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Nollaig Shona agus 2016 fé shonas agus síocháin.

Christmas Greetings.

Nollaig Shona; Happy Christmas; Joyeux Noel; Wesolych Swiat; Buon Natale; Frohliche Weihnachten; Priecigus Ziemassvetkus; Selamat Hari Crismas; Crismas Asamsakai; Craenium Ferieit; Karaksony Boldog; Westotych OEWiab; Felix Naridad; Suba Nathtalak Wewa; Speslevova Rozdestva. CУACTηИBORO POЖДECTBA. Blywyddyn newydd dda. Sheng dan Kual le. Nodolig Uawen. Linksmų Kalėdų.

LVEB Chairman's Message 2015.

As Chairman of the Lee Valley Enterprise Board I would like to appeal to all shoppers in the Lee Valley area to make an all-out effort to do your Christmas shopping locally this year in order to secure jobs and help the local economy.
I would like to compliment the business community in Macroom for their efforts in decorating and lighting their premises, thus creating a lovely Christmas atmosphere around the town. The Lee Valley Enterprise Board was again responsible for the erection of the fabulous display of Christmas Lighting in Macroom Town... This year some new features were added as well as new, illuminated Christmas wreaths on business premises. Most of the trees in Middle Square and Main Street are now lit up as well. I would like to thank all those involved in the erection of the Christmas lighting and especially to the project co-ordinator, Martin Coughlan, for a job well done. Shops in Macroom have special discounts available right up to Christmas Eve and, as an added bonus, Free Parking is also available with the two-hour regulation still in place.
During the year the Lee Valley Enterprise Board organised a very successful St Patrick's week festival and parade which this year introduced the Flower of Macroom contest. This contest took place in the Briery Gap Theatre with Clare Kelleher, the winner, enjoying a busy year attending different events in Macroom. The Macroom Food Festival was again an outstanding success and is now one of the most popular Artisan Food Festivals in the Cork/Kerry region.
The Lee Valley Outlook magazine is still as popular as ever, bringing you all the news, photographs and sport events that are happening around the Lee Valley. One of the main reasons this magazine is so popular is due to the amount of work put in by our editors, Sean and Maire Mc Sweeney and Brendan Kenneally. I would like to thank all those who submit news items, articles and photographs. A special word of thanks to Des O'Connor from Outlook Magazines and to all our advertisers for your continued support.
As Chairman of the Board, I would like to stress that but for the financial contributions we receive from the Blarney/Macroom Municipal District Council and of course, our own members, we would not be in a position to continue with the projects mentioned in this article. I would also like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year and hopefully, with your help, we will continue to promote and develop Macroom as a better place in which to live and work.
Pat O'Connell, Chairman, Lee Valley Enterprise Board.

The Basics of Christmas

I remember when I first went to Peru, being a little surprised when I saw some of the cribs - a very big part of Christmas for the people there. Very often they will have no decorations but they will nearly always have a crib in the house. Many of the cribs, in the churches as well as the houses, didn't have a full set of the traditional figures but had all sorts of other things in them and figures that were totally out of proportion, a large baby Jesus and tiny figures of Mary and Joseph. They might not have an ox and a donkey but they did have - plastic motor cars, ceramic elephants, ornamental horses' heads, plastic toy animals of all kinds, an occasional action-man with a limb or two missing, just about anything that was available, with no regard for size or proportion.
To me these toys and ornaments and other bits and pieces, often cracked or broken, seemed so out of place in the crib. In the beginning, I think it offended my sense of order, my understanding of what the Crib was supposed to depict. It was only gradually that I began to understand and appreciate that their Cribs reflected the reality of the people's lives. Because so many of them were very poor, they could not afford to have a nice set of figures, properly proportioned and decorative and their cribs reflected their poverty. The great mixture of additions reflected the confusion and disorder of their lives. From their cribs I learned something important about the people and the place where I was working and also about Christmas. Everything could be included - a place could be found in the crib for every broken toy or battered ornament. There was room in the crib for every kind of animal, be it an elephant without ears or a lion with a chipped nose. This is what Christmas should be about - room for everyone and everything - no one excluded, no matter how strange or out of place or different - Christ's coming is for all people.
Order, proportion and decorum weren't the priorities but rather that the people were remembering and celebrating the birth of Jesus at Christmas. I learned a little better what Christmas is about and realized that theirs was probably a far more accurate depiction of how the first Christmas really was - the conditions that Mary and Joseph had to endure; the circumstances in which God chose to give us the gift of his son. The Peruvian cribs taught me that the message of the crib and of Christmas is about having hearts big and open enough to accept and to welcome everyone and that is really what welcoming Christ means at Christmas or indeed at any time.
Fr. Bernard Donovan, P.P. Kilmurry

Editors' Note

The editors of the Lee Valley Outlook wish to thank all who contributed to the magazine in 2015. We welcome new contributors, including Dr. Con Kelleher who has begun to supply both photographs and editorial. News, reports, photographs from schools, clubs, services, parishes, are all most welcome. The Lee Valley Outlook, first published as a 20-page advertiser in November 2003, is a voluntary effort and needs input from you to build on its success. Contact: 026/41891; Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (note change) or post to Killarney Road, Macroom. The first edition of 2016 will appear on January 8.
Next year, we request historical societies, parishes and schools in the Lee Valley to submit data on their area's part in the 1916 rebellion and the subsequent War of Independence to the Lee Valley Outlook. We will be glad to publish material provided during the year.
Please tell absent friends and family that they may access the current issue and edited back numbers of the Lee Valley Outlook on the Internet by going to www.macroom.ie and searching under News. Back issues dating to March 2012 are available by clicking the 'Lee Valley Outlook Archive' tab. You may also view a regularly changing slide show.
Nollaig faoi shéan is faoi mhaise dúinn go léir agus síochán agus sláinte san athbhliain.

Christmas Ceremonies

Macroom Parish:
Masses: Christmas Eve: Thursday: Vigil Mass 7 p.m. with Youth Choir; Polish Mass 8.45 p.m. Midnight Mass 12.00
Christmas Day, Friday : 8.30 am, 10.30 am., 12.00 noon. Caum: 10.00 am.
St. Stephen's Day : Saturday 10.00 am.
Confessions: Wednesday 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Thursday. 24th: 12 noon - 3 p.m. Caum: 12 noon to 12.30.
Carol Service in Macroom on Sunday 13th at 7 p.m.
Penitential Rite-Confessions in Macroom —Tuesday 15th at 7.30 p.m.
Aghinagh Parish:
Christmas Eve Masses 7.00 p.m. Bealnamorrive; 9.00 p.m. Ballinagree.
Christmas Day Masses 10.00 a.m. Bealnamorrive; 11.00 a.m. Rusheen.
Confessions: Bealnamorrive on Wednesday from 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Cill na Martra Parish.
Monday 21st Dec., Penitential Service - Cill na Martra Church at 8.00 pm.
Thursday 24th - Christmas Eve Mass in Cill na Martra 7pm. Christmas Eve Mass in Réidh na nDoirí 9 pm.
Friday 25th - Christmas morning Mass in Reidh na nDoirí at 9.30 am. Christmas morning Mass in Cill na Martra at 11.30 am.
Kilmichael Parish
Saturday, 19th December Vigil Mass – Cooldorrihy 8.15 pm followed by Confessions
Sunday, 20th December Mass - Johnstown 10 am Toames - 11.30 am followed by Confessions
Christmas Eve Mass - Toames 7.30 pm Cooldorrihy 10.00 pm
Christmas Day Mass - Johnstown 10.00 am Toames - 11.30 am
St. Stephen's Day Mass - Cooldorrihy 10.00 am. Vigil Mass – Cooldorrihy 8.15 pm
New Year's Eve Vigil Mass – Cooldorrihy 7.00 pm
NO Mass on New Year's Day
Clondrohid Parish
Masses on Christmas Eve are at 6p.m. in Carriganimma and at 8p.m. (half an hour later than usual) in Clondrohid. Masses on Christmas Day as on Sundays and the usual weekend Mass times apply to Saturday 26 and Sunday 27.
The Lighthouse, Millstreet.
Carol service on 20th December in the square. Christmas service at the Lighthouse at 6.30pm on 24th December.

Reeling in the Year 2015


Briege Corkery, winner of the inaugural Muskerry Sportsperson of the Year award, with sponsors, Eileen and Michael O'Riordan, Auld Triangle © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom ploughing match proceeded at first attempt in contrast to previous years. River Run, a film about the flooding of the Gearagh in the 1954, hydroelectric scheme, was shown in the Briery Gap. Macroom library announced Monday closure. Cork lady football never say die team won the RTE Sport Team of the Year award while Briege Corkery was nominated among Players of the Year and Éamonn Ryan among Managers of the Year. Briege was also chosen as the inaugural Auld Triangle/ Muskerry Sports Star of the Year. Fears were raised about Macroom hospital and the 2015 registration review.


Macroom Ploughing Committee 2015 © Lee Valley Outlook

The Castle Hotel made it 3 in a row for the Trip Advisor Travelers Choice award. Brian Kennedy played in the Briery Gap. Olive Loughnane's silver turned to gold for Berlin 2009. Meetings were held in Macroom and Kilmurry to plan 1916 centenary commemoration. Cill na Martra won the Tom Creedon Cup. Coachford College won the Munster camogie Senior League. Macroom Youthreach won Best Actor in Youth for Decent Work film.


