Lee Valley Outlook - Jul 5 2012 v9e14

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Macroom's Benign Bull Welcomes Visitors to the Lee Valley © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Briery Gap: Cinema: Wed. 11th July: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Wednesday 18th July: Little Shop of Horrors
Wednesday 25th July: Dirty Dancing
Summer Trad Sessions: Castle Hotel, Macroom every Tues. from July 17
Mills Inn, Ballyvourney every Thursday
Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney every Saturday
Theatre by the Lake Gougane Barra
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience July 17 – 22
Guerilla Days in Ireland July 25 – August 5
Pat Shortt I am the Band August 9 and 11
West Cork Ukulele Orchestra August 12
Macroom Library: Exhibition of Isobel Baldwin's collection of pastels during July
Macroom Senior Citizens: Fr. Ryan Hall:
Annual summer outing to Cobh on July 14
Every Wed.: 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.
Art Exhibition: Aether, Town Hall Gallery, Macroom, July 6 – Aug. 3.; Tues. – Sat. 10.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
Summer Barn Dance at Coppeen on Fri. July 6, 9p.m. to 12 midnight.
Liz Lucey Fundraiser for Marymount Hospice in Inchigeela and Gougane, Sun. July 8.
Cloughduv GAA Cúl Camp; 9th to 13th July
Leader Gaeltacht Meeting  san Ionad Áise, Réidh na nDoirí, Tues., July 10th 19:30—21:00.
Senior Citizen annual summer outing to Cobh on July 14
Terelton Macra Know Your Neighbour BBQ July 15 Five Roads Bar, Terelton @ 6:30p.m.
Donoughmore Carnival 19th to 22nd of July
J.J. Long Golf Classic: at Macroom Golf Club, July 19 and 20
Aghina N.S. Caum: Centenary Mass in school on Fri. 20 July @ 8 pm
Coachford Farmers Market: Sat. July 14 10.30 am – 1pm at the Village Hall, Coachford.
Tour de Munster charity cycle for Down's Syndrome, Aug. 9 – 12.
Tractor Run: Crumlin to Mercy Hospital, Cork, Aug. 17 – 19.
Post Rebel Tour 2012 Sat. and Sun. Sept.15 – 16
Summer at the Mills: The Pure Drop  seisiún every Thurs. night; "Friday Night Madness" every Fri. night.
Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney Set Dancing every Thurs. 9.30 – 12 midnight; Trad Session every Sat. 10 p.m. – 12. 30
Bell Inn, Clondrohid: Music session every Sunday during July from 6 to 8 pm.  Ciorcal Cainte: ag 9p.m. i Hogan's Village Inn, Áth an Chóiste gach Máirt.
Tai Chi: every Sunday morning 10.15 at Páirc Foraoise, Ballyvourney

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

Macroom Updates

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Mayor of Macroom, Owen McCarthy, with his extended family,   © Lee Valley Outlook

New Mayor

Macroom Town Council elected a new Mayor on June 29 and, as part of the agreement made after the last Local Government elections, Councillor Owen McCarthy was returned unopposed and Councillor Evelyn McSweeney was appointed Deputy Mayor for the year ahead. Councillor McCarthy is in his third term on the Town Council and this is his first appointment as Mayor. The other councillors are Martin Coughlan, Tommy Counihan (outgoing Mayor), Con Foley, Ted Lucey, Breda McCarthy, Pat Melia and Pat O'Connell.  
In his acceptance speech, Mayor McCarthy acknowledged the many challenges that lie ahead for Macroom Town Council in the current fiscal and economic climate. Individuals and businesses are suffering and the onus is on the Mayor and councillors to promote and develop Macroom so as that it will be recognised as a wonderful and safe place in which to live. The Mayor wishes to see Macroom lose the title of 'a passing through town' and encourages tourists to stop and discover all that is good about the area.  Amenities like the Gearagh wildlife reserve, the town park and the castle grounds and their beautiful walks, the golf course and the river Sullane are just a few attractions that Macroom has to offer. There is huge tourist potential that would benefit the local economy.
While it is impossible to give any financial commitment in the present times, the Mayor's  wish list has three items - to continue to promote the development of small projects, local clubs and societies while going back to basics - repairing  footpaths, maintaining estates and supporting resident associations, members of the public and businesses alike.  Councillor McCarthy's second dream is the redevelopment of the Church of Ireland in Castle Street. While an expensive and long term project, it has huge potential for Macroom town and would be an ideal centre for  Art Exhibitions, such as the show opening in the Town Hall on July 6. The Church of Ireland could be an ideal place for local artists and crafts people to display their talents.  The Mayor's third focus is the issue of local development charges which he considers are seriously hindering any form of development, be it commercial or residential.  He looks forward to all party support for his projects and acknowledges that during his thirteen years as a Council member, the betterment of Macroom and its people has always been the main objective of the body.  The Mayor thanked his wife, Bronagh, his children, Shauna, Nicole and Shane, his extended family and friends and dedicated the year to his mother, the late Eileen McCarthy, Killarney Road, who passed away earlier this year. 

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 Macroom Town Council members with 2012 Mayor, Owen McCarthy © Lee Valley Outlook

Works on N22 through Macroom from July 16  

The long heralded Bord Gáis pipe laying process in Macroom Town is set to commence on Monday, July 16. One crew will start work outside the graveyard at the western side of the town on the N22 and will work towards the Masseytown junction. It is proposed that the traffic islands will be removed and two-way traffic maintained on the N22 for this section of the works, as agreed with Cork County Council and the local Garda Traffic Corps.
Another crew will concentrate on Chapel Hill, along New Road and down Sleaveen Hill during school holidays. The third crew won't impact on the N22 at first as they are set to start outside the Nutrica plant at Castleview, working towards the Lee Bridge and on to the R584 and from there to the junction with the N22 in due course. It is hoped that the work will be complete by January 2013. Regular updates will be available on the Macroom website at www.macroom.ie  

Meanwhile, work is also due to commence on the construction of a footbridge on the Masseytown side of Macroom Bridge on July 16. It is envisaged that there will be bridge closures by night for one to two weeks, with diversions around Coolehane Road. Again, there will be precise notification on the website and in the Lee Valley Outlook when these closures are planned. It is hoped that this project will be completed by Christmas.

Clean Up Your Act

Don't drop it, bin it, is the prevailing request to residents and visitors to Macroom as the town is found wanting in the litter stakes. It lies second last in its category in the Cork County Council inter-town litter challenge 2012. Macroom is in a group of nine towns in category B and cigarette butts seem to be the main culprits for the heavy penalty marks awarded against the town in this competition which is purely a litter challenge. The judges visit areas of the participating towns each week - some town centre areas, two residential areas, one service/school area and a green area. They count the pieces of litter found in each area - ten cigarette butts earn one penalty mark and each item of ordinary litter counts as one penalty mark. The total penalty marks for each area are deducted from a maximum score of 100. In week one the best town centre section was Main Street from Mac Cárthaigh's Newsagents to Mulcahy Insurance with nine cigarette butts and no piece of litter. Week 2 results show Schull leading the table with 1919.6 marks out of a possible 2000 and it is followed by Newmarket, Kanturk, Passage West, Charleville, Fermoy, Bandon, Macroom (1788.7) and Bantry. Macroom's problem areas so far for cigarette butts disposed are Main Street, near the theatre, North Square and near St Joseph's Primary School. The biggest offending area is the stretch of pavement and road outside Boots Pharmacy and the medical centre where the judge counted 73 discarded butts on the pavement. The litter challenge results to date are a wake up call. The Tidy Towns competition is now on and a greater effort with litter seems to be needed in Macroom. Everybody has a part to play. Take your rubbish home or bin it.

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The start of the Daniel Kingston Memorial Run 2012 in Macroom © Francis Horgan  

Daniel Kingston Run

The 3rd Daniel Kingston Memorial Road race took place on mid-summer's day, Thursday 21st June. The sun came out right on time and 776 people took to the streets of Macroom to run, jog and walk the distance - the biggest turnout yet. All the support and help from locals to make this event a real success was greatly appreciated by the Kingston family. The first male over the line was Cathal O'Donovan from DMP club in 16mins 14 seconds and the first female was Helen Leonard in 19mins 1 sec. Surplus funds will go to Cork ARC to add to the €177,131 already raised.

Senior Citizen Outing

Macroom Senior Citizens, having enjoyed beautiful weather during their week long holiday in the West of Ireland, hope to bring back the sun for their annual summer outing. This year they visit Cobh on Saturday, July 14th, American Independence Day, where there will be big celebrations to commemorate the centenary of the Titanic leaving the Port of Cork on its ill-fated voyage. The town will be recreating the Cobh of 1912 with period costumes, period entertainments, music etc. The Macroom group plan to visit Fota before going on to Cobh and will dine in Mai Fitz's later in the evening where new owners, Larry Buckley and Jackie Beirne, will be familiar faces.

