Lee Valley Outlook - April 26 2012 v9e9

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 ©Springtime in Clondrohid.


Lee Valley Diary.. 2

Macroom Updates.. 3

Wild West in Macroom.. 3

Credit Union AGM... 4

Tidy Towns Spring Clean. 4

New Principal for McEgan College. 5

St. Mary's News. 6

Dramatic Success. 6

St. Colman's Link with Titanic. 7

Daniel Kingston Run. 7

Macroom Library. 8

Bealtaine Festival 8

Briery Gap Programme. 9

Local TV Programmes. 9

Snippets.. 9

GIY   by Michael Kelly.. 11

Lee Valley Updates.. 11

O What a Night 11

Teachers' Retirement 13

Reduce, Reuse, Reward. 14

Slán le Peadar 1930 - 2012. 14

Clondrohid Updates. 15

Coachford Updates. 15

Céilí Mór. 17

Memorial to Jackie. 17

Lace in Gougane. 18

Tacaois Exhibition. 18

Kenmare Book Launch. 18

Bereavement 19

Sports Mad.. 19

Allianz National Football League - Semi Final 19

Allianz National Hurling League. 20

Under 21 Football 20

Munster Minor Football Championship. 20

County Senior Football Championship. 20

County Football Championship Time. 21

League Form and Championship Prospects. 22

County Football League – Div. Three. 23

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior Football Championship. 24

Mid  Cork Championship Preview.. 24

St. Val's Updates. 26

Canovee G.A.A. 27

Kilmurry Underage. 28

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt 29

Lee Valley Basketball 29

Soccer Updates. 30

Lee Valley Diary

Briery Gap:

Fri. 27th, Sat.28th &Sun. 29th Ap. at 8.00 pm Calamity Jane

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

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

Fri. 11, Sat. 12 & Sun. May 13 @ 8.00 pm Comhaltas Feis

Sat. May 19 @ 8.00 pm; Surviving Santa Ponza

Fri. May 25 @ 8.00 pm The Signatories 1916 Concert

Macroom Library: 

Penn bookclub Friday 27th April at 4 p.

Adult Book Club Wed. 2nd May at 11.30a.m.

Purlies Thurs. May 3rd 11a.m - 12.30.

Ciorcal Gaeilge. Friday May 4th 10.30 – 11.30

Bealtaine Art Exhibition from May 7

Gramophone morning: Mon. 14th May, 11a.m.   

Macroom Senior Citizens: Fr. Ryan Hall: Every Mon. 11a.m.. Art and Craft

EveryWed.: Dance 11a.m.; Painting 4p.m.

Every Thurs.Chiropody 11 – 5p.m. Bingo 8.30p.m.

Every Fri. Line Dancing 2p.m.

Poker Thurs. April 26 9p.m. Hogan's Bar, Coachford

O'Donovan Engineering Open Day, Fri. Ap. 27 4.30p.m. – 8p.m. Sat. 28 10a.m. – 6p.m.

Aghinagh Macra meeting in Tigh Uí Laoire, Bealnamorrive, Ap. 27 @ 9:30pm

Macroom Clean Up: Sat. April 28th from 7a.m. 

Coachford Music Table Quiz: Sat. Ap. 28 in Hogan's Bar Coachford at 9.00pm.

Lee Valley Vintage Car and Tractor Run, Sun. Ap. 29 from Inniscarra Community Centre at 10.30 a.m.

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

Coachford Tidy Towns Clean up Mon. Ap. 30, 7:30p.m. at church car park.

Coachford Tidy Towns Meeting  Mon. Ap. 30, 8:30p.m. in Hogan's Bar

Céilí Mór Rinnce Seit  at Áras an Cumann Peile, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh on Tues., May 1st

Tacaois Art Exhibition: Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne. Opening May 3 7.30 p.m. Continuing to May 31.

Ciorcal Gaeilge: Fri. May 4 10.30a.m. Macroom Library.

Coffee Morning in Fr. Ryan Hall, Fri. May 4 11a.m.

Walk to Shrone: Sun. May 7th Cronin's Farm, Cloch Aidhneach 8 am; Mills, Baile Mhúirne at 9 am.

Broomhill Vintage Run Mon. May 71p.m. from Coachford G.A.A. Grounds

Senior Citizen Monthly Social, Fr. Ryan Hall, Tues. May 8 @ 8.30p.m.

Fleadh Fashion Show in the Castle Hotel Wed. May 9

Ionad Cultúrtha: The Carducci Quartet & Michael O'Toole in Baile Mhúirne on Fri. May 11 @ 8.30p.m.

Gramophone Recital: Macroom Library; Mon. May 14 11a.m.

Macroom Flower Club Garden Visit Thurs. May 24.

Kilmichael Cemetery Mass Mon. 28th May 8p.m. at Macloneigh Cemetery.

We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. in this fortnightly diary. Please email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026 41891 or post to Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. Remember you can access back issues of the Lee Valley Outlook at www.macroom.ie 

Macroom Updates

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 The grand finale at 'Calamity Jane' in the Briery Gap, Macroom. The show continues April 27 – 29  ©Lee Valley Outlook

Wild West in Macroom

'Calamity Jane' came to town, all guns blazing, on April 19 and will complete her showdown on Friday April 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 in the Briery Gap. This rollicking show has marvellous costumes, great acting, dancing, and singing and is the ideal way to spend an enjoyable spring night. The elaborate production, directed by Kevin Hough, is a great credit to the management of the theatre, particularly its manager, Anne Dunne. During the first four shows, theatre enthusiasts travelled from all over Cork and Kerry and were duly impressed with the professional, polished staging of this much loved musical drama.

Cast: Calamity Jane - Stephanie Shine; Wild Bill Hickok- Pat Mullane; Lieut. Danny Gilmartin – Pat Brady; Katie Brown – Georgina Healy; Henry Miller – Robert O'Riordan; Susan- Treasa O'Riordan; Francis Fryer- Ben Meaney; Adelaide Adams- Adrianna Dineen; Stage Door Johnnies- Con Foley, Pat Kelleher, Garry Murphy, Declan Kelleher and Darragh Browne
Women's Chorus: Theresa Dineen, Alisheen O'Connell, Roisin Crowley, Anita Gallagher, Ann O'Sullivan, Margaret Creed, Laura Lagerquist, Arlene Shawcross, Rosarie Muller, Mary Callaghan, Sheila Curtis, Denise McCarthy, Fiona Ivri, Sheila Twomey, Sadbh Peters, Noreen Dollard, Ellen Sheehan, Caoimhe Moynihan, Maebh Dineen
Men's Chorus: Declan Kelleher, James Flynn, Connie Foley, Pat Kelleher, John Martin Murphy, Darragh Browne, Garry Murphy, Kevin O'Brien, Brendan O'Brien.
Can- Can Dancers - Sadbh Peters, Noreen Dollard, Fiona Ivri
Music:  Orchestra: Piano- Ann Egan; Electric Piano - Aoife O'Donovan; Percussion- Pádraig Dineen; Cello, - Elaine McCarthy. Vocal Coach- Ann Buckley. Musical Director- Anne Egan and Ann Dunne. Assistant Director - Brendan O'Brien.
Back Stage: Make Up - Eleanor Healy; Sets and Props- Denis Coleman; Stage Manager - Denis Noonan; Assistant Stage Manager- Denis Coleman; Back Stage: Paul Kingston, P. J. Leonard; Lighting Design- Sean Lynch with Bridget Flynn and Cathy O'Shea; Sound- Cathy O'Shea; Costumes- Rita O'Brien assisted by Caroline O'Connell.

Come and sing along to 'The Black Hills of Dakota', 'The Deadwood Stage', 'Secret Love', 'Men' and many other well known numbers and support our local theatre. The final shows are at 8.00 pm, April 27 – 29. Tickets €15; Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) €50. Booking at the Theatre 026 42421. Box Office Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 10:00 am to 5.00 pm.  

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 'Adelaide Adams' wows the cowpokes at 'Calamity Jane' in the Briery Gap, Macroom. The show continues April 27 – 29  ©Lee Valley Outlook

Credit Union AGM

The 2012 annual general meeting of Macroom Credit Union was held in the Fr Ryan Hall on Wednesday April 25th. Chairperson of the board of directors, Ms Maura Burton, stated in her report that Macroom Credit Union is in a strong financial position, able to provide services to the members and able to do so without imposing a burden on the taxpayer and society. The Credit Union reserves are well in excess of the regulatory figure of 10% of total assets required by law. Macroom Credit Union is committed to lending to its members and the dividend for the year on members' savings is proposed to be 1%, which is quite good in the current environment. The chairperson reported that the Credit Union annual report 2011 has been posted to members and the full audited accounts for the year are shown in the report along with reports from individual sub-committees such as the supervisory committee, credit committee, credit control committee, membership committee. The latter report shows that Macroom Credit Union now has almost 7,000 accounts for adult members with 850 members under 16 years of age and 44 club accounts. Members' savings total over €26 million and loans to members total over €8 million. Macroom Credit Union clearly is a very important financial institution for local people.

Tidy Towns Spring Clean

A major clean up is planned for early Saturday morning April 28th and all residents of Macroom are encouraged to get involved. The clean up will focus on approach roads, excluding Town Centre, from Two Mile Bridge to Raleigh Cross on the main road as well as other approach roads.

 Areas for litter picking:

Two Mile Bridge and the Toyota Garage.

Inchigeelagh Road to Macloneigh Bridge

Coolehane Road, Mary Anne's to Coachford Bridge

Chapel Hill to Galweys' Cross

Millstreet Road to Teerbeg Cross

Bridge to Ballyveerane Junction, including Kilnagurteen

Meeting points and times:

7.00 am.  Coolcower picnic area

8.00 am.  Car park at O'Riada's

9.00 am.  Car park at Auld Triangle

Please bring along gloves and, if possible, high vis vests.  We will have plastic refuse sacks and some litter picks.  We will also have a tractor and trailer for collecting the bags along the way. Volunteers should contact Martin Coughlan (087/6437952) indicating their availability and he will advise on location etc.

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Trish Lynam who has been appointed Principal of McEgan, College Macroom.   ©Lee Valley Outlook

New Principal for McEgan College

Trish Lynam has been appointed Principal of McEgan College and has taken up her appointment since 1st April, succeeding Helen Cadogan who has moved on to St. Brogan's, Bandon. Previously, Trish was employed at Davis College, Mallow, where she taught Geography, History and English. For the past four years she was Home School Community Liaison Co-ordinator to Davis College. Trish is honoured and delighted in taking up the post as Principal at McEgan College and is looking forward to working with all the Education Partners in the Macroom Community. She told the Lee Valley Outlook:

"It is my great honour and privilege to have been recently appointed principal of Bishop McEgan College, Macroom. My vision for the college is to continue the excellent work which was initiated and driven by my predecessor, Ms. Helen Cadogan, and her staff. Enhancing academic attainment and progression for all our students is central to our aims in the college. Over the past years the college has been involved in numerous important national initiatives in relation to teaching and learning, such as the Instructional Leadership Project with Professor Barrie Bennett and the University of Ontario, which uses research and best practise internationally to enhance teaching. Also the roll out of "Team Teaching" in the college has led to better student performances as learning becomes more active and involved.

