Lee Valley Outlook - Aug 30 2012 v9e18

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 Convent of Mercy, Macroom 1865 – 2012 © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary 

Briery Gap: Sun. 2nd Sept. 3p.m. The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Sun. 2nd Sept. @ 8.00 pm; "It's a Grand Night for Singing".

Wed. 5th 8.30p.m Grease (Sing-A-Long)

Sat. 8th Sept. @ 8.30 pm; The Great Hunger

Sun. 9th Sept 3p.m The Muppets

Wed. 12th Sept 8.30p.m Chicago

Fri. 14th Sept.@ 8.00 pm. Margaret Hurdman

Sun. 16th Sept 3p.m Spongebob Squarepants

Wed. 19th Sept 8.30p.m Mamma Mia

Fri. 21st Sept. @ 8.00 pm Culture Night

Sun. 23rd Sep 3p.m Toy Story 3

Wed. 26th Sept 8.30p.m Moulin Rouge

Fri. 28th and Sat. 29th Sept. at 8.30pm. Down Memory Lane 

Macroom Library: Cope Art Exhibition during first two weeks of September.
Adult Book Club on Wed. 4th Sept. at 11.am.
Purlies Thurs  5th Sept 11.am.
Penn Bookclub Fri  7th Sept at 4p.m
Music morning Mon Sept 9th 11 a.m to 12.30p.m.

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.

Table Quiz:for St Val's on Fri. Aug. 31st in Tigh Uí Laoghaire pub Bealnamorrive @ 9pm.
Connect meeting: Wed. Sept. 5, 8.45a.m. Macroom E Park, Bowl Road.
Special Mass of thanksgiving for Mercy Community on Wed. Sept. 12 at 7.30pm in St. Colman's Parish Church.
Taispeántas Ealaíne bunaithe ar fhilíocht an Ríordánach san Ionad Cultúrtha ón 13ú Meán Fhómhair - 5ú Samhain.
De Dannan in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne on Fri. 14th Sept.
Gearagh Art Exhibition in the Town Hall Gallery, Macroom until Sept. 8.
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.
Daonscoil an Fhómhair in Óstan Gúgán Barra Deireadh Fómhair 4 – 7. '

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 after 147 Years .  

The Sisters of Mercy are currently preparing to close their convent in Macroom, having spent 147 years in the town. In the mid-19th century, Mary Anne McSweeney, daughter of a Macroom doctor, bequeathed a property adjacent to the church for the purpose of building a convent. The foundation ceremony was in 1857 but it was not until November 1865 that Mother Evangelist O'Mahony and three nuns from Cobh were welcomed to the town by Canon John Cullinane P.P. It was the vigil of the Presentation of Our Lady and a fast day for the sisters so they had to wait until the next day to partake of the good food prepared to greet them.
Their initial work was in the Primary School, which was opened in 1868. They also had a Pension School for older girls that became one of the first Intermediate Schools in the country with the Intermediate Education Act 1878. They had 40 – 50 pupils in 1921. By 1897, the Mercy Sisters were providing technical education also. This included dressmaking, lacemaking, knitting and the use of machines for these crafts. A new technical school was built on Mount St. Joseph 1903-1925 and this was replaced by a secondary school in 1935, which had an enrolment of 80 by 1940. With the introduction of Free Secondary Education in 1966, expansion was necessary and the building programme went on 1980 – 1992 and the opening of a beautiful new extension in 2008. Lay principals have served since 1993 and there are close on 350 pupils and 30 teachers at St. Mary's at present.
The Sisters of Mercy were regular visitors to Macroom and District Workhouse from the time of their arrival in Macroom. They were invited by the Matron, Mrs. O'Connell, to help care for the inmates in 1892. Sr. Francis Xavier succeeded her as Matron and 16 Sisters worked there up to May 26, 1921, when it was burned down during the 'Troubles'. In the aftermath of Kilmichael Ambush, November 1920, the sisters accommodated the children of the town when there was a fear that Macroom would be burned by the Black in Tans in reprisal. Sr. Magdalen was pouring tea for some of her charges when a gun sounded nearby. Thinking she was shot, she dropped the tea-pot. Having withdrawn with all the patients before the burning, the Sisters never again nursed in Macroom Hospital.
The Sisters of Mercy have been involved in most spiritual and social societies in the town over the decades. The Legion of Mary started in the Convent Library in 1957 - Sr. Aquin founded a Junior Praesidium; Sr. Eileen and local parents ran a Parenting Programme; Alcoholics Anonymous meet in the Convent Lodge; The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association's first meeting was in the Convent in 1931; The Senior Citizens Committee from 1968; St. Joseph's Young Priests Society; Sr. Peter helped organise Síol retreats; The Blue Army; Prayer meetings; Faith and Light; Society of St. Vincent de Paul; Liturgy Groups; Citizen Information Centre. When they had more personnel, home visitation was a very important service undertaken by the nuns.
The 2012 group of Mercy Sisters in Macroom includes Srs. Consilio, Assumpta, Francesca, Peter, Loyola, Mary Hartnett, Mary Fleming, and Colette. Sr. Mary Kearns is in Care Choice Nursing Home, Macroom and Sr. Peter is in Araglen Nursing Home, Boherbue. Sisters Loyola, Brigid and Mary will continue to work from their house at Dan Corkery Place, Macroom but the other five sisters of the community will be deployed to other Mercy convents from the end of September. Sr. Brigid remains as Principal of St. Joseph's Primary School

Farewell Mass      

After 147 years of wonderful service, the Sisters of Mercy are leaving the convent in Macroom due to declining numbers. A Mass of thanksgiving will be held on Wednesday, 12th Sept 2012 at 7.30pm in St. Colman's Parish Church. Present and past Sisters and clergy will attend. All are welcome to come and give thanks for the contribution made by so many Sisters to the parish over the years. There will be a presentation to the remaining Sisters at the Mass and a gathering afterwards in the Castle Hotel. Macroom Town Council is holding a Civic Reception for the Convent of Mercy Sisters on Tuesday 4th September in the Council Chambers.

Flooding In Macroom 

Macroom experienced torrential rain for more than an hour on Friday evening, August 24. The downpour started soon after 6p.m. and was mainly confined to Macroom town. A river flowed down New Street towards the Bridge. Castle Street was another waterway. But the worst of the damage was to the G.A.A. Pitch and the Castle Grounds; New Street, along by St. Mary's Secondary School, with a land slide at the junction between New Road and Sleaveen Hill;  Main Street, close to Chapel Cross; Cork Street, near the entrance to St. Colman's N.S. The church was flooded as were many shops, businesses and homes. Excessive amounts of run off water, mud and gravel from Sleaveen found no escape through shores and waterways. The situation was exacerbated by through traffic creating waves of water which invaded premises all along the affected route. Around 7.30 p.m. Pat Lynch, Supervisor with Cork County Council Emergency Call-Out and Brendan O'Keeffe, Town Foreman, Macroom Town Council were notified and all available Council staff and machinery were put into action to alleviate the flooding. Council staff worked late into the night and again on Saturday to clean up the debris from the flooding but work on affected premises is and will be ongoing.
William Lynch, South Square, Macroom captured the downpour and resultant flood on film and posted it on YouTube. This dramatic footage is receiving hits from at home and abroad and gives a live view of conditions. Particularly scary is the waterfall at the entrance to St. Joseph's Primary School on Chapel Hill. A similar unrecorded waterfall was to be seen at

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 Denis Dinneen, Joe Creedon , Mick Hurley and Pat Kelleher on a sponsored climb of Carrauntuohill to raise funds for Macroom community hospital. ©

Back to School and Road Works

With the opening of all schools in the town by September 1, parents are concerned about potential traffic disruption resulting from the Bord Gáis Networks project to bring natural gas to Macroom and Council work on building a walkway at Macroom Bridge. While patience may be called for and added time allowed for possible delays, it is confidently hoped that there will be no major problems.
A spokesperson from Bord Gáis Networks reports that work is progressing well and the patience and understanding of the local residents, businesses and commuters is greatly appreciated. "Some level of disruption is unfortunately unavoidable with a project of this scale in such a busy town.  At all times we consult with the key stakeholders and every effort is made to ensure that the disruption is minimised.  To date, the feedback from the local community has been mostly positive and we will continue to work closely with residents, business, Council and the local Gardaí throughout the project.  Traffic management plans are agreed with the Council and Gardaí before commencing any particular section of works.  We also call door-to-door to businesses and residents prior to arrival outside their premises to advise of the works and discuss what is going to take place and how long we will be there. 
"Following consultation and agreement with local businesses and residents along the stretch of the N22 from the Auld Triangle to the bridge, we recently extended the working hours from 10am-4pm to 7am-7pm so that the crews can progress at a faster rate and complete that section in a shorter timescale.
There are works currently taking place in the following locations:
N22 Killarney Road - A Stop and Go system will be in place from Monday 27th August until Thursday 20th September. Works will take place from 07.00 to 19.00 until Thursday 30th August changing to 09.00 to 19.00 to accommodate the return of schools from this date. Works will not take place on Fridays or weekends.   
The Market Square – Works will take place on the West side of the Square from 08.00 to 19.00 until Friday 7th September.  Activities will be carried out within a small number of parking spaces at a time, so there will be no impact on traffic flows.  Works will then move to the north side of the Square after September 7th.
Inchigeelagh Road from 08.00 to 19.00.  Traffic Lights will be in place from Monday 27th August until Friday 31st August 2012  
Roadworks for the coming week are noted on the Bord Gáis Networks website every week at  www.bordgaisnetworks.ie/roadworks

A spokesperson for John Cradock Ltd, contractors for the Bridge walkway said, "We are aware that schools will be re-opening in the coming days and there will be an increase in traffic on the roads. To overcome this problem JCL proposes to carry out works in the evening time from 6.30pm on. We are proposing to carry out some works around the junction on the North West side of the bridge. The works will be carried out on a stop-go set up. Contact: Garry Power

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Deputy Mayor of Cork County, Derry Canty; Curator, John P. Quinlan; artist, Donald Teskey; poet and journalist, Gerard Smyth and Deputy Mayor of Macroom, Evelyn McSweeney at the official opening of the Gearagh Art Exhibition, 'Nature Reserve', in the Town Hall Gallery, Macroom   © Lee Valley Outlook

Gearagh Art Exhibition 

'Nature Reserve', a collection of paintings by Donald Teskey, is currently on show in the Town Hall Gallery, Macroom. Twenty two paintings completed by the artist as a result of a six week residency in the Gearagh in Spring 2008, will be exhibited until September 8. Macroom's Deputy Mayor, Evelyn McSweeney, said that the Gearagh is close to the hearts of everyone in the Lee Valley. Derry Canty, Deputy Mayor Cork County Council, commended Macroom Town Council on its initiative in transforming the upstairs of the Town Hall into a beautiful exhibition area for the summer months.. John P. Quinlan, curator of the exhibition and organiser of the Gearagh Artist Residency Programme, said that Teskey was the first artist to participate and was remarkable for his professionalism and ferocious work ethic. The exhibition was officially opened by Gerard Smyth, poet & Irish Times journalist, who lauded Teskey as a highly gifted painter who searches out places that lend themselves to art. He first gets a sense of the place and sets about defining its essence. The artist seems besotted with the aura of the Gearagh, capturing the mystical silence at its core in the wind blown trees and uneasy water. Past and present inhabitants of the Gearagh and the Lee Valley will find many points of interest in this collection.
The exhibition at the Town Hall Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30a.m. – 5.30p.m. until September 8.

