Lee Valley Outlook - Apr 12 2012 v9e8

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Calamity Jane in the Briery Gap April 19 – 22 & 27 - 29




Book Launch 3

1916 Commemoration 3

Senior Citizens A.G.M. 4

St Colman's Fashion Show 4

Castle is Trip Advisors' Choice - Again 4

St. Mary's News 5

Calamity Jane comes to Town. 5

Briery Gap Programme 6

Local TV Programmes 6



"O what a night" for Showstoppers 9

St. Lachteen's Open Night 9

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí , Macroom 2012. 10

Clondrohid Updates 10

Run for Suicide Aware 11

Donoughmore Remembers Jackie 11

Kilmurry Museum 11

Sonia's Olympic Challenge to Schools 12

Bookworms 12



Macroom Motor Services Ltd Mid Cork U 21 Football Championships 13

U 21 'B' Football Championship Final 13

U 21 'C' Football Championship Final 14

U 21 'D' Football Championship Final 15

Muskerry Cup Football Final 16

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior 'A' Football Championship 17

Ballincollig Credit Union Junior 'A' Hurling Championship 17

Rochestown Park Hotel Mid Cork Junior Football League – Division One 18

Corn Na gColáistí (Munster Colleges U 16 Football) Final 18

County Senior Hurling Championship 19

County Senior Football Championship – Round 3 Divisions/Colleges 20

Allianz National Football League 20

Senior Camogie County Final 20

St Val's Notes 20

Kilmurry Under Age 21

Canovee G.A.A. 22

Macroom Soccer 22

Athletics 23

Lee Valley Basketball 23

Lee Valley Diary

Briery Gap:

Thurs. 19th, Fri. 20th, Sat.21st & Sun. 22nd Ap. And Fri. 27th, Sat.28th &Sun. 29th Ap. at 8.00 pm Calamity Jane

Mon. April 23 @ 8.30: We have a Pope

Mon. April 30 @ 2p.m. Classic cinema High Noon

Fri. 4th & Sat. 5th May @ 7.00. McEgan College Musical

Macroom Library: Gramophone morning: Mon. 16th April, 11a.m.

Macroom Senior Citizens: Fr. Ryan Hall: Every Wed.: Dance and Drama 11a.m.; Painting 3p.m.

Every Thurs. Bingo 8.30p.m.

Every Fri. Line Dancing 2p.m.

Showstoppers: 'Oh What A Night' in Clondrohid hall, April 10, 12, 13, 14 @ 8pm

Camogie Board Table Quiz on Thursday April 12th in Ambassador Hotel

Cruinniú na bhFliúit 12th - 14th April. Concert in Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne @ Satharn 14ú Aibreáin @ 8.30

Coachford Local Market Sat. April 14th 10.30 -1pm.

Gramophone Recital: Mon. April 16 11a.m. in Macroom Library.

Kilnamartyra ICA cookery demonstration Tues. Ap. 17 8p.m. in the Ionad Pobail.

Muskerry Local History Society: Tues., April 17th at Ballincollig Rugby Club at 8.00 pm.

Flower Festival in St. James Church, Ballinora. Opening Fri. 20th April at 7 30p.m. Continuing Sat. 21st 12 noon to 9 pm. and Sun. 22nd 12 noon to 6 pm.

Dripsey GAA Set Dancers fundraiser for Marymount: Ballyanly, Fri. Ap. 20th 8pm.

Donoughmore G.A.A. unveiling of memorial to Jackie O'Shea on Sun. Ap. 22nd, Lackabawn at 7.30p.m.

Agri Seminar: on Mon. 23rd April at 8pm in the Castle Hotel Macroom.

Golden Oldies: Mon. April 30 @ 2p.m. in Briery Gap, High Noon

Aghinagh Comhaltas Fleadh Fashion Show in the Castle Hotel Wed. May 9

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Macroom Updates

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Dr. Margaret Linehan speaking at the launch of Katherine O'Riordan's 'A Certain Time; A Certain Place' at Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop © James Cooney.

Book Launch

There was a great turn-out of old neighbours and friends for the launch of 'A Certain Time, A Certain Place', at Fitz-Gerald's Book Shop on March 31. The author, Katherine O'Riordan (nee Sheehy), is a native of Cork Street and her book is a series of reminiscences of life in Macroom in the days of her happy childhood. The book was launched by another Cork Street native, Dr Margaret Linehan of CIT, and excerpts from the book were read by members of the Bishopstown Writing Group, of which the author is a member. Katherine is also an artist of renown and has had many acclaimed exhibitions of her work.

New Publications: Fitz-Gerald's Book Shop is interested in promoting publications by local authors. Following the very successful launch of A Certain Time, A Certain Place, we would welcome the opportunity to help local authors to publish their work. If anybody has already written a book or has one in mind, perhaps they would call in to the Bookshop and we would welcome the opportunity to discuss publication of same with them. Telephone 026 41888.

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Kathleen Duffy, nee O'Connor, lays a wreath at the Republican Monument during 1916 commemoration ceremonies in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

1916 Commemoration

The annual Easter Rising commemoration ceremonies were held in the Square in Macroom on Easter Sunday, commencing punctually at 3pm. The first such ceremony was held in 1997, when a group, set up by the late Michael O'Connor, Clondrohid decided to mark the contribution of Volunteers from Macroom and surrounding parishes who marched to Carriganimma, with a view to joining in the revolution, when news of the rising in Dublin came through. Michael O'Connor died recently and a minute's silence was observed in his memory. Brian O'Rourke acted as M.C. and said that the 1916 rebels were people of courage, determination and selflessness who achieved the impossible, taking on the might of the British Empire. Kathleen Duffy, nee O'Connor, laid a wreath at the monument; bugler, John Dineen, sounded the Last Post and Reveille; Mícheál Ó hIarfhlaithe recited a decade of the Rosary; Diarmuid O'Connor read the Proclamation as Gaeilge, after which Dr Ruan O'Donnell of UL delivered a short oration. Dr. O'Donnell reminded the audience that we have not, as yet, 'taken our place among the nations of the world'. He warned that we are in danger of again becoming subjects, this time of the EU, and that, as a decade of centenaries is rolled out, we should beware of the downgrading of the study of history and of denigration, repudiation and revisionism of the contribution of those who took part in the War of Independence. The ceremony concluded with Michael Bradley leading the crowd in the singing of Amhrán na bhFiann.

Senior Citizens A.G.M.

The report of secretary Ms Regina Casey gave a detailed account of the 2011 activities of the organisation, an amazing litany. In the past year Macroom Senior Citizens prepared over 14,250 meals at Fr Ryan Hall. A four-course meal is served daily at the hall from 12.30 - 2pm and Meals on Wheels delivery service is provided for the elderly people unable to come to the centre. Regina paid tribute to cooks Bridie Lynch and Jean Dineen and to the Meals on Wheels team of volunteers, Dónal O'Mathúna, Tadhg Lyons, Maurice Cullen, Michael O'Callaghan, Caroline O'Donovan, Yvonne Manning and Pat O'Connell. Arrangements have also been put in place for home helps to collect meals and deliver them to people living outside the parish. The Senior Citizens provide a daily laundry service and a weekly chiropody service (every Thursday) with special rates for senior citizens. Leisure time activities provided include arts and crafts classes, older people in dance sessions, line dancing and painting classes for the elderly. Special activities include the Bealtaine Festival with social evenings, coffee mornings and drama performances; monthly socials with MC Gerry Linehan; an annual outing in summer; Christmas dinner and social; annual summer holiday with Macroom Active Retirement Group and a variety of events during the fundraising week in October. Secretary Regina thanked all her fellow officers, committee members and helpers for making the past year such a successful and active one and expressed the wish that everybody involved again work together in 2012, the 44th year in the life of Macroom Senior Citizens. The officers of the SC committee are chairman, Pat O'Connell; secretary, Regina Casey; assistant secretary, Ann Cronin; treasurer, Evelyn McSweeney-Mungovan.

St Colman's Fashion Show

A crowd in excess of two hundred people packed into the Castle Hotel onMarch 29th to support the St. Colman's B.N.S. Fashion Show. Models on the night were drawn from school pupils, parents and staff and friends of the school. Fashions on display were from Jara Kids, T.M.Cronin's, The Gay Girl, L'Occasion, O'Neill's Sports, Noirin's Fashions, Lily & Clara Boutique, Carraig Donn, Saddles & Style and The Dressing Room. Murphy's Jewellers and Minihane Shoes provided the accessories on the night. Ms.Noreen McSweeney, member of school staff, was a wonderful Master of Ceremonies for the show. The event was organised by staff members, Mrs. Annette Murphy, Ms Blathnaid Lynch and Mrs. Ann O'Dwyer and members of the Parents' Association. The school Brass Band performed at the interval to much acclaim. The large crowd in attendance certainly enjoyed a wonderful night of fun and fashion.

