Lee Valley Outlook v15e7 April 5 2018

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Ar Thaobh na Fothana. Spring Lambs 2018 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Kilmurry Active Retirement Gardening Talk in Museum Thurs 5th April 7.30.
Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí Fund Raising Concert in Riverside Park Hotel, Fri. April 6th at 8:00pm.
Cope Foundation Fundraising Céilí in Inchigeela Hall, Fri 6th of April @9.30 pm.
Coachford Players present 2 One Act Plays in GAA Hall on May 5th, 6th & 7th.
Croí na Laoi walk on Sun April 8th at 2pm from Holy Year Cross layby.
Divine Mercy Sunday: Devotions and Mass 8th April, 2.45pm, St. Colman's Church, Macroom.
Kilbarry NS Parents Association Coffee Morning after Mass on Sun April 8th in Creedon’s Hotel, Inchigeela.
Fundraiser for Defibrillators in Teerelton Community Hall on Sun April 8th from 10a.m.
Scoraíocht in Cuan Barra, Ballingeary on Mon April 9, 8.00pm to10.00pm
Croí na Laoi meeting on Tues April 10th at 9pm in the Parish Hall.
Cuidiú Coffee Morning 10:30-12:30 Wed 11th April, Macroom GAA Hall
Programme for Mums in Macroom CDYS, April 11th – 23rd May, 9.30am – 11.30am.
AIB Macroom seminar for home buyers in bank @ 6pm on Thurs. 12th of April.
Macroom Flower Club meeting at Coolcower House, Thurs April 12th.
Amhránaí na Bliana, Máire Ní Chéilleachair, i Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne, Aibreán 13, 11r.n.
Dromleigh NS PA Table Quiz in Kilmichael Bar on Fri April 13th @8.30pm.
Macroom Golf Club Ladies and Friends dinner at Castle Hotel on Fri April 13 at 7p.m.
Lee Valley Speakers meetings in Castle Hotel on Tues April 17th and May 1st at 8pm
Atlas of the Irish Revolution lecture in Kilmurry Museum at 8pm 18th April.
A Cuppa for Cope at the Castle Hotel, Macroom on Fri 20th April, 10.30am – 12.30pm.
Broomhill Vintage Club Spring Run on Sun April 22nd from 11am, Coachford GAA Hall
Family 5km Fun Run / Walk on April 29th from Muinefliuch NS. at 2pm.
Flag Day for Autism on Thurs May 3rd.
Aghinagh Comhaltas will host Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí in Macroom on May 11th, 12th & 13th 2018.
Darkness into Light walk: 12th May @4:15am from Independence Museum, Kilmurry.
Macroom Senior Citizens Summer holiday to Cavan, Sun May 20th to Fri. May 25th.
Macroom Library
Storytime 12 midday Saturdays.
Bridge Club Wed. Ap. 11, 10.30a.m.
Music Morning Fri. April 13, 11a.m.
Juvenile Book Club Sat. April 14 at 3p.m.
Purlies Thurs. April 19 at 11.30 a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte: Thurs. Ap. 26, 11.30a.m.

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Macroom Updates

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St Mary's School Bank with their teacher Ms Arlene O Donoghue receiving their prize of €5000 from AIB Bank Manager, Mr Aidan Andrews. ©

Third All Ireland Win for St Mary’s

They’ve done it again. The School Bank team from St Mary’s Secondary School – Caoimhe Moynihan, Hanna O’Donovan, Miriam Murnane, Katie Sheehan, Jessica Buckley and Savannah Hickey, with their Business Studies teacher, Arlene O’Donoghue and AIB Student Officer, Eleanor Dunne, have won the All Ireland final of the AIB Build a Bank Challenge 2018. The Macroom students have won the top prize of €5,000 for their school and €250 for each of the team members at the AIB Build a Bank Challenge competition, beating opposition from 138 schools from all over the country.
The school has an absolutely amazing and unequalled record in this 16 year old competition. St. Mary’s have entered it eight times; won outright 3 times - in 2010, 2012 and now again in 2018 and they came 2nd in 2009. (An interesting common denominator is that Ms. Arlene O’Donoghue has been Business Teacher to all the Macroom teams).
The final took place in The RDS on Wednesday the 21st of March, with 48 Regional Winners taking part. The AIB Build a Bank Challenge sees a team of six students - selected to set up and manage a bank in the school, getting involved in everything from sourcing new customers and opening AIB accounts to encouraging regular savings and exploring new ways to bank, such as AIB Phone & Internet Banking. St Mary’s Bank this year is based around a Space/ Astronomy theme, with their Slogan – “Taking your Savings out of this World!”
The Build a Bank programme links directly to the Business Curriculum and is an excellent, practical preparation for learning about running a business. Business Teacher, Arlene O’Donoghue, says that “Taking part in this competition is extremely beneficial to the students as they learned: Presentation Skills, Business Plan Development, Marketing Techniques, Leadership and Teamwork, Digital Innovation, Customer Relationship Management, Interview Experience and Finance education. Having a saving facility in the school is a huge benefit to the entire student body, as having a bank on site introduces students to the world of banking and encourages them to plan for their future by developing sound money management skills.”

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St Mary's students: Savannah Hickey, Caoimhe Moynihan, Jessica Buckley, Hanna O Donovan, and Katie Sheehan who attended the inaugural AIB Future Sparks Festival in Dublin with their teacher, Arlene O’Donoghue. ©

At the National Final, the girls had to deliver a 4 minute presentation on stage, followed by 6 minutes of gruelling questioning from three judges. When answering, the girls amazed both judges and audience with their confidence and professionalism. They were an absolute credit to themselves, to their school and to their parents. Six teams were then shortlisted for the Final Stage Show, where the girls had to deliver their presentation again, this time to the three Head Judges and before an audience of over 700 people. Finally, once all of the Judges’ deliberations were complete, Spacesavers Bank was crowned a worthy winner.
“They worked so hard on this project. They worked really well together as a team and were most innovative in their ideas for their Bank”, Arlene O’Donoghue added. The girls would like to take this opportunity to thank all of their sponsors from the locality. They would especially like to thank their Business Teacher, Arlene O’Donoghue and Eleanor Dunne from AIB Macroom, who worked so hard with them during this competition, mentored & supported them, believed in them and motivated them to succeed. Huge Congratulations to all involved!

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Dawn Mass on Easter Sunday at Macroom Castle Grounds

Dawn Mass at Easter

The Paschal Mass was concelebrated in Macroom Castle Grounds at 6a.m. on Easter Sunday morning. A crowd of about 300, drawn from Macroom and neighbouring parishes, attended the joyous ceremony. The main celebrant was Fr. Keane and he was assisted by Canon Roberts and Fr. O’Mahony. Mary Crowley on guitar led the choir. Though cold, the rain held off for the duration.

Tourist Guide Launch

Minister Michael Creed will attend at McEgan College, Macroom on the morning of April 10 to launch a Tourist Guide for Macroom and the Lee Valley, updated and published by Transition Year Students at the College. Mayor of the County, Mr. Declan Hurley, will also attend this important event for tourism in the area. The glossy brochure includes three maps - Macroom Town Centre, the greater town area and the Lee Valley. It lists A Couple of Dozen Places to Visit in the Lee Valley, with these identified on the map by numbers 1 – 24. The brochure is sponsored by Cork County Council, McEgan College, the Lee Valley Enterprise Board and a number of businesses in Macroom and the Lee Valley. It will be distributed free of charge to tourist outlets.

Macroom Tidy Towns AGM

The Tidy Towns committee 2018 AGM was held in the Castle Hotel, with a good attendance. Secretary, John Lyons, read the 2017 Minutes. Chairman Martin Coughlan thanked his fellow officers, volunteers and sponsors and outlined some of the major projects that the group is involved in and works ongoing and planned by the council. The Secretary highlighted the extensive range of works carried out in the past year. Treasurer, Judy O’Sullivan, presented the accounts and election of officers followed, with all existing officers remaining on.
The weekly Saturday morning work sessions, with over 20 volunteers, are a great success. Officers meet regularly to manage finance, correspondence, applications for competitions, preparing 5 year plan, planning of local work etc. Frequent contact is made with the council, the local engineer, local staff and elected reps.
In 2017, the officers set out a new 3 year plan that will form part of the Tidy Towns submission in May. In the 2017 National Tidy Towns, a silver medal was achieved for the second time, which means that Macroom is now within 20 marks of the National winners in our category. A €700 prize was also received. The criticisms outlined in the judges’ report in 2017 will be part of the focus for this year’s work programme.
The Cork Litter Challenge, which comprises 3 fortnightly judging periods, produced reasonable results. The estates were good, with a general absence of litter, but the town centre lost the marks. Small litter items like cigarette butts are a problem, particularly near pubs.
After a meeting with the Mart Manager, the property and grounds were enhanced. New Outdoor Gym Equipment was installed in the Castle Demesne. Cleaning and repairing of equipment is ongoing. Good Lives Project have been working on a mural. They also attended to the beds near Grotto and plan a survey on disposable plastic coffee cups. Flowers for the beds and the large hanging baskets were supplied by Ballyvourney Nurseries. A machine was hired to erect and take down the large baskets and a special watering system kept them blooming, with maintenance carried out 5.30 - 7.30 am on two mornings a week right up to October.
Volunteer Work carried out included Litter Picking all over town and from the 2 mile bridge to the Half Way, and Coolehane; planting/ maintaining flower beds and emptying these beds in Autumn; tree Pruning in Town Centre; Washing litter bins and street furniture, doggie poo bins, wildlife signs, lifebuoys in town park, and the bridge railings (footbridge over Sullane); Painting of street furniture, railings and bollards; Weeding of walls, kerbs, Coachford bridge, spraying paths and laneways; Cleaning of cobble stones at Castle entrance; Church Gate Collection in March (revenue was up on last year).
Litter Bin Replacement scheme is ongoing, with further large capacity bins erected on the main street, one funded by Tidy Towns and three others by the council. Town Park developments include the entrance area, where stone walls were restored, new stone walls built, beech hedging and shrub planting in new stone bed. The pitch and putt building has been cleaned and painted. The Mill Stream Project is yet to be commenced. The 1916 commemoration plaque surrounds in Castle Demesne will be completed. The plan for the Town Centre upgrade is with the architects in council and details have not yet been seen, but the work is to be welcomed as there is over 100k to be spent here.
Renewed efforts are being made to address the problems of dereliction. The paint scheme that was promoted last year for Castle Street and New Street is again being actively worked on. Tidy Towns worked closely with RSS and TUS schemes (flower watering, grass cutting, maintenance works, Xmas tree erection/ dismantling, flower baskets erection/ removal, etc). The volunteers have also worked closely with the Men’s Shed and three girls from St Mary's Secondary school helped out for 13 weeks as part of their Gaisce Awards. Tidy Towns facebook page is updated very regularly, with pictures of ongoing works. The main sponsorship is the money we receive from Blarney/Macroom Municipal District Council each year. Further sponsorship for new high viz vests was received from Richaldine House B&B, Lissardagh Cleaning Services, Glenmill and KWD (for County Cleanup in April). Others that sponsored events are Castle Hotel, Fitz’s, Granvilles, Auld Triangle, Twomey’s Hardware and an anonymous donation of €300. Next stages in the Oakwood project is to power wash the wall, followed by painting different colours on different sections and laying mypex and stone bed with planting to follow, and a path close to the wall.
Much background work goes into the annual Tidy Towns submission. The 3 year plan, engagement with other bodies, local amenities and the environment, and engaging with businesses, residents’ groups and individuals for the promotion of sustainable resources and waste management are stressed.
2018 work will focus on suggestions made in the 2017 Tidy Towns Report: improvements to Millstreet approach road, iron gates between Fitzgerald Street and Bus Depot; the need for new volunteers. Join this vibrant association. Many hands make light work.

