Lee Valley Outlook - Aug 16 2012 v9e17

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Coachford Autumn Festival August 18th and 19th © 

Lee Valley Diary 

Briery Gap: Sat. 18th Aug. @ 8.30 pm; Heart to Heart—Featuring Gloria
Sun. 19th Aug. 3 p.m. The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Wed. 22nd Aug.: 8.30p.m. The English Patient
Sun. 26th Aug. 3 p.m. Mary Poppins
Mon. 27th Aug. @ 7.00 pm, rehearsal for the Briery Gap in-house production of "The Good Old Days"
Wed. 29th Aug. 8.30p.m. The Piano

Summer Trad Sessions: Castle Hotel, Macroom every Tuesday
Mills Inn, Ballyvourney every Thursday
Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney every Saturday

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.

Gearagh Art Exhibition in the Town Hall Gallery, Macroom until Sept. 8.
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.
The Purlies in Macroom Library on Thurs. 16th Aug. 11a.m.
Tractor Run: Crumlin to Mercy Hospital, Cork, Aug. 17 – 19.
Mercy Convent Gardens open to the public on Sunday, August 19, 2 – 4p.m.
Coachford Autumn Festival August 18th and 19th.  
History Walk in Coachford: Sat. Aug. 18, 4.30 – 6.30 from G.A.A. Community Centre.
Carrigadrohid / Killinardrish: guided visit to Prospect House, Mon. Aug. 20th at 7pm
Mills Inn Sessions: Sat. Aug. 18, "Tom Cats";
Mon. 20th Aug. Graham Wells & Newfoundland 9.30pm.
Education Expo at Castle: Tues. Aug. 21; 11am to 2pm and 6pm to 8pm.
Visit to Shandy Hall and Dovecote: Sat. Aug. 25, 2 – 4 p.m.
An Post Rebel Tour 2012 Sat. and Sun. Sept.15 – 16
Donoughmore Coffee Night: for Marymount Hospice on Thurs. Sept. 20th in St Lachteen's N.S. Hall, Stuake, 7pm - 9pm.
Down Memory Lane  at Briery Gap on Fri. 28th and Sat. 29th Sept. at 8.30pm.   

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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All dressed up for Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne Debs © Nóra Ní Luasa  

Leaving Cert Results

The 2012 Leaving Cert Results have just been released and we wish all Lee Valley students well as they contemplate their next steps in the educational process. Exam Helpline 2012, organised by The National Parents Council to offer advice, information and support to Leaving Certificate students is staffed by members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. The helpline is open from 10.00am to take calls from students, parents and teachers seeking information. The experienced guidance councillors running the helpline will provide support, advice and information on all 3rd level courses, the points system, rechecks, repeats, CAO procedures, apprenticeships and further training. Students, parents and teachers who are seeking help on any concerns or issues they may have or if they need reassurance or guidance can call the helpline on 1800 265 165.

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Spic and span for Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne Debs © Nóra Ní Luasa  

Cook Off at Macroom Food Festival

Transition year students from Lee Valley schools are to be invited to take part in a novel cookery competition using local produce. Each school with Home Economics on its syllabus is invited to participate and may enter an unlimited number of teams. Each team will have 2 students, who will be set the challenge to create or modify a recipe for a dish of their choice, using local produce. They must submit a recipe, which they have tried and tested and which they feel best exhibits their chosen local produce. Recipes will be submitted electronically along with an entry form. All entries will be exhibited and one Finalist will be chosen from each participating school.
The finalists will partake in a cook-off during Macroom Food Festival, September 28 – 30. They will prepare, cook and present their Local Produce Invention Recipein a set time. The cook-off judges will taste each dish and choose a winner at the end of the cook-off and present prizes.

Great Hunger in Macroom

All under a certain age remember Paddy Kavanagh from school days with his Stony Gray Soil and his Canal Bank Walks and the strains of Raglan Road are never far from our ears. He certainly has earned status as one of our great national poets.
Born in Inniskeen, County Monaghan in 1904, the fourth of ten children of James Kavanagh and Bridget Quinn, he toyed with both of his fathers callings as shoe maker and farmer before moving to Dublin as a young adult to pursue a life in literature. He spent the rest of his life in Dublin but his creative spirit was never far from the fields of his home county.
The Great Hunger is his longest poem. He wrote it in three days in the forties and, contrary to general belief, it has nothing to do with the Famine. (He was apparently furious when Cecil Woodham-Smith used the title for her account of the Famine in 1962). It looks at the life of Patrick Maguire, a small farmer in post-treaty Ireland.
Maguire fails to seize day after passing day as he watches in despair his life edge closer and closer to an unconsummated conclusion. His life is an endless cycle of feeding the hens, boiling the kettle, lighting the fire and giving the cows their hay, with only the monotonous certainty of Sunday Mass or the meagre offerings of the crossroads to look forward to, by way of social life. But sometimes when he is on his land, he has the most profound, life-giving experience of the spiritual in nature. Kavanagh masterfully mediates all of this - Patrick Maguire and his world -  through a beautiful tapestry of words and images.
The poem in this dramatic performance by Jack Healy of Cork based Company, Theatre Makers Ltd., was given its first outing at The Granary Theatre in Cork earlier this year. It met with great acclaim. It's on for one night only on September 8th. at 8.30 pm at the Briery Gap  Theatre in Macroom. All enquiries; 026-41793.

Down Memory Lane at Briery Gap

Briery Gap are pleased to announce that as part of Macroom Food Festival, there will be 2 nights of nostalgia Down Memory Lane  with "The Good Old Days" which includes Music , Song and lots of Laughter on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September at 8.30pm.    Songs will include many old favourites, such as "The Old Bull and Bush", Let Me call You Sweetheart,  Harbour Lights, Moonlight and Roses, also a selection of the songs of Dame Vera Lynn.   Song words will be distributed to the audience so together with Soloists, Chorus and chiefly, yourselves,  we can raise the roof at Briery Gap.
Tickets for this event are just €10 which includes food nibbles and we are now taking bookings at 026 41793 or you can contact Ann at 087 2755080.

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Musicians enjoy the Saturday Trad Session at the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney.  ©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. The summer matinee programme for children is on Sundays at 3p.m., admission €4.
Wednesday 22nd August: The English Patient
Wednesday 29th August The Piano
Summer Matinees at 3p.m.: Admission €4.
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
Monday 27th August @ 7.00 pm. A rehearsal for the Briery Gap in-house production of "The Good Old Days" will take place. All are welcome. Please note change of date.
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
Down Memory Lane  with "The Good Old Days" which includes Music , Song and lots of Laughter on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September at 8.30pm.  Admission €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)

Gearagh Art Exhibition, Nature Reserve, by Donald Teskey will be on show in the Town Hall Gallery, Macroom until September 8. Gallery open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30a.m. – 5.30p.m. In March 2008, Donald Teskey spent six weeks living at the edge of the Gearagh as a guest of the Gearagh Artist Residency Program. This suite of paintings is his response to that eerily beautiful locale. The exhibition is curated by John P. Quinlan, Director, Vangard Gallery, Macroom.

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.

Mills Inn Sessions: Live Music in the Bar on Saturday, August 18 with the renowned "Tom Cats", Monday 20th August, Graham Wells & Newfoundland. Traditional Irish Music Session 9.30pm. This is a night not to be missed

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.

