Lee Valley Outlook Mar. 7 2013 v10e5

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St. Patrick's Day Parade in Macroom at 3.30p.m. Bígí ann!  ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Updates

St. Patrick's Day is nearly upon once again and, as usual, the committee has been beavering away and the final touches are now in place for what should be a great day in Macroom on March 17th. We're appealing to everyone to try and come early. There's plenty of activity pre-parade and we would like to give a special mention to the Family Treasure Hunt which commences at Mr Simms Sweet Shop in Middle Square at 12.30 p.m.
The full program of events is in this issue of the Lee Valley Outlook and we would still like to encourage organisations, clubs and companies to participate in the Parade. It's FREE and a great way to advertise. Further details may be had from 087 2322505.
We would also like to advise people that FREE "Wi Fi" will be available in the Square on St. Patrick's Day and our thanks go to Dave @ COMPUTEK for his support in this initiative.
On a more sobering note, with the strong possibility of the abolition of the Town Council later this year, this could well be Macroom's last St Patrick's Day Parade for the foreseeable future. Macroom Town Council has been most supportive of the Parade and without their help and assistance, the Parade wouldn't have grown to the extent is has.
But come and enjoy St. Patrick's Day 2013 in Macroom.
Lá 'le Pádraig sona dúinn go léir.

Hail, Glorious St. Patrick

Hail, Glorious St. Patrick, dear saint of our isle.

On us, thy poor children, bestow a sweet smile.

And now, thou art high in the mansions above,

On Erin's green valleys look down in thy love.

Ever bless and defend the dear land of our birth,

Where shamrock still blooms as when thou wert on earth.

Our hearts shall still burn, wheresoever we roam,

For God and St. Patrick and our native home

Lee Valley Diary 

Briery Gap:

Fri. March 8 and Sat. 9th @ 8.00 pm and Sun. 10th March @ 3.00 pm. Starmakers Teenage Trouble Hairspray.
Sunday 10th March @ 8.30 pm Mother's Day Weekend Concert with Louise Morrissey
Mon. March 11 8.30p.m. You will be my Son
Wed. March 13th 8.30p.m. Buena Vista Social Club
Wed. March 20th 8.30p.m From Here to Eternity
Mon. March 25 8.30p.m. The Hunt
Wed. March 27th 8.30p.m Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Friday 5th April @ 8.00 pm 2 Tuff Yokes
Mon. Ap. 8 8.30p.m. Dreamtime Revisited

Macroom Library:
National Tree Week: to March 9.
Gramophone Circle with Maureen Murphy, Mon. March 11, 11a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte Mon. March. 25 11.30 a.m. – 12.30
The Purlies Thurs. March 21: 11 am
March Art Exhibition by Bernice Corcoran

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí Fundraisers
Seisiún in Murray's bar, Macroom on Tues. March 12
Fleadh Winners Concert in the Ionad Pobal, Cill na Martra Fri. March 22 at 8.30pm
Local Flag Day with music in Macroom on Sat. Ap. 6.

Make a Wish Cake Sale in Bank of Ireland, Macroom, Fri. March 8

Mc Egan Night at the Races: on Fri. March 8 at 8.30p.m in the Castle Hotel Macroom.

"Good night Irene" in Creedon's Hotel, Inchigeelagh on Sat, March 9 at 8.30 pm.

Cumann na mBan Archive display and presentation; Sat. March 9, Castle Hotel, 2 – 5 p.m.

Table quiz for Aghabullogue N.S., Cremin's Bar on Sat. March 9 at 8.30pm

Quiz for Irish Pilgrimage Trust: in the Castle Hotel, Macroom on Sat. March 9 at 8.30p.m.

Macroom Ploughing: West County Ploughing Championships on Sun. March 10 at Coolcower

Coachford A.F.C. Auction: Hogan's Bar; Sun. March 10 1.30p.m.

'Bake for Brain Injury' event on Tues. March 12, 9am-5pm at the Market Square, Macroom.

Over 60s Competition Lee Valley heat in Fr. Ryan Hall, Macroom on Tues. March 12th

Macroom Senior Citizens' Monthly Social on Tues. March 12th in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 8.30p.m.

Canovee Historical Society: talk on "The Missionaries of Kilmurry Parish" in Canovee Hall on Tues. 12th of March at 8pm

Macroom Flower and Garden Club: 'Spring in the Garden' at Coolcower House on Thurs., March 14 at 8p.m.

Ballyvourney Daffodil Day Coffee Morning at the Abbey Hotel on Fri. March 15, 10 am - 12.30 pm

MacroomTidy Towns Church Gate Collection Sat. and Sun. 16th and 17th of March.

Monster Céilí in Castle Hotel with Gerry McCarthy March 16 at 10p.m.

Inchigeela Hall: Mick Hanly in Concert on Sat. March 16 at 8.30p.m.

Treasure Hunt from Mr. Sims Sweetshop, St. Patrick's Day, 12 noon.

Macroom Parade from 3.30p.m St. Patrick's Day.

Dripsey Vintage Charity Run on St. Patrick's Day 12 noon from Griffin's Garden Centre.

An Caipín Gathering St. Patrick's Day Parade

Fun Table Quiz for Pieta House on St. Patrick's night at The Tavern, Clondrohid, 9.30pm.

Muskerry Local History Society lecture on The Muskerry Tram by Tim O'Brien on Tues. March 19th in Ballincollig Rugby Club at 8 pm.

Concert in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne on Fri. 22nd March at 8:30pm

Crookstown Vintage Club run on Sun. 24th March at 11 a.m. at Clifford's Bar Crookstown.

Macroom Job Seekers Resource Centre every Wed. 10am -12.30pm at the Pitch & Putt Clubhouse, The Bridge, Macroom

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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Cork County Mayor, Barbara
 Murray, at the All Ireland TY Drama Festival, with Briery Gap Manager, Anne Dunne, back, and Adjudicators, Helen Hallissey, Michael Twomey and Brendan O'Brien  ©Lee Valley Outlook 

National Festivals in Briery Gap 

Macroom's Briery Gap hosted the 13th annual All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival and the 3rd All Ireland 15 minute Light Entertainment Festival during the first days of March 2013. The festivals, inspired by Briery Gap Manager, Anne Dunne, attract entries from all 32 counties of Ireland and finalists converge on the mid-Cork capital every spring. Organising such a project is a daunting task in current times, with sponsorship very difficult to source. Pat O'Connell, M.C. at the finals and member of the Briery Gap Board of Directors, gratefully acknowledged the festivals' main sponsors, Cork County V.E.C.; Macroom Town Council and Cork County Council.

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Anthony Foley, St. Joseph's, Doon, Co. Limerick, overall winners of the National Light Entertainment final at the Briery Gap, receives the €1.000 cheque from Pat O'Connell, Briery Gap Board of Directors, with from left, Mary F. McSweeney, Mayor Owen McCarthy, Clíonadh Buckley and Peggy O'Connell © Lee Valley Outlook

All Ireland 15 Minute Light Entertainment Festival

The Light Entertainment finalists came from Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Westmeath and Monaghan and they were judged by Michael Twomey of Cha and Miah fame and Sean Lynch from Mullingar Art Centre. Outstanding winners on the night came from St. Joseph's, Doon, Co. Limerick, a 320 pupil, all girls' school. Their show, depicting the opening night of the school, held everything needed for light entertainment – comedy; excellent diction, choreography and lighting; music, harmony, modern and traditional dance and acrobatics. And the actors seemed to enjoy every minute of it! They were awarded €1,000 plus the Donal Buckley Perpetual Trophy. They also received the Mary McSweeney Perpetual Trophy for Best Choral Group; the Best Director Award and the Best Choreography Award.

Second Best Overall Trophy went to St Macartan's, Monaghan and they also got a Special Adjudicators' Award for the Irish Step Dancers and the William Harrington Perpetual Trophy for Best Traditional Performance with their trad group. Coláiste na Sceilge, Cahirciveen won Third Best Overall and also got the Best Original Award trophy for their Coin Dance. Wilson's Hospital School, Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath received a runners up trophy, Best Individual Award and an Adjudicators' Special Award for the number, Something's Got a Hold on Me. Coláiste na Trócaire, Rathkeale were declared Best Comedy act with their Cinderella show, and won an Adjudicators' Special Award for Costuming and a runners up trophy.

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Owen O'Brien, Director of the Ard Scoil Rís winning show in the 2013 All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival in the Briery Gap, Macroom, with, from left, Mayor Owen McCarthy; Pat O'Connell, Director Briery Gap; Adjudicators, Michael Twomey, Brendan O'Brien and Helen Hallissey and James Delaney, Ard Scoil Rís and Ballinagree ©  Lee Valley Outlook

All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival

15 finalists from the original 35 entries nationwide contested the Drama final. It ran during Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2 and adjudicators, Michael Twomey, Helen Hallissey and Brendan O'Brien are to be congratulated on their stamina! Cork County Mayor, Barbara Murray, was a welcome visitor to the festival and she was very impressed by the standard of plays being staged and the vision, initiative and perseverance of the Briery Gap Board and Manager, Anne Dunne, who started the successful project in 2000.

Overall winners of the 2013 festival were the boys of Ard Scoil Rís, Limerick, with their original, political satire, The Tragedie of Macbertie. The Scratch Saturday type show featured a host of political and media personalities, with some reference to Shakespeare! The witches were particularly impressive. James Delaney, Ballinagree, a teacher at the school, provided local interest. CBS Kilkenny came a very close second. Again, they called on Macbeth for their presentation, but mixed it with The Playboy of the Western World. The study of different eras and slip ups by the respective playwrights, including the ubiquitous 'anachronisms', will certainly widen the students' critical appreciation of literature. The actor playing Donalbain was a deserving winner of the Roger Healy Perpetual Trophy for Best Performance. Joint 3rd went to Our Lady's Bower, Athlone and they also won the prize for Best Director. CBS Mullingar were also Joint 3rd. They presented a moving and topical play, Bad Blessing, linking Famine and evictions with the Irish Diaspora and they also won the award for the Best Original Script. The Máiréad and Seamus Barry Trophy for Best Previous Non Prize-winners were Scoil Muire gan Smál, Blarney with their hilarious 'Case of Dracula'. King's Hospital, Palmerstown won the Dermot Bradfield Perpetual Trophy for Best Set, Stage and Lighting. Best Supporting Role went to Chelsea Cunningham for her role as Thomas in St. Mary's Macroom production of No Man's Land and the award for Best Costumes went to Coláiste Muire, Ennis for their lovely production of The Pied Piper. Five Special Adjudicators' Awards went to Nagle Rice, Doneraile for their sets; Terenure for overall production in difficult circumstances; Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon for best ensemble; St. Wolstan's, Celbridge for Best Atmosphere and Sion Hill College for their outstanding chorus in their original play, based on racism. All the trophies were sponsored by O'Connell Fuels, Macroom.

County Ploughing

Macroom Ploughing Association will host the West Cork Ploughing finals on the lands of the Casey family, Coolcower House, Macroom on Sunday, March 10 from 12pm onwards. Weather permitting, the ploughing finals always provide a great day out for all the family. The Coolcower House venue has hosted many ploughing events in the past, including the county final in 2004 and the millennium championships in 2000. All classes will be catered for, with many sideshows and a hospitality tent. A great occasion to meet up with old friends, watch the ploughing and enjoy the craic. The results will be announced in Coolcower House that night, with music to follow.

