Lee Valley Outlook - Jun 21 2012 V9e13

 Cov picCarraig a' Staighre Famine Mass 2012     ©Lee Valley Outlook


Lee Valley Diary   2

Macroom Updates   3

Ten Years of Twinning  3

More Greenshoots for Lee  Valley  4

Corpus Christi Procession  4

Macroom Library  5

Briery Gap Programme  5

Snippets   6

Lee Valley Updates   7

Clondrohid Updates  7

Coachford Tidy Towns  8

Rusheen School 9

Kilmichael Parish Fun Day  9

Summer Seisiúin  9

SMILE Upcycles  10

Bookworms   10

GIY   by Michael Kelly   11

The Buckleys of Clondrohid  11

Clancy of the Overflow by Banjo Paterson  12

The  Drunken  Carpenter. 13

Sports Mad   14

Cork County Championships 2012  14

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship  14

Intermediate Hurling Championship  15

Senior Football Championship  16

Premier Intermediate Football Championship  16

Intermediate Football Championship  18

Mid Cork Championships  19

Ballincollig Credit Union Mid Cork Junior A Hurling Championship  19

Ross Oil Ltd. Mid Cork Junior 'A' Football Championship  20

Munster Football Championships  20

Munster Hurling Championship  21

Euro 2012  21

Kilmurry Underage Club  21

Cloughduv Underage Club  22

Canovee G.A.A. 22

St. Val's Updates  23

Lee Valley Diary

Briery Gap: Cinema: Wed. 4th July: The Blues Brothers.
Macroom Library: Taispeántas Art Grúpa Seanóirí Ghaeltacht Mhúscraí June 1 – 30.
Macroom Senior Citizens: Fr. Ryan Hall:
Social on Tuesday, June 12 from 3 – 5p.m.
Annual summer outing to Cobh on July 14 (note date change)
EveryWed.: Dance 11a.m.; Painting 4p.m.
Every Thurs.Chiropody 11 – 5p.m. Bingo 8.30p.m.
Every Fri. Line Dancing 2p.m.
Shopeen open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10a.m. - 3p.m.
Daniel Kingston Run in Macroom on Thurs. June 21st at 8p.m.
Fundraising Dance: for Hope Foundation; Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney; Fri. June 22.
Aghinagh Macra walk up Mushera, Fri. June 22 at 6.30p.m. 
Muinefliuch N.S Open Day Sun. June 24th at 2pm.
Rusheen N.S. Garden Fete at Leades House on Sun. June 24. 
CONNECT Business Network on Wed. 4th July at 8.45am at Macroom E Park
Senior Citizen annual summer outing to Cobh on July 14
Liz Lucey Fundraiser for Marymount Hospice in Inchigeela, Sun. July 8.
Cloughduv GAA Cul Camp; 9th to 13th July
Aghina N.S. Caum: Centenary Mass in school on Fri. 20 July @ 8 pm
Macroom Ladies Football Training on Wednesday evenings in Tom Creedon Park. U10, U12 and U14 at 6pm and U16 and Junior training at 7.15pm.
Ciorcal Cainte: ag 9p.m. i Hogan's Village Inn, Áth an Chóiste gach Máirt.

We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. in this fortnightly diary. Please email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026 41891 or post to Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. Remember you can access back issues of the Lee Valley Outlook at www.macroom.ie 

Macroom Updates

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Irish and French visitors to Marcallo con Casone, Italy for 10th anniversary celebrations.   ©Lee Valley Outlook

Ten Years of Twinning

Twenty representatives from Macroom Twinning Association were in Italy recently for the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Twinning Charter between Macroom and the Northern Italian town of Marcallo con Casone. The Macrompians were joined by a similar group from Bubry in France to mark the milestone anniversary of twinning between the three towns. Macroom has been linked with Bubry for over 30 years and twinned with Marcallo con Casone in 2002. In recent years the twinning committee in each town acts as hosts to the other two towns on a three year rotating cycle. This year Marcallo were hosts and they put on a fine welcome for their international twins. The Macroom group was headed by Mayor of Macroom, Councillor Tommy Counihan and Macroom Twinning Association chairman, Paul Collins. It also included some other town councillors and musicians from Aghinagh and Cill na Martra Comhaltas. They flew out to Italy on Thursday morning, landing in Milan and heading north to spend their first day on the shores of beautiful Lake Como. On Friday they came south to Marcallo con Casone, which lies twenty-five miles west of Milan. The Macroom group arrived in Marcallo at 6pm and at a buffet supper met their host families. Later in the evening the children of the primary school in Marcallo entertained the visitors with a display of regional dances. On Saturday the group visited the Mazzetti Distillery in the town of Altavilla and had lunch there and returned later to Marcallo to attend the closing concert of the Piano - a national piano contest for the youth, Pianissimo.

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Martina O'Riordan (originally from Crookstown and now living in Milan) and  son, Sean, meet Macroom visitors, Margaret Ciarcia, Anne Counihan and Breda McCarthy during twinning celebrations in Marcallo con Casone.  ©Lee Valley Outlook

That night the students of the secondary school put on a stage show to entertain the visitors from Ireland and France. The official event to mark the twinning anniversary was held on Sunday. It started with a ceremony in the main square of Marcallo and was followed by Mass and then lunch. In the afternoon there was a parade from Marcallo to nearby Casone (the two towns form one municipal unit) headed by the Corpo Musicale San Marco, a band which has visited Macroom in the past. The parade stopped at Piazza Macroom and at Piazza Bubry during their leisurely journey and there was a musical recital on arrival in Casone. That evening the final dinner for the visiting groups and their host families was held in the new Centro Pensionati – the senior citizens new headquarters, similar in style to the Dr Ryan Hall complex in Macroom. After an early start on Monday morning the travellers were back in Cork by 12 noon after enjoying an excellent trip with their friends from Marcallo con Casone and Bubry. Next year Macroom will act as host town and festivities will be held during the St Patrick's Day celebrations.

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A section of the attendance at the Greenshoots Graduation at Macroom E Park   ©Lee Valley Outlook

More Greenshoots for Lee  Valley

June 6 was official harvesting day for the second Greenshoots crop at Macroom E. Ten entrepreneurs who took part in the nine month programme graduated and used the occasion to market their new or developing businesses. In a novel move, the graduates described the experience in a short film compiled by Oliver Leamy. Mayor of the County, Councillor Tim Lombard, praised Macroom E for its imaginative and progressive programmes which are now being replicated throughout the county and further afield. Bill Liao, entrepreneur, investor & author, was guest speaker and presented the parchments to Jaco Nel of Green Gate Solar Lighting Systems; Derek Binchy of Winner Kayaks, who said the programme can save you a fortune; Piotr Szobr of I TEK Cost Effective IT Solutions; Ben Redman, BKR Cleaning; Kateline Rouffa of Heavenly Home Baking; Denis Taylor, Get With It Personal and Community Development; Connie Cronin, CC Fine Art Photography; Anthony Neville, Sports Tours Ireland; Colin Hayes of Hayes Group Building Maintenance and Eileen Moylan of Claddagh Design Jewellery, who spoke on behalf of the group, to praise and thank the co-ordinators, mentors and all involved in Greenshoots 2012. Her business has seen a 300% increase and said Greenshoots opens new avenues and caters for many diverse operations.

