Lee Valley Outlook Jan. 10 2013 v10e1

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An Nollaig 2012 i mBaile Mhúirne    © Nóra Ní Luasa

Lee Valley Diary 

Briery Gap:

Mon. Jan. 14  @ 8.30p.m. Women on the 6th Floor
Wed. Jan. 16 @ 8.30 pm. My Week With Marilyn
Wed. Jan. 23 @8.30p.m. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Mon. Jan. 28 @ 8.30p.m. The Imposter
Fri. Feb. 1 Conal Gallen
Sat Feb. 2 Robert Service: Bard of the Yukon.
Sat Feb. 9 Southern Tenant Folk Union
Fri Feb. 22 Joseph Locke. Blaze Away.

Macroom Library:

Ciorcal Cainte Mon. Jan. 21, 11.30 a.m. – 12.30
Penn Bookclub  Fri. Feb. 1st at 4pm.
Adult bookclub Wed. Feb. 6 at 11a.m.
Gramophone Recital Mon. Jan. 14 11a.m.

Charity Cycle  Sun. Jan. 13 from Griffin's Garden Centre, Dripsey. Advanced 9a.m.; Intermediate 9.30a.m.; Family Cycle 10.30a.m.

Art Exhibition by Joe Creedon in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne. Opening on Thursday 17th January at 7.30.

Traditional Concert in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne Fri. Jan. 18 @ 8.30 p.m.

Coachford Local Market on Sat. Jan. 19 from 10.30 -1pm.

Clondrohid New Year Party:  Sun. Jan. 20 at 2pm.in the Community Hall.

 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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The grand finale at Cinderella in the Briery Gap ©  Lee Valley Outlook


With long serving comics Donie and Nonie, aka Kevin Moynihan and Pádraig O'Driscoll, taking a break from Panto in 2012, there was some concern among the general public about the fun element in 'Cinderella'. But there was no need for worry. Scriptwriter and Director, Anne Dunne, presented a hilarious two hour show with non stop gags, local humour and slapstick. The Ugly Sisters, Stephanie Shine and Georgina Healy, proved an inspired casting and, together with the star performance by Darragh Murphy as Buttons, the uproarious trio delighted both children and adults. The only complaint heard was that their comic roles limited their singing opportunities. Other notably amusing roles were expertly filled by Pat Kelleher, Pat O'Connell and Darragh Ring. Macroom's links with America were fully exploited and Lord and Lady Bealick's Ball for Prince Charming and the royal family was an opportunity to introduce some hits from the 60s which delighted grandparents in the audience. The huge cast of children was expertly managed and totally delightful and teenagers were also well served with a spirited performance by Justin Bieber, in the person of Evan Mahony.
After some years when attendance at the annual panto was seriously impacted by bad weather conditions, 2012 proved a welcome bonanza. Most of the pre Christmas performances played to full houses and the extra matinee show on January 6 was also very well supported. Since the Panto is the main annual fundraiser for the Briery Gap, its importance to the community cannot be overstated. A huge voluntary effort goes into the production each year and the back stage personnel are to be congratulated on a highly professional show. Sets, costumes, make up, lighting, sound, music were all of the highest order and the challenge of getting more than 80 children on and off the stage smoothly must not be underestimated.
Cast: Fairy Queen- Roisin Crowley; Cinderella - Kelly Healy; Daisy (stepsister) - Stephanie Shine; Tulip (stepsister) - Georgina Healy; Baron  - Pat Kelleher; Buttons - Darragh Murphy; Prince Charming - Ben Meany; Dandini - Darragh Ring; Lady Marjorie - Maureen O'Brien; Princess Sophia - Treasa O'Riordan; Lord Bealick - Pat O'Connell; Lady Bealick - Teresa Dineen; Ball—Master of Ceremonies - Connie Foley.
Teenage Chorus: Chelsea Cunnigham, Noreen Dollard, Gary Murphy, Fiona Ivri, Sheila Twomey, Marie Hurley, Evan Mahony, Eimear Lynch
Adult Chorus and Soloists: Theresa Dineen, Elaine Dunne, Julie Dunne, Carolyn Barry Murphy, Con Foley, Martin McCarthy.
Children's Chorus: Ann Browne, Aoife Foley, Leah Kingston, Nicola Doody, Caiomhe Moyinhan, Kate Donovan, Niamh Lucey, Leah Murphy, Isabella Sheehan, Rebecca Sheehan, Micheala Shorten, Shauna Young , Lorraine Casey, Ellie Cooney, Tess Hennessey, Grace Lucey, May Lucey, Olga Barry Murphy, Chloe O'Driscoll, Caiomhe Buckley, Katy Browne, Corrine Casey, Fiona Dowling, Nicola Kiernan, Lisa Kingston, Elma McCarthy, Kiera Moynihan, Edel Sheehan, Anna O'Sullivan, Clodagh O'Riordan, Tegan Kelleher, Keela Meulemams, Amy Browne, Kate Buckley, Leah Buckley, Mai Buckley, Rebecca Cooney, Ashling Desmond, Lisa Dowling, Siùn Ni Dhuinnin, Kayla Healy, Kate Holland, Grace Kiernan, Jessica Kiernan, Heather Lyons, Katelyn McCarthy, Maeve Mc Carthy, Eimear McCarthy, Donna Regan Murphy, Rachael Murphy, Caoimhe O'Mahoney, Orla O'Mahoney, Dorothy O' Callaghan, Madeline O'Callaghan, Chole O'Driscoll, Elisha O'Driscoll, Eppie Kelleher, Shauna Lehane, Molly Mc Carthy, Maya Meulemams, Kelly Scullane, Roisin Buckley, Ciara O'Riordan, Mary Sheehan, Lilly Shorten, Aoife Murphy, James Hennessey, Owen MacCarthy, Micheal Dowling, Tom Shorten, Connor Mueller, Colm McCarthy, Jamie Relihan, Colm Sheehan
Children with Fairy: Caoimhe Moynihan, Teegan Kelleher, Eppie Kelleher, Mary Sheehan, Molly Browne, Lia Kenny
Child Soloist Colm McCarthy
Rehearsal Co-Ordinator  Theresa Dineen
Orchestra  Ann Egan - Piano, Liam Kent - Guitar, Padraig Dineen- Percussion, Elaine Mc Carthy- Cello
Lighting & Sound Bridget O'Flynn, Cathy O'Shea.
Costumes Rita O'Brien, with Maureen Lyons, Caroline O'Connell, Claire O'Brien and Caroline Hughes
Cinderella Coach & Backdrops Frances Crowley
Make Up Frances Crowley
Stage Managers Denis Coleman & Denis Noonan
Back Stage P J Leonard
Script and Direction Ann Dunne
Special thanks to Showstoppers, Clondrohid, Crazy Costumes and all our raffle sponsors.

