Lee Valley Outlook - Sep 13 2012 v9e19

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Impressions of Autumn in the Lee Valley  ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary 

Briery Gap: 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

Mon. 24th Sept @ 8.30 pm Monsieur Lazhar

Wed. 26th Sept 8.30p.m Moulin Rouge

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

Fri. 5th Oct. @ 8.00 pm Voce di Donna

Monday 8th Oct. @ 8.30 pm – Le Havre

Macroom Library: Purlies Thurs. 20th Sept. at 11a.m -12.30. 
Gramophone Recital: with Maura Cronin, Mon. Oct 8 11a.m. – 12.30p.m.
Storytime every Saturday, 12 noon – 12.45.

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.
Taispeántas Ealaíne bunaithe ar fhilíocht an Ríordánach san Ionad Cultúrtha ón 13ú Meán Fhómhair - 5ú Samhain.
Golf Classic at Lee Valley Golf Club September 13 in aid of Breakthrough Cancer Research

Macroom Flower and Garden Club Floral Demonstration in Coolcower House on Thurs., Sept. 13th @ 8pm .
Coachford Players 25th Anniversary celebrations in Hogan's Bar on Fri. Sept. 14th
De Dannan in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne on Fri. 14th Sept.
Coffee Morning for Marymount Hospice at the home of Jim & Siobhán Twomey, Carrigadrohid on Sat. 15th Sept. from 10am-4pm.
An Post Rebel Tour 2012 Sat. and Sun. Sept.15 – 16
Coffee Morning for the Gramophone Circle, Castle Hotel, Mon. Sept. 17 10.30 a.m.
Canovee Art Group  Exhibition in the Briery Gap, Macroom, Sept. 17 – 29.
Donoughmore Coffee Night: for Marymount Hospice on Thurs. Sept. 20th in St Lachteen's N.S. Hall, Stuake, 7pm - 9pm.
Céilí Mór in Éire Óg GAA Pavilion, Ovens on Sat. Sept. 22nd at 9.30pm.
Musical Evening for Childline at Cork City Hall on Sun. Sept. 23 at 8p.m.
Down Memory Lane  at Briery Gap on Fri. 28th and Sat. 29th Sept. at 8.30pm.
Muskerry Local History Society lecture: The Titanic Story: Selection & Survival, on Tues. Sept. 29th at 8p.m. at Ballincollig Rugby Club (Tanner Park) Clubhouse.
Gougane Sunday Walk: Sun. 30th Sept. from Cronin's Farm, Clohina at 9 am. Mass in Gougane  2:30pm
Canovee N.S.: sponsored walk Sun. 30th Sept. at 11amfrom school.
Lee Valley Vintage Charity Cycle from Killarney to Ballincollig on Sun. 30th Sept.
Open Evening at Bishop McEgan College on Thursday, October 4, 7 – 9p.m.
Daonscoil an Fhómhair in Óstan Gúgán Barra Deireadh Fómhair 4 – 7. '
Trasna na Gleannta Charity Cycle: Sun. 7th of Oct. from Cill na Martra. Registration, 8.30am; start 9.30 a.m.  
High Nelly 10km cycle Sun. 7th of Oct. from Cill na Martra at 2pm.
Gramophone Recital: with Maura Cronin in Macroom Library, Mon. Oct 8 11a.m. – 12.30p.m.
Bingo in Dripsey Primary School at 8.00 p.m. every Thursday night.

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

Macroom Updates

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At Civic Reception hosted by Mayor and Town Council for Sisters of Mercy to mark their departure from Macroom ©  Lee Valley Outlook

Emotional Farewell

Emotions are running high in Macroom and district as generations look back on the contribution of the Sisters of Mercy to the community. Everybody who went to Primary School in Macroom was influenced by the nuns as boys and girls alike were all Infants at the 'Convent' and, until recently, continued there up to such time as they received First Holy Communion. The Convent Gardens were opened to the public on National Heritage Day and, despite the heavy rain, many Macrompians made a sentimental journey through the 'holy grounds'. Sr. Francesca, who has been involved with Macroom Senior Citizens for more than 30 years, received a presentation from the Committee to mark her contribution to the elderly of the district. The departing Sisters - Srs. Francesca, Colette, Assumpta, Consilio and Mary - were accorded a Civic Reception by Macroom Town Council and Mayor  Owen McCarthy presented them with a framed photograph of Macroom Convent. Himself a past pupil of Sisters Consilio and Francesca, he recounted the ongoing contribution of the Sisters of Mercy, not just in the educational field but also to the enrichment of the fabric and wellbeing of the community. The Councillors each recalled memories of the nuns and spoke of their sadness on hearing that the order would be leaving the Convent after more than 140 years in Macroom. Sr. Colette thanked the Town Council for the reception and related a little of the history of the Sisters of Mercy in Macroom and how they worked in partnership with the Council and other bodies for the betterment of the community. A Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated at St. Colman's Church, Macroom on Wednesday, September 12. Report and pictures in next issue of the Lee Valley Outlook.

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Macroom Senior Citizen Committee makes a presentation to long term member, Sr. Francesca, to mark her departure from Macroom. Front: Evelyn McSweeney, Pat O'Connell, Sr. Francesca, Regina Casey. Back: Fr. O'Mahony, Gabrielle O'Leary, Ann Cronin and Katie Dineen  © Lee Valley Outlook

Bronze for Macroom in Tidy Towns

Macroom Tidy Towns Committee may well rejoice in the 2012 Results of the National competition which shows the mid Cork town reaping an additional six marks over last year's 289 and a remarkable 31 mark increase over six years. Macroom is in the most competitive D category and, with 295 marks in 2012, is just 17 marks off the overall winner, Abbeyshrule, a tiny village in Co. Longford that merited 312 marks. It is very difficult to earn extra marks at this level of the competition, so an added half dozen for Macroom is a huge bonus. Cork towns rate very highly in the Tidy Towns Competition. Clonakilty came tops with 309 marks, followed by Kinsale 303, Bantry 302, Ballincollig  298 and Macroom and Millstreet with 295 each. Clonakilty, Kinsale and Bantry got Gold Medals; Ballincollig got Silver, while Macroom and Millstreet were awarded Bronze. Macroom also got a €500 Commended Award.
Other local results: Aherla 223  Aghabullogue  190  Baile Mhic Íre/ Baile Mhúirne  229  Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh  286  Carrigadrohid / Killinardrish  248  Clondrohid  244  Coachford  184  Coppeen  220  Cúil Aodha  250  Dunmanway  271   Inchigeela  239  Kanturk  234  Mallow  250

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Sr. Francesca signs the Visitors' Book, watched by Srs. Colette, Assumpta, Consilio and Mary, at Civic Reception hosted by Mayor and Town Council to mark the Sisters of Mercy departure from Macroom  © Lee Valley Outlook

Gas Works and Bridge Walkway

Bord Gáis Network's project to bring natural gas to Macroom and Council work on building a walkway at Macroom Bridge continue apace. 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. They are now involved in a many pronged stage. Three of these involve work on the main roads – at Masseytown, Main Street and Cork Street. The others may affect local access to Macroom Hospital, Care Choice Nursing Home, the Castle Hotel Car Park, Super Valu Car Park, the Mart and the IDA Industrial Estate, off the Inchigeela Road. Following are details:

Week commencing 10th September, all stop and go system unless otherwise stated:

N22 (Cork side of Macroom from Kellehers Garage towards the town). From 09.30 to 23.00, a Stop and Go system will be in place from Monday 10th September until early November. No works will take place on Fridays. Alternative route via Mallow. Delays expected.

Glen Park Road (west side of town, just off the N22 towards the Hospital). From 08.00 to 19.00. a stop and go system will be in place from Monday 10th September until Friday 14th September.

Access Road to Care Choice Nursing Home. From 08.00 to 19.00, a Stop and Go system will be in place from Monday 10th September until Friday 14th September.

Access Road to Castle Hotel. From 08.00 to 19.00, a Stop and Go system will be in place from Monday 10th September until Friday 28th September.

Masseytown Road (up to Mary Ann's Pub). From 08.00 to 19.00, a Stop and Go system will be in place from Monday 10th September until Friday 28th September.

IDA Industrial Estate (off the Inchigeela Road). No impact on traffic.

N22 Main Street, from Supervalu to the Post Office. Using car spaces only, no impact on traffic.

Week commencing 17th September:

Fitzgerald Street and the back streets from the Castle Hotel Car Park, Supervalu Car Park and the NCT Centre'. A Stop and Go system will be in place until 28th September, at which time the works will move up to Dunnes Stores for a further 2 weeks until 12th October.

Week commencing 24th September:

Coolyhane Road (Macroom By-pass) commencing on the 24th September with a Stop and Go system in place until the end of October.

Meanwhile preparatory work continues for the walkway on the Bridge. The south side of the bridge needed to be repointed so a scaffold/working platform is currently in place on the south side of the bridge to facilitate these works.   

