 6th Class pupils from Rusheen N.S. who received their Confirmation in St. John the Baptist Church, Ballinagree on February 22nd. ©An Scoil

 Inchigeela Updates

Emma and the Beast. Early March 2018 will remain in our memory for a long time, with the surprise arrival of the snow and its accompanying extreme weather conditions. Our parish was hit hard but all put up a good fight against frozen pipes and blocked roads. Neighbours came to the rescue of neighbours and a special word of thanks must be given to those who kept a protective eye on the elderly and saw that they were ok. People wisely heeded good advice and stayed inside as much as possible. We witnessed many pop-up feeding stations for birds and animals. Fine specimens of robust snowmen were born overnight and computers and play-stations were abandoned for the age old thrill of friendly snowball fights and down- hill dashes on home-made sleds. The resulting cherry red faces, stinging cold fingers and wet bottoms were worth suffering for the unforgettable fun. Alpine surrounds in Gougane Barra created a magical, romantic, winter wonderland for a wedding in the little church on Saturday evening, though the guard of honour was composed of high roadside snow drifts. Yes, early March will remain in memory for a long time.
School Success Congratulations to the pupils and teachers of Inchigeela National School who won prizes and commendations recently for their entries to the Discover Cork Schools Heritage Project. Conor and Odhrann completed a project on The River Lee, which flows by the school. Fashion was the topic of Katie, Ann, Roisín and Lucy. Agriculture was the subject matter for Sheana, Leah and Seán. And a project on Johnny Timmy Johnny’s Shop was completed by Noirín, Jamie, Cuan and Allanah. Well done to all involved.
Comic Relief After the visitations of Storm Emma from the south and the Beast from the East, a good laugh is called for and this will certainly be provided next Friday night by the Ahakeera Drama group in Inchigeela Hall with their hilarious presentation of “Cupid wore Skirts.” This old favourite has been providing non -stop laughs for years now and shouldn’t be missed. It’s a fundraiser for Inchigeela National School so please support it.
Evening for Canon Martin. The organisers of the presentation evening to Canon Martin O’Driscoll, our former Parish Priest, are inviting everybody to Creedon’s Hotel on Sunday, to meet him and show our appreciation to him for his time in Inchigeela. They would appreciate donations of some baking as well for the get-together.
Next walk. Note that the next walk will be on March 25th. It is walk number 3 eastwards to Skeheenaradharc on the old route to Cork.
Cúpla Focal The ciorcal cainte will continue in Creedon’s on Thursday, 7,30pm. Tar isteach and try it out.
Croí na Laoi /Tidy Towns AGM will take place on 20th March at 8pm in the Hall Inchigeela.

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Boys and girls from Coachford NS who received Confirmation recently. ©Peter Dineen.

Coachford Updates

Concert in Rylane. The quality was top class; the variety of the songs and music was diverse and entertaining and the soprano, Eimear Collins, was mesmerizing. Those in attendance in Rylane Church for the choral evening fundraiser were taken on a journey from musicals to classics to popular works. The Cork Garda Choir, the Wilcollane Singers and the Bravura String Quartet raised the roof time after time and Eimear Collins raised the hairs on the back of your neck with the emotion she poured into each and every one of her songs. Songs from the operas, the musicals and Billy Joel were interspersed with classical gems from the excellent string quartet. This was a night to be savoured and enjoyed. The fact that it was a celebration for the Rylane Community Park Association who recently completed the purchase of the ground from the very generous O’Sullivan Family was an added bonus. This was a fantastic night’s entertainment. Here’s hoping that it will be an annual event. Well done Rylane for giving us something different and the best of luck with the Community Park.
Over 60s talent Entries are now open for the Coachford heat of the Over 60s Talent Show on Sunday March 25th . The competition, now in its 42nd year, is open to anyone from Cork who is over 60. The organisers, Coachford Foróige club, are seeking singers, musicians, story tellers or comedians to take part in the Coachford heat. “We are so excited about being asked to host this event. We were thrilled when talent show organiser, Paddy O’Brien approached us to host the Coachford Heat. We see it as a great opportunity for us to get more involved with those older than us and to learn from them and to share our experiences” said Emer Barry Murphy, Club PRO. . For more information and to enter the competition, contact Karolyne on 086 8678207 or Deirdre on 086 2235901.
Helping Marymount. Aghinagh Comhaltas and the Coachford Atelier Art group raised over €4,000 for Marymount Hospice from the sales of their gorgeous and well produced 2018 calendar. They presented the cheque to Anne O Mahony of the Friends of Marymount in O’Callaghan’s Bar last week. The two groups come together each year to produce and sell this stunning calendar which is full of great paintings from local artists.
Brain Boxes. Well done Coachford Foróige members, Ciara, Josh, Emer and Ciaran who secured second place in West Cork District annual table quiz. It was a very close contest and 8 tie breaker rounds had to be held before the final places were decided.
Parish Confirmation. 36 pupils from the three schools in the parish were confirmed by Bishop William Crean in Aghabullogue Church recently. In a lovely ceremony, the boys and girls from Coachford, Aghabullogue and Rylane schools took part in a very well prepared Mass. Bishop Crean spoke to the children about their new roles as confirmed children and wished them the best as they head out into the world as young adults. All present had great praise for the way the Bishop of Cloyne connected with the children and the lovely way he spoke to them. The Bishop was assisted in the ceremony by Fr. Peadar Murphy and Fr. Roberts.

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Operation Transformation’s Wayne O’Donnell, leads a 5k walk from Donoughmore G.A.A. pitch ©Mike Twomey.

Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne

After a weather enforced break, Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne is happy to have its doors open again. Just before the bad weather we had a lovely afternoon talk where author Hugh O’Donovan shared his hints and tips on mindfulness. The ladies of the knitting and crafting group are busy here every Tuesday morning. New members welcome! On Saturday 10th March at 11am we have storytime for the 4+ age group, contact the library to book a space.
De bharr an droch aimsir, ní raibh aon “Labhair Linn sa Leabharlann” ar an 2ú Márta ach beimid ann ar Dé hAoine an 16ú Márta agus beidh fáilte roimh cách. The group meets every second Friday. In association with the Lifelong Learning Festival, author/poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice will visit the library and give a reading of his works on Tuesday 20th March at 6.30 pm. As space is limited please contact the library to book, free of charge. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 026 45767

Coláiste Samhraidh Gael Linn/ Bhaile Mhúirne le slánú

Ní bheidh aon Choláiste Samhraidh á reáchtáil ag Gael Linn i mBaile Mhúirne i mbliana, ar go leor cúiseanna – easpa tithe toilteanach daltaí a choimeád an príomh-chúis. Tá sé ar intinn ag na mná tí, le tacaíocht ó Údarás na Gaeltachta agus Comharchumann Forbartha Mhúscraí, grúpa nua a chur ar bun chun borradh úr a chur faoin gColáiste – níos mó tithe a aimsiú, margaíocht níos treise a dhéanamh ar an gColáiste agus clár imeachtaí tarraingteach a chur le chéile chun daltaí a mhealladh go Baile Mhúirne. Má eiríonn leis an ngrúpa, beidh coláiste samhraidh á reáchtáil go háitiúil arís i 2019.
An bhfuil spéis agat a bheith páirteach sa ghrúpa nua seo agus tacaíocht ghníomhach a chur ar fáil? Beidh cruinniú ar siúl san Ionad Lae i mBaile Mhúirnear an Máirt, 27ú Márta ar a 8:00in chun an grúpa seo a bhunú go hoifigiúil.
A meeting will be held in the Ionad Lae daycentre in Baile Mhúirne on Tuesday, 27th March at 8.00pm to officially establish the new group. Ní neart go cur le chéile!