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Traditional musicians at Tuesday night session at the Castle Hotel, Macroom. © Lee Valley Outlook

Buskers for Macroom Sept. 29

On Saturday September 29, in conjunction with Macroom Food Festival, a Major Busking Competition will be held on the streets of Macroom. With €1000  in prizes, it is an ideal opportunity for all musicians to show their talent to the public & also to hopefully raise some cash to help them further their career.
Don Buckley , who is co-ordinating the event, said , "So far there has been great interest in the Busking Competition. All types of musicians or performers are welcome. We expect to have entries from all over Cork County & in particular from the Mid Cork area. Entry is free: all you need do is email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a contact name , mobile and email and with a brief description of the entry . There is no need to worry about the weather as we have four locations arranged which are protected from the weather, even though we are assured that the sun will be shining for the whole weekend! The competition will run from 1pm - 5pm & the streets of Macroom will be filled with music .
As entries will be limited, it is vital that you get your entry in as soon as possible. If you will not be taking part yourself but you know somebody who might be interested in entering, please let them know about the competition.€1000  must be won & we look forward to welcoming a huge crowd on the day."

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 Handing over of the Chain of Office from outgoing President of Macroom & District Lions Club, Michael Lillis, to the in coming President, Pat Kelleher. ©

Leaving Cert Results

Representatives from the three second level schools in Macroom all professed themselves very pleased with the results achieved by their 2012 Leaving Cert students.  What perhaps gave most satisfaction was the fact that many of the students got their first choice of third level course.  At St. Mary's over 32% scored 500 points or more. The Leaving Cert Vocational Programme class results were also exceptional, with 50% of the class getting Distinctions. Many of class of 2012 are now embarking on courses in medicine, speech therapy, occupational therapy, primary teaching, nursing, business, photography, theatre studies and hairdressing.
McEgan College staff is also delighted with the excellent results achieved by the Leaving Cert class of 2012. It was the first time the College had students sit the LCA (Leaving Certificate Applied) exam and they all achieved Merits. Some really excellent individual results came from the hard work, commitment and dedication by students and staff. The students now have been granted places at Third Level Colleges. McEgan College prides itself in promoting academic, practical, spiritual, emotional, social and cultural excellence for its young people.
De la Salle College also got most satisfactory results.  Among its top achievers was Keith Wynroe, Raleigh, Macroom. Keith obtained the maximum 625 points and goes on to pursue his lifelong ambition to study Philosophy at Cambridge University (Trinity College) for which only three places were awarded to applicants from all around the world.  
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 Junior group receive expert tuition at Crochet Workshop in Macroom Library ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Library  

With the return to school, the winter pattern of activity recommences in the library as elsewhere!  So we will see a return of our Adult Book Club on Wednesday 4th September at 11.am. The club meets once a month to discuss the current title and receive the book for the following month. New members welcome.
The following day Thursday 5th September the Purlies will meet.  Our intrepid knitters kept going throughout our disappointing summer. Their display for Heritage Week of knitted handbags, scarves and hats was much admired.  They could have sold twice over had they been for sale!  Penn Bookclub restarts on Friday 7th September at 4p.m Those who were on the waiting list have been contacted so there should be some new faces on the day.  Names are being taken at the desk for future places. Open to enthusiastic readers, boys and girls ages 9-12.
Music mornings resume on Monday, September 9th when the presenter will be Jim Ahearn.    Running from 11 a.m to 12.30,   all are welcome to this relaxed and friendly event.  Refreshments will be served in the interval.
Autumn also sees the resumption of various evening classes and we have copies of the McEgan College and Ballincollig Community School brochures available to the public. Check out our notice boards too for ads for independently run classes and options for how to spend your free time in the autumn/winter.
For the first 2 weeks of September the library will host an exhibition of work by clients of Cope Foundation. We were host to a similar exhibition several years ago, when friends and relations of the artists, as well as members of the general public came from far and near to see it and they were not disappointed!
Congratulations to Anna O' Sullivan, winner of the Wally Bag in our 'Where's Wally' colouring competition. All entries are on display in the library.

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

The Briery Gap is 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.

Culture Night at Briery Gap

Friday, September 21st is Culture Night at the Briery Gap in Macroom Proceedings will start at @ 8.00 p.m. with A Day In The Life Of Macroom, directed by the late Johnny Creedon in 1982 and running for 30 minutes. This much loved short film by the award winning Macroom film-maker follows some familiar faces and details a busy market day in the town, from sunrise to sunset.
Gearagh Memories, directed by Rob Bradstock of Coolavokig Pottery in 2010, is a 10 minute film on the Nature Reserve in which 90 year old Joanie Herlihy remembers her early life in the Gearagh near Macroom and talks about how this way of life was lost after the flooding of the Lee valley in 1956. The stories are illustrated with black and white stills and traditional music is provided by local singer/ songwriter Ger Wolfe. 
Muskerry Stories – Scéalta Mhúscraí includes two short films (Taibhreamh and Sraith) by new film-makers Hannie Corkery and Helen Willems in collaboration with Dónal Ó Céilleachair in 2011 and are 6 minutes and 9minutes respectively. Each film relates to different stories from the Muskerry region dealing with the themes of the challenges in speaking the Irish language and exploring the rich culture and landscape of the region. 
Psychosis, directed by Blake Norton in 2011is 11 minutes long and is an adaptation of the play "Psychosis 4.48" by British Playwright Sarah Kane. Shot in Cork, it telthe story of a suicidal patient who falls in love with her psychiatrist. Starring Irene Kelleher, who won best actress at the 2011 All-Ireland Drama Finals in Athlone in May. 
Victory, directed by John Vaughan, Raleigh in 2012 is 6minutes long. John is an award-winning screenwriter and film maker, and a devotee of genre cinema.

Briery Gap Programme  

Cinema: Every Wednesday at 8.30p.m. Admission €5.

Wed. 5th Grease (Sing-A-Long)

Wed. 12th Sept Chicago

Wed. 19th Sept Mamma Mia

Wed. 26th Sept Moulin Rouge

Matinees every Sunday at 3p.m. Admission €4.

Sun. 2nd Sept. The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn

Sun. 9th Sept The Muppets

Sun. 16th Sept Spongebob Squarepants

Sun. 23rd September Toy Story 3

Theatre: 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

Fri. 14th Sept.@ 8.00 pm. Margaret Hurdman Tickets €15

Fri. 21st Sept. @ 8.00 pm Culture Night featuring: A Day in the Life of Macroom, Gearagh Memories, Muskerry Stories, Psychosis & Victory. Admission FREE

Fri. 28th and Sat. 29th September at 8.30pm. Down Memory Lane  with "The Good Old Days" which includes Music , Song and lots of Laughter and Nibbles. 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)

Alert! A man posing as a Curator with Cork County Council and calling himself Sean Redmond is visiting houses offering to clean drains and sewers for a fee of €900. No such work is being undertaken by the Town Council or the County Council and no one is authorised to collect money on our behalf.
Table Quiz: St Val's ladies football club table quiz will be held on Friday 31st of August in Tigh Uí Laoghaire pub Bealnamorrive @ 9pm sharp. Teams of 4 people €40 per team. Please come out and support your local ladies football club.

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.

Connect Business Network meeting at Macroom E Enterprise Centre, Bowl Road on Wednesday 5th September at 8.45am. to 10a.m. Meet other local business people, find suppliers, distributors and customers, share ideas and solutions and make contacts. €3 per person, refreshments will be provided. All Welcome!
Donoughmore Coffee Night: The Marymount Fundraising Group in the parish is holding its annual Coffee Night on Thursday September 20th in St Lachteen's National School Hall, Stuake, Donoughmore from 7pm - 9pm.Usual stalls - Home baking, bric a brac, face painting and nail art. Tickets on sale in local shops and on the night. Loads of prizes to be won. Everyone is welcome. Come and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a chat, all in a good cause.

A Grow it Yourself (GIY) group was set up in Macroom on August 23. All meetings are free and the first one was held in the club house adjacent to Murray's Field. The GIY Munster Champion was   guest speaker on the night. More information from 085-7791372.

Shanacashel Activities: Autumn programme in the Community Centre, Kilmichael includes Keep Fit from Tuesday, September 11th at 8pm; Adult Drama Group First Meeting on Wednesday, September 5th at 8pm. All Welcome; Kids Fun Group (sing-a-long and dressup etc.) Ages 5-12 years old from Friday, September 21st 5-6pm.

