Lee Valley Outlook Nov 26 v12e24

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 Sleeping Beauty at Briery Gap, Dec. 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

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Fish Cookery Demonstration in the Ionad Pobal, Cill na Martra on Thurs Nov 19 at 7.30.
Clondrohid GAA Club AGM Fri Nov 27 at 8pm.
Table Quiz fundraiser for Coachford Christmas lights on Fri Nov 27th in O'Callaghan's Bar
St. Val's AGM in Kilmurry GAA rooms on Fri 27th Nov @ 8pm.
Masseytown Community Action Group table quiz on Sat 28th Nov in Mary Anne's.

Laochra Óg Memorial POC Fada on Sun 29th Nov in Clondrohid.
Christmas Open House at Killumney to Sun 29th Nov
Vicarstown NS annual bazaar Sun 29th Nov at 2.30pm.
Macroom PTAA Mass on Mon 30th Nov in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 7.30pm.
Kilmurry Active Retirement Christmas Party Tues 1st Dec at 7p.m.in Castle Hotel Blarney.

Lee Valley Speakers meetings Dec 1st and 15th, and Jan 5th.
Magical Christmas Tea Party in Fr. Ryan Hall, Wed. Dec. 2 at 8.30p.m.
1916 – ceisteanna, tuairimí agus freagraí'. Déardaoin 3 Nollaig, 8pm san Ionad Cultúrtha Baile Bhúirne.
Jingle Bell Run from the Briery Gap at 6.15 on Fri. Dec. 4 for Macroom Hospital
Christmas in Macroom. Switch on of lights at 7p.m Fri Dec. 4.

Macroom Flower & Garden Annual Dinner at the Castle Hotel Fri 4th of Dec
Christmas Market in the Halla, Cúil Aodha, Sun. Dec. 6 at 11a.m.
Rusheen NS Christmas Market on Sun Dec 6th at 11.30 am in Aghinagh GAA Hall.
Christmas in Masseytown Santa, lights and music. Sun. Dec 6th at 5pm.

Carrigadrohid Christmas lights switch-on Sun Dec 6, at 6pm.
Coachford Christmas Lights switch on, Sun Dec 6th.
Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner at Riverside Park Hotel, Thurs. Dec. 10 at 1.30p.m.
INTO meeting for newly qualified teachers Thurs Dec 10th, 4.30p.m. in the Castle Hotel.
Macroom Golf Club A.G.M on Thurs 10th of Dec in the clubhouse @ 8p.m...

Christmas market in Carriganima NS on Sat 12th of Dec 5 pm to 8pm.
Mainistir Gobnait a's Abán weekly meetings, Monday, 8p.m. in Youth Centre in Cúil Aodha.
Dripsey Ambush Slide Show on Mon Jan 16th at Ballincollig Rugby Club (8 p.m.)

Macroom Library:
Story time Saturdays at 12 noon.
Ciorcal Gaeilge Fri Dec. 4 at 11.am..
Gramophone Circle Fri. Dec. 11 at 11a.m.
November Exhibition with Deirdre Murphy and Patricia O'Sullivan.
Briery Gap:
"Conflict in the Convent" on Thurs 26th & Fri. 27th Nov @ 8.00pm
Force Majeure Mon 30th Nov 8.30pm.
Sleeping Beauty Christmas Pantomime on Dec.12th, 13th, 19th & 20th Dec @ 3.00pm and 18th 19th 20th Dec. @ 8.00pm
Louise Morrissey Mon28th Dec
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

Christmas is Coming

There are only two more issues of the Lee Valley Outlook before Christmas - on Thursday, December 10 and the Christmas issue which will be available on Saturday, December 19.
Should you wish to have upcoming events in the church, school, parish etc. included in the Diary and Editorial of the coming issues, please send information as soon as possible to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Because of recent computer problems, I lost the list of contacts for parishes, so we request priests and parish secretaries to submit any details of liturgical events they wish published. If clubs wish to supply a short review of the past year, we will also welcome it before December 8.

Lighting Up for Christmas 2015

The official switching on the Christmas lights in Macroom will be on Friday the 4th of December. Claire Kelleher, the Flower of Macroom, will pull the switch at 7 p.m. The occasion is now one of the established events in the town's calendar. It promises to be bigger than ever, with shops open late and special discounts throughout the weekend, December 4 to Tuesday, December 8. On Friday night, the Square will be home to a Christmas Market, with food stalls, art and craft displays, a carousel and music. Prior to the Switching on of the Lights, the Jingle Bell Run will take place. Wear your Santa Hat and Bell and assemble at the Briery Gap at 6.15 for this fun fundraiser for Macroom Hospital.

Christmas in Masseytown.

Masseytown Community Action Group is again erecting a Christmas Tree in the area for the local community. It will be lit up on Sunday December 6th at 5pm. All are welcome to come and meet Santa and Mrs Claus and two of their elves. We will also have a face painter available for the little ones. Mulled Wine and mince pies will be distributed to warm up the toes in case it is cold. The event drew a great crowd last year so hopefully; this year will be similar. There will be music in
Mary Anne's bar afterwards. Please support a raffle to fundraise for the purchase of more lights to illuminate the adjoining trees, with some great prizes and tickets (3 for €5 ) available from any committee member or in Costcutters in Masseytown or in Mary Anne's bar.
We are also holding a table quiz on Saturday 28th November in Mary Anne's. A table of 4 for €20 with first prize of €100 All are welcome to join us. We will hold a raffle that night with some great prizes. We would like to thank all our sponsors for their generous donations.

Senior Citizens Fundraising

Macroom Senior Citizens Sullane Haven Project hopes to fundraise in the run up to Christmas. Christmas Cards painted by Sullane Art group will be on sale in local shops, where you can pick up a packet of 12 cards for only €5. On Wednesday December 2nd, a Magical Christmas Tea Party will take place in Fr Ryan Hall, starting at 8.30pm. Tickets are €10 and details from Evelyn Mc Sweeney on 026/41070. Macroom Senior Citizens/ Active Retired annual Christmas Dinner will take place on Thursday December 10th at Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom, starting at 1.30pm and tickets at €25 are available from Evelyn Mc Sweeney, Middle Square.

Flowers at Expo

Macroom Flower & Garden Club participated in the recent Bank of Ireland Macroom Enterprise Town Sports & Community Expo. It provided a wonderful opportunity to showcase the Club at local level. The Committee was on hand to demonstrate Seasonal Floral Exhibits which were raffled on the day. The Club Officers wish to thank Bank of Ireland Manager & Staff for facilitating us and for their professionalism and courtesy. It also provided an opportunity to promote the Charity Christmas Demonstration supporting two local Charities, Cope Foundation Macroom Branch and Cuan Mhuire, Farnanes.

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Colm O'Neill and Rena Buckley with St. Mary's students, Louise Lynch, Karena Curtin, Karla O'Shea, Lynn O'Riordan, Leah Kelleher and Kate Brady, AIB school bank officers. ©An Scoil

St. Mary's Updates

Basketball. Our Senior & U16 teams played Carrigtwohill and, while our girls played very well, both teams were defeated.
4th Year Show. "Conflict in the Convent" will be staged in the Briery Gap on the 26th & 27th November at 8p.m. Tickets available from Briery Gap Box Office.
School Bank. TY students are again taking part in the AIB Build A Bank competition. The girls were interviewed by the AIB staff and, chosen to run the school bank this year are: Louise Lynch, Karena Curtin, Karla O'Shea, Lynn O'Riordan, Leah Kelleher and Kate Brady. They had their grand opening in the school on 17th November with special guests Colm O' Neill and Rena Buckley there to help them celebrate. Best of luck to the girls for the year.
School Outings 5th & 6th year Art students travelled to the Crawford Art Gallery on Monday 16th accompanied by their teacher Ms. Collins. 1st, 2nd & 5th year Music students travelled to an orchestra recital in the City Hall on November 6th, accompanied by their teachers Ms. Behan and Ms. O'Sullivan. 6th Year students went to a production of King Lear in the Everyman Theatre accompanied by their teachers, Ms. Murnane & Mrs. Twomey.
Díospoireachtaí Gael-Linn. Bhi díospóireacht ar siúl sa scoil oíche de Ceadaoin. Bhi ceithre fhoireann ag plé an ruin "Is maith an rud go oilean I Eire. Ghlac triúr ón scoil páirt san díospóireacht, Ciara Breathnach, Emma Ni Loinsigh agus Sarah Ni Dhúill. Rinne siad plé láidir ar an rún ach nior eirigh leo an turas sin. Beidh la eile acu.

