Lee Valley Outlook v16e8 April 18 2019

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Stars in ‘The Blarney Stone’ at Macroom April 25, 26, 27; May 3and 4 ©

Lee Valley Diary

Inchigeela Tidy Towns Annual clean up. 10a.m. from Hall Fri Ap.19th
Macroom AFC Race Night Easter Sunday April 21st Murray’s Bar 9pm.
Croí na Laoi “Weed and Sweep “ Sat April 27th from Inchigeela hall at 10am
John Spillane In Concert at Éire Óg Pavilion, Sat 27th April
Divine Mercy Sunday: 28th April, 2.30pm, St. Colman's Church, Macroom.
Mushera Platform Afternoon Tea fundraiser, Marquee, Ballinagree, Sun April 28, 3 to 5.30pm
Ciorcal Cainte Éire Óg Mon Ap 29th 8pm in GAA Pavilion.
Bridge Morning at Abbey Hotel on Wed 1st May @ 10.30am.

Macroom Library
Story time every Saturday at midday.
Closures: Fri April 19th, Sat April 20th Sat. May 4th
Art Workshop April 24th at 11am
Ciorcal Cainte April 25th at 11.30am.
Adult Book Club May 1st, 11.30am
Purlies Knitting Group May 2nd at 11.30am

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Macroom Updates

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Jim Leahy (Andy) and Brian Hogan (Sam Golden) plan to sell the Blarney Stone ©

The Blarney Stone

The last rehearsals are now in progress for the staging of the premiere of the brand new musical, The Blarney Stone, in Macroom. For a third successive year, Lee Valley Players are embarking on a totally new musical production and Hollywood actor, Patrick Bergin, is again in the lead role. The cast is comprised of top class local actors with proven track records and talented children in cameo roles. A new addition to the cast is Daniel Egerton from Mullingar. Daniel gained a place in the renowned Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, with a three year scholarship from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. His professional credits include: BBC's Doctors, Pink Floyd's The Wall, workshops with National theatre connections and performances while in training: A Little Night Music, Pentecost, Sweet Charity, Through the Wire. He is currently signed with Kate Feast management.
The Principal characters in the Blarney Stone are Patrick Mc Sweeney, played by Hollywood star, Patrick Bergin/ a Blarney boy made good in the U.S.A.; his wife, Cheryl Mc Sweeney, a glamorous New Yorker/ Adrianna Dinneen; Jess McSweeney, their daughter/ Carmel Mc Carthy; Lord Frederick/ Patrick Cregan, whom Cheryl sees as the ideal son-in-law; Maurice / Daniel Egerton, son of the owner of Blarney Castle; Una O’Connor/ Geraldine Barry Murphy, the charming young owner of the Blarney Castle Hotel; Sam Golden/ Brian Hogan, manager of two New York theatres; Andy/ Jim Leahy, garrulous doorman at the Blarney Castle Hotel; Leprechauns: Grollagh, Gearoid Kelleher; Festy, Jamie Blavin; Teague,Tadgh O’Driscoll. The company also includes the Adult Chorus and the Children's Fairy and Leprechaun Chorus.
The Blarney Stone which will be staged in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on 25th, 26th and 27th April also 3rd and 4th May and Cork Opera House on May 29th.

Macroom Youthreach

On Tuesday 9th of April Youthreach Macroom hosted a coffee morning as part of CETB Life Long Learning Festival. Proceeds from the event went to Cork Simon Community Parents. employers and students enjoyed an informative presentation on the history of Macroom Workhouse, delivered by Dr Con Kelleher.

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Italian exchange students get hands on in Technology class with Mr. Murphy and fifth year student, Fionn Healy at De la Salle . ©

De la Salle
Knock. April 6th Lasallians from all over Ireland travelled to the Marian Shrine in Knock to mark the 300th anniversary ofthe death of St. John Baptist de La Salle. Saint de La Salle is our founder and the Patron Saint of Teachers and Educators. Students and educators, past and present, stood side by side to give thanks, celebrate and pray. De La Salle College Macroom teachers and students travelled to join the thousands of other students and teachers from other schools across Ireland where Archbishop Michael Neary was the main celebrant at the concelebrated Mass. A remembrance ceremony for all deceased members of the Lasallian family took place immediately after mass. It was a great occasion for all present and it was a great learning experience for everyone, reminding them of the work done for education by the Lasallian Brothers. St. La Salle’s legacy can still be seen today in over 82 countries around the globe. Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Pray for us. Live Jesus in our hearts. Forever.
Gift of 30 iPads: The school has recently, very gratefully, received 30 iPads. This was part of a very generous donation from a Cork-based multinational corporation. The donation to our IT department will make a massive difference to our students, and De La Salle College is very thankful for such a very generous contribution.
French Exchange: 25th March, 30 students and 4 teachers from De La Salle and St. Mary’s departed Macroom bound for Bordeaux, for the 26th year of the French Exchange. It was a great success, and thoroughly enjoyed by students and teachers alike. Well done to all involved in the organisation. Students visited familiar sights including: the Dune of Pilat, Lycée Saint Genès, Saint-Émilion, a vineyard in Gornac, Arcachon, Bordeaux town where they visited the famous ‘Rue Sainte-Catherine’ and much more. Afterwards the students visited ‘Cap Sciences’ for a fantastic exhibition of special effects which was thoroughly entertaining. From oyster-tasting to exploring how wine is made to partaking in sports competitions, the students were kept busy and experienced a wide variety, and learned a lot.
Pi Maths Quiz: Junior Cert. maths students AJ Costello, Martin Sosa, Joseph Murphy and Darragh Neville took part in the Pi Maths Quiz in Wilton Education centre on Friday April 5th. They competed very well in a challenging quiz. Well done also to 1st year Michael O' Riordan, winner of the 'Young Reporters for the Environment Competition'. His video can be viewed on our website and Facebook page.
Autism Assistance Dogs: De La Salle had a visit from Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland. Vin, the assistance dog, visited our ASD class and mainstream classes. Her trainer, Noreen, explained how they train the dogs, what it takes to be an assistance dog, and the difference they can make to a family with autism. Gorgeous pictures of Vin and the class can be seen on our Facebook page. This ties in with Autism Awareness Month, a month of activities highlighting the need for autism acceptance and understanding.

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St. Mary’s 2nd years who took part in a dance competition organised by PE Teacher Mrs Kelleher, with Judges Mr Cooke and Ms Foley ©An Scoil

News from St Mary’s

 As part of our Wellbeing Week Mrs Kerrigan, the Lourdes Committee and the Students’ Council organised a Charity Colour Run! It was a fantastic afternoon. We raised a total of €2500 for Macroom Hospital. We would like to thank our sponsors for all of their support: Lidl, The Movement, Connections, SuperValu, Aldi, Dunne’s, Enchanted Flowers, Muse, Life Pharmacy, Deasy’s Pharmacy, Matt Murphy’s Pharmacy, Haven Pharmacy, Mary’s Toymaster, Boots and Macroom GAA Club.
German Exchange Students were with us last week; they had a fantastic time. They went on trips and experienced school life in Ireland. This is the 26th year of exchanges with Oberhachinger Gymnasium, Munich. Thanks so much to Ms McGrath for her years of dedication to this exchange.
Congratulations to Radisha Fernando who came 3rd in the Photojournalism category of the National Press pass competition. Over 10,000 students enter the competition every year. Well done Radisha on this fantastic achievement and thanks to her English Teacher Mr Collins for all of his help and support.
Our school is very fortunate to have Pieta House facilitators delivering their Resilience Academy Programme to all second years at the moment. Offered to schools free of charge, the module is a six week one comprised of General Mental Health talks as well as presentations on specific topics such as School Stress, Body Image, Friendship, Sexuality, Family, Bullying, Substance Abuse. The course compliments and consolidates topics covered under the Wellbeing programme in the school. Pieta House also acknowledges the need to look after the teaching staff with a “Self Care” talk for teachers as an integral part of the programme. We are very grateful to the organisation for the foresight to invest valuable resources into a preventative programme with young people
Well done Megan Sheehan who made her first competitive start with Cork City FC a few weeks ago when they beat Kilkenny Utd 0-3.
Music Teacher Ms Donovan organised a recital in school recently. This event invited all of the Leaving Cert Music class to perform their Practical Pieces in front of their parents. This is such a worthwhile event as it gives the girls the opportunity to perform in front of a crowd, in preparation for their ‘practicals’, It also gives their parents the opportunity to enjoy their daughters’ amazing talent.
4th year students enjoyed an informative talk and tree planting event in the Castle Grounds with Ted and Peter. The event was organised by Mrs Casey as part of National Tree Week. The sun shone and the event was highly enjoyable. Well done to all involved and thanks to Ted and Peter for your expertise. 3rd year students Marion Creedon, Kate Dromey, Ciara Bradley and Emily McSweeney represented our school in the Junior Certicate Pi Maths Quiz on Friday the 5th of April; Well Done girls. All 2nd year students performed in their Dance Event on Tuesday March 26th as part of their PE Class. Each group selected a sound track and choreographed dance moves to their chosen song. Well Done to all of the very talented 2nd year dancers, and to Mrs Kelleher for organising this fantastic event for the girls. Friday the 5th of April five groups of TY students presented their science projects in SciFest CIT. ‘Well Done’ to the girls involved and to Ms Butler and Ms Foley for their help and support. Congratulations to our School Music Group comprising of students from our Trad Group and Choir who were highly commended by judges in the Walton’s Music for Schools Competition. St Mary’s was included in the top 15 schools nationally and we are very proud of them. The group created a five minute performance based on the theme ‘Music =‘, directed by Music Teachers Ms Aoife Donovan and Ms Aoibheann Queally. The students will receive Certificates of Commendation. Huge congratulations to all students involved, and to Ms Donovan and Ms Queally, on this fantastic achievement!!!

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McEgan Toyota Macroom staff members Mr. Pat Barrett, Mr. Paschal Buckley and Mr. Michael Bradley who brought their popular Hybrid cars for a demo day at McEgan College.
Included in the photo are Transition Year Pupils , with staff members Mr Padraig O Driscoll and Ms Bernie Angland ©An Scoil

McEgan College

Safer Internet Day Well done to ten TY students who successfully won “Best use of Social Media” organised by Webwise and PDST. One Microsoft Place in Leopardstown hosted the event on Thursday 28th March in their Dream Space centre. Over 450 schools entered this growing competition, with 1,200 entries from second level in Ireland with 145 countries taking part in SID (safer internet day). McEgan was thrilled to be selected as the winners in their category. The students were delighted to be part of such an excellent campaign and Offaly band, Chasing Abbey, finished off an excellent day out.

