Lee Valley Outlook - Jun 7 2012 v9e12

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 Summer on Sullane 2012      ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Briery Gap: Cinema: Wed. 4th July: The Blues Brothers.
Macroom Library: Taispeántas Art Grúpa Seanóirí Ghaeltacht Mhúscraí June 1 – 30.
Macroom Senior Citizens: Fr. Ryan Hall:
Social on Tuesday, June 12 from 3 – 5p.m.
Annual summer outing to Cobh on July 7
EveryWed.: Dance 11a.m.; Painting 4p.m.
Every Thurs.Chiropody 11 – 5p.m. Bingo 8.30p.m.
Every Fri. Line Dancing 2p.m.
Shopeen open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10a.m. - 3p.m.
Inchigeela N.S. Open Morning: Friday, 8th June from 10am to 12 noon.
World Kick Boxing Fundraising Quiz in the Village Inn, Coachford, Fri. June 8 at 9p.m.
Coachford Local Market on  Sat. 9th June ,10.30-1pm.
St. Olan's Social Club Outing to Clonakilty on Sat. 9 June  11 a.m.
Corpus Christi Processions: are planned for many parishes on Sun. May 10.
Dromleigh N.S. Family Fun Day at Kilmichael GAA Pitch, Annahala on Sun.10th June at 2pm.
Carraig a' Staighre Mass: at famine graveyard, Clondrohid, Mon. June 11 at 7.30pm.
Sports Evening: West Muskerry fun sports on Wed. June 13; Town Park, Macroom at 7pm.
Book Launch by Kristin Gleeson at Ballyvourney Library, June 14 at 7pm. 
Fun for All Day: Fri. June 15 at Clondrohid School.
Mouse Racing: Friday, June 15th at the Village Inn Coachford at 9.00pm.
Macroom Ladies Football Club clothing recycling drive on Wed. 20th of June, 7 - 8.30pm in Tom Creedon Park. 
Daniel Kingston Run in Macroom on Thurs. June 21st at 8p.m.
Senior Citizen annual summer outing to Cobh on July 7
Liz Lucey Fundraiser for Marymount Hospice in Inchigeela, Sun. July 8.
Aghina N.S. Caum: Centenary Mass in school on Fri. 20 July @ 8 pm
Macroom Ladies Football Training on Wednesday evenings in Tom Creedon Park. U10, U12 and U14 at 6pm and U16 and Junior training at 7.15pm.
Ciorcal Cainte: ag 9p.m. i Hogan's Village Inn, Áth an Chóiste gach Máirt.

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

www.macroom.ie Re-launch

Macroom's web site is up and running in a new, bright format and is proving a great asset to the town and the Lee Valley area. It was re-launched by Mayor Tom Counihan on Monday May 28 in the Castle Hotel. The site, supported by Lee Valley Enterprise Board and Macroom Town Council, serves to open up the district to worldwide users of the Internet. It promotes all aspects of the town of Macroom and the beautiful Lee Valley.
When you go to www.macroom.ie and enter the site, you will be greeted by a changing slide show of scenes and events in the Lee Valley. On the left you may access the Macroom Town Council website and its data on Council officials, services, amenities, meetings and online services. Further help is available in drop down menus. On the left also is a direct link to the current Lee Valley Outlook and back issues in the Archive. A scrolling ticker tape gives breaking news in Macroom and there is a link to Local Television which is running but still in development.
From tabs in the heading, one may also access Business with sub categories of Retail, Services, Professional and Hospitality. Tourism leads one to Places to Go, History of Macroom, Entertainment, Accommodation, Eating Out and vitally, Maps. Education links to all 5 schools in Macroom and Twinning gives information on Bubry and Marcallo con Casone. The site is shared with Macroom Town Council. It also gives LVEB members the opportunity to advertise their business and enterprises online and to link to www.macroom.ie .

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Members of the Lee Valley Enterprise Board, Denis O'Leary, Humphrey Lynch, Don Buckley, Hugh Twomey and Richard Manning, with Mayor, Tom Counihan, at the re-launch of www.macroom.ie  in the Castle Hotel.  ©Lee Valley Outlook 

New Store for Macroom?

A site notice at the entrance to St. Colman's N.S. on Cork Street, Macroom advises of the fact that Aldi is seeking planning permission for a 1,438 sq. metre store at the Sleaveen East site. This would include a facility for the sale of alcohol and 100 car spaces. Planning for the area previously permitted the erection of a retail store, 8 commercial units, a restaurant, 13 residential units and 39 car spaces.

Town Council Three Year Plan

Macroom Town Council has an exciting programme of works scheduled for the next three years. Works to be completed this year with funding from the 2012 block grant include footpath replacement at O'Connor Park, Barrett's Place and on the side entrance to Glen Park; resurfacing at Sleaveen and to the cul-de-sac at Coolehane; traffic calming at O'Connor Park. The proposed three-year capital programme has many exciting programmes listed. These include the roundabout and the upgrading of the Town Council car park at Fairgreen; road widening at Sleaveen Road including the demolition of two derelict houses; safety fencing at Macroom Sewerage system; a lift in the Town Hall; a CCTV system in Macroom Town Square; the refurbishment of the Town Park and the upgrading and replacement of water mains in some estates in Macroom Town Centre. The proposed list of projects also includes road widening at Coolehane. Some of the above projects should be of major benefit to the town and the people and all should come to completion within the next three years as finance is available.

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Top award winners at McEgan College 2012 Awards, back, from left, Daniel O'Donoghue, Junior Engineering; Peter Lynch, DCG and Senior Engineering and Desmond Lynch, Construction Studies, Senior Languages and Art. Front, Margaret Corkery, Deputy Principal; Conor special guest, Dr. Ann Kelleher and Patricia Lynam, Principal. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Buaiteoirí i Scoil Mhuire

Comhghairdeas le lucht an chúigiú bhliain, a bhuaigh Comórtas Chláir Raidió, eagraithe ag Seachtain na Gaeilge. Chuir níos mó ná 5000 dalta isteach ar na comórtaisí difriúla agus bhuaigh Scoil Mhuire an comórtas don bhliain 4-6. Chuir na daltaí clár raidió éagsúil le chéile a lean leathuair a chloig. Bhí an-éagsúlacht ag baint leis an gclár, ina measc,  bhí dráma, ceol, nuacht, agallaimh, dán agus go leor leor eile. Bhuaigh na cailíní €150 do Roinn na Gaeilge! Bhain na cailíní an-thaitneamh agus tairbhe as an tionscnamh agus fuair siad deis iontach an Ghaeilge labhartha a chleachtadh le chéile. Maith sibh a chailíní!
Congratulations to the fifth year students that won a Radio Show competition organised by Seachtain na Gaeilge. More than 5,000 students entered the different competitions and St. Mary's won the competition for 4th to 6th years. The students put together a variety radio programme that lasted half an hour. There was a lot of variety within the programme, including, drama, music, news, interviews, a poem and much more. The girls won €150 for the Irish Department. The girls got great enjoyment and benefit out of the project and they got a great opportunity to practise their spoken Irish together. Well done girls!

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McEgan College, Macroom 2nd Year students, who received U.C.C. Plus Awards. ©An Scoil  

Active Holiday for Retirement Group

The Macroom Senior Citizens Active Retirement Group had a most enjoyable holiday in the West of Ireland recently. 54 holiday makers from the Lee Valley were based in the Castle Court Hotel, Westport, Co Mayo from Sunday May 20 to Friday May 25 and enjoyed a full and varied programme. On Monday morning the group toured Westport and in the afternoon headed off to Castlebar. On Tuesday they went south to Ballinrobe, Lough Mask and on to visit sites associated with the filming of The Quiet Man. On Wednesday, Croagh Patrick was the destination and two of the Macroom group went right to the top of the reek! From here they proceeded through the Doo Lough Valley and on to Leenane. On Thursday they went through Newport, Mulranny and then to Achill Island for the afternoon. Friday was the last day of the holiday and the much travelled group visited Knock Shrine before stopping at Claregalway for lunch and then on to Macroom. The weather was excellent all week and every night there was entertainment in the hotel with music, bingo, a cooking demonstration and choral festival on the clár! The holiday was an all in package with transport provided by Donie McCarthy and the itinerary was managed most entertainingly by Pat Sheehy, Cork Street. Senior Citizen Committee secretary Regina Casey and treasurer, Evelyn McSweeney put the package together and accompanied the travellers as did senior citizens committee chairman, Pat O'Connell. The annual holiday was the highlight of the Bealtaine Festival in Macroom.
Gramophone Recital: To conclude the recent Bealtaine Festival in Macroom, Joan Murphy presented a Gramophone Recital in the Fr. Ryan Hall. Her varied selection began with Wunderbar from Kiss me Kate, followed by Brush up Your Shakespeare and a version of The Irish Rover. Franz Liszt's Liebestraum and a late Ronnie Drew number preceded Caro Mio Ben and a piano recital by the 'Farmgate' man. Ella Fitzgerald sang Three Little Words and Tammy Wynette ordered the audience to 'Stand by Your Man'. The session closed with Voices from the Valley proclaiming How great thou art and the audience recalling One Day when we were Young.

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Macroom Senior Citizen and Active Retirement Group at the Castle Court Hotel, Westport during their recent holiday in the west of Ireland. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Cub Investiture

Group Leader Joe Willis recently invested eight cubs into Scouting. They included Neil Cotter, Maciek Tomlzak, Hugh Murray, Shane Sweeney, Tadhg O'Leary, Arthur Murray, Oisín McSweeney and Joseph Deady. Cub Leaders, Chris Fitzgibbon and Marie Crowley, prepared the boys for their Investiture. A very pleasant evening was held in the Scout Hall Macroom on the night and the boys were joined by a large gathering of family and friends for the celebration.  The unit has been very active in recent months having attended Hey Jinks in Farran Wood along with 500 other Cubs and Brownies. The boys also completed hikes at Torc Waterfall in Killarney and a treasure hunt in the Gearagh.  The age group for Cubs is 9-11 years and the unit will expand in September with the movement of several boys from the Beaver section in Macroom.