Bill Liao, in an entertaining address, claimed that if you are doing it alone and it's not fun, you are doing it wrong. We win together, not alone. One needs to fail quickly and often as failure is but a step on the way to success. Someone who fails often is at work and in good company. He encouraged the graduates to share the networks with the next generation of Greenshoots as everything can be improved with collectiveness. Promoting his own brainchild, Coderdojo, he said we have a duty to act as a conduit and train youth how to programme. CoderDojo is a free, not-for-profit IT club for young people, where they may learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more. It has just one rule: "Above All: Be Cool", bullying, lying, wasting people's time and so on is uncool.
Chairperson of Macroom E and head of Economic Development at Cork County Council, Ger Power, thanked everyone involved, including fellow sponsor South Cork Enterprise Board and declared Greenshoots 2013 officially open to applicants. Anyone with a good business idea or a business less than five years old can apply for a place on the next programme, due to begin in September 2012. Extensive training workshops, expert mentors, business coaching, access to a network of peer entrepreneurs and support agencies and advice from successfully established business owners will all help fast forward your road to success. Apply to Catherine Costello (Programme Manager), Macroom-E Enterprise Centre, Bowl Road, Macroom. Tel: 026-20520. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Corpus Christi Procession 2012 in Macroom   ©Lee Valley Outlook

Corpus Christi Procession

The annual Corpus Christi procession was held after 12 noon mass in Macroom and although the numbers attending have fallen away from those of a decade or more years ago, there was nonetheless a fine number of men, women and children participating in this annual public display of devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. The procession proceeded to an altar in the Square where Benediction was imparted and parish priest, Fr Roberts, then carried the Blessed Sacrament back to the church for the final blessing. Fr O'Mahony led the recitation of the Rosary during the procession. Michael Bradley led the singing and John Dineen sounded the salute on the bugle at the altar in the Square. Fr Roberts thanked all those who participated in the procession, particularly the young school children, their teachers and parents. Mr Con Lynch acted as chief steward and the Gardaí closed off the Main Street for the duration of the procession with through traffic re-routed around Cooleyhane.

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The Blessed Sacrament is carried through the streets of Macroom during the Corpus Christi Procession  ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Library

At the most recent meeting of Penn Bookclub, it was decided that, since members would be going on holidays and their routines would be different without school, it would be wiser to postpone meeting again until September.  Anyone who wishes to put their names on the list for membership, please ring the library at 026 42483. Penn is open to enthusiastic readers between the ages of 9 and 12 who can get into Macroom library on the first Friday of the month for an hour from 4 – 5p.m. Meetings are more frequent during the months of March to May. The Children's Books Ireland Award for 2012 went to Celine Kiernan for the teenage novel, 'Into the Grey'.
The Adult Bookclub at Macroom Library is also taking a break for the summer. It will reconvene on Wednesday 5th September.
The Purlies have decided to keep going through the summer months and will meet next on Thursday 5th July at 11 a.m.
To while away those not so sunny summer days, Cork County Library has just announced a new award to commemorate the great north Cork writer, Canon Sheehan. Secondary school students are invited to submit an original fictional short story, not longer than 2000 words. Further details of conditions and entry forms are available at the library desk.
Big news! Our ex staff member Kristin Gleeson is soon to be a published author of not one book but two!  To celebrate this there will be an official launch of the novel, 'Selkie Dreams' and ' the biography,  'Anahaeo: A Wilderness Spirit',  in the library at 7pm on Tuesday  July 3rd .   Anyone who would like to wish Kristin well is  welcome to attend.  Copies of both books will be available to buy on the night.
Please remember to bring your library card when visiting the library as we cannot issue books or allow access to the internet without it.

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Anne O'Leary, Vice President Macroom St. Vincent de Paul Society, receiving cheque, proceeds of Mouse Race Night, from Michael Lillis, President Macrom Lions. Also included, Tony Condon, Bill Elliot and Liam Walsh .   ©Lee Valley Outlook

Briery Gap Programme

Cinema: The Briery Gap has a Wednesday film programme in place during the summer at 8.30 p.m. and admission is €5. Season ticket for all 9 films @ €25.

Wednesday 4th July: The Blues Brothers. Since this is American Independence

Day, we kick off our new season of film with this classic American tale starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Set in Chicago, the film has a list of cameo performances from soul legend James Brown to Aretha Franklin.

Wednesday 11th July: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Wednesday 18th July: Little Shop of Horrors

Wednesday 25th July: Dirty Dancing

Wednesday 1st August: Neil Young Heart of Gold

Wednesday 8th August: Pulp Fiction

Wednesday 15th August: Chocolat

Wednesday 22nd August: The English Patient

Wednesday 29th August The Piano

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Brian O'Driscoll and Garry Murphy, prepare for the 'Blues Brothers' which will run in the Briery Gap Cinema on American Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4 at 8.30p.m.  ©Lee Valley Outlook


Contact information: Please email text and/or photographs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026-41891 or post to Lee Valley Outlook, Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. (Photos by Friday before publication)

School Photographs: Graduating classes, group photographs of Confirmation and Holy Communion classes; Cork City Sports teams etc are most welcome and will be published in future issues of the Lee Valley Outlook. Please email in large jpeg format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to Killarney Road, Macroom.

Aghinagh Macra will be hosting a walk up Mushera on Friday night, June 22. Rallying point, the gates of Millstreet County Park at 6.30p.m. Everybody welcome.

Fundraising Dance: Aoife O'Sullivan is planning to travel to Calcutta with The Hope Foundation and has organised a fundraising dance in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney at 9.30p.m. on Friday, June 22. Music is by Colum Cronin, with special guest, Denis Moynihan. Tickets can be bought from local shops and post office in Ballyvourney and surrounding villages and at the door on the night.

Rusheen N.S. Garden Fete will be held in the beautiful surroundings of Leades House on Sunday the 24th of June.  There are lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy, including pony rides, sumo wrestling, bouncy castles, fun races and afternoon tea.  There will be a selection of homemade produce on sale also, e.g. cakes and plants.  The Cork and Tipperary match will be shown live for all hurling fans, who can relax and enjoy the game while enjoying a delicious barbecue.  This is always a great day for young and old.  Hope to see you there.

Muinefliuch N.S Open Day will be held on Sunday, June 24th at 2pm. It will include the unveiling of a sensory garden dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Síle Kelly; the opening of a new school pitch; the raising of a second Green Flag and the presentation of Discover Science certificates. There will also be novelty sports events and refreshments. The Cork v Tipperary match will be shown on a big screen. Everybody welcome.

Coachford Cycling Club: The Muskerry Tour - 120k/60k – is on Sunday 24th June. 120k; registration €15 - 7.30am onwards, last bike out 9.00am.  60k; registration €10 - 8.30am onwards; last bike out 10.00am. €5 one day licence required if not a member of Cycling Ireland. Food & Water Stops. Changing facilities. For more info This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check out Coachford Cycling Club on Facebook or at www.coachfordcyclingclub.ie 

Liz Lucey Fundraiser for Marymount Hospice is on Sunday, July 8. Walkers start from Gougane Barra at 1.30p.m. Sponsorship cards available. Cyclists, Tractors, Vintage Cars and Honda 50 owners register and collect route information at Inchigeela Hall at 11.30a.m. Entry fee €20. Return to Hall for refreshments at 4p.m. Traditional Irish Session with local artists in Briar Rose Bar from 6p.m. Raffle and Spot Prizes galore.

Aghina N.S. Caum: Mass will be celebrated on Friday 20 July @ 8 pm to mark the centenary of the founding of the school and will be followed by a social evening.

Toddlers: Children & their families and friends from Sleaveen Montessori School, Macroom, recently raised €1,812.50 for the Children's Leukaemia Association, Cork. The children toddled from the pre-school & on return enjoyed a Teddy Bears Picnic. Veronica Maher & John Deasy, directors of the Children's Leukaemia Association, were presented with the cheque by the children and they praised the children  & all involved for their terrific fund-raising efforts.