Aghinagh Macra: Congratulations to Anthony Kelleher for coming first in the sheep stock judging competition on July 29th at Connie Healy's farm in Carriganima. Aghinagh Macra would also like to thank all who helped out and took part in the Know Your Neighbour event in Ballinagree. A great evening was had by all.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 8/8/2012, Jackpot: €1,200, Numbers Drawn: 4 - 27 - 29, No Winner, €20 Winners: Donal Moynihan, Jacqueline O' Connell, Tracy Martin, Terry O' Shea, Johnny Sheehan.

Lee Valley Updates

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Musicians at Thursday Night Trad Session at the Mills Inn, Baile Mhúirne    ©Lee Valley Outlook

Ballingeary Show has been postponed due to bad weather. 
Ballyvourney / Coolea Show has been postponed to a date in September due to site flooding.

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A section of the huge crowd that attended the annual Mass at St. Gobnait's Shrine in Baile Mhúirne  © Nóra Ní Luasa

Inchigeela Festival August 16 - 19

Inchigeela is shaping up to be the village to see and be seen in this summer. 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.

Coachford Autumn Festival

Coachford Autumn Festival 2012 is scheduled for August 18th and 19th.   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.
Sunday is a hectic day, featuring the 4th All Ireland Ferguson 20 tractor build which runs throughout the day; 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. The facilities at the GAA grounds in Coachford are ideal for a festival of this size. 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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Cuid den slua sa seipéal i gCúil Aodha do chéad Aifreann an tAthair Damien Ó Loingsigh  ©Nóra Ní Luasa  

National Heritage Week in the Lee Valley

Numerous free events will mark National Heritage Week August 18 – 26 in the Lee Valley.
There is an invitation to join a guided walking tour of Coachford Village on Saturday, August 18, starting at Coachford GAA Community Centre at 4.30pm.
Gearagh Walk to study self repair within the eco system, leaves the eastern car park at Toames, Kilmichael on Saturday 18 11a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kevin Corcoran will lead a tour of Oak Grove Estate, Killinardrish from Carrigadrohid village 2.30 – 5p.m. on Saturday, August 18.
The gardens of the Mercy Convent, Macroom, (which is due to close at the end of September), will be open to the public on Sunday, August 19, 2 – 4p.m.
A guided walk of Silver Grove, Inchigeelagh 11a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 19, cars leaving Toons Bridge 10.30a.m.
Peter Scanlan leads a tour of a Traditional Farmyard at Prospect House, Carrigadrohid on Monday, August 20th at 7pm.
There will be a talk on Environmental Citizenship at Macroom Library on Tuesday 21, noon to 2p.m. followed by a tree planting ceremony in the Rectory Gardens, Castle Street.
Kilmurry Museum offers Open Days on Sunday 19 and Sunday 26, 11a.m. to 12 noon and 2.30p.m. to 5p.m.
Macroom Purlies knitting group exhibit a selection of 'Walking Out' knitted accessories at Macroom Library during opening hours August 18 – 25 and a Crochet Workshop will be presented in the library on Thursday 23, 11 – 12.30a.m.
Anthony Greene and Joan Hinchion will lead visits to Cronody and Shandy Hall, Dripsey, previously owned by Dr. Cross, on Saturday 25 2 – 4p.m., starting from church car park in Coachford at 1.45 p.m.
Gougane Barra Forest Park offers free entry 1.30 – 2p.m. on Sunday, August 26, when Forest Rangers will advise on walking routes.
Farran Forest Park, Coachford offers free entry 1.30 – 2p.m. on Sunday, August 26 and Forest Rangers will lead a guided walk around the wildlife enclosure.
There are daily demonstrations at Prince August Toy Factory, Cill na Martra, 10a.m. to 4 p.m. during Heritage Week.

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Members of Poulanargid Harrier Club presenting a cheque for €6000 to Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Included are Donie O'Riordan Chairman, Sinead O'Keeffe Guide Dogs, Sheila Delaney Secretary, Tom Murray Treasurer and Eileen O'Riordan Asst. Secretary.     ©Peter Scanlan  

Heritage Week in Aghabullogue

ACR Heritage (the Heritage Committee of Aghabullogue / Coachford / Rylane Community Council) is pleased to announce two events to coincide with National Heritage Week 2012. On Saturday, August 18, in conjunction with the Coachford Autumn Festival, there is an invitation to Explore the History and Heritage of Coachford Village within walking distance while having fun doing so! The walk commences at the Entrance to Coachford GAA Community Centre at 4.30pm sharp and ends at 6.30pm. No charge.

Anthony Greene and Joan Hinchion will present "Doves and Crosses" on Saturday, August 25 at 2p.m. By kind permission of Margaret Barry and the McSwiney Family, a trip to the Dovecote at Cronody, followed by a visit to Shandy Hall, Dripsey, the former residence of Dr. Cross, has been organised. Own transport required for this event. Bring walking gear and boots. Commences 2pm sharp and ends 4pm. Meeting Point – Car Park of St Patrick's R.C. Church, Coachford at 1.45pm. Free Admission. All welcome.

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 Some of the 275 participants in the Mick Dineen Cycle from Ballingeary at the Caha Pass    ©Tadhg Dineen

Clondrohid Updates

Development Group: Just to remind you that the annual sponsored walk will take place again this year in September, The group would like to thank all those who subscribe to this event, and to let you know that part of that money is being spent at the moment cutting ditches and hedges. The main road has been completed and walkers will be delighted to hear that the Curragh Road has been selected this year for inclusion as well as the Teerbeg Road.
Vocational Training Scheme: County Cork VEC will offer a VTOS/Second Chance Education Course in Macroom from September to adults who are receiving a social welfare payment. The aim is to improve the general education of adults so that they can progress to further education or employment. Communications, Maths, Work Experience and Internet Skills are just some of the modules to be included in the course. Eligible applicants must be over 21 and be 6 months unemployed. The course will run for 5 mornings a week from September to June. Study support will also be available. Depending on the distance between your home and the training centre, you may be entitled to a travel allowance. If interested or to learn more call or text Aine Knightly on 0867707301
Expo at Castle: Macroom Education, Training, and Employment Support Providers will provide information on all their courses in the Castle Hotel on Tuesday August 21 from 11am to 2pm and from 6pm to 8pm. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. If you are unemployed or need assistance with your career decisions, be assured that Macroom has lots to offer in terms of education, training and employment support. All of the agencies and providers in the area work closely with each other with the aim of helping you to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to obtain and retain employment or to progress to further education and training.
G.A.A.: Clondrohid U16B football championship game took place in Castlelyons and the home side won by two points. Clondrohid U14 footballers played Eyeries in Clondrohid and Eyeries managed to get a point in the last minute of the game and won.
Lotto: August 1; Jackpot €5,600; €70 P. Buckley c/o Pat O'Brien; €20 Joan Kelleher Coolmountain; Anne Kelleher, Gortnaglough, Rylane; Rose O'Brien, Dripsey; Peter Lane, The Village.
August 8. Jackpot €5.800; €70 Gerard Kelleher €20 Ann Shine, Canovee; Mgt Roche, Dripsey; Mgt. Burns, Macroom; Murphy Family, Pike House
Bingo: In Community Hall every Wednesday night; jackpot of €2,300
Best wishes: To all those who got their Leaving Cert results during the week; let's hope their hopes and dreams will come true for the future as they move on to another stage in their lives.
Congratulations and best wishes from all in Clondrohid to Olive Loughnane, who finished 13th in the 20km walk with a season's best of 1:29:39. A great Olympic career stretching back to Sydney in 2000.

