Lee Valley Outlook Feb. 7 2013 v10e3

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 January Sun at Coolcower and Sleaveen East ©  Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary 

Briery Gap:

Sat Feb. 9 Southern Tenant Folk Union 8p.m.
Sun. Feb. 10. Auditions for South Pacific 4p.m.
Mon. Feb. 11th @ 8.30pm A Simple Life
Wed. 13th Feb @ 8.30 pm Love Story
Thurs. Feb. 14 @ 7.30p.m. The Notebook
Thurs. Feb. 14 @ 10:00 pm Couple's Retreat
Wed. 20th Feb. @ 8.30 pm. Albert Nobbs.
Fri Feb. 22 Joseph Locke. Blaze Away. 8p.m.
Mon. Feb. 25th @ 8.30pm Untouchable
Wed. 27th Feb. @ 8.30 pm. Anna Karenina
Sun. March 3 at 8p.m. All The King's Horses.
Fri. 8th, Sat. 9th March @ 8.00 pm and Sun. 10th March @ 3.00 pm. Starmakers
Sunday 10th March @ 8.30 pm Mother's Day Weekend Concert with Louise Morrissey

Macroom Library:


Gramophone Circle with Peter O'Regan, Mon. Feb. 11, 11a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte Mon. Feb. 25, 11.30 a.m. – 12.30
Penn Bookclub  Fri. March. 1st at 4pm.

Fleadh Tea Party: in Cill na Martra hall on Fri., Feb. 8 at 8.30pm.

Coffee Morning for HOPE Foundation: in Cloughduv GAA Complex 10 - 3pm on Sat. Feb. 9.

Cake and Plant Sale on Sat., Feb. 9 after 6.30pm Mass, in Canovee School Hall.

VWCC Sunday Cycle: Starting 10a.m. Sun 10th Feb - The Mills, Ballyvourney; Sun 17th Feb - Dunne's, Macroom

Ionad Cultúrtha: Colm Mac Con Iomaire and Friends in Concert in Baile Mhúirne on Fri. Feb. 15.

"SafeTALK" suicide awareness workshop in the Castle Hotel on Thurs. Feb. 21, 7pm to 10pm.

Fun Table Quiz: Fri. Feb. 22 @ 9pm in the Briar Rose, Inchigeela

'Me & My Girl' in Coachford Feb. 23 - 26.

Over 60s Competition Lee Valley heat in Fr. Ryan Hall, Macroom on Tues. March 12th

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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Macroom Twinning Association members at planning meeting for forthcoming 10th anniversary of twinning with Marcallo con Casone ©  Lee Valley Outlook 

Decade of Twinning with Marcallo

Two groups from Macroom's twinned towns of Bubry & Marcallo con Casone will be in Macroom from March 15th to 19th and they will be taking part in the St Patrick's Day festivities. Macroom Twinning Association needs families to host our French & Italian friends for four nights. If you have a spare bedroom and would like the opportunity to meet and make new friends, the Twinning Association would like to hear from you. Please contact Mireille @ 087-9241260. This is the 10th anniversary of the twinning with Marcallo con Casone. Adult groups have been exchanging visits over the past decade and students from the town near Milan have been coming to the Lee Valley to learn English since 1994. Students from De la Salle College have enjoyed return visits to Italy for more than six years.

Alison for Nationwide

Alison Moloney, Macroom, owner of ReduceYourTax.ie, is to feature in RTE's magazine programme, Nationwide, on Wednesday 13th February at 7p.m. Having had years of experience as a qualified tax advisor, Alison set up ReduceYourTax.ie in 2009 when she returned from an eight month stint in Africa. At first, she worked from a desk in the corner of her bedroom with a borrowed laptop and a mobile phone. The business proved to be a success and Alison now runs her business from her office in Macroom E Business Centre, employing staff since November 2010. She says: "I love my job because I have helped Irish families really struggling through these tough economic times. We can review an individual's taxes paid for the past 4 years for any tax refund due to them. Our average refund is €770". ReduceYourTax.ie can be contacted at www.ReduceYourTax.ie or 026-21019.
A major reason why Alison's story is being aired by Nationwide the night before Valentine's Day is because Alison met her husband, Victor, a native of Malawi, on the very first day she arrived in Africa. Victor moved to Macroom in April 2010 and was welcomed by locals from day one. Alison is secretary of the Macroom based charity, Solar Without Frontiers, which aims to bring solar power to the disadvantaged in the Third World. They are at the final stages of planning a trip to Malawi in February 2013 where they will install a solar system in the neo natal ward of Mulanje Mission Hospital. Currently fundraising to send 3 engineers to Malawi, Solar Without Frontiers say every donation, no matter how small, makes a huge difference. Further details are available on www.solarwithoutfrontiers.com. Alison's latest personal challenge is to compile a database of 365 quick, tasty & economical family dinner recipes. Having set up a Facebook page called Mammysmenu, she collected suggestions for different meal ideas and these can be accessed at Mammysmenu. Alison says that a very supportive family helps her juggle her many enterprises. Her strong work ethic comes from her parents who run Mac Cárthaigh's newsagents in the town.

Fundraiser for Muskerry Special Olympics

An American Tea Party was organised by Nora Casey in the Láine Bar, Ballinagree recently in aid of  Muskerry Special Olympics Club.  This was very well supported and a huge crowd attended.  Briege Corkery of the Cork Ladies Football All Ireland Champions team and Tim Buckley were in attendance and brought the cup which was a great treat for all.  Special guests were the Mayor of Ballinagree and the deputy Mayor.  There were loads of spot prizes on the night and everyone enjoyed themselves. Muskerry Special Olympics club would like to thank Nora Casey for organising this fund raiser and for raising so much money for the Special Olympics club.  She put a lot of time and effort into organising the event.  The club would like to thank all those who supported the tea party and to all those who made it the great night that it was, for all those who did baking and to those who brought spot prizes.  The total amount raised on the night was €1,110, which the club really appreciates. Also on the night a cheque for €500 was presented to the club from Ms. Margaret Griffin of Griffin's Garden Centre.  Ms. Griffin organised a fundraiser over the Christmas period for a couple of different local charities and Muskerry Special Olympics club was one of them.  The club would like to thank her for selecting us as one of her charities and we are very grateful and thankful to receive the €500.

Macroom Lions Club

Macroom and District Lions Club are currently planning a variety of projects for this year. At the end of 2012 the Club sent 1,400 pairs of used glasses to the Lions International First Sight Project. These were collected at  pharmacies in town and in the Church, and were recycled immediately and sent to projects in Africa. The Club is very grateful to everybody who contributed these glasses and will be collecting again this year. You will see collection boxes in the Chemists and in the Church. The Club is hosting an information talk/ seminar on Safetalk – Suicide Awareness in the Castle Hotel on Thursday Feb 21st, registration at 18.45; contact Michael Lillis 086.3894921.  It is hoped that a fund raising night will be held over the St Patrick's Weekend period as usual, the format is yet to be decided but it will be fun. There are a few other exiting ideas in the pipeline, and the Club is so grateful for the support people have given in the past and hopefully will continue to do so in the future. Pat Kelleher, President.

Safetalk Suicide Awareness Workshop

Macroom & District Lions Club, in association with the HSE, are presenting a Safetalk training workshop on suicide awareness in the Castle Hotel in Macroom on Thursday 21st February, from 7pm to 10pm.
safeTALK is a half day training programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. These specific skills are called suicide alertness and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them will use them to help reduce suicide risk in their communities. At safeTALK training you will learn why it is important to be suicide alert; you can ask questions and enter discussions; get clear and practical information on what to do if you need to support someone who is at risk of suicide; practise the TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen, and Keepsafe) steps to connect a person with suicidal thoughts to suicide first-aid intervention caregivers and get practice in activating a suicide alert. SafeTALK helps prevent suicide by training participants to avoid common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid signs of suicide risk; to identify people who have thoughts of suicide; to apply the TALK steps to connect a person with suicidal thoughts to people and agencies that can help. The training is suitable for everyone who wants to help prevent suicide and is prepared to become suicide alert but members of clubs & associations who regularly come in contact with groups of people would definitely benefit from this training. Registration will take place at 6.45pm with the workshop commencing at 7pm sharp. Please note that participants are required to be aged 18 years or older. For More Information please contact Michael 086-3894921 or Brian on 087-2846560.

Macroom Bridge and N22.

A spokesman for Craddocks, contractors for the construction of the footbridge on Macroom Bridge, claimed, on Tuesday, February 5, that the main body of work is now finished. He said they are waiting for the handrail to be fitted on the Northern parapet. Then they will  install the last of the handrail lights. These were installed on the south side of the bridge last week. He went on to say that the approaches to the bridge will be fully completed by Wednesday, February 6 and once the lights are turned on by the ESB and some final snags are rectified, the bridge will be opened to the public. The contractors hope to demobilise from site on the 15th February.
There is much public concern about safe access to and from the bridge. Part of the new footpath at the foot of Castle Street has already been dug up and is in the process of being replaced because of its camber. At the last meeting of Macroom Town Council, many concerns were voiced regarding the safety of pedestrians on narrow footpaths further up Castle Street. The Town Council has employed an independent consultant to conduct a Health and Safety Audit on approaches to the bridge. Its findings are due by Friday, February 8. This very expensive project, under the auspices of the National Roads Authority, is a cause of much negative comment regarding its safety and ugliness. It was originally conceived to add to safety of pedestrians at the Masseytown Junction, which has seen a number of fatal accidents and to add safe viewing points of the beautiful Sullane for tourists.

