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Macroom G.A.A. Strictly Come Dancing at Rochestown Park Hotel, Sat. Oct. 19. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Lee Valley Speakers. Castle Hotel, Macroom. 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 8p.m.
Terence MacSwiney Weekend – at Kilmurry Independence Museum 18th - 20th October
Macroom Strictly Come Dancing Sat. Oct 19th at Rochestown Park Hotel, 8p.m.
Crookstown Céilí Sat 19th Oct in Crookstown hall at 9.30 p.m.
Kilmichael Rovers Duck race at Dromey’s Bar, Kilmichael, 19th Oct from 3pm.
Croí na Laoi Defibrillator Fundraiser in parish hall Sat 19th Oct @ 7:30pm and Sun 20th Oct at 12noon.
Macroom Parish Mission in St. Colman’s Church, Sun. Oct. 20 to Fri. Oct. 25.
Donoughmore Vintage run on Sun., Oct. 20th at Firmount N.S. 11.30a.m.
Rylane Ladies Club Coffee Day for Breast Cancer Awareness in theAnvil Bar Fri. Oct. 25th 9.15a.m to 6p.m.
Hallow'een Disco at Dromleigh NS Fri. Oct. 25th from 7- 9pm.
Mercy Heroes Coffee Evening at Vaughan’s Cafe, Macroom Sat. Oct. 26, 2 – 5p.m.
Canovee Church 150th anniverasary Sun. Oct 27. Mass at 12 noon, with reception afterwards in school
Harvest Thanksgiving Mass in Bealnamorrive Church, Sun Oct 27th at 9.30a.m.
Information for Over 60s Tues. 5th Nov, 11am – 1.30pm in the Castle Hotel.
Mass for the Dead of Aghinagh parish in Bealnamorrive Church Fri Nov 8 at 8p.m
Rosary for the Dead each Thursday in November at 8p.m. in Bealnamorrive Church.
Crochet, Lace, Embroidery & Knitting; Ionad Áise, Réidh na nDoirí; Mondays 10.30am to 12.30pm
Macroom Library Events
Tots Time Fri. Oct. 18th 11a.m. -11.30a.m.
Juvenile Book Club Sat Oct. 19th at 3p.m..
Inspiring a Love of Reading’ Tues Oct 22nd at 7pm.
Ciorcal Gaeilge Thurs. Oct 24 11.30a.m.
Closure for Bank Holiday Sat. Oct. 26th
Halloween Arts & Crafts Wed Oct 30th from 3-4pm
Westgate Foundation Ballincollig Bazaar Sun 24 Nov 1 – 5 pm.
Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne
Knitting & Crafts Group Every Tuesday 11am
Book Club 1st Tuesday every month 10.30am
Ciorcal Comhrá 1st and 3rd Friday every month 10.30am
Am Scéalaíochta le ceardaíocht Oíche Shamhna 2.30 i.n.

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The Terence MacSwiney weekend, October 18th -20th at Independence Museum Kilmurry. Friday 18th October opening address by Dr. Cathal MacSwiney Brughdha 7:30pm in Kilmurry church, followed by reception in Museum. Sat 19th October Lectures from 11am by Anne Twomney,11:50am; Dr Sinead McCoole. Lunch 12:50pm. 2pm Niall Murray; 2:40pm Dr.Niall Buttimer. Sunday 20th 10am Mass, 11:30-2pm walking tour of Macroom by Niall Murray. Weekend Tickets €20 on Eventbrite or text/call Michael John 0861966756
Kilmichael Rovers soccer fundraiser. Duck race at Dromey’s Bar, Kilmichael 19th October from 3pm. Music and finger food. €5 for one duck, €10 for 3.These can be purchased from any club member, at Dromey’s Bar Kilmichael or at The Five Roads Bar Tarelton. Winner €200, 2nd prize €50 & 3rd prize €20.
Crookstown Céilí Club: Céilí on Saturday 19th October in Crookstown hall music by Donnie Nolan & Taylor's Cross Céilí band commencing at 9.30 p.m. Tea served and all are welcome. Classes every Tuesday night in the hall at 9 p.m.
Croí na Laoi. Inchigeela Defibrillator Fund- Coffee and cakes in the parish hall on Saturday 19th October @ 7:30pm and again on Sunday 20th October at 12noon. Your support is much appreciated.
Donoughmore Vintage club Tractor and Car run on Sunday, October 20th at Firmount in aid of Firmount N.S. Sign on in school at 11.30a.m.
Rylane Ladies Club will host a Coffee Day in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness in theAnvil Bar, Rylane on Friday, October 25th 9.15a.m to 6p.m. Donations of baking appreciated.
Hallow'een Disco! Dromleigh NS Parents’ Association is holding the annual Hallow'een disco on Friday, October 25th from 7- 9pm, suitable for all ghouls & goblins up to and including 6th class. Parental supervision required. Come along for the terrifying tunes, freakish face painting, ghastly goodies, spooky spot prizes & why not enter our pumpkin carving competition - bring along your masterpiece & €1 entry fee. Donations at the door. All welcome - if you dare!
Mercy Heroes Coffee Evening at Vaughan’s Cafe, North Square on Saturday, October 26 from 2 to 5p.m.
Canovee Church Bawnatemple will celebrate its 150th anniversary on Sunday, October 27 with Mass  at 12 noon, attended by Cork's new Bishop Fintan Gavin and other celebrants. Afterwards, there will be a reception in Canovee School Hall at which photographs and aretefacts will be displayed and a history of the church will be made available. Fáilte roimh chách.

Harvest Thanksgiving Mass in Bealnamorrive Church, Sunday October 27th at 9.30a.m. All welcome.
Information for Over 60s Tuesday, 5th November, 11am – 1.30pm in the Castle Hotel.
Mass for the Dead of Aghinagh Parish at St. John the Baptist Church, Bealnamorrive on Friday, November 8 at 8p.m. Light a candle for your loved ones. All welcome.
Rosary for the Dead each Thursday in November at 8p.m. in Bealnamorrive Church.
Inchigeela Calendar 2020 Anyone that would like their photo to be included in next year’s calendar, please send photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They can be of people, places or events in and around Inchigeela. Please send photos in landscape orientation. Proceeds to local historical project in the village.
Donoughmore for Marymount. This year we celebrated 24 years of Fundraising and we would like to thank you most sincerely for your generous support throughout those years and also, all those who helped in any way at our recent event on the 19th September. It was an outstanding success. The amount collected to date is €13,036.74. Next year we will reach the milestone of 25 years in existence and hopefully, with your help, it will be bigger and better than ever.
Bookmark of St. Teresa (Feastday October 15) Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing make you afraid. All things are passing. God alone never changes. Patience gains all things. If you have God, you will never want for anything. God alone suffices.
Aghinagh G.A.A. 29th Sept Jackpot €4,300 Numbers drawn 27, 30 and 40. No winner. €50 Peter Burns, Masseytown. €20 each: Gerry Cotter, Kilberrihert; Con & Hellen, C/O Anvil; Paul Lane, Rylane; J O Connell, Bealnamorrive.
6th Oct. Jackpot €4,450 Numbers drawn 02, 14 and 38. No winner. €50 Eileen Martin, Leemount, Coachford. €20 each: Micheál Corkery, Mashanaglas; Tim Lyons, Dromree, Macroom; Ann O’Leary, Dromduve; S.A.C.E.H. C/O, Noreen Spillane.
Canovee G.A.A. Lotto. 6th 2,13,18,19 no winner of €12,050. €50 Eillie Creedon,Aherla €25 Noreen Creedon Aherla Kevin Kelleher c/o Dan Shine. €25 online Anne Marie Byrne .
Oct. 13th 13,17,20,24 no winner of €12,200 €50 Alanna Creedon,Aherla €25 Tim Donegan c/o Castlemore Arms. €25 Pat Murray. €25 online Edwina Lyons
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Oct. 2. €70 Maureen Smith Dunmanway €20 each: Joan O’Riordan Millstreet, Eileen Kelleher Moulnahorna, Mary Carroll Crookstown, Gerard Murphy Berrings. Bingo jackpot of €250 Rose O’Brien Dripsey
Oct. 9. €70 Finbarr Cronin €20 each: Caroline Buckley Lackaneen, Carmel Creedon Bawnmore,Joan Butler Mallow, Kevin Cullinane Coachford Bingo Jackpot Chloe Dineen
Next week’s Jackpot €2,800.
Kilmichael G.A.A Lotto 7th October: Jackpot €5,800; Numbers: 8-13-23-36; No Jackpot winner. €50 Angela Forde, Coppeen €25 each to Becky Hennigan, Moneycusker; Ned Murphy, Ballydesmond c/o Jerry Masters; Barry O’Sullivan, c/o Dermot Foley.
14th October: Jackpot €5,950: Numbers: 16-19-32-34; No Jackpot winner. €50 Gráinne Masters, Carrigboy €25 each to John Joe Daly, Ballincollig; Tim & Siobhan O’Donoghue, Gurranreigh; Roy Deane Leap.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 1/10/2019. Jackpot - €2400 Numbers drawn: 4- 6-10. €70. Dawn & Mia Murphy, Cork Street. €20 each: Maureem O'Mahony, Aherla,. Gerard Dromey, Kilmichael. Anna Twomey, Gurteenroe. Marion O'Leary, The Orchard,. Ted Lucey, Ard na Gréine.
8/10/2019. Jackpot - €2600 Numbers drawn: 2- 4-29. €70. Esther Sheehy, O'Connor Park, €20 each: Rachel & Kay, C/O Evelyn Mc Sweeney. Kay Mc Carthy, Carrigaphooka. Catherine Cahill, Carrigbawn. Kathleen Mc Carthy, C/O Evelyn Mc Sweeney. Barry O'Brien, St Colman's Park
Rylane CPA Lotto: 30/9 /2019 Jackpot €1,000. Numbers drawn: 9 - 16 - 33. No Winner. €20: Marie O'Rourke (Rylane); Fr. Peadar Murphy (Aghabullogue); Sheila Scannell (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20: Crowleys
7/10 /2019 Jackpot €1,200. Numbers drawn: 4 - 27 - 39. No Winner. €20: Mary Savage (Rylane); Shane Gaffey (Dromahane); Sheila O'Sullivan (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20: Sheila Scannell

Coachford AFC Lotto: 7/10/2019. Jackpot: €2,200. Numbers Drawn: 1 – 24 – 26. No Winner. €40 Adam & Mark Murphy. €20 Ann Ryan, Denis & Mim O’Connell, Keith Linzell, Anto Sheehan (Yearly Ticket).
14/10/2019. Jackpot: €2,400. Numbers Drawn: 12 – 25 – 27. No Winner. €40 Brendan & Carey. €20 Sophie O’Shea, Eileen O’Rourke, Dan Shine, Tadhg Manley.