Berrings Macra AGM involved officer changes. Siobhán O'Leary, PRO for two years, the term of any officership within Macra, is moving on and wishes to thank all who helped and supported her during the past 2 years. She enjoyed her term as PRO, which was made easier by the support & interest that exists in Macra, and looks forward to reading about Berrings Macra in the future. She remains on as Muskerry  Regional PRO.

Coachford AFC Lotto results 11/6/2012, Jackpot: €5,000, Numbers Drawn: 11 - 14 - 21, No Winner, €20 Winners: Louise Roche, Fred O'Callaghan, Gretta Crowley, Grace O'Donovan, Martin Griffin.
18/6/2012, Jackpot: €5,200, Numbers Drawn: 4 - 8 - 23, Winner: Nora Crowley (Derreen, Coachford), €20 Winners: Alan Hogan, Donal O'Flaherty, Dermot Foley (Yearly Ticket), Barry Riordan (Yearly Ticket), Sheila O'Riordan (Yearly Ticket)

Lee Valley Updates

Clondrohid Updates

Famine Graveyard Mass: A great crowd turned out on Monday 11 for the annual open air Famine Graveyard Mass at Carraig a' Staighre. Fr. Wickham, ably assisted by many altar boys, celebrated the Mass and blessed the graves of those who had been buried there during the Great Famine 1845 – 1850. The choir as usual were at their best. Many thanks to all who helped and assisted, especially Eugene O'Riordan, Bridget and Maura, Johnny and the Development Group and John and Eileen O'Callaghan for stewarding and allowing parking on their land.
Corpus Christi Procession: The sun shone as the altar boys emerged from the church, followed by Fr. Wickham, the First Communion children, choir and parishioners, after 11am mass for the annual Corpus Christi procession through the village. The procession proceeded to the Community Hall car park where hymns and prayers were recited at a prepared altar. The procession returned to the church for adoration. Fr. Wickham thanked everybody who helped in anyway to make this procession a great occasion in the parish.
Clann Aire summer workshops will take place in Clondrohid during July. These include Art & Crafts: Baking & Outdoor Activities for School age children on Mondays & Tuesdays. On Thursdays & Fridays Art & Crafts: Baking & Outdoor Activities for Pre-School age children (your child must have completed one year of pre-School). The workshops will be 3 hours in duration @ €10.00 per session for Art & Crafts & Outdoor activities. Baking @ €15.00 per session. Limited places available so book early to avoid disappointment. Call Gobnait on 026 43344 between 9 a.m. and 2p.m. Monday to Friday.   
Daniel Kingston Memorial Race: This annual event takes place on  Thursday June 21 at 8pm in Macroom. Registration in Macroom Sports Complex until 7.45pm. Prizes for teams and age groups. Refreshments served afterwards. Entry fee members BHAA €5, non members €8. Enquiries to Vincent and Fiona Kingston at 0876148076 and 0879031141
Open Day at Muinefliuch N.S.: A great community occasion is planned for Muninefliuch National School this Sunday June 24 at 2pm. Everybody welcome. The official opening of the pitch and the sensory garden is planned. Numerous sideshows. Be there.
Car Boot Sale: in aid of Macroom Community Hospital. Indoor and outdoor from Sunday June 3, then every second Sunday from then on 8am to 3pm. Cars €10, vans €15 Adults €2, children free. All this is happening in St. Colman's Park adjacent to the E Business Park, in the old Paper Sacks Factory. If interested and want to know more ring 0894724454.
G.A.A.: U12 footballers were defeated by Canovee in Canovee and defeated Tracton
in Tracton. U14 footballers were defeated by Kilnamartyra in Kilnamartyra. The U8 football team played two challenge games against Kenmare and Clondrohid were the winners of both games. Lots of kids turned up and a great day was had by all. Clondrohid met Brian Dillon's in an away match in the U12 "C" Hurling league and Brian Dillon's were the winners on the day.
Fixtures: Thursday June 21 U14's Football Championship; Clondrohid v Kilmichael will meet in Kilmichael at 7 30 p.m.
Saturday June 23 U12's "C" Hurling league; Clondrohid v Crosshaven will meet
in Clondrohid at 2 p.m.
U16's "B" Hurling league Clondrohid v Tracton will meet in Tracton at 6 30 p.m. (subject to change)
Junior "A" Football Clondrohid v Blarney will meet in Rusheen at 7 30 p.m.
Fixtures are subject to change so keep in touch with local notices.
Lotto: Jackpot 1  €4000. €70 Sheila Buttimer, Coolcower. €20 Gerard Linehan, Crookstown; Edel O'Leary, The Glebe; Kathleen O'Leary, c/o Spillane's; Matt Herlihy, Clondrohid.
Bingo: In Community Hall every Wednesday night; jackpot of €2,250

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 Group who took part in the Shrone Walk 2012   ©

Coachford Tidy Towns

Well done to all of the volunteers in the Coachford Community Tidy Towns effort on taking an unused corner of land in the village, and making it a beautiful focal point for all to admire. The stone wall was built by Con Murphy, so a big thanks to him for his time an effort.  We would also like to express thanks to George Lynch and Dairygold for kindly donating bags of cement for this project and to Cronin's Concrete who donated the stone to sit on the bed.  But greatest thanks go to all of the volunteers young and old who participate relentlessly on each and every clean up and project because, without their support, we would not have accomplished as much as we have so far. Before and after pictures of the area illustrate the effort and result and we look forward to continued support. Cork County Council  Anti-Litter Challenge is ongoing and we encourage everyone to keep up their support and remember: Don't fling it; just bin it!

Rusheen School

Rusheen N.S. held a very successful Book Week recently.  On Monday trolleys of books arrived in each classroom from Scholastic Book Company.  Each day the pupils had a chance to examine and read these books at their leisure.  On Friday pupils dressed up as their favourite book character and paraded around the school and then the book fair was held.  Parents and pupils bought books and 60% of the value of the sales came back to the school in books.  It was a most enjoyable day.

The annual Garden Fete will be held at Leades House on Sunday the 24th of June, with pony rides, sumo wrestling, bouncy castles, fun races, afternoon tea, cake and plant sale etc.  The Cork v Tipperary hurling match may be seen on the big screen while enjoying a delicious barbecue.  Bí ann gan teip.

Kilmichael Parish Fun Day

The Parents Association of Dromleigh N.S recently held a very successful Family Fun Day. The following are the results:

Preschoolers: Prizes were awarded to all participants.

Under 5 Girls: Saorlaith Murphy, Roisin Carroll, Caoimhe Shiels/ Saoirse O'Leary.

Under 5 Boys: Donagh Murray, Zach Ryan, Jimmy Thompson.

Under 7 Girls: Cliona Burgoyne, Avril Manning, Clodagh O'Keeffe.

Under 7 Boys: Colm Bradley, Zach Ryan, Tom Browne.

Under 9 Girls: Fey Healy, Eleanor McCarthy, Estelle Hickey.

Under 9 Boys: Aaron Ryan, Seán de Lacey, Shane O'Leary.

Under 11 Girls: Ciara Manning, Anna Callanan, Savannah Hickey.

Under 11 Boys: Seán de Lacey, Aaron Ryan, Daniel Cotter.

Under 13 Girls: Ciara Manning, Lorraine Dromey, Kate Murphy.

Under 13 Boys: Alex Callanan, Fionnán Cotter, Pádraic O'Leary.

Sack Race Under 9: Zach Ryan, Seán de Lacey, Patrick Kerry.

Sack Race Over 9: Ciara Manning, Lorraine Dromey, Fionnán Cotter.

