Lee Valley Outlook April 18 2013 v10e8

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Lee Valley Diary

Briery Gap:

Fri. April 19 7.30 p.m. Gala Opening of 'South Pacific'.
Sat. Ap. 20. Sun. 21, Fri. 26, Sat. 27 and Sun. 28 at 8p.m. 'South Pacific'.
Mon. Ap. 22 at 8.30p.m. Rome with Love
Mon.13th May at 8.30 pm: The Sapphires.
Mon. 20th May at 8.30 pm: The Glenn Miller Story.

 Macroom Library:
Ciorcal Cainte Mon. April 29 11.30 a.m. – 12.30
Adult Book Club: Wed. May 1 11.30a.m.
The Purlies Thurs. May 2 at 11a.m.
Penn bookclub Fri. May 3 at 4p.m. 
Gramophone Circle with Pat Lomasney, Mon. May 13 at 11a.m.

 Bealtaine Festival

Thurs. May 2   Soundsphere in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 3.30p.m.
Friday, May 3 Coffee Morning in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 10.30a.m.
Mon. May 13 Sapphires  in the Briery Gap at 8.30p.m.
Tues. May 14 Social Evening in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 8.30p.m.
Wed. May 15 Down Memory Lane in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 11a.m.
Mon. May 20 at 8.30p.m. The Glenn Miller Story in the Briery Gap
May 26 - 31 Macroom Senior Citizens annual holiday to Athlone

 Fleadh Chorcaí Programme:
Oíche Ghaeltachta Fri. May 3rd
Concert in Ionad Cultúrtha, Thurs. May 9th with Dónal Lunny, Zoe Conway and Máirtín O'Connor
Official opening on Fri. May 10th.
Céilí mór with the Deenagh Céilí Band and a singers' club, Satu. 11th
Mass in Irish on Sun. May 12, followed by senior age-group competitions
Competitions and the 'Gig Rig' on the street throughout the weekend.

Dromleigh Parents' Association table quiz in Dromey's Bar, Kilmichael on Fri. 19th Ap. at 8.30pm.
Table Quiz at Macroom Golf Club, Fri 19th April at 8p.m.
Ladies Late Luncheon on Fri, 26th April at 5.30pm in the Castle Hotel.
Berrings Macra Fun Run in aid of Cope Foundation from Inniscarra Community Centre, Ballyanly, Sun. 28th Ap. at 2pm
Victorian Tea Party in Community Centre, Stuake, Donoughmore, Sat. 4th May at 8.30pm
Macroom Flower and Garden Club on Thurs. May 23. Members' Social Evening, with a visit to a local garden.
"Suicide Aware"  Run/ Walk. Cill na Martra G.A.A. Pitch. Sun. May 26. 11a.m. 10 mile/ 11km.
Gathering for Paper Sacks: event in the Castle Hotel, Macroom on 24th May.

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 

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The cast of South Pacific, which runs in the Briery Gap Macroom April 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, with promoters from Macroom Lions Club and Kilmurry Historical Society    ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Updates

South Pacific Launch

Two promoters, Macroom and District Lions Club and Kilmurry Historical Society, attended the press launch of South Pacific in the Briery Gap recently. Pat O'Connell, speaking on behalf of the Briery Gap Board, said that the annual musicals help to keep the theatre solvent. The Briery Gap is vital for the nurture and development of drama, music, dance etc in the Lee Valley, but, with no national funding, it's a constant challenge to keep the doors open. He thanked all the cast and back stage crew who give freely of their time and talent. He also thanked Macroom and District Lions Club and Kilmurry Historical Society who have come on board to sell tickets for the opening night and for Saturday, April 27, making these shows gala occasions, with pre-show cheese and wine receptions. Tickets for the gala shows are €20. Tickets on all other nights are €15. 
Brendan O'Brien spoke of the great talent of Director, Kevin Hough, from whom the cast can learn an enormous amount. He underlined the importance of theatre in the community. Macroom has a marvellous facility in the Briery Gap and he promised that South Pacific would be a wonderful show. Pat Kelleher, speaking on behalf of the Lions Club, said that participating in stage productions can change one's life for the better. The Lions Club has helped many worthy causes over the year and are very pleased to sponsor the Gala Opening Night of South Pacific. Noel Howard, KHAS, said that they too are in the business of promoting cultural goals and preserving our heritage. The Society is very pleased to help promote the Gala Show on Saturday, April 27.

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 Pat Kelleher, Macroom who contests the final of the Over 60 Show in Cork City Hall on May 26. ©

Pat for Over 60s Final

The Over 60s Talent Competition semi-finals were held at the City Hall, Cork on Sunday, April 14. Twenty contestants from Cork city and county took part and ten of these qualified for the final, to be held in the City Hall on Sunday, May 26. Pat Kelleher, Codrum, Macroom represented Macroom Senior Citizens and it came as no surprise to all who have seen him perform that he is through to the final. A strong contingent from Macroom was in the City Hall to support Pat at the semi-finals and it is expected that a great crowd of Macrompians will again attend the final to cheer on our local talent. Unfortunately, the date of the final clashes with Macroom Senior Citizen holiday in Athlone, so many of Pat's supporters will miss out on the event.

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 Máiréad Corkery, St. Mary's, Macroom, chosen Player of the Month by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association.     © An Scoil

St. Mary's Updates

March Player of the Month: Congratulations to St. Mary's Transition Year student Máiréad Corkery, who has been selected as player of the month by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association. Máiréad was chosen on the basis of all Inter-County and club matches that took place in Ireland during the month of March. She will travel to Dublin on Tuesday 16 April to receive her award from the Association. Well done, Máiréad  on a great sporting achievement!

Visit to the Poor Clare Convent: First Year students from St Mary's Secondary School, Macroom, recently visited the Poor Clare Convent, College Road, Cork. The sisters issued an invitation and the school was delighted to accept. The sisters warmly greeted the visiting students. The visit raised the girls' awareness of another type of lifestyle and value system. What they found most amazing was the sisters' happiness. The Poor Clare Sisters made it a fun meeting for the students and they spoke of the centrality of Christ in their lives.

Student Account of Visit: On Thursday, 7th February 2012, the 1A1 class of St. Mary's Secondary School visited the Poor Clare's in College Road, Cork. We had previously written to the nuns and were delighted when they replied individually to each student. We then went and visited the nuns in their Closed Order Convent.  We gave the nuns some presents: a box of Marks & Spencer's biscuits and a bunch of flowers, and the nuns in return provided the 18 girls with biscuits of their own and drinks. They then went on to talk about their life in the convent and we would all agree that it was an experience not to be forgotten. The nuns told us about their lifestyles, how they grow their own food in the garden, the times they pray and go to Mass and how they chose a vegetarian lifestyle, excluding fish. The nuns were also very interested to find out about the changes in Macroom Town, especially Sister Mary, who grew up in the town itself. They told us that they were very close to God and lived their life abiding by his ways, trusting him completely. It was a very exciting day and I'm sure no one will forget it anytime soon.

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Presentation of €1,000 - proceeds of a Gala Demonstration by Macroom Flower Club, to Macroom Hospital. From left - Eileen Kelly (President), Nora Gallagher (Secretary), Katie Dineen and Ann Leahy (Honorary Members), Bernie Buckley, Macroom Hospital and Ann Quinlan, Chairman © O'Sullivan Photo, Macroom   

McEgan College Updates

Make a Book: Some 2nd and 1st Year students recently partook in the JCSP Make a Book Competition. Students designed their own project based on Suzanne Collins's famous novel 'The Hunger Games'. Their project was outstanding and it was displayed in City Hall in Cork. Students then visited City Hall with their English teacher, Ms. Morris, to showcase their project. A great day was had by all and well done to all participants!

UCC Awards: McEgan College celebrated on March 20 in UCC's Boole Library, as eight students were awarded with certificates and medals for their achievements in various areas of learning, e.g. Science, Maths, Irish and European languages...The night was attended by the students, their families and Máire Ni Laoire (HSCL co-ordinator). The following second year students were recognised and commended :Laura Watson, Mary Ann Healy, Saoirse O'Mahony, Cillian Williamson, Malachy Heubach, Justin Coleman, Caolán Shorten and Alan O'Sullivan. The staff of McEgan College would like to congratulate all the students....This is the first step of many, we hope,  to attaining their third level education.