Food Festival for Macroom Sept 28 - 30

Preparations for Macroom Food Festival are at an advanced stage and the official opening is on Friday 28th September @5pm with a reception in the Briery Gap. At present the festival has attracted over 50 Artisan Food Stalls and applications are still coming in. After the official opening on Friday 28th the following demonstrations will take place

6pm there will be a bread baking demonstration at Lynch's Bakery South Sq also at 6pm Lucy Hyland will give a talk on Improving your Performance through Food – nutrition for the everyday sports-kid and sports-person  at  the GAA Pavilion in the Castle Grounds At 7pm for those with a sweet tooth, there will be a demonstration of Chocolate making in the Castle Hotel, titled 'The Real Story of Chocolate' Also at 7pm Caroline Robinson will give a talk and demonstration on how to grow and cook unusual vegetables. This will take place in Macroom GAA Pavilion At 8pm those who are interested in seafood should go along to the Senior Citizens complex where Breda Clancy of Clancy's Fresh Fish will give a demo on seafood cooking Also at 8pm well known jam makers from Ballyvourney, Follain Teo will give a demonstration on Preserves & Jam Making in the Castle Hotel
Admission to all these events is just €5.00
Also on the opening night the Briery Gap will be in full swing with music, song & comedy in a taste of the good old days. The Festival continues on Sat 29th and Sun 30th with a host of events in place

Macroom Library   

We are delighted to be participating in the upcoming Macroom Food Festival. As part of this we are having a Colouring competition, with great prizes, on the theme of fruit and vegetables.  You can embellish the picture in any way your imagination prompts you! The entries and winners will be on display during the weekend of the festival for all the world to see and admire! There is one picture for 4-8 years  and one for  children aged 9-13. Collect your entry form from the library.   We will also be hosting a Fancy Dress competition and Puppet Show that weekend. Details of which are in the Festival Brochure and  will also be in the next edition of the Lee Valley Outlook.
The Purlies next meet on Thursday 20th September at 11a.m.til 12.30.  They are currently creating items of baby wear for a good cause. All level of knitter welcome.
Storytime,  by a member of staff continues on Saturday morning at noon until 12.45 for children aged 3- 7. Parents are required to remain in the library during Storytime.
There is talk of a Referendum on the Rights of the Child in the autumn/ early winter so it would be timely to check the Electoral Register to ensure you will be able to perform your civic duty and vote.  We have the paper version for the Macroom Electoral area and it is also possible to check the Register online from the link on the library homepage on our public access computers or from the Cork County Council website.
Septic Tank forms are available at the library desk and payment can be made at the local County Council offices in the square.
We have a wide range of promotional material on courses available in the Macroom area and our notice board is chock a block with notices of great events and opportunities. We also have brochures about the Cork Culture night for distribution to anyone interested so do call in and take one.
Cork PAL aims to make library resources in a broad range of libraries throughout the Cork region easily accessible to all.  Any person involved in research for a course, thesis or book writing project can apply for a card which will allow them access to the holdings of the following institutions,  UCC, CIT, Cork University Hospital Mercy Hospital and South Infirmary Victoria Hospital libraries, Cork City and Cork County Libraries, and Cork City and Council Archives. There are conditions attached to the level of access, but further details are available from Library Staff or at www.library.ie/pal.

Macroom Gramophone Season

The monthly Gramophone Recitals at Macroom Library resumed on Monday, September 10 and will continue at 11a.m. on the second Monday of the month during the winter and spring. Jim Ahern from Cork city presented the first session of the season and delighted his audience with a great variety of music. Jim's first choice was a joyous meditation, Sanctuary of the Heart, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and this was followed by Richard Tauber singing Love Comes at Blossom Time and Shirley Verrett's rendering of the Swedish hymn, How Great Thou Art. The comic Romance de Maitre Pathelin by Tino Rossi preceded the delightful song Drinking, with Australian bass, Malcolm MacEachern plumbing the depths. Cork's international pianist, Charles Lynch, played The Queen of Sheba by Handel and Alfredo Kraus, tenor, proclaimed the beauty of Ramona before Rita Streich led us into the tea break with the German lullaby, Sleep my Little Prince, Sleep. In the second half, the chorus from the operetta, Master Miner, was followed by the Sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor and Irving Berlin's romantic Always, composed for his wife to be and sung by Robert Merrill. Serenade from Offenbach's Goldsmith of Toledo was sung by John McHugh, after which Tommy Rielly on harmonica performed The Swan from Saint Saens' Carnival of the Animals. The Banter Serenade, Mia Bella Fiorentina  and Vienna, my City of Dreams, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra brought  a delightful morning of music to a close.
Maura Cronin will present the October session on Monday October 8 and, as usual, it will run from 11a.m. to 12.30p.m. A Coffee Morning to raise funds for the Gramophone Circle will be held in the Bar of the Castle Hotel on Monday next, September 17 10.30 – 12 noon. A musical fundraiser for Childline will be held in Cork City Hall on Sunday, September 23 at 8p.m. . 

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 tells the 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.

Sulan Film Society Autumn Programme 2012

Sulán Film Society is back in action. Their fortnightly Monday night offerings continue through the autumn, winter and spring. Admission €7.

Monday 24th Sept @ 8.30 pm Monsieur Lazhar: Director, Phillippe Falardeau, Canada 2011, 94 mins Cert 12A. Starring Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nèlisse Èmilien Nèron, Brigitte Poupart,  Danielle Proulx.  Language: French.

After a Montreal elementary school teacher commits suicide one night after class, she is replaced by Bachir Lazhar (Fellag), an Algerian immigrant seeking political refuge in Quebec.  As Lazhar introduces traditional teaching methods to his new class, he begins to develop close relationships with two of his pupils: a boy traumatized by his discovery of the former teacher's body, and a girl whose interpretation of the event provokes unforeseen revelations.  Produced by the team behind the Academy Award-winning Incendies and directed by veteran filmmaker, Philippe Falardeau, Monsieur Lazhar is one of the most acclaimed Quèbècois films of the last decade and Canada's submission for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film – Torento International Film Festival 2012

Monday 8th October @ 8.30 pm – Le Havre

Monday 22nd October @ 8.30 pm – Bonsài

Monday 5th November @ 8.30 pm – A Royal Affair

Monday 19th November @ 8.30 pm – Even the Rain

Monday 3rd December @ 8.30 pm - Breathing

Briery Gap Programme  

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

Wed. 19th Sept Mamma Mia - the rollicking story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father, using hit songs by the popular '70's group ABBA.

Wed. 26th Sept Moulin Rouge

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

Sun. 16th Sept Spongebob Squarepants

Sun. 23rd September Toy Story 3 - the toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care centre instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.

Mon. 24th Sept @ 8.30 pm Sulán Film Society's Monsieur Lazhar. Admission €7.

Theatre: 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.

Friday 5th October @ 8.00 pm Voce di Donna with Christiana O'Flynn, Fiona O'Reilly and Rhoda Dullea.


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)

Macroom Flower and Garden Club presents a Floral Demonstration by Mary Coughlan   (Tralee) in Coolcower House on Thursday, September 13th @ 8pm .
Coffee Morning: Siobhán Twomey and Katherine Corkery will host a Coffee Morning in aid of Marymount Hospice at the home of Jim & Siobhán Twomey, Carrigadrohid on Saturday next 15th Sept. from 10am-4pm. No invitation required. All welcome.

Circle of Friends Exhibition: Canovee Art Group, Circle of Friends, is holding its 2nd Art Exhibition in the Briery Gap, Macroom, September 17 – 29. The art group was founded in 2005 and meets on Thursday nights in Canovee hall where their tutor, prize-winning artist, Micheál Ó Muirthile, keeps a watchful eye on their progress.  Included in their second group exhibition  are many beautiful paintings of local scenes including Gougane Barra, Bealick Mill, Macroom Castle & Bridge and Carrigadrohid Castle.  There's even a painting of Macroom's Bull! Admission is free and all are 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.

Céilí Mór in Éire Óg GAA Pavilion, Ovens on Saturday, September 22nd at 9.30pm. Music will be provided by Tim Joe and Anne, cead isteach  €10 and tea will be served. This will be a great night out so come along agus beidh fáilte is fiche romhat. Enquiries to Helen Kelly at 086 8767054 or Jerry Lane at 087 1208475
Muskerry Local History Society is launching the 2012 -2013 lecture season on Tuesday September 29th , with a presentation on The Titanic Story: Selection & Survival, presented by Dr Michael Martin. After the passage of a century the earlier narrative of 'women and children first' is revisited and the choices that were made leading to particular consequences are re-examined. The lecture will take place at Ballincollig Rugby Club (Tanner Park) Clubhouse at 8.00 pm. Membership of the Society costs €10.00 per year. Alternatively, there is a cover charge of €3.00 for non-members for the lecture.

Canovee N.S.: sponsored walk in aid of the school to be held on Sunday 30th September at 11am. The 6km walk will start at the school.

Open Evening at Bishop McEgan College, Macroom for 5th and 6th class Primary School pupils and their parents on Thursday, October 4, 7 – 9p.m.

Daonscoil an Fhómhair in Óstan Gúgán Barra Deireadh Fómhair 4 – 7. 'Mná na hÉireann téama na scoile 2012. Breis eolais: Maire Uí Thuama 026 40130 agus Nollaig Ó Donnabhain 087 2946668. 

Bingo in Dripsey Primary School at 8.00 p.m. every Thursday night is organized by Dripsey Community Association.  Join in the fun and support the local community. Bus leaves The Model Village at 7.45 p.m.  €2.00 return fare. All 16 years and older are welcome. Permit granted by Macroom Garda.

Tidy Townlands Competition 2012. The Aghabullogue/ Coachford/ Rylane Community Council Committee has decided to extend the period of the Competition to include the month of September and the three Regional Winners and one Overall Winner will be announced in October. Each of the 41 Townlands has been selected at random for assessment. Judging is already well underway. Take the time - make your Townland shine!

Macroom Boxing Club has reopened. Training on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7.30pm to 9pm. Always looking for new members.

************Pic. 46. Members of the Lucey family and organisers of the Liz Lucey Run 2012 at presentation of €14,180 cheque to Marymount Chaplain, Sr. Siobhán at the Briar Rose, Inchigeela  © Lee Valley Outlook

Liz Lucey Rally 2012: The organisers of the 2012 Liz Lucey Fundraising Day wish to thank all those who made it such a success. Thanks to the Hall Committee and all who donated Spot Prizes, baking etc.; to the kind sponsors and all who took part in the activities – Valley Wheelers, Vintage participants, walkers, entertainers and volunteers. A sum of €14,180 was presented to Sr. Siobhán Quill of Marymount Hospice at a function in the Briar Rose, Inchigeela.

