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Preparing for 'Cinderella' in the Briery Gap  Dec. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22.      ©  Lee Valley Outlook

Message from the Mayor

As Mayor of Macroom, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in the town and its surrounds a very happy Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year.  For those returning from abroad for the festive season, let me welcome you home whole heartedly and for those friends and families who will not be with us, our thoughts are with you at this time. 
I look forward to the switching on of the Christmas lights in Macroom at 7p.m. on December 7th and I hope you can all join me on that night.  I would like to express my appreciation to Macroom Town Council and the Lee Valley Enterprise Board for their financial support in erecting and maintaining these lights, which are well known and appreciated, not only in Macroom, but countrywide.  They have given much pleasure to young and old during the years.  May I also encourage you to shop locally this Christmas and give Macroom town the much needed economic boost it deserves by supporting the local businesses which have served the town well through the years.
While Christmas can be a time of much happiness for many, it can also bring sadness and loneliness for some.  Let us all remember our loved ones and friends and cherish those memories at this time of year; let us not forget the elderly and vulnerable at this time and remember - a simple smile or hello can make the world of difference. 
Finally, to all the voluntary and hardworking communities, clubs and associations that make Macroom a wonderful community to live in; to all sporting organisations and the volunteers that run and organise them, Macroom town is and will be forever indebted to you. 
As 2013 approaches, on my behalf, that of my fellow town councillors and Macroom Town Council, I would like to wish you all peace and happiness during Christmas and the New Year.

Owen McCarthy, Mayor of Macroom

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Cllr. Owen McCarthy, Mayor of Macroom ©  Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary 

FREE PARKING in Macroom December 8 to January 1. Two hour restriction still applies.

Briery Gap:

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 28th & Sat 29th Dec @ 8.30 pm A Christmas Carol
Sun 30th Dec @ 3p.m. The Muppet's Christmas Carol';
Wed 2nd Jan @ 3p.m. Jungle Book;
Fri. 18th Jan. @ 10.30 am Winterochter

Macroom Library:
Penn Bookclub: Fri. Dec. 7, 4 p.m.
Gramophone Recital: Mon. Dec. 10 at 11a.m.
Purlies Thurs. Dec. 20 at 11a.m -12.30. 
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.

Season's Eatings: Cookery demo in Clondrohid Hall on Thurs. Dec. 6 at 8pm.
Macroom I.C.A. Coffee Morning Fri. Dec. 7 at 10.30a.m. in Fr. Ryan Hall.
LIGHTING UP MACROOM Dec. 7 @ 7p.m. Macroom Town Square
MACROOM CHRISTMAS MARKET Dec. 7 from 6.30 p.m. and all day Dec. 8
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..
Community Information at Ballincollig Shopping Centre on Fri. Dec. 7, 10am-1pm
Kilmurry Historical & Archaeological Association A.G.M. in Kilmurry N.S. at 8 30 pm, Fri. Dec. 7
The Olde Schoolhouse Drama in Shanacashel Hall, Kilmichael, Fri., Sat. and Sun., Dec. 7, 8 and 9 at 8p.m.
St Vincent De Paul Society annual church gate collection Sat. 8th and Sun 9th Dec.
Santa in Ballingeary at "Cois Laoi" Farmhouse, Dromanallig, Sat. and Sun. Dec. 8 and 9 from 12 noon
Coachford Christmas Market Dec. 8
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.
Farran Community Alert A.G.M. in Farran Hall on Thurs., Dec. 13 at 8p.m. All welcome.
Ionad Cultúrtha concert on Friday 14th December @ 8.30p.m.
Sports Quiz in T.P. Cotter's, Macroom on Fri. Dec. 14 at 8p.m.
Carol Service: in St. Colman's Church, Macroom, Sun. Dec. 16 at 7p.m
Carols by Candlelight in St. James' Church, Ballinora on Sun. Dec. 16 at 8pm
Penitential Service: in St. Colman's, Macroom, Tues. Dec. 18 at 7.30p.m.
Race Night in Shorten's Bar, Ballingeary on Fri. Dec. 21 at 8pm. 
Ger Wolfe and Friends at the Mill's Inn, Ballyvourney on Fri. Dec. 28th.

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 

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Updates 

Christmas officially starts in Macroom this Friday, December 7, with the switching on of the 2012 Christmas lights by Mayor Owen McCarthy at 7 p.m. To coincide with the "switching on", the Board has put together a fabulous night's entertainment for all the family. There will be more than 25 Christmas Market Stalls in the Square; a Carousel for the boys & girls; Christmas Carols; the magnificent Jimmy Heinz Jazz Band will be performing from 6.30 till 9 p.m. and we have just got confirmation that the Man himself, SANTA, will be making a very special appearance. All the shops will be open till late and have very attractive in-store offers for "Macroom Night" & over the weekend.

Make Macroom your Number 1 Shopping Town this Christmas. Our motto is always "Shop Local, Keep Jobs". It does make a difference and by sticking together and doing as much as possible of your business and shopping locally, it will help both Macroom and surrounding areas through what is regarded as one of the most difficult business periods in the past half century. Do "THINK LOCAL" this Christmas.

Hope to see you all in Macroom, especially on Friday 7 and Saturday 8.

Just a quick reminder that Santa is staying in Macroom on Friday night (at a secret location), but will be in Macroom Leisure Centre (under the Castle Arch) on Saturday the 8th from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Admission for Children is €5, which will include a parcel from Santa. Mammies & Daddies are FREE. For further details please check our Ad in the Lee Valley Outlook.

Macroom Updates

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FREE PARKING in Macroom December 8 to January 1. 2 hour restriction still applies.

Data for Christmas Lee Valley Outlook

The Christmas number of the Lee Valley Outlook will be available on Wednesday, December 19. It will be a review of 2012, 1992 and 1962 in text and pictures. If you wish us to include a review of the year in your club or association, please forward a short report to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Thursday, December 13.

Our Christmas issue also includes Christmas ceremonies in all the parishes in the Lee Valley. Should you wish to include data from your parish, please send as soon as possible to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Lee Valley Outlook, Killarney Road, Macroom or telephone 026/41891.

Christmas in Macroom

Preparations are well underway to bring some much needed joy and happiness to the Lee Valley for Christmas 2012. "Macroom Night" will open the celebrations in the town on Friday, December.7. The official switching on of the lights by Mayor, Cllr Owen McCarthy, will be at 7 p.m. A Christmas Market will run in the Square, with more than 25 Stalls. Live music and carols will make the town rock 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 treats and a Carousel for the children and mulled wine and mince pies for the adults.
Santa may be visited in his Grotto at Macroom Community Leisure Centre from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 8 at a cost of just €5. For reservations, call 085 2413994. Other attractions include a Free Fun Day for children at the Leisure Centre with Bouncing Castle, Giant Slide, Obstacle Course, Sumo Suits etc.
There are many demands on pockets and wallets at this time of year, but particularly in the current economic climate. Multitudes of worthy causes are all making pleas for our contributions on the airwaves, newspapers, through our letter boxes, on the streets and at our doors. Most of the charities are very worthwhile, but it might be well to remember that 'Charity Begins at Home'. Many of the national and international charities are run by boards or trusts whose officials draw down substantial salaries, thus reducing the benefit to the cause. They also use the Charity Status to claw back tax, creating a further burden for the taxpayer. Our own local charities are mostly run by volunteers, with every euro counting. So, as you Shop Local, you might also channel your donations to worthy causes in the Lee Valley.

Macroom Bridge

Work is progressing on the completion of a walkway on Macroom Bridge. The aluminium decking is currently being put in place on the footbridge. Some work is being done on the footpaths approaching each side of the bridge and on the coping on the parapets. 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 open to pedestrians by late December - early January, depending on weather.

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Macroom Golf Club Seniors at their annual dinner.   ©  Lee Valley Outlook

Sports Grants for Lee Valley

Four Lee Valley clubs were among 600 successful applicants for funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sports Capital Sports Grant 2012. A total of 2,170 clubs submitted applications totalling €226m. €26m has now been allocated, with another €4m to follow.
The successful Lee Valley clubs are Aghinagh G.A.A. who have been granted €90,000 for a club house; Macroom G.A.A. who have been allocated €70,000 to floodlight the pitch in the Castle Grounds; Macroom Tidy Towns who receive €18,000 to erect open air gym equipment in the Town Park and Macroom Boxing Club who receive €15,000.

Macroom Calendar

A 2013 calendar containing 38 beautiful photographs from Macroom and district and 33 thumbnail images is now selling like hotcakes. Some of the photographs are old but most of them are right up to date. The top quality production, made to be hung on a wall, opens in a two page spread, with photographs in the upper half and the month in the lower half. Each day has space for entry of appointments etc. Bank Holidays and principal feast days are marked, as are the phases of the moon. The calendar includes a short description of Macroom and its attractions and is a great promotion of the area. It is the dreamchild of McCarthy's Newsagents, 19 Main Street and they are its sole outlet. It costs €10, out of which a subscription goes to Macroom Senior Citizens. It is an ideal gift to send to people from the Lee Valley in all corners of the globe. 

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Peter Leahy Macroom and Drogheda Fire and Rescue Service who won two bronze and one silver medal at  the World Firefighting Games in Sydney  © 

St. Mary's Updates

Butterfly Bank: As part of the AIB 'Build a Bank' challenge, six Transition Year students from St Mary's have opened the 'Butterfly Bank' for the current academic year. Its business slogan is "Transform your savings with Butterfly Bank" and the students involved are: Eileen Murphy (Manager), Vera O'Riordan (Assistant Manager), Clare Murphy (Auditor), Orlaith McDonagh (Sales and Marketing Executive), Anna Twomey (Teller), Síofra Burgoyne (Teller), Niamh McCarthy (Assistant Teller). The Butterfly Bank opens every Thursday in the school under the supervision of Mary Noonan (AIB Student Officer) and Arlene O'Donoghue (Business teacher). The challenge introduces the students to the world of business and banking, teaching them new skills such as money managing, marketing strategies, customer service skills, leadership and teamwork. Having a school bank is good for all the students as it encourages them to save on a regular basis – giving them good habits for the future.