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Lee Valley Enterprise Board Christmas Draw, from left, Fr. Roberts P.P., Pat O'Connell, Henry Murphy and Jo Lovell  ©  Lee Valley Outlook

LVEB Christmas Draw Winners

Twenty lucky customers at Macroom shops, participating in the Lee Valley Enterprise Board Christmas draw for member, each won €50 vouchers in the run up to Christmas. Ten tickets were drawn at the switching on of the Christmas Lights on Macroom Night, December 7. The winners were Eileen O'Callaghan, Aghabullogue; Eileen McSweeney, Kilbarry; David O'Connell, Coolnadane; Trina Murray, Carriganimma; Maureen O'Grady, Mountmassey; Margaret Dineen, Kilnagurteen; Mary O'Leary, Sleaveen East; Rachel Murnane, Knockroe, Kilnamartyra; Catherine Horgan; Desmond Horgan. They did business at Allie Browne's, Macroom Credit Union, Mary's Toymaster, Dentist and Clancy's Fresh Fish and received vouchers for Matt Murphy's, T M Cronin's,  M J Cronin/ Steps; Macroom Bookshop; Murphy's Costcutters; Twomey Butchers; Kenny's Jewellery; Kerins Pharmacy; Glenview Motors; Macroom Tool Hire and Clancy's Fresh Fish.

Winners in the second draw, on December 20, were Mary O'Donnell, Coachford; Siobhan Lucey, Coolea; Seamus O'Sullivan, Ballinagree; Catherine Kelleher, Terelton; Katherine Corkery, Mashanaglass; Catherine Dunne, Coachford; Ann Coughlan, Lissacreasig; Emma Coughlan, New Street; Norma O'Donnell, Castlecourt, Macroom and Susan McKnight, Umera. They received vouchers for Clancy's Fresh Fish; M.J McSweeney; Dan Twomey's; A. Browne Drapers; Quinlan's; Arán na hÉireann; Auld Triangle; O'Neill's Sports; Vaughan's Café.

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Children from St. Joseph's Primary School, Macroom with backpacks for children in Malawi.    © An Scoil.  

McEgan College

A family fun bake off was held at Bishop McEgan College for first year students.  This was an opportunity for the students to show their family members their newly acquired baking skills in their school settings.  The school then had a blind taster test with three judges.  The most original recipe award went to Eleanor Lane and her dad Peter.  A very enjoyable day was had by parents and pupils.
A Spikeball Tournament was held in Macroom Sports complex for 2nd and 3rd year students and excellent performances were recorded by Mc Egan College teams. The boys won all their games and the girls won 4 out of 5. Well done to all involved. Other participating schools were Ballingeary, Ballyvourney and St Mary's, Macroom.
SafeBook Campaign: Students in McEgan College have been actively engaging with the 'SafeBook' campaign which has been recently launched by the company, 'Fuzion PR'. This company has been generating an infographics poster to schools to highlight both the dangers of Cyber Bullying and the various steps which can be taken to combat this growing trend. 1st and 2nd year SPHE students in the school have studied the poster carefully and come up with their own wonderful slogans in response to it. Well done to all the students involved. They are hoping that their slogans will make a difference to young people who use social networking sites.

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Macroom Hunt assembles at Firville for the annual meet. ©  Lee Valley Outlook

Bus Nostalgia

The first in a series of programmes on the history of bus transport in Ireland, Bealach na mBusanna, was broadcast on TG4 on January 6, with a repeat on January 7. The first programme dealt primarily with busses in Cork and Kerry and was truly delightful. Those interviewed all had close connections with early bus transport. Dónal Ó Mathúna, Macroom and Newcestown, spoke of his father's experience of taking a busload of revellers to Puck Fair. He also recalled the Mountain Dew Festivals in Macroom in the 70s when up to 20,000 young people travelled to the town, many by bus, to enjoy performances by stars such as Rory Gallagher and Marianne Faithful. Donie's reminiscence was backed up by wonderful current and archive footage from Macroom. Bus conductor and driver, Mick Lynch and the late Denis Dineen, Baile Mhúirne, were also interviewed. They spoke of transporting Seán Ó Riada manuscripts to Cork to make the train for Dublin for RTE performances that same evening. They also remembered taking bus loads of passengers to Ballinspittle during the Moving Statue phenomenon. Mícheál Martin T.D. remembered after school care, sitting with his brother in the back seat of the bus driven by his father around Cork. His father also transported thousands of passengers from the city to the seaside in Crosshaven during the summer and to ballrooms when that craze was in full swing in the 60s.
It is hoped that this programme will be repeated again on TG4. If possible, we will let you know in advance. It makes for most enjoyable watching. The series continues on TG4 every Sunday at 9.30p.m. with repeats on TG4 on Monday at 8p.m. Its producer/director is Edel O'Mahony, New Street, Macroom. Replays of the programme may also be accessed on TG4 play back on line.

Woodland String Band

The Woodland String Band of Philadelphia were in action in the Annual Philadelphia Mummers Parade on New Year's Day and came 3rd in the String Band category, a result which delighted all connected with the band.  The Woodlanders come to Macroom every year for the St Patrick's Day Festival and indeed this year will mark their 14th consecutive trip to the Mid Cork town.  The Woodlanders have being competing in the Mummers Parade every year since 1928 and last year was their first ever win in the String Band competition, a competition which is taken very seriously by all the 17 string bands in Philly.  To finish so high up again for second year in succession is what has pleased the band so much as it shows that they are maintaining the very high standards of last year and their high marks reflect their new exalted status!  The group travelling over to Macroom for St. Patrick's Day should be in buoyant form!
The Woodlanders were supported on New Year's Day by Macroom Town Councillors Martin Coughlan and Evelyn McSweeney Mungovan, who travelled over to show their appreciation of the Woodlanders on going support for the Macroom parade.

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 Members of Macroom and District COPE present €14,000 cheque to Cork COPE Foundation at the A.G.M. ©  Lee Valley Outlook

St. Mary's Updates

Keeping Up with the Convent: Transition year students staged their annual show in early December at the Briery Gap Theatre. It comprised of adaptations from musicals such as Grease, Mamma Mia, and Sister Act as well as Mean Girls. Entitled 'Keeping Up with the Convent', the script was written by Mrs Martina Moynihan, who also produced and directed the show. All of the students in the Year Group took part in the production. For some, it was singing and dancing on stage, while others, under the management of Jane Golden, it was acting as part of the backstage crew, providing light and sound, making props and painting the backdrop. A past pupil of the school, Bridget Flynn, mentored the girls with lighting and sound operation.  The programme cover was designed by Katherine Scott and compiled by Clodagh O'Sullivan.
The audience was treated to displays of modern and ballet dancing by three groups of dancers, choreographed by Katherine Scott, Diana Widel and Orla McDonagh. Mrs Norma Galvin worked with a group of six students who performed traditional instrumental pieces. Eleven girls became 'Sisters' for the show and were besotted by Fr. Tommy, played by Anna O'Leary. Several girls also displayed their musical talent by giving solo renditions of individual songs. Ms Donovan, the Music Teacher, worked with the girls on the musical aspects of the show and provided the musical accompaniment, along with Pádraig Dineen who played on the drums on both nights. It was a very entertaining event, into which the girls put a lot of work and really enjoyed.