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McEgan Students visit the Crawford Gallery with Ms Brew. ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

Apprentice Chefs Home Economic and Hotel, Catering and Tourism students from McEgan College got an experience of third level at IT Tralee at their open day on November 13. The students will also take part in The Apprentice Chef Programme, organised by the college and Fáilte Ireland. The day began with a tour of the college's catering and hospitality kitchens, where they had the opportunity to meet current first year catering students. All were impressed with the high level of skills that the college students have already gained in just eight weeks. Next, students were given a presentation by Chef Mark Murphy, senior lecturer, about The Apprentice Chef Programme which has been designed for second level students. This was followed by an informative talk by Susie Cox on healthy eating and enjoying food for overall well being.
Chefs Louise Brosnan and Simon Regan gave a cookery demonstration on healthy dishes that both looked and tasted amazing, all from locally sourced ingredients. McEgan students have now gone away to design their own dishes. The students will then be mentored by their teacher, Hazel Bourke, and a team of chefs, to improve their culinary skills and techniques. Susie Cox will also advise on ways that students could ensure their dishes are balanced. The Apprentice Chef Cook Off will be held in February 2016. In the meantime, there should be wonderful smells and tastes coming from the Home Economics Room at McEgan College.
Film Festival. Transition students attended a viewing of the film 'Girlhood' in the Gate Cinema. This excursion was organised by Máire Ní Laoire (HSCL Co-ordinator). The film was selected as part of the Cork Film Festival Educational Programme. The storyline follows a girl called Marieme. Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school prospects and the boy gangs in her neighbourhood, she starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom. An excellent film to top an excellent day.
Hydrogels. McEgan College students participated in Royal Chemistry Society Global Experiment on Hydrogels. The data collected was submitted along with the data of thousands of other students from around the world who also performed the experiment on the same day. Water is a scarce resource in many parts of the world and the data collected will inform researchers on the value of hydrogels for water storage.
Art Third years and students from Room 4 at Mc Egan College enjoyed a very enjoyable trip to the Crawford gallery in Cork recently. The students received a guided tour from Michael Waldron and observed and learned about the Canova Casts as well as the contemporary art that the gallery has. This trip was both educational and enjoyable.
Spectroscopy in a Suitcase: Transition year students took part in the RSC "Spectroscopy in a Suitcase" workshop, facilitated by CIT's Dr. Angela McGlynn. The aim of the programme is to promote science as a subject to young people, and to show the excitement of hands-on spectroscopy. Dr. McGlinn described the basic principles of UV and IR spectroscopy and their uses to the students, following which, they learned how to operate the spectrometers. Using this state of the art equipment, the students put their new-found knowledge to the test to solve a murder mystery!

November Gramophone Circle.

The November gramophone morning at Macroom Library had joint presenters - Teresa Tangney and Mary McSweeney. Teresa's selection opened with the overture to the Pirates of Penzance. Next came the wonderful voice of Veronica Dunne singing I dreamt I dwelt in Marble Halls, with a lead in of the Exiles' Return, recited by Ciaran Mac Mathúna. Brendan Balfe gave the introduction to Carolan's Concerto with the Chieftains. Soprano, Maria Callas, then sang L'amour from Bizet's Carmen before Seamus Begley and Jim Murray performed Mo Chailín Bán. Crooner, Bing Crosby, brought us Red Sails in the Sunset and then, James Galway and Karajas performed a harp and flute concerto by Mozart. Soprano, Montserrat Caballa sang an aria from Puccini's Tosca and Teresa's musical odyssey concluded with Strauss's Blue Danube waltz and Pavarotti inviting us to Come Back to Sorrento.
In the second part of the programme, Mary McSweeney gave its inaugural outing to the new machine capable of playing 33 1/3 and 75 vinyl records. Red Red Robin with Sid Phillips, and Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers with Oh Doctor, I'm in Trouble, sounded great on the new record player. Mary's choices followed, with Debussy's Jardins Sous la Pluie in tune with the weather outside. Still in French mode, on a day that was to end tragically in the French capital, Celine Byrne sang Gounod's L'air des Bijoux. Cork hurler of the 60s, John Bennett, proclaimed, I'll Walk beside you and next up was Kreisler's Rondino on a theme from Beethoven, before Peggy Lynch tried to persuade us of the joys of darker days with When the Leaves Begin to Fall. Bringing back memories of the recent Rugby World Cup, we heard the hosts' anthem, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, sung by Harry Secombe. Cara O'Sullivan gave a wonderful rendition of Puccini's O mio Babbino Caro. The Coolin, arranged by Casey, was played by the RTE concert orchestra and the programme concluded with Cór Chúil Aodha performing Naomh Gobnait, with words by Siobhan Bean Uí Cheallaigh and music by Peadar Ó Riada.
Jill Vahey will present the December music session on Friday 11 at 11a.m. and owners of vinyl records are invited to bring their choice of music, particularly those with a Christmas theme.

Macroom Library

Children's Books. As part of Library Ireland Week, Cork County Library is delighted to launch a booklet entitled 'Once upon a time...a compilation of memories of best-loved books gathered by Cork County Library and Arts Service during Children's Book Festival 2015'. It was produced as a result of a call for people of all ages to send in their memories of best-loved books from childhood. This was an intergenerational project which aimed to harvest the memories of adults and introduce them to a new generation. It garnered a great response and we hope a new generation will discover the joys of books of the past in their local Cork County Library branch. The booklet will be available free at any County Library branch.

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Tiny Tots prepare for Macroom Panto, Sleeping Beauty, Dec. 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at Briery Gap ©Lee Valley Outlook

Once upon a time in Macroom

Briery Gap management is delighted to announce Christmas Pantomime 2015 "The Sleeping Beauty" from Saturday 13th December. This is the first time this well-loved fairy-tale has been staged at the Briery Gap and celebrates the 16th Panto Production with a cast and chorus of over 120 talented adults and children. Steeped in humour, music and a sprinkle of romance, this year's Panto features all the traditional characters of the story with a few surprises sure to entertain anyone that believes in a little magic at Christmas time!
The cast includes Kelly Ann Healy as "The Sleeping Beauty", Luke Horgan as "Prince Philip", Jim Leahy as "Dame Marge", Maureen O Brien as "The Wicked Fairy – Maleficent", Conor Dinneen as "Foxy - Maleficent's Assistant", Pat O Connell as "Lord Chamberlain", Pat Kelleher and David Lucey as "Matt and Batt", Finn Brady as "Tiger- The Palace Cat", Con Foley as "The King, Anita Gallagher as "The Queen", Ava Rose Gallagher as "The Story Teller" and Theresa Dineen as "Monica". Not forgetting The Three Fairies - Carmel Mc Carthy as "Flora", Mary Lynch as "Fauna" and Padraig O Driscoll as "Merryweather".
Matinees at 3:00pm: Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th and Evening Performances at 8:00pm: Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th. Tickets €16 and concessions €12 for Children/OAP's, with discounts available for groups. Don't miss the most magical fairy-tale in the land at Briery Gap, Macroom this Christmas season! To book, contact Briery Gap Box Office on 026-41793 or see www.brierygap.ie for further information.

Briery Gap Programme


Force Majeure Monday 30th November. Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke) is on a skiing holiday in the Alps with his beautiful wife Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli) and their two desperately cute children. He seems to be a man who has it all, yet, while enjoying lunch on a restaurant, there's an avalanche that sends Tomas running away from the table in fear of his life, leaving his family to fend for themselves.
"Conflict in the Convent", presented by St Mary's Secondary School on Thurs 26th & Fri. 27th November @ 8p.m. Tickets €10 & €8
Sleeping Beauty Briery Gap presents our Annual Christmas Pantomime on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th December @ 3.00pm and Friday 18th, Saturday 19th, & Sunday 20th @ 8.00pm. Tickets €16 Children €12
Louise Morrissey Monday 28th December Tickets€20

Local TV Programmes

Thurs. Nov. 26 9.30p.m. Kilmichael Commemoration 2014
Sun. Nov. 29: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Carraig a'Staighre Famine Mass 2015 with Fr. Wickham P.P.
6.30p.m.. A Story that should be told relating to Sr. Margaret Kiely, Ballydaly, Millstreet and presented by Con Lynch.
7p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thursday programmes.
Wed. Dec. 2. 9.30p.m. News. Sport and local entertainment. 9.50 Dromleigh N.S. 175th anniversary celebration from June 2015.
Thurs. Dec. 3. 9.30p.m. News. 9.40. A visit to Dan Connell's Bar, Knocknagree, 1988..
Sun. Dec. 6: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Mass from Dromleigh N.S. 175th anniversary celebration from June 2015.
6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes
Wed. Dec. 9: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50 Switching on of Christmas Lights in Macroom Dancing at Mushera 2015.
Thurs. Dec. 10. 9.30p.m. News and Sport. Star Trax Studio Production.
Sun. Dec. 13: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Mass at Healy's Bar, Kilcorney.
6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes


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.)
Fish Cookery Demonstration by Brid Clancy of Clancy's Fresh Fish, organised by Kilnamartyra I.C.A in the Ionad Pobal on Thursday the 19th Nov. at 7.30. Fáilte roimh gach éinne.

Mayor's Fancy Dress Ball. The Lord Mayor of Ballinagree, Mick Lehane, invites you to the Laine Bar, Ballinagree at 9 pm on Friday, November 27th. Music by: Pacific Blue (Edmund O'Gorman). All who come in fancy dress will be entered into a free draw on the night! Fancy dress optional.

Christmas Open House at the home of D.J. Murphy of Bridepark Cottage, Killumney, Ovens at weekends from Thursday 19th November to Sunday 29th November.

Vicarstown NS annual bazaar will be held on Sunday 29th November at the school, beginning at 2.30pm. Activities include games room, arts and crafts, local craft stalls, spin the wheel, tea rooms and much more. Admission is free and everybody welcome.

'Macroom PTAA will hold a Mass for presentation of gold and silver and Fr. Cullen medals on Monday 30th November in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 7.30pm. All welcome.'
Kilmurry Active Retirement Christmas Party Tuesday 1st December at 7p.m.in Castle Hotel Blarney.

