Lee Valley Outlook - Oct 11 2012 v9e21

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 Macroom Food Festival, September 2012.  © Danny O'Keeffe

Lee Valley Diary 

Briery Gap:

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

Wed. 17th Oct The Help

Sat. 20th Oct. @ 8.30 pm: On the Last Train From Holyhead

Sunday 21st Oct Hugo

Monday 22nd Oct @ 8.30 pm; Bonsai

Wed. 24th Oct The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Sunday 28th Oct Puss in Boots

Macroom Library: Penn Bookclub: Fri. Oct 12, 4 p.m.
Purlies Thurs. Oct. 18 at 11a.m -12.30. 
Gramophone Recital: with David McInerney, Mon. Nov. 12 11a.m. – 12.30p.m.
Saturday Storytime 12 until 12.45

Macroom Senior Citizens: Fr. Ryan Hall:
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.

'Múscraí Beo' concert on Fri. Oct. 12 in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne.
Aghinagh Macra 1st anniversary dance in the Abbey Hotel, Fri. Oct. 12.
Taispeántas Ealaíne bunaithe ar fhilíocht an Ríordánach san Ionad Cultúrtha ón 13ú Meán Fhómhair - 5ú Samhain.
Marymount Hospice Coffee day and cake sale, Sat., Oct. 13, Kilmurry G.A.A. Complex 10.30am to 4pm.
Coachford Local Market on Sat., Oct. 13th 10.30 -1pm.
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.
Top of Coom Fundraiser: in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney on Sat., Oct. 13.
Clondrohid Development Sponsored Walk Sun. Oct. 14 at 2 p.m.
Muskerry Local History Society Lecture at Ballincollig Rugby Club at 8p.m. on Tues. Oct. 16th. 
Donoughmore Race Night at Pat Barry's & Sully's on Sat. 20th Oct. at 8.30pm.
Rusheen Parents Association Fun Quiz  and Raffle, Castle Hotel, Macroom, Wed. Oct. 24, 8 pm.
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 

Macroom Updates

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Macroom Market Square during the recent Food Festival. ©Danny O'Keeffe.

Gourmet Macroom

Macroom's first ever Food Festival, celebrated in rare and treasured sunshine, drew foodies, musicians and thousands of visitors to the mid Cork capital during the last weekend in September. Organisers of the event were delighted by the massive visitor attendance and the really positive response to all components of the festival. Particular thanks for their kind sponsorship and support to the West Cork Development Partnership, Lee Valley Enterprise Board, Bullseye Food Marketing, Macroom Town Council, Macroom E Enterprise Centre, The Castle Hotel & Leisure Centre, Twomey Butchers, Bord Gais & Balfour Beatty, C103fm, Evening Echo, Pallas Foods, ABP Ireland, Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland, Macroom Credit Union, Connie O'Riordan Xmas Trees, Clona Dairy, Bank of Ireland Macroom Branch  and the food businesses locally who got involved.
The Inter Schools Cook Off was one of the highlights, with students of St Mary's Secondary School, winning the prize for best meal using local ingredients and gaining them an iPad apiece. Organisers of Festival say they are thrilled with the public and traders' response to the event and the wonderful array of artisan food produce on offer over the three days. Chairperson of the organising committee, Denis O'Leary of No 57 Gourmet Kitchen, comments: "We are absolutely bowled over by the thousands of people that have visited Macroom for the festival. It is a huge boost for the town and fantastic to see families enjoying good food and entertainment in the rare sunshine." According to Denis, there is huge enthusiasm for good quality, locally sourced food: "We've met people this weekend who have travelled from Dublin, Mayo, Kerry, Limerick and all corners of Cork to sample the fare. The quality of food on offer has been tremendous – over 60 food traders have taken part and showcased their produce over the three days of the festival".

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Enjoying the good things on offer at the first Macroom Food Festival.   ©Danny O'Keeffe

The Macroom Food Festival ran from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September with a series of foodie demonstrations on Friday evening, a taste trail and busking competition around town on Saturday afternoon, followed by two cheese and wine events on Saturday evening. The grand finale was a massive food market, complete with live music, circus entertainers, a kids' funfair and the extremely popular inter schools cook off on Sunday afternoon. The cook off saw students from local schools compete against each other to produce the best meal using only locally produced ingredients. The coveted prize was an iPad each for the winning students and a trophy for their school.

The busking competition was won by Dublin based four piece band Verona Riots, who scooped €500 for their fantastic performance. Grace & The Crimes from Cork came second, winning €250 and Gerry from Cloyne, Eabha O'Leary & Family and Joe Guinness came third, fourth and fifth respectively.

The inter schools cook off was won by St. Mary's Secondary School. Students Harriet Kelleher and Máiréad Corkery cooked up a storm with a dish containing scallops from Clancy's Fresh Fish, Macroom, black pudding from De Róiste's in Baile Bhúirne and bacon from Michael Twomey Butchers, Macroom, with a mint pea pureé to top everything off.

Sunday's huge food market saw visitors sampling everything from West Cork buffalo meats to Carrigaline Farmhouse Cheese, Poitin Marmalade from Newcestown, McCarthy's Kilnamartyra Yoghurt, woodfired pizzas and De Róiste's black and white pudding from Baile Bhúirne (to name but a few).

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Martin Coughlan MCC, Linda O'Brien, Bord Gáis Networks, Mayor Eoin McCarthy, Pat O'Connell, Sean Crowley and  David Golden, Bord Gáis Networks, at the launch of the Food Festival, at the Briery Gap Theatre        ©O'Sullivan Photo, Macroom 

Cork circus provided interactive crowd entertainment, getting belly laughs from kids and adults alike. There was plenty more for children to do and see, with a bouncing castle, carousel, face painting and puppet show. The Dynamics Show Band belted out the musical backdrop to the afternoon, followed by Aghinagh Comhaltas and a kids disco to finish. Roll on 2013 and another mouth watering experience for Muskerry.

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Don Buckley and Martin Coughlan enjoy some buskers' performance at Macroom Food Festival   ©

Road Works in and near Macroom  

Gas Pipeline

N22 Killarney Road (From the Coachford turn off towards the town). From 07.00 to 23.00, a Stop and Go system will be in place until early November. No works will take place on Fridays. Delays expected.

Access Road to LIDL, Dunnes Stores & Boots. From 07.00 to 19.00, a Stop and Go system will be in place until Friday 12th October.

Cooleyhane Road. From 08.00 to 19.00, a Temporary Road Closure will be in place until Friday 26th October. Local Access only, diversion in place via the main street (N22).

The Square & Barrack Lane from 30th Oct – 1st Nov (School Mid-Term) works will take place on Barrack Lane and in under the arch that leads to the castle, school, community centre & Golf club. The entrance to the arch will close for 1 day from 7am to 7pm on Wednesday, October 31. Once inside the arch there will be a stop/go in place for the rest of the week while working towards the school.

The businesses have been notified and are aware that the works will take place from 31-10-2012.  Access to the golf course will be accessible from the back entrance to the golf club. At most 1 or 2 parking spaces in the square may be required while working at the entrance into the Castle over the mid-term period.

N22 Cork Road, 31st Oct – 8th Nov, Nightworks

Craddocks are building a pedestrian bridge beside the existing bridge over the river Sullane with night works from 31-10-2012 until 08-11-2012 from 7pm to 7am. Bord Gáis Networks' contractor will avail of the road closure to also carry out night works along that part of the N22. The diversion route is as follows: All traffic coming from Killarney will be diverted before the bridge at the Masseytown Rd junction, onto the Cooleyhane Rd, then right onto the Coachford Rd and right again onto the N22 Cork Rd. HGVs will be controlled by Stop/ Go on the Cooleyhane Rd. All Traffic coming from Cork on the N22 will be diverted right onto the Coachford Rd, then onto the Cooleyhane Rd, left onto Masseytown Rd and right at the junction back onto the N22 Killlarney Rd. HGVs will be controlled by Stop/ Go on the Cooleyhane Rd.

Resurfacing West of Macroom

Cork County Council, in conjunction with the National Roads Authority, is currently carrying out resurfacing works on the N22 west of Macroom Town. The works include tree surgery & hedge cutting, verge clearing, drainage improvements, pavement strengthening and improvement, road lining and studding etc. The works are being carried out on the N22 National Primary Route from Inchinlinane to the approach to Macroom Town, for a distance of approximately 4km. Currently, a Stop/Go traffic management system is being utilised to ensure the safety of our Contractors, staff and that of the general public.  It is envisaged that the road will be closed for a number of weeks in November to facilitate completion of these works. There will be a traffic diversion via Clondrohid for the east and west bound traffic. Further details of this road closure will follow shortly. Cork County Council, the National Roads Authority and our Contractor Roadstone Wood Ltd. wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused during these works.

