Lee Valley Outlook Jan. 23 2014 v11e2

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More Power to Carriganimma © Lee Valley Outlook

LeeValley Diary 

Macroom Library:
Tots Time on Fridays at 12 noon.
Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon.
Bridge: Wed., Jan. 29, 11a.m. to 1p.m.
Ciorcal Cainte: Mon. Feb. 3 at 11.30a.m.
Library Book Club Wed. Feb. 5th at 11.30a.m. The current title is available at the desk. Membership closed at the moment.
Purlies Thurs. Feb. 6 at 11a.m.
Gramophone Recital: Mon. Feb. 10 at 11a.m.

Briery Gap:
The Pyke Theatre Group on Sat. 25th Jan. @ 8.00pm.
Blue Jasmine Mon. 27th Jan. at 8.30p.m.
Sound of Music auditions in the Briery Gap on Sun. Feb. 9 from 4pm.
Shun Li and the Poets Mon. 10th Feb. at 8.30p.m.
Tom Crean/Antarctic Explorer Sat. 15th Feb. @ 8.00 pm
Cara O'Sullivan, Sat. 22nd Feb. at 8.00pm.
Renoir 24th Feb. at 8.30 pm

Clondrohid G.A.A. u-13presentation of medals in the Mills Inn Sat. Jan. 25 4.30p.m.
Clondrohid Development Group annual party, Sun. Jan. 26 at 2p.m. in Community Hall
Donoughmore Community Council meeting on Tues. 29th Jan. at 8.30pm.
Macroom G.A.A. Juvenile Registration Fri. 31st Jan. from 7pm to 8pm.
Macroom Twinning Association A.G.M. in G.A.A. Pavilion, Castle Grounds on Fri., Feb. 7 at 8pm.
McEgan College: church gate collections over next two weekends.
Cystic Fibrosis Fundraising Dance in The Riverside Park Hotel on Sat. Feb.1st 9.30pm
Macroom Ploughing Match: Sun. Feb. 2 at Inchinashingane, Toames
Julie Feeney in concert in the IonadCultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne on Fri. 7th Feb. @ 8.30.
Race Night in Macroom Golf Club Pavilion, Fri. March 7 at 8p.m.
Parkrun Free 5km run from Macroom Leisure Centre every Sat. at 9:30am.
Macroom Jobseekers Resource Centre every Wed. & Thurs. 10am - 12.30pm at The Pitch & Putt Clubhouse.
Clondrohid Choral Group every Friday night in Clondrohid Hall, 8.30pm to 10.30pm.
Get Fit, Get Healthy walk every Tues. and Thurs. night at 7.30pm from Tigh Ui Laoghaire, Bealnamorrive.
Bingo every Saturday in the community hall, Stuake, Donoughmore at 8pm.

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

Macroom Updates

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MMD builders begin construction on the Aldi store at Sleaveen, Macroom. © Lee Valley Outlook .

Another Discount Store for Macroom.

Work has just commenced on the construction of an Aldi outlet at Sleaveen, Macroom. The site of the Discount Supermarket is adjacent to the new St. Colman's National School and overlooking the Mart, Lidl and Dunnes Stores. Initially, the site was intended to have link roads to Oakwood and The Orchard housing estates but the status of these exit roads is as yet undefined. The outlet is being built by the Cork construction company, MMD. It may be completed by the summer but an Aldi spokesperson was not prepared to forecast an approximate date of opening. Typically, a branch of the German retail chain employs about 15 persons.

Sound of Music in Briery Gap

The Briery Gap Theatre, Macroom plans to stage Rodgers and Hammerstein's Sound of Music during April 2014. Auditions under the eagle eye of RTE's Kevin Hough, will be held in the theatre on Sunday, February 9 from 4pm. Children and adults are invited to audition for the roles of the Von Trapp family and other main characters and singers are invited to present for the adult chorus. The Sound of Music (1959) is based on a book by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse. Set during the Second World War, it is based on the memoirs of Maria von Trapp, who first appears as a young novice in a convent. Favourite songs from the musical include "Edelweiss", "My Favourite Things", "Climb Every Mountain", "Doh a Deer", and the title song "The Sound of Music".Manager of the Briery Gap, Anne Dunne and her intrepid team have established an enviable track record in producing successful musicals - Oklahoma in 2010, Showboat in 2011; Calamity Jane in 2012 and South Pacific in 2013.

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Daltaí ó Scoil Muire, Clochar na Trócaire, Mágh Chromtha a ghlac páirt i nDíospóireacht an Phiarsaigh agus atá anois i gCraobh na Mumhan Pic. An Scoil

St. Mary's News

Díospóireacht an Phiarsaigh: Ghlac daltaí ó Scoil Muire Clochar na Trócaire, ón gcúigiú bliain, páirt sa dara bhabhta de Chomórtas Díospóireachta an Phiarsaigh le Gael-Linn le déanaí. Bhí an díospóireacht ar siúl i Scoil Muire agus ghlac ceithre fóirne páirt: Regina Mundi, Bóthar na Dúglaise, Corcaigh; Scoil Muire Clochar na Trócaire, Maigh Chromtha; Meánscoil an Chroí Naofa, Cloch na Coillte agus Scoil Mhuire, Plás Sydney, Corcaigh, a bhuaigh an Craobh Náisiúnta anuraidh. An rún a bhí á phlé acu ná "Gur cóir deireadh iomlán a chur le híocaíochtaí dól do dhaoine faoi 25 bliain d'aois!" Bhí na cailíní ó Mhaigh Chromtha ag labhairt i gcoinne an rúin agus d'éirigh go hiontach leo leis an ard-chaighdeán díospóireachta a bhí acu mar thoradh ar an sár-ullmhúchán a bhí déanta acu. Bhí Lisa Nic Suibhne, Vera Ní Ríordáin agus Éibhlín Ní Chéilleachair ag labhairt agus bhí Eimear Ó Shea mar ionadaí. Beidh Scoil Muire Clochar na Trócaire agus Meánscoil an Chroí Naofa, Cloch na Coillte ag dul ar aghaidh go dtí Craobh na Mumhan anois. D'oibrigh na múinteoirí Aoife Ní Dhonnabháin agus Seán Ó Cuill leis an bhfoireann. Comhghairdeas leo!
BT Young Scientists: Transition year students, Emma Kelleher, Shauna Buckley and Suzanne Barry of St. Mary's Secondary School, Macroom attended this year's BT Young Scientist Exhibition. They exhibited an eye opening project on breeding cows entitled: Electronic Device to Improve the Quality of Breeding in Cattle. The students' project allows farmers to deter certain beef bulls from serving his best dairy cows or a cow that the farmer may want to A.I. This project received great interest from members of the agricultural community while on exhibit during the competition in the R.D.S.

Macroom Library

Why not make it your New Year's resolution to join the library, or, if you are already a member, to make more use of it? Macroom library is one of the pilot libraries for free Wi- Fi access for members. Ask at the desk for further details. Another new service we provide is access to a range of magazines online. You can download them to a PC, i- Pad, smartphone or tablet. They range from health and fitness magazines to interior design, cars, travel, music, computers, and all available to library members for the princely sum of €2.50 annual membership fee. It's got to be the best value for money in the country!
Members can borrow up to six items, either books or talking books, i.e C.Ds or cassette tapes, and we also have a small selection of World Cinema DVDs. There is a two week loan period though items can be renewed by phone or online should you wish. More and more of our business is being conducted online these days! We have to keep up with the times to remain relevant to our clientele. Our computers are available to members for one hour once a day. This is included in your membership fee. The only charge is for printing, 15 cents for black and white, 60 cents for colour. A lot of people don't have a printer at home and therefore find this aspect alone of great use to them.
Our upcoming activities:
Thursday 23rd Purlies Knitting Group 11 a.m All levels welcome
Wednesday 29th ACOL Bridge 11a.m. Some knowledge of bridge required.
Monday 3rd Feb Ciorcal Cainte at 11.30 with Nora Levis. Fáilte roimh cách.
Wednesday 5th Library Book Club at 11.30 The current title is available at the desk. Membership closed at the moment.
Thursday 6th. Purlies again at 11.am
There is a Children's Storytime every Saturday (excepting Bank Holiday week ends) at 12 noon for 45 minutes.

McEgan College Ceolville

On Thursday 16th of January Transition Year students took part in a workshop designed by freelance producer Ciara Nic Chormaic in conjunction with TG4. Ciara gave a presentation on production in general as part of a positive attendance intervention initiated by the attendance tracking team, Máire Ni Laoire (Hscl co-ordinator) and Amy Buckley (SCP worker)(NEWB).The students voiced their views on the impact of social media in their lives. The information provided by our students will be compiled & used as reference material for a drama series on TG4.Well done to all who part. It was a great success.
McEgan College Parents Association is holding its Church Gate Collection at the following locations. Macroom and Caum 25th and 26th January. Clondrohid and Ballinagree 1st and 2nd of February. All parents are kindly asked to support.