Castle is Trip Advisors' Choice - Again

The 4 * Castle Hotel in Macroom beat off stiff competition and was voted best family hotel by Trip Advisor this week in its annual Trip Advisor Travellers' Family Hotel Choice Awards. The Castle Hotel was ranked within the top twenty five hotels in Ireland in the "family" hotel award category by Trip Advisor and in January the hotel was ranked within the top twenty five hotels in Ireland in the "bargain" hotel award category by Trip Advisor. The hotel is no stranger to Tripadvisor and was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for 2011. The prestigious awards are run on an annual basis by Trip Advisor, which is the world's largest travel community, where millions of travellers seek information on all items travel related.

Owner, Don Buckley said "We are delighted to receive a second Tripadvisor accolade and to be voted by the travellers themselves is what it's all about at the end of the day. This award is quite timely as we recently celebrated our Guaranteed Irish status. The Castle Hotel is a member of Irish Country Hotels, who are the first hotels to be given the Guaranteed Irish logo, Ireland's most trusted and recognised symbol for Irish manufactured goods and services. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the team at The Castle for their continued hard work in achieving continued high standards. This is a fantastic boost for management and staff".

Marketing Manager, Rachael Kohler added "Only 1% of all hotels on Trip Advisor receive awards, so to have two is a fantastic achievement. After all, we are a family run business and we pride ourselves in understanding the requirements of families when they are on vacation". For further information on family packages and special offers contact The Castle Hotel on 026-41074.

St. Mary's News

Basketball: St. Mary's Macroom 38 Clonakilty 24. On the 27th of March thirty one First Years travelled to Neptune Stadium. Unfortunately only twelve could play. This is the first year that a huge number of 1st years joined and continued training. From the start of the game St Mary's had control over the ball and the court but Clonakilty gave a great game to St Mary's, who showed great offence skills. By the end of the 1st half St Mary's were in the lead, 24 to 4. The 3rd quarter was much the same, while the 4th proved better for the Clonakilty side as they came up 20 points. But with scores from Deidre Coakley, Lily Healy, Caitriona Granger, Andi Kelleher and Marion Coakley and great defence from Mairead O'Sullivan and Clare McCarthy, St Mary's were still in control.. It was just a great win for Macroom

Film Makers: A number of students from St. Mary's, Macroom Art Society made their own short film, Homosapiens At Large, which has qualified for the Senior Finals of the Fresh Film Festival's Young Irish Filmmaker's Competition 2012. The film that the students produced is reminiscent of a David Attenborough nature documentary and follows the activities of humans in society! Having got through the regional heats in Cork, the film is to be judged at the Senior Final Competition, which will take place in Limerick. The film makers involved were Transition Year students: Jasmine Shaw, Noreen Dollard, Sylvia Sroka and Kellie Molloy; 2nd year students Lulu Buchet, Celeste Moat and Mayalen Hauet (French exchange student who has been with us since January) and 1st year students, Serena Pierce, Lorna Kelleher and Lisa Mc Sweeney. The girls will travel to Limerick to the Young Filmmakers Competition and we wish them the best of luck.

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Mary Callaghan, Pat Mullane and Stephanie Shine rehearse for Calamity Jane in the Briery Gap April 19 - 22 & 27 - 29

Lee Valley Outlook Calamity Jane comes to Town.

After the phenomenal success of Oklahoma and Showboat Kevin Hough, RTE returns to the Briery Gap to direct the much loved musical comedy Calamity Jane. With classic tunes such as 'The Deadwood Stage', 'Men', 'Can Can', 'I can do without you', 'Windy City', 'The Black Hills of Dakota', 'Love You Dearly' and 'Secret Love', made famous by Doris Day, it is guaranteed to be a fun filled entertaining evening which will have the audience singing along. The musical includes a cast and chorus of over 50 who were auditioned by Kevin Hough in January.

In the Briery Gap production of 'Calamity Jane', the title role is played by Stephanie Shine; Pat Mullane is Wild Bill Hickok; Pat Brady plays Lieut. Danny Gilmartin; Georgina Healy is Katie Brown; Robert O'Riordan acts as Henry Miller; Treasa O'Riordan is Susan; Ben Meaney plays Francis Fryer; Adrianna Dineen is Adelaide Adams. Four Stage Door Johnnies are Con Foley, Gary Murphy, Pat Kelleher and Declan Kelleher.

The Macroom production will be staged at the Briery Gap from Thursday, April 19th to Sunday, April 22nd and again on the following Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 27/29 at 8pm each night. Tickets are €15 each and a family ticket for two adults and two children costs €50. 10% off group bookins over 10 people. Tickets can be booked at the Theatre 026 42421. Box Office Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 10:00 am to 5.00 pm

Briery Gap Programme

Cinema: Sulán Film Society presents We Have a Pope, at 8.30 p.m. on Monday, April 23 @ 8.30p.m. Admission €7. After a pope dies, the conclave meets to choose his successor. White smoke appears and thousands of pilgrims wait to greet the new Pontiff but the cardinal who has been chosen is suddenly hit with a panic attack and a psychotherapist is called. Nanni Moretti's film - in which he invests his very special brand of humour in the role of the psychotherapist and the excellent Michael Piccoli plays the doubt plagued pope - was one of the most warmly received works of the recent Cannes competition.

Classic Films: in conjunction with Macroom Senior Citizens present High Noon on Monday, April 30 at 2p.m. and An American in Paris on Monday, May 28 Admission €4.

Live Theatre: Calamity Jane, directed by Kevin Hough (RTE), will go on stage on Thursday 19th, Friday 20th, Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd April and Friday 27th, Saturday 28th &Sunday 29th April at 8.00 pm. Tickets €15; Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) €50

McEgan College Annual Musical Friday 4th & Saturday 5th May @ 7.00 pm sharp

Tickets €10, OAP's & Students €8

Local TV Programmes

Sun. April 15: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Mass.

6.30p.m. News and Sport; Easter Rising Commemoration 2012 from Macroom. Concert from Griffin's Garden Centre, Dripsey in aid of RNLI. Part 1.

8 p.m. LTV 2 Repeat Programme.

9.30 Special production of music and song.

Wed. April 18: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Crookstown Vintage 2011. Concert from Griffin's Garden Centre, Dripsey in aid of RNLI. Part 2.

Sun. April 22: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Mass

6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. LTV 1 programme.

8p.m. Repeat of LTV 2 Thursday programme.

9.30 Special production of music and song.

Wed. April 25: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Review of past season's events.

Sun. April 29: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Mass from Inchigeela Church

6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. LTV 1 programme.

8p.m. Repeat of LTV 2 Thursday programme.

9.30 Special production of music and song.


Contact information: Please email text and/or photographs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026-41891 or post to Lee Valley Outlook, Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. (Photos by Friday before publication)

Cruinniú na bhFliúit 12th - 14th April. Concert with Louise Mulcahy, John Wynne, Fintan Vallely, Conal Ó Gráda, Hammy Hamilton, John Blake,Colm Murphy & Banna Fliúite Loch Uí Bhogaigh in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne ar an Satharn 14ú Aibreáin @ 8.30 Tickets €15

Camogie Board President, Kay Dunne, has organised a Table Quiz on Thursday April 12th in Ambassador hotel Teams of 4 €40 per team.

Art Exhibition: Katherine O'Riordan, who last week launched her book of reminiscence of growing up in Macroom, A Certain Time, A Certain Place, is now holding an exhibition of her art at the Library at Wilton Shopping Centre. Manus O'Callaghan, Organiser of the Cork Person of the Year awards scheme, will launch the exhibition on Thursday (April 12th) at 6.30pm.

Coachford Local Market will be held in the village on Saturday, April 14th 10.30 -1pm. You will be able to get freshly baked goodies, jams, preserves, locally produced garden plants, slate clocks, paintings, ornaments, sewn and knitted goods; fresh vegetables, local cheeses, beautiful affordable locally made jewellery and more. The proceeds of our extensive book stall go to V de P. If you just want to be sociable, come and enjoy a cup of Fair Trade tea or coffee for €1 and meet the neighbours.

Kilnamartyra ICA will host a cookery demonstration by Gretta Forde on Tuesday, April 17, in the Ionad Pobail, Kilnamartyra at 8pm. Cead isteach €10. Fáilte roimh gach éinne.

Muskerry Local History Society: Lecture on Tuesday, April 17th. The subject is 'The Cork Butter Market'. The national and international importance and ultimate demise of this innovative enterprise will be considered by Dr. Liam Downey. The development, operation and success of the Cork Butter Market will be outlined, and the weaknesses which contributed to its ultimate failure will be examined. The lecture will take place in the Ballincollig Rugby Club (Tanner Park) Clubhouse at 8.00 pm. Admission €3.00 for non-members for the lecture. Everyone most welcome.

Flower Festival in St. James Church, Ballinora, Friday 20th April at 7 30p.m. Official opening by Charlie Wilkins. Continuing on Saturday 21st April 12 noon to 9 pm. and Sunday 22nd April 12 noon to 6 pm. Admission €10 including refreshments.