St. Mary's News       

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RTE's Tommy Gorman with Ms O'Donovan and St. Mary's School Choir, who will appear on RTE on October 14. ©  An Scoil 

St Mary's Choir on RTE: Congratulations to the School Choir who have reached the Regional Final of the RTE All Island Secondary School Choir Competition. The choir is made up of students from third year up to Leaving Cert and is directed by Ms Aoife Donovan. They have worked extremely hard to enter the competition and recorded a CD of two songs, Agnus Dei and Fix You. RTE's Tommy Gorman visited the school on Thursday October 4 to film a profile of the school in preparation for the event. They will perform in the Cork School of Music with five other schools and the programme will be televised on RTE on 14th October at 5.10pm. Well done best of luck girls. We are very proud of you!
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Harriet Kelleher and Máiréad Corkery, St. Mary's Secondary School, Macroom, winners of the inter schools Cook Off  at  Macroom Food Festival with their parents -Michael and Kitty Corkery and Jerry and Margo Ann Kelleher.   ©  O'Sullivan Photo, Macroom

Winning Chefs! Congratulations to Máiréad Corkery and Harriet Kelleher, Fourth Year students at St Marys. Their dish, 'Sleaveen Scallops with Black Pudding', won the Inter Schools Cook-Off Competition as part of Macroom Food Festival. The schools taking part were asked to demonstrate creativity and originality in creating a dish which showcased local produce. The girls each won an iPad and a wonderful trophy for the school. Both students were grateful to their Food Teacher Mrs. O'Donovan, who helped them prepare for the event.

Science Olympians: Congratulations to Elaine O'Brien, Rachel Casey and Eileen Murphy. Owing to their exceptional results in Maths and Science in the Junior Certificate 2012, they have been selected to take part in the Irish Science Olympiad in Dublin 27th October. Well done girls and good luck!

Leaving Certificate Retreat: The Sixth Year students had a one day retreat on 25th September led by Declan Browne of the Mir Retreat Centre in Cork, a Catholic lay team dedicated to supporting and facilitating young people on their Christian journey. They encourage faith development in young people, particularly to assist them in understanding their relationship with others and with God. The students were overwhelmingly positive in their response to the event; many found it to be uplifting and inspiring. In addition, the students were appreciative of how the day helped them value and support each other as a group.

Fund Raising for Simon Community: Well done to Fourth Year students at the school who raised €1342 for the Cork Simon Community. Cork Simon is a centre for homeless people, where they are given food, shelter and medical care. The students had a visit from a Simon Community spokesperson recently, who highlighted the problem of homelessness and how the charity works to help people find a home. This prompted the students to hold a bag packing event at Dunne's Stores to support such a worthy cause. Well done to all concerned.

Sports Day: On Wednesday the 19th of September, the 6A1 L.C.V.P. class organised a Sports Day for the Junior classes which was a huge success. There were two centres for the activities: the field was used for events such as 100m running, 200m running, Egg & Spoon race, Three-legged race, Football solo, Camogie solo, Badminton solo and the class relay. The Sports Hall was used for the Basketball League, Target Throw and Obstacle race. All the Junior students had a great day. A lot of prizes were awarded throughout the day to individual athletes. The class trophy was won by the 2A1 class. Congratulations to all of the participants.

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Aspiring chefs, Megan and Mary O'Leary, Bláithín Lucey, Julie O'Riordan, Anna O'Connor and Cathy Anne Murphy, Clondrohid at an Open Night at McEgan College, Macroom ©  Lee Valley Outlook

 Helping Students with Disabilities

A well attended meeting at De la Salle College, Macroom heard details of Assistive Technology and how it can help students who have disabilities to maximise their potential. Deirdre Madden, Assistive Technology Outreach Co-ordinator at U.C.C., told parents and teachers of supports and technology available to third level students and advocated that students become familiar and comfortable with such technology at primary and second level also. Deirdre emphasised that all children, but particularly those with disabilities, should have IT skills and be adept at keyboarding and touch typing. Students with physical and sensory (vision and hearing) disabilities can all access technology that will support them during their time in 3rd level education. Students with difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, Aspergers, reduced stamina and many other conditions are all receiving both technological and personal supports while studying in U.C.C.
Ms. Madden also spoke of the DARE and HEAR programmes which help redress the imbalance for disadvantaged students. 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. <mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; . Website: www.ucc.ie/dss http://www.ucc.ie/dss

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Mayor of Macroom, Owen McCarthy, cuts the tape at the official opening of the new St. Vincent de Paul Charity Shop at Castle Street, Macroom ©   Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Tidy Towns Report 2012

Macroom, which contests the very competitive D Category in Cork South, managed to increase its overall mark by 6 this year, despite some disadvantages highlighted by the adjudicators in their report. The town is just 17 marks behind the overall winner, a tiny village in Roscommon, but marks at that level are the most difficult to earn, particularly for a town with serious traffic problems. The town earned 45/50 for Overall Development Approach and the judges commended the committee for the 4 maps submitted; their strong core group with representatives from residents' associations; their links with statutory bodies and agencies as well as business interests and schools and the 5 year plan. However, the adjudicator considered the high volume of through traffic, with its impact on the built environment and the noise levels, a serious problem for the quality of life in the town. The Built Environment section earned just 38/50, with many business premises pinpointed as being in need of an upgrade. Landscaping got 39/50, with Market Square praised for the sculpture, water feature and planted areas.  Some walls need care but the garden at the Ceard Scoil was admired; an incidental area near the Topaz garage was considered as being nicely landscaped, as was the grotto. Wildlife and Natural Amenities. 33/50. Identification plaques for trees on the river bank were praised, as was the management of the river banks, which features good accessibility and retention of natural beauty.  The river walk is most peaceful and provides an oasis from the noise of the traffic through the streets. Town Centre Walks and those within the environs of the town offer wonderful recreational amenity facilities. Litter Control, with 37/50, was deemed excellent.  Tidiness, with just 18/30, suffered from the multiplicity of service poles, wires and utility boxes and some untidy commercial premises. Street furniture, road signs, rails and walls were commended. Waste Minimisation got14/20, thanks to Green Flag status of the schools, the recycling facility and the efforts of Macroom E. It was suggested that a waste audit be undertaken, with the objective of preventing waste at source in addition to recycling and reuse. Residential Areas, with 29/40, received mixed reviews, with boundary walls coming in for negative comment. Roads, Streets and Back Areas earned 34/50, with footpaths and kerbs found to be in various states of disrepair. Entrances into Macroom were said to be nicely presented and namestones and nameplates look well. Some street furniture needs attention. Street nameplates throughout the town look well.  Car parking is well organised but a By Pass is badly needed. General Impression. 8/10 Macroom is an attractive town with good recreational amenity facilities and features. However your adjudicator is of the opinion that it is not pedestrian-friendly and problems caused by through traffic affect the quality of life in Macroom. 

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Jamie Ó Duinn ó Scoil Fhionnbarra, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, a bhuaigh duais sa chomórtas ealaíona sa leabharlann le linn an Féile Bhia i Máigh Chromtha, le leabharlannaí, James Deane. ©  An Scoil. 

Macroom Library   

What a great success the Food Festival was! Macroom Library was delighted to have a part in it, and if not everything  went  as well as we would have liked, well this was the first year and we are on a learning curve. We will strive to do better next year. The puppet show in the afternoon drew hundreds of children and unfortunately, we had to turn many away. There was a much more manageable turnout for the fruit and vegetable themed Fancy Dress and the variety and imagination of the costumes was brilliant!  Fiachra Kerry as 'The Jolly Green Giant' got first prize; David and Cathal Neville as 'the Red Hot Chilli Peppers' came second.  Elba Ní Nualaín in the guise of a bunch of grapes came third and Conor Kerins was an excellent carrot and got 4th prize. Our thanks to Owen McCarthy, Mayor of Macroom, who awarded the prizes. We received over 700 entries for the colouring competition, all of which have been on display for the last week.  Again, there was great effort put in and many visitors to the library have commented on the wonderfully colourful display they made.  We had 3 main winners in each category. In the 8 and under category Estelle Hickey, Jamie Ó Doinn, and Emma Cahill  collected the prizes at a  ceremony in the library at 4.15 on Saturday 29th and in the 9 and up category Sophia Burke, Mary O'Leary, and Kate Condon were victorious. The 7 runners up in each category received medals from James Deane, our Branch Manager.  Photos of both the fancy dress and colouring prize giving are on the wall in the library. Many thanks to Sean Desmond for the copies of the photographs he took.
Fixtures: Oct 12th at 4pm Penn Book Club.  The current title is '19 Railway St' by Morgan Llellewan. Oct 18th at 11 am  Knitting with the Purlies who are currently knitting garments for premature babies.  Saturday Storytime is at 12 until 12.45 with a member of staff reading the stories. For October our display space is host to an exhibition of photographs by Ann Hartnett on the theme of Macroom's Industrial Heritage.

Book Launch    

A great crowd of family, friends and colleagues came to Macroom Town Hall for the launch of Martin Mullins's novel, Harry's Decision, on October 5. The author said that the book is a fictional account of how one man's decision can affect the lives of others. His colleague, Neil Prendeville, 96FM, said it was an exploration of the 'What if?' syndrome and quoted from Robert Frost's poem, 'The Road not Taken' – ' Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and sorry I could not travel both'. Other speakers at the launch were Deputy Mayor Evelyn McSweeney and Mick Mulcahy of 96FM.

