Installing new Walkway at Macroom Bridge © Lee Valley Outlook
Christmas is just around the corner and after a very successful "Macroom Night" kicking off the Christmas Celebrations last year, the Lee Valley Enterprise Board is continuing with this theme for 2012.
Macroom Night is Friday, December 7. There will be over 25 Christmas Stalls in the square and live music from 6.30 to 9 p.m. The official switching on of the lights by Cllr Eoin McCarthy will be at 7 p.m. and all the shops will remain open till late and will have special discounts in their shops for the night. There will be carol singing and we've got just confirmation that the man himself, SANTA, will be there. There will also be a beautiful Carousel for the boys and girls and it promises to be yet another great night in Macroom.
This is an ideal way to start your Christmas and we can't emphasise enough the importance of shopping local as much as possible. It's a particularly tough time for the retail trade at the moment, so it's vital to support local and by doing so, sustain jobs.
On Saturday, December 8 Santa may be visited at Macroom Community Centre from 12 noon to 6 p.m. to meet all the boys and girls. You can pre-book on 085/2413994 and it costs just €5, which will include a parcel from Santa Claus.
Hope to see you all in Macroom this Christmas and particularly the night of December 7 when we expect a big crowd to kick off Christmas 2012.
Wed. 28th & Thurs 29th Nov De La Salle Panto
Fri. 30th Nov. @ 8.00 pm Cooley Women.
Mon 3rd Dec. @ 8.30 pm Breathing
Mon 10th & Tues 11th Dec St Mary's Show
Fri 14th & Sat 15th Dec @ 8.00 pm; Sun 16th Dec @ 3.00 pm; Fri 21st Dec @ 8.00 pm; Sat 22nd Dec @ 3.00 pm & 8.00 pm Cinderella
Fri. 18th Jan. @ 10.30 am Winterochter
Closed for Refitting: Wed. Nov. 28 – Mon. Dec. 3.
Primary Schools Quiz on Wed. Nov. 28 at McEgan College 3.45p.m.
Adult Book Club: Wed. Dec. 5 at 11.30a.m.
Purlies Thurs. Dec. 6 at 11a.m -12.30.
Penn Bookclub: Fri. Dec. 7, 4 p.m.
Saturday Storytime 12 until 12.45
Macroom Senior Citizens: Fr. Ryan Hall:
Christmas Dinner: Sun. Dec. 9, 1.30p.m., Fr. Ryan Hall.
Christmas Cards now available.
Every Wed.: Dance 11a.m.; Painting 4p.m.
Every Thurs. Chiropody 11 – 5p.m. Bingo 8.30p.m.
Every Fri. Line Dancing 2p.m.
Shopeen open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10a.m. - 3p.m.
Show Your Business in Bank of Ireland, Macroom up to Fri., Nov. 23.
Lord Mayor's Ball: Fri. Nov. 23 in the Laine Bar, Ballinagree.
Christmas Open House at D.J. Murphy's Bride Park Cottage, Killumney, Ovens, Thurs. and Fri. Nov. 22 and 23, 6 to 10pm; Sat. 24 and Sun. 25. 12 noon to 8 pm.
November Mass: for the dead in Macroom church on Fri., Nov. 23 at 7.30p.m.
Triúr in concert on Fri. Nov. 23 in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne.
Crookstown Céilí Club: Céilí on Sat. 24th Nov. from, 9.30pm - 1 am.
Used Clothing Collection at Dromleigh N.S., Kilmichael up to Mon. 26th Nov.
Clothes Collection at Scoil Fhionnbarra, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, on :Thurs. 29th and Fri. 30th of Nov. from 2pm to 3pm and Sat. 1st Dec. from 6pm to 8pm.
Table Quiz, organised by Dromleigh Parents' Association, in Kilmichael Bar on Fri., Nov. 30
Gobnait Naofa lecture in Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne, Sat. Dec. 1 2.30p.m.
Coolea Christmas Market in the halla from 10:30 to 1:30 on Sun. Dec. 2.
Whiteboy Plaque: Unveiling at St. Gobnait's, Baile Mhúirne, Sun. Dec. 2 at 12 noon.
Bring and Buy Sale in Rusheen N.S. after 11a.m. Mass on Sun. Dec. 2.
Cill na Martra Parish Christmas Bazaar in the Ionad Pobal on Sun. Dec. 2 at 2pm.
Pre-Christmas Gift Grab at Lee Valley Golf Club Sun. Dec 2, 2 – 6p.m.
Christmas lights switch-on in Carrigadrohid on Sun. Dec. 2 at 6pm.
Muskerry Local History Society Lecture Tues. Dec. 4th 8p.m. in t Ballincollig Rugby Club
Season's Eatings Cookery demo in the Áras, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, at 8pm on Wed. Dec. 5.
Season's Eatings: Cookery demo in Clondrohid Hall on Thurs. Dec. 6 at 8pm.
Gala Flower Night in Canovee I C A Hall on Fri. 7th Dec. at 7.30pm.
Dripsey Community Association Quiz Night at the Weigh Inn Pub, Dripsey Cross on Fri. Dec. 7 at 9p.m..
Kilmurry Historical & Archaeological Association A.G.M. in Kilmurry N.S. at 8 30 pm, Fri. Dec. 7
St Vincent De Paul Society annual church gate collection Sat. 8th and Sun 9th Dec.
Canovee G.A.A. adult A.G.M. in Canovee old school at 2 pm on Dec. 9th.
Coffee morning/ Cake sale in Kilmurry GAA Hall on Sun. 9th Dec. from 11 - 2pm.
Crookstown Céilí Club: Christmas party, Tues. 11th Dec. at 9 pm.
Sports Quiz in T.P. Cotter's, Macroom on Fri. Dec. 14 at 8p.m.
"Macroom Night" will open the 2012 Christmas celebrations on Friday, December.7. The official switching on of the lights by Cllr Eoin McCarthy will be at 7 p.m. There will be over 25 Christmas Stalls in the square and live music and carols from 6.30 to 9 p.m. Shops will remain open till late and will offer special discounts. Santa will attend and there will be a Carousel for the children.
Santa may be visited at Macroom Community Centre from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 8 at a cost of just €5.
Dylan Sheehan, De La Salle Macroom is congratulated by his teacher Mr. Declan Murphy after receiving his award for the highest marks in Ireland in Leaving Certificate OLTechnology in Athenry © An Scoil
The month just past has seen a raft of individual academic achievement in De la Salle College Macroom. On the basis of his Leaving Cert results, Edward Burgoyne from Kilmichael, a 6th Year student in the school last year, has been awarded a J.P. McManus All-Ireland third level scholarship. The award was presented to Edward in the University of Limerick last weekend by no less a dignitary than Mr. Bill Clinton, former President of the United States. Also last weekend, Dylan Sheehan from Macroom, another of last summer's graduates from De la Salle, was presented with an award for the best result in Leaving Cert OL Technology. Dylan received his award in a ceremony at Athenry, Co. Galway. Another notable accolade came the way of Transition Year student Alexander Ryan from Caum, who, on the basis of his Junior Cert results, was called to DCU for trials for the International Science Olympiad.
The school is enjoying a remarkable run in football at the moment, with comfortable wins against Rochestown College and Killorglin Intermediate School, meaning that the senior team has qualified for the knockout stages of the Corn Uí Mhuirí (Munster Schools' A championship) even though they still have a game to play in their group stage. The team has also won its way through to the final of the Corn Simcox (Cork Colleges' A championship), where they will defend the title the school won last year. Their opponents will be Rochestown College and the game will be held under lights on the evening of December 7th. Also, a series of easy victories by our U-15 footballers has seen them reach the final of the Munster C championship.
Preparations are ongoing for the school's latest dramatic presentation, "Mrs. Jigglebottom's Boys", which will grace the stage of the Briery Gap theatre on November 28th and 29th. The cast of the pantomime is drawn from Transition Year students and an evening of great entertainment is almost guaranteed! Tickets are available from the Briery Gap box office.
Macroom Haulage personnel at presentation of Top Fleet Transport Haulier awards at Citywest, Dublin. Included are Paddy, Bridie, Ciarán and Olan Murphy with Thomas Bradley, Margaret Creedon, Donal Dempsey and Pat McCarthy. © Paul Sherwood Photography
Paddy Murphy, Macroom was declared top Fleet Transport Irish Haulier of the Year in Dublin recently. Specialist volume load carrier, Macroom Haulage, was announced as Irish Haulier of the Year 2013 at the 8th annual Fleet Transport Awards Gala Dinner, held at the Citywest Hotel on November 6. Paddy Murphy, Managing Director of the family owned company, received the top prize in the Irish Road Transport industry from Mr. Pat Rabbitte, TD, Minister for Energy, Communications & Natural Resources and John Lynch, General Manager, Rosslare Europort, award sponsors. Established to honour excellence in operation or services to the road transport industry, in all 14 awards were presented on the night with over 700 representatives from the road transport industry attending the Gala Dinner hosted by RTE TV & Radio personality Marty Whelan. Paddy Murphy expressed his delight on receiving this major award by commenting, "Macroom Haulage success is a combination of family support, customer loyalty and staff commitment. We all strive to be the best: that's what gives us the 'Drive to Deliver', which is our motto." Macroom Haulage now goes forward to represent Ireland in the European Transport Company of the Year finals in 2013.
