Lee Valley Outlook - Jul 19 2012 v9e15

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The Spirit of Macroom  ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Briery Gap: Cinema: Wednesday 25th July: 8.30p.m. Dirty Dancing
Tuesday 31st July @ 8.00 pm St Padre Pio Experiences
Wednesday 1st August: 8.30p.m. Neil Young Heart of Gold
Sunday 5th August; 3p.m.The Jungle Book 2
Wednesday 8th August: 8.30p.m. Pulp Fiction
Summer Trad Sessions: Castle Hotel, Macroom every Tuesday
Mills Inn, Ballyvourney every Thursday
Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney every Saturday
Bell Inn Clondrohid every Sunday in July 6 to 8 pm.
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:
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.
Art Exhibition by Ann Mechelinck at Peacock Farm Tea Rooms during July.
Donoughmore Carnival 19th to 22nd of July
J.J. Long Golf Classic: at Macroom Golf Club, July 19 and 20
Know your Neighbour evening at The Ploughman's Bar Ballinagree at 7pm on Fri  July 20th.
Aghina N.S. Caum: Centenary Mass in school on Fri. 20 July @ 8 pm
Ordination of Damien Lynch, Cúil Aodha to the priesthood on Sun. 22 July in Baile Mhúirne church.  
Wedding Afternoon at Castle Hotel, Macroom, Sun. July 22nd 12 - 4pm
Féile Cill na Martra Dé Domhnaigh 29ú Iúil ag 2 p.m. i bPáirc Uí Chuana.
Tour de Munster charity cycle for Down's Syndrome, Aug. 9 – 12.
Ted's Opel-Vauxhall Run on Sat., August 11
Tractor Run: Crumlin to Mercy Hospital, Cork, Aug. 17 – 19.
Ballingeary Show Sunday 26th August. Details www.ballingearyshow.com
An Post Rebel Tour 2012 Sat. and Sun. Sept.15 – 16

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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 Macroom Bridge, where a pedestrian walkway is to be erected  ©Lee Valley Outlook

New Footbridge

Macroom is to have a new pedestrian way when a footbridge will be constructed on the outside wall of the bridge over the Sullane at the bottom of New Street. The new footbridge will link the footpath at the old cemetery with the Masseytown Road footpath, a major safety measure. This new footbridge will be suspended over the Sullane at the Masseytown (northern side) of the bridge and will be a great convenience for the hundreds of students of De La Salle College and other pedestrians who at present must cross the busy roadway on their way to and from school or home. Work commenced on July 16th and it is planned to have the project completed by Christmas.
Macroom Bridge is beautiful in form and rich in history but nowadays carries traffic its original designers could ever have envisaged. It carries up to 17,000 vehicles a day – many of them large trucks - on the N22 National Primary Route, as well as hundreds of pedestrians and all on a 7metre wide bridge deck; since it is the only pedestrian and vehicular link between the east and west of Macroom Town. In June 2007, driven primarily by the fact that the existing footpath was only 1metre wide in places, Macroom Town Council put a proposal to the NRA asking it to construct a pedestrian walkway outside the parapet wall on the north face of the bridge. This proposal was incorporated into the 2009 Town Development Plan and was finally adopted by the NRA. Roughan O'Donovan won the tender to design the footbridge, with appearance, cost and the ability to build the structure whilst keeping the bridge open high on the list of requirements. In 2011 a CPO was published to acquire the land necessary for the works and finally in 2012 the works went to public tender. John Craddock Ltd. won the competition to build the pedestrian bridge.
You may follow the progress of work at www.macroom.ie on the Macroom Town Council page.

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At the official opening of the Aether Art Exhibition at Macroom Town Hall Gallery, from left, Mary O'Driscoll, Debbie Godsell, exhibitor and Heather Adair, Bawnmore    ©Lee Valley Outlook

Works on N22 through Macroom from July 16  

The long heralded Bord Gáis pipe laying process in Macroom Town is finally under way. One crew will started work outside the graveyard at the western side of the town on the N22 on July 16 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 is concentrating 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 started work 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 finished by January 2013. Regular updates will be available on the Macroom website at www.macroom.ie

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 Derry Canty, representing the County Mayor; Ian McDonagh, Cork County Council Arts Officer and Mayor of Macroom, Owen McCarthy at the official opening of the Aether Art Exhibition at Macroom Town Hall Gallery     ©Lee Valley Outlook

 "Aether" at Town Hall Gallery

Artists and friends of the exhibitors came from all over Munster to the official opening of Aether in the Town Hall Gallery, Macroom on July 6. The work of Debbie Godsell, Macroom; Lorraine Neeson, Killarney; Catherine Hehir, Clare and Noelle Noonan, Bweeng will be on show until August 3. Their pieces are challenging and original and this exhibition provides an 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 whole. Ian McDonagh, Arts Officer with Cork County Council, thanked Macroom Town Council for making space available for local exhibitions by developing artists during the past nine summers. He paid special tribute to curator, Norah Norton and Joe Cunningham, Town Council staff, for his invaluable help in mounting the exhibition. Owen McCarthy, speaking at one of his first official functions as Mayor of Macroom, thanked all involved and put Cork County Council on notice that he intends seeking their help in developing the Church of Ireland building as an Arts Centre. Councillor Derry Canty, representing the Mayor of County Cork, said that Ian McDonagh has done splendid work over the years, promoting art in the county by means of creative and futuristic projects. Norah Norton introduced poet and broadcaster, Theo Dorgan, who wrote an essay for the catalogue and officially opened the exhibition. Mr. Dorgan maintains that despite all the doom and gloom there are still things that matter in the country. Art and artists can be our salvation through their heart and courage, imagination, honesty and integrity.
Opening Hours at the Town Hall Gallery: Tue-Sat  10.30am – 5.30pm. Admission Free. Catalogue available.

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Macroom Golf Club Drive for Dads presentation in aid of Breakthrough Cancer Research. From left, Teresa Looney, President; Eoghan O'Sullivan, Breakthrough Cancer Research, Kitty Horgan, John Bowen, organiser, Michael O'Mahony, captain and Tess Kelleher. © Lee Valley Outlook

St. Colman's on Tour 

6th class pupils at St. Colman's BNS finished off their school year with a most memorable school trip to Leeds and Manchester. During an action packed two days, the boys, accompanied by their teachers, visited Raynville Primary School in Leeds, with whom the Macroom school has built up a great friendship over the last 5 years and teachers and pupils regularly exchanging visits. The boys also enjoyed a guided tour of Manchester United's home ground at Old Trafford.

Pic 23 Kristin Gleeson with her books 'Selkie Dreams' and 'Anahaeo: A Wilderness Spirit', launched by Paula Walker at Macroom Library.  ©Lee Valley Outlook

Summer outing 

Macroom senior citizens were favoured with fine weather when they headed off for East Cork on their annual summer outing. The Macroom group had Cobh as their destination but visited the Farmers' Market in Midleton on their way and had their morning coffee in the busy East Cork town. Then it was on to Cobh, the centre this year for many commemorative events connected with the Titanic sinking centenary – Cork being the last port of call for the ill-fated liner on its maiden voyage. Cobh during the month of July is staging a vintage fair with lifestyles of the Victorian and Edwardian age being recreated with horse and trap transport, penny-farthing bikes etc. in use in the town. In addition, the Heritage Centre has a major Titanic Experience exhibition and many of the visitors from Macroom had a very pleasant afternoon in the lovely port town. St Colman's Cathedral was also very popular for many in the group and the walk along the deep water quayside looking out on Haulbowline was most pleasant. On the journey home the Macroom group stopped at Mai Fitz's Bar and Restaurant at Lissarda for their evening meal before returning home to base after a most pleasant day.

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Celebrating the Fourth of July and the launch of the Wednesday night Film Season at the Briery Gap, Macroom are Noreen Dollard, Garry Murphy, Laura Lagerquist, Con Foley,  Mayor Eoin McCarthy, Evelyn Mungovan and Brian O'Driscoll.  ©Lee Valley Outlook

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.

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

Summer Matinees at 3p.m.: Admission €4.

