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Lee Valley Enterprise Board Updates

ST PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
It's hard to believe that St Patrick's Day is only a couple of weeks away and the Committee is putting together a very exciting day's activities for young and old.
This year's theme is based on "The Gathering 2013" and we will have participation from our Twinning friends in Italy & France, plus the USA & UK, so it promises to be a very colourful parade. We're encouraging everyone to participate in the Parade, especially clubs, organisations and companies. It's a great way to advertise and it's completely FREE advertising to up to 10,000 people who will be in Macroom on the day.
For further details please contact 087/2322505.

Lee Valley Diary 

Briery Gap:
Fri Feb. 22 Joseph Locke. Blaze Away. 8p.m.
Sun. Feb. 24, 6p.m. Rehearsal for 1st Chorus, South Pacific.
Mon. Feb. 25th @ 8.30pm Untouchable
Wed. 27th Feb. @ 8.30 pm. Anna Karenina
Fri. March 1 TY Drama Final part 1 at 2p.m. Light Entertainment Festival 7p.m.
Sat. March 2. TY Drama Final Part 2 and adjudication from 2 p.m.
Sun. March 3 at 8p.m. All the King's Horses.
Fri. March 8 and Sat. 9th @ 8.00 pm and Sun. 10th March @ 3.00 pm. Starmakers Teenage Trouble Hairspray.
Sunday 10th March @ 8.30 pm Mother's Day Weekend Concert with Louise Morrissey
Mon. March 11 8.30p.m. You will be my Son
Mon. March 25 8.30p.m. The Hunt
Mon. Ap. 8 8.30p.m. Dreamtime Revisited

Macroom Library:
Ciorcal Cainte Mon. Feb. 25 and Mon. March 4 11.30 a.m. – 12.30
Penn Bookclub  Fri. March. 1st at 4pm.
Storytime for 3-8 year olds Sat. March 2 at 12 noon.
National Tree Week talk and walk, Tues. March 5th from 12-1p.m.
Adult Bookclub at 11.30 a.m. on Wed. March  6th
The Purlies Thurs. March 7: 11 am
Gramophone Circle with Maureen Murphy, Mon. March 11, 11a.m.
March Art Exhibition by Bernice Corcoran

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

Kilmichael Historical Society unveils plans for Kilmichael Ambush Site on Fri. Feb. 22 at 8pm in Shanacashel Community Centre. 

Fleadh Cheoil Concert in the Ionad Pobal, Cill na Martra, Fri. March 22

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

'Me & My Girl' in Coachford G.A.A. Hall, Feb. 23 - 26.

South Pacific: Rehearsal for Teenage and Adult Chorus, Sunday 24th February at Briery Gap at 6pm. 

MacroomTidy Towns information evening and A.G.M. Mon. Feb. 25 at 8 pm. in Castle Hotel.

Seisiún don Fleadh Cheoil, An Chrois, Cill na Martra, Aoine 1 Márta.

Ionad Cultúrtha: classical concert on Fri. 1st March at 8.30p.m

Crookstown Ceili Club:  Céilí on Sat. March 2nd; 9.30pm

Ballyvourney Library Book Club on Tues. March 5, at 10.30 am.

Mc Egan Night at the Races: on Fri. March 8 at 8.30p.m in the Castle Hotel Macroom.

Cumann na mBan Archive display and presentation; Sat. March 9, Castle Hotel, 2 – 5 p.m.

Table quiz for Aghabullogue N.S., Cremin's Bar on Sat. March 9 at 8.30pm

Macroom Ploughing: West County Ploughing Championships on Sun. March 10 at Coolcower

Coachford A.F.C. Auction: Hogan's Bar; Sun. March 10 1.30p.m.

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

MacroomTidy Towns Church Gate Collection Sat. and Sun. 16th and 17th of March.

Inchigeela Hall: Mick Hanly in Concert on Sat. March 16 at 8.30p.m.

Fun Table Quiz for Pieta House on St. Patrick's night at The Tavern, Clondrohid, 9.30pm.

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí Concert: Ionad Pobal, Cill na Martra, Aoine, 22 Márta.

Flag Day and Fleadh Music Session in Macroom, Sat. April 6  

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

Macroom Drama Marathon

Macroom's Briery Gap Theatre will host a dramatic marathon on Friday and Saturday March 1 and 2. The 13th annual Transition Year Drama Competition and the 3rd annual Light Entertainment Festival will bring hundreds of second level students and their teachers from all over Ireland to the mid Cork capital for the keenly contested finals. Presentations will commence after lunch on Friday, March 1 when Michael Twomey, (better known as Miah), and Helen Hallissey, local director and playwright, will view the first six groups in the Drama Competition. The final nine groups will present their shows, starting at 2p.m. on Saturday, March 2, followed by the adjudication. The seven Light Entertainment finalists will stage their 15-minute shows, starting at 7p.m. on Friday, March 1. They will be judged by Michael Twomey and Sean Lynch of Mullingar Arts Centre.

Transition Year Drama Finalists 2013

Friday March 1

2p.m. St Mary's Secondary School, Newport Co Tipperary

2.30 p.m. St Wolstan's, Celbridge, Co Kildare

3 p.m. King's Hospital, Palmerstown, Dublin 2

3.30 p.m. Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal

4 p.m. St Joseph's Secondary School, Charlestown, Co Mayo

4.30 p.m. St Joseph's Secondary School, Doon, Co Limerick

Saturday March 2

2 p.m. CBS, James Street, Kilkenny

2.30p.m. Our Lady's Bower, Athlone, Co Westmeath

3 p.m. Nagle Rice, Doneraile

3.30 p.m. Coláiste Muire, Ennis, Co. Clare

4 p.m. St Mary's Secondary School, Charleville

7 p.m. CBS  Mullingar

7.30 p.m. Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Blarney, Co Cork

8 p.m. Sion Hill, Cross Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin

8.30 p.m. 8.30 p.m. Ard Scoil Rís, North Circular Road, Limerick

Light Entertainment Festival Finalists 2013

Friday, March 1

7 p.m. Scoil Mhuire, Kanturk, Co Cork

7.20 p.m. Coláiste na Sceilge, Cahirciveen, Co Kerry

7.45 p.m. St Joseph's Secondary School, Doon, Co Limerick

8.10 p.m. St Macartan's, Monaghan, Co Monaghan

8.30 p.m. Coláiste na Trócaire, Rathkeale, Co Limerick

8.45 p.m. Wilson's Hospital, Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath

9 p.m. St Mary's Secondary School, Macroom, Co Cork

Cumann na mBan Archive

The display of original documents relating to Cumann na mBan in the Macroom and surrounding areas will take place on Saturday, March 9 in the Castle Hotel, Macroom. Doors will open at 2 pm and the official handing over of all of these documents to the Director of the National Archives, Mr Brian McGee, will take place at approx 5 pm. There has been a huge response from the public since this project was first proposed and all interested parties are now invited to the Exhibition and handing over ceremony. The organisers request members of families who had relatives in Cumann na mBan in the Macroom and surrounding areas to come along on the day and, if they have any further documentation from those times, that they bring these along also. All of the documents already accessed are currently being scanned and copied to CD's. Everyone who wishes to access such a CD should write names and addresses in a book that will be placed in the main room at the hotel on the exhibition day and the CDs will be forwarded at a later date.  

Macroom Bridge

In our last issue, the Lee Valley Outlook reported that Craddocks, contractors for the construction of the footbridge on Macroom Bridge, expected 'to demobilise from site on the 15th February'. The Town Council employed an independent consultant to conduct a Health and Safety Audit on approaches to the bridge. Its findings were due by Friday, February 8 and 'the results of this draft report are being discussed at present'. A spokesperson from Macroom Town Hall also said, 'The southern parapet is finished. The lights are due to be turned on by the ESB and some final snags are to be carried out.' It is expected that the footbridge will be open for use 'soon' but concerns are still being voiced about the location of the pedestrian crossing on Masseytown Road and the safety of access footpaths to the footbridge along Castle Street.

St. Mary's Updates  

Díospóireacht an Phiarsaigh - Gael-Linn: Ghlac daltaí idirbhliana ó Scoil Muire Clochar na Trócaire páirt i nDíospóireacht an Phiarsaigh, eagraithe ag Gael-Linn le déanaí. Bhí an chéad bhabhta ar siúl in Óstán Ghobnatán i mBaile Bhúirne. Tháinig ceithre fhoireann le chéile i mbun díospóireachta ar an rún "Ba cheart do Theachtaí Dála a rogha féin d'éadaí a chaitheamh i dTithe an Rialtais". Chuaigh an fhoireann ó Scoil Muire ar aghaidh go dtí an chéad bhabhta eile. Bhí ceathrar ar an bhfoireann sin, Eibhlín Ní Chéilleachair, Eimear Ní Shé, Melissa Edman agus Áine Ní Thuama. Sa dara bhabhta, ghlac Éibhlín Ní Chéilleachair, Rachel Ní Chathasaigh, Siobhán Ní Mhurchú agus Eimear Ní Shé páirt sa díospóireacht i gCloch na Coillte. Is é an rún a bhí á phlé acu ná "Tá an teideal Oileán na Naomh is na n-Ollamh tuillte ag Éirinn go foill".  Bhí na cailíní i gcoinne an rúin agus rinne siad a lán oibre agus taighde ag ullmhú don díospóireacht. Bhí ceithre fhoireann in iomaíocht ar an lá agus d'éirigh go han-mhaith leis na cailíní i gcoinne daltaí ón gcúigiú agus ón séú bliain. Fuair siad taithí iontach agus tháinig feabhas ar a gcuid Gaeilge. Comhghairdeas leis na cailíní as an iarracht iontach! 

Students become Teachers of On Line Safety: St Mary's Secondary School, Macroom is well aware of the vast media coverage given to the dangers of on line usage among the teenage population. In order to address this issue, students from the 3A1 class have worked on developing a Charter for On line safety and this was launched by presenting it to junior students in the school. Third year students explained the content of the Charter and the dangers inherent in on- line usage to small groups of first and second years, with a view to protecting themselves and others on line. Each student was then invited to sign the Charter, and place it near their home computer to remind them of the good practice they had signed up to. The school arranged a number of other initiatives too, particularly for junior students and their parents/ guardians. These included:
A talk by Orla Doyle, Community Garda, for all junior students on the legal implications of inappropriate usage of social media sites.
A talk by Transition Year "Buddies" to first year students on the dangers of ask.fm.
A powerpoint presentation by fifth year students on "privacy settings" on Facebook.
A presentation organised by AWARE for Transition Year students on Mental Health and Cyberbullying in the County Hall, Cork.
A presentation for parents/guardians by Ms Theresa Piggott, from the West Cork Education Centre.
We sincerely hope that our recent " Connect with Respect" Week was productive and that our students will be safer as a result.