Cumann na mBan Archive

The display of original documents relating to Cumann na mBan in the Macroom and surrounding areas will take place on Saturday, March 9 in the Castle Hotel, Macroom. Doors will open at 2 pm and the official handing over of all of these documents to the Director of the National Archives, Mr Brian McGee, will take place at approx 5 pm. The organisers request members of families who had relatives in Cumann na mBan in the Macroom and surrounding areas to come along on the day and, if they have any further documentation from those times, that they bring these along also. 

Over 60s Talent

Macroom Senior Citizens' Monthly Social, on Tuesday, March 12th in the Fr. Ryan Hall, has an extra ingredient and attraction this time round. For the first time since 1985, a heat of the nationally acclaimed Over 60s Talent Competition will be held in Macroom. Previous Macroom winners of the competition were the late Charlie Foley. Connie Shannon and Mick Murray. As we know well, Macroom and the Lee Valley are awash with talent, so, encourage any singers or entertainers in your area to apply. Please contact Evelyn McSweeney 026/41070, or Pat O'Connell 087/2662192. Music for the social is provided by Gerry McCarthy and Liam Healy and starting time is 8.30p.m.

Benvenuti e Bienvenu!

European languages will echo through the streets of Macroom and throughout the Lee Valley during the coming weeks. Macroom Twinning Association is currently celebrating the 10th anniversary of Twinning with Marcallo con Casone, an Italian town, near Milan. Forty-three students and 5 teachers from Instituto E de Amici, Marcallo con Casone, are currently staying with families in the Lee Valley, part of the ongoing exchange programme with De la Salle College, Macroom. They will be joined by 12 members of Marcallo Twinning Association, led by Mayor, Signor Massimo Olivares, who will be 2013 Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick's Day Parade. They will all take part in the Parade. Twenty seven visitors from Bubry, Macroom's long-standing French twins, will help celebrate our national holiday and Bagad de Bubry will also march in the Parade, playing Breton music. The international visitors will travel to scenic areas in Cork and will also meet up with local fire-fighters and anglers.

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The assembled schools at the Peace Proms Concert in Cork City Hall. ©  Sr. Brigid

St. Joseph's N.S. at Peace Concert

Pupils from St Joseph's Primary School, Macroom, accompanied by teachers, Mrs. O'Callaghan, Mrs, Creedon, Ms. Cooper, Ms. Buckley and Mrs. O'Riordan, recently took part in the Peace Proms Concert in the City Hall, Cork. They joined pupils and teachers from ten other schools from Cork City and county. There were 500 boys and girls on stage with the Cross Border Orchestra. The choir joined the orchestra for songs 'Don't Worry Be Happy', 'Light the Fire Within', 'Feel the Beat', 'The Climb', 'For Just a Little While', 'Get on Your Feet', 'Let there be Peace on Earth' and 'Crossing Borders'. It was a wonderful evening of music and entertainment from classical to pop to trad music. A tap dancer danced to the tune of 'The Typewriter' and she was joined by an Irish dancer who danced an Irish reel. The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI) was established in 1995 as a peace initiative and is now composed of 120 young people from all over Ireland – north and south. The CBOI is internationally recognised as one of Ireland's flagship peace initiatives and has become one of the most acclaimed youth orchestras that Ireland has ever produced. St. Joseph's was delighted with the opportunity to be part of this marvellous concert, the experience will live on long after the event.

Cuairteoir ó'n nGaeltacht go De la Salle

Renowned author, Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé, whose book, "A Thig ná Tit Orm", features on the Leaving Certificate Irish course, paid a visit to De La Salle College, Macroom recently. The school's Senior Cycle boys spent a couple of enjoyable hours listening enthusiastically to the charismatic Seanachaí's humorous stories and life experiences and enjoyed the lively tunes he played on his famous "bosca ceoil"! Afterwards, the lads commented that it had been a privilege to meet the legendary character himself and would be of tremendous benefit to them in their Leaving Cert exam.

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German exchange students from St. Mary's Secondary School with Principal, Ciaran Cooke and their German teacher, Ms. Derval McGrath, prior to their visit to Munich.   ©An Scoil.

St. Mary's Updates

German Exchange: On 20th February twenty-two students from St Mary's Secondary School began a ten day visit to Munich, accompanied by Ms McGrath and Ms Curtin. The students stayed with host families and attended Oberhachinger Gymnasium School each day with the German students. A variety of excursions, including a tour of Munich, Cheimsee, Neuschwanstein Castle, and Salzburg, was included. The long established German Exchange between St Mary's and Oberhachinger not only provides students with an opportunity to experience German culture: it also gives them an opportunity to perfect their linguistic skills, which may prove to be very valuable to them in the future jobs market, since there is currently a high demand for German language speakers in Irish industry. The German students will be joining us for the second part of the exchange programme on April 9.

Apprentice Chef Final: Congratulations to Transition Year student, Mary O'Riordan, who is through to the final of the Apprentice Chef competition. Her dish, Macroom Chicken stuffed with Toonsbridge Mozzarella and Pesto, served with locally grown Roasted Vegetables, has reached the Apprentice Chef final which will take place in the Culinary Arts Department at Tralee IT in March. We wish her the very best of luck in the final.

'St. Mary's Got Talent': St Mary's students recently held a very successful and entertaining talent show in aid of the Hope Foundation.  There were twenty acts in total, ranging from solo and group dancing, solo and group singing to a dog performance act. The panel of judges for the event were Mrs. Martina Moynihan, who has directed and produced numerous productions including TY shows in St. Mary's, Mr John Vaughan, a teacher of St. Mary's and Transition Year student, Éimear O'Shea.  In first place was a singing group, 'Simple Complication' consisting of three Transition Year students Rachel O'Riordan, Katie Long and Maria Lane. In second place came a talented ballet dancer, Orlaith McDonagh. Joint third were  'Dermot and the Explorers', consisting of Fifth Year students: Marie Ambrose, Angela Crowley and Dermot O'Callaghan, alongside Third Year singer, Ciara Creedon. In total €1270 was raised towards the fund to send two Transition Year students to Calcutta in March 2013. A big thank you is owed to all who attended.

Press Pass Award: Congratulations to Transition Year student, Eimear O'Shea, who was presented with a Press Pass Features Category Award by Taoiseach, Enda Kenny recently.  Eimear travelled to the Convention Centre in Dublin to collect the award for her feature article, 'Magazines: A Culture of Self-Hate'.  The Press Pass competition was run by the National Newspapers of Ireland and the judging panel was presided over by Press Ombudsman Prof. John Horgan.  Eimear's article is already on-line and will appear in the printed media in the near future. Well done, Eimear and her English teacher, Ms. Murnane!

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McEgan College Senior Football Team who beat Scoil Mhuire, Ballingeary in the Cork County C Football final    ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

Maths Skills for Life: McEgan College hosted another numeracy initiative recently, providing the opportunity for parents of first year students to take part in fun activities based on maths skills for life. The initiative was organised by Áine Noonan, the numeracy officer, in partnership with Máire Ní Laoire, HSCL co-ordinator. It was a rewarding project, involving parents and children working together as a team to help the students with their maths course.

Race Night: McEgan College is showing great initiative by generating funds to modernise and upgrade some of the existing IT equipment in the school. They are organising a race night in the Castle Hotel, Macroom on Friday March 8. All are welcome to what promises to be an exciting and fun filled diversion in these austere times. McEgan College caters for second level students, a specialist unit and adults taking PLC courses. Catherine Kelleher, a teacher at McEgan, provided two horses for a photo shoot to publicise the race night, while Michael Cooper Kelleher provided beautiful racing silks. On race night, a glossy programme will be available with information on the event and the advertising revenue will go towards the college. The event is the brainchild of Principal, Trish Lynam and the race night committee is chaired by former principal, Brendan O'Brien. They are very grateful to the many corporate sponsors for their support and generosity.

Visitors to McEgan: The CEO of Cork County VEC, Ms. Joan Russell, recently visited McEgan College, the only school in Co. Cork selected to showcase the concept of Team Teaching and Instructional Intelligence. Ms. Russell was accompanied by Tomás Ó Ruairc, director of the Teaching Council Ireland. The two teachers involved, Sarah Buckley and Máire Ní Laoire, became involved in the Team teaching initiative in its infancy in 2006. Initially it was a pilot initiative that McEgan College was delighted to facilitate. Since then it has come to be recognised as an important teaching methodology nationwide through the dedication of Cork County VEC.  Both visitors to the school were impressed by the quality of the teaching, the students' dedication, interaction and co-operation in the tasks outlined. McEgan College is very proud of the students who immersed themselves in the class with enthusiastic vigour.  Peer assessment and peer instruction were demonstrated and are vital necessities to the education of the future. Well done to everyone involved and thanks to the Principal and Deputy-Principal who were most supportive.

School Talent Search: Denisa Kearney was superb in Limerick, singing her heart out as 30 talented semi finalists from all over Ireland sought the last 3 places in the All Ireland final of the School Talent Search. The acts had been narrowed down to 50 from an initial 3000 and all at McEgan are so proud of Denisa's achievement in getting this far. She was one of the youngest singers to get to the semi finals. Huge support came from neighbours and friends in Clondrohid and from students and staff at the school, who travelled by bus to the venue. We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who supported Denisa throughout these last few months. It has been a fantastic experience for her and one that will stand to her in time to come.

Seachtain na Gaeilge Tosnóidh Seachtain na Gaeilge na bliana seo ar an 4ú Márta i gColáiste Mac Aogáin. Eagraíodh fuilleach eachtraí de gach saghas rud do na daltaí i mbliana, m. sh. comórtas dearadh pictiúr le sean fhocail mar téama; tráth na gceist; siúlóid Gaelach go Reilig Naomh Ghobnait i mBaile Bhúirne; scannáin as Gaeilge agus Comórtas "Twister" as Gaeilge. Mar buille scoir, beidh Ceilí Mór. Úsáidfear téarmaí Gaelacha le linn gach rang; beidh amhráin agus ceol tradisiúnta le cloisint sa scoil agus táimid ag súil le seachtain iontach spórtúil as Gaeilge!

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St. Colman's boys, Barry Murphy, David Hunt, Kevin Bradley & James Galvin, winners of Macroom Credit Union Quiz Under 11  © An Scoil

Lourdes and Shrines of France

Reservations are now being taken for the 2013 Mid Cork Pilgrimage to Lourdes and the Shrines of France. The 7 night, 8 day tour commences on October 13 and pilgrims will be accompanied by Spiritual Director, Fr. Dónal Ó Briain, P.P. Ballyvourney, and Tour Director, Pádraig O'Driscoll. For further information, please contact O'Driscoll Travel, Macroom and Millstreet at 026 41342; 029 70030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / www.odriscolltravel.ie

Macroom Girl Guides 

A special ceremony was held recently for members of the Ardilaun Guides in Macroom to celebrate World Thinking Day – 22nd February. Candles were lit to represent Guiding all over the world and the Guides took turns to read the chosen thoughts for the evening.  Special prayers were said for all past and present members and for the ten million Guides worldwide. Each member had been collecting money for the World Thinking Day Fund and they placed their money boxes around the map of the world to signify the spread of Guiding worldwide. On the following Sunday, the Guides travelled to Cork to celebrate with Guides and Scouts from many parts of Cork in an ecumenical service at The Lough Church.  They formed the colour party for the National Flag and their Unit flag and led all present in the re-affirmation of the Guide Promise.

