Lee Valley Outlook - Nov 8 2012 v9e23

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 Autumn Colours in Clonfadda ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Briery Gap:
Fri. Nov. 9 @ 8.00 pm; The Kilkennys;
Wed. Nov. 14 The Descendants 
Thurs. 15, Fri. 16, Sat. Nov. 17 @ 8.00 pm  Titanic: Message in a Bottle.
Mon. 19th Nov; Even the Rain; 8.30p.m.
Nov. 21 Prometheus
Wed. 28th & Thurs 29th Nov  De La Salle Show
Fri. 30th Nov. @ 8.00 pm Cooley Women.
Macroom Library: 
Penn Bookclub: Fri. Nov. 9, 4 p.Gramophone Recital: with David McInerney, Mon. Nov. 12 11a.m. – 12.30p.m.
Purlies Thurs. Nov. 15 at 11a.m -12.30. 
Primary Schools Library Quiz:  Wed. 28th Nov. at 3.45
Adult Book Club: Wed. Dec. 5 at 11.30a.m.
Saturday Storytime 12 until 12.45
Macroom Senior Citizens: Fr. Ryan Hall:
Every Wed.: 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.

Cookery Demonstration in Kilmurry N.S. Hall on Fri. Nov. 9, 7.30.m.
Pub Quiz in aid of Muskerry Autism Support Group in T.P. Cotter's, Macroom on Fri., Nov. 9 at 8pm.
Table Quiz for Marymount; Hogan's Bar, Coachford, Fri. Nov. 9 at 9p.m.
Zumba Fitness on Fri. Nov. 9 @ 8pm
Cairde String Quartet in the Ionad Cultúrtha  on Fri. 9th Nov. 
G.A.A. Mass for dead in Aghabullogue church, Sat. Nov. 10 at 8p.m.
Wedding Extravaganza at the Castle Hotel, Macroom on Sun., 11 Nov. 12pm- 4pm.
Gramophone Recital: David McInerney, Macroom Library, Mon. Nov. 12 11a.m..
GIY Talk: Wed. Nov. 14, 8.30p.m. Hogan's function room, Coachford.
Macroom Flower and Garden Club Gala Christmas Demonstration in Coolcower House on Thurs. Nov. 15 at 8p.m.
St Val's social, Nov. 16 at Lee Valley golf club @ 8pm.
Launch of 'Villages Calendar 2013'  in Castletownkenneigh Community hall  on Fri., Nov. 16 at 8 pm
Calendar Launch for Scoil Naomh Muire, Farran Fri. Nov. 16 at Lee Valley Golf Club  at 8.30p.m.
Christmas Open House at D.J. Murphy's Bride Park Cottage, Killumney, Ovens, Thurs. and Fri. Nov. 15 and 16, 6 to 10pm; Sat. 17 and Sun. 18. 12 noon to 8 pm. Thurs. and Fri. Nov. 22 and 23, 6 to 10pm; Sat. 24 and Sun. 25. 12 noon to 8 pm.
Broomhill Vintage Club Tractor, Car and Motorcycle Run on Sun. Nov. 18th from Coachford GAA grounds at 11.00am.
Muskerry Local History Society November 20th (Tuesday) @ 8p.m. Sleán Turf in North Cork, by Shane Lehane.
November Mass: for the dead in Macroom church on Fri., Nov. 23 at 7.30p.m.
Used Clothing Collection at Dromleigh N.S., Kilmichael up to Mon. 26th Nov.
Table Quiz, organised by Dromleigh Parents' Association, in Kilmichael Bar  on Fri., Nov. 30
Coolea Christmas Market in the halla from 10:30 to 1:30 on Sun. Dec. 2.
Season's Eatings: Cookery demo in Clondrohid Hall on Thurs. Dec. 6 at 8pm.
Gala Flower Night in Canovee I C A Hall on Fri. 7th Dec. at 7.30pm.

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Macroom Updates

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Welcome to Macroom  

Due to a wealth of publicity on national and local radio, newspapers and road signs, motorists have been turned away from Macroom in droves since the beginning of November. Much of this is quite unnecessary as the town is open to traffic at all times though one may encounter delays or diversions. Hopefully, the worst delays are now at an end. Work on erecting a walkway at Macroom Bridge, (which involved closing the bridge to all motorised traffic during the night and diverting it by Coolyhane), is now finished. This necessitated HGVs travelling from Cork to Kerry during the night going via Mallow.
Bord Gáis has also completed work on vital links at Barrack Lane, Masseytown, the Castle Gates and Railway View.
Work on resurfacing the N22 from Millstreet Cross westwards to the Halfway House at Mons continues during the remainder of the month. Except for local residents, traffic is being diverted through Clondrohid while work is in progress Monday to Friday. Commuters to Cill na Martra, Renaniree, Ballingeary etc. may rejoin the N22 at Lynch's Cross, east of the Halfway. Other travellers continue on the Clondrohid road as far as Ballymakeera. The N22 from Macroom to the Halfway is open to traffic at the weekend and when work is not in progress during the night but with a much reduced speed limit.

Break Ins in Macroom

Macroom residents have suffered a spate of break ins and theft again in recent days. People are advised to be on the alert for suspicious activity in their neighbourhood and note description / registration of suspect vehicles. Here are just a few bits of burglar prevention advice:
When leaving home, make sure doors and windows are securely locked.
Never leave a key under a convenient mat, flower pot etc.
If absent for a number of days, ensure there is not a build up of mail visible.
Indoor lights on a timing device help and leaving a radio on is also a deterrent.
Security alarms are a great deterrent to burglars and if you have one, make sure you have a prominent sign and do set the alarm when you leave home!
A dog, no matter how small, also helps: even a 'Beware of the Dog' sign will make a burglar think twice.
A thorny bush near a vulnerable window helps.
Gravel on approach paths is not burglar friendly.
Outdoor sensor lights are important.
Do have a good lock on your oil tank.
A good neighbour is worth gold, so try to have a mutual protection and awareness arrangement in your area.
We hope to have a more comprehensive article on security in the home before Christmas.

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Macroom Ploughing Association members at their A.G.M., where they made plans for hosting the County Ploughing Match in 2013. © Lee Valley Outlook

St. Mary's News

Open Evening
St Mary's Secondary School held a very successful Open Evening recently.  With Fourth Year students acting as couriers, prospective students and their parents were invited to tour the school, meet the teachers and experience a wide range of classroom activities. The Science Laboratories attracted lots of interest with many exciting experiments in progress and interactive experiences for visitors also in the Language Lab, Geography, C.S.P.E., Irish and Art classrooms. Visitors were invited to sample treats prepared  by students in the Home Economics kitchen and dairy products  made by the 'Milk It Awards' team who are taking part in a national competition. The Mini Company was also popular with young visitors who enjoyed looking at the jewellery they have designed. Entertainment was provided by the school choir, winner of the All-Ireland Light Entertainment Competition.  The Principal, Ciarán Cooke addressed the guests, outlining the curriculum and diverse range of activities on offer in and out of school time and highlighting the caring atmosphere which exists at St. Mary's,  fostered through a strong pastoral system which includes the very successful mentoring programme for First Years.  Parents intending to enrol their daughters at St. Mary's are welcome to do so by the January 10th 2013.
Research on adolescent mental Health
Thirty six students from Transition Year are presently participating in research being carried out by a PhD student from UCC on adolescent mental Health. St. Mary's is one of fifteen schools participating in the research. The girls have completed a survey and the PhD student will return in January to carry out an intervention with a small group. Three students will be surveyed again, with a view to finding changes in their Mental Attitude/Health.
Know your Locality, know your Food!
Breda Clancy of 'Clancy's Fish Shop' Macroom, recently visited St. Mary's School to give a fish demonstration to Third and Fourth Year students as part of 'Know your locality, know your Food' initiative run by the Home Economics Department. The students were shown how to prepare a range of different dishes using a variety of fish. We would like to thank Breda for her time and sharing her wonderful skills with us.
'Bonding with Buddies'
First year students at St. Mary's recently spent a day with their 'Buddies' at Ballyhass Lakes Activity Centre in Mallow. The Transition Year students, acting as mentors, organised the day-long programme in which they engaged in zip-lining and kayaking. The girls took great delight in seeing their teachers take up on the challenges also! They completed the day with a trip to McDonalds. Although tired, everybody came home full of happy memories of a day spent getting to know the other first year class, their Buddies and their teachers.
Apprentice Chefs!
St. Mary's is one of eight schools from the region to get through to 'The Apprentice Chef' Competition. Fifteen students and their teacher, Mrs Margaret O'Donovan, travelled to The Culinary Arts Department at Tralee Institute of Technology, where they received food demonstrations and lectures. The Apprentice Chef challenges students to create a recipe using only local and natural ingredients.  The qualifiers will then prepare and cook their recipe for the Mentor Chefs who will offer advice and encouragement. There will be a 'Cook-Off' in January in Tralee. The winner of the Cook-Off will then proceed to the finale of 'The Apprentice Chef' in March 2013.

Having a laugh for charity

As part of breast cancer awareness month, Macroom E hosted a comedy coffee morning open to the public to raise funds for the Marie Keating Foundation on Wednesday 24th October. Over forty people (mostly ladies) gathered between 10am and 12 noon and indulged in mouth-watering treats from No. 57 Gourmet Kitchen, Glenilen Farm, McCarthy's Natural Dairy and lots of home baking. Raffle prizes were sponsored by Church Lane Restaurant, Elegance Beauty Salon, The Grape Escape, Quinlan's, Rebels Comedy Club, Mr. Simms and Breda Stack Declutter Therapist. Pink orchids and floral displays for the occasion were supplied by Caitriona Healy of Enchanted Flowers. The comedy part of the morning was supplied by Ann Marie Lewis, founder and co-owner of Rebels Comedy Club in the LV Bar on MacCurtain Street and Kevin O'Sullivan from Carrigaline. Over €350 was raised in two hours and donation boxes will be at reception in Macroom E Enterprise Centre for another while, so if you missed the coffee morning, you can still donate.