Agri Seminar: Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture & Food and Pádraig French, Teagasc, Moorepark will be guest speakers at an Agri Seminar concerning "Improving Profitability through Grassland Management" on Monday 23rd April at 8pm in the Castle Hotel Macroom. The seminar is run in conjunction with Teagasc & Bank of Ireland. All are welcome.

Golden Oldies: The Briery Gap and Macroom Senior Citizens short season of classic films continues in the cinema on the last Monday of each month at 2pm. High Noon will be screened on April 30 and An American in Paris on May 28. Admission is just €4.

Showstoppers are back in Clondrohid after a year's rest. They have presented truly spectacular shows over the years and it is expected that the 2012 production will be on a par if not better than previous presentations. 'Oh What A Night' runs in Clondrohid hall April 10, 12, 13, 14 @ 8pm. Booking @ 086/8575153 after 3pm.

Údarás na Gaeltachta Start Your Own Business (8 sessions) starting Tuesday 17 April in Baile Bhúirne (Cost €50). The course will run over four weeks on Tuesday evenings (7-10) and Saturday mornings (10-1). Telephone 026 -45366.

Macroom Flower and Garden Club Wedding Extravaganza Floral Demonstration with Eileen O'Brien, Kinsale on Thursday, April 19 at 8p.m.

Sponsored Walk: The Parents' Association of St Joseph's Primary School organised a sponsored Family Fun Walk on the 25th March in the town park to raise funds for school activities. It was a beautiful day and a large crowd turned out to enjoy the sunshine. The event was very well supported and we would like to thank all the families who came along and everyone who contributed to sponsor cards.

Dromleigh N.S. Green School Committee recently bought a composter for the school. It will compost all organic waste and this will then be used in the school garden. They were kindly sponsored by local businesses, principals of whom were Denis Murphy of Kilmichael Quarries, Carrigboy and Olan Burke of Nutricia. Included in the Green Committee are: Anna O'Leary, Fionn Healy, Anne Marie O'Mahony, Nicky John Dromey, Kate Murphy, Layla Sharkey, Lorraine Dromey, Anna Callanan and Eimear O'Leary.

Macroom Boxing Club took part in an event presented by Fermoy boxing club at Silver Springs hotel on Friday the 30th of March. Christine Desmond boxed Sally Carrig from Ennis boxing club and won. Noel Murphy beat Mark Fitzpatrick from Riverside boxing club. Headlining the night was Katie Taylor, fighting Liz Leddy from the USA. Katie won the fight well. Young boxers from Macroom competed at Leeside Lock and both James Power and Jordan Burns won their fights, with Jordan stopping his opponent in the second round.

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Macroom Girls at Juvenile GAA Club Open Day on March 24th in the Castle Grounds. ©Brid O'Riordan

Macroom Juvenile GAA Club held their annual Open Day on Saturday 24th March in the Castle Grounds. It was an Open day with a difference as the Macroom Ladies GAA Club joined with the boys for a fun morning. There was a great turn out and a lot of new members came onto the pitch for the first time. Rory Buckley and David Goold, two of our intermediate and inter county players, arrived to give the children a few tips. The sun was shining and the parents enjoyed a chat and a cup of tea. A great time was had by all. Training for boys is every Saturday from 10.30am to 11.30am and for the girls on every Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm.

Book Proceeds: A cheque for €4,000, proceeds from the book, "The Wordsmith of Túirín Dubh", a collection of poems and recitations by the late Mícheál Dineen, was presented to Deirdre Byrne of Cope Foundation at a function on Tuesday 27th of March. John Creedon, Micheál's uncle who worked in Cope in Montonottee for 43 years, and Tadhg Dineen presented the cheque. The Dineen family wishes to thank every one who purchased a copy of the book, the sellers and Sean Ó Súilleabháin for all his help in compiling the book.

Shave and Dye Thanks: Wendy Ward of Steps Shoes & Caitriona Healy of Enchanted Flowers, Macroom would both like to say a very big thank you to everyone who supported them by sponsoring or donating during their recent Today FM Shave or Dye Fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society. The target was €2000 and they raised a total of €2170!

Macroom Lotto: GAA Jackpot: €5,000; No winner; €70 Norma O'Donnell. Soccer Club Jackpot €3,800; No winner; €80. Shane O'Leary

Coachford AFC Lotto: Results 2/4/2012, Jackpot: €3,000, Numbers Drawn: 12 - 13 - 21, No Winner, €20 Winners: Robert O'Keeffe (Yearly Ticket), Mairead Delaney, Matt Sheehan, Karen Martin, Dylan Martin.

Lee Valley Updates

"O what a night" for Showstoppers

Clondrohid Showstoppers have become an institution synonymous with Easter and are now staging their 6th production, 'O What a Night' with excerpts from Les Miserables, Jersey Boys and The Blues Brothers. The group got together in 2006 to give the children of the parish the opportunity to show off their talents and grow in confidence through music, dance and friendship and to raise funds for nominated charities. To date they have contributed in excess of €23,500 to charities such as Bóthar, Irish Guide Dogs, Hope Foundation and Shine and this year's nominated charity is Build 4 Life Cystic Fibrosis.

Showstoppers is a huge community enterprise. The young people from the parish delight and entertain capacity audiences during each night of the run but the input from equal numbers of adults back stage is phenomenal. Each year the costumes are most impressive, colourful and forever changing, with many hundreds of pieces of clothing involved, quite a challenge for the wardrobe team. Stage building and set design and lighting also involves a great deal of voluntary work and of course, the whole show depends on producer, Catherine Long, ably assisted by Anne O'Connell, Jennifer O'Sullivan, Catherine Kelleher and many more.

'O What a night' will be staged in Clondrohid Community Hall on April 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th. Ticket Booking: 086/8575153 after 3pm and pre-booking is recommended. The generosity from the public has been wonderful in the past to help raise money for the different charities so again this year let's try and help those less fortunate in life and make their lives a better place.

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Rehearsing the Blues Brothers scene at Clondrohid Showstoppers, which runs from Tuesday April 10 to Saturday 14 at 8pm ©Lee Valley Outlook

St. Lachteen's Open Night

St Lachteen's Open night was held on March 27th. Great crowds were in attendance from early evening .Displays of children's work along the corridors and in the classrooms received much admiration from all visitors and evidenced the variety of activities on offer in the school. The children themselves participated in a variety of activities that highlighted various curricular areas. Visitors were particularly impressed with the fully equipped computer room, the cookery room, sensory room and beautifully designed classrooms – not to mention the pride the children themselves had in the school. During the course of the evening the Principal, Deirdre Kelleher, addressed the crowds and spoke not only of the range of activities on offer within the school but also of the welcoming atmosphere that is part of St Lachteen's, where each child is valued and enabled to reach their full potential. She also spoke about the array of extra-curricular activities that combine to make the school such a vibrant community. There will be a further open day on May 4th for pupils who will be starting school in September. Anyone interested can contact the school on 021 7337248.

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Lucht Baile Slachtmhaire Baile Mhic Íre /Baile Bhúirne ag cur na bplandaí sa sráid bhaile ©Nóra Ní Luasa Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí , Macroom 2012.

Tickets are now available for an interesting Fashion Show in the Castle Hotel, Macroom Wednesday 9th May being run in aid of the Fleadh Cheoil. What makes it unique is that it will be run as Gaeilge as part of the on going Gaeilge Abú initiative by Comhaltas in promoting the broader use of Irish in every day events. The hard working committee are looking forward to putting on a great show, with top fashion and a willing line up of male and female models. For information and tickets 087 4187228.

Fleadh Programme: May 8th – 13th. Dé Máirt 8, Seisiún i Murray's Bar agus Ceiliúradh "Macroom Oatmeal" 8.30p.m.

Dé Chéadaoin, 9: Taispeántas Faisean in Óstán an Chaisleáin 8.00p.m.

Dé hAoine, 11, Oscailt Oifigiúil in Óstán an Chaisleáin le Seisiún agus Comóradh, ceol Conchubhair Ó Foghlú ag 8.00p.m. agus Oíche Amhránaíochta le Máire Ní Chéilleachair i gCaife an Chaisleáin ag 9.00p.m.

Dé Sathairn 12 Bealtaine, Comórtaisí faoí 12 agus 12 – 15, ag Bishop McEgan College, Briery Gap, GAA Hall & Castle Hotel 10.00a.m. Ionad na Gaeilge i gColáiste Mac Aogáin. Oíche Amhránaíochta le Máire Ní Chéilleachair i gCaife an Chaisleáin ag 9.00p.m. Sets and Ceilí le Tim Joe & Ann i Coolcower House Hotel ag 9.30p.m.