Calling Young Authors

Cork County Library has recently announced a new award to commemorate the life of Canon Sheehan, the prolific writer of the 19th century from North Cork. Secondary school students are invited to submit an original fictional short story, not longer than 2,000 words. Entry forms for the competition and full details are available at Macroom library.

Having a Ball at your Library this Summer.

Are you wondering how to keep your children happy without spending a fortune this summer? Why not check out your local library? All libraries in County Cork offer a great selection of picture books, children's stories, and teenage reading. Also ask at your local library for details of great summer arts activities for children. This year Cork County Library celebrates the summer of sport in a special way with the Have A Ball reading challenge for primary school children. Participating in this challenge will help children develop a life-long love of reading as well as improving their reading skills. The challenge will kick off at the beginning of July and run through the school holidays. And your library service is not neglecting your teenagers either this summer. Ask at the library about the great short story competition for Secondary Schools students.
So why not call into your library and check out what's on offer. Full details on www.corkcoco.ie/library

Citizens Information

Macroom Citizens Information Service provides information, advice and advocacy on all rights and entitlements. It is a free and confidential service. Currently, many people are experiencing difficulties for reasons including unemployment, reduced working hours, family difficulties and financial problems. Sometimes they are not aware of what supports or options may be available to them. This is when a consultation with a Citizens Information staff member can be of help to them. Queries about unemployment and redundancy, social welfare entitlements, employment rights, consumer issues, housing and health are among the many issues to which the service responds. It also assists people with social welfare and employment rights appeals.
Macroom Citizens Information Centre at South Square is open from Monday to Thursday from 10am to 4pm each day. You do not have to make an appointment and you can call in in-person or telephone for information or assistance. The help-line number is  0761 07 8430. The Citizens Information Service is also available to provide information talks & outreach information services to local groups throughout West Cork on request.

 "Aether" at Town Hall Gallery

Four Munster artists, Debbie Godsell, Macroom; Lorraine Neeson, Killarney; Catherine Hehir, Clare and Noelle Noonan, Bweeng will showcase their work at the Town Hall Gallery, Macroom from July 6 to August 3. Aether brings together these artists who have produced a fascinating and intriguing show that references the concepts and possibilities of liminal states - those spaces literally on the threshold between the known and the unknown. Their work is challenging and original and this exhibition provides a special opportunity for the viewer to look at the work of each artist individually and also to find correspondences and resonances through the selected work as a totality. 
The accompanying catalogue has essays by Theo Dorgan and Dara Waldron who, in their respective catalogue essays, have provided many thoughtful insights and viewpoints from which to consider the work in this show.
Opening Hours:    Tue-Sat  10.30am – 5.30pm. Admission Free. Catalogue Available

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 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

Wednesday 29th August The Piano


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)

Summer Barn Dance, organised by Coppeen Community Council, will be held at Coppeen on Friday, July 6, 9p.m. to 12 midnight. Music by Colum Cronin and Der Hurley.

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.

Coachford Farmers Market: Saturday, July 14 10.30 am – 1pm at the Village Hall, Coachford. Organised and run by local organic growers in the beautiful Lee Valley, it offers Fresh Local Produce; Cheese, Vegetables, Organic spice mixes,  Home Baking, Cakes, Cookies, Eggs, Jams and Honey,  sauces, marinades. Fairtrade Goods:   tea, coffee, chocolates   divine sweet and savoury Nice Things made locally:   Handmade soap, essential oils, Skin care for men and women,  watercolours,  handmade household textiles.Books and CDs – proceeds to St Vincent DePaul. Contact:  Penny Rainbow-Norris   021 743 4946 :  086 3856691

Terelton Macra na Feirme will host a Know Your Neighbour BBQ on 15th July in Five Roads Bar, Terelton @ 6:30. Raffle on the day. A great day assured. Everyone welcome
J.J. Long Golf Classic: Kilmurry G.A.A. is currently organising a two day Golf Classic at Macroom Golf Club on July 19 and 20 to raise funds for their esteemed club member and chairman of the Muskerry Board, J.J. Long, who was seriously injured in a farm accident early in 2011. J.J. is currently in the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire but it is hoped that he will be able to return home later in the year. Contributions to the fund may be made to Bank of Ireland, Wilton, account number 96144788 Sort Code 90-28-05. Further information at www.cillmhuiregaa.com

Aghina N.S. Caum: Mass will be celebrated on Friday 20 July @ 8 pm to mark the centenary of the founding of the school and will be followed by a social evening.

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Aghinagh Macra group who climbed Mushera mountain to celebrate St. John's Day  ©

Mushera Mass: On the 22nd of June Aghinagh Macra hosted a walk up Mushera mountain to mark St. John's Day. Mass was celebrated at St. John's Well.  A really great crowd turned out for this event.

Car Boot Sale: The "Friends of Macroom Community Hospital" would like to thank Tommy Butler and Tim O'Riordan for holding the Car Boot Sale in aid of Macroom Community Hospital on Sunday 3rd and Sunday 17th June, 2012. The total amount collected was €270.

Summer at the Mills: Every Thursday night in "the pure drop" seisiún, Séan O'Riada's son Peadar, Connie O'Connell and friends plays the best of traditional Irish music in the bar at the Mills Inn, Ballyvourney, till late.

"Friday Night Madness" is celebrated every Friday night during the Summer, with special offers on Cocktails and Beers.

Angler for Scotland: Con Malone recently competed in the 2012 Irish Trout Fly Fishing Association's National Angling Championship at Lough Conn, Co. Mayo and secured a place on the Irish team to represent Ireland in the 2013 International Trout Fishing Championships due to take place in Scotland. Congratulations to Con from all his friends in Farran.

Macroom Lottos: Soccer Club: Jackpot €6,000: €80 Ted Savage. Macroom GAA Jackpot €2,800   €70 Joe Moloney.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results25/6/2012, Jackpot: €1,000, Numbers Drawn: 10 - 14 - 25, No Winner, €20 Winners: D
enis Leader, Robert O'Riordan, Daniel Field, Michelle O'Sullivan, Declan Kiely (Yearly Ticket).  2/6/2012, Jackpot: €1,100, Numbers Drawn: 4 - 25 - 28, No Winner, €20 Winners: Tony Enneguess, Lisa Murphy, Donal Murray, Norma Delaney (Yearly Ticket), Tim O'Leary (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

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Don O'Leary of the Mills Inn demonstrates to Darina Allen of Ballymaloe how best to present Putóg De Róiste black and white pudding  © Seán  Ó Loingsigh

Proof of the Pudding  - 10 Jobs       

By Seán Ó Loingsigh

Due to the entrepreneurial spirit  of  the De Róiste and Allen family of Baile Bhúirne, and the Stauntons of Timoleague, and with the support of Údarás na Gaeltachta, it is expected that a new pudding production business will soon provide ten jobs in Baile Bhúirne.  Putóg De Róiste, black and white pudding production facility, was officially opened by the Mayor of Co Cork, Tim Lombard, in the local Údarás na Gaeltachta industrial estate in Baile Bhúirne, his last official engagement before handing over the chain of office the following day. Some 100 people attended the launch of Putóg De Róiste, as Údarás officials, public representatives, locals and students from Darina Allen's international cookery school in Ballymaloe got a taste of the new product. Company co-director, Anthony Staunton, explained the production process to groups of people who donned hygiene caps, coats and galoshes for a tour of the new facility.