Lourdes and Shrines of France

Reservations are now being taken for the 2013 Mid Cork Pilgrimage to Lourdes and the Shrines of France. The 7 night, 8 day tour commences on October 13 and pilgrims will be accompanied by Spiritual Director, Fr. Dónal Ó Briain, P.P. Ballyvourney, and Tour Director, Pádraig O'Driscoll. For further information, please contact O'Driscoll Travel, Macroom and Millstreet at 026 41342; 029 70030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.odriscolltravel.ie

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Former employees of Irish Paper Sacks, Macroom prepare for a Gathering event in the Castle Hotel, Macroom on 24th May. Front: Tony Daly and Roberto Duarte.  Back: John Vaughan, Brian O'Sullivan, Martin Coughlan and Kate O'Keeffe. © O'Sullivan Photo, Macroom  

Gathering for Paper Sacks

Former employees of Irish Paper Sacks, Macroom are currently planning a Gathering event in the Castle Hotel, Macroom on 24th May. Paper Sacks employed 70 – 80 people in Macroom 1975 to 1987, principally making containers for animal foodstuffs. The gathering will commence with Mass for deceased employees and this will be followed by a social in the Castle Hotel, admission €15. Organisers include Nellie Casey, Tony Daly, Roberto Duarte, John Vaughan, Brian O'Sullivan, Martin Coughlan and Kay O'Keeffe. Further details can be got from Tony Daly 086.3385429 or Martin Coughlan MCC.. 087.6437952.

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 Derry Coakley, right, presents the Sean Coakley Cup to Patrick Buckley, Rylane, winner of Local Reversible at West Cork County Ploughing Championship at Coolcower, Macroom. Also included, Pat and Kevin Healy, Tractors, Sponsors  © O'Sullivan Photo, Macroom  

Macroom Tidy Towns Meeting

The meeting heard that the Church gate collection raised €1,269. Eric Knowles, Lios na Fea will assist in setting up a website.
Cleanups. It was reported that work days had worked very well with good numbers out on 3 Saturday mornings litter picking and washing signs and bins.  Other work required was the painting of street furniture and railings, some shrub bed maintenance, litter picking in black spots, signs/bollards on approach roads. It was also said that we could possibly power wash and paint an odd house, with the permission of owner. The scouts were asking for suitable work for them to do. Adopt a Road Scheme was being promoted.
Litter Challenge is coming up in May and 3 new estates were selected for entry: An Gleann/ Carrigban, the Hermitage, Colman's Park.  Three judging periods: May 13th/22nd,  May 27th to June 5th,  June 10th to 19th. Sweeper was promised in a few weeks and we will get notice.
Flower Baskets.  Jackie Hickey will not be doing the flowers. Quotations were got from Griffins and O'Mahony's and we will go with Martin O'Mahony. He might also be asked to do a couple of beds, one in the cark park at Bus Éireann side.
Publicity.  The question of using a shop window to display pics, bronze medal, etc was raised.  We could also use the display board in the town centre island.
A full page ad in the Lee Valley was suggested in advance of litter league, giving details of the competition.  Newsletter may also be done.  It was also suggested that a longer feature article on the Tidy Towns be written, several pages for publication and circulation. Application for the Litter Challenge was to be completed. Tidy Towns Application is to be done, and Town Clerk will have to be involved. Work planned for Sat next 13th, meet at Castle, painting and cleaning.  Copy of contacts was circulated as well as copies of critical comments in the Tidy Towns competition.

Bealtaine Festival in Macroom

Macroom Senior Citizens, in association with the Briery Gap, have planned a very full programme of events for the forthcoming Bealtaine Festival. It opens on Thursday, May 2 with a performance by Soundsphere in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 3.30p.m. Admission is free. This wonderful quartet from the U.K. are in Cork as part of the Gathering extension of Cork Choral Festival. A Coffee Morning will be held in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 10.30a.m. on Friday, May 3 and a Bealtaine Film, Sapphires, will show in the Briery Gap at 8.30p.m. on Monday, May 13, admission €4. There will be a Social Evening in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 8.30p.m. on Tuesday, May 14. Music is by Lee Sound and admission is free. Wednesday May 15 offers a sing-along Down Memory Lane in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 11a.m. with Anne, Tony and Kevin. Admission free. The Glenn Miller Story will be screened in the Briery Gap on Monday, May 20 at 8.30p.m. Admission €4. Macroom Senior Citizens annual holiday to the Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone Sunday May 26 to Friday May 31 is completely booked out and should bring Bealtaine 2013 to an enjoyable conclusion.

Macroom Library Notes 

Do come in and see our James N. Healy exhibition. A series of large boards with text and good quality images from shows he appeared in throughout a long career as a writer, actor, and producer spanning four decades from the 1950's. It remains here until the end of April. Ciorcal Cainte, hosted by Nora Levis, takes place next on Monday 29th April at 11.30. All welcome to this informal chat in Irish over a cup of tea. It is no longer possible to just pick up a form to renew your driving licence at the Garda station or at the Library. Forms can only be downloaded from the RSA website and this can be done at the library, once you are a member. The warmer days and long evenings mean many people will be working in their gardens and perhaps doing some hill walking at weekends.  Macroom library has a large selection of books on these and other topics. 6 items can be borrowed at one time.
Fixtures: Wednesday May 1st Adult Book Club at 11.30am. Thursday May 2nd   the Purlies Knitting Group meets at 11.am until 12.30.
Penn Book Club will meet on Friday May 3rd at 4p.m. The current title is 'Ned Only' by Barbara Willard. Copies are available at the desk
Membership: Adult membership: €2.50 for a year; Children's membership €0.50 cents; Senior citizens:  Free. Opening hours   10.00am to 5.30 p.m, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Late Opening on Tuesday until 7.30

April Gramophone Recital

Máiréad Herlihy presented the April recital on a very unspringlike 8th April. Her varied selection was enjoyed by a large audience, undaunted by the inclement weather. These included some residents of Care Choice Nursing Home. All attendees were in agreement that it was worth the effort to come.  A mix of local and international talent was featured. Cork's Cara O'Sullivan sang 'I dreamt that I dreamt in Marble Halls'. Recent Gradam award winner, Seamus Begley, was accompanied by Rita Connolly in a lovely version of 'Cois Laoi'. The hugely popular André Rieu featured next, followed by a restful Chopin nocturne.  As it was still within the Easter season, Máiréad played a modern version of the 'Halleluiah Chorus' by Handel, featuring Gladys Knight and Roger Daltrey. This universally recognizable piece of music, first performed in Dublin in 1742, has been described as the anthem of heaven. Chilean tenor Tito Beltran singing 'Una Furtiva Lacrima' slowed the pace a little. The audience was next treated to the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, always a popular choice. This is just a selection of the music played.   The programme concluded with the rousing and atmospheric 'Finlandia' by Sibelius. Máiréad thanked Eddie Hogan who managed the tracking of the C.D's with his usual skill and enthusiasm; Eileen Hackett for the invitation to present, and the library staff for their hospitality. The May recital will be hosted by Pat Lomasney on Monday 13th May.

Young Theatre Company

The management of the Briery Gap, Macroom invites young people (30 years and younger) from all over the Lee Valley to join Briery Gap Young Players. All interested in drama, music, stagecraft etc. are most welcome. The Lee Valley has a long and honourable tradition in stage productions and such a Youth Group can foster talent as well as being a great social outlet. The company plans to stage at least 2 productions each year. Previous experience is not essential. All interested should contact the Briery Gap Box Office, Macroom, Co Cork, giving Name, Address, Email, Phone, Mobile, Previous Experience (if any) and Main Theatre Interest e.g. Music, Drama, Stage Management, Direction, Writing, Technical(lighting and sound), Other.
Application forms at Box Office. Enquiries to 026 41793 and 087 2755080.

Briery Gap Programme 

South Pacific Briery Gap Annual Musical. Gala Opening Night in association with Macroom Lions Club, Friday April 19 and Gala Night in association with Kilmurry Museum on Saturday, April 27. Tickets €20 (includes wine and finger food). Also on Saturday and Sunday, April 20 – 21 and Friday and Sunday April 26 and 28. Tickets €15. 10% off group bookings.
Sulan Film Society presents To Rome with Love on Monday, April 22 at 8.30p.m. Director Woody Allen. Country USA, Italy. Year 2012, Running Time 111m Certificate 12A. Paris was midnight. Now we are roaming the sun-dappled streets of Trastevere and climbing the Spanish Steps, where Woody Allen composes his hilarious and star-studded love letter to Rome. Alec Baldwin is a writer revisiting the scenes of an old love; Jesse Eisenberg is a young man torn between his girlfriend, Greta Gerwig, and aspiring actress and femme fatale Ellen Page; Penelope Cruz is a voluptuous woman of the streets who gives a young bridegroom a lesson in love; Roberto Benigni is an ordinary Roman contending with sudden, inexplicable adoration, and Woody himself is an eccentric opera director who comes to Rome with wife Judy Davis and finds an unlikely new star to promote. To Rome with Love finds Woody Allen in a merry mood: it's a breezy, kaleidoscopic comedy about amore, infidelity, the fickleness of fame and the strange consequences of singing in the shower. Admission €7 Two tickets for €12
Bealtaine Films: Monday 13th May at 8.30 pm: The Sapphires. Monday 20th May at 8.30 pm: The Glenn Miller Story. Admission €4.

