Lee Valley Outlook - March 29 2012

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St. Patrick's Day 2012 in the Lee Valley ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Enterprise Board
ST. PATRICK'S DAY 2012 – MÍLE MÍLE BUIOCHAS

Once again, as always, the sun shone on March 17th in Macroom for what was regarded as the best Parade yet. Thousands flocked into the town for the feast day and the Parade went like clockwork. The Woodland String Band was back in force and their costumes and music were as stunning as ever. The Vintage section was up and the marching groups and floats were of the usual high standard. The Titanic from Ballinagree and Kilmurry Historical Society's pageant particularly caught the eye. The committee would like to thank all the participants who marched in the Parade and the tremendous effort they put in on our National Holiday. Well done and congratulations to one and all.

Of course this would not happen without the many voluntary helpers who give of their spare time on St Patrick's Day. Under the direction of Paul Kingston, the stewards did their usual wonderful job and all visitors went home happy. The committee would like to acknowledge all our sponsors, whose financial support was essential for the staging of this Parade. A special word goes to our main sponsor, Macroom Town Council, who have supported the Parade down through the years and we thank them sincerely for their continued help and assistance. We would also like to thank Danone/ Nutricia for coming on board this year to support the Parade and we wish them well with their new facility at Castleview. Many congratulations also go to our Grand Marshal for 2012, Noel Murphy. Noel, who is only 17, has a great future ahead of him and we're sure his parents and family were very proud of him on March 17th.

Again we wish to thank each and everyone who made this Parade the success it is and here's to 2013!


Lee Valley Diary

Briery Gap:

Sat. 31st Mar. & Sun. 1st Ap. @ 8.00 pm Macra Drama National Semi-Final

Mon. Ap. 9 @ 8.30: A Dangerous Method

Thurs. 19th, Fri. 20th, Sat.21st & Sun. 22nd Ap. And Fri. 27th, Sat.28th &

Sun. 29th Ap. at 8.00 pm Calamity Jane

Mon. April 23 @ 8.30: We have a Pope

Mon. April 30 @ 2p.m. Classic cinema High Noon


Macroom Library:

Ciorcal Gaeilge Fri. 30th March @10.30a.m.

Penn Bookclub Fri. March 30th at 4p.m.

Library Bookclub Wed. 4th April at 11.30a.m.

Purlies knitting Group Thurs. 5th Ap. at 11a.m.

Easter closure: Good Fri. 6th to Easter Mon. 9th April.

Gramophone morning: Mon. 16th April, 11a.m.


Macroom Senior Citizens:

Fr. Ryan Hall: Every Wed.: Dance and Drama 11a.m.; Painting 3p.m.

Every Thurs. Bingo 8.30p.m.

Every Fri. Line Dancing 2p.m.

Ciorcal Gaeilge on Fri. Mar. 30th at 10.30. a.m. in Macroom Library.

Kilmichael Rovers F.C. Race Night in Dromey's Bar, Droumcarra; 30th March at 9 pm.

Ionad Cultúrtha Concert: Fri. 30th March 8.30 p.m.

Flag Day for Fleadh: Sat. March 31, in Macroom, with music all day

Cogadh na Saoirse: lecture by Dónal Ó hÉalaithe at the Mills Inn, Baile Mhúirne on Sat March 31 at 1p.m.

Cancer Research Fundraiser: Sat. March 31, 2p.m. Walk/ run from Clondrohid G.A.A. grounds.

Book Launch: 'A Certain Time. A Certain Place' by Dr. Margaret Linehan at Fitz-Gerald's Book Shop, Macroom on Sat. March 31 at 4p.m.

Macra Drama National Semi-Final: Briery Gap, Macroom on Sat. March 31st and Sun. Ap. 1 at 8p.m.

West Cork Book Bonanza: at Cox's Hall, Dunmanway, Sat. March 31 and Sun. April 1, 12 noon to 5p.m.

Cork Gramophone Recital: Sun. April 1, 8p.m. at Imperial Hotel, for Alzheimer's

Údarás na Gaeltachta Business Clinic, Baile Mhic Íre, Mon. 2 Ap.3-7pm; 026 -45366 for appointment

CONNECT Business Network Meeting Wed. Ap. 4, 8.45 – 10a.m. at Macroom E.

Walking Study Launch: in the Eccles Hotel, Glengarriff on Wed. April 4 at 5p.m.

Canovee ICA A.G.M. and Knitting Demo Wed. Ap. 4 @7.30 p.m. in Canovee Hall.

1916 Commemoration: Easter Sunday, April 8, 3p.m., Macroom Town Square

Showstoppers: 'Oh What A Night' in Clondrohid hall, April 10, 12, 13, 14 @ 8pm

Gramophone Recital: Mon. April 16 11a.m. in Macroom Library.

Dripsey GAA Set Dancers fundraiser for Marymount: Ballyanly, Fri. Ap. 20th 8pm.

Golden Oldies: Mon. April 30 @ 2p.m. in Briery Gap, High Noon

Aghinagh Comhaltas Fleadh Fashion Show in the Castle Hotel Wed. May 9

We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. in this fortnightly diary. Please email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026 41891 or post to Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. Remember you can access back issues of the Lee Valley Outlook at www.macroom.ie

Macroom Updates

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Man's best friend at Macroom St. Patrick's Day Parade ©Lee Valley Outlook


St. Patrick's Day Parades

The 2012 St. Patrick's Day Festival in Macroom, organised by a sub-committee of The Lee Valley Enterprise Board, was, again a great success, bringing families and crowds of visitors to the mid Cork capital for an afternoon of music and fun. The pre-parade entertainment commenced in the Square at 2pm and featured Gerry McCarthy in concert and an exhibition by the O'Sullivan School of Irish Dancing. The centrepiece of the event was the annual parade, which provoked very favourable comment and was run off punctually in favourable weather conditions. Seventeen year old, Irish champion boxer, Noel Murphy, Masseytown was 2012 Grand Marshal and he led the parade, accompanied by Mayor of Macroom, Tommy Counihan. The quality of the floats was excellent. Aghinagh parish contributed hugely and the Ballinagree COPE float, commemorating the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, was particularly impressive. Kilmurry Historical Society's pageant from the War of Independence elicited great interest from both young and old. There were five marching bands – from Ballingeary, Cullen, Bandon, St Colman's BNS and the Woodland String Band from Philadelphia and these were interspersed with some outstanding floats from businesses, clubs and non-commercial organisations. The hour long parade progressed through town to a reviewing stand at AIB Bank in the West Square, where each group performed. Particularly impressive was the singing of 'Nearer my God to Thee' from the Titanic.

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Anne O'Sullivan, Danone, sponsor, makes a presentation to Grand Marshal, Noel Murphy, with on right, Mayor Tom Counihan, at Macroom St. Patrick's Day Parade ©Lee Valley Outlook

After the parade Mayor Counihan welcomed everybody to Macroom and had a special welcome for the Woodland String Band who were making their 13th successive annual visit to Macroom. Fr. Roberts P.P. added his words of congratulations and praised the young people of the area, well represented by Grand Marshal, Noel Murphy. Noel said it was a great honour to lead the parade and he thanked all his trainers in Macroom Boxing Club, his family and friends for their support in helping him develop his boxing skills. The after-parade entertainment included a boxing exhibition, a Feis, a recital by the Woodland String Band and a fascinating magic show. St. Patrick's Day concluded with a concert in the Briery Gap and a ceilí in the Castle Hotel. Prizewinners at Macroom Parade were: Commercial Floats: 1. Coakley's Cycles 2. Enchanted Flowers; 3. Lehane Tarmac. Non Commercial:1. The Titanic 2..Kilmurry Historical Society. 3. Macroom Fly Anglers.

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My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding is celebrated at Ballingeary St. Patrick's Day Parade ©Nora Ní Luasa

Ballingeary had its usual hilarious parade after morning Mass and this year welcomed members of the Cabinet, the Rubber Bandits and guests from the Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Cill na Martra celebrated the feast of St. Laichtín in glorious sunshine on March 18 and Carriganimma was also en fete on that day.

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Tony Moroney entertains the children at Macroom St. Patrick's Day Parade ©Lee Valley Outlook

De la Salle Olympian

Ciarán Ó Lionáird, Teergay, Iveleary, a past pupil of De la Salle College, Macroom, recently visited his alma mater, accompanied by a camera crew who were recording a documentary, "London Calling", to be screened on RTE before the summer Olympics. During his visit, Ciarán spoke to the first year athletics team at the school and also met up with Jim Quinn, who put him through his paces while he was a student at the school. Ciarán spent six years at De La Salle, during which time he earned international recognition in schools championships as his career with West Muskerry AC and later, Leevale AC, took off. He won an athletics scholarship to Michigan University, USA and he later undertook post graduate studies in Florida State University. Ciarán, who recorded some outstanding times last year, has qualified to compete in the 1500 metres event at the London games and is currently in serious preparatory training in the US. He received a warm welcome back to De La Salle from school principal Noel Dunne, staff and students and all wished him well in the forthcoming games.