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Macroom Beavers enjoy the recent camping trip to Fota Scout Centre Pic. ©

Beavers Business  

Camping: Saturday 26th May saw Macroom Beavers head to Fota Scout Centre for the Lee Valley Beaver Camp. Beavers left the scout hall and travelled by bus to Fota, arriving at 11am. Their first task on arrival was to set up camp. The Beavers had to unload all their equipment and put up their tents in which they would be sleeping that night. After lunch they got stuck into the activities which included Treasure Hunt, Blindman's Trail, Puc Fada Competition, Learning about Campfire cooking and safety, Slippery Slope and Zip Line. Following the activities it was time for dinner and the Beavers were tasked with setting up the dining area for their meal. A hearty meal was downed by everyone and afterwards the Beavers took care of all the wash up and cleaning. After dinner it was time for campfire where Beavers enjoyed singing songs, dancing and toasting marshmallows. A big mug of hot chocolate and then it was time for bed. For most it was their first time sleeping outdoors in a tent and sleeping bag and an experience they thoroughly enjoyed. Following breakfast on Sunday morning it was time to pack up all the tents and equipment and head home. With grins from ear to ear, the main topic of conversation on the way home was 'when are we going camping again'?.
New Members: On Tuesday night 29th May Macroom Beavers welcomed two new members to the group with an Investiture ceremony. Ben O'Riordan of Macroom and Flynn O'Riordan of Ballyvourney made their promise to live by the scouting way and were accompanied by family and friends for the start of their journey through scouting. Ben and Flynn join a group of more than 10 million scouts worldwide.

Macroom Special Olympics

The Munster Special Olympic Games Level 1 competition was held in CIT on May 26th and what a fantastic and exciting day everyone had.   Macroom had four athletes competing, with three from the Cope Foundation and one from the Muskerry Special Olympic Club, Macroom. Katie Maloney from the Muskerry Special Olympics club competed in her very first competition.  She took part in the 50m run.  While she got off to a slow start, she had a big smile on her face all the way to the Finish line and was very proud of her 6th place ribbon. Macroom Cope Foundation athletes also competed extremely well.  Diane Dwyer competed in the 25m run and she was crowned Munster Champion for her division when she crossed the line in 1st place.  She then went on to the 50m run and again ran very well and was well deserving of the silver medal. Finbarr Lehane was also crowned Munster Champion in his division in the 25m run when he sprinted across the finish line in 1st place.  Finbarr took a fall in the 50m run but was very brave and he will be back again next year to try again. Paul Renninger was crowned Munster Champion in his division when he crossed the finish line in 1st place in the 10m Assisted Walk.  Paul then went on the 25m Assisted Walk where he again had a big smile on his face and crossed the line in 1st place to claim a second Munster title.  The Level 2 Munster Special Olympic Games will be held at CIT on June 16th and we wish all the Macroom athletes from Muskerry Special Olympics and Cope Foundation Macroom the very best of luck.

Briery Gap Programme

Cinema: The Briery Gap has a Wednesday film programme in place during the summer at 8.30 p.m. and admission is €5. Season ticket for all 9 films @ €25.

Wednesday 4th July: The Blues Brothers. Since this is American Independence

Day, we kick off our new season of film with this classic American tale starring John Belushi and

Dan Aykroyd. Set in Chicago, the film has a list of cameo performances from soul legend James Brown to Aretha Franklin.

Wednesday 11th July: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Wednesday 18th July: Little Shop of Horrors

Wednesday 25th July: Dirty Dancing

Wednesday 1st August: Neil Young Heart of Gold

Wednesday 8th August: Pulp Fiction

Wednesday 15th August: Chocolat

Wednesday 22nd August: The English Patient


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)

School Photographs: Graduating classes, group photographs of Confirmation and Holy Communion classes; Cork City Sports teams etc are most welcome and will be published in future issues of the Lee Valley Outlook. Please email in large jpeg format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to Killarney Road, Macroom.
Inchigeela N.S. Open Morning: All parents – past, present and perspective new parents - are invited to an open morning at Inchigeela school on Friday, 8th June from 10am to 12 noon. The open morning will provide an opportunity to meet with staff and pupils of the school and view the wide range of up to date facilities and resources available. Activities, photographs of school events as well as an art & craft displays will be underway and the parents' association will provide refreshments to allow those who attend to mingle and enjoy this social, community morning. All attendance and support is very welcome and much encouraged.
World Kick Boxing Championship Fundraising Quiz in the Village Inn, Coachford, Friday, June 8 at 9p.m. All money raised will be presented to Jessica, Emma and James Flanagan who have qualified to compete in the World Championships in Florida in September. All donations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you to John and Siobhan Hogan who are sponsoring this event. Table of 4, €40. If you can't make it, why not sponsor a table.
Coachford Local Market on Sat. 9th June ,10.30-1pm. You will be able to get fresh home baking , veg, garden plants and good advice, Fermoy cheeses,  unusual gifts and much more. You can browse at the bookstall or just enjoy a ' cuppa' [for €1!] with neighbours and friends. Children are invited to get involved in a free activity. If you can't make it this month, you can follow us on facebook at 'Coachford Local-Market'.  
Dromleigh N.S. Parents' Association Family Fun Day will take place at Kilmichael GAA Pitch, Annahala on Sunday 10th June at 2pm. This annual event is a not to be missed day out for all the family. The programme includes a children's entertainer and races for all the family. Medals will be given to all pre-schoolers who take part. There are also novelty races and Mothers/Fathers Races. Free face-painting and numerous side-shows. The races are open to all and a fun afternoon is assured.
Senior Citizen Dates: A social will be held in the Fr. Ryan Hall on Tuesday, June 12 from 3 – 5p.m. at which there will be information about the restoration of old photographs and Saor View access along with music, song agus cupán tae.  The next major event on the senior citizens' calendar will be the annual summer outing to Cobh on July 7 for a series of Titanic events.
Sports Evening: West Muskerry Athletic Club are holding a fun sports evening on Wednesday, June 13 in the Town Park, Macroom at 7pm. There are medals for all competitors from age 5 to age 7 and trophies for the first 3 in the age 8 up to age 13. There will also be a Mothers' race and a Fathers' race. With events like sprints, sack races, three legged races and 300m, a great evening is sure to be had by all.  Admission is €3 or €10 per family.  Everyone is welcome.
Macroom Ladies Football Club Fundraiser - a clothing recycling drive on Wednesday 20th of June from 7pm to 8.30pm in Tom Creedon Park. Please donate all your clean, unwanted clothes; also bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, bags, belts and soft toys. No household bric a brac please. Wearable clothes will be recycled and reused and other items will be recycled for use as industrial wipes or soundproofing. Mobile Phones are welcome but please keep separate. Books are accepted but no school books – text or copy- magazines or diaries. Thank you very much for taking the time and effort to support our fundraising drive.
Daniel Kingston Run The 3rd annual Daniel Kingston Memorial 5k Run will be held in Macroom on Thursday June 21st at 8p.m. Registration for the race/walk is €5 for BHAA members and €8 for non BHAA members and will take place on the night between 6 and 7.45pm at Macroom Sports Complex, where refreshments will be available afterwards. Given the big local interest, a registration desk will also be open 4 – 6p.m. on Sunday 17th June at Macroom Sports Complex.
Coachford Cycling Club: The Muskerry Tour - 120k/60k – is on Sunday 24th June. 120k; registration €15 - 7.30am onwards, last bike out 9.00am.  60k; registration €10 - 8.30am onwards; last bike out 10.00am. €5 one day licence required if not a member of Cycling Ireland. Food & Water Stops. Changing facilities. For more info This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check out Coachford Cycling Club on Facebook or at www.coachfordcyclingclub.ie 
Liz Lucey Fundraiser for Marymount Hospice is on Sunday, July 8. Walkers start from Gougane Barra at 1.30p.m. Sponsorship cards available. Cyclists, Tractors, Vintage Cars and Honda 50 owners register and collect route information at Inchigeela Hall at 11.30a.m. Entry fee €20. Return to Hall for refreshments at 4p.m. Traditional Irish Session with local artists in Briar Rose Bar from 6p.m. Raffle and Spot Prizes galore.
Aghina N.S. Caum: Calling all past pupils to mark the centenary of the founding of the school. Mass will be celebrated on Friday 20 July @ 8 pm in the school and will be followed by light refreshments. All are most welcome to attend. If anyone has school photos, please drop them in to Evelyn's shop, Middle Square with your name and number on the back to ensure their safe return.
Ciorcal Cainte: Tionólfar Ciorcal Cainte ag 9p.m. i Hogan's Village Inn, Áth an Chóiste gach Máirt i rith an tsamhraidh. Conversational Irish will begin at 9 p.m. every Tuesday evening in Hogan's Village Inn during the summer months. All welcome, whether with cúpla focal or gan aon focal.
Macroom Community Hospital residents, families, visitors, staff and Matron wish to thank the supporters of the hospital and the local community for their Marathon Entertainment Open Day on the 19th May 2012. It displayed the very best of local talent in music, instrumental, poetry and verse, song, dance and story telling. It commenced promptly at 10.30am and finished at 7pm. It was a fantastic feat of organisation by the supporters and truly enriched the lives of all who attended on the day. Thank you all so much.
Walk on Wednesday: Many pupils from St Joseph's N.S. Macroom, with their parents, joined WOW -Walk on Wednesday, on May 23. Some walked from their homes while others left their cars in parks and walked to school. It was a lovely fine morning and everyone enjoyed the walk. National Walk to School Week is a country-wide initiative which aims to encourage thousands of pupils, their parents and teachers across Ireland to walk, cycle, use public transport or carpool and highlights the benefits of active travel to and from school.
Rusheen N.S. participated in the Cork Primary School Sports at Páirc Uí Chaoimh recently. In the girls section, Sarah Kelleher won the Under 11 sprint, and Moira Leahy came second in the Under 7 Sprints. In the Boys Section, Rusheen N.S. had thirds from Simon Kelly, Con Buckley and Noah O'Leary. The Relay Team of Cathal Crowley, Alex Murphy, Jordan Burns and Luke O'Leary romped to victory to regain the Noel Ford Shield and to complete a very successful day for the school.
First Holy Communion: Children from Rylane N.S. received the sacrament of First Holy Communion from parish priest, Fr. Murphy, recently. They were Jude Hall, Jamie Wilson, Sarah Dennehy, Eoghan Ahern, Madison Warner, Davin Kelleher, Hannah-Mae Terry, Cian Murray, Hannah O'Sullivan & Adam Grimes.
Twinning Trip to Marcallo: Twenty representatives of Macroom Twinning Association will be in Marcallo con Casone, near Milan to celebrate the 10th anniversary of twinning between the towns on June 10. They fly out on Thursday and return on Monday and are led by Mayor, Tom Counihan.
E.S.B. for Schools: Two  representatives from the E.S.B., one of them a parent of three of the pupils, visited Scoil Naomh Muire, Fearann recently and spoke to the children about all aspects of electricity. They brought with them an electric powered van and car that generated much interest.
Alzheimer's Fundraiser:Mairead Murphy and Una Lehane held a tea day and auction recently at which they raised €3,660.83.  
Mastermind from Aghinagh: On May 19 John Dineen won Aghinagh Macra's first National Title in the Helix Co. Dublin. He took part in the Mastermind competition, where he succeed in answering 30 questions correct in two 90 second rounds of questions on his chosen topic, current affairs, and a general knowledge round. He received a Dublin Crystal trophy for winning and on his return to Ballinagree John was greeted with a welcome home parade. The session continued late in to the night in the Laine Bar. This is a great achievement for John and the newly formed club.
Muskerry Macra YFDG (Young Farmer Discussion Group) organised a Farm Walk on the farm of Pat & Nora Casey, Béal na Marbh on Sunday 27th May. This proved very interesting as they have chosen to breed alpacas. Both Pat & Nora spoke about the South American native animals which are related to camels. They were very informative & more than willing to answer any questions asked. Muskerry YFDG member John O'Riordan then made a presentation to Pat & Nora to thank them for their hospitality. 
Coachford AFC Lotto Results 28/5/2012, Jackpot: €4,600, Numbers Drawn: 12 - 23 - 25, No Winner, €20 Winners: John Joyce, Sarah Jane O'Sullivan, Geraldine Daly, Sarah Buckley, Derek Daly.

