Lee Valley Outlook April 4 2013 v10e7

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'South Pacific' in Briery Gap, April 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary 

Briery Gap:

Friday 5th April @ 8.00 pm 2 Tuff Yokes
Mon. Ap. 8 at 8.30p.m. Dreamtime Revisited
Fri. April 19 7.30 p.m. Gala Opening of 'South Pacific'.
Sat. Ap. 20. Sun. 21, Fri. 26, Sat. 27 and Sun. 28 at 8p.m. 'South Pacific'.

Macroom Library:
Penn bookclub Fri. April, 5th at 4p.m. 
Gramophone Circle with Máiréad Herlihy, Mon. April 8 at 11a.m. Ciorcal Cainte Mon. April 15 11.30 a.m. – 12.30
The Purlies Thurs. April 18 at 11a.m.

Showstoppers 'O What a Life' in Clondrohid Hall April 4, 5 and 6 at 8p.m.
Fleadh Local Flag Day with music in Macroom on Sat. Ap. 6.
Coffee Morning  in aid of Ballyvourney Down Syndrome at Mills Inn on Tues. April 9, 10a.m.  - 12.30p.m.
Ladies Fashion Show: at Macroom Golf Club, Thursday 11th April @ 7.30pm.
Macroom Flower and Garden Club on Thurs., April 11 at 8p.m. at Coolcower House.  
Gathering Concert on Sat. April 13th at 8pm in Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig.
Muskerry Local History Society lecture The Story of Big Jim Larkin on Tues. April 16th in the Ballincollig Rugby Clubhouse at 8.00 pm.
Art exhibition at McEgan College on Wed. 17th April from 7 to 8 pm.
Dromleigh Parents' Association table quiz in Dromey's Bar, Kilmichael on Fri. 19th Ap. at 8.30pm.
Table Quiz at Macroom Golf Club, Fri 19th April at 8p.m.
Macroom Flower and Garden Club on Thurs. May 23. Members' Social Evening, with a visit to a local garden.
"Suicide Aware"  Run/ Walk. Cill na Martra G.A.A. Pitch. Sun. May 26. 11a.m. 10 mile/ 11km.  

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

South Pacific raises Temperatures

After the coldest March in living memory, everyone in the Lee Valley and beyond is looking forward to a bit of heat and the forthcoming production of 'South Pacific' in Macroom's Briery Gap should guarantee same. Manager of the Briery Gap, Anne Dunne and her intrepid team have established an enviable track record, presenting Oklahoma in 2010, Showboat in 2011and Calamity Jane in 2012. The 2013 show, again directed Kevin Hough (RTE), promises to be the best yet, with memorable numbers such as 'I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair'; 'Some Enchanted Evening'; 'Happy Talk'; ´There Is Nothin' Like A Dame'. 'South Pacific'. The love story is set on a South Pacific island during World War II and should raise the mercury on all counts.
Cast: Nellie - Roisin Crowley; Emile - Pat Brady; Bloody Mary - Treasa O'Riordan; Luther Billis            - Pat Melia; Joseph Cable - Darragh Murphy; Liat - Saibh Peters; Capt Brackett - Dan Creedon; Commander Harbison - Darragh Browne; Lt Buzz Adams - Eugene Lee; Bessie - Alisheen O'Connell; Radio Operator - Pat Kelleher; Ngana - May Sheehan; Jerome - Colm McCarthy.
Show Dates: Gala Opening Night in association with Macroom Lions Club Friday 19th April. Tickets €20 (includes finger food).  Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st, Friday 26th, Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th April. Tickets now on sale €15. 10% off group bookings over 20 people. Bookings: Briery Gap Box Office: 026 42421.

Historical Note: Macroom has a long and distinguished history of presenting musicals. As far back as the 1940s Macroom Choral Society, aided and abetted by semi-professionals from the city, took to the stage in the after Christmas period. Among the productions were 'The Pirates of Penzance' 1946; 'Yeomen of the Guard' 1947; 'The Gondoliers' 1948; 'The Mikado' 1949. James N. Healy was one of the well know names involved in early Macroom shows and an exhibition of photographs of his stage appearances is currently running in Macroom Library and may be enjoyed by patrons during April.

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Mud, misery and the absence of growth at a very wet West Cork County Ploughing Final in Coolcower, Macroom on the last day of March  c Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Ploughing

The West Cork County Ploughing Finals were held on the Casey Farm, Coolcower House on Easter Sunday March 31. This event had been cancelled twice due to weather conditions so all were keeping their fingers crossed for third time lucky. Unfortunately the forecast for the Cork region was incorrect and it was too late to cancel on Sunday morning, so it was just a question of getting on with it. True to form, the committee focused all their energies and, despite atrocious weather, the event went ahead. Well done to all competitors, organisers, and the few brave spectators who turned up on the day. A special word of thanks to the Casey Family for hosting the event. Despite everything, there were at least 50 competitors taking part in 20 competitions. Cups of hot beverages, sandwiches, etc. were in great demand and all help was greatly appreciated. All ploughmen, women and helpers dined in Coolcower later that evening and a great night's entertainment of music and song took place after the results were announced.
Results:  Senior  1st John A. O'Donovan; 2nd Barry O'Sullivan;  3rd John Murphy; 4th Jim Grace
Intermediate 1st D. J. Keohane; 2nd Jimmy Nyhan.
U.28 1st Kieran Coakley.
U21 1st Gerard Kirby
Senior Hydraulic 1st Sean Ryan; 2nd John Keohane; 3rd Ml. Coomey; 4th Maurice Sheehy
Confined Hydraulic 1st Itc.Wisersena
Trailer Vintage 1st Patrick O'Sullivan
Ladies 1st Rose Nyhan
Horse 1st J. J. Delaney; 2nd John O'Donovan; Joint 3rd Gerard Collins and Tim Lawlor.
Loy 1st Adrian Grace; 2nd John Murphy
Standard 3 Furrow 1st Kevin O'Donovan; 2nd Cyril McGuire; 3rd Matthew Coakley
Local Beginner 1st Gerard Buckley
Local 3 Furrow 1st Gerard Kelleher; 2nd Paul Creedon; 3rd Billy Wiseman
Senior Reversible 1st Liam O'Driscoll; 2nd Ger Coakley; 3rd Ml. Wycherley
3 Furrow Reversible 1st Gerard Lawlor; 2nd Dan Hurley; 3rd Pádraig Walsh
Local Reversible 1st Patrick Buckley; 2nd Jerry Creedon; 3rd Alan Lynch; 4th Donacha Buttimer and Jamie Holland
Carberry Macra 1st Jerry O'Driscoll; 2nd Jason McCarthy

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Caroline O'Connell reading the Irish Proclamation at the 1916 commemoration at the 1916 Monument in Macroom on Easter Sunday  Lee Valley Outlook

Comóradh na Cásca

The 2013 commemoration of the Easter Rising was held at the monument in the Square, Macroom on Easter Sunday. It was a severe test of the dedication and resilience of a depleted audience, who withstood a freezing downpour, accompanied by a poisonous east wind.
With only three years to go to the centenary of the game-changing events in Dublin on Easter Sunday 1916, the people of Macroom and district remembered the contribution of Volunteers from Macroom and surrounding parishes who marched to Carriganimma, with a view to joining in the ill-fated revolution in Dublin. Brian O'Rourke acted as M.C. at the 2013 ceremonies and said that the 1916 rebels were people of courage, determination and selflessness who achieved the impossible, taking on the might of the British Empire. Jerry Lane laid a wreath at the monument; bugler, John Dineen, sounded the Last Post and Reveille; Mícheál Ó hIarfhlaithe recited a decade of the Rosary; Caroline O'Connell read the Proclamation, after which Seamus Leahy, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary delivered the oration. Mr. Leahy praised the selflessness, patriotism and fortitude of all those who fought for freedom 1916 – 1921. Referring to Irish participants in the 1914 – '18 war in Europe, while recognising their right to be honoured, he expressed the opinion that their efforts should not be coupled with the heroic deeds of the patriots of 1916. He went on to castigate the selfish, greedy, power-hungry element that has brought the Republic of Ireland back to its knees after less than a hundred years of freedom.  
The ceremony concluded with Michael Bradley leading the crowd in the singing of Amhrán na bhFiann.

