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Lee Valley Diary 

Macroom Food Festival

Friday 28th:

Official opening at Briery Gap at 5p.m

Bread baking at Lynch's Bakery at 6p.m. 

Nutrition lecture GAA Pavilion  at 6p.m.

Chocolate making in the Castle Hotel at 7pm
Vegetable lecture in Macroom GAA Pavilion at 7pm

Seafood cooking at the Senior Citizens complex  at 8pm

Preserves & Jam Making in the Castle Hotel at 8pm

A Taste of the Good Auld Days at the Briery Gap at 8.30p.m.

Saturday 29th

Fancy Dress 11.30 – 12.30 p.m. at Macroom Library

Taste Trail 1 – 5 p.m.

Busking Competition 1p.m. to 5p.m.

Cake Decorating at FitzGerald's Bookshop at 2p.m.

Puppet Show at Briery Gap 3 – 4p.m.

Cheese and Wine Tasting at the Castle Hotel and the Grape Escape 7p.m. to 9p.m.

A Taste of the Good Auld Days at the Briery Gap at 8.30p.m.

Sunday 30th

Artisan Food Market 12 noon to 6 p.m.

Student Cook Off 2 – 6p.m. in the Square

Slow Food and Drink in Town Square and Castle Grounds

Kids' Zone in the Square

Briery Gap: Fri. 28th and Sat. 29th Sept. at 8.30pm. Good Auld Days   

Wed. 3rd. Oct Mirror Mirror at 8.30p.m.

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

Sun. 7th Oct at 3p.m.  We Bought a Zoo

Sun. 7th Oct. @ 8.00 pm; The Dublin City Ramblers

Mon. 8th Oct. @ 8.30 pm – Le Havre

Wed. 10th Oct at 8.30p.m. Marley

Sun.14th Oct at 3p.m.  The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists

Macroom Library: Penn Bookclub: Fri. Sept. 28, 4 p.m.
Fancy Dress with Food Theme Sat. 29, 11.30a.m.
Dowtcha Puppets in Briery Gap Sat. 29, 3p.m.  
Adult Bookclub: Wed. Oct. 3, 11.30a.m.
Purlies Thurs. Oct. 4 at 11a.m -12.30. 
Gramophone Recital: with Maura Cronin, Mon. Oct 8 11a.m. – 12.30p.m.

Macroom Senior Citizens: Fr. Ryan Hall:
October Fundraising: Fri. Oct. 5th at 10.30a.m. Coffee Morning
Sun. Oct. 7th at 3p.m. Bring and Buy
Tues. Oct. 9th  Social at 9.00pm
Wed. Oct. 17th American Tea Party and Annual Raffle

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.
Down Memory Lane  at Briery Gap on Fri. 28th and Sat. 29th Sept. at 8.30pm.
Crooktstown Céilí Club: Céilí on Saturday September 29th from 9.30p.m. to 1 a.m.
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 11am from school.
Lee Valley Vintage Charity Cycle from Killarney to Ballincollig on Sun. 30th Sept.
Muskerry RFC Car Boot Sale: at Inniscarra Community Centre, Ballyanly, 9.30 to 4pm on Sun., Sept. 30.
Macroom GIY meeting on Tues. Oct. 2 at 8pm in Macroom F.C in Dan Corkery Place.
Helping Students with Disabilities: U.C.C. information evening at De La Salle College, Macroom on Wed. Oct. 3rd from 8 to 9.30 p.m.
Open Evening at Bishop McEgan College on Thursday, October 4, 7 – 9p.m.
Daonscoil an Fhómhair in Óstan Gúgán Barra Deireadh Fómhair 4 – 7. '
Book Launch: Martin Mullen's Harry's Decision by Neil Prendeville; Macroom Town Hall, Fri. Oct. 5, 7.30p.m.
Fashion show at the G.A.A. Pavilion, Ballingeary, Fri. Oct. 5th at 8pm.
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.
Johnstown/ Kilmichael Vintage Club  Harvest Festival on Sun. 7th Oct.
Gramophone Recital: with Maura Cronin in Macroom Library, Mon. Oct 8, 11a.m. – 12.30p.m.
Book Signing: Martin Mullen's Harry's Decision; FitzGerald's Bookshop, Sat. Oct. 13 from 2p.m.
Ladies Go Bare: Head Shave at Dan Buckley's Bar, the Castle Hotel, Sat. Oct. 13th at 9.30pm.
Coin Collection: at Dromleigh N.S. (old Irish currency, foreign notes and coins etc) before Oct. 26th
Monster Halloween Night Disco, 7-9 pm in Dromleigh NS, Kilmichael on October 26th. 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 

Lee Valley Enterprise Board

Macroom Food Festival Sept 27th – Sept 30th

As last, the first Macroom Food Festival is upon us and everyone is looking forward to a great weekend in town. An enormous amount of work has been done to make this successful and the committee, under the umbrella of the Lee Valley Enterprise Board, have worked tirelessly during the past 6 months to make it happen.

A full program of events is on this edition of the Outlook. More than 60 local suppliers are taking part this weekend, culminating in the extravaganza in the Square on Sunday, and they deserve our support. By helping them, you are sustaining jobs in the Lee Valley, so come in your numbers this weekend to Macroom and see the many varied types of foods that the local community have to offer....We assure you that you will be most impressed.

Looking forward to seeing you all this weekend and Happy Eating!!!

Macroom Updates

Macroom Food Festival Sept. 28 – 30

A dynamic group of Macroom business people and volunteers have joined forces to promote the town's rich heritage and celebrate Ireland's growing international reputation for fine artisan foods.  A three day festival is set to bring a feast of delicious dishes, cookery demonstrations, food appreciation, music and entertainment to the Muskerry Capital during the last weekend of September. Events will take place at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues across the town centre, including Market Square and the Castle grounds. The official opening is on Friday 28th September at 5pm with a reception in the Briery Gap. The festival has attracted more than 60 Artisan Food Stalls and places are now fully booked out.

Programme of Events

Friday 28th:

Official opening at Briery Gap at 5p.m

Bread baking demonstration at Lynch's Bakery South Square at 6p.m. 

Improving your Performance through Food – Lucy Hyland speaking on nutrition for the everyday sports-person  at  the GAA Pavilion in the Castle Grounds at 6p.m.

Chocolate making demonstration in the Castle Hotel at 7pm
Grow and cook unusual vegetables demonstration with Caroline Robinson in Macroom GAA Pavilion at 7pm

Seafood cooking demonstration with Breda Clancy of Clancy's Fresh Fish at 8pm at the Senior Citizens complex  

Preserves & Jam Making demonstration by Folláin Teo in the Castle Hotel at 8pm

Admission to all these events is just €5.00

A Taste of the Good Auld Days at the Briery Gap will take you Down Memory Lane with music, song & comedy at 8.30p.m. Admission €10.

Saturday 29th

Fancy Dress with a Food Theme for Children at 11.30 – 12.30 p.m. at Macroom Library, based on a Fruit and Vegetable theme.

Taste Trail 1 – 5 p.m. Sample a variety of local artisan foods, served by the producers at various locations. Taste tickets €2 each (book of 5 €10) available from the Castle Hotel, Granville's, No 57, Vaughan's Café, Dinneen's Bar, Murray's Bar, the Bridge Bar, TP Cotter's, The Grape Escape, Clancy's Fish, Twomey's Butchers.

Busking Competition 1p.m. to 5p.m. at five locations: 1. Castle Gates; 2. Town Hall corner; 3. in front of Briery Gap; 4. at T.M. Cronin's and 5. at FitzGerald's St. near Bus Station.

Cake Decorating free demonstration by Caroline Styles at FitzGerald's Bookshop at 2p.m.

Puppet Show free for all children and carers at Briery Gap 3 – 4p.m.

Cheese and Wine Tasting at the Castle Hotel and the Grape Escape 7p.m. to 9p.m. Admission €5.

A Taste of the Good Auld Days at the Briery Gap at 8.30p.m. Admission €10.

Sunday 30th

Artisan Food Market 12 noon to 6 p.m with more than 60 stalls.

Student Cook Off 3 -4p.m. in the Square between 5 Lee Valley Second Level Schools.

Library activities

Slow Food and Drink in Town Square – Pizzas, Crepes, Vegetarian Dishes, Pig on a Spit, West Cork Buffalo

Kids' Zone in the Square with face painting, puppets, story telling, Bouncy Castle, Merry Go Round etc.

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Don O'Leary, Mills Inn, with Johnny Lynch and Toby Simmons of Toon's Bridge Dairy at the Buffalo tasting Night at the Mills Inn    copyright

Gourmet Heaven at Macroom Food Festival

Delicious artisan food will be for sale in a festive, carnival atmosphere; all served up with a generous helping of cheerful live music; topped with a portion of eye-catching street entertainment! That's the tempting offer on the menu at the Macroom Food Festival  29th and 30th September. Organisers say that months of preparation by local business people, coupled with the skills of an energetic voluntary committee, have resulted in a line-up that will deliver heaps of tempting food and fun for serious foodies and families alike. In addition to more than 60 food stalls, tasting stands and picnic gatherings, festival-goers will be treated to informative mini-seminars and demonstrations. On Saturday, 29th September, a Macroom 'Taste Trail' will run at select cafés, restaurants and bars from 1pm to 5pm. It's a festival highlight that organisers hope will help local businesses showcase Macroom's strong 'foodie credentials'.

On Sunday 30th September, much of the festival focus will be on the Market Square area of the town where food-centred events will include a sensational food market, barbeque and picnic. In particular, the Square area will be a must-visit festival destination with wood-fired pizzas, crepes, vegetarian dishes and roasted pork-on-a-spit on offer. Check out the website in advance of the weekend at http://www.macroomfoodfestival.com  . Some events are ticketed and others are free. There's a lovely mixture of family-friendly entertainment and events that are aimed at food enthusiasts who want to boost their knowledge and get an insight into traditional food production skills. Macroom Food Festival will be an outstanding chance to celebrate local food produce. The town has begun to develop an enviable reputation as a food destination. The festival will build on this reputation and highlight our position at the gateway to West Cork and Kerry. We're at the heart of 'foodie' Munster!

Buskers Galore for Macroom

On Saturday 29th September, Macroom will resonate with the lively sound of some of Ireland's best buskers. Organisers of the heritage town's first ever food festival are inviting musicians to perform their catchiest tunes, while also competing for a generous prize fund of €1,000. The Busking Competition will run 1p.m. to 5p.m. at five locations: 1. Castle Gates; 2. Town Hall corner; 3. in front of Briery Gap; 4. at T.M. Cronin's and 5. at FitzGerald's St. near Bus Station.

Competition co-ordinator, Don Buckley, says he believes the musicians will provide a melodic soundtrack to what's expected to be an atmospheric festival:

 "We're looking forward to a festival that's packed with creative energy. We're delighted to have the opportunity to welcome so many talented food producers and we're also delighted to welcome a wealth of talented buskers. We've already received entry forms from musicians from a wide range of ages and musical backgrounds. They include trad, pop, Indie pop, Mellow pop, jazz and a musical puppet show. Music is always great for setting the tone of an event. The busking competition will genuinely add to the atmosphere – it will ensure there's a brilliant ambiance around the town and put everyone in great form!"