St Vincent de Paul Food Appeal: Transition Year students of St. Mary's organised a food collection in the school for the local branch of St. Vincent de Paul.  Fourth Year students encouraged everyone to get involved in the Food Appeal by donating food. Students and staff put food hampers together which were presented to a member of SVP at the annual School Carol Service before Christmas. Ms. Barry, President of the local branch, spoke to Transition Year students about the work of the SVP and the Food Appeal.  St. Vincent De Paul have recently opened a new shop on Castle Street, Macroom. Proceeds from the shop help to provide assistance to families and individuals in the area who may be experiencing difficulty.
Mid-Cork schools Spike Ball Blitz All of Second Year students from St. Mary's School participated in a Spike Ball Blitz in the Sports Complex, Macroom. A total of four mid-Cork schools participated in this fun blitz – St. Mary's School, McEgan College, Coláiste Ghobnatan, and Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. The St. Mary's girls were introduced to Spike Ball as part of their PE curriculum so the Blitz gave them the opportunity to use the skills they had learnt in a competitive setting. All of the students enjoyed the day and their standard of play has subsequently improved immensely. Well done to all the students who participated in the event!

Macroom Library

Happy New Year to all our customers. We hope more of you make it a resolution to visit your local library in 2013! You don't have to be a member to come in and have a browse through our book stock or read the newspapers and magazines we get daily and weekly.  To borrow books or use the internet costs €2.50 for adult membership for a year and there is no charge for Senior Citizens. Children's membership is 50 cents.
2013 is 'Bliain na Gaeilge'. We are inviting people to a 'Ciorcal Cainte' which will start up on Monday, January 21 at 11.30 for an hour and continue thereafter on the first and third Monday of the month. It will be hosted usually by staff member, Nora Levis, who is a native Irish speaker.
There was a low turnout at January's meeting of Penn Bookclub but hopefully we will have a full complement at February's meeting on Friday 1st at 4pm. We will still be working with 'Taking Sides' by Brian Gallagher.
We are unsure at going to press when the next gathering of the Purlies will be. Their first meeting of the month was the 10th January.  It would be best to ring the library to check whether they will be here on Thursday 16th.
Adult bookclub met on Wednesday 9th January at 11. The current book is 'Prophecy' by S.J Parris. Next meeting is Wednesday 6th February.
We have a copy of the Review of the Cork County Council Development Plan 2009 and the Draft Joint Housing Strategy available for consultation. This is part of the public consultation process with a view to drawing up a new County Development plan as Cork County Council is required to do under The Planning Acts.  Submissions and comments on both these documents are welcomed by the Planning Department up to 4pm on March 4 2013. These may also be inspected and downloaded from the Cork County Council website www.corkcoco.ie.

Briery Gap Programme 

Theatre @ 8p.m.: Fri 1st February Conal Gallen, Comedian and singer. Tickets €25
Sat 2nd Feb. Robert Service: Bard of the Yukon. Tickets €10. This one man, two act show tells of the life of the 'half hobo' who enjoyed a privileged upbringing in 19th century Britain before emigrating to the Canada of the Klondike Gold Rush and recording this historic period in inimitable ballads.
Sat 9th Feb. Southern Tenant Folk Union. Tickets €15
Fri 22nd Feb. Joseph Locke. Blaze Away. Tickets €20. The legendary Derry tenor released hits such as Hear My Song, Violetta, Come Back To Sorrento, I'll Walk Beside You, Blaze Away, The Old Bog Road and My Heart and I, all of which will be included in the show.

Cinema @ 8.30p.m.: Sulan Film Society presents Women on the 6th Floor on Monday January 14th. Adm. €7. Running time 100m, this film, set in Paris of the 60s, explores the different and overlapping lifestyles of age groups and nationalities.
Wednesday 16th January @ 8.30 pm. My Week With Marilyn. Adm. €5
Wednesday 23rd January. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Adm. €5
Sulan Film Society presents The Imposter on Monday January 28th. Adm.€7. Running time 98m. U15. A real life documentary on the 1994 disappearance of Nicholas Barclay, a 13 year old Texas boy and his subsequent impersonation by a French confidence trickster. The real mystery is how some of his family could have been conned by an older Frenchman with very different physical attributes.

Local TV Programmes

Sun. Jan. 13: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Departure of the Relics of St. Therese from St. Colman's Church, Macroom. 2009.  6.30p.m. Music, Song and Dance from the Anvil Bar, Rylane Part 2.  

Wed. Jan. 16:  9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Johnstown Harvest and Vintage Festival 2012 presented by Denis McCarthy.

Sun. Jan. 20: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Mercy Convent, Macroom 1865 – 2005, presented by Brendan O'Brien. 6.30p.m. Repeat of LTV. Wed. Programme.

Wed. Jan, 23: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Cross Roads Dancing from Laharn Cross 1994 and Berrings 2012. 


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Table Quiz: Aghabullogue Coachford Rylane Community Council is holding a Table Quiz in each of the three villages on Saturday, January 12, at 8.30pm sharp. Proceeds will go towards assisting the Community Council in its continuing endeavours on behalf of the local Community. A great night is promised and we look forward to seeing you all there!

Griffin's Charity Cycle, for cyclists of all levels of ability, is scheduled for Sunday, January 13. All proceeds will go to Cork Simon Community and One Man's Ethiopia. Advanced cyclists can embark on a 78km route, starting from Griffin's Garden Centre at 9a.m. The Intermediate cycle of 56km starts at 9.30a.m. while the Family Cycle of 21km sets off at 10.30a.m.

Art Exhibition by Joe Creedon in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne. Opening on Thursday 17th January at 7.30 by novelist, playwright and documentary maker, Conal Creedon.

Traditional Concert on concertina and box with Micheál Ó Raghallaigh & Danny O'Mahony in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne on Friday  18th January at 8.30 p.m.

Coachford's first Local Market of the year will be held on Saturday, January 19 from 10.30 -1pm. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers, our stallholders, our volunteers. We wish you all good health and business and every blessing for 2013.

Macroom Trout Fly Anglers Association 2012 Annual Draw Results: 1st- Rose O'Mahony, Cripple Hill, Bandon; 2nd- Gary Fleming, Killarney; 3rd- Gary Healy, Cloughduv; 4th- Jimmy Morrissey, Blarney; 5th- Pat Murray, C/o Frank Haynes; 6th - Dan O' Leary, C/o Paul Galvin; 7th - Declan Kelleher, Spreading Chestnut; 8th - Colm Cronin, C/o Denis Cronin; 9th - Damien O' Sullivan, Cloghmacow, Crookstown; 10th - Niamh Canty, Kilmurry, Lissarda. Macroom Trout Fly Anglers Association would like to thank everyone who supported our draw and wish a very Lucky 2013.

St Joseph's Primary School children made a special effort during Advent to remember those who have a lot less and give a little to help children in Africa. They took part in the 'Backpack Project" in association with 'Mary's Meals'. Children brought in backpacks that they are not using with some copies and pencils, pens, colouring pencils. St. Joseph's collected 158 Backpacks. These will be sent to Malawi and they will help children to get a better chance in their education.

Woodlands String Band: The Woodlanders from Philadelphia, loyal visitors to Macroom for the St. Patrick's Day Parade, came 3rd in the 2013 New Year's Day Mummers Parade in Philadelphia. The band won the Premier prize last year so a repeat was too much to expect and they were very happy to finish in the top three. There to help them celebrate were Macrompian friends Evelyn McSweeney Mungovan and Martin and Mrs. Coughlan.