Finalists in the revived Flower of Macroom contest© Lee Valley Outlook

St Patrick's day was bright and sunny and, despite the lack of international visitors, the parade was a great success. Claire Kelleher, the Flower of Macroom, was grand marshal. Pat Murphy, Ballinagree, won Macroom over 60 talent competition. Arran Bradstock won Best Director award at First Cut film festival. Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh produced a most successful Reoite . Musician, Connie O'Connell launched a book, Bóthairín na Smaointe and 2 CDs. Gavin Sheehan rode a winner at Cheltenham.


Macroom ICA members call it a day© Lee Valley Outlook

A good job is done on the resurfacing of the N22 at the town centre but the road west, along New Street and Gurteenroe, is left in dire straits. Historian, Maurice O'Callaghan delivered the oration at the 99th anniversary of the Easter rising. The youth theatre and adult mixed choir performed at Come Together in the Briery Gap. Oliver the musical drew huge crowds. Sadly, the ICA closed down after 62 years. Small Town Portraits, selected from the Dennis Dinneen Collection, went on show at UCC.


'Oliver' in the Everyman © Lee Valley Outlook

Comóradh Sheain Ui Shiochain ran in Cill na Martra in appalling weather conditions, with Dublin taking on Cork in a challenge match. Fleadh Cheoil Chorcai 2015 was held in Ballincollig. De la Salle students and representatives from the Twining Association visited Marcallo con Casone, Italy. Oliver the musical drew great crowds to the Everyman Palace in Cork. The Briery Gap was nominated for a Mayor's award and Coachford received a community and voluntary award for its Greenway. A sale agreed sign was displayed on the Convent which was vacated in 2012. A new chocolate cafe opened at Macroom Bookshop. Canovee vet, Jerry Dunne, was studio vet for Britain's Got Talent winning dog act.


The daily grind for commuters through Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook

Follain Baile Mhuirne is due to extend and increase staff to 40 over five years. Macroom town hall got a new roof. Local schools earned a plethora of green flags. Dromleigh NS, Kilmichael celebrated its 175th birthday, by far the oldest local school. Cathal Brugha McSwiney visited Kilmurry's new museum and the library hosted a 1916 commemoration meeting. Great crowds turned out for the Daniel Kingston memorial run.

The expensive Eircode system was launched with great fanfare and sank without a splash. Michael Galvin's latest history book, Kilmurry 1915 - 1918 was launched. The Daniel Corkery Summer School drew musicians, artists and historians to Inchigeela. Nine new companies were launched under the Greenshoots initiative. Mushera platform dancing brought back memories of former times.


Peter Murray, Crawford Gallery, speaking at the official opening of 'Here and Now' art exhibition in Macroom Town Hall Gallery © Lee Valley Outlook

Festivals in Coachford Ballinagree Inchigeela Crookstown and Baile Mhúirne Cuil Aodha show were run off successfully despite a poor summer and, for the first time in decades, there was no Ballingeary show. Joanne O'Riordan performed the official opening of Clancy's Fish Shop in new premises. Heritage week featured a host of local events, the re-enactment of the battle of Carrigadrohid being the most spectacular. Cill na Martra performers enjoyed great success at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann. The work of local artists went on show in the Town Hall Gallery and the library. Connie the Milkman, (O'Riordan) launched a CD of his compositions.


Macroom Food Festival attracts the Foodies © Lee Valley Outlook

On the return to school, Dromleigh NS featured on Nationwide. A new Speaker's Club opened in the Fr Ryan Hall. Cork women continued their winning spree, with the camogie and ladies football teams again winning the All-Ireland. Dual players, Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley now have a record 16 All Irelands each. Macroom Haulage are again named Irish Hauliers of the Year. A beautifully renovated Deasy's Pharmacy opened where Kerins's used to be. Macroom Tidy Town committee earned an extra 4 marks and news of the inclusion of the Bypass in the 27bn Capital Plan raised further hope for the future. Army personnel began the delivery of the national flag and proclamation to local schools.


The Murphy family at the launch of the inaugural Laochra Óg Poc Fada in memory of Shane. © Con Kelleher

Macalla na hEireann drew great crowds to the Briery Gap. Hollywood in Éirinn, an RTE series, brought back memories of the making of the films, The Wind that Shakes the Barley and The Raggy Boy locally. Peadar Ó Riada presented his Concerto, Mo Ghille Mear, at Cork Opera House. Pat Kelleher Clondrohid launched his book, Bishop's Island. Lee Valley Enterprise Board members visited Philadelphia to plan for St Patrick's Day 2016. SMILE at Macroom E was selected to facilitate an Europe recycling initiative. A new extension opened at St Joseph's primary school. It is announced that Macroom is to get a new Garda station and fire station in Gurteenroe.


The wicked fairy at 'Sleeping Beauty' at the Briery Gap © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Enterprise Town Business Sport and Community Expo organised by Bank of Ireland, drew great crowds to the Sports Complex, where they met Rachel Allen and Mickey Harte. De la Salle transition year students presented a hilarious panto, The Town that Never Raised an Elf in their college hall while the girls of St Mary's staged Conflict in the Convent in the Briery Gap. LTV came back on air. Dr. Mercedes Desmond, Donoughmore was honoured for her contribution to the teaching of Science. Slí Bhriain opened in Baile Mhúirne.

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Christmas in Macroom - the street market at the switching on of the lights ©Jon Mathers

The lighting up of Macroom proceeded in very stormy weather and drew huge crowds. Clondrohid was promised a new school for 2016 and Macroom was promised a bypass, a new garda station, fire station and day care centre at the hospital. Raidio na Gaeltachta recorded a programme about 1916 in the area to be broadcast next year. St. Lacheteen's, Donoughmore were chosen to represent Cork at the 1916 State Commemoration in Dublin on New Year's Day. The Men's Shed got premises in Masseytown. The Briery Gap 2015 panto, Sleeping Beauty, strikes all the right notes.


Macroom. 1965 U.D.C. Members in Macroom included Jim Collins (Chairman), Con O'Leary, John Browne, Cal Burke, Michael Healy, Sean Twomey, Dan Vaughan, John O'Connor. Town Surveyor was Dan Crowley and Seamus Dooley was Town Clerk. The Council was concerned about noisy streets at night and the disruption caused by funeral traffic. They voiced their disapproval of the choice and standard of programmes on RTE. There was a request to reduce the size of the Maternity Ward at Macroom Hospital so as to facilitate more general patients. Congratulations were extended to Cardinal Conway on his appointment. Political parties were asked to reduce the size of their posters in the run up to General Election and there were concerns about the location of polling stations in the Town Hall. Opposition was expressed to Turnover Tax on food, shoes, clothing, medicine and household fuels. The U.D.C. declined a Church of Ireland request to take over maintenance of the Castle Street graveyard. A ban on the sale of flick knives was proposed. The Rate was set at 52s6d in the £. The provision of a Public Swimming Pool was considered. Dan Vaughn was elected Chairman in June, with Sean Twomey as Vice Chairman. The Council was to be represented in the newly formed Chamber of Commerce. William O'Connor was co-opted to replace John O'Connor, Masseytown. Parking layout in the town square was to be mapped out. Objections were raised to Bunny Carr's and Gay Byrne's derogatory reference to the UDC on the Late Late Show. The Development Association was congratulated on its production of a brochure on the town. It was proposed that a 1916 commemoration committee would be set up.
Ireland. The Rolling Stones played two concerts in Dublin's Adelphi. The remains of Roger Casement were reinterred in Glasnevin Cemetery. Liam Cosgrave became leader of the Fine Gael party. A one party Government was in power, with Sean Lemass as Taoiseach; Frank Aiken, Tanaiste; George Colley, Education; Charles Haughey, Agriculture; Donagh O'Malley, Health; Jack Lynch, Finance.

1965 Pop Songs

The following are the songs and performers that were most popular in Ireland 50 years ago. The number included tells how many weeks the song was at No 1 in the Top Ten.
I Ran All the Way Home/ Hucklebuck Royal Showband and Brendan Bowyer 7. Born to Be with You / Capitol Showband 2. If I didn't have a Dime/ Tom Dunphy and the Royal 2. Walking the streets in the Rain/ Butch Moore 3. Ticket to Ride/ The Beatles 4. Every Step of the Way/ Dickie Rock 3. Long Live Love Sandie Shaw 2. Crying in the Chapel Elvis 3. I'm Alive The Hollies 1. Mr. Tambourine Man The Byrds 1. Help The Beatles 5. Don't lose your Hucklebuck shoes The Royal and Brendan Bowyer 1. Can't get no Satisfaction / Rolling Stones 4. Tears Ken Dodd 4. Yesterday Man Chris Andrews 2. Wishing it was You Dickie Rock 2. The Carnival is Over The Seekers 2. Day Tripper/ We can Work it Out The Beatles 5.


GI factory at Hartnett's Cross which was extended in 1995 ©SMcS


Macroom had a population of 2362 in 1991, down from 2449 in 1986. Macroom foundry at Bealick was proposed as a suitable site for small industries. The last houses were built at Dan Corkery place and there was an application for planning for 90 houses at Cork Street. Top Council concerns were the provision of a school warden, a public toilet and 021 local call access. The quality of mobile phone service was described as very poor, as was RTE reception in parts of the town. Macroom Soccer club was allowed to buy 3.43acres of Council land at Dan Corkery Place for a pitch and club house, at a cost of £20k. Two hour parking was still in vogue and causing problems for residents. Long serving councillor, Tim Cooper Kelleher, died. Taoiseach John Bruton and Michael Lowry, Minister for Transport, Energy and Communication, came to town and were accorded a Civic Reception. Preliminary plans for the Bypass were drawn up but it was not included in the 1994-1999 programme. The Council demanded that buses should go into station yard and not park on the street. A spate of break-ins and damage to a school and Church of Ireland prompted a request for gardaí to be more visible.