Macroom Senior Citizens AGM.

Macroom Senior Citizens are currently celebrating their Golden Jubilee and the committee recently held its annual general meeting, looking back on its 50th year of service to the elderly of Macroom and environs. Founded in 1968 to provide meals on wheels to local 'geriatrics', by 2018 Macroom Senior Citizen Committee is providing a four course meal in the Fr. Ryan Hall seven days a week and meals on wheels six days a week. The committee organised the erection of the Fr. Ryan Hall in 1976. Sullane Haven and Sullane Place have been added to provide residential care. Besides meals, the elderly can access chiropody, laundry, bingo, socials, art and craft classes, dancing for older people and Tai Chi. The annual holiday and outings are most popular as are Bealtaine celebrations, Christmas dinner and tea party, coffee mornings and musical evenings. Care and Repair is another much valued service provided. Mass for deceased members and friends is celebrated in the Fr. Ryan Hall every November.
While the HSE funds much of the work, fundraising is essential to maintain the quality of care. The annual fundraising week in August and the Shopeen provide most of the extra income. A number of local clubs and groups also contribute every year. Dreams for the future include the replacement of ageing laundry equipment and the provision of a day care centre.
Among the many staff and volunteers who help out are Regina Casey, Evelyn Mungovan, Pat O’Connell, Nellie Dervin, Liz O'Sullivan, Linda O’Mahony, Bridie Lynch, Joan Dineen, Michael O'Callaghan, Denis Healy, Noreen Kelleher, Kay Singleton, Yvonne Manning, Con Kelleher. The Committee would welcome more members and volunteers for the challenges ahead.
Holiday time

It’s time once again for the Macroom Senior Citizens/ Active Retirement Group to make their arrangements for the annual Summer holiday. This year they are off to Cavan, where the group will be based at the 4 star luxurious Cavan Crystal Hotel in Cavan town. They will leave Macroom on Sunday, May 20th and spend five nights in Cavan, returning home to Macroom on Friday, May 25th. The cost for the 6 day holiday is €370 pps and €420 single room occupancy. Included in the cost is 5 nights B and B, 5 evening meals, coach to and from Macroom and daily tours from Cavan, and nightly entertainment in the hotel. This annual holiday is extremely good value and highly popular always. Bookings to secure a place with the group should be made with Evelyn McSweeney Mungovan at 026-41070, not later than April 9th.

Macroom Powerlifter

19 year old Serena Pierce took up the sport of powerlifting 5 year ago. She has since elevated herself to the best in the world in her age and weight group. She is a holder of 16 National records, 9 European records and 8 world records. Serena is also on the Irish powerlifting team and represented Ireland in Lake Garda, Italy 2 years ago and last November competed in Boston and came home as world champion and is now ranked first in the world. In 2016 Serena was recognized with a city and county youth sports star award in the Metropole Hotel. In 2017 she received the Cork Indoor sports star award and she got a Bank of Ireland special achievement award. Serena trains three days a week with her dad/coach Tony Pierce, who is a renowned powerlifter, in Paul Cronin's Gym (Innovation Gym) Macroom. Her next aim is to compete at the World Championship in Malta in June, where she hopes to create more records. Her passion for powerlifting has directed her to study Leisure and Recreation at CSN College Cork, which she hopes to lead on to Personal Training next year. She is seeking sponsorship for her trip to Malta for the world championship and would be very grateful to any business or company that would help. Please contact Tony Pierce on 0868894557.

Easter Rising commemoration

The annual Macroom commemoration ceremonies for the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence were held at the monument in the Square on Easter Sunday afternoon at 3pm. Mairéad Casey Twomey, Ré na nDoirí, performed the Laying of a Wreath ceremony at the monument, followed by the Sounding of the Last Post by John Dineen. Con Lynch led a decade of the Rosary and Martin Coughlan read the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic. The oration was delivered by James O’Leary, Carriganima. The Macroom Easter commemoration ceremonies are organised by the War of Independence Commemoration Committee, a non party political group which seeks to honour the memory of all those who fought, died and suffered in the cause of Irish independence.
Local Television will transmit a programme showing footage from the ceremony on Wednesday, April 11 at 9.30pm.

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Ms. Lily De la Cour, Role model of the year at St. Mary's, pictured with her second year class who nominated her. ©An Scoil

St. Mary’s

“Wellbeing Week”. The school’s “Wellbeing Week” got off to a flying start, with workshops for first and second years in yoga, candle making, knitting, felting, circuit training and reading. Senior students had a presentation from Michael O’Leary, a CBT practitioner, on coping mechanisms to deal with anxious moments in their lives, while Garda Orla Doyle spoke to juniors on “Internet Safety”. Her aim was to educate students on the safe and appropriate use of the Internet and behaving responsibly while online. Third, fourth, fifth and sixth year students were treated to a very thought provoking and insightful talk by Mr Denis Collins, a Business teacher in our school. Mr Collins spoke about his decision not to drink and the benefits for him, as a young person, living an alcohol free life. While very involved in the music industry, he sees it as a distinct advantage not to drink. He went on to encourage the girls to set a timeframe, however short, to which they would maintain total abstinence from drink and to consider the advantages of doing so. Graffiti, a drama production company, gave a seminar to fifth years on the need to be respectful to others, while junior students had a very lively and energetic workshop with Angelina Ryle on preventing and protecting girls from bullying. First and second year boys visited for a table quiz. Developing communication skills between the boys and the girls was the aim of the exercise and it was certainly achieved. The Wellbeing Week” finished with a very worthwhile presentation by Paddy Harkin, psychotherapist and member of the HSE, to third, fifth and sixth years on the Q.P.R. ( Question, Persuade , Refer) method. This skill, like the CPR method, was a training on how to identify and deal with a friend who may be suicidal. Although a difficult topic to dwell on, the training will hopefully be beneficial to any student who may be in that position in the future.
During the week too, students reflected and exhibited on coloured speech bubbles, what they are grateful for, in their lives as well as what makes them happy. There were some interesting contributions! All year groups were asked to nominate a female role model. The nominations included Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey and Anna Geary among others. Each student in the school then voted on the nominees and Ms Lily de la Cour, our very own English teacher, was elected St Mary’s Female Role Model of the Year. Ms De la Cour is a world and European champion in kickboxing. Along with her dedication and commitment to her sport and to her teaching career, Ms De La Cour’s personal qualities are an inspiration, particularly for the girls in the school. Her modest, bubbly, enthusiastic manner and her permanent smile make her a very strong role model for her students.

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Exchange students from Bordeaux try their hand at technology during their visit to De la Salle College, Macroom ©An Scoil

De la Salle Updates

Exchanges. It has been a very busy period in De la Salle Macroom as two exchange programmes overlapped. After a disappointing postponement due to weather conditions, 38 Italian students and their teachers finally arrived in Macroom on Friday 9 March. Their trip this year was short but enjoyable. The Italian students were hosted in the local homes of De la Salle’s First Year students. They visited Cobh Heritage Centre, Bunratty Castle and Cork Gaol. The Italian and Irish students also shared an enjoyable afternoon of traditional Irish dancing and music in the school. De la Salle’s First Year students are now eagerly awaiting their trip to Marcallo con Casone, where they will be hosted in the homes of the Italian students. The group will include thirty First Years and two senior students, along with their teachers, and their stay near Milan will last from May 2 until May 9. During their stay they will visit historical and cultural sites of interest, the highlights being a trip to Gardaland theme park and the San Siro stadium. The students from Saint Genès Secondary School have recently returned to Bordeaux after a very enjoyable 10-day stay with their exchange partners from De la Salle and St. Mary’s, Macroom. In total, thirty-two French boys and girls participated in the annual exchange, enjoying excursions to Killarney, Cobh, Skibbereen and Gougán Barra, as well as experiencing a day in the life of an Irish secondary school student. The Irish students will visit Bordeaux in late April, and are looking forward to visiting the region and gaining an authentic cultural experience while being hosted by their exchange partners in France. Bon voyage to everyone involved.
In Gaelic Games, the school’s disappointing defeat by Coláiste Chríost Rí in the final of the Corn Simcox was followed by a loss to Clonakilty Community College in the first round of the Munster Schools’ B U-16½ football championship. The U-14 football team had better luck in the Cork Schools’ B championship, easily accounting for Kinsale Community School.
Christmas Collection. A total of more than €2000 was presented on behalf of Transition Year students to Macroom charities as the proceeds of the MCA Christmas collection. The beneficiaries were St. Vincent de Paul, COPE and Macroom Senior Citizens.

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McEgan College Transition Year Students at The Cork Student Enterprise Competition. ©An Scoil

Macroom Flower Club

Macroom Flower & Garden Club Floral Demonstration with Bertranda Delaney AOIFA (Thurles), entitled “Spring is”, will be held on Thursday April 12th at 8.00p.m. in Coolcower House Macroom 026-41695. Club competitions as per schedule. Plant sales table. New members and visitors most welcome. Raffle. Further information 087-9821708.

Macroom Library

Children’s Book Week April 2nd marked ‘International Children’s Book Day,’ and with ‘Children’s Book Week’ at the end of the month fast-approaching, what better time than now to sign-up your little ones for a library card, if you haven’t already done so? Membership is FREE and it only takes 5minutes to join! Photo I.D and Proof of Address required for guardians.
The Bridge Club will meet on Wednesday 11th at 10.30am. New members are welcome to join for a few friendly games, a chat, a cup of tea and some biscuits.
The Juvenile Book Club are due to meet on Saturday 14th at 3pm to discuss – 'Skulduggery Pleasant' by Derek Landy.
Closure. Macroom Library will be closed on Thursday April 12th for staff training. If you have books that need to be renewed, you can pop in to us with your library card, or give us a call on the phone at 02642483 before April 12th and we can renew them for you. You can also renew them online at https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services. The Purlies Knitting Group will be meeting on Thursday 19th at 11.30am. New members are welcome. With the release of the ‘Peter Rabbit’ movie in Ireland recently, the ladies were hard-at-work putting together a fantastic collection of knitted characters from the movie, which many of you might have already seen displayed in our library window – this is just one example of how talented our knitters can be when they get a couple of knitting needles and some wool in their hands, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next. The next Ciorcal Cainte session has been deferred to Thursday, April 26 at 11.30a.m. Children’s Story Time is held in the library every Saturday at midday. It is presented by a member of staff and lasts for around 30mins. Friday 13th may be unlucky for some, but not for us, as we will once again be treated to Music Morning in the library at 11am, music chosen by guest Mr Tom Seacy. Jill Vahey and Vera O'Halloran combined to present a lovely morning of music at Macroom Library on March 9. They took turns, with Jill opening with Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Vera's first choice was pianist Richard Clayderman playing Elton John's Candle in the Wind. The Mocking Bird Song was followed by Johnny McEvoy singing Nora and the Humming Chorus from Madame Butterfly preceded Ronan Tynan, of Irish Tenor fame, giving us The Town I Loved so Well. After refreshments, we enjoyed the Prince of Denmark Waltz; Harbour Lights by Nick Wales, with the 101 Strings Orchestra; Rossini’s William Tell Overture; Celine Dion with her chart shattering My Heart will go On, the theme song from Titanic. Glenn Miller with A String of Pearls; John Spillane and An Maidrín Rua and The Anvil Chorus from Verdi’s Il Trovatore brought the eclectic programme to a conclusion.

