Lee Valley Outlook v15e10 May 17 2018

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National Famine Commemoration 2018. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Crookstown Céilí Sat 19th May in Crookstown hall at 9.30 p.m.
Mass for Families: in Clondrohid Church, Sat. May 19 at 7.30pm.
Macroom Senior Citizens Summer holiday to Cavan, Sun May 20th to Fri. May 25th.
AIB Digital Media seminar at Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom, Wed May 23, 6.15pm.
KHAA lecture on McCarthys on Wed May 23rd at 8pm in Kilmurry Museum
Kilmichael Cemetery Mass on Mon 28th May at 8pm in Macloneigh Cemetery.
Annual Famine Mass 7.30p.m. on Mon, May 28 at Carrig a Staighre.
Love Your Local Market Macroom Town Square. Tues. May 29, 9a.m. to 4.30p.m.
Inchigeela NS used clothing collection in hall May 29, June 10 and June 13
Johnstown Mass Rock. Mass at the Commons on 31st of May at 7.pm.
St. Joseph's Young Priests Society Coffee Morning in Fr. Ryan Hall, Macroom at 10.30 am, Fri 1st June.
Lee Valley Speakers Tues June 5th at 8pm in Castle Hotel
"Who Wants to be a Thousandaire" for Firmount NS at Oriel House on Sat June 9
Kilmurry GAA Fun 5Km Run/Walk from Museum on Wed 13th June at 7:30pm.
Daniel Kingston 5K Road Race Thurs June 21st.
Independence Museum Kilmurry opening hours Fri, Sat and Sun 2pm to 5pm for 2018.
Macroom Library
Storytime 12 midday Saturdays.
Juvenile Book Club May 19 at 3p.m.
Closure until 2p.m. Tues. May 22. Open 2 – 7.30p.m.
Ciorcal Cainte on May 24th at 11.30am with Seán Ó Sé
Closure: Saturday June 2 for June Bank Holiday
Anti Litter Judging in Macroom
1st Period, May 14th - 23rd. Estates: Glenties and Sally Gardens
2nd Period, May 28th - June 6. Estates: the Hermitage and Millbrook
3rd Period, June 11 - 20. Estates: Ros Álainn and Sullane Weirs.
Macroom Senior Citizen Bealtaine Events
Sun, May 20 – Fri. 25 Holiday in Cavan.
Weekly: Mondays 11a.m. Art and Craft; Thursdays: 10a.m. Bridge; 8.30p.m. Bingo; Fridays: 2p.m. Line Dancing.
We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. in this fortnightly Diary. We may include commercial events that are also being advertised simultaneously in the magazine. Please email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026 41891 or post to Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. Remember you can access back issues of the Lee Valley Outlook at www.macroom.ie

Macroom Updates

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St. Mary’s Chemistry students, Leah Kelleher, Kate Bradley, Lydia Costello and Laura O’Reilly, winners of Pfizer Chemistry Quiz 2018 ©An Scoil

St. Mary’s

Pfizer Chemistry Quiz Massive congratulations to Mrs. Kerrigan and the Leaving Cert Chemistry students, Leah Kelleher, Kate Bradley, Lydia Costello and Laura O’Reilly, who emerged victorious in this year’s Pfizer Chemistry Quiz. The girls had an amazing score of 46 questions correct out of a total of 48, showing they are well set for their Chemistry exam in a few weeks. The Pfizer Chemistry Quiz is a very prestigious science competition and open to all schools in Cork. St. Marys girls have now added their names to a list of distinguished winners on the trophy, which is now proudly on display in our foyer.
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St. Mary’s 2017-2018 Senior Munster Football Champions ©An Scoil

Senior Munster Champions 2018. St. Mary’s Macroom were crowned Champions of Munster in Charleville on May 11 when they defeated Spanish Point, Co. Clare 4 – 10 to 3 – 9, following a closely fought match which enjoyed huge St. Mary’s support. The Macroom side controlled proceedings for the first half with commanding performances from Katlynn Burke and Aoife Foley in defence; Erika O’Shea in mid-field and Meave Carroll and Katie Dineen up front. Just before half time, the Macroom side lost the influential Kate Brady to an injured ankle and brought on Meave Murphy, whose impact on the game was immediate as she mopped up numerous loose balls in the half back line. St. Mary’s led by four points at half time with the help of a goal from Aoife Twomey. Spanish Point stared the second half with some intent and worked very hard to bring the score down to the bare minimum. St Mary’s, having been reduced to 14 players for ten minutes, struggled against a tide of attacking play from the Co. Clare team. Meave Carroll continued to keep St. Marys ticking over on the score board with an immense display of point taking from both free kicks and open play in the full forward line. Gritty performances from Eimear O’Dea and Rosa Simmonds also ensured St. Mary’s remained in the game. A Spanish Point goal with 5 minutes remaining left the game in the balance, with the teams level at 3-9 each. Macroom then made a substitution, bringing on Sophia Burke for Aoife Kearney. Following a breakdown in a Spanish Point attack, St. Mary’s produces their own counter attack which ended in the substitute Sophia Burke expertly finishing the ball to the net. Katie Dineen followed with a point, which left St. Mary’s four points to the good at the final whistle.
St. Mary’s 2017-2018 Senior Munster Champions: Eimear McMahon, Maeve Kelleher, Aoife Foley, Zara Knight, Rosa Simmonds, Kate Brady, Eimear O’Dea, Katie Dineen, Kitty O’Brien, Niamh O’Donovan, Meadhbh Carroll, Aoife Kearney, Sophia Burke, Eve Cummins, Aoife Twomey, Clodagh O’Brien, Caoimhe O’Sullivan, Katelyn Burke, Maeve Murphy, Sarah Spillane, Caoimhe Foley, Aoibhe Kelleher, Molly McKirgan, Ava Rose Gallagher, Erika O’Shea. Management Team: Joe Carroll, Miss de la Cour and Mister Ó Cuill.

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Jack Granville, McEgan College, who came 3rd in the Apprentice Chef Competition in IT Tralee, with local butcher, Michael Twomey. ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates.

Apprentice Chef On Thursday 10th May second level students from all over Munster and Leinster travelled to IT Tralee to represent their schools in the final of Apprentice Chef 2018. McEgan College was thrilled for TY student Jack Granville who took third place in this prestigious competition. Jack’s dish in the Flogas Ireland and Fáilte Ireland sponsored Schools Apprentice Chef Programme was a Roast Rack of Shandagan Lamb, with a Croquette of Lamb Shoulder, Hassle-back Potatoes, Tian of Courgette and Buttered Baby Spinach with a Red Wine Jus. Jack sourced all of his quality ingredients from his home town of Macroom and its environs. Local businesses and producers were very helpful and supportive of Jack in sourcing the finest local seasonal produce. Suppliers that Jack used to create his dish included Twomey’s Butchers, Caroline Robinson and McCarthy’s Vegetables.
This is the sixth year of the Apprentice Chef Programme which was established by Mark Doe of Just Cooking Cookery School and Mark Murphy, senior lecturer in Culinary Arts at IT Tralee. Co-founder Mark Doe said: “Since the programme’s inception in 2012, we have delivered a series of demonstrations and workshops to over 2000 students attending schools in Kerry, Limerick, Cork, Tipperary, Waterford, Dublin, Laois, Kilkenny and Wexford. Our objective is to promote the importance of healthy eating to enhance physical and mental wellbeing, encourage young people to consider a culinary career to help combat the current chef shortage in Ireland and improve their self-confidence. Year on year we are overwhelmed by the high standard of the dishes produced by the students and we look forward to building on the programme’s success to take it to national level.”
Past Pupil. Bishop McEgan College had the pleasure of welcoming Mr. Michael O’Brien, a former student, back to host an information session with one of Ireland's largest construction companies, BAM. Michael is a regional manager and is directing affairs for the company, with special emphasis on the production of 3D interactive design. This is the latest in the software development of allowing clients a walk through 3D view of a project prior to its commencement. The large student body was given a viewing of some of the projects recently undertaken, such as the Courthouse in Cork city, the A&E at Kerry General Hospital and a new passive school. Michael also spoke of the new dynamics associated with the construction industry and how the whole landscape has evolved into a hugely attractive career path for students that seek careers in H&S, Engineering, software technology, Management, and consultation, Market development to mention but a few and the careers now offer a high level of study, with most careers having a Masters Degree available to them. BAM are on the horizon of some of the students and no doubt they will be encouraged by the fine presentation from Michael O’Brien, who is also studying a Masters degree in Great Britain as well. We wish Michael well in his career, and are very grateful that he took the time from his busy schedule to come to the College to us, and we look forward to meeting with him again in the near future.
Green School Initiative with Macroom Tidy Towns. On Tuesday 8th May, McEgan College First Years, ably led by Ashling Twomey, a 6th year Green School Committee member, coordinated a litter pick up in conjunction with Macroom Tidy Towns, represented by Catherine Murphy and John Lyons. Four teams of six travelled to the Town Park, GAA and some estates to do a litter pick. Students returned laden with rubbish. The initiative hopefully will raise awareness of the litter problems, making students more responsible. Thanks to Macroom Tidy Towns for facilitating this very worthwhile project.

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De la Salle 6th years 2018. ©An Scoil 