Dromleigh N.S., Kilmichael

Safety Awareness Flag: At a ceremony in County Hall a group from Dromleigh N.S., Kilmichael were presented with the Cork County Council Safety Awareness Flag by the County Mayor Patrick Gerard Murphy. This flag is presented to schools who promote water and road safety. Cork County Council Water and Road Safety Officer Caroline Casey visited the school last year and spoke to Senior Classes. She also presented them with materials to promote safety to the Junior Classes. They have enthusiastically taken on the role and will continue with this very important task.
Lord Mayor: The pupils of Dromleigh N.S. also met the Lord Mayor of Cork Councillor Mick Finn as he recently visited the school. He spoke about his job and patiently answered the many questions he was asked. Councillor Finn explained the significance of the historic Lord Mayor’s chain. We are very grateful to the Lord Mayor for taking time out to visit the school.
Community Evening: A large crowd visited Dromleigh N.S. for our first Community Evening. It was wonderful to see people of all ages attend and many people got to meet neighbours they had not met before. The children present were entertained by Pirate Pete while the adults enjoyed a chat and refreshments. To conclude the evening the talented pupils of the school under the direction of Síle Ní Dhubhghaill delighted the crowd present with their wonderful music and singing. Bright Beginnings Preschool is opening in Dromleigh N.S. in September and Preschool teacher Patrice Ring was also present. We thank all the parents who as usual provided wonderful baking, and the school staff who provided the catering. It was a most enjoyable evening.

Macroom Library

Spring Into Story Time continues in the library throughout the month of April – story time takes place every Saturday at midday. Perfect for when you need to get the little ones out of the house for a little while!
Closure – the library will be closed on both Friday April 19th and Saturday April 20th as it will be Easter Weekend. You can renew your books by popping into the library at any time before the 19th, over the phone at 02642483, or online at https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services
Art Workshop – on April 24th at 11am, the library will host an art workshop titled ‘Bugs and Blooms’ with artist Jane Hayes. This is a parent and child event (one parent + one child) and children must be aged 7-9 years old. Spaces are very limited so book your place at the desk or by calling 026/42483. It should be fun.
Ciorcal Cainte will meet on April 25th at 11.30am.
Adult Book Club will meet on May 1st at 11.30am to discuss ‘Apple Tree Yard’ by Louise Doughty.
Purlies Knitting Group will meet on May 2nd at 11.30am, and they will be joined by Dunmanway library’s Knit & Natter Group for their annual meet up.
Closure – the library will be closed on Saturday May 4th as it will be the May Bank Holiday weekend.


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Inchigeela Tidy Towns: Helpers needed on Fri 19th for the annual big clean up of the approach roads to the village. Meet at the hall at 10am. Volunteers are invited to help with a village “Weed and Sweep“on Saturday April 27th also. Meet at the hall at 10am
Inchigeela;"Special Bingo, Good Friday night, Inchigeela Hall 8.30pm Proceeds to Alter Society"
Kilmurry Museum/KHAA; Fundraising Concert featuring John Spillane, supported by Castletownkenneigh Choir, True Colours & Cor Geal, Whitechurch, Sat. 27 April @ 8 pm. Venue; Éire Óg Pavillion. Tickets €20 from Mary O'Sullivan (087) 6568110 or on Eventbrite.ie (search KHAA) www.kilmurrymuseum.ie
Divine Mercy Sunday: 28th April, 2.30pm, St. Colman's Church, Macroom. Mass & Divine Mercy devotions. All welcome.
Mushera Platform Afternoon Tea fundraising dance in Marquee in Ballinagree Village on Sunday 28th of April 3 to 5.30pm Music by Autumn Gold Proceeds to Ballinagree Playground.
Ciorcal Cainte Éire Óg The monthly "Teacht le Chéile" will take place on Monday, April 29th at 8pm in the Eire Óg Gaa Pavilion. Bi ann gan teip.
Bridge Morning with Baile Mhúirne Active Retirement Group in the Abbey Hotel on Wednesday 1st May @ 10.30am. All welcome.
Kilmurry Active Retirement. Stay Fit for the Future, 8 week programme. In Kilmurry Heritage Room starting Thursday 2nd May Classes 6p.m.&7p.m.€4 payable on 1st night. To book a place, please text /call 0830483335 with your name and the word Kilmurry to Cork Sports Partnership. Places are limited.
Donoughmore Active Retirement Social Dance in the Community Centre, Stuake on Sunday 5th May. Music by Marino Sound; 8-30 to 12-30 p.m. Admission - €10. Dromleigh National School, Kilmichael. Applications for enrolment are now available. Contact 026-46212 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Keep an eye on all our activities on www.dromleighns.ie or follow us on Facebook.

Darkness into Light May 11th 4.15 am walk of hope for Pieta House. Walking from Independence Museum Kilmurry. Donations and registration from 3.30 am. Refreshments available after the walk /run. Sponsored by the Movement Gym, Macroom
Dromleigh National School, Kilmichael. Applications for enrolment are now available. Contact 026-46212 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Keep an eye on all our activities on www.dromleighns.ie or follow us on Facebook

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: 07th April Jackpot €5,500. Numbers drawn 32, 36, and 38. No winner. €50 Tim Sheehan, Dooneens. €20 each to Denis & Abina Murphy, Carrigagulla; Cathy & Clive Jones, Coolgarriff; Kim O'Sullivan, Rylane Upper and Pat Casey, Shanakiel.
14th April, Jackpot €5,650. Numbers drawn 17, 24, and 31. Winner. Jackie Lehane. €50 Billy & Bina O'Connell, Coolnadane. €20 each to John & Erica Kelleher, Leades; Finbarr O'Sullivan, Rylane; Claire Ambrose, Caherbaroule and Stacey Lynch, Coachford.
Canovee G.A.A. Lotto March 24th. Jackpot €7,8500 Numbers 3,10,13,28 No winner . €50 Emily Lyons Carrigadrohid. €25 each to Connie O Keeffe. Dooniskey, Denis Canty Aherla and €25 online to Magaret Corcoran.
April 1. Jackpot - €8,000. Numbers drawn were 5, 21, 22 and 28 - No winner. €50 to Denis & Noel Moynihan Canovee, and €25 each to Anthony Falvey, Aherla and Mary Nash. The €25 online prize went to Mary Boyle.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: April 3; €70 Sean and T Quinn, Clondrohid; €20 each to Mgt. O’Leary, Kilbarry, Anne Carey, Derrynasaggart and M. Scanlan, Sullane Weirs.
April 10: Jackpot €3,400, No winner. €70 Breda McCarthy, Shanacloon; €20 each to Michael O’Connell, Coolnadane; Berni O’Leary c/o Spillanes; Lauren O’Brien, Clondrohid and Patricia Lynch, Hartnett’s Cross.

Coachford AFC Lotto 15/4/2019. Jackpot: € 1,800. Numbers Drawn: 14 – 17 – 18. No Winner. €40 Steve Crowley. €20 Peggy Looney, Kate O’Mahony, Owen McGarvey, Shane.
Donoughmore G.A.A. Lotto April 3 Jackpot €1.300. Winning Numbers: 8 18 29. Winner: Finnian + Colm O’Callaghan €25 LuckyDip Winners: 1. Maria O’Shea 2. E. Buckley 3. Laura Hayes 4. Cillian Healy 5. Mark Lucey. 1. Kay Healy 2. Lena + Dan Healy 3. Arty Foley 4. Sharon Noonan 5. Dan Joe Mullane.
April 8. Jackpot €1.000. Winning Numbers: April 8th Winning Numbers: 5 8 11. Winner: Mary Cooney Macroom €25 LuckyDip Winners: 1. Rachel Pyper 2. Sarah O’Callaghan 3. Mary Cooney 4. Mary O’Callaghan 5. Sean + Abina Barry
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 2/04/2019. Jackpot €3000. Numbers24-29-30. No Winner - €70. Margaret Lucey, Gortnalicka, Clondrohid €20 each:. Billy Murphy, C/o Murray's Bar, Daniel Twomey, Gurteenroe, Brid O'Driscoll, Sullane Weirs, Sheila Walsh, Carriganima, John O'Mahony, Cork Street. 9/04/2019. Jackpot - €3200 Numbers drawn: 10-15-19. Winner, Tina Murray, Railway View, €20 each: Norann Murphy, Barrett Place, Shelia Walsh, Carriganima, P. Cosgrove, 12 Masseytown, Con Kelleher, Oakwood, Bernie O' Sullivan, 25 New Street.
Macroom A.F.C. Lotto Results: 08/04/19. Jackpot €1,200 - Numbers drawn: 20, 27, 36. No Winner. €80 : Damien Kelleher c/o Mary Anne’s. €20 each: Lilly Murphy c/o Brian, Berni Cross c/o Darrin, Tim Joe Lyons c/o Murray's, Ciaran Murphy c/o Swanky. 15/04/19. Jackpot: 1,400 euro. Numbers drawn: 9, 13, 23. No Winner. 80 euro: Marguerite O' Riordan c/o Fudge. 20 euro each: Maura Twomey c/o Murray's, Connie Shannon c/o Murray's, Darragh Deasy c/o Murray's, Dawn Murphy c/o Hound.
Rylane CPA Lotto: 1/4/2019 Jackpot €2300. Numbers drawn: 2- 10 - 34. No Winner. €20 each: Eileen Kelleher (Rylane), Maria Buckley (Rylane), Patrick & Fidelma Ahern (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20: Mag's Chipper, Coachford.
8/4/2019 Jackpot €2400. Numbers drawn: 2- 3 - 19. No Winner. Olan Casey (Rylane), Judy Leahy (Rylane), Anna O'Regan (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20: Crowleys 