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Events

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí 2018 Aghinagh Comhaltas Fund Raising Concert in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Friday April 6th at 8:00pm. Tickets €10.

Local Television

Wed. April 4. 9.30pm. Seán Ó Riada follows the footsteps of An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire from Liscarrigane to Carriganima to Macroom. 1960s recording.
Sun. April 8. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Corpus Christi processions in Clondrohid and Macroom 2015, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. April 11. 9.30pm. 2018 Easter Rising Commemoration at the monument in Macroom.
Sun. April 15. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Mass from Macroom area 2011, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. April 18. 9.30pm. Kilmurry Museum 1984 followed by excerpts from recordings in Kilmurry area.
Sun. April 22. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich’s 1986 visit to Baile Mhúirne, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. April 25. 9.30pm. Comórtas Amhránaíochta agus Lúibíní ó Bhaile Mhúirne 1992. .
Sun. April 29. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Annual Mass from Shrone, first Sunday in May 2017, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.


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Snippets may include details of upcoming Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. We may include commercial events that are also being advertised simultaneously in the magazine.
Kilmurry Active Retirement will hold a Gardening Talk by Fin's Garden Centre in Kilmurry Museum, Thursday 5th April 7.30. All welcome.
Coachford Players will perform 2 One Act Plays, ‘Per Verse’ and ‘The Nightingale and not the Lark’, in Coachford GAA Hall on May 5th, 6th & 7th.
Divine Mercy Sunday: Sunday 8th April, 2.45pm, St. Colman's Church, Macroom. Mass, Recitation of Chaplet etc. All welcome.
Fundraiser for Defibrillators in Teerelton Community Hall on Sunday, April 8th from 10a.m.
Croí na Laoi walk on Sunday, April 8th. Meet at 2pm at the Holy Year Cross layby on the South Lake Road to walk the 10km linear route along by Loch Allua. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, April 10th at 9pm in the Parish Hall.
Kilbarry NS Parents Association is holding a Coffee Morning after Mass on Sunday April 8th 2018 in Creedon’s Hotel, Inchigeela, Enjoy tea, coffee and cakes with family and friends, with all funds raised on the day supporting the Parents’ Association calendar of activities. All donations welcome.
Cuidiú Coffee Morning 10:30-12:30 Wednesday 11th April, Macroom GAA Hall (back of the Castle Grounds). Bring your babies and toddlers to play while you get a coffee and chat with other parents (€2.50 non-members, €1.50 members) Contact Helen Corcoran or Aoife Noonan via Cuidiu Cork on Facebook.
Cloyne Diocesan Youth Services Macroom CDYS are running a well-being programme for mums, facilitated by Dr Dermot Casey & Elaine Breen. It will run for 6 weeks, starting April 11th – 23rd May, every Wednesday, 9.30am – 11.30am in Macroom CDYS and it will be a first come, first served basis. Contact Person: Susan Pearmain 083-1609007. This is not a parenting programme but a safe space for mums (or grandmums) to come together and talk.
Table Quiz. Dromleigh NS PA are holding their annual Table Quiz in Kilmichael Bar on Friday April 13th @8.30pm. €20 per table of four, with prizes for junior table. Raffle afterwards. All welcome.
Macroom Golf Club Ladies and Friends dinner in the Castle Hotel on Friday, April 13 at 7p.m. Tickets €50 each from Golf Club at 026 41072.
Lee Valley Speakers will meet on Tuesday April 17th and again Tuesday May 1st at 8pm in the Castle Hotel Macroom. Anyone interested in learning about public speaking is welcome.
A Cuppa for Cope! The Cope Foundation Fundraising Group in Macroom will hold a Coffee Break /Morning at The Castle Hotel on Friday 20th April from 10.30am – 12.30pm. The Coffee Break is part of this year’s Flowers of Hope campaign. The group won’t be going door-to-door this year with Flowers of Hope seeds; instead, they invite everyone to join them for their Coffee Break to enjoy tea/ coffee and a scone. Everybody is welcome. This year, Flowers of Hope pins and seeds will be available to purchase in lots of shops and businesses across Macroom. Keep an eye out for them from 9th – 30th April and please show your support by showing and growing your Flowers of Hope. Thank you to The Castle Hotel for accommodating the fundraising group for this event. For more information, contact Jo-Anne on 021 4643346. Visit www.cope-foundation.ie
Tractor and Car Run Broomhill Vintage Club will host their annual Spring Run on Sunday April 22nd. Registration is from 11am in the GAA Hall in Coachford with the run starting at Noon. For further details and information contact Kieran on 087 699 33 88 or Tadhg on 087 242 63 43
Family 5km Fun Run / Walk will be held on April 29th from Muinefliuch NS. Registration at the school from 1.30pm. Run at 2pm. Cost: €5 per person or €20 per family. Monster Raffle on the day. Refreshments afterwards. Fancy dress optional.
Bealnamorrive Daffodil Day The organisers wish to thank all who supported this worthy cause. Your contributions are much appreciated. A magnificent total of €2,185 was raised.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: March 18. Jackpot €6,100. Numbers drawn 3, 15, and 27. No winner. €50 Mary and Jerry O Herlihy, Derryroe. €20 each: Antoinette Murphy, Aghabullogue, Daithí Healy, Carrigathou, McCarthy Grandchildren, Ballyvongane, Ray Manning, Moulnahorna.
March 24. Jackpot €6,250. Numbers drawn 3, 41, and 42 €50 Seamus/Bina, C/O Láine Bar. €20 each: William Neville, Dromree, Jayden Crowley, Coolcower, Donal Burns, Clonavrick, Mary McSweeney, Láine Bar. .
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto Results 21/3/2018. Jackpot €1400. No winner . €70 Betty Desmond Bridgemount. €20 each: Liam Cotter Kilvoultra. Ann Carey Derrynasaggart, Liam O’Riordan Gortnapeasta, Tom McSweeney c/o Mary Anne’s Bar.
28/3/2018. Jackpot €1600. No winner . €70 Andrias Ó Scannaill Ballyvourney. €20 each: John and Helen Desmond 7 Ros Álainn, James O’Connell Glounarrig, Liam O’Riordan Gortnapeasta.

Kilmurry GAA lotto results. March 19. Jackpot €2,200. Numbers drawn 17,22,35. No winner. €50 Noreen Healy. €20 each: John O Mahony, Kevin O Sullivan, Ben O Donoghue, Jim O Mahony
March 26. Jackpot €2,400. Numbers drawn 9,12,24. €50 Ciara Murphy. €20 each: Amy Collier, Bina Healy, O Mahony Ardragh, Margaret Murphy, Michael D.
Macroom GC Lotto: 20th March Jackpot €3300 Numbers Drawn: 25, 26, 29 No Winner €40- Donal Ahern. €20 each: Rose Beamish, Mick Queally.
Macroom FC Lotto 20/03/18. Jackpot €4, 400. Numbers drawn: 4, 9, 32. No Winner. €80 Derry Crowley c/o Evelyn. €20 each: Margaret Kelleher c/o June, Kate Browne c/o Noel, Claire Dineen c/o Lars, Joan Cronin c/o Darrin.
26/03/18: Jackpot €4, 600. Numbers drawn: 7, 19, 28. No Winner. €80 Ted Murphy c/o Greyhound Bar. €20 each: Breda McCarthy c/o Breda, Thomas McSweeney c/o Noel, Luke Ring c/o Darrin, Diana Scanlon c/o Evelyn.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 20/03/2018. Jackpot €7,400. No Winner, Numbers drawn: 14-19-23. No Winner. €70 Adam Murnane, 18 The Lawn €20 each: Paddy Horgan, Kilmichael. Dan O’Riordan, Kilnamartyra. Ciaran McCrory, The Hermitage. Gretta Galvin, C/O Vaughan's Cafe. Jennifer Buckley, 8 An Gleann.
27/03/2018. Jackpot €7.600. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 13-19-23. €70 Michael Browne, Railway View €20 each: Tina Murray, Railway View. Laura O'Mahony, C/o Frank Twomey. Pat O'Connor, Railway View. Paddy Finnegan, Aghavrin, Coachford. Bina Healy, Farnanes
Coachford AFC Lotto: Results 20/3/2018. Jackpot: €1,600. Numbers Drawn: 2 – 18 – 29. No Winner. €40 Michael O’Shaughnessy (Online Ticket). €20 Anthony O’Riordan (Yearly Ticket), John O’Carroll, Triona Dineen, Johnny Healy.
26/3/2018. Jackpot: €1,800. Numbers Drawn: 24 – 26 – 29. No Winner. €40 Danni Madden. €20 Molly O’Connell, Susan Ward, Tina Herlihy, Tracy Ryan.

Lee Valley Updates

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Buaiteoirí an chomórtais amhránaíochta do dhaoine fásta, Eoghan Cormican, Gobnait Ní Chrualaoi, Danielle Ní Chéilleachair (buaiteoir Chorn Sheáin Uí Shíocháin), Siobhán Ní Mhuimhneacháin agus Seán Ó Luasa. ©

Comóradh Sheáin Uí Shíocháin

Bhí céiliúradh mór ar shaol an amhránaí, an fhir spóirt, agus céad ard-stiúrthóir an CLG, Seán Ó Síocháin, le féile bliantúil ina cheantar dúchais, Cill na Martra le déanaí. Ba rí-oiriúnach dá réir gurb í amhránaí óg ón bparóiste céanna, Danielle Ní Chéilleachair, a bhuaigh an príomh-dhuais i lá a bhí lán le comórtais cheoil, teanga agus amhránaíochta, eagraithe ag Cumann Peile Cill na Martra agus Craobh Lachtaín Naofa Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, i gcuimhne ar Sheán Ó Síocháin.
Torthaí Chomóradh Sheáin Uí Shíocháin:
Ceol Faoi 15: 1. Kate Ní Shé; 2. Ellen de Búrca. 3. Méabh Ní Chonaill
Ceol Faoi 18: 1. Maedbh Ní Shé. 2. Caitríona Ní Chonaill
Ceol: (dóibh siúd nár bhuaigh duais roimhe seo i gcomórtais an Chomhaltais)
Faoi 10: 1. Mattie Ó Loingsigh; 2. Evan Ó Laighin; 3. Julie Ní Mhocháin
Faoi 12: 1. Caoimhe Bhreathnach; 2. Hannah Ní Mhocháin; 3. Eimear Ní Shuibhne
Faoi 15: 1. Conchúir Ó Liatháin; 2. Aodhagán Ó Ríordáin; 3. Áine Ní Shíocháin
Comhrá Gaeilge: Faoi 8: Donncha Ó Conchúir; 2. Molly Ní Loingsigh; 3. Aisling Ní Cheallacháin & Saoirse Ní Dhulchaointigh
Faoi 10: 1. Finín Ó Conaill; 2 Seán Ó Súilleabháin; 3. Mattie & Jerh Ó Loingsigh.
Faoi 12: 1. Iseult Ní Riordáin; 2. Conor Ó Súilleabháin; 3. Caoimhe Bhreathnach.
Buaiteoir foriomlán: Iseult Ní Riordáin.
Amhránaíocht: U15: 1. Ellen de Búrca; 2. Mattie Ó Loingsigh; 3. Conall Mac Suibhne.
U18: 1. Jack Ó hÉalaithe; 2. Trevor Ó hÉalaithe
Amhránaíocht (daoine fásta): 1. Danielle Ní Chéilleachair; 2. Seán Ó Luasa & Siobhán Ní Mhuimhneacháin; 3. Eoghan Cormican & Gobnait Ní Chrualaoi.