Macroom Updates

Macroom Strictly Come Dancing

Twelve couples will compete on Saturday, October 19 seeking to be crowned Strictly Come Dancing Macroom Champion 2019. The couples are: Don Creedon and Aoibhe Murphy; David Horgan and Éimhín O'Mahony; Danny O'Keefe and Eileen Lynch; Mark O'Sullivan and Claire Cronin; Andrew Hegarty and Sarah Horgan; Tom Bradley and Orla Waugh; Rhys Hopkins and Stasia Smolich; Declan Kiely and Kate Brady; Caleb Dineen and Katie McSweeney; Diarmuid Holland and Sinead Foley; Killian Lynch and Grace Buckley; Jack O'Riordan and Maedhbh Carroll.
Tickets for the event may be still available from Castle Hotel Café, Twomeys Hardware, Mungovan’s Shop and the Auld Triangle. They are selling fast and bus tickets to the event are completely sold out. It promises to be a great night with a DJ coming on stage after the winner is crowned. There will also be a draw with great prizes. A limited number of tickets are left and the committee expects the event to be sold out long before the 19th so the message is don't delay get those tickets now. The organisers are very pleased with the level of local support, interest and sponsorship.
Strictly Come Dancing Macroom will be on in the Rochestown Park Hotel on October 19th at 8p.m. sharp. The event, which is being jointly hosted by Macroom GAA Adult, Juvenile and Ladies Clubs, promises to be a fantastic night. Make sure to follow Macroom GAA on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news

Lee Valley Toastmasters

Lee Valley Toastmasters meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 8 pm in The Castle Hotel, Macroom. All welcome.
The meeting on October 1st was easy going, enjoyable and encouraging. Toastmaster for the evening, Elaine Higgins, introduced speakers involved in all aspects of a varied programme. Mary Murphy presented an entertaining speech on The Gearagh while Grant March fascinated and frightened us with a speech entitled ‘The Most Deadly Virus’, outlining the dangers of cyber crime. Mary Kelleher led the Table Topics session which invites impromptu contributions from those present and provides an opportunity to flex our verbal and mental skills. Guests are never called upon to speak. Topics on the night varied from ‘the best piece of advice you ever got’ to ‘your favourite musician’.
As Toastmasters’ aim is to improve confidence, public speaking and communication skills, the second part of the meeting focussed on evaluation of roles and speeches. Feedback was delivered by Margaret Lucey, who acted as general evaluator at this meeting. (All jobs are rotated throughout the season.) Evaluations are encouraging and positive. The President then closed the meeting and so ended the formal part of the evening.
Lee Valley Speakers. Castle Hotel, Macroom. 1st and 3rd Tuesday. Do come as a guest and see what it’s all about.

Christmas Cabaret at Coolcower House

As there is no venue available to host the Annual Pantomime, Lee Valley Panto Group have decided to assist 4 charities this year by performing Christmas Candlelight Cabaret at Cololcower House, Macroom on13th and 14th December. The charities are: Marymount Hospice, Macroom Hospital, St Vincent de Paul and Sullane Haven. If you would like to get involved in any way on or off stage, you are very welcome. It is hoped that there will be no more than 4 or 5 rehearsals, lots of great singing, hilarious comedy and some exciting magic. Pre-show menu will be available by contacting Coolcower House directly. Tickets to cabaret including Christmas drink reception €20.
Good News for Children: There will be a special Sing A Long Christmas performance for children’s chorus on Sunday 15th from 2.30 to 4pm, with many surprises including a very welcome Christmas guest. There should be no more than 3 rehearsals for children and admission to this event is free of charge. This will be action packed, with singing, dancing lots of fun and more.
All enquiries to Ann at 087 2755080

Parish Mission

Macroom is hosting a Parish Mission in St. Colman’s Church from Sunday, October 20 to Friday, October 25 inclusive. The Opening is on Sunday, 20th October at 7.30pm. Morning Mass each will be celebrated each day at 7am and 10am. The Evening Mission each day is at 7.30 pm. Themes Include: Baptism (and Faith), Healing of Hurts, Justice and Values, Reconciliation, Remembering the Dead, Community. The Mission team are Fr. Laurence Gallagher, Fr. Gerry Moloney and Niall Foley. Fr. Gallagher and Fr. Moloney presented the recent Mission in Cill na Martra and feedback reports that they were very well liked by the congregation!

Macroom Tidy Towns

A public meeting was held in the Castle Hotel October 2 to review the results of this year’s Tidy Towns competition. Copies of the report were handed out, read slowly and commented on. The attendance comprised most of the Tidy Towns volunteers as well as some members of the public, but there was a distinct lack of business representation. Castle Hotel proprietor, Don Buckley was in attendance and offered the meeting facilities free of charge.
Secretary, John Lyons explained the marking system and how Macroom had gone from a Silver medal status back to Bronze despite having gained 5 marks. There are now just 16 marks separating Macroom (330) from the National Winner (346). An increase of one mark to 331 would have qualified Macroom for a silver medal. John explained how the town is judged under eight headings and how the marks must be consistently high in each category.
The adjudicator’s comments were both positive and negative. It was however regarded as the best report that the committee has received in years, having factual comments, criticisms and observations. The meeting agreed that this report and all details be made into a newsletter, copied and distributed to about 1,500 houses and businesses in and around the town.
Community and Planning yielded a one mark increase. This section covers the submission that has to be prepared each year highlighting the projects done over the last 12 months, the workings of the committee, the engagement with local community through media like Facebook, liaisons with other bodies such as County Council, Men’s Shed, Schools, and the various schemes like TUS, FAS and RSS and other groupings. The judging is carried out secretly during June/July and August. This happened on a Saturday morning, and the adjudicator remarked that volunteers were very busy about their work, exuding great energy, enthusiasm and camaraderie and very visible in their orange jackets.
Streetscape and public places also went up one mark. The houses painted with the assistance of funding from Cork Co. Co. made a difference here. But ‘vacant, derelict and neglected buildings are an issue throughout the town that detracts from the streetscape’ as well as ‘the dilapidated appearance of the old Macroom Mills’ at the bus depot. Street furniture, and that includes poles and parking signs etc came in for criticism and the adjudicator recommended an audit be carried out on their overall condition. The officers of the Tidy Towns have requested a meeting with the council to see how these matters and be progressed.
‘Green Spaces and Landscaping’ benefited from the development of the Fairy Garden, now seen as a flagship project and probably helping to increase the marks by two. The sensory garden development and works here are ongoing and the committee will be seeking funding to improve the access along the riverside. Recommendations were made re washing lifebuoys, cleaning outdoor gym equipment, refreshing paintwork on railings, upgrading signage on trees, shrubs, no-mow areas and biodiversity signs.
In the Nature and Biodiversity category, the adjudicator advised that we should recognise the smaller local biodiversity habitats, be they stone walls, trees, woodlands, grassed areas, planted areas, hedgerows and that signage be upgraded and refreshed. Having put up bat boxes and bird boxes, the question was asked are these being used?
‘Sustainability’, a newer category where all towns are marked very harshly, saw Macroom getting just 19 out of a possible 50 marks, no increase. The national winner of the competition received just 22 marks. The adjudicator was looking for ‘innovation in tackling the big issues: water conservation, food waste, plastic disposal and efficiencies in transport and energy use’.
Tidiness and Litter Control again showed ‘cigarette butts were an issue’. There are known cigarette blackspots where not enough is done by the businesses to manage the issue. Street furniture, including a few litter bins, were criticised and this matter is being discussed with the council. ‘Residential Streets and Housing Areas’ earned compliments and criticisms. The use of herbicides to control growth at kerbs and around trees and lamp standards was condemned. ‘Approach Roads, streets and Lanes’ were deemed good but ‘some roadmarkings need refreshing, e.g. yellow box at junction of New Street with Masseytown Road’.
Overall, this detailed report highlights the extent of the effort required to do well in this broad ranging competition.

Clodagh Releases EP

Clodagh O’Sullivan, Sullane Weirs, Macroom, released her first EP, In All of Your Glory, in Dublin on October 11th. On October 15th, along with a host of other artistes, she appeared at the Workman’s Club and all proceeds from that gig went to mental health charity, A Lust for Life. Macroom residents enjoyed her music recently when she performed at T.P. Cotter’s on Culture Night.
Clodagh, 22, was born in Rhode Island, USA and when young, moved back to Ireland where she was reared. She received her early education in Tirelton N.S.and St. Mary’s, Macroom and always had an interest in music. She grew up listening to Irish music, the likes of The Dubliners and The Chieftains and ABBA was always on in the background. Nowadays, Tom Odell is top of her list of favourites and she is inspired by artists like Lisa Hannigan. During secondary school, she was in a four-piece band, The Contradictions, with Katherine Scott, Tara Murphy and Ciara Dinneen.
Previously, Clodagh trained under vocal coaches, Gemma Sugrue and Chris Johnson. Earlier this summer, she was selected to do a residency at Attica Audio, as part of Donegal Arts Festival. She has just returned from Izola, Slovenia, where she undertook a jazz course with Emilia Martensson. There, she spent time jamming with Emilia and her sister Marina (from the band Laibach) and Femi Temowo (guitarist for Amy Winehouse).
A vocal coach and backing singer, she is now stepping into the spotlight with her debut EP, In All of Your Glory. Her latest single, ‘Wrong’, is currently being played on radio across Ireland including on RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2fm and PlayIrish. You can download ‘Wrong’ here:
Clodagh is currently in 4th year at BIMM Dublin. She says that BIMM turned what started as a hobby into a career, so she has a lot more motivation to write. Knowledge is power and the course gives vital education in the music industry. It also gave her tools to use so that she is never stuck for inspiration, and taught her that not everything you write has to be for just you, so be open to everything. After the release of her EP “In All Of Your Glory”, Clodagh plans to focus on fourth year and, once she has finished her exams, to get back to composition and performing. She would also love to teach music, to share her passion with others. And, most of all, she plans to make music a vital part of her life.

RNLI Fish Supper

RNLI fund-raising efforts continue with our October Fish Supper. Many of Macroom's Restaurants, Fish Shops and Stalls (including in our supermarkets) and Fish & Chip shops are among the businesses who are very kindly giving us their support again. Watch our for the “Boat” logo around town until the end of the month and please support our efforts in any way you can; you may not directly benefit, yourself, but you never know when someone you know and love may need the help of the RNLI. We are very grateful for the continuing generosity of the people of Macroom and district and for the valuable contributions being made by local businesses to the work of the RNLI in keeping everyone safe in and around the water.

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Youthreach brunch for new Macroom residents © An Scoil

Youthreach Macroom

Fáilte Day. On September 24th Youthreach Macroom Centre for Education hosted an open day for the all the new residents of Macroom Community. Residents of Macroom Riverside were all invited to the international welcome day where they had brunch prepared by the Home Economics teacher, Nesta Bonner and Youthreach students. The students prepared a booklet outlining local facilities, amenities and a brief history of Macroom Community. With the support of the Centre’s Art Teacher, Kevin Holland, the students displayed flags representing the 8 countries from which our new neighbours originated. The Pakistani Flag was painted by Kazim Abbas, a young boy from Pakistan. Síle Ní Dhubhghaill entertained all with traditional harp playing and singing, which provided a rich platform for a sharing of cultural traditions and music. Fr John Keane closed the morning’s event with warm words of welcome to Macroom Community.
Graduation Day. Friday 27th of September marked the graduation of 11 Youthreach students who all achieved a QQI 4 Major Award in Employment Skills. All of the students have progressed on to further education and or employment, studying in diverse areas, namely Gaming and Development, Art Craft and Design, Sport and Recreation, and Business and Administration.