Local TV Programmes

Sun. April 21: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Programme on An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire by the late John Aherne and Diarmuid Roche in 1988.
6.30p.m. News and Sport; Mid Cork Junior A football final 2012 Iveleary v Kilmurry. 
Wed. April 24:  9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Music, song and dance from Creedon's Hotel, Inchigeela Part 1

Sun. April 28: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Donal Enright and his connections with St. Padre Pio
6.30p.m. Repeat of LTV. Wed. Programme.

Wed. May 1: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Music, song and dance from Creedon's Hotel, Inchigeela Part 2.

Sun. May 6: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Annual Mass from Shrone.
6.30p.m. Repeat of LTV. Wed. Programme.


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Dromleigh Parents' Association has organized a table quiz in Dromey's Bar, Kilmichael on Friday 19th April at 8.30pm. Great night out guaranteed!

Berrings Macra will hold a 10km Fun Run in aid of Cope Foundation. Run/Jog/Walk will start at Inniscarra Community Centre, Ballyanly on Sunday 28th April at 2pm and is open to all. Donation fee will apply, with a minimum contribution of €5. Sponsor cards are also available. Contact 086 1056156.

Table Quiz at Macroom Golf Club, Fri 19th April @ 8pm. Four Person Table Quiz. €40 per table.(NOT a golf quiz). All welcome.

Ladies Late Luncheon fundraiser for Macroom Ladies Football in conjunction with Macroom Juvenile Club on Friday 26th April at 5.30pm in the Castle Hotel. Tickets €50 per person, including wine reception, spot prizes, music and lots more. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fáiltiú na Fléidhe Oíche Ghaeltachta in Óstán Ghobnatan, Dé hAoine, 3ú Bealtaine 8.30p.m. Togha agus rogha na n-amhránaithe agus na gceoltóirí agus léiriú beo de na traidisiúin bhéil agallaimh bheirte, lúibíní, ceapóga, amhráin saothair agus scéalaíocht. Saorchead isteach. 

Pilgrimage to Shrone: The annual May Mass will be celebrated at Shrone on Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. Pilgrims who wish to make the annual pilgrimage on foot may leave from Sean Cronin's yard, at 8a.m. or the Mills at 9a.m.

D.V.D of Johnstown / Kilmichael Vintage & Harvest Festival 2012 is available now and is on sale at €10. For more information contact 087 6289734, 087 2916325 or 086 3738764 or any club committee member. The club would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their help and support in 2012. €17,000 was shared between all the beneficiaries and that amount would be impossible to raise without all the kind and generous support and donations from our sponsors and from everyone. Hopefully this year will be equally  successful .

Macroom Ladies Football Training Times: (All girls 6 years+) U8, U10, U12, U14 training Wednesdays 6.30pm in Tom Creedon Park. U16 and Junior training Wednesdays at 7.15pm in Tom Creedon Park. New players always welcome. Some fun, fresh air and football!

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: April 7. Numbers drawn 2, 5, 17, 28. No winner. €50 Mossy Keane, Cloughduv. €25 Niall Lucey Canovee; John Barry Murphy, Canovee. Jack the Joker Ger Ahern ,Aherla.
April 14th. Jackpot €7,600.  Numbers drawn 4, 5, 10, 22. No winner. €50 Ellen Ahern, Aherla. €25 euroHeather Grace, Tara Lyons, Canovee. Lucey family, Nettleville. Jack the Joker Connie O'Keeffe. Next lotto draw on April 21st for a jackpot of €7,750 in the Spreading Chestnut, Cloughduv.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: 7/4/2013 - No Jackpot Winner.  Numbers drawn 12, 20, 30. €50 Bracken Family, Mount Bolus, Co. Offaly. €20 Matt O'Leary, Coolnadane; Denis & Mary O'Regan, Dromacullen; Briege Corkery, Drombeg, Dave Barry, Laharn.
14/4/2013 - No Jackpot Winner.  Numbers drawn 1, 12, 26.  €50  Theresa Buckley, Macroom.  €20 Con & Noreen O'Connor, Rusheen; Pat Casey, Shanakiel; Pat O'Callaghan, Umera; Martina Casey, Carriganine. 
Next lotto draw for €1,450 Jackpot will take place in "The Làine Bar", Ballinagree on Sunday 21st April at 9.00 p.m.

Coachford AFC Lotto. 2/4/2013, Jackpot: €5,600, Numbers Drawn: 23 - 29 - 36, No Winner, €40 Dan Cooney, €20 Alan Hogan, Herbert O' Sullivan, Mary O' Riordan, Ben O' Connell.
8/4/2013, Jackpot: €5,800, Numbers Drawn: 8 - 12 - 21, No Winner, €40 Caitlyn Bradley, €20 John Healy, Hillary Walsh, Tom & Marie Riordan (Yearly Ticket), Willie Barrett (Yearly Ticket).
15/4/2013, Jackpot :€6,000, Numbers Drawn: 17 - 30 - 33, No Winner, €40 Jack Healy, €20 Ray Lynch, Don Manning, Noel Foley, Conor Fleming.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto. April 9. Jackpot €1,200. Numbers drawn 9, 15 and 34. No winner.  €70 Colum Oldham, Beechville, Coachford. €20, Declan Tobin, Castle Court, Macroom; Hugh Twomey, Middle Square; Jerry Lynch, Ballymakeera; Margaret Lucey, South Square; Brid O'Driscoll, Sullane Weirs.

Lee Valley Updates

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The Girls' Chorus at Showstoppers in Clondrohid  © Clondrohid Photographers

Clondrohid Updates

Boxing: Once again Michael Desmond from Clondrohid is in the news. He defeated Conor Yendell ( Can Lough ) to take gold for Macroom Boxing club at the All Ireland Championships (National Boy 4 and Youth 1 & 2 Championships 91 kg+ ). The fight was stopped in the second round.
Showstoppers: 'O What a Life', and what can you say about this show only 'O what a Show'. As we have come to expect over the years, the performances never disappoint. Well done to everybody involved, especially Catherine and Ann, children, teenagers, mums and dads, especially all those who gave freely of their spare time. Thanks to all the sponsors, who donate each year so generously. This year the proceeds for the show will stay local, helping to fund much needed repairs and renovations in Clondrohid Parish, Church and Hall.
5 Mile Fundraiser: For the third year in a row, the people of Clondrohid and surrounds are taking to the road to raise much needed funds for Cancer Research. A 5 mile run will take place on Saturday April 27, starting at the G.A.A. grounds at 3pm. It will take a different route this year around the village. So far €35, 000 has been raised. All fitness levels will be catered for. Contact 0214544400 or 0872420735 or log on to www.breakthroughcancerresearch.ie for more information.
G.A.A.News: Clondrohid G.A.A. club would like to extend their deepest sympathy to Jerry and Nellie Manning on the untimely death of their son, Jerry R.I.P.. Jerry and his brothers, John, David, Martin, Raymond, and Kevin, all played football with Clondrohid. Jerry and Nellie are staunch supporters of the club and can be seen supporting and urging on players at all level of matches. The Club's sympathies are extended to all Manning families, and to his wife Marion and children Claire and Jack, and to the McSweeney Families. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
April 6 Minor Football league took place between Clondrohid and St. Peter's in Rockchapel. Result: Clondrohid 4 - 6 to St. Peters 3 - 12.
In Junior A  League, Clondrohid travelled to Inchigeela to play the home side. In atrocious weather conditions, Clondrohid were up 2 points at half time having played against the wind and rain. Inchigeela upped the tempo in the second half and were 1 point up going into injury time, but thanks to a great point by Matthew McDonagh in injury time the teams finished level, a fitting result in the dreadful weather conditions.
Fixtures: Friday April 19  Minor hurling league will take place between Clondrohid and Grenagh in Clondrohid at 7 p.m.
Monday April 22  U16 hurling league will take place between Kildorrery and Clondrohid in Kildorrery at 7.45 p.m. As always please check local notices for changes
Lotto: Congratulations to Tim Kiely c/o Mid Cork Pallets who won the €3,000 jackpot and to Paul Burke who sold the ticket. €70 Sean Balfe, Kilgobnait. €20 Mary K. Lucey c/o Pat O.Brien, Jim Good The Pub Carriganima, Mary Nagle Ovens, Anne O'Connell Gortnapeasta.
Week 2. Clondrohid's jackpot has been won two weeks in a row and the second lucky recipients  are The Duggan family, Moulnahorna. Congratulations and well done. The seller was Gerard Kelleher. €70 Anne Casey Rusheen. €20 Thomas Corkery Jnr., Dangansillagh; J & D Coughlan Macroom; Dan Cronin Macroom; Conor Lynch, Hartnett's Cross Macroom.