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Auld School House Drama group presenting €770 to West Cork Rapid Response, from the proceeds of their play ‘The Two Love of Gabriel Foley’ ©

Clondrohid Updates

Easter Ceremonies were all well attended in Clondrohid and Carriganima. Thanks to Fr. Wickham for his dedication in performing all the Easter Ceremonies in both churches. Thanks to all who helped out in any way, especially the sacristans, choir, altar boys/ girls, readers, Eucharistic Ministers, collectors, and many more.
G.A.A.News: After a disappointing defeat to Donoughmore in the first match due mainly to the fact that a lot of players were missing, the U12s got back to winning ways with an emphatic win away to Ballygarvan on a final score of 7-10 to 1-6, with excellent performances throughout the pitch. The panel was: Owen Duggan, Jason O Connell, Cristian Healy O Brien, Alan Neville, Owen McCarthy, Oscar Cussen Walsh, Cormac Keoghan , Cian Kelleher, Adam Roche, Fionn Fitzgibbon, James Deasy, Adam O Shea, Jamie Hourihan, Eugene Granville, Cian Ryan, Cian O Donovan.
The U21s were out on Sunday last in Championship Semi final against Kilmichael, in Ballivourney. Bad start for the team when they lost Sean Desmond within 3 minutes to a shoulder injury, and with Fionn Heffernan out with an ankle injury, they were going to be up against it. But every player stood up to the mark, and they were level at half time. Second half the team fought well, but as they say goals win games. Hard luck lads. The 15 players that played today can be very proud of themselves, with everyone giving a 100%. Clondrohid 0.13 Kilmichael 2.12.

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Presentation to Fr Martin O’Driscoll from past parishioners in Uíbh Laoire ©Connie Cronin

Inchigeela Updates

Croí na Laoi AGM. The AGM of the Inchigeela Development Society (otherwise known as Croí na Laoi) was held in the hall on 22nd of March. In his address, outgoing Chairman, Finbarr Cronin, thanked everybody for their support during the past year. He acknowledged the hard work done by the committee and volunteers in their efforts to develop the Inchigeela area, making it a more beautiful and desirable place in which to live. The future course and aims of the group were discussed. As the lack of funding is a constant source of concern, a fundraising sub- committee was formed. At the election of officers, Finbarr Cronin was returned as Chairman with Dan Kelleher as Vice chairman. Nora B O’Riordan was returned as Secretary, with Teresa Cotter as Assistant Secretary. Gussie O’Riordan returns as Treasurer with Gerry Crowley appointed Assistant Treasurer. Next meeting 10th of April.
What is Croí na Laoi? To summarise, it is a Local Voluntary Development Group whose aim is to help develop the area in a way that will benefit the present population and the generations to come. The committee is publicly elected at the AGM, which is open to all. Examples of its work in the past year are the following: liaising with the Engineers and Planners of Cork Co Council; liaising with local elected representatives; mapping and erecting direction signs for 7 local walking routes; entering the area in the Tidy Town’s competition and working towards higher marks; planning and developing the amenity park, River Island and boating area in Graigue; arranging and holding computer classes; the Good Friday road clean-up; the community street picnic and much more. Volunteers are always welcome. To quote a higher authority, “the harvest is rich but the labourers are few” or, to quote an election slogan of 2002 “A lot done. More to do”. The work is satisfying and it is a good way of making and meeting friends, while improving our locality.
Big Clean-up. On Good Friday morning, a large number of volunteers met at the hall for the Good Friday clean up of the streets and the approach roads to the village. The whole task took under 2 hours. It was good to see that the collected litter was less than last year’s collection. It was also nice to see that so many young people turned out. The Croí na Laoi committee provided tea and refreshments for everybody in the hall afterwards. There were some Easter eggs for the younger volunteers. Well done all volunteers for their willing help and to the Cork Co Council Engineer and workmen for their assistance.
Easter Commemoration. At midday, Easter Sunday, the annual ceremony took place to honour all those who gave their lives and risked their lives for our country’s freedom. This day was dedicated to Volunteer Capt Denis Quinlan who lived in Inchigeela village and who was killed 100 hundred years ago, this year. Seamus Twohig introduced the speakers and guests. Jack O’Leary read The Proclamation. Joe Creedon, local hotelier and historian, spoke about the young Quinlan, his life in Inchigeela and his tragic death. We were introduced next to present day relatives of volunteer Quinlan, one of whom played the last post on the trumpet. The tribute ended with a decade of the Rosary and a blessing by Fr.O’Mahoney and the playing on the war pipes of Amhrán na bhFiann by Donal Kelleher.
Daffodils. The daffodils that were planted in the past few years by the Tidy Towns group are now blooming beautifully, especially in the River Island and at the boat slip in Graigue. They are proof that effort and imagination can produce great results.
Cope Foundation. A Fundraising Céilí for the Cope Foundation will take place in the hall, Inchigeela, on this Friday 6th of April @9.30 pm. Spots, Raffles and Refreshments. Music by The Breens. Great night assured. The Foundation was formerly “Cork Polio” and now cares for nearly 2,500 young people and adults in Cork County and City.
Sunday Walk. South lake road. This lovely walk takes you through a beautiful wooded and pasture landscape. Meet Sunday, April 8 2.00 pm. Holy Cross lay-by.
Kilbarry NS.Fundraiser. Kilbarry Parents’ Association host a fundraising coffee morning in Creedon’s Hotel, Inchigeela on Sunday 8th of April. Enjoy the tea/coffee and lovely cakes.
Scoraíocht. The next parish Scoraíocht is in Cuan Barra in Ballingeary on Monday 9th of April from 8.00pm to10.00pm Good fun with tea and home baking. Come along and enjoy the craic.

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Contestants in the Coachford heat of Cork Over 60s competition with Paddy O’Brien and some members of Coachford Foróige ©Peter Dineen

Coachford Updates

Over Sixties Rule. A fabulous, entertaining and enjoyable day was had by all at the Coachford Heat of the Cork Over 60’s Talent Competition. Eleven competitors took to the stage and sang and played their hearts out for the judges and the very appreciative audience. The standard was very high and made the judges’ decision very difficult. A winner was eventually picked and Paddy Murphy from Ballinagree, Macroom was chosen to go forward to the Semi Final in the Cork City Hall in May. Paddy was outstanding and got a huge reaction from the audience when he finished his song, ‘Seasons of the heart’. The competition was held in a wonderful atmosphere and great fun and craic were the order of the day. The competition organiser, Paddy O’Brien, entertained everyone with his jokes, stories and songs and the day finished off with waltzes and music from the always brilliant Aghinagh Comhaltas group.
Coachford Foróige club pulled out all the stops in making sure the event ran off without a hitch. The stage was decorated beautifully; the young members served tea, coffee and their own delicious cakes to everyone. They boys and girls also sold raffle tickets, with the proceeds going to the Irish Heart Foundation. Coachford Foróige presented each contestant with a certificate as a memento of their participation in the competition and they made Paddy O’Brien an honorary member of the group. The Foróige members also entertained the crowd with a modern dance routine at half time. Aghinagh Comhaltas also entertained the audience throughout the day with their wonderful sound. The organisers would like to thank Aoife Donovan for accompanying many of the contestants on piano. They would also like to thank Coachford Pharmacy, Stylz Hair & Beauty Salon, Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey and Kathleen’s Shop for kindly sponsoring the event.
Drama at Coachford. Coachford Players will perform two One Act Plays in Coachford GAA Hall on May 5th, 6th & 7th. The group will take to the stage with ‘Per Verse’ by Derry Cotter and ‘The Nightingale and not the Lark’ by Jennifer Johnston. A great night of drama is expected so make sure you keep the dates in your diary.
Tractor and Car Run. Broomhill Vintage Club will host their annual Spring Run on Sunday April 22nd. Registration is from 11am in the GAA Hall in Coachford, with the run starting at noon. For further details and information, contact Kieran on 087 699 33 88 or Tadhg on 087 242 63 43
Coachford U17s. It was heartbreak for the Coachford U17 soccer team when they lost to Athlone side, Willow Park in the quarter final of the FAI National Challenge Cup. The boys played well but came up against a very good side from Athlone Town. Willow Park went ahead on 40 minutes and scored their second 10 minutes into the second half . Coachford never gave up and pulled a goal back with 30 minutes left on the clock. However Willow Park scored their third to seal the victory with ten minutes to go. It was a terrific game of football, with great skill and determination from both teams throughout the 90 minutes. Well done to all of the Coachford players and their coaches. Getting to the 1/4 of a National Cup for a club the size of Coachford AFC is a huge achievement and while all involved are naturally disappointed they won’t be going any further, they should be very proud of the way they’ve played all throughout this tournament.

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Dromleigh N.S group at Young Scientists Exhibition in Limerick ©An Scoil

Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne

Good news and bad news from Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne – bad news is we will be closed on Thursday 12th April, but just for the day! Apologies for any inconvenience. However, it’s all good news after that!
Ar 13ú Aibreáin, beidh cuairteoir ag teacht chugainn, Amhránaí na Bliana 2018 í féin, Máire Ní Chéilleachair. Beidh sí ag teacht ag 11 r.n. chun roinnt amhráin a chanadh agus chun comhrá leis an grúpa Leabhair Linn sa Leabharlann ach tá fáilte roimh cách. Tá an ocáid seo bainteach le Bhliain na Gaeilge.
The March children’s storytime was a great success with the very apt theme of Mothers as it was held the day before Mother’s Day. Our next “Spring into Storytime” for aged 4 years plus is scheduled for Saturday 21st April. This month’s Library Book Club is being deferred to Tuesday 10th at 10.30 am and our knitting and craft group continues to meet every Tuesday morning at 11am. Of course we had a lovely visit from Gabriel Fitzmaurice on 20th March last. The poet introduced us to his famnily through his poems and had us laughing and crying at his tales. We also got a sneak ‘premier’ of his soon to be published translations of Seán Ó Riordáin’s works. Thanks to Lena Cronin and the Lifelong Learning Festival for making this lovely visit possible. That’s all for now ach coimeád súil géar amach ar fhógra ón Leabharlann as seo amach.