CGZips le daltaí Choláiste Ghobnatan

Tá daltaí Bliain a Cúig ag tógaint páirt i gcomórtas Junior Achievement, le tacaíocht ó Lenneke Williams. Tá ar na daltaí comhlacht a bhunú agus a reachtáil don chomórtas atá faoi stiúr Údarás na Gaeltachta. Faigheann na daltaí amach faoi na postanna difriúla i gcomhlacht, chomh maith le oibriú le chéile ar thascanna difriúla chun an comhlacht a rith i gceart agus in eagair. Tá CGZips bunaithe ag na daltaí, ag díol geansaí half-zips do dhaltaí na scoile agus don phobal chomh maith. Tá na half-zips ar fáil le suaitheantas na scoile agus túslitreacha an chustaiméara do €52 agus tá siad ar fáil sna thomhasanna 12-13 bliana, XS, S, M agus L. Is féidir half-zips a ordú ag This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vintage Presentations

Johnstown / Kilmichael Vintage Club held their presentation on February 2nd in Five Roads Bar, Terelton. A big crowd attended on the night. Representatives of 20 beneficiaries all came to accept their cheques; unfortunately, two were unable to attend. A total of €17,950 was distributed on that night, which includes €1,500 to West Cork Rapid Response that was raised at a Vintage run held during 2017. The remainder, €16,450, was raised from the club’s sale of tickets for the Vintage and Harvest Festival draw and from cash donations from various sponsors. Unfortunately, due to wet weather and bad ground conditions, the club was unable to run the main Festival in 2017. The main beneficiaries are Marymount Hospice, Co-Action, 3 local Community Hospitals, 10 local National Schools, Shanacashel Community Center, Kilmichael Grotto Fund, Hospital Visits Fund, Inchigeelagh / Ballingeary Senior Citizens Fund, Terelton Community Centre and S.V.P. Dunmanway. A brilliant night was had by all who attended. Tea and beautiful sandwiches along with tasty hot finger-food was served on the night by Sheila Foley and family, helped by her hard working staff. Fantastic music and song was provided by 3 talented musicians and singers. The club would like to thank the Foley family and everyone who attended for making the night so enjoyable. The club would also like to thank all their kind and generous sponsors and every person who purchased tickets and supported them in every way in the past.

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Fr. Browne P.P. Cill na Martra, blesses the plaque at Seán Ó Síocháin’s homeplace on a very wet day in 2015 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Seán Ó Síocháin Festival

The life and legacy of singer and former director general of the GAA, Seán Ó Síocháin, will be celebrated in his home village of Cill na Martra on March 10. A familiar voice on Radio Éireann in the middle of the last century on programmes such as ‘Ireland is Singing’, ‘Round the Fire’, and ‘Balladmakers’ Saturday Night’, baritone Ó Síocháin sang in both English and Irish and was credited with popularising the Sigerson Clifford song, ‘The Boys of Barr na Sráide’.
Ó Síocháin (1914-1997), who played football for both Dublin and Cork, succeeded Pádraig Ó Caoimh as general secretary of the GAA in 1964, becoming the association’s first director general in 1972 and remaining in the position until his retirement in 1979. A bust of Ó Síocháin forms the centrepiece of the village of Cill na Martra, which hosts the Comóradh Sheáin Uí Shíocháin festival in his honour on Saturday, March 10. Hosted jointly by Cumann Peile Cill na Martra and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Craobh Lachtaín Naofa, the comóradh features music, song, and language activities, including a singing contest for adults for the Corn Sheáin Uí Shíocháin. The competition, won in previous years by Gobnait Ní Chrualaoi and Siobhán Ní Mhuimhneacháin, is open to singers of traditional songs in both Irish and English.
Competitions for singers aged under 18 and under 15 will also be held, along with music competitions for under 18s and under 15s on all instruments. New for this year’s festival is a competition aimed at young musicians gaining confidence, and confined to those who have not previously won prizes at Comhaltas competitions such as Fleadh Cheoil or Ceol an Gheimhridh, with sections for under 10, under 12, and under 15 years. Also new are Comhrá Gaeilge Irish conversation competitions at under 8, under 10, and under 12 age levels. Entries cost €2 for children and €5 for adults, and names of those competing should be emailed in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Macroom Rugby Team 1927/1928. Photo by Guys and supplied by Mrs Peggy O'Connell, Vaughan's Cafe.

Rugby in Macroom in the 1920s.

Macroom won the Rugby County Minor Cup in the 1927/1928 season and an attached photograph survives to prove the point. There is just a one generation gap to some of the players. The photo was taken by Guy’s, Cork at the back of vet, Thomas O’Leary’s house in New Street, the house next up from Connie O’Callaghan’s shop. Mrs Joan Cronin, Coosey Hall, is Thomas’s daughter and the currently practicing vet, Tom O’Leary, is his grandson. Unfortunately, I was unable to establish the connection of many of the players with Macroom; perhaps some readers may be able to shed light on that? The colours, as far as we know were red and black. The original Macroom G.A.A. jersey was black, with a white cross stripe.
In the back row is J.C. Cronin. He was from Castle Street, became a National School teacher and taught in Béal na mBláth and Kilmurry. His son, Niall, played football for Kilmurry and was a solicitor in Cork city. W.J Ryan was from Dripsey. Third row: T. O’Leary, Vet, (extreme left and suited) lived in New Street, where his family had a bakery and shop– at Áras Mhuire and adjacent houses. His daughter, Joan Cronin, lives in Coosey Hall and his grand children include Tom O’Leary, the vet, Margaret Buckley (Don’s wife), Castle Hotel and Ellen O’Leary, Public Health Nurse in Ballyvourney and engineer, Michael, Cathy, Riverside Park Hotel and Clare Cronin. Next to Thomas is Dan O’Callaghan, Glounanarraigh and his family still farm there. Marcella, our local traffic warden, recently married a grandson of his. Fifth from left is T.T. Kerins (Tim). Tim was from Scartaglen and opened a pharmacy business in the Main St. about 1925. That chemist shop is now run by Cormac Deasy. Jackie, a son of Tim, ran the pharmacy for many years and now lives in Cork. Immediately to Tim’s left is Dan Martin Fitzgerald, his brother-in-law, and father of Martin Fitz-Gerald.
Second row: 2nd from left is M. A. Goold. He came from Raleigh, lived in Art O’Leary’s house, qualified as a doctor and was Medical Superintendant of St. Finbarr’s Hospital, Cork. He was an uncle of Patrick and Leo Goold. Next to him is H.P. O’Shaughnessy of Dripsey Mills. Captain was J.T. Twomey, Main Street, where his family had a Drapery and Millinery business. Second from the right is Hugh Weston. Hugh was a British soldier in the War of Independence, married locally and set up a garage in Castle St. His grandsons, the Burke brothers, continue in the car business. Left of him is Dr. Kelleher. He lived in the South Square, in what is now Castleville House, and was doctor to the local British forces.
Dr. Kelleher’s son is in the front row. He also became a doctor and served in the British Army. The other lad in the front row is Dan Murphy (Dan Thady). Dan was from Gurteenroe and although small, he was very good. One story has it that on one occasion. Macroom played U.C.C who had the famed Olympian and powerful Dr. Pat O’Callaghan in their side. The diminutive Macroom scrum-half carried the ball forward, was tackled by Dr. Pat, who proceeded to carry the scrum-half, still in possession of the ball, 30 yards backwards. A report in the Southern Star of the 19th March 1927 stated that Macroom weren’t training as they should and the writer was afraid of the consequences. In spite of the lack of preparation, Macroom went on to win the County Minor Cup.
If anyone has any/more information on the players, and specifically those not mentioned, I would be delighted to hear from you. The photo is also in Denis Paul Ring’s book, Macroom Through the Mists of Time. Rugby was also played in Macroom in the ’50s but that is a story for another day. I would like to thank Peggy O’Connell, John Lynch, Martin Fitz-Gerald and Joan and Ted Cronin for their assistance. Con Kelleher

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J.T Twomey's shop , Main St. (now Matt Murphy's) - © Supplied by John Lynch, Cork St.