Website Upgrade: McEgan College is happy to announce that we are in the process of upgrading our website. We hope to roll out the new, more interactive web site throughout the coming months. The new website will endeavour to show the diverse range of activities on offer for the pupils and will also function as an information source for parents, pupils, teachers and the local community

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto:  January 6:4, 6, 9, 11. No winner. €50  John O'Sullivan, Ballincollig. €25 Pat and Loretta O'Riordan, Carrigadrohid; Shane O'Flynn, Kilcrea. Next lotto draw on January 13 in the Castlemore Arms for jackpot of €5,650.

Coachford AFC Lotto 17/12/2012, Jackpot: €2,600, Numbers Drawn: 5 - 14 - 32, No Winner, €40 Thomas Byrne, €20 Anne Vaughan, Dónal Lynch, Frances Daly, E. Kiely. Coachford AFC Lotto Results
27/12/2012, Jackpot: €2,800, Numbers Drawn: 3 - 13 - 20, No Winner, €40 David & Laura Hayes, Paco, Declan Casey, Noreen Lucey (Yearly Ticket), Elaine Murray (Yearly Ticket).

2/1/2013, Jackpot: €3,000, Numbers Drawn: 7 - 11 - 35, No Winner, €40 Conor O' Neill, €20 Kathleen Donovan, Dylan Martin, John O'Sullivan, Mary O'Sullivan.

Lee Valley Updates

Fundraiser for Cork Ladies Football

A Ladies Gaelic Football Association players' fundraising event was held in the Launey Bar, Ballinagree recently, organised by Seanie and Kay McSullivan; the Mayor of Ballinagree, Rita O'Sullivan and their many friends. Funds were raised through local sponsorship plus a raffle and an auction on the night. Auctioneer for the occasion was the one and only Jackie Spillane who soaked the last drop of blood out of every turnip. The event was a tremendous success and it raised a total of €1,787. Cork L.G.F.A. players, Juliet Murphy, Rena Buckley and Briege Corkery were in attendance and they expressed their sincere thanks to the organisers for their wonderful effort. Cork selector, Frankie Honohan, also spoke and stated that the LGFA players and mentors did not receive any personal financial assistance from any source. He complimented the players for the huge effort that each one of them put in during the year and said they deserve every support possible. He expressed his gratitude to the organisers for their effort and said it should be a wake up call to other parts of the county.  At a follow up function in the Launey Bar a week later, the money was presented to Briege Corkery. She again thanked the organisers, and the spirited support that the fundraiser got from the local people. She also thanked Mary McSweeney and Marion McSweeney of the Launey Bar for their support.

Clondrohid Updates  

Development Group Annual Party: Now that the new year has arrived, it is time to turn our thoughts to the Annual Adult Christmas/ New Year party. It will take place on Sunday January 20 at 2pm.in the Community Hall. All the usual entertainment will be available with singing, dancing and plenty refreshments. Mark it on your 2013 calendar and see you there.
Set Dancing: What better way to get back into shape and shake off those January blues than to join Teddy on Tuesday nights. Classes commencing on Tuesday January 15 at 8pm.
Christmas Eve Mass: Clondrohid church was full to capacity for Christmas Eve Mass, with many having to stand for the duration. Fr. Wickham celebrated the Mass, and, as has been traditional for many years, next year's first communion class brought their gifts to the crib. The youth choir as usual was at their best. They kept everybody enthralled with their hymns and music. Well done to Catherine and all who helped in any way. Bridget, the sacristan, as usual had the church gleaming and everything in its place.
Lotto: January 2. Jackpot  €1,400. No winner. €70 Norma O'Callaghan Inchigeela €20 Bernard Thompson c/o Mons Bar, Trish Murphy Mullinahassig, Mary O'Neill Rathmore, Kathleen O'Leary c/o Spillanes.
Bingo: In Community Hall every Wednesday night, Jackpot  €1,150
Cards: In Community Hall every Sunday night.

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The class of 1972 from Gairm Scoil Ghobnatan, Baile Mhic Íre with some of their teachers at a reunion in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney. © Nóra Ní Luasa

Back to School 40 Years On

The First Year class of 1972 at Gairm Scoil Ghobnatan, Baile Mhic  Íre held a ruby reunion in the village recently. Thirty four past pupils attended Mass in the local church, after which they visited their old school and then adjourned to the Abbey Hotel for dinner and a night of reminiscence. Many past teachers also attended, among them Príomhoide, Mícheál Ó Lionáird. The current Príomhoide, Breandán Ó Lionáird, Mícheál's son, is one of the 1972 class. Sadly, three of the class are deceased.

Do thárla teacht le chéile ana shuimiúil i mBaile Mhúirne le linn na Nollag. Do bhailigh tríocha ceathair ball ó rang céad bliana 1972 as Gairmscoil Ghobnatan le chéile. Níor casadh cuid acu ar a chéile le níos mó ná tríocha cúig bliain. Do thosnaigh an ócáid le Aifreann, sa tséipéal i mBaile Mhic Íre, á cheiliúradh ag an tAthair Dónal Ó Briain a bhí mar theagascóir reiligiúin ag an rang. Taréis Aifrinn do bhailigh an rang, i dteannta le iarmhúinteoirí, ag an scoil, Coláiste Ghobnatan mar a tugtar air anois. I measc na múinteoirí a bhí i láthair do bhí Micheál Ó Lionáird a bhí mar phríomhoide ag an am; Donnchadh Ó Laoire ( iar phríomhoide Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha an Ghaorthaigh) a mhúin Gaolainn don rang; Síle Ní Mhurchú a mhúin Béarla, Stair agus Fraincís; Nuala Uí Ríordáin a mhúin Gaolainn agus Tíreolas; Máire Uí Dhruisceoil a mhúin Tráchtáil agus Barra Ó Briain ( iar phriomhoide Coláiste Bhrógáin Droichead na Banndan agus iar Phríomhoifigeach Coiste Ghairmeoideachais Chontae Chorcaí) a mhúin Eolaíocht san scoil ag an am. Do chuaigh an grúpa siar an bóthar le haghaidh béile in Óstán Ghobnatan ina dhiaidh san agus caitheadh an oíche ag scrúdú sean phictiúirí agus ag malartú scéalta.

As an daichead a sé scoláire a bhí cláraithe an bhliain sin, do fhreastail tríocha ceathair ar an ócáid; tá triúr nár bhféidir leó bheith i láthair ina gcónaí thar lear; bhí seisear eile nár bhféidir leo bheith ann ar chúiseanna éagsúla agus tá triúr imithe ar shlí na fírinne, beannacht Dé lena nanamacha. Roimh deireadh na hoíche do bhí an chaint ag díriú ar theacht le chéile arís, béidir i gceann cúig nó deich mbliana, nó béidir fiú níos luaithe ná sin.

Dromleigh N.S.  