However, it's not just about setting the right tone! It's bound to turn competitive as a substantial prize package is up for grabs and will be awarded to whoever succeeds in impressing judges the most. The winners will walk away with a share of €1,000,  a nice day's earnings for a busker! Judges, including renowned singer-songwriter, Ger Wolfe, will be on hand to assess busking talents. They will be looking for entertainment value and musical talent, but also for interaction with the audience and the ability to create a lively atmosphere. The winner of the top prize will be strong musically, but will also have the 'x-factor' with regard to connecting with passers-by. Buskers' friends and family members, along with foodie festival-goers, are invited to join musicians as they celebrate the conclusion of the day-long musical contest. The prize winners will be announced at The Castle Hotel, Main Street, Macroom at 5.30pm on Saturday 29th September.

Cook Off in Macroom

For the first time ever, students of local secondary schools will battle it out to win the Macroom Food Festival cook-off in the Square on Sunday, 30th September at 3p.m. This event will showcase the talent among our students, who will rise to the challenge of creating or modifying a recipe for a dish of their choice, using only wonderful local produce. Students from five secondary schools in the Lee Valley are preparing to battle it out in what's being billed as a tensely competitive teen cookery competition. Pupils from Bishop McEgan College, St Mary's Secondary School, Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhic Íre and Coachford College will compete in the final rounds of a live cookery contest in the Town Square, starting at 3p.m. and continuing to 4p.m. Presented in the style of an entertaining 'reality TV' type cookery challenge, up to ten student finalists are expected to participate.

Caroline O'Connell from the Macroom Food Festival organising committee says the schools' event is designed to promote the town's flourishing reputation for fine food and artisan ingredients: "Macroom has gradually become one of Co. Cork's key food destinations and there's a fantastic enthusiasm in our locality for local food and local food ingredients. The 'Cook-off' competition for secondary school students will really help to focus younger food enthusiasts' attention on the wonderful food and agri-business heritage we have here in Macroom. The format of a live challenge should also add a dose of drama and excitement to the proceedings!"

For the contest winners, there'll be two iPads up for grabs – prizes that are sure to whet the appetites of the Lee Valley's aspiring chefs and future food business entrepreneurs. Macroom Food Festival spokesperson Catherine Costello explains how students can scoop the sought-after tablet technology: "Students will be faced with the challenge of creating, or modifying, a recipe for a dish of their choice. However, because we're putting a definite emphasis on local food and ingredients, there's a prerequisite: competitors must use our fantastic local produce! I think this event will be one of the festival highlights for the local community. We're expecting visitors to travel to Macroom from the length and breadth of the country but it's brilliant to also have a strong local, community dimension to the festival."

Caroline O'Connell agrees that the 'Cook-off' will provide a great opportunity to showcase local talent. "Without doubt, the 'Cook-off' will be an event to watch. You never know, we could discover Ireland's next big name in food . It will be exciting to see how local students put their own stamp on the dishes they create. The prizes are certainly enticing for the age profile involved, so we're expecting a fun but competitive atmosphere!"  

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 Preparing for 'Good Old Days' in the Briery Gap, Macroom, Friday, September 28th and Saturday 29th  at 8.30p.m. are Alisheen O'Connell, Treasa O'Riordan, Laura Lanquerist and Denise McCarthy Lee Valley Outlook

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.

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Macroom Parish Council with departing nuns at the Thanksgiving and Farewell Mass for Sisters of Mercy in St. Colman's Church, Macroom   Lee Valley Outlook

Slán agus Beannacht

It was billed as a Mass of Thanksgiving and Farewell but the ceremony in St. Colman's Church, Macroom to mark the closure of the Convent of Mercy in the town on September 12 held many elements of grief and bereavement. Crowds of parishioners, past pupils, nuns and priests who had served in the parish over the decades, congregated for a concelebrated Mass, at which Bishop John Buckley of Cork and Ross was a welcome guest. Macroom Pastoral Council organised the ceremony and the parish choir and folk group provided musical accompaniment. Fr. Roberts P.P. thanked the Sisters of Mercy for their 147 years of service, providing education, care for the sick and the elderly and home visitation. He prayed that the Lord would strengthen Sisters Assumpta, Colette, Consilio, Francesca, Mary Fleming, Mary Kearns and Peter in their new homes. The Offertory gifts were symbolic of the Sisters ministry: a candle with the inscription 1865; an old photo of Macroom nuns; the oils for the anointing of the sick; a slate and chalk; a piece of crochet; Muskerry Through the Lens of Dennis Dinneen; the globe symbolising missionary work; a teapot symbolising hospitality; a breviary symbolising prayer; an old Catechism; a concertina symbolising development of talents; a laptop computer and finally, a Junior Infant brought a candle with the inscription 2012, signifying the continuation of the Mercy spirit in Macroom. Members of the Parish Council presented each of the departing Sisters, or their representatives, with symbolic gifts: individual candles with their names inscribed; Macroom Through the Lens of Dennis Dinneen with many photographs of their involvement with the community; a photo album with past and present images of Macroom and the Convent and a Mercy Cross, handcrafted by Dermot Chapman.

Sr. Colette spoke on behalf of the departing Sisters and expressed gratitude for the support, kindness, friendship and generosity of the people of Macroom and district. She said it was a night for memories and a night for sadness. She thanked everyone for their prayers and promised that they would continue to pray with and for the community. Sr. Liz Murphy, head of the Southern Province, called on everyone to be instruments of Mercy and professed her confidence that the Mercy legacy is safe in the Macroom area. Bishop Buckley imparted the final blessing and extended a céad míle fáilte to the Sisters who are moving to Cork city and Clonakilty in the Diocese of Cork and Ross. Hundreds adjourned to the Castle Hotel after Mass to meet with the Sisters and partake of refreshments. Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís.

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Aisling Twomey lights her 2012 candle from Sr. Consilio's 1865 candle at Thanksgiving and Farewell Mass for Sisters of Mercy in St. Colman's Church, Macroom. Also included, Martina Twomey, Sr. Brigid, Principal St. Joseph's; Fr. Manning and Ciaran Cooke, Principal St. Mary's   Lee Valley Outlook

St Mary's Updates

Farewell to the Sisters: The Mercy Sisters in Macroom Convent were invited to St. Mary's Secondary School to acknowledge the education given to students by the Order for almost 150 years. It was the girls' opportunity to express their heartfelt thanks to the Sisters for their selfless dedication to the education of young people, especially girls in Macroom and beyond. The school choir sang Agnus Dei  and representatives from each year group presented the Sisters with gifts from the school community. Afterwards, the Sisters enjoyed refreshments with past and present staff members. It was a sad occasion, as we reflected on the supportive presence of the nuns in the school on both happy and sad times in the past. The fruits of the well established education system the Sisters put in place were evident when the students received their Junior Cert results recently. The year group comprising of seventy one students shared their excellent results with teachers. Two students, Rachel Casey and Eileen Murphy got the optimum results in that they achieved As in all 10 subjects. Consistent hard work paid off in results that the students can be proud of. We wish to congratulate the girls on their achievements and hope that the grades they received will give them the self confidence they need to set high standards for themselves in the future.

Study skills Seminar: First, Third, Fifth and Sixth Year students at St. Mary's, Macroom recently had the opportunity to attend Study Skills Seminars, the aim of which was to enhance the learning skills of the students by helping them to understand themselves as learners, give them a learning system and teach tools, including mind mapping, memory techniques and speed reading. The innovative approach used differs from other programs because it is student focused, not subject focussed. It shows students what their strengths are and how they can best be applied to new learning situations. The seminars are highly interactive and use whole brain learning techniques to show students how they can become better learners. Each student received a Study Journal designed to help them increase their productivity, effectiveness and application to their study and plan successfully for examinations. Students were very positive in their feedback.

New Books for St. Mary's: The Parents' Association has been very active in fundraising for the school and donated €1000 towards library stock this year. The students are indeed most grateful. Furthermore, students themselves were involved in the MS Readathon, raising €1000 for MS Ireland and €100 for the school library. Junior students and Transition Year students have a library class each week and these additions will be eagerly welcomed

Gas Road Works

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 until early November. No works will take place on Fridays. Alternative route via Mallow. Delays expected.

Access Road to Castle Hotel and Supervalu (Lucey's Lane) From 07.00 to 19.00, a Stop and Go system will be in place until Friday 28th September.

Masseytown Road (from the N22 to Mary Ann's pub). From 07.00 to 19.00, a Stop and Go system will be in place until Friday 28th September.

N22 to Fitzgerald Street (at the back of the Castle Hotel to the Supervalu Car Park). Nightworks from 19.00 to 07.00, a Stop and Go system will be in place until 28th September before moving up to the Dunnes Stores and Lidl until mid-October.

Coolyhane Road (Macroom By-pass) A stop and go system will be in place from the 24th September for five weeks.

Macroom Senior Citizens

October is set aside each year by Macroom Senior Citizens as their fund raising month. The following events will take place:  Friday October 5th a Coffee Morning will be held at the Fr Ryan Hall starting at 10.30. On Sunday October 7th the very popular Bring and Buy will take place in the Fr Ryan Hall, starting at 3.00pm. Stalls will include Spin the Wheel, Cakes and Jams, Lucky Dip, Nursery and Books, Hook the Duck, Raffle for Cake. On Tuesday October 9th a Social will take place in the Fr Ryan Hall, starting at 9.00pm. Music will be provided by Tim Joe Riordan and admission is €5. The final fund raising event will be an American Tea Party on Wednesday October 17th in the Fr Ryan Hall. Also on that night the Annual Raffle will take place with prizes totalling €900 and tickets can be purchases from any committee member for €2 each or 3 for €5.

Macroom Library

Calling all children to our fruit and vegetable themed Fancy Dress Competition, as part of Macroom Food Festival, on Saturday 29th at 11.30a.m.!  There will be great prizes and a mystery judge to decide on the winners.  Also for the children, at 3p.m. there will be an hour long puppet performance by Dowtcha Puppets upstairs in the Briery Gap Theatre.  These events are not confined to library members but are open to all children.   Please note there will be no Story time on Saturday 29th, so as to facilitate these events.

The winners of the Colouring competition had not been decided at going to press but by Friday 28th the winners will have been contacted and their entries and indeed all entries received, will be on display around the library for the duration of the Food Festival. We will also have a display of Cookery books, new and not so new, for the week of the Festival.  These can be borrowed by members afterwards.

Penn book club meets on Friday 28th at 4pm. The current title is 'Too Small to Fail' by Morris Gleitzman.  Would-be members can leave their names in at the library desk. Adult book club meets at 11.30 on Wednesday 3rd October. The current title is 'The House on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet'. All Welcome

The Purlies Knitting  Group will meet on Thursday  4th October at 11am.  All levels of knitter welcome.

Our Gramophone recital will take place on Monday 8th October from 11am to 12.30.  Maura Cronin has kindly agreed to be our host this month.  Tea and coffee will be served during the break. All are welcome.

If you would like to see the artwork of  members of Canovee I.C.A there are only a few more days left as it will be coming down at the end of September, to be replaced by Anne Hartnett's mounted photographs on the theme of Macroom's heritage.

