New Look Briery Gap – Reopening September 20. ©Lee Valley Outlook
Culture Night: Fri. Sept. 20.
September Art Exhibition: Canovee Art Group
Bridge: Wed., Sept. 25, 11a.m. to 1p.m.
Macroom Purlies Thurs. Sept. 19 and Oct. 3 11 am -1p.m.
Book Club Wed. Oct. 2 at 11.30a.m.
Gramophone Recital: Mon. Oct. 14 at 11a.m..
Culture Night: Fri. Sept. 20. 8.30p.m.
Jimmy McCarthy Sun. Sept.22..
Sullane Film Society Mon. Sept. 23 Good Vibrations at 8.30p.m.
Briery Gap Youth Theatre first show Sun. Sept. 29,
Review on Oct. 4th and 5th at 8p.m.
Kuma at 8.30p.m. on Mon. Oct. 8.
Sullane Junior Players with "Sive" on Oct.10th, 11th and 12th.
Jack L in concert on Fri. 18th Oct.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs on Sun. 20th Oct. at 3pm
Brendan Grace on Sun. 20th Oct. at 8pm
Parkrun Free 5km run from Macroom Leisure Centre every Sat. at 9:30am.
Donoughmore Marymount coffee night on Thurs. Sept. 19in community centre, Stuake.
Kilmurry Coffee Day for Marymount in the G.A.A. Complex on Thurs. Sept.19 from 9.15 am to 3.30pm.
Culture Night:at Ballyvourney Library Fri. Sept. 20, 4.00 -6.00.
Coachford Local Market in GAA Hall Sat. Sept. 21, 10.30 -1pm.
Carriganima 4 Mile Fun Run/ Jog/ Walk Sat. Sept. 21 at 4pm..
Golf Classic at Macroom on Fri. Sat. & Sun. 20th to 22nd Sept.
Kilmichael Historical Society unveiling of plaques at Haremount and Dromleigh on Sun.Sept. 22
Bingo at Inchigeela Hall Sat. Sept. 21 at 9pm .
Crookstown Ceili Club: Tues. 24th Sept.at 9 p.m. in Crookstown Hall
Gougane Sunday, Sept. 29. Walk from Cill na Martra 8:30am. Mass 2:30pm.
Sponsored Cycle: Sept. 29 from Ballincollig and "High Nellie" cycle from Farran Village to Ballincollig.
Daonscoil an Fhómhair in Óstán Gúgán Barra 3 – 6 Deireadh Fómhair. '
Family Fun Evening at Church Lane Restaurant, Castle Street onFri., Oct. 4 for Crumlin.
Kilmurry Historical Association fundraiser, Kilmurry churchyard, Sun,.Oct. 12.
Macroom Community Hospital fundraiser from Mills, Ballyvourney, Sat., Oct. 26th.
Macroom's Cultural Centre, the Briery Gap, is due to reopen after major refurbishment on Friday, September 20, National Culture Day. There will be free access to the theatre from 8.30p.m. on Friday night, with live entertainment provided by Donal Lenihan, All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil over 18 Champion Melodeon player and Lenihan Family Musicians. Everyone is invited to come along and inspect the vastly upgraded facilities, funded by Cork County Council, Macroom Town Council and proceeds of seat sponsorship, which is ongoing.
The theatre has been painted inside and out. It has new carpeting and seating throughout, with 6 places for patrons using wheelchairs. The new sound system will also offer a loop system for patrons with hearing aids in the near future. The luxurious bar, which serves soft drinks, tea coffee and alcohol, has been beautifully redecorated and boasts a great display of posters and photographs of local scenes and entertainers who have appeared on stage in the theatre over the past 14 years.
Since April 2000 the Briery Gap has presented 13 Pantomimes, 4 full Musicals, many in-house productions of Drama and Variety Entertainment, 13 Transition Year Drama festivals and a host of celebrity entertainers. These include Des Bishop, Tommy Fleming, Brendan Grace, Pat Shortt, Rebecca Storm, Jean Butler, Jack L, Christy Moore, Phil Coulter, The Irish Tenors, Sharon Shannon, Louise Morrissey, The Fureys and our own Jimmy MacCarthy and Jim Murray. There have been well over 1,200 live performances during the past 14 years, not including Art House and mainstream Cinema. Performers and audience alike have been very appreciative of the intimate ambiance of the theatre and its superb acoustics, all of which have now been upgraded.
The new autumn / winter brochure is now available at the theatre box office and ensures a wide variety of entertainment for all the family. You can access it on line at www.brierygap.com
As part of the major refurbishment of the Briery Gap Cultural Centre, the library, a vital part of the complex, also enjoyed upgrading. Work began in December 2012 with the painting of the internal walls. Colours chosen are magnolia for the main walls and sweet damson for the accent walls. The damson shows off to great effect Maura Whelan's beautiful glass uplighters, commissioned for the library opening in the millennium year. In mid February this year the new light - charcoal grey carpet was installed and the jazzy new purply pink chairs were delivered. A new professional hanging system for artworks was installed in our exhibition space and the height of the library desk was adjusted to ensure less of a barrier between staff and public. James Deane, our head librarian, has a gift for spatial management and the way he re arranged the bookshelves led many people to exclaim that the library seemed much bigger. We were able to incorporate an increase in service options with two new spinners with a collection of DVD's for borrowing, mostly world cinema titles. Finally the book stock got a freshening up with about 25% change in the adult stock and 30% in the children's section.
Make use of the Library. It's an invaluable amenity and the staff is very, very helpful.
On Saturday 28th September the streets of Macroom will again be alive with the sound of musicians & singers battling it out to become the 2013 Macroom Busker of The Year. The competition will run from 12 noon. Such was the success of last year's event that this year the total prize money has been increased to €2000. A panel of expert judges will roam the streets of Macroom for the afternoon to pick out the winners. Last year all entries were judged together but this year, there will be two sections, Traditional & Pop , Rock , Contemporary.
Organiser, Don Buckley, says, 'The Macroom Busking Competition, in association with the Macroom Food Festival, was a huge success last year with over 20 entries. We will most likely exceed that number this year. There will be four stages going for the afternoon, with each entry getting approximately 45 minutes to impress the judges. As well as musical talent, the entries will be judged on entertainment, audience involvement & creating a feel good atmosphere. Last year was a magical afternoon & this year will no doubt be the same.
Buskers' friends and family members, along with foodie festival-goers, are invited to join musicians as they celebrate the conclusion of the day-long musical contest. The names of prize winners will be announced at The Castle Hotel, Main Street, Macroom on Saturday evening, after the All Ireland, when, hopefully, there will be some Rebel celebrations.
On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September Macroom Food Festival will be showcasing the talent among our secondary school students. Senior Cycle students from all over Cork will take part in a cookery competition using local produce. All students were set the challenge of creating a recipe of their choice that would best exhibit their chosen local produce. From the many entries, 8 semi-finalists will be chosen to partake in the semi-final of the Calor cook-off. This will take place in the Square in Macroom on Saturday 28th - 1st semi-final @2pm with the 2nd semi-final @3.30pm. From this 4 finalist will go through to the final on Sunday @3pm. This competition offers a great opportunity for student to investigate local products. With iPads as prizes for the winning team, we look forward to the enthusiastic entries.
Some of the providers of good food in Macroom prepare for the Food Festival September 27 – 29 ©Lee Valley Outlook
Organisers of Macroom Food Festival 2013 plan to build on the huge success of last year's inaugural event to host an even bigger and better festival September 27, 28 and 29. Events will take place at indoor and outdoor venues across the town centre, including the Square, the Castle Hotel, the library and Fr. Ryan Hall. These will include food demonstrations, a taste trail, schools cook-off competition, busking competition, monster outdoor food market, cheese & wine tasting, children's entertainment & live music. Last year's festival welcomed over 5000 visitors to the town and it is hoped that these will return along with many more. The programme of events will be diverse enough to whet the appetites of dedicated food enthusiasts, as well as families. Although the focus is on food, there will also be plenty of entertainment for adults and children alike through the busking competition, puppet shows, fancy dress and live music according to chairperson of the festival committee, Don Buckley, The Castle Hotel, Macroom.
The launch of the 2013 Food Festival served as a showcase for Macroom's wonderful restaurants and food outlets. We are fast becoming a gourmet town while retaining good value for diners.
Sonia O'Sullivan with Conor and Brian McMahon at Saturday Parkrun in Macroom ©
Friday September 27
Official opening at the Castle Hotel at 5p.m. followed by Food Demonstrations: How to Make Jams and Chutneys by Folláin in the Castle Hotel at 6p.m.; Fish Cookery by Clancy's in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 7.30p.m. and Cake Decorating with Ellen O'Leary at No 57 at 8.30p.m. Afternoon Tea will be served in the Auld Triangle from 4 – 8p.m.on Friday and Saturday and the Riverside Park Hotel offers lounge music, Italian nibbles and a shuttle bus to and from the Square from 9.30p.m. on Friday.
Saturday September 28
The replay of the All Ireland Hurling final will impact on the timing of some events to ensure that we are all free to support the Rebels. The weekly Park Run at 9.30 a.m. will be followed by a talk on 'Healthy Diet: Healthy Body' in the Leisure Centre. Food Demonstrations will include Delicious Chocolate by Milseán in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 11a.m.; Healthy Lunchboxes by Lucy Hyland in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 2.30p.m. and Bake Your Own Bread by Conall Breheny in Church Lane Restaurant at 4p.m. There will be a Fancy Dress, hopefully with a Food theme, in the G.A.A. Pavilion at 1p.m., followed by a Puppet Show in the Briery Gap at 2p.m. Taste Tickets for the Taste Trail may be used at a variety of locations from 2p.m., permitting you to sample a wide selection of artisan foods. The Busking Competition will provide a variety of entertainment at four locations throughout the town during the afternoon and the Schools Cook Off semi-finals will be in action from 2p.m. There will be post match Cheese and Wine Tasting in the Castle Hotel from 8p.m.