Macroom Wild West 1995 ©SMcS

Macnas came to Macroom Festival of Art, Theatre and Music in June and the Wild West Festival in August was a great success. Nora Murray was elected Cathaoirleach of the U.D.C. and Martin Coughlan vice chairman. Macroom Tidy Towns earned six extra marks and came first in category 2 of the national competition. GI factory at Hartnett's Cross opened an extension. Buying the Fair Field for housing and a fire station was discussed.


.Macroom Minors, Cork County League winners 1995 ©SMcS

1995 Ireland

Mary Robinson was President with Taoiseach: John Bruton; Tánaiste Dick Spring; Agriculture, Ivan Yates; Health, Michael Noonan; Finance, Ruairi Quinn; Education, Niamh Bhreathnach; Justice, Nora Owen; Tourism, Enda Kenny; Arts and the Gaeltacht, Michael D. Higgins. Trouble continued in the North, with the Siege of Drumcree and Loyalist Parades. An arms decommissioning body was set up under George Mitchell and, for the first time in 26 years, no British soldiers patrolled the streets of Belfast. 80,000 people cheered Bill Clinton at College Green in Dublin. The Irish Press, Evening Press and Sunday Press closed down after 64 years. Seamus Heaney won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Divorce Referendum was carried. English soccer hooligans rioted at Lansdowne Road during a 'friendly' match between Ireland and England. The match was abandoned. The Prince of Wales began his first official visit to Dublin. Ireland qualified for the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup. Rory Gallagher, Frank Hall, Brian Lenihan and Neil Blaney died. Plans for a £200 million light rail transit system (the Luas) were announced, intended to connect the city centre with Howth, Blackrock and Bray and Sandyford with Ballymun and Tallaght. A tribunal was established to compensate victims of Hepatitis C. Father Ted, starring Dermot Morgan and Ardal O'Hanlon, first aired on Channel 4 television. Dublin won the All-Ireland Football Championship final against Tyrone and Ger Loughnane led Clare to hurling victory for the first time since 1914. Dublin boxer, Steve Collins, beat world champion Chris Eubank to win the WBO super middleweight championship title and "The Celtic Warrior", successfully defended his title against Chris Eubank at the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet.


Collins v Eubank heavyweight boxing contest in Green Glens, Millstreet 1995 ©SMcS

The World in 1995 -

The Space Race had descended into a competition as to who could survive the longest out there and Valeri Polyakov set a new record of 438 days. The World Wide Web was really taking off. The first Yahoo! Search interface was founded. The Internet became a wholly privatised system. Microsoft released Windows 95. eBay was founded. The first-ever full length computer animated feature film, Toy Story, was released.
The O. J. Simpson murder case trial in Los Angeles opened, and after a media frenzy, he was found not guilty of double murder. Barings Bank collapsed after securities broker, Nick Leeson, lost $1.4 billion in speculation. Mississippi became the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. Jacques Chirac was elected president of France.
War and terrorism continued apace. There was a lethal Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway. Russian paramilitary troops began a massacre of civilians in Chechnya. Daily atrocities made headlines from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia. Eventually, participants in the Yugoslav Wars began negotiations and the Dayton Agreement to end the Bosnian War was signed December 14. Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated at a peace rally in Tel Aviv. More than 170 countries agreed to extend the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty indefinitely. Hundreds in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Washington, D.C., and Tokyo marked the 50th anniversary of the dropping of the bomb.
South Africa won the Rugby World Cup. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 40.46 to close at 5,023.55, its first close above 5,000. This made 1995 the first year where the Dow surpassed two millennium marks in a single year.
The first cold front of the White Earthquake struck Chile and several communities became isolated due to heavy snowfall and livestock was decimated. The lowest ever United Kingdom temperature of −27.2 °C (−17.0 °F) was recorded in the Scottish Highlands.


Bartenders' Social in the Hooded Cloak 1995 ©SMcS

Films 1995. Home for the Holiday, Babe, Bridges of Madison County, While You were Sleeping, Die Hard With a Vengeance, Sense and Sensibility, Bad Boys, Apollo 13, Batman Forever. Toy Story, Casper, Braveheart, Golden Eye.
Music. Definitely putting me in my time box, I could recognise few, if any of the songs that topped the charts in 1995 but here are some of the performers of 20 years ago: TLC, Boys 11 Men, Real McCoy, Mariah Carey, Madonna, All 4One, Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Sheryl Crow, Hootie and the Blowfish, Elton John, Vanessa Williams, Annie Lennox.

Lee Valley Diary

Simon Concert at The Mills Inn, Ballyvourney, Sun 20 Dec at 8.30pm.
Croí na Laoi, Inchigeela- Community Walk - St. Stephen's Day- from Inchigeela Hall at 12 noon.
Seamus Begley at the Mills Inn, Ballyvourney, Mon. Dec. 28, 8p.m.
Macroom Ploughing Match Jan 3rd, 11.30a.m. on the farm of James Murphy, Caum,
New Year Disco with Macroom Juvenile GAA at Riverside Hotel, Jan. 4 from 9pm.

Briery Gap:
Sleeping Beauty Christmas Pantomime on Dec. 19th & 20th Dec @ 3.00pm and 8.00pm
Louise Morrissey Mon 28th Dec
Crystal Swing Friday 22nd January at 8.00pm.
Pat Shortt "Selfie" Friday 29th January @ 8.00pm
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

2015 in Macroom and the Lee Valley


McEgan College Christmas Concert 1995 ©SMcS

Macroom Library

Casting an eye back along the year, Macroom library is glad to be able to say that our membership continues to grow. There were many highlights in the year including, but not confined to, the Purlies Halloween Exhibition, the music morning 'as Gaeilge', the Primary Schools Quiz, the public consultation meeting on plans to commemorate 1916, Jim Murphy's talk on his book 'Passage to Everest', the Blackrock Castle Observatory visit. We have experienced an increase in schools class visits, primary, secondary, playgroups, preschool, and special needs classes. In an attempt to bring our message to a wider audience, we took part in the Bank of Ireland expo in Macroom Sports Complex and the West Cork Citizens Information event in the Castle Hotel. Our exhibition space has been occupied every month and is booked well into 2016. We now host meetings of the Environment group and a creative writers group on the late opening Tuesday nights. Our online resources have broadened, with the introduction of the downloadable audio book service. We are always open to suggestions as to how we can further improve the service, so feel free to make contact. In the meantime, we wish all our patrons a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and all the best for 2016.
We will be closed from Thursday December 24th to Tuesday 29th inclusive. Open Thursday 30th and Friday 31st and closed Saturday January 1st 2016. Since we are closed on Mondays since January 2015, we will reopen for business on Tuesday 5th January.
Silver for Auld Triangle Company
The Farmer's Table, an enterprise set up by Michael O'Riordan at the Auld Triangle Pub and Restaurant in Macroom, won a Silver Medal at the 2015 Bank of Ireland Start-up Awards for Food and Drink. The Farmer's Table was selected from the 57 companies shortlisted for the prestigious award for its gourmet baked potatoes, using local Irish ingredients including broccoli and cauliflower, bacon and cabbage, smoked bacon and cheese and chicken provencal. The baked potatoes are sold fresh at a range of SuperValu stores and are also fast frozen and may be prepared in 7 minutes in a microwave or in 30 minutes in an oven.
The Auld Triangle and its proprietors, Michael and Eileen O'Riordan, also sponsor the Muskerry G.A.A. Awards.