Three Legged Race Under 9: Shane O'Leary/ Liam Proudford, Estelle Hickey/Kate Dromey, Katelyn Harrington/Kate Mc Mullan.

Three Legged Race Over 9: Aisling O'Riordan/Ciara Manning, Daniel Cotter/ Aaron Ryan, Aisling Murray/ Ciara O'Donovan.

Under 9 Obstacle Course: Sean de Lacey/ Laoise O'Callaghan/ Colm Bradley/ Caoimhe Horgan, Fey Healy/ Zach Ryan/ Katelyn Harrington/ Eleanor McCarthy, Kate Dromey/ Patrick Kerry/ Sinead Horgan, Estelle Hickey/ Méabh Bradley/ Tadhg O'Keeffe/ Liam Proudford

Over 9 Obstacle Course: Ciara Manning/ Daniel Cotter/ Alex Callanan, Lorraine Dromey/ Erin Leahy/ Katie O'Mahony, Pádraic O'Leary/ Rachel Dromey/ Aisling O'Riordan.

Mother's Race: Catherine Bradley, Rebecca Ryan, Helen O'Leary.

Father's Race: Donagh Callanan, Michael O'Leary, Tom McMullan.

Summer Seisiúin

Ballincollig Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will this summer host Seisiúin in Oriel House Hotel every Tuesday night commencing July 3rd and finishing August 14th. The Seisiúin experience is twofold. The first half of the evening will be a formal stage show which will showcase the best of Traditional Irish Music, Song and Dance while the second half of the evening will be a more informal session where audience participation is encouraged, be it in music, song or dance.

Anseo tiocfaidh tú ar thaispeántas cheol thraidisiúnta Ghaelach atá anamúil agus spleodrach chomh maith le hamhránaíocht, rince agus scéalaíocht.  Tagann na ceoltóirí le chéile chun oíche mhór shiamsaíochta a bheith acu.  Sa tarna leath freisin, is féidir le gach duine páirt a ghlacadh i seisiún ceoil agus rince.

Seisiún provides a unique entertainment experience for holidaymakers and locals alike. The show in Ballincollig will be produced by Martin Power and will feature musicians, singers and dancers who are members of the branch in Ballincollig.

Seisiún is not just a concert – but also a unique traditional cultural experience enabling both locals and visitors from Ireland and overseas to enjoy a taste of the real Ireland. Don't miss this opportunity to experience Irish entertainment where a memorable night of "Ceol agus Craic" is guaranteed. Tuesday nights, July 3rd to August 14th at 9pm – Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig. Eolas/Information www.ballincolligcomhaltas.ie or from Diarmuid 087- 202 8638 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pic 44Anne Dunne, Alan Taylor, Mayor Tom Counihan, Michael Cronin, Pádraig O'Driscoll and Pat O'Connell at the re-launch of www.macroom.ie  ©Lee Valley Outlook

SMILE Upcycles

SMILE Resource Exchange aims to help businesses across the Munster region to develop products from unwanted materials. SMILE wants to identify supports needed by businesses to identify economic opportunities from upcycling and inform about a funding opportunity to get green ideas off the ground. 82% of businesses are considering a new way to reduce costs. Have you ever wondered if the cardboard boxes, plastics, wood, office furniture and equipment and other unwanted materials  that your company may have is of any use to other companies instead of sending them to be recycled or to landfill? The premise behind the SMILE network is that one business's waste or unused resource could become another business's raw material, resulting in a mutually beneficial relationship which saves both operating and disposal costs. Membership is FREE and it only takes two minutes to sign up on our website  www.smileexchange.ie or you can call 026 20520. 
Why not have a look through the  available resources on our website and see if you can start upcycling today!

Pic 43Macroom Town Council and staff at the re-launch of www.macroom.ie  ©Lee Valley Outlook


Peaches for Monsieur Le Curé by Joanne Harris.

If you have read and loved Chocolat, then this book is a must read for you. The plot centres once again around the town of Lansquenet and its inhabitants. The unexpected arrival of Vianne Rochers results in much speculation: is she really here as a result of a letter from beyond the grave? Can she truly mean to help her adversary, Father Reynaud?

Available from Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €15.99.

GIY   by Michael Kelly

Recipe of the Month –Broad Bean Hummus

Ingredients: Serves 4. 400g shelled broad beans; ½-1 garlic clove, crushed with a little salt; Approx 3 tbsp rapeseed or extra virgin olive oil; Generous squeeze of lemon juice; Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Put the broad beans in a pan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes (depending on age and size) until tender, then drain. Set aside to cool, then slip the beans out of their skins. Put the skinned broad beans in a food processor or blender with the garlic, 3 tablespoons of oil, a good squeeze of lemon juice and some salt and pepper. Process to a thick, slightly coarse purée, adding more oil if it seems too thick and dry. When you're happy with the texture, transfer the purée to a bowl. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt, pepper and lemon juice as needed. Delicious with a slice of ham in a pitta bread or bap.

Tip of the Month – Manually pollinating courgette plants

In cold or very wet summers, you may notice that fruit is not forming well on your courgette plants.  This can be because pollination is poor (lack of insects to move the pollen from the male to female plant).  The problem can be fixed by pollinating the plants manually.  Remove a male flower from the plant and brush the central parts against the centre of a female flower (the pollen from the male plant is rubbed against the stigma of the female plant).  The female flowers are the ones that have a small fruit starting to form behind them.  The male flowers don't.

We are trying to get 100,000 people to take a pledge to grow something they can eat – take the GIY pledge at www.facebook.com/giyireland.

The Tragic Buckleys of Clondrohid

Excerpt from 'Mo Scéal Féin' by An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire. 

The famine came. Sheila and her father and mother and little Diarmuid had to go down to Macroom into the poorhouse. No sooner were they inside than they were all separated from each other. The father was put among the men. The mother was put among the women. Sheila was put among the small girls and Diarmuid was put among the very young children. The whole house was smothered in every kind of evil sickness; the people, almost as soon as they'd come in, dying as fast as the fever came on them. There used not be room for half of them in the house. The amount that would not be able to get in could only go and lay themselves on the bank of the river, on the lower side of the bridge. You would see them there every morning, after the night was over, stretched out in rows, some stirring, some quiet enough without any stir at all out of them. In a while, certain men would come and they would take those who were not stirring, and they would put them into trucks. They would take them to a place beside Carrigastyra, where a great, wide, deep hole had been opened for them, and they would put them all together down into the hole. They would do the same with all who had died in the house after the night.

It was not too long, after their going in and after his separation from his mother, that death came to little Diarmuid. The small body was thrown up on the truck and taken to the big hole, and it was thrown in along with the other bodies. It was not long until Sheila followed little Diarmuid. Her young body went into the hole, but her soul went up to where little Diarmuid was, in the presence of God. The father and mother were asking and questioning as often as they were able about Sheila and Diarmuidín. The children were not long dead when they heard about it. All the poor people had Gaelic. The superiors hadn't got it, or else they spoke it poorly. The poor people could often get word about each other without the superiors knowing it. As soon as the father and mother found out that the pair of children had died, such a grief and a brooding came over them that they could not stay in the place. They were separated from each other but they found the opportunity of sending word to each other. They decided to steal away from the place. The wife's name was Cáit. Pádraig first slipped out of the house. He waited for Cáit at the top of Bóthar na Sop. In a while, he saw her coming, but she was walking very slowly. The sickness was on her. They pushed on towards Carrigastyra. They came to the place where the big hole was. They knew that the two children were down in the hole with the hundreds of other bodies. They stood beside the hole and they wept their fill. They left the big hole and they headed north-west for Derryleigh, where the cabin was. The place was six miles of a journey from them, and the night was coming, but they pushed on. The hunger was on them and the sickness on Cáit. They had to walk very slowly. When they had put a couple of miles of the journey past them, Cáit was forced to stop. She was not able to walk any further. A neighbour came across them. Drink and some little bit of food was given to them, but fear would not allow anyone to give them shelter since they were only just after coming out of the poor-house and the evil sickness was on the woman. Pádraig only lifted the woman onto his back and pushed on north-westwards for the cabin. The poor man himself was weak enough. It would have been hard on him to put the journey by him without having any load. With the load, he was forced to stop and to leave his load down on the ditch of the road for a while. But whatever weariness was on him, he continued to put that journey by him. He did not part with his load. He reached the cabin. The cabin was cold and empty before him, without fire nor heat. The morning after, some neighbour came to the cabin. He went inside. He saw the pair there and they both dead and the feet of the woman in Pádraig's bosom as if he had been trying to warm them. It would seem that he had felt the weakness of death coming over Cáit and her feet cold and he put the feet into his own bosom to take the cold from them. 