 More Closures in Macroom

Small towns and small businesses all over Ireland have been profoundly changed in the past numbers of years. High streets have become denuded of shops, businesses and residents. There are many reasons for this: the recession, the advent of major supermarket chains to local towns and on-line shopping. Previously, families often lived over their shop or business, and not only were there vibrant businesses but breathing, active, noisy families living on the street side.
Unfortunately, Macroom has not been spared this affliction. Since October 2017, Kelleher’s DIY, New Street, Bertil Douw’s veterinary practice, Pádraig O’Driscoll’s Travel Agency, Lee’s Electrical Shop and The Corner Store have all closed their doors. While there are disparate reasons, the effects leave a blight on the streetscape. People from those establishments have made various contributions – some huge - to the life of the town and area. Martin Fitz-Gerald makes the point that the Corner Store lights had a symbolic significance, signalling that the town was open for business. Now that light is quenched.
In recent decades, one thinks of thriving shops/ businesses such as Spar, Glen Stores, Browne’s bar, The Victoria Hotel, O’Farrell’s and Murray’s Butcher shops, Pat Kelleher’s and more that are now consigned to history. Of course every era has fluctuations and old ventures fail and new ones arise. But the present trend is ominous.
Allied to that there are the more than 200 vacant houses (2017 figures) in the town and many are on our main thoroughfare. One has only to walk the street to see the extent of the problem. Surely the refurbishment of these houses would bring back people and life to the town; help to relieve quickly the housing emergency and provide much needed local employment – you would think a ‘win-win-win’ solution. It is great to have National Plans but they need to address and solve local problems and this is a case in point. The people of the town need to see what is happening and take action. By Con Kelleher

Object of the month - Upton Ambush Bullet

In this month, 97 years ago, just two years into the War of Independence, the 3rd Cork Brigade of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) was in the midst of what Tom Barry referred to as “twelve dark days” for them. In all, from the 4th to the 16th of February 1921, 11 members of the Brigade were killed; 7 assassinated by British Forces, 1 in an accidental shooting and 3 in direct combat. The 3 combatants were to die in the Upton Ambush on 15th of February 1921. It was only from December 1920 that military personnel could travel by civilian rail transport; up until that time, railway workers had refused to facilitate this mode of transport for British soldiers. By early 1921, the British forces in County Cork, having declared martial law in the County, had strengthened due to reinforcements and this, allied with this recent avenue for troop deployment, could not be countenanced by the IRA. Emboldened by a recent successful train ambush in Drishanebeg (near Millstreet ) where a British soldier was killed and five more were wounded, Charlie Hurley, Officer Commanding of the 3rd Cork Brigade (West Cork) planned an ambush at Upton Station, a remote station stop between Cork City and Bandon on the Cork, Bandon and South Coast Railway.
Based on intelligence from the IRA in Cork City, Hurley expected that about 15 British soldiers from the Essex Regiment would be on the train to Bandon and crucially, would be travelling in one compartment – thus greatly reducing the possibility of civilian casualties as well as facilitating a clean attack. At short notice, Hurley hastily got together a party of local company volunteers along with acting Brigade Adjutant, Flor Begley and General Staff Officer, Sean Phelan, to stage the ambush.
To ensure the element of a surprise attack and to eliminate any possibility of leaks the unit of some 14 men (not including outer-lying local scouts) only secured position within the station perimeter some minutes before the train arrived. However, unbeknown to the IRA Unit, a party of some 30-50 additional soldiers had also boarded the train at the previous (Kinsale) junction and unfortunately, had mixed in with civilian passengers. Once the train entered the station the attackers opened fire on what they believed to be the compartment containing the original number of soldiers from the Essex Regiment. The soldiers on the train rapidly returned fire and were soon swarming the platform. From his commanding vantage point of the scene over a railway bridge to the west of the platform, Charlie Hurley quickly summoned a withdrawal on seeing his men hopelessly outnumbered. His own Pat The Painter gun having jammed, Charlie not only received a serious bullet wound to the head, from ear to ear, but also sprained his ankle while jumping down from the bridge. His men quickly re-adjusted and amazingly, made their escape to the west of the station. The severely injured, of which Charlie was one, were not left behind despite being vastly outnumbered by the pursuing Crown Forces. However, two of their comrades, Seán Phelan and Batt Falvey who died in the engagement, were left where they fell. Another Volunteer, Pat O’Sullivan, was mortally wounded in the ambush but still managed to make good his escape. He succumbed to his injuries in Cork’s North Infirmary Hospital two days later. Volunteer Dan O’Mahony died some years later as a result of the serious injuries he suffered in the engagement. On the British side, it was announced officially that six soldiers had been wounded. Tragically however there were six fatalities amongst civilians on the train and five wounded.
Any army waging guerrilla warfare is dependent on the goodwill, support and cooperation of the civilian population and the IRA were only too keenly aware of this. Thus, they made it their business to avoid, if at all possible, exposing the civilian population to danger; indeed many planned operations were cancelled where the risk to the civilian population was deemed too serious. Charlie Hurley no doubt had considered the risk to the passengers on the train in this instance but, based on the initial intelligence and the success of the previous train ambush a few days before, he must have deemed it a lesser risk than allowing the British Forces unchallenged use of ordinary civilian rail transport in his Brigade area. Had the two scouts who were to join the train at Kinsale Junction not missed that embarkation through some ‘misadventure’, then they would have been able to effect aborting of the mission as directed; as it happened one of them made a valiant if vain attempt to warn his comrades of the vastly increased number of soldiers on the train by cycling from Kinsale Junction to Upton Station but arrived there just after the attack had started.
The bullet on display in Independence Museum Kilmurry was one of the bullets discharged on that day. It was retrieved from a railway sleeper which formed a fence on the station platform. The truncated attack itself lasted just 10 minutes but the cost, both human and in Brigade morale, was immense, as well as the loss and incapacitation of key personnel; none more so than the Brigade Commander himself – Charlie Hurley. Just over a month later, around dawn on the morning of 19th of March 1921, while recuperating from his injuries in Brigade Headquarters, Charlie was killed while taking on, single-handedly with two Webley Revolvers, a number of British Forces who had raided the house. The shots were heard by his Brigade Comrades who were four miles away, about to engage vastly superior British Forces in one of the defining battles of the War of Independence, the Crossbarry Ambush. The loss of its much admired Officer Commanding was the Brigade’s darkest hour but that day in Crossbarry, their run of bad luck – and in the opinion of Tom Barry, the course of the War of Independence – was about to change. ©Independence Museum, Kilmurry

The remarkable story of Dr MacCarthy

Bob Jackson tells the remarkable story of Aidan MacCarthy, a doctor from Castletownbere, who, aged 28, joined the RAF in London as World War II began. Soon after he found himself evacuated from Dunkirk. Later he volunteered for service in Asia as Singapore fell to the Japanese. He was captured in Java and survived almost 4 years of brutal captivity, enduring starvation, malnutrition, forced labour, beatings and torture as a prisoner of war.
Aidan MacCarthy was a POW at the camp attached to the Mitsubishi Steel and Iron works in Nagasaki when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city on 9 August, 1945. This was the beginning of the end of his captivity and he later returned home with a Samurai sword which was given to him as a gift by the POW camp commander at the end of the war.
Bob Jackson, author of ‘A Doctor’s Sword’, will tell this remarkable story in a lecture organised by Muskerry Local History Society on Monday, 12 March at 8.00 pm in Ballincollig Rugby Club. He has also produced a documentary on Dr. MacCarthy’s life.