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The 140 amateur cyclists who left the City Hall in Cork to take part in a 640km Charity Cycle for Down Syndrome Ireland. ©Gerard McCarthy  

Muskerry Reclaims Miss Macra Title

Berrings Macra na Feirme member, Aileen Hennessy walked away with the 2012 International Miss Macra title during the August Bank Holiday weekend. Representing the Muskerry region, Aileen beat off stiff competition from entries across Ireland and beyond, to claim the honours in the weekend long event held in Dundrum, Co Tipperary. Aileen is currently treasurer of Berrings Macra na Feirme. She teaches Irish in a Cork city secondary school, after completing an Irish and History degree at University College Cork. This is the second year in a row Muskerry region has taken the title.
Congratulations and best of luck to Aileen for the year ahead. "

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Ag cruinniú 2012 Acadamh Fódhla in Árus Éamon Mac Suibhne i gCúil Aodha   ©Lee Valley Outlook

Acadamh Fódhla

Do tionóladh ócáid solúnta agus fíor thaithneamhach in Árus Éamon Mac Suibhne i gCúil Aodha Lá Lúnasa nuair a bronnadh bonn óir an Acadaimh ar an amhránaí cáiliúil sean-nósach, Máire Ní Chéilleachair. Mar thuas leis an searmanas, do thug éirleamh an Dáimh Staire, Dónal Ó hÉalaithe, cuntas agus míniú ar shaothar an acadaimh, a bunaíodh i mBaile Mhúirne sa bhliain 2000 agus dúirt gur eagraíocht deonach, carthanach ab eadh Acadamh Fódhla agus go raibh ceithre Dáimheanna ag feidhmiú fé scáth an acadaimh anois – an Dáimh Amhránaíochta Dúchasach, an Dáimh Staire, an Dáimh Talamhaíochta agus an Dáimh Fuinnimh. Is é príomh aidhm and acadaimh ná saol agus seoda luachmhara ár sínsear a chosaint ón mbrú iasachta atá á bagairt ar na ceithre dáimheanna:  ar ár dteanga, ár gcultúr agus ar seana seoda luachmhara ár sinesear, brú ata ag éirí níos láidre agus níos eagraithe in aghaidh an lae. 

Ansan to thug éarlamh gach dáimh mion chúntas ar thaighde agus ar shaotha a ndáimh féin. Dúirt Peadar Ó Riada, agus é ag tagairt don Dáimh Amhránaíochta Dúchasach, go raibh taighde fóirleathan déanta acu ar sheana amhráin Mhúscraí. 'Tá', a dúirt sé, 'leabhar amháin des na seana amhráin seo, dár teideal"Saothar an Dáimh Amhránaíochta", foilsithe cheana féin agus tá dhá leabhar eile ullamh le foilsiú. Tá roint de dhlúth dioscaí foilsithe acu chomh maith, ina measc, "Ó Chúil Aodha go Cúm Thóla", le Seán Ó Sé  agus Peadar Ó Riada agus ceann eile ar shaothar Paty Tadhg Peig Ó Tuama.

Do thug Dónal Ó hÉalaithe cuntas ar thaighde an Dáimh Staire ar Chogadh na Talún, Cogadh na Saoirse, Muintir Iarfhlaithe, an Dr. Dónal Ó Loingsigh, láthaireacha seandálaíochta Baile Mhúirne, An Gorta, Filí, Údair Baile Mhúirne, seana reilig Ghobnatan, Stair Geinnealaigh (Pedigree) ar chlainnte BhaileMhúirne agus rl.

Do thug Caoimhín Ó Buachalla tuairsig ar thaighde an Dáimh Talamhaíochta ar an bplanda lín - a fhás agus na céimeanna chun é a iompó ina lín-éadach. Taighde déanta freisin faoi chóras chun uisce truaillithe a glanadh; ar obair agus ar ghalair na mbeach; ar dhreagadóireacht poitín agus ar churadóireacht faoi thioncar na gealaí agus rl.. Dhein Caroline Uí Liatháin cur síos ar staidéar an Dáimh Fuinnimh  ar fhuinneamh i ngach cruth – fuinneamh meicniúil agus aibhléise agus chomh maith leo san, fuinneamh beatha, fuinneamh i gceol, fiunneamh spriodálata aug fuinneamh cuirp, maraon le leigheas Síneach agus hóimeapaite agus rl.

Críoch sa chéad eagrán eile. Buíochas le Dónal Ó hÉalaithe. .

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 Members of West Muskerry A.C. with Olive Loughnane at her homecoming in Coachford after the Olympics on Monday the 13th of August.©

Welcome Home, Olive 

The Village of Coachford welcomed home their Olympic Hero, Olive Loughnane on Monday evening. Olive arrived into the village to thunderous applause from a large crowd of supporters, neighbours, friends and well wishers. The Olympic Race Walker was surrounded by children of all ages wanting to congratulate Olive and seek her autograph. When Olive eventually reached the stage she was officially welcomed home by the Chairman of the Aghabullogue, Coachford and Rylane Community Council, Peter Dineen.

In the Chairman's speech he thanked the large crowd for turning up to greet Olive and said it showed how much Olive's participation in the games meant to so many people. He said, "We are extremely proud of your participation in these games. We are proud that you live here among us, that you train in the locality, that you, Martin and Eimear are part of  our Community. The theme of these games was - 'To inspire a generation'.  Your involvement in the games, your dedication to training, your pursuit of excellence has certainly done that. If the youth of our Community need to look to someone to inspire them, then they need look no further than you." He went on to say that the whole community got involved in the spirit of the London Games through the connection that Coachford had through Olive's involvement.

Olive Loughnane thanked the community for the huge welcome and said she was again humbled by the crowd that turned out to greet her. She thanked O'Donovan Engineering for the unbelievable sculpture that they erected in the village in her honour during the Olympics. She told the crowd gathered that when she showed the image of the sculpture to her counterparts from other countries, they asked what was so special about her and she replied, "It's not me that's special; it's the community I come from that is special." 

A presentation was made by Community Council member Deirdre O'Donovan to mark Olive's participation in the London 2012 Olympics.  Olive then spent the rest of the evening standing for photographs and chatting to those gathered. She also spent some time talking to members of the West Muskerry Athletic Club about her experience in London.

When I was diagnosed with Cancer

My first friend came and expressed his shock by saying, "I can't believe that you have cancer; I always thought you were so active and healthy." He left and I felt alienated and somehow very different.

My second friend came and brought me information about different treatments being used for cancer. She said, "Whatever you do, don't take chemotherapy. It's a poison!" So she left and I felt scared and confused.

My third friend came and tried to answer my "whys?" with the statement, "Perhaps God is disciplining you for some sin in your life?" He left and I felt guilty-

My fourth friend came and told me, "If your faith is just great enough, God will heal you." She left and I felt my faith must be inadequate.

My fifth friend came and told me to remember that all things work together for good. He left and I felt angry.

My sixth friend never came at all. I felt sad and alone.

My seventh friend came and held my hand and said, "I care; I'm here; I want to help you through this." She left and I felt loved!


Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell.

 Having grown up on the quiet island of Guernsey, Betty Dean can't wait to start her new life in London. On a mission to find Clara Pickle - the mysterious beneficiary in her grandmother's will - she arrives in grungy 1990's Soho, ready for whatever life has to throw at her. Beautiful, moving and unputdownable, a Sunday Times Bestseller.

 Available from  Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €10.99.

GIY   by Michael Kelly

Harvest  beetroot, tomatoes, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, peas, broad beans, french and runner beans, salad leaves, radish, turnip, potato, onions, peppers and chilli-peppers, aubergine, globe artichoke, courgettes, cucumber, gooseberries, raspberries and currants.