Of further concern to motorists in the Lee Valley is the stretch of road from Macroom to the Halfway House, which was recently resurfaced by the NRA at huge expense and inconvenience to motorists and residents in the Ballyvourney, Clondrohid and Macroom areas. Grave concerns are now being voiced regarding the safety of the surface and the camber of parts of the restructured N22. The speed limit on this stretch of road has been reduced from 100km to 60km since the upgrade.

St. Mary's Updates

Drive for Life: Transition Year students at St Marys Secondary School recently attended a 'Drive for Life' Seminar, the purpose of which is to encourage young drivers / learners to be safe on the road. They first watched a DVD which showed the consequences of drunk driving and why seatbelt use is so important. All the TY students will have an opportunity to do the Driver Theory Test. Former Garda, Gerry Carmody, will prepare them for this. He works as a driving instructor and will give the girls access to his dual controlled car within the bounds of the school and they will learn the Primary and Secondary controls of the car. They will also be instructed in First Aid by Gerald McAuliffe, a First Aid Instructor.

Fundraiser for HOPE Foundation: A Coffee Morning will be held in Cloughduv GAA Complex from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 9th February in aid of the HOPE Foundation (supporting the Street Children in Calcutta).

Cross Country Champions: Congratulations to Jean O'Sullivan and Michelle McCarthy who finished in first and seventh place in the recent South Munster Cross-Country Championships. They have both qualified for the Munster Cross- Country Championships on the 7th February.  We wish them the very best in the forthcoming competition.

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 McEgan College Art, Craft and Design class visit Crawford Gallery with tutor, Miriam Brew © An Scoil

Bishop McEgan College Updates

Art Appreciation: Art, Craft and Design students from McEgan College enjoyed a visit to the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork on January 28 and viewed its new exhibition, "Into the light". Students also perused the Sculpture gallery and the Cooper Penrose collection. The Art, Craft and Design course has been running for 6 years and has proved to be successful and enjoyable for all. It welcomes students of varying ability - some are beginners/ improvers and others are more experienced and hoping to go on to further study. Students gain experience in variety of areas such as drawing and painting, mixed media, Batik, Ceramics etc; visit various galleries and have lectures and workshops by different artists.  In April every year the Art students put on a very impressive  public Exhibition which is the culmination of a productive year. Previous students have gone on to study Level 6 and many have accepted places in the Crawford College of Art

All Ireland Schools Talent Search: On January 26th twenty nine acts of outstanding teenage talent competed in the Munster Region of the All Ireland School Talent Search in Limerick.  Denisa Kearney, Bishop McEgan College, competed successfully in the competition, singing her stunning rendition of Tina Turner's signature pop song, "River Deep, Mountain High." Many students and staff went to support  Denisa and were thrilled to hear that she had earned a spot in the All Ireland Semi Final at the end of February. The All-Ireland Final of the competition, which is helping to raise funds for Childline, will take place on the 9th of March in the Helix Theatre, Dublin. We wish her the best of luck and continued success for the rest of the competition.

Meeting the President: The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, visited Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig recently and 300 students from Cork County VEC schools got the opportunity to sing in a massed choir for his arrival. McEgan College were proud to send forward nine pupils, Sheila Twomey, Aisling O'Driscoll, Aoife O'Driscoll, Eleanor Lane, Muireann Kelleher, Jordan O'Donoghue, Claudia O'Leary, Philip Looney and David Lynch to represent the College at the prestigious event. President Higgins and his wife Sabina were very appreciative of the hard work and gave the students a standing ovation. He praised the  dedication and commitment of the students involved.
Parent Information Night: A talk has been organised on the topic of "Enhancing self confidence in your child"  at McEgan College, Macroom on Feb 7th at 7pm.  The speaker is Jo Heffernan, a counsellor with a vast knowledge in this field.  This talk links in with the recent talk on "Cyber Bullying". A copy of "Get with It", (a booklet that helps parents filter their children's' access to certain sites on their computer at home) has been sent  to every household.  The issue of bullying must be attacked in a united way, and the support of parents is vital to the success of preventative measures put in place by the school.

South Munster Cross Country: Congratulations to the six McEgan College students who braved atrocious weather conditions at CIT on January 25th for the South Munster Cross Country event. All students performed well on the day. A special mention to Shauna Burns who finished in the top thirty of the senior/intermediate girls race, no mean feat given the conditions. The athletes who competed were John O'Sullivan (3rd Year), Brian Corcoran (3rd Year), Alan O'Sullivan (2nd Year), Shauna Burns (3rd Year), Edel Shorten (1st Year) and Laura Cronin (1st Year). Well done to all.

Zumba Dancing:  All Transition Year students at Bishop McEgan College are taking part in Zumba classes as part of the Physical Education programme. The classes will run for six weeks. Danny Payne, a past pupil, is the instructor and he is also holding zumba classes in Macroom and surrounding areas.

Senior Citizen Holiday

Macroom Senior Citizens/ Active Retirement Group is organising a 5 night/ 6 day holiday in Athlone from Sunday 26th May to Friday 31st May. They will stay in the Hudson Bay Hotel, overlooking Lough Ree, on the outskirts of Athlone Town. The holiday includes 5 nights B&B and 5 Evening Meals, return Coach transport from Macroom to Athlone plus 4 Day Tours. Tea, coffee and scones will be provided on evening of arrival. Free use of the Hotel Leisure Centre, which includes indoor swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room, is included. Nightly entertainment will be provided in the Hotel and will include Live Music, Table Quiz, Bingo. The cost per person sharing is €350. Single rooms available at €10 per night supplement.
Proposed Itinerary: The group will again use McCarthy Coach Hire, Ballymakeera for the entire trip.
Sunday 26:- Departure from Fr. Ryan Hall, Macroom 10am. – Stop for Lunch - Check in to The Hodson Bay Hotel on Sunday evening. Evening Dinner.
Day trips will be organised for Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday. (Additional cost may occur when visiting different centres.)
Friday:-Leaving The Hodson Bay Hotel at 10am – - stop for Lunch, arriving Macroom 6pm. approx.
To secure a place, names should be submitted with a €50 deposit (non returnable) not later than Friday 1st March 2013 to Macroom Senior Citizens, Sullane Haven, Lucey's Lane, Macroom. Tel 026/41698.  As these holidays are extremely popular, it is advisable to book without delay. Bookings will be on a first come basis. Final payment by Friday 5th April.

Over 60s Competition.

This year, Macroom Senior Citizens will host a heat of the Over 60s competition for the Lee Valley region on Tuesday March 12th in the Fr Ryan Hall. This will coincide with the Monthly Social and music will be provided by Gerry McCarthy and Liam Healy. Those interested in taking part should contact Macroom Senior Citizens on 026/41698. The winner will go forward to represent Macroom in the final in Cork.

Macroom Library

Closure: The library will be closed from Monday February 18 to Thursday 21 inclusive for the final part of the current refurbishment - the flooring. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.  Due Dates of books issued will  be extended to take account of the closure so that fines will not generate for that week.  The Purlies should have been meeting on Thursday 21st and this has now been cancelled. Our Ciorcal Cainte will also have to be postponed until Monday, February 25 at 11.30a.m.  Many thanks to Finbarr Cole who volunteered to hold a St. Brigid's Cross making session in the library on Thursday 31st January. All who took part enjoyed it and left with a cross to be proud of in time for St Brigid's Day! Peter O'Regan will be the presenter at the Gramophone recital on the morning of Monday 11th February which will begin at 11 a.m. There will be a break for tea and coffee at about 11.45 and the event will finish at about 12.30. All are welcome. Penn Bookclub will next meet on Friday 1st March. The current book is 'Running Wild' by Michael Morpurgo. There are copies at the desk for those members who missed the last meeting. Our February art exhibition is the work of Cristiona Uí Drisceoil from Ballingeary and Mary Uí Ríordáin from Ballyvourney.

Briery Gap Programme 

Theatre @ 8p.m.: Sat 9th Feb. Southern Tenant Folk Union. Tickets €15
Sun. 10th Feb. from 4:00 pm auditions with Kevin Hough for South Pacific. Everyone welcome!
Fri 22nd Feb. Joseph Locke. Blaze Away. Tickets €20. The legendary Derry tenor released hits such as Hear My Song, Violetta, Come Back To Sorrento, I'll Walk Beside You, Blaze Away, The Old Bog Road and My Heart and I, all of which will be included in the show.
Sun. March 3 at 8p.m. Ahakeera Drama Group present All The King's Horses. An eccentric old lady dies leaving her possessions equally divided between her Protestant Unionist cousin from Belfast and her Catholic Nationalist cousin from Kildare.  In order for them to claim their inheritance they have to live together peacefully in a small cottage for one month. Tickets €10.
Fri. 8th, Sat. 9th March @ 8.00 pm and Sun. 10th March @ 3.00 pm. Starmakers present Annual Show.
Sun. March 10 at 8.30p.m. Doors open 8p.m. Louise Morrissey in Mother's Day Concert. Featuring Paddy O'Brien, Gary Gamble with his famous tribute to Daniel O'Donnell and The Ryan Turner Band. Tickets €20.

Cinema @ 8.30p.m.: Mon. Feb. 11th, Sulan Film Society present A Simple Life, admission €7; Director: Ann Hui; Country: China; Year 2011; Running Time 118m; Cert Club. This moving film looks at the decades-long relationship between a man, Roger, and his devoted family servant, Ip. Having cared for Roger from childhood, Ah Tao suffers a stroke and asks to be admitted to a nursing home. There, she becomes part of a new family made up of colourful characters. Based on a true story, A Simple Life delicately traces a decades-long bond with pathos and humour.
Wed. 13th Feb, Love Story Admission €5
Thurs. 14th February @ 7.30 pm, Cinema Special—Valentine Movie Marathon: The Notebook (12A). A poor and passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman and gives her a sense of freedom.  They soon are separated by their social differences.
Thursday 14th February @ 10:00 pm Couple's Retreat (15A). A comedy centred around four couples who settle into a tropical-island resort for a vacation.  While one of the couples is there to work on the marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort's therapy sessions is not optional. €5 for one movie.  €8 for two movies. €2 popcorn special.  Tickets available from Box Office 026 41793
Wed. 20th February, Albert Nobbs Admission €5
Monday February 25th @ 8.30pm. Untouchable Admission €7
Wed. 27th February, Anna Karenina (2012) Admission €5.