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Olympic athlete, Ciarán Ó Lionáird, Kilbarry, with his former athetics coach at De la Salle, Macroom, Jim Quinn, on the occasion of his visit to his alma mater while making a film documentary, "London Calling" ©An Scoil

Benvenuti

Exchanges between students from Macroom, France and Italy continue apace. Boys and girls from De La Salle College and St. Mary's Secondary School went to France in early March and are now hosting children from Ecole Saint Genes, Bordeaux on the return leg of the exchange. The students are welcomed by local families and experience the culture and way of life at first hand as well as developing their language skills. Thirty eight students and four teachers from Italy, from Instituto E de Amici in Marcallo con Casone, Macroom's twinned town near Milan, arrived in Macroom as part of their exchange with De La Salle on March 21 and they will stay with the families of students from De la Salle until March 28. A 1st year group from De la Salle will make a return visit to Italy in late April for the feast of San Marco.


G.A.A. Open Day

Macroom Juvenile GAA Club held their annual Open Day on Saturday 24th March in the Castle Grounds. It was an Open day with a difference this year as the Macroom Ladies GAA Club joined with the boys for a fun morning. There was a great turn out and a lot of new members came onto the pitch for the first time. Rory Buckley and David Goold, two of our intermediate and inter county players, arrived to give the children a few tips. The sun was shining and the parents enjoyed a chat and a cup of tea. A great time was had by all. Training for boys is every Saturday from 10.30am to 11.30am and for the girls on every Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm.

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Katherine O'Riordan Sheehy, whose book, A Certain Time, A Certain Place will be launched by Dr. Margaret Linehan in FitzGerald's Bookshop on Saturday, March 31 at 4 p.m. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Book Launch

'A Certain Time; A Certain Place', written by Katherine O'Riordan, nee Sheehy, documents the author's memories of growing up at Cork Street, Macroom in the middle of the last century. It will act as a touchstone, recalling memories and characters to readers from all over Ireland and further afield, but particularly for those who lived at the eastern end of the town in simpler times. The 140 page book is illustrated with the author's paintings and family photographs. The close community in Cork Street is brought to life as they listened to Lord Has Haw's broadcast on a much prized wireless during World War 2. Neighbours shared news and gossip proliferated by regular callers such as the postman, the bread man, the coalman, the milkman, the insurance man, the pools' collector and came together for impromptu sing-songs in a community where the church choir, Gilbert and Sullivan productions and concerts were all important. A short story, visualising the horror experienced by the Brock family on the night of July 13 1946 precedes the Evening Echo report of the flash flood that swept away the itinerant encampment at Firville, drowning Mrs. Eileen Brock 24, her infant son, James, 2 weeks and her daughter, Susanne, 3 years. Katherine recalls the magic of simple pastimes such as shopping, playing bowlies and pickey, paddling in the Sullane, going to the Palace cinema, Duffy's Circus, amateur and touring dramatic productions, the Amusements, wakes and above all, religious events. Learning to play the piano under the tuition of Miss Richardson; hearing the detailed list of individual financial contributions announced from the pulpit; Fair day with its attendant standings and pandemonium; bicycle parks on match days and the arrival of parcels from America are all subjects that will resurrect a host of memories of another time, another place for delighted readers of 'A Certain Time. A Certain Place'. Dr. Margaret Linehan will launch the book at Fitz-Gerald's Book Shop, Macroom on Saturday, March 31 at 4p.m.

St. Mary's News.

Social Innovators: A group of students from Transition Year - Niamh Walsh, Rebecca Barry, Orna Hinchion, Jessica O'Mullane, Kellie Molloy and Tracey Cronin - have chosen to participate in the Young Social Innovators project outside of class time. YSI, founded by Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, is an initiative which allows young people to be proactive about a specific social issue in their communities. Having done extensive research with the elderly, their carers and the medical practitioners working with the elderly, the St. Mary's group concluded that some elderly would like a visit from a young person on a regular basis, to chat and carry out some practical tasks for them. Working in pairs, the girls have made their initial visits to the elderly in Inchigeela and Kilmurry and very much look forward to being able to offer help in their communities.

Chinese Visit: Three students from St. Mary's Secondary School - Enya Lane, Jasmine Shaw and Danielle Horgan - are preparing to travel to China from 10th - 24th April along with twenty-nine other students from Co. Cork schools. The opportunity is a "trip of a lifetime". Students will stay in dormitories in Shanghai University campus, as well as attend lectures in Chinese language and culture in the University. Several day trips have been arranged for the group to visit tourist landmarks. All Transition Year students in the school have tuition in Chinese for one third of the academic year. The Board of Management considers this to be an exciting new initiative and has chosen to partly finance the cost of the flights for the trip. Bon Voyage!

Ladybird Bank in National Final: 49 schools recently contested the regional finals of the AIB Build a bank challenge at City Hall, Cork. These included six transition year students from St. Mary's, Macroom - Sharon McSweeney, Bank Manager; Caroline Kehoe, Assistant Manager; Chelsea Cunningham, Sales and Marketing Executive; Tracey Cronin, Auditor; Lucy Kelleher and Orna Hinchion, Tellers and their business teacher, Arlene O'Donoghue. Their bank, Ladybird Bank, began in November 2011 and has continued to grow and expand, offering innovative ways for customers to save. They have a variety of Saving Schemes which aid the school community in the run up to events such as Debs and French Exchange. They also run a loyalty card scheme and offer internet banking and its benefits to their customers, along with a variety of parties for various occasions throughout the year. Ladybird also offers customers an iPhone App built by their Sales and Marketing Executive Chelsea and QR codes, as they believe in bringing technology to the forefront of Ladybird Bank. They travelled to the regional final with an extremely professional and impressive display, which, with their consistent work and exceptional teamwork, led them to victory. The girls will travel to Dublin on the 25th of April with 19 other teams from around the country to compete in the National Finals. Ladybird Bank would like to thank all its kind sponsors and all its loyal savers. Ladybird Bank, because saving is Spot on.

Pi Quiz: Congratulations to St. Mary's Secondary School who achieved 2nd place in "The Pi Quiz" for Junior Certificate Higher level Maths students. They were narrowly defeated by Christian Brothers Cork. The team, which was made up of four 3rd year pupils, Claire Murphy, Vera O'Riordan, Siofra Burgoyne and Elaine O'Brien, competed against approximately 30 schools from Cork city and county on Friday 23rd March in the SMA Hall in Wilton.

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De la Salle College, Macroom who were outright winners of "I Love the Bard" Shakespearean competition at the Cork Arts Theatre with "The Most Lamentable Tragedie of the Desperate Housewives and their Fellas, like" ©An Scoil

De la Salle Drama

Students from De la Salle College, Macroom participated in the "I Love the Bard" schools' Shakespearean competition held on Friday, March 9 in the Cork Arts Theatre. They won, with their hilarious adaptation of several Shakespeare plays, entitled "The Most Lamentable Tragedie of the Desperate Housewives and their Fellas, like", written by teacher, Jean O'Donovan. Apart from the best production prize, De la Salle won most of the other prizes available, such as the best actor award for Ian Healy.

Have a Heart

Marathon man, Christopher Murnane, held a fundraiser in the Castle Hotel on March 19 for Irish Heart Charity, Croí, a group devoted to improving cardiac care and reducing the impact of heart disease and stroke on families. Christopher donated €2,300 to the charity, proceeds of a raffle and other fundraisers, in the lead up to his London Marathon 2012 bid. Aisling McDonnell, Deputy General Manager at The Castle Hotel, was on hand to assist Christopher draw 8 lucky winners for the prizes, all kindly sponsored by local businesses and friends. Winners: signed Munster Jersey – Cian Lehane, Macroom; Munster Tickets X2- Daire Twomey, Ballyvourney; signed Cork City Football Jersey - Sean Ryan, Limerick; signed Cork Football Jersey - Elvie Daly, Coachford; Castle Hotel Voucher - Anthony Hennigan, Macroom; Matt Murphy's Voucher - Mick Purcell, Macroom; C103FM Hampers –Martin O'Donnell and Stephen O'Connor, Macroom. Christopher needed to raise €1,800 for the marathon but has been overwhelmed with the level of support locally. He is no stranger to running as his interest began in 2009 when he completed part of the relay event at the Cork City Marathon in memory of Daniel Kingston and has set his sights on completing the full London Marathon (26.2km) next month in less than 3 hours.

Castle Hotel is Guaranteed Irish

Irish Country Hotels, of which the Castle Hotel, Macroom is one of 26 members nationwide, was declared the latest group to join Guaranteed Irish at an event in Buswell's Hotel in Dublin recently. It was also announced that bookings in traditional, Irish family-owned hotels have increased by 21 per cent in the first two months of this year, indicating a trend towards 'real Irish' holidays for the 2012 season. Operated mainly by family owners, the hotels offer an Irish welcome for customers with a strong ethos of supporting local business and are an ideal fit for Guaranteed Irish. The Castle Hotel & Leisure Centre is run by the Buckley family and celebrated its Diamond Anniversary last year. Lower VAT rates for hotels are believed to be having a positive impact on business in Irish Country Hotels, as is overseas marketing of what is now an internationally recognised brand and a campaign to increase business from the domestic market. The owners of Irish Country Hotels have strong connections with their community and this is reflected in their commitment to buying goods locally where possible and providing rooms and facilities to local charities and sports organisations. Buying Irish means we can secure and create Irish jobs. The Guaranteed Irish symbol is a flag that calls Irish consumers to rally in support of Irish products and services at a time when their help is most needed. Analysis commissioned by Guaranteed Irish in 2011 shows that even a modest increase in spend of €4 per household per week on Guaranteed Irish goods and services could create over 6,200 new jobs in Ireland.