Pilgrim Walk to Gougane: In 2004 the ancient pilgrim walk to Gougane on Gougane Sunday was revived and on Sunday, 30th September the ninth annual walk will assemble at Cronin's Farm, Clohina at 9 am. It is a fourteen mile trek taking in road, paths and laneways. Leaving Cloch Aidhneach, the walkers will pass the mushrooms on their way to Gort Uí Rathaille and Béal a' Gleanna. There it joins the Ó Súilleabháin Beara Walk through Cathair until it reaches Goirtín a' Coille bridge and head for Gougane via the Back Road. Hopefully all will arrive in time for the 2:30pm Mass. Walkers are welcome to join at any point.

 Coachford AFC Lotto Results 27/8/2012, Jackpot: €1,100, Numbers Drawn: 21 - 22 - 30, No Winner, €20 Winners: Mags Chipper, Lisa McElroy, J. Bob O'Sullivan, Yvonne Hayes, Kevin Daly.
3/9/2012, Jackpot: €1,200, Numbers Drawn: 14 - 25 - 29, No Winner, €20 Winners: Kathleen Murray, Pauline Cooney, The Crowley Girls, Con Murphy (Yearly Ticket), Robert O' Keeffe (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

Ballyvourney / Coolea Show September 23

Taispeántas Baile Mhúirne / Cúil-Aodha, scheduled to take place in mid August  in the College Field, fell victim to the 2012 summer weather. It is now re-planned for September 23 in the same venue. The first Show took place in August 1997 and over the last 15 years it has been going from strength to strength.
The 2012 Show boasts a wide range of animal classes, -  Sheep, Cattle, Horses, Ponies, Dogs, Poultry etc. as well as qualifiers' classes for All Ireland championships at other shows.  This Section of the Show proves to be very popular every year.
One of the main attractions of the Show is the large Marquee containing the Cookery and Arts and Crafts Section of the Show.  Here visitors may view a fine array of Cakes, Breads, Jams, Knitting, Crochet, Lace, Tapestry, Paintings, Photography, Fruit, Vegetables, Plants and Flowers of all colours, shapes and sizes.  There will be the ever popular Children's Section in this Marquee, where children of various ages will get to exhibit their Cooking, Arts, Crafts and Poetry.
Around the field you will find all the Side Shows with a Vintage Display, Children's Play Area and Trade Stands. There will be music on the day performed by various musicians from the locality.
Judging of the Best Dressed Person, the Baby Show, the Little Mister and Little Miss Competitions will take place in the mid-afternoon and there will be a Children's Sports Section with plenty medals up for grabs.
Later in the evening you can be entertained by the Tug-of-War Competitions and the Sheaf Tossing. Raffle Tickets will be on sale throughout the day and you can be in with a chance to win many great prizes.  The Raffle will take place at the Show Field in the evening.
For any other information you require phone the Show Office at 026 45957, Mon to Fri, 10:30am to 5pm or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Bígí linn ar ár Lá Mór.

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Diarmuid Murray, Cill na Martra celebrates his 90th birthday at Sullane Haven, Macroom with family and friends.   ©

Clondrohid Updates

Zumba (Frank's Fit Camp): Do you want to burn off those calories while having great fun? All happening in the Community Hall this Friday September 7 @ 7.30 pm.But remember booking is essential at 087 9090175.
Muskerry Autism Support Group: Another Have Fun event as well as making a donation of €10 to a very worthy cause. You can walk, jog, or run in the Cork Ladies Marathon (4 miles ) on Sunday September 16. The men needn't feel neglected, because if they are brave enough to dress appropriately, they can also take part. Contact Gobnait without delay on 0872249223.
Padre Pio Pilgrimage:: Sunday September 16 contact Jimmy O'Mahony at 026 42693
Macroom Flower Club: is holding a floral demonstration by Mary Coughlan AOIFA (Tralee), something old, something new at Coolcower House on Thursday September 13 at 8pm. Everyone welcome.
Macroom Adult Learning Centre: Courses starting September 2012 to include Introduction to Life Skills, Personal Development, Information technology, Introduction to Computer, Internet, and email, and Practical Maths. To inquire further ring 026 20248,or 0868239097.
Lotto: Results for August 29, Jackpot  €6,400; €70 Maria Good, Carriganima. €20 Maureen O'Grady, Mountmassey; Donie Twomey, Clondrohid; Alex Gleeson c/o Sheila Walsh; Martine O'Mahony, Lissarda. .
Sept. 8. Jackpot of €6,600; €70 Tadhg O'Sullivan, Crookstown; €20 Joan Kelleher, Coolmountain; Teresa Buckley, Clonfadda; Tim Scannell, Killarney; Teresa Buckley
Bingo: In Community Hall every Wednesday night. Jackpot of €2,500
G.A.A.: August 20 U16's "B" Championship, Clondrohid v Donoughmore in Clondrohid and Clondrohid won by five points. August 21 Junior "B" Footballers met Iveleary and Iveleary won by a point. August 27 U16 "B" Hurling championship Clondrohid v Tracton in Cloughduv. Clondrohid were down eleven points at half time. In the second half they made a massive comeback but alas they were unable to overcome Tracton who won by two points.  September 2 Minor football championship semi-final Clondrohid v Aghinagh in Clondrohid and Aghinagh won well. Tuesday Sept 4 Junior "B" footballers met Aghinagh in Rusheen. Clondrohid won by a point. Saturday Sept 8 U12  hurlers met Lisgoold in Clondrohid. Lisgoold won well.
Fixtures: Saturday Sept 15 U16's football semifinal Clondrohid v Kilnamartyra to be confirmed. Check local notices. Sunday Sept 16 U21's hurling championship takes place between Clondrohid and Grenagh in Ovens at 2 15 p.m. Check local notices in case of any changes.
The officers and all involved with Clondrohid G.A.A. would like to extend their sympathies to the Dineens and extended families on the death of Pat. May he rest in peace.

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 Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Ballinagree, Rita and John O'Sullivan, at Ballinagree Harvest Festival   © Lee Valley Outlook

Donoughmore Macra

It has been a busy few weeks for Donoughmore Macra na Feirme. At the end of July, members took part in the Muskerry round of the Sheep Stock Judging competition. On the August bank holiday weekend, members went to the International Miss Macra Festival at the Dundrum House Hotel, where Sarah Louise Healy handed back her crown after doing a fabulous job of representing the club and the region for the past year. The title is coming back to the region for the second year in a row with Aileen Hennessey from neighbouring Berrings winning the title. The same weekend, the club sent two teams to take part in the Carrigaline Farm Skills Competition. Donoughmore Macra also took part in the South Tipp Macra Raft race, and returned with the award for best raft for the second year running. Tim Mullane hosted a farm walk on his farm in Berrings, where Donoughmore had a strong representation. Members attended Millstreet Macra's Race Night, which was a great success. The club also held a sports night in Stuake. Donoughmore Macra hold their meetings on the first Friday of every month in Pat Barry's Bar, Donoughmore. New members are always welcome. Contact Seán on 086-0653856 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

De Danaan at Ionad Cultúrtha

The Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne is delighted to welcome De Dannan to perform in Baile Mhúirne on Friday 14th September 2012.Tickets €20 and pre booking strongly advised. 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.
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

Valley Wheelers Cycling Club

The annual 'Trasna na Gleannta' Tour Charity Cycle will take place on the 7th of October from Cill na Martra. As in previous years, there will be 3 routes to choose from - 100km / 65km / 25km, which will cover the scenic and challenging hills and valleys of the Cork and Kerry region. Refreshments, backup and general help will all be provided. The cycle will begin @ 9.30 am sharp and registration will take place at 8.30am, so we are asking all participants to be present on time for registration to avoid delay. More information on www.valleywheelerscc.com.
Also on the day of the cycle the inaugural High Nelly 10km cycle will take place at 2pm. This promises to provide great fun and entertainment for the spectators as it has done in Killarney and Coachford in recent weeks We are encouraging everybody to dust down any old high nelly bikes they may have. We are also hoping the high nelly race participants will dress to impress, in costumes from the 1950's and 60's if possible, for example butcher, baker, garda and postman. Prizes sponsored by Ó Murchú's and An Crois will be presented to the best dressed person emulating a person from the 50's or 60's on the day. We hope to see as many participants as possible on the starting line on their high nellys and dressed to impress, all for a good cause.
ALL proceeds on the day will go to IHCPT. This is a registered charity in Ireland, incorporated under the Charities Act 1973. For the past 40 years IHCPT travels on pilgrimage and on Holiday to Lourdes with young people with special needs, from all over Ireland. They travel on Easter Sunday and participate in a unique week in Lourdes. For any inquiries or questions regarding the days cycling please contact 086-0696917. It promises to be a very enjoyable day with something for everyone.

Lee Valley Vintage Charity Cycle

The Annual Charity Cycle from Killarney Outlet Centre to Ballincollig takes place on Sunday 30th September. All proceeds are divided between Children's Leukaemia Association Cork, Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children Crumlin and Marymount Hospice, Cork. The Cycle leaves Killarney Outlet Centre at 11.30 and proceeds to Ballincollig Rugby Club (approx 74kms). Bikes are transported to Killarney beforehand and cyclists from Killarney will be taken home afterwards.  €20 entry fee includes Food and Showers. More info from  0877460807 or 0217334421. €20 Entry fee (Cheques/ Postal Orders made payable to Lee Valley Vintage can be posted to 8, Millview, Dripsey   so you can get your sponsorship cards. Bikes will be collected at Woodies Car Park, Kinsale Road on Saturday 29th, 11 am - 1 pm. Cyclists will be collected at Ballincollig Rugby Club on the Sunday morning. Bus leaves 9am sharp.