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Cork County Championships 2012

Senior Hurling Championship -
1st Round Winners:

Carrigtwohill, Sarsfield's, Newtownshandrum, Douglas, Erin.s Own, St. Finbarr's, Midleton, Ballymartle.

2nd Round Results:
Killeagh   0 - 16     Cloyne   1 - 8
Courcey Rovers   0 – 16     Blackrock   1 - 8
Na Piarsaigh   1 – 10     Bride Rovers   0 – 10

Bishopstown  v  Glen Rovers

3rd Round:

Cloyne v Bishopstown or Glen Rovers

Bride Rovers  v  Blackrock

Colleges/Divisional Section

UCC   0 – 20     Avondhu   3 - 15

Carbery  v  CIT

4th Round  draws yet to be made.   Sixteen teams - Eight first round winners, four second round winners, two third round winners and two colleges/divisional section  winners will be in the draw.

 Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

 First Round Winners:

Carrigaline, Ballinhassig, Ballyhea, BLARNEY,  Kilbrittain, Youghal, Bandon, INNISCARRA.

2nd Round Results:
BALLINCOLLIG   0 – 12     Watergrasshill   0 - 7

Valley Rovers   3 – 8     Castlelyons   0 - 15

Tracton   0 – 21     AGHABULLOGUE   1 - 12

Mallow   3 – 20     Newcestown   3 - 19 

3rd Round

AGHABULLOGUE  v  Newcestown

Castlelyons  v  Watergrasshill

4th Round draws to be made – 14 teams.

Ballincollig   0 – 12     Watergrasshill   0 – 7

In a disappointing game at Riverstown, Ballincollig, without ever showing their true potential, were too good for a weakened Watergrasshill side.  Ballincollig struck many wides and missed two good goal opportunities in the second half but still finished the stronger side, are now safely through to round four and have no worries about their status for next season.

Ballincollig scored first with a Brian Glavin point and with further points from Ciaran O'Sullivan (0-2, one from a free), Alan O'Donovan, Colin Harris and John O'Brien, they led their opponents by  0-6 to 0-4 at half time, all the Watergrasshilll scores coming from frees.  Ballincollig had struck five wides in the opening half and should have been further ahead at this stage.  On the restart, Ballincollig again dominated but continued to waste good scoring chances.  Outstanding midfielder Ciarán O'Sullivan and Kealan Hickey did hit over points but Watergrasshill replied with a kicked point.  Another Ciarán O'Sullivan point was matched by a similar score for the opposition and only three points separated the teams as the final quarter dawned. Ciarán O'Sullivan pointed another free and Frank Hickey pointed to ease the situation for Ballincollig and a point from a long range Finbarr Kelly free put the winners six points clear.  A late point was the only score Watergrasshill could achieve and they were a well-beaten side at the final whistle. Ballincollig: Finbarr Kelly: Mark Prendergast, Noel Galvin, John Paul Murphy: Liam Jennings, Stephen O'Donoghue, Brian Cotter: Ciaran O'Sullivan, Colin Harris: David Bowen, Kealan Hickey, John O'Brien: Alan O'Donovan, Colm O'Connor, Brian Glavin. Subs: Fran Hickey, Conor Sexton, Ian Coughlan.   

Tracton   0 – 21     Aghabullogue   1 – 12

Tracton got the better of Aghabullogue in the second round of the Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship at Cloughduv, leaving Aghabullogue with only one more chance to remain in the 2012 Championship. The sides were evenly matched throughout the first half and Finbarr Foley kept Aghabullogue well in touch with four points from frees.  Dónal Twomey added a further two smashing points for Aghabullogue and Denis O'Leary blasted the only goal of the game from a penalty in the 25th minute when Aghabullogue's full forward, Dónal Twomey, was pulled down in the Tracton goal area.  Just before half time, Aghabullogue's goal keeper, Denis O'Leary, pulled off an impressive save to deny Tracton and at half time the sides were on level terms, Aghabullogue 1-7, Tracton 0-10.
Tracton took the lead at the beginning of the second half and with a strong scoring burst in the third quarter, never looked back.  They outscored Aghabullogue by 0-7 to 0-1 in this period and were comfortable thereafter. Aghabullogue's centre back Niall Buckley had an impressive point for Aghabullogue but Tracton were in control and although Finbarr Foley added a further four points from frees, it was not enough to overcome a determined Tracton side who ran out clear winners. The Aghabullogue junior team has now been severely weakened by the promotion of several of their prominent players to the higher grade.
Aghabullogue: Denis O'Leary (1-0, pen.): Donnacha Murphy, Joe Foley, Alan Hogan: Denis Quinlan, Niall Buckley (0-1), Eoghan Kennedy: Danny Buckley, Paul O'Rourke: Sean O'Sullivan, Greg Murphy, Aidan Barry Murphy: Finbarr Foley(0)-8,all frees) Dónal Twomey (0-2), John Buckley (0-1) . Subs: Padraig Murphy, Mark O'Flynn, Paudie Twomey, Brian Buckley.

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round 1 Winners:

Fermoy,  Argideen Rangers, Charleville, Ballygarvan, Fr O'Neill's, Meelin,  Milford, Kilworth.

2nd Round Results: 
Barryroe   4 – 13    DRIPSEY   2 - 12
Aghada   0 – 16     Blackrock   0 – 12

St. Catherine's   2 – 14     Dromina   1 – 8

Kanturk v ÉIRE ÓG
3rd Round

Kanturk/ÉIRE ÓG  v  Blackrock

DRIPSEY  v  Dromina

4th round draws to be made – 14 teams. 

Barryroe   4 – 13     Dripsey   2 – 12

Barryroe had lost a six point lead late in their opening round game against Fr O'Neill's but they were not going to make the same mistake a second time and, having established a commanding lead over Dripsey, they held it to the finish.  Brave Dripsey made a terrific effort and cut a thirteen point lead down to three but that was as good as it got for them and Barryroe came again with two points, followed by a fortuitous fourth goal to regain control.  Dripsey now have only one last chance left to stay in championship contention and avoid the dreaded relegation battles.

Barryroe led from early on and by half time enjoyed a 2-8 to 0-5 lead.  On the restart the winners added a further goal but then three players, two from Barryroe, got red carded after a fracas and a second Dripsey player suffered the same fate soon after before things settled down again.  Dripsey came back into contention with the aid of a John Carey goal in the 44th minute which made the score 3-9 to 1-6.  Diarmuid O'Riordan and Mark O'Sullivan added points and when David O'Sullivan had a second goal for Dripsey, only a goal separated the teams, now each playing 13-a-side.  Barryroe settled again however and finished strongly, aided by a goal deflected past goalkeeper A Buckley by a defender.  Dripsey: Aidan Buckley: Stephen Murray, Tom Ahearne, John O'Mahony: Pat O'Riordan, Conor Hayes, John Buckley: David Buckley, Mark O'Sullivan: Aidan Murray, Diarmuid O'Riordan, John Carey: Marcus Ryan, David O'Sullivan, Barry O'Regan. Subs; G Keohane, P O'Regan. 