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Information Processing ECDL Graduate Class 2012 at McEgan College, Macroom with staff members.   ©Connie Cronin Photography

McEgan Awards Night  

McEgan College, Macroom hosted its annual PLC Awards Night October18. Over 80 graduates from a range of programmes including Business Studies, Office Administration, Information Processing; Advanced ICT; Sports and Recreation; Art, Craft and Design; Childcare; Community Care and Nursing Studies were conferred and celebrated the very enjoyable occasion. Guest speakers on the night included Mr. Jerry Buttimer, TD, Ms. Nuala Glanton AEO, Cork County VEC, Mayor of Macroom Cllr. Owen McCarthy and Mr. Connie Foley, Board of Management, McEgan College Ms Trish Lynam Principal and Ms. Carmel Collins PLC co-ordinator. Graduates were congratulated on their achievements. Many are now working in their chosen career and some have progressed to further study in CIT and UCC on a continuum of their Academic pathway. Staff paid tribute to the Graduates, citing their teamwork, motivation and commitment to the courses undertaken as core factors in the ongoing success of the Adult Education Programmes in McEgan College.
McEgan College prides itself on its close links with the Community and Employers in the region. Local businesses and care providers, including Business Administration, Leisure facilities, Community Care settings, Preschools and Crèches, are instrumental in the success of the PLC programmes, as a Work Experience Placement in a designated setting is a compulsory and pivotal component of FETAC Level 5 & 6 programmes. This opportunity afforded by employers is very much appreciated as Students gain a real insight into the Career area that they have chosen. Students are excellent ambassadors for McEgan College whilst on placement and many find employment in the organisations in which they completed their work experience. More information about the courses is available at www.mcegan.ie

Bingo Oíche Shamhna

Ar an dara lá de Mhí na Samhna, bhailigh slua mhór idir buachaillí agus cailiní i Scoil na mBuachaillí Naomh Cholmáin i Maighchromtha. Bhíodar ann chun Bingo a imirt  'as Gaeilge . Bhain chuile duine sult as an tráthnóna. D'eagraigh Elaine Kiernan ó Club Cispheile 'Gleann na Laoi' an ócaid seo. Fuair Elaine an tacaíocht ó na tuismitheoirí eile agus thug na páistí on gClub cabhair di  na  huimhreacha a ghlaoch amach ar an lá. Tá Club Cispheile Gleann na Laoi ag iarraidh an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn agus sult a bhaint as. Tá ranganna Gaeilge acu do na baill agus déanann Tara Brosnan roinnt traenáil  cispheile trí mheán na Gaeilge leis na páistí
The boys and girls from Lee Valley Basketball Club spent a very enjoyable afternoon playing Bingo'as Gaeilge' in St. Colman's Boys National School, Macroom on Friday, November 2. The event was organised by Elaine Kiernan of Lee Valley Basketball Club . She received great support from Eileen Condon and Caroline Barry & Rebecca Barry The children helped to call out the numbers and were delighted with their prizes. Prizes were sponsored by  O'Leary's Super Valu. Lee Valley Basketball Club  has girls  teams from U10 to U18 in the Cork League & Championship.  Boys  U10 &12 now  also train. Training takes place in Kilmurry GAA Hall and in Macroom Sports and leisure Centre on Wed and Thursday. The Club also promotes the use of Irish  amongst its members. It provides Irish classes for club members and some training is done through the medium of Irish. Enquiries  :085 7516908 (after 6p.m)

Macroom Library

Penn Book Club meets Friday 9th at 4pm. Don't forget your book club folders!
Gramophone Recital: We are delighted to have David McInerney to present his choice of music on Monday 12th November at 11a.m.  David has a long history in music in Cork and has many anecdotes of his involvement in bringing great musical talent to a Cork audience. All are welcome to this free and friendly event.  Tea and coffee will be served at the interval.
Purlies Knitters: The next session is Thursday 15th November at 11 a.m
If any one would like to join the Adults Book Club just call into the library to collect the current title. This book will be discussed at the December meeting, which will be at 11.30 on the 5th.  Local schools are in the process of being notified about the upcoming Annual Primary Schools Library Quiz. Subject to confirmation from McEgan College, who kindly allow us the use of their assembly area, it will take place on Wednesday 28th November at 3.45.  Further details will be in the next issue.
Our exhibition space is currently hosting art works of Patricia Wallis of Kilmichael. These are of a local and natural flavour for the most part.
The County Council proposes a variation of the County Development Plan 2009. The purpose of the variation is 'to support the development of greenways, dedicated to walking and cycling routes along the abandoned rail lines in the south and west of the County'. The plan, including a habitats impact statement, is available for viewing in the library until November 30th  from 10.00 to 5.30 Monday to Saturday inclusive with a late opening on Tuesday until 7.30. Submission of observations on this plan must also be made to the Council by November 30th.
A new internet booking programme has been installed which is dependant on the scanning of your library card and limits the time at one hour per customer per day. It will also streamline the printing process and cut down on paper waste from unwanted printing.

Titanic! Message in a Bottle

It is 1912. The Titanic is on her way from Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast to her end destination, New York. She stops off at Queenstown to collect the 123 Irish passengers with their tickets bound for 'Amerikay'. But the wheels of fortune are in motion which will lead to the greatest maritime catastrophe known to mankind – the sinking of the 'unsinkable' Titanic!
Bríd McSwiney, Crookstown narrates the story of her grand-uncle, Jeremiah Burke, who died on the Titanic. This compelling, new play Titanic! Message in a  Bottle  is written in two parts by award-winning Macroom playwright, Helen Hallissey. First, there is the children's mime of the sequence of events from the building of the Titanic to her sinking in the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. This is performed by local primary school students. Second, there is a drama loosely based on the story of Jeremiah and his cousin, Nora, as they set off from Queenstown to seek their fortune on the ill-fated liner. It ends with the reputed story of Jeremiah scribbling a message which he places into the bottle and flings into the freezing waters. When leaving White's Cross, Glanmire, he had received this precious bottle from his mother. Jeremiah and Nora perished on that tragic night. Their bodies were never found. The message in the bottle simply read, 'From Titanic, Goodbye All, Burke of Glanmire Cork'. Almost one year to the day later, the bottle was washed up in Dunkettle, almost 1,000 km away from Newfoundland. The bottle is now on exhibit in Cobh Heritage Centre.
Playing the adult Jeremiah Burke is Macroom actor, Darragh Murphy. Nora Hegarty is played by Ballincollig actress, Róisín Ó Neill. Supporting  roles are played by local actors Seamus Twohig, Cynthia Brown, Michael Murphy, Dixie Collins, Brendan O'Brien and Dan Creedon. 
The cast of the children's mime includes Ciarán Condon, Kate Murray, Luke O'Leary, Alana Murphy, Niamh McSweeney, Katelynn Coleman, Aoibhe Murphy, Miriam Murnane, Martyna Byrdziak, Charlie McSweeney, Rosie Murphy, Gabrielle Dollard Wozniak, Dominika Starzycka, Liadh Hurley, Nika Sergeeva, Zuzanna Kozdra and Ellie O' Riordan.
There will be three performances of this unique play. These are Thursday Nov. 15th, Friday Nov. 16th and Saturday Nov. 17th. Tickets at €15 and €12 concession can be reserved at the Briery Gap box office  026 41793. Do not miss this thoroughly entertaining and unforgettable night. Community theatre at its best!

Sulan Film Society

Monday 19th November @ 8.30 pm – Even the Rain; Director: Iciar Bollain; Spain/Mexico/France, 2011, 103mins Cert: CLUB. Starring: Luis Tosar, Gael Garcia Bernal, Juan Carlos Aduviri, Karra Elegjaide, Carlos Santos, Raul Arevalo. Language: Spanish, Quenchua
Gael Bernal stars as film director Sebastian who, with producer Costa, set out to make a revisionist drama about the Spanish conquest of the Americas. Costa shoots in Bolivia, because it's the cheapest place in South America.  Local man, Daniel, is cast as the Taìno chieftain who led a rebellion against the Spaniards.  Unbeknownst to the director, Daniel is leading his community's demonstrations against the government's decision to privatise water.  The 1512 rebellion and the twenty-first-century riots serve to underline the impact of colonialism on the New World and the exploitation of its resources by outsiders. —Sydney Film Festival 2012.
Monday 3rd December @ 8.30 pm – Breathing

Briery Gap Programme

Cinema: Wednesday Cinema Presentations at 8.30 pm; admission just €5
Nov. 14 The Descendants, Cert 15A, 111minutes.
Nov. 21 Prometheus; Cert 15A; Duration 124 mins
Sulan Film Society. 8.30p.m. Admission €7.
Monday 19th Nov; Even the Rain; Cert 15A
Monday 3rd December; Breathing

Theatre: The Kilkennys; Friday 9th November @ 8.00 pm; Tickets €15
Titanic: Message in a Bottle, presented by the Briery Gap Players, on Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November @ 8.00 pm. Tickets €15 Concessions €12
De La Salle Show Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th November
Cooley Women, presented by London Irish Theatre/Borderline Theatre, Friday 30th November @ 8.00 pm. Tickets €12 Concessions €10
St Mary's Secondary School Show Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th December
Cinderella, Christmas Pantomime 2012, from Friday 14th December. Tickets €15, Students €10. 


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Cookery Demonstration organised by Kilmurry N.S. Parents' Association and presented by Margaret Smith of www.umnumnum.ie, will be held in Kilmurry N.S. Hall on Friday, November 9, 7.30 – 9.30p.m. Tickets €10 each (including food tasting), are available from the school 2 – 3p.m. this week and from Sheila's Shop, Kilmurry. 

Ballingeary GAA: Zumba Fitness, Starting on Friday 09th November @ 8pm, €10 per night or €50 for 6 nights (payable on 1st night). Over 16's only. 