Congratulations from Donoughmore Ladies Football Club to Jenny Brew Dinan who represented Cork in the " INTO Go games" during half time in the All-Ireland senior football semi-final  Cork V Donegal at Croke Park. Cork 3-10 Galway 0-12
Coachford AFC Lotto Results 13/8/2012: Jackpot: €1,300, Numbers Drawn: 2 - 16 - 26, Winner: Pat Fitzgibbon (Yearly Ticket), €20 Winners: George Lynch, Adam & Mark Murphy, J. Collins, Olive, Mary & Michelle, Sheehan Gang.
22/8/2012, Jackpot: €1,000, Numbers Drawn: 6 - 20 - 25, No winner, €20 Winners: Mary Joyce, David Armstrong, Derry Murphy, Dan O'Connell, Eamon Lynch (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

Donoughmore Updates  

Community Council News: After two years of design, planning application, funding applications, e-tender process and bank loan applications, Donoughmore Community Council  signed a contract with DJ Cahill builders for the renovation of the community centre. The total cost will run to €250,000. Work will commence this September. The community centre, known to the older folk of the parish as Jer Daly's dance hall, has been there for four generations and if its walls could talk they would fill a book with stories ! It has been extended and improved over the years but, like all buildings, time has had a deteriorating effect on it. The work will involve a new structural steel insulated roof; new toilets; reconstruction of boiler house, meeting rooms and storage area; construction of a new glazed foyer,; upgrading of electrical works; replacement of doors and windows. All this work will ensure that the building complies with fire and disability regulations.
We will be in a position to provide meeting rooms for all our regular clubs/ organisations while the building works are taking place. Bookings will continue to be taken at 7337171. We are fortunate to have received a promise of €130,000 in LEADER funding from IRD Duhallow and €20,000 from Cork County Council, but, with a shortfall of €100,000, we need to do considerable fundraising. So expect a knock at the door and support a worthy cause over the coming months.
St. Lachteens N.S. held their annual sports day end of June. This year every class got to walk the 'Olympic Walk' around the amenity walk in Stuake. Each pupil got to hold the Olympic torch, designed and made by Joanne O'Sullivan.  After that, every class proceeded with their sports.  The highlight this year was the Tug of War competition between staff and pupils. Thank you to our local Tug of War club for their ropes.   It was a beautiful sunny day and everyone had great fun.
Donoughmore Coffee Night: The Marymount Fundraising Group in the parish is holding its annual Coffee Night on Thursday September 20th in St Lachteen's National School Hall, Stuake, Donoughmore from 7pm - 9pm.Usual stalls - Home baking, bric a brac, face painting and nail art. Tickets on sale in local shops and on the night. Loads of prizes to be won. Everyone is welcome. Come and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a chat, all in a good cause.

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A large crowd enjoying a rare spell of sunshine during "A Tour of a Traditional Farmyard", organised by Carrigadrohid / Killinardrish Tidy Towns Committee as part of Heritage Week. ©Peter Scanlan 

Carrigadrohid/ Killinardrish Cultural Event

The cultural event organised by the Carrigadrohid/Killinardrish Tidy Towns Committee at Prospect House, as part of the Heritage Week, proved a wonderful success. Blessed by fine weather, it attracted a crowd of over one hundred people, including many young families. Pat Barry Murphy gave a guided tour of the traditional farmyard, while Peter Scanlan spoke on the general history of farmyards and farmhouses. Henry Browne played his accordion before and after the talks, sitting by the old fireplace set up outside one of the houses in the yard. Also on view was a large collection of old farm machinery, equipment and tools. The young children were entertained with the pony inside the half door, the donkey, pigs in the old piggery and some hens. Another interesting feature of the evening was a competition totally set up by Sean O'Leary. Sean displayed a small tool on a box where people got a chance to enter the competition by putting the name of the tool in the box. Tea and food were prepared and served at Carrig Inn Pub by the ladies and Jim the proprietor. The event was completely free. Thanks to host family, John and Cathy Brown and their children Henry, James and Gavin, who put  a tremendous amount of work into preparing for the event and gave a great welcome to all on the night. Thanks also to everyone else who helped with preparing, providing equipment and animals for the display, stewarding, providing food, promotion, etc., and all who attended.  

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Ready to depart for the Debs Ball from Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh  ©Nóra Ní Luasa  

Acadamh Fódhla

(ar lean)

Agus é ag bronnadh an bhuinn Óir ar Mháire Ní Chéilleachair, an amhránaí cáiliúil sean-nósach, ag cruinniú Acadaimh Fódhla in Árus Éamon Mac Suibhne i gCúil Aodha Lá Lúnasa, do thug Peadar Ó Riada ard mholadh di mar amhránaí tradisiúnta, dúchasach. Freastalaíonn sí go rialta ar Oireachtaisí, féilte amhránaíocht, Scoil Amhránaíochta Willie Clancy, Fleadhanna Ceoil agu Éigse Diarmada Uí Shúilleabháin a dúirt sé agus is gnáthach í bheith i meacc liosta na mbuadhtóirí ag na comórtaisí seo agus san go mór mhór i gcomóratas sean nóis do Chorn Uí Riada.

Do labhair an saoi nua thofa, Máire Ní Chéilaeachair agus dúirt, 'Gabhaim mo bhuíochas ó chroí leis an slua breá  a tháinig go dtí an seamanas agus is mór an onóir dom gur bhronn an tAcadamh Fódhla an bonn óir seo orm. Aon ní atá ar eolas agam faoi Cheoil agus amhránaíocht dhúchasach, is ó Mhuintir Mhúscraí  a fuaireas é, idir bheo agu marbh. Aon duais a bronnadh orm san am atá thart, duaiseanna Oireachtais nó sean-nóis, is le cenntar Mhúscrai iad uile, mar ni bheinn ag canadh os comhair an tsaoil marach an tacaíocht agus and deagh thoil atá faighte agam ó mhiuntir an ceanntair. Fiú agu mé im' chailín óg, ba chosúil le bheigh ar neamh, samhradh a chaitheam i nGaeltacht Mhúscraí aug bheith i lár agus i measg amhránaithe agus ceoltóirí aitheanta an cheantair. Mo bhuíochas ó chroí le hAcadamh Fódhla as an onóir mór seo atá bronnta acu orm. Tá áthas orm go bhfuil sé d'achmuinn agam a leithéid de onóir a thuilleamh agus go bhfuil baint agam le saol an Acadaimh.

Le linn and tsearmanais, níor deineadh dearmhad ar iar-bhaill an Acadaimh atá imithe ar shlí na fírinne. Labhair príomh éirleamh, Gobnait Ní Chruadhlaoi ar leithéidí Sean the Rookery Ó Ríordain, Dónal Ó Liathain agus a dhritheáir, Peadar, Willie Murphy agus Concubhar Ó Ceallaigh. Cuireadh i gcuimhne freisin cairde an Acadaimh  Dónal ConD Ó Súilleabháin agus Muiris Ó Rócháin. Fágann a mbás easpa agus éigceinteacht i saol an Acadaimh 

Do chríochnaigh an oíche le béile agu scoraíocht. Bhí cuairteóiri i láthair ó chian agus ó chomhgar agus ina measg do bhí an Teachta Dála, Éamon Ó Cuív, fear go dtáinig a shinsear ó cheanntar Mhúscraí. Le Dónal Ó hÉalaithe

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 Members of Canovee Historical Society on a recent visit to Crosshaven©Peter Scanlan

Ionad Cultúrtha Autumn Programme

The Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne is delighted to welcome De Dannan to perform in the intimate setting of its auditorium on Friday 14th September 2012.Tickets €20 and pre booking strongly advised. Line up on the night: Derek Hickey, box; Mick Conneely, fiddle, guitar' Alec Finn, bouzouki; Eleanor Shanley, vocals; Brian McGrath, piano, banjo; Johnny 'Ringo' McDonagh, bodhrán.

Tá taispeántas bunaithe ar fhilíocht an Ríordánach ar siúl san Ionad Cultúrtha ón 13ú Meán Fhómhair - 5ú Samhain 2012. Tá an taispeántas seo á oscailt ag Louis de Paor ag 7.30 ar an 13ú, taispeántas de shraith nua pictiúr leis an ealaíontóir Seán Ó Flaithearta atá bunaithe ar fhilíocht an Ríordánaigh. D'oibrigh sé leis na foilsitheoirí Cló Iar-Chonnacht le 62 píosa nua ealaíne a dhearadh don leabhar 'Seán Ó Ríordáin: Na Dánta' a foilsíodh ag deireadh 201. Ina measc, tá portráid nua de Sheán Ó Ríordáin atá usáidte mar chlúdach ar an leabhar freisin. Tá an taispeántas seo á eagrú ag Ionad Cultúrtha, i gcomh-pháirtíocht le Cló –Iar Chonnacht.

Seán Ó Ríordáin: Na Dánta: Sa leabhar seo tá cnuasaithe le chéile faoi aon chlúdach amháin, den chéad uair riamh, saothar iomlán filíochta Sheáin Uí Ríordáin: na trí chnuasach a foilsíodh lena bheo, Eireaball Spideoige (1952), Brosna (1964), agus Línte Liombó (1971), chomh maith leis an saothar a cuireadh i gcló tar éis don fhile imeacht ar shlí na fírinne, Tar Éis mo Bháis (1978).

Dátaí Eile: 21.9.12  Oiche Chultúir le aíonna eile den scoth

28.9.12 We Banjo; Ceolchoirm traidisiunta le Enda Scahill, Martin Howley agus David Howley

12.10.12 Fir Bolg. Ceolchoirm traidisiunta le le Breanndan Ó Beaglaioch agus Steve Cooney

26.10.12 Aisteóirí Chúil Aodha

9.11.12 Cairde Quartet, Ceolchoirm claisiceach

23.11.12 Triur, Ceolchoirm traidisiunta.

14.12.12 At Complete Ease. Ceolchoirm traidisiunta le Bryan Rooney, John Carty agus Brian McGrath.

Clondrohid Updates.

G.A.A. Monday August 20, U16's "B" Championship took place between Clondrohid and Donoughmore in Clondrohid and the home side won by five points.
Tuesday August 21 Junior "B" Footballers met Iveleary in Clondrohid. Iveleary won by a point.
Thursday August 23U16's "B" hurling championship between Clondrohid and Tracton was cancelled due to a bereavement .
Bereavement: The Clondrohid G.A.A. club would like to offer their sympathies to the Dineen and extended families on the death of Pat .
Lotto: 15/8/2012. €70 M&M Lawlor, Banteer. €20 John & Helen Desmond, Ard na Gréine, Paula, Tadgh, & Niamh Crookstown, Eddie Dineen, Kilnamartyra, John O'Keeffe c/o Gearagh.
22/8/2012 €70 Mags O'Leary Codrum. €20 3 Stooges c/o Cath Spillane, Moulnahorna; Tom Corkery, Clondrohid; James & S Kelleher, Carriganima; Anthony Spillane, Moulnahorna. Jackpot this week of €6,200, a nice sum to help to defray the expense of going back to school.
Bingo: In Community Hall every Wednesday night. Jackpot of €2.400

Ballinagree Festival September 7 – 9 

Ballinagree is optimistically preparing for its 10th annual harvest festival which is due to begin with the final of a social road bowling tournament on Friday 7th September. The winners will be presented with their prizes at The Ploughman bar where there will also be a barbeque on the night

On Saturday night outgoing Mayor, Kathleen O'Sullivan, will hand over the chain of office to the New Mayor of Ballinagree in the Láine bar. There will be live music on the night

On Sunday September 9, weather permitting,  we will have our traditional field day with threshing, vintage and classic display, children's entertainment and sports. This year we will have live music from Peter Lane of Blackwater sound and Aghinagh Comhaltas will be playing also on the day. There will be free bouncy castles for the children. Other new attractions will include a bungee trampoline, swinging boats, kiddies train ride and inflatable slide. Aghinagh Macra na Feirme will be holding a skills competition and there will also be a raffle where first prize is €1000 and there are up to €2500 worth of prizes. Tickets are currently for sale from committee members and are on sale in the bars and local shop. On Sunday evening there will be live music in the village by Clann Éireann. This will commence at 8.30pm.