The staff of McEgan College is committed to excellence and innovation in their work and take great pride in the achievements of the students. The annual awards night, scheduled for the 17th May, will pay tribute to our students on their endeavours and achievements over the past year.  Teachers' adherence to the highest standards of professionalism is evident in how they have embraced new thinking in teaching and learning in terms of methodologies and resources. To further enhance academic excellence, the college plans to set up an academic council in the near future, whereby a number of committed teachers steer the college's direction in pursuit of the most appropriate research in enabling excellent teaching.

Bishop McEgan's mission statement - "To care equally for all and to promote learning, hard work and responsibility for self in an ordered and disciplined environment" - resonates my own aims and ambitions for the college. I look forward to meeting all our partners in the community in the near future. "Mol and Óige agus tiocfaidh siad".

St. Mary's News

Ladybirds win All Ireland: Breaking News. Six Transition Year students from St. Mary's Secondary School –  Sharon Mc Sweeney (Manager), Caroline Kehoe (Assistant Manager), Tracey Cronin (Auditor), Chelsea Cunningham (Sales and Marketing Executive), Lucy Kelleher and Orna Hinchion (Tellers), with their teacher Arlene O'Donoghue and Student Officer Grace O'Sullivan, travelled to the RDS in Dublin on the 25th of April to compete in the All Ireland of the  AIB Build a Bank Challenge which sees a team of six students - selected to set up and manage a bank in the school, getting involved in everything from sourcing new customers and opening AIB accounts to encouraging regular savings and exploring new ways to bank, such as AIB Phone & Internet Banking.  St Mary's Bank this year is based around the "Ladybird" theme. AIB Build a Bank Challenge is an enjoyable and exciting way for Transition and 5th Year students to run their own School Bank, with the support of AIB, and at the same time learn a whole lot about managing their own business. Now in its 10th year, the programme has gone from strength to strength. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the competition there was a top prize of €10,000 to be won for the school. The St. Mary's team won this pot of gold and each girl received and Apple iPad 2. Congratulations to all involved. Photographs in next issue of the Lee Valley Outlook. 
M Factor for Final: St. Mary's Secondary School students are delighted to have qualified for the national finals of NDC Milk Advertising Awards. The 2nd year team, called 'The M Factor', have qualified out of 485 schools from around the country. The students, in teams of 6, were challenged to set up their own advertising agency and plan a campaign aimed at encouraging their teenage peers to meet the recommended daily intake in the milk, cheese and yogurt group. The St. Mary's team is one of 20 teams now invited to participate in the national finals in Dublin's Mansion House on Wednesday 9th May, when they will face the final challenge of exhibiting their work and their ad campaigns to expert judges such as Richard Curran (Dragons Den / Sunday Business Post) The St. Mary's team is Rachel Hurley, Aishling Kelleher, Stephanie O'Leary, Michaela O'Keefe and Suzanne Barry, accompanied by their Home Ec. Teacher, Mrs. T. McCarthy. This is the second year that St. Mary's have reached the National Finals of the Milk It awards. Best of luck to the 'M Factor' team from St. Mary's. 

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Young Thespians from De la Salle College Macroom who won a total of thirteen awards at the Cork Shakespearen Drama Competition and the UCC Dramafest.  ©An Scoil  

Dramatic Success

Students at De La Salle Secondary School Macroom proved themselves to be naturals on the stage recently when they won a total of seven group awards and six individual awards at the Cork Shakespearen Drama Competition and the UCC Dramafest. The students' 25 minute production of 'The Most Lamentable Tragedy of the Desperate Housewives and their fellas...like' was presented with the 'Best Overall Production Award', Best Original Script, Best Irish Producation, Most Original Idea, Best Marketing and the Graffiti Perpetual Trophy for their efforts.

Filled with humour, tragedy and drama, like any good Shakespearen work, the 'Desperate Housewives' production had the Cork theatre's audience captivated. The play was written by the school's transistion year students and their English teacher, Ms Jean O'Donovan, who, with her fellow English teacher Ms Tracey Groom, worked tirelessly to ensure the production excelled on the night. A delighted Ms O'Donovan, praised the students for their commitment to the production. "The boys all worked so hard over the last few weeks and I could not be prouder of them. This has been a great experience for everyone involved and I am delighted their hard work has been recognised," she said.

The other awards won by the Macroom students  were Best Actor, the Award for Best Trailer/Poster and Best Supporting Actors. The Best Actors Awards on the night were presented to Transition Year Student, Ian Healy and Fifth year student, Ryan Lynch, both young men proving to be naturals on the stage.  Best Supporting Actors Awards went to Anthony Healy, Cian Creedon, Aaron O'Callaghan and Patrick Osnoski. TY Students, Robert Downey and Eoin Walsh's expertise was recognised for their trailer, which is still available to view on Youtube. 

St. Colman's Link with Titanic

Interest levels in the Titanic have been heightened in recent weeks as the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship has been remembered. 3rd class students at St. Colman's B.N.S. Macroom have a particular interest in studying the Titanic as their teacher, Mr. Barry O'Leary, is a great-grandson of one of the Irish survivors, Nora O'Leary. Mr O'Leary recently shared his particular connection with the Titanic with
his pupils, outlining how his great grandmother survived that eventful night on April 15th 1912. Miss Nora O'Leary was born in Glencollins, Ballydesmond, Co. Cork on June 10, 1895. She was the daughter of John O'Leary and Johanna Healy and had five brothers and two sisters. Aged 16, she was going to join her sister, Ms. Katie O'Leary, at 137 W. 11th Street, New York City. She boarded the Titanic at Queenstown, (Cobh) (ticket number 330919, cost £7 16s 7d).  She was travelling in a group from the Ballydesmond area led by Daniel Buckley, and consisting of Hannah Riordan, Bridget Bradley, Patrick Denis O'Connell, Patrick O'Connor, and Michael Linehan. Just four of the group survived - the three ladies and Daniel Buckley. After Titanic hit the iceberg Nora was placed in a lifeboat where she spent five hours until rescued by the Carpathia. She continued on to New York City where she worked for seven years. Upon returning to Ireland for a visit a few years later, she married Thomas  Herlihy and then remained in Ireland where she raised her son and four daughters. She spent the remainder of her life in Ballydesmond, where she died in 1975. Nora's daughter Hannah, now aged 90, lives in Tureencahill and is Mr. O'Leary's grandmother. Mr. O'Leary was one of the descendants of the survivors of Titanic who visited Cobh on April 15th as part of Cobh Titanic 100th Anniversary.

Daniel Kingston Run

The third annual Daniel Kingston Memorial 5km walk/ run will take place in Macroom on Thursday, 21st June at 8p.m. 740 participants ran through the streets of Macroom in each of the last two years and it is hoped to exceed that number in 2012. It has now become a feature event on the running calendar across the province, with runners coming from as far away as Dingle and Waterford. Please come along if you can on the night and encourage friends, family and colleagues to join us in what has been a great evening in each of the last two years. Surplus funds raised from this event will go towards ARC Cancer support house - since Daniel's passing, €177,000 has been raised for ARC through various events in his memory. Registration is €5 for BHAA members and €8 for non BHAA members - registration will take place on the night 6 - 7:45 p.m. in Macroom Sports Complex, where refreshments will be available afterwards. Macroom Sports Complex is running a programme to help those who wish to prepare in earnest. So time to dust down the runners and get training ! Contact 087 6148076 or 087 9031141 for further details.

Macroom Library

Penn bookclub meets on Friday 27th April at 4 p.m to continue reviewing the shortlisted books in the Bisto Book of the Year Awards. We are enjoying all the reading so far.  Some of the titles are out of our remit as the subject matter is too adult/ teenage for us but we have plenty of food for thought in those titles that are left to us.

The Adult Book Club meets Wednesday 2nd May at 11.30. New members are welcome. On Thursday 3rd it is the turn of the Purlies to visit us for a knitting session and a cup of tea starting at 11a.m and finishing up around 12.30. All levels of knitter are welcome. For Bealtaine, we will have another round of the Ciorcal Gaeilge. Friday 4th at 10.30 for the first session, which will go on for about an hour.   Failte roimh chách. 

During April our exhibition space has been host to a much admired collection of work in oils by local artist, Phil O'Grady. For May, or Bealtaine, this will be replaced by the work of Kristin Gleeson's Art Group. It will be on view from May 7th.

Just a reminder to patrons about renewing books in order to avoid fines which are currently 20 cents per week per book late. There are three ways to do this. 1. By calling into the library with your card and getting them updated at the desk. 2 by phoning us at 42483 and the third and newest way to do it is via the internet on the website www.corkcoco.ie.   Items may be renewed online twice if not previously requested by another borrower.   Initially a PIN number must be added to your account at the library desk before you can access your account online.

Finally, the library will be closed for the May Bank Holiday week-end, closing at 5.30 on Friday 4th and reopening on Tuesday 8th at 10.00 a.m. We wish all our patrons a safe and happy week end.

Gramophone Recital: Librarian, Christine Cronin, presented the April Gramophone Recital at Macroom Library and double jobbed admirably while presenting a varied and entertaining selection of music to the appreciative audience. The theme music from the Inspector Morse TV series set the tone and this was followed by Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald's Rose Marie from the 1936 film. Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell me on a Sunday preceded the Adagio from Dances with Wolves, after which tenor, John Bennettt, sang You are my Heart's Delight. Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin played a beautiful piano piece from Woodbrook; Shirley Temple performed her 1936 hit, On the Good Ship Lollipop; Mezzo Soprano, Amanda Neri, sang the Cole Porter hit, So in Love and the first half of the programme concluded with Frank Sinatra singing I've Got you Under my Skin for Essie Buttimer, who was celebrating her 90th birthday. Having enjoyed some of Essies's birthday cake, the music resumed with Julian Lloyd Webber's performance of Somewhere from Bernstein's West Side Story and Maria Callas performed two number from Puccini's Turandot, Signore Ascolta and Ebben? Ne Andro Lontana. Toes were tapping to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodger's rendering of Let's Face the Music and Dance by Irving Berlin and there was a change of tempo to Bach's Concerto for Two Violins, followed by jazz by Miles Davis from Blue Room and the programme concluded optimistically with Everything's Coming Up Roses. Pat Lomasney will present the May Gramophone Recital on May 14 at 11a.m.

Bealtaine Festival

Macroom Senior Citizens, in association with the Briery Gap Theatre, will celebrate the Bealtaine Festival with a series of events as follows:

Coffee Morning – Friday, May 4 at 11a.m. in the Fr. Ryan Hall.

Monthly Social – with music by Gerry McCarthy, on Tuesday, May 8, 8.30 – 11p.m. in the Fr. Ryan Hall.

Group Holiday to Castlecourt Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo, Sunday May 20 to Friday May 25.

Gramophone Recital in the Fr. Ryan Hall on Wednesday May 30 at 11a.m.

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. A Pope dies; the conclave meets to appoint his successor; white smoke announces that a new pope has been elected. However the newly elected cardinal gets a panic attack and fails to appear on the balcony above the assembled throng in St Peter's Square. A psychologist is called in to help solve the situation. This film was one of the most warmly received works at the recent Cannes Film Festival.

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 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. Tickets available from McEgan College.

Comhaltas Feis: Friday 11th, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May @ 8.00 pm

Surviving Santa Ponza, presented by Packie O'Callaghan & Frank Twomey on Saturday 19th May @ 8.00 pm; Tickets €15

The Signatories 1916 Concert Friday 25th May @ 8.00 pm, Tickets €10.

Local TV Programmes

Sun. April 29

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

6.30p.m. Preview to Fleadh 2012 in Macroom and looking back at Fleadh na Mumhan 2005. Short excerpt from recent interview with Padre Pio promoter, Donal Enright.