Cairde String Quartet in Concert in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne on Friday, 9th November.

Macroom Flower and Garden Club presents a Gala Christmas Demonstration, 'Joy to the World', by Mary O'Keeffe AOIFA (Ballincollig) in Coolcower House on Thursday, November 15 at 8p.m. Supporting Macroom Community Hospital and AOIFA World Show in Dublin 2014. All are welcome. Tickets €10. Enquiries to 087 9821708. 

Calendar Launch for Scoil Naomh Muire, Farran. Please come and support our literacy initiative fundraiser on Friday November 16 at the Members' Bar, Lee Valley Golf and Country Club  at 8.30p.m. A great social night is assured – we will have a bit of food, a bit of music, a bit of craic and the odd calendar or two to buy! We would be most grateful if you could consider donating something for us to use at the Launch, as either a raffle prize, or a spot prize. Everyone Welcome  and feel free to bring along a musical instrument (if you have one!!) for a bit of a session after!

Launch of 'Villages Calendar 2013'  in Castletownkenneigh Community hall  on Friday, November 16 at 8 pm by Mr Paudie Palmer. The calendar features the villages of Teerelton, Johnstown, Coolderihy, Kilmurry, Newcestown, Coppeen, Castletown, Ahiohill, Enniskeane, Ballineen, Rossmore and Ballincarriga. All monies raised are for the refurbishment of Castletown Community centre

St Val's ladies football club victory social is being held on the 16th of November at the Lee Valley golf club @ 8pm. Music is by Kieran & Jim. Tickets €30. Please contact Martin Lyons 087 9974229 or Briege Corkery 0872412486 for tickets.

Christmas Open House at D.J. Murphy's Bride Park Cottage, Killumney, Ovens, in aid of Friends of St. Patrick's Hospital, Marymount Hospice and Simon Community. Thurs. and Fri. Nov. 15 and 16, 6 to 10pm; Sat. 17 and Sun. 18. 12 noon to 8 pm. Thurs. and Fri. Nov. 22 and 23, 6 to 10pm; Sat. 24 and Sun. 25. 12 noon to 8 pm. Refreshments served. Admission €10.

Muskerry Local History Society November 20th 2012 (Tuesday), Sleán Turf in North Cork, by Shane Lehane. Shane will give an illustrated talk on the traditions and lore of hand-cut turf in the Boggeragh mountains. He undertook his field-work there some ten years ago, interviewing the local sleán men about this rapidly vanishing locally based tradition. The lecture will take place in the Ballincollig Rugby Club (Tanner Park) Clubhouse at 8.00 pm.  Membership of the Society costs €10.00 per year. Admission €3.00 for non-members for the lecture. Everyone Most Welcome.

November Mass: for all who died during the year, in St. Colman's Church, Macroom on Friday, November 23 at 7.30p.m.

Dromleigh N.S., Kilmichael has organised a collection of used clothing for Monday 26th November. We will accept clean new and used clothes, shoes, belts, handbags, ties, linens, household textiles, stuffed toys and mobile phones. They can be in any condition as long as they are clean.  Put in polythene bags and return to the school. Please bag mobile phones separately. Bags will be accepted from Monday 19th November from 9- 9.30 and 3 - 3.30 or contact the school at 026 46212. All money raised will go towards school funds. 

Table Quiz, organised by Dromleigh Parents' Association, will be held in Kilmichael Bar on Friday, November 30 at 8.30p.m.. €20 per team of 4. Great prizes guaranteed

Coolea Christmas Market in the halla from 10:30 to 1:30 on Sunday, December 2 with Christmas crafts, baking, garden produce, woodcraft and more available. Live entertainment. For a stall, contact Mary 0876204781 or Jean 0874170509

Season's Eatings: Cookery demonstration with Frank Moynihan in Clondrohid Community Hall on Thurs. Dec. 6 at 8pm.

Gala Flower Night in Canovee I C A Hall on Friday 7th December at 7.30pm. Presenter: Margaret Aherne. All welcome. Admission €10.

Muskerry Local History Society launched the latest edition of their 'Times Past' journal recently. Dr Paul McCotter of the Archaeology Department of UCC launched Volume 10 of the journal on Tuesday 6th November at Ballincollig Rugby Club Hall. The Journal has been significantly expanded in size and content.

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 Briege Corkery and Aoife Murray, Cloughduv with their All Star Camogie awards at Citywest. Centre is  Sailing Olympian, Annalise Murphy, who was Guest of Honour at the Camogie Banquet   © Tim Buckley  

Cork All Stars: All Ireland camogie finalists, Cork, received six 2012 All Star awards. They are Gemma O'Connor; the Mackey twins, Pamela and Katrina; goalkeeper, Aoife Murray; midfielder Jennifer O'Leary and forward Briege Corkery.

Mighty Session: A big thank you to those involved in running the "Mighty Session" in T. P. Cotters Macroom on Sunday 21 October in aid of Macroom Cope Foundation, Macroom Community Hospital and Sullane Haven. A special word of thanks to all the performers and accompanists who volunteered their time and talent for the evening. The event raised €1500 with €500 going to each of the centres. An amazing evening of music and song was enjoyed by all.

Daniel Kingston Memorial Road Race:  A cheque for €7758, proceeds of 2012 event, was presented to Hilary Sullivan, Cork ARC Cancer Support House, recently. 776 people took part in the race. €184,889 has been raised for the fund since 2009.

Stitched Up: Twenty textile artists from the Crafts Council of Ireland's member organisations came together for an inspiring exhibition to fellow craft enthusiasts at the Knitting and Stitching Show in the RDS recently. Among the artists was Ann Kiely from Ovens, whose piece, Erosion V Creation, uses 100 per cent linen fabric. Her digital print and stitch detail piece is stunning.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 22/10/2012, Jackpot: €1,000, Numbers Drawn: 12 - 28 - 29, No Winner: €20 Winners: Teddy Irwin, Colm Noonan, Jennifer Delaney, Kay Twomey, John Tarrant (Yearly Ticket).
30/10/2012, Jackpot: €1,200, Numbers Drawn: 3 - 14 - 25, No Winner, €40 Winner: Geraldine Barry Murphy, €20 Winners: Kevin Cullinane, Martin Griffin, Michael O'Riordan, Jonathan Miller.
5/11/2012, Jackpot: €1,400, Numbers Drawn: 11 - 28 - 36, No Winner, €40 Pat Murphy, €20 Ashling, Sheila, Mags, Derry Walsh, Mary O' Sullivan, M, B, B, Emma.

Lee Valley Updates

Clondrohid Updates

Lotto: With Christmas fast approaching imagine what you could do with €8000, the jackpot in the Clondrohid Lotto, so have a go, spend €2 and you might be the lucky one. Recent results 1: €70 Anna O'Callaghan c/o Laine Bar; €20 Garry, Rebecca & Saoirse O'Brien, David Reidy, Macroom, Con Lynch, Hartnett's Cross, Kieran O'Callaghan, Ballingree.
Bingo: In Community Hall every Wednesday night, Jackpot of €2,850
Muskerry Autism Support Group: A pub quiz will be held in T.P. Cotter's, Macroom on Friday, November 9 at 8pm. €30 for team of 4, great craic and great prizes. Congrats to Gobnait Kelleher and her friends who took part in the recent Cork mini-marathon and raised a fantastic sum of money for this worthy cause.
Clondrohid Development Group: Remember to return your sponsorship cards to Healy's Post Office or to committee members as soon as possible. Thank you for your support. Also tickets available for the 'Seasons Eatings', a celebration of Christmas Cooking to be held in the Community Hall on Thursday December 6 at 8pm. Tickets at €10 will be limited and are available at Healy's Post Office and from committee members. A great night assured.

Imeachtaí i Leabharlann Baile Mhúirne

Adult Book Club   - 1st Tuesday of month, 10.30a.m.
Club Leabhar as Gaeilge - 2iú Aoine gach mí, 11.00r.n.
Teen Book Club - 1st Friday of month, 4.00p.m.
Art & Craft (informal )group - each Tuesday, 11.00a.m.
All are welcome to join in with any of the above!
If sufficient people interested, a Scrabble session could be organised during opening hours.
Volunteers needed for weekly Children's Storytime 

Titanic Plaque in Ovens

A plaque, sponsored by Muskerry History Society, was recently unveiled in the churchyard of St. John the Baptist Church in Ovens in memory of local girl, Catherine (Katie) Buckley, who perished in the Titanic disaster. Liam Hayes, Chairman of the Society, was the driving force behind the project, and it is fitting that it is located within the area where the old school, attended by Katie, her step sister Margaret and brother, stood. Following the tolling of the Angelus bell and the playing of the hymn "Abide with Me" by piper, Derrick Buckley, the plaque was unveiled by Dr. Michael Martin, who has done much to publicise the background to the Titanic disaster. It was blessed by Fr. Liam Ó hIcí, P.P., who has given every assistance to the Society in its efforts to have a suitable memorial to Katie's memory erected. Local historian, Neil O'Mahony, provided an outline of the events that led to Katie's presence on that ill fated voyage. A detailed account of Katie's Titanic journey, written by Neil, is available in Times Past (Volume 10), the Journal of the Muskerry Local History Society, launched recently in Ballincollig Rugby Club.
The bronze plaque, produced by artists Liam Lavery and Ethna Ryng, shows the seated figure of Katie (drawn from a photograph taken in 1910) with the Titanic in the background. A number of Katie's Irish family descendants, the Healy and O'Mahony families, were in attendance at the unveiling and heard her story recounted. She is still fondly remembered.