Coachford Updates  

Coachford Local, a new group for the Coachford area, has just been launched. It is a volunteer  group  made up of local people, to share skills, information, resources, ideas and make connections, with the overall aim of building a more sustainable and resilient community.  The group's first venture is to launch a local chapter of GIY (Grow It Yourself). in Breathnach's Bar on September 20th at 8.00pm.   Coachford Local also plans to start a Poultry Keeping group, hold Wild Food Foraging walks, organise a Knitting and crochet group and to have regular talks and advice around energy saving in the home and for businesses. The group has set up a website, www.coachfordlocal.com where further information is available.

Coachford Players are putting plans together to celebrate their 25th year in existence. The Drama Group put on their first play, "A window on the Square", in February 1987 and since then this hard working group has performed at least two plays a year. The group has performed plays, musicals and pantomimes down through the years. They have also been successful at drama festivals and have introduced their audiences to a wide variety of subjects. Plays they have performed range from John B Keane's, 'The year of the Hiker' to Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. A great number of people have been involved both on stage and back stage during the 25 years of the group's life and all of these present and former members are invited to attend the group's 25th Anniversary celebrations in Hogan's Bar on Friday September 14th. The Chairman of the group, Peter Dineen, said, "This is a huge achievement for the drama group. We are absolutely thrilled that we have survived this long. We have consistently produced fine drama down through the years. Our output of plays and the quality of our productions have been unique and a credit to all involved. We are really looking forward to having a great party on the 14th and taking the opportunity to look back at the various productions we were involved in and to meet up with old friends and existing members again".

St. Olan's Brownie Pack will resume meetings on Saturday, 22 September, from 11.15 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. at the GAA Community Centre Coachford. New members very welcome.

Aghabullogue/ Coachford/ Rylane  Tidy Townlands Competition. The Committee has decided to extend the period of the Competition to also include the month of September  and the three Regional Winners and one Overall Winner will be announced in October. Each of the 41Townlands has been selected at random for assessment. Judging is already well underway. Take the time - make your Townland shine!

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West Muskerry athletes with Olympian, Olive Loughnane and Lord Mayor of Cork at civic reception. © Collette O'Riorda

Congratulations to Catherine Murphy, Clonmoyle, on winning a Silver Medal in the Doubles Pétanque and a Bronze Medal in the Singles Pétanque at the recent European Transplant & Dialysis Games, in Zagreb.

Community Council investment of €20,000 in plans for villages. The Community Council is 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 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. A  VDS for each Village should be completed within approximately three months. This will involve input and the seeking of suggestions from the entire Community, by way of arranged Workshops in each Village, discussions with Community Groups and Schools using the expertise of URS Ireland Limited. All of this will be of great assistance to the Community Council and enable its future plans and approaches to be structured and cohesive, as it endeavours to represent the Community well into the future.

Coachford Autumn Festival was a huge success. The Festival kicked off with an excellent underage Hurling blitz involving seven other clubs. While the blitz was underway, the High Nelly Bicycle run set off with 46 bikes led by former Munster and Ireland rugby star, Mick O'Driscoll. The Treasure Hunt around the village was a great hit. 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 Agrilympics. This was hilarious and the commentary by Kieran Cotter added to the fun. Pushing the tractor and changing the wheels of the car were no problem to those taking part but the milking of the cow was the one challenge that seemed the hardest to overcome, especially for those who came from a non farming background. 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, who all looked absolutely beautiful, 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. Some very unusual vehicles were on display and all of the exhibits were in superb condition.. The Department of Defence came with a 1939 Ford Armoured car and this proved to be a very popular attraction. 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 Chariman, Tadgh Murphy said "It was a wonderful two days:  people really got behind it this year and made it the best ever. There is a huge amount of work goes into this and we try and cater for everyone and I think this year we did. There was a fantastic atmosphere in the village throughout the weekend and we hope that all the businesses benefited. We'll sit down next week and review this year's event and try and plan an even better festival for 2013."  We would like to sincerely thank all those who helped in any way to make the Festival such a huge success again this year. We would like to thank all those who took part in the various events, the businesses and individuals who sponsored and supported the festival and the people who attended the Festival on a wet Sunday. Thanks is also expressed to Aghabullogue GAA for the use of their facilities and for working with the organisers throughout the year, in planning for this event. Also, sincere thanks to Padraig O'Donoghue for the use of his fields and yard for parking. Thanks to the many people who purchased raffle tickets, those who donated to Suicide Aware and those who voted for the 14 fantastic Queens. Thanks also to the ACR Heritage Committee who organised the Village Treasure Hunt". 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 recently, led by local Historian Joan Henchion  to the Dovecote in Cronody, Dripsey and on to Broomhill House at Godfrey's Cross. The attendance of about 40 people trekked through fields of maize and barley to reach the very impressive Dovecote. This round structure, built around 1716, was fascinating and Joan Henchion gave a very comprehensive talk on the building, the people who lived in the area at the time and described the countryside and living standards in the Coachford and Dripsey area around the mid 1700s. 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. The out houses in the courtyard are older than the existing house and they were fascinating to view. The Heritage committee would sincerely like to thank The Barry, Murphy and Sheahan families for their kind cooperation in making the day such a successful one.

Camogie girls play in Croke Park: The GAA and Croke Park invited the Aghabullogue Under 14 Camogie team to play an exhibition match against Dublin side Na Fianna  as a gesture of goodwill to the under 14 Féile na nGael  team who were unable to play the semi final of their competition in July. Over 40 players and supporters travelled to Croke Park and were treated as very special guests of the association. The girls finally got to play a game in Croke Park after the Senior Football semi final and ran out winners after playing some excellent hurling. The team and supporters retired to the upper tier of the stadium for dinner where Liam O'Neill spoke to them and encouraged them to continue playing the game of Camogie. The team left Croke Park after 8pm and headed home, satisfied that the GAA had recognized that mistakes were made in July at the Féile and that they were given the opportunity to play at the stadium.

Matron to Games Maker!

While most of us were glued to the Olympics on television, Midwifery Matron, Mary O'Leary, originally from Upper Codrum, Macroom, was working as a games maker with the events service team in North Greenwich. During her time there Mary worked with the press, VIP section, queue management, seating and even had to look after the medals as they were prepared for the awards ceremonies. The arena hosted the gymnastics, trampoline and basketball so Mary had the chance to get a great view of the Games. She said: "This was the best (unpaid) job in the world and I was delighted to be part of the Olympics in London. Mary also gave up her time to be a games maker during the Paralympics. Mary is in London with 28 years and is a Midwifery Matron in Queens Hospital in Romford.

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Danielle Ní Chéilleachair and her singing tutor, Máire Ní Chéilleachair, after receiving second prize in Sean Nós singing, in the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Cavan  ©

Fleadh Chorcaí 2013 for Gaeltacht

Craobh Lachtaín Naofa - the Cill na Martra branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann - will host the Cork County Fleadh Cheoil in the neighbouring villages of Baile Mhúirne and Baile Mhic Íre next May 10-12.  Craobh Lachtaín helped out when the County and Munster Fleadhanna were held in Macroom but this is the first time the annual celebration of traditional music, song and Irish language will be centred in Gaeltacht Mhúscraí. Craobh Lachtaín Naofa's application to hold the event was unanimously approved at a recent meeting of the Cork county board of Comhaltas.
Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí is the largest county fleadh in Ireland and attracts up to 1,500 competitors in more than 40 categories, as well as thousands more visitors to the host area over the weekend. Facilitating the huge numbers in the two Gaeltacht villages will be a mammoth task for the local branch. The cost of hosting a county fleadh can be €20,000 € 30,000, some of which must be raised locally. The branch will not be hosting the fleadh cheoil's dancing competitions, which will be run at a separate venue, yet to be announced. 
The organisers see the event as an opportunity to promote Gaeltacht Mhúscraí and to strengthen the local Comhaltas branch.  Financially, there will be spin-offs for the area. A lot of hard work will be involved but it's an opportunity for the locality and it is hoped that it will inspire local people to get involved in Comhaltas."


Memory Man by Jimmy Magee  

This is a frank open and honest book by one of Ireland's most beloved national treasures. Not only does Magee relive his past sporting exploits but he also speaks about his personal life. This book deals with the highlights of his broadcasting career - he has covered every Olympic Games since 1972 (this year was his eleventh)  and every World Cup since 1974, but here Magee  also speaks about the unexpected death of his wife Marie in 1989 and that of his son, Paul, from motor neuron disease in 2008. Jimmy has the honour of being the longest -serving sports commentator in the English-speaking world, truly one  of our most beloved treasures. An excellent read.
Available from Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €16.99.

GIY   by Michael Kelly  

Walking around another grower's garden invariably gives inspiration and several useful tips to take back to your own vegetable patch.  This is why the garden visit and meitheal are such important parts of the GIY group experience.

Things to Do in September 

Lift crops which have finished growing and dress bare soil with manure, compost (or plant green manures).  Wasps can be problematic as fruit ripens so make traps from jars of sugary water.  Remove surplus leaves from tomato plants which allows air to circulate and sunshine to fall on the fruit. Go blackberry picking!

Sowing Seeds: Last month for sowing perpetual spinach, chard and oriental salads. In the polytunnel/greenhouse sow lettuce, mustard, coriander, parsley, radish, dwarf early pea, broadbean, cauliflower seed, rocket, onion seed and garlic.  Outside sow white turnip seeds and autumn onion sets, e.g. 'centurion' and 'sturon'.  Plant out strawberry runners. Pot up some parsley for winter use.

Harvest: Summer vegetables and fruit are joined by the great autumn veg like parsnips, swedes and celeriac. Lift onions and leave to dry out in sun or in the polytunnel/greenhouse for two weeks.  Apples, plums, pears are now in season.   Continue to harvest salad leaves, tomatoes, radish, potatoes, carrots, turnips, beetroots, cauliflower, cucumbers, peppers, beans, courgettes, spinach, leeks, red cabbage, summer cabbage, aubergine, sweet corn.