Dé Domhnaigh, Bealtaine 13, Aifreann Traidisiúnta ag 10.30a.m. Comórtaisí 15 – 18 agus Seniors ag Bishop McEgan College, GAA Hall & Briery Gap ag 11.00a.m. Ionad na Gaeilge i gColáiste Mac Aogáin; Gig Rig, Street Music & Pub Sessions

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Maidhcí Ó Liatháin, Transition Year student, takes to the catwalk at Coláiste Ghobnatan fashion show ©Nóra Ní Luasa Clondrohid Updates

C.2.C Cancer: Great crowds turned out on Saturday March 31 for the annual C2C Cancer walk, jog, run. The weather was perfect as nearly 150 people set off for Carriganima and back again. Shaving beards, music, song, auction, and raffle was the order of the night in the Tavern. A great night was had by all. Well done to the organisers, and to all those who took part and supported a great cause. Amount raised and presentation night will be announced later.

SHOWSTOPPERS: Don't forget to ring 0868575153 after 3pm to secure your ticket for 'Oh what a night'. The show commences on Tuesday April 10 and runs for 4 nights, April 10,12,13,14 at 8pm. See you there.

G.A.A. News: U16's Footballers v Aghinagh met in Aghinagh and Clondrohid won by three points. U12's Footballers v Coursey Rovers met in Clondrohid and Coursey Rovers were the stronger team on the day.

Clondrohid U21's Football Championship Final v Kilmichael took place in Rusheen on Saturday April 7. Clondrohid were beaten by a much stronger Kilmichael side who played fine football and outclassed the youthful Clondrohid side. Clondrohid played a good campaign in the lead up to this final and hopefully they will have better days in the future.

U16's Hurling League v St. Vincent's took place on Saturday April 7. St. Vincent's were the stronger team on the day and won.

Fixtures: Thursday April 12 U14's Hurling League Grenagh v Clondrohid in Grenagh at 6 : 45 p.m.

Friday April 13 Junior B Footballers v Grenagh in Clondrohid at 7 p.m.

Saturday April 14 U12's Footballers Clondrohid v Aghinagh in Clondrohid at 2 p.m. Watch local notices for any changes

Lotto: Jackpot €2,000; No winner; €70 Noel Callaghan Ballinagree; €20 Claire Dinneen, Macroom, Mary O'Sullivan Bandon, Nora Herlihy, Gortnalicka; Michael McSweeney Kilbarry.

Bingo: Every Wednesday night, jackpot of €5,050. Cards in Community Hall every Sunday night.

Run for Suicide Aware

West Cork Run / Walk will take place in Cill na Martra on Sunday, 22nd April, in association with "Suicide Aware". Come and enjoy a fun day out in the beautiful west Cork village of Cill na Martra with a 10 mile run/walk for all grades of fitness. Check us out and register on www.westcorkrun.ie. There will be Prize money, Spot prizes, T-shirt, medals and on the day, a farmers markets and family events "Eirigí, Bígí gníomhach".

Registration at the GAA Grounds, Cill na Martra, where you will get your race number and timing chip is from 08:00 and finishing strictly at 09:30 on the morning. Run/Walk starting at 10:00

Follow the signs for parking and changing rooms/showers for male and female participant's at the GAA Grounds. This is a non-profit event and all money is going to the charity "Suicide Aware"

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Confirmation group from Farran and Ovens in the Church of The Immaculate Conception, Farran, with Archbishop Patrick Coveney, Fr Liam Ó hIcí, Fr Sean O'Sullivan & Fr Patrick Hickey. ©Roger O'Sullivan

Donoughmore Remembers Jackie

Donoughmore Hurling and Football club will pay tribute to the late Jackie O'Shea, on Sunday April 22nd, with the unveiling of a memorial at the club grounds, Páirc Eoin Mhic Chárthaigh, Lackabawn at 7.30p.m. This ceremony will be preceded by a Mid- Cork Junior Hurling League game between Donoughmore and Aghabullogue at 5.30 p.m. Jackie, 85, died on April 20th. For more than 70 years he contributed to his beloved G.A.A. club and to many clubs and organisations in the parish. He came to be known as Mr. Donoughmore and was the ideal ambassador for the parish and its community. For many years he was Secretary of Donoughmore Open Sports. He played in goal for the local hurling team and over the years he acted as Vice- Chairman, Secretary, PRO, Committee Member, Fundraiser, Field Booking Officer, and latterly, as Life President of the GAA Club. Deeply involved in the community, he promoted concerts, dances, carnivals, road races and other novelty events that added immensely to social life in the parish. His full contribution is documented in a souvenir booklet which contains many personal and previously unseen images relating to life from the 1940's through to the 1980's and will be treasured by his many friends, associates and the general public. All are invited to join Jackie's family and friends in a special day of celebration on Sunday April 22nd.

Kilmurry Museum

Kilmurry Historical & Archaeological Society has long had dreams of a new, state of the art facility and this is now in the planning stages. The current museum, run on a voluntary basis, was the first of its kind in Ireland, opening in 1965. It has a large collection of artefacts on display, including items relating to the War of Independence, rural life, an old forge and An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire. Included in the War of Independence collection is a wheel belonging to a Crossley Tender and used to transport British Auxiliaries to Kilmichael Ambush in 1920. It was presented to the museum by Tom Barry, Commandant of the West Cork Flying Column.

Society members recently took part in Macroom's St. Patrick's parade and concentrated on the War of Independence theme. Their spectacular float re-enacted a scene from 1920. The uniforms worn were replicas of those used by different groups at the time - RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary) and IRA volunteers and also included a replica of an Irish National Army uniform. The car used was a 1908 Lorraine Dietrich Open Drive Laundalette, built in France, similar in style to a horse drawn carriage of the era, where the driver sat in the open and the passengers sat in a carriage type compartment. KHAS had t-shirts printed for those who were not in uniform and gave out information leaflets for adults and lollipops to the children.

Sonia's Olympic Challenge to Schools

The arrival of the Olympic torch in Ireland and the fact that the London Olympic Games are literally next door should encourage school children to support Irish athletes; enjoy sport in their daily life and help inspire a new generation of elite athletes, Cork woman and former Irish Olympian, Sonia O'Sullivan, has said. The athletics legend was in Cork for a pre-Olympic conference and to mark the launch in the county of 'The 2012 Irish Olympic Team in London', a new classroom resource to help educate children about the Olympics. The resource pack, produced by Wexford educational resource company, Prim-Ed Publishing, consists of a book, accompanying interactive CDs and decorative packs to involve students in the magic of the Olympics. It can also be purchased by schools and by parents and used at home. Ms. O'Sullivan, mother of two, revealed that she plans to use the resource to help educate her two daughters, Ciara and Sophie, about the Olympics. "I think the Prim-Ed Olympic books and CDs will generate a lot of knowledge for young children to help them understand many aspects of the sports in the Olympic Games this summer and encourage young athletes to 'dream big' and believe in themselves. I think these books will help teachers and parents to encourage children to take part and be more active in sport now and in the future," O'Sullivan said. It is really important for the athletes to know that they have the support of public behind them. "Sport, whether competitive or social, is the single most important activity, combined with a good diet, that generates good health and fitness in children and leads them to a healthy lifestyle throughout their lives.

The pack for schools is tailored to pupils aged 5-8, 8-10 and 11 plus and comprises of a series of three books with accompanying interactive CDs and decorative packs which include a poster, door hanger, stickers and banners. There are also eBooks available for projection onto interactive boards. While it is designed for use in the classroom, the publishers say it is also likely to be a huge hit with sports-mad children to use at home.


Run Fat B!tch Run by Ruth Field.

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Things to do in April

If poor weather in March has hampered your outdoor work, then April is the month to catch-up. The key words for April are weeds and slugs. You need to stay on top of them both. Check your early spuds regularly and 'earth-up' as required. Water your tunnel/greenhouse – things can get pretty warm on a nice sunny April day and seedlings will dry out quickly.


Indoors: lettuce, tomato, pepper, chilli-pepper, cucumber, celery, celeriac, basil, leeks, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, parsley, courgette, marrow, globe artichoke, beans, sweet corn and pumpkin. Outdoors: broad bean, onion sets, pea, beetroot, cabbage, spinach, Brussels sprouts, parsnip, spring onion, leek, carrot, radish, broccoli, turnip. Plant out cabbage plants when they are 15/20 cm tall into well prepared soil that has been manured.


Stored fruit and vegetables are likely to be a distant memory at this stage and new crops are only starting to trickle in which makes April a tricky proposition. The middle of this month might see the first asparagus and the first early spring cabbage. The other two star performers this month are purple sprouting broccoli and rhubarb.