Macra Matters

The National Macra Conference in Waterford was enjoyed by all and Muskerry branch was well represented in various competitions. Alan Twomey was the toast of Donoughmore as he won the Bord Bia U23 Beef Stock Judging Title. Flor O'Driscoll was crowned AIB Best New Member and Flor's club, Aghinagh Macra na Feirme, was declared AIB Best Emerging Club. Berrings Macra na Feirme were joint runners up in the AIB Club of the Year competition.
Congratulations to Diarmuid O'Connell, Donoughmore Macra, and Colm O'Leary, Berrings Macra, who went through the Muskerry Round of Impromptu Public Speaking. Best of Luck in the next round on 24th November, when Berrings Macra will also be taking part in Team Public Speaking.
Eva O' Riordan from Berrings Macra na Feirme Club is to travel to Tullamore, Co Offaly to take part in the 48th Queen of the Land festival (sponsored by FBD) November 9 – 11. Eva is a Primary school teacher and her hobbies include Macra, drama, singing, speaking Gaeilge and working on the farm. The 48th Festival sees a record 27 Queens participating, representing Macra na Feirme counties and regions throughout Ireland. Over three event packed days, they will be appraised by a distinguished judging panel who will take into account appearance, personality, energy, confidence, dress sense, rural knowledge and elocution and go on to choose the contestant who best exudes the qualities of a modern rural woman. The winning Queen will receive: The Queen of the Land Tiara; The FBD sponsored perpetual trophy; The FBD sponsored €1,000 prize; A specially commissioned piece of Galway Crystal from Cahill Jewellers, Tullamore; A two-night break in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, including spa treatment.
Fixtures: Friday, November 9th - Sun 11th Nov: Queen of the Land Festival in Tullamore
Sat 10th Nov: CPR Course, Wallis Arms Hotel, Millstreet 10am - 12pm
Fri 16th Nov: Muskerry Regional Meeting, Terelton
Fri 1st Dec: Cork County Night Out hosted by Muskerry.

Donoughmore Macra had a busy October. Club members James Healy, Sarah Healy and Shane Horgan all were honoured at the National Leadership Awards for their immense contribution to Macra at both club and regional level. Donoughmore was well represented at the Muskerry bowling competition. Members went on to the Shelbourne Bar with other clubs in the region for drinks and food after and had a great time. Two groups from Donoughmore entered Limerick City's Macravision competition on the 13th. Well done to the boy band who were runners-up and the girl band who came third. Members attended Crookstown Macra's table quiz, held after the regional meeting in the Cornerstone Bar. Well done to Margaret Galvin, James Healy, Heather Healy and Seán Wallace, the winning team. The Millstreet Dairy Show was held on October 20 and Donoughmore helped to man the stand promoting Muskerry Macra. The same evening, the club had a strong representation at the Cork County Macra night out, which was hosted by Imokilly in Mogeely. Other members attended the Race Night held in aid of the continuing refurbishment of the Community Centre in Stuake. Máiréad Healy and Diarmuid O'Connell represented Donoughmore in the Muskerry Round of the Impromptu Public Speaking. Congratulations to Diarmuid, who will go on to represent us in the next round of the competition. Over 35 members attended the National Conference in Waterford, making us one of the best represented clubs at the event. The craic was mighty over the three nights. In the Know your Ag Quiz on the Friday night, our team of John O'Mahony, David Herlihy, Colin Crowley and James Healy represented us strongly. Diarmuid O'Connell did well in the Over 23 Stock Judging final. Massive congratulations are due to Alan Twomey on winning the National U-23 Beef Stock Judging Competition, hopefully the first of many national titles to be brought back to the club this year. Upcoming events for Donoughmore Macra include the next Cork County night out, the Muskerry round of the welding competition and a fundraising car- wash for the club's capers team. Donoughmore Macra hold their meetings in Pat Barry's Bar on the first Friday of every month and new members are always welcome. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Seán on 086-0653856 for more information.

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Patrick Buckley, Monica Kennedy, Helen O'Sullivan IRD Duhallow and Art O'Leary Chairman Donoughmore Community Council with Pride of County Cork Award at Oriel House Hotel Ballincollig  ©

Donoughmore's Proud Community    

Donoughmore scooped the overall Pride of County Cork Award at the 8th annual Pride in our Community Competition Awards at Oriel House Hotel Ballincollig recently and also got the Social Inclusion award. The winning Community Sportsfield project includes a walkway consisting of a tarmac and concrete pathway with lights and 4 outdoor deluxe exercise gym machines set on tobermore paving brick against a backdrop of dry stone walls. Speaking after the presentation, Monica Kennedy PRO of Donoughmore Community Council said that in 2010 Donoughmore Community Council decided to pursue the idea of a community walk with lights at the local community pitch which had been upgraded with the development of an all-weather training area. IRD Duhallow funded 75% of the project and the balance was raised through the publication of the 3rd edition of the Donoughmore Community Directory. In praising a strong team-effort, Monica offered sincere thanks to the many volunteers of all ages who helped. She finished by saying, 'The development of the amenity walk has opened up the use of the community pitch to every member of our community. We have weekly litter checks and maintain the grass and shrub area ourselves. We have plans to plant more bulbs, put in more seats and at present we are seeking funding for a playground at the amenity walk.' Donoughmore Community Council is also busy with the re-development of the local Community Centre and fund raising is well under way, with a recent race night in Pat Barry's and Sully's pubs raising over €14,000.
The County Mayor praised Donoughmore and all the winners of the other categories, saying that it was great to see the effort being put in by community groups in developing projects. Mr Seamus Forde of Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre said these projects highlight the important link between our surroundings and our quality of life.

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The children of Tirelton NS play music at the Mass celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Tirelton NS. ©

Tirelton's 125th anniversary

Tirelton National School community, past and present, celebrated 125 years in existence on Thursday, October 25. Originally there were two schools onsite, a boys' school and a girls' school. The first Principal of the Boys' school was Jeremiah Coghlan and the first Principal of the girls' school was Ellen Joyce. Both schools opened on November 2nd 1887. On that day five boys and four girls enrolled but within a year the enrolment in the boys' school had risen to 83 while the number of girls had risen to 73. The schools were amalgamated on April 1st 1930 with the Principal of the Boys' school, Jeremiah Murphy, assuming the overall principalship.    An enormous crowd gathered for the occasion which commenced with a Mass celebrated by Fr. Pat O'Donovan P.P., who told the assembled gathering he had a special affinity with the school as his great Grand-Uncle, Fr. John Lyons, then P.P. in Kilmichael, had applied to build a school in Tirelton in 1886 and commenced construction in 1887. He also celebrated the Mass with his great Grand-Uncle's chalice which has been dated as 150 years old. After the Mass the current pupils told the history of the school in a timeline format. Past Principal, Dáithí McSweeney told of his time in the school from 1960 to 1963, drawing fits of laughter with his hair-raising tales. Finally Tomas Healy, the current Principal, spoke. He reminded the people of the value the people of Tirelton placed in education down through the years and the 'sense of place' the community always preserved. He spoke of the commitment of teachers and Boards of Management and how the tremendous support of parents had always ensured the best of everything in the school. He finally paid tribute to the current school going children and stated how proud everyone was of their efforts, particularly during the 125th celebrations. Then it was time for refreshments and chat. Many took in the photographic displays and memorabilia that were on show. Many others took time to catch up with old friends from far and near while others still went to examine old roll books which were on view. The evening finished, for many all too quickly, with the release of 28 Chinese Lanterns, a lantern for the boys and lantern for the girls for each decade that the school has been in existence. The overriding sentiment from the whole school community at the end of the night was 'Bring on the next 125'!

Coachford Updates

Broomhill Vintage Club are organizing an end of year, Tractor, Car and Motorcycle Run (Classic, Veteran & Vintage) on Sunday November 18th.  Participants should register at the GAA grounds Coachford from 11a.m, entry fee €10. It will be an easy run for all vehicles and tea and coffee will be available on registration. Insurance for all vehicles must be produced. Contacts: Tim at 086 866 3729 or Peter on 086 844 7105. Broomhill Vintage club recently donated over €5,000 to local charities from the proceeds of the Coachford Autumn Festival.

Congratulations to Coachford Players who won the confined section in the Kilmallock One Act Drama Festival recently. The group's performance of 'Never Swim Alone' by Daniel McIvor was very well received and as well as picking up the win, Anthony Greene was also selected as Best Director. The cast of Louise Lyons, Eugene O'Sullivan and Peter Dineen now head to Cork, Haulbowline, Ballymahon and Rossmore Festivals over the next few weeks to try and secure another few wins.

GAA Mass for deceased members of Aghabullogue GAA and Camogie clubs will take place on Saturday November 10th in St. John's Church, Aghabullogue at. 8pm

Farewell to Ms. Kearney: A very pleasant, and emotional, function was held in Coachford N.S. to bid a fond farewell to Ms. Gearoidín Kearney, a member of the teaching staff, who was leaving to take up a new position in Cloyne N.S. Pupils and staff paid very heartfelt tributes to Ms. Kearney, to mark her very valued and appreciated input into all aspects of school life in her more than six years in Coachford. We wish Ms. Kearney every good luck in her new post.

Table Quiz in aid of Marymount Hospice will be held in Hogan's Bar this Friday night November 9th at 9.00pm .

Soccer Club increases the prizes in their Lotto. From this week on the Coachford AFC Lotto Jackpot will go up by €200 each week if it's not won. The Lucky Dip prizes will also increase and there will be one €40 prize and four €20 prizes given out each week. As well as the prize fund increase, the numbers in the lotto have also been expanded from 30 to 36. Tickets are available in all shops and pubs in the village and are still only €2 each.
Well done to all the schoolboys who took part in a busy weekend for the Coachford/ Killanardrish club with three fantastic wins in three days. First up were the under 13s who played a local Derby in Macroom. The country boys emerged victorious by 4-1 after a tough and close encounter. Goals from Aaron Doherty, Luke Casey Jack Murphy and Jack Oldham helped the boys remain undefeated so far this season. Next up were the under 11s when they entertained Richmond in Coachford. The Home team, wearing their new strip, sponsored by DCE computers, played the better football throughout and won by 3 goals to 1. The Under 12s enjoyed an emphatic victory when they travelled to Rockmount. The boys put six past the Whitechurch side and also kept a clean sheet. On the adult side of the club the premier team enjoyed a wonderful win over Glen Celtic in the 2nd round of the Munster Junior Cup. The game finished 1-1 after extra time but Coachford won 4-3 in the penalty shootout. The B team  were narrow losers in the 3rd of the AOH Cup when they went down to Waterloo by two goals to one.

