Cahir, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh and Beyond. ©Lee Valley Outlook
Purlies Knitting Group Thurs. July 4at 11a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte on Mon. July 8 at 11.30.
Acol Bridge Group: Wed. July 10, 11 – 1p.m.
June Exhibition: Work of Mary Corcoran.
Parkrun Free 5km run from Macroom Leisure Centre every Sat. at 9:30am.
Coffee Morning: Church Lane Restaurant, Fri. June 28, 10.30a.m.
Battle of Mullinhassig: talk by Douglas Lucey on Sun. June 30 at 2p.m. at Aughariddera Bridge, Rockgrove, assembling at Coachford Church Car Park.
G.A.A. Summer Camp: Ballingeary, July 1 – 5.
Summer Parenting Course: 2nd July at 7.30pm in Castle Hotel, Macroom .
'World View of an Oyster' Art Exhibition in Macroom Town Hall Gallery, July 5 - 27. Opening hours Tues. – Sat. 10.30am – 5.30pm.
Cúl Camp in Cloughduv July 8th to 12th, 10am to 2pm.
"The Great Hunger " with Jack Healy at Creedon's Hotel, Inchigeela, Sat. July 6, 8:30 pm.
Liz Lucey Run: Sun. July 7 from Inchigeela.
Lough Allua Charity Swim on July 7th in aid of Cork Simon Community & Lions Clubs Message in a Bottle (MIAB)
Donoughmore Carnival Thurs. 18th July to Sun. 21st July.
Inchigeela Festival 15-18 Aug.
This year has seen a major increase in the number of volunteers helping out with the Tidy Towns. Every Saturday morning for months past those that are available have met at different locations around town at 9.00 a.m. and worked together for a few hours. Other smaller groups have worked on their own on week-nights. All are delighted to be involved and the results are there for all to see.
Trailer loads of rubbish have been removed from 'black spots', even out as far as Raleigh Bridge. The main approach roads have been focused on and the work is very noticeable, particularly on the Cork entrance to town, the Killarney Road and the Millstreet Road, where a lot of work was carried out. There has been much litter picking and sweeping in town, together with some major cleanups in the Town centre car park, the Bus Éireann yard and the various laneways around town. Power washing was carried out on the cobblestones and the canon guns and other areas. The litter bins and the street signs were washed down. Flower beds were cleaned out and have been replanted, while the new hanging baskets now require regular feeding and watering.
All those who have turned up to play their part are to be congratulated. The town is looking well and hopefully, the results of the national Tidy Towns award will reflect this and that Macroom will retain its Bronze Medal status when the results are announced in September. Anybody that wishes to help out can give their name to any committee member or inform the Town Hall.
There has been a lot of painting carried out on many houses and business premises in the last few months and this is very noticeable. If any person or group is interested in doing some painting of a mural on a wall, this is something that would be welcome and the committee would love to hear from you.
Irish poet, Louis de Paor, with McEgan College pupils © An Scoil
As school holidays set in, locals and visitors to the area welcome an enjoyable night out with traditional Irish entertainment included. Such is available on different nights at a variety of venues in the Lee Valley. The Castle Hotel will have Summer Trad Music Sessions every Tuesday in Dan Buckley's Bar, starting from July 16th at 10pm.
Maeve Bowen, General Manager Macroom E; Briege Corkery Cork Ladies Football and Camogie player and winner of several Senior All Ireland titles and Magali Bolger, Co-Ordinator Macroom E at the launch of VisitCorkCounty.com ©
Leading group at the start of the Daniel Kingston Run in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook
The fourth Daniel Kingston run/walk took place on June 20 in Macroom in ideal weather conditions. The town looked spectacular and was much admired by the many visitors who took part. It was the biggest turn out to date with 932 entrants and local support was fantastic, with many families taking to the streets. Tim O'Donoghue, team EMC, was the first person over the line in 15mins 42 secs and the first female, Emma Murphy, completed the course in 18mins 24 secs. Hundreds came back to Macroom leisure centre afterwards for refreshments and the great community event was enjoyed by all. All surplus funds will be donated to Cork Arc Cancer support House - this figure is still being finalised and will be known in the coming weeks. The Kingston family are very grateful for the enormous effort by so many people in Macroom to help make Daniel's memorial event happen again this year.
Centre group at the start of the Daniel Kingston Run in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook
I imagine Heaven as a wonderful, happy place
Where joy and contentment bring a smile to every face.
I imagine no temptation - a place where there's no sin.
I imagine eating cream buns all day long and staying thin.
I imagine Heaven being without guns or wars.
A place with no such things as locks, alarms or bars.
When I imagine Heaven I imagine lots of fun.
I imagine every golf shot will be a hole in one.
I imagine Heaven as a place where dreams come true.
Heaven is, in my mind, eternity with you.
First Holy Communion and Confirmation girls from St Joseph's Primary School, Macroom who donated €400 to the Mercy Hospital P.O.O.N.S. (Paediatric Oncology Outreach Nurse Service) Appeal © An Scoil
St Joseph's Primary School pupils collected money during the year for the Missions and presented Sr Kathleen Crowley with €150 for MMM work in Lodwar, Turkana and Nairobi in Kenya. Sr. Kathleen runs a project for women who live in the Turkana desert. They make baskets, ornaments, and mats from palm leaves and she sells these in Nairobi, to generate an income for the women. The 2nd class and 6th class girls in St Joseph's Primary School recently donated €400 to the Mercy Hospital P.O.O.N.S. (Paediatric Oncology Outreach Nurse Service) Appeal, from their First Holy Communion and Confirmation money. This money will help fund nurses to visit children, suffering from cancer in their homes. These children are too sick to travel to the hospital for treatment.
The annual summer exhibition of art in Macroom Town Hall Gallery is set to open with 'World View of an Oyster' on July 5 and run till July 27. Opening hours Tuesday – Saturday, 10.30am – 5.30pm. Exhibiting artists are Helen Horgan, Maximilian LeCain, Sarah Iremonger and Mick O'Shea. Ian McDonagh, Cork County Council Arts Officer, says, 'This work is challenging, quirky and original but, like the aforementioned mollusc, once you have worked past the outer shell you may, indeed, finds some "pearls" for reflection and enjoyment.'
The Purlies Knitting Group meet next 11.am - 12.30 on Thursday, July 4. Ciorcal Cainte, hosted by Nora Levis, takes place next on Monday, July 8th at 11.30. All welcome to this informal chat in Irish over a cup of tea. Mary Corcoran's work is on show in the display area until the end of June. The ACOL Bridge group will next meet in the library on Wednesday July 10. It is aimed at people who already know how to play and will run from 11 to 1.00.
