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Lighting up Macroom, Fri. Dec. 8 at 7p.m. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Santa at the Mills Inn Dec. 7 – 10; 14 – 17; 19 – 23.
Christmas Workshops @toysoldierfactory.ie 10am - 4pm daily until Dec 20th
Muinefliuch N.S. Christmas Flower Demo on Thurs Dec 7 at 8pm
Macroom Illumination and Christmas Market Fri. Dec. 8 at 7p.m.
Kilmurry Christmas Lights Sat. Dec. 9th at 7 pm.
CCM Active Retired bus to High Kings, INEC Killarney, Sat. Dec.9.
Carol Service in Macroom on Sun 10th Dec at 7 p.m.
Castletownkennigh annual bazaar Sun 10th Dec at 1.30 p.m.
Penitential Rite-Confessions in Macroom —Tues Dec. 12th at 7.30 p.m.
‘The Wizard of Oz’ on Dec 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th in Coachford G.A.A. Hall at 8p.m.
Macroom Special Street Market in the Town Square, Tues. Dec. 12.
Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner on Thurs Dec 14th at Riverside Park Hotel at 2pm
Crookstown Céilí Club: Sat 16th Dec and Mon. Jan. 1 in Crookstown Hall at 9.30 p.m.
Santa on Horseback in Carriganima, Sun, Dec 17, at 3pm.
Reconciliation Service: in Ovens, Sun, 17th Dec. @ 7pm.
Community Carol Service on Sun 17 Dec at 7 pm in St Senan's, Canon's Cross, Inniscarra.
Lee Valley Speakers meeting, Tues Dec 19th at 8pm in the Castle Hotel
Nativity Pageant in Inchigeela Church on Wed 20th Dec at 6.30p.m.
Christmas Bingo Night in Clondrohid Hall on Wed 20th Dec, 8.30pm.
Run the Wren Fancy Dress Walk from Inchigeela Village at midday, Dec 26th.
Poc Fada Inniscarra G.A.A. and Camogie Club, St. Stephen’s Day, from Blair’s Inn, at 12 noon.
Ballinagree Vintage Run Sun. 31 Dec. Leaving village at 12 noon.
Inchigeela Bingo every Sat. night at 8.30pm in the Hall.
KHAA presents Peadar Ó Riada, Seán Ó Sé and Guests at Éire Óg Ovens on Sat Feb 17th at 8pm.

LVEB Events
Cinderella! at Riverside Park Hotel Fri Jan 5th at 7.30pm. Sat Jan 6th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Sun Jan 7th at 2.30pm.
Macroom Library
Gramophone Circle; Fri. Dec. 8 at 11a.m.
Story time; Sat. Dec. 9 and 16 at 12 noon.
Christmas lunch for Gramophone Circle at Rochestown Park Hotel, Tues. 12th Dec. at 12.30.
ACOL Bridge Dec. 13th, 10 a.m until 1 pm.
Ciorcal Cainte; Dec. 14th at 11.30 a.m.
Purlies Dec. 21, 11a.m. .
Children’s Bookclub Sat Jan. 6 at 3 p.m.
Art exhibition for December by Sullane Art Group
Christmas Closure Sat. Dec 23 to Mon. Jan. 1 inclusive.

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 Macroom Updates

Christmas in Macroom

Christmas in Macroom officially “kicks off” this Friday, December 8th, in the Town Square, with the switching on of this year’s Christmas Lights. It is now regarded as one of the town’s Events of the Year, where there is live music, Christmas Market, stalls and lots of activities for the children to enjoy.
There will be a Christmas Disco starting at 5.30 p.m., followed by live music from the Dynamics Show band at 6.45 p.m. The Flower of Macroom will be on hand to “switch on” this year’s Lights at 7p.m sharp. Great credit must go to Martin Coughlan and his team. Without their assistance, the Christmas Lights in Macroom would not be possible. A special Thank you must also go to our Electrical Contractor, Alan O’Shea. Macroom is the envy of most towns in the Cork/ Kerry region for our Lights Display, so we would encourage everyone to come into town this Friday and officially “kick off” Christmas in our own Macroom way.
A lot of the shops will be open on Friday night also, and have very special discounts for the 8th of December weekend so:-
KEEP YOUR BUSINESS IN MACROOM TO KEEP MACROOM IN BUSINESS

Nollaig 2017

Christmas comes but once a year;
And when it comes, it brings good cheer.
The Lee Valley is abounding with good cheer in advance of Christmas 2017. Free Parking for 2 hours is available in Macroom right up to Christmas. (Parking Regulations will still apply in all parking areas).
Already, houses, villages and streets are beautifully decorated and illuminated and Christmas carols assault our ears from radios, televisions, supermarkets and street corners. Tidy Town committees and community associations have invested in decorations, making the Christmas candles of long ago a very poor, dim memory. In Macroom town, many housing estates have organised their own Christmas tree and decorations. Santa has arrived by boat, on horseback, by car, bike, motorbike and tractor and children everywhere have sent their demands by e-mail, snail mail or Tweet.
The traditional Christmas Shopping Day, December 8, is falling well this year - on a Friday - making for a long weekend for many. Macroom will get into the festive spirit when the magnificent Christmas lights are switched on and the Christmas tree is illuminated by 2017 Flower of Macroom, Laura Creedon, Cill na Martra, at 7p.m. The Lee Valley Enterprise Board is busy erecting the Town Christmas Lighting. This year, a lot of money was spent repairing some of the features which are now 17 years old and some new features, including a new Christmas tree, which now stands in the Main Street, were purchased at a total cost of €6,500.
The LVEB has organised a Christmas Street Market, with food stalls, Arts and Crafts galore, a carousel, Disney characters, disco music, Dynamic Show Band etc. Many Macroom shops will be open late and offer special discounts up to 20% on December 8 and 9. Shoppers in Macroom over the next weeks will get free raffle tickets from LVEB businesses and there will be draws for ten €50 vouchers on December 8 and 20.
Blarney/ Macroom Municipal District Council is promoting a Special Christmas Market in the Town Square on Tuesday, December 12.

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Preparing for Christmas in Masseytown. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Christmas Fare

Macroom Senior Citizens fundraising Christmas Cards are for sale in shops around the Lee Valley. These cards shown hand painted images of Christmas and are very popular each year, with each pack containing 10 cards for only €5. We would like to thank the Sullane Art Group who organise the printing and distribution of these cards for us each year.
Macroom Senior Citizens/Active Retired Annual Christmas Dinner takes place on Thursday December 14th at Riverside Park Hotel. Dinner at 2 pm will be followed with a dance and social evening. Tickets costing €25 can be purchased from Evelyn Mc Sweeney, Middle Square, Macroom phone 026/41070.

Alleluia

St. Colman’s Church, Macroom was alive with the sound of traditional hymns recently as ‘Alleluia’, directed by Cathal MacCabe, brought back memories of decades past. Professional singers - Linda Kenny, soprano and Ryan Morgan, tenor - presented some of the classics, while the combined choirs from Macroom, Canovee and the Briery Gap Mixed Choir sang the ‘old reliables’ beautifully. Deus Meus Adiuva me, a bilingual Latin-Irish song of praise from the 12th century, opened proceedings and this was followed by The Bells of the Angelus, Panis Angelicus and Sweet Heart of Jesus. Laudate Dominum by Mozart, preceded Hail Queen of Heaven, Ave Maria and To Jesus Heart All Burning. A highlight of the programme was Joe Creedon, New Street, singing the traditional Naomh Pádraig, written by Dónal Ó Liatháin, with music by Peadar Ó Riada. Queen of the May was followed by St. Joseph's School Choir singing Everything I am and Sing and Shout for Joy and a rousing version of Faith of our Fathers brought proceedings to the interval.
The second half included Amazing Grace, Sweet Sacrament Divine , Bí liom a Íosa and I'll Sing a Hymn to Mary. Linda Kenny recited Padraic Colum’s Old Woman of the Roads, a timely reminder of the homeless in the midst of plenty. The Negro Spiritual, Going Home, Soul of my Saviour, Hail Holy Queen, Immaculate and Angels Guard Thee followed. Soloists, Mary Crowley and Michael Bradley combined with the choirs in a lovely rendering of May the Road Rise to Meet You. Hail Glorious St Patrick, We Stand for God and The Battle Hymn of the Republic brought the evening to a rousing conclusion.

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The beautiful Christmas scene at Macroom Library, the work of Purlies, Sue Camm and Mary Murphy ©Christine Cronin

Macroom Library

December Gramophone is on Friday 8th at 11 a.m. It’s a members choice day so bring along your favourite C.D, Christmassy or otherwise, and we will play your chosen track from it. Mary Curtin will do the announcing of the tracks and Eddie Hogan will run the hi fi. It will be your final chance that day to get a ticket for the joint Gramophone circles, (city and county) Christmas lunch in the Rochestown Park Hotel, which is on Tuesday 12th December at 12.30. €29 a ticket and 5 to 8 euros for the bus. It’s a very pleasant event and includes an hour or so of music. Ring 026 42483 for further details.
The Purlies are here on the 7th and 21st December. Do call and see the library window. It’s just stunning and all the work of Sue Camm and Mary Murphy. It’s particularly magical when darkness falls. On Saturday 9th and 16th there will be Storytime for 3-8 year olds at 12 noon for 30 to 45 minutes. We’re looking forward to putting on our Christmas hats and getting out the beautiful Christmas books. ACOL Bridge is on the 13th at 10 a.m until 1 pm. Thursday 14th, the Ciorcal Cainte, with Nora Levis, meets at 11.30 for an hour of light conversation in Irish. All levels of Irish welcome. The Art exhibition for December is the Sullane Art Group, taught by Ann O’ Sullivan.
Any boy aged 9-12 interested in joining our Bookclub? First Saturday of the month for 45 minutes so next meeting on Saturday January 6th at 3pm. Ring 026 42483 to put your name down. Advance warning of our Christmas closure. Friday 22nd is the last day we are open before Christmas and we re open on Tuesday 2nd January at 10 a.m.