January Gramophone Recital

New Year music got off to a melodic start at Macroom Library as the biggest crowd to date (42) attended the January Gramophone Recital. Joint presenters, Jill Vahey and Eileen Hackett, were assisted by Kathleen Murray and chose a varied programme. Frank Sinatra got proceedings off to a flying start with come Fly with Me and this was followed by an instrumental presentation of Rodger and Hammerstein's Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific. Feet were set tapping by Louis Armstrong's version of Mac the Knife and, in a change of tempo, Angela Gheorghiu performed Casta Diva from Bellini's Norma. Waldteufel's Skaters Waltz was followed by Richard Tauber singing the 1939 number, At the Balalaika. The Overture to Rossini's Thieving Magpie and Romance from the Gadfly by Shostakovich brought us to tea time. The second half of the well balanced presentation included A Policeman's Lot is not a Happy One from Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance; Cara O'Sullivan with Scenes that are Brightest from Maritana; The Irishman from The Enchanted Garden and Rigoletto's La donna e Mobile. Mozart's Musical Joke preceded La Vie en Rose, sung by Finbarr Wright. The theme music of Gone with the Wind and Dame Vera Lynn (whose recent engagement at the age of 95 was a cause of some wonder) singing the First World War favourite, We'll Meet Again, brought the entertaining programme to a conclusion.
You are reminded that Cara O'Sullivan will be appearing in the Briery Gap on Saturday, February 22 and Cor Godre'r Aran from Wales will perform in the Briery Gap on March 16.
The next Gramophone session is on Monday, February 10 and, since it is close to St. Valentine's Day, listeners are invited to bring the music of their choice, preferably with a romantic theme. We might have more engagements.

Briery Gap Programme

The Pyke Theatre Group present Three Award Winning One-Act plays, The Tailor's Dummy, a comedy by Seamus Burke and produced by Pat Lehane; Edward by Margaret Wood and produced by Craig McCarthy; Rest Spite written and produced by Charlie Conway, on Saturday 25th January @ 8.00pm. Tickets €10
Sound of Music auditions with Kevin Hough in the Briery Gap on Sunday, February 9 from 4pm. Auditions are for adults and children's cast and for the adult chorus.
Tom Crean/Antarctic Explorer Saturday 15th February @ 8.00 pm, Tickets €20.
Briery Gap welcomes for the first time Ireland's Top Soprano, Cara O'Sullivan, Saturday 22nd February at 8.00pm Tickets €23.
All Ireland Second Level Schools 15 Minute Light Entertainment Festival on Friday 28th February.
All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival Saturday 1st March.
Starmakers present Mathilda on Saturday 8th March at 8.00pm and Sunday 9th March at 3.00pm. Tickets €13. Concessions €8.
Lee Valley Enterprise Board presents a return visit from Wales of Cor Godre'r Aran Male Voice Choir on Sunday 16th March at 8.00 pm. Tickets €18.

Cinema at Briery Gap

Sulan Film Society presents Blue Jasmine Monday 27th January; Shun Li and the Poets 10th February and Renoir 24th February. All screenings at 8.30 pm. Admission €7.

Blue Jasmine

Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) is a New York socialite who has spent years reliant on her wealthy businessman husband Hal (Alec Baldwin). When a financial scandal erupts, Jasmine has to escape the city. Dazed and confused, she turns up at her sister Ginger's (Sally Hawkins) apartment in San Francisco. Jasmine is contemptuous of Ginger's boyfriend Chili (Bobby Cannavale), and of what she considers their low-rent lifestyle, yet she needs their support as she is incapable of doing much for herself, and booze and drugs aren't helping in the circumstances. A dissertation on class and the post-crash economy, Blue Jasmine serves evidence that Woody Allen remains a daring and surprising filmmaker, not to be underestimated. Michael Hayden

Local TV Programmes

Sun. Jan. 26: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. St. Padre Pio Ceremonies 2013 from Rochestown.
6.30p.m. News and Sport; Special interview with Kilmurry artist, John Philip Murray. Music and Song from Christy Cronin's, Gneeveguilla from 1989.
8p.m. LTV 2 from Millstreet – Duhallow area. Thursday repeat.
Wed. Jan. 29: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Welcome back to Christy Cronin's, Gneeveguilla after 25 years Part 1.
Sun. Feb. 2: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Sunday Mass at Ballydaly 2012.
6.30p.m. Repeat of LTV. Wed. Programme.
8p.m. LTV 2 from Millstreet – Duhallow area. Thursday repeat.
Wed. Feb. 5: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Welcome back to Christy Cronin's, Gneeveguilla after 25 years Part 2..

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Contact information: Please email text and/or photographs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026-41891 or post to Lee Valley Outlook, Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. (Photos by Friday before publication. N.B. We never guarantee that a photo will be published, except in a paid ad.)

McEgan College Parents Association are holding their Church Gate Collection at Macroom and Caum on Saturday and Sunday, 25th and 26th January and in Clondrohid and Ballinagree 1st and 2nd of February. All parents are kindly asked to support.

Macroom Twinning Association A.G.M. in the G.A.A. Pavilion, Castle Grounds on Friday, February 7 at 8pm. Everybody is welcome.

Get Fit, Get Healthy, join us for a walk every Tuesday and Thursday night at 7.30pm from Tigh Ui Laoghaire, Bealnamorrive. Open to all ages and fitness levels. Complimentary tea and coffee served afterwards.

Clodagh Daly Fund: Danone Community Fund recently made a contribution to the Clodagh Daly Fund when Veronica McCarthy presented a cheque to Joan Masters at the plant in Castleview, Macroom. Joan and a group of supporters are organising a fundraising dance in Kilmichael G.A.A. Pavilion on Friday, January 31. Tickets €10. Please buy a ticket even if you can't attend and you may win a spot prize.

Cystic Fibrosis Fundraising Dance will be held in The Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Saturday, February 1st. Music by The Michael Collins Band. Dancing 9.30pm till late .Admission €10. Raffle on the night. Enquiries 0857713975 All support welcome.

Ionad Cultúrtha and IMBOLC present Julie Feeney in Baile Mhúirne. Julie will be in concert on Friday 7th February @ 8.30. Tickets €20 – pre-booking advised – 026.45733/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. As part of Imbolc, she will give a 20-minute talk on Sat 8th February. Julie Feeney's third album Clocks went straight to No. 1 in the Independent Irish Album Charts on its Irish release.

Race Night in Macroom Golf Club Pavilion on Friday, March 7 at 8p.m. All welcome.

Kerry/ Cork Cancer Bus: The McSweeney family, Réidh na nDoirí would like to thank all who supported the recent fundraising dance in aid of the Kerry/ Cork Cancer Bus. A massive €8,140 was raised and €2,000 of this was presented to the Catering Ladies of ARC at CUH. These volunteer ladies provide refreshments to passengers on arrival. The remaining €6,140 was handed over to the obliging bus driver, Con Naughton. Anyone with any illness with a morning clinic appointment at CUH can avail of this bus and to book, ring Con at 087-6147068.

Coachford Young Scientists: Pupils from 6th class in Coachford national school: entered a project in the primary sector of the Young Scientist Competition. The project was entitled "What are allergies and how do they affect us?" Four representatives from 6th class, Aoife Riordan, Conor Lynch, Pádraig O'Sullivan and Hannah Roche, travelled to Dublin on Thursday 9th January and received much praise for their project.

Macroom U-15s beat Ballinora in the Eastern League U-15 final on the 30/11/2013 in Coachford. The team was captained by Ryan Creed and managed by John Ryan, Patrick Goold and Michael Cahill. Patsy Foley presented the trophy.

Rebel Óg have announced the following grades for 2014. Canovee will play in the A grade from under 12 to under 15, the B grade in under 16 and the C grade at Minor level which is 12 a side. All teams will play in the East Division.