Sunday September 29
65 stalls, the maximum allowed, will offer a huge variety of artisan foods, drinks and local produce to tickle your taste buds from 11a.m. to 6p.m. Enjoy the carnival atmosphere while sampling delicious food. Children's entertainment will include face painting, jugglers, stilt walkers, puppet shows and merry go round. There will be a Carousel, Magic Show with Sylvano, Street Entertainment, Disco and music from Aghinagh Comhaltas. The Schools' Cook Off Final is timed for 3p.m.
It should be a really fantastic weekend in Macroom and a showcase for all that is best in the food industry in the region. Bí ann gan teip.
The family of the late Dennis Dinneen, Macroom photographer, present the iconic 1955 picture of the turnover from gas to electricity in Shorten's pub, Ballingeary, to the Shorten family. Included are Denis, Claire and Laurence Dinneen and Ellen Shorten O'Riordan, with Donagh, Dara and Ben Shorten and Treasa O'Riordan . ©Lee Valley Outlook
As part of the celebrations during the Food Festival in Macroom, a plaque will be unveiled at the Town Hall to commemorate the history of Fairs and Markets in the Muskerry capital. Queen Anne of 'Great Britain, France and Ireland, Queen defender of the faith and so forth', first granted the rights to 'Francis Bernard, his heirs and assigns forever' on September 30, 1713 and the indenture was enrolled on November 4 1713. Bernard was permitted to hold free markets every week on Wednesday and Saturday and four fairs or marts yearly: on the first day of May, July, September and November. He was entitled to all tolls, customs, profits of the entrance of cattle and foods for sale, and Bernard and his successors would pay the Exchequer sixpence current money of Great Britain at the feasts of Saint Michael and the annunciation of the blessed Virgin Mary, by equal portions yearly to be paid for ever.
The next indenture regarding fairs and markets in Macroom is in July 1875 between William Henry Hare White, Earl of Bantry, his son of the same name and Earl of Berehaven; Henry Puxley and Rev. William Anthony Stewart. New trustees were appointed on January 9 1892 – Henry Puxley, Arthur Edward Baron Ardilaun and Richard Longfield. Lady Ardilaun was owner of Macroom Castle etc by the 1920s, and, on December 19 1922 she, along with Richard Longfield and Blayney Hamilton, signed an Indenture with Macroom Urban District Council for the absolute sale to them of 'the hereditaments hereinafter described' for the sum of £840 sterling. Included were 'the Market House and Fair Field in the town of Macroom and the tolls and customs of the town of Macroom, in the Barony of Muskerry...........to hold the same premises unto and to the us of Macroom Urban District Council ................for a term of 21 years at the yearly rent of £120 sterling.
Macroom Fairs ceased in the early 60s, with the opening of the Sales Yard in 1962. Macroom UDC handed over market rights to Macroom Co-op Livestock Salesyard Ltd in 1963, who in turn handed them over to Cork Marts, who still hold them. Market stalls still lend colour and vibrancy to the town on Tuesdays and at the weekend.
At the Gathering at De la Salle College, Macroom
Macroom Tidy Towns Committee had cause for rejoicing when the results of the 2013 national competition were announced. The town increased its score by 4 marks and, with a total of 299, is now just 17 marks short of the overall winner. Without a doubt, the 2014 aim will be to comprehensively break the 300 barrier. For the second consecutive year Macroom was awarded a Bronze Medal. The town competes in the highly competitive Cork South Section D. It held its own in six of the ten judging categories and earned an extra mark in each of the following four - Overall Development Approach; Landscaping; Wildlife and Natural Amenities and Roads, Streets and Back Areas.
The adjudicators were appreciative of the fact that the committee has strong representation from residents' groups, plenty of volunteers to help as required and strong links with Macroom Town Council and Cork County Council. Communication with schools and the production of a new Five Year Tidy Towns Plan were also praised. Derelict sites and traffic congestion were Macroom's obvious handicaps but many town centre buildings such as North Square Pharmacy, Frank Twomey's Hardware, Lynch's Confectionery, Clancy's Fresh Fish, Greyhound Bar, Murphy's Pharmacy, Tim Lucey Solicitors and Granville's Restaurant were much admired. Away from the centre Lidl and Dunnes, the new Primary Care building, the Funeral Home and Papa Martino's were praised as were the GAA pitch and clubhouse, Macroom Motors, AIB, Cork Marts, Kelleher's DIY, the clock tower and The Riverside Park hotel.
The hanging baskets and flower beds were admired as were the colourful rosebeds at the Ceard Scoil and the geraniums at the Bank of Ireland. The judges praised the development of walks in the Town Park, the Castle Demesne and the river walks. All residential areas were litter free during judging and litter control in the town centre was adjudged very good. The SMILE Resource Exchange, a Macroom E project, was highly commended.
CountyCork rates very highly in the National Tidy Towns stakes, with many entrants within 20 marks of the winner, a small village which scored 316. Our neighbouring towns and villages are to be congratulated on their efforts and results. In Category A, Carrigadrohid – Killinardrish earned 254 marks and Cúil Aodha 253. In Category B Baile Mhic Íre – Baile Mhúirne got 236; Clondrohid 246; Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 289; Aherla 237 and Coachford 192. In Category C Kanturk got 242, Blarney 262 and Dunmanway 275. In our category D, Macroom got 299; Millstreet 296; Kinsale 308 and Bantry 304. Bandon, in Category E, got 281 marks; Mallow in Category F 255 and Ballincollig in Category G 304 marks. .
A special talk is taking place on Tuesday 8th October at 7.30p.m. at St. Mary's Secondary School, Chapel Hill, Macroom, highlighting the effects of the Great Irish Famine on the people of Macroom and the local area. The talk will be given by Mr Gearóid McCarthy of University College Cork's Geography Department, and is part of a special series of talks organized by University College Cork to mark the publication of the award-winning and critically acclaimed Atlas of the Great Irish Famine.The organizers are keen to make contact with members of the local community who might wish to attend and who might have an interest in contributing to the evening.
Celebrity chef, Derry Clarke, will be in Macroom on Friday, October 4 to help management of ChurchLaneRestaurant, Castle Street, fundraise for Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin. A Family Fun Evening, with special emphasis on children, will run from 5p.m. and will feature music and a feast of local produce. Everyone is welcome to what promises to be a fun evening in the aftermath of Macroom Food Festival, which will already have whetted appetites for good, local food.
Macroom Ploughing Association, which hosted the County qualifiers, preparing for the National Ploughing Championship in Laois . Front, from left, Con Buckley, Matthew Coakley who will contest the Standard 3 Furrow; Rosemary O'Riordan and Breda Kelleher. Back, Pat Casey, Jerry Kelleher, Tim Creedon, Don O'Riordan and John Kelleher. ©Lee Valley Outlook
Ploughmen from West Cork will contest the National Ploughing Championships in Laois September 24, 25, 26. They qualified at the County Ploughing Championship when Macroom Ploughing Association succeeded in hosting the event at the third attempt in atrocious weather conditions at the start of the year. Now the onus is on the Macroom club to send the qualifiers from West Cork to the finals and they are very appreciative of the help being received. West Cork Co-Ops at Bandon, Lissavaird, Barryroe and Drinagh and M & J. Kelleher Oils, Clondrohid, are providing transport for the competitors, tractors and ploughs, a huge financial bonus for the club.
Macroom Ploughing Association will be represented by Matthew Coakley in the standard 3 furrow competition and J.J. Delaney and his son, Jeremiah have qualified for the Horse section, representing East Cork. Good luck to all.
First Year students at McEgan College went on an Induction Trip to Killarney National Park on Thursday 5th September. As part of the settling in process at McEgan College the new First Year Students had the opportunity to mix with their new classmates and get to know each other better. The class completed team building exercises in the beautiful outdoor surroundings of Muckross House, followed by a picnic on the grounds, and a quick visit to the Outlet Centre on the way home. It was a successful trip, where the new group mixed very well in different teams. The students problem solved and helped each other to complete the tasks. The First Years have made a great start to their time at McEganCollege, and we wish them well in their studies there over the next six years.
Ireland's public library service is a local government public service, delivered by local authorities. The draft public libraries strategy sets out a plan for the systematic growth and development of public libraries in Ireland for the period 2013 to 2017 in the context of people's changing needs, Government policy and the current and predicted economic, social, and cultural environment. Stakeholders, that's everyone, are invited to read the draft strategy and return comments to the Department before Oct 11th 2013. A copy is available for this purpose in Macroom library at present.
The library will be open until 7.30 on Culture Night, Friday 20th September. Anyone who hasn't had a chance to see Canovee's ' Circle of Friends' Art exhibition is welcome to call in that night. Also on display will be a photographic record of the Cork Macroom railway line.
For Macroom's Food Festival the library will sponsor the Fancy Dress Competition Prizes on Saturday 28th. We will also be hosting a puppet show in the Briery Gap Theatre later on the 28th. Full details will be in the Festival Brochure.
Every day we get The Examiner and The Irish Times. We get the Evening Echo only on Tuesday because we are open late that day. We stock The Corkman and Southern Star weekly regional newspapers and also the Farmers Journal. The last is a surprisingly interesting read even for an urbanite! Did you know for example that Supervalu have just signed a national deal for their 'own brand' milk supply with Aurivo? This means that all milk will be sourced in the Republic of Ireland. Also, that the barley harvest this year is on average good on yield and quality, while winter wheat yield is not great but the quality at least is good. Do drop in and have a browse through our collection of newspapers. We hold back copies for 3 months, after which they can be accessed on microfiche in our HQ in Cork.