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

9.30 Special production. President Robinson's 1996 visit to Macroom. Continuation of Mary Lane's birthday celebration.

This is Local Television's final broadcast for the season. If you go to the Video link on www.macroom.ie you may access previous transmissions from LTV1.


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)

School Photographs: Group photographs of Confirmation and Holy Communion classes are most welcome and will be published in future issues of the Lee Valley Outlook. Please email in large jpeg format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to Killarney Road, Macroom.

Aghinagh Macra: Well done to chairperson, Siobhan Kelleher, who won the Cork county title of the Miss Blue Jeans competition in Watergrasshill on April 13. Siobhan will be representing Muskerry in Athboy Co. Meath during the June bank holiday weekend. Aghinagh Macra will hold their next meeting in Tigh Uí Laoire, Bealnamorrive on the 27th of April at 9:30pm. New members always welcome.

Lee Valley Vintage Car and Tractor Run (strictly pre 1985) in aid of Children's Leukaemia at Mercy Hospital and Marymount, on Sunday, April 29. Check  in at Inniscarra Community Centre at 10.30 a.m. BBQ and Old Time Dancing to follow. Contact @ 0217334421 or 087 7460807.

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.

Walk to Shrone: The 10th annual Pilgrim Walk to Cathair Crobh Dearg or The City, Shrone will take place on Sunday, May 7th. Walkers may assemble at Cronin's Farm, Cloch Aidhneach at 8 am or at the Mills, Baile Mhúirne at 9 am. Revived by Sean Cronin in 2003, it has a loyal band of followers and attracts new walkers every year for the trek through terrain ranging from roadway to mountain paths. This pilgrimage follows the footsteps of farmers who walked to the City on Mayday to invoke the blessing of Naomh Crobh Dearg on all farm activities throughout the year. Walkers of all levels of fitness welcome.

Ionad Cultúrtha Concert in Baile Mhúirne. Music Network is delighted to present a concert by the exceptionally talented Carducci Quartet and guitarist Michael O'Toole at Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne Friday 11th May at 8:30pm. The concert will include works by Haydn, Philip Glass and Luigi Boccherini.  Tickets are €15 / €10 and are available from Tel. 026 45733 or www.ionadculturtha.ie. This concert is promoted by Music Network and Ionad Culturtha.

Kilmichael Cemetery Mass: This year's mass for the dead of Kilmichael will be held on Monday 28th May at 8p.m. Organised by Kilmichael Historical Society, this annual event is rotated between the three cemeteries in the parish and remembers all deceased Kilmichael parishioners, whether they are buried in Kilmichael or beyond. This year the mass will be held in the historic Macloneigh Cemetery which is over one thousand years old and the reputed site of St. Finbarr's first church. All are welcome to attend.

Computer classes for over 55s are available from Age Action Getting Started Cork at €20 for three classes, designed to take the fear out of using a computer and make it accessible to the older generation. Volunteer tutors teach students, on a one-to-one basis at their own pace, in three easy lessons the simple basics of using a computer to their own advantage. Having access to a computer for the basics empowers the mature person to have their voice heard and their rights recognised, to be in touch with their family, save money and have easy access to information. Contact: Julie Oates, Age Action Getting Started Cork, email: gettingstartedcork @ageaction.ie, tel: 0871956026 or 021 453 6556.

Macroom Boxing Club's Tiernan Quinn is Boy-1 Irish champion for 2012. He beat Anthony Mongan from Galway in the semi final, 7 pts to 2 and in the final he beat Dominic McDonagh from Ulster 11 points to 2. Tiernan is Macroom's 7th Irish champion but he is the first Boy-1 champion and the club is very proud of his achievement.

Macroom Flower Club: The April meeting at Coolcower House, which was a Wedding Extravaganza presented by Eileen O'Brien, attracted a capacity attendance and many visitors from neighbouring clubs. The May session is a Members' Social Evening on Thursday 24 and entails a visit to Glenview Gardens, Desert, Enniskeane, members travelling by car. The Members' Annual Outing is to Clonakilty and West Cork on Saturday, June 23. This may be booked by contacting club members and paying €20 deposit.

Macroom Lotto: GAA Jackpot 1: €5,000; No winner; €70 Sheila Crowley, Gurteenroe.  Jackpot 2: €5,200; Winner Noel Buttimer, Enniskeane, c/o Conor Buttimer. Soccer Club Jackpot 1 €3.600; No winner; €80. Frank Baldwin, Castle St. Jackpot 2 €4.000 No winner.

Coachford AFC Lotto: Results 16/4/2012, Jackpot: €3,400, Numbers Drawn: 9 - 10 - 25, No Winner, €20 Winners: Sarah Buckley, Paddy Martin, Lisa Murphy, Liam Eager, Ann Carey

23/4/2012, Jackpot: €3,600, Numbers Drawn: 8 - 12 - 26, No Winner, €20 Winners: Mary O' & Mary C, Karen Kelleher, James Buckley, Sarah Madden, Mary Buckley.

GIY   by Michael Kelly

Recipe of the Month – Simple Cooked Chard

April is a classic "hungry gap" month for most growers, where we are still waiting patiently for the first of the new season crops to come along and last year's stores are looking painfully bare.  Thankfully we still have chard!  I sowed rows of it last winter for the polytunnel, and the little seedlings burst in to life back in March.  It's in good nick for picking now.  I've always been a little daunted about what to do with chard, until I discovered proper instructions on how to cook them.  Don't forget that the stalks are really good – don't discard them.  This quantity will serve 4.

Ingredients: 450g chard, extra virgin olive oil, handful freshly chopped herbs (e.g. rosemary, marjoram or tarragon)

Wash the chard carefully and then drain.  Chop the stalks off the leaves and cut them into 5cm lengths.  Roughly chop the leaves.  Cook the stalks in boiling salted water for 3-4 minutes, then add the leaves and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.  The leaves will be wilted at this point.  Drain well and then toss with a little olive oil.  Add the herbs, season and serve. 

Tip of the Month – Upcycle!

Your recycle bin can often throw up very useful veggie growing companions in the shape of pots, containers, cloches and seed sowing containers. For example yogurt pots are great for starting tomato, pepper, and aubergine seeds - poke a few drainage holes in the bottom and they are perfect for the purpose. Egg cartons are eggscellent (teehee) for chitting spuds in, but they are also good for seed sowing so long as you are not sowing things in them that need a large root system. Toilet roll inserts are brilliant to sow in - pretty much anything can be sown in them and they can be placed directly in the soil and then rot away.  Once you've packed away that shopping after your trip to the shop, you're likely to have all manner of clear plastic punnets, pots and containers –They can act as cloches in that crucial springtime period when seedlings are first put out in the soil.

Michael Kelly is a freelance journalist, author and founder of GIY Ireland.

Lee Valley Updates

O What a Night

The 2012 Showstoppers' production, O What a Night, outstripped the very high standards established by all previous Clondrohid shows and made the rural parish the envy of far larger communities. The 'plot' of the show centres on grumpy Ned and his downtrodden sisters, Maggie and Kate, who eventually get the upper hand of the remote control to watch a programme that transports them into the set of Les Miserables. The dramatic, vibrant, colourful and melodic presentation of the classic included numbers such as Look Down, On my Own, Castle on a Cloud, Master of the House, I Dreamed a Dream and Do You hear the People Sing? From there, it was but a short fantasy step for the reinvented trio to X Factor situations at the London Palladium and meeting the Blues Brothers. Particularly impressive and entertaining was an audio visual presentation of SpecSavers moments with Ned and Sherry. Comedy, choreography and top class singing made 'O What a Night' memorable in the same manner as previous Showstopper offerings – Excerpts from Grease 2006, Mission Impossible 2007, Rockin' all over the World 2008; You Can't stop the Beat 2009 and 'Glitz at the Ritz' 2010. More than forty young people from the parish took to the stage, delighting and entertaining the capacity audience on each one of the four nights. When one considers the many changes of set and apparel, ranging from revolutionary Paris to American glitz, one comes to appreciate the challenge undertaken. Clondrohid has an enviable reputation for community co-operation and this is again proved by the public input to what has become an annual extravaganza and fundraiser for worthy causes. At least as many adults are involved off stage as there are children on stage. They give freely of time and effort. For hours before each show the community hall is a hive of activity, with make-up artists, hairdressers, and costume personnel implementing a conveyor belt style service for the participants. All concerned, particularly producer extraordinaire, Catherine Long and her assistant, Anne O'Connell, are to be congratulated.

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 Les Miserable scene at Showstoppers 'O What a Night' in Clondrohid ©Lee Valley Outlook

The production team was Catherine Long, Anne O'Connell, Melanie Large and Laraine Creed. Costumes and the many hundreds of pieces of clothing involved were designed, supplied and put in place by Jennifer O'Sullivan, Denise Cronin, Carol Lynch, Catherine O'Connell, Gill Vahey, Jennifer Riordan, Marian Flanagan, Julie Healy, Maria Neville, Anna Bjorsell and Caroline Healy. Backdrops for the show were most impressive, thanks to the work of Eibhlín Collins and TYO students from St. Mary's, Macroom. The Pitt Singers were Carmel Sheehan, Sheila O'Riordan, Laraine Creed, Liadh Anne Kelleher and Maria Lane and these intrepid ladies were also responsible for Hair and Make up. Electrical work was done by Vincent O'Riordan. Helping backstage were Joanne O'Riordan, Berni Spillane, Brendan Flanagan, Denise and Gretta Lynch. Liam O'Riordan and Matthew Kelleher operated the back drops and Liadh Anne Kelleher was Prompter. John O'Sullivan was in charge of Audio Visuals and Peter Lane manned the Lighting Desk as well as organising the Marquee team. Others who gave freely of their time were Catriona Healy O'Brien, Clare Newell, Jack Shaw, Sean Long, Gobnait Kelleher, Aine Creed, Michael Kelleher, Liam O'Riordan, Con and Catherine Kelleher, Monica Lynch, Eileen Lane, Una and John Lynch, Maryann Lynch, Paddy Lynch and a host of others.

Lead Roles in 'O What a Night' were played by Michelle Healy (Maggie), Aoife O'Connell (Kate), Conor Flanagan (Ned), Iain O'Riordan (Bruno Bruschetti and Mrs. Brown), Katie Long (Sherry Blues), David Lynch (Jake Blues) and Alan O'Riordan (Fr. Quinn and Elwood Blues).

Lead singers were Michelle Healy, Shauna Healy, Denise Kearney, Jerh Kelleher, Nicole Kelleher, Eleanor Lane, Eva Long, David Lynch, Mary Kate Murphy, Emer O'Riordan, Meabh O'Riordan, Tara O'Riordan, Aoife O'Connell, Alan O'Riordan, Iain O'Riordan, Rachel O'Riordan, Michaela Riordan, Katie Sheehan.

Other students taking part were Maria Bjorsell, Emma Cronin, Joseph Deady, Conor Flanagan, Ava Rose Gallagher, Eoin Kelleher, Katie and J.K. Long, Louise Lynch; Maeve Murphy; Jack Neville; Ciara, David and Gearóid O'Connell, Nicole and Lorna O'Connor, Conor O'Leary; Mark and Muireann O'Sullivan.