Adult membership: €2.50 for a year. Children's membership 50 cents. Senior citizens: Free.
Opening hours 10.00am to 5.30 p.m, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Late Opening on Tuesday until 7.30p.m
Macroom's 200 seater Cultural Centre, The Briery Gap, is currently closed and undergoing major refurbishment. The project has the support of Macroom Town Council and Cork County Council but the directors need to raise another €22,000 to see the project through. With this end in mind, they have launched an ambitious online campaign. Donations to the refurbishment project will be recognised with a range of rewards such as tickets to a Jimmy McCarthy concert and your name permanently affixed to a special Thank you wall. There will also be opportunities to sponsor newly refurbished theatre seats. Those who contribute in any way will be given a sense of ownership, very important in a community project.
The Briery Gap hosts cinema, music, comedy and theatre and stages up to 50 community-led performances a year. It has a dedicated 'Arts in Education' programme including an 'All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival', which attracts Secondary Schools from all over Ireland annually.
The acoustics of the Briery Gap are held in high regard and musicians such as Christy Moore, Jack L, Jimmy McCarthy and Mick Flannery have returned to perform there again and again. Comedians such as Pat Shortt, John Kenny, Kevin MacAleer and Brendan Grace have also been regular visitors to the Briery Gap over the years.
For full details on how to contribute to the 'Briery Gap Refurbishment Campaign' go to www.brierygap.com.
Coffee Morning for COPE in Church Lane Restaurant, Castle St. Fri. June 28, 10.30a.m.
G.A.A. Summer Camp: In Ballingeary, July 1 – 5. Open to boys and girls: 5 yrs - 13 yrs and 13 yrs - 16 yrs. 10 am - 2.30 pm. Páirc Traolach MacSuibhne, Ballingeary. Camp will be visited by members of the Cork Senior Panel during the week. Forms available in Centra. CampCoordinators: Caitríona Ní Mhuirthile & Gearoidín Uí Bhuachalla
Summer Parenting Course: Starting 2nd July 2013 at 7.30pm. Castle
Creedon's Hotel, Inchigeela presents "The Great Hunger " by Patrick Kavanagh and performed by Jack Healy on Saturday, July 6 at 08:30 pm. Ticket, light bites and wine €20. Booking at 026 49012/ 087 9345383.
Lough Allua Charity Swim on July 7th in aid of Cork Simon Community & Lions Clubs Message in a Bottle (MIAB)
Aghinagh Macra na Feirme are holding a 5k Fun Run in Ballinagree on Sunday, July 14. Participants may walk or run. Registration is at 2pm (€10) and the run will start at 3pm. All proceeds go to Marymount Hospice. The annual Know your Neighbour evening will follow in the Laine Bar at 4.30pm with a BBQ and music by The Hillbillys and lots of side shows.
Donoughmore Carnival Thursday 18th July to Sunday 21st July. This year's carnival will start with the official opening of the newly renovated community hall. There will be Fancy Dress & kids' entertainment. Friday night: one mile fun walk/ run.. Funfair nightly. Saturday & Sunday; events on donoughmoreparishfacebook page.
Inchigeela Festival 15-18 August. Thursday, 15, Nevin Maguire celeb chef with cookery demo; Friday 16, Brendan Bowyer; Saturday 17 J90; Sunday 18 Bog the Donkey.
Uíbh Laoire parish SVP conference wishes to thank all who supported their fund-raising event, Summertime Cooking, in Ballingeary recently. Thanks to all who came on the night, to all sponsors and helpers, but above all, our gratitude to Dorothy Ó Tuama for a memorable night.
Donoughmore Ladies Football Club reached the final of the Munster 7s Senior competition in Mallow. They were: Tracey Rodgers, Deirdre Dineen, Nora O'Callaghan, Aileen Buckley, Aisling Barrett, Rachel Healy, Rebecca O Callaghan, Anne Marie O Shea, Aisling O Connor, Emer Walsh, Eileen Lyons and Pat Greene.
Macroom FC under 12s recently won division 3 of the Cork Schoolboys league, having won 11, drawn 2 and lost just one of their 14 league games. The under 16s won division 2 of the Cork Schoolboys league and had 10 wins and 2 draws and 2 defeats in 14 league games, Macroom also won the John Cooke under 16 cup after defeating Blarney in a 2 legged final. Well done to all involved.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto Results 02/06/2013: Jackpot €1,000. Numbers Drawn 21, 27, 42. No winner. €50 Maurice Walsh, Aghavarin, €20 Noel O'Callaghan, Ballinagree; Declan Ambrose, Caherbaroule; Jim Cunningham, Anglers Rest, Carrigadrohid; Alan & Mary Browne, Rylane.
09/06/2013 – Jackpot €1,150 Numbers drawn 21, 24 and 30. No Winner. €50 Aaron & Megan Crowley, C/O Linda. €20 Patrick Roche, Curraghanerla; Richard Kelleher, Coolea; Danny & Linda Leahy, Ballinagree; Theresa Dennehy, Oughtiherra.
16/06/2013: Jackpot €1,300 Numbers drawn 16, 18, 35. No Winner. €50 John Cronin, Codrum, €20 Laura O'Riordan, Carrigagulla; Lena Mai, Ballinagree; Jeanette & Derek, C/O Dan O'Connor; Noel Lehane, Ballinagree.
Coachford AFC Lotto. Results 17/6/2013, Jackpot: €7,800, Numbers Drawn: 2 - 7 - 12. Winner: Isabelle Leahy, €40 Tim Joe Lyons, €20 Lisa Murphy, Tina Herlihy, Stephen Crowley, David Murphy
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: June 11. Jackpot €3,000. Numbers drawn 11, 16 and 21. No winner. €70 Eugene Hayes, c/o Conor Buttimer, Macroom. €20 Denise Cronin, Codrum; Margaret Buckley, Kilnagurteen; Ger and Paul, c/o Corner Shop, Cork St; Sheila Johnson, Barrett's Place; Margaret Healy, Farran.
June 18. Jackpot €3,200. Numbers drawn 8, 14 and 27. No winner. €70 Denise Murphy, c/o Granville's, Macroom. €20 Noel Crowley, Carrigadrohid; Kathleen Murphy, Fairfield Drive, Macroom; Anita Murphy, Cork St.; Colette Mullins, Coolea; Anita and Brook Murphy, Cork St.