Local TV Programmes

Sun. Feb. 10: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Rosary Rally to Knock Shrine 1998 Part 1
6.30p.m. News and Sport; Muinefliugh N.S. Official opening of pitch and commemorative gardens 2012 and Peter Golden Commemoration from Macroom 1994, Part 2. 

Wed. Feb. 13:  9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Special interview and Cill na Martra N.S. presentation of the Lion King 2013 Part 1.

Sun. Feb. 17: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special:  Rosary Rally to Knock Shrine and Mass 1998 Part 2
6.30p.m. Repeat of LTV. Wed. Programme.

Wed. Feb. 20: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport Special interview and Cill na Martra N.S. presentation of the Lion King 2013 Part 2.  

Queen Anne and Macroom

Macroom can lay claim to royal interest going back at least 300 years. In 1713, in the 11th year of her reign, Queen Anne granted an extension to fairs and markets in Macroom. Prior to that, Macroom had fairs and markets since 1620, when Cormac Óg McCarthy had been granted fairs on May 8 and 9 and November 11 and 12 annually and permission to build the Market House. But Francis Bernard, landlord and Solicitor General, sought to have these increased and the following has extracts from the official Grant. 

'Anne, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France (sic) and Ireland, Queen defender of the faith and so forth, to all to whom our present letters shall come, greeting. Our beloved and faithful Francis Bernard Esquire, our solicitor general of our said realm of Ireland, has humbly entreated that we should deign to grant to him letters patent for two free markets every Wednesday and Saturday weekly and four fairs or marts yearly, to be held in or within the town of Macromp - one fair or mart to be held there on the first day of May; one other fair or mart to be held there on the first day of July; one other fair or mart to be held there on the first day of September and one other fair or mart to be held there on the first day of November, yearly for ever. It appears to us that it is not to the harm or prejudice of us or any of our subjects near adjoining that the aforesaid markets and four fairs or marts be held there in and upon the several days aforesaid. Know ye therefore, that we, of our special grace and with the assent and consent of our well beloved and right faithful and sincerely beloved cousin and councillor, James, Duke of Ormond, Lieutenant General and general governor of our said realm of Ireland, also of our well beloved and faithful councillor , Sir Constantine Phipps, Knight of our Chancellor of our realm of Ireland and the most reverend father in Christ, John, Archbishop of Tuam, our justices general and general governor of our realm of Ireland aforesaid, have given and granted and our heirs and successors, do give and grant to the aforesaid Francis Bernard Esquire, his heirs and assigns, full and absolute power and authority to hold the aforesaid markets and fairs unless any of the aforesaid dates fall on Sunday and, as often as it shall so happen, such fairs to be held on the Monday next, together with a court to be held there during the said markets and fairs or marts. And further, we grant to the aforesaid Francis Bernard, his heirs and assigns,  forever to have and hold, enjoy , receive and take all the singular issues, tolls, customs, profits of the entrance of cattle and foods for sale, emoluments and amercements whatsoever from the aforesaid several markets, fairs or marts and court. And yielding therefore yearly to us, our heirs and successors, at the receipt of our Exchequer, sixpence current money of Great Britain, at the feasts of Saint Michael and the annunciation of the blessed Virgin Mary, by equal portions yearly, to be paid for ever. These, our letters patents be enrolled in the rolls of our court of Chancery of our said realm of Ireland within the space of six months after the date of the presents. In witness whereof, we have caused these, our letters, to be made patents. Witness our aforesaid Justices and general governors of our said realm of Ireland at Dublin the thirtieth day of September in the eleventh year of our reign. Inrolled the fourth day of November in the eleventh year of the reign of Queen Anne. 
Queen Anne (1665 – 1714) came into power in 1702. She was daughter of the Catholic James 11. She had seventeen pregnancies but none of her children survived her.
Macroom fairs were no more after the opening of the Sales Yard at Railway View in 1962. Cork Marts took over the business in 1964. 

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)

Macroom Ladies Football Club: held their AGM recently and there was a good turn out. All present were enthusiastic for the season to come. However, they are urgently seeking trainers and mentors for very enthusiastic, under 12 and under 14 teams. With up to forty girls involved it is important that people would come forward to give of their time. If interested, please contact Margaret Buckley (Chairperson) 086-8304237 or Eileen O'Mahony (Secretary) 087-6810998 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fleadh Tea Party: A tea party will be held in the hall in Cill na Martra on Friday, February 8th, starting at 8.30pm, to raise funds for the hosting of the Cork County Fleadh Cheoil in Ballyvourney in May this year. The tea party is organised by the Lachtaín Naofa, Cill na Martra, branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, and tables for 10 are available, at a cost of €10 per person. Details: 085 1109901.

Coffee Morning: Anna O'Leary, Transition Year student at St. Mary's Secondary School, Macroom, is travelling to Calcutta in March with the Hope Foundation. She is holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday, February 9 in Cloughduv GAA Complex between 10am-3pm. All funds raised will be going directly to the Hope Foundation. Support greatly appreciated. All are welcome!

Cake and Plant Sale in aid of Canovee School Garden on Saturday night, February 9 after 6.30pm Mass, in Canovee School Hall. All are welcome

Ionad Cultúrtha: Colm Mac Con Iomaire and Friends - (Frank Tate – Bouzouki; Catherine Fitzgerald – Keyboard; Colm Querney – Guitar) - in Concert in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne on Friday 15th February. Tickets from 026.45733 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Colm has been an integral member of The Frames, along with Glen Hansard, since the band started in 1990.

Fun Table Quiz: Friday, 22nd February @ 9pm in the Briar Rose, Inchigeela, in association with Inchigeela National School Parents' Association. All are very welcome & your support is greatly appreciated.

St. Joseph's Application Forms for enrolment at St. Joseph's Primary School, Macroom for September 2013 are now available from the school. Phone 026 41847; Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Closing date for receipt of applications is February 28 .2013. Call, phone or email and we will send you the forms.

Muskerry Special Olympics would like to thank all who supported the recent Tea Party in the Láine Bar, Ballinagree, organised by Grett Buckley and Nora Casey. The event raised €1,116. Also on the night, Margaret Griffin of Griffin's Garden Centre, presented a €500 cheque, funds raised for Muskerry Special Olympics through the displaying of Aghinagh Ó Cathasaigh Alpacas at Santa's grotto during the Christmas season.

South Munster Schools Cross Country Championships at C.I.T. saw Lee Valley athletes bring home medals in appalling conditions. L. O'Leary, De la Salle, Macroom came 5th in the Minor Boys 2,000m. J. O'Sullivan, St. Mary's, Macroom won the Senior Girls 2,500m. Coachford College came second in the team event in the Intermediate Girls 2,500m and D. Cotter, Coachford College was 4th in Junior Girls 2,000m.

Muskerry Local History Society have a lecture in Ballincollig Rugby Club on Tuesday, February 19th at 8p.m. The subject is The Story of Jadotville and it will be delivered by Col. Noel Casey. In September 1961 'A' Company 35th Irish Infantry Battalion was ordered to the town of Jadotville in  breakaway Katanga in the new Republic of the Congo. Col. Casey will relate the subsequent story, from personal experience as a Platoon Commander, when the Company was surrounded by an overwhelming force of Katangan Gendarmerie and mercenaries. Admission €3  for non-members for the lecture. Everyone most welcome.

Auction: Coachford AFC are looking for donations of items for an auction which will be held in Hogan's, The Village Inn on Sunday 10th March at 2pm. For details phone: 087 640 545 1 or 085 860 595 3.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: 27/01/2013: Jackpot €1,750; Numbers drawn 4, 33 and 42 ; No Jackpot Winner.  €50  Thady Delaney, Coachford.   €20 Ben O'Leary, Bealnamorrive, Kieran Lehane, Ballinagree West, John Kingston, Curragh, Lissarda & Anthony Riordan, Coolinea, Aghabullogue. 
3/02/2013:  Jackpot €1,900;  Numbers drawn 26, 28, 39; No Jackpot Winner.  €50  Alison O'Rourke, Annaghannihy, €20 Ger & Margaret Goggin, Coolcower, Gearóid Kelleher, Horsemount, Cremin's Shop, Aghabullogue and Pat Casey, Bealnamorrive.  Next lotto draw in "Tigh Uí Laoghaire" Sunday 10th February at 9.00 p.m..  Jackpot €2,050

Coachford AFC Lotto 21/1/2012, Jackpot: €3,600, Numbers Drawn: 6 - 20 - 34, No Winner; €40 Lorraine McMahon, €20 Lisa Murphy, John Hogan, Geraldine Henry, Donie Lane (Yearly Ticket).
28/1/2013, Jackpot: €3,800, Numbers Drawn: 11 - 14 - 30, No Winner, €40 Rosanne Buckley, €20 Pat Murphy, Dónal Moynihan, Sheila Barrett, Eugene O'Riordan (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