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Demonstrating the art of making Buffalo Mozzarella cheese to EU Commission delegate, Jose Manuel Hernandez Luque at Toon's Bridge Dairy. From left, Sean Ferry, cheesemaker; Mr. Luque; Toby Simmons, Ian Dempsey C.E.O. WCDP  and John Lynch, proprietor  ©Lee Valley Outlook

European Commission Rep Visits Lee Valley  

Mr. Jose Manuel Hernandez Luque, representative from the European Commission, DG Agriculture and rural Development, had an early start on Thursday April 19th as he met with West Cork Development Partnership officials at 8 a.m. and then went on to visit projects subsidised by the EU throughout the area. First port of call at 9.45 a.m. was to Kilmurry, where the Historical and Archaeological Society has operated a museum on a voluntary basis since 1965. WCDP approved LEADER funding of €12,825 to conduct a feasibility study on the development of a new museum and an application for significant capital funding is now being prepared. Mr. Luque, accompanied by Ian Dempsey, CEO WCDP, then made his way to Toonsbridge Dairy at 11 a.m. where the dairy has been approved for €79,400 in LEADER capital funding for the production of mozzarella cheese. The project saw the conversion of a local dairy farm from cows to water buffalo. The cheese production takes place in a former local creamery. The project is performing strongly and its novelty has excited much media interest. It was then full speed ahead for an informal lunch of local produce at St. Mary's Theatre, Rossmore, 12.30pm - 1.30pm., where a number of community representatives (St. Mary's Theatre, Rossmore (West Cork Drama,  Innishannon Tidy Towns,  Mealagh Valley Dev Assoc, Patrick Keohane Memorial Committee, Ballincarriga/ Lisbelad Development Company, Clonakilty Enterprise Board, Timoleague Community Centre, Seven Heads Walk,)  who have been supported by the WCDP were invited to share their experiences on the programme and views on how it might be improved.  After lunch, Mr. Luque visited Drimoleague, Bantry Driving Academy and Goleen Community Council Mizen Vision.

The purpose of the visit, the only one of its type to a local development group in Ireland, was to identify best practice in rural development, to develop a better understanding of the LEADER programme and its role and impact in rural areas and how to minimise bureaucracy and facilitate greater civic and community involvement in the new programme post 2015. Interestingly, Mr. Luque had expressed a wish to visit West Cork and already had a good understanding and appreciation of how the scheme was being implemented there. He hopes to replicate the WCDP modus operandi in other areas. Speaking after the day's meetings, he professed himself deeply impressed by what he had seen.  He made notable reference to the commitment, drive and passion of all project promoters.  He was impressed by the way in which communities engaged with the programme and the value that they placed on LEADER support.  He also recognised the need to simplify processes for application and approval and said he would report to the Commission on the need to implement this post 2015.

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At retirement function for I.N.T.O. members at the Castle Hotel, Macroom, front, from left, Máiréad de Búrca and Emma Dineen, INTO; Síle Uí Chríodáin, Kilbarry; Margaret Lehane, Inchigeela. Back, from left, Seán Ó Céilleachair agus Gearóid Ó Scannaill, Scoil Abán Naofa, Baile Mhúirne; Donal Herlihy, Kilmurry; Mícheál Ó Ceallaigh, Cúil Aodha and Jim Lucey, INTO.  ©Lee Valley Outlook

Teachers' Retirement       

Teachers from all over the Lee Valley gathered in the Castle Hotel, Macroom on Friday, April 20 to congratulate colleagues who had recently retired. Anne O'Dwyer and Teresa Downey organised the event, which was attended by C.E.C. representative, Emma Dineen, (recently appointed Principal of Cloghroe N.S.), and Jim Lucey and Máiread de Búrca of Macroom I.N.T.O. Branch. Retirees included Síle Uí Chríodáin, S.N. Cill Barra; Margaret Lehane, Inchigeela N.S.; Nuala Corkery and Donal Herlihy, Kilmurry N.S.; Mícheál Ó Ceallaigh, Scoil Cúil Aodha/ Barr d'Ínse; Gearóid Ó Scanaill agus Seán Ó Céilleachair, Scoil Abán Naofa, Baile Mhúirne. Ms. Dineen commented that the retirees were already looking younger. She said that they belonged to the era of giving and volunteerism and were remarkable for their diligence, tolerance and patience. She praised events such as the retirement dinner as they promote collegiality, friendship and socialising.

Reduce, Reuse, Reward

SMILE Resource Exchange, a Macroom founded initiative supporting businesses, was delighted to have been shortlisted for the 2012 'The Waste to Business Resource Award' at the national Green Awards. Now entering their fourth year, the Green Awards celebrate excellence in sustainability and encourage green best practice amongst Ireland's organisations and individuals. 'The Waste to Business Resource Award' is designed to recognise those companies that turn the waste created by one process into resources which can then be used in the creation of new business opportunities.  It is fitting that SMILE Resource Exchange is recognised for its contribution, which encourages the exchanging of resources between businesses in order to save money, reduce waste going to landfill and to identify economic opportunity from turning a waste into a resource. A distinguished panel of national and international judges, chaired by Duncan Stewart, reviewed all entries. Michelle Green, Project Manager with SMILE Resource Exchange said "We were delighted to have been shortlisted for this year's awards which have seen the biggest response to date with over 300 entries, and to be shortlisted amongst entries of such high calibre really is an honour. We feel that SMILE really fits the bill in a category that looks at examples of how the 're-use and recycle' approach to business creates revenue and employment, while at the same time diverting materials away from landfill."

SMILE Resource Exchange was piloted in Cork in 2010, and since then has gone from strength to strength, including expansion into Kerry, Limerick and Clare regions in 2011, with further expansion planned in the coming months. Membership is free and businesses can register at www.smileexchange.ie or call (026) 20520. SMILE Resource Exchange is project managed by Macroom E and is funded through a partnership between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), County & City Enterprise Boards and Local Authorities in Cork, Limerick, Clare and Kerry.

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Peadar Ó Liatháin 1930 – 2012 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Slán le Peadar 1930 - 2012.

D'éag Peadar Ó Liatháin, Gael, file, múinteoir, fear spóirt, stairí, griangrafadóir ar an 19ú Aibreáin 2012. Go raibh aige leaba i measc na Naomh. Is mó alt a scríobh Peadar don 'Lee Valley Outlook' ar ábhair ar nós staire, beatha na Naomh, cluichí, béaloideas agus gnáth chúrsaí an tsaoil agus ba mhinic a thug sé íde béil agus íde pinn do pholaiteoirí. Sheoladh sé griangrafanna chughainn chomh maith – ag baint le Cumann Peile Naomh Abán ach go háirithe idir Peil na mBan agus Peil na bhFear. Cléireach Dháimh Scoil Mhúscraí Uí Fhloinn ab ea Peadar leis na blianta fada. Bhí an tUachtarán, Monsignor Ó Fiannachta, i láthair i gCúil Aodha nuair a léigh an sagart paróiste, an tAthair Ó Briain, Aifreann na Marbh ar son Pheadair. Bhí slua ollmhór i láthair ag an dtorramh. Tháinig an-chuid daoine ó Boardsmill, Co. na Midhe, áit a chaith Peadar an chuid is mó d'á shaol mar phríomhoide i Scoil Bríde. D'oibhrigh sé go dian ar son Cumann Lúthchleas Gaeil sa Mhí agus ainmníodh páirc peile ann ina onóir. Tá a ainm ar Liosta na Laoch ag C.L.G. na Mí, onór nach beag, go háirithe d'eachtrannach! Méala mór a bhás dá ghaolta agus dá chairde i Múscraí, i gConamara agus sa Mhí. Mothaimid uainn é agus beidh an Dáimh Scoil ait nuair a tionólfar é i Mí Bealtaine. Bhí an ceist ceaptha agus seolta ag Peadar sar ar buaileadh tinn é agus gan dabht, beidh go leor freagra, idir caoineadh agus greann, ar an gceist sin. Tá súil againn gur chuir an t-iascaire, Peadar, fáilte romhat go Parrthas a Pheadair.

Clondrohid Updates

Boxing Gold: Congratulations to Tiernan Quinn, Clondrohid, who won a gold medal in the Irish Boxing competitions in Dublin recently. He beat Anthony Mongan of Galway in the semi final with a score of 7 pts to 2. He went through to the final to beat Dominic McDonagh from Ulster with a final score of 11pts to 2. Tiernan is the
Boxing Club's 7th Irish Champion but he is the first Boy-1 champion. He plays hurling and football with Clondrohid and his brother, Sean, also plays football with the club. Tiernan's father is Stephen Quinn who is well known in Clondrohid G.A.A. club. The club would like to congratulate Tiernan on his achievements and to wish him well in future competitions

'O What a Night': What can one say about this performance. 'Brilliant, super, outstanding, unbelievable'! All roads definitely led to Clondrohid village when 'Showstoppers performed their 6th production, 'O What a night' and that is what each night turned out to be. Standing ovations, clapping, cheering were all part of the occasion. The young performers held the audiences captivated each night with their acting, singing dancing and general all round 'good feeling'. Well done to everyone involved and let's hope they are already planning next year's show.

G.A.A.: Junior
 A football league v Dripsey took place in Dripsey. Clondrohid were the stronger team and won by four points. The Junior B football league v Grenagh took place in Clondrohid and the home team won by ten points. The U12's football league Clondrohid v Aghinagh took place in Clondrohid and Aghinagh were the winners.  Whitechurch defeated Clondrohid u16 hurlers in Clondrohid on April 16.

Clondrohid Junior A footballers defeated Ballingeary by five points on April 19. Cloyne u12s defeated Clondrohid at home on April 21.  
Fixtures: Junior A Football league v Kilmichael (Away) on Saturday April 28 at 7.15 p.m. U12's Hurling league v Carrignavar (Away) on Saturday April 28 at 2 p.m.
Lotto: €2,600; No winner; €70 Martin Murphy c/o The Tavern. €20 Declan Sheehan Carriganima; Kevin Kelleher, Mushera; Tim Kiely c/o Mid Cork Pallets; Stephen Roche Carriganima.
Bingo: Every Wednesday night, jackpot of €5,200. Cards: Every Sunday night
Macroom Hospital Collection: This collection was held at all Masses in Clondrohid and raised €1,000. With all the demands on people for money at the moment, this was a great collection. Well done to all those who subscribed and to the collectors for braving the chilly wind.

Coachford Updates

Tidy Towns: Coachford Tidy Towns group had a very successful workday recently, placing planters around the village and power washing all the signs approaching the village and the signposts at the major junctions. They also did their usual litter picking. The village is really looking so much better since this small active group started to clean the streets and roads. The planters brighten the place and the group has many more projects planned for the summer months. The plants were kindly donated by Julie Roche Landscaping and the gravel was supplied free of charge by the Cronin Concrete Group, Coachford. Coachford tidy Towns Committee will hold another clean up on Monday night, the 30th of April, meeting in the Church car park at 7:30p.m.  We are aiming to set more planters, wash road signs, do a litter pick in the village and clean the side of the road from the Council yard into the village. This will be followed by a meeting in Hogan's Bar at 8:30. All are welcome to attend. We have entered Coachford village in to the Cork County Council Anti- Litter Challenge. Judging will take place on this starting in the middle of May right up until the end of June, so any and all support would be greatly appreciated so as to get a good result in this competition.

Aghabullogue Coachford Rylane Community Council have launched their 'Tidy Townlands' initiative. The competition, aimed at communities living in the 41 different townlands in the ACR community area, will begin on May 1st and judging will take place throughout the summer months. The townlands have been divided up into three regions and a winner from each region will go forward to the final round, with the overall winner being announced in August. Doug Lucey, PRO of the Community Council, said" we would like to see neighbours getting together to clean up the roadsides in their area. Cleaning your townland should be fun and communities could use it as a social occasion to improve their own area and to meet the people that they share their townland with." Judging will be carried out on Litter Control, Landscaping, tidiness  and the general impression of the area. Maps of all the townlands and more details about the competition are available on the ACR community Council facebook page.