Macroom Job Seekers Centre

A Resource Centre for Job Seekers opened on Wednesday 6th March at the Pitch & Putt Clubhouse, The Bridge, Macroom and will open every Wednesday morning from 10am -12.30pm. Jobseekers Resource Centres are set up and funded through West Cork Development Partnership. They offer help with CVs and application forms; they help applicants consider alternative career paths; give information on training; offer signposting to other agencies; advise on current local job vacancies; give access to the internet and photocopying and organise themed Group Discussions on areas related to Job Seeking. On Wednesday, March 13 the theme is Decision Making – Job Selection / Targeting Jobs / Working towards a defined job. JRCs are run by trained volunteers from the local community. All job seekers are welcome to avail of these free services.

Bake for Brain Injury

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland's service is situated in Masseytown, Macroom. They are holding their 'Bake for Brain Injury' event on Tuesday 12th March from 9am-5pm at the Market Square, Macroom. We encourage everyone to have some 'Craic agus Císte' and come out to support a local worthy cause. Approximately 13,000 people acquire a head injury in Ireland each year. ABI Ireland provides vital, community based, neuro-rehabilitation services; enabling those with an acquired brain injury maximise their abilities. ABI Ireland's Bake for Brain Injury campaign hopes to raise much needed funds. Help ABI Ireland continue to rebuild lives that have been shattered by the trauma of brain injury by having some 'Craic agus Císte' and bake for brain injury on Tuesday 12th March. For more information call Sandra on 026 43383 or see www.bakeforbraininjury.ie www.abiireland.ie

Ranganna Gaeilge

Tá an Comharchumann ag reachtáil ranganna Gaeilge i Maigh Chromtha faoi láthairi gCaifé Lady Ardilaun (sean oifig thurasóireachta in aice leis an gCaisleán).  
If you want 'cúpla focal' with your coffee, come along to the Irish classes at Lady Ardilaun's Tearoom (old tourist office near Macroom Castle Gates) every Wednesday at 4.30pm.   Comharchumann Forbartha Mhúscraí, in cooperation with the Café, are hosting these Irish classes.   The cost per class is €5. Fáilte roimh foghlaimeoirí.  Beginners welcome.  

Macroom Library Notes 

National Tree Week runs from 3rd to 9th March. We have an exhibition of old and new tree-related books available for loan.  Many thanks to Ted Cook for sharing his expertise on the subject with the attendance at his talk on March 5th.
Come along to our music morning on Monday 11th March at 11am. This month our presenter is Maureen Murphy from Cork and it will be her first visit to our Gramophone session.  The Purlies meet in March on Thursday 7th and 21st . The group is going from strength to strength and welcomes all levels of knitters, from beginners up.  It starts at 11a.m and finishes around 12.30
On World Book Day, March 7th, we were delighted to be visited by Senior Infants Class from Clondrohid N.S and 3rd class from Kilmurry N.S.  We hope they enjoyed their trip.
We are currently hosting an exhibition of ink drawings and pigment paintings by Bernice Corcoran. This is part of an ongoing project based on townlands of the West Muskerry region.  It will run until the end of March.
Ciorcal Cainte continues on Monday March 25th at 11.30 a.m. Due to St. Patrick's Day, it had to be postponed. This is an informal gathering over a cup of tea allowing an opportunity to practice your cúpla focal.   It is led by a member of the library staff.  Bígí linn.
St. Patrick's Weekend: Please note that the library will be closed on Saturday, March 16 and Monday, March 18.
The annual fee for Adult membership is  €2.50. Child membership €0.50. Senior Citizens are  Free.

Classic Movie Month at Briery Gap

Every Wednesday night during March the Briery Gap will screen a Classic Film. It will feature all time movie greats that stand the test of time on the big screen and admission is only €5. On Wednesday March 13th at 8.30p.m., movie fans can re-visit Buena Vista Social Club. The offering on March 20 is the ever green romance, From Here to Eternity and the final offering on Wednesday March 27th at 8.30 pm is Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.


Macroom's children's drama group will this year celebrate its 20th birthday. The long established, talented group is known for its annual productions which, over the years, have delighted audiences in Saint Catherine's Hall and more recently, in The Briery Gap Theatre. Many of its past pupils have performed at local and national level. The group's production this year is 'Hairspray - Teenage Trouble' and will be staged in the Briery Gap Theatre Saturday & Sunday, March 9th & 10th. The show tells of the teenager, Tracy, who believes she can change the world. The show features numbers such as "You Can't Stop the Beat" , "I Can Hear the Bells" and "Good Morning Baltimore". Tickets are available from the Briery Gap Box Office 026 41793

Briery Gap Programme 

Starmakers present Annual Show Fri. 8th, Sat. 9th March @ 8.00 pm and Sun. 10th March @ 3.00 pm.This year's production is Teenage Trouble Hairspray.
Louise Morrissey in Mother's Day Concert Sun. March 10 at 8.30p.m. Doors open 8p.m. Featuring Paddy O'Brien, Gary Gamble with his famous tribute to Daniel O'Donnell and The Ryan Turner Band. Tickets €20.
2 Tuff Yokes on Friday 5th April @ 8.00 pm. Starring Seamus Moore and Pat Hayes. Adults Only. Tickets €15
South Pacific Briery Gap Annual Musical. Commencing on 19th April

Sulán Film Society presents You Will Be My Son at 8.30p.m. on Monday, March 11. Director Gilles Legrand, Country France, Year 2011Running Time 101m. Cert Club. Niels Arestrup is cast as Paul de Marseul - owner of a prestigious chateau and winery in Saint-Émilion - who is dismayed at the prospect of his bookish son Martin (Lorànt Deutsch) taking on the family vineyard. Martin just hasn't turned out to be the son Paul dreamed of. When he discovers a suitable successor in Philippe (Nicolas Bridet), the son of his steward François (Patrick Chesnais), Paul feels his prayers have been answered. He showers Philippe with attention and praise, neglecting his own son, who craves consideration and love from his father. But an unexpected tragedy occurs that will upset all plans and dynamics of the family. Like a fine wine, this drama is full-bodied and complex and provides a fascinating look at the matter of the transmission of knowledge, heritage and tradition in the world of wine. Admission to Sulan Film Society Films €7: Special Offer 2 tickets €12:  Sulan Film Society Season Ticket €49.
Classic Cinema every Wednesday at 8. 30p.m. Admission €5.
March 13th Buena Vista Social Club
March 20th From Here to Eternity
March 27th Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Local TV Programmes

Sun. March 10: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Confirmation 2012  from Cill na Martra
6.30p.m. News and Sport; Looking back on past Ploughing events. Ceol Múscraí in the Briery Gap 2010 Part 2.
Wed. March 13:  9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Preview of St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013 in Macroom and looking back 20 years to 1993 Parade. Footage from 2013 Ploughing Match.
Sun. March 17: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: St. Patrick's Day Mass from St. Colman's, Macroom. 6.30p.m. Repeat of LTV. Wed. Programme.
Wed. March 20: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013 from Macroom.


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Make a Wish Cake Sale will be held in the Bank of Ireland, Macroom on Friday, March 8. Everyone welcome. Bring a cake or buy a cake and if you fancy your skills at making Cup Cakes, you can enter for a competition to win an iPad. Ask bank staff for details.

Creedon's Hotel, Inchigeelagh presents a one-woman play performed by Julie Sharkey, "Good night Irene", on Saturday 9th March at 8.30 pm. Light bites and play €20. Phone 026 49012 or tickets available on the night.

A table quiz in aid of Aghabullogue N.S. will take place in Cremin's Bar, Aghabullogue on Saturday 9th March at 8.30pm sharp. Tables of four will cost €20. A raffle will also be held on the night, with plenty of spot prizes. A great night out is promised and all in a good cause. Please come along and support Aghabullogue National School. Any queries to 087/9962208.

Quiz for Irish Pilgrimage Trust: will take place in the Castle Hotel, Macroom on Saturday the 9th March at 8.30. The group is based in Cork and fundraises to take young people with special needs from Cork to Lourdes on Easter Sunday. For more information please contact Cáit Ní Chonchúir, Cill na Martra, 0863653598.

Canovee Historical Society: To mark this year as "Year of Faith", Siobhan Scanlan will give a talk on "The Missionaries of Kilmurry Parish" in Canovee Hall on Tuesday 12th of March at 8pm

Macroom Flower and Garden Club: presents 'Spring in the Garden' with guest speakers, Sarah Evans and Alan Pitcher from the Secret Garden, Newmarket, at Coolcower House on Thursday, March 14 at 8p.m. Plants will be on sale and the 2013 schedule will be available. New members and visitors are always welcome. Enquiries to 087 9821708.

Ballyvourney Daffodil Day Coffee Morning will be held again this year at the Abbey Hotel.  However, in a change to tradition, it will not be held on Daffodil Day, as this clashes with the local Confirmation day, so it will be held a week earlier on Friday, 15th March between 10 am and 12.30 pm.  All proceeds to the Irish Cancer Society.  Hope you can make it.

Inchigeela Concert: Mick Hanly will be in Concert in Inchigeela Hall on Saturday, March 16 at 8.30p.m. Complimentary tea or coffee served. Tickets from Clancy's Fresh Fish Shop, Macroom or at the door on the night. Enquiries to 087 3100311 or visit us at www.facebook.com/inchieelaparishhall. 

Muskerry Local History Society has organised a lecture on on The Muskerry Tram, to be delivered by Tim O'Brien on Tuesday March 19th in Ballincollig Rugby Club (Tanner Park) Clubhouse at 8 pm. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Muskerry Tram line between Cork's Western Road and Blarney in 1887. Tim O'Brien has compiled a special slide show presentation, covering the rail line's journey to Mid-Cork up to its closure in 1934. Admission €3 for non-members. Everyone most welcome.

Crookstown Vintage Club 2nd annual vintage cars, tractors and motor bikes poker run on Sunday 24th March. Sign in at 11 a.m. at Clifford's Bar Crookstown. Refreshments served. All are welcome.