Christmas Market in the Halla, Cúil Aodha, Sun. Dec. 6 at 11a.m. Contact 0876204781

Rusheen NS Parents' Association are holding their Christmas Market on Sunday, December 6th at 11.30 am in Aghinagh GAA Hall. All are welcome and stalls will include home and school made crafts, cakes and Christmas wreaths as well as lots of fun for the children.

Carrigadrohid Christmas lights switch-on and the unveiling of the nativity crib will take place in the mid-Cork village on Sunday, December 6, at 6pm. There will be carols and a special visit from Santa, as well as refreshments, including hot drinks, mulled wine and mince pies. All are welcome.

INTO Macroom and Coachford branches are holding a joint training meeting for newly qualified primary school teachers on the evening of Thursday December 10th, 4.30p.m.in the Castle Hotel. More information from Sinéad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Christmas market (bake sale and sale of unique handmade gifts) in Carriganima National School on Saturday, the 12th of December 2015, from 5 pm to 8pm. Have a relaxing cup of tea or some non-alcoholic mulled wine at this yuletide event that is hosted by the parents association. Cookie decorating for the children!

Basketball News: Congratulations to local girl Caoimhe O'Driscoll, from Kilcondy, Crookstown on receiving her 1st International Cap for Ireland in Basketball.

Coiste Comhcheangal Gaeltacht MhúscraíDinner at the Castle Hotel Friday 4th of December. Final bookings now being taken by contacting 087-9821708 or 086-3046608. Míle Buíochas agus Nollaig Shona.

50-50 Comhaltas Cosanta Chúil Aodha: Buaiteoir 22/11/15 - €177 Diarmuid Kane, Dúglas, Corcaigh. Buaiteoir 15/11/15 €150 - Dan McCarthy, Mark Éire, Cúil Aodha. Buaiteoir 07/11/15 €154 - Tessie Uí Aileasa, Cathair Chearnaigh, Baile Mhúirne. Ticéid ar fáil go háitiúil don tarrach seachtainiúil gach Domhnach. Tickets available locally for the weekly draw each Sunday.

Macroom G.A.A Lotto Results 10/11/15 Jackpot €3000 Numbers 4- 31- 36. No Winner. €70 Peggy O'Connell, Railway View. €20 Brendan Kenneally, Glen Park. Paddy Horgan, c/o Martin Coughlan B Kearney, Inchigeela John Kenny, Glenanargid Jennifer Murphy, Cork St,.
17/11/15. Jackpot €3200. Winning Numbers 8-10-25. No Winner. €70. Liz Griggin, Herons Wood, Carrigaline €20. Aiden O'Brien, Clondrohid Jim O'Mahony, Clondrohid Ted Crowley, C/O An Post, Macroom Michael O'Riordan, Auld Triangle Judy O'Sullivan, Kilnagurteen

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Nov. 11.. Jackpot €1,600. No winner. €70 Mary Murphy, Berrings. €20 - Margaret O'Shea, Bridgemount. Ann McSweeney, Carrigaphooka. Kathleen O'Riordan, Sleaveen East. Eileen O'Reilly, Macroom.
November 18. Jackpot €1,800. No winner. €70 - Sean Lynch, Lissacreasig. Caroline Buckley, Lissacreasig. Mary Plunkett, c/o Firebird. Margaret Duggan Moulnahorna. Mary Cooney, c/o The Greyhound Bar

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: Nov. 15. Jackpot €18,300. Numbers drawn 4,7,19,27. No winner. €50 Con O'Keeffe, Dooniskey. €25 Aishling O'Donovan Aherla. Joan & Liz OSullivan Ballincollig
Nov. 22.. Jackpot €18,450. Numbers drawn 6,21,26,29. No winner. Christmas hamper O Neill family, Castlemore. €50 Kaitlin Cullinane, Carrigadrohid. €25 Paula Sheehan Scart Aherla. Martin O'Callaghan, Lissarda.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results: 9/11/2015, Jackpot: €2,200, Numbers Drawn: 3 – 24 – 33, No Winner: €40 Aoife Crowley, €20 Lisa McElroy, Mary Riordan, Shirley Moody, Dan Joe Finnegan (Yearly Ticket).
16/11/2015, Jackpot: €2,400, Numbers Drawn: 7 – 22 – 36, Two Winners: Mags O'Brien & Concubhar Lucey. €40 Mary O'Sullivan, €20 Mary Coughlan, Dan Daly, Greta Galvin, Donie Lane (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

New Schools for Lee Valley

According to the Department of Education's School building programme 2016-2021 just published, the Lee Valley's schools are due an upgrade during the next five years. Gurrane N.S. at Clondrohid is long overdue replacement and construction of a new school is set to commence in 2016. Other local schools due for upgrading under Government plans are Coachford Community College 2018; Coláiste Ghobnatan Baile Mhic Ire 2019-2021; Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig 2019/2021; Ballincollig Community School 2019/2021 and the construction of a new Primary School in Ballincollig due to open in 2017.

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An artist's impression of the entrance to the new school planned for Clondrohid. ©An Scoil

A New School at Last

After a long wait, a new school in Clondrohid will finally begin construction in 2016, a fitting date, since it marks 120 years of primary education in the current school building. The wait was worthwhile for current and future pupils and staff, as the new building, with a €3.5m budget, will have 8 mainstream classrooms, 3 classrooms in the ASD (Autism) Unit and a full sized assembly hall. The school will also have a number of ancillary rooms which will provide accommodation for both resource and learning support classes. It will boast the most up to date design and educational technology. At the moment appearances are very deceptive as behind the façade of a small four-classroom rural school building there is a bustling school community made up of an assortment of prefabricated temporary buildings, which have increased in number almost annually to cater for the huge increase in enrolment over recent years. The new self-contained school structure will be located in the school field, facing onto the current car park. Along with the Community hall, Clann Aire crèche and pre-school, the G.A.A. pitch, Astro pitch and newly constructed running track, it will form a vibrant modern campus within the village, with the shop, post office and church just across the road. Clondrohid School currently has an enrolment of over 220 pupils with more than 20 staff, including teachers, administrative staff, ancillary staff and classroom assistants. All concerned look forward to the day when they are all under one roof and it will no longer be necessary to have a store of umbrellas to facilitate dry navigation between classrooms.

1916 ar Raidio na Gaeltachta ó Mhúscraí

Tá sraith de dhíospóireachtaí phoiblí sa Ghaeltacht faoi imeachtaí agus torthaí an Éirí Amach le craoladh ar RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta i 2016. Beidh cláir á dtaifeadadh don tsraith '1916 – ceisteanna, tuairimí agus freagraí'. Craolfar Clár 2 ar an Déardaoin 3 Nollaig, 8pm san Ionad Cultúrtha an Dr Ó Loingsigh, Baile Bhúirne. Cathaoirleach: Páidí Ó Lionáird. Painéal Daithí Mac Suibhne, Cill na Martra, Peadar Ó Ceallaigh, Baile Bhúirne agus Seán Ó Súilleabháin, Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh. Beidh fáilte roimh ceisteanna agus tuairimí ón lucht éisteachta faoi ghné ar bith den stair a bhaineann leis an tréimhse thart ar 1916. Táimid ag súil le díospóireacht bhríomhar ar an oíche agus tá fáilte roimh ghach duine go bhfuil spéis acu ann. Saor-chead isteach.

Clondrohid Updates

Lotto Win. Clondrohid GAA lotto reached €10,000 for the first time in its history. The lotto is one of the main incomes for the running of the busy club. Yearly tickets can be purchased, at just €90 or you can purchase weekly tickets at €2 each from local outlets. Local lady, Noreen O'Callaghan, was the lucky winner of the first €10,000 recently and was presented with her cheque by club chairman, Tim McCarthy and club treasurer, Gerard Kelleher.
Cope foundation early intervention services: Gary and Rebecca O'Brien organised a Toughathon Run in aid of this worthy service. The fruits of their labour were evident at The Tavern Clondrohid when they handed over a cheque for €10, 360 to Ann Keating of Cope. This money will make such a difference to so many. Gary and Rebecca would like to thank so many people who helped them on the way. To Marian in the Laine Bar Ballinagree where on the night of the run a raffle was held and people donated to the cause. They would like to thank all those who took part and organised sponsorship cards and those who gave spot prizes for the auction and raffle; to Michael Creed for his auctioneering skills and to Teresa and Paudie for their help and support. Thanks to Katie Corkery who provided the entertainment in the Tavern. Money may still be donated by contacting Gary or Rebecca.
New School: Clondrohid village was the place to be on November 17 as the good news broke. Having waited so many years, with so many promises, eventually the green light has been given and work on a new school is to commence in 2016. This news comes as a welcome relief to the teachers, staff, pupils, parents and all associated with the school.
Development Group: The plan is to have the Christmas Tree and Crib erected and lighting earlier this year and it will be blessed during the weekend December 5/6. Having made representations to County Council re tarring of area around the graveyard, the group acknowledges the work done and it is also planned to complete the footpath work through the village.
Entertainment in Carriganima: on Saturday night, November 28 with -Conor O'Mahony playing many instruments.
G.A.A. The 2015 Annual General Meeting will be held in the club dressing rooms on Friday November 27 at 8p.m.

