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Preparing for Oliver in the Briery Gap, April 24, 25, 26 and May 1, 2, 3.  © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Macroom Flower Club Floral Demonstration Thurs April 16 at Coolcower House 8p.m..
ARC Flag Day in Macroom Fri. April 17.
Local Market in Coachford on Saturday, April 18, 10.30 -1pm.
Crookstown Ceili Sat 18th April in Crookstown hall at 9.30 pm.
Fionnbar Walsh (Donal's dad ) in Coachford church on Mon April 20 at 7pm.
Over 60s Talent Semi Finals on Sun April 26th at City Hall Cork
40 Hours Adoration in Macroom church Thurs. Ap 30 7.30p.m. to Sat. May 2 7.30p.m.
Éire Óg Fun Run at Farran Wood. Thurs. April 30.
Parent & Toddler group Mon mornings of school term, 10am-12, Tarelton Community Centre.
Irish Red Cross Scout Hall Macroom Tuesdays at 8 p.m..

Macroom Library: 

Story time Saturday at 12 noon.
Coffee Morning in Castle Hotel, from 10.30 – 12.30 Mon. Ap. 20
SANDS meeting on Tues April 21st at 5.30.
ACOL Bridge on Wed. April 22 at 10.30a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte Thurs. April 23 at 11.30 a.m
The Purlies Thurs. April 30 at 11a.m. .

Briery Gap:

Oliver. Fri 24th, Sat 25th & Sun 26th April & Fri 1st, Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd May at 8.00pm. Matinee on Sun 3rd May at 3.00pm.
Ross Browne- Professional Idiot. Fri 15th May at 8.00pm.
Johnny Carroll and Dessie O'Halloran, on Friday May 22nd at 8.00pm.for what is sure to be a unique pairing of two supremely talented musicians. Tickets €15/€12.
Frankie Gavin Fri. 12th June at 8.30pm.

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

Resurfacing of N22 in Macroom

Priority Construction Ltd. has been contracted to undertake road works on behalf of Cork County Council on the N22 through Macroom town. Work commenced on Monday 13th April and is expected to be completed in approximately 6 weeks, i.e. by the end of May. Work is proceeding at night time, from 7pm to 7am Monday to Friday, finishing at 7a.m. each Saturday morning. For the duration of the works there will be some disruption to normal traffic and parking along the N22 through Macroom town. Traffic will be controlled by a Stop / Go system. While Priority Construction Ltd. will endeavour to minimise inconvenience and maintain access to premises and businesses in the town at all times, please note that accesses adjacent to the works may be limited for short periods of time. Therefore, if you are unable to arrange alternative delivery time and need to gain access during the times detailed above, please make contact with Conor McMahon, Site Agent with Priority Construction Ltd. at 087 7546750.
We would like to thank you in advance for your co-operation and apologise for any inconvenience that these works may cause.
N.B. Cast and patrons of 'Oliver' in the Briery Gap on Friday April 24 and again on May 1 should make allowances for traffic delays from 7p.m. for those performances.

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A section of the crowd who attended the 1916 Easter Rising commemoration in Macroom, © Lee Valley Outlook

Easter 2015

The 99th anniversary of the Easter Rising was celebrated at the Republican monument in Macroom in beautiful sunshine on Easter Sunday 2015. A greater than usual crowd turned out for the event. At the outset, Pat O'Connell M.C., reminded the audience of the 28 men from Macroom who marched to Carriganimma early on Easter Sunday 1916, there to be joined by Volunteers from Cill na Martra, Ballinagree, Clondrohid and Carriganimma. Volunteers from Kilmurry, Cork city and Bandon came as far as Macroom, with a view also to proceeding to Fenit to meet the ill-fated Aud but all had to return home when that mission failed. Many of them were subsequently arrested and imprisoned in Frongoch Internment Camp, Wales.
A minute's silence was observed in their memory and in memory of the late Mícheál O hIarfhlaithe. Marie O'Herlihy laid a wreath; John Dineen sounded the Last Post; Con Lynch led the recitation of a decade of the Rosary and Brendan McCarthy read the Proclamation of Independence. Author, lawyer and film maker, Maurice O'Callaghan, delivered the oration. He recalled the 50th anniversary celebrations and RTE's excellent series, Seachtar Fear: Seacht Lá, claiming that commemoration was not tainted with the doubts and shame introduced by revisionists in recent decades. Denying the premise that freedom could have come along the Home Rule route, he said a plebiscite on the question would not have been allowed in 1916. While, in the 21st century, the people have been betrayed by bad governance, mismanagement and cynical greed, it is necessary to understand the past to understand the present. Every nation has a right and duty to remember its history, be it Troy, Gettysburg, Napoleon or Nelson. The men of 1916 were poets, dreamers, philosophers. Their rebellion was always doomed but their blood, shed in a dark yard in Kilmainham, changed everything and nurtured the success of the 1918 elections and the War of Independence.
In conclusion, Michael Bradley led the singing of Amhrán na bhFiann, accompanied by piper, Donal Kelleher and Pat O'Connell, Macroom 1916 Commemoration group, encouraged all who are interested in Irish history to become involved in organising a fitting ceremony in 2016.

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At commemoration of 1916 Easter Rising in Macroom, guest speaker, Maurice O'Callaghan with organisers, Ted Healy and Pat O'Connell © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom 200 Years Ago

Parish of Macromp by Rev. Simeon Davies Junior, Protestant Rector of Macroom 1796 – 1830. Report for Mason's Parochial Survey 1814 – 1819.
The name of the parish is Macromp, commonly called Macroom. It is a rectory and a vicarage in itself and is not united to any other parish. It is situated in the barony of East Muskerry, diocese of Cloyne and county of Cork; being bounded on the north by the parish of Kilcorney and barony of Duhallow; on the south by the river Lee, which separates the diocese of Cloyne from that of Cork; on the east by the parishes of Ahinah and Aghabollig; and the the west by the parish of Clondrohid. It is a curious circumstance respecting this parish that four plowlands belonging to it near Muskerry mountain are quite detached from the lowlands and the parishes of Clondrohid and Aghabollig, for more than two miles coming between them. These separated townlands were Carrigagulla, Ballynagree East and West, Rahalisk and Cusloura
The only town in this parish is Macromp. The parish is divided, as all parishes in this county are, into ploughlands and Gneeeves. Twelve gneeves make a ploughland; but the ploughlands vary in number of acres in every part of the county; some ploughlands contain only one hundred acres or less while other contain five hundred The computed miles are in length about five miles and in breadth about four.
The number of acres in the parish by the map in the Incumbent's possession from the Down Survey, are about 6,500, of which 6,000 are fit for tillage of every kind, dairy or meadow; the five hundred and fifty may be said to be mountain, rough course ground but dry; fit for grazing cattle of every description and improving every year on account of the increase of the population of the country. Muskery Beg, (Mushera Beag) or Little Muskerry is the only mountain in this parish, most part of which is fit for pasture and improving every year. Over this goes the road, formerly the high road from Cork to Killarney, before the present mail coach road was established. The great Muskerry (Mushera Mór) is not in this parish.
The river Lee, as before mentioned, runs down from perhaps the most romantic spot in Munster, called Googawn Barrow, where it rises in a large lake in a valley, surrounded by perpendicular rocks of amazing height, formerly covered with timber. Round this lake are a number of ruined chapels which are handed down by tradition as places of worship. This spot is now frequented on every Midsummer Day (24th June) by thousands of people from all parts of the counties of Cork and Kerry, for the purposes of devotion and penance. From this lake the river runs through a narrow channel for three miles, until it gets into the famous lakes of Inchegeelagh, which are six miles long and in many places nearly two miles wide and are indeed beautiful to a degree, surrounded by hills which in former days were covered with trees of all kinds, but are now destroyed. These lakes abound with fish of various kinds, salmon, trout but in particular with a fish called charr which, it is said, are to be found only in one lake in the north of Ireland; they are of the size of a trout but as red as a salmon and when taken in season, are reckoned delicious. The river Lee then runs through a beautiful country for more than twenty miles, dividing the diocese of Cork from that of Cloyne, the whole way to the city of Cork.
No mines have ever yet been discovered in the parish; there is one mineral on the lands of Ballyverrane, adjoining the demesne of Mount Massey, one mile from town, which has been remarkable for many years for curing scorbutic humours and is much frequented during the summer and recommended by many physicians. The river Sillane, a good trout river, runs round the town of Macromp, on the west side, over which is a long stone bridge leading to Millstreet and Kerry. This unites with another river, called the Lany, just below the town and both together fall into the Lee about a mile from the town, at Coolcour. There are no loughs or harbours, being twenty miles from the sea. We have scarcely a bog in this parish; certainly not one of any extent. There are no woods; the only place for large timber we have near the town is the demesne of Mr. Hedges Eyre.

To be continued. Note that place names are as they appear in the original document.

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The Briery Gap Adult Mixed Choir at 'Come Together' in the Briery Gap © Lee Valley Outlook

St. Mary's Updates

Chinese Experience. During the Easter holidays, four Transition Year students - Lorna O'Reilly, Ella Curtin, Caitriona Grainger and Julia Kaczmarek - visited China in conjunction with the Chinese Department in UCC. While there they experienced Chinese culture, food and way of life and spent time in the university in Shanghai. It was a truly remarkable experience.

Journalism Award. Ella Curtin travelled to the Convention Centre in Dublin on March 24th where she received a writing award from Minister for Education, Jan O'Sullivan. Ella was awarded first prize in the Sports category for her article on the treatment of women's sport in the media. Using Cork GAA stars Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley as shining examples of sporting excellence, she highlighted the lack of media coverage they receive. Ella was accompanied to the awards ceremony by her parents and her teacher Ms. Jennifer Murnane. Well done Ella! We are very proud of you.