Over 60s Show

The Macroom and Lee Valley heats of the Over 60s Competition were held recently in the Fr. Ryan Hall, Macroom, with six contestants taking part. The overall winner was Pat Kelleher, Codrum, Macroom. Pat will now go forward to represent Macroom in the Semi Finals, which take place in the City Hall Cork on Sunday April 14th. Macroom Senior Citizens/ Active Retirement Group intend running a bus to support Pat in this competition. All in price, including show and bus, is €20 and names should be given to Evelyn Mc Sweeney, Middle Square, Macroom. Phone 026/41070.

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Students and teachers from Leonardo da Vinci College, Marcallo, Milan, who spent a week with host school De la Salle College on the annual cultural exchange. Also included are De la Salle Principal, Mr. Noel Dunne, Deputy-Principal, Mr. John Murphy and teacher Ms. Judy Kenneally. c Pat Walsh

St. Mary's Updates   

Schools All-Ireland Cross Country Championships: Two athletes from St. Mary's, Jean O'Sullivan and Michelle McCarthy, competed in the All-Ireland Cross-Country Championships in Jordanstown, Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland on Saturday, 9th March. Both athletes had great individual performances, with Jean O'Sullivan finishing twenty-fourth overall and was the third Munster athlete to cross the finishing line.

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 Flower and Garden Club 2013 Schedule

Gardening enthusiasts in Macroom and district held the A.G.M. in Coolcower House on Thursday, February 7 and officers elected were Eileen Kelly, President; Ann Quinlan, Chairperson; Nora Gallagher, Secretary and Liz Murray, Treasurer. The meeting was followed by a Cake Decorating / Sugarcraft Demonstration by Ellen O'Leary, 57 Café. The March event was a gardening talk by Sarah Evans and Alan Pitcher from The Secret Garden, Newmarket, entitled 'Spring in the Garden'. Beatrice Hartog A.O.I.F.A. will give a floral demonstration entitled 'Shades of Spring' on Thursday, April 11 at 8p.m. There will be competitions for Beginners and Advanced exhibitors, 60cm, 'Spring into Summer'. Horticulture: 3 stems of Spring Shrubs, one to be flowering. The May meeting, on Thursday 23, is a Members' Social Evening, with a visit to a local garden.

Macroom Library Notes 

Have you ever gone online at home and tried to print off a form or a boarding card only to discover your printer isn't working? Well, as a member of the library, which costs €2.50 a year, you can go online here for an hour a day and print off to your heart's content. The charge is 15 cents per black and white page. We are open from 10.am every day except Sunday, and close at 5.30 except on Tuesday when our closing time is 7.30.
Penn Bookclub meets on Friday 5th April at 4 pm.  The Children's Book of the Year shortlist has been announced and we will discuss this at our meeting.
Monday 8th April sees our Gramophone circle reconvening with Máiréad Herlihy as our presenter. All are welcome to this free and friendly event which begins at 11a.m and finishes at 12.30 with a 15 minute or so interval when free tea and coffee is served.
Purlies Knitters meet on Thursday 18th April at 11a.m. All level of knitter welcome. You don't have to commit to coming to every meeting. Dropping in just for some advice on a tricky pattern you are working on is quite acceptable.
Our next Ciorcal Cainte is on Monday 15th April at 11.30. Bígí linn i gcomhair caint agus tae.

The spirit of much loved stage actor and musical talent, James N. Healy has been captured in the exhibition that is on tour at Macroom library this month. There is a wealth of photographic images left behind of the various shows he was involved in and these have been drawn from for this display. James was very involved in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society in Macroom in the 1950's.

Young Theatre Company

The management of the Briery Gap, Macroom invites young people (30 years and younger) from all over the Lee Valley to join Briery Gap Young Players. All interested in drama, music, stagecraft etc. are most welcome. The Lee Valley has a long and honourable tradition in stage productions and such a Youth Group can foster talent as well as being a great social outlet. The company plans to stage at least 2 productions each year. Previous experience is not essential. All interested should contact the Briery Gap Box Office, Macroom, Co Cork, giving Name, Address, Email, Phone, Mobile, Previous Experience (if any) and Main Theatre Interest e.g. Music, Drama, Stage Management, Direction, Writing, Technical(lighting and sound), Other.
Application forms at Box Office. Enquiries to 026 41793 and 087 2755080

Briery Gap Programme 

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. Gala Opening Night in association with Macroom Lions Club, Friday April 19. Tickets €20 (includes finger food) at 8p.m. Continuing Saturday and Sunday, April 20 – 21 and Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 26 – 28. Tickets €15. 10% off group bookings.

Sulan Film Society presents Dreamtime Revisited on Monday April 8th at 8.30pm. Director Julius Ziz and Dónal Ó Céilleachair (Macroom). Admission €7. Special Offer 2 tickets for €12. Country Ireland  Year 2011 Running Time 76m. Certificate Club. Dreamtime, Revisited is a "walkabout in dreamtime Ireland" inspired by the works of writer, poet and philosopher, John Moriarty. The film weaves together contemporary and archive material, with excerpts from some of Moriarty's key talks, in a labyrinthine invocation of his "dream-vision" of Ireland. It is an impressionistic and abstract film, retracing the spiritual and poetic dimensions of Ireland across the folds of its landscape.

Local TV Programmes

Sun. April 7: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: First Holy Communion 2012 for St. Joseph's, Macroom.
6.30p.m. News and Sport; Special interview with the late Fergie Sutherland, of Imperial Call fame. St. Patrick's Day parades 2013 from Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh and Ballinagree.
Wed. April 10:  9.30 p.m. News and Sport; 2013 Macroom Ploughing Match and Easter Commemoration
Sun. April 14: 5 p.m. Sunday Special: Clondrohid Parish Confirmation 2013 at Carriganimma Church.  
6.30p.m. Repeat of LTV. Wed. Programme.
Wed. April 17: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Special Interview. Mid Cork Junior A football final 2012 Iveleary v Kilmurry. 


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Coffee Morning  in aid of Ballyvourney Down Syndrome at Mills Inn on Tuesday, April 9, 10a.m.  - 12.30p.m. A raffle will be held on the day. Breda Twomey is taking part in a Sponsored Sky Dive in aid of Down Syndrome Cork at Birr, Co. Offaly on Sunday, June 30.

Ladies Fashion Show: at Macroom Golf Club, Thursday 11th April  @ 7.30pm.Tickets €10.All welcome.

Muskerry Local History Society will present The Story of Big Jim Larkin, delivered by Councillor Mick Barry on Tuesday, April 16th in the Ballincollig Rugby Club (Tanner Park) Clubhouse at 8.00 pm. Councillor Barry will present the highlights of the life of Jim Larkin, a dynamic leader of the Irish working class, a founder member of the ITGWU and the Labour Party and colleague of 1916 patriot James Connolly. Jim Larkin (1876-1947) is best known as leader of the Dublin workers in the 1913 Lockout, the 100th anniversary of which is celebrated this year. Admission €3 for non-members for the lecture. Everyone most welcome.