Macroom Musical Society presents Roxy in 1995 ©SMcS

Sleeping Beauty

The 2015 Christmas Panto at the Briery Gap, their 16th Christmas presentation, is one of the best in years. It opened with Matinees on December 12 and 13, with full houses composed mostly of children – not the easiest to entertain. But Sleeping Beauty, a la Anne Dunne and her valiant helpers, was a rip-roaring success. With nonstop action, a dazzling variety of costumes and personnel, slapstick comedy and audience participation, it held the smallies engrossed throughout and the adults enjoyed the wonderful music, singing, lighting and general presentation. Dame Marge and Fairy Merryweather, Tiger the Cat and Foxy were the great favourites and surprise visitors, Teresa Mannion from RTE Galway and Daniel O'Donnell, added to the hilarity. 'Sleeping Beauty' continues at matinees on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 at 3p.m. and evening shows at 8p.m. on Friday 18, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20. Do come along and support this wonderful local show. To book, contact 026-41793.
The cast includes Kelly Ann Healy as "The Sleeping Beauty", Luke Hogan as "Prince Philip", Jim Leahy as "Dame Marge", Maureen O Brien as "The Wicked Fairy – Maleficent", Conor Dinneen as "Foxy, Pat O Connell as "Lord Chamberlain", Pat Kelleher and David Lucey as "Matt and Batt", Finn Brady as "Tiger the Cat", Con Foley as "The King, Anita Gallagher as "The Queen", Ava Rose Gallagher as "The Story Teller" and Theresa Dineen as "Monica". The Three Fairies are Carmel McCarthy as "Flora", Mary Lynch as "Fauna" and Padraig O Driscoll as "Merryweather".
Adult Chorus: Theresa Dineen, Treasa O'Riordan, Caroline Hughes, Eimear Ni Fheargahail, Majella McCarthy, Heloise O'Sullivan, Laoise Ni Ríordáin, Sarah Ni Ríordáin, Jane Hurley, Catherine Barr, Carolyn Barry Murphy, Elaine Dunne, Julie Dunne, Martin McCarthy. Soloists: Martin McCarthy, Julie Dunne, Treasa O'Riordan, Heloise O'Sullivan, Mary Lynch, Carmel McCarthy, Pat Kelleher, Con Foley, Ava Rose Gallagher.
Children's Chorus: Kate Buckley, Mary Sheehan, Abbie Sweeney, Gemma Munro, Ellie Buckley, Grace Kiernan, Frankie Kiernan, Kelly Scullane, Jack Scullane, Anna Scullane, Sarah Lyons, Eadaoin Ni Riordan, Donna Regan Murphy, Isabelle Buckley, Emma Kelleher, Ellen O'Shea, Molly McCarthy, Alisha O'Driscoll, Doireann Vaughan, Julia Collins, Cara O'Brien, Orla O'Brien, Samuel Leavy, , Gearoid Kelleher, Evan Gallagher, Sam Roche, Daniel Mulcahy, Eoin Moynihan, John Hurley, Tadhg Carter, Joe Carter, Cormac Healy, William Healy, Alisha Callaghan, Lilly Callaghan, Alison Dowling, Liadain O'Regan, Sophie Moynihan, Sophie O'Grady, Laoise Flynn, Molly O'Mahony, Aoife McCarthy, Hannah Sweeney, Lorna Hodman, Brid O'Driscoll, Kate O'Sullivan, Ted O'Sullivan, Kiera Moynihan, Anna Kyprianou, Shauna Young, Katie Cronin, Amy Cronin, Shauna Cronin, Kate O'Sullivan, Elma McCarthy, Lorraine Casey, James McCarthy, Patrick McCarthy, Chantelle Masan, Teresa McCarthy, Helena Healy, Kaylin Forde, Aine Sheehan, Ciara O'Riordan, Aoibheann Foley, Niamh Foley, Caoimhe Foley,Judy Carter, Lia Kenny, Tess Kenny, Maryjo O'Mahony, Aoibhin Kelleher, Isabelle O'Callaghan, Hannah O'Connell,Amy Browne, Leah Buckley, Dorothy O'Callaghan, Madeline O'Callaghan, Eimear Mc Carthy, Meabh Mc Carthy, Jessica Kiernan, Saoirse Twomey, Jane Kyprianou, Clodagh O'Riordan, Luke Mulcahy, Mathew Roche. Children Soloists: Tadgh Carter, Gearoid Kelleher, Mary Sheehan, Lorraine Casey.
Back Up  Children's Registration Co-Ordinator—Alisheen O'Connell. Rehearsal Co-Ordinator—Theresa Dineen. Lighting —Jon Mathers Sound – Mark McMillan Costumes—Rita O'Brien and Jennifer O'Sullivan with special assistance from Carmel McCarthy, Clare O'Brien, Siobhan O'Brien Make Up—Eleanor Healy. Stage Set and Props—Denis Coleman, Pat Barry Murphy, Mark McMillan, Tim Murphy Back Stage Assistant—P J Leonard and Tony Daly. Stage Manager—Denis Noonan. Orchestra Ann Egan—Piano, Liam Kent—Guitar, Padraig Dineen—Percussion, Elaine McCarthy – Cello, Orla Dineen —Violin. Script and Director—Ann Dunne

Briery Gap Programme

Sleeping Beauty Briery Gap presents our Annual Christmas Pantomime on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th December @ 3.00pm 8.00pm. Tickets €16 Children €12
Louise Morrissey Monday 28th December Tickets €20
Crystal Swing Friday 22nd January at 8.00pm. Tickets €15
Pat Shortt "Selfie" Friday 29th January @ 8.00pm Tickets €29

Local TV Programmes

Sun. Dec. 20: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Mass from Healy's Bar, Kilcorney with Fr. Liam Comer PP. 6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes
Wed. Dec. 23. 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50 St. Mary's Transition Year Cabaret 2004. Christmas Carols.
Thurs. Dec. 24. 9.30p.m. Christmas Show from Millstreet Country Park 1995.
Christmas Day. Fri. Dec. 25. 5.30. Christmas Mass from Kilmurry. .6.30 St. Joseph's Primary School Macroom Christmas Concert 2015. Christmas Event at Donal and Peggy O'Callaghan's, Codrum 2015. Christmas Carols from Cill na Martra 2015. Christmas Reflection from Millstreet. Donal Ring Céilí Band 50th anniversary celebrations. 'Conflict at the Convent' from St. Mary's, Macroom.
Sunday Dec. 27. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Centenary Mass from Kilmurry. 6.30 p.m. Repeat of some of the material broadcast on Christmas Day.
Wed. Dec. 30. 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50 Christmastime at Sean Vaughan's, Renaniree, 1984. Some memories of Jimmy Shand.
Thurs. Dec. 31. 9.30p.m. The Wren at Rockchapel 1993. Concert at Knocknagree 2015.
Sunday Jan. 3. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special First Holy Communion Mass from Canovee 2015. 6.30p.m Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes
Wed. Jan. 6. . 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50 Memories of Jimmy Shand and Andy Stewart.
Thurs. Jan. 7. 9.30p.m. Ovens N.S. present The Children of Lir at Millstreet Country Park.


Clondrohid, Muskerry Junior A Football Champions 1995 © 

Clondrohid 2015

Clondrohid Development Group commenced the year with the annual Christmas/ New Year party, a great day out for all ages, with music by Tim Joe and Ann. The attendance enjoyed a cold plate and dessert, entertainers, dancers and raffle. The group is very involved in preparations for Tidy Towns and increased their marks by six this year. They help out at the annual Corpus Christie procession in June and at stewarding at Carraig a'Staighre Famine Mass in June, with a famine pageant enacted by local school children. They ran another very successful American Tea Party in October and rasied €4,000 through voluntary donations, business donations and a raffle to finance projects. The Crib and Christmas Tree were lit and blessed on Dec 5 despite the bad weather. Christmas lights at the hall and bridge brighten up the village for the festive season. The Development Association acknowledges the help they have received from James O'Dwyer and the local Council and wishes to thank all helpers and contributors.
Schools: All three schools in the Parish had a very active and vibrant year. They are involved in different projects and have distinguished themselves. Thanks to teachers and parents. 'Sonas' was set up in Clondrohid last year and it continues to meet the needs of children with autism and help them to blend into main stream school. Clondrohid N.S. has an Active School Committee where keeping fit is top priority and received an active school flag for their efforts. Basketball training has commenced and they reached the semi-final stages of Sciath na Scol. Halloween is a big occasion as the parents organise a big party in Community Hall. The good news story on Nov 17 was that a new school has finally been guaranteed for Clondrohid, with work commencing early 2016. The school has provided 120 years of education, with a present enrolment of 220 pupils and 20 staff. Muinefliuch N.S. received their 3rd Green Flag and a Digital School of Distinction award, a health promotion flag and a best school garden award. The Parents Association held an American Tea Party and a clothes recycling venture to raise funds for the conversion of an extra classroom. Each family planted a native Irish tree as part of National Tree Week. Carriganima was one of the 1st schools in Cork to be visited by the Defence Forces to deliver a National Flag for the 1916 commemorations. The parents' association held a clothes collection as a fundraiser in May. They held a very successful Christmas Market on Dec 12, with all the school children partaking in the making of the arts and crafts.
Local Achievements: Maria Lane received an award from the Cork Ed. and Training Board. Anne Hickey Galvin appeared on the Afternoon Show with Maire and Daithi. Olive Loughnane was crowned 2009 world champion following the disqualification of the Russian athlete and she and her husband Martin, appeared on the Late Late Show. Claire Kelleher Mount Cross, representing Care Choice, was chosen Flower of Macroom and was the Grand Marshal at the St. Patricks Day Parade in Macroom and she also switched on the lights for Christmas in Macroom. Iarla and Eoghan McCarthy of Carrigaphooka finished overall 40th in the Moonraker Rally in Ballyvourney, their first time competing as a team and Iarla's first as a driver. Congrats to Margaret Duggan on her great lotto jackpot win in June, and to Noreen O'Callaghan who took the first ever €10,000 Clondrohid jackpot. Alice Taylor arrived in Clondrohid in October to launch 'Bishop's Island' written by local man Pat Kelleher. A large crowd joined Pat, Terri and family for the launch and many stories were recounted. Family and friends of Con O'Riordan Lisacreasig (Con the Milkman ) packed the Auld Triangle for a night of reminiscence and entertainment. Con released his C D entitled a 'Hundred Miles from Home'. All proceeds went to Macroom Hospital and St. Colman's. Well done to the local volunteers who collected clothes etc for the Syrian Refugees in the Community Hall. Laura O'Riordan of Mount Cross competed in Weight Lifting and came first in her weight class and in the open category and broke the squat world record. Ash, Terri and family delighted all with their Halloween capers. Amazing ! Gary and Rebecca O'Brien organised a Toughathon Run, raising €10,360 for Cope.
Congrats to Eddie Duggan and Fionn Heffernan who were on the De La Salle teams that won the Cork Colleges 14A Football Final. To Sean Desmond on making the Cork U 15 Development Squad. To Niamh Duggan and Ciara McCarthy who added more medals to their collection with their great wins with the Cork Minors, and to Katie Dineen who was on the Cork U 14 Ladies Football team who defeated Waterford in the Munster final. The Lord Mayor of Ballinagree Helen Spillane hosted a fashion show in the Community Hall in aid of Niamh Deasy, raising €4,500. Parish Confirmation was held on April 21 with 58 children confirmed by Fr Roberts in the absence of the Bishop. Trocaire Parish collection realised €2,800. Bingo continues every Wednesday night, cards on Sunday nights, Teddy and his dancing classes Tuesday and Saturday nights.
C.A.R.T Carriganima continued with their fundraising events. The pub in Carriganima is very active in running events like magic shows, fuel the pub, singing and dancing. A very successful St. Patricks Day Parade was organised by a very vibrant community. The 3rd annual 4 mile run/walk in aid of Millstreet and Macroom Hospitals was held in September and over 210 took part and raised €2,800.
2015 was a very busy year in Clann Aire. They developed their outdoor green area to create an all-weather outdoor play area. All this work was done voluntarily by the staff, their partners/ husbands, friends and some of the parents. The after school and preschool services have been extremely busy all year and with a new national schools on the horizon, it can only get busier. Visit them on face book or log on to www.clannaire.com.