We continue to support local charities with funds raised and would like to thank our sponsors and everyone who has supported the event over the years. Congratulations to Gene Twomey, Lacknahaghny (Ballinagree) who recently won the Munster champion title in the Novice 2 road bowling . Gene is heading off to Drogheda to take part in the All Ireland semi-final on Saturday 8th September. We wish him the best of luck

Daonscoil an Fhómhair

Tionólfar Daonscoil an Fhómhair in Óstan Gúgán Barra Deireadh Fómhair 4 – 7. 'Mná na hÉireann téama na scoile 2012. Tiocfaidh an Daonscoil le chéile tráthnóna Déardaoin le Fáiltiú ó Pheig Uí Laocha agus Donnchadh Ó Luasa ar a 9i.n. Beidh Comhrá le Domhnall Ó Loingsigh ar a 11r.n. ar an Aoine agus Tráth na gCeist fé chúram Phil Uí Mhurchú ag 2.30i.n. Tionólfar an dinnéar agus an Oscailt Oifigiúil le Seosamh Ó Críodáin ag a 7i.n. agus leanfar san le ceol agus craic le Aisteóirí Cill na Martra agus Eilís Uí Thuama agus a cairde. Tabharfaidh Nuala Ní Loingsigh léacht ar 'Mná as an nGnáth' ag 10.30r.n. ar an Satharn agus beidh Dónal Ó Mathúna i bhfeighil léacht agus turas bus 'Ar Lorg an Easpaig Mac Aogáin 1600 – 1650' go Mágh Chromtha, Carraig a'Droichid agus Achadh Fhíonach. Beidh Aifreann san Aireagal ag a 6i.n. agus léacht ó Pádraig Hamilton ar 'Dlíthe na mBreithiún' tar éis dinnéir. Tionólfar rang amhránaíochta le Eilís Uí Shúilleabhain ag 11r.n. maidin Domhnaigh agus beidh Scaradh na gCarad tar éis loin.
Breis eolais: Maire Uí Thuama 026 40130 agus Nollaig Ó Donnabhain 087 2946668. 

Mills Inn First Buffalo Tasting Night

The Mills Inn, in conjunction with Toonsbridge Dairy, is pleased to announce a tasting night of Ireland's first buffalo meat on Thursday night the 6th of September at 8pm. This will be accompanied by a selection of craft beers by local brewer, Gordon Lucey. Buffalo has often been called the "original health food". Its meat is lower in fat, calories and cholesterol and higher in protein than most other meats. The flavour is fantastic too. Booking is essential as there are only 40 places available on the night. Try something new - your tastebuds will thank you!

The Buffalo meat is the first finished beef animal from Johnny Lynch's buffalo farm in Kilnamartrya and the Mills Inn is excited to also have it on their Sunday lunch Menu on the 9th September. "We are honoured to be hosting this buffalo tasting night with Johnny and Toby Simmonds, co-owner of Toonsbridge Dairy", said Don O'Leary. The Mills prides itself on serving the best of local Irish products and this is a very exciting new venture for us. The Mills Inn has won numerous Food awards: The "Georgina Campbell Guides" and Lucinda O'Sullivan Great Places To Eat and The Inn of the Year UK & Ireland by Les Routiers.

Coachford Updates

The Community Council are progressing  with plans to explore the potential of compiling comprehensive  village plans for Aghabullogue, Coachford and Rylane and their hinterlands, and by so doing, highlight the potential opportunities for business creation, recreation, tourism, improvement of rural services, enhancement of Local Areas and upgrade Rural Heritage. It is also envisaged that such a Project will create a Blueprint for the future for the Community. A Village Design Statement (VDS) for each village will be drawn up over the coming months.  The Project cost is anticipated to be in the region of €20,000, and a successful application has already been made by the Community Council to West Cork Development Partnership (WCDP) for funding, which should be in the region of 90% of project costs and with the remainder to be borne by the Community Council. Payment of costs, as they fall due, will have to be discharged before WCDP release funds, so bridging finance with interest is also likely to be required in the short term and over a number of stages. The Community Council would therefore urge each and every one of you to become involved, pro-active and to have your say in helping to prepare and ensure a positive plan for both our own futures and that of our children.

Coachford Autumn Festival was a huge success. The Festival kicked off with an excellent underage Hurling blitz involving seven other clubs. The High Nelly Bicycle run involved 46 bikes, led by former Munster and Ireland rugby star, Mick O'Driscoll. The Treasure Hunt around the village was a great hit with all who took part in it and while trying to find the clues participants also learned a bit about the heritage of Coachford. Saturday evening saw the first ever staging of the hilarious Agrilympics and the commentary by Kieran Cotter added to the fun. The Pet dog show again attracted a huge entry and many owners brought their pooches dressed to kill.  Later on in the evening 14 contestants who were also dressed to kill took part in the Queen of the festival. The girls entertained the audience with their stories and opinions and with their party pieces. Kellie Browne, from Carrigadrohid and representing Coachford Pharmacy was judged to be the winner after a very close contest. Kellie spoke of her love of horses and how she would choose spending a day with a horse over spending a day with a man anytime. Deuces Wild entertained the huge crowd late into the night. Sunday brought some rain but it also brought a wonderful array of vintage cars and tractors. The Department of Defence came with a 1939 Ford Armoured car. The Country market was a huge hit with all the visitors. Richie Kavanagh entertained the crowd in his own inimitable way and Broomhill Vintage Club took the honours in the 4th round of the Tractor building competition with a time of 7minutes and 50 seconds. The over 40's game was another highlight of the day and it ended in a draw under controversial circumstances. The referee, Willie Barrett claimed that time was up just before the Blow ins scored what everybody thought was the winning point. Steam Engines, Puppet show, hurling skills and many more events kept everyone entertained throughout the day.  Festival Secretary, Peter Dineen said " It was a wonderful two days; people really got behind it this year and made it the best ever. We would like to sincerely thank all those who helped in any way to make the Festival such a huge success  The Festival organisers hope to be in a position soon to announce how much money the Festival raised for Suicide Aware and other local charities.

The heritage Committee of the ACR Community Council held a very successful Heritage trail. Led by local Historian Joan Henchion, they went to the Dovecote in Cronody, Dripsey and onto Broomhill House at Godfrey's Cross. About 40 people trekked through fields of maize and barley to reach the very impressive Dovecote.   The group then headed to Broomhill House and here again Joan described the colourful lives of the people who lived in the house down through the years.

Coachford Community College welcomed almost 100 new pupils to the school when it opened for the new term. The College is home to over 560 pupils from all over Mid Cork and has enjoyed a high level of achievement at all levels of education   In the last 10 years, students at Coachford College have achieved highest result in Ireland in a Leaving Cert Subject six times. Subjects include Physics, Maths, Irish and Applied Maths. We wish the new pupils the very best in the next stage of their education. The three Primary Schools in the parish will re-open on Monday, 3rd September, at the regular starting times. Congratulations to Ms. Sharon O'Driscoll on her appointment, as Principal, in Coachford N.S., and welcome to Gemma Campion, who takes up a permanent mainstream teaching position in Aghabullogue.

Grow it Yourself (GIY) with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food is launching a new group in Coachford on Thursday , 20th September. The meeting will be on at 8pm in Breathnach's Bar, Coachford.

The GAA and Croke Park invited the Aghabullogue Under 14 Camogie team to play an exhibition match last Sunday against Dublin side Na Fianna. Over 40 players and supporters travelled to Croke Park and were treated as very special guests of the association.

Coachford AFC: The Killanardrish/ Coachford under 13 team advanced to the semi finals of the Mastergeeha Blitz but lost on penalties to Bantry. However the boys picked themselves up and won the 3rd/4th place final. In the Adult side of the club the B team beat Buttevant 3-1 in the league last weekend. Up next for the lads is the first round of the Presidents Cup on Saturday 1st September when they take on Innishvilla B in Carrigadrohid at 3.00pm.

Aghabullogue GAA: Best of luck to the Intermediate Hurlers in the relegation final when they play Watergrasshill on Saturday 1st September in Cloughduv at 6pm.and to the U21 Hurlers when they play Blarney in the U21 A Championship Semi Final on 4th September in Ballyanly at 6.15pm. (as usual, these games are subject to change)

Annual Mass at St. Olan's Well, Aghabullogue will be celebrated on Wednesday, 5th September, at 7 p.m.


Tigers in Red Weather by Lisa Klaussmann.

 As World War 11 ends Nick and her cousin, Helena, are on the cusp of adulthood. Helena is leaving for Hollywood and a new marriage while Nick is to be reunited with her young husband, Hughes, due to return from London and the war. Neither quite finds the life she had imagined. As the years pass they and their children return each year to summer at Tiger House. One Summer in the 1960's, Nick's daughter, Daisy and Helena's son, Ed make a sinister discovery. This plunges the island's bright heat into shadow and explodes at the heart of the family. A simmering novel of passion, betrayal and secret violence beneath a polished facade.
Available from Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €14.99.