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Peter Dineen of Coachford Tidy Towns Association receiving a cheque from Mayor of Cork County, Cllr. John Paul O'Shea and Tim Lucey, Chief Executive of Cork County Council. ©

Coachford Updates

Tidy Towns Award. Coachford Tidy Towns was one of the groups honoured recently at a Cork County Council award ceremony for winning an Endeavour Award in this year's National Competition. The award was presented to the group by County Mayor, Cllr. John Paul O'Shea and acknowledged the huge improvement made by the village committee in addressing the derelict buildings, improving the approach roads and tidying up the recycling centre. The council presented a cheque of €500 to all the groups honoured. Mayor O'Shea said "Coachford has proven that if you take the initiative in your community, then things can change. We in the County Council will support you in every possible way going into the future in helping to improve the village of Coachford. Well done to all involved". Peter Dineen thanked all those who have worked so hard in maintaining and improving the look of the village, especially Oliver O'Riordan and all those who look after their own area. For almost 60 years, Tidy Towns has been an annual event. Participating in the competition requires a huge amount of effort by volunteers, who by giving up their own time, help to build community relations and foster a sense of pride in their communities. These efforts build better and more inclusive communities, not only for those that reside there but for tourists, for visitors and for the business community. Participation is encouraged at every level, through schools, businesses, public bodies and the individual. Tidy towns has developed into a competition that targets waste management and biodiversity as well as education and awareness. It strives to foster pride, in not just how a place looks but in how people feel about that place, about their community.
Dough makes money. The Foróige Cake sale was a huge a success. The Coachford based youth group organised and ran a very professional Cake Sale and Coffee Morning and provided all those present with some gorgeous cakes, buns and brown bread. The members, aged between 12 and 15yrs, set up the hall, sold raffle tickets, organised prizes, served tea and coffee, sold the cakes and most importantly, cleaned up the whole place after them. The event raised over €500 for the club. Well done to all involved.
Coachford Christmas Lights. A fundraising Table Quiz with a festive theme will be held on Friday November 27th in O'Callaghan's Bar Coachford to help raise funds for the upkeep and to purchase some additional lights for the village. The quiz will have questions on Christmas, seasonal food, TV ads and pantomimes as well as the very easy General Knowledge rounds. Tables of four are only €20 and a great night of seasonal fun is guaranteed. The lights will be switched on in Coachford on Sunday December 6th.

Dripsey Ambush Remembered

The five men executed by British Crown Forces following the ill-fated Dripsey Ambush 95 years ago will be remembered in a special slide show presentation by Tim O'Brien on Monday January 16th as part of the Muskerry Local History programme of events in the new season. The show, at Ballincollig Rugby Club (8 p.m.) will include news on the formation of the volunteers in the Donoughmore, Courtbrack and Inniscarra areas; the ambush plan; the capture of volunteers; the subsequent court martial; the traumatic execution morning at Cork's Victoria Barracks; the construction of a monument at Dripsey and some important commemoration ceremonies at the ambush site through the decades.
Those executed following that War of Independence mission were: Thomas O'Brien, Dripsey; Daniel O'Callaghan, Dripsey; John Lyons, Coachford; Patrick O'Mahony, Berrings; Timothy McCarthy, Fornaught, Donoughmore; while a sixth volunteer, James Barrett, Firmount, Donoughmore, died from injuries received on the day of the engagement. Mr O'Brien would be delighted to receive any pictures from the volunteer era in East Muskerry and these would be returned, once copied with the permission of the owner. These, or any relevant information in the ambush itself, may be sent to 15 Beverley Drive, Melbourn, Bishopstown, Cork. Telephone 087 2940661.

New Book

Ancient Sweet Donoughmore: Life in an Irish Rural Parish to 1900 was recently launched and it was standing room only as the capacity attendance enjoyed a highly entertaining evening where old friends met and reminisced, being further enthralled by the depth of new information regarding the parish's background. John O' Connell MC performed his duties admirably, reminding the attendance of that sense of place they belonged to and extolling the virtues of the parish. He acclaimed the determination, foresight, vision and courage of the author, Gerard O' Rourke, to publish this new information for the benefit of the public. Guest speaker Michael Lenihan, well known author of 'Pure Cork' 'Timeless Cork' delved into the book and highlighted some interesting anecdotes such as the fact that hidden treasure is buried in the townland of Pluckanes. Mr Lenihan remarked that as an avid local history collector, this book was one of the finest he had seen in every aspect. It was certainly of an academic stature but had the uncanny quality of relating the story of a typical rural area to the very people who populate it. Its undoubted attraction also lies in the numerous images be it line drawings, original documents, maps and photographic elements which was sure to provide much interest. The publication, which retails at €25, is of interest to anyone with a connection to Donoughmore or indeed anyone with an interest in local history and Irish country life and is an ideal Christmas present. It is available in local shops or from the website www.donoughmore.com.

Macra Matters

Donoughmore Macra has been declared Macra na Feirme's Club of the Year! The title recognises Macra clubs' achievements throughout the year and is the highest accolade a club can achieve.
Throughout October, the club was put through its paces as they prepared for the competition. Earning the title involved last year's top table participating in an interview in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel and completing a presentation at the National Conference at Rochestown Park Hotel, where this year's rally was hosted by the Muskerry region. Seven clubs took part in the contest before a large crowd. Naas Macra was chosen as Best Emerging Club and runners up for Club of the Year was Glanmire Macra, with Callan Macra second runners up. The Donoughmore club was presented with a cheque of €500. Donoughmore Macra also had representatives in Best New Member competition (Diarmuid Lee) while Edel O'Connell and Alan Twomey competed in the sheep stockjudging.
Donoughmore Macra would like to extend its gratitude to their members, well wishers and their sponsor, Pat Barry's Bar for support throughout the life of the club. The following Saturday, they had celebrations in Pat Barry's Bar, with many past members joining in and being part of this huge success for the club. If it wasn't for them, Donoughmore Macra wouldn't be the club they are now.
Christmas Coffee. Donoughmore Macra are hosting a Christmas-themed Coffee Morning on 6th December at 12pm (after 11.30am Mass) in the Community Centre, Stuake. There will be fun for all the family, with lots of tasty treats, a raffle, a cake sale, carol singing, games and a special visit from Santa Claus! They will also be promoting their Cork Penny Dinners collection, where they will be hoping to receive donations of non-perishable foods and kitchen supplies.
Club members attended a presentation of the national flag and reading of the Proclamation by the Defence Forces at St. Lachteen's school, Donoughmore. They attended Muskerry Macra Christmas party in Killarney. Upcoming events include the national Night at the Dogs, in Curraheen Park. Best of luck to Barry O'Regan who will compete in the welding final in Bishopstown.

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The Terence Hotel at South Square, Macroom © Dennis Dinneen Collection

The Way we Were – Memories of Jerry Darby O'Donovan

By Con Kelleher
Jerry next worked in the bar of the Terence Hotel (Victoria, Lee Valley) with Ted McCarthy, son of Hannie. He recalls that a room was rented to George McSweeney, Dentist. George was an accomplished accordionist and had his own Radio Éireann programme – 'At home with George McSweeney'. He later married Mary Kerins, Main Street. By day, Ted and Jerry sold groceries house-to-house, especially in the Rylane and Ballinagree areas. The accommodation and catering side of the hotel was run by Mrs Costelloe and her daughter, Margaret. Máire Twomey, aunt of Frank Twomey, was receptionist for Mr. McSweeney. That corner of the Square had three solicitors' offices – Lucey's, Ashe's and Goold's, several pubs and a surgery – Dr. O'Sullivan's. Tom O'Leary's veterinary office was down Donovan's Lane and there was a pipe and tobacco shop – Joe Dunlea's; the National Bank, a drapery shop – O'Leary and O'Shea's, and a general merchant store. The 'County' O'Leary had a large general merchant's store on the site later occupied by TSB/ Permanent bank and it was there Jerry spent the rest of his working life. The shop sold everything, from grocery provisions to paints to fine ware. Royal Tara, Aynsley, Royal Doulton and Shelley were among the leading brands. Non-china lines were 'Arklow' and 'Carrigaline'. Jerry recounts that 'stations' and weddings demanded new ware, and, if returned used but intact, no money was taken. He recalls that the 'County' was very understanding when it came to customers paying bills, and extremely good at attending funerals, especially those of the poor. Jerry remembers clearly one fair day, - fairs were conducted in the Square - when a heifer entered the premises, stayed calm and composed, walked around the shop and inspected their wares, turned around and left. The animal miraculously damaged nothing and left no 'sign' of her visit. Jerry was very happy in the shop and became very knowledgeable about paints, ware and glass. Uno and Valspar were the most popular paints. The 'County' had a special affinity with people from the Ballinagree area.
The F.C.A. was a part-time and voluntary section of the Irish Army. Joe Moloney was the regular army officer and had the rank of Company Quarter Master Sergeant (CQMS). He and 'Knockie' Con Cronin were the local officers in charge in the '50s and '60s. Hibernian Hall, Railway View, now the Browne's' residence, was the F.C.A. headquarters. Jerry was a member from about 1950 to '62. As well as being the hub for organising military activities, the Hall had facilities for billiards, table tennis and cards. Shooting practice was done in Kilworth and Kinsale. Many of the members were very good marksmen and Macroom won several army shooting competitions. Among those involved were Eddie McCullough, Tim McSweeney, Bealick, Michael Buckley, New Street and the Hennigan brothers. Jerry also remembers organising fund-raising dances in Ballincollig, Kilnamartyra, Carriganima and Crookstown. The Regal Showband (Bantry) and the bands of Maurice Mulcahy, 'Brose' Walsh and Hughie Cahill, among others, provided the music.
Sport, all sport, has always been of great interest to Jerry. He played School Shield, minor and junior for Macroom. One year, he and perhaps 6 or 7 more Macroom players transferred to Kilmurry and played with them for one year. He has fond memories of playing soccer in the green areas in front of the Vocational School. Jerry was a founding member and first secretary of Macroom's first Soccer club. Macroom Athletic formally registered in 1965. Canon O'Connor was the President. Dan Drinan, then Chairman of the Urban District Council, was elected chairman with Jerry as secretary and Eddie McGuinness as treasurer. But Macroom had played many matches before that. A great incentive in setting up a soccer club was, interestingly enough, the building of the Liebherr factory in Killarney in the '50s. Soccer was the Germans' game and they found opposition hard to come by. Contact was made and Liebherr invited Macroom to Killarney. The Macroom lads were welcomed with great warmth and friendliness and were astounded at the facilities, preparation and skill of the Germans. Liebherr easily won the game but the result did not seem to matter. Afterwards, the teams and officials retired for refreshments and a great night was had, with a wonderful exchange of songs and stories, a first experience of a different culture for many involved. A return game was arranged for The Town Park and was advertised as 'Macroom v Germany'. One player remarked that the Germans not only brought their fancy football but a culture previously unknown and unseen in Macroom. As far as Jerry can recall, Georgie Sheehan, Dan and Mattie Twomey, James Kelleher, Eddie McGuiness and Connie O'Callaghan played in those games.
To be concluded.