"It's great to see them making black and white pudding," said celebrity chef Darina Allen. Fresh pork and blood is used for the production of Putóg De Róiste. The pudding process is based on a traditional recipe once used by Elsie De Róiste, grandmother of Máire and Seán De Róiste of the shop by the same name at the Mills, Baile Bhúirne. Seánie, Máire and her husband, De Róiste director Jimmy Allen, decided to further develop the traditional pudding production when Jimmy's plumbing business decreased due to the economic downturn. Referring to their first meeting with butcher Anthony Staunton and to Department of Agriculture and Food regulations, Jimmy Allen said: "The only thing that was in Máire's head was how will we get fresh blood into the pudding? About three weeks later Anthony rang back and said it can be done - so that was the start of Putóg De Róiste."
Another member of the family - Food Science and Technology graduate, Siobhán Ní Laoithe De Róiste - advised the company regarding production regulations. Mr Allen thanked Údarás na Gaeltachta officials Rachel Ní Riada, Dónal Óg Ó Liatháin and Conal Mac Gearailt for their support, as well as officials from Macroom's AIB bank who have arranged finance for the business. Putóg De Róiste currently employs four and it is expected that will increase to ten employees within a few years."We are hoping that in the future we are going to create a nice bit of employment in this parish," said Jimmy Allen. "Down through the years, through Siopa De Róiste and myself (the plumbing business), in the good times we have employed about 20 people - we are down to 12 or 13, but we're still here and here for the long haul." The company already has its products on shelves in major retail outlets such as Supervalu and Centra.
County Mayor Tim Lombard congratulated the families involved in the business, as well as Údarás na Gaeltachta and Macroom AIB bank for their support. "It's great to have a bank here that's mentioned in such glorious ways," said Tim Lombard.Mayor Lombard referred to Cork County Council's commitment to the food industry, to an agricultural food conference hosted by him in Clonakilty in April, and to a food mission to Amsterdam with 58 Cork companies recently."In many ways Cork is the food capital of Ireland, and when you actually see the product, you realise that very clearly," said Mr Lombard. "Going forward with a product like this (Putóg De Róiste), with a family name like this and a family reputation, and with the backing of a fantastic community, this launch will be mirrored by more success for this company." Whereas it was Tim Lombard's last official engagement as Mayor, it was a first in Baile Bhúirne for the recently appointed Chief Exuctive of Údarás na Gaeltachta, Steve Ó Cualáin. "I congratulate the directors, Jimmy Allen and Anthony Staunton, on the inroads they are making already in this business, and on their plans for further development of new products in the future," said the Údarás CE.

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 Dorothy and Clown get their dogs ready for the novelty dog show at Donoughmore Carnival July 19 -22 ©

Donoughmore Carnival

Donoughmore Carnival 2012 will be held from the 19th to 22nd of July in the mid Cork parish. The evenings are packed with activities including a Cookery Demonstration by Masterchef's Christine O'Sullivan, the Donoughmore 7 Road Race, a Magic Show as well as Funfair Amusements throughout. Sunday promises to be a great day out for all the family with a Farmers' Market, Vintage Machinery, Novelty Dog Show and Munster Tug-O-War Championship among many other events. The Carnival closes on Sunday evening with music and BBQ by Ó Crualaoí's. Everyone welcome! For more information and a full programme visit our Facebook page, "Donoughmore Carnival", listen out for radio announcements and see posters in your local area. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Thursday 19th July: Kids' Fancy Dress Competition @ 7.30pm; Official Opening of the Amenity Walkway and Outdoor Gym @ 8pm; Magic Show @ 8.30pm; Inter-Firm Soccer Tournament @ 8.30pm; Inter-Townland Tug-of-War

Friday 20th July: Donoughmore 7: Donoughmore 7 Walk @ 7pm;  1 Mile Fun-Run @ 7.30pm; Donoughmore 7 Race @ 8pm; Mini-sports in the pitch for children (after the race) and Inter-Townland Tug-of-War

Saturday 22nd July: St. John Forde Memorial Match @ 7.30pm; Cookery Demonstration with Masterchef Christine O'Sullivan with Cheese and Wine Reception @ 8.00pm.

Sunday 23rd July: Midday: Munster Tug-of-War Championship; Farmer's Market; Vintage Display; Under 16 Inter-Parish Tug of War; Novelty Dog Show; Novelty Sports (including Egg-Throwing); Potter's Wheel; Sheaf Tossing (as seen on Feirm Factor); Kids Treasure Hunt. Night: Tag-Rugby @ 7pm; Inter-Firm Soccer Tournament Final @ 8pm; Inter-Townland Tug-of-War Final @ 9pm; BBQ by Ó Crualaoí's Butchers and Music @ 9pm

Saturday 29th July: 'Meet Your Neighbour' Tea Party; Music by Lee Sound.

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 Manuel creates havoc at Faulty Towers, the Dining Experience at Theatre by the Lake in 2011. He returns July 17 – 22.  © Lee Valley Outlook

Theatre by the Lake from July 17

The Theatre by the Lake in Gougane Barra is planning a varied and entertaining programme for its many loyal supporters, starting on July 17 when the hilarious 'Faulty Towers – the Dining Experience' revisits this oasis of calm and results in predictable chaos up to July 22. A new Basil will ensure that, even if you have already seen the show, you will again be highly entertained, and, of course, well fed.
Guerilla Days in Ireland, premiered in Theatre by the Lake in 2011, is back for a two week run, July 25 to August 5.
Pat Shortt provides his own brand of comedy with Í am the Band'August 9 and 11 and the West Cork Ukulele Orchestra is on stage on August 12.

After a sell-out 13 show tour in Gougane Barra in 2011, Faulty Towers the Dining Experience return for their only shows in Ireland this summer!  The performance gives you the chance to see what it was really like to dine in Fawlty Towers, and be served by snobbish, manic Basil; his domineering wife, Sybil; and their hopeless, language-challenged waiter, Manuel. The performance is very interactive, asking Manuel for something small could easily become a disaster; instead of an ice bucket you might get a 'nice' bucket. A simple procedure like opening a bottle of wine could easily become a huge drama. Everything that can go wrong will, in fact, this can best be described as organised chaos bundled into two hours of "fat-wobbling, gut-busting, face-aching laughter" whilst, at the same time, enjoying a fabulous three course meal. Acclaimed both nationally and internationally, selling out at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2007, 2008 and 2009, Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2008 and 2009, and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2008 and 2009, this interactive comedy dining experience is a must-see for fans of all ages - just don't mention the war!  Theatre by the Lake, Gougane Barra Hotel: 7 shows, running from the 17th to the 22nd of July 2012 (1 p.m. and 7p.m. show on Sunday 22).  Bookings at 026 47069

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Shopkeepers at  Rusheen N.S. Garden Fete at Leades House, from left, Niamh Looney, Nora O'Riordan, Caoimhe Cotter and Majella O'Neill   © Lee Valley Outlook

Leader Meeting for Gaeltacht

The West Cork Development Partnership wishes to announce that it will deliver the Rural Development Programme 2007– 2013 (LEADER) in the Múscraí Gaeltacht with immediate effect. A Public Meeting to discuss the Programme and the funding opportunities currently available will be held in An Ionad Áise, Réidh na nDoirí, (Maigh Chromtha) on Tuesday, July 10th 19:30—21:00. For further information on the programme and for the local arrangements in the Múscraí Gaeltacht please contact Ian Dempsey This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Tomás Ó hAodha This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  If you have a project that you would like to discuss or have any queries in relation to the RDP programme please contact us. 

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 Graduation Class 2012 ó Naíonra Chill na Martra lena stiúrthóirí Máiread Uí Uidhir agus Máire Uí Mhurchú  © Joan McLoughlin

Award for the Mills

The Mills Inn Hotel Ballyvourney 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 percent 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. "The Mills Inn is delighted to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence," said owner, Don O'Leary. "Our staff works very hard to deliver excellent service that is both warm and relaxed. We are excited to see through TripAdvisor that our guests enjoy eating, visiting and staying with us as much as we enjoy having them.
The Mills Inn Hotel is a family run business and, since Don and Gobnait took over in 2002, The Mills Inn has won numerous awards, among them the "Georgina Campbell Guides" and Lucinda O'Suillivan Great Places To Eat and The Inn of the Year UK & Ireland For 2010 by Les Routiers. The Mills Inn Offers award winning restaurant menus and delicious bar food – Choose among 4 menus to make wedding receptions memorable. Offering Hotel Accommodation & Special Offers.
Summer at the Mills: Every Thursday night in "the pure drop" seisiún, Séan O'Riada's son Peadar, Connie O'Connell and friends play  the best of traditional Irish music in the bar at the Mills Inn, Ballyvourney, till late.
"Friday Night Madness" is celebrated every Friday night during the Summer, with special offers on Cocktails and Beers.

