Lee Valley Outlook - Aug 2 2012 v9e16

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Beir Bua!    Ciarán Ó Lionáird and Olive Loughnane, Lee Valley competitors in the London Olymic Games.  ©

Lee Valley Diary

Briery Gap: Cinema: Sunday 5th August; 3p.m.The Jungle Book 2
Wednesday 8th August: 8.30p.m. Pulp Fiction
Sunday 12th August 3p.m. Pinnochio
Wednesday 15th August: 3p.m.Chocolat
Summer Trad Sessions: Castle Hotel, Macroom every Tuesday
Mills Inn, Ballyvourney every Thursday
Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney every Saturday
Theatre by the Lake Gougane Barra
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 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.
Inchigeela Festival: Aug. 16 – 19.
Thurs. 16. Fashion Show 7.30p.m.
Fri. 17. Philomena Begley 10p.m.
Sat. 18. Family Fun, Sports and Match 3 – 5p.m.
The Frank and Walters 10p.m.
Sun. 19. Vintage and Fancy Dress 6p.m.
Bog the Donkey 10p.m.
Tidy Towns Clean Up: Macroom Square; Sat. Aug. 4, 9a.m.
Tour de Munster charity cycle for Down's Syndrome, Aug. 9 – 12.
Ted's Opel-Vauxhall Run on Sat., August 11
Crookstown Vintage Club: annual vintage rally Sun. Aug. 12th at 2 p.m.
The Purlies next in Macroom Library on Thurs. 16th Aug. 11a.m.
Tractor Run: Crumlin to Mercy Hospital, Cork, Aug. 17 – 19.
Carrigadrohid / Killinardrish: guided visit to Prospect House, Mon. Aug. 20th at 7pm
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

End of Era – Convent Closure

While accepted as inevitable, it still came as a shock when news filtered through this week of the closure of the Convent of Mercy, Macroom on October 1 2012. The first Mercy Sisters were welcomed to Macroom in 1865 by Canon John Cullinane P.P. and they resided adjacent to the church in a property 'bequeathed by Miss Mary Ann McSweeney for the purpose of establishing a Convent, whose members would devote themselves to assisting the poor of the town.' The Sisters taught in the National School which opened in 1868 and provided post primary education in a 'Pension School', which became an Intermediate School – one of the first in Ireland - on the passing of the Intermediate Education Act 1878. Technical Education was also provided, with lace-making, knitting, cookery and dressmaking on the curriculum. A secondary school was built in 1935.
The Mercy Sisters have contributed hugely to Macroom over close on 150 years. They worked in Education, Health care, Family support, Religious Education, Care for the Aged, Altar and Sacristy care, as well as fostering a love for music, drama and art in the wider community. Sisters Loyola, Brigid and Mary will continue to work from their house at Dan Corkery Place, Macroom but the other seven sisters of the community will be deployed elsewhere from the end of September. Sr. Brigid remains as Principal of St. Joseph's Primary School. 

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Chefs, Coran Burns and his grandfather, John Desmond, prepare the BBQ, at the official launch at Bealick Mill of Macroom Food Festival September 28 – 30  ©Lee Valley Outlook

Food Festival for Macroom

Macroom hopes to be the Food Mecca of Ireland September 28 – 30 as local activists plan a huge new enterprise for the mid Cork capital. Macroom Food Festival was launched at Bealick Mill on Friday, July 27 by County Mayor, Cllr. Barbara Murray, Midleton. Denis O'Leary, No 57 Gourmet Kitchen was M.C. at the delightful event in bright sunlight. Mayor of Macroom, Owen McCarthy, welcomed the large attendance, with the wish that similar weather conditions would prevail in September. He expressed his hope that Macroom Food Festival 2012 would be just the first in an area rich in good food and culture. Councillor Murray congratulated Macroom on the wonderful setting at Bealick Mill. Referring to the long established and successful Midleton Food Festival, she said such events have great potential for developing business in the area and extending the tourist season into the fringe months. Kevin Santry, West Cork Development Partnership, sponsors, said that the timing of the launch was significant as it coincided with the opening of the Olympics and he voiced the belief that this was the Food Olympics for West Cork. Food Festivals in seaside venues are now commonplace, but he believes that this inland festival in Macroom will grow and prosper. Cllr. Pat O'Connell, Lee Valley Enterprise Board, welcomed the guests to Bealick Mill, a pre-Famine, water powered corn mill, with links to Macroom Oatmeal and baking. He thanked the sponsors and particularly Michael Twomey Butchers for the BBQ and he encouraged all food related businesses and food artisans in the area to get involved and make Macroom Food Festival a resounding success. More info at www.macroomfoodfestival.com, on Facebook and Twitter

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 Mayor, Cllr. Owen McCarthy and County Mayor, Cllr. Barbara Murray test the produce at the official launch at Bealick Mill of Macroom Food Festival September 28 – 30  ©Lee Valley Outlook

Are You a Litter Lout?

In recent weeks, Macroom Tidy Towns members and civic-minded local residents are out in numbers on Sunday mornings, disposing of the leftovers of Saturday night revellers. This was a task formerly undertaken by council staff but since cut backs rule out over time pay, voluntary effort is the only means of maintaining a pleasing town appearance for locals and visitors alike. This type of local effort is being replicated all over town and indeed all over the county, where local voluntary groups tidy up their localities, planting flowers and shrubs, painting derelict buildings etc. In Macroom the Tidy Towns committee is the main co-ordinator of these activities and assists residents' groups with their efforts at keeping the estates looking well. The other side of the coin is the behaviour of drinkers who litter the Castle Demesne and its beautiful riverside walks with discarded beer cans, broken bottles, cigarette ends, plastic bags etc. The mentors of underage football teams now regularly clean up the Castle Grounds pitch before training sessions after the late night, unruly drinking parties. It is uplifting to see the efforts of the volunteers. The work is being undertaken in consultation with the Town Council and with the approval of council staff. The next Tidy Towns clean up will be on Saturday, August 4 at 9a.m. in the Square.

Work in Progress

Work has commenced on two major projects in Macroom. The gas pipeline, which should connect businesses and households to the natural gas network early next year, is progressing well and creating very little traffic disruption so far. A Stop and Go system at Killarney Road and Chapel Hill is working smoothly from 8a.m. to 5p.m. daily. Survey work has commenced on the proposed new footbridge on the northern side of the bridge over the Sullane and the actual construction work should start after the August bank holiday weekend. The new footbridge will permit pedestrians to walk either side of the main road (N22) down Castle Street and on to New Street and Masseytown.

Macroom Girl Guides at camp 101

On July 4th, twenty six members of Macroom, Schull and Boherbue Guides travelled to Lough Key Forest Park in Boyle, Co. Roscommon, to partake in Camp 101, this year's international camp to mark the beginning of the next century of Guiding in Ireland.  Two of the McEgan Rangers, Laura and Vera, were there to greet them as part of the activity staff.  Over 1,500 girls and Leaders attended the camp, including Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from 15 different countries, including Taiwan, India, USA, Canada and South Africa. Worldwide, Girl Guiding is focussed on the Global Action Theme - "Together We Can Change Our World" - which encourages girls and young women to change the world around them. This was the camp theme and through the week-long activities, the Guides learned about the positive changes they can make in their own communities and beyond. The "Discover Our World" sessions linked the campers via Skype with girls in developing countries, such as Kenya, to learn more about each other's lives and cultural differences.  The Guides had a host of other great activities to choose from, including outdoor survival skills, canoeing, night survival, drama, radio skills, how to make videos for YouTube, pioneering, orienteering and much more. They also got the chance to experience Lough Key's fabulous amenities such as the Boda Borg and Zip It, adding even more adventure and excitement to the week. The Guides had the opportunity to learn about giving back to their communities by visiting the local nursing home in Boyle and painting a mural for the Community Hall in Boyle under the supervision of Vera O'Riordan, one of the McEgan Rangers from Macroom. We hosted Canadian Guides on our campsite and the Guides got to hear all about Guides, life and camping in Canada.  Friendships were forged during the week with Guides from many parts of Ireland and around the world, camping experiences were shared and the Guides are already looking forward to their next camp in August. The Irish Girl Guides is the largest voluntary organisation dedicated to girls and young women in Ireland, supporting 11,000 girls by empowering them to achieve their fullest potential and become responsible, active citizens of the world.  Our strength lies in our innovative and non-formal education programmes, leadership development and community action, which supports girls and young women to develop the skills and confidence needed to enact positive change in their communities. For further information on local Guiding, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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A section of the attendance at the 100th anniversary celebrations at Caum N.S. © O'Sullivan Photo Macroom

Hope Foundation

Over the past 13 years The Hope Foundation, (founded in Cork by Maureen Forrest), has been sending volunteers to India to work in the many projects that have been established by the foundation and in doing so highlighting the unimaginable plight of the many thousands of street children  living in the slums of Calcutta. Through the trojan work of these volunteers and the many thousands of supporters throughout Ireland who help through their generosity, the work can continue in the schools, hospitals and rehabilitation units that have been set up by The Hope Foundation. For the past six years 4 of the Indian Sherpas who have been assisting and organising various events for the volunteers  in Northern India in the area around Sikkim have been really anxious to come to Ireland to both thank in person and to see our beautiful country. Well now it is happening and they will be arriving in Ireland on August 6th and with the help of many  former volunteers, they will be visiting various parts of the country. In 2010 Marjorie Cullen from Macroom spent some time with The Hope Foundation in Calcutta and is thrilled that they will be visiting Macroom on Saturday August 18th They will arrive in Macroom at 10am and after a walk around the town centre, a walk has been organised for them to Gougane Barra. All supporters and volunteers past and present are cordially invited to come meet the Sherpas and to join in the walk. However please note that this walk requires a reasonable level of fitness, and will take approx 5 hours. As numbers will be limited, please contact Marjorie on 087 2887596 for further information.