 Lee Valley Updates

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Cathaoir folamh ag Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí agus Monsignor Ó Fiannachta, Uachtarán agus Betsy Ní Shuibhne. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Dáimhscoil gan Peadar

Bhí slua nach beag i láthair in Óstán Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne ar an Aoine, 25ú Bealtaine 2012 do Dháimhscoil Mhúscraí. Tráthnóna brothallach a bhí ann, a mhalairt de scéal le 2010 agus 2011 nuair a chuur an sioc is an sneachta is na tuillte as go mór do chúrsaí. B'shin an fáth gur socraíodh ar é a bheith sa samhradh agus go raibh an Cléireach, Peadar Ó Liatháin, de dhí ar chúrsaí. Sheol Peadar amach a Cheist i Mí Márta ach fuair sé féin cuireadh nach féidir a dhiúltú ar an 19ú Aibreáin. Léadh an chuid caointe is dánta cuimhneacháin a cumadh do Pheadar agus bhí seo le rá ag Uachtarán na Scoile, Monsignor Ó Fiannachta:
'Bhí sé fearúil, misniúil, lúfar, éirimiúil
Ar pháirc na cairde is i ngort an léighinn'.
I measc na filí eile a scríobh faoi Pheadar bhi Máiread Uí Lionaird, Seán Ó Múineacháin, Conchúr Ó Liatháin, Betsy Ní Shuibhne, Máire Uí Ghearailt, Geraldine Uí Riada agus Seamus Ó Laoire.
Chan Máire Ní Chéilleachair amhrán breá a scríobh Dónal Ó hÉalaithe ar chúrsaí airgid agus a bhagair:
''Sé an comhra (coffin) is an bairthilín (shroud) a gheibheann íseal agus uaibhreach'.
Ní mó ná sasta a bhí Gobnait Ní Chrualaoi leis an moltóirecaht ag Fleadh Chorcaí maidir le muintir Mhúscraí. Chan Conchúr Ó Liatháin amhrán a bhí bunaithe ar 'Scoil Barr d'Inse, ag insint fé Cóisir an Cheallaíoch, nuair a d'éirigh Micheál Ó Ceallaigh as a phost i Scoil Chúil Aodha. Chan ceathrar leanbh amhrán a bhí oiriúnach don aimsir, 'Tar linn inniu síos ar an tra' agus léadh dánta, a scríobh Finlay Walker, Helena Ní Shuibhne, Tadhg Ó Ríordáin, Art Ó Liatháin agus Síle Ní Mheachair. I measc na daoine eile a léigh nó a scríobh dánta bhí Seosamh Ó Súilleabhain, Peadar Ó Riada, Mícheál Ó Lionaird, Seán de Búrca, Nuala Ní Loingsigh, Bríd Ní Liatháin agus Nollaig Ó Donnabhain. Deineadh comhbhrón le muintir Barr a' Chúma agus guíodh go dtógfar an tig tabhairne arís.
Ach bhí easpa mór ar Dháimhscoil 2012 – Peadar ab ainm dó.

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At the wedding of Orla Lucey and Alan Chan were the Corney Lucey family of Knockanure, Donal, Donnacha, Conor (father of the bride), Ann, Síle and Mary Lucey. ©Nóra Ní Luasa

 Clondrohid Updates

Trócaire Collection: raised €2,740 in Clondrohid parish.
Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday June 10 after 11am Mass. The procession will commence at the church and proceed to the Community Hall where prayers will be recited and will return to church for adoration.
Carraig a' Staighre Mass: The annual famine Mass will be celebrated at Ard na Croise on the main Macroom - Clondrohid road on Monday June 11 at 7.30pm. This annual Mass commemorates all those who died during famine times.
Tidy Towns: Judging could take place any day from now on, so all systems go to get our village looking its best. Planting has been completed and despite the inclement weather, there is a bright and colourful display throughout the village. It would be a great help if everyone in the village kept their ' own patch ' clean tidy and rubbish free.
Cork Primary School Sports: Gold and silver featured prominently in the playground of Clondrohid National School on Monday May 21, as excited pupils, proud parents and delighted teachers celebrated their now annual achievements at Cork Primary Schools' Sports. Katie Dineen, Maeve Murphy, Ava Rose Gallagher and Mary Ann O'Shea came 1st in the Girls' U.11 Relay. Katie Dineen came 1st in U11 Sprint; Maeve Murphy came 1st in U.10 Sprint; Ava-Rose Gallagher came 3rd in U.9 Sprint; Aoife Lucey 3rd in U 8 Sprint and Caoimhe Murphy 2nd in the U 7 Sprint.  Brian Lynch, Diarmuid Lynch Conor O'Leary and Jerh Kelleher came 3rd in the Boys' U 11 Relay; Colin Murphy was 2nd in the U 9 Sprint, as was Liam Coleman. Congratulations to all involved, to their trainer Aileen Lynch and to Máiréad O'Callaghan who accompanied the pupils on the day. Fun for All Day: This has been provisionally set for Friday June 15 in Clondrohid National School.
Cork County Community and Voluntary Forum: A meeting to elect a representative on this board for the Macroom area was held in the Castle Hotel. Joe O'Leary of Carriganima, who held the seat for the past 10 years, had recently retired. Therese Burke of Copeen and Conor O'Sullivan of Ballingeary had been nominated for the position and up to 50 voluntary organisations were represented on the night, with each organisation having one vote. The organisers didn't anticipate the large attendance and it was necessary to move to a larger room for the vote. Hopefully this interest will continue and more people will get involved in voluntary organisations. When the votes were counted, Conor O'Sullivan was declared the winner. We wish him well and hopefully he won't just be a voice in the wilderness. 
G.A.A. U10 Hurlers met Crosshaven in Clondrohid and Crosshaven were the winners. U12 Hurlers played Grenagh in Grenagh and Grenagh won well. The Junior A Footballers met Iveleary in Iveleary on Saturday as well. Clondrohid played a good first half but a very depleted squad failed to keep up the momentum in the second half and Clondrohid lost by ten points.
Lotto: The jackpot has reached €3,800. Results 1. €70 Martina Dineen c/o Bank of Ireland Macroom; €20 Daniel Casey, Caiteach, Rusheen; Breda Kelleher, Kilvoultra; Seanie Barrett, 1, O'Mahony Place, Clondrohid; The Spillane Family Moulnahorna. Results 2. €70 Noelle O'Sullivan, Clondrohid village; €20 Teresa Abram, Kenmare; Tom Lenihan c/o Mary Anne's; Denise Ahern, Aherla; Mairead Lawlor, Banteer.
Bingo : In Community Hall every Wednesday night, jackpot of €2,200.

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 A section of the attendance at Mass for the dead of Kilmichael at Macloneigh Cemetery.  ©Lee Valley Outlook

Coachford Updates

Coachford groups have been very successful recently. The Camogie under 14s won the Cork Féile Final and earned the right to represent Cork in the All Ireland Finals in Dublin in July. The Under 12 Soccer team captured the league by winning all their games; Coachford N.S. won their Sciath na Scol final; the boys and girls from the national school received First Holy Communion and Confirmation and Nicola Doherty cycled 300kms to raise funds for the Brainwave charity.

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Coachford Sciath na Scol Hurling team, winners 2012. ©Peter Dineen 