'Milk It' Awards,  a fun, cutting edge and exciting advertising awards designed by the National Dairy Council for Secondary School students, involves teams of six students creating their own advertising campaign to promote the message of the importance of dairy to their peers. St. Mary's  team, the 'Dairy Dolls'- Siobhan Murphy, Harriet Kelleher, Molly Buckley, Rachel Horgan, Mary O'Riordan and Katherine Scott - have researched their peer group as their target market. They have found from their research that 90% of their peers are not having enough dairy in their diet. They now aim to provide a solution to this problem through their advertising campaign which will include: offering free samples of dairy in the school, educating their peers on the benefits of dairy through  Facebook, Twitter, a website, poster campaign, leaflets, newsletters, 2R codes, loyalty card scheme and much, much more. The team is very excited and enthusiastic about this competition which is being delivered through the Business and Art Departments under the supervision of the Art teacher, Ms Eibhlín Collins and Business teacher Ms Arlene O'Donoghue. The Competition encourages students to develop analytical, creative and organisational skills in a fun and enjoyable way.

U.C.D. Scholarships: Niamh Casey and Kate O'Brien, both former pupils of St. Mary's, received Entrance Scholarship awards in U.C.D. last week in recognition of their outstanding achievement in their Leaving Certificate last June, where they finished in the top 4% in the country.  Niamh is currently studying to become a vet while Kate is pursuing a career in medicine.

Showtime: Rehearsals are underway for St. Mary's Transition Year Show, 'Keeping up with the Convent', an adaptation of three musicals, scripted by Ms. Martina Moynihan, assisted by Ms. Norma Galvin. All TY students are involved in the production, which includes dance, drama, instrumentals and a backstage crew. The show runs on December 10 and 11 in the Briery Gap Theatre, where tickets may be purchased.

Social Evening for Hope Foundation: Transition Year students at St. Mary's Secondary School recently held a Social Evening at Macroom Community Leisure Centre to raise money for the Hope Foundation, who support Street Children in Calcutta.  K.C. Catering supplied the food; desserts were made by St. Mary's students and D.J., Jonathan Buckley, provided the entertainment for the evening. Students from De La Salle and McEgan Colleges were invited to the event, which was a great success, raising just over €1,000! The whole year group are co-operating to raise €6000 required to send two students from St. Mary's to Calcutta in mid- March 2013, where they will have the opportunity to gain an insight into the projects carried out by the Hope Foundation.

New Student Council: St. Mary's students recently held elections to form their Student Council for this academic year. Students throughout the school nominated their classmates for election, and subsequently voted for two representatives from each class. The Student Council is presently run by Leaving Cert students Kate Condon, Elaine Murphy, Danielle O'Leary and Gráinne Moynihan. A very active voice within the school community, the Council encourages students to eat healthily, recycle and engage in fundraising activities for charity. The Student Council primarily addresses concerns raised by the students through a weekly meeting and a Students Suggestion Box.

Football Winners: St .Mary's, Macroom 7-14, Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon 2-8
St. Mary's Senior Footballers recently played Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon in the Munster Colleges Quarter Final. The St. Mary's girls got off to a storming start and, in the second half, managed to preserve their huge lead and secure a great victory.  It is a great boost for football in St. Mary's as both the Junior and Senior teams are now through to the Semi-Finals of their respective competitions. St. Mary's Abú!   

An Fhoireann Díospóireachta: Comhgairdeas leis na daltaí ón idirbhliain, Melissa Edman, Eibhlín Kelleher, Eimear O'Shea agus Anna Twoomey, a ghlac páirt i ndíospóireacht na Gaeilge, eagraithe ag Gael- Linn, i mBaile Bhúirne. Ghlac ceithre foirne ó Chorcaigh agus ó Chiarraí páirt sa díospóireacht. An rún a bhí ann ná "Ba cheart do sheanadóirí agus teachtaí dála a rogha éadaí  a chaitheamh i dtithe an Oireachtais". D'oibrigh siad go dian agus d'éirigh go han-mhaith leo sa díospóireacht. Leanfaidh siad ar aghaidh go dtí an chéad bhabhta eile. Maith sibh, a chailíní!

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Dromleigh N.S., winners of Macroom Library School Quiz.   ©  Christine Cronin

Macroom Library Updates

Our Annual Library quiz went off very well on Wednesday 28th November in McEgan College.   17 schools took part, the most that have ever participated. The winners were Dromleigh N.S. after a short tie breaker round with Clondrohid N.S., who then came second. In third place was Muinefliuch N.S.  All the teams who took part were a credit to their schools both with their knowledge and how they conducted themselves.  We thank the teachers and parents who gave of their time to have their children involved and also to McEgan College for the use of their hall and particularly, Paul Lynch, who set up the tables and chairs and the amplification system for us.
The library has reopened after the repainting work. Our apologies to any patrons who were inconvenienced by the closure at relatively short notice.  Allowances will be made with regard to any fines incurred.
Pages for the Christmas Colouring competition are available at the library desk. Details of our Christmas opening hours will be in the next edition of this magazine.  But do note that Saturday 22 will be the last day we are open before Christmas.
The Penn  Bookclub meets on Friday 7th  December at 4pm. December's Gramophone recital is on Monday 10th December at 11a.m. Ann and Tony Buckley and Kevin O'Brien will be performing some musical numbers and the audience is requested to bring along a personal Christmas favourite of their own on C.D. There will be a break for refreshments at 11.45 or so and the finish time is roughly 12.30p.m. The Purlies will meet again on Thursday 20th December.

Macroom Girl Guides

Macroom Girl Guides presented a cheque for €1,000 to Fr Dónal Roberts P.P. Macroom and Joe Willis Chairperson Macroom Parish Pastoral Council.  This cheque was towards the cost of the recently installed television transmission of church services from Macroom parish church to Macroom hospitals, nursing homes and to those housebound in the Macroom area. The Girl Guides decided to donate the proceeds of their church gate collection this year to this very worthy project. All church services are currently available on Channel 29 to those in hospital or house bound.  Joe Willis noted that this project was a central plan of the Parish Pastoral Council, which is now delighted to see it in place and in time for the Christmas ceremonies.  Fr Roberts commented that it was wonderful to see that the young people were concerned enough to do something practical to support those who are in hospital and housebound in their community.  The Parish Council has received very positive feedback from the community about the service.

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De la Salle students step it out with Mrs. Jigglebottom during their very successful Panto in the Briery Gap     ©  An Scoil  

Mrs. Jigglebottom's Boys

The joy of Panto, much celebrated by De la Salle P.P.U. close on half a century ago, is still alive and kicking in the student community in 2012. This must be attributed in no small measure to the talent and skills of teachers, Tracey Groome and Jean O'Donovan and the vision of Principal, Noel Dunne. The college has enjoyed great academic and sporting success in recent years and it is heartening to note that the authorities there also recognise the immense benefits of drama and stage productions to the self confidence of the students.
'Mrs. Jigglebottom's Boys', played to full houses in the Briery Gap, Macroom November 28 and 29. It was a carefree romp, encompassing fairy tales, political satire, the resurrection of De la Salle founder, Jean Baptiste De la Salle, some hit and miss musical numbers and energetic dance. There were great actors among the cast but most remarkable was the enjoyment and lack of self consciousness displayed by all the performers. If a cue was missed, they ad libbed like professionals, surely a great learning experience of the life skill that 'the show must go on'.
Starring in 'Mrs. Jigglebottom's Boys' were David Douw, Matthew O'Connor, Chris Foskett, Tommy Condon, Brendan O'Sullivan, Michael Hourihan, Senan Clancy, Ronan O'Callaghan, Shane Lehane, Paul O'Farrell, Ky Salib, James Dullea, Brendan O'Callaghan, Finbarr McSweeney and Brian Kelleher with Don Creedon, Kevin O'Dwyer, Shane O'Donoghue, Dylan Cronin, Pádraig Hinchion, Joseph Ryan, Tadhg Hogan, Brian McMahon, Jack O'Sullivan, Cian O'Riordan, James Berhanu, Jack Lynch and Crew, Ciarán O'Donoghue, Stephen O'Leary, Adam O'Connell, Kenneth Lynch, Gavin O'Hare, John O'Mahony, James Murphy, Craig Ronan, Robert Healy, Stephen Coleman, Dylan Canty, Brian O'Driscoll, Alex Ryan, Denis O'Riordan, Killian Cooney, Sean Connolly, Andrew Murphy, Garry Murphy, Ian Healy, Liam O'Flynn and Brendan Flanagan.

Cinderella in the Briery Gap

The Briery Gap Pantomime Group is busy rehearsing for the most popular fairy tale of all time, "Cinderella".  With a cast of over 100, an exciting show of magic, laughter and song is guaranteed to bring you the best Panto to date.  The magic is provided by the lovely Fairy Queen (Róisín Crowley), who has a difficult time protecting the sweet and hardworking Cinderella (Kelly Healy) from her very cruel stepsisters (Daisy – Stephanie Shine and Tulip – Georgina Healy) and also the nasty Baron, played by Pat Kelleher. Cinderella is fortunate to have a faithful friend in "Buttons", (Darragh Murphy) who, when given the opportunity, doesn't hesitate to play a few tricks on the stepsisters.  The handsome Prince Charming, having travelled from Pennsylvania to find his Princess, is played by Ben Meany and is shown all the local "Hot Spots" by his personal assistant, Dandini – Darragh Ring.  The Prince's distinguished Aunt, Lady Marjorie, (Maureen O'Brien) and his fun loving and caring sister, Princess Sophia (Treasa O'Riordan), has escorted prince charming to Macroom to assist in the search for the Princess of his dreams.  The royal family are welcomed by the noble Lord Bealick (Pat O'Connell), who, with Lady Bealick (Teresa Dineen) make all the necessary arrangements for the visit and of course, the all important Ball.
Tickets are now available at Box Office 026 41793. Performance Dates as follows: 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.