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Macroom FCA with Jerry O'Donovan, 4th from right in middle row. © Dennis Dinneen Collection



The Women by Alice Taylor.
In this latest offering from Taylor, she goes through various and many different types of women. Some she categorises by profession, others according to where they live or what characteristics they possess. There are 15 different and original chapters. From the district nurse to the island woman and the dependable woman, each has a chapter dedicated to her individuality. Written in Taylor's unmistakable prose, it will not disappoint. Perhaps one for under the tree.
Available now in Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €17.00.

Solar agreements - Part Three

The developer is responsible for maintenance costs and usually has his own insurance in the event of damage to equipment. Check at the start that it is in order to graze stock on the land once the solar park is built. Some companies may only allow sheep to graze around the panels.
Access tracks may need to be improved or extra ones built. You need to establish who will pay for this. You also need to consider how the equipment will be taken out again at the end of the rental period and who will pay for this. A common fear of farmers is that when the lease comes to an end, they will be stuck with solar panels and equipment on their land. Seek a bond to be put in place as coverage should the developer fail to remove equipment or if he cannot afford to clean up the area or reinstate the land, once the lease expires.
Developers also tend to cover legal engineering and other professional fees incurred. Farmers should ensure that they incur no costs at all even in the initial planning and set up. They should not be put out of pocket.
Ensure you are entitled to a copy of yearly insurance certificates. Ensure the developer indemnifies you in relation to claims arising out of the developer's use of your land.
Right to Renew?
The developer should retain no rights whatsoever once the agreement has terminated. An option for the developer to extend the term is not unusual. He should not have an automatic right to renew. A developer should have to re-negotiate with you again. Is it really essential for the developer to have an option to extend the lease? Most leases will have a voluntary termination clause in favour of the developer, on receipt of written notice. Should this be coupled by a payment? It is up to you to negotiate.
What to look for in a developer
Credibility and solvency
Proven track record elsewhere in Europe
Financial standing and access to funding
Seek independent advice
It is essential to seek expert advice before putting any pen to paper. Rushing into signing could have far reaching and disastrous consequences for the farming business.
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.

Sports Mad


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Mid Cork Ladies Football All Star recipients with Cork management. From left, Rena Buckley, Éamonn Ryan, Vera Foley, Frankie Honohan, Briege Corkery, Pat O' Leary and Marie Ambrose. © Michael Corkery

Briege on the Double – Again

Briege Corkery earned her 9th TG4 All Star Award and collected her second Player's Player of the Year award on a night when the legendary Cora Staunton joined Mary Jo Curran of Kerry as the only players ever to win 10 All Star Awards. TG4 All Ireland champions, Cork, were, justifiably, the big winners, with 6 representatives on the 2015 TG4 All Stars selection. 19-year-old Marie Ambrose earned her first all-star along with multi award winners Geraldine O'Flynn, Vera Foley, Rena Buckley and Valerie Mulcahy. Briege Corkery was selected for her 9th All Star award and was also selected as the Player's Player of the Year, becoming the first player to win the award for the second time and joining her midfield team mate. Rena Buckley, on both the Ladies Football and Camogie All Star teams.
2015 TG4 All Star Selection. 1. Linda Martin (Monaghan) 1st All Star 2. Marie Ambrose (Cork) 1st All Star 3. Aislinn Desmond (Kerry) 1st All Star 4. Geraldine O'Flynn (Cork) 6th All Star (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) 5. Vera Foley (Cork) 2nd All Star (2014, 2015) 6. Sinead Finnegan (Dublin) 1st All Star 7. Sinead Goldrick (Dublin) 4th All Star (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) 8. Rena Buckley (Cork) 5th All Star (2004, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2015) 9. Briege Corkery (Cork) 9th All Star (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) 10. Cora Courtney (Monaghan) 3rd All Star (2013, 2014, 2015) 11. Cora Staunton (Mayo) 10th All Star (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015) 12. Carla Rowe (Dublin) 1st All Star 13. Valerie Mulcahy (Cork) 6th All Star (2004, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2015) 14. Lyndsey Davey (Dublin) 3rd All Star (2005, 2014, 2015) 15. Aimee Mackin (Armagh) 1st All Star.

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Cork Ladies All Star recipients Valerie Mulcahy, Rena Buckley, Marie Ambrose, Vera Foley, Geraldine O Flynn and Briege Corkery with Cork manager, Éamonn Ryan © Michael Corkery

Munster Club Championships

Of the six Cork county champions, Nemo Rangers in senior football, Carrigaline in intermediate football and Dungourney in Junior Hurling are now the only Cork standard bearers surviving as Newcestown in intermediate hurling followed seniors Glen Rovers out of the race and Bandon went down to Templenoe in junior football.
Senior Hurling Championship
Glen Rovers 1-9 Ballygunner, Waterford 0-19
Final: Na Piarsaigh, Limerick 2-18 Ballygunner 2-11
Senior Football Championship
Nemo Rangers 1-13 Stradbally (Waterford) 0-5
Semi final: Nemo Rangers 0-14 Killarney Legion 0-8
Final: Nemo Rangers v Clonmel Commercials at Mallow
Premier Intermediate Hurling
Semi Final: Newcestown 0-14 Clonakenny (Tipperary)
Final: Wolfe Tones (Clare) 1-18 (21) Newcestown 2-13 (19)
Premier Intermediate Football
Carrigaline 2-8 Oola (Limerick) 0-5
Final: St Mary's (Kerry) v Carrigaline at Killarney
Junior A Hurling
Munster Championship:
Dungourney 2-11 Broadford (Limerick) 0-5
Final: Dungourney v Fenor (Waterford) at Mallow
Junior A Football
Munster Championship:
Bandon 0-14 Golden (Tipperary) 0-7
Semi-final: Templenoe (Kerry) 0-16 Bandon 1-10
Cork County U21 Hurling Championship
Final Replay: Blackrock 1-21 Duhallow 0-

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Béal Áthan Ghaorthaidh, County Junior B Football Champions © Nóra Ní Luasa