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Dónal Ó Ceallaigh – Prince Charming; Jim Leahy - Dame Daisy and Pat Kelleher- the King, in rehearsal for ‘Cinderella’ at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom January 5, 6 and 7. : ©Lee Valley Outlook

Cinderella

Kick start your 2018 with a Lee Valley version of one of the most loved fairy tales, Cinderella, in the Riverside Park Hotel. There is comedy for everyone from 3 to 93, with many of your favourite players. The lovely Cinderella is played by the very experienced Kelly Ann Healy, who will bring you wonderful singing while her dreams and wishes all come true with the help of the magical fairy queen, played by Lorraine Casey. Her Prince Charming is played by panto newcomer, Dónal Ó Ceallaigh, ably assisted by his cousin, Dandini – Gerard Collins. The King is played by another well seasoned performer - Pat Kelleher and is assisted by his very dedicated secretary – Mary Lynch. Comedy is much in evidence, courtesy of the usual suspects - Jim Leahy as Dame Daisy and the Ugly Sisters, Rose Violet and Sweetpea, played by Pádraig O’Driscoll and Kevin Moynihan. The talented Darragh Murphy as Buttons creates as much confusion as possible for the unsuspecting sisters. The local postman and nosey gossip also contributes to the fun and is played by David Leahy, while Con Foley, the palace guard, has the task of making certain that the slipper fits the right foot, while keeping order at the Grand Ball.
Dancing and singing to the music of the great Elvis are the teenage chorus with soloists, Martin McCarthy, Julie Dunne, and Con Foley, while the much loved chorus of tiny tots will warm the hearts of the audience (particularly parents and grandparents) with their innocent smiles and beautiful songs.
It’s a show not to be missed! Dates: Friday January 5th at 7.30pm; Saturday January 6th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm and Sunday January 7th at 2.30pm. Adults €15 /Children €10.

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McEgan College Football Team at a Blitz in Páirc Uí Chaoimh ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

Comhairle na nÓg. Comhairle na nÓg is an organisation which looks at what affects young people across Ireland and tries to improve on these issues by lobbying for change. On the 16th of November I was chosen to attend the Cork County Comhairle na nÓg AGM, to represent Bishop McEgan College and my fellow students. The meeting was held in the County Hall Chambers where we were introduced to current members and issues that affect the young people of Cork County. We then moved on to a Question and Answer session which was very informative and gave all those who attended a great insight into the organisation. We learned how the Comhairle helps young people around the county and the country. Overall, the experience of attending such an event was really good, a great learning experience and very enjoyable. Jackie Lucey 5th year.
Creative Writing. Fostering and promoting links with the local library to support students in improving their literacy levels is a key aim for McEgan College`s literacy plan. In keeping with our aims and strategies, a talk was organised on Tuesday 28th November, through links with Macroom library. on creative writing. Denise Woods, a well known author who has written several novels, came to speak with some eager Transition Years on the topic of self-expression in creative writing. It was fascinating to listen to her story and how she began as a small child writing from the tender age of ten. She gave in depth knowledge and advice on how to improve the students' writing skills and encouraged them to pursue their dreams. They found her very engaging. Thanks to the staff of Macroom Library for organising it and to Máire Ni Laoire for facilitating it.
College Awareness Week highlighted that going to college and having a post-secondary plan is both important and achievable. Norma Murphy, Macroom E Park, spoke to senior cycle students about the many options available after studying Business at third level and told of her current studies in Chartered Accountancy. Helen Cronin, McEgan College, who also completed studies in Business, spoke of her varied career to date and how career paths can change throughout life. Conor O'Sullivan of Cahalane Construction, Dunmanway spoke of his career path, which began as an apprentice carpenter and progressed to becoming site foreman. Dónal Óg Ó Laoire emphasised to students the importance of pursuing a career that you are interested in and outlined in great detail the different phases involved in undertaking an apprenticeship. Talks were also held by teachers themselves, in Social Care, from a representative of Coláiste Stíofáin Naofa and from past pupils now currently studying in CIT. UL and U.C.C.
Football Blitz McEgan boys footballers set off to Páirc Uí Chaoimh to take part in a Gaelic football blitz. This was an opportunity for the lads to see the splendid new stadium as well as compete against other schools. The weather was borrowed from Summer as the sun shone down on the new astro pitch for the day. The games were very competitive: we won 1 game and were narrowly defeated in 2 more. There were many outstanding performances on the day and all the players gave a massive effort. It was a very enjoyable day out and we look forward to many more.

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De la Salle Macroom who defeated Coláiste Chríost Rí in Corn Uí Mhuirí ©Lee Valley Outlook

De La Salle Updates.

Garda Award. The winner of this year’s West Cork Garda Special Achievement Youth award is Clondrohid’s Steven Bradley. A 5th Year student in De la Salle College Macroom, Steven was nominated by the school and everybody was thrilled that his courage and commitment in overcoming adversity, allied with his unwavering good nature and positive attitude, were acknowledged by the judges. Garda schools’ liaison officer, Orla Doyle, was effusive in her praise of Steven, saying “he is an inspiration to his peers and the community around him”. Stephen’s father and grandfather were on hand in the Riverside Hotel in Macroom to receive the award as the youngster himself was in Portugal, competing in the IWAS games.
Scholarships. On the basis of his outstanding Leaving Cert results this summer, De la Salle Macroom past pupil Brendan Kelleher from Tarleton has been awarded both a Quercus entrance scholarship and a Keliher scholarship to U.C.C. Brendan was presented with his awards by U.C.C. president, Patrick O’Shea, at a ceremony in the university, where he is currently studying Mathematical Sciences.
Business Quiz. Two teams from De la Salle travelled to St. Brendan’s College in Killarney to compete in the Cork and Kerry Schools’ Junior Cert business quiz. On a tremendous evening, the school achieved both first and fourth places. The members of the winning team were Jack Neville, Shane Sweeney, Sean O’Riordan and Gavin O’Leary, all of whom received a valuable set of headphones as prizes.
Football. Following on from a victory against Clonakilty Community College and a defeat to Coláiste Choilm, the school’s senior football team has qualified for the knock-out stages of the Corn Uí Mhuirí by defeating Coláiste Chríost Rí by 2-14 to 0-14. Their opponents in the quarter final have yet to be decided. The senior footballers have also qualified for the semi-final of the Corn Simcox, where they will face Clonakilty Community College.
Fundraising. Students at the school have been busy raising funds for charity. Transition Year students collected over €700 for Gorta and will be on the streets of Macroom before Christmas to collect for the MCA. A “Christmas jumper” day will be held in the school on December 15th to raise money for local charities and a food collection for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is ongoing.

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St Mary’s Young Scientists who have seven projects in the national final ©An Scoil

St. Mary’s Updates

Basketball. Both our Under 19 and Under 16 basketball teams have played St. Aidan’s Secondary School, Dublin Hill, Cork, last week and both teams were victorious. They played again in Neptune Stadium on Monday last, December 4th, in their respective regional finals. The under 16s were victorious against Rosscarbery, winning by twelve points. The under 19s unfortunately lost by a solitary point against Coláiste Colm, Ballincollig. However, both our teams are now through to the All Ireland play-off stages after Christmas.
St Vincent de Paul. Our annual St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive took place recently, where we, as a school community, turned our attention to helping people in need in our locality. The Religion department would like to thank our 5th year students for organising this year’s event: it was hugely successful. A big thank you to all the staff, students and their families for donating food items to this worthy cause. Your support as always is greatly appreciated.
Fish Demonstration. Ms. Breda Horgan visited the school on Friday last, December 1st, with a huge array of fish. She gave a wonderful demonstration to both the second and fourth year Home Economics classes. She explained to the girls the importance of fish in their diet and showed them how to prepare and cook fish. They really enjoyed sampling different types of fish that she cooked for them.
Shoebox Appeal. Our school is again involved with the Shoebox Appeal by Team Hope. They give the Christmas Shoebox gifts right into the hands of some of the world’s most vulnerable children – many of whom will receive no other gift this Christmas. For some it’s the first gift they’ve ever received. It's hope, it's God's love, it's joy and excitement –. It's the whole of Christmas wrapped up in a Shoebox !

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Cinderella – Kelly Ann Healy – preparing for Macroom Panto in the Riverside Park Hotel, January 5, 6 and 7 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Events

Christmas Pantomime Cinderella! Kick start your 2018 with our adaption of the classic Pantomime Cinderella in the Riverside Park Hotel. Featuring all the iconic characters played by a local cast & chorus, it is not to be missed! Further details will be available soon! Dates: Friday January 5th at 7.30pm. Saturday January 6th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Sunday January 7th at 2.30pm. Adults €15 /Children €10
Our Box Office at South Square Macroom opens from 11pm to 2pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. For further info please call 026/41174 or 087/1663395. Tickets are also on sale online from our Facebook page & www.macroom.ie.
Any profits the Lee Valley Enterprise Board make from these shows will go back into local projects, including the restoration of the Church of Ireland church in Macroom to create a cultural & tourism amenity.

Local Television

Wed. Dec. 6. 9.30p.m. Christmas Panto Jack in the Beanstalk from Briery Gap 2009 Part 1.
Sun. Dec. 10. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Dec. 13. 9.30pm. Christmas Panto Jack in the Beanstalk from Briery Gap 2009 Part 2.
Sun. Dec. 17. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special Christmas Reflection with Fr. B. Desmond, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Dec. 20. 9.30pm. Carols and Pageant from Ballyvourney 2005. .
Sun. Dec. 24. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Christmas Day, Mon. Dec. 25. 5p.m. Mass from Kilmurry 2007. Followed by St. Joseph’s Christmas Concert 2010 and Christmas in Codrum at O’Callaghan home and 2012 Senior Citizen Party from Fr. Ryan Hall.
Wed. Dec. 27 9.30pm. Thousandaire fundraiser for Carriganima N.S. 2006. .
Sun. Dec. 31. 5.30p.m. Sunday Special followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.

Snippets

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Christmas Liturgy We request that you forward details of Christmas Liturgy in your parish as soon as possible to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should you wish same to be included in December 21 issue of the Lee Valley Outlook.
Parishes, Clubs and Associations 2017 Review. We request that P.R.O.s forward a short review of 2017 as soon as possible to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should you wish same to be included in December 21 issue of the Lee Valley Outlook. No later than Dec. 17 please.
Kilmurry Christmas Lights being turned on by Sheila Aherne (Sheila's Shop) on Saturday, December 9th at 7 pm. Music, food and plenty fun from 5 30pm. Maybe even a visit from Santa.
Crookstown Céilí Club: Céilí on Saturday 16th December in Crookstown Hall commencing at 9.30 p.m. Music by Mountain Road Ceili Band. Tea served. All welcome. Céilí on Monday January 1st 2018 Music by Timjoe and Anne.
Community Carol Service for Christmas on Sunday 17 December at 7 pm in St Senan's Church of Ireland Church, Canon's Cross, Inniscarra.
Lee Valley Speakers toastmasters club meeting on Tuesday December 19th at 8pm in the Castle Hotel Macroom and on on the first and third Tuesday of every month. New members or guests are always welcome.
Christmas Bingo Night in Clondrohid Community Hall on Wednesday 20th December at 8.30pm. Guaranteed Minimum Jackpot of €250 (Must go on the night) Raffle (Lots of prizes) A great night’s entertainment for all.