Broomhill Vintage Club have announced the date of their rescheduled run. The event will now take place on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7th. The Vintage and Classic Tractor, Car and Motorcycle run will head off from the GAA grounds in Coachford at 1.00pm. The cars will head southwards towards Crookstown, Newcestown and Bandon. On the return trip they will stop in Crossbarry before heading back to Coachford.  Meanwhile the Tractors will head north through Peake and Oldcastle before stopping in Rylane and returning to Coachford. The run, in aid of Suicide Aware, was postponed from April 15th due to a bereavement.

Hogan's Bar hold the annual  Bertie Herlihy Cup,  Texas Hold 'Em  poker tournament this Thursday night. Bertie Herlihy was one of the founder members of the group that play this tactical card game every Thursday night in the Coachford bar. Registration for the tournament is at 9.00pm and is open to everyone.

O'Donovan Engineering are holding their Open Days this weekend. The Coachford engineering firm are a major employer in the area and their products are sold far and wide. On Friday 27th April they will be welcoming people into their extensive display area from 4.30pm to 8.00pm and on Saturday from 10.00am to 6.00pm. During the open days visitors can avail of exclusive special offers, product demonstrations, Weighing & EID, Layout designs and of course a huge welcome to everyone and a beautiful cup of tea.

Music Quiz: What have the Beatles and Black Sabbath got in common? Well they could be some of the answers to questions in the great Music Table Quiz planned for Saturday April 28th in Hogan's Bar Coachford at 9.00pm. The quiz, organised by the Coachford National School Parents' Association, is great fun and suitable for people with all musical tastes from Abba to ZZ Top and Bach to the Black Eyed Peas. Tables of four are only €20.

On Her Bike: Coachford girl, Nicola Doherty, is busily preparing for a grueling 300km cycle on May 19th. Nicola is doing the 12 hour cycle in aid of Brainwave  -The Irish Epilepsy Association charity.  "The reason why I am raising money for this charity and taking on a 300km / 12 hour cycle is because my little brother, Aaron, who is 11, has two different types of epilepsy. They are photosensitive and chronic seizures and while he is taking medication, daily, seizures are still regular."  Nicola will head off from Coachford at 9.00am on Saturday May 19th and cycle to Cork, Youghal, Dungarvan, Cahir on to Mitchelstown, Mallow and back to Coachford. If she manages to return to this sporting village before 9.00pm, then she has promised to stay cycling until she has been in the saddle for 12 hrs. Nicola, who is only 18, is a member of the Coachford Cycling Club and cycles with them all over the county. She would love to be a professional cyclist and who knows, with her talent and perseverance, she may be the next Coachford person to become a world champion. If you would like to donate to this deserving cause then log on to mycharity.ie and search for Nicola Doherty in the box on the right of the webpage or just meet up with this extraordinary teenager and hand her some of your money.

Coachford College Supports Trócaire's Work. Some 160 students across all year groups at Coachford College participated in the Trócaire "Give It Up for Trócaire" 2012 campaign during Lent this year in support of their work in Uganda. Their contribution of over €4,000 will go a long way to support the communities in Northern Uganda who are rebuilding their lives following a twenty year conflict. Trócaire provides families in Uganda with seeds, tools and training to assist them as they return to self-sufficiency through small scale farming. Children are returning to school and communities are working together to heal the scars of war. Over the past ten years the students at Coachford College have raised over €40,000 and they, their families and staff at the College were congratulated and thanked by Una Deasy, Trócaire Outreach Officer and chaplain, Fr. Brendan Mallon, for their amazing contribution to date.

Céilí Mór

A Céilí Mór Rinnce Seit  was held recently at Áras an Cumann Peile Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. Music was provided by Jerry McCarthy. Larry Creed had been tutoring Set Dancing classes at the Áras over the last few months and the fruits of his labours were evident as his students didn't put a foot wrong all night. There was a huge crowd present, with dancers from all over West Cork attending. Refreshments were provided and a great night of dancing and craic was enjoyed by all. Such was the success of the night that it was decided to hold another night of Set Dancing on Tuesday, May 1st, again at the Aras. Everybody is welcome. Please note that Aras Cumann Peile Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh is now available for functions, classes etc. Please contact the club officers for further details.

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The extended O'Shea family at the unveiling of a memorial to Life President of Donoughmore G.A.A., Jackie O'Shea, at the club grounds in Lackabawn  ©Lee Valley Outlook

Memorial to Jackie

A great crowd gathered at Donoughmore G.A.A. Grounds, Páirc Eoin Mhic Chárthaigh, Leaca Bán, for the unveiling of a memorial to the late Jackie O'Shea, Life President of the Club, at a location to be known henceforth as Jackie's Corner. Jackie, 85, died suddenly in April 2011 and is fondly remembered by family, friends and a wide circle of sports people. Patsy Foley M.C., said that the great turnout – including representatives from the Muskerry and County Board and many sporting affiliations - was evidence of the respect in which Jackie was held and his huge contribution to many organisations. Gerard O'Rourke, Chairman of the organising committee which included Patsy Foley, Ted Murphy, John Kelleher, John Barrett and the late Teddy O'Rourke (who died just five months after Jackie), compiled a memorial booklet outlining Jackie's contribution to sport and Donoughmore parish. He said that the sculpture by Mick Wilkins would be a lasting tribute to a man who gave unselfish, consistent service to many clubs and groups in Donoughmore for more than 70 years. The bronze plaque, unveiled by Mrs. Mamie O'Shea and Jackie's good friend, John Kelleher, bears the inscription - : "Jackie O'Shea. 1926 – 2011. A loyal and respected son of Donoughmore. He dedicated his life to our club and parish. Ní déantar dearmad go deo ar luach a shaothair". Fr. O'Riordan P.P. blessed the plaque and Tadhg O'Shea, on behalf of his family, thanked all concerned in organising the commemoration. He recalled his father's huge commitment to the G.A.A. as player, trainer, manager and club official and how every match was replayed over the shop counter during the following week. Refreshments were served in the club rooms after the ceremonies and reminiscence of the life and times of Jackie were exchanged well into the night.

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Veronica Stuart, President Traditional Lacemakers of Ireland and Anne Quinn, Galway display some beautiful lace veils and lace covered shoes to Katie and Neil Lucey during a week long workshop in Gougane Barra Hotel  ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lace in Gougane

Gougane Barra Hotel hosted a devoted group of lacemakers last week for a delightful holiday that combined business and pleasure. Twenty nine practitioners of this beautiful craft come to Gougane twice a year to share their expertise and learn new skills under the leadership of Veronical Stuart, President of Traditional Lacemakers of Ireland. The group included many lacemakers from Cork and Kerry and representatives from Galway, Belfast and Scotland. After breakfast each day, they took over part of the dining room, which overlooks the famous Gougane lake and oratory, surely an inspiration to any artist. They studied the making of Carrickmacross, Limerick, Bandon, Youghal and Bobbin laces, Irish crochet, Mountmellick Embroidery, Drawn Threadwork, Cutwork, Knitted Lace and Tatting. They also exhibited some of their masterpieces. Among these was a beautiful pair of lace covered shoes, completed by Nollaig Quinn of Galway and remarkable veils. Veronica proudly displayed a photograph of Queen Elizabeth in Cork's Grand Parade holding a bouquet of flowers with lace trimming completed by Veronica.

Other visitors to Gougane Barra Hotel – walkers from America, Scotland, Italy and Spain – showed great interest in the lacemaking ladies and their craft.

Tacaois Exhibition

The Tacaois (art for older people) exhibition will be opened by Cathal Ó Riada on the 3rd May  @ 7.30. in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne. Two visual artists – Bernadette Cotter & Pauline Dodds - have been working for a number of years with older people in the Muskerry Gaeltacht – one group in the Ionad Cultúrtha, another group at Cuan Barra Day Centre in Ballingeary and the third group at Cois Cille Day Centre in Cill na Martra. This is the first time that the three groups will be exhibiting their work in one location – in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne.  There are over 30 people participating in this exhibition, so there will be more than 30 pieces of art on show from May 3rd-  31st as part of the Bealtaine Festival.

Kenmare Book Launch

Saint Clare's Girls' National School, Kenmare, launched a book entitled "Is maith and scealaí an aimsir" on Tuesday, April 24th. This book is a nostalgic look back at the history, achievements, community links and general ethos of the all girls' primary school. Saint Clare's will be demolished shortly to accommodate St. John's Primary School and its surroundings, an amalgamation of the girls' and boys' schools in the town. The book was launched by Kerry footballer, Pat Spillane and a huge number of parents, past pupils and members of the community attended. It proved an enjoyable trip down memory lane and entertainment and refreshments were provided on the evening. The book was compiled by well known photographer, Eileen O'Leary and retails at €25 and the organising committee included Maria Jeffery, Kathlyn O' Brien and Geraldine Bean Uí Cheallaigh. It contains more than 150 photographs, some black and white from the early days and more recent images in vibrant colour. It is available for sale at the school and at local outlets.

Kenmare celebrated the 150th anniversary of the 1861 arrival of the Poor Clare nuns in the town last October. One of the more striking projects undertaken to mark the event was the creation of a commemorative circle of lace, in recognition of the fact that the Poor Clare nuns introduced the skill of lacemaking to young girls during the second half of the 19th century.  The circle, 18 inches in diameter, is divided into 8 sections, each of which is then divided into portions of approximately 1in square. In the centre of each is a symbol representing the contribution of the Poor Clare nuns to Kenmare e.g. mortar board (teacher's hat), music symbol, bowl of food etc. These sections are to be completed by the children in St. Clare's school (even Junior Infant children doing at least three lines), the nuns from the convent and some of the townspeople. The thread gets stronger and the colours brighter as they move towards the edge, accommodating the work of smaller children as they move outwards. The centrepiece is a circle completed in fine white lace by experienced workers from the Kenmare Lace and Design Centre. The centre circle, about 9 inches in diameter, is painted with china white paint and a sable paint brush, as were the designs painted by the nuns in the Poor Clare Convent in the 1880s. It is hoped to have the whole work completed by June 2012.

Nora Finnegan, nee Long, runs Kenmare Lace and Design Centre and she it was who dreamed up and organised the making of the lace circle, a piece of which each of the 170 girls in the school, from Junior Infants up, completed to celebrate the tradition of lacemaking in Kenmare introduced by the St Clare nuns. Nora Long Finnegan is a native of Kilmurry and received her second level education at St. Mary's, Macroom, where the Mercy Sisters also introduced the craft of lacemaking in the 19th century, though this was no longer on the curriculum when Nora studied there.


There is a special loneliness for those who find themselves bereaved. Bereaved people today may not have families nearby to support them in their time of pain or may have family close by but feel they cannot burden them with their feelings of pain, loss, numbness, disbelief, anger etc. The recently formed bereavement group in Macroom provides support, understanding and assurance of being listened to in confidence at this most difficult time. Support team members have experienced and processed grief and loss in their own lives and are trained to facilitate others who are now grieving.
Who is it for? Anyone who has suffered a loss through the separation or death of a spouse, child, brother, sister, parent of any other significant person or event in their lives. So why not drop into any one of our Centres for a chat and a cup of tea. Family Centre, Masseytown, last Thursday of every month 6pm-7-30pm or Thrift Shop, Main Street last Monday of every month 10.30am -12noon or telephone 087 1207486 for an appointment.