Helping Students with Disabilities

A FREE information evening on assistive technology and how it can help students who have disabilities to maximise their potential will be held at De La Salle College, Macroom on Wednesday October 3rd from 8 to 9.30 p.m. It is being run by the Assistive Technology Outreach Programme of UCC's Disability Service. All Lee Valley students, parents, teachers and educational professionals, indeed everyone with an interest in the area, are welcome. The session will include a presentation on Assistive Technology (AT)  and how it can support the student with a disability; a U.C.C. student with a disability telling of personal experience with AT; Question and Answer session and Discussion. More information from Deirdre Madden, Assistive Technology Outreach Co-ordinator, Disability Support Service, Assistive Technology Unit, Boole Library, University College Cork. Phone: 021 4902784 (Wed-Fri). Mobile: 086 7922072. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Website: www.ucc.ie/dss

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Martin Mullen, Macroom, whose first novel, Harry's Decision, will be launched at Macroom Town Hall on Friday, October 5 Lee Valley Outlook

Echoes of Macroom

'Harry's Decision', a work of fiction but with definite undertones and overtones of both reality and fantasy, will be launched in the Town Hall, Macroom, on Friday, October 5 at 7.30 p.m. The author, Martin Mullen, was born in England but immigrated to Killarney Road, Macroom with his parents, Harry and Eve Mullen, who ran Normandale Guest House for many decades. In this, his first book, the author fantasises about what might have happened if the family hadn't come to Ireland. The fictional character, Francis Conroy, was born in England; his father, Harry, makes a decision to move to Ireland when Francis is ten years old and the move has a profound effect on his development and character.  Aged 40, the 'Irish' Francis wakes up one morning in an unfamiliar bed, with a different wife, in a house in Sheffield, his father having decided 30 years earlier not to move to Ireland. The story follows his movements through humorous situations and disturbing events, including meeting his dead father and coming to visit a real life Macroom! The story is a fictional account of how one man's decision, made many years previously, can drastically affect, directly and indirectly, the lives of many people and the story explores the possibility of parallel universes

Martin Mullen has been employed in the media business, mainly radio, for a large part of his working life as broadcaster, producer, music director and co-creator of the classic Cork 96fm wind ups that are now enjoyed world wide on You tube. Well known 96FM broadcaster, Neil Prendiville, will be M.C. at the launch of 'Harry's Decision' in Macroom.

Book launch at Macroom Town Hall on Friday, October 5 at 7.30p.m. Book signing at FitzGerald's Bookshop, on Saturday, October 13 at 2p.m.   

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 at 8.30p.m. Admission €7.

Monday 8th October @ 8.30 pm – Le Havre

Director: Aki Kauris; Director : Aki Kaurismäki, Finland, 2011; 93 mins; Cert: PG; Starring: Andrè Wilms, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Blondin Miguel, Elina Salo; Language:French

Marcel Marx, an aging bohemian artist, has retreated to the French port of Le Havre and taken up work as a shoeshine man—a profession with a limited future, as everyone seems to be wearing running shoes.  One day, Marcel befriends Idrissa, a young African immigrant hoping to make his way to England in a shipping container with other illegals, but the law, in the form of Inspector Monet, is equally determined to stand in his way.  Cork French Film Festival 2012.

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: Wednesday Cinema Presentations at 8.30 pm; admission just €5

Wed. 3rd. Oct Mirror Mirror

Wed. 10th Oct Marley (documentary on Bob Marley)

Wed. 17th Oct The Help

Wed. 24th Oct The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Sunday Matinees 3 p.m. Admission just €4.

Sun. 7th Oct We Bought a Zoo

Sun.14th Oct @ The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists

Sulan Film Society

Monday 8th Oct @ 8.30 pm; Le Havre; Cert PG; Admission €7

Monday 22nd Oct @ 8.30 pm; Bonsai; Cert CLUB; Admission €7


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.

Fri. 5th Oct. @ 8.00 pm Voce di Donna with Christiana O'Flynn, Fiona O'Reilly and Rhoda Dullea. Tickets €15 Special offer 2 tickets €25

Sun. 7th Oct. @ 8.00 pm; The Dublin City Ramblers and Support Act: Ollie Tynan Singing the Songs of Joe Dolan. Admission €15

Wed. 10th to Sun. 14th October: One Act Drama Festival 2012; Applications available. Please contact Box Office 026 41793 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sat. 20th Oct. @ 8.30 pm: Out of Time Theatre Company presents On the Last Train From Holyhead; Starring Dave Duff (Fair City), Stepen Gorman (Leap Year), and Deirdre Jones (Ripper Street)' Tickets €15 Concessions €12


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)

Kilmichael Historical Society: Saturday 29th September is Michaelmas Day, the feast of St. Michael the Archangel. Traditionally, this day was one of great celebration in Kilmichael as the parish is dedicated to St. Michael. The main focuses of the festivities were the old cemetery, Moneycusker and St. Michael's Well, Cooldaniel. In recent years Kilmichael Historical Society has revived the custom by reciting prayers at St. Michael's Well. This will take place at 7pm on Saturday 29th September and all are welcome.

Crooktstown Ceili Club: Céilí on Saturday September 29th from 9.30p.m. to 1 a.m.
music by Ken Kelleher 5 piece Céilí band.  Set and Céilí classes resume on Tuesday, October 2nd at 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
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.

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 heads 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.

Macroom GIY meeting on Tuesday, 2nd October at 8pm  in Macroom F.C in Dan Corkery Place. Free of charge. All are welcome to attend, both novices and experienced gardeners. Contact Fiona 085-77791372.

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. 

fashion show will be held at the G.A.A. Pavilion in Ballingeary on Friday 5th of October at 8pm. Adults €10 children €5. Cheese and wine and refreshments will be served.

Johnstown/ Kilmichael Vintage Club  is holding the annual Vintage and Harvest Festival on Sunday 7th October with numerous events for young and old - a monster Dog Show and cake sale. The club would be very grateful if people would kindly donate baking for the sale. Proceeds of the events on the day will go to Marymount Hospice, Co-Action Dunmanway, Cork Cancer Research Centre, 9 local National Schools. Official opening by John Greene of C103FM.Thanking you for your support and looking forward to seeing you on the day.

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Don Buckley, Castle Hotel, Macroom, gives a preview of  Ladies Go Bare when Eileen Lynch (Manager) and Majella O'Neill (Duty Manager) shave their heads in aid of the Cancer Unit in The Mercy Hospital in  Dan Buckley's Bar on Saturday October the 13th at 9.30pm.  Lee Valley Outlook

Ladies Go Bare: Not quite emulating the Duchess of Cambridge, Dan Buckley's Bar at The Castle Hotel is hosting a "Ladies Go Bare" fund raising event on Saturday October the 13th at 9.30pm. Come and watch Eileen Lynch (Manager) and Majella O'Neill (Duty Manager) shave their heads in aid of the Cancer Unit in The Mercy Hospital, Cork.  A great night of entertainment with live D.J, Guest M.C, Drink Promotions, Weekend Give Away and Spot prizes galore. Your support would be greatly appreciated on the night.  

Monster Halloween Night Disco, 7-9 pm in Dromleigh NS, Kilmichael on October 26th. All families of ghosts, ghouls and goblins welcome. Bump the night away at our disco; listen to spooky stories; play games; gobble our teeth rotting sweeties and take part in the fancy dress competitions for children and adults! Only €5 per family.

Coin Collection: Dromleigh N.S. is organising a coin collection in aid of Special Olympics Ireland and school funds. Old Irish currency, foreign notes and coins and euro are accepted. Please give to students or drop in to school before October 26th or contact 026-46212 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mountain Dew Festival: A book commemorating the Mountain Dew Festival in Macroom, 1976 to 1982 is currently being prepared. Anyone with photographs, posters, reports, memories, anecdotes, funny stories etc. relating to those heady days in Macroom and willing to share them, is asked to contact Martin FitzGerald at Macroom Bookshop, 026 41888 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Titanic – Message in a Bottle – A new play in two acts, devised by Macroom playwright, Helen Hallissey, will be presented by Briery Gap Players in the Briery Gap Theatre, Macroom, November 1 – 4.

Young Parents, Bumps and Tots will be starting back on Thursday 4th October from 10 – 12 in the new Dunmanway Family Resource Centre (Kilbarry Road – next to the recycling centre).  Join us for tea, chat and activities for the tots.  Contact Kirstie for more information on 023 88 56818. Trim that tummy in time for Christmas. Belly Busters is starting on Thursday 4th Oct from 1 – 2pm.

Chernobyl children: Would you like to host two Chernobyl children for two weeks in the period end of June/ end of July 2013. Host parents would live in Dripsey, Coachford, Rylane, Donoughmore, Blarney and Inniscarra areas. Those who would like to do this should ring 021 7334421 or 087-7460807 before the end of September.
Coachford AFC Lotto Results 10/9/2012, Jackpot: €1,300, Numbers Drawn: 11 - 18 - 28, No Winner, €20 Winners: Molly O' Connell, Karen O' Mahony, Carol McAuliffe, Kieran & Gavin Leahy, Donal Murphy (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

Electric Whiz Kid    

Pat Daly, Donoughmore, has recently competed successfully in two competitions for young electricians. He was invited to represent Ireland in the 1st annual 'Taiwan International Intelligent Electrical Installations Competition' in which there were twelve competitors from Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Thailand and Taiwan.  At this competition Pat was awarded a Silver medal.  More recently, Pat has represented CIT in the IrelandSkills competition and was declared the overall winner, making him the best young electrician in Ireland.   Pat began an apprenticeship with the ESB in 2008 and completed three years of it.  In 2011 he was selected by the ESB to go on to CIT to study Electrical Engineering and he is currently in 3rd year (having skipped 1st year because of his electrician training).

Clondrohid Updates

Tidy Towns: Clondrohid Development Group felt really rewarded when they upped their marks by 4 from 240 to 244 in this year's Tidy Towns. Having been hindered by the bad summer weather but thanks to just a few loyal helpers and their R.S.S. worker, Johnny, they excelled themselves in many areas. Some of the good aspects from the report were as follows: 'The overall appearance of your lovely village is one of tidiness, in addition to strong visual amenity. One or two undeveloped sites have been noted; however two attractive amenity areas on either side of an undeveloped site at the Millstreet junction served to draw the eye away from here.  Our thanks must be extended to those residents who take responsibility for litter control in their own areas and of course to those whose job it is, as the village was notably free of litter at the time of inspection, indeed it was a pleasure to note the excellent standard of litter control in Clondrohid. Both the church and its grounds together with the National School looked quite well as did the Post Office and Spar. Well done on the presentation of the recycling point at the Community Hall which was found to be very neat. Well done also on the presentation of the clubhouse and Clann Aire together with the small playground there. The roadside verge on the entrance from the Macroom road was admired in respect of its neatly trimmed outside edge and inner edge of hedge and trees. The Curra Glen estate is a charming small development, with nicely landscaped green areas and an attractive name stone. Verges along the road from the entrance on the Macroom road were admired for their flower displays and two nameplates, one old and one new. The stone plinths with flower displays on the Millstreet road are an attractive feature. The nameplate here looks particularly nice with its picture of the bridge taken from the riverside.  The nicely landscaped area at the Millstreet junction will improve as plants mature and spread, at the time of adjudication, the membrane was quite visible. Young trees are maturing nicely in the car park of the community field. Flower containers have been noted and appreciated. The overall impression of Clondrohid is favourable thanks it seems to a handful of people with creativity and commitment to create a wonderful environment with little resources.'.
Sponsored Walk: Once again its time to get ready for Clondrohid Development Group annual sponsored walk  on Sunday October 14 at 2pm. Sponsorship cards will be available shortly at usual outlets. Come and join us for a fun day out.
Boot Camp: This fitness programme has commenced since September 10. It is taking place in the Astro Turf Clondrohid from 8 to 9pm on Monday nights. If interested contact Stephen Quinn on 0870531722
Bell Inn: Outdoor music and dancing continues to take place at The Bell Inn every Sunday evening during September.
Open Night: for prospective pupils and their parents will be held at De la Salle College on Thursday September 27 from 7.15 to 8.45pm.
Set Dancing: With the winter season fast approaching, it's time to put on those dancing shoes and take to the floor, and what better way than in the Community Hall, Clondrohid on Tuesday night October 2, when Teddy Kelleher's set dancing classes return 8 to 10pm. Everyone welcome
Best of Luck to all those involved in the Macroom Food Festival this weekend. Looking at the programme of events, there should be something for everyone.
Congratulations: to Glenview Motors on their relocation to the old Macroom Mills site for their Vehicle Testing Network and  the opening of a state of the art Restaurant at the same site, all requirements catered for with free parking. It also has a 70 square metre meeting room over the restaurant, capable of holding 25 people with all mod cons.
Congratulations: to Rita and Johnny O'Sullivan, Ballingree on being elected Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively. Best of luck for 2012/13

Christmas Cooking: Just a reminder to keep Thursday December 6 free  as there will be a special treat in the Community Hall when Frank Moynihan of the Frank Moynihan Cookery School - food correspondent on the Gay Byrne Radio Show and regular on the Late Late Show, Ear to the Ground, and the Afternoon Show - will be giving a special Christmas Demonstration. Some of the funds raised will be donated to Macroom Hospital. Clondrohid Development Group will be hosting the event and tickets are €10 .