Preparing for the Liz Lucey Run in Inchigeela on Sunday, July 7 ©
The organisers of the 4th Liz Lucey run (which has been an overwhelming success to date, raising substantial sums for Marymount Hospice, Cork) wish to announce details of the 2013 event, to be held on Sunday, July 7. They look forward to welcoming old and new friends to Inchigeela and the beauty of West Cork during the first weekend in July. Great crowds from far and near have already expressed their intention to be in Inchigeela to remember Liz, who was a ray of sunshine to her family and friends in her native Iveleary; in Macroom, where she worked and everywhere she went. Cars, tractors and bicycles should assemble at Inchigeela Hall and register at 11.30a.m. They will set off at 12.30p.m. Walkers should assemble in Gougane Barra and they have a choice of 3 walks of different length and challenge, all starting at 1.30p.m. Everyone is invited back to Inchigeela Hall at 4.30p.m. for refreshments and music.
Coachford Community Playgroup graduation class 2013- ©
Muskerry Special Olympics Club was in action in the Munster Games June 15. All athletes did themselves and their families proud, competing in their categories, with smiles on their faces crossing the finish line. They brought home a huge medal haul and they were well deserving of same after all the hard work and training they put in over the last few months in all types of weather. The athletes and their achievements were: Eoghan O'Sullivan – Silver in the 100m; Elliott Lynch – Gold in the 200m and Bronze in the 100m; Jack Curtin – Gold in the 100m; Noel O'Riordan – Silver in the 100m; Denis Buckley - Bronze in the 100m; Michael O'Donoghue – 2nd in the 400m and 4th in the 100m; Donnagh Collins – 5th in the 100m; James Galligan – 6th in the 100m; Aaron Ryan – Gold in the 200m and Gold in the 400m; Kevin O'Donoghue – 7th in the 100m; Cathy Dullea 2nd in the 200m. Well done to all the athletes and a big thank you to all the volunteers and coaches and parents who helped out with the training over the last year.
Famine Mass: Despite the inclement weather, a large crowd turned out for the historic Mass at Carrigastyra Famine Graveyard. Fr. Wickham P.P. was celebrant, with many altar boys in attendance. Eugene O'Riordan read the readings. As usual the choir excelled. Thanks to all who helped, Bridget, Maura, Nora, Johnny and the Development Group and to John & Eileen O'Callaghan for parking facilities.
Clondrohid N.S. News: Parents wishing to enrol their children in the National School for Sept 2013, should contact the Principal or the Secretary on 02642580 as soon as possible. Well done to Shauna Healy Carrigaphooka, who represented her school in the Primary School Games in Ennis at half time during the Cork v Clare match.
Congratulations to the students and their teacher, A. Lynch, on their great success at the Cork Primary Sports. Pupils from 1st class to 6th class participated in many events and came home worthy winners of over 20 medals and a cup for a relay, plus another cup awarded on points achieved. Well done to all.
Clondrohid N.S. took part in a hurling blitz recently and although they didn't make the final match, they performed very well.Good luck next time.
Ted Cook visited the school last week. Ted, well known for his nature talks and walks., took the pupils from 2nd class to 6th class on a nature walk down the Curragh Road, (immortalised by Ger Woulfe's ballad), and up around the playing pitch, examining the soil, trees, and the ' wonders of nature'. A very enjoyable and informative day was had by all.
Clann Aire Summer Workshops: Once again its time to plan for those long lazy days of the Summer Holidays. Why not ring Clann Aire on 026/43344, and enquire about their workshops. They will run during the month of July and once you have completed one year at primary school or one year at pre school, you qualify . Activities will include Arts and Crafts, Outdoor Activities, and Baking. Well worth that phone call.
G.A.A.:Well done to the U10 footballers who won the Brian Cronin Memorial Shield in Dromtariffe recently. Clondrohid travel to this invitational blitz every year and this year were successful on their outing. They played three matches against Boherbue, Dromtariffe and Knocknagree. They won all three matches and were then through to the final against Kilmurry. Clondrohid played very well in this most entertaining final and had to dig deep to come through and beat a very strong, defensive Kilmurry team. There were some fine individual scores from Clondrohid players to eventually come out the winners. Grace Murphy, Captain, accepted the cup. The team was as follows: Michael Kearney, Grace Murphy (capt) , Darren Lynch, Colin Murphy, Nathan Kelleher, Conor Lucey, Liam Coleman, Oran Manning, Ben Lyons, Jack Martin, Sean Murphy. Subs: Finian O'Leary, Luke Duggan, Lorcan Lynch, Eoin Healy, Conor Relihan, James Burke, David O'Connor. Well done to all involved
Congratulations to Muinefliuch N.S. who won their first ever Sciath na Scol football competition, defeating Dromleigh, Rylane, Carriganima/ Ballinagree in the group, before going on to defeat Kilbarry N.S. in the final after extra time. Almost all the players play with Clondrohid G.A.A. Club and they included Fionn Heffernan, Cathal Creedon, Maeve O'Riordan, Oisín Carroll, Sean O'Leary, Eddie Duggan, Eoin Kelleher, Christopher Scanlon, Nathan Kelleher, Jack Martin, Luke Duggan and Oran Manning, who all played their hearts out. They were trained by Declan Kelleher, Liam Slattery and Shane Lehane. Well done to all on such a great achievement.
June 17 Clondrohid played Grenagh in U13 hurling league at home and won on a scoreline 5-3 to 3-1. The U11 footballers again played Grenagh in the U11 league but were not as fortunate and lost out to a better Grenagh team. In their next match they met Macroom and were unlucky to lose as Clondrohid were up a point when Macroom netted a goal and the final whistle was blown. Clondrohid Under 8 Hurlers travelled to Kilmichael to compete in a county blitz. They played against Ballinora, Eire Óg and Aghabullogue. Clondrohid had two teams made up of both boys and girls and they all played brilliantly.
Fixtures: Tues July 2 u.16 c Clondrohid v Dripsey at 7.30pm;
Thurs. July 4 u 14c Championship at 7.15pm, Clondrohid v Carrignavaar.
June 29 Junior B F.L Clondrohid v Gleann na Laoi at 7pm at home
Lotto 1: Jackpot €2,800. €70 Raymond McCarthy, Bealnamorrive; €20 Mary Kelleher, Moulnahorna; Peter McSweeney, Clondrohid,; Eileen O'Leary, Cork St.; Annette O'Mahony, The Tce. Clondrohid
Lotto 2. Jackpot €3,000. Bingo Jackpot €2,000; €70 Geraldine Kelleher, Horsemount. €20 Peggy O'Riordan, Coolea; Patrick Manning, Terelton; Nora Manning, Clondrohid and Mary Sweeney, Laine Bar.