Sports Mad

Allianz National Football League - Semi Final

Cork  2 – 17     Down   1- 12

Cork are through to another National League final - their third successive Division One final and fourth consecutive league final if one counts in the Division Two final of 2009.  They had an easy win over Down at Croke Park and now meet Mayo, who surprised Kerry after extra time in the other semi final and who, it will be remembered, beat Cork in the All Ireland quarter final of last year.  Mayo are the only team apart from Kerry to have beaten Cork in a major fixture at Croke Park since Conor Counihan took over in 2008. Noel O'Leary of Cill na Martra, Fintan Goold of Macroom, and Paddy Kelly of Ballincollig all started for Cork and Daniel Goulding of Eire Óg, coming back after injury, made an appearance for Cork as a substitute late in the game. Cork play Mayo at Croke Park on Sunday 29th April in a double bill with the Division Two final between Tyrone and Kildare.

Allianz National Hurling League

Cork   1 – 25 (28)   Tipperary   2 – 15 (21)

Cork hurlers, under new manager Jimmy Barry Murphy, his coaches and selectors, are through to the National Hurling League Division One final after a thrilling win over Tipperary in Thurles.  Tom Kenny of Grenagh came on as a second half substitute for Cork.  Cork have being playing some great hurling since the league started in late February and have the hurling followers back in full support of a very young and skilful team whose stick work is a joy to watch.  Cork play Kilkenny in the league final and it will be interesting to see if they stand up to the physical challenge they will undoubtedly get in that game from the All Ireland champions.  

Under 21 Football

Munster Final: Cork  2 – 12   Kerry   1 – 14

All Ireland Semi Final: Dublin   3 – 11   Cork   0 – 14

Cork defeated Kerry in the Munster final at Tralee in a dramatic game, which needed extra time to decide.  It was Cork's seventh title in nine seasons and Kerry never led them. Kevin Hallissey of Eire Óg, at left half forward, was the sole Mid Cork player on the county team.  In the All Ireland semi at Portlaoise, Cork with Kevin Hallissey again in the half line of attack, were deservedly beaten by a very powerful Dublin team and so, for the second year in a row, Cork, after a thrilling Munster campaign, lost out in the All Ireland semi final. 

Munster Minor Football Championship

Cork    3 – 13     Limerick   0 – 6

Cork minor footballers had a facile win over Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds and now meet All Ireland champions Tipperary in the Munster semi final in mid May.  Mid Cork was well represented on the county team with Sean O'Leary (Iveleary and Western Gaels) at left corner back; Colm de hÍde (Naomh Abán) at centre back; Cathal Vaughan (Iveleary) at centre forward starting and Aidan Moynihan (Canovee) and Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael/Western Gaels) coming on as substitutes in the second half.  Darren Kelly of Macroom was also a sub for Cork as was Daniel O'Connor (Eire Og).

County Senior Football Championship

Muskerry   0 – 5     Avondhu   0 – 9

Muskerry footballers are out of the Cork Senior Football championship after their second round defeat to Avondhu under lights at Riverstown in miserable freezing conditions.  Muskerry, with five Cork senior football panellists in their line up, Noel O'Leary, Liam Shorten, Fintan Goold, Sean Kiely and Daniel Goulding, were a well prepared team but when the pressure came on in the final quarter it was the all round balance of the winners which told.  Ray Carey, Paudie Kissane, Colm O'Neill, Cian O'Riordan of Mallow and sharp shooter Teddy O'Shea of Ballyclough all stepped up to the mark and Avondhu, with four unanswered points in the final quarter, were deserving winner at the final whistle.  Muskerry kicked 12 wides in all, six in each half; Avondhu kicked only three in all, and these statistics are pretty telling ones in explaining the outcome.  Still, it was a match Muskerry could have saved with a little bit of luck with their goal chances. Muskerry started well with two points in the opening four minutes.  Daniel Goulding scored after only a minute and Paddy Lynch added another point three minutes later.  Muskerry, though assisted by the wind, did not score again until Fintan Goold pointed in the 27th minute, a scoreless period of 23 minutes in which six wides were recorded.  Avondhu in that period had put five points on the board and so at half time led by 0-5 to 0-3. 

On the restart Muskerry missed some good chances of scores during a period of control.  Muskerry at last cut the deficit with a point from a Daniel Goulding '45' in the 40th minute.  Two minutes later the sides were level when Liam Shorten pointed a free for Muskerry and one would have expected that the Mid Cork side could now drive on to victory.  They were not to score again however and the very experienced Avondhu side showed the benefits of being in last year's championship semi final with a very controlled final quarter. They added four points to their total, one from a free, and were in control at the finish. Muskerry: James O'Connell (Macroom): Amhlaoibh O Loinsuigh (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh), Nollaig Ó Laoire (Cill na Martra), Aidan Corkery (Donoughmore): Seamas Ó Mathuna (Naomh Abán), Sean Kiely (Macroom), Dermot O'Herlihy (Eire Óg): Sean Ó Ceilleachair (Cill na Martra), Fintan Goold (Macroom): Paddy Lynch (Clondrohid), Conor Brosnan (Ballinora), Martin Ó Conchuir (Cill na Martra): Daniel Goulding (Eire Óg), Liam Seartan (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh), Declan Ambrose (Aghinagh). Subs: Cathal Vaughan (Iveleary), Colm Ó Laoire (Cill na Martra), both used.  The panel was completed by Eddy Walsh  (Ballinora), Conor Hayes (Dripsey), Kevin Barrett (Kilmurry), Leonaird Ó Conchuir (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh), Conor Kelleher (Donoughmore), Maidhchi Ó Duinnin (Cill na Martra), Conor O'Neill (Grenagh), Tadgh Ó Scannaill (Naomh Abán), Colm de hÍde (Naomh Abán).  The selectors were Miceal Ó Criodain (Naomh Abán), Leo Lowney (Eire Óg), Tim Keelan (Donoughmore), William Buckley (Dripsey), Gearóid Ó hÉaluithe (Cill na Martra). Team Sponsors were The Auld Triangle Bar and Restaurant, Macroom. Players and Management team were thanked by Acting Board Chairmen Pat Malone for their efforts all year.  The Leas Cathaoirleach said that everybody had given of their best and forecast that success will come to this group of players if all persevere with their efforts.  

County Football Championship Time

The Evening Echo Cork County Football Championships have already begun for Divisions and Colleges and now the time has come for the clubs to swing into action.  There is a full schedule of games listed for the weekend of 5/6th May and all Mid Cork clubs are in action.  Cork hurlers' qualification for the National League final will disrupt the scheduled programme. 

Senior Football:

Ballincollig v Ilen Rovers at Dunmanway on Saturday 5th May at 5.45p.m. 

Premier Intermediate Football

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Mayfield at Kilmurry on Saturday 5th May, 5.15 pm 

Naomh Abán v Ballinora at Kilmurry on Saturday 5th May, 7 pm

Macroom v St Vincent's at Ballyanly on Saturday 5th May, 7 pm

Intermediate Football

Grenagh v Kilavullen at Glantane on Sunday 29th April

Éire Óg v Cloyne at Riverstown on Saturday 12th May, 7.30 pm

Cill na Martra v Ballydesmond at Dromtariffe 5th May, 7 pm

Canovee v Aghabullogue at Macroom 5th May, 3.30 pm

League Form and Championship Prospects

Ballincollig – County League, Div One:

Ballincollig have played 5 games, winning 2 against O'Donovan Rossa and Kiskeam, losing 2 against Bishopstown and Newcestown, and they drew their game with Doheny's.  They are in 6th position in the league table with 5 points; the leaders, Douglas have 9 points, but have two more games played. Ballincollig's championship opponents, Ilen Rovers, have played 5 games in Div. One also and have one victory to their credit, with one draw, and are in second last position with 3 league points. Verdict: Ballincollig are capable of winning this game.

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh – County League, Div. Two

Clonakilty lead Div Two of the Co. League with 10 points from 6 games: Clon have won 5 and lost one game, that latter to Béal Átha at Clonakilty. Béal Átha are in second place in the Div. Two league with 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, giving them 9 points, one behind Clon.  Béal Átha have defeated Na Piarsaigh, Glenville, Clonakilty and Clyda Rovers; they drew at home with Naomh Abán and lost recently to Bantry Blues. Béal Átha were promoted from Div Three this season and full forward Liam Shorten is a member of the Cork Senior panel and won an All Ireland Junior medal last year with the county.  Liam and defender Amhlaoibh Lynch played with Muskerry this season in the senior championship and Leonard Ó Conchúir was also involved with the division. Championship opponents Mayfield, are playing in Div. Four of the County League and have 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats out of five games played to date.  They won the first competition of the season, The Tom Creedon Cup, defeating Macroom in the final at Macroom in February.

Verdict: A win for Béal Átha, the team with the better footballers and a consistently good record.

Naomh Abán – County League, Div Two

Naomh Abán, senior up to two seasons ago, have 5 points in the league from 2 wins (against Na Piarsaigh and Clyda) and one draw against Béal Átha.  Naomh Abán have lost to Nemo Rangers, Glenville and Clonakilty.  The success of their U 21s in the recent Mid Cork 'C' final has been a boost, as it ended a sequence of defeats in finals for the club.  The team is predominantly young and a developing side.  James O'Mahony, Tadhg Scannell and Colm Hyde were members of the Muskerry panel and Colm Hyde is centre back with Cork Minors.

Ballinora are in the Div Four league and have 3 wins from five games to date.  They were quite happy to survive in the Premier championship last season as they were short six regular players who were out of the country but these are now back in action.  They are an experienced team, quite capable of putting it up to the best on a given day.  Conor Brosnan was centre forward for Muskerry footballers and Eddie Walsh was reserve 'keeper.

Verdict: A tight contest with Naomh Abán shading the verdict if their forwards play to their undoubted abilities and put scores on the board.

Macroom – County League, Div Three.

Macroom are in 4th place in the Div Three league with 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats from 6 games played.  Macroom have defeated Kinsale, Kildorrery and St Nicholas, drawn with Mallow and lost to Grenagh and Adrigole.  They have Fintan Goold, Sean Kiely and Eoin O'Mahony on the Cork Senior football panel but the recent injury to Eoin O'Mahony will rule him out for the championship first round against Vincent's.  James O'Connell, Kiely and Goold played with Muskerry and their performances are vital for the team's well being. 

St Vincent's play in the higher league and have 2 victories (against Na Piarsaigh and Glenville) from five games played to date in Div Two.

Verdict: Teak tough Vincent's against a classier Macroom team presents a contrast in styles and possibly in mentality.  Vincent's will fancy their chances here and Macroom will need a major effort from all their team to get over this hurdle.     

Éire Óg – County League, Div Three

Éire Óg are in second place in the league, one point behind leaders Newmarket with 4 wins and 1 draw from 6 games played.  They have beaten Grenagh, Ballydesmond, Newmarket and Kinsale, and drawn with Mallow.  Their only loss to date was against Glanmire.  The welcome return of Daniel Goulding after injury is a major boost to their championship prospects.  They also have Cork U 21 forward Kevin Hallissey and lively John Dineen in a strong attack but they miss Ciarán Sheehan, still out through injury.  Defender Dermot Herlihy played on the Muskerry side this season. 