G.A.A. 10/9/2012 U16's "B" footballers met Western Gaels in Inchigeela. The game ended in a draw.  15/9/2012  U16's "B" footballers met Kilnamartyra in Macroom. Kilnamartyra won well. 16/9/2012 U21's hurlers met Grenagh in Ovens for the Championship Semi-final. It was nice to see Clondrohid field an U21 hurling team for the first time. They were three points down at half time. In the second half they were unable to overcome Grenagh. They have another match coming up later so look out for local notices.
Lotto: September 12; Jackpot €6,600; €70 Leo Hughes, Masseytown; €20 Aileen Corkery Carrigaphooka, Patsy O'Sullivan Clondrohid, Teddy Bradley, Dromree; Sharon Murray Donoughmore.
September 19; Jackpot: €7000; No winner; €70 Martin Corkery, Coachford; €20 Trish Murphy, Mullinhorny;  Dick Dineen, Macroom; J.J. Coakley, c/o Mgt Coakley; Timmie O'Riordan c/o Gerard Kelleher.
Bingo: In Community Hall every Wednesday night. Jackpot of €2,600.

Golfing for Cancer Research

More than €10,000 was raised for research into new treatments for poor prognosis cancers at the recent Lee Valley Golf Classic, in aid of Breakthrough Cancer Research and Cork Cancer Research Centre. The annual event was a huge success and attracted the support of numerous sports stars including Mick O'Driscoll, Peter Stringer and Eoin Cadogan.  The winning team were David A. Barry, Denis O'Neill and Denis Lynch. The event follows on from The Lee Valley Golf Club's recent participation in Breakthrough Cancer Research's 'Drive for Dads' campaign, where they raised over €1,000 for the charity.  This campaign saw golf clubs throughout Ireland add €2 to their green fees to raise money for cancers affecting males and was sponsored by golf ball specialists, Titleist (No. 1 ball in golf) and supported by Michael Flatley, Pádraig Harrington, Paul McGinley and others. To date this year golf events have raised in excess of €25,000 for Breakthrough Cancer Research and Cork Cancer Research Centre. Breakthrough Cancer Research fundraises for research at Cork Cancer Research Centre into new treatments for cancers that currently respond poorly to conventional therapy.  The Centre has had a number of successes over the past 10 years, and has brought five new treatments to clinical trial nationally during this period. 

Coachford Updates

Coachford Autumn Festival: Proceeds from the Coachford Autumn Festival will be handed out to four groups on Saturday, September 29th in O' Riordan's Bar, Coachford at 10.00pm. The four groups to benefit from the festival are SuicideAware, Care of the Aged, Coachford St. Vincent de Paul and Coachford Tidy Towns. Festival Chairman, Tadhg Murphy, said "We are delighted to be in a position to be able to donate to these groups again this year. We are extremely fortunate that the festival was so well supported by our sponsors and patrons. Indeed it is because of their generosity that we are in a position to make these donations as attendance figures were down due to the inclement weather. We are grateful for the support from everyone in the locality of this year's festival and are already looking forward to the 2013 festival"

Community Council: Resurfacing of the approach roads from Dripsey and Macroom to Coachford Village continues with minor traffic disruption.  Doug Lucey , Community Council PRO, said  "The resurfacing is very welcome and it is something that we have been seeking since earlier this year. Unfortunately the drainage works in the village and the almost continuous water leaks in the Moneragh area of the village still need to be addressed as a matter of urgency and we are hoping that the County Council will act on these matters as soon as possible. Funding from the Department of the Environment for the replacement of old asbestos piping from the end of Knockanowen to the graveyard needs to be secured and Michael Creed TD has written to the council on the community's behalf seeking a speedy resolution to this issue."

25th Anniversary: Coachford Players celebrated their 25th year anniversary in Hogan's Bar. A great number of people who had been involved both on stage and back stage during the 25 years of the group's life all attended on the night. Many of the plays produced down through the years were discussed and Anthony Greene gave a presentation on the history of the group. John and Siobhan Hogan of the Village Inn, Coachford were honoured at the event for all their support of the group down through the years.

Rehearsals for the musical, 'Me and My girl' are now in progress in Coachford. Singers interested in joining the Chorus for the show - which will be performed from December 8th to 11th - should go to Hogan's bar on Thursday evening at 7.30pm. The show is a wonderful musical featuring the well know numbers, 'The Sun has got his hat on', 'Leaning on a Lamppost' and 'Lambeth Walk'.

Tidy Towns: Congratulations to the Coachford Tidy Towns group who received a very favourable adjudication from the Tidy Towns organizers when the village was visited in early July. The businesses in the village were commended for the cleanliness of their premises. There was some criticism of derelict buildings in the village and the area outside of the GAA came in for some negative comments also. The adjudicators praised the planting near the recycling bins, the planting of tubs around the village, the cleanliness of the village and the Millennium Park. This was the first time that Coachford entered the competition in over 20 years and the judges were delighted with the efforts of the committee and have given the group some pointers on how they can make major improvements for next year's competition.

Coachford GIY group was launched on September 20th A very enthusiastic group, all with different levels of gardening experience, set up the group with advice and guidance from GIY. The Coachford group plan to meet once a month and will organise guest speakers and experts to come and talk on various topics to do with growing vegetables in your own gardens. The group's next meeting is on October 18th in Breathnach's Bar at 8.00pm and is open to everyone who is interested in growing their own food.

Macra Matters

Aghinagh Branch: Friday 12th October Aghinagh Dinner Dance in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney. Tickets for Aghinagh Macras social in Ballyvourney are for sale in the Laine bar, the Ploughman bar and Noreen Kelleher's shop in Ballinagree. Tickets also for sale in Tigh Ui Laoire Bealnamorrive and from macra members.

Aghinagh Macra will be presenting the cheques to Marymount Hospice and Motor Neurone disease Ireland in Tigh Uí Laoire bar in Bealnamorrive on Saturday the 29th of September. There will be music and refreshments on the night. A special thank you to everyone who helped out on our Know your Neighbour weekend in Ballinagree and to those who donated very generously.

Muskerry Macra will run a photo competition during the year. This is open to all Muskerry Macra members, full details to be announced. Even though Summer is traditionally a quiet time for Macra, it's been a busy one for Muskerry! Following the AGM & to close out the 2011-2012 year, Michael O'Sullivan of Crookstown Macra won the Dairy Stock Judging All Ireland. This was swiftly followed by Ovens Macra who began the 2012-2013 by successfully defending their All Ireland Tag Rugby Title. In August, Aileen Hennessy of Berrings Macra represented the region at International Miss Macra. Aileen had the difficult challenge of defending Muskerry's title as Sarah-Louise Healy of Donoughmore Macra was the reigning Miss Macra. Aileen clearly impressed the judges as she brought the title back to Muskerry for a second year in a row.

Muskerry's newest club, Aghinagh, took part in the Farm Skills All-Ireland at the Tullamore Show. Congratulations to Dan Mac Sullivan, Matthew Coakley and Seán Corkery who came 3rd overall & won the Safety Section of the competition. Social events during the Summer included Know Your Neighbour Events held by various clubs & some fundraisers also!

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Wet conditions for dog, man and woman at Ballyvourney/ Cúil Aodha Show Lee Valley Outlook

Ballingeary Show Raffle Prize Winners 2012

Congratulations to the following:

1st.    €200  : Tim O'Riordan, Curraghanearle, Macroom.

2nd.   €100 Voucher :   Richard O'Sullivan, South Lake Rd.

3rd.    €50  Voucher: Karolyn Uí Laoire , Cathair.

4th. Lunch for Two :Barra O Laoire , Cathair.

5th.€50 Voucher : Michael Kearney, Farran.

6th.€50 Voucher: Nora Ui Thuama, Reinaree.

7th.€30 Voucher:  Conor Noonan. Old Parochial Hse. Inchigeela.

8th.Lunch for Two :Finbarr Lehane, Kilmore, Ballingeary.

9th.1 month membership @Leisure club : Ciaran Noonan.

10th.1 month membership @ Leisure Club: Senan O'Tuama , Lackabawn,Ballingeary.

11th. Hamper : Coleen Noonan, Old Parochial Hse, Inchigeela.

12th. Hamper : Donal Dan Sean, Gurteenakilla,Ballingeary.

13th.Hamper: Damian Long , Kilmore,Ballingeary.

14th.€20 : Cliona Long, Kilmore,Ballingeary

Míle Buíochas to  all the Sponsors and all who bought tickets. Your support is much appreciated.

Inchigeela Festival

Inchigeela held its hugely successful and well organised third annual festival over 4 days at the end of August. Unfortunately heavy rain put the marquee on the River Island park grounds out of action for Fashion Show, but thanks to a lot of last minute cooperation and volunteers, the local hall was decorated and ready in time for the hundreds of well dressed women who attended the 'Girls Night Out'.  Chauffeurs, canapes and cocktails welcomed the ladies, and the rain was soon forgotten as everyone was treated to fabulous fashion from Mahon Point Shopping Centre and local boutiques. The River Lee receded on Friday, allowing the marquee to be put in use for the rest of the weekend, and with each passing night the crowds grew.  Punters danced the night away to Irish country legend Philomena Begley on Friday night.  Cork band The Frank and Walters drew fans from near and far on Saturday night.  And on Sunday night, festival regulars Bog the Donkey raised the roof with their rock music much to the delight of the packed marquee. Children of all ages enormously enjoyed the entertainment during daylight hours.  Saturday had the finals of the U-12 football tournament, with neighbours Kilnamartyra taking the 2012 trophy.  An Olympics themed Family Fun Day was extremely enjoyable, especially the children's tug of war and medal presentations on the Olympic podium.  Joe Creedon shared his artistic skills at the children's art class, while parents had afternoon tea at the Lee Valley cafe. 