Culture night is Friday 20th September ; Bridge continues Wednesday 25th at 11a.m; The Purlies meet on Thursday 19th and October 3rd at 11.am; Library Bookclub next meets on Wednesday Oct 2nd at 11.30.
With the coming of September, activities at Macroom Library are again in full swing. The inaugural meeting of the Gramophone Society was held on September 9 and meetings will continue during the winter and spring on the second Monday of each month at 11a.m. Jim Ahern presented a delightful and varied first session to a full house of appreciative music lovers. His playlist opened with Lovely as a Night in June from Franz Lehar's Octavio and Giuditta. This was followed by Braga's Angel Serenade, sung by boy soprano, John Bonner and Tito Gobbi as Macbeth, singing Pieta, Rispetto, Amore from Verdi's opera. Franz Drdla's Souvenir preceded a celebration of Cork musicians, befitting the times as Cork lady footballers and senior hurlers continue their quest for All Ireland glory. Macroom's Rita Lynch sang The Last Rose of Summer, and John Carolan, aka John O'Brien, performed Then You'll Remember Me from the Bohemian Girl. After tea we heard of Old Men's Dreams from The Legend of the Twelve Thieves and this was followed by a recording of Brahm's Lullaby, which vividly recalled Seamus Heaney's funeral service. Se non Piango from Donizetti's Zoraida di Granata, with Majella Cullagh, was followed by Catari, Catari with Charles Craig and The Trees are Blooming in the Park Again. The session ended with The Sunshine of Your Smile with Riccardo Stracciari and Till we Meet Again, sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Margaret O'Leary will present the next Gramophone Recital on Monday, October 14 at 11a.m.
Cork Operatic Society present Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice in the Everyman Palace Theatre on September 22, 24, 25, 27 and 28 at 8p.m.
After weeks of waiting and anticipation the Briery Gap's newly refurbished theatre is ready to open the doors to an exciting programme of events:
Culture Night: On Friday 20th September at 8.30 pm we invite you to come and view the luxurious surroundings while you enjoy great traditional music.
Jimmy MacCarthy: Fund Raising Concert Sunday 22nd: only a few tickets remaining for what promises to be an outstanding first concert with the greatest song writer of all time and Macroom's own Freeman of the town.
Youth Theatre: Fund raising concert on September 29 at 8p.m. This evening of entertainment offers a treat for our young and not so young audience. The first production of Briery Gap Youth Theatre is a creation by the young performers and includes beautiful dramatic pieces, great solo and group singing and the first appearance of a local pop band.
Musical Groups' Review- Fundraising events on October 4 and 5 at 8p.m. If you enjoyed our Musicals and Pantos over the past 14 years, you will love this show. You will be entertained with highlights from South Pacific, Oklahoma, Calamity Jane and Showboat. Also great songs from other musicals, some laughter and a trip down memory lane with The Good Auld Days.
Tickets for all shows now available at Box Office 026 41793
Culture Night on Friday 20th September at 8.30 pm with great traditional music
Jimmy McCarthy in Concert on Sunday, September 22. Tickets €25.
Sullane Film Society is back in fortnightly action from September 23 when they will screen Good Vibrations at 8.30p.m. Admission €7.
Briery Gap Youth Theatre will stage their first show on Sunday, September 29, Tickets €10.
Review, an enchanting evening of great musical and dramatic moments at the Briery Gap, will be staged on October 4th and 5th at 8p.m. Tickets, as part of a Fundraising event, are €10.
Bealick Mill is now open to visitors 9.30 am – 5 pm Monday – Wednesday.
Donoughmore Marymount Fundraising Group is holding its annual coffee
night on Thursday September 19th in the newly refurbished community centre at Stuake, Donoughmore from 7pm - 9pm.
Kilmurry Coffee Day and Cake Sale in aid of Marymount Hospice will take place in the G.A.A. Complex on Thursday, September 19 from 9.15 am to 3.30pm. It is sponsored by Bewleys. All welcome!
Óiche Chultúrtha Beidh taispeántas ag "Ealaíontóirí Mhúscraí" don Óiche Chulthúra sa Leabharlann, trathnóna Dé hAoine, 20 Mean Fhómhair, 4.00 -6.00. Failte roimh gach éinne. Tae agus Caifé le fáil.
Culture Night: Ballyvourney Library is hosting an exhibition by local artists "Ealaíontóirí Mhúscraí" on Friday, September 20, 4.00 -6.00. Everyone welcome. Tea & Coffee.
Coachford Local Market in GAA Hall on Saturday, September 21 from 10.30 -1pm. Home baking, preserves .cheeses. veg., jewellery, children's books [new] beautiful gifts from 3rd world , used books [proceeds to V de P] free children's activity and more will be available.
Bingo at Inchigeela Hall returns on Saturday 21st of September at 9pm . Jackpot €150 (Note change of night).
Kilmichael Historical Society has erected plaques at Haremount (Our Lady's Footprint) and Dromleigh (remembering Denny O'Sullivan who was shot by the Auxiliaries on 29th November 1920). These will be unveiled on Sunday 22nd September. We will start at Haremount at 7pm and proceed to Dromleigh at 7.30. All are welcome.
Crookstown Ceili Club: Ceili and set dancing classes commence on Tuesday 24th September at 9 p.m. in Crookstown Hall. All are welcome.
Gougane Sunday Pilgrim Walk from Cill na Martra to Gougane will take place on Sunday, September 29 in conjunction with the annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to St. Finbar's Oratory, Gougane Barra. Walkers will assemble at Cronin's Farm, Cloch Aidhneach, Cill na Martra at 8:30am and head off on the 14 mile walk via Mouth of the Glen, Goirtín na Coille and the back road to Gougane. Ceremonies in Gougane will commence with Rosary at 2pm and Mass will be at 2:30pm. Archbishop Clifford of Cashel and Emily will be the preacher.
Friends of Macroom Community Hospital in association with Muskerry Vintage Club are holding a Monster Fundraising Event on Saturday, October 26th. Included will be a Vintage/ Classic Car Run, Honda 50 Run, Tractor Run, a Hill Walk/ Hike, and a Family Walk. All these will start and finish at the Mills Inn, Ballyvourney. The Hill Walkers/ Hikers will depart at 10.30am. The Cars, Honda 50s and Tractors will depart at 11.30am and the Family Walkers at 1pm. Registration is by donation and will take place at the Mills Inn from 10am. There is also a Raffle with some great prizes and tickets will be available in all local shops and pubs as well as from the organizers. Music, Craic and the Draw will take place in the Museum 10pm till Late, no cover charge.
Dromleigh N.S. is holding a used clothing collection in late November. We will accept clothes, shoes, household linen etc. Items must be clean and bagged and can be delivered to the school before or after school times.
Fundraising for Briery Gap: The online fundraising campaign for the theatre is ongoing. Seat sponsorship costs €100 and each sponsor's name will be inscribed on a plaque on the back of the newly refurbished theatre seat. A designated Briery Gap Thank You Wall will bear the names of all who make €50 donations. Full details of online fundraising can be found on www.brierygap.com or offline donations can be made at The Briery Gap box office or Macroom library. For enquiries please call us on: 026 41764.
Coachford AFC Lotto Results 10/9/2013, Jackpot: €2,400, Numbers Drawn: 4 - 22 - 30, No Winner, €40 Ann Ryan, €20 O'Connell Boys, Donal Lynch, Crowleys Dripsey, Claire & Michael Cronin.
16/9/2013, Jackpot: €2,600, Numbers Drawn: 14 - 24 - 35, No Winner, €40 Molly O'Connell, €20 Cathy Dunton, Eileen Cooney, Jack Oldham, Julianne Cooney.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: September 3. Jackpot €5,400. Numbers drawn 15, 18 and 27. No winner. €70 Dick Dineen, New St.; Barry O'Donnell, Castle Court; Denny Lynch, Castle St.; Leah Goold, Gurteenroe; Mary Kelleher, Umera; Patricia O'Donovan, Barryroe.
September 10. Jackpot €5,600. Numbers drawn 23, 30 and 31. No winner. €70 Emily, Grace and Anna Mehigan, Coolyhane. €20 Catherine Kelleher, Gurteenroe; Ali Ring Jnr. St. Colman's Park; Kate Murphy, Main St.; Eamon Welron, Lombardstown, Mallow; John O'Callaghan, Railway View.
Development Group: The members would like to extend their deepest sympathies to Una, Lorcan, Aisling, Cillian and Dara Lynch on the unexpected death of their loved one John. John has been a long established member of the organisation and held the very responsible position of treasurer. He was involved in all the group's activities and could be seen regularly setting flowers shrubs, and maintaining the area with strimmer/ hedge cutter. John will be sadly missed by this 'family' organisation, not alone for his work and attention to detail, but for his friendship. He was well known for his reports on signage, flower containers etc in other villages as he travelled through the county in his taxi. Sympathy is extended to his mother Maura, a founder member, his father Jerh his sisters and extended family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.
Oldest Parishioner: Mai O'Shea, Clondrohids oldest parishioner, passed away peacefully at her daughter's residence on Sept 7, just two weeks before her 96th birthday; she buried her twin sister just 3 years ago. Mai Horgan was born in Barathanacnock, moved to Clashmaguire, married Paddy O'Shea She reared 3 children, and lived a very simple but happy life. She was the only woman to transport the churns of milk to Clondrohid creamery on a donkey and cart.
Fun Jog/ Walk/ Run of 4 miles takes place in Carriganima on Saturday Sept 21. Register in local pub at 3pm. Everyone welcome.
Macroom Boxing Club has reopened after the summer break. All new members welcome, age 9 upwards. Boys and Girls. Monday at 7.30pm.