Recipe of the Month – Tomato and Basil Soup

This recipe was sent on to me by one of our patrons here at GIY, the wonderful Clodagh McKenna.  It's incredibly easy to make and a great recipe to showcase your own fresh tomatoes and basil.

Ingredients: 800g cherry or plum tomatoes cut in half; 2 cloves of garlic, crushed; 1 red onion cut into large chunks; extra virgin olive oil; 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar; 10 basil leaves, torn; 500ml chicken/veg stock; sea salt and black pepper

Method: Preheat the oven to 160oC. Put the tomatoes, garlic and onion in an ovenproof dish, season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Using clean hands massage all the ingredients together for 5 minutes to enhance the flavour of the soup. Roast in a pre-heated oven at 160C for 20mins. Allow the tomatoes to cool slightly once they have come out of the oven and tip them into a large bowl with the fresh basil leaves. Allow the basil to infuse the tomatoes for about 1 minute. Pour the chicken stock in a saucepan and stir in the tomatoes and basil and place over a low heat for 20 minutes. To serve, place a piece of toasted baguette on top with melted parmesan cheese.

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Cork County Championships 2012

Senior Hurling Championship

4th Round:

1. C.I.T.  v  St. Finbarr's
2. Erin's Own  0 – 21  Killeagh   1 - 10
3. Carrigtwohill  v  Glen Rovers or Cloyne
4. Sarsfield's  v  Blackrock or Bride Rovers 
5. Newtownshandrum  v  Na Piarsaigh
6. Ballymartle  0 – 13     Courcey Rovers   0- 10
7. Midleton  v  Avondhu
8. Douglas  v  Bishopstown

Relegation Play Off:

Glen or Cloyne  v  Blackrock or Bride

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Quarter Finals
Bandon   v  Carrigaline
Youghal   3 - 17     BLARNEY   1 - 9
Ballinhassig  2 – 18     Ballyhea  2 - 14
INNISCARRA   1 – 12     Valley Rovers   1 – 10

 Semi Finals:

Youghal  v  Bandon or Carrigaline
Ballinhassig  v  Inniscarra

 Relegation Play off:

AGHABULLOGUE  v Watergrasshil

Youghal   3 – 17     Blarney   1 – 9

Blarney were beaten by a better team in the quarter final of the Premier Intermediate championship at Páirc Uí Rinn and suffered their biggest ever defeat in the grade in the process as in-form Youghal, last year's beaten finalists, continued to show that they are intent on making up for last year's disappointment.  The opening quarter was very even and the sides finished it level at 0-3 each and indeed Blarney could have had two goals with better finish.  Youghal then had their first goal and in the ten minutes before half time they ran riot and led by 1-11 to 0-4 at the break.  A second Youghal goal three minutes into the second half killed off the game as a contest and as Youghal did not take their foot off the pedal, Blarney struggled to the finish.  Youghal third goal came five minutes from time and Blarney had a late consolation goal from John Hurley.
Blarney: Paul Hallissey: John Barrett , Darragh McSweeney, P O'Leary: Joe Jordan, James Hughes,  Mark O'Leary: D Cronin, B O'Connell: Eugene McCarthy, Brian Hurley, Eoin O'Connor: Peter O'Driscoll, Patrick O'Sullivan, Mark Cremin.   Subs: John Hurley, S Mulcahy, D Walsh.

Inniscarra   1 – 12     Valley Rovers   1 – 10

Inniscarra had a great win over Valleys at Cloughduv, a late goal from substitute Timmy Murphy giving the Muskerry side victory and a passage to the championship semi final.  Aidan O'Mahony hit over no less than ten points for the winners, 0-9 from frees and 0-1 from a '65', but Colm Casey at full forward had earned many of these awards and was the best attacker on the field.

Inniscarra took an early two point lead and had stretched this to 0-5 to 0-1 by the start of the second quarter and at half time were full value for their lead of 0-8 to 0-4.  Aidan O'Mahony then added another point immediately on the resumption and goalkeeper John O'Keeffe made an outstanding save to deny Valleys a goal at the other end.  Valleys did add two points to their tally but Inniscarra replied with points from Aidan O'Mahony frees to maintain their advantage.  Back came the Innishannon men with two points from play and one from a '65' and Inniscarra were relieved when Aidan O'Mahony pointed his tenth free to keep three points between the sides in the 52nd minute.  A minute later the sides were level when Valleys found the Inniscarra net and the Mid Cork side looked to be in deep trouble in the 567th minute when they conceded what could have been the winning point to the Rovers.  Up the field came Inniscarra however, Aidan O'Mahony from a side line cut sent the sliotar towards the Valleys goal and Timmy Murphy made contact to direct it over the goal line for a the vital score of the game.

Incidentally Inniscarra had also defeated the Valleys in the opening round of the championship, the score being 1-8 to 0-8 on that occasion in early June.    Inniscarra: John O'Keeffe: John O'Callaghan, Kevin Burke, Brian O'Keeffe: Stephen Olden, Paul Kavanagh, Tyrone O'Regan: Frank Olden, John Casey: Aidan O'Mahony, Jonathan Olden, Alan Sheehan:  Conor Buckley, Colm Casey, Sean O'Callaghan. Subs: Tim Murphy, Ryan O'Connor, Donal O'Callaghan, Liam O Riain.

Intermediate Hurling Championship

4th round:

Ballygarvan   3 – 17   Barryroe   4 – 13
Fr O'Neill's   2 – 16     ÉIRE ÓG  1 - 15

Quarter Finals:
Charleville   1 – 25     Ballygarvan  2 - 7
Dromina or Kanturk v Fr. O'Neill's
Meelin v Argideen Rangers or Aghada
Kilworth   2 – 15     Fermoy   1 – 9

Semi Finals:

Charleville v  Dromina/ Kanturk or Fr O'Neill's
Kilworth  v Meelin or Argideen/ Aghada

 Relegated: Blackrock

 Fr O'Neill's   2 – 16     Éire Óg   1 – 15

Despite a fine second half fight back which saw Éire Óg cut a five point interval deficit down to parity by the 45th minute, the Ovens side made their exit from the championship at the 4th round stage, unable to deal with a strong last quarter rally by the men from Ladysbridge at Riverstown.  There was a disastrous start to the game for Éire Óg as they struggled to contain the East Cork side and they found themselves 1-4 to nil behind after only seven minutes play.  Éire Óg steadied however and with Kevin Hallissey accurate as ever firing over two points and John Dineen pointing frees, the gap between the teams was reduced to a goal, 1-4 to 0-4.  The exchanges were very even in the run up to half time with the sides matching each other point for point and Éire Óg improve their situation further to leave only two points between the teams as the half time whistle drew nigh. Just before the interval however Éire Óg conceded a second goal to Fr O'Neill's who thus enjoyed a 2-8 to 0-9 interval lead. 

It was Éire Óg's turn to dominate on the resumption.  The Mild Cork men were boosted by a goal from Daniel Goulding in the first minute and in attack Ciaran Sheehan, John Dineen and Kevin Hallissey caused their opponents constant problems.  John Dineen proved ultra reliable from placed balls and from play and by the three quarter stage the sides were level, Éire Óg 1-13, Fr O'Neill's 2-10.  The exchanges were very exciting as both sides battled for supremacy but it was Fr O'Neill's who rediscovered their scoring touch who triumphed, outscoring Éire Óg by 0-6 to 0-2 in the closing stages to gain a hard earned victory and their passage to the quarter final. Éire Óg scorers: John Dineen 0-8 (0-6 frees), Daniel Goulding 1-0, Kevin Hallissey, M O'Shea and Ciarán Sheehan (0-1 free) 0-2 each, Paul McDonagh 0-1.