Lee Valley Updates

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Mná Ghobnatan san Áras ©

Ó Bhaile Mhúirne go Áras an Uachtaráin

It was a bitterly cold morning as the ladies of Mná Ghobnatan gathered in the Churchyard in Ballyvourney – 33 ladies, all ready for a bus trip to Dublin. Spirits were high as we set off on our journey. We were heading to Áras an Uachtaráin by invitation, and we were looking forward to meeting President Higgins and having tea at the Áras. It had all begun last July when Mná Ghobnatan had catered a buffet lunch for President Higgins when he visited Coolea for Féile na Laoch. The president enjoyed the food and friendly service so much that he told the ladies that he would have to return the compliment and would invite us for tea. True to his word, the invitation arrived early this year. So here we were, having a quick stop at Junction 14 and wondering would the man himself open the door of the Áras!
We arrived at the gate and were greeted by a member of An Garda Síochána, who directed us up to the front door of the Áras. Army Sergeant John Grennan greeted us at the door and welcomed us into the State Reception Room and explained that the President was busy with official duties and would join us later. A lovely buffet tea was served in the State Dining Room. Surrounded by portraits of Douglas Hyde, Erskine Childers, Mary Robinson, Patrick Hillary and all the past presidents, we snacked on smoked salmon on brown bread, dainty scones with cream & jam, lemon poppy-seed cake, shortbread, madeira cake and little chocolate petite fours. Everything was homemade and delicious and laid out on the grand oblong table where the very first Council of State had sat.
We were lucky to get a sneak preview of the, as yet unopened, new visitors’ centre, displaying wonderful photographs and memorabilia from past and present incumbents. Then the word came that the President was ready to meet us so we all made our way back to the State Reception Room. President Higgins and his lovely wife Sabina came in and spoke to each of us individually. We had brought some hampers of local produce and they were delighted to receive the de Róiste, Folláin and Coolea Cheese products in addition to a framed photograph of Saint Gobnait.
After taking photographs and chatting for a while, the President and Sabina had to go but left us in the care of Sergeant Grennan who gave us a tour of some of the main rooms and regaled us with stories about the rooms, their contents and the people who had visited in the past. In all, we spent a very pleasant two hours at Áras an Uachtaráin before we had to get on the road again. Paddy, our driver, brought the bus right up to the front door as the weather was so wet and cold and we all settled down for the journey home. We stopped at The Castle Arms in Durrow for dinner and we exchanged our thoughts on the visit before heading off again for the last leg of the journey home. A few songs were sung and stories told to shorten the road.
To be invited by the President to visit Áras an Uachtaráin, a building with such a rich and varied history that is so significant in Ireland, and to meet him there personally, was a wonderful honour and an experience that we all greatly appreciated. By Fionn McSweeney

Cill na Martra Holy Week Ceremonies.

Holy Thursday:Evening Mass of the Last Supper at Réidh na nDoirí church 5p.m and Cill na Martra church 8.00pm. Readers and Eucharistic Ministers are asked to try to be present for the renewal of their Commitment to their Ministries. Communion will be under both kinds. Please bring your Trócaire boxes to this Mass and put it into the basket at the back of the Church. The returned boxes will be brought up in the Offertory Procession. There will be a period of led prayer from 9.00 pm-10.00pm in Cill na Martra.
Good Friday: The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion takes place at 3.00pm in Cill na Martra and the Stations of the Cross will be at 8p.m. in Réidh na nDoirí. The Annual Collection for the Holy Places will be made at these ceremonies. .
Holy Saturday: The Easter Vigil and the Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection will begin at 9.00pm in Cill na Martra church. The lighting of the Easter fire and the blessing of the Paschal Candle will take place in the church grounds -weather permitting. (Please bring a candle to this ceremony for your own personal use, if you can. Candles will be provided for those who cannot)
Easter Sunday : Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection Réidh na nDoirí at 9.30a.m. and in Cill na Martra at 11.30 am

Clondrohid Updates

Easter ceremonies: Holy Thursday, Mass in Carriganima at 6pm and Clondrohid at 7.30pm.Good Friday - The Lord’s Passion at 3pm in Clondrohid, 6pm in Carriganima. Stations of the Cross 3pm in Carriganima and 7.30pm in Clondrohid. Easter Saturday night Mass in Carriganima at 6pm and Clondrohid 8pm. Easter Sunday - usual masses.
Easter art camp: Felicity Kelleher is holding an Easter Art Camp in Clondrohid Hall, she will do a variety of arts and crafts. The next camp is on Thursday/Friday April 25/26, 11am to 3pm; it is available for ages 6 upwards. If interested in sending your child please contact Felicity on 087-6361893 for more details. Spaces are limited.
Scoraíocht: To celebrate the Bealtaine Festival, the Retired Active Group will hold a Scoraíocht in the Community Hall on Fri. May 10 at 8pm. Mark it in your diary; all are welcome and refreshments will be served.
Easter Sunday: There will be a Dawn Mass at 6 am in the Castle Grounds Macroom on Sunday April 21. Everyone is welcome.
Mushera platform fundraiser: An Afternoon tea Dance will take place in the Marquee in Ballinagree village on Sunday April 28, 3-5.30pm, with Autumn Gold. Proceeds go to playground.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Clondrohid U-14s had a good win last week against Ballingeary on a score of 3-13 to 1-9. The first half was a close game with low scoring due to missed chances on both sides. The half-time score was 2-6 to 1-4, Clondrohid ahead. An improved Clondrohid out-scored Ballingeary 1-7 to 0-5 and ran out easy winners. Well done to the lads for winning their first league game. Panel : Eugene Granville, Cormac Keoghan, Illian Walsh, James Lucey, Owen McCarthy, Rhys Fallon, Charlie Kelleher, Kieran O’Connell, Fionn Fitzgibbon, Cian Kelleher, Alan Neville, Jamie Hourihan, Jason O’Connell, Sean Lucey, Oscar Cussen Walsh, Christian Healy O’Brien;, missing Daniel Murphy.
FIRST ROUND OF MUSKERRY Junior A Championship: Clondrohid v Kilmichael in Inchgeelagh on Sat. May 4 at 7pm.
EASTER BINGO: Special bingo night with lots of extra prizes for the Easter Hols on Wednesday night April 24 at 8.30pm.Everyone is welcome.
LAOCHRA ÓG HURLING AND CAMOGIE: On hursday April 18 the U-12 boys will take part in an All-Ireland Blitz in Croke Park, playing 3 matches. The team will get a guided tour of the stadium and museum as well. It will be a great family occasion. Good luck to all.

Uíbh Laoire Notes.

Bishop John Buckley’s retirement as Bishop of Cork and Ross will have a special interest for Uibh Laoire people far and wide as the good Bishop was born in Uibh Laoire and never forgets his roots. Born into a farming family in Graigue, he was educated first at Inchigeela National School and then at Farrenferris College. In later years he would be appointed President. Following his education in Maynooth, Bishop John was ordained a priest in 1965, Auxiliary Bishop to Bishop Murphy in1985, and finally in 1997 installed as Bishop of Cork and Ross. The Bishop is well known for his affable nature, his unfailing visits to patients in hospital and his love of sport. He was a handy footballer and hurler in his youth and, of course, his love of road-bowling is well known. We understand he will be assisting our new Bishop, Fintan Gavin. We wish them both well.
Learning Festival: Inchigeela took part in the very successful Cork Life Long Learning Festival run by CETB last week. Our part began with a walk outside the village on the Céim Daunt loop led by Nora O Riordan. On our way Nora explained the names of the townlands and landmarks we passed and pointed out the native trees and flowers. Afterwards there weres refreshments in Creedon’s Hotel and an unexpected musical evening to beat all. On Tuesday Joe Creedon led a group in a walk through Inchigeela where he explained its history, both distant and recent times.
Ciorcal Cainte: On Thursday night the Ciorcal Cainte concentrated on songs and Irish music and it was a very pleasant occasion. The Thursday nights’ chat will continue in May. So there’s still time to give it a try.8.pm Creedon’s Hotel.

On Sunday last we were to have a Cheval or horse and pony event but sadly it had to be cancelled due to the spread of equine flu in West Cork.
Japanese Knotweed: Croi na Laoi members are at present attempting to compile a list of locations where the Japanese knotweed has taken root. It is hoped to launch a campaign to eradicate this invasive plant with the co-operation of the Co. Council. Croi na laoi members would appreciate your help in identifying places where it has established itself.
Art Exhibition: If you haven’t seen the Art, Photo and Glasswork on display in Inchigeela, then make your way to Creedon’s Hotel lounge soon, as the display will be ending shortly.
Clean-up: Inchigeela Tidy Towns’ Committee will be holding its annual clean-up of the approach roads on Good Friday morning. Meet at the hall at 10.am
Easter 1916 commemorations: The annual 1916 commemoration takes place at the Garden of Remembrance after 11.30 Mass next this Easter Sunday. Tim Crowley of the Michael Collins Centre in Clonakilty will give the oration. A piper will lead the short walk and the last post will be played. All are welcome.
Bingo: A special Bingo night will be held this Good Friday night where the proceeds will be donated to the alter societies of Inchigeela and Ballingeary churches. Please support.
Half-Marathon: We are looking forward to Easter Saturday, when the Loch Allua Half Marathon will be run and walked around the lakes. It begins in Ballingeary, goes on to Inchigeela by the R584, returning to Ballingeary by the South Lake Rd. The start is at 8.30am and will finish from 11.30 to 12.30.
Bailte Slachtmhara Béal Átha: The tidy towns group have a meitheal meeting gach Deardaoin ag Casadh na Spride at 7 p.m. Fáilte roimh cách.
Tree Week. Friday, 5th April dawned bright and crisp as National Tree Week drew to a close. Pupils and staff of Inchigeela N.S. gathered at the Parochial House lawn where local heritage specialist Ted Cook awaited with past pupil, Minister Michael Creed TD. A number of native Blackthorns were planted and those present also planted walnuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts in a specially constructed Forest Box. We were privileged to be given a guided tour of the trees, including a huge sycamore from 1847, a 130 year old Irish Yew and an unusual evergreen oak which started the recent planting when former PP, Fr. Michael Cahalane, brought 4 acorns home from Lourdes in the early 1990s . Since then Ted Cook , various parish priests and principals have collaborated to plant some trees every year to continue a fine tradition.