Michael Galvin, author of Kilmurry 1911 – 1914, with the family of John Noel Murphy, (to whom the book is dedicated). From left, Rosarie, Siobhán, Ina and Anthony ©Lee Valley Outlook
'Kilmurry 1911 – 1914 People and Politics', Michael Galvin's 15th book, was launched in Kilmurry School recently. The book is a record of how people lived in the rural parish during those pivotal years and Michael said that, in a different approach, he resolved to concentrate on the ordinary people's struggle for survival and give an insight into the prevailing attitudes at the start of World War 1 and leading up to the 1916. Fr. Tim O'Sullivan said that the book will be of great interest, particularly to the older generation who knew many of the characters central to period. So that we might understand the present, we first need to understand the past and Michael, in his book, explained the context of the period as pertained to Kilmurry and neighbouring parishes which were of importance in the War of Independence, the Land War and the status of the Roman Catholic Church.
'Kilmurry 1911 – 1914' is dedicated to the memory of John Noel Murphy, another local historian who died in June. His daughter, Siobhán, said that John Noel fully appreciated the importance of Michael Galvin's work in researching and recording past events. Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association, who organised the launch and will reap financial benefits from the publication, has received planning permission and funding for the building of a state of the art, two storey museum in the village. The 3.000 sq. metre building will include a multilingual, audiovisual room capable of accommodating 25, as well as extensive accommodation for display, storage and meeting purposes. It is set to be a cultural and social hub and act as a trailhead for walking, cycling and hill walking activities. The ambitious fundraising campaign is ongoing, with the next event planned for the churchyard on October 12.
Eggs &Horticulture –Six Duck Eggs - Gerard Knowles, Bandon Centre; Six Hen Eggs – Brown - Éanna Ó Céilleachair, Eachros; Six Hen Eggs – Light Brown - Joan Bn. Uí Chéilleachair, Goirtín na Coille; Tray of Vegetables - John O'Callaghan, Ballingeary; Dish of 5 Homegrown Tomatoes - Con O'Riordan, Carrignadoura; Dish of Peas –Con Lehane, Gort na Rea, Inchigeela; Five Onions from sets - Con O'Riordan, Carrignadoura; Best Five Large Onions from sets - Tadhg & Donnacha Ó Laoire, Goirtín na Coille, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh; Best five Onions suitable for Market - Con O'Riordan, Carrignadoura; Five Table Potatoes – Kidney - Denis Cronin, Cronin's B+B, Dromanallig; Five Table Potatoes – Round - Con O'Riordan, Carrignadoura; Five Carrots - Con Lehane, Gort na Rea, Inchigeela; Table Cabbage - Con O'Riordan, Carrignadoura; Two Vegetable Marrow - Tadhg & Donnacha Ó Laoire, Goirtín na Coille, Béal Áthan Ghaorthaidh; Three Sticks of Rhubarb - Éanna Ó hAodha, Dún Mán Mhaí; Three Heads of Lettuce - Tadhg & Donnacha Ó Laoire, Goirtín na Coille, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh; Five Table Beet - Con Lehane, Gort na Rea, Inchigeela; One Section of Honey - Irene Murphy, Renanirree; Two Swede Turnips - Con O'Riordan, Carrignadoura; Five Parsnips - Tadhg & Donnacha Ó Laoire, Goirtín na Coille, Béal Áthan Ghaorthaidh; Dish of five Homegrown Eating Apples - Anne O'Mahony, Dunmanway.
Flowers –Bowl of Roses tastefully arranged - Conor Ó Buachalla, An Choill Mhór; Spray of shrub Flowers with Foliage - John O'Callaghan, Ballingeary; Ladies Buttonhole of Shoulder Spray- Seán McCarthy, Farnanes; Bowl of Wild Flowers tastefully arranged - Seán McCarthy, Farnanes; An Ivy Plant not to exceed 6" - Conor Ó Buachalla, An Choill Mhór; An Arrangement suitable for Hall Stand - Máire Bn. Uí Chéilleachair, Cois na Coille, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh; Any other Pot Plant not specified - Joan Bn. Uí Chéilleachair, Goirtín na Coille; Bouquet of Homegrown Flowers suitable for presentation - Máire Bn. Uí Chéilleachair, Cois na Coille, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh; An All Green Arrangement - Conor Ó Buachalla, An Choill Mhór; Vase of garden annuals (six varieties) - Joan Bn. Uí Chéilleachair, Goirtín na Coille; Cacti in pot - Marie Vaughan, 'Ashford', Teerbeg, Macroom.
Terelton Macra na Feirme are going from strength to strength. In 2012 the ladies brought home the national title for 7 A side football. In 2010 the volleyball team won the national title and in 2011, two members represented Terelton in Senior Beef Stock Judging and Under 23 stock judging at the Annual National Conference and won their respective categories. In 2012 the club undertook helping Coppeen Village Council in doing up the old post office and spent many evenings digging, weeding and painting. As part of the club's 60th anniversary this year, Terelton Macra na Feirme will have a Dinner Dance on the 30th of November in the Castle Hotel, Macroom @ 7:30, music by the Michael Kennedy Band. Tickets €30 per person or €55 per couple. For further information contact 0861242847 or 0868930486.
Preparing for a 340km fundraising cycle from Cill na Martra to Dublin Sept. 21 – 22 for Cork Leukaemia Unit. ©Lee Valley Outlook
A group of cyclists will set off from Cill na Martra on Saturday, September 21st and arrive in the capital on All Ireland Football Sunday 22nd in a bid to raise much needed funds for the new Leukaemia Unit at MercyHospital, Cork. Many local families have reason to appreciate the good work being done at the Leukaemia Unit and realise the importance of building a state of the art facility. Sponsorship cards have been delivered to most retail units in Macroom and district and your contributions will be fully appreciated by the staff of the Leukaemia Unit and the patients and families concerned.
Patrick O'Sullivan musician from West Cork recently organised an All Ireland trip to Armagh, when, for 3 nights, representatives from all over Ireland enjoyed a feast of dancing, singing and continuous entertainment. A brilliant weekend was had by all. People travelled from all counties and it was great to see so many people enjoying themselves. Colours from all counties were represented. The artists along with Patrick O'Sullivan and his son Conor included Hugo Duncan, Country Harmony, Limelite, Tony Kerr, Louise Morrissey & Stephen Smyth. Sean Wallace was MC for the weekend. There was also late entertainment provided by Derry & Fidelma. Teddy, The Singing Busman from West Cork, provided entertainment throughout the weekend. Kieran McAnallen Hotel Director referred to Patrick O'Sullivan as an Ambassador of Irish Country Music. The Lord Mayor Robert Turner of ArmaghCity also joined in the craic and gave a brief address to the visitors.
There were mixed feelings at Crookstown when friends of Irish Guide Dogs gathered to present the proceeds of this year's walk to the charity's CEO, Padraig Mallon. Satisfaction was expressed at the amount raised, €12,238, but this was tinged with sadness as it was the first time in over twenty years that the main organiser of the event, the late Tessie Buckley, was missing. Padraig Mallon paid tribute to Tessie and praised her husband John Joe for his courage in carrying on this year despite his personal loss. He also thanked those who had come on board to help as committee members, Mary Melleney, Deirdre Fitton, Fiona O'Driscoll, Dan Clifford and Dan Joe Mullane. All speakers were loud in their praise of Tessie and the local people who worked tirelessly, not alone for the Irish Guide Dogs, but for many other deserving charities.
The Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne will host an evening of films by Dónal Ó Céilleachair & Friends on Culture Night, Friday, September 20th. Dónal's works have been screened all over the world at venues such as Havana, Cuba; The Queen Sofia National Art Museum, Madrid; The EU Film Festival, Cambodia & Vietnam and at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Originally from Macroom, Dónal now moves between New York & Ireland.
The film show includes the 60 minute Scéalta Mhúscraí at 6.00 pm; 'Aisling Gheal, 80 mins, at 7.00 pm; 'Dreamtime Revisited' 77 mins, at 8.30pm and a Question and Answer session will follow the last screening at 9.30 pm. Admission Free. Further information on the films and on Dónal Ó Céilleachair's work at www.anupictures.com.
The Arts Council, in association with the College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences (UCC) and the School of Music and Theatre (UCC), announce the appointment of the internationally renowned singer, producer and composer, Iarla Ó Lionáird, as the first Traditional Artist-in-Residence at UCC. Iarla Ó Lionáird grew up in the musical hot bed of Cúil Aodha. From his iconic early recording of the vision song 'Aisling Gheal', through his ground-breaking recordings and performances with the Afro-Celt Sound System, he comes to UCC at a time when his creative powers are in full flow. He will deliver a series of concerts, workshops and seminars over the course of his one year residency and will make his first public appearance in his new role at a free lunchtime concert in the Aula Maxima, UCC, on Friday October 4th, as part of the FUAIM Autumn 2013 series, when he will be joined by one of his long-time musical collaborators, the virtuoso guitarist, Steve Cooney. The study of Irish traditional music has been pioneered at UCC for many decades, and UCC is strongly associated with Seán Ó Riada, who had such a profound impact on the cultural life of Ó Lionáird's native Cúil Aodha. Irish traditional music is taught at UCC by an internationally recognised team of leading traditional artists, including Bobby Gardiner, Matt Cranitch, Connie O'Connell, Niall Vallely, Colm Murphy, Mary Mitchell-Ingoldsby and Mel Mercier.
O'Learys from far and near convened in Uíbh Laoghaire September 12 – 15 for an international Gathering event. A historical pageant and inter-denominational service in the old church yard set the tone for the weekend as all those buried there, both Gael and Gall, were prayerfully remembered. These include Máire Buí Ní Laoghaire, composer of Cath Chéim an Fhia; Rev. Sadlier, the Famine Rector; the Inchigeela Lass from Fenian times; Mike O'Leary V.C.; local participants in the War of Independence and Smith and Guthrie. Clergymen, Archdeacon Robin Bantry White, Fr. Martin O'Driscoll and Brother Felipe from South America, a cousin of Peter O'Leary, recited prayers and local schoolchildren performed appropriate musical numbers. The weekend included talks on the O'Leary Clan – in Kerry, Inchigeela, throughout Ireland, England, Boston. Visitors also went on guided tours, enjoyed music and entertainment and a memorial for founding member of the clan gathering, Peter O'Leary.