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The end of a rainbow in the Gearagh ©Con Kelleher

The Gearagh and its People

The Gearagh is one of many places of great beauty around Macroom and it has the added distinction of being a submerged glacial woodland. Formed at the end of the last Ice Age, it is the last intact primeval river forest left in Western Europe. The Gearagh is designated ‘a wetland of international importance’ under the Ramsar Convention; an EU Special Area of Conservation and was declared a National Nature Reserve in 1987, under the Wildlife Act, 1976. More than 300 acres survive.
The area of the Gearagh extends roughly from Toonsbridge to Macloneigh Bridge, bounded by the Macroom to Toonsbridge road on the north and the Annahala road to the south, as far as Inchisine. The Irish name for The Gearagh is Gaorthadh, translated as ‘wooded glen or old river bed’. When the waters leave the western hills, they form into an expansive inland delta, and this broadens into a floodplain with an intricate maze of branching streams, and between are myriads of alluvial islands.
The history of the Gearagh has two phases. The first lasted about 10,000 years, from the last Ice Age to the mid 1950s. The second began when the Gearagh was flooded in 1956 as a result of the building of the hydro-electric dams in Carrigadrohid and Inniscarra. The flooding was the watershed and changed all. Before the dams, the place was as it had been for milennia and had been home to the ’púcaí’ causing ‘meascán mearaí’; Seán Rua and poitín makers. Fishing and shooting was top class and at one time ‘belonged’ to Frank Purcell and Denny O’Mahony. Tommy Murphy (Tommy Tom) was a great boatman and his son, also Tom, continues to protect the precious area. After the flooding is what we have today.
Until the 1950s The Gearagh not only had an extensive forest of ancient oak and other trees but it also had a thriving community. The hydro-electric scheme was generally very beneficial for the area but it came at the high price of four lives, the displacement of many families, the felling of hundreds of centuries-old trees, and radically damaging The Gearagh’s eco system.
The four men who died on the scheme were;
James Mangerton, Blarney at Inniscarra on Nov. 9th 1954
Thomas Walsh, Whitegate, at Inniscarra on 9th June 1956
John O’Leary, Ballyvoige, Kilnamartyra at Carrigadrohid on 24th Aug. 1956
John/Jackie O’Sullivan, Barrett Place, Macroom at Carrigadrohid on 19th Nov. 1956.
John O’Leary was only 22 years when he died. John/Jackie O’Sullivan, originally from Dromree, was married to Philomena (née Murphy) and they had two young boys; Tony (Saga) was nearly 4 and Tim (Bonzo) was not yet 2 at the time of his death. Both Tony and Tim have been prominently involved with Macroom G.A.A. club and other town activities for many years.
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Horgan's Shop, the Gearagh;                                            The Kelleher home, with family members
supplied by John Lynch, Cork St.©                         and neighbours, just before the flooding in 1956.
                                                                                                  ©Courtesy of Irish Examiner).

John Lynch, Cork St., husband of Marie Manning, a descendant of one of the displaced families, recently gave me a photo of Horgan’s shop in the Gearagh/Annahala, on the Port Road. (The name ‘Port’ is derived from the Irish word ‘portach’ which means ‘bog’. The Irish word ‘port’ is translated as a ‘bank, port (harbour), port( wine), tune/jig and passageway’. Perhaps that too was insinuated into the meaning! The shop was adjacent to the Quarry Cross where there was a limestone quarry that supplied stone to Muskerry, Carbery and Cork. That too was submerged in the flooding. As was often the case, the shop was at the centre of a very lively and happy community of farmers and workers. It is important to remember that it was then on the main Macroom–Dunmanway road. The Horgans had a great shop and they sold everything. Mrs Joannie Herlihy, recently deceased, extolled its virtues in the film ‘Gearagh Memories’. They had all the usual household goods and groceries, plus meal and flour. Tea and a plentiful supply of cigarettes drew people from far and wide and they had Christmas cakes – a big treat then. Bottled gas was also sold. Tea was then a precious item and was often the prize at keenly contested 35- or 45-drives, with the winner much envied. Next to the house they kept an immaculate garden with beautiful and bounteous fruit trees. John Horgan was head of the household and he was also a creamery manager in Toames. He had 3 children – Mary, Nellie and Tim. When the dams were built, John and the family moved to Ballincollig where he died within days. Miko reckons he died of a broken heart. Later Tim moved from Ballincollig to Barrack St. where he opened another shop. Any of the three never married and all have since died. No near relatives survive to my knowledge.
Apart from the Horgans, other families who lived nearby were the Tobins, the Hennigans, the Kellehers, the O’Riordans and the Cronins. Mrs Joanie Herlihy, née Cronin, died in Jan. 2018, and she was always very proud of her Annahala origin, of Kilmichael, and ‘The Boys of Kilmichael’ was sung at her graveside. A film of her recollections, ‘Gearagh Memories’, was made by Robb Bradstock and can be seen on YouTube. The ‘Gearagh Bar’ was situated at what is now the northern entrance to the Gearagh. Originally owned by Neilus ‘Winter’ Murphy, it passed to his daughter, Agnes, who married Jerome Cashman from Millstreet. The Cashmans left for Cork in the early 1970s and Jerome died shortly afterwards. Their son, Dominic, has a pub in Kilbtittain.
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Castleview N.S. pupils 1947 taken from ‘Kilmichael Through The Ages’. ©

Other families to lose their homes in the Gearagh were Jack Creed’s, Tommy Murray’s, Tom Shea’s, Neilus Lucey’s, Stephen Creedon’s, Sheehans, Rings, O’Learys, Bradleys, Cronins, , Blakes, , Mannings, Kearneys, Jeffers, Murphys and Kellehers.
Michael/Miko Kelleher was born in 1931 and lived in Annahala until the flooding and has very clear memories of the people and places. His father, Jim, was farm steward for Jeremiah ‘The County’ O’Leary, owner of two Hardware and General Grocery shops in the Square, and of Bridelands farm in Crookstown. ‘The County’ got his name because he was elected to the first Cork County Council and it held its inaugural meeting in 1899. The farm specialised in Aberdeen Anguses and both Jim and ‘The County’ paid many visits to Perth for its famed Annual Aberdeen Angus Show, the best in the world. It was always a great spectacle. Bridelands was inherited by a niece of ‘The County’ and is now farmed by Liam Leahy. Miko attended Castleview National School and was taught by Mrs Coakley (mother of the recently deceased Michael and Miko’s neighbour in Kilnagurteen. She was grand-mother of Una Horgan, Bríd O’Riordan, Claire Cooney and Marie Murphy among others. Miko married Margaret O’Leary in 1963, sister of Con and William, Masseytown. They had three children; his daughter, Eileen, and son, James, live in Macroom and Michael Junior is deceased. Eileen O’Mahony (Tullatreada), Mary O’Sullivan (Railway View), Margaret Fagan (Meath), Kathleen Guillane (Patrickswell) and Sheila O’Reilly (Meath) were his sisters, and many of his relatives live nearby. Miko was a very good footballer and won 5 Mid-Cork Junior medals with Kilmichael. Re-formed in 1950, Kilmichael were Muskerry Champions in 1953, 1956, 1959, 1960 and 1963, a golden era for Kilmichael G.A.A. He was also a very good bowler, interested in horse racing, a breeder and trainer of greyhounds, and has been a staunch Fine Gael supporter all his life.
There were four boys in Miko’s father’s family; Jim, his father; Denny, whose daughter was a nun and she died when she fell off a rock; Mike who lived in Coolcower and Timmy who founded Kelleher’s Garage. Francis St. Aubyn Horgan and the Looneys at stages held the Ford franchise in Macroom before it finally passed to the Kelleher family. Timmy was always clever and the apple of his mother’s eye. The boys began work at William’s Hotel – now the Castle Hotel. Driving was part of their duties and Michael Collins was in William’s Hotel, Macroom, on the day before he was shot. He returned from Cork early the following morning to the hotel. Collins needed to get to Bandon but many of the bridges were down and roads blocked, and all routes were dangerous. He invited Timmy Kelleher, because of his extensive local knowledge of the roads, to travel with the convoy with him to Bandon, and they passed Horgan’s shop. Unfortunately Collins was killed at Béal-na-mBláth later that day. Mary Burke, Sullane Weirs, is a grandniece of Collins.

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Kilmichael Mid-Cork Junior Champions in 1953 ©       Boating on the Gearagh before the flood ©

Kilmichael Ambush is the other major significant War of Independence event in the locality. The Crown forces left Macroom Castle, passed Annahala, the Port Road and Horgan’s shop on the way to their doom. They travelled in Crossley tenders which also featured in Collins’ escort. Following the ambush, there was no attendance in the local national schools in the subsequent days and weeks, and the town was lucky to escape burning. The combined efforts of Canon Higgins and Rev. Brady, together with Lady Ardilaun’s friendship and influence with the local British military commander, saved the town from what would have been a catastrophe. Timmy Kelleher also drove past the Kilmichael ambush site shortly after the deed. Fitz-Geralds supplied the coffins for the British dead and it is not widely known whether payment was made. Fitz-Geralds had to supply but accepting money would have been seen as treasonous by the I.R.A. Timmy’s son, Michael, (Coolehane) and daughter, Mary, (Railway View), live in Macroom.
Josephine O’Connell gives a very good account in her book of its history, The Gearagh A Community & Oak Forest Lost Forever. Seamus O’Donoghue’s The Flooding of the Lee Valley The Lee Hydro-Electric Scheme has a very detailed record of the hydro-electric project. Local environmentalist, Kevin Corcoran, has valiantly championed The Gearagh’s cause for many years and it features in his Walks of West Cork. He recently wrote an article in the Irish Examiner on the effects of ‘Storm Ophelia’ and its subsequent treatment by the ESB. Kilmichael Historical Society’s Kilmichael Through the Ages is a very good source of information and has a great chapter on The Gearagh. The Cork Examiner provides an invaluable record.
Kevin Corcoran has been a fantastic advocate for the Gearagh and argues logically for its restoration and development in a way this is ecologically and economically beneficial. Storm Ophelia did some damage and the E.S.B came in for bitter criticism for its ‘repair’ work. Kevin will publish a new book, ‘Saving Eden, The Gearagh, Western Europe’s Last Primeval Forest’, later this year. Among his proposals are: An on-site Gearagh Interpretative Centre, Alluvial Forest Restoration, Wetland enhancement and Wildfowl Protection and a system of sympathetic pathways and footbridges through the alluvial floodplain with supervised access.
In spite of many assaults and vicissitudes, the Gearagh has displayed great powers of recovery and continues to be a wonderful local amenity. Its potential is untapped and, with the necessary vision, T.L.C. (Tender Loving Care) and adequate resourcing, developing this gem on our door-step could immeasurably enhance the area.
As well as those mentioned above, I would like to thank Mary Kiely, Droumree, Anne Bradley, Kilmichael, and my siblings, Mary, Jerry and Colette.
By Con Kelleher
Atlas of the Irish Revolution.

Independence Museum Kilmurry will host a lecture by Dr. Dónal Ó Drisceoil, one the authors of the Atlas of the Irish Revolution, at 8pm 18th April. This is part of the lecture series of Cork Historical and Archaeological Association. The Atlas of Irish Revolution won the best Irish published book at 2017 Bord Gáis Energy at the Irish book awards. Work from academics and historians is featured in the Atlas and cover topics such as Home Rule, the Easter Rising and War of Independence. Independence Museum will also open its museum exhibition at 7:30pm prior to the lecture and again for half an hour after the lecture.
The Atlas of the Irish Revolution draws together existing and ongoing research into the revolutionary period in a broad-ranging and inclusive manner. It includes contributions from leading scholars across a range of disciplines, incorporating the 'big issues' - such as gender, class, community, religion and ethnicity, the nature of violence, periodization and the geography of revolution - while also maintaining a close focus on events as they impacted at a local level. The analysis of conditions in the provinces, counties and parishes tells the stories of particular individuals and families caught up in the events of these years. It promises to be a great evening in Kilmurry Museum, where we hope we will be educated further on events leading to the formation of the Irish state. The Atlas of the revolution covers local events that were the turning points for Irish freedom.