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 Dripsey Pre-school Playgroup Graduation Class 2012  © An Scoil 

Clondrohid Updates       

Muinefliuch: Past and present pupils, friends and neighbours all assembled in the grounds of a small country school in Muinefluich in the parish of Clondrohid for Muinefliuch Community Sports Day. The weather was superb for the occasion of the opening of the new school pitch and the new sensory garden in memory of the previous principal, the late Mrs. Sheila Kelly. Science awards were also presented by the present principal, Mrs. Foley, to students in first class. Cork footballer Daniel Goulding was present to do the official opening. There were raffles, fun sports, bowl in the bucket competition and light refreshments provided by parents and locals. There was lots to see in the school itself on the day. Great work was put into the whole event by the school staff, parents and children. Muinefliuch School is looking forward to a new extension in the future. The school teachers, Mrs. Foley and Miss Lynch did a lot of work with the children who attend the school in preparing them for the day's events and they should all be very proud of the result.
Summer Camp: Despite the bad weather, summer camp is currently on in Clondrohid with over 100 children participating and meeting the many celebrities attending.  
Music at the Bell Inn: During the month of July music and craic will be high on the agenda at the Bell Inn. Every Sunday from 6 to 8 pm approx different musicians will perform.
G.A. A. Clondrohid had two U8 football teams playing a challenge game with Kenmare and Clondrohid were the winners of both games. Lots of kids turned up and a great day was had by all. U12's "C" Hurling league Clondrohid were defeated by Brian Dillons but won by two goals in the match against Crosshaven. Clondrohid U14 footballers were defeated by Kilnamartyra in Kilnamartyra. In the U14 "C" Football Championship, Clondrohid defeated Kilmichael. The U16 Hurlers defeated Cobh in Clondrohid. U16 "B" Hurling league Clondrohid were defeated by Cloughduv. Clondrohid Junior A Footballers met Blarney in Rusheen and were unable to overcome their opponents. Junior "B" football league Clondrohid played Ballincollig in Clondrohid and the game ended in a draw.
Good luck: To Cork footballers as they take on Clare in the Munster Final this weekend.
Lotto: Jackpot €4,600; No winner; €70 Helen Linehan c/o Bingo; €20 Mgt. Lucey South Square Macroom; John O'Keefe c/o Gearagh; Bridget O'Sullivan Muinfliugh; Larry Flanagan Carrigaphooka

Summer Entertainment in the Lee Valley.

Despite the recent flooding and bad weather, the Lee Valley is gearing up for the tourist season with free entertainment at centres throughout the area during July and August. The Mills Inn Ballyvourney presents 'The Pure Drop', led by Peadar Ó Riada and Connie O'Connell every Thursday night and Summer Madness every Friday night. The Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney has Set Dancing in the ballroom every Thursday night, 9.30 – 12 midnight and a Trad Session runs in the Bar every Saturday night, 10 p.m. – 12. 30 a.m. From July 17, The Castle Hotel, Macroom will have trad sessions led by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann members every Tuesday night, starting at 10p.m. Singers, storytellers and musicians are all welcome to come along to any or all these sessions and join in the fun. Seisiún runs at  Oriel House, Ballincollig every Tuesday at 9pm until August 14th. Bell Inn, Clondrohid: Music session every Sunday during July from 6 to 8 pm.  
The Lee Valley Outlook will gladly publicise summer events at other venues. Email details 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.

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Children  from Canovee Play School at their graduation  © Peter Scanlan

Fundraising Tractor Drive

Denis Dineen is currently planning to drive his Vintage Ford Tractor from Our Ladies Hospital in Crumlin to the Mercy Hospital, Cork. His helpers are asking people to make donations to both of these hospitals. This is a Grandfather doing something to try and pay back the hospitals that helped his grandson, Seán O'Mahony, who is now 8 and in remission 4 years from his fight with cancer. The Tractor Run is on the 17th August and is due to arrive at the Mercy Hospital Cork on the 19th August at approx 3 o'clock. To donate, call: 0877460807 or 0217334421. Post: Lee Valley Vintage c/o Dineen 8 Millview Dripsey Cork or lodge: to TSB North Square Macroom sort code 990735 Acc No 20402683

Muinefliuch N.S. Community Day

Muinefliuch N.S. held a Community Day on Sunday, June 24th and a large crowd was present to see the unveiling of a sensory garden dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Síle Kelly who was Principal of the school for 15 years. Pupils performed instrumental pieces and choral verse in the garden for the occasion. Cork Senior footballer, Daniel Goulding, was present to open a new pitch and was ably assisted with the cutting of the ribbon by his first cousin and fifth class pupil, Jennifer Goulding. The school recently purchased their first set of school jerseys which were designed by the pupils themselves and feature the school crest designed by Mrs. Kelly. A very generous sponsorship cheque for €300 from Danone Nutricia was presented by employees, Martin Manning and John Kelleher. The school was recently awarded its second Green Flag. This was in recognition of work in the area of energy conservation. It was raised by Green School committee members, parent Kevin Healy and junior room representative, Jamie Kelleher. Novelty sports activities were then organised while adults enjoyed refreshments outdoors on the fine Summer's afternoon.

Liz Lucey Remembered

A fundraising drive in memory of Liz Lucey of Inchigeela (1978-2009), incorporating walkers, cyclists, tractor & vintage run and motor bikes, will be held on Sunday 8th July 2012.  All walkers should assemble in Gougane Barra at 1.30pm.  Walkers can choose whatever route suits them. More experienced walkers can do the horseshoe or shorter paths while everyone can do the road walk through the park. All proceeds are in aid of Marymount Hospice. Sponsorship cards are available. A bucket will also be available for contributions when you enrol.
As all cyclists, tractor and vintage & motor bikes are assembling in Inchigeela, and doing different routes, everybody participating is welcome back to the hall in Inchigeela for refreshments from 4pm and there will be a Traditional Irish Session from 6pm in the Briar Rose bar with spot prizes galore.

Slán go fóill, Catherine  

The recent untimely death of Catherine Lehane, nee Murphy, Inchinossig, Ballingeary, following a long illness endured with great dignity, brought tears and smiles to all who knew and remembered her. A Kilmichael woman by birth, Catherine juggled her loyalty between her native parish and her adopted home, Béal Átha, when it came to football. Catherine was a doer. She immersed herself totally in life and in the community and served as Secretary of Cumann Peile Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh for eleven years, guiding the Club in the development and provision of excellent facilities while cheering the young men and women to success on the field of play. An avid photographer, Catherine loved to promote her parish and her club. For many years she supplied photographs to the Lee Valley Outlook and made us aware of upcoming events in her community. Her last contribution was in March. Catherine is mourned by her husband, Pat Lehane; her daughters, Caitríona and Siobhán; her sister Joan (O'Leary, Macroom); her extended family and a host of friends. Go raibh agat Catherine leaba i measc na Naomh. You'll give them many a laugh.

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 Fr Tim O'Sullivan celebrating his Diamond Jubilee at a special concelebrated Mass in Cloughduv with Fr Finbar Crowley, Fr Hickey, Fr Sean O'Sullivan, Fr Billy O'Sullivan, Canon Teddy O'Sullivan, Fr Bernard Donovan, Canon O'Callaghan and Fr Cremin    © Peter Scanlan 

Scoil Naomh Muire celebrates Golden Jubilee

Scoil Naomh Muire Farran, had a very busy evening on June 20th to mark the school's 50th anniversary. A lot of effort preceded this great event. The school and the grounds needed a facelift so we put out a call for volunteers and we had a tremendous response. One evening the whole place became a hive of activity, cutting grass and hedges, cleaning windows, painting, sweeping yards and pathways. The children then had a wonderful day decorating the newly painted shelter with stencils of trees and their own handprints for leaves: we had some very colourful children in school that day! After a lot of hard work we were ready for our big day, and even Mother Nature was on our side, it stayed dry! We began with Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, which was celebrated by Parish Priest, An tAthair Liam Ó hIcí and Fr. Seán O'Sullivan. During the mass those who took part in the offertory procession included Michael, who left this school in the 60's, Eileen in the 70's, Seán in the 80's, Michelle in the 90's, Brian in 00's, Ruth who will leave in 2014, and baby Fionn who will leave Farran school in 2025.
Throughout this past year we in Scoil Naomh Muire have been working very hard and acquired our first Green Flag for the reduction of litter and waste and the promoting of recycling and composting. Following our anniversary mass we returned to the school and recently retired teacher Joan Riordan performed the flag raising ceremony. Joan has worked tirelessly over the years encouraging re-cycling and composting in the school. Then past pupil and Cork footballer Ciarán Sheehan and the youngest pupil on our roll books, Ella, buried a time capsule which is to be opened on the school's centenary in 2062. Ciarán also did the honours and presented our 6th Award of Excellence in Science and Maths to Laoise and Lauren who accepted it on behalf of the school. We had one of the classrooms set out as it would have been in earlier times, with old desks, books, photographs and other memorabilia of that era. This proved to be of great interest, especially to the older generation, as did the old roll books which were on display in another classroom. In a third classroom the children from each class carried out Science experiments and we had some produce from our school garden. Refreshments were served to all, and classmates who hadn't met for many years renewed old friendships over a cup of tea and a chat. The old classroom setting proved so successful we left it in situ until the next week for anybody who wished to come in and browse through the books and photographs.
The school is very grateful to all those who helped in the preparations for this event. Thanks too to all those who attended on the evening and especially to our parents who supplied refreshments to one and all. The old proverb "Ní neart go cur le chéile" was certainly in evidence on the night.