Gramophone Recital

The October Gramophone Recital at Macroom Library was presented by Maura Cronin and was a truly delightful session, with a variety of classical and popular numbers. Maura's first choice was Nigel Kennedy, appropriately performing Autumn, Concerto No. 3, one of 500 by Vivaldi. Maria Callas then sang Casta Diva from Bellini's Norma and this was followed by Jose Carreras proclaiming Nessun Dorma from Puccin's Turandot. Josef Locke praised Máire, My girl and Beverly Sills and Nicolai Gedda performed the drinking song duet, Brindisi, from Verdi's La Traviata. Dean Martin brought back memories with That's Amore and Lucia Popp presented the Song to the Moon from Dvorak's Rusalka. John McCormack identified Silver Threads among the Gold and the first half concluded with Elizabeth Schwarzkopf singing an aria from Franz Lehar's Merry Widow. After refreshments, Maura presented Bring him home from Les Miserables, sung by Colm Wilkinson; Angela Gheorghiu with O Mio Babbino Caro by Puccini; Gracie Fields with Bless This House and Sir Thomas Allen singing On The Banks of the Wabash. The morning's entertainment concluded with Sarah Brightman singing Attesa from Cavalleria Rusticana; Arthur Tracey with Jimmy Kennedy's South of the Border and Harry Belafonte echoing the sentiments of the audience with My Lord, what a Morning.  The November Gramophone Recital on Monday 12 and will be presented by David McInerney. 

Voce di Donna

A new classical group, Voce di Donna (Voice of a Woman), delighted a sparse audience in the Briery Gap, Macroom on October 5. Fiona O'Reilly, soprano; Christina O'Flynn, mezzo soprano and Rhoda Dullea, piano, presented arias from famous operas and musical shows. Since most of the lyrics were Italian or French, each performer gave a lively and entertaining introduction to the number before presenting it dramatically and in simple but most effective costumes. The programme included O Mio Babbino Caro by Puccini, Les Tringles des Sistres from Carmen, Un Bel Di from Madame Butterfly, Summertime from Porgy and Bess, Gershwin's The Man I Love and concluded with the delightful Cats Me-ow. Watch out for this group. They are great entertainers.

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 22nd October @ 8.30 pm – Bonsài

Dir: Cristiàn Jimènez, Chile, 2011, 95 mins. Cert: CLUB, Starring: Diego Noguera, Nathalia Galgani, Gabriela Arncibia, Cristòbal Briceño. Language: Spanish

To read Flaubert and Proust with your girlfriend after a passionate bout of lovemaking - what more could a young intellectual want?  How about, years later, being asked by a veteran novelist to type out the handwritten notes for his next novel?  Julio is in literary heaven.  But life, like literature, can be surprising, and very soon Julio is forced to live up the lies he has been spinning.  Bonsài presents a charming Chilean spin on Proust's Remembrance of Things Past—Chicago International Film Festival 2011

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. 17th Oct The Help

Wed. 24th Oct The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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

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

Sunday 21st Oct Hugo

Sunday 28th Oct Puss in Boots

Sulan Film Society

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

Halloween Movie Marathon

31st October 8:00 pm : The Cabin in the Woods (cert 15), Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

15 minute Interval

10.00 pm : Paranormal Activity: After a young, middle class couple moves into what seems like a typical suburban "starter" tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night!

€5.00 for one movie; €8.00 for two movies; €2.00 popcorn special

Theatre: 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

Friday 9th November @ 8.00 pm; The Kilkennys; Tickets €15

Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November @ 8.00 pm, Briery Gap Players present Titanic: Message in a Bottle

Friday 30th November @ 8.00 pm London Irish Theatre/Borderline Theatre present Cooley Women

Christmas Pantomime 2012: New Cast and Chorus members welcome. Phone 087 2755080 before Wednesday 17th October.


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)

Marymount Hospice Coffee day and cake sale will take place on Saturday, October 13  Kilmurry G.A.A. Complex from 10.30am to 4.00pm. All welcome.
Canovee N.S. Parents' Association: have organised a collection of used clothing for recycling at the school. Items will be accepted during school hours and at 7pm on Thursday 11th Oct and before 9.30am on Friday 12th October. Clean clothes, bags, belts, shoes, linens, curtains, stuffed toys are welcome. The association wishes to thank all families, local businesses and community for supporting the recent sponsored walk fundraiser.
Ladies Go Bare: 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.  
Top of Coom Fundraiser: A fundraising dance for the Creedon Family, Top of Coom is planned for the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney on Saturday, October 13. Music will be provided by two bands – Country Roads and Mike Fitzgerald, Helen and Southern Pride. Starting at 9 o'clock and there will be a donation box at the door.
Coachford Local Market will be held on Saturday, October 13th 10.30 -1pm. Come along and browse through lots of second hand books [proceeds to V de P]; pick up some veg. cheeses, jams and preserves;  a lovely but unusual gift in painted slate, fabric crafts , jewellery , or more.  Try to resist the wonderful selection of fresh baking and enjoy a Fair Trade tea or coffee for €1 [we also have hot chocolate and juice] while the children enjoy a free activity. This month the local SVP chapter will collect 'Once Loved, Nearly New or New clothing at the market so please do a trawl of you wardrobes etc and bring what you don't want along. It will be put to very good use.
Muskerry Local History Society: Lecture by Donal O'Flynn on The Cork to Macroom Railway, 1866 - 1953. Donal will give an account of the building, accidents, civil war events and eventual closure of the railway. The lecture will take place in the Ballincollig Rugby Club (Tanner Park) Clubhouse at 8p.m. on Tuesday October 16th.  Membership of the Society costs €10 per year. Admission to lecture €3 for non-members. Everyone Most Welcome.
Macroom Senior Citizens: The conclusion of the October fundraiser for Macroom Senior Citizens is the 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 purchased from any committee member for €2 each or 3 for €5.
Rusheen Parents Association will hold their Annual Fun Quiz in the Castle Hotel, Macroom on  Wednesday, October 24 at 8.00pm with a raffle for many prizes. Everybody Welcome.
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.
Aghinagh G.A.A. : Long serving member, Dan O'Connor, of Aghinagh G.A.A. Club, was feted in Tigh Ui Laoghaire recently.  The Club organised a party to celebrate Dan's 80th birthday.  Dan has been involved in the Club since its foundation in 1949.  He is a founding member, played with the Club and is Club President.  He is still an active member in the GPC and also helps to maintain the pitch.  Dan was presented with a beautiful, inscribed, crystal ball to mark his service to the Club, together with a letter from Frank Murphy, Secretary of the Cork County Board, acknowledging his wonderful contribution to the world of G.A.A. Also present were members of Dan's family, and his wife, Rose, who was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Club Secretary, Anne O'Sullivan.
Tidy Townlands: The results of the Aghabullogue/ Coachford/ Rylane Community Council Tidy Townlands 2012 Competition are now in. Regional Winner (North) is Oldcastle. Regional Winner (Mid) is Leckaneen. Regional Winner (South) is Knockaneowen. Overall Townland Winner is Knockaneowen. Well done to all who participated. You have each helped in no small way to enhance your own areas. Comprehensive results are available at http://www.facebook.com/acrcommunitycouncil  , or contact Committee Members Jo Healy, Willie Dennehy, Doug Lucey or any Community Council Member.
Dripsey Community Association Bingo at Dripsey National School every Thursday night @ 8.00 p.m. All over 16 yrs are welcome. Bus leaves Berrings  Cross at 7.30 p.m.. Model Village at  7.45 p.m €2.00 return trip.
Coachford AFC Lotto Results 24/9/2012, Jackpot: €1,500, Numbers Drawn: 1 - 15 - 24, No Winner, €20 Winners: Noel Finnegan, Sheila Barrett, Tony O' Farrell, Noreen Lucey (Yearly Ticket), David Harrington (Yearly Ticket).  
1/10/2012, Jackpot: €1,600, Numbers Drawn: 7 - 24 - 27, No Winner, €20 Winners: Johnny Sheehan, Dan Cooney, Margaret O' Riordan, Paddy O' Riordan, Peg O' Riordan.
8/10/2012, Jackpot: €1,700, Numbers Drawn: 7 - 9 - 21, Winner: Shirley Moody, €20 Winners: Lisa Murphy, Aaron Doherty, Declan O'Connell, Tony Enneguess, Pat Murphy.

Lee Valley Updates

Alive at the Ionad Cultúrtha

'Múscraí Beo' with Richard Lucey, Nell Ní Chróinín and Jim Murray are in concert on Friday, October 12 in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne. Richard Lucey, from Inchigeela, is regarded as one of the Ireland's leading accordion players.  He teaches at traditional music festivals; has performed with bands such as Altan and North Cregg and has toured with Fiona Kelleher on the Music Network 'Sullane Sessions'. He also plays regularly with the Ger Wolfe Quartet, with Jon Saunders and with Jim Murray at different festival and events. Nell Ní Chróinín is a young sean nós singer from Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh. Her singing is very much a product of her environment and heritage with its mix of the infectiously light hearted and more serious songs. Nell has appeared on many television programmes such as Geantraí, Anam an Amhráin, Amhrán is ansa liom and Cérbh í?. She has also made a number of recordings, guesting on the 2010 compilation Rogha Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy and on Raw Bar Collective 2011. She has also toured extensively, gives masterclasses at the University of Limerick and has sung at many festivals in Ireland, England and in Switzerland. Jim Murray is an internationally acclaimed Irish musician. Born into a musical family, he joined an accordion band at the age of seven. On his tenth birthday he got his first guitar. He formed his own band at the age of eighteen and in 1998 began his professional career, touring Japan and Australia with accordion legend Seamus Begley and America with piano accordion ace Alan Kelly. In 1999 Jim was invited to become guitarist with world-renowned Irish musician Sharon Shannon and remains her "right hand man", having recorded and toured with her over five continents. He also released two critically acclaimed albums with long term partner Seamus Begley and  scooped many prestigious awards such as The Irish Times and Hotpress Traditional Irish Music Album of the Year. Jim has performed and recorded with artists such as Sinead O'Connor, Steve Earl, Shane McGowan, Altan and Mary Black.