Macroom Library

The library will be closed for the Bank Holiday week end on Saturday 4th and Monday 6th August. On 7th August Macroom Library will host a puppet show by Dowtcha Puppets.  It will start at 3pm and is suitable for 3 years and upwards. The show is free and open to members and non members alike.   .  Our 'Having a Ball' stickers are ongoing for children.  Every time you finish a book and return it to the library you get a sticker for the big Ball on the children's section wall.  Also, we have colouring pages of 'Where's Wally' at the desk.   The prize is a lovely carrier bag, of Where's Wally'.
Septic Tank forms are available from the library desk as are the various forms for driving licences and we also hold a supply of passport application forms.
Books loaned have been given a few days extra time so that fines will not generate.  Should you ever find you are unable to return your books by the due date, there are several ways to avoid fines:
Ring us.  Our phone number should be on the front of your library card.  We will ask for the last 7 numbers on the back of your library cardCall to the library counter with your card and we will renew themOr, on your next visit to the library, ask us to put a P.I.N number on your account and you will be able to renew items twice online before they will need to be returned. We will give you a form explaining step by step how this may be accomplished.
One of the online resources of Cork County library is access to Encyclopaedia Brittanica.  During the Olympics, Brittanica is spotlighting this iconic event with quick links to articles on the history symbols and sports of the Olympics.  We also have some children's books on the subject available for loan.
The Purlies next meet on Thursday 16th August.

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. The summer matinee programme for children is on Sundays at 3p.m., admission €4.

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

Theatre: Saturday 18th August @ 8.30 pm; Heart to Heart—Featuring Gloria; Tickets €15

Sunday 2nd September @ 8.00 pm; Stage to Screen; "It's a Grand Night for Singing". Songs of the stage and silver screen withRyan Morgan; Tickets €15

Saturday 8th September @ 8.30 pm; The Great Hunger by Patrick Kavanagh, performed by Jack

Healy; Tickets €12 Concessions €10


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)

Theatre by the Lake continues its summer season at Gougane Barra. Guerilla Days in Ireland runs to Sunday 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.  Bookings at 026 47069.

Crookstown Vintage Club annual vintage rally on Sunday, August 12th in aid of local charities. Commencing at 2 p.m.  Activities will include buttermaking, children sports, best dressed lady, threshing, car and bike display, side shows plus much more.

Inchigeela Festival: Aug. 16 – 19.
Fashion Show in the Marquee, River Island at 7.30p.m. on Thursday, August 16. Admission €12 Philomena Begley in the Marquee at 10p.m. on Friday 17. Admission €15.
Family Fun, Sports and underage football tournament in the G..A.A. Pitch 3 – 5p.m. on Saturday 18 and The Frank and Walters in the Marquee at 10p.m. Admission €15.
Vintage Parade and Fancy Dress at 6p.m.on Sunday 19 and Bog the Donkey in the Marquee at 10p.m. Admission €10.

Carrigadrohid / Killinardrish Tidy Towns: As part of National Heritage Week,  our Tidy Towns group have organized, on Monday, August 20th at 7pm, a guided tour, with Peter Scanlan, of a Traditional Farmyard, by kind permission of John and Cathy Browne and family, Prospect House, Carrigadrohid, . Part of the evening will be a display of old farmyard equipment, including, small machinery, tools, etc. If anyone would like to display their old treasures on the evening, please contact Con Dunne, 0876904349.

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 Macroom Lottos: Soccer club; Jackpot €6,600; No winner; €80 Anna Twomey. GAA Jackpot €3,400; No winner; €70 Micheala and Kate Twomey.
Congratulations to Donoughmore Ladies Tug of War Team who won silver in the recent All Ireland Competition in Wexford.

Donoughmore Community Centre: Plans are well underway to start the renovations of the Community Centre at Stuake. This work will include a new roof, new toilets, new entrance foyer and extended meeting rooms. It is anticipated that work will start  at the end August / early September.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 23/4/2012, Jackpot: €1,000, Numbers Drawn: 10 - 26 - 27, No Winner, €20 Winners: Tom Looney, Paddy Riordan, Don Manning, Jack O'Leary, Patrick O'Callaghan.
30/7/2012, Jackpot: €1,100, Numbers Drawn: 14 - 22 - 24, No Winner, €20 Winners: Jerh Crowley, Barry Murphy, Jacko Leary, Bebhinn O' Connell, Nuala Manley.

Lee Valley Updates

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 Local children get into the party mood at the launch of Inchigeela Festival Programme August 16 -19th  ©

Inchigeela Festival

Inchigeela is shaping up to be the village to see and be seen in this summer. Despite the inclement weather, Iveleary GAA club is making final preparations for their end of summer highlight, the Inchigeela Festival. The event has gone from strength to strength in the last couple of years, with many travelling from neighbouring parishes and counties, bringing together young and old for a traditional summer festival in a friendly County Cork village. Building on the success of 2010 and 2011, the festival will retain the four night format centred on a picturesque marquee on the River Island park grounds, while a selection of family activities will take place during the daytime. The marquee opens on Thursday 16th August with a "Girls Night Out", featuring a Fashion Show from Mahon Point Shopping Centre and selected local boutiques, followed by entertainment until late. Hosted by Mahon Point's resident Style Advisor, Dee Kelly Morgan, this event promises to be a great evening for the ladies of the area. A complimentary drinks reception will be included in the ticket price and guests will also be in with a chance of being named "Best Dressed" on the night.
The music acts begin on Friday 17th with Irish country legend Philomena Begley. On Saturday 18th, Cork band The Frank and Walters will entertain and DJ from 10pm until late. Inchigeela Festival regulars, Bog the Donkey will close the festival on Sunday 19th with disco included in the entry cost. A Family Fun Day will kick off at the GAA grounds from 3pm on Saturday 18th with Bouncy Castles, Fun Races for Kids and Adults, an underage football tournament throughout the day and a tug-o-war competition from 6pm. A new feature of the festival will be an Afternoon Tea fundraiser in the Lee Valley Cafe on Saturday from 3-5pm. The family activities continue on Sunday 19th with a Vintage Rally, Fancy Dress Parade through the village in the afternoon as well as live music in the village square.
For further festival updates check out the festival Facebook page (Inchigeela Festival). You can also keep up to date with the latest happenings from the festival on twitter (Inchigeela Festival). Call the Festival Secretary on 087-7798583 for tickets and enquiries.

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Crookstown fundraisers committee presentation of cheques. From left Cora Palmer, Karen O'Callaghan, Michelle O'Keeffe, Make a Wish (€6.100), Kathleen Buckley, Trevor Howard, Joanne McCarthy, Cork ARC Cancer Support House (€6,100) Norma Murphy and Pat Murphy  © Lee Valley Outlook

Coachford Updates

Coachford Olympian, Olive Loughnane, got a great send off from all her neighbours and friends earlier this week.  The Community Council have decorated the village with flags and buntings and many of the businesses and homes in and around Coachford have decorated their premises and houses. Everyone from the area is hoping Olive does well and that everything goes right for her leading up to the race and for the race itself. We are all well aware of how difficult this race is going to be for Olive and we are certain that she will do herself, Coachford and Ireland proud. A special sculpture depicting Olive at the games, designed and constructed by O'Donovan Engineering, has been erected near Lynch's Hardware shop in the Village. The Community Council would like to thank the Broomhill Vintage club and Barry O'Riordan for their help in decorating the village., O'Donovan Engineering for their wonderful piece of sculpture, George Lynch for the use of his premises and John Tarrant and Eugene O'Riordan for the Banner.   Olive will take part in the 20km walk on Saturday, August 11th. The Race Walk events start and finish at The Mall. At 5.00pm athletes race over a 2km loop, taking them up The Mall towards Buckingham Palace, around the Victoria Memorial and up Constitution Hill towards Hyde Park Corner, before returning to complete the loop. Participants need incredible amounts of stamina, endurance and mental strength. The pace is punishing and winning athletes must combine their speed and discipline right to the finish. Best of Luck Olive!!

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INTO function at Lee Valley Golf Club for 13 members of the Coachford Branch who have retired recently. Included are Mary Buckley (Coachford NS), Gerry Dineen (Dripsey NS), Ann Linehan (Berrings NS), Declan Murphy, Grace O'Donovan (Ovens NS), Pádraig Ó Conaill (Cloghroe NS), Siobhan O'Connell, Anne O'Hanlon (Scoil Naomh Lachtin, Donoughmore),  Nancy O'Donovan (Dripsey), Joan O'Riordan (Farran), Eileen and Gerry Keady (Cloghroe NS). Also included are Anne Fay, President INTO, Emma Dineen, Chairperson, and Committee members of the Coachford Branch. Noreen O'Riordan (Coachford NS) is absent from photo. ©Mike English

The World's first 'Agrilympics' will take place on Saturday August 18th at the Coachford Autumn Festival. Teams of four will compete against each other to claim the Perpetual Trophy and the honour of winning this prestigious competition. Each team will take part in three challenges and the team that completes the tasks in the quickest time will be crowned the winners. The challenges are: pushing a small tractor over a short obstacle course; changing the wheels on a car and milking a cow (not a real one). This is first and foremost a fun event. While the Olympic athletes take years to reach their finals and train hard to fulfill their goals, the people who enter the Agrilympics need no training and little skill. All that's needed is the ability to have a bit of fun."  Mixed teams of four must include at least one man and one woman. Entry fee is €20 per team and the competition starts at 6.00pm.