The Green Schools Committee  of Dromleigh N.S. has been very busy of late putting together their application for a Green Flag for the school. They initiated a number of recycling projects. These included the collecting of mobile phones, batteries, egg cartons, bottle tops, stamps and used clothing. Uses were found for all of these. Waste was reduced considerably at the school and paper was shredded and found a new use as bedding for animals. With the help of local businesses, a 'little pig composter' was purchased and has been a great success. Following a recent visit from the County Council Assessor, the school has been told it has been recommended for a Green Flag. This is a great source of pride for the pupils, staff and parents of the school.
Dromleigh Quiz team, made up of  Kieran and Gerard Murphy, Nicky John Dromey and Caolán Murphy, won the annual Macroom Library Quiz recently. With sixteen other teams taking part, competition was fierce but after a tie-breaker, Dromleigh beat off a challenge from Clondrohid to emerge the overall winners.
Artist, Anna Callanan from Toames, emerged as winner of her section of the Macroom Credit Union Poster Competition. Her entry then went on to the next stage, in which she came third and she was presented with her prizes in Macroom. Congratulations to all the winners.           

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Coachford N.S  Christmas pageant 2012    © An Scoil

Macra Matters

Donoughmore Macra na Feirme have had a busy few months. Best of luck to new chairperson Barry O'Regan for the coming year. A presentation was made to Alan and Jason Twomey who won the National Beef Stock-Judging & FÁS Apprentice of the year competitions respectively. The club had a night out at the cinema in Ballincollig to see the new James Bond film. Members are taking part in a weekly welding course in Bweeng along with fellow Muskerry members. They are finding the classes, which are being taught by John Buckley and Oliver Roche, very informative and practical. Crossmahon/ Bandon Macra travelled to the Castle Hotel in Macroom for a club exchange with Donoughmore. Over 30 Macra members were in attendance and a great night was had by all. Members also supported Berrings table quiz. Well done on organising an enjoyable night. On the 1st of December the club held a fundraising carwash. Well done to all involved and thanks to everyone who came out and supported it. Monies raised will help support the club's Capers team, who took 3rd place n the county final in Ballyanly. Congratulations to Emily O'Donovan, who won the award for best female. They go on to the All Ireland semi-final on January 19. Both our ladies' and men's teams lost out to Aghinagh and Ovens respectively in the Muskerry round of the indoor soccer competition. Donoughmore Macra's Young Farmers' Development Group held an information talk on farming abroad in Pat Barry's on December 20. More than 60 Macra members attended. Pat Barry, Donoughmore, and Cathal McAleer, Tyrone, graduates of Clonakilty Agricultural College and Harper Adams Agricultural College respectively, spoke on farming in New Zealand. They explained how techniques learnt during their experience abroad are currently being put into practice on their own farms. All attending found this informative and interesting. The club made a large donation of non-perishable food items to St. Vincent de Paul in the lead up to Christmas. We would like to thank all members of the community who supported the collection. The club held their Christmas party on December 29 and 35 members went on a pub crawl, starting and ending in Pat Barry's Donoughmore and visiting Rylane, Nad and Bweeng in between. A great night was had by all. Upcoming events for the club include the Muskerry round of Club Question Time, which will be held on January 12.
Donoughmore Macra hold their meetings on the first Friday of every month in Pat Barry's Bar, Donoughmore. For more information contact Seán on 086-0653856 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Aghinagh Macra: Well done to the five a side indoor soccer team who have reached the national finals in Gormanstown on Sunday the 13th of January. Best of luck lads. Aghinagh Macra will also be taking part in club question time on Friday night, January11. We are also starting up our 90 minute soccer fundraiser again. Please support. Tickets will be available in Kelleher's shop, Láine bar, Ploughman's bar and from various club members.

Christmas in Donoughmore

Pupils from St. Lachteen's N.S., Donoughmore took to the altar at St. Lachteen's church to play their roles in the school nativity play. As well as the central roles of Joseph, Mary, the shepherds, angels and the three kings, the pupils brought the story to life with the addition of characters such as reporters, narrators and dancing stars. This added an extra dimension to the traditional Bible story. Parents and teachers joined the 5th & 6th class pupils in the foyer to sing carols as people made their way into the church.  Pupils from Junior Infants to 6th class were involved in the production that was carefully choreographed and rehearsed under the guidance of class teachers and drama teacher, Ms. Ring. The spectacular performance highlighted how talented the pupils at St. Lachteen's really are as they narrated and took active roles in what is a very special story for all children in the lead up to Christmas.

Grandparents' Day

St. Lachteen's N.S., Donoughmore celebrated Grandparents Day on Friday 7th December in recognition of the role played by grandparents in the lives of the pupils attending the school. This was a wonderful opportunity to honour Grandparents and highlight the importance of their position in the family and also in the wider community. Grandparents, parents, close family friends and relations joined the teachers and pupils at St Lachteen's church for a Mass to honour grandparents.Fr. O' Riordan celebrated the mass and spoke about the very special relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren. Deceased grandparents of pupils were also remembered in a special way. 
Afterwards the grandparents and parents were invited to the school hall for refreshments. It was fantastic to see the grandparents of pupils sitting together chatting about their precious grandchildren. In the weeks leading up to this day, all pupils at the school had been busy preparing project work on their grandparents. Pupils from the younger classes displayed photographs of their grandparents around the school, while older students had spent weeks researching their grandparents to compile their projects. Pupils got to learn a lot about their grandparents that they wouldn't have known beforehand - such as where they were born; how many were in their family; games they played as children; nicknames they may have had when they were younger and where they worked later on in life. Pupils were thrilled to have the chance to display their completed projects and photos of their grandparents in the school hall. Roving reporters on the day from 6th class completed the hard work by pupils when they carried out short interviews with the grandparents who attended the event. Pupils and teachers at St Lachteen's were delighted to see so many doting grandparents and parents attend their first ever Grandparents' Day alongside their adored grandchildren. 

Muskerry Special Olympics Club

The Muskerry Special Olympics club had their Christmas Party on December 13 in the Boys National School, Macroom.  Santa called and sang a few Christmas songs and all the children, volunteers and parents were delighted that he made time to visit during his busiest time of the year. He spent an hour talking to them and gave each a small present.  The Club members would like to thank him most sincerely. D.J. Mike then provided great entertainment and the Disco was in full swing with everyone up dancing and singing.  The club would like to thank D.J. Mike for an outstanding job. Everyone said he was the best D.J. around and he was up to date with all his music and any request that was sent in, he was able to pull it out of the hat and play it. We would like to thank Papa Martino's (Fitzie's) for the wide variety of food they supplied for the party. It definitely went down a treat.The Club would like to thank Mr. Clancy and the Management of the Boys National School for giving us the use of their hall for training through the year.  We have had great success this year and the use of the hall is very much appreciated. All the officers of Macroom Special Olympics Club would like to thank everyone who has helped out during the year, all the parishes who supported our Church Gate Collections and all the parents and volunteers who gave of their time.

The Awaited Visit

I decided to go to a rest home to visit a friend one day
I stopped to speak to a lady who I noticed was looking my way.
She was happy that I came over: there was something she wanted to say
She smiled and said from her wheelchair, 'My boy will come visit today.
It's been quite a while since I've seen him; He's always quite busy, you know.
He doesn't live too far from here and knows I love him so.
Each morning I rise from my bed, my prayer is the same as I say
 'Father in Heaven, I ask but one thing: that my boy will come visit today.
He was always such a good boy and the only child we had
He was only ten years old when I lost my husband, his dad.
He married soon after college and got a great job with good pay
He calls me some times on the telephone but I know he'll come visit today.
I'm lonely here in the rest home and I long for my son to come by
They tell me my health is now failing but he'll visit before I must die'.
I leaned over and gave her a hug and the tears on my cheeks wiped away.
She smiled and said, 'There's no need to cry. My boy will come visit today'.


by Michael Kelly

Things to Do in January

Plan. This is the time to decide where and what you are going to grow this year.  If you are just starting out, join your local GIY group for advice and check out our website for handy "getting started" guides and videos. Consider building or buying raised vegetable beds.  Order your seeds, onions sets and seed potatoes.