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The official opening of Bengour Harvest Festival, from left, Neil O'Brien, Rod Davidson representing ACT, Fr Pat O'Donovan PP Kilmichael, Kevin O'Dwye, Marymount,  Eamon Galvin Chairperson, Colum Cronin MC, Declan Sodam Cork Cancer Research ©  Peter Scanlan

Gaisce Award Winners

Inspirational young people from Cork and all over Ireland have received Gaisce Gold Awards from President Michael D. Higgins for outstanding community work and significant personal achievements. Gaisce, the President's Award, is presented to modern day heroes and heroines aged between the ages of 15 and 25 years who achieve personal goals in different types of activity, including community involvement, personal skills, physical recreation and adventure. 70 Gaisce Gold Awards were presented to young people north and south who excelled and achieved their goals at a ceremony in Dublin Castle.  Among the 18 Cork winners were Katie Healy from Aghabullogue and Tracey Duggan from Macroom. 

Donoughmore Races

The long awaited renovations to the community centre are well under way. This project is being partly funded by IRD Duhallow Leader. A Joint Race Night is being organised at the 2 local pubs at Donoughmore Cross - Pat Barry's & Sully's - to raise  funds for the work on the hall. Over the next 2 weeks volunteers will be calling to townlands, selling Owners €20; Jockey €15; trainers €10. Come to the races on Saturday 20th October at 8.30pm. A great night is guaranteed. Please support this local fundraiser.

 Clondrohid Updates

Development Group Walk: will take place on Sunday October 14 at 2pm, meeting at the Community Hall car park. This annual walk is the only means of support for the Development Group to maintain and enhance the village. Your support will be greatly appreciated. Sponsorship cards are available at the Post Office and Kelleher Oils and from committee members. All monies collected will be spent wisely and frugally.
Set Dancing: continues every Tuesday night in the Community Hall at 8pm. New members always welcome.
Macroom Food Festival: Congratulations to all involved in the organisation of this first time Food Festival. A lot of hard work was needed to prepare this event and the general comments on both days were 'A job well done'. So let's hope it's the start of something new for Macroom
G.A.A.: Sept 29 U15's Football championship semi-final took place between Clondrohid and Crosshaven in Clondrohid and Clondrohid won by one point. Sept 30 U15's Hurling championship semi-final took place between Clondrohid and Grenagh in Grenagh. It was a very exciting, well played match. Clondrohid won by four points. Keep up the good work and well done to all those who took part in getting the team to the final. Oct 7 U16's football semi-final took place between Clondrohid and Donoughmore in Macroom and Donoughmore won well. The U10's took part in a tournament in Canovee; they beat Kilmurry, drew with Canovee and beat Dromtarriffe to reach the final of the group, in which they lost to Millstreet by a goal. The U21's game is postponed to October 20, to be confirmed later. The season is nearly over and just a couple of matches to go. Look out for local notices.
Congratulations to the Cork Ladies Footballers, who won their seventh all Ireland in eight years, in Croke Park. This championship has turned out to be a great family day out for all involved. Well done to the girls, their families, mentors, and supporters.
Lotto: Jackpot €7,200. No winner.  €70 Sheila Buttimer, Coolcower. €20 Alex Gleeson c/o Sheila Walsh, Eileen Dineen, Ballyvourney; Mary Cooney, Macroom; Nora Herlihy, Clondrohid.
Jackpot €7,400; €70 Dan O'Mahony, the Village. €20 Aileen Corkery, Carrigphooka; Jeremy Kelleher, c/o The Laine; Muintir Shuibhne, Baile Mhic Íre, Virginia Hinchion,Kilnamartrya.
Bingo: In Community Hall every Wednesday night. Lotto of €2,700

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 Pat Behan, Suicide Aware, accepting a cheque for €2,250 from Coachford Autumn Festival Queen, Kellie Browne.    ©  Declan O'Connell

Coachford Updates

Coachford Festival 2012 was a great success and Broomhill Vintage Club donated over €5,000 to charities. €2,250 went to Pat Behan of Suicide Aware, who thanked all involved and said that now, more than ever help is needed for people who are going through a tough time. He appealed to everyone to look out for the signs of depression and suicidal tendencies, which may include loss of interest in activities, hopelessness and short or long term thoughts of doom and gloom. Thoughts of suicide are not rational and talking through the issues can give sufferers the opportunity to see and work through their difficulties and avoid any impulsive actions. Cheques of €1,000 each were presented to Coachford Care of the Aged, St. Olan's Conference of St. Vincent de Paul and Coachford Tidy Towns.  Pat O'Riordan, PRO of the Broomhill Vintage Club said, "We are absolutely delighted to be in a position to help out all of these groups who are doing wonderful work in our community. Since our first festival three years ago Broomhill Vintage club has donated over €14,000 to charity. We would especially like to thank all of the businesses who supported the festival through their very generous sponsorship".
Village Design Statements: The Community Council are in the process of compiling a Village Design Statement (VDS), along with both the Aghabullogue & Rylane villages. A VDS is a document that describes the distinctive characteristics of the locality, and provides design guidance to influence future development and improve the physical qualities of the area.  This project is being funded by WCDP (West Cork Development Partnership) and its purpose is to design a plan to enhance and improve our locality in the years ahead. URS, the company given responsibility for designing this project are scheduled to visit the three villages and do a 'walk about', seeking ideas and suggestions for inclusion in the design from all businesses in the core village area. It is envisaged that the greater community will have its say when local workshops are held in early November. Businesses, Community groups and local organisations are all  invited to participate in the village "walk about" with URS this weekend. For further information on any of above please contact Peter on 086 80 30 086 or Martina on 087 27 10 831.
Coachford  - Village of Champions: Congratulations to Shannon Murphy and Emma Flanagan from Coachford who both won gold in the World Kick Boxing Championships in the USA recently. This was a huge achievement for the girls and for the Coachford club. Shannon won two gold medals at the competition in Florida, picking up the first in the 'Full Contact' grade and the second in 'Tul'.  Emma won her gold in 'Close Contact'. Both girls also won silver medals in other grades. Emma's mother, Kathleen Flanagan, won a silver medal at the championships in the veterans -60kg sparring. Kathleen fought a great semi final but was unable to fight the final due to a rib injury.
Coachford AFC: The Soccer club had a double win in the AOH cup, with both adult teams progressing to the 3rd round of the competition. The A team beat old rivals, Knockavilla Celtic, by 4 goals to 1 while Coachford's second team defeated Springfield's first team by 4 goals to 2. The A team compete in another cup competition when they entertain Pearse Celtic in Coachford on Saturday at 3pm in the 2nd round of the FAI Junior Cup. The Under 12 schoolboys' team enjoyed a very comprehensive win over Bandon, putting 7 goals past the town side.  The Killanardrish/ Coachford goals came from Jack Murphy (2), Jack Oldham (2), Adam Murphy, Luke Casey and Mark Murphy.  The Under 13 boys play Buttevant in Coachford in the league.
Grow it Yourself: The Coachford branch of GIY will meet next Wednesday at 8.00pm in Hogan's Bar Coachford.  First time and experienced gardeners are all very welcome. Come along and get growing tips, share advice and talk to people who like you are interested ion growing your own food.

Macra Matters

Aghinagh Macra's first anniversary dinner dance will take place on October 12th in the Abbey Hotel Ballyvourney. Tickets are €27.50 and can be purchased in Ballinagree at the  Laine Bar, the Ploughman Bar, Noreen's shop and in Bealnamorrive at Mattie's Pub or from any Aghinagh Macra member. Tickets may also be booked on 087-7647248 or 0877554472. Book early to avoid disappointment as tickets are selling fast and this is a night not to be missed. Music by The Kelts.  Congratulations to club member Jeremy Kelleher who has been successful in getting to the last 6 in the National Silage Competition. Best of Luck in the final Jeremy. Congratulations also to Flor O'Driscoll who has been successful in reaching the final 12 for Macra's AIB Best New Member. This is a great achievement for Flor and the club. Best of Luck Flor in the final on the October Bank Holiday, when Anthony Kelleher will also represent the club in the sheep stock judging national final. Best of Luck Anthony. Aghinagh Macra is delighted to announce they have been successful in reaching the semi final stages for AIB Best Emerging Club  of the Year. The Committee will attend an interview in the coming weeks and the winner will be announced at the National Conference in Waterford on the Saturday night of the October Bank Holiday.  The AIB Club of the Year title recognises Macra clubs' achievements throughout the year, and it is the highest accolade a club can achieve. 