Sports Mad

Cork County Championships 2012

Senior Hurling Championship

3rd Round

Blackrock   2 – 11   Bride Rovers 0 – 14

Glen Rovers   3 – 18   Cloyne   1 - 8

4th Round:

1. C.I.T.  v  St. Finbarrs
2. Erin's Own   0 – 21  Killeagh   1 – 10
3. Carrigtwohill  1 – 13     Glen Rovers   0 - 14
4. Sarsfield's   v   Blackrock  
5. Newtownshandrum   2 – 12     Na Piarsaigh   1 – 15 (draw)
Na Piarsaigh   1 – 15   Newtownshandrum  1 – 11 (replay)
6. Ballymartle  0 – 13     Courcey Rovers   0- 10
7. Midleton   2 – 15     Avondhu   0 - 17
8. Douglas  v  Bishopstown

Quarter Finals:

CIT/ St Finbarrs  v  Erin's Own

Carrigtwohill  v  Sarsfield's Blackrock

Na Piarsaigh  v  Ballymartle

Midleton  v  Douglas/Bishopstown

Relegation Play Off:

Cloyne  v  Bride Rovers

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Semi Finals:

Bandon   1 – 16     Youghal   0 - 6

Ballinhassig   2 – 18     Inniscarra   0 - 9


Bandon  v    Ballinhassig

Relegation Play off:

AGHABULLOGUE  v Watergrasshill

Saturday 1st Sept. at Ballincollig, 6pm throw in

Inniscarra   0 – 9     Ballinhassig   2 – 18

Relegated from senior last year, Balllinhassig are in the Premier Intermediate final this season with the chance of going straight back up to the higher division.  Last year's Intermediate champions Bandon are their opponents in the final. In the semi final at a sunny Páirc Uí Rinn the South East team were altogether too strong for an Inniscarra side which had done well this season to progress to the semi final stage.  Aided by the wind in the first half Ballinhassig did the damage early with five points on the trot without reply.  Ballinhassig then struck for their first goal and continued to dominate all the way to the break at which stage they led by 1-11 to 0-1 and were in a very strong position.  Within less than half a minute of the restart, Ballinhassig had the sliotar in the Inniscarra net once again and it was clear that they would now carry the day.  Inniscarra were playing for their pride and they battled on courageously with free taker Aidan O'Mahony very accurate from placed balls. The loss of a defender ten minutes from time did not help 'Scarra but did not influence the outcome.  Scorers for Inniscarra: Aidan O'Mahony 0-7 (0-5 frees), C. Buckley and A. Sheehan 0-1 each. 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, Daniel O'Connell, Colm Casey.  Subs: Liam O Riain, Ryan O'Connor, Sean O'Callaghan and Timmy Murphy.

Intermediate Hurling Championship

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

 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    Doheny's   2 - 5
8. Douglas    v    Newmarket

Quarter Finals:

Carbery Rangers  v  Bishopstown/ Clonakilty

St Finbarr's  v  Castlehaven/Newcestown

Avondhu  v  O'Donovan Rossa

Duhallow/ Doheny's  v  Douglas/Newmarket

Relegation Play Off:

Na Piarsaigh   v   St Nicholas

 Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Quarter Finals

A  Kiskeam  v  Mallow or Bantry Blues

B  St Michael's v  Kinsale or Clyda Rovers

St. Vincent's   2 – 12     Naomh Abán   0 - 13

Carrigaline  1 – 11   Nemo Rangers  2 - 6

Semi Finals

A  v  B:    St Vincent's  v  Carrigaline

Relegation Play Off:

Mayfield   v   MACROOM at Ballyanley on Saturday 1st Sept., 6.45pm throw in.

 Naomh Abán   0 – 13     St Vincent's   2 – 12

If Naomh Abán had Lady Luck on their side in their win over Béal Átha in the previous round, they certainly did got get any favours at all in their defeat by St Vincent's in the quarter final at Kilmurry.  With seven minutes remaining of normal time the Baile Mhúirne men led by 0-12 to 0-10 and were playing well enough to suggest that they could match anything the city side could conjure up in the time remaining.  Unfortunately for them, however, Naomh Abán made errors in the closing stages and they were all severely punished, with Vincent's getting through for two goals, each resulting from a situation where Naomh Abán appeared to be in control.  Possession was lost twice and the consequences were disastrous and so Naomh Abán make their championship exit, meaning none of the Mid Cork teams now make the semi final stage of the Premier Intermediate championship.

Anthony Lynch, who made an early departure in the previous round, did not make the starting line up due to injury on this occasion, Tadhg Scannell taking his place at centre back where he was again to prove one of the Naomh Abán star performers.  Cian Barry opened the scoring for St Vincent's but Shane McCarthy equalised for Naomh Abán in the 6th minute and Denis Keohane put them in front with a point four minutes later.  Vincent's then took over the scoring and points in the 11th, 14th and 15th minutes put them clear but Shane McCarthy had a smashing point for Naomh Abán in the 18th minute and this was quickly followed by a point from Micheál Ó Cróinín to level matters once again with ten minutes remaining to half time.  Naomh Abán were moving well at this stage and their attack had the city defence under pressure with Denis Keohane, Micheál Ó Cróinín and Dara O'Sullivan all going well and thriving on the supply from midfield.  James O'Leary put N. Abán ahead in the 21st minute and wing forward Niall Kelly finished off a strong run with another point in the 24th minute to put the Gaeltacht men two points clear.  Goalkeeper Jonathan Hoare made a superb save from Vincent's Anthony Buckley in the 28th minute and at the other end in a move started by Dara O'Sullivan, Colm Murphy was up to finish in style and increase the lead to three points as 'normal time' ended.  There were two minutes of time added on and in that period Vincent's undid much of the previous good work of N. Abán with two points in quick succession which meant that only a point separated the teams at half time, Naomh Abán 0-7, St Vincent's 0-6.

A point from Colm Murphy on the resumption was followed by a brace from the city side to level the scores once again by the 37th minute, 0-8 each.  Micheál Ó Cróinín and Shane McCarthy had points for N. Abán but Vincent's replied with another brace to leave maters still level after 13 minutes.  James O'Leary then broke the impasse with a smashing point for N. Abán and when Tadhg Scannell was up to send over another point in the 45th minute the pendulum had swung his side's way.  Eight scoreless minutes followed and Naomh Abán remained in control but then in the 53rd minute disaster struck.  Anthony Buckley, the Vincent's full forward, lost possession near goal but in the subsequent play retrieved possession and fed the ball out to young substitute Anthony Harte who in full flight billowed the Naomh Abán net from close range. Jonathan Buckley followed up with a point to increase the Vincent's lead to two points but Micheál Ó Cróinín brought Naomh Abán back into live contention with a point in the 58th minute and with plenty of injury time due to be played there was every chance of a full Naomh Abán recovery. Alas for such hopes!  A series of faulty decisions yielded possession to St Vincent's and culminated in a second goal for young Harte and the city side in the 61st minute, which really spelt curtains for Naomh Abán hopes for this year.  Vincent's finished with a further point but one was left feeling that this was a game where Naomh Abán had allowed control slip from their grasp. 

Naomh Abán:  Seanacháin Ó hUidhir: Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh, Seamas Ó Mathúna, Cris Ó Deasúna: Diarmuid Ó Scanaill, Tadgh O Scanaill, Colmán Ó Tuama:  Colm Ó Murchú, Seamas Ó Laoire: Diarmuid Ó Liatháin, Dara Ó Suilleabháin, Niall Ó Ceallaigh: Shane MacCarthaigh, Míceál Ó Cronín, Donncadh Ó Ceocháin. Ionaidí: Liam MacSuibhne, Donncadh Ó Cronín, Jason MacCarthaigh.  

Intermediate Football Championship

Fourth Round:

Grenagh   1 – 6     Castletownbere   2 - 5

Quarter Finals
Ballydesmond or CANOVEE  v  Kildorrery or ÉIRE ÓG
Fermoy or Cloyne v CILL na MARTRA
Glanworth or Kanturk v Castletownbere
Adrigole   1 – 11     Youghal   2 – 8

 Grenagh  1 – 6   Castletownbere   2 – 5

Grenagh can only blame themselves for this championship exit at Inchigeela.  They had a dream start with the ball in the Castletown net in the very first minute, Gerry Russell doing the honours, and the Beara men lost a defender to a straight red card after only five minutes play.  Grenagh conceded a first goal to the 'Town when defenders failed to pick up a loose man for a quickly taken free in the third minute and on the stroke of half time Grenagh defenders ran the ball over their own line to give Castletown a 2-3 to 1-4 interval lead after a half which had been controlled to a large extent by Grenagh. 

With the wind behind them and with an extra man on the park one could have expected Grenagh to dominate in the second half but in fact they never succeeded in imposing themselves on the Beara men at all.  Scores were extremely scarce with each side scoring only once in the third quarter. Three minutes from time, Diarmuid 'DD' Dorgan pointed a free for Grenagh to cut the deficit to a single point  and with the game in injury time Tadhgy Walsh was pulled down by the Beara goalkeeper and a penalty was awarded.  DD Dorgan took the kick and sent the ball low and wide of the Castletown post and 'Town came up the field and scored a late point to copper fasten their victory. Grenagh: Martin Barry: Mick Lehane, Raymond Dorgan, Kevin O'Neill: Niall Doherty, Paul McCarthy, Shane Dorgan: Tom Kenny, John Russell: Diarmuid Dorgan, Conor Fitzgerald, Jerry Russell: Ultan Duggan, Liam Walsh, Tadhg Walsh. Subs: Seamus Coleman and Aonghus Duggan. 

Mid Cork Championships

Ballincollig Credit Union  Mid Cork Junior A Hurling Championship

Quarter Final:

Grenagh   2 – 14     Donoughmore   0 – 8

Semi Finals:

Ballinora  v  Grenagh (Friday 31st  Aug. at Ballyanley, 6.30pm.)

Cloughduv   2 – 21   Eire Óg   0 – 3

Grenagh   2 - 14     Donoughmore   0 – 8

With Cloughduv having earlier in the day qualified for the Mid Cork final, their main divisional rivals Grenagh kept on course for a final showdown by defeating Donoughmore under lights at Cloughduv in the last of the quarterfinals.  Grenagh will now meet Ballinora and there is no doubt that they are fully focussed on regaining the Mid Cork crown this season.   Their winning margin of twelve points may be a bit flattering and undoubtedly Donoughmore put up a very brave battle to the finish but there is equally no doubt that Grenagh were the better side and fully deserved their victory. In the opening round of the championship Grenagh and Donoughmore also met and on that occasion Grenagh triumphed on a 2-17 to 0-14 scoreline.
Two early points for Grenagh were followed by a Tadgh Walsh goal in the 10th minute to get the winners off to a fine start.  Both sides swapped scores thereafter and so at the interval it was 1-7 to 0-5 in favour of Grenagh. Donoughmore needed to cut into the Grenagh lead on the restart but instead it was the winners who increased their lead with a further three points added to their score with centrefielder Niall Doherty the powerhouse for Grenagh.  Grenagh increased their lead further still with their second goal at the three quarter mark, this one from Martin Barry, and the result was now a foregone conclusion.  In the final quarter Grenagh outscored Donoughmore by four points to two as they made their way impressively into the semi final.  Scorers: Grenagh: Niall Doherty 0-10 (0-6 frees, 0-1 '65'), M. Barry 1-0, K. Cummins, D. Dalton, S. Coleman, T. Kenny 0-1 each. Grenagh: Mark Kenny: Liam Walsh, Raymond Dorgan, Paul McCarthy: Diarmuid Dorgan, Gerry Russell, Kelvin Cummins: Niall Doherty, Dean Dalton: Conor Fitzgerald, Seamus Coleman, Kevin O'Neill: Tadgh Walsh, Tom Kenny, Colm O'Neill. Subs: Mick Barry, Padraig Sexton. Donoughmore:  Kenneth Cullinane: Vincent O'Connor, Aidan Corkery, Alan Twomey: Stephen Golden, Kevin Horgan, Aidan O'Brien: Alan Savage, Aidan O'Shea: Conor Kelleher, Philip O'Callaghan, Martin O'Connor: Mark Foley, Colm O'Callaghan, Shane Healy. Subs: John O'Callaghan, Barry Holland. Referee: Mr. Dave McCarthy, Kilmurry.