Art exhibition of works by Arts, Craft and Design class at McEgan College on Wednesday, 17th April from 7 to 8 pm.

Dromleigh Parents' Association has organized a table quiz in Dromey's Bar, Kilmichael on Friday 19th April at 8.30pm. Great night out guaranteed!

Table Quiz at Macroom Golf Club, Fri 19th April @ 8pm. Four Person Table Quiz. €40 per table.(NOT a golf quiz). All welcome.

Macroom Golf Club Chairman's Day: Sunday 21st April for members. €10 per person (includes a meal after your game).We will have 2 Shotgun starts at 9.30am & 1.30pm. Teams of 4.Put your name on the list in the locker-room or ring the club to do so. This is a great social event for the club & a chance for members to meet up with each other so your support is much appreciated. We will also have the presentation of prizes from our Club Classic of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend @ 6pm on the 21st. Our Thursday Opens are back up & running also.

Scrap Collection  at St. Enda's NS, Kilnadur  to raise vital funds for the school. If you want to de-clutter your house, your yard and surrounds we will take your Scrap Cars, Old Machinery, Scrap Metal, Copper, Copper Cylinders, Brass, Stainless Steel, Aluminium, Scaffolding, Scrap Electrical cables, Lead, Lead Acid Batteries, Engines, Electric Motors, Radiators, pots, pans and any other metals. For further information contact the school on 023 8855051. Last collection date is Saturday, 1st June.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: Won for 3rd time in 4 months!
24/03/2013 - Numbers Drawn:  1, 4, 6:  Jackpot winner Jimmy Moynihan, Ballyvongane.  Consolation Prizes - €50 William Twohig Bawnmore, €20 Rylane Celtic c/o Joe McSweeney, Rylane Cross; Ger Buckley, Laharn; Margaret Buckley Ballytrasna, Lissarda; Elaine Murray Coachford.
31/03/2013 - Numbers Drawn:  6, 12, 13:  No Winner - Consolation Prizes: €50 Orla Manley, c/o Martin Hubbard, €20 Sean & Margaret Desmond, Carriganish; Tim O'Riordan, Curraghanearla; Caseys Aghinagh, c/o, The Ploughman Bar; Anna O'Callaghan, c/o, The Láine Bar.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto:  March 30th. Numbers Drawn: 2, 12, 21, 22. No winner. €50  Pat Dunlea; €25 Eamonn Lyons, Caum; Pat O'Donovan, Canovee; Jack the Joker Con Murphy, Farran. Next lotto draw on April 7 in Hickey's Bar, Aherla for jackpot of €7,450.

Coachford AFC Lotto. Results 25/3/2013, Jackpot: €5,400, Numbers Drawn: 21 - 26 - 35, No Winner, €40 Tim Hallissey (Yearly Ticket), Sophie O' Shea, Jim O' Sullivan (Taxi), Noel Foley, Martin Griffin.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto. After an epic run, the jackpot was finally won on March 26 and by two lucky supporters. The numbers drawn were 6, 12 and 25 and joint winners of the €10,200 Jackpot were Eileen Riordan, Kilnamartra and Damien O'Callaghan, Dripsey. €20 went to Jack and Lilly, Inchigeela; Mary D. Ambrose, Cahirbaroule, Rusheen; Declan Tobin, Castlecourt, Macroom; Mary O'Regan, c/o Sheila Buttimer, Coolcower; Conor Lucey, c/o Dinneen's Bar, Macroom. The Jackpot now reverts to €1,000.

Lee Valley Updates

"Suicide Aware"  Run/ Walk

Come and have a fun day out in the beautiful west Cork village of Cill na Martra on the 26th of May 2013. Enjoy a 10 mile or 11k jog/ run/ walk/ toddle/ ramble for all grades of fitness. Admission €15. Check us out and register on: www.westcorkrun.ie; www.suicideaware.ie. Online registration closes 22-05-13. T-shirt, medal, tea and sandwiches for all competitors. Prize
Race number given at the GAA Grounds on the race morning from 09:00 to 10:30. Late registration also available from 09:00 but finishing strictly at 10:30. 10mile Run/Walk starting @ 11:00 & 11k starting @ 11:05. Please follow the signs for parking. Changing rooms/ showers for male & female participants at the GAA Grounds. This is a non-profit event and all money is going to the charity "Suicide Aware". "Eirigí, Bígí gníomhach".

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Dromleigh N.S Green Schools Team with the iPad they won, top prize in a recent All Ireland competition organised by An Taisce in which they made a short video of their recycling efforts c An Scoil

Dromleigh for All Ireland  

 Dromleigh N.S. Quiz Team (Nicky John Dromey, Kieran Murphy, Alex Callanan and Anne Marie O'Mahony) contest the National Finals of the Credit Union Quiz at the RDS, Dublin on April 7th. They won the Senior Section of the Macroom Credit Union Quiz and went on to win the Chapter Final in Mallow. They and their supporters will travel to Dublin on Sunday and the whole school community sends them best wishes.

 Clondrohid Updates 

Showstoppers are Back: What a show they have in store this year. 'O What a Life' is now running in Clondrohid Community Hall and may still be seen on April 4, 5 and 6. Ticket Booking: 086/8575153 after 3pm and tickets are now on sale. Pre-booking is recommended to secure a seat! To date the group has given over €28,000 to various charities. Producer, Catherine Long, is again guaranteed to present a marvellous show, with songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Imelda May and Mick Jagger, so a great night's entertainment is assured. Ann O'Connell, PRO of Showstoppers, says that without the help of all involved it would be impossible to stage such a production. The commitment and energy of those responsible for costumes, back-drops, stage management is fantastic and there is no limit to their talent.

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Rosemary O'Riordan and Breda Kelleher find much needed shelter at West Cork County Ploughing Final at Coolcower, Macroom   c Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Ploughing: The long awaited West Cork County Ploughing Final took place on Easter Sunday on the lands of the Casey Family Coolcower House. It had been cancelled twice due to weather conditions, and unfortunately the weather was no kinder this day, but the organising committee decided to go ahead. They wish to thank all the competitors, workers, sponsors, spectators, and all those who helped in any way to fulfil this calendar event in atrocious conditions. A great night was had later in Coolcower House Hotel where all competitors and their helpers were treated to a full meal, results were announced and music and song concluded a long day.
G.A.A.: Niamh Duggan from Muinefliuch is a past member of Clondrohid GAA Club and she won a junior and a senior football medal with St. Mary's School in Macroom within the last two weeks. Her brother Alan and younger brothers are club members at this time. She was a member of Clondrohid GAA until she reached U13 level and then she moved on to the girls' football team in Ballyvourney. We would like to congratulate her on her recent success. 
Sunday March 31 Minor Hurling league took place between Shamrocks and Clondrohid in Shamrocks. It was a terrible day with non-stop rain throughout the game. They played well for their first match and the final score was Clondrohid 3 - 12 to Shamrocks 1 - 2. Monday April 1  U11's football league took place  between Ballinora and Clondrohid in Ballinora. Clondrohid 2  4 to Ballinora 3  4 U13's football league took place  between Castlelyons and Clondrohid in Castlelyons. Clondrohid 3  9, Castlelyons 2  8.
Saturday Mar 23 U16's football league took place in Clondrohid between Clondrohid and Carrig na bhFear and Carrig na bhFear were the winners on the day. The U12's "B" football league took place between Clondrohid and Ballilnhassig and was won by Clondrohid.
Fixtures: Saturday April 6  U11's football league will take place between Ballinora and Clondrohid in Ballinora. U16's "C" Hurling league will take place between Clyda Rovers and Clondrohid in Clyda. Minor Football league will take place between St. Peters and Clondrohid in St. Peters at 12.30 p.m. Sunday April 7  U13's football league will take place between Clondrohid and Whitescross in Clondrohid at 12 p.m.
Lotto: Jackpot 1 €2,800. €70 Kate Lyons Scrahanard; €20 Bridget Coakley, Mountmassey, Gus O'Riordan Inchigeela; Dan Cronin, Macroom; Jenny Kelleher Macroom.
Jackpot 2 €3,000. €70 Juliette O'Riordan Kilnamartyra; €20
€20 Patsy O'Sullivan Clondrohid; Browne Family Toames; Helen, Kate and the 2 Sheilas c/o Bingo; Liam O'Callaghan c/o Spillanes.
Bingo and Cards: In Community Hall every Wednesday and Sunday nights.
Public Meeting on Job Creation: The Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) is holding a public meeting in the Castle Hotel, Macroom on Wednesday April 10 at 7.15pm. The Commission was set up to examine the issues affecting rural Ireland and a key part of its work is an extensive public consultation phase. The Chairman of the Commission, well known GAA star Pat Spillane, is keen to engage with the public and will be listening to their experiences and suggestions regarding economic development in their community. Come along. Everybody welcome.