De la Salle

Quiz Masters. De la Salle College Macroom continued its fine form in schools’ quiz competitions when they filled both second and sixth places in the Cork Schools’ Junior Cert history quiz. The school also finished a creditable fourth in the Cork Schools’ Junior Cert science quiz.
Winners. The school extends its congratulations to several of its students for recent individual achievements. Stephen Bradley from Fifth Year was voted Macroom Senior Sports Person of the Year. Congratulations also go to Ethan Forde from First Year, who represented De la Salle in the All-Ireland Judo championship in Dublin this week. Patrick Kerry from Second Year has won first place in the Department of Education's “Decade of Centenaries” Schools Essay competition, which was coordinated by UCC School of History. Entered in the category of "Ireland and the First World War", the title of Patrick's essay was "The Story of Hugh Joseph Reynolds - A True Minstrel Boy of the Great War". The essay was based on Patrick’s Great-Great-uncle's experiences in the First World War. Patrick was awarded the prize based on demonstrating his understanding of the topic, the presentation of his research and the overall quality of his essay. He will attend a prize-giving ceremony in the Aula Maxima, UCC at the end of May.
G.A.A. In Gaelic Games, De la Salle face the Patrician Academy Mallow in the final of the Cork Schools’ U-14B football championship, which is to be held on the 4G pitch in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Tuesday May 15th, throw-in at 1.30pm. The school is also in the final of the Cork Schools’ U-16B championship, with the opponents being Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh from Cork. The school’s First Year hurlers participated with great success in a blitz on the artificial surface in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Transition Year students took part in a number of field trips recently, including a visit to Killarney National Park and Banna Beach. The group also spent two exciting days of adventure in Ballyhass outdoor pursuits centre. Ten of the Transition Years had a fine time in Bordeaux on the annual exchange trip with St. Mary’s. The group visited St. Emilion and local wine producers, the Dune du Pyla at Arcachon and many other sites of interest.
In Italia. 29 of the school’s First Year students are just back from Italy having spent a week in Marcallo con Casone on the annual Macroom cultural exchange. The lads had a very enjoyable time, visiting, among other places, Gardaland, Lake Maggiore and the San Siro soccer stadium.
De la Salle Founder’s Day was celebrated by the school community on Wednesday May 16th with Mass in St. Colman’s church. The Graduation Night ceremony for this year’s departing Sixth Years will be held in the school hall on Tuesday May 22nd, commencing at 8pm.
Macroom Library
We're halfway through May which means there are still two weeks remaining of Bealtaine Festival events to enjoy. These events are taking place throughout Ireland to celebrate the arts and creativity in older age people. Pick up a free Bealtaine Festival booklet in the library so you don't miss out.
The Juvenile Book Club takes place on May 19th at 3pm for a discussion on the book, 'Tall Story' by Candy Gourlay. Half-Day Closure. The library will be closed until 2pm on Tuesday May 22nd for staff training. It will then be open for the remainder of the day until the usual Tuesday closing time of 7.30pm. Irish singing legend Seán Ó Sé will be visiting on May 24th at 11.30am for a performance of traditional music and songs. We would love for you to come along to welcome Seán to Macroom on what will be a special day for the library. We'll have tea and biscuits too. Fáilte roimh cách.
Closure. The library will be closed on Saturday June 2nd as it will be the June Bank Holiday weekend. You can renew your books by popping into the library at any time with your library card before June 2nd, over the phone at 02642483, or online at https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services
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.
Next time you visit the library, be sure to enquire about all of our free online services. Library members can access e-Books and e-Audiobooks through BorrowBox, and e-Magazines through the RBdigital app. Leaflets for both of these services are available in the library. You might be interested in searching for an old newspaper article from years ago, in which case you can access several newspaper archives on our computers. We also have over 500 online courses available if you would like to begin an e-learning course – accounting, business, pet & animal care, writing skills, maths, and much more! You can also use our Mango language courses if you feel your Irish or Chinese has become a little rusty. All you need to do to avail of these online services is join the library, and it's completely free. Please visit https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services/library-online too for more info.

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Sven Ridgway and his dog, Bailey, outside his Main St. Irish Prepper and Bushcraft shop. ©Con Kelleher

Irish Prepper and Bushcraft Shop, Main Street.

One of the most striking shop fronts in Main Street, Macroom, is that of Sven Ridgway’s Irish Prepper and Bushcraft Shop. It is painted with a camouflage design and often has exotic items on display. Sven has been in Ireland for 30 years and in Macroom for four. Business is improving and he both lives and runs his business from there. He recently featured in an Irish Independent article.
Originally from the Manchester area, Sven worked in newspapers as a graphic artist, proof reader and a journalist. He wrote a column, ‘Motor Cycle Mania’, for the Morning and Citizens’ Newspaper Group in Lancashire. Always interested in the outdoor life, he spent much time fishing, shooting and hunting. At one time he hitchhiked across the U.S. and Canada. Motorbikes are a passion of his and he owns a Harley Davidson.
Sven occupies the house once owned by Mrs Moloney. She was a seamstress and dressmaker and was widowed at a young age. I can recall her working inside her front window, with glasses on and her hair in a beehive style. She had two children, Geraldine and Justin. Justin, dressed in an altar boy outfit, was a subject of one of Dennis Dinneen’s photos.
Sven’s shop brings colour and character to the street and many visitors stop, look and chat. He is a great talker and a wonderful asset to the town. When passing, the shop is well worth a browse. Recently reported in the LVO was the closure of a number of businesses and shops in Macroom, including Sven’s next door neighbour, Bertil Dow’s veterinary practice. Happily, the premises is re-opened as an antique furniture centre. We hope to have more details in a future edition.
By Con Kelleher.

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Presentation of cheque, proceeds of 2017 Daniel Kingston run, to Hilary Sullivan (Cork Arc Support) by Vincent and Julian Kingston, David and John Neville. © Con Kelleher.


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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.
Digital Media AIB Bank Macroom is running a digital media seminar for companies, to give advice in relation to maximizing their companies’ profile online in the most cost efficient manner. All companies/ SME’s in the Lee Valley area are invited to attend this seminar, being delivered by Matt Mooney, Head of Digital and Innovation in AIB bank. This seminar will be of great interest to any company selling their goods online or interested in growing their profile online. The seminar will be held in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Registration at 6.15pm. Seminar to start at 6.30pm.
Crookstown Céilí Saturday 19th May in Crookstown hall. Music by Taylors Cross Céilí Band. Commencing at 9.30 p.m. Tea served and everybody welcome.
Inchigeela NS Parents Association is collecting used clothing as a fundraiser. Donations may be delivered to the local hall Tuesday, May 29, 6.30 -8.30 pm and Sunday, June 10 12noon -100pm and on the day of collection on Wednesday June 13 at 9.00am. We accept used clothing, paired shoes, belts, soft toys and linens; no duvets or pillows please. We appreciate your support.
Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association lecture by Ken Nichols on McCarthys in Muskerry on Wednesday May 23rd at 8pm in Kilmurry Museum. Members free. Nonmembers €5.
Annual Famine Mass: will take place at 7.30p.m. on Monday May 28 at Carrig a Staighre. All are welcome to this very important event in our parish, where those who died in famine times are remembered and prayed for.
Kilmichael Cemetery Mass, organised annually by Kilmichael Historical Society, will take place on Monday 28th May at 8pm in Macloneigh Cemetery. Everybody welcome.
St. Joseph's Young Priests Society, Macroom annual Coffee Morning will be held in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 10.30 am on Friday, 1st June. Our annual fundraiser promises to be a pleasant get together for coffee and a chat and a draw in aid of a good cause. Students for the priesthood at home and in the Third World depend on St. Joseph’s to support their time in Seminary as very few have private means to help them. It is gratifying to receive letters from young priests acknowledging their gratitude for the funds raised at Coffee Mornings etc. We look forward to seeing many friends in the Fr. Ryan Hall on June 1st.
West Cork Rapid Response Coppeen Community Council stage a 6km fundraising walk Saturday 2nd June at 5.30pm in Coppeen followed by BBQ & Music.
Lee Valley Speakers will meet on Tuesday June 5th at 8pm in the Castle Hotel Macroom. Anyone interested in learning about public speaking is welcome.
"Who Wants to be a Thousandaire" Fundraiser for Firmount NS at Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig on Saturday, June 9.
Source to Sea stages a great choral celebration at St Finbarre’s Cathedral on June 10. Multi denominational invitations will go out across the City and County very soon from Dean Nigel Dunne. This is a free public invitation and it will feature the wonderful choir of St Finbarr’s Cathedral Boys and Girls.
Kilmurry GAA Fun 5Km Run/Walk takes place in Kilmurry Village on Wednesday 13th June at 7:30pm.Registration from 6pm in Kilmurry Museum. Adults €10. Children €5. Refreshments in museum afterwards.
Poulanargid Harrier Club Dog Show in aid of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, will be held in Kilmurry on Friday, June 15 at 7.30p.m. Entry €3 per dog. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes in Each Class. Harrier Classes: Puppy, Senior Dog, Puppy Bitch, Senior Bitch, Couples. Breed Classes: Best Dressed, Smooth Haired Terrier, Rough Haired Terrier, Children Handling, Any Variety Small, Any Variety Large, Any Variety Handled by a Lady or Gent, Toy Dog, Best Groomed, Waggiest Tail, Puppies Under 1 Year. Fun Activities: Clock Golf, Timber Maggie, Milk the Cow, Ladder Game, Football Kick, Horseshoe Pitching, Art Variety Stall, Cakes and Jams.
Daniel Kingston Memorial The Kingston family presented a €7,017 cheque, proceeds of 2017 5k Memorial Run, to Hilary Sullivan, Cork Arc Support, recently. The total funds raised to date for Cork Arc amount to €225,640 - almost a 1/4 of a million euros. The 2018 Daniel Kingston 5K Road Race will take place on Thursday June 21st. Please take part, enjoy and support.
Graceful Vintage. On the 11th & 12th August, Crookstown Vintage will be celebrating 30 years of vintage festivals, with Brendan Grace not only officially opening the festival, but also performing in Crookstown Hall on Saturday 11. Present at the launch was John Madden, National President of the Irish Vintage Society.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: April 29. Jackpot €1,450. Numbers drawn 05, 13, and 15. No winner. €50 Michael & Mary Crowley, Ballyverane. . €20 each: Denis McSweeney, Carrigulla, Ballinagree. Jer McGreevy, Knockrour. Eoghan & Gearoid O'Brien, Anvil Bar, Rylane. Michael Fitzsimmons & Seamus Crowley, C/O The Láine Bar, Ballinagree.
May 6. Jackpot €1,600. Numbers drawn 32, 36, and 38. €50 Jerry Cotter, Kilberrihert. . €20 each: Denis Murray, Murray's Bar. Ned Hubbard, Inchlea. L. Healy, C/O Breda McCarthy. Gerald Hall, C/O Ballinagree Post Office.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto Results 3/5/ 2018. Jackpot €2400. No winner. €70 Dick Dineen, New Street, Macroom. €20 each: Kevin Mears, c/o Danone. Nora O’Donoghue, c/o Clondrohid N.S.. Mary Knott, Masseytown, Kate Murray c/o Murray’s Bar.
Kilmurry GAA lotto results. April 30. Jackpot €1,600. Numbers drawn 18,24,30. No winner. €50 Liz Fitz €20 each: Des O Callaghan Noah Daly Rob Sullivan Siobhan O’Leary John Madden
May 7. Jackpot €1,800. Numbers drawn 27,28,40. €50 David Pierce €20 each: Margo Donovan Jo Jo Breda McCarthy Joe Moloney
Macroom FC Lotto 8/5/18. Jackpot €5, 800. Numbers drawn: 7, 27, 33. No Winner. €80 Tony Buckley c/o Lar's. €20 each: Bina Kelleher c/o Fudge, Pa Lehane c/o Lar's, Mgt Burns, O' Connor Park, Mary Cooney c/o Hound.
14/05/18. Jackpot €6, 000. Numbers drawn: 6, 28, 36. No Winner. €80 Paul and Alan O' Farrell c/o Darrin. €20 each: Maisie c/o Brian, Noel Kelleher c/o Joan, Lorraine Casey c/o T.P.s, Alan Ring c/o TPs.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 1/05/2018. Jackpot €9.000. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 19-22-36. €70 Ninidh Ó Tuama, Sullane Weirs €20 each: Olan Buckley, Kilnagurteen, Rita Healy, Ballymakeera, Tadgh Kelleher, Sleaveen East, Tim Mc Carthy, Clondrohid, Caroline O'Connell, Railway View.
8/05/2018. Jackpot €9.200. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 12-14-19. €70 Dan O'Callaghan, Castle Street €20 each: Sean Cronin, Ardilaun. Jennifer Murphy 9 Cork Street. Eileen Kenny. C/O Pat Crowley, Town Hall. Moira Creedon, Bawnmore. Danny Murphy, Codrum.
Macroom Golf Club Lotto May 1st Jackpot €3900. Numbers Drawn: 12 14 28. Winner: Mick O'Mahony,Ballincollig. €40- Joe Moloney c/o Goldens. €20 each: Andrew Murphy, Mary HickeyWalsh
8th May. Jackpot €1000. Numbers Drawn: 20 25 33. No winner. Lucky Dip: €40- Tom Fitz, Faxie & Moss Moriarty €20 each: Richie Dick c/o Golden’s and Eamonn Walsh
Coachford AFC Lotto: Results 8/5/2018. Jackpot: €3,000. Numbers Drawn: 3 – 14 – 15. No Winner. €40 Dan Shine. €20 Jillian O’Shea, Steve Crowley, Michael O’Shaughnessy (Online Ticket), Josie Leahy (Online Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