 Cloughduv   2 – 21     Éire Óg   0 – 3

Cloughduv  are still on track to make it four Mid Cork Junior Hurling titles in a row after this comprehensive victory over Éire Óg   in the first semi final, played at a warm and sunny Coachford.  Éire Óg   were short five of the side that had qualified for this stage of the championship and were never a match for the sharp champions who served notice once again that they are intent on continuing their winning ways in Mid Cork.  There was a very strong wind blowing into the pavilion goal and Eire Og had the advantage of the elements in the first half.  When they were in trouble after the opening quarter it was clear that there was only going to be one result and that was how it transpired in a most disappointing contest. 

Darragh Ring pointed a Cloughduv free in the first minute, Donal Corkery pointed from play three minutes later and Darren Kelly struck over a smashing point in the 8th minute.   Ring pointed another free and Éire Óg   goalkeeper Paul Coakley had made a super save from a Brian Ahern shot before Donal Corkery scored a classy point, holding a pass on the stick before lashing over the Éire Óg   crossbar.  When Darragh Ring pounced on indecision in the Éire Óg   goalmouth in the 15th minute before firing home the first goal for Cloughduv the result looked inevitable already.  Sean O'Connor added another point for Cloughduv before Brian Kirwin opened the Éire Óg   account with a point from a free and Vincent Fahy doubled their score in the 23rd minute with another point.  Back came Cloughduv with points from a Darragh Ring free, another from Ring from play and one from Con Dunne.  Ronan Sills had a third Eire Og point, this one from a free, but Darragh Ring ended the first half scoring with a late point to leave Cloughduv leading by 1-10 to 0-3 at the interval.  Three injuries, to Liam Long, Donal Corkery and Ger Ahern, were the main worries for Cloughduv at the break, the match result had already been decided.

The second half of this game was uninspiring.  Cloughduv had the wind and increased their tally with a succession of points without really going flat out.  William Ahern, James McCarthy, Sean O'Connor, Ger Lucey, Brian Ahern (accurate free taker when Darragh Ring was withdrawn), Darren Kelly and Donal Corkery all got their names on the scoresheet with further points, and Darren Kelly was presented with a gilt edged chance of a goal in the 55th minute after hard work by Tom O'Mahony and Donal Corkery and the corner forward duly availed of the opportunity.  Éire Óg   failed to score in the second half but in fairness they battled on to the finish in an uneven contest.

Cloughduv: Colm Ryan: Barry Walsh, Ger Ahern, Donal Cronin: Liam Long, Andrew Cronin, Denis O'Sullivan: Con Dunne, Mark Verling: Sean O'Connor, Donal Corkery, James McCarthy: Darren Kelly, Darragh Ring, Brian Ahern. Subs: William Ahern, Tadhg McCarthy, Tom O'Mahony and Gerry Lucey. 
Éire Óg   : Paul Coakley: Sean O'Connor, John Kelleher, Aidan Twomey: Kieran O'Sullivan, Andrew Herlihy, Aidan O'Connor: Eoin Lyons, Fintan Brennan: Daniel O'Shea, Vincent Fahy, John Malone: John O'Connor, Brian Kirwin, Ronan Sills. Subs: Colm Murphy and Denis O'Keeffe.  Referee: Mr Paul Downey, Inniscarra.

 Faro Intelligent Heating Under 21 Hurling Championship

Quarter Finals:

Cloughduv  6 - 11    Inniscarra  3 - 9

Blarney  2 - 18   Éire Óg     1 - 19

Aghabullogue  1 -15  Ballincollig  1 - 11

Semi Finals: Both on Tuesday 4th Sept. at  6.15pm

Cloughduv  v  Donoughmore at Coachford

Blarney  v  Aghabullogue at Ballyanley

 Cloughduv   6 – 11     Inniscarra   3 – 9

Only two points separated the teams at the three quarter stage of this Faro Intelligent Heating Mid Cork U 21 hurling championship quarter final at Coachford.  Cloughduv were leading by 4-7 to 3-8 and there was every prospect of a thrilling finishing quarter.  That was not how it transpired however as Charles Kenneally crashed home another goal for Cloughduv in the 48th minute which was followed by a string of Cloughduv points and another Kenneally goal in the last minute, 2-4 in all for Cloughduv, to which Inniscarra's only reply was a solitary point from free taker Chris O'Connor.

The first half was very interesting with first one side then the other getting the upper hand.  Frank Olden opened the scoring for 'Scarra with an early point to which Cloughduv replied with points from Colm Ryan, Darragh Ring and Ger Lucey.  Chris O'Connor pointed for Inniscarra but Darragh Ring struck for the first goal in the 7th minute and added a second four minutes later after O'Connor had pointed again.  Two Inniscarra points were followed by further goals for the winners, Ger Lucey getting the first in the 16th minute and Ring netting for his third time three minutes later to give Cloughduv a 4-4 to 1-4 lead. Inniscarra staged a rally in the run up to the interval which yielded points from Chris O'Connor, Sean O'Callaghan and O'Connor again before the latter lashed a free to the Cloughduv net in the 27th minute to finish the first half scoring with Cloughduv leading by 4-4 to 2-7 at the break.

The third quarter was very competitive.  Cloughduv had points from Colm and Liam Ryan and one from Darren Kelly but Inniscarra hit back with a point from an O'Connor free and a goal from Kieran Rice to leave only two points between the teams as the final quarter started.  Charles Kenneally's goal, Cloughduv's fifth, took the wind out of the Inniscarra sails and the winners dominated the closing stages with points from Tony Dineen, Darren Kelly and Ring and another Kenneally goal on the final whistle. 
Cloughduv: Kevin BarryMurphy: William Crowley, Donal Cronin, Kevin Deasy; William Ahern, Mark Verling, Tony Dineen: Colm Ryan, Sean O'Connor: Liam Ryan, Gerry Lucey, Alan O'Sullivan: Charles Kenneally, Darragh Ring, Darren Kelly. Subs: Jamie Lynch, Donal Madden, Luke McCarthy, Patrick Grainger, Michael Dunne, Peter Kelleher, Gearóid Hinchion, Aidan Murphy. 
Inniscarra: David O'Keeffe: George O'Mahony, Brian Gould, Mark McCarthy: Michael Ryan, Frank Olden, David Barry: Paul Farmer, Conor Buckley: Dominic Kelleher, Chris O'Connor, Jerry Roche: Conor Cronin, Sean O'Callaghan, Kieran Rice. Subs: Sean Lynch, Declan Browne, Colin Murray, Kevin O'Herlihy, Jack O'Dwyer. Referee: Mr Gene Buckley, Grenagh.

 Blarney 2 – 18   Éire Óg   1 – 19

This game was an absolute thriller at Ballincollig.  Two points apiece from Colin Murphy and Darragh O'Brien and one from Shane Mulcahy had Blarney 0-5 to 0-2 in front after 20 minutes, John Dineen and Kevin Hallissey the Éire Óg   scorers.  In the ten minutes before the break however Éire Óg   took over and four points from John Dineen, three from Daniel O'Connor and one from Hallissey helped them to a 0-10 to 0-6 interval lead.  On the resumption, Blarney cut a point off the lead but Eire Óg responded with three points in a row to open up a six point gap.  Back came Blarney with three points from frees and two from play and a Shane Mulcahy goal gave them the lead.  Kevin Hallissey regained the lead for Éire Óg   but a second Blarney goal from Colin Murphy reversed the command structure again.  Back came Éire Óg   with Eoin Lyons levelling matters and in the last ten minutes the sides traded blow for blow and were still level as the full time whistle drew nigh.  In the closing minute Darragh O'Brien pointed to put Blarney ahead and Colin Murphy added a point to give Blarney a two point winning margin after a thriller.

 Aghabullogue   1 – 15   Ballincollig   1 – 11

A young Ballincollig side managed to stay in touch with Aghabullogue for most of the game but were just not good enough to prevail at Cloughduv and so Aghabullogue now face Blarney in the semi finals.  There were two outstanding performers in the strong Aghabullogue lineout, John Corkery at centre forward who scored 1-3 and free taker Mark O'Flynn who hit over 0-10, 0-9 of which came from placed balls including one from a '65'.  Aghabullogue led by 1-8 to 0-5 at half time, John Corkery's goal coming just before the short whistle, and on the resumption Ballincollig could not get in for the goal they needed.  Aghabullogue stayed comfortably in control and the Ballincollig goal come very late in injury time, too late to affect the outcome. 

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

Kilmurry  v  Iveleary at Kilmichael on Saturday 1st September, 6 pm.

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 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 strong joint favourites to win out this year and both have impressed in their respective campaigns to date.  Kilmurry defeated Clondrohid, Aghinagh and Kilmichael on their way to the final while Iveleary had victories over Ballincollig, Macroom and Dripsey.  Both teams are unbeaten to date in  the 2012 Division One League.

The championship semi final line outs were:
Kilmurry (vs. Kilmichael): 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.
Iveleary (vs. Dripsey): 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.

The teams have clashed in two finals in the past year, 2011 Division One League and 2012 Muskerry Cup. 

2011 Junior 1 League Final – October 2011

Kilmurry 2-9   Iveleary  1-10

Iveleary had been in control for much of the game, led by five points in the 50th minute, but failed to kill off the Kilmurry challenge and paid the price in the end, two late goals turning impending defeat into a great victory for Kilmurry.