Cloughduv Hurling Club runs a monthly Spin the Wheel competition and money raised provides much needed funds to run the fabulous complex in Cloughduv. Spin the Wheel is supported well throughout the year and in 2013 €17,000 was given out in prizes. The Jackpot of €10,000 was won in December by John O'Mahony Aherla.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: January 7. Jackpot €8,600. Numbers drawn 6, 11 and 30. No winner. €70 Mary Kate O'Keeffe, Cork St.; €20 Jerry McCarthy, Carrigaphooka. Bridie Murphy, Dromree. Clare McCarthy, Gurteenroe. Con O'Leary, Carriganimma. Conor O'Riordan, Sleaveen East. .
January 14. Jackpot €8,800. Numbers drawn 17, 30 and 32. No winner. €70 Catherine Kelleher, Gurteenroe; €20 Kate Murray, c/o Murray's Bar; Nora Herlihy, Gurtnalicka, Clondrohid; Sean Coughlan, Kilnagurteen; Katie Brown, Railway View; Mags O'Leary, c/o Sean Coughlan, Macroom.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Results for Jan 15. €70 Mgt. Buckley Crookstown. €20 Peggy Kenneally c/o Mgt. Coakley, Peter Cronin c/o Firebird, Eileen Horgan Macroom, Gerard Kelleher Moulnahorna. Jackpot of €1,400 this week.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: 5/1/2014 Numbers drawn 1,13,14,22. No winner. €50 Luke and Ryan McCarthy, Ballyvourney. €25 Billy Creedon, Aherla; Dermot O'Leary, Castlemore.
12/1/ 2014 Numbers drawn: 3,9,21,24. No winner. €50 T.J. and Seamus Lordan, c/o Castlemore Arms. €25 Dermot O'Leary, Castlemore; Richie O'Regan, Carrigadrohid. Jack the joker € 1,000 Denis Cronin, Crookstown.
19/1/2014 Jackpot €4,050. Numbers drawn 2,11,27,29. No winner. €50 Edwina Lyons, Carrigadrohid. €25 T.J. and Seamus Lordan, c/o Castlemore Arms; Michael Quinlan, Carrigadrohid.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 6/1/2014, Jackpot: €1,800, Numbers Drawn: 11 - 24 - 26, No Winner, €40 Geraldine Barry Murphy, €20 Kevin O' Brien, Eileen Martin, Michael O' Riordan, Willie Barrett (Yearly Ticket).
13/1/2014, Jackpot: €2,000, Numbers Drawn: 13 - 27 - 34, No Winner, €40 Oisín Fogarty, €20 Dan Daly, Ted Galvin, Eddie Healy, James Murphy (Yearly Ticket).


by Michael Kelly

Recipe of the Month – Kale Salad

Massaging the kale with lemon juice effectively cooks it, and makes it far more palatable while retaining its nutrient richness. It will keep for 3 days in the fridge. Serves 4.
Ingredients 250kg kale; juice of 1 lemon; 25g dried cranberries chopped finely;25g pine nuts, roasted; 4-5 spring onions, chopped finely; 2-3 stalks of celery, chopped finely; olive oil, salt and pepper.
Directions: Remove the stalks from the kale and roll each leaf before chopping in to fine strips. Place in a large bowl, add the lemon juice and 2-3 pinches of sea salt. Massage the kale with the juice and salt until is starts to soften a little, making sure all the leaves are coated. Sprinkle with olive oil and leave it to sit for another 10 minutes to soften further. Before serving add the cranberries, pine nuts, celery and spring onion and stir well.
Tip of the Month – Sort your seeds. Having a good seed storage regime will make your seed last longer, save you money, and ensure better germination rates. Bear in mind that the storage lives for seeds listed on packets are generally for unopened seeds - the viability of seeds is cut drastically once you open the packet. Tightly close opened seed packets. Store the seed packets in a sealed container in a cool, dry and dark place. Discard seeds that are out of date - they will only lead to lost time.


An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield.

In his book Hadfield takes the unconventional philosophy that he learned at NASA - prepare for the worst, and enjoy every moment of it - and applies it to everyday living. Here he takes readers deep into his training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. His vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change completely the way you view life on earth, especially your own.

Available in Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop, Macroom. Price €17.00.

LeeValley Updates

Clondrohid Updates

The Development Group: would like to invite you to the annual Christmas/ New Year party which takes place on Sunday, January 26 at 2pm in the Community Hall. This adult party has been running now for many years and is one of Clondrohid's entertainment highlights. Music, song, dancing, refreshments, raffle are all available on the day.
Set Dancing: is back again after the Christmas break. Come along Tuesday nights in the Community Hall at 8pm..
Boot Camp: continues Monday and Thursday nights 8pm to 9pm. Weather not a problem – it's on the Astro Turf. .Male or female, all are welcome. Contact Stephen on 0870531722
Zumba: in Clondrohid Hall every Friday night at 7.30pm. Booking essential for all classes 0879090175. Burn up to 800 calories per class.
G.A.A. News: U 13 Presentation of medals at the Mills Inn Ballyvourney on Saturday Jan 25 at 4.30pm. Registration fee for players is now due and must be paid so that all players can be registered to ensure they are covered by the Player Injury Scheme 2014. Registration night is Tuesday, February 4 in the dressing rooms from 7 to 8.30pm. Contact Marion Flanagan 0872114320.

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J.J. Delaney ploughing in 1994. He may well be in action again at Macroom Ploughing Match in Toames on Sunday, February 2 © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Ploughing Match: The rescheduled match takes place on Sunday Feb. 2, on the lands of Henry and Helen Buckley, Inchinashingane, Toames, Macroom. Results in Coolcower House that night. Let's hope the weather will be kinder to the organisation this time round.
McEgan College: Annual church gate collection will be held in Clondrohid and Carriganima on Sat/ Sun Feb 1 and 2. Your support much appreciated.
German Classes: have resumed after the Christmas break in Clann Aire Community Creche. A block of 5 lessons commencing on Wednesday, February 5 from 4 to 5pm. Introduction to German through games and song. Well worth considering. Full cost €50 Open to National School children only. Remember Clann Aire have their own website now and you can visit them on www.clannaire.com.
Christmas Concert: The organisers of 'An Evening of Christmas Songs and Stories' held in Clondrohid Hall on December 21 2013 would like to sincerely thank all who came to support and enjoy the evening. A lovely night was filled with Christmas spirit and cheer from the moment you stepped into the beautifully decorated hall. Complimentary mulled wine and homemade cookies were handed out to all by charming young gentlemen in sparkly jackets. David Douw, MC for the evening, got proceedings off to a wonderful start. The audience was treated to the magic of The Polar Express by a Lydia Mc Donagh and Sean Murphy duet, while the newly formed 'Clondrohid Choral Group' joined in with the choral pieces on their first public appearance. The new choral group went on to sing some beautiful old and new Christmas tunes. 'Simple Complication' brought their beautiful harmonies and wonderful musicianship to the stage and delivered, as always, a terrific set.
The verse of Longfellow and Clement Clarke Moore was interspersed by more wonderful music, with the 'Youth Choir' joining the Choral Group and the arrival of the VIP of the evening , Santa Claus himself, followed by a wonderful traditional piece from Gary and Matthew Kelleher. The party mood continued with Liadhanne Kelleher and Laraine Creed and was in full swing when Denisa Kearney took to the stage. The night was brought to a close by Gary Murphy singing a Bublé version of 'Jingle Bells' accompanied by Michael Dineen on trumpet! Such was the excitement of the younger members of the audience that they hijacked the song and made Jingle Bells their own! Pure Christmas Magic!
The concert generated €2,365 for Trócaire, which was promptly lodged to the Typhoon Haiyan Philippines account. The organisers would like to thank all the sponsors and those who helped in any way, including Healy's Spar Clondrohid, Supervalu, Lidl and Dunnes Stores, who with the choral group members, provided the wine and soft drinks for the pre-concert reception. A special thanks to Caitriona from Enchanted Flowers who loaned her garlands, lanterns and red carpet to create a beautiful effect, and to Peter Lane who provided the sound during all the rehearsals and on the evening. Many thanks also to Dan Joe Kelleher who recorded the night and broadcasted it on LTV. Everyone involved gave their time and talent freely, a great example of one community coming together to help others in need. The choral group have returned to singing on Friday nights in Clondrohid Hall from 8.30pm to 10.30pm and would be delighted to welcome additional singers, particularly tenors and bass singers !

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Naíonra Cill na Martra ag taispeántas na Nollag Pic. Joan McLoughlin

Donoughmore Updates

The AGM of Donoughmore Community Centre Ltd was held at the end of 2013. Officers elected: Chairperson Don Cafferkey; Secretary Lisa Honohan; Treasurer Mary Wallace; PRO Monica Kennedy; Hall & Complex booking officer: Nell Crowley @ 7773155; Field booking officer Mary Wallace.
2013 was a very successful and busy year, with major renovations to the community hall which re -opened in May and the development of the children's playground which opened in September 2013. Thank you to all committees and volunteers for their hard work and vision and the community who supported our fundraising events. The next phase of development is the proposed MUGA unit which incorporates an outdoor mini basketball court and soccer area, drainage and the resurfacing of the car parking areas. This project has received grant aid approval from IRD Duhallow Ltd. The shortfall will be raised during the year.
The next community council meeting will be held Tuesday 29th January at 8.30pm Everyone welcome.
Bingo continues every Saturday in the community hall, Stuake at 8pm. Congratulations to Ciara Lily Twomey who won the jackpot €300 on Saturday night 18th January. Jackpot starts again at €150. Come along for Bingo, a chat and cuppa.