Sunday 5th August; The Jungle Book 2

Sunday 12th August Pinnochio

Sunday 19th August The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Sunday 26th August Mary Poppins

Upcoming Fixtures:

Tuesday 31st July @ 8.00 pm St Padre Pio Experiences with Donal Enright and D D O'Mahony. Admission: Free
Saturday 18th August @ 8.30 pm; Heart to Heart—Featuring Gloria; Tickets €15

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Preparing for the Liz Lucey Run in Inchigeela. From left: Seamus Twohig, Dan Kelleher, Fr. Cotter P.P., Conchúr Lucey, Anne FitzGerald, Siobhan Twomey McCarthy and Máire Lucey.   ©Nora Twomey


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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
Aghinagh  Macra na Feirme will host a Know your Neighbour  evening at The Ploughman's Bar Ballinagree at 7pm on Friday July 20th. Music by Back on Track with DJ Mike. Free BBQ, Bouncing Castle, face painting, milk the cow and much more. Fun for all the Family. Voluntary contributions will be accepted on behalf of Marymount Hospice and the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association

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.
Taispeantás Beal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh 2012: Ballingeary Show will take place on Sunday 26th August. Entry forms will be available at end of July. More details on www.ballingearyshow.com

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 Jim Murray and Michael Flanagan entertain the gathering in the Briar Rose, Inchigeela after the Liz Lucey Run   ©Nora Twomey.  

Liz Lucey Run: The 3rd annual Liz Lucey Run in aid of Marymount Hospice drew great crowds to Inchigeela and Gougane Barra on July 8. It included walkers, cyclists, tractors & vintage cars and motor bikes.  Walkers chose different routes in Gougane while cyclists and all other vehicles set off from Inchigeela. Great crowds converged on the Briar Rose, Inchigeela for an evening of traditional music after the run. Total sponsorship raised will be announced at a later date.  

Cheque for Museum: Pupils  from Kilmurry N.S. recently presented €520, proceeds of a school jumble sale, to Kilmurry Historical & Archaeological Association to go towards the new museum development in Kilmurry Village. Tony Murphy (Vice Chairman of Kilmurry Historical & Archaeological Association) accepted the cheque and said the presentation is a great vote of confidence in the effort currently ongoing in the community to build a new museum in the village.

Corcaigh v Ciarraí: D'imir cailíní ó fhoireann peile Naomh Abán, cailíní faoi 10 ó Chill na Martra agus Baile Mhúirne le chéile, i gcoinne Gleann Fleisce agus chríochnaigh an cluiche le na fóirne ar chomhscór - 2.5 in aghaidh 1.8. Bhí na foirne gléasta mar Corcaigh agus Ciarraí.

Peacock Farm Tea rooms is open every Saturday and Sunday 10am-6.00pm located between Crookstown and Coppeen on the R585. An Art Exhibition by Ann Mechelinck is on view at Peacock Farm Tea Rooms during July.

Coachford AFC Lotto  9/7/2012, Jackpot: €1,200, Numbers Drawn: 2 - 16 - 17, No Winner, €20 Winners: Bill Donovan, Vicky Buckley, Dan O' Mahony, Willie Barrett, John O' Connell (Yearly Ticket).
Results 16/7/2012, Jackpot: €1,300, Numbers Drawn: 11 - 22 - 29, Winner: Robert O' Riordan, €20 Winners: Grace Donovan, Jillian O' Shea, Frank Buckley, Tom & Marie Riordan (Yearly Ticket), Sheila O' Riordan (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

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Action from  Guerilla Days in Ireland at Theatre by the Lake  July 25 to August 5.   ©Lee Valley Outlook

Theatre by the Lake

Theatre by the Lake is in full production at Gougane Barra during the summer season. The hilarious 'Faulty Towers – the Dining Experience' brings chaos, fun and good food up to July 22. Guerilla Days in Ireland, premiered at Theatre by the Lake in 2011, is back for a two week run, July 25 to August 5. The play - that has been adapted for the stage from Tom Barry's book, 'Guerrilla Days in Ireland' - was a huge success last year. The four actors, Brendan Conroy, Aidan O'Hare, Micheál Grennell and Jack Walsh - are well known for their past appearances in Kilnaskully', 'Ros na Rún', 'Glenroe', 'The Wind That Shakes The Barley', 'Fair City' and 'The Clinic.' The older Tom Barry sits at his desk at the side of the stage writing his book, telling us –the audience- about what happened during the 'Troubles', while young Tom Barry is on the main part of the stage acting it out. Gun shots and flashing lights, make you feel as if you're right there in the heart of the action, when Tom Barry was training the men of West Cork.
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.  Bookings at 026 47069

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Pupils from Muinefliuch N.S. receiving their second green flag at an awards ceremony in the Silversprings Hotel   ©An Scoil

Clondrohid Updates

Summer camp took place the first week of July amid all the showers and gloomy weather. It was well attended every day and well enjoyed by everyone. The trainers for the camp were Damien Cahalane, Eoin O'Mahony, Alan Cadogan, Fiachra Lynch, Jamie Wall Stephen Quinn, Conor Desmond, Conor O'Leary and Richard Balfe. They were assisted by Neilus Murphy, Sean O'Callaghan, David O'Leary, Mark Creed, Gary Kelleher and Liam Slattery. Special visitors at the camp were Bríd Stack and Cork footballer, David Gould. Well done to all involved in the organising of the camp.
GROW : Grow is a 12 step personal development programme which helps people cope with emotional and mental health issues. Grow meetings, which are held in Macroom at the Family resource Centre Masseytown every Tuesday night at 8pm, are totally confidential, voluntary, and open to everyone and are relaxed and friendly.
Have a Ball : With the long summer holidays in full swing and the weather remaining dreary, why not pop in to the Library and enquire about this 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. Secondary school children are also catered for in a short story competition.
G.A.A.  On Thursday July 5 Clondrohid Minor Hurlers, in an away match, were defeated by Ballyygarvan. On Saturday July 7 the U14 Football league took place in Clondrohid between Clondrohid and Kilmichael and the game ended in a draw. Clondrohid Minor Hurlers, in an away match, were defeated by Ballygarvan. The U14 Football league took place in Clondrohid between Clondrohid and Kilmichael and the game ended in a draw. Junior "B" football championship, Clondrohid v Kilmurry, took place in Macroom and Kilmurry were the winners. In the Minor football league, Clondrohid v Aghinagh, Aghinagh were the winners. The U14 football championship match took place in Clondrohid against Kilnamartyra and Clondrohid lost by six points. 
Youth 2000 Annual Summer Festival: will be held in Clonmacnoise, Co Offaly from August 9 to August 12. Book on line at www.youyh2000.ie. Free bus from Cork. For more details contact Gillian on 0872238547.
Bereavement Support: There is a special loneliness for those who find themselves bereaved. Bereaved people today may not have families nearby to support them in their time of pain or may have family close by but feel they cannot burden them with their feelings of pain, loss, numbness, anger, etc. The recently formed bereavement group in Macroom provides support, understanding, and assurance of being listened to in confidence at this most difficult time. Support team members have experienced and processed grief and loss in their own lives and are trained to facilitate others who are now grieving. So why not drop into any one of the centres for a chat and a cup of tea. The Family Centre, Masseytown, last Thursday of every month 6pm to 7.30pm and the Thrift Shop, Main St., Macroom, last Monday of every month 10.30 am to 12 noon. Or you can telephone 0871207476 for an appointment.
Lotto: 11th July; Jackpot €5000;  €70 Eileen Lynch Kilnamatrya, €20 Gerard Kelleher, Kealkil; Bernie Sheehan, c/o Ann Corkery; Seamus & Alise, Cúil Aodha; Paula O'Sullivan Crookstown.
Bingo: In Community Hall every Wednesday night. Jackpot: €2,100.