Taking a dog's eye view at Poulanargid Dog Show were Ivy and Rosie with friend, John Burke © Peter Scanlan
St. Lachteen's National School, Donoughmore recently celebrated receiving their second Green Flag at a reception at The Silversprings Hotel. The flag was raised by Cork City F.C. player Colin Healy and the occasion was marked by a celebration of pupils, teachers and parents. The Green Schools Committee, made up of pupils from each class, have worked tirelessly under the guidance of Ms. Susan O' for the past school year in preparation for getting their second green flag. Energy conservation was the main focus for this green flag and pupils put in a tremendous amount of work to ensure lights were switched off and electrical items were unplugged when not being used.
The pupils had a second reason to celebrate on the day also, as they had been planning to make a surprise presentation to the school principal, Ms. Deirdre Kelleher on her upcoming wedding in July. The pupils were excited about their little secret and were relieved to finally reveal the surprise they had been planning, along with their teachers. The staff, pupils and parents wish Deirdre and her fiancé, Ger, the very best for the future and hope their wedding day will be filled with cherished moments.
Meanwhile St. Lachteen's N.S. Donoughmore were thrilled to have had the opportunity to establish links with a school from Freshford, Co. Kilkenny, Scoil Lachtain. The Kilkenny students and staff were interested in developing a relationship with a Cork school linked to the same saint - St. Lachteen. Pupils have been exchanging letters and learning about their twins' schools, lives and counties. The pupils are delighted to have a pen pal from Kilkenny. As part of the twinning of the two schools and in keeping with The Gathering 2013, Scoil Lachtain visited St. Lachteen's N.S. for their school tour. Their visit coincided with the annual school sports day in Donoughmore and great fun was had when the schools amalgamated to take part in the scheduled sporting events. As part of The Gathering, the Kilkenny school presented the Donoughmore school with a beautiful framed sketch of St. Lachtin's Arm, the logo which features on the school crest in Donoughmore and is also the crest for Donoughmore GAA and Community Centre. Both schools are united in their historic link to St. Lachteen and students felt very proud to be gathered together in recognition of their patron saint.
An end of year celebration to mark the graduation of 6th class pupils took place on Tuesday 17th June. Fr. O'Riordan P.P. and Fr. Downey concelebrated the mass at St. Lachteen's Church and prayed for the pupils as they make the transition from primary to secondary school. A graduation ceremony was held following the mass in the school hall and certificates were presented to the pupils by Millstreet teenager Joanne O'Riordan. As part of a class project organised by Mrs. Máiréad Harrington, a 4th class student Maeve Barrett, had written a letter to Joanne and was thrilled to receive a letter of reply from the North Cork girl who has total amelia and was born without limbs. Maeve went one step further and invited Joanne to their school as she is seen as a celebrity by pupils in Donoughmore, owing to her "no limbs no limits" attitude to life. Pupils were delighted to meet Joanne and found her words of encouragement on the day to be very inspiring.
A very busy and successful school year has come to an end. The staff of St. Lachteen's wish their graduating pupils the very best when they begin their secondary school journey in September and wish all of their pupils a great summer.
Daltaí Scoil Fhionnbarra Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh pictured outside Leinster House during their recent school tour with teachers Fionnuala Uí Chéilleachair & Shane Ó Duinnín. © An Scoil
Irish Aid: 5th and 6th Class pupils from RusheenN.S. recently won an Irish Aid Award for their project entitled "Education for All Children". Three pupils, Mary O'Leary, Shona White and Adrianne Lynch, attended the presentation ceremony in the Triskel Art Centre in Cork. Evelyn Grant and Barbara Wilson from the Irish Aid Office commended them for their project and presented them with a plaque for the school and a "goody bag" for the pupils in their Class.
School Gardens Competition: Rusheen N.S. had the great honour of being the inaugural winners of the Muintir na Tíre Pride of the Community Schools Garden Competition. This competition was open to all schools in Cork County. 27 schools attended a prize giving ceremony in the County Hall last week. Rusheen School won an award for having the best mixed garden and received a cheque for €250. They received another €250. and a plaque when their school was voted the best overall garden in the competition. Great thanks are due to everybody who helped to bring about this success and especially to parent, Cait Sheehan, who was the inspiration behind the project.
Garden Fete: RusheenN.S. had a very successful fundraising garden fete in the beautiful surroundings of Leades House on June 23. With the weather favourable, a large crowd turned up and enjoyed the music, barbecue, home baking, teas & coffees, vintage display, pony rides, alpacas, children's sports, bouncy castle, face painting and many other attractions. The school would like to thank all those who supported this event and especially Sally and Colin Wolfe for putting their beautiful grounds and gardens at our disposal.
Naíonra Graduation 2013 from Beal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh le múinteóir, Mary Ann Uí Mhurchú © An Scoil
Coming home late and going straight to bed
Buying amazing clothes that you found on sale
Resting on someone's chest
Taking long showers that wash away your worries
Feeling as though you finally belong somewhere
Deciding what you want to do with your life
Feeling satisfied after a delicious meal
Falling asleep instantly when you're upset
Meeting people that happen to change your life
When you have a great night's sleep
Drinking a cup of tea
Realizing everything is going to be ok
By Michael Kelly
During the recent warm spell it was tempting to plant out pretty much everything that was left in the potting shed without hardening them off first and so far, so good. Celeriac, beetroot, fennel, cauliflower, kale, turnip, squash, pumpkin, courgette, lettuce, spinach, dwarf French beans, runner beans, and climbing French beans are now in situ, with leeks in between the rows of garlic to save on space. The rains have returned now, but during the hot, dry spell watering the veg patch was time consuming. We GIYers should demand rain at night so we don't have to take out the hose each day!
Using Space Well: As vegetables crop, space becomes available again in the crowded plot, especially when we start to lift new potatoes and the garlic bed will be free in a few weeks time. The key to a productive veg patch is to use this space as it becomes available.
Harvesting Garlic. Knowing when to lift garlic can be a tricky proposition - harvest them too early and the bulbs will be too small, but harvest too late and the bulbs will begin to loose their quality. Around mid-summer, do a test when a third of the leaves on each plant should have gone brown. Carefully push back the soil around one plant and have a look at the bulb to check its size. If it's too small, put the soil back around it. Lift all your garlic when a half to two-thirds of the leaves have gone brown.