The rain returned on Sunday, so disappointingly the sulky races had to be cancelled.  But the adults' Tug of War, Vintage Rally and children's Fancy Dress Parade went ahead as planned thankfully, as they were great craic.  Outdoor live music in the village square by Tadhg Kearney and a BBQ kept the spirits high under the umbrellas. Iveleary GAA would like to kindly thank the crowds that thronged to the small village over the weekend, as it proved a fantastic atmosphere for all.  Check out the many photos on Inchigeela Festival Facebook page to see for yourself.  Massive gratitude goes to the volunteers who helped all events run so smoothly, safely and enjoyably.  Also, enormous appreciation goes to the sponsors who supported the Inchigeela Festival so generously again this year.  Although still swapping stories from this year, young and old are already looking forward to next year!

Daonscoil an Fhómhair

Tionólfar Daonscoil an Fhómhair in Óstan Gúgán Barra Deireadh Fómhair 4 – 7. 'Mná na hÉireann téama na scoile 2012. Deireadh seachtaine é de cheol, amhránaíocht, agallaimh bheirte, léachtaí, turas agus siúlóidí. Tionólfar an dinnéar agus an Oscailt Oifigiúil le Seosamh Ó Críodáin ag a 7i.n. ar an Aoine.  Tabharfaidh Nuala Ní Loingsigh léacht ar 'Mná as an nGnáth' ag 10.30 r.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. Gach eolas ó Mháire Uí Thuama 026 40130 nó 087 2946668.

Ullmhúcháin do Fleadh Cheoil na Gaeltachta

Cuireadh tús oifigiúil le hullmhucháin don chéad fhleadh cheoil Ghaeltachta riamh le tionóladh i gCo Chorcaí. D'fhreastail oifigigh ó Bhord Chontae Chorcaí de Chomhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann ar chruinniú oscailte a d'eagraigh craobh Chill na Martra de chuid na heagraíochta, Craobh Lachtaín Naofa, atá ceaptha chun Fleadh Cheoil Chontae Chorcaí a óstáil ar 10-12 Bealtaine an bhliain seo chugainn. Beidh an fhéile bhliantúil ceoil, amhránaíochta agus Gaoluinne ar siúl i sráidbhailte Bhaile Mhúirne agus Bhaile Mhic Íre, le suas le 1,500 iomaitheoir ag glacadh páirte in os cionn 40 catagóir comórtas, agus na mílte eile ag tuirlingt ar na sráidbhailte i gcaitheamh deireadh seachtaine na fleidhe. Tá sé mar aidhm leis an gcraobh áitiúil teanga agus traidisiúin an cheantair a chur chun cinn agus tá oíche Ghaelach agus céilí á bpleanáil cheana féin, mar aon le 'gig rig' ceoil traidisiúnta amuigh faoin aeir. Chuir Con McCarthy, Cathaoirleach de Bhord Chontae Chorcaí an Chomhaltais, fáilte croíúil roimh an gcinneadh an fhleadh a chur ar siúl i nGaeltacht Mhúscraí. Tá 26 craobh an Chomhaltais  ar fud an chontae agus tá an fhleadh reáchtáilte ag 90% acu ag am amháin nó am eile, ach ní raibh sí ar siúl sa Ghaeltacht sa chontae seo riamh cheana.  Toghadh coiste na fleaidhe, ag cuimsiú: Cathaoirleach - Seán Ó Muimhneacháin; Leaschathaoirleach - Gearóid Ó hÉalaithe; Rúnaí - Máire Uí Mhurchú; Rúnaí Cúnta - Bridie de Búrca; Cisteoirí - Theresa Dennehy (Bord an Chontae), Máire Uí Ríordáin; OCP - Pet Uí Chonaill.


Harry's Decision by Martin F. Mulllen

 When Francis Conroy wakes up one morning in an unfamiliar bed, next to a wife he's never met before, in a country he left behind as a child, he has no idea of what sort of an adventure he is about to embark upon. This novel is a fictional account of how one man's decisions can impact on many people. The story follows Francis through this moving adventure, causing the reader to wonder what if,  in an endearing, yet provocative read. The book will be available from Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop from Saturday 6th October and at the book launch in the Town Hall on Friday 5th at 7.30, priced €9.99. All welcome

 Mountain Dew Festival: A book commemorating the Mountain Dew Festival in Macroom, 1976 to 1982 is currently being prepared. Anyone with photographs, posters, reports, memories, anecdotes, funny stories etc. relating to those heady days in Macroom and willing to share them, is asked to contact Martin FitzGerald at Macroom Bookshop, 026 41888 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

GIY   by Michael Kelly  

Recipe for September – Cucumber Pickle

A great recipe for "storing" cucumbers for the winter.

Ingredients: 4 cucumbers; 3 onions, peeled; 50g of salt; 570ml of white wine vinegar; 450g of soft brown sugar; ½ level tsp each of ground turmeric and ground cloves; 1 tbsp of mustard seed

Directions: Slice the cucumber and onions thinly, then layer them in a large bowl, seasoning each layer.  Weigh down with a plate and stand for three hours.  Pour away the liquid and rinse the vegetables.  Put the vinegar, sugar and spices in a saucepan and stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.  Add the cucumber and onions to the saucepan and bring to the boil.  Boil for a few minutes then remove the veg and continue to boil syrup for 20 minutes.  Fill sterilised jars with veg and when syrup is ready pour it over the vegetables.  Cover, label and store the jars.


From Buffalo Tongue to Tail at the Mills

The first ever tasting dinner for the local Toons Bridge buffalo meat was a resounding success. Don O'Leary of the Mills introduced the men behind the buffalo venture, Toby Simmons (The Real Olive Company) and Johnny Lynch (farmer), saying that the joint venture by the two local men has been an inspiration to people in the area. The menu was as follows and was buffalo from tongue to tail:

The starter plate: Poached Buffalo Tongue with its own mousse and Cauliflower Pickle; Buffalo Mozzarella with Pesto and Sun Blushed Tomato; Carpaccio of Buffalo with Rocket Salad, Buffalo Cheese and White Truffle Oil.

Buffalo Broth with Autumn root vegetable and a Tailmeat Wanton (served with Mills Brown Bread and Buffalo Cream Butter).

Main Course: Pan Roasted Aged Dry Buffalo Sirloin with a Potato Gratin and a Buffalo Milk Horseradish and Mixed Pepper Ice Cream, Caramelised Onion Puree and Roast Garlic Jus; Fillet of Buffalo and Wild Mushroom Cottage pie with a Colcannon Kale.

Dessert: Toons Bridge Buffalo Ricotta with local Ballyvourney Honey on a Sweet Tuille;

Buffalo Cream and Blackberry Tiramisu.

Great credit must go to the Mills chefs, Kevin Purcell (Head) and Alan Rossborough, who put a lot of work and thought into the menu. What did the meat taste like? The main course, the Sirloin, was very pleasing indeed and had a delightful taste and texture and the meat was described as a mild beef with hints of lamb. The Ricotta, combined with a dash or two of the local honey, turned out to be a gorgeous surprise as indeed did that whiter than white sliced butter. The tasting meal was a night to learn and explore.

Macroom E Projects

Macroom SMILE for Dublin: The Taoiseach recently announced the expansion of SMILE Resource Exchange into Dublin ahead of its introduction in Croke Park on Tuesday 9 October.  The brainchild of Macroom E, SMILE Resource Exchange is a free service for businesses that encourages the exchanging of resources between its members in order to save money; reduce waste going to landfill and to develop new business opportunities out of unwanted resources. Meanwhile, businesses in Clare, Limerick, Cork and Kerry wishing to participate in the project are invited to a free SMILE Resource Exchange event on Tuesday 20th November from 8.45am to 1.00pm in The Woodlands House Hotel, Adare, County Limerick. 

More Greenshoots in Lee Valley: Another group of entrepreneurs has just moved into Macroom E to embark on a nine month mission to success. We are delighted to begin the third Greenshoots programme with 12 business people on board instead of the usual 10, as the number and quality of applicants this year was so high. From designer bags to political apps and from functional art to room makeovers, this year's group are as varied and exciting as ever!

The inaugural Macroom Food & Family Festival will take place on 28th, 29th & 30th September and promises to be a true feast for the senses, showcasing an extensive collection of culinary delights from Macroom and the surrounding areas. Enjoy a carnival atmosphere while eating and drinking the finest of local produce! Included are Artisan Food Markets - over 50 food stalls; Cookery Demo; Food Tasting Trail; Cheese & Wine Tastings; Street Entertainment; Play Area; Busking Competition; Lots of Live Music & Fun for Everyone! Entry to most events is FREE! www.macroomfoodfestival.com

Why not stay for the weekend? Three days of wonderful food, entertainment and events. The Castle Hotel has the answer with their Food Festival Weekend Offer including 2 nights luxurious B&B & 1 dinner bursting with fabulous local artisan produce, plus a booklet of 10 tickets to take you on Saturday's Taste Trail around Macroom, all for €110 per person sharing! Telephone: +353 26 41074 / 1850 924 123

Supporting Job Seekers

In response to the continuing crisis in unemployment, West Cork Development Partnership is keen to support a local community response to assist unemployed people in Macroom. There are currently 1,798 persons signing on the live register in Macroom. (End July 2012). There is a very limited outreach service to support Job-Seekers in Macroom. We are lobbying very hard for this level of service to be increased. However, in these difficult financial times we cannot be confident of benefiting from an increase in public resources even with a strong case. The onus is then on communities to provide for themselves. Supporting community endeavour is a core part of the work of West Cork Development Partnership. West Cork Development Partnership has developed a programme of support for job-seekers which can be delivered by local volunteers in their own community. This programme is based around using the information provided on our web-site www.westcorkjobsupport.com and the Active Career Track Programme – which has been specifically designed for use by volunteers when supporting job-seekers. Through this resource, individual job-seekers can be assisted to ......

Understand their Rights & Entitlements

Make informed career decisions

Develop Tools & resources for job-seeking (CV / Application Forms/ Interview Preparation etc.)

Consider Options for Training, sources of training, courses and other support services.

Assistance with Motivation

Peer Support and Discussion

Explore trends in employment

Identify where jobs are advertised

Developing a personal strategy for pro-active job-seeking.

We need a premises: -If there are un-used suitable premises in the town currently vacant and likely to be vacant for the foreseeable future, we are asking landlords to make this resource available to the job-seekers in Macroom. Ideally, a prominent high street location with a reception area, a training room (Meeting room which can cater for up to 20 persons) and 1 or 2 consultation rooms. We do not currently have a budget for rent but are confident we can find sufficient budget for equipment and overheads. In addition to providing a place for one-to-one support for job-seekers in Macroom town, we believe this premises will provide a catalyst for additional project development such as the creation of a peer-supporting job-seekers group and other projects such as community enterprise creation.