Macroom Library

Penn Bookclub meets on Friday March 30th at 4p.m. The Shortlist for the Bisto Book of the Year was announced on Tuesday 20th March. The work begins! Some of the titles are rated teenage and we will not be judging those but there are 6 out of the 10 which are accessible to us. Penn members wall hanging based on 'The Spirit of the Titanic' book is now on display in the children's section and much admired by all.

The Ciorcal Gaeilge is going well and so will meet again on Friday 30th March at 10.30. Bígí linn. The Library Bookclub meets next on Wednesday 4th April at 11.30a.m. The current title is Graham Greene's 'The End of the Affair'. Discussion will take place about this book and the book for the next month will be distributed at the meeting. The Purlies knitting Group meets on Thursday 5th April at 11a.m. All levels of knitter welcome. Our Art exhibition for April is by Phil O'Grady. Drop in and admire it and contact Phil directly should you wish to purchase a piece. A reminder that the Library will be closed on Good Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Easter Monday 9th April . Due to this closure, the Gramophone morning will not take place until Monday 16th April. The presenter will be library staff member, Christine Cronin. All welcome. Refreshments will be served during the interval.

The local area plans adopted by Cork County Council in August 2011 are now available to view in the library. They are also accessible online at www.corkcoco.ie/planning We wish all our patrons a Happy Easter.

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Stephanie Shine in the title role at 'Calamity Jane' in the Briery Gap, April 19 – 22 and 27 – 29 © Lee Valley Outlook

Calamity Jane

'Calamity Jane' is the Briery Gap's third annual stage musical, following on the previous success of 'Oklahoma' and 'Showboat', all produced by Kevin Hough RTE. 'Calamity Jane', the stage play, is loosely based on a 1953 Warner Brothers film celebrating the exploits of a real life frontierswoman, Martha Jane Cannary, born in 1851 in Missouri. In the play, Deadwood City's two most famous peace officers, Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok, get involved in saving the neck of Henry Miller, the local saloon operator, who has hatched a convoluted plot involving a beautiful actress, Frances Fryer. Calamity sets out for Chicago to bring back Adelaide Adams but mistakes Katie Brown for the actress and hauls her back to Deadwood. Katie proceeds to charm Calamity's beau, Lt. Danny Gilmartin. Calamity, in true musical fashion, magically discovers that her real love is Wild Bill. This frothy story is made delightful with numbers such as 'The Deadwood Stage', 'Men', 'Can Can', 'I can do without you', 'Windy City', 'The Black Hills of Dakota', 'Love You Dearly' and 'Secret Love'.

In the Briery Gap production of 'Calamity Jane', the title role is played by Stephanie Shine; Pat Mullane is Wild Bill Hickok; Pat Brady plays Lieut. Danny Gilmartin; Georgina Healy is Katie Brown; Robert O'Riordan acts as Henry Miller; Treasa O'Riordan is Susan; Ben Meaney plays Francis Fryer; Adrianna Dineen is Adelaide Adams and Con Foley and Pat Kelleher are Hank and Pete. The Macroom production will be staged at the Briery Gap from Thursday, April 19th to Sunday, April 22nd and again on the following Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 27/29 at 8pm each night. Tickets are €15 each and a family ticket for two adults and two children costs €50. Tickets can be booked at the Theatre 026 41793. Box Office Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 10:00 am to 5.00 pm

Briery Gap Programme

Cinema: Sulán Film Society presents A Dangerous Method, a glimpse into the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud, Sabina Spielrein and Otto Gross, a debauched patient. At 8.30 p.m. on Monday, April 9 @ 8.30p.m. Admission €7.

Classic Films: in conjunction with Macroom Senior Citizens present High Noon on Monday, April 29 at 2p.m. Admission €4.

Live Theatre: Saturday 31st & Sunday 1st April @ 8.00 pm Muskerry Macra present

Drama National Semi-Final

Calamity Jane, directed by Kevin Hough (RTE), will go on stage on Thursday 19th, Friday 20th, Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd April and Friday 27th, Saturday 28th &

Sunday 29th April at 8.00 pm. Tickets €15; Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) €50

Local TV Programmes

Sun. April 1: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Mass from Aghabullogue.

6.30p.m. News and Sport. St. Patrick's Day Parades from Cill na Martra and Carriganimma.

8 p.m. LTV 2 Repeat Programme.

9.30 Special production of music and song from Star Trek Studios.

Wed. April 4: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport; St. Patrick's Day 2012 from Ballingeary. Interview with Fergie Sutherland regarding Imperial Call's win in 1996.

Sun. April 8: 5.30 p.m. Easter Pageant from St. Colman's Church, Macroom 1994. 6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. LTV 1 programme. 8p.m. Repeat of LTV 2 Thursday programme.

9.30 Special production of music and song from Star Trek Studios Part 2.

Wed. April 11: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Concert from Griffin's Garden Centre, Dripsey in aid of RNLI. Part 1.

Snippets

Contact information: Please email text and/or photographs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026-41891 or post to Lee Valley Outlook, Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. (Photos by Friday before publication)

Golden Oldies: The Briery Gap and Macroom Senior Citizens short season of classic films continues in the cinema on the last Monday of each month at 2pm. High Noon will be screened on April 30 and An American in Paris on May 28. Admission is just €4.

Ionad Cultúrtha Concert: with James Kelly (fidil) agus Arty McGlynn (giotár), Friday 30th March 8.30 p.m. Ticéidí €15/ €10. 026.45733/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cogadh na Saoirse: A lecture on the War of Independence in Muskerry will be delivered by Dónal Ó hÉalaithe at the Mills Inn, Baile Mhúirne on Saturday, March 31 at 1p.m. Fáilte roimh chách.

West Cork Book Bonanza: Bring one book and take away 3 books at Cox's Hall, Dunmanway, Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1, 12 noon to 5p.m. Fantastic collection of books to suit adults and children of all ages. Admission €5. All proceeds in aid of The Friends of Dunmanway Community Hospital.

Muskerry Macra is hosting the national semi-final of drama on the 31st March & 1st April in the Briery Gap, Macroom.

Cork Gramophone Circles, in association with Alzheimer's Association, will present a Gramophone Recital at the Imperial Hotel on Sunday, April 1 at 8p.m., at which Kenneth O'Callaghan will present a lovely evening of music and song. Light refreshments served. Admission €10.

Údarás na Gaeltachta Business Clinic, Baile Mhic Íre. If you have a business idea, we may be able to help, free of charge. For appointment on Monday, April 2, 3-7pm telephone 026 -45366.

Canovee ICA Annual General Meeting will be held in Canovee Hall at @7.30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4. Renowned knitter, Pamela Clarke, will give a knitting demonstration after the meeting, with a view to having knitting classes in the near future. All welcome. Bring your knitting if you need advice, no charge.

1916 Commemoration: The Easter Rising will be remembered in a ceremony in the Square, Macroom on Easter Sunday, April 8 at 3p.m. Ruan O'Donnell, lecturer in History at U.L., will deliver the oration. Caroline O'Connell will read the Proclamation and a wreath will be laid by a member of the O'Connor family.

Showstoppers are back in Clondrohid after a year's rest. They have presented truly spectacular shows over the years and it is expected that the 2012 production will be on a par if not better than previous presentations. 'Oh What A Night' runs in Clondrohid hall April 10, 12, 13, 14 @ 8pm. Booking @ 086/8575153 after 3pm.

Údarás na Gaeltachta Start Your Own Business (8 sessions) starting Tuesday 17 April in Baile Bhúirne (Cost €50). The course will run over four weeks on Tuesday evenings (7-10) and Saturday mornings (10-1). Telephone 026 -45366.

Macroom Flower and Garden Club Wedding Extravaganza Floral Demonstration with Eileen O'Brien, Kinsale on Thursday, April 19 at 8p.m.

Muskerry Special Olympics Club is actively recruiting volunteers and athletes. Athletes need to be six years or over to join. We train in Macroom every Thursday night from 7pm to 8pm. If you would like to be part of a rewarding and fun club, contact Deirdre Curtis on 086 1054858 or Joan Murphy on 087 9982674.

CONNECT Business Network Meeting for April will be on Wednesday, April 4 at Macroom E. These business meeting are held 8.45 – 10a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month to facilitate local businesses getting to know each other and what services and products are available locally.

Tree Planting: Children form Kilmurry Pre-School recently planted a tree in Kilmurry Woods for National Tree Week, an annual, week-long festival celebrating all positive aspects of trees in our lives and environment. It was organised by the Tree Council of Ireland. The preschool planted an Oak, a tree that is native to Ireland and a symbol of learning.

Macroom Lotto: GAA Jackpot: €4,400; No winner; €70 Paddy Murphy c/o Twomey Butchers.

Coachford AFC Lotto: Results 12/3/2012, Jackpot: €2,400, Numbers Drawn: 1 - 16 - 21, No Winners, €20 Winners: Fred O'Callaghan, Declan O'Connell, Karen O'Mahony, Matt Sheehan, Damien Healy.
20/3/2012, Jackpot: €2,600, Numbers Drawn: 14 - 15 - 18, No Winner, €20 Winners: Catherine Barry Murphy, Marian O'Connell, Ronan Cooney, Donal Casey, T. Murphy.
26/3/2012, Jackpot: €2,800, Numbers Drawn: 2 - 22 - 29, No Winner, €20 Winners: Marian O'Leary (Yearly Ticket), Pat & Ber O'Sullivan, Antoinette Riordan, Michelle Murphy, Eileen Milner.