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Daltaí ó Choláiste Ghobnatan lena bportráidí Pic. An Scoil

Nuacht ó Choláiste Ghobnatan

Cóisir na Nollag (Banc na mBalún): D'eagraigh Banc na mBalún Cóisir na Nollag sa scoil roimh saoire na Nollag. Thug an cuairteoir speisialta, Daidí na Nollag, na duaiseanna don chrannchur amach dos na buaiteoirí Conor Ó Riordáin, Pádraig Ó Crónín, Doireann Ní Lionáird agus Aine Ní Shúilleabhain. Tá ag eirí go geal le Banc na mBalún go dtí seo agus beidh an chéad babhta den chomórtas 'Build A Bank' ar siúl ar an 25ú Feabhra in óstán Silversprings i gCorcaigh.
Cuairt chuig an tSín: Tá beirt ón idirbhliain roghnaithe chun dul go dtí an tSín i mí Aibreáin ar feadh coicíse: Lisa Ní Chonaill agus Róisín Ní Chéilleachair. Tá daltaí na h-idirbhliana ag foghlaim Sínis le roinnt míosa anuas agus tá an turas seo eagraithe ag an Institiúd Confucius in Ollscoil Chorcaí. Glacann mórán scoileanna eile páirt sa chúrsa Sínise seo agus is deis iontach atá curtha ós comhair daltaí na hidirbhliana cuairt a thabhairt ar an tSín.
Taispeántas Ealaíne: Ar an 9ú la de Mí Eanair, d'oscail taispeántas ealaíne speisialta san Ionad Chultúrtha i mBaile Bhúirne. Portraidí ar fad a bhí ann, féin portraidí is portraidí de dhaoine eile san rang, le roinnt cabhair ón muinteoir ealaíne, Iníon Ní Quill. An príomh aidhm a bhí ag an cúrsa ná chun seans a thabhairt do na daltaí eolas fútha a léiriú sna portraidí agus a chur trasna cén saghas duine iad laistigh.
Buaitheoirí Craobh an Chontae Sinsear: Don dara bhliain i ndiaidh a chéile, thóg peileadóirí sinsear na scoile Corn an Contae siar go dtí Coláiste Ghobnatan. In aghaidh foireann láidir fisiciúil ó Choláiste Bhrogáin Naofa, Droichead na Bandan, bhí bua iontach ag na buachaillí áitiúla 2-14 in aghaidh 1-6. Bhí tosach iontach ag an Cólaiste, agus bhíodar 2-4 in aghaidh 0-1 chun tosaigh tar éis 20 nóimead, na cúil faighte ag Conchur Ó Murchú agus Dan Ó Duinnín. Tháinig Naomh Brogáin ar ais sa chluiche ach, de bharr cosaint iontach ag cúlaithe Coláiste Ghobnatan, chóimeadadar amach roinnt ionsaí ar chúl Gearóid Ó Luasa. An scór a bhí ann ag leath ama ná 2-6 in aghaidh 0-4. Nuair a aimsigh fear lár páirce Micheál Ó Duinnín pointe iontach díreach i ndiaidh leath ama, bhí na buachaillí áitiúla 9 bpointe chun tosaigh, agus an cluiche beagnach buaite acu. Bhí níos mó den liathróid ag Naomh Bhrogáin sa dara leath agus, cé gur bhaineadar amach cúl sa 47ú nóimead, bhí Coláiste Ghobnatan fós i bhfad ró láidir dóibh ar an óiche, agus chríochnaigh siad amach an cluiche le roinnt cúiliní iontacha ó na tosaithe. An scór nuair a shéid an fheadóg deireanach ná 2-14 in aghaidh 1-6, agus bhí céiliúradh mór ag an lucht leanúna nuair a d'ardaigh captaen na fóirne, Tomas Ó h-Aileasa, an corn san aer. Comhghairdeas arís don paineál iontach seo.
Cúrsa Traenála Peile/ Iománaíochta: Le déanaí, tháinig Pádraig Ó Briain, ó Bord Peile Contae Chorcaí, go dtí an scoil chun cúrsa oiliúna peile a thosnú leis an idirbhliain. Beidh an cúrsa sin á rith ar feadh cúig seachtaine agus ag deireadh, beidh daltaí na hidirbhliana ag eagrú agus ag rith comórtas peile/iomáint sa scoil. Mar chuid don chúrsa, tá meascán de teoiric sa rang agus scileanna phracticiúla amuigh sa pháirc. Bhaineamar an-thaitneamh as ár gcéad seachtain leis, agus táimíd ag tnúth go mór leis an gcuid eile, ag foghlaim conas bheith inár dtraenáilí maithe.
Seanfhocal na Seachtaine: 'Ní féasta go rósta, 'is ní céasta go pósta.' 'There is no feast like a roast, and no torment like a marriage.'
Eachtraí ag teacht suas: 24ú Eanair: Cluiche ceathrú ceannais na Mumhan Sinsear in aghaidh Hospital, Contae Luimní. 25ú Eanair: Cluiche fé 16 in aghaidh Cionn tSáile.
Giotaí scríte ag Róisín Ní Chéilleachair, Dáithí Ó Tuama, Niamh Ní Loingsigh agus Darren Mac Pháil (daltaí uile san Idirbhliain i gColáiste Ghobnatan).

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Pupils from 6th class in Coachford N.S., Aoife Riordan, Conor Lynch, Pádraig O'Sullivan and Hannah Roche, with their project for the primary sector of the Young Scientist Competition. Pic. An Scoil

An Geata Bán

Kilmurry Historical &Archaeological Association have secured part funding of €410,000 for their new museum from West Cork Leadership but will need to raise up to €130,000 of matching funding and this will be an ongoing exercise. The new facility is being created as an historical hub for the greater LeeValley and West Cork region. Kilmurry's close proximity to areas of national and international importance from the war of independence and civil war will allow the new facility to play a leading role in telling our country's story as we come into a decade of commemoration.
As the new facility will encapsulate a museum, cultural/ community space, café and has great potential for future uses, it soon became obvious that an over-arching name would be needed by which the development will be known and marketed. An Geata Bán has a local resonance, named after a well known Kilmurry landmark. The present Clodagh / Kilmurry road was built by the Normans and it was common practice to recoup the road construction costs. An Geata Bán refers to the toll gate which operated in this area .
"Preserving Our past: Our Journey to the future".

Scór Encore for Aghinagh Group

The Ballad Group from Aghinagh G.A.A., drawn from past pupils of RusheenN.S., has been selected to compete in TG4's Scór Encore. They are Sheila Twomey, Ilen Lucey, Kiara Leahy, Abigail Watts and Sarah Twomey. The gifted girls are coached by Martina Ring, Canovee. Over 13 episodes, Scór Encore will feature the top performers from the 2013 Scór Na nÓg competition, each hoping to be crowned TG4's most talented traditional performer. Only the best competitors have been selected to take part in the series, so competition will be fierce. Hosted by Barbara Nic Dhonnacha, the series will see hundreds of young talented competitors dancing, singing and playing music on stage, all trying to impress the judges and bring the title back to their club and county. The Aghinagh group has an initial recording session in Dublin on January 30. The programmes will be broadcast throughout February, at times and dates still to be announced.


Castle Hotel in Top 5 in Ireland

The Castle Hotel, Macroom has just got news that it ihas scooped the prestigious Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice Award. It ranks 5th in the Top 25 Hotels in Ireland. Included in the top 5 are other Munster Hotels, the Killarney Park 2nd and Hayfield Manor 5th. Last year the Castle Hotel won the Best Carvery in Munster Award; the Restaurant Association of Irelan's Best Customer Service Award and two Trip Advisor Awards. Onwards and upwards at the Castle.

Focus Ireland

Focus Ireland is a registered charity that works to prevent people becoming, remaining or returning to homelessness. Its Advice & Advocacy Service offers help regarding Housing - Local Authority, Voluntary Housing & Private Rented; Sourcing Accommodation; Social Welfare Payments/ Community Welfare Officers; Making appropriate referrals.
Focus Ireland is based in Hibernian House, 80a South Mall, Cork. Opening hours; Monday – Thursday: 9 – 5 and Friday: 9 – 4. Due to demand, there is now an Outreach Clinic in Macroom which will be available to answer any Housing or Related Queries at the Family Resource Centre, Fairfield, Kilnagurteen, Macroom on Wednesday, January 29th from 10a.m. to 12 noon. For further information contact Catherine on 021 427 3646

Job Seekers .

Looking for work? The Macroom Jobseekers Resource Centre is a free and confidential service run by volunteers to help job seekers get back to work. The service offers a one to one career progression programme. This programme will help you identify career options and provide you with the necessary skills to assist in successful job hunting. We update a Local Jobs Board weekly; provide Internet & photocopying facilities as well as working with you on Job Applications, CV's and Cover letters. We are open at The Pitch & Putt Clubhouse at The Bridge every Wed. & Thurs. 10am-12.30pm. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit www.westcorkjobsupport.com or Tel: 026 23368 (During Opening Times). Come in and meet our friendly volunteers.