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Mary’s Music Students enjoying a performance by "The Busy Trio" ©An Scoil

News from St Mary’s

Music Recital. October 10th the Music students in St Mary’s enjoyed a Music Recital by “The Busy Trio” from West Cork. Our students experienced a fantastic, hour long live performance from three very talented musicians on Piano, Violin and Cello. Thanks to Music Teachers, Ms Donovan and Ms Queally, for organising this inspiring performance for the girls.
Local entrepreneur. The 5th year LCVP Class organised a visit on October 8th from local entrepreneur, Mr Michael Twomey, as part of their Enterprise Education module. It was an extremely informative and interesting presentation. Ms Tobin and the LCVP class would like to sincerely thank Michael Twomey for giving his time to come and talk to the girls and answer all of their questions. And we would all like to take this opportunity to congratulate all at Michael Twomey Butchers Ltd on winning “The Best Audited Butcher Award” – fantastic achievement, well done to all involved.
Leaving Cert Biology Field Trip. Our Leaving Cert Biology students travelled to Fota with Teachers, Mr Collins and Ms Foley on the 8th of October for their Ecology Field Trip. The students investigated the ecology woodland habitat using a range of techniques. The Education Department in Fota provided a hands on learning experience for this important section of the Leaving Cert course. An enjoyable, educational day was had by all.
Catherine McAuley awards. We are holding our annual Catherine McAuley Awards on the 18th of October at 7pm. These awards recognise the Academic, Sporting and Extra-Curricular success of our students over the past year. This is always a fantastic night where students, parents and teachers can appreciate the huge variety of talent in the school. We are so proud of all of our girls and it is such a pleasure to be able to acknowledge them at this lovely event. Congratulations to all 2019 award recipients.
History Trip. St Mary’s Senior History classes went on a field trip to Dublin, visiting Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin Castle, The Chester Beatty Library, The Revenue Museum, The old House of Lords on Dame St. and Glasnevin Cemetery. The theme of the trip was Walking in History. The girls enjoyed their experience and are looking forward to the rest of the year ahead. Thanks to Mr Quill for organising this very enjoyable and educational trip for the girls and thanks also to Elaine for going with them on the day.
Junior Cert Results Congratulations to our lovely Transition Years who received their Junior Cert/Cycle results October 4. The girls did amazingly well, congratulations to you all, well done! We are so happy for you and so proud of you all.
Credit Union Bursary. Congratulations to Leaving Cert students from last year - Grace Kieran and Eimear O'Dea. Both girls received Macroom Credit Union bursaries of €1000 to support their 3rd level education. Grace is studying Architecture and Eimear is doing Arts. Both girls are really enjoying their college courses.

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McEgan PLC Graduates in Health Service Skills ©John Delea

McEgan College Updates

Munster Driving Campus. On September 30th, our Transition Year students travelled to the Munster Driving Campus just outside Mallow. A multitude of skills were taught to aid them in becoming proficient drivers. In the garage, they learned about the different parts of the engine and how to change a tyre. In the campus building, they completed a mock theory test, as well as learning about some of the trickier questions which can be asked, to prepare them for their theory test. On the off-road track, they learned the fundamentals of driving, with each student getting a chance to drive for 20 minutes, accompanied by a trained instructor. A free lesson was given to the students in the campus to finish off the extremely enjoyable day. The students thoroughly enjoyed their time and were praised by the campus staff for their excellent behaviour.
Leaving Cert Retreat. October 3, McEgan College Leaving Certificate students headed off to Killarney with their teachers, Ms. Warren and Mr. Devane, on a two day retreat. The action packed days were full of walking, laughing, bonding and reflection. Students thoroughly enjoyed having time to retreat from their daily routine and relax in the picturesque surroundings of Killarney. We wish them all well in what will be a busy year ahead.
Open Evening. On 8th October McEgan College held our very successful Open Evening. Many pupils from neighbouring primary schools visited the school and took part in a tour where they enjoyed hands on interaction with both teachers and students in the Woodwork, Engineering, Graphics, Home Ec, Art, Science rooms and numerous other academic classrooms. Speakers on the night included the chairperson of the student council, Emilija Jakovlevaite, and two first year students, Niamh O’Callaghan and Bobby Murphy. Thanks to all the staff and students and our Parents’ Association who helped. Our school choir and traditional Irish band kept us entertained and we finished the evening with a fantastic rendition of “The Bold Thady Quill” from second year student, Donnacha Spillane.

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First Years in De La Salle at their bonding day in Ballyhass Lakes.© An Scoil

De la Salle Updates

First Years: The first years went on their annual ‘bonding day’ October 4th. This year they returned to Ballyhass lakes Mallow. They braved the weather, donned their wetsuits and spent the day doing a range of activities including an inflatable obstacle course on the lovely lake in Ballyhass. It was a great start to the year for the 87 new students and a good day was had by all.
Fourth Years: The Transition Year students had a very enjoyable day on October 8th at a drama workshop with comedian, Bernard Casey. They actively took part in improvisation, movement, dialogue, group work and sketch composition in both Irish and English, definitely a few potential actors in the making here in DLS!
U-15 Football: Well done to our Under 15 Footballers, who beat Nenagh CBS on a score line of De La Salle 2-8 Nenagh CBS 2-4 in their first round of the Munster Football Championship.
Junior Cert results: Well done to all our students who received their Junior Cert results on October 4th. They worked very hard and we are very happy with what they achieved. This year is the first time De La Salle has students achieving their Level 2 Learning Programme Certificates. Well done to Aimee Coakley and Kevin Fitzgerald; we are very proud of ye!
Simcox Cup Quarter Final Win 4-12 to 1-5: Our Senior Footballers began their Simcox Cup Campaign in Ballineen, on October 9th with a comprehensive win against Skibbereen Community School on a scoreline of 4-12 to 1-5. The game began with some errant shooting from both sets of forwards, with the wet and windy conditions not helping either side. A burst of scores from Jack Kelleher and Dylan Twomey brought the game to 0-4 to 0-1. The second quarter was full of aggressive defending, turnovers and a clear chance at goal for Skibbereen which came back off an upright and was cleared to safety. De La Salle’s lead was extended in dramatic fashion by 2 goals in quick succession. Lawrence Asling, playing at wing forward, showed great athleticism and unerring accuracy to bury two outstanding goals within minutes of each other. Half time score: DLS Macroom 2-7 Skibbereen CS 0-4. Skibbereen started the second half with renewed vigour and increased the intensity of their tackling to try to claw their way back into the game. Macroom pressed on; a long delivery from midfield found De La Salle’s Jack Kelleher, who beat two defenders before rifling a shot to the roof of the Skibbereen net from an impossible angle. De La Salle sat back on this lead and uncharacteristically sloppy defending allowed Skibbereen in for 1-1. But from then, Skibbereen were held scoreless with great defensive work led by Cormac Buckley and Jk Long. Substitutions in the De La Salle forward line added energy to the attack and yielded some fine points. Corner forward Daniel Cotter put away De La Salle’s fourth goal with a neat finish and followed by two Lawrence Asling points.

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Past Captains and Presidents (Female) at Macroom Golf Club reunion ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Library

Our very first Tots Time will be taking place on Friday Oct 18th from 11-11.30am. It should be a great morning of sing-songs and fun, so if you have any little ones at home (1-3 years old) and feel like getting out of the house, bring them along. The Juvenile Book Club will be meeting on Saturday Oct 19th at 3pm to discuss ‘Dancing the Charleston’ by Jacqueline Wilson.
‘Inspiring a Love of Reading’ – on Tuesday Oct 22nd at 7pm, we will be joined by Duncan McCarthy, a literacy advocate, who will be delivering a presentation for parents and teachers on how to encourage children to read for fun! We’ll be staying open slightly later than usual that evening and would love to see a great turnout for Duncan. If interested in coming along, let us know at the desk, call us at 026-42483 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Closure – the library will be closed on Saturday Oct 26th due to it being the bank Holiday weekend. You can renew your books by popping into the library at any time before then, over the phone at 026-42483, or online at
Halloween Arts & Crafts – we will be holding a Halloween-themed arts & crafts workshop in the library on Wednesday Oct 30th from 3-4pm, suitable for ages 5-8 years old. Spaces are limited so be sure to book your child’s place by using the usual contact details or by simply asking us at the desk. We’re also doing a Halloween colouring competition with prizes for the winning entries. Colouring sheets are available at the desk.
Finally, we would like to thank Aurora Planells, Majella O’Riordan, and Rashika Kahapola for their time presenting events in the library recently, which were enjoyed and appreciated by all who attended. Each will be returning to the library with more events in the future, no doubt, so be sure to keep your eyes open and ears peeled for any details.

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Past Captains and Presidents (Male) at Macroom Golf Club reunion ©Lee Valley Outlook

Local Television

We are delighted to note that Dan Joe Kelleher, who suffered some health problems in 2018, will recommence broadcasting from Wednesday, November 6. . More detail on Local Television programmes will be furnished in future issues of the Lee Valley Outlook.
As a warm up, Dan Joe continues to broadcast Rosary programmes during October. On Wednesday 16 at 7.30p.m., repeated on Sunday 20 at 5 p.m., the Rosary will be broadcast from Carriganima with Fr. Scanlan 1984, followed by Rosary from Ballyvourney with Fr. O’Brien 1984. Wednesday 23 at 7.30p.m. and Sunday 27 at 5 p.m. Rosary from St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s Macroom 1986 with Rosary talks by Michael Murphy, Sgt. Tony O’Neill and Jim Long. Wednesday 30 at 7.30p.m. and Sunday Nov. 3rd at 5 p.m. Rosary from Clondrohid Grotto 2016 with Fr. Wickham and from Cill na Martra with Fr. Stritch in 1984.

Lee Valley Updates

Canovee Church's 150th Birthday

St. John the Baptist Church, Bawnatemple, Canovee will celebrate its 150th anniversary on Sunday, October 27. The new bishop of Cork and Ross, Bishop Fintan Gavin, will officiate at Mass at 12 noon and will hopefully be joined in concelebration by other past clergy. After Mass, everyone is invited to adjourn to Canovee N.S. Hall where refreshments will be served and old photographs and artefacts will be on display. A short history of the church will also be available.

Tidy Towns 2019

Marking in the recent Tidy Towns competition brought joy and a sense of achievement to many committees but some were slightly disappointed by the low increase in total marks. However, everyone seemed to appreciate the comprehensive reports attached, which were always constructive where critical.
In towns and villages in the Lee Valley and environment, Carrigadrohid /Killinardrish: 302; Baile Mhúirne/ Ballymakeera: 285; Clondrohid: 271; Dripsey: 257; Macroom:330; Ballincollig:344; Inchigeela: 292; Cúil Aodha: 281; BÉal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh:311; Berrings:303 and Millstreet: 327.

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Western Gaels Kilmichael/ Iveleary) who won the West Cork u12 Hurling final. ©

Clondrohid Updates
Adoration in Clondrohid Church: Please note that adoration in Clondrohid church has been extended and will run from 10am to 6pm every Monday. All are welcome to drop in at any time for as long or as short as you can.
Self Help Collection This annual collection will be made outside the church at all the Masses in Clondrohid on Sat/Sun the 26th / 27th of October.. Your support will be appreciated.
Opening of New School: The sun shone on October 11 around 1pm as people - past and present teachers and pupils, young and old, parents, parishioners, invited guests, councillors and led by Bishop Crean, Fr. Wick ham and Fr. Joe made their way to the new School, this latest addition to a thriving village. Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed performed the official opening, and said it was a great honour for him to be present on this historic day, especially as both his father and grandfather attended the old school. Everybody poured into the school hall for the blessing by Bishop Crean. Mr. Lucey thanked everyone from school management, to builders, architects, engineers, neighbours, hall committee, G.A.A and Creche etc. who helped in any way to bring this long awaited day to completion. Michael Creed also thanked the former principal, Con Lehane and Fr. Wickham and the Bord of Management for all their hard work. Much to the delight of the pupils, he gave them lessons off for Monday 14th. The pupils with their teachers entertained the crowd with some lovely singing and dancing. Refreshments were served and many of the pupils made their way to the bouncing castles. A day to remember. Well done all round.
Tidy Towns: Unfortunately we only increased our mark by 1 point this year but the report was very positive and congratulatory. Some remarks from the report include the following: The new School was regarded as an impressive building finished to a very high standard, also its landscaping. The newly painted Community Hall was admired as was the new car park. The Church and car park were also admired with the beautiful flowers. Spar and the Co Op looked well and presented to a good standard. Colourful planter displays and planted beds, hanging baskets at several locations were all admired as providing all the year round colour. The old Mill Stones at the entrance to Community Field were another attractive feature. The Community Field and Creche area were of an impressive standard, the bridge area was colourful. Litter control was considered excellent. The presentation of houses along the main thoroughfare were mostly of a very high standard as were the housing estates, with no litter visible on the day. The village welcome signs set in planted beds were admired as they provide a positive first impression to visitors.
Of course there were a few comments about a few ‘black spots’, but overall, congratulations are in order to all those who do their best to keep the village looking its best all year round. Well done to all who help with flowers -planting, weeding and watering. Thanks to Con for his assistance.
C.A.R.T (.Carriganima Area Rural Transport): Tea Dance with Local Link on Wednesday Oct 30 in the Parkway Dunmanway. All welcome, leaving Carriganima at 11am. Admission €5 to dance must be purchased beforehand. Contact 087 8794128
G.A.A.News: Well done to both teams in the under16 Championship Final game which ended in a draw in Inchigeela. A great effort was put in by Clondrohid against a very good Ahane Gaels team. The Clondrohid lads were down a goal at half time but in the second half they began to pick off scores. Deep into time added on, Clondrohid led by a single point only for Ahane Gaels to draw level from a free which proved to be the last play of the game.
The replay took place in sunny Clonakilty and once again, after extra time the match ended in a draw. Clondrohid 4 11, Ahane Gaels 2 17. Well done boys, what a match, a point up, a point down all through, the big following using their vocal chords well. More on this later.
Unfortunately the u 12’s who were also in a final v. Clonakilty, were not as lucky. Clonakilty were just that bit stronger, but everyone played with great heart and enthusiasm. Thanks to all the trainers, selectors who give so generously of their time, to the parents who travelled to West Cork getting these young players to their matches. Thanks to Paudie and Theresa of the Tavern for the refreshments.