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The Contradictions, Katherine Scott, Clodagh O'Sullivan, Ciara Dineen and Tara Murphy, at 'Come Together' in the Briery Gap © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Library

Despite a hiccup at the start when our hi fi equipment went on strike we had a lovely music morning with Peter O'Regan on April 10th. Many thanks to Mary Shine and Eileen Hackett who came to the rescue with a replacement music centre. On Monday 20th April there will be a fundraising coffee morning in the Castle Hotel from 10.30 to 12.30. This is to defray the library music morning running costs. For example, it looks like we might be purchasing a music centre shortly! Eddie Hogan will be presenting a gramophone session in Canon Sheehan Hall in Millstreet on Friday 17th at 8.15p.m. All welcome. Details of our own May event will be in the next edition of the Lee Valley Outlook.
Children's Story time takes place every Saturday (excluding Bank Holiday weekends) at 12 noon, and is conducted by a member of staff. It is aimed at 3-7 year olds and parents must remain in the library during the session. There will be a meeting of SANDS, (the stillbirth and neonatal death society) in a quiet area of the library on Tuesday April 21st at 5.30. The meeting is for mothers and fathers who have experienced stillbirth or neonatal death (up to the age of 1 year) to meet for supportive interaction and tea and coffee will be served. ACOL Bridge takes place on Wednesday 22 April at 10.30 until 1.00. Ciorcal Cainte with Nora Levis on Thursday 23rd at 11.30. Bígí linn. There is still time to get on the Electoral Register before the referendum. Forms are available at the desk and must be returned to the Franchise section in County Hall. We have a large selection of gardening books to suit the already green fingered and also those who are just beginning on this wonderfully rewarding hobby. So, whether it's flowers or vegetables you are interested in visit us. At only €2.50 for annual adult membership it will be well worth your while.

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Macroom Beaver Scouts at the county Beavers Orienteering event in Warrenscourt Woods. ©

Macroom Scouts

Our different Sections have been very active recently.
Beavers: Spring for the beavers started with a hike up Umera wood and some shelter building instructions. They also participated in the county orienteering in Warrenscourt Woods. Approx eighty 6 to 8 year olds learnt the skill of orienteering. They were also involved in a beavers fun day in Kilcully, Cork.
Beavers Chief Scout Award: 2 of our lads were presented with the Beaver Chief Scout Award for activities and projects they completed last year. This is the highest award a Beaver Scout can achieve.
Cub Scouts : A hike was organised by 3 of our cub scouts on Torc Mountain and the Old Kenmare Rd where families were invited to participate and money was raised for the Jack and Jill Foundation. A big thank you to all who supported. Over Easter the boys took part in a full days sailing activity at the Kinsale Outdoor eduction centre. This was greatly enjoyed by all.
Scouts: A number of Scouts spent their first night on a mountain over Easter. They hiked to the Horses Glen in Killarney where they camped overnight. Photos in next issue

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Macroom Youth Theatre group perform at 'Come Together' in the Briery Gap © Lee Valley Outlook

Come Together

'Come Together', the recent celebration of local talent in the Briery Gap, was proof positive of the huge contribution the cultural centre and its manager, Anne Dunne are making to the promotion of the arts in the Lee Valley. The show featured Macroom Youth Theatre – a 25 member mixed group of teenagers from Macroom, Ballyvourney, Kilmichael, Kilmurry and Cill na Martra. Though directed by Kevin O'Brien, Anne Dunne, Kelly Ann Healy and Darragh Browne, it was predominantly a teenage production, featuring music, song, comedy and a great Beatle Medley. Particularly impressive were some of the original numbers composed by the young artists. 'The Contradictions', a quartet of teenage girls – Catherine Scott, Clodagh O'Sullivan, Ciara Dineen and Tara Murphy – were very well received: particularly enjoyable was their barbershop routine.
The 30 person Adult Mixed Choir, under the direction of Kieran Leahy, showed off their versatility in a programme that was all too short. Pat Murphy, who will represent Macroom and District in the over 60s Show in the City Hall, sang 'I am a Star' with justification. Special guest for the evening was Brian Flanagan, a blow-in to Cloughduv from Mayo. He delighted the audience with some of his original songs and popular numbers such as She Moved Through the Fair and Time To Say Goodbye. Brian, who has released two successful albums, made an impressive debut in the Briery Gap when he was back up to Brian Kennedy at a recent concert.
The Adult Mixed Choir and Macroom Youth Theatre will resume practice in the Briery Gap in the autumn. New members are always welcome.

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Oliver and Dodger (Finn Brady and Conor Dineen) consider themselves at home in the Briery Gap April 24, 25, 26 and May 1, 2, 3. . © Lee Valley Outlook


Briery Gap is delighted to present Lionel Bart's 'Oliver' as the 2015 spring show. This is the theatre's 6th successive musical, following on Oklahoma (2010) Showboat (2011), Calamity Jane (2012), South Pacific (2013), and Sound of Music (2014). Directed once again by Kevin Hough, the cast and chorus of adults and children are all from the Lee Valley area. Songs from the musical include Food, Glorious Food; Oom-pah-pah; Consider Yourself at Home; As Long as He Needs Me; Where is Love, I'd do Anything; Reviewing the Situation etc. This musical is an adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, 'Oliver Twist' and indeed the plot has many twists. It starts in an orphanage, proceeds to an undertaker's shop and thence to a pickpockets' den. Oliver is involved in the robbery of Mr. Brownlow and convicted, pardoned and later kidnapped by Nancy and Bill Sikes. The violent and dramatic final scenes see Oliver reunited with his grandfather, Mr. Brownlow. 'Oliver' has comedy, harsh reality, sentiment and emotion by the bucketful and really great music. It is suitable for all ages and not to be missed.
Performances on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April and Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May at 8.00pm with a Matinee on Sunday 3rd May at 3.00pm. Tickets €16/ €13. Matinee €12. Bookings to 026 41793.
Cast: Oliver - Finn Brady; Dodger- Conor Dineen; Charles Bates- Colm Mc Carthy; Nancy- Stephanie Shine; Bill Sykes- Dan Creedon; Fagin- Jim Leahy; Mr. Bumble- Pat Brady; Widow Corney- Treasa O Riordan; Mr. Sowerberry - Darren Faul; Mrs Sowerberry – Adrianna Dinneen; Bet- Mary .Lynch; Mrs Bedwin- Laura Lagerquist; Noah Claypole- Bobby Wolfe; Mr. Brownlow- Robert O Riordan; Charlotte – Rachel O'Riordan; Old Sally- Anita Blake Gallagher; Dr. Grimwig- Eugene Lee.
Adult Chorus : Con Foley, Kevin O'Brien, Brendan O Brien, Orla O Rourke. Brian de Róiste. Catherine Barr. Ava Rose Gallagher. Millie Aherne. Leaghanorah Carroll. Criosa O Regan. Sheila Curtis. Anne O Sullivan. Margaret Creed. Mary O Callaghan. Denise Mc Carthy. Teresa Downey. Alisheen O Connell. Theresa Dineen.
Children's Chorus: Teegan Kelleher, Eppie Kelleher. John Hurley. Gearoid Kelleher. Jamie Blavin. Lain Land Schotten. Evan Gallagher. Kayla Healy. Aimee Twomey. Anna Kyprianou. Tori Kelleher. Elma Mc Carthy. Meabh Mc Carthy. Mary Sheehan. Conor Muller. Lorraine Casey. Jacob Flanagan.

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Orphans' Chorus in Oliver at the Briery Gap April 24, 25, 26 and May 1, 2, 3. . © Lee Valley Outlook 

Briery Gap Programme

Theatre: Oliver. Briery Gap presents our annual musical on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th April & Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd May at 8.00pm. Matinee on Sunday 3rd May at 3.00pm. Tickets €16/ €13. Matinee Special Rate €12
Ross Browne- Professional Idiot. One of the best emerging stand-up comedians in the country. He is one of the stars of RTE 2's hit hidden camera show The Fear as Jimmy, Bad Bouncer, Sergeant Major and Dolf. Friday 15th May at 8.00pm. Tickets €10.
Johnny Carroll Briery Gap is delighted to welcome Johnny Carroll back to Macroom, this time with special guest Dessie O'Halloran, for what is sure to be a unique pairing of two supremely talented musicians on Friday May 22nd at 8.00pm.. Tickets €15/€12.
Frankie Gavin Friday 12th June at 8.30pm. Tickets €20.
CinemaSt Vincent Monday 4th May at 8.30p.m. Admission €4 . A struggling single woman, moves to Brooklyn with her 12-year-old son. Having to work very long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of a bawdy misanthrope next door. Vincent takes Oliver along on many unsuitable trips but the boy sees the good in Vincent that no one else can.

Local TV Programmes

Thurs. April 16. 9.30p.m. Scoraiocht from home of the late Padraig Ó hIcí, Cullen 1998. Part 2.
Sun. April 19: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Kilmurry Healing Mission Mass 2010.
6.30p.m. News and Sport. Interview on Bees with Johnny Buckley. Aghinagh Comhaltas from Murrays Bar 2015. Final part.
Wed. April 22: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Launagh Valley Open Air Concert 1995 from Ballinagree. Part 1.
Thurs. April 23. 9.30p.m.. Preview for Indoor/ Outdoor Concert at Star Trax Studio, Knocknagree.
Sun. April 26: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Sunday Mass from Cúil Aodha 2011 .
6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes.
Wed. April 29: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport.. Launagh Valley Open Air Concert 1995 from Ballinagree. Part 2.
Thurs. April 30. 9.30p.m. Visit of Rose of Tralee contestants to Millstreet Country Park 1996.
Sunday May 3. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Annual Mass at Shrone, recorded earlier in the day. .
6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes.
That will conclude the RTE broadcasts for the season.

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Members Crookstown Fundraising Branch of the Irish Guide Dogs and friends at function at the charity's headquarters in Model Farm Rd., © Mike English


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.)

Over 60s Talent Semi Finals will take place on Sunday April 26th at City Hall Cork and Pat Murphy will represent Macroom Senior Citizens/Active Retired. A bus will leave the Square at 6.30pm and names should be given to Evelyn Mc Sweeney, Middle Square. Phone 026/41070. Tickets for bus and show are €20.

Photos of Confirmation and Holy Communion classes or groups are invited for publication over the coming months. Images may be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or posted to Killarney Road Macroom. Emailed photos should be large, at least 3mb and should be in jpg format.

ARC Flag Day. Cork ARC Cancer Support House is appealing for people in Macroom to support Cork ARC Cancer Support House on their annual Flag Day on Friday, April 17. A large group of dedicated volunteers will be giving their time freely to allow Cork ARC to raise much needed funds and increase awareness about the services it provides. Cork ARC Cancer Support House is a voluntary organisation and registered charity providing a safe haven where people with cancer and their families can find practical help and emotional support.

Shrone. The 13th Annual Pilgrim Walk to the City at Shrone will assemble at Cronin's farm, Cloch Aidhneach at 7:30am on Sunday, May 3rd. Walkers can also join at the Mills, Baile Mhúirne at 8:45am. As the walk is on roads, tracks and forest roads, good walking boots are necessary. It is planned to arrive in time for 1:30pm. Mass at the City.