Coin Collection: Dromleigh N.S students wish to thank those who contributed to our recent collection of old currency and foreign coins. A grand total of €436.58 was raised. Special Olympics Ireland will receive over €260 while €175 will go towards school funds. A special word of thanks to O'Neill's Sports and Leisure and The Castle Hotel, Macroom for their contribution to the fundraiser.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto:  February 24th. Numbers Drawn: 1, 11, 22, 23. No winner. €50  John Dunlea, Carrigadrohid; €25 Eileen Shine, ,Carrigadrohid; Edwina Lyons, Carrigadrohid; Jack the Joker Dan Shine Aherla.
March 3 Jackpot €6,700; Numbers drawn: 4, 7, 18, 25; No winner; €50 O'Sullivan Family, Leeview, Carrigadrohid; €25 Christy Fitzgerald, Carrigadrohid; Christy O'Sullivan, Crossmahon, Lissarda; Jack the Joker James Hegarty, c\o Dan Shine. Next lotto draw on March 10 in the Sportsman's Bar for jackpot of €6,850.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: 24/02/2013: Jackpot €2,350.  No Winner. Numbers drawn 5 40 42. €50 Ger Coakley Rahalisk, €20 Neily O'Callaghan Dripsey, Laura Barry Coolkisha, Marie Hayes Lacknahacknee, Alan Hourihan Ballinagree
03/03/2013: Numbers drawn 9 12 27.  Jackpot €2,500 won by Alison O'Rourke, Annagannihy, presentation on Sun. March 10 in "The Làine Bar". €50 Pat O'Leary, Dromduve, €20  Pat Lucey, Knockeenacutting, Matt O'Leary, Knock, Ellie Deasy, Kilberrihert, Geraldine Kelleher, Horsemount.
Next draw Sun. March 10th in "The Làine Bar", Ballinagree at 9  p.m. Jackpot €1,000

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 25/2/2013, Jackpot: €4,600, Numbers Drawn: 17 - 18 - 22, No Winner, €40 Anthony O'Leary, €20 Patrick O'Callaghan, Cathy Dunton, Karen Martin, Francis Daly.
4/3/2013, Jackpot: €4,800, Numbers Drawn: 5 - 7 - 23, No Winner, €40 Mary O'Sullivan, €20 Katie Long, Geraldine Henry, John Jnr. Murphy (Yearly Ticket), Willie Barrett (Yearly Ticket).

Traditional Irish Stew

Servings: 4-6; Preparation Time: 30 minutes; Cooking Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Ingredients: 3 tbsp Olive oil; 1.5kg lamb chops, with bones attached; 4 medium carrots, peeled, and quartered; 4 medium onions, cut into quarters; 15g butter;  pinch salt and pepper; 600ml stock or water; 12 potatoes, peeled; sprig of Rosemary or thyme; 1 tbsp Parsley, chopped; 1 tbsp Chives, chopped. A few cloves of garlic if so desired.

1. Cut the chops in half, but don't take off the bones. Toss the meat in the
olive oil and fry until golden brown in a hot casserole.
2. Remove meat and replace with onions and carrots, stirring and frying for a couple of minutes, before returning the meat to the pan.
3. Pour in the stock, and simmer, either in a preheated oven at 160°C/gas 2,
or on the hob, until the meat is tender. This should take around 1 hour 30
4. Add the potatoes after 30 minutes, and continue simmering the stew. Stir
in the herbs and serve.

Lee Valley Updates

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The happy couples at Hareford Hall at the grand finale of  Coachford Players production of 'Me and my Girl' ©Lee Valley Outlook

Me and my Girl wow Coachford audiences

Coachford Players entertained and amused great crowds during their four-night staging of the delightful musical, 'Me & My Girl', in Coachford G.A.A. Hall recently. Hareford Hall was the stately Hampshire pile in which most of the action took place and set designers, constructors and backstage personnel deserve the highest praise for effective sets, props and stage management. The dismantling of the 1930 car after the opening scene was particularly adroit; the dead game in the kitchen scene were a realistic touch and the living portraits in the library were quirky and fascinating. The costume department also earned commendation, with outfits portraying the various styles that prevailed in the 30s.
'Me and my Girl' is primarily a musical, but with a clever and witty text. Coachford Players, drawing on local talent and imports from Canovee, Berrings and Donoughmore, provided a very strong cast for the show. Principal, Bill Snibson, heir to the title Earl of Hareford, was played by John O'Riordan, a highly talented actor. His girl, Sally, was played by Amy Barry Murphy, who has a beautiful voice. Lady Jacqueline, Anne Marie McMahon, was the original vamp, very agile and beautifully robed - and disrobed! Parchester, the family solicitor, was played by Henry Delaney, who has a particularly pleasing voice and great acting ability. The Duchess was superbly played by Grace Donovan. All the actors shone in their roles and their lines, with the clever use of slang, malapropism and plain mangling of the language, were clearly and effectively delivered. Sing along numbers that pleased the audience included Me and my Girl, The Family Solicitor, An English Gentleman, You would if you Could, Once you lose your Heart, The Lambeth Walk, Leaning on a Lamp Post and If only you had cared for me.
Cast: BILL, John O'Riordan; SALLY, Amy Barry-Murphy; THE DUCHESS, Grace Donovan; SIR JOHN, John McCaffrey; LADY JACQUELINE, Anne Marie McMahon; GERALD, Joe Scanlon; PARCHESTER, Henry Delaney; HEATHERSET, Aiden Duffy; SIR JASPER, Willie Barrett; LADY BATTERSBY, Emily O'Connell; LORD BATTERSBY, Eugene O'Sullivan; MRS. BROWN, Diane Searls; TELEGRAPH BOY, James Byrne; LADY OF THE NIGHT, Helen Lotty; BOB BARKING, Eugene O'Sullivan; PEARLY QUEEN, Sadie Murray; PEARLY KING,             Willie Barrett; MRS. WORTHINGTON-WORTHINGTON, Penny Rainbow; LADY DISS, Clare Leahy; MISS DISS, Jill Kiely; LADY BRIGHTON, Gráinne Donovan; FOOTMEN, Tim Hayes, James Byrne; ANCESTORS, Joe Scanlon, James Byrne, Tim Hayes, Diane Searls; GUESTS/MAIDS, Jane Duffy, Michelle Healy, Máighréad NíMhurchú, Helen Lotty, Sadie Murray, Penny Rainbow, Grainne Donovan, Jill Kiely, Caroline Kiely, John Martin Murphy, Clare Leahy, Pia Pakkala O'Halloran.
Backstage: Director/ Choreographer, Karolyne Dineen; Musical Director, Aoife Donovan; Musicians, Aoife Donovan, Pádraig Dineen, Anne Murphy, John Dineen, Máighréad Ní Mhurchú; Stage Manager, Martha McCaffrey; Set Design, Diane Searls, Karolyne Dineen; Set Construction, Willie Barrett, Henry Delaney, Sue Aylwin, Diane Searls, Cormac Buckley; Master of Ceremonies, Peter Dineen; Costumes, Anne Marie McMahon, Deirdre Hickey; Props, Penny Rainbow, Karolyne Dineen; Programmes, Anthony Greene, Diane Searls; Poster Design, Diane Searls; Public Relations, Peter Dineen; Seamstress, Deirdre Hickey, Patty Hickey; Sound and Lighting, Jimmy Healy, Michael Healy; Stage Crew, Martha McCaffrey, Ann Kiely, Siobhán O'Connell, Josephine Moynihan, Sue Aylwin, Deirdre Hickey, Willie Barrett, Aidan Duffy, Sinead Wilson, Siobhan  Hogan, Megan McCaffery.

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The 1970 Clondrohid team who defeated Kilmichael in the JFL final.  ©O'Sullivan Photo, Macroom

Clondrohid Updates

Macroom Ploughing Organisation are hosting the West County Ploughing Championships this year, on Sunday March 10 on the farm of Coolcower House. More information on this at a later date.
Clondrohid Development Grant: The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government has sanctioned West Cork Development Partnerships application and approved funding of €199,290 to Clondrohid Community Recreational Facility Ltd., to develop a recreational facility consisting of a Community walkway, with site landscaping and furniture, an outdoor gym and 250 metre running track next to the Astro Turf. This is the 2nd phase of a two phase development and has a total estimated project cost of €265,730. Final approval by the West Cork Board is now eagerly awaited.
Showstoppers are Back: Preparing for their 7th production to date and with over €28,000 raised for charity, Showstoppers are proving unstoppable.  What a show they have in store this year! "Oh What A Life" will run for 4 nights, April 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th in Clondrohid Community Hall. This year's show is definitely one not to miss. The storyline is excellent, with song and dance routines that are unbelievable and the cast is just fabulous. This year the funds raised will go towards Clondrohid Community Parish. Showstoppers will also take part in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, so it's all systems go and as the saying goes, Watch This Space for further updates.
Munster Vocational Schools S.C.F.C. Final: Congratulations to Bishop McEgan College Macroom who mounted a great challenge to St. Michael's, Co. Clare in this recent final. Unfortunately they were a few points in arrears when the final whistle blew. Clondrohid Club had 6 players on the team: T. Scannell, B. Corcoran, I. O'Neill, D. Lynch, D. Dineen, and J. Ring, with D. Dineen scoring 1-4 from midfield. Well done.
Junior A League: Congratulations to the Junior As who commenced their league campaign in Clondrohid with a 2 point win over Aghinagh in a local derby. Some good football played throughout.
Minor Football League: Clondrohid minors played Kilnamartrya in Clondrohid but were defeated.
U16 League; Clondrohid are playing at the weekend.
Mass in the Hall: Due to ongoing repairs in the church, the weekday and Sunday masses will continue to be celebrated in the Community Hall.
Reminders: Fun Table Quiz in aid of Pieta House, in the Tavern on Sunday March 17 (St. Patrick's night) at 9.30pm. €15 table -of three. Great night assured with prizes, raffle and auction.
Lotto: February 27. €70 Mags O'Leary Codrum; €20 Kay O'Sullivan Glen Park, Brendan O'Callaghan Dromree, Bridget Coakley Mount Massey, Mgt. O'Leary Rossmore.
Bingo: In Community Hall every Wednesday night; Jackpot €1,450
Cards: In Community Hall every Sunday night.

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Dromleigh N.S. Quiz team, winners of Macroom Credit Union Senior Quiz and Chapter Final, who now contest the National Fianl in the RDS on April 7: Alex Callanan, Anne Marie O'Mahony, Nicky John Dromey and Kieran Murphy 
 ©. An Scoil

Dromleigh N.S.

Dromleigh N.S. is now taking names for the school year 2013 – 2014. Enrolment forms are available from the secretary, at 026 46212. There will be an Open Night at the school on Wednesday, March 20th, 7 -  8 pm. The school is also taking enrolments for the following school years.
The Dromleigh N.S. Senior Credit Union Quiz team represented the Macroom region at the Chapter Final in Mallow on March 2nd. After a tightly fought contest, the Dromleigh team of Anne Marie O'Mahony, Nicky John Dromey, Alex Callanan and Kieran Murphy emerged as deserving winners. They now go on to the National Finals at the RDS in Dublin on April 7th. The whole school community is righty proud of their achievements and the next round of the contest is eagerly awaited.

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Pupils from St. Lachteen's N.S., Donoughmore who attended the Peace Proms Concert  ©An Scoil  

St. Lachteen's Updates

Peace Proms: St. Lachteen's N.S. choir proudly represented their school, teachers, parents and the Donoughmore community, at the Peace Proms Concert held at Cork City Hall recently. Months of hard work rehearsing for the concert paid off when the pupils finally got on stage to perform their song, "Feel the Beat", accompanied by a full symphony orchestra. Peace Proms is a musical and cultural celebration and has provided pupils of St. Lachteen's a platform to showcase their talent while promoting peace and unity through music. This has been a fantastic musical experience for the pupils as it has exposed them to a variety of musical styles and genres and has helped to develop an appreciation for these styles. The pupils got the opportunity to work with some of Ireland's top professional musicians and conductors on their journey to performing on the City Hall stage. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were thrilled to see so many parents, grandparents, family members, along with members of the wider Donoughmore Community attend the concert to support them on the night.