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Ms Gráinne Brick, Orla Galvin, Ciara Buckley,   Ms Maureen McAdam, Peig Cronin and Michelle Hickey at Debating Science Issues competition at UCC   ©  An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

Self Confidence: McEgan College recently organised an evening talk for parents by Joe Heffernan on the topic "How to enhance self confidence in your child". Joe, who has a slot on County Sound 103FM, is a counsellor with many years' experience in this area. This follows on the January talk on "Cyber Bullying", to highlight the issues and pressures teenagers have to deal with in their everyday lives. An informative support pack was issued to parents to help them filter websites on their homecomputers. The World Wide Web, while a fantastic resource to students, also has the potential to expose to bullying and to cyber bulling in particular.
Aviva Schools Fitness Challenge: First and Second Year students at McEgan College are currently taking part in the Aviva Schools Fitness Challenge 2013. Known last year as the 'Beat the Bleep Challenge', this fitness initiative has been developed by Dublin City University and the Wellness Economic Initiative Alliance. The challenge will run over a ten week period from January, assessing the fitness levels of the children and advocating the improvement of their overall health. It will start with the Bleep test and retest at the end of the ten week programme after weeks of fitness training in Phys. Ed. class. The goal of the Schools Fitness Challenge is that young people will adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle, which will positively benefit their long term well being. Fitness results will be recorded by PE teacher Daniel Twomey and assessed by exercise physiologist, Professor Niall Moyna and Dr. Sarah Kelly from the School of Health and Human Performance, DCU. The top Scores from first round of Bleep tests were: Alan O'Sullivan (2nd year), Jack O'Donovan (2nd year), Jordan Burns (1st year), Saoirse O'Mahoney (2nd Year), Mary-Anne Healy (2nd year), Aine Corkery (1st Year)
McEgan Debating Team: Well done to McEgan College Debating Team who were Munster finalists at the Debating Science Issues competition at UCC recently. Ciara Buckley and Orla Galvin debated whether Nanotechnology was a force for good. They immersed themselves in research to prepare for the event and came runners up. The debate was judged by scientists from academia and industry. The girls were presented with a beautiful trophy from Emeritus Professor William Neville who commended them on their hard work and dedication.
Talent: Best of luck to Denisa Kearney, Clondrohid, a second year pupil at McEgan College, who is competing in the All Ireland semi final of the Schools' talent search on Saturday, February 23.  Many pupils, teachers and parents will be attending to cheer her on.  
Mc Egan Night at the Races: Staff and students of Mc Egan College are holding a fundraising race night on Friday the 8th of March at 8.30p.m in the Castle Hotel Macroom. This event is intended to raise money for I.T facilities in Mc Egan College and also in the E-Park, where the majority of McEgan PLC pupils are currently located. A guaranteed fun way to enjoy your evening whilst raising money for a worthy cause. Races will be screened on the night; you can place your bet immediately before the race. Why not get involved by sponsoring a race and thereby, advertising your business. You also have the chance to buy a horse! There will also be a raffle on the night, with many amazing prizes. Sponsorship and Horses on sale now. For more information, please contact Mc Egan College 026-41076.

Macroom Tidy Towns

The Tidy Towns Committee has issued a general invitation to everybody to come along to a public meeting in the Castle Hotel on Monday 25th February at 8 pm. There will be presentations on the recent gas works and on the recent footbridge work. The A.G.M. will follow on these talks. Many people would like to volunteer and do a bit, but yet do not want to be part of the committee and this will be an opportunity to see what plans there are for this year ahead, to meet with other interested persons and to register your interest and get involved in some small way. It is hoped to get work groups organised earlier and on a more regular basis to carry out specific tasks on certain evenings or Saturday mornings. The annual Church Gate Collection will take place on the 16th and 17th of March. Last year Macroom received a bronze award for the first time and the hope is that this result can be repeated and improved upon. Involvement in Tidy Towns fosters community spirit and is very rewarding.

Love in the Air

The February 11 Gramophone Recital at Macroom Library included a definite element of romance, in deference to the upcoming St. Valentine's Day, and Peter O'Regan presented a delightful variety of music that brightened up a gloomy Monday morning. The programme started in rousing fashion, with the Reitermarsch, performed by the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2011 New Year's Concert. Marilyn Hill Smith then sang Glamorous Night by Ivor Novello and this was followed by Jose Carreras's version of Deep in my Heart from the Student Prince. Nicola Benedetti played the theme music from Stephen Spielberg's Schindler's List and Fron Male Voice Choir sang the Welsh anthem, Land of Our Fathers, a reminder that we are in the rugby season. Maria Callas was in fine voice as she proclaimed 'Mon Coeur s'ouvre a ta voix' from Camille Saint-Saen's opera, Samson and Delilah and Pavarotti, backed by the Henry Mancini Orchestra, brought the first half of the programme to a close with Mamma from Musica Proibita. Jean Sablon's 1939 recording, 'J'attendrai', which became the soundtrack of the 2006 film 'A Good Year', opened the second half of the programme and Katherine Jenkins, singing an Ennio Morricone composition from Cinema Paradiso, was followed by another aria from Samson and Delilah, Softly Awakes my Heart with Diana Montague. The 300 strong amateur Mormon Tabernacle Choir helped us forget the recession with 'What a Wonderful World', as did  Zoe Conway's version of the aisling, 'Táimse im' Chodladh is ná dúistear mé'. Peter's eclectic selection brought the audience to Vienna for two of the final numbers – Richard Tauber singing 'Vienna, City of my Dreams' and Andre Rieu with Forever Vienna from Lehar's Merry Widow, before Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly brought the session to a fitting conclusion with True Love from Cole Porter's High Society. Maureen Murphy from Cork will present the next Gramophone Recital on March 11 at 11a.m. Cork Gramophone Circles will co-host the 15th annual Gramophone Recital at the Imperial Hotel on Sunday, March 24 at 8p.m. Paddy O'Gorman will present A Lovely Evening of Music and Song and all proceeds will go to Cork Alzheimer's Foundation. Admission €10.

Lourdes and Shrines of France

Reservations are now being taken for the 2013 Mid Cork Pilgrimage to Lourdes and the Shrines of France. The 7 night, 8 day tour commences on October 13 and pilgrims will be accompanied by Spiritual Director, Fr. Dónal Ó Briain, P.P. Ballyvourney, and Tour Director, Pádraig O'Driscoll. For further information, please contact O'Driscoll Travel, Macroom and Millstreet at 026 41342; 029 70030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / www.odriscolltravel.ie

Macroom Library Notes 

Macroom Library reopens after the carpet laying process on Friday, February 22. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by our closure and hope that our new look meets with everyone's approval.  Macroom people are not slow to give their opinion, so we will know soon enough!
Our activities for the coming fortnight include:
Monday February 25 and March 4   Ciorcal Cainte at 11.30 a.m. for an hour. This is an informal, conversational, Irish get together, fuelled by cupán tae. Any cúpla focal at all will suffice for joining in.  It usually takes place on the first and the third Monday of the month, but the Feb. 18 session was transferred to Monday 25th due to the library closure.
Friday 1st March: Penn  Bookclub. The current title is Michael Morpurgo's Running Wild. It was very sad!
Saturday 2nd   Our regular Children's Storytime for 3-8 year olds starts at 12 noon.
Tuesday March 5th, as part of National Tree Week March 3 - 10, we are delighted to have Ted Cook deliver a talk entitled 'For Those That Need Nature' at the library from 12-1, followed by an optional walk in the Castle grounds.
Wednesday 6th,  Adult Bookclub at 11.30 . The current title is 'Great House' by Nicole Kraus. The book will be discussed at the meeting and the next month's title distributed.
Thursday March 7: The Purlies knitting group will come together at 11 am to knit and natter. There was a great turnout the last morning when 23 knitters of all levels met to knit companionably and help others with their work.
Maureen Murphy from Cork will present her choice of music at the Gramophone Circle on Monday. March 11, 11a.m. – 12.30p.m.
The distinctive work of local artist, Bernice Corcoran, will be displayed on our walls for the month of March.
Our opening hours are 10.00 to 5.30 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.   On Tuesday we are open from 10.00 until 7.30.

Briery Gap Programme 

Theatre @ 8p.m.:

Fri 22nd Feb. Joseph Locke. Blaze Away. A show not to be missed. 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. Directed and devised by Cathal McCabe. Starring Frank Ryan, Linda Kenny and Joe O'Gorman. Narrated by Kevin Hough. Tickets €20.

Chorus rehearsal for South Pacific on Sunday 24th February at 6pm. 

Transition Year Drama national final and Light Entertainment Festival run on Friday March 1 and Saturday March 2.

Sun. March 3 at 8p.m. Ahakeera Drama Group presents 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. This year's production is Teenage Trouble Hairspray.

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.:

Monday February 25th The Sulan Film Society present Untouchable; Director Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache
Country France; Year 2011; Running Time 112m;Certificate 15A. This comedy has become the country's second-biggest box-office hit of all time with its portrait of friendship across the racial and economic divide. Paralyzed from the neck down after an accident, gloomy millionaire Philippe (François Cluzet) finds little in life worth living for until the arrival of his new assistant, Driss (Omar Sy), a Senegalese rowdy. Driss takes Philippe as far out of his comfort zone as possible and into a world he never knew existed. A slapstick, gleefully incorrect throwback to '80s culture-clash, Untouchable hit a nerve with French audiences. Admission to Sulan Film Society Films €7: Special Offer 2 tickets €12:  Sulan Film Society Season Ticket €49

Wed. 27th February, Anna Karenina (2012) Admission €5.

Local TV Programmes

Sun. Feb. 24: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Rosary Rally to Knock Shrine 1998 Final Part 
6.30p.m. News and Sport; Cill na Martra N.S. presentation of the Lion King 2013 Part 2.  

Wed. Feb. 27:  9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Special 2000 interview with the late John Creedon, Coolcower. Ceol Múscraí in the Briery Gap 2010 Part 1.

Sun. March 3: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Golden Jubilee Msgr. O'Donnell and Silver Jubilee of Fr. Coleman 2005. 6.30p.m. Repeat of LTV. Wed. Programme.

Wed. March 6: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Looking forward to March 10 West Cork Ploughing Championship and looking back on past Ploughing events. Ceol Múscraí in the Briery Gap 2010 Part 2.

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)

Kilmichael Historical Society, in conjunction with Kilmichael and Crossbarry Commemoration Committee, are planning a major rejuvenation project for the Kilmichael Ambush Site and surrounds. The development will improve parking at the site. Paths to points of interest and new interpretive signage will bring the story to life once more as we approach the 95th anniversary of the Kilmichael Ambush (2015). We invite you to view the plans on Friday 22nd of February at 8pm in Shanacashel Community Centre, Kilmichael. 

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.