Seamus Noonan Memorial Poc Fada Inniscarra G.A.A. and Camogie Clubs will host their annual Poc Fada on St. Stephen’s Day, 26th December, starting at Blair’s Inn, at 12.00 noon. This is a great day out for everyone, and an enjoyable family event in the G.A.A calendar. All proceeds from the Poc Fada will go to local Charities. Teams will comprise of three, with entry fee of €10 for Adults and €5 for Juveniles. Presentation of prizes will take place in the Club House, where light refreshments will also be available. All trophies won throughout the year will be on display.
Ballinagree Vintage Club Tractor, Car and Bike Run will take place on Sunday, 31 December. Entry fee of €15, with sign on from 11a.m. Leaving Ballinagree Village at 12 noon. Brass plaque to all who register. Presentation to Marymount at 3p.m. Enquiries to 0860647381.
Kilmurry Historical KHAA proudly presents Peadar Ó Riada, Seán Ó Sé and Guests in Concert In Eire Óg Ovens on Saturday February 17th at 8pm. Tickets €20 from Mary (087)6568110 or Eventbrite www.kilmurrymuseum.ie
More Gold for Johnny. Johnny Lynch, Cill na Martra, has added another gold medal to his collection. For a second consecutive year, he came first at the World Cheese Awards with his Buffalo Mozzarella. And he is only three years in production! He also won a Bronze medal for his ricotta cheese, which won two stars at the UK Great Taste Awards. Chomhghairdeachas le Johnny, Geraldine agus a lucht oibre.

D.E.A.R. Scoil Naomh Muire Farran took part in the D.E.A.R. initiative for one week recently. When Principal, Gerard O'Donoghue, announced over the intercom at random times each day that it was "D.E.A.R." time, that was the cue for all children to "Drop Everything And Read" for ten minutes. They all found it a very enjoyable experience and hope to repeat it again in the future.
Cuidiú coffee morning in Macroom for parents and babies/ toddlers on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 10:30-12:30 in Macroom GAA Hall (back of the Castle Grounds). Tea, coffee and refreshments provided. Cost is €2.50 per adult - €1.50 for Cuidiú members.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto; 19th November.Jackpot €3,550. Numbers drawn 14,32 42. No winner. €50 James Murphy Coachford €20 each Ryan Barrett C/O Peggy Lynch, Chantelle & Helen C/O Anvil, John Roche Leades, C&R TJ&M C/O Martin Hubbard.
26th November. Jackpot €3,700. Numbers drawn 06,10, 39. No winner. €50 The Bracken Family, Mount Bolus, Co. Offaly €20 each Kieran Leahy Ballinagree, Noreen Spillane Ballinagree, E. Healy Sleaveen Road, C/O Breda McCarthy, Dick Dineen New Street Macroom, C/O Breda McCarthy
December 3. Jackpot €3,850. Numbers drawn 25,27, 33. No winner. €50 Frank & Ann Keating Coolkisha €20 each Mick Fitzsimmons & I, C/O Laine Bar, Ray & Marcella McCarthy Ballyvongane, Colin Crowley Fergus, Don McCarthy Béal na Marbh.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto Results. 22/11/2017. No Jackpot winner. €70 Paul Burke, 11 O' Mahony Place. €20 each Finbarr Cronin, Shanballyshane, Kilnamarytra, Patty Creedon, Bawnmore, O’Shea Family, Ard na Crusha, Martina Dineen, c/o Bank of Ireland.
29/11/2017. No Jackpot winner. €70 Denny Dineen, 6 Curraglen, Clondrohid €20 each Mary Kelleher, Moulnahorna. Tim & Dolly Ring, Carriganima. Andrew Murphy, Munifluigh. Catherine Lehane, c/o Clondrohid N.S. Next Week's Jackpot €4,000.
Kilmurry GAA Lotto 20/11/2017 No Winner. Jackpot €4,400. Winning numbers 7,22,23. €100 Sheila & Fiona €50 each Denis Galvin, Jackie O’Callaghan €20 each. Tim Irwin, Cian &Luke Barry.
27/11/2017 Jackpot €4,600 Winning numbers 5,9,36. No winner. €100 Marion Wall €50 each John O Callaghan, Pazar. €20 each Denis Healy, Michael Herlihy, Tony O’Connor
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 21/11/2017. Jackpot €4.600. No Winner, Numbers drawn: 6-19-31. €70 Clare Mungovan, Middle Square. €20 each: Gerard Kelleher, Moulnahourna, Tom O'Sullivan, Codrum, Con O'Keeffe, Dooniskey. Shelia O'Riordan, Teerbeg, Crean Family, Cloughduv
28/11/2017. Jackpot €4,800. No Winner, Numbers drawn: 4-15-26. No Winner. €70 Con O'Keeffe, Dooniskey. €20 each: Geraldine O'Sullivan, Rylane. Nora O'Leary, Codrum. Anita & Nicole Murphy, 9 Cork Street. Daniel Buckley, Kilnagurteen. Eileen O'Connell, New Street.
Macroom F.C. Lotto 28/11/17: Jackpot €1,400. Numbers drawn: 4, 19, 33. No Winner. €80 Dog and Chrissie c/o Hound. €20 each: Bridie O' Leary c/o Fudge. Mark and Alex c/o Noel. Brian and Mags c/o Hound. Timmy Nut c/o Murray's .
4/12/17 Jackpot €1,600. Numbers drawn 4, 30, 35. No Winner. €80 Kay Healy c/o Hound. €20 each: James Neville c/o Darrin.Trevor O' Brien c/o Darrin. Richard Balfe c/o JC's. Ted Cronin c/o Darrin
Coachford AFC Lotto: 27/11/2017. Jackpot: €5,200. Numbers Drawn: 10 – 24 – 25. No Winner. €40 Deirdre Browne. €20 Steve Crowley, Lisa O’Toole, Paul Murphy, Catherine O’Flynn.
4/12/2017. Jackpot: €5,400. Numbers Drawn: 19 – 22 – 34. No Winner. €40 Danni & Mary. €20 Susan Ward, Madge Martin, Michael Shaughnessy (Online Ticket), Richie Hartigan (Online Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

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Aos óg na nGaeltachtaí go léir ar aon nóta ag Éigse Diarmuidín i gCúil Aodha ©Lee Valley Outlook

Éigse Diarmuidín

Comóradh an 26ú Éigse Diarmuidín i gCúil Aodha/ Baile Mhúirne ag tús Mí na Nollag agus é ag dul i dtreise leis na blianta. Bheartaigh an Coiste Eagartha ar éiri as, tar éis dóibh ceathrú céid a chaitheamh á chur le chéile agus tá súil acu go mbeidh dream nua, óg, lán de smaointe agus giodam, i bhfeidhil gnó d’Éigse 2018.
Dhein an Dochtúir Tríona Ní Shíocháin, go bhfuil dlúthbhaint ag a muintir le Coomlibane, Inse Geimhleach, an comóradh a oscailt. Mhol sí an éacht atá déanta ag an Éigse ar oidhreacht Mhúscraí, ó thaobh ceoil agus amhranaiochta de, a chaomhnú agus a chur chun cinn. Sin oidhreacht Dhiarmuidín - an stór mór amhráin a bhí aige féin ón gcliabhán agus óna comharsain - Muintir Ó Súilleabhain . Ó Liatháin, Ó Cróinín, Ó Riada , Ó Lionaird, Ó Luasa agus eile. Ghlaoigh an Dochtúir Ní Shíocháin Mecca na hAmhranaiochta ar Ghaeltacht Mhuscrai. Sin toradh na hÉigse agus Aisling Gheal, aisling Mháire Ní Chéilleachair , a bhfuil Gradam TG4 tuillte go maith aici agus í ag faire ar an aos óg.
Ag deireadh na hóiche, bhí cur í láthair iontach ó amhránaithe óga na gceantar Gaeltachta uile - Sean Nós na nÓg, stiúraithe ag Síle Denvir. Ní sean-nós amháin a bhí ann, ach amhráin traidisiúnta, amhráin nua aimsire agus Country and Western chomh maith, ag léiriú go bhfuil amhránaíocht na Gaeltachta beo agus bríomhar i measc na n-óg. .

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Foireann Camógaíochta Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhic Íre, a d'imir a gcéad cluiche riamh don scoil i gcoinne St. Mary’s, Maighchromtha. ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Comhaltas Laichtín Naofa

D’éirigh go breá le baill de Chraobh Lachtaín Naofa, Cill na Martra de Chomhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann ag tionól Ceol an Gheimhridh Chorcaí i Sráid an Mhuilinn le déanaí.
Torthaí: Ceol beirte 11-14: 1ú Ailsa Ní Fhuaráin (cruit) agus Méabh Ní Chonaill (fidil); Amhránaíocht 11-14: 1ú Sadbh Ní Cheallaigh; Amhránaíocht: faoi 11: 1ú Orlaith Ní Loingsigh; 2ú Conor Ó Súilleabháin; Scéalaíocht 11-14: 1ú Aodhagán Ó Riordáin; Aithriseoireacht faoi 11: 1ú Iseult Ní Riordáin; 3ú Finín Ó Conaill; Aithriseoireacht 11-14: 2ú Méabh Ní Chonaill; Banna Céilí: 2ú Banna Céilí Lachtaín Naofa.
Téann iad siúd a bhí sa chéad agus dara háit ar aghaidh go Ceol an Gheimhridh na Mumhan i nDrom Collachair ar an 11ú Feabhra.