Clondrohid Updates

Congratulations to local girl, Denisa Kearney, who on January 26, was one of the 29 acts who took part in the Munster Regional All Ireland School Talent Search in Limerick. As usual, Denisa outdid herself with her beautiful version of Tina Turner's signature song, 'River Deep, Mountain High'. Her powerful voice suited the upbeat, lively pop song perfectly. She is now among the 13 acts to get through to the semi final which takes place on February 23/24, venue to be decided.. Many students , staff, and parents from McEgan College were in Limerick to see Denisa perform. The posters and banners were very impressive.
Macroom Flower and Garden Club: will hold it's A.G.M. this Thursday night, February 7 in Coolcower House at 7.30pm. When all the voting and paper work is completed, Ellen O'Leary of 'Café 57' will give a demonstration of cake decorating. Open to everyone to attend.
Book of Condolence: Many people travelled to Macroom Garda Station to sign the Book of Condolences last week to pay their respects to Detective Garda Aidan Donohoe, who died so tragically.
Lotto: January 30. Jackpot  €1,400; No winner; €70 Sheila Murphy Ballymakeera;  €20 John J Kelleher c/o Laine Bar, Zena Cotter Kilvoultra, Paul O'Connell c/o MCE; Josie O'Keeffe c/o Lars.
Bingo : in Community Hall every Wednesday night, Jackpot of €1,300
Cards : in Community Hall every Sunday night.
Ordination of Bishop: Clondrohid was well represented at the installation of Fr. William Crean as Bishop of Cloyne in Cobh Cathedral. The Second Reading, as Gaeilge, was by Máire Uí Laoire, Cill na Martra and the Gospel was proclaimed by newly ordained Fr. Damien Lynch, Cúil Aodha.
Lenten Stations: Anyone interested in having a station in their home should contact Fr. Wickham as soon as possible.
Dan Joe Kelleher Archive: This is now available to view in Macroom Library. Various events between the years 1982 and 1986 are included and coverage is given to interviews, festivals, sporting occasions, religious events and such that took place in Macroom and surrounds. Call in and enquire and staff will be delighted to set it up for you.

Learn to Earn 

Bank of Ireland, Macroom are currently promoting the Learn to Earn Programme, a 5 Module Programme for Transition Year students. It is run by volunteers from Bank of Ireland and Junior Achievement Ireland, which is an organisation that helps students learn about jobs, and the workplace by bringing volunteers into the schools. Subjects covered are Banking Online, Fraud, Savings and Investments, and Life Protection. This programme has already been run in a number of Mid Cork secondary schools. The excellent feedback from the students is that, it has given them a valuable insight to workplace activities. 

Scór success for Kilmurry

A newly formed group of Kilmurry actors took the top award at the recent Muskerry Scór Sinsear novelty act final in Ovens. With their humorous sketch entitled 'The cuts of Dr O'Reilly', Kilmurry beat off stiff competition from two rival Donoughmore teams. The sketch was written by local man, Denis Lehane, who writes a tongue in cheek column for the Farm Exam every Thursday. The drama now continues for Kilmurry on Saturday February 16th with the County semi final of the competition taking place in Coachford.

Macra Matters

Donoughmore Macra had a quiet start to 2013. The club entered two teams in the Muskerry Round of Club Question Time; unfortunately neither was successful in reaching the national stages of the competition. The club's Capers team fared better in their march to the All-Ireland final, emerging victorious from their semi-final held in Capt. Murphy Memorial Hall, Tullow. They beat off competition from Wicklow, Carlow and Tipperary and will go on to compete in the All-Ireland Final in the Éire Óg GAA Pavilion, Ovens. Joining them from the same semi-final are Freemount, while Berrings, Clonakilty and Ballinascarthy make up a strong Cork representation. Athboy from Co. Meath will also compete on the night. 

Vice President. Donoughmore Macra member James Healy recently announced his intention to put his name forward for the position of Munster Vice President. James was involved in re-establishing the Donoughmore club 9 years ago and has contributed positively to Macra both locally and nationally. James has been involved at a National Level for many years and is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to Macra. Best of Luck to James with his campaign

An Ghaeltacht Macra na Feirme held their first meeting of 2013 recently and it was very well attended. Members are enthusiastic and looking forward to getting involved. Congratulations to the club on taking part in their first competition, Club Question Time, at the Muskerry regional meeting.  An Ghaeltacht have organised a table quiz for Friday 8th February. 

Indoor Soccer: Aghinagh Men's & Berrings Ladies' teams took part in the 5-a-side soccer National Finals, sponsored by the National Dairy Council. Well done to Aghinagh and congratulations to Berrings who won the Ladies category. It was an exciting final as both teams were awarded penalties throughout the match. Berrings converted their penalty, while at the other end the Laois side failed to maximise their opportunity. Both teams gave it their all until the final whistle when Berrings were victorious on a scoreline of 3-1. 

Capers All Ireland Final: The Capers All Ireland Final was held in Éire Óg, hosted by Seandún Macra in February 2. Muskerry Macra was represented by Berrings and Donoughmore in the final. Berrings beat off stiff competition from five other groups to take home the top award on the night. They presented an incredible 20-minute variety show which blew away a packed audience. Berrings Macra also picked up the awards for Best Producers to Eileen Keady and Tim Mullane. The winning team consisted of Colm O'Leary, Deirdre O'Callaghan, Noreen Healy, Philip O'Leary, Eva O'Riordan, Aileen Sheehan, Joanne Casey, Niamh O'Shea, Norma Hurley, Aoife Spengeman, Joan-Marie Healy, Aine Donovan, Aileen Hennessy, Emer O'Shea and Norma Downing.

What's On: Fri 8th Feb: An Ghaeltacht Table Quiz, The Mills Inn, Ballyvourney @ 8.30pm
Fri 15th Feb: Regional meeting, Berrings
Fri 1st Mar: Muskerry Titles Night
Sat 9th Mar: 2nd Phase Officer Training, Killarney

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Recipients of awards to Aghabullogue G.A.A. members to mark their involvement in Cork County underage squads in 2012©

Aghabullogue Updates

 'Me & My Girl'. During recent months Coachford players have been rehearsing for one of their biggest ever productions. The group, now in their 26th year, are putting the finishing touches to the wonderful and highly entertaining musical, 'Me and My Girl', which will have four performances February 23 - 26. It features drama, music and dance, with well known numbers such as 'The Sun has got his hat on', 'Leaning on a Lamp post' and 'Lambeth Walk'. Don't miss this, make sure you get to see it on at least one night and bring a friend! For bookings please contact the Coachford Schools project office on 021 7337171. The booking office is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 1.00pm.

Muskerry title for Set Dancers: Aghabullogue Set dancers were crowned Muskerry champions in the adult section of Scór recently. The team faced Iveleary in the final and, although both teams danced superbly, there could only be one winner. The dancers now compete in the County Semi-Final in Coachford on February 16th.

Future Stars of GAA Honoured: Aghabullogue GAA celebrated underage success when they honoured their U16 hurlers and U13 and U14 Camogie teams. The under 16 hurlers and U13 Camogie team were 2012 County champions and the Under 14 Camogie team participated in the national Féile finals. A packed hall of parents and supporters listened to special guests, Cork inter county stars, Rena Buckley and Anthony Nash, outline the importance of training and keeping fit and healthy. Anthony Nash spoke about the importance of the club and how vital it was that young players continue to play with their club mates as they get older. He said that a GAA player's career is relatively short and there was plenty of time for partying and other activities after your playing days are finished. Coach to the Under 16s and Féile Camogie team, Murt Murphy, praised all the players receiving medals and thanked all the coaches and parents for their continued work and dedication to the players. Rena Buckey presented medals to the Camogie players and Anthony Nash made the presentation to the U16 hurlers. Presentations were also made to underage players who were involved in Cork County underage squads in 2012.

G.A.A. Aghabullogue's first competitive adult fixture will take place on February 9th when the Under 21 footballers take on Ballingeary in Coachford at 12 noon. The Intermediate footballers and hurlers are busy training in advance of their leagues. Underage training has also begun and the club is advising all underage players that following the GAA's Annual Congress in April 2012 a new rule was enacted that made it mandatory to use a mouth guard in all Gaelic football matches and training sessions from January 1st 2013 (for all age grades up to and including minor) and at U21 and Adult level from January 1st 2014.

Coachford Festival: The organizers of the Coachford Autumn Festival are looking for people in the community to help them try  to make the festival an even better event. Tadhg Murphy Chairman said "The Festival, which takes place this year on August 17th & 18th, has become an eagerly anticipated event for the community. It continues to grow and the organisers try to offer something different each year but now want to access good ideas for the two day event from more people. We have an online questionnaire that we are hoping that people will fill in to let us know what they think of the festival. The results will inform us in any decisions we have to make in the coming weeks and months." The survey can be accessed by logging on to this site http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M263TM7 or on the Coachford Autumn Festival facebook page.

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The late, great Éamonn de Buitléar with Peadar Ó Riada at a tribute concert to Seán Ó Riada in Rochestown Park Hotel in 2011. © Lee Valley Outlook 

Mixed Weather

The past fortnight has been a mixture of all kinds of weather – except heat! The Lee Valley 'enjoyed' a heavy snowfall during the weekend January 19 – 20. There followed a week of mist, fog and gloom and some torrential rain. Then, on the night of Wednesday, January 30, thunder, lightning and freak winds lashed the area. This resulted in much damage, with communities without power for up to two days. Fallen trees also caused concern and Árus Éamonn Mac Suibhne in Cúil Aodha suffered serious damage to its roof. The snow came back on Tuesday, February 5 with icy patches creating hazards on local roads.

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Finbarr Cole demonstrates the making of St. Brigid's Crosses to pupils of St. Joseph's Primary School in Macroom Library.   © An Scoil.