Cork County Junior Football League Final

The county junior football leagues were organised as competitions separate from the divisional leagues. Inniscarra won the Muskerry junior A football league while Iveleary won their section of the county league with Knocknagree winning the other section.
In B Football, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh won the Mid Cork Division Two league and also won the county B league title.
Iveleary 3 – 12 Knocknagree 0 – 8
Iveleary footballers finished what has been a wonderful season for them by inflicting a heavy defeat on a highly rated Knocknagree side in the county Junior A Football league final which played under lights at Macroom. Iveleary thus confirmed their present status as one of the top junior teams in the county. The Inchigeela men had a sluggish start to their season but since mid-Summer have really improved and the confidence gained in their successful Mid Cork championship campaign and their long run in the county championship was clearly evident here as they had Knocknagree in trouble by the interval when they led by 2-6 to 0-4 and in the second half never they never allowed the Duhallow champions and county semi-finalists get any foothold at all. Iveleary had gone through their county league group undefeated with six wins and a draw from seven games and Knocknagree had emerged from their group with six wins and only one defeat, so the Duhallow men, trained by noted coach Fintan Daly, were quite confident of taking this title, as they had recently performed well against Bandon at the same venue in the championship. The fact that Uibh Laoire were without their injured star performer Cathal Vaughan and outstanding defender Donal Cotter adds further lustre to their victory.
Knocknagree enjoyed their best period in the opening quarter when despite playing against the strong wind they carried the game to the Mid Cork men. Two early points had them in front before Brain Cronin pointed a '45' for Uibh Laoire in the 11th minute and Knocknagree restored the two-point advantage from a free two minutes later. The game took a decisive shift in the Uibh Laoire direction as the first quarter came to an end. Seán Lehane broke down the middle for the winners and crossed to Liam Kearney on the left; the winger turned his marker, advanced and sent the ball across the goalkeeper into the far corner of the net. Lehane then added a point immediately and this was followed by points from James O'Leary and a brace from the rampant Liam Kearney to give Iveleary a 1-5 to 0-3 lead by the 23rd minute. Karl Daly had a point for the Duhallow men but after Brian Cronin had lashed a shot off the Knocknagree crossbar, Iveleary full back Daniel O'Riordan was up in attack to pop over a point and in the dying seconds of the half a badly directed Knocknagree kick out went straight to the unmarked Liam Kearney who promptly fired the ball back into the empty net. Uibh Laoire led by 2-6 to 0-4 and were looking good for the title even at this stage.
Knocknagree had the opening score of the second half but Brian Cronin kicked over two points to further extend the Iveleary lead. Corner back Barry Murphy cleared a ball off the goal line in a strong Knocknagree attack and Brian Cronin and the outstanding Daniel O'Riordan pointed for Iveleary to make the score at the three quarter stage 2-10 to 0-6. The game was as good as over now but unfortunately both sides lost players (two from Knocknagree) to red cards in the 24th minute. Points were exchanged, lively Chris Óg Jones and Brian Cronin with a superb effort for the winners, the Uibh Laoire bench was emptied and young Finbarr Mc Sweeney capped a great performance for himself and his team with a late, late goal to the delight of the Uibh Laoire camp.
Scorers: Uibh Laoire: L Kearney 2-2, F McSweeney Jnr. 1-0, B Cronin 0-5 (0-1'45'), D O'Riordan 0-2, S Lehane, Js O'Leary and C Óg Jones 0-1 each.
Uibh Laoire: Jamie Cronin: Ger O'Riordan, Daniel O'Riordan, Barry Murphy: Finbarr McSweeney Jnr., Cal McCarthy, Kevin Manning: Barry O'Leary, Seán O'Leary: Finbarr McSweeney, Seán Lehane, Liam Kearney: Brian Cronin, James M O'Leary, Chris Óg Jones. Subs used: David Hourihan, Edward Buckley, Patrick O'Riordan, John O'Callaghan and Colin Tanner.
Donal McSweeney, Ballinora, County Executive, presented the trophy to the winning captain Patrick O'Riordan and once again there were scenes of great jubilation in the Iveleary dressing room after the game, proof positive that these players have not got tired of winning yet.
The return of Iveleary to championship winning ways, the rise of Mid Cork league winners Inniscarra to football prominence, the deposed former champions Kilmurry lurking in the high grass and Aghinagh, Canovee, Dripsey and Kilmichael all with reasonable hopes of upsetting any opposition on a given day will ensure that next year's Mid Cork championship will be as competitive as ever.

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Kilmurry, Minor A Eastern League Champions who defeated Eire Óg in Coachford. ©

Colleges Football

De La Salle Macroom senior footballers were in action in the Munster Colleges Senior A championship, Corn Ui Mhuirí, at Killarney Crokes venue and were well beaten by current holders, PS Corca Dhuibhne from Dingle. The final score was 1-11 to 1-3 and this defeat, their second in a the group, means that DLS cannot now progress to the knock out quarter final stage as only one game remains, that against unbeaten group leaders, Rathmore's PS Sliabh Luachra.
DLS were 0-7 to 0-1 behind after twenty minutes and it was clear that the Mid Cork side could not break down the Dingle massed defence. Dingle defended in depth, 13 men facing any attack, and scored on the break. They did have a midfielder capable of scoring from 50 metres range and managed repeatedly to work him loose to inflict the damage. It was pretty depressing football to witness but was effective against a DLS side that tried to get fast ball into a two man full forward line which found itself outnumbered by defenders every time. Two points from Chris Óg Jones was the DLS half time tally and the Cork boys got a boost early in the second half when Cathal Foley punched home a cross to make it 0-8 to 1-2 after 37 minutes. Dingle then had a player red carded but it never seemed likely that DLS would be able to score against the strong defence. Dingle recovered again in the final quarter and three further points had secured victory before they had a late goal which was followed by a final point for DLS from Alan Quinn. The De La Salle team line out was: James Anyslney (Cill na Martra): Jack Cronin (Macroom), Liam Wall (Kilmurry), Kevin Murphy (Kilmichael): Trevor Shine (Kilmichael), Kyle Kelleher (Kilmurry), John O'Mullane (Kilmurry): Alan Quinn (Macroom), Cathal Foley (Kilmichael): Blake O'Gorman (Macroom), Caleb Dinneen (Mac.), Ethan O' Gorman (Mac.): Brian Hinchion (Kilmurry), Mark Healy (Canovee), Chris Óg Jones (Iveleary). Subs: Liam O'Sullivan and Greg Fitton (both Kilmurry).
There was better news to report from De la Salle a week later when they met Clonakilty CS in the Simcox Cup (Cork Colleges Senior A football) at Newcestown. Clonakilty had defeated DLS last season and are currently undefeated in Corn Ui Mhuirí but this time round, DLS rose to the occasion and got the better of the West Cork boys, winning by a goal scored in the dying seconds of the game on a 3-9 to 1-12 scoreline.
DLS had the benefit of the very strong wind in the opening half and Chris Óg Jones and Mark Healy up front were causing the Clon defence some problems early on. Clon rallied however and fought back strongly, kicking over some fine points. DLS got a major boost just before the interval when Cathal Foley blasted home superb goal and DLS led by 1-6 to 0-6 at the break. The Mid Cork boys showed great heart and commitment in the second half. Greg Fitton had a smashing goal for DLS but Clon, backed by the wind, took over and the teams were level with the game going into injury time. Caleb Dinneen then proved himself the hero of the hour when he picked up a ball 45 metres out from the Clon goal, drove hard at the defence and cracked home the winning goal.
De La Salle: James Anyslney (Cill na Martra): Jack Cronin (Macroom), Liam Wall (Kilmurry), Brian Hinchion (Kilmurry): Liam O'Sullivan (Kilmurry), Kyle Kelleher (Kilmurry), John O'Mullane (Kilmurry): Alan Quinn (Macroom), Cathal Foley (Kilmichael): Blake O'Gorman (Macroom), Trevor Tobin (Kilmichael), Kevin Murphy (Kilmichael): Mark Healy (Canovee), Caleb Dinneen (Macroom), Chris Óg Jones (Iveleary). Subs: Luke O'Leary (Aghinagh), Josh Pickering (Kilmichael).
De la Salle will now meet the winners of the Mt St Michael, Rosscarbery v Col.Choilm Ballincollig quarter final game in the Simcox semi final. Coláiste Chríost Rí Cork meet the winners of the St Fachtnas Skibbereen v Coachford CC game in the other semi final.

Muskerry Sports Star Award

The Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Sports Star of the Month for October is Aidan Ahern, of Cloughduv. Aidan was consistently good at corner back as Cloughduv hurlers advanced to the county junior final and could not be faulted in the ultimate defeat of his side in the county final replay.
At the awards ceremony at the Auld Triangle, Awards Committee chairman John Feeney welcomed Aidan and the Ahern family, friends and playing colleagues from Cloughduv. Muskerry Board Cathaoirleach JJ Long, congratulated Aidan on his award and commiserated with Cloughduv on their disappointment in the county final but expressed his confidence that the team would carry on the battle for county honours and would be successful. The Cathaoirleach thanked Michael O'Riordan of the Auld Triangle for sponsoring the awards and the monthly function and he also thanked the Awards Committee, Chairman John Feeney and its Secretary Ann O'Riordan, for all their work throughout the year. Cloughduv Chairman, Frankie Walsh, thanked Michael O'Riordan for a superb meal and praised Aidan Ahern and his contribution to Cloughduv from his time as an U12 to the present day. The club chairman praised the Cloughduv team and said that the club officers and supporters were proud of its efforts all year. Awards sponsor, Michael O'Riordan said that the monthly awards were in recognition of excellence on the field of play and Aidan Ahern was a very worthy recipient. Michael wished Aidan and the club the best of good fortune in the year ahead.
In accepting the monthly award from Michael O'Riordan, Aidan Ahern thanked the Awards Committee for the honour bestowed on him and said that he was dependent on his team mates and coaches for his performances. He expressed his hope of winning a county title next year.
The October award is the final award of the season and the eight winners this year were: Seán O'Donoghue (Inniscarra), Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh), John Carey (Dripsey), Colm Ó Laoire (Cill na Martra), Rena Buckley (Inniscarra Camogie), Vera Foley (St. Val's), Brian Cronin (Iveleary) and now Aidan Ahern (Cloughduv). From this group, the Awards Committee will select the Muskerry Sports Star of 2015 and that award will be presented at the Gala Awards Dinner on January 9th next.

Auld Triangle and Muskerry Awards Night

The Gala End of Year Awards Night will be staged on January 9th 2016 in Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig. Last year saw the launch of a new initiative to highlight and recognise sporting endeavours within the Muskerry Division. This year, once again, The Auld Triangle and Muskerry GAA Sports Star Awards were very successful, with eight super performers being honoured. The next step in this initiative is a Gala Awards Evening. This event will be a Black Tie affair, where there will be the announcement of:
One Overall Sports Star of the Year from the 8 monthly winners and
The Junior Hurling Team of the Year sponsored by O'Mahony Walsh, Auctioneers and Insurance Brokers
The Junior Football Team of the Year sponsored by Murphy Fuels – Macroom Haulage
The awards committee is inviting the clubs/ individuals to nominate players they feel deserve a position on the Junior Teams of the Year. All clubs are urged to help make it a successful finish to another successful year for the Auld Triangle & Muskerry Sports Star Awards. The players nominated for the Team of the Year:-
Must be a Junior Player at the end of the year, players who progress to a higher grade are excluded
Must have played in the Junior Championship
Must be an adult player, this excludes minor players (even if they played on a junior team)
Nominating is easy, just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the names of the players you would like to see on the team of the year. Closing date for nominations is Monday 30th November. The teams will only be announced on the night from a final panel of nominees.