The GIY Gathering 2012 is on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of September at Waterford Harvest Festival, with two days of talks, debates and discussions and is hosted by RTE's Ella McSweeney.

Sports Mad

Ladies Delayed

Cork 2 – 15 Monaghan 0 – 12

The Ladies Football All Ireland Finals, Senior, Intermediate and Junior, provisionally scheduled for Croke Park on September 30, have been put back to October 7 as a result of the drawn men's hurling finals at minor and senior levels. A magnificent Cork, managed and coached by Eamonn Ryan, will contest their seventh TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship final in eight seasons, this time against near neighbours, Kerry, whom they previously met and defeated by six points in the Munster final in July.

Cork, with a strong Lee Valley contingent, were pleased to reverse their Bord Gáis Energy National League Division 1 final result against Monaghan. Though delayed a week, they are now focussing on winning their 7th All Ireland title in eight years. In the semi-final at Birr on September 8, Cork led by 1-09 to 0-06 at half-time and Player of the Match, Briege Corkery, Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, Juliet Murphy and Rena Buckley were central to that state of affairs, accounting for 1 – 6 of Cork's total score. Monaghan, with the aid of the breeze in the first half, led by 0-05 to 0-04 in the 18th minute but Cork then embarked on a blitz, scoring 1-05 without reply, to cruise ahead. Briege Corkery kicked her second point of the game to bring Cork level at 0-05; Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, who also netted against Monaghan in last year's final, scored Cork's first goal and inspirational midfielder, Donoughmore's Juliet Murphy, kicked a 27th minute point to give Cork a comfortable halftime lead. Monaghan came back with three unanswered points in the opening minutes of the second half but Cork responded with matching scores. Monaghan never gave up but any faint hope of an upset were snuffed out when Nollaig Cleary scored Cork's second goal near the end. Cork should be red-hot favourites to retain the Brendan Martin Cup when they are back in Croke Park on October 7 at 4p.m.

Cork: Elaine Harte; Anne Marie Walsh, Bríd Stack, Deirdre O'Reilly; Briege Corkery, Rena Buckley, Geraldine O'Flynn; Juliet Murphy, Norita Kelly; Orlagh Farmer, Ciara O'Sullivan, Deirdre O'Sullivan; Nollaig Cleary, Valerie Mulcahy, Rhona Ní Bhuachalla.Subs used: Lara McMahon for Farmer (42 mins), Orla Finn for Ní Bhuachalla (50), Angela Walsh for Ciara O'Sullivan (51), Aisling Hutchings for Norita Kelly (54), Annie Walsh for Nollaig Cleary (58).
Cork scorers: Nollaig Cleary 1-02, Valerie Mulcahy 0-05 (3f), Juliet Murphy 0-04 (2f), Rhona Ní Bhuachalla 1-00, Briege Corkery, Orla Finn 0-02 each.

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 M.C. John O'Connor, with guest of honour, Briege Corkery, Cork footballer par excellence, who performed the official opening of .Ballinagree Harvest Festival 2012   © Lee Valley Outlook

Ladies All Irelands  Re-Scheduled

As a result of yesterday's All Ireland Hurling final draw, the TG4 All Ireland ladies football finals – Cork v Kerry at Senior level; Antrim v Louth in the TG4 All Ireland Junior Championship Final and Armagh v Waterford at Intermediate level -  will now take place in Croke Park on October 7th at 12 noon, 2p.m. and the Senior final at 4p.m... This is as part of a long standing agreement between the LGFA and the GAA. The alternative date for the ladies final was agreed and entered into the GAA's master-plan last December. In recent times the ladies finals have moved twice to facilitate All Ireland final replays - in 1996 and 2000 when the football finals finished in draws. Prior to yesterday, the All Ireland hurling final hadn't ended in a draw since 1959. The LGFA chose to have its finals on September the 30th, on the date of the potential hurling replay, as drawn hurling finals are very rare. Speaking about the change of fixture, the CEO of the LGFA, Helen O'Rourke, said 'We have always known that in the event of a replay in the hurling final that our football finals would move to October 7th. We chose to have our finals on September 30th to maintain the momentum that is generated by the men's finals. This is 'peak season' for interest in Gaelic games. We will work with the GAA and TG4 to ensure that the finals on October 7th are a success and that as small a number of people as possible are affected by the change.'

Cork County Championships 2012

Senior Hurling Championship

The senior hurling championship is now down to four teams, three club teams and CIT, last year's beaten finalists.  Mid Cork direct interest has long expired but the division has players involved with CIT - Colm Casey of Inniscarra, Ciarán Sheehan of Éire Óg and Niall Doherty of Grenagh.  Both Casey and Sheehan were very prominent in attack in CIT's quarter final win over Erin's Own, both scoring 1-1 each.  Colm Casey had his goal in the first half which helped CIT to an interval lead of 1-9 to 1-2 and it was substitute Ciarán Sheehan's goal three minutes from time which won the contest for CIT.   Their semi final meeting with in-form Sarsfield's will be seen by many as the key match in deciding who will be crowned county champions in 2012.

4th Round:

C.I.T.   1 - 26     St. Finbarr's   1 - 12
Sarsfield's   4 – 13     Blackrock   0 - 6
Douglas   1 – 14     Bishopstown   1 - 20

Quarter Finals:

CIT   2 – 14     Erin's Own   1'- 13

Carrigtwohill   2 – 10     Sarsfield's   2 – 20

Na Piarsaigh   0 – 17     Ballymartle   1 - 17

Midleton   0 – 11     Bishopstown   1 – 11

Semi Finals:

CIT   v   Sarsfield's

Ballymartle  v  Bishopstown

Relegation Play Off:

Cloyne  v  Bride Rovers

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Final:  Bandon  v  Ballinhassig

Relegated: Aghabullogue

Relegation Play off:

Aghabullogue   0 – 12     Watergrasshill   1 - 21

Only a point separated the teams at half time in this relegation battle at Cloughduv but in the second half 'the Hill' outscored Aghabullogue by 1-12 to 0-4 and so there can be no disputing their right to remain up in the Premier grade for at least another season.  Aghabullogue have been struggling all year and having lost to Bandon, Tracton, Newcestown and now Watergrasshill, they can have no complaints about their relegation, which will allow them to regroup once again and build for the future.

The first half exchanges were very close with the lead changing hands several times.  Watergrasshill scored first but John Corkery quickly equalised for Aghabullogue, who then went in front from a Mark O'Flynn free.  The 'Hill', with two points, went back in front but John Corkery's point had levelled matters at 0-3 each by the 12th minute.  Two more points for the winners were matched by two points for Aghabullogue from Mark O'Flynn, one from a free, and John Corkery pointed for Aghabullogue in the 24th minute to put his side back in front.  Watergrasshill levelled after Corkery had a goal-bound shot saved by the 'keeper and the sides again exchanged scores, Mark O'Flynn pointing his third free for Aghabullogue, and there was a further exchange of points, John Buckley on target for Aghabullogue, before Watergrasshill had a late point to lead by the minimum at the break, 0-9 to 0-8.

On the restart, Watergrasshill added two further points to their interval advantage but Aghabullogue remained in contention with Mark O'Flynn converting two frees.  When Watergrasshill added another point to their tally, O'Flynn was again on target from a free and only a point separated the sides with 41 minutes gone.  Watergrasshill still forced the pace with two further points but when Donal Twomey had Aghabullogue's only other score of the second half in the 49th minute, a point from play, there were only two points between the teams 0-14 to 0-12.  Aghabullogue, unfortunately, failed to score again as the 'Hill' added seven points, many from frees carelessly conceded, and the goal for the winners really put a gloss on the final scoreline. Aghabullogue: Denis O'Leary: Jerome Corkery, Joe Foley, Donncha Murphy: Alan Hogan, Niall Buckley, Anthony O'Sullivan: John Buckley, Paudie Twomey: John Corkery, Padraig Murphy, Mark O'Flynn: Donal Twomey, Greg Murphy, Finbarr Foley. Subs: Eoghan Kennedy, M Dennehy, Paul O'Rourke, TimS O'Leary.

Intermediate Hurling Championship

4th Round

Argideen Rangers   1 – 14     Aghada   1 – 13

Kanturk   3 – 21     Dromina   0 - 7

Quarter Finals:
Kanturk  v  Fr. O Neill's

Meelin  2 – 12    Argideen Rangers   1 – 15 (a draw)

Semi Finals:

Charleville v  Kanturk or Fr O'Neill's

Kilworth  v  Meelin or Argideen  

Relegated: Blackrock

Senior Football Championship

4th Round:

Bishopstown    v    Clonakilty
Castlehaven   1 – 8     Newcestown   1 – 6
Duhallow   0 – 11    Doheny's   2 - 5
Douglas   2 – 14   Newmarket   0 - 4

Quarter Finals:

Carbery Rangers   v   Bishopstown or Clonakilty 

Castlehaven  v  St Finbarr's

Avondhu  v  O'Donovan Rossa

Duhallow or Doheny's  v  Douglas

Relegation Play Off:

Na Piarsaigh   v   St Nicholas

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

4th Round

Mallow   3 – 9    Bantry Blues  1 - 14

Kinsale   1 – 8     Clyda   1 – 8 (draw)

Replay: Clyda   Rovers  1 – 16   Kinsale  2 – 11 aet.