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Peggy Lynch sings at the official opening of Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Fleadh Chorcaí 2018 Roundup

 What a Fleadh. The sun shone down on the multitudes that descended on Macroom, particularly on Saturday and Sunday, for the various competitions. In the words of one very successful group, Comhaltas Baile Núis, they went home buzzing. The Castle Grounds resonated with the sound of music from all corners as competitors got in the last bit of practice. The lead up commenced on Wednesday night with a Tribute to Tadhg Kearney in the Auld Triangle. The talented family entertained the huge audience for an hour before being joined by long time friends and musicians from Galway, two of whom were members of the well known group Shaskeen. After playing on their own, they then joined in with the Kearney Family. There were so many other musicians in the company that a second music session took place in the bar of the Auld Triangle, making it a most successful event. MC on the night was Dermot O’Donovan, chairman of Aghinagh Comhaltas Branch and local singer, Peggy Lynch, sang some beautiful songs.
On the Thursday night there was an ‘Oíche Amhránaoicht’ in the Riverside Park Hotel. This attracted nearly 50 singers and was led by Seosamh Ó Críodáin. All in attendance gave the singers full attention, in the bar area around the fireside.

The official opening took place in the ballroom of the Castle Hotel on Friday night. This was attended by Munster Comhaltas reps, Cork Co. Board Reps and the newly appointed National President of Comhaltas, Vince Jordan from Birmingham. There were various formalities and several new cups were presented to the County Board for specific competitions. As this is the 40th anniversary of Aghinagh Comhaltas, presentations were made to two founding members that are still active in the branch, Peggy Lynch and Oliver Spillane. This was followed by the cutting of the anniversary cake. Displays around the hall showed a lot of the branch’s activities down through the years, the many trips abroad and scrapbooks with all the bits and pieces from previous county Fleadhs and the Munster Fleadh that took place in Macroom. This was followed by a music session in the bar.
The competitions began on Saturday. Helpers came together at 8.30 am and were deployed to all the various posts of action. The competitors assembled in various locations outdoors and any spare rooms indoors in order to practice. The Fleadh Programme Booklet ran to 130 pages, with 55 pages given over to the details of the competitions, the times, the venues, the locations. The main centre was at McEgan College and the Fleadh Office was based there as well as other displays and trophy room etc. De La Salle College was in use as was the GAA Hall, and all of the bigger groups and bands were in the Sports Complex. Such was the interest that there were upward on 400 people in the Sports Hall watching these events. On Saturday night the Fleadh Céilí was held in Crookstown Hall. Music was by Tim Joe and Ann and they played to a full house. There were 14 sets on the floor, and in addition to sets, they danced the Kype, Waltzes, 2 Hand Reels and Jigs and other 2 hand dances. There was a singers night in the Castle Hotel also, led by Máire Ní Chéilleachair, and again there was a great array of musicians and talent. In the hotel also there was a music session where many of the judges who were overnighting in the hotel took part.

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Maebh Ní Dhuinnín, CCÉ Lachtaín Naofa, buaiteoir amhránaíochta 15 – 18 ag Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí. ©

Sunday came with bright sunshine and stewards were working from 8 am. Queues developed at McEgan College before 9 am as people wanted to get their programmes and wristbands. Such was the interest from visitors that the Car Park in the Castle Grounds was filled at 9.15 am. The sound of music was about, while others went elsewhere to do the final practice, to the Castle Hotel, to JC’s, to Ó Riada’s. The atmosphere was carnival like in the Castle Grounds all day Sunday, with children enjoying themselves, using the outdoor gym equipment and the green area to kick balls and puck sliotars. Tidy Towns volunteers manned the entrance at the Castle Gates to control parking and carried out ongoing litter picks to that the visitors were left with a lasting good impression of their visit to Macroom.
The crowds continued to fill the Sports Complex until the final band competition was over, at 7.15 pm on Sunday evening. After that, the Fleadh volunteer workers moved in, military style, dismantled the stage and loaded it up, as well as over 200 chairs and returned these to St. Colman’s Boys school.

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Bean a’ Tí, Maire Ní Chéilleachair, le Eileen Buckley agus Maureen Kelleher ag Oíche Amhránaíochta ag Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí i Máigh Chromtha ©Lee Valley Outlook

 This Cork County Fleadh is the largest county fleadh in the country and the event was run off most efficiently. Considerable funding must be raised locally to run the fleadh and the fundraising events that had been ongoing for many months were excellently supported. Many local shops and businesses also provided sponsorship and these are all listed in the Fleadh Programme. Great credit must go to the small but active Aghinagh Comhaltas Branch committee, who also provide assistance at the Munster Fleadh and have developed a wealth of experience over the years. It would not have been possible without the assistance of an army of volunteers and all can feel very satisfied with a job well done. By John Lyons, PRO.
Clondrohid Updates

The Development Group: would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the Lynch family on the death of their mother, Máire. Máire was well known throughout the village for her gardening efforts. She was always weeding, planting or transplanting some new shrub or flower. Even when she went for her daily walk on the country roads, Máire would return with a bag full of waste and rubbish. A hard act to follow. Máire was a founder member of the Development Group, as was her late son John. She will be sadly missed by all. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.
First Holy Communion: The children of Clondrohid N.S. received their First Holy Communion on May 12 in Clondrohid church. The children of Carriganima and Muinfliuch schools will receive theirs on May 19 in Carriganima. We wish them all well on their big day.
World meeting of families: Clondrohid parish will have a Celebratory Mass for Families in Clondrohid Church on Saturday, May 19 at 7.30pm. All family members will be most welcome. Come along and take part in this celebration and enjoy the chat and cuppa and refreshments later in the Community Hall.
All night vigil: will take place in Clondrohid Church on Thursday, May 24 from 8pm to 9.30am Mass on Friday May 25. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the night interceding for the protection of the 8th Amendment in our Constitution and for graces and blessings for our families, community and country.
Annual Famine Mass: will take place on Monday May 28 at Carrig a Staighre. All are welcome to this very important event in our parish, where those who died in famine times are remembered and prayed for.
Corpus Christi Procession: will take place on Sunday June 3 after 11am Mass in Clondrohid. Weather permitting, the procession will go from the Church to the Community Hall for prayers and hymns, and return to Church for adoration of Blessed Sacrament.
G.A.A. : Despite being down a few regulars, the U12 team continued on their winning ways with a convincing 3-1 to 7-9 victory over Sliabh Rua. There were excellent performances throughout the field and the younger players, when introduced, were very impressive. Panel: Owen Duggan, Cristain Healy O’Brien, Jason O’Connell, James Lucey, Owen McCarthy, Oscar Cussen Walsh, Cormac Keoghan, Cian Kelleher, Adam Roche, Fionn Fitzgibbon, James Deasy, Jamie Hourihan, Eugene Granville, Sean Lucey, Cian O’Donovan, Cian Ryan, Erin Kelleher.

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Inchigeela National School First Prizewinners in Discover Cork Schools Heritage Project with Cllr. Kieran Mc Carthy and their project," Johnny Timmy Johnny's Shop". ©An Scoil

Inchigeela Updates

Retirement. Our local Garda, Thomas O’Connor, retired recently. Garda O’Connor, better known as Tom ,was always very professional in his duties, yet friendly, caring and approachable. We wish him a very happy retirement and thank him for “minding” us for many years.
Food Waste Management. A lecture on waste food management and smart composting was given recently in the Hall. Donal O’Leary of Macroom, an environment consultant, spoke on the huge waste and enormous expense of the food we throw away due to carelessness, lack of planning or being unaware of the loss. He showed his audience how, with just a little care and planning, each household could save over €800 in a year. He next went on to illustrate for us how we could save as well, with efficient composting, for healthy vegetables and flowers. The night proved to be very educational and entertaining and was free to all. Donal O’Leary has a website, “Waste Down” and this writer can recommend attendance at his talks if he comes down your way.
Source to Sea Project. This project is the brainchild of film-maker, Declan O’Mahony and is designed to unite the different communities in a festival- like fashion along the River Lee, from its source at Gougane Barra, all the way to the sea at Cork Harbour (92 Kms).The first leg took place last Sunday on the South lake Road to Inchigeela. A lovely goblet in a special cart containing Lee water from Gougane was carried by members of Croí na Laoi, symbolizing the cherishing of our river water. The communities along the way are invited to hold an event in honour of the precious water,”Deoch na Laoi”, as it passes through their area. The Inchigeela group stopped opposite the Crannóg, an ancient man-made defensive island, at Tír na Spideoige where Joe Creedon spoke briefly about this rare special feature (and also sang some songs!).A little further on down-river, at Carraig an Aifrinn, Marguerite McSweeney recited the Mass-rock related poem, “ Anseo i Lár an Ghleanna”. The project should awaken in us an appreciation for the beauty at our doorstep that we shouldn’t take for granted. The journey is filmed by Declan O’Mahoney and should prove very interesting when completed.
Well Done. Congrats to all the walkers from “Darkness into Light” on Saturday and to the volunteers who organised it's smooth running.
Johnstown Mass Rock. Mass will be celebrated at the Mass Rock at the Commons on 31st of May at 7.pm. First Holy communion day is next Saturday for the children of Inchigeela and Kilbarry Schools and we hope you all have a lovely day.
Litter Challenge. The Litter Challenge has started and for the next 6 weeks Inchigeela will endeavour to improve on last year’s score where we came 6th in Co Cork. More importantly, a litter free environment is a safer and healthier one. If everyone takes part by each keeping our own area litter free, we should succeed. Let’s do it!

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Pat Lehane, Joe Scanlon and Peter Dineen present ‘Per Verse’ in Coachford ©Lee Valley Outlook

Drama in Coachford

Coachford Players will never be described as boring or predictable. Their choice of material is always interesting and challenging to actors, directors and audience. The 2018 One Act Play presentation followed the same thought provoking pattern. ‘The Nightingale and not the Lark’, by seasoned playwright Jennifer Johnston, was a tour de force for Maura Lucey who played an embittered former actor. She was ably supported by Willie Barrett and Colette Hogan, under the superb direction of Anthony Greene.
The second offering was ‘Per Verse’ by Derry Cotter. A delightful play on words, it is appropriately set in a book shop. With imperfect hearing, I longed for subtitles to enable me appreciate all the witticisms and double entendres. Pat Lehane, playing Pecker Stubbs, gave a formidable performance and took the audience on an emotional roller coaster, with Joe Scanlan, Peter Dineen and Josef Quane in the other roles. It was John McCaffrey’s first time directing. Tús maith leath na hoibre. We look forward to Coachford Players next offering.