Schools Cook Off

Fledgling cooks in the south are no strangers to Cook Offs, with many schools from Cork and Kerry participating in the competitions organised during the very successful Macroom Food Festival. The Restaurants Association of Ireland and St. Angela's College, Sligo are now organising an All-Island Schools Cookery Competition aimed at promoting youth education in food and healthy eating among secondary school students. The Fine Dine at Mine cookery competition is open to all students in post-primary schools on the island of Ireland and Youthreach Centres in the Republic of Ireland. The competition gives students an opportunity to create tasty, healthy and affordable restaurant meals at home. Students are asked to submit their favourite restaurant meal (main course dish only) for two people. A total of 32 (16 Junior and 16 Senior) entries will be selected to go forward to the All-Island Final based on the entries submitted. At this stage of the competition, each finalist will be assigned a Restaurants Association of Ireland Member Chef to mentor them for the final cook off which will be held on the 6th & 7th May 2014 in St. Angela's College, Sligo. The final is judged by a panel of experts including award winning chef Paul Flynn of the Tannery, Dungarvan. The deadline for all entries is Friday, 7th February 2014 – all submissions sent via post or email must be received by 5pm on this date. For further details on how to enter the competition, please see www.rai.ie/finedineatmine

Sports Mad

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Selection Committee members and JJ. Long, Chairman Muskerry Board, at launch of the Auld Triangle and Muskerry Sports Awards. From left: Kevin Murphy, Anne O'Riordan, Aubert Twomey, John Feeney, Michael O'Riordan, Dave Lee, William Buckley and Brendan Kenneally. © Lee Valley Outlook

Muskerry Awards .

A very worthwhile initiative - the Auld Triangle and Muskerry Sports Awards - was launched at the Auld Triangle, Macroom on January 20. The 8 monthly recipients and 1 Overall Winner will be drawn from all sections of the G.A.A. in the Muskerry Division – camogie, ladies football, hurling and football. The awards aim to highlight outstanding performances across all GAA activities. A monthly winner will be chosen between March and October and an overall winner will be selected at a special Gala Dinner in December when a Team of the Year will also be announced.
The selection committee is chaired by John Feeney from the Dripsey club who said that the Muskerry Division has a host of talented sportspeople across all our games and it is only right that we acknowledge their efforts. The first monthly winner will be selected during March and the award will be presented to the winner and a group of ten friends / family members at a function in the Auld Triangle in April. Other members of the selection committee are Michael O'Riordan, Auld Triangle; Ann O'Riordan, Dave Lee, William Buckley, Brendan Kenneally, Aubert Twomey and Kevin Murphy.
Other speakers at the Awards launch were Paudie Palmer who acted as M.C.; Michael O'Riordan, proprietor of the Auld Triangle who asserted that players deserve to be recognised and rewarded; Tony O'Mahony, Cork County Board, who stressed the importance of marketing the wonderful product that comprises Muskerry G.A.A. and encouraged closer co-operation between the different elements of the association and Ted Lucey, Mayor of Macroom, who congratulated Michael and Eileen O'Riordan of the Auld Triangle on this meaningful scheme. J.J. Long, Chairman of the Muskerry Board, launched the Muskerry Awards, saying that it is a wonderful innovation that recognises players' pride in parish and club. He also commended the Auld Triangle for its longstanding support of the Division.
The Muskerry division boasts a rich history in Gaelic Games with over 21 clubs. Players from the division have represented Cork at all levels including ladies Gaelic football and camogie. The new awards ceremony is sure to create plenty of debates among the clubs while the selection of Teams-of -the-Year in both hurling and football will be eagerly anticipated.

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Noel O'Leary, Leah West, Michael O'Riordan, sponsor, Joanne O'Callaghan and Tom Kenny at the launch of the Auld Triangle and Muskerry Sports Awards. © Lee Valley Outlook

Tom Creedon Cup – Intermediate Football

Round 1 -

A: Glanmire 1-10 Kinsale 0-12

B: Glenville 0-7 Castletownbere 0-8

C: Cloyne 0-8 Newmarket 3-9

Round 2 -

1. Glanmire 2-7 Castletownbere 1-11

2. Newmarket 2-7 Valley Rovers 1-9

3. St. Michael's bye

4. CILL na MARTRA v Fermoy

5. MACROOM 1-9 Nemo Rangers 0-8

6. Carrigaline 2-11 BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH 0-8

7. Mayfield 0-4 Ballydesmond 0-10

8. Mallow 5-10 BALLINORA 1-12

Quarter-Finals - Sunday, January 26th, 2.30pm (extra time with extra 5 mins. each way if required)

Castletownbere v Newmarket

St. Michael's v Cill na Martra/ Fermoy

Macroom v Carrigaline

Ballydesmond v Mallow.

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Macroom who defeated Nemo Rangers in the Tom Creedon Cup. © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom 1 – 9 Nemo Rangers (Intermediates) 0 – 8

Macroom, under a new management team, got their season off to a good start with a deserved win over Nemo at the Castle Grounds. It was cold and at times wet, but the two teams still served up an entertaining contest. Nemo looked the better team early on but Macroom drew level at the start of the second quarter and after Nemo again went in front, Macroom's David Horgan got in for the vital goal just before the break and his side held a two point lead at that stage. On the restart Macroom extended their lead to a goal but Nemo hit back with three points in a row to draw level after 40 minutes and the teams were still level until Ciarán Murphy kicked over for Macroom in the 47th minute. Macroom finished strongly and further points gave them a four point winning margin.

Macroom were without Fintan Goold, on duty with Cork, Sean Kiely, David Goold and Rory Buckley all injured at present and new manager, Bobby O'Dwyer, did well to put a competitive team on the field. Nemo took an early lead and added another point after 8 minutes to lead by two points at this stage and they also registered a few wides and they were moving better than the home side. Macroom got a score at last in the 15th minute when Pa Lucey pointed a free and a Conor O'Sullivan point from the kick out had the teams level at 0-2 each. Nemo replied with two points within minutes to again take over but Macroom finished the half well. Patrick Lucey hit over a superb point from play in the 27th minute and a minute later, Conor O'Sullivan in the right corner, passed to the inrushing David Horgan and the latter blasted low past the goalkeeper from a narrow enough angle. Macroom now led by 1-3 to 0-4, a flattering lead possibly after being under slight pressure for much of the opening half.

On the restart, Tony Dineen finished off a good move with an excellent point but Nemo came back strongly and three points in a row had the teams level at 1-4 to 0-7 after 38 minutes. The introduction of Andrew Hegarty into the Macroom attack added penetration and Patrick Lucey had Macroom back in front with a point in the 45th minute. Nemo again drew level but this point in the 46th minute was to be their last score. Ciarán Murphy put Macroom in front in the 47th minute and Pa Lucey added a point from play to open up a two point gap. In the final five minutes Pa Lucey pointed a free and Andrew Hegarty kicked a point from play to give Macroom a satisfying winning margin.

The Macroom defence was solid down the centre with James O'Connell very safe behind an in-form Eoin O'Mahony at full back and dependable Michael Cahill at centre back. On the wings, Macroom also did well with the O'Donnell brothers Martin and Barry, Ciarán Murphy and Robbie O'Dwyer all making positive contributions. Brian Lynch, Frank O'Leary and Conor O'Sullivan all made welcome returns to the team and overall it was a good start to the year.
Macroom: James O'Connell: Barry O'Donnell, Eoin O'Mahony, Martin O'Donnell: Robbie O'Dwyer, Michael Cahill, Ciarán Murphy: Brian Lynch, Frank O'Leary: Gerard Angland, David Horgan, Tony Dineen: Conor O'Sullivan, Patrick Lucey, Denis Quinlan. Subs: Andrew Hegarty, Davie Cotter and John Ryan.

Carrigaline 2-11 Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-8

The concession of two avoidable goals in the first half proved the undoing of Béal Átha at Carrigaline. The first came after 15 minutes and the second, scored in the minutes just before the break, left the visitors in a difficult position at half time, being led by 2-3 to 0-3. Béal Átha held their own in the second half and were much tighter at the back but Carrigaline were in determined mood and were able to hold on to their lead.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Gearoid Ó Muirthille: Nollaig Ó Duinnín, Leonard Ó Conchuir, Seán Ó Donnchú: Sean O Duinnín, Donal MacCarthaigh, Amlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh: Colmán Ó Tuama, Cian Ó Duinnín: Pól Ó Buachalla, Aindí Ó Coinceannain, Nollaig Ó Laoghaire: Ben Seartan, Tadgh Ó Laoire, Eanna Ó Duinnín. Fear Ionaid: Seán Ó Coill, Barra Ó Sé, Diarmuid Mac Tomáis agus Concubhair Ó Loinsuigh.

Mallow 5 -10 Ballinora 1-13

Despite the appearance on the final scoreboard, Ballinora were by no means outclassed in this game at Mallow. There was a ten minute period mid way through the opening half in which Mallow did major damage however and the result of the game was never in real doubt subsequently but an experimental Ballinora side still gave as good as they got in the second half. The score at half time was 4-6 to 1-7, the Ballinora goal coming from Michael Murphy, their best forward.