Donoughmore Carnival

Donoughmore Carnival 2012 is currently in full swing and continues on Friday, July 20, Saturday and Sunday, 21 and 22
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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Páistí ag Campa Samhraidh Naomh Abán   © Nóra Ní Luasa

Óirniú Sagart ó Chúil Aodha

The Gaeltacht community in Cúil Aodha are putting the finishing touches to preparations for a historic celebration on Sunday 22 July when the first ordination of a local man in over 50 years takes place in the parish church. Damien Lynch, shortly to be Fr. Damien Lynch, is the son of Gerard and Nora Lynch.  He has spent the past seven years studying for the priesthood at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth and was ordained a Deacon there in January this year.  Damien is very talented as a singer and musician and has been a lifelong member of Cór Chúil Aodha, the choir founded by Seán Ó Riada and now directed by his son, Peadar Ó Riada.  On Sunday, at a ceremony presided over by the Archbishop of Cashel, Dr. Diarmuid Clifford, he will be ordained a Priest in St Abán's Church in Baile Mhúirne.  The ordination will be followed by a reception in the Malton Hotel in Killarney for over 400 invited guests. 
Next day, Monday 23 July, the newly ordained Fr. Lynch will celebrate his First Mass in his own church in Cúil Aodha.  This Mass takes place at 7pm and will be followed by a community celebration in the local hall, Áras Éamon Mac Suibhne.  A night of music and song is guaranteed and refreshments will also be available.  An open invitation has been issued to all parishioners to attend the Mass and the celebration. 
The festivities don't end there as the next day, Tuesday 24 July, Fr Lynch will celebrate Mass for the first time in his Parish Church in Baile Mhúirne.  There is an open invitation for Parishioners to attend this Mass at 7pm. 
Tá pobal Chúil Aodha ag obair go dícheallach ag ullmhú don ocáid stairiúil ar an Domhnac, 22 Iúil, nuair a ornófar fear óg áitiúil, Damien Lynch, ina shagart ag searmanas i Séipéal Naomh Abán i mBaile Mhúirne.  Is é an chéad oirniú d'fhear ó Chúil Aodha le breis is 50 bliain.   Léighfidh an tAthair Damien, a Chéad Aifreann i Séipéal Naomh Ghobnait i gCúil Aodha ar an Luan, 23 Iúil ag 7in. I ndiaidh an Aifrinn beidh ceiliúradh pobail in Áras Éamoinn Mhic Suibhne i gCúil Aodha agus tá fáilte roimh gach éinne sa pharóíste chuig an cheiliúradh agus an Aifreann. An lá dár gcionn, Dé Máirt 24 Iúil, beidh an tAthair Damien ag ceiliúradh Aifrinn i Séipéal Abán i mBaile Mhúirne ag 7in.  Arís tá fáilte roimh gach éinne. Tá obair ar bun go leanúnach i gCúil Aodha ag ullmhú don ocáid stairiúil.  Bhí teaghlaigh amuigh gach lá ag bailiú brúscair agus ag glanadh suas is ag cur snása ar an mbaile beag Gaeltachta. Tá meithil bailithe anois chun obair a dhéanamh ar an gcóisir a bheidh ar siúl Dé Luain sa halla agus tá oíche mór de cheol, d'amhráin agus do shiamsaíocht geallta. 

Féile Chill na Martra

Tionólfar Féile Cill na Martra Dé Domhnaigh 29ú Iúil ag 2 p.m. i bPáirc Uí Chuana. Beidh spraoi agus sport ar fáile do ghach einne ann, ina measc, Pig on a Spit & BBQ; Gladiator Mór; Bungee Swing; Caisleáin Aeir; Rásaí do ghach aois grúpa; Cá dtitfidh an Cic?; Cá ndéanfaidh an chearc a .....?; (Where will the hen .....?); Veain Uachtar Reoite; Siopa Mór; Comórtas Ealaíona; Tae & Cácaí; Aoi Speisialta agus Alán Eile

Ted's Opel-Vauxhall Run 2012

Ted O'Connell, Cill na Martra, is currently organising "Ted's Opel-Vauxhall Run 2012", for the 5th successive year. Last year a total of 84 cars took part - the biggest Opel - Vauxhall event in the country and merited a seven page feature in "Total Vauxhall" Magazine in the UK. This year's Run, which it is anticipated will be bigger and better than ever, will take place on Saturday, August 11, starting from The Eccles Hotel, Glengarriff and centring on West Cork. Registration will take place from 9am -10am and the run will depart the Hotel grounds at 10.15. A fee of €20 per car will apply and each driver will receive a starter pack. Four Special Awards and the Perpetual Shield will be up for grabs. All you need to attend is an Opel or Vauxhall of any era. For further information contact:- Ted 086 3256751, or Darren 087 6185749. Or log onto www.opelvauxhallclubireland.com or see our Facebook page (Teds Opel Vauxhall Run 2012). For those who wish to continue on Sunday we will be attending the Crookstown Vintage Day

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Setting off on Coachford Cycling Club's 'Sportive' on Sunday June 24th, ©

Coachford Sportive

Coachford Cycling Club held a hugely successful and well organised 'Sportive' on Sunday June 24th to mark National Bike Week. It was one of those rare days this summer when the sun shone, creating an atmosphere of fun and camaraderie.  Cyclists turned up in their hundreds and had  2 options - to cycle the 60km route or the 120km route through the Muskerry region. Participants came from as far away as Dublin, Valentia Island, Kildare, Tipperary, Waterford, Limerick and Roscommon. Cyclists on the 60km route travelled from Coachford Village through places such as Rylane, Ballinagree and Macroom to return to their starting point.  Those who completed the 120km route, cycled through Tower, Bweeng, Lombardstown, Clonbanin East, Millstreet, Macroom and back to Coachford.  Cyclists revelled in the challenging climbs and rolling hillsides of the Muskerry Region and the spirit of fun and banter prevailed, despite the pain !  The 'Food stops' provided much need sustenance, and the 'roving mechanics' ensured all bikes stayed pedalling.  A superb 'Sportive' event, which is already on many cyclists' calendars, for next year. For further information, contact www.coachfordcyclingclub.ie   or   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind 

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind would like to thank all the communities across the country that came out and supported their local dog walks recently and helped make them a huge success. "People braved all sorts of weather to join us and we really appreciate it, we have definitely built on last year's success and we are already looking forward to next year's event" says Sinead O'Keeffe, Commercial Manager with IGDB. We would especially like to thank all the organisers along with Rotary and Maxi Zoo who were instrumental in organising walks with their members.  The money raised on the day will go to helping Irish Guide Dogs to train more puppies to become Guide and Assistance Dogs of the future.

Chernobyl Children International

The official launch of the Chernobyl Children International (CCI) Annual National Raffle took place on Monday 16th July at Kearys Motors, Kinsale Roundabout, Cork. Charity CEO, Adi Roche, was joined by 5 very special little girls from the Chernobyl affected regions of Belarus, who are currently staying with families from the Lee Valley outreach group in Cork as part of CCI's Rest & Recuperation programme. Supporters and raffle ticket holders are in with a chance to win a brand new Renault Clio, kindly donated by Kearys. An LCD Flat Screen Television, an Apple iPad and a weekend for two at Carton House Hotel & Golf Resort, Kildare are among the other excellent raffle prizes. Tickets cost just €5 each, and the lucky winner could drive away with the new Clio when the draw takes place on Friday, 30 November. Tickets can be purchased from Chernobyl Children International's online store at www.chernobyl-international.com, or directly from the charity on 021 4312999. Since 1991, CCI has saved the lives of thousands of children who suffer from a marked increase in cardiac birth defects since the disaster of 1986. Over 68% of all deaths in Ukraine are due to cardiovascular disease alone. Each year CCI's volunteer surgical teams travel 6 times to Ukraine and Belarus to train and upskill local physicians, and provide essential medication to perform surgeries. CCI has helped reduce the waiting list for cardiac surgery from 7,000 over the last number of years, to less than 2,500 today in Belarus. Without the charity's intervention, most of the children would die within three to five years.

My Neighbour  by Jaki Healy

The world we live in so full of why's,

divided by hunger, poverty and sighs.

Where is my friend when I need him the most?

father, son and holy ghost?

Where is the love of my fellow man,

a shoulder to embolden, to carry on?

Gone is the life of our country and man,

the time for Spirits and singing the Wren.

Worlds filled with gadgets and technological things,

no room for the heart to find glory and sing.

life so busy just rushing by,

no time to wipe just one tear dry.

Bring back the laughter, the joy and the reel,

open your heart to the music you feel.

Look to your neighbour and smile to his face,

break down the fences dividing the race.

Welcome the love and the spirit in all,

for your neighbour will hear you, each time you call.



Dunphy, A Football Life by Jared Browne.

 This book charts the course of Dunphy's life in football. It also revisits his controversial stances on all things football, including Saipan, the Jack Charlton years, Giovanni Trapattoni, Roy Keane and Mick McCarthy. With comprehensive breadth, and drawing extensively upon interviews with Dunphy, his own books, print journalism, radio and television appearances, this is an engrossing portrait of a fascinating man.

 Available from Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €16.99.