Will you be our Bill? Coachford Players are looking for someone to play the lead part of 'Bill' in their December production of 'Me and My Girl'. Acting and singing experience preferred.  Producer, Karolyne Dineen said, "This is a wonderful role and a great challenge for anybody who can sing and act. We have a fantastic line up for this excellent musical and all we are short is a man to fit the Bill!". The musical is due to be performed in Coachford in early December.  If interested, please contact Karolyne, on 086-8678207. Rehearsals for chorus will begin in September.

Tidy Townlands: Spot Inspections have taken place in the Aghabullogue – Coachford – Rylane Community Townlands Competition 2012 and the next stage is Judging, which will occur at any time from here on in and which will count in the overall Markings. The Spot Inspections were general observations and should not be taken as being all-inclusive. Judging will continue until August and will take into account 4 criteria for each Townland, namely: Litter Control, Tidiness, Landscaping and General Impression. Details of the Spot Inspections are available at www.facebook.com/acrcommunitycouncil or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or contact Committee Members Jo Healy, Willie Dennehy or Doug Lucey. Some Townlands have been extremely busy during the last few months and a huge effort has been made throughout the community.

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Danny O'Riordan and Olive O'Sullivan at the launch of the Coachford Autumn Festival which takes place on August 18th and 19th ©

Coachford Autumn Festival

The organizers of the Coachford Autumn Festival are putting the final touches in place for the big event on August 18th and 19th.  There are some new additions for the event this year and some of the old favourites are retained. The big hit of last years show, The All Ireland Tractor Building, makes another appearance as does the Children Sports and Vintage car and tractor display.   Festival secretary Peter Dineen said " We've put a huge effort into making the festival better this year. The added attractions of the children's Puppet show, Richie Kavanagh in concert and the vintage armoured car from the Department of Defence will certainly add to the two day event.  There is huge interest in the 'Agrilympics'  which begins at 6.00pm and the  'Best Dressed Dog show' which starts at 7.00pm.  We have been very well supported by local businesses and this has helped us to offer different attractions and to keep the cost of the funfair rides low".
Saturday's events will feature the High Nelly Run, a Heritage Treasure Hunt around the village of Coachford,  soccer shot contest, Agrilympics, Pet Dog and Harrier Show and the Festival Queen selection and Dance with 'Deuces Wild' providing the music..  Margaret Cosgrave, organiser of the Festival Queen competition said "The Queen selection follows a different format this year with more emphasis being placed on the judges' decision and less on the public vote.  The judges will provide 70% of the marks and the Public vote will account for the other 30%. Votes can be purchased only on the night of the queen selection in the hall so please come along and support your favourite queen".
Sunday is a hectic day for the festival, the highlight being the 4th round of the All Ireland Ferguson 20 tractor build which runs throughout the day. Other events at the Festival on Sunday August 19th will be an over 40s GAA match, a Steam Engine display,  Country market, Model Toy display, old Time Threshing, Funfair, Mini Club of Ireland Display, Children's Sports and a very large Veteran, Vintage & classic Car and Tractor Display. Richie Kavanagh will play outdoors at the festival on the Sunday. Danny O' Riordan, President of Broomhill Vintage Club, who organise the festival said "We are expecting a huge crowd again this year. There will be something for everyone here. It's a great day for all the family to enjoy. The facilities at the GAA grounds in Coachford are ideal for a festival of this size and we are very thankful to Aghabullogue GAA for the use of them on both days. Now let's hope for good weather so we can all enjoy it."  The proceeds of the Coachford Autumn Festival will go to 'Suicide aware' and local community groups. Last year the Coachford Autumn Festival donated over €4,000 to charity.

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Bronnadh seic €6,000 ar CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) ag clann Donal Ó Riordáin, Cnoc an Iúir, nach maireann  ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Ballingeary Show / An Taispeántas 2012 

Sunday 26th August is the appointed day for Ballingeary's 49th annual show, and the venue is Finbarr Cotter's farm in Kilmore, by his kind permission. Lots of attractions will ensure a great day out for everyone. There will be live music on stage with the very popular Patrick O'Sullivan & his son Conor from 3pm to 5pm and platform dancing for anyone in the mood. There are 226 classes in total in the Show programme. Judging of horses & ponies starts at 11am; cattle 12 noon; sheep 12.30; poultry 12noon. Judging for indoor section starts at 11am, including eggs, flowers & veg, arts & crafts, baking & jams.  All indoor exhibits will be on display in the marquee from 1.30 until 5pm.
For children's entertainment there will be bouncy castle, obstacle race, bungee jump, mini helicopter, face painting, pony rides, penalty shootout, etc. Also there will be great interest in the pets' corner with racoons, lemurs, rabbits, hamsters, ducks etc. Full catering facilities on field for lunch / tea etc. Side shows include Bonny Baby @ 3pm [under 6 months, under 1year and under 2 years] The dog show starts @ 2.30  for 19 different classes [entries taken on field]. There will be a display of vintage cars / tractors / machinery. Old time threshing display.  Other attractions will include buffalo, farmers market, trade stands, most suitably dressed lady, Ladies / Gents sheaf throwing. After all that action, anyone interested in the big round bale pushing competition can have a go, so get your team ready! Last but not least there will be a show raffle @ 6pm with attractive prizes so try your luck. As always, the Committee has been busy organising this, the 49th annual Show, so come along and join us for a very memorable day. Bígí linn. Beidh fáilte roimh cách.  Further Details log onto ballingearyshow.com or contact  086 40189920, 47196 / 47278 /47168. Free Car Park – adjacent to Show Field.

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Muintir Uí Dhuinnín agus baill de Chumann Rothaíochta Valley Wheelers ag seoladh rothaíocht Micheál Ó Duinnín a bheidh ar siúl ar an Domhnach 5ú Lúnasa. ©Nóirín Uí Thuama.

Garden Outing

Bia Gleann na Laoi, a local food group in Ballingeary, enjoyed their summer outing recently. The pleasant day tour started off with a visit to The Hollies Centre for Sustainability near Enniskeane. Then the group went to Hosford's Garden centre for lunch and checked out the large display of garden merchandise. The final stop was Caroline & Eddie Robinson's market garden farm near Cloughduv. They enjoyed a tour of all the produce grown for Caroline's market stall in Macroom each Tuesday and the day concluded with tea/ coffee& refreshments served by the lake and enjoyed by all who attended.

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 Entrance procession at the ordination of Rev. Damien Lynch, Cúil Aodha in St. Gobnait's Church, Baile Mhúirne   ©Diarmuid O'Connell  

Clondrohid Updates 

Ordination in Ballyvourney: Congratulations to Damien Lynch from Coolea who was ordained in Ballyvourney church on Sunday. July 22. Fr. Damien is a first cousin of Kieran Lynch, a member of Clondrohid G.A.A. club and of Marian Lynch, a teacher in Muinefliuch National School. It was a great occasion. A large number of priests attended and it was great to see so many deacons and young priests in attendance. The Papal Nuncio, His Excellency, Most Reverend Charles J. Brown ordained Damien.  The Ó Riada Choir attended and sang all the hymns throughout the ceremony. The church had been painted and decorated for the occasion and the flowers were beautiful The whole occasion was carried out with great attention to detail. Damien's first Mass and special blessings took place place in Coolea on Monday 23 and his first mass and blessings in Ballyvourney took place on Tuesday 24.  Everybody was welcome to attend. Family and friends celebrated in the Malton Hotel Killarney after the ordination.
St. Vincent de Paul: Anyone willing to donate a three in one pram for a new born baby and a cot for a four month old baby should contact 0879222465. It would be much appreciated.
Best of Luck, Olive: Everyone in Clondrohid Parish would like to extend best wishes to Olive Loughnane. Olive will take part in the 20km walk on Saturday August 11. The Race Walk events start and finish at The Mall. This a very arduous sport, both physically and mentally, so we wish everyone well but especially our own Olive.

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Launching Sunday outdoor music sessions at Bell Inn, Clondrohid, from left, Mick Walsh, Marian and Jerry O'Leary, Johnny Kelleher, Angela McCarthy, John Joe Kelleher and Noel O'Mahony  ©

Up Cork: Congrats to the Cork hurlers who defeated Waterford in a very tight match. They now meet Galway and we wish them well and to the Cork footballers who take on Kildare on Sunday August 5..
G.A.A. Monday July 16 U16's football league took place in Canovee. Clondrohid won by eight points. Thursday July 19 Minor football championship match in Clondrohid against Tracton. Clondrohid won well. Friday July 20 U16's "B" Hurling v Cloyne in Clondrohid. Clondrohid won by one point. July 23 Junior "B" league Clondrohid v Kilmichael took place in Clondrohid and the game ended in a draw. July 25 the U12's had a blitz/fun day in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. They played well and enjoyed their day immensely. It was a fantastic experience and let's hope they have a chance to do it again in the future.
Lotto: July 18. Jackpot €5,200. No winner. €70 Lorraine Nash, Curraglen. €20 Emma, Sarah & Billy c/o Murrays; Lisa Lyons, Clondrohid; Marian & Siobhan Kelleher, Ballinagree; M. O'Leary, Chapel Hill. July 25 Jackpot: €5,400; €70 Sean Ó Ceilleachair, Lissacreasig; €20 G Kelleher, Moulnahorna; John O'Sullivan, The Terrace; Kathleen Looney, Kilpatrick; Margaret Buckley Macroom
Bingo: In Community Hall every Wednesday night, jackpot of €2,150.