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Willie Barrett, Colette Hogan and Maura Lucey present ‘The Nightingale and not the Lark’ in Coachford ©Lee Valley Outlook

Coachford Updates

‘The Coachford Pantomimes’, ACR Heritage's latest booklet, has been released and tells the story of these famous pantomimes of over a half century ago, and contains images and details of many of those involved. The booklet is now available, along with our previous ‘The Flooding of the Lee Valley’ booklet, in local shops/ businesses and directly from our websitehttps://acrheritage.info/publications Personal collection can be arranged, digital versions sent, or hard copies posted to anywhere in the world). Both of these booklets are €5 each or together they can be had for €8 (excl. postage). Proceeds will help ACR Heritage promote & preserve local heritage, as a non-profit, voluntary organisation. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or contact 086-0456554.
Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne

At the moment we are busy with our Bealtaine project “Twiddle Mitts” which started on 8th May and will continue every Tuesday in May at 11am. Twiddle mitts are knitted mittens or hand warmers with beads, buttons and objects sewn on to them. The mitts are becoming popular gifts for those living with dementia, as having something to 'twiddle' helps to calm agitation and restlessness – both common symptoms of the condition. If you would like to join in, please come along, bring some needles and wool if possible and any other ribbons, beads and buttons that you have thrown in the end of drawers.
Bainteach le Éire Shláintiúili do Leabharlann, bhí tráthnóna an-mhaith againn anseo le Cór Ban Cúil Aodha. Bhí an leabharlann lán suas! Agus bhí an Cór ar fheabhas. Bhaineamar go léir sult as an ocáid. Our children’s Spring into Story time in April was very well supported and our next story time is on Saturday 26th May at 11am. If you are interested, please book your place, contact details below. Regular groups include our Knitting & Craft group who meet on Tuesdays at 11am to trade knitting and crafting hints and tips over a cup of tea or coffee. New members are always very welcome and existing members are happy to help out if you are a beginner.
Book club meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 10.30am and is reading Little Beauty by Alison Jameson this month. The group were very divided on last month’s book, Appletree Yard by Louise Doughty so hopefully, Little Beauty will be enjoyed by all.
Is é Labhair Linn sa Leabharlann an Ciorcal Cainte anseo. Bailíonn an grúpa gach coicís ar an Aoine agus is é 25ú Bealtaine ag 11 r.n. an céad dáta eile. Tá fáilte roimh daoine nua. Go raibh maith agat as an dtacaíocht a thugais dúinn le déanaí don gcomórtas ealaíona a ritheadh trí Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne igcómhar Bliain na Gaeilge. Bhí an caighdeán an-ard agus bhí lion mór iontrálacha. Cé nách raibh le bheith ach dhá dhuais i ngach roinn, b'é tuairim na moltóirí ná go raibh an caighdeán chomh h-ard go gcaithfí duais breise a chur ar fáil! Agus anois, tá na póstaerí a bhuaigh ar taispeáint ar an bhfuinneoig.
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Macroom Senior County Champions 1962. (from Macroom GAA History) ©

James Kelleher; New Street and Gurteenroe Part 1.

By Con Kelleher
James Kelleher was born in 1936 and has lived in Macroom all his life. He grew up in New Street and ran the family shop there for many years. Together with his wife Mary and family, he built a very successful business. James has many memories of the town, and in particular, of New St. and its onetime many shops and businesses.
James’s parents, Pat and Kathleen (née O’Riordan), were from Millstreet and spent their young adult lives in Boston and New York. Pat was an inspector in North St. Railway Station, Boston, and Kathleen, originally from Cloughoola, worked as a cook in New York. Pat was to have travelled to America on the Titanic but luckily missed out for some minor reason and travelled there shortly afterwards. Kathleen and Pat came home in the ‘30s and bought a small farm in Gurteenroe and a home/ shop in New St., opposite Sonny Lucey’s pub. They also brought back with them an Italian ice-cream recipe. This proved a great hit and was very popular and profitable. Ice cream was a luxury at the time. The making of the ice-cream was quite complicated. James remembers that his parents had to get ice wrapped in jute, a special flavouring, fresh milk and the mixture was ‘processed’ between two metal plates. The result was magical and among others, Joe Gallagher and Joe Murphy were avid customers. The milk came from ‘strippers’ – cattle who were put into calf late – and milked over the winter months.
Bertie was the eldest in the Kelleher family and James also had a sister, Mary. Bertie trained as a draper’s clerk in Brownes, North Square – not Allie Browne’s but in a shop owned by an Allie’s uncle. Bertie was part of a group of close friends that included Joe O’Brien, ‘Mika’ Healy, Charlie Murray and ‘Simcox’. They were interested in all sorts of fun, and especially horses. Later, ‘Mika’ owned a race horce, Talgo Abbess, which went on to great success. ‘Mika’ had a resemblance to Micheál O’Hehir, the legendary RTE commentator, and this is alleged to have caused confusion at times. Bertie went to America and worked in hotels, a launderette and eventually ran a home for the elderly in Florida. On a visit home, he met, and later married Mary’s friend, Peggy Galvin, Bandon, and they lived briefly in New St. - next to Connie O’Callaghan’s shop and the former home of Harry O’Leary and Joan Cronin. However, Bertie and Peggy returned to the U.S. and had 4 children. James’s sister, Mary, was married in Ballineen and sadly passed away some years ago.
The family home and shop was in New Street. James attended St Colman’s Boys’ National School and McEgan College. Classmates were John Joe Kearney, Michael John Dromey, Jerry ‘Derby’ O’Donovan, Jim McSweeney, Pat Hartnett, Cork St. (a great footballer), Concubhar Dinneen, and Henry Browne. Henry became a very good trumpet player and later played with the ‘Sentilla’ band. He was largely self-taught and practised in Bridewell Lane. James’s pastimes in childhood were football, hurling, badminton and soccer. He played underage for Macroom and was on the panel that won the senior county championship in 1962. Eddie Murphy, Kenmare, had been the regular Macroom goalkeeper but returned home to Kerry in 1961, leaving Macroom seniors short of a goalie. Dan O’Callaghan invited James and Mickie Dunphy to join the panel in 1962. Goalkeeper was James’s position and a hazardous trade it was, as the goalie was considered ‘fair game’. ‘Burying’ the goalie, ball and all, in the back of the net was considered a noble achievement! One of the full-back’s jobs was to protect his keeper. James also played soccer for Macroom in the ‘60s, with ‘Roger’ Healy, Mickie Dunne, Mickie Kelleher, Tony Dromey, Georgie Sheehan and many more and he was part of the ‘squad’ that played Liebherr, Killarney, before that. The Town Park was their home ground and the jerseys were a white tea-shirt with a shamrock stitched on.


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Mary Kelleher and her son, John, at the shop door in New Street c. 1978. ©Family Collection

 James married Mary Crowley, Bandon, in 1966. They ran the shop and lived in their home in New Street. The introduction of Green Shield Stamps proved very popular. The shop’s proximity to De La Salle was fortunate and the Kellehers never had any trouble from the boys, even the ‘hardier’ ones. Later again they did a big trade in boxes of chocolate. The shop was open 7 days a week, from early-to-late, and often later again for Bingo nights, films or other special events. They had 3 children: Pat is a national teacher (and a qualified horticulturist) in Passage West; John teaches Information Technology in Sligo IT and Cathy is married to John Browne in Carrigadrohid. Mary and James are blessed with 6 grandchildren. To be continued.

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American Ambassador, Jean Kennedy Smith, unveils a plaque at Tigh na mBocht in Macroom in 1997 ©S.McS.

Famine in Macroom Part 1.

by Máire Mac Suibhne

As the National Famine Commemoration is celebrated throughout Ireland this month, we, in Macroom, might prayerfully remember the thousands of victims of want and disease in the Lee Valley in the mid-nineteenth century. We also recall the extraordinary coming together of the 16 parishes that made up Macroom Poor Law Union for the 150th anniversary of the Famine in 1997.
Macroom before the Famine
In 1841, Macroom had a population of 4,800 in 701 houses. According to the 2016 Census, we now have 3.765 people in 1414 households. The town in the 19th century was a long, narrow line, stretching along Main Street from about the entrance to Aldi and the Boys’ NS along to the Square and Castle Street. Masseytown, a distinct entity, branched off northwards at the Bridge. Pound Lane extended westwards as far as the Workhouse at Hospital Cross. There were at least l0 lanes leading off the main street. Sleaveen Lane went from the corner of West Square, by the Mall, up the hill and west towards Cill na Martra or south to the Gearagh. All the streets and lanes were unpaved, which meant dust in summer and mud in winter. The Castle and Mount Massey were the centres of power and wealth - the Hedges Eyre family in the Castle and Lord Massey in Mount Massey. They spent very little time in the town. They travelled to Dublin, London, the continent but their income came from the rent on cabins, gardens, shops and farms for miles around Macroom. This was collected by their agents.
Next in the pecking order were other property owners, middlemen, solicitors and doctors. Many of these lived in three storey houses along North Square - from where the Bank of Ireland now operates to Murphy’s Corner and down to where the Castle Hotel now stands. Williams Hotel, where travellers stayed in the 19th century, was where the AIB now stands. Across from this was the Market House, which was replaced by the Town Hall at the start of the 20th century. It was from the door of the hotel that Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill first put her eye on Art Ó Laoghaire ‘ag ceann tí an mhargaidh’. Country people came to the market daily to sell milk and potatoes and eggs, hens etc. There was a big market every Saturday and weekly pig fairs and monthly cattle fairs. Along South Square, where we now have the Mall, Lynch's Cafe, The Briery Gap, was where the shopkeepers and business people of the town lived in two storey houses. Shops and workshops lined the two sides of the street eastwards as far as Chapel Lane. The shopkeepers all lived behind or above their businesses. As well as drapers, grocers, pubs and eating houses, there were shoemakers, harness makers, tailors etc. But in fact, most of the tradespeople lived in Masseytown, whic\was a town in its own right with its own fair and businesses. Here were the millers, whose product, Macroom oatmeal, was famous for its quality. There were coopers, nailors, tanners, saddlers, blacksmiths, carpenters etc. The poor lived in what were described as 4th class houses along Bóthar na Sop (New St.), Cork Street and all the lanes. These were one-roomed cabins of the most basic kind.