February Feasts

In Ireland, we have always regarded February as the first month of Spring. Raifteirí , an file, (1779–1835) proclaimed, 'Anois teacht an Earraigh, tá an lá ag dul chun síneadh. Is tar éis Féile Bríde, ardóidh mé mo sheol.' St. Brigid's Day, February 1, ushers in new hope for brighter days ahead. The feast of St. Brigid, Muire na nGael, is celebrated by putting out a white cloth on St. Brigid's Eve, to help ward off sickness in man and beast in the year ahead; the making of St. Brigid's Crosses from rushes and the holding of Biddy Balls in some areas with particular devotion to Brigid, one of the three patron saints of Ireland, along with Patrick and Colmcille.
St. Gobnait's Day follows on the heels of Brigid and is much celebrated in the Lee Valley on February 11, with Rounds at her shrine in Baile Mhúirne. The abbey of Naomh Gobnait (Muire Mhúscraí) at Baile Mhúirne, dates from the 6th or 7th century. She is a favourite in times of need and her supplicants pray:
"Go mbeannaí Dia dhuit, a Ghobnait Naofa,
Go mbeannaí Muire dhuit agus beannaím fein duit.
Is chugat a thánas ag gearán mo scéil leat,
Is ag iarraidh mo leighis ar son Dé ort".
On St. Gobnait's Day and Whitsunday the ancient statue of the saint is exposed and venerated in the parish church. It is customary to measure the length and the breadth of the statue with a piece of woollen thread, and this, known as Tomhas Ghobnatan, is kept to cure illness and ward off evil, aided by the prayer: "A Ghobnait mhúinte ó Bhaile Mhúirne, tarse chugam led' chabhair is led' chúnamh".

The feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is also celebrated on February 11 and this is closely followed by St. Valentine's Day on February 14. St. Valentine is said to have lived in the second or third century. His feast day was set by Pope Gelasius in 500A.D. (according to Wikipedia!) but it was deleted from the Roman calendar of Saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. Relics of St. Valentine are venerated at Whitefriar Street Carmelite church in Dublin. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their Valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling. St. Valentine is the patron saint of epilepsy, very much in the news at present.

Lent (40 days of what used to be fast and abstinence) also starts in February. Ash Wednesday is on February 13 this year and is preceded by Pancake or Shrove Tuesday. 'Shrove' comes from the verb 'to shrive', meaning to repent and be absolved of one's sins, an ongoing process during Lent. Before Lent, people tended to let off high spirits with feasting and celebrations such as Mardi Gras (fat Tuesday), when people consumed items made from sugar, fat and eggs, whose use was limited during Lent. Nowadays, pancakes are a traditional dish for Shrove Tuesday. They come in many guises, from solid, buttermilk pancakes to gastronomically delightful Crepes Suzettes. The former requires flour, bread soda, salt, buttermilk, butter and sugar. The latter requires flour, eggs, milk, caster sugar, salt and melted butter with orange sauce for dunking and brandy and Cointreau for flambé.

In bygone times marriages could not take place during Lent so there was a rush to fit them in by Shrove Tuesday. The monks on Skellig Rock adopted a different calendar, in which Easter was later, and so, granted a few more days for late weddings. This led to the 'Skellig List', a satire composed by local poets, in which mature bachelors and spinsters were linked romantically.

Soul Mate

Is there truly a soul mate?
Someone on whom you can always depend?
Someone who brings sunshine into your life.
More than a lover and always a friend?
When you hear their voice and know that they're safe
It is then when a smile lights up your face.
To know true love, you want to give of yourself.
Thoughts are of them and no one else
It matters not if the road to happiness is a bumpy ride.
As long as your soul mate is there by your side.
You can handle the storms for you see sunny weather.
Life is beautiful when you are together.
Borrow from tomorrow's sun if there are clouds today.
Pick flowers and savour them, as you pass along the way.
If you find your soul mate and you love them so .
Never forget to let them know
Love with a fervour full of fire.
Let them know they are your heart's desire.
And if they give it all back to you.
Then you will know that your love is true.
Perhaps it was fate, for you have found
Your soul mate always loving you...

Advertorial

Lord of the Rings in Kilnamartyra

Prince August Toy Soldier Factory, who export 95% of their product, have now widened their net to cover markets as far-flung as Russia and Australia, while closer to home their visitor centre in Kilnamartyra attracts 10,000 visitors each year, most of them families.  They are the largest toy soldier producer in the world, and Managing Director, Lars Edman, says the outlook for 2013 is positive: "We have the book licence for the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, which will launch here later this month. That will get the year off to a busy start!". To celebrate their 18th birthday in Ireland, office suppliers Viking are on a countrywide tour of some of their longstanding customers dating back to 1994, among them Prince August of Kilnamartyra, Macroom, whose Managing Director, Lars Edman met with Michael Walby, Director of Viking.

WasteMatchers iPad

Macroom based initiative www.WasteMatchers.com is calling Youthreach Centres, youth and teen groups to take part in their 'Something New From Something Old' competition and be in with a chance to win an iPad! This environmentally-driven competition is aimed at raising awareness about waste minimisation, reuse and upcycling through creativity, learning and fun. It calls for projects that create something new from something old – e.g. a fashion show of 'upcycled' clothes, animal shelters from old timber...the options are endless and entrants are encouraged to use their imagination and have fun!
www.WasteMatchers.com was launched in 2006 as an environmental initiative of Cork County Council and is managed by Macroom E Enterprise Centre. It is a website that allows users to find homes for their no-longer used items and browse a database of others' bits and pieces. Curtains and carpets, bicycles and beds, toys and timber, doors and windows and every usable household item in between has been passed on through the website. The aim is to provide good quality household items for free to members, while diverting waste from landfill and creating awareness about waste minimisation, reuse and upcycling.
Competitions are a fantastic way of raising awareness about pertinent issues such as sustainability and a cleaner environment and particularly amongst young people. We are excited at the level of interest to date and are looking forward to seeing that creativity come to life. Anyone interested in getting involved should contact us as soon as possible as the deadline to register is late January."
Sponsored by Cork County Council and run by Macroom E Enterprise Centre, the competition is aimed at raising environmental awareness, diverting waste from Cork's landfills and use of the wastematchers.com service. The deadline for registrations is Friday, February 8 and completed projects must be submitted by 19th April. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 3rd May.
If you are interested in entering the competition, please contact Project Manager Catherine Costello at 02620520 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit www.wastematchers.com for more details.

GIY by Michael Kelly

Things to Do in February
Turn over the soil only if the weather is dry – if the soil sticks to your boots it's too early for digging!  Keep off the soil to prevent soil compaction - use timber planks to stand on for access. Buy your seeds, spuds and onion sets. Sprout seed potatoes. Check the pH of your soil – you can buy a soil pH testing kit in any garden centre.  Lime your soil now if required, particularly important in your brassica bed.
Sow: On a sunny windowsill indoors, in a heated greenhouse or on a heating mat: sow celery, globe artichokes, celeriac, leeks, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, peas, aubergines, peppers/ chilli-peppers.  In polytunnel or greenhouse: beetroot, Brussels sprouts, summer and autumn cabbage, carrots, leeks, lettuce, radish. Outside: Weather permitting you can try planting out broadbeans, spinach, kohlrabi, onion and shallot sets, Jerusalem artichokes, parsnip and early pea varieties. 
Harvest: Winter cabbage and cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts, spinach, kale and leeks.

Bookworms

Isn't it Well for ye?

The book of Irish Mammies by Colm O' Regan.

If you want some cheering up on these cold, windy days, this book comes highly recommended. It contains some wonderful words of wisdom attributed to the Irish Mammies. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Available from Fitzgerald's Bookshop €11.99.

Sports Mad

Tom Creedon Cup 2013 – Intermediate Football

Second Round Results

A  Glanmire  0-3     CILL na MARTRA   0-8

B  Mayfield   0-7     Cloyne   0-6

C  Nemo Rangers   1-6     St. Michael's   2-8

D  Fermoy   2-6     Clyda Rovers   1-11

E  Kanturk   1-8     GRENAGH   1-4 

F  BALLINORA   0-7     Na Piarsaigh   1-8

G  Carrigaline   1-4     Kiskeam   3-8

H  Mallow  scr.     MACROOM   w/o.         

Quarter Finals:

CILL na MARTRA v Mayfield (holders)

St Michael's v  Clyda Rovers

Kanturk  v Na Piarsaigh

Kiskeam  1-9     MACROOM   1-10

Semi Finals:

Cill na Martra/Mayfield  v  Michael's/Clyda

Kanturk/Na Piarsaigh  v  Macroom 

Tadhg Crowley Cup 2013 – Senior Football

First Round:

Ilen Rovers  1-6     Clonakilty  0-5

Quarter Finals:

1. Aghada  1-7     St Finbarr's   1-13

2. Bishopstown  v  Castlehaven

Semi Finals:

St Finbarr's  v  Bishopstown/ Castlehaven 

Nemo Rangers  v  Ilen Rovers 

Crowley Cup Plate:

1.  BALLINCOLLIG  1-10     O'Donovan Rossa   1-9

2.  Newmarket  1-8     Douglas  0-9

Plate Semi Finals:

BALLINCOLLIG v  Newmarket 

Doheny's  0-14   Clonakilty  0-10

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Macroom Intermediate team who defeated Kiskeam in the Tom Creedon Cup   ©  Lee Valley Outlook   

Macroom 1-10. Kiskeam 1-09.