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Ceoltóirí óga ag an Lá Ruaile Buaile a d'eagraigh Cumann Lúthchleas Gaeil Domhnach Mór  c

Spraoi i nDomhnach Mór

D'eagraigh Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Domhnach Mór lá spórt agus spraoi ar son Seachtain na Gaeilge i bPáirc Eoin Mhic Charthaigh ar an 18ú Marta.
Among the activities provided on the day were a series of Under 9, 10 and 12 hurling matches betweeen teams from Banteer, Tomás Russell's, Cloughduv and Donoughmore.
Bhí baill de foirne fé 16 agus fé 18 Domhnach Mór gníomach mar réiteoirí dos na cluichí go léir.
Younger children enjoyed the fun games, with prizes for all participants.
Bhí Siopa Gaelach ann le rudaí ar fáil  níos saoire le húsáid Gaeilge.
Local singers, dancers and musicians performed on a truck kindly provided by Denis J Downey Transport
Thug  Dinky Dinos (www.dinkydinos.co.uk) Babóg Baby (www.babogbaby.ie) Gael Taca (www.gaeltaca.ie) agus Foras na Gaeilge (www.gaeilge.ie) go leor duaiseanna saor in aisce. I ndeireadh an lae, bhronn Rena Ní Bhuachalla, captaen foireann Peile Ban Chorcaí, duaiseanna ar na páistí go léir.
A great day was had by all and we look forward to further events like this in the future.

Easter Eggs in Donoughmore

Pupils of St. Lachteen's N.S. Donoughmore were thrilled to finish the school term on a high with an Easter Egg Hunt specially organised for them by the school's parents' council. Pupils from Junior Infants up to 6th class each got a chance to take part in the festive egg hunt around the school grounds. Afterwards, refreshments were provided for the busy hunters courtesy of the active parents' council who were on hand to organise and run the event. An Easter raffle was also held as part of the spring celebrations with a soccer games table as 1st prize.

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Children from the Naíonra who took part in the annual Féile Lachtaín Naofa Parade in Cill na Martra   c Joan McLoughlin

Donoughmore Heritage.  

St. Lachteen's N.S., Donoughmore is celebrating success in the 2013 Discover Cork Schools' Heritage Project in which close to 80 schools and 1500 pupils took part. More than 400 projects were submitted this year. 5th and 6th class pupils of St. Lachteen's were thrilled to be awarded 5th place for their project work on the Donoughmore area. Pupils, teachers and parents will attend an awards ceremony in April at the Silversprings Hotel where prizes will be presented. The pupils involved put a tremendous amount of work into researching, compiling data and preparing their final project for submission. Under the guidance of their teacher, Miss Aislinn Sexton, pupils got to learn an enormous amount about the Donoughmore area. They gathered lots of information on the history of the church and graveyard, the G.A.A, their school, the local creamery, the community centre, the shops and businesses in the locality and the Donoughmore area in famine times. They linked their project work with Grandparents Day that was held in December. Learning about their local history has enabled 5th and 6th class pupils to become familiar with their local environment and to appreciate the value of it in their lives. They have gained an appreciation of elements of the past, a sense of their own individual place in their locality and a sense of identity. The Discover Cork Schools' Heritage Project focuses on the creation of Cork and asks questions such as who, what, where and why. The project is open to schools in Cork City and County at both primary and post primary levels. Pupils may enter as an individual or as part of a class group entry. St. Lachteen's looks forward to the prize-giving ceremony next month.

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 Daltaí ó Scoil Cúil-Aodha/Barr d'Inse ag an có-neartú  Pic. Nóra Ní Luasa

Macra Matters

Berrings Macra: Sincere thank you to all who supported the variety concert. Acts on the night included singing, novelty acts, winning FBD Capers show, along with many more. Well done to our men's basketball team as they won the NDC Basketball National Final in UL on Sunday 24th March. After playing several matches and meeting Trebler Macra Na Feirme in the final, our lads successfully walked away with the title.

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Some of the participants in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh    Pic. Nóra Ní Luasa

Icon Exhibition

An exhibition of icons was formally launched at LHQ, Cork County Library, Carrigrohane Road, on Wednesday 27th March. The exhibition comprises the work of two iconographers from Crete and Fr. David O'Riordan who served in Macroom and Clondrohid parishes and who has been engaged in the practice of writing icons for over twenty years. The exhibition was launched by Peadar Ó Riada in the presence of the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Barbara Murray. Fr. O'Riordan gave a brief introduction to icon painting, which differs in a number of ways from traditional western landscape or portrait painting and is guided by clear rules, based on the tenets of Christianity. Peadar Ó Riada spoke about what icons mean to him and reminisced about visiting Glenstal with his father in the 60s, when his father was presented with a gift of an icon. "The icon tries to depict a heavenly world outside time and space, and it tries somehow to get across the idea of what the resurrected life might mean", says Fr. David O'Riordan. This exhibition will run from 27th March to 26th April. All the art pieces are available to purchase – prices may be negotiable.

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Ag súil leis an bhFleadh i mBéal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh.   Pic. Nóra Ní Luasa

Gathering Concert

Ballincollig Comhaltas will host its first Gathering Concert on Saturday night, April 13th at 8pm in Oriel House Hotel. A large group of traditional musicians and enthusiasts from Boston, on a visit to Ireland for The Gathering, will perform for all present and for the second part of the programme Craobh Niall Ó Cathasaigh will entertain them and you. Two hours of a varied programme of traditional music, song and dance with lively linking narration by our Fear A' Tí, Dick Beamish is promised. The second part of the show is a collaboration between set dancers, under the direction of Diarmuid Ó Cathasaigh, singers and musicians directed by Martin Power, with the whole show scripted and directed by Muiris Mac Giolla Choda. We are hoping that Sean Ó Sé will also make a guest appearance. This will be a great opportunity for you to enjoy a rousing concert, while furthering the efforts of The Gathering. Tickets cost €5 and should be great value for money. Enquiries to 086 4481253.