Crookstown Ceili Club: Céilí on Saturday 18th April in Crookstown hall commencing at 9.30 pm. Music by The Glenside Ceili Band from Co. Longford. All are welcome.

Irish Red Cross Training in the Scout Hall, Macroom on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. New members always welcome.

Donagh Fundraiser. Catherine Ross Murphy and Kathleen O'Leary would like to thank everyone who helped at the recent fundraiser at the Riverside Park Hotel. Thanks also to the business people in Macroom and surrounding areas and everyone who donated in any way. It was a huge success and raised € 6,265.to date.

Guide Dogs. Members of Crookstown Fundraising Branch of the Irish Guide Dogs and friends recently attended a function at the charity's headquarters in Model Farm Rd., Cork. Presentations were made to John Joe Buckley, Mary Melleney and Dan Joe Mullane by Jim Dennehy, President and Co-Founder, Eddie Murphy, Chairman Board of Management and Padraig Mallon, CEO, in recognition of their efforts on behalf of Guide Dogs over many years. Special tributes were paid to John Joe's wife, the late Tessie, who was the driving force behind the group's efforts. The present committee has vowed to continue the good work and are already planning the annual walk in July.

Mid Cork Pilgrimage to the "Shrines of Europe" will run from September 30th for 7 days. Pilgrims will visit Lourdes, Santiago de Compestela, Fatima, St Ignatius of Loyola etc. Fr Donal O'Brien will be Spiritual Director and Padraig O'Driscoll will be Tour Director. Full itinerary & details may be had from O'Driscoll Travel – Macroom – 026 41342.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto Results 31/03/15. Jackpot €6000 Numbers Drawn 05-07-25. No Winner - €70 Michael O'Connor, Main Street. €20 Claire Dinneen, Main Street. Brendan Kenneally, Glen Park. Pat & Catherine Coughlan, Sleaveen Heights. Kitty Browne, Dooniskey. Pat O'Connor, Railway View.
07/04/15. Jackpot €6200 Numbers Drawn 13-17-35. No Winner - €70 Michael & Cameron Murphy, Cork Street,. €20 Christy Murphy, Barrett Place. John O'Mahony, Cork Street. Martin Coughlan, St Colman's Park. €20. Susan Murphy, Town Hall. Mary Goold, Sullane Weirs.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: April 1. Jackpot €4,400. No Winner. €70 John Kelleher, Oakwood. Macroom. €20 Patrick M. Kelleher, Kilavoultra. Mary T Corcoran, Coolacreasig. Eileen O'Reilly, Macroom. Ann McSweeney, Carrigaphooka.
March 25. Jackpot €4,600. No Winner. €70 Jane O'Brien, 52 New St., Macroom. €20 Helen O'Brien's Grandkids. Amy Sheehan, Lactify. Helena Healy, Gortnalicka. Donal Twomey, Phoenix Clinic, Macroom

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto April 5. Jackpot: €13,500, Numbers Drawn: 2, 5,12, 17. No Winner. €50 Breda Murphy, Inchigeela €25 Kevin Kelleher, c/o Dan Shine. Nicola O'Connell, c/o Castlemore..
April 12. Jackpot: €13,650, Numbers Drawn5, 10, 16, 25. No Winner. €50 Sylvester Bradley. €25 Mary O'Sullivan, Nettleville. Mary Browne, Canovee.

Kilmurry GAA Lotto 30/03/15 Jackpot €1400. Numbers 12,17,36. No winner. €50 Richard Buckley. €20 Denis O' Mullane. Ayla O' Sullivan,20 euro Bernie Kelleher, 20 euro Kevin O' Connell, 20 euro Marie Larkin.

Aghinagh GAA Lotto April 5th. Jackpot €2,500. No winner. €50 Curly, Larry and Moe c/o Ploughman's Bar. €20 Olivia O Driscoll, Bawnmore. Cliodhna Ni Laoire, Kilnamartra. John Moynihan c/o Anthony Hubbard. Theresa Dennehy, Rylane.
April 12th Jackpot €2,500. No winner. €50 Margaret & Pat O'Riordan, Shanakiel. €20 Willie Cotter, Doneens. Seamus O'Leary, Dromduv. Con Finnegan, Carrigadrohid c/o John Casey. Sean Twohig, Horsemount.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 7/4/2015, Jackpot: €1,200, Numbers Drawn: 9 – 18 – 23, No Winner: €40 Declan O'Connell, €20 Terry O' Shea, Christine Dineen, Tommy Looney, Maud Cotter.
13/4/2015, Jackpot: €1,400, Numbers Drawn: 6 – 7 – 23, Two Winners: Jim Bergin & John Linehan (Online Yearly Ticket), €40 Sheila O'Sullivan, €20 David & Laura Hayes, Terry O' Shea, Denis & Mim O' Connell, Martin Corkery.

Lee Valley Updates

Clondrohid Updates.

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Daltaí Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh a ghlac páirt i Reoite . ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Muinefliuch Clothes Recycling: This fundraiser takes place on Tuesday April 28. Any old or used, quality clothing or footwear is welcome. Please separate clothes, shoes, belts and bags, from blankets, sheets, pillow cases (not duvets). This makes it easier for payment rates. Your support is much appreciated. If you have any queries, please contact school on 026 44007.
Confirmation: Best wishes all those receiving their confirmation in Clondrohid church on Tuesday April 21 at 11am.
Fionnbar Walsh (Donal's dad ) will speak in St. Patrick's church Coachford on Monday April 20 at 7pm. His legacy lives on through the Donal Walsh Live Life foundation. Listen to his message of hope that he has for everyone. All are welcome.
G.A.A.: Well done to the Junior As who defeated Kilmichael in Clondrohid in the Junior A League. They play Canovee in Carrig on Friday April 24 at 7.30pm, having played Inchigeela in Clondrohid. Their first round of championship takes place V Kilmurry on Friday May 1. Good luck lads. Other fixtures: U14C F.L. on Thurs April 23 at 7pm Kilnamartyra V Clondrohid. U 13B on Mon April 20 at 7pm Whitescross V Clondrohid. Junior C. F. L. on Sun April 26 at 3pm Clondrohid v Ballingeary. Congratulations to the Cork footballers on reaching the 2015 League Final v Dublin, and to Macroom midfielder Fintan Goold on being named 'man of the match' on Sunday last in the S.F. v Donegal.

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Paddy Creedon, Kealkil, celebrating his 90th birthday with family and friends at the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney ©Nóra Ní Luasa 

Last Absolution

Muskerry Local History Society is organising an illustrated lecture by Gerry White on "The Battle of Aubers Ridge and the Last Absolution of the Munsters" to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle in May 1915. The painting of The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois was done by Fortuninio Matania. It shows officers and soldiers of 2nd Battalion, RMF receiving general absolution from Fr Francis Gleeson who served as a British army chaplain during World War I. After the absolution, the battalion marched to the trenches from where they launched their attack at 5.30 am the next morning. The Munsters were largely cut down by machine gun fire before they advanced more than a few yards. However, enough men survived to capture the German trenches, the only unit to do so that day, before being forced to withdraw. The lecture will be held at 8.00 pm on Monday, 20 April in Ballincollig Rugby Club.

Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne.

Mar chuid de cheiliúradh Bealtaine" ,beidh Ceardlann Fuála ar siúl sa leabharlann gach Máirt i rith na míosa. Foghluim conas Púic Tae, Mataí Boird, 7rl a dhéanamh ar 5/12/19/ 26iú Bealtaine 11.00 - 12.30 r.n. Tá spásanna teoranta ach iad a chur in áirithe roimh ré ag 026 45767.
As part of Bealtaine: Age & Opportunity Initiative, we are organising a Sewing Workshop in the Library. Learn how to sew Tea Cosies, Placemats , etc., Tuesday , May 5 / 12/ 19 and 26th., 11.00 - 12.30a.m. Limited spaces, so please book in advance.

Macra Matters

Berrings Macra na Feirme have had great success in recent weeks. Congratulations to the club's ballad group and disco dancers who have progressed to the Semi Final in the National Talent Competition in Cashel. Well done to the club's drama cast and producer Eugene O'Sullivan who have qualified for the National Drama final with their production of "Don't blame it on the boots". Congratulations to Niamh O'Shea who won the adjudicators award for best comedic performance in the Semi-Final. The National Final were held in Tubbercurry on April 11th and 12th.
Donoughmore Macra club members, Meig Collins, James Healy and Elaine O'Connell, participated in the Regional Round of Impromptu Debating held in Murrays, Macroom and were victorious, defeating Millstreet Macra in a debate on the question of raising the age for the consumption of alcohol, a very interesting topic. The club participated in the Cork County Round of National Talent at Ovens and solo instrumentalist Marie Wallace put on an excellent performance and the club's comedy duo and novelty act were placed second in their categories. Donoughmore Macra's drama team consisting of Mairead Healy, Elaine O'Connell, Emily O'Donovan and Evelyn O'Shea travelled to Rossmore, Clonakilty to participate in the National Semi-Finals. After an excellent performance of Graham Jones's The Room, Evelyn O'Shea was awarded Best Actress and the team advanced to the National Drama Finals in Tubbercurry. In Sligo, Elaine O'Connell was nominated for Best Actress. A big thank you and well done to all involved.

Cork County Heritage

April includes International Day of Monuments and Sites on April 18th; International Day for Biodiversity on April 22nd and World Book Day on April 23rd.
The Heritage Council administers a grants scheme to REPS 4 participants on the conservation and repair of traditional farm buildings. Closing date for applications 5pm on Monday 27th April 2015. Forms and Guidance documents are available by clicking here.
Upcoming Events.
Thursday 16th April at 20:00 Illustrated Lecture - Gallipoli 1915 - The 100th Anniversary at Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Blarney. Mr. John Mulcahy will detail this ill-fated campaign where at least five soldiers from the Blarney area were among the many thousands of casualties on the infamous beaches.
Monday 20th April 2015 at 20:00 at Ballincollig Rugby Club. Author Gerry White will give an anniversary lecture on the Royal Munster Fusiliers involvement in the Battle of Aubers Ridge and the famous painting of Fr. Gleeson's general absolution of the soldiers.
Thursday 7th May at 20:00 Early Industries of Blarney at Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Blarney by Dr. Colin Rynne of UCC
Sunday 10th May Launch of the World's largest Battle Scene, the Battle of Waterloo, at The Toy Soldier Factory, Kilmamartyra, Macroom. The huge Diorama totaling 26 x 13 feet (8x4 Metres), houses 15,000 hand cast and hand painted Prince August Model Soldiers by Andre Rudolph from Germany. Check out www.toysoldierfactory.ie .