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Oscailt Oifigiúil na Saotharlainne nua i Scoil Mhuire Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh © An Scoil

Uíbh Laoire Notes.

Inchigeela Calendar 2020 Anyone that would like their photo to be included in next year’s calendar, please send photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They can be of people, places or events in and around Inchigeela. Please send photos in landscape orientation. Proceeds to go to local historical project in the village.
Croí na Laoi. Inchigeela Defibrillator Fund- Coffee and cakes in the parish hall on Saturday 19th October @ 7:30pm and again on Sunday 20th October at 12noon. Your support is much appreciated.

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Naomh Abán a bhuaigh ar Western Gaels i gCluiche Ceannais an Iarthair Mionúirí ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne

Over the past week or so I have noticed a lot of beautiful pictures showing trees, woods and forests resplendent in Autumn colours, doing the rounds on social media. Nature really has a wide and varied colour palette and it’s wonderful to have access to all these lovely photographs online. Ireland is famous for its 40 shades of green but the Autumn colours here are beautiful too. There are some lovely photographs of Canada’s forests and the US Rocky Mountains parading their Autumn colours with style. Those rugby followers who are supporting the Irish team in Japan might be lucky enough to see the short but striking Autumn season there and of course all through Europe nature provides a kaleidoscope of Autumn colours.
When you visit the library you can avail of our free WiFi or public access computers to check out these lovely photographs online yourself. I had a number of new members signing up recently in Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne and they were quite impressed with all the online services that are available free with your library membership. The library service is evolving all the time and is very much up to date with its services both online and on the ground. The e-books are a particular favourite as is the ability to order books from libraries all around the country to be delivered to your local branch for your reading pleasure. Don’t forget to enquire about all the services available free with your library membership. You can also visit and explore what’s available and if you need any further information please ask at the library.
Beidh Labhair Linn sa Leabharlann ar siúl ar 18ú Deireadh Fómhair agus ar an chéad lá Samhna ag 10.30 r.n. Tá fáilte roimh chách agus ba bhreá linn tú a fheiceáil ann. Táim cinnte go labhróimid faoi thraidisiúin Oíche Shamhna. N'fheadar cé a gheobhaidh an fáinne sa bhairín bhreac? Beidh Am Scéalaíochta le ceardaíocht againn i Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne ar Oíche Shamhna ag 2.30 i.n. Oiriúnach do pháistí ó 5 go 10 mbliana d'aois. Is é Samantha Morton an t-áisitheoir. De bharr an spás teoranta, caithfear clárú roimh ré trí ghlaoch a chur ar 026 45767 i rith uaireanta oscailte.
Our usual groups continue to meet regularly throughout the month; Knitting & Craft Group at 11am every Tuesday; Book Club the first Tuesday every month so the next is on 5th November and the details of our ciorcal comhrá are above. These groups are open to everyone so why not drop in to see if you would like to participate or if you have an idea for a group that you would like to see at your library please call in and tell us your idea. Please note the library will be closed on Saturday 28th October as it is a bank holiday weekend.

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Aghabullogue U15 camogie team, winners of Muskerry U15A championship ©

 Éalú Lua

The Éalú Lua Adventure Race 2019 was once again a huge success. There were over 140 entrants who ran, cycled and kayaked the 26.5km course around Loch Allua, between Inchigeela and Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh. As usual, there was a huge local interest and support and this year, the theme seemed to be families, including extended families, couples and many parents who were competing against younger versions of themselves!
As with any event, the support from the community was amazing. Local landowners and residents facilitated access on the day, for which we are so thankful. Sponsorship from Gougane Barra Hotel, Gookies/ Bia Gan Breise, Coolmore West Cork Bakery and Lee Valley was unfaltering. Stewards manned every junction to make sure nobody went astray from early morning until everyone was safely home again. Marshals from Valley Wheelers Cycling Club were in attendance around the cycle route. Volunteers young and old registered entrants, made sure everyone was well fed and watered, waved safety flags, took photos, and helped out in every way possible. Go raibh míle maith agaibh to each and every one of you.
This event is currently run on a volunteer basis, with all proceeds going back into the community. The Éalú Lua committee hope that with the fantastic support within our community, this event will continue to run for many years to come. Congratulations to everyone who took part and made this event such a success.

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Jack Oldham, Eric Murphy, Billy Casey, Sam Murphy, Luke Casey and Adam Murphy publicise Coachford AFC 50th anniversary Gala Dinner on November 9th ©

Coachford AFC to celebrate in style

On Good Friday in 1969, five young men met in a room behind the church in Coachford and came up with a plan to form a local soccer club. 50 year later this soccer club is a roaring success. Despite all the trials and tribulations, the turmoil and tragedy, Coachford AFC has survived and thrived over the last half century. The club has been celebrating this 50th anniversary success throughout 2019 and are now preparing for the highlight of the year’s celebrations, the club’s Gala Dinner at Oriel House, Ballincollig on Saturday, November 9th. . The club wants to celebrate the birthday and share the 50 years of good times and success with the founding members, friends, supporters, past players and all who have contributed to Coachford AFC becoming one of the bright and long lasting stars in Cork soccer.
Coachford AFC started off in 1969 playing in borrowed fields with very basic amenities. Players togged off in cars or up against a ditch. In the early years the pitches were barely lined and the goals may or may not have had nets. The team line up depended on who turned up on the Sunday morning for a game. Mid-week training was more of an aspiration than a reality. But, how things have changed. Today, Coachford AFC can boast some of the finest playing and training facilities in all of Cork. Their underage and adult teams can avail of excellent changing rooms. Players are now travelling from outside of the area to play for Coachford AFC, such is the great reputation of this club. Their junior team plays in the Premier division of the Cork AUL and has done so for many years.
“Yes, there’s no denying the early years were tough but then, success never comes easy. The last 50 years have been a roller coaster at times. We are so grateful to those that have gone before us, to those who believed that a soccer club in a rural GAA heartland was a possibility. To those who made sure that the club kept going, kept fielding teams, kept competing, kept believing. Our gala dinner is an opportunity for us to acknowledge those giants of men on whose shoulders we now stand. It’s an opportunity for us to thank all those who struggled in the early years to not only keep the club going, but to have the vision to work towards us having our own place, our own grounds and a place from where we could make a future for this generation and the ones who will follow us. Our end of year dinner will also celebrate our success in this year’s Mossie Linnane Cup. We are all looking forward to having a great night looking back but also looking ahead to the next 50 years. We hope that as many past and current players and supporters join us on November 9th”, said Liam Casey Chairperson.
Coachford AFC holds a very proud place in the history of Cork soccer. The club is embedded in the community and in the region. It’s a beacon for other rural based soccer clubs. What Coachford AFC has done in their first 50 years serves as an inspiration to many clubs, not only in Cork but also around the country. However, the organisers of the anniversary celebrations are quick to point out that they owe their success to the many great people who played for and managed the club down through the years. Peter O'Riordan, club treasurer says “we also owe a huge debt of gratitude to our many supporters who have always been there for us. Our friends, parents and neighbours who have always come out to cheer us on even when we might have had no chance at all of getting a result. We plan on November the 9th being a night for us to celebrate with them as well and to thank the soccer community and indeed the whole community for their on-going support of Coachford AFC through thick and thin.”
Coachford AFC held a hugely successful 50th anniversary underage blitz earlier in the summer where over 300 children from Coachford AFC and other clubs enjoyed a festival of football. Teams from Macroom, Lakewood, Bweeng, College Corinthians, Strand Utd and Douglas Hall all came together for a great day of soccer and fun.
Dinner tickets. Coachford AFC 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner takes place on Saturday, November 9th in the Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig at 7pm. Deuces Wild will provide the music. There is also a DJ and Bar Extension organised to make sure the night doesn’t finish too early. Tickets for the Gala Dinner are €40 and are available at Coachford Post Office, Cooney’s Filling Station, Murphy’s Centra and from the following committee members: Dympna Moynihan, Liam Casey, Peter O’Riordan, Michael Murphy, Vincent Sweetnam, Sandra Healy, Gilles Champion, Thady Delay and Joe Ronan.

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Jayne Cotter and John Lynch, Aghinagh Macra, presenting cheque of €500 to Rusheen N.S © An Scoil

Macra Matters

Aghinagh Macra It’s all about community! Aghinagh Macra chairperson, John Lynch, along with secretary, Jayne Cotter, recently headed to the three National Schools in Aghinagh Parish. Ballinagree, Ballyvongane and Rusheen primary schools each received €500 which was raised from our 5K Fun Run and Know Your Neighbour evening held in June. A massive thank you to all who supported us during our 5K event and throughout the year. It’s great that we can give back to the local community that have supported us for so many years. We look forward to your continued support in the future. –

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Aghabullogue, Mid Cork Junior B Hurling Champions 2019, defeating Éire Óg ©Deirdre Twomey


Historical Photographs Arising from Barry O’Brien’s article on the Williams Family , James Cooney very kindly submitted copies of photographs of Coolcower House from the Grainger Collection. Tom Grainger was a solicitor in Macroom. His wife, Everina, was from Castlemore and her collection of photos range from 1923 to 1957. Caption in album for first image (68) reads: "building just completed. 10th October 1931.©

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Dr. Con Kelleher’s recent publication ‘Macroom Union Workhouse’. ©Lee Valley Outlook

‘Macroom Union Workhouse 1843-1921 & Other Pieces’

Dr. Con Kelleher, Macroom has published a new book on Macroom Union Workhouse (other material is also included). The Great Irish Famine 1845-1852 was the defining event of modern Irish history and Irish workhouses are an integral part of the story. Macroom Union Workhouse was opened in 1843, two years before the Famine began and closed when it was burned by the Irish Republican Army in May 1921. Many deaths and awful suffering took place in the Workhouse, especially during the Famine years. Much good work was also done in the restricted circumstances of the Workhouse.
A few facts will illustrate the enormity of the tragedy that the Great Famine was:
1 –2 million extra people died from 1845-1855. (Estimated, no exact figure is available).
1 – 2 million people emigrated during the same period. (Estimated, no exact figure is available).
The population of Ireland was 8.2 million in 1841; it was 4.39 million in 1911; minus 46.5%.
The population of Macroom Union shrank from 58,818 in 1841 to 21,418 in 1911; minus 63.5%
More than 4,000 people were resident in Macroom Workhouse and its two Auxiliary Workhouses in June 1849.
Between 1847-49 a quarter of all Irish workhouses residents died.
The book charts the background and the story of Macroom Union Workhouse from its conception to its opening to its demise. Other articles cover sport in Macroom in the Twentieth Century.
The book arose as e result of research done as part of a course, an M.A. in Local History in U.C.C. 2018-2020.
Con Kelleher worked as a GP in Macroom from 1982-2014 and does some Locum GP work.
The book is on sale in local bookshops and some local village shops.