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 Girls' Chorus in 'Cinderella' in the Briery Gap  Dec. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22.                     ©  Lee Valley Outlook

Briery Gap Programme

Theatre: St Mary's TYO Show 'Keeping Up with the Convent' Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th December; Tickets €10

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.

Cinema: Fri 28th & Sat 29th Dec @ 8.30 pm A Christmas Carol; Starring Brendan Grace ('Father Ted') and BAFTA winner Brendan O'Carroll ('Mrs. Brown's Boys'). Admission €5
Matinees at 3 p.m. Admission €4. Sun 30th Dec The Muppet's Christmas Carol'; Wed 2nd Jan Jungle Book; German Educational Film, Winterochter, Fri. Jan. 18 @ 10.30 am.

Local Television Back on Air

Local Television, delayed this year by the switch over to digital, is back on air. 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

Sun. Dec. 9: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Mass from Carrigastyra Famine Graveyard 2012. 6.30p.m. Excerpts from Christmas Pantos of the past. Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí 2012 Part 2. 
Wed. Dec.12: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Turning on of Christmas Lights and 'Macroom Night'. 2012 De la Salle Panto, Mrs. Jigglebottom's Boys' from Briery Gap. 

Sun. Dec. 16: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. 2012 Confirmation at Cill na Martra.  6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. LTV.

Wed. Dec. 19:  9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Christmas Past and Present in Macroom area. 

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)

Christmas Lee Valley Outlook will be available on Wednesday, December 19. It will be a review of 2012, 1992 and 1962 in text and pictures. If you wish us to include a review of the year in your club or association, please forward a short report to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Thursday, December 13.

Our Christmas issue also includes Christmas ceremonies in all the parishes in the Lee Valley. Should you wish to include data from your parish, please send as soon as possible to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Lee Valley Outlook, Killarney Road, Macroom or telephone 026/41891.

FREE PARKING in Macroom December 8 to January 1. Two hour restriction still applies.

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
Community Information Ballincollig VEC students, as part of their New Directions course, are holding an information morning at Ballincollig Shopping Centre on Friday 7th December 10am-1pm .Their aim is to offer information on a number of services that are available to the area. Attending will be The VEC, Family Resource Centre (FACT), Citizens Information, Westgate, SHEP etc. Everyone is welcome to come along and find out what could be of interest and benefit to you.
The Olde Schoolhouse Drama Group presents "Roadside", a 3 Act Comedy, in Shanacashel Hall, Kilmichael, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday - 7th, 8th and 9th December at 8p.m. Booking essential - phone (089) 4965627.
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. Canovee under 13 and 14 successful teams will have their medal presentation on Friday December 14th at 7.30pm in the Lee Valley Golf Club.
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.
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.

Farran Community Alert A.G.M. will be held in Farran Hall on Thursday, December 13 at 8p.m. All welcome.

Sports Quiz in T.P. Cotter's, Macroom on Friday December 14th at 8p.m. Great night assured!

Ionad Cultúrtha Baile Mhúirne concert with two of Ireland's finest fiddlers, Brian Rooney and John Carty on Friday 14th Decemeber @ 8.30p.m. Brian McGrath will join them on piano, guitar and banjo.

Carols by Candlelight with the Carrigaline Choral Group & St. James' Church Choir, Ballinora, with guests, Dan Twomey, (Tenor Soloist as seen on The Voice) and MacTíre Trad Group in St. James' Church, Ballinora on Sunday 16th December 8pm. All proceeds in aid of the Church Restoration Fund. Tickets €10 from choir members or Eamonn Lane (087 2984838) or Barry O'Sullivan (087 9438055).

Race Night, organised by Cumann Peile Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, will be held in Shorten's Bar on Friday 21st of December. Everyone welcome. A great night assured. First race at 8pm. 

Ger Wolfe and Friends at the Mill's Inn, Ballyvourney on Friday December 28th. The line up includes Edel Sullivan (fiddle), Paul Frost (double bass), Richard Lucey (accordeon) and Ger singing.

The Living Art Gallery, Main Street, Macroom celebrates its 1st year in business this month. To mark its first birthday, Rashika is offering a €25 gift voucher with your purchase until December 31. The most recent paintings of flowers, animals and local landscape by Rashika , will be exhibited from December 7 till the new year. -Christmas seasonal opening times - Monday to Friday10.30 -2.30 and 4.30 - 6.00 & Saturday 12 - 4

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.

Coachford Bowls Club every Monday morning from 10.30 to 12 noon, and every Tuesday night from 7.30 to 9pm-in Coachford G.A.A. Hall - new members very welcome (come and try out bowls for yourself).

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.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto:  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.
December 2.  Numbers drawn: 1, 8, 23, 26. No winner. €50 John O'Sullivan, Ballincollig; €25 Liam and Nora Lyons, Carrigadrohid; Dan O'Regan, Roovesbeg. Jack the Joker, Stephen Kelleher, Curragh. Hamper: Sean Flynn, Kilcrea. Next lotto draw on December 9th in the Castlemore Arms for jackpot of €4,900.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 26/11/2012, Jackpot: €2,000, Numbers Drawn: 22 - 23 - 27, No Winner, €40 Colm & Sarah, €20  Mary Buckley, Aileen Casey, James Buckley, Cillian Holland

Lee Valley Updates

Clondrohid Updates

Sciath na Scol Clondrohid N.S. reached the final of Sciath na Scol at Páirc Uí Rinn, playing neighbours, Rusheen. When Clondrohid was last in the final, four years ago, their opponents were also Rusheen, who they defeated. This time round Clondrohid put on a great performance and went into an early two point lead but Rusheen came back with two goals, to which Clondrohid responded with a goal and another point, leaving the half time score 2-3 to 1-3 in favour of Rusheen. In the second half, great work by Clondrohid brought them to within one point , but unfortunately time ran out and victory went to Rusheen. Well done to all involved and to Jim Lucey and Stephen Quinn for all their hard work with the team. Final Score Rusheen 2-4, Clondrohid 1-6. Team: Michael Buckley, Shauna Healy, Brian Lynch, Stephen Ryan, Calum O'Shea, Sean Desmond, Dean Burke, JK Long, Katie Dineen. Subs: Ryan Fallon, Joseph Buckley, Muireann O'Sullivan, George Lowry, Brian Murphy, Ciarán O'Sullivan, Ciarán O'Leary, Jerh Kelleher, Mary Ann O'Shea, Conor Murphy, Jerome Healy, Gearóid O'Connell. Eoin Kelleher, Conor Dineen, Alex Kelly, Conor O' Leary, Grace Murphy, Conor Lucey and Colin Murphy
Parish Bazaar: The Parents' Association and the Hall Committee would like to thank everyone who donated and supported the Clondrohid Bazaar. Your support is greatly appreciated. Raffle Winners: 1. €250 Michelle O'Mahony, The Village; 2 €150 Donal & Siobhan Murphy, Farran; 3 €100 Conor Buttimer Coolcower; Hampers Winners, Kathleen Burke, Catherine Murphy, Katherine O'Leary, Rachel Bradley, Jazz Tiernan, Mary Twomey. Kiddies Winners: Doll- Alisha O' Callaghan; Train-Conor O'Leary; Sweets- Ellie Murphy.
Festival Evening with Friends: A great celebration of music, song, church choir, classical and traditional music, folk group and singers with local musicians is planned for Sunday, December 16 at 7.30pm in Clondrohid Church. Your support would be appreciated. Please come along and celebrate Christmas with the performers. All proceeds are for Pieta House, Cork, a Suicide Crisis Centre and a Self Harm Crisis Centre. Therapy in Pieta House is completely free of charge so all donations are warmly welcomed. Tickets for €20 can be purchased at Healy's Spar and at Clann Aire, contact Gobnait on 0872249223
Team Hope Shoe Box Appeal: Your shoe box gift can mean something very special to a child who may not have much to look forward to. If you would like to be part of this project, contact Gobnait Kelleher at Clann Aire.
Seasons Eatings: a celebration of Christmas day cooking in the Community Hall on Thursday December 6 at 8pm Tickets €10. Part of the proceeds to be given to Macroom Hospital.
December Entertainment in Carriganimma: Friday  7, Fun Quiz. Sat.. 8, Big Maggie;  Sat. 15 Erin Go Brath ( a Ballad Group ); Sun. 16 at 3pm, Broomhill Vintage Club, the All Ireland Champions of Assembling Tractors, will assemble a tractor inside the pub. All monies raised from this venture will go to Suicide Awareness. Sat. 22 the Annual Christmas Draw. Sun. 23 Santa Claus. St. Stephen's Day Dec. 26 Danny Golden. Fri. 28 Spalpeen. Sat. 29, Madcaps Comedy. New Year's Eve Dec. 31 Peter Lane.
G.A.A. Senior A.G.M. took place on November 27. The officers elected for 2013 are as follows: President, Tim McCarthy; Vice Presidents: Michael Lucey, Tom Corkery and John Kelleher, Kilvoultra. Chairman, Noel McDonagh; Vice Chairman, Michael O'Leary; Secretary, Tim O'Connor; Treasurer, Gerard Kelleher; P.R.O. Siobhan O'Shea. Hopefully 2013 will bring silverware once more.
Sunday Nov 25 U15's Football County Semi-final between Clondrohid and Kiskeam took place in Kiskeam on a very wet, cold morning. Clondrohid fell behind in the first half. They made a great comeback after the break but it was not enough and they lost by five points. The season has now finished for 2012 and the P.R.O. would like to thank everyone who helped to put all events in place during 2012 - the parents, players, mentors and people in the background who look after the organisation of the club. It wasn't a very successful year but hopefully 2013 will bring some silverware back to Clondrohid again.
Lotto: November 21. Jackpot €1,400. €70 John McDonagh, Dromree. €20 Olan Buckley, Kilnagurteen; Henry O'Brien Dripsey; Sean and Gobnait Lynch, Gortnavranner; Joan O'Neill Inchigeela.
November 28 Jackpot €1,600; €70 Angela Looney Rosnascalp; €20 Eileen Coakley Bantry; Teresa Buckley Macroom; Dan Kelleher Mollinahorna; Noelle O'Sullivan
Clondrohid.
Bingo in Community Hall every Wednesday night; jackpot €1,000