Blue Moon Charity CD

Mona O’Riordan, Kilmurry and Anne Dillane, Ballyheigue launched their ten-track CD, 'Blue Moons and Roses' recently. Recorded in Jaycee Studios Ballincollig with Jim Callanan, the women donated the proceeds of the cd to Pieta House in Cork and the Kerry/ Cork Health link bus. After the official launches in O’Regans Lounge Ballyheigue and Mai Fitz’s in Lissarda, the women went on a launch trail to The Laine Bar, Ballinagree; Murrays Bar, Macroom; Bernard Harrington’s in Glengarriff, and O’Brien’s Bar in Rosscarbery on the Cork side and The Rock Inn Tralee; Sheehan’s Bar, Firies; Knightly’s Bar, Castlemaine and The Oyster Tavern, Spa, on the Kerry side. They also launched it while on holidays on Achill Island. They set up a stall on Pattern Day in Ballyheigue 8th September and sold out of cds on the day. 'It's a dream come true and we had no idea how much fun we would have travelling around with our cd' the women said. 'We are so, so grateful to everyone who supported us along the way, gave donations, bought the cd, gave us sponsorship to record the cd, raffle prizes and helped out in any way'
A marvellous night of music and song in Mai Fitz’s was the backdrop for the women handing over cheques in the sum of €5768 each to Pat Duffy of Pieta House and Breda Dyland of the Kerry/ Cork Health Link Bus. The music was provided by Max Rambles, with special guests, Steve Roche and John O’Sullivan. A special night was also held in O’Regans Lounge, Ballyheigue

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Mr. John Murphy, Principal De la Salle College Macroom, making a presentation to 5th Year student, Steven Bradley, to mark his being awarded the West Cork Garda Special Achievement Youth award ©An Scoil

West Cork Garda Youth Awards 2017

This year, 118 nominations were received for the West Cork Garda Youth Awards, in association with SuperValu. This figure demonstrates the contribution being made to their community by the youth of West Cork. Indeed, it is an acknowledgement of the tremendous work being done on the ground by the young people of West Cork. The Irish Examiner is proud media partner for this worthwhile community event. Inspector Pat Meany, Bandon Garda Station, who was Chairman of the Judging Committee, remarked “The Judging Committee would like to acknowledge the high standard of nominees from across the entire spread of West Cork. We would also like to thank the members of the public who took the time to make the nominations. An Garda Síochána would like to pay tribute to SuperValu for their sponsorship of the Youth Awards for the past 22 years.”Garda Damian White, PRO for the Youth Awards, stated that it was important to recognise that all the nominees would benefit, not just the Award winners. All other nominees will receive a Certificate signed by their local Superintendent to highlight their nomination. Adding this to any CV will most definitely enhance it.
Lee Valley Winner. Steven Bradley, Clondrohid, Co. Cork (18 years). Steven was born with a condition called Hemiplegia, which affects the left side of his body. Despite this, Steven has faced his adversity with courage, determination, and grace. He has participated in the Templemore Games, as part of the ‘Rebel Wheelers’ Club, where he came 2nd in both the javelin and discus events. Steven has assisted in Camp Abilities, a camp for the visually impaired. Here. Steven assists and volunteers to set up activities for the visually impaired. He has qualified for the Irish Wheelchair Sport in the 400m, 800m, javelin and discus events. Steven is a student of De La Salle College, Macroom, and he inspires his fellow students and teaching staff alike. He is a remarkable young man who demonstrates the value of being positive, upbeat and good humoured. Steven is aware that his condition affects him on a daily basis, but he refuses to be defined by it.

Clondrohid Updates

Muinefliuch N.S. Parents’ Association are holding a Christmas Flower Demo in the School on Thursday, December 7 at 8pm, presented by local girl, Caitriona Healy O’Brien of Enchanted Flowers Macroom. There will be Craft Stalls, refreshments and of course a raffle. Tickets €10 can be purchased at the door on the night. Everyone welcome, come along and get into the Christmas spirit.
Entertainment in Carriganima: Sunday Dec 17 Santa is arriving on horseback at 3pm. Great day out for all the family. On Thursday Dec 28, the well established ’Murphy’s Night Out’ will take place. Music by Little Creatures. They are also hoping to run a First Aid Course in the pub around 7pm for 1 hour over a period of 2 to 3 weeks. If you are interested, please contact Seanie on 087 2600640, and depending on interest they will organise same.
Laochra Óg Poc Fada.; Congrats to all involved in this annual event. A great day out was had by all, some sporting some great skills. €1,500 was raised for Cope this year. 62 teams took part and the honours went to Nelius and Brian.
CART Bus: With the festive season just around the corner, C.A.R.T. Carriganima will be operating a shopping trip to Mahon Point on Sunday December 10.. Departing Carriganima at 9:15 am and Clondrohid 9:30 am . Shopping/ Cinema. Del Arte Italian Restaurants and many more. All Indoors. Contact 0878794128 for more info. The committee hopes to hold some church gate collections towards the upgrade of their bus. The next collection will be held in Macroom on Dec 23/24.Your support would be greatly appreciated.
Clondrohid Development Group: would like to wish everyone in the parish a very happy Christmas. They have purchased new figures for their outdoor crib and it will be blessed after 7.30pm Mass Saturday night December 9.They will be holding their annual Christmas/ New Year party on Sunday Jan 14 in Community Hall.
Sympathy is extended to all those who suffered a bereavement or a personal loss over the last year.
Well wishes go to those who are ill at home or in hospital, especially at this time of the year.
Alert: Always be alert to any strange activity or movements in your area, and be alert to the needs of your elderly neighbours, especially those on their own.

Inchigeela Updates

IT Graduates. The Computer course, organized by Croí na Laoi, in Inchigeela, concluded recently. Congratulations to all who participated. The general consensus is that the course was very beneficial, with all students emerging with a far greater degree of knowledge and confidence in the use of computers and a desire to put their newly acquired skills into practice. The course was run by Avondhu /Blackwater Development and thanks goes to instructors Gary and Noel. And Thank You to Teresa Cotter who organised the course on behalf of Croí na Laoi.
Future Plans. At a recent Croí na Laoi meeting it was agreed that a Christmas Tree and lights would be erected again this year in The Square. The flower boat in Cappanclare was relocated to a new spot near the Castle Road, during the week, as it was in shade of trees, which inhibited the growth of the plants it contained. So more work for volunteers! The Sunday walks are going very well and are being enjoyed by walkers of all ages, so let’s keep going. The success of the Computer Class should promote interest in other classes. If there are other ideas, let us hear.
Nativity Pageant. The children of the National School will stage their Nativity Pageant in the Church in Inchigeela on Wednesday evening, 20th December. Last year’s performance was a treat, with great acting, lovely music and song, so this year’s pageant should also be delightful.
Run the Wren. This event began last year and was a great success as a fundraiser for the work done by Croí na Laoi /Tidy Towns. The run/walk is an attempt to revive the Wrenboy tradition on St Stephen’s Day, while generating funds for the local organisation, and making some fun, music and clowning about. All are welcome. Dress as you like. The more ridiculous, the better.. Prizes for best dress ( or worst!)There will be sponsored cards circulating shortly so please contribute. Meet in the village at noon on Dec 26th. Distance to Grotto and back, 5 Km.
Sundays walk. Route number 6 on the South Lake Road was enjoyed by a large number, who were blessed with a lovely bright day, much of it in pleasant sunshine. This walk is mostly on a level, quiet roadway by Cooragreenane, Lagneeve, Coornahahilly, Gortnarea and on to Inchidiraille. The walk starts at the Holy Year Cross car-park, the haunt of the endangered, Irish red squirrel. Then westwards where on your right is a Crannóg or ancient lake dwelling and directly across on the opposite shore, is a Lios or Fairy Fort and Fulacht Fia, an ancient cooking pit. You will shortly see an impressive cliff emerging from the lake. This, for obvious reasons, is locally known as Gibraltar but in Geography terms, is a Truncated Spur, created in the Ice Ages. Then across the Páidín River and a short climb takes you to a view over Loch Allua and the Lee Valley before your return home. Next walk is Number 7 walk. “Ring in the New Year”, on the Cooleen, Silvergrove Toon Road Loop, 2 hours approx. Meet midday in the village on New Year's Day.
SVP Appeal This weekend, the St Vincent de Paul National collection takes place. We will be asked to remember those who are going through hard times. The local SVP group assure us that the funds collected will be spent on local needs. The local number for either donations or seeking support is 0852490061.
Inchigeela Calendar. Look out for a lovely pictorial calendar, which is on sale in the local shops. Proceeds raised will go to conservation measures for Holy Trinity Church, in association with Cumann Staire Uíbh Laoire.
Coffee Morning. The local Naomh Fionnbarra Ladies Football Club are holding a fundraising coffee morning at Creedon’s Hotel on Sunday December 10th Please drop in and support. The AGM is fixed for 7th of January .They are looking for more members so let’s support our girls !

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Members of the Broomhill Vintage Club, who run the Coachford Family Festival, at presentation of cheques ©Declan O’Connell

Kilmurry GAA

Kilmurry GAA AGM took place on December 1 in the GAA complex. After another successful year, the AGM looked back at the achievements of the adult teams. The Junior A team won back to back Mid Cork Championships, the first time this has happened in the Club’s history. The junior team also completed the double, winning the Junior A league. The Under 21s had a very good run in reaching the County Semi Final A grade, being beaten by eventual winners, Douglas. Also the minors reached the County Semi Final in the premier 2A grade, being beaten by Kilshannig.
The following officers were elected for 2018. Chairman :Jim Murphy. Vice Chairman :Peter Lyons. Secretary :Donagh Wall. Treasurer :Noel O Down. Assistant Treasurer :Tim Irwin. PRO :Michael John O Mahony. Development officer :Denis O Donoghue. Cultural Officer: Ed Warren. Muskerry Board delegate: Teddy Hartnett. Proxy Muskerry Board Delegate: Jim Murphy. County Board Delegate: Richard Hinchion Proxy County Board Delegate: Peter Lyons. Club registrar: Liam Long ASAP officer: Michael Garvey.

History

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Macroom AFC 1988 League Winners ©