The A to Z of Getting Your Dream Home

AIB Bank Macroom is holding a mortgage information evening from 6pm to 7pm on Thursday evening, the 12th of March. A panel of experts from the Macroom area, including an AIB mortgage specialist, two local solicitors, a local auctioneer and architect, will each give their ‘ten top tips’ in terms of someone designing/ building or buying their dream house or investment property. They will discuss the pitfalls to avoid, what to focus on, and how to get mortgage ready.
If you or any of your family or friends are interested in getting a mortgage for a home or investment, then why not come along to this evening and chat to our mortgage advisor, Bernie Shinnick.

Flag Day for Autism

The Cork Association for Autism will be holding its bi annual Flag Day collection on Thursday May 3rd. It is one of the association’s biggest fundraising initiatives in the year and they are looking for the public’s help to make it a success. The Flag Day will take place in Cork city and suburbs as well as East and North Cork. Volunteers on the day would be expected to give up no more than 2 hours of their time to help with a collection. Volunteers will be able to choose whatever time and location best suits them.
The Cork Association for Autism 2018 Flag Days carry an extra significance this year as the association celebrates its 40th anniversary. The association’s story began in the 70's when a group of families in the Cork region were left frustrated at the lack of information, knowledge and fundamental support services available to those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. These pioneering founding families came together in determination to secure their children’s futures and armed with nothing but sheer perseverance and belief in their cause, they founded the Cork Association for Autism in 1978.
Today the Cork Association for Autism provides professional autism support services from six centres across Cork City and County to over 300 adults who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Support services provided by the organisation have flourished and now include Residential & Respite Care, Day Service Facilities, Home Supports and an Asperger Syndrome Support Service.
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Double for Cork in Summer Reading Scheme

While summer 2017 is a distant memory, Cork County Library is basking in sunshine following the recent publication of the report on Summer Stars 2017, the national summer reading programme for libraries. Out of 29 library authorities across the country, Cork County Library topped the charts in registrations and books issued, thanks to the thousands of children who took part! 54,180 children from 29 library authorities participated in Summer Stars 2017 and 35,754 of them received certificates at the end of the programme. Summer Stars is a free programme, open to all children and encourages reading during the summer months. Children receive their own Summer Stars Reading Card to record their progress and a Reward Stamp is added to their card at the library for each book read.
In 2017 Cork County Library had the highest level of participants nationwide for the second year in a row, with 6,889 children registering to take part across Cork County Library branches, the closest being Galway County Library on 5,480. 1,194 new juvenile memberships were added in Cork during July and August, the highest level recorded nationwide, the closest being Dublin City Library on 1,096. And best of all, children borrowed a staggering 106,247 items from Cork County Library branches during these months, the closest again being Dublin City Library on 90,987. Hats off to our young Cork readers, who are always game for a challenge!
The Summer Stars programme provides the whole family with an opportunity to explore the full range of services available in their local library, such as story time sessions, children’s activities, e-resources, computers and internet access, and of course, our ever increasing, amazing collection of books for all ages. We look forward to hosting another record-breaking Summer Stars Reading programme this summer. Check out www.corkcoco.ie/library for details.


April Books of the month: 'In a Dark Dark Wood' and 'Lie With Me'
Two dark and addictive novels. Both genuinely chilling and totally compulsive, with killer twists. Novels that will grab you from the first page.
Available now for €10.00 including an Americano or tea. Great value at Fitz-Gerald’s Bookshop and Chocolate Cafe.

Sports Mad

GAA Cork County Championship Draws 2018

In the senior championships, divisions/colleges are playing off in separate sections with two teams to emerge for the subsequent 16 team, open 3rd round draw.
County Senior Football Championship (Divisions/Colleges Section)

Round 1 (knock out)
(A) CIT 1 – 16 Muskerry 2 - 6
(B) Carbery 2 – 12 UCC 1 - 16
(C) Seandun 1 – 3 Duhallow 2 - 17
(D) Avondhu 0-10 Beara 0-13
Round 2 (Knock out)
CIT 1 – 15 Beara 1 – 6
Duhallow 0 – 19 UCC 1 – 10
CIT and Duhallow qualify for 3rd round open draw in SFC proper.
CIT 1-16 Muskerry 2-6
CIT defeated Muskerry footballers under lights at Páirc Uí Rinn. Muskerry trailed by 1-8 to 0-2 at half time but put up a brave second half display without ever looking as if they could win the tie. The Muskerry line out was: David Moynihan (Aghabullogue): Danny Ó Conaill (Cill na Martra), John Mullins (Éire Óg), Conor Cotter (Kilmichael): Aaron O’Raw (Inniscarra), Kevin Manning (Iveleary), Paul Crowley (Donoughmore): Cathal Foley (Kilmichael), Stephen Dornan (Inniscarra): Fintan Goold (Macroom), Adam O’Connell (Inniscarra), David Horgan (Macroom): James Moynihan (Canovee), Brian Cronin (Iveleary), Ben Seartan (Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh).SubS: John Corkery (Aghabullogue) 23, Darren Dineen (Clondrohid) 34, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín (Naomh Abán) 44, Criostóir Ó Deasúnaigh (Naomh Abán) 55.
CIT had four players from Muskerry in their starting fifteen, Chris Kelly of Éire Óg, Michael Lordan of Ballinora, Mathew Bradley of Aghabullogue and Daniel Ó Duinnín ó Cill na Martra. Joe Ryan (Kilmurry) played with CIT in the second round defeat of Beara.
Ronan O’Toole (Éire Óg) , Donagh Seartan ó Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh and Liam Wall (Kilmurry) all played with UCC who defeated Carbery in the senior football championship at Macroom. College subsequently lost to Duhallow
Senior Football Championship (Clubs Section)

Preliminary Round
Valley Rovers v Mallow
Round 1
(A) St Finbarr's v Carrigaline
(B) Dohenys v Castlehaven
(C) Newcestown v Winners of Valley Rovers/Mallow
(D) Kiskeam v St Nicks
(E) Carbery Rangers v Clonakilty
(F) Nemo Rangers v Clyda Rovers
(G) Bishopstown v Douglas
(H) O Donovan Rossaa v Aghada
(I) Ilen Rovers v BALLINCOLLIG
Round 2 (Losers from Preliminary & Round 1)
Losers of Valley Rovers/Mallow v D
G v B, F v H, A v I, E v C
Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Round 1
(A) St Vincents v Castletownbere
(B) Nemo Rangers v Kanturk
(C) Bandon v NAOMH ABÁN
(E) Na Piarsaigh v Newmarket
(F) Bantry Blues v Fermoy
(G) MACROOM v St Michaels
Round 2
F v E, G V D, B V A, C a bye
Intermediate Football Championship

Preliminary Round
Mayfield v Glenville

Round 1
(A) Knocknagree v Rockchapel
(B) St Finbarr's v Gabriel Rangers
(C) Winners of Mayfield/Glenville v Adrigole
(D) Millstreet v Clonakilty
(E) AGHABULLOGUE v Ballydesmond
(G) Kildorrery v Glanmire
(H) Carrigaline v Youghal
(I) GRENAGH v Glanworth
(J) Kinsale v Mitchelstown
Round 2 (Losers from Preliminary & Round 1)
H v losers of Mayfield/Glenville
I v C, E v D, G v B, J v F, Losers of A a bye
Senior Hurling Championship (Divisions/Colleges Section)

Round 1 (knock out)
(A) UCC 1 – 21 Carrigdhoun 0 - 10
(B) CIT 4 – 18 Carbery 3 - 7
(C) Imokilly 5 – 22 Muskerry 0 - 19
(D) Duhallow 1 – 10 Avondhu 1 - 18

Round 2 (knock out)
UCC 3 – 12 Duhallow 0 – 9
Imokilly 5-14 CIT 0-11

UCC and Imokilly qualify for 3rd round open draw

Muskerry hurlers were led by 3-10 to 0-9 at half time by the county champions and could not make up the deficit in the second half despite their best efforts. Kevin Hallissey of Éire Óg scored 0-11 for Muskerry.
Senior Hurling Championship (Clubs Section)

Round 1
(A) Killeagh v Douglas
(B) Midleton v Bishopstown
(C) Sarsfields v Ballyhea
(D) Erins Own v Bride Rovers
(E) Carrigtwohill v Blackrock
(F) Ballymartle v Glen Rovers
(G) Na Piarsaigh v Bandon
(H) Newtownshandrum v Kanturk
(I) Newcestown v St Finbarr's
Round 2
F v C, D v G, H v B, A v I, losers of E a bye.
Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round 1
(A) Mallow v Cloyne
(B) Fermoy v Carrigaline
(C) Kilworth v Charleville
(D) Fr O' Neills v Aghada
(E) Watergrasshill v Ballinhassig
(F) Youghal v Castlelyons
(G) Valley Rovers v BLARNEY
(H) Courcey Rovers v INNISCARRA
Round 2 (Losers from Round 1)
H v B, C v D, E v G, A v F.

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Preliminary Round Douglas v Dungourney
Round 1
(A) Winners of Douglas/Dungourney v Milford
(B) Ballygarvan v AGHABULLOGUE
(C) ÉIRE ÓG v Sarsfields
(E) Kildorrery v DRIPSEY
(F) Argideen Rangers v Castlemartyr
(G) INNISCARRA 2 v Ballymartle
(H) Tracton v Kilbrittain
(I) Midleton v Blackrock
(J) Na Piarsaigh v Barryroe
(K) Ballinhassig v Glen Rovers
(L) St Finbarr's v Mayfield
(M) GRENAGH v St Catherine’s
Round 2 (Losers from Preliminary Round & Round 1)
losers of Douglas/Dungourney v G, B v H, D v A, E v J, M v L, K v I, C v F
Cork County Championship Fixtures 2018

Saturday April 7th
Killavullen, IFC R1, GRENAGH v Glanworth, 6.15pm ET
Sunday April 8th
Carrigadrohid, PIFC R1, Bandon v NAOMH ABÁN, 2.00pm ET
Ovens, PIFC R1, MACROOM v St Michaels, 3.00pm ET
Millstreet, IFC R1, AGHABULLOGUE v Ballydesmond 6.15pm ET
Wednesday April 11th:
P Uí Rinn, Munster MF QF, CORK v Waterford
Saturday April 14th
Macroom: ÉIRE ÓG v BÉAL ÁTHA’n GhAORTHAIDH, 6.15pm
Sunday April 15th
Macroom, SFC R1, Ilen Rovers v BALLINCOLLIG, 4.00pm ET,
Macroom, IFC R1, BALLINORA v CILL na MARTRA, 2.15pm ET
Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football Championship pics 27 – 30, 36, 64, 65

U21 A Football Championship
First Round: A Éire Óg 3-16 Cill na Martra 1-13
B Ballincollig 1-11 Naomh Abán 1-9
C Kilmurry a bye
2nd round: Kilmurry 0 – 13 Cill na Martra 1 – 9
Semi finals: Éire Óg 1 – 9 Naomh Ábán 0 - 9
Kilmurry 1–17 Ballincollig 2-5
Final: Kilmurry 3 – 10 Éire Óg 1 - 10