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A section of the crowd at the Famine Commemoration Mass at Carraig a’Staighre in 1997 ©S.McS.
Macroom had two churches. The Church of lreland in Castle Street had a school for its children in the lovely stone building that used to be the Museum. The Rector, Mr. Swanzy, lived in the Rectory, now home to the O'Learys of Supervalu. The burial ground for both Protestants and Catholics was also in Castle St. but there was segregation within its walls. The Catholic Church, also St. Colman's, was in Chapel Lane. Fr. Thomas Lee was P.P. of Macroom during the Famine. A national school, with an enrolment of 400, was close by. The Sisters of Mercy or De la Salle brothers had not yet come to town. There were several pay schools, including a classical school in Castle Street (attended by An tAthair Peadar) and Peter Golden's school in Masseytown.
Macroom Courthouse was in its present location overlooking the Bridge. The Bridewell or Police Barrack was at the top of Castle Street, now the St. Vincent de Paul shop and where McGregor’s used to be. The Workhouse, which opened in 1843, was on the site of Macroom and District Hospital. It had its own cemetery attached but, when this got overcrowded during the famine, despite the use of quicklime, another burial ground was sought and this is Carrigastyra, in Clondrohid parish.


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Students from Muskerry second level schools perform a Famine Pageant in Macroom at the 150th commemoration in 1997 ©S.McS.

 Macroom was the centre of the Poor Law Union, which took in 16 parishes and all or part of four baronies. It was the only market town in the area at the time. The Union was 300 sq. miles in area and, like many more, wasn’t well organised. It was made up of East and West Muskerry, Barretts and East Carberry, which made for difficult administration as rates had to be collected in each individual area and spent there. The Workhouse served areas as far apart as Matehy, Vicarstown and Donoughmore to the north east; Ovens to the east; Kilmurry and Macloneigh to the South; Iveleary, as far as Shanacrane and Coolmountain to the south-west; Ballyvourney to the west and Kilcorney to the north. But much of nearby Kilmichael was in Dunmanway Union. To be continued.

Poetry Corner

April 26th was National Poetry Day and was celebrated with readings of favourite old poems and new compositions throughout Ireland. Macroom Library hosted a very successful poetry morning in conjunction with the fortnightly Ciorcal Cainte. The large gathering enjoyed recalling poems they learned in school and newer creations. This prompted the idea of having a Poetry Corner in the Lee Valley Outlook. We will be pleased to publish your favourite poem in Irish or English as well as encouraging aspiring poets to submit their work. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Road not Taken
By Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
The above poem was nominated by Nora O’Riordan.

The Match Coach
In memory of heroes
Author: Bernard O’Donoghue, The Seasons of Cullen Church
I had just, or so I dreamt, moved on ahead
To the bridge where the weeping willow
Bows down over the river when I saw
Garry McMahon running back towards me
Out of the mist. “Hurry on!” he called:
“The coach will leave without you, and you’ll miss
The match.” “Who else is coming? I asked him,
“Who is already on the bus?” “John Kerins is there” he said,
“Tom Creedon will come for certain:
Humphrey Kelleher, Jim Brosnan, Christy Ring,
And Michael McMcCarthy from O’Donovan Rossa’s.”
“I’ll come” I said, “If you’re sure Toots is there.
And tell me one last thing: who is the driver?”
Garry said, “If it comes to it, I’ll drive the bus myself.
Nominated by Gus Kelleher

Sports Mad

GAA Cork County Championship 2018

County Senior Football Championship
Round 2 (Winners to Rd 3) Mallow v Kiskeam, Douglas v Dohenys, Clyda v Aghada, Carrigaline v Ilen, Clonakilty v Newcestown
Round Three (16 teams) qualifiers to date: St Finbarrs, Castlehaven, Valley Rovers, St Nicholas, Carbery Rangers, Nemo Rangers, Bishopstown, O’Donovan Rossa, Ballincollig, CIT, Duhallow and the five winners of the Rd Two games.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship
Round 2 Bantry Blues v Na Piarsaigh, Macroom v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Kanturk v Castletownbere, Naomh Abán a bye
Round Three qualifiers to date: St Vincents, Nemo Rangers, Bandon, Éire Óg, Newmarket, Fermoy, St Michaels, Naomh Abán, and three winners of Rd Two games.

Intermediate Football Championship
Round 2 (Losers from Preliminary & Round 1) Carrigaline v Mayfield, Glanworth v Glenville, Ballydesmond v Clonakilty, Glanmire v Gabriel Rangers, Kinsale v Ballinora, Rockchapel a bye
Round Three Qualifiers: Knocknagree, St Finbarrs, Adrigole, Millstreet, Aghabullogue, Cill na Martra, Kildorrery, Youghal, Grenagh, Mitchelstown, Rockchapel and winners of five Rd two games.

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Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh who defeated Newmarket in the Tom Creedon Cup final at Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Tom Creedon Cup Final

Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 4 – 15 Newmarket 4 - 14
The Tom Creedon Cup final played at Macroom produced wonderful entertainment with the glorious weather being matched by smashing scores from both sets of forwards in a game of constantly changing fortunes. Béal Átha and Newmarket had contested the previous two Tom Creedon Cup finals also, with honours shared, and both are amongst the leading contenders for the premier intermediate championship, so both clearly wanted to win and their efforts reflected their desire. A point separated the teams at the interval, they were level for the ninth time at the three quarter stage and with Béal Átha two points adrift in the 59th minute, a goal from a penalty gave them the narrowest margin of victory in a dramatic finish. Newmarket are already through to the 3rd round of the county championship, Béal Átha lost narrowly to Éire Óg and must beat Macroom in the 2nd round to advance, but they will be heartened by the quality of their attack in particular.
Points for Newmarket from Daniel Culloty, Ryan and Conor O’Keeffe were matched by Béal Átha scores from Ben and Liam Seartan and Barra Ó Coinceannain to leave the sides at 0-4 each after 14 minutes and they then traded score for score before Béal Átha went two clear and a goal from an Ándy Ó Coinceannain penalty in the 24th minute followed by his point gave the Gaeltacht side a six point advantage in the 26th minute. By half time the Ballingeary lead was down to a single point with two points from Daniel Culloty intersected by a Cathal Browne goal making it 1-10 to 1-9 at the break and setting the pattern for a great second half.
The second half yielded no less than six goals and ten points, split evenly between the teams! Newmarket levelled on the resumption, the teams were level three times subsequently and then the Duhallow men had a superb goal from midfielder TJ Brosnan in the 11th minute. Two minutes later, Béal Átha sub Conchuir Ó Loinsigh, direct from Ed Sheeran concert reportedly, equalised with his first touch of the ball and then pointed to put his side in front. Two goals for Newmarket within a minute of each other at the 50th minute mark, Cathal Browne’s second and the other from the superb Ryan O’Keeffe, looked to have tilted the balance the Duhallow way but within minutes Len Ó Conchubhair banged in a goal for Béal Átha and another sub Donagh Seartan added a point to leave only the minimum between them, 4-13 for Newmarket to 3-15 for the Muskerry men. Three minutes from time Ryan O’Keeffe doubled his side’s advantage but then came the penalty resulting from a foul Maitiú Ó Riordáin which cost Newmarket the loss of Daniel Culloty with a black card, and Conchuir Ó Loinsigh slotted home the spot kick to put Béal Átha one point clear. The loss of ace kicker Culloty was felt when Newmarket got one last chance from a long range free, the ball drifted just wide of the upright and Béal Átha survived and so reversed last year’s result.
Scorers: Béal Atha’n Ghaorthaidh: C Ó Loingsigh 2-1 (1-0 pen.), A Ó Coinceannain 1teams at 0-4 each after 2 (1-0 pen., 0-1f), L Ó Conchubhair 1-0, B Seartan 0-5 (0-4f), L Seartan 0-3, B Ó Coinceannain 0-2, D Seartan and A Ó Loingsigh 0-1 each.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Gearóid Ó Muirthile: Ciarán Ó Núnáin, Seán Ó Donnchú, Seán Ó Duinnín; Nollaig Ó Laoire, Leonárd Ó Conchubhair, Maitiú Ó Riordáin: Eoin Ó Coill, Colmán Ó Tuama; Amhlaoibh Ó Loingsigh, Barra Ó Coinceannain, Cian Ó Duinnín: Ben Seartan, Aindreas Ó Coinceannain, Liam Seartan. Subs; Conchuir Ó Loingsigh for B Ó Coinceannain 43, Donagh Seartan for C Ó Nunain 51, Daire Ó Ceallacháin for C Ó Duinnín 52.
Referee: John Ryan, Macroom.

County Senior Hurling Championship

Round 2 Ballymartle v Ballyhea, Bride Rovers v Na Piarsaigh, Kanturk v Bishopstown, Killeagh v St Finbarrs, Carrigtwohill a bye.
Round Three qualifiers to date: UCC, Imokilly, Douglas, Midleton, Sarsfields, Erin’s Own, Blackrock, Glen Rovers, Bandon, Newtownshandrum, Newcestown.
Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round 2 (Losers from Round 1) Inniscarra v Carrigaline, Kilworth v Aghada, Watergrasshill v Blarney, Cloyne v Youghal
Round Three qualifiers to date: Mallow, Fermoy, Charleville, Fr O’Neills, Ballinhassig, Castlelyons, Valley Rovers, Courcey Rovers.

County Intermediate Hurling Championship:
Preliminary Round Dungourney 1-13 Douglas 0-
Round 1 (A) Dungourney v Milford
(B) Ballygarvan 1-12 AGHABULLOGUE 1-18
(C) ÉIRE ÓG 0-14 Sarsfields 1-12
(D) BALLINCOLLIG 2-16 Meelin 1-21
(E) Kildorrery 1-22 DRIPSEY 2-14
(F) Argideen Rangers 2-9 Castlemartyr 3-17
(G) INNISCARRA 0-11 Ballymartle 2-22
(H) Tracton 1-18 Kilbrittain 3-9
(I) Midleton 2-15 Blackrock 1-12
(J) Na Piarsaigh 1-11 Barryroe 1-13
(K) Ballinhassig 1-6 Glen Rovers 2-21
(L) St Finbarr's 2-9 Mayfield 1-16
(M) GRENAGH 0-15 St Catherines 1-17

Round 2 (Losers from Pre Round & Rd 1)
Douglas v Inniscarra, Ballygarvan v Kilbrittain, Ballincollig v Dungourney/Milford, Dripsey v Na Piarsaigh,Grenagh v St Finbarrs, Ballinhassig v Blackrock, Éire Óg v Argideen Rangers
Round Three qualifiers to date: Aghabullogue, Dungourney/Milford, Sarsfields, Meelin, Kildorrery, Castlemartyr, Ballymartle, Tracton, Midleton, Barryroe, Glen Rovers, Mayfield, St Catherines

Aghabullogue 1 – 18 Ballygarvan 1 – 12
A Mark Kennefick goal from a penalty in the 2nd minute gave Ballygarvan a perfect start to their county intermediate hurling championship first round game at Ovens and helped the South East side to stay in contention all through the first half. Aghabullogue free taker Shane Tarrant was unerring in this period and Patrick Finnegan forceful at midfield for the winners but Ballygarvan with points from Dylan O’Connor, Donald O’Sullivan and Kennefick were only two points in arrears, 0-8 to 1-3 in the 22nd minute and when Ian BarryMurphy, John Corkery, Tarrant and Niall Buckley pushed the Mid Cork side into a five point lead, Ballygarvan finished the half strongly with two points to be only one point adrift at the break, 0-12 to 1-8 the score.
On the restart, a point from Corkery and two from Tarrant frees were answered by a Mark Kennefick point before Aghabullogue got the vital score of the game, an opportunist goal from Ian BarryMurphy after Patrick Finnegan’s shot had come down off the upright in the 39th minute. Aghabullogue lost Seán O’Sullivan to a red card at the three quarter stage but had a sufficient lead to concentrate their energies on defending their six point advantage and this they did successfully despite the nonstop Ballygarvan efforts to penetrate the defence. Ballygarvan did manage to get within four point but late scores from Mathew Bradley and Tarrant left Aghabullogue comfortable at the end.
Scorers: Aghabullogue: S Tarrant 0-8 (0-6f), I BarryMurphy 1-2, P Finnegan 0-5 (0-1f), N Buckley, M Bradley and J Corkery 0-1 each. Ballygarvan: M Kennefick 1-5 (1-0 pen, 0-5f), M Cussen 0-3, G White 0-2, D O’Sullivan and D O’Connor 0-1 each.
Aghabullogue: Donal Twomey: Aodhan Healy, David O’Connell, David Moynihan: Paul Ring, Michael Dennehy, Seán O’Sullivan: Niall BarryMurphy, Patrick Finnegan: Mathew Bradley, Daniel Dineen, Shane Tarrant: Ian BarryMurphy, Niall Buckley, John Corkery.