Macroom FC History Part 2

By Darragh Deasy
The 90's and Beyond. In cup competition, Turner's Cross (where all AUL cup finals are played) was visited regularly during the 1990s. In 1994, Macroom A were narrowly defeated by Hibernians in the St. Michael's Cup final. The likes of David Kelleher, Liam Shine, Mike and Pa Murphy, TimTom Kelleher, David McSweeney and Kevin Sheehan were all fantastic players at that time. And it was this squad that won the Division 1 league the very next year after a great battle with Albert Rovers. By this time, the Cork AUL had restructured their sections to feature Premier and Premier A as the top two divisions, followed by first, second and third. At that stage, Macroom had two adult teams. The first team were now newcomers to the Premier A league and the second team (originally named Macroom United but nowadays Macroom B) competed in Division 3. A runners up finish that season for Macroom A brought promotion and the highest level of Premier soccer in Cork to Macroom for the first time ever. In that same season, Macroom Youths won the league and were defeated on penalties in the Youths Cup Final.
The following year, 1996 /97, the upward spiral continued as the first ever Premier competition was won. Macroom defeated Park Utd (Mitchelstown) 4-2 at Turner's Cross in the Mossie Linnane League Cup Final. Willie O' Riordan and Michael Lynch managed what was a very strong squad including John Ronan, JJ Murphy, Darragh Deasy, Darrin Ring, Brian Murphy, Kevin Sheehan, TimTom Kelleher, William O’Riordan, Dan Kelleher, Noel Twomey, Cormac Lineman, Mike Murphy, Shane O'Leary, James Fleming and Red Kirby. And once again the Youths were not to be denied as they triumphed over Ballincollig in the Youths Cup. Interestingly, that defeated Ballincollig team included Liam Miller and Colin Healy, who both went on to play for the Republic of Ireland at senior level. This victorious Youths team featured Shane O'Sullivan, Cathal Prendeville, Anthony O'Donoghue, Paul Dunton, Brendan O'Mahony, Alan Lynch and John Francis Lee, while Connie Foley and Damien Lacey managed.
When referring to Macroom B, it must be acknowledged the number of important functions this team carries out for the club. Firstly, it is an ideal stepping stone for players who finish with the Youths. A season or two with the second team can set a player up nicely to break into the first team squad. Also, players who may have given service to the first team can join the second team and use their experience to help the up and coming players. When this team was first entered back in the 1988/89 season, Liam Ahern, Michael Downey, Martin Sheehan, Colin O'Mahony, Jerry Kelleher, Michael Riordan, Liam Goulding and Tim Kelleher were all prominent. Macroom B has seen considerable success in recent years. In 2007 the President's Cup was won when Grattan Utd were defeated 3-1. Mark Twohig, Patrick Burns, Brian Horgan, Barry Fitzgerald, John Ronan, Mark O'Callaghan and Robbie Kirby all played, while Thomas O'Regan took charge. This feat was repeated earlier on in 2017 with a 2-1 result over Temple Utd at Turners Cross, when the likes of Andrew Boyle, Darren Cullinane, Jack Cronin, Jason O'Donovan, Barry Kelleher (captain), Sean Quinn, Mark Corrigan, Matt O'Leary and Gordon O'Sullivan formed part of an excellent squad. Noel O'Riordan, William O'Riordan Jnr and Darragh Deasy were the management team. Both of those wins sandwiched what was probably the ultimate achievement in 2010 when the two adult teams won their respective leagues. This was an outstanding year, with players and management from both sides putting in a remarkable effort. And it was a famous Sunday at Murrayfield when the Premier A league and Division 3 trophies were presented to Keith Holden (A captain) and Brian Bradley (B captain) by Denis O'Driscoll from the Cork AUL. In fact, an open top double decker bus was required to facilitate the celebrations! The first team had Denis Murray, Pat O'Riordan and Willie O'Riordan at the helm while Anthony Crowley and Mike Murphy looked after the Bs.
To be continued.

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Macroom United team 1989. ©

Bookworms

'How to Create a Happy Home‘ - Francis Brennan
Sharing the unique insights he has learned from running the 5 star Park Hotel in Kenmare, Brennan’s' third book contains everything you need to know to create a Happy home. A book full of tips and tricks!
Available at Fitz-Gerald’s bookshop €17.00

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GIY In Praise of Apples

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, a maxim easily followed now. The apple season here runs from late August until Christmas, but since apples store quite well (kept somewhere cool and dark), you could eat Irish apples until March or April. But do we? 95% of the €100 million worth of apples consumed in Ireland annually is imported from New Zealand, South America, China, India etc. Instead of increasing our choice, commercialisation restricts it, with almost all of the apples consumed worldwide coming from just a handful of varieties such as Pink Lady, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith. As consumers, our flavour choices are therefore incredibly limited. We have hundreds of native varieties in Ireland alone. Over 60 varieties are grown on a 40 acre farm in Cahir!
Growing your own apples is a good way to access a superb, seasonal product with zero food miles. In addition, you can also try lots of different varieties and flavours. But even if you can’t or don’t want to grow all your own apples, growing even a small amount of them is a great way to expose yourself to those new varieties and flavours. Once you experience the joys of an Elstar, Katy, Discovery or Jonagold apple, it’s hard to go back. It will also give you a new found appreciation for the work done by our commercial apple producers. We’re in the middle of Irish apple season - make sure to vote with your wallet and buy in-season Irish apples.
Planting an Apple Tree
If you choose good varieties, a suitable rootstock and plant them properly you will get delicious fruits for many years – with hardly any work. There are a few things you need to know:
• You can’t just have a single apple tree – you need a suitable partner for pollination. Crab apples are perfect pollinators for apples as they flower for a long period of time.
• Steer clear of supermarket favourites like Golden Delicious, Gala or Cox’s Orange Pippin trees. They don’t perform well in Ireland and are very susceptible to scab and need to be sprayed regularly with a fungicide. My favourite varieties are Discovery, Katy (or Katya) and Jonagold.
• Apple trees are available as bare-root trees until early March. They cost about half the amount compared to containerised plants. Bare-root simply means that the trees have been dug up from the nursery, packed in a bag with damp peat.
Dig a planting hole about 60 cms in diameter and about 40 cms deep and mix some old garden compost with the existing soil. The next step is to drive in the stake firmly and then place the tree next to the stake. The stake should be on the side of the prevailing wind. When you plant, make sure that the soil level is like it was in the nursery. You should never bury the grafting union. First loosely fill the soil around and make sure it fills all spaces. Every now and again firm the soil with your heels. When finished, fix a tie near the top of the stake.

Sports Mad

GAA – Munster Club Championships 2017

Munster Senior Football Championship:
Final: Nemo Rangers, Cork 0-16 Dr Crokes, Killarney 0-11
Munster Intermediate Football Championship:
Final: An Ghaeltacht, Kerry 3-21 St Senans, Limerick 0-8
Munster Junior Football Championship
Final: Knocknagree, Cork 1-17 Dromid Na Piarsaigh, Kerry 2-11
Munster Senior Hurling Championship
Final: Na Piarsaigh, Limerick 3-15 Ballygunner, Waterford 2-10
Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship:
Final: Kanturk, Cork 1-23 Kilmaley, Clare 0-25
Munster Junior HurlingChampionship
Final: Ardmore, Waterford 3-11 Ballybacon, Tipperary 2-8

Cork County

Premier U21 Hurling Championship
Quarter-Final:
Sarsfields 1-20 Blackrock 1-15, Valley Rovers bye (Douglas and Charleville removed) , St Finbarrs 0-10 Shandrum 1`-19, Killeagh/St Itas 4-11 Courceys 1-16
Semi Finals:
Sarsfields 1-26 Valley Rovers 4-10
Shandrum 2-8 Killeagh-St Itas 1-17
Final: Sarsfields v Killeagh/ St Ita’s
Junior B Hurling Championship (Inter-Division)
Final Replay: Sarsfields 1-19 Killavullen 1-9
League Finals
Red FM Senior Hurling League
Final: Sarsfields 3-13 Killeagh 2-14
Division 1 Hurling League
Final: Fr. O’Neill’s 3-17 Charleville 1-11
Division 2 Hurling League
Final: Castlelyons 1-15 Watergrasshill 0-10
Division 3 Hurling League:
Final: BALLINCOLLIG 2-17 Dungourney 3-11
Division 4 Hurling League:
Final: Mayfield 2-13 Sarsfields 1-15
Junior A Hurling League
Final: CLOUGHDUV 2 – 22 Lisgoold 0 - 10
Junior B Hurling League
Final: Killavullen 4-12 Killeagh 4-10
FOOTBALL
Rochestown Park Hotel Division 1 Football League
Final: BALLINCOLLIG 0-14 Clonakilty 1-9
Division 2 Football League Final:
CILL na MARTRA 1-15 MACROOM 0-9
Division 3 Football League Final:
AGHABULLOGUE 3-11 Newmarket 1-14
Division 4 Football League Final:
Bandon 1-11 Castletownbere 1-7
Division 5 Football League Final:
GRENAGH 0-9 Gabriel Rangers 2-10
County Junior A Football League
Final: CANOVEE v Knocknagree
Junior B Football League Final:
Cobh 0-9 St. John’s 0-8
Division One Kelleher Shield Final

Ballincollig 0 – 14 Clonakilty 1-9 aet.
An historic first Kelleher Shield for Ballincollig appearing in their fourth league final: a heartbreaking defeat for Clonakilty who had led for most of the game, only to be forced into extra time by a Cian Kiely point in the last minute of normal time. Ballincollig were five points down at half time and still three behind with ten minutes to go. Little wonder then that they were ecstatic at the final whistle.
Clon led all through the first half at the end of which they deservedly led by 1-6 to 0-4. The Clon goal came after nine minutes and the West Cork side, beaten by Muskerry in championship and survivors of a relegation play-off later, were dominating the play. Johnny Miskella, Luke Fahy, Kevin Crowley and Cian Kiely got the scores for Ballincollig.
Ballincollig emerged for the second half full of fire and carried the game to Clon. Two points from Cian Dorgan, and one each from Cian Kiely and Luke Fahy had cut the deficit back to a single point by the three quarter stage but Clon rallied and they raised the lead back up to three points by the 50th minute. Ballincollig battled on and Cian Dorgan pointed his third free and then Gearóid O’Donoghue’s point left only the minimum between the teams once again with time running out. The outstanding Cian Kiely got the vital equaliser before the final whistle and so the game went into twenty minutes extra time. Ballincollig were on top now and added two points, Luke Fahy and Cian Dorgan the scorers, without reply in the first period and when Clon got a point back in the last period, Paddy Kelly’s point two minutes from the end settled the issue.
Ballincollig scorers: Cian Dorgan 0-4 (f), Cian Kiely and Luke Fahy 0-3 each, Kevin Crowley, Paddy Kelly, John Miskella and Gearóid O’Donoghue 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: Jack Gibbons: Kevin Crowley, Noel Galvin, Colin Moore: Luke Fahy, Liam Jennings, Cian Kiely: Seán Kiely, Ciarán O’Sullivan: Kevin Browne, Paddy Kelly, Stephen Coughlan: Ian Coughlan, Cian Dorgan, Johnny Miskella. Subs: Brian Cotter 35, Gearóid O’Donoghue 50, Robbie Burke 76.
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Jordan Burns, Aghinagh GAA, receiving the County Minor Championship Cup from Scott Davidson, Rebel Óg ©Gerard Coakley

County Minor B Football championship final

Aghinagh 7-6 Kinsale 2-7
Aghinagh’s goal scoring ability was the main difference between the sides in this very entertaining County Minor B Football Championship Final played at Ballygarvan. The game wasn’t a minute old when Con Buckley slipped in behind the Ballygarvan defence to finish off a sublime move with the first goal of the game for Aghinagh. A point from Liam Twohig followed by a goal from the same player had Aghinagh in dream land as they led by seven points after seven minutes. Kinsale settled however and three points from Chris Mitchell, Harry McCarthy and Harry Sheehan had them on the scoreboard. Indeed they could have scored a couple of goals themselves but for the vigilance of the Aghinagh defence in which Eoin McCarthy and Olan Cummins were very prominent early on and a great save from Scott Lucey kept the Kinsale attacks at bay. Aghinagh, with Aodh Twomey and Cathal Crowley dominant at midfield, had another goal by Con Buckley, followed by a screamer by Alex Murphy in the twelfth minute and the Aghinagh fans were in raptures. Kinsale did manage two more points after this but before the break were dealt another hammer blow when Alex Murphy finished the ball to the net and a Liam Twohig point left Aghinagh in control of the game at half time as the scoreline read Aghinagh 5-2 Kinsale 0-5.
Liam Twohig (2) and Andrew O’Connell exchanged points before John O’Brien gave Kinsale a semblance of hope with a superb left foot goal ten minutes into the second half. Another goal by the same player soon afterwards left seven points between the sides. Kinsale were pressing hard at this stage but were repulsed by great defending from Luke O’Leary, Jordan Burns and Richard Cotter in the Aghinagh half backline. However any hopes that Kinsale had of winning the game were dashed when Liam Twohig struck for two clinical goals in the space of a minute to put Aghinagh back in complete control entering the final ten minutes. With Peter Murphy and Kevin Cotter working tirelessly and the fresh legs of substitutes, David Lucey, Adam Leahy and Simon Kelly having an immediate impact Aghinagh weathered the Kinsale storm. Harry McCarthy added a point for Kinsale before the lethal Liam Twohig had a brace of points, one from a free and one from play before the end of the game.
Afterwards, Aghinagh’s captain, Jordan Burns, received the Cup from Scott Davidson, Rebel Óg representative, amidst scenes of great jubilation among the large Aghinagh following. In his post match speech, Jordan gave well deserved praise to coach, Kieran Lehane and mentors, Michael Crowley and Don McCarthy.