GIY   by Michael Kelly

It's hard to believe that this time last year we were basking in 20 degrees heat. Now it's a case of wrapping up well and trying to endure persistent freezing temperatures. March has a track record of throwing up unpredictable weather.  So perhaps this is just normal. The cold weather has caused things to slow down in the veg patch after a couple of productive weeks.  One suspects that the newly planted spuds aren't doing a whole lot in the cold ground.  Rhubarb, the only thing that was starting to be very productive, seems to have been knocked back too with the leaves looking burned.  All of nature is in a holding pattern – roll on the spring.
Things to Do in April: If poor weather in March has hampered your outdoor work, then April is the month to catch-up.  The key words for April are weeds and slugs. You need to stay on top of them both.  Check your early spuds regularly and 'earth-up' as required.  Water your tunnel/greenhouse – things can get pretty warm on a nice sunny April day and seedlings will dry out quickly.
Sow: Indoors: lettuce, tomato, pepper, chilli-pepper, cucumber, celery, celeriac, basil, leeks, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, parsley, courgette, marrow, globe artichoke, beans, sweet corn and pumpkin.  Outdoors: broad bean, onion sets, pea, beetroot, cabbage, spinach, Brussels sprouts, parsnip, spring onion, leek, carrot, radish, broccoli, turnip. Plant out cabbage plants when they are 15/20 cm tall into well prepared soil that has been manured.
Harvest: Stored fruit and vegetables are likely to be a distant memory at this stage and new crops are only starting to trickle in which makes April a tricky proposition.  The middle of this month might see the first asparagus and the first early spring cabbage.  The other two star performers this month are purple sprouting broccoli and rhubarb.


Local Schools to Battle Bullying

Pupils in Cork and around the country are being asked to sign an anti-bullying pledge and will learn how to cope with and report such unacceptable behaviour at school, online and in the wider community, as part of a landmark 'Bullying in a Cyber World' initiative for Irish primary schools. Teachers will receive sample bullying reports for their files and a separate child form, so they can accurately record the complaint, who was involved, who the target and perpetrator were and who might have witnessed the incident. The ground-breaking series of books and posters, produced exclusively by Prim-Ed Publishing in Wexford, targets children as young as 4 years of age and shows them, in a child-focused and age-appropriate words, pictures and passages of text, with questions and helpful exercises, how to deal with and prevent bullying.

Cyber Safety Checklist for Pupils:

Create a clever password and keep it private

Always log out of shared computers

Never give out your full name, address, phone number, birthday, school or club names

Communicate respectfully with others

Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with a stranger

Only download from known or trusted websites

Tell a trusted adult if you see something that makes you feel uncomfortable

Never open emails from people you don't know

Seek permission before sharing pictures or information about other people online

Cyber Safety Checklist for Parents:

Educate yourself about the dangers your child may encounter, including  online predators and cyberbullying

Talk to your child about things on the web that make him/her feel uncomfortable

Monitor your child's internet use by sharing an email account, checking browser history, keeping the computer in a shared location, maintaining access to their account

Research and recommend appropriate child-safe sites

Maintain an appropriate amount of parental control over software through user time limits and access to sites, games, chat and file sharing

Install defensive software such as anti-virus, anti-spyware, spam blocker and personal firewall and update these regularly

Select child-safe mobile devices, including those which do not include a camera or web access and phones with a limit on the number of calls that can be made.

Sports Mad

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St Mary's Junior Football Team, All Ireland Champions 2013. c

St. Mary's Double Up   

St Mary's Mercy, Macroom 4-9   St Josephs S.S Rochfortbridge 3-7
St. Mary's Secondary School, Macroom made history at Seán Treacy Park, Tipperary Town, when they completed the second part of an historic All Ireland double, the school's juniors defeating a gallant St Joseph's, Rochfortbridge, in a thrilling Tesco Homegrown All Ireland Post Primary Schools Junior B Ladies Football Final  just a week after the seniors had taken their first ever All Ireland title.
St. Mary's Sarah Beth O'Mullane opened the scoring in the first minute with a pointed free which was quickly followed by another point from play by Rachel Hurley. Rochfortbridge settled to their task and in a five minute period they kicked five unanswered points, to see them lead 0-5 to 0-2 by the ninth minute, with the very strong breeze at their backs. Sinead Plunkett kicked a great score for St Mary's in the 11th minute and this was quickly followed by a goal from the hard working Rachel Hurley, following a great pass from Síofra Burgoyne. Rochfortbridge drew level again in the 16th minute but St Mary's received a major boost in the 23rd minute with a second goal from Rachel Hurley, following a well worked move from defence which saw Claire Murphy deliver the final pass. The St Mary's defence was now well on top with Aisling Kelleher and Niamh McCarthy excelling in the full back line. At midfield, Niamh Duggan and Máiréad Corkery were working tirelessly and Sinéad Plunkett increased their lead with two further points in the 25th and 27th minutes, to leave the score at 2 – 5 to 0 – 6 in the  Cork side's favour. This lead was reduced in the 28th minute when Jenny Judge goaled for Rochfortbridge but St Mary's replied two minutes into injury time with a goal of their own, following a defence splitting run by Máiréad Corkery which saw her score a great goal from the 21 yard line. This left the Cork school 3 – 5 to 1- 6 ahead at half time and having played against the wind in the first half, they were now in a very strong position.
The second half proved to be an enthralling affair and it began brightly for St Mary's with two unanswered points in the first seven minutes from Máiréad Corkery and Niamh Duggan. The score at the three quarter stage was 3 – 7 to 1 – 7 in St Mary's favour. They were dominant at half back through Ali Jones, Aileen Corkery and Elaine O'Brien and with the midfield combination of Máiréad Corkery and Niamh Duggan winning lots of possession, the forward line got a plentiful supply of ball. The St Mary's forwards were finding scores hard to come by however against the tough tackling Westmeath girls defence and a disallowed goal from Claire Murphy was followed by three missed opportunities from frees by the 20th minute.  Rochfortbridge drove forward at every opportunity and they got back into the game in the 24th minute when midfielder Dawn Hannon shot a great goal to leave just three points between the sides. The game was now being played at a frenetic pace and Rachel Hurley eased the Macroom girls into a four point lead when she kicked a point from play in the 26th minute but they were rocked on their heels a minute later when Nicola Judge scored a good goal for Rochfortbridge, to leave only a point between the sides. St Mary's did not panic however and a goal from hardworking Claire Murphy in the first minute of injury time was greeted with great joy by the large Macroom following. A minute later, effective substitute Rachel Horgan, with a great kick from thirty yards, sent over the 'insurance point'. The final whistle was greeted with great scenes of joy.
Ladies football President, Pat Quill, presented the cup to a delighted Macroom Captain, Aileen Corkery, to tremendous applause from the team's supporters. St Mary's full back, Aisling Kelleher, was presented with Player of the Match award.
St Mary's now become the first team to complete a Senior/ Junior double in the same year, an achievement that will be difficult to beat in coming years.
St Mary's Macroom: (All St. Val's unless otherwise stated): Máiréad O'Sullivan: Ann Marie Ryan, Aisling Kelleher, Niamh McCarthy: Ali Jones (Naomh Fionnbarra), Aileen Corkery, Elaine O'Brien: Máiréad Corkery, Niamh Duggan (Naomh Abán): Sinéad Plunkett, Sarah Beth O'Mullane, Rachel Hurley (Macroom): Sarah Byrne, Claire Murphy, Siofra Burgoyne. Subs: Rachel Horgan (Macroom) used and Nicola Dennehy, Marion Coakley, Caoimhe Cotter, Sinéad O'Connell, Lily Healy (Macroom), Michelle O'Callaghan, Lauren Manning (Macroom).
Coaches: Seán Ó Coill, Uas. and Mr. Joe Carroll 

Cork County Senior Hurling Championship

Colleges/ Divisions 1st Round:

Carbery   1 - 13   Muskerry   0 – 9

UCC   2 – 17   Avondhu   1 – 18

CIT   2 – 18   Duhallow   1 – 12

2nd Round (last chance):

Muskerry v Avondhu at Mallow, Thursday 4th April, 7.30pm. 