GIY   by Michael Kelly    

Things to do in July

Any ground that has finished cropping must be quickly cleared away to take more vegetables. Use your produce - eat it, freeze it, process it, exchange it, give it away. Continue to water and feed plants and practice good weed control. Earth up brassicas such as Brussels sprouts. Net plants to keep butterflies and the cabbage moth away. Cut down legume plants that have finished cropping - leave the roots in the soil as they fix nitrogen in the soil. Give pumpkins plenty of water and apply a high-potash liquid feed. 

Sow: Continue successional sowings and use quick maturing varieties for autumn use - Swiss chard, lettuce, rocket, salad onions, radish, turnips, peas, French Beans (dwarf), carrots. Sow for winter use - spring cabbage, Hungry Gap kale, parsley, perpetual spinach, chicory and coriander. Plant strawberries now for a good crop next June.  Propagate rosemary, sage and mint from cuttings now.

Harvest: July and August are peak months for produce – enjoy it! First crops of French and runner beans, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, courgette and aubergine, marrows, beetroot, globe artichokes.  Continue to harvest new potatoes, calabrese, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, carrots, turnips, shallots, garlic, radish, spring onions, salad crops, strawberries, raspberries, tayberries, currents (black, red and white), gooseberries, loganberries, peas, broad beans.

Recipe of the Month – Green Tomato Chutney
Ingredients:3kg green tomatoes; 6 large onions (about 1kg); 3 or 4 large green peppers; 700g brown sugar; 1.2 litres of vinegar; Spices: 3 tbs mustard seed, 1 tbs coriander seed, ½ teaspoon celery seed, 1 teaspoon turmeric
Directions:Chop the onions and slice the tomatoes finely. Layer them in a very large bowl – i.e. start with onions, then tomatoes, then onions etc, seasoning each layer with plenty of salt and a little pepper as you go. Leave it to stand for a day or so – then drain off the liquid and transfer the veg to a large stock pot. Add the rest of the ingredients (sugar, vinegar, spices), bring the whole thing to a boil and let it simmer on a low heat for two or three hours. Put it back in to the bowl and let it sit for another day. Put it back in the stock pot and cook it for another half hour so that the liquid reduces down further – you want just enough liquid to cover the vegetables when they are transferred in to pots. Sterilise some jam jars and ladle the chutney in to them. Don't be tempted to eat any for about a month – it's like a fine wine, it will get better with age.
Tip of the Month – Make use of your grass cuttings. Here's how to make great compost using two great waste-creators in the home and garden - newspapers and grass cuttings. Build an open heap of alternating 10-inch layers of crumpled newspaper and grass cuttings. Allow to get quite tall - 4-6ft - and then leave to rot down for a year.


Tenor at the Castle

Award winning tenor and contestant on 'The Voice Of Ireland', Dan Twomey from Minane Bridge, will be one of the suppliers attending the wedding event at the Castle Hotel, Macroom, on Sunday 22 July. With a wealth of experience and reputation for elegance, style and impeccable service, the wedding team at the 4* Castle Hotel invite couples and their families  for the bespoke wedding afternoon 12pm-4pm. Dan Twomey said 'I am really looking forwarding to meeting couples at the upcoming wedding afternoon.  A wedding is a very intimate day for a couple, family and friends and the perfect music choice can set the tone for one's wedding'.

A dedicated and experienced wedding team will be on hand at every step as they guide you through the award winning four star West Cork hotel. See first hand the beautiful Ardilaun suite which will be co-ordinated to allow you to get an exclusive insight into your day. The Castle's resident priest, Fr. Tim O' Connor will be available to discuss any queries you may have regarding civil ceremonies. A visit to The Castle is incomplete without sampling the delights prepared by our award winning Executive Head Chef Pat Ryan, who will be on hand to help you create your dream menu. Vicki Wray, Wedding Co-ordinator said "Weddings are a year round event and with Gougane Barra on our doorstep we can tailor individual wedding package for budding nuptials. It is a real coup for the hotel to have award winning tenor Dan Twomey in attendance on the day'. Pre-booking for the wedding afternoon is not essential although it is advised to secure a time slot in advance to avoid disappointment. For further queries contact 026-41074.

Don't Waste Your Waste

Ireland has experienced a dramatic change in its waste management practices in the last decade. Inadequate environmental standards at much of the landfill infrastructure have been addressed by new licensing controls. Waste disposal prices have increased significantly due to the imposition of higher standards, scarcity in the supply of replacement facilities and increasing waste volumes. These changes have also greatly increased the financial attractiveness of waste minimisation and reuse initiatives. Last month a survey conducted by SMILE Resource Exchange revealed that 48% of companies surveyed are still sending some quantities of their waste to landfill. As of June 1st the cost to dispose at landfill rose to €65 per tonne, with a further increment to be applied on 1st of June 2013 bringing the cost to €75 per tonne. Be sure not to be left behind in the waste management dark ages. Act now, save your business on its costs and do your bit for the environment by joining SMILE Resource Exchange for free at www.smileexchange.ie 

Macroom Holistic Therapy and Yoga Centre

All babies love being touched and cuddled. The gentle loving touch helps them to feel part of the family. Most babies enjoy their feet being stroked and will soon learn when to offer their feet for this enjoyable bonding treatment. Parents giving Baby Reflex to their babies' feet may strengthen the natural loving bond between mother and baby and father and baby. Parents may be able to easily calm their babies with this fuss free convenient and soothing treatment. Babies become Toddlers when they find their feet and explore the world. With this in mind working on the Toddler's hands is also natural and effective. The routines developed from traditional Reflexology take a few minutes to apply, is very appealing to parents, babies and toddlers alike and is great fun to share. Baby Reflex aims to: Encourage and develop the bonding between parent and baby, be relaxing, therefore promoting sleep, be calming, especially for those hyper moments; support and encourage the digestion. Help with pain relief, e.g. when teething, ear ache or when bumped or bruised. Support the developing body.

The classes are run over three weeks of one hour each. The cost is 20E per class or 55E if paid on the first day. Please let me know if you would like to book a place as I aim to keep the class small to ensure comfort and personal attention. Should you for any reason be unable to make any of the classes the missed class can be made up either individually or in the following series. Marjorie Cullen. B.W.Y.DIP. M.I.R.I. N.R.R.I. C.TH.A. I.Y.A.  026 41641   087 2887596

Unlock Your Hidden Entrepreneur with Greenshoots

Greenshoots is a nine month business development programme that allows business owners to unlock their entrepreneurial brilliance. Macroom E Enterprise Centre is currently calling for start up and innovative businesses to apply for a place on the next programme which will start in September 2012 and run until June 2013. During this time, successful applicants will avail of free office space at Macroom E Enterprise Centre, weekly practical workshops on key areas of business development – from market research to financial know how and marketing to HR and everything in between, meetings with expert mentors, business coaching, access to a wide network of support agencies and successfully established entrepreneurs, while working within the supportive environment of the centre and its tenants rather than at a lonely kitchen table. Past participants of the programme include Lucy Hyland of Food for Living, Ed Donovan of HeartAid, Eileen Moylan of Claddagh Design, Jaco Nel of Greengate Solar amongst many others. A short video featuring the 2011/12 participants is available to view on www.greenshootscork.ie  Applicants must be in business less than five years, be ready to work full time on their business and commit to the Greenshoots programme for nine months. Kindly sponsored by Cork County Council and South Cork Enterprise Board, the Greenshoots Programme is offered free of charge to successful applicants. Programme manager Catherine Costello says of the programme "We are very excited at the prospect of finding another ten potential success stories to participate in the upcoming programme. I would encourage anyone with a strong idea or an early stage business to contact me to discuss the possibility of turning it into a viable business".

For more information or an application form, please visit www.greenshootscork.ie or contact Programme Manager Catherine Costello on 026 20520 for more details.