Éire Óg: Paul Ryan: Shane McCarthy, Barry Corkery, Ciaran Hutchinson: Eanna Lowney, Tim O'Leary, Cian O'Mahony: John Dineen, Derry O'Herlihy: Eamonn Cantillon Murphy, Ciarán Sheehan, Conor Hallissey: Kevin Hallissey, Daniel Goulding Michael O'Shea. Subs: Paul McDonagh, Liam Murphy, Colm Murphy.

 Senior Football Championship

4th Round:

1. Carbery Rangers   2 – 9     BALLINCOLLIG   0 – 10
2. Bishopstown    v    Clonakilty
3. Castlehaven   v   Newcestown
4. St. Finbarr's   2 – 9     Nemo Rangers  0 - 11
5. Avondhu     1 – 12     Ilen Rovers     0 - 12
6. O'Donovan Rossa   1 – 8     Aghada   0 – 8
7. Duhallow   0 – 11    Dohenys   2 - 5
8. Douglas    v    Newmarket

Relegation Play Off:

Na Piarsaigh   v   St Nicholas

 Carbery Rangers   2 – 9     Ballincollig   0 – 10

There was deep disappointment for Ballincollig as they exited the senior championship at Bandon in the fourth round.  Ballincollig conceded two goals to the Rosscarbery side in the first quarter, one from a penalty, to fall seven points in arrears at that stage but Ballincollig rearranged their lineout to great benefit and matters had improved by halftime when the score was 2-2 to 0-4, Brian Glavin getting all four of the Ballincollig scores.  In the second half, Ballincollig put three further points on the board within three minutes of the restart, Sean Kiely, Glavin and John Kelly the scorers, but then Rangers steadied the ship, played possession football against the wind and with Ballincollig wasting many good scoring chances the gap between the teams remained and was added to by a brace of Rangers points.  Ballincollig went near to getting a vital goal on several occasions but the Rangers defence denied them and the forwards at the other end popped over points at regular intervals to keep the West Cork side clear.  The end result was that the West Cork side held a five point advantage at the finish and will now meet either Clon or Bishopstown in the next round.  Ballincollig have now exited both football and hurling championships within the space of a fortnight and this is most disappointing for a club with such a successful underage base.  

Ballincollig: David Lordan: Cathal Fleming, Liam Jennings, Stephen O'Donoghue: Bryan Kelly, Noel Galvin, John O'Brien: Ciaran O'Sullivan, Brian Cotter: John Miskella, John Kelly, Sean Kiely: Kealan Hickey, Paddy Kelly, Brian Glavin. Subs: Darren Murphy, Ian Coughlan, Noel O'Toole, Rob Noonan, John Paul Murphy.   

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

4th round results: 
Valley Rovers   1 – 8     Kiskeam   1 - 10
St. Vincent's   0 – 12     Glenville   1 - 6
BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH   1 – 9     NAOMH ABÁN   2 - 7  (replay)

 Quarter Finals

Kiskeam  v  Mallow or Bantry Blues
St Michael's  v  Kinsale or Clyda Rovers
St. Vincent's  v  Naomh Abán
Carrigaline  1 – 11   Nemo Rangers  2 - 6

 Relegation Play Off:

Mayfield   v   MACROOM

 Naomh Abán   2 – 7     Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh   1 - 9

This 4th round replay had a delicious/wicked twist in the tail, depending on one's viewpoint.  With two minutes of normal time remaining, Colman Twomey kicked a point for Béal Átha to increase their lead to four points and one felt that 'that was it then'!- Béal Átha were safely through to the quarter finals.  Within a minute however, Naomh Abán came down field and Denis Keohane kicked over a point, his side's first score in twenty minutes, to leave only the three point gap between the teams with time running out fast.  Naomh Abán got possession from the kick out and worked the ball into Denis Keohane in the right corner and when the latter swung over a high centre into the Béal Átha goalmouth, there was a group of players from each side waiting and Colm Murphy and Tadhg Scanell between them rose highest and the ball finished in the back of the Béal Átha net and the sides were level.  Béal Átha were stunned but worse was to follow as in the 2nd minute of time-added-on Shane McCarthy was fouled 45 metres out from the Béal Átha goal and he coolly kicked the resultant free straight over the bar to put Naomh Abán one point in front.  It was the last kick of the game and the final whistle left Naomh Abán naturally jubilant and Béal Átha dumbfounded and one could well understand the conflicting humours.
The first half was very even with the sides level at 0-1 and 0-2 each, Anthony Lynch going off the Naomh Abán team after less than five minutes with a recurring injury.  In the 22nd minute Denis Keohane was fouled in the Béal Átha goalmouth and Micheál Ó Cronín fired a bullet of a penalty to the net.  Late points from Andy Concannon and Leonard O'Connor left only a point between the teams at half time, Naomh Abán 1-2 to Béal Átha's 0-4.
Naomh Abán went clear on the resumption, with points from James O'Leary and Micheál Ó Cronín, but Béal Átha were level by the 38th minute after Andy Concannon hit over two fine points from frees and Colman Twomey had a point from play. Shane McCarthy pointed a Naomh Abán free in the 39th minute to put his side back in front but two minutes later Andy Concannon finished a great Béal Átha move with a smashing goal from close range and when he added a point from play soon after, Béal Átha were three point clear, a lead which remained until the 58th minute when Colman Twomey added what seemed would be the insurance point. What a surprise lay in store for everybody in the remaining few minutes!
Naomh Abán:  Seanacháin Ó hUidhir: Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh, Seamas Ó Mathuna, Cris Ó Deasúna: Diarmuid Ó Scanaill, Antóin Ó Loinsuigh, Colmán Ó Tuama:  Tadgh Ó Scanaill, Seamas Ó Laoire: Colm Ó Murchú, Dara Ó Suilleabháin, Diarmuid Ó Liatháin: Shane MacCarthaigh, Míceál Ó Cronín, Donncadh Ó Ceocháin. Ionaidí: Liam MacSuibhne agus Jason MacCarthaigh.  
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Gearóid Ó Muirthille: Barra O Coinceannainn, Donal MacCárthaigh, Nollaig Ó Duinnín: Seán Ó Donnchú, Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh, Seán Ó Duinnín: Leonáird Ó Conchúir, Colmán Ó Tuama: Liam Seartan, Liam Ó Coinceannainn, Pól Ó Buachalla : Ben Seartan, Aindreas Ó Coinceannainn, Tadhg Ó Laoire. Ionaidí: Cian Ó Duinnín agus Micheál Ó Tuama. 