Senior Football Championship

Round 1 Winners:

Carbery Rangers, St Finbarrs, BALLINCOLLIG, Bishopstown, Castlehaven, Newcestown, O'Donovan Rossa, Douglas.

Round Two (1st Round Losers)

Aghada  v  Newmarket

Clonakilty   1 – 15     St Nick's   1 - 12

Doheny's  v  Ilen Rovers

Na Piarsaigh  v  Nemo Rangers

Round Three:

Doheny's/ Ilen  v  Na Piarsaigh/ Nemo

St Nick's  v  Aghada/Newmarket

Colleges/Divisions Section

Duhallow   2 – 11   Carbery   1 – 8 aet.

Beara v Avondhu

4th Round draws to be made – 16 teams, Eight first round winners, four 2nd round winners, two 3rd round winners and two winners from Colleges/ Divisional section.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Round 1 Winners:

Mallow, St Michael's, NAOMH ABÁN, Valley Rovers, St Vincent's, Bantry Blues, Nemo Rangers, BÉAL Átha'n GHAORTHAIDH.

Round Two Results:

Glenville   0 – 15     MACROOM   0 - 12

Clyda Rovers   0 – 15     Mayfield   1 - 5

Carrigaline   2 – 9    BALLINORA   1 - 9

Kiskeam   1 – 9     Kinsale   0 – 11

Round Three:

MACROOM  v Kinsale

Mayfield  v  BALLINORA

4th round draws to be made -  14 teams. 

Glenville   0 – 15     Macroom   0 – 12 aet.

Macroom footballers, winners of the Intermediate grade in 2010 and strong contenders for Premier championship honours last season, are now in danger of relegation from the higher grade on the basis of their level of performance in this second round encounter at Mallow.  The Mid Cork side were too slack in defence, not strong enough at midfield and lacking in physique in attack and paid the price against a more committed Glenville side which benefited greatly from the introduction of two second half substitutes in attack who had been omitted from the start because of lack of adequate fitness rather than ability.  Macroom, without the injured Fintan Goold, were lacking in leadership and in addition, some very harsh refereeing decisions went against them too often at vital times.

Glenville had two points on the board before Macroom opened their scoring in the 3rd minute with a point from Olan Murphy.  Darren Kelly fisted over a point two minutes later and an Andrew Hegarty point from a free put them in front in the 6th minute.  Glenville equalised from a free in the 12th minute and went ahead three minutes later from another free, awarded for a pick up which no one bar the referee seems to have seen.  Glenvillle then went further in front from play and, after Macroom missed a free (awarded for a foul on Olan Murphy which led to his departure at the interval), Glenville made it 0-6 to 0-3 in the 23rd minute.  A fine Macroom spell followed and Andrew Hegarty pointed a free, Darren Kelly scored his second point and Hegarty pointed another free to bring the sides level in the 27th minute at 0-6 each.  Again refereeing decisions broke the Macroom momentum and in the last two minutes of time-added-on Glenville had a point from a 20m free and followed with a point from their wing back to lead by two points at the break.

In the third quarter Macroom outscored Glenville by four points to two to leave matters level at 0-10 each at the 46th minute. Andrew Hegarty, Conor O'Sullivan, Ciaran Murphy and substitute Fintan Goold were the Macroom scorers but now Glenville brought in two subs in attack who caused Macroom endless trouble to the finish.  Glenville went two points up, one point from play and one from a free, but in the 57th minute Andrew Hegarty pointed another free and two minutes later Conor O'Sullivan kicked over the equaliser. In the 8th minute of extra time Glenville scored a point from a close in free which was a very harsh award and the Glenville goalkeeper then saved a shot from a tight angle from Fintan Goold.  In the final ten minute period the two Glenville subs had a point each to seal their victory. Macroom: James O'Connell: Rory Buckley, Eoin O'Mahony, John Angland: Peter Lynch, Sean Kiely, Michael Cahill: Tony Dineen, Philip Corrigan: Darren Kelly, Ciarán Murphy, Gerard Angland: Conor O'Sullivan, Andrew Hegarty, Olan Murphy. Subs: David Horgan, Martin O'Donnell, Fintan Goold and Patrick Kelleher.

 Carrigaline   2 – 9   Ballinora   1 – 9

A great start, the highlight of which was an 8th minute goal, helped Carrigaline to a 1-3 to nil lead before Ballinora got their opening score after a full 22 minutes play at Ballygarvan.  The Mid Cork side then followed on with four more points in a row, two from Ben Ahern and one each from Ian Wycherley and Conor Murphy.  At half time it was 1-4 to 0-5 in favour of Carrigaline.  The South east side added a point on the resumption but back came Ballinora with  a goal from Conor Murphy and when Ian Wycherley added his second point, the Ballinora men were ahead on a 1-6 to 1-5 scoreline.  Carrigaline were stung into all out action after this reverse and they responded with a string of points and a vital second goal in the 50th minute which put them five points clear.  Conor Brosnan and Ben Ahern replied with a point apiece for Ballinora, to cut the deficit to a single goal but Carrig got an insurance point before Ballinora had a late point from Conor Murphy well into injury time.

Ballinora: Eoin Walsh: Denis O'Neill, Gary O'Halloran, David O'Neill: Mark Kelleher, Cathal O'Connor, Tomas McGrath: Michael Hodge, Alan O'Neill: Ian Wycherley, Michael Murphy, Ben Ahern: Conor Brosnan, Conor Murphy, Pat Fitton. Subs; N Collins, Colin O'Shea, Cian Lucey. 

Intermediate Football Championship

Round 1 Winners:

GRENAGH, Kildorrery, Fermoy, Ballydesmond, CANOVEE, Youghal, ÉIRE ÓG,  Kanturk.

Round Two Results:

CILL na MARTRA   1 – 13     Glanmire   0 - 10

Glanworth   1 – 9   Kilavullen   1 - 6

Adrigole   1 – 14   Castletownbere   0 – 11


Round Three:

Glanmire  v  Castletownbere

Kilavullen  v  AGHABULLOGUE/Cloyne

4th round draws to be made – 14 teams.

 Cill na Martra   1 – 13     Glanmire   0 – 10

'Tosach maith, leath na hoibre' is the wise old saying and Cill na Martra certainly proved its veracity at Kilmurry.   Only 30 seconds had elapsed when Kevin O'Sullivan sent over a cross from the corner which flying midfielder Sean Kelleher took in full flight and blasted to the Glanmire net for the only goal of the game.  Kevin Hoare, Maidhchí Dineen and Danny O'Connell added a point apiece in rapid succession and Cill na Martra were ahead by 1-3 to nil after only four minutes play.  What a start, and Cill na Martra needed it as they became wasteful subsequently and Glanmire steadied the ship and their free takers began to put points on the board.  By half time the score was 1-6 to 0-6, and it was a poor enough advantage for Cill na Martra considering their mastery in that first half. 