Paddy started his haulage business nearly 30 years ago, driving a pick-up in 1983 and doing 24-hour emergency call-outs for companies such as Irish Paper Sacks and Lucey Feeds. He also started buying and selling coal, turf and briquettes. In 1988 Paddy established Macroom Haulage with his wife Bridie and the company grew from there. Inevitably, there were highs and lows in the business, the lows when some of their biggest customers, e.g. General Semi-Conductors and Neville's Bakery closed down. But they learned to diversify and adapt to change. As well as the family involvement, he is appreciative of the contribution of Thomas Bradley and Margaret Creedon and all the staff to the smooth running of Macroom Haulage.
Macroom Bridge: At present the main steel structure of the new footbridge is erected. It is programmed that during the first week in December the aluminium decking will be put in place on the bridge along with the stainless steel handrail. At present work is in progress on the approaches to each side of the bridge i.e. the footpaths. Another crew is working on the new coping on parapets of the bridge. The new stainless steel handrail will be erected on top of this coping. By late December the contract should be near completion and the bridge should be opened by late December - early January, depending on weather as the river has a major impact on the programme.
Surfacing works will be carried out in Castle Street on Monday evening 26th November, commencing at 7.00 p.m. and finishing at 2 a.m. approximately. Diversions will be put in place via Coolyhane road. However, allowances will be made for HGVs to use Castle Street but all other traffic will be diverted. A Stop and Go system will operate.
Bord Gáis Networks construction works in Macroom are due to be complete by the end of November. There may be some minor reinstatement works at various locations around the town beyond this date, but these should not have any significant impact on traffic.
Inchigeela Road and Cooleyhane Road, Macroom. From 07.00 to 23.00, road narrows due to works taking place until Friday 23rd November. Two-way traffic will be maintained.
Sleaveen Road, Macroom. From 07.00 to 23.00, traffic lights will be in place until Friday 23rd November. The works in the vicinity of Sleaveen Road may extend beyond the end of November but the stop-go system here will not be permanent and will be in place only from time to time to allow for machinery access.
N22 Resurfacing: Work on the resurfacing of the N22 west of Macroom, from Millstreet Cross to the Half Way House is reported to be on schedule and should be finished by Friday, November 23. Residents in Clondrohid Village and along the L3409 will breathe a sigh of relief.
De la Salle students who will appear in Mother Goose at the Briery Gap on November 28th and 29th : Tommy Condon, Chris Foskett, Eoin Hegarty, David Douw and Matthew O'Connor. © An Scoil
Another year, another production by the De la Salle Transition Year students. There has been a long, successful run of different plays and pantos and this year is no different. Final touches are being put to the production by English teachers, Ms. Tracey Groome and Mrs. Jean O'Donovan, who oversee the whole production. Excitement is building as "Mrs. Jigglebottom's Boys" is billed to be one of the best ever, with an original script loosely based on "Mother Goose" but with a De la Salle twist. The show is a must-see for both past pupils and people interested in a good laugh. The production is open to the public on November 28 and 29 at the Briery Gap in Macroom. The tickets are at a very reasonable €10. Curtains up at 8pm. Get your tickets now by ringing the Briery Gap on 02641793.
Frances Townend, Jack Cotter, Alan Townend and John Cotter at Muskerry Autism Support Group Table Quiz at T.P. Cotter's, Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook
Macroom Youthreach recently hosted a very successful and enjoyable awards ceremony in the Castle Hotel Macroom. The purpose of the night was to celebrate and acknowledge the academic achievements of over 20 students who attained certification in their Course of study. Joan Russell, the CEO of CCVEC, presented the awards and Shane O'Riordan, a final year student in Macroom Youthreach, was excellent in his role as Master of Ceremonies. GAA dual sports star, Briege Corkery, presented the Students of the Year Awards to Noelle O'Leary and Jason O'Donovan. Briege congratulated all recipients and their families on their achievements. As a Centre of Education Macroom Youthreach offers a full time, accredited Educational Programme for early school leavers aged 15-20 years. Courses within Macroom Youthreach include Leaving Cert Applied and major awards at FETAC Level 3 and 4. The focus of the Curriculum in Macroom Youthreach is the provision of recognised qualifications and progression for students onto Further Education and/or Training.
We would like to thank all the local employers in the Macroom Community for facilitating our students in work placements throughout the year.
On Wednesday the 9th of November St. Joseph's Primary School, Macroom had a great day of action for their Green Flag. The children and staff all dressed in green and brought in waste-free lunchboxes. Activities for the day included planting bulbs, creating craftwork from recycled materials, feeding worms, a visit to the local Amenity Centre, checking our Eco Footprints, making paper logs and much more. Two representatives from the local Tidy Towns Committee, Martin Coughlan and Paul Kingston, gave a very informative talk to the Senior classes. Every child received either a bookmark or pencil donated by Cork County Council through the Macroom E Park staff. Some of the parents helped us with a litter pick up. We had a wonderful Action Day.
Young Scientist Qualifiers: Congratulations to five groups of Transition Year students whose projects have been chosen to enter the B.T. Young Scientist of the Year 2012 Exhibition. This is a great achievement as out of 1,870 entrants, only 550 projects have been accepted this year. The BT Young Scientist Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin from Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th January 2013. Best of luck to all students involved.
Science Extravaganza: As part of National Science Week November 11 – 18, the Science Department at St. Mary's held a Science Extravaganza. Students from St. Joseph's Primary School and the First Year students took part in a host of fun-filled science experiments demonstrated by the Transition Year classes. Exciting experiments such as 'Elephants Toothpaste' and the 'Collapsing Can' were on show and lots of science concepts were learned through activity. In the words of the students it was an "epic" and "amazing" event.
Work Experience: Students from St. Marys went on their first placement from the 5th to 9th November, the purpose of which is to give them an opportunity to experience first-hand a profession/ job that they may wish to pursue in the future. Students are often integrated into the workplace during this week and given many tasks to do. This helps them to gain their first taste of the world of work. The positive experience was appreciated by all the students who participated and the school would like to express appreciation to the employers who facilitated the girls so generously during the week.
Mini Company: As part of the Transition Year programme, students are required to set up and run a Mini Company. The first group of students to complete this module have successfully established 'All Directions', which is managed by Diana Widel and Siobhan Murphy under the supervision of their teacher, Ms Tobin. The students designed and made personalised bracelets and key rings which they sold in school. They also offered a nail bar for a day as a special treat to all students. The Mini Company has not only been a successful venture, but it has also given them the opportunity to develop the skills needed to run a business; promoted team work, and encouraged entrepreneurial ability. It may, in the future, bring forth the next Bill Gates!
Monday 3rd December @ 8.30 pm – Breathing; Director: Karl Marcovics Austria, 2011, 94 minutes, Cert: CLUB, Starring: Thomas Schubert, Karin Lischka, Gerhard Liebmann, Georg Friedrich, Stefan Matousch. Language: Austrian.
Breathing is a brilliantly nuanced portrayal of youthful rebellion and the struggle to build a constructive future from a disadvantaged start in life. Roman is serving time in a juvenile detention centre and attempting to find gainful employment that could earn him release on probation. He slowly works towards an unexpected redemption in a job as an undertaker's assistant, leading to a newfound interest in his estranged family.—Leeds International Film Festival.
In a recent Readathon survey, it was concluded that we are a nation of bookworms – two out of three read daily. 65% of readers still opt for hard copy over an e-book. The best time to read is in bed according to 41% of those surveyed. 44% would like to write a book! 42% say they would rather borrow a book than buy it and the library is a regular haunt for one third of those surveyed. A further 31% of respondents occasionally visit the library; however, 35% say they do not make use of it at all. 75% continue to buy books regularly, with almost one half of respondents saying they have 'hundreds' of books at home. 6% say they have less than 10 books on their bookshelves. Two thirds of readers said they would be more likely to visit their library if it was café style with comfy seats! Rating their local libraries, 73% said they find it 'useful' or 'very useful'.
The most notable event to report for the coming fortnight is our closure for a refitting of the library from Wednesday 28th November to Monday 3rd December inclusive. However, it is important to note that this will not affect the Annual Primary Schools Quiz which takes place on Wednesday 28th but in McEgan College as per usual. We apologise in advance for the inconvenience this will cause but we hope that you will all be pleased with the resulting changes. Adult Bookclub will take place on Wednesday 5th December at 11.30. The current title is 'The Hand that Once Held Mine'. Word has it that it was generally well liked by members. Discussion will take place about it at the next meeting. First meeting of December for the Purlies Knitting Group will be on Thursday 6th. Any level of knitter is welcome at this friendly and helpful get together which begins at 11 am and finishes at 12.30. Penn Children's Bookclub takes place on Friday 7th December. We are still working on the author Marita Conlon McKenna. Members enjoyed working on the collage poster review of 'Under the Hawthorn Tree' at the last meeting and it is currently on display in the Children's section of the library. Patricia Wallis's much admired artwork is on display until November 28th and for December we are to have an Exhibition on the theme of Human Rights. During this unpleasant winter weather why not pop into the library for a quiet browse of the Lee Valley Outlook, The Examiner, The Times, The Farmers Journal, The Corkman, The Southern Star, Hello or Woman's Way Magazines. We keep back issues of the newspapers in the building for 3 months. Adult Membership: €2.50; Child Membership: €0.50; Senior Citizens: Free
November Gramophone Recital was presented by David McInerney and was very well attended and enjoyed by all. His selection included the Overture from the Marriage of Figaro;
One hand, one heart from West Side Story; I remember it well; Hello Young Lovers; Lord Bless You and Keep You and The Lake Isle of Innisfree.