Drama at Coachford College 1995 ©SMcS

2015 - Another fun filled year for Coachford

2015 was another great year for the village. The two schools prospered and the College once again produced some very fine results in the Junior and Leaving certificate examinations. The Primary school received its fourth Green Flag and its first Health Promotion Flag. The Autumn Festival was a huge success and, for many, the highlight of the year. The Greenway was no doubt one of the most popular attractions around the area and thousands have availed of the beautiful riverside walk. The group who developed the walk were honoured and thanked by the County Mayor early in the year. The drama group produced four plays and played to packed houses with their production of 'Separate Beds' in April. Coachford Foróige established themselves as an excellent outlet for the youth of the area and the youth club has now over 30 members. The Coachford Tidy Towns continued their excellent work and reaped the rewards as they received their highest marks so far in the national competition. The group also held another very successful Electrical appliance recycling day. The Community Council continued their work in securing a commitment from Irish Water to upgrade the sewerage system in Coachford and good news was received earlier this year that the works were earmarked to begin in 2016, with completion in 2017. The local Heritage group commemorated the first World War with a wonderful talk on the life and times of Henry Leader. A plaques was unveiled in Leemount to honour the memory of John Foley who was executed there in 1921.
In sport, there were successes for many individuals and clubs from the area. Olive Loughnane received the news that her world championship silver medal from Berlin in 2009 would be upgraded to a gold following the disqualification of the Russian Athlete for performance enhancing drug violations. Emma Flanagan brought home a world championship gold medal in June at the open world Taekwon-do Championships in Italy. Locally, the Under 16 Aghabullogue Hurlers won the East Region and County A championship titles and Coachford College won their first ever Junior County Camogie title . The National School 5 a side soccer team won the county title and represented the county in the Munster finals. The Broomhill Tractor Builders won the All-Ireland title.
The village endured some difficult times in 2015. The closure of Breathnachs Bar and Gala supermarket in September was a terrible blow for the area and although everyone thought it would be reopened quickly, it still remains closed. The village also lost some great people and characters throughout the year with some very dear and respected residents of Coachford passing on to their eternal reward.
Despite these blows to the area, the village continues to prosper and although we were very sorry to lose our GP Dr. Cormac O'Dubhghaill, we were delighted to welcome his replacement, Dr. Sarah Kingston, when she opened the Coachford Family Practice in November.
The village was alive with activities from all sections of society throughout 2015. Groups such as Aghinagh Comhaltas, Active Retirement, Cycling Club, GAA, Soccer, drama and many many more grew and prospered in the last 12 months. There wasn't a weekend that went by without something major happening in the village. From January to December Coachford has seen Operation Transformation, Festivals, Music, matches, influxes of anglers and other tourists, quizzes, shows, cakes sales, markets, processions, weddings, Christenings, Confirmations and Communions, races, vintage runs, tractor builds, cycle races, triathlons, music in Marquees, new voices discovered, 21st, 40th and 50th birthday parties, wedding anniversaries celebrated and Christmas lights switched on.
We now look forward to 2016 and the hopes that the village will continue to prosper and grow. We wish that the County Council will keep to their promises and repair our roads and footpaths and that Irish Water will honour their commitment to upgrading our sewerage system so more families will be able to set up home here in the near future. We are optimistic for 2016 that Coachford will continue to be a busy, vibrant and welcoming village for everyone.


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Cover Pic. The photograph of the Nativity scene on the cover of the Christmas issue of the Lee Valley Outlook was kindly supplied by Nora O'Riordan. It features a stained glass panel at St. Finbarr's and the Holy Angels Church, Inchigeela. This was designed by Ken Ryan, Dublin, in memory of his wife, Eileen (nee McSweeney) Coolnacranaught, Kilbarry.

Croí na Laoi, Inchigeela- Community Walk - St. Stephen's Day- weather permitting! Meet at Inchigeela Hall at 12 noon. All welcome.

New Year Disco. Macroom Juvenile GAA is hosting a New Year Teenage disco in the Riverside Hotel on the 4th January 2016, starting at 9pm. The event is open to 1st year and 2nd year students in the Macroom area. For enquires on tickets, contact: Catherine 0857186350 Diarmuid 0872327811 Elaine 0868141732

Macroom Ploughing Match at 11.30a.m. on January 3rd on the farm of James Murphy, Caum, with all the usual classes. Results and dance with Autumn Gold in Coolcower House that night.

Macroom trout fly anglers' association wishes to thank everyone for supporting the club draw and wishes everyone a Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2016. Draw results 2015: 1st 0213 Bridie Murphy, Droumree 2nd 0566 Paul Galvin, Ballineen 3rd 0393 Mick Dunne, Rahalisk 4th 1474 Erin O'Sullivan, Clonmacow, Crookstown. 5th 1518 Damien O'Sullivan, Clonmacow 6th 1037 Michael Hegarty, The Park, Killarney. 7th 0571 Ian Godfrey, Clondrohid. 8th 0643 Philip O'Callaghan, Doughcloyne, Togher 9th 1701 Tony O'Mahony, Bandon 10th 0814 Kathleen Murphy, Barrett Place

Rusheen NS Parents' Association would like to thank all those who have supported their fundraising efforts during 2015. The monies raised help fund activities such as speech and drama, swimming, dancing and upgrading technology. A Bingo Night and Christmas Market were both held in the recently opened GAA hall in Aghinagh. Local business contributions have been fantastic and the success of both of these events certainly hinges on that support. The people of the parish and neighbouring parishes turned out in great numbers on both occasions and the Parents' Association now looks forward to planning its next event.

Census 2016: The Central Statistics Office has announced that the application process for census enumerators will open on 5th January at 9.00am. Census 2016 takes place on Sunday, 24th April and a total of 4,660 enumerators will be recruited to deliver and collect more than 2.3 million forms across a ten-week period. More information on the role of the census enumerator can be found on http://jobs.census.ie/

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto Results. 08/12/15. Jackpot €4000. Winning Numbers 9-20-33. No Winner. €70. Lynch Family, Sleaveen West €20. Eileen Manning. Kilnagurteen. Gerard Kelleher, Maulnahorna, Clondrohid. Joan Feehlis, Dunmanway Noel Twomey, Middle Square Ted Kelleher, Gurteenroe,.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 14/12/2015, Jackpot: €1,000, Numbers Drawn: 9 – 11 – 32, No Winner: €40 Aisling, Darren & Noah Noonan, €20 John O'Shea, Louise O'Riordan, Pat O'Connell, Aghabullogue G.A.A. (Yearly Ticket)


Ballyvourney Musical Society group 1995 ©SMcS

All I Don't Want for Christmas!

Clothes, according to a poll, are officially the worst Christmas gift to receive. Fashion items that don't fit or just don't suit were the most likely gifts to spur heartfelt comments such as "You REALLY shouldn't have. Perfumes, bath and shower items came in a close second on the Christmas gifts blacklist, with 14% of those polled saying they would be disappointed if a loved one placed these under the tree for them on Christmas morning. The traditional gift of handkerchiefs was deemed most unacceptable by 8% of respondents. One in ten surveyed said tacky underwear and novelty gifts were unwelcome. Fitness equipment packed little punch, with 7% saying they just didn't want it for Christmas, followed by 6% turning their nose up at the prospect of unwrapping a scented candle. A plant bought at the petrol station came next at 5%, along with cheap and tacky jewellery. Finally, ornaments are the most likely Christmas gift to be sent straight to the attic or off to a jumble sale. Other disappointing gifts included socks, kitchen gadgets, cheap chocolates and DVDs. Spending more doesn't necessarily help the situation. Personal gifts can be a wonderful and cheap idea.


Ballyvongane N.S. celebrates its 150th anniversary 1995 ©SMcS

Tips to Avoid Colds and Flu

Get the Flu Vaccine, particularly if aged 65 years and over and anyone with a chronic medical condition.
Wash your Hands regularly to prevent the spread of germs.
Stay Hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day
Help Fight Infection by getting adequate sleep, eating well and taking regular exercise.
Control Stress as it can result in a weakened immune system, making you more prone to colds and flu.
Limit contact with infected people until their symptoms have disappeared.
If you have a cold, use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue in the waste basket and wash your hands as soon as possible. Catch it, bin it, kill it.
Get the right Treatment – Ask your pharmacist about the best medicines to take to relieve your symptoms.