Intermediate Football Championship

4th round results  –

CILL na MARTRA   1 - '14     AGHABULLOGUE   0 – 5

Quarter Finals
Ballydesmond or CANOVEE  v  Kildorrery or ÉIRE ÓG
Fermoy or Cloyne v CILL na MARTRA
Glanworth or Kanturk v Grenagh or Castletownbere
Adrigole v Youghal

 Relegation Play Off:

Glanmire   0 – 19     Kilavullen   1 – 6
(Kilavullen now relegated)

 Cill na Martra   1 – 14     Aghabullogue   0 – 5

Cill na Martra made the short journey to Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh a most profitable one by recording a big win over their fellow Mid Cork side Aghabullogue and thus they now move on to a quarter final joust with either Fermoy or Cloyne.  This game was only a real contest in the first half and in fact Aghabullogue failed to score at all in the second period.  Cill na Martra got off to a flying start and aided by a Danny O'Connell goal in the 5th minute they had a slight edge from early on. Aghabullogue had opened the scoring with a point from John Corkery to which Martin Connors quickly replied from a free and Kevin Hoare added a point from play to put Cill na Martra into a lead they were never to lose.  Danny O'Connell's goal was followed by another Aghabullogue point from Corkery in the 11th minute but early in the second quarter Cill na Martra began to get a clear edge and had points from Martin Connors, Cathal McSweeney and Kevin O'Sullivan to open up a six point gap.  Aghabullogue rallied with points from Evan O'Sullivan and Michael O'Sullivan, Martin Connors had another Cill na Martra score and the half ended with a Sean O'Sullivan point for Aghabullogue to leave Cill na Martra comfortably in front on a 1-6 to 0-5 scoreline at the break.
The second half scoring was all one way traffic with Cill na Martra doing the driving.  Kevin O'Sullivan on 32, Dónal Óg O'Leary on 34, O'Sullivan again on 39, Danny O'Connell on 48, Dónal Óg again on 53, Martin Connors on 55, Danny O'Connell on 58, and Shane Dineen in injury time all added points to complete a very satisfactory evening for the Gaeltacht side.  Aghabullogue just could not match the winners on this occasion and looked mentally tired after a difficult season and their hurlers face a tough relegation battle with Watergrasshill in early September to retain Premier Intermediate status. 
Cill na Martra: Eoin Ó Duinnín: Marc Ó Goillidhe, Colm Ó Laoire, Tadhg MacSuibhne: Nollaig Ó Laoire, Breandán Ó Loinsuigh, Tadhg Ó Duinnín: Seán Ó Céilleachair, Cathal MacSuibhne: Caoimhín Ó hUidhir, Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Martín Ó Conchuir: Danní Ó Conaill, Caoimhín Ó Súilleabháin, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín. Ionaidí: Seanacháin Ó Loinsuigh, Deaglán Ó Mocháin, Shane Ó Duinnín.
Aghabullogue: John Buckley: Alan Hogan, Mark O'Brien, Donncadha Murphy: Mark Long, Paudie Twomey, Sean O'Sullivan: Niall Buckley, Stephen Dennehy: Evan O'Sullivan, Jerome Corkery, Brian Buckley: Michael O'Sullivan, Dan Twomey, John Corkery. Subs: John Kelleher. Danny Buckley, Tim O Leary, Robert O'Keeffe, Paul O'Rourke.

Mid Cork Championships

Ballincollig Credit Union Mid Cork Junior A Hurling Championship

Semi Finals:

Ballinora  v  Donoughmore or Grenagh

Cloughduv  v  Éire Óg 

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

The stage is set for a great Mid Cork final between Iveleary, who last won the competition in 1985 when they defeated Kilmurry in the final, and Kilmurry who were last crowned champions in 1986. Kilmurry, of course, then went on to win the county title and were promoted to Intermediate ranks, only returning to the Mid Cork championship in 2002. Both teams were pre-season favourites to reach the final and both have impressed in their respective campaigns to date. 

 Semi Final Results:

Kilmurry   0 – 13     Kilmichael   0 - 7

Iveleary   2 – 14     Dripsey   0 - 11

 Kilmurry   0 – 13     Kilmichael   0 – 7

Kilmurry gave a business like performance in overcoming the challenge of neighbours, Kilmichael, in the first semi final at the Castle Grounds.  The evening game was played in beautiful weather conditions and was moderately interesting to the finish but Kilmurry did appear to have a slight edge over their opponents for most of the hour and had a substantial interval lead of 0-8 to 0-2.  Kilmichael came back strongly in the third quarter but they did not help their own cause with poor shooting and never got closer than a four point margin to their opponents'
The teams were level at 0-2 each after eight minutes play.  Peter Kelleher had opened the scoring for Kilmichael, James Kelleher's cross was punched over the bar by Greg Barrett to equalise and James White then kicked Kilmurry into the lead.  Colm Dromey curled in a beautifully judged kick to bring Kilmichael level.  In the tenth minute James Kelleher put Kilmurry back in front and this time they were to maintain their position to the finish.  Three further points from William Buckley had Kilmurry in control and in the minutes before the break Dominic Creedon and James White kicked further scores to give Kilmurry a six-point interval advantage.
Kilmichael opened the second half with a strong offensive but ruined their fine outfield play with poor accuracy with their final kick.  James O'Leary did score a point in the 37th minute but William Buckley did likewise for the winners in an instant reply.  James O'Leary and Daniel Twomey then had a point apiece for Kilmichael but as the third quarter ended James White sent over a side line ball which landed in the square and got a touch from William Buckley to send it over the bar and steady Kilmurry nerves.  Dominic Creedon and Peter Kelleher then exchanged score after Kilmurry goalkeeper Pat O'Callaghan made an important save from Conor Cotter.  Dave O'Halloran's point from a free for Kilmurry in the 54th minute had six points between the teams again as the final minutes approached and it was clear that the Kilmurry defence could cope with any challenge the opposition could mount.  Ronan Prendeville had a smashing point for Kilmichael but Kilmurry had the final score, a point from a William Buckley free in the 59th minute.
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, Alan O'Sullivan: James Kelleher, Greg Barrett, William Buckley. Sub: Jonathan Buckley.
Kilmichael: Shane Masters: Neil O'Callaghan, John O'Riordan, Denis Foley: Colin Murphy, Conor Cotter, Adrian Kelly: Peter Kelleher, Finbarr Dromey: Colm Dromey, Simon Foley, Alan Murphy: Dermot O'Riordan, James O'Leary, Daniel Twomey. Subs: Ronan Prendeville, Finbarr Buckley, Cian Dromey.Referee: Mr Dave Murnane, Macroom.

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July Cork 103FM Player of the Month, Cathal Vaughan, Iveleary with his family, Denny O'Mahony and Karen and Mary Vaughan   ©  

Iveleary   2 – 14     Dripsey   0 – 11

The second semi final at Carrigadrohid was a good quality, well contested affair with the young Iveleary team justifying their present high status in a strong challenge from an experienced Dripsey side. Cathal Vaughan's run created a goal chance for Sean O'Leary in the 2nd minute that the young winger took in style to give his side a perfect start and Iveleary were never led thereafter.  Daniel O'Riordan and David Hourihan added a point apiece and Dripsey did not have their opening point until the 8th minute from David O'Sullivan.  Ger McSweeney quickly replied but Aidan Buckley had a second Dripsey point.  As the first quarter drew to a close, Cathal Vaughan had another point for Iveleary to give his side a 1-4 to 0-2 lead at that stage. Dripsey staged a strong second quarter rally which brought four points in a row from Shane Burke, David O'Sullivan, John Carey and Mark O'Sullivan and left only a single point between the teams. Back came Iveleary with Cathal Vaughan emerging as a major attacking force and two points from his frees were followed by one from play and so at half time Iveleary led by 1-7 to 0-6.
Cathal Vaughan opened the second half with another point from a free to which Aidan Buckley replied for Dripsey.  In the 38th minute Iveleary struck for a second goal, this one from Brian Cronin, and it opened up a seven point gap between the teams.  It was a major setback for Dripsey but they came back strongly and Aidan Buckley kicked over three points in a row from free and when David O'Sullivan added a point from play there was only a goal between the teams at the three quarter stage. Dripsey were not to score again however as Iveleary went into top gear and finished in great style.  Brian Cronin, Shane Galvin, Finbarr McSweeney, Ger McSweeney, Daniel O'Riordan and Ger McSweeney all kicked over points and helped give Iveleary an impressive winning margin, all the more impressive as Dripsey had played quite well.
Iveleary: Jamie Cronin: Gerard O'Riordan, Kevin Manning, Kevin Hourihan: Barry Murphy, Donal Cotter, Shane Galvin: Edward Buckley, Daniel O'Riordan; Finbarr McSweeney, Cathal Vaughan, Sean O'Leary: David Hourihan, Gerard McSweeney, Brain Cronin. Subs: Patrick O'Riordan, Sean Lehane, Donal O'Sullivan and Colin Tanner.
Dripsey: Ray Moynihan: Conor Hayes, Thomas Ahearne, Pat O'Riordan: John Carey, Stephen Murray, John Buckley; Mark O'Sullivan, Aidan Murray: Barry O'Regan, Aidan Buckley, David Buckley: Shane Burke, David O'Sullivan, Diarmuid O'Riordan. Subs: Timmy Burke and Shane Manley. Referee: Mr. Hugh Kelleher, Canovee.  