The Gramophone Circle Christmas Lunch is scheduled for the Rochestown Park Hotel on Tuesday, December 4. The four course lunch will be preceded by a Mulled Wine reception at 12.15 and there will be a one hour recital after the 1o'clock lunch. For booking, contact Eddie Hogan at 021 4875145.
The cast of Titanic! Message in a Bottle at the Briery Gap Theatre, Macroom.. © Lee Valley Outlook
'Titanic! Message in a Bottle', premiered in the Briery Gap Theatre, Macroom November 15 – 17 and played to a large and appreciative audience throughout. Prizewinning playwright, Helen Hallissey, undertook the mammoth task of writing, directing and acting in this 90 minute drama which includes extensive video projection of news reports, newspaper headlines and photographs of the construction of the great liner, its launch and its ultimate destruction. Child actors presented the story using mime, percussion and dance. The adult cast undertook a variety of roles, giving an insight into various personalities in different locations during that fateful period in 1912. Audience involvement, an onboard céilí, farce and instrumental music made for a lively and entertaining production. The stage crew merit particular praise for their skill in erecting and providing a huge variety of props and sets and the playwright deserves an extended holiday after her titanic effort.
Cinema: Sulan Film Society Monday 3rd December; Breathing; 8.30p.m. Admission €7.
Theatre: De La Salle Show "Mrs. Jigglebottom's Boys" Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th November
Cooley Women, presented by London Irish Theatre/Borderline Theatre, Friday 30th November @ 8.00 pm. Tickets €12 Concessions €10. Taken from the Ulster Cycle of Irish myths and legends Cooley Women consist of two one-act plays, each exploring key figures familiar to Irish audiences. The first is an account of Queen Maeve's desire to capture the Brown Bull of Cooley. The second features two of the Morrigan sisters, Morrigan herself and Macha (famous for her curse on all Ulstermen). Both plays offer an insight into Irish mythology and contain Celtic rituals of the time.
St Mary's Secondary School Show Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th December
Cinderella, Christmas Pantomime 2012. Performance Dates: Friday 14th December and Saturday 15th December @ 8.00 pm; Sunday 16th December @ 3.00 pm. Friday 21st December @ 8.00pm and Saturday 22nd December @ 3.00 pm and 8.00 pm. Tickets Adults €15. Concessions: Students and Children €10. Group rates available.
Local Television, delayed this year by the switch over to digital, will be back on our screens from Wednesday, November 28. Reception may entail some changes. One needs an UHF Group A aerial, the same as Saorview.
Those with new Saorview sets should use their remote control and press the 'Menu' button. One of the choices offered is 'Install and Retune'. Select and this will offer 'Analogue Finetune'. Select and 'Analogue' appears. Press OK. Wait, maybe for a few minutes, and it will show 'Searching' and eventually find LTV or EWTN on which LTV appears when on air. Tune in and save on set to 901 or 902.
Saorview Box owners: At the back of the Saorview box there are two sockets for aerials, one already in use. Insert an aerial in the other, (marked RS Loop) and connect the aerial to the back of the TV set.
Anyone who had LTV under the old system will now pick up LTV on their previous channel.}Anyone who previously received LTV through a satellite dish + a roof aerial and who hasn't disturbed the settings, should receive LTV on the same channel as last year without any need for change.
Should you experience difficulty in receiving LTV or need further assistance, please contact your local TV dealer.
Local TV Programmes
Wed. Nov. 28: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Fundraising Head Shave at the Castle Hotel and a selection from Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí 2012. Part 1
Sun. Dec. 2: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. 2012 Corpus Christi Processions from Clondrohid and Macroom.
6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. LTV.
Wed. Dec. 5: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Excerpts from Christmas Pantos over the years. Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí 2012. Part 2.
Sun. Dec. 9: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Mass from Carrigastyra Famine Graveyard 2012.
6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. LTV programme.
Lord Mayor's Ball: the Lord Mayor and the Deputy Mayor of Ballinagree, Rita and Johnny O'Sullivan, invite you to attend a Fancy Dress Ball on Friday, November 23 in the Laine Bar, Ballinagree. Music by Pacific Blue (Edmond O'Gorman). All who come in Fancy Dress will be entered into a Free Draw. Fancy Dress optional. All welcome.
Show Your Business, an opportunity for local business people to get exposure for their enterprise, continues in Bank of Ireland, Macroom up to Friday, November 23.
November Mass: for all who died during the year in St. Colman's Church, Macroom on Friday, November 23 at 7.30p.m.
Triúr (Martin Hayes, Peadar Ó Riada & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh) in concert on Friday 23rd November in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne.
Crookstown Céilí Club: Céilí on Saturday 24th November from, 9.30pm - 1 am. Music by Donie Nolan & Taylor's Cross Céilí band. Christmas party on Tuesday 11th December at 9 pm.
Clothes Collection Bailiúcháin Éadaí at Scoil Fhionnbarra, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, on :Thursday 29th and Friday 30th of November from 2pm to 3pm and Saturday 1st December from 6pm to 8pm. Organised by the Parents' Association, we accept used clothes, linens, shoes, belts, handbags and household textiles in any condition once clean. Queries to Nóirín on 0860837662.
Table Quiz, organised by Dromleigh Parents' Association, will be held in Kilmichael Bar on Friday, November 30 at 8.30p.m.. €20 per team of 4. Great prizes guaranteed
Bring and Buy Sale organised by Rusheen N.S. Parents' Association, will be held in the school after 11a.m. Mass on Sunday, December 2. All welcome.
Cill na Martra Parish Christmas Bazaar will take place in the Ionad Pobal, Cill na Martra on Sunday 2nd December. Santa will arrive at 2pm. Great family day out!
Pre-Christmas Gift Grab organised by Lee Valley Ladies Golf Club in conjunction with St. Vincent de Paul, will be held on Sunday Dec 2nd in Lee Valley Golf Club 2 – 6p.m. The pre-Christmas Gift Grab offers brand new items for sale at rock bottom prices. Superb raffle prizes include rounds of golf, vouchers for Maryborough, Radisson, The Golf Boutique, Ó Crualaoi, Hampers, bottles and more! Everyone welcome
Christmas lights switch-on in the village of Carrigadrohid on Sunday, December 2, at 6pm. Santa will be paying a visit while there will be carol singing, mulled wine, mince pies and other refreshments available. The Christmas crib will also be opened on the night. The event in the village, between Coachford and Macroom, is organised by the Carrigadrohid Tidy Towns group. Last year, the group won €1,500 of Christmas lights in an RTE competition, meaning their display is one of the finest around. All are welcome.
Muskerry Local History Society Lecture Tuesday December 4th. A talk on The Dick Barry Story by Tom O'Neill. Tom will present a lecture on the events leading up to the execution of Joe McKelvey, Rory O'Connor, Liam Mellows and Corkman, Dick Barrett in Mountjoy Prison on the 8th December 1922. The lecture will take place in the Ballincollig Rugby Club (Tanner Park) Clubhouse at 8.00 pm.
Seasons Eatings, organised by Scoil Fhionnbarra Parents' Association, in the Áras, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, at 8pm on Wednesday 5th of December. A night of Christmas cooking with Frank Moynihan. Tickets available from the school 02647133, or Maura Long 0868870562. Óiche comhluadar craic agus cócaireachta cinte!
Season's Eatings: Cookery demonstration with Frank Moynihan in Clondrohid Community Hall on Thurs. Dec. 6 at 8pm.
Dripsey Community Association is holding a Quiz Night at the Weigh Inn Pub, Dripsey Cross on Friday, December 7 at 9p.m. €40 per table of four.
Gala Flower Night in Canovee I C A Hall on Friday 7th December at 7.30pm. Presenter: Margaret Aherne. All welcome. Admission €10.
St. Enda's N.S. Kilnadur Parents' Association will illuminate a "Tree of Light" at Johnstown Church on December 7th and it will remain lighting throughout the Christmas season. A Mass will be said for all those for whom a bulb is lighting on Sunday 6th January at 10am. A bulb can be purchased for the living or the dead after Mass at Johnstown on Sunday 25th November, 2nd, 9th and 16th of December or contact Sinead Kehilly 0879764008; Kay Cronin 0862464710; Mary McCarthy 0879907287; Mary O'Farrell 0868188757; Kirstie Smith 0879974445
Canovee G.A.A. adult A.G.M. is on in Canovee old school at 2 pm on December 9th. All members, players and supporters are encouraged to attend to discuss the season gone by and put plans in place for 2013. Lotto numbers drawn on November 19th:2, 10, 15, 25. No winner. €50 Denis Canty, Aherla. €25 Bina Healy, Cloughduv; Niamh Cronin, Canovee, Jack the Joker Elaine O'Fynn, Kilcrea. Next lotto draw on November 26th in the Sportsman's Bar Aherla for a jackpot of €4,600.