Operation Transformation Stars: St. Lachteen's pupils were thrilled to see their video snippet of the "Step It Up" dance, feature on the popular television programme "Operation Transformation" recently. Pupils and teachers across the school took part in learning the dance, performing the routine together in the school hall and recording it to be submitted for consideration to appear on the popular television programme. Pupils have been learning about fitness in a fun way through the medium of dance. It was a great opportunity for all pupils at St. Lachteen's, from the younger pupils in Junior Infants to the older pupils in 6th class, to come together as a school community to step up their fitness programme. Featuring on Operation Transformation has given the pupils a little taste of fame while heightening their awareness of the importance of exercise and how much fun can be had. St. Lachteen's dance troop truly have stars in their eyes.

Rusheen N.S.

Scór na bPáistí: Rusheen N.S. had a most successful day at the Scòr na bPàistì Muskerry Final in Ovens recently.  Rusheen Set Dancing Teams came first and second and they also came second in the Figure Dancing.  Anna Sheehan came first in the Instrumental Music, playing "Den Tarrant's Polka" on her violin.  Rusheen's Quiz Team also emerged victorious, scoring 78 points out of a possible 84.  The Novelty Act Team, performing "The Match", also came 3rd .  In addition to this, the School was awarded the "Denis O'Donovan Memorial Trophy" for the fifth year in a row for being the best school in Scór in Muskerry.  Well done to all the competitors and to everybody who helped them along the way.

Dripsey Run on St. Patrick's Day

Dripsey Vintage Car and Tractor Run is planned for St. Patrick's Day. With  main sponsor, Griffin's Garden Centre, they stage their sixth run which organisers hope will add considerably to the €15,000 they have so far collected for charities. This year's run is in aid of Marymount Hospice with a contribution going to the Dripsey Community Association. Participants are asked to register (€ 20) at Griffin's Garden Centre from 10 am and the roll out will be at 12 noon, following complimentary refreshments supplied by Griffins who will also provide further refreshments at the end of the run.The Vintage cars will cover a thirty five mile route via Dripsey Cross, Coachford, Doctor's Cross, Tullig, Crean's Cross, Bill Thady's Cross, Stuake, Donoughmore, New Tipperary, Bweeng, Courtbrack, Junction Bridge, Pike House Cross, Fox's Bridge, Matehy, Kerry Rd., Tower, Cloghroe, Canon's Cross and back to Griffins. A shorter route of twelve miles has been designed for the Tractors, taking them to Dripsey Cross, Model Village, North Kilmurry, Berrings, Callas, Ballyanley, Fairy Cross Roads and Magoola. The owner of the best turned out tractor will receive the Garry Cotter Memorial Trophy, while the John O'Sullivan Memorial Trophy will go to the owner of the best turned out car, all of which must be of 1995 or earlier vintage. Free parking will be available at Dripsey National School and complimentary transport will be provided by Bríd O'Callaghan Coaches from car park to Griffins. To add to the fun of the day a prize sponsored by Marie at Stylz Hair Salon Coachford will go to the Best Vintage Costume Group (4 persons max) and Mary from Stylz Beauty Rooms will sponsor the Individual Costume prize. Barry's Photographic Services have come on board with prizes for the Best Dressed Lady and Gent. There will be an opportunity too for the children to have their faces painted and they can also do some painting themselves and win a prize. Participants and onlookers will be entertained by some traditional musicians and set dancers with the offer to participate in the singing, music and dance if you're so inclined. It promises to be a great day out for all the family. Further information is available from John at 086-8435675, Leo at 087-7621473 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Coppeen Gathering on St Patrick's Day

Throughout Ireland in 2013, Communities, Villages and towns will be organising a packed calendar of gatherings, festivals and events to welcome people from all over the world to festivities organised by local communities. Coppeen St Patricks Day 2013 will involve the usual St Patricks Day festivities, but on this occasion will also be focused as a gathering event for the benefit of Irish diaspora with local roots.
To date a lot of work has been done in tracing school records belonging to Coppeen School, going back to 1920. This includes identifying past pupils of Coppeen School and tracing their whereabouts and where possible; inviting them to the St Patrick's Day 2013 festivities at Coppeen. The gathering event will include this year's St Patricks day festival being opened by two invited guests who went to school in Coppeen in the 1920s and are currently in their nineties. All of those who received special invitations to the gathering event will receive ''red carpet'' treatment and will be presented with certificates to mark their presence at the gathering occasion. According to Barry O Sullivan Chairman and Ann Harte Secretary, the organising committee are planning, this year, to stage the biggest parade ever, starting at Coppeen School at 3pm. A total of 23 local organisations are expected to attend, with keen competition for the best float, which will receive the Sergeant Sheehan trophy for first prize. There is also good financial prize money for floats judged to be the best second and third choice. An important part of this year's event will be a huge display of vintage cars and motor cycles. For the occasion, music, song and dance will be provided by Newcestown Comhaltas, Coppeen School children, Castletown set dancers, with a recital from Castletown Church Choir being planned as a special event. At the end of an action packed day, hopefully there will be time for all to relax and a chance to ''wet the shamrock''at An Caipin.   Cead Mile Failte Romhaibh

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí i mBaile Mhúirne

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí will take place in Baile Mhúirne on May 9th to 12th and the host branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Craobh Lachtaín Naofa, Cill na Martra, is holding several fundraising events in the coming weeks. On Tuesday, March 12 there will be a Seisiún in Murray's bar, Macroom. Musicians, singers, dancers and friends welcome. Tá fáilte roimh gach éinne. This will be followed on Friday, March 22 with a Concert of Cork's 2012 All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann champion musicians, singers and dancers, including local winners in the Ionad Pobail, Cill na Martra at 8.30pm with Fear a' tí: Dick Beamish. A Local Flag Day with music will be held on the streets of Macroom on Saturday, April 6.

Ionad Cultúrtha Concert

Music Network presents accordion player Paudie O'Connor, fiddler Aoife Ní Chaoimh and uilleann piper, Mick O'Brien at a concert in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhuirne on Friday 22nd March at 8:30pm in a celebration of the music of Sliabh Luachra. Tickets are €15/€10 and can be booked on Tel. 026 45733 or www.ionadculturtha.ie. This concert is promoted by Music Network and Ionad Cultúrtha.

Macra Matters

Muskerry Macra now consists of eight clubs: Aghinagh, Berrings, Crookstown, Donoughmore, Millstreet, Ovens, Terelton & newest club, An Ghaeltacht. Millstreet Macra will represent Muskerry at the Kerrygold Club Question Time National Final in Mayo. An Ghaeltacht Macra na Feirme held their first event on Friday 8th February. The table quiz, which took place in The Mills Inn, Ballyvourney, was very successful with a large turn out. Congratulations to the new club on their fantastic start, no doubt a sign of things to come. Muskerry Macra YFDG held a farm walk at the Purebred Irish Parthenaise Suckler Cow farm of Tom Scally, Ovens. Tom discussed in detail the advantages of Parthenaise over other similar breeds such as Charolais and Limousin.
Fixtures: Muskerry Macra are holding a 10km run/walk. Everyone is welcome, regardless of fitness level. Join the group Muskerry Region Fun Run Training on Facebook to keep up with regular training sessions. All funds raised will go towards Cope Foundation. Sat 9th Mar: 2nd Phase Club Officer Training, Killarney

Berrings Macra will host a Victory Variety Concert in Ballyanly Community Centre at 8.30pm on March 22 to celebrate their win in the Macra Capers All Ireland. Capers cast will stage their All Ireland winning show. Entry €5 pp or €10 for family. The club recently presented a cheque of €2,500 to Marymount Hospice, proceeds of Christmas carol singing in Centra, Tower.

Donoughmore Macra is organising a Soapbox Race for Easter Sunday, 31st of March at 2pm. The circuit is in Firmount, Donoughmore, by St. Joseph's N.S., Firmount. €20 entry per soapbox. Scrutinising of the soapboxes will be done from 1 to 1.45pm, with the first race starting at 2pm. There will be prizes on the day for 1st, 2nd and 3rd fastest overall, Most Innovative Kart and Best Looking Kart. Other competitions on the day will include an Easter egg hunt (free of charge) and a Ball Race at the end of the day, with the winner getting €150 and second place getting €50. All proceeds from the Ball Race will go to Irish Cancer Society. Mammy's Café and BBQ will provide sustenance. For further information and regulations, contact Denis O'Connell on 0879377212 or Barry O'Regan on 0860501012.

GIY by Michael Kelly

The GIY Get Ireland Growing Fund, in partnership with AIB, invites community groups or schools developing a growing initiative to apply for a grant between €500 and €5000.  Check out our website for application forms and criteria.

Things to do: There is still time to prepare a plot this year. Fork or rake over existing beds, breaking up large clods of earth. Cover new seedlings with fleece if a frost is due.  Start your daily slug patrols and lay beer traps. Don't let new-season weeds take over – get on top of them with weekly hoeing. 

Sow: Indoors:  lettuce, aubergine, peppers, cucumbers, celery, celeriac, sweet corn, basil, leeks, summer cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, parsley, courgette, French beans.  Sow outdoors or under cover: broad beans, red cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts, onions, leeks, turnip, peas, radishes, early lettuce, asparagus.  Plant your first early seed potatoes, as soon as weather conditions allow.

Harvest: This month you could be enjoying (from the ground and from storage) onions, leeks, parsnips, potatoes, some varieties of lettuce, mint, sprouting broccoli, kale, rhubarb, chard, the first of the spring cauliflowers and cabbage, and spinach (perpetual, spinach beet). 

Tip of the Month – Sow Onion Sets from mid March to mid April, depending on the weather. They will take approx 5 months to mature, so if you sow this month, you will probably be harvesting in mid August. To plant your sets: firm the surface of the soil and plant the onion sets 4 inches apart in rows 9 inches apart. Push the set gently down in to the soil, leaving the tip just showing above the surface. If you have already bought your onion sets and are waiting for the weather to warm up a bit before planting, spread out the sets in a cool, well-lit place to prevent early sprouting.  Onions can also be grown from seed but take a bit longer (but it's also alot cheaper).


The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.

 This is a story about Pat Peoples. He has recently spent some time in a psychiatric hospital and is now living with his parents and by his new philosophy: get fit, be nice and always look for the silver linings. Pat is determined to be reconciled with his wife Nikki, but when he befriends the mysterious Tiffany, the secrets that everyone has been keeping from him threaten to come out.

 Available from Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €10.50.


Success for SMILE

Smile Resource Exchange, the brainchild of staff at Macroom E, is the delighted recipient of the Local Authority Members Association Award for 'Best Eco Initiative'. SMILE Resource Exchange was recognised by LAMA as an initiative that, in addition to saving money for businesses on their costs, is reducing waste going to landfill and encouraging a more resource efficient ethos amongst businesses in the community. Speaking after the event, SMILE Project Manager, Michelle Green said "We were delighted to have been nominated and confirmed as a finalist for this year's awards amongst very deserving entries. To win such a prestigious national award is a real honour, not only for the project partners and the SMILE team, but also for the business members of SMILE who have gotten involved in the initiative. We have grown steadily over the past 3 years and now operate in Cork, Limerick, Clare, Kerry and Dublin. Receiving the LAMA Award for Best Eco Initiative strengthens our position as a valuable support for businesses to become pioneers of a more environmentally friendly and sustainable business future".