Easter Liturgy in the Lee Valley

Aghabullogue: Holy Thursday: Mass of the Last Supper: Aghabullogue 7p.m; Coachford 8p.m followed by Adoration until 11p.m.; Rylane 9 p.m, followed by Adoration until Night Prayer at 10.30p.m. Good Friday: Stations of the Cross: Rylane and Coachford 12 noon; Aghabullogue 3 p.m. Lord's Passion: Coachford 3 p.m.; Rylane 6.30 p.m; Aghabullogue 8.30p.m. Easter Vigil: Rylane 8.30p.m. and Coachford 9 p.m. Easter Sunday: Aghabullogue 8.30 a.m.; Coachford 10a.m.; Rylane 11.30a.m.

Cill na Martra Holy Thursday: Réidh na nDoirí 5.00p.m; Cill na Martra 8.00 pm. Good Friday:- Cill na Martra: Lord's Passion 3.00 pm; Réidh na nDoirí: Stations 8.00 p.m. Easter Vigil Cill na Martra 9.00 pm.

Clondrohid Holy Thursday: 7.30 p.m. Good Friday: Lord's Passion 3 p.m. Stations 7.30 p.m. Easter Vigil:7.30 p.m. Carriganima: Holy Thursday 8 p.m., Good Friday 3 p.m. and Stations 8 p.m. Easter Vigil 8.30 p.m.

Kilmichael: Holy Thursday : Mass of the Last Supper – Cooldorrihy 8pm; Vigil at Altar of Repose – Johnstown 9.30pm to midnight Good Friday: Stations and Holy Communion: Toames 12 noon; Cooldorrihy 3p.m.;Passion Liturgy, Johnstown 8pm. Easter Vigil– Toames 9.00 p.m. Easter Sunday: Mass: Johnstown 10a.m.; Cooldorrihy 11.30 a.m. No Mass in Toames

Kilmurry: Holy Thursday : Mass of the Last Supper followed by Adoration – Canovee 6.30p.m.; Kilmurry 8pm; Cloughduv 8.30p.m. Good Friday: Lord's Passion and Stations: Canovee 12 noon.; Kilmurry 3pm; Cloughduv 5p.m. Easter Vigil– Canovee 6.30p.m.; Kilmurry 8.30 pm; Cloughduv 9 p.m. Easter Sunday: Mass: Kilmurry 10 a.m; Canovee 10.30 a.m.; Cloughduv 11.30 a.m.

Macroom: Tuesday April 3 –Penitential Rite (Leader—Fr Tim O' Connor)—7.30pm Macroom Church. Holy Thursday: Mass of the Last Supper Caum 4p.m. Macroom 7.30 p.m. Holy Hour Macroom 9 – 10p.m. Good Friday: Stations of the Cross: Caum 11 a.m. Macroom 11 a.m. Lord's Passion Macroom 4 p.m. Way of the Cross from Castle Gates 7.30 p.m. Holy Saturday Morning Prayer 10 a.m. Easter Vigil: 9 p.m. Macroom

Uíbh Laoire. Monday of Holy Week:, Penance Service, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 8.30 pm. Holy Thursday: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 7 p.m., Inchigeela 9 p.m. Good Friday: The Lord's Passion: Inchigeela 7pm, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 9pm. Churches open all day for parishioners' Stations of the Cross. Holy Saturday Easter Vigil: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 9pm, Inchigeela 9 pm. Easter Sunday: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 10 am, Inchigeela 11.30 a.m.

Lee Valley Updates

Extension for Cloughduv N.S.

On 12th March, the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., announced a 5 year plan which will see 219 new major school building projects around the country. This €2 billion capital investment programme includes projects at 26 primary schools in Cork city and county, of which Cloughduv is one. Cloughduv N.S. is an eight teacher school, comprising 6 main stream classes along with 2 learning support / resource teachers. The school is located in the Mid Cork village of Cloughduv, and is just 1 mile off the main N22 Cork – Macroom road. The present facilities include 6 main stream classrooms, ancillary resource rooms, a general purpose hall and a computer room situated on a 2 acre site. A six classroom extension along with ancillary resource rooms is included in the programme for Year 3 of the plan – i.e. 2014 / 2015. Department officials have already been on site at the school and a senior architect in the DES is working on preliminary plans. School principal Mr. Pat Crowley and the Board of Management of the school have warmly welcomed the Minister's announcement.

Kilmurry History on Parade

Kilmurry Historical & Archaeological Society operates the local history museum in Kilmurry village on a voluntary basis. It was the first of its kind in Ireland, opening in 1965. This year, society members took part in the Macroom St. Patrick's parade and were delighted to win second prize for a truly spectacular float, re-enacting a scene from the War of Independence. The Society has over 100 paid up members, who open the museum on Sunday afternoons, all on a voluntary basis. The museum displays lots of interesting artefacts relating to local history and archaeology and is dedicated to the memory of Cork Lord Mayor, Terence MacSwiney, whose family came from the area and whose relations still live locally. Among the large collection of artefacts on display are items relating to the War of Independence, rural life, an old forge and An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire. Included in the War of Independence collection is a wheel belonging to a Crossley Tender and used to transport British Auxiliaries into the famous Kilmichael Ambush in 1920. It was presented to the museum by Tom Barry, Commandant of the West Cork Flying Column.
The society organises winter talks, with many distinguished guests and varied lectures. During the summer months, members enjoy guided walks at the many local areas of interest. The society has ambitious plans to build a new museum in Kilmurry, which is at an advanced stage of design. The new premises will allow all people to learn the valuable and rich history of the mid Cork area.

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Comhaltas musicians prepare for Fleadh Chorcaí at Macroom St. Patrick's Day Parade ©Lee Valley Outlook

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí i Maghchromtha

Preparations for the 51st Cork County Fleadh, taking place in Macroom on the weekend 11th, 12th and 13th of May, are progressing apace with numerous events hosted and many more to come. The next big event will be a flag day in the town of Macroom on Saturday 31st of March, which will be augmented with a gig rig and street trad music sessions. A similar event last year went down a treat, with shoppers, farmers at the mart and visitors to the town having great craic. It was agreed that the music, singing and dancing enhanced the atmosphere of the town of Macroom for the day. The organisers, drawn from Comhaltas Aghinagh and Lachtaín Naofa Kilnamartra, are hoping for a repeat of the fine weather that blessed the inaugural event.

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Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh making a presentation to Antóin Ó Loingsigh at a function in his honour organised by Cumann Peile Naomh Abán in Rochestown Park Hotel ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Ómós d'Antaine ó Naomh Abán

Bhí sár oíche ag Cumann Peile Naomh Abán Baile Mhuirne in Óstan an Rochestown Park, ar an Satharn an 17ú lá de mhi Márta. Bhí an oíche seo eagraithe le haghaidh treisiú le cursaí airgid an chlub agus le haghaidh onóir agus buíochas a chur in iúil d'Antaine Ó Loinsigh, iar imreóir Chorcaí agus ball dhilis do Chumann Peile Naomh Abán. B'é Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh aoí chainteoir na hoíche agus is é a bhí go maith chuige. Labhair Cathaoirleach an Chumainn, Cathal Ó Riada, faoi thodhchaí an chlub agus ghabh buíochas leo siúd go léir a d'eagraigh nó a ghlac páirt san oíche. Thug Cathaoirleach Bórd an Chontae, Bob Ryan, aitheasc uaidh ag moladh Antaine Ó Loinsigh agus ag tabhairt geallúint go dtabharfadh an Bórd tacaíocht airgid don chlub le haghaidh tógáil foirgneamh nua i bPáirc an Choláiste. Bronnadh portráit álainn d'Antaine féin ar Antaine agus taispeánadh físeán, a bhí curtha le chéile ag Maidhcí Ó Suilleabháin, do bhuaicphointí i saol imeartha Antaine. Thug Antaine caint chroiúil ansin faoina shaol mar imreóir agus chuir a bhuíochas agus buíochas a chlann in iúil do chách. Ba é Liam Mac a Mhaoir fear a tí na hoíche agus s'é a bhí go maith chuige. Tá an club thar a bheith buíoch don bhreis is 30 comhlacht a thug tacaíocht ar an oíche agus don slua de 300 a dhein oíche chomh taitneamhach san as. Cuirfidh sé seo go mór le maoin an chlub agus cabhróidh sé linn insan bothar áta amach romhainn.
Naomh Abán G.A.A. Club, Baile Mhúirne paid tribute to Cork footballer and clubman, Anthony Lynch, at a very special event in Rochestown Park Hotel on St. Patrick's Day. Míchéal Ó Muircheartaigh was guest speaker at this most successful fundraiser for the club, with in excess of 30 sponsors and attended by 300 guests. Part of the entertainment was the screening of a video compiled by Maidhchí Ó Súilleabháin, showing some of the highlights of Anthony's career.