Glanmire were on top on the restart but the Cill na Martra defence was very solid with Noel O'Leary anchoring the unit from centre back and Colm O'Leary and Mark Golden in fine form behind him.  For all their possession, Glanmire gained no advantage and at the three quarter stage Cill na Martra came back on the attack in a major way and four points in a row saw them dominant once again.  Cill na Martra: Eoin Ó Duinnín: Marc Ó Goilí, Colm Ó Laoire, Tadhg Mac Suibhne: Breandán Ó Loinsuigh, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Tadhg Ó Duinnín: Sean Ó Céilleachair (1-2), Cathal Mac Suibhne: Caoimhín Ó hUidhir (0-1), Caoimhín Ó Súilleabháin, Martin Ó Conchúir (0-4, 0-1 free): Maidhchí Ó Duinnín (0-4), Dónal Óg Ó Laoire (0-1), Danni Ó Conaill (0-1). 

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At Civic Reception at Macroom Town Hall, recipients of awards, Sean Kiely, captain U.C.C. Football team; Noel Murphy and Tiernan Quinn, All Ireland Boxing Champions, with Mayor Tom Counihan    ©Lee Valley Outlook

Mid Cork Championships

Ballincollig Credit Union Mid Cork Junior A Hurling Championship

 First Round  Winners:

Cloughduv, Grenagh, Ballincollig, Éire Óg, Ballinora.

1st round replay:

Eire Óg 1-12 Aghabullogue 1-07

Éire Óg, lucky enough to get a chance of a replay after scoring a late, late goal from a free, made no mistake second time round with a much improved performance at Ballincollig. Éire Óg took an early lead with a point from Ronan Sills and Daniel O'Shea added another in the 6th minute.  Mark O'Flynn then struck over three points from frees for Aghabullogue and Ger Hogan added a point to make it 0-4 to 0-2 but Éire Óg drew level with two points form Brian Darcy O'Sullivan.  Hero of the drawn game, Brian Kirwan then struck over three points from frees and Éire Óg led by 0-7 to 0-4 at the break. 

Mark O'Flynn recorded the first score of the second half with a point from a free for Aghabullogue, however, Éire Óg pushed ahead again with three points from play, which gave them a five point lead. Aghabullogue upped their game and Danny Buckley came forward to score an impressive goal. Mark Long added a further point for Aghabullogue, leaving just one point between the sides and points were exchanged to maintain that situation. Éire Óg pushed further ahead with a second goal, this one from a dipping Brian Kirwan free and John O'Connor added a point to open up a five point gap as the clock ran down.  Despite the best efforts of the Aghabullogue men, a point from a free from Kevin Finnegan was their only reward and it was not enough.  Éire Óg: Tim Crowley: David Sheehan, Edward Long, Aidan Twomey: John O'Connor (0-1), Andrew O'Herlihy, Kieran O'Sullivan: Conor Hallissey, John Malone (0-1): Daniel O'Shea, Brian Darcy O'Sullivan (0-2), Fintan Brennan: Brian Kirwan (1-4, 1-3 frees) Ronan Sills (0-2), Ronan Dennehy. Subs: Daniel O'Connor, Colm Murphy, John Barry, Sean O'Connor.
Aghabullogue: Dónal Twomey: Mark O'Brien, Dan Healy, Anthony O'Sullivan: Alan Hogan, Pádraig Murphy, Sean O'Sullivan: Danny Buckley (1-0), Mark O'Flynn (0-4 frees): Ger Hogan (0-1), Paudie Twomey, Tim O'Leary: Ciarán Barrett, John Kelleher, Dan Twomey.
Subs: Kevin Finnegan (0-1, free), Mark Long (0-1), Peter Kelleher, Rob O'Keeffe. Referee: Mr Gene Buckley, Grenagh.

Ballinora  1 – 20     Inniscarra   2 - 3

Ballinora easily defeated Inniscarra in the last of the first round games at Blarney. Patrick Fitton showed his class by scoring five outstanding points from play for Ballinora while Conor Brosnan was magnificent at centre-back all through. Inniscarra started brightly and raced into an early lead after Alan Sheehan crashed home an excellent goal.  However, Ballinora eventually settled and led by 0-7 to 1-2 at half-time, after dominating the second quarter of the game. They controlled the second half and Eoin Hourihan sealed the Ballinora victory with a goal after 48 minutes.

James Buckley opened the scoring with a fine point for Inniscarra and Ballinora were denied a couple of goal chances in the opening exchanges and seemed unsettled.  A goal from Alan Sheehan in the 7th minute gave Inniscarra a 1-1 to nil lead.  Ballinora however gradually took control of the game and points from Tom McGrath , Pat Fitton and Conor Murphy ensured the sides were level by the end of the first quarter.  Ballinora's Conor Brosnan was clearing an amount of ball and further scores from Ciarán Conway (2) and Pat Fitton ensured Ballinora led by two points at the break.

Early in the second half Eoin Hourihan fired over a brace of points to extend the Ballinora lead and then two more from Pat Fitton effectively ended this game as a contest. Ciarán Conway was deadly accurate from placed balls and the scores kept mounting.  In the 48th minute Ben Ahern's shot was blocked but the sliotar rebounded to Eoin Hourihan who smashed to the Inniscarra net.  Inniscarra battled all the way to the finish and a second Alan Sheehan goal was a deserved consolation score. Scorers:  Ballinora: C Conway 0-6 (0-5f), E Hourihan 1-2, P Fitton 0-5, C Murphy 0-3, T McGrath 0-2, C Brosnan 0-2 (0-1f, '65) Inniscarra: A Sheehan 2-0, P Farmer (f), K Sheehan, J Buckley 0-1 each.
Ballinora: Barry Crowley; Denis O'Neill, Michael Hodge, M Fenton; D Hourihan, Conor Brosnan, Gary O'Halloran; B Murphy, Tomas McGrath; Ben Ahern, C Murphy, Pat Fitton; Colin O'Shea, Eoin Hourihan, Ciaran Conway.
Inniscarra: P O'Riordan; G O'Mahony, J O'Brien, B Gould;  P O'Callaghan, T O'Regan, J O'Driscoll; T Buckley, P Farmer; D Browne, A Sheehan, S O'Sullivan; J Buckley, C O'Connor, C Murray. Subs: S Holland, K O'Connor, K Sheehan, C Cronin, C O'Connor.  Referee:  Mr Dave McCarthy, Kilmurry. 

2nd Round (1st Round losers):

Aghabullogue   v   Blarney

Donoughmore   v   Kilmichael

Inniscarra – bye

 3rd Round (quarter finals) draws to be made.

 Ross Oil Ltd. Mid Cork Junior 'A' Football Championship

 First Round Winners:

Dripsey, Inniscarra, Iveleary, Kilmichael, Kilmurry, Macroom.

 Round Two – (1st round losers)

Blarney  v  Clondrohid

Donoughmore  v  Ballinora

Aghinagh v  Ballincollig

 Third Round 9 teams – draws to be made.

Munster Football Championships

Cork   0 – 17     Kerry   0 – 12

Cork had a welcome win over Kerry in the Munster senior semi final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.   Cork were good but then Kerry were not and the problem is that the Kingdom have so much room for improvement that they could be All Ireland contenders again in a few weeks time.  Mid Cork was well represented on the Cork team with Noel O'Leary of Cill na Martra, Ciarán Sheehan of Éire Óg, Paddy Kelly of Ballincollig, all starting, and Daniel Goulding of Éire Óg coming on and making an impact in the second half.  Sean Kiely of Macroom was on the substitute panel and his clubmate, Fintan Goold, was forced to withdraw from the team with a poisoned leg.  Cork will play Clare in the Munster Final on 8th July in Limerick.  Baile Mhúirne native Peadar Healy is again selector with Cork.

 Cork   1 – 8     Kerry   0 – 13

All Ireland champions Cork lost their Munster and national titles when defeated by Kerry in the Munster Junior football semi final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.  John Dineen of Éire Óg was the only Mid Cork player in action.  Tim O'Sullivan of Macroom was a selector with the Cork team. 