Commercial Mortgages

Question - I am farming and want to take out a loan to make improvements to the farm and expand. I have loan approval from my bank. What is the next step? What needs to done to put the security in place and obtain funds?
Firstly, as this is a commercial mortgage the bank will appoint their own solicitor to represent their interest in the transaction. You will need to appoint your own solicitor also. You may also be responsible for the banks solicitor's fees.
It is important to ensure that the address and acreage of lands to be charged in favour of your bank and the folio number, if you hold a Land Registry title, are correctly referred to in the Letter of Loan offer. If it is incorrect, the letter of loan offer will need to be amended as soon as possible to avoid delays at a later stage. Your title to the lands will need to be investigated by your solicitor. The title deeds to the lands will normally be with your solicitor. If the property is mortgaged the title deeds will be with your bank.
It will be necessary to produce evidence that the buildings, if any, on your land to be given as security have the benefit of planning permission and are in compliance with planning permission. It will also be necessary to ensure that the maps to your lands are in order. An engineer may need to be instructed to provide certificates confirming that the buildings are in compliance with planning permission and to confirm that the boundaries of the property on the ground are the same as your map. These certificates may already be with your title deeds and there may be no need to instruct an engineer.
Your family home will be excluded from the property being given as security. If your family home is located on the same folio as your farmlands the family home will need to be marked by an engineer to remove it from the title to the lands to be mortgaged and placed on a separate title. If you are only giving part of your lands as security, a map may need to be prepared by an engineer marking out the property to be mortgaged. Do not give the bank more security than they need.
If you wish to gift or sell a site at a later stage, make sure you do not mortgage these lands as you will not be able to gift or sell part of the land at a later stage without the bank's written consent. Think ahead. What are your future requirements and plans? Is your child planning on building a house on the land in the next few years?
If you access your lands through a right of way over neighbours lands a Deed of Right of Way will need to be put in place. Alternatively, you may enjoy a wayleave to access water from a neighbours land and a Deed of Wayleave will need to be put in place also.
In addition to the borrower entering into a Deed of Charge described above, it is common that a lender may also insist upon a guarantee by a third party to be answerable for the default of another and in that instance it is vitally important that the proposed guarantor obtains independent legal advice in relation to the nature and effect of venturing into the guarantee.
If a company is taking out the loan the bank may also seek a guarantee by you personally for the default of the loan and in that instance it is vitally important that independent legal advice is offered to the proposed guarantor in relation to the nature and effect of venturing into the guarantee. A lender will also generally insist upon a Life Assurance Policy on your life for the value of the loan being taken out. Failure to timely organise such things as life policies, direct debit mandates, identification, buildings insurance etc. as required can often cause delays in completing a lending transaction. In a partnership a partner has no implied authority to bind the partnership in commercial borrowing unless it is expressly stated in the partnership deed so the lender will be anxious to get all partners to sign any guarantee.
While all of the above may seem a little overwhelming it is important to seek legal advice as soon as you are granted loan approval and your solicitor can advice you of what is required and guide you through the process.

This is an extract from an article that was initially published in the Irish Examiner. Karen Walsh is a solicitor practicing in C.W. Ashe & Co. Solicitors in Macroom, Co. Cork and comes from a farming background. Her contact details are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 026-41005.
While every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information contained in this article, Solicitor Karen Walsh does not accept responsibility for errors or omissions howsoever arising, and you should seek legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances at the earliest possible time.

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Arriving for Dawn Mass at Kilcrea Abbey on Easter Sunday morning ©Roger O'Sullivan

Bealtaine 2015.

Age & Opportunity recently launched the 20th Bealtaine, Ireland's annual Festival celebrating creativity as we age and the world's first of its kind. Bealtaine has grown to be one of the country's biggest arts festivals, with an estimated 120,000 people taking part in this unique event. All across Ireland during the month of May, performances, projects and events will be taking place in arts centres, theatres, libraries, galleries, community centres, local halls, care settings, in key cultural institutions and even in the open air. The focus of this landmark year for the Festival, is looking at ourselves and our country from the inside and outside. We are exploring traditions, working with the land, looking at artists who left, at artists who visited and stayed in Ireland and at artists who returned. It is a chance for people to make new and challenging work and a chance to communicate traditions between the generations. Bealtaine Theatre Tour will bring the Abbey Theatre's celebrated production of Maeve's House, written by and starring Eamon Morrissey, to ten venues nationally in May. The business of theatre-making in Ireland will be the focus of Prime, a joint initiative between Bealtaine and the Irish Theatre Institute. Prime is designed to support professional theatre artists and will offer advice on everything from applying for funding, pensions and financial planning, to physical and vocal support. Traditional arts feature prominently in this year's programme, with The Bird Song Project, working with thirty-four older traditional singers from around the country. Collected songs from the Irish tradition which reference birds or birdsong will be performed at five concerts around Ireland in May. Fifteen Singing Circles across the country will also take part in the project, hosting their own bird song-themed night during the month of May. A national tour by traditional musicians Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh will visit theatres and arts centers around Ireland and along with performances, Caitlín and Ciarán will be running intergenerational workshops to encourage younger and older people to play music together as well as visits to care homes, a Bealtaine tradition.
Bealtaine's book for 2015 is I Could Read the Sky by Timothy O'Grady and photographer Steve Pyke, a photo-novel about landscape and loss in the Irish emigrant experience. A very special Bealtaine Literary Bursary is being offered in association with the MA in Creative Writing Programme at University of Limerick and Listowel Writer's Week. This will enable an applicant to the programme who is aged 60 or over to participate in this yearlong masters at University of Limerick under course director, Professor Joseph O Connor, multi award winning author of The Star of The Sea and Ghost Light to name but two.

Full programme details for Bealtaine 2015 are on www.bealtaine.com


Meet me in Manhattan by Claudia Carroll.

When aspiring journalist Holly Johnson discovers that the man she has fallen for is not who he says he is, she decides that she is not going to let him get away with it. But searching for love online is the risk every 21st century woman takes. Holly is determined to fly to the other side of the world to confront her man and if her plan works she will also get a scoop that will make her career. But when she arrives in the big apple, she gets the shock of her life. This new offering from Carroll does not disappoint.

Available at FitzGerald's Bookshop, Macroom. Price €15.99

Sports Mad


With the ending of theU21 football campaigns in Mid Cork, all clubs with the exception perhaps of 'A' champions Inniscarra and 'B' champions Cill na Martra who go out into county campaigns, will now focus on the upcoming county championship season in Senior, Premier Intermediate and Intermediate and for junior clubs, the Mid Cork championship.

The county leagues have been progressing and a look at the present situation may give an indication as to how well clubs may do in the upcoming championship first round games.

2015 Cork County Football Leagues

Division One. There is no Mid Cork team in the top division (Kelleher Shield) of the county league.

Division Two. Ballincollig, Beál Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, Naomh Abán, Macroom and Éire Óg are competing in this division. Their present league record is:

Played Won Drew Lost Points

Ballincollig 5 5 0 0 10

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 6 3 1 2 7

Naomh Abán 5 3 1 1 7

Macroom 4 2 0 2 4

Éire Óg 4 1 0 3 2

Ballincollig: Won 5: At home to Bantry Blues 1-21 to 0-5, to Aghada 2-17 to 1-8, to Doheny's 0-11 to 1-5: Away to Macroom 0-13 to 0-11 and to Kiskeam 1-14 to 1-7.
Senior Championship 1st Round: v St Finbarr's at Páirc Uí Rinn May 3/4

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Won 3 drew 1. At home, defeated Aghada 1-10 to 0-11 and lost to Dohenys l-21 to 1-12 and to Naomh Abán 0-14 to 1-12. Away, defeated Éire Óg 3-7 to 0-10, Fermoy 0-17 to 0-15 and drew with Kiskeam 0-15 each.
Premier Intermediate Championship 1st Round: v Macroom at Cill na Martra. Friday May 1

Naomh Abán: Won 3: At home, defeated Fermoy 2-9 to 1-6 and Newmarket 2-17 to 3-10, drew with Dohenys 1-10 to 0-13. Won away to Béal Ata 1-12 to 0-14 and lost away to Nemo Rangers 1-11 to 3-6.
Premier Intermediate Championship 1st Round: v Grenagh at Coachford. Sunday May 3

Macroom: Won at home to Éire Óg 2-15 to 0-9 and lost to Ballincollig 0-11 to 0-13. Won away to Fermoy 0-11 to 0-9 and lost to Nemo Rangers 1-5 to 2-9.
Premier Intermediate Championship 1st Round: v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh at Cill na Martra. Friday May 1

Éire Óg: Won at home to Aghada 3-14 to 0-5 and lost to Béal Átha 0-10 to 3-7. Lost away to Macroom 0-9 to 2-15 and to Kiskeam 2-11 to 3-10.
Premier Intermediate C'ship 1st Round: v Bantry Blues on Friday May 1.

Division Three. Ballinora and Cill na Martra are the Mid Cork clubs in this division.

P W D L Pts.

Cill na Martra 5 3 1 1 7

Ballinora 4 2 0 2 4

Ballinora. Beat St Nicks 4-3 to 0-12 and Glanworth 3-7 to 1-9, both games at home. Lost to Mitchelstown at home 4-8 to 0-10 and away to Carrigaline 1-9 to 0-11.
Premier Intermediate Championship 1st Round: v Mallow at Blarney Sat. May 2

Cill na Martra Won the 2015 Tom Creedon Cup competition.
League: Won at home to St Vincent's 1-13 to 0-9, to Kinsale 3-10 to 1-6, and to St Michaels 1-11 to 0-8. Drew away with Castletownbere 0-9 each and conceded to Carrigaline (U21 clash).
Intermediate Championship 1st Round: v Fermoy at Ballincollig Sat. May 2

Division Four Aghabullogue and Grenagh compete in this division. Aghabullogue are on top of the league table with five wins from six games played. Grenagh have 2 wins from 6 games played.