Scorzonera, grown for its long brown/ black slender roots which are similar in taste to artichokes, and for its spring shoots which are like asparagus, is an attractive, new vegetable in Ireland. It needs a light, friable and sandy soil and should never be grown in manure enriched soil as (like carrots) it will fork. It is sown in late April or May in a well-prepared seed bed in rows 30cm apart and about 5cm deep in a drill. Once they have germinated there is very little work required – keep the bed weed free and water in very dry weather. The roots can be harvested from October but allow them to experience a frost or two to sweeten them up. The flowers are also edible. The key when cooking is to remove the skins after boiling. Clean the roots and cut into short lengths and boil in salted water for 25 minutes. Drain and then rub off the skins. Toss in a little melted butter.
A Celebration of Gaelic Games in Muskerry
This book is a must for any body interested in G.A.A. history. It provides an in-depth study of all the clubs in Muskerry, as well as chapters on referees, conventions and some individual achievements. An invaluable source of information for all followers of the G.A.A.
Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €15
The real action in the Mid Cork football championship began with the playing of the three 2nd round games. The losers, Blarney, Ballincollig and Éire Óg, are now gone from the competition for this year, with nine teams remaining. There will be one 3rd round game, a local derby between Dripsey and Inniscarra, and then four quarter finals. Kilmurry remain on course to retain their crown, with Iveleary their main threat, but the opening round threw up some surprise results and who is to say there are not more to come?
2nd Round (1st round losers)
Kilmurry 2-8 Blarney 1-8
Dripsey 2-10 Ballincollig 1-8
Kilmichael 1-12 Éire Óg 2-8
Inniscarra v Dripsey at Carrigadrohid on Friday, June 28
Kilmurry v Macroom
Donoughmore v Clondrohid
Aghinagh v Iveleary
Kilmichael v Inniscarra/Dripsey
Kilmurry 2 – 8 Blarney 1 – 8
The 2012 Mid Cork champions Kilmurry, shocked by Inniscarra in the opening round, were quite happy with their victory in the 2nd round ('last chance saloon') after getting a searching test from Blarney at Coachford. Kilmurry were five points clear at half time, 1-6 to 1-1, William Buckley having scored the goal and all but one of their points, but Blarney improved in the second half and indeed the game was ultimately decided by two incidents at either end of the pitch at the three quarter stage. Blarney missed a golden goal opportunity; Kilmurry took a similar chance and this decided the contest in Kilmurry's favour.
Kilmurry started well and dominated most of the first half play. William Buckley had four points on the board for them after ten minutes and, in the 17th minute, he ran on to a great through ball from James White and gave the Blarney goalkeeper no chance, with a blistering shot from close range. Within a minute Blarney had their first score of the game, a well worked move by James and Pa O'Sullivan, finished to the net by the former. This goal worked wonders for Blarney and they were well able to hold their own to the interval. James White set up a point for Greg Barrett for Kilmurry in the 23rd minute, and Paul Hallissey replied from a free for Blarney. In injury time, William Buckley pointed a Kilmurry free to leave his side five points ahead at the break.
Kilmurry were not to score at all in the third quarter as Blarney, with the wind behind them, gradually began to control the play. David Cremin pointed a 31st minute free to get them off to a good start and Conor Foley pointed from play in the 39th minute. Only two points separated the teams in the 43rd minute when Conor Foley again came through from midfield and sent over the bar, 1-6 to 1-4 now the score. Two minutes later, in another Blarney attack, Conor Foley was one-on-one with goalkeeper Jason McDonald but the Kilmurry man spread himself well and managed to block the midfielder's shot - a vital moment in this game. A minute later the situation was reversed. William Buckley intercepted a sloppy Blarney pass in defence and sent a peach of a ball goalwards for James Kelleher to run on to. Kelleher is not nicknamed 'The Gooch' for nothing and duly sent the ball under the body of the advancing Blarney goalkeeper, to break the long Kilmurry scoreless spell with a priceless goal. Greg Barrett quickly added a point, but Blarney replied with a point from a Cremen free. Dave McCarthy pointed for Kilmurry in the 53rd minute; Cremen pointed another Blarney free in reply and then points from Cremen and Conor Foley from play had the gap down to a single goal as the game entered injury time. Blarney laid siege to the Kilmurry goal but the defence held firm with Kevin Barrett, Liam Long, Eoin Creedon, Finbarr Crowley and James White steady under the pressure. It was a hard earned victory and Kilmurry were glad to hear the final whistle.
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: Liam Long, Kevin Barrett, William Barrett: Pat O'Sullivan, Dave O'Leary, (Capt.), Eoin Creedon: James White, Greg Barrett: Denis Sheehan, James Kelleher, David McCarthy: Alan O'Sullivan, Michael Linehan, William Buckley. Subs: Finbarr Crowley, Jonathan Buckley and Liam White.
Blarney: Shane Jordan: Craig Sykes, Eoghan Murphy, John Barrett: Mark Cremin, Joe Jordan, Ciarán Buckley: Conor Foley, Paul Hallissey: Paul O'Leary, James O'Sulllivan, Keith Costelloe: Colm Sheehan, Pa O'Sullivan, David Cremen.
Referee: Mr. Miah Moynihan, Grenagh.
Dripsey 2 – 10 Ballincollig 1 – 8
Those who had written off Dripsey's chances of taking the Mid Cork title this year may revise their thinking after this impressive performance against Ballincollig at Kilmurry. Ballincollig had a strong team on paper and travelled with a fair degree of confidence but they were taken apart by the Dripsey men who led from the start and had things under control by half time when they led by 0-7 to 0-2. Gary Murphy got Dripsey off to a good start with an early point from a free and Diarmuid O'Riordan had a second Dripsey point before Ballincollig had a point from Brian Glavin. Dripsey then took over completely and points from David O'Sullivan, Diarmuid O'Riordan, Gary Murphy and Aidan Buckley followed, to which Ballincollig's sole reply was a point from Stephen Coughlan, leaving Dripsey in a strong position by half time, leading by five points and playing confidently.
Dripsey had victory wrapped up early in the second half. After an early exchange of points between the sides, Gary Murphy set up a goal chance for David O'Sullivan and the latter, 'man of the match', lashed the ball to the Ballincollig net in the 37th minute. Dripsey were on the road to victory in earnest now even though Ballincollig hopes got a temporary boost in the 48th minute when Fergal Keohane fisted a Brian Glavin pass to the Dripsey net and Niall Allen followed on with a point to narrow the gap to five points. The result was beyond doubt in the 52nd minute when Gary Murphy fisted a Conor Hayes pass to the Ballincollig net and a few late points for Ballincollig did no more than improve the appearance of the scoreboard.