Sarsfields 1 – 12 Éire Óg 0 – 14
Éire Óg will be disappointed with this first round defeat as they reached the county final last year and had a 0-15 to 0-7 win over Sars in the quarter final. It was a close game all through, the Sars goal after ten minutes of the first half helping the East Cork side to a 1-7 to 0-8 interval lead after Éire Óg had enjoyed a good second quarter. It was all square twice in tghe third quarter and Éire Óg did hit the front for the first time in the 51st minute, 0-14 to 1-10 but Sars had the last two scores to emerge victorious by the minimum margin on a noght when Éire Óg did not play to their potential. Kevin Hallissey accounted for the bulk of the Éire Óg scores, aided mainly by John Cooper.
Éire Óg: Dylan Desmond: Aidan O’Connell, John Kelleher, Paul Kirwan: Cathal Mullins, Fionn O’Rourke, Brian Corcoran: John Cooper, Matt Brady: Kevin Hallissey, John Mullins, Daniel Goulding: Eoin O’Shea, Chris Kelly, Paul McDonagh. Subs: Dermot O’Herlihy, Brian Hurley, Keith O’Riordan, Eoin Kelleher.

Ballincollig 2 – 16 (22) Meelin 1 – 21 (24)
Ballincollig now face the daunting prospect of a second round winner-take-all game against the losers of the the Dungourney v Milford tie after suffering a two point defeat at the hands of Meelin at Banteer. Ballincollig had wind advantage in the first half but suffered a reversal when star of the game Eamonn Brosnan (who finished with no less than 1-14 to his credit) belted a goal for Meelin from an 11th minute penalty. Ballincollig recovered gradually, 0-6 to 1-2 after 18 minutes and when Conor Kinsella found the net after Seán Walsh had his fierce drive blocked and the sliotar rebounded out, it helped the Mid Cork side to a 1-7 to 1-5 interval lead.
On the resumption, Meelin drew level but Ballincollig surged ahead once again and when Conor Kinsella then had his second goal, Ballincollig were six points clear. It was 2-11 to 1-12 for Ballincollig on 45 and they still led by two points, 2-15 to 1-16 in the 55th minute. Brosnan’s accuracy from frees helped bring Meelin level and then put them in front. Ian Coughlan had a late chance of an equalising goal but his effort went just over and so Ballincollig must win in the last chance saloon to progress.
Scorers for Ballincollig: C Kinsella 2-1, D Bowen 0-7 I(0-4f), S Walsh 0-3, I Coughlan 0-2, J Murray , L Fahy and P O’Neill 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: Ronan Cambridge: Ross O’Donovan, James O’Leary, Colin Moore: Jordan Murray, Liam Jennings, John Paul Murphy: Matt O’Leary, Ciarán O’Sullivan: David Bowen, Ian Coughlan, Peter O’Neill: Luke Fahy, Conor Kinsella, Seán Walsh. Subs: Cian Dorgan h/t, Fintan Denny 44, Stephen Coughlan 58.

Kildorrery 1 – 22 (25) Dripsey 2 – 14 (20)
Dripsey were behind for almost all of this first round tie at Mallow but never gave up and were still battling away at the finish. Kildorrery dominated early on and led by seven points after 20 minutes, their goal coming on 15, but Dripsey fought back and only two points separated the teams at half time, 1-8 to Dripsey’s 0-7. Kildorrery dominated the play on the resumption but hit many wides and a Dripsey goal from Eoghan Maher six minutes after the restart and another from Michael O’Riordan ten minutes from time meant that there was the minimum between the teams until late scores saw the Avondhu side through.
Dripsey face a good Na Piarsaigh side in the second round.
Dripsey scorers: M O’Riordan 1-7 (0-5f), E Maher 1-4, D O’Sullivan, M O’Sullivan and J Carey 0-1 each.
Dripsey: Dean O’Sullivan: Sean Murphy, Shane O’Riordan, Daniel Buckley: James Cotter, John O’Riordan, John Buckley; John Carey, Aidan Murray: Killian Kelleher, David O’Sullivan, Michael O’Riordan: Eoghan Maher, Mark O’Sulllivan, Diarmuid O’Riordan. Subs: Stephen Murray 29, Aidan Buckley 42, Robert Daly 46.
Inniscarra 0 – 11 Ballymartle 2 – 22
The Inniscarra second fifteen were no match for their Ballymartle counterparts at Ballygarvan and the game as a live contest was over before half time. The South East men led by 1-8 to 0-3 after 18 minutes and by half time their lead was 2-12 to 0-6. Inniscarra tried hard but were clearly up against a much better team on this occasion.
Inniscarra scorers: Aidan O’Mahony 0-7 (0-1 pen, 0-1 65, 0-4f), Michael O’Connell 0-3, Adam O’Connell 0-1.
Inniscarra: Dave Óg Coleman: B O’Mahony, J O’Brien, D O’Callaghan: D Barry, C Buckley, E Kavanagh: T Murphy, J Harrington: S Buckley, A O’Mahony, S Dornan: M O’Connell, R O’Callaghan, A O’Connell. Sub: T Buckley.
Cork U21 County Football Championships

Under 21 A Football
Preliminary Round: Ahan Gaels v Nemo Rangers; Castlehaven v Bishopstown
Round 1
Carrigaline v Carbery Rangers
Imokilly winners (Aghada/Glenville) v St Michaels
St Finbarr's v ÉIRE ÓG
Beara v Douglas
Ilen Rovers v winners of Ahan Gaels/Nemo Rangers
KILMURRY v Mitchelstown
Kilshannig v Valley Rovers
Winners of Castlehaven/Bishopstown v Imokilly runners up (Aghada/Glenville)
U21B Football Championship

(B) Seandun v Duhallow
(C) Imokilly v Carrigdhoun
(D) Avondhu a bye
U21C Football Championship

(A) Carrigdhoun v DONOUGHMORE
(B) Avondhu v Seandun
(C) Imokilly v Carbery
(D) Duhallow a bye

U 21 Premier 1 County Hurling Championship

Round 1
(A) BLARNEY v Douglas
(B) St Finbarr's v Valley Rovers
(C) Charleville v Duhallow
(D) Fr O' Neills v Glen Rovers
(E) St Colmans v Blackrock
(F) Killeaghita's v Sarsfields
(G) Shandrum v Midleton
(H) Na Piarsaigh a bye
Round 2 (Losers of Round 1) Na Piarsaigh v A, F v G, C v E, B v D

U 21 Premier 2 County Hurling Championship

Round 1
(B) Bishopstown v Ballinhassig
(C) Ibane Gaels v Carrigaline
(D) Ahane Gaels v Aghada
(E) Courcey Rovers v INNISCARRA
(F) Ballymartle v Tracton
(G) Mallow a bye
Round 2 (Losers of Round 1) Mallow v A, C V D, E v B, F a bye

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Folláin presentation of jerseys to Laochra Óg U9/ U10 team©

Mid Cork GAA Championships
Ross Oil Junior A Football Championship

1st round:
A Ballincollig v Blarney, Friday May 25th at Donoughmore
B Kilmurry 6-10 Cill na Martra 1-8
C Clondrohid v Dripsey, Saturday May 26th at Carrigadrohid
D Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 0-4 Canovee 3-17
E Kilmichael 0-10 Aghinagh 0-17
F Inniscarra 1-10 Iveleary 2-14
G Éire Óg 1 -12 Donoughmore 0-12 aet.
2nd Round
Loser A v Cill na Martra, Loser C v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Kilmichael v Inniscarra, Donoughmore – a bye
Round Three (open draw to be made, 11 teams – three games, 5 byes):
Aghinagh, winners of Ballincollig/ Blarney, Canovee, winners of Clondrohid/Dripsey; Éire Óg, Iveleary, Kilmurry, Donoughmore and three round 2 winners.
Quarter Finals: 8 teams, four games

Aghinagh 0 – 17 Kilmichael 0 – 10
After a very slow start in this Ross Oil Muskerry Junior A football championship first round game at a sunny Inchigeela, a young Aghinagh with their fast moving, hard running game plan had turned their fortunes around before the interval when they led by 0-7 to 0-6. In the second half, Aghinagh simply revelled in the conditions, appeared much fitter than Kilmichael and had victory sewn up long before the final whistle. Aghinagh move on to Round 3, Kilmichael face Inniscarra in the losers round.
It was sheer bliss to be able to view an evening match in shirt sleeves at such a delightful venue as the Iveleary HQ at Inchigeela. Kilmichael did all the early scoring with Cork senior Peter Kelleher forceful at centre forward, well supported by Conor Cotter on his flank and Daniel Twomey very impressive in the left corner. Twomey pointed two frees and Cotter punched over to make it 0-3 to nil after only five minutes and a superb point from Daniel Twomey in the 12th minute increased the Kilmichael lead further with no return yet from the Aghinagh attack.
Aghinagh did not panic and the experienced Declan Ambrose had their opening point in the 14th minute to ease their anxieties and gradually their midfield of Michael O’Brien and Richard O’Sullivan began to gain more possession and the attack had the opportunity to put the Kilmichael defence under pressure. Liam Twohig pointed a free in the 22ndminute, Alan Dromey did likewise for Kilmichael before Twohig pointed another free, 0-5 to 0-3 to Kilmichael now the score five minutes from the interval. Four points in three minutes from Donal Corkery, Michael Horgan and Twohig (2) now turned the game in Aghinagh’s favour and even though Danny Twomey had a late point for Kilmichael, the winners would have been quite content at the break leading by 0-7 to 0-6 and now beginning to get on top in all sectors of the field.
On the restart, Conor Cotter levelled for Kilmichael, William Coakley quickly put Aghinagh back in front and two fine points, Aodh Twomey and Richard O’Sullivan the scorers, had Aghinagh beginning to motor. Conor Cotter and Twohig exchanged scores, Kilmichael suffered the loss of Danny Twomey to injury at the three quarter stage and Twohig then took a point from play to open up a four point lead for Aghinagh. Aghinagh were oozing confidence and in the final ten minutes they added a further five points to their tally, Kilmichael could only manage a Conor Cotter point in reply, and Aghinagh management and supporters could be well pleased the performance of a young emerging team.
Scorers: Aghinagh: L Twohig 0-7 (0-4f), D Ambrose, M Horgan, A Twomey (0-1 ‘45’) and R O’Sullivan 0-2 each, D Corkery and W Coakley 0-1each. Kilmichael: C Cotter and D Twomey (0-2f) 0-4 each, A Dromey (f) and J deLacey 0-1 each.
Aghinagh: Kevin Cotter: John Lynch, Dermot O’Callaghan, Seán Kelleher: Seán Horgan, Luke O’Leary, Olan Cummins: Michael O’Brien, Richard O’Sullivan: Aodh Twomey, Donal Corkery, Michael Horgan: William Coakley, Declan Ambrose, Liam Twohig. Subs: Donagh O’Riordan for S Horgan inj. 19, Donagh McCarthy for L O’Leary 57.
Kilmichael: Shane Masters: Alan Murphy, Simon Foley, Colin Murphy: Barry Kelleher, Finbarr Buckley, Peter Daly: Finbarr Dromey, Brendan Cotter: Conor Cotter, Peter Kelleher, Cathal Foley: Daniel Twomey, Shane Foley, Alan Dromey. Subs: Josh deLacey for A Dromey 27, Kevin Murphy for D Twomey inj. 45.
Referee: Mr David Murnane, Macroom.