Double Delight: Coachford N.S. won the double in Sciath Na Scol recently. Having emerged victorious in football in the Autumn, the boys captured the hurling title when they defeated Kilbrittain on a score line of 4.05 to 1.01. The Coachford boys went into the final as underdogs after being comprehensively beaten by Kilbrittain in an earlier round. Because of that defeat Coachford had to take the long route to the final, beating Mayfield and Bishopstown along the way. These extra games stood to the boys and it showed in the way they played in the final. Coachford, coached by the excellent Gearóidín Kearney, piled on the pressure and racked up 1.02 before the west Cork players registered their first score. Coachford did not allow Kilbrittain any space or time on the ball and their second goal left Kilbrittain shell shocked but they responded with a goal of their own. Jack Oldham and Aaron Doherty were causing the Kilbrittain defence huge problems and when Oldham scored his first of two goals the signs looked ominous for Kilbrittain. Shane Tarrant and Alex O'Donovan lorded it in Midfield and Captain, Billy Dennehy, had a man of the match performance at centre back. Coachford led  3.02 to 1.01 at halftime. At the resumption Shane Tarrant began as he finished by popping up all over the pitch to lead the Coachford team forward. David Thompson and Daniel O'Driscoll were pillars of strength in the half back line while Marc Dineen and Killian Barry Murphy made sure that debutant goalkeeper, Luke Casey, was well protected. Tadgh O'Brien Bradley, Adam Murphy and Paul Dilworth proved very effective as the half forward line.  Joshua Martin and Paul Dineen were very welcome substitutes as the lads began to tire due to the hard work they had put in from the start.  Coachford scored a further 3 points and one goal to emerge victorious and be one of the very few schools in the county to capture both the football and hurling crowns in the same school year.  Coachford AFC: The Under 12s won the league. This team had a superb year and enjoyed win after win since they started the campaign last August. The boys, managed by Paddy Martin and Liam Casey, played some wonderful football and seemed to get better and better as the season went on. The boys, dubbed The Invincibles, amassed an incredible 106 goals in 14 games and conceded only 10. The lads can now look forward to jumping up a couple of divisions next season when they enter the Cork Schoolboys Under 13 league. Team: Tadgh O'Brien Bradley, Mark Murphy, Paul Dilworth, Marc Dineen, Connor Dineen, Alan O'Sullivan, Pádraig O'Sullivan, Cathal Crowley, Luke O'Sullivan, Dylan Martin,John McMahon, Liam Twohig, Adam Murphy, Jack O'Connor, Jack Murphy, Jack Long, Jack Oldham, Luke Casey, Joshua Martin and  Aaron Doherty.
The under 10s had a tough two games in the Lakewood 50th anniversary tournament recently but bounced back when they defeated Wilton 4-1 in Farranlea. An under strength Under 9 team were defeated by Springfield last week at home. Both the under 9s and 10s only have a couple of games left to play so your support would be welcome.
The Premier team have finished runners up in the Premier league. Although disappointed that they didn't capture the title, they can be very proud of the very successful year they enjoyed in both the league and cup competitions.
Cycling: Nicola Doherty was the toast of Coachford when a large crowd of family, friends and supporters turned out to welcome her home to the village after her 300km cycle to raise funds for the Epilepsy charity, Brainwave. Nicola was supported throughout her cycle by members of the Coachford Cycling Club of which she is a member. The 19 year old left Coachford at 7.30am on Saturday after receiving words of encouragement and advice from her team mates. She arrived home to her village to a tremendous welcome.  This was all about raising money for Brainwave and the target sum is €3,000.
Anti Litter Challenge: Coachford Tidy Towns Association is appealing to all residents and visitors to be careful how they dispose of their litter, cigarette butts and chewing gum. The group has entered Coachford in the Cork County Anti Litter competition and are hoping to improve on last year's score. The PRO of the Association, Henry Delaney, has pointed out that points will be lost for every piece of litter found inside the boundary of the village. The advice to all: Don't fling it. Bin it.
The Corpus Christi Procession will be held in Coachford on Sunday, 10 June after 11.30am Mass. As is customary, the 10 a.m. Mass that Sunday will be celebrated in Rylane Church, with the 11.30 a.m. Mass being celebrated in Coachford.
Ciorcal Cainte: Toisc go bhfuil na laethanta níos faide, beidh an Ciorcal Cainte ag tosnú ag 9 i.n. san oíche agus san áit chéanna (Hogan's Village Inn). Bígí linn. Conversational Irish will begin, at 9 p.m., on next Tuesday evening in Hogan's Village Inn and will continue at that time during the summer months. All welcome, whether with cúpla focal or gan aon focal.
Rodent Racing: The Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Community Group are planning a race night with a difference on Friday, June 15th when a Mouse Race night will be held in the Village Inn Coachford at 9.00pm. This promises to be great fun and those of you who are uncomfortable around mice need not have any worries: they will be well guarded! People are being asked to support the race night by either turning up on the night or by becoming the proud owner of a race mouse by buying one on a race card in the shops or pubs in the locality. Proceeds of the race night are going towards the exciting development of a multi purpose amenity at Fergus and Nadridm along the northern shoreline of the Inniscarra Lake for 2.5km. This amenity will be a massive development for the Lee Valley and will, when finished, be a huge attraction for anglers into the areas of Coachford, Dripsey, Macroom, Farran Carrigadrohid and Ballincollig. Secretary of the group, Eileen Martin says, "We have a world championship fishing competition coming to the lake in 2014 and this development along the northern shore of the lake will be a huge asset to the area. We are anxious that visitors from 24 countries will stay, spend and fish in the locality and this amenity will help them do this. We have been working hard over the last six months to put plans in place for this development and we are now fund raising the 25% of the cost of the development to meet the requirements of the generous grant received from Avondhu Blackwater Partnership Ltd. This development will benefit everyone in the area so we are asking people to come and support our fundraiser in The Village Inn on June 15th".
Snottfest: The festival with the strange title, now in its 7th year, attracted huge crowds to O'Riordan's Bar, Coachford. This year's headline act, 'Parallel', were a huge hit with all those who attended. The all day entertainment included a BBQ and a rodeo Bull as well as the music.
Nutrition and Weight Loss classes for both males and females, every Wednesday, at 6 30 p.m., in Coachford GAA Hall. Come along and get fit and healthy for the summer! Call / Text Helen, at 087-6234099
St. Olan's Social Club Outing to Clonakilty on Saturday, 9 June, with lunch at Fernhill House, at 1.30 p.m. Bus leaves Rylane at 11 a.m.; Aghabullogue at 11.15 a.m. Further information and bookings, contact Margaret (7334289), or Danny (7339262). The Outing is open to all those 'young-at-heart' individuals and a great day out is assured. Your support would be much appreciated. Thank you. New members would also be more than welcome.
Aghabullogue Camogie Club is organising a final collection of unwanted clean & dry clothes & footwear. It's the ideal opportunity to clean out your wardrobe and help the Camogie Club! The final collection is on Friday, 8 June, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., in Coachford GAA Hall. Please contact any member of the Camogie Club if you require further information. The Camogie Club wishes to thank all those who have supported the Clothes collection to date.
The Under 14 Camogie team's victory was a great boost for the club and just reward for all their hard work in the competition over the last few weeks. The girls beat Ballinhassig in the final on a scoreline of 3-02 to 3-01. The girls now travel to Dublin on the first weekend in July, where they will be hosted by St. John's, Ballinteer and they will play St. John's, Good Counsel and a team from Wexford. Best of luck to the girls and all those involved!
Coachford Players presented a very successful Evening of Light-hearted Comedy last week with two One-Act Plays -"Last Panto in Coachford" and "Plaster", in The Village Inn. The programme
was a huge hit with the large audience. Plaster introduced three new actors to the group, Rafael Peters, Martha McCaffery and Henry Delaney. They were excellent in their roles, so much so that we can expect to see more of them in the future. The performance of Last Panto in Coachford was superb. The actors' timing was excellent and the pace was what you would expect to see in a comedy like this. Well done to all involved. 

Centenarian Celebrates

Sunday May 27 was very special for Margaret O'Donovan (nee Kelleher), who celebrated her 100th birthday at Care Choice, Macroom. The celebrations began with Mass celebrated by Fr. Francis Manning, followed by an evening of music, song, dance and chat with Margaret's extended family, neighbours and friends. Margaret was born at Horsemount, Ballinagree to Michael and Nora (nee Daly) Kelleher, one of a family of three girls and five boys, all now deceased. They were Michael who married Maggie Hallissey and lived in Rylane; Henry who married Hancy McSweeney and lived in Knopogue; Jackie who married Hannah Maria O'Sullivan and lived in Moulnahorna; Robert lived in Macroom and married Eileen Lucey; Thomas married Nellie Cronin and ran the shop in Ballinagree, which is still run by his daughter Noreen. Rena married Jimmy Murphy and lived in Mullinhassig and Nora married Dan Herlihy and lived in Rylane. Margaret travelled extensively in many countries before settling in Ireland and marrying Michael O'Donovan, Crookstown, where she lived up to 2009, when she moved to Aras Aoibhinn, now Care Choice. Celebrating with her on her special day were cousins from America (The Daly family); her friends from Jersey, Knocknagree, her niece from London, cousins from Limerick, Wexford and many other places and also the local TD Michael Creed. She is in the best of health, and enjoys nothing better than a song and a tune. Her family wishes to thank the staff at Care Choice for providing such a wonderful evening with plenty of food etc and making the place available for such a special occasion, and also to the other residents in the home.

Macra Final

On May 19 the NTC All Ireland Final was held in the Helix, Dublin. Berrings Macra was well represented with acts in 3 out of 8 categories. The Ballad Group, Comedy Duo & Modern Dancers progressed from the semi-final which was held in Cashel at the beginning of May. The Comedy Duo of Noreen Healy & Niamh O'Shea provided some very light-hearted entertainment for the audience, with even National President Alan Jagoe being a topic for discussion! The Ballad Group - Emer O'Shea, Jennifer O'Shea, Eva O'Riordan, Peter O'Riordan, Rachel O'Riordan & Joan-Marie Healy made an impressive impact on stage, with instruments such as bodhrán, guitar, double bass, cello & fiddle. Congratulations to both acts on winning their respective categories. Well Done also to the Modern Dance Group who came 2nd Berrings were also joined at the Helix by fellow Muskerry clubs Donoughmore (Novelty Act) & Aghinagh (Mastermind John Dineen). Congratulations to John on coming 1st , earning Aghinagh their first All Ireland Title, since reforming as a club at the beginning of the Macra year.

Shrone Walk

The 2012 Shrone Walk too place in beautiful weather on Sunday, May 6th. This was the second year to start the pilgrimage walk from Clohina, Kilnamartyra. Tea and scones were provided beforehand at Cronin's, while some music and song was provided by walkers. A group of over 20 set off soon after eight o'clock and were joined by a further 15 at the Mills. From there, the walkers went via Coomnaclohy, over the mountain, past the windmills close to Lough Gal and down into the Clydagh Valley. Numbers increased further when others joined in at the foot of the Paps. The full journey was up to 17 miles. The group was welcomed by the PP of Rathmore, Fr Larry Kelly, who appreciated the effort made by the walking group from Kilnamartyra.  Fr Kelly is a brother of Sean Kelly MEP.  Following the open air mass, a bus was on hand to take the weary walkers back to their starting point, while some chose to stop at the Mills for refreshments.

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 Teacher, Eileen Butler, with the Transition Year group from De la Salle College, Macroom, who were presented with their Gaisce awards ©Pic. An Scoil 

Second Level Exams

 On Wednesday 6th June 116,774 candidates were due at 4,786 examination centres nationwide to begin their Leaving and Junior Certificate examinations. More than 4,800 superintendents involved in supervising the written examinations collected the boxes containing the 3 million examination papers that are required by candidates over the 13-day examination period and brought them to the centres. Over 4,000 examiners will be involved in examining the work presented by candidates in the weeks ahead. This is in addition to the some 2,000 examiners required to mark the oral and practical tests. The examinations run until Thursday 21st June for Junior Certificate subjects and Friday 22nd June for Leaving Certificate subjects. The written examinations in the Leaving Certificate Applied programme finish on Thursday 14th June. The results of the Leaving Certificate examinations will be available on Wednesday, August 15. Results of the Junior Certificate will be available in mid-September.