Macroom no Stranger to Festivals

Cork County is in celebration mode from 19- 25 March with a series of Lifelong Learning Festivals happening throughout the county. All events are free and people are invited to participate in a celebration of learning in all its forms.
The festival motto is Explore, Create, Celebrate. Events include a variety of workshops, demonstrations, talks and environmentally- friendly events. Exploration and creativity are very much to the fore, with the Irish language and culture receiving due attention in Macroom and Gaeltacht Mhúscraí. It is indeed Bliain na Gaeilge.
Shane Creed kicks off the festival in Réidh na nDóirí on the Bank Holiday Monday with Sean-nós dancing. In Baile Mhúirne, Gabriel Fitzmaurice presents a poetry workshop (as Gaeilge) on Tuesday 20th and reads from his translations of Séan Ó Riordáin’s poetry. There is also a photographic exhibition at the Ionad Cultúrtha(Friday 23rd) celebrating the life and music of renowned fiddle player, Séamus Creagh.
Music also features in Macroom with The Beat of the Drum at Youthreach, a community choir performance at the library and a musical evening at The Lee Valley Academy of Music. There are workshops in Art, Horticulture and Flower-Arranging. What better way to end a festival on Lifelong Learning than an exploration of human potential in What I May Be, a seminar with well-known consultant clinical psychologist, Dr Tony Humphreys. Enquiries: Sheila (086) 8239097. Julia May (083) 1915432.
Down the road, Dunmanway celebrates its first Lifelong Learning Festival and has a wide range of events. It begins with an Oíche Cheoil and ends the week with a Ceilí. Culture, finding one’s roots and the importance of oral heritage feature throughout the week. There are also workshops in basket making, painting on glass, writing haiku and information on sound-recording and bee-keeping. Prepare for summer by visiting the community garden but don’t leave Dunmanway without ringing their wonderful bells. Enquiries: Dorothy (086) 8239149.
Drop into any of the festivals and try out something new or simply have a chat and a cup of tea! For information on County Cork Lifelong Learning Festivals www.corketb.ie. (021) 4665006.

Cór Fhéile na Scol 2018

Cór Fhéile na Scol takes to the stage at Cork City Hall, starting Tuesday March 13th until Thursday 22nd. The Cór Fhéile is a popular, non-competitive festival where children from schools (predominantly primary) perform songs, poems, dances and music recitals. 50 schools and over 2,500 students will participate over six nights in this year’s festival. These schools include Ovens N.S. with a musical drama; Ballinadee N. S. with action songs; Gaelscoil Mallow with a school band; Cloghroe N.S., with a musical drama and both Gogginshill N.S. and Scoil Barra Ballincollig with a school choir. Cór Fhéile na Scol has taken place over two weeks at Cork City Hall in the Springtime each year for over 60 years.
One of the principal aims of Cór Fhéile is to foster and develop a love of music in children, particularly Irish music. Teachers and students from Cork city, county and beyond devise and prepare their own 10-minute performance, sure to charm their audiences at the imposing City Hall on the somewhat daunting City Hall stage. But these young performers are well prepared for the big stage! There is a real sense of achievement by each group after their performance. Many of the parents and grandparents who attend the Cór Fhéile savour the experience, as they remember how they performed at the Cór Fhéile in their own school days. The ethos of Cork Cór Fhéile na Scol is that of participation, inclusivity and equality. The emphasis is on children enjoying the performances of other children in a stress-free atmosphere.
A team of 10-15 teachers (practising and retired) working on a voluntary basis, begin preparations for next year’s Cór Fhéile as soon as the closing night is over. The Cór Fhéile is a true feast of talent and enjoyment and community.


Things to do in March
Continue to prepare ground. Fork or rake over existing beds, breaking up large clods of earth. Cover new seedlings with fleece if a frost is due. Start your daily slug patrols and lay beer traps. Don’t let new-season weeds take over – get on top of them with weekly hoeing.
Sow Indoors: lettuce, aubergine, peppers, cucumbers, celery, celeriac, sweet corn, basil, leeks, summer cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, parsley, courgette, French beans. Sow outdoors or under cover: broad beans, red cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts, onions, leeks, turnip, peas, radishes, early lettuce, asparagus. Plant your first early seed potatoes, as soon as weather conditions allow.
Recipe of the Month – Traditional Shepherd’s Pie
Ingredients 500g diced lamb, 4 large tomatoes or 1 small tin of chopped tomatoes, 2 garlic cloves, 2 medium carrots, 1 parsnip, 1 large onion, chopped rosemary leaves, 200 ml good homemade chicken stock (made from the left-over bones of a roast chicken), pinch of salt, 1 Tbsp cooking oil, 700g nice buttery mash potato to cover the top
Directions Fry off the diced lamb with a little cooking oil in a wide stock pot for 5 to 6 minutes until golden brown. Peel and slice the vegetables. Add the vegetables to the meat and fry off for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the chopped garlic, rosemary and salt. Add the chopped tomatoes and the chicken stock and simmer on low heat for 2 to 3 hours until the meat start to become flaky. Pour the lamb stew into a pie dish, cover with mash potato and bake at 150 degrees celsius for 45 minutes. Michael Kelly


Now back in stock. This book is groundbreaking as it dissects the Irish Revolution of 1913 -1923, layer by layer. A must for every Irish household.
Available at Fitzgerald’s bookshop and chocolate cafe. Price €59.00