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Clann Aire celebrates 10 yrs in Clondrohid with the cutting of a tape by the four children who were babies in the crèche on the first day - Brian Murphy, Jerh Kelleher, Nicole Kelleher & Lauren Healy. © Clondrohid Photographers

Clann Aire Open Day: Despite the inclement weather conditions the open day on Saturday April 13 was a huge success! Large crowds made their way to Clann Aire to join with Clondrohid Community Creche & Pre-School in celebrating their 10 years of business. Fr Anthony Wickham began the proceedings by blessing the building, the childcare staff and the families that pass through it each day. The celebrations were officially opened by four very important young people, Nicole Kelleher, Jerh Kelleher & Brian Murphy. They were also celebrating their 10th year in Clann Aire and were joined by Lauren Healy, Clondrohid Community Crèche's first baby! They cut the ribbon to get the party off to a flying start. Simple Complication provided the music all day. Some of the entertainment on the day was "Animal Road Show", which was a great attraction . Face painting, a clown, and loads of indoor games were available to the children all day. John Desmond and Matt Kelleher were flat out  cooking on the barbecue and refreshments were also served & provided by the Staff of Clann Aire. Overall the organising committee were thrilled by the huge support they received from all of their past and present families and also their past employees & their families that joined them for the day's celebrations. Well done to all in Clann Aire and especially to the founder members for having the foresight to drive on with this project in different times, for providing local employment, and the great care they give to all the children. Clann Aire cares for children from 4 months to 12 years. At present there are 115 children availing of the full day care facilities and 27 children attending pre school services. All involved are to complimented and wished the best in the years ahead.
Fundraiser: Following the very successful table quiz held in the Tavern on St Patrick's night, the total amount lodged to Pieta House account was €2,020. A huge thank you to everyone for their support for this worthy charity, www.pieta.ie
Recovering Your Faith: Bishop Crean, in this the year of faith, will launch a series of reflections on Faith during April and May throughout the Cloyne Diocese. The next one will be held in the Hibernian Hotel in Mallow on Monday April 22 at 8pm. Everybody welcome.
Mass in Community Hall: Weekday and Saturday and Sunday Masses continue in Clondrohid Community Hall due to renovations to the Church.

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Brendan from the Animal Roadshow entertains the children at the launch of Donoughmore Family Resource Centre in Firmount.    ©

Donoughmore Doings

Playground Fundraiser: A great day was had in Donoughmore when a Family Fun Day was held to launch the fundraising drive to build a local playground. The Animal Roadshow provided the entertainment as youngsters and their parents thronged the Family Resource Centre to catch a glimpse of snakes, lizards and other exotic creatures. The event marked the launch of fundraising to build a playground in Donoughmore. Funding of 75% is being provided by the IRD, with the balance to be raised from the local community. The drive also got off to a great start with a fantastic donation of €1250 from Jay Linehan of California, whose ancestors had originated in Donoughmore. It is hoped that, with the generous support of the community, Donoughmore Playground should be up and running for the end of the summer.

Community Council News: Renovations at the community centre are almost complete. Meetings can be booked at 7337171 and will be held in the newly built meeting rooms. Dr Ó Dubhghaill is back at the community centre Wednesdays & Fridays every week. Parking is open again at the front and back of the community centre. The first main event to be held in the hall will be the Victorian Tea Party in the Community Centre,  Stuake on Saturday 4th May at 8.30pm Admission €10. Music by John White. Enjoy freshly brewed tea, delicate cakes & sandwiches, all served by Victorian style hostesses. Booking essential ring Noreen @ 086 3248960. 

Group singing Festival for Baile Mhúirne

The group singing festival 'Guthanna na n-Oileán' (Island Voices) will be held on the 26th and the 27th April, 2013, in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne. Two concerts will take place during the festival -: on Friday April 26th Tenores di Bitti, from Italy, Mná an Oileáin from the West Kerry Gaeltacht,  Cór Chúil Aodha from the Muskerry Gaeltacht will be on stage and on Saturday 27th, Voice Squad and Cór Ban Chúil Aodha will be onstage. During the day on Saturday, there will be a conference entiteld 'Caomhnú Guthanna na nOileán' (Preserving Island Voices) and there will also be a screening of the film, 'Aisling Gheal', by film-maker Dónal Ó Céilleachair. This festival, 'Guthanna na n-Oileán', will enable different singing groups to meet and to perform for each other on stage and it will also give audiences an opportunity to experience the diverse styles and traditions of the two islands – Ireland and Sardegna. 'Guthanna na n-Oileán' is being held with funding from the Arts Council and in conjunction with the Cultural Programme to mark Ireland's presidency of the Council of the European Union, which is also supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

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Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, imreoir le foireann peile Chorcaí, ar ais ag Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh le Corn Uile Éireann Brendan Martin.  Bronnadh an chéad Bonn Óir ar iar-dhalta na scoile in onóir a héachtaí sa spóirt ag Seán Óg Ó Duinnín, Príomhoide   © An Scoil

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí sa Ghaeltacht Bealtaine 3 – 5

The countdown is on to the first ever Cork Fleadh Cheoil to be held in the Gaeltacht. Hosted by Craobh Lachtaín Naofa, the Cill na Martra branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the event takes place on May 9-12 in Baile Mhúirne. The communities of Cill na Martra and Baile Mhúirne have come together to organise the Fleadh Cheoil, which is a huge undertaking for a small village branch and has involved a string of fundraising events. The annual festival includes music sessions, céilithe, street entertainment and competitions in music, singing, Irish conversation and storytelling. Up to 1,500 competitors are due to take part in more than 40 categories, with thousands more visitors expected to throng the area over the Fleadh weekend. The organisers aim to promote the area's language and culture, with an Oíche Ghaeltachta on Friday May 3rd, which will showcase Gaeltacht singing, music, dance and the traditional stage arts of agallaimh bheirte, lúibíní, ceapóga and more. On Thursday May 9th, a concert featuring Dónal Lunny, Zoe Conway and Máirtín O'Connor in the Ionad Cultúrtha starts the Fleadh weekend itself, followed by the official opening on Friday May 10th. As well as the competitions and the 'Gig Rig' on the street throughout the weekend, Saturday 11th sees a céilí mór with the Deenagh Céilí Band and a singers' club, while Mass in Irish will be celebrated on the Sunday, before senior age-group competitions get under way.

Don chéad uair riamh, tá Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí á reachtáil sa Ghaeltacht. I mBaile Mhúirne i nGaeltacht Mhúscraí a bheidh sé ar siúl, fé choimirce Chraobh Lachtaín Naofa, Cill na Martra de Chomhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann agus tá coiste gníomhach i mbun eagraíochta cheana féin. Is tráthúil é go dtoghfaí Baile Mhriirne mar ionad don Fhleadh i mbliain seo na Gaoluinne mar, ní hamháin go bhfuil traidisiún na teangan beo briomhar san áit, ach tá traidisiún an cheoil, na filiochta, na hamhrdnaiochta agus na litriochta préamhaithe sa cheantar leis na cianta. As an nGaeltacht seo a tháinig Dónal Bán Ó Céileachair, An tAth. Peadar O Laoghaire, Seán O Riordáin, Pádraig O Crualaoi, Amhlaoibh O Loingsigh, An Suibhneach Meann, Seán O Siocháin, An Dochtúir O Loingsigh agus iliomad laoch eile a dhein gaisce ar son an chultúir. Ni hionadh gur thug Pádraig Mac Piarais an teideal 'Priomhchathair na Gaeltachta' ar Bhaile Mhúirne nuair a thug sé cuairt ar an áit i dtús an chéid seo chaite.
Ach ni hamháin go mbaineann na tréithe cultúrtha seo le ré atá caite, táid chomh beo anois agus a bhí riamh. Tá ceoltóiri go flúirseach ann idir óg agus aosta. Tá na hamhráin ar an sean-nós á múineadh don ghúin óg. Tá  ceol agus amhrán á gcumadh. Tá ceol eaglasta nuachumtha i gCúil Aodha agus i gCill na Martra. Tá Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí fos gníomhach ag spreagadh lucht bhéarsaiochta. Tá an tlonad Cultúrtha i1ár an aonaigh anseo ag obair go dian chun gach rud a bhaineann leis an gcultúr a chur chun chinn i measc an phobail. Agus tá Acadamh Fódhla ag déanamh sain-staidéir ar chúrsaí amhranaíochta, staire, talmhaiochta agus fuinnimh.