Tom Creedon Cup 2018

Entry is now open for the 2018 Tom Creedon Cup. which will once again be run in conjunction with Macroom GAA. Entries should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday December 19th, and the draw will be made in Macroom after Christmas. There is no entry fee for the Tom Creedon Cup.
Usual regulations apply: All Intermediate and Premier Intermediate football teams eligible
All games home or away with first team out at home in all games except Final
Final to be played in Macroom
Rounds to be played weekly on a knock-out basis, beginning on January 13th or 20th (depending on number of entries), until completion, with all games fixed for 2.30pm on the Saturday unless agreed otherwise by the two clubs
Extra time in all games and extra 5 mins e/w if required
Replays if necessary to be played before next round is scheduled
Referees appointed by County Board.
No league points allowed for 2018 leagues except on Final if agreed
Any postponed games must be played before the scheduled date of the next round

Munster Colleges

Corn Uí Mhuirí - Senior A Football
Both Mid Cork schools have qualified for the quarter final stage of Corn Uí Mhuiri, De La Salle Macroom as group winners and Coláiste Choilm Ballincolig as group runners up. The quarter final draws will be made after Christmas when the top two teams from each of the four groups will be in the hat, with group winners to be drawn against group runners up, but teams from the same group will not meet again at this stage.
De La Salle, Macroom 2 – 14 Col Chríost Rí, Cork 0 - 14
De La Salle Macroom had to win their last (of three) group game against unbeaten Col Chríost Rí at Ballincollig or they were out of this year’s Corn Uí Mhurí, Munster Senior A football championship. DLS won on a 2-14 to 0-14 scoreline and assured themselves of a place in the quarter final stage after Christmas irrespective of the result of the remaining game in the group between Col Choilm Ballincollig and Clonakilty Community College.
De Ls Salle were delighted not alone with the win but also with the manner in which victory was achieved. The DLS teams played good football, were tight in defence and availed of their chances in attack and altogether showed a will to win which the much vaunted city side could not match on the day.
Points from Liam Twohig, Dylan Foley and Jack Kelleher had helped DLS to a one point lead after ten minutes and in the 14th minute this trio combined to enable Kelleher to go clear and smash the ball to the CCR net. This goal separated the teams at half time, 1-6 to 0-6 and DLS hung on tenaciously to the lead all through the second half despite fierce pressure at times. Points from Jack Kelleher, Liam Twohig and Greg Fitton had them 1-9 to 0-8 in front after 40 minutes but then Críost Rí hit back with a brace to leave only two between the teams at the three quarter stage. Fitton, Kelleher and Llyod Asling points made it 1-12 to 0-1, points were exchanged but then the city side had two more points to leave them only two in arrears with two minutes of normal time remaining. A foul on Conor O’Leary yielded a relieving point from a Jack Kelleher free in injury time and then in the final seconds Greg Fitton swept on to a poor kick out, drew the cover and released to Jack Kelleher who rounded the goalkeeper and fired into the empty net to give DLS a six point win and a place in the knock out stages for the first time in four years..
DLS scorers: Jack Kelleher 2-7 (0-5f), Dylan Foley 0-2 (0-1f), Liam Twohig and Greg Fitton 0-2 each, Llyod Asling 0-1.
De La Salle: Tiernan Quinn (Clondrohid): Aaron O’Donovan (Iveleary), Seán O’Riordan (Iveleary), Cian Twomey (Macroom): Luke O’Leary (Aghinagh), James O’Mullane (Kilmurry), Tomás Collins (Kilmurry): Seán Desmond (Clondrohid), Josh Pickering (Iveleary): Conor O’Leary (Iveleary), Liam Twohig (Aghinagh), Josh deLacey (Kilmichael),): Jack Kelleher (Canovee), Dylan Foley (Éire Óg), Greg Fitton (Kilmurry). Subs used: Llyod Asling (Kilmurry), Seán McMahon (Macroom), Leo Healy (Kilmurry), Alan McCarthy (Kilmichael). Management: Jack Cott and Stephen Quinn.
Col Choilm, Ballincollig 1 – 11 Community College, Clonakilty 1 – 7
Col Choilm followed up their Group B round two win over DLS with a win over Clonakilty CC, which was enough to give them second place in the group on scoring differences, with Col Chríost Rí losing out.
Clonakilty, much improved as the competition progressed, made it difficult for Col Choilm who are backboned by the successful Éire Óg minor team, premier grade county champions. Jack Murphy finished with a personal tally of 1-7, vital on a day when scores were hard earned. The Ballincollig side led by 1-5 to 0-2 after the first quarter but Clon came back and the gap was down to 1-7 to 1-5 at the break. Three points separated the sides with ten minutes to go and a last minute point settled the issue after Clon had searched in vain for a goal to save the day.
Coláiste Choilm: A O’Riordan (Eire Óg): S Dwane (St Finbarrs), S Walsh (Ballincollig), F Ó Murchú Bishopstown): E Dodd (Canovee), F Denny Ballincollig), C Sheehan (Éire Óg): C O’Callaghan (Eire Óg), E Cooke Ballincollig): H Murphy (Eire Óg), J Murphy (Eire Óg), C Rickard (Éire Óg): R O’Donovan (Ballincolli), J O’Sulllivan (Eire Óg), D Scott (Inniscarra). Subs: B Sorenson (Ballincollig), N Lordan (Ballinora).
St Brendans Killarney, Pobal Scoil Corca Dhuibhne Dingle, St Flannan’s Ennis, Intermediate School Killorglin, Tralee CBS, DLS Macroom and Col Choilm Ballincollig will be joined by either Hamilton Bandon or Skibbereen in the quarter final draw in early January.

Muskerry GAA AGM

Muskerry GAA Board held its Annual General Meeting (formerly called ‘convention’) in the restaurant at Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey with the local Dripsey Hurling and Football Club as hosts in the festive surrounds. All current officers were returned unopposed.
Election of Officers

The officers of Muskerry GAA for the coming year are: Uachtarán:- Tadhg Ó Gealbháin, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh. Leas-Uachtaráin:- Aibhistín Ó Cruimín, Innis Cartha, Pádraig Ó Mathúna, Innis Cartha, Aubert Ó Tuama, Baile an Chollaigh, Proinnsios MacCarthaigh, Baile an Chollaigh. Cathaoirleach:- Pádraig Ó Maoleóin, Éire Óg. Leas-Chathaoirleach:- Liam Ó Buachalla, An Druipseach. Rúnaí:- Seán Ó Finneadha, An Druipseach. Cisteoir:- Daithí Ó Laoi, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh. Oifigeach Poiblíochta:- Caoimhin Ó Murchu, Baile an Chollaigh. Oifigeach Forbartha:- Seán Ó Críon, Achadh Bolg. Oifigeach na Gaeilge agus Cultúir:- Eamonn Ó Murnain, Cill Mhuire. CCC Members (to be chosen). Outgoing: Diarmuid Ó Muineacháin, Ceannamhuighe, agus Eamonn Ó Caoimh, Éire Óg.
Board Rúnaí, John Feeney, presented his second annual report which detailed the year’s main happenings.

Secretary’s Report:

Tá an Cruinniú Chinn Bliana buailte linn arís. Tionnólfar Cruinniú na bliana seo ar an Máirt, an 5ú lá de Mhí na Nollag, 2017, ag tosnú díreach ar 8.00 i.n. The ninety second Annual Convention will be held on Tuesday 5th of December, at 8pm. This year it is being hosted by Cumann An Druipseach, in the fantastic facilities in Griffin’s Garden Centre, and it is hoped that each club will be fully represented and takes an active part in the proceedings.
It is my pleasure to present my second report on the activities of the Association within Múscraí for 2017.
January is usually a quiet month regarding GAA activities. However, that was not the case again this year as it was the third year that the awards for the Muskerry Junior Football and Hurling Teams of the year, were announced in Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig. These teams were kindly sponsored by Quish’s Supervalu and O’Mahony Walsh. The evening was sponsored by the Oriel House Hotel, and the overall winner of the Auld Triangle Sports’ Star of the year was presented to David Howard, Ballinora. David was a member of the Ballinora Junior Hurling team that won the Mid Cork Junior Hurling title after a gap of 19 years.
The individual award winners were chosen from Football, Hurling, Camogie and Ladies Football. Nominations for each month were brought forward by a number of media reporters and committee members, who closely monitor the games. Each monthly award winner, along with family and friends, was invited to attend the presentation function at the Auld Triangle in Macroom.
At the start of the year there was quite an amount of concern in the division about the change in format of the Under 21 A Football (with 16 teams in the knockout stages of the County championship) and the decision to bring out two teams from each division in the County Section of the Junior A Football and Hurling Championships.
In all, the Board ran 16 Competitions in 2017, and 309 games were played in both Football and Hurling. Our Junior A Football Championship is still the number one attraction. This year, Kilmurry and Uibh Laoire reached the final, where they competed for ultimate honours in the superb new facilities in Naomh Abán. In an extremely high scoring match victory went to Kilmurry for the second year in a row, to the delight of their huge following.
In Junior A Hurling, Cloughduv regained their title after defeating champions, Ballinora in the semi final after a replay, and then surprise packets, Kilmichael, in the final played under lights on a Wednesday night in Macroom.
In U21 A Football, Cill na Martra and Kilmurry contested the final before Cill na Martra came out on top after a replay in a very closely contested final. Huge credit must be given to Cill na Martra as they had lost the final of the A grade last year having won grades C and B in the previous two years. Both finalists went out in the new 16 team County competition where they both lost to eventual winners Douglas, Kilmurry in the semi final and Cill na Martra in the final. Well done to both teams on a marvellous campaign.
In U21 A Hurling, with Blarney playing in the Premier grade, the competition threw up a final between Inniscarra and Eire Og with Inniscarra coming out on top in a closely fought game in Cloughduv. Inniscarra subsequently went on to win the County title beating Fermoy in the final. This was a huge boost for the Inniscarra club and the Muskerry division.
Gate receipts and attendances were around the same as last year. However the finances of the board are kept in a strong position due to the support of a dozen or so loyal sponsors. The board are very thankful for their continued support and this is vital to the continued well being of the board’s finances.
Scór is still struggling, with fewer clubs competing, which is a pity. It appears that this side of the GAA activity is now being neglected. With the introduction of new rule changes, it should be easier to get more people involved. There are plenty musicians, singers, dancers and other knowledgeable people within the various clubs. The election of an all female officer board at the recent AGM will hopefully bring a new impetus to proceedings. I would hope that all clubs would make the effort to get people out this year.
Muskerry Teams