Terence McSweeney Weekend

The contribution of Terence MacSwiney (1879-1920) and other prominent members of the revolutionary generation to Irish education will be a key theme of the second Terence MacSwiney weekend at Independence Museum Kilmurry later this month. From October 18 to 20 lectures and other events will focus on the MacSwiney siblings, Annie, Mary and Terence, and the Murphy sisters - Kate O’Callaghan, Máire O’Donovan and Eilís Murphy, all key revolutionaries and educators of their time. These men and women were born in Kilmurry or were children of parish natives and Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association (KHAA) is proud to highlight and share details of their achievements at its museum.
Terence MacSwiney TD was the first member of Dáil Éireann for the Mid-Cork constituency, and his sister, Mary, was a Cork city TD from 1921 to 1927. Lissarda-born Kate O’Callaghan (nee Murphy) represented Limerick City in the Dáil from 1921 to 1923, first elected soon after the murder of her husband, former Limerick Lord Mayor Michael O’Callaghan. Her sister, Máire O’Donovan, was Acting Mayor of Limerick from May 1921 to January 1922. But speakers at the Revolution & Education conference on Saturday, October 19, part of the Terence MacSwiney Weekend, will detail how all these figures were influential educators, as well as revolutionaries.
Mary and Annie MacSwiney, Terence’s sisters, founded a girls’ secondary school, Scoil Íte, in Cork city in 1916 after Mary lost her teaching job when she was arrested following the Easter Rising. (It was replaced in 1954 by Scoil Mhuire) Their work will be detailed by Anne Twomey of the Shandon Area History Group, a leading advocate of revolutionary women’s stories in Cork, and adult education co-ordinator at North Presentation Secondary School in the city. Kate O’Callaghan had left her post in Limerick as a key educator of primary school teachers at Mary Immaculate College by 1916. It was a role in which she had succeeded her sister Máire O’Donovan, and in which she was replaced by another sister Eilís Murphy Like Mary MacSwiney, Kate O’Callaghan was one of the most vocal opponents of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in the January 1922 Dáil debates. Dr Sinead McCoole – historian, curator and author of No Ordinary Women and Easter Widows – will speak about the Murphy sisters and their roles in Limerick life and politics.
Terence MacSwiney was a travelling teacher for the precursor of Cork Education and Training Board (CETB) before becoming a full-time organiser for the Irish Volunteers in 1915. But he was also an important propagandist for the Republican movement before and during the Irish revolution. These aspects of his life and work will be discussed by KHAA member Niall Murray, whose PhD research at University College Cork’s School of History is focused on the revolutionary years in MacSwiney’s Mid-Cork constituency. The role of education in the campaign for Irish independence - particularly the Gaelic League’s Irish language and culture teaching - has long been the subject of historical debate. The impact of this cultural nationalism, and those involved, will be scrutinised by Dr Neil Buttimer, senior lecturer at University College Cork’s Department of Modern Irish.
The Terence MacSwiney Weekend will begin with an opening address on Friday night, October 18, by Dr Cathal MacSwiney Brugha, Professor Emeritus of Decision Analytics, University College Dublin. Cathal is grandson of Terence MacSwiney (and of Cathal Brugha, president of the first Dáil in 1919) and grand-nephew of Mary and Annie MacSwiney. He is a valued supporter of KHAA’s Independence Museum Kilmurry, whose permanent exhibition includes several artefacts associated with Terence, Mary and Annie MacSwiney (whose father John MacSwiney was a native of Crookstown in Kilmurry parish). A centre-piece of the exhibition is a stunning Celtic-revival dress owned by Kate O’Callaghan.
On Sunday, October 20, 10am Mass at St Mary’s Church, Kilmurry, will be celebrated in Irish, and will feature a Peadar Ó Riada hymn commissioned by KHAA for the first Terence MacSwiney Weekend in 2018. This will be followed by a walking tour of Macroom from 11.30am, when Niall Murray will bring participants to sites in the town associated with the revolutionary government of Dáil Éireann in Terence MacSwiney’s Mid-Cork constituency. This will include details of how people in the Macroom district raised money for the Dáil Loan set up by Finance Minister Michael Collins, the operation of Republican-controlled local government from 1920, and the administration of justice by Dáil Éireann Courts as part of efforts to undermine British authority.
On Friday afternoon, Dr Cathal MacSwiney Brugha will present prizes to winners in KHAA’s history essay competition (including tablet computers and a hamper of Mercier Press history books), which attracted entries from 2nd-level students around Cork. The Terence MacSwiney Weekend is supported by Cork County Council’s Amenity Fund Scheme. It was first held in 2018 to raise awareness of the life and legacy of Terence MacSwiney TD, Cork’s Lord Mayor who died on hunger strike in a London prison on October 25, 1920.
Tickets for Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association’s 2nd Terence MacSwiney Weekend are available on Eventbrite. The €20 price covers admission to a reception after Friday night’s opening address, entry to the museum’s permanent exhibition, Saturday’s Revolution & Education conference (including lunch), and participation in the Macroom walking tour on Sunday.

Muskerry Local History Society

Programme of lectures and activities, 2019-20:
14 October: Cork Gaol Hunger Strikers, John Mulcahy
18 November: From Muskerry to the Front, Gerry White
9 December: The Burning of Cork, Michael Linehan
13 January: Mary Elmes, Ann Twomey
10 February: Macroom Union Workhouse, Before, During & After the Famine, Con Kelleher
9 March: Ballincollig & Carrigrohane Castles, Paul MacCotter
6 April: The Collins Squad & the War of Independence, Dominic Price
May: Field trip to Kilmichael Ambush, Sean Murphy.

Information Event for Over 60s in Macroom

Many people feel that it is difficult to access information on their rights and entitlements as they get older. Currently, there is a lot of confusion among people nearing retirement age about the level of State Pension which they may be eligible to receive. Others who require high levels of care are worried about the cost of accessing nursing home care and how their contribution to that cost is assessed. The Citizens Information Service will hold an information event in Macroom on Tuesday, 5th November which will address these issues, among others. The event will take place from 11am – 1.30pm in the Castle Hotel.
There will be a large number of information stands from a range of groups who provide supports for older people at the event. Participants will be able to get information from Cork County Council re Housing Grants and from the HSE on health entitlements. Cancer Connect, Community Call, MABS, the Library Service and Active Retirement Ireland will be among the large number of information stands from which people can get information between 11am and 1.30pm.
At 11.30am there will be a presentation by the Citizens Information Service on entitlements for older people which will include information on State Pensions and other entitlements, the Nursing Home Support Scheme and Housing Grants. The event is free and is not necessary to pre-book. Further information about the event is available from Macroom Citizens Information Centre at 0761 07 8430.

Westgate Foundation Fundraiser

Westgate Foundation Ballincollig operates a range of services for older people including Day Care Service, Meals on Wheels, Over 55’s social activities and Sheltered Housing Units. The catchment areas for services include Ballincollig, Ovens, Model Farm Rd, Bishopstown, Wilton, Coachford, Blarney, Dripsey, Donoughmore and Waterfall.
Every year Westgate Foundation hold a Christmas Bazaar and Raffle – Tickets are available at Reception and will be on sale on the day. 1st prize is a €500 Travel Voucher, 2nd prize an Armchair, 3rd prize a reading lamp and lots of Hampers, Gift ideas etc. There will also be a selection of Baked Goods eg; Christmas Puddings, Apple Tarts etc. Much needed funds are raised to keep the services going. The Bazaar will take place at Westgate Foundation Ballincollig - next to Oriel House Hotel – Sunday 24 November 1 – 5 pm.

Legal Article

Dear Karen,
My husband and I are getting on in years and we wish to put Wills in place for our own peace of mind. While we love our youngest son dearly, he is a very troubled young man who has put us through a lot of misery over the years. He has trouble with drink and gambling and has had a few brushes with the law on-and-off since his teenage years. There was a short period in his early twenties when we thought he was going to get his life together. We paid for him to go to college in Dublin as a mature student and bought him a little flat to live in. Unfortunately, when the recession hit, his girlfriend at the time decided to move to Australia and soon after, he dropped out of college and started drinking heavily again. He used the flat as collateral for a bad business venture a few years ago and lost everything. We have gone to Dublin several times to try and convince him to move back to the family farm where we can keep an eye on him, but to no avail. It seems like all our good intentions have come back to bite us. My husband is very resentful towards our son for all the hurtful things he said to us last time we spoke. He basically blamed us for everything that has ever gone wrong in his life and told us we were terrible parents. My husband always thought he would leave the farm between our two sons, but now he is not so sure. He is thinking of leaving the farm solely to our older son. While we will always love our youngest son dearly, we feel like we have given him enough chances to make something of himself and every opportunity has been squandered. To put a long story short, we are unsure if we wish to leave him out of our Wills entirely, but we do feel that he cannot be trusted with the family farm. Are we obliged to leave him anything in the Will? Are there any safeguards we can put in place to stop him throwing money away if we were to leave him something in our Wills?
Dear Reader,
Thank you for your query. I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation between you and your son. The issue of inheritance and Wills can be a sensitive topic for many families, particularly when there is a fractured relationship or a family member is living with an addiction.
Under Irish Law, a child is not automatically entitled to receive anything from their parents’ estates. However, there is an onus or a ‘moral duty’ on the parent to provide for their child. This can be achieved by means of a Will or by providing the child with adequate provision during their lifetime.
Section 117 of the Succession Act, 1965 gives a child the right to contest a Will if they feel they have not been adequately provided for by their parents. In order for a Section 117 application to succeed, the Court must accept that there was a failure in your ‘moral duty’ towards your son. In doing so, the Court shall consider the application from the point of view of a prudent and just parent taking into account the position of each of the children and any other circumstances it considers may be of assistance. Only children can make an application under this section of the Succession Act, 1965. The provision is not about equality or fairness between children but rather the applicant child must establish that there was a need for provision to be made for that particular child greater than that made by the Deceased either during his lifetime or under the terms of his Will. Accordingly, feeling aggrieved that someone else has benefited to a much greater extent is not sufficient.
It is all important to note that the Law Reform Commission has recommended that Section 117 should be amended so that its focus would be firmly on a needs based approach. It shall presume that proper provision has been made by a parent for an adult child subject to three exceptions, as follows:
(1) In the case of an adult child whose health needs or capacity has not been properly provided for in the parent’s Will.
(2) In the case of an adult child who has given up other opportunities in order to care for the parent in the parent’s last years.
(3) In the case where the adult child shows that the parent left something that is of sentimental value
If you do choose not to leave anything to your youngest son in your Will, it would be prudent to seek proper legal advice from your Solicitor and I would suggest that you compile a list of all the different gifts you have given to your son during your lifetimes and set out in your Will the reason why you have decided not to leave him an inheritance.
Parents are naturally worried about leaving money or other assets to a child with addiction issues in their Will as this money can be simply used to feed their habit. If you were to leave your youngest son money in your Will, you could potentially set up a trust. This would allow you to provide an inheritance for your son and you could put measures in place to maintain control over how this inheritance is structured and given to him. This trust could be maintained by your other son and another family member or a professional trustee could be appointed.
Another option would be to provide him with a right of residence in your farmhouse for the rest of his life. While he would be free to live in your farmhouse rent-free, he would not own it and would not have the power to sell it or transfer it to somebody else.
While this is a very difficult situation, I think it would be best to consult with your Solicitor and/ or Tax Consultant with a view to establishing the best long-term plan.