Christmas Grief

Look out for those grieving this Christmas. Many people suffer in silence. Christmas is difficult for many as they feel lonely after losing a loved one during the year. Christmas is seen as a family time, a time of reunions and there is an expectation that people will be cheerful but for someone who is still grieving, their loss is emphasised. There are tell-tale signs that someone is suffering at Christmas: outgoing people avoiding parties; changes in eating and sleeping habits; mood swings; letting personal appearance go.
Encourage people to talk and listen to them. If they don't feel comfortable talking to you, suggest they talk to someone else - a friend, their doctor or a counsellor. Don't be afraid to name the person who is no longer with them. Ask them what they think might help or invite them to plan ahead to get through the holiday.
Tips for those grieving over Christmas
• Take time to plan for the feast, if possible, do something very different;
• Surround yourself with whatever brings you comfort and a sense of wellbeing e.g. listening to music;
• Watch comedies on TV;
• Exercise, wrap up and brave the elements, fresh air is healthy and invigorating;
• Avoid alcohol;
• Talk to someone about how you are feeling.

Thoughts for the day

1. The harder you work, the luckier you get.
2. Challenges can be stepping stones or stumbling blocks.
3. Don't burden yourself with anger for your enemies. Forgive them. That'll make them really angry.
4. It's not how far you fall but how high you bounce
5. Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
6. When you judge others you are revealing your own fears and prejudices.
7. The display of status symbols is usually a result of low self - esteem.
8. The secret is to become wise before you get old.
9. To teach is to learn again
• Think before you ink (or tweet)

Crime Prevention

Crime can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. Therefore, it is very important that you and your property are protected at all times. Burglars like easy opportunities. If they have to make a lot of noise, spend a lot of time or risk being seen, the chances are they won't bother. The following is a check list to ensure your home is burglar proof:
• Ensure all windows and doors are properly fitted and equipped with secure locking systems. Glass panelled doors should be reinforced and shatter resistant.
• Lock all doors and secure all windows when away from home, even when you are out in the yard or garage. This also applies for outhouses and garages.
• Do not leave spare keys under mat, flowerpots etc. They will be found by burglars and used to gain entry.
• Avoid leaving large amounts of cash at home.
• Sensor lights are great deterrents and illuminate visitors and the outside of the house during the hours of darkness. External lighting should be placed outside every door and dark spot around the home.
• Ensure hedging and trees are trimmed so as burglars cannot hide behind them and they can be seen from the road by other road users.
• Ensure tools, machines and other high value items are stored in garages or sheds that are securely padlocked to prevent removal.
• Ensure your home always looks like someone is at home.
• Intruder alarms are an effective deterrent against burglars.
Some burglars will try to trick their way into your home on a pretext or create a diversion so that an accomplice can sneak in separately. You should always be wary of strangers calling to your home. Take precautions:
• Do not open the door to anyone before you've checked who it is and what they want. Use your door viewer and chain/limiter.
• Check identification.
• Do not leave strangers unattended at your door step.
Ensure your back door is locked when you answer a call at the front door.


Christmas offers at Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop
Happy Pear cookbook normally €20 reduced to €15. What Matters by Mary Kennedy, normally €19 reduced to €15. Various gifts sets: Dork Diaries. Fashion City. Guess how Much I love you, normally €20 reduced to €15. Great stock of adult colouring books.
Sport. The White Heat by Tomas O Se €20. Last Line by Packie Bonner €20. My Story by Stephen Gerard €19. Pulling the Strings by Peter Stringer €25
Biographies. Me and My Mate Jeffrey by Niall Breslin €18. Hopscotch by Hillary Fannin €17. That's Life by Marty Whelan €20. A Fly Never Lit by P.J. Cunningham €15.
1916 History Children of the Rising by Joe Duffy €25. Easter Dawn by Turtle Bunbury€30. 1916 by Tim Pat Coogan €24. The Scrap by Gene Kerrigan €20
Great gift ideas include All in the Cooking €17 The Women by Alice Taylor €17 Around the Farm Gate €15 Count your Blessings by Francis Brennan €15 Grandpa's Great Escape by David Williams €14 And many many more.

Sports Mad


Camogie All Stars 2015 from the Lee Valley, Briege Corkery, Rena Buckley and Aoife Murray with Paudie Murray, Manager of the Year ©Michael Corkery


After another dismal year for Cork Senior Footballers and Hurlers, the women of Cork gave the Rebels something the cheer about as they surpassed all expectations and brought home the silverware again. Cork had won both the Camogie and Football titles in 2014 but the omens were grim for 2015. The Camogie team had lost 13 of the panel and Manager, Paudie Murray, had also lost some of his support group. It was generally felt that it would take them some time to regroup. The footballers had won with a miraculous, last quarter comeback in September 2014 and again paired with a super fit Dublin in the 2015 final, hopes were not high for a continuation of Cork's supremacy.
In the Camogie final against Galway, whom they had beaten in the final last year but who had defeated them on two occasions during 2015, Cork led by four points at half time. Galway made a spirited comeback to come within a point before Briege Corkery settled the game with a 54th minute goal and Cork went on to win 1 -13 to 0 – 9. Lee Valley players in the final were Briege Corkery, Rena Buckley and Aoife Murray, as well as Manager, Paudie Murrray, all of whom went on to earn All Star Awards in due course, with Paudie chosen as Manager of the Year. Cork camogie team earned a total of seven All Stars in 2015, the other Rebels being Pamela Mackey, Gemma O'Connor, Ashling Thompson and Orla Cotter.

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Cork All Ireland Football Champions 2015 from the Lee Valley - Briege Corkery, Aisling Barrett, Vera Foley, Sinead Cotter, Pa O'Leary, Frank Honohan, Eimear Scally, Rena Buckley, Marie Ambrose, Rhona Ní Bhuachalla and Mairéad Corkery ©Tim Buckley

The Senior Football final, while featuring the same opponents, was quite different from the 2014 cracker. It was a ding dong battle all the way, with many missed opportunities. It was all square at halftime at 5 points each. Cork went clear at the start of the second half but Dublin came back and only solid defending brought the Brendan Martin Cup home for yet another year.
Briege Corkery (St. Val's) earned Player of the Match title and other Lee Valley players were Marie Ambrose, Aisling Barrett; Vera Foley, Rena Buckley, Valerie Mulcahy, Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, Eimear Scally and on the panel, Mairead Corkery and Sinead Cotter. And, perhaps most important of all, Manager, Eamonn Ryan, whose credo, 'Never Give Up Till it's Over' had brought the team through many tough challenges.
At the TG4 All Star Awards Briege earned her 9th TG4 All Star Award and collected her second Player's Player of the Year award. Cork won six of the 2015 TG4 All Stars, with fellow dual star, Rena Buckley, 19-year-old Marie Ambrose, Valerie Mulcahy, Vera Foley and Geraldine O'Flynn making up the stars.
The Cork ladies equalled or broke a host of records in 2015. Briege and Rena now have 16 GAA All Ireland medals each. The previous record was held by Kay Mills who won 15 camogie medals with Dublin 1942 -'61. Cork is now level with Dublin on 26 Camogie titles. Kerry still lead by one in football titles, having won eleven All Irelands in the early years of the game but Cork have completed 5-in-a-row twice. As regards All Star awards, Briege and Rena have 9 each but are still led by Cora Staunton, Mayo and Mary Jo Curran of Kerry who each have 10 All Star Awards. So we hope that the dynamic duo will soldier on for a few more years and create new records for Cork.