We entered both hurling and football teams in County Senior Championship. After the failure of the hurlers to win a match in the championship last season there was a renewed effort under manager Mark Kenny to put in a good performance. A narrow loss, by a last minute goal, to Bandon in the first round was followed up with a very encouraging win against Carrigdhoun. However the timing of the next round against Erin’s Own was to prove problematic and the inability of the County Board to find an alternative date led to Muskerry being thrown out of the championship. This expulsion, plus the threat of being excluded from the championship for the next three years, led to an appeal from the Muskerry board. This procedure went on from the middle of July to the start of November and was eventually sorted in a mediation process with Muskerry back in the championship next year.
Our footballers had a disappointing start losing heavily to Duhallow on a day where we were short a whole list of players. We picked ourselves up for the Clonakilty match and had a very good victory but disappointed again in the third round and lost heavily to Ballincollig.
Huge efforts were put in by both selection committees. The hurling team was looked after by the following – Mark Kenny (Grenagh) Manager, Diarmuid Kirwan (Eire Og), John Feeney (Dripsey), John Hurley (Blarney) and John Sexton (Ballincollig).
In charge of the football team were Noel Twomey (Macroom), Manager, John O’Callaghan (Iveleary), John Moss (Kilmurry), Donal McSweeney (Ballinora) and Barry Corkery (Eire Og).
Football Muskerry 0-09 Duhallow 3-20
Muskerry 1-12 Clonakilty 0-12
Muskerry 0-16 Ballincollig 3-21
Hurling Muskerry 4-13 Bandon 3-18
Muskerry 4-19 Carrigdhoun 2-14
Championships

Junior A Hurling
Nine teams competed in this championship, with some good matches being played. Cloughduv finally overcame Ballinora after a replay in the semi final to set up a final against Kilmichael who beat Ballincollig in the other semi final. In a final played under lights on a Wednesday night in Macroom, Cloughduv defeated Kilmichael. Both teams proceeded on to the new County Championship format where, once again, Kilmichael were forced to play a few days after the Muskerry final and lost to Dromina. Cloughduv had a longer break but lost to Kilbrin in the County.
Junior B Hurling
Ten teams were entered in this Grade, with Blarney’s third team beating a fancied Cloughduv in the final. This was a great achievement for a club’s third team in a competition with a lot of strong club’s second teams participating. They were narrowly beaten in the county semi final by a strong Killavullen team.
County B Hurling and C Football
There was no internal competition for these clubs this year, as it was run on a County wide basis. Laochra Óg failed to field against Ballinacurra. In the C football championship Gleann na Laoi beat Lough Rovers and Rochestown before losing a tight semi final by a point to eventual county winners Lough Rovers.
U21A Hurling
With Blarney playing in the Premier U21 hurling competition six teams contested this competition, which is now one of our better hurling events. The commitment given by the board to allow teams two chances in the competition is proving very difficult to fulfill, because of the tight time-frame in which the competition must be completed. Inniscarra overcame Eire Óg in the final.
U21 B Hurling
Five teams entered in this competition with Grenagh and Lee Gaels playing in the final. Grenagh proved too good on the day. In the county competition they beat Dohenys in the quarter final after a replay but lost the semi final to eventual winners Kilshannig.
Junior A Football
This is our premier competition, with thirteen teams entering the draw and with some great matches being played all around the division. This year Kilmurry and Iveleary reached the final. Kilmurry came out on top in a very high scoring match to clinch their fourth title in 6 years. Under the new system both teams proceeded to the 16 team county championship. After beating Kilbrittain in the first round Kilmurry went out in the quarter final losing to Erin’s Own while Iveleary defeated Valley Rovers and Boherbue before losing a heart breaking semi final to Knocknagree by the narrowest of margins.
Junior B Football
Fifteen teams were in the draw for this one, with Cill na Martra and Ballincollig reaching the final, played in Ovens. Cill na Martra went in as hot favourites and were always in control. They went on to beat Newcestown and Newmarket in the County but were well beaten by a strong Cobh team in the final.
Junior C Football
Four teams entered this competition, with Clondrohid and Aghinagh making it to the final. Aghinagh were last year’s beaten finalists but Clondrohid put it up to them in a closely contested final before Aghinagh took the honours with a narrow victory.
U21 A Football
With seven teams competing in this year’s competition it was split into two groups. In the semi finals Cill na Martra got revenge for last year beating Ballincollig while in the other semi final Kilmurry surprised Eire Óg after extra time. The final went to a replay and after two wonderful games of football, Cill na Martra came out on top by the narrowest of margins. Under the new system both teams proceeded onto the county and performed remarkably well with worthy champions Douglas beating Kilmurry in the semi final and Cill na Martra in the final.
U21 B Football
Nine teams entered this competition and were split into 3 groups of 3 thus guaranteeing each team two matches. After many close games Naomh Abán and Aghinagh got to the final with Naomh Abán coming out on top by the narrowest of margins. In the county section Naomh Abán lost the semi final to eventual winners Kilshannig by two points in a very high scoring game.
U21 C Football
Four teams took part in this competition which was played on a round robin basis. Iveleary and Béal Áhtallingeary reached the final, played before a large crowd in Ballyvourney, and Iveleary came out on top by the narrowest of margins in one of the best finals in the division this year. In the county section Iveleary bowed out in the quarter final to St Kevins.
Referees

I would like to thank all our referees for their wonderful service and commitment to the Coiste during the past year, and to me during my two years as Rúnaí. They have always been very obliging and helpful when needed. They do a great job and without them there would be no games played. Our referees are highly respected at County level, getting high profile County finals. Also, 'Thank You' to Aubert Twomey, our referee administrator this year, for his contribution to the CCC in the appointments for Championship matches. Thanks also to referees assessors Donald O’Leary (Hurling) and Pat Lehane (Football).
Venues

My thanks to all clubs who hosted our games during the year. Without your help, our championships could not run as smoothly as they do. Despite the huge amount of games that are now played, most clubs are always willing to accommodate this board. However a small minority of clubs never seem to be available to host games. This is hardly fair on the rest of the clubs as the concept of neutral grounds for championship matches is based on clubs agreeing to host. Also, my thanks to those people who collect money at the gates, as this is not an easy task.
Media

My thanks to all our local media who do so much work to promote our games locally, especially, Brendan Kenneally, Lee Valley Outlook, who also provides match reports for website, Aubert Twomey, Southern Star and County, Kevin Murphy and Barry O’Mahony, Echo, and Michael Scanlon of C103, all of whom provide great coverage of Divisional activities.
County Board Delegates. My thanks to Paddy O’Mahony and John Crean for representing Muskerry at the County Board for the past twelve months.
Congratulations to all players from the Muskerry division who represented Cork at any grade during the year.
Congratulations to the Cork Camogie team who brought the senior All Ireland back to Leeside. The team was well represented with Muskerry players. Congrats to team captain Rena Buckley for collecting her eighteenth Senior All Ireland medal.
Congratulations to the Cork U17 Hurlers on winning the All Ireland in its inaugural year.
Congratulations to Mark Coleman, Blarney on winning a Munster Senior Hurling Medal and an All-Star.
Sponsorship

Our thanks, once again, are extended to our sponsors during the past year: The Auld Triangle, Macroom Quish’s Super Valu, Ballincollig Ballincollig Credit Union Ross Oil, Farnanes MJK Oils, Clondrohid Macroom Motor Services Farho Intelligent Heating, Farran Erneside Engineering Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig Rochestown Park Hotel Cumnor Construction, Blarney.
Match Sponsorship The post-match receptions for the Junior A Finals, which are usually held in the Auld Triangle on the Monday evening following the matches, are sponsored by the Auld Triangle and have been a very enjoyable occasion for players and mentors of the participating teams. ‘Man of the Match’ Awards are also presented at these functions. Our thanks go to the Sponsors for these presentations - O’Mahony Walsh & Associates for the Hurling, and Ross Oil for the Football. Our thanks also go to Eileen O’Flynn for her generous sponsorship of these receptions.
Sport Star Awards

This venture, undertaken by the board, would not be possible only for the generous sponsorship of Eileen O’Flynn of the Auld Triangle, Macroom. I would like to thank the hard working committee for the time and effort they put into organising these monthly events. This committee is chaired by William Buckley, Dripsey, The other members of the committee are Anne O’Riordan, Cloughduv, (Secretary) Eileen O’Flynn, Auld Triangle, David Murnane, Referee, Dave Lee, Ballingeary, Brendan Kenneally, Macroom, Aubert Twomey, Ballincollig, Kevin Murphy, Ballincollig and John Feeney, Dripsey. We are very grateful, also, to the three media people for the coverage we get every month. Also, we would like to thank Mike English for all his photographic work. We now look forward to the selection of the overall winner, and the selection of the Junior teams of the year in both hurling and football.
Tributes

Regretfully a number of members from various clubs within the division passed to their eternal reward since our last AGM: While it is hard to single out individuals I feel I have to mention Tony O’Mahony, former Chairman of the Mid Cork and County Boards. Tony was an unassuming man who gave a lifetime of service to the GAA and, while knowing what was ahead of him, continued to attend GAA functions right up to the end. Our sincere condolences to the families of all those concerned. We remember in our prayers all the deceased members from various clubs who passed to their eternal reward during the past year. Ar dheis láimh Dé go raibh siad. A Novena of masses will be offered for all deceased members of the Association in Muskerry.
Conclusion
I hope I have covered all the happenings and events in the Division for 2017, but, should any delegate feel that some items are missing, every opportunity will be afforded to him/her to raise the matter, and have a discussion on it, at this meeting.
I would like to thank my fellow officers for all their help, also the Board delegates and the County Board Office, who have been very helpful and courteous to me during the year. 2018 is just around the corner and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the clubs the best of luck for the year ahead. I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year, on the 17th of February, at the Oriel House Hotel for the Sports Star Awards, and the selection of the Junior Hurling and Football teams of the year 2017. Sean Ó Finneadha