Donoughmore Macra had a busy month of September as the Macra year got going again. Following an enjoyable club exchange & BBQ with Clonakilty, the club went to Mitchelstown to compete in their annual soapbox race. The lads did excellently on their debut, finishing in 3rd place. Alan Twomey also won the 'Guess the weight of the sheep' competition. Club members took part in the Aghinagh Farm Skills competition held at the Ballinagree Show. Congratulations to club member Jason Twomey, who won the FÁS Apprentice of the Year competition. Our impromptu debaters were unlucky to lose to Millstreet in the Muskerry round of the competition. The club's 7-a-side ladies football team were unsuccessful in their attempt to defend their National Title from 2011. Well done to all who took part. Also congratulations to all members who contributed to the club's clean sweep at the Muskerry Agricultural Competitions night. Diarmuid O'Connell and Alan Twomey brought home the Over- and Under-23 beef stock-judging competitions respectively, while Donoughmore's team of Colin Crowley, David Herlihy, John O'Mahony and James Looney won the Know Your Ag quiz. The same night, the club's officers went to the Radisson Blu Hotel in Limerick for a weekend of training. All officers found the weekend informative and enjoyable. Ciarán Lane represented the club excellently in the Macra class of the Ploughing Championships in Wexford. Also, well done to Donoughmore man Fintan McSweeney who got to the last 6 in the Silage Quality competition. There was a club night out to Newmarket on the 29th, which was enjoyed by all. Upcoming events for the club include the Muskerry round of bowling, Aghinagh Macra's first anniversary dinner dance & Macravision. The October Bank Holiday weekend sees over 30 club members heading  to Waterford for the Annual Rally, where they will join over 2000 other Macra members from around the country. Donoughmore Macra hold their meetings on the first Friday of every month in Pat Barry's Bar, Donoughmore. New members are always welcome. Contact Seán on 086-0653856 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Ballinagree Harvest Festival 2012.

Ballinagree Vintage Vehicle Society would like to thank all who supported the festival in September, particularly the McSullivan family who provided the venue and the Lehane family for their many years of support. Special thanks to Denis Canty (farm supplies) Macroom and to Macroom Bouncing Castles.

Prizewinners in the raffle were: 1, Grace O'Brien, Rylane, €1000; 2, Phylis O'Sullivan, Horsemount, 2 nights B&B, Bellbridge House Hotel Co Clare; 3, Mort Kelleher, Dooneens, €300; 4, Gretta Purcell, Grange, Co Limerick, €100; 5, Chuckles, 2 car passes, Millstreet Country Park; 6, Liz Hickey, Carrig Rua, Ballinagree, €100; 7, Kay Delaney, Caherbaroule, €50 voucher; 8, Denis O'Leary, Inchigeelagh, 2 car passes; 9, Daniel Lane, Adrivale, Millstreet, €100; 10, Karen O'Callaghan, Mayfield, Cork, €50; 11, Ann & John Murphy, Aghabullogue; 12, Breda Walsh, Blarney, €50; 13, Tom Sexton c/o Láine bar, €100; 14, Joan O'Leary, Sleaveen, Macroom, 2 car passes; 15, Anna O'Callaghan, Ballinagree, €25 voucher; 16, Eileen Lane, Ballinagree; 17, Dermot Kirwan c/o Florence O'Driscoll, 2 step ladders; 18, Don Bullman, Togher, €100; 19, Edwin Casey, Deshure Tarelton, €40; 20, Patrick Leader, North Main Street, Jewellery; 21, The Roadie, Jacket.   Raffle sponsors were Ballinagree Vintage Vehicle Society, David Manning Construction, Millstreet Country Park, Whispering Pines Furniture, M&J Kelleher Oils, Michael Murnane, Mid Cork Electrical, Michael O'Sullivan Electrical, Dairygold, Láine Bar, Kathleen O'Sullivan Hatline, Macroom Hardware, Ploughman Bar, Noreen Kelleher's Shop, Clann Éireann.


Rory Gallagher, his life and times  by Marcus Connaughton.

 This is a compelling testament to the musical life of a shy and retiring working class hero  acknowledged as one of the world's leading guitarists. In this compelling biography contemporaries, fellow musicians and many more tell stories about Rory, from his meteoric rise in the late 1960s with Taste, to his remarkable solo career. The story of a shy young man distinguished by his checked shirts and his astounding dexterity on acoustic and electric guitar - the guitarist and blues man who blazed a trail for others to follow.
This small hardback is available from Fitz-Gerald's bookshop at  €19.99.

GIY   by Michael Kelly  

Dwarf French beans are an incredibly tidy and prolific little plant (just a little taller than a 30cm ruler).  They would make the ideal container growing plant and could literally be grown in the smallest of gardens (even on an apartment balcony). They need just 15cm between plants. Purple Teepee have an excellent taste and also look beautiful. Best sown in module trays in June and planted out when strong enough to resist slugs, they crop heavily in September. The more you pick the more beans the plant produces.  They freeze really well.

Things to Do in October 

Pot up herbs to grow inside over the winter. Continue to lift crops that have finished harvesting and clean up the beds.  Sow over-wintering green manures.  Try and find a good source of farmyard manure if you don't have your own – cow, horse, pig, sheep and chicken manure are all great sources of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium for your soil. Cut autumn fruiting raspberry canes down to the ground.

Sow: You can sow hardy varieties of peas and broad beans later this month for an early spring crop but only do so in well-drained soil. In the polytunnel, get a crop of cauliflower and carrots going over the winter.  Plant selected varieties of garlic and winter onion sets. 

Harvest: Depending on the weather, the harvest may well continue in to October – pumpkins, squashes, courgette, apples, pears etc.  It's the last hurrah however for peas, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, peppers and chilli-peppers.  Continue to harvest wild mushrooms, elderberry, blackberries, sloes, carrots, potatoes, parsnips, swedes, celeriac, turnip, beetroot, celery, marrows, leeks and cabbage. 

Sports Mad

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 Cork Captain, Rena Buckley, lifts the Brendan Martin Cup after Cork overcame Kerry in the All Ireland Final in Croke Park on October 7. ©  Tim Buckley 

Cork Ladies – All Ireland Champions    

Cork won the Ladies Football All Ireland final at Croke Park and so took the Brendan Martin Cup for the seventh time in eight years.  Since 2005 Cork have only lost one senior championship game, against Tyrone in the 2010 quarter final and have never lost in Croke Park.   Rena Buckley, the Donoughmore star, captained Cork and this victory compensates for the disappointment of 2010 when she was also the team captain and this is the first time since 2007 that Donoughmore provides the winning captain for Cork. Rena was also on the Cork Camogie team, beaten in the recent All Ireland final by Wexford so this win will be special for her.  Another member of that Cork Camogie team, Briege Corkery of St Val's, also won herself another All Ireland medal, lining out alongside Rena in the Cork half back line. Juliet Murphy of Donoughmore, Cork captain in 2007, was at midfield and Béal Átha's Rhona Ni Bhuachalla of Naomh Fionnbarra lined out at corner forward and also played a major part in another great All Ireland victory for a great Cork team, now being labelled the greatest ladies football team of all time. Cork have now won seven All Ireland titles, six national League titles and nine successive Munster titles.  The Cork manager for all these triumphs has been Éamonn Ryan, a native of Watergrasshill but now resident in Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh and Éamonn is being credited with being the mastermind behind the fantastic record of the team.  Frank Honohan of Donoughmore is a Cork selector, as is Justin Mac Carthaigh of Béal Átha.  Well done to all involved.  

Cork 0 – 16     Kerry 0 - 7

Just under 17,000 supporters of Ladies Football from all over the island, but predominantly from Cork and Kerry, came to Croke Park a week later than originally planned for the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Football finals on October 7. Trains from Cork and Kerry were booked out as the counties, long term rivals in the male game, met for the first time in Croke Park for the Senior All Ireland contest. When ladies football was in its infancy, Kerry prevailed, winning nine titles in a row from 1982 and a tenth in 1993. Cork came to the fore in the new millennium and have won the All Ireland annually since 2005, with a blip in 2010 when they lost out to Tyrone in the quarter final.  With many of the original team still in action, they were crowned TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football champions for the seventh time in eight seasons at Croke Park on Sunday afternoon, collecting the Brendan Martin Cup for the second successive year. Kerry, contesting a first All-Ireland senior decider since 1993, suffered a first-ever defeat in Croke Park, as Cork maintained their unbeaten record in senior finals. It was a strange game, more physical than usual. The Kingdom packed their defence, denying any goal scoring opportunities, but as a result, they struggled desperately for scores at the other end. For Cork, wing backs Briege Corkery and Geraldine O'Flynn were in magnificent form, surging forward from defence and putting their opponents on the back foot. Cork players from all parts of the field kept the scoreboard ticking over with regularity and Valerie Mulcahy scored six from seven frees. Cork gave away 11 frees while their opponents fouled on 32 occasions. Cork led by eight points at half time. Kerry did land two successive points early in the second half but they never looked like launching a revival. This latest success for Cork means that eleven of their starting line-up have now collected seven All-Ireland medals, while sub Angela Walsh has also featured in each of those All-Ireland successes. This 2012 win was some consolation to captain, Rena Buckley, Inniscarra and Donoughmore and Briege Corkery of Aghinagh and St. Val's, dual players, who lost out to Wexford in this year's All Ireland Camogie final.
Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 0-7 (6f), D O'Sullivan 0-4, G O'Flynn 0-2, B Corkery, O Farmer & N Cleary (f) 0-1 each.
Cork: Elaine Harte; Anne Marie Walsh, Bríd Stack, Deirdre O'Reilly; Briege Corkery, Rena Buckley, Geraldine O'Flynn; Juliet Murphy, Norita Kelly; Orlagh Farmer, Doireann O'Sullivan, Ciara O'Sullivan; Nollaig Cleary, Valerie Mulcahy, Rhona Ní Bhuachalla.
Subs: Angela Walsh for A.M. Walsh (38), Orla Finn for Ní Bhuachalla (38), Laura McMahon for Farmer (46), Ashling Hutchings for Kelly (53), Annie Walsh for C O'Sullivan (57).