Macroom secured their first victory of the season with a hard fought win over Kiskeam in the quarter final of the Tom Creedon Cup at Macroom. This was a game of two half with Macroom taking full advantage of the strong wind in the first half and Kiskeam doing likewise in the second. Macroom opened the scoring after 2 minutes with a point from David Horgan. Kiskeam responded with a point in the sixth minute and then a move in the 10th minute involving Andrew Hegarty and David Horgan, the latter finding David Goold with a perfect pass and Goold finished to the net. Macroom added another point in the 17th minute from David Goold but in a counter attack, Kiskeam were awarded a very 'soft' penalty after Sean Kiely had cleared the ball after a great tackle. Justice was done when James O'Connell saved the penalty! Macroom hit a purple patch with points from David Goold (2), Patrick Lucey (2) and Andrew Hegarty and a point from Kiskeam left the half time score Macroom 1-7  Kiskeam 0-3.
Now playing with the wind, Kiskeam scored two quick points on the restart but Macroom added another point from a Patrick Lucey free. Kiskeam kept the pressure on and were rewarded with a goal in the 13th minute and now Macroom had a game on their hands, but team captain, Ciarán Murphy, went through a few Kiskeam tackles to score a very good point from play in the 16th minute and this was followed with a Kiskeam point, to leave the score Macroom 1-9 to Kiskeam 1-6 entering the last quarter.  Kiskeam were now getting on top and scored two more points to leave just one point between the sides before David Goold scored another point in the 24th minute, to leave it 1-10 to 1-8 with 6 minutes remaining. The Macroom defence kept their cool and in a very exciting finish, Kiskeam managed only one more point, to leave the full time score at Macroom 1-10. Kiskeam 1-9.
Macroom:- James O'Connell: Peter Lynch, Rory Buckley, Martin O'Donnell: Olan Murphy, John Angland, Ciarán Murphy: Seán Kiely, Eoin O'Mahony: Andrew Hegarty, Stephen Casey, Tony Dineen: Patrick Lucey, David Goold, David Horgan. Subs Used:- Conor O'Sullivan, Pat Kelleher, Denis Quinlan, Colm Casey.

Cill na Martra   0 – 8   Glanmire   0 – 3

Cill na Martra followed up their first round victory over Valley Rovers with another away win in the Tom Creedon Cup, this time defeating Glanmire at Riverstown in the second round.  Cill na Martra will now meet holders, Mayfield, in the quarter final. Martin O'Connor was the scoring star of this Cill na Martra victory.  In the first half Martin kicked over three frees and added a point from play.  Jonathan Lynch had a point from play and Cill na Martra led by 0-5 to 0-3 at the break. In the second half, Cill na Martra added only three points to their tally, two from Martin O'Connor frees and another from play from Martin, who thus finished with 0-8 to his credit. Glanmire failed to score at all in that second period and so, the visitors were comfortable winners at the finish.
Cill na Martra: Eoin Ó Duinnín: Tadhg MacSuibhne, Marc Ó Goilí, Pádraig de Brún: Graham Ó Mocháin, Alan Ó Mocháin, Tadhg Ó Duinnín: Deaglán Ó Mocháin, Peadair Ó Muineacháin: Seanacháin Ó Loinsuigh, Cathal Mac Suibhne, Martín Ó Concuir: Maidhchí Ó Duinnín, Caoimhín Ó Súilleabháin, Danní Ó Conaill. Fir Ionaid: Liam Ó Loinsuigh, Nollaig Ó Loinsuigh, Míceál Ó Deasúna, Antóin Ó Conaill. 

Duhallow U 20 Football Invitation Tournament Final

Muskerry  3 – 9   Clonakilty  1 – 13

Muskerry U 20 footballers won the Duhallow Invitation Tournament in their first year competing by defeating Clonakilty in an exciting final at Knocknagree. Muskerry had the ability to open up the Clon defence for goals and this ultimately won the game for the divisional side.  Clonakilty started well and finished well, but in between, Muskerry did the damage and had enough scores on the board to ensure victory at the finish, even if they had to defend strongly to prevail. Clonakilty had four points on the board before Cathal Vaughan opened the Muskerry account with a point from a free in the 16th minute.  Clon replied with another point but Muskerry were an improving side by now and after Danny O'Connell had a Muskerry point, the sides were level when Peter Kelleher struck for a goal in the 20th minute.  Points from Daniel Twomey and Mike O'Shea had Muskerry ahead but Clon hit back before the interval with a string of scores and led at the break by 0-10 to 1-4. The strong wind favoured Muskerry in the second half and they quickly got down to reducing the deficit. Cathal Vaughan pointed two Muskerry frees and then, in the 38th minute, Darragh Ring set up his Canovee clubmate, Sean O'Connor, for a goal which put Muskerry back in front.  Sean O'Connor added a point and Peter Kelleher, now a strong performer at midfield for Muskerry, had another point, to leave Muskerry in front by 2-8 to 0-10 at the three quarter stage.  Two Clonakilty points reduced the margin between the teams, but with ten minutes to go, Darragh Ring had a third Muskerry goal to open up a five point lead.  Darragh Ring added a quick point and although Muskerry were not to score again and were under intense pressure in the closing stages, they had done enough to win and they held out for a deserved victory. Clonakilty did strike for a late goal and followed up with a point to make for some scary moments, but the final whistle brought relief for Muskerry and their first Invitation Tournament victory. The Muskerry team was captained by Darragh Ring of Canovee.    
Muskerry: Shane Masters (Kilmichael): Ronan Dennehy (Éire Óg), John O'Donoghue (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh), William Ahern (Canovee): Mike O'Shea (Éire Óg), Daniel O'Riordan (Iveleary), Cian Ó Duinnín (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh): Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Sean O'Connor (Canovee): Daniel Twomey (Kilmichael), Cathal Vaughan (Iveleary), Danní Ó Conaill (Cill na Martra): John Corkery (Aghabullogue), Darragh Ring (Canovee), Ben Seartan (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh). Subs: David Horgan (Macroom), Diarmuid Ó Liatháin (Lyons) Naomh Abán. 

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Éire Óg Minor A County Hurling Champions 2012, with their mentors and club officials, at medal presentation and social at The Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig   © Gerry Mac Bride

Mid Cork GAA

Muskerry Cup -  Junior 'A' Football

Quarter finals:

Ballincollig  1-11     Aghinagh   2- 9

Donoughmore  1-6     Kilmurry   3-12

Kilmichael v Clondrohid at Kilmichael on Sun. 10th Feb.

Iveleary – a bye

Semi Finals:

Aghinagh   v   Kilmurry

Iveleary   v   Kilmichael or Clondrohid

Aghinagh   2 – 9 (15)     Ballincollig   1 – 11 (14)

Aghinagh got their season off to a good start with an away win over Ballincollig in the opening game of the Muskerry Cup competition.  After a very even first half, Aghinagh led at the break by 0-6 to 0-5, but two goals early in the second half, one each from Donal and Jeremiah Corkery, gave the visitors a massive boost and they had enough of a cushion to just withstand a fierce Ballincollig late rally.  Micheál Corkery was in fine form with frees for the winners.

Aghinagh: Aidan Kelleher: Noel Nunan, Seamus O'Leary, Kevin O'Sullivan: Alan Hourihan, Dave Barry, Darragh McCarthy: Shane Lehane, Michael O'Brien: Trevor Burns, Micheál Corkery, Sean Horgan: William Coakley, Dónal Corkery, Jeremiah Corkery. Sub; Paul O'Sulllivan.   

Kilmurry   3 – 12     Donoughmore   1 – 6

In another Muskerry Cup tie, holders, Kilmurry, were too strong for Donoughmore in the second half after the teams were evenly balanced in the opening period.  Denis Sheehan had a first half goal for Kilmurry to help them to a 1-6 to 1-4 interval lead and a second goal from Sheehan in the second half established the winners' superiority.  Dave O'Halloran was very accurate from frees for Kilmurry and they were in a winning position even before a late goal from Dave O'Leary, which was the icing on the cake.  Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: Liam Long, Kevin Barrett, William Barrett: Finbarr Crowley, Eoin Barrett, Adam Healy: James White, Pat O'Sullivan: Daniel Buckley, Dave O'Halloran, Jonathan Buckley: Denis Sheehan, Michael Linehan, Dave McCarthy. Subs: Dave O'Leary, James Kelleher, Michael Kelleher, Martin O'Sullivan. 

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U 21 Football Championship

Fixtures:

Group One:    Kilmurry v Donoughmore at Kilmurry, Saturday 9th February. 3pm

Group Two:   Cill na Martra v Canovee at Carrigadrohid, Sat 9th Feb.
Inniscarra v Ballincollig at Ballyanley, Sat 9th Feb.

Group Three: Aghabullogue v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, Sunday 10th Feb. at Coachford

Group Four:   Blarney  v  Ballinora at Blarney, Sat 9th Feb.
Naomh Abán  v  Eire Óg at Baile Mhúirne, Sat 9th Feb.

Mid Cork Junior Football Leagues

The opening rounds of the Mid Cork Junior Football Leagues will be played on 17th February 2013.
In Division One, there are ten teams, each team to play nine games.  The teams are: Aghinagh, Ballincollig, Kilmichael, Kilmurry, Clondrohid, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, Dripsey, Inniscarra, Iveleary, Donoughmore. 

The opening round of games scheduled for 17th February is:

(First named, home advantage)

Donoughmore v Dripsey

Inniscarra v Iveleary

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Clondrohid

Aghinagh v Ballincollig

Kilmichael  v Kilmurry 

County Football Leagues Commence

The  Cork County Football Leagues, sponsored by the Evening Echo, start on 17th February with games in all four divisions. In Division One, Ballincollig are at home to Bishopsrtown.
In Division Two, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh have a home game against Newmarket, and Eire Óg are away to St. Vincent's.  Naomh Abán's home game against Nemo Rangers (Intermediate) will be played in late March.
In Division Three, Cill na Martra are away to Castletownbere, Grenagh are away to Glenville, and Macroom are at home to Mallow.
In Division Four, Aghabullogue are at home to Ballinora and Canovee are at home to Carrigaline.