St Vincent De Paul Society annual church gate collection will take place on Saturday 8th and Sun 9th December. We appeal once more to the generosity of the people of the Lee Valley, to provide funds to support the work of your local conferences. We are very aware of the pressure many are facing at this time of year,so if you can spare a little extra for this year's appeal, we will be very grateful.
Macroom Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner will be held in the Fr. Ryan Hall on Sunday, December 9 at 1.30 p.m. It will be followed by a Social, with music by Jerome Coakley and Lee Sound. Tickets from Evelyn McSweeney, Middle Square 026 41070.
Christmas Cards in aid of Macroom Senior Citizen Sullane Haven project are now on sale throughout Macroom and the Lee Valley. The cards are copies of paintings by Sullane Art Group. Cost 8 cards for €5 and all proceeds go the Macroom Senior Citizens.
Coffee morning/ Cake sale fundraiser in Kilmurry GAA Hall on Sunday 9th Dec. from 11 - 2pm for Lee Valley Basketball Club. Adults and children very welcome. Your support would be very much appreciated.
Sports Quiz in T.P. Cotter's, Macroom on Friday December 14th at 8p.m. Great Night assured!
Big Lotto Win: The Jackpot at Macroom Soccer Club was finally won after a build up of 48 weeks. The grand total was €10,400 and was won by Denis Shannon, Rusheen. The G.A.A. Jackpot currently stands at €7,200.
Bingo at Dripsey N.S. every Thursday night at 8p.m. Bus from Berrings Cross at 7.30p.m., Model Village 7.45 p.m. €2 return. All 16 years and over welcome.
Coachford AFC Lotto Results 12/11/2012, Jackpot: €1,600, Numbers Drawn: 5 - 14 - 30, No Winner, €40 John Dineen, €20 Daniel Field, Desmond Murphy, Pat Murphy, Ger Carey.
19/11/2012, Jackpot: €1,800, Numbers Drawn: 27 - 32 - 36, No Winner, €40 T. J. O' Sullivan, €20 Eileen Cooney, Pat Murphy, Jim O' Sullivan, Edmond Roche (Yearly Ticket).
Edward Burgoyne, Kilmichael, recipient of JP McManus Scholarship from former US President Bill Clinton, with his parents, Colm and Sheila and Munster and Ireland rugby star, Paul O'Connell, at the Awards ceremony in Limerick. ©
Edward Burgoyne, Carrigboy, Kilmichael met with former US President, Mr. Bill Clinton at UL on Saturday, November 17 for the presentation of the JP McManus All Ireland scholarships 2012. Edward, a first year Chemical Science student at U.C.C., is son of Sheila and Colm Burgoyne. He is a past pupil of De la Salle College, Macroom and of Dromleigh N.S., Kilmichael. Noel Dunne, Principal of De la Salle, was also a guest at the ceremony. They both received commemorative gold Cartier pens, Edward's inscribed with the message 'All Ireland Scholarship 2012'. The bursary awarded is worth €6,750 for each year of study. Edward and his parents were delighted to meet some of the sports celebrities who attended the awards. They were very impressed with President Clinton's affirmation that scholarships he had won helped him to progress in life and in politics. But he stressed that there are many different ways in which students can contribute to progress and he encouraged the recipients to look forward positively, never backwards negatively. Quoting Nelson Mandela, he advised against having a victim mentality but to make setbacks an opportunity to prepare for the future. The recession will come to an end. Education is a wonderful opportunity and a scholarship increases choices in life. J.P. McManus paid particular tribute to President Clinton's contribution to the Peace Process, keeping everyone on board even in troubled waters. The bursaries, he said, give the recipients wider opportunities and he expressed the hope they would use their education for the betterment of the entire nation.
Cór Chúil Aodha ag canadh ag seoladh 'Naomh Gobnait' i Séipéal Cúil Aodha. © Lee Valley Outlook '
Bhí ócáid an-thaithneamhach i séipéal Chúil Aodha ar an Aoine an 16ú Samhain nuair a seoladh dlúth-dhiosca nua, 'Naomh Gobnait', le Chór Chúil Aodha agus Peadar Ó Riada, sa tséipéal. Ní gnáthach a leitheid a bheith ar siúl i séipéal, ach ó tharla gur ceol eaglasta an chóir atá ar an diosca seo, ní dóigh liom go bhfaighfeá áit nios oiriúnaí chun é a chur os comhair an phobail ná sa tséipéal seo inar thosnaíodar ag canadh ar dtúis i 1963, nach mór leathchéad bliain ó shin, fé stiúir Sheáin Uí Riada féin. Craoladh an ócáid beo ar Raidio na Gaeltachta, agus bhí sé le feiscint ar an idirlín chomh maith. Tá rian agus fiche ar an diosca, cuid acu píosaí atá á ndéanamh le tamall, agus tuilleadh atá nua- chumtha. Bhí slua mór sa tseipéal, agus bhain gach éinne an-thaithneamh agus sásamh as an gcoirm. Tar éis na coirme, bhí fáiltiú in Áras Éamon Mac Suibhne i gCúil Aodha, bia is deoch ar fáil, agus ceol is comhluadar go maidin.
'Naomh Gobnait', a new CD with Cór Chúil Aodha and Peadar Ó Riada, was launched in Cúil Aodha church recently. Since it was where Seán Ó Riada established the famous choir close on half a century ago, it was the ideal setting for an evening of liturgical music and a celebration of the culture of the area. The disc has twenty-one tracks, many of them making up a Mass in honour of St. John of the Cross and composed by Peadar in 1991. This mystical composition includes wonderful numbers such as the introductory Marbhna, Cé Dorcha an Oíche, a monotone Ár nAthair and An Cosán Draíochta. It also contains hymns to Naomh Pádraig, Naomh Gobnait and Mícheál Naofa Ard Aingeal. The beautiful disc sleeve includes the words and background information on all the hymns and a short history of the choir, including the names of many of the members, idir beo agus marbh.
The ceremony from Cúil Aodha church was broadcast live on Raidió na Gaeltachta and on the Internet. It was attended by many locals as well as musicians and artists from far and wide. Bishop John Buckley spoke at the end, acknowledging the huge contribution Cór Chúil Aodha has made to church liturgy.
Carrigadrohid/Killinardrish Tidy Towns Committee have just launched a beautiful 2013 Calendar. It features a wonderful collection of photographs old and new. Sure to bring back good memories will be the "Our Neighbours" page which this year features the Coachford Dramatic Society 1950 Panto, 'Aladdin' and among the local ones, Jimmy Barry Murphy, Tom Cashman and Mick Malone leading the 1978 GAA Sponsored Walk through the village. The present generation are well looked after as well with lovely group photos. The beautiful scenery also has its place and includes Richard Unitt's collection of local wild life.
The Calendar is selling for just €10 at Dunne's Foodstore, Carrigadrohid, Kathleen's Shop, Coachford, Evelyn's Shop, McCarthy Newsagent's and Super Valu, Macroom. Thanks to all involved, including sponsors and all who helped produce this special treasure.
A traditional singing weekend in memory of broadcaster and musician, Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin, Cúil Aodha will be celebrated in Gaeltacht Mhúscraí November 30 - December 2. Seán Bán Breathnach will perform the official opening in Árus Éamonn Mac Suibhne in Cúil Aodha at 8p.m.on Friday, after which 'Na Stáisiúin' will be put in place in preparation for the Gathering 2013. Music, singing and dance workshops will feature in the Ionad Cultúrtha and Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne on Saturday morning. Dónal Ó hÉalaithe will give a lecture on Gobnait Naofa Bhaile Mhúirne at 2.30p.m. in the Ionad Cultúrtha and the main event of the weekend, Coirm Ceoil na hÉigse, presented by Muireann Ní Dhuigneáin, will start at 8p.m. in Árus Éamonn Mac Suibhne. Sunday's programme features Aifreann na hÉigse with Cór Chúil Aodha at 11a.m.; a Christmas Market in Cúil Aodha hall after Mass; the unveiling of a plaque to Amhlaoibh Ó Loingsigh at St. Gobnait's at 12 noon, followed by a recital in the old church. The evening's entertainment includes a lecture on the songs and Poetry of Declan Tallon in the Kerry Way at 2p.m. and a 3 hour Amhránathon in the Mills Museum.
Traffic Congestion: Motorists travelling from Cork to Kerry and Kerry to Cork are feeling fairly frustrated at the moment with all the road works, diversions, etc. on the N22. But please try to take note of all the slow signs as you pass through the scenic village of Clondrohid and obey the speed limits. It's only a small village but has a school of over 200 pupils and a full to capacity Crèche, which creates its own network of traffic. Your co-operation is much appreciated by the locals, and if you have the time, please stop and shop in the local shops and be guaranteed a great welcome.
Neighbourhood Watch: The quiet village of Clondrohid, unfortunately, has joined the many other villages, towns, and rural areas to be hit by criminals on a spree of robbing. These terrible intrusions into people's privacy need to be highlighted. In the interest of safety, especially for the elderly, and those who live alone, it well behoves everybody to be more vigilant and report any unusual behaviour, cars, vans that are not familiar, to the Garda authorities. Be aware; keep your eyes open and keep an eye on your elderly neighbours who may live alone.