Sports Mad

GAA Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football Championship

U21 A Football (Five teams)
First Round:
A Éire Óg 3-16 Cill na Martra 1-13
B Ballincollig 1-11 Naomh Abán 1-9
C Kilmurry a bye
2nd round: Kilmurry 0 – 13 Cill na Martra 1 – 9
Semi finals: Ballincollig v Kilmurry
Naomh Abán v Éire Óg
The final is scheduled for St Patrick’s Day.
Kilmurry 0 – 13 Cill na Martra 1 – 9
Cill na Martra, champions last year for the very first time, are out of this year’s Mid Cork U21 A football championship after a narrow defeat by Kilmurry, the team they beat in last year’s final, at Cill na Martra. This defeat, their second in the competition, marks the end of a glorious four year period for the Gaeltacht club during which they progressively won U21 divisional titles in C, B, and then A grades and established themselves as one of the best teams in Muskerry. Cill na Martra bowed out like champions should, never gave up, and could have stolen victory at the finish when Tadhg Ó Corcora’s fierce blast went screaming just over the Kilmurry crossbar.
Kilmurry, with almost all of last year’s team still available, were fancied to win and for most of the game justified their rating. They started well with Seán Warren kicking over three points in a row and when Cill na Martra came back at them with two points from their ace forward Daniel Ó Duinnín, all in the first quarter, they re-asserted their authority in the final stages of the half to lead by 0-7 to 0-3 at the break. Dan Ó Duinnín had again scored for the home side, Joe Ryan had three points for Kilmurry, all from frees, and set up Eoghan Clifford for the late point from play.
On the resumption, Tadhg Ó Corcora and Eoghan Clifford exchanges early points from play and when Trevor Ó hÉaluithe pointed for Cill na Martra, Evan Carroll did likewise for Kilmurry in reply. Mike Aynsley made a superb save from Kilmurry’s Liam Wall in the 38th minute and then there was another exchange of points between Evan Carroll and Dan Ó Duinnín, the latter from a free awarded for a foul which lost Kilmurry a defender to a black card.
Joe Ryan’s point for Kilmurry in the 45th minute had his side leading by 0-10 to 0-6 and James O’Mullane added a point to open up a five point gap. Kilmurry were clearly on top but Cill na Martra were not conceding and their persistence saw them twice match further Kilmurry points, Ciarán Ó Duinnín and Damian Ó hUrdail answering Evan Carroll and Joe Ryan. When Dan Ó Duinnín forced a ball over the Kilmurry line in the 57th minute after goalkeeper Eoin Curzon had done well to save a blast from Colm Mac Lochlainn, only two points now separated the teams at 0-13 to 1-8. Cill na Martra poured forward in search of another goal and Ciarán Ó Duinnín and Dean MacCarthaigh combined to set up Tadhg Ó Corcora for a shot from ten metres but the ball went whizzing just over the bar and so Kilmurry survived and advance to the semi final stage.
Scorers: Kilmurry: J Ryan 0-5 (0-5f), S Warren 0-3 (0-2f), E Clifford and E Carroll 0-2 each, Js O’Mullane 0-1. Cill na Martra: D Ó Duinnín 1-4 (0-3f), T Ó Corcora 0-2, T Ó hÉaluithe, C Ó Duinnín and D Ó hUrdail 0-1 each.
Kilmurry: Eoin Curzon: John O’Mullane, Fionn Warren, Dara Linehan: Kyle Kelleher, Marco Healy, James O’Mullane: Liam O’Sullivan, Seán Flanagan: Liam Wall, Eoghan Clifford, Brian Hinchion: Evan Carroll, Joe Ryan, Seán Warren. Subs: Greg Fitton 43.
Cill na Martra: Mike Aynsley: Donagh Ó Riordáin, Eoin Ó Céilleachair, Evan Ó Ceallacháin: Pádraig Ó Críodáin, Antón Ó Cuana, Colm MacLochlainn: Tadhg Ó Corcora, Seánie Ó Foirréidh: Trevor Ó hEaluithe, Damian Ó hUrdail, Cian Ó Foirréidh: Ciarán Ó Duinnín, Daniel Ó Duinnín, Dean MacCarthaigh. Subs: Seán Ó hEaluithe 33. Referee: Mr Dave Murnane, Macroom.
First Round teams:
Éire Óg: Christopher Kelly, Shane Quigley, David Twomey, Patrick Twomey, Ross McCarthy, Colm O’ Callaghan, Paul Kirwan, Jack Murphy, Mark Brady, Jer Kelleher, Jason Twomey, John Cooper, Keith O’ Riordan, David Kirwan, Brian Hurley. Subs: Cillian Sheehan 51.
Ballincollig: S Hogan; S Walsh, S O’Neill, G O’Donoghue; L Fahy, K Crowley, F Denny; J Murray, J O’Connor; R Burke, K Browne, F O’Donovan; A O’Donovan, E O’Reilly, O Dorgan. Subs: D Murphy for F O’Donovan.
Naomh Abán: C Ó Donnchú; D Ó Tuchama, M Ó Ceallacháin,, A Ó Catháin; S Ó Murchú, T Ó Riordáin, D Ó Loingsigh; C Ó Criodán, C Ó Murchú; C Ó Meachair, D Ó Ceallaigh, D Ó Laoire; A Ó Luasa, P Ó Liatháin, D Ó Meahair. Subs: C Ó Riordán for D Ó Meachair, B Ó Riordán for C Ó Meachair, F Ó Loingsigh for S Ó Murchú, E Ó Scanaill for D Ó Ceallaigh.

U21 B Football (Nine teams)

Macroom are now the only team not to have played in the competition. If Macroom beat Ballinora the way is clear for the quarter final draw; if Macroom lose, they are to play Grenagh for the seventh quarter final spot.
1st Round:
A Macroom a bye
B Blarney 1 – 7 Ballinora 0 - 8
C Canovee 3-7 Aghabullogue 0-8
D Aghinagh 2 -9 Iveleary 1-9
E Grenagh 0 – 8 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 6 - 14
2nd Round:
Macroom v Ballinora
Aghabullogue v Iveleary
Grenagh a bye (But if Macroom lose to Ballinora, then Grenagh v Macroom).
Quarter Finals:
Four 1st round winners, and three others from 2nd round games. Repeat pairings to be avoided in draw and no team to benefit from two byes.
Blarney 1 – 7 Ballinora 0 – 8
Blarney hosted Ballinora at Rathpeacon and just came out on top in a close encounter. A first half goal from Alan McEvoy was the vital score of the game, helping the winners to a half time lead of 1-3 to 0-4 and ultimate victory. Alan McEvoy also figured prominently in the point scoring along with James Walsh for Blarney. Darragh Holmes was scorer in chief for Ballinora who were not at full strength.
Blarney: Alex Moynihan: Stephan Mullane, Eoin Mullane, Brian Walsh: Dan Quill, Donal Hoare, Michael John Shine: Alan McEvoy, James Dineen: Conor Forde, Pa O’Connell, Jack O’Keeffe: Luke Madden, Barry Dennehy, James Walsh: Subs: Conor Horgan and Olan Hegarty.
Ballinora: Joe Conway: David Fitton, Brian Rigney, Ben Murphy: Cathal McCarthy, Pádraig Dineen, Tim Forde: Kenneth Greeley, Tim Dineen: Cathal Murphy, Darragh Holmes, Sean Philpott: Gary Linehan, Jack Blake, Ben O’Connor. Subs: James Walsh, James Kiernan, David O’Halloran.
Grenagh 0 – 8 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 6 – 14
This was a very one sided game at Grenagh as the final score indicates. Béal Átha had a 1-3 to nil lead after the opening five minutes and led by 4-9 to 0-4 at the interval. Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh had three goals for the Gaeltacht side and Ronan O Loinsuigh, Seamas Ó Tuama and Seán Ó Muimhneacháin had a goal apiece.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Barra Ó Súilleabháin: Seán Ó Ríordáin, Enda Ó Luasa, Shane Ó Laoire: Criostóir Ó Rinn, Daire Ó Ceallacháin, Shane Ó Chríodáin: Conchúir Ó Loinsuigh, Séamus Ó Tuama: Seán Ó hÚrdail, Donagh Seartan, Conor Ó Buachalla: Rónán Ó Loinsuigh, Seán Ó Muimhneacháin, Barra Ó Buachalla. Subs: Rian Ó Tuama, Gavin Ó Laoire, Orin Ó Grianna, Brian Ó Tuama, Donncha Ó Cremín.