Dripsey: Ray Moynihan: John Carey, Pat O'Riordan, Daniel Buckley: Stephen Murray, Robert Daly, Aidan Murray: Conor Hayes, Mark O'Sullivan: Diarmuid O'Riordan, Gary Murphy, Aidan Buckley: David O'Sullivan, David Buckley, Colm O'Grady. Subs: Tom Ahearne and John Hogan.
Ballincollig: John Noonan: J P O'Leary, Adrian Hanley, Tim O'Leary: Cian McCarthy, Brendan Fitzgerald, John P Murphy: Brian Kelly, Peter O'Neill: Brian Galvin, Stephen Coughlan, Diarmuid Nolan: Fergal Keohane, Ian Coughlan, Niall Allen. Subs: Frank Down, Ryan Hogan, Conor Sexton.
Referee: Mr David Murnane, Macroom.
Kilmichael 1 - 12 Éire Óg 2 – 8
It may have taken a Colm Dromey point deep in injury time to give Kilmichael victory by the narrowest of margins, but there was no disputing that justice was done and that the winners were fully deserving of their entry to the third round. Éire Óg, impressive 'B' champions last year, thus exit the premier competition at the first stage. A major talking point of this game was the awarding of two penalties to Éire Óg late in the game, both of which led to the goals for the losers and which levelled the scores in injury time after Kilmichael had forced the pace for much of the game. Éire Óg had opened the scoring but Kilmichael replied with points from Daniel Twomey and Alan Dromey. Points from Barry O'Neill and Jack O'Driscoll had Éire Óg back in front but Kilmichael then took over. Conor Cotter equalised with a point and Alan Dromey's point put Kilmichael back in front. In the 21st minute Colm Dromey had a goal for Kilmichael. Barry O'Neill pointed in reply to leave a goal between the teams. In the run up to half time Kilmichael had points from Alan Dromey and Colm Dromey and Éire Óg replied with a brace, one each from Barry O'Neill and Jack O'Driscoll, to leave the score at 1-6 to 0-6 at half time.
Kilmichael started the second half well with points from Alan Murphy and Colm Dromey and when Brian Darcy O'Sullivan replied with an Eire Óg point, Colm Dromey and Finbarr Dromey had points for Kilmichael, who led by 1-10 to 0-7 at this three quarter stage. Barry O'Neill had a point for Éire Óg to leave five points between the teams but in the 57th minute the cat was thrown in amongst the pigeons when Éire Óg were awarded a penalty and after seeing Shane Masters saving the first attempt, Ronan O'Toole was in to slam the rebound to the Kilmichael net and reduce the gap to a mere two points, 1-10 to 1-8. Kilmichael then had an invaluable point from Daniel Twomey but a second penalty award to Eire Óg in the 62nd minute was lashed to the net by Jack O'Driscoll and the sides were level. Colm Dromey's subsequent point ensured that Kilmichael were winners.
Kilmichael: Shane Masters: Colin Murphy, John O'Riordan, Stephen Kelleher: Finbarr Buckley, Simon Foley, Adrian Kelly: Finbarr Dromey, Michael Twomey; Cian Dromey, Conor Cotter, Alan Murphy: Alan Dromey, Daniel Twomey, Colm Dromey. Sub: Darragh Foley (55)
Éire Óg: C O'Driscoll: Cian Murphy, Kieran O'Sullivan, Colm Murphy: Ryan Kennerick, Tony Dineen, Gerard McSweeney: Liam Murphy, Brian D'arcy O'Sullivan: Ronan O'Toole, David Sheehan, Denis Murphy: Jack O'Driscoll, Barry O'Neill, Vincent Fahy. Subs: Donncadha Kelly and B Hallissey.
Referee: Mr Gene Buckley, Grenagh.
2nd Round results
Nemo Rangers 2-9 St Nick's 0-5
Aghada 1-8 Newmarket 0-9
Douglas 1-10 St Vincent's 1-4
Bishopstown - vs - Doheny's
Newcestown, O'Donovan Rossa, BALLINCOLLIG, Ilen Rovers, Clonakilty, Carbery Rangers, Castlehaven, St Finbarr's, CIT and Carbery are now joined by Nemo Rangers, Aghada and Douglas in Round Four, with Bishopstown or Douglas as the 14th team. After Round Three, involving St Nick's, Newmarket, St Vincent's and either Doheny's or Bishopstown, two teams will emerge to make up 16 teams in the fourth round draw and it's knock-out from there on.
Bantry Blues 0-17 Kinsale 0-9
Kiskeam 2-9 Carrigaline 1-8
MACROOM 3-13 Glenvillle 1-3
Castletownbere 1 – 10 Nemo Rangers 0 - 9
BALLINORA, Clyda Rovers, St Michael's, NAOMH ABAN, Valley Rovers, Mallow, BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH, Na Piarsaigh were 1st round winners and are now joined by Bantry Blues, Kiskeam, MACROOM and Castletownbere in the round four draw. Kinsale, Carrigaline, Glenville and Nemo Intermediates will play in round three to produce two teams to complete the 14 teams in round four.
Youghal 1-7 Adrigole 0-6
Ballydesmond, CILL na MARTRA, Glanworth, AGHABULLOGUE, Fermoy, ÉIRE ÓG, Kanturk and Cloyne have already qualified for round four, to be joined by Youghal and three other round two winners. The other two round four teams will come from the four round two losers.
Macroom 3 – 13 Glenville 1 – 3
A night to remember for Macroom at Ballincollig when supporters could relax after fifteen minutes, reasonably assured of ultimate victory! Last year, Macroom and Glenville met in the second round at Mallow and, after extra time, the eastern side advanced. Macroom, after their awful display against St. Michael's in the opening round this season, had to be apprehensive about facing Glenville again and needed to be well focussed. This they certainly were. They started well, led by four points early on, and two goals in quick succession in the 10th and 12th minutes had Glenville visibly shocked. Macroom did not let up until half time, by which time they had built up a 3-6 to 0-1 lead, and were clearly on the high road to victory. The second half was a mere formality, with Macroom content to contain Glenville and shoot a few points here and there to maintain their dominance.
David Goold got the three Macroom goals, a nice boost for his confidence after being out all last season with a serious injury. Fintan Goold was excellent at centre back and Seán Kiely was outstanding at wing back in a re-arranged defence. Eoin O'Mahony put in a great hour at midfield with Philip Corrigan and the team simply exuded determination and were in a different class to Glenville on this occasion.