Karen Walsh comes from a farming background and is a solicitor practicing in Walsh & Partners, Solicitors and Commissioners for Oaths, 17, South Mall, Cork. Tel: 021-4270200 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web:
Disclaimer: While every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information contained in this article, Solicitor Karen Walsh does not accept responsibility for errors or omissions howsoever arising, and you should seek legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances at the earliest possible time.

Sports Mad

 Cork County Football and Hurling Championships 2019

Senior Football Championship
Quarter Finals
Nemo Rangers 1-12 St Finbarrs 0-8
Ballincollig 0-9 Douglas 1-12
Duhallow 2-15 Clonakilty 0-12
Newcestown 0-9 Ilen Rovers 0-4
Semi Finals:
Nemo Rangers 3-12 Douglas 0-7
Duhallow 0-12 Newcestown 0-7
Nemo Rangers v Duhallow

Premier Intermediate Football Championship
Semi Finals:
St Michaels 1-9 Kanturk 0-12 draw
Éire Óg 2-16 Bantry Blues 3-11
Éire Óg v Kanturk or St Michaels

Éire Óg 2 – 16 Bantry Blues 3 - 11
Éire Óg are through to their first ever county Premier Intermediate football championship final after their narrow win over Bantry Blues in a thrilling semi final at Clonakilty. This was a game of swaying fortunes, first Éire Óg and then the Blues looking to have seized control, but in the end it was the Ovens men who lasted the blistering pace better and outscored their opponents by 1-4 to 0-2 in the final ten minutes to emerge victorious.
Éire Óg were superb in the opening twenty minutes. Points from Kevin Hallissey and two from Daniel Goulding had them leading by 0-3 to 0-1 and then one each from Liam Sheehan, Goulding and Ronan O’Toole had them 0-6 to 0-1 ahead by the end of the first quarter. Points were exchanged, Jack Murphy for Éire Óg, and then Brian Hurley availed of a poor kick out to stick the ball in the Bantry net. Diarmuid Dineen added a point and Éire Óg were nine points clear, 1-8 to 0-2 ten minutes from half time.
By the time the half time whistle sounded Éire Óg found themselves a point in arrears! Bantry had a point, then a goal, then three points in a row and to cap a brilliant spell they had a second goal before the short whistle, to lead sensationally by 2-6 to 1-8 as the teams retired for the interval. Six minutes into the second half Bantry got through for a third goal and when they added a point the West Cork men led by 3-7 to 1-8, a five point lead and a turnaround of no less than 14 points. As they have done in all their recent games, Éire Óg did not buckle but redoubled their efforts. Daniel Goulding pointed a free, their first score in twenty minutes, and then pointed two more as Bantry replied with a brace, four points now the gap. Another point from Goulding was followed by a clinical strike from Kevin Hallissey which levelled the scores at 2-12 to 3-9. Éire Óg finished strongly, a tribute to the work of their Strenght and Conditioning coach Paudie Kissane? Points from Eoin O’Shea and Jack Murphy had them back in front and when Bantry replied with a point, Daniel Goulding and Joe Cooper answered with a further point apiece. Bantry got a late point but Éire Óg move on into the final.
Éire Óg scorers: K Hallissey 1-1, B Hurley 1-0, D Goulding 0-8 (0-5f), J Murphy 0-2, L Sheehan 0-1 (f), R O’Toole, D Dineen, E O’Shea and Joe Cooper 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: Eoin Kelleher: John Kelleher, John Mullins, Dermot O’Herlihy: Diarmuid Dineen, John Cooper, Daire McCarthy: Liam Sheehan, Ronan O’Toole: Eoin O’Shea, Jack Murphy, Denny Murphy: Daniel Goulding, Kevin Hallissey, Brian Hurley. Subs: Joe Cooper 40, Michael O’Shea 40, Ciarán Sheehan 48, Dermot Hurley 56.

 Intermediate Football Championship
Quarter Finals:
A Kinsale 0-10 Gabriel Rangers 0-12
B Dromtarriffe 3-9 Ballydesmond 1-15 draw
Dromtarriffe 2-16 Ballydesmond 0-13 replay
C Glanworth 3-6 Millstreet 1-13
D Knocknagree 2-13 Aghabullogue 1-6
Semi Finals:
Gabriel Rangers v Dromtatiffe
Millstreet v Knocknagree

Knocknagree 2 – 13 Aghabullogue 1 – 6
An understrenght Aghabullogue knew that they were in for a tough grind at Banteer facing a confident Knocknagree side in the county quarter final, and so it proved. The Duhallow men led by 1-11 to 0-1 at the break, Seán O’Connell getting the sole Aghabullogue score after 23 minutes. Things got worse on the restart with a second goal for Knocknagree and the winners led by 2-13 to 0-1 by the 40th minute. They were not to score again as Aghabullogue fought for their pride and in the final quarter kicked 1-5 without reply, Luke Casey getting their goal.
Aghabullogue scorers: L Casey 1-2 (0-1f, 0-1 ‘45’), S O’Connell, B Casey, E O’Sullivan, D Quinlan 0-1 each.
Aghabullogue: David Moynihan: Paul Dilworth, Conor Smith, Paudie Twomey: Shane Tarrant, Paul Ring, Billy Casey: Seán O’Sullivan, Seán O’Connell:
Jack Murphy, Ian BarryMurphy, Niall BarryMurphy: Luke Casey, Evan O’Sullivan, David Thompson. Subs: Alan Hogan h/t, Michael O’Regan h/t, Aidan BarryMurphy 34, Denis Quinlan 39, Tadg Bradley 56, Michael O’Sullivan 57.

Senior Hurling Championship
Semi Finals:
St Finbarrs 1-19 Imokilly 3-19
Carraigtwohill 0-11 Glen Rovers 0-26
Imokilly v Glen Rovers, Sunday October 20th P Uí Rinn 4pm

 Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Final
Fr O’Neill’s 3-23 Kilworth 1-20

 Intermediate Hurling Championship
Quarter Finals:
Éire Óg 0-13 Blackrock 3-13
Aghabullogue 1-17 Douglas 0-11
Sarsfields 1-13 Argideen 1-10
Cloughduv 1-22 Meelin 1-11
Semi Finals:
Blackrock v Aghabullogue
Sarsfields 1-11 Cloughduv 1-15
Blackrock 3 - 13 Éire Óg 0 – 13
Blackrock, last year’s beaten finalists are back in the county intermediate hurling semi final after their quarter-final win over Éire Óg at Ballincollig. This game produced passages of some very impressive hurling as the sun shone down throughout the action, a welcome change from the heavy rain that had fallen earlier in the afternoon. Éire Óg having slightly the better of the first half exchanges but all changed on the restart as the powerful figure of the Blackrock full forward, Colin O’Leary, posed huge problems for the Eire Og. The Rockies had the ball in the Éire Óg net on three occasions in the space of four minutes towards the end of the third quarter and there was no way back for the Mid-Cork side following those huge body blows.
Blackrock led with a point from the tghrow in, Eoin O’Shea equalised from a free in the third minute. Blackrock then got on top and added three points, Daniel Goulding got a point back for Éire Óg and the All Ireland football star inspired his side for the remainder of the half. Éire Óg led 0-5 to 0-4 at the end of the first quarter and they moved further ahead as Eoin O’Shea was on target from a free and John Cooper scored a long-range point from play, but Blackrock managed to stay in touch. Eoin O’Shea continued to be very accurate from frees so Éire Óg led at half time by 0-11 to 0-7 and the outcome was wide open.
Blackrock really produced top form when the action resumed however and quickly got down to business. Two points from frees, and another from play had the gap reduced to the minimum by the 39th minute and Blackrock clearly had the initiative. The equaliser followed in the forty-first minute and then their powerful full forward, Colin O’Leary, burst on to the scene. He was grounded to prevent a goal and the resultant penalty was promptly dispatched to the net and the city side were forcing the pace now. Conor O’Leary again made his presence felt and substitute Billy Cain followed up tapping the ball into the net. O’Leary himself was the scorer of the third goal being quickest to react to a rebound from a save by Éire Óg’s Dylan Desmond. There was no way back for Eire Og now after conceding three goals in five minutes. In the forty-ninth minute Blackrock increased their lead and Éire Óg’s only additional scores before the end were another pointed free by Eoin O’Shea and a Kevin Hallissey point from play.
Blackrock now face Aghabullogue in the semi-final and they will be fancied to overcome that hurdle and qualify for the county final for the second year in succession.
Scorers for Éire Óg: Eoin O’Shea 0-8 (0-6 frees), Daniel Goulding, Brendan Corkery, Joe Cooper, John Cooper, Kevin Hallissey 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: D. Desmond: John Kelleher, Conor McGoldrick, John Mullins: Matt Brady, Mark Kelleher, Dermot Herlihy: John Cooper, Brian Corcoran: Eoin Kelleher, Kevin Hallissey, Eoin O’Shea: Joe Cooper, Daniel Goulding, ColmO’Callaghan. Subs: Brian Hurley 44, Dave Kirwan 50.

 Premier 1 U21 Hurling Championship
Preliminary Round:
Douglas 0-21 Na Piarsaigh 0-13
Round 1
A Na Piarsaigh v Midleton
C Killeagh Ita’s v Fr. O’Neill’s
D BLARNEY v Duhallow
E Sarsfields 6-21 Blackrock 1-10
F Shandrum 2-13 Bishopstown 0-16
Round 2
G Loser A v Loser B
H Loser C v Loser D
J Loser E v Bishopstown
Round 3
(i) Douglas v Winner H
(ii) Winner G v Winner J
Quarter Finals
1. Winner C v Winner (ii) 2. Winner (i) v Sarsfields
3. Winner D v Shandrum 4. Winner A v Winner B

Premier 2 U21 Hurling Championship
Preliminary Round:
AGHABULLOGUE 1-15 Valley Rovers 1-12
Round 1
A Valley Rovers v Erins Own
B Ballinhassig 1-17 Charleville 2-20
C Mallow 3-16 INNISCARRA 2-18
D Courcey Rovers 0-15 Carrigaline 1-20
E CLOUGHDUV 0-7 Bride Rovers 2-18
F Tracton v St. Finbarr’s
Round 2
G Loser A v Ballinhassig
H INNISCARRA v Courcey Rovers
Round 3
(ii) Winner G v Winner J
Quarter Finals
1. Mallow v Winner (ii) 2. Winner (i) v Bride Rovers
3. Carrigaline v Winner F 4. Winner A v Charleville

 U21 A and B Hurling Championships
Quarter Finals
Imokilly v Carbery
Carrigdhoun v Avoundhu
Semi Finals
Imokilly / Carbery v Muskerry
Carrigdhoun / Avondhu v Seandún

Junior B Football Championship - Inter divisional
Quarter final:
A Inniscarra 0-9 Bride Rovers 1-13
B Urhan conceded to Goleen
C Kiskeam 2-14 Kilshannig 0-8
D St Michaels v Ballinhassig
Semi Finals:
Goleen 2-7 Bride Rovers 0-11
St Michaels 1-14 Kiskeam 1-7
Final: Goleen v St Michaels