First Round teams:
Aghinagh: Kevin Cotter: Miceál O’Connell, Luke O’Leary, Olan Cummins: Eoin McCarthy, Cathal Crowley, Richard Cotter: Aodh Twomey, Shane Corkery: Ted O’Leary, Miceál Horgan, Con Buckley: Liam Twohig, Diarmuid Crowley, Alex Murphy. Sub: Gordon Burns.
Iveleary: Ian Jones: Chris O’Donovan, Seán O’Riordan, Seán Horgan; James O’Donovan, Ciarán O’Riordan, Tim O’Dea: Ciarán Galvin, Conor O’Leary: Micheál O’Herlihy, Chris Óg Jones, Daniel O’Donovan: Max Murphy, Aaron O’Donovan, Olan Clancy. Sub: Shane Hurley.
Canovee: Cormac O’Driscoll: David Carroll, Eoghan O’Connell, Eoghan Lehane: Evan Dodd, Kieran Moynihan, David O’Keeffe: Jack Murphy, Patrick Buckley: Conor Hughes, Mark Walsh, Shane O’Riordan: Brian Verling, Mark Healy, Dara Cronin. Subs: Patrick O’Neill, Paudie O’Leary, Billy Kingston
Aghabullogue: Daniel Lane: Denis Desmond, Shane Tarrant, Killian BarryMurphy: Jack Murphy, Paul Ring, Seán Lane: Seán O’Connell, Conor Smyth: Tom Long, Mathew Bradley, Paul Dilworth: Conor Drew, David Thompson, Tadgh Bradley. Subs: Luke Casey, Jack Oldham, Paul Dineen.

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Naomh Abán 1987 team celebrates at Áras Abán ©Nóra Ní Luasa

U 21C Football (13 a side-five teams)

A Clondrohid 2-11 Donoughmore 2-13
B Lee Gaels 1-7 Kilmichael 4-7
Éire Óg (2nds) –a bye
Round 2: Clondrohid 4 – 8 Éire Óg 2 1 - 14
Round 3: Éire Óg 2 v Lee Gaels and the winners will join Clondrohid, Kilmichael and Donoughmore in the semi final draw.
Lee Gaels 1 – 7 Kilmichael 4 – 7
Lee Gaels led Kilmichael by a point at half time, 1-4 to 1-3 but when the visitors turned on the power in the second half at the Dripsey venue, the home side had no answer. Josh de Lacey had the first half goal for Kilmichael and added two more in the second half with Kevin Kelleher getting the fourth. Shane O’Riordan got the goal for Lee Gaels (Dripsey and Gleann na Laoi)
Lee Gaels: Adam Casey: Jack Casey, Keith Desmond: Shane Lucey, Dan O’Sullivan, David Galvin: Michael O’Riordan, Brendan O’Connell: Mark O’Connell, James Cotter, Killian Kelleher: Eoghan Masher, Shane O’Riordan. Sub: Aaron Desmond.
Kilmichael: Patrick O’Mahony: Gerard Murphy: Kevin Murphy: Seán Buttimer, Cathal Foley, Cathal O’Donovan: Christopher O’Connell, Brendan Kelleher: Jamie McCarthy, Alan McCarthy, Kevin Kelleher: Josh deLacey, Ronan Murphy. Subs: Trevor Tobin, David Horgan, Gavin Murray, Aidan Murray, Pádraig O’Leary.
Éire Óg 2 1 – 14 Clondrohid 4 – 8
Clondrohid had to win this game at Ovens to stay in the competition and they fought hard for their victory. Clondrohid led at half time by 2-4 to 0-7, their goals coming from Callum O’Shea and Stephen O’Riordan, but fell behind in the second half and the home side, the club’s second team, looked set for a win as they led by James O’Shea’s goal with only five minutes to go. A goal from Tadhg Ring brought Clondrohid level and then Dean Burke hit a late winner for the visitors. Seán Desmond and Brian Corcoran were prominent for the winners. Éire Óg will get a second chance to make the semi final stage when they play off against Lee Gaels, the Dripsey-Gleann na Laoi combination.
Clondrohid: Tiernan Quinn: Fionn Heffernan, John Stephen O’Riordan: Stephen Ryan, Conor Flanagan, Stephen O’Riordan: Seán Desmond, Brian Corcoran: Callum O’Shea, Killian Lynch, Eddy Duggan; Cathal Creedon, Dean Burke. Sub: Tadhg Ring.
Éire Óg 2: Eoin Kelleher: Seán Desmond, Philip Hayes: Cathal Buckley, Daniel Cotter, Seán Flynn: Ryan Flynn, Jeremiah Desmond: Cathal Buckley, James O’Shea, Joe Lynch: Adam O’Riordan, Jamie Holland. Subs: Dylan Foley, Graham Moyhihan, Mark Kelleher, Rian O’Shea, Conor McGolderick.
First round team: Donoughmore; Michael Buckley: David Looney, Adrian Looney: Niall O’Callaghan, Brendan O’Callaghan, Daren Lucey: Martin O’Sulllivan, St John Forde: Dara O’Shea, Ben Honohan, Alan Jones: Jeremy Kennedy, Billy Barrett. Subs: Eoin Buckley, Cian Murphy, Colm Looney.

Mid Cork GAA Championship Draws

The draws for the 2018 Mid Cork Championships were made recently at Coachford. In the premier grade in hurling and in football, first round losers will receive a second chance of advancing.
Junior A Football Championship
1st round:
A Ballincollig v Blarney
B Kilmurry v Cill na Martra
C Clondrohid v Dripsey
D Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Canovee
E Kilmichael v Aghinagh
F Inniscarra v Iveleary
G Éire Óg v Donoughmore
2nd Round
Loser A v Loser B, Loser c v Loser D, Loser E v Loser F, Loser G – a bye
Junior B Football Championship
Round 1
A Naomh Abán v Ballincollig
B Iveleary v Inniscarra
C Aghabullogue v Canovee
D Grenagh v Donoughmore
E Macroom v Kilmurry
F Ballinora v Aghinagh
Quarter Final
1 Winner A v Winner F, 2 Winner E v Winner D
Semi Final
3 Winner C v Winner B, 4 Winner 1 v Winner 2
Junior C Football Championship
Round 1
A Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Gleann na Laoi
B Kilmichael v Éire Óg
C Dripsey v Clondrohid
D Macroom v Ballincollig
Semi Final
Winner A v Winner B, Winner C v Winner D
Junior A Hurling Championship
Round 1
A Ballincollig v Iveleary
B Cloughduv v Éire Óg
C Donoughmore v Ballinora
D Blarney v Kilmichael
Round 2
Loser A v Loser D, Loser C v Loser B
Junior B Hurling Championship
Preliminary Round
Gleann na Laoi v Laochra Óg
Round 1
A Loser of Preliminary v Blarney
B Grenagh v Ballinora
C Ballincollig v Éire Óg
Round 2
1 Winner A v Winner B
2 Winner C v Preliminary winner
3 Cloughduv v Donoughmore
4 Aghabullogue v Inniscarra
Semi Final
Winner 1 v Winner 2, Winner 3 v Winner 4