Sports Mad

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U 21 Football Championships

Final Round of Group Games:

Group One

Kilmurry   3 – 7     Macroom   1 - 9

Kilmurry defeated Macroom under lights at Cloughduv, helped by a goal apiece from Pádraig and James Berhanu and Liam Ryan.  Kilmurry led by 2-6 to 0-3 at half time and were clearly in a very strong position at this stage.  Alan O'Sullivan had scored three of the points, with one each from Pádraig Berhanu, Jonathan Buckley and Patrick Grainger.  Patrick Lucey and David Horgan scored for Macroom in reply and only a superb save by Kilmurry goalkeeper, Jason McDonnell, had denied Macroom's Chris Foskett of a badly needed goal.  On the restart, Jonathan Buckley rattled the Macroom crossbar with a bullet-like drive but after a strong run by Adam Healy out of defence, James Berhanu was on hand to score Kilmurry's third goal in the 40th minute, which put the winners in a near unassailable position, leading on a 3-6 to 0-5 scoreline.  Macroom did battle on to the finish and with points from Ricky Murphy, Robbie O'Dwyer and Patrick Lucey and a goal from O'Dwyer, they kept the Kilmurry men under pressure, but the deficit was too great to make up and so Kilmurry (for whom corner back Oisín McSweeney had a late point) had four points to spare at the finish.
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: Michael John Grainger, Daniel Cahalane, Oisín McSweeney: Sean Curzon, Adam Healy, Robert Cahalane: Daniel Buckley, Stephen Hartnett: Pádraig Berhanu, Alan O'Sullivan, Jonathan Buckley: Liam Ryan, Patrick Grainger, James Berhanu. Sub: Sean O'Sullivan. 
Macroom: Dylan Dinneen: Shane Creedon, Darren Kelly, Noel Murphy: Robbie O'Dwyer, Colm Casey, Emmett Quinlan: David McKenna, David Horgan: Darren Creed, Michael Cronin, Chris Foskett: John Murphy, Patrick Lucey, Michael Browne. Sub: Ricky Murphy for the injured Foskett.  
Referee: Mr Ger Ahern, Canovee.

Donoughmore   1-9     Macroom   2 – 8
In the final Group game, Macroom faced Donoughmore at Donoughmore with everything to play for, for all concerned.  Donoughmore had earlier defeated Kilmurry by two points; Kilmurry had four points to spare over Macroom. Scoring difference was to count if Macroom won, as each team would finish with one victory each. Donoughmore were on top early on and led by 1-4 to 0-2 after 18 minutes.  Shane Healy, Seanie Daly, and Shane Lucey had points and Gearóid O'Rourke had slotted home the goal after 12 minutes.  Macroom had a good second quarter and points from Robbie O'Dwyer, Patrick Lucey, David Horgan and Michael Cronin left them only a goal adrift at half time, 1-5 to 0-5.  Within a minute of the restart the sides were level when David Horgan finished off a good movement and Patrick Lucey then kicked Macroom into the lead from a free.  Donoughmore hit back with three points in a row, two from Gearóid O'Rourke and one from Stephen O'Connor.  Lucey pointed a Macroom free and six minutes from time, levelled the scores with a point from play.  In the 58th minute John Murphy was on hand when a Ricky Murphy shot came back off the upright and slotted home a goal to put Macroom three points clear, a situation which would have given Macroom a place in the B championship semi final.  Leon Cogan saved the day for Donoughmore a minute later when he pointed a close range free to have the group finish with each team having one victory each.  Kilmurry led the group table with a scoring difference of  +2 points, Donoughmore were next on +O and Macroom third with –2 and so these scoring differences determined the destination of each team for the knock out stages.
Donoughmore: Donal Buckley: Mark Foley, Kevin Horgan, Barry Crowley: Stephen O'Connor, Alan Twomey, Jamie Twomey: Shane Healy, Christy Mangan: Ger Buckley, Seanie Daly, Shane Lucey: Gearóid O'Rourke, William Murphy, Leon Cogan. Subs: Anthony Horgan, Seamus Murphy.
The Macroom line out for the Donoughmore match was as  against Kilmurry.
Referee: Mr Timmy McCarthy, Clondrohid.

Group Two

Canovee   0 – 6     Ballincollig   2 - 15

With two victories each coming into the game at Carrigadrohid, Canovee and Ballincollig had a place in the A semi finals to play for, with the losers guaranteed a place in the B semi final.  Ballincollig were favourites. Canovee were full of hope that they could cause an upset, but by half time it was clear that the reigning champions were going to prevail.  Ballincollig, with Sean Kiely, Rob Noonan and George Durant in form around the midfield area, were quickly into their stride and they led by 1-5 to 0-1 after Morgan O'Mahony scored their first goal in the twelfth minute.  Ballincollig had another goal before half time from the boot of Cian Dorgan and they led by 2-9 to 0-2 at the break and the contest was as good as over.  The second half was played out at half pace, as Ballincollig were content to retain control.  Canovee had points from James Moynihan, Darragh Ring, Mark Verling and Sean O'Connor.

Inniscarra   2 – 6     Cill na Martra   3 – 15

Cill na Martra who had made a contest of their earlier games against Ballincollig and Canovee, were too strong, as expected, for a young Inniscarra side who did battle on to the finish.  Cill na Martra qualified for the C semi final. 

Group Three

Iveleary   1 – 17     Aghabullogue   2 – 15

Iveleary had to win this home game to qualify for the B championship after losing their earlier game to Béal Átha, who had themselves lost to Aghabullogue.  Aghabullogue led at half time but Iveleary were in front with time almost up.  Aghabullogue equalised from a John Corkery free and the game went into extra time as a result.  Pat Walsh and Evan O'Sullivan had scored the Aghabullogue goals. In the new period Aghabullogue managed one point more than the home side and so emerged unbeaten from the group, to qualify for the A semi final with Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh in second place going into the B semi final and Iveleary in the C semi final. This group produced three games of high quality football.

Group Four

Ballinora  2 – 4     Éire Óg  0 – 18

Éire Óg finished the group stage unbeaten, with a comfortable win over Ballinora and thus qualified for the A championship semi final. Blarney's victory over Naomh Abán made it two wins from three games in the group stage and so they qualified for the B championship.

Blarney  5 – 3     Naomh Abán  0 – 12

Naomh Abán, with an earlier win over Ballinora, qualified for the C semi finals. Cian Sexton and Keith Costello (penalty) goals gave Blarney a half time lead, and despite Naomh Abán coming back strongly and taking the lead, Blarney ensured their victory with second half goals from David Cremin, Eoghan O'Connor and a second Costello penalty.  Naomh Abán, with plenty of possession, had too many wides in the second half and this proved costly.  

A Championship Semi Finals:

Ballincollig   0 – 18     Eire Óg   3 - 3

Aghabullogue   1 – 14     Kilmurry   1 – 9


Ballincollig  v  Aghabullogue

Ballincollig  0 – 18     Eire Óg   3 – 3

This first A semi final was played under lights at Cloughduv. Kevin Hallissey slotted home two penalty awards for Éire Óg and added two points from frees, with substitute Ronan O'Toole getting the third goal and Daniel O'Sullivan the other point.  Ballincollig however started well and always remained confidently in control and now look likely to retain their Mid Cork title.
Ballincollig: Jack Gibbons: Chris Collins, Darren Murphy, Shane Murphy: Cian McCarthy, Luke Prendergast, Dylan Kirstein: Sean Kiely, Rob Noonan: Mark Prendergast, George Durrant, Peter O'Neill; Morgan O'Mahony, Stephen Coughlan, Cian Dorgan. Subs: Evan O'Donoghue, Colin O'Donovan, Matt O'Sullivan.
Éire Óg: John McCarthy: Ger McSweeney, Colm Murphy, John Mullins: Ronan Dennehy, Sean O'Connor, Daniel O'Connor: Daniel O'Shea, Kieran Hutchinson: Denis Murphy, Aonghus McCarth , Donncadh Kelly: Vincent Coffey, Kevin Hallissey, Killian Murphy.  Subs: Ciarán McKenna, Ronan O'Toole, Jack O'Driscoll, Daniel O'Sullivan.
Referee: Mr. David Murnane, Macroom.

Aghabullogue   1 – 14     Kilmurry   1 – 9

Kilmurry's best period in this second semi final at Carrigadrohid was in the opening ten minutes when a goal from Stephen Hartnett and points from Jonathan Buckley and Sean O'Sullivan gave them a 1-2 to 0-1 lead. John Corkery was the scorer of the Aghabullogue point and it was Corkery who now led the Aghabullogue revival and the sides were level at 0-5 to 1-2 by the 17th minute.  Aghabullogue continued to have the edge up to the interval and Corkery set up the goal chance for Alan Hogan in the 20th minute, which was dully availed of.  Aghabullogue were deserving of their five-point interval lead, on a score of 1-8 to 1-3 and had gained slight control by this stage. Aghabullogue failed to increase their lead through bad shooting on the resumption and Kilmurry fought back to reduce the gap to three points by the three quarter stage.   When the need was greatest, John Corkery stepped up to the mark however for Aghabullogue and he pointed two frees to ease their concerns and they remained in control to the finish against a spirited Kilmurry side. 
Aghabullogue: Mark O'Flynn: Greg Long, Eamonn Murphy, Anthony O'Sullivan: Seán O'Sullivan, David O'Connell, Alan Hogan (1-0): Aidan BarryMurphy, Michael Dennehy: John Corkery (0-11, 0-5 frees), Mark Long, James Lynch: Miceál O'Sullivan (0-2), Pat Walsh, Evan O'Sullivan (0-1).
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: Seán Curzon, Daniel Cahalane, Michael John Grainger; Oisín McSweeney, Adam Healy, Robert Cahalane: Stephen Hartnett (1-0), Daniel Buckley; Jonathan Buckley (0-2), Pádraig Berhanu (0-5, 0-4 frees), Seán O'Sullivan (0-1): James Berhanu (0-1), Patrick Grainger, Liam Ryan. Subs; Luke McCarthy, William Crowley.
Referee: Mr. Hugh Kelleher, Canovee.  