Top Bachelors at Coachford Festival, Jimmy 'Jazz' Buckley (winner), John Long, (2nd place) and Seanie Murphy (3rd place). ©Tim Griffin
Funds from Festival: Broomhill Vintage Club presented the proceeds of their Coachford Autumn Festival to five charities recently. Due to the huge support of the festival's sponsors, participants, supporters, visitors and stewards, the club found themselves in the wonderful position of being able to donate €7,000 to charity. Suicide Aware were the main benefactors, receiving €2,500. Coachford Tidy Towns were given €1,500 and the local Care of the Aged, St. Olan's Conference of St. Vincent De Paul and MacroomCommunityHospital received €1,000 each. Festival secretary, In accepting the donation, Dáithí Ó Donnobháin from Suicide Aware thanked Broomhill Vintage club and said "this very generous donation will be put to good use in promoting positive mental health and helping those who may be going through tough times in dealing with issues in their lives."
Coachford College Open day for 1st year students starting September 2014 will be held on Saturday 5th October from 9am to 12 noon. 6th class students will be taken on a programme of events around the school. Parents are welcome to join a 40 minute tour at 10am or 11am and refreshments are available. Primary schools in the catchment boundary area are being visited in the next two weeks with brochures and enrolment forms. Parents of children in a primary school outside of CoachfordCollege catchment area and who wish to visit the school or enrol their child for 1st year in 2014 should contact the school office for the necessary material and forms. CoachfordCollege can be contacted by ringing 021 7334113.
Top Class: The College's leaving Certificate class of 2013 achieved far above the national average in their CAO points. Approx 50% of the students achieved over 400 points compared to only 33.7% nationally while approx 20% of CoachfordCollege students scored over 500 points compared with 9.7% nationally. This was a great success for the school and students and further shows the high quality of this facility.
Coachford gets tidier: The 2013 results for the National Tidy Towns competition saw Coachford gain eight points on the previous year's results. The Village was praised for the Litter control, Landscaping and general tidiness and for the appearance of many of the business premises. They gave special mention O'Callaghan's, The Village Inn, Gala, Styles, Coachford Pharmacy, Cooney's and Coachford Childcare. They complimented the MillenniumPark, the Boat, the Rockery at the Recycling bins. Highly commended were the Grotto, the National Schools three Green Flags and John Crean' s lovely red sandstone wall. Chairman of the committee, John McCaffery said "while there is no doubt that we are moving in the right direction there is a huge body of work still to be done. We jumped 8 points this year which is great but we are still coming from a very low base and are operating with a tiny number of people for such a large village. Our goal for the next two years is to get over 200 marks, we are currently on 192. We are looking for people to give as little as one hour of their week to help plan, maintain and make our village somewhere that you could be proud to come from and live in." The Tidy Towns group will meet at 12 noon every Sunday from September 22nd in the Church car park .
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Centra Coachford is organising a fundraising charity walk on Sunday October 6th at 10.30am. This is a fun walk and everyone is welcome to take part and support a great cause. Further details on the route and the entry fee can be obtained from Murphy's Centra Coachford. To find out more about Action Breast Cancer log on to www.cancer.ie or ring the National Cancer Helpline on 1800 200 700.
Garda Mobile Safety Vans. Many people are being caught speeding at the GAA pitch. The 50km an hour speed zone is being strictly enforced from both directions at all hours of the day and night. The Gardai claim that 'camera vans would only be placed on the roads all across Ireland where fatal collisions are happening as a result of inappropriate speed'. Whatever your views on this issue, you are advised to slow down, avoid the penalty points and make our roads safer for everyone.
By Michael Kelly
Recipe of the Month – Cucumber Pickle.
Ingredients: 4 large cucumbers; 3 medium onions; 2 oz/50g of salt; For the syrup: 1pt/570ml of white wine vinegar; 1lb/454g of soft brown sugar; ½ level tsp of ground turmeric; ½ level tsp of ground cloves; 1 tbsp of mustard seed (we used black);
Directions: Wash cucumber and peel onions and slice very thinly. Layer cucumbers and onions with a sprinkling of salt in between the layers in a large bowl. Weigh down with a plate. Stand for three hours. Then pour away the liquid and rinse the cucumbers and onions under running water twice. Put your jars in the oven to sterilise them. Put vinegar, sugar and spices in a stainless steel or non stick saucepan and stir over a medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the cucumber and onions to the saucepan and bring to the boil. Boil syrup and vegetables for a couple of minutes. Remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon and set aside. Reduce remaining syrup for 15-20 min. After ten minutes or so, gently fill warm, sterilised jars with vegetables. Don't press down. When syrup has reduced, pour over vegetables in jars. Cover immediately with plastic lined, sterilised, metal lids. When cold, label and store in a cool, dark place, away from damp.
Tip of the Month: Get Vegetables into Storage.
Be like a squirrel and stock up the larder for the winter. Crops for storage should be harvested when they are young, in prime condition and full of flavour. Vegetables and fruit are best gathered early in the day. Store root crops like carrots and beetroot in boxes in a ventilated shed or outhouse. Place the roots in layers with slightly dampened peat or sand around them. You can store potatoes in paper or hessian sacks in a dark, frost-free, ventilated store, ensuring first that the skins are completely dry. Onions and garlic also need frost-free storage, but in order to prevent them from sprouting they must not be kept in a dark place. Once dried and ripened, hang them in nylon or string netting bags, or string them up by twisting their stems around a length of thick string.
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Wasps are out in increased numbers this year and are set to be an even bigger problem next year. Wasps are beneficial insects in early summer, acting as natural pesticides, killing other harmful insects such as greenfly. However, they become a pest themselves by August/September when they start to crave sugars due to the nest naturally breaking down and the workers becoming redundant. This is when they become more noticeable in our homes and gardens and when the risk of getting stung increases. Should you have a wasp nest near your home, it is better to call in the professionals to deal with it as wasp stings are very painful, particularly to young children, the elderly and pets. It is even more hazardous where individuals may be allergic to wasp and bee stings and who may go into anaphylactic shock if stung. The simple way of dealing with stray wasps is to have a far half filled with water and rimmed with jam or honey in a strategic position. This will act as an effective wasp trap.
Your child's school lunch box might include some of the following:
Some starchy food like potatoes, rice, pasta, wholegrain or brown bread
Some portions of fruit and vegetables, like apples, oranges, bananas, berries or salad in a sandwich/wrap or vegetable sticks
One portion of dairy foods like milk, cheese or yoghurt
Small amounts of high protein foods like deli meats, fish, like tuna or salmon, or vegetarian options like hummus or egg
A small bottle of water or milk instead of juice drinks or fizzy drinks
Weekly lunchbox suggestions:
Monday - Chicken salad sandwich on brown bread, a small bag of popcorn, a piece of fruit, a small bottle of water and a yoghurt.
Tuesday - Tuna salad wrap, carrot sticks, a cheese portion and milk.
Wednesday - Slice of ham and pineapple pizza, fruit of choice (chopped for smaller children), a yoghurt drink and a slice of fruit bread
Thursday - Cheese and crackers, veggie sticks, a banana or dried fruit like a small box of raisins and a bottle of water
Friday - Pasta salad made with last night's pasta leftovers and chunks of cheese and vegetables. Some grapes, a yoghurt and water
An insulated lunchbox or bag can be used to help keep lunches cool.
Discard any perishable foods that haven't been eaten at the end of the day
Wash and dry reusable water bottles, lids and lunchboxes
Encourage child to wash hands before eating lunch.
Ballymartle 2-12 Blackrock 0-17
1. Ballymartle v Douglas
2. Sars or UCC v Killeagh
3. Bishopstown or Carrigtwohill v Midleton
4. Na Piarsaigh v Glen Rovers
Semi-Finals: 1 v 2, 3 v 4
Relegation Play-off: Ballinhassig v St. Finbarr's.
Nemo Rangers 0-12 Douglas 1-7
Castlehaven 1-14 Carbery 2-10
Nemo Rangers 1-12 Bishopstown 1-8
Final: Castlehaven v Nemo Rangers
Relegation Play-off: St. Nick's v Newmarket.
Nemo Rangers 0 – 10 BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH 0-9
Nemo Rangers v Clyda Rovers
Valley Rovers 0-13 MACROOM 0-13
Relegation Play-off: Carrigaline 3-15 Kinsale 0-7. Kinsale relegated to Intermediate.
Nemo Rangers 0 – 10 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0 – 9
A beautiful evening at Kilmurry, a terrific game of football, competitive but sporting, the issue always in doubt and the spectators fully involved and getting great value for the admission charge - all these positives however will be little consolation to Béal Átha as they reflect on the loss of a place in the county semi final after their defeat by the narrowest of margins, a point scored in injury time after Béal Átha had staged a magnificent late rally to come from three points behind to equality at 0-9 each with only a minute of normal time to run. As the game went into injury time a Béal Átha attack broke down, Nemo counter attacked swiftly and a magnificent point from way out near the sideline restored the lead to the Capwell side and gave them their passage to the semi final. Béal Átha had one last half chance of an equaliser but the massed Nemo defence forced a long range shot which went narrowly wide.