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 Cork and Donoughmore All Ireland Football champion, Juliet Murphy, cuts the tape at the official opening of the Community Walkway at Stuake, Donoughmore. ©

Donoughmore Carnival

Donoughmore Carnival, in its incredible 43rd year, was once again a runaway success. The four-day festival commenced with the official opening of the Community Walkway – a fully lit and beautifully designed  amenity which allows locals to walk or run safely all year round, complete with outdoor exercise equipment for those looking for an extra challenge! Cork Ladies Football supremo and local girl, Juliet Murphy, cut the ribbon and was gracious in her praise of those who had given their time to ensuring this fantastic facility was complete. The walkway was partly funded by IRD Duhallow and the balance was raised from local advertisers, sales of the local phone directory and contributions from the local community. Invited guests on the night from IRD were Helen O'Sullivan, Fr. Harrington (who initiated the first Carnival), Fr. Gerry O'Riordan P.P., who performed the blessing, and  Cllr. Derry Canty. The youngsters then kicked off the festivities with over 100 children dressing up for a Fancy-Dress Competition, followed by a free magic show in the newly purchased marquee. The kids (and adults alike!) also enjoyed the hair-raising funfair rides, a regular nightly feature of the carnival down through the years, provided by McCormacks. A well-attended Interfirm soccer tournament also got the Carnival under way, with 'Fordes' beating 'Donoughmore Ath' in the final. Running throughout the festival was the hugely popular inter-townland tug-o-war which saw 11 teams of seven compete for parish bragging rights. The final was between Pluckanes and Gurrane, with Pluckanes being worthy winners of an exciting contest. The ever- popular (but gruelling!) Donoughmore 7 road race took place on Friday night. Cillian O'Leary was first over the line out of a field of 263 competitors, in an impressive time of 37.55. Claire Gibbons-McCarthy was the first lady home in a time of 42.12. 
The ladies of the parish were out in their droves on Saturday evening to attend an extremely impressive Cookery Demonstration by Masterchef's Christine O'Sullivan, preceded by a cheese and wine reception in the marquee. Christine prepared an array of delectable delights and gave lots of useful tips – notes were taken by some but a good time was had by all!At the annual St. John Forde football competition, fiercely contested by U 10 boys vs U 12 girls  honours went to the boys this year. The main event of the Donoughmore Carnival has always been the concluding Sunday, and the festival came to an appropriate crescendo with a day and night packed with activities for young and old. The hugely popular Novelty Dog Show included categories such as 'best dog trick' and cutest puppy' – pampered pooches of all shapes and sizes thronged the arena. An extensive Vintage Machinery display thronged the field and added plenty of colour to events. A Farmer's Market provided a variety of foods and crafts as people thronged to sample their wares.  A Childrens' Treasure Hunt occupied youngsters in looking for clues for most of the day. The kids also had great fun in competing in a number of novelty sports events, from egg-throwing to crawl-racing. A new addition to the day was a display by the many and varied local clubs of the parish in the marquee. This advertised very well the rich cultural and sporting activity of the parish as well as the strong Donoughmore community spirit.  The Munster Tug-o-War competitions also attracted a wide audience, with teams from The Burren, North Clare, East Cork, Co. Waterford and North Cork all taking part. There were 3 categories - 640kg, 710kg and mixed. Donoughmore retained their 640kg Munster championship title in an awesome display. A new feature was also an U-16 Tug-o-War tournament, which was won by Ballyclough.
The evening kicked off with a hugely successful Tag Rugby competition run by Donoughmore Macra, with 6 teams taking part. It was a closely-contested final with Barry's for One winning on a 8-7 scoreline. The team consisted of John Buckley (Donoughmore Macra), Denis Daly (Ovens Macra), Pat Barry (Donoughmore), Arthur Crowley (Ovens Macra), Celina Buckley (Donoughmore Macra), Elizabeth Daly (Ovens Macra) and Jacinta Buckley (Donoughmore Macra). A big Thank you to everyone who helped to organize and run the event, in particular, the referees, Brian McCarthy (Terelton Macra) and Denis Daly (Ovens Macra) and most especially all those who participated in the competition.
The carnival closed with a fitting feast in the form of a packed barbecue in the marquee with live music, in which everyone ate and drank to the event's success and toasted to the coming around of Donoughmore Carnival number 44! A week later, the Annual 'Get to Know your Neighbour' Tea Party was enjoyed by over 100 guests. Food was provided by Duhallow Foods and John Glavin and music was by Lee Sound.  

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 Yum! Daniel and Killian Honohan enjoy refreshments at a wet Donoughmore Carnival   ©Marion O'Connell

Donoughmore Macra

Donoughmore Macra have had a relatively quiet month. Officers for the coming year were elected at the club's AGM at the end of June, and are as follows: Chairperson: Edel Buckley; Assistant: John Buckley; Secretary: Elaine O'Connel;  Assistant: Barry O'Regan; Treasurer: Alan Twomey; Assistant: William Buckley; PRO's: Eithne Healy, Seán Wallace; Sports & Social: Meig Collins, Emily O'Donovan; Young Farmers: Diarmuid O'Connell. Well done to all outgoing officers and best of luck to all new appointees. Members attended events held by neighbouring clubs during the month, including Nadd Stockand Know Your Neighbour BBQ's held by Berrings, Terelton and Aghinagh. Members attended numerous farm walks as well. The club also got involved in Donoughmore Carnival. On the Thursday night, the club's bench was unveiled alongside the fabulous new Amenity Walk in Stuake. Donoughmore Macra organised a tag rugby competition on the Sunday evening which was a great success, with six teams taking part. The club will attend the International Miss Macra festival during the bank holiday weekend, where member Sarah Healy will be handing back her title. Well done to Sarah on representing Donoughmore and Muskerry Macra excellently throughout the year.

Mighty Sage by Jaki Healy

Come sit 'neath the brim of my leafy green shade,

and i'll tell you of stories and colours that made.

Come listen to winds and breezes a blowing,

birds of praise all chipper and knowing.

Winds surrounding and sweeping this day,

clearing of mind remember that way.

The whoosh the rapture the call of the wild,

the soft the tender the voice of a child.

Leaves rattle and patter with glee,

charging the winds, calling to thee.

Winds cascading, branches a blowing,

wrapping the wonder of nature so glowing.

Carry thy thoughts ore valley and mire,

lifting your spirit for all you dersire,

Your call oh wisp, of knowledge of knowing,

embracing thy heart your soul every growing.

Say thee magnificent sage, whisper me your tales....

'Listen for words on winds between veils'

Kaleidoscopic colours the seasons prevail,

'what knowledge I part thee is yours for the taking,

for all is in dreams your life of its making'.


Martin & Paul's Surf 'n Turf.
Martin Shanahan and Paul Flynn.

If you have been following the T.V. series, then you'll love this new cook book. Even if you haven't, you will be delighted by the array of dishes available in this recent release. From soups and starters and salads to a section on comfort food and entertaining, this book has it all covered. The recipes deal with ingredients from the sea and land and is a must have for any cook.

Available from  Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €20.99.

GIY   by Michael Kelly

Self-sufficiency in food production is rewarding both financially and socially. It can make one more connected and more part of a community than ever before. As an organisation, GIY, while being primarily about helping people to grow their own food, is also about bringing people together in a spirit of generosity to share advice, tips, problems and produce. The closer to self-sufficient GIYers become, the more they are keen to share their knowledge and their produce. 

Things to do in August
Green manures (mustard, buckwheat, radish, rye, alfalfa, clover and vetches) are plants which are grown specifically to improve soil fertility and useful at times when beds are empty (as is often the case in August). Grow directly in the bed and then cut down and dig in to the soil. Give pumpkins plenty of water and apply a high-potash liquid feed. Nip out the growing points to encourage the fruits to swell.  Net brassicas to keep butterflies and the cabbage moth away (and check undersides of leaves regularly for caterpillars).  Keep watering - mulch around plants to retain moisture. 
Sow: Continue succession sowing. Sow spring cabbage, red cabbage, winter spinach, salad onions (in polytunnel for spring crop), autumn salad mix, endive, parsley, onion seed, Chinese vegetables.     
Pick Beetroot regularly as they reach the size you require - if left to grow too large they will loose their tenderness. 


Tús Geal Appointment

Tús Geal Teo is delighted to announce the recent appointment of Jack Dunne

to the position of Operations Manager. With over 20 years experience within Ireland and abroad across transport, warehousing, distribution and manufacturing sectors, Jack boasts a wealth

of knowledge and experience which he now brings to his role as Operations Manager. Prior to taking up his new role with Tús Geal Teo, Jack worked as Warehouse Manager for Buckeye Technologies Ltd and acted as Operations and Depot Manager in Parceline in Luton in the UK. In his new role, Jack will be heading up the Waste Management and Facility Management solutions services, and managing the company's strong portfolio of clients which include Cork County Council, Pat McDonnell Paints, Uniphar and Lisney.

 'I look forward to devising tailored solutions for our clientele and adding value at each step of the process' said Dunne. Managing Director, Tomás Healy commented 'We are delighted to welcome Jack to our team', acknowledging that strong growth has led to the recent appointment.

Tús Geal Teo is a wholly owned Irish company which was founded in 2009 to provide client specific Waste Management and Facility Management solutions. Managing Director and Founder Tomás Healy provides tailored Waste Management and Facility Management solutions services as well as a fully comprehensive consultancy service. Clients include; Uniphar, Cork County Council, Pat McDonnell Paints, Geaney Properties, Lisney, Cozy Homes and JH Insulations.