Ionad Cultúrtha: A classical concert with a difference is coming to the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne on Friday 1st March at 8.30p.m., when pianist, Mícheál O'Rourke, performs music by Debussy and Mussorgsky,  with narration and visual projections by Stephen Ackert from the National Gallery of Art , Washington. Ticéidí/ Tickets: €20/€15/€5 (026.45733); This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Crookstown Ceili Club:  Céilí on Saturday March 2nd; music by Mountain
Road Ceili Band; from 9.30pm to 1.30am. Note change of date

Ballyvourney Library Book Club will welcome a special guest to its next meeting on Tuesday, March 5, at 10.30 am. Denyse Woods, author of Like Nowhere Else, will lead the bookclub in a discussion of that book and her other works that include Overnight to Innsbruck, The Catalpa Tree and, writing as Denyse Devlin, Hopscotch and If Not Now. Members and non-members are welcome to attend. 

Muskerry Local History Society On Tuesday, March 5th the Society presents a talk, entitled The Harry Ferguson Story, by George Conn, who will take the audience through the extraordinarily varied life of Harry Ferguson, who is generally  remembered for his role in the development of the Ferguson agricultural tractor, but contributed so much more during his lifetime. The lecture will take place in the Ballincollig Rugby Club (Tanner Park) Clubhouse at 8.00 pm. Admission €3 for non-members for the lecture. Everyone most welcome.

 A table quiz in aid of Aghabullogue N.S. will take place in Cremin's Bar, Aghabullogue on Saturday 9th March at 8.30pm sharp. Tables of four will cost €20. A raffle will also be held on the night, with plenty of spot prizes to be won. A great night out is promised and all in a good cause. Please come along and support Aghabullogue National School. Any queries to 087/9962208.

Auction: Coachford AFC is 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.

Inchigeela Concert: Mick Hanly will be in Concert in Inchigeela Hall on Saturday, March 16 at 8.30p.m. Tickets on sale at Clancy's Fresh Fish Shop, Macroom or at the door on the night. Enquiries to 087 3100311 or visit us at www.facebook.com/inchieelaparishhall. 

Like Father, Like Son: Gearóid Ó Luasa, Knockanure, Ballymakeera, recently helped the Coláiste Ghobnatan Football team to success in the, Munster Senior B Football Championship final. The team was coached by his father, Donnacha Ó Luasa, who himself won a medal in the 1981 Corn Uí Mhuirí final and Mickey Ned Ó Súilleabháin, trainer of both teams

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto:  February 10th. Numbers Drawn: 5, 11, 15, 17. No winner. €50  Gobnait Byrne, Carrigadrohid; €25 Paudie Lyons ,Carrigadrohid; Seanie O'Mahoney, Aherla; Jack the Joker Jim O'Neill, Farran.
February 17th Jackpot €6,400; Numbers drawn: 2, 9, 21, 26; No winner; €50 Kathleen Murphy, Carrigadrohid; €25 John Falvey, Aherla; Miah O'Leary, Killumney; Jack the Joker Liam and Nóra Lyons, Carrigadrohid. Next lotto draw on February 24th in the Carrig Inn for jackpot of €6,550.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: 10/02/2013. Jackpot €2,050, Numbers drawn 7, 13, 27 - No Winner. €50 Denis Lucey, Mid Cork Pallets. €20 Con and Noreen O'Connor, Rusheen; Ted Curtin, Coolnagearagh; Theresa Buckley, Macroom; Sean & Kathleen Shannon, Aghinidea.
17/02/2013:  Jackpot €2,200; Numbers drawn 19, 22, 41; No Jackpot Winner.  €50  Ann Twomey, Shanakiel, €20  Nora McCarthy, Ballinagree, Danny & Lynda Leahy, Ballinagree, Denis & Kay Lynch, Knockrour, Con O'Keeffe, c/o Carrig.  Next lotto draw in "The Ploughmans Bar" Sunday 24th February at 9.00 p.m. Jackpot €2,350.

Coachford AFC Lotto 4/1/2013, Jackpot: €4,000, Numbers Drawn: 18 - 22 - 27, No Winner, €40 Kate Murphy, €20 Daniel Field, Lisa Murphy, Olive & Mary , David Harrington (Yearly Ticket).
11/2/2012, Jackpot: €4,200, Numbers Drawn: 2 - 24 - 35, No Winner, €40 Denis Leader (Yearly Ticket), €20 Don O'Riordan, Sheila O'Riordan, Pat Fitzgibbon (Yearly Ticket), John O'Connell (Yearly Ticket).
18/2/2013, Jackpot: €4,400, Numbers Drawn: 6 - 10 - 29, No Winner, €40 Orla O' Riordan, €20 Peter O' Riordan, Colm Vicky & Jack, Kathleen Lane, Judy Dineen.

Lee Valley Updates

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Grace Donovan and Eugene O'Sullivan preparing to play the Duchess and Lord Battersby in the musical 'Me and My Girl' in Coachford February 23 – 26.  © 

Cockneys in Coachford

Coachford Players take to the boards February 23 to 26 to perform the lively, entertaining and comic musical, 'Me & My Girl'. This popular show tells the story of Bill Snibson, a cockney from Lambeth, who is found to be the legitimate heir to the title of Earl of Hareford. In order to gain his inheritance, Bill must satisfy the very proper executors by acquiring gentlemanly manners. This leads to hilarious results throughout the show as Bill and his girlfriend, Sally, try to fit in and in the end, try to convert the upper class society to their ways. Director, Karolyne Dineen, says, "The cast have worked really hard throughout the winter and are now looking forward to performing the songs and dances from 'Me and My Girl' in front of an appreciative audience for the four nights. Because the musical is set in the 1930s, the costumes and sets have their own style and are very rich and colourful. The musical has many romantic moments and the love songs are very touching."
The cast comes from all over the area with the main players hailing from Coachford, Berrings, Canovee and Donoughmore. Some of them are very experienced and have been a huge help and support to the newer members. According to Aoife Donovan, the show's musical director, "The musical numbers in this production are wonderful, they are so varied and beautiful. The well known numbers of 'The sun has got his hat on' and 'Lambeth Walk' are great fun and full of life and should send everyone home humming the tunes but the love songs are equally as good and 'Once you lose your heart' is a particularly moving number."
The musical will be staged in Coachford GAA hall on Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th, Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th of February at 8.00pm each night.  Booking is advisable and tickets can be pre-ordered by ringing the booking office at the  Coachford Schools project on 021 7337171. The office is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 1.00pm.:
Don't miss this wonderful musical; make sure you get to see it on at least one night and bring a friend.

Clondrohid Updates 

Macroom Ploughing Organisation are hosting the West County Ploughing Championships this year, on Sunday March 10 on the farm of Coolcower House. More information on this at a later date.
St. Patrick's Night Fundraiser: Having attended the parades in Macroom/ Carriganima/ Ballinagree, why not round off the national holiday by dropping into the Tavern in Clondrohid for a Fun Table Quiz. Great prizes and great night assured. All proceeds will go to Pieta House Cork, a Suicide Crises Centre and a Self Harm Crises Centre. Therapy in Pieta House is completely free of charge, so all donations are warmly welcomed. Remember, St. Patricks night, at The Tavern, at 9.30pm. €15 per table of three. 1st prize €150. There will be a raffle and an auction on the night, with great prizes on offer, including a draw for a weekend away. So even if Table Quizzes are not your 'forte', it would be a pity to miss out on all the side shows, prizes and craic. Be assured, your hard earned money will go to a great cause.
Football: Well done to Clondrohid's Junior A team who defeated Kilmichael by 4 points in the Muskerry Cup. Congratulations to Muskerry who defeated Clonakilty 3.9 to 1. 13 in the Duhallow u-20 Football Invitation Tournament. Lorcan Lynch of Clondrohid was on the Muskerry Panel and played his part in their success. Aidan Kelleher of Clondrohid Club was a selector with Muskerry.. Well done to all involved. Clondrohid take on Kilmichael in the u 21 final on Saturday February 23 at 3.30pm, venue yet to be decided.
'Safe Talk'. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help. Often these opportunities to help are missed, dismissed or avoided, leaving people more alone and at greater risk. Safe Talk training prepares you to help by using the steps of TALK (Tell, Ask. Listen and Keep Safe) to identify and engage with people who are contemplating suicide and to connect them with further help and care.
Training will take place on Thursday, February 21 in the Castle Hotel Macroom. Registration takes place at 6.45pm. Limited places and registration is necessary. This free talk is sponsored by Macroom and District Lions Club. For more information contact Michael on 0863894921 or Brian on 0872846560.
Lotto: Feb 6. 2013; €70 Maura O'Brien c/o Paul Burke; €20 Ann Marie Corkery Ballyvoigue; Anne Lehane Dunmanway; Pat O'Riordan, c/o Bell Inn; Pat Lordan, Ardachan.
February 13, 2013. €70 Helen Linehan c/o Bingo. €20 Connie Dennehy c/o Laine; Eileen Kelleher, Moulnahorn; Catherine Coakley, Inchigeela; Dan McCarthy Ballinagree.
Bingo: In Community Hall every Wednesday night; Jackpot  €1400
Cards: In Community Hall every Sunday night.

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Children from Ovens N.S. who have reached the County finals of Scór na bPáistí'.©  An Scoil 

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí   

Preparations for County Cork's first ever Gaeltacht event are in full swing, with a concert of all-Ireland champions next on the agenda. The Cill na Martra branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Craobh Lachtaín Naofa, which is hosting the Fleadh in Baile Mhúirne on May 10-12 this year, was delighted by the response of the local community and fellow Comhaltas branches to its most recent fundraiser, a tea party held in the village's community hall. A total of €22,000 is needed to finance the Cork County Fleadh – a tall order for a small rural branch. But with a dance, a music session and the tea party already under their belts, Cill na Martra committee members are confident they are on course to meet their target. "The response to the tea party was way beyond expectations," explained Craobh Lachtaín Naofa Cathaoirleach, Seán Ó Muimhneacháin.  "There were 18 tables, a fine music session, and dancing, and there was great support from the local people of Cill na Martra and Réidh na nDoirí and from Baile Mhúirne, Macroom and Clondrohid, as well as Aghinagh, Ballincollig, Newcestown, Dunmanway and Skibbereen branches of Comhaltas. The level of support bodes very well for the Fleadh Cheoil itself; there were so many people there who were never members of Comhaltas but were willing to support the event and we also had people coming up and saying that they were available to help out during the weekend of the Fleadh.
"We're well on the way in terms of fundraising, but there is quite a gap to be filled yet," he said, adding that sponsorship money and branch subscriptions were starting to come in and that the branch would like to hear from anyone wishing to take an advert in the programme for the Fleadh Cheoil. Currently being organised is a concert on Friday March 22 in the community hall in Cill na Martra, featuring County Cork winners from last year's Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. A session will also be held in An Crois in Cill na Martra on Friday March 1, with a flag day, organised jointly with Aghinagh Comhaltas, bringing music to the streets of Macroom on Saturday April 6. Further details about all events are on Facebook: CCÉ-Craobh-Lachtaín-Naofa-Cill-na-Martra.