Self Help Africa: This annual collection raised €310 approx. Well done to all subscribers and to the collectors who braved the rough weather at all Masses.
Clondrohid Development Group. Tickets for the 'Seasons Eating' by Frank Moynihan are available at Healy's Post Office and from committee members. Tickets €10 are LIMITED. A donation from the takings will be made to Macroom Hospital.
Macroom Ploughing: The A.G.M. of Macroom Ploughing Association took place recently at Coolcower House. This very vibrant organisation will host the County Ploughing next year, so at the moment all members are on the look out for some suitable venue to host the event. Officers elected on the night were as follows: President Eddie McCullagh, Chairman Richard Hinchion, Vice Chairman Connie Buckley, Secretary Rosmarie O'Riordan, Asst. Sec. William Lynch, Treasurer Mort Ambrose, P.R.O. Dan Riordan, and Asst. P.R.O. Breda Kelleher. Delegates to the County Connie Buckley, John Kelleher, Jerry Kelleher, and Pat Casey.
Simple Complication: A talented group from Clondrohid, that includes Maria Lane, Katie Long and Rachel O'Riordan, was formed a year ago, busking for fun in Cork City. Having proved themselves popular, they decided to enter 'Macroom's Got Talent', showcasing a range of talents, such as solo singing, high and low harmonies, playing guitar, classical flute, dancing in the style of 'The Supremes'. They were placed 2nd out of 38 contestants! So remember the name 'Simple Complication', guaranteed you will hear and see these talented young ladies again. Well done.
Quiz Wizards: Heartiest congratulations to Ciara O'Connell, Lisa O'Shea, Connie O'Shea and Maree Healy, who recently represented Clondrohid in a Table Quiz in aid of Muskerry Autism Support Group at T. P. Cotters. The team had an excellent result coming in 2nd out of 28 teams. They were just pipped for 1st place. Well done to all involved. All funds raised will go towards the Muskerry Autism Support Group. The organisers hope to make this event an annual one and would appreciate your support.
Christmas Youth Choir: Rehearsing for the now traditional Christmas Eve youth choir Mass has commenced and all children from 3rd class upwards are asked to attend at the Community Hall after 11am Mass on Sundays.
Feast of Christ the King: This Sunday there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after 11am Mass to 3pm with prayers and benediction at 2.30pm in Clondrohid church.
Thank you to those drivers who passed through our village during the past weeks and obeyed the 'slow' signs. Keep up the good practice and to those who didn't, please give it a try.
Seasons Eatings: December 6 is fast approaching; purchase your tickets from Healy's or committee members. Great night assured to put you in the right mood for Christmas. Don't forget a donation will be made to Macroom Hospital, where tickets are also available.
Lotto: November 7: Heartiest congratulations to Dan Kelleher, Moulnahorna on his great win. 'What you sow you reap' is definitely true of Dan, as he would be one of the top sellers of Lotto tickets. Well done Dan and enjoy.
Jackpot November 14. No winner. €70 Sarah Spillane, Ballinagree; €20 Michael McSweeney, Kilbarry; Catherine Bradley, Droumcarra; Pat Lucey, Clohina; Helen Kelleher, Coolehane
G.A.A. News: On November 18 the U.15 Hurling final took place in Ballincollig, between Clondrohid and Dripsey, Dripsey were the winners on the day, but it was great to reach a final in this competition. Well done lads. A full report on Sciath na Scoil will appear in next issue.
Cathal Kelly, Ballyvourney was overall winner of this year's undergraduate award in the engineering section and received a medal from President Higgins at Kilmainham Hospital on November 9th. Cathal attended Ballyvourney N.S. and graduated with a first class honours degree from U.C.G. in October at the age of 21. His winning project was on Phosphorus removal from wastewater using pyrrhotite. The judges' comment on his work was "This is an excellent essay, with a fully developed argument, a fine example of a good experimental study that tackles all relevant issues."
The Undergraduate Awards celebrate original creative thinking among students. Cathal's family, his girlfriend Athena and all in UCG are all very proud of him and wish him success in the future.
There was a large attendance at the lecture held by Kilmurry Historical & Archaeological Association in Kilmurry N.S. on November 7, entitled 'Flour milling from earliest times to 1930', delivered by Dr Colin Rynne of U.C.C., as part of the Association's Winter Lecture Programme. Dr. Rynne's talk graphically illuminated the history of the Irish flour milling industry from the medieval period to the present day, providing a fascinating insight into all aspects of the social and industrial evolution of milling, from hand-operated querns in pre-history to horizontal and vertical watermills, steam driven mills, etc. Many audience members were connected with the now defunct Howard Brothers, 'Bellmount Mills', Crookstown, from its opening in 1853 by John Burke Howard to its ultimate closure in 1985. The mill manufactured the well known Howard's 'Oneway', Wholemeal Flour and 'Thrivo' range of balanced rations. Bellmount was one of the first mills in Ireland to develop and manufacture balanced animal rations. Dr. Rynne also emphasised the archaeological importance of Mashanaglass horizontal water mill, (dating from the early medieval period), and provided an insight to its mechanical functions. Among Prof. Rynne's many publications is his seminal work, 'Industrial Ireland 1750-1830 which has become an accepted Irish Industrial Archaeological reference book. K.H.A.A. will continue their lecture programme after Christmas and the A.G.M. takes place in Kilmurry N.S. at 8 30 pm, Friday Dec. 7; all new and existing members are very welcome.
An art exhibition celebrating the poetry of the late Dónal Ó Liatháin, Cúil Aodha will be on show in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne from Thursday, November 29 to December 21. Entitled "I gcliabhán na haigne", the exhibition features painting, sculpture, drawings, clay and glass inspired by nine of Dónal's poems. Each member of Ealaíontóirí Mhúscraí chose a poem by Dónal and created a piece in response to this poem. They are most grateful to Dónal's family who very kindly made the poems available to them. Nuala Ní Dhómhnaill will open the exhibition on Thursday 29th November at 8p.m. Dónal's family and friends will attend the opening and read some of his poetry on the night. As part of this exhibition, there will be workshops for school children in the Ionad Cultúrtha on Tuesday and Wednesday, 4th & 5th December. Ealaiontóirí Mhúscraí are very grateful to Cork County Council and to Ealaíon na Gaeltachta for their funding. Thanks also to Ionad Cultúrtha who have made the space available for the exhibition.
Queen of the Land: Well Done to Eva O'Riordan, Berrings Macra, who represented Muskerry Macra at the Queen of the Land festival in Tullamore. Eva was a fantastic ambassador for Macra over the weekend, making her club & region very proud. Bowling: Terelton Macra were also in action at the festival, with their bowlers taking part in the National Finals. It was a busy morning at the bowling alley in Tullamore with 26 teams competing. Competition was tough as scores were very high, especially in the Final. Well done to Terelton on reaching the final 6.
Welding: The Muskerry Round of Welding was held in Bengour recently. Well done to everyone who took part and congratulations to Charles O'Sullivan, Crookstown Macra, who won.
CPR Course: James Kelleher of Millstreet Macra gave a CPR course in the Wallis Arms, Millstreet recently, instructing on the administration of CPR and also how to use an automated external defibrillator. It was an encouraging demonstration of how Macra can utilise the resources of members as attendees gained valuable skills.
The annual National Dairy Show was held recently in the Green Glens Arena in Millstreet. Muskerry Macra seized the opportunity to promote Macra with a stand at the show which proved to be popular with people of all ages and was a big attraction throughout the day.
That evening, to relax after a busy day at the National Dairy Show, some of Muskerry members joined up with other regions and clubs in Cork for a Cork Macra County Night Out. This was the first of Cork County Nights Out and was hosted by Imokilly Macra in Mogeely. It's a great initiative by Cork County Macra to encourage club members within Cork to get to know each other!
Fixtures: Fri 16th Nov: Muskerry Young Farmers lobby TDs @ 8pm
Fri 16th Nov: Muskerry Regional Meeting, Barrett's, Coppeen @ 9pm
Fri 23rd Nov: Berrings Macra Club Table Quiz, The Huntsman, Tower @ 8.30pm
Sat 24th Nov: Team & Impromptu Public Speaking National Semi-Final, Vienna Woods @ 7.30pm
Sat 1st Dec: Donoughmore Macra Car Wash, Stuake 10am - 4pm
Sat 1st Dec: Cork County Night Out hosted by Muskerry Macra, Hogan's Inn, Coachford
Sat 8th Dec: Team & Impromptu Public Speaking National Final, Blarney Golf Resort @ 8pm
Fri 14th Dec: Cork County Capers Final hosted by Muskerry Macra.
Berrings Macra will hold a table quiz on Friday 23rd November in The Huntsman Bar, Tower at 8.30pm. We will have limited availability of Novelty Wildcard Stars for sale at the quiz, for those tricky questions no one is sure of! Come along, test your general knowledge and have some fun. Berrings Macra launched their club jerseys recently. Noreen Healy, chairperson of Berrings Macra,was presented with new club jerseys by sponsors, Edward and Deirdre Healy of Edward Healy & Sons Motors Tower .