Sports Mad

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Iveleary footballers, u-21B County Champions 2012  ©Mike English 

Cork County U 21 B Football Championship Final

Iveleary   1 – 14     Kildorrery   1 – 7

There was much jubilation at Páirc Uí Rinn when a talented Iveleary overcame the strong challenge of a never say die Kildorrery fifteen in the final of Cork County U21 B Football Championship. The dominant side for much of the first half, Iveleary appeared to be heading for a comfortable victory after they extended their interval lead of 1-5 to 0-3 to seven points just after the restart.  The trend of the game changed dramatically however as Kildorrery hit back and only a point separated the teams with 12 minutes to go.  Iveleary then showed their worth and, with Cathal Vaughan in scoring form, they eased their way to safety and an historic victory – the first adult county title the famed Uibh Laoire club has ever won. 
Iveleary opened brightly aided by a stiff breeze and were superior in all areas of the field, displaying a confidence in their ability to raid forward at will. Cork Minors Sean O'Leary and Cathal Vaughan were in sparkling form and Shane Galvin was magnificent at midfield and the rest of the team responded to their promptings.  Cathal Vaughan converted a penalty won by David Hourihan in the 11th minute, to give Iveleary a 1-3 to 0-1 lead and they increased this advantage to seven points before Kildorrery came back with two late points to leave five points between the teams at the break. Cathal Vaughan and team captain, Denis O'Leary, added two more points for Iveleary just after the restart but Kildorrery were not going to die that easily and began a great fight back.  Three points in a row were followed by a Kildorrery goal in the 41st minute and with the score at 1-7 to 1-6, Alan O'Brien really rescued Iveleary by clearing a ball off his own goal line at this stage.  Cathal Vaughan pointed an Iveleary free to ease matters but back came Kildorrery with another point to leave the minimum between the sides.   The Iveleary defence remained calm, and with wing backs Sean O'Leary and a dashing Barry Murphy raiding forward along with Shane Galvin, Iveleary made a concerted push and managed six unanswered points in the closing sequence to fashion out a deserved victory.  Cathal Vaughan had four of these, to make his final tally a magnificent 1-7 (0-5 coming from play).
There were scenes of unbridled joy from the strong Iveleary (and Western Gaels) supporters, when team captain Denis O'Leary (who along with centre back Cal McCarthy had made the long trek home from the USA for the final), accepted the trophy. The party started at Toonsbridge, and went on into the early hours in Inchigeela.  Contributory factors to this victory were that at least eight of the team had won the County Minor B Football Championship with Western Gaels (Iveleary and Kilmichael combined) in 2012 and the majority of them have featured on successful De le Salle College, Macroom teams in recent years but the main reason is that this Iveleary group of footballers are talented and committed and have been guided by very competent and dedicated groups of mentors in the club over the past ten years.  Well done to all.
Iveleary: Joseph Creedon: Alan O'Brien, Kevin Manning, David Murphy: Barry Murphy (0-1), Cal McCarthy, Sean O'Leary: Shane Galvin (0-1), Daniel O'Riordan: Liam Kearney, Cathal Vaughan (1-7, 1-0 penalty, 0-2 frees), Denis O'Leary (0-2), Eamonn Creedon (0-1), David Hourihan (0-1), David Dineen (0-1). Subs: John McSweeney, Tim  O'Shea, Micheál Ó Lionáird, Kevin Jones.   Selectors:  Tim Pat O'Sullivan, Billy Twomey, John O'Callaghan.  Physio: Cliona O'Riordan. 

Cork County Championships 2012

Senior Hurling Championship –

4th Round  draw:

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

Relegation Play Off:

Glen or Cloyne  v  Blackrock or Bride

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

4th Round:

 Bandon   1 – 8     Castlelyons   0 - 10
Carrigaline   2 – 16     BALLINCOLLIG   1 - 11
Youghal   5 – 16   Tracton   0 - 11
BLARNEY   1 – 11     Mallow   1 - 6
Ballinhassig   2 – 9     Newcestown   1 - 13
Ballyhea   2 – 15     Kilbrittain   0 - 14

Quarter Finals
Bandon v Carrigaline
Youghal   v   BLARNEY
Ballinhassig  v  Ballyhea
INNISCARRA  v   Valley Rovers

Relegation Play off:
AGHABULLOGUE  v Watergrasshill 

Ballincollig   1 – 11     Carrigaline   2 – 16

Balllincollig hurlers made their exit from the championship at Belgooly when they were beaten by a better team on the night.  The loss of a defender before half time when the Muskerry side were five points in arrears did not help their cause and they were to finish the game with only 13 players but they did battle hard all the way to the final whistle.  Ballincollig started well and Conor Sexton's goal after three minutes was the first score of the game. Carrigaline hit back with a goal and at the end of the first quarter the sides were still level at 1-3 each.  Carrig then forced the pace and three points were followed by their second goal and at half time the winners led by 2-8 to 1-6 and had a numerical advantage now for the second half. Ciaran O'Sullivan from frees, and Ian Coughlan had points to keep Ballincollig in touch and with ten minutes remaining there was only a single goal between the teams, 2-11 to 1-11.  Carrigaline drew away in the closing ten minutes however with five unanswered points, Ballincollig lost another defender to a second yellow card but they never gave up. Ballincollig: Finbarr Kelly: Liam Jennings, Noel Galvin, John Paul Murphy : Brian Cotter, Stephen O'Donoghue, Colin Harris: Ciaran O'Sullivan (0-5, 0-4 frees, 0-1 '65'), Kealan Hickey; David Bowen (0-1), John Miskella (0-1), Colm O'Connor; Conor Sexton (1-2), John O'Brien, Brian Glavin. Subs; Ian Coughlan (0-2), Mark Prendergast, Alan Donovan, Frank Hickey, K Kelleher. 

 Blarney   1 – 11     Mallow   1 – 6

After playing with a very strong wind in the first half and a point in arrears at half time, Blarney's chances did not look great against Mallow at Pairc ui Rinn but they displayed great heart and discipline in the second half and a goal from midfielder Brian Hurley six minutes from time put them two points in front and they put 14 man Mallow to the sword in the closing minutes to earn a superb victory and a quarter final joust with form team Youghal.

Mallow had the perfect start with a goal after 35 seconds of the throw in and they still led by 1-3 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter.  Peter O'Driscoll from frees was the main source of scores for Blarney who were led by 1-4 to 0-6 at half time, only one point (from Eugene McCarthy coming from play). O'Driscoll levelled the scores soon after the break and Daniel Cronin put Blarney in front for the first time in the 34th minute.  As the exchanges became more intense Mallow lost a player to a second yellow card and it told on them.  Brian Hurley's goal was decisive in swinging the game Blarney's way.       

Blarney: P Hallissey: John Barrett 0 - 1, D McSweeney, P O'Leary: Joe Jordan, J Hughes M O'Leary: Brian Hurley(1-0), B O'Connell: Eugene McCarthy (0-1), James O'Sullivan, E O'Connor (0-1): Peter O'Driscoll(0-7, 0-6 frees, 0-1 '65') Ross McNamara, S Mulcahy. Subs: Daniel Cronin (0-1), Patrick O'Sullivan, John Hurley (0-1), D Walsh.

Intermediate Hurling Championship

4th round:

St. Catherine's   0 – 11     Charleville   0 - 17
Ballygarvan v Barryroe
Dromina v Kanturk
Fr. O Neill's v ÉIRE ÓG
Meelin   2 – 18     Milford   2 - 16
Arigdeen Rangers v Aghada

 Quarter Finals
Charleville v Ballygarvan/Barryroe
Dromina/Kanturk v Fr. O Neills/ÉIRE ÓG
Meelin v Arigideen Rangers/Aghada
Fermoy v Kilworth
 Relegated: Blackrock
Relegation Play Off: 

Dripsey   2 – 14     Blackrock   1 - 14

A goal in injury time from David O'Sullivan gave Dripsey victory and guaranteed them their place once again in the Intermediate hurling championship next year when they met the 'Rockies' second fifteen at Brinny.  The win was greeted with unbridled joy by the Dripsey supporters and one can understand their feelings of elation as relegation is a dreadful outcome in July for any team which goes into a championship full of dreams in June.  Blackrock now are back down to junior hurling with their second team and their seniors are still in danger of dropping down to Premier Intermediate status – what a prospect for a major traditional hurling club!Dripsey had many heroes in this win.  David O'Sullivan hit over four points, three of these in the first half, in addition to banging in the golden goal: Diarmuid O'Riordan, back after injury was terrific and contributed 0-7, 0-3 of which came from frees and Mark O'Sullivan was a major player all through the hour.  Dripsey hit the front with a David O'Sullivan point with ten minutes remaining but the city side fought back and they were a point ahead with only two minutes remaining.  Dripsey equalised and with the game in injury time David O'Sullivan buried the sliotar in the Blackrock net to give the Dripsey men victory and salvation!

Dripsey scorers: David O'Sullivan 1-4, Diarmuid O'Riordan 0-7 (0-3 frees), Stephen Murray 1-0, Mark O'Sullivan, John Carey and Barry O'Regan 0-1 each. Dripsey: Aidan Buckley: Stephen Murray, Thomas Ahearne, Robert Daly: Pat O'Riordan, John Carey, Aidan Murray: Shane Burke, Conor Hayes: Diarmuid O'Riordan, Mark O'Sullivan, John Buckley: David O'Sullivan, David Buckley, Barry O'Regan. Subs: Daniel Buckley and Shane Manley. 