Ballinora: Eoin Walsh: Tim Crotty, David O'Neill, Barry Crowley: Tomás McGrath, Neil Collins, Eoin Lucey: Michael Hodge, Aodhán O'Connor: Davie Crotty, Conor Brosnan, Alan O'Neill: Darren Hegarty, Michael Murphy, Ian Whycherly. Subs: Shane Rock, Seán Lucey, Colm Walsh, Kieran Fitton, Shane Brosnan, Pat Fitton.

Tadhg Crowley Cup – Senior Football

Preliminary Round -

Ilen Rovers 1-10 O'Donovan Rossa 0-11

Round 1 -

A: St. Finbarr's 5-11 Clonakilty 4-8

B: Carbery Rangers 1-12 Douglas 0-12

C: St. Vincent's 2-10 Dohenys 3-8

D: St. Nick's 1-3 BALLINCOLLIG 2-18

E: Castlehaven 0-11 O Donovan Rossa 0-10

F: Newcestown 1-12 Bishopstown 0-11

Quarter-finals - Sunday January 26th, 2.30pm (extra time in all games if required)

1. Ilen Rovers v St Finbarr's

2. Carbery Rangers v Dohenys

3. Ballincollig v Castlehaven

4. Newcestown - bye

Semi-finals - Sunday February 2nd, 2.30pm (extra time in all games if required)

1 v 2

3 v Newcestown.

Tadhg Crowley Plate

Quarter-Finals- Sunday January 26th, 2.30pm (extra time in all games if required)

1. Clonakilty v Loser B

2. St Vincent's v Loser D

O Donovan Rossa - bye

Bishopstown - bye

Semi-finals - Sunday February 2nd, 2.30pm (extra time in all games if required)

1 v 2

O'Donovan Rossa v Bishopstown

Ballincollig 2-18 St Nick's 1-3

Ballincollig had this game wrapped up well before half time. A string of points had the Muskerry team in near total control and Nicks were saved further blushes by securing an opportunist goal after fifteen minutes. A goal for Ballincollig from Alan Donovan in the 25th minute helped his side to a 1-10 to 1-1 interval lead. In the second half Ballincollig remained in control and a second goal from Alan Donovan in the 40th minute merely emphasised the gulf between the teams on this occasion. 
Ballincollig: Jack Gibbons: Chris Collins, Darren Murphy, Like Prendergast: Dylan Kerstin, Stephen O'Donoghue, John Paul Murphy: Noel O'Toole, Ciarán O'Sullivan: George Durrant, John Kelly, David Bowen: Cian Dorgan, Ian Coughlan, Alan Donovan. Subs: Brian Glavin, Rob Noonan, Timmy O'Leary and James Cooper.

McGrath Cup Football

Cork 1-11 Kerry 0-10
In the McGrath Cup, Cork footballers defeated UL in the semi final and then Kerry, the holders, in the final, to take the trophy for the second time in three years.

Cork had a facile win over University of Limerick in the semi final at Mallow, the final score being 6-16 to 0-7. Noel Galvin of Ballincollig, Fintan Goold of Macroom, Micheál Ó Laoghaire of Naomh Abán and Daniel Goulding of Éire Óg all lined out with Cork in this game. Daniel Goulding finished with 2-4 to his credit, Micheál Ó Laoghaire with1-1 and Fintan Goold scored 0-2. In the other semi final at Tralee, Kerry defeated CIT on a scoreline of 2-12 to 0-13. Cathal Vaughan of Uíbh Laoire scored 0-8 for the Cork students who are preparing for Sigerson Cup action at present.

In the final at Mallow, Cork had a 1-11 to 0-10 victory over Kerry,' the old enemy'. Substitute John Hayes showed brilliant composure to fire home a goal in the 50th minute that proved the crucial score on the day for new manager Brian Cuthbert's side. Cork had trailed by 0-5 to 0-4 at the interval but improved greatly after half-time. Mark Collins, Paul Kerrigan and Michael Shields kicked over points and after Jonathan Lyne pulled a point back for Kerry, Cork substitute Hayes grabbed that vital 50th minute goal. A pair of Daniel Goulding points stretched Cork's advantage to six points at 1-9 to 0-6. Kerry tried to fight back but Cork closed out the game with Andrew O'Sullivan launching over a terrific point while Donncha O'Connor sealed the victory with a point from a late free.

Cork: Ken O'Halloran, John McLoughlin, Eoin Cadogan, Michael Shields (0-1), James Loughrey, Tomás Clancy, Kevin O'Driscoll, Aidan Walsh (0-1), FINTAN GOOLD (Macroom), Colm O'Driscoll, Mark Collins (0-1), Andrew O'Sullivan (0-1), DANIEL GOULDING (Éire Óg)(0-4, 0-2f), Paul Kerrigan (0-2), Barry O'Driscoll. Subs used: John Hayes (1-0), Donncha O'Connor (0-1), Mark Sugrue , Brian Hurley, MICHEÁL Ó LAOGHAIRE (Naomh Abán) (black card sub), Alan Sheehan (black card sub).

Duhallow Invitation Cup – U 21 Football

Clonakilty 2-10 Muskerry 2-9

Muskerry, the 2013 winners, were defeated in the quarter final of the Duhallow Invitation Cup competition at Clonakilty under lights, the home side winning by a single point on a 2-10 to 2-9 final scoreline. The winning score came from a free in the dying seconds of the game. Clon started well and built up a 2-2 to 0-1 early lead but Muskerry recovered and at half time it was 2-4 to 0-6. The Muskerry improvement continued after the break and a goal from the star of the attack, Padraic Berhanu from Kilmurry, had the ball in the Clon net to get Muskerry motoring and a second Berhanu goal had the divisional side in the driving seat. Two Clon points brought the sides level however and with the contestants locked in stalemate it looked odds on extra time but a late free gave Clon a winner. Muskerry really missed their county panellist Cathal Vaughan, and John Corkery of Aghabullogue, both absent as they were involved with CIT in the McGrath Cup against Kerry the following day.

Muskerry: Jason McDonnell (Kilmurry): D O'Connell (Aghabullogue), Sean Kelleher (Aghinagh), Daire MacLochlainn (Cill na Martra): L O Loinsuigh (Cill na Martra), Daniel O'Connor (Eire Óg), Liam Kelleher (Canovee): David Horgan (Macroom), Micheál Ó Deasúna (Cill na Martra): Pádraic Berhanu (Kilmurry), J Buckley (Kilmurry), Daniel Twomey (Kilmichael) capt.: Darren Dineen (Clondrohid), Paddy Fitton (Ballinora), James Moynihan (Canovee). Sub: David O'Leary (Clondrohid).

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De la Salle, Macroom who were defeated by Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig in the Cork Colleges Simcox Cup final at CIT © Lee Valley Outlook

Colleges Football Finals 

Simcox Cup Senior 'A' Final

Col. Choilm, Ballincollig 4 – 13 De La Salle, Macroom 1 – 18

De La Salle Macroom were going for their third Simcox Cup in a row when they met Coláiste Choilm in a novel final at CIT under lights but at the final whistle it was the Ballincollig school who were rejoicing at their first ever victory in the competition. There was no doubt that the cup went to the better team on the night as the winners had played some great football, scored four goals and altogether displayed far more fire and were far better focussed than the holders. Col Choilm scored a goal either side of half time and these did enormous damage to DLS who in fairness fought on and so made the game interesting to the finish but it was Coláiste Choilm's night and they were full value for this win.

An early John Murphy point for DLS was answered by three points in a row for the Ballincollig boys from Ronan O'Toole, Cian Kelly and Liam Collins. Cian Healy, James Moynihan and Shane Foley then put DLS in front again but Conor Hughes levelled matters at 0-4 each in the 17th minute. Points were exchanged, Peter Kelleher and Joe Ryan for DLS, Daire McCarthy and Kiely for Colm's, and when the winners went in front through a Conor Hughes point, Peter Kelleher levelled once again for DLS in the 26th minute. Sean Kelleher now put DLS in front; Hughes levelled and then in the last minute before half time Col. Choilm struck for a vital goal from Ronan O'Toole and so deservedly led by 1-8 to 0-8 at the break.

Cian Healy had a point for DLS on the restart but the Macroom side were rocked by a second goal for Choilms after three minutes, this one from another centrefielder, Aaron O'Raw. Joe Ryan had a point for DLS from a free but within minutes Col Choilm had a third goal, this one from Cian Kiely and, leading now by 3-8 to 0-10, the Ballincollig school were in a very strong position. DLS did not give up. James Moynihan and Cian Healy pointed but back came Col Choilm with two points, Sean Curzon the scorer. The score now was 3-10 to 0-12 after 40 minutes play and in the next ten minutes, DLS upped their game and put the winners under severe pressure but could not get through for a goal. Cian Healy had two points and they had one each from Ryan and Moynihan but it was not enough and when Sean O'Donoghue slammed home a fourth goal for Col Choilm in the 51st minute, it was all over for DLS. They did get a well-worked goal, finished by John Murphy in the 55th minute but Coláiste Choilm had victory in sight at this stage and were never going to lose out now.