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Aghabullogue Intermediate Camogie team who won the County Final, defeating Newtownshandrum   2-08 to 3-04 ©   

2012 Camogie All Star nominations:

Cork is well represented in the list of nominees for the 2012 Camogie All Stars. Included are goalkeeper, Aoife Murray, full-backs, Rena Buckley and Jenny Duffy; half-backs, Pamela Mackey and Gemma O'Connor; Midfielders, Orla Cotter and Jennifer O'Leary; half forwards, Briege Corkery and Anna Geary ; Full-Forwards, Síle Burns and Katrina Mackey.  

GAA - Evening Echo County Championships

Senior Hurling Championship Final:

Sarsfields   1 - 15   Bishopstown   1 – 13  

Relegated:  Cloyne

 Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Final

Ballinhassig   1 – 19    Bandon   1 – 15

Promoted: Ballinhassig

Relegated: Aghabullogue

 Intermediate Hurling Championship

Semi Finals:

Kanturk   2 – 15     Charleville   2 - 13

Kilworth   2 – 14     Argideen Rangers   0 – 16


Kanturk   v   Kilworth 

Relegated: Blackrock

 Senior Football Championship

Quarter Finals:

Carbery Rangers   v   Bishopstown

Duhallow   0 – 13   Douglas   1 – 9 (replay)

Semi Finals:

Carbery Rangers or Bishopstown  v  Castlehaven

Duhallow   0 – 13   O'Donovan Rossa   0 - 7


Duhallow  v  Carbery R./Bishopstown or Castlehaven

Relegation Play Off:

Na Piarsaigh   0 - 10   v   St Nicholas   1 – 9

Relegated: Na Piarsaigh

 Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Semi Finals:

St Michael's   3 – 8     Mallow   0 - 12

St Vincent's    1 – 18     Carrigaline   0 – 5

Final: St Vincents  v  St Michael's

Relegated: Mayfield

Intermediate Football Championship

Semi Final:

Adrigole   0 – 6     Castletownbere   0 - 12


ÉIRE ÓG   v   Castletownbere

Relegated: Kilavullen

County Junior Football Championship

Rockchapel   2 – 10     Tadhg MacCarthaigh's   1 - 10

Semi finals:

Rockchapel  v  Glenbower Rovers

KILMURRY   2 – 12      Ballyclough   1 – 10


KILMURRY  v  Rockchapel or Glenbower

 Kilmurry   2 – 12     Ballyclough   1 – 10

Kilmurry junior footballers are back in the County Final for the first time since 1986, the year they won the title and gained promotion and they went on to have a fairly successful run in Intermediate ranks before regrading to junior ten years ago. This year's Mid Cork success was their first divisional title win since 1986 and the Muskerry champions have now progressed to the county final with two further victories, this latest over Ballyclough being a fine achievement.  The North Cork side had been relegated from Intermediate at the end of last season and had signalled their intent on a quick return to the higher grade by deposing the divisional champions, the highly rated Mitchelstown side, in the Avondhu final.  They had Cork star Colm O'Neill in attack and former county player Paul O'Flynn in defence and were highly rated.  Kilmurry however are growing in confidence, played well, and were full value for their five point winning margin.  The Mid Cork men will probably be underdogs for the final, with Rockchapel now favourites to beat Glenbower and to take the title, but that fact won't worry them as they prepare for a long awaited great day for the club on 21st October. 
Kilmurry hit the front almost from the throw in, Dave O'Halloran racing through and sending over the Ballyclough bar.  The North Cork men quickly equalised and further points from William Buckley and Dave O'Halloran (from a '45') were also answered, to leave the sides level at 0-3 each after 20 minutes play. Kilmurry then got a major boost when the in form James Kelleher banged in a goal and he followed up quickly with a point, to open up  four point gap.  Ballyclough came back with two points to match a point a piece from Greg Barrett and Dave O'Halloran, but in injury time Colm O'Neill showed his undoubted class by firing in a great goal, to leave only a point between the teams at the break, 1-6 to 1-5 in favour of Kilmurry.
On the restart, Jonathan Buckley increased the Kilmurry score with a point but Ballyclough replied immediately.  James Kelleher and Dave O'Halloran then pointed for Kilmurry, Ballyclough replied with two points.  In the 47th minute Kilmurry broke clear at last when William Buckley slammed a high ball in to the roof of the Ballyclough net and then Buckley added a point to give Kilmurry a lead of 2-10 to 1-8 with ten minutes remaining.  Ballyclough never gave up but the Kilmurry defence held firm, with Kevin Barrett doing well on O'Neill and Liam Long also outstanding, and two further points, one each from James Kelleher and Alan O'Sullivan, helped give the Mid Cork champions a five point winning margin at the finish. Kilmurry scorers: James Kelleher 1-3, William Buckley 1-2, Dave O'Halloran 0-4 (0-1 '45'), Jonathan Buckley, Greg Barrett and Alan O'Sullivan 0-1 each.
Kilmurry: Pat O'Callaghan: William Barrett, Kevin Barrett, Eoin Barrett: Liam Long, David O'Leary, Ian Murphy: James White, Eoin Creedon: Dominick Creedon, David O'Halloran, Jonathan Buckley: Greg Barrett, James Kelleher, William Buckley. Subs: Finbarr Crowley (38 mins.) and Alan O'Sullivan (46 mins.).

County Junior Hurling Championship

Quarter Finals:

Clonakilty 1 – 17     Kilbrin   3 - 13

Carraig na bFear   1 – 14     Kildorrery   1 - 15

Brian Dillons   1 – 16     Ballinhassig   2 - 6

GRENAGH – a bye

Semi Finals:

Kilbrin  v   Kildorrery

Brian Dillons   0 – 14     GRENAGH   0 – 13   


Brian Dillon's  v  Kilbrin or Kildorrery

 Grenagh   0 – 13     Brian Dillon's   0 - 14 

Grenagh, who recently broke the Cloughduv grip on the Mid Cork crown, desperately want to win a county hurling title, but their dreams of doing so in 2012 disappeared at Ballincollig when, in perfect weather conditions, they lost out by a point to newly installed city champions, Brian Dillon's.  Grenagh conceded seven points from frees to the city men, they themselves only had one point from a free, and this statistic alone can largely explain why they did not succeed on this occasion. Grenagh started well and with points from Tom Kenny and Niall O'Doherty. They led by three points after six minutes.  Dillon's then got motoring and four points in a row saw them in front and at half time the city champions were leading by 0-8 to 0-6.  Dillon's added three further points on the resumption to one for Grenagh and by the start of the final quarter they led by five points, 0-14 to 0-9.  John Russell had just been introduced for Grenagh and he made a huge difference to their attack as Grenagh staged a major come back.  Russell struck over two points and with Niall O'Doherty and Colm O'Neill chipping in with one each, the gap between the teams was down to the minimum with time running out.  Grenagh had a chance to draw level but it was not to be and so at the final whistle the city side still held their one point advantage.  Grenagh must wait at least another year for county honours.
Grenagh: Mark Kenny: Liam Walsh, Ray Dorgan, Paul McCarthy: Diarmuid Dorgan, Gerry Russell, Kelvin Cummins: Niall O'Doherty, Dean Dalton: Colm O'Neill, Tom Kenny, Kevin O'Neill: Conor Fitzgerald, Seamus Coleman, Tadhg Walsh. Subs: Padraig Sexton (22), John Russell (45) and Martin Barry (53).      

County U 21 Hurling Championship Semi Finals:

Blackrock   4 – 17     Blarney   1 – 9

Duhallow   1 - 13   Midleton  1 – 12

 City champions, Blackrock, started well at Cloughduv and went into a lead of 1-4 to 0-1.  A Blarney goal from Colin Murphy followed by an Owen O'Connor point cut the deficit but a second goal for Blackrock re-established the city side's dominance and they led by 3-8 to 1-5 at half time. Blarney free taker Darragh O'Brien kept Blarney's hopes alive early in the second half but the Rockies were too strong and they again got on top and won comfortably in the end with a fine team display.  Blackrock have not won the U 21 county title since 1982, Duhallow won in 2010 and were runners up in 2011 to Midleton. Blarney: Keith Costello: Shane Fitzgibbon, David Walsh, M O'Leary: Keith Bradford, David Walsh, Barry Phelan: Paul Hallissey, Barra O'Connell; Damian Hyde, Craig Skyes, Owen O'Connor: David Cremin, Darragh O'Brien, Colin Murphy. Sub: Shane Mulcahy.