Sports Mad

Cork County Championships 2012

Senior Hurling Championship

Third Round: Cloyne v Glen Rovers; Bride Rovers  v  Blackrock

Fourth Round  draw:

C.I.T. v St. Finbarr's
Killeagh v Erin's Own
Carrigtwohill v Glen Rovers/Cloyne 
Blackrock/Bride Rovers v Sarsfields
Newtownshandrum v Na Piarsaigh
Ballymartle v Courcey Rovers
Midleton v Avondhu
Douglas v Bishopstown

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

3rd Round: Newcestown   3 – 19     Aghabullogue  1 – 11    

Castlelyons   2 - 12      Watergrasshill   1 – 12

 Newcestown 3-19 Aghabullogue 1-11
Aghabullogue must now face Watergrasshill in the Relegation Play off in order to retain their Premier Intermediate Hurling status for the coming year. Aghabullogue stayed close to Newcestown for the first 45 minutes but three goals in as many minutes gave Newcestown the advantage and a lead they would never relinquish.The first half was very close and at half time the scoreboard read 0-7 to 0-5, with the Aghabullogue scores coming from Finbarr Foley (including a superb point from a sideline cut), Dónal Twomey and John Corkery. Aghabullogue's goal keeper Denis O'Leary, made two great saves to keep the margin to a two point difference at half time. The start of the second half was again very close and with a point from Dónal Twomey and a goal from Greg Murphy in the 37th minute, Aghabullogue had drawn level at 1-6 to 0-9.  Newcestown then hit back with three points in a row and followed up with an amazing three goals in three minutes to lead by 3-12 to 1-7 and the outcome had been decided.  From here, Newcestown pushed ahead and dominated the scoring. Aghabullogue fought gallantly to the finish but the result was not in doubt and Aghabullogue must now ready themselves for a do or die battle with Watergrasshill. 
Aghabullogue: Denis O'Leary: Alan Hogan, Joe Foley, Donncha Murphy: Jerome Corkery, Niall Buckley, Brian Buckley: Paul O'Rourke, Sean O'Sullivan: John Corkery(0-3), Greg Murphy (1-0), Eoghan Kennedy: John Buckley, Donal Twomey (0-3), Finbarr Foley (0-5, 0-3 frees,0-1 sideline)).Subs: Mark O'Flynn, Paudie Twomey, Denis Quinlan, Anthony O'Sullivan. 

4th Round: Bandon v Castlelyons
Carrigaline v Ballincollig
Tracton v Youghal
Mallow v Blarney
Newcestown v Ballinhassig
Kilbrittain v Ballyhea
Quarter Finals 
Bandon/Castlelyons v Carrigaline/Ballincollig
Tracton/Youghal v Mallow/Blarney
Newcestown/Ballinhassig v Kilbrittain/Ballyhea
Innincarra  v Valley Rovers 

Relegation Play off:

AGHABULLOGUE  v Watergrasshill

Intermediate Hurling Championship

3rd Round
Éire Óg   2 – 12     Blackrock   0 – 16

When Blackrock led by 0-14 to 0-9 as the final quarter opened at Ballincollig, Éire Óg looked to be in deep trouble and heading for a relegation battle but there was a dramatic twist in fortunes to come.  Éire Óg moved Daniel Goulding in from the wing where he had started to full forward and in the space of a few short minutes the Cork All Ireland footballer played a decisive role in winning this game for Éire Óg.  A quickly taken puck out went to Ciarán Sheehan who dropped the ball into the goal area where Goulding was fouled and Kevin Hallissey lashed the resultant penalty to the 'Rockies net to leave only a point between the teams.  Within minutes Goulding flicked another goal to put his side ahead and then kicked over a point to further ignite the Ovens men.  John Dineen, whose free had started the Éire Óg scoring burst, landed a long range free to complete the scoring.  Éire Óg's win gives them a place in the fourth round against Fr O'Neill's and the Rockies are heading for a relegation battle with Dripsey.

Éire Óg started the game well and with points from Ciarán Sheehan, John Dineen and Kevin Hallissey they enjoyed a 0-6 to 0-3 advantage after 20 minutes but the city side did revover comint g up toe the break and at half time it was anybody's game with Éire Óg leading by 0-7 to 0-6.  John Dineen struck over a huge points for Éire Óg on the restart to open up a three point gap but then Blackrock came back and dominated the third quarter to score seven points without reply and take a five point lead with fifteen minutes remaining.  John Dineen then pointed a free which was followed by the Éire Óg scoring burst inspired by Goulding and Éire Óg were heading for victory.  Éire Óg: Paul Ryan: Shane McCarthy, Barry Corkery, Ciarán Hutchinson: Derry O'Herlihy, Tony Dineen, Liam Murphy: Cian O'Mahony, Eamonn Cantillon-Murphy: Michael O'Shea, Ciarán Sheehan, Daniel Goulding: Kevin Hallissey, John Dineen, Tim O'Leary. Subs: Colm Murphy, Conor Hallissey.

 4th round:
St. Catherine's v Charleville
Ballygarvan v Barryroe
Dromina v Kanturk
Fr. O'Neill's v ÉIRE ÓG
Meelin v Milford
Arigdeen Rangers v Aghada

Quarter Finals 
St. Catherine's/ Charleville v Ballygarvan/Barryroe
Dromina/Kanturk v Fr. O Neills/ ÉIRE ÓG
Meelin/Milford v Arigideen Rangers/Aghada
Fermoy v Kilworth

Relegation Play Off:  DRIPSEY   v   Blackrock 

 Senior Football Championship

4th Round:
Carbery Rangers v Ballincollig
Bishopstown v Clonakilty
Castlehaven v Newcestown
St. Finbarr's v Nemo Rangers
Avondhu v Ilen Rovers/Na Piarsaigh
O'Donovan Rossa  v Aghada/ St. Nicholas
Duhallow v Doheny's
Douglas v Newmarket

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Round 3:

Kinsale   1-11     Macroom   1 – 10
Macroom, after a dreadful opening half hour performance, were behind by 1-6 to 0-2 at the break and few would have given them much chance of redeeming even their dignity at Brinny against a focussed Kinsale side that was really on song.  There was not much of a change in the opening ten minutes of the second half but then Ivan Casey got in for a Macroom goal in the 41st minute and within six minutes Macroom had hit back to be within one point of the South East men, 1-8 to 1-7.  Kinsale then went two points up but again Macroom fought back and had drawn level by the 53rd minute.  Kinsale again went in front but again Macroom equalised in the 58th minute.  The game went into injury time and in the 63rd minute, with the last kick of the game, Kinsale kicked over a winner.  One could not say they were not deserving of their win, but Macroom were unlucky not to have earned a draw and extra time with their fighting last twenty minute rally.
Tony Dineen scored a 10th minute point and Conor O'Sullivan had another in the 13th minute, these being the only first half scores for a Macroom side that was all at sea in the first half.  Kinsale led by 0-3 to 0-2 at the end of the opening quarter and then got in for a goal which was a huge blow to Macroom and the Kinsale men dominated the remainder of the half to lead by seven points at the break, 1-6 to 0-2.
Points were exchanged on the restart, Andrew Hegarty scoring for Macroom from a free,  and then came Ivan Casey's goal from a Philip Corrigan pass.  Kinsale replied from a free but Macroom hat back with four points in a row from Eoin O'Mahony, Fintan Goold, Goold again and Conor O'Sullivan to be within a point of the winners in the 48th minute.  Sean Kiely and Fintan Goold then had Macroom level only for Kinsale to go back in front again from a free.  When Fintan Goold then landed a massive point from a 45 metre free it seemed that the sides would; need extra time to separate them but Kinsale got in for a winner in injury time and sent Macroom out of the championship and into a dreaded relegation battle with Mayfield who beat them earlier in the year in the Tom Creedon Cup final in Macroom. Macroom: James O'Connell: Peter Lunch, Eoin O'Mahony, John Angland: Michael Cahill, Rory Buckley, Sean Kiely: Fintan Goold, Philip Corrigan: Ivan Casey, Ciaran Murphy, Tony Dineen: Conor O'Sullivanb, Darren Kelly, Andrew Hegarty. Subs: Martin O'Donnell, David Horgan and Olan Murphy.    