Harvest. You may still have winter cabbage, perpetual spinach, chard, leeks, kale, cauliflowers and Brussels sprouts in your veggie patch and depending on how successful your growing/storage regime last year was, you may well still be tucking in to stores of potatoes, celeriac, carrots, parsnips, onions, cauliflower, jerusalem artichokes, winter squash, pumpkins, leeks and red cabbage. 

Recipe– Spinach and Cheddar Souffle 

Ingredients: 1 bunch spinach leaves (about 400g); 60g butter; 4 tablespoons plain flour; 250ml milk; 4 eggs, separated; 50g grated cheddar; a handful of breadcrumbs.
Place the spinach in boiling water and remove after one minute and drain.  Squeeze all the excess liquid from the spinach and then chop.  Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat.  Add the flour and stir until smooth.  Whisk in the milk and stir briskly until the sauce thickens.  Remove from the heat and stir through the spinach, egg yolks, cheese.  Season well with salt and pepper. Allow to cool to room temperature.  Preheat the oven to 210 degrees celsius.  Grease 4 x 200g capacity ramekins with butter and sprinkle with dry breadcrumbs to coat.  Beat the egg whites in an electric mixer until soft peaks form.  Gently fold one-third of the egg whites through the spinach mixture and then the remaining two-thirds.  Spoon in to the ramekins and place them on a baking tray.  Bake for 15 minutes until puffed and golden.  Do not open the oven door while cooking.

Sports Mad

2013 Cork County Championship Draws

Senior Hurling Championship

Bishopstown v Courcey Rovers

Blackrock v Killeagh

Sarsfield's v Ballinhassig

Bride Rovers v Carrigtwohill

Ballymartle v Newtownshandrum

Erin's Own v Na Piarsaigh

Douglas v Midleton

Glen Rovers v St. Finbarr's

Round 2 (Losers' Group)

Bishopstown/ Courcey Rovers v Blackrock/ Killeagh

Sars/ Ballinhassig v Bride Rovers/ Carrigtwohill

Ballymartle/ Newtownshandrum v Erin's Own/ Na Piarsaigh

Douglas/ Midleton v Glen Rovers/ St. Finbarr's

Divisions/Colleges Section

Carbery v MUSKERRY

U.C.C. v Avondhu

C.I.T. v Duhallow

Imokilly bye

Round 2 (Losers' Group)

Imokilly v C.I.T./ Duhallow

Carbery/ MUSKERRY v U.C.C./ Avondhu 

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship


Castlelyons v BALLINCOLLIG

Cloyne v Kilbrittain

Carrigaline v Ballyhea

Kilworth v Watergrasshill

Mallow v Tracton

Youghal v Valley Rovers

Newcestown v BLARNEY

Round 2 (Losers' Group)

Castlelyons/BALLINCOLLIG v Youghal/Valley Rovers

Cloyne/Kilbrittain v Newcestown/BLARNEY

Kilworth/Watergrasshill v Carrigaline/Ballyhea

Mallow/Tracton v INNISCARRA/Bandon 

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Charleville v Argideen Rangers


ÉIRE ÓG v Ballygarvan

Fr. O'Neill's v St. Catherine's

Aghada v Meelin

DRIPSEY v Kanturk

Milford v Kildorrery

Fermoy v Dromina

Round 2 (Losers' Group)

ÉIRE ÓG/Ballygarvan v DRIPSEY/Kanturk

Barryroe/AGHABULLOGUE v Aghada/Meelin

Fr. O'Neill's/St. Catherine's v Milford/Kildorrery

Fermoy/Dromina v Charleville/Argideen Rangers 

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An foireann a bhuaigh an 7 a side i mBaile Bhúirne Lá 'le Stiofáin i gcuimhne ar Bhrian Ó Tuama  © Nóra Ní Luasa

Senior Football Championship

Castlehaven v Nemo Rangers

St. Finbarr's v St. Nick's

O'Donovan Rossa v Dohenys

Bishopstown v Ilen Rovers

Carbery Rangers v Newmarket

Aghada v Clonakilty


Newcestown v St. Vincent's

Round 2 (Losers' Group)

Castlehaven/ emo Rangers v St. Finbarr's/ St. Nick's

O'Donovan Rossa/ Dohenys v Bishopstown/ Ilen Rovers

Carbery Rangers/ Newmarket v Aghada/ Clonakilty

Douglas/ BALLINCOLLIG v Newcestown/ St. Vincent's

Senior Football Championship - Divisions/Colleges

Duhallow v Avondhu

Carbery v U.C.C.


Imokilly v C.I.T.

Seandún bye

Round 2 (Losers' Group)

Seandún v Imokilly/ C.I.T.

Beara/ MUSKERRY v Duhallow/ Avondhu

Carbery/ U.C.C. 

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Mallow v Nemo Rangers

Castletownbere v Clyda Rovers

Valley Rovers v Bantry Blues

NAOMH ABAN v Glenville

Na Piarsaigh v Kiskeam

MACROOM v St. Michael's


BÉAL Átha'n GHAORTHAIDH v Carrigaline

Round 2 (Losers' Group)

BÉAL Átha'n GHAORTHAIDH/Carrigaline v Na Piarsaigh/Kiskeam

NAOMH ABAN/Glenville v MACROOM/St. Michael's

Valley Rovers/Bantry Blues v BALLINORA/Kinsale

Castletownbere/Clyda Rovers v Mallow/Nemo Rangers 

Intermediate Football Championship

Ballydesmond v Adrigole

CILL  na MARTRA v Kildorrery

Youghal v Kanturk

Cloyne v GRENAGH

Rockchapel v Fermoy



Glanworth v Glanmire

Round 2 (Losers' Group)


Youghal/ Kanturk v Ballydesmond/ Adrigole

Rockchapel/ Fermoy v Glanworth/ Glanmire

Mayfield/ AGHABULLOGUE v CILL na MARTRA/Kildorrery 

TADGH CROWLEY CUP 2013 - Senior Football

Round 1 – on or before 19th January

A   Ilen Rovers  v  Clonakilty

B   Doheny's  v  Nemo Rangers

C   O'Donovan Rossa  v  St Finbarr's

D  Castlehaven  v  Newmarket

E  Douglas  v  Bishopstown


Quarter Finals – on or before 26th January.

1.  Winners of F  v  Winners of C

2.  Winners of E  v  Winners of D

Semi Finals -  on or before 2nd February

Winners of A  v  Winners of B

Winners of 1  v  Winners of 2

Crowley Cup Plate competition for losing teams in Round 1 – same quarter final and semi final draw as above.

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At Tom Creedon Cup 2013 Draw in FitzGerald's Bookshop, Macroom. ©  Lee Valley Outlook


Round 1 - on or before 19th January.