Cathal Kelly, Ballyvourney, receiving the undergraduate medal in engineering from President Higgins ©
The Battle of Keimaneigh 1822, immortalised by Máire Bhuí Ní Laoghaire's epic poem 'Cath Chéim an Fhia', will be remembered at a ceremony in St. Gobnait's old cemetery, Baile Mhúirne on Sunday, December 2 at 12 noon. A plaque will be erected at the grave of Amhlaoibh Ó Loingsigh, Ré na nDoirí, one of the casualties of the battle, nearly 200 years after the event. Amhlaoibh was a member of the secret society, the Whiteboys, dedicated to fighting the Tithe Law which saw all the tenants, regardless of religion, paying a 10% levy to the Church of Ireland. In January 1822 500 Whiteboys confronted Yeoman troops, under Lord Bantry, in Macroom. The following month four of their number were killed when they ambushed the Yeomen at Keimaneigh, on the Bantry road. Four of those apprehended in the subsequent roundup were hanged at Carriganimma, one in Terelton and another sentenced to 90 lashes. Barra Ó Laoire, Inse Geimhleach and Amhlaoibh Ó Loingsigh died during the skirmish at Túirín na n-Éan. Éamonn Ó Rinn, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh and Michael Casey, Réidh na nDoirí died next day from wounds received. Amhlaoibh was buried first in a farmer's yard on the Bóna Bán and interred in his final resting place at St. Gobnait's in the autumn of 1822, 190 years ago. This spot will now be marked for posterity.
Coachford Drama Group continue to perform the play, 'Never Swim Alone' on the one act festival circuit. The group have picked up wins in Kilmallock and Haulbowline and came second in Rossmore, and Ballymahon, Co. Longford and a third place in Cork. These results mean that the group could qualify for the All Ireland finals in Waterford in December but the cast of Louise Murphy Lyons, Eugene O'Sullivan and Peter Dineen and stage manager, Diane Searls, all under the direction of Anthony Greene will have to wait for the results from other festivals to come in this weekend to see if their results are good enough for qualification.
Broomhill Vintage Club held an end of year, Tractor, Car and Motorcycle Run (Classic, Veteran & Vintage) recently. Over 40 vehicles participated but the weather was appalling and the run had to be cut short as many of the vintage tractors were with out a cab to keep out the elements. The cars were better protected and enjoyed a marvelous run. Club President, Danny O'Riordan said that they enjoyed a great year, with some excellent vintage runs and a fabulous festival and are all looking forward to 2013 and better weather!
Aghabullogue Camogie Club are getting together in Hogan's Bar on Friday November 23rd to celebrate their recent victory in the Intermediate County Camogie Championship when they will show the DVD of the very exciting and close match
Coachford AFC is holding a club benefit night on Saturday November 24th in Hogan's Bar. This night of music, craic and food is being held as a fundraiser for the ongoing developments at the club's grounds at The Glebe, Coachford. Club Chairman, Thady Delaney, said that the club is going from strength to strength. This is the first fundraising event of the year and they are looking forward to seeing a large crowd there. Tickets are €10 each and there promises to be a huge selection of spot prizes at the event.
The Killanardrish/Coachford Under 13 soccer team enjoyed a superb but hard fought victory over Tramore Athletic A recently in the second round of the National Cup. The Douglas based club, playing at home went into an early lead but Killanardrish/Coachford fought back and equalised with a brilliant goal from striker, Luke Casey, after 20 minutes. The game ebbed and flowed for the remaining 40 minutes until Liam Twohig popped up with a brilliantly worked goal to put the Mid Cork side into the lead with only minutes left. However in injury time, Tramore equalised sending this game into extra time. Killanardrish/ Coachford's Luke Casey scored from a free kick in the early moments and four minutes later,got his hat trick to secure a well deserved win. This was a fabulous team performance with the defence, midfield, forwards and substitutes all playing to their very best and ensuring that they go into the third round of this very challenging competition. Team: Tadgh O'Brien Bradley, Conor Dineen, Jack O'Connor, Alan O'Sullivan, Marc Dineen, Josh Martin, Adam Murphy, Jack Oldham, Luke Casey, Liam Twohig, Cathal Crowley. Subs used, John McMahon Sian Lucey, Arron Doherty, Jack Murphy, Jack Long,
Scór: Congratulations to the Aghabullogue Set Dancers and quiz team who progressed to the County Semi Final of Scór after wining the Muskerry final. The Set Dancers beat off strong competition from Kilmurry and Aghinagh to win the Blue Ribbon event. The Quiz team of Tom Long, Aodan Healy and Paul Ring won well and in fact finished the quiz with maximum points.
Crowds enjoyed a truly fantastic concert in Ballyvourney on Friday, November 16. Juliet Turner enthralled and entertained the audience at the Mills Inn with her talent for song writing, singing and guitar playing. Her live shows must be experienced. She proved a quiet, relaxed performer with a wicked sense of humour. Her voice is unusually clear and sweet and her between song anecdotes were amusing and eccentric. Special guest, Matt McGinn, was equally talented on guitar and the chemistry between Juliet and Matt was electric. The post performance reaction was most positive and it's hoped that the Mills will have her perform there again soon for the enjoyment of those who missed out and those who want more.
Recipe of the Month – Beetroot Relish
Ingredients: 3lb cooked beetroot; 1lb onions, chopped; 1lb cooking apples, peeled and chopped; 1tsp salt; 2lb granulated sugar; 24 fl oz red wine vinegar.
Directions: Peel and cut beet into cubes, or mash if smooth relish required. Place onion into a large preserving pan with a little of the vinegar and cook for a few minutes to soften the onion. Add apples with 4tbsps of sugar and continue cooking until pulpy. Add beet, salt and half of the remaining vinegar. Simmer gently until thick. Stir in sugar and remaining vinegar and continue cooking until thick. Pot into hot sterilized jars, seal with vinegar-proof lid. Store 6-8 weeks before using. Makes approx 3 half-litre jars or 4/5 1lb jars.
Tip of the Month – Shredding for Great Compost
Small garden shredders are available quite cheaply from most garden centres - they are a great investment for improving your compost heap. Chances are you have a huge amount of foliage available from your veggie patch to go on your compost heap at the moment (parsnip leaves, cabbage plants, peas and beans etc). These make fine additions to the compost heap, but shredding them first means they will decompose much faster. If you don't have a shredder use a shears to cut up large leaves, and use a sledgehammer to bash down large brassica stems (and you can cancel your gym membership!).
Cork half backline Geraldine O'Flynn, Rena Buckley, captain and Briege Corkery who made a clear sweep of the All Star Football Awards 2012. © Tadhg Ó Buachalla
All Ireland Champions, Cork, were, naturally, in the ascendancy at the 2012 TG4/O'Neill's All Star team awards, with seven players selected, two of those, captain, Rena Buckley and the redoubtable Briege Corkery, from the Lee Valley area. Cork's impregnable half back line - Briege Corkery, Rena Buckley and Geraldine O'Flynn – all received awards. Cork goalkeeper, Elaine Hart, got her second All Star and is joined by full back, Bríd Stack. Ciara O'Sullivan received her first All Star while Valerie Mulcahy got her fourth. Meanwhile, the LGFA Senior Player's Player of the Year was awarded to Cork's Briege Corkery who is hailed as one of the finest footballers ever. The Cork legend has now added the Player of the Year accolade to her six All Stars and seven All Ireland titles.
Cork Captain, Rena Buckley, Inniscarra and a member of the Donoughmore club, received The Irish Times/ Irish Sports Council 'Sportswoman of the Month' award for October as a result of her outstanding performance in the All-Ireland when she inspired her team-mates to a fantastic 0-16 to 0-7 win over Kerry and a seventh title in eight seasons. She will be the 11th person to be in the running for the prestigious title of 'Sportswoman of the Year' at an awards ceremony in Dublin in December. Rena is a very successful dual player; she has played football and camogie for her club, college and county. A qualified physiotherapist, Rena is due to set up practice just off Cork St., Macroom in the New Year.
2012 TG4/O'Neill's All Star team: Elaine Harte (Cork); Cáit Lynch (Kerry); Bríd Stack (Cork); Christina Reilly (Monaghan); Briege Corkery (Cork); Rena Buckley (Cork); Geraldine O'Flynn (Cork); Sinéad Goldrick(Dublin) ; Caroline O'Hanlon (Armagh); Sarah Houlihan (Kerry); Cora Staunton (Mayo); Ciara O'Sullivan (Cork); Cathriona McConnell (Monaghan); Valerie Mulcahy (Cork); Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh (Kerry).
Cloughduv 0 – 10 Sarsfields 1 – 6
Twice in recent months Cloughduv junior hurlers have lost finals by a single point, losing to Grenagh in the Mid Cork Championship and in the Mid Cork League finals by the minimum margin. As the agreed representatives of Muskerry in the county league they recorded wins over Kilbrin and Oliver Plunkett's to reach the county league final where at last they had a welcome change of luck and had a deserved one point win over Sarsfield's, the 2011 winners, at a rain sodden Páirc Uí Rinn. Cloughduv were strengthened by the return of Liam Long to hurling action after missing a few recent games due to Kilmurry's great run in the county junior football championship and in a game as tight as this, the winners needed everybody to get them their county title.