Fleadh Cheoil Art Winners

The organisers of Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí in Baile Mhúirne included art competitions for students in secondary and primary schools in Gaeltacht Mhúscraí in the 2013 programme. The following are the winners :
Meánscoil: 1. Sadhbh Ní Chróinín 2. Danielle Ní Chéilleachair 3. Shauna Nic Chárthaigh, all from Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhic Íre
Bunscoil: 1. Aidín Ní Loingsigh - Scoil Abán Naofa, Baile Mhúirne 2. Cian Ó Cróinín - Scoil Abán Naofa, Baile Mhúirne 3. Jack Ó hÉalaithe - Scoil Lachtaín Naofa, Cill na Martra
The prizes will be presented at Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí on Saturday May 11th in the Ionad Gaeilge in Coláiste Ghobnatan. 

Local author releases new book

Cal McCarthy, Carrigadrohid has just released his latest book. Co-authored with Kevin Todd of the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, The Wreck of the Neva, is McCarthy's third book. It tells the tale of the convict ship, Neva, which left Cork harbour in January 1835 and sank near Tasmania in May of that year. A few survivors made the shores of King Island, where they depended on the charity of a local sealer and his aboriginal family for more than a month before their rescue.  Neva took the lives of 224 people, making it the worst of only five convict shipwrecks that occurred in almost eight decades of transportation between the (then) UK and Australia. Only six convicts survived the wreck. Two of those have known ancestors in Australia. A tale of hardship, bravery, adventure and intrigue; The Wreck of the Neva is published by Mercier Press and is available in bookshops nationwide.

Farran UCC student is champion science communicator

Fergus McAuliffe, a postgraduate researcher in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, (BEES) at UCC, is Ireland's champion science communicator, after winning the inaugural Famelab competition in Dublin's Science Gallery. Fergus's win means that he will represent Ireland in the International final at Cheltenham in June. To win the competition, Fergus, who hails from Farran, in the Lee Valley, had to deliver a 3-minute piece on any scientific topic without the aid of powerpoint presentations or other visual cues (although hand-held props are allowed). For the first round, Fergus did a 3-minute video on the geological oddity that is a sinkhole. In the next round, he presented on his own research project and for the final he delivered a presentation on the wood frog – a type of frog that can freeze solidly and then 'come back to life' in the spring. "It really is an excellent initiative, and concept: bitesize, entertaining and understandable science, with plenty of enthusiasm thrown in. Hopefully Famelab will kick off in Ireland now that it has been run for the first time" said an enthusiastic Fergus, who is a previous winner of the HEA/Irish Independent 'Making an Impact' competition (2012). He also won the recent UCC 'Science for All' competition with a public presentation of his research area entitled "Getting Trees to do the Dirty Work". He is currently researching towards a PhD, looking at using plants to deal with wastewater from Irish homes using willow trees.

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Dromleigh Quiz team with some of their supporters and Credit Union officers at the RDS, Dublin for the National Finals of the Credit Union Quiz © An Scoil

Dromleigh N.S. at R.D.S.

The Dromleigh Credit Union Quiz Team and their families travelled to the RDS, Dublin last weekend to compete in the All Ireland Final. It was an early start for most as the bus left Dromleigh at 6.30a.m.. It was the start of an amazing day when all the children were treated to a great day out. In total one hundred teams from all thirty two counties competed, with fifty teams in the senior section. The quiz master was Marty Whelan, with commentary from Lorcan Murray. The occasion was also recorded for Nationwide. The standard was exceptionally high from every team present and when the final results were called the Dromleigh team of Anne Marie O'Mahony, Alex Callanan, Nicky John Dromey and Kieran Murphy came in fifth place, an exceptional result. The whole Dromleigh community is extremely proud of them and they deserve the warmest congratulations. The officers from Macroom Credit Union who travelled with them deserve thanks for looking after everybody so well on the day. An exhausted group finally reached Kilmichael at 11 pm.

Kilmichael Historical Society

Guerilla Days in Ireland, The Tom Barry Barry Story, is coming to the INEC, Killarney on Wednesday May 1st. This acclaimed play is now on its second run throughout the country and is highly recommended by all who see it. Kilmichael Historical Society has secured special rate tickets as a fundraiser for the development of the Kilmichael Ambush Site.  Theatre tickets cost €22.60. Theatre with dinner costs €40. Tickets can be purchased from any member of Kilmichael Historical Society or by contacting Mike on 087 7627192 or Frances on 087 8224489. This is an opportunity not to be missed.

GIY    by Michael Kelly

Recipe of the Week – Purple sprouting broccoli with anchovy and chilli dressing
When the first harvests of purple sprouting broccoli (PSB) arrive,  choose this dish, which can be a meal in itself, or at the very least an exciting starter.
Ingredients: 700g PSB or curly kale; 50g anchovy fillets; 150ml olive oil; 2 garlic cloves; fresh thyme;  ½ small red chilli (or a pinch dried flakes); 1 teaspoon dijon mustard; 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
Blend all the ingredients bar the PSB in a blender until smooth. Steam the PSB for just 3-4 minutes. Toss in a knob of butter. Warm the dressing over a low heat, adding a knob of butter. Arrange the PSB on a plate and drizzle over the dressing.  Serve with crusty bread to mop up the juices.  Delicious.
Tip of the Month – Protecting Brassica Seedlings from Cabbage Root Fly
Brassica seedlings (cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, kales) are vulnerable to cabbage root fly - the maggot of the fly bore in to the roots of the plants.  Protect the seedlings with brassica "collars" which go around the base of the plant on the ground and prevent the fly from laying its eggs.  You can buy collars or make your own with carpet, underlay or roofing felt - a 3-inch disc of material will do the job.  Growing garlic or chives nearby can also put them off apparently.


Family Silver by Humphrey Kelleher.

 A definite must for anyone interested in the GAA. Here Kelleher gives a brief history of the main cups and trophies in hurling, football, camogie, ladies football, International rules, shinty, rounders, handball and poc fada. Beautifully illustrated, he  has unearthed a photograph of each cup and photographs of most of those whose names grace the trophies.

 Available from Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €24.99.

Sports Mad

Cork County Senior Hurling Championship

Colleges/Divisions 1st Round:

Carbery   1 - 13   Muskerry   0 – 9

UCC   2 – 17   Avondhu   1 – 18

2nd Round (last chance):

Muskerry   0 – 12   Avondhu   2 – 18
Muskerry hurlers exited the Cork county senior hurling championship for 2013 when defeated by Avondhu at a cold Mallow in a game played under lights.  Muskerry stayed with the winners until half time, when Avondhu led by 1-7 to 0-8, the goal coming in the 20th minute.  On the restart however there was only one team in it and Muskerry had no answer to the North Cork men, who gave an impressive second half performance.  Avondhu got on top at midfield and their forwards put the scores on the board and they were well in control as the game went into the third quarter.  The second Avondhu goal came late in the game and was merely the icing on the cake. For Muskerry, Mark Cremin was deadly accurate from frees, notching 0-5 from placed balls (and scoring a point from play), Kevin Hallissey had three points from play and Stephen Olden, Daniel O'Connell and Conor Cotter had a point each but it was not nearly enough on the night.
With the Muskerry selectors able to draw from the Blarney, Ballincollig and Inniscarra clubs, who are all strong performers in the Premier Intermediate championship, Aghabullogue, Dripsey and Eire Óg, all holding their own in the county Intermediate grade, as well as from the strong hurling heartlands of Cloughduv and Grenagh, one might expect that Muskerry hurlers would be able to make a bigger impression on the senior hurling scene, particularly against their fellow divisions.  Avondhu were drawing from Kilworth, Fermoy, Ballyhea, Kildorrery, Buttevant, Charleville, Milford, all clubs with hurling tradition but no better than that of the Muskerry clubs.  Only two of the Avondhu players figured on the Cork hurlers' panel for the league play off with Clare and neither were on the starting fifteen.
Muskerry Team Manager John Feeney, in his report to the Mid Cork Board, did point out that clubs have their own problems getting themselves ready for their own championships and it seemed that involvement with Muskerry was not high on their priority lists.  In addition, some players were injured, some have emigrated, others were not available on the night.  The manager did thank the players on duty in both championship outings this year for their commitment and thanked the Blarney club in particular for its total co-operation with the Muskerry management.
Muskerry: Trevor Hegarty (Blarney): John O'Callaghan (Inniscarra), Paul O'Leary (Blarney), Kelvin Cummins (Grenagh): Niall Buckley (Aghabullogue), Joe Jordan (Blarney), Ciaran O'Sullivan (Ballincollig): Stephen Olden (Inniscarra), Mark Cremin (Blarney): Kevin Hallissey (Eire Og), Conor Cotter (Kilmichael), Shane Sexton (Donoughmore): Daniel O'Connell (Inniscarra), Brian Ahern (Cloughduv), Mark O'Sullivan (Dripsey). Subs Used: Ger Aherne (Cloughduv) and Mark O'Leary (Blarney).