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 Ag Oíche Grádúcháin ag Coláiste Ghobnatan, Rang na hArdteiste 2012 le Príomhoide, Breandán Ó Lionáird. ©Nóra Ní Luasa

State exams

The Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate exams began on Wednesday June 6th and continue for over two weeks. We wish everybody sitting the exams a cool head and instant recall. Students at senior level have put in six years of hard study and hopefully will do themselves justice during these demanding times. Junior certificate students will be using the results of their exams to determine their subject choices for senior cycle in September. The post primary schools are now on summer holiday. De La Salle College held its graduation Mass in the school with school chaplain Fr Joe O'Mahony as celebrant. School principal Mr Noel Dunne thanked the students and their parents for their co-operation over the past six years and wished them well in their examination and in their journey through life. Kevin O'Connell replied on behalf of the Leaving Certificate class of 2012, thanking Mr Dunne and the teaching staff of the college for their help and guidance in their studies over the years and parents for all the sacrifices they made on behalf of their sons and daughters.

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Lucht na hÁrdteiste 2012 ag Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, le Múinteoir Ranga, Pól Ó Síodhcháin agus an Príomhoide, Seán Óg Ó Duinnín.  ©An Scoil 

Do Your Best – A Reflection for Examinees

It's not always easy to know which path to follow,
Which decision to make, or what to do.
Life is a series of new horizons, new hopes, new days, and changes that come to you.
And we all need some help with these things from time to time.
Remember: Dream it. Do it. And discover how special you are.
Be positive, for your attitude will affect the outcome of many things.
Ask for help when you need it;
Seek the wisdom the world holds and hold on to it.
Make some progress every single day. Begin. Believe. And become.

Give yourself all the credit you're due;
Don't short change your qualities, your abilities, or any of the things that are uniquely you.
Remember how precious life can be.
Imagine. Invest the time it takes to reach out for your dreams;
It will bring you happiness that no money on earth can buy.
Don't be afraid: no mountain is too big to climb if you do it at your own pace.
What's the best thing to do? That's simple:
Do Your Best.
And everything else will fall into place.

Author on the Double

Kristin Gleeson has just had the great good fortune to have two books published in one year and will be celebrating their launch at Ballyvourney Library, June 14 at 7pm.  The novel, Selkie Dreams, published by Knox Robinson Publishing,  tells of a nineteenth century Irish woman who, haunted by the loss of her mother, goes to work among the Tlingit Indians in the Alaskan wilderness and discovers a different side of herself.   The second book is a biography, Anahareo:A Wilderness Spirit, published by Fireship Press, which examines the life of a First Nations Canadian who worked with the controversial Grey Owl (portrayed in Richard Attenborough's film) in wilderness preservation.  Anahareo also challenged Hollywood stereotypes of Indians with her bobbed hair, lace-up boots and fringed jacket and her forthright and articulate manner. Besides the launch at Ballyvourney Kristin Gleeson will also host an event at Macroom Library on July 3 at 7pm and an appearance at the West Cork Literary Festival on July 10 at 4pm.


The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst.

If you have read and enjoyed Brideshead Revisited then this is a must read for you. The story begins in 1913 when George Sawle brings his Cambridge friend, Cecil Valancec, to visit his family. This weekend will link the families forever. A fascinating story of secrets ,changing fortunes and reputations. A very enjoyable read.
Available from Fitz-Gerald's bookshop €9.99

GIY   by Michael Kelly

Sowing and Transplanting: There are always a few days of fretting after transplanting– will cold nights set the plants back?  Will slugs or rabbits try and munch on them? Seed sowing is a relatively exact science – if you sow a seed at the right temperature and at the right depth, and you keep the potting compost moist, then it will generally germinate rather reliably.  In addition, up to the point that they are transplanted, the seedlings have luxuriated in the 5-star comfort of the potting shed. The potting shed is a controlled environment – there is no weather in there – no rain or wind.  Nor are there any pests to trouble them – leather jackets, slugs, snails, birds or rabbits. Planting a seedling out in the soil therefore is a watershed moment.  And like a parent sending a child off to school for the first time, you just have to have faith and let it go in to the mad, bad world.

To-Do in June: Watering and weeding duties step up a notch – the tunnel/greenhouse in particular will require a good deal of water from now on.  Watch the weather and water outside as required. Continue to earth-up potato plants to prevent the spuds becoming green. Mulch and water tomato plants and continue to remove side shoots that appear in the leaf axils. Stake everything that grows tall – raspberries, peas, beans, tomatoes etc.  Net soft fruit against birds – it's worth the effort.
Sow courgettes, pumpkins, summer and winter squash, fennel, chicory. Succession sow: beans (French and Runner), kale, pea, spinach, spinach beet, summer broccoli, carrot, swede, leek, lettuce, Brussels sprouts, beetroot, chicory, endive, turnip, kohlrabi, fennel. Plant out leeks, Brussels Sprouts, cabbage, autumn cauliflower, calabrese, sprouting broccoli, celery, celeriac, cucumbers, pumpkin,  marrows, runner beans, aubergine.
Harvest: We are now really starting to see some payback from our GIYing - the first broad beans and peas as well as new potatoes, new carrots, soft fruit like gooseberries, cherries and strawberries. Herbs are in full flow.  Also harvest kohlrabi, cabbage, cauliflower (month end), spinach, spring onion, shallots, salad leaves, elderflower, rhubarb, salad leaves, onions, carrots, beetroot, garlic, sea-kale.

Castle Hotel For Award Hat Trick

The boutique 4 * Castle Hotel Macroom has just received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10% of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
Hotelier, Don Buckley, expressed his delight in receiving another TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence "We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. This has been a real boost to all the team at The Castle Hotel and a superb advocate from the people who matter most to us- our guests".
The Castle Hotel is no stranger to awards and was recently ranked within the top twenty five hotels in Ireland in the "family" and "bargain" hotel awards by Tripadvisor.

SMILE Upcycles

SMILE Resource Exchange aims to help businesses across the Munster region to develop products from unwanted materials. SMILE wants to identify supports needed by businesses to identify economic opportunities from upcycling and inform about a funding opportunity to get green ideas off the ground. 82% of businesses are considering a new way to reduce costs. Have you ever wondered if the cardboard boxes, plastics, wood, office furniture and equipment and other unwanted materials  that your company may have is of any use to other companies instead of sending them to be recycled or to landfill? The premise behind the SMILE network is that one business's waste or unused resource could become another business's raw material, resulting in a mutually beneficial relationship which saves both operating and disposal costs. Membership is FREE and it only takes two minutes to sign up on our website  www.smileexchange.ie or you can call 026 20520.
Why not have a look through the  available resources on our website and see if you can start upcycling today!

Future Makers Award

Among the winners at the recent Crafts Council of Ireland Future Makers Awards & Support programme was Enya Moore from Kenmare. Enya won two prizes: the first a networking grant and the second the Special Judges Award. With a total prize fund of €30,000, the Future Makers Awards & Support reward the next generation of Irish designers, helping them develop an exciting future in the craft and design industry. It promotes and distinguishes craftsmanship and excellence in design for creative students and graduates at a critical stage in their career. 28 designers who were chosen by an international selection panel were presented with awards in The Sugar Club in Dublin  by Sonya Lennon, host of the RTÉ One 'Off the Rails' programme.

Show Your True Colours

Dedicated GAA Rebels can now wear their county colours close to their hearts as well as on their sleeves through a new jewellery collection that includes charms, bracelets, cufflinks and wrist bands. The 'Love Your County' GAA jewellery collection for men and women was launched recently and a percentage of sales will go directly back to each county board under the manufacturer's exclusive deal with the GAA. It is the first ever official GAA county jewellery range and is perfectly timed ahead of an exciting new Championship season and Fathers' Day on June 16. The collection includes miniature county jerseys, Sam Maguire and Liam McCarthy cup charms to be worn on branded bracelets and pendants, through to sporty dog tags, leather wristwear, cufflinks and rings in Sterling Silver and polished Stainless Steel. Prices start from €25 - €35 for Sterling Silver charms, €29 - €79 for Stainless Steel and Sterling Silver Pendants, €25 for leather and stainless steel wristwear and €29 for cufflinks. The collection is now available through more than 75 retail jewellers nationwide or on www.gaajewellery.com.

Sports Mad

Cork County Hurling Championships 2012

Senior  - 1st Round results:

Carrigtwohill   0 – 17   Courceys Rovers  0 – 13

Cloyne  1 – 10   Sarsfields  1 – 18

Newtownshandrum  2 – 20   Killeagh  4 – 12

Douglas  2 – 14   Na Piarsaigh  0 – 12

Erin's Own  2 – 14   Bride Rovers  0 – 19

Glen Rovers  0- 9   St. Finbarr's  0 – 18

Midleton  1 – 15   Bishopstown  1 – 13

Ballymartle  3 – 13   Blackrock  1 – 13

2nd Round Pairings:
Killeagh v Cloyne
Bishopstown v Glen Rovers

Courcey Rovers v Blackrock
Na Piarsaigh v Bride Rovers

Colleges/Divisional Section

UCC  v  Avondhu

Carbery  v  CIT

 Premier Intermediate First Round Results:

Carrigaline  1 – 16   Tracton  0 – 10

Ballinhassig  0 – 19   Mallow  0 – 12

Newcestown  0 – 12   Ballyhea  0 – 13

BLARNEY  1 – 15   Castlelyons  0 – 12

BALLINCOLLIG  0 – 13   Kilbrittain  0 – 15

Watergrasshill  0 – 6   Youghal  0 – 8

Bandon  4 – 16   AGHABULLOGUE  0 – 11

INNISCARRA  1 – 8   Valley Rovers  0 – 8

 2nd Round Pairings:
BALLINCOLLIG  v  Watergrasshill

Castlelyons v Valley Rovers


Newcestown v Mallow 

 Blarney   1 – 15   Castlelyons  0-12
A goal from James O'Sullivan on the stroke of half time was crucial in Blarney's win over Castlelyons at Riverstown.  The teams had been level four times in the first half and the only goal of the game gave Blarney a major boost at the vital time.  Blarney increased their lead by a point on the resumption but Castlelyons hit back with four points in a row, to leave only a point between the teams and it was the Blarney defence which saved the day for the winners. At the three quarter stage Blarney got a point to raise the siege and they hurled well thereafter to emerge worthy six point winners after a fine game.
Blarney: Paul Hallissey: John Barrett, Darragh McSweeney, Paul O'Leary: Joe Jordan, James Hughes, Mark O'Leary: Brian Hurley, Barra O'Connell (0-2): Eugene McCarthy (0-2), James O'Sullivan (1-0), Mark Cremin (0-6, 0-4 frees): Peter O'Driscoll (0-2), Ross McNamara, Colin Murphy. Subs: Shane Mulcahy (0-2), Johny Hurley (0-1) and Eoghan O'Connor. 