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Kilmurry who defeated Éire Óg in the Muskerry u21A Football Championship final ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 A Football Championship Final

Kilmurry: 3-10 Éire Óg: 1-10
Kilmurry won their second ever Mid Cork U21 A football championship and their first in 47 years with a six-point victory margin over Éire Óg at Coachford. It was a deserved win for Kilmurry, who started well and were never led for the hour. Joe Ryan and Sean Warren were in devastating form in the Kilmurry full-forward line, scoring 1-5 and 1-4 respectively. Kilmurry were rampant in the opening minutes, with Sean Warren setting up Joe Ryan, and the latter drilled the ball into the net after only 3 minutes. A brace of points were exchanged, Éire Óg’s Eoin O’ Shea and Jack Murphy matched by points from Ryan and Warren, 1-2 to 0-2 after the first quarter. Kilmurry looked dangerous going forward and struck for another goal in the 16th minute, Seán Warren scoring from close range after a strong run up the right wing by Kyle Kelleher. The Ovens side rallied and raised five consecutive white flags, Jack Murphy with three frees, and a brace from John Cooper, 2-2 to 0-7 after 26 minutes. Kilmurry finished the half with points from Warren and Ryan, 2-4 to 0-7 at the break.
Kimurry started the new half with two of the first three points. Éire Óg needed a goal, and came close, Eoin O’ Shea’s shot hitting the post in the 37th minute. Two minutes later, the outcome was decided when Joe Ryan and Eoghan Clifford combined to set up the chance for Kilmurry’s Evan O’ Carroll who slotted the ball low into the net, 3-6 to 0-8 after 40 minutes. Kilmurry lost the outstanding James O’Mullane to a black card and were reduced to 14 players on 45, as midfielder Liam O’ Sullivan received a second yellow and automatic red. Points from Clifford, Warren and Ryan were answered by 1-1 from Éire Óg substitute Dylan Foley and a Kilmurry forward took another black card ‘for the team’ as Kilmurry secured their historic win, a swin greeted with understandabl elation by their loyal followers. Both teams will now go into the draw for the county championship.
Scorers: Kilmurry: J Ryan 1-5 (0-4f), S Warren 1-4 (0-1f), E Carroll 1-0, E Clifford 0-1. Éire Óg: J Murphy 0-6 (0-6f), D Foley 1-1, J Cooper 0-2, E O’ Shea 0-1.
Kilmurry: Eoin Curzon: John O’ Mullane, Fionn Warren, William Ronan: Kyle Kelleher, Marco Healy, James O’ Mullane: Seán Flanagan, Liam O’ Sullivan: Brian Hinchion, Eoghan Clifford, Liam Wall: Evan Carroll, Joe Ryan, Seán Warren. Subs: Greg Fitton for S Flanagan h/t, Darragh Linehan for James O’ Mullane 40, black-card, Seán Flanagan for S Warren 60, bc .
Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: Patrick Twomey, David Twomey, Cillian Sheehan: Paul Kirwan, Colm O’ Callaghan, Jerome Kelleher: Jack Murphy, Matt Brady: John Cooper, Jason Twomey, David Kirwan: Keith O’ Riordan, Eoin O’ Shea, Brian Hurley. Subs: Rian O’ Flynn for J Kelleher h/t, Dylan Foley for K O’ Riordan 42, inj, Cathal Buckley for P Twomey 47, Seán Desmond for B Hurley 56, inj. Referee: Mr John Ryan (Macroom).

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Engrossed supporters at the Muskerry u21 Football Championship final ©Lee Valley Outlook

Mid Cork U21 B Football Championship

1st Round:
A Macroom a bye
B Blarney 1 – 7 Ballinora 0 - 8
C Canovee 3-7 Aghabullogue 0-8
D Aghinagh 2 -9 Iveleary 1-9
E Grenagh 0 – 8 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 6 - 14
2nd Round:
Macroom 3-12 Ballinora 2-9
Aghabullogue 2-10 Iveleary 3-3
Grenagh a bye
Quarter Finals:
A Aghinagh a bye
B Canovee 1-8 Macroom 1-10
C Aghabullogue 0-13 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 3-4 draw
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2-6 Aghabullogue 0- 10 replay
D Blarney 1-9 Grenagh 1 -8
Semi finals: Aghinagh 0 – 11 Macroom 1 – 11
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Blarney on Saturday, April 7th.
Macroom 1 – 11 Aghinagh 0 – 11
Macroom goalkeeper Kevin Condon made three outstanding saves in the opening quarter to keep his side in contention in this semi final meeting in the Mid Cork U21 B Football championship at Carrigadrohid between the near neighbours. Aghinagh were threatening to rip the town side asunder in this period but gradually Macroom began to address their problems and were in with a chance by half time, trailing by 0-6 to 0-4 but relieved that the deficit was not a lot more. The exchanges were very even in the third quarter and some fine scores were registered by both sides before Macroom struck for the vital score of the game, a well worked and beautifully taken goal from Eolan O’Leary in the 44th minute which gave his side the lead for the first time and thereafter the winners played very controlled football, eliminated errors and managed to keep a three point gap at least between themselves and their battling rivals to the finish.
Aghinagh started the game in thrilling fashion, carried the game their opponents and carved opening after opening in a defence which just could not stop the flow. Diarmuid Crowley opened the scoring and when Eolan O’Leary replied for Macroom, Liam Twohig again put Aghinagh in front before Caleb Dinneen equalised. Macroom goalkeeper Kevin Condon was all that stood between Macroom and disaster as time and again he denied Aghinagh with some marvellous saves and so, despite the pounding, Macroom were level at 0-2 each after the opening quarter. Points from Con Buckley and Shane Corkery eased Aghinagh in front again but Macroom were improving and matched Aghinagh score for score in the remainder of the half to be led by 0-6 to 0-4 at the break. Seán McMahon and Ethan O’Gorman scored for Macroom, Con Buckley and Alex Murphy for Aghinagh.
The opening minutes of the second half saw both sides register some fine points, Alan Quinn with a brace for Macroom, Liam Twohig with three in a row for Aghinagh who now led by 0-9 to 0-6 in the 35th minute. Cathal O’Riordan pointed two frees for Macroom to narrow the gap to a single point and then in the 44th minute Macroom attacked up the left wing and Eolan O’Leary cut in and placed his final shot wide of the goalkeeper to put Macroom into the lead. Caleb Dinneen came forward to add a smashing point and Macroom were a transformed side. Liam Twohig and Macroom’s Seán McMahon traded scores but the winners were composed now and stayed in control until the final whistle.
Scorers: Macroom: E O’Leary 1-1, S McMahon 0-3 (0-2f), C Dinneen 0-2, A Quinn 0-2, C O’Riordan 0-2 (0-2f), E O’Gorman 0-1. Aghinagh: L Twohig 0-6 (0-5f), C Buckley 0-2, D Crowley 0-1, S Corkery 0-1, A Murphy 0-1.
Macroom: Kevin Condon: Cian Twomey, Paul O’Farrell, Kevin O’Dwyer: Mark Corrigan, Jack Cronin, Killian O’Donovan: Caleb Dinneen, Alan Quinn: Don Creedon, Eolan O’Leary, Seán McMahon: Cathal O’Riordan, Ethan O’Gorman, Craig Ronan. Subs: Robert Healy for C Ronan 25, Jack O’Riordan for K O’Dwyer 40, Daniel O’Riordan for E O’Leary b/c 60.
Aghinagh: Kevin Cotter: Adam O’Leary, Cathal Crowley, Olan Cummins: Donagh O’Riordan, Luke O’Leary, Jordan Burns: Shane Corkery, Micheál Horgan: Aodh Twomey, Con Buckley, Ted O’Leary: Liam Twohig, Alex Murphy, Diarmuid Crowley. Subs: Eoghan McCarthy for T O’Leary 57.
Referee: Mr Ted Hayes, Éire Óg.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2 – 6 Aghabullogue 0 – 10
An under-strength Béal Átha team overcame the strong challenge of Aghabullogue in the replay of their Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 B football championship quarter final tie at Kilmurry. The Ballingeary men had the boost of an early goal from a penalty but were in arrears by 0-7 to 1-3 at the break. When Aghabullogue raised the lead to three points in the third quarter it seemed that they had momentum to go on to victory; Béal Átha however struck for a superb second goal in the 46th minute, Con Ó Loinsuigh the scorer, quickly added two points, and survived the pounding from Aghabullogue in the closing stages. Aghabullogue will regret their high tally of wides but Béal Átha were deserving winners.
Aghabullogue were the slightly dominant team for most of the first half. They opened the scoring with a point from a David Thompson free in the first minute but then conceded a penalty a minute later, Ronán Ó Loinsuigh being fouled, and Con Ó Loinsuigh buried the spot kick in the net. The midfielder added a point but Aghabullogue then took over and kept the Béal Átha defence under pressure for the remainder of the half. Three points from David Thompson made it level at 1-1 to 0-4 after the opening quarter and Mathew Bradley kicked over three more before the break but the losers kicked six wides as well and significantly lost Shane Tarrant to a black card offence. Béal Átha replied with another point from Con Ó Loinsuigh and a late point from Séamus Ó Tuama to make the half time score 0-7 to 1-3.
Aghabullogue were on top in the third quarter and added two points to their lead, one each from Sean O’connell and David Thompson. The outstanding performance of Con Ó Loinsuigh at midfield for the Gaeltacht men helped keep his side in contention and they defended well with centre back Daire Ó Ceallacháin also very prominent. Full forward Séamus Ó Tuama had a point in the 43rd minute, two minutes later Con Ó Loinsuigh finished off a superb move involving Seán Ó Muimhneacháin and Barra Ó Buachalla with a blast to the Aghabullogue net and then Ó Tuama and Ó Loinsuigh added a point apiece to leave Béal Átha leading by 2-6 to 0-9 in the 47th minute. From there to the finish Aghabullogue mounted a sustained barrage on the Béal Átha goal but a point from a free in injury time was all they had to show for their efforts, a testimony to excellent Béal Átha defending and some wild Aghabullogue shooting.
Scorers: Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: C Ó Loinsuigh 2-3 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), S Ó Tuama 0-3. Aghabullogue: D Thompson 0-5 (0-3f), M Bradley 0-4 (0-2f), S O’Connell 0-1.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Conor Ó Buachalla: Shane Ó Críodáin, Enda Ó Luasa, Shane Ó Laoire: Ciarán Ó Laoire, Daire Ó Ceallacháin, Brian Ó Tuama: Conchúir Ó Loinsuigh, Barra Ó Buachalla: Criostóir Ó Rinn, Seán Ó Muimhneacháin, Gavin Ó Laoire: Ronan Ó Loinsuigh, Séamus Ó Tuama, Seán Ó hUrdail. Subs: Donncadh Ó Cremín for C Ó Rinn 55.
Aghabullogue: Luke O’Connor: Denis Desmond, Shane Tarrant, Killian BarryMurphy: Jack Murphy, Paul Ring, Paul Dilworth: Seán O’Connell, Conor Smith: Tom Long, Mathew Bradley, Seán Lane: David Thompson, Niall BarryMurphy, Tadgh Bradley. Subs: Jack Oldham for S Tarrant b/c 28, Aodhán Healy for T Long 44, Conor Dineen for S Lane 55. Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.
U 21C Football Championship (13 a side-five teams)

A Clondrohid 2-11 Donoughmore 2-13
B Lee Gaels 1-7 Kilmichael 4-7
Éire Óg (2nds) –a bye
Round 2: Clondrohid 4 – 8 Éire Óg 2 1 - 14
Round 3: Éire Óg 2 0 – 10 Lee Gaels 2 - 3
Semi Finals:
Donoughmore 2 – 6 Éire Óg 0 - 7
Clondrohid 0 - 13 Kilmichael 2 – 12
Final: Donoughmore v Kilmichael at Coachford, on Saturday April 7th, 4pm (check times!)