We need volunteers: -Without success in gaining additional public monies to provide job-seeking services in the town with paid staff, the only way to deliver this service will be with volunteers. Volunteers with good communication skills, word-processing and internet computer skills are required. Volunteers who are willing to offer between 4 and 12 hours per week are sought. Confidentiality and discretion will be of utmost importance. West Cork Development Partnership are happy to mentor and support the start-up of this service. Resources, induction training, operational manuals and required tools will be provided. Ultimately we expect a local management group to emerge and run the project in the medium term. We have successfully developed similar services in Kinsale, Bandon and Clonakilty, so we are confident that we can follow suit in Macroom. Improving the situation in Macroom town will be the responsibility of the people of Macroom. The need of job-seekers in Macroom is great. The community of Macroom must stand up and be counted at this time. Interested volunteers or interested proprietors of premises should contact Fergal Conlon in West Cork Development Partnership at 027 55169 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Area Profile & Needs Analysis

In presenting this local needs research Macroom Family Resource Centre is attempting to document the strengths and weaknesses of local Community and Statutory services as perceived by those who have collaborated on this work. It is our hope that this document can be used as a basis for improvement of existing services and as a basis for discussion between State and Community for the development of new and much needed services and supports for Macroom and Surrounding area. We have attempted to include as many local groups as possible in developing this work and we hope that it will assist us in future collaborative ventures in our Community. Our target area for this work extends for a 5 mile radius around the town of Macroom. This is in no way an attempt to confine us to work and supports in this area but rather it makes it possible to more clearly identify population numbers and trends. In this regard we have included electoral areas Macroom Urban, Aghinagh, Cannaway, Clondrohid, Kilberrihert, Macloneigh, Mashanaglass and Rahalisk.
Broad Aims of Research: To carry out an extensive social and community audit of Macroom and its hinterland; to highlight and promote the services already provided by groups active in the area; to identify the strengths and weaknesses of existing responses to social needs in the area; to identify possible areas of future work and/or collaborations by groups in the area; to publish a current document for the benefit of any group active in the provision of community supports in Macroom and surrounding area. We were fortunate enough to obtain the services of Jean Domican and Vincent Cronin who under the direction of Seamus O Leary (FRC Manager) carried out this Project. Our plan was to design a document that was both a quantitative and  qualitative representation of the opinions of our participants and  collaborators. This required that we talk with participating groups and  individuals at all stages of the project. It also meant that we take into  consideration more than just statistics. To consult widely with existing groups and activists in the area to  achieve the most accurate picture possible of existing services and gaps in  service. This meant that we would make contact with as many known groups and  individuals in the area who were active in the provision of Community  Supports. Participants in our research were: Macroom Senior Citizens Committee; HSE South; Macroom Community Drugs Initiative; West Cork Rainbows' Macroom Bereavement Group; Macroom Youthreach; Muskerry Community Project; West Cork Development Partnership; Macroom District Environmental Group; EmployAbility Cork; Macroom Adult Literacy Centre; Macroom Citizens Information Centre; MABS; West Cork Travellers; West Cork Women Against Violence; Clann Aire Childcare; Bishop McEgan College; St Josephs Primary School; Social and Health Education Project (SHEP). To prepare and distribute a questionnaire aimed at reflecting opinions  of our participants statistically and also allowing for individual comment.  This was distributed and returned during March and April of 2012. Finally to prepare and present a document of findings back to our  participants and stakeholders.

Pawsitive Challenge for Cork Knitters

An appeal has been launched to encourage knitting and crafting enthusiasts in Cork to get their needles out and start "purr-ling" to create toys and coats for hundreds of Ireland's homeless cats and dogs. The Knitting and Stitching Show, which takes place in the RDS, Dublin, from November 1st to 4th, is teaming up with the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for the 'Pawsitive Knits' campaign, where people are asked to use left-over yarn and wool to knit or crochet a toy for cats or a coat for dogs, as they wait for new homes. As part of Pawsitive Knits, easy-to-follow patterns for cats' toys - including knitted mice - are available to download on the Knitting and Stitching Show website, www.twistedthread,com, and at the Dublin SPCA home page, www.dspca.ie.  More advanced knitters are welcome to knit coats for dogs. The knitted toys and coats can be brought to the RDS during the show or sent directly by post to Pawsitive Knits, Dublin SPCA, Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. Renowned cheese makers Cashel and Crozier Blue, will present baskets of their produce to the top three knitters.

Sports Mad

County Senior Hurling Championship

Semi Finals:

Sarsfield's   3 - 11     CIT   0 - 14

Bishopstown   1 – 13   Ballymartle   0 - 12

Relegation Play Off:

Cloyne   2 – 12     Bride Rovers   2 – 13

 Final: Bishopstown  v  Sarsfield's

Relegated:  Cloyne

 Sarsfield's   3 – 11   CIT   0 - 14

CIT, last year's beaten finalists, were in live contention in this semi final to the end and only an injury time third goal ended their bid to make a second final in a row.  Colm Casey of Inniscarra started for the students and scored three points. Ciarán Sheehan of Éire Óg came on as a first half sub and scored a point from a free and John Corkery of Aghabullogue was a late introduction by the students.

 Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Final:  Bandon  v  Ballinhassig

Relegated: Aghabullogue

 Intermediate Hurling Championship

Quarter Finals:
Kanturk  2 – 15     Fr. O Neills   1 – 15

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

Argideen Rangers   1 – 12  Meelin  0 – 13 (replay)  

Semi Finals:

Charleville v  Kanturk

Kilworth  v  Argideen Rangers 

Relegated: Blackrock

 Senior Football Championship

4th Round:

Bishopstown   4 – 7     Clonakilty   1 - 7
Duhallow   1 – 20   Dohenys   2 – 11 aet.(replay)

Quarter Finals:

Carbery Rangers   v   Bishopstown  

Castlehaven   1 – 7     St Finbarrs   0 – 10 (draw)

  Castlehaven   0 – 12     St Finbarrs   0 – 9 (replay)

O'Donovan Rossa   1 – 13   Avondhu   1 - 9

Duhallow   0 – 12     Douglas   0 – 12

Semi Finals:

Carbery Rangers/Bishopstown  v  Castlehaven

O'Donovan Rossa  v  Duhallow/Douglas

Relegation Play Off:

Na Piarsaigh   v   St Nicholas

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Quarter Finals

Kiskeam   2 – 12     Mallow   2 - 15

St Michael's  1 – 13     Clyda Rovers   0 - 9

Semi Finals:

St Michael's v  Mallow

St Vincent's    1 – 18     Carrigaline   0 – 5

Final: St Vincent's  v  St Michael's or Mallow

Relegated: Mayfield

 Intermediate Football Championship

Quarter Final
Glanworth   1 – 10     Castletownbere   1 - 13

Semi Finals:

ÉIRE ÓG   1 – 12     CILL na MARTRA   1 - 9

Adrigole   v   Castletownbere


Éire Og  v  Adrigole or Castletownbere

Relegated: Kilavullen

 Éire Óg   1 – 12     Cill na Martra   1 – 9

Éire Óg are through to the County Intermediate Football Final four years after earning promotion to Intermediate grade as County Junior Champions in 2008 and they will remain as favourites to take the title after their deserved but hard won victory over Cill na Martra at a sunny Coachford.  Éire Óg have been impressive all year and with the array of forward talent available to them they would be a handful for any team.  Midfield and defence have been a problem but the luxury of being able to withdraw Ciarán Sheehan to bolster these areas has been of major import and the overall balance of the team is now much better than heretofore and they certainly look capable of lifting the county title and would be quite comfortable in the Premier Intermediate grade as their league record shows.

Cill na Martra, though outsiders for the clash, were never going to roll over and they had the Ovens side under fierce pressure in the opening ten minutes.  Sean Kelleher was on top at midfield in this period and Cill na Martra could have scored a goal and at least two points but did not and they had to wait until the 11th minute for their opening score, a point from a Martin Connors free which he followed with one from play.  John Dineen opened the Éire Óg account in the 18th minute and added an equaliser two minutes later.  Martin Connors and Dineen then traded points before Éire Óg now at last beginning to perform, drew ahead with points from Kevin Hallissey, Daniel Goulding and Hallissey again in quick succession to lead by 0-6 to 0-3 by the 24th minute.  Danny O'Connell had a point for Cill na Martra in reply but Kevin Hallissey closed the first half scoring with an Éire Óg point before the break to leave his side leading by three points, 0-7 to 0-4.

When John Dineen and Ciarán Sheehan added points to the Éire Óg tally to open up a five point gap by the 38th minute it looked as if the winners were going to dominate but in the 39th minute after Cill na Martra had been denied a goal by a save from Joe Kelleher and then the post, the Gaeltacht side were awarded a penalty when Kevin Hoare was fouled as he was about to score.  Danny O'Connell buried the spot kick and Cill na Martra were back in business!  Three minutes later the loser's hopes of a revival suffered a severe setback when they gifted Kevin Hallissey a goal and even though they never gave up the fight, it was all uphill for the challengers from there to the finish.  Kevin O'Sullivan had a point for Cill na Martra in the 46th minute, Hallissey replied with a superb point two minutes later and when Kevin Hoare then had a Cill na Martra point, Daniel Goulding pointed a free in reply to maintain the five point gap with ten minutes remaining.  Cill na Martra fought on and a point apiece from Kevin O'Sullivan and Donal Óg O'Leary had reduced the deficit to three points by the 53rd minute but stalemate then ensued with Éire Óg defending well and when Aidan O'Connor sent over the insurance point in the 31st minute there was going to be no way back now for Cill na Martra.  A player from each side was dismissed, 2nd yellow in two separate incidents, and Martin Connors pointed a Cill na Martra free deep in injury time but the result was unaffected and it is Éire Óg who go on to their first Intermediate football final against either Adrigole or Castletownbere on 14th October.  

Éire Óg: Joe Kelleher: Cian O'Mahony, Shane McCarthy, Raymond Dennehy: Michael O'Shea, Alan O'Mahony, Eanna Lowney: Liam Murphy, Ciarán Sheehan: Paul McDonagh, Kevin Hallissey, Aidan O'Connor: Daniel Goulding, Dermot O'Herlihy, John Dineen. Subs: Brian Darcy O'Sullivan.

Cill na Martra: Eoin O 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, Seanachain Ó Loinsuigh.

County Junior Football Championship

A  Rockchapel   v   Tadgh MacCarthaighs

Urhan   0 – 6     Glenbower Rovers   0 - 8

KILMURRY   0 – 9     Ballinhassig   1 - 3

Ballyclough   3 – 11     St. Finbarrs   1 – 14

Semi finals:

Winners of A  v  Glenbower Rovers

KILMURRY  v  Ballyclough

 Kilmurry   0 – 9     Ballinhassig   1 – 3

Newly crowned Muskerry football champions Kilmurry were not too impressive against South East side Ballinhassig in the first round of the county junior championship at Brinny. Ballinhassig, first time ever South East champions and only four days after their own divisional replayed final, seemed intent on not letting Kilmurry score in the first half, rather than attempting to score themselves and in part they were successful if this was their objective.  Kilmurry were completely dominant and at halftime they led by 0-6 to nil but their shooting had been woeful and they had ten wides recorded by the break.  Jonathan Buckley and William Buckley had each scored twice and Dave O'Halloran and James Kelleher had added a point apiece to leave Kilmurry well clear but their lead did not reflect the dominance they had enjoyed.  The dangerous position Kilmurry had left themselves in was highlighted in the third quarter as Ballinhasig opened up and went on the offensive.  Two early points left a gap of four between the teams and with Kilmurry failing to add to their interval tally the margin was down to a single point in the 45th minute when Ballinhassig were awarded a penalty which was converted to leave the score at 0-6 to 1-2.  A clearly worried Kilmurry side, who had earlier missed a great goal chance, were relieved when Jonathan Buckley kicked over their first score of the second half but Ballinhassig quickly replied with another point and so with ten minutes remaining there was still only the minimum between the teams.  Kilmurry, clearly the better side in play, managed to survive thanks to William Buckley who pointed two frees in the closing stages to ease their fears but really they will not be happy with this performance and will know that it will not suffice against Ballyclough who are intent on regaining the intermediate status they lost last year. 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: Greg Barrett, James Kelleher, William Buckley. Sub: Alan O'Sullivan, Paudie O'Connell, Finbarr Crowley.