 Ballincollig  0 – 13   Kilbrittain  0 – 15 aet.
Ballincollig did not enjoy the best of luck at Brinny in miserable conditions but they will rue some bad misses from golden opportunities when they were on top.  Two points from Alan Donovan and one each from Frank Hickey and Brian Glavin had them leading by a point, 0-4 to 0-3, after the opening quarter and the Mid Cork side dominated the rest of the half and led by 0-7 to 0-4 at the break, Ciarán O'Sullivan, Kealan Hickey and Alan Donovan getting the scores.  It should have been a lot more in their favour but they had been playing into the wind and rain.  Kilbrittain were a transformed side on the resumption, with county man Ross Cashman now brilliant at midfield, to where he had been moved from defence.  The Ballincollig lead was down to two points by the end of the third quarter and Kilbrittain had inched ahead by the 56th minute but a 65th minute free yielded an equalising point for Ballincollig, Ciaran O'Sullivan the scorer.  The game therefore went in to extra time.  Ballincollig had the better of the opening ten minute period with points from Glavin and Hickey helping them to a 0-12 to 0-11 interval lead.  In the last ten minutes however, Kilbrittain forced the pace and with Cashman and Maurice Sexton in scoring form, they emerged victorious at the finish. Ballincollig: Finbarr Kelly: John Paul Murphy, Noel Galvin, Liam Jennings: Brian Cotter, Stephen O'Donoghue, Colin Harris: Ciaran O'Sullivan, Kealan Hickey: David Bowen, Brian Glavin, Colm O'Connor: Frank Hickey, Ian Coughlan, Alan Donovan. Subs: John Miskella, John O'Brien and Emmett Ryle.

 Aghabullogue  0 – 11  Bandon  4 – 16  
Not a good day for Aghabullogue at Cloughduv and they will hope that there can be a major improvement in their play before their difficult second round joust with Tracton.  Bandon, Intermediate grade champions last season, delivered two devastating blows to Aghabullogue in the opening four minutes and their lead of 2-0 to nil then, was increased to 3-3 to 0-1 and eventually became a lead of 4-10 to 0-4 by half time.  It was crushing stuff for Aghabullogue who were simply blown off the pitch by the intensity of the Bandon performance and they could do little to stem the tide.  The half time position, eighteen points in arrears, left Aghabullogue with only pride to play for and in fairness, they did outscore their opponents by a point in the second half but there was never any likelihood of the Mid Cork side winning the game.  In the second half both teams failed to score from play until five minutes from the end, the scores in the intervening period coming from free pucks with Finbarr Foley for Aghabullogue and Ronan Crowley for Bandon each on target.  Niall Buckley then scored a point from play for Aghabullogue to reduce the gap to fifteen points but Bandon finished strongly to emphasise their complete superiority on the day. Aghabullogue scorers were John Corkery 0-2, Paul O'Rourke and Niall Buckley 0-1 each and Finbarr Foley contributed 0-7, 0-6 of which came from placed balls. Aghabullogue: Denis O'Leary: Donncha Murphy, Eamonn Murphy, Jerome Corkery: Brian Buckley, Greg Murphy, Eoghan Kennedy: Niall Buckley, Paul O'Rourke: Aidan BarryMurphy, Denis Quinlan, John Buckley: Joe Foley, Finbarr Foley, John Corkery. 

 Inniscarra  1 – 8   Valley Rovers  0 – 8
No one gets anything soft from Valley Rovers and Inniscarra had to battle with tremendous spirit and display courage and discipline to overcome the challenge of the Inishannon side at
Cloughduv.  The score of the game was the goal from Colm Casey in the 34th minute, which put Inniscarra into a 1-4 to 0-5 lead, the first time the winners had led and giving them an advantage they held to the end.  This score was followed soon after by a major brawl, which resulted in two players getting red carded, but the distraction did not break the Inniscarra concentration and they hurled with great panache to the end.
Valleys had the wind in the first half and went into an early 0-3 to nil lead.  Jonathan Olden, one of the Inniscarra heroes on this occasion, opened the scoring for his side and John Casey added a point to narrow the deficit further. Valleys then had two further points but before the break Colm Casey had a point to leave a point between the teams at half time with Valleys leading by 0-4 to 0-3. The Inniscarra defence had been magnificent with John O'Callaghan, Kevin Burke and Stephen Olden rock steady. On the restart, Valleys had a point but Colm Casey quickly replied with a similar score. Colm Casey's brilliant goal followed,  'Scarra led by 1-4 to 0-5 and with the wind behind them they were looking good for victory but then came the rumpus which left both sides a man short for the remainder of the game. Inniscarra had to re-arrange their line out to cope with the new situation but they did not let anything upset their focus and they never lost sight of the real prize – victory and progress to Round Four of the championship.  Frank Olden had a point; Valleys responded; Jonathan Olden pointed, again; Valleys replied.  Inniscarra then had points from Conor Buckley and Frank Olden to open up a four point gap as the game neared its conclusion and a late Valleys 20 metre free was deflected over the bar and Inniscarra prevailed and deservedly so to the delight of team, mentors and supporters.
Inniscarra: David Barry: John O'Callaghan, Kevin Burke, Brian O'Keeffe: Stephen Olden, Paul Kavanagh, Liam O' Riain: Tim Murphy, Aidan O'Mahony: John Casey (0-1), Jonathan Olden (0-2), Colm Casey (1-2): Ryan O'Connor, Daniel O'Connell, Frank Olden (0-2 frees). Subs: Conor Buckley (0-1), Sean O'Callaghan.

  Intermediate Hurling Championship Round 1
Aghada  1 – 15   Fermoy  4 – 9
Argideen Rangers  3 – 9   Kanturk  1 – 9
ÉIRE OG 0 – 19  Charleville  0 – 20
St. Catherine's 0-9 Ballygarvan 0-11
Fr O'Neill's 2-13 Barryroe 0-17
DRIPSEY 0-9 Meelin 1-15
Blackrock 1-11 Milford 0-15 aet.
Kilworth 2-16 Dromina 2-8

2nd Round Pairings: 
Barryroe v DRIPSEY
Kanturk v ÉIRE ÓG
Blackrock v Aghada
Dromina v St. Catherine's

 Éire Óg  0 – 19   Charleville  0 – 20 aet.
This game at Mallow was a thriller which needed extra time to decide the outcome.  After Charleville took the early lead, Kevin Hallissey struck over an equalising point. The North Cork side regained the lead with a second point and only a brilliant save by Paul Ryan denied them a goal in the 4th minute. Éire Óg again drew level with a point from a Ciarán Sheehan free and went in front when Kevin Hallissey had a point but Charlevillle had the next three points to lead 0-5 to 0-3 as the first quarter ended.  Ciarán Sheehan pointed a free for Éire Óg but Charleville replied, also from a free, to maintain the gap and at half time they still led by a point, 0-7 to 0-6.  On the restart, Charlevillle increased their lead to three points but the Éire Óg response was strong with five scores in a row.   Tony Dineen pointed two frees, and John Dineen, Kevin Hallissey and Derry Herlilhy each had a point and the Ovens side led by 0-11 to 0-9 with less than ten minutes to go.  Points were exchanged between the teams, Ciarán Sheehan pointed a free for Éire Óg. Again Charleville had a point, again Éire Óg replied, this time Derry Herlihy sending over the bar.  Another point for Charleville was followed by a Tony Dineen point for Éire Óg.  Éire Óg raised their lead to three points with a Cathal Murphy point with only three minutes left but in the closing minutes the North Cork side hit over three points to draw level.  A late late free for Éire Óg went narrowly wide and so extra time was necessary. Two points for Charleville were the only scores of the opening ten minutes of extra time.  Éire Óg staged a great recovery in the final ten minute period. Kevin Hallisissey pointed a free but the winners increased their advantage to three points with a brace.  John Dineen cut the deficit to a single point with two points in a row and when Charleville had another point, Kevin Hallissey had a point to leave only a point between the teams.  Four minutes into injury time Éire Óg were awarded a scorable free which was mishit and went in low.  The ball was stopped but ran loose for Cathal Murphy to belt into to the net.  The referee ruled the score out as the game had finished with the free puck and so Éire Óg were left facing a second round game with Kanturk instead of celebrating victory. Éire Óg scorers: Kevin Hallissey 0-6 (0-1free), Ciaran Sheehan 0-4(frees), Tony Dineen 0-3 (frees),John Dineen 0-3,Derry Herlihy 0-2,Cathal Murphy 0-1.  Éire Óg: Paul Ryan: Shane McCarthy, Alan O'Mahony, Cian O'Mahony:  Barry Corkery, Tony  Dineen, Eanna Lowney: Derry Herlihy, John Dineen: Fionn O'Rourke, Tim  O'Leary, Paul McDonagh: Kevin Hallissey, Ciaran Sheehan, Daniel Goulding.

Dripsey  0 – 9   Meelin  1 - 15
Meelin, All Ireland Junior Champions of 2011, had nine points to spare over Dripsey, themselves also All Ireland champions three years earlier, when the teams met at Mallow.  There could be no complaints about the result as the Duhallow men were stronger all over the field on this occasion.  In mitigation, Dripsey have lost almost half that All Ireland winning team and in addition had players on duty who were not really fully fit for championship battle.  The hope is that Dripsey will be in a stronger position when they face Barryroe in a few weeks time. In the first half the Meelin men had the whip hand and led by 0-4 to 0-1 after the opening quarter and by 0-10 to 0-4 at half time.  The opening ten minutes of the second half remained scoreless but then two points from David O'Sullivan and Dean McMahon for Dripsey cut the gap between the teams to four points and raised Dripsey hopes.  The sides now matched each other point for point but there was always that four point difference at least between the sides and a late injury time goal for Meelin was the icing on the cake for the winners. Dripsey: Aidan Buckley: Daniel Buckley, Thomas Ahern, Stephen Murray: John Carey, Conor Hayes, Pat O'Riordan: Marcus Ryan, Davy Buckley (0-2): Mark O'Sullivan (0-2, 0-1 free), Diarmuid O'Riordan (0-2, 0-1 free), Barry O'Regan: Dean McMahon (0-1), John O'Mahony, David O'Sullivan (0-2).  Subs: Paul Corkery and Aidan Murray

Ballincollig Credit Union Mid Cork Junior A Hurling Championship

First Round  Results:

Cloughduv   1 – 15     Kilmichael   1 – 7

Grenagh   2 – 17     Donoughmore   0 – 14

Ballincollig 1 – 10 Blarney 0 – 10

Éire Óg   1 – 13    Aghabullogue   0 – 16 (a draw)

Inniscarra   v   Ballinora at Ballincollig on 9 June, 7.30pm.