Post Christmas Concert at Mills Inn

Ger Wolfe and friends will return to the Mill's Inn for a special sit-down concert at the Museum on Friday, 28th December at 9.30 p.m. Ger and his musical companions, Edel Sullivan (fiddle), Paul Frost (double bass) and Richard Lucey (button accordion) will entertain the Christmas troops with their special blend of folk and trad, with the odd touch of pop and soul. The quartet will be playing songs and tunes from Ger's six C.D.'s, including the ever-popular 'Curra Road'. A show not to be missed in this newly re-vamped venue .Tickets are just €12 and pre-booking is strongly advised from 026-45237.

Santa Claus in Ballingeary

Enjoy an enchanting visit to Santa at his hideaway in "Cois Laoi" Farmhouse, Dromanallig, Ballingeary on Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9 from 12 noon till late both days. Children €8, adults free. Bring the family to meet & greet Santa, Mrs Claus, Elves & Helpers. See the Pets' Corner and feed the animals for Santa. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture those precious memories. Post your Santa letter in the giant mail box; make a wish in the wishing chair; see Mrs Claus make mince pies and  yummy cookies. See how tidy the Elves keep their bedroom...Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and festive treats will be served. Donations in aid of the Alzheimer's Society .There will also be a raffle. We look forward to meeting you all. Ho! Ho!Ho!     Merry Christmas. Enquiries /Bookings  @ 026 47278 /  0860710833

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto

There was a big crowd in the "Làine Bar" for the launch of Aghinagh G.A.A.'s Lotto. Club Chairman, Tadhg Twohig, thanked all ticket sellers and everybody who bought yearly and weekly tickets. The first draw of the night for €500 was for all those who had paid for yearly tickets.  The winner was John O'Leary, Dromduve and the ticket was drawn by Club President, Dan O'Connor. Then it was on to the main jackpot which was €1,000 for this week.  Lady Mayoress of Ballinagree, Rita O'Sullivan, drew the three numbers 2, 14 and 39.  There was no winner.  Five consolation prizes were drawn as follows:-  €50 Alan & Mary Browne, Rylane; €20 each: Mary Healy, Carrigathou; Patrick & Margaret O'Riordan, Shanakiel; Martin Hubbard, Inchelea; Donagh McCarthy, Castleview. Next week's jackpot will be €1,150  and will be drawn in "The Ploughman's Bar" at 9.30 p.m. on Sunday, 2nd of December.

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Santa arrives in style at Kilmurry G.A.A. Christmas party for u6 and u8 teams      
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 Macra Matters

Quizzing the Politicians: Muskerry Macra Young Farmer Discussion Group recently took the opportunity to lobby some local politicians. Topics for discussion included stamp duty, student grants, farm productivity and importantly, the future of farming. Politicians Dara Murphy, Pat Burton, Aindrias Moynihan and Jonathon O'Brien all agreed that the future of farming is very bright but that education and the science of farming will play a vital role in the progression of the agricultural industry.
The Hosts with the Most: During the month of December Muskerry Macra members will be perfecting their hosting skills. On Saturday 1st December the Cork County Night Out will be held in the Village Inn (Hogan's), Coachford. This is a fantastic initiative by the County Executive to encourage Cork members to get to know each other. With over 30 clubs in the county, it's a great opportunity to socialise with members from other clubs and regions. On Saturday 8th December Muskerry will host the National Final of both Team and Impromptu Public Speaking at 8pm. Public Speaking competitions nurture and showcase the talent among members. Admission is free. On Friday 14th December all roads lead to Ballyanly, Inniscarra Community Centre where the Cork County Round of Capers will be held. This is always a highlight on the Cork Macra calendar. Several teams who competed in last year's National Final will be back on stage. Best of Luck to the 2 Muskerry clubs, Berrings and Donoughmore, who are competing 
What's On: Sat 1st Dec: Donoughmore Macra Car Wash, Stuake 10am - 4pm; 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
Sun 9th Dec: Muskerry Round 5-a-side soccer 
Tues 11th Dec: Macra/IFAC National Seminar in Portlaoise @ 8pm 
Thurs 13th Dec: Muskerry Regional meeting, Aghinagh 
Fri 14th Dec: Cork County Capers Final hosted by Muskerry Macra 
Sat 15th Dec: RYI (Rural Youth Initiative) workshop & forum at Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, 2pm 
Sat 15th Dec: Muskerry Christmas Night, Crookstown
Berrings Macra: Thanks to all who came and supported Berrings club table quiz on Saturday 23rd November. Well done to the winning team, scoring top marks. After the quiz, local member, Jennifer Lyons entertained with live music. Well done to Colm O'Leary who took part in the National Semi-Final of Impromptu Public Speaking in Vienna Woods, Glanmire. The next step for Berrings Macra is the Cork County round of capers on 14th December, which is on in our home grounds, Ballyanly community centre. All support would be greatly appreciated.

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Coachford College students who each received in excess of 500 points in their Leaving Certificate exam, with past pupil and All Ireland Football Star, Juliet Murphy,  at the annual College Awards. ©  An Scoil  

Coachford Updates

Shop Local: The Community Council is asking everyone to consider doing at least some of their Christmas shopping in the locality - in local hardware stores, Pharmacy and Supermarkets – and to celebrate the season in the local pubs. The Chairman urges everyone to use the local post offices to send Christmas Cards and parcels; use local taxis and hackneys; think about gift vouchers from local businesses and give some serious thought to shopping at home in Coachford, Aghabullogue and Rylane.
Coachford drama group have qualified for the All Ireland One Act Drama Finals with the play, 'Never Swim Alone' by Daniel McIvor. They will take their place alongside four other groups, Breffni (Co. Cavan), Rush Co. Dublin, Masquerade (Co. Wicklow) and Gunpowder (Ballincollig) in the confined section of the competition at Ballyduff, Co. Waterford, December 7 - 9. The cast of Louise Murphy Lyons, Eugene O'Sullivan and Peter Dineen and stage manager, Diane Searls, all under the direction of Anthony Greene, have enjoyed a great level of success on the festival circuit this year, picking up wins in Kilmallock and Haulbowline and a second in Rossmore and Ballymahon, Co. Longford and a third place in Cork. Last weekend Coachford Players won the Castlelyons Festival and picked up awards for Acting and Directing also.
Coachford Christmas lights committee is decorating a large Christmas tree in the village, which has been without a Christmas tree for some years and now, with so much doom and gloom around and the need for all of us to support our local area, we feel the time is right to bring some of the Christmas spirit back into the village. Please support this worthy cause by placing your donation s in the collection boxes in the village shops.
Coachford Farmers Market, the last of 2012, will be held in the GAA Hall on Saturday 8th of December and promises to be a great day for young and old alike. Santa looks forward to meeting all children, big and small, from10.30 -1pm. The Hall will be adorned with the Art Work of children from all local schools, with prizes being awarded on the day. Available will be seasonal wreaths, locally made jewellery, slate paintings, knitting, Tearcraft produce and more gift opportunities that are beautiful, and sustain our own and Third World communities. There will be lots of great cakes to buy.  The children's choir, under the leadership of Aoife Donovan and Liz Thompson, will entertain all present. You can try your luck in the raffle, take a Lucky Dip from the Brownies, get Bargain Books [proceeds to V de P ], or just enjoy Fair Trade tea or coffee for €1. The GAA will also take this opportunity to open their club shop and tracksuits, hats, jackets and other club merchandise will be on sale.
Coachford Student, Neil McSwiney, has been awarded the Best Leaving Cert Higher Level Result in Engineering.  Neil, who attended Coachford Community College, also won the Coachford Community School Engineering award with his amazing Lunar Buggie project. The award is sponsored by Coachford firm, O'Donovan Engineering. Principal, Pat O'Connor, said it recognised Neil's dedication, hard work and great natural ability. Neil, who is an accomplished show jumper, has also been awarded National Young Engineer for the best leaving cert engineering project 2012. Congratulations to Neil and his teacher, Mr. David Drummond. Coachford College has achieved the highest result in the country in a leaving cert subject seven times since 2000 - in Physics, Applied Maths, Gaeilge, Maths and now Engineering.
Be vigilant: The ACR Community Council is appealing to everyone to be vigilant as reports of break-ins and burglaries are on the increase in the Mid Cork area. Important Contact Numbers for the local Garda Stations, Southdoc, Defibrillator contacts, St. Vincent De Paul and ESB are on ACR cards that may be picked up at the Church door or in local shops and should be kept by the phone. Peter Dineen, Council Chairman advised, "Make sure that your property is secure. Get your neighbours to keep and eye on your house and you keep an eye on theirs. If you think there are dodgy people about or you see something unusual, ring the Gardai in Macroom 026 20590 – make sure you have this number by your home phone and in your mobile phone."
Aghabullogue GAA A.G.M. will take place in the GAA Complex, Coachford on Tuesday December 11th at 7.30pm. It is very important that players, coaches and supporters attend this meeting.