Iveleary had been the better team in the first half and could have led by more than 0-6 to 0-3 at half time.   Cathal Vaughan was their main threat in attack scoring two early points to which Ger McSweeney added a third.  Dominick Creedon had the opening point for Kilmurry in the tenth minute from a free and Ger McSweeney and Dave O'Halloran later exchanged points.  Two late Cathal Vaughan points helped give Iveleary their three points interval lead.

On the restart, Dominick Creedon had a point for Kilmurry but substitute Denis O'Leary punched over a point in reply to keep the three point gap between the teams.  In the 38th minute Edward Buckley took a pass from Ger O'Riordan and lashed the ball to the Kilmurry net to put Iveleary six points clear.  Kilmurry responded with a point apiece from Creedon and James White to narrow the gap to four points as the final quarter started.  Ger McSweeney's point for Iveleary left the western side ahead by 1-8 to 0-6 but in the 51st minute Dave O'Halloran scored a great goal after a run in from the left touchline and James White Alan O'Sullivan added a point each and the teams were level with five minutes remaining.  Cathal Vaughan now kicked a great point to put his side back in front but Kilmurry were not finished yet and when Eoin Barrett broke up an Iveleary attack and cleared up the right touchline the ball was taken on by Greg Barrett who sent over a high centre which was taken by William Barrett in full flight and the corner back lashed the ball to the Iveleary net.  Sensationally Kilmurry were now in front and a late exchange of points between Cathal Vaughan and Dominick Creedon left two points still between the teams at the final whistle. 
Kilmurry: Pat O'Callaghan: William Barrett, Kevin Barrett, Eoin Barrett: Liam Buckley, Liam Long (Capt.), Stephen Down: Eoin Creedon, David O'Leary: Dominick Creedon, James White, David O'Halloran: James Kelleher, Greg Barrett, John O'Leary. Subs: Alan O'Sullivan and Finbarr Crowley. 
Iveleary; Shane Galvin: Gerard O'Riordan, Kevin Hourihan, Kevin Manning: Sean Lehane, Donal Cotter, Sean O'Leary: Daniel O'Riordan, Edward Buckley: Finbarr McSweeney, Cathal Vaughan, Brian Cronin: Donal O'Sullivan, Padraig O'Riordan, Ger McSweeney. Subs: Denis O'Leary, Colin Tanner and Barry Murphy.

2012 Muskerry Cup Football Final – April 2012

Kilmurry   1 – 13     Iveleary   1 – 6

Beaten in the last three Muskerry Cup finals, twice by Iveleary, Kilmurry left nothing to chance at Macroom, took the lead in the very first minute, led by 0-8 to 0-3 at the break and maintained control of matters to the finish.  Iveleary were game to the end and Ger McSweeney's goal from the penalty spot in the 48th minute had left only four points between the teams at that stage but it was Kilmurry who finished the strongest and three unanswered points gave them a deserved and comfortable winning margin. Iveleary were not at full strength for this encounter.

Kilmurry: Pat O'Callaghan: William Barrett, Kevin Barrett, Eoin Barrett: Liam Buckley, David O'Leary, Liam Long: James White, Eoin Creedon: Dominick Creedon, Dave O'Halloran, Stephen Down: William Buckley, James Kelleher, Alan O'Sullivan. Subs:  Michael Linehan, Sean Long, Colm Ryan.   

Iveleary: Jamie Cronin: Kevin Hourihan, Donal Cotter, Gerard O'Riordan: Daniel O'Riordan, Kevin Manning, Barry Murphy: Shane Galvin, Edward Buckley: Sean Lehane, Donal O'Sullivan, Finbarr McSweeney: Brian Cronin, Ger McSweeney, David Hourihan. Subs: Denis O'Leary, Patrick O'Riordan, Mick Lucey, Alan O'Brien.

Mid Cork Junior B Football Championship

Quarter Final Results:

Canovee   3 – 7     Naomh Aban   1 - 12

Éire Óg      1 – 17     Aghabullogue   0 - 9

Kilmurry    4 – 8     Iveleary   0 - 8 

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh  0 – 8     Ballincollig  1 - 6

Semi Finals:

Canovee  v  Éire Óg

Kilmurry  v  Ballincollig

 All Ireland Football Championship   

Cork footballers met Donegal in the All Ireland  Semi final at Croke Park and suffered a two point defeat on a 0-16 to 1-11 scoreline.  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.  It was disappointing to lose at this stage of the competition when hopes were high but who could deny that Donegal were deserving winners on this occasion and they will be appearing in only their second ever senior final. This Cork team has been near the top for many years and have won many trophies including one All Ireland, two Munster titles, and four National Leagues, giving many great moments to their supporters.

 Ladies Football

Cork ladies, Munster senior champions, like their male counterparts, were drawn against Donegal in the TG4 All Ireland championship (quarter final stage).  They met at Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon and Cork inflicted a heavy defeat on the northerners, winning on an 8-27 to 0-2 scoreline – a veritable slaughter which did little good for either side but Donegal were understrength due to a clash with a wedding and Cork did play well.  Rhona Ní Bhuachallla scored 1-3 for the Rebels and Juliet Murphy had 0-3 to her credit.  Briege Corkery (St Val's), Rena Buckley and Juliet Murphy (Donoughmore) and Rhona Ni Bhuachalla of Naomh Fionnbarra were the Mid Cork girls in action.  Cork now meet Monaghan on September 8th in the All Ireland semi final with Kerry and Galway contesting the first semi final on 1st September.

 GAA Colleges draws

Munster Colleges Senior A Football – Corn Uí Mhuirí  2012/2013

Group A: Rochestown College v DLS MACROOM; Killorglin v West Clare Schools;

Group B: Pobal Scoil Chorcha Dhuibhne v West Limerick Schools; Clonmel CBS v North Clare Schools.

Group C: St. Fachtna's v Tralee CBS; St. Brendan's a bye.

Group D: Coláiste na Sceilge v St. Flannan's; Coláiste Chríost Rí a bye.

Two teams to qualify from each group for quarter final stage after Christmas.

Cork Colleges Senior Football

Simcox Cup (Senior A)

A  Col. Choilm, Ballincollig  v  Rochestown

B  St. Colman's Fermoy  v  Col Chriost Ri

C  St. Fachtna's, Skibbereen  v  De La Salle, Macroom

D  Midleton CBS  v  Patrician Academy, Mallow

Senior B Football

Mitchelstown CBS  v  Ballincollig C S

Senior C Football

Deerpark  v  Blarney

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Murray's Bar, winner of the 7 a side Tournament organised by Macroom F.C. ©

Macroom Soccer  

Mossie Linnane Cup
Macroom A made it two wins out of two in this year's Mossie Linnane, defeating Grattan United 2-1 in their opening game and then coming from a goal down to win 3-2 against Glen Celtic at Murray Field, Macroom. Both sides started brightly, with chances as both ends. As the half wore on, Glen Celtic began to get a foothold of the game, going ahead on the half hour. The second half was more end to end, with Macroom edging the beginnings and equalised through an excellent Darrell Holden free kick on 54. Just as the home side were building momentum, the away side took the lead on 63. The home side battled well, and won a penalty on 69, which Darragh Deasy slotted away expertly. The home side got the winner though a sublime John James Healy effort. Best for Macroom were Darragh Crowley and Trevor O'Brien. Panel: Mark Towhig, Keegan Drohan, Trevor O'Brien, Darraagh Crowley,Darragh Deasy, Michael Browne, Anthony O'Donoghue, John James Healy, Conor O'Sullivan, William O'Riordan, James O'Connor, Darren Kelly, Barry Healy.

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Dineen's Bar, winner of the 7 a sides Shield organised by Macroom F.C ©

Donoughmore are League Champions   

Donoughmore 2 – 8       Castlemagner  0 – 5. 

Castlemagner and Donoughmore contested the Division Four league final in Castletownroche recently. In their earlier league encounter Donoughmore shaded a very tight game by two points so an exciting final was anticipated and they did not disappoint. Donoughmore were quick off the mark with a goal and a point from Orla Healy. Castlemagner replied with two points. Donoughmore had started with Michelle Dilworth as sweeper and Mary Buckley slotted into wing back to counter the threat of Aine Cott at full forward for Castlemagner.  This proved very successful and created space for their own forwards, which they exploited with points from Jacinta Buckley, Orla Healy, and Nora O'Callaghan. Castlemagner were dangerous on the attack but Máiréad Healy at full back and Aisling Greene at centre back were vigilant in cutting out the danger. Donoughmore had the upper hand at mid field with Orla McSweeney and Rosie Cogan providing good ball to the forwards. A turning point in the game came when Amanda Greene dispossessed the corner back and from a tight angle chipped the ball into the corner of the net. The industrious Orla Healy finished the half with a point, to leave Donoughmore leading 2 - 5   to 0 – 2 at the break.

Castlemagnier started the second half in whirlwind fashion with two points from Aine Cott and only an excellent save by the Donoughmore keeper, Rachel Kelleher, prevented Castlemagner scoring a sure goal. Castlemagner continued to attack with Gemma Cashman and Clionadh Healy providing a source of constant threat to the Donoughmore defence. However they could find no way  past the solid full back line of Sarah J. O'Connell, Máiréad Healy, and Eileen Lyons while Deirdre Dineen was her usual  tenacious self at wing back with Mary Buckley providing vital interceptions which enabled her to set up the forwards. Captain Jacinta Buckely relieved the pressure with a well taken point. Michelle Dilworth, who had an excellent game, contributed a further point. Julie Dineen showed well for the ball to provide an outlet for a defence under pressure. Castlemagner fought to the end and two fine saves from Rachel Kelleher prevented what would have been  well deserved goals.

Donoughmore's superior teamwork and intelligent use of the ball was instrumental in their success.  . County Secretary Sharon O'Keefe presented the cup to Donoughmore captain Jacinta Buckley and complimented both teams on a fine sporting performance.