Conditions at Kilmurry were perfect for football with pitch and weather ideal. Nemo led early on by two points, Liam Shorten replied from a free for Béal Átha in the 13th minute but Nemo quickly restored their two point advantage to lead by 0-3 to 0-1. Béal Átha hit back in a golden three minute spell with superb points from Barra Concannon (a fabulous score), Colmán Twomey and Ben Shorten (another super effort, great build up, great finish) to hit the front for the first time in the 22nd minute and when Conor Allen pointed a Nemo free to level matters, Liam Shorten then kicked over two equally superb points from play to send Béal Átha back in front. The loss of the injured Pól Ó Buachalla was a big set back now for Béal Átha, already short Andy and Liam Concannon from their attack. A late point for Nemo was a big boost for the city side as they headed for the dressing rooms with only a point separating the sides in what was already a smashing contest.
Nemo had two new faces in attack for the second half and they started the half well with two points to lead after seven minutes and two further points, one from a free, had the city side leading by 0-9 to 0-6 with ten minutes remaining and only two outstanding blocks by Béal Átha defender Sean Ó Duinnín had denied Nemo of goals. A second yellow card now saw the departure of a Nemo wing back and the extra man was bound to tell. Béal Átha had a point from Colmán Ó Tuama in the 53rd minute and two minutes later Liam Shorten narrowed the deficit to the minimum, both scores from play set up by the industry of Amhlaoibh Lynch. In the 59th minute Béal Átha were level when Liam Shorten pointed a close in free and the momentum was with the Muskerry men but in a late attack a pass unfortunately went astray, Nemo broke up field releasing substitute Eric Dilloughrey on the wing and from far out the Nemo man sent over a glorious winning point to break Béal Átha hearts!
Scorers: Béal Átha: L. Shorten 0-4 (0-1 free), B. Shorten 0-2 (0-1 free), C. Ó Tuama 0-2, B. Concannon 0-1.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Gearóid Ó Muirthille: Nollaig Ó Duinnín, Leonard Ó Conchuir, Seán Ó Duinnín: Amlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh (capt.) Seán Ó Donnchú, Barra Ó Coinceannain: Colmán Ó Tuama, Donal MacCarthaigh: Seán Ó Coill, Cian O Duinnín, Pól Ó Buachalla: Ben Seartan, Liam Seartan, Tadgh Ó Laoire. Fir Ionaid: Miceál Ó Tuama (28), Eoin Ó Coill (40), Flor Ó Loinsuigh (50), Aindreas Ó Coinceannainn (52), Nollaig Ó Laoire (55).
Premier Football Semi Final
Macroom 0 – 13 Valley Rovers 0 – 13
A thrilling county semi final finished all square at Páirc Uí Rinn, with Macroom coming back to parity with a last minute point from David Horgan when all seemed lost. Valleys were tough as always but Macroom did not back off the challenge and fully deserved at least a draw. There was a gale of wind blowing from goal to goal and Macroom did not make full use of it in the first half and led by 0-8 to 0-4 at the break. Facing the wind in the second half Macroom put up a great display and even though they made mistakes at times, they did not lack heart. When the Valleys went in front for the first time in the 58th minute, it seemed that it was not going to be Macroom's night but they had the composure to strike for one last score as Valley supporters were already celebrating and after that they registered a wide, which must have been a marginal call by the umpires. Patrick Lucey pointed an early free to put Macroom in front, Valleys equalised from a free. David Goold, had a point from play in the 5th minute; Ivan Casey added another in the 9th minute and Fintan Goold had another in the 13th minute. Valleys had a point; Pa Lucey and David Goold replied for Macroom, 0-6 to 0-2 to Macroom with 20 minutes gone. Two points for Valleys were answered by two for Macroom, one each from Sean Kiely and David Goold, and Macroom led by 0-8 to 0-4 at the break but would have to face the gale in the second half.
Valleys were gifted a point on the restart but Macroom hit back with points from Pa Lucey and Fintan Goold, both from frees. Three Valleys points in a row had the gap down to two points by the three quarter mark but again Macroom hit back with a smashing point from Ciarán Murphy and another equally fine score from Patrick Lucey, to go four clear with 47 minutes gone. With the wind to assist them, Valleys surged forward and two quick points had the gap reduced by half with ten minutes remaining and points in the 54th and 57th minutes brought Valleys level and with the impetus to go on and win. The lead point for the Innishannon side came in the 59th minute but battling Macroom did not collapse and came again to get a deserved draw through a well worked point, David Horgan providing the finish.
James O'Connell made one superb save in the 32nd minute and was very sound with Rory Buckley at full back outstanding all through. Fintan Goold was excellent at centre back and at midfield, despite some heavy treatment at times, and Martin O'Donnell, Sean Kiely, Ciarán Murphy, Eoin O'Mahony, David Goold and Patrick Lucey all made major contributions to what was a fine Macroom display.
Macroom: James O'Connell: Robbie O'Dwyer, Rory Buckley, Martin O'Donnell: Seán Kiely, Fintan Goold, Ciarán Murphy: Philip Corrigan, Eoin O'Mahony: Barry O'Donnell, Ivan Casey, Tony Dineen: Patrick Lucey, David Goold, David Horgan. Subs: Peter Lynch, Andrew Hegarty, Gerard Angland.
Youghal 1-18 Tracton 1-16
Kilbrittain 0-12 Watergrasshill 1-14
INNISCARRA v Youghal
Watergrasshill v Castlelyons
Relegation Play-off: BALLINCOLLIG v Carrigaline
Rockchapel v Ballydesmond or GRENAGH
Glanmire/Kanturk/Glanworth v AGHABULLOGUE
Relegation Play-off: CANOVEE v Mayfield
Meelin v Kanturk
St. Catherine's 2-13 Barryroe 1-14
EIRE ÓG 3-14 Aghada 2-11
Fermoy v Meelin or Kanturk,
EIRE ÓG v St. Catherine's, 5th October, P. Uí Chaoimh
AGHABULLOGUE 1-19 Dromina 0-17
Eire Óg 3 – 14 Aghada 2 – 11
Eire Óg hurlers, free of football distractions this autumn, are through to the semi final stage of the CountyIntermediate championship after their win over Aghada at Riverstown. Only a point separated the teams at half time but then on the restart, Eire Óg had the sliotar in the Aghada twice in the opening two minutes, quickly on two points, and from there to the finish the men from Ovens had the upper hand. The first half was a very even affair with Aghada doing the early running and building up a lead of 0-5 to 0-2 after 12 minutes. Points from Liam Murphy, Daniel Goulding and Ciarán Sheehan brought Eire Óg level within six minutes and then in the 20th minute Ciarán Sheehan took a pass from Kevin Hallissey and scored a brilliant goal for Eire Óg. Aghada fought back and stayed in touch and a goal in the 28th minute put them a point clear but Eire Óg had two points from Kevin Hallissey to be in front again at the interval, 1-9 to 1-8.
The contest was effectively decided in the five minutes after the break. Two minutes into the second half Kevin Hallissey opted to try for goal off a close arrange free and when the goalkeeper stopped his blast, John Dineen was in like a flash and whipped the loose ball to the net. From the puck out, Eire Óg were in for a second goal when a defensive muddle gave Daniel O'Connor an opportunity which he was quite glad to avail of. Points from Kevin Hallissey and Ciarán Sheehan followed and Eire Óg were now leading by nine points, 3-11 to 1-8, and firmly in the driving seat. Aghada did manage to get a point back in the 40th minute but they needed at least one goal now to get back in contention as the sides traded points and even though they did manage to find the Eire Óg net in the 58th minute the goal had come too late and Eire Óg replied with a Daniel Goulding point to kill off any wild lingering hopes Aghada had of victory. A very satisfactory win for the Mid Cork men therefore against rated opponents and they are now fully focussed on progressing to the final. The team has evolved over the campaign to date and shows major changes in personnel and positions from the side that lost the opening round to Ballygarvan at Brinny on the 1st June last. The defence has tightened and is no longer conceding easy goals and all the forwards can score, as they showed on this occasion.
Eire Óg scorers: C Sheehan 1-2, D O'Connor and J Dineen 1-0 each, K Hallissey 0-8 (0-4 frees), L Murphy and D Goulding 0-2 each.
Eire Óg: Paul Ryan: Eanna Lowney, Tim O'Leary, John Kelleher: Fionn O'Rourke, Alan O'Mahony, Dermot O'Herlihy: Cian O'Mahony, Paul McDonagh: Daniel O'Connor, Liam Murphy, Daniel Goulding: Kevin Hallissey, Ciarán Sheehan, John Dineen. Subs: Mike O'Shea (40th min.)
Aghabullogue 1- 19 Dromina 0 – 17
Aghabullogue hurlers assured themselves of Intermediate status for next season and reversed a long sequence of championship defeats by winning the relegation play-off at Mourne Abbey against Dromina. It was a glorious afternoon for hurling, the play was fast and of a good standard and the young Aghabullogue side were deserving of a victory that means so much to this proud and historic club. There was only one goal in the game, coming two minutes before half time, and it was the score which gave Aghabullogue the breathing space they needed as Dromina came back at them in the third quarter. With the score at 0-8 to 0-7 in Aghabullogue's favour they were awarded a free in their own half back line and goalkeeper Denis O'Leary came out to strike. His attempt for a score fell short into the Dromina sqauare where Dan Twomey got possession and took the tackles before passing across to John Corkery. The corner forward, who was being closely marked, turned out and fired the ball across the goalkeeper to shake the net at the far side and give Aghabullogue the vital break they needed.
In the very even first half the teams were level at 0-1, 0-2, 0-3, 0-4, 0-5, 0-6 and 0-7, Finbarr Foley, John Buckley (2), Dan Twoney, Mark O'Flynn (2) and Sean O'Sullivan the Aghabullogue scorers. Another Mark O'Flynn point from a free gave Aghabullogue a 26th minute lead and two minutes later came John Corkery's goal. A point for Dromina was followed by another Mark O'Flynn pointed free and Aghabullogue were happy at half time leading by 1-9 to 0-8 after sustaining heavy Dromina pressure at times without conceding a goal. In the Aghabullogue defence, Padraig Murphy, Eamonn Murphy and Paudie Twomey formed a very solid and determined full back line.