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Colourful participants in St Lachteen's Day Parade in Cill na Martra ©Diarmuid O'Connell

Scór Concert for Marymount

A gala night of song and dance, hosted by Dripsey GAA Set Dancers, will be held in Ballyanly Community Centre on Friday April 20th at 8pm, with all proceeds going to Marymount Hospice. Since the birth of the club in 2005, this is the first time Dripsey set dancers entered Scór. It has been a fantastic year so far, winning the Muskerry and Cork County Senior Scór Set Dancing titles. To celebrate this great achievement, they have decided to organize this event, with all proceeds going to a worthy charity, Marymount Hospice. Tim Joe and Ann O' Riordan will provide music on the night, with many guest performers to showcase their talents and a great mixture of traditional song and dance. The evening's entertainment kicks off at 8pm, with tea and refreshments also being served. A draw and Raffle for fabulous prizes donated by local people and businesses will be held on the night and a special prize of a hotel break for 2 people in Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Tralee will be drawn for all those who attend on the night. Tickets for this great event are €10 and may be bought in local shops in the Dripsey area and will also be available at the door on the night. For more details on tickets and the night itself contact Norann @ 0876977803 or Liam @ 0876776826.

Macra Matters

Muskerry will be hosting the Drama National Semi-Final in the Briery Gap, Macroom on Saturday, March 31st and Sunday, April 1 at 8p.m. Entry is €10 each night, with anyone going on both nights getting free admittance on the Sunday. Good Luck to Kincora, Mitchelstown & Shannonside on the Saturday and to Clonakilty 1, Croom & Whitechurch on the Sunday night. A fantastic night's entertainment is guaranteed. Cork County Macra Night at the Dogs was enjoyed by hundreds of members and supporters on Friday the 23rd of March. The highly anticipated event provided a fantastic night's entertainment. The €1,000 grand prize for one lucky ticket holder was won by Diarmuid Foley of the Ovens Club in Muskerry. The main race of the night was won by Broadstrand Ace, owned by Vincent O'Donovan and Billy Drake who came out tops and took the trophy for the The Macra A3 Tri-Distance Final. The committee would like to thank most sincerely all those who sold tickets, and helped in any way over the last number of weeks. We would like to send a special word of thanks to our sponsors and are looking forward to working with you for the future. All ticket proceeds will now go back into the Macra community, and a special draw was held on the night and all takings will go to Marymount Hospice. Congratulations to John Dineen for winning the county round of Mastermind in Bandon on Sunday March 25th. Best of luck in the national round.

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Clondrohid Showstoppers advertise their April show at Macroom St. Patrick's Day Parade ©Lee Valley Outlook

Clondrohid Updates

C2C Cancer Research Fundraiser: All of Clondrohid and further afield seem to be in training for this upcoming event. You can walk, jog or run this 9 mile challenge on Saturday, March 31, commencing at the G.A.A. grounds at 3pm and on to Carriganima and back again. Driving around Clondrohid at the moment, it's great to see so many people of all ages walking, jogging, and running, getting in shape. Don't be alarmed at the variety of hair colours you may see, it's all part of the plan for later that night. Remember to be at the G.A.A. grounds at 3pm. If you can't take part, try and sponsor someone and maybe come along to the Tavern that night for some fun, entertainment and raffle. Ring 0214544400 or 0872420735 for more information.
Showstoppers: With less than 3 weeks to curtain call, the atmosphere in the community hall in Clondrohid is electrifying. All systems go, with costumes, lighting, backstage work, pit singing and of course, the performers themselves. The group consists of young people from 8 years up to 16 and what a talented bunch they are 'Oh What A Night' runs in Clondrohid hall April 10, 12, 13, 14 @ 8pm each night. Ticket Bookings @ 086/8575153 after 3pm and pre-booking is recommended to secure your seat!
G.A.A: The u 14 footballers lost their match to White's Cross. The u.21's lost their match recently to Blarney. Saturday March 24, U21 Footballers met Aghinagh in Macroom for the quarter final in the league. It was a very exciting match with both sides playing good football. Clondrohid finished stronger and won by 2 points despite being reduced to 11 players, 2 yellow card offences. Sunday 25th March Junior A met Ballincollig in Clondrohid. Ballincollig seemed to be in control for a lot of the first half but Clondrohid were well in command in the second half and won by 5 points. Well done to both teams.
Lotto: Jackpot €1,800; No winner; €70 John McDonagh, Dromree. €20 Martina & Aisling Twomey, Hartnett's Cross, Dan Kelleher Moulnahorna, Hannah & Margaret Ann O'Connell Ballymakeera, Ted O'Driscoll, Bawnmore.
Bingo: In Community Hall every Wednesday night. Jackpot €5,000. Cards: Every Sunday night.

Cruinniú na bhFliúit

The 5th Cruinniú na bhFliúit takes place in Baile Mhúirne from the 12th - 14th April. Continuing with the same format that has proved successful in previous years, the event consists of classes, lectures, showcases and concerts, with, of course, lots of sessions. Teachers this year are Conal Ó Gráda and Hammy Hamilton and they are joined by Louise Mulcahy, John Wynne and Fintan Vallely. Lectures will be given by Fintan Vallely and John Wynne, who'll talk about those two late greats of Roscommon fluting, Packie Duignan and Peter Horan. Continuing the Roscommon theme with this year's public interview, Conal Ó Gráda will talk to and play with John Wynne. Showcasing will be long time supporter of the Cruinniú - Orlaith McAuliffe, and Antrim man Brendan Mulholland. The Cruinniú Gala Concert will be held in the Ionad Cultúrtha on Saturday 14th April @ 8.30 and will feature all the teachers and some guests. The Cruinniú will wind up with a very informal event in the Mills, which will feature an open mike, where participants can volunteer to perform a few tunes in a friendly non critical atmosphere among their peers. All events outside of the classes and concert are open to the public. Registration for classes on line at www.flutemeet.org, or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Investing in Walking

It is estimated that walking trails and support services are currently generating €14 million for the local economy of West Cork's West Coast. However, some relatively modest investment could increase the value of walking tourism to West Cork to €22 million by 2016 and support upwards of 550 jobs. A study, entitled West Cork – Maximising the Benefits of Walking and Tourism, will be formally launched in the Eccles Hotel, Glengarriff on Wednesday, April 4 at 5p.m. Commissioned by the West Cork Development Partnership (WCDP), the study is a comprehensive strategic assessment and appraisal of the economic opportunities for the development of Walking Tourism in West Cork. The study provides new data on the current economic value of walking tourism to the West Cork region and identifies a number of mechanisms through which walking tourism can further support and benefit the local economy. Anybody with an interest in the development of Walking Tourism in West Cork and the economic opportunities therein is invited to attend the launch. The study will be available as a free download from www.wcdp.ie post-launch

Sports Mad


Macroom Motor Services U 21 Football Championship

Group One: Winners: Éire Óg, who went on to defeat Aghabullogue in the A semi final. Play off for second/ third: Iveleary v Naomh Abán; Fourth/ Fifth: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh and Kilmichael.

Iveleary 0-14 Naomh Abán 0-12

Just like the previous drawn encounter between the teams, which could not be resolved even after extra time, this play-off at Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh on St Patrick's Day was very tight and keenly contested to the finish. Iveleary opened the scoring with a point from a Cathal Vaughan free in the 2nd minute; Naomh Abán quickly replied but Iveleary then forged ahead with four unanswered points, two each from Cathal Vaughan and David Hourihan. In the second quarter, Naomh Abán came back with two points, to cut the gap between the teams to two points, but Iveleary again forced the pace and points from David Dineen, Eamonn Creedon and Cathal Vaughan (2) helped them to a 0-8 to 0-4 interval lead, the Naomh Abán scores coming from Colm Murphy and Cathal Allen. The second half was an absolute thriller! Naomh Abán came out with all guns blazing and in the 2nd minute were awarded a penalty but Colm Murphy's blistering shot struck the post and was scrambled clear to safety. Cathal Vaughan then had two points for Iveleary, one from a free, but Naomh Abán replied with three great points from Colm Murphy and one from Tomas Healy. Again Iveleary had 2 points (Vaughan and David Dineen), again N Abán replied before Barry Murphy's point finished the scoring with Iveleary two points clear at the whistle. Iveleary: Joseph Creedon: Alan O'Brien, Kevin Manning, Tim O'Shea; Sean O'Leary, Cal McCarthy, Barry Murphy; Shane Galvin, Daniel O'Riordan; Liam Kearney, Cathal Vaughan, Denis O'Leary; Eamonn Creedon, David Hourihan, David Dineen. Naomh Abán: Maidhchi Ó Donnchu: Donncha Ó Duinnin, Chris Ó Deasuna, Eanna Ó Criodain: Sean Ó Briain, Deaglan Ó Murchu, Muiiris Ó Donnchu: Colm de hIde, Crios MacPhail: Cathal Ó hAileamhain (0-2), Colm Ó Murchú (0-7, 0-5 frees), Niall Ó Ceallaigh: Pól Ó Cathasaigh, Diarmuid Ó Liathain (0-1), Jamie Mac GiollaBride (0-1). Ionaidi: Tomas Ó hEaluithe (0-1), Donal Ó Donnchú, Micheal Ó Liathain.
This result meant that Iveleary would contest the B championship semi final and N. Abán the C semi final.

Group Two: Ballincollig were group winners and subsequently defeated Kilmurry in the A semi final; Ballinora came second and lost to Canovee in the B semi final; Cill na Martra came third and then beat Donoughmore in the C semi final; Inniscarra in fourth place will play in the D championship.

Group Three: Kilmurry won the group but lost to Ballincollig in the A semi final, Canovee came second and then defeated Ballinora in the B semi final; Donoughmore came third and lost to Cill na Martra in the C semi final; Grenagh in fourth place will play in the D championship.