Donoughmore:  Rachel Kelleher, Sarah J. O'Connell, Máiréad Healy, Eileen Lyons, Michelle Dilworth, Aisling Greene, Deirdre Dineen, Orla McSweeney, Rose Cogan, Orla Healy, Nora O'Callaghan, Julie Dineen, Amanda Greene, Mary Buckley, Jacinta Buckley. Subs. Aileen McAullife, Sarah O'Connell, Rachel Healy, Johanne Kiely, Norma O'Leary, Rebecca O'Callaghan, Aoife Crowley, Siobhan Lyons, Avril Kiely

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Donoughmore footballers, winners of the Division 4 League Final, defeating  Castlemagner ©

St. Val's Notes

Donoughmore 2.9   St Val's 0.13   

On a fine night for football  St Val's and Donoughmore served up a great hour of football in the quarter final of the Senior Football Championship in Cloughduv GAA grounds. Having beaten Mourneabbey a week earlier, St Val's were expected to put it up to the reigning County and Munster champions and after the opening thirty minutes Val's led by the narrowest of margins on a score of  0.7 to 0.6, with the Val's scores coming from Aoife Plunkett(4) Caoimhe Creedon (2) and Joanne Down (1). Donoughmore drew level inside the opening 5 minutes of the second half with a point from play and  they then took the lead with a well worked goal from their corner forward before Val's replied with a point each from Aoife Plunkett and Briege Corkery, to reduce the lead to a point before the Val's defence was breached again when Donoughmore scored  their second goal of the game to stretch their lead to 4 points .Val's again showed great determination to kick the next two points from Claire Byrne and Briege Corkery and to increase the pressure on the Donoughmore girls. But they failed to register another score due to some wasteful shooting and  great defending by Donoughmore, who hung on at the end to win by 2 points at the final whistle.

St. Val's Under Age: St Val's under 14 team travelled to Cahir in Tipperary for a blitz competition. In the opening game they easily defeated St Pat's from Tipperary 5.15 to no score. Dungarvan from Waterford were their next opponents and they had to come from behind with five minutes remaining to win by a single point in a very close game 1.5 to 1.4. The Val's girls were now up and running and defeated Aherlow  from Tipperary 2.10 to no score in the semi final. Old rivals Douglas were the opposition in the final and it turn out to be a close affair with our girls showing tremendous determination and skill to win by 2 points at the final whistle 0.5 to 1.0. Máiréad Sullivan received the cup on behalf of her teammates from John Quirke who sponsored the tournament. Also a special thanks to Edel Ryan, Liam and Mary Shinnick from the Cahir club for being great hosts on the day. The under 11 and 13 Mid Cork competitions are both nearing an end with the under 11 team playing Éire Óg and the under 13 team playing Douglas in their respective semi finals in the coming week. The under 12 team travelled to Valley Rovers for a practice match and  recorded a comfortable win their next match is against neighbours Éire Óg in their Mid Cork final. The minor team have reached the semi final of their competition having defeated Douglas and Donoughmore comfortably in their opening two matches, they play Éire Óg next week in their final group match.

The under 10 Danielle Forde blitz is to be held in Donoughmore GAA grounds on Sunday the  2nd of September. We wish our girls the best of luck in the competition.

Cork for All Ireland Camogie Final

Cork 3 – 10  Galway 0 – 12

Cork are through to the All Ireland senior camogie final on September 16th after a superb contest against Galway and booked their place in the All Ireland for the first time since 2009 in headquarters. Goals win games and Corks ability to grab three proved the decisive factor in a cracking contest. Cork were superb in defence and they never allowed Galway any room. Galway led 0-6 to 0-2 by the end of the opening quarter but a Briege Corkery goal on twenty two minutes gave Cork the upper hand, to lead  1-8 to 0-8 at the break.
The second half was nip and tuck. Steadily Cork gained control but Galway battled on and came within a point. But Cork, with their defence superbly marshalled by the excellent Gemma O'Connor at centre back and Aoife Murray inspirational in goal, held their lines under huge Galway pressure. Showing  their experience, Cork never panicked and when player of the match, Jennifer O'Leary broke through the Galway defence and passed to Katriona Mackey, she finished to the net and Cork were on their way. They led by four points with a minute of normal time remaining.  A Sile Burns goal on the sixtieth minute helped Cork play out the six minutes of added time in comfort. It's all systems go now as Cork face Champions Wexford in what will be a much anticipated clash.   Scorers for Cork: J O'Leary 0-4 (0-3 f), Síle Burns 1-2, Briege Corkery, K Mackey 1-1 each, G O'Connor, K Buckley 0-1 each. Cork Panel: Aoife Murray, Cloughduv; Jenny Duffy, St. Finbarr's; Rena Buckley, Inniscarra; Joanne O'Callaghan, Cloughduv; Eimear O'Sullivan, Ballinhassig; Gemma O'Connor, St. Finbarr's; Pam Mackey, Douglas; Jenny O'Leary, Barryroe; Orla Cotter. Orla Cotter St. Catherine's; Joanne Casey, Inniscarra; Briege Corkery, Cloughduv; Katriona Mackey, Douglas; Anna Geary, Milford; Katie Buckley, Mallow; Síle Burns, Barryroe; Emer White, Barryroe; Julia White, Douglas (Captain); Amanda O'Regan, Douglas; Leah Weste, Ballincollig; Lynda O'Connell, St. Finbarr's; Carolyn Motherway, St. Catherine's; Lynda Dorgan, Ballincollig; Regina Curtin, Milford; Marie Walsh, Milford; Claire Shine, Douglas; Finola Neville, St. Catherine's; Tessa Crowley, Valley Rovers; Julie Mulcahy, Courcey Rovers; Caroline Sugrue, Ballinascarty; Orla Cronin, Enniskeane; Laura Tracy, Killeagh

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David Goold with the girls at Macroom Juvenile GAA Kellogg's Cúl Kidz camp ©Bríd O'Riordan 

Macroom U12 football 

Macroom won their last league game away against Youghal. Youghal started the better, playing against a strong wind and taking a 1:1 to no score lead, but Macroom improved as the first half progressed, to take a four point lead into the second half, which was very competitive with the teams matching score for score. Man of the match Nikoden Wyczynski scored a great goal midway through the second half, which gave Macroom the edge to win the game. Other players who played well for Macroom were Szymon Sanetra, Cillian Donovan, Sean McMahon and Dylan Twomey.

Macroom U12's also played in a blitz in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney playing two Kerry teams, Mitchells & Castleisland and Newcastlewest from Limerick. All the games were very competitive and enjoyed by all. Macroom players Eoin Twomey, Shane Meaney, Darren Quinn, Jack O'Riordan, Szymon Sanetra, Sean Condon, Alex Osnowski, Dylan O'Sullivan, Dylan Corcoran, Cillian Donovan, Jamie Relihan, Nikoden Wyczynski, James Cahill, Conor McKirgan & Dylan Twomey. The Macroom player also met with Kerry star player Kieran O'Leary and had a tour of the stadium.

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 Páistí ag baint taithneamh as an Campa Samhraidh i gCill na Martra.  ©Joan McLoughlin

Canovee G.A.A.

Canovee  3.12  Western Gaels  3.14.

On august 27th, Canovee played Western Gaels in the Minor A football championship. Canovee were slow to settle and were under pressure all through the first half. Western Gaels led 2.07 to 1.04 at the break, with Michael Dunne scoring the Canovee goal. In the second half Western Gaels stretched their lead and at the three quarter stage they led by 3.10 to 1.05. However, two goals from Ciarán  Canty, and Tadhg O'Riordan and points by Conor Hughes and Kieran Moynihan brought Canovee level. Entering injury time Western Gaels were a point up and a point with the last kick sealed a two point victory for them. Both teams played in a positive fashion. This Canovee minor team showed great commitment throughout the year and, with most of the team under age again next year, will be again competitive. Canovee: Mark Healy, Sean Twomey, Niall Cronin, Colin Murphy, Shane O'Riordan, Michael Dunne, Cian Lehane, Darren Twomey, Ciarán  Canty, Cathal O'Carroll, Aidan Murphy, James Moynihan, Tadhg O'Riordan, Aidan Moynihan, Liam Murphy. Subs: Colin Looney, James O'Sullivan, James Verling, Blake Ring, Conor Hughes, Kieran Moynihan.

Canovee under 12 football panel were invited to participate in a football blitz recently in  Croke Park.They travelled up by coach and arrived in GAA Headquarters to a fantastic welcome. The team got to play 3 matches in the famous ground where they faced Lisscasey of Clare, St. Senan's and Laune Rangers of Kerry. Canovee defeated Lisscasey and St Senan's and lost to Laune Rangers. After the blitz the panel and mentors got a guided tour of the museum and stadium, where they learned a bit of history of the ground and one of the many highlights of the day was the tour of the state of the art changing rooms. The team had a great day out and one they will never forget.

 The under 10 team returned to match action when they hosted Glanmire in a challenge match. Both clubs agreed to play two 9 a side matches to ensure maximum playing time for everyone. There were some excellent passages of football from both sides in the two matches and each club went home happy, winning one match each. The team next faced Clyda Rovers in Carrig. Another good display by Canovee saw them run out winners against a fine Clyda Rovers side. The annual Dromtariffe tournament is re-fixed for Saturday 1st September, having been postponed a couple of times due to adverse weather conditions. Canovee have qualified for the cup competition and are defending champions of the tournament.

On Wednesday July 25th the U11/12 players were invited to a blitz in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Canovee played 3 matches in their group against Bantry, Ballyporeen and Éire Óg. All matches were very competitive and proved beneficial to all players. Paddy Kelly spoke to the lads in the dressing rooms and passed on some of his knowledge and skills. It was a great experience for the boys to play at Páirc Uí Chaoimh and a great day was had by all. Thanks to all mentors and parents who helped on the day.
Fixtures: September 2nd Canovee v Ballydesmond in Intermediate football championship in Mourneabbey at 6.00pm.
Under 14 B County Semi final is due to be played this weekend v Ilen Rovers or Kilmacabea.

Lotto: August 26th; Numbers drawn: 8, 9, 24, 25. No winner. €50  Michael O'Mahony, Aherla; €25 Nell Deasy, Aherla; Shirley O'Connell, Farnanes. Jack the Joker, Tina Kelleher, Mallow. Next lotto draw on September 2nd for jackpot of 14,000 euro in the Carrig Inn.

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Aghinagh, Cill na Martra, Uíbh Laoire & Clondrohid. finalists in theU12 football Blitz  at  Inchigeela Festival   ©Joan McLoughlin

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt

The President's (P.J. Curtin) Prize was played for over the past week-end. Results;
2nd Gross, Dan Kiely. 2nd Nett, Ann Barrett. 1st Gross, Michael Vaughan. Ladies Nett, Christine Swanton. Overall Nett, Maureen Foley.
Captain's Prize : The Captain's Prize will be played for on the week-end of the 8/9 September. Sunday fourballs will be at the new time of 5.30pm until further notice.