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
O'Donovan Rossa  v Aghada
Duhallow v Doheny's
Douglas v Newmarket

Relegation Play Off:

Na Piarsaigh   v   St Nicholas

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

4th round: 

 Mallow v Bantry Blues
Valley Rovers v Kiskeam
BALLINORA   0 – 4     St. Michael's   3 - 12
Kinsale v Clyda Rovers
St. Vincent's   0 – 12     Glenville   1 - 6
Nemo Rangers  v  Carrigaline (quarter final)

Relegation Play Off:
Mayfield   v   MACROOM

 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh   1 – 10     Naomh Abán   0 – 13

'A draw was a fair result' was the general comment heard after this enthralling contest at Kilmichael.  Naomh Abán, playing against the wind, led by 0-9 to 0-2 at half time and looked to have the game sewn up at this stage. Béal Átha then staged a remarkable recovery to leave the score at 0-10 to 0-7 at the three quarter stage and they took a two point lead with a goal from Andi Concannon in the 50th minute.  Naomh Abán then drew level with only two minutes remaining on the clock but Liam Shorten kicked a superb free over the bar to edge Béal Átha back in front with the game going into injury time.  Naomh Abán needed heroes now and they had them!  Anthony Lynch drove forward and was fouled and Micheál Ó Cróinín stepped up and duly sent the resultant free over the bar to level the scores once again and a replay will be needed to separate these sides. It was a real championship battle between two committed sides and the replay will be eagerly awaited.

Béal Átha with the wind started well but faulty finish left them scoreless.  Naomh Abán opened the scoring in the 9th minute with a point from a Micheál Ó Cróinín free and then proceeded to dominate matters completely.  Denis Keohane and Colm Murphy added points to open up a three point gap at the end of the first quarter and Colm Murphy, Micheál Ó Cróinín and Denis Lyons had further points to leave the Baile Mhúirne side six points clear before Andi Concannon at last opened the Béal Átha account with a point from a free in the 21st minute.  Naomh Abán did not let up and Dara O'Sullivan kicked over twice and Tadhg Scannell had a point to which the only Béal Átha reply was a late point from Liam Concannon to leave the score at half time at 0-9 to 0-2 in favour of Naomh Aban.

In a game of two halves, it was the turn of Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh to run the show after the break.  Points flowed from the boots of Tadhg O'Leary, Liam Concannon, Ben Shorten, Paul Buckley and Liam Shorten, to narrow the deficit and when Micheál Ó Cróinín had a N. Abán point to relieve the pressure, Béal Átha struck back with points from Ben and Liam Shorten to leave only a point between the teams early in the last quarter.  In the 50th minute Béal Átha were really jubilant when Liam Shorter set up a goal chance for Andi Concannon and the latter billowed the N Abán net and now the game appeared to going the way of the Béal Átha men.  Liam Shorten had what looked like a point not awarded and points from Tadhg Scannell and Shane McCarthy brought the sides level with two minutes of normal time remaining.  Liam Shorten broke the deadlock with a massive point from a free out on the wing but Micheál Ó Cróinín saved the day for N Abán in injury time.  Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Gearoid Ó Muirthille: Sean Ó Duinnin, Donal MacCarthaigh, Nollaig Ó Duinninh: Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh, Sean Ó Donnchu, Barra Ó Coinceannainn: Lionaird Ó Conchúir, Colman Ó Tuama: Liam Ó Coinceannainn, Tadgh Ó Laoire, Cian Ó Duinnin: Ben Seartan, Aindreas Ó Coinceannainn, Liam Seartan. Ionaidi: Pol Ó Buachalla agus Nollaig Ó Laoire. Naomh Abán: Diarmuid Mac Carthaigh: Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh, Seamas Ó Mathuna, Cris Ó Deasuna: D Ó Scanaill, Antoin Ó Loinsuigh, Colman Ó Tuama:  Tadgh Ó Scanaill, Seamas Ó Laoire: Dara Ó Suilleabhain, Micheál Ó Cróinín, Diarmuid Ó Liathain: Colm de hIde, Colm Ó Murchu, Donncadh Ó Ceochain. Ionaidí: Shane Mac Carthaigh agus Liam MacSuibhne.  

Ballinora   0 – 4      St Michael's   3 - 12  

Ballinora's interest in this year's Premier Intermediate championship ended at Ballincollig as city side St. Michael's, sister club to the famed 'Rockies, ran riot in the final quarter to score a comprehensive victory.  After a very moderate first half in which only one score came from play, a point from a Michael's defender, the city side led by 1-3 to 0-2 at the break.  Ballinora did have their share of opportunities but faulty shooting had left them down and at the other end it was only the brilliance of Ballinora goalkeeper Eoin Walsh which denied the winners of further goals.  The sides swapped points in the third quarter, Ben Ahern being the only Ballinora scorer in this game and all his points came from frees, and the interval gap of four points was all that still separated the sides as the three quarter mark drew near. Then the skies fell in on Ballinora with Michael's kicking four points on the trot in a seven minute spell and then Ballinora had a man sent off for a second yellow card offence in the 50th minute.  A further brace of points for the Blackrock side was followed by a goal and two further points and the score was now 2-10 to 0-3!  In the final three minutes Michaels had a fourth goal and after Ben Ahern had a point for Ballinora (now down to 13 men) the winners raised two more white flags to complete the Ballinora misery. Ballinora: Eoin Walsh: David O'Neill, Gary O'Halloran, N Collins: Mark Kelleher, Cathal O'Connor, Tomas McGrath: Michael Hodge, Alan O'Neill: Ben Ahern, Conor Brosnan, Ian Whycherly: Michael Murphy, Conor Murphy, Pat Fitton. Subs: Darragh O'Neill, Cian Lucey, T Twomey.

Intermediate Football Championship

Round Three:
Kilavullen   1 - 8  v  Cloyne   3 - 10

4th round draws  –
Ballydesmond v CANOVEE
Kildorrery v ÉIRE ÓG
Fermoy v Cloyne
Glanworth v Kanturk
Grenagh v Castletownbere

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

 Relegation Play Off:

Glanmire  v  Kilavullen 

Mid Cork Championships

Ballincollig Credit Union Mid Cork Junior A Hurling Championship

Quarter Finals:

Donoughmore   v   Grenagh

Éire Óg   3 – 8     Inniscarra   3 - 6

Cloughduv   2 – 11     Blarney   0 - 5

Ballinora   1 – 12     Ballincollig   0 – 8

Semi Finals:

Ballinora  v  Donoughmore/ Grenagh

Cloughduv  v  Éire Óg  

 Éire Óg   3 – 8     Inniscarra   3 – 6

It was dark and misty at Ballincollig for this evening meeting of Éire Óg and Inniscarra in the quarter final of the Mid Cork championship.  A semi final spot against Cloughduv was the prize on offer and while that may seem a daunting prospect for many, the two teams showed that they were anxious to take on that task and of course also put one over on their opponents.  The hurling was moderate, particularly in the first half, but the game finished well with the lead changing on a few occasions and the issue being uncertain to the final whistle kept the attendance entertained. Defences dominated in the low scoring first half. 

Ace free taker Brian Kirwan pointed in the 7th minute for Éire Óg but Inniscarra hit back with points from Kieran Rice and early substitute Pádraig Murphy.  Brian D'Arcy O'Sullivan equalised for Éire Óg in the 13th minute and ten minutes elapsed without a score until Ronan Sills crashed in an Éire Óg goal to break the stalemate.  Brian Kirwan subsequently pointed a free and a '65' and Éire Óg led by 1-4 to 0-2 at the break, Inniscarra having struck seven wides in the first half. The third quarter opened with an Inniscarra goal after two minutes but Éire Óg responded with points from John O'Connor and another Kirwan free. Éire Óg seemed to be in control but a point apiece from Paul Farmer and Sean Holland either side of the three quarter mark kept Inniscarra in contention and when Sean Holland then broke down a high ball, gained possession and turned his marker before lashing a great drive to the Éire Óg net in the 47th minute, it meant that Inniscarra were in front by the minimum margin, 2-4 to 1-6. The scene was set for a great finish to the game as darkness began to envelop the pitch on what was supposed to be a summer's evening! John O'Connor availed of an opportunity created for him by Ronan Sillls and crashed the sliotar to the Inniscarra net to restore the lead to his side, Pádraig Murphy had a point for Inniscarra in reply and in the 54th minute Paul Farmer hit over an equaliser, 2-6 each.  Aidan O'Connor put Éire Óg back in front with a really massive point and then Eoin Lyons lobbed in a high ball and in the ensuing scramble in the Inniscarra goalmouth it appeared to be John O'Connor who got the vital touch to force the ball over the line.  Brian Kirwan then pointed a '65' but just as it appeared that Éire Óg could relax, Alan Sheehan made a strong run for Inniscarra and finished with a fierce drive to the Éire Óg net.  The final four minutes were to be scoreless but each side had scoring opportunities denied by great defending and so at the end, Éire Óg were still two points in front. 
Éire Óg: John Barry: Sean O'Connor, Edward Long, Aidan Twomey: Kieran O'Sullivan, Andrew Herlihy, Aidan O'Connor: Ronan Dennehy, John O'Connor: Daniel O'Shea, Brian D'Arcy O'Sullivan, James Carr: John Malone, Ronan Sills, Brian Kirwan. Subs: Vincent Fahy, Eoin Lyons, Denis O'Keeffe and Fintan Brennan.  
Inniscarra: John O'Keeffe: James O'Driscoll, Colm Holland, Conor O'Mahony: John O'Brien, Tyrone O'Regan, Dónal O'Callaghan; Tommy Buckley, Pádraig O'Callaghan: Kieran Rice, Alan Sheehan, Jamie Barry: Stephen O'Sullivan, Sean Holland, Dominick Kelleher. Subs: Pádraig Murphy, Paul Farmer, Michael Ryan and George O'Mahony.  Referee: Mr Willie Barrett, Aghabullogue.  