Aghabullogue:Won away to Grenagh 3-11 to 1-10, Mayfield 3-11 to 1-12 and to Millstreet 2-15 to 2-6: won at home to Na Piarasaigh1-13 to 0-4 and Kildorrery 1-10 to 1-8. Lost at home to Adrigole 2-5 to 1-10.
Intermediate Championship 1st Round: v Mitchelstown at Mallow, Sat. April 25

Grenagh: Won away to Na Piarsaigh 2-8 to 0-8 and to Youghal 4-12 to 0-7. Lost to Millstreet 0-11 to 1-12, Aghabullogue 1-10 to 3-11, Kanturk 1-7 to 1-8 at home and away to Rockchapel 2-7 to 2-10.
Premier Intermediate Championship 1st Round: v Naomh Abán at Coachford Sun. May 3.

County Football Championship – A look back to 2014 1st Round Games


Ballincollig 1-9 St Finbarr's 1-8

At half time in this senior county championship opening round game it was St Finbarrs 1-2 Ballincollig 0-1 and the wise ones were predicting a rout of the Mid Cork men. Ballincollig had hit nine wides and it had taken them all of 21 minutes to get a score! At the interval however the Ballincollig mentors revised the line out and in the second half things at last began to level out before they eventually went their way. Liam Jennings and Sean Kiely at midfield were terrific and Johnny Miskella came out to give them and everyone else great support. On the restart, Barrs scored first, Ciarán O'Sullivan matched this for Ballincollig, Barrs added another point to lead 1-4 to 0-2 after 37 minutes. Ballincollig had points from George Durrant, Niall Allen,and Johnny Miskella to quickly cut the gap to two points. Back came the city side with two points, Cian Dorgan had a point for Ballincollig and Paddy Kelly, set up by a Sean Kiely run, kicked over a great point as the Ballincollig band wagon gathered momentum.
The introduction of Ian Coughlan proved a master stroke as Liam Jennings found the powerful full forward who fisted to the net on 50 minutes. Cian Dorgan clipped over a point and young senior debutant Cian Kiely kicked a majestic score from play. St Finbarrs reduced the gap to the minimum but Ballincollig weathered the storm. It was a good night for Michael O'Brien and his management team!
Ballincollig: David Lordan: Colin Moore, Liam Jennings, Noel Galvin: Luke Prendergast, Stephen O'Donoghue, Cian Kiely: Sean Kiely, Ciarán O' Sullivan: George Durrant, Patrick Kelly, Niall Allen: Johnny Kelly, Cian Dorgan, John Miskella. Subs: Ian Coughlan (46), Robert Noonan (60), D Kerstein (Blood sub).

Premier Intermediate:

Valley Rovers 0 - 7 Ballinora 0 – 4
Valleys defeated Ballinora at Ballygarvan in what was reckoned to be a poor game of football with enterprising forward play very lacking, albeit against massed defences. Ballinora led by two points early on, Michael Murphy scoring from play and from a free within the opening 8 minutes. Forty minutes would pass before they were to score again and in fact they had only two other shots at goal in that first half. Valleys were level at 0-2 each before the end of the opening quarter and led by 0-4 to 0-2 at the break. In the second half Valleys added two more points before Ballinora had a point from Ian Whycherley in the 49th minute. Rovers added a point from a free and Ian Whycherley had a second point to finish the scoring.
Ballinora: Cathal O'Connor: Dave O'Neill, Brendan Hourihan, Tim Crotty: Mike Lordan, Barry Crowley, Tomás McGrath: Michael Hodge. Aodhan O'Connor: Ian Whycherley, Gary O'Halloran, Conor Murphy: Alan O'Neill, Michael Murphy, Colin O'Shea. Subs: Ben Ahern, Pat Fitton, Brian Murphy, Dave Crotty.

Macroom 1 – 8 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0 – 7
It was 0-4 apiece with two minutes to go to half time at Kilmichael but then Macroom struck for the only goal of the game and on the second half restart, kicked over three points in rapid succession to lead by 1-7 to 0-4 after 33 minutes. Béal Átha did not score in reply until the 43rd minute, a full half hour since their fourth point had given them a 0-4 to 0-2 lead, but Macroom were playing confidently and stayed in control to the end, even if they had to survive a few scary moments.
David Horgan opened the scoring with a Macroom point after 2 minutes, and added a second point five minutes later. Back came with Béal Átha with a point from Ben Shorten and it was 0-2 each in the 10th minute when Tim O'Leary kicked over. Béal Átha then added two further points, one each from Shorten and O'Leary (an excellent score) to lead by 0-4 to 0-2 after 14 minutes but they were not to score again until the three quarter stage. Fintan Goold pointed a Macroom free in the 21st minute and Patrick Lucey did likewise in the 27th minute to level the scores. The vital goal followed when Conor O'Sullivan set up Ivan Casey for a blast at the goal from close range. Points from Fintan Goold, Patrick Lucey (a free) and David Cotter had Macroom six points clear within three minutes of the restart. Béal Átha came back Andy Concannon and Ben Shorten had points to leave it 1-7 to 0-6 at the three quarter stage. Fintan Goold pointed a free in the 47th minute. Béal Átha were almost through on goal a couple of times but had to be satisfied by an injury time point from Eanna Dineen.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Muiris Ó Conchúir: Nollaig Ó Duinnín, Leonáird Ó Conchuir, Seán Ó Duinnín: Seán Ó Donnchú, Donal MacCarthaigh, Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh: Andrias Ó Coinceannain, Colmán Ó Tuama: Seán Ó Coill, Ben Seartan, Pól Ó Buachalla: Miceál Ó Tuama, Liam Seartan, Tadhg Ó Laoghaire. Fir Ionaid: Cian Ó Duinnín (10), Nollaig Ó Laoire (35), Eoin Ó Coill (47), Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh (53), Eanna Ó Duinnín (55).

2014 Intermediate 1st Round:

Éire Óg 2 – 10 Cill na Martra 0 – 12
Éire Óg, one of the strong fancies for this championship in recent years, safely overcame the challenge of Cill na Martra. Éire Óg have earned their reputation on the strength of an attack which contained two Cork All Ireland medallists in Daniel Goulding and Ciarán Sheehan and with the departure of the latter to Australia there was considerable interest in how the men from Ovens would now perform. On the basis of this display, the Éire Óg attack, with Goulding ably assisted by John Dineen and Aidan O'Connor in the full forward line, will continue to carry major threat and it was their scoring ability, which gave them victory. Cill na Martra had being playing well in the lead-in to this encounter and they were never outplayed by Éire Óg but their young, light forwards could not break down the experienced Éire Óg defenders when the marking got tighter after the interval and in the latter stages when they needed a goal.
The two goals scored in this game, both in the first quarter, had a major influence on the end result. Cill na Martra had started well with their corner forwards, Daniel Dineen and Daire MacLochlain, thriving on the fine service from Seán Kelleher and Noel O'Leary at midfield. Kevin O'Sullivan, Dano and Maidhchí Dineen fired over early points but in the 8th minute all that good work was undone when Kevin Hallissey and John Dineen combined to release Daniel O'Connor who billowed the Cill na Martra net to bring Eire Óg level. Daniel Dineen pointed his second free to put Cill na Martra back in front but in the 13th minute an error in defence allowed Hallissey to set up John Dineen to slip the ball to the net and put Éire Óg in front, 2-0 to 0-4 and they were to lead to the finish. Points were exchanged between the sides to the break, all from play, Goulding and Aidan O'Connor sharing four for the winners, Daniel Dineen(2) and Noel O'Leary on target for Cill na Martra, to leave Eire Óg leading by 2-4 to 0-7 at the break.
Cill na Martra dominated possession after the restart, Daniel Dineen pointed another free in the 40th minute and two minutes later Miceál Ó Deasúna pointed to narrow the gap to the minimum. Daniel Goulding now emerged to play a major role in the Éire Óg victory, kicking over two points in a minute and when Dineen had another point from a free in reply, Goulding pointed two frees to leave his side 2-8 to 0-10 in front by the 48th minute. Points from Fionn O'Rourke and Liam Sheehan increased their advantage before Cill na Martra finished with a point each from Miceál Ó Deasúna and Kevin O'Sullivan but they could not get the goal they needed.
Scorers: Éire Óg: D. O'Connor and J. Dineen 1-0 each, D. Goulding 0-6 (0-2 frees), A. O'Connor 0-2, F. O'Rourke and L. Sheehan 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: Ronan Dennehy, Shane McCarthy, John Mullins: Cian O'Mahony, Dermot Herlihy, Michael O'Shea: Paul McDonagh, Fionn O'Rourke: Liam Sheehan, Kevin Hallissey, Daniel O'Connor: Daniel Goulding, Aidan O'Connor, John Dineen. Sub: Liam Murphy for Herlihy (52).

2014 1st Round:

Grenagh 1 – 11 Mallow 1 – 7
Newly promoted Grenagh had a big win on their return to Premier grade, inflicting a four point defeat on favourites Mallow at Mourneabbey. Mallow had a great opening quarter and Cian O'Riordan's converted penalty after 14 minutes gave the North Cork men a 1-3 to 0-1 lead at that stage. Mallow then started to concede frees in response to Grenagh pressure and Diarmuid DD Dorgan and Gerry Russell punished them severely to bring Grenagh level. A late Mallow point gave them a 1-4 to 0-6 interval lead.
On the resumption Gerry Russell and DD Dorgan each added points to Grenagh's tally and in the 38th minute Ultan Duggan crashed home a goal from close range. Mallow got a point back but Colm O'Neill restored the four point gap and when Mallow again scored, Conor Fitzgerald made a Grenagh victory certain with a late, late point.
Scorers: Grenagh: U Duggan 1-0, DD Dorgan 0-6 (0-4 frees), G Russell 0-3 (frees), C O'Neill and C Fitzgerald 0-1 each.
Grenagh: Martin Barry: Mick Lehane, Dan O'Connor, Damien Buckley: Kevin O'Neill, Gerry Russell, Shane Dorgan: Tom Kenny, John Russell: Tadgh Walsh, Conor Fitzgerald, Diarmuid DD Dorgan: Ultan Duggan, Liam Walsh, Colm O'Neill. Sub: Eamonn Ryan.