  County Junior Hurling Championship

Clonakilty or Doheny's   v  Kilbrin

Carraig na bhFear  v  Kildorrery

Brian Dillon's  v  Carrigdhoun

GRENAGH – a bye

Oriel House Mid Cork Junior B Hurling Championship

Round Two:

Iveleary   0 – 8     Blarney   4 - 12   

Donoughmore   2 – 8    Ballincollig   3 - 17

Semi Finals:

Cloughduv   2 – 9     Gleann na Laoi   3 - 10

Blarney   1 – 14     Ballincollig   1 - 6

 MJK Oils Mid Cork Junior B Football Championship

Semi Finals

Canovee   1 – 7     Éire Óg   1 - 17 

Kilmurry   2 – 8     Ballincollig   0 – 14 (draw)  


Éire Óg   v  Ballincollig or Kilmurry

 Éire Óg   1 – 17     Canovee   1 – 7

Éire Óg juniors had an impressive victory over Canovee in the Mid Cork Junior 'B' football semi final at Kilmichael and on this showing will make a bold bid for ultimate honours.  The Ovens side are young, fit, athletic and playing good football and are anxious for promotion to the higher grade.  Canovee stayed with the winners until half time but in the third quarter Éire Óg drew away and looked assured winners from the three quarter stage on.  They finished in style sending over some really fine points to embellish their winning margin. Éire Óg led by 0-4 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter, their scores coming from Philip O'Sullivan, Eamonn Cantillon Murphy, John Malone and Fintan Brennan.  James Moynihan and Michael had the Canovee scores.  Points from Moynihan and Paul O'Sullivan brought Canovee level but in the closing minutes Éire Óg drew away again with points from Philip O'Sullivan and Fintan Brennan to lead 0-6 to 0-4 at the break.

Five unanswered points for Éire Óg on the restart had them in a secure position and a goal from a Fintan Brennan '45' in the 42nd minute gave them an unassailable 1-11 to 0-4 advantage.  As always, Canovee fought back with a point from hard working Damian Ahern and a Michael Quinlan goal but Eire Og responded to this challenge with a series of excellent points to which Canovee replied with two points from James Moynihan frees. 

Éire Óg Richard Scally: Sean O'Connor, Kieran O'Sullivan, Colm Murphy: Dave Sheehan, Shane Murphy, John Kelleher: Kieran Hutchinson, Fionn O'Rourke: John Malone, Fintan Brennan, Daniel O'Shea: Vinny Coffey, Eamonn Cantillon Murphy, Philip O'Sullivan. Sub: Paul Ryan. 
Canovee: Darren Shine: Donal Cronin, Billy Creedon, Niall Cronin: Brian Lucey, Donal Murphy, Shane O'Riordan: Joe Cunningham, Damian Ahern: William Ahern, Michael Quinlan, Sean O'Connell: James Moynihan, Paul O'Sullivan, Gerry Shanahan. Subs: John Buckley, Conor Lucey, Aidan Murphy, Patrick Cronin. Referee: Mr Jerry Masters, Kilmichael.

 Ballincollig   0 – 14   Kilmurry  2 – 8

Kilmurry will be annoyed with themselves for letting victory slip from their grasp in this semi final at Ovens. Kilmurry led by 2-7 to 0-7 at half time and looked to be in control but they allowed Ballincollig back into the game in the second half, scored only one point themselves, had a lucky escape when Jason McDonnell saved a well hit Ballincollig penalty but eventually got caught by a late pointed free which earned 2011 champions Ballincollig a second chance. Full forward Kevin Crowley was in great form in the first half and his two goals gave his side a decided edge.  Michael Linehan led the attack with dash and contributed two points and Liam White, Robert Cahalane, Michael John O'Mahony, Kevin Crowley and Sean Murray chipped in with a point apiece to leave Kilmurry in control at he interval.

On the restart Ballincollig cut the deficit to three points within ten minutes and then were awarded a penalty.  When they failed to avail of this golden opportunity it seemed they would fade away but they had a point from a free and then added another to leave only a point between the teams as the final quarter started.  Kilmurry got their one and only score of the second half in the 47th minute from a Liam White free but Ballincollig free taker Dan Murphy pointed another free to again cut the gap to the minimum.  The clock ticked on with no change to the scoreboard but in the dying seconds a Ballincollig attack yielded a free and a game saving point. 
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: Daniel Cahalane, Diarmuid McSwiney, Joe O'Dowd: Martin O'Sullivan, Pat O'Sullivan, Adam Healy; Robert Cahalane, Colm Ryan: Michael John O'Mahony, Michael Linehan, Sean Murray: Daniel Buckley, Kevin Crowley, Liam White. Subs: Colm Crowley, and Johny O'Leary.   Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.

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Naomh Abán Minors who defeated Kilmeen, Clonakilty in the Division final.   Pic. Nóra Ní Luasa.

MJK Oils Junior 'C' Football Championship

Round One:

A  Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh   0 – 13     Kilmichael   1 - 8

B  Inniscarra   3 – 13     Macroom   3 - 11

C  Aghinagh   1 – 5     Ballincollig   1 - 10

Round Two (Quarter Finals):

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh   v   Inniscarra

Ballincollig  v  Cill na Martra

Éire Óg   4 - 16   Naomh Abán  2 – 5

Kilmurry   1 – 13   Dripsey   1 – 5

Semi Finals:

Éire Óg v  Kilmurry

Faro Intelligent Heating Under 21 'A' Hurling Championship

Semi Finals:

Cloughduv   2 – 10     Donoughmore   2 - 5

Blarney  2 - 16    Aghabullogue  2 – 12


Blarney   1 – 15     Cloughduv   0 – 11

Pre match favourites Blarney retained their Mid Cork U 21 crown at Ovens but they got a big fright from Cloughduv.  The final score line gives a false impression as 1-3 of the winning margin of seven points came in the dying minutes of the game.  Blarney led early on by two points before Darragh Ring pointed a Cloughduv free and when Blarney pointed in reply Cloughduv hopes got a major boost in the 12th minute when the Blarney goalkeeper got a red card for a challenge on Ring, who then pointed the resultant free.  Blarney despite their numerical disadvantage added two points to their tally before Cloughduv finished the half strongly with three points in a row to be level at half time at 0-5 each.

On the restart Blarney with wind advantage quickly added four points to their interval total an d then the sides exchanged points to keep Blarney four points clear with ten minutes remaining.  Cloughduv now raised their game and three points in a row left only the minimum between the teams but Blarney had a point to ease the situation.  Two further Blarney points were followed in the dying seconds by a goal for the winners to put a gloss on their winning margin. 
Cloughduv: Kevin Barry Murphy: William Crowley, Donal Cronin, Michael Dunne: William Ahern, Tony Dineen (0-1), D O'Sullivan: Colm Ryan, Sean O'Connor (0-1): Liam Ryan, Ger Lucey (0-1), Alan O'Sullivan: Charles Kenneally, Darragh Ring (0-7, 0-5 frees), Kevin Deasy. Subs: Gearóid Hinchion (0-1), Mark Verling and Patrick Grainger.   

 Mid Cork Under 21 'C' Hurling Championship

Semi Finals:

Clondrohid   1 – 5     Grenagh   1 - 16

Kilmichael   0 – 14     Blarney   1 – 6


Kilmichael  v   Grenagh

All Ireland Camogie Final

Wexford   3 – 13   Cork   3 – 6

Wexford ladies made it three in a row Camogie titles at Croke Park in what was described as one of the greatest finals ever.  Rena Buckley (Inniscarra), Joanne O'Callaghan, Aoife Murray and Briege Corkery of Cloughduv, and Síle Burns of Rockbán all played their part for Cork and Wexford did not establish their winning grip until very late in the game.

County Intermediate Camogie Championship Semi Final:

Aghabullogue 4-4 Carrigaline 1-4

Aghabullogue Intermediate Camogie ladies secured a place in the Intermediate Championship County Final following a well earned victory over Carrigaline.  Carrig started well and had a 1-4 on the scoreboard before Aghabullogue recorded their first score, a goal from Michelle Healy and they then followed with a point from play from Michelle Healy. With the Aghabullogue backs on top and just three points between the sides, all was to play for at half time, the score board reading 1-4 to 0-4 in favour of Carrigaline. With the wind to their backs the Aghabullogue ladies took control of the game and recorded many impressive scores. Michelle Healy opened the scoring of the second half, with a point from a free. This was quickly followed by an impressive goal from Aghabullogue corner forward Caroline Kiely, giving Aghabullogue the lead for the first time in the game. The hard work of the Aghabullogue mid field duo ensured Aghabullogue pushed further ahead when Michelle Healy scored a well deserved goal and a point from play. The forwards continued to pile the pressure on the Carrigaline backs and when Michelle Healy and Ciara Murphy scored a point and a goal respectively, Aghabullogue had extended their lead to three goals.
Aghabullogue: Nicola Moynihan, Mairéad Twomey, Erinn O'Connell, Aisling Duff, Jill Crowley, Joan Twomey, Niamh Twomey, Brid Twomey, Ciara Murphy, Deirdre Twomey, Michelle Healy, Aileen Twomey, Sarah Dineen, Una Browne, Caroline Kiely. Subs: Louise Roche and Kate O'Sullivan. Scorers: Michelle Healy 2-4 (0-2 free's), Caroline Kiely and Ciara Murphy 1-0 each.

County Intermediate Final:

Aghabullogue   2 – 8     Newtownshandrum   3 – 4

Aghabullogue won a thrilling County Intermediate final at Castle Road. Newtown took the lead early on but Aileen Twomey put Aghabullogue in front with a goal after ten minutes and with points from Ciara Murphy, Michelle Healy and Aileen Twomey they extended their advantage further. Newtown had a point in reply but Aghabullogue had the final score of the half, a point from Michelle Healy, and they led by 1-4 to 0-2 at the break. Facing the strong wind in the second half, Michelle Healy got Aghabullogue off to a good start with another point but Newtown hit back with a goal and then a point.  Aghabullogue came back with an Una Browne goal and Aileen Twomey and Ciara Murphy struck over points to extent the winner's lead to seven points.  They needed every point as Newtown hit back with another goal and and a point.  Ciara Murphy hit over an Aghabullogue point but with two minutes remaining Newtown struck for a third goal and only a pont separated the teams now.  With four minutes of injury time to be played the fjnal minutes were gripping but the Aghabullogue defence held firm and at the final whistle it was Aghabullogue who were still in front and so were crowned champions for 2012.

Aghabullogue: Nicola Moynihan: Mairead Twomey, Erinn O'Connell, Aisling Duff: Niamh Twomey, Joan Twomey, Jill Crowley; Ciara Murphy, Bríd Twomey: Aileen Twomey, Michelle Healy, Deirdre Twomey: Sarah Dineen, Una Browne, Caroline Kiely. Subs; Nicola Doherty, Kate O'Sullivan, Jill Kiely.