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 Retired teacher, Joan Riordan, raising the Green Flag for litter and waste management at Scoil Naomh Muire Fearann Golden Jubilee celebrations.  © An Scoil 

Rylane NS first Green Flag

On Monday 25th June, 2012, Rylane N.S. celebrated receiving its first Green Flag. It took seven years to get this award. Our Green Schools Code, Litter and Waste, was devised by the children and it has been very much integrated into school life.
L       let's clean up 
I        I will make an effort to keep my belongings tidy
T       try to re-use plastic bottles for drinks at school
T       try to reduce photocopied materials
E       educate others at home about litter and waste
R       reduce, re-use, recycle
W     waste not, want not
A      adopt a positive attitude towards reducing litter
S       small steps towards achieving our goals
T       time together as a committee to help us reflect
E       everyone is involved
Rylane school is now a litter-free place, the road outside our school is also litter-free. We only throw papers in the rubbish bins throughout the school and use much less paper for photocopying. We also encourage parents and children to use the recycling centre across from our school and have made great links with parents and other community members. This experience has made the children very aware of litter and waste which can only be of benefit for the future of our environment.
The Green Flag was raised by Fr Peadar Murphy P.P. and all children helped plant a mountain ash tree to commemorate this great event. On that day all the pupils who were instrumental in the awarding of the Green Flag had lots of fun and took part in various activities, treasure hunt, green smoothie making, face painting, superstars. As part of our celebrations the portable planetarium, the Stardome, visited our school and all the children were able to enjoy the spectacles of the night sky within our own school hall.

Macra Success

At a  Semi Final for Macra's FBD Farmskills at Charleville Show, Dan Mac Sullivan, Sean Corkery and Matthew Coakley, Aghinagh Macra, representing Muskerry, qualified for the national final which will take place at Tullamore Show in August. The competition tests proficiency in several aspects of farm skills, from tractor skills to fencing. The aim of the competition is to help young farmers develop various farm skills and techniques, to demonstrate to the public the skill required in modern farming, and to create greater awareness of farm safety.

Digital Television - Don't get Left Behind!

Your television may not receive a signal after 24th October, when the old network is turned off. It's easy to check whether you need to do something about this. You should also be receiving an information leaflet through the post from the department around this time to assist you in making this vital change. A 'Digital Switchover Champion' is coordinating efforts in your area. Please contact Patricia Bevan on 02752266 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to get involved or have any questions.

Culture Night 2012

Cork County Council is currently planning a programme of events for Culture Night 2012 on September 21. On Culture Night, cultural and artistic organisations across Ireland will provide the public with free access to performances, workshops and other cultural activities. Events can range from storytelling to exhibitions, to concerts, street performances and dance performances etc, all of which reflect our rich culture. A countywide programme is planned for Cork. It is hoped that events will be staged by Arts and Theatre groups, Reader and Writer Circles, Historical groups, Heritage sites and others.  If your group would like to participate, please supply details to Paula Hanley, Project Co-ordinator at Cork County Council Arts Office, telephone 021 4346210 (Wed. to Fri.) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 10. Further information on www.culturenight.ie


Open by Andre Agassi.

Whether you are interested in sport or not, it matters little when it comes to Agassi's autobiography. A fascinating read .that categorises his rise to fame in the world of tennis. From  practising on the specially build court in his back yard to his time at the Bollettieri Academy, Agassi tells all .A truly absorbing, thrilling, engaging and well written book. Ideal for this Wimbledon fortnight or indeed any time.

Available from Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €11.99.

GIY   by Michael Kelly  

Tomatoes: There are some vegetables that you grow yourself and you really wonder whether it's worth the hassle, particularly if there are good commercial alternatives available.  But given the fact that most of the tomatoes in our supermarkets are the super-bland, all-year-round Dutch variety and taste of ....well nothing at all, having a good crop of your own tomatoes is really one of the most rewarding things you can do. Tomatoes that you grow yourself taste a million times nicer than anything you will buy in the supermarket - period.  This is because the overwhelming majority of commercial tomatoes are grown for superficial uniformity and shelf-life, rather than flavour. You are more likely to eat your own tomatoes as you would an apple rather than slice 'em up and put them in a sandwich. They are a sweet, sumptuous treat, best eaten warm and freshly picked.

I like being in touch with the seasonality of tomatoes though it is a bitter-sweet affair given how short the season is – tomatoes are basically in season for just a quarter of the year - four short months.  Ours are starting to ripen now and they will go on producing hopefully in to late October and then they will be no more and we will shed a tear.  We try to extend their season a little by getting the first seeds going on a warming mat in early spring at one end and by preserving the produce at the other end (storing, bottling, freezing etc).  If you want to really embrace seasonal food consumption, you could do worse then starting with the tomato.  Grow as many plants as your space will allow - nurture them, harvest, eat and store.  Enjoy them fresh from July until October and then in the winter enjoy your own 'processed' tomatoes too in what ever form you have converted them in to – then give yourself a break from them.  They are not in season, so don't be tempted to buy them.  When you have sampled the delectable taste of your own tomatoes, I promise you that you won't find this hard.

Sports Mad

Cork County Championships 2012

Senior Hurling Championship –

1st and 2nd Round winners

Carrigtwohill, Sarsfield's, Newtownshandrum, Douglas, Erin's Own, St. Finbarr's, Midleton, Ballymartle, Killeagh, Courcey Rovers, Na Piarsaigh, Bishopstown (1-8 to 0-10 winners over Glen Rovers).

3rd Round:

Cloyne v Glen Rovers

Bride Rovers  v  Blackrock

Colleges/Divisional Section Winners:

Avondhu   3 – 15   U.C.C.   0 - 20

C.I.T.  0 – 16     Carbery   0 - 9

4th Round  draws yet to be made.   Sixteen teams - Eight first round winners, four second round winners, two third round winners and two colleges/divisional section winners will be in the draw.

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

 First and 2nd Round Winners:

Carrigaline, Ballinhassig, Ballyhea, BLARNEY,  Kilbrittain, Youghal, Bandon, INNISCARRA, BALLINCOLLIG, Valley Rovers, Tracton, Mallow. 

3rd Round

AGHABULLOGUE  v  Newcestown

Castlelyons  v  Watergrasshill

4th Round draws to be made – 14 teams.

Intermediate Hurling Championship

First and 2nd Round winners:

Fermoy,  Argideen Rangers, Charleville, Ballygarvan, Fr O'Neill's, Meelin,  Milford, Kilworth, Barryroe, Aghada, St Catherine's, Kanturk. 

3rd Round

ÉIRE ÓG  v  Blackrock

DRIPSEY   0 – 10     Dromina   0 – 11

4th round draws to be made – 14 teams.

Relegation Play Off:  DRIPSEY   v   Blackrock or ÉIRE ÓG

Kanturk   5 – 14     Éire Óg   1 – 13

Level at half time in this second round Intermediate Hurling championship clash at Mallow on a score of 1-9 to 2-6, Éire Óg collapsed entirely in the second half after Kanturk restarted with a savage burst of scoring which saw the Duhallow side lead by 12 points early in the final quarter.  Éire Óg still have one chance left to stay in the championship and they will be hopeful of availing of that opportunity against Blackrock.
Kanturk started well and with Cork senior Lorcan McLoughlin starring at midfield, they went into an early 0-4 to 0-1, the Éire Óg point coming from the stick of free taker, John Dineen.  Éire Óg then scored three points in a row, John Dineen with one from a free and another from play and a point from play from Ciarán Sheehan which levelled matters at 0-4 each.  Kanturk struck for their first goal to go back in front and Éire Óg responded with points from frees from Dineen and Sheehan, to leave the score at the end of the first quarter at Kanturk 1-4 Éire Óg 0-6.  Lorcan McLoughlin now fired in a second goal for Kanturk and county footballer Aidan Walsh put another point over for the Duhallow men.  Éire Óg hit back with two points from Ciarán Sheehan, one from a free, and after county senior goalkeeper Anthony Nash twice denied them, Éire Óg at last got in when Tim O'Leary  lashed the sliotar to the Kanturk net from close range to leave the sides level again. Kevin Hallissey put a point over to put Éire Óg in front for the first and only time in the game but Kanturk drew level again with a point from a Lorcan McLoughlin free, to leave the half time score at Kanturk 2-6 Éire Óg 1-9 and it was anyone's game at this stage.
A superb goal for Kanturk within seconds of the restart had the Duhallow men flying and they followed on with two fast points, to open up a five-point gap after only four minutes play.  A rather fortuitous goal from out on the sideline followed and when Éire Óg replied with points from Ciarán Sheehan and John Dineen, Kanturk came back with a point, followed by a fifth goal, to leave the score at Kanturk 5-9 Éire Óg 1-11 at the three quarter stage.  It was all over at this stage and Kanturk had further points to open up a 12 point gap.  Dan O'Connor and Sheehan had two late points for Éire Óg but Kanturk had scored three more to emerge clear winners by a 13-point margin.  Scorers for Éire Óg were: Ciarán Sheehan 0-6 (0-4 frees, 0-1 '65') John Dineen 0-5 (0-4frees) Tim O'Leary 1-0, K Hallissey and Dan O'Connor 0-1 each.
Éire Óg; Paul Ryan: Shane McCarthy Tony Dineen, Cian O'Mahony: Barry Corkery, Daniel Goulding, Liam Murphy: Ciarán Sheehan, Derry O'Herlihy, E Murphy, Kevin Hallissey, Dan O'Connor: Tim O'Leary, John Dineen, Colm Murphy. Subs: David Sheehan, M O'Shea, Tim Crowley.