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 Pupils from Scoil Naomh Muire, Farran, members of Farran Youth Club, with medals they won recently for Cheerleading, Soccer, Basketball and Irish Dancing.         ©  An Scoil 

Fleadh sa Ghaeltacht

Tá feachtais bailithe airgid don chéad Fleadh Cheoil Ghaeltachta i gContae Chorcaí faoi lán tseoil anois, le ceolchoirm de churraithe uile-Éireann mar an gcéad rud eile ar an gclár. Bhí áthas ar chraobh Chill na Martra de Chomhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Craobh Lachtaín Naofa, atá ag óstáil na fleidhe i mBaile Mhúirne ar an 10-12 Bealtaine i mbliana, le freagra an phobail áitiúil agus craobhacha comhalta an Chomhaltais i ndáil leis an bhfeachtas bailithe airgid is déanaí dá chuid, cóisir tae a eagraíodh i halla pobail an tsráidbhaile. Tá thart ar €22,000 san iomlán ag teastáil chun Fleadh Cheoil Chontae Chorcaí a reáchtáil – dúshlán ollmhór do chraobh beag tuaithe. Ach le rince, seisiún ceoil agus an cóisir tae curtha fúthu acu cheana féin, tá baill coiste Chill na Martra muiníneach go bhfuil siad chun an sprioc uaillmhianach úd a bhaint amach. "Bhí an freagra ar an gcóisir tae thar na bearta ar fad, ní rabhamar ag súil leis in aon chor," a mhínigh cathaoirleach Chraobh Lachtaín Naofa, Seán Ó Muimhneacháin.  "Bhí ocht mbord déag ann, seisiún ceoil bhreá, agus rince, agus b'iontach an tacaíocht a fuarthas ó mhuintir áitiúla Chill na Martra agus Réidh na nDoirí agus ó Bhaile Mhúirne, Maigh Chromtha agus Cluain Droichead, chomh maith le craobhacha an Chomhaltais ó Achadh Fhíonach, Baile an Chollaig, Baile Núis, Dún Mánmhaí agus An Sciobairín. "Is maith an chomhartha é an leibhéal tacaíochta don fleadh féin; bhí an oiread sin daoine ann nárbh bhaill den Chomhaltas iad ariamh ach a bhí lántoilteanach tacú leis an ócáid agus bhí daoine ag teacht chugainn chomh maith ag rá go rabhadar ar fáil chun cabhrú linn deireadh seachtain na fleidhe. "Tá ag éirí go maith linn i dtéarmaí urraíochta, ach is mór an bearna atá fós le líonadh," a dúirt sé, ag lua chomh maith go raibh airgead urraíochta agus síntiúis craoibhe tosaithe ag teacht isteach agus gur mhaith leis an gcraobh scéal a fháil ó éinne ar mhaith leo fógra a chur sa chlár don fleadh cheoil. I láthair na huaire tá ceolchoirm á eagrú ina mbeidh buaiteoirí Co Chorcaí ag Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann anuraidh, a bheidh ar siúl ar an Aoine 22ú Márta sa halla pobail i gCill na Martra. Beidh seisiún ar siúl chomh maith i dtigh tábhairne An Crois i gCill na Martra ar an Aoine 1ú Márta, le lá bratacha eagraithe i gcomhar le Chomhaltas Achadh Fhíonach, ag tabhairt roinnt ceoil go sráideanna Mhaigh Chromtha ar an Satharn 6ú Aibreán. Tá a thuilleadh eolais ar fáil faoi na himeachtaí ar fad ar Facebook: CCÉ-Craobh-Lachtaín-Naofa-Cill-na-Martra.

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Ballyvongane N.S. Ballad Group who have qualified for the Scór na bPáistí finals  ©  An Scoil

Edel agus an Camino

Another very interesting series of programmes, Rónán ar an Camino, starts on TG4 on Thursday February 21 at 10p.m. and continues on Thursday nights thereafter. It is produced by Macroom woman, Edel O'Mahony and follows the footsteps of Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí as he walks part of the Camino de Santiago, an ancient religious pilgrimage in Northern Spain, on a personal journey and to investigate the attraction of the Camino. The pilgrimage has seen a revival of interest in recent times, with movies such as The Way, with Martin Sheen. Rónán also stops off in Pamplona where he gets to sample some Basque music and culture.

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The cast of Donoughmore Macra Capers team, who came third in the National Capers Final    © 

Macra Matters  

Donoughmore Macra members attended a number of events both locally and on a national level recently. Muskerry Macra held a farm walk on Tom Scally's farm in Ovens on February 2 and members found it very interesting, the highlight being Tom's purebred Parthenais suckler cows. That evening, the club's Capers team competed in Eire Óg GAA hall, Ovens in the National Final of the competition. A great night's entertainment was provided by all 6 teams, five of which came from Cork. Donoughmore came in third place, a very commendable position for a club who are competing in Capers for only the second time. It was a good night overall for Muskerry, as neighbours, Berrings, came first. Congratulations to Emily O'Donovan, who scooped best female performer on the night. Credit is also due to Heather Healy, who not only produced the show, but also got nominated for best female. Our novelty act, The Two Professors, also got nominated for best act. The cast would like to thank all who supported them during the competition, including backstage crew, and both former and current Macra members. Upcoming events for the club include Cork County night out in Dromtarriffe on February 22nd.

Aghinagh Macra is holding its next meeting in the Ploughman Bar on the 22nd of February @ 9:30. New members are always welcome. Best of luck to James Healy in the upcoming Munster vice president campaign. Best of luck also to our Club questiontime team. This competition will be taking place in Breaffy House Hotel in Castlebar on the 23rd of February @ 8pm.

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St. Lachteen's N.S. Donoughmore, winners of the u-13 section of the Blarney Credit Union Quiz. From left, Lorcan Morrissey, Paddy Griffin, Principal Ms. Deirdre Kelleher,  Rory Fox and Rory O'Callaghan      ©  An Scoil  

Donoughmore Success

St. Lachteen's N.S., Donoughmore entered two teams in the recent Blarney Credit Union Quiz. They emerged winners of the u-13 section, with Lorcan Morrissey, Paddy Griffin, Rory Fox and Rory O'Callaghan qualifying for the next round in March. They were s represented in the U11 section by Amy Ring, Maeve Barrett, Dan Ring & Arron Ryan and this team also did very well on the night. They offer their thanks to Mrs Harrington (teacher) who prepared both teams and to Blarney Credit Union staff, who, as always, were very organised and generous to all pupils participating.

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Novelty Act team from Rusheen N.S who reached the Muskerry Final of Scòr na bPaistì ©  An Scoil

Around Aghabullogue

Ciorcal Cainte Ath an Chóiste: Tagaimíd le chéile  sa Village Inn in Átha Chóiste gach Céadaoin are a naoi a chlog um thráthnóna. Caint, caidreamh, comhluadar, craic agus ceol atá ar intinn againn,  gan aon aird ar líofacht nó nósanna an tseomra ranga ach an oiread. Cuirfear fáilte Uí Cheallaigh roimh chách agus mar sin, bí linn.
Conversational Irish has recommenced. We meet every Wednesday evening in the Village Inn in Coachford at 9p.m. All are welcome, both beginners and improvers. Why not join us for an evening of chat in a relaxed surrounding.  Looking forward to seeing you.

Coachford Olympian retires: Former world championship silver medal winner, four time Olympian and Coachford resident, Olive Loughnane, has recently retired from athletics and competitive walk racing. Olive competed at four Olympic Games and won her silver medal at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin in 2009. Olive, who lives in Coachford with her husband, Martin and daughter, Eimear, trained regularly on the roads around the village and anyone who witnessed her training was left in no doubt of how tough this endurance sport is. Her involvement in the most recent Olympics saw Coachford decked out in the national colours and the Community Council erected a sculpture dedicated to Olive. Doug Lucey, PRO of the Community Council said, "Olive's achievements in sport brought great recognition to her club, her county and country. We feel especially proud of our athlete and we are privileged that she and Martin chose Coachford as a place in which to live. Olive has always given time to local causes and was always available to speak to children about sport and to mark their achievements; we don't envisage this changing in her retirement".  John Hogan of Hogan's Bar reminisced of the buzz her participation in the London Olympics brought to the village "It was great that the village had a connection with the Olympics. Olive is such a wonderful ambassador for Coachford. The night that she brought home the world silver medal to Coachford was a great celebration and her homecoming from the Olympics last year was another great occasion.  Everyone wishes her the very best in her retirement but I imagine she won't stay still for long".

Bulls Eye: Congratulations to the two Breathnach's Bar Darts Teams from Coachford who contested the Muskerry final inter Pub Darts Tournament in Ballyvourney recently. The teams were very successful in the early rounds of the premier competition and found themselves up against each other in the final. A great contest was held and at the end of the night the Breathnach's  A team were crowned champions.

Going Going Gone: Coachford AFC are holding a monster Auction in March and are looking for donations of unwanted items of good quality and antiques from houses, garages, farms, garden sheds and  attics. The auction will be held in Hogan's Bar on Sunday March 10th starting at 1.30pm. As usual, these days are great fun and many the good bargain can always be found. If you would like to donate items, please contact 087 6405451 or 085 8605953. The organizers are hoping for a large crowd who are interested in bidding for a range of good quality items.

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Scoil Lachtaín Naofa, Cill na Martra dancers, all pupils of Scoil Rince Uí Éigeartaigh, who competed in Rince Foirne at the semi-finals of Scór na bPáistí Mhúscraí in Inchigeela. © 

GIY

by Michael Kelly

Recipe of the Month – Celeriac, Potato and Pear Gratin
Ingredients: 1 knob butter, 400g floury potatoes, 400g celeriac, 2 firm, medium pears (about 300g), salt and freshly ground black pepper, 400ml double cream, 100ml whole milk, 1 clove garlic, peeled and halved, 1 bay leaf, 1 good grating nutmeg.
Directions: Heat the oven to 170c. Rub a gratin dish with the butter.  Peel the potatoes and slice them thinly. Cut the outer layer off the celeriac and slice this thinly, too. Peel, quarter and core the pears, and slice each quarter thinly lengthwise. Combine the vegetables and pear in a bowl, season and toss. Arrange the mixture in the gratin dish, pressing it as flat as possible so there are not too many gaps and air pockets. Put the cream and milk in a saucepan with the garlic halves, the bay leaf, the nutmeg and plenty of salt and pepper, and heat until just below boiling. Pour over the veg in the dish (take the bay leaf out at this stage, but keep the garlic in).  Bake for an hour and a quarter to an hour and a half. The gratin is ready when the top is golden and bubbling, and a small, sharp knife easily pierces the vegetables all the way through. You may want to turn up the heat to 190-200C (gas mark 5 or 6) for five minutes at the end for a bit of extra bubbling crispness. Leave to rest and cool for five minutes or so before serving.

Tip of the Month – Where and How to Sow Different Seeds

Sow in Pots:  Cucumbers, squash, pumpkin, courgette

Sow in Modules: Beetroot, kohlrabi, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, pepper

Sown in Trays for Pricking out: cabbage, cauliflower, celery and celeriac

Sow Direct Outside: carrots, parsnips, peas, beans, garlic, onion (sets).