 County U21 Football Championship 2019

U21 A Football
Preliminary Rd:
St Michaels 1 - 8 Carbery Rangers 0 - 9
Dohenys 0-10 Charleville 2-7
First Round:
A. Carrigaline 2-16 Glanmire 0-11
B. Aghada 1-8 Ballincollig 0-19
C. Beara 0-12 Bishopstown 1-7
D. Éire Óg 2-10 Valleys 0-12
E. Kilshannig 0-16 Nemo Rangers 1-10
F. Douglas 2-18 Castlehaven 1-14
G. O’D Rossa 1-17 St Finbarrs 2-14
St Finbarrs 1-13 O D Rossa 2-6 replay
H. Charleville scr. St. Michaels w/o
Quarter Finals:
Carrigaline 1-14 Ballincollig 1-16
Beara 0-8 Éire Óg 1-15
Kilshannig v Douglas
St Finbarrs v St Michaels
Semi Finals:
Ballincollig v Éire Óg
Kilshannig/Douglas v St Finbarrs/St Michaels

U21 B Football
A. Courceys 0-2 Aghabullogue 3-18
B. Castlemartyr v Buttevant
C. Na Piarsaigh v Newcestown
D. Duarigale Gaels
Semi Finals:
Aghabullogue v Buttevant
Piarsaigh/Newcestown v Duarigle Gaels

U21 C Football
A. AGHINAGH w/o Crosshaven conceded
B. Bride Rovers 1-15 Ballycastle Gaels 2-10
C. Whitechurch v Randal Óg
D. Robert Emmetts
Semi Finals:
AGHINAGH 2-10 Bride Rovers 1-9
Whitechurch v Robert Emmets
AGHINAGH v Whitechurch/Robert Emmets

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Donoughmore Ladies Football team who won the Junior A County Final against Valley Rovers and are now through to the Munster Final after wins against Kilcummin (Kerry) and Old Mill (Limerick) in the Munster Championship ©Caitriona O’Connell

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football Championships
U21 A F champions: Éire Óg (Ballincollig)
U21 B Football Champions: Aghabullogue
U21 C Football (13 a side) Championship Final: Aghinagh v Iveleary

Rochestown Park Hotel Mid Cork Junior C Football Championship
Quarter Finals;
A Kilmichael 4-7 Dripsey 1-16
B Ballincollig 2-11 Éire Óg 3-9
C Gleann na Laoi 2-11 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 0-10
D Blarney – a bye
Semi Finals:
Winner of A v Éire Óg
Gleann na Laoi v Blarney

Oriel House Hotel Junior B Hurling Championship
Final: Aghabullogue 0 - 17 Éire Óg 0 – 7

Farho Intelligent Heating Under 21 B Hurling Championship
Ballinora 1 – 13 St Malachy’s 1 – 12
Grenagh 2 – 6 Western Gaels 0 – 10
St Malachy’s 2-18 Western Gaels 0-9

Muskerry Cup Football
Quarter Finals:
Kilmichael 3-10 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 0-11
Clondrohid v Dripsey
Aghinagh v Éire Óg
Cill na Martra v Naomh Abán
Semi Finals:
Clondrohid v Kilmichael
Aghinagh v Cill na Martra

County Junior Championships

County Junior A Football Championship
A St James 2-17 Cobh 0-2
B Boherbue 1-11 Aghinagh 1-9
C Ballymartle 1-10 Urhan 1-6
D St Michaels v Kilworth
E Erins Own 0-8 Ballinascarthy 0-9
F Iveleary 2-22 Lyre 0-7
G Ballinhassig 2-11 Garnish 0-5
H Kilshannig 4-17 Passage 0-4
Quarter Finals:
St James 1-11 Boherbue 0-12
Ballymartle v D
Ballinascarthy 0-6 Iveleary 3-8
Ballinhassig 0-4 Kilshannig 2-10
Semi Finals:
St James v Ballymartle/St Michaels/Kilworth
Iveleary v Kilshannig

Iveleary 3 – 8 Ballinascarthy 0 – 6
Iveleary are through to the semi final of the county junior football championship and a crunch meeting with title favourites Kilshannig after a comfortable win over West Cork beaten finalists Ballinascarthy at Newcestown. Iveleary were superb against Aghinagh in the Muskerry final and since then have met and defeated two divisional beaten finalists, Lyre and Ballinascarthy, and will know that there is now going to be a huge jump in standards when they clash with the Avondhu champions at Coachford on Saturday October 26th.
Iveleary were clearly the better team at Newcestown but the fact that their half time lead was only 1-4 to 0-2 was due to their own sloppiness in front of the posts. Ballinascarthy, beaten by St James in the Carbery final, scored first but Chris Óg Jones equalised for Iveleary in the 8th minute and a minute later Barry O’Leary scored a smashing goal to put the Muskerry champions into a lead they never looked like surrendering. Brian Cronin and Chris Óg Jones had added points before Bal had a second point in the 22nd minute and Brian Cronin had a point for Iveleary in reply to leave his side leading by five points at the break – a comfortable enough lead but an inadequate reflection of the superiority enjoyed by Iveleary in the first half.
On the restart Iveleary were in more determined humour and they enjoyed a good third quarter. A point from Seán O’Riordan in the 33rd minute was followed by a fine goal from Brian Cronin three minutes later and with a lead of 2-5 to 0-2, Iveleary were clearly going to win this contest. Their defence was excellent with Ciarán O’Riordan outstanding at full back and the three half backs, Kevin Manning, Seán O’Leary and Ciarán Galvin were impressive. There was little enough threat from Bal who were under pressure in defence and not able to make an impression up front and Iveleary tacked on further points from Seán O’Riordan, Cathal Vaughan and Barry O’Leary to make it 2-8 to 0-2 by the 50th minute. Iveleary began to introduce men off the bench with no lessening effect on their performance or level of effort but they did start kicking wides again in the final stages when scores should have been the reward for their endeavours. Ballinascarthy got three points to improve the appearance of the scoreboard but in the 58th minute Barry O’Leary intercepted a poor kick out, flicked the ball over the advancing goalkeeper’s head, avoided the elbow and ran rounded the keeper to drive the ball into the empty net. It was the icing on the cake and a fitting reward for an excellent personal performance from the Iveleary man, nominally corner forward but who covered every blade of grass in the pitch.
Iveleary scorers: Barry O’Leary 2-1, Brian Cronin 1-2, Chris Óg Jones 0-2, Seán O’Riordan 0-2, Cathal Vaughan 0-1.
Iveleary: Joe Creedon: Barry Murphy: Ciarán O’Riordan, Ger O’Riordan: Kevin Manning, Seán O’Leary, Ciarán Galvin : Seán Lehane, Daniel O’Riordan: Conor O’Leary, Cathal Vaughan, Seán O’Riordan: Chris Óg Jones, Brian Cronin, Barry O’Leary. Subs: Ger McSweeney, Finbarr McSweeney Snr, Shane Galvin, Donal Cotter, Donal O’Sullivan, Liam Kearney.

County Junior A Hurling Championship
Quarter Finals:
A Ballinascarthy a bye
B Courcey Rvrs 1-13 Carraig na bFear 2-13
C Russell Rvrs 4-18 Kilbree 1-10
D Newmarket 0-15 Brian Dillons 0-12
Semi Finals:
Ballinascarthy v Carraig nab Fear
Russell Rovers v Newmarket

Cork County Championship Grading 2020
The following details issued by Cork County Board outlines the 2020 Cork championship formats (Option A) as approved by the clubs earlier this year, along with the current status of all teams with regard to Grading for 2020.

“Option A”, as selected by Clubs
‘April & August’ summary
3 Groups of 4 teams - 3 games - 1 game in April, 2 in August
a total of 48 teams in the County Senior and Intermediate championships
Four grades with 12 teams in each code
Premier Senior, Senior A, Premier Intermediate, Intermediate A
Relegation – ‘one up one down’ annually
one team from the Divisions / Colleges to enter at a preliminary quarter-final stage of the Premier Senior Championship.
Players from the 24 Senior teams (Premier Senior and Senior A ) will NOT be eligible to play with divisions / colleges as per bye-law. Cork would be represented in Munster by the Premier Senior, Premier Intermediate and Junior A champions, as before.

In order to reach the desired number of 48 teams, transition was required from the current numbers of 61 in hurling and 53 in football. In order to achieve this, a Lower Intermediate grade with for a 5th grade of 12 will be organised in hurling for a period of two years 2020 and 2021, while the Intermediate A grade of 12 will be extended to 16 in football, again for 2020 and 2021, only. As a result the Intermediate A grade in football will be played in 4 groups of 4 for this interim period.

 Quarter-Final Qualification 2020
Premier Senior
Top three from each group & one divisional /colleges winner proceed to play-offs (10 teams)
Top two from each group advance to quarter-finals
Best and second best third placed teams play off for a quarterfinal place
Third best third placed team play divisional / colleges winner for the final quarter-final place

Intermediate football (4 groups of 4)
Top two teams from each group advance to the quarter-finals (8 teams)

All other grades
Top three from each group along proceed to play-offs (9 teams)
Second best and third best third placed teams play off for last quarter-final place

Bottom team in all groups proceeds to relegation play-off with numbers relegated as outlined below.

 Grading Football 2020

Premier Senior (12 teams)
This grade will include the 8 quarter-finalists in the 2019 championship, with the 4 remaining places (5 due to Duhallow’s progression) going to teams ranked highest based on championship performances over the last four years.

Prem Senior 1 St. Finbarr's
Prem Senior 2 Nemo Rangers
Prem Senior 3 Ballincollig
Prem Senior 4 Douglas
Prem Senior 5 Newcestown
Prem Senior 6 Clonakilty
Prem Senior 7 Ilen Rovers
Prem Senior 8 Carbery Rangers
Prem Senior 9 Castlehaven
Prem Senior 10 Valley Rovers
Prem Senior 11 Bishopstown
Prem Senior 12 Carrigaline

Senior A (12 teams)
This grade will include the remaining 7 Senior teams from 2019, along with the 2019 Premier Intermediate finalists, with the remaining 3 places going to teams ranked highest based on championship performances over the last four years

Senior A 1 Kiskeam
Senior A 2 O’Donovan Rossa
Senior A 3 Dohenys
Senior A 4 St. Nicholas
Senior A 5 Clyda Rovers
Senior A 6 Fermoy
Senior A 7 Mallow
Senior A 8 St. Michael's
Senior A 9 Eire Óg
Senior A 10 Bantry Blues
Senior A 11 Ballingeary
Senior A 12 Bandon or Kanturk
If Kanturk qualify for the County PIFC Final they will take the 12th spot as finalists. If they do not, Bandon will instead qualify as the third highest ranked team outside the finalist.