 Mid Cork Junior B Football Championship

Quarter Final Results:

Canovee   3 – 7     Naomh Abán   1 - 12

Éire Óg   1 – 17     Aghabullogue   0 - 9

Kilmurry    4 – 8     Iveleary   0 - 8 

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh  v  Ballincollig

All Ireland Championships

Cork senior hurlers went down to Galway in the All Ireland semi final at Croke Park.  Cork were just not good enough on the day, particularly in attack, and suffered a five point defeat.  They played well and gave their all but this young, emerging side is a little off the top at present.  Tom Kenny of Grenagh was the only Mid Cork hurler involved.

Cork footballers had a fine win over Kildare in the All Ireland quarter final at Croke Park and now meet Donegal in the Semi final on Sunday 26th August.  Noel O'Leary of Cill na Martra, Fintan Goold of Macroom, Ciarán Sheehan and Daniel Goulding of Éire Óg and Paddy Kelly of Ballincollig all figured in the action – a fine contribution from Mid Cork. 

Ladies Football

Cork ladies, Munster champions, like their male counterparts, have been drawn against Donegal in the next round of the TG4 All Ireland championship (the quarter final).  Donegal defeated Kildare in the qualifiers by 3-13 to 0-13 to produce an unexpected result. The game will be played on Saturday 25th August.

Cork Camogie

Cork play Galway in the All Ireland senior semi final at Kilkenny's Nowlan Park on Saturday 18th August at 2.15pm.  Cork have shown patchy form to date but hopes are high that with proper support they can hit top form for this contest.  Aoife Murray, Joanne O'Callaghan, Rena Buckley and Briege Corkery will be figuring strongly for Cork.

Macroom Underage

A great day was had by the Macroom Under 10's when 21 players travelled to Ballingeary for a 13 a side challenge game against the Ballingeary U-10 team. In the first period of three, Ballingeary started strongly and were denied a goal by a great save from Tadhg O'Leary. Macroom started to get up to the pace of the game and with Kevin Bradley and Dean Granville at full back, Darragh Kiernan & Sam Kelleher in the half- back lines started to get on top. Adam Mc Carthy was superb throughout the game in his catching, ball distribution and scored some cracking scores. At the end of the first period, the score was 6 scores to 2 scores in favour of Macroom. Following, the break when the boys were moved about, Ballingeary got back into the game in the second period with an exhibition of some fine point taking. However, with Liam Linehan, Bradley O'Shea & Michael Kelleher operating at midfield and  Barry Murphy at full forward, Macroom came back into the game late in the period, with the score at the break 9 scores to 7 in favour of the away team. In the 3rd period Macroom with Mark & David Hunt, Cian & Ethan O Riordan operating in the forwards, and Shane Mc Sweeney & Morgan Collins solid at full back quickly scored 4 goals to run out winners by 13 scores to 8. Many thanks to Ballingeary for the game and the use of their fine facilities. Macroom: Morgan Collins, Dean Granville, Darragh Kiernan, Michael Kelleher, Jerry Kelleher, Sam Kelleher, Liam Linehan, Recce Twomey Lee, Charlie Mc Sweeney, Barry Murphy, Cian O Riordan, Ethan O Riordan, Adam Mc Carthy, Bradley O'Shea, Jack Sexton, Ben O'Connell, Shane Mc Sweeney, David Hunt, Mark Hunt, Kevin Bradley, Tadgh O Leary. Mores games will follow in the Dromtarriffe tournament and the Padraig Dervan Memorial Cup over the next few weeks.

Macroom Under 10's played host to Kilmurry recently. A total of 16 players were availabl. Two teams of 15 a side lined out for 3 periods comprising 15 minutes each. In the first period, Kilmurry started strongly and at its end the score was 1 score to nil in favour of Kilmurry. Following, a reshuffle of the team, Macroom got on top with Kieran Doody and Bradley OShea excelling at midfield. Ethan O'Riordan & Adam McCarthy scored to leave the score at the break 2 scores apiece. In the 3rd period Macroom with Recce Twomey Lee at half back and Cian O'Riordan, Darragh Neville, Jerry Kelleher and David Hunt in the forwards, scored again to go 3 scores to 2 ahead with 5 minutes to go. However a terrific rally from Kilmurry resulted in a late score to leave the match tied at the end at 3 scores a piece. Many thanks to Kilmurry for the game which was played in a good sporting manner. Training continues Wednesday at 7pm in the Boys School and at 10.30 on Saturday mornings in the Castle Grounds.

St. Val's Updates

The junior team's championship campaign finished recently in Kilmurry against Inch Rovers. Having lost to Fermoy in the opening stages of the competition, Val's needed to win to kick start their season. Val's were excellent in the first half but some woeful shooting left them only 3 points up after dominating the first half. Inch started the second half in whirlwind fashion, adding 5 points without reply as Val's looked a totally different team. To their credit they tried to stay in touch but the younger Inch Rovers team were not to be denied and won comfortably in the end.
The under 12 & 16 teams continue to prepare for their up coming first round County matches at the end of the month, playing practice matches and training once a week, with a good turnout every night despite a lot of girls on holiday. Training continues every Wednesday evening at 7pm for the under 8/10 girls as they have two competitions coming up at the end of the month. Well done to both the under 11 and 13 teams on reaching their respective semi-finals in the Mid Cork, both those games are due to be played at the end of August.

St. Val's 1.13   Mourneabbey 2.9

On a wet and windy night in Donoughmore, St Val's overcame a very strong challenge from the Mourneabbey girls in the 3rd round to qualify for the quarter final stages of the senior championship against reigning County champions, Donoughmore. After losing the League Final a month earlier to the North Cork girls by a comprehensive margin, the St Val's girls had a point to prove and from the start they took the game to their opponents. Val's, who played with the wind advantage in the first half, soon had two points on the board from corner forward Aoife Plunkett and centre forward Caoimhe Creedon, to take an early lead. Máiréad Corkery added a third point before Mourneabbey finally opened their account with a free. With midfielders Niamh Canty and Briege Corkery working tirelessly, supplying plenty of ball to the inside forward line, Caoimhe Creedon, Jean Lucey and Aoife Plunkett stretched Val's lead further with another 3 points. Mourneabbey responded with 3 points, to reduce Val's lead to a single point before Briege Corkery and her sister Máiréad kicked a brace of points to leave the score at the break 0.9 to 0.6 in favour of the Mid Cork side. With the wind at their backs for the second half Mourneabbey were expected to eat into the Val's lead early on, but it was the Val's girls who increased their lead with 2 great points from Caoimhe Creedon. Mourneabbey were still finding it difficult to get any scores as the Val's defence continued to work hard. With 10 minutes remaining Mourneabbey finally got the goal they were looking for after a pass went astray in the Val's defence. But St. Val's responded with a goal of their own from wing forward Jean Lucey after great work from Caoimhe Creedon who hit the crossbar with Val's first goal attempt. Wing back Vera Foley, who had a great game throughout,  kicked a point from the kick out to stretch the lead to 4 points, before Mourneabbey scored a penalty in injury time to leave the minimum between the teams at the final whistle. Overall this was a great team performance from the St Val's girls who showed great determination and skill all through the match and thoroughly deserved their win.