Bookworms

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

 On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him: that she kept secrets from him. He swears that it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches .He says that they weren't made by him. Then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone .What has happened to Nick's beautiful wife? Read and find out.

 Available from Fitzgerald's Bookshop €8.99.

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 De la Salle Macroom students at 2012 Coláiste na Mumhan i mBéal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh © 

Coláiste na Mumhan, Ballingeary 2013

Summer Courses: Preparation is now being made for forthcoming courses in the Gaeltacht in Ballingeary. A limited number of discount scholarships for GAA members is available through your local club secretary on a first come, first served basis.
Cúrsa A - Three week course 2/6/2013 - 23/6/2013
Cúrsa B - Three week course 30/6/2013 - 21/7/2013
Cúrsa C - Two week course  30/6/2013 - 15/7/2013
An Scrúdú Béil – Oral Irish Courses. Coláiste na Mumhan also provides a series of Oral Irish 1 day intensive courses for Leaving Cert students in the weeks leading up to the Scrúdú Béil 2013. The dates for these courses are as follows Cúrsa 1. Satharn 30/3/2013; Cúrsa 2. Domhnach 31/3/2013; Cúrsa 3. Satharn 6/4/2013

Sports Mad

Tom Creedon Cup 2013 – Intermediate Football

Quarter Finals:

CILL na MARTRA   1 – 10  Mayfield (holders)   0 - 11

St Michael's   1 – 10     Clyda Rovers   0 - 7

Kanturk   1 – 8     Na Piarsaigh   1 - 14

Kiskeam  1-9     MACROOM   1-10

Semi Finals:

CILL na MARTRA   0-7 St. Michael's  0-14

Na Piarsaigh  1-9     MACROOM  0-10 

Final

St. Michael's v Na Piarsaigh at Macroom on Sunday 24th February at 3.30 pm.

Cill na Martra  1-10  Mayfield  0-11

St Michael's  0-14  Cill na Martra  0-7

Cill na Martra were out twice in six days in the Tom Creedon Cup under lights, winning the quarter final against holders Mayfield but going under to a strong and in-form St. Michaels at Cloughduv in the semi final.   Cill na Martra were without Nollaig O Laoire and Sean Kelleher and just did not have the overall balance to get the better of Premier Intemediate side St Michaels who will be strong championship contenders this year.  Two pointed frees from Martin Connors and a point from Jonathan Lynch had Cill na Martra 0-4 to 0-3 behind at the break and second half points from Martin Connors, Danny O'Connell (2) and Maidhchí Dineen were not enough to give the Mid Cork side victory.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: 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 MacSuibhne, Martín Ó Concuir: Maidhchí Ó Duinnín, Caoimhín Ó Suileabháin,. Danní Ó Conaill. Fir Ionaid: Liam Ó Loinsuigh, Nollaig Ó Loinsuigh, Míceál Ó Deasúna.

Na Piarsaigh   1-9     Macroom  0-10

Macroom had the benefit of the strong cold wind at the fine Na Piarsaigh complex in Cork's north side but did well to be only a point in arrears at half time after a dismal opening quarter at the end of which the home side led by 0-5 to 0-1.  Fintan Goold was the scorer of that sole Macroom point but a few positional changes worked well for Macroom and points from David Goold, Sean Kiely, Patrick Lucey and Tony Dineen had the visitors back in contention after a much improved second quarter display.  It was 0-6 to 0-5 in favour of Na Piarsaigh at the break but a great point from Sean Kiely and another from David Horgan gave the Macroom men the lead for the first time within eight minutes of the restart.  Points were exchanged, Tony Dineen for Macroom, Na Piarsaigh equalised again at 0-8 each but Patrick Lucey with a fine point put Macroom back in front in the 53rd minute and they were playing confidently enough now to suggest that they could win this game.  Two minutes later Na Piarsaigh were back in front when a snap ground shot finished high in the Macroom net and when David Goold had a point to cut the gap to the minimum, Piarsaigh replied with a late point.
Macroom: Dylan Dinneen: Martin O'Donnell, Eoin O'Mahony, Peter Lynch: Rory Buckley, Ciarán Murphy, Sean Kiely: Fintan Goold, Tony Dineen: Conor O'Sullivan, Olan Murphy, Andrew Hegarty: David Horgan, David Goold, Patrick Lucey. Subs: Stephen Casey and Michael Cahill.

Tadhg Crowley Cup 2013 – Senior Football 

Semi Finals:

St Finbarrs  0-10     Castlehaven  0-13 

Nemo Rangers  1-13     Ilen Rovers  0-9

Final: Nemo Rangers  v  Castlehaven 

Crowley Cup Plate:

Plate Semi Finals:

BALLINCOLLIG  3-11     Douglas  1-12 

Doheny's  0-14   Clonakilty  0-10

Plate Final:

Doheny's  2-10     BALLINCOLLIG  0-6

The Plate final was played in Dunmanway under lights in atrocious conditions but provided entertaining fare for much of the game.  Doheny's led by five points at he break, 2-3 to 0-4, and the third quarter was exciting and evenly contested but in the last quarter Doheny's added to their lead and were comfortable at the finish. Ballincollig: John Noonan: Darren Murphy, Cathal Fleming, Chris Collins: JP Murphy, Brian Kelly (0-2 frees), James Cooper: Ciarán O'Sullivan, Sean Kiely (0-1'45'): Cian Dorgan (0-1 free), Rob Noonan, Killian Kelleher; Ian Coughlan, Brian Galvin, John Kelly (0-2). Subs: Steve Coughlan and Shane Murphy. 

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U 21 Football Championship

Winners of each group to 'A' championship semi finals:  2nd team in each group to 'B' championship semi finals: 3rd team in each group to 'C' championship semi finals.

Group One (3 teams)

Kilmurry   0-10  Donoughmore  1-9
It was cold and wet for this game at Kilmurry but the pitch was in fine condition and the teams served up a very entertaining and competitive encounter.  Shane Healy had an early lead point for Donoughmore, Pádraig Berhanu replied for Kilmurry in the 10th minute, both scores coming from frees.  Donoughmore were on top and had points from Shane Healy and Leon Cogan but back came Kilmurry and two fine points, one each from Pádraig Berhanu and Alan O'Sullivan, had the sides level by the 21st minute.  Alan O'Sullivan then put Kilmurry in front only for Donoughmore to immediately equalise with a point from Leon Cogan in the 24th minute – the final score of the half.  Kilmurry 0-4, Donoughmore 0-4 was the score at the break.
On the restart, Shane Healy pointed a free to put Donoughmore in front, Stephen Hartnett equalised for Kilmurry from play after a strong run out of defence by Robert Cahalane.  Shane Healy then put Donoughmore in front again with a fine point from play and in the 39th minute Donoughmore got the vital score of the game, a goal from Seanie Daly who rammed the loose ball to the net after a goalmouth scramble.  Points from Shane Healy and Alan Twomey had extended the Donoughmore lead to 1-8 to 0-5 by the three quarter stage.
Kilmurry now hit back with points from an Alan O'Sullivan free and one from play by Jonathan Buckley and when O'Sullivan pointed another free the gap was down to a single goal with five minutes remaining.  Leon Cogan had a much-needed point for Donoughmore but Alan O'Sullivan pointed a Kilmurry free to leave the single score between the teams and Kilmurry came in search of the goal they needed.  Alan O'Sullivan was desperately unlucky not to have found the net with a lob which just went over the bar and so at the finish it was Donoughmore who were in front by a two point margin.  
Kilmurry: Gearóid Hinchion: Pádraig Hinchion, Daniel Cahalane, William Crowley: Robert Cahalane, Adam Healy, Sean Curzon: Jonathan Buckley, Stephen Hartnett: Daniel Buckley, Pádraic Berhanu, Oisín McSweeney: Liam Ryan, Alan O'Sullivan, Patrick Grainger. Subs:  Michael John Grainger, James Berhanu. 
Donoughmore: Daniel Buckley: Brian Crowley, Kevin Horgan, Barry Crowley: Mark Foley, Alan Twomey, Jamie Twomey; Shane Healy, Christopher Mangan: Leon Cogan, Sean Daly, Stephen O'Connor: Gearóid O'Rourke, William Murphy, Gerard Buckley. Subs: Shane Lucey, Anthony Horgan. 
Referee: Mr Gerry Masters, Kilmichael.

What's Next:
The outcome in this group is totally dependent on the results of the two remaining games.
Macroom  v  Kilmurry Weds 20th Feb under lights.
Donoughmore  v  Macroom at Donoughmore, Saturday 23rd Feb. 3pm

Group Two (4 teams)

Ballincollig  5-15     Inniscarra  0-6
Inniscarra scored first, a Conor Cronin point, but Ballincollig led by 1-2 to 0-1 after six minutes and were clearly the stronger side.  It was 4-7 to 0-1 by half time and a fifth goal followed soon after the restart.  Ballincollig are reigning champions and on this showing are the team to beat this year again.
Inniscarra: John Dilworth: Cathal Griffin, Brian Gould, Kevin O'Herlihy: Mark McCarthy, Jack O'Dwyer, Liam Collins: Paul Farmer, Jack Galvin: Conor Cronin, Stephen O'Sullivan, Cian Fitzgerald: Declan Browne, Sean Lynch, Tomás O'Connor. Subs: Jerry Roche, Sean Hayes.

Canovee  1-11     Cill na Martra  1-6
If  Ballincollig are to be defeated then Canovee are the team most likely to do it.  Cill na Martra put it up to the home side at Carrigadrohid but Canovee took the pressure and came out on top after a fine contest.  Canovee led by a single point at half time, 0-7 to 1-3 and Cill na Martra were in strong contention at this stage, Shane Dineen's goal in the 11th minute being a major boost.  In the 36th minute however Mark Verling blasted a Canovee penalty to the net and the winners never looked back subsequently.  Darragh Ring finished with 0-5 to his credit and Daniel O'Sullivan, Seán O'Connor, Liam Kelleher, James Moynihan and Paul Twomey all contributed to the Canovee score sheet.  The Cill na Martra point scorers were Dara McLaughlin, John Cronin, Michael Desmond, Shane Dineen, and Danny O'Connell.   
Canovee: Aidan Murphy: Donal Cronin, Jerry Lucey, William Ahern: James Moynihan, Damian Ahern, Blake Ring: Paul Twomey, Sean O'Connor: Daniel O'Sullivan, Darragh Ring, John Buckley: Mark Verling, Liam Kelleher, Niall Cronin. Subs: Charles Kenneally, Sean O'Riordan, Jamie Lynch, Cian Lehane, Donal Madden, Colin Murphy. 
Cill na Martra:   Antóin Ó Conaill: Gearóid Ó Goilí, Pádraig Ó Goilí, Nollaig Ó Loinsuigh: Finín  Ó Faoláin, Pilip Ó Lúnaigh, Concubhair Ó Cronín: Peadar Ó Muineacháin, Danní Ó Conaill: Donal Ó Buachalla, Miceál Ó Deasúna, Shane Ó Duinnín: Dara MacLochlainn, Seán Ó Cronín, Liam O Loinsuigh. Fear Ionaid: Concubhair Ó Corcora.  Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.