Conditions were not good for hurling, constant rain and a strong wind making it very difficult for the players on both sides who are to be commended on producing such a spirited display. Forwards in particular were disadvantaged by the conditions and it was no surprise that fifteen minutes had elapsed before the scoring was at last opened by Darragh Ring, the best forward on the field, who finished with a personal tally of 0-5, 0-3 of which came from play. Dónal Corkery added a point from play almost immediately and then Denis O'Sullivan sent over a magnificent point from the touchline to put Cloughduv 0-3 to nil ahead. In the 22nd minute Sars at last got on the scoreboard with a point from a free from Niall McCarthy (who finished with 1-3 to his credit, 0-3 from frees) and a point from play followed a minute later to leave only the minimum between the teams. Just before the break Darragh Ring pointed a free and so at half time Cloughduv led by 0-4 to 0-2. Sars had only registered one point from play, a tribute to the Cloughduv defence in which Andrew Cronin was superb at centre back and got great support from his flankers, Tony Dineen and Denis O'Sullivan. Cloughduv had shot eight wides in that first half and deserved to be further ahead at this stage.
On the restart, Sars fired over two points within five minutes to draw level but Cloughduv responded strongly with a great burst despite the rain bucketing down. Points from Sean O'Connor, Andrew Cronin from a '65', and Darragh Ring helped them open a three point gap and when Sars had a point, Donal Corkery responded for Cloughduv to keep his side three points clear. When Darragh Ring struck over a simply superb point from 65 metres out, the winners led by 0-10 to 0-6 with eight minutes remaining and Sars had to go looking for a goal now. This they did in very determined fashion but the Cloughduv defence held firm however and the goal when it did come, came from a free that found the bottom corner of the net very late in the game. The final minutes were tense but at the last whistle it was Cloughduv by a point, a deserved win and a fine finish to their season. Cloughduv scorers: Darragh Ring 0-5 (0-2 frees), Donal Corkery 0-2, Denis O'Sullivan, Sean O'Connor and Andrew Cronin ('65') 0-1 each.
Cloughduv: Kevin Barry Murphy: Barry Walsh, Paul O'Sullivan, Donal Cronin: Tony Dineen, Andrew Cronin, Denis O'Sullivan: Liam Long, Con Dunne: William Ahern, Brian Ahern, Sean O'Connor: Donal Corkery, Colm Ryan, Darragh Ring. Sub: Darren Kelly.
Kilmurry are Muskerry junior championship and league winners this season and were divisional representatives in both county competitions. They were drawn to meet Rockchapel in the quarter final of the county league and when both teams drew their championship final they agreed that the championship replay would also count as the decider for their league quarter final. Unfortunately for Kilmurry, they lost that replay and so Rockchapel went on in the county league and defeated Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh's in the semi final (2-13 to 1-11 after extra time) and then Mitchelstown in the league final at Mallow on a 1-8 to 0-6 scoreline.
Castlehaven will meet holders, Dr. Croke's of Killarney, in the Munster final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday 2nd December.
St Vincent's, Cork Premier Intermediate champions, will meet Finuge of Kerry in the Munster final at Mallow on Sunday 25th November, 2pm throw in.
Rockchapel, Cork county champions, will play either Kenmare or Kilmacthomas in the Munster Junior Football championship semi final on 2nd December. Clarecastle of Clare and Cappamore of Limerick meet in the other semi final on 24th November.
Blarney 0 – 7 Gleann na Laoi 0 - 3
Blarney, in constant action over the past few weeks in the County Junior 'B' league, added the Mid Cork Junior 'B' Hurling championship crown to the Mid Cork League and County Junior 'B' league titles they have already won to complete a great treble for the club's third team. Conditions for this replay at Cloughduv were miserable - wet, cold and with a high wind blowing. Forwards found it impossible to be creative and it was always going to be the case that the game could be won on free pucks. Gleann na Laoi had the wind behind them in the first half but it was Blarney who scored first with Colm Sheehan pointing a free in the 9th minute. Three minutes later Cormac O'Keeffe had a point from play and Gleann did not open their scoring until the 15th minute when Colm Horgan pointed a free and Horgan then pointed a second free to level the scores almost immediately. Late in the half, Chris Bowles had a point for Gleann and the Kerry Pike men led by 0-3 to 0-2 at the break.
The wind was now with Blarney and Niall Hayes pointed a free in the 35th minute to level the scores and then in the 40th and 50th minutes struck over further points from frees to put Blarney two points clear. Shane Spillane then hit over a point from play and so Gleann had to go for a goal to redeem their situation. Try as they would and despite some desperate goalmouth scrambles, they could not get the sliotar over the Blarney line. In the final minutes Blarney were awarded a free from far out and Blarney goalkeeper Trevor Hegarty came out to belt the ball over the bar and finally bury the Gleann challenge.
This is the third time in ten years that the Blarney third team has won the Mid Cork 'B' hurling title – a fine achievement and a measure of the hurling talent in the club at present.
The Aghinagh Team who won the East Region Minor Final in Kilmurry ©
Éire Óg 2 – 10 Kilmurry 2 – 7
Éire Óg footballers completed the Mid Cork 'C' double by adding the Division Four league title to their championship crown after a three point win over Kilmurry at Carrigadrohid. This was the 4th Mid Cork Junior football final Éire Óg qualified for this season and also Kilmurry's fourth junior final, and there can be no disputing that these two teams were the dominant football forces in the division in 2012.
A strong wind blew at Carrigadrohid for this game and the rain, which had started before noon was falling steadily by the mid afternoon throw in. Éire Óg had the wind advantage in the first half and made good use of it to lead by 2-6 to 0-3 at the interval. Kevin Ryan got the two goals and with Fionán Sheehan, Colm Óg Sheehan and Noel Brennan leading the way, the Ovens men were in a strong position at half time. Kilmurry had not availed of a golden goal chance before the break and had kicked seven first half wides and so had made their situation worse than it could have been at the break.
On the restart Barry O'Neill added a point for Éire Óg but Kilmurry, with the wind, began to exert constant pressure on the Éire Óg defence. They were boosted by an early goal from Pádraig Berhanu and proceeded to make a right contest out of this repeat of the 'C' championship semi final which had been won by Éire Óg. Fred O'Callaghan and Denis Sheehan had points for Kilmurry to cause Éire Óg mounting anxiety. The switch of Barry O'Neill out to midfield now was decisive in bringing Éire Óg back from the brink and O'Neill converted two frees as the winners began to hold possession and run at the defence. Neil Murphy pointed for Kilmurry but O'Neill replied with a point from play to keep seven points between the teams. Gallant Kilmurry kept up the struggle and Tobias Thoman's point left six points between the teams. In the dying seconds Pádraig Berhanu had his side's and his own second goal to reduce the gap to a single score. Time had however run out and Éire Óg took the title to complete the double.
Éire Óg: John McCarthy: Fionán Sheehan, James O'Brien: Colm Óg Sheehan, Vincent Fahy, Dermot Foley: Vincent Casey, Edward Long: Paul O'Shea, Noel Brennan, Ronan O'Toole: Kevin Ryan, Barry O'Neill. Subs: Paul Murphy, Jerry O'Keeffe, Richard O'Reilly, Tim Crowley, Ger Lynch.
Kilmurry: Tim Irwin: Martin Cullinane, JJ Murphy: Patrick Grainger, Edward Long, Donal O'Leary: Seán Long, Oisín McSweeney: Daniel O'Connell, Pádraig Berhanu, Fred O'Callaghan: Denis Sheehan, Dermot Desmond. Subs: Tobias Thoman, Denis O'Flaherty, Neil Murphy.
Referee: Mr Hugh Kelleher, Canovee.
Semi Final: Blarney 2 – 11 Ballincollig 2 - 7
Ballincollig were two points in front four minutes from time but conceded frees to bring Blarney level and then Blarney got through for a late goal and a point to snatch victory from the defending champions. Blarney, a Premier Intermediate side, now meet Mid Cork Junior champions Grenagh in the final.
Final: Blarney v Grenagh at Cloughduv on Sunday 25th November, 2.30 pm.
The AGM of the Mid Cork GAA Board, formerly known as the Annual Convention, will be held in Ballincollig on 3rd December, hosted by Ballincollig GAA. All outgoing officers of the Board have been returned unopposed for next year.
Winners and Runners Up
Junior A Kilmurry; Iveleary
Junior B Éire Óg Kilmurry
Junior C Éire Óg Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh
U 21 A Ballincollig Éire Óg
U21B Uibh Laoire Canovee
U21C Naomh Abán Cill na Martra
U21D Kilmichael Clondrohid
Muskerry Cup Kilmurry Iveleary
Winners and Runners Up
Division 1 Kilmurry Uibh Laoire
Division 2 Aghinagh Éire Óg
Division 3 Uibh Laoire Aghabullogue
Division 4 Éire Óg Kilmurry
The Annual General Meeting of Macroom GAA was held recently at the Club Pavilion in the Castle Grounds. The meeting was well attended and there was a constructive discussion on club affairs. Chairman, Paddy Murphy, stood down after three years at the helm, a period in which the county Intermediate football championship was won after a lapse of twenty years, and Paddy was thanked for his major contribution to the club during his period in the chair. The Officers elected for the coming year are: Life President: Michael D'arcy;Vice Presidents: Jimmy O'Callaghan, Eddie Downey, P.J. Lehane, Fr. Dónal Roberts, Hugh Casey. Chairman: John O'Mahony; Vice Chairman: David Murnane; Secretary; Pat O'Connell; Asst Sec: John Ryan; Treasurer: Pat Crowley; Asst. Brendan Kenneally; Irish Officer: Con Lynch; PRO: Michael Cahill; Membership Officer: Denis Buckley; County Board Delegate: John Hurley; Mid Cork Board Delegate: Brendan Kenneally; Executive Committee: Paddy Murphy, Tim O'Sullivan, Kevin Hinchion, Conor Buttimer, Colum Cronin. Don Buckley, Fr Donal Roberts, Brendan Cregan ,Tom O'Sullivan.