Coláiste Choilm: Christopher Kelly (Eire Óg): Kevin O'Regan (Ballinora), Kevin O'Sullivan (Ballincollig), Patrick Cronin (Newcestown): Denis Murphy (Eire Óg), Michael Lordon (Ballinora), Daire McCarthy (Eire Óg): Aaron O'Raw (Inniscarra), Ronan O'Toole (Eire Óg): Liam Collins (Inniscarra), Sean O'Donoghue (Inniscarra), Sean Curzon (Kilmurry): Cian Kiely (Ballincollig), Conor Hughes (Canovee), Matt O'Leary (Ballincollig). Subs: Declan Hyland (Inniscarra) and Donncha Kelly (Eire Óg).

De La Salle, Macroom: Alan Duggan (Clondrohid): Kevin O'Dwyer (Macroom), Dermot O'Callaghan (Aghinagh), Finbarr McSweeney (Iveleary); David Murphy, (Iveleary), Sean Kelleher, (Aghinagh), Barry O'Leary (Iveleary): Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Daniel Cahalane (Kilmurry): Shane Foley (Kilmichael), James Moynihan (Canovee),William Coakley (Aghinagh): Cian Healy (Newcestown), Joseph Ryan (Kilmurry), John Murphy (Macroom). Subs: Don Creedon (Macroom), Brendan O'Sullivan (Macroom), Cian Creedon (Clondrohid), Mark Healy (Canovee).

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Coláiste Ghobnatan who defeated St. Brogan's, Bandon in the Cork Colleges Senior C Football final at CIT. . © Lee Valley Outlook

Senior "C" Football Final 

Coláiste Ghobnatan 2-14 Naomh Bhrogáin, Droichead na Bandan 1-6

Tá corn craobh an contae sinsear ag dul siar go Baile Mhúirne don dara bhliain as a chéile arís i ndiaidh an bua iontach a bhí ag na buachaillí áitiúla i gcoinne Naomh Bhrogáin Naofa, Droichead Na Bandan. Thug buachaillí Coláiste Ghobnatan taispeántas an-láidir sa chéad leath ach go háirithe, agus ní raibh buachaillí ó Dhroichead Na Bandan i ndán déileáil leis an tosach iontach sin. Thíos faoi na soilse ag Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Chorcaí, bhí na coinníollacha foirfe don chluiche. Bhuaigh Maidhc Ó Duinnín an cheád liathróid ón throw-in agus chuaigh sé díreach ar an ionsaí, gluaiseacht a chríochnaigh le pointe maith ó Conchur Ó Murchú tar éis 50 soicind. Bhí a lán den liathróid ag na buachaillí Droichead Na Bandan ach ní raibh siad in ann na cosantóirí, leithéidí Antóin Ó Cuana agus Gearóid Ó Goillí, a bhriseadh síos. Tar éis 6 noimead, thosnaigh an captaen Tomás Ó hÁileasa gluaiseacht óna chúinne féin sna cúlaithe. Do lean an gluaiseacht iontach ar aghaidh tríd láimhe Ronán De hÍde, Dermot Ó Ceallaigh, Dan Ó Duinnín, Piaras Ó Liatháin, agus Dermot arís sular chuir sé an caid trasna an chúl go Conchur Ó Murchú, agus chríochnaigh sé é sa liontáin. Fuair Piaras pointe eile ón imirt cúpla noimead níos deanaí, sular fuair Naomh Bhrogáin an chéad scór ó cic saor. Bhí Coláiste Ghobnatan ag imirt peil i bhfad níos oscailte áfach, agus bhí dhá phointe eile acú ó Dermot Ó Ceallaigh (cic saor) agus Dan Ó Duinnín. Nuair a lean sé an pointe sin lé cúl iontach, bhí na buachaillí áitiúla 2-4 in aghaidh 0-1 chun tosaigh tar éis fiche nóimead. Bhuaigh Naomh Bhrogáin gach uile chluiche go héasca ar an bealach go dtí an craobh seo, agus nuair a fuaireadar dhá phointe tapaidh, bhí sé soiléir nach raibh siad chun an tuaille a chaitheamh isteach chomh héasca san. Bhí cúpla iarrachtaí ar chúl ag Naomh Bhrogáin roimh leath ama chomh maith, ach bhí an báideoir Gearóid Ó Luasa agus Eoin Ó Loingsigh maith go leor chun iad a chóimeád amach. Bhí Tadhg Ó Corcora ag obair fíor chrua suas agus síos na páirce, agus fuair Dan Ó pointe ar an taobh eile den bpáirc. Fuair Naomh Bhrogáin pointe eile chun an bearna a laghdú beagán.

An scór ag leath ama Coláiste Ghobnatan 2-6 Naomh Bhrogáin Naofa 0-4. Fuair Maidhc Ó Duinnín pointe iontach sa chéad nóimead den tarna leath. Tháining pointí tapaidh ó Dan Ó (cic saor), Aaron Ó Murchú, Micheál Ó Deasúna, agus Tadhg Ó Corcora sular tháining aon freagra ar ais ó Naomh Bhrogáin. Bhí a fhios acu go raibh an chluiche ag sleamhnú uathu, agus cé gur aimsigh siad cúl agus cuilín laistigh de nóimead amháin, bhí freagra ag Coláiste Ghobnatan dóibh le pointí ón bheirt fir lár páirce Maidhc Ó Duinnín agus Micheál Ó Deasúna. Chríochnaigh Maidhc an chluiche le pointe eile ón imirt, agus nuair a shéid an feadóg deireanach, bhí buachaillí Coláiste Ghobnatan mar buaitheoirí an chontae arís. D'imir gach uile duine acu ar fheabhas tríd an cluiche ar fad, agus sheas leithéidí Dan Ó Donnchú a d' imir mar leath chúlaí lár, Eoin Ó Loingsigh ar an cliatháin, Maidhc Ó Duinnín i lár na páirce, agus tosaithe Tadhg Ó Corcora agus Dan Ó Duinnín amach. Ag deireadh, d'ardaigh captaen na fóirne Tomás Ó hÁileasa an corn san aer ós comhair céiliúradh mór ón lucht leanúna iontach a bhí i láthair ar an oíche. Comhghairdeas do chách.

Foireann: Gearóid Ó Luasa, Antóin Ó Cuana, Gearóid Ó Goillí, Tomás Ó hÁileasa (c), Eoin Ó Loingsigh, Dan Ó Donnchú, Rónán De hÍde, Maidhc Ó Duinnín (0-3), Aaron Ó Murcú (0-1), Conchúr Ó Murchú (1-1), Piaras Ó Liathain (0-1), Tadhg Ó Corcora (0-1), Dermot Ó Ceallaigh (0-1 cic saor), Dan Ó Duinnín (1-3, 0-1 cic saor), Gearóid Ó Faoláin. Fir ionad: Micheál Ó Deasúna (0-3), Damien Ó hUrdail, Pádraig Ó Criodáin, Seán Ó Forréidh, Eoin MacCarthaigh, Donagh Ó Riordáin.

Western Gaels GAA Report

2013 was a very successful year by any standards. Our change from the geographically challenging East Region, with trips to near the Waterford border a fairly regular occurrence, were not sustainable, incurring a fairly hefty transport bill. The long overdue move to the West has been a big hit to date. Most of our games, especially in the championship, were well within the hour journey. One might regard Bandon, Newcestown, Ballinacarriga, Castletownkenneigh, Ballineen and Dunmanway as home venues as a half hour will get you to most and don't require bus transport.
Arranging Games. As a result of not having our Contacts Page on the Rebel Óg Website due to late submission, all the games arranging went through Denis O'Callaghan. A suggestion for 2014 would be to have all team contact numbers on the Rebel Óg Website, as well as having one overall Games Coordinator. The one area we are falling down in badly is not having enough people to help out with the various teams - at least five selectors are desirable for each group. Perhaps U16 and Minor Hurling selectors might be responsible for both groups?

Help! As a result of the joining of forces in 2011 we have achieved much - we have had three lads on Cork Minor Hurling and Football teams as well as lads on Development Squads, an unlikely scenario previously as County Minor selectors generally won't notice anyone playing below B Grade. We make up almost one third of the very successful De le Salle College team in Macroom as well as having seven more on the panel. The River Lee is regarded as our dividing line. We have a small handful of dedicated people but urgently need more to get involved for 2014. Any ladies out there who feel they have a contribution to make in any area are more than welcome.
A.G.M. and Medal Presentation was held at the Old Triangle on December 27. The Club contested three County Finals, winning Minor Football Championship and League titles , and were runners up in the U16 Hurling Final at Páirc Uí Rinn. A fine record. All in all a very successful year winning five Cups and one Shield. There are still two West titles outstanding, MCH League and U16 Hurling. Peter Kelleher was again on the County Minor Hurling and Football Teams as he was in 2012, a huge achievement. The following Officers were elected for 2014: Chairman: Denis O'Callaghan; Secretary: Billy Twomey; Treasurer Mick Hennigan; Games Co Ordinator: Denis O'Callaghan. Team Mentors to date for 2014: U16 Hurling, Anthony Mc Sweeney,Con o Leary. U16 Football, Paul o Leary, Shane Galvin; Minor Hurling, Micheál Masters, Barry Oldham; Minor Football, Billy Twomey, Liam Kearney.
Although all of the above are quality and committed people, we can't continue to function with so few helpers. We will be competing, depending on getting more selectors involved, in A Grade games this year which will be challenging, but that is where we want to be. My thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of last year, with a special thanks to Billy Twomey, Western Gaels Secretary; Mick Hennigan, W.G Treasurer, Cliodhna O'Riordan, Uíbh Laoire Secretary, and Kilmichael Secretary and West Treasurer Liam Cotter. They all made our job of running Western Gaels that much easier. -Denis O'Callaghan.