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Ógánaigh Mhúscraí ag seoladh Éigse 2012 in Áras Éamonn Mac Suibhne i gCúil Aodha  ©   Lee Valley Outlook

Éigse Diarmuidín

Tionóladh Éigse 2012 i gCúil Aodha Samhain 30 – Nollaig 2, an 21ú comóradh ar shaol agus ceol Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin, a maraíodh i dtimpist bóthair 1990. Seán Bán Breathnach a dhein an oscailt oifigiúil agus mhol sé a raibh á dhéanamh ag an Oireachtas, Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta, Raidió na Gaeltachta agus TG4 agus na Gaelscoileanna ar son na teangain. Bhí slua breá i láthair in Áras Éamonn Mac Suibhne don ócáid agus togha ceoil agus scléip á soláthar ag Banna Fliúit Loch a' Bhogaigh agus ógánaigh ó Ghaeltachta na Mumhan. Chuir Ruth Ní Riada agus Billy Ó hÉalaithe na Stáisiúin i láthair, mar fógra ar an Gathering, a comórfar i gCúil Aodha i rith an chéad deireadh seachatine de Lúnasa 2013 le Aifreann, cóisir, picnic, cluichí agus ceol.

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Cuid den slua ag ag nochtadh leachta do Amhlaoibh Ó Loingsigh i Reilig Ghobnatan i mBaile Mhúirne   ©  Lee Valley Outlook

Leacht do Amhlaoibh Ó Loingsigh

Nochtaigh Paudie McGrath leacht dá sin sin seanuncail, Amhlaoibh Ó Loingsigh, i Reilig Ghobnatan ar an gcéad lá Nollag 2012. Básaíodh Amhlaoibh ag Cath Chéim an Fhia 1822 agus cuireadh é i mBaile Mhúirne sé mhí ina dhiaidh san ach gan aon chomhartha ar a uaig. Bheartaigh Acadamh Fódhla ar leacht ómóis a nochtadh do údair agus gaiscígh an cheantair agus seo an chéad ceann. Thug Dónal Ó hÉalaithe, gaol le Amhlaoibh, léacht breá ar scéal na mBuachaillí Bána i Múscraí agus chan Danny Maidhchí Ó Súilleabháin 'Cath Chéim an Fhia' le Máire Bhuí Ní Laoghaire.

Bookworms

TeddyBoy - The Teddy McCarthy Autobiography.

 In 1990 Teddy McCarthy became the first and only man in GAA history to win All -Ireland football and hurling medals in one year. This book provides an account, not just of his sporting life, but also his personal .A frank and honest account of a much loved Cork legend.

Available in Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop at €15.99.

GIY by Michael Kelly

Things to Do in December

As you clear remaining crops from your vegetable patch, dig the beds over and add well rotted compost or manure. Start planning what you would like to grow next year and work out what crop rotation system you are going to use.  Study seed catalogues carefully before deciding on the best varieties to grow.  Start a Compost corner or heap.  Keep an eye on your stored vegetables and discard anything that's rotting. Collect and store leaves in bags to make leaf mould or use as cover for bare soil.

Sow: If you haven't already done so, plant garlic – it should be in the soil by the shortest day of the year.  Bring herbs like mint, chives, lemon balm, parsley, thyme indoors by lifting and potting them up.

Harvest: Buck the seasonal trend by continuing to harvest winter salad leaves like corn salad, land cress and mizuna.  You should still have at least some produce left in the December veggie patch e.g. winter cabbages, Brussels sprouts, leeks, kale, Jerusalem artichokes, carrots, celery, turnips, parsnips, winter cauliflowers, swedes, spinach, chard and celeriac.  From your stores you can enjoy pumpkins and squashes, potatoes, onions, apples, beetroot and garlic.  

Tip of the Month: Air frosts occur when the air temperature reaches 0C but as GIYers the important thing to look out for is ground frost. The positioning of your veggie patch is most important as frosts will have a bigger impact in low-lying sites where cold air tends to collect – a veggie patch at the foot of a hill is a terrible idea! Some veg are frost hardy including Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflowers, carrots (up to a point), parsnip, radish, turnip, celery, leeks, garlic, onions, kale and spinach.  For those plants that are not frost hardy, keep an eye out for ground frost warnings, and cover with fleece to protect them.

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CHRISTMAS  READS

Courtesy of Macroom Bookshop.

General: And Time Stood Still by Alice Taylor  €16.99; A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy  €19.99; Illustrated Weather Eye by Brendan McWilliams  €19.99.

Sport: My Journey by Jim Stynes €16.99; The Great and the Good by John Giles  €28.00; Bull by John Hayes €19.99; Teddy Boy by Teddy McCarthy €15.99; Memory Man by Jimmy Magee €16.99.

Cooking: Cake by Rachel Allen   €26.00; Jamie's 15 minute Meals €26.00; Nigellissima by Nigella Lawson €26.00; Eat Like an Italian by Catherine Fulvio  €19.99.

Spiritual: Time Keeper by Mitch Albom €15.99; Calm the Soul by Poor Clares €16.99.

Biographies/ Autobiographies: Kick  Against the Pricks  by David Norris  €23.99; Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger €16.99; Camp David by David Williams €16.99; Country Girl by Edna O'Brien  €22.99; Children's Diary of a Wimpy Kid  €13.99; Emerald Star €15.99; Rathburger  €12.99; Just Mary by Mary O'Rourke €19.99.

Smile and Save

Businesses from Cork and across Munster gathered in Adare for the Munster SMILE Resource Exchange networking event to learn how they could potentially save money, reduce their levels of waste and develop new business opportunities. SMILE is based on the concept that "one person's waste could be another's resource". Through its facilitated networking events and the SMILE website, www.smileexchange.ie, SMILE helps to identify potential partnerships for businesses that have waste and resources they would like to exchange. Since its inception in 2010, it has recorded €1 - €1.3 million of estimated cost savings for businesses.
Speaking at the event, Michelle Green, SMILE Project Manager, said, "At each of our events, we ask participants to bring along items which they may have to offer for exchange. To date, 13,000 tonnes of resources/ waste have been presented at events and we have identified over 1500 potential partnerships.
The SMILE initiative is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Limerick Clare Kerry Regional Waste Management Office, Limerick City & County Enterprise Board, Clare & Kerry County Enterprise Boards and is project managed by Macroom E Environmental Industrial Park. The initiative was piloted in Macroom in 2010 and has since expanded to Limerick, Clare, Kerry & Dublin.

Dancers Celebrate   

Dancers from the Hegarty School of Irish Dancing recently enjoyed a 5 day visit to the Lowender Peran Pan Celtic of the Celts in Kernow, to celebrate the distinctive heritage of Cornwall's traditional music, dance, songs, storytelling and the county's links to Brittany, Ireland, the Isle of Man and Scotland. A fun, family friendly event, the weekend consisted of ceilidhs, concerts, dance and music workshops. During the festival the children took part in Celtic dancing, listened to acoustic folk song sessions, attended some Cornish language classes, listened to some traditional local storytelling and joined in the afternoon cabaret and family dance over tea and saffron cake.

Sports Mad

Quish SuperValu Muskerry Intermediate Hurling Final

Blarney   1 – 11     Grenagh   0 – 12

The final game in the Mid Cork GAA calendar was the final of the Quish Cup and this game was played midweek under lights at Ballincollig after the original Sunday fixture had to be postponed due to weather conditions.  Premier Intermediate side, Blarney, were naturally strong favourites to win against Mid Cork Junior champions, Grenagh. But the lower ranked team showed from the start that they were well up for the contest and pressed Blarney from start to finish in a fine contest.  Grenagh led by 0-4 to 0-1 after the opening quarter but then lost possession while on the attack and Blarney came down field and finished with a goal, the vital score of the game.  Blarney led by 1-7 to 0-5 at half time but by then had lost a man to a second yellow card and so, had to play the second half with a reduced number.  Grenagh, with a strong late rally, did succeed in getting the deficit down to a single point but Blarney had a late, late point and held on after a stirring contest.

Munster Club Championships

There was disappointment for the Cork club champions in the three Munster football championship jousts with our neighbours from across the county bounds. 

Senior Football Final:

Castlehaven   0 - 12     Dr. Croke's (Killarney)   0 - 19

Intermediate Football Final:

St Vincent's   0 - 5    Finuge (Kerry)   1 - 5

Junior Football Semi Final:

Rockchapel  1 - 8    Kenmare (Kerry)  2 - 15

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 Officers of the Mid Cork Board for 2013, from left, Mark Sheehan, Chair Coiste na nÓg; John Feeney, CCC; Frank McCarthy, Dev. Officer; Dave Lee P.R.O.; Pat Malone, Vice Chair; William Buckley, Rúnaí; Tony O'Mahony, President Cork Co Board; Pádraig Ó Céilleachair, Oifigeach Cultúrtha; Dónal Ó Cróinín CCC; John Crean, Treas; Austin Cremin, President   ©  Lee Valley Outlook