In the third quarter, Dromina clawed back Aghabullogue's lead and only one point separated the sides after ten minutes. However, the never say die attitude of the Aghabullogue men ensured that they pushed ahead once again and they finished the game strongly. Mark O'Flynn added another six points from placed balls, John Corkery had two further points from play and Michael Dennehy and Dan Twomey adding one point each to Aghabullogue's tally. Aghabullogue ran out worthy winners in the end and they retain their status for the coming 2014 Intermediate Hurling Championship campaign.
Scorers: Mark O'Flynn 0-10 (0-10 free's), John Corkery 1-2, Dan Twomey and John Buckley 0-2each, Finbarr Foley, Michael Dennehy and Sean O'Sullivan 0-1 each.
Team : Denis O'Leary: Padraig Murphy, Eamonn Murphy, Paudie Twomey: Eoghan Kennedy, Aidan Barry Murphy, Niall Buckley: Michael Dennehy, Sean O'Sullivan: John Buckley, Greg Murphy, Mark O'Flynn: John Corkery, Dan Twomey, Finbarr Foley. Subs: Ian Barry Murphy and John Kelleher.
Kilmichael team, Mid Cork Football Champions 2013, bring the trophy to Dromleigh N.S., alma mater to many of them Pic. An Scoil
Kilmichael 1 – 6 Mitchelstown 2 – 9
Newly crowned Mid Cork Champions Kilmichael were in action five day after their great win over Kilmurry when they were forced to play against the North Cork standard bearers, Mitchelstown, at Páirc Uí Rinn and even though Kilmichael were in contention for three quarters of the game, in the final quarter their tired aching bodies had no more to give and they conceded match winning scores to the North Cork men who thus advance. The fixing of the game so soon after the divisional final will be a matter of annoyance to Kilmichael and their feelings will not be lessened by the knowledge that the next round won't be played for at least another month, making this early fixture totally unnecessary. Mitchelstown got off to a great start and kicked over five points without reply early on but Kilmichael came back at them and at half time the deficit was down to 0-7 to 0-5. Kilmichael were awarded a penalty early on the restart and even though the goalkeeper saved James O'Leary's strongly hit spot kick, the Kilmichael man was in like a flash to boot the rebound to the net to put the Mid Cork champions in front. Kilmichael again held their own until the three quarter stage when a goal for the North Cork men gave the winners back the initiative and as a visibly tired Kilmichael faded, Mitchelstown struck for a second goal to settle the issue.
Kilmichael Scorers: James O'Leary 1-2 (0-1 free), Daniel Twomey 0-3, Simon Foley 0-1.
Kilmichael: Shane Masters: Colin Murphy, John O'Riordan, Adrian Kelly: Cian Dromey, Finbarr Buckley, Simon Foley: Finbarr Dromey, Miceál Twomey: James O'Leary, Peter Kelleher, Conor Cotter: Alan Murphy, Colm Dromey, Danny Twomey. Subs: Dermot O'Riordan, Niall O'Callaghan, Darragh Foley, Stephen Kelleher, Alan Dromey.
Quarter Final: Grenagh 0-15 Cloughduv 1-11
Semi Final: Eire Óg v Grenagh
Final: Donoughmore v Eire Og or Grenagh
Grenagh 0 – 15 Cloughduv 1 – 11
Grenagh edged out Cloughduv in a dramatic finish to this Junior 'A' Hurling Championship quarter-final at Ovens. Grenagh were dominant for much of this game but failed to put their opponents away and Cloughduv managed to score an equalising goal just on the stroke of full-time. However, Grenagh redeemed themselves when Martin Barry fired over a winning point deep in injury-time. Grenagh started well and looking focussed went into an early lead with points from Conor Fitzgerald, Neil Doherty (free) and Ultan Duggan. Cloughduv recovered and had points from Barry Walsh and Donal Corkery to come back on level terms, 0-3 each after 10 minutes. Cork star Tom Kenny edged his side in front with a fine point and Cloughduv were certainly under pressure for much of the half but Donal Corkery pointed to keep his side in touch. Grenagh led by 0-7 to 0-5 at the break after Niall Doherty pointed his second free..
On the restart, Grenagh took control again and with points from Colm O'Neill, Tom Kenny and Martin Barry had gone six points clear by the three quarter stage. Cloughduv fought back with two points from Brian Ahern frees and an superb point from play from Darragh Ring reduced the gap to three points with only minutes remaining. In the dying second of 'normal' time a long range free from Cloughduv's goalkeeper Colm Ryan was brilliantly flicked to the Grenagh net by Jerry Lucey to leave the sides level. Grenagh won possession from the puck out however and Martin Barry, set ujp by Tom Kenny, made no mistake from in front of the posts.
Scorers: Grenagh: N Doherty 0-5 (frees), T Kenny , D Dalton, M Barry 0-2 each, C Fitzgerald, U Duggan, S Bourke, C O'Neill 0-1 each. Cloughduv: B Ahern 0-5 (0-4f, 0-1 '65'), J Lucey 1-0, D Corkery, B Walsh 0-2 each, D Ring, D O'Leary 0-1 each.
Grenagh: Mark Kenny; Kevin O'Neill, Raymond Dorgan, Paul McCarthy; Diarmuid Dorgan, Gerry Russell, Kelvin Cummins; Neil Doherty, Colm O'Neill; Sean Bourke, Tom Kenny, Dean Dalton; Conor Fitzgerald, Seamus Coleman, Ultan Duggan. Subs: Martin Barry.
Cloughduv: Colm Ryan; Tadgh McCarthy, Paul O'Sullivan, William Ahern; David O'Leary, Donal Cronin, Andrew Cronin; Liam Long, Stephen Down; Barry Walsh, Con Dunne, Donal Corkery; Darragh Ring, Brian Ahern, Liam Ryan. Subs: Sean Curzon,(ht), Jerry Lucey (42m), Sean O'Connor (45m).
Referee: Mr. Diarmuid Kirwan (Éire Óg).
Cill na Martra who defeated Naomh Abán in the Muskerry Junior B Football Championship final in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook
Cill na Martra 4 – 2 Naomh Aban 0 - 13
Cill na Martra and their Gaeltacht Mhúscraí neighbours, Naomh Abán, served up a very exciting Mid Cork Junior B Football final at Macroom and the winners can thank their goal scoring forwards and their dogged defence for this win. Cill na Martra led at halftime by 2-1 to 0-6 and had scored another two goals eight minutes into the second half, when they led by 4-1 to 0-7. Thereafter, this game became a question of could Cill na Martra hold out against the Naomh Abán onslaught and even though Naomh Abán outscored the winners by 0-6 to 0-1 in the final twenty minutes, that single extra point was enough to give Cill na Martra victory after a very tense closing six minutes that saw the winners clinging on to their slender advantage.
Eoin Ó Loinsuigh opened the scoring for Cill na Martra with a point after just two minutes and Sean MacCarthaigh levelled for Naomh Abán five minutes later. The Baile Mhúirne men then went in front with points from Marc Ó hUidhir and Deagláin Ó hAlleamhain and they led by 0-3 to 0-1 at the end of the first quarter. The first Cill na Martra goal came in the 17th minute and Liam O Loinsuigh's shot levelled the scores temporarily before N Abán again went in front with points from Muiris Ó Donnchú, Dean Ó Ceallaigh and Pádraig Ó Céilleachair. All this good work went for nought when on the stroke of half time Liam Ó Loinsuigh banged in his second goal for Cill na Martra who thus led at the break by 2-1 to 0-6.
Naomh Abán were quickly back on level terms when Deaglán Ó hAlleamhain sent over in the 34th minute but within three minutes Cill na Martra had their third goal to retake the lead. This goal was score by Micheál Ó Deasúna and within a minute Micheál had the ball in the N. Abán net once again and Cill na Martra now led by six points after 37 minutes play. Naomh Abán replied with three points within three minutes, one from Jason MacCárthaigh and two from Deaglan Ó hAlleamhain frees. Sean Ó Coill's point in the 48th minute for the Baile Mhuirne men narrowed the gap to two points but a minute later Shane Ó Duinnín had a golden point for Cill na Martra to open up a three point gap once again. With eleven minutes of normal time and three minutes of injury time remaining to be played it became a question of whether or not Naomh Abán could rescue the situation. Seán MacCarthaigh had a point in the 56th minute and a minute later Dean Ó Ceallaigh narrowed the deficit to a single point. That was a close as it got as the Cill na Martra backs, aided by the outstanding Fionnbarra Ó hEaluithe at midfield, held on for a most exciting victory.
Scorers: Cill na Martra: Liam Ó Loinsuigh and Miceál Ó Deasúna 2-0 each, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh and Shane Ó Duinnín 0-1 each. aomh Abán: D Ó hAlleamhain 0-4, Dean Ó Ceallaigh agus Seán MacCarthaigh 0-2 each, P Ó Ceilleachair, Marc Ó hUidhir, Muiris Ó Donnchú , Jason MacCarthaigh agus Seán Ó Coill 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: Daithí Ó hUidhir; Padraig de Brún, Gearóid de hÍde, Nollaig Ó Loinsuigh: Caoimhín Ó hEaluithe, Gearóid Ó Goillidhe, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh: Peadar Ó Muineacháin, Liam Ó Loinsuigh: Deaglán Ó Mocháin, Pádraig Ó hAodha, Liam Ó Loinsuigh: Seán Ó Cronín, Micheál Ó Deasúna, Shane Ó Duinnín. Fir Ionaid: Gearóid Ó Faoláin agus Gearóid MacSuibhne.