County Championship Fixtures

Muskerry hurlers and footballers are fixed to play very shortly in the county senior championships and both have tough assignments in the Divisions /Colleges section, which is being played on a knock-out basis (i.e. No second chance for the losing team).
All football clubs will see championship action in April, with most club hurling teams also in action in that month, the remainder in the first fortnight in May. Club teams defeated in the opening round will have a second chance of advancement in a losers round.
Proposed Dates for 2018 County Championship Games
Saturday March 17th P Uí Rinn, N F League Round 6, Cork v Clare
Sun March 18th at Macroom, SFC Div Section, Avondhu v Beara, 3.30pm
Tuesday March 20th
at Ovens, SFC Div Section, CIT v MUSKERRY, 7.45pm ET
at Macroom, SFC Divisional Section, Carbery v UCC, 7.45pm ET
Thursday March 22nd
@ Riverstown, SHC Divisional Section, Imokilly v MUSKERRY, 7.45pm ET
@ Cloughdubh, SHC Divisional Section, CIT v Carbery, 7.45pm ET
W/E March 25th: at Roscommon, N F L Round 7, Roscommon v Cork
Tuesday March 27th: SFC Divisional Section R2, CIT/Muskerry v Avondhu/Beara
Thursday March 29th: SHC Divisional Section R2, CIT/Carbery v Imokilly/Muskerry
Saturday April 7th
Killavullen, IFC R1, GRENAGH v Glanworth, 6.15pm ET
Sunday April 8th
Carrigadrohid, PIFC R1, Bandon v NAOMH ABÁN, 2.00pm ET
Carrigadrohid, PIFC R1, Bantry Blues v Fermoy, 3.45pm ET
Ovens, PIFC R1, MACROOM v St Michaels, 3.00pm ET
Millstreet, IFC R1, AGHABULLOGUE v Ballydesmond 6.15pm ET
Wednesday April 11th: P Uí Rinn, Munster MF QF, Cork v Waterford
Sunday April 15th
Macroom, SFC R1, Ilen Rovers v BALLINCOLLIG, 4.00pm ET,
Macroom, IFC R1, BALLINORA v CILL na MARTRA, 2.15pm ET
Sunday April 22nd
Ballygarvan, PIHC R1, Courcey Rovers v INNISCARRA, 2.00pm ET
Saturday April 28th
Pairc Uí Rinn, PIHC R1, Valley Rovers v BLARNEY, 6.15pm ET,
Banteer, IHC R1, BALLINCOLLIG v Meelin, 6.30pm ET
Ovens, IHC R1, Ballygarvan v AGHABULLOGUE, 4.00pm ET
Wednesday May 9th
Munster Minor F S-f, Winner Cork/Waterford v Winner Tipperary/Kerry
Saturday May 12th
Pairc Uí Rinn, IHC R1, ÉIRE ÓG v Sarsfields, 7.45pm ET
Ballygarvan, IHC R1, INNISCARRA v Ballymartle, 7.00pm ET
Killavullen, IHC R1, GRENAGH v St Catherine’s, 7.00pm ET (TBC by clubs)
Sunday May 13th
Mallow, IHC R1, Kildorrery v DRIPSEY, 3.30pm ET

2018 Cork County Football Leagues

Results: Division 1
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1-11 St Finbarrs 1-7
Valley Rovers 1-13 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2-10
Mallow 0-16 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1-12
Carbery Rangers 0-13 Cill na Martra 1-10
Valley Rovers 5-13 Cill na Martra 0-8
St Finbarrs 3-8 Macroom 0-3
O’Donovan Rossa 4-17 Macroom 1-8
Macroom 0-9 Carbery Rangers 1-8
Ballincollig 2-12 Valley Rovers 0-11
O’Donovan Rossa 1-5 Ballincollig 0-8
Clonakilty 0-9 Ballincollig 1-10
Division 2
Aghabullogue 3-10 Douglas 1-14
Éire Óg 1-7 Newmarket 0-9
Clyda Rovers 0-11 Éire Óg 2-9
Aghabullogue 3-10 Douglas 1-14
Division 3 Naomh Abán 2-15 Glanworth 2-13
Division 4
Mitchelstown 4-8 Ballinora 2-9
Ballinora 1-8 Kinsale 2-11
Kildorrery 0-7 Ballinora 2-8
Grenagh 1-8 Kildorrery 0-5
Grenagh 1-8 Aghada 2-5
County Hurling Leagues 2018

Senior Hurling: No Muskerry club

Division One: Blarney the only Muskerry club
Blarney 1-9 Kilworth 1-21
Division Two
Ballincollig, Éire Óg, Inniscarra A
Division Three
Division Four
Inniscarra B, Grenagh, Dripsey
Inniscarra 3-12 Na Piarsaigh 1-8
Dripsey 1-13 Argideen Rangers 1-21
Grenagh 0-15 Glen Rovers 1-15
Mid Cork Junior A Football League 2018

Round One Fixture:
Aghinagh v Ballincollig
Blarney v Canovee
Cill na Martra v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh
Clondrohid v Domoughmore
Dripsey v Éire Óg
Inniscarra v Iveleary
Kilmichael v Kilmurry

Cork Hurlers and Footballers

The Cork teams returned to Páirc Uí Chaoimh for their 2nd Allianz Leagues double header of the season and, after producing two most disappointing performances, both county teams lost.
Cork footballers are without the Nemo Rangers contingent at present as the county champions prepare for their All Ireland Club final on St Patrick’s Day.
Cork hurlers need to win soon to restore the confidence and swagger they had last season when championship success was built on early season victories which produced a feel good factor for players and supporters.

Allianz Football League Division 2

Cork 0-11 Cavan 0-14
Cavan remain on top in Division 2 of the Allianz Football League after a deserved three-point win away to Cork. This was Cork’s second loss this spring – both coming in the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Two strong scoring bursts were enough for Cavan to hold a 0-9 to 0-5 half-time lead after Cork briefly led, five points to four. John O'Rourke ended a 23-minute Cork scoring drought in the 45th minute, and added another soon after, but it was all in response to further Cavan points.
Cavan created goal openings but we're happy to take points, while Cork couldn't create the chances they needed. Tomas Clancy’s injury-time point narrowed the deficit to three but it was too late.
Scorers for Cork: S White, J O’Rourke, M Collins, S Sherlock (0-2 each); C O’Neill (‘45), Brian O’Driscoll, T Clancy (0-1 each).
Cork: A Casey; S Ryan, J O'Sullivan, M McSweeney; K Crowley, Brian O'Driscoll, T Clancy; I Maguire, C O'Hanlon; K Flahive, S White, R Deane; M Hurley, C O'Neill, M Collins.
Subs: M Taylor ht, K O’Driscoll ht, Cian Kiely (Ballincollig) ht, J O’Rourke ht, Cian Dorgan (Ballincollig) 55, S Sherlock 60.

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The Senior Football team from De la Salle College Macroom that was defeated by Coláiste Chríost Rí in the Corn Simcox final ©An Scoil

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A

Cork 1-15 Waterford 1-20
Cork must beat Tipperary in Thurles to have a chance of avoiding a relegation play-off after this third consecutive defeat in the league. They could end up facing Waterford again, who claimed their first points of the Division 1A campaign to join Cork on two points.
The score sequence was tit-for-tat in the opening quarter before Horgan pounced for a fine goal in the 20th minute. Cork broke from defence, Bill Cooper sending a diagonal ball into a two attackers versus three defenders scenario but one deft touch by Horgan and he had taken out the Waterford backs to lift the ball, run and finish to the net. Cork’s three-point lead lasted just two minutes as Mikey Kearney finished off a slick Déise move. Cork lost a player in the 25th minute when Harnedy dropped his knee on Coughlan and, after consulting with his linesman, referee Seán Cleere brandished the red card. Waterford, with the slight wind favour too, finished out the half three points better to lead 1-12 to 1-9 at the break.
Cork did draw level early in the second half but with Noel Connors and Austin Gleeson in outstanding form, they continued to send enough ball forward to see off Cork, who were short of ideas in attack and looked to have players short of hurling craft and deft stickwork in pivotal positions.
Scorers for Cork: P. Horgan (1-10, 0-9 frees); C. Lehane (0-2); T. O’Mahony, M. Ellis, C. Spillane (0-1 each).
Cork: A. Nash; C. O’Sullivan, E. Cadogan, C. Spillane; C. Joyce, T. O’Mahony, D. Browne; M. Ellis, Mark Coleman (Blarney); B. Cooper, C. Lehane, D. Brosnan; A. Cadogan, S. Harnedy (c), P. Horgan. Subs: R. O’Flynn ht; L. McLoughlin 54; L. Meade 58; M. Cahalane 65; S. Kingston 66.