Mid Cork Board Annual General Meeting

The 87th AGM of the Mid Cork GAA Board was held in  Ballincollig recently.  All outgoing officers of the Board were returned unopposed: Uachtarán:- Aibhistín Ó Cruimín, Innis Cartha; Leas-Uachtaráin:- Tadhg Ó Gealbháin, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh; Antóin Ó Mathúna, Baile Nóra, Pádraig Ó Mathúna, Innis Cartha, Aubert Ó Tuama, Baile an Chollaigh; Cathaoirleach:-   J J Long, Kilmurry; Leas-Chathaoirleach:- Pat Malone, Éire Óg; Rúnaí:- William Buckley, Dripsey; Cisteoir:- John Crean, Aghabullogue; Public Relations Officer: Dave Lee, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh; Development Officer: Frank McCarthy, Ballincollig; Oifigeach na Gaeilge agus Cultúir:- Pádraig Ó Céilleachair, Ballincollig;  CCC Members: West:- Dónal Ó Cróinín, Cill na Martra; East:- John Feeney, Dripsey.
Secretary's Report: An Rúnaí, William Buckley, presented the annual report on the activities of the Association within Múscraí:
'In all, the Board ran 19 Competitions in 2012 and 356 games were played in both football and hurling. Our Junior A Football championship is still the number one attraction, and Kilmurry and Uíbh Laoire reached the final. Kilmurry won and made it all the way to the County final, only to be denied in a replay by Rockchapel. In Junior A Hurling, Grenagh and Cloughduv continued to dominate the local scene, with Grenagh coming out on top with a narrow, one point win over Cloughduv but they lost in the county. In U21 Football, the new format proved to be a big success and the highlight of the year was when Uíbh Laoire won the County B Football championship in Páirc Uí Rinn. Blarney overcame Cloughduv in U21 A Hurling but failed to make any progress in the County championship.
Overall, gate receipts and attendances were down this year, which has to be a big concern, but due to the high number of matches now being played all over the County, people simply cannot afford the expense. The Board and clubs must also take some responsibility for our poor attendances as some high profile matches were fixed at ridiculous times to accommodate clubs. In 2013, there will have to be a different approach taken regarding venues and times of games. It is also imperative that when delegates return back to their clubs after arranging league games, that these dates should be upheld. With winners going out in the county, we must now be prepared to have the leagues completed by the end of September.
Scór is now struggling, with fewer clubs competing. There are plenty of musicians, singers, dancers and other talented people within the various clubs and it would be desirable to have them involved in the future.
We were delighted to be able to help Kilmurry in their fundraising effort for the JJ Long Golf Classic. We would like to thank Frank McCarthy, who represented the Muskerry Board on that finance committee, and congratulate Kilmurry on such a successful event.  Our Chairman, JJ Long, continues with his Rehab in Dún Laoghaire and we look forward to the day he returns to Pullerick and his beloved Kilmurry.
Muskerry Teams: We entered both hurling and football teams in County Senior Championship and the preparations were very well organized. In Hurling we were beaten by a stronger Avondhu side.  We had met, and beaten them the previous year but had to replace five of the forwards from that team. Unfortunately, against CIT, we had no answer against this semi-professional team. We entered the football championship with high hopes of at least qualifying from this group of death. Some of the best senior football teams in the county are put in one group, and only two can qualify. Surely there has to be a better way of promoting our senior divisional teams than having them play championship football under lights in March. In the first round we beat a poor Imokilly team but the second round against Avondhu proved to be a disaster. Huge efforts were put in by both selection committees. The hurling team was looked after by John Feeney (Dripsey), Manager, and selectors Brendan O'Leary (Éire Óg), Peter Downey (Inniscarra), John Sexton (Ballincollig), Willie Barrett (Aghabullogue), Willie Cronin (Blarney) and Ted O'Mahony (Cloughduv). In charge of the football team were Leo Lowney (Éire Óg), Manager, Mícheál Creedon (Naomh Abán), Coach, and selectors Tim Heelan (Donoughmore), Gearóid Ó hÉalaithe (Cill Na Martra) and William Buckley (Dripsey).
Football Muskerry 1-20 Imokilly 0-05, Muskerry 0-05 Avondhu 0-09
Hurling Muskerry 1-13 Avondhu 1-18, Muskerry 0-05 CIT 2-16
Muskerry U20/ 21 Football Teams: Having spoken for several years about entering a team in the Duhallow U20/ 21 football tournament, we were delighted to be able to accept the kind invitation to participate. This, hopefully, will be the starting point of building a team that will bring County honours back to Muskerry if the enthusiasm of the Management is transferred onto the players. The Management team is Andrew McCarthy (Inniscarra), Dr. Aidan Kelleher (Clondrohid), John O'Shea (Éire Óg), John O'Callaghan (Uíbh Laoire) and Michael Linehan (Kilmurry). Many thanks to John Fintan Daly and the Duhallow Board for their help.

Muskerry Development Teams: U16 Hurling: Having won the "B" Competition at U14 & U15, Muskerry opted to play in the "A" Section of the Munster Inter Regional Event. They were drawn in a section with Limerick, Imokilly and Waterford. In their first two games Muskerry lost narrowly, but performed very well. Their last match against Waterford was a dead rubber and the selectors took the opportunity to give a game to all the squad.
Under 15 Hurling: Muskerry travelled to Fr O'Neill's prepared for two games but one of the teams had pulled out and Muskerry won the final comfortably. However, this hardly justified the costs involved.
Under 14 Football: Muskerry played in the Under 14 Blitz but the decision to play the Féile Football final, involving Ballincollig, the night before robbed Muskerry of about six of their team and they ended up losing both their matches.
Under 14 Hurling: A well prepared Muskerry played in the "B" section alongside Carrigdoun, Carberry and Duhallow. Muskerry dominated and beat Carberry easily in the final. It would seem that Muskerry are the middle division in hurling with Imokilly, Seandun and Avondhu above, and Carberry, Carrigdhoun and Duhallow below them.
Under 15 Under 16: Football Competitions were to be played over the October Bank Holiday Weekend, but were cancelled. It is probable that the Inter Divisional Competitions are to be discontinued for the foreseeable future.
Divisional Championship Finals:

Junior A Hurling  Grenagh 1-15 Cloughduv 2-11   Referee: Peter Downey
Junior B Hurling  Gleann Na Laoi 1-13 Blarney 0-16    Ref: Willie Barrett
Replay:Gleann Na Laoi 0-3 Blarney 0-7    Ref: Dave McCarthy
U21 A Hurling  Blarney 1-15 Cloughduv 0-11    Ref: John Horgan
U21 C Hurling  Ballinora 1-20 Kilmichael 2-09   Ref:  Ger Aherne
Junior A Football  Kilmurry 1-15 Iveleary 1-11   Ref: Miah Moyinhan
Junior B Football  Eire Óg 1-09 Kilmurry 0-9   Ref: John Ryan
Junior C Football  Eire Óg 2-11 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-6    Ref: David Murnane
U21A Football Ballincollig 2-13 Eire Óg 1-06   Ref: John Ryan
U21B Football Iveleary 3-15 Canovee 3-06    Ref: Miah Moyinhan
U21C Football Naomh Abán 5-08 Cill Na Martra 2-11   Ref: JJ Murphy
U21 D Football Kilmichael 2-15 Clondrohid 0-9    Ref: Denis Dineen

Leagues: Junior Football

Division 1 Final  Kilmurry 2-08 Iveleary 1-08
Division 2 Final  Aghinagh W/o Eire Óg
Division 3 Final  Iveleary 1-13 Grenagh 2-07
Division 4 Final  Eire Óg 2 -10 Kilmurry 2 - 7
Junior A Hurling Final Grenagh 0-11 Cloughduv 0-10
Junior B Hurling Final Blarney 2-12 Ballincollig 2-10
Quish SuperValu Intermediate Hurling Cup Final: 
Blarney 1-11 Grenagh 0 – 12
Referees: I would like to thank all our referees for their wonderful service and commitment to the Coiste for the past year. Two of our referees were honoured by being appointed to officiate at County Finals - Miah Moynihan, U21A Football and Pat O'Leary, Senior Football. This latter appointment has been long overdue as Pat has been one of the top referees in football within the county for years. Also, 'Thank You' to Aubert Twomey who became our referee administrator this year and for his contribution to the CCC in the appointments for championship matches. Also thanks to Pádraig Ó Céilleachair, who became a Referee Assessor this year. Finally, congratulations to Michael Keane, who was appointed County Referee Administrator.
Venues: My thanks to all clubs who hosted our games during the year. You are always willing to accommodate this board. Also, my thanks to those people who collect at the gates.
Media: My thanks to all our local media who do so much work to promote our games - Aubert Twomey, Southern Star and County; Brendan Kenneally, Lee Valley Outlook; Kevin Murphy, Evening Echo and Michael Scanlon of C103.
Muskerry GAA History: A very diligent history committee is working on this project and completion date is now in sight. It is very important that all clubs will have a place in this book so if any club has anything else to add, please contact any member of the Board to ensure its inclusion in this important piece of literature.
Sponsorship: Our Thanks again is extended to our sponsors during the past year:Quish's Super Valu, Ballincollig; Ballincollig Credit Union; Ross Oil, Farnanes; MJK Oils, Clondrohid; Macroom Motors Services; Ó Crualaoi Butchers, Ballincollig; Farho Intelligent Heating, Farran; The Auld Triangle, Macroom; Oriel Hse. Hotel, Ballincollig; Rochestown Park Hotel; Cumnor Construction, Blarney
Match Sponsorship: The post-match receptions for the Junior A Finals, which are held in the Auld Triangle on the Monday evening following the matches, are sponsored by the Auld Triangle and have been very enjoyable occasions for players and mentors of both teams.
Man of the Match Awards are also presented at these functions. Our thanks to the Sponsors for these presentations - O'Mahony Walsh & Associates for the Hurling and Ross Oil for the Football.
Tributes: Regretfully a number of members from various clubs within the division passed to their reward since our last AGM, among them: Billy Crowley, Kilmurry; Denis Slocum, OLH; Catherine Lehane, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh; Mrs May Crean, mother of John, our Cisteoir; Richard Lynch, Cloughduv; Fr Tony Cronin, Newmarket – formerly Aghinagh and Trainer of Muskerry Senior Hurling Team 1970; Pat McCarthy, Cloughduv; Kevin Healy, Inniscarra, former Chairman.'