Championship opponents Cloyne are more interested in hurling but their strong forceful football style can make them difficult to beat.  They have beaten Fermoy and Aghabullogue in the Div. Four league this season.

Verdict: A win for Éire Óg if they can the ball through to their quality attackers often enough.  

Cill na Martra – County League, Div. Four

Cill na Martra lead the county league Div. Four league table after 6 games.  They have recorded wins over Cloyne, Carrigaline, Kanturk and Aghabullogue and drawn with Glanworth.  They lost narrowly to Fermoy in their only league defeat.  Cork star Noel O'Leary is their inspiration and Noel, Sean Kelleher, Colm O'Leary, Maidhchi Dineen and Martin Connors all played with Muskerry this year.

Their opponents Ballydesmond rely heavily on Donncadh O'Connor for scores.

Verdict:  Cill na Martra have the talent to defeat Ballydesmond but they must contain the threat of Donncadh O'Connor without conceding too many frees.  It will be a difficult game for Cill na Martra at Dromtariffe.

Canovee – County League, Div. Four

Canovee are second to Cill na Martra in the league with 8 points from five games played.  They have defeated Mayfield, Ballinora, Killavullen and Youghal and lost to Carrigaline, their only defeat.  Their form is quite good and they are always very difficult championship opponents.

Aghabullogue have only one victory recorded from six games played, that against Killavullen.  John Corkery has been  class act in attack to date. 

Verdict: A win for Canovee is likely but Aghabullogue can play fine football when in full flow and the smashing performances of their U 21 team in reaching the Mid Cork 'A' semi final this season should be a boost.   

County Football League – Div. Three

Macroom   3 – 11   St Nicholas  0 – 03

            At the Castle Grounds, Macroom, with the benefit of the strong wind, started well, with three points in the first five minutes from Andrew Hegarty, Olan Murphy and Patrick Lucey.  Macroom lost Ger Angland and Eoin O'Mahony through injury (both accidental) in the first quarter, but finished the half well with a smashing goal from Pa Lucey and points from Hegarty, Sean Kiely and Conor O'Sullivan, to lead by 1-07 to 0-1 at half time.  A goal from a penalty in the 50th minute from Fintan Goold and one from play from Conor O'Sullivan in the closing minutes helped Macroom to a comprehensive victory.  The Macroom defence played well all through, with Fintan Goold, Rory Buckley and Michael Cahill particularly prominent.  Macroom: James O'Connell: Peter Lynch, Rory Buckley, John Angland: Michael Cahill, Fintan Goold, Gerard Angland: Sean Kiely, Eoin O'Mahony: Tony Dineen, Ciaran Murphy, Andrew Hegarty: Conor O'Sullivan, John Goold, Patrick Lucey. Subs: Olan Murphy, Darren Kelly, Martin O'Donnell, David Horgan, Pat Kelleher (all used) and Dylan Dineen, Thomas Creedon, Brian Tiernan.

Cill na Martra   1-9     Aghabullogue   0 – 9

            Cill na Martra confirmed their position on top of the Div. Four County league table with this home win against Aghabullogue.  Cill na Martra led by 0-6 to 0-3 at half time in a tight encounter and Danny O'Connell's second half goal was the score which eventually decided the game.  John Corkery was in sparkling form for the visitors.  Cill na Martra: Antoin Ó Conaill: Marc Ó Goili, Colm Ó Laoire, Tadhg MacSuibhne: Caoimhin Ó hEaluithe, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Tadg Ó Duinnin: Sean Ó Ceilleachair, Cathal MacSuibhne: Martin Ó Conchuir, Caoimhin Ó Suilleabhain, Caoimhin Ó hUidhir: Danni Ó Conaill, Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Maidhchi Ó Duinnin. Ionaidi: Padraig Ó hAodha, Gearoid de hÍde.


Cill na Martra   1 – 14   Kanturk   3 - 5

            In their previous league encounter, Cill na Martra, without their county star Nollaig Ó Laoire, travelled to Kanturk, conceded three first half goals to the home side but still came out on top at the finish. Kanturk led buy 3-2 to 0-7 at the break but Cill na Martra, with Martin Connors, Danny O'Connell, Kevin Hoare, Maidhchi Dineen and Kevin O'Sullivan in scoring form, hauled in the lead and Martin Connor's goal was the difference between the teams at the final whistle. Jonathan Lynch and Brendan Lynch saw action in this game for Cill na Martra.  

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior Football Championship

First Round Fixtures:

Dripsey  v  Donoughmore at Coachford on Friday, 27th April, at 7.15 pm

Losers  to play Macroom/Ballinora

Blarney  v  Inniscarra at Donoughmore on Friday, 4th May at 7.30 pm

Losers to play Kilmurry/Clondrohid

Ballincollig  v  Iveleary at Kilmurry on Saturday 12 May at 7.30 pm

Losers to play Aghinagh/Kilmichael

Aghinagh  v  Kilmichael at Carrigadrohid on Sunday 13th May  at 7.00 pm

Losers to play Ballincollig/Iveleary

Kilmurry  v  Clondrohid at Annahala on Saturday 19th May at 7.30pm

Losers to play Blarney/Inniscarra

Macroom  v  Ballinora at Cloughduv on Sunday 20th May ay 7 pm

Losers to play Dripsey/Donoughmore

Mid  Cork Championship Preview

The Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior 'A' Football championship starts on Friday 27 April with the clash of  Dripsey and Donoughmore at Coachford.  This game is a repeat of last year's final at the same venue, which was won by Donoughmore.   

Mid Cork Junior 'A' Football Final 2011 (4 Sept. 2011)

Donoughmore   1 – 7     Dripsey   1 – 3

It took Donoughmore seven games to reach this year's Mid Cork final, Dripsey only played three to get to the same final stage and Donoughmore learned a lot on their lengthy journey.  They needed all the experience accumulated along the way to stay strong in their Mid Cork Final joust with Dripsey as their opponents had them on the ropes for long stages but Donoughmore held in, soaked up the pressure, eventually broke free and finished in a blaze of glory to deservedly take the title for the first time sine 1998.  Spare a thought for Dripsey who have now lost three Mid Cork finals in four years and have yet to win the title. 

A very strong wind favoured Donoughmore in the first half but it was Dripsey who scored first when Stephen Murray pointed in the eight minute.  Three minutes later Dripsey struck a heavy blow when David O'Sullivan parted to John Carey near to the Donoughmore goal and the wing back was fouled.  A penalty was awarded, David O'Sullivan drove the ball low to the Donoughmore net and Dripsey were jubilant with a four point lead, playing against the wind and carrying the game to their opponents.  Stalemate ensued subsequently and in fact the next score did not come until the 24th minute when Donoughmore at last got on the scoreboard with a point from Aidan O'Shea.  Conor Kelleher added another point to their tally immediately and Dripsey missed a couple of very scorable free kicks, which proved costly in the final analysis.  Deep in injury time Shane Sexton pointed a Donoughmore free to further improve their situation and at half time there was only a point between the teams, Dripsey leading by 1-1 to 0-3, a situation which on the run of play flattered Donoughmore but which was still satisfactory from a Dripsey viewpoint as they would now have the benefit of the strong wind in the second half.

On the restart Dripsey went on the attack and missed a glorious opportunity of scoring a goal but two forwards fluffed the chance between them and the ball was cleared by goalkeeper Evan Forde who advanced off his line to save the day. In the 36th minute Aidan Buckley pointed a free for Dripsey and repeated this exercise five minutes later to open up a 1-3 to 0-3 lead in favour of Dripsey.  Donoughmore were now beginning to enjoy a greater share of possession than before and were clearly getting ready for a stirring finishing stage just as they had done in their semi final win over Kilmurry.  The goal they needed to ignite their rally came in the 42nd minute.  Aidan Corkery drove forward out of defence, parted to Tom Day who in turn fed through to Aidan O'Shea.  The latter sent the ball across the goalmouth and as Ray Moynihan advanced Darren Barrett hurled himself forward to fist the ball to the corner of the net.  The teams were now level and Donoughmore had the scent of victory in their nostrils.  Aidan Corkery kicked Donoughmore into the lead in the 46th minute and Shane Sexton finished a sweet movement with another point a minute later as the momentum gathered apace.  Donoughmore went three points clear ten minutes from time when Aidan O'Shea took a pass from Brian O'Connell and sent over the bar but the Donoughmore surge was temporarily halted when Gary Murphy pointed a '45' for Dripsey in the 52nd minute.  Donoughmore had the look of winners now and Shane Sexton set up Kevin Kearney for a quick reply and only the crossbar denied Conor Kelleher of a goal in the 54th minute.  There was to be no further scoring in the final seven minutes of normal time plus some added time but Donoughmore were now in control and playing with a dash that Dripsey could not match and the final whistle was greeted with scenes of joy by Donoughmore players, mentors and supporters alike.  Donoughmore: Evan Forde: Denis O'Connell, James Honohan, Dan O'Sullivan: Aidan Corkery, Patrick Murphy, David Lee: Daniel Forde, Tom Daly: Colm O'Callaghan, Conor Kelleher, Shane Sexton: Aidan O'Shea, Darren Barrett, Brian O'Connell. Subs: Kevin Kearney, Oliver Murphy and Stephen Golden.  Trainer/Coach: Tomas Golden and John Crowley. Selectors: Paul Crowley, Barry Holland, Philip O'Callaghan and Barry Twomey.  Dripsey: Ray Moynihan: Jeremy O'Driscoll, Conor Hayes, Liam Buckley: John Carey, Pat O'Riordan, Daniel Buckley: Thomas Ahearne, Diarmuid O'Riordan: Stephen Murray, Gary Murphy, Dave Buckley: David O'Sullivan, David Forde, Aidan Buckley.  Subs: Shane Burke and John Buckley.  Referee: Mr Ted Hayes (Eire Óg).

                  Played      Won      Lost  Drawn    For   Against  Diff  Points

Clondrohid       5            3          1         1            65    56            9      7

Donoughmore 4            3          0         1            59    51            8       7

Kilmurry          3            3          0         0            56    25            31      6

Iniscarra          4            3          1         0            47    42            5       6

Iveleary          2            2          0         0            31    18            13      4

Ballincollig       3            2          1         0            36    32            4       4

Dripsey           4            1          3         0            53    50            3       2

B. Átha'n Gh.   6            1          5         0            68    101          -33    2

Kilmichael        3            0          3         0            26    39            -13    0

Blarney           4            0          4         0            32    59            -27    0

Clearly, Donoughmore have been showing better league form than Dripsey to date and so must be the fancied team to advance to Round Three but Dripsey are a good experienced team who may feel that they had the measure of their opponents last year but threw away their chance of victory and can reverse the outcome on this occasion. 

Inniscarra  v  Blarney (Fri 4th May at Donoughmore)

The only team to beat Donoughmore in last year's Mid Cork championship were Inniscarra and they will approach their game with Blarney in good spirits after a good league campaign to date.  Inniscarra lost to Iveleary in the 3rd round last year (0-9 to 0-12) and their team on that occasion was: Inniscarra: Dominick Kelleher: Tommy Buckley, Kevin Burke, Donal O'Callaghan: Brian O'Keeffe, Padraig O'Callaghan, John O'Callaghan: Alan Sheehan, Ger Burke: Liam O Riain, James Murphy, Timmy Murphy: Sean O'Callaghan, Daniel O'Connell, Padraig O'Brien. Subs: Colm Casey, John O'Keeffe and Richard O'Connor.  Not all of these players are availiable at present but with Paul Kavanagh, James Cully and Conor Cronin to add to the list, Inniscarra can field a good experienced team.