Muskerry League Finals 2015

Junior A: Inniscarra 1-16 Aghinagh 0 – 6
Junior B: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 1 – 11 Éire Óg 0 – 10
Division Three: Donoughmore 2 – 6 Ballinora 1 - 7
Division Four: Aghinagh 0 – 14 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0 – 10
Junior A: Ballinora 2 – 14 Donoughmore 2 – 11
Junior B 1: Blarney 2 – 14 Ballincollig 3 – 6
Junior B 2: Iveleary v Éire Óg (29/11/15)

County Football Leagues 2015

Rochestown Park Hotel
Division One:
Winners: O Donovan Rossa, Skibbereen. Runners Up: Castlehaven
Relegated: Ilen Rovers and Newcestown.
Division Two:
Winners: Ballincollig, promoted along with Runners Up: Naomh Abán.
Relegated: Bantry Blues and Newmarket.
Beál Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, Macroom and Éire Óg all finished in the top half of the table.
Division Three:
Winners: Mallow, promoted along with Runners Up, Cill na Martra.
Relegated: Kinsale and St Nicholas.
Ballinora finished above the relegation zone.
Division Four:
Winners: Kanturk, promoted along with runners-up: Aghabullogue.
Grenagh finished above the relegation zone.
Senior: Midleton (Blackrock)
Division 1: Fermoy (Newcestown)
Inniscarra finished mid table
Division Two: Charleville (Mallow)
Ballilncollig and Éire Óg finished in lower half of table
Division Three: Kanturk (Milford).
Dripsey finished in top half, Aghabullogue and Grenagh in lower end.

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Kilmurry, Cork Under 16A County Football Champions © An Scoil

Muskerry GAA Annual MeetingT

The Annual General of Muskerry GAA Division will be hosted by Aghinagh GAA at their new club pavilion at Rusheen on Monday December 7th next at 8 pm. All bar one of the competitions in the division have now been completed and playing activities are therefore at an end until the New Year
All the outgoing officers on the Executive have had to stand down, as per rule. Long serving officer, Cathaoirleach JJ Long is not seeking any new position, nor is former Cathaoirleach and Development Officer Frank McCarthy. There will be contests for some positions. The new line-up will be:
Cathaoirleach: Pat Malone, Éire Óg Leas- Cathaoirleach: William Buckley, Dripsey Rúnaí: John Feeney, Dripsey Cisteoir: Dave Lee, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh or Tim Hartnett Kilmurry. Oifigeach Forbartha: John Crean, Aghabullogue Oifigeach Caidrimh: Anne O'Riordan, Cloughduv or Kevin Murphy,Ballincollig. Oifigeach na Gaeilge: No candidate standing. County Board Delegates: Paddy O' Mahony, Inniscarra and John Crean.
The executive is to be completed by the election of two members from the board delegates and this election is to be held in January. The outgoing members were John Feeney, Dripsey (now to be Runaí) and Donal Ó Croinín, Cill na Martra.

Macroom GAA

Macroom GAA held its Annual General Meeting at the club pavilion and the following officers and committee were elected for the coming year.
President: Michael Darcy. Vice Presidents: Eddie Downey, P. J Lehane, Canon Donal Roberts and Hugh Casey. Chairman: John O'Mahony. Vice Chairman: David Murnane. Secretary: Pat O'Connell. Asst. Sec.: John Ryan. Treasurer: Pat Crowley. Asst. Treas.: Brendan Kenneally. Irish Officer: Con Lynch. Child Protection Officer: to be appointed by Committee. Membership Officer: Stephen O'Connor. Board Delegates: County – John O'Mahony, Mid – Brendan Kenneally. Executive Committee: Don Buckley, Kevin Hinchion, Dan Cronin, Tim O'Sullivan, Denis Buckley, Diarmuid Holland, Conor Buttimer and one player's rep.

Macroom Soccer club attack Corkbeg goal ©Con Kelleher.


Macroom B had a 5-1 away win over Bweeng Celtic in the AUL Division three league. Macroom travelled with only ten men but turned in a super performance and with goals from Lucas Well, Barry Kelleher, Shane Creedon and two from Darren Dineen they routed the home side. The Macroom side was: Declan Kiely: Shane Creedon, Gordon O'Sullivan, Darren Culhinane, Pat Kelleher, Darren Dineen, Robert Downey, Lucas Well, Barry Kelleher, Matt O'Leary.
Macroom A are out of the AOH Cup after losing 5-0 at home to Corkbeg last Saturday in a 3rd round clash


Pic 28Coachford College, Cork Colleges Junior A Champions 2015 © Rob Lotty

Coachford College Wins Camogie Title

Coachford College were worthy victors in their tussle with Coláiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon in the Cork Colleges Junior A camogie championship final replay. En route to the final, Coachford beat Mount Mercy and Coláiste Choilm whilst Bandon accounted for Charleville. Coachford came from a twelve point deficit at Bandon to draw that match and, in the replay at Coachford, they started well with a converted free from Cliona Healy after good approach work from Julie Tarrant and Captain, Marie O' Reilly. Bandon responded immediately with a point from Maedhbh O'Donovan. Maeve Lynch then converted a free. From the puckout, Ciara O'Sullivan dispatched the ball past Ciara Twomey to put 4 points between the sides. Donovan added another and the warning bells were ringing for the Muskerry school. Astute switches improved matters and Lauren Moynihan scored a valuable point. Cliona Healy converted a free to leave a two points deficit. Katie McCarthy, easily the best player on view, was a dominant force at the back and wing forward Jenny Burke was in irrepressible form. Lynch converted a 45, with Chloe O' Leary, Sinead O' Sullivan and Aoife O' Sullivan contributing to the Carberry school's dominance. Ciara McCarthy flicked the sliotar over the bar and Lauren Moynihan snapped up another point. Cliona Healy converted a free, to leave the halftime score 1-5 to 0-6 in favour of Coachford.
At the resumption, Sarah O' Sullivan scored two frees for Bandon with Ciara McCarthy reciprocating to put a goal between the sides. Katie McCarthy, Ella Foley and Marguerite Lyons all applied pressure and when McCarthy delivered yet another incisive pass to Moynihan, the Cork U14 star floated past two defenders to bury the ball past Orla Dineen. Bandon responded immediately when Niamh Collins found Sarah O' Sullivan who finished well to the Coachford net. Cliona Healy converted a 45 and, with six minutes remaining, elected to take a point from a close in free. Brave keeper Ciara Twomey made a great save and the next shot was blocked by Miriam Cotter. With four minutes to play, a quick thinking Katie McCarthy delivery found the injured Ciara McCarthy goal side of her marker and her ferocious ground pull rattled the Bandon net for a match winning score. Coachford held out to gain victory in what all agreed was a spectacular contest. Coachford seniors have also qualified for the Cork Colleges final and anticipate a physical encounter with favourites, St. Mary's Charleville.
Coachford: Ciara Twomey, Leah Dineen, Ciara Ring, Miriam Cotter, Julie Tarrant, Katie McCarthy, Ciara Sheehan, Cliona Healy [0-5], Marie O' Reilly [C], Jenny Burke, Tara Clifford, Ciara McCarthy [0-2], Rachel McElroy, Ellen Tarrant, Lauren Moynihan [1-2], Ella Browne, Julie Verling, Karen Dennehy, Sophie McCarthy, Callie McCarthy, Ella Foley, Marguerite Lyons, Kate Sheehan, Laura Barrett, Aideen Buckley.
Bandon: Orla Dineen, Siobhan Kelleher, Leah Cullinane, Keelin Barrett, Sinead O' Sullivan, Aoife Buckley, Chloe O' Leary, Kate Wall [C][0-1], Maeve Lynch [0-2], Zerica Griffin, Maebh O' Donovan [0-2], Sarah O' Sullivan [1-2], Sinead Hurley, Niamh Collins, Ciara O' Sullivan [1-0].