European Tae Kwando: Congratulations to Emma Flanagan  from Coachford who won Gold and Silver medals recently in the European Tae Kwando championship in Poland.

Coachford GIY group are hosting a Gardening talk on Wednesday November 14th in Hogan's function room Coachford at 8.30pm. The guest speaker is the renowned organic grower, Caroline Robinson. Caroline has been growing organic vegetables commercially for over 16 years and operates a very successful Vegetable stall in Macroom each week. Everyone is welcome to attend and admission is free.


The Great British Bake Off

by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

In this new edition to the Mary Berry collection you will find all you ever wanted to know about cakes and baking. With over 120 mouth-watering recipes to try, including cakes, biscuits, breads, pies, tarts, patisserie, puddings and celebration cakes. Mary and Paul are on hand throughout the book offering practical  tips while the amateur bakers also show-off their skills with the "best of the bake-off". There are recipes here to challenge keen bakers as well as inspire baking novices.

 Available in Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €26.00.


Weddings at the Castle

 The wedding team at the boutique 4 star Castle Hotel in Macroom  would like to extend an invitation to you to sample its wedding offering on Sunday, 11 November between 12pm- 4pm. With a wealth of experience and reputation for elegance, style and impeccable service, the wedding team will showcase over 10 suppliers at its bespoke wedding afternoon. "Experience how the Castle can treat you like a King and Queen on your wedding day" said Vicki Wray, wedding co-ordinator at the Castle Hotel. A dedicated and experienced wedding team will be on hand to guide you through the award winning hotel. See first hand the beautiful Ardilaun suite which will be co-ordinated to allow you to obtain an exclusive insight into your day.  The team will be available to discuss any queries you may have regarding civil ceremonies. A visit to The Castle is incomplete without sampling the culinary delights prepared by our award winning Executive Head Chef, Pat Ryan, who will be on hand to help you create your dream menu. Don Buckley, owner of the Castle Hotel said "Our wedding afternoons have always proved popular and this year is no different. Gougane Barra provides the perfect backdrop to any wedding at the Castle Hotel and we even have wedding bookings for 2015. We look forward to meeting you in person next week and our dedicated wedding team will be happy to discuss our newly launched value added wedding packages".
Pre-booking for the wedding afternoon is not essential, although it is advised to secure a time slot in advance to avoid disappointment. Among the array of suppliers on the day will include
AM Jewellery – Milliner & Jewellery Designer, Upstyle Junkie,  McMahon Studios - Photographer & Videographer, Enchanted Flowers - Florist, Sinead Dinneen-Invitation design, Gretta's Cakes-Wedding cakes, West Cork Wedding Cars.

School Garden Competition

Primary Schools all over County Cork are getting ready for this year's Pride in our Community School Garden Competition run by Cork County Federation Muintir na Tíre in association with The Environment Directorate, Cork County Council. The aim of the competition is to help pupils and teachers to bring nature, wildlife, plants and colour into their school garden/ grounds; to promote horticulture and biodiversity and to give students a chance to interact with the environment and nature in a positive way. It has been shown that school gardens promote positive environmental attitudes and provide an excellent opportunity to develop more positive attitudes towards science at an early age. 80% of schools are registered for the Green Flag Programme and they will be encouraged to develop school gardens as a means of proactive environmental education. The competition is open to all primary schools in County Cork who have a school garden or are in the process of developing one. Participants for the competition will consist of pupils and adults. The adults may be teachers, school gardener or parents. To request an information pack, contact the Muintir Cork office 0214500688, Email admin@muintircork or download them directly from www.muintircork.com.

Reduce Costs, Improve Profitability"

SMILE Resource Exchange is delighted to be a partner on the Autumn BeGreen Roadshow and is inviting businesses across Ireland to attend a series of free events in the coming weeks. These free events are an opportunity for businesses to meet the leading state support organisations and find out how they can assist the business sector in reducing costs through better Resource Efficiency – targeting Energy, Waste and Water costs. This support is free to businesses. SMILE and BeGreen are delighted to be Partnering with the Small Firms Association (SFA) in promoting the roadshow to the business sector. It is particularly important that small businesses receive information and support in how to manage costs during these difficult economic times and organisations like the SFA can take a lead in encouraging members to take these important steps.
Nov 6 - Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island, Cork. Logon to http://begreenroadshow.eventbrite.ie and fill in the registration form. Alternatively send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. telling us which location & workshop you plan to attend and your details.

GIY   by Michael Kelly  

Things to Do in November
Do not leave beds bare for the winter – sow a green manure, or cover with a thick layer of manure/compost and then black plastic or straw.  This will return nutrients to the soil, keep the worst of the weather off it, suppress weeds and prevent leaching of nutrients.  'Earth up' or tie up vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.  Divide up your rhubarb if you want to propagate, and cover it with a thick mulch of manure.   Prune apple trees.  Mulch fruit bushes.  Take cuttings of currant bushes from current season's wood.
Sow broad beans outside now for an early crop next spring.  To avoid rotting before germination, make small newspaper cups and germinate them indoors first.  Next summer's garlic does best if it's planted before Christmas – plant outdoors in well prepared soil in a sunny spot. Some varieties of onion can over-winter and will be ready to harvest in early summer. 
Harvest perpetual spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes, swede, parsnips, apples, pears. Start harvesting leeks, winter cabbage, kale, artichokes, Brussels sprouts.  Time to lift carrots and turnips or at least cover them with a good layer of straw to protect them from frost damage.  Brussels Sprouts freeze well, and are also incredibly good for you - high in vitamins D and C and dietary fibre. Pick sprouts from the bottom up as they start to develop and remove any yellowed leaves to prevent grey mould. Blanch and then fry them in plenty of butter and rock salt. Sprouts that are boiled for along time are awful.

Sports Mad


County Junior Football Championship Final Replay

Kilmurry   0 – 7     Rockchapel   1 - 7

County Football League

Division Three Final:  Éire Óg 1 – 11   Newmarket  0 - 13

Division Four Final:  Cill na Martra  1 – 8     Glanworth  0 - 9

County Junior A Hurling League semi final:

Cloughduv   3 - 14   Oliver Plunkett's  2 – 10

County Junior B Football League semi final:

Diarmuid Ó Mathúna  2 – 13   Éire Óg  0 - 7

Liam Breatnach Cup – County Intermediate Hurling

Semi Final: Ballincollig   3 – 12   Inniscarra   1 - 6

Final: Ballincollig   4 – 7     Carrigaline   1 - 15

Mid Cork Junior 'C' Football championship final:

Éire Óg   2 - 11      Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh  0 – 6

Mid Cork Junior 'A' Hurling League Final

Grenagh   0 - 11   Cloughduv  0 - 10 

Mid Cork Junior Two football League

Winners  Aghinagh  Runners up Éire Óg

Quish Cup Intermediate Hurling:

Quarter Final: Grenagh   1 - 12    Éire Óg   0 – 11

Semi Finals:

Grenagh   0 – 11   Cloughduv   0 - 10

Blarney    v  Ballincollig

Mid Cork Farho Intelligent Heating U21 'C' Hurling Championship:

Semi final replay: Grenagh  0-5     Ballinora   3 - 14

Final: Kilmichael   2 – 9     Ballinora   1 - 20

County Junior Football Final Replay

Kilmurry   0 – 7     Rockchapel   1 – 7
There was to be no happy ending to the 2012 Kilmurry march to glory at Páirc Uí Rinn as the Mid Cork champions went under to Rockchapel in the replay of the county final.  Kilmurry may have some regrets about the outcome and think of what might have been, but they were beaten by the better team over the hour on the day and Kilmurry gave it their all in the best traditions of the club.  Their season has been one of immense achievement and they overcame earlier setbacks on the way to their Mid Cork title win, like losing Liam Buckley and Stephen Down to emigration.  Kilmurry had to line out without injured goalkeeper Pat O'Callaghan and more recent exile wing forward Dominick Creedon for this replay, but they remained in contention all the way to the finish and can have every hope of going one better next season.  Coach/Manager Sean Murphy and his fellow selectors, Ray O'Sullivan, Pat Clifford, and Johnny O'Leary, can be proud of what was achieved and the behaviour of the players was exemplary all season and a matter of pride for the supporters.
Kilmurry opened brilliantly with a point from a William Buckley free in the 6th minute; another from Pat O'Sullivan two minutes later and a third from another Buckley free in the 10th minute, with no reply as yet from 'The Rock'.  Rockchapel had their opening point in the 16th minute and followed immediately with a second and drew level two minutes later as their play improved. There was to be only one more point in the first half and that came three minute from the interval for The Rock. Kilmurry did have their chances in this period and will regret some wides from play and from frees and also better options could possibly have been taken when in possession.  Rockchapel thus led by 0-4 to 0-3 at the break and worryingly, Kilmurry had not scored since the 10th minute.
James White gave Kilmurry, now aided by the wind, a great boost on the restart with a superb point to level matters after three minutes and they then hit the front with a point from William Buckley.   Kilmurry lost Greg Barrett to injury and Rockchapel struck for the decisive only goal of the game in the 42nd minute and they now enjoyed a two point lead in a game where scores were hard to come by.  They had a goal lead in the 50th minute when they added a point to their tally but back came Kilmurry with a point from William Buckley in the 54th minute.  Rockchapel replied immediately with another point but Kilmurry had not given up the chase and Paudie O'Connell sent over the Rockchapel bar in the 58th minute to again leave two points between the teams.  A Rockchapel point a minute later re-opened the one-goal gap and try as they would, Kilmurry could not get the goal to force another draw as Rockchapel defended in numbers. 
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: William Barrett, Kevin Barrett, Eoin Barrett: Liam Long, David O'Leary, Ian Murphy: James White, Eoin Creedon: Pat O'Sullivan, David O'Halloran, Jonathan Buckley: Greg Barrett, James Kelleher, William Buckley. Subs: Alan O'Sullivan (36 mins.), Finbarr Crowley (46) and Paudie O'Connell (55).    