St. Val's Updates  

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 St Val's Senior Team who defeated Mourneabbey in the County Senior B Final  Pic. Mary Down

St. Val's 4 - 19 Mourneabbey 1 - 11

St. Val's captured the Tesco Homegrown Senior B County Championship Title in impressive fashion in Ballincollig on Friday, September 21st. In a reversal of the League Final result from earlier in the year, Val's proved much too strong for Mourneabbey, with a powerhouse display. St Val's took control of the contest from the start, with the forwards movement and pace causing the Mourneabbey defence major problems. Jean Lucey and Briege Corkery had a point apiece inside the first three minutes and Claire Byrne and Briege made it four points before Mourneabbey managed to open their account with two points from play. But Val's moved further ahead with points from Aoife Plunkett and Joanne Down before Claire Byrne rifled a shot to the Mourneabbey net to put Val's seven points clear at the break, 1.10 to 0.6. Mourneabbey started the second half with a point from play before Val's full forward Caoimhe Creedon cancelled out that effort with a fine point from way out the field .Val's then scored a brace of goals in a two minute spell from Máiréad Corkery and the hard working Jean Lucey, to stretch their lead to eleven points, which finished the game off as a contest. Joanne Down, Aoife Plunkett and Máiréad Corkery added further points before Caoimhe Creedon added her team's fourth goal just before referee Gene Buckley sounded the final whistle to seal an impressive win for St. Val's.

St Val's 3.10      Douglas 0.8

St Val's won their third under 16 Mid Cork title in a row when they defeated Douglas in a very entertaining game at the Redmond's GAA grounds in Cork City. Val's were first to settle and had two points on the board from midfielders Máiréad Corkery and Aisling Kelleher. They  stretched their lead with a point from Katie O'Sullivan before Dearbla Aherne added a goal, to take a firm grip of the game. Douglas finally opened their account in the 16th minute with a well taken point, followed by another two, to reduce the lead to a single goal entering the final ten minutes of the first half. Both teams exchanged points before Val's increased their lead further with three quick points from Aisling Buckley, Nicola Dennehy and Dearbla Aherne to leave the score at the break 1.8 to 5 points. The second half was no contest when Aisling Buckley scored her side's second goal. Douglas kicked three great points from play before Val's added their third goal just before the end from Máiréad Corkery, to leave them worthy winners.

St Val's 3.9    Mourneabbey 0.3

The under 12 girls got their County premier campaign off to a winning start in the Kilmurry GAA  grounds with a comprehensive win over their North Cork opponents, Mourneabbey. Val's played with the advantage of the breeze in the first half and had four points on the board after ten minutes with a brace each coming from midfielder, Ciara McCarthy  and full forward, Joanne Kelly. Ciara McCarthy increased their lead further with a great goal, before Meabh Carroll also got in on the scoring act with a well taken point from play. At this stage Mourneabbey were struggling to come to terms with the fast movement of the Val's players and were under pressure all over the pitch. St Val's centre back, Miriam Cotter, then added their second goal of the game to leave the score 2.5 to no score at the break. A few positional switches on the Mourneabbey team after the break seemed to have the desired effect as they scored two points from play inside the first five minutes and they kicked another fine point from play to reduce the St Val's lead further. Midfielder Ciara McCarthy then scored a great goal and Val's  finished the game with another three points to leave them comfortable winners. They now go on to meet Bantry in the semi final of the county.

St Val's 1.10  Glanmire 2.5

The St Val's under 12 team recorded a great win against Glanmire in the County final at Mayfield GAA grounds. Having nine players that won the county last year, Glanmire were favourites to retain their title but Val's got off to a great start with a point from captain Ciara McCarthy inside the opening five minutes.  Glanmire then kicked a point from a free before Claire Nevin pointed from play. Ciara McCarthy stretched the Val's lead with a pointed free before Glanmire scored the first goal of the game, to take the lead for the first time in the match. The teams  exchanged points just before the break with the Val's scores coming from the boot of Aisling O'Mahony and Ciara McCarthy leaving the score at the break 1.3 to 0.5 in favour of Glanmire. Val's started the second half with a point to draw level before Glanmire added their second goal, to lead by three points entering the last quarter. A switch by the Val's mentors moved Claire Nevin and she netted a great goal to draw level entering the final ten minutes. Val's then kicked two great points from Joanne Kelly and Ciara McCarthy, to lead entering the final few minutes of the game. Glanmire bombarded the Val's defence in search of the winning goal but our girls stood firm, especially the full backline of Ciara Plunkett, Orna Sexton and Zara Knight, who cleared everything that the Glanmire team threw at them and after eight  minutes of injury time the referee finally blew the whistle, leaving Val's victorious  at the end 1.10 to 2.5. Captain, Ciara McCarthy, collected the cup on behalf of her team amid great celebrations.

Macroom Ladies Football

Macroom ladies football has been busy lately with the under 16s finishing their league campaign with a very good win over Dripsey 6-10 to 2-10. This was a very good team performance with Harriett Kelleher and Brid O'Mahony excellent in defence and Rachel Hurley, Brionagh Healy and Amy Lucey accounting for most of the scores. This win places Macroom on top of the league and ensures a place in the final where we wait the winners of Dripsey and Bishopstown.

The minor Ladies have three rounds of their competition played over the last few weeks. In the first round they lost to a very impressive Passage team; then easily accounted for Ballyphehane in round two. In round three Macroom travelled to Grenagh for a very exciting game against the home club. Macroom trailed by four points at the break and suffered a double blow early in the second half when centre forward Orla Kelleher got injured and shortly afterwards Grenagh scored another goal to lead by seven points. Macroom, to their credit, never gave up and produced a very exciting finish to the game. Rachel Horgan scored a point to level the game three minutes into injury time before Lauren Manning scored the winner a minute later to win on a scoreline of 3-3 to 2-5. The goals were scored by Susie O'Donnell, Rachel Horgan and Grace Buckley. However this victory was a result of a very impressive team display especially by the defence and the hard work of the midfield pairing in particular the captain Kate Condon. Team Emma Healy, Celine Casey, Meabh Hourihan, Harriett Kelleher, Alish Hinchion, Grace Buckley, Clare Cronin, Rachel Horgan, Kate Condon, Irene O'Callaghan, Orla Kelleher, Sarah Hinchion, Brionagh Healy, Susie O'Donnell, Lauren Manning, Finley O'Donovan, Lily Healy and Mary Ann Healy, Myra O'Riordan, Clare McCarthy, Deirdre Coakley, Noelle Creedon.

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Aghinagh who defeated Carrignavar in the East Region Minor Final   Copyright 

East Region Minor C Championship Final

Aghinagh 3-10   Carrignavar   3-8

In a highly entertaining Minor Championship Final played recently in Ballyanly, Aghinagh emerged victorious against Carrignavar.  The game was played at a hectic pace, with both teams attacking at will. The early exchanges were close and Aghinagh led at the interval 2-5 to 2-3.  Early in the second half Aghinagh took a commanding seven point lead, due mainly to superb movement and clinical finishing by their forwards.  However, Carrignavar put the pressure on for the last 15 minutes and it was Aghinaghs defence that had to show their metal as Carrignavar reduced the deficit to two points. Aghinagh held on however for a deserved victory and Captain, Diarmuid O'Riordan, accepted the cup on behalf of his jubilant team mates.

Aghinagh Team:  Nial O'Connor, Dermot O'Callaghan, John Lynch, Donagh McCarthy, Diarmuid O'Riordan (0-1), Andrew Murphy (0-2), Ross Crowley, Sean Dineen, Sean Kelleher (3-4), Matthew McCarthy, William Coakley (0-3, Stephen Spillane, Christopher Duggan, Donagh O'Riordan, Diarmuid Crowley, Denis Coakley.

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 At presentation of trophies for Réigiún na Gaeltachta Bowling, sponsored by Údarás na Gaeltachta.   Pic. Nóra Ní Luasa

Canovee G.A.A  

Canovee   1.08    Ballygarvan   6.08.

Canovee   5.11 Ibane Gaels   2.12.
Canovee played Ballygarvan under lights in the under 15 B football championship on September 18th. Canovee found the physically stronger Ballygarvan team hard to deal with in this game and were behind at half time by 2.07 to 1.04, with Conor Hughes scoring the Canovee goal.  A few quick goals early in the second half put Ballygarvan in control. Canovee tried very hard till the end and were unlucky not to find the net on a few occasions. Canovee: Cathal Moynihan, Cormac O'Driscoll, Patrick Buckley, Humphrey O'Mahoney, Neil Kirk, Gavin Hickey, Sean Browne, Conor Hughes, Jack Murphy, Brian Verling, Mark Healy, Denis Murphy, Mark Walsh, Kieran Moynihan, Eoin Cullen. Subs Dean Looney, Daniel O'Driscoll.
Canovee responded to the championship defeat in positive fashion when they played Ibane Gaels at home in the under 15 B league. Canovee led at half time by 2.08 to 2.04, with Conor Hughes and Brian Verling getting the goals. Canovee maintained their lead in the second half, helped by further goals by Gavin Hickey and Mark Healy and at the final whistle were ahead by 5.11 to 2.12

With the underage season drawing to a close, three teams are still left in competitive action, the under 14s are due to play Whitechurch in the league semi final, the under 13s must play Aghinagh in the league final, while the under 11s are also through to the league final.

September 16th under 13 B east league semi final Canovee 4.15  Bride Rovers 1.01

Under 11 league semi final Canovee 4.08 v Mayfield 4.04

Lotto:  23rd September Number Drawn: 3,10,24,28. No winner. €50  Jim Cunningham, Carrigadrohid. €25  Gobnait  Deasy, Aherla, Con Murphy, Farran. Jack the joker, Michael Deasy, Aherla. Next lotto draw on 30th September in the Castlemore Arms for jackpot of €14,600.

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The Muskerry squad which lifted the Billy Keating Cup on September 9th.  Pic Mary Casey

Muskerry Rugby Football Club

Adult section: The first silverware of the season was claimed when the Billy Keating Cup was lifted on September 9th following a stirring victory over Sunday's Well by 21-17. There is now a quiet confidence exuding from the players in both of our teams as they gear up for their leagues at beginning of October.

Car Boot Sale: all roads lead to the Car Boot Sale at Muskerry RFC in Inniscarra Community Centre, Ballyanly from 9.30 to 4pm on Sunday, September 30. Admission €2 for adults and children are free. Cars €10, Vans €15, Traders €20. All welcome!

Sponsor a slab: Our fund raising campaign is now in full swing and we appeal to all our players and parents to assist us in this drive to complete the upstairs of the clubhouse. €50 slab donations can be paid to any club official.

Youth rugby: Our U13, U14, U15, U17 and U19 teams are all back in training and new players with or without experience are more than welcome.

Mini rugby is back: Mini rugby for ages 7-12 takes place every Saturday from 10.30 to 12.00. New players are welcome for all teams and the aim is to foster and develop young players of all abilities in a safe, non competitive, enjoyable environment. Parents of players are particularly welcome to participate in the club, and previous rugby experience is not required!

For more information on Muskerry Rugby club please go to our new website at http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/Muskerryrugby  or see the contacts: Mini Rugby Contact: Michael Kett 087-3290946: Youth rugby Contact: Lorraine Sheehan 086-2106813; Adult Rugby Contact: Pat Dennehy 087-2394552

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 Cloughduv soccer team that recently won the West Cork Cup Final, defeating Rosscarberry  3 – 0.  Pic. Cathal Hughes

Macroom Soccer

Macroom A got their Premier League campaign off to a winning start with a 3-2 win away over Castleview.  Castleview led 2-0 at half time but goals from James O'Connor, Sean Kiely and O'Connor again gave Macroom victory.  In the FAI Junior Cup 1st Round game in Macroom, Kilumney opened up a 3-0 lead on Macroom and after goals from Darragh Crowley and James O'Connor, the home side could not get the equaliser in a great comeback attempt and so exit the national competition.  Macroom 'B' lost 3-2 to Shandon Celtic in the Saxone Cup and were no match for Coachford 'A' in the AOH Cup.  Macroom Youths team are going great guns with five wins in a row in the U 18 League One.