De La Salle, Macroom 0 – 15 I. S. Killorglin 0 – 2
DLS Macroom recorded their second win in their group in Corn Uí Mhuirí against a disappointing Killorglin side at Rathmore and DLS are now sure to qualify for the quarter finals as group winners.
De La Salle expected a strong challenge from Intermediate School Killorglin but from an early stage it appeared likely that DLS would triumph. Peter Kelleher was dominating midfield, assisted by Barry O'Leary and Daniel Cahalane and a strong half back line in Adam Healy, Sean Kelleher and Shane Creedon. Dermot O'Callaghan was tight at full back with strong cover from Kevin O'Dwyer and Ciárán Noonan and Dylan Dineen was very solid in goal. The Kerry attack was held in a vice like grip, a grip that remained in place all through the game. Up front the DLS attack was moving well, with William Coakley and James Moynihan prominent but in the first half they were failing too often to put scores on the board, a flaw that was remedied after the break.
Patrick Lucey pointed a free to put DLS in front after three minutes play and James Moynihan and Lucey had added a point apiece before Killorglin had their only score of the first half, a point from a free in the 14th minute. Despite being well on top in the second quarter, DLS only added one more point to their tally, a point from John Murphy late in the half, and they led by 0-4 to 0-1 at the break. DLS had looked to be the better side but seven wides in the first half had not helped their cause and one wondered if Killorglin would rally in the second half.
On the restart it was the Mid Cork boys who showed the greater appetite once again as Killorglin lined up with an extra defender, showing containment was their policy rather than going all out for victory. De La Salle went on the offensive and this time the finish was on a par with the approach work. Points followed from Peter Kelleher, Pádraig Berhanu, Patrick Lucey and John Murphy and with a lead of 0-11 to 0-1 at the three quarter stage, DLS were assured of ultimate victory. Barry O'Leary and Lucey added further points and when Killorglin scored their only second half point in the 53rd minute, DLS replied with a late point from James Moynihan to wrap up a comprehensive victory. Scorers: Patrick Lucey 0-5 (0-2 frees), John Murphy 0-3, James Moynihan, Peter Kelleher and Padraig Berhanu 0-2 each, Barry O'Leary 0-1.
De La Salle Macroom: Dylan Dineen (Macroom): Kevin O'Dwyer (Macroom), Dermot O'Callaghan (Aghinagh), Ciarán Noonan (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh): Adam Healy (Kilmurry), Seán Kelleher (Aghinagh), Shane Creedon (Macroom): Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Barry O'Leary (Iveleary): William Coakley (Aghinagh), James Moynihan (Canovee), Pádraig Berhanu (Kilmurry): John Murphy (Macroom). Patrick Lucey (Macroom), Daniel Cahalane (Kilmurry). Subs: Shane Foley (Kilmichael), Chris Foskett (Macroom), James Berhanu (Kilmurry), Finbarr McSweeney (Iveleary), Liam Kearney (Iveleary).
Dripsey under 14 hurling team who defeated Kilmichael in the league ©
De La Salle, Macroom 4 – 16 Patrician Academy, Mallow 0 – 9
Holders, De La Salle, moved on to the final of the 2012 Simcox Cup with this semi final win over Mallow at Ballincollig. It was a day when everything went right for the winners and when Mallow had no luck at all, so that the final scoreline does not do justice to the losers' efforts. At half time DLS led by 2-4 to 0-6, the goals coming from Patrick Lucey and Pádraig Berhanu. A third goal just after the restart, this one from William Coakley, was a severe blow to Mallow who did fight on to the end but DLS were in control. Shane Foley slammed a late penalty to the Mallow net.
De La Salle Macroom will now defend their Cork Colleges crown in the final against St Francis, Rochestown.
Kilmurry U14 team who won the Eastern Division A league defeating Aghabullogue ©
De La Salle Macroom U 15 footballers have battled their way through to the Group final of Corn Mhic Craith – Munster Colleges U 15 'C' Football championship. The competition, which attracts a huge entry from schools all over Munster, is played in two groups, roughly Group One from South Munster and Group Two from North Munster schools. In Group One, DLS defeated Ballybunion, Carraig na bhFear and Carrigaline CS to reach the group semi final against Hamilton High School. DLS won this game on a 1-10 to 1-8 scoreline at Kilmurry and they certainly knew that they had been in a contest. Hammies were the bigger team and DLS were smaller but more skilful and were able to overcome the physical challenge with a spirited performance. The Bandon boys led at the break by 1-2 to 0-4 but DLS held possession better in the second half. Cathal O'Riordan was in very accurate form from frees for DLS; Cathal Foley was outstanding at midfield; Kyle Kelleher excellent at corner back and Ethan and Blake O'Gorman prominent in the half lines. Chris Óg Jones was the most dangerous forward and after the teams swapped point on the restart, it was his goal which put DLS in front and on the road to victory. The rest of the game was very exciting but even though Bandon twice got to within a point of DLS they could not draw level and DLS survived and so will face P.S. Sliabh Luachra (Rathmore C.S.) in the final of the South Munster Group.
St Val's Minor Team who defeated Mourneabbey in the Minor A County Final at CIT on November 18 © Mary Down
Kilmurry under 14s bought a successful season for the club to a conclusion on November 11th with a win in the Eastern Division league final. Held in Coachford versus home team, Aghabullogue, Kilmurry came through to win on a score line of 4-12 to 3-4, adding to the club's earlier success this year in winning the under 13 East region League and Championship. Kilmurry started brightly and a number of points from various players together with goals from Brian Hinchion and Sean Warren put Kilmurry in very strong position. However, the home team came more into the game as the half progressed and led by their very capable mid fielder Mathew Bradley, took some opportunistic scores and were at the interval only 5 points down on a score line of 2-7 to 2-2. The second half produced some great football with play swinging from end to end with both teams giving it their all. There were further points from Gregg Fitton, Liam O'Sullivan, James O'Mullane and Liam O'Sullivan. One of the pivotal moments of the game was a fantastic save from a penalty by Kilmurry keeper Dylan Kerins mid way through the second half which maintained a 7 point lead for Kilmurry at that stage. Two goals from Brian Hinchion pushed Kilmurry further ahead and while Aghabullogue fought hard, an effective defence limited the home side to only 3 scores in the second half. This was due hugely to the performances of John O'Mullane at full back and Liam Wall at centre back. Richard O'Brien, captain accepted the trophy on behalf of the Kilmurry team.
Muskerry U13 Rugby Team during their recent trip to Rodez, France ©
The Cork AUL is now three months into its 2012 -13 season and Mid Cork teams are very active in all divisions.
AUL Premier Division
Leaders: Greenwood Played 6 Won 2 Drew 3 Lost 1 Points 9
Coachford P 2 W 2 D0 L0 Pts 6 3rd
Kilumney P2 W2 D0 L0 Pts 6 4th
Macroom P4 W2 D0 L2 Pts 6 5th
AUL League TwoLeaders: Strand United P9 W6 D1 L1 Pts 19
Donoughmore P8 W5 D1 L2 Pts 16 5th
Macroom B P10 W4 D 2 L2 Pts 14 7th
Ballincollig P10 W2 D3 L5 Pts 9 9th
AUL League Three
Leaders: Richmond P10 W6 D3 L1 Pts 21
Ard na Laoi P9 W2 D1 L6 Pts 7
AUL League Three B
Leaders: Newmarket P8 W 7 D0 L1 Pts 21
Rylane P10 W 6 D3 L1 Pts 21 2nd
Coachford B P11 W4 D2 L5 Pts 14 5th
West Cork League
Progress is also being made in the West Cork Leagues and Crookstown sit proudly on top of Division One with Cloughduv and Leeside in close pursuit.
Leaders: Drinagh P 9 W8 D1 L0 Pts 25
Sullane P10 W2 D2 L6 Pts 8 7th
Leaders: Crookstown P8 W5 D2 L1 Pts 17
Cloughduv P8 W4 D2 L2 Pts 14 3rd
Leeside P8 W4 D1 L3 Pts 13 5th
Kilmichael P10 W2 D2 L6 Pts 8 8th
Macroom A went down 3-2 away to Park United in the AUL Premier League, their second defeat in the league. Macroom B lost 3-1 away to Donoughmore, a defeat which leaves them in the lower section of the table at present.
Macroom U 18's are going really well in the U18 League One. Kilumney head the table with 27 points from 12 games and Macroom are in second place with 24 points from 12 games, having won 8 and lost 4 to date. They followed up their home victory over Youghal with a 7-1 demolition of Crosshaven in Macroom. Darren Dineen and Chris Foskett had two goals apiece and Declan O'Riordan, Shane Foley and Shane Burke also got on the scoresheet.