Colleges GAA

Coachford Community College are through to the final of the Munster Vocational Schools Senior A Football championship after their 6-15 to 0-3 win over an understrength Coláiste Treasa, Kanturk side at Ballyanley.  Coachford had wind advantage in the first half and, when they led by 3-11 to 0-1 at the interval, the game was as good as over.  Coachford will meet Clonakilty in the Munster final. 
Coachford: Sean Murphy (Dripsey): Greg Long (Aghabullogue), David O'Connell (Aghabullogue), John Lynch (Aghinagh): Eoin O'Connell (Dripsey), Denis O'Keeffe (Eire Óg), Shane Lucey (Donoughmore): Daniel O'Connor (Eire Óg), Jonathan Buckley (Kilmurry): Paul Farmer (Inniscarra), Evan O'Sullivan (Aghabullogue), David O'Keeffe( Inniscarra):Padraig O'Connell (Kilmurry), David Barry (Inniscarra), Tomás O'Connor (Inniscarra). Subs: Mark McCarthy (Inniscarra), Ryan Dineen (Aghabullogue).

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Foireann Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Bhúirne a bhuaigh Craobh Sinsearach an Contae sa pheil le Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin agus Shane Dennehy  © Nóra Ní Luasa

Bua iontach do Choláiste Ghobnatan

Coláiste Ghobnatan 2-12 Ardscoil Phobail Bheanntraí 1-4.

I gCloch na Coillte le déanaí, faoi stiúir a gcaptaen, Liam Ó Loingsigh, d'éirigh le buachaillí sinsear Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne, Cluiche Ceannais an Chontae a bhuachan 2-12 go 1-4 in aghaidh foireann láidir ó Ardscoil Phobail Bheanntraí. Bhí cluiche teannta idir na foirne sa chéad leath nuair a bhí Beanntraí ag imirt in éadan an ghaoth láidir. Dá bharr san, bhí Coláiste Ghobnatan faoi ionsaí fíor láidir i dtosach an chluiche, ach d'éirigh leo Beanntraí a choimeád amach. Fuair an captaen Liam Ó Loingsigh an chéad scór sa chluiche nuair a chríochnaigh sé gluaiseacht iontach a thosnaigh sna cúlaithe. Cúpla nóimeád níos déanaí, d'aimsigh an buachaill céanna pointe eile den scoth chun an Choláiste a chur dhá phointe chun tosaigh agus, cé nár fuaireadar aon scór eile sa chuid eile den leath,  pointí fíor thábhachtacha a bhí ann dos na fir Mhúscraí. Bhí ionsaí á dhéanamh ag Bheanntraí leis an gaoth láidir a bhí ag séideadh, agus bhí cúlaithe an Choláiste faoi bhrú uafásach. Ach is ansan a thaispeáin siad a gcuid cruach. Cé go raibh roinnt liathróidí an dáinsearach á thiomáint isteach go imeall an chearnóg, bhí na lán-chúlaithe Tomás Ó hÁileasa, Donncha Ó Suilleabháin 'is Gearóid Ó Goillí ar fheabhas. Bhí an cúl báire Gearóid Ó' Luasa i bhfeighil gach rud ós a comhair amach, agus shroich sé amach Micheál Ó Duinnín agus Maidhc Ó Deasúna le gach cic-amach. Chuir Beanntraí roinnt liathróidí ar foraoil sa cheád leath de bharr brú iontach ó leithéidí Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, rud éigin a thug misneach do Choláiste Ghobnatan, ach fuair Beanntraí dhá phointe ag deireadh an leath chun na fóirne a chur ar chomhscór ag an feadóg ghairid.
Thosnaigh Coláiste Ghobnatan an dara leath leis an fuinneamh agus creideamh céanna is a thaispeaneadar i ngach chluiche i mbliana agus, sula i bhfad, bhíodar chun tosaigh. D'ardaigh Dan Ó Duinnín an brat bán tar éis cúpla nóimeád, chomh maith le cúpla pointí breise ó Liam Ó Loingsigh, Dean Ó Ceallaigh 'is Jamie Mac Giolla Bhríde. Bhí Beanntraí i dtrioblóid agus, nuair a chríochnaigh Liam Ó Loingsigh gluaiseacht iontach san líontáin, bhí bearna mór oscailte idir na fóirne. Ag tabhairt cothrom na féinne do Bheanntraí, chuadar ar an ionsaí arís agus tháining dhá phointe tapaidh go leor. Chuir an Choláiste deireadh leis an athbheochan beag seo, áfach, le ciceanna saor ó Dean 'is Jamie arís, chomh maith le iarrachtaí mór milteach ón imirt ó Maidhcí Ó Liathain agus Micheál Ó Deasúna. Bhí sár-thaispeántas á chur ar fáil ó na tosaithe ag an pointe seo, agus ní raibh Beanntraí ábalta iad a lámhseáil in aon chor. Nuair a chríochnaigh Dónal Ó Donnchú an caid sa líontáin i ndiaidh gluaiseacht den scoth, bhí sé soiléir go raibh an corn ag dul siar go Mhuscraí arís. Cé gur aimsigh Beanntraí cúl ag druidim i dtreo deireadh an chluiche, chruthaigh fear ionad Gearóid Ó Faoileáin scór do Dan Ó Duinnín, agus chríochnaigh Pól Ó Cathasaigh an chluiche le pointe deas ag a deireadh. Fuair gach uile tosaithe scór sa chluiche.
Taispeántas don gcéad scoth a bhí ann ó Choláiste Ghobnatan, agus tá sé tuillte go maith acu. Tá an-chreidiúint ag dul dos na himreoirí féin, traenalaí na fóirne Micheál Ó Suilleabháin, is gach aon duine sa scoil go fírinneach.  Is iomaí deoir atá doirte sa scoil ó chailleadh ár gceannaire ar an bpáirc peile, Shane Ó Murchú, roimh Nollaig. Bhí gach aon duine sa seomra gléasta agus sa lucht tacaíochta  ag cuimhneamh ar Shane, ár gcara, ár ndalta, ár gcomrádaí ar an bpáirc 'is sa seomra ranga, nuair a bhí an caid caite suas san aer. Ní haon ionadh go raibh bua maith ag an scoil, agus Shane ag treoirú rudaí thuas staighre. Mar a bhí sé nuair a bhí sé ar an bpáirc peile é féin. B'fhéidir nach raibh a geansaí uimhir a trí déag á caitheamh aige ar an lá, ach táimid cinnte go raibh lámh lárnach ag Shane i ngach uile scór a bhí ann ar an lá. Comhghairdeas arís do chách.
Coláiste Ghobnatan Gearóid Ó Luasa, Tomás ó hAileasa, Donncha Ó Suilleabháin, Gearóid Ó Goillí, Maidhcí Ó Liathain (0-1), Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Aaron Ó Murchú, Micheál Ó Deasúna (0-1), Maidhc Ó Duinnín, Dónal Ó Donnchú (1-0), Liam Ó Loingsigh (c) (1-3), Pól Ó Cathasaigh (0-1), Dan Ó Duinnín (0-2), Seamus Mac Giolla Bhríde (0-2 f), Deán Ó Ceallaigh (0-2, 1f), Conchur Ó Murchú, Pádraig Ó Críodáín, Antóin Ó Cuana, Gearóid Ó Faoileáin, Eoin Ó Loingsigh, Darren ó Forréidh, Piaras Ó Liatháin, Ronán De hÍde, Seamus Ó Suilleabháin. Bainisteoir: Micheál Ó Suilleabháin

S.Ó Duinneacha

Munster Colleges Football – Corn Uí Mhuirí semi final

De La Salle Macroom will meet Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne, An Daingean/Dingle in the semi final of Corn Uí Mhuirí at Knocknagree on Sunday 17th February in a repeat of last year's final.  Dingle are reigning champions and defeated DLS in the 2011 championship also but the Cork school had the upper hand in 2010.  De La Salle have defeated St Francis College,Rochestown, Killorglin Intermediate School, and St Fachtna's, Skibbereen on their way to the semi final, the latter quarter final win with an understrength  side. With a full squad available to pick from, the Mid Cork boys will make a bold bid for a place in the final and a repeat of the never say die spirit exhibited to date will trouble any opponents.
Coláiste Chríost Rí and St Brendan's Killarney meet in the other semi final.

Allianz National Football League

Cork footballers opened their defence of their league title against Dublin under lights at Croke Park and were well beaten by the home side.  Cork did try out a group of young players – Damian Cahalane of Castlehaven, Tom Clancy of Fermoy and Tom Clancy of Clonakilty, Andrew O'Sullivan of Castletownbere and John O'Rourke Carbery Rangers and it is too early to pass judgement on the newcomers as yet.  Fintan Goold of Macroom was the only Mid Cork player to start for Cork and Ciarán Sheehan of Eire Óg came on as a sub after 50 minutes.  Eoin O'Mahony of Macroom and Noel O'Leary of Cill na Martra, Eoin O'Mahony of Macroom and David Lordan of Ballincollig were on the official Cork panel for the game. Once again, the Cork team as announced on Thursday bore little resemblance to the team which lined out for the start of this game- an annoying feature of Cork football teams.

Cork are at home to Kildare under lights at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday 9th February and need to up their performance if they are to match the intensity Kildare showed against Donegal in their opening game.  Cork will then have a break before playing four games on successive weekends in March against Down (away), Tyrone (away), Donegal (at home), and Kerry (away) before finishing with a home game against Mayo.  This is a very daunting programme of games and the Cork management will have to balance the need to blood new players with the need to win league points.