Round 4: 
Mallow v Bantry Blues
Valley Rovers v Kiskeam
BALLINORA v  St. Michael's
Kinsale v Clyda Rovers
St. Vincent's v Glenville
Nemo Rangers  v  Carrigaline

Relegation Play Off:

Mayfield   v MACROOM 

Intermediate Football Championship 

Round 3:

Castletownbere  1 – 13   Glanmire   0 - 5
Killavullen  v  Cloyne

 4th round draws 

Ballydesmond v Canovee
Kildorrery v Eire Og
Fermoy v Kilavullen/Cloyne
Aghabullogue Cill na Martra
Glanworth v Kanturk
Grenagh v Castletownbere

Quarter Finals 
Ballydesmond/Canovee v Kildorrery/Éire Óg
Fermoy/Kilavullen/Cloyne v Aghabullogue/Cill na Martra
Glanworth/Kanturk v Grenagh/Castletownbere
Adrigole v Youghal

Mid Cork Championships

Ballincollig Credit Union Mid Cork Junior A Hurling Championship

2nd Round (1st Round losers):

Aghabullogue   1 – 4     Blarney   1 - 8

Donoughmore   2 – 16     Kilmichael   2 - 9

Inniscarra – bye

 Quarter Finals:

Donoughmore   v   Grenagh at Ballyanley, 31st July

Éire Óg v   Inniscarra at Ballincollig, 24th July

Cloughduv   v   Blarney at Ovens, 21st July

Ballinora   1 – 12     Ballincollig   0 – 8

 Blarney   1 – 8     Aghabullogue   1 – 4

Aghabullogue bowed out of the Junior Hurling Championship despite a tremendous effort against Blarney at a wet and windy Ballyanley. Aghabullogue, who were earlier defeated by Eire Og after a replay, were not given much of a chance against a highly rated Blarney but with the wind to their backs, the Aghabullogue men started strongly and outscored their opponents by 0-4 to 0-3 in the first half. 

Blarney opened the second half well and added a goal and four points to their tally before Kevin Finnegan responded for Aghabullogue when he powered a bullet of a shot to the back of the Blarney net from a free. With just three points between the sides it was all was to play for but despite their best efforts Aghabullogue just could not get the extra scores they needed. Aghabullogue:  Declan Kiely: Peter O'Sullivan, Dan Healy, Tony O'Flynn: Anthony O'Sullivan, Denis Murphy, Ciaran Barrett: Finbarr O'Sullivan, Mark O'Flynn (0-4 frees):  Tim O'Leary, Thomas Barrett, Kevin O'Sullivan: Ryan Dennehy, Ger Hogan (0-1), Connie O'Sullivan. Subs: Kevin Finnegan (1-1 frees), Mark Long (0-1), Peter Kelleher, Rob O'Keeffe.

 Donoughmore   2 – 16     Kilmichael   2 – 9

Donoughmore started well at Cloughduv and points from Colm O'Callaghan and Shane Healy had them in front but Kilmichael steadied and hit back with points from Conor Cotter and Kieran O'Leary to be level at 0-2 each after 19 minutes.  Donoughmore responded strongly and three points in a row from Colm O'Callaghan and one from Shane Healy had them in a commanding position but again Kilmichael hit back.  Conor Cotter pointed a '65' and then a free and Colm Dromey followed with a point from play to leave only a point between the teams at half time, Donoughmore leading by 0-6 to 0-5. Donoughmore opened the second half in dashing form and within eight minutes of the restart had put eight points between the teams.  Colm O'Callaghan took a point from play and then one from a free, Shane Healy had another and Philip O'Callaghan, now at full forward,  hit over a point and followed with a goal to leave Donoughmore ahead by 1-10 to 0-5 by the 38th minute.  Micheál Masters struck a great goal for Kilmichael in the 40th minute to revive their hopes but Donoughmore retained the five point cushion entering the final quarter and when Shane Healy got in for a second Donoughmore goal in the 50th minute it was a victory clinching score.  Kilmichael battled on and were rewarded for their spirited efforts with a goal from Kieran O'Leary in the final minutes. 

Donoughmore: Kenneth Cullinane: Laurence Barry, Aidan Corkery, Vincent O'Connor: Stephen Golden, Kevin Horgan, Mark Foley; Alan Savage, Aidan O'Shea: James O'Connell, Philip O'Callaghan, Martin O'Connor: Colm O'Callaghan, Barry Holland, Shane Healy. Subs: Conor Kelleher, Alan Twomey, Aidan O'Brien. 
Kilmichael: Denis O'Donoghue: Donal O'Riordan, James O'Leary, Barry Cotter: Cian Dromey, Finbarr Buckley, Finbarr Dromey: Simon Foley, Kieran O'Leary: Micheál Masters, Conor Cotter, Colm Dromey; Brendan Cotter, John O'Riordan, Darragh Foley. Subs: Peter Kelleher, Adrian Kelly Referee: Mr Diarmuid Kirwan, Éire Óg.

 Ballinora   1 – 12     Ballincollig   0 – 8

The first of the quarter finals was played at Cloughduv and Ballinora got the better of their neighbours after a game which was closely contested for almost all of the hour before Ballinora surged ahead in the final minutes to claim a semi final spot against either Cloughduv or Blarney.

Ciarán Conway was the scoring hero for Ballinora with 1-6 to his credit at the finish, the goal being the decisive score and coming in the 53rd minute when only a point had separated the teams.  Ballincollig led at half time by 0-5 to 0-4 but Ballinora with Conway very accurate from frees went in front in the third quarter by the narrowest of margins.  Then came the game's only goal from Conway and after Ballincollig hit back with a point, Ballinora finished in a blaze of glory with four points in a row in the closing minutes. 
Ballinora: Barry Crowley; B Hourihan, Michael Hodge, Denis O'Neill: C O'Shea, Conor Brosnan, Gary O'Halloran; Brian Murphy, T McGrath: Ben Ahern, Eoin Hourihan, C Murphy: Pat Fitton, Ciarán Conway, M Murphy. Subs: Kevin Murphy, A O'Neill.  Ballincollig: R Cambridge: B O'Connor, A Lucey, M Prendergast: D Collins, G Harrington, K Kelleher; C O'Donovan, L Prendergast: N Purcell, M O'Leary, N Allen: C Sexton, E O'Donoghue, D Barry. Sub: J Duff.    

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

Third Round:

Kilmurry   1 – 7     Donoughmore   0 - 5

Quarter Finals:

A  Aghinagh  v  Kilmurry
B  Kilmichael   0 – 8     Inniscarra   0 – 7
C  Iveleary   2 – 11     Macroom   1 – 6
D  Dripsey   1 – 11     Blarney   0 – 7

Semi Finals:
Kilmichael   v   Aghinagh or Kilmurry
Iveleary  v  Dripsey

 Kilmurry   1 – 7     Donoughmore   0 – 5

Kilmurry are through to the quarter final stage of the Mid Cork championship and a meeting with Aghinagh after their win over reigning champions Donoughmore at Coachford.   Without being overly impressive, Kilmurry got the job done and they were the better side.  They led by 0-4 to 0-1 at half time and early in the second half extended their lead to six points when William Buckley crashed in a goal.  They subsequently led by 1-7 to 0-2 but they then appeared to relax and were under siege from Donoughmore in the final quarter.  Donoughmore lacked forward power however and Aidan O'Shea was to be their only scorer with all five points to his credit.

William Buckley opened the scoring with a Kilmurry point from a free in the 8th minute.  Greg Barrett doubled the winners advantage in the 17th minute from play and a minute later David O'Halloran added another point to make it 0-3 to nil. Aidan O'Shea had a Donoughmore point in the 22nd minute, their only score of the first half, but Kilmurry replied with a point from their scorer in chief, William Buckley to give his side a three-point interval lead. 

Kilmurry wrapped up their victory in the ten minutes after the break.  William Buckley pointed a free which was matched by a point for Donoughmore, also from a free. In the 39th minute Dave O'Halloran fired in shot which Evan Forde stopped but could not hold and William Buckley swept in to drive the loose ball to the Donoughmore net.  Buckley and Paudie O'Connell added a point apiece and Kilmurry led by 1-7 to 0-2 at the three quarter stage and were in command.  They thensat back however and allowed Donoughmore come at them and the champions fought to the finish.  Aidan O'Shea pointed frees in the 50th,, 51st and 58th minutes but Kilmurry had enough done to keep in front to the finish. 
Kilmurry: Pat O'Callaghan: William Barrett, Kevin Barrett, Eoin Barrett: Liam Long, David O'Leary, Ian Murphy: James White, Eoin Creedon; Dominick Creedon, David O'Halloran, Stephen Down; Greg Barrett, Alan O'Sullivan, William Buckley. Subs; Paudie O'Connell, James Kelleher and Jonathan Buckley (blood sub.). 
Donoughmore: Evan Forde: Denis O'Connell, James Honohan, Dan O'Sullivan: Stephen Golden, Aidan Corkery, Connie Buckley: Tommy Daly, Conor Kelleher: Sean Daly, Shane Healy, Stephen O'Connor: Aidan O'Shea, James Twomey, Colm O'Callaghan. Referee: Mr. David Murnane, Macroom.