Group Four: Aghabullogue won the group but then lost to Éire Óg in the A semi final: Macroom finished second; Blarney and Clondrohid played off for third place with Aghinagh entering the D championship.
Blarney 3 – 9 Clondrohid 0 – 9
This result meant that Blarney would meet Naomh Abán in the 'C' semi final while Clondrohid would contest the D championship.

Mid Cork U 21 A Football Championship Final

Ballincollig 2 –13 Éire Óg 1 – 6

There were expectations of a close contest in the St. Patrick's Day meeting of Éire Óg, last year's champions, and the 'usual' winners of the competition, Ballincollig. Éire Óg had come through a difficult challenge in Aghabullogue in the semi final and it was reckoned that they had the power in attack to trouble the annual favourites who however had an abundance of players used to playing successfully at the Premier grade in minor. As it transpired however, Ballincollig possessed an all round strength to deal with any problem areas and apply an all over push which the reigning champions could not deal with. Ballincollig were strong in defence, dominant at midfield and had a few star performers in attack and they regained the Muskerry crown in impressive fashion to take their third title in four years.

Conditions at Coachford were excellent and Ballincollig hit the front early on with two points in the opening minutes from Stephen Coughlan and Sean Kiely. Kevin Hallissey and John Dineen pointed frees for Éire Óg and Dineen had a point from play to put the champions ahead as the first quarter ended. Ballincollig had been missing some good scoring opportunities but in the 20th minute got the break they needed when former Kerry minor George Durrant buried the ball in the Éire Óg net from close range after a powerful run. Kiely and Colin Moore added points to open up a four point lead but in the 27th minute Éire Óg got a major boost when Kevin Hallissey buried a penalty shot in the net to reduce the deficit to the minimum. Sean Kiely pointed a long range free for Ballincollig before the half time whistle and so the challengers led by two points at the break, 1-5 to 1-3, a lead which did not flatter them.

On the restart, John Dineen pointed for Éire Óg but from the kick out Kiely got possession for Ballincollig and sent over a point in a rapid reply. From here to the finish there was only ever going to be one winner of this game! Ballincollig had three points in succession from Ryan Hogan to lead by 1-9 to 1-4 by the 40th minute and had added a point apiece from Durrant and Brian O'Connor before they struck for their second goal from Stephen Coughlan. In the closing minutes, Darren Browne and Brian O'Connor had points for the winners and John Dineen had two points for Éire Óg who were battling on bravely to the finish. Éire Óg: John McCarthy: Colm Murphy, Denis O'Keeffe, David Sheehan: Fiachra Landers, Sean O'Connor, Daniel O'Connor: Ciaran Hutchinson, Fionn O'Rourke: Fintan Brennan, Kevin Hallissey, Daniel O'Connor: Ronan Dennehy, Vincent Coffey, John Dineen. Subs: Killian Murphy, Daniel O'Shea. Referee: Mr. John Ryan, Macroom.

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U 21 'B' Football Championship Semi final

Iveleary 1 – 14 Macroom 0 – 8

Last year's Mid Cork 'C' Football champions are through to the final of this year's 'B' championship after their comprehensive victory over Macroom at a warm and sunny Coachford. Iveleary forced the pace all through but, having missed some good chances of scores, they found themselves only a point in front at the interval, 0-5 to 0-4. They inflicted terminal damage on Macroom in the ten minutes after the break however, with Cathal Vaughan as the destroyer in chief. Thereafter the Iveleary men remained in cruise control and were clear winners at the finish.

Iveleary had the benefit of the wind in the first half but it was Macroom who opened the scoring with a point from Patrick Lucey in the first minute. David Hourihan immediately equalised for Iveleary and points from Cathal Vaughan and Hourihan again had the Iveleary side well settled by the 5th minute. Lucey pointed a free for Macroom in the 10th minute and Cathal Vaughan pointed a '45' for Iveleary after Macroom goalkeeper Dylan Dineen had denied Hourihan with a smashing save. Lucey and Hourihan exchanged points as the first quarter drew to a close and then Eamonn Creedon pointed to open a three-point gap for Iveleary. Macroom had two further points, one each from Patrick Lucey and Brendan Lynch as Iveleary missed out on two great chances of surging out in front. Cathal Vaughan rattled the crossbar from the penalty spot in the 25th minute and two minutes later nearly smashed the bar with a ferocious drive from close range. On both occasions the ball was cleared and so Iveleary had a minimum lead at the break and Macroom were still in contention.

On the resumption, the situation altered dramatically and conclusively. Cathal Vaughan pointed from play, then tapped over a free and then another free from far out appeared to be going over the Macroom crossbar but dipped late under the crossbar and this goal was a mortal blow to the Macroom cause. Vaughan followed with a point from another free in the 38th minute, Iveleary led by 1-9 to 0-5 and the game as effectively over. Andrew Hegarty pointed for Macroom in reply but as the final quarter started Cathal Vaughan pointed two Iveleary frees and Eamonn Creedon added a point from play. In the last ten minutes Denis Quinlan and Patrick Lucey pointed for Macroom and Vaughan and Creedon did likewise for Iveleary who had a nine point winning margin and there was no disputing the merit of this win. Iveleary: Joseph Creedon: Alan O'Brien, Kevin Manning, Tim O'Shea: Sean O'Leary, Cal McCarthy, Barry Murphy: Shane Galvin, Daniel O'Riordan; Liam Kearney, David Hourihan, Denis O'Leary: Eamonn Creedon, Cathal Vaughan, David Dineen. Subs: David Murphy, Kevin Jones and Miceal O Lionaird. Macroom: Dylan Dineen: Barry Healy, Darren Kelly, Noel Murphy: James O'Connor, Colm Casey, Daragh Crowley; Brendan Lynch, Tony Dineen: Darren Creed, David Horgan, David Cotter: Andrew Hegarty, Patrick Lucey, Denis Quinlan. Subs: Michael Browne, Darren McKenna, John Murphy and Michael Cronin. Referee: Mr Ted Hayes, Eire Og.
Iveleary will play Canovee in the championship final at Macroom on Saturday 31st March at 3.30 p.m.

U 21 'C' Football Championship Semi Final

Naomh Abán 2 - 21 Blarney 1 – 7

Proof that Group One was a quality group was forthcoming at Carrigadrohid when Naomh Abán who had finished third in that section demolished the challenge of Blarney (from Group Four) in perfect conditions in the second 'C' semi final.

Naomh Abán opened the scoring with an early Cathal Allen point but Blarney replied with a fast 1-1, the goal coming from Edward Hurley. Naomh Abán responded well however with three points in a row from Danny O'Donoghue and thereafter, playing well, established a clear superiority. Colm Hyde had their first goal after 15 minutes and the points continued to flow with Allen, O'Donoghue and Colm Murphy on target and even corner back Eanna Creedon got his name on the scoresheet! The score stood at 1-8 to 1-2 when Naomh Abán were awarded a penalty in the 25th minute but Colm Murphy's well struck shot went wide of the upright. A Niall Kelly point was the final score of the half leaving Naomh Abán leading by 1-9 to 1-2 atthe break and in total control.

The second half was a mere formality with the Baile Mhúirne side continuing to sparkle and tot up the scores. Gerry Lyons, Colm Murphy, Danny O'Donoghue, Muiris O'Donoghue, Cathal Allen and Paul Casey had all scored points to make it 1-17 to 1-2 by the three quarter stage and in the final quarter Declan Murphy availed of a bad defensive error to tap in a second goal for N. Abán. Naomh Abán: Maidhchi Ó Donnchu: Donncha Ó Duinnin, Chris Ó Deasuna, Eanna Ó Criodain: Sean Ó Briain, Muiiris Ó Donnchu, Tomas Ó hEaluithe: Colm de hIde, Colm Ó Murchu: Danni Ó Donnchu, Diarmuid Ó Liathain, Niall Ó Ceallaigh: Pol Ó Cathasaigh, Deaglan Ó Murchu, Cathal Ó hAileamhain. Fir Ionaid: Miceal Ó Liathain, Tomas Ó hAiliosa, Daire Ó hEaluithe agus Paidi de Roiste.

Naomh Abán will now meet their neighbours, Cill na Martra in the final of the 'C' championship at Macroom on Saturday, 31st March, throw in at 5.00 pm. This game will be preceded by the 'B' final (Canovee v Iveleary) at 3.30 pm.

U 21 'D' Football Championship quarter final

Clondrohid 3 – 5 (14) Aghinagh 1 – 9 (12)

The knock out stages of the 'D' championship commenced with the quarter final meeting of Clondrohid and Aghinagh at Macroom. Clondrohid had earlier beaten Aghinagh in the group stage by a narrow margin and this second meeting was again a very close affair, well controlled by referee Jason Murphy and his full team of officials. Aghinagh led by a point at the break, their goal coming from their best forward Declan Ambrose, David Lynch getting Clondrohid's goal. On the restart Aghinagh increased their lead by a point but then Daragh Healy struck for a second goal for Clondrohid to put the winners ahead and they stayed there to the finish. A third goal from Neilus Murphy gave Clondrohid a four point advantage and they were able to defend their goal successfully to the final whistle even though they had a lucky escape when a Declan Ambrose shot hit the post before going out wide!