Carbery   1- 13     Muskerry   0 – 9

Muskerry hurlers met Carbery under lights at a bitterly cold Cloughduv and after a bright opening half fell away in the second half and a goal for Carbery at the three quarter stage finished off the home challenge.

Carbery started well and led by 0-3 to 0-1 after the opening quarter but then Muskerry had a good second quarter and hit over five points without reply to enjoy a 0-6 to 0-3 interval lead.  On the restart it was Carbery's turn to find the range and the Southwest men now struck over five points in ten minutes to lead once again by two points.  In the 47th minute Kilbrittain's Alan Hayes found the Muskerry net for the only goal of the game and this score opened up a gap beweeen the teams which Muskerry were never going to bridge though they fought hard to the finish.

Muskerry: Colm Ryan (Cloughduv): Colin Harris (Ballincollig), Paul O'Leary (Blarney), Kelvin Cummins (Grenagh): Niall Buckley (Aghabullogue), Mark O'Sullivan (Dripsey), Rory O'Doherty (Ballincollig): Ciaran O'Sullivan (Ballincollig), Mark Cremin (Blarney) (0-3, frees): Conor Cotter (Kilmichael) (0-2), Colm Casey (Inniscarra) (0-d1), Shane Sexton (Donoughmore) (0-2): Peter O'Driscoll (Blarney) (0-1), Brian Ahern (Cloughduv), Darragh Ring (Cloughduv). Subs Used: Mark O'Leary (Blarney), Darragh O'Brien (Blarney), Ger Aherne (Cloughduv).

Cork County Senior Football Championship

Colleges/Divisions Section – 1st Round

Beara   2 – 9   Muskerry   0 – 9

Duhallow   1 – 11   Avondhu   1 – 7

UCC   0 – 12   Carbery   0 – 9

2nd Round

Muskerry  v  Avondhu at Riverstown on Thursday 11th April, 7.30pm.

Beara   2 – 9     Muskerry   0 – 9

Beara footballers gave what some of their more knowledgeable supporters described as their best performance in 20 years when they tore into a fancied Muskerry side at Dunmanway and deservedly won their way through to round three of the divisional section of the county championship.  Muskerry do have a second chance, meeting Avondhu, but they will have to show more fire than this if their undoubtedly talented side is not to exit the competition. 

The game was played under lights at Dunmanway on Holy Thursday night and Liam Shorten opened the scoring with a Muskerry point within two minutes of the start.  Beara quickly hit back with three points in a row and added two more before the first quarter had ended.  Daniel Goulding had a point for Muskerry but Beara struck for a goal in the 21st minute and they led by 1-5 top 0-4 (Goulding scoring for Muskerry) at the break.  It was clear that Beara were up for this game in a way that Muskerry obviously were not, the tackling and harrying for the peninsula men completely upsetting the Muskerry side. 

On the re-start Beara struck for a second goal within minutes and the game was over for Muskerry whose problems were added to when Fintan Goold was carried off in a dazed state after a hefty challenge.  Beara were in no humour to let Muskerry back into contention and there was always a gap between the teams.  Muskerry had further points from David Goold, Noel O'Leary, Martin Connors and Liam Shorten but Beara finished strongly and they deserved their win. 

Muskerry: Shane Masters (Kilmichael): Rory Buckley (Macroom), Kevin Barrett (Kilmurry), Aidan Corkery (Donoughmore): Seamus Ó Mathúna (Naomh Abán), Nollaig Ó Laoire (Cill na Martra), Sean Kiely (Macroom): Seán Ó Céilleachair (Cill na Martra), Miceál Ó Laoire (Naomh Abán): Fintan Goold (Macroom), Liam Seartan (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh), Martín Ó Conchuir (Cill na Martra): Liam Walsh (Grenagh), David Goold (Macroom), Daniel Goulding (Éire Óg). Sub: John Dineen (Éire Óg)    

County Football Leagues

Division One (Kelleher Shield)


Played 4 (Lost 3, drew 1):  Defeated by Bishopstown (0-13 to 0-15),  Newcestown (1-12 to 2-8) and Ilen Rovers (0-6 to 1-11); drew with O'Donovan Rossa (0-10 each).


Senior Football: Ballincollig v Douglas at Pairc ui Rinn on Saturday 4th May, 8 pm.

Division Two


Nemo Rangers                                          4      3      0      1           6   

NAOMH ABÁN                                           4      3      0      1           6   

Clonakilty                                                3      2      1      0           5   

BÉAL ÁTHA'N GHAORTHAIDH                     3      2      0      1           4   

St Michaels                                              3      1      2      0           4   

Valley Rovers                                          3      2      0      1           4   

ÉIRE ÓG                                                 4      2      0      2           4   

Dohenys                                                 3      1      1      1           3   

Kiskeam                                                 4      1      1      2           3   

St Vincents                                             4      0      1      3           1   

Newmarket                                             3      0      0      3           0   

Clyda Rovers                                          2      0      0      2           0   

Naomh Abán: 

Played 4: Defeated Newmarket (2-9 to 2-5), Béal Átha (2-8 to 0-12), Eire Óg (1-14 to 1-6) and lost to Nemo Rangers (1-6 to 3-8).

Championship: PIFC: N. Aban v Glenville at Ballincollig on Sunday 5th May, 3.30pm.

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh:

Played 3: Defeated Newmarket (0-9 to 0-7), Eire Óg (0-11 to 0-5) and lost to Naomh Aban (0-12 to 2-8).

Championship: PIFC; BAG v Carrigaline at Coachford on Saturday 4th May, 6pm.

Éire Óg;

Played 4: Defeated St Vincent's (3-9 to 0-13) and Dohenys (1-8 to 0-9); lost to Béal Átha (0-5 to 0-11) and N. Aban (1-14 to 1-6)

Championship: IFC: Éire Óg v Canovee at Ballyanley on Sunday 5th May 7pm. 

Division Three


MACROOM                          3         3         0         0     6

Glenville                             3         3         0         0     6

Mallow                               3         2         0         1     4

Na Piarsaigh                       3         1         1         1     3

Glanworth                          1         1         0         0     2

GRENAGH                          2         1         0         1     2

St Nicks                             3         1         0         2     2

Kinsale                              3         1         0         2     2

Ballydesmond                    3         1         0         2     2

Castletownbere                  4         0         2         2     2

CILL na MARTRA                3         0         1         2     1

Adrigole                            1         0         0         1     0


Played 3: Defeated Mallow (0-11 to 0-6), Kinsale (0-13 to 1-6), and Ballydesmond (1-14 to 0-3).

Championship: PIFC: Macroom v St Michaels at Cloughduv on Sunday 5th May 3.30pm.


Played 2: Defeated Cill na Martra (1-7 to 0-9);  Lost to Glanworth (0-9 to 0-10).

Championship: IFC: Grenagh v Cloyne at Watergrasshill on Sunday 12 May, 3.30pm (11th May possible alternative).

Cill na Martra:

Played 3: Lost to Glenville (0-9 to 0-10) and Grenagh (0-9 to 1-7); drew with Castletownbere (1-6 each).

Championship: IFC: Cill na Martra v Kildorrery at Dromtariffe on Saturday 4th May, 7.30 pm.