 Kilmichael   0 – 8     Inniscarra   0 – 7

Kilmichael footballers are through to their first Mid Cork semi final since 1996 after their win by the narrowest of margins at Carrigadrohid.  It was a very close affair all through with Kilmichael leading at the break by 0-4 to 0-2.  James O'Leary had three of the Kilmichael scores with the other coming from Daniel Twomey, the duo forming the full forward line as Simon Foley went to boost midfield and did so in an emphatic manner.  John O'Callaghan had opened the scoring for 'Scarra and then came the four Kilmichael scores before Timmy Murphy had the second Inniscarra score just before the break.  On the restart, Aidan O'Mahony had a third Inniscarra point but then Kilmichael hit back with points from Danny Twomey, Adrian Kelly, James O'Leary and Colm Dromey to put them 0-8 to 0-3 in front after 40 minutes.  The remainder of the game saw Kilmichael defend their lead as Inniscarra whittled away at the deficit.  Timmy Murphy pointed a free, Daniel O'Connell had a point, then another and then another to leave only one point between the teams.  It was enough however as Kilmichael held on to their slender advantage to0 the final whistle. 
Kilmichael: Shane Masters: Niall O'Callaghan, John O'Riordan, Denis Foley: Adrian Kelly, Finbarr Buckley, Colin Murphy: Conor Cotter, Finbarr Dromey,: Colm Dromey, Alan Murphy, Dermot O'Riordan; James O'Leary, Daniel Twomey, Simon Foley. Subs; Brendan Cotter, Michael Twomey.  
Inniscarra: Dominick Kelleher: Donie Buckley, Kevin Burke, Jack O'Leary Keating: John O'Callaghan, Ritchie O'Connor, Donal O'Callaghan: Alan Sheehan, Colm Casey: Aidan O'Mahony, John Casey, Brian O'Keeffe: Timmy Murphy, Conor Cronin, Dan O'Connell. Subs: Pádraig O'Brien, Sean O'Callaghan and John Healy. Referee: Mr Hugh Kelleher, Canovee.

 Iveleary   2 – 11     Macroom   1 – 6

Iveleary were fancied to beat the Macroom second string when they met at Annahala and after an even first half the western side established their superiority in the second half and were comfortable enough winners at the finish. The goals were central to the Iveleary win. The first came in the 10th minute when Macroom were the dominant side but had seen hard won possession wasted by poor shooting from their attackers.  David Hourihan won a ball off a defender out on the left wing, moved it on to Brian Cronin who in turn set up Ger McSweeney and from close range  Ger made no mistake and billowed the Macroom net.  This score put Iveleary in front 1-1 to 0-1 and it was a major blow to Macroom.  Macroom had points subsequently from John Ryan and Conor Hurley abut Iveleary replied with points from Barry Murphy and Ger McSweeney to lead by 1-4 to 0-3 at the break.

John Ryan had a Macroom point on the restart but Cathal Vaughan, a half time substitute for Iveleary, kicked over to maintain the four point lead and then points from David Hourihan and Shane Galvin were followed by a punched goal from Ger McSweeney (Barry Murphy's pass) in the 48th minute.  Iveleary now led by 2-7 to 0-4 and it was obvious that Macroom did not have the power in attack to break down the Iveleary defence sufficiently to wipe out that lead.  Macroom did not give up and were rewarded with a goal from a well taken John Ryan penalty and points from Conor Hurley but there was no denying Iveleary who finished with three points from Cathal Vaughan and one from Finbarr McSweeney to emerge comfortable winners. 
Iveleary: Joseph Creedon: Gerard O'Riordan, Michael Creed, Kevin Hourihan: Barry Murphy, Donal Cotter, Shane Galvin: Edward Buckley, Daniel O'Riordan; Finbarr McSweeney, Sean Lehane, Donal O'Sullivan: David Hourihan, Gerard McSweeney, Brain Cronin. Subs: Cathal Vaughan, Sean O'Leary and Colin Tanner.  
Macroom: Dylan Dineen: James O'Connor, Concubhair Murray, Barry Healy: Darragh Crowley, Paul Kelleher, David Cotter: Brian Tiernan, Brian Lynch: Colm Casey, Ivan Casey, Darren Creed: Michael Browne, John Ryan, Conor Hurley. Subs: Trevor Horgan, John Murphy. Referee: Mr Timmy McCarthy, Clondrohid.

 Dripsey   1 – 11     Blarney   0 – 7

Dripsey, having dispatched Donoughmore the 2011 champions in the first round, have now beaten Blarney, the champions of 2009 and 2010 in the quarter final of the Mid Cork championship and are through to the semi final stage and a meeting with Iveleary.  Their form early on in this game was not great but they opened up in the second half and finished in superb fashion and will now not fear any opposition.  Blarney fought doggedly to the finish but they lacked power in attack and were eventually overwhelmed by the late Dripsey burst which yielded the match winning scores.

The first half was not very gripping but it was hard enough with two physically strong teams giving of their all.  Blarney had a grip around midfield with Paul O'Leary and Brian Hurley backed up by Mark O'Leary and Conor Foley but John Carey and Stephen Murray were forceful in defence for Dripsey and Dave Buckley foraged all over the field. Aidan Buckley had all the Dripsey scores in the first half from frees and Blarney also had two points from frees and with three points from play also, all excellent scores, the Blarney men led by 0-5 to 0-3 at the break.  The third quarter was even enough but Dripsey were beginning to get on top and the sides were level at 0-6 each and then at 0-7 each as the last ten minutes dawned.  Mark O'Sullivan, Carey, Aidan Murray and David O'Sullivan were now very prominent for Dripsey and they laid siege to the Blarney defence.  David O'Sullivan had the lead point in the 53rd minute followed by another point from Aidan Murray three minutes later.  In the 57th minute came the icing on the Dripsey cake as Mark O'Sullivan set up David O'Sullivan for the golden goal and Dripsey finished in style with two points from David and one from Mark O'Sullivan.  
Dripsey: Ray Moynihan: Barry Kelleher, Thomas Ahearne, Pat O'Riordan: John Carey, Stephen Murray, John Buckley; Conor Hayes, Mark O'Sullivan: Barry O'Regan, Aidan Buckley, David Buckley: Shane Burke, Aidan Murray, David O'Sullivan. Sub: Timmy Burke.   
Blarney: Shane Jordan: Mark Cremin, Eoghan Murphy, Brendan Hallahan: Donal O'Neill, Mark O'Leary, Shane Spillane: Paul O'Leary, Brian Hurley: James O'Sullivan, Ray O'Leary, Damian Hyde: Sean O'Sullivan, Conor Foley, Keith Costelloe. Subs: Ivan O'Leary and John Daniel Good.  Referee: Mr Miah Moynihan, Grenagh.   

 Cork Progress

Cork footballers are Munster champions for 2012 after their facile win over Clare at Limerick in a poor Munster final.  Cork led by three goals at half time and won eventually by 3-16 to 0-13.  Mid Cork was well represented on the Cork team with Noel O'Leary of Cill na Martra, Fintan Goold of Macroom, Ciarán Sheehan and Daniel Goulding of Éire Óg all seeing action and Sean Kiely of Macroom on the substitute panel.  Cork are now in the All Ireland quarter final on August Bank Holiday weekend while Clare play either Kerry or Tyrone in the last round of the qualifiers.
Cork hurlers have defeated Offaly and then Wexford and are through to the All Ireland quarter final and a tough game with Waterford.  Tom Kenny of Grenagh is the only Mid Cork hurler on the panel.


Cork with three wins from four games must beat Tipperary in their final group game to go straight through to the quarter finals of the All Ireland Senior Camogie championship.  If they lose then they still have a chance in a play off with Clare. Galway and Wexford are already in the semi finals as respective group winners. Aoife Murray, Joanne O'Callaghan, Briege Corkery all featured with Cork in their latest winning outing against Kilkenny at Ballincollig.

 Ladies Football

Cork seniors made it nine in a row Munster titles by defeating Kerry in the Munster final at Páirc Uí Rinn on a score of  3-12 to 2-9.  Cork led by 2-6 to 0-1 at the break but Kerry put up a great second half resistance and made a right match of it.  Juliet Murphy scored a great goal for Cork to open the scoring and Rhona Ní Bhuachalla set up the second Cork goal, scored by Emma Farmer.  Briege Corkery was once again in the Cork defence.  Cork captain Rena Buckley was unable to play due to injury but was there to accept the cup!