Canovee 3 – 17 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 0- 4
Canovee, had their expected victory over the Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh second fifteen at Coachford and demonstrated that they are a team to be reckoned with in this year Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A football championship. Canovee started well, Conor Hughes scored their first goal after fifteen minutes to give them a six point lead and when Denis O’Sullivan had a second in the 23rd minute the score was 2-8 to 0-1 and the game as a contest was clearly over even at that early stage. Béal Átha, who were understrenght and had endeavoured unsuccessfully to get the fixture re-arranged, simply had no answer to the overall power of the Canovee fifteen, particularly the attack, and the outcome was never in doubt as the teams merely played out time in the second half.
Points from Mark Healy, Conor Hughes, Denis O’Sullivan and James Moynihan had Canovee off to a good start, a point from Sean Ó Coill the only Béal Átha response. Conor Hughes’ 15th minute goal was followed by four points for Canovee in rapid succession, Hughes, Healy, Aidan Murphy and Moynihan the scorers, then came Denis O’sullivan’s goal and the only score in reply was a Barra Ó Coinceannain point on the call of half time which left Canovee leading at the break by 2-8 to 0-2.
On the resumption. Mark Healy pointed a Canovee free and in the 33rd minute set up James Moynihan to blast home a third goal for Canovee. Béal Átha then lost midfielder Liam Ó Coinceannain to injury with the score at 3-9 to 0-2. Canovee were to add a further eight points to their tally, Béal Átha, game but outclassed, managed two further points, but lost Pól O hUrdail to a black card and subsequently team captain Gearóid Ó Creimín to a red card five minutes from time. Béal Átha goalkeeper Muiris Ó Concubhair distinguished himself with a series of brilliant saves to stop Canovee inflicting more severe damage on his side.
Scorers: Canovee; C Hughes and J Moynihan 1-3 each: D O’Sullivan 1-0, M Healy 0-6 (0-4f), S O’Connor 0-3, A Murphy 0-2. Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: S Ó Coill and B Ó Coinceannain 0-2 each.
Canovee: Darrren Shine: Andrew Cronin, James McCarthy, Liam Kelleher: Michael Dunne, Brian Ahern, Eoghan Lehane: Eamon Lyons, Brian O’Donoghue: Aidan Murphy, Conor Hughes, Denis O’Sullivan: James Moynihan, Seán O’Connor, Mark Healy. Sub: Denis Murphy for E Lyons 40.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Muiris Ó Concubhair: Shane Ó Duinnín, Enda Ó Luasa, Caoimhín Ó Loinsuigh: Seán Ó Críodáin, Mícheál Ó Tuama, Gearóid Ó Creimín: Donal MacCarthaigh, Liam Ó Coinceannain: Seán Ó Coill, Barra Ó Coinceannain, Jack Ó hUrdail: Darren Ó Duinnín, Ian Ó Coinceannain, Barra Ó Buachalla. Subs: Pól Ó hUrdail for L Ó Coinceannain inj. 35, Shane Ó Laoire for P Ó hUrdail b/c, 54.
Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.
Kilmurry 6 – 10 Cill na Martra 1 – 8
Champions Kilmurry with seven changes from last year’s title winning team were expected to be under some pressure from a strong Cill na Martra in the Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior football championship 1st round tie at Coachford and for twenty minutes in the first half it seemed likely that Cill na Martra could put it up to the champions. However, a third goal from Seán Warren in the 21st minute, which made the score 3-2 to 0-5, really broke the hearts of the Cill na Martra men who had enjoyed majority possession up to that but had conceded avoidable goals. Consequently Kilmurry were in control and when Pádraig Berhanu fired a loose ball home from close range in the 35th minute to open up an eleven point gap, the game was decided effectively and all Cill na Martra could do was battle on to the finish, playing for their honour.
Pádraig Berhanu set up an early goal for Seán Warren but two points from Mike Ó Deasúna frees and one from play from Maidhchi Ó Duinnín kept Cill na Martra strongly in the contest before Warren struck a second goal, this one a powerful drive from ten metres after Liam Wall’s pass had caught the defence out of position. Again Cill na Martra recovered and their fine play was rewarded with points from Ó Deasúna and Damien Ó hUrdail but when Joe Ryan intercepted a pass out of the Cill na Martra defence in the 21st minute and put Warren clear close to goal, there was only ever going to be one.
It was 3-4 to 0-6 at the break and another goal five minutes into the second half after Liam Wall’s shot was only parried and ran loose to Berhanu, made it 4-5 to 0-6 and put victory beyond the reach of the Gaeltacht men. They were rewarded for their spirited play with a goal from Mike Ó Deasúna, their outstanding performer, in the 37thminute but any slim hope of a revival was quickly killed off when Jonathan Buckley drove a ground shot into the far corner of the net in the 41st minute. Joe Ryan scored Kilmurry’s sixth goal from the penalty spot ten minutes from time and they added three more points but Cill na Martra had the last three points in reply, two from Mike Ó Deasúna and one from Criostóir Ó Meachair.
Scorers: Kilmurry; S Warren 3-2, J Ryan 1-3 (1-0 pen., 0-2f), P Berhanu and J Buckley 1-1 each, W Buckley (f), G Barrett and D McCarthy 0-1 each. Cill na Martra: M Ó Deasúna 1-7 (0-5f), M Ó Duinnín 0-2, D O hUrdail and C Ó Meachair 0-1 each.
Kilmurry: Eoghan Curzon: Liam Long, Fionn Warren, John O’Mullane: James O’Mullane, Marco Healy, Kyle Kelleher: Liam Wall, Greg Barrett: Pádraig Berhanu, David McCarthy, Jonathan Buckley: Joe Ryan, Sean Warren, William Buckley. Subs:
Cill na Martra: Pádraig Ó Concubhair: Eoin MacLochlainn, Fínén Ó Faoláin, Evan Ó Cathasaigh: Colm MacLochlainn, Marc Ó Goilidhe, Alan Ó Mocháin: Pádraig Ó Críodáin, Colm Ó Laoire: Deaglán Ó Mocháin, Micheál Ó Deasúna, Ciarán Ó Fóirréidh: Dean MacCarthaigh, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín, Damien Ó hUrdail. Subs; Donal Ó Buachalla for A Ó Mocháin bc 33, Cathal MacSuibhne for M Ó Goillidhe 37, Críostóir Ó Meachair for D Ó Mocháin 51, Stiofán Ó Conaill for C Ó Fóirréidh 55.
Referee: Mr Gerry Masters, Kilmichael.
Junior A Hurling Championship

Round 1
A Ballincollig v Iveleary, Thursday May 31st at Cloughduv
B Cloughduv v Éire Óg, Saturday May 26th at Blarney
C Donoughmore v Ballinora, Saturday May 26th at Blarney
D Blarney v Kilmichael, Sunday June 3rd at Coachford
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
Munster and County Championship Fixtures

Saturday May 19th
At Blarney, Fe 21'A' FC, R1, St Finbarrs v Eire Óg, 5.30pm ET
At Mallow, Fe 21'A' FC, R1, Kilmurry v Mitchelstown, 6.30pm ET
At Enniskeane, Fé 21 'B' FC QF, O'Donovan Rossa v Beal Atha n Ghaorthaidh, 7.00pm
At Inniscarra, Fé 21 'C' FC QF, Belgooly v Donoughmore, 7.00pm
May 20th
Pairc Uí Chaoimh, Munster SHC and MHC Rd 1: Cork v Clare
Saturday May 26th
At Thurles, Munster SFC SF, if Tipperary, Tipperary/Waterford v Cork, 7.00pm
Sunday May 27th
At Thurles, Munster SHC and MHC Rd 2: Tipperary v Cork
Sat June 2nd
@ Pairc Uí Chaoimh, Munster SHC Rd 3, Cork v Limerick
@ Pairc Uí Chaoimh, Munster MHC Rd 3, Cork V Limerick
@ Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Munster SFC SF if Waterford, Tipperary/Waterford v Cork 3.00pm
June 17th
@ Waterford, Munster SHC, MHC: Rd 5, Waterford v Cork
County U-21 'A' Football quarterfinals U-21 'B' and ‘C’ Football semi-finals
Munster Minor Football Championship

Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-10
A point in the second minute of injury-time saw Kerry through to a seventh Munster MFC final in a row. Trailing by 0-7 to 1-3 early in the second-half, Kerry appeared to have made the decisive burst when kicking six unanswered points to move 1-9 to 0-7 ahead. Cork slowly ate into their opponents’ advantage and drew level when Conor Corbett rattled the net in the 61st minute. Extra-time loomed large but Kerry sub Jack O’Connor fisted over a winner.
The victory extends Kerry’s winning-run at minor level to 26 games and they are now chasing a sixth consecutive Munster minor crown next month.
Cork would have been disappointed with the interval scoreline of Kerry 1-3 to Cork’s 0-6 as they should have been in front.
Scorers for Cork: C Corbett (1-4); A Ó Luasa (0-4, 0-4 frees); N Harnett, J Kelleher (0-1 each).
Cork: D Doody (Buttevant); D Connolly (Glanworth), D Buckley (Newcestown), C O’Donovan (Glanmire); F Cronin (Cullen), D Phelan (Aghada), E Nation (Nemo Rangers); N Hartnett (Douglas), J Harte (Douglas); Hugh Murphy (Éire Óg), D O’Sullivan (St Finbarr’s), Evan Cooke (Ballincollig); S McDonnell (Mallow), Aodhán Ó Luasa (Naomh Abán), C Corbett (Clyda Rovers). Subs: M O’Neill (Buttevant) (27); Jack Kelleher (Canovee) (46); G Carey (Buttevant) (47); R Lombard (Ballyhooley) (55); J O’Shea (Urhan) (57).