Quarter Finals

A  Kiskeam  v  Mallow

B  St Michael's v  Clyda Rovers

Semi Finals

A  v  B:    St Vincent's  v  Carrigaline

 Relegation Play Off:

Mayfield   1 – 4     MACROOM   2 – 15

Relegated: Mayfield

 Relegation Play Off:

Macroom   2 – 15   Mayfield   1 – 4

Macroom held on to their Premier Intermediate status and escaped the dreaded drop (two years after being promoted) by gaining a comprehensive win over city side Mayfield at Ballyanley.  Macroom scored 1-9 without reply in the closing 20 minutes, to overwhelm the city team, who had fought hard up to the decisive moment of the game when Olan Murphy scored Macroom's second goal in the 42nd minute.  This goal gave Macroom a six point lead and Mayfield were on the defensive for the remainder of the contest, with Macroom scoring at will towards  the end.
Olan Murphy and Fintan Goold had early points for Macroom and when Mayfield had a point in reply, Macroom struck for their opening goal from Ivan Casey in the 10th minute after Philip Corrigan's shot had come down off the upright.  Mayfield replied immediately, Terry Lotty shooting low past James O'Connell after Macroom turned over possession at midfield. Mayfield enjoyed their share of possession but their finishing let them down and Macroom had a point apiece from Andrew Hegarty and Fintan Goold, both frees, and finished the half with late points from Hegarty and Ivan Casey to lead by 1-6 to 1-1 at the break.
On the restart Mayfield enjoyed a good period and points from Paul Condon (2) and Lotty closed the margin to two points but Fintan Goold's point steadied the Macroom nerves and then came Olan Murphy's goal, the corner forward getting possession of a long drive in from Philip Corrigan behind his marker and calmly shooting low and wide of the goalie to the corner of the Mayfield net to put Macroom 2-7 to 1-4 in front.  Macroom added eight further points through Hegarty, Goold, Murphy and subs Patrick Lucey and David Horgan, without reply, in the final quarter and the eventual result was now beyond doubt.
Thus a stressful championship season for Macroom, in which they lost to St. Vincent's, Glenville and Kinsale, ended on a happier note, with a good display in a vital game,
and a fine win. Scorers for Macroom: Olan Murphy 1-3, Ivan Casey 1-1, Fintan Goold 0-4 (0-3 frees), Andrew Hegarty 0-3 (0-1 free) and Patrick Lucey 0-3(0-1 free), David Horgan 0-1.
 Macroom: James O'Connell; Peter Lynch, Rory Buckley, Martin O'Donnell; Eoin O'Mahony, Sean Kiely, Ciarán Murphy; Fintan Goold, Brian Lynch; Darren Creed, Philip Corrigan, Andrew Hegarty; Conor O'Sullivan, Ivan Casey, Olan Murphy.  Subs: Gerard Angland (14 mins), Patrick Lucey (ht), David Horgan and Tony Dineen (both 58 mins), Brian Tiernan (59 mins). 

Intermediate Football Championship

4th Round

CANOVEE   0 - 13   Ballydesmond   1 - 17

EIRE OG   3 – 11     Kildorrery   1 - 10

Fermoy   0 – 15     Cloyne   0 – 4

Glanworth   2 – 11     Kanturk   2 - 9

Quarter Finals
A  EIRE OG   0 – 20   Ballydesmond   0 - 7
B  CILL na MARTRA   1 –11     Fermoy   0 - 9
C  Glanworth  v  Castletownbere
D  Adrigole   1 – 11     Youghal   2 – 8 (draw)
 Replay: Adrigole   0 – 13     Youghal   1 – 7

Semi Finals:


Adrigole   v   Glanworth or Castletownbere

 Relegated: Kilavullen

 Canovee   0 – 13    Ballydesmond   1 – 17

An impressive second quarter scoring burst was decisive as Ballydesmond overcame Canovee at sunsplashed Mourneabbey to book their place in the last eight of the County IFC.  Early on Canovee had been doing well as they enjoyed 0-3 to 0-1 lead, Denis O'Sullivan with two, and Mark Verling their scorers.  Pat Dunlea then answered a Donncha O'Connor point from a Ballydesmond free to leave Canovee in front by 0-4 to 0-2 after 14 minutes but four unanswered points from the Duhallow side, three by Donncha O'Connor and one from Paudie Breen, put the Duhallow side in a strong position as they were playing against the wind and were now on top at midfield.  Ballydesmond had increased their advantage four points, 0-9 to 0-5, when Paudie  Breen finish to the roof of the Canovee in the 27th minute, and from here on Canovee were always struggling.  Ballydesmond led by 1-10 to 0-6 at the break and on the restart Donncha O'Connor landed a huge point for the winners to maintain the momentum of the Duhallow side. Canovee battled well with Mark Verling converting three frees and Pat Dunlea and Seán O'Connor also prominent and the gap between the teams was down to six points with ten minutes to go.  Canovee could not get through for a badly needed goal however and Ballydesmond reasserted their supremacy again in the closing stages. Canovee scorers: Sean O'Connor 0-4, Denis O'Sullivan, Mark Verling (0-3f) 0-3 each, Pat Dunlea 0-2 (0-1f), Darragh Ring 0-1(free). Canovee: Tom Murphy; Donal O'Sullivan, James McCarthy, Timmy Lyons; John O'Brien, Andrew Cronin, Brian Ahern; Ger Ahern, Eamonn Lyons; Pat Dunlea, Darragh Ring, Denis O'Sullivan; Con Dunne, Mark Verling, Sean O'Connor. Subs: Ger Lucey, Tadgh McCarthy.
It was a first championship game for both sides for 17 weeks, Canovee having defeated Aghabullogue in Round One on the 5th May last!  Donnchadh O'Connor's involvement with Cork footballers was the main cause of the lengthy delay.

 Éire Óg    3 – 11     Kildorrery  1 – 10

This was a notable victory for Éire Óg at Blarney  as Kilodorrery has been a bogey team for the Ovens men in the Intermediate championship in the past two seasons.  The difference in the end may have been seven points but this was a stirring contest with the teams level on six occasions over the hour and Éire Óg only pulled away in the closing ten minutes with two goals after Kildorrery had scorned numerous opportunities of finding the net.  However, Éire Óg deserve great credit because on a very hot day for football they kept battling and finished strongly with John Dineen and Kevin Hallissey  getting through for vital goals near the end.
Kildorrery took an early two point lead but Éire Óg responded with a point apiece from Dermot Herlihy and John Dineen.  A Kildorrery point was answered with two more for Éire Óg, these from Kevin Hallissey and Alan O'Mahony and when the North Cork men again hit the front, Éire Óg came back with points from Dineen and Daniel Goulding and Dermot Herlihy had them jubilant with a goal in the 25th minute.  The goal came just after Joseph Kelleher had cleared off the Éire Óg goalline and the move was set up by Liam Murphy, aided by Paul McDonagh and finished confidently by O'Herlihy. Éire Óg held that goal lead at the break, 1-7 to 0-7.
Kildorrery resumed with lots of switches and outfield the new format seemed to be working but their finish left them down and their only reward was a solitary point. Meanwhile, Éire Óg centre-back Ciarán Sheehan made a run upfield, was fouled, and Goulding converted the free.  Kildorrery eventually got through for a goal and the sides were level again at 1-8 each.  Points were exchanged and the sides were level again at 1-9 each  after 49 minutes.  Hallissey now notched a fine point to put Éire Óg ahead and a minute later Dineen landed the first blow with a second Éire Óg goal.  Both sides lost a man to a red card as the exchanges were fierce but the Eire Og attack was beginning to move well and after Goulding pointed, the fatal blow was delivered to Kildorrery's chances when Hallissey cut through their defence for goal number three, ensuring a quarter-final place against Ballydesmond for his side. Éire Óg scorers: John Dineen 1-3 (0-1 free), Dermot Herlihy and Kevin Hallissey 1-2 each, Daniel Goulding 0-3 (0-1 free), Alan O'Mahony 0-1.
Éire Óg:  Joseph Kelleher; Fiachra Landers, Cian O'Mahony, Shane McCarthy; Mike O'Shea, Ciarán Sheehan, Tim O'Leary; Liam Murphy, Alan O'Mahony; Aidan O'Connor, Kevin Hallissey, Paul McDonagh; Daniel Goulding, Dermot O'Herlihy, John Dineen. Subs: Barry Corkery (40), Brian Darcy O'Sullivan(45), Daniel O'Connor (50)

 Éire Óg 0 – 20     Ballydesmond   0 – 7

They may not like it but Éire Óg will be installed as favourites to win the Intermediate championship after this awesome display of forward power against Ballydesmond at Mallow in an evening quarter final game played in glorious early Autumn weather conditions.  The men from Ovens simply tore the opposition to shreds and looked to be in a different class entirely to a side who had harboured championship ambitions themselves before the game.  With a full panel of players available, free of injuries and free of Cork football commitments now, it seems that this teams may at last get a chance to realise its full potential.  The Éire Óg defence was mobile and quick into the tackle, moved the ball intelligently not throwing away possession carelessly and gave the forwards a supply of quality ball.  The Éire Óg attack, even with Ciarán Sheehan further back the field to strengthen other areas, is still a formidable challenge for any defence and the Ballydesmond rearguard simply could not contain the Ovens side.
Éire Óg started well with points from Kevin Hallissey, Daniel Goulding and Aidan O'Connor and with Sheehan and O'Connor in command of midfield the pressure was all on the Ballydesmond defence.  The Éire Óg scores came at regular intervals and the half time lead was 0-8 to 0-3 and the eventual outcome seemed likely already.  When Cork's Donncha O'Connor (now at midfield) had a fine point for Ballydesmond on the restart the Éire Óg response was quick and decisive, three more points being lofted over to keep the opposition in place. Ballydesmond did have one chance of making a game of it when O'Connor weaved his way through the Éire Óg defence before giving a peach of a pass to the inrushing Liam J Murphy but the latter saw his strong shot rebound into play off the butt of the far upright and that signalled the end of the Ballydesmond challenge.  With Kevin Hallissey leading the Éire Óg attack with aplomb, fully assisted by Dermot Herlihy, John Dineen and Daniel Goulding the points tally kept mounting and the contest had fizzled out before the three quarter mark was reached. Éire Óg scorers: K Hallissey 0-9 (0-1 free), D Goulding 0-5 (0-2 frees, 0-2 '45'), J Dineen 0-2, C Sheehan 0-2, A O'Connor and D Herlihy 0-1 each.  Éire Óg: Joseph Kelleher; Cian O'Mahony, Raymond Dennehy, Shane McCarthy; Mike O'Shea, Alan O'Mahony, Eanna Lowney: Ciarán Sheehan, Liam Murphy: Aidan O'Connor, Kevin Hallissey, Paul McDonagh; John Dineen, Daniel Goulding, Dermot O'Herlihy. Subs: Tim O'Leary, Brian Darcy O'Sullivan, Fiachra Landers, Daniel O'Connor, Conor Hallissey.