St. Val's Updates

St Val's under 14 teams were both defeated in the A and D County finals on the second weekend of June. In the A County Fermoy won 4.6 to 3.6 getting the winning goal 2 minutes from full time to deny our girls victory. Also Clann Na Gael  were too strong for the second team, winning 6.8 to 4.6. After a very close first half, St. Val's, who played some excellent football all through, just ran out of steam in the end of a very exciting contest. The following weekend the girls travelled to Offaly to represent Cork in the All Ireland Féile . They played their host club, St Rynagh's, on Friday winning 3.7 to no score. On Saturday the played St Ciaran's from Ferbane and after a great game, they lost narrowly by two points at the final whistle. The only consolation for our girls was that  St Ciaran's went on to win the Division 1 title, beating Claregalway in the final. The final game in the group was against the Dublin Champions  Foxrock Cabinteeley and the Dublin team won by two goals at the end of a very entertaining game. The under 13 and 11 summer leagues will be starting in the next few weeks so training is still continuing once a week in Carrigadrohid .The under 12 team have reached theMid Cork final against Éire Óg, having defeated Douglas, Éire Óg, Nemo, Bishopstown  and St Michael's along the way. Saturday June 23 saw the third annual Munster Ladies Gaelic Football Association 7's tournament take place at Clonakilty G.A.A. Complex for the second year in succession. 18 teams battled it out in both the senior and junior categories in a bid to snatch their respective titles Well done to the St. Val's senior Girls who reached the semi final of the of the senior grade, losing narrowly to the eventual winners Ballymacarbry from Waterford.

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Foireann na gcailín faoi 10 Naomh Abán (Cill na Martra agus Baile Mhuirne le chéile)  a d'imir i gcoinne Gleann Fleisce  ©Conchúr Ó Luasa

Under 14A County Final

Fermoy 4-6  St. Val's 3-6 
The U14 A Final played in Liscarroll was a great contest, with two of the best U14 teams in the County battling for glory and the outcome remaining in doubt up to the final whistle. Fermoy opened the scoring with a point from their Cork inter county player, Abbie Scannell but St. Val's responded with a point of their own to level matters. A goal from Abbie Scannell edged Fermoy back in front but this seemed to spark the St. Val's challenge into gear and they responded with a goal from their Cork Inter-county player, Mairead O'Sullivan. With Val's now in the ascendency around the middle sector, their forwards were getting enough supply of ball to get the scoreboard moving. Sinead Plunkett, who was a replacement for injured Cork player Nicola Dennehy,  scored a goal and a point and Rachel Moynihan added another point as Val's stretched their lead to five points. As the half wore on Fermoy's Niamh Sexton (captain)  and Marie Bailey were locked in a midfield battle with their Val's counterparts, Michelle O'Callaghan and Máiréad O'Sullivan. A goal and a point from Abbie Scannell reduced Val's lead to  just a single point. A Shauna Burns point for Val's completed the first half scoring with the score at Fermoy 2-2 St. Val's 2-4.  St. Val's began the second half brightly, with a goal and a point  from Sinead Plunkett, to extend their lead to six points. Fermoy refused to yield and were just two points adrift as the game entered the final ten minutes. A Fermoy goal gave them the lead. A Mairead O'Sullivan point levelled matters. With the Final whistle approaching Fermoy got the decisive score when their wing back reacted quickest to a rebound off the Val's goalpost to slot home the winning goal. Referee Chris Cronin sounded the final whistle soon afterwards to signal the end of a great contest played in a very sporting manner. Both teams deserve great credit for their wholehearted efforts and skilful play with Fermoy worthy Champions on the day.

Under 14D County Final

Clann na nGael 7-9  St. Val's B 4-6
Clann na nGael and St Val's met  in Ballingeary and this Under 14D final proved to be a cracking affair. Clann na nGael got the perfect start with a goal in the opening minute and they soon extended their lead to five points before St Val's opened their account with a point from Olive O'Mahony. Two points from  Clann na nGael extended their lead but St Val's Olive O'Mahony got two points, followed by a great goal from Shauna Sullivan to reduce the Clann na nGael advantage. In the final quarter of the first half St Val's finished the stronger adding two quick goals again from Olive O Mahony and midfielder Niamh Looney to increase their tally. Clann na nGael added four points  to leave the half time score St Val's 3-3 Clann na nGael 1-8.On the resumption Clann na nGael came storming into the game and began to take over. St Val's never gave up and were rewarded for their hard work with a goal and three points but this was as close as they could get and the young girls from the West ran out winners on a score line of  Clann na nGael  7-9 St Val's 4-6.

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 Brian Aherne presenting the Fr Murphy Cup to the winners of the Boys 7, 8 and 9 years competition in Cloughuv ©

Kilmurry G.A.A.

European Bowling Champion: On Saturday 30th June, Kilmurry GAA made a presentation to minor footballer, Cian Shorten, to mark his success in the European Bowling championships in winning the individual youth gold and also a team gold. Chairman Dave McCarthy made the presentation to Cian and congratulated his on his fantastic achievement. He remarked that the Kilmurry GAA club is "very proud of Cian and his achievements as it was not everyday that you had a European champion in your area"
JJ Long Injury Fund Golf Classic: The JJ Long Injury Fund Golf Classic will tee off on Thursday 19th July & Friday 20th July in Macroom. Over 140 teams will take part in the fund raising event, with the prizes being presented in Seanos Bar, Kilmurry on Friday 20th with entertainment being provided by Tim O'Riordan of Natural Gas. Details of the golf classic can be found at www.cillmhuiregaa.com.

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 Cloughduv over 33 league champions soccer team.. ©Cathal Hughes

Canovee Notes

Canovee 2 13 Aghinagh 2 06
Canovee played Aghinagh in the semi final of the under 14 B football championship in Rusheen. Despite the recent heavy rain, the Rusheen pitch was in great condition. Canovee started very well and after 15 minutes they were ahead by six points to one, through long range points by Gavin Hickey, Dara Cronin and Neil Kirk. From there to half time Aghinagh got well on top and helped by two quick goals, they led at half time by 2  04 to 0 06. Canovee were a changed team in the second half. Early points by Mark Walsh were followed by a goal. Canovee kept the score board ticking over and a late goal by Mark Walsh booked Canovee's place in the final against Whitechurch. Final score Canovee 2 13 Aghinagh 2 06. Team: Dean Lynch, Eoin Lehane, Cormac O'Driscoll, David Carroll, Sean Browne, neil kirk, Eoin Cullen, Jack Murphy, Mark Walsh, Daniel Akinrinbola, David O'Keeffe, Denis Murphy, Dara Cronin, Gavin Hickey, Billy Kingston. Sub: Daniel O'Riordan.

Canovee 2 12  Whitechurch 0 09
Canovee played Whitechurch in the Under 14 B East Final in Donoughmore and got off to a dream start, leading at half time  2 09 to 0  05, with Daniel Akinrinbola scoring the two Canovee goals. In the second half Canovee maintained their lead and at the final whistle were ahead by 2 12 to 0 09. After the game captain Mark Walsh was presented with the cup by East Board chairman, Donie Cahill. Canovee are now through to the county semi final which is due to be played in August.

Canovee 2 09 Donoughmore 0 06
Canovee played Donoughmore in the Junior Football Championship in Coachford. This game turned out to be very tough. Canovee led at half time by 0 06 to 0 01 with Mark Verling being the main point scorer. Two goals in the second half by James Moynihan and Sean O'Connell eased Canovee to a comfortable victory by 2-09 to 0 -06. 
Team: Darren Shine, Donal Cronin, Billy Creedon, Brian Lucey, William Ahern, Donal Murphy, Shane O'Riordan, Damien Ahern, Joe Cunningham, Conor Buckley, Michael Quinlan, Sean O'Connell, Mark Verling, James Moynihan, Gerry Shanahan. Subs: Charles Kenneally, John Buckley, Tadhg Mc Carthy.
Junior Football League Division 2 Canovee 1 16 Aghabullogue 2 06
Under 16 B Football League Canovee 6 07   Clondrohid 7.12.

Lotto: 15th July 14,17,22,32 No winner. €50 Pat Donovan, Ballymartle. €25 Gobnait Byrne, Carrigadrohid and Nicola Lyons, Carrigadrohid. Jack the Joker, Pat Fitz, Sportsman's Bar.