Naomh Abán: Maidhchí Ó Donnchú: Ronán de hÍde, Liam Ó Luasa, Seamas Ó Riada: Colmán Ó Tuama, Pádraig Ó Céilleachair, Tomás Ó hAillíosa: Muiris Ó Donnchú, Antóin Ó Loinsuigh: Dean Ó Ceallaigh, Deaglán Ó hAllleamhain, Marc Ó hUidhir: Seán A MacCarthaigh, Jason MacCarthaigh, Donal Ó Donnchú. Fir Ionaid: Seán Ó Coill.
Reitheoir: Padraig Uasal Ó Laoire, Cill Mhuire.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Kilmurry
Macroom 3-15 Ballincollig 1-5
Inniscarra v Dripsey
Macroom 1-13 Kilmichael 1-7
Béal Átha or Kilmurry v Aghinagh
Naomh Abán v Cill na Martra
Macroom 3-15 Ballincollig 1-3
Macroom 1-13 Kilmichael 1-7
Macroom Junior 'C' team recorded two wins to reach the semi final stage of the championship where they await the winners of the Inniscarra v Dripsey quarter final. Macroom played Ballincollig in the first round at Kilmurry and fielded a team with a mixture of experienced players along with some minor and U21s. Macroom started the game brightly and the scores began to mount up. Darragh Deasy and Jack Purcell dominated midfield and Shane Dunne was prominent at centre forward. Macroom led at half time by 0-12 to 0-0. Ballincollig made a determined effort early in the second half and had two points on the board but strong defensive play from Padraigh O' Connor, Olan O' Mahony, James Corrigan along with the evergreen Seamus Coughlan kept the Ballincollig attack at bay. Macroom sub Rikki Murphy scored a good goal but within a minute Ballincollig responded with a goal. Rikki Murphy then added a second goal and along with a well taken goal from Mikey O' Brien put the result beyond doubt. Team: James Cotter: James Corrigan, Seamus Coughlan: Shane Creedon, Padraig O'Connor, Olan O'Mahony: Jack Purcell, Daragh Deasy: Cathal O'Mahony, Shane Dunne, Jerry O'Mahony: Stephen Murphy, Stephen Crowley. Subs: Rikki Murphy, Neal O'Brien, Mikey O'Brien, Kieran Kiely and Tadhg Sheehan.
In the quarter final at Inchigeela Macroom, with wind advantage, led at half time by 0-8 to 0-2 and managed to contain the Kilmichael side in the second half. Declan Kiely, James O'Connor, Richard McSweeney, Denis Carroll, Robert Downey played in this game.
Round One: Gleann na Laoi 2-11 Blarney 1-12
Ballincollig 0-13 Ballinora 1-6
Cloughduv 2-14 Donoughmore 0-8
Aghabullogue 2-9 Grenagh 1-6
Iveleary v Gleann na Laoi xxx
Ballincollig v Cloughduv
Aghabullogue v Iveleary/Gleann na Laoi.
The competitive GAA season in Mid Cork is coming to a close and the various leagues are being completed with the playing of the remaining games. The winners of the Div One and Div Two Football leagues go out into a county league winners' competition as do the hurling winners of the same divisions.
Division One: (10 teams - 9 games each)
P W D L Pts
Clondrohid 9 7 1 1 15
Kilmurry 8 7 0 1 14
Iveleary 8 5 1 2 11
Donoughmore 7 5 0 2 10
Dripsey 8 4 0 4 8
Aghinagh 8 3 0 5 6
Beal Atha 8 2 1 5 5
Kilmichael 7 2 0 5 4
Iniscarra 8 1 1 6 3
Ballincollig 7 1 0 6 2
League Final: Clondrohid v Kilmurry
Division Two (10 teams – 9 games each)
P W D L Pts.
Macroom 9 6 0 3 12
Blarney 8 5 1 2 11
Eire Og 8 5 0 3 10
Aghabullogue 9 4 1 4 9
Kilmurry 2 8 4 1 9
Naomh Aban 8 4 1 3 9
Iveleary 8 3 1 4 7
Donoughmore 8 3 1 4 7
Canovee 7 2 0 5 4
Ballinora 5 0 0 5 0
League Final: Macroom v Blarney or Eire Óg
Páistí Scoil Fhionnbarra Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh ar Rebel Red day roimh Craobh Iomána na hÉireann agus Craobh Peil na mBan. Pic. An Scoil
Cork drew with Clare in CrokePark in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Final and the replay is set for the inconvenient time of 5pm on Saturday 28th September. Clare defeated Cork in Cork in the National League and again in the Division 1A Relegation play off, this time after extra time. In the championship Cork got the better of the Banner in Munster and now the teams have finished level again. The replay could go either way but Clare will be favourites. Tom Kenny of Grenagh came on as a sub in the drawn game and will again be near the starting line out for the replay. Best to luck to Tom, Cork and to Jimmy BarryMurphy. Corcaigh Abú!
Junior pupils at St. Lachteen's National School support Cork Hurlers and Lady Footballers Pic. An Scoil
Cork 2-9 Kerry 0-11
The wonderful Cork Ladies defeated Kerry in the All Ireland semi final in Thurles and are now back in the All Ireland Final, against Monaghan, to be played on Sunday 29th September at CrokePark. It will be Cork's eighth final appearance in nine years and
Cork had lost to Kerry twice in Munster this season and knew that they were up against it, but once again they rose to the occasion and triumphed against expectations of many. The ladies turned in their best performance of the season to date and ace forward, Valerie Mulcahy, finished with 2-3 to her credit. Briege Corkery, Rena Buckley, Juliet Murphy, Rhona Ní Bhuachalla all played their part in a great victory and all will carry the best wishes of everyone in the Lee Valley for the final.
In the County Senior Championship St. Val's have qualified for their first senior final by defeating Eire Óg. Val's will now meet county champions Inch Rovers in the county final.
Inniscarra v Milford
Killeagh v Ballinhassig
Cloughduv v Ballincollig
Douglas v St Catherine's
Semi Finals Oct 5th / 6th Final Oct 13th
Section A: 5 Teams: Kilbrittain / Timoleague, Mallow, FR O'Neill's, Clonakilty, Valley Rovers.
Section B: 4 Teams: Ballygarvan, Glen Rovers, Eire Óg, Aghabullogue.
Glen Rovers v Valley Rovers
Kilbrittain v EIRE ÓG or Mallow
Some members of the Kilmichael Rovers Ladies FC getting ready for the West Cork League. Pic. Supplied
Under 14 League, Macroom 5 Buttevant 3.
Macroom got their league campaign off to a winning start with a well merited victory over visitors Buttevant at the TownPark. Macroom were by far the better side and the three points were wrapped up long before the final whistle sounded. The home side dominated the early stages and with midfielder Sean McMahon well on top. After many near misses, the pressure finally told when Sanetra's free kick found its way in to the net to give Macroom a deserved lead. Macroom continued to pile on the pressure soon after, another long range effort from Sanetra was misjudged by the keeper and Macroom were celebrating a two nil lead until Buttevant got a goal back on the stroke of half time.
Early in the second half, substitute Conor McKirgan made good ground up the right wing before releasing Sanetra to round the keeper and slot home for his hat trick. The Macroom defence was now totally on top, with Sean Desmond and Sean Condon playing solidly. With this platform, further goals were always likely and the fourth arrived on fifty minutes, when a McMahon through ball found Sanetra who made no mistake. The best goal of the game came seven minutes later. Sanetra again found space and drilled a low shot across the keeper to the far corner for a great finish. This brought his personal tally to five goals in what was an outstanding performance. Buttevant tried to the end and were rewarded with two late goals, which were merely a consolation. This was an excellent start for the U14 team and they will now move forward with plenty of confidence as the season progresses. The team is coached by Paul Barrett, Steve McKirgan, Ray Fallon and John Corcoran.
Squad: Scott Lucey, Nico Wyczyaskie, Sean Desmond, Kieran Condon, Sean Condon, Sean McMahon, Kevin Barrett, Marcel Szuchan, Dylan Corcoran, James Mullane, Simon Sanetra, Tiernan Quinn, Ryan Fallon, Fionnan Cotter, Tomas Collins, Conor McKirgan.
U12 League: Macroom 8 Kanturk 3: A great outing with Conor Murphy excelling with 4 goals. Daniel Cotter on target with 2 as well as Kieran Doody and David O' Connell with one each.
U15 League: Strand Utd 3 Macroom 5. This was a great away win with a hat trick from Eolan O' Leary as well as goals from Kevin Condon and Leo Healy.
U16 League: Buttevant 2 Macroom 4. Another fine away win on Sunday morning last, Jack O' Donovan and Ethan O' Gorman on target with two goals each.
Youths League: Macroom 10 Avondale Utd 1: Goals galore at Murrayfield with a Joe Ryan hat trick along with Don Creedon (2), Chris Foskett, Micheal Hourihane, Robert Healy, Darrin Dineen and Cian O' Riordan with one each.
AUL Division 2A League: De Courcy Albion 3 Macroom B 1. No joy in Ballinadee with new signing Jose Pinto getting Macrooms' solitary goal.
The proceeds of the Redmond Kirby Memorial Match, which took place in July last, were recently presented to Suicide Aware. This charity fundraiser was organised to remember Red, who died so tragically earlier this year and also to highlight the issue of suicide in the wider community. Members of the Kirby Family, as well as Patricia Behan representing Suicide Aware, were in attendance. A total sum of €2,500 was raised. Going forward, Macroom F.C. will continue its association with the charity and have now entered into the Amber Flag programme. This initiative involves people of all ages developing and taking part in activities that promote positive mental health and is currently being rolled out in schools and clubs throughout Ireland. In the coming weeks and months Suicide Aware representatives will visit the club to hold a seminar; an Amber flag notice board will be erected and a mentoring system will be established, where senior club members receive training and can then help mentor younger members. Keep an eye out in the local publications for further updates.