 Munster Hurling Championship

Cork play Tipperary in the Munster Senior Hurling semi final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday 24th June at 4 pm.  Tom Kenny of Grenagh is the only hurler from the Mid Cork division on the Cork panel.  Waterford await the winners in the Munster final.

 Euro 2012

Ireland has made an early exit from the European soccer championship in Poland and Ukraine.  The early excitement quickly waned after the first game against Croatia when it became apparent that the team was not good enough for this level and the game against world champions Spain confirmed the worst fears of the experts.  A third loss to Italy ended the Ireland interest in the competition.  The impeccable conduct of the huge Irish support has drawn much positive comment from all quarters and reflects well on the many young men and women from the Mid Cork area who travelled to the games.  

Kilmurry Underage Club

The past few weeks have been busy for the Juvenile club in Kilmurry. The U13s, as well as having secured the Eastern Division title have also finished in the top two in their league group. This means they have qualified for the semi final of the league which is due to be played in early August. The Juvenile Club would like to extend congratulations to Sean Warren and Eoin Clifford who came second in the Féile Football and hurling skills competitions respectively. Congratulations also go to Liam Wall, Sean Warren, Fionn Warren, Kyle Kelleher, Eoin Clifford and Brian Hinchion all of whom are part of the U14 Muskerry development squad.  This squad has played a number of challenge games and the Kilmurry players have done themselves and the club proud on each occasion. Kilmurry U10s took part in the Dromtariffe Tournament which is held annually to commemorate the late Brian Cronin who tragically died of leukaemia. Kilmurry played three games on the opening day of the tournament. They started well with a good win over Inniscarra in what was a very close encounter.  The second game against Millstreet was tougher and Kilmurry gave away some soft goals in the first half and were chasing the game from then on.  In the final game Kilmurry had a comfortable win over Aghinagh. This qualified them to play for the cup in the second round of the tournament. A very successful Table Quiz was held in Clifford's Bar in Crookstown on June 8th to raise funds for the Juvenile Club in Kilmurry. There was a large attendance and Ed Warren was the quiz master for the evening. It was an enjoyable occasion and even if the questions proved too difficult, there were numerous spot prizes on offer ensuring that almost every table went home with some memento of the evening.  Juvenile Club Chairman, Donagh Wall, thanked all those who attended and contributed to the success of the evening. He also extended his appreciation on behalf of the Juvenile Board to the local businesses and individuals who contributed spot prizes for the evening.  

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Senior and Junior team members, St. Mary's Secondary School, Macroom celebrating their school's success in reaching the final of the All-Ireland Camogie Championship and winning two County titles, with Noel O'Leary, who presented the medals, at the Castle Hotel, Macroom. 
©Picture: O'Sullivan Photo, Macroom  

Cloughduv Underage Club

Cloughduv   2 – 11   Kiltha Óg  3 – 07

Cloughduv recorded their second win at home in the U-14A Hurling Championship against a determined Kiltha Óg team in a hard fought and exciting Eastern division Quarter Final on Saturday 16th June.  A mild dry afternoon provided ideal conditions for hurling and the home team started well, recording the first three points but Kiltha Óg stormed back to lead by a goal at half time. The pace of the game increased in the second half, which saw the teams scoring two goals each.  Cloughduv worked diligently during this half with Eoghan Clifford dominating the half back position, converting crucial points from play and from placed balls. Gavin Hickey's strength and pace shone throughout the game and Jack Murphy and William Ronan put in very solid performances, making vital clearances throughout the game.  Jamie Buckley and Mark Walsh scored excellent goals for Cloughduv, and the match was drawn at 2 – 06 apiece at the final whistle. The excitement continued when the game went to extra time.  Kiltha Og got the upper hand in the first period and went into the break a goal ahead. The determined Cloughduv team never gave up and scored 5 unanswered points to lead by 2 points with minutes to go. Kilta Og narrowed this margin to 1 point and Cormac O'Driscoll, who made some fine saves throughout the match made a brilliant match winning save in the last minute to put Cloughduv through to the Semi Final against Cobh.  
Reminders/Dates: Cloughduv GAA Cul Camp; 9th to 13th July. Register online at -  www.kellogsculcamps.gaa.ie
Fr.Murphy and Jerh Buckley Cups: 23rd June starting at 10.00am
Cloughduv Minors: :Training is going very well for our Championship match against Newcestown in early July.
Cloughduv Under 12 : Played Erin's Own, who proved too strong but the Cloughduv lads showed tremendous spirit, particularly in the second half. Upcoming games against Kiltha Og and Youghal. Please note that Under 11s are due to play Ballinora and Kinsale in the coming weeks , all support welcome.

Canovee G.A.A.

Recent Results: Under 12 Football League East: Clondrohid 2 – 2 Canovee 4 – 13
Junior football league Division 2 Canovee 0 – 3 Aghinagh 1 – 18.
Exams and bad weather have curtailed the fixture list during the last fortnight.
Fixture:  Friday June 22 Under 14B East Football championship; Canovee v Bride Rovers at Carrigadrohid 7.30p.m.
Unique Achievement: Kevin Walsh, Aherla, won his third All Ireland medal playing for London Hurlers in the Christy Ring Cup final in Croke Park against Wicklow on June 9. Kevin played full forward in Canovee's All Ireland Junior football win in Croke Park in 2003. Now domiciled in London, Kevin plays hurling fo the St. Gabriel's Hurling Club in North London.

Lotto: June 17. Numbers Drawn: 12, 16, 22, 29. No winner. €50 Nigel and Shelly, Rylane. €25 Kevin Harrington, c/o Dan Shine; Seamus Moynihan, Shandanan. Jack the Joker, Dan O'Connor, c/o Castlemore Arms. Next draw in the Carrig Inn on June 24 for €12,500.

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Breda Nyhan presents her huband's (Jim Nyhan) President's Prize to Ladies to Maura Forde at Macroom Golf Club  Pic. O'Sullivan Photo Macroom

St. Val's Updates

St Val's 6.9 Douglas 4.2

The eagerly awaited Under 14 A county semi-final between St Val's and Douglas was played in ideal conditions last Tuesday evening at the community pitch in Donoughmore. The teams were playing each other for the fourth time in as many weeks and a close game was expected. From the throw in Douglas were well up for the challenge and started at a blistering pace and had the St Val's back line in all sorts of bother inside the first 10 minutes, scoring two quick goals and a point to get off to a great start they then added a third and fourth goal to stretch their lead further. At this stage St Val's were struggling as Douglas were playing an extra defender to prevent the Val's full forward line who had caused them problems in the earlier matches getting any scores. To counter this St Val's took off a defender and brought on an extra forward. This seemed to work and they finally got off the mark with a goal and a point to reduce the Douglas lead. Val's were now gaining control and with eight minutes to go to half-time one of the  Douglas midfielders ended up in the sin bin for continuous fouling and St Val's took full advantage adding two goals from Shauna Burns and Bronagh Hartnett to leave a goal between them at the break. The second half saw St Val's continue where they left off with a goal from substitute Sinead Plunkett to level the match for the first time in the game. Val's were in full flow now and full forward Nicola Dennehy scored a great goal and added two points before wing forward Rachel Moynihan got in on the scoring act with a goal and a point to finish the game as a contest with ten minutes remaining. Douglas did add a point but were finding it hard to breach the Val's defence who were now in no mood to concede any more scores. With Douglas now tiring Val's added another goal followed by three long range frees from Bronagh Hartnett to run out convincing winners at the end of an absorbing contest.