Dripsey   0 – 10     Dromina   0 – 11

This narrow defeat for Dripsey in difficult conditions at Kanturk means that their hopes of Intermediate championship glory are gone for this year and they now find themselves facing a relegation battle with either Éire Óg or Blackrock, with the losers going down to junior grade, a scenario that is anything but welcome. The sides were level at 0-2 each after the opening quarter and at half time Dripsey led by 0-7 to 0-5, Mark O'Sullivan effective at centre forward and accurate from frees.  On the restart, it was the turn of Dromina's free taker, Andrew O'Shaughnessy (0-7 from frees) to take centre stage and he put his side in front. As the conditions worsened, the Dromina men managed to keep their noses in front to the finish. Dripsey did have a few late chances but they failed to get the point needed to earn a replay and so are now facing a do-or-die relegation battle with a mounting injury list.  Dripsey: Aidan Buckley: Barry Kelleher, Tom Ahearne, Robert Daly:  John Carey, Conor Hayes, Stephen Murray: Shane Burke (0-1), Pat O'Riordan: David Buckley (0-2), Mark O'Sullivan (0-5, 0-4 frees): Daniel Buckley: Paul O'Regan. David O'Sullivan (0-2), Barry O'Regan (0-1). Sub; Diarmuid O'Riordan.

Senior Football Championship

Round 1 and Round 2 Winners:

Carbery Rangers, St Finbarrs, BALLINCOLLIG, Bishopstown, Castlehaven, Newcestown, O Donovan Rossa, Douglas, Newmarket, Clonakilty, Dohenys, Nemo Rangers.

Round Two Results:

Newmarket   0 – 10   Aghada   0 - 8

Clonakilty   1 – 15     St Nick's   1 - 12

Doheny's   1 – 14     Ilen Rovers   1 - 9

Nemo Rangers   2 – 20   Na Piarsaigh   3 - 9

Round Three:

Ilen Rovers  v  Na Piarsaigh

St Nick's  v  Aghada

Colleges/Divisions Section Winners:

Duhallow   2 – 11   Carbery   1 – 8 aet.

Avondhu   1 – 12     Beara   0 - 9

4th Round draws to be made – 16 teams, Eight first round winners, four 2nd round winners, two 3rd round winners and two winners from Colleges/Divisional section.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Round 1 and Round 2 Winners:

Mallow, St Michael's, NAOMH ABÁN, Valley Rovers, St Vincent's, Bantry Blues, Nemo Rangers, BÉAL Átha'n GHAORTHAIDH, Glenville, Clyda Rovers, Carrigaline, Kiskeam.

Round Three:

MACROOM  v Kinsale at Brinny, Sat.14 July, 7.30pm

Mayfield   1 – 6     BALLINORA   4 - 10

4th round draws to be made -  14 teams.

Relegation Play Off:

Mayfield   v  Kinsale or MACROOM

Ballinora   4 – 10     Mayfield   1 – 6

Ballinora are in the Round Four draw of the Premier Intermediate Football championship after a comprehensive win over Mayfield at Ballincollig.  The teams were level at 0-2 each after ten minutes when full forward Conor Murphy struck for the first of his three goals for Ballinora and the Mid Cork side went on to lead by 1-8 to 0-3 at half time despite kicking eight wides in that period.  On the restart, Michael Murphy, who had set up the first goal, took a sweet pass from Ian Wycherley and planted the ball in the Mayfield net to put Ballinora on the straight road to victory.  Points were exchanged as the sting went out of the game and the pace dropped.  Mayfield did make a brief late rally when a point was followed by a goal to make the score 2-10 to 1-5 but two late goals from Conor Murphy finished off the Mayfield challenge, left Ballinora safe in the premier grade and still in the2012 championship.  Ballinora: Eoin Walsh: Denis O'Neill, Garry O'Halloran, N Collins: Mark Kelleher, Cathal O'Connor, Tomas McGrath: Michael Hodge, Alan O'Neill: Ian Wycherley (0-2), Conor Brosnan (0-2, frees), Ben Ahern (0-1): Michael Murphy (1-2), Conor Murphy (3-2), Pat Fitton (0-1). Subs: Cian Lucey, David Crotty, Dara O'Neill.

Intermediate Football Championship

Round 1 and Round 2 Winners:

GRENAGH, Kildorrery, Fermoy, Ballydesmond, CANOVEE, Youghal, ÉIRE ÓG, Kanturk CILL na MARTRA, Glanworth, Adrigole, AGHABULLOGUE.

Round Three:

Glanmire  v  Castletownbere

Killavullen  v  Cloyne

4th round draws to be made – 14 teams. 

Aghabullogue   1 – 11     Cloyne   1 – 8

Aghabullogue footballers returned to winning ways with a convincing mid week performance against Cloyne in the second round of the Intermediate Football Championship at Páirc Uí Rinn. Aghabullogue had a great start to the game and led by 0-4 to nil before Cloyne hit back in lethal fashion. Niall Buckley had the first score of the game with a point from play and John Corkery converted two frees and added a point from play to put Aghabullogue four clear. Cloyne hit back strongly, scoring 1-6 without reply from Aghabullogue. Goalkeeper John Buckley made an impressive save for Aghabullogue and then John Corkery and Robert O'Keeffee each kicked a point, leaving just a goal between the sides at half time with Cloyne leading by 1-6 to 0-6.
Aghabullogue dominated the second half and combined sheer determination with a high level of skill. Evan O'Sullivan, put clear by Niall Buckley, kicked a great goal for Aghabullogue to level matters just minutes into the second half. Jerome Corkery and Robert O'Keeffe added a point each from play to put Aghabullogue in the lead but Cloyne did manage to score two further points to again level matters.  However the indomitable spirit of the Aghabullogue men saw them push ahead again with three great points from corner forward John Corkery and Aghbaullogue ran out well deserved winners in the end on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-8 and now go into an open draw to see who they face in the next round of the championship.
Aghabullogue: John Buckley:  Alan Hogan, Mark O'Brien, Donnacha Murphy: Jerome Corkery(0-1), Danny Buckley, Mark Long: Stephen Dennehy, Niall Buckley(0-1): Evan O'Sullivan (1-0), John Kelleher, Sean O'Sullivan: John Corkery(0-7, 0-3 frees), Robert O'Keeffe(0-2), Michael O'Sullivan. Subs: Brian Buckley, Paul O'Rourke, Dónal Twomey.

Mid Cork Championships

Ballincollig Credit Union Mid Cork Junior A Hurling Championship

First Round  Winners:

Cloughduv, Grenagh, Ballincollig, Éire Óg, Ballinora.

2nd Round (1st Round losers):

Aghabullogue   v   Blarney at Ballyanley, 6th July

Donoughmore   v   Kilmichael at Cloughduv, 4th July.

Inniscarra – bye

3rd Round (quarter finals) draws to be made.

Ross Oil Ltd. Mid Cork Junior 'A' Football Championship

First Round Winners:

Dripsey, Inniscarra, Iveleary, Kilmichael, Kilmurry, Macroom.