Cork County Senior Football Championship

Colleges/Divisions Section –

1st Round - Beara   2 – 9   Muskerry   0 – 9

2nd Round Muskerry   0 – 10     Avondhu   1 – 11

Having eliminated the Muskerry hurlers from the hurling championship, Avondhu footballers then took on the Muskerry footballers a week later at Mourneabbey and repeated the exercise, emerging from the knock out contest with a deserved four point victory margin.  Avondhu thus qualified to meet UCC in the third round of the Divisions/Colleges section.  Avondhu took an early lead and forced the pace for much of the first half.  Muskerry recovered well after the break to take a one point lead twice around the three quarter stage but Avondhu then had a point to draw level again at 0-9 each and a goal in the 50th minute was the decisive score of the game and set Avondhu on the road to victory and they finished in control, adding two further points to their tally to Muskerry's single late point in reply.  Avondhu exerted pressure from the start, led early on but Muskerry were level at 0-2 each after the opening quarter.  Avondhu responded and again took the initiative and they led at half time by 0-7 to 0-4.
Muskerry lost Daniel Goulding to injury at half time, but they had a good third quarter and shot over four points in a row to go a point clear.  Avondhu equalised  in the 45th minute but Muskerry's Darragh Ring again put Muskerry into the lead with a fine point.  Avondhu again equalised and the game's only goal followed and Avondhu went on from there to tie up the victory and they had opened up a five point gap before Liam Shorten's late point for Muskerry. Sean Kiely was Muskerry's chief scorer with three points from play and Daniel Goulding, David Goold, Liam Walsh, Martin O'Connor, Andy Concannon, Darragh Ring and Liam Shorten scored 0-1 each. It was a disappointing early end to the championship for Muskerry.  Football is strong in the division at present.  Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, Naomh Abán, Macroom and Ballinora are all in Premier Intermediate grade and Cill na Martra, Aghabullogue, Canovee, Grenagh and Éire Óg are all strong Intermediate grade teams.  Six of the Muskerry team are on the present Cork training panel.
Muskerry: Shane Masters (Kilmichael); Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh), Kevin Barrett (Kilmurry), Rory Buckley (Macroom); Seamus Ó Mathúna (Naomh Abán), Fintan Goold (Macroom), Sean Kiely (Macroom); Nollaig Ó Laoire (Cill na Martra), Sean Ó Céilleachair (Cill na Martra); Liam Walsh (Grenagh), Martín Ó Conchuir (Cill na Martra), Liam Seartan (Béal Átha'n Ghaaorthaidh); David Goold (Macroom), Daniel Goulding (Eire Óg), John Dineen (Eire Óg). Subs: Aindrias Ó Coinceannain (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh), Darragh Ring (Canovee), Seamas Ó Laoire (Naomh Abán).  

Inter County Activities

Munster Minor Hurling Championship

Cork 3-15  Clare 2-14

Cork and Clare minors were level with nine minutes of normal time left but four Cork points gave the home side victory.  This was a first win in Minor Hurling for Cork against any of the counties in Munster other than Kerry since 2010, and Cork manager Pat Kenneally said "It wasn't pretty by any means, but there was nobody interested in performance tonight, it was just about getting this monkey off our backs and we succeeded in doing that". Cork got off to a great start with two points followed by a goal from a penalty and then things got even better as Kilmichael's Peter Kelleher passed to Alan Spillane, who fired home to put Cork 2-2 to nil ahead.  Clare recovered very strongly however and by half time they led by 2-8 to 2-5.  Cork had a goal immediately on the restart and but Clare never allowed Cork to surge clear.  Peter Kelleher, now at midlfield was outstanding for Cork, and he sent over two great points.  Cork went two points clear, 3-10 to 2-12, when Clare won a second penalty in the 49th minute but the shot was saved at the expense of a '65' which was pointed.  Cork finished strongly to earn their place in the semi finals scheduled for late June. Clare get a second chance in a meeting with Waterford and the winners here play Cork!
Peter Kelleher, Kilmichael and Western Gaels, was the only Muskerry player on the Cork team.  Sean Burke (Grenagh) was a sub and Shane Mulcahy of Blarney is on the training panel.

Munster U 21 Football Final

Cork   1 - 17    Tipperary   0 – 9

Cork won their third Munster title in a row by defeating Tipp at Thurles.  Tipperary led by 0-5 to 0-4 at half time but were hit by a run of Cork scores on the restart and the Cork goal in the 47th minute put the Rebels five in front and they never looked like losing subsequently. Sean Kiely of Ballincollig started the game for Cork at left half forward and Kevin Hallissey was introduced as a substitute in the 56th minute and scored a point.  Cathal Vaughan of Iveleary was also a substitute for Cork who play Cavan in the All Ireland semi final on Saturday 20th April.

Munster Minor Football Championship

Cork minor footballers play Kerry in Cork in the Munster Championship at Pairc Ui Rinn on Friday 19th April at 7pm.  The winners advance to the semi final, the losers go into the losers section.Muskerry may have a few players involved with Cork.

Allianz National Leagues

Football – Division One

Cork   0 – 10     Mayo   0 – 11

Cork footballers lost their final league game at home to Mayo and, as a result, failed to make the league semi finals.  Mayo, who came to Cork with the threat of relegation hanging over them, instead found themselves in the league semi final where they were to lose to Dublin. Cork, with the wind advantage, played direct football in the first half and after falling behind to an early Mayo point, they quickly got on top and led by 0-4 to 0-1after the opening quarter.  Fintan Goold had two points for Cork and Daniel Goulding had one also.  Cork added three points from frees in the next ten minutes, Daniel Goulding getting two of these, and they led by 0-7 to 0-1.  Points were then exchanged but Mayo had the final three points of the half as Cork eased up and at half time it was 0-8 to 0-5 in Cork's favour. Cork reverted to the blanket defence system in the second half and scored only two more points in all, one of these from a free.  Mayo were only a point adrift by the 50th minute 0-9 to 0-8, Fintan Goold scoring for Cork, and then drew level.  Daniel Goulding pointed a Cork free to edge his side back in front but then Mayo had a point to level and ten minutes from time went in front, these two points coming from sideline balls.  It was enough to win the game and left Cork manager Conor Counihan fuming.  Fellow selector Ronan McCarthy faced the press and expressed deep disappointment at the defeat and the loss of a place in the league semi final. Limerick meanwhile were defeating Clare in Ennis in Division Four and so gained promotion.  Limerick play Cork in the Munster championship in Limerick on Saturday 25th May and this is a dangerous assignment for the Rebels.
Noel O'Leary of Cill na Martra, Fintan Goold of Macroom and Daniel Goulding of Eire Óg lined out for Cork and Liam Shorten of Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh was a 66th minute substitute.  Eoin O'Mahony and David Good of Macroom were on the subs. bench for Cork but were not used.  Eire Óg's Ciarán Sheehan is out injured at present.

Hurling – Division One A Relegation play off

Clare   0 – 31   Cork   2 – 23 aet.