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Cill na Martra U14 team who won the East Region c League Final against Dripsey  ©  Joan McLoughlin

Scór Mhúscraí Report

Scór na nÓg: We had competitors in all competitions but only representing 6 clubs.  The standard was high with some winners reaching the County Final, in which Aghabullogue came second in the Question Time. The highlight of the year was the performances of Tracey Cronin from the Iveleary Club who won both the Recitation and Solo Singing section in Muskerry and in the County Final - a first. Tracey also brought home the Munster Title in the Recitation and represented her Club, Division and County in the All Ireland Final in Athlone. Muskerry results in Scór na nÓg: Figure Dancing: 1st Aghabullogue 2nd Canovee; Solo Singing: 1st  Tracey Cronin, Iveleary 2nd Molly Ní Chorcora, Cill na Martra; Instrumental Music: 1st Iveleary; Recitation: 1st Tracey Cronin, Iveleary 2nd Aaron O'Driscoll, Blarney; Ballad Group: 1st Iveleary; Question Time: 1st Aghabullogue  2nd Blarney; Nuachleas: 1st Aghabullogue; Set Dancing: 1st Aghabullogue  2nd Aghinagh;

Scór Sinsear: We had competitors in all of the eight competitions, with seven clubs being represented. Many of our competitors reached the County Final. Inniscarrra progressed to the County Final in the Ballad Group and Figure Dancing, coming first in the Ballad Group and second in the Figure Dancing. They progressed to the Munster Final in the Ballad Group, but, despite a great performance, were not among the prize winners. Dripsey won the Question Time in Muskerry and progressed to the County Final, where they came second. Dripsey also progressed to the County Final in Set Dancing and won that section. They progressed to the Munster Semifinal but were not amongst the prize winners. Muskerry results in Scór Sinsear: Figure Dancing: 1st Inniscara; Solo Singing: 1st Aine O'Driscoll, Kilmurry 2nd Diarmuid O'Riordan, Dripsey; Instrumental Group: 1st Grenagh; Recitation: 1st John O'Riordan, Dripsey 2nd Marian Wall, Kilmurry; Ballad Group: 1st Inniscarra, 2nd Grenagh; Question Time: 1st Dripsey, 2nd Blarney; Novelty Act: 1st Inniscarra; Rince Seit: 1st Dripsey

Scór na bPáistí: With huge entries, there were three semi-finals – in Clondrohid, Inchigeela and Coachford, with 2 from each section qualifying for the final in Ovens. The standard in all competitions was very high and many winners reached the County Final.  Congratulations to Rusheen N.S. who were joint winners of the overall shield in the County for Scór na bPáistí. Muskerry results: Figure Dancing: 1st Peil Cill Na Martra 2nd Aghinagh Football 3rd Matehy; Solo Dance: 1st Michelle Crowley, Canovee N.S. 2nd Fiona Mc Carthy, Ballinora N.S., 3rd Clare Ahern, Rathduff N.S.; Solo Singing: 1st Laura Cahill, Ballinora N.S. 2nd Maeve Dineen, Scoil Fhionbarra, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, 3rd Sinéad Buckley, Rathduff N.S.; Instrumental Music: 1st Rusheen N.S. 2nd Cúil Aodha 3rd Éire Óg; Solo Instrument: 1st Paul Barry Murphy, Grenagh Hurling  2nd Anna Sheehan, Rusheen N.S.; 3rd Síle Ní Mheachair, Cúil Aodha; Recitation: 1st Luke Walsh, Rathduff N.S.   2nd Paul Barry Murphy, Grenagh Hurling 3rd Miriam Cronin, Iveleary Football; Ballad Group: 1st Ballinora N.S.   2nd Peil Cill Na Martra  3rd Kilmurry East; Novelty Act: 1st Rusheen N.S. 2nd Rathduff N.S. 3rd Kilmurry West; Question Time: 1st Rusheen N.S. 2nd Aghinagh Football 3rd Kilmurry East & Aghabullogue N.S.; Seit Dancing: 1st Rusheen N.S. 2nd Aghinagh Hurling 3rd Aghinagh Football.
The Denis O'Donovan trophy for the best school/ club in Scór na bPáistí went to Rusheen N.S. for the fifth year in a row. It was presented by Ann O'Donovan to Gerard Coakley, Principal. The Niall Casey Cup was won for the fifth year in a row by Iveleary.

Club Development: The following is an outline of development work undertaken, and in the pipeline by clubs in this Division:
Aghabullogue: Carried out major refurbishment of dressing rooms at the old pitch during the past year.
Aghinagh: Planning a new development in 2013 which will include new referee facilities, gym, store room, meeting room and large hall.
Ballincollig: New training pitch developed and repair works to main car park by Club House carried out.
Ballinora: Ballinora GAA has acquired 0.7 acres adjacent to its pitch at Ballymah, Waterfall to develop additional training facilities for the growing number of adult and juvenile players in the club. We have applied to the Munster Council for a purchase grant in support of this.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: The main pitch was spiked and treated with sand at the beginning of 2012 and both goalmouths were re-sodded.
Clondrohid: In 2012 we upgraded our shower area and installed more cost efficient solar panels to heat the water, reducing electricity costs and water usage.
Cloughduv: Work carried out included sanding 2 pitches, repaired goal nets on 1 pitch, repaired nets behind goals on 3 pitches, painted dressing rooms, painted seats in stand, built entrance wall and erected new entrance gate.
Éire Óg: have applied for Sports Department funding to develop a sand based, floodlit pitch on main field and will proceed with the work immediately if successful.
Gleann na Laoi: Gleann na Laoi hope to carry out sanding next year.
Inniscarra: Cumann Iniscartha this year sanded the main playing pitch, erected new ball stop netting behind one goalmouth, painted the dressing rooms and replaced the glass in the front dressing room windows and are replacing the perimeter fencing around the main pitch. 
Iveleary: have sanded their pitch, repaired netting, replaced goalmouth netting, completed new public toilets with referees room and wheelchair accessible toilets, internal dressing rooms painted, strimmer bought, and hope to replace perimeter fencing around pitch in 2013.
Kilmurry: Pitch lighting was replaced and upgraded early in the year, making it possible to train and play practice games comfortably at night. Street lighting was also installed around the perimeter of the grounds for security reasons. The pitch was sanded early in September. This involved spreading of sand, aerating and spiking the pitch, brushing in the sand and also fertilising the pitch.
Macroom: GAA Club purchased a new grass mower in 2012 and also erected new permanent aluminium goal post, nets, flags and are cutting and maintaining the new GAA pitch at St. Colman's Boys National School in Macroom.
Naomh Abán: sanded and spiked new pitch; put new drainage and concreted all around the car park at the old field in the Portach. We have done a massive amount of clearing around the old pitch and also behind the dressing rooms. Bought new goal posts and painted all the fence posts around the old pitch.  We hope over the next 3/4 years to put up a new building in the college field costing between €350,000 to €400,000.
All clubs are to be complimented on the ongoing improvement in facilities at their venues. Those works always involve considerable finances and this invariably means fund raising by clubs. Grants by Munster Council greatly help and are very important and much appreciated by Clubs.

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 Naomh Fionnbarra, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh U 11 team that won the county final against Naomh Abán    ©  An Scoil  

Macroom GAA Underage AGM

Macroom GAA Underage section held its AGM at the club pavilion and there was a good and representative attendance.  Outgoing Chairman, Liam Linehan, stood down after two years at the helm and was warmly praised and thanked for his hard work during his period of office.  Secretary, Michael Lynch, presented a very comprehensive account of club activities and Treasurer Stephen Buckley's accounts showed a satisfactory financial position at year's end.
Officers elected for 2013 were: Chairman: Patrick Goold; Secretary: John Ryan; Treasurer: Tony O'Sullivan; PRO: Michael Cahill; Managers chosen for the various age groups were: U 6: Tony O'Sullivan, (The Hermitage); U 8: Gerard Mullane; U 10: Enda Kiernan; U 12: Liam Linehan; U 14: Noel Twomey; U 16: Patrick Goold.  

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Rusheen N.S. Football team, winners of Sciath an Scol final at Páirc Uí Rinn.   ©  An Scoil  

Mary Casey Cup

Macroom and Millstreet U 14s met in the annual Mary Casey Memorial Cup game at the Castle Grounds.  Despite the inclement weather the game was of a high standard and very entertaining – a game that the late Mary Casey, a great supporter of Macroom under age football, would surely have enjoyed. Her daughter Jacinta was present to present the Cup to the victorious Macroom team that won on a 1-7 to 1-4 score line.  