Macroom 2014 First Round

Macroom 1 – 8 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0 – 7
Macroom were short six of the team which had started the previous year's county final including Sean Kiely, Eoin O'Mahony and David Goold. The key to Macroom's success was however the overall performance of the team with players stepping in to fill gaps in such a fashion those absences were hardly felt at all.
David Horgan opened the scoring with a Macroom point after 2 minutes, and added a second point five minutes later. Back came with Béal Átha and it was 0-2 each in the 10th minute. Béal Átha then added two further points to lead by 0-4 to 0-2 after 14 minutes but they were not to score again until the three quarter stage. Fintan Goold pointed a Macroom free in the 21st minute and Patrick Lucey did likewise in the 27th minute to level the scores. The vital goal followed when Michael Cronin, Martin O'Donnell, Rory Buckley and Conor O'Sullivan combined to set up Ivan Casey for a blast at the goal from close range. Points from Fintan Goold, Patrick Lucey (a free) and David Cotter had Macroom six points clear within three minutes of the restart. Macroom now kicked over some wides and inevitably Béal Átha came back at them and had two points to leave it 1-7 to 0-6 at the three quarter stage. The tight Macroom defence with Rory Buckley in great form, well supported by Emmett Quinlan and Martin O'Donnell in the full back line, was able to deal with the Béal Átha threat and Fintan Goold pointed a free in the 47th minute. Béal Átha were almost through on goal a couple of times, once kicking wide and foiled by James O'Connell on another occasion and had to be satisfied by an injury time point.
Macroom: James O'Connell: Emmett Quinlan, Rory Buckley, Martin O'Donnell: Ciarán Murphy, Michael Cahill, David Cotter: Fintan Goold, Frank O'Leary: Michael Cronin, David Horgan, Tony Dineen: Conor O'Sullivan, Ivan Casey, Patrick Lucey. Subs: Stephen Casey (29), Brian Lynch (47), Darren Kelly (58).

Naomh Abán 1-7 Nemo Rangers 2 – 9
Naomh Abán face into a second round tie against city side Na Piarsaigh after their defeat to Nemo Rangers at a cold but sunny Coachford. There was a very strong wind blowing and Naomh Abán performed heroically in defending their goal in the first half and were in with a great chance of victory at the break when the Nemo lead was 1-4 to 1-1. In the second half however Nemo continued to force the pace with Naomh Abán forced to play catch-up and a second Nemo goal seven minutes from time put the game beyond the reach of the Baile Mhuirne men who bravely fought on to the finish.
Nemo had a rather fortuitous goal in the 7th minute when the ball broke in the N Abán goalmouth and was booted in from close range. Naomh Abán replied with a goal from a Miceál Ó Cronín penalty in the 10th minute after Miceál Ó Laoire had been hauled down. Nemo added only three points to their tally despite the wind and near constant pressure, a tribute to a magnificent Naomh Abán defence in which Criostoir Ó Deasúna, Tomás ÓhAilíosa and Seamus Ó Riada led by example.
Within 20 seconds of the restart, Daire O'Sullivan had hit the Nemo upright and another wide followed before Nemo pointed a free in the 4th minute and added two points from play to show that they were not going to succumb easily. Miceál Ó Cronín (what an outstanding servant he has been to his club!) replied with two points from frees for N Abán but Nemo kept coming back with scores and their goal in the 53rd minute from Seán O'Brien settled the issue. Miceál Ó Cronín and Maidhc Ó Duinnín had points to keep N Abán battling on but the last five minutes were scoreless as Nemo played a possession game to perfection.
Naomh Abán: Micheál Ó Donnchú: Criostóir Ó Deasúna, Seamus Ó Mathúna, Tomás Ó hAilíosa: Diarmuid Ó Scanaill, Seamus Ó Riada, Micheál Ó Liatháin: Michéal Ó Laoire, Seamus Ó Laoire: Seán A MacCarthaigh, Daire Ó Suilleabháin, Niall Ó Ceallaigh: Diarmuid Ó Liatháin, Michéal Ó Cronín, Maidhc Ó Duinnín. Fir Ionaid: Liam MacSuibhne, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh agus Conchuir Ó Murchú.


Aghabullogue 1 – 9 Glanmire 1 - 7
Aghabullogue recorded an impressive win over Glanmire at Páirc Uí Rinn. There was little between the sides in the first half and some great scores were recorded by both sides, with John Corkery and Evan O'Sullivan getting their names on the scoresheet for Aghabullogue. John Corkery scored an impressive 0-5, 0-4 of which came from play and Evan added a point for Aghabullogue's tally. Aghabullogue led at half time on a scoreline of 0-6 to 0-4.
Glanmire dominated the play for the first 10 minutes of the second half and added 1-3 to their tally to lead by 1-7 to 0-6 without a reply from Aghabullogue. The men in green and white dug deep however and Patrick Finnegan landed a great point for Aghabullogue in the 48th minute and the vital goal followed soon after. Sean O'Sullivan won a great ball at midfield and the ball was worked on through Evan O'Sullivan, John Corkery, Brian Buckley and Michael O'Sullivan and across the goalmouth where John Kelleher provided the final fist to the net to bring Aghabullogue roaring back to equality. John Kelleher then kicked over a lead point and Evan O'Sullivan added another great score following some well worked moves to put Aghabullogue two points clear and the entire team worked hard for the final minutes of the game to hold their lead and deny Glanmire.
Scorers: John Corkery 0-5 (0-1 free), John Kelleher 1-1 (0-1 free), Evan O'Sullivan 0-2, Patrick Finnegan 0-1.
Aghabullogue: John Buckley: Alan Hogan, Dhani Merrick, Anthony O'Sullivan: Mark O'Brien, Donal Twomey, Ryan Dennehy: John Kelleher, Seán O'Sullivan: Greg Long, Aidan Barry Murphy, Seán Dineen: Evan O'Sullivan, Patrick Finnegan, John Corkery. Subs: Brian Buckley, Michael O'Sullivan, David O'Leary.

Cill na Martra 2014 1st Round:
Éire Óg 2 – 10 Cill na Martra 0 – 12
Cill na Martra had being playing well in the lead-in to this encounter and they were never outplayed by Éire Óg but their young, light forwards could not break down the experienced Éire Óg defence when the marking got tight. The two goals scored in this game, both in the first quarter, had a major influence on the end result. Cill na Martra had started well with their corner forwards, Daniel Dineen and Daire MacLochlain, thriving on the fine service from Seán Kelleher and Noel O'Leary at midfield. Kevin O'Sullivan, Dano and Maidhchí Dineen fired over early points but in the 8th minute all that good work was undone when Daniel O'Connor billowed the Cill na Martra. Daniel Dineen pointed his second free to put Cill na Martra back in front but in the 13th minute an error in defence allowed Hallissey to set up John Dineen to slip the ball to the net and put Éire Óg in front, 2-0 to 0-4 and they were to lead to the finish. Points were exchanged between the sides to the break, all from play, Goulding and Aidan O'Connor sharing four for the winners, Daniel Dineen(2) and Noel O'Leary on target for Cill na Martra, to leave Eire Óg leading by 2-4 to 0-7 at the break.
Cill na Martra dominated possession after the restart but had nothing to show for it until Daniel Dineen pointed another free in the 40th minute and two minutes later Miceál Ó Deasúna pointed to narrow the gap to the minimum. Daniel Goulding kicked over two points in a minute and when Dineen had another point from a free in reply, Goulding pointed two frees to leave his side 2-8 to 0-10 in front by the 48th minute. Éire Óg backs were in control of their goal area and points from Fionn O'Rourke and Liam Sheehan increased their advantage before Cill na Martra finished with a point each from Miceál Ó Deasúna and Kevin O'Sullivan but they could not get the goal they needed.
Scorers for Cill na Martra: Dan Ó Duinnín 0-6 (0-4 frees), C. Ó Suilleabháin and M. Ó Deasúna 0-2 each, M. Ó Duinnín and N. Ó Laoire 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Tadhg MacSuibhne, Colm Ó Laoire, Nollaig Ó Loinsuigh: Seanacháin Ó Loinsuigh, Alan Ó Mocháin, Graham Ó Mocháin: Nollaig Ó Laoire, Seán Ó Céilleachair: Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Caoimhín Ó Suilleabháin, Martín Ó Conchuir: Daniel Ó Duinnín, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín, Daire MacLochlainn. Subs: Micheál Ó Deasúna for N. Ó Loinsuigh (h/t), Caoimhín Ó hUidhir for D. Ó Laoire (53).

Senior Championships - Muskerry Teams

Muskerry hurlers and footballers compete in the Divisions/Colleges section of the county senior hurling and football championships.
Muskerry hurlers were to play Carrigdhoun in the opening round of this knock-out section but with mass withdrawals of players from the panel due to injury and lack of interest (caused by the imminent start of the county football championship for most clubs), the selectors found themselves in the position that they could not be sure of fielding a team and so the team was withdrawn from the competition prior to the opening round game. This is an unsatisfactory situation for a division with a proud history in senior hurling championship and with strong hurling clubs such as Inniscarra and Blarney, Éire Óg, Dripsey, Ballincollig, Grenagh and Aghabullogue all competing at Premier or Intermediate level in the county championships.