Round Two Results:

Blarney   1 – 9     Clondrohid   0 - 4

Donoughmore   1 – 16     Ballinora   1 - 3

Aghinagh   1 – 11     Ballincollig   0 - 12

Third Round:

Kilmurry   v   Donoughmore

Quarter Finals:

A  Aghinagh  v  Winners of Kilmurry/ Donoughmore

B  Kilmichael  v  Inniscarra

C  Iveleary  v  Macroom

D  Blarney  v  Dripsey

Semi Finals: A  v  B:  C  v  D

Blarney  1 – 9     Clondrohid   0 – 4

The second half of this game at the well prepared Rusheen venue was not very pleasant to watch, nor, one suspects, to play in.  It was riddled with fouls and frees, yellow cards and two red cards and the outcome, which looked uncertain at half time was assured by the three quarter stage when Clondrohid had been reduced to thirteen players against a full Blarney line out.  The winners consequently could afford to be methodical in their build up in the closing quarter without going flat out, as they were in a comfortable position long before their only goal from a penalty, scored three minutes from time.

The first half finished even on the scoreboard at 0-3 each.  Blarney had opened the scoring with a Brian Hurley point from a free inside a minute and Hurley repeated the exercise in the 11th minute.  Nineteen minutes had elapsed before Clondrohid opened their account with a fine point from Mathew McDonagh and the sides were level two minutes later when McDonagh pointed a free.  Paul O'Leary put Blarney ahead again but Mathew McDonagh pointed a long range free to level the scores before the break.  With wind advantage in the second half one would have given Clondrohid every chance of victory at half time even though they had been under pressure for most of the first half. Sean O'Sullivan put Blarney back in front on the restart and Clondrohid had a forward dismissed for a second yellow card offence in the 35th minute.  Blarney had points from a Brian Hurley free and from Keith Costelloe before Fergal Kelleher had the only second half score for Clondrohid, a point in the 41st minute.  Three minutes later the issue was decided when a second Clondrohid forward was dismissed, this time a straight red, and thereafter it was only a matter of time before Blarney applied the finishing blows.  Keith Costelloe opened up a three point gap in the 49th minute and Brian Hurley pointed another two frees before a late penalty award saw corner back, Mark Cremin, expertly slot the spot kick to the net to seal a comprehensive victory for the champions of 2009 and 2010.  Blarney: Shane Jordan: Mark Cremin, Eoghan Murphy, Brendan Hallahan: Donal O'Neill, Mark O'Leary, Shane Spillane: Paul O'Leary, Paul Hallissey: James O'Sullivan, Brian Hurley, Damian Hyde: Sean O'Sullivan, Conor Foley, Keith Costelloe. Subs: Robert White and Ivan O'Leary.  Clondrohid: Brendan Kelleher: Oliver Kelleher, Neil Corkery, Sean O'Connor: Richard Balfe, Jeremy O'Sullivan, Conor O'Leary: Trevor O'Brien, Fergal Kelleher: Vincent O'Riordan, Mathew McDonagh, Conor Desmond: Declan Kelleher, Aidan Kelleher, Paddy Lynch. Subs; Danny O'Riordan, Neilus Murphy, Daniel O'Mahony, Sean Lynch, David Lynch. Referee: Mr. Pat O'Leary, Kilmurry. 

Donoughmore   1 – 16     Ballinora   1- 3

As expected, Donoughmore were too strong for the second Ballinora fifteen at Ballyanley.  The reigning champions led by 1-8 to 0-1 at half time and even though Ballinora battled bravely to the finish, they were never in live contention to win this game.  James Twomey had the Donoughmore goal midway through the half and Colin Walsh had the only Ballinora first half score.  In the second half David Crotty had a point for Ballinora and Dara O'Neill scored a fine goal and added a point.  Donoughmore scores came from a range of attackers with Aidan O'Shea, Shane Healy and Colm O'Callaghan to the fore.  Donoughmore, champions in 2011, have a reduced panel available at the moment with injuries among the reasons accounting for the absence of some of last year's regulars such as Daniel Forde and James Honohan. Donoughmore: Evan Forde: Dan O'Sullivan, Denis O'Connell, Dan McSweeney: Stephen Golden, Connie Buckley, Aidan Corkery: Tom Daly, Conor Kelleher: Sean Daly, Shane Healy, Stephen O'Connor: Colm O'Callaghan, James Twomey, Aidan O'Shea. Subs: Ollie Murphy and Barry Crowley.   Ballinora: Timmy Connollly: Eoin Lucey, Michael Twohig, John O'Regan: Shane Rock, Miceal Fenton, Brian Murphy: David Crtotty, Aodhán O'Connor: Darren Hegarty, Dara O'Neill, Philip Cantillon: Colin Walsh, Barry Crowley, Shane Brosnan. Subs: Cormac Field, Gearoid Dineen. 

Aghinagh   1 – 11     Ballincollig   0 – 12

Aghinagh had a fine win over a fancied Ballincollig side at Coachford to earn a quarter final spot in the championship.  Few people who had seen Aghinagh go down to Kilmichael in the opening round would have given them much chance against a strong Ballincollig side but, in the month between both games, the panel obviously got down to serious training and the selectors rearranged their line out so that it was altogether a different Aghinagh team that took the field on this occasion.

Aghinagh took an early lead with a punched point from Barry O'Leary in the 5th minute being the opening score of the game.  Jeremiah Corkery doubled their advantage two minutes later but Ballincollig had a point to leave the score at 0-2 to 0-1 after ten minutes.  At the start of the second quarter Aghinagh had a few golden minutes with a point from a Barry O'Leary free followed by a smashing Mikey O'Brien point and then, in the 17th minute, a goal of real class from Declan Ambrose who took on the defence and even though off balance, managed to flick the ball high to the roof of the Ballincollig net to put Aghinagh 1-4 to 0-1 in front.  From here to the interval however Ballincollig came back into contention and only a series of fine saves from goalkeeper Paul O'Sullivan kept Ballincollig from doing more damage.  As it was, Ballincollig had four points in a row from Ryan Hogan, Alan O'Donovan, Rob Noonan and Niall Allen, to cut the deficit to the minimum and when Declan Ambrose eased the pressure with an Aghinagh point in the 28th minute, Niall Allen replied for Ballincollig and the score at half time was 1-5 to 0-7 in favour of Aghinagh.

The second half was as enjoyable a half hour of football as one could wish for with both teams playing intelligent football, the issue always in doubt, some great scores from both sides and no messing.  Donal Corkery had an Aghinagh point after five minutes but Ballincollig came back to draw level with points from Luke Prendergast and Rob Noonan by the 38th minute.  Jeremiah Corkery put Aghinagh back in front in the 45th minute and Mikey O'Brien extended their lead a minute later. Alan O'Donovan pointed a Ballincollig free but Declan Ambrose reopened the two point gap.  Again Ballincollig cut the deficit to a point with a point from Cathal Fleming but in the 55th minute Ross Crowley set up Barry O'Leary for a point for Aghinagh, 1-10 to 0-11.  John Paul O'Leary now had a point for Ballincollig as the full time whistle approached and there was every likelihood of an equaliser but in injury time it was the outstanding Donal Corkery who sealed victory for Aghinagh, taking a pass from his brother Jeremiah and kicking confidently over the bar.

Aghinagh used twenty players in this game and all played their part in a great victory, with the young substitutes (and the more experienced James Ambrose) all making an impact.  Aghinagh: Paul O'Sullivan: Jeremiah Kelleher, Seamus O'Leary, Alan Hourihan: Trevor Burns, Dave Barry, Paudie O'Sullivan: Con Lehane, Mikey O'Brien (0-2): Sean Horgan, Donal Corkery (0-2), Jeremiah Corkery (0-2): Barry O'Leary (0-3, 0-1 free), Declan Ambrose (1-2), Kieran Lehane. Subs: Ross Crowley, Sean Kelleher, Donagh McCarthy, William Coakley, James Ambrose.
Ballincollig: John Noonan: Brendan Fitzgerald, Noel O'Toole, Adrian Hanley: Luke Prendergast, JP O'Leary, JP Murphy: John LawSAlor, Cathal Fleming: Rob Noonan, Niall Allen, Killian Coleman: Ryan Hogan, Fergal Keohane, Alan O'Donovan. Subs: Brian O'Connor, Dave Tobin, James Cotter.