St. Michael's v CANOVEE

Valley Rovers v. CILL na MARTRA

Round 2 - on or before 26th January.

A. Glanmire v Valley Rovers/ CILL na MARTRA

B. Mayfield v Cloyne.

C. Nemo Rangers v. St. Michael's/ CANOVEE

D. Fermoy v. Clyda Rovers.

E. Kanturk v. GRENAGH

F. BALLINORA v. Na Piarsaigh.

G. Carrigaline v. Kiskeam.

H. Mallow v. MACROOM

Quarter Finals. - on or before 2nd February.

1. A V. B.   2. C v D.   3. E v. F.   4. G v. H.

Semi finals-  on or before 9th February.

1 v. 2.  -   3 v. 4. 


The championship will be played in four groups at the initial league stage.
The first team in each group will qualify for the 'A' championship semi finals.
The second team in each group will qualify for the 'B' championship semi finals.
The third team in each group will qualify for the 'C' championship semi finals.
A special  'D' championship for 13-a-side teams will involve Aghinagh, Clondrohid and Kilmichael 

Group 1 (3 teams)

Kilmurry  v  Donoughmore   9th February
Donoughmore  v  Macroom   16th February
Macroom  v  Kilmurry   23rd February 

Group 2 (4 teams)

Inniscarra  v  Ballincollig  - 9 February
Cill na Martra  v  Canovee  - 9th February
 Inniscarra  v  Canovee   - 16th Feb.
Ballincollig  v  Cill na Martra   - 16th Feb.
Canovee  v  Ballincollig  - 23rd Feb.
Cill na Martra  v  Inniscarra  - 23rd Feb.

Group 3 (3 teams)

Aghabullogue  v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh -9th February
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh  v  Iveleary  - 16th February
Iveleary  v  Aghabullogue  - 23rd February

Group 4 (4 teams)

Blarney  v  Ballinora  9th February
Naomh Abán  v  Éire Óg  9th February
Éire Óg  v  Blarney  - 16th Feb.
Naomh Abán  v  Ballinora  16th Feb.
Ballinora  v  Éire Óg  -  23rd Feb.
Blarney  v  Naomh Abán  -  23rd Feb.

Duhallow U 20 Football Invitation Tournament

Quarter Final: Muskerry  5 – 12  East Kerry  1 – 4

After an earlier first round  win over Tralee John Mitchels, Muskerry recorded another win over Kerry opposition at Rathmore in the quarter finals.  East Kerry were understrength and Muskerry won at their ease. Muskerry: Shane Masters (Kilmichael): Ronan Dennehy (Eire Óg), Darren Kelly (Macroom), Robbie O'Dwyer (Macroom): Mike O'Shea (Eire Óg), Sean Ó Donnchú (Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh), Cian Ó Duinnín (Béal Átha): Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Daniel O'Riordan (Iveleary): Daniel Twomey (Kilmichael), David Horgan (Macroom), Gerry Ó Liatháin (Lyons) (Naomh Aban): Ben Seartan (Béal Átha), Darragh Ring (Canovee), Danní Ó Conaill (Cill na Martra). Subs: William Ahern (Canovee), Shane O Duinnín (Cill na Martra), Dara MacLochlainn (Cill na Martra), Damian Ahern (Canovee), Lorcan Lynch (Clondrohid), Micheál Ó Donnchú (Naomh Abán), Finbarr Buckley (Kilmichael), Anthony O'Connell (Cill na Martra).  The Management group is: Andrew McCarthy (Inniscarra), Michael Linehan (Kilmurry), Aidan Kelleher (Clondrohid), John O'Callaghan (Iveleary) John O'Shea (Eire Óg). 

 Tom Creedon Cup – Sponsors: Macroom Bookshop 

The draws for the 2013 Tom Creedon Cup competition were made at Macroom Bookshop, sponsors of the competition again this year.  Cork County Board were represented by Ms. Tracey Kennedy, Board PRO and newly elected Chairman of Macroom GAA, Mr John O'Mahony welcomed Tracey and members of the Creedon family including Mrs. Marion Creedon Hegarty and Mrs.Catherine Vaughan.  Macroom Rúnaí, Pat O'Connell, who will be charged with organising the competition along with the Co. Board PRO, had everything in order for the draws which were made by Seamus O'Sullivan, Bishopstown and Doheny's, a team mate of Tom Creedon in Coláiste Íosagáin and with Cork.  Mr Martin Fitzgerald of Macroom Bookshop was thanked by Ms. Kennedy and by John O'Mahony for the generous sponsorship of the competition, which honours one of Macroom's greatest ever  footballers. 

Cork Footballers:

Cork senior footballers got their season off to a predictable start with a victory over CIT in the McGrath Cup competition at CIT Stadium in Bishopstown on a score of 1-15 to 0-11. Nollaig Ó Laoire of Cill na Martra Sean Kiely of Macroom and Liam Shorten of Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh were in the Cork lineout. Cork now play Tipperary in the quarter finals on 13th January.

Cork play Dublin in the opening round of the Allianz National Football League on Saturday 2nd February under lights in Croke Park and are at home to Kildare on Saturday 9th February, also under lights, at Páirc Uí Rinn. 

McGrath Cup Results and Fixtures:

Clare  1-19  Limerick IT  1-2
Kerry  4-22  IT Tralee  0-10
Cork  1-15  Cork IT  0-10

Quarter Finals:

1.  Limerick  v  Clare at Limerick
2.  Kerry  v  U.C.C. at Killarney
3.  Cork  v  Tipperary  in Cork
4.  University of Limerick  v  Waterford in Waterford

Semi Finals: 1 v 2:  3 v 4. (20/01/2013) 

Mid Cork Junior Football Leagues 2013

Division One Football:

10 teams – Aghinagh (newly promoted after winning Division Two in 2012), Ballincollig, Kilmichael, Kilmurry (2012 League champions), Clondrohid, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, Dripsey, Inniscarra, Iveleary, Donoughmore.
Commencement date: 17th February.

Division Two Football:

10 teams – Aghabullogue, Ballinora, Blarney, Canovee, Donoughmore B, Éire Óg, Iveleary B (newly promoted), Kilmurry B, Macroom, Naomh Abán.
Commencement date: 24th February.

Division Three Football:

7 teams – Ballincollig 2, Cill na Martra, Clondrohid 2, Eire Óg 2, Gleann na Laoi, Grenagh, Kilmichael.

Division Four – to be finalised.

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Macroom Golf team, winners of the Juvenile West Cork Shield, with Michael  O'Mahony, Captain and Kevin Henchion, coach  ©  Lee Valley Outlook


Noel Murphy from  Macroom Boxing Club is the new Irish Intermediate Champion at 67kg.  Noel stopped his opponent, Martin Wall (Crumlin Boxing Club) in the first round of the 67Kg final at the National Intermediate Finals at the National Stadium in Dublin in mid December to take the national title.

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Foireann fé 16 Sullane FC, buaitheoirí West Cork League 2011/2012   ©  Nóra Ní Luasa


The AUL season reopened after the Christmas break with 3rd round ties in the AOH Cup.  Home advantage did not save Macroom A as they went down 6-0 to visitors, Kilumney United.
In the AUL Premier League, Coachford are the table toppers as the New Year starts with 5 wins from 5 games played.  Kilumney have full points from 2 games played, level with Macroom who have 6 points from 6 games played.