Inniscarra  2-4     Canovee   4-14
Canovee continued on their impressive ways with a big win over a game Inniscarra side at Ballyanley.  Two goals from Mark Verling, one from a penalty, and one from John Buckley helped Canovee to a commanding interval lead and there was never any likelihood of an upset here. Niall Cronin had the fourth Canovee goal in the second half.  Charles Kenneally took the place of James Moynihan in the Canovee defence, the latter being involved with DLS Macroom in the Munster Colleges semi final a day later.

Ballincollig  2-14     Cill  na Martra  2-5
This was another defeat for Cill na Martra but again they showed that they are not far off the leaders in this group and could have been front runners in some of the other groups if the draw had been kinder to them.  Two goals from full forward Shane Dineen helped Cill na Martra to a 2-3 to 1-5 interval lead (Sean Kiely's goal for Ballincolig a classy score) and Ballincollig did not hit the front until the three quarter stage.  The winners were a point up when Stephen Coughlan got their second goal and this score finally broke the Cill na Martra challenge. 

What's Next:
Ballincollig must travel to Carrigadrohid to play Canovee in the final round of the round robin stage with the winners going to the 'A' semi final and the losers of this game going to the 'B' semi final.  If Cill na Martra defeat the young Inniscarra side in their final game then they will qualify for the 'C' championship semi final.
Canovee  v  Ballincollig at Carrigadrohid, Sat. 23rd Feb. at 3pm
Inniscarra  v  Cill na Martra at Ballyanley.Sun 24th Feb. 11.30 am

Group Three (3 teams)

Aghabullogue  2-9     Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh  1-9
This was a fine game of football and conditions at Ballingeary were excellent, the pitch in immaculate condition and the sun shone down from a cloudless sky.  Aghabullogue got the perfect start, John Corkery doing the approach work and Michael O'Sullivan finishing clinically to the Beal Atha net.  Corkery then pointed a free but Ben Shorten replied for Béal Átha in the 6th minute from play.  At the end of the opening quarter Aghabullogue had two further points, John Corkery from a free and Michael O'Sullivan from play, but the home side got a major boost in the 18th minute when Diarmuid Thompson was at the end of a five man move and took a pass from Barra O'Shea to finish to the net from close range.  Points from Ben Shorten and Thompson followed to bring the teams level but Aghabullogue struck for a superb goal in the 29th minute to retake the lead - John Corkery in full stride took a return pass from Pat Walsh and sent in a rocket off the far post.  Ben Shorten pointed a late Béal Átha free to leave the score at half time at 2-3 to 1-4 in favour of the Aghabullogue men.
On the restart, Shorten and Corkery exchanged points from frees before Béal Átha had points from Noel O'Leary and Ben Shorten to draw level and then Sean Quill kicked over a lead point at the three quarter stage.  Evan O'Sullivan had a point immediately to level the scores for Aghabullogue and they drew a goal clear with another Evan O'Sullivan point and then points from Mark Long and John Corkery (a free) by the 52nd minute.  Diarmuid Thompson pointed a free for Béal Átha but Seán O'Sullivan was up in attack to send over the final score, a point for Aghabullogue which gave them a one goal victory after a smashing game.  
Aghabullogue: Mark O'Flynn: Greg Long, Eamonn Murphy, Anthony O'Sullivan: Alan Hogan, Sean O'Sullivan, David O'Connell; Aidan Barry Murphy, Michael Dennehy: John Corkery, Mark Long, James Lynch: Pat Walsh, Michael O'Sullivan, Evan O'Sullivan. Subs; Ryan Dennehy, Ian Barry Murphy.  
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Caoimhín Ó Buachalla: Antóin Ó Cremín, Seán Ó Donnchú, Daire Seartan: Liam Ó Críodáin, Darren Ó Coill, Pronsias Ó Riordáin: Cian Ó Duinnín, Eanna Ó Duinnín: Nollaig Ó Laoire, Seán Ó Coill, Caoimhín Ó Loinsuigh: Diarmuid MacTomáis, Ben Seartan, Barra Ó Sé. Fear Ionaid; Ciarán Ó Núnáin
Referee: Mr Peter Downey, Inniscarra.

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh  1-12     Iveleary   1-10
When Cathal Vaughan sent over his ninth point in the 47th minute to give Iveleary a 1-10 to 0-7 lead over their neighbours at Ballingeary it seemed that this game was as good as over as Iveleary were in near total control at this stage.  However in the remaining time Ben Shorten cut loose and scored 1-5 for Béal Átha to bring victory to his side and bring his own personal contribution to the victory to 1-11of the total scored.  It was a stunning end to the game, the goal coming just within the 60 minutes of normal time and every body present was amazed at the unexpected turn of events.  Iveleary will wonder at how they let such a lead slip away at such a vital time. Cathal Vaughan scored 0-9 of the Iveleary total, David Hourihan getting the other 1-1, the goal in the 38th minute. Iveleary led by 0-4 to 0-1 after ten minutes, Cian Dineen having opened the scoring with a point for Béal Átha, but the sides were level at half time, 0-5 each. 
Iveleary: Joseph Creedon: Tim O'Shea, Sean O'Leary, Finbarr McSweeney: Miceál Ó Lionáird, Kevin Manning, David Murphy: Daniel O'Riordan, Barry O'Leary: Liam Kearney, Cathal Vaughan, Mathew O'Donovan: Liam O Leary, David Hourihan, Kevin Jones. Referee: Mr Pat O'Leary, Kilmurry.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh lined out as before.  Ciarán Noonan was not available as he was involved with De La Salle and Conor Ó Luasa came on as a second half substitute.
Referee: Mr Pat O'Leary, Kilmurry.

What's Next:
Iveleary  v  Aghabullogue at Inchigeela on Sat. 23rd Feb. at 3 pm.  This game will decide the outcome of the group and an Iveleary victory would make for an interesting situation with all teams having one win each!

Group Four (4 teams)

Blarney  5-11     Ballinora  3-1
This game was decided in extra time after Blarney had recovered from a half time deficit of 1-11 to 0-3 to earn a draw in normal time.  It was a historic day in Blarney  as this was the first ever game on the new pitch at the coursing field. It was a wet day but the pitch was in great condition and the teams played out a grand game of football in front of a good crowd.  Ballinora dominated the play for most of the first half, putting on an exhibition of kicking and it looked an impossible task for Blarney going in at half time with a scoreline of Ballinora 1-11 Blarney 0-3.  Blarney re-grouped at the break however and with substitute Jordan O'Connor grabbing three goals in a fantastic second half performance, Blarney forced extra time. Further goals from David Cremen and a Keith Costello penalty gave Blarney victory on a scoreline of 5-11 to 3-13. Denis Buckley, Peter Duffy and Pat Fitton had the Ballinora goals.

Éire Óg  3-4   Naomh Abán   1-9
This game was played under lights at Cloughduv and Naomh Abán really put it up to the defeated finalists of last year. Éire Óg were lucky to survive this test and it was the opportunism of their attack which won the day for them. N. Abán started well with points from Cathal Allen and Jeremy Hoare but Eire Og hit back with a 20th minute goal from Killian Murphy which was followed by a point from Kevin Hallissey.  Hallissey then struck for a second goal but Jamie Kilbride had a much needed goal for Naomh Abán in reply.  Eire Óg had a third goal just before half time when Tadg Creedon chased a Hallissey shot which was going wide and succeeded in keeping the ball in play and then found the net from a very tight angle.  Dónal O'Donoghue had a point for N. Abán before the whistle and so at half time it was 3-1 to 1-3 in favour of Éire Óg  .
Kevin Hallissey increased the Éire Óg  advantage with a point from a free on the restart but Naomh Abán then took over and a point from Jamie Kilbride and two from Cathal Allen left only two points between the teams at the three quarter stage.  Kevin Hallissey pointed a free for the winners but Naomh Aban replied with a further brace of points from Allen and with eight minutes to go only the minimum separated the sides, 3-3 top 1-8.  Hallissey had a point from play and Kilbride had a point from a free for Naomh Abán in reply but the Baile Mhúirne men missed some great chances in that closing period (in fairness, Eire Og defended very well also!) and at the final whistle Éire Óg  were relieved to be still in front.
Éire Óg : John McCarthy, Killian Dennehy, Colm Murphy, John Mullins: Mick O'Shea, Sean O'Connor, Ronan Dennehy: Ciarán Hutchinson, Daniel O'Shea: Aonghus McCarthy, Killian Murphy, Daniel O'Connor: Tadg Creedon, Kevin Hallissey, Craig O'Driscoll. Subs: Ronan O'Toole, Jack O'Driscoll.
Naomh Abán: Miceál Ó Donnchú: Donncha Ó Duinnín, Eanna Ó Criodáin, Seamus Ó Donnchú: Ronán de hIde, Crios Ó Deasunaigh, Tomás Ó hAillíosa: Peadar de Roiste, Miceál Ó Liatháin: Pól Ó Cathasaigh, Diarmuid Ó Liathain, Cathal Ó hAilamháin: Donal Ó Donnchú, Jermy Ó hUidhir, Jamie MacGiolla Bríde. Fear Ionaid: Seamus Ó Suilleabháin. 
Referee: Mr David Murnane, Macroom.

Éire Óg  2-9   Blarney   0-3

Naomh Abán   1-8     Ballinora   0-6

In the second round games Éire Óg  and Naomh Abán were clear winners over their opponents in their respective games.

What's Next:
Blarney  v  Naomh  Abán at Blarney on Sat. 23rd Feb at 3pm
Ballinora  v  Éire Óg  at Ballincollig on Weds. 20th Feb.
Éire Óg look likely to progress to the 'A' semi finals, and Naomh Abán should qualify for the 'B' semi final.  Blarney, with a win over Ballinora, would then qualify for the 'C' semi final.

Mid Cork U 21 D (13 a side) Championship Final

Clondrohid v Kilmichael at Macroom on Saturday 23rd Feb. at 3 pm.

Muskerry Cup 2013

Quarter Final:

Clondrohid  1-10     Kilmichael   0 – 9

Helped by a first half goal from Fergal Kelleher, Clondrohid had enough fire power to overcome the challenge of Kilmichael at Annahala.
Clondrohid: Sean O'Callaghan: Ray Fallon, Sean Lynch, James Kelleher: Conor O'Leary, Jeremy O'Sullivan, Daniel O'Mahony: Fergal Kelleher (1-0), Trevor O'Brien (0-1): Danny Riordan (0-1), Paddy Lynch (0-3), Mark Creed: James O'Callaghan, Mattie McDonagh (0-4), Aidan Kelleher (0-1). Subs used: David O'Leary, Conor Desmond, Chris Flanagan, Richard Balfe 
Kilmichael: Shane Masters: Niall O'Callaghan, John O'Riordan, Denis Foley: Conor Cotter, Finbarr Buckley, Simon Foley: Daragh Foley, Finbarr Dromey; Damian Crowley, Daniel Twomey, Cian Dromey: Dermot O'Riordan, Colm Dromey, Alan Twomey. Subs; Donal Kelly, Shane Foley, Brendan Cotter, Stephen Kelleher, Denis O'Donoghue.