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The official opening of Aghabullogue GAA & Camogie Club’s new astro-turf pitch by Cork GAA Chairperson, Tracey Kennedy. ©Deirdre Twomey

New Astroturf Facility in Coachford

Chairperson of Cork County GAA Board, Tracey Kennedy, was the guest of honour and officially opened the new 70m x 40m Astroturf facility on the complex of Aghabullogue GAA & Camogie Club in Coachford on April 6. Proceedings got underway before a large crowd with a blessing from Fr. Peadar Murphy P.P., followed by Denis Ring and Evelyn Tarrant, chairpersons of Aghabullogue GAA and Camogie club, addressing the audience. They paid special thanks to the local community who had financially supported this project through €1,000 loans, a significant investment for the youth of the area by all who contributed. Organisations such as the Sports Capital Programme, Cork County Council and the Munster GAA Council were also thanked for their vital financial support. It was noted that the facility is in great demand and is used by many other clubs and groups from the local area, which validated the need for such a facility in the community. Mairead O’Donovan, representing Cork Camogie Board, spoke of her admiration of the camogie club in Aghabullogue for the work they have done at all levels in recent years and wished them the best for the future. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, spoke of his memories of playing on the grounds of Aghabullogue GAA club and acknowledged the work of former committee members for what they have done over the years. He also highlighted the strong local leadership throughout the parish in Rylane, Coachford and Aghabullogue and what people on the ground are doing to make their community a better place and that the new Astroturf facility is just another example of this. The final speaker was guest of honour, Tracey Kennedy, who congratulated the club on their foresight to develop this state of the art facility that can be used all year round. She also praised the community spirit and the close relationship between the GAA and Camogie clubs in the parish, working together for the betterment of the youth in the locality. Aghabullogue GAA club members, Marc Sheehan and John Crean, were also thanked by Tracey for their contribution to the club and Cork GAA. The final duties of the night fell to Tracey to cut the green and white ribbon to officially open the astroturf pitch and to great excitement, the under 8 boys and girls raced onto the pitch to play a blitz. The evening was rounded off with some light refreshments and food in the GAA Community Hall where the large assembly had a chance to mingle and chat.

Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne

D’éirigh go maith leis na h-imeachtaí bainteach le Féile Foghlama feadh an tSaoil agus Preab Isteach sa Scéal i do Leabharlann, an tseachtain seo chaite. Bhí slua deas i Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne i gcóir na dhá ocáid agus tá súil agam gur bhain gach éinne a bhí ann an taitneamh as. Táimíd an bhuíoch do Mise Muscraí agus an tacaíocht leis na himeachtaí seo.
On Thurs. 18th April at 3 p.m. Denyse Woods, Writer in Residence, will present an Introductory Creative Writing Workshop in Ballyvourney Library. If interested in joining a creative writing group there, please come along. If you can’t attend on the day but are still interested, please contact the library as the day and date that the group will meet each month has not yet been finalised. This group is open to anyone who has an interest in writing, whether you have previously written or not. You might aspire to writing a great novel, short story, magazine article or you might just want to keep a diary for posterity. Now is your chance to benefit from the experience of an experienced published author to get started. All you need is some paper, a pencil and your imagination.
Bealtaine Festival 2019. This national festival is a celebration of creativity in older people and is held annually in the month of May. It is one of Ireland’s largest co-operative festivals and was the world’s first national celebration of creativity in older age. It has inspired other international festivals such as the Gwanwyn Festival in Wales and the Luminate Festival in Scotland. This year Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne will run a series of cross-stitch workshops throughout the month. The workshops are open to everyone, and will be held in the branch on Tuesday mornings, beginning on 7th May at 11am.
Cross stitch is simple and fun. It is the oldest form of hand embroidery, dating back to the Middle Ages. It is a simple combination of two diagonal stitches to make up an X. The basic equipment of needle, thread and fabric will be provided. These workshops are free and you do not have to be an existing member of the library to take part. If you are interested in participating, please contact the library – the contact details are below.
During Easter week-end why not take a break from all the “egg-citement” of Easter and Easter Egg hunts etc. by either sitting down with a good book or by logging onto www.corkcoco.ie/en/library- services/library-online to “egg-plore” the Library Online services which is “choc” full of savoury options.. Happy Easter!
Beidh an Leabharlann dúnta, i gcomhair na Cásca, ar 19ú & amp; 20ú Aibreán.
Ballyvourney Library Contacts; Phone No. 026 45767 during opening hours or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Coachford College, winners of the Munster Senioir A league final against Borrisokane ©Michelle Cooney

Kilmurry Historical Events.

KHAA concert. John Spillane and guests on Saturday 27th April in Ovens at 8pm. Tickets €20.
Darkness into light May 11th walking from Kilmurry museum at 4.14 am sharp. Registration from 3.30 am, refreshments afterwards and donation for Pieta house.


Information Clinics on Financial Supports for Students The Citizens Information Service in Macroom will hold information clinics on the topic of SUSI Grants and other financial supports for students. The information will be relevant to students, planning to go to college in the autumn, and their parents, as well as people considering returning to college as mature students. The information clinics will be held in the Citizens Information Centre, South Square, Macroom, on Thurs. 25 April and Tuesday 30 April, 10am to 1 pm and 2pm to 7 pm. Staff will be available to provide information on the following
1. Steps in completing the SUSI on-line application form
2. Eligibility criteria for the student grant
3. How the financial assessment works.
4. Supporting documentation required and where to access them
5. Additional financial supports that may be available
6. Back to Education Allowance
7. VTOS.
8. The SUSI on-line application process for the college year 2019/2020 will open on Thursday, 25thApril 2019 and it is hoped that the information clinics will equip intending applicants with the information to make the application process easier and more efficient.
9. The Citizens Information Service provides an independent information advice and advocacy service to the community on rights and entitlements. It is a free and confidential service, funded by the Citizens Information Board. Further information is available from Macroom Citizens Information Centre, 0761 07 8430.

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Mná Daffodil Day who organised a great coffee morning in the Abbey Hotel to mark the 25th anniversary of the event in Baile Mhúirne. ©Nóra Ní Luasa

50 Bliain ag Fás – Óstán Ghobnatan

The Abbey Hotel, Óstán Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne, will celebrate its Golden Jubilee in early May. This family run hotel has been central to the community over the decades and Conrad, Mary and Mícheál and their loyal staff, many who have worked there for decades, are planning to mark the anniversary in style.

Dismissing an Employee

Unfair dismissal is governed in Ireland by the Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977-2001, and two fundamental principles should be noted.
1. An employer must have substantial grounds for dismissing an employee;
2. In doing so, the employer must apply fair procedures to the process.

The Unfair Dismissals Acts cover people who have been in employment for at least 52 weeks continuous service and have not yet reached the normal retirement age for the employment in question.
Certain reasons for dismissal are considered to be automatically unfair. These include:
• membership or proposed membership of a trade union or engaging in trade union activities
• legal proceedings against an employer where an employee is a party or a witness
• race, colour, sexual orientation, age or membership of the Traveller community
• pregnancy, giving birth or breastfeeding or any matters connected with pregnancy or birth
• availing of rights under legislation such as maternity leave, adoptive leave, carer's leave, parental or force majeure leave
• unfair selection for redundancy

To dismiss fairly, you need a combination of one of the five potentially fair statutory reasons plus a procedure that is fair and reasonable.
The five potentially fair reasons to dismiss an employee are:-
1. Conduct or Behaviour
2. Capability
3. Redundancy
4. Breach of Statutory Restriction or;
5. Some other substantial reason

Normally before a dismissal, the employer should arrange a disciplinary hearing. At the hearing, the employee should be given the opportunity to relay their side of the story to the other side and to challenge the evidence. Employees should also be allowed to be accompanied by a colleague or a trade union representative, who can ask questions and represent them.
Employees cannot be sacked for a first offence unless their behaviour is so serious and it amounts to gross misconduct.
If the issue relates to an employee’s performance, they should be warned and given time to improve before being dismissed. They must be given informal and formal warnings. They must be given an opportunity to appeal against the dismissal too, and most employers will allow staff to appeal against written and final warnings.
It is also important that every business has a disciplinary policy. The question as to whether or not your employer had a dismissal procedure in place will be taken into account when deciding if a dismissal was unfair. It is very important that as an employer you seek legal advice before dismissing an employee.
Karen Walsh comes from a farming background and is a solicitor practicing in Walsh & Partners, Solicitors and Commissioners for Oaths, 17, South Mall, Cork.
Tel: 021-4270200
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Web: www.walshandpartners.ie
Disclaimer: While every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information contained in this article, Solicitor Karen Walsh does not accept responsibility for errors or omissions howsoever arising, and you should seek legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances at the earliest possible time.
Sports Mad

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Stephanie Cotter, Coachford; West Muskerry A.C. and Adams State University, Colorado©

West Muskerry ‘s Olympian of the Future

Stephanie Cotter, a member of West Muskerry Athletic Club, took up a Scholarship to Adams State University, Colorado in September 2018 and is studying Kinesiology & Exercise Science. It was a fantastic achievement for her and a great opportunity. Stephanie, a past pupil of Coachford College, comes from a very talented family. Her father, Michael Cotter, went on Scholarship to Michigan University US and represented Ireland on many occasions while her mother, Sheila, played for Ireland at Basketball. Her two younger sisters, Jennifer and Shannon, both represented Ireland in Athletics.
Stephanie quickly adjusted to life in Colorado. She settled into her studies and adjusted to running at high altitude. It was not long before she achieved success in both her academic and athletics career. She qualified for the European Cross Country and all in West Muskerry A.C. were very proud to see one of their own taking on all of Europe. Stephanie also competed successfully for Adams State, helping her University win many National Titles. She was crowned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Female Freshman of the Year. She has now turned her sights on the track season. Running for Adams State University, she has been improving with every race. Her most recent success and the icing on the cake for a fantastic year in college was when she took on the mile and was crowned National Champion in a time of 4.50. She was also part of the Relay medley, in which she ran the 800m leg in a time of 2.08 and Adams State University were crowned National Champions.
Stephanie is an athlete to keep your eyes on. We truly believe she will be our next Olympian. Her hard work and dedication is paying off two fold and all at West Muskerry A.C. are extremely proud and wish her the very best of luck with her career.