Cork lost a five point lead, and later a two point lead in the last two minutes, to finish level with a spirited Clare side at Limerick.  In extra time Clare had two much fire and momentum for Cork who will now play in Div One B next season. Tom Kenny of Grenagh was the only Mid Cork hurler involved.  Tom came on as a sub in the 55th minute at half back but could not stem the Clare tide.  Cork lacked the fire and commitment of the young Clare side who have been winning underage competitions over the past few year, something that Cork teams have not been doing. Cork play either Clare or Waterford in the Munster semi final on Sunday 23rd June and coach Jimmy Barry Murphy and his fellow selectors have a major task on their hands to get the team to win this one!

 Mid Cork Championship Fixtures

Ross Oil Junior A Football Championship

First Round

Kilmurry  v  Inniscarra at Ovens on Saturday 4th May, 7.30pm start.

Clondrohid  v  Dripsey at Cloughduv on Saturday 4th May, 7.30 pm start.

Kilmichael  v  Donoughmore at Carrigadrohid on Saturday 4th May, 7.30pm start.

Macroom  v  Blarney at Coachford on Saturday 11th May, 6pm start

Aghinagh   v  Eire Óg at Coachford on Saturday 11th May, 7.30 pm start

Iveleary  v  Ballincollig at Kilmurry on Saturday 11th May, 7.30 pm start

 Second Round Draws

Aghinagh/Eire Óg  v  Kilmichael/Donoughmore

Clondrohid/Dripsey  v  Iveleary/Ballincollig

Macroom/Blarney  v  Kilmurry/Inniscarra

Mid Cork Junior Football League – Div One

                                               P      W   D      L          Points

Kilmurry                                3       3     0      0               6

Aghinagh                               4       3     0      1               6

Clondrohid                             3       2    1       0               5

Iveleary                                 4       2    1       1              5

Donoughmore                        3       2    0       1               4

Ballincollig                            3       1    0        2              2

Dripsey                                 3       1    0        2              2

Iniscarra                               4       1    0        3              2

Kilmichael                             2       0    0        2              0

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh        3       0    0      3              0

Junior Football Division 2

Results to date:

Macroom  1-10   Naomh Abán  0-3 

Ballinora  0-9      Kilmurry B    0-12

Eire Óg  2-10      Iveleary B 1-8 

Canovee  5-8      Donoughmore B   1-7  

Kilmurry B 0-17    Macroom   0-8   

 Ballincollig Credit Union  Junior A Hurling Championship

The four first round games will be played on June 7th, 8th, or 9th.:Éire Óg v Grenagh, Ballincollig v Ballinora, Kilmichael v Blarney and Donoughmore v Inniscarra.  Cloughduv received a bye in the first round.
The draws for the 2nd round (losers round) will be made after the results of the 1st round games are known. 

County Football Leagues

Division One (Kelleher Shield)

Nemo, Ilen and St Finbarr's lead the table with 8 points each but only Nemo are unbeaten, with full points from four games played.  Ilen have lost twice and St Finbarr's once.  Mid Cork's only senior club, Ballincollig, have played 4 games and have 1 point from one draw.


Championship: Senior Football: Ballincollig v Douglas at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday 4th May, 8 pm.

Division Two

Doheny's and Nemo Rangers (Intermediate) now lead the league table with 3 wins and 1 draw from5 games played.  Naomh Abán are in third place with 3 wins from 4 games.  Béal Átha have 4 points from 4 games and Eire Óg have 4 points from 5 games. 

Valley Rovers 1-6  Eire Óg 0-5

Valley Rovers keep the pressure on the teams above them as they chase a top two finish and promotion after beating Eire Óg in blustery conditions in Brinny. In a game of two halves, Valleys had the wind in the 1st half and took full advantage of it.  They had four points in a row within 10minutes before Eire Óg responded with a free from John Dineen in the 21st minute. Valleys extended their lead to 0-5 to 0-1 after 27 minutes and then a long ball from a defender up the pitch to the corner forward was buried it to the back of the net. Eire Óg responded with a good point from John Dineen and Valleys led by 1-5 to 0-2 at the break. Eire Óg started the second half brightly with two quick points from midfielder Dermot O'Herlihy. Valleys only score in the 2nd half came from a free and the last point of the game came from Eire Óg's Cian O'Mahony in the 50th minute.  Despite late pressure from Eire Óg, Valley Rovers held on to their advantage.
Eire Óg :J Kelleher, R Dennehy, C O'Mahony, C Murphy, J Kelleher, S Murphy, S McCarthy, P McDonagh, D O'Herlihy, D Sheahan, D O'Connor, R Kinnerk, K Hallissey, P O'Sullivan, J.Dineen.

Naomh Abán: 

Championship: PIFC: N. Abán v Glenville at Ballincollig on Sunday 5th May, 3.30pm.

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh:

Championship: PIFC; BAG v Carrigaline at Coachford on Saturday 4th May, 6pm.

Éire Óg;

Championship: IFC: Éire Óg v Canovee at Ballyanley on Sunday 5th May 7pm. 

Division Three

Glenville now lead Div 3 with a maximum 8 points from 4 games.  Macroom are in second place with 6 points from 3 games.  Cill na Martra have 3 points from 4 games played and Grenagh have 2 points from 3 games.


Championship: PIFC: Macroom v St Michael's at Cloughduv on Sunday 5th May 3.30pm.


Championship: IFC: Grenagh v Cloyne at Watergrasshill on Sunday 12 May, 3.30pm (11th May possible alternative).

Cill na Martra:

Championship: IFC: Cill na Martra v Kildorrery at Dromtariffe on Saturday 4th May, 7.30 pm.

Division Four

Ballinora now lead Div. Four of the league with 9 points from 5 games.  Canovee have 6 points from 6 games and Aghabullogue have 6 points from 5 games.


Championship: PIFC: Ballinora v Kinsale at Belgooly on Sunday 5th May, 3.30pm.


Championship: IFC: Aghabullogue v Mayfield at Blarney on Sunday 5th May, 2.30 pm.


Championship: IFC: Canovee v Éire Óg at Ballyanley on Sunday 5th May 7pm.

Ladies Football

Tesco Homegrown National League
Cork will play Laois and Mayo will play champions Monaghan in the semi finals of the top ladies division.  Cork had a huge win over Donegal in their last league game at CIT and Rhona Ní Bhuachalla was among the goal scorers in a 7-23 to 0-3 victory.


Cork seniors reached the semi finals of the National League unbeaten after their 4-21 to 3-5 win over Derry at Bray.  Cork now meet Clare in the semi final stage.  Briege Corkery was outstanding for the Rebels.

Macroom  Soccer

Coachford lead the AUL Premier league table with 28 points from 11 games (9 wins, 1 draw, 1 defeat).  Kilumney have 16 points from 7 games (5-1-1) and Macroom are in the relegation zone with 10 points from 15 games (2-4–9), level with Springfield who have three games in hand.  Castleview appear doomed at the foot of the table.
In AUL Div 2 league Strand United are tops with 33 points from 15 games.  Donoughmore also have 33 points but have 16 games played and Macroom are further back with 20 points from 14 games played.
In the Division One U 18 league, Kilumney lead with 45 points from 19 games played (15-0-4).  Youghal have 36 points from 18 games, Cobh Wanderers have 34 pts. from 20 games and Macroom have 33 points from 21 games, one point above Carrigaline who have a game in hand.

Western Gaels

Western Gaels have made a reasonably good start to their first season in the West Region. They played four U16 football games, winning ;  two Minor Football games and won both. U16 and Minor Hurling continues for rest of April/May with the odd Football game as well. The high point so far has to be the inclusion for the very first time of one of our players, Peter Kelleher, Western Gaels and Kilmichael, on the County Minor Hurling team which defeated Clare recently. He gave an outstanding display on his debut. Needless to say we are all very proud of his efforts and are basking in his reflected glory.  The County Hurling Coaching sessions held over the last ten years to promote Hurling in West Muskerry are now bearing fruit, thanks to the likes of Tom Kenny, Cathal Naughton, Martin Coleman, John Grainger, Fergal Ryan et al . We look forward with confidence to further success on all fronts at inter county level.

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Participants in Kilmurry Football camp held during the Easter Holidays ©

Canovee G.A.A.