Division Four


Cloyne                               4          4          0          0          8

BALLINORA                        3          3          0          0          6

Carrigaline                         3          2          1          0          5

Fermoy                              3          2          0          1          4

Rockchapel                        4          2          0          2          4

AGHABULLOGUE                 4          2          0          2          4

Mayfield                            3          1          1          1          3

Kanturk                             3          1          0          2          2

Kildorrery                          3          1          0          2          2

CANOVEE                          4          1          0          3          2

Youghal                             2          0          0          2          0

Glanmire                            4          0          0          4          0


Played 3: Defeated Aghabullogue (3-9 to 0-4), Kanturk (2-12 to 0-11) and Canovee (2-15 to 0-9).

Championship: PIFC: Ballinora v Kinsale at Belgooly on Sunday 5th May, 3.30pm.


Played 4: Defeated Rockchapel (1-11 to 1-6) and w/o from Youghal; Lost to Ballinora (0-4 to 3-9) and to Cloyne (0-7 to 1-7).

Championship: IFC: Aghabullogue v Mayfield at Blarney on Sunday 5th May, 2.30 pm.


Played 4: Defeated Mayfield (2-4 to 1-6);  Lost to Carrigaline (1-10 to 1-12), Ballinora (0-9 to 2-15) and Rockchapel (0-6 to 1-8).

Championship: IFC: Canovee v Éire Óg at Ballyanley on Sunday 5th May 7pm.

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McEgan College team who have qualified for the Munster u-16 football final, with their coach, Mr Daniel Twomey.  Pic. An Scoil

 Vocational Schools Football

Junior A All Ireland Semi Final

Coachford Colllege   2 – 7     Gallen CS, Ferbane   5 – 10

The Leinster champions from Offaly were too strong from Munster champions, Coachford, at Clonmel.  The teams were level at half time at 1-4 each but Gallen cut loose in the second half with four goals and the physically lighter Cork side had no answer against very impressive opponents.

Coachford College: A Looney: M Burke, J Lynch, D O'Riordan: N BarryMurphy, E O'Carroll, A McCarthy: S Dineen, A Looney; C O'Rourke, M Bradley, M O'Sullivan: B Casey, T O'Connor, E Clifford. Sub: S Horgan.   

McEgan College 'do the double'

McEgan College booked their place in the Under 16 Munster football final with a comprehensive and facile victory over Scoil Mhuire, Ballingeary in the final of the Cork County Championship.  The Junior footballers from the college matched the exploits of their Senior counterparts by winning the County and reaching the final of the provincial competition.  The score in the County Final was McEgan College 2-16 Scoil Mhuire 0-1. The boys from McEgan have shown great pedigree so far during this campaign with victories over Rossa College of Skibbereen and now Scoil Mhuire of Ballingeary highlighting their strength. Experienced players John O'Sullivan, Brian Corcoran, Christy McCarthy and Captain Darren Dinnen have all lead by example throughout this competition with Davin Forde, Conor Corkery and Jack O'Donovan also impressing. The final of Munster will now be held after the Easter break with St Michael's College of Kilmihill the opposition. Hopefully the Under 16s can go one better than their senior colleagues and bring the Munster title back to Macroom. Coach Mr D.Twomey.

 Mid Cork Junior Football

League Table -  Junior Football Division 1

Team                        P             W   D           L         Pts

Kilmurry                     2             2     0            0          4

Donoughmore            3             2     0            1          4

Aghinagh                    3             2     0            1          4

Iveleary                      3             2     0            1          4

Clondrohid                 1             1     0            0          2

Ballincollig                  2             1     0            1          2

Dripsey                      2             1     0            1          2

Beal Atha'n Gh           2            0       0          2            0

Kilmichael                  2             0     0            2          0

Inniscarra                   2             0     0            2          0



Kilmichael 0-9          -Kilmurry 3-10

Kilmurry  2-13          Inniscarra- 1-4   

Donoughmore  1-12  Dripsey  0-9

Iveleary           0-5   Donoughmore 2-15 

Aghinagh 1-9          Donoughmore 0-10 

Aghinagh 2-11         Ballincollig     2-4   

Clondrohid  0-11      Aghinagh  0-9   

Inniscarra  0-8          Iveleary    2-9   

Béal Átha G. 0-12     Iveleary   2-11 

Ballincollig 2-7         Kilmichael  0-6   

Dripsey   0-7          Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh  0-5   

Mid Cork Junior A Football Championship

First Round Pairings – to be played after 1st May.  

A   Macroom   v   Blarney

B   Clondrohid   v   Dripsey

C   Kilmichael   v   Donoughmore

D   Iveleary   v   Ballincollig

E   Aghinagh   v   Éire Óg

F   Kilmurry   v   Inniscarra

Second Round (1st Round losers) – E  v  C,  B  v  D,  A  v  F.

Junior A Hurling League

Cloughduv 2-7 vs     2-8 Grenagh

Blarney      1-6 vs   0-13 Ballinora

Eire Óg       2-17 vs 1-5   Blarney

Ballincollig 1-11 vs 1-6   Iniscarra

Kilmichael  0-11 vs 3-9   Ballincollig

Donoughmore 1-13 vs 2-8       Blarney

Ballinora     2-11 vs  2-13 Cloughduv

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Naomh Abán 1973 team, Junior County champions, who were honoured at a Corporate Night in Rochestown Park Hotel on St. Patrick's Night   Pic. Nóra Ní Luasa

Inter County Activities

Cork footballers travelled to Tralee to play Kerry in the Allianz National Football League and were defeated on a score of 0-11 to 0-7.  It was bitterly cold at the North Kerry venue and the football was awful, with massed defences being used by both sides.  Cork were short many regulars and used this as a reason for their style of play but the frozen followers were not impressed – this is not entertainment and money is scarce.  Noel O'Leary of Cill na Martra, Fintan Goold of Macroom and Daniel Goulding of Éire Óg started the game for Cork and Liam Shorten of Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh came on as a substitute for the final twenty minutes. Cork can still make the league semi final stage if they get at least a draw from their final game against Mayo on Sunday 7th April at Cork. 

In the National Hurling League, Cork drew with Galway in Galway and then lost by two points to Kilkenny in Kilkenny, two results; which leave the team in good heart even though they are now involved in a relegation dog fight with Clare on Sunday 14 April.  Tom Kenny of Grenagh was at half back against Galway but was out of the country for the Kilkenny game and so there was no hurler from Mid Cork in action in this game!      

Under 21 Championship: 

Cork footballers defeated Limerick by 2-14 to 0-11 in the Munster U 21 football semi final at Limerick.  No footballer from Muskerry started the game but Cathal Vaughan of Iveleary came on at half time and scored three points in the second half and Sean Kiely of Ballincollig and Kevin Hallissey of Éire Óg were introduced in the closing stages.

Cork play Tipperary in the Munster final at Thurles on Wednesday 10th April at 7.30 pm.

Minor Hurling and Football:

Cork minor hurlers play Clare at Páirc Uí Rinn on Thursday 11th April at 7 pm in a Munster championship quarter final.  The losers play either Tipperary or Waterford in the losers play off section on Wednesday 17th April.

Cork minor footballers play Kerry in Munster championship quarter final on Saturday 20th April at Páirc Uí Rinn, 7 pm.  The losers of this game have a second chance on Sat. 4th May in the losers section.

Macroom GAA

County Division 3 Football League:

Macroom 1-14. Ballydesmond 0-03.