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Macroom Judo Club, established in 1975, with Coach, Ted Leahy and members who won medals in recent competitions ©

Laochra Óg

Laochra Óg held their 3rd Annual Shane Murphy charity Poc Fada in Clondrohid Village on behalf of the Cope Foundation Macroom. What a fantastic success it was again this year with a total of sixty two teams taking part, with sliotars flying on the road since early morning, some of them managing to go backwards, sideways and in every possible direction. With five different team categories, we had a great mix of youth and adults taking part under some very funny team names. Rumours are now circulating of training camps before next year’s event. The winning team of Neilus Murphy and Brian Corcoran, with a score of 18, won the trophy for a second year, ensuring that Shane’s trophy stays at home for another year. Congratulations to all our category winners and runners up. With teams paying to enter and people contributing on the day, we raised the unbelievable amount of €1500 for Cope. Thanks to everyone who entered and to those who gave contributions. People put in a great effort - stewarding, registering ,cooking and catering. Sincere thanks to all. .
The main sponsors again this year were Macroom Credit Union and a huge thanks to Tony Hughes and all the board members for their continued sponsorship, which is the foundation of the €5000 raised in three years. We would also like to thank Clondrohid Community Hall, C.A.R.T. bus and Con O Leary, Healy’s Spar Clondrohid, Ballyburden Meats, Macroom Tool Hire, Glenmill, M&J Kelleher Ltd.
Coláiste Ghobnatan. As BreandánO’Lionáird and Mickey Ned O’Sullivan have recently retired from their teaching positions in Coláiste Ghobnatan, Laochra Óg would like to wish them well for the future. We would also like to thank Coláiste Ghobnatan for their continued support and for the use of their facilities.
Club Development Draw Jordan Coghlan from Nottingham Rugby Club joined us in Clondrohid Community Hall to draw the winning ticket. Winner was Margaret O'Brien, Coolehane, who won €400 and the seller’s prize of €25 went to Suzann O'Brien. Thanks to everyone who supported the draw. Next draw Sunday 17th of December.


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2017 winners of Poc Fada in Clondrohid, Brian Corcoran and Neilus Murphy, with Laochra Óg members ©

Macroom Juvenile G.A.A

Minor Match: The minors brought the curtain down on the playing activities of Macroom under-age teams for 2017. On Monday 27th of November, they played Ballygarvan away in the semi-final of the county minor league. Macroom were ahead midway through the second half but Ballygarvan finished the stronger, and won by 2-11 to 1-11. Although the minors did not win any trophy, they enjoyed themselves, made great improvements, and the mentors were very proud of the team’s efforts and achievements.
Annual General Meeting: This was held on 1/12/2017 in the club pavilion before a decent crowd of men and women. The Chair James Duggan opened and first addressed the meeting and thanked all those who worked for the club, the parent club and the grounds committee. Outgoing secretary, Diarmuid Holland, presented a detailed report of all activities that included accounts from each age group, camps, blitzes, trips, finance, specialised training sessions, schools activities, child protection and PR – the report is well worth reading. Catherine Cahill gave a clear macro and micro view of the finances, and happily, all is in order. In total 127 matches were played, a big increase from 2016. Issues were dealt with calmly and comprehensively and the mood of the meeting was one of confidence and determination for the coming year. Diarmuid, Bríd O’Riordan (Children’s Officer) and Elaine Kiernan (Registrar) are retiring from their posts and their wonderful work was acknowledged, and appreciated with a warm round of applause. Thanks were also expressed to Stephen Moore and his selectors for their efforts with the U-12s. Club President, Conor Buttimer oversaw the election of officers and the positions were readily filled, with James Duggan continuing as Chairperson, Catherine Cahill as Treasurer and John Ryan as Coaching Officer. Concubhar Murray is the in-coming Registrar, and Shane Dunne is the new Secretary. The post of Children’s Officer will be filled in concert with the adult committee. The following are team managers for 2018: U-16s – Pa Goold (TBC), U-14s – Mark O’Sullivan, U-12s – Concubhar Murray, U-11s – Tony O’Sullivan, U-10s – Chris Donovan, U-9s – Shane Dunne, U-8s/U7s – Danny O’Keeffe (TBC) and U-6s – Jeremy Kelleher. It is also planned to appoint separate managers for the U-15 and U-13 sides. Selectors will be gathered in due course.
Congratulations to Cork Player: Brian Healy, Clonfadda, had a great a season with our U-13s and U-14s, and he is also a very accomplished Laochra Óg hurler. He was selected for and played with the Cork U-13 hurlers. Macroom players who played hurling for Cork are rare – Ted Cronin, Mid Square, played for Cork minors in his time. Are there others?

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West Muskerry athletes celebrate Stephanie Cotter’s win at the All-Ireland Even Age Cross Country Championships in Abbotstown and selection to represent Ireland at the European Junior Cross-Country Championships in Slovakia. ©

European Selection for Stephanie Cotter

West Muskerry A.C. were on top of the world November 26 when six of their athletes competed in the All-Ireland Even Age Cross Country Championships in Abbotstown in Dublin. In the Junior Women 4000m, Stephanie Cotter was focused, relaxed and confident going into the starting stalls for her race. She got a great start and stayed with the main group on the first of 3 laps. On the last lap the group split and she moved into 2nd place. She battled all the way home and was absolutely delighted to be crowned Junior All Ireland Champion 2017. Her club mates were ecstatic at her performance and the icing on the cake came when she was selected to represent Ireland at the European Junior Cross-Country Championships on the 10th of December next in Slovakia. This is a great achievement for Stephanie and all the younger members of the club are inspired by her achievements to date.
In the Boys U 12, the mighty Jamie Hourihan ran a stormer of a race. Jamie battled hard throughout the 2000m course where there were 172 competitors and ploughed through the muck, up the hills and was still battling all the way up the 150m straight to the finish line. Jamie was rewarded for all the hard training he put in over the last year with securing his first All Ireland Bronze medal as part of the Cork team.
Breandán O`Sullivan competed in the boys U 14, running up an age, with 156 competitors in his race and he too battled hard across the finish line but just missed out on the medals. He is now looking forward to the All Ireland Boys U 13 in Waterford on the 17th of December. Connor O`Neill and Tadhg Manning competed in the Boys U 16 4000m where there were 135 competitors. Again, both fought hard over the tough course. Battling against injuries, they were just out of the medals but both will have gained valuable experience from running with the best in Ireland.
Jennifer Cotter competed in the Girls U 18 4000m and again fought hard over a very tough course and running up and age. She just missed out on the medals but is looking forward to running her own All Ireland U 17 in Waterford.
Two of West Muskerry Paralympic athletes, Cathal Ryan and Stephen Bradley, will be competing in the IWAS World Games in Portugal on Saturday and Sunday next the 2nd and 3rd of December. Cathal competes in the 100m, Discus and Javelin and Stephen competes in the 800m, 400m Discus and Javelin. West Muskerry A.C. wish them the very best of luck.

Bolchumann Réigiún Na Gaeltachta

We held our underage presentation night in the Abbey Hotel on Friday night, November 24th. As usual, a great night was had by all. The region had a most successful year, winning two All Irelands, 4 Munsters and making the finals of another 3 Munsters. Special awards went to both Conor Creedon and Terry Manning for winning an All Ireland (u18 + junior B), also to Munster champions, Jim Coffey and Ailbhe O'Shea (Veteran + u12) as well as awards for Munster Runners up, Marie Lynch, Michael O'Callaghan and Róisín Ní Ríordáin (u18, Vintage, u14). The Paddy Healy Memorial Shield for young sportsperson went to Ailbhe O’Shea for her success in Munster. Many thanks to our sponsors, ESB International and Údarás Na Gaeltachta.

Macroom FC

Adult Section. Macroom B entertained Greenwood at the Town Park and ran out comfortable 5-1 winners. The opening goal came on the stroke of half time when Mark O Callaghan headed home. Macroom doubled the lead early in the second half with a Declan O'Riordan free kick. Greenwood halved the deficit from close range after home keeper Declan Kiely was strangely penalised for holding the ball beyond 6 seconds. Macroom's third followed soon after courtesy of an excellent Michael Browne finish. And further goals from Lukas Well and Darren Cullinane secured a fifth win from seven games played. Best were Tom O' Donovan, Gordon O' Sullivan and Matt O' Leary.
Macroom A took on Midleton based side St. John Boscos, narrowly losing out 3-2. A result of any kind would have been fantastic as the side were shorn of a number of regulars through injury. Andrew Hegarty and Don Creedon were the scorers in a good performance considering the shortage of fit players.
U14 Local Cup: Macroom 4-1 Kinsale
Trailing 0-1 at half time, a devastating second half of attacking football gave Macroom the cup win over their seaside visitors. Mark Hunt, Conor Kelleher, Daire McMahon and Ryan Leahy were on target. Thomas Morgans and Brian Healy also had fine games in another excellent squad performance.
U16 Sponsorship
Many thanks to Paul Cronin's Innovation Gym, Millstreet Road, Macroom for providing a fantastic sponsorship package to the U16 Premier team. This includes Strength and Conditioning and Nutritional seminars along with weekly gym sessions for the whole squad throughout the season. Coaches John Francis Lee, Stephen Buckley and Ian Lowrie are naturally delighted and Macroom FC would like to thank Paul Cronin for what is a top class sponsorship. For details on classes and other events at Innovation Gym contact Paul Cronin on 087 3532563.

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Cuid des na daoine óga a fuair boinn ag bronnadh na mbonn in Óstán Ghobnatan do Bholchumann Réigiún na Gaeltachta ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Macroom Golf Club

Results; 21 Nov 2017 Seniors 9 Hole Scramble First Ted Murphy 10 Jim O'Connell 20 John Smyth 26 28.4
24-Nov-2017 Turkey Singles 1st John O'Donoghue 23 33pts
26-Nov-2017 Club Singles First Declan Ring 14 34pts. Second Paddy O'Leary 18 33pts
28-Nov-2017 Seniors Scramble First Tom Fitzgerald 11Tom Daly 17 Denis O'Flynn 25 James Deane 20. 38.2
2/03 Dec-2017 First PJ Healy 11 35pts Second Michael Twomey 18 34pts Third Gerard Linehan 16 33pts Senior Tom Daly 17 33pts
Fixtures: Mon to Fri - Club Turkey singles. Tues – Seniors. Sat & Sun - Club singles & W/L