Cill na Martra   1 – 11     Fermoy   0 – 9

Cill na Martra moved efficiently on to a county semi final meeting with Éire Óg with a deserved win over Fermoy at Blarney.  The teams were evenly matched over the first half but Cill na Martra hit a golden patch just before the interval to turn a deficit into a three point advantage, 1-5 to 0-5.  In the second half Fermoy attempted a come back but great defending held the North  Cork men scoreless for 25 minutes as Cill na Martra stretched their advantage to 1-11 to 0-7 and Cill na Marta just would not let them in for the goal Fermoy needed.  It was another good win by the Cill na Martra men who have recovered well since they lost their opening round game to Ballydesmond and with wins over Glanmire, Aghabullogue and now Fermoy under their belts, they will approach the Éire Óg challenge in good spirits. 
Cill na Martra got off to a good start and after three minutes Maidhchí Dineen finished off the good work of Danny O'Connell with a smashing goal.  Dannny O'Connell added a point in the 9th minute but Fermoy then took over and they led by 0-5 to 1-1 by the 26th minute, when Cill na Martra had their next score.  In between Cill na Martra were awarded a 17th minute penalty after a foul on Martin Connors but unfortunately Connors' spot kick was stopped by the Fermoy keeper and the ball cleared to safety.  Cill na Martra finished the half in great style with a point from Connors in the 26th minute, which he followed with another three minutes later and then in injury time, one each from Kevin O'Sullivan and Danny O'Connell, to lead by 1-5 to 0-5 at the break.
Fermoy cut the deficit by two points on the restart but with Sean Kelleher heroic at midfield, a period of Cill na Martra dominance followed which yielded further points from Maidhchí Dineen, Martin Connors, Sean Kelleher, Kevin O'Sullivan and Kevin Hoare and the lead was  1-11 to 0-7 entering the final straight.  Fermoy were desperate for a goal, which the defence would not concede and the losers had to be content with two late points that were not nearly enough to reverse the result.  Noel O'Leary, his brother Colm, Brendan Lynch and Tadhg Dineen were outstanding in the tight Cill na Martra defence.
Cill na Martra scorers: Maidhchí Ó Duinnín 1-2, M. Connors 0-3 (0-2 frees), Danny O'Connell and Kevin O'Sullivan 0-2 each, Sean Kelleher and Kevin Hoare 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: Eoin Ó Duinnin: Marc Ó Goili, Colm Ó Laoire, Tadhg MacSuibhne: Breandán Ó Loinsuigh, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Tadhg Ó Duinnín: Seán Ó Céilleachair, Cathal MacSuibhne: Caoimhín Ó hUidhir, Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Martín Ó Conchuir ; Maidhchí Ó Duinnín, Caoimhín Ó Suilleabháin, Danni Ó Connaill. Fir Ionaid: Shane Ó Duinnin, Padraig Ó hAodha, Seanachain Ó Loinsuigh.

Mid Cork Championships

Ballincollig Credit Union Mid Cork Junior A Hurling Championship

Semi Finals:

Ballinora   0 – 9     Grenagh   0 - 21

Cloughduv   2 – 21   Éire Óg   0 – 3


Cloughduv   1 – 15     Grenagh   2 – 11

 Grenagh   0 - 21   Ballinora   0 – 9

Grenagh had a comfortable win over Ballinora in the Mid Cork semi final at Ballyanley.  Grenagh got off to a good start with an early Conor Fitzgerald point but Ballinora gave as good as they got for most of the half and it was 0-5 to 0-4 after 20 minutes.  In the remaining minutes however Grenagh hit form and had added five further points before the break to lead by 0-10 to 0-5 at that stage, Niall O'Doherty, Colm and Kevin O'Neill and Seamus Coleman the Grenagh scorers.  Injuries to key players hampered Ballinora efforts to get back into contention and with Tom Kenny and O'Doherty in scoring form the winners consolidated their position and ran out comfortable winners at the finish. Grenagh scorers: N O'Doherty 0-8 (0-5 frees, 0-2 '65') S Coleman 0-3, C O'Neill 0-3, T Kenny 0-2, K O'Neill 0-2, C Fitzgerald, T Walsh and G Russell 0-1 each. Ballinora scorers: Paul O'Mahony 0-3 (0-1 free, 0-1 '65'), Pat Fitton 0-3 (0-2 frees), Conor Murphy, Eoin Hourihan and Kevin Murphy 0-1 each.  Grenagh: Mark Kenny: Liam Walsh, Ray Dorgan, Paul McCarthy: Diarmuid Dorgan, Gerry Russell, Kelvin Cummins: Niall O'Doherty, Dean Dalton: Conor Fitzgerald, Seamus Coleman, Kevin O'Neill: Colm O'Neill, Tom Kenny, Tadhg Walsh. Subs: Martin Barry, Padraig Sexton and John Russell.  Ballinora: Barry Crowley: Brendan Hourihan, Michael Hodge, David O'Neill: Colin O'Shea, Conor Brosnan, Gary O'Halloran: Dan Hourihan, Tomás McGrath: Ben Ahern, Conor Murphy, Paul O'Mahony: Kevin Murphy, Eoin Hourihan, Pat Fitton. Subs: Alan O'Neill, Ciarán Conway, Darren Hegarty.

  Grenagh 1-15 Cloughduv 2-11
Grenagh were crowned Mid-Cork champions after a dramatic injury-time victory over Cloughduv at Ballincollig in a very exciting final.  Grenagh thus regained the Mid Cork crown after suffering narrow defeats by Cloughduv in the finals of 2010 and 2011 and they should now do well in the county championship.
Grenagh started well with early points from Conor Fitzgerald and Seamus Coleman but Cloughduv hit back with a booted 6th minute goal from Brian Ahern.  Sean O'Connor added a point for the reigning champions but Grenagh hit back strongly and they led by 0-9 to 1-4 at the break.
Andrew Cronin's pointed free reduced the gap to the minimum on the restart but in the 34th minute Seamus Coleman was fouled, a penalty was awarded to Grenagh and Kelvin Cummins blasted the shot to the net to open up a four point lead.  Tom Kenny, excellent at centre forward for Grenagh, added a point but Darren Kelly replied for Cloughduv in the 40th minute.  Tom Kenny again pointed but then Grenagh suffered a major setback when a defender was dismissed for a second yellow card offence.  Two points from Andrew Cronin frees increased the pressure on Grenagh but Tom Kenny came to their rescue with two morale boosting points to again leave five points between the teams with six minutes left.  Now came the drama as Darragh Ring slipped inside the cover for a superb Cloughduv goal and then Ring reduced the gap to a point as Cloughduv piled on the pressure. As the tension increased Andrew Cronin struck over an equalising free on the stroke of full time and the momentum was with Cloughduv.  Injury-time points from Seamus Coleman and Tom Kenny put Grenagh back in front and even though Sean O'Connor then reduced the deficit to a point Cloughduv just could not get the equaliser. 
Scorers:Grenagh: T Kenny, N O'Doherty (0-3 frees, 0-1 '65') 0-5 each, K Cummins 1-0 (pen), C Fitzgerald 0-3, S Coleman 0-2. Cloughduv: D Ring 1-2 (0-2 frees) A Cronin 0-4(frees), B Ahern 1-0, S O'Connor 0-3, D Kelly 0-2.
Grenagh: Mark Kenny; Liam Walsh, Ray Dorgan, Paul McCarthy; Diarmuid 'DD' Dorgan, Gerry Russell, Kelvin Cummins; Niall O'Doherty, Dean Dalton; Colm O'Neill, Tom Kenny, Kevin O'Neill; Conor Fitzgerald, Seamus Coleman, Tadgh Walsh. Sub: John Russell (60).
Cloughduv: Colm Ryan; Tadhg McCarthy, Ger Ahern, Donal Cronin; William Ahern, Andrew Cronin, Denis O'Sullivan; Con Dunne, Liam Long; Sean O'Connor, Donal Corkery, James McCarthy; Brian Ahern, Darragh Ring, Darren Kelly. Subs: Tom O'Mahony(43), Ger Lucey(60).  Referee: Mr Peter Downey (Inniscarra).

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 Kilmurry who defeated Iveleary in the 2012 Muskerry Junior A Football Championship final at Annahala.  © Lee Valley Outlook

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

Kilmurry   1 -  15      Iveleary   1 – 11

Kilmurry ended a long wait for a Mid Cork title in an outstanding final at Annahala when they got the better of a fine Iveleary side who battled to the finish.  In what was essentially a great team display, 'Man Of the Match' award winner, Kilmurry's William Buckley, did make an immense contribution to the victory, scoring 1-8 of the winners' tally, his first half contribution of 1-6 when Kilmurry were playing against the wind being a vital element in the ultimate victory. Buckley opened the scoring with a Kilmurry point but Cathal Vaughan equalised for Iveleary; then Sean O'Leary put them in front and Buckley levelled for the winners.  Iveleary went back in front with two superb frees from Cork minor, Cathal Vaughan and they led by 0-4 to 0-2 after 10 minutes. Buckley had a Kilmurry point and Ger McSweeney and James White exchanged points as the second quarter opened and two further points from Buckley saw Kilmurry regain the lead by the 21st minute.  A fine Buckley goal in the 23rd minute, created by the perseverance of Greg Barrett, who chased a ball seemingly going wide, opened up a four point advantage, 1-6 to 0-5, but within minutes Vaughan set up Brian Cronin with a tremendous pass for an Iveleary goal, which was soon followed by an equalising point from Edward Buckley.  William Buckley's point for  Kilmurry separated the teams at the break, 1-7 to 1-6.