April 7th under 13 B football league. Canovee 5.12  Macroom 4.03.
Canovee 5.07  Donoughmore 1.08. On April 10th Canovee played Donoughmore in division 2 of the junior football league in Carrigadrohid. Canovee were on top in the first half and led at half time by 2.05 to 0.03, with Gerry Shanahan and Aidan Murphy getting the goals. Further goals in the second half by Niall Cronin, Tadhg O'Riordan and Jamie Lynch kept Canovee in control. Team: Darren Shine, Gearóid Lucey, Billy Creedon, john Paul Dunne, Daniel o Sullivan, Brian Healy, Blake ring, Conor Buckley, Dónal Murphy, Niall Cronin, Charles Kennelly, Aiden Murphy, Shane o Ríordáin, GerryShanahan, Tadhg o Ríordáin. subs Jamie Lynch, Cian Lehane.
April 11th under 11 league Canovee 5.07  Cill na martra 2.02.
Canovee 1.11  Youghal 0.07It turned out to be a good weekend for Canovee intermediate football team playing their second match of the weekend at home to Youghal on April 14th. strong wind made conditions difficult. Canovee led at half time by 0.06 to 0.03. a Brian Barrett goal in the second half sealed Canovee's victory.
Fixtures: April 21st Intermediate football league division 4. Canovee v Aghabullogue in Ballyanly at 7.00pm.
Canovee under 13 B  football championship game v Glenville is due to be played on april 20th, time and venue to be decided.

St. Val's Updates

After defeating Clonakilty 4-10 to 1-4 and Inch Rovers 2-8 to 2.7 in their first two matches, our seniors lost their first league match of the season by a single point 1-11 to 3-4 away to Mourneabbey. Their final two matches are against near neighbours Donoughmore and Liscarroll in the next few weeks. Victory in both matches would see them advance to the league final for the second year in a row. The junior team tasted their first defeat of the year when they were defeated by a strong Boherbue team 2.-11to 2-2 in their third league game, having already beaten Valley Rovers 2-10 to 2-07 and Naomh Abán 2-11to 0-4 in their first two outings. Their final two matches are against Nemo Rangers and Naomh Fionnbarra in the next few weeks. The under sixteen A team defeated Douglas in their first match of the year in a tough and exciting encounter in Carrigadrohid, while the under 16 B team, having lost their first match against Carrigaline, won their next two matches against Donoughmore and Naomh Fionnbarra. The under 14 team continues in impressive form, defeating Carrigaline, Eire Óg and Passage, to top their league table and we wish them luck in qualifying for the Féile at the end of the month . The under 12 team have played two practice games in the past few weeks, defeating both Bandon and Rathmore along the way. Their next game is away to Mallow. Their Mid Cork league will be starting next month. The under 8 and 10 training has started again once a week in Carrigadrohid. New members are always welcome. Anyone interested in joining can contact Martin Lyons 087 9974229 or Briege Corkery 0872412486.

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 Cill na Martra U14 team & their trainers who won the Féile B County final against Boherbue   ©Joan McLoughlin

Donoughmore Football

Donoughmore U14 girls played their first game of the season on April 7th, an away game against St. Michael's L.F.C. in Blackrock.  Conditions were less than favourable on the day, with strong winds and heavy rain throughout the game.  However, the girls fought hard and proved too strong for the St. Michael's squad.  The final score was Donoughmore 3-1 to St. Michael's 0-1.  Scorers - Jenny Brew Dinan 1-0, Gráinne McCarthy 2-0, Aoibhinn Hennessy 0-1.  Well done to all .  Panel: Rachel Geaney, Karen Looney, Ciara Dilworth, Aimee Walsh, Emma Healy, Amy Rose O'Rourke, Karen Corkery, Jenny Brew Dinan, Gráinne Sexton, Anna Glazier, Jacky Deane, Olivia Dineen, Saoirse Sheehan, Gráinne McCarthy, Aoibhinn Hennessy, Lily Hennessy.  The girls will be in action again next weekend. Donoughmore U16s defeated Macroom recently in their first game and will next play St. Val's B team. Well done to Junior girls who were victorious against Mallow recently. The final score was 1-5 to 1-7.
Registration forms will be distributed to all juvenile and adult players during the next two weeks. It is hoped to have registrations completed by end of April.

Muskerry Judo Club

Muskerry Judo Club St Colman's Macroom took part in the Galway Open recently and once again topped the medal tables. Everyone had trained really hard and there was a great entry from clubs all over the country. Caoimhe Looney took Gold; Ryan Delaney Gold; Dylan Delaney bronze; Niamh Looney took Gold and silver in the cadet and junior categories and was congratulated after the medal ceremony by International Referee Chris Hickey for a fantastic performance for such a young competitor. Ronan Manning took Gold in junior and Cadets; Tyrone Murphy 5th; Dean Looney silver and Shane Manning gold in senior and gold in the open. A big well done to all the competitors and coaches. 

 Lee Valley Basketball Club

Cork County Championships u-16 Finals
 Lee Valley 34 Ballincollig 28~
Lee Valley Basketball Club won their first championship final on April 6 in Neptune Stadium when they defeated Ballincollig in the U16B final by 34 to 28. Bhí an cluiche go hiontach ar fad.  Bhí foireann  Ghleann na Laoi faoi bhrú go mórmhór sa chéad leath mar bhí Baile an Chollaig ag imirt go han mhaith. In ainneoin sin bhí imreoirí Ghleann na Laoi  ag obair go dian timpeall na cúirte agus sa triú ceathrú fuair siad an lámh in uachtar. Lee valley started to get the upper hand in the third quarter mainly due to a great team effort with Lee Valley joint captains leading by example. Sarah Beth O'Mullane linked well with her team mates at all times. Síofra Burgoyne's handling of the ball was excellent and she caught some very high ball, especially in the closing stages. Orla Hannon, who got the MVP award, was brilliant throughout the match. Comhgairdeachas do na cailíní seo agus do na mná ionad go léir. Is mór an onóir é do Chumann Cispheile Ghleann na Laoi agus beidh siad ag imirt i Roinn A an bhlian seo chugainn.
Foireann: Orla Hannon, Lauren Buckley ,Brionna Healy , Sarah Beth O'Mullane, Aine Barry, Máiréad O'Sullivan,  Sarah Ní Dhonnabháin , Julie O'Sullivan, Danielle Kelleher,  Síofra Burgoyne ,Suzanne Barry.

Cork County Championship U14 Final

Lee Valley got off to a great start and led by 4 points at the end of the first quarter . Ballincollig improved in the 2nd quarter and the sides were level at half time, in what was turning out to be a very exciting final. Bhí na fóirne ar có scór ag leath ama. Fuair Baile an Chollaig an lámh in uachtar sa triú ceathrú ach tháinig Gleann Na Laoi ar ais . Ní raibh ach 2 phointe idir na fóirne le dhá noiméad fághta. Ballincollig pulled away in the last quarter and won by 6 points. Bhí slua mór tuismthheoirí i láthair d'fhonn tacaíocht  den chéad scoth a thabhairt do na cailíní.Bhain gach éinne sult as an tráthnóna.
Painéal: Meadhbh Barry, Bríd Óg McSwiney,, Aoife Doyle, Sarah Doyle, Saoirse McCarthy, Brionna Grimaldi ,Caoimhe O'Driscoll ,Aideen Buckley, Kate Brady, Joanne Kelly, Grace Kiernan, Abbie O'Reilly, Katy Ronan, Niamh Walsh,.
Bhí Tráth na gCeist againn i rith Seachtain na Gaeilge. Bhí níos mó ná fiche páiste i láthair idir buachaillí agus cailíní. Bhí ocht foireann againn. Bhí duaiseanna againn do na páistí a bhuaigh an comórtas. Bhí cluichí ar siúl ag leath ama agus bhain na páistí an taitneamh as an tráthnóna go léir. Tá sé soiléir go bhfuil feabhas ag teacht ar an gcaighdeán Gaeilge de bharr na hiarrachtaí go léir atá á dheanamh ag an gclub faoi láthair maidir leis an Gaeilge. Tá an suim ag cuid de na tuismitheoirí freisin sa Ghaeilge. Míle buíochas do ghach duine a bhí ann agus go mórmhór do na tuismitheoirí, Fiona Doyle agus Mary Condon, a chabhraigh linn chun é a eagrú agus do Sarah Ní Dhonabháin agus Danielle Ní Chéilleachair a bhí i bhfeighil Tráth na gCeist. 

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt

Hopefully we are coming near the end of the bad weather so competitions can resume as normal. The Club Strokeplay will be played on Sat/ Sun 27/ 28 April at 10.00am on Saturday and at 10.30am and 2.30pm on Sunday. The 3 ball Scramble for Dromleigh N.S. will be played on Sat/ Sun 4/ 5 May, commencing at 2.30 on Saturday and 10.30 on Sunday. Cards € 10  per team of three. Participants may play as often as they wish.
Monthly meeting on next Monday 22nd April at 8.00pm. Summer times for four-balls will be decided at this meeting.