Kilmichael 2 – 12 Clondrohid 0 – 13
Kilmichael had a hard earned passage to the final of the Mid Cork C championship, getting the better of Clondrohid at Baile Mhuirne. The teams were level at 0-8 each at half time but in a decisive three minute spell at the end of the third quarter, Kilmichael got in for two goals, one each from Ronan Murphy and Alan McCarthy, which swung the game their way. Clondrohid had suffered a major blow early in the game when their influencial midfielder Seán Desmond had to retire injured.
Kilmichael: Patrick O’Mahony: Kevin Murphy, Gerard Murphy: Seán Buttimer, Cathal Foley, David Horgan: Brendan Kelleher, Chris O’Connell: Kevin Kelleher, Alan McCarthy, Jamie McCarthy: Josh de Lacey, Ronan Murphy. Subs: John O’Mahony, Trevor Tobin, Kieran Murphy and Cathal O’Donovan.
Clondrohid: Tiernan Quinn: John Stephen O’Riordan, Oisín Carroll: Stephen Ryan, Conor Flanagan, Stephen O’Riordan: Seán Desmond, Brian Corcoran: Callum O’Shea, Tadhg Ring, Eddy Duggan: Cathal Creedon, Dean Burke. Subs: Michael Buckley and Ger Kelleher..
Referee: Mr Richard Aynsley, Cill na Martra.
Tom Creedon Cup 2018

Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 6 - 9 St Michaels 3 - 9
Newmarket 1 – 14 Cill na Martra 1 – 11
Final: Newmarket v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh
Cork GAA Championships

The draws for the 2018 Mid Cork Championships have been made and provisional dates for opening rounds of the JAFC have been announced, dates to be confirmed at the next board meeting. In the premier grade in hurling and in football, first round losers will receive a second chance of advancing.
Junior A Football Championship (and provisional dates)

1st round:
A Ballincollig v Blarney, May 4th
B Kilmurry v Cill na Martra, May 12th
C Clondrohid v Dripsey, May 26th
D Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Canovee, May 13th
E Kilmichael v Aghinagh, May 4th
F Inniscarra v Iveleary, April 29th
G Éire Óg v Donoughmore, April 28th
2nd Round
Loser A v Loser B, Loser c v Loser D, Loser E v Loser F, Loser G – a bye
Junior A Hurling Championship

Round 1
A Ballincollig v Iveleary
B Cloughduv v Éire Óg
C Donoughmore v Ballinora
D Blarney v Kilmichael
Round 2
Loser A v Loser D, Loser C v Loser B
Junior B Football Championship

Round 1
A Naomh Abán v Ballincollig
B Iveleary v Inniscarra
C Aghabullogue v Canovee
D Grenagh v Donoughmore
E Macroom v Kilmurry
F Ballinora v Aghinagh
Quarter Final
1 Winner A v Winner F, 2 Winner E v Winner D
Semi Final
3 Winner C v Winner B, 4 Winner 1 v Winner 2
Junior C Football Championship

Round 1
A Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Gleann na Laoi
B Kilmichael v Éire Óg
C Dripsey v Clondrohid
D Macroom v Ballincollig
Semi Final
Winner A v Winner B, Winner C v Winner D
Junior B Hurling Championship

Preliminary Round
Gleann na Laoi v Laochra Óg
Round 1
A Loser of Preliminary v Blarney
B Grenagh v Ballinora
C Ballincollig v Éire Óg
Round 2
1 Winner A v Winner B
2 Winner C v Preliminary winner
3 Cloughduv v Donoughmore
4 Aghabullogue v Inniscarra Semi Final Winner 1 v Winner 2, Winner 3 v Winner 4

Cork Ladies Hunt 6 in a Row.

Lidl NFL Division 1 (Round 7) Mayo 5-14 Donegal 4-12; Kerry 1-6 Westmeath 1-12; Galway 1-11 Cork 3-12; Monaghan 0-11 Dublin 5-15
Cork is now in the lead after six matches played in the Division 1 Football League. They have equal points with Dublin, 15 each, but lead on Points Difference. Mayo have 12 points and Donegal and Galway have 10 each. Westmeath retained their place in Division 1 of the Lidl Ladies NFL by defeating Kerry 1 - 12 to 1 – 6 in Tralee. Kerry are relegated to the second tier after a dismal season and the loss of their only three points to Mayo, due to an infringement of rules.
Cork's dream of six-in-a-row lives on as the Rebels defeated Galway in Clonberne. Orla Finn scored 1- 5 of Cork’s 3 - 12 and Ciara O’Sullivan and Máire O’Callaghan were the other goal-scorers. But all is not lost for the western women yet as they hunt a place in the last four with Mayo and Donegal. Dublin is assured of a place in the semi-finals as they bounced back to winning ways with a 5-15 to 0-11 win over Monaghan.
Round 5 of the League, which fell victim to the Beast from the East, will be played next weekend, with Dublin meeting Kerry; Westmeath v Galway; Donegal v Cork and Mayo v Monaghan.

Donoughmore man brings R2 Skoda to the BRC

Kevin Horgan, Barrachauring, Donoughmore, will contest the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship this season in a Skoda Fabia R2, with Liam Fouhy in the co-driver’s seat. Kevin, grandson of Donal and son of Tríona Looney, has had a long involvement with rally driving, as well as being active in GAA and Macra locally.
A twenty-six-year-old, he is the latest driver set to contest Britain’s premier rallying series, with the Cork-based ace looking to make an impact in his first campaign in the championship.
“Two years ago, I won the Irish Tarmac Junior series and I did bits and pieces last year and looked at the BRC from afar. 2018 would be my last opportunity to compete in the Juniors and watching friends participate made me see how fun and competitive it was. I just wanted to get involved and take on a new experience. The events are a major draw and they all offer something different. I am looking forward to Ypres and Wales Rally GB – to compete on a European and WRC event will be like a dream come true.”
As Horgan prepares to tackle the Junior BRC, the competition is set to be intense once again with a high-calibre collection of drivers – making it one of the most competitive junior series in the world.
“This will be my first time doing the BRC and competing at this level in Britain. We are confident of a good showing but we have to be realistic – some of the guys have a year on us in terms of experience. We want to be scoring solidly on every round and if we are there or thereabouts come the Isle of Man and Wales Rally GB, who knows what can happen. Either way, I am looking forward to the challenge!”
With the Skoda marque joining the Junior BRC, the Czech machine is due to make an impact on Britain’s stages with Horgan at the wheel.
“I am looking forward to bringing the Skoda R2 to the BRC. It’s nice to have something different. A friend said the car was available and the idea of the BRC came up, so it was a case of why not! I haven’t driven the car yet as we are waiting for some suspension components. Once that is all together, we plan to do a round of the Irish Tarmac or Forestry Championship. Failing that, a few days’ testing before the Border Counties will get us ready for the start of the season. I am looking forward to it and to showing off our final livery. It will certainly be eye-catching.
“I would like to thank Woodford Trailers, Eurol Lubricants, Automania, Brickfield Construction, Acesigns, Alan Gordon Engineering, HRX Motorsport, Ears Motorsport and E.Tarrant & Sons Skoda for their continued support and I look forward to working with them in 2018.”

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Coachford AFC Under 17s who were defeated by Willow Park from Athlone in the FAI National Cup quarter final. ©Peter Dineen

Macroom FC

Race Night Success. Macroom FC Race Night 2018 was held on Easter Sunday Night at Murray's Bar. The event was a massive success, with the local community once again giving great support to the club. The business community also played a vital part in sponsoring advertisements and races. Many thanks to all who purchased horses and those who attended this important fundraiser. Thanks also to Murray's Bar for hosting the event.
U14 Div 1, Springfield Ramblers 1 Macroom 3.
Having waited a long time, the U14s were delighted to get back to playing with a successful trip to Cobh. An excellent first half saw Macroom lead 0-3, with goals coming from Jack Martin, Daire McMahon and Kacper Smardz, with assists from Mark Hunt and Ryan Leahy. The second half was more evenly balanced as Macroom saw out a good away win. A late goal for Springfield was a mere consolation. Good performances from Conor Kelleher and Robert Lucey.
U14 Div 6, Macroom A 1 Passage A 4.
Passage were the visitors to the Town Park and defeated Macroom 1-4. All the damage was done in the first half as the away side led 0-3 at half time. The home side were much improved in the second half but were unable to overturn the deficit. Ben Herlihy's penalty gave Macroom some hope but Passage deserved their win. Macroom will be happy with the application of all players, particularly in the second half. Herlihy and Rory Duggan both had fine games.
U10 Schoolboys. The Under 10 teams finally got to kick off their non competitive games. One outfit travelled to play Temple Utd while another entertained Riverstown FC. Both of these games were tough but fully enjoyable for all players. Well done to all and thanks to all supporters of both teams. Also, huge thanks to Advance Pitstop and www.dlgroup.ie for sponsorship of jerseys.
Schoolgirls Round Up. The U14 team entertained Premier league side Wilton Utd in a friendly at the Town Park. Macroom led 1-0 early on but Wilton replied with a couple of goals. Although defeated, this was a much needed game and two further goals were scored which will give Macroom much encouragement. The U10s travelled to Midleton and competed in a blitz which allowed them to play 5 games. This was a great morning’s entertainment and thanks to all parents for travelling to East Cork. Both U12 teams were in action last weekend. Macroom travelled to play Avondale Utd and came away with a fantastic 1-2 win. This was Avondale's first defeat this season. Well done to all players and supporters. Macroom Town U12 were involved in a 9 goal thriller, just losing out 5-4 to Park Utd at Murrayfield. This was a fine game and all in attendance were impressed by the quality of both teams. Macroom scorers were Maisie Murphy, Alannah Hoare, Darcy O'Brien and Rachel Murphy.
Adult Teams. Macroom A picked up three valuable points at home to St. John Bosco’s. An even first half, with few chances, saw a half time score of 0-0. The deadlock was broken early in the second half when Robert Healy pounced on a goalkeeping error to prod home. Shortly after, Andrew Hegarty doubled the lead with a fine left footed strike. The visitors then piled on the pressure and Caleb Dineen made a string of fine saves, including one from a penalty to keep the clean sheet. Best were Dineen, Paul O'Farrell, Trevor Horgan and Barry Healy.
Macroom B made the short trip to play Kilmichael Rovers and were defeated 4-1. A terrible start saw Macroom behind 4-0 inside the half hour. Things were not looking good but Lukas Well raised spirits with a fine goal. A scoreless second half meant Kilmichael took the points.
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