Semi Finals:

Iveleary  1 – 11     Clondrohid   1 – 10

A strong second half revival under lights at Cloughduv helped get Iveleary through to another Muskerry Cup final against old rivals Kilmurry.  Clondrohid held a 1-7 to 0-5 lead at half time, the goal from Mathew McDonagh coming midway through the half and Iveleary had it all to do at that stage.  A goal from Edward Buckley got Iveleary back on track early in the second half and with David Hourihan and Ger McSweeney in point scoring form they just got enough to get over the line at the finish.
Iveleary: Jamie Cronin: Gerard O'Riordan, Donal Cotter, Alan O'Brien: Barry Murphy, Cal McCarthy, Seanie Lehane: Shane Galvin, Daniel O'Riordan: Patrick O'Riordan, Ger McSweeney, David Hourihan; Brian Cronin, Edward Buckley, David Dineen. Subs: Liam Kearney and Kevin Manning. 
Clondrohid: Sean O'Callaghan: James Kelleher, Sean Lynch, Ray Fallon: Conor O'Leary, Jeremy O'Sullivan, Daniel O'Mahony: Brendan Kelleher, Trevor O'Brien; Danny O'Riordan, Paddy Lynch, Fergal Kelleher: Conor Desmond, Mathew McDonagh, Aidan Kelleher. Subs: Oliver Kelleher, Chris Flanagan, James O'Callaghan, Darren Dineen.

Aghinagh  1 - 8     Kilmurry  2 – 6

This semi final at Rusheen was a fine game all through and Aghinagh nearly stole it at the  end.   Playing against the wind in the first half Aghinagh were only a point in arrears at the break on a 1-3 to 0-5 scoreline.  Michael Linehan scored the Kilmurry goal, Jonathan Buckley, Alan O'Sullivan and Eoin Creedon had the points and Donal Corkery had three points for Aghinagh with William Ambrose and Miceál Corkery chipping in with a point apiece.  On the restart Michael Linehan had another goal for Kilmurry but Aghinagh hit back with points from Miceál and Donal Corkery.  Kilmurry replied with two points from Alan O'Sullivan and Dens Sheehan to keep  four points between the teams but then coming towards the finish, Donal Corkery got through for a goal and when he followed on with a point the teams were level.  Jonathan Buckley kicked the winning point for Kilmurry with the last kick of the game!
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell; Eoin Barrett, Kevin Barrett, William Barrett: Liam Long, David O'Leary, Eoin Creedon: James White, Pat O'Sullivan: David McCarthy, William Buckley, Jonathan Buckley; Denis Sheehan, Michael Linehan, Alan O'Sullivan. Sub: Greg Barrett.
Aghinagh:  Ian Twomey, Noel Nunan, Seamus O'Leary, Paudie O'Sullivan, Donagh McCarthy, Dave Barry, Alan Hourihan, Con Lehane, Ml O'Brien, Sean Horgan, Michael Corkery, Trevor Burns, Jeremiah Corkery, William Ambrose, Donal Corkery.  Subs used:  Anthony Kelleher, Matt O'Leary, Paudie Twohig, Tom Carroll and Barry O'Leary.

Muskerry Cup Final:

Kilmurry  v  Iveleary at Kilmichael on 10th March next.

 Mid Cork Championship Draws 2012

Ross Oil Junior A Football Championship

First Round:

A   Macroom   v   Blarney

B   Clondrohid   v   Dripsey

C   Kilmichael   v   Donoughmore

D   Iveleary   v   Ballincollig

E   Aghinagh   v   Éire Óg

F   Kilmurry   v   Inniscarra

Second Round (Losers Round):

E  v  C;  B  v  D;   A  v  F

MJK Oil Junior B Football Championship

First Round:

A  Ballinora   v   Grenagh

B  Iveleary   v   Naomh Abán

C  Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh   v   Éire Óg

D  Cill na Martra   v   Ballincollig

E  Donoughmore   v   Gleann na Laoi

F  Clondrohid   v   Aghabullogue

G  Kilmurry - a bye

H  Canovee - a bye

Second Round:

1.  A  v  F:   2.  Kilmurry   v  B:  3.  D  v  Canovee.  4.  C  v  E.

Junior C FootballChampionship

First Round:

A  Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh  v  Kilmurry

B  Macroom  v  Ballincollig

Second Round:

Inniscarra  v  Dripsey

B  v  Kilmichael

A  v  Aghinagh

Naomh Abán  v  Cill na Martra.

Ballincollig Credit Union Junior A Hurling Championship

First Round:

Ballincollig  v  Ballinora

Éire Óg  v  Grenagh

Kilmichael  v  Blarney

Donoughmore  v  Innniscarra

Cloughduv – a bye

Draws for losers round top be made when first round results are in.

Junior B Hurling Championship

First Round:

Gleann na Laoi  v  Blarney

Second Round:

Ballincollig  v  Ballinora

Cloughduv  v  Éire Óg

Aghabullogue  v  Grenagh

Iveleary  v  winners of A  

Faro Intelligent Heating U 21 A Hurling Championship

A  Ballinora   v    Inniscarra

B   Donoughmore   v   Cloughduv

C   Blarney   v   Aghabullogue

D   Ballincollig   v   Éire Óg

Second Round (Losers round):

B  v  C:  A  v  D.

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Coláiste Ghobnatan Baile-Bhúirne, Munster Senior B Football Champions   ©  Nóra Ní Luasa

Coláiste Ghobnatan, Buaitheoirí Craobh na Mumhan 

Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne 1 – 10   Coláiste Mainistir na Féile 1 – 7
Ag druiduim i dtreo leath ama i gcluiche ceannais na Mumhan, bhí an liathróid i láimhe fear lár-páirce, Maidhc Ó Duinnín agus é ag iarraidh a scoil, Coláiste Ghobnatan Baile Mhúirne, a tharraingt siar sa chluiche. Le 9 mionúirí chontae (seisear ó Luimneach, triúr ó Chiarraí)  ar an bhfoireann láidir fisiciúil acu, bhí Coláiste Íde agus Iosef ó Mhainistir na Féile tar éis an lámh in uachtar a fháil sa chluiche, i ndiaidh tosach maith ó bhuachaillí Mhúscraí. Bhí na buaitheoirí Luimní díreach tar éis trí cúiliní tapaidh a fháil agus, nuair a chríochnaigh liathróid ard i gcúl Coláiste Ghobnatan, bhí greim láidir acu ar an gcluiche. Ansin chuaigh Maidhc ar ionsaí díreach tríd lár na gcúlaithe Luimní ach fuair sé buile láidir a bhris a ghualainn. Bhí Mainistir na Féile lán sásta nuair a chuaigh an cic saor ar fóraoil agus Maidhc sínte ar an taobhlíne.
Leis an gcailliúint sin agus iad dhá phointe chun deiridh, is dócha go raibh gach éinne sa lucht tacaíochta ag ceapadh go raibh deireadh leis an turas iontach a thosnaigh siar i mí Meán Fomhair do bhuachaillí Coláiste Ghobnatan. D'fhéadfadh siad féachaint siar ar bhliain uafásach crua agus ar a sár-bhua i gCluiche Ceannais an Chontae in aghaidh Beanntraí agus é sin i gcuimhne  an ceannaire iontach a bhí caillte acu i Mí na Nollag, Shane Ó Murchú. Agus b'fhéidir nach raibh éinne, i ndáirire, ag súil go mbeadh an bua acu in aghaidh scoil trí oiread níos mó ná iad.
Cé go raibh an aimsir fíor-chrua i dTra Lí, thosnaigh an chluiche ar luas fíochmhar agus fuair Mainistir na Féile an chéad scór ó cic saor. Bhí Coláiste Ghobnatan ag imirt go maith, áfach, agus d'aimsigh siad dhá phointe ó Dean Ó Ceallaigh agus Jamie Mac Giolla Bhríde.  Bhí Micheál Ó Deasúna agus Maidhc Ó Duinnín i lár na páirce agus bhí na tosaithe, léithéidí Dónal Ó Donnchú agus captaen Liam Ó Loingsigh, ag cruthú roinnt fadhbanna.  Ansin tháinig scór an chluiche nuair chuir Pól Ó Cathasaigh an caid sa liontáin. Lean Dónal Ó Donnchú an scór seo le pointe gleoite agus bhí an Choláiste 1-4 in aghaidh 2 phointe chun tosaigh.  Is ansan a thosnaigh an athbheochan ó bhuaitheoirí Luimní. Cé go raibh Gearóid Ó Goillí agus Tomás Ó hAileasa ag taispeáint a gcuid scileanna agus neart ar chúl, bhí Coláiste Ide agus Iosef ar barr. Ach níor theip ar laochra Mhúscraí maidir le croí agus spiorad. Chuaigh Dan Ó Duinnín, peileadóir atá fós fé 16, go lár na páirce in ionad Maidhc. Agus iad gan scór le breis is 20 nóimead, chuir Michéal Ó Déasúna an caid thar an trasnán agus cé go raibh siad fós chun deiridh ag an bhfeadóg, do las an scór sin dóchas arís.

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Mickey Ned Ó Suilleabháin le Gearóid agus Donnacha Ó Luasa, leis an gcorn don Munster Senior B Football Championship   ©  Nóra Ní Luasa