Iveleary, Muskerry Junior A Football Champions © Lee Valley Outlook

Mid Cork GAA – 2015 Review 

The past year proved to be a very entertaining one for the GAA spectators in Muskerry, with some fine games witnessed, particularly in football. The divisional champions in junior A hurling and football went all the way to their respective county finals and even though neither Cloughduv nor Iveleary won county titles, both gave excellent displays and were very worthy standard bearers for Muskerry. Iveleary proved their worth further by taking the County Junior A league title late in the year. Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh won the divisional Junior B football title and went all the way in the new 'open' county championship and won divisional and county league titles as well. Cill na Martra won the U21 County B football title and with most of the team still underage next season, will make a bold bid for higher honours.
In 2014, the Mid Cork Board inaugurated, in conjunction with Michael O'Riordan of the Auld Triangle Restaurant Macroom, a monthly Muskerry GAA Sports Star Award and also awards for a Muskerry Junior Team of the Year in hurling and football based on the 2014 divisional junior championships and leagues. The inaugural Gala Awards Night in January last got the 2015 season off to a magnificent start when almost 400 guests assembled in the Oriel Court Hotel in Ballincollig to honour Briege Corkery of St Val's, named as Muskerry Sports Star of 2014, and the fifteen best hurlers and footballers from the 2014 divisional junior championships as chosen by the judging panel.
Sadly, the year ended in tragedy with the death of Peter Downey, Inniscarra, former Chairman of the Muskerry Referees Association and the man credited with bringing refereeing in the division to the present high position of respect it enjoys.
The championship season opened as usual with the U 21 football championships and Inniscarra took the A title, Cill na Martra the B crown and Iveleary regained the C title, their fourth championship in five years in this age group. There were some very exciting games witnessed and players from the three champions backboned their club teams later in the adult season.
As is now the norm, the Mid Cork Ross Oil Junior A football championship proved to be a great competition with many top quality matches and was very competitive. Reigning champions, Kilmurry, just got over the challenge of Aghinagh in the 3rd round, as did Clondrohid who needed a replay to defeat a strong Ballincollig side. Iveleary were not impressive in beating the Naomh Abán juniors but threw the championship race wide open by getting the better of their old rivals, Kilmurry, in the quarter final, their performance boosted by the return from the USA of Cathal Vaughan on the eve of the game. Kilmichael, champions in 2013, after defeating Donoughmore in what was arguably the best game of the championship, then defeated Dripsey. Clondrohid overcame the Blarney challenge and Inniscarra had a major win over Canovee after a replay and the stage was set for an intriguing conclusion to the competition. Iveleary justified their high rating by defeating Clondrohid and Inniscarra were impressive in their win over Kilmichael, but in the final, there was to be no denying Iveleary who took the Mid Cork title for the first time in 30 years in a novel final, played at the splendid new pitch in Cill na Martra. They were very popular winners and later went on to beat Urhan and Ballyclough in the county before losing the final to a fine Bandon side. Béal Átha won the B title and as divisional winners, went all the way to take the county title and Ballincollig, with some emerging minor stars, were impressive winners of the C championship.
In the Muskerry Cup, the opening junior football competition of the season, Kilmurry defeated Canovee in the final and in the Mid Cork Junior A league final, the emerging Inniscarra team were deserving winners over holders, Aghinagh, and gave an impressive display of forward power in the process.
In the Ballincollig Credit Union Ltd. Junior 'A' hurling championship, Cloughduv, as expected, won the title but they got a real fright in the semi-final when they needed a replay to get the better of Ballinora. Ballinora had earlier defeated Éire Óg and Donoughmore and were surely the unlucky team of this year's competition. Kilmichael, who had reached the final the previous year, disappointed in losing to Donoughmore and then exiting to Inniscarra. Blarney defeated Inniscarra, Ballincollig and Inniscarra again on their way to the final, where they were outplayed and no match for Cloughduv. The Muskerry champions went on to give impressive displays in the county against Clonakilty and Castlemagner before losing out to Dungourney in the county final replay after looking like winners in the drawn encounter. It was heart-breaking for the club but Cloughduv will be back again to have another go at taking that elusive county title.
Iveleary won the Junior B hurling title – a fitting reward for the endeavours of the hurling aficionados in the club - with many of their footballers in sparkling form in the final when Cloughduv, who had represented Muskerry in the county championship, gave them a severe test.
In U21 hurling, the A championship produced some fine matches but undoubtedly Blarney were the best side in the competition and deservedly won out by defeating Ballinora, Éire Óg and finally Inniscarra. Blarney later won a top class encounter against a highly rated Newcestown before losing to Duhallow in the county semi-final. Donoughmore were clear winners of a two-team B championship but lost to Kilworth in the county.


Cloughduv, Muskerry Junior A Hurling champions

Mid Cork Hurling Competitions 2015

Championship Winners Runners Up
Junior A    Cloughduv      Blarney
Junior B    Iveleary       Cloughduv
U21 A   Blarney              Inniscarra
U21B    Donoughmore    Grenagh
Leagues   Winners   Runners Up
Junior A  Ballinora     Donoughmore
Junior B Section 1 Blarney  Ballincollig

Junior B Section 2 Final: Iveleary v Éire Óg


Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, County Junior B Football Champions

Mid Cork Football Competitions 2015

Championship  Winners    Runners Up

Junior A           Iveleary    Inniscarra
Junior B   Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh Iveleary
Junior C   Ballincollig        Clondrohid
U21 A Inniscarra             Macroom
U21 B Cill na Martra        Éire Óg
U21 C Iveleary          Clondrohid
Muskerry Cup (JF) Kilmurry  Canovee
Leagues    Winners    Runners Up
Div One Inniscarra     Aghinagh
Div Two Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh   Éire Óg
Div Three Donoughmore  Ballinora
Div Four Aghinagh      Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh


Cill na Martra, Tom Creedon Cup winners 2015 © Lee Valley Outlook

Auld Triangle Restaurant/ Muskerry GAA Sports Stars of the Month 2015:

March: Seán O'Donoghue, Inniscarra
April: Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh
May: Vera Foley, St Val's
June: John Carey, Dripsey
July: Colm Ó Laoire, Cill na Martra
August: Rena Buckley, Inniscarra Camogie
September: Brian Cronin, Iveleary
October: Aidan Ahern, Cloughduv.


Coláiste Ghobnatan, Munster Senior Football Champions ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Divisional Championship Finals:

Junior A Hurling: Cloughduv 0-19 Blarney 0-8 at Coachford. Referee: D Kirwin
Junior B Hurling: Iveleary 2-12 Cloughduv 2-9 at Macroom, Liam Barry
U21 A Hurling: Blarney 2-18 Inniscarra 2-11 at Cloughduv, Ger Ahern
U21 B Hurling: Donoughmore 3-25 Grenagh 5-6 at Cill na Martra, Kieran Furey
Junior A Football: Ivereary 0-14 Inniscarra 1-5 at Cill na Martra, Pat O'Leary
Junior B F'ball: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 5-9 Iveleary 0-6 at Macroom, Colm Ó Mocháin
Junior C Football: Ballincollig 6-14 Clondrohid 1-8 at Kilmurry, Peter Cotter
U21A Football: Inniscarra 4-7 Macroom 2-10 at Annahala, Pat O'Leary
U21B Football: Cill na Martra 0-10 Éire Óg 0-7 at Annahala, Dave Murnane
U21C Football: Iveleary 2-16 Clondrohid 0-9 at Annahala, Kieran Furey


Kilmurry, County Minor A League Champions ©John Tarrant

Junior Football League

Division 1 Final: Inniscarra 1-16 Aghinagh 0-06
Division 2 Final: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 1-11 Éire Óg 0-10
Division 3 Final: Donoughmore 2-06 Ballinora 1-07
Division 4 Final: Aghinagh 0-14 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-10
Muskerry Cup Final: Kilmurry 2-09 Canovee 0-11


Inniscarra, Muskerry u21A Football Champions

Junior Hurling League

Junior A Final: Ballinora 2-14 Donoughmore 2-11
Junior B Hurling:
Section 1 Final: Blarney 2-14 Ballincollig 3-06
Section 2 Final: Iveleary v Eire Óg

Rebel Óg County Honours 2014

Premier Grades

Premier 1 U 15 Hurling C'ship Final: Sarsfields beat INNISCARRA
Premier 2 U 14 Hurling final: BLARNEY defeated Na Piarsaigh
Premier 1 U 16 Football C'ship Final: Nemo Rangers beat ÉIRÉ ÓG
Challenge Cup U14 Football Premier 2 Winners: AGHABULLOGUE
A, B and C Grades
Minor A Football C'ship Final: Buttevant beat MACROOM
Minor C Football C'ship Final: BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORAIDH beat Kildorrery
U 16 A Hurling C'ship final: AGHABULLOGUE beat Courceys
U 14 A Hurling Final: INNISCARRA beat Bride Rovers
U 16 A Football C'ship Final: KILMURRY beat Urhan.
U 15 A Football C'ship Final: BLARNEY beat AGHINAGH
U 15 B Football C'ship Final: KILMURRY beat Glenville
U 14 A Football C'ship Final: Buttevant beat CANOVEE


Premier 2 U 16 Hurling: INNISCARRA v St Finbarrs
Premier 2 Minor 2 Football: Valley Rovers beat INNISCARRA
U 16 A Hurling: AGHABULLOGUE beat Ballygiblin.
Minor A Football: KILMURRY Sliabh Luachra.
Minor C Football: BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH v Shamrocks
U 16 A Football: KILMURRY beat Clonakilty
U 16 B Football: AGHABULLOGUE beat Gabriel Rovers.


Macroom young anglers 1995 ©SMcS

Macroom GAA

Macroom GAA can look back on the past year as one of solid achievement in many areas but with problems in one or two others. The club functioned very effectively at the administrative level, with the general committee meeting regularly and dealing with all matters concerning the grounds and finance. The club played its part in the County Board monthly draw, ran the weekly club lotto, ran the car park and pavilion, and looked after and continued to developed the club grounds at the Castle Demesne and at Tom Creedon Park. Many important games were hosted successfully for Cork Co. board and Roinn Mhúscraí. The level of support from volunteer club workers for all these activities was outstanding and sponsors, Macroom Motors Toyota, again gave the club noteworthy financial support along with other friends of the club.
On the playing fields results were reasonably good and the Premier Intermediate team showed that it is one of the best teams in the grade in Cork. After disappointing in the defeat to Ballingeary in the championship first round, Macroom then went on to beat a strong Nemo Rangers team in the second round and Newmarket in the fourth round. Macroom lost by a point to Éire Óg in the quarter final, after an excellent game that could have been won. League performances were patchy but Macroom, with a full team, were a match for all others.
The situation at Junior level was not good. Macroom conceded a championship walk over to Iveleary in the opening round and were fired out of the competition. The Junior B team lost its opening round of the championship to Kilmichael and both A and B teams failed to finish their league programmes, a situation that was deeply embarrassing for the club and disastrous for the development of a panel for the intermediate team.
The U21 footballers had a very good campaign and only lost to Inniscarra in the Mid Cork final after stirring earlier victories over Naomh Abán and Ballincollig. The Minors footballers may not have won any trophy but had a great championship campaign, defeating Ballinora, Mayfield and Éire Óg before losing to Kilmurry in the East region final, their only disappointing performance of the season. They then beat Ibane Gaels in the county semi-final but lost narrowly to Buttevant in a county final they could have won. The U16s lost to Aghada who later went on to win the county title and the U14s won the county league title after a poor championship performance. Activities at U12, U10, U8 U6 were organised and were enjoyed by the young boys participating. Macroom fulfilled all its underage fixtures at all age grade in 2015, a matter of satisfaction for all involved.
At senior inter county level, Fintan Goold was again a regular with the Cork senior footballers and was voted Man of the Match in the National League semi-final. Seán Kiely was a member of the Cork Junior team and Kevin O'Dwyer was a Cork minor defender. Tim O'Sullivan was a selector with Cork Juniors.
The club referees, Dave Murnane and John Ryan, were in charge of many games at provincial, county and divisional level and both refereed the county intermediate final which went to a replay. They were supported by a loyal team of club officials.
At year end, Macroom GAA is in a strong position to make major strides on all fronts if players and mentors have the will, and make the extra effort, to do so. Success has to be earned.