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Stephanie with club mates at West Muskerry A.C. before she left for Colorado. ©


Monday 8th April: Our latest Club Development Draw took place tonight in Dromey's Centra, Ballymakeera. Gerard drew the winning ticket for Dave Martin, Rahalisk who won €400; the seller’s prize of €25 goes to Twomey Butchers, Macroom. We thank everyone who supported the draw and o Gerard Dromey for hosting the event this evening. Next draw - April 22nd. U16 league: Sam Maguires 2-13, Laochra Óg 1-4. Our u16 - A league had a tough opening game in against Dunmanway played in very wet conditions. With the breeze in the first half we started well, took the lead and got the opening goal, well taken by Ciaran Lucey. As the game progressed Sam Maguires got more of a foothold. Scores were even at half time. With the breeze Sam Maguires pushed on and went 3 points clear: it was at this stage we were unfortunate to concede the first goal. The game slipped from us in the final ten minutes. We have much to work on as we face Newcestown next week. Thanks to Peter and the Cart bus and our sponsor M & J Kelleher.
Thursday 12th April: On Thursday 18th April our U-12 boys will be run out onto the hallowed turf of Croke Park to play three matches in an All Ireland blitz. The team will proudly represent the club whose members, through continuous dedication and hard work, have ensured, under Rebel Og benchmarking 2020, that the club has been selected for this prestigious honour.
The team will get a guided tour of the stadium and museum. For parents and children it will be a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity and a will be a superb family occasion. Excitement is already mounting. The team visited our U-12 sponsors, MID CORK PALLETS AND PACKAGING, for an official team photo before the big day. MID CORK ELECTRICAL has very generously sponsorsed the U12s trip to Croke Park. This is greatly appreciated by the team and club. Anthony Hennigan, on behalf of the company , made the presentation at training in Teerbeg last night
Easter Hurling Camp: Easter Hurling and Camogie Camp will take place in Colaiste Ghobnatan Ballyvourney, Tuesday April 23rd and Wednesday 24th for club members born in 2007/08 only. Times are from 11am to 2.30pm each day. It is FREE. The Camp is organised by club volunteers.
Friday 13th April: Laochra Óg U-10 boys had their 1st game of the season against Grenagh in Grenagh. They played 12 a-side of two 25 minute halves .They played into the wind in the 1st half and Grenagh well on top.We played with the wind in the 2nd half and put in a much better performance, and battled well until the end .
Well done to the team. We thank all the parents and boys for travelling and playing in really cold and windy conditions. We also thank our sponsors Folláin Jams. We are grateful Micheal and Nora Mc Carthy, Macroom Vehicle Testing Centre and Glenmill Restaurant, for the use of Teerbeg .
Cork GAA Mile Challenge: 22nd April: 9am - Cill Na Martra GAA; 10.30am - Naomh Abán CLG
11am - Laochra Óg Hurling & Camogie Club, 12.30pm - Clondrohid GAA, 2.30pm - Macroom GAA and 4pm - Kilmurry GAA. It will be a busy week-end plus the first of the ‘long haul weekends’. People are welcome to join us for a run or walk at the pitches.

Macroom A.F.C.

Cup Semi Finals: There were contrasting fortunes for the First and Youth teams who were both in semi final action last weekend. Heavy rainfall and high winds did not deter the Youths team who qualified for the Sean Williams cup final with a deserved 4-0 defeat over Castleview at Murrayfield. There were great performances throughout the pitch with Macroom attacking duo Dylan Twomey and Daniel Cotter causing all sorts of problems for the visiting defence. After an even opening half hour Macroom grabbed the initiative and the lead just before half time. On the resumption the goals began to flow. Three more came in a blistering 10 minute spell had Macroom thinking of the decider long before the final whistle. Twomey and Cotter helped themselves to a brace each and it could have been more, only for some excellent saves from the Castleview keeper. This team has found form over recent weeks and all eyes now focus on the final at Turner's Cross, this Thursday, April 18, kick off @7.30pm. The opponents will be Watergrasshill Utd. who defeated Kinsale in the other semi-final. Please come along and support.
Macroom A had a disappointing result away to Village Utd in the AOH Cup semi final first leg, losing 3-0. With a gale force cross wind making things very difficult, no one really expected a classic. Macroom battled well enough at times but will be frustrated with the concession of poor goals at vital times. Having done well for the opening half hour, Macroom conceded 2 approaching half time. Barry Healy had a good chance to halve the deficit on 65 min but his effort was saved. 2-0 would not have been the end of the world but late on a free kick was not cleared and the 'second ball' was finished to make this Saturday’s second leg a big ask. However, it's not impossible either. Home advantage and hopefully a big crowd will count for something. And an early goal could do wonders and potentially change the momentum of the tie. Please come along to support the team at Murrayfield on Sat 20th Apr, kick off @2pm.
Race Night: After much preparation and excellent work throughout the club, we are just about ready for our big fundraiser on Easter Sunday Night, Apr 21st, at Murray's Bar, beginning at 9pm. Everything is pointing towards some top entertainment in what is a vitally important event for the club. Many horses have already been sold and there is good news for anyone still looking to purchase one. Horses, costing €10, will be on sale on the night so everyone can be accommodated. All are welcome to Murray's for a great night in support of your local soccer club.
Academy: Our U 7, 8, and 9 boys teams began their fixtures over the last two weekends. They will play against a host of different clubs over the coming weekends and this will give them much enjoyment and also a flavour of taking on other clubs. Three away games were played firstly with the U7 playing St. Marys, U8s visiting Strand Utd and the U9s travelling to play Bweeng Celtic. Last weekend it was arranged for all three groups to travel over the county bounds to play Kerry outfit Killarney Celtic. Unfortunately a weather warning put an end to these plans but the games will be re arranged over the coming weeks. Well done to all players and coaches for the excellent efforts so far.

U15 league: Macroom A 6 Mallow Utd 2. A fine performance at Murrayfield saw Macroom gain the 3 points. The home side were quick out of the blocks and were 3-0 ahead inside 20 minutes. First up was a well taken goal from Eoin Healy. Then Healy got his second following great work from the outstanding Mark O' Connell and Colm McSweeney. With Rory Duggan and Liam Holland bossing midfield the third goal soon arrived, this time a close range finish courtesy of midfielder Duggan. Having a healthy lead, Macroom relaxed somewhat and this allowed Mallow to pull a goal back to leave it 3-1 at the break. Mallow began the second half very much in the ascendancy but Macroom defenders Alan Desmond and Dylan Wenger were excellent along with keeper Cameron Murphy. The home side regained the initiative and Eoin Healy did brilliantly to bag his hat trick. Following this a free kick was blasted home by Ben Herlihy. Mallow did reply with a goal but it was Healy who fittingly had the final say when he notched his fourth goal to round off a memorable personal display. A tremendous effort was produced from all 16 players used.

U14 league: Macroom 2 Grenagh Utd 1. League leaders Grenagh were the visitors to the Town Park and it was looking like an away win as they led 1-0. Macroom found the equaliser when Cian Kelleher was on target. It appeared that a draw would be the result until Alexander Asling went on a marauding run and he managed to score to put Macroom in front. Grenagh piled on the pressure for the remaining minutes but Macroom held out for a fantastic win.

 Schoolgirls Round Up: The U15s welcomed Douglas Hall to the Town Park and had a satisfactory evening, winning 3-0. The U11 team also were at home as they entertained Bandon. A fine display by all 18 girls was very much appreciated by spectators. Well done to all players and to FAI PDP qualified coaches Fiona Phelan, Brendan O' Regan and Billy Fitzgerald. Wilton Utd were next to visit the Town Park in the U11 cup with Macroom emerging victorious on a 2-1 scoreline. Aoife Ring and Aimee Coleman were the goalscorers and goalkeeper Rachel Murphy had a fantastic game for Macroom. The U13 side travelled to Mitchelstown to play in the cup. Macroom produced some great football and were unlucky to lose out by 4-2. Travel arrangements were facilitated by Sgt. Kelleher of Macroom Garda and the girls were delighted to travel on the new Garda community bus. This is very much appreciated by Macroom FC. Many thanks also to Grace for driving the girls and making the stop at MacDonald’s, although her shift was long over by then.

Cork County Football and Hurling Championships 2019

Senior Football Championship
Divisional / College Section

Round 2: Seandún v UCC, CIT 2-11 Duhallow 1-18
Duhallow and either UCC or Seandún qualify for open county championship draw for last 16

Clubs Section
Preliminary Round
O Donovan Rossa 2-12 Carrigaline 1-8
First Round
Kiskeam 2-12 Mallow 0-10
St Finbarrs 3-12 Clyda Rovers 0-6
Clonakilty 2-9 Newcestown 0-9
Nemo Rrs 3-14 Valley Rovers 1-6
Dohenys 4-15 St Nicks 0-7
Douglas 1-10 Bishopstown 1-9
Fermoy 1-9 Castlehaven 0-11
Ilen Rovers 2-9 Carbery Rngrs 1-9
Ballincollig O’Donovan Rossa

2nd round (draw to be made): Carrigaline, Mallow, Clyda, Newcestown, Valley Rovers, St Nicks, Bishopstown, Castlehaven, Carbery Rangers, Ballincollig or O’Donovan Rossa(losers)
Senior Hurling Championship

Divisional / College Section
Round 2
UCC 2-17 Muskerry 0-16
Imokilly 0-24 Carbery 0-10

UCC and Imokilly both qualify for last 16 county senior championship draw.