Clondrohid (13 a side): Sean O'Callaghan: Neil O'Shea, Sean O'Connor: Christopher Flanagan, Stephen Murphy, Iarla McCarthy (capt.): John O'Connell, Mark Creed: David O';Leary, Daire Healy, David Lynch: Kieran Lynch, Neilus Murphy. Subs; Kevin Healy, Conchuir Lucey, Gary Kelleher and Lorcan Lynch. Aghinagh: Paul O'Sullivan: Diarmuid O'Riordan, Michael O'Sullivan: Donagh McCarthy, Jeremiah Kelleher, Sean Kelleher: Sean Dineen, Ross Crowley; Olan Deasy, Declan Ambrose, Stephen Spillane: William Coakley, Simon O'Connell. Sub: Daniel Kelleher. Referee: Mr Jason Murphy, Kilmurry.

The 'D' championship semi final line up is:

Clondrohid v Grenagh at Coachford, Saturday 31st March at 6.30 pm.

Kilmichael v Inniscarra at Rusheen, Saturday 31st March at 6.30 pm.

The final will be played on Holy Saturday, 7th April.

County GAA – Football Championships and Leagues

With most Mid Cork clubs fixed to play county football championship first round games in early May, preparations are in full swing for all. The draws are:

Senior Football:

Ballincollig v Ilen Rovers, 6th May at Dunmanway

Premier Intermediate:

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Mayfield, 5th May at Kilmurry

Naomh Abán v Ballinora, 5th May at Kilmurry

Macroom v St Vincent's at Ballincollig, 5th May

Intermediate Football:

Éire Óg v Cloyne at Riverstown, 5th May

Canovee v Aghabullogue at Macroom, 6th May

Cill na Martra v Ballydesmond at Dromtariffe, 6th May

League form to date is as follows:

Division One:

Ballincollig: Played 3, won 1, lost 2.

Beat O'Donovan Rossa 1-9 to 0-7

Lost to Bishopstown 1-8 to 2-7 and to Newcestown 0-9 to 0-13.

Division Two:

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Played 4, won 3, drew 1, lost 0.

Defeated: Na Piarsaigh 1-15 to 1-10, Glenville 0-13 to 0-6, Clonakilty 0-11 to 0-10.

Drew: with Naomh Abán 1-10 each.

Naomh Abán: Played 4, won 1, drew 1, lost 2.

Received w/o from Na Piarsaigh

Drew: with Béal Átha 1-10 each

Lost to Nemo Rangers 1-4 to 1-8, to Glenville 0-12 to 2-9.

Division Three:

Éire Óg: Played 4, won 3, drew 0, lost 1.

Defeated: Grenagh 2-11 to 1-12, Ballydesmond 2-11 to 2-5, Newmarket 1-13 to 1-5

Lost to Glanmire 0-7 to 1-6.

Macroom: Played 4, won 2, drew 1, lost 1.

Defeated: Kinsale 0-11 to 0-7, Kildorrery 0-10 to 0-8

Drew with Mallow, 2-10 each

Lost to Grenagh 2-8 to 4-13.

Division Four:

Canovee: Played 4, won 3, drew 0, lost 1.

Defeated: Mayfield 2-10 to 0-12, Ballinora 2-9 to 1-6, Kilavullen 1-16 to 1-8.

Lost to Carrigaline 0-9 to 1-12.

Cill na Martra: Played 4, won 2, drew 1, lost 1.

Defeated: Cloyne 1-10 to 0-9, Carrigaline 3-5 to 0-10

Drew with Glanworth 1-9 apiece

Lost to Fermoy 2-12 (18) to 4-7 (19)

Aghabullogue: Played 4, won 1, drew 0, lost 3.

Defeated: Kilavullen 1-10 top 1-7

Lost to Ballinora 0-9 to 1-10, to Youghal 0-7 to 2-8, to Cloyne 0-12 to 2-7.

Muskerry Footballers

Muskerry footballers had an easy win over Imokilly (1-20 to 0-5) in the opening round of the Divisions/Colleges section of the Cork County Senior Football championship under lights at Pairc Ui Rinn and now progress to Round Three of this section. Losers like Imokilly get one more chance to progress in Round Two and there will be eight teams in the third round of this section to commence a knock out process.

Cork Footballers

Cork continue to show mediocre form in the Allianz National Football league, losing tamely to Kerry and then staging a great rally to beat Mayo in Castlebar by a single point. Fintan Goold and Sean Kiely of Macroom have been in action, as have Noel O'Leary of Cill na Martra and Paddy Kelly of Ballincollig with Eoin O'Mahony of Macroom also on the team panel. Cork play Dublin in their last league encounter and could yet qualify for the semi final stage.

Kevin Hallissey of Eire Óg is the only Mid Cork player on the Cork U 21 panel for the opening round of the Munster Championship. Cork were to play Clare in Cork on Wednesday 28th March. Another Eire Óg player, All Ireland winner Daniel Goulding, is recovering from injury and has begun playing with his club in the county league.

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McEgan College, Macroom, winners of U16 Football County C Final. ©An Scoil

Colleges GAA

De la Salle College Macroom are through to the final of Corn na gColáistí, Munster Colleges U 16.5 'B' football championship, in which they will meet Rochestown College at Cloughduv on Friday 30th March at 12.30 pm. DLS defeated Midleton CBS in the semi final at Carrigaline on a score of 1-14 to 0-10. DLS had wind advantage in the first half and used it well to lead by 1-10 to 0-3 at half time, the goal coming from James Moynihan. The DLS defence stood up to the strong Midleton pressure in the second half with Brian McMahon and Sean Kelleher prominent. DLS: Alan Duggan (Clondrohid): David Murphy (Iveleary), Brian McMahon (Macroom), Andrew Murphy (Aghinagh): Barry O'Leary (Iveleary), Sean Kelleher (Aghinagh), Dermot O'Callaghan (Aghinagh): Chris Foskett (Macroom), Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael): Don Creedon (Macroom), James Moynihan (Canovee), William Coakley (Aghinagh): Cian Healy (Newcestown), John Murphy (Macroom), James Berhanu (Kilmurry). In the Cork Colleges U 16 'A' quarter final DLS went down to Col Chriost Ri on a 1-8 to 0-7 scoreline at Kilmurry.

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Foireann peile Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhic Íre a bhuaidh craobh fé 16 an Contae ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Canovee G.A.A.

Recent results in League East: Under 14 B; Canovee 0 – 10 Grenagh 0 – 1; Under 16B Canovee 2 – 3 Castlelyons 4 – 16; Minor A Canovee 0 – 9 Blarney 5 – 4.

Intermediate Football League: Canovee 2 – 9 Ballinora 1 – 6

U-21 Football Championship: Canovee 1 – 13 Donoughmore 2 – 6

U-21 B Football Championship semi-final: Canovee 1 – 13 Ballinora 1 – 6

Canovee played their third Intermediate League game away to Ballinora. Following a tight first half, Canovee led at half time by 0 – 6 to 1 – 1. Two goals from Daragh Ring and Michael Deasy sealed Canovee's victory 2 – 9 to 1 – 6. In this game William Ahern joined his two older brothers on the team for the fist time and acquitted himself very well. Team: David Wiseman, Gerard Lucey, James McCarthy, Tadhg McCarthy, John O'Brien, Timmy Lyons, Brian Ahern, Eamonn Lyons, Ger Ahern, Denis O'Sullivan, Andrew Cronin, William Ahern, Sean O'Connell, Michael Deasy, Daragh Ring. Sub Jerry Lucey.

Under 15 B: Canovee 3 – 14 Ballygarvan 1 – 7.

Canovee played Ballygarvan on March 18 and led at half time 2 – 7 to 1 – 4, with Kevin O'Leary and Kieran Moynihan scoring the goals. A second goal from Kieran Moynihan sealed Canovee's victory. Canovee: Cormac O'Driscoll, Eoin Cullen, Brian Verling, Conal O'Donovan, Neil Kirk, Gavin Hickey, Sean Browne, Patrick Buckley, Conor Hughes, Kieran Moynihan, Kevin O'Leary, Denis Murphy, Dean Looney, Mark Healy, Humphrey O'Mahony. Sub Darragh Cronin.

Feile B Grade: Canovee 7 – 13 Brian Dillon's 2 – 1.

Intermediate Football League: Canovee 1 – 16 Kilavullen 1 – 8.

On March 25th Canovee played Kilavullen in their 4th Intermediate League game and led at half time 1 – 9 to 0 – 4, with Eamonn Lyons scoring the goal. Canovee ran out easy winners in the second half with Donagh Ring the main point scorer and now have six points out of eight in the League. Canovee: David Wiseman, Gearóid Lucey, Jerry Lucey, James McCarthy, John O'Brien, Timmy Lyons, Donal Murphy Eamon Lyons, Ger Ahern, Sean O'Connor, Andrew Cronin, Denis O'Sullivan, Daniel O'Sullivan, Brian Ahern, Darragh Ring. Subs. Sean O'Connell, Con Dunne, Pat Dunlea, William Ahern.

Upcoming Fixtures: Sunday April 1 u-12 League against Cill na Martra at 11a.m. at Carrigadrohid. Third round Féile fixture is away to Inniscarra.

Medal Presentation to Canovee u-16 panel by Club Chairman, John O'Sullivan, on March 23 at the Planet, Blackpool with 10 Pin Bowling and Pool. A great night was had by all.

Lotto: Jackpot €10,000; Numbers drawn 8, 15, 20, 31. No winner. €50 Aidan Moynihan, Canovee. €25. Olivia Coleman c/o Dan Shine, James Hegarty c/o Dan Shine. Jack the Joker qualifier John Downey, Caum. Summer Draw qualifier, Tadhg O'Neill, Castlemore Arms.