Sports Mad

Macroom Motor Services Ltd Mid Cork U 21 Football Championships

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Iveleary footballers, who defeated Canovee in the Muskerry u-21 B Championship final ©Nóra Ní Luasa

U 21 'B' Football Championship Final

Iveleary 3 – 15 Canovee 3 - 6

Iveleary, Mid Cork 'C' champions in 2011 and with 15 of the 17 players who figured in last years final still available, added the 'B' championship trophy to their collection with a well merited win over Canovee in an entertaining final at Macroom. Canovee forced the pace for much of the opening half but suffered a couple of body blows before the interval which left them with only a narrow two point lead going into the second half when they would have to face the wind playing with a man short. To their credit, Canovee, having fallen behind, then scored a third goal to temporarily regain the lead in the 47th minute on a score of 3-5 (14) to 1- 10 (13) but Iveleary quickly drew level and David Hourihan's goal in the 53rd minute broke the deadlock and thereafter there was only going to be one winner. Iveleary finished in style, adding another 1-4 to their tally, and are worthy 'B' champions for the first time since 1999. On the 2012 campaign trail they have accounted for Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, Naomh Abán, Macroom and Canovee, all clubs of Intermediate status, and Iveleary will now be hopeful that this current crop of players can carry on to provide the much longed-for success at junior level.

Canovee suffered a number of reverses before the game ever started with the loss of Michael and Aidan Deasy, and Charles Kenneally, all out through injury since the semi final win. They did have Aidan Moynihan back in action for the first time this season and were in determined form as the game got under way in perfect conditions before a fine attendance. Darragh Ring and Sean O'Connor had early points to give Canovee a good start but a Cathal Vaughan free and a point from play from Denis O'Leary had the sides level after nine minutes. Cathal Vaughan then kicked over another free to put Iveleary ahead but Mark Verling shot a 13th minute goal to put Canovee back in front, to which Vaughan replied with another Iveleary point. Canovee then hit a purple patch with two Darragh Ring points being followed by a smashing goal from James Moynihan, who ran on to a clever flicked pass from Ring before burying the ball in the Iveleary net. Verling added a point and Canovee led by 2-5 to 0-4 with 24 minutes having elapsed. Seven points behind, Iveleary needed a quick boost and it was provided in the 26th minute by a Denis O'Leary goal, the wing forward somehow squeezing a low shot inside the Canovee post in a crowded goalmouth. A minute later, a tangle between two players on the ground led to the dismissal of a Canovee player (red carded) and Iveleary had two further points before the interval, one each from Denis O'Leary and David Hourihan. This burst of scoring meant that the Canovee lead was now only two points, 2-5 to 1-6, and with their numerical advantage and given that they had been playing quite well, the Iveleary camp had reason to be hopeful of ultimate victory at the interval.

Canovee were not going to facilitate an easy win for Iveleary and it took all of fourteen minutes for the western side to even draw level after the restart, two points from Cathal Vaughan, one from a free being the only scores in this period. Eamonn Creedon then kicked over to give Iveleary the lead and David Dineen added a point and it seemed that Iveleary were on the road to victory. To heighten the excitement, Canovee struck for an unexpected goal, this one from a fierce drive from Aidan Moynihan but Cathal Vaughan pointed to level the scores once again. The score which broke the Canovee resistance came seven minutes from time when Liam Kearney moved a clearance out of defence to Vaughan and David Dineen supplied a perfect final pass to David Hourihan, who calmly stroked the ball wide of Darren Shine in the Canovee goal from close range to give Iveleary the advantage at the vital time. Vaughan immediately pointed a free and then took one from play, Alan O'Brien came forward to send over the bar and Eamonn Creedon then put the icing on the cake for Iveleary with a late goal. Canovee, battling to the end, had the final score, a point from a Darragh Ring free.

Iveleary: Joseph Creedon: Alan O'Brien, Kevin Manning, Barry Murphy: Sean O'Leary, Cal McCarthy, Tim O'Shea: Shane Galvin, Daniel O'Riordan: Liam Kearney, Cathal Vaughan, Denis O'Leary: Eamonn Creedon, David Hourihan, David Dineen. Subs: John McSweeney, David Murphy, Kevin Jones, Miceal O Lionaird. Canovee: Darren Shine: Donal Cronin, Jerry Lucey, Neil Cronin: William Ahern, Damien Ahern, Stephen Kelleher: Sean O'Connor, Paul Twomey: Aidan Moynihan, John Buckley, James Moynihan: Mark Verling, Darragh Ring, Daniel O'Sullivan. Subs: Cathal Carroll, James Lynch. Referee: Mr. Miah Moynihan, Grenagh.

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Naomh Abán u-21 footballers, Muskerry C Champions, having defeated Cill na Martra in the final ©Nóra Ní Luasa

U 21 'C' Football Championship Final

Naomh Abán 5 – 8 Cill na Martra 2 - 11

Naomh Abán and Cill na Martra met in last year's U21 'B' championship final with victory going to the latter by a single goal. This year the two teams were meeting in the 'C' final and the victory margin in favour of Naomh Abán was a more comfortable six points and in truth the Baile Mhúirne side were looking likely winners from an early stage. That they could never quite relax however is a tribute to the spirited challenge of their near neighbours, who although always playing catch-up, had enough talent to keep the winners under pressure to the finish and ensure that spectators were entertained to the final whistle of a sporting encounter at Macroom.

Naomh Abán last won an U 21 Mid Cork title in 1995 when they were crowned 'A' champions and have suffered many final disappointments since; little wonder then that they were delighted with this latest victory.

The opening quarter was very evenly contested with both teams going about their business with great purpose. Daire MacLoughlin opened the scoring with a point for Cill na Martra but Naomh Abán hit back with a goal from Declan Murphy whose fist met a cross from Colm Murphy to put the Baile Mhúirne side in front in the 4th minute. Daire MacLoughlin had another point but again the Naomh Abán response was a goal – this one in the tenth minute from Gerry Lyons, the first of three the dashing centre forward was to score. A goal from Shane Dineen in the 17th minute for Cill na Martra was quickly followed by another MacLoughlin point and the sides were level at 2-0 to 1-3 after 18 minutes play. Colm Murphy, outstanding all season for Naomh Abán, kicked a point to put N. Abán back in front, added another and then Colm Hyde did likewise but Cill na Martra replied with a point from a free from one of their star performers, Kevin Hoare. Colm Murphy had another N. Abán point but Hoare pointed another free and so at half time Naomh Abán led by 2-4 to 1-5 and seemed to be the stronger side.

'Goals win matches' it is said and Gerry Lyons burst through the Cill na Martra defence early in the second half to bang in his side's third major and inflict huge damage on Cill na Martra and further boost his own side's morale. Kevin Hoare replied with a point from a free, and in the 39th minute repeated the exercise. A minute later however Paul Casey had the ball in the Cill na Martra net once again and Naomh Abán were heading for victory. Kevin Hoare kicked a magnificent long range point for Cill na Martra, negated by a Gerry Lyons point for Naomh Abán. Daire MacLoughlin had a Cill na Martra point in the 50th minute, back came Naomh Abán and Gerry Lyons completed his hat trick to open up an eight point lead for Naomh Abán, who added three further points, one each from Danny O'Donoghue, Chris MacPhail and Colm Murphy, but brave Cill na Martra hit back with a great goal from Peter Moynihan and further points from Liam Lynch and Shane Dineen. The result however was unaffected and Naomh Abán were clear and deserving winners after a most entertaining game. Naomh Abán: Micheál Ó Donnchu: Donncadh Ó Duinnin, Chris Ó Deasuna, Eanna Ó Criodain: Sean Ó Briain, Muiris Ó Donnchu, Tomas Ó hEaluithe: Colm de hIde, Colm Ó Murchu: Donal Ó Donnchu, Diarmuid Ó Liathain, Niall Ó Ceallaigh: Pol Ó Cathasaigh, Deaglan Ó Murchu, Cathal Ó hAileamhain. Ionaidi: Seamas MacGiolla Bhride, Chris MacPhail, Miceal Ó Liathain, Tomas Ó hAiliosa. Cill na Martra: Antoin Ó Conaill: Nollaig Ó Loinsuigh, Padraig Ó Goilli, Pilip Ó Luanaigh: Cathal Ó Riordain, Danni Ó Conaill, Donal Ó Buachalla: Peadar Ó Muineachain, Caoimhin Ó hUidhir: Don Ó Criodain, Shane Ó Duinnin, Daire MacLochlainn: Conchuir Ó Cronin, Daithi Ó hUidhir, Liam Ó Loinsuigh. Ionaidi: Conchuir Ó Corcora, Stiofain Ó Conaill. Reiteoir: Mr. J. J. Murphy, Kilmurry.

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Kilmichael who defeated Clondrohid in the Muskerry u-21D football final ©Lee Valley Outlook

U 21 'D' Football Championship Final

Kilmichael 2 – 15 Clondrohid 0 – 9

The final of the U 21 'D' championship (13 a side) was played at Rusheen and after being held by Clondrohid for almost three quarters of the game, Kilmichael broke free after Shane Foley's 43rd minute goal put them 2-6 to 0-8 ahead and they were well on top in the closing stages, outscoring their opponents by 0-9 to 0-1 in that period to fashion out a comprehensive victory.