 Cloughduv   2 – 11     Blarney   0 – 5

Cloughduv completely outclassed Blarney and booked their place in the semi-final of the Ballincollig Credit Union JAHC, after a disappointing game that was played in beautiful sunshine at Ovens. The winners dominated the opening half and led by 1-9 to 0-1 at the break and the game was effectively over even at this stage.  A better second half performance from Blarney restored some pride but there was always going to be only one winner. Cloughduv dominated the opening exchanges and Darragh Ring was denied a goal in the opening minute by a brilliant save from Blarney goalkeeper Richard O'Shea. Sean O'Connor had the opening score of the game with an excellent point and further points from James McCarthy and the outstanding Andrew Cronin ensured Cloughduv enjoyed an early three-point lead.  The Blarney defence were under siege in the opening quarter as Sean O'Connor (another star performer) and Darragh Ring added further points for Cloughduv.  Blarney registered their opening score following a long distance free from Eoghan Murphy in the 16th minute. Cloughduv continued to drive forward and Andrew Cronin's clearance set up a goal for Dónal Corkery in the 21st minute. Points from Brian Ahern and Andrew Cronin ensured that Cloughduv held a commanding lead at the break of 1-9 to 0-1 and the champions were clearly the better team. To their credit Blarney were a lot more competitive in the second half as they tried to salvage some pride. Jack O'Regan, Keith Costelloe and Ray Deasy converted chances for Blarney in the third quarter but Cloughduv scored their second goal after team captain Brian Ahern expertly blocked down the Blarney clearance before finishing to the net. The closing stages of the game became a bit scrappy with both sides introducing a number of   substitutes.  Cloughduv will now face Éire Óg and on the evidence of this performance, they look as hungry and competitive as ever as they seek to make it four in a row in Mid Cork. Scorers for Cloughduv:  D Corkery 1-1, B Ahern 1-1, D Ring 0-3 (0-2f), S O'Connor 0-3, A Cronin 0-2 (0-1 '65), J McCarthy 0-1.

Cloughduv: Colm Ryan; Barry Walsh, Ger Ahern, Mark Verling; Denis O' Sullivan, Andrew Cronin, Liam Long; Con Dunne, Stephen Down; Sean O'Connor, Brian Ahern, James McCarthy; Darragh Ring , Tom O'Mahony, Donal Corkery. Subs: William Ahern, Darren Kelly and Gerry Lucey.

Blarney: Richard O'Shea; Stephen O'Brien, Julian O'Donoghue, David Walsh; Conor O'Reilly, David Walsh, Daniel Cronin; Eoghan Murphy, Sean Harrington; Craig Sykes, Jack O'Regan, Raymond Deasy; Keith Costelloe, Pat O'Sullivan, Raymond O'Donovan. Subs: David Cremin, Darragh O'Brien, Mark Lee, John D Good.  Referee: Mr. Peter Downey, Inniscarra.

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

Quarter Finals:

A  Kilmurry   0 – 12     Aghinagh   0 – 8
B  Kilmichael   0 – 8     Inniscarra   0 - 7
C  Iveleary   2 – 11     Macroom   1 - 6
D  Dripsey   1 – 11     Blarney   0 - 7

Semi Finals:

Kilmurry  v  Kilmichael
Iveleary  v  Dripsey
Kilmurry   0 – 12     Aghinagh   0 – 8

The semi final line up for the Mid Cork football championship is now complete after the victory of Kilmurry over Aghinagh at Inchigeela.  Kilmurry did not establish their superiority over the underdogs until the final quarter and Aghinagh kept them under pressure to the final whistle.  That said, the Kilmurry victory was deserved as they had the better balanced team and it was this overall strength that counted in the finish as Aghinagh just could not deal with all the problems presented by Kilmurry even though the losers had many fine performers.  Aghinagh will take heart from this year's championship campaign and the development of their young players. Conditions at Inchigeela were excellent.  The sun was shinning and the pitch was in beautiful condition.  The game was sporting and the referee John Ryan had an excellent hour getting little trouble from the contestants. Kilmurry were expected to win this game handily but they were worried by two points for Aghinagh from Donal Corkery in the opening four minutes, both well-worked scores.  William Buckley had Kilmurry's opening score in the 9th minute and hit an equaliser a minute later and James Kelleher then kicked Kilmurry into the lead in the 12th minute.  Any notion that Aghinagh would capitulate was being dispelled on the field as every ball was been contested and indeed Aghinagh were containing the Kilmurry attack despite strong pressure.  In the 21st minute Declan Ambrose kicked an equaliser for Aghinagh from a difficult angle but Dominick Creedon put Kilmurry back in front within minutes.  Aghinagh again equalised this time with a superb point from young Donagh McCarthy in the 27th minute and William Ambrose put them into a short lived lead a minute later.  Just before the half time whistle, James Kelleher kicked an equaliser for Kilmurry and the teams were level at 0-5 each at the break.

Aghinagh started the second half well and Donal Corkery curled in a superb long range shot in the 36th minute to put Aghinagh ahead once more.  Dominick Creeedon equalised two minutes later and two points from William Buckley, one of the best Kilmurry performers on the day, had his side leading by 0-8 to 0-6 by the 42nd minute and Kilmurry were beginning to take control.  James Kelleher's point at the three quarter stage opened up a three point gap and Greg Barrett added a further point within minutes to ease the situation further for Kilmurry.  Kelleher had another point in the 52nd minute but Aghinagh were battling on and points from Barry O'Leary and Declan Ambrose reduced the deficit to three points as the game went into injury time.  A late Kilmurry point from William Buckley then settled the issue removing any doubt about the outcome. 
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: James Kelleher, Greg Barrett, William Buckley. Subs: Jonathan Buckley, Alan O'Sullivan.  
Aghinagh: Paul O'Sullivan: Paudie O'Sullivan, Seamus O'Leary, Jeremiah Kelleher: Trevor Burns, Dave Barry, Donagh McCarthy: Con Lehane, James Ambrose: Sean Horgan, Donal Corkery, Declan Ambrose: Barry O'Leary, William Ambrose, Jeremiah Corkery. Subs: Sean Kelleher, William Coakley, Paudie Twohig, Ross Crowley, Alan Hourihan.  Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.

 Mid Cork Junior B Football Championship First Round Results:

Canovee  2- 9  Donoughmore  0-6

Naomh Abán  3 – 15  Cill na Martra  3 - 13  Replay

Éire Óg  3 – 17   Gleann na Laoi  0 – 3

Aghabullogue  1-9  Grenagh  0-11  Replay

Kilmurry  2 –14  Clondrohid  0 – 4

Quarter Finals:

Canovee  v  Naomh Abán

Éire Óg  v  Aghabullogue

Kilmurry  v  Iveleary 

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh  v  Ballincollig

Cork Progress

Munster football champions, Cork will pay Kildare in the All Ireland quarter finals on Sunday, 5th August at Croke Park at 2 pm.  Ulster champions Donegal will play Kerry, who have progressed through the qualifiers, on the same double bill with a 4 pm starting time.  Nollaig Ó Laoire (Cill na Martra), Fintan Goold and Sean Kiely (Macroom), Daniel Goulding and Ciarán Sheehan (Éire Óg) and Paddy Kelly (Ballincollig) have all been on the Cork panel in the championship victories over Kerry and Clare ion Munster.

Cork hurlers are through to the All Ireland semi final after a tight game with Waterford in the quarter finals at Thurles.  Tom Kenny of Grenagh was the only Mid Cork hurler on the Cork team.  Cork now play Galway in one All Ireland semi final on 12 August, with Kilkenny meeting Tipperary in the other semi final.


Cork Camogie team meet  Clare in Páirc  Uí Chaoimh at 2pm on Saturday August 4 in the Quarter final of the All Ireland senior championship. This will be a tough encounter for Cork as they have previously lost to Clare in the Munster Final and had just a point to spare in a titanic struggle in the qualifiers and Saturday promises more of the same. Dublin play Offaly in the other quarter final on August 4th  

 Championship Venues

Cork County Board has issued the championship programme for next month. Macroom will be host two big games. On Saturday, August 11th, Avondhu will play Ilen Rovers in the county senior football championship and a week later, on Sunday August 19th, Mallow and Bantry Blues will clash in the fourth round of the premier intermediate football championship. Ballyanly is the venue for the meeting of Mayfield and Macroom in the premier intermediate football championship relegation  play-off.

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Enjoying Aghabullogue G.A.A. Kellogg's Cúl Camp   ©Mike English 

Canovee G.A.A.