March 25th. Numbers drawn 6, 22, 27, 32. No winner. €50 Laura Lynch, Aherla. €25 Diarmuid Creedon, Aherla. Peter O'Riordan, Aherla. Jack the Joker John Moynihan, Ballingeary. Summer Draw qualifier, Kathleen Murphy, Mashanaglass.

Kilmurry Underage News

U6/8: Both Kilmurry U6 and U8 teams have commenced training in the GAA club on Sunday mornings 11a.m. -12 noon. Mary O' Sullivan is putting the U6 team through their paces while Tim Irwin has the U8s up and running. All are welcome to attend.

The U10 team is training with a number of weeks and is entered in the Rebel Óg competition which is due to start in the coming week.

Kilmurry U14s have moved a step closer to being selected to represent County Cork in the Féile finals this summer by defeating North Cork side, Boherbue, on a score line of 6-14 to 3-7 in the second round of the competition. The fixture was hosted by Kilmurry and the home team made the better start and soon enjoyed a four point lead. Boherbue rallied and had the difference between the sides down to a single point entering the second quarter. Quick goals by John O'Mullane and Sean Warren extended Kilmurry's lead. Boherbue almost had a goal of their own denied only by an excellent save by Kilmurry keeper Dylan Kerins. Going into half time Kilmurry led by seven. The second half saw Kilmurry increase the tempo of the game, led by outstanding team captain Liam Wall and good performances by Liam O' Sullivan, Tomas Collins and Richard O' Brien. Sean Warren hit the net twice while Brian Hinchion and Gregg Fitton scored a goal apiece. Boherbue fought admirably throughout but were unable to come to terms with the greater accuracy and fitness of the Kilmurry side. Overall it was an excellent team performance from a Kilmurry side who now progress to the last eight in the competition and can look forward to a quarter final meeting with current county champions, Ballincollig.

Kilmurry U16 team played Aghabullogue and Cloyne in the Eastern Division League. Having comfortably defeated Kinsale in their opening game, Aghabullogue proved tougher opposition and Kilmurry had to settle for a draw with the game ending 1-14 apiece. On Saturday March 25th Kilmurry took on Cloyne. Things did not go as planned for Kilmurry in the first half and they found themselves trailing on a score line of 4-10 to 2-2 at half time. The game turned around in the second half and a Kilmurry comeback saw them level with four minutes to go. Unfortunately Cloyne again pulled away and the game ended on a score line of 5-14 to 5-11.

St Val's Notes

2012 leagues have commenced in excellent weather conditions. Our under 16 team played two matches, defeating Nemo Rangers comprehensively at Carrigadrohid and won comfortably against Naomh Abán in Ballyvourney. The Junior and Senior teams also started their league campaigns. The Juniors played Éire Óg in Kilmurry and were defeated by a more clinical team who took their goal chances, winning 5.11 to 1.8. The Senior team travelled to Inch Rovers and had a great win 2.15 to 2.6, with goals coming in the first half from Aoife Plunkett and Joanne Down. The under 14 B team lost by two points away to Passage. Ten points down at half time, they showed great character to get themselves back into the game and with time running out created some great chances. Under 8 & 10 training will begin on the 2nd of April @ 6.30 at Carrigadrohid. New members are always welcome. Contact Martin Lyons 087 9974229 if interested in joining.

The under 16 team remain unbeaten, having defeated St Michael's 4. 19 to 2. 3 in their third match. They meet Douglas next. The junior team lost their second league match in an away to Naomh Abán. The teams were level at 3 points apiece after 15 minutes with Val's scores coming from full forward Ellen Healy and midfielder Mairead Corkery. Slowly Naomh Abán started to gain control around midfield and added 1.5 without reply, to lead at the break 1.8 to 3 points. In the second half Becky Hennigan scored a goal in the first 10 minutes and kicked a point from play to reduce Naomh Abán's lead further. Máiréad Corkery added another point before Naomh Abán rallied again. To our girl's credit they kept going to the final whistle adding a fine point from sub Elmarie O'Sullivan and a well taken goal by Ellen Healy before the end to leave the final score 2.12 to 2.7 in favour of Naomh Abán. The under 14B team played Passage away in their opening league match and after being down 10 points at half time they upped their performance in the second half to lose only by 2 points 6.2 to 4.10 at the final whistle of a highly entertaining game. Their next game is away to Bishopstown.

Donoughmore Host Canadian Champions

Donoughmore Basketball Club hosted an unique event recently when they welcomed St. Patrick's High School, Quebec, Canada for a challenge game as part of their Ireland Tour 2012. This was a great opportunity for the local girls to play a top class international team and current Canadian National High School Champions. A large crowd was in attendance for the game which ended in a 56 - 57 win for the Canadian girls but it was the performance of the Donoughmore U18s which really had the people impressed with the free flowing basketball they played throughout the game.

Eimear Twomey, Michelle Dilworth and Aileen Buckley once again showed why they are regarded as 3 of the best players in the Cork League with fantastic basketball throughout and they were well supported by Emily Murphy, Miriam Twomey and Aoife Crowley. The girls have had a great season so far in the Cork U18A League with notable wins over Waterford Wildcats, Skibbereen and Carrig na bhFear. Elsewhere, the clubs U16 team continued their fine form with a comfortable 20 point win over Crosshaven, with Siobhan Lyons, Aine Dilworth, Tracey Deane and Marguerite O'Sullivan playing very well for the home team. The Senior ladies sit top of the Cork Div.1 League as we enter the final month of the season and hope to wrap up the league title in the coming weeks and also face Fr Matthew's in the Championship semi final at the end of the month.

Lee Valley Basketball

March 24

U12B: Lee Valley 38 St. Anthony's 10

U14B Lee Valley (41) Skibbereen (22)

Lee Valley got the better start and were winning by 4 points at the end of the 1st quarter, thanks to some great scores from Brid Óg MacSweeney, Orla Hannon and Sarah Doyle. They had difficulty in coping with C. Coombes, who was very strong going forward and scored 8 out of Skibbereen's 10 points in the first quarter. The second quarter was still very even with Aoife Doyle, Brionnagh Healy and Saoirse MacCarthy scoring for Lee Valley. Brid Óg MacSweeney, who was outstanding throughout the game, gave Lee Valley a good lead going into the final quarter. Lee Valley finished off the game with two well taken baskets from Aine Barry.

U16B Lee Valley v Crosshaven. Walkover to Lee Valley.

U18B Lee Valley 43 St. Anthony's 45 after extra time.

March 21

U16B Lee Valley (37) Donoughmore (34)

Well done to both teams. This was an exciting match from start to finish. Lee Valley were ahead in all quarters but only by one or two baskets at times. Great play from all girls on both teams. For Lee Valley Elaine O'Brien did some lovely layups and also great rebounding. Lauren Buckley and Brionagh Healy both had great games. For Donoughmore, Aine Dilworth had a brilliant game with great ball handling and defending and setting up shots. Also some very good defending from Elaine Buckley.

Calling Coaches

The Cork Coaching Forum is delighted to announce that a course entitled "Coaching Children" is currently open for registration. The module has been developed and will be delivered by Catherine Bird, Coach Development Officer with Coaching Ireland. This workshop will address: the role of the coach; what constitutes a positive coaching environment for learning; the challenges that coaches experience; how a child learns best. The target audience for this workshop is coaches working with children primarily under the age of 12 and coaches who have completed their introductory or level 1 NGB Coaching Awards. All applicants can register online by clicking on the below link and selecting their preferred venue. There is a €10 administration fee per applicant. https://em.eventmaster.ie/client/bookNowIframeView.html?venue=20

The course will run from 7pm-9pm: 26th March - Yeats House, Barrack Square, Ballincollig; 17th April - Dunmanway GAA; 24th April - Mallow GAA Sports Complex. If you have any queries, please feel free to contact Gemma Crowley in the Cork Sports Partnership on 021-4665081 or go to www.corksports.ie

Macroom Soccer

In Cork AUL, Macroom B continued their run of good form in Division 2 with a 4-1 win over CFC Banteer, their third win in a row and one which lifted them to seventh place in the league table. Barry Fitzgerald, Bryan Bradley, Liam Lynch and Michael Browne got the goals for Macroom and funnily enough, Macroom B had the highest 'goals for' tally and also the biggest 'goals against' total in the league table after this encounter! Unfortunately in their next engagement, Macroom B crashed to a 2-0 away defeat against bottom club Waterloo and so are under pressure once again to maintain Div. Two status. Macroom A are not going well in the Premier League, going under 4-1 at home to visitors Leeside. William O'Riordan got the Macroom goal from a free kick. Macroom A followed up this defeat with another home loss, this time to Wilton and so remain bottom of the Premier League table with only one win from 13 games, needing to make up seven points from their remaining five games in the league to keep their place in the premier grade.

Schoolboy soccer

Macroom U12, U 13, U14 and U16 teams were in action and two wins, one draw and one loss was the outcome. In U12, Macroom drew 3-3 with Tramore Athletic in Division 3, Macroom U14s defeated Midleton 2-0 away in Division 4 and are top of the table and Macroom U16s had a 5-2 win away against Kanturk and remain joint leaders of Division 3. Macroom U 13's went down to a 4-2 home league defeat with Olan O'Leary scoring twice for the home side.

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