Clondrohid, with the wind behind them in the first half looked the better side early on. Mark Creed and John O'Connell were doing well at midfield and the forwards thrived on a supply of good ball. Darragh Healy opened the scoring after a minute, Mark Creed added another point two minutes later and Neilus Murphy made it 0-3 in the fourth minute. Thirteen minutes had elapsed before Kilmichael had their first score, a point from Daniel Twomey and David Lynch had another Clondrohid point soon after to maintain the three point gap between the teams. As the second quarter opened, Twomey and Lynch had another exchange of points and Shane Foley's point for Kilmichael cut the deficit to two points in the 20th minute. Peter Kelleher and Shane Cotter for Kilmichael were now emerging as the dominant pairing at midfield and the winners got through for a vital first goal in the 22nd minute, Denis O'Donoghue finding the Clondrohid net to put Kilmichael in the lead. David O'Leary equalised from a free in the 27th minute for Clondrohid but Denis O'Donoghue had a lead point for Kilmichael just before the short whistle. At the break Kilmichael led by 1-4 to 0-6 and, with the wind to aid them in the second half, they looked to be in a good position. On the restart, Danny Twomey pointed a free for Kilmichael and then added a point from play but Clondrohid stayed in touch with points from Neil O'Shea and Mark Creed and they could have been even closer with greater accuracy in attack. The writing was on the wall for Clondrohid in the 43rd minute when Shane Foley slammed a loose ball to their net, and Daniel Twomey, a constant threat in the Kilmichael attack, added a point from a free to open up a five point gap. Twomey had a superb point from play in the 47th minute and Brendan Cotter pointed a free and then had a point from play as Kilmichael were rampant, tight in defence, dominant at midfield and with Daniel Twomey causing havoc in attack. David O'Leary had a final Clondrohid point in the 53rd minute from a free, quickly answered by a Shane Foley point from play at the other end. In the run up to full time, Brendan Cotter and Daniel Twomey had a point each from play and then Twomey pointed two frees to give Kilmichael a decisive winning margin. Kilmichael: Shane Masters: Noel McSweeney, Stephen Kelleher: Brendan Cotter (0-3, 0-2 frees), Finbarr Buckley, Darragh Foley: Shane Cotter, Peter Kelleher: Michael Healy, Fintan Cotter, Shane Foley (1-2): Denis O'Donoghue (1-1), Daniel Twomey (0-9, 0-4 frees). Subs: Edward Burgoyne, Donal Kelly, Cian Holden. Clondrohid: Sean O Callaghan: Neil O'Shea (0-1), Sean O Connor: Iarla McCarthy, Stephen Murphy, Christopher Flanagan: John O'Connell, Mark Creed (0-2): David O'Leary (0-2, frees), Darragh Healy, David Lynch (0-3): Neilus Murphy (0-1), Kieran Lynch. Subs: Lorcan Lynch, Kevin Healy. Referee: Mr Denis Dineen, Ballinora.

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Kilmurry who defeated Iveleary in the Muskerry Cup final. ©Mary Down

Muskerry Cup Football Final

Kilmurry 1 – 13 Iveleary 1 – 6

Beaten in the last three Muskerry Cup finals, twice by Iveleary, Kilmurry left nothing to chance at Macroom on this occasion, took the lead in the very first minute, led by 0-8 to 0-3 at the break and maintained control of matters to the finish. Iveleary, after their super U 21 championship win the previous week, were game to the end and Ger McSweeney's goal from the penalty spot in the 48th minute had left only four points between the teams at that stage but it was Kilmurry who finished the stronger and three unanswered points gave them a deserved and comfortable winning margin. William Buckley and Dave O'Halloran combined for the latter to open the scoring with a Kilmurry point in the very first minute and Buckley added a second two minutes later. Brian Cronin had a point for Iveleary in the 6th minute to which Alan O'Sullivan gave a quick reply for Kilmurry. After a lull in scoring, Ger McSweeney pointed for Iveleary in the 15th minute, Eoin Creedon did likewise for Kilmurry and Ger McSweeney then pointed a free to leave a point between the teams at the 20 minute mark. Kilmurry finished the half strongly with four points in a row, one point each from Dave O'Halloran, Dominick Creedon (a free), Eoin Creedon and William Buckley and were quite happy at half time leading by 0-8 to 0-3 after playing well.

On the restart theree wa;s an early exchange of po0iints between Barry Murphy for Iveleary and Liam Long for Kilmurry and subsequently Ger McSweeney and Kevin Manning had Iveleary points to narrow the deficit to three points. James Kelleher did well to slip a ground ball to the Iveleary net in the 42nd minute, Dave O'Halloran added a point, and seven points now separated the teams. A foul on David Hourihan yielded a penalty for Iveleary in the 48th minute and Ger McSweeney duly slotted home to reduce the deficit but Kilmurry were unruffled and three points from William Buckley, one from a free re-established their superiority and gave them a comfortable winning margin at the finish. Kilmurry: Pat O'Callaghan: William Barrett, Kevin Barrett, Eoin Barrett: Liam Buckley, David O'Leary, Liam Long: James White, Eoin Creedon: Dominick Creedon, Dave O'Halloran, Stephen Down: William Buckley, James Kelleher, Alan O'Sullivan. Subs: Michael Linehan, Sean Long, Colm Ryan. Iveleary: Jamie Cronin: Kevin Hourihan, Donal Cotter, Gerard O'Riordan: Daniel O'Riordan, Kevin Manning, Barry Murphy: Shane Galvin, Edward Buckley: Sean Lehane, Donal O'Sullivan, Finbarr McSweeney: Brian Cronin, Ger McSweeney, David Hourihan. Subs: Denis O'Leary, Patrick O'Riordan, Mick Lucey, Alan O'Brien.

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior 'A' Football Championship

The dates and venues for the first round games in this year's Mid Cork Junior 'A' Football championship were agreed at the latest board meeting at Coachford. There are six first round games and losers in each will get a second chance in a Losers Round. Nine teams will emerge from the process eventually for the third and subsequent round draws.

JAFC First Round:

A Kilmurry v Clondrohid at Annahala on Saturday 19 May.

B Dripsey v Donoughmore at Coachford on Friday 27 April.

C Macroom v Ballinora at Cloughduv on Sunday 20 May.

D Ballincollig v Iveleary at Kilmurry on Saturday 12 May.

E Blarney v Inniscarra at Donoughmore on Friday 4 May.

F Aghinagh v Kilmichael at Macroom on Sunday 13 May.

Second Round (Losers Round):

F v D: C v B: E v A.

Ballincollig Credit Union Junior 'A' Hurling Championship

Agreed Dates and venues

Mid Cork JAHC First Round:

A Eire Óg v Aghabullogue at Cloughduv on Monday 4th June.

B Donoughnmore v Grenagh at Ballyanley on Sunday 27 May.

C Blarney v Ballincollig at Ballyanley on Tuesday 5 June.

D Inniscarra v Ballinora at Ballincollig on Saturday 9 June.

E Kilmichael v Cloughduv at Coachford on Saturday 26 May.

Second Round (Losers Round):

Draws to be made after completion of first round games.

Rochestown Park Hotel Mid Cork Junior Football League – Division One

Team Played Won Lost Drawn Points

Inniscarra 3 3 0' 0 6

Donoughmore 2 1 0 1 3

Clondrohid 3 1 1 1 3

Kilmurry 1 1 0 0 2

Iveleary 1 1 0 0 2

Dripsey 2 1 1 0 2

Ballincollig 2 1 1 0 2

B Á Ghaorth 4 1 3 0 2

Kilmichael 2 0 2 0 0

Blarney 2 0 2 0 0

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De La Salle, Macroom U 16 ½ Footballers who were defeated by Rochestown College in the Munster Colleges Football Championship final, Corn na gColáistí at Cloughduv ©TadhGoesfotos