Béal Átha are West Cork Minor Champions

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 4 - 13 St Colum's 1 - 13
Kilmichael played host to the West Cork league final between Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh and St Colum's and Béal Átha got a dream start when Donagh Seartan slotted home a goal for the Gaeltacht side as an immediate reply to an early St Colum's point. Conchuir Ó Loingsigh scored two well taken frees and Donagh Seartan scored two more goals and a point. Seamus Ó Tuama got a long range point before Colum's scored two well worked points in quick succession. Béal Átha further added to the score board when Conchuir Ó Loinsigh scored a further five points and Donagh Seartan again added a goal and a point before the half time whistle, to leave Béal Átha leading by 17 points.
St Colum's had the blustering wind to their backs in the second half but Ó Críodáin and Conchuir O Loingsigh scored a further two points before St Colum's got six unanswered points. Then Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh's Conchuir o Loingsigh and Seamus Ó Tuama again pointed, to leave a resounding victory in in the hands of the Gaeltacht men. Scorers from Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Donagh Seartan 4-02, Conchuir Ó Loingsigh 0-08, (0—5 F) Seamus Ó Tuama 0-02, Shane Ó Críodáin 0-01.
Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh: Conor Ó Buachalla Enda Ó Luasa Seán Ó Riordán Shane Ó Críodáin Daire Ó Ceallacháin Cristóir Ó Rinn Conchuir Ó Liongsigh Barra Ó Buachalla Donagh Seartan Seán Ó Muineacháin Seamus Ó Tuama Jack Ó hÚrdail Rónán Ó Loingsigh Brian Ó Tuama Risteárd Ó Suilleabháin Donncha Ó Creimín Ciarán Ó Laoire

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The victorious St. Val's U16 team, County Champions ©

St. Val's Club News

AGM St Val's AGM will be held in Kilmurry GAA meeting room on Friday 27th November @ 8pm. The AGM is a vital forum for discussion and for directing the future of the club. We would be grateful if at least one parent/ guardian or adult player from each family attends.
Senior Team. Our Senior Team came up short in the Senior A Final replay against Mourneabbery on 14th October, just 3 days after an absorbing first match in CIT. So much hard work was put in by the players and management alike and to come so close in the first match makes the defeat all the more cruel. Thank you to the huge crowds who came along to support the team at both matches. Let's take the many positives out of the season and use them as a catalyst for 2016. A special thanks to every player who gave up their time for training throughout the season, and to the management who put so much into this team.
Juniors Hard luck to our Junior Team who were pipped at the post by a strong Bantry team in the County A Junior semi-final in September. After winning the Mid Cork League, it was a disappointing end to the season for the girls and management. Thanks to all involved for their effort during the season and to the management team of Dan Buckley, George Plunkett, Michael Moynihan and Marian Crowley.
Minors Our Minors were defeated by Éire Óg in the combined County A Semi/ Mid Cork Final in Macroom on 22nd October. Despite being missing a few players to injury, our girls put up a great fight but just fell short at the end. Best wishes and speedy recovery to Niamh O'Leary who picked up an injury in the game
Under 16 Our U16s were crowned County A champions following a titanic battle against Glanmire in the final on 19th September. In a game that was controlled by tight defences on both sides, scoring chances were few and far between. Val's went in at the break behind on the scoreboard but came out firing in the second half to move ahead and kept Glanmire scoreless for the first 20 minutes (whatever was said during the break worked!). Each and every player put themselves on the line for the club and that was the difference between the sides in a game that finished on a 1-8 to 1-6 scoreline.
The previous week, Val's defeated Fermoy on a 2-11 to 1-4 scoreline in the County semi, in what was a very physical game. Despite being down to 13 players for a spell, our girls did not yield and their heart and skills won out to set up that final they deserved. Congrats to the full squad of players who trained hard all season and to the management team of Margaret Buckley, Donal Corkery, Kevin Walsh, Ollie Plunkett and Tony Hughes.
Under 12 Our U12s had a good win over Youghal in their County A quarter final but came up short against a very strong Glanmire team in the semi. The girls played their hearts out and great credit goes to them. We are very lucky and proud to have such a bunch of girls coming up the line and look forward to seeing them again next season. Thanks to the parents and the coaching team of Claire Ambrose, John Twomey, Ann O'Shea and Emma Barrett for their dedication.
Senior Inter-County A huge congrats to Briege Corkery, Marie Ambrose and Vera Foley on winning LGFA All Star awards recently and to Briege on being named LGFA Player of the Year (for the second time). Having 3 All Stars in the one club in the one season is something almost unheard of. They are an inspiration to all players in the club, county and country for the dedication, effort and time they give to the sport. We, as a club, are extremely honoured, proud and lucky to have such inspirational people as members.
Finally, a big thank you to all players from all ages, parents, coaches, management, supporters and all involved with the club. The club needs you all to remain with us for next season as we try to grow, develop and look for more success on and off the field of play. Remember to come to our AGM (Nov 27th) to show your interest and to get involved, if you wish. We are always looking for people to help out on and off the pitch, no matter what you think your level of skills are. We need bodies to make this club thrive. Thank you.

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Donoughmore who won the Owen McCarthy U14 hurling tournament ©

Owen McCarthy U14 hurling tournament

October 31st was a beautiful autumnal day in Donoughmore this year. It was as if the Gods were smiling on us as that was the day the Club commemorated the late Owen McCarthy (former Chairman) by hosting the Owen McCarthy U14 hurling tournament. Four teams were involved: Laochra Óg, Lee Gaels, Donoughmore and Grenagh. Each team played three matches and the fourth was the final. All four teams were well matched, which provided the spectators with great excitement.
Donoughmore met Lee Gaels in the final. Even though both teams were visibly tired, neither flagged. Nevertheless, Donoughmore won by a narrow margin: 2.9 to 2.8. The McCarthy family: Breeda, Owen and Ann, were there to present the cup to Dylan Colgan, captain. Every member of the four panels of players received a commemorative medal. It was fitting that Ger and Tricia O'Rourke were also present for the tournament as Ger authored the 'Official Opening and Blessing of Páirc Eoin Mhic Charthaigh' publication in June 2002. The tournament lasted a few hours. The generosity of parents and supporters meant that we were in a position to provide hospitality for all involved. The quality of the home baking and sandwiches provided would rival any bakery/ bistro in Ireland.

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Officers of Macroom Ladies Football Club, Margaret Buckley, Eileen Dolan and Una Horgan, as well as committee members at AGM. ©Con Kelleher.

Clann Abán

Cork Senior Football Manager, Peadar Healy has officially launched the Clann Abán Subscription scheme on behalf of his club, Cumann Peile Naomh Abán. The Subscription scheme is Naomh Abán's landmark fundraising campaign to raise finance for the club's ongoing development of a new Sports complex and dressing room facility in Páirc Coláiste Íosagáin. Speaking at the launch, Club Clann Abán offers members, players, former players, the diaspora and the community at large the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy to the future of Naomh Abán. The benefits of the scheme – totalling €2212, include: the inclusion of your, your family's or a loved one's name on a decorative roll of honour to be displayed in the reception of the new complex known as Leac Abán; a book of five tickets for the Naomh Abán weekly Lotto for a two-year period; subscription to the Cork County Clubs Draw for a year; Membership of the Clann Abán Euromillions and Prize Bond syndicates; Five-year family membership of Cumann Peile Naomh Abán; Access to the club's allocation of All Ireland tickets and an exclusive Clann Abán lapel pin. Subscription is available for €1000 and there are a number of payment plans available, including weekly, monthly, quarterly and bi-annual arrangements as well as a once off payment. This funding is vital in order to complete the state of the art sports complex including dressing rooms, gym, spectator stand and multi-purpose sports centre which is under construction. The new facility will create a community hub for all in Baile Mhúirne, Cúil Aodha and Múscraí to avail of into the future. The target completion date is April/ May 2016 for the development in time for the club's hosting of Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta 2016".

Laochra Óg

A.G.M. Laochra Óg Hurling Club A.G.M. took place in Clondrohid Community Hall on Friday 3rd November. Elected officers include:
Chairperson Liam Slattery, Vice Chairperson Donal Casey, Secretary Marguerite Murphy, Assistant Secretary Suzanne O'Brien, Treasurer Eddie Walsh, Assistant Treasurer Joe O'Leary, P.R.O. Siobhan O'Shea, Assistant P.R.O. Ian Keoghan.
Macroom Enterprise weekend took place at the Leisure Complex Macroom. Tyrone manager Mickey Harte met with members of Laochra Óg at the Laochra Óg stand. An inspirational man who gave a great address to the large attendance. Well done to all involved.
Shane Murphy Memorial poc fada
On Sunday November 29 next Laochra Óg we will be having their 1st Poc Fada, launching the Shane Murphy Memorial Cup. They are expecting great numbers in Clondrohid and kindly ask for your help with baking. For those of you who can help with this, you can text a reply to 0879628757 or pm them. Baking can be dropped off on the morning between 9.30am -11.30 am in the hall. Contact 0868476460 or pm them if you or anyone you know is available for stewarding. Traffic will be disrupted for a couple of hours during the Poc Fada. It might be advisable to use alternative routes. Your continued support is greatly appreciated by all within the club. Laochra Óg -4 Parishes 1 Team. Hope to see you all next Sunday.
This year's Poc Fada will take place in Clondrohid on Sunday 29th November, 2015. The proceeds of the event will be donated to the "The Friends of Jamie Wall" fund to support Jamie's ongoing rehabilitation and his goal of living a full and independent life. The Shane Murphy Memorial Poc Fada will raise funds annually for various charities.

Macroom Golf Club

Results. 10/11/15 Seniors: 1st Vincent Kingston(27),Ted Murphy(11), James Deane(19) 47.3
15/11/15 1st Ronan Brett(13) 32 pts.
17/11/15 Seniors John Lawlor (13) 32 pts.
Weekly singles : 1st Albert Groarke (15) 32 pts. Club singles: 1st James Nyhan (11) 33 pts 2nd Barry Ronayne (15) 32 pts 3rd Dan O'Brien (12) 32 pts
Fixtures Tues: Seniors. Mon/ Fri Weekly Singles. Sat & Sun: Club Singles
The Club A.G.M will take place on Thurs 10th of Dec in the clubhouse @ 8pm & it would be great if you could make it. This is the one chance all members have in the year to get together to discuss or learn of the status of our Club going forward. We hope to see you there.