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Kilmurry Junior A Football team who were defeated by Rockchapel in the County Final.  ©Mary Down

County Football League – Division Three Final

Éire Óg  1 – 11     Newmarket   0 – 13

Éire Óg Intermediate footballers gained some consolation for their recent Intermediate championship defeat by Castletownbere by taking the County League Division Three title after a very tight final at Mourneabbey.  Newmarket won the Premier Intermediate championship title in 2011 and retained their senior status this year so this is a notable victory for the Ovens men and another step on the road to inevitable football glory for the club.  The Éire Óg second team are Mid Cork 'B' champions and the third team are divisional Junior 'C' champions and all three teams are notable for the youngish age profile of the players, so championship success at the top level will not be delayed for ever and will surely come sooner rather than later.
Newmarket, as befits their senior status, were not going to concede to a team two divisions down without a fight and so this was to become a tough dour battle.  Daniel Goulding and John Dineen were very prominent in the Éire Óg attack and scored nine points between them, seven of these coming from frees! A superb goal from Kevin Hallissey early in the second half was to prove a match winner.  Ciarán Sheehan did not start but was a very effective substitute in the second half.
The first half was evenly contested with Newmarket having a slight edge. Newmarket forced the pace early on but their shooting was not on a par with their approach work but they did hold a two point lead at one stage.  Éire Óg finished the half well and had drawn level at 0-7 each despite losing a defender to a red card just before the break.  On the resumption, Newmarket again opened up a lead but then Kevin Hallissey pounced for a great goal for the Ovens side to put them 1-8 to 0-9 in front after 36 minutes.  From there to the finish, with both sides now having only 14 men, it was a ding dong struggle and Éire Óg did well to survive, but survive they did if only by a single point. Scorers: Éire Óg: Daniel Goulding 0-5 (0-3 frees), John Dineen 0-4 (all frees), Kevin Halllissey 1-0, Aidan O'Connor and Alan O'Mahony 0-1 each. 
Éire Óg:   Joseph Kelleher: Mike O'Shea, Cian O'Mahony, Shane McCarthy: Barry Corkery, Tim O'Leary, Fiachra Landers: Liam Murhy, Alan O'Mahony: Aidan O'Connor, Daniel Goulding, Kevin Hallissey: Dan O'Connor, Dermot O'Herlihy, John Dineen. Subs: Ciarán Sheehan, Brian D'Arcy O'Sullivan.

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Cill na Martra who defeated Glanworth in the Intermediate Division 4 County Football League final  © Lee Valley Outlook

County Football League – Division Four Final

Cill na Martra  1 – 8     Glanworth   0 – 9

Cill na Martra took their first ever trophy in Intermediate grade when they deservedly won a very exciting County Football League Division Four final at a gloriously sunny Ballincollig venue.  Cill na Martra struggled to contain the Avondhu men in the opening quarter and went three points in arrears.  Gradually Cill na Martra got to grips with the opposition and at half time the West Muskerry men enjoyed a two point lead, 0-5 to 0-3.  Glanworth fought back on the resumption and looked to be getting on top again but a smashing goal from Jonathan Lynch in the 43rd minute changed everything again and Cill na Martra, with a lead to defend, were able to hold out against increasingly desperate Glanworth attacks as full time loomed and the final whistle saw the Cill na Martra men still in front and full value for their victory.  It was a fine game of football, sportingly contested and great entertainment.
Glanworth looked good early on and had points in the 5th, 8th and 12th; minutes to go into a clear early lead.  Colm O'Leary had taken a ball off his own goal line in another Glanworth attack in the 10th minute so the three-point deficit could have been worse.  An indication of how much Cill na Martra had been under pressure is the fact that they didn't even kick a wide until the 15th minute, but as time went on, they were improving and Martin O'Connor at last opened their scoring with a point from a free in the 17th minute.  A point from play from Martin followed in the 21st minute and as Glanworth continued to waste good opportunities, Donal Óg O'Leary levelled matters for Cill na Martra in the 25th minute.  From the kick out, Martin O'Connor got possession, linked up with Sean Kelleher and the move finished with Danny O'Connell kicking over a point to give Cill na Martra the lead for the first time, a lead they were not to lose subsequently.  A quickly taken free by Noel O'Leary gave Maidhchí Dineen the chance to shoot over another point in the 28th minute and Cill na Martra would have been happy to retire at the interval leading by 0-5 to 0-3.
Cathal McSweeney increased their lead further with a point directly after the restart but Glanworth came back and two points for the North Cork men left only a point between the teams in the 40th minute.  Cill na Martra got the boost they needed in the 43rd minute when Danny O'Connell made progress up the right wing, passed to Martin Connors and the latter's perfectly timed pass left Jonathan Lynch in possession five metres out and the Glanworth net was shaking, 1-6 to Cill na Martra, 0-5 for Glanworth.  A point for Glanworth almost immediately left the goal between the teams and a most exciting final quarter followed.  Glanworth pointed again; Dónal Óg replied for Cill na Martra in the 50th minute.  Another Glanworth point was matched by one from Danny O'Connell who punched over in the 25th minute.  Glanworth had the final score of the game in the 57th minute and with time running out, they came in search of a goal.  Stout defending from goalkeeper Eoin Dineen, Noel and Colm O'Leary and Brendan Lynch, managed to keep Glanworth from achieving their objective and there were still two points between the teams when the final whistle blew. Scorers for Cill na Martra were: Jonathan Lynch 1-0, Martin Connors 0-2 (0-1 a free), Donal Og Ó Laoire and Danny O'Connell 0-2 each, Maidhchí Dineen and Cathal McSweeney 0-1 each. 
Cill na Martra: Eoin Ó Duinnín: Marc Ó Goilí, Colm Ó Laoire, Tadhg MacSuibhne: Nollaig Ó Laoire, Breandán Ó Loinsuigh, Tadhg Ó Duinnín: Séan Ó Céilleachair, Cathal MacSuibhne: Seanacháin Ó Loinsuigh, Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Martín Ó Conchúir: Maidhchí Ó Duinnín , Caoimhín Ó Súilleabháin, Danní Ó Conaill. Fir Ionaid: Shane Ó Duinnín, Pádraig Ó hAodha.

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Cloughduv who were defeated by Grenagh in the Muskerry Junior A Hurling League final. © Lee Valley Outlook

Mid Cork Junior A Hurling League Final  and Quish Cup (I.H.) semi final

Grenagh   0 – 11     Cloughduv   0 – 10

Grenagh, winners of the Mid Cork championship, added the league title to their list of honours with a very narrow win over Cloughduv in the final at Ovens.  Grenagh thus regained the league title they last won in 2010 and have now also qualified for the final of the Quish Cup (Mid Cork Intermediate Hurling).  Both teams were near full championship strength for this encounter but Cloughduv were without Liam Long, on duty with Kilmurry footballers, while Grenagh were short Dean Dalton and Tadhg Walsh of their championship final line-out.
Grenagh led by 04 to 0-1 after the opening ten minutes play.  Conor Fitzgerald and Cloughduv's Tony Dineen had an early exchange of points and then Paddy Sexton, Niall Doherty and Colm O'Neill scored to put Grenagh clear.  Darren Kelly had a fine point for Cloughduv in the 11th minute and two Darragh Ring points from frees brought the sides level by the end of the first quarter.  Darren Kelly fired over a lead point for Cloughduv and Ring doubled their advantage from play in the 18th minute.  Niall Doherty then pointed a '65' for Grenagh and Paddy Sexton added a point from play to level matters again, but in injury time Darragh Ring pointed a Cloughduv free to give his side a 0-7 to 0-6 interval lead.
Grenagh were a much improved side in the second half and showed great determination all over the field.  Their defence in particular snuffed out the threat of the Cloughduv attack, which had to rely on Darragh Ring's accuracy from placed balls for scores.  Four points in a row from Niall Doherty had Grenagh three points ahead by the three quarter stage but Darragh Ring then pointed two Cloughduv frees to narrow the gap to the minimum with four minutes left to play.  Doherty and then Ring exchanged points from frees to keep the issue uncertain as the game went into four minutes of time-added-on but, despite intense Cloughduv pressure, Grenagh held on to their one point lead for victory. 
Grenagh: Mark Kenny (captain): Michael Lehane, Raymond Dorgan, Paul McCarthy: Timmy Buckley, Gerry Russell, Kelvin Cummins: Niall Doherty, Liam Walsh; Diarmuid 'DD' Dorgan, Tom Kenny, Paddy Sexton; Conor Fitzgerald, Seamus Coleman, Colm O'Neill. Sub: John Osborne (59 mins.)  
Cloughduv: Kevin Barry Murphy: Barry Walsh, Paul O'Sullivan, Donal Cronin: Tony Dineen, Andrew Cronin, Denis O'Sullivan: Mark Verling, Con Dunne: Donal Corkery, Colm Ryan, William Ahern: Brian Ahern, Darragh Ring, Darren Kelly. Subs: Sean O'Connor, James McCarthy, Gerry Lucey. 
Referee: Mr Diarmuid Kirwin, Éire Óg.  