Corn Na gColáistí (Munster Colleges U 16 Football) Final

Rochestown College 1 – 11 De La Salle, Macroom 0 – 9

De La Salle Macroom U 16 footballers suffered the same fate as their seniors when they lost this Munster Colleges final at Cloughduv. Playing with the strong wind in the first half, DLS conceded a rather fortunate goal after 10 minutes to the city side, the ball entering the net via the far upright, then did not avail of a rare goal chance themselves later and with the teams level at the interval at 0-7 to 1-4, the advantage did look to be with the physically stronger city side. Thus it proved to be. Three points on the trot for Rochestown had them growing in confidence and with DLS finding it difficult to make progress in attack the winners were able to maintain control to the finish despite coming under heavy pressure and they were deserving winners. John Murphy from a free and then Don Creedon, had early points for DLS but they were knocked back when Rochestown had the only goal of the game in the 10th minute. Points from James Moynihan and Peter Kelleher had the scores level at 0-4 to 1-1 at the end of the first quarter but Rochestown hit the front once again with a further point early in the second quarter. James Moynihan equalised with a quality point but again Rochestown forged ahead. John Murphy then had a DLS point from a free to equalise and Kevin O'Dwyer, very effective in the DLS attack, added a point from play to put DLS ahead but Rochestown had the final score of the half, a point in the 24th minute and the sides were level at the break, 0-7 to 1-4. Three points in quick succession on the restart were just what Rochestown wanted to establish superiority and thereafter DLS were chasing the game. Peter Kelleher upped his performance at midfield, Barry O'Leary, Sean Kelleher and Brian McMahon were excellent in defence, but the attack could make little headway against the strong Rochestown defence. A Rochestown point in the 50th minute was a vital score and they added a further point before Cian Healy had the first DLS score of the second half , a point in the 52nd minute. Rochestown were now heading for victory and they scored two further points in reply to a John Murphy point from a free before the finish. De La Salle, Macroom: Alan Duggan (Clondrohid): David Murphy (Iveleary), Brian McMahon (Macroom), Andrew Murphy (Aghinagh): Barry O'Leary (Iveleary), Sean Kelleher (Aghinagh), Dermot O'Callaghan (Aghinagh): Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Chris Foskett (Macroom): Don Creedon (Macroom), James Moynihan (Canovee), William Coakley (Aghinagh): Cian Healy (Newcestown), John Murphy, (Macroom), Kevin O'Dwyer (Macroom). Subs: James Berhanu, Kilmurry.

County Senior Hurling Championship

C I T 2 – 18 Muskerry 0 – 5

Muskerry hurlers exited the county senior hurling championship when they were beaten by CIT at Riverstown, their second defeat of the campaign. As the scoreline indicates, CIT, last year's defeated finalists were much too strong on this occasion and the divisional side can have no complaints at the outcome. It was 2-8 to 0-2 at half time and CIT could afford to wait until the second half before introducing a fine hurler like Aidan Walsh into the action. Muskerry did well last year but the loss of several players since has meant a weakened side this year. Mark O'Sullivan (2), Ciaran O'Sullivan, Aidan O'Mahony and Shane Sexton were the scorers of the Muskerry points. Muskerry: Paul Ryan (Eire Óg): Liam Jennings (Ballincollig), Noel Galvin (Ballincollig), John Barrett (Blarney): Neil Buckley (Aghabullogue), Stephen O'Donoghue (Ballincollig), John Carey (Dripsey): Tom Kenny (Grenagh), Aidan O'Mahony (Inniscarra): Alan Donovan (Ballincollig), Ciaran O'Sullivan (Ballincollig), Mark O'Sullivan (Dripsey): Mark Cremin (Blarney), Tim O'Leary (Eire Óg), Donal Corkery (Cloughduv). Subs: Conor Cotter (Kilmichael), Shane Sexton (Donoughmore), Brian Ahern (Cloughduv), Kelvin Cummins (Grenagh), Colm Ryan (Cloughduv).

Three Muskerry men, Niall O'Doherty of Grenagh, Colm Casey of Inniscarra and John Corkery of Aghabullogue saw action with the students of CIT. John O'Callaghan of Inniscarra was in action with UCC in their championship victory over Carbery in a replay.

County Senior Football Championship – Round 3 Divisions/Colleges

The draws for Round 3 of the Divisions/Colleges section of the county senior football championship are;

Carbery v C.I.T., Muskerry v Avondhu, Duhallow v UCC, Seandun v Beara.

When the results of these knock-out games, all to be played on Tuesday 17th April, are known, a final round will be drawn and played in this section, yielding two teams for the County Championship 4th round open draw.

Allianz National Football League

Cork, the winners of the National League Division One title for the past two seasons, are through to the semi final of this year's competition after their defeat of Dublin at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Fintan Goold and Sean Kiely of Macroom, Nollaig Ó Laoire of Cill na Martra, Paddy Kelly of Ballincollig all saw action for Cork. Cork now play Down in the semi final at Croke Park on Sunday 15th April at 4pm. That game will be preceded by the other semi final between Kerry and Mayo at 2pm.

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St Mary's Senior Camogie Team, winners of Cork Colleges County Final, defeating Causeway. ©Mary Down

Senior Camogie County Final

Macroom 3.10 Causeway 1.3

St. Mary's were on top of their game from the very beginning of the match in Carrigadrohid. Joanne Down opened scoring for Macroom with a fantastic point five minutes into the game. Causeway had trouble retaliating after two goals from Anne-Marie Ryan and Joanne Down and fantastic defending from the backline, including Aileen Corkery and Marie Ambrose. Points from Ella Curtin and Mairéad Corkery helped Macroom stay on top of the scoreboard by half time. Causeway scored the first point of the second half, but Macroom were quick to respond with three points in a row from Joanne Down. Macroom goalkeeper Yvonne Burgoyne pulled off some brilliant saves throughout the game. Another goal, this time from Claire Byrne, aided by a great pass from Nicola Dennehy came after 20 minutes. Causeway put up a better fight in the second half and put a lot of pressure on Macroom players Linda Byrne and Niamh McCarthy. Substitute Bríd O Riordan finished off the game with an excellent point for a decisive victory.

St Val's Notes

Under 16 league St Val's 2.11 Douglas 1.8

St Val's continued their unbeaten run in the league when they defeated a very strong Douglas team at Carrigadrohid. Douglas started brightly and had Val's in all sorts of trouble, scoring 3 points from play inside the first 10 minutes. Slowly Val's got a foothold in the game after few positional switches and drew level with points from midfielders Aisling Kelleher (02) and Mairead Corkery.(01). Katie O'Sullivan added another point before Douglas drew level again with a point from a free. Val's finished the half strongly adding 2 more points from Aisling Kelleher and Ciara Nevin and got off to a great start in the second half with Katie Sullivan scoring a goal and a point inside the first 5 minutes to increase their lead to 6 points. Mairead Corkery and Nicola Dennehy added 2 more points from play before Douglas finally breached the Val's full backline with a great goal followed by 2 quick points to reduce Val's lead to just 3 points entering the final 15 minutes. The next score of the game came from Mairead Corkery who kicked her second point of the match. This was followed by a great goal by Nicola Dennehy which killed the game of as a contest. Both teams exchanged points before the final whistle, with Val's winning by 6 points in the end of a very entertaining game. St. Val's: Mairead Sullivan, Ann Marie Ryan, Niamh O'Leary, Niamh McCarthy,Elaine O'Brien, Marie Ambrose, Aileen Corkery, Mairead Corkery(2), Aisling Kelleher (4), Ciara Nevin (1), Claire Murphy, Sarah Beth Mullane, Nicola Dennehy (1.1), Katie O'Sullivan(1.2), Aisling Buckley. Subs Siofra Burgoyne (1), Susanne Barry, Loren Buckley, Marie Hartnett.

St. Val's 0 – 13 Mourneabbey 3 – 11.

The senior team, after defeating Inch Rovers and Donoughmore in their first 2 league matches, lost at home to Mourneabby. They have still qualified for the semi-final after Liscarroll failed to fulfil their home fixture. The junior team have yet to record a win in their campaign, having lost their 3rd match at home to Naomh Fionnbarra 3.7 to 1.6. St Val's under 16 team continued their winning streak defeating Douglas 2.11 to 1.8. They now have qualified for the semi-final of the Mid Cork having defeated Douglas, Bishopstown, Naomh Abán and St Michael's along the way. Their last game is away to Eire Óg .. The under 14A team played their first match of the season against Douglas in Kilmurry and recorded a big win on a scoreline of 7.16 to 5.3.Their next game is away to Carrigaline The second under 14 team played their second match of the league away to Bishopstown and after losing their first game away to Passage they put on a great display and recorded a fine win against a very strong home team. They play Douglas at home in their next match. The under 10 training has just started and anyone interested in joining contact Martin Lyons 087 9974229 or Donal Daly 086 8286884.Finally we wish Joanne Down, Aoife Plunkett, Jean O'Sullivan and Sinead Cotter who are on the Cork minor panel the best of luck against Kerry. Also to the Cork under 16 team who also play Kerry where Marie Ambrose who's captain, Maired Corkery, Dearbla Aherne and Aisling Kelleher will be representing the club. Well done to Claire Ambrose for making the Cork Senior B team and also to Mairead O'Sullivan captain and Nicola Dennehy who are also on the under 14 Cork team that was recently defeated by Kerry.

Kilmurry Under Age

The U10s travelled to Minane Bridge on Monday 9th of April to play Tracton. This was Kilmurry's first outing of the year in the Rebel Óg U10 league. The game started well for Kilmurry with a series of goals from the full forward line. However, the mid Cork side did not have it all their own way and Tracton began to dominate midfield and clawed their way back into the game, drawing level for a brief period in the first half. Kilmurry reacted quickly and were a goal and a point ahead going into the break. The second half was a tighter affair as Kilmurry fought to get to grips with midfield and tightened up in defence while Tracton who had similar ideas, did likewise. However, the deadlock was broken by Kilmurry. A well taken goal from outfield was soon followed by a goal from a dropping ball punched in from short range. Kilmurry came under immense pressure towards the end of the half but the back line stood firm and the mid Cork side emerged victorious on a score line of 5-4 to 4-3. It was an excellent team effort with great performances across the pitch.