Oriel House Mid Cork Junior B Hurling Championship


Gleann na Laoi   v  Blarney

 MJK Oils Mid Cork Junior B Football Championship

Semi Final Replay

Kilmurry   1 – 7     Ballincollig   0 – 4 


Eire Óg   1 – 9     Kilmurry   0 – 9

Kilmurry   1 – 7     Ballincollig   0 – 4

This championship semi final replay was played under lights at Cloughduv.  Kilmurry, who should have wrapped up their place in the final in the drawn encounter, made no mistake this time and were clearly the better team all through, even though Ballincollig stayed with them for a long period.  The first half was very even on the scoreboard, due mainly to the amount of wides Kilmurry had, 11 in all in that period as against five for Ballincollig.  On the restart however Kilmurry began to pull away and were clear winners at the finish of a good quality game, sportingly contested.
Ballincollig had opened the scoring with two points from Frank Hurley before Kilmurry had a goal from Kevin Crowley in the 10th minute to take the lead, Michael John O'Mahony supplying the final pass.  The only other score of that first half was a point from Liam White in the 24th minute so Kilmurry led by 1-1 to 0-2 at the interval.  Ballincollig had the first score of the second half but Liam White pointed, again from play, in the 35th minute and a further point from Colm Crowley had them three points clear at the three quarter mark.  Kevin Crowley's point at this stage was matched by another for Ballincollig but in the final five minutes Kilmurry had points from a Liam White free, a Michael Linehan free and one from play from Joseph O'Dowd, to emerge with a comfortable win which was well deserved. Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: Daniel Cahalane, Diarmuid McSwiney, Adam Healy: Martin O'Sullivan, Joseph O'Dowd, Robert Cahalane: Pat O'Sullivan, Colm Ryan: Michael John O'Mahony, Michael Linehan, Daniel Buckley: Sean Murray, Kevin Crowley, Liam White. Sub: Colm Crowley.  

 Éire Óg   1 – 9     Kilmurry   0 – 9

A strongly fancied Éire Óg side duly won this MJK Oils Mid Cork 'B' Football championship final at Ballincollig but Kilmurry really put it up to them to the finish.  Eire Óg looked good for an easy victory early on but Kilmurry recovered from a poorish start and were bang in contention by half time.  In the third quarter Kilmurry continued with their recovery and had drawn level by the start of the final quarter.  Éire Óg regained the lead with a 46th minute Fintan Brennan point and in the 50th minute Philip O'Sullivan found the Kilmurry net with a well placed drive. Kilmurry kept up the pressure but the Éire Óg defence was not found wanting with Shane Murphy at centre back and Kieran O'Sullivan at full back rock solid and they had a goal to spare at the final whistle. Philip O'Sullivan and Fintan Brennan had early points to get Éire Óg off to a good start but the accuracy of the winner's attackers subsequently left a lot to be desired.  Liam White pointed a free for Kilmurry but back came Éire Óg with points from Fionn O'Rourke, Brennan and Vincent Coffey to take a four point lead after 20 minutes.  Kilmurry finished the half strongly, benefiting from a strong midfield showing from Pat O'Sullivan and Colm Crowley, and with points from Dan Buckley, White and Pat O'Sullivan the deficit was down to a single point.  Éire Óg finished with a point from a free from Fintan Brennan and they led by 0-6 to 0-4 at the break.

Shane Murphy eased Éire Óg further ahead on the restart with a point from play but in the subsequent passages of play it was Kilmurry who were in control and with points from Colm Crowley, Michael John O'Mahony and Liam White they were on level terms by the 45th minute at 0-7 each.  Brennan's point and then the goal put Éire Óg back in command ten minutes from time but Kilmurry battled on and two Liam White pointed frees left only two points between the teams.  In injury time Philip O'Sullivan had the final score of the game, a point for the winners and they held their three point advantage till the final whistle soon after. 

Éire Óg Richard Scally: Sean O'Connor, Kieran O'Sullivan, Colm Murphy: Dave Sheehan, Shane Murphy (0-1), John Kelleher: Kieran Hutchinson, Fionn O'Rourke (0-1,free): John Malone, Fintan Brennan (0-4, 0-2 frees), Philip O'Sullivan (1-2): Vincent Coffey (0-1), Eamonn Cantillon Murphy, Paul Ryan. Subs: Daniel O'Shea, Denis O'Keeffe and Andrew O'Herlihy. 

Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: Daniel Cahalane, Diarmuid McSwiney, Adam Healy: Martin O'Sullivan, Joseph O'Dowd, Robert Cahalane: Pat O'Sullivan (0-1), Colm Crowley (0-1): Michael John O'Mahony (0-1), Michael Linehan, Colm Ryan: Daniel Buckley (0-1), Kevin Crowley, Liam White (0-5, 0-4 frees). Subs: Sean Murray and Johny O'Leary. Referee: Mr. John Ryan, Macroom.  

MJK Oils Junior 'C' Football Championship

Round Two (Quarter Finals):

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh   3 – 9     Inniscarra   2 - 11

Ballincollig   3 – 11     Cill na Martra   2 - 11

Éire Óg   4 - 16   Naomh Abán  2 – 5

Kilmurry   1 – 13   Dripsey   1 – 5

 Semi Finals:

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh   v  Ballincollig

Éire Óg   v  Kilmurry

 Under 21 'C' Hurling Championship

Semi Finals:

Kilmichael  v  Clondrohid

Grenagh v Ballinora

Quish Super Valu Intermediate Hurling Cup

Quarter Finals:

Cloughduv   0 – 17   Aghabullogue   0 - 12

Ballincollig   0 – 16     Inniscarra   1 – 12

Éire Óg      v   Grenagh

Dripsey   v   Blarney

Rochestown Park Hotel Mid Cork Junior Football League

Division One Final

Kilmurry   2 – 8     Iveleary   1 – 8

Mid Cork champions Kilmurry completed the double by adding the premier divisional league title (and the Jack Fitzgerald Cup) to their championship crown at Macroom after a closely contested final.  This win means that Kilmurry have swept the board in Muskerry this season, having taken the Muskerry Cup earlier in the year to add to the two major titles recently won. Kilmurry also were the reigning league champions having won the 2011 title late last season.  Unfortunately for Iveleary it was they who were the losing side in all these four finals, undoubtedly a disappointing outcome for a club desperate to get their hands on some silver ware at Junior A level again. On the run of play Kilmurry probably deserved their win on this occasion but Iveleary did have quite a few golden goal chances which yielded no reward due to weak finish or the splendid goalkeeping of Kilmurry's Pat O'Callaghan who had a very busy afternoon. Ger McSweeney had Iveleary off to a good start with a point from a free after three minutes but this score came after Pat O'Callaghan had denied Brian Cronin of a goal a minute earlier.  William Buckley equalised from a free in the 9th minute and after Iveleary had missed another good goal chance, Greg Barrett put Kilmurry in front in the 18th minute with a point.  The play had been subdued up to this but in the 22nd minute James White set the encounter alight with a magnificent goal, the in-form midfielder taking possession from Eoin Creedon in full flight before lashing a low shot just inside the Iveleary post from 20 metres range. Cathal Vaughan got a point back for Iveleary almost immediately and when Dominic Creedon had a subsequent point for Kilmurry, Vaughan again replied for Iveleary to leave the score at half time at 1-3 to 0-3 in the winners' favour. Three points from William Buckley in the first ten minutes of the second half, two of which came from frees, had Kilmurry in  good position but Iveleary kept their hopes alive with a point from Edward Buckley and one from a free from Cathal Vaughan to which Alan O'Sullivan replied in the 50th minute.  Cathal Vaughan pointed another free but in the 54th minute a Dave O'Halloran '45' for Kilmurry came in at crossbar height and whether or not Greg Barrett got a touch to it, the ball ended in the Iveleary net to put Kilmurry 2-7 to 0-6 in front.  Within a minute Iveleary hit back with a fine goal from Denis O'Leary but William Buckley pointed a Kilmurry free to maintain this sides strong position as the game went into the final minutes.  A series of fine saves from goalkeeper O'Callaghan and a blazing shot from Edward Buckley which skimmed the Kilmurry crossbar were the features of the time remaining but at the final whistle Kilmurry were still a goal clear and league champions once again. Kilmurry: Pat O'Callaghan: William Barrett, Kevin Barrett, Eoin Barrett (capt.): Liam Long, David O'Leary, Ian Murphy: James White, Eoin Creedon: Dominick Creedon, David O'Halloran, Jonathan Buckley: Greg Barrett, James Kelleher, William Buckley. Subs:  Finbarr Crowley and Alan O'Sullivan.   Iveleary: Joseph Creedon: Sean O'Leary, Kevin Manning, Kevin Hourihan: Gerard O'Riordan, Donal Cotter, Shane Galvin: Edward Buckley, Daniel O'Riordan; Finbarr McSweeney, Cathal Vaughan, Denis O'Leary: Sean Lehane, Gerard McSweeney, Brian Cronin. Subs: Barry Murphy and David Hourihan.  Referee: Mr. Hugh Kelleher, Canovee.