County Senior Football Championship

Muskerry 0 – 12 C. I.T. 1 – 6

Muskerry footballers, who made a big impression in last year's senior football championship before going out at the quarter final stage to eventual winners Ballincollig, made a promising start to this year's campaign with a hard earned victory over a good CIT side at Ballincollig. Muskerry had a poor start, conceding 1-2 in the opening five minutes, but they showed the value of last year's run by not getting rattled and even though they were under pressure all through the first half they began to break down the CIT resistance as the game progressed and were only two points adrift at half time when the students led by 1-5 to 0-6. Muskerry were the dominant side after the break and had drawn level within eight minutes of the restart and then edged in front but they did not shake off the students and in the closing stages only good defending and a dollop of luck kept their lead intact.
The introduction of Noel O'Leary at half time was of major benefit to Muskerry as the former Cork star, out injured in recent times, was a commanding presence in the last line of defence and was solid as a rock whenever the pressure came on
CIT lined out with four players from the Muskerry division and two of these, Sean O'Sullivan and John Corkery from the Aghabullogue club, combined for the latter to drive the ball low and wide of Shane Masters in the Muskerry goal in the 3rd minute to give CIT a great start. Nigel O'Connor and Conor O'Shea quickly added points for the students and Muskerry were five points adrift after only five minutes play. David Goold opened the Muskerry account with a point from a free in the 6th minute after a foul of Sean Kiely, Iveleary man Cathal Vaughan pointed for CIT two minutes later. Declan Ambrose was denied a goal by the speedy advance of CIT goalkeeper Sean Barron in the 9th minute but as Muskerry continued to improve, Daniel Goulding from a free, David Goold with an excellent score from play and Goulding again from a free, had points to leave Muskerry 1-3 to 0-4 in arrears as the first quarter ended. CIT now suffered the serious loss of two defenders simultaneously, one to injury, the other to a black card. David Goold pointed another Muskerry free but dashing John Corkery finished a great run with a fisted point for CIT in the 23rd minute. Seán Kiely, availing of a quickly taken free from Goulding, and Cathal Vaughan then exchanges points and the students led at half time by 1-5 to 0-6.
CIT were to score only one point in the second half as the Muskerry defence was outstanding with Noel O'Leary, Seán Kiely, Rory Buckley and Amhlaoibh Lynch to the fore. Fintan Goold and Mícheál Ó Laoire got the edge at midfield, even though Valentia's Brendan O'Sullivan was always a top performer here for CIT, aided by Kilmichael clubman Peter Kelleher. The hard working Muskerry attack with Liam Shorten and Declan Ambrose always probing, managed to get the scores on the board eventually but there is room for improvement here. David Goold pointed a free in the 34th minute and Seán Kiely took a pass from Fintan Goold to level the scores in the 38th minute with a smashing point. Liam Shorten set up Fintan Goold to shoot a lead point for Muskerry a minute later and Shorten himself put Muskerry two points clear in the 46th minute with a superb point. Brendan O'Sullivan now had the only CIT score of the half but Daniel Goulding restored the Muskerry two point advantage with a fine point from play. Liam Shorten was lost to Muskerry with a black card before Daniel Goulding pushed Muskerry three points clear in the 51st minute with the final score of the game, a point from a close range free awarded for a handling offence. Shane Masters did very well to deny Cathal Vaughan a goal in the 56th minute and the upright saved Muskerry a minute later when Pádraig Clifford lashed in a shot. Muskerry had two defenders black carded in the final minutes but they survived the CIT onslaught and advance to meet he winners of the Avondhu/Duhallow game.
Scorers: Muskerry: D Goold 0-4 (0-3 f), D Goulding 0-4 (0-3f), S Kiely 0-2, F Goold 0-1, L Shorten 0-1. CIT: J Corkery 1-1, C Vaughan 0-2 (0-1f), N O'Connor, C O'Shea and B O'Sullivan 0-1 each.
Muskerry: Shane Masters (Kilmichael): Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh), Kevin Barrett (Kilmurry), Marc Ó Goilí (Cill na Martra): Seán Kiely (Macroom), Rory Buckley (Macroom) capt., Conor Cotter (Kilmichael): Fintan Goold (Macroom), Miceál Ó Laoire (Naomh Abán): Liam Seartan (Beál Átha'n Ghaorthaidh), Declan Ambrose (Aghinagh), Martin Ó Conchuir (Cill na Martra): Daniel Goulding (ÉireÓg), David Goold (Macroom), Ben Seartan (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh). Subs: Ultan Duggan (Grenagh) for B Seartan (inj.) (15), Nollaig Ó Laoire (Cill na Martra) (ht.), Danny Ó Connaill (Cill na Martra)(48), Finbarr Dromey (Kilmichael) (48), Brian Cronin (Iveleary) (59), Kevin Manning (61).
C.I.T.: Sean Barron (Waterford): Paul O'Sullivan (Kerry), Stephen Cahill (Limerick), Shane Fitzmaurice (Kerry): Seán O'Sullivan (Aghabullogue), Conor Jordan (Kerry), Mathew Taylor (Mallow): Brendan O'Sullivan (Kerry), Sean Flynn (LImerick): John Corkery (Aghabullogue), Conor O'Shea (Kerry), Cathal Vaughan (Iveleary): Nigel O'Connor (Kerry), Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Daniel Daly (Kerry). Subs: Daniel Daly (Limerick)(17), Kevin Kavanagh (Carrigaline)(I7), Darragh Treacy (Limerick) (28), Killian McIntyre (Carrigaline) (35), Padraig Clifford (Kerry) (44), Cillian O'Connor (Mallow) (53).
Referee: Conor Lane, Banteer

Electric Ireland Munster MHC Quarter Final

Cork 2-20 Limerick 1-13.
A fine second-half turnaround propelled Cork into the semi-finals of the Electric Ireland Munster MHC as they saw off Limerick at Páirc Uí Rinn. At half-time, the visitors led by 1-9 to 1-6, and only for a late Cork goal from Tim O'Mahony, followed by a point from captain Shane Kingston, the margin would have been greater. However Cork rallied and scored the first five points of the second half to put themselves into a lead which they wouldn't lose. Captain Kingston finished with 1-9, including the 45th-minute goal which made it 2-12 to 1-10, and from there they pushed on to victory. They could, however face Limerick again, as the latter now clash with Waterford for a place in the semi-finals against the Rebels.
Scorers for Cork: S Kingston 1-9 (0-5 frees), T O'Mahony 1-3, M O'Halloran, J Looney, D Dalton (0-1 free, 0-1 65) 0-2 each, B Dunne, C Cormack 0-1 each.
Cork: D Dalton; S Smyth, D Griffin, N O'Leary; MARK COLEMAN (BLARNEY), E Murphy, D Lowney; C O'Leary, D Fitzgibbon; T O'Mahony, R O'Flynn, S Kingston; B Dunne, C Cormack, M O'Halloran. Subs: D Gunning for O'Flynn (half-time), J Looney for Dunne (43). Extended panel includes Matthew Bradley (AGHABULLOGUE).
Selectors include Denis P. Ring (Fermoy/formerly Canovee) Manager and John Dwyer (Ballincollig) Coach.

Under-21 Munster Football Final

Tipperary 1-15 Cork 3-8
Tipperary are EirGrid Munster U21 football champions after a superb second half performance denied Cork a fifth successive provincial title in Thurles. The Premier County recovered from the concession of Peter Kelleher goals either side of half-time to record just their second Munster title in this grade – and first since 2010.
Tipp were 0-8 to 0-3 ahead approaching half-time before Seán O'Donoghue pointed to bring Cork to within four points. Peter Kelleher notched a goal in first half stoppage time from Cathal Vaughan's speculative delivery to cut the interval deficit to just a single point, 1-4 to 0-8. Tipp were rocked within 14 seconds of the restart when O'Donoghue set up Peter Kelleher for his second goal.
But Tipp were in no mood to collapse and they came roaring back. When Fahey netted midway through the second half Tipp were 1-11 to 2-5 in front. Points from Cian Dorgan and Cathal Vaughan had Cork back within striking distance but Tipp went five clear again. Cian Dorgan netted in the 59th minute and Colin O'Driscoll's late free had Cork just a point behind.
Scorers for Cork: P Kelleher 2-0, C Dorgan 1-1, C Vaughan 0-4 (2f), B O'Driscoll (f), S O'Donoghue & D Murphy 0-1 each.
Cork: M Martin; J Davis, T O'Rourke, S Cronin; B O'Driscoll, S White, CIAN KIELY (Ballincollig); A O'Donovan, S O'Leary; SEÁN O'DONOGHUE (Inniscarra), C McIntyre, D Murphy; CATHAL VAUGHAN (Iveleary), PETER KELLEHER (Kilmichael), C Horgan. Subs: K Davis (h.t.), CIAN DORGAN (Ballincollig) (37), D Quinn (48), MICEÁL Ó DEASÚNA (Cill na Martra) (54), M McSweeney (57), COLM de hÍDE (Naomh Ábán) (59).

Allianz National Football League

Cork 4-11 Donegal 0-19
Cork eased into the final of the Allianz Football League for the first time since 2012 with a four-point win over Donegal at Croke Park. After an evenly contested first half the sides were level at the break, but Cork hit two goals within five minutes of the restart to take over and Donegal appeared to lose interest thereafter.
In what was a surprisingly open and enjoyable first half, both sides enjoyed pockets of dominance, but there was an unmistakable sense that, with the pressure off, this was a chance to experiment and fine-tune strategies ahead of the more serious business of the championship. Man of the match Fintan Goold struck three first half points from play, while Colm O'Driscoll and Colm O'Neill also got on the scoresheet, the Ballyclough man leveling for the Rebels – 1-8 to 0-11 – on the stroke of half-time.
O'Neill again made his mark within four minutes of the restart, pouncing after John O'Rourke's long-range shot struck a post and fell into his path. Cork had another goal within two minutes from Brian Hurley who curled the ball delightfully past Boyle.
The game was over when the Colm O'Neill hit a fourth goal in the 58th minute. Both sides sensed the game was up and eased off.
Scorers for Cork: Tom Clancy 1-0, Brian Hurley 1-1, Fintan Goold 0-4, John O'Rourke 0-1, Conor Dorman 0-1, Colm O'Driscoll 0-1, Colm O'Neill 2-2 (0-1f), Michael Shields 0-1.
Cork: Ken O'Halloran; Tom Clancy (Clonakilty), Michel Shields, James Loughrey; Conor Dorman, Brian O'Driscoll, Tomás Clancy (Fermoy); Eoin Cadogan, FINTAN GOOLD (Macroom); Colm O'Driscoll, John O'Rourke, Kevin O'Driscoll; Colm O'Neill, Mark Collins, Brian Hurley. Subs: Paul Kerrigan (55), DANIEL GOULDING (Éire Óg) (60), Barry O'Driscoll (64), John Hayes (68), Donal Óg Hodnett (69).

Ladies Football

Cork were beaten at CIT by Dublin 5-14 to 2-7 in their final group game in the Tesco Ladies National Football league but still qualify for the play off semi-finals. Cork will meet now Kerry while Dublin will meet Galway. Cork Ladies have just returned from a Spring holiday in Florida, their well-earned reward for winning the 2014 All Ireland.