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Kilmurry captain, Eoin Barrett, brandishes the Mid Cork Junior A Football trophy, having been presented with it by left, William Buckley, Secretary Mid Cork Board and right, sponsor, Tim Holland, Ross Oil.   © Lee Valley Outlook

On the restart, Cathal Vaughan edged his side in front with two well taken points, one from a free, but Greg Barrett equalised and Buckley quickly restored Kilmurry's advantage. Iveleary goalkeeper Jamie Cronin denied Buckley a second goal with a terrific save as the game's momentum swung from end to end. David O'Halloran had two points for Kilmurry but a Ger McSweeney score brought Iveleary back to within two points, 1-11 to 1-9, after 48 minutes, before Kilmurry put in a storming finish.  James White had a point; William Buckley kicked over his eighth point and former Cork minor, James White, kicked a magnificent score from long range to ensure victory for Kilmurry after a brilliant, sporting, contest.
Scorers: Kilmurry: W Buckley 1-8 (0-5f), J White 0-3, D O'Halloran 0-2 (0-1'45), J Kelleher, G Barrett 0-1 each. Iveleary: C Vaughan 0-6 (0-5f), G McSweeney 0-3 (0-1f), B Cronin 1-0, E Buckley, S O'Leary 0-1 each.
Kilmurry: Pat O'Callaghan: William Barrett, Kevin Barrett, Eoin Barrett: Liam Long, David O'Leary, Ian Murphy: James White, Eoin Creedon: Dominick Creedon, David O'Halloran, Jonathan Buckley: James Kelleher, Greg Barrett, William Buckley.
Iveleary: Jamie Cronin: Gerard O'Riordan, Kevin Manning, Kevin Hourihan: Barry Murphy, Donal Cotter, Shane Galvin: Edward Buckley, Daniel O'Riordan; Finbarr McSweeney, Cathal Vaughan, Sean O'Leary: David Hourihan, Gerard McSweeney, Brain Cronin. Subs: Sean Lehane, Donal O'Sullivan.
Referee: Mr Miah Moynihan, Grenagh.

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Iveleary who were defeated by Kilmurry in the Muskerry Junior A Football Championship final at Annahala.  © Lee Valley Outlook

Oriel House Mid Cork Junior B Hurling Championship

Round One

Blarney   5 - 13   Ballinora   1 - 7

Iveleary   2 - 8   Grenagh   1 - 6

Round Two:

Iveleary   v   Blarney   

Donoughmore   2 - 8  Ballincollig   3 - 17


Gleann na Laoi

Semi Finals:

Cloughduv  v  Gleann na Laoi

Iveleary/Blarney  v  Ballincollig

 MJK Oils Mid Cork Junior B Football Championship

Quarter Final Results:

Canovee   3 – 7     Naomh Abán   1 - 12

Eire Óg   1 – 17     Aghabullogue   0 - 9

Kilmurry    4 – 8     Iveleary   0 - 8 

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh  v  Ballincollig

Semi Finals

Canovee  v   Eire Óg  22/09/12 at Coachford

Kilmurry  v    Ballincollig   21/09/12 at Ovens

 MJK Oils Junior 'C' Football Championship

Round One:

A  Beal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh  v  Kilmichael

B  Inniscarra  v  Macroom

C  Aghinagh  v  Ballincollig

Round Two:

A  v  B

Aghinagh or Ballincollig  v  Cill na Martra

Eire Óg   4 - 16   Naomh Abán  2 – 5

Kilmurry  v  Dripsey

Faro Intelligent Heating Under 21 'A' Hurling Championship

Semi Finals:

Cloughduv  v  Donoughmore

Blarney  2 - 16    Aghabullogue  2 – 12

Under 21 'C' Hurling Championship

Clondrohid  v  Grenagh

Kilmichael   0 – 14     Blarney   1 – 6

All Ireland Camogie Final

Cork play Wexford in the Senior All Ireland Camogie Final at Croke Park on Sunday 16th September.  Wexford are going for 'Three in a Row', a feat they stopped Cork from achieving in 2010. Best of Luck to the Cork team and to all the Mid Cork ladies involved!

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 St. Val's under 16 team, winners of the mid Cork championship, defeating Douglas 3.11 to 1.8    ©

Macroom Soccer

Macroom were unsuccessful in their bid to reach the last eight in the Mossy Linnane Cup competition when the hitherto unbeaten side lost two games in the group, away to Coachford 6-2 and to Kanturk 5-2.  Daragh Deasy and Darrell Holden and Deasy and Darren Kelly were the Macroom goal scorers.  Macroom Youths beat Kilumney 6-0 at home and then Mallow away on a 2-0 scoreline.  Shane Foley, Shane Creedon, Darren Dineen, Shane Burke and Declan O'Riordan were the goalscorers for Macroom.

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Canovee Under 10 team, winners of the Jim Corridan Memorial Blitz in Listowel    © Peter Scanlan

 Canovee Sport

Canovee under 10 team retained the Jim Corridan memorial blitz recently at Listowel. The team, selectors and families travelled by coach and got a great welcome from the Listowel Emmets Club .The team played 3 matches in the group stages and recorded victories against Listowel under 10 boys and under 10 girls. In their final group  match they faced Ballyduff who were also unbeaten in the group. In a thrilling match Canovee won 5-12 to 6-3.The team now faced Legion of Killarney in the A Final, a repeat of last year, and Canovee won on a scoreline of 3-10 to 3-2. The shield was presented to joint winning captains Dylan Delaney and Jason Riordan . The team also participated in the Brian Cronin Memorial Cup at Dromtariffe. Canovee recorded comfortable victories against Aghinagh and Kilmurry and Tomas Russell's and went on to meet Kanturk in a repeat of last year's final . Canovee didn't play to their potential and a much stronger Kanturk side ran out deserving winners. The team is continuing to train Sunday mornings and are looking forward to the Neily Twomey blitz in October.
Canovee u-11 team were invited to contest the Dee O'Leary Under 11 Football Tournament at Na Piarsaigh Club in Cork where they were outstanding winners on the day. Their first match was against Austin Stacks from Tralee, the reigning champions, and Canovee won, 4-7 to 4-1. Next up was host club, Na Piarsaigh, whom they defeated 4-8 to 1-1. After a hot lunch provided by the hosts, the final was played in the beautiful sunshine against a competitive Kilshannig side where Canovee proved just too strong and won 5-6 to 2-3. A big thank you to all parents and coaches for their support. A fantastic day out for everyone with another cup for the Canovee Underage Squad.Well done lads.
Intermediate Football Championship v Ballydesmond (report above). This was a disappointing end to Canovee's championship campaign. Both the players and selectors put in a great effort since January but on the day were unable to play to their potential but are still in contention for league honours. One of the unusual features of this year's campaign was that long serving forward, Pat Dunlea, was joint player/ coach and long serving centre back, Tommy Murphy, played in goal. Both Pat and Tommy made their championship debuts against Clondrohid in 1994 and are still going strong 18 years later.
Canovee played Ilen Rovers in the under 14 B county semi final in Ahiohill. Canovee were under pressure from the start and a physically stronger Ilen team were comfortable winners 6.03 to 0.03. Canovee still has the semi final of the league to look forward to against Bride Rovers.

Canovee Minors played Eire Óg in the minor A football league in Ovens. This game turned out to be very competitive, with both teams playing some top class football. Canovee started well with an early goal from James Moynhian. Eire Óg then scored two quick goals .but Canovee responded with points from Liam Murphy, Conor Hughes and a well taken goal by James Verling. The half time score was  2.06 to 2.04. An early goal in the second half stretched the Eire Óg lead but a second goal from James Moynihan and a cracking effort from Liam Murphy. with time running out left the sides level but a late scoring spurt sealed Canovee's victory. A lovely late point by James Verling and a solo goal by James Moynihan brought the final score to Canovee 5.09  Eire Óg 3.11. Canovee: Mark Healy, Sean Twomey, Niall Cronin, Colin Murphy, Blake Ring, Michael Dunne, Cian Lehane, Shane O'Riordan, Cathal O'Carroll, Liam Murphy, Aidan Murphy, Conor Hughes, Tadhg O'Riordan, James Moynihan, James Verling.

Lotto: September 9th. Numbers drawn,14,24,26,29; no winner; €50 Aoife, Mark, Eoin c/o Gerry, Aherla; €25  John Hayes, Cloughduv; Risteard Tobin, Aherla. Jack the Joker  Jim Cunningham, Carrig. Next lotto draw September 16th in the Sportsman's Bar for jackpot of €14,300

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Macroom Golf Club T.M. Cronin Cup presentation, from left, Michael O'Mahony, Captain; Donal O'Regan, winner and Kevin Hinchion, Sponsor     © Lee Valley Outlook

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt

Captain's Prize ( Michael Vaughan) was played for over the past week-end. Results: 1st Nett Ann Barrett. 1st Gross Dan Kiely. 2nd Nett Peter Creed. Ladies Nett Christine Swanton.
Marymount Hospice: A three-ball scramble in aid of Marymount Hospice will be played on Saturday 22nd Sept. at 2.00pm. This fun event is open to members and non members alike. Children who will be accompanied by an adult may also take part. Members are asked to contribute a prize for this charitable event.
Life Vice President's Perpetual Trophy: This competition will be played on Saturday/Sunday 22/23 of September. Draws on Saturday at 2.30, and on Sunday at 10.00 and 2.30.