Macroom and Ballydesmond met in the division 3 football league at the Castle Grounds.  Macroom were in search of a third victory and gave a fine display to remain unbeaten in the league and top of the table.  Macroom started well with four points on the board within the first eight minutes of play from Conor O'Sullivan, Tony Dineen, David Goold and Patrick Lucey.  Ballydesmond's first score came from a free in the 9th minute and from here to the 19th minute both sets of backs were in control. However Macroom finished the half strongly with points from Sean Kiely, Patrick Lucey('45') and Tony Dineen. Ballydesmond scored their second point in the 28th minute to leave the half time score Macroom 0-7. Ballydesmond 0-2. Macroom got straight down to business from the throw in and within 15 minutes Patrick Lucey had scored 1-3 to put the game out of Ballydesmond's reach. The Macroom backs were well in control over the hour with Ballydesmond only scoring one point in the second half. Philip Corrigan and Eoin O Mahoney did well at mid field and the Macroom attack added four more points in the closing quarter, from David Horgan, Conor O'Sullivan, David Goold and Andrew Hegarty.
Macroom:- James O'Connell; Peter Lynch. Rory Buckley, John Angland; Robert O'Dwyer, Ciarán Murphy, Barry O'Donnell; Philip Corrigan, Eoin O'Mahony; Tony Dineen, Sean Kiely, Conor O'Sullivan ; David Goold, Patrick Lucey, David Horgan.  Subs Used: Andrew Hegarty, Michael Cahill, Gerard Angland and  Dylan Dineen.

The junior footballers opened their playing season with a 1-10 to 0-3 win over Naomh Abán in the Mid Cork Div 2 league at the Castle Grounds.  In Rebel Óg, Macroom U 16's defeated Kinsale in the East Region A Football league on a 3-12 to 0-5 scoreline, the U 13's lost to Glenville 8-9 to 2-1, the  U12's  beat Courceys 5-5 to 4-7 and the U11's  defeated Grenagh 7-2 to 3-12.

St. Val's Updates

St Val's 2.10  Valley Rovers 2.7.
St Val's 8.8   Douglas 2.1 

The St Val's juniors played their first league match of the season at home in Carrigadrohid against Valley Rovers recently. In a game that was close and exciting all through, our girls finally pulled away near the end to win by three points. Their next match is away to Naomh Abán.
The under 14 team opened their league campaign with an impressive win against Douglas in Cloughduv. From the first whistle our girls were well on top and scored 3 goals inside the first fifteen minutes before Douglas responded with a point from play. Val's added another 3 points before Douglas got their first goal from play to reduce the Val's lead. Val's continued to dominate and added 2 goals from full forward Sinead Plunkett just before the break to leave the score at half-time 5.4 to 1.1. The second half continued in the same way with our girls totally on top all over the field. Douglas did add another goal, but our girls kicked some great scores to leave them convincing winners.  Scorers Sinead Plunkett 5.2, Caoimhe Cotter 0.4, Niamh Looney 2.0,Sarah Byrne 1.0. Ciara McCarthy 0.1, Ciara Hughes 0.1. Well done and best of luck to all the girls from the club on being selected on both the Cork under 14 and 16 teams for the coming year we wish them well in their quest for All Ireland glory.
The under sixteen team continue to train once a week as they prepare for their opening league match at home to Carrigaline. The under 12 training has now finished in Cloughduv hall and will continue outside in Carrigadrohid new pitch. Any new members are always welcome; please contact Martin Lyons 087-9974229 if you're interested in joining. Congratulations to the St Val's girls who were part of the  St Mary's from Macroom who won the All Ireland Senior B title against St Joseph's from Meath in a very entertaining game and also to our girls on the St Mary's junior team who won the All Ireland final against  Rockfordbridge from Westmeath.

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Cloughduv over 33 cup winners.   c

Canovee G.A.A.

Canovee 3.16   Mayfield  3.07
On March 24th Canovee minors played Mayfield in cold windy conditions
in Carrigadrohid. Despite playing against the wind, Canovee controlled
the first half and led at half time by 2.07 to 1.06 with goals from Aidan Moynihan and Ciarán Canty and points from James Moynihan, Tadhg O'Riordan, Kieran Moynihan and Aidan Moynihan. With wind
advantage in the second half, Canovee got on top with Aidan Moynihan getting a second goal and Mark Healy getting on the score board.
Team: Jack Murphy, Sean Twomey, Niall Cronin, James O'Sullivan, Blake Ring, Michael Dunne, Cian Lehane, Kieran Moynihan, Ciarán Canty, James Verling, Aidan Moynihan, Mark Healy, Tadhg O'Riordan, James Moynihan, Humphrey O'Mahony. Subs Brian Verling, Neil Kirk

Canovee 1.20   Carrigtwohill 3.02
Canovee played Carrigtwohill away in the minor A league under lights. Canovee had a strong team on duty but got off to a disastrous start, finding themselves behind by two goals and two points after five minutes. They then got going, playing some great attacking football and led at half time by 10 points to 2 goals and 2 points, the points coming from Aidan Moynihan, James Moynihan,  Mark Healy, Humphrey O'Mahony, Ciarán Canty and Kieran Moynihan. Canovee stayed on top in the second half and a succession of points put them in a commanding position. James Moynihan added a goal and Neil Kirk also got on the score sheet. This was Canovee minors best performance of the season, with all the players playing in a positive fashion.
Team: Jack Murphy, Sean Twomey, Niall Cronin, James O'Sullivan, Blake Ring, Michael Dunne, Cian Lehane, Ciarán Canty, Kieran Moynihan, James Verling, James Moynihan, Mark Healy, Tadhg O'Riordan, Aidan Moynihan, Humphrey O'Mahony. Sub Neil Kirk

Canovee  6-9  Passage West 3-3.
Canovee under 12 team travelled to Passage West to play the home team in the first round of the league. On a bitterly cold morning, Canovee, playing against the wind, started brightly and were leading at half time 3-4 to 2-1.They continued to dominate in the second half and won easily. Their next league match is against Aghabullogue and also in their group are Cill na Martra, Kinsale and Kilmurry.
Under 11 Fixture: Canovee under 11 team's first league match is against Cill na Martra on Thursday 11th April in Carrigadrohid and also in their group are Grenagh, Macroom, Ballinora and Clondrohid. The team trains with the under 12 panel and are looked after by Noel Moynihan, Brian Walsh, Tom McCarthy and Cathal Dodd.

Results. March 23rd under 14 A football league Canovee 1.07  Mayfield 2.05.
March 24th minor A football league canovee 3.16 v Mayfield 3.07.
March 24th under 12 football league Canovee 6.09 v Passage 3.03
March 24th intermediate football league Canovee 0.06 v Rockchapel 1.08.

April 1st under 13 B football league Canovee 6.05 v Kilnamartra 5.03.

Macroom Soccer

In the AUL Premier League Macroom went down 2-1 away to Springfield as their poor run of results continues.  Macroom have 8 points from 13 games and are just above Springfield in the drop zone.  Macroom B had a 1-0 home win over Banteer in the AUL Division 2 league.  Pat Kelleher got the winner from the penalty spot.  In the U18  Division One league, Carrigaline A defeated Macroom 6-0 in Carrigaline, inflicting damage on Macroom's title aspirations as they now slip back to third place.

Lee Valley Basket Ball Club.

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This U18b match was a great game to watch.  There was brilliant team work from each team and some lovely scores.  We saw some very good passing and some lovely three pointers from both teams as well.  Well done to all.

Lee Valley Team:  Lauren Buckley, Sarah-Beth O'Mullane, Yvonne Burgoyne, Rebecca Barry, Jessica O'Mullane, Michelle McCarthy, Emma Healy, Elaine O'Brien and Elizabeth Wall.

New members always welcome, any enquiries to Lee Valley Basketball Club (085) 751 6908 after 6 pm.