Mid Cork Junior B Football Championship

First Round (Knock Out):

A  Canovee   Donoughmore

B  Cill na Martra   Naomh Abán

C  Gleann na Laoi    Éire Óg

D  Grenagh   Aghabullogue

E  Kilmurry  Clondrohid

Second Round:

A  v  B, C  v  D,

E  v  Iveleary, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh  v  Ballincollig

Macroom GAA

Intermediate Football League:

Macroom 1-9. Ballydesmond 0-12

Macroom travelled to Ballydesmond for their seventh County League Division Three game and their final competitive game before facing Kinsale at Brinny in the 'last chance saloon' Premier Intermediate championship game on 14 July. Conditions were not great with heavy showers and a strong wind blowing down the pitch. Macroom, playing with the aid of the wind in the first half, opened the scoring with two points from frees by Andrew Hegarty and these were followed by two from play from David Horgan. Ballydesmond then opened their scoring with a pointed free and Macroom had a goal from Ciaran Murphy. Ballydesmond got two points back from play and Macroom added another point after a great run out of defence by Rory Buckley. Ballydesmond had a point just before half time to leave the score at the break Macroom 1-5. Ballydesmond 0-4. Ballydesmond, now playing with the wind, took the game to Macroom and after 10 minutes had the lead reduced to one point but Macroom dug deep and two points from Tony Dineen and a point from Conor O'Sullivan kept them in the game. Ballydesmond drew level with five minutes to go and both sides exchanged points with the Macroom point coming from Andrew Hegarty to leave the teams level at the finish. Macroom:- James O'Connell, Peter Lynch, Eoin O'Mahony, John Angland, Sean Kiely, Rory Buckley(1), Michael Cahill, Darren Kelly, Brian Lynch, David Horgan(2), Ciaran Murphy(1-0), Tony Dineen(2), Conor O'Sullivan(1), John Goold, Andrew Hegarty(3).  Subs Used:- Pat Kelleher, John Ryan.

Junior Football

Macroom Juniors, who play Iveleary in the Mid Cork championship on Saturday 7th July at Annahala (7.30 pm throw in), played Naomh Abán in the Mid Cork Division Two league at Macroom and victory went to the home side on a 1-11 to 0-5 scoreline.  Macroom are top of the league table, unbeaten after seven games, but Iveleary are in Division One and are also unbeaten in the higher division.  Macroom defeated Ballinora in the opening round while Iveleary had a fine win over Ballincollig. The Macroom team on that occasion was: Dylan Dineen: James O'Connor, Concubhair Murray, Martin O'Donnell: Richard McSweeney, Paul Kelleher, David Cotter: Kieran O'Shea, Brian Tiernan: Darren Creed, David Horgan, Colm Casey; Patrick Kelleher, John Ryan, Conor Hurley. Subs: Darragh Crowley, William O'Riordan, Stephen Crowley.  Martin O'Donnell, David Horgan and Pat Kelleher have since been promoted to Intermediate ranks. 

Canovee G.A.A.

Junior football league Division 2 Canovee 0 – 8 Naomh Abán 1 – 9.
Canovee 3 – 5 Kilmurry 3 – 11.
On June 23 Canovee played Kilmurry in the Minor A Football League at Carrigadrohid. The teams played good football in a very competitive game. Canovee led at half time 1 – 4 to 1 – 2 with Aidan Moynihan scoring the Canovee goal. A second Canovee goal from James Moynihan kept Canovee ahead and, with ten minutes to go, the sides were level.. Kilmurry then got on top and despite a third Canovee goal from Darren Twomey, Kilmurry ran out deserving winners. Canovee: Mark Healy, Sean Twomey, Niall Cronin, Colin Murphy, Blake Ring, Michael Dunne, Liam Murphy, Shane O'Riordan, Darren Twomey, James Moynihan, Aidan Murphy, Ciarán Canty  Tadhg O'Riordan, Aidan Moynihan, Colin Looney. Subs. Cathal O'Connell, James Verling, James O'Sullivan. Upcoming Fixture: Canovee are due to play Castlelyons in the Minor A Football Championship c. July 19.
Canovee 1- 7  Bride Rovers 2 – 3;
Canovee 2 – 13 St. Catherine's 1 – 1.
Canovee are through to the semi-final of the under 14 B East Football championship against Aghinagh following two home victories. In the first game a goal from Gavin Hickey helped Canovee come from behind to beat Bride Rovers by one point. In the second game, two goals from Conal O'Donovan and Gavin Hickey helped Canovee to an easy victory over St. Catherine's.
Canovee 1 – 9 Kanturk 0 – 14
On July 1 Canovee played Kanturk in the Intermediate Football League Division 4 in Kanturk. With strong teams on duty, Canovee struggled to find best form. A goal by Sean O'Connor helped Canovee to lead at half time 1 – 5 to 0 – 5. In the second half it took two late points to seal victory for Kanturk. Canovee now have 12 points out of 16 in the League. Canovee: Tommy Murphy, Donal Murphy, James McCarthy, Gearóid Lucey, John O'Brien, Timmy Lyons, Ger Ahern, Eamonn Lyons, Sean O'Connor, Pat Dunlea, Andrew Cronin, Denis O'Sullivan, Marie Verling, Aidan Moynihan, Con Dunne. Sub. Darragh Ring.
Canovee Annual Golf Classic is on Friday 13 July in Macroom Golf Club. All support would be very welcome. Teams of three  €150. Enquirise to Dave Healy. Phone 086 8180585.
Lotto:July 1:. Numbers Drawn: 1, 4, 5, 16,; No winner. €50 Darren Shine, Carrigadrohid. €25 Christy Fitzgerald, Carrigadrohid; James O'Neill, Carrigadrohid. Jack the Joker, Jerry Moynihan. Next draw in the Sportsman's Bar Aherla for jackpot of €12800.

Tour de Munster Charity Cycle

Celebrity cyclist Sean Kelly officially launched the 12th Annual Tour de Munster, an annual four day charity cycle which takes place from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th August 2012. It will see 150 amateur cyclists travel 600km around the six counties of Munster in aid of beneficiary for the third time in a row - Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI Munster branches). Participants collect individual sponsorship and the tour is accompanied by volunteers who make collections in the cities, towns and villages along the route. Everyone participating in the event covers their own costs so that all funds raised go directly to the six branches of Down Syndrome Ireland in Munster.
For up to date information and developments on the Tour please log onto www.tourdemunster.com or you can follow the Tour on twitter @tourdemunster. The route on Sunday, August 12 brings the cyclists from Kenmare to Cork, via  Caha Pass, Glengarriff, Ballylickey, Gouganebarra, Ballingeary, Inchigeela and Macroom.

An Post Rebel Tour 2012

Registration is now live at www.corkrebeltour.ie for the An Post Rebel Tour 2012. The cycling event, sponsored by An Post, in association with the Irish Sports Council, encourages communities around the country to get on their bikes during the weekend September 15 – 16 and enjoy stunning scenery ranging from majestic mountains to picturesque countryside and rural villages.  There are four different routes to suit all levels of cyclist and the event promises to be a great way for families to spend a day of fun together, while the serious rider can enjoy a greater challenge.  The 160km Rebel Challenge is not for the faint hearted; the 85km Rebel Rider ventures into the Kingdom; the 55km Rebel Cruise takes you on a scenic odyssey while the family fun cycle – the 10km Rebel Pedal - offers families a fun and a leisurely cycle which will allow participants of all ages the opportunity to complete a 10km circuit in Glengarriff,  Cork city, Kanturk and Macroom. Registration forms and more details of these events on www.corkrebeltour.ie or contact The Cork Sports Partnership on 021- 4665081.  Please note that the closing date for the entries will be Wednesday September 12th. No entries on the day of the event.

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 Muskerry RFC team, winners of Under 17 South Munster Cup (rugby), defeating  Cork Constitution RFC.   © 

Muskerry Judo Club

Ronan Manning won a bronze medal at the Kent International two day event in Crystal Palace, London, in the under 16 years' category. Ronan's was one of the seven medals won by the Irish Judo team at under 16 level. Tara Murphy, Niamh Looney and Tyrone Murphy from Muskerry judo club also represented Ireland. The Kent International is a very prestigious event in the British judo calendar, with teams from Holland, France, Germany, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland taking part. Lloyd Manning won gold in the senior -73kg category, making a great come back to judo and competition, having been out with injury for the last four months. He won all fights by ippon (maximum Points), the only member of the Irish Judo Team to win a senior medal at this event.

Macroom FC Update.

With all team seasons over, there are plenty of happenings at the club throughout the summer, along with preparations for the new season underway also.
July 9th -13th: Last chance for the FAI Summer Soccer Camp at Murray Field, Macroom.  10.30am – 15.00pm. Register online at www.summersoccerschools.ie. Cost is €99 per child and is suitable for juniors aged 6-14.
July 9th also sees the kick off of the Mini European Championships at Murray Field, Macroom at 06.30. This tournament is for all the academy players, and is run over a 4 week period.
July 21st, 22nd : Macroom FC 7-a-sides tournament, to be held at the Town Park and Murray Field, Macroom. Team entry is €100 and application forms are available from Murrays Bar or from Brian Murphy on (087) 9515644.
Pre Season training to commence shortly for Adult sides Macroom A and B. New players most welcome, please contact by text Denis Murray on (087) 2941780, or visit the website at www.macroomfc.com at click the contact us link.