De la Salle, winners of 1970 Munster Colleges Football Championship, celebrate in 1995 ©SMcS

Clondrohid G.A.A. 2015

In six Championship games played, Clondrohid Junior A Team produced some exciting football to reach the semi-final, where victory went to eventual Mid Cork winners Iveleary. Clondrohid Junior C team won 2 championship games to reach the final, only to be defeated by a strong Ballincollig team. Clondrohid under 21 team defeated Grenagh but lost out to Iveleary in the final. Clondrohid minor team won three championship games to reach the Eastern Region final versus Crosshaven. Despite a great performance, the concession of late scores led to a two-point loss. Clondrohid under 16 team won two of the four league games played. In the county championship Clondrohid under 15 team defeated Naomh Abán but lost it to eventual winners, Buttevant, in the semi-final. While Clondrohid under 14 team was defeated by Shamrocks in the championship, this result was reversed in the league semi-final. In an exciting league final Clondrohid defeated Kilmurry. Clondrohid under 13 team won four of the seven league games played.
On June 30th Clondrohid under 12 squad travelled to play three matches in Croke Park. A Stadium and Museum Tour was also included. Clondrohid under 11 team played six league games to qualify for group final versus Canovee. Clondrohid under 10 team took part in a lot of blitzes, winning the Kenmare shield final. Under 8s and under 6s enjoyed playing friendly games during the year.
A most successful Cúl Camp was held in Clondrohid in July in which 99 children participated. Clondrohid Junior A players and team management successfully organised a table quiz and golf classic during the year. The Club Lotto reached a record €10,000 jackpot before being won by a local resident. Clondrohid bingo continues every Wednesday night all year round and is an important social occasion for its many participants.
Thanks to everybody who contributed to the running of Clondrohid GAA Club during 2015.


Naomh Abán, Muskerry u21A Football Champions 1995 ©SMcS

Laochra Óg

In January Laochra Óg celebrated its first anniversary in the Riverside Park Hotel and County Board representative Tracey Kennedy kindly officiated at a great family day. The club had a very prominent participation in the Macroom St. Patrick's Day Parade and the "fast and furious" challenge game was utilised, with many members of the public trying their hand with a hurley and sliotar. We benefited from Macroom Clay Pigeon Shoot in July and also held our first blitz against Millstreet in Teerbeg. August saw the club hold their Camp for Champs in Teerbeg, with close on a hundred children from U14s down participating, up from 64 the previous year. Eoin Cadogan, Briege Corkery, Brid Stack, Damien Cahalane, Niamh Duggan, Eimear Scally were among the celebrities who attended and Eimear and Niamh brought along the Munster and All Ireland cups. In "Hollywood in Éirinn" on TG4, our Junior "B" team appeared in the "The Wind That Shakes The Barley", training in the background at Coolea. In October, the Shane Murphy Memorial Cup was launched in Macroom Credit Union for the forthcoming Poc Fada and our Race Night took place in Murray's Bar Macroom. Thanks to everyone who sponsored the fundraiser and who helped out in any way in running the event. The inaugural Shane Murphy Memorial Poc Fada took place on November 29th and despite wind and rain, thirty-seven teams took part , with €1,500 raised for the Friends of Jamie Wall Foundation.
Team Highlights. U6 /U8 - the match against Millstreet. U10s – three blitzes in Cloughduv and Rathmore and matches against Kenmare and Millstreet, Kilmichael and Rathmore and a poc fada. U11 – victory against Lee Gaels in Dripsey when playing the best hurling of the season and another win against Whitechurch, to finish mid-table in the Rebel Óg East hurling league. U12 – playing in the half-time games at the Cork v Clare National Hurling League match at Páirc Uí Rinn and finishing in the top half of the League Table, after great wins against Crosshaven, Kinsale and Ringaskiddy and losing narrowly to Grenagh, theoverall winners of the league. The u12s also in an intercountry blitz at Semple Stadium in Thurles against teams from Tipperary and Waterford.
Laochra Og U 14s enjoyed great wins and narrow losses in their league campaign. In the championship, they lost to a sharper Whitechurch side. The U16s had a good league season and only lost in extra time to Kinsale in the championship. The Minor Team played league and failed to field for championship due to other commitments. The Junior "B" team reached county level, defeating Lismire and losing the quarter final to Whitescross who were physically stronger. In the Muskerry Championship they beat Éire Óg in round 1 and lost to Cloughduv in round 2.
Laochra Óg would like to thank all their sponsors Deasy's Pharmacy, Folláin Teo., Macroom Opticians, Astra Systems, Niall Murphy Tarmac and Michael and Nora McCarthy Glenview and Glenmill Macroom who supported the club throughout the season. All the players, parents, coaches, selectors and everyone who helped through 2015. Have a Happy Christmas and Every Good Wish for 2016.


Bowling tournament at Ballinagree 1995 ©SMcS

CLG Beal Átha'n GhaorthaidhI

s mian le Cumann Peile Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh buíochas ó chroí a ghabháil le gach éinne a d'imir, na fóirne bhainistíochta, an lucht tacaíochta agus ár n-oibrithe deonacha go léir a chabhraigh le linn na bliana. Ba é 2015 an bhlian is ráthúla a bhí ag an gCumann go dtí seo!
Ballingeary GAA would like to extend their sincere thanks to all players, management, supports and volunteers who have helped out throughout this majorly successful year. The success that Ballingeary GAA has seen this year is incomparable to any other club of its size, and for this we wish to acknowledge and thank all those that have made it possible.
The Junior B team was our most successful team this year, not having lost a single game in their campaign. They finished out the year with a total of five cups, including a County Championship. The minors also had a fantastic year, winning a total of three cups, with another final to play in the new year.
Our underage teams also had a fruitful year as both the U12s and U13s won a cup each. Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh siad!
In total the club has won 10 cups this year. This fantastic achievement would not have been possible without the commitment of the aforementioned and we again wish to extend our thanks and gratitude.
Dinner Dance. I mbliana tá Comóradh 50 bliain againn don chead uair a bhuaigh an chumann Craobh Lár Chorcaí, sa bhliain 1965. A dinner dance will be held in the Westlodge, Bantry on the 23rd of January to honour this historic victory. A medal presentation for the hugely successful Junior B and Minor teams will take place on the night also. Tá ticéadaí ar fáil go h-áitiúil agus tá fáilte roimh cách.


Macroom Soccer team, Cork Division 1 League winners © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom FC

The Annual General Meeting of Macroom FC took place at the clubhouse at Murrayfield and was well attended and many aspects of the running of the club were discussed. Chairman Denis Murray thanked all those who were new to the club and interested in becoming involved in any capacity. He congratulated the many teams throughout the club who had success during the 2014/15 season and thanked all managers for the excellent commitment across all grades. Club officers, lotto committee and general committee members were all thanked and a special mention was given to the Under 12 schoolgirls who were the first team in the club's history to enter a girls' team at any level.
Pat Melia, Secretary, encouraged people to get involved in the club, especially parents, as it's the young boys and girls of the locality who are benefiting most from the excellent facilities within the club. Janet Shine, Treasurer, outlined the financial position. Fundraising has become vital for the day to day running of any club. With up to twelve teams entering competition (well in excess of 250 schoolgirls and schoolboys being catered for) entry fees and registration to the various leagues has increased dramatically in recent years. The following officers were elected: Chairman: Denis Murray Vice Chairman: JJ Murphy Secretary: Pat Melia Treasurer: Janet Shine Assistant Treasurer: Con Foley President: Willie O Riordan Snr. Underage Secretary: Willie O Riordan Jnr P.R.O.: Darragh Deasy


59 Macroom Soccer team, Division 1 Champions 1995 ©SMcS

The club annual awards night took place at Murray's and medals were presented to the Youths league winning team from last season, who had Shane O' Sullivan and William O'Riordan Jnr at the helm. Macroom B also had a fantastic season under Decky Kelly and his players were on hand to collect their Division 3 runners up medals. Player of the Year Awards; Macroom A: Robert Downey, Macroom B; Mark O' Callaghan Youths: Alan Quinn. Top Scorer: Macroom A: James O' Connor Macroom B: Andrew Hegarty. Youths: Robert Healy.