2nd Round (1st Round losers):

The draw will be made at next Board meeting.

 Cloughduv   1 – 15     Kilmichael   1 – 7
The opening game in this year's Mid Cork championship saw Cloughduv, champions for the past three years, opposed by last year's 'B' champions, Kilmichael, who of course also won the Cork County 'B' title last year.  Cloughduv were naturally favourites to advance but there was interest in their level of performance to see if mental fatigue had set in or if they were still as determined as before to take the title and advance in search of elusive county honours.  The evidence on this display is that Cloughduv will be all out to make it a Mid Cork 'four in a row' in 2012 and, in all probability, the main threat to their ambitions will come once again from Grenagh.  Kilmichael will be happy that they could mount a serious challenge to the reigning champions and in fact were on level terms at half time.  Cloughduv pulled away in the second half but, with this level of performance, Kilmichael can hope for advancement in the competition through the back door, given a favourable draw in Round Two. Cloughduv served early notice of their intentions with three points in a row, from Brian Ahern, Jerry Lucey and David O'Leary.  Kilmichael steadied and Conor Cotter opened their account in the 10th minute with a point and from there to the break they held their own with their more illustrious opponents and outscored them by four points to two.  Conor Cotter was their marksman in chief with three points, one from a free and the other point came from Adrian Kelly.  Darragh Ring pointed a Cloughduv free in reply and Donal Corkery had a point from play to leave the teams locked at 0-5 each at the break. On the resumption Kilmichael hit the front for the first and only time when Conor Cotter pointed a free but Cloughduv got down to business immediately on securing their passage to the third round.  Donal Corkery and Darren Kelly had points to put the champions back in front and only a superb save by Kilmichael's Denis O'Donoghue denied Corkery of a goal. Cloughduv then had further points from Jerry Lucey and Brian Ahern and even though Conor Cotter had a point for Kilmichael in the 38th minute, Cloughduv were now beginning to gain control and the introduction of Tom O'Mahony into attack also gave them an extra impetus.  David O'Leary, Darren Kelly and Tom O'Mahony added points to open up a five point gap as the final quarter dawned and Cloughduv were on their way to victory at this stage.  The loss of a forward to a second yellow card in the 50th minute was not a hindrance to them and a point from Corkery was followed by a smashing goal from Liam Long in the 55th minute.  Andrew Cronin added a point but Kilmichael's efforts were rewarded with a goal from Colm Dromey in the 58th minute after a long clearance from John O'Riordan.  Darren Kelly had the last score of the game, a Cloughduv point, in the final moments.  Cloughduv: Colm Ryan: Donal Cronin, Ger Ahern, Denis O'Sullivan: David O'Leary, Andrew Cronin, Liam Long: Darren Kelly, Stephen Down: Darragh Ring, Brian Ahern, Seán O'Connor: Donal Corkery, Jerry Lucey, Gerry Shanahan. Subs: Tom O'Mahony, Thomas McCarthy.  Kilmichael: Denis O'Donoghue: Finbarr Dromey, James O'Leary, Barry Cotter: Cian Dromey, John O'Riordan, Finbarr Buckley: Simon Foley, Adrian Kelly: Micheál Masters, Conor Cotter, Donal O'Brien: Brendan Cotter, Colm Dromey, Kieran O'Leary. Subs: Paul O'Sullivan. Referee: Mr Ted Hayes, Éire Óg. 

 Grenagh   2 – 17     Donoughmore   0 – 14
Grenagh, last year's defeated championship finalists, are safely through to the third round of this year's competition after recording a good win over Donoughmore at Ballyanley.  Donoughmore were well prepared and committed but Grenagh were the better side on the day and deserved their win. After a good start Donoughmore conceded a 12th minute goal which levelled the scores and Grenagh then went on to force the pace and gain control. James O'Connell opened the scoring in the 3rd minute with a point for Donoughmore; Niall O'Doherty levelled for Grenagh from a free within a minute.  Colm O'Callaghan, Aidan O'Shea and James O'Connell then had a point each for Donoughmore but the sides were level when John Russell's one handed pull put the sliotar out of goalie Kenneth Cullinane's reach to make it 1-1 to 0-4 after 12 minutes.  Seamus Coleman pointed for Grenagh immediately after to put his side ahead and Grenagh led from there to the finish.  They had outscored Donoughmore by four points to two in the subsequent ten minutes and in the 27th minute they struck for a decisive second goal, this one from Conor Fitzgerald, after Donoughmore goalie, Kenneth Cullinane, had done well to block Seamus Coleman's initial effort. The goal scorer then added a point and Grenagh were in a strong position at half time leading by 2-7 to 0-6 and hurling well.
Grenagh dominated on the restart and continued to outscore their gallant opponents.  Donoughmore needed goals to rescue the situation but the Grenagh defence was in top form and unyielding.  Donoughmore did fight on to the finish and had a flurry of scores in the final ten minutes but Grenagh were always in control of this one and eased into the third round.  Grenagh: Mark Kenny: Kelvin Cummins, Raymond Dorgan, Paul McCarthy: Diarmuid Dorgan, Gerry Russell, Dean Dalton: Tom Kenny (0-3), Niall O'Doherty (0-4, frees): Padraig Sexton, Seamus Coleman (0-1), Kevin O'Neill (0-3): Colm O'Neill (0-2), John Russell (1-2), Conor Fitzgerald (1-2). Subs: Aaron McCarthy, Liam Walsh.  Donoughmore: Kenneth Cullinane: Lawrence Barry, Mark Foley, Kevin Horgan: Alan Twomey, Aidan Corkery, Shane Healy: Aidan O'Shea (0-2), Alan Savage; Conor Kelleher (0-1), Colm O'Callaghan (0-6, 0-4 frees), James O'Connell (0-4): Martin O'Connor, Barry Holland, Shane Sexton (0-1). 

 Éire Óg   1 – 13     Aghabullogue   0 – 16
The game at Cloughduv was in injury time; Aghabullogue were leading by three points and appeared to be heading for the third round when Éire Óg were awarded a 25 metre free from a position in front of the Aghabullogue goal.  Up stepped Brian Kirwin who had already scored 0-9 from placed balls from a variety of positions.  The Éire Óg man had to go for a goal and he did, lashing the sliotar shoulder high at the packed Aghabullogue defensive line and the net was shaking!  All square and the teams must meet again.
The first half was very even with Kirwin scoring 0-7 from frees of the Éire Óg tally of 0-8; Daniel O'Shea getting their only point from play.  Aghabullogue also scored 0-8 in this half, 0-3 from Mark O'Flynn frees and points from play from Dan Twomey, O'Flynn, Paudie Twomey, John Kelleher and Tim O'Leary. The teams were level a further three times in the third quarter before Sean O'Sullivan put Aghabullogue 0-12 to 0-11 ahead in the 47th minute. Mark O'Flynn and Kirwin exchanged points from frees before Dan Twomey and Kevin Finnegan had Aghabullogue points to open up a three point gap in the 57th minute.  Kirwin and Dan Twomey then swapped points to leave three points still between the teams and then came the injury time drama as Éire Óg got out of jail with the late Kirwin goal. Éire Óg: Tim Crowley: David Sheehan, Edward Long, Aidan Twomey: Kieran O'Sullivan, Andy O'Herlihy, John O'Connor: Sean O'Connor, Ronan Dennehy: Conor Hallissey, Brian Darcy O'Sullivan, Daniel O'Shea: John Malone, Colm Murphy, Brian Kirwin. Subs: Fintan Brennan, John Barry and Ronan Sills.  Aghabullogue:  Donal Twomey: Mark O'Brien, Dan Healy, Anthony O'Sullivan: Sean O'Sullivan, Denis Murphy, Alan Hogan: Mark O'Flynn, Danny Buckley: Ger Hogan, Paudie Twomey, Tim O'Leary: Dan Twomey, John Kelleher, Ciaran Barrett. Subs: Kevin Finnegan and Peter Kelleher.  Referee: Mr Jerry Masters, Kilmichael.

 Ballincollig   1 – 10     Blarney   0 – 10
A first half goal from Conor Sexton separated the teams at the finish of a close fought affair at Ballyanley.  Ballincollig survived a late Blarney onslaught to advance and on the run of play, just about deserved their win. 

 Munster Football Championship

Cork and Kerry meeet in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday 10th June in the Munster Senior and Junior football championship semi finals.  The Junior game is at 12 noon and the Senior game is on at 2 pm.  The Cork line outs will not be announced until late in the week and the announced senior team may not be the actual team to line out eventually!  Padddy Kelly of Ballincollig, Ciarán Sheehan and Daniel Goulding of Éire Óg, Fintan Goold, Sean Kiely and Eoin O'Mahony of Macroom and Noel Ó Laoire of Cill na Martra are all in training with Cork seniors and all bar the then injured Sheehan have seen league action.  The winners play either Limerick or Clare in the Munster final; the losers have a long qualifiers' route to travel in pursuit of further honours.