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Canovee GAA U 13 County Champions with their selectors at the presentation of medals and Gear Bags recently Pic. Peter Scanlan

Macroom Under Age

Macroom Juvenile Gaelic football is starting up again in 2014 with a registration night on the 31st January from 7pm to 8pm at the Macroom GAA Pavilion. If you can't make the registration night, then contact the relevant team manager below and they will let you know when training commences. Registration fees for 2014 are, for one child - €20, for two or more children - €30 for all. If your child has played with us in the past, then we're looking forward to seeing him again in 2014 – we'd like registration paid before training commences. If your child hasn't played football before, then we'd like to take this opportunity to welcome them to the club. Particularly for Under 6 & Under 8, if you're unsure if Gaelic Football is for your child, then they should come to the first 2-3 training sessions before committing the registration.
Team Managers for 2014: Under 6 - Chris Donovan 0872850205; Under 8 – Tony O'Sullivan 0879901651; Under 10 – Stephen Moore 0892193545; Under 11/12 – Enda Kiernan 0866076039; Under 13/14 – Liam Linehan 0877932274; Under 15/16 – James Duggan 0877723394.
So why play football?
After a registration fee, training is free and lasts for almost nine months of the year. We focus on fun ways of learning the skills of the game; your child will enjoy himself. No previous experience of football is necessary; kids of all abilities catered for. No special equipment is needed – your child can play in tracksuit and runners to begin with. Football is a fantastic way for your child to get vigorous exercise, meet new friends and be part of the community team. All non-Irish children are very welcome to the club; we have at least four nationalities playing already. All of our coaches are GAA certified trainers and Garda vetted. Most of our coaches have their own children also and understand that each kid needs to learn at his own pace. Because children generally only get one year out of a pair of football boots, we're starting an initiative this year, whereby we are asking all households to bring their 2nd hand boots (in good condition) to the registration night. These boots will subsequently be recycled to children who need boots. If anyone has ideas for further activities within the juvenile club, then contact one of the following:
Patrick Goold, Chairman Macroom Juvenile GAA. Mobile: 0876772340; Diarmuid Holland. Secretary Macroom Juvenile GAA. Mobile: 0872327811. Tony (Saga) O'Sullivan. Treasurer Macroom Juvenile GAA. Mobile: 0879785194

Munster Youths Cup 4th Round

Newmarket Celtic (Clare) 0 Macroom 1.

Macroom qualified for the quarter final of the Muster Youths Cup with a deserved victory at a crisp and sunny Newmarket on Fergus. For the first time in the history of the club, the team qualified out of Cork into the open provincial draw and this win moves them into the last eight of the competition. The visitors dominated this tie for large parts and would have been well out of sight were it not for the woodwork coming to the rescue for Newmarket as well as a number of fine saves from the home keeper.
Macroom began brightly with Robert Healy on the left wing forcing a corner. Quick thinking between Don Creedon and Healy allowed the latter to shoot and force an excellent save, resulting in another corner. From Creedon's in-swinger, Marco Healy headed just wide. Macroom were well on top at this stage and although Newmarket had a couple of long range efforts, Declan Kiely in the visitors' goal was not overly troubled. The pressure on Newmarket continued to build as a deflected Brendan O'Sullivan effort led to a succession of corners. This finished with a Macroom free kick twenty five yards out on the right. Don Creedon's effort came back off the post and was finished by Marco Healy, however the linesman's flag was raised and the goal was ruled out for offside. Minutes later, another free, again on the right was struck by O'Sullivan and this time the crossbar came to the rescue for the hosts. On the break, Newmarket had a half chance when a clearance from the Macroom defence was hit first time but the effort sailed over the bar. And following this Kiely made a great save down to his right to ensure parity. Macroom finished the half strongly by forcing their tenth corner after a penalty shout for handball, but this was well defended and the tie was scoreless at the short whistle.
On the resumption the home side had a good header flash just wide and up the other end Brendan O'Sullivan's free forced a great save, with Don Creedon unlucky with the follow up. Macroom continued to push but the home side had their moments on the break. On the hour mark it took a fantastic tackle from Brian Crowley to keep it at nil all.The visitors introduced Joe Ryan and he got involved straight away when his effort from the right flashed across the goal and away to safety. And Ryan had another attempt minutes later which flew past the right hand post. Brendan O' ullivan's duel with the home keeper continued when another fine strike was parried away to safety. And with the excellent Brian Crowley doing well up the right wing, Macroom continued to push for the all important opening goal. At the back Craig Ronan was happy to see his defensive header go out for a corner, which he cleared to safety. With the game well into injury time it looked like extra time was going to be required. However, when a free kick out on the left wing was awarded to Macroom, there was one last chance. Don Creedon's free found Joe Ryan on the edge of the box. Ryan controlled well on his chest and nodded the ball past the last defender before lashing a low left footed shot beyond the keeper to send Macroom players and supporters wild. There was little time remaining for Newmarket to respond and a famous Macroom victory was confirmed when the final whistle went.
To concede so late was tough on the home side but Macroom carried the greater threat throughout and thoroughly deserved the win. They will now take their place in the quarter final draw for the first time in the club's thirty seven year history.
Macroom: Declan Kiely, Brian Crowley, Brendan O' Sullivan, Craig Ronan, Tommy Condon, Don Creedon, Michael Hourihan, Chris Foskett, Robert Healy, Marco Healy, Sean Quinn. Subs: Joe Ryan for Hourihan, Eoin Walsh for Robert Healy, Brian McMahon, Brendan O' Callaghan, Cian O' Riordan, Alex Ryan, Caleb Dineen, Paul Farrell, Liam Fitzgerald, Alan Quinn. Manager: Shane O' Sullivan. Assistant Manager: Willie O' Riordan Snr.

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Macroom FC Youths team, winners of the cup tie against Newmarket on Fergus. (Photo David Shine)

Macroom AFC

Under 11 League: Carrigaline Hibs 4 Macroom 4.

Macroom picked up an excellent away point after a fine game in Carrigaline. All of the visitors' four goals came courtesy of T.J. Buckley and this was a marvellous individual achievement. Liam Coleman, Ryan Healy and Kieran Doody were also in great form in what was a superb team performance.

Under 13 Local Cup: Douglas Hall 2 Macroom 2 (aet and penalties)

Macroom visited Moneygourney and lost out on penalties after a great game. The tie finished 1-1 after ninety minutes, with Caelum Lynch on target. Dylan Twomey popped up in the opening period of extra time to give Macroom the lead once again but the hosts responded with an equaliser to send the match to penalties. It was 4-4 after the standard five penalties each but the home side were successful in sudden death to run out 6-5 winners. Another good performance from the Under 13s.

Under 14 League: Park Utd 4 Macroom 2.

U15 Local Cup: Macroom 13 Carrigaline Utd B 0

This was a total mismatch as the home side were too strong throughout the field. John Martin Lehane (4), Eolan O'Leary (3), Daniel O'Riordan (2), Liam O'Sullivan(2), Eric Murphy and Liam O'Brien were on target.

Youths League: Macroom 3 Passage 0

After the cup heroics the previous week, it was back to league action at the TownPark. Another fine performance has ensured the team have jumped from fourth to second in the league table. Goals from Joe Ryan, Brian McMahon and Craig Ronan made the three points safe.

Macroom have been drawn at home to Tramore A.F.C. from Waterford in the quarter final of the Munster Youths Cup. The game will take place on Saturday February 8th at Murrayfield.

Premier A League: Douglas Hall 1 Macroom 0

Macroom will consider themselves to be extremely unlucky in this away tie. The home keeper was man of the match with a string of fine saves to deny Barry O'Donnell, Anthony O'Donoghue and Darren Kelly. New signing Keith Holden also had a number of opportunities but he too was foiled by the Douglas netminder. And late in the game a deflected effort from close range wrong footed Mark Twohig in the Macroom goal and the hosts had the winner, which they scarcely deserved.

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt Club

Entries for Club League are now being taken. Names can be written on list in Club House or by giving your name to Brendan @ 086/1657336 or Dan @ 086/3463474. Draw for League will take place in Clubhouse on February 2nd. League begins on February 9th. All past, present, and new members are welcome to participate. Looking forward to seeing you there.