Munster GAA Senior Championship Tickets information

Buy in Advance! Senior and Minor Hurling Round-Robin Championship Matches. Adult: Stand €20, Terrace €15 * Under 16s: €5 all areas Student/OAP: Concession of €5 with valid ID prior to entry at the designated stile.
* General Admission Price of €20 for Cusack Park Ennis. The above prices are pre purchase prices, applicable until midnight of the night before the game. All adult ticket prices increase by €5 on the day

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Macroom Ladies u8 and u10 teams ©
Macroom Ladies Football

Our youngest ladies competed in their first Blitz of the year in Grenagh, with teams from Macroom, Grenagh and Donoughmore competing against each other. The organisers were delighted with the turnout and the skill levels of all the players on the day. Our U12s ladies met Ballincollig in the League in Tom Creedon Park and following on from a very convincing 5-11 to 1-1 win over Grenagh, Macroom lost to Ballincollig in a thrilling game. The two teams were well matched with both teams trading scores in what was a very competitive match. Ballincollig just pipped our girls with a vital goal in the last couple of seconds to clinch a 2-3 to 1-2 win. This was a great learning experience for the team.
Congrats to Meabh Kelleher who has been selected for the Cork County Primary Schools (Sciath na Scol) team. Meabh is the first Macroom Club member to be selected and one of only 11 players picked to represent Cork at this level. Meabh offers thanks to Principal Alice Clancy and Orla Kelleher for their invaluable help. Well done Meabh.
Our U14 had a great win against Dripsey with a scoreline of 12-10 to 2-8. Dripsey were under strength so the game was played as 12 a side. The Macroom girls played very well and were able to put on their younger players early in the match, which gave them valuable experience. Well done to our own club member Katie Dineen and the Cork Minor ladies who won the Munster Final against old rivals, Kerry recently with a final score of Cork 1-12 to Kerry's 2-8. Congrats to St Mary's Macroom senior football team who are the newly crowned Munster Post Primary Schools Ladies Football Senior Champions, and especially to our own members who were on the team and panel.
For all the LGFA moms and also for the non-LGFA ladies, check out "Gaelic 4 Mothers And Others" on the LGFA website. This is a FUN social outlet for you, starting locally and going all the way to All Ireland level. The only requirement is to be over 18 and not a registered player with the club.

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Combined Iveleary, Naomh Abán, Béal Átha and Macroom U-8 teams after blitz in Macroom. ©Con Kelleher

Macroom G.A.A.

Macroom 1-13, Mallow 1-9.
Macroom had a 4 point win over Mallow in the Premier. Intermediates/ Kelleher Shield to get their first win in the league. Macroom, despite missing a few players, led at half time by one point. The teams were level 1-8 each after 41 mins, with the home side adding a further 5 points from Don Creedon(2), Andrew Hegarty, David Horgan and Ethan O’Gorman one each, to 1 point for the visitors. Macroom B O’Connell, J O’Jonnor, P O’Farrell, M O’Donnell, M Corrigan, A Quinn, M Cronin, D Horgan, C Dinneen, J Murphy, T Dineen, D Creedon, P Lucey, A Hegarty, E O’Gorman. Subs: G Angland, O Murphy, D Cotter, B O’Sullivan.
Féile – U-14s: We had only 16 available from a panel of 24. In 13-a-side games we beat Plunketts and Naomh Abán by 6-6 to 2-6 and 5-3 to 3-0 respectively. Playing Donoughmore, we tried valiantly but the final score was Macroom 2-4, Donoughmore 3-3. Features of our displays were Brian’s 5 goals and Mark’s 4 from midfield/ half-back, Cameron Murphy’s excellence in goal and the outstanding play of Ben Herlihy, Robert Lucey and Liam Holland.
U-12As: played their R1 League fixture away to Whitechurch. The final score was Macroom 4-5, Whitechurch 6-1. Panel; Bobby Murphy, Aidan Lynch, Ryan Sabas, Cormac Burke, James Slattery, Oisin O’Sullivan, Dion Davis, Evan Casey O’Sullivan, Ruairi Kiernan, Danny McKirgan, Colin Kelleher, Jamie Murphy, Michail Oleksi,
U-12Bs: Macroom played Ballinhassig, away and led at half-time 1-4 to 0-4. All the boys gave of their best and the selectors were very proud of their display.
Golf Classic: The Annual Golf Classic takes place on Fri. 18th in Macroom Golf Club. Teams of 3 are €200 each – this covers the competition and meals. Organisers include PC Crowley, Paddy Murphy, Colman Corrigan, John O’Mahony and Pat O’Connell. As this is a major source of revenue, the club would value your support.
Cork Manager: Bobbie O’Dwyer managed the Cork minor (U-17s) who lost narrowly to Kerry in Tralee by one point in the Munster semi-final on Tues. May 8th.
Inter-county referee: David Murnane refereed the 2nd Munster minor football semi-final between Clare and Tipperary played in Thurles on Tues. May 8th.
Sponsorship: Dónal, John and Gerard O’Callaghan have kindly sponsored a set of new of jerseys for the U-11, and the club greatly appreciates their generosity. All three played with distinction for Macroom.
Results. Premier Intermediates beat Nemo Rangers Intermediates in a practice game in the Castle Grounds on Sat. May 12thfor their second consecutive win. Junior Bs played in the new 4G pitch in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. U-12As were beaten at home by Crosshaven. U-11s do well against Kenmare, away, in challenge matches. U-10s beat Clonakilty away in league. U-8s/U-7s beat Canovee in Tom Creedon Park in 3 ‘mini’ matches.
Junior Bs became the first of our club teams to play in the new 4G pitch in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Taking on Glenville, they lost to the East Corkmen by 3-15 to 1-10 in RI of the county league. Dylan Corcoran got a cracking goal and played well. Conor Hurley, Jack Cronin and Alan O’Farrell were others to impress.
Aghinagh beat Macroom 3-12 to 0-14 in the Mid-Cork league Team panel: Declan Kiely, Tom Creedon, Ryan Creed, Jamie Murphy, Alan O’Farrell, Richard McSweeney, Conor Hurley, Jack Cronin, Caleb Dinneen, Paul Cronin, Brendan O’Sullivan, Olan Murphy, Dylan Corcoran, Conor O’Sullivan, Ciaran Murphy, Darren Creed, Shane Dunne, Henry Murphy, Jason Leahy, Cathal O’Riordan, Ciaran Condon, Tadg Sheehan, Mark O’Callaghan.
U-12s: Macroom hosted Crosshaven in R3 of the league at Tom Creedon Park and trailed 4-1 to 0-5 at the break. The final score was Macroom 1-7, Crosshaven 6-8.
U-11s played Kenmare. Two teams lined out and 4 games were played, all closely contested.
U-8s/U-7s: 3 ‘mini’ matches against Canovee were played and Macroom did well in them all.
Fixtures. Sat. 19th, U—9s, Macroom v. Clonakilty, away, at 11.00 a.m. U-10s, Macroom v. Kilmurry, away, at 12.15 p.m.

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Macroom Schoolgirls with their new kit sponsored by Life Pharmacy, Railway View, Macroom. ©

Macroom FC

Macroom B travelled to Innishvilla to play their penultimate game of the 2017/18 season, losing out 3-1. The home side led 1-0 at half time. Macroom were the better side in the early part of the second period and equalised through John James Healy's well placed volley. But the big pitch took its toll and two late goals sealed the points for Innishvilla. A good performance all the same where all players gave all they had and showed the required attitude throughout. Macroom B will finish their campaign at home to Kilumney Utd and will finish mid table in the division 3 league.
Kanturk entertained Macroom A and another close encounter finished 2-2. Macroom led 1-0 following Keith Holden's free kick, but late on, Kanturk replied with 2 goals in 3 minutes. Macroom battled back and a second Holden goal, again from a free kick, saw the spoils shared. Macroom A have two games remaining and will require victory in both to have any chance of promotion.
Academy Teams. Macroom FC Under 8s travelled to play Leeds in three games in Cork. This was a great afternoon’s football, played in glorious sunshine. All players put in a great effort and thanks to Leeds for their excellent welcome. A home fixture v Wilton Utd did not take place at Murrayfield. However, the 20 players in attendance played a number of 5 a sides which are equally as important at this stage. Some great games ensued and were fully enjoyed by watching parents, coaches and players. The U10 team played away to Innishvilla, winning 3 of the 4 games played. Well done to all involved including players and coaches. Thanks also to jersey sponsors Advance Pitstop.
Schoolgirls Round Up. Macroom Town U12 team (sponsored by Railway View Pharmacy) entertained Kinsale FC at Murrayfield in a fantastic game which finished 7-4 to the seaside visitors. Darcy O' Brien (2), Maisie Murphy and Emer Healy were the Macroom scorers and there were great performances from Brainna Hickey and Esult O' Riordan in an excellent team outing.
Cup semi final action was on the agenda for our other U12 side (sponsored by Matt Murphy's Pharmacy) who travelled to play Premier side Wilton Utd., who took an early lead. A deserved equaliser arrived through Lauren O' Brien. Further goals from Lisa O' Donovan (2) and Caoimhe O' Brien had Macroom in dreamland. Wilton's reply was a solitary goal and Macroom ran out 4-2 winners. This is a fantastic achievement from the whole squad considering Macroom lost inter league goalkeeper Molly Murphy. In her absence, Mairead Roche stepped up and put in an assured performance. So another trip to Turner's Cross on cup final day beckons for Macroom FC Schoolgirls. The final v Ballincollig takes place on Sunday May 20th with a 2pm kick off. Please come out and support!

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Kilmichael ladies soccer team. ©

Macroom Golf Club

Results: 28/29 Apr 18 Intermediate Scr. Cup First James Stafford 15 80; Second Adrian Crowley (Ring of Kerry) 13 80
03-05 American Golf Qualifier First Tom Fitzgerald 11 39pts (Mick Lillis is 2nd Qualifier)
05/06 May First Garrett Irish 16 45pts Second Tony Busher 10 42pts Third Brendan Madden 39pts Gross Padraig O'Connor 0 33pts Senior Ted Murphy 10 38pts
Third PJ Healy 11 81 Nett Michael Lillis 16 67
American Golf Qualifier 10/05 1st: N O'Sullivan(17) 41pts 2nd: W Kirby(8) ROK 40pts
Holmpatrick Cup Qualifier 12/13 May 1st: T Keating(12) C Mc Carthy(14) 47pts 2nd B Oakes(10) T Horgan(19) 45pts
Fixtures: Tues: Seniors Scramble. Thurs: Open Singles Qualifier. Sat/Sun: Open Singles s/f