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 Coachford Community College, winners of Cork Junior C final   ©An Scoil  

Double for Coachford College

Coachford  C C  13-8 Coláiste na Toirbirte Bandon  7-9
Coachford Community College added the Junior C schools title to the Senior C title when they defeated Coláiste na Toirbirte Bandon in a goal fest at Brinny. A total of twenty goals were scored in the final. The scorer in chief for Coachford was Aileen Buckley, who bagged half their total. She was ably assisted by Emma Flanagan and Siobhan Lyons who both scored a brace. Other outstanding performers for Coachford were Orla O'Driscoll, Eilís Thompson, Katie O'Sullivan and Rachel Healy. Coláiste na Toirbirte had their own scoring machine in Michelle O'Regan, who kicked a total of six goals and also chipped in with a few points. Olive O'Mahony provided the other goal and only the crossbar prevented them adding a few more. They were well served by centre back Leona Murphy and by Lisa in midfield. The referee on the day was Micheal Mahony. The Coachford girls had earlier in the year won the Senior C title with a good win over Carrigtwohill

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Eimear Twomey, Donoughmore Basketball Club, Division 1 MVP of the Year at Cork Ladies Basketball Awards, with, from left, Kitty Glavin, Nuala O'Sullivan, Michael and Norma Twomey and John Glavin  ©Mike English  

St. Val's Updates

St. Val's 4 – 4 Éire Óg 1 – 4
St Val's u12s faced Éire Óg in their second match of the u12 Mid-Cork championship and it took them some time to settle. A great pass from centre forward, Meadbh Carroll, to Ciara  McCarthy set up the opening their score. Slowly Éire Óg fought back with a couple of great scores but some great defending from the Val's back line prevented them increasing their lead further.  Val's continued to dominate, and a superb pass from Aishlinn O'Mahony to Noreen Clifford ended up in the back of the Éire Óg net to extend Val's lead.  However Éire Óg got inside Val's back line to score a great goal late in the first half to narrow the difference. Val's started the second half with a number of scores - 2 goals and 2 points from Oran Sexton, Evelyn McCarthy, Clare Nevin, and Meadbh Carroll stretching their lead.  Éire Óg continued to play until the final whistle, scoring 3points but Val's finished stronger to win by  4: 4 to 1:4.  Their next match is away to St Michael's.
Under 14: Congratulations to the under 14 team that qualified for the All Ireland Féile which is being held this year in Laois/Offaly June 22 - 24. In the County section, they defeated Fermoy , Boherbue, Kinsale, Éire Óg and Douglas to qualify. They also won the Mid Cork Final against Douglas last week 5.9 to 3.8. and they now go on to play Beara in the A county next weekend. The second under 14 team has also qualified for the D County and are  down to play Ilen Rovers in Kilmurry. Congratulations to Nicola Dennehy and Mairead Sullivan who were on the victorious Cork under 14 team that won the All Ireland blitz. The club would also like to wish all our players the best of luck in the Junior and Leaving cert exams which will be held in the coming weeks. The under 10/8 training continues every Wednesday evening in Carrigadrohid new pitch @ 7pm. New members are always welcome. Contact Martin Lyons for more details on 087 9974229. The club would especially like to thank the Foley family from Terelton Five Cross Roads bar and shop for supporting and sponsoring the clubs under 14/16 teams with a new set of jerseys.

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 Éire Óg U-13 footballers won the Premier 2 County Final on May 20.  Pic©

Éire Óg Win

Éire Óg 2-5    Sam Maguire's 1-7
Éire Óg U-13 footballers became County champions on Sunday, 20th May before a large and vocal crowd at Cloughduv.  They defeated Sam Maguire's of Dunmanway by scoring a goal in injury time.  Sam Maguire's had a great start with a goal within the first minute of the game. Éire Óg struck back with a marvellous goal from James O'Sullivan a minute later.  Sam Maguire's scored the next 3 points to lead by three points after ten minutes.  Simon Kennedy scored a point for Éire Óg and Sam Maguire's matched that in the 16th minute.  Éire Óg played very well against the wind in the second quarter to keep their opponents scoreless.  The highlights of this period were the goalkeeping display of David Twomey and the assured play of James O'Sullivan, who, although selected at full-forward, played deep in the Éire Óg half, breaking up many Sam Maguire attacks.  Sam Maguire's led by 1-4 to 1-1 at half-time. Adam O'Riordan and Matt Brady came on for the second half and Éire Óg scored three points to draw level by the end of the third quarter.  Sam Maguire's were very strong for most of the fourth quarter, scoring three unanswered points.  The signs looked ominous with Éire Óg missing a few frees, hitting the upright, watching superb saves by the Sam Maguire's goalkeeper  and seeing the ball going agonisingly wide following a great attack by Jerome Kelleher.  Diarmuid Dineen was brought out to centre-field; Ryan O'Flynn and Cillian Sheehan were drafted into the attack to try and rescue the game for Éire Óg. With time running out Jack Murphy scored a point to reduce the deficit to two points.  One thing this Éire Óg team have is belief and well into injury time captain, Colm O'Callaghan, went through to score a magnificent goal and win the County Championship for Éire Óg. It's hard to believe that this was the same Éire Óg team that lost the first three league games of the year!  It just shows what training, belief and commitment can do and they and they are a credit and great role models for the club.  There were great celebrations in the Clubhouse following the game.
Team: David Twomey, Séan O'Flynn, Diarmuid Dineen, Conor Walls, Shane Quigley, Colm O'Callaghan 1-0, Jack Murphy 0-1, Cian Rickard, Anthony McSweeney, Adam Patterson, Fionán Leahy, Cormac Allison, Jerome Kelleher, James O'Sullivan 1-2, Simon Kennedy 0-1. Subs: Adam O'Riordan, Matt Brady 0-1, Ryan O'Flynn, Cillian Sheehan, James O'Shea, John Corkery, Joe Lynch, Barry O'Connell, Patrick Twomey, James Kelleher, Sulo Soe. Mentors: Joe O'Sullivan, Tony McSweeney, John Sheehan, Joe Leahy, Daniel O'Sullivan.

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The De la Salle team that won the U-16 Cork Colleges' hurling championship with teacher, Fergus Ryan. ©An Scoil  

Cloughduv G.A.A.

Bag Pack: Cloughduv GAA club had a very successful Bag Pack at Quish's Supervalu, Ballincollig. Thank you to all who supported the club - the very enthusiastic boys and girls that packed and to parents that helped with supervision and lifts. Monies raised will be used within the underage structures. We would also like to thank Paul and all the Staff at Quish's for their help.
Good luck to our members who will be playing in the Dromtarriff U10 Blitz with Canovee and Kilmurray. Training for this age group will change to Sundays; texts will be sent out to advise on same.
‪Training continues for 6s and 8s at 10 am on Saturdays. ‪Well done members who represented Canovee and Kilmurry so well in the recent U13 football championship. ‪Best of luck to  all members  in the forthcoming exams. Well done to Robert Nyhan who  competed well while representing Cloughduv in the U16 Poc Fada at Ballinlough GAA.
For your Diary: Cloughduv GAA Cul Camp: 9th to 13th July. Register online at -  www.kellogsculcamps.gaa.ie. Fr. Murphy and Gerry Buckley Cups: 23rd June starting at 10.00am.

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 Kilmichael Pitch and Putt Club presentation of prizes of the William Perrott Perpetual Trophy annual competition. From left: Kevin O'Donovan 3rd, Michael Dunlea, Winner, Brendan Swanton 2nd and Bill Perrott sponsor.   Pic. ©

Canovee G.A.A.

Latest Results: Non Exam Minor Football League: Canovee 6 – 8 Buttevant 2 – 7;  Canovee 6 – 13 Aghinagh 1 – 5;  Canovee  2 – 10 Castlehaven 4 – 11. Under 12 League East: Canovee 5 – 11  Tracton 1 – 0. Canovee 1 – 7 Crosshaven 6 - 1. Under 13 B County Final: Canovee 4 – 8 St. Peter's 2 – 4. 
Junior football league Division 2 Canovee 0 – 9 Ballinora 0 – 10.
Canovee 4 – 8 St. Peter's 2 – 4: On May 27 Canovee played St. Peter's in the under 13 B County Final at Coachford. Canovee gave their best performance of the season to run out convincing winners. The return of team captain, Sean Browne, after injury, was a big boost to the team and, although not fully fit, he proved a handful for the St. Peter's defence when he was moved to the forward line in the second half. Well done to players, selectors, Don Carroll, John Kingston and Niall Lucey for the big effort throughout the year.
Canovee 6 – 8 Buttevant 2 – 7: Canovee played their second non exam league game of the season away to Buttevat on a beautiful evening for football. Canovee led at half time by 3 -5 to 1 – 2, with Aidan Moynihan scoring the Canovee goals. Buttevant piled on the pressure in the second half and it took another goal from Aidan Moynihan to maintain their lead. With time running out, late goals by James Moynihan and centre back, Michael Dunne, sealed a great win for Canovee. ;  
Canovee 6 – 13 Aghinagh 1 – 5: Canovee's third game was at home to Aghinagh in the non exam league. Canovee led at half time 1 – 7 to 0 – 4 with Liam Murphy scoring the goal. In the second half, Canovee got gradually on top, with Michael Dunne and Aidan Moynihan scoring further goals.
Canovee  2 – 10 Castlehaven 4 – 11  Two nights after the Aghinagh game, Canovee travelled to Union Hall to play Castlehaven. This turned out to be a very tough, competitive game. Castlehaven led at half time 2 – 7 to 1 – 4, with Aidan Moynihan scoring the goal from a penalty. In this half, Canovee created numerous goal scoring chances but were unable to take them. Castlehaven had a better start to the second half but a super goal by Aidan Moynihan brought Canovee back into contention. From there to the finish, the teams traded points, with Castlehaven finishing ahead. The panel for the three games was: Mark Healy, Kieran McCarthy, Niall Cronin, Blake Ring, Michael Dunne, Cian Lehane, Shane Riordan, James Verling, James Moynihan, Thomas Cullen, Tadhg O'Riordan, James Verling, James Moynihan. Thomas Cullen, Tadhg O'Riordan, Aidan Moynihan Liam Murphy, Colin Murphy, Cathal O'Connell.
Canovee 0 – 9 Ballinora 0 – 10: On June 3rd, Canovee played Ballinora in division 2 of the Junior football league. Canovee were under pressure against the wind in the first half and were behind at half time by 0 – 8 to 0 – 3. They came more into the game in the second half, with James Moynihan scoring a few fine frees. However at the final whistle, Ballinora were still a point ahead. Team: Darren shine, Charles Kenneally, Billy Creedon, Niall Cronin, Jerry Murphy, Jerry Lucey, Brian Lucey, Conor Buckley, Shane O'Riordan, James Moynihan, Michael Quinlan, Sean O'Connell, Paddy Cronin, John Buckley, John Paul Dunne. 
Lotto: June 3. Numbers Drawn: 12, 21, 23, 27. No winner. €50 Anne Marie Lyons, Canovee. €25 Patricia Nelligan, c/o Don Carroll; Peg Kelleher, Cloughduv. Jack the Joker, Martina Casey, Macroom. Special Summer draw: €500 Linda Stanton, Douglas. €100 Margo Duffy, Dundalk; Kathleen Murphy, Mashanaglass; Denis Cronin, Crookstown; Sean O'Mahony, Aherla. Next draw in the Spreading Chestnut, Cloughduv on June 10 for €12,200.