Ivan Casey, back after injury, opened the scoring for Macroom after less than a minute and Fintan Goold then pointed a 40m free in the 5th minute. Robbie Dwyer set up a point for Patrick Lucey a minute later and Fintan Goold pointed another free as Macroom got off to the perfect start, keeping Glenville under constant pressure and availing of their scoring opportunities. In the 11th minute Macroom were awarded a penalty when a defender, under pressure, picked the ball off the ground in the goalmouth and David Gold slammed the spot kick to the net. From the kick out, Eoin O'Mahony lashed the ball goal wards to David Goold who turned his marker and slipped the ball under the advancing goalkeeper to the net. Twelve minutes gone, Macroom leading by 2-4 to nil and Glenville were shell-shocked. David Horgan and Patrick Lucey had kicked a point apiece before Glenville at last registered a score in the 30th minute, but before the half time whistle sounded, Macroom attacked again and David Horgan did well to hold possession before punching a ball across the face of the goal and the diving David Goold punched the cross to the net to complete the first half rout which gave Macroom a 14 point interval lead, having faced the wind in the opening half.
In the third quarter, Macroom again contained the Glenville attack with Rory Buckley, Peter Lynch, Martin O'Donnell and Ciarán Murphy all comfortable. Fintan Goold pointed a difficult free after 34 minutes and brother, David, had one from play before Ivan Casey rattled the Glenville crossbar with a blistering shot in the 42nd minute. Patrick Lucey then pointed a '45' and Glenville got a goal back at the three quarter stage after a rare error in the Macroom defence and they added a point to make it 3-9 to 1-2. Macroom responded with points from Sean Kiely, Barry O'Donnell (on for the injured Tony Dineen) and David Horgan, and when Glenville had a point from a free, Martin O'Donnell came up in attack to send over a smashing point for Macroom, the perfect ending to a memorable night for the Mid Cork side.
Macroom: James O'Connell: Peter Lynch, Rory Buckley, Martin O'Donnell: Seán Kiely, Fintan Goold, Ciarán Murphy: Philip Corrigan, Eoin O'Mahony: Robbie O'Dwyer, Ivan Casey, Tony Dineen: David Horgan, David Goold, Patrick Lucey. Sub: Barry O'Donnell (35 mins.).
Cork footballers had a 1-20 to 1-11 win over Clare at Ennis in the Munster Senior Football semi final and now meet Kerry at Killarney in the final on Sunday 7th July (2pm throw in). Clare were not good enough to beat Cork but they certainly were competitive and never gave up, making this a more useful game for Cork than the previous outing against Limerick. Daniel Goulding (Éire Óg) had 1-5 for Cork (0-3 from frees) and Fintan Goold (Macroom) had 0-4 from play. Ciarán Sheehan (Éire Óg) came on as a second half sub and scored a point for the Rebels, who also included Paddy Kelly (Ballincollig) in their attack.
Cork are playing well and there is an extra zip to their play in the past month, with the introduction of the younger players making an impact. Kerry will be favourites at Killarney but Cork are in with a real chance, and not having won at Killarney since 1995 it is time that the Rebels got the better of our neighbours on their own turf. Peadar Healy of Naomh Abán is a selector with Cork.
Cork 0 – 18 Clare 0 – 9
Cork Juniors are through to the Munster final and a meeting with Waterford at Dungarvan after a convincing win over Clare at Ennis. Cork led by 0-10 to 0-1 at half time and never looked in danger of losing. Cathal Vaughan of Iveleary scored 0-8 for Cork, 0-5 coming from frees. Micheál Ó Laoire of Naomh Abán at midfield, Eoin O'Mahony and Seán Kiely, both of Macroom, all played their part in the Cork win. Tim O'Sullivan (Macroom) is a selector with the side.
Cork 2-12 Clare 1-9
Two goals by Inniscarra's Colm Casey propelled Cork to success against Clare in the Munster intermediate hurling semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds. The corner forward found the net in both halves as the Rebels saw off a Banner side who had entered the game on the back of a quarter-final victory over Waterford.
Cork enjoyed a commanding 1-10 to 1-3 lead at the interval, with Casey rattling the net in the opening stages to see them move ahead by 1-2 to 0-0. Clare fought back but Cork, helped by the accuracy of Kildorrery's Peter O'Brien from placed balls, powered clear before the interval.
Clare opened brightly in the second-half but Colm Casey fired home his second goal of the game to see Cork go in front by 2-10 to 1-5 and they held on for victory by six points at the finish.
Cork: Martin Coleman (Ballinhassig); JOHN O'CALLAGHAN (Inniscarra), Eoin Dillon (Milford), Ed Finn (Ballinhassig); Tadhg Healy (Buttevant), Ross Cashman (Kilbrittain), Michael Walsh (Kildorrery); John Cronin (Lisgoold), Shane McCarthy (Ballinhassig); Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr), Peter O'Brien (Kildorrery), Stephen Dineen (Ballinhassig); COLM CASEY (Inniscarra), Kevin Canty (Valley Rovers), Mark Kennefick (Ballygarvan). Subs: Barry Lawton (Castlemartyr), Anthony Watson (Milford), Brian O'Sullivan (Fermoy), Nicky Kelly (Mayfield). Mark Kenny (Grenagh) is a selector with Cork.
Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15
Cork will play Limerick in the Munster Hurling Championship Final on July 14th after a brilliant second half display saw Jimmy Barry-Murphy's side defeat Clare at the Gaelic Grounds. Tom Kenny played a key role for Cork in defence, putting the shackles on Clare danger man Colin Ryan, and will be very happy with his current form for club and county.
Clare started the game well and helped by the physical presence of Darach Honan up front, led 0-5 to 0-2 after 12 minutes. Cork over the next 15 minutes, brought themselves firmly back into the game and Luke O'Farrell and Harnedy points kept Cork in touch, while Patrick Horgan's excellence from frees had Cork just two behind, at 0-8 to 0-6, after 24 minutes. Clare made it 0-10 to 0-6 close to half-time but Cork hit two of the final three points of the first half, one a massive free from goalkeeper Anthony Nash, to go in just three points behind, 0-11 to 0-8 at half-time, having played against a strong wind in the first half.
Cork dominated their opponents in the second half, the key period being the third quarter, between the 36th and 54th minute, when they hit 0-8 without reply, and turned what had been a three point deficit into a five point lead. They never looked back after that fruitful spell, and Clare only hit four more points before the end of the game as Cork ran riot.
They will play Limerick on July 14th at the Gaelic Grounds in the Munster decider, the first time the two counties will have met in the provincial showpiece since 1992.