 Mid Cork Junior Football League Finals:

Division Two:  Aghinagh  v  Éire Óg  

Division Three: Grenagh  v  Iveleary

Division Four: Kilmurry  v  Éire Óg  

 Mid Cork Junior Hurling League Finals:

'A': Grenagh  v  Cloughduv

'B': Ballincollig  v  Blarney

Cork Colleges Senior Football

Simcox Cup Quarter Final

De La Salle, Macroom   1 – 16     St Fachtna's, Skibbereen   1 – 9

De La Salle scored first through Barry O'Leary but then fell three points in arrears by the 8th minute.  James Moynihan's point in the 9th minute started off a run of scores for DLS with Patrick Lucey scoring five points and Moynihan one more and DLS led by 0-8 to 0-5 by the 20th minute. A goal for Fachtna's at this juncture levelled the scores but Patrick Lucey pointed two frees, one an exceptional effort from over 50 metres, and Barry O'Leary had a late point to give DLS a 0-11 to 1-6 interval lead.
In the third quarter the Mid Cork side consolidated their position with three further points from Lucey and one from Peter Kelleher, to lead by 0-14 to 1-7 but Fachtna's rallied and two points had the gap between the teams down to two points three minutes from time, 0-14 to 1-9.  De La Salle finished strongly with a point from a Patrick Lucey free, a goal from Padraic Berhanu and a closing point from play from Lucey.  De La Salle will play Midleton CBS in the Simcox semi final, with Coláiste Chríost Rí and Rochestown in the other semi final. 
De La Salle Macroom: Dylan Dineen (Macroom): Adam Healy (Kilmurry), Sean O'Sullivan (Aghabullogue), Kevin O'Dwyer (Macroom): Ciaran Noonan (Beal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh), Sean Kelleher (Aghinagh), Shane Creedon (Macroom); Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Barry O'Leary (Iveleary): Chris Foskett (Macroom), James Moynihan (Canovee), Padraic Berhanu (Kilmurry): John Murphy (Macroom). Patrick Lucey (Macroom), Cian Healy (Newcestown). Subs: Michael Dunne (Canovee), William Coakley (Aghinagh).

Cork County Leagues

In the Cork County Football leagues the finalists are now known. Bantry Blues and Aghada are the top two in Division Two. Newmarket and Eire Óg lead Division Three and Cill na Martra and Glanworth head the table in Division Four.  All six teams progress to a higher division for next season. Kilavullen drop out of Division four to be replaced by the county Junior champions, Kildorrery and Glanmire drop down from Division Three, Glenville and Na Piarsaigh drop from Division Two and Doheny's and Kiskeam drop from Division One.

Dripsey G.A.A.

Dripsey GAA are hosting a Hurling Development Tournament on Saturday October 13th. The tournament is aimed at players under the age of 25. The four teams taking part are Dripsey, Shamrocks, Kilmichael and Ballinora. The tournament was successfully launched recently in Dripsey National School, with all four clubs well represented on the night. The semi final draw sees Dripsey play Kilmichael @ 1.30pm in O'Brien's field, Dripsey and Ballinora play Shamrocks also @ 1.30pm in Ballinora. The winners of both semi finals go into the tournament final @ 3.30pm that evening in O'Briens field, while the losers of each semi final play each other in the Shield final also @ 3.30pm in Ballinora. The Presentation of tournament prizes will take place @ 5pm in the Weigh Inn, Dripsey.  

Canovee G.A.A.

September 29th, Intermediete football league, Canovee 2.06 v Glanworth 1.21. On  October 4th, Canovee played Cill na Martra under lights in Cloughduv. Cill na Martra had the better of the first half and led at half time by 2.04 to 0.03. Canovee rallied in the second half and despite a second half penalty miss, had narrowed the gap through goals from Éamonn Lyons and a Mark Verling penalty. How ever, Cill na Martra responded with a couple of points and at the final whistle were ahead by 2.10 to 2.05. Canovee finished in fourth position in the league, with 14 points out of 22. This was a much improved position on last year. Team: David Wiseman, Daniel O'Sullivan, Paul O'Sullivan, Gearóid Lucey, John O'Brien, Timmy Lyons, Brian Ahearn, Éamonn Lyons, Ger Ahearn, Tadhg McCarthy, Pat Dunlea, Darragh Ring, Mark Verling, Con Dunne, Sean O'Connor.  Subs William Ahearn, James Moynihan. October 5th Canovee played Aghinagh in the under 15B football league semi final in Rusheen. This game turned out to be  top class and ended in near darkness. The sides were level at half time 1.05 to 2.02, with Brian Verling scoring the goal and Kieran Moynihan, Mark Healy and Denis Murphy scoring points. The second half turned out to be fierce exciting with Conor Hughes scoring some neat points to keep Canovee in contention right to the end. In the fading light, Canovee were narrowly wide with two late frees and at the final whistle, Aghinagh were ahead by 2.08 to 1.10.Well done to Timmy Lyons, Michael O'Mahony, Charlie Carroll and Don Carroll who prepared the team this year. Team: Cormac O'Driscoll, Eoin Cullen, Patrick Buckley, Humphrey O'Mahony, Sean Browne, Gavin Hickey, Denis Murphy, Conor Hughes, Jack Murphy, Kieran Moynihan, Brian Verling, Dean Looney, Darragh Cronin, Mark Healy, David O'Keefe. October 7th Canovee GAA club hosted the third annual Neilly Twomey tournament in pleasant conditions. Eight teams took part in this under 10 competition, Kilmurry, Millstreet, Dromtariffe, Clondrohid, Naomh Abán, Aghinagh and two teams from Canovee. A great morning's sport was had in Neilly's honour. He gave a life time of service to the Canovee club. Jane Twomey had the honour of presenting the cup to the Canovee under 10 team. Millstreet won the shield; Kilmurry won the plate and Canovee under 9s won the trophy. A big thank you to the ladies who provided refreshments and to every one who helped make the blitz such a success.
Lotto:  October 7: Number Drawn: 7,9,14,30. No winner. €50  Anne Shine, Carrigadrohid. €25  Declan Kelleher, c/o Spreading Chestnut; Liz Holmes, Farran. Jack the joker, Antoinette Murphy, Aghabullogue. Next lotto draw on October 14 in Hickey's Bar, Aherla for jackpot of €14,900.

Kilmurry G.A.A.

U6s: Training is continuing each Sunday morning from 11-12pm
U8s played a challenge match against Newcestown in Kilmurry. It was an enjoyable morning for both sides and the emphasis was on participation.
U10s took part in two tournaments, fielding two teams in Clonakilty with both groups winning and losing some games. On Sunday October 7th a depleted U10 panel took part in the Neilie Twomey Memorial tournament in Carrigadrohid and despite missing some of their key players, they retained the trophy. The final was a tight affair ending 4-2 to 3-7. Kilmurry put on an outstanding second half performance and were inspired by excellent defensive displays from Gearoid O'Mahony, John Barry and Luke Ahern. Eoin Dromey hit the back of the net in the dying minutes of the game to put Kilmurry ahead by two and this was the way it stayed up to the final whistle.
The U13 team has qualified for the Eastern Division League Final against Inniscarra and the U14s have qualified for the semi final of their league and are due to play Passage in the near future.

St. Mary's Win

St. Mary's Senior Football Team played their first round match of the Munster Senior Competition on September 20 against Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibhne in Killarney. St. Mary's got off to a fantastic first quarter with points from Máiréad Corkery and Aoife Plunkett which settled the Macroom team and set them up for the remainder of the game. The game finished on a scoreline of St. Mary's 2-22, Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibhne 2-8. Players who performed well in an overall great team effort for the St. Mary's girls were Aoife Plunkett, Claire Byrne, Aileen Corkery and Becky Hennigan.

Macroom Soccer

Munster Junior Cup 1st Round 

Lakewood Athletic 2 Macroom A 5

Macroom A prevailed in their Munster Junior Cup 1st round tie against Lakewood, winning 5-2 in a highly entertaining game.  It was an even first half with both teams having chances before James O'Connor put Macroom one up just before half time with a close range shot after a Michael Browne cross. Early in the second half, Darragh Crowley got the second with a super curling shot into the top corner after a pull back from O'Connor and James O'Connor made it 3-0 on 60, when he brilliantly finished after William O'Riordan put him through on goal. Macroom made sure of the result on 70, when an own goal resulted from a Darren Kelly cross.  Lakewood pulled back two goals through first an own goal on 75, and a smart finish on 82, but Darren Kelly then scored the fifth for the visitors after beating two defenders and firing low past the keeper on 85. Macroom A: Mark Twohig, Barry Healy, Trevor O Brien, Darragh Deasy, Darrell Holden, Michael Browne, William O Riordan, John James Healy, Darragh Crowley, James O'Connor, Darren Kelly. Subs: Keegan Drohan, Conor O'Sullivan, Mark O'Callaghan. Macroom followed up this win with another cup victory, this time in the AOH Cup, defeating Richmond 'B' on a 2-0 scoreline at Waterfall.  Macroom 'B' lost 4-0 away to Killowen and drew 1-1 at home to Ballincollig, both games in the AUL

Kilmichael Pitch & Putt

The Life Vice-President's Trophy was played for recently with the following results:
First Nett; Christine Swanton. Second Nett; Jack Lynch. First Gross; Dan Kiely. Second Gross; Colm Healy. Ladies Nett; Ann Barrett. The annual "Flag" Competition takes place on Sunday the 14th at 2.30pm. That will also be the time for upcoming competitions until further notice.