U.C.C. 2-17 Muskerry 0-16
UCC progressed into the next round of the Senior Hurling Championship following a competitive contest against Muskerry. These two sides had enjoyed convincing victories in their respective championship outings a week earlier, UCC against rival Cork college CIT, while Muskerry overcame the challenge posed by Duhallow. The opening moments of the second half proved to be a massive turning point as UCC with two quick goals, established a lead which they would keep hold of right up to the full-time whistle.
Muskerry began this contest brightly, Sean Bourke slotted over two well-taken early frees, while Matthew Bradley pointed from play. A free from Bourke and a well-taken point on the turn by Declan Hanlon had Muskerry ahead 0-6 to 0-2 on the quarter-of-an-hour mark.
UCC recovered and they were just a point behind with 22 minutes gone, but Muskerry ended the opening half impressively, with Mark Verling getting a point, along with another score from Bourke. Muskerry keeper Paul Hallissey got down well to make a solid save, and they led 0-11 to UCC’s 0-8 after 30 minutes.
However, two early goals in the second half would ultimately prove to be a big turning point in this contest, in UCC’s favour. From a free early in the second half, Conway found the back of the net for UCC, after a powerful effort which went in off the underside of the crossbar. The sun was clearly causing problems for the Muskerry netminder and the students found the back of the net once more through a long-range free from Chris O’Leary.
UCC got further points through Jack Hannon and Conway to lead 2-12 to 0-12 midway through the second half. Three frees by Bourke helped Muskerry claw back the deficit to just the three points with 10 minutes remaining but UCC then got a crucial point which to set them on their way.
Scorers for Muskerry: S Bourke 0-10 f, D Hanlon 0-3, M Verling 0-2, M Bradley 0-1.
UCC: J Barry (Castlelyons); Eoghan Clifford (Cloughduv), D Griffin (Carrigaline), N O’Leary (Castlelyons); C O’Leary (Valley Rovers), Mark Coleman (Blarney), C Power (Blarney); P O’Loughlin (Kilmallock), D Lowney (Clonakilty); M Devine (Modelligo), S Lowney (Lixnaw), D Walsh (Éire Óg Ennis); B Kelleher (Carrigaline), S Hayes (Mallow), N Montgomery (Abbeyside).
Subs: A Creed (Fermoy), J Hannon (St Joseph's Doora Barefield), J Ryan (Doon), T Millerick for Devine, Karl Walsh (Ballincollig).
MUSKERRY: P Hallissey (Blarney); R O’Donovan (Ballincollig), J Mullins (Éire Óg), L Ryan (Inniscarra); C O’Leary (Inniscarra), D Hanlon (Blarney), A Murphy (Cloughduv); R Murphy (Blarney), R Bourke (Ballincollig); M Verling (Cloughduv), M Bradley (Aghabullogue), S Bourke (Grenagh); O McCarthy (Inniscarra), P Kelleher (Kilmichael), K Murphy (Ballinora)
Subs: P Philpott (Blarney), I Barry-Murphy (Aghabullogue), B Hurley (Éire Óg), C Sexton (Ballincollig), M O’Riordan (Dripsey).
Club Section
Preliminary Round
Erins Own 3-7 Ballymartle 2-8

Round 1
Carrigtwohill V St. Finbarr's
Killeagh V Na Piarsaigh
Newcestown V Bandon
Blackrock V Ballyhea
Glen Rovers V Midleton
Bishopstown V Newtownshandrum
Douglas V Bride Rovers
Sarsfields V Kanturk
Charleville V Erins Own

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Macroom Premier Intermediates, beaten by St. Michael's in R1 of the Premier Intermediate Football Championship at Ovens ©Con Kelleher

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Preliminary Round
Bantry Blues 2-10 Nemo Rangers 0-12

Round 1
Aghada 1-12 Na Piarsaigh 0-16
Bandon 3-14 Newmarket 1-19
Castletownbere 1-16 Kanturk 0-19, a draw
Cill na Martra 1-9 Éire Óg 0-8
Naomh Abán 1-9 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2-12
St. Michael’s 3-12 Macroom 1-14
St. Vincent’s v Bantry Blues

Round Two: Nemo Rangers, Aghada, Newmarket, CTB/Kanturk, Éire Óg, Naomh Ábán, Macroom, St Vincents/Bantry.

Cill na Martra 1 – 9 Éire Óg 0 – 8
Cill na Martra marked their debut in the county premier intermediate football championship with an impressive display at a wet, cold and windy Castle Grounds Macroom. Weather conditions were challenging but the playing surface was good after a recent upgrade.
Cill na Martra started well with two early points, from Danny Ó Conaill and Ciarán Ó Duinnín, Éoin O’Shea replied for Éire Óg in the 4th minute the Gaeltacht side lost Daire Mac Lochlainn, to a leg injury but shrugged off this setback and were denied a goal only by frantic Éire Óg goal line defending before Mike Ó Deasúna pointed a free in the 14th minute. Danny Ó Conaill kicked over his second five minutes later and Mike Ó Deasúna pointed a 35m metre free into make it 0-5 to 0-1, eight minutes from the break. Éire Óg were in trouble but in the minutes leading up to the break, Daniel Goulding led a rally to give them hope. The former Cork All Ireland winner pointed a long range free, Éoin O’Shea took a fine point from a very difficult angle and Goulding then pointed another free from over 45 metres out to leave Éire Óg only a point adrift, 0-5 to 0-4 at the interval.
Cill na Martra had a great start to the second half. Daniel Ó Duinnín had a point within a minute and Mike Ó Deasúna added another two minutes later and in the 36th minute Cill na Martra struck for the only goal of the game. Mike Ó Deasúna floated over a high cross from the right wing into the Éire Óg goalmouth, and Daniel Ó Duinnín got the vital touch to break the ball down for Shane Ó Duinnín who slotted the ball home to give Cill na Martra a 1-7 to 0-4 lead.
Daniel Goulding pointed a free but Ó Deasúna matched this effort with a superb point from a free out on the sideline. Goulding pointed another free and then took a smashing point from play to cut the gap to four points, 1-8 to 0-7 as the final quarter began. The scoring rate dried up and only four minutes remained when Maidhchí Ó Duinnin had the final Cill na Martra point. Ronan O’Toole had a well taken late point for Éire Óg but there was no denying the Gaeltacht men
Scorers: Cill na Martra: S Ó Duinnín 1-0, M Ó Deasúna 0-4 (0-3f), D Ó Conaill 0-2, C Ó Duinnín D Ó Duinnín and M Ó Duinnín 0-1 each. Éire Óg: D Goulding 0-5 (0-4f), E O’Shea 0-2, R O’Toole 0-1.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Daire MacLochlainn, Graham Ó Mocháin, Eoin Ó Loinsigh: Seánie Ó Foirréidh, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Seán Ó Céilleachair: Gearóid Ó Goillidhe, Fionnbarra Ó hÉaluithe: Micheál Ó Deasúna, Damien Ó hUrdail, Shane Ó Duinnín: Daniel Ó Duinnín, Ciarán Ó Duinnín, Danny Ó Conaill. Subs: Seanachán Ó Loinsigh for D MacLochlainn inj 9, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín 42, Gearóid Ó Faolain 52, Colm Ó Laoire 56
Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: Michael O’Shea, John Mullins, Denny Murphy: Liam Sheehan, Dermot O’Herlihy, Anthony Doherty: Alan O’Mahony, Ronan O’Toole: Michael Corkery, John Cooper, Jack Murphy: Dan O’Connor, Daniel Goulding, Eoin O’Shea. Subs: John Kelleher 52, Brian Hurley 55, Donncha Kelly 58.

Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2 – 12 Naomh Abán 1 – 9
Gaeltacht friendly neighbours were in opposition at wet and windy Macroom and it was Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh who emerged triumphant, a win which gives them passage to the third round of the county and also a place in the Muscraí final of Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta. Naomh Abán led by 1-7 to 0-7 at half time but Béal Átha were level by the three quarter stage. The winners then lost a man to a red card and the Baile Mhuirne men immediately took the lead, 1-8 to 0-10, with a point from a Maidhc Ó Duinnín free. Béal Átha now upped their tempo and after a scoreless period, an Andy Ó Coinceannain goal from a penalty in the 55th minute gave Béal Átha the lead and in the final minutes they added 1-2 to their tally, all from the boot of Diarmuid MacTomáis.
After Andy Ó Coinceannain had given Béal Átha an early two point lead, a Naomh Abán goal from Conor Ó Críodáin in the 8th minute, put his side into the lead and Deaglán Ó hAilleamhain added a point from a free to double the advantage. Daire Ó Ceallacháin had a 13th minute point in reply for the winners but N Abán were on top and two points from Maidhc Ó Duinnín were followed by a point from a ‘45’ from Ó hAileamhain after a superb save from goalkeeper Gearóid Ó Muirthille had denied Aodhán Ó Luasa of a second goal for N Abán. When Diarmuid MacTomáis pointed for Béal Átha in the 19th minute, N Abán came back immediately with further points from Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh and Micheál Ó Liatháin to lead by 1-6 to 0-4. Béal Átha improved their position in the final minutes of the half scoring three points, two from Len Ó Concubhair and Andy Ó Coinceannain frees, and one from play from Cian Ó Duinnín, to which N Abán replied with a Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh point, leaving his side leading by a goal at the break, 1-7 to 0-7.
Naomh Abán in the second half were making little impression on the Béal Átha rearguard and three unanswered points for the winners had them level by the 42nd minute, the scores coming from Andy Ó Coinceannain, Colmán Ó Tuama and Crothúir Ó Loinsigh, who scored with his first touch of the ball. Three minutes later a very high tackle on N Abán’s Daire Ó Loinsigh led to a red card the Baile Mhuirne men regained the lead in the 46th minute with a point from a Maidhc Ó Duinnín free, their first score of the second half.
The final quarter saw Béal Átha at their best and in the 55th minute a Beál Átha’s Matt Ó Riordáin was adjudged to have been pushed under a dropping ball in the N Abán goalmouth, a penalty was awarded and Andy Ó Coinceannain slammed the spot kick home to put the winners two points clear and they controlled the final minutes despite their numerical disadvantage. Diarmuid Thompson pointed in the 57th minute and 58th minutes,Maidhc Ó Duinnín had a point from a N Abán free in reply to leave his side needing a goal to survive. It was Béal Átha who scored the goal however, Diarmuid MacTomáis finishing with precision to the net to finish the game in style.
Scorers: Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: A Ó Coinceannain 1-4 (1-0 pen, 0-4f), D MacTomáis 1-3, D Ó Ceallacháin, C Ó Duinnín, L Ó Concubhair (f), C Ó Tuama, C Ó Loinsigh 0-1 each. Naomh Abán: C Ó Críodáin 1-0, M Ó Duinnín 0-4 (0-3f), D Ó hAilleamháin 0-2 (0-1 ‘45’, 0-1f), D Ó Ceallaigh 0-2 (0-1f), M Ó Liatháin 0-1.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Gearóid Ó Muirthille: Ciarán Ó Núnáin, Seán Ó Donnchú, Nollaig Ó Laoire: Daire Ó Ceallacháin, Leonárd Ó Concubhair, Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsigh: Eoin Ó Coill, Matt Ó Riordáin: Donagh Seartan, Cian Ó Duinnín, Seamus Ó Tuama: Diarmuid MacTomáis, Aindrias Ó Coinceannain, Eanna Ó Duinnin. Subs: Colmán Ó Tuama for E Ó Duinnín h/t, Crothúir Ó Loinsigh for C Ó Núnáin 41.
Naomh Abán: Micheál Ó Donnchú: Ronán de hÍde, Criostóir Ó Deasúna Tomás Ó hAilíosa: Dara Ó Loinsigh, Éanna Ó Criodáin, Diarmuid Ó Scanaill: Concubhar Ó Murchú, Colm de hÍde: Deaglán Ó hAileamhain, Maidhc Ó Duinnín, Conor Ó Críodáin: Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Aodhán Ó Luasa, Micheál Ó Liatháin. Subs: Simon Ó Murchú for C Ó Críodáin bc 34, Piarais Ó Liatháin for D Ó Loinsuigh inj 52, Seamus Ó Riada for S Ó Murchú bc 56.
St Michaels 3-12 Macroom 1-14
For the second year in a row Macroom have suffered a first round defeat by St Michaels in the county Premier intermediate football championship at Ovens, but similar also to last year, Macroom, even in defeat, can again take heart from their display. Macroom had a dreadful opening ten minutes and found themselves 2-2 to nil in arrears after being blitzed by the Blackrock side but they hauled themselves, score by score, back into contention and when Patrick Lucey pointed 5 minutes into the second half the sides were level, 2-7 to 1-10. Michaels were clearly rattled but their third goal, this one from Keith Hegarty, set up nicely by Niall Cashman, gave the city side the boost they needed and even though Macroom never gave up and were in pursuit of a goal for victory in the final stages they just could get through the Michaels rearguard and two late points settled the issue in favour of last year’s beaten finalists.
The game had hardly commenced when Dan Linehan pointed for Michaels, Liam O’Sulllivan fired in a goal in the 3rd minute, Eric Hegarty added a point and Macroom’s misery was complete when Adam Hennessey had another goal in the 10th minute to leave Macroom eight points adrift and floundering in defence. Conor O’Sullivan had a point to open the Macroom account a minute later and two points from Patrick Lucey gave them impetus and when Conor O’Sullivan finished a David Horgan-Fintan Goold move to the net in the 16th minute Macroom were back in business, only two points adrift, 2-2 to 1-3. St Michael responded with three points in a row, two from their midfield partnership, but Macroom were up for the battle now and five points in the last five minutes of the half saw them again only two behind at the break, 2-7 to 1-8 the score. The Macroom defence, torn asunder early on, had tightened somewhat though never appeared comfortable against the fleet footed Michaels attack.
On the restart, Macroom had a brace of points from Pa Lucey to draw level but in the 37th minute, Michaels got the score they needed to stem the Macroom tide, Keith Hegarty put through by the industry of Niall Cashman and finishing confidently to the net. Thereafter, Macroom were always chasing this game, the sides matching one another score for score on three occasions to keep three points between the teams until John Murphy’s point for Macroom two minutes from time cut the gap to two points and left Macroom needing a goal to save the day. Michaels did survive one scary moment when Fintan Goold lobbed in a high ball to the Michaels goalmouth which Pa Lucey broke down but the defenders scrambled it clear and a punched point from Liam O’Sullivan at the other end relieved the pressure and Keith Hegarty made victory assured deep in added time.
Scorers: St Michaels: K Hegarty 1-4, A Hennessy 1-0, L O’Sullivan 1-2 (0-1f), A Murphy and N Cashman 0-2 each, E Hegarty and T Deasy 0-1 each. Macroom: C O’Sullivan 1-1, P Lucey 0-5 (0-2f, 0-1 45), A Quinn, A Hegarty, D Horgan, D Twomey, J Murphy, T Dineen, F Goold (f), E O’Gorman 0-1 each.
St Michaels: Martin Burke: Joe Golden, Richard Dineen, Owen O’Sullivan: Diarmuid McCormack, Alan O’Callaghan, Tom Lenihan: Niall Cashman, Andrew Murphy: Dan Lenihan, Eoin Hickey, Keith Hegarty: Adam Hennessey, Eric Hegarty, Liam O’Sullivan. Subs: Daniel Meaney and Tadhg Deasy for D Linehan and Hickey, both h/t, Domhnall Cremin for E Hegarty 38, Dylan Corkery for Hennessey 55.
Macroom: Brendan O’Connell: Michael Cronin, Rory Buckley, Mark Corrigan: Gerard Angland, Alan Quinn, Sean Kiely: Caleb Dinneen, Fintan Goold: Tony Dineen, David Horgan, Andrew Hegarty: Conor O’Sullivan, Patrick Lucey, Dylan Twomey. Subs: Paul O’Farrell for G Angland 28, Ethan O’Gorman for A Hegarty and Johnny Murphy for C Dinneen, both 52, Cian Twomey and Seán McMahon for Cronin and Quinn, 55.

Intermediate Football Championship

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

 Aghabullogue 2 – 8 Mitchelstown 1 – 8
Last year’s beaten county finalists, Aghabullogue got this year’s campaign off to a fine start with a hard earned win over a strong Mitchelstown side at a very wet Mallow. A goal separated the teams at the finish and Aghabullogue came from a point down with two minutes remaining to take the lead with a second goal from David Thompson to which Luke Casey added a point to seal the win.
Aghabullogue faced the elements in the first half when they laid the foundations for their win. The North Cork side started well with two early points but were rocked by an Aghabullogue goal in the 8th minute, Ian BarryMurphy creating the opportunity for David Thompson to find the net. Mitchelstown equalised and then went back in front with a goal from a penalty in the 14th minute but Aghabullogue hit back with points from Thompson and Seán O’Sullivan and Mathew Bradley kicked a third but Mitchelstown scored three points to lead by 1-6 to 1-3 at the break, not a bad position for Aghabullogue considering the strength of the wind behind them in the second half.
Two points from David Thompson and one from Mathew Bradley had Aghabullogue level at 1-6 all within eight minutes of the restart and then Evan O’Sullivan pointed to put them ahead. Now battling Mitchelstown showed their mettle, drawing level from a free and then going back in front from play in the 55th minute. Aghabullogue were in trouble but saved the day when Seán O’Connell parted to Bradley whose pass to Thompson was fisted to the net to give the Mid Cork men the lead at the vital time and Casey added a late, late point.
Aghabullogue scorers: D Thompson 2-3 (0-2f), M Bradley 0-2, S O’Sullivan, E O’Sullivan, L Casey 0-1 each.
Aghabullogue: David Moynihan: Paul Dilworth, Conor Smith, Paudie Twomey: Billy Casey, Paul Ring, Michael Dennehy: Seán O’Connell, Seán O’Sulllivan: Shane Tarrant, Ian BarryMurphy, Denis Quinlan: Mathew Bradley, Evan O’Sullivan, David Thompson. Subs: M O’Regan 41, Jack Murphy 52, Luke Casey 60.

Glanmire 2 - 11 Grenagh 0 - 12
Grenagh went under to Glanmire at a very wild Blarney, an interval deficit of 2-9 to 0-3 proving too big a gap to bridge. Grenagh faced the elements in the first half but started well, went two points ahead and should have added a goal. Glanmire then took over and after drawing level hit Grenagh with two goals in two minutes to get on top and finished the half strongly to take a 12 point interval lead. Wind or no wind, it was a lead capable of being defended and this Glanmire did not too bothered about adding to their own tally but concentrating on keeping down the Grenagh score. Grenagh outscored the winners by 0-9 to 0-2 in the second half but the damage had been done in the first half.
Grenagh scorers: DD Dorgan 0-6 (0-2f), L Walsh 0-2, K O’Neill 0-2 (0-1’45’), P BarryMurphy (f) and C Buckley 0-1 each.
Grenagh: R Dorgan: A Kiely, L Walsh, S Lehane: K O’Neill, P McCarthy, M O’Riordan: T Kenny, S Bourke: C O’Sullivan, T Walsh, Diarmuid DD Dorgan: P BarryMurphy, K Cummins, S Dorgan. Sub: C Buckley

 Rockchapel 4 – 6 Ballinora 0 – 8
Wind and rain at Millstreet (similar to conditions at all weekend matches) dictated the trend of play in this encounter. The Rock had wind advantage in the first half and led by 3-4 to 0-3 at half time and were in a good position even then. Two of the goals were from the penalty spot and the second one was vital, coming as it did shortly before the interval when just after Ballinora had conceded a second goal, they then gave away a second penalty and so what five minutes earlier had been a three point deficit was now transformed into a gap of ten points.
Rockchapel were content to play possession football as much as possible in the second half and were further insulated by a fourth goal in the 37th minute which effectively finished the contest. Ballinora outscored the Duhallow men by five points to two subsequently but they were never going to be allowed claw back the big deficit.
Ballinora scorers: B Ahern 0-3 (0-2f, 0-1’45’), D Holmes 0-2, M Murphy (f), I Wycherley and D Dineen 0-1 each.
Ballinora: E Walsh: K O’Regan, M Lordan, J Keohane: B Rigney, K Greally, I Wycherley: A O’Neill, P Dineen: K Murphy, D Dineen, T Forde: B Ahern, D Holmes, M Murphy. Subs: C Lougheed 37, J O’Regan 38.