County Junior Hurling League Semi Final:

Cloughduv  3 – 14   Oliver Plunketts  2 – 10

It was agreed that Cloughduv would represent Muskerry in the county junior hurling league competition and after defeating Banteer, they followed on with a semi final win over Oliver Plunkett's at Bandon. Darren Kelly scored two goals for the winners and Brian Ahern got the third goal. 
Cloughduv: Kevin BarryMurphy: Donal Cronin, Paul O'Sullivan, Barry Walsh: William Ahern, Andrew Cronin, Tony Dineen: Con Dunne, Mark Verling; Darren Kelly, Colm Ryan, Donal Corkery: Denis O'Sullivan, Brian Ahern, Darragh Ring. Sub: Luke McCarthy.
Cloughduv will play either Sarsfield's or Brian Dillon's in the county league final

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Éire Óg who defeated Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh in the Muskerry Junior C Football final    ©Lee Valley Outlook

Mid Cork MJK Oils Junior 'C' Football Championship Final

Éire Óg   2 – 11     Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh  0 – 6

Éire Óg won their first ever Mid Cork Junior 'C' Football title with a comprehensive victory over Béal Átha in the final at Coachford. Éire Óg thus add the 'C' title to the 'B' crown won recently and both teams will move up a grade for next season.  Éire Óg got the  perfect start to this encounter with a goal inside thirty seconds of the throw in and they led at the break by 1-6 to 0-3.  They weathered a spirited Béal Átha rally in the third quarter and added a point to their six-point interval advantage and when they got through for a second goal in the 47th minute, the outcome was well and truly decided.  The final stages saw Éire Óg remain in control and they were comfortable winners at the finish.
Éire Óg were favourites to lift the title after a series of fine displays.  Their team is a particularly strong one for this grade and they had forwards who could win possession and then score.  They had Béal Átha under pressure from the start and inside 30 seconds Barry O'Neill had the ball in the Béal Átha net.  This was a big blow to Béal Átha and to make matters worse, goalkeeper Kevin Buckley injured himself in attempting to prevent the goal and had to retire injured to be replaced by the experienced Sean Concannon.  The long serving John O'Driscoll had a point for Béal Átha in reply but it soon became apparent that the winners were too strong for the Gaeltacht men in most areas of the field and their very well balanced side were too mobile for the older Béal Átha men and too physically strong for the younger ones.  In corner forward, Barry O'Neill Éire Óg had a lethal attacking force and mainly through his accuracy, Éire Óg led at the break by 1-6 to 0-3, all Béal Átha scores coming from John O'Driscoll.
On the restart, John O'Driscoll had a further point for the Gaeltacht side and Éire Óg were under pressure for a period, but points from Vincent Fahy, Kevin Ryan and Ronal O'Toole kept them out of danger as Ciarán Noonan had a point for Béal Átha and as the final quarter commenced, Éire Óg led by 1-9 to 0-5.  In the 47th minute Colm Óg Sheehan had a second goal for Éire Óg when he got a touch to a Denis Casey effort and this goal ended any lingering hope Béal Átha may have had of saving the day.  As the teams played out the remaining time, Fintan O'Toole and his brother Ronan had a point piece for the winners, Denis Cotter replied with a point for Béal Átha.
Teams (13 a side): Éire Óg: John McCarthy: Ger Lynch, Cian Murphy: Dermot Foley, Fionán Sheehan, Paul Murphy: Noel Brennan, Daniel O'Sullivan: Liam Ryan, Denis Casey, Vincent Fahy: Fintan O'Toole, Barry O'Neill. Subs;  Ronan O'Toole, Colm Óg Sheehan, James O'Brien, James O'Keeffe, Colm O'Mahony. 
Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh: Caoimhín Ó Buachalla: Ciarán Ó Flatharta, Cathal Ó hEaluithe: Pól Ó Ceallacháin, Darren Ó Coill, Daire Seartan; Barra Ó Sé, Tadhg Ó Duinnín: Ciarán Ó Nunáin, Gearóid Ó Críodáin, Pronnsias Ó Riordáin: Seán Ó Drisceoil, Ciarán Ó Ceallacháin. Fir Ionaid: Seán Ó Coinceannain, Martín de Búrca, Pádraig Ó Criodáin, Donncha MacCoitir, Peadar Ó Criodáin.
Referee: Mr. Dave Murnane, Macroom.

Farho Intelligent Heating Mid Cork U 21 'C' Hurling Championship

Semi Final Replay:

Ballinora  3 – 14   Grenagh  0 – 5

Ballinora swept aside the surprisingly weak Grenagh challenge in the replay of the championship semi final at Ballincollig.  Ballinora led by 0-4 to 0-1 early on and had a 0-8 to 0-5 advantage at the break.  Two fast points on the resumption added to their lead and aided by two goals from Colin Lougheed, Ballinora led by 2-11 to 0-5 at the three quarter stage and were clearly going to go on to win this game. Ballinora scorers: Colin Lougheed 2-0, Pat Fitton 1-2, Tom Healy 0-6 (0-5 frees), Kevin Murphy 0-4, James Forde and Denis Buckley 0-1 each.
Ballinora: Con Lynch: Pat Murphy, Brendan Hourihan: John O'Regan, Jerry Murphy, Colin Lougheed: Tomás McGrath, Tom Healy: Alan O'Shea, Pat Fitton, James Forde: Kevin Murphy, Brian Lane. Subs: Kevin O'Regan, Denis Buckley, Kieran O'Leary, Olan Treacy. 

Final: Ballinora   1 – 20     Kilmichael   2 – 9

Ballinora were deserving winners of the U21 'C' final against Kilmichael.  The winners started well and led with two points from Denis Buckley and Kevin Murphy but in the 16th minute Kilmichael had a goal from Peter Kelleher and suddenly were back in the hunt.  Ballinora were stung into action however and they controlled matters from here to the break.  With Partick Fitton very accurate from play and from frees, they got on top on the scoreboard and with a goal from James Forde, they were in a strong position at half time leading by 1-11 to 1-4, Peter Kelleher and Darragh Foley getting the Kilmichael points.
On the restart, Ballinora were again on the offensive and the Kilmichael defence was under severe pressure, but with Denis O'Donoghue in goals and Shane Masters, Edward Burgoyne and Finbarr Buckley outstanding in defence, they managed to contain the sharp Ballinora attack.  A second goal from Peter Kelleher five minutes from the finish which reduced the leeway to six points gave Kilmichael a brief ray of hope but Ballinora finished well with three unanswered points for a comprehensive win.
Scorers: Ballinora; James Forde 1-0, Patrick Fitton 0-8 ( 0-2 frees, 0-1 '65'), Kevin Murphy 0-5, Denis Buckley 0-2, Tom Lougheed 0-2 (0-1 free), Colin Lougheed, Jerry Murphy and Brian Lane 0-1 each.  Kilmichael: Peter Kelleher 2-5 (1-3 frees, 0-1 '65'), Daragh Foley 0-4, (0-3 frees, 0-1 '65')
Kilmichael: Denis O'Donoghue: Shane Masters, Edward Burgoyne: Paul O'Sullivan, Finbarr Buckley, Donal Kelly: Peter Kelleher, Brendan Cotter: Shane Foley, Daragh Foley, Donagh McCarthy: Stephen Kelleher, Shane Cotter. Sub: Michael Healy.

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Macroom Minor Ladies who defeated Grenagh and are through to the final   ©Emer O'Leary.  

Liam Breathnach Cup Final– Intermediate Hurling

Ballincollig   4 – 7     Carrigaline   1 – 15

Three goals from Ian Coughlan, including the winning goal in injury time, helped Ballincollig to the narrowest of victories in the Liam Breathnach Cup final at Ballygarvan.  The sun was shining but it was bitterly cold and the game started at a slow pace with only one point apiece after ten minutes.  Three points for Carrigaline were followed by the first goal from Coughlan after 25 minutes and with another goal from David Bowen, Ballincollig led by 2-3 to 0-5 but Carrigaline were back on level terms by the half time whistle after a period of feverish scoring activity.  Carrigaline went into the lead on the restart but Ian Coughlan had his second goal and Carrig had to fight back to level matters at 1-10 to 3-4 as the game entered the closing stages.  In injury time Carrig edged ahead by two points but Ian Coughlan proved to be the hero of the hour with a late, late goal to give Ballincollig victory.
Ballincollig: F Kelly: L Prendergast, N Galvin, JP Murphy: C Harris, L Jennings, R O'Doherty: C O'Sullivan, J O'Brien: D Bowen, S O'Donoghue, C Dorgan: S Coughlan, I Coughlan, C Sexton. Sub: B Galvin.

Macroom Soccer

The Macroom Soccer Club gear is now on sale in Cronin's shop next to McCarthy's TV and Electrical store. Tracksuits, rain jackets, polo shirts and sweat tops in all sizes are now in stock; gear bags also available.
Macroom A suffered their first defeat in the AUL Premier League, losing away to Greenwood on a 3-2 scoreline.  Daragh Deasy from a spot kick and James O'Connor were the scorers for Macroom.
Macroom B drew 1-1 away to Banteer in the AUL Div Two league, Pat Kelleher being the scorer from a penalty kick.  They had a 1-0 win at home over Blackpool, the only goal coming late from Rory Buckley.
At Schoolboys League level there was hectic activity with five teams out over the Bank Holiday weekend and at least three teams in action every other weekend.

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St Val's Senior Team who defeated Abbeyside (Waterford) on a score line 6.14 to 3.9 in the Munster Senior Plate semi-final ©Mary Down

St. Val's Updates

St Val's 2.20   Moyle Rovers 1.5

St Val's won the Munster senior plate for the second year in a row when they comprehensively defeated Moyle Rovers from Tipperary at Mallow recently. On a day that was perfect for football Val's started brightly with a point from midfielder Briege Corkery. Vera Foley and Jean Lucey followed up with two more points from play. With the Val's backs well on top, Moyle Rovers found it hard to create any scoring chances but opened their account mid way through the half with a point from a free before St Val's full forward Joanne Down (2) and player of the match Aoife Plunkett (4) added further points, to leave Val's well in control at the break 0.10 to 0.3. In the first minute of the second half Claire Byrne scored and Joanne Down kicked her third point of the game to further increase the lead. Moyle Rovers scored the first goal of the game when they finally breached the Val's backline but this only seemed to ignite the Val's girls and they added two goals of their own from Joanne Down and Máiréad Corkery to finish the game off as a contest. Val's were comfortable winners 2.20 to 1.5.  Captain Jean Lucey accepted the plate on behalf of the team amid great celebrations. Well done also to St Val's Aoife Plunkett who was named player of the match.
St. Val's: Jean Sullivan, Catriona Barrett, Sinead Cotter, Marie Ambrose, Niamh Canty, Claire Ambrose, Eva Dunne, Briege Corkery (2), Vera Foley (1), Jean Lucey (5) (capt), Máiréad Corkery (1.1), Alana Buckley (1), Claire Byrne (2), Joanne Down (1.4), Aoife Plunkett (4). Subs used Becky Hennigan, Aine Murphy, Ellen Coakely, Katie O'Callaghan, Fiona Crowley.