Premier Intermediate (12 teams)
This grade will include the remaining 10 Premier Intermediate teams from 2019 and the Intermediate Finalists from 2019

Premier Intermediate 1 Bandon or Kanturk
Premier Intermediate 2 Naomh Abán
Premier Intermediate 3 Newmarket
Premier Intermediate 4 Macroom
Premier Intermediate 5 Na Piarsaigh
Premier Intermediate 6 Cill na Martra
Premier Intermediate 7 Nemo Rangers
Premier Intermediate 8 St. Vincent's
Premier Intermediate 9 Castletownbere
Premier Intermediate 10 Aghada
Premier Intermediate 11 IFC Finalist 2019
Premier Intermediate 12 IFC Finalist 2019

Intermediate A (16 teams)
This grade will include the remaining 15 teams from the 2019 Intermediate championship, along with the 2019 Junior A County Championship winners. Two 2019 IFC teams to be relegated to Junior A, but will remain in the County Intermediate leagues.
19 IFC teams from 2019 are listed
Two teams will be promoted to PIFC (from Gabriel Rangers, Dromtarriffe, Ballydesmond, Knocknagree, Aghabullogue, Millstreet)
Two teams will be relegated to JAFC (Youghal and Grenagh)
One team will be promoted from JAFC to reach a total of sixteen teams for 2020

Intermediate A 1 Mitchelstown
Intermediate A 2 Rockchapel
Intermediate A 3 Aghabullogue
Intermediate A 4 Millstreet
Intermediate A 5 St Finbarr's
Intermediate A 6 Glanworth
Intermediate A 7 Kildorrery
Intermediate A 8 Gabriel Rangers
Intermediate A 9 Knocknagree
Intermediate A 10 Ballydesmond
Intermediate A 11 Mayfield
Intermediate A 12 Youghal
Intermediate A 13 Dromtarriffe
Intermediate A 14 Glanmire
Intermediate A 15 Glenville
Intermediate A 16 Kinsale
Intermediate A 17 Ballinora*
Intermediate A 18 Adrigole
Intermediate A 19 Grenagh
The Intermediate A grade is to be reduced from 16 to 12 teams at the end of 2021 with five teams to be relegated to Junior A instead of the regular one.
At the end of 2020 one team will be relegated from Intermediate A (4th grade) to Junior A and they will be replace by the 2020 Junior A winners.
At end 2021, the County Junior A champions will be promoted and 5 teams will be relegated from Intermediate A. These 5 teams will be selected as follows: the bottom team in each of the four groups along with a play-off involving the four 3rd placed teams to find the fifth team to be relegated.
This will facilitate 48 football teams participating across four football grades from the start of 2022.

Regrading Hurling 2020

Premier Senior (12 teams)
This grade will include the 8 quarter-finalists in the 2019 championship, with the remaining 4 places (5 due to Imokilly’s progression) going to teams ranked highest based on championship performances over the last four years

Premier Senior 1 Glen Rovers
Premier Senior 2 Sarsfields
Premier Senior 3 St. Finbarr's
Premier Senior 4 Bishopstown
Premier Senior 5 Newtownshandrum
Premier Senior 6 Carrigtwohill
Premier Senior 7 Ballyhea
Premier Senior 8 Midleton
Premier Senior 9 Blackrock
Premier Senior 10 Erins Own
Premier Senior 11 Douglas
Premier Senior 12 Na Piarsaigh

Senior A (12 teams)
This grade will include the remaining 7 Senior teams from 2019, along with the 2019 Premier Intermediate finalists, with the remaining 3 places going to teams ranked highest based on championship performances over the last four years

Senior A 1 Bandon
Senior A 2 Ballymartle
Senior A 3 Newcestown
Senior A 4 Bride Rovers
Senior A 5 Killeagh
Senior A 6 Charleville
Senior A 7 Kanturk
Senior A 8 Fr. O' Neill's
Senior A 9 Kilworth
Senior A 10 Mallow
Senior A 11 Fermoy
Senior A 12 Cloyne

Premier Intermediate (12 teams)
This grade will include the remaining 11 Premier Intermediate teams from 2019 and the Intermediate Winners from 2019

Premier Intermediate 1 Courcey Rovers
Premier Intermediate 2 Inniscarra
Premier Intermediate 3 Ballinhassig
Premier Intermediate 4 Valley Rovers
Premier Intermediate 5 Carrigaline
Premier Intermediate 6 Blarney
Premier Intermediate 7 Castlelyons
Premier Intermediate 8 Watergrasshill
Premier Intermediate 9 Aghada
Premier Intermediate 10 Ballincollig
Premier Intermediate 11 Youghal*
Premier Intermediate 12 IHC Winners 2019

Intermediate A (12 teams)
This grade will include the remaining 7 quarter-finalists from the 2019 Intermediate championship, with the remaining 5 places going to teams ranked highest based on championship performances over the last four years. It will include the twelve of the thirteen teams listed, with the 2019 IHC winners promoted to PIHC.
Intermediate A 1 Eire Og
Intermediate A 2 Blackrock
Intermediate A 3 Cloughduv
Intermediate A 4 Sarsfields
Intermediate A 5 Aghabullogue
Intermediate A 6 Meelin
Intermediate A 7 Douglas
Intermediate A 8 Argideen Rangers
Intermediate A 9 Kildorrery
Intermediate A 10 Mayfield
Intermediate A 11 Glen Rovers
Intermediate A 12 Dungourney
Intermediate A 13 Midleton

Lower Intermediate
the remaining 11 Intermediate teams (along with the 2019 Junior A Championship winners).

Lower Intermediate 1 Tracton*
Lower Intermediate 2 Castlemartyr
Lower Intermediate 3 St Finbarr’s
Lower Intermediate 4 Barryroe
Lower Intermediate 5 Grenagh
Lower Intermediate 6 St. Catherine's
Lower Intermediate 7 Ballymartle
Lower Intermediate 8 Ballygarvan
Lower Intermediate 9 Milford
Lower Intermediate 10 Dripsey
Lower Intermediate 11 Kilbrittain
Lower Intermediate 12 Na Piarsaigh
Lower Intermediate 13 Ballinhassig

 Two 2019 IHC teams to be relegated to Junior A, but will remain in the County Intermediate leagues.
13 IHC teams from 2019 are listed above
Two teams will be relegated to JAHC (from Kilbrittain, Na Piarsaigh, Ballinhassig)
One team will be promoted from JAHC to reach a total of sixteen teams for 2020
The Lower Intermediate championship grade is to be abolished at the end of 2021 with all teams regraded to Junior.
At the end of 2020, one team will be relegated from the new Lower Intermediate grade (5th grade). However, the Junior A winners from 2020 will go straight to Intermediate A (4th grade) along with Lower Intermediate winner (5th grade), with two teams relegated from Intermediate A (4th grade) to Lower Intermediate (5th grade).
At the end of 2021, two teams will be relegated from the Intermediate A grade (4th grade) to Junior A, along with the remaining eleven teams in Lower Intermediate (5th grade). They will be replaced by the 2021 Lower Intermediate (5th grade) winners and by the 2021 Junior A winners.
This will facilitate 48 hurling teams across four grades from the start of 2022.

Ranking Points system

Following recent results the current Grading table with ranking points for the grading of teams in the 2020 championships have been updated.
As voted on by the Clubs earlier this year it was agreed that in terms of grading for 2020 championships a number of places would be allocated to quarter-finalists, semi-finalists and finalists from 2019, depending on the grade, with the remaining places based on championship performances over the last four seasons (including 2019).
For example, if this was applied to the Premier Senior Grade, 8 places in the 2020 championship would be filled by the 8 quarter-finalists from 2019, with the remaining four places going to the 4 best performing teams across the last four years.
Similar principles apply all the way down the grades. It was agreed to ring-fence each grade insofar as it would not be fair for teams in lower grades to pass those above them. It was also decided that a win in the later stages of a Championship against stronger opposition should be valued more than for example, a First Round or relegation play-off win.
Points are awarded as follows, based on the results recorded on the Cork GAA website:
10 points for a Preliminary and/or First Round win
5 points for a Round 2 (backdoor) win or for a Relegation play-off win (not including final round-robin stages - NEW)
20 Points for a Round 3 (or 2A) win
30 points for a Round 4 win
40 points for a Quarter-final win
80 points for a Semi-final win
120 points for a County Final win
It was considered that points would be awarded for wins in a lower grade, until it was decided that no number of wins at a lower grade could equal a win at Senior level. Therefore, no team from a lower grade can "pass" a higher grade team on the points table.
A team that was relegated over the three years should also keep it's ranking based on points won at the higher grade.
It was not possible to reward winners of the Junior A County Championship, as these victories were at a lower grade.
Please note the following amendments approved by the CCC recently.
Tracton's IHC points were doubled by virtue of the fact that they were in a higher grade (PIHC) for half of the grading period.
Youghal's PIHC points were doubled by virtue of the fact that they were in a higher grade (SHC) for half of the grading period.
Aghada were graded Senior A Football by virtue of points registered at SFC in 2016 & 2017, but were regraded to Premier Intermediate for 2020 on request.
Ballinora were graded Premier Intermediate Football by virtue of points registered at PFC in 2016, but were regraded to Intermediate A for 2020 on request.
As a result, both Finalists from IFC in 2019 will both be promoted to PIFC for 2020

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Macroom U-12s, Western Region A League and Cup winners 2019 ©Con Kelleher

Laochra Óg
Well done to our U12 boys who put in a fantastic effort to win the shield final tonight against Bantry Blues at Coláiste Ghobnatan. This U12 team has lads from all parishes and seven different national schools and sums up the ethos of our club.....Hurling and Camogie in West Muskerry. We were once told there was no tradition of hurling in this area.... well there is now! Best wishes to Bantry Blues, no doubt we’ll meet again. Thanks to our team sponsor Mid Cork Pallets & Packaging who we look forward to visiting with the shield. Thanks to all the parents for your continued support throughout the season.
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Macroom FC U12 schoolboys ©Darragh Deasy

 Macroom FC

Macroom Youths team had another great win, defeating Premier side Douglas Hall in the Munster Youths Cup. The home side began well. Daniel Cotter was again on target and he had Macroom ahead on 15 min. Douglas equalized soon after but the hosts kept the pressure up. After good build up play, Kieran Doody found himself in space and he made no mistake, sliding the ball past the advancing keeper. Just before half time it was Daniel Cotter yet again popping up to score and leave it 3-1 at half time. Douglas threw all they had at Macroom in the second half but stout and sensible defending kept Macroom in charge. An outstanding performance from the entire squad.
In the AOH Cup, Macroom A had a difficult away fixture v Richmond. Heavy rain before kickoff made the pitch condition very tough. The visitors were the better team in this game, but a collection of poor finishing, goal clearances and good goalkeeping kept the score at 0-0. Extra time was required and Macroom finally got the breakthrough. Good work from Jack O’Donovan found Szymon Sanetra and he finished well. Macroom saw out the remaining minutes to advance to the 4th round.
Macroom Town U13 girls entertained a good Park Utd team at the Town Park. They played very well but the visitors took the points. The U11 team braved torrential rain and travelled to play Avondale Utd last week. A large squad of 19 girls travelled which is an indication of the high interest levels. Well done all, especially coaches Fiona and Brendan.
The U13A boys headed for Churchvilla and after some nervy moments returned with a great 4-2 win. The U14A team caused an upset when they won 2-1 away to Premier side Castleview in the National Cup. Goals were scored by Adam Roche and Jamie Hourihan and there were fine performances from Cian Kelleher, Fionnan O’Brien, Adam Dineen and Ryan Sabas. The U16A boys have been playing well recently without getting the results. This all changed last week with a brilliant 3-2 away win over Mallow Utd. James Slattery, James Burke and Colm McSweeney. There were fine outings throughout the squad with Ben Herlihy, Mark O’ Connell, Alan Desmond, Stiofan McSweeney and captain, Dylan Wenger doing particularly well.

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Macroom Golf Club Seniors Oz/ Eire winning team, Donal Aherne, Dermot O’Shea, Tony Lancaster and Liam Nash, with sponsor, Colette O’Donoghue and Liam Cotter, Treasurer and Paschal McSwiney, President ©Lee Valley Outlook

 Macroom Golf Club

Results: Mc Guirk’s Golf Grand Final 1st Tom Tupper(5) 42pts 2nd John O'Sullivan(12) 41pts 3rd William Buttimer(12) 40pts
8th Oct OZEIRE Trophy 1st Donal Ahern/ Liam Nash/ Dermot O'Shea/ Tony Lancaster 476.7
12th Oct Christmas Hamper 1st Ted Murphy(11) 42pts 2nd Damien O'Mahony(23) 42pts 3rd Conor O'Leary(13) 39pts css 37pts
13th Oct Christmas Hamper 1st Vincent Twomey(12) 42pts 2nd Tony Busher(9) 42pts 3rd John Twohig(16) 41pts