St. Val's Club News

Senior Teams. Congrats on defeating Mounreabbey in the County A League in Kilmurry on 5th April in a very open flowing game. Both teams were playing without many inter-county players who were away with the Cork senior panel.
Well done to the Junior team who defeated Dromtarriffe in Division 2A recently on a 2:17 to 3:05 scoreline.
Congrats to the U21 team who defeated Eire Óg in the County A quarter final in Cloughduv recently . They now play Rosscarbery in the semi-final – date to be arranged.
The U16s played Carrigaline in the U16A Mid Cork league on Thursday 9th April in Carrigadrohid. A physically tougher, stronger team led coming up to half time. However Val's started playing late in the half and goals from Sinead Plunkett, Ciara McCarthy and Shona O'Sullivan put them ahead at the break. The 2nd half was a battle as both defences tightened up but better long range shooting from Val's ensured a 3:10 to 4:03 victory. Next up are Eire Óg with date tbc.
Hard luck to the U14s who missed out on qualifying for the County Féile finals in Nemo. Despite missing some players on the day, the put up a great battle, winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 1 in their group. They had to play-off against Eire Óg for a semi-final spot but were unfortunately defeated. The U14s started their Mid Cork league campaign with a win against Eire Óg on a 3:12 to 1:09 scoreline. Nemo are the next opponents.
Training for all players at U11 and U12 level has commenced on Thursdays from 6-7pm. League matches will commence shortly. Training for girls born from 2005-2008 has also commenced and will continue from 6-7pm in Carrigadrohid lower pitch on Thursday evenings. New members are always welcome.
Inter-County. Well done to the St. Val's players who were involved with the Cork Minor team that defeated Kerry and Waterford in recent weeks. Good luck to the St. Val's players in upcoming Senior and U16 Cork matches against Dublin and Waterford respectively.
New players are always welcome at all standards and ages. Contact Tony Hughes on 0861708020. There is a new Mid-Cork website up and running now where all local results and fixtures can be viewed – see www.midcorklgfa.com. Registration of players for the coming season is still being collected by your team management. The fees are as follows: Adult(over 18) €65, Juvenile(11-18) €50, Under 10 €30. Please return the forms to your team manager asap. Please note that gum shields must be worn by all underage players at training & matches.

Macroom GAA

Macroom juniors got off to a winning start in the Mid Cork Division Two league, defeating Canovee at the Castle Grounds on a 1-11 to 0-11 scoreline. It was a very entertaining game and the scores were level at half time at 0-6 each. Olan Murphy got the vital goal for Macroom ten minutes from time.
Macroom: Alan O'Shea: Jamie Murphy, Olan O'Mahony, Darren McKenna: Alan Quinn, Ciarán Murphy, Don Creedon: James Quinlan, David Cotter: Michael Browne, Tony Dineen, Ivan Casey: John Ryan, Olan Murphy, Declan Kiely.
Macroom Intermediates play Newmarket on Sunday April 19th in the county league as they prepare for their Premier intermediate championship first round game against Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh at Cill na Martra.
Macroom juniors play Iveleary in the Mid Cork Junior A Championship at Ballingeary in early May.

Laochra Óg

March 30th U16s hurling league Laochra Óg v Whitescross took place in Whitescross, who proved the stronger team on the day. April 4th U11s played Blarney in Blarney in a tough opening game, with no grading. As the game went on the players came to grips with the skilful Blarney side, who were the winners. Well done to all the players for taking part and their parents for their support. April 6th U16 hurlers played Lisgoold in Kilnamartyra but Laochra Óg lost out to a stronger team. Great effort by all the players and many thanks to Kilnamartyra GAA club for the use of their facilities. April 12 Laochra Óg v Crosshaven in Crosshaven. First win for hurling club in 2015. This sporting, competitive game saw some outstanding performances from the players. Final score Laochra Óg 2-7 Crosshaven 2-2 . Thanks to all for making the journey and thanks to our sponsor Astra Systems.
Fixtures: April 20 U16s Laochra Óg v Grenagh in Grenagh at 7pm. Two U18's hurling games were postponed due to some of the players being involved in the Coláiste Gobnatan Colleges final on April 10th. April 15th U14s Laochra Óg v Donoughmore in Donoughmore at 7 p.m. April 20th U16s Laochra Óg v Grenagh in Grenagh at 7 p.m.

Canovee G.A.A.

On April 4th Canovee played Boherbue away in the county junior A football league . This game took place in perfect conditions . The first half proved to be an even affair with both forward lines in good form , Boherbue led by 1.07 to 0.08 at half time ,David Wiseman made some outstanding saves while the points were scored by Mark Verling , Michael Deasy , Brian Ahern , Mark Healy and James Moynihan , Paul Twomey scored a long range effort at the start of the second half but Boherbue replied with a goal . Canovee replied with a few points but two goals in quick succession by Boherbue finished the game as a contest. Late points by Kieran Moynihan and Denis O Sullivan finished Canovee scoring. In this game Canovee got fourteen points from play but found it hard to deprive the Boherbue attack of quality possession . Team. David Wiseman , James Scanlan, James mc Carthy , Daniel o Sullivan , georid Lucey , Paul o Sullivan , Michael Quinlan , Paul Twomey 0.01, Liam kelleher , Brian Ahern 0.02 , James Moynhian 0.03 , mark Healy 0.01, mark Verling 0,03, Michael Deasy 0.03 , Kieran Moynhian 0.01, subs Denis o Sullivan 0.01, Darren Twomey , Blake ring.
On April 9th Canovee had a good win over Aghinagh in the under 12 league by 2.08 to 2.05 , with James o Connor and Conor Dodd scoring the goals . Dara mc Mahon was the top performer on the night
April 7th junior football league division 2 Canovee 0.11 Macroom 1.11
On April the 8th Canovee minors turned in a good performance v Aghinagh winning by 2.18 to 2.09. . Mark Healy and Humphrey o Mahony getting the goals
April 12th junior A football league Canovee 1.07 Ballincollig 2.14
Well done to Conor Hughes who is picked to play with Cork minor footballers away to Limerick. Canovee under 16s had a good win at home to Passage who beat Canovee in last year's county final by 2.11 to 3.06 Paudie o Leary and Dara Cronin getting the goals.

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


Youths League Success. Sunday, April 12 was an historic day for Macroom F.C. when the youths' team were deservedly crowned league champions, following a 2-0 win over Ballinhassig at Murrayfield. The title was sewn up when rivals, Park United failed to win their latest league game and Macroom were champions with two games to spare. This is the first time since 1996 that a youth league has been secured and it will provide a great boost throughout the club and also to the adult teams who will benefit from the talent coming through the ranks. Fantastic work has been done at this important level for the last number of years and credit is due to all involved. This season, a management trio of William O' Riordan Jnr, Shane O' Sullivan and Alan Lynch continued the good work.
Christy Byrne from the Cork Youths League was on hand to present the cup to Macroom captain, Don Creedon, who thanked the management team and all players for their efforts, along with parents, whose contribution is immense. Team and supporters then embarked on the customary tour of the town in a cavalcade of cars and this was very well received by the enthusiastic local public.
Macroom Squad: Caleb Dineen, Ryan Creed, Cathal O' Riordan, Paul O' Farrell, Craig Ronan, Mark Corrigan, Alan Quinn, Jack Cronin, Michael McSweeny, Marco Healy, Don Creedon (captain), Robert Healy, Kyle Kelleher, Ethan O' Gorman, Blake O' Gorman, Aidan McMahon, Jack Kelleher, Dylan Gray, Luke Costin Healy, Joe Ryan, Mark Meaney.
Under 9s made the journey to Passage to take on the home side. With large numbers attending training, Macroom fielded two teams who competed in four separate games, two of which were won. Training continues at Murrayfield every Wednesday from 5pm-6pm.
DB Sports Coerver Cup. An Under 11 selection took part and topped their group on Saturday with two wins and a draw ensuring they qualified for the quarter final of the cup. They beat West Waterford 1-0 and in the semi-finals, they pushed eventual winners & premier side Douglas Hall all the way, only losing 5-4 on penalties, after the game had finished scoreless.
Premier A League, Macroom A 1 Innishvilla A 2. A youthful Macroom side (7 of the 11 under the age of 20) gave an excellent account of themselves but were undone by a late goal. The home side fell behind inside five minutes but equalised midway through the second period when Pat Kelleher's cross was finished by Robert Downey at the back post. Late on, a fine strike from outside the box flew into the top corner condemning Macroom to a defeat which they didn't really deserve.
Macroom B have completed their league campaign, finishing as runners up to Waterloo in division 3. It was an excellent league season in which Macroom lost only once and were unbeaten at home. By finishing second the chance of promotion to division two is still alive. Macroom will now enter a three team mini league along with the runners up of divisions 3A and 3B and the winner here will gain promotion.
Race Night. Macroom F.C. held a hugely successful fundraising race night on Easter Sunday at Murray's Bar with the large turnout engrossed in the many races, which included those of the auction and novelty variety. The club would like to thank all who attended the event, purchased horses and who sponsored races and advertisements in the race programme. Also, many thanks to Denis Murray for providing his premises to host the event.

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Macroom Golf Club Ladies Open, sponsored by Hickeys Pharmacy. Front: Kay O'Connell, President; Winners Louise Cavanagh, Lisselan; Sinead Lynch and Rita O'Sullivan, Macroom and Eileen Kelly, captain. Back, runners up, Noreen Moloney, Lisselan, Maura Forde, Macroom and Gillian Harris, Monkstown. © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Golf Club

Results: March 31.Seniors Scramble: 1st Jim Nolan(9), James Deane(19), Ml Queely(23) 47.9.
Open singles :1st Adrian Murphy(15) 42 pts,2nd Darragh Deasy(18) 42 pts,3rd James Stafford(16) 42 pts
Team event :1st Ml Shine(10), James Neville(13), Owen McCarthy(14) 59 pts. 2nd Eamon Kennedy(10) John Hourihan(20) Sean De Burke(23) 59 pts.
April 7. Seniors Scramble. 1st Sean McSweeney(17),Liam Nash(20) Liam Murphy(23) Liam Roynane(19) 44.7.
Weekly Singles: 1st Jim O'Neill(20) 34 pts
Nevada Bobs singles:1st Albert Groarke (16) 40 pts
Championship of the course: 1st Jack Healy(19) 65, 2nd Tim O'Callaghan (13) 69, 3rd Moss Moriarty (16) 70, Gross Padraig O'Connor (3) 72.
Fixtures: Tuesday, seniors scramble. Thursday Nevada Bobs Open Singles. Sat and Sun Open Singles. Sat. 2pm Club 4/somes.

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Donella Creedon, Fleet Manager Ford Ireland, presenting the Muskerry Junior Scratch Cup trophy to winner, Adam McSweeney, Douglas GC. Included are Gary Morris, Macroom GC, runner up; David Taylor and Seamus O'Brien, captain and president at Muskerry GC, respectively. ©Mike English