B Championship Semi Finals:

Canovee   2 - 18     Blarney   1 - 5

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh   2 – 10     Donoughmore   3 – 7 (Draw)


Canovee  v  Béal Átha/ Donoughmore

Canovee   2 – 18     Blarney   1 – 5

Blarney had been the surprise team of Group Four and it was their ability to score goals which had given them victories over Ballinora and Naomh Abán.  In this semi final against Canovee at Rusheen, Blarney again found the net early on when Keith Bradfield's goal gave them a slender lead.  They quickly added a point and it seemed that strong favourites, Canovee, were in trouble as Blarney were on top but subsequently,  they failed through faulty shooting to add to their tally.  Canovee steadied and then began to get scores on the board.  James Moynihan and Darragh Ring, who had earlier opened the scoring in this game, and Charles Kenneally kicked over points and then, after Blarney goalkeeper Shane Jordan made an outstanding save from a well placed Mark Verling penalty, Sean O'Connor pointed the resultant '45'.  A smashing goal for Canovee followed when a great bout of combined play ended with Charles Kenneally placing John Buckley for a vital score and Canovee were in control at half time leading by 1-7 to 1-3 and having weathered the early storm.  Canovee quickly got down to business again on the restart and the points flowed to put the game beyond Blarney's reach.  A second Canovee goal, from James Moynihan, was the icing on the cake.
Canovee: Jamie Lynch: William Ahern, Jerry Lucey, Donal Cronin: Daniel O'Sullivan, Damian Ahern, Blake Ring: Sean O'Connor, Paul Twomey: Charles Kenneally, Darragh Ring, John Buckley: James Moynihan, Mark Verling, Liam Kelleher. Subs: Niall Cronin and Tadhg O'Riordan. 
Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh   2 – 10     Donoughmore   3 – 7

This 'B' championship semi final at Kilmurry was very exciting and both sides were reasonably content at the end with getting a second chance to advance to the final against Canovee.  Béal Átha were on top early on but Donoughmore made a strong second quarter recovery and deservedly led by 2-5 to 1-6 at half time. Both Donoughmore goals were scored  by full forward Anthony Horgan, Frank O'Riordan got the Béal Átha goal. Béal Átha started the second half in very determined fashion and scored three points in a row to go one point clear but Donoughmore again came back and their third goal, this one from substitute Conor O'Rourke, gave them the advantage.  A second goal for Béal Átha, this one from Ben Shorten, had the Gaeltacht men in front by a point late in the game but Donoughmore equalised from a free and went back in front before Béal Átha equalised again and even though both sides had chances of getting a winner, no further scores materialised and so the teams must meet again to decide the issue.    
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Caoimhín Ó Buachalla: Antóin Ó Cremín, Seán Ó Donnchú, Daire Seartan: Liam Ó Críodáin, Darren Ó Coill, Ciarán Ó Núnáin: Cian Ó Duinnín, Eanna Ó Duinnín: Pronnsias Ó Riordáin, Seán Ó Coill, Caoimhín Ó Loinsuigh: Diarmuid MacTomáis, Ben Seartan, Barra Ó Sé. Fear Ionaid; Nolllaig Ó Laoire.
Donoughmore: Donal Buckley: Mark Foley, Kevin Horgan, Barry Crowley: Stephen O'Connor, Alan Twomey, Shane Lucey: Seanie Daly, Christy Mangan: Ger Buckley, William Murphy, Shane Healy: Gearóid O'Rourke, Anthony Horgan, Leon Cogan. Subs used: Conor O'Rourke and Conor Kennedy. 
Referee: Mr Ted Hayes, Eire Óg. 

C Championship Semi Finals:

Iveleary   3 – 10   Macroom   0 - 12

Cill na Martra   0 – 11   Naomh Abán   0 – 10


Iveleary  v  Cill na Martra

 Iveleary   3 – 10   Macroom   0 – 12

Seven minutes from time, Macroom led by 0-12 to 1-8 but then Iveleary struck for two goals in as many minutes and added three more points to embellish their winning margin.  It was an impressive performance by last year's B county champions and they will be difficult to beat in the final. The first half was very evenly contested and Macroom led by 0-9 to 0-7 at half time.  Cathal Vaughan pointed five frees for Iveleary and Tim O'Shea and Daniel O'Riordan had a point apiece.  Patrick Lucey had four points for Macroom, two from frees, David Horgan had two more and Ricky Murphy, Emmet Quinlan and Michael Cronin had a point each.
Immediately on the restart Iveleary were awarded a penalty and Cathal Vaughan slammed the ball to the net to put Iveleary ahead but points from two frees from Patrick Lucey had Macroom quickly back in front and when Vaughan equalised for Iveleary, Darren Creed restored the lead to Macroom in the 50th minute.  The game was decided in the 53rd minute when David Hourihan was allowed to work his way through the Macroom defence before shooting a goal for Iveleary and within a minute, Iveleary were in for another goal, this one from Barry O'Leary.  Kevin Jones and Cathal Vaughan added points to give Iveleary an eight point winning margin. Cathal Vaughan finished with a personal total of 1-8, 1-0 from a penalty, 0-1 from play, 0-1 from a '45' and 0-6 from frees.
Iveleary: Joseph Creedon: Tim O'Shea, Sean O'Leary, Finbarr McSweeney: Micheál Ó Lionáird, Kevin Manning, David Murphy: Barry O'Leary, Daniel O'Riordan; Liam Kearney, Cathal Vaughan, Mathew O'Donovan; Liam O'Leary, David Hourihan, Kevin Jones. Subs: B J Smith and Gavin O Callaghan. 
Macroom: Dylan Dinneen: Colm Casey, Darren Kelly, Padraig O'Connor: Shane Creedon, Darren McKenna, Emmet Quinlan: Robbie O'Dwyer, David Horgan: Darren Creed, Patrick Lucey, Michael Cronin: John Murphy, Michael Browne, Ricky Murphy. Subs: Cillian O'Mahony and Cathal O'Mahony.
Referee: Mr Gene Buckley, Grenagh.

 Cill na Martra   0 – 11   Naomh Abán   0 – 10

Level six times in the first half which finished level at 0-6 each these two neighbouring parishes were still level at the three quarter stage and it was still any sides game.  Cill na Martra then went three points clear but Naomh Aban rallied and cut the deficit to the minimum.  A final point for Cill na Martra was answered by a similar score for Naomh Aban and with four minutes remaining the Baile Mhuirne side went about securing the equaliser.  Naomh Aban simply owned possession in this period but shot three wides in succession and this, allied to outstanding defending by the Cill na Martra defence which did not concede any scorable free, meant that at the final whistle Cill na Martra still had a point to spare and so will face Iveleary in the final.
The first half could not have been more evenly contested.  Shane Dineen opened the scoring for Cill na Martra, Charlie Allen replied for Naomh Aban.  Daire McLoughlin pointed for Cill na Martra, Danny O'Donoghue replied for N Aban.  Shane Dineen again put Cill na Martra in front, Allen pointed a fee to equalise as the first quarter ended.  Danny O'Connell eased Cill na Martra in front, Two points in succession from Cathal Allen , one from a free, had Naomh Abán in front for the only time in the game but Shane Dineen's point in the 26th minute levelled matters again.  Michael Desmond for Cill na Martra pointed a '45' but Jeremy Hoare ensured that the teams would finish the half level with a late point from play.
On the restart, Michael Desmond, who along with Peter Moynihan formed a strong midfield partnership for Cill na Martra, pointed a free but Charlie Allen did likewise for his side to maintain equality.  Cill na Martra then broke clear with three points in succession, two from Shane Dineen and one from Daire McLoughlin, and they led by 0-10 to 0-7 in the 48th minute.  Dean Kelly, who was a very effective substitute for Naomh Abán now kicked over two points in a row and so only a point separated the teams again with ten minutes remaining.  A foul on Cill na Martra substitute Conor Corkery in the 53rd minute gave Michael Desmond the opportunity of doubling the Cill na Martra lead from the resultant free but Charlie Allen pointed a free in the 56th minute for Naomh Abán to reduce the gap to the minimum.  An outstanding save by Cill na Martra 'keeper Anthony O'Connell from a Dean Kelly blast was one of the reasons why his side were still in front at the final whistle.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Finín Ó Faoláin, Gearóid Ó Goillí, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh: Concuir Ó Cronín, Nollaig Ó Loinsuigh, Pádraig Ó Goillí: Peadar Ó Muineacháin, Micéal Ó Deasúna: Donal Ó Buachalla, Danní Ó Conaill, Seán Ó Cronín: Liam Ó Loinsuigh, Shane Ó Duinnín, Daire MacLochlainn. Fear Ionaid: Conchuir Ó Corcora.
Naomh Abán:  Micheál Ó Donnchú: Donncadh Ó Duinnín, Eanna Ó Criodáin, Seamus Ó Donnchú: Ronán de hIde, Criostóir Ó Deasúna, Tomas Ó hAilíosa: Paidí de Róiste, Maidhchí Ó Liatháin: Cathal Ó hAllamhain, Diarmuid Ó Liatháin, Pól Ó Cathasaigh: Donal Ó Donnchú, Jeremy Ó hUidhir, Jamie Mac GiollaBríde. Fear Ionaid: Dean Ó Ceallaigh.
Referee: Mr Jerry Masters, Kilmichael.
Footnote:  It was a bitterly cold afternoon at Kilmichael and one can only be fulsome in praise of the voluntary workers in the Kilmichael GAA club who prepared the ground, stewarded the venue and had ticket sellers at their post for several hours in such inhospitable weather conditions.  'Well done' to all in Kilmichael and to all the voluntary workers in clubs all over the Muskerry division who give of their time so freely for their clubs and for the Association.  

Pic 22
Clondrohid who defeated Kilmichael in the Macroom Motors u-21D Football final at Macroom  © Lee Valley Outlook

D Championship (13 a side) Final

Clondrohid  3 – 8     Kilmichael   1 – 7

Clondrohid recovered from an early six point deficit to get the better of an understrength Kilmichael in this 'D' final at Macroom.  It was 0-6 to 1-3 at half time and Shane Foley's goal for Kilmichael on the restart gave his side a lift but Clondrohid drew level point by point and then went clear with further goals.  Clondrohid were well in control in the closing stages.
Clondrohid: Alan Duggan: Sean O'Connor, Sean O'Callaghan (0-1): Tadhg Scannell, Kieran Lynch, Christopher Flanagan: Neilus Murphy (0-4, 0-3 frees), Mark Creed (1-2): Jerome Ring, David Lynch (1-0), Darragh Healy: David O'Leary, Darren Dineen (1-1). Subs: Kevin Healy, Neil O'Shea, Shane Lehane, Sean Quinn, Cian Creedon.
Kilmichael: Shane Masters: Donal Kelly, Noel McSweeney: Stephen Kelleher, Finbarr Buckley, Edward Burgoyne: Shane Cotter, Darragh Foley; Shane O'Donoghue, Brendan Cotter, Shane Foley; Ronan O'Callaghan, Daniel Twomey. Subs: Ciarán O'Donoghue, David Collins.  Referee: Mr. John Ryan, Macroom.

Rochestown Park Hotel Junior Football League – Division One

                                  Played    Won   Drew   Lost   Points

Kilmurry                   2               2        0          0           4

Donoughmore           2              2         0          0           4

Aghinagh                  2               1        0           1          2

Clondrohid                1              1         0           0         2

Ballincollig               2              1         0           1         2

Iveleary                     2              1         0           1         2

Béal Átha'n G.          0              0         0           0         0

Dripsey                     1              0         0           1         0

Kilmichael                2              0         0           2         0

Inniscarra                  2              0         0           2         0

Junior Football League - Division One

Iveleary  2 – 9   Inniscarra  0 – 8

Iveleary  0 - 5   Donoughmore   2 - 15

Kilmurry  3 – 10   Kilmichael  0 – 9

Kilmurry  2 – 13   Inniscarra  1 - 4

Donoughmore  1 – 12   Dripsey  0 – 9

Aghinagh  2 – 11   Ballincollig  2 – 4

Clondrohid  0 -  11   Aghinagh  0 – 9

Ballincollig  2 – 7   Kilmichael  0 – 6

 Clondrohid 0-11 Aghinagh 0-9

(Half time Clondrohid 0-4 Aghinagh 0-3)
Clondrohid: Sean O'Callaghan, James Kelleher, Sean Lynch, Ray Fallon, Conor Leary, Jeremy O'Sullivan, Daniel O'Mahony, Neilus Murphy, Trevor O'Brien (0-1), Danny O'Riordan, Paddy Lynch (0-2), Lorcan Lynch, Conor Desmond, Matty McDonagh (0-7), Aidan Kelleher. Subs Used; Oliver Kelleher, Mark Creed, David O'Leary (0-1), Chris Flanagan.