In AUL Div 1, Village lead the table with 24 points, followed by Lakewood Athletic with 19 points from 7 games (won 6 drew 1).

In AUL Div. 2, Strand United lead with 22 points from 10 games played (won 7, drew 1).  Waterloo have 21 points from 9 games (6 wins, 3 draws), Donoughmore Athletic have 19 points from 9 games (6 wins, 1 draw), Macroom B have 13 points from 12 games (3 wins, 4 draws) and Ballincollig have 9 points from 10 games played (2 wins, 3 draws).

In AUL Div 3B, Newmarket lead with 24 points from 9 games  and Rylane Celtic also have 24 points but have 11 games played.  Coachford B have 14 points from 11 games played.

In the Cork Youths  U 18 Division 1, Kilumney United defeated Macroom 4-3 in a top of the table clash and now are clear on top with 36 points from 15 games played (12 wins), Macroom being second with 24 points from 13 games (8 wins).

In the West Cork Leagues, Dunmanway Town head the Premier Division with 28 points from 12 games.  Sullane have 12 points from 12 games played.

In West Cork League Div 1, Crookstown and Cloughduv are the two leading teams.  Both have 20 points from 10 games played with 6 wins and 2 draws each.  Leeside have 13 points from 9 games played and Kilmichael have 11 points from 12 games played.

In West Cork League Div. 2 Mizen lead with 25 points from 10 games played while Droumree Dynamoes have 16 points  from 16 games played.

 Canovee G.A.A.

Canovee under 21s have been drawn away to Cill na Martra on February 9th; away to Inniscarra on February 16th and at home to Ballincollig on February 24th. On December 14th, Canovee under age medal presentation  for the successful under 13 and 14 age groups was held in the Lee Valley golf club. Under age chairman, Gerry Moynihan, welcomed  the large group of parents, players and supporters present and thanked everyone for their great effort through out the year. Cork senior star Ciarán Sheehan, made the medal presentations after giving a lovely speech. A disco rounded off the night. The club would like to thank everybody who supported the lotto through out 2012. Canovee adult section A.G.M. was held on December 9th. Secretary Gerard Ahearn, gave a very detailed account of all aspects of the club. Treasurer, John Barry Murphy, showed the club's accounts to be in a healthy state, thanks in the main to the great work of the lotto committee under the chairmanship of Timmy Lyons. Club legend, John O'Sullivan, in his last address as chairman, thanked all members for their hard work through out the year. Ted Dunne stepped down as mid Cork board delegate after 19 consecutive years. Incoming chairman, Pat O'Riordan, in his maiden speech, out lined his wish that the club will continue the up grade of its facilities, noting  that in the last eight years a top class second pitch, a new training area and extra parking have all been developed. He also expressed hope that Canovee can be in contention for honours in all grades next year and also said that with every body giving a helping hand, a lot can be achieved. Officers for 2013 are as follows: President John Dunlea; Vice presidents, Seanie Twomey, Dan O'Sullivan,J.J. Hinchion, John Barry Murphy, Matt Lehane, Timmy Joe Lyons. Chairman, Pat O'Riordan; Vice chairman, Kevin Moynihan; Secretary, Gerard Ahearn, Treasurer, John Barry Murphy, P.R.O. Paddy Murphy; Registrar, Pat O'Neill; Insurance officer Pat O'Neill, Mid Cork board delegates, Michael Shine, Timmy Joe Lyons; County board delegate, John O'Sullivan.

Lotto December 16th 12, 16, 24, 28; No winner; €50 Michael Meade, Carrigadrohid; €25  Mary O'Sullivan, Carrigadrohid, Nicola Lyons, Carrigadrohid; Hamper, Kevin O'Connor, Aherla. Jack the Joker, Tadgie Lyons, Carrigadrohid.

30th December 6, 7, 18, 30, No winner; €50  Edwina Lyons Carrigadrohid; €25  PJ Lordon, Castlemore Arms, Ellen Collins, Aherla. €1,000 euro Jack the Joker winner was John Kelleher, Aherla.

Lee Valley BasketBall Club.

Matches played in Macroom, December 1.

U18b   Lee Valley 64  Bantry 21. Lee Valley team: Lauren Buckley, Síofra Burgoyne, Sarah-Beth O'Mullane, Elizabeth Wall, Yvonne Burgoyne, Rebecca Barry, Jessica O'Mullane, Emma Healy.

U16b Lee Valley 42 Fr. Matthews 26. Lee Valley Team:  Suzanne Barry, Lauren Buckley, Síofra Burgoyne, Gráinne Masters, Sarah-Beth O'Mullane, Aine Barry, Orla Hannon, Brionagh Healy, Julie O'Sullivan, Máiréad O'Sullivan, Sarah Ni Dhonnabhain, Danielle Kelleher.

U14b  Lee Valley 31 Bantry 2 39 This match started well for both sides with a close score of 6 points vs 8 points to Bantry at the end of the first quarter. Lee Valley took the lead in the second quarter, scoring a further 19 points to Bantry's 3. However in the third and fourth quarters, Bantry came back very strongly, scoring 28 points with very accurate shooting from their top scorers, Alison O'Connell and Rachel Murphy. The top scorers for Lee Valley were Meadhbh Barry and Sarah Doyle. Lee Valley Team:  Meadhbh Barry, Saoirse McCarthy, Caoimhe O'Driscoll, Miriam Murnane, Sarah Doyle, Aideen Buckley, Clodagh Kelleher, Katie Ronan, Grace Kieran, Marian Lee, Emer McMahon, Kate Brady.

U12b  Lee Valley 8 Bantry 24. Winning Team: Lee Valley (Bantry had to forfeit game as they only had 7 players). Lee Valley Team: Sophie Shanahan, Emilija Jakoulevaite,  Clodagh O'Donoghue, Emma Cronin, Miriam Murnane, Michaela Shorten, Eileen Condon, Hanna O'Donovan, Erika O'Shea, Jane Tuper, Megan Healy.

Lee Valley boys played a challenge match against Ballincollig in Coláiste Choilm on November 29th.This was Lee Valley's first game and they showed some nice touches, especially in their catching and passing. Ballincollig were more skilful, particularly in the areas of shooting and dribbling. Lee Valley won the match because of the amount of possession that they had and can now look forward to other challenges and maybe a one day tournament in the near future. Team :Dara Leahy, John Barry ,Luke Knight ,Brian Murphy, Ciarán Condon, Cillian Donovan, Pádraic O leary, Nikodem Wyczynski, Kevin Healy, Sean Condon.

Bhain buachaillí  Ghleann na Laoi an thaitneamh as an tráthnona a chaith siad ag imirt cispheile i  gColáiste Choilm  i gcoinne Baile an Chollaig.  Ba é an chéad cluiche a d'imir na buachaillí le chéile. Cluiche  cairdeachais a bhí ann agus bhain na buachaillí an tairbhe as an gcluiche .

Training times: Macroom Sports Centre Thurs. 5-6p.m  Kilmurry GAA Hall Fri. 7-8p.m. New members always welcome, any enquiries to Lee Valley Basketball Club (085) 751 6908 after 6 pm.