Camogie League

All-Ireland champions, Cork, will take on Limerick in the semi-final of the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League on March 11, while League champions, Kilkenny, will play Galway in the other semi-final. Limerick edged through for the fourth consecutive year and squeezed out Waterford by virtue of a superior score difference following their 1-9 to 1-9 draw with the Déise. Kilkenny waltzed to a 2-19 to 0-6 win over Meath to make the final four, while Galway got the better of Wexford by 2-16 to 4-8 in the winner-takes-all battle to claim the second Semi-Final berth from Group 1. Cork maintained their perfect record with a 2-11 to 2-9 triumph over Offaly. In Faithful Fields, goals from Katrina Mackey and Hannah Looney kept Cork’s noses in front, with Orla Cotter slotting five points. Amy O’Connor has been in magnificent form throughout the Littlewoods Ireland League and pre-match concerns about her fitness, and that of Orla Cronin, were allayed as O’Connor contributed three points and Cronin two.
Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League semi-finals on March 11; finals on March 24.

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Maeve Burke, Helen Hallissey, Eileen O'Flynn, Aoife Walsh, Kitty Walsh and Joan O'Flynn, representing the Auld Triangle at the Muskerry GAA Gala Awards Night at Oriel Hotel. ©Mike English

2018 Lidl Ladies National Football League

Having completed the 4th round of the League, Dublin lead on 12 points while Cork have 9; Donegal and Galway 7 each; Mayo 6; Kerry and Monaghan 3 each and Westmeath 0. After going down by a point to Dublin in the 3rd round, Cork had an easy win over Westmeath 2 – 13 to 1 – 6. Round 5 matches, Dublin v Kerry; Westmeath v Galway; Donegal v Cork and Mayo v Monaghan, have still to played due to Storm Emma.
Cork 2 – 13 Westmeath 1 – 6
Ephie Fitzgerald’s six-in-a-row chasing Cork got back to winning ways in Division 1 of the Lidl Ladies National Football League with victory over Westmeath. Orla Finn’s 2-06 helped the second placed Rebels to a 10-point win over the 2017 Division 2 champions, who are yet to record a point in this year’s top-flight standings. Cork started the stronger of the two sides but a Fiona Claffey goal in the 20th minute kept Westmeath in touch. It was what Cork needed to spark them to life, as Finn, Doireann O’Sullivan and Melissa Duggan all produced impressive performances to lead their side to their third win of the campaign.
Cork: 1. Martina O'Brien (Clonakilty) 2. Aisling Kelleher (St. Val's) 3. Marie Ambrose (St. Val's) 4. Emma Spillane (Bantry Blues) 5. Maire O'Callaghan (Mourneabbey) 18. Eimear Meaney (Mourneabbey) 7. Shauna Kelly (Araglen Desmonds Bui) 8. Melissa Duggan (Doheny’s) 9. Aishling Hutchings (Fermoy) 10. Bríd O'Sullivan (Mourneabbey) 11. Doireann O'Sullivan (Mourneabbey) 12. Orlagh Farmer (Midleton) 17. Ciara O'Sullivan (Mourneabbey) 14. Eimear Scally (Éire Óg) 15. Orla Finn (Kinsale)

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Rena Buckley, centre, receives a portrait painted by Sinead McCarthy, Dripsey, from Minister Michael Creed, TD at Muskerry GAA Gala Awards Night ©Mike English.

Macroom FC

Schoolgirls Section: Some excellent news arrived last week when it was revealed Macroom U12 goalkeeper Molly Murphy has been chosen as a member of the Cork U12 squad. Molly has attended numerous trials over recent months and impressed the management team sufficiently to earn a place. This is fantastic for Molly, her family, club coaches and the whole of Macroom FC. It is also very rewarding for the club coaches to see a specialist position like goalkeeper being recognised. Molly will be the first female from the club to receive representative honours with Cork.
The U12 and 14 girls’ sides, sponsored by Matt Murphy Pharmacy, played a mixed friendly recently. With so many fixtures lost to poor weather, this game was arranged to give all players a much sought after 'run out'. On a cold morning, parents enjoyed teas and coffees. Also, coach and professional chef, Mick Goold, stole the show when he provided homemade soup for all and this was very much appreciated. The U10 team travelled to Cobh and took part in a blitz featuring host club, Springfield, Avondale Utd, Riverstown, Wilton Utd and Midleton FC. All players had a great morning and although this grade is uncompetitive, Macroom's desire was evident as they won all of their games.
All of the schoolgirls’ teams are now sporting new club jackets which were purchased following a successful bag pack in Dunne's Stores last December. Thanks to all who supported Macroom FC and to Dunne's for facilitating this worthwhile fundraising event.
All Ireland Success: On Sunday Feb 24th last, the Cork Schoolboys League U16 team were victorious in the SFAI National Final, defeating the Dublin District Schoolboys’ League 1-0 in Mullingar. Of the 18 man squad, Macroom FC's Eoin Guiney was an important member. This is another fantastic achievement by Eoin, who picks up his second All Ireland medal, having also played on the victorious U15 team last season. Congratulations from all at the club on another outstanding year with the Cork Schoolboys league.
U14 Schoolboys: Both U14 teams were in action last week. Macroom travelled to play Rockmount at Whitechurch, winning 0-2. The two goals came in the first half when Macroom controlled the game. Good work from Daire McMahon and Patrick Kelleher saw Jack Martin head the opener. And shortly after, Daire McMahon found the net from close range, following a corner. The tie was more even in the second half, but Macroom defended well to pick up 3 valuable points. Dylan O' Riordan, Thomas Morgans, Conor Kelleher, Mark Hunt and Jack Devine all did well.
Macroom U14A had a big win away to Carrigaline on a scoreline of 0-9. Ben Lyons and Rory Duggan had a memorable day as both players scored hat tricks, which is unique in any game. Further goals came from Liam Holland, Mark O' Connell and Colm McSweeny. It was a great performance from all 16 players, with Alan Desmond, Finn Brady, Ben Herlihy, Dylan Wenger and Cameron Murphy having especially fine games.
Storm Emma: The terrible weather conditions experienced last week wiped out the weekend fixture list of Mar 3rd/ 4th. The Cork AUL, Cork Schoolboys League and the C.W.S.S.L. leagues took the wise decision to postpone all fixtures in the interests of safety.

Macroom Golf Club

Results: 24/25 Feb 2018 Club Singles First Florrie McCarthy14 34pts Second Alan Townend 20 34pts. Senior Jimmy Nolan 10 32pts
20-Feb-2018 Seniors Scramble First Ted Murphy 10 Michael O'Mahony 17 Jim O'Neill 22 47.1
Fixtures: Tue – Seniors Sat & Sun - Club Singles & Spring League