Tom Creedon Cup Final

Sponsors: Macroom Bookshop, Fitzgerald Street

St Michael's   2 – 9     Na Piarsaigh  0 – 11

The Tom Creedon Cup 2013 final was played in Macroom and a well run competition came to a very exciting conclusion with  St Michaels winning out in the end after a fine game.  Mrs Marion Creedon Hegarty and Ms Tracey Kennedy, PRO Cork County Board,  presented the magnificent trophy to St Michaels captain along with a fine set of medals. Ms. Tracey Kennedy thanked Macroom GAA and particularly Runaí Pat O'Connell for organising the competetion in such an efficient fashion.  All games were played to schedule over a four week period and the competition which commemorates a great Macroom and Cork  footballer provided a great opening to the competitive season for Intermediate football teams.

County Football Leagues Results

Division One

Ballincollig  0 – 13    Bishopstown  0 – 15

Ballincollig  2 – 8   Newcestown  1 – 12

Ballincollig  0  - 10  O'Donovan Rossa  0 - 10

 Division Two

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh  0 – 9   Newmarket  0 – 7

Béal Átha  0 – 11   Eire Óg  0 – 5

Naomh Abán  2 – 8  Béal Átha  0 - 12

Naomh Abán  2 – 9   Newmarket  2 - 5

Eire Óg  3 – 9   St Vincents  0 – 13

Eire Óg  1 – 8   Dohenys  0 – 9

Division Three

Macroom   0 – 11   Mallow   0 – 6

Macroom   0 – 13   Kinsale   1 – 6

Cill na Martra   0 – 9   Glenville   0 – 10

Cill na Martra   0 – 9   Grenagh   1 – 7

 Division Four

Ballinora  3 – 9   Aghabullogue  0 – 2

Ballinora  2 – 12   Kanturk  0 – 11

Ballinora  2 – 15   Canovee  0 – 9

Aghabullogue  1 – 11   Rockchapel  1 – 6

Aghabullogue  w/o from Youghal

Canovee  1 – 10   Carrigaline  1 – 12 

Ladies Football

Cork Ladies Footballers made it three wins in a row in the Tesco Homegrown National League, with a comprehensive victory over Dublin at Fermoy.  The final score was 6-13 to 2-8 and Rhona Ní Bhuachalla of Naomh Fionnbarra had 2-3 of the winners tally.  Aisling Barrett, Rena Buckley and Briege Corkery were also in fine form for Cork. Cork play Mayo in their next game. 

National Football League

Cork footballers got their first win from three games in the Allianz National League, defeating Down in Newry by 1-17 to 3-12.  It took a last second goal from Ciarán Sheehan to give the rebels victory.  Eoin O'Mahony and Fintan Goold of Macroom, Noel O'Leary of Cill na Martra, all started for Cork, who now play Tyrone away in their next game.  

Indoor Athletics

Ciarán Ó Lionáird from Iveleary was in great form at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Gothenburg in Sweden and came home with a Bronze medal for 3rd in the 3,000 metres race.  Ciarán, who had an unhappy London Olympics, had started 2013 in great form with a terrific mile run in New York in January and now followed up with a medal at the European Championships. Ciarán is based in Oregon USA and is part of the Nike squad of elite runners training there.  A graduate of Florida State University, Ciarán has his sights set on the 2016 Olympics and hopefully, his current good form will continue. Ciarán started his career with West Muskerry AC and then went to Leevale AC in Cork.  After schooling in Kilbarry NS and De La Salle Macroom, he got an athletics scholarship to Michigan University and has been very dedicated to achieving athletics success.  

Macroom Soccer

Macroom A's poor Premier League form continues with a 4-1 defeat to visitors Park United in Macroom.  A bright start was vital to boost the home sides confidence, and its exactly what they got, taking an early lead from Rory Buckley who clipped the ball past the onrushing Park keeper after 8 minutes.  As the half wore on, Park began to dominate possession, and they were level after 28 minutes through a deflection.  Park began the second half in explosive fashion, scoring two goals in the first five minutes and Park got their fourth on 88 from a corner.
Macroom A: Mark Twohig, Michael Browne, Steven Crowley, Mark O'Callaghan, Darragh Deasy, Barry O'Donnell, William O'Riordan, Anthony O'Donoughue, James O'Connor, Conor O'Sullivan, Rory Buckley Subs: Keegan Drohan, Steven Murphy, Daniel Downey
 In the AUL Division Two league Macroom B suffered a surprise home defeat, going down 3-1 to De Courcey Albion in an afternoon to forget. De Courcey took the lead on 20, were two up on 32, and made it 3-0 on half time.The second half was better from the home side and Macroom did get one back on 80, when a superb corner from Pat Kelleher was met by Martin Corcoran.
Macroom B: Paul O'Sullivan, Shane Keane, Pat Kelleher, John Breen, Alan Lynch, John Angland, Padraig Harrington, Martin Corcoran, Jason O'Donovan, Barry Fitzgerald, Cathal Prendeville Subs: Sean Kelleher, David Hurley, Jerry Kelleher, Dave Murnane

Cork County C Football Final

McEgan College, Macroom 2:14  Scoil Mhuire, Ballingeary 1:09.

McEgan College Macroom sealed their place in the Munster Senior Football final with a resounding victory over Scoil Mhuire, Ballingeary in the Cork County 'C' Football final. Having been postponed on numerous occasions, the game was finally held on the 22nd of February in cold conditions in Macroom's Tom Creedon Park.  The first half was a tightly contested affair with both teams giving as good as they got. Ballingeary got an early goal but the accuracy of free kicks from Darren Dineen and John O'Sullivan kept McEgan College in the game. Approaching half time it was Ballingeary in the ascendency, using the wind that they had at their back to great effect. The hosts were lucky to go in at the break only a point down, with a score line of McEgan College 5 points, Ballingeary 1 goal and 3 points. McEgan turned it around in the second half with an inspired performance from midfielder, Darren Dineen. Darren, who was moved from midfield to full forward, kicked an amazing tally of 1 goal and 9 points and he was the difference between the two teams on the day. Other noteworthy performers were goalkeeper and captain, David Moynihan (6th Year), Alan O'Sullivan (2nd Year), John O'Sullivan (3rd Year) and Jerome Ring (5th Year). We wish McEgan College all success going forward to represent Cork in the Munster final.

Disappointment for McEgan College Footballers

St Michael's, Kilmihill, were crowned Munster champions after they saw off a valiant challenge from McEgan College in the final of the Munster Vocational Schools SCFC. The Macroom men fought hard and gave it everything on the day but in the end came up short against a very strong Clare side. Darren Dineen and captain, David Moynihan were the stand out performers from the Cork outfit. Final Score: St Michael's Kilmihill (Clare) 2-13   McEgan College, Macroom (Cork) 2-6

Canovee G.A.A.

Results: February 23rd Under 21 football championship Canovee 0.06  Ballincollig 2.15.
February 24th Under 16 B football league Canovee 1.04  Cill na Martra 4.08
February 27th Intermediate football league Canovee 1.10  Carrigaline 1.12
March 2nd Under 21 B football championship semi final Canovee 2.18 Blarney  1.06
March 3rd Intermediate football league division 4 Canovee 0.09  Ballinora 2.15
March 3rd under 14 A football league Canovee 0.13  Passage 2.02

Fixtures March 10th Under 16 B football league Canovee v Aghabullogue in Coachford at 11.30am
March 10th Intermediate football league Canovee v Mayfield in Mayfield at 12.00 noon.

Canovee 1.04  Cill na Martra 4.08
In the under 16 B football league, Canovee played Cill na Martra and even though short some of the older players, they tried hard to stay in contention. At half time Cill na Martra were ahead by 1.05 to 1.01, with Humphrey O'Mahony scoring a well taken goal. Cill na Martra maintained their lead in the second half. Mark Healy scored a few well taken frees but at the final whistle,  Cill na Martra were well ahead. 
Canovee: Cormac O'Driscoll, David Carroll, Gavin Hickey, Eoin Cullen, Sean Browne, Patrick Buckley, David O'Keeffe, Jack Murphy, Denis Murphy, Mark Walsh, Brian Verling, Mark Healy, Dean Lynch, Humphrey o Mahoney, Darragh
Cronin, Sub John O'Riordan.
Intermediete football league
Canovee 1.10  Carrigaline 1.12
Canovee put in a great first half, with the forwards combining very well and led at half time by 0.8 to 0.5.  A great goal by mid fielder Eamonn Lyons kept Canovee
ahead but with full time approaching, Carrigaline scored a penalty to take the lead.

Canovee 0.9   Ballinora  2.15
Ballinora led at half time by 1.9 to 0.4 and maintained their control in the second half. Canovee panel:Darren Shine, Gearóid Lucey, Paul O'Sullivan, Donal Murphy, John O'Brien,Brian Ahern,Daniel O'Sullivan,Eamonn Lyons,Denis O'Sullivan,James
Moynhian, Ger Ahern, Darragh Ring, Mark Verling, Liam Kelleher, Con Dunne, Brian Barrett, Conor Buckley, William Ahern, James McCarthy, Andrew Cronin, Charles Kenneally, Donal Cronin.

Canovee 8.10 Erin's Own 0.16
Canovee minors played Erin's Own away in the east minor A football league and led at half time by 4.7 to 0.5. They kept their lead in the second half and at the final whistle were ahead by 8.10 to 0.16. Next game is at home to Kiltha Óg on march 18th. Canovee: Jack Murphy, Sean Twomey, Niall Cronin, James O'Sullivan, Blake Ring, Michael Dunne, Neil Kirk, Cathal O'Carroll, Cian Lehane, James Verling, James Moynhian, Mark Healy, Tadhg O'Riordan, Humphrey O'Mahony, Brian Verling.

Muskerry Judo Club

Following the recent success of Muskerry Judo Club at the national championships, the club has topped the medal list once again at the Waterford Open held in the Kingfisher Sports Club in Waterford.  Twenty players from the club competed and returned with twenty medals, nine gold three silver and eight bronze medals. Everyone put in a fantastic effort on the day.

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Tim Keating, President Macroom Golf Club, driving in, watched by Captain, Jim O'Connell, Lady Captain, Ber O'Shea and Lady President, Joan Meagher. © O'Sullivan Photo, Macroom

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt

The Club League concluded after eight rounds of Pitch & Putt. Overall winners were team (A) consisting of Maureen Foley, Kevin O'Donovan, Jimmy O'Donoghue, Sean O'Leary and Charlie Foley. Overall Gross went to John Flynn who was 43 under par for the eight rounds. Overall Nett was won by Jason O'Donovan. Fourball competitions will continue for the next few weeks until further notice of other events.