 Premier Intermediate Hurling

Round 1
Blarney v Ballinhassig
Castlelyons v Youghal
Cloyne v Aghada
Fermoy v Courcey Rovers
Fr. O' Neill’s v Ballincollig
Inniscarra v Watergrashill
Kilworth v Valley Rovers
Mallow v Carrigaline

Intermediate Hurling Championship

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

Final: Knocknagree v Nemo Rangers or Cill na Martra

 Cork County Championships 2019

Senior, Premier Intermediate and Intermediate Football & Hurling
Round 1 Fixtures (extra-time in all games)

Fri, April 19th
SHC Round 1 Bishopstown v Newtownshandrum at 7.45pm @ Mourenabbey
SHC Round 1 Sarsfields v Kanturk at 7.45pm @ Mallow
PIHC Round 1 INNISCARRA v Watergrasshill at 7.45pm @ Pairc Ui Rinn
PIHC Round 1 Fr. O' Neill’s v BALLINCOLLIG at 7.45pm @ Carrigtwohill
Sat, April 20th
PIHC Round 1 Castlelyons v Youghal at 7pm @ Ballynoe
SHC Round 1 Douglas v Bride Rovers at 5.45pm @ Riverstown
SHC Round 1 Carrigtwohill v St. Finbarr's at 7.30pm @ Riverstown
SHC Round 1 Charleville v Erins Own / Ballymartle at 5.45pm @ Pairc Ui Rinn
SHC Round 1 Blackrock v Ballyhea at 7.30pm @ Pairc Ui Rinn
Sun, April 21st
PIHC Round 1 BLARNEY v Ballinhassig at 2pm @ Ballincollig
PIHC Round 1 Mallow v Carrigaline at 3.45pm @ Ballincollig
SHC Round 1 Killeagh v Na Piarsaigh at 2pm @ Pairc Ui Rinn
SHC Round 1 Glen Rovers v Midleton at 3.45pm @ Pairc Ui Rinn
SHC Round 1 Newcestown v Bandon at 3pm @ Clonakilty
Sat, April 27th
IHC Round 1 Barryroe v Glen Rovers at 4pm @ Brinny
IHC Round 1 Blackrock v Kilbrittain at 5.45pm @ Brinny
PIFC Round 1 Bantry Blues v St. Vincent’s at 5.45pm @ Enniskeane
IHC Round 1 ÉIRE ÓG v Dungourney at 5.45pm @ Pairc Ui Rinn
IHC Round 1 Argideen Rangers v Castlemartyr at 7.30pm @ Pairc Ui Rinn
Sun, April 28th
PIHC Round 1 Fermoy v Courcey Rovers at 2pm @ Pairc Ui Rinn
PIHC Round 1 Kilworth v Valley Rovers at 3.45pm @ Pairc Ui Rinn
Fri, May 3rd
IHC Round 1 St. Catherine’s v CLOUGHDUV at 7.30pm @ Pairc Ui Rinn
Sat, May 4th
IHC Round 1 AGHABULLOGUE v Ballinhassig at 5.45pm @ Ovens
IHC Round 1 DRIPSEY v Ballygarvan at 7.30pm @ Ovens
IHC Round 1 Tracton v Kildorrery at 5pm @ Blarney
IHC Round 1 GRENAGH v Na Piarsaigh at 6.45pm @ Blarney

 Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football Championships

U21 A FC Final:
Éire Óg 3-12 Ballincollig 1-14
Pic 58

Aghabullogue who defeated Canovee in the Muskerry u21 B Football Championship final at Annahala ©Lee Valley Outlook

 U21 B Football Championship Final replay

Aghabullogue 1 - 11 Canovee 0 – 8
The only goal of the game, scored by Aghabullogue full forward David Thompson in the 23rd minute, was the vital score of this Macroom Motors Mid Cork U 21 B football championship replay at Kilmichael. The teams had been level at 0-4 each at the time and were clearly closely matched but the goal was a huge boost for the winners and gave them a cushion when
Canovee exerted fierce and sustained pressure in the middle part of the second half before Aghabullogue were able to rally strongly in the final stretch and finish clear and deserving winners.
Aghabullogue welcomed back Tadhg Bradley, unavailable for the drawn game; Canovee midfielder Daniel Akirrinbola, suffering from a leg injury, started but eventually has to be withdrawn and his usual strong contribution was sorely missed.
The opening quarter was very intensely contested and Aghabullogue, playing against the wind, started well with points from Mathew and Tadhg Bradley in the first four minutes but Canovee replied with a point from a Jack Kelleher free and in the 12th minute a similar effort yielded the equaliser. As the two teams continued to match one another in a very tight contest, Mark Walsh was set up by Patrick Akirrinbola for the lead point for Canovee in the 17th minute but a minute later Aodhán Healy’s point for Aghabullogue levelled matters once again. A superb point from play from Jack Kelleher had Canovee in front again, a strong run out of defence by Paul Ring led to Seán O’Connell’s equaliser for Aghabullogue. Then misfortune struck for Canovee when in the 23rd minute a short kick out to a defender was swooped on opportunistically by David Thompson who smartly dispatched the ball to the Canovee net and give his side a one goal lead and an edge they never lost subsequently. Dara Cronin hit over a late Canovee point to narrow the deficit at the break to two points, 1-4 to 0-5, but Aghabullogue with wind advantage to come in the second half were in a good position.
Aghabullogue introduced Luke Casey, who had played a prominent role in their survival in the drawn game, and the substitute made an immediate impact with a point in the opening minute of the second half, David Thompson soon added a point from a free and in the 41st minute Aodhán Healy made it 1-7 to 0-5 with Aghabullogue seemingly on the way to victory. As is their wont, Canovee were not going to surrender without a struggle and they took control for the next ten minutes with the game being played in the Aghabullogue half. Jack Kelleher pointed a free in the 14th minute, repeated the exercise two minutes later and narrowed the gap back to two points in the 50th minute, again from a free.
Aghabullogue were clearly struggling at this stage and in dire need of relief which at last came in the 52nd minute when Jack Oldham set up Luke Casey for a point and the new champions finished strongly with points from David Thompson, Mathew Bradley and Jack Oldham.
Scorers: Aghabullogue: D Thompson 1-2 (0-1f), M Bradley 0-2 (0-1f), A Healy 0-2, L Casey 0-2, T Bradley, S O’Connell, J Oldham 0-1 each. Canovee: J Kelleher 0-6 (0-5f), M Walsh and D Cronin 0-1 each.
Aghabullogue: Daniel Lane: Killian BarryMurphy, Conor Smith, Thomas Long: Shane Tarrant, Paul Ring, Paul Dilworth: Seán O’Connell, Niall BarryMurphy: Adam Murphy, Mathew Bradley, Jack Murphy: Aodhán Healy, David Thompson, Tadhg Bradley. Subs: Luke Casey for K BarryMurphy h/t, Jack Oldham for T Bradley inj 35, Keelan O’Sullivan for A Healy 53, Seán Lane and Conor Dineen for J Murphy and L Casey, both 59.

Canovee: Cormac O’Driscoll: David Carroll, Neil Kirk, Patrick O’Neill: Evan Dodd, Denis Murphy, Seán Browne: Jack Murphy, Daniel Akirrinbola: Kieran Walsh, Eoghan Lehane, Shane O’Riordan: Dara Cronin, Jack Kelleher, Mark Walsh. Subs: Gavin Hickey for P Akirrinbola inj. 42, David O’Keeffe for K Walsh 50, Billy Kingston for S Browne 56, Ben Cheasty 59.
Referee: John Horgan, Gleann na Laoi

 U21 C Football (13 a side) Championship

Final: Aghinagh v Iveleary

County U21 Football Championship 2019
U21 A Football
A. Carrigdhoun winners v Glanmire
B. Aghada v Ballincollig
C. Beara v Bishopstown
D. Éire Óg v Carrigdhoun runners-up
E. Kilshannig v Nemo Rangers
F. Seandun winners v Castlehaven
G. O’ Donovan Rossa v Seandun runners-up
H. Dohenys/Charleville v St. Michaels/Carbery Rangers
Quarter Finals: A V B, C V D, E V F, G V H

U21 B Football
A. Carrigdhoun winners v Aghabullogue
B. Castlemartyr v Avondhu winners
C. Seandun winners v Carbery winners
D. Duarigale Gaels
Semi Finals: A v B, C v D

U21 C Football
A. Carrigdhoun winner v Aghinagh
B. Bride Rovers v Ballycastle Gaels
C. Seandun winners v Carbery winners
D. Robert Emmetts
Semi Finals: A v B, C v D

Mid Cork GAA Championship Draws 2019

Junior A Football Championship
The championship commences in May
Round 1
A Éire Óg v Cill na Martra
B Kilmurry v Iveleary
C Naomh Abán v Canovee
D Donoughmore v Inniscarra
E Clondrohid v Kilmichael
F Dripsey v Ballincollig
G Blarney v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh
Aghinagh – a bye

Round 2
Aghinagh v Loser A
Loser B v Loser C
Loser D v Loser E
Loser F v Loser G

Round 3 – new draw

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

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

Junior A Hurling Championship
Round 1
A Donoughmore v Éire Óg
B Ballinora v Inniscarra
C Iveleary v Cloughduv
D Ballincollig v Blarney
Kilmichael – a bye
Round 2
Kilmichael v Loser A
Loser B v Loser C,
Loser D a bye BUT v Kilmichael if KM lose earlier

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

Pic 27

Macroom GAA U-6s at their 1st day training with coaches, Fiona, Cornelia and Jeremy. ©Con Kelleher

Muskerry Cup Football

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

Pic 28

Macroom FC Under 10s with their new jerseys sponsored by Delforno Tiles, Timber and Bathroom. ©

County Football Leagues

Division One - 11 teams
On Top: ST Finbarrs Played 6 -24 points
Ballincollig P 3 - 13pts
Cill na Martra P 4 - 12
Béal Á Ghaorthaidh P 5 - 5

 Division Two - 11 teams
On top: Fermoy P6 - 26pts
Macroom P5 - 13
Éire Óg P4 - 12
Aghabullogue P5 - 7

Division Three - 11 teams
On top: Aghada P 5 - 25 points
Naomh Abán P4 - 10

Division Four - 11 teams
On top: Castletownbere P 5 - 21pts
Grenagh P 4 - 10pts

Division Five – 9 teams
On top: Millstreet P5 - 21pts
Ballinora P5 - 15

County Hurling Leagues

Div 1 and Div 2 – no Muskerry team

Division 3 – 10 teams
On top: Blarney Played 6 - 18 points
Inniscarra P4 - 16pts
Ballincollig P 6 - 16points

Div 4 - 11 teams
On top: Blackrock P 5 - 25 pts
Éire Óg P3 - 11pts
Aghabullogue P2 - 2 pts

Div 5 - 11 teams
On top: Ballygarvan P5 - 21pts
Cloughduv P5 - 17 pts
Dripsey P3 - 6pts
Grenagh P4 - 4pts

Pic 49

An Grúpa Dubh at Cill na Martra in Sync ©Lee Valley Outlook

 Judo Success

Ruadhan McKenna, Aaron and Levi Fitzgerald competed in the Irish Judo Open in the National Indoor Sports Arena in their first International competition. Aaron and Ruadhan both won Gold and Levi won Bronze in his first year in pre cadets. All boys fought well against competitors from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Coach, Seamus Manning was delighted with their performance. Muskerry judo/ Sambo Club train in Canovee school hall Tuesdays and Fridays at 7pm and 8pm both nights.

 Macroom Golf Club

Results: Seniors Scramble 9th April, 1st: Stephen Daly/Michael Fleming /Tony Lancaster /Tim Ryan 46.1. Club Singles ( C.O.C), 1st Martin Corkery(16) 64, 2nd William Murray(7), 72, 3rd Pat Crowley(19), 72; 87 nett qualified.