St. Val's Updates

St Val's 3.12      Mourneabbey 1.13

The eagerly awaited Minor County final between St Val's and Mourneabbey was played in ideal conditions at the CIT GAA grounds on November 18. With both teams winning comfortably in the semi finals, this game was expected to be a close contest and so it turned out with a high standard of football throughout. Mourneabbey were first to settle and had 2 points on the board inside the first 5 minutes. Aoife Plunkett replied with a point from play before Mourneabbey increased their lead further with another brace of point from play. Val's  were now under increasing pressure but a few positional switches  seemed to settle the team and they responded with 2 fine points from their midfielder Katie O'Callaghan, to leave the minimum between the teams mid-way through the first half. Val's were now gaining control around the midfield area and after a great move up the field involving a number of players, full forward Claire Murphy hit the back of the net with the first goal of the game to take the lead for Val's for the first time. Aoife Plunkett then hit the post with a great effort from play. The Val's forwards were now cutting through the Mourneabbey defence and, as the first half came to a close, they were awarded a penalty but this was not converted and, at halftime, Val's led, 1.8 to  6 points. Mourneabbey got off to a dream start in the second half and were back in the game with five unanswered points inside the first 10 minutes. But the Val's girls dug deep and Claire Murphy scored her second goal of the match to restore the lead. Becky Hennigan and Claire Byrne increased it further with a point a piece. Mourneabbey closed the gap with a well taken goal entering the final quarter. The two teams then exchanged points to leave Val's 2 points ahead as the teams began to tire. At this stage it was anyone's game as both teams went in search of the goal that would win the match, and with time nearly up it was the Val's full forward Claire Murphy who scored her third goal of the match to secure a great win for St Val's by 5 points  3.12 to 1.13. Captain Alana Buckley accepted the cup on behalf of her team mates amid great scenes and celebrations.
St. Val's  Jean Sullivan, Yvonne Burgoyne, Sinead Cotter, Aileen Corkery, Aisling Kelleher, Marie Ambrose, Angela Crowley, Katie O'Callaghan (2), Becky Hennigan (1), Máiréad Corkery, Alana Buckley, Claire Byrne (1), Aoife Plunkett (7),Claire Murphy (3.1), Joanne Down. Katie O'Connell, Gráinne Twomey, Emma Lyons, Jennifer O'Mahony, Dearbhla Aherne, Aisling Buckley, Maura Driscoll, Elmarie O'Sullivan, Ciara Nevin, Nicola Dennhey, Máiréad Sullivan.
The St Val's victory social was held at the Lee Valley golf club on Friday 16th of November. Chairperson, Briege Corkery, thanked everyone for coming and congratulated all the teams, mentors and players who represented the club throughout the year.  Both the under 16 and senior teams were presented with their county and Munster medals by  Cork winning captain, Rena Buckley. Over 130 people attended the function, with music & craic supplied by Kieran & Jim who kept the crowd entertained late into the night. Also thanks to the Lee Valley Golf Club and staff for their excellent hospitality and we can look forward again to another great night there on Friday the 30th of November for the club's underage party. Congratulations to our chairperson Briege Corkery on winning another football All Star and also winning the Player's Player of the Year award. Well done to the minor team on a great win against Mourneabbey in the A County final. The display by all the girls was of the highest quality and it was a great achievement to defeat the highly rated Mourneabbey side who were many people's favourites. This year has been one of the most successful in the club's history, winning minor, under 16, 12 Premier Counties at underage, Senior B County & Munster plate champions at senior level and also reaching two Counties at under 14 so well done to all involved. The annual Christmas draw will be held in Foley's Bar, Terelton on the 7th of December at 9pm. A special thanks to all the sponsors who continue to support our annual fund raising event.

Colleges Football

Corn Uí Mhuirí – Munster Senior 'A' Football

De La Salle Macroom have qualified for the quarter finals of Corn Uí Mhuirí as one of four group winners.  The other group winners are Dingle, St Brendan's, and Coláiste Chríost Rí and they will be joined in the quarter finals by the four group runners up – St Francis Rochestown, West Limerick Colleges, St Fachtnas's Skibbereen and St Flannan's Ennis.  Group winners will be kept apart and a group winner will not be drawn against the group runner up from its own group at the quarter final stage, meaning that DLS Macroom will meet one of three colleges, West Limerick, St Fachtna's or St Flannan's.   Quarter finals are scheduled for Wednesday 23rd January 2013.

Simcox Cup – Cork Colleges Senior 'A'Football

De La Salle Macroom will defend their Cork Colleges title in the final against St Francis, Rochestown on Thursday 13th December under lights at a Cork city venue, probably Church Road..

 Munster Colleges U 15 Football

De La Salle Macroom U 15 footballers, after battling their way through to the Group final of Corn Mhic Craith – Munster Colleges U 15 'C' Football championship, faced P.S. Sliabh Luachra (Rathmore C.S.) in the final of the South Munster Group at the Castle Grounds Macroom.  DLS looked the better side in the first half and led by 1-6 to 1-3 at half time.  However, they conceded two goals immediately on the restart and Rathmore never lost their lead subsequently and won eventually by 4-8 to 2-7. 
De La Salle: Caleb Dinneen (Macroom): Jack Cronin (Macroom), Tadhg Twomey (Clondrohid), Kyle Kelleher (Kilmurry): Blake O'Gorman (Macroom), Cathal O'Riordan (Macroom), Ciarán O'Riordan (Iveleary): Liam Wall (Kilmurry), Cathal Foley (Kilmichael): John O'Mullane (Kilmurry), Chris Óg Jones (Iveleary), Ethan O'Gorman(Macroom): Greg Fitton (Kilmurry), Jack Murphy (Canovee), James Aynsley (Cill na Martra). Sub Aidan McMahon (Macroom).

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Dripsey U 15 Hurling County Champions   
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 Dripsey G.A.A.

U15 County C Hurling Final: Dripsey 3 - 6 Clondrohid 1 - 5
Despite the terrible weather conditions Dripsey staged a great comeback to defeat the reigning champions in a very hard fought game. Dripsey trailed 1-5 to 1-0 approaching half time but a lucky goal from a long range free reduced the deficit to two points at the break. Dripsey came out a different team in the second half. Despite the worsening weather conditions, they managed to score 1-6 in the half while Clondrohid failed to add to their half time tally.  Team: Shane Godsil, Dylan Hayes, Shane O'Riordan, Patrick O'Connell, James Cotter, Brendan O'Connell, Michael O'Riordan, Jack Casey (C), Jack Downing, Eoghan Maher, Killian Kelleher, Dean O'Sullivan, Aaron O'Riordan, Sean O'Riordan, Conor Canavan, Aaron  Desmond, Sean Hogan, Mark O'Connell, Rory O'Sullivan. 

Dripsey U14 Hurling League Final Dripsey 1 – 11  Kilmichael 1 – 9
Having already lost to Kilmichael in the championship, Dripsey were on a revenge mission in this league final.  Conditions were excellent and the game was of the same quality.  Despite an early Kilmichael goal Dripsey kept taking their points and led 0-9 to 1-3 at half time.  For the first 20 minutes of the second half Kilmichael out-scored Dripsey by 6 points to nil but in last 10 minutes Dripsey pulled back to within a point of their opponents.  Then a Dripsey goal with 2 minutes left gave them a slender lead and the game ended in a welter of excitement as Kilmichael tried but failed to get the goal they needed.  Team: Shane Godsil (C), Patrick O'Connell, Shane O'Riordan, Sean O'Riordan, James Cotter, Jack Downing, Brendan O'Connell, Aaron O'Riordan, Dean O'Sullivan, Mark O'Connell, Eoghan Maher, Conor Canavan, Sean Hogan, Patrick Wesolowski, Rory O'Sullivan.

West Muskerry Success

West Muskerry A.C. earned a total of 11 gold, 8 silver and 1 bronze medals at the recent All Ireland Even Age Cross Country championships in Rathoath. The Girls U 12 team - Sophie Harrington, Jennifer Cotter, Caitlin Hurley, Sarah Kelleher, Katie Dineen, Aoife Twomey and Meabh O'Riordan - won Gold for their 2000m run, clocking up 84 points, when their nearest rivals were on 177points. Sophie Harrington, Jennifer Cotter and Caitlin Hurley all scored silver on the Munster team and they also scored silver on the Cork team along with teammate Sarah Kelleher.
Caoimhe Harrington won gold in the girls U 14 3000m and is now All Ireland U 14 Champion.  She also captained both the Munster and Cork Teams to Gold Medals.  Stephanie Cotter also ran well and was well deserving of the gold medal as part of the Cork team. In the boys U 16 4000m Billy Cronin was unlucky to be out of the medals for the Cork team.  He competes on Sunday the 9th of December in Wexford in the U 17 All Ireland final. Rachael O Rachael O'Shea 'Shea earned the 9th place medal in the Girls U 18 4000m and also scored on the Munster team who won the silver medal.

Lee Valley Basketball Club

U18b  Lee Valley 44  Midleton 34
Lee Valley Team:  Suzanne Barry, Síofra Burgoyne, Sarah-Beth O'Mullane, Yvonne Burgoyne, Rebecca Barry, Jessica O'Mullane, Michelle McCarthy, Emma Healy, Elizabeth Wall.

U16b    Lee Valley  55  Kanturk  22
Lee Valley Team:  Suzanne Bary, Siofra Burgoyne, Sarah-Beth O'Mullane, Aine Barry, Orla Hannon, Brionagh Healy, Sarah O'Donovan, Danielle Kelleher.

U14b    Lee Valley 30  Kanturk  18
This was a close match with just one point between the sides after the 2nd quarter, Lee Valley leading 14 points against Kanturk's 13 points. However, the Lee Valley girls pulled ahead, scoring a further 16 points in the next 2 quarters, with great play by all the girls.  Lee Valley's top scorer was Bríd Óg McSwiney.
Lee Valley team:   Saoirse McCarthy, Aideen Buckley, Aoife Doyle, Sarah Doyle, Caoimhe O' Driscoll, Brionna Grimaldi, Marian Lee, Kate Brady, Joanne Kelly, Meabh Barry, Abbie O' Reilly,  Bríd Óg McSwiney.

U12b  St. Anthony's  50 Lee Valley 8
The game in Macroom started off slowly but the girls eventually picked up the pace. They all played extremely well and tried their hearts out. But the better team won on the day. There's always a next time.
Lee Valley Team: Emilija Jakoulevaite, Sophie Shanahan, Hanna O'Donovan, Molly McKirgan, Jane Tupper, Megan Healy, Emma Cronin, Mary Ann O'Shea, Jennifer McCarthy, Cloda O'Donoghue.
New members always welcome, any enquiries to Lee Valley Basketball Club (085) 751 6908 after 6 pm.

Macroom Soccer

Macroom A went down 6-3 away to Kanturk in the FAI Junior Cup, 3rd Round a week after losing at home to Coachford in the AUL Premier League, their third defeat in the league.  Macroom B won 3-1 at home to Grangevale in the Corinthians Cup 1st Round.

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