 Ladies Football Tesco HomeGrown National League

Monaghan  1-12  Cork  0-11

Cork, the All Ireland champions, lost their opening game of the new league to the 2012 League champions, Monaghan at Inniskeen.  Cork started well and went four points clear in the first quarter with Briege Corkery and Rhona Ní Bhuachalla among the scorers. Monaghan recovered well however and were leading by 1-5 to 0-5 at half time.  Five further points for Monaghan on the restart put the home side well clear but Cork rallied and had points from Orla Finn, Orlagh Farmer and Valerie Mulcahy but Monaghan were on top and ended with a four point winning margin. Lisa Crowley St. Val's made her senior inter county debut for Cork and Briege Corkery, Rena Buckley and Rhona Ni Bhuachalla were also in the Cork line out.  Cork are at home to Meath in their second game in the league on 9th February.

President Michael D. and Mrs. Sabina Higgins held a reception for Cork Ladies Footballers at Áras an Uachtaráin to honour the Rebelettes' feat in winning seven All Ireland titles in the past eight years.   

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 Liam Seartan, peileadóir Chorcaí, ag bronnadh na boinn ar fhoireann Fé-16 Bhéal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh a bhuaigh an Sraith Chontae.  ©

Dripsey GAA Celebrate Under Age Successes.

Parents, grandparents and friends of Dripsey's successful under age teams of 2011 and 2012 attended the club's medal presentation function at Oriel House Hotel recently. Among under age committee members present were Diarmuid O'Riordan, Máiréad O'Sullivan and Valerie O'Riordan who, together with mentors and coaches, were lauded for their work on behalf of the young people of Dripsey by club Chairman, John Feeney. The two Mark O'Sullivans were presented with special tokens by team captains, Shane Godsil and Jack Casey, in recognition of their work as team coaches. John Purcell, representing Rebel Óg, said the club should be proud of their achievements to date and he complimented them on capturing a number of County Championships in recent years. Special guest was Cork Senior Hurler, Tom Kenny, who encouraged the players to enjoy the game and to practise as often as possible. He revealed that he was coached at Farranferris College by Canon Michael O'Brien, who advised players to do special skills training on their weak side by hitting from the left if they were good on the right and vice versa. This he said would help them enjoy the game to the full. He congratulated the players and mentors on their victories but pointed out that giving of your best on all occasions was all that was expected . "Defeats and victories will come your way and be forgotten in time but many of the friendships made along the way will last forever" he concluded.

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Cill na Martra U14 team with their trainers at the club's presentation of medals at the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney © Joan McLoughlin

Canovee G.A.A.

Recent results: February 2nd Canovee received a walk over from Blarney in the under 14 A football league. February 3rd Canovee lost 1.10 to St. Colman's 4.11 in the minor A football league.
Well done to Darragh Ring, captain, Sean O'Connor, William Ahern and Damien Ahern, who were all involved with Muskerry in their narrow win over Clonakilty in the Duhallow under 20 tournament.
Fixtures: February 9th under 21 football championship Canovee v Cill na Martra at  Carrigadrohid at 3.00pm. February 9th under 16 B football league east Canovee v Aghinagh in Rusheen at 3.30pm.
Lotto: February 3rd. Numbers drawn  3,13,14,29; No winner; €50 Patricia Nelligan c/o Don Carroll; €25  Noreen Kelleher, Cloughduv, Marian McCarthy c/o Don Carroll. Jack the Joker Siobhan Scanlan, Carrigadrohid.
Next lotto draw on February 10th in the Spreading Chestnut, Cloughduv. Jackpot €6,250.

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 Frank Honohan, Cork Ladies Football selector; Councillor Pat Burton, chairman Inniscarra Community Centre; Rena Buckley, Margaret O'Connor, Secretary Donoughmore Ladies Football and Pat Greene, Donoughmore Ladies football selector at the function in O'Regan's Bar, Rea to honour Rena Buckley, Cork Captain. © Tadhg Ó Buachalla
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Rena

Inniscarra Community came together recently in O'Regan's Bar, Rea to honour Rena Buckley's captaincy of the very successful Cork Ladies Football team in 2012. In his citation, Councillor Pat Burton, chairman, Inniscarra Community Centre, said that the parishes of Inniscarra and Donoughmore were truly in the presence of greatness. Rena has won 7 All Ireland medals with Cork, 2 Senior Club All Irelands with Donoughmore as well as Munster and under age medals. She has also won 4 Camogie All Ireland medals with Cork as well as Munster and under age and also County and Munster medals with Inniscarra. The gallant Henry Shefflin is attempting to catch up! Pat paid tribute to Rena for her dedication, discipline, commitment and application to the job at hand. He compared her to Christy Ring taking around a hurley, sliotar and a bucket in his oil lorry and frequently practising pucking the sliotar into the bucket at any opportunity he would get.  He went on to say that if GAA were an Olympic sport, he had no doubt we would have an Olympian in our parish. In her reply Rena thanked Inniscarra Community Centre for organising the event and Councillor Pat Burton for his kind words and said there is nothing better than having one's achievements recognised in one's own community. She also thanked supporters from Donoughmore Ladies Football and Inniscarra Camogie, her trainers and mentors over the years and her family. Finally, Rena thanked her good neighbours, Gerry and Eileen O'Regan, for the great support they give to the parish. 

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Éire Óg Camogie panel, winners of Minor Championship, at the Club's victory dinner. © Mike English

West Muskerry in Derry

5 athletes from West Muskerry Athletic travelled to Gransha in Co. Derry on February 3 to compete in the All Ireland B Cross Country Championships. In the  U 15 all ran extremely well in the very tough under foot conditions. The course was 2,500m  and there were a lot of hills but they all finished very strongly.  Their team finished in 4th position, which was a great result as it was the first All Ireland for all four boys.   The team was made up of  Colm O'Mahony, Darragh Walsh, James Cronin and Dean Lynch.
In the Masters competition, Jerry O'Mahony also ran extremely well on the tough course.  His distance was 7,000m and again it was Jerry's first race ever with West Muskerry A.C. A special thank you to the boys' supporters who came down from Letterkenny to shout them on in the race. - Suzie Lynch, Joseph and Daniel Arthur.

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 Macroom U11 Soccer team, captained by Cormac Buckley, who beat Crosshaven 4-3, to make it 8 wins in a row. © Bryan Bradley

West Cork League Soccer

Three Mid Cork teams were in action in the Mygaff.ie Cup 2nd round ties and unfortunately defeat was the lot of all three. Leeside were at home to Togher Celtic at Inchigeela and twice went ahead, only to be drawn back twice and then the visitors struck for a winner.  Finbarr McSweeney and David Hourihan were the Leeside goalscorers. Sullane were at home to Dunmanway Celtic but went down on a 6-0 scoreline and First Division Crookstown travelled to Skibbereen for the Premier league and gave the home side plenty to contend with before going down on a 2-1 scoreline.  Dave O'Halloran was the scorer for Crookstown. Kilmichael Rovers are hosts to Crossmahon  in another round 2 game on Sunday 10th Feb.
In the West Cork League Cup quarter final Bay Rovers had a 4-2 win over Cloughduv, for whom Anthony O'Sullivan and Pat Aherne were the scorers.

Macroom Powerlifting Club

One hundred lifters from all over the country recently contested the Irish Drug Free Powerlifting Association (IDFPA) Single Lift National Championships at CIT and competed for national titles in the squat, bench press and deadlift. The team from Macroom Powerlifting Club was led by six time world champion, Tony Pierce, who took Gold in the Squat with a massive lift of 180kg. Jack O'Donovan and Colm Browne did very well in the teenage divisions, O'Donovan with a deadlift of 107.5kg and Browne setting a new national record in the 56kg division with a deadlift of 125kg. Daniel Murphy deadlifted 160kg and squatting 120kg in the 67.5kg division. Dylan Coughlan, John Anthony Relihan and Christopher Murphy were on hand, coaching the young lifters. The next IDFPA competition will be the Power Nationals on March 23rd in Ardee Co. Louth. For more information on the IDFPA and powerlifting in Ireland you can find the IDFPA on Facebook or visit the IDFPA website www.idfpa.net

Muskerry Judo Club

Ten members of Muskerry Judo club travelled to the recent National Judo Championships in Donegal with parents and coaches, Seamus Manning and Shane Manning. All ten competitors fought there way to the finals of their respective weight categories, an unprecedented result. Caoimhe Looney took Gold in the minor girls; Ryan Delaney and Dylan Delaney took Gold and Eoin Hallissey Silver in the minor boys; Niamh Looney took silver in the cadet girls; Dean Looney and Ronan Manning Gold in the cadet boy; Dillon Manning took Gold in the u21 and silver in the senior -90kg; Shane Manning Gold in the senior -90kg and Lloyd Manning in the senior -73kg. Lloyd is just back from injury when he got to the quarter final in the European Cup in Malaga, which qualified him for a World Cup in Poland in March. Everyone at the club wishes Lloyd the very best of luck.

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt

Teams for the Club League were drawn on Sunday, Feb. 3, resulting as follows: Team(A) Maureen Foley, Sean O'Leary, Kevin O'Donovan, Jimmy O'Donoghue, Charley Foley. Team (B) Ann Barrett, George Sheehan, Jason O'Donovan, Dan Cronin, Michael Vaughan. Team (C) Christine Swanton, P.J.Curtin, Christopher McCarthy, John Flynn, Jack Lynch. Team (D) Kathleen O'Leary, Brendan Swanton, Peter Creed, Michael Dunlea, Dan Kiely, Frances O'Riordan. League commences on Saturday Feb. 9 at 2.30pm and Sunday 10.00am and 2.30pm. and will run for  four weeks at the same times. Winter rules will apply.

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