Minor: Canovee played Castlelyons in the first round of the minor A football championship in Castlelyons. Canovee were under pressure from the throw in and an early goal put Castlelyons ahead. A goal by Aidan Moynihan brought Canovee back into the game and at half time Castlelyons led by 1.05 to 1.01. With wind advantage, the Canovee forwards saw more of the ball and slowly whittled down the lead. A second goal by Aidan Moynhian brought Canovee level. The lead changed hands on a number of occasions and it took two late points by Tadgh O'Riordan and James Moynhian to seal a narrow victory for Canovee. In  this game Canovee found it hard to win possession and took some clever points to stay in contention in the second half. Young goalkeeper, Mark Healy, also made some outstanding saves. Team: Mark Healy, Sean Twomey, Darren Twomey, Colin Murphy, Liam Murphy, Michael Dunne, Cian Lehane, Shane O'Riordan, Ciaran Canty, Cathal O'Carroll, Aidan Murphy, Colin Looney, Tadhg O'Riordan,James Moynihan, Aidan Moynihan. Subs: Blake Ring, James O'Sullivan, James Verling, Kieran Moynihan, Conor Hughes.
Fixture: The Minor A football championship game, Canovee v Ballinhassig is scheduled for Carrigadrohid at 7.30pm on August 3rd
Under 15 inter county tournament: Conor Hughes from Aherla played for Cork in the recent Humphrey Kelleher tournament in Duhallow for inter county teams from Munster. Two teams from Cork took part. Conor played left half forward for the team that beat Limerick but lost narrowly to Tipperary, who went on to win the competition, in the semi final.
Under 10: Canovee under 10 team started training in March and have played a  number of challenge matches during the year - against  Clondrohid, Millstreet, Ballinora, Clonakility, Sam Maguires and Carbery Rangers. On the June bank holiday Monday Canovee  played Glanmire (Community Games Team) and were victorious. The majority of the challenge matches were 2 x 11 a side games to ensure maximum playing time for all our players. The team travelled as defending champions to Dromtarriffe to play in the Brian Cronin Memorial Cup where 16 teams from Avondhu, Imokilly, Muskerry, Duhallow and East Kerry compete over two Saturdays in June. Our lads had comfortable victories against Dromtarriffe and Clondrohid and faced Kanturk in their final group match (a repeat of last years final) and won on a scoreline of 3-3 to 2-3 in a thrilling match. The 2nd leg of the blitz is now rescheduled for the end of August. Canovee have played two further challenge games since against Donoughmore and Éire Óg. The team will also be heading to Listowel in September as defending champions to play in the annual Jim Corridan shield and also will be hosting the Neilly Twomey Memorial tournament . 

Lotto: July 29th: Numbers 18, 20, 28, 30; €50  Nora Anne O'Sullivan, Aherla. €25  Mary Shine, Aherla, Mary Browne, Carrigadrohid. Jack the Joker: Eileen and Mary O'Sullivan, Carrigadrohid. Next draw August 5th in Hickeys bar, Aherla for jackpot of €13,400.

Macroom GAA

County Premier 2 Minor Football Championship

Clonakilty 0-14, Macroom 0-9
Having been beaten by Clonakilty by 4-24 to 0-2 in the league early in March, it was
anticipated that Clon would be too strong for Macroom at Dunmanway on this occasion. However Macroom produced a performance of pure guts and determination that surprised the favourites. 

Macroom opened the scoring with a fine point from John Murphy and this seemed to settle them and they hassled and harried all over the field and unsettled Clon.  Clonakilty eventually got on top and went into a 5-3 lead, Darren Kelly and Shane Burke the scorers for Macroom, but David Horgan scored two points to level matters at half time.  Macroom got off to the perfect start at the resumption of the second half with a great point by Darren Kelly but Clonakilty now playing with the stiff breeze responded and scored twice to lead by a point. Macroom
got back on level terms through Chris Foskett but unfortunately persistent fouling and some unforced errors caught up with Macroom and allowed Clonakilty get a firm grip on the game. With less than ten minutes to go Clon led by 0-12 to 0-7 but Macroom however never gave up and responded with a further two points from Darren Kelly and John Murphy and dominated for a spell.  Clonakilty weathered the storm and tapped over two more points to leave the full time score 0-14 to 0-9. Dylan Dineen was very safe in goal, young full back Brian McMahon, Andrew Godsil and Noel Murphy were extremely tight, Eoin Walsh stuck to his task manfully, Darren Kelly and David Horgan won their fair share at midfield, while Chris Foskett and Shane Burke and John Murphy were very prominent in attack.  Macroom: Dylan Dineen: Andrew Godsil, Brian McMahon, Noel Murphy: Eoin Walsh, Emmet Quinlan, Shane Creedon: Darren Kelly, Darren McKenna: Chris Foskett, David Horgan, Shane Burke: John Murphy, Barry Healy, Cathal O' Mahony. Subs used: Danny Murphy, Brendan O'Sullivan (both used), Olan O' Mahony and Jason Leahy.

 East Region U16 'A' Championship

Macroom   2 – 13   Glenville   2 – 10 aet.

Macroom U 16 footballers turned in a great display in defeating Glenville at Glenville in the U16 championship.  Conditions were poor with a heavy pitch and regular showers of rain but the lighter Macroom side gave an exhilarating display of quality football and wonderful determination.  Macroom conceded an early goal but still fought back to be a point in front at the break on a 0-7 to 1-3 scoreline, scoring four points in a row to take the lead.  Don Creedon and Chris Foskett scored 0-2 each, Kevin O'Dwyer, Alex Ryan and Brendan O'Callaghan 0-1 each. Goals from Brendan O'Callaghan and Alex Ryan gave them a five point lead at the three quarter stage and Cathal O'Riordan pointed a late free, but Glenville scored an equalising goal in the 64th minute of a very long second half and so the game ended at 2-8 each.  In extra time, twice Glenville went a point up but points from Brendan O'Callaghan and Don Creedon brought Macroom level and then Kevin O'Dwyer, Don Creedon and Craig Ronan kicked over in the final three minutes to give Macroom a deserved victory. Macroom: Declan Kiely: Alex Ryan, Brendan O'Sullivan, Olan O'Mahony: Eoin Walsh, Cillian O'Mahony, Paul O'Farrell: Chris Foskett, Brian McMahon: Don Creedon, Kevion O'Dwyer, Alan Quinn: Christy McCarthy, Tommy Condon, Brendan O'Callaghan. Subs used: Cathal O'Riordan, Craig Ronan   

Macroom Underage

Macroom Under 10's played Cill na Martra recently in the Castle Grounds in an 11 a side challenge match. In the first period, Macroom started strongly and finished, the period 4 scores to 1 up. In the 2nd and 3rd periods, Cill Na Martra came right back into the game, with both teams playing some beautiful football and the scores tied at 7 apiece. At the end of the 4th quarter the sides were tied on 11 scores a piece.
On July 21st, Macroom travelled to Ballyvourney to play the U-10 team from Naomh Abán. Macroom started slowly due to the heat and attendance at Cúl Camp that week and never recovered from their slow start. They got more into the game in the 2nd & 3rd quarters but Naomh Abán ran out winners 11 scores to 6. Thanks to Cill na Martra & Naomh Abán for the games. Team: Morgan Collins, Dean Granville, Darragh Kiernan, Darragh Neville, Michael Kelleher, Jerry Kelleher, Sam Kelleher, Kieran Doody, Liam Linehan, Reece Twomey Lee, Cormac Buckley, Charlie Mc Sweeney, Barry Murphy, Cian O'Riordan, Ethan O'Riordan, Adam McCarthy, Bradley O'Shea & Jack Sexton. Mores games will follow against Ballingeary, the Dromtarriffe tournament and the Padraig Dervan Memorial Cup over the next few weeks. Training continues Wednesday at 7pm in the Boys School and at 10.30 on Saturday mornings in the Castle Grounds.

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At J.J. Long Golf Classic at Macroom Golf Club, from left, Anthony Kenny, Pat Malone, Tom Kenny, Jim Nyhan and Tom Kenny Sr © O'Sullivan Photo Macroom

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt Club

The Club Matchplay 2012 final was played recently with Kevin O'Donovan emerging as winner and Michael Dunlea runner up.
Presentation: A presentation was recently made to Dan Kiely in recognition of his overall win in the National over 55 Intermediate Gents competition. Our congratulations to Dan on this prestigious success.
Open Competition: The" Kilmichael Open" takes place over the August Bank Holiday week-end, commencing on Thursday. A singles competition will be held on Thursday and Friday. The Scratch Cup will be competed for on Saturday with a Three Ball Scramble played on Sunday and Monday. Players from many Counties will converge on Annahala over the week-end. Green fees players please note that the course will be closed to anybody not playing in the above competitions.

Athletics champions

West Muskerry AC athletes were very successful at the All-Ireland track and field championships at Tullamore, winning one gold, two silver and two bronze All-Ireland medals. In the girls' U19 400m, Gráinne Moynihan was well clear of the field going down the home straight and crossed the line in first place to be crowned All-Ireland champion. Gráinne also competed in the U19 100m race and won a silver medal here. Sophie Harrington ran an outstanding race in girls' U12 600m. This was Sophie's first time competing in the All-Ireland track and field and she handled the pressure like a veteran. Sophie was in fourth place 100m from the line but a gutsy finish earned her a silver medal in a new personal best time of 1 min 46 seconds. In the girls' U14 800m Stephanie Cotter ran a fantastic race coming from seventh place 100m from the line to dip right at the finish and take third place and a bronze medal in a personal best time of 2 minutes, 24 seconds. Another bronze medal winner was Rachel O'Shea in the U18 girls 800m. Rachel stayed with the lead group until the 200m when the pace quickened but she fought hard down the home straight and took third place. Three of the youths competed well even if finishing outside of the medals. Eoin Walsh ran in the boys U17 400m and recorded a new personal best time. Pádraig Moynihan achieved a personal best throw of 10.29 metres in the boys' U14 shot putt in his first All-Ireland and Garry O'Sullivan ran a great race in the boys' U16 800m and finished strongly. West Muskerry AC will be taking a break from activities until Sunday August 12th, all activities again on Monday August 13th.