Thosnaigh an dara leath leis an luas fíochmhar céanna. Bhí sé fíor dheacair teacht ar scóranna. Mhalartaigh Jamie Mac Giolla Bhríde dhá phointe le Jack Breen. Le deich nóimead fágtha bhi dhá phointe idir na fóirne fós agus Mainistir na Féile ag tabhairt ionsaí ar Baile Mhúirne arís is arís eile ach sheas na cúlaithe, léithéidí Maidhcí Ó Liatháin agus Dermot Ó Ceallaigh an fód. Chuaigh lán chúlaí Donncha Ó Súilleabháin ar ionsaí 50 meadar chun cic saor a chruthú dóibh, agus nuair a chuir Dean Ó Ceallaigh thar an trasnán é, bhí Coláiste Ghobnatan ar chomh scór arís. Ansin thóg Pól Ó Cathasaigh cic saor tapaidh go Maidhcí Ó Liatháin agus chuir sé an caid thar an trasnán ó tríocha slat amach chun buachaillí Coláiste Ghobnatan a chur chun tosaigh don gcéad babhta le daichead nóimead. Bhí Aaron Ó Murchú ar fheabhas agus laoch na himeartha, Micheál Ó Deasúna, i bhfeighil an láir. Ní raibh dul thar Eoin Ó Loingsigh agus Gearóid Ó Goillí. Ansin chuir Dan Ó Duinnín an caid thar an trasnán le iarracht gleoite ar fad. Bhí cúl ag teastáil ó Manistir Na Féile ag an bpointe seo ach bhí Tomás Ó hAileasa agus Donncha Ó Suilleabháin ar fheabhas, chomh maith leis an gcúl báire, Gearóid Ó Luasa. Ansin chuir Dean Ó Ceallaigh Coláiste Ghobnatan trí phointe chun tosaigh leis an scór deireanach sa chluiche. Nuair a shéid an feadóg deireanach, líon an páirc le lucht tacaíochta Baile Mhúirne agus cúpla nóimead níos deanaí, bhí corn Craobh na Mumhan ardaithe ag an gcaptaen Liam Ó Loingsigh i measc roinnt béicíl, gáirí is deora.
Tá an-chreidiúint ag dul chuig na tuismitheoirí, na múinteoirí agus na daltaí uile sa scoil, agus gan amhras, chuig Mickey Ned. Pé rud a tharlaíonn as seo amach, táimid fíor bhrodúil as éachtanna an foireann iontach seo, agus beidh cuimhne an chluiche seo againn go deo. Comhghairdeas do chách.
Coláiste Ghobnatan Gearóid Ó Luasa, Tomás Ó hAileasa, Donncha Ó Suilleabháin, Gearóid Ó Goillí, Maidhcí Ó Liathain, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Aaron Ó Murchú, Micheál Ó Deasúna, Maidhc Ó Duinnín, Dónal Ó Donnchú, Liam Ó Loingsigh (c), Pól Ó Cathasaigh, Dan Ó Duinnín, Seamus Mac Giolla Bhríde, Deán Ó Ceallaigh, 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 Súilleabháin.
S. Ó Duinneacha

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De la Salle College, Macroom who were defeated by Pobalscoil Corca Dhuibhne in the Corn Uí Mhuirí semi-final  ©  Lee Valley Outlook

Munster Colleges Senior A Football – Corn Uí Mhuirí

P.S. Chorca Dhuibhne, An Daingean  0 – 13   De la Salle, Macroom 1 - 8

There was a near gale force biting cold wind blowing at Knocknagree for this Corn Ui Mhuirí semi final and when De LaSalle were only two points in arrears at half time (0-6 to 0-4), having faced the elements in the first half, there was great hope in the Cork camp that the Mid Cork boys could prevail in the second half.  This hope was strengthened when, within five minutes of the restart, De La Salle had scored three points to go into a 0-7 to 0-6 lead.  Two points from frees allowed Dingle to go back in front however and even though DLS had a point to level matters by the 40th minute, the momentum was gone from their play and the West Kerry side, the 2012 champions, were taking over around the middle of the field, winning all the breaking ball and running at the DLS defence and drawing the fouls.  Dingle went ahead by 0-13 to 0-8 with five points in a row and De La Salle got a short injection of hope when Peter Kelleher punched a late goal but time was almost up and the champions were not going to be caught a second time.
Three points from frees had Dingle ahead after the opening quarter but team captain, Sean O'Sullivan, had a point for DLS in the 18th minute from play.  Three further points for Dingle followed before DLS hit back late in the half with a point from a Patrick Lucey free, one from play from Sean O'Sullivan and another from a Lucey free, to give DLS every hope at half time with only two points to make up.  Early points on the restart from a Lucey free, James Moynihan and Lucey again, also from a free, had hopes of a second consecutive final appearance really rising but alas it was not to be!  
De La Salle, Macroom: Dylan Dinneen (Macroom): Kevin O'Dwyer (Macroom), Dermot O'Callaghan (Aghinagh), Ciarán Noonan (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh): Adam Healy (Kilmurry), Sean Kelleher (Aghinagh), Shane Creedon (Macroom): Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Patrick Lucey (Macroom): Shane Foley (Kilmichael), James Moynihan (Canovee), Sean O'Sullivan (Aghabullogue): Pádraig Berhanu (Kilmurry), Barry O'Leary (Iveleary), John Murphy (Macroom). Subs: Daniel Cahalane (Kilmurry), Michael Cronin (Macroom), both used and William Coakley (Aghinagh), Cian Creedon (Clondrohid), Michael John Grainger (Kilmurry), Padraig Hinchion (Kilmurry), James Berhanu (Kilmurry), Finbarr McSweeney (Iveleary), Chris Foskett (Macroom), Brian McMahon (Macroom), Shane O'Donoghue (Kilmichael), Ciarán O'Donoghue (Kilmichael), Don Creedon (Macroom), Michael Dunne (Canovee), Daniel McSweeney (Clondrohid). 

Canovee G.A.A.

Results. February 9th under 21 football championship Canovee 1.11 Cill na Martra 1.06.

February 9th under 16 B football league Canovee 3.08 Aghinagh 5.06

February 17 under 14 A football league Canovee 5.08 Sliabh Rua 1.02.

February 17th under 21 football championship Canovee 4.14 Inniscarra 2.04.

In the Mid Cork junior B football championship, Canovee have been drawn against the winners of the Cill na Martra v Ballincollig game.

Canovee 3.08 Aghinagh 5.06

On February 9th Canovee played Aghinagh in the under 16 East B league in Rusheen. Aghinagh had the better of the first half, leading at half time by 3.02 to 1.02, with Jack Murphy scoring the Canovee goal. Aghinagh maintained their lead in the second half and at the full time whistle were ahead by 5.06 to 3.08, with Conor Hughes and Sean Browne scoring the Canovee goals. This young Canovee team played their hearts out and were in contention up to the final whistle.
Team: Cathal Moynihan, Cormac o Driscoll, Patrick Buckley, Humphrey o Mahoney, Sean Browne, Gavin Hickey, Denis Murphy, Conor Hughes, Mark Healy, Neil Kirk, Brian Verling, David o Keeffe, dean Looney, Jack Murphy, Eoin Cullen. Subs:  noel Browne, dean Lynch, John o Riordan, Niall Cronin, John Buckley , from mark verling with two all scored goals Canovee 4.14 Inniscarra 2.04.
On February 17th Canovee under 21s played their second game in the Mid Cork championship away to Inniscarra. Canovee were comfortably ahead all through this game with the full panel getting a run out. Canovee's last game in the group stage is at home to Ballincollig at 3.00pm on Saturday the 23rd of February.

Canovee 5.08  Sliabh Rua 1.02
On February the 17th Canovee played Sliabh Rua at home in the under 14 A east league. In this game Canovee continued their improvement from last year and were ahead at half time by 2.06 to 0.01, with goals coming from Darragh Cronin and Sean Browne. Canovee stayed comfortably ahead in the second half, with further goals coming from Eoin Cullen, Jack Kelleher and Evan Dodd. At the final whistle Canovee were ahead by 5.08 to 1.02. This win gives Canovee full points after two league games.

Fixtures:  February 23rd under 21 football championship, Canovee v Ballincollig in Carrigadrohid at 3.00pm
February 24th under 16 B football league, Canovee v Cill na Martra in Carrigadrohid at 11.30am.

Training: Canovee underage football  training is starting for under 6 and under 8 players in Cloughduv hall from 10 to 11 o clock, while the under 10players will train from 11 to 12 o clock on February 24th. Everybody is more than welcome to come along.

Macroom GAA –

County Div. 3 Football League

Macroom 0-11  Mallow 0-06.

Macroom travelled to Mallow to play their first game of the 2013 League campaign and came away with a good victory. Macroom, playing against a very strong wind in the first half, went into the leasd when Andrew Hegarty scored from 30 metres. Mallow were back on level terms within 3 minutes with a point from play and they went in front for the first and only time with another point in the 5th minute. Macroom responded with points from play by Fintan Goold in the 6th and 15th minutes and these were followed by another point from a free by Fintan Goold in the 16th minute. Macroom were playing well against a strong wind and their final point of the first half came from the boot of Andrew Hegarty in the 20th minute. Mallow added a point in the 22nd minute and both sets of backs were in control for the closing minutes.
Macroom, now playing with a strong wind, opened the second half in blistering fashion and had four more points on the board within five minutes from Fintan Goold, Andrew Hegarty, Robert O'Dwyer and Sean Kiely. Mallow scored in the 40th minute and again in the 53rd minute. Macroom added another point from a free in the 56th minute, from Andrew Hegarty. Mallow had a point and kept the pressure on Macroom to get the vital goal but good defensive work from James O'Connell, Rory Buckley, Eoin O'Mahony and Barry O'Donnell kept them at bay and Andrew Hegarty had a late point for Macroom. 
Macroom:- James O'Connell: Peter Lynch, Rory Buckley, Martin O'Donnell: Ciarán Murphy, John Angland, Barry O'Donnell: Fintan Goold, Eoin O'Mahony: Conor O'Sullivan, Seán Kiely, Gerard Angland: David Horgan, Andrew Hegarty, Tony Dineen. Subs used :- Robert O'Dwyer, Darren Creed and David Cotter. 

Macroom Soccer - AUL Premier League

Macroom A were unlucky to lose a two goal lead in a pulsating 3-3 draw against Greenwood in the Premier A.  In a storming start, William O'Riordan put them one up with a clever turn and finish from the edge of the box on 12, before Darragh Deasy expertly placed a spot kick past the Greenwood keeper to make it 2-0 on 28. The home side were comfortably in control, but in a fiery encounter, both sides were reduced to ten men just before half time. The second half started slowly, but then Macroom were reduced to nine men but still managed to get their third, from Anthony O'Donoghue with a superb shot.  Greenwood started to get control as the home side tired and got one back on the counter attack on 74. A penalty then was given to Greenwood, and Mark Twohig in the Macroom net did excellently to stop the initial effort, but could not stop the rebound. When it looked like the home side would hang on for the win, in the last minute Greenwood got their equaliser.

Corinthians Cup 2nd Round

Dunbar Celtic A 6 Macroom B 4

Macroom second team were unlucky to go out of the Corinthians Cup at Glanmire. Macroom had a dream start, and were two up after 7 minutes with great goals from in form striker Jason O'Donovan.  Dunbar came back to make it 2-2 after 25 mins but Jason O'Donovan claimed his hat trick on 40 with a super volley from a Pat Kelleher corner to make it 3-2. Dunbar came into their own at the start of the second half and in the space of 15 minutes counter attacked 3 times making it 5-3 with 25 minutes left. Dunbar then caught Macroom on the counter attack to make it 6-3 and effectively end the contest. Jason O'Donovan wasn't finished yet however, and scored his fourth with five mins to go, While the defeat was hard to take, a lot of positives were taken by Macroom B as Dunbar are top of Division 1. Jason O'Donovan now has scored seven goals in two games for Macroom.

Indoor Athletics

Ciarán Ó Lionáird, who had a disappointing London Olympics debut last year, returned to form last weekend when he turned in a great time in the Wannamaker Mile at the Millrose Games at The Armory in New York.  Ciarán finished third behind two USA Olympians, Lopez Lomong and Matt Centrowicz, but his time of 3:52.10 bettered his previous personal best of 3:54.76 and his time now ranks him fourth in the Irish All-time list for the mile after Eamonn Coughlan, Marcus O'Sullivan and Ray Flynn.

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