Canovee G.A.A. 

Canovee 4.07   Aghinagh 2.11
Canovee played Aghinagh in the under 13 B league final in Carrigadrohid on October 29th. The teams displayed top class football and great sportsmanship in perfect conditions, with the pitch in top class condition. Canovee got off to a good start with two early goals from John McMahon and led at half time by 2.05 to 1.05, with Darragh Cronin, Eoin Cullen, Denis Murphy and David O'Keeffe all getting on the score sheet. The second half proved to be a very even affair with both teams having periods of dominance. Two second half goals by Eoin Cullen and Darragh Cronin kept Canovee ahead and, despite a late Aghinagh onslaught, Canovee managed to hold out for a narrow win. After the match the trophy was presented to delighted Canovee captain, Cathal Moynihan.
Canovee:  Cathal Moynihan, Eoin Lehane, David Carroll, Billy Kingston, Patrick O'Neill, Sean Browne, Shane Riordan, Denis Murphy, David O'Keeffe, Daniel Akinabolla, Darragh Cronin, Daniel O'Driscoll, John McMahon, Eoin Cullen, David Tubber.

Sliabh Rua 6.07    Canovee 1.04
Canovee played Sliabh Rua in the under 14 B league final at Ballinaspittle on November 4 and Sliabh Rua proved much too strong, running out comfortable winners.  Eoin Cullen scored the Canovee goal. A big thank you to the players, parents and selectors, Don Carroll, John Kingston, Niall Lucey and Seamus Murphy, who all made a great effort this year. This game brought an end to the playing season. Canovee under age played over 60 competitive games in the new eastern division with all teams involved. Although the season has gone very well, the big big bone of contention has been the amount of travelling involved. Hopefully this will be looked at for next year.

Lotto:  November 4: Number Drawn: 2, 17, 20, 22. No winner. €50  Roxy Keane, Cloughduv. €25  John O'Sullivan, Ballincollig; Ronan Conlon, Aherla. Jack the Joker, Rital Ahern, Ballincollig. Next lotto draw on November 11 in The Carrig Inn for jackpot of €4,300.

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West Muskerry Girls U 10 team who won the Gold Medals at the Munster Championships ©Collette O'Riordan

West Muskerry A.C.

West Muskerry A.C. was in action on October 29 in Conna in the County B Cross Country Championships.  Again big numbers turned up for the races and medals were awarded to the first 6 across the finish line and the first three teams. In the boys U 11 1000m, all 5 boys from West Muskerry did themselves proud.  Eoin Moynihan stayed with the lead group in the early stages of the race and made his move to sprint home with 150m to go and was well deserving of the gold medal.  He was closely followed by his team mates Conor O'Leary, Conor Lucey, Jack Sexton and Diarmuid Moynihan.  The boys missed out on team medals by 1 point but the club is very proud of their achievement. In the Boys U 15 2,500m, again the West Muskerry colours of blue and orange were to the fore when the boys came home in 1st place, third place and fourth place.  Pádraig Moynihan lead the race and pulled away with 500m to go and was well clear to be crowned County B U 15 Champion.  Colm O'Mahony was in third place having made steady progress throughout the race.  It was Colm's first big race and he has shown some promising talent.  He was followed home by team mate James Cronin who again had a fantastic race after just returning to athletics after taking a year out.  The boys won the gold medal in the team competition and is definitely a team to watch out for in the future.
In the Girls U 17 3000m The O'Sullivan twins showed some fantastic running when they crossed the finish line in 1st and 2nd place.  The girls stuck together throughout the race and  finished strongly and well clear of the rest of the field with Stephanie coming in 1st place and Sharon 2nd.  Both girls have shown huge improvement in the last few months and we wish them luck in their next few races. In the boys U 13 1500m again all four boys ran fantastic races.  Eric Moynihan was first home and captained his team to the silver medals.  Eric was just out of the individual medals but never gave up. He was followed home by Muiris Foley who again showed great determination and team spirit as he was running up an age.  He was followed home by Christopher Maher and Nicky J. Dromey who both ran fantastically and again are a team to watch out for in the future. In the Girls U 13 1500m Ciara Maguire showed what it is to be a true athlete when she competed in her first race this year. In the girls U 11 again all four girls had an outstanding race. Annie Maher was just out of the individual medals after running a fantastic race and the team were just out of the medals.  They were Annie Maher, Sarah McCarthy, Eireann O'Shea and Kate Maguire.  With another bit of training they will be a team to watch out for. In the boys U 9 750m, Darren Moynihan, Jason McCarthy and Patrick Lahrell all ran a great race.  The boys had the same points as the third place team medal winners but lost out on count back. In the Novice B 6000m Noel Moynihan and Pat O'Neill tried their first Cross Country race and did the club proud, finishing the course very strongly.
Two of West Muskerry A.C. athletes were competing in the County Junior and Senior Cross Country held in Carrignavar on Sunday, November 4. Rachael O'Shea and Annemarie O'Connor both competed in the Junior Ladies 4000m.  Both girls took to the front from the gun and pulled away from the rest of the field.  On the 2nd of two laps Rachael made her move and pulled away and finished strongly to be crowned County Junior Champion for 2012.  Annemarie followed her home and claimed 2nd place.  It was a great achievement by both girls. The club will be completing in the Munster uneven ages on Sunday November 11at Waterford IT and we wish them all well.

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Teresa Looney, President Macroom Golf Club, with Eileen Kelly, first, and other prizewinners at Ladies President's Prize  ©O'Sullivan Photo, Macroom.

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt

The Annual General Meeting was held recently, attended by a good percentage of members at the Club House, Annahala. Also present was County Board Rep and National Coach, Stephen Enneguess. Having heard reports from the various Officers, it was agreed that 2012 was a very successful year for the Club in spite of the bad weather conditions all through the summer.
Officers for 2013:  Maureen Foley was elected Trustee in place of her late husband, Dan, who died unexpectedly during the year. Present Trustees are, Maureen Foley, P.J. Curtin, Sean O'Leary, Dan Cronin. Chairman, Dan Kiely. Vice Chairman, P.J. Curtin. Hon Sec. Dan Cronin. Hon Treasurer, Kevin O'Donovan. Asst Treasurer, Maureen Foley. President, Brendan Swanton. Captain, Michael Dunlea. Competitions Secretary, Sean O'Leary. P.R.O. Sean O'Leary. Juvenile Officers, Frances O'Riordan and Kathleen O'Leary. Committee: Ml. Vaughan, Sean Foley, Jim O'Donoghue, Ann Barrett, Damien Tobin, Declan Cronin, Pat Foley, John O'Sullivan.
Membership 2013: Family with two Juveniles €120. Adults €80. Juveniles €15. Students €40. OAP. €50. Associate membership €50. Green fees: Adults, €5. Juveniles, €2.
 Next Committee meeting Monday 12th Nov. at 8.00pm.

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Primary school senior classes at Lee Valley Basket Ball Training day in Macroom   ©Peter Scanlan

Lee Valley Basket Ball Club

U18b Lee Valley 45 Donoughmore 23

This u18b match started off very well for the Lee Valley girls.  They went ahead in the first quarter and played very well to stay ahead.  The Donoughmore girls tried hard to fight back but the Lee Valley girls were the stronger team. Playing well for Lee Valley were:  Yvonne Burgoyne, Jessica O'Mullane, Michelle McCarthy, Rebecca Barry, Emma Healy, Lauren Buckley, Sarah Beth O'Mullane, Siofra Burgoyne, Grainne Masters and Suzanne Barry.

U16b  Lee Valley  34   Ballincollig  33
This U16b game started off fast and even with the teams level right up to the last quarter.  The Ballincollig girls did very well as they had only six players.  In the fourth quarter it was even scoring but Ballincollig gave away two free shots, one which went in, putting Lee Valley ahead by 1 point.  This all happened in the last 10 seconds so it was very exciting to watch. Lee Valley:   Lauren Buckley, Siofra Burgoyne, Grainne Masters, Sarah Beth O'Mullane, Orla Hannon, Aine Barry, Michaela O'Keefe, Suzanne Barry, Brionagh Healy and Julie O'Sullivan.  

Lee Valley -  52   Crosshaven-2  - 16
Lee Valley got off to a great start in this game leading by 32 points after the first 2 quarters. They continued to dominate throughout the match with all players playing very well. The top-scorers for Lee Valley were Joanne Kelly, Sarah Doyle, Aideen Buckley and Kate Brady.  Lee Valley Team:  Meav Barry, Saoirse McCarthy, Caoimhe O'Driscoll, Aoife Doyle, Sarah Doyle, Grace Kiernan, Joanne Kelly, Brionna Grimaldi, Aideen Buckley, Katie Ronan, Marian Lee, Kate Brady.

Lee Valley 20   Carraig na bhFear  52
Lee Valley Team: Cloda O'Donoughue, Miriam Murnane, Michaela Shorten, Sophie Shanahan, Eileen Condon, Hanna O'Donovan, Erika O'Shea, Ashling Lehane, Emma Cronin, Megan Healy, Mary Ann.
New members always welcome, any enquiries to Lee Valley Basketball Club (085) 751 6908 after 6 pm.