Cork: Anthony Nash (Kanturk); Shane O'Neill (Bishopstown), Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers), Conor O'Sullivan (Sarsfields); TOM KENNY (Grenagh), Brian Murphy (Bride Rovers), William Egan (Kilbrin); Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaaigh), Daniel Kearney (Sarsfield's); Cian McCarthy (Sarsfield's), Seamus Harnedy (St. Ita's), Conor Lehane (Midleton); Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers), Luke O'Farrell (Midleton), Stephen Moylan (Douglas).
Subs: Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum), Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown).
The Senior Championship started for Cork with a difficult away game against Tipperary but the Cork girls won on a 2-15 to 1-5 scoreline after a strong second half display. Cork will now play at home to Dublin (who lost their opening game to Offaly) on 6th July and complete their group games at home to Offaly on 20 July.
Cork lost to Kerry in the Munster senior championship for the first time in ten years on a 3-10 to 3-8 scoreline. Cork were without the recently retired Juliet Murphy and missed her heart and influence around midfield but the Rebels did not enjoy the best of luck either and could have had a few goals to tilt the balance their way. Rhona Ní Bhuachalla had the opening goal for Cork, who were led by 0-10 to 2-1 at half time. Cork, with the wind, went in front in the second half but two late goals for Kerry won the day for the Kingdom. Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley, 'fresh' from their win over Tipperary in the Senior Camogie championship match on the previous day, were also in the Cork line out and all will be determined to get ready for the All Ireland series to come. Cork defeated Kerry in last year's All Ireland final.
Macroom girls' soccer team who recently drew with Lakewood. ©
Donoughmore U14 girls have reached the u14c county final having defeated Valley Rovers on Tuesday evening last in Ballincollig. Conditions were very poor on the night with persistent rain throughout the game. However this didn't prevent the girls giving a great performance on the night. Attempts at goal by Valley Rovers in the first half were denied by the excellent goalkeeping of Rachel Geaney but this was a team performance and the girls were rewarded for their hard work with a 4-6 to 2-6 victory at the final whistle. Panel as follows -Rachel Geany, Karen Looney, Ciara Dilworth, Amee Walsh, Emma Healy, Amy Rose O Rourke, Karen Corkery, Jenny Brew Dinan (2-2), Ciara Walsh (0-2), Graine Sexton (2-0), Jacky Deane (0-1), Lauryn O Sullivan, Aoife Shaughnessy, Grainne McCarthy (0-1), Siun O Callaghan, Olivia Dineen, Saoirse Sheehan, Joanne Dineen, Lilly Hennessy, Aoibhinn Hennessy, Anna Glazier, Emma Hosford, Sarah Hosford, Ciara Doyle, Sophie Buckley. The girls will play Bandon in the final next week.
Well done to Jenny Brew Dinan and Amy Rose O Rourke, members of cork u14 squad who defeated Galway in the All Ireland semi final recently. Next game is against Kildare on Saturday 22nd June. Best of luck to all involved.
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U14 Championship. We had a very successful league campaign so we are appealing to all parents to come and support the players.
U13s have made a great start to their league campaign with good wins against Ballygarvan and Passage and more games coming up against Mayfield and
U12s had a narrow loss to Courceys Rovers recently but have already had good wins against Aghabullogue and Carrigtwohill.
U11s Good win against Whitechurch with a game against Ballinora coming up in the near future.
U8/10s We hosted a number of teams at Monster Blitz's recently and all age groups performed very well against tough opposition.
U6s/U8s/10s - Training continues at 10am Saturday mornings as normal.
Two Macroom men are presently in Antwerp, competing in the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation (WDFPF) Single Lift World Championships as part of a nineteen strong Irish team. Tony Daly is one of the favourites for success and will compete in the squat event, a lift in which he holds numerous national and world records. Peter Lucey from Rusheen has also been selected in the Irish team and will compete in the Bench Press and Deadlift events. Peter is fresh off his international debut at this years European Championships.
The U6 team have spent the past few months training in the club hall under the guidance of their mentors and took to the field against Ballinora for their first match. There was great excitement beforehand and the matches lived up to expectations. A victory party was held afterward in the Clubhouse. Thanks to all parents who supported the event.
The U8s took part in a blitz in Kilmichael and there were sufficient numbers to enter two teams against Ballincollig, Kilmichael and Éire Óg. We had mixed fortunes but an enjoyable morning was had by all players. Training is continuing and they are due to play another blitz on July 13th.
The U10 team have had a very busy couple of weeks, participating in both the Rebel Óg League and the Brian Cronin Football tournament in Dromtarriffe. The team has had mixed fortunes in the Rebel Óg league, defeating Grenagh, drawing with White's Cross and losing to Whitechurch. One remaining game in the league will be played in early July. The team had an excellent day out in Dromtarriffe. Having qualified for the Shield, Kilmurry faced Macroom, Millstreet and Lyre. The team gave an excellent display of football and defeated Macroom by 4-04 to 2-01. With confidence high they faced Millstreet and won by four goals. Finally they defeated Lyre on a score line of 5-04 to 1-01. There were excellent displays across the pitch, with teamwork being the key to their success. With three victories under their belt Kilmurry faced Clondrohid in the finals. Despite their young age the importance of playing in a final was not lost on the team and nerves were heightened as both teams paraded around the pitch behind a lone piper. The game was played at a fast pace and Kilmurry put up a strong fight but the exertions of the earlier games brought tiredness into the equation. In the end Clondrohid emerged worthy victors but the experience of the participating in the final will stay with the Kilmurry team for many years. Juvenile club Chairman Donagh Wall acknowledged the obvious disappointment among the players but he also expressed his congratulations to the team and their mentors for having brought great honour to the Club and for representing Kilmurry Football Club with great pride. He also expressed his thanks to all who supported the team on the day.
The U12s have been involved in the Eastern Division League, playing against Kinsale, Passage, Kilnamartyra and Aghabullogue, winning two and losing two of these games. They also played two challenge games against Macroom and Ballinora. Training continues and the next fixture is against Canovee.
The last outing of the U13s was against Canovee and they lost by a single point. Considering Canovee are reigning county champions, this was a strong showing by Kilmurry, who played Glenville on June 24th.
The U15s have played and beaten Eire Óg and Valley Rovers and lost out to Passage in the League.
The U16s are taking part in the Eastern Division League and have played and defeated Aghabullogue, Aghinagh and Courcey Rovers. They lost to league leaders, Kilnamartyra and have yet to play Traction. In the Eastern Division Championship they are due to face Courcey Rovers on July 8th at 7.30 in Ballinora.
Macroom FC under 12s, winners of Division 3 of the Cork Schoolboys league ©