Canovee Updates

Canovee 0 - 17  Ballinhassig 0. -  5.
Canovee played Ballinhassig in the second round of the minor A football championship in Carrigadrohid and gave a very competent performance, mixing up the long and the short game to good effect. Canovee led at half time by 8 points to 4 with scores coming from Aidan Moynihan, Cathal O'Carroll, James Moynihan and Aidan Murphy. In the second half Canovee upped the pace and driven on from the central positions by Darren Twomey, Michael Dunne and Ciarán Canty, scored a few quick points. Kieran Moynhian also got in on the scoring in the second half and at the final whistle,  Canovee were comfortable winners. Team: Mark Healy, Colin Murphy, Darren Twomey, Sean Twomey, Liam Murphy, Michael Dunne, Cian Lehane, Shane O'Riordan, Ciaran Canty, Cathal O'Carroll, James Moynihan, Aidan Murphy, Colin Looney, Aidan Moynihan, Tadhg O'Riordan. Subs JamesVerling, James O'Sullivan, Blake Ring, Kieran Moynihan.
Canovee 3.07    Naomh Abán 1.12
Canovee played Naomh Abán in the mid Cork Junior B football championship quarter final and got off to a good start with goals in the first half from Gerry Shanahan and a cracking effort from William Ahern. Canovee led at half time by 2.04 to 0.06. The second half proved to be an even affair and a second goal by Gerry Shanahan seemed to put Canovee in the driving seat. However, a late scoring burst which yielded 1 goal and 3 points drew Naomh Abán level. Deep into injury time experienced campaigner Gerry Shanahan scored a wonderful point to seal victory for Canovee by the narrowest of margins. They are due to meet Éire Óg in the semi final. Team: Darren Shine, Dónal Cronin, Billy Creedon, Brian Lucey, Conor Buckley, Dónal Murphy, William Ahern, Joe Cunningham, Damien Ahern, Sean O'Connell, Michael Quinlan, James Moynihan, Gerry Shanahan, Tadhg McCarthy, Mark Verling. Subs Charles Kennelly, John Buckley.
August 7th Under 15 B football league result: Canovee 4.05  Aghinagh 2.03.
Lotto: Numbers drawn on 12th August: 7, 17, 28, 29;  No winner; €50 Bernie O'Connell c/o Dan Shine; €25 John O'Sullivan, Ballincollig, Denis Cronin, Crookstown. Jack the Joker: Seanie Twomey, Carrigadrohid. Next lotto draw on 19th august in the Spreading Chestnut, Cloughduv for jackpot of €13,700.

Kilmurry Underage

The U6 and U8s both played Aghinagh in Kilmurry.  It was great occasion for all players in what was their very first game for many of the participants.  On Saturday 21st July the U 8 panel travelled to Dunmanway to play in a blitz. Such were the numbers on the day, Kilmurry fielded two teams playing six matches in all. It was thoroughly enjoyable occasion on what was one of the few sunny days of the summer so far.  The U8 are again in  action on Saturday 11th of August in another Blitz.
The U 10s have had their Dromtariffe competition cancelled on a number of occasions and it is now scheduled for early September.  Training has continued through the summer and on Friday last the team played Eire Og in a challenge match. Good performances all round ensured victory for the Kilmurry team.
The U16s progressed steadily in the Eastern division B championship with a good win over Bride Rovers on a scoreline of 4-12 to 3-8. However, their progress was halted on Monday last by a strong Western Gaels side who defeated them with a score of 3-8 to 1-6.

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Prizewinners in the competition sponsored by Granville's  at Macroom Golf Club -From left - Front: Bernie McGrath (Lady Captain), Leonie Granville (Sponsor), Aoife Buckley (1st), Teresa Looney (Lady President).  Back: Catherine Lingwood, Audrey Sweetnam and Nora O'Brien.  ©O'Sullivan Photo, Macroom

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt

The Kilmichael "Open" was held in poor weather conditions over the bank holiday week-end. Nevertheless a large number turned out, in particular for the three ball Scramble on Sunday and Monday. Results: Singles; O/A Nett, Sean Miller (Collins). O/A Gross, Colm Healy (Kilmichael). Senior Nett. Ronan Callanan (Newcestown). Inter.Nett. Sean Busteed (Cork Beg). Junior Nett. Damien Tobin (Kilmichael). Ladies 0 -10, Mary Murphy (St. Anne's). Ladies 11-18, Christine Swanton (Kilmichael). Scratch Cup; Winner, Tom Lynch (ESB). 2nd. Kevin McCarthy (Rocklodge). Final 18, Colm O'Connor (Lakewood). Best 36, John McDonald (Collinstown). Inter 1st, Michael Dunlea (Kilmichael). Inter 2nd, Weeshie Murphy (Pfizers). Junior 1st, Damien Tobin (Kilmichael). Junior 2nd, James Duignan (Castleisland).Ladies 11-18, Maureen Foley (Kilmichael). Scramble: (Kilmichael unless otherwise stated) 1st Nett, Sean O'Leary, Ann Barrett, Jack Lynch. 1st Gross, Michael Dunlea, Colm Healy, John Flynn. 2nd Nett, Ronan Collins (Newcestown), P.J.Curtin, Christine Swanton. 2nd Gross,Noel Collins (Claycastle), Paul Collins (Majestic), Pat Horgan (Majestic).Our thanks to all sponsors without whose help this event could not take place.

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At Leeside AFC Schoolboy Presentations at the Lee Valley Outlet Centre, Inchigeela, U-8, U-10, U-12 and U-14's from Kilnamartyra, Ballingeary and Inchigeela with special guest Cork City FC's Shane O'Connor   © 

Leeside AFC Celebrates

A very pleasant function was held recently at Lee Valley Outlet Centre, Inchigeela, thanks to proprietor, Denis Hurley. Leeside AFC Schoolboys Presentations provided an opportunity for members of the U-8, U-10, U-12 and U-14 squads from Kilnamartyra, Ballingeary and Inchigeela to meet special guest, Cork City FC's Shane O'Connor along with their respective Coaches, Ian Pickering, Robert Oldham, Richard Aynsley and Chris Jones.  At the Presentation were the U-14 Shield and U-14 West Cork Schoolboys League 1st Division Cup. The U-12s were runners up in the 1st Division of WCSL. U-12 Top Goal scorer was Trevor Healy; U-12 Player of the Year was Daniel O'Donovan. U-14 Top Goal scorer was Chris Óg Jones; U-14 Player of the Year was Josh Pickering. A Special Presentation was made to Chris Óg Jones for his achievement in making the West Cork U-14 Kennedy Cup Squad.