U14 Féile Football Impasse. Kilmurry took on Ballincollig in the quarter final of the Féile U14 football competition. Ballincollig, with home venue and reigning Premier A county champions for the last two years were sure to provide the county's strongest opposition and the game did not disappoint. It was an excellent contest between two evenly matched teams. The first 15 minutes were dominated by Kilmurry, who built up a 0-6 to 0-2 lead. A flurry of goals by the physically stronger Ballincollig side saw them lead 3-4 to 0-9 at half time. Kilmurry trailed throughout the second half but with ten minutes to go they were awarded a penalty and Sean Warren finished well, bringing the teams level. In the dying minutes of the game Kilmurry scored a lead point to forge ahead 1-12 to 3-5.Superb defending in the last few minutes denied Ballincollig an equalising score. Great scenes of jubilation were cut short as the referee declared the game a draw on a score of 3-5 to 1-11. Kilmurry refused to play extra time as they were firmly convinced of their victory, as was everyone at the venue. The issue has gone to Coiste na nÓg for a final decision. It was an unfortunate end to what had been an enthralling game. Best for the Kilmurry team on the night were Richard O'Brien, Liam O'Sullivan and Tomas Collins, but it was a big team effort that resulted in this terrific performance.

Canovee G.A.A.

Recent Results: U21B Football Final, Canovee 3 – 6 Iveleary 3 – 15

Féile B U14 Football: Canovee 3 – 2 Inniscarra 1 – 11

U12 League: Canovee 4 – 5 Cill na Martra 3 – 10

Intermediate Football League: Canovee 0 – 12 Youghal 0 – 8

On Easter Sunday Canovee played their 5th Intermediate League game of the season away to Youghal. Canovee led at half time by 0 – 5 to 0 – 4. With wind advantage in the second half Canovee ran out winners 0 -12 to 0 – 8. This game was a tough physical match and Canovee now have 8 points out of 10. Team: David Wiseman, Donal Murphy, James McCarthy, Tadhg McCarthy, John O'Brien, Timmy Lyons, Gearoid Lucey, Eamonn Lyons, Ger Ahern, Denis O'Sullivan, Mark Verling, Brian Ahern, Pat Dunlea, Subs. Damien Ahern, Jerry Lucey, William Ahern, Sean O'Connell.

Upcoming Fixtures: April 16 Intermediate Football League, Canovee v Cloyne at 6.45 in Carrigadrohid.

Lotto April 8: Numbers Drawn: 20, 25, 30, 31. No winner. €50 Joan Lucey, Nettleville. €25 Denis Cronin, Crookstown; Edwina Lyons, Coolnasoon. Jack the Joker, Mags O'Brien, Farran. Summer Qualifier, Linda Stanton, Douglas. Next draw for €11,000 in the Carrig Inn April 15.

A big thank you to all who attended Canovee Table Quiz in the Sportsman's bar on March 31. The O'Sullivan Family from Ballincoooig claimed 1st prize.

GAA: Macroom U12 Football

Macroom 5-8 Mayfield 2-5

Macroom U12s launched their 2012 league campaign against Mayfield in Tom Creedon Park. Mayfield appeared physically the more impressive side and opened the scoring with a well take point after five minutes. Macroom soon responded and two superbly taken goals by Dylan Twomey and Shane Meaney gave the boost of confidence needed to control the game. At half time Macroom led by 2-5 to Mayfield's 2-2. Mayfield were again first to score in the second half but the Macroom back line, with Jack O Riordan alongside team captain and Man of the Match Szymon Sanetra outstanding, closed down the visitors and Mayfield were lucky to score two more points. Macroom punished Mayfield's mistakes in this half with 3 goals and 3 points.

Macroom: Dylan Corcoran, Szymon Sanetra (Captain), Jack O Riordan, Shane Meaney, James Cahill, Ciaran Condon, Cillian Donovan, Sean Condon, Darren Quinn, Eoin Cahill, Dylan Twomey, Eoin Twomey, Robert O Donovan, Ethan Ward, Jamie Relihan. Sideline Chris Donovan and Michael Cahill.

Macroom Soccer

Schoolboy soccer : Pride of place goes to the Macroom U14s who won the Cork Schoolboys League, Division Four league title with a 4-1 win over visitors Leeds. The away side took the lead just before half-time but Macroom drew level five minutes into the second half through a Jack Cronin goal. Two minutes later Jack Kelleher headed Macroom into the lead, added his second on the hour and completed his hat-trick in the 68th minute. The team was: Caleb Dineen, Ryan Creed, Aidan McMahon, Jake O'Gorman, Conor Cronin, Mark Corrigan, Kyle Kelleher, Jack Kelleher, Jack O'Donovan, Ethan O'Gorman. Subs: Frankie Clark, Michael McSweeney, Luke Costin Healy, Brian Hinchion, Stephen O'Riordan, Daniel Drage, Dylan Gray, Alan O'Farrell, Mark Meaney, Colin Watt. The managers were William O'Riordan, Denis Canty and Alan O'Connor. Macroom U16s lost 4-3 at home to Park United, the goals coming from Darren Dineen and Brian McMahon. The U12s played at half-time in the Cork City v Bray Wanderers Eircom League game played at Turners Cross, the U10s were beaten 2-1 away to Castleview, Reece Lee was the scorer and the U9s drew 2-2 away to Castleview. Jerry Kelleher and Conor Lucey were on the scoresheet for Macroom.

AUL soccer : Macroom A went down away to a strong Park United side in the Premier Division, losing on a 4-1 scoreline. In the AUL Division Two league, Macroom B have been busy. They went down to a 2-1 defeat away to Ballinhassig. The home side took the lead after 20 minutes but Pat Kelleher equalised for Macroom. Ten minutes into the second half Ballinhassig got the winning goal. A week later, Macroom B got the better of Ballincollig at the Town Park on a 2-1 scoreline. The visitors went in front, John Ronan equalised with a header and Liam Lynch struck the winner for Macroom. Macroom U17s were beaten 2-0 at home to Strand United and lost to Castlebridge Celtic on a similar scoreline.


Grainne Moynihan of West Muskerry AC was in action in the All-Ireland Indoor Championships at Nenagh and competing in the girls U19 60 metres, Gráinne achieved a new personal best time of 7.77 seconds and took the gold medal. A week later Grainne was back in Nenagh for the All-Ireland 200 metres championship and this time finished in second place, 0.13 of a second behind the winner in a close finish. In the boys U16 long jump, Kevin O'Dwyer was in contention for the medals right up to the final jump but his jump of 5.64 metres left him just outside the medals. Kevin will now be getting ready for the outdoor season and the challenge of the long jump and triple jump competitions. The committee and athletes of West Muskerry AC have expressed their appreciation of the support received for their recent church gate collection in the Macroom area.

Lee Valley Basketball

Results - 31st March 2012 - Games held in Macroom.

U18B - Lee Valley (41) Glanmire 1 (51)

Top scorers Lee Valley: Yvonne Burgoyne, Jean O'Sullivan, Emma Healy.

U14B – Lee Valley (24) Carrigaline (30)

This was a very exciting game as the teams were evenly matched. Lee Valley started well with Orla Hannon scoring 5 points and Aine Barry and Sarah Doyle also scored but the first quarter ended with a3 point lead for Carrigaline. Lee Valley, missing a few of their regular players and relying on U12 players, were outscored in the 2nd quarter mainly due to Carrigaline's dominance of rebounds. Lee Valley got back into the game in the 3rd quarter with Saoirse McCarthy going almost full court to score a great basket. It was still anyone's game in the final quarter but Lee Valley just couldn't bridge the gap. Best players for Carrigaline were Kaylin Hughes and Katlyn Kelly.

Top scorers Lee Valley: Oral Hannon, Aine Barry, Brionnagh Healy.

U12B Lee Valley (18) vs Crosshaven (35)

After a previous defeat by Lee Valley in the Championship qualifier in January, Crosshaven were determined to do well in this league game. Although missing some of the regular team, the Lee Valley girls didn't give up and there were good scores from Brionna Grimaldi and Joanne Kelly. Sarah Doyle was quick to intercept the ball under the basket on the rebounds, scoring from these opportunities. Both Meav Barry and Caoimhe O'Driscoll worked well as ball carriers and made some nice lay-ups as well as a three pointer from Caoimhe. Miriam Murnane had a very good game, defending very well as did Abbie O'Reilly. The three new younger players, Catriona Moynihan, Megan Healy and Sophie Shanahan, also played very well against a very experienced side. Top scorers Lee Valley: Sarah Doyle, Joanne Kelly, Meav Barry.