Rochestown Park Hotel Division 1 Football League results to date:

Team 1            Score         Score          Team 2

Clondrohid         3-5              1-11     DONOUGHMORE

Béal Átha'n Gh. 1-10            1-5      BLARNEY

Ballincollig          1-10            2-4      DRIPSEY

INNISCARRA      1-9              0-7      Clondrohid

BLARNEY            0-4              1-12     Iveleary

DONOUGHMORE                    1-10     1-7  Kilmichael

Kilmurry            3-12            0-4      Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh

DRIPSEY            2-13            0-7      Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh

Kilmichael          0-8              2-6      INNISCARRA

Clondrohid         0-12            0-7      Ballincollig

INNISCARRA      1-10            0-11     Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh

DRIPSEY            1-7              1-11     Clondrohid

BLARNEY            2-7              2-15     Kilmurry

Béal Átha'n Gh.  3-11            3-13     DONOUGHMORE

DONOUGHMORE                    0-10     0-7  BLARNEY

Kilmichael          0-8              0-14     Kilmurry

Béal Átha'n Gh.  1-10            2-12     Clondrohid

Iveleary             1-13            2-8      DRIPSEY

Iniscarra            1-7              3-7      Ballincollig

Pic 59
 ©St. Val's under 14 team that won the county Féile and qualified to represent Cork in the All Ireland in June  

St. Val's Updates

St Val's   1.5       Mourneabbey   4.11

On a cold and windy night at Donoughmore GAA grounds, Mourneabbey overcame St Val's to win their first senior title. Val's had wind advantage in the first half, but it was the girls from Mourneabbey who started stronger, kicking the first score from play inside the first few minutes and adding another two points before they raised the first green flag after a great move involving four players. At this stage Val's were struggling to gain any possession around the field and Mourneabbey added another two points before Val's finally registered their first score, a point from midfielder Briege Corkery. Mairead Corkery then breached the Mourneabbey defence to score  a great goal and reduce the lead further. But just before half time Mourneabbey increased their lead again to seven points with a well taken goal from their full forward, Doireann O'Sullivan to leave the score at the break 2.5 to 1.1 in favour of Mourneabbey. With the winds at their backs for the second half, Mourneabbey continued to stretch their lead with a couple of points from play.Val's kept plugging away and added two points, frees from Aoife Plunkett. But it was Mourneabbey who were in total control adding another two goals midway through the half to kill this game as a contest. Val's did add two fine individual points from substitute Claire Byrne near the end before Mourneabbey added another few points before the final whistle to record their first title at this grade.

County Féile: St Val's were crowned Cork County Féile champions for 2012 after a convincing win over Douglas in the final at the Passage West GAA grounds. They played Fermoy in their first game and after a low scoring first half they  added  1.1 in the second to win by a point. Their next game was against Kinsale and they ran out comfortable winner. Their final game in the group stages was against Boherbue and after a close fought game our girls won by two points. Having topped the group, they reached the semi-final against Rosscarbery, whom they easily defeated, playing some great football. Douglas were the opposition  in the final and our girls continued from were they left off in the semi-final playing excellent football all throughout the match. With all our defenders marking tightly, Douglas failed to penetrate and when they did get through, keeper Chelsea Love pulled off some great saves, including a penalty, to deny them vital scores. Máiréad Sullivan and Michelle O'Callaghan at midfield, provided plenty of ball into the forward line and they added 1.5 to Douglas 0.2 at the half time whistle. They continued to pile on the pressure in the second half and stretched the lead further with goals from Nicola Dennehy and Bronagh Hartnett and some fine points by Sarah Byrne, Rachel Moynihan and Megan McCarthy. Ciara McCarthy who was playing well at centre forward added their fourth goal in the final minutes before Shauna Burns kicked the final point just before the final whistle. Nicola Dennehy collected the cup on behalf of the team amid great excitement and scenes of celebrations. They now go on to represent Cork in the All Ireland Féile which will be held at the end of June in Offaly/Laois.

We wish the under 16 team the best of luck against Naomh Abán in the Mid-Cork semi final and the under 14 teams playing Nemo Rangers and Ballyphane at home.

Canovee G.A.A.

League East U 12: Canovee 7 – 4 Kinsale 7 – 4; Canovee 2 – 9 Aghinagh 4 – 11.

U 13 BCanovee 4 – 8 St. Vincent's 5 – 4;

On April 16 Canovee played St. Vincent's away in the under 13B League. Canovee were under pressure playing against the wind in the first half and were behind at half time by 1 – 0 to 5 – 3. They mounted a comeback in the second half and slowly whittled down the St. Vincent lead and with time running out, Canovee got the lead score to run out winners by one point. They now have 8 points out of 8 in the League and are due to play the championship on April 30. Canovee: Daniel Akinrinbola, Cian Bradley, John Brown, Noel Browne, Sean Browne, Olan Byrne, Johnny Byrne, David Carroll, Dara Cronin, Eoin Cullen, Patrick Hayes, Sean Keating, Billy Kingston, Eoghan Lehane, Shane Lucey, Evan Mahony, Stephen McCarthy, John McMahon, Cathal Moynihan, Eric Moynihan, Denis Murphy, Mark O'Brien, Daniel O'Driscoll, David O'Keeffe, Pádraig O'Leary, Patrick O'Neill, Daniel O'Riordan, Shane Riordan, David Tupper, Kieran Walsh.

Canovee 2 – 2 Ballygarvan 0 – 0.

U 15 B Canovee 1 – 11 Cill na Martra 4 – 9

Canovee played Cill na Martra at Carrigadrohid. A goal by Conor Hughes helped Canovee lead at half time 1 – 7 to 1 – 4. Cill na Martra, with wind advantage, slowly got on top and at the final whistle were ahead. Canovee: Cathal Moynihan, Odhran Mullaney, Humphrey O'Mahony, Sean Browne, Brian Verling, Gavin Hickey, Patrick Buckley, Conor Hughes, Jack Murphy, Denis Murphy, Kevin O'Leary, Neil Kirk, Eoin Cullen, Mark Healy, Dean Looney. Subs. John O'Riordan, Daniel O'Riordan, David Carroll.

Junior Football League Division 2. Canovee 2 – 9 Kimurry 1 – 9.

Canovee's second adult team played their first League game of the season at home to Kilmurry in Division 2 on April 11. Canovee fielded a team of youth and experience and got off to a slow start. A few early points put Kilmurry ahead and they led at half time 1 –5 to 0 – 4. Canovee got stronger as the game went on, with goals coming from Michael Quinlan and a cracking effort from Mark Verling. At the full time whistle, Canovee were ahead. A big panel togged out, with a lot of subs coming on. Canovee: Darren Shine, Donal Cronin, Jerry Murphy, Billy Creedon, Michael A O'Sullivan, Andrew Cronin, Gearoid Lucey, Timmy Lyons, Conor Buckley, Michael Quinlan, Daniel O'Sullivan, James Moynihan, Mark Verling, Sean O'Connell, Gerry Shanahan. The selectors for the year are James Scanlan, Ger Ahern and Kevin Moynihan.

Cork Minors: Aidan Moynihan played with Cork Minor Footballers away to Limerick in the Munster Championship on April 14. Cork are at home to Tipperary in the next round on May 16.

Fixtures: April 29th Intermediate football league, Canovee v Cloyne at Carrigadrohid at 12 noon.  April 30th Under 13 B Football Championship Canovee are away to the winners of Ballinora and Lisgoold. April 30th Under 16 B League Canovee v Grenagh in Grenagh at 7p.m. Sunday May 6 Intermediate Football Championship, Canovee v Aghabullogue at 3.30p.m. in Macroom.

Lotto: April 22: Numbers Drawn: 2, 7, 14, 30. No winner. €50 Peter Sexton, Farran. €25 Patrick Deasy, Aherlamore, Peggy Soylu c/o Don Carroll . Jack the Joker, John T. Roche, Dripsey. Summer Qualifier, Margo Duffy. Next draw in the Sportsman Bar. 

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 Participants in Kilmurry Easter Football Camp with Ciarán Sheehan  ©

Kilmurry Underage

Easter Camp: On April 12th Kilmurry Easter camp took place under the watchful eye of Ciarán Sheehan, who proved to be very popular as he made his way from group to group offering advice and assistance. As he spoke with each group he emphasised the need for modern day players to be able to kick with both feet and highlighted the importance of a balanced, healthy diet for all sportsmen and women. Ciarán presented medals to last year's U 13 team who won the A league and he presented the league shield to Liam O'Sullivan, Captain. Ciaran's final task of the day was to present Pádraig Berhanu with his juvenile player of the year award. Pádraig has had continued success this year, being part of the De La Salle team who reached the Corn Uí Mhuirí final. Before Ciaran departed Donagh Wall, Chairman of the Juvenile Club, thanked him for taing the time to attend the camp and for the patience and attention he gave the young players. 

U6 and U8: Training is continuing every Sunday morning at the Club between 11 and 12. All are welcome. 

U10s: Aghinagh U10s travelled to Kilmurry for the second round of the Rebel Óg league. Kilmurry fielded a strong team but Aghinagh were a match for them and opened the scoring with a point and this solitary score was the difference between the two sides for most of the first half. The low scoring was testament to the quality of football, combined with the even balance between the two sides. Kilmurry had numerous chances to even the score but some outstanding goalkeeping from Aghinagh combined with determined defending kept Kilmurry scoreless. As the half drew to a close the game began to open up with Aghinagh finding the net and Kilmurry opening their scoring with a point. The second half saw more scores as both sides began to come to terms with each other and Kilmurry had two goals of their own followed by a number of well taken points.  Aghinagh also found the net in the second half but it was not enough and the game ended 2-6 to 2-4 in favour of Kilmurry. The U10s are due to play Kinsale and Kilnamartra in the coming weeks.

U12: Kilmurry U12s played Macroom and had a good win in what was a fairly evenly balanced match. The final score was Kilmurry 3-10 Macroom 3-6.

U13: Kilmurry U13s played both Youghal and Mayfield in the Eastern Division League. Youghal made the journey to Kilmurry but the game was very much a one sided affair with Kilmurry coming out easy winners on a score line of 6-15 to 0-3. Mayfield proved to be stronger opposition but Kilmurry again emerged the victors in this game which ended Kilmurry 1-10, Mayfield 2-2. 

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt

The Club Singles Strokeplay Competition took place in varying weather conditions last weekend,the 21 /22 April. 1st Gross Colm Healy. 1st Nett Michael Dunlea, 2nd Gross Jim O'Donoghue. 2nd Nett Sean O'Leary. COPE: The Cope Foundation annual charity event which takes place over a number of West Cork courses commences at the Annahala course in Kilmichael on Tuesday 1st May with tee-off at 6.30pm to 7.30pm. As it is a charity event, Kilmachael Club members are asked to bring along a suitable prize.

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Donoughmore's Under 14s show their delight at winning the Cork Ladies Basketball Championship at Neptune Stadium.  © Mike English

Lee Valley Basketball   

U14B Championship Final

Lee Valley  40      Donoughmore 42

This was a most entertaining final played in front of a large crowd in Neptune Stadium on Sunday 22nd of April. Lee Valley got off to the better start and were 9 points ahead at the end of the first quarter. Donoughmore stormed into the game in the 2nd quarter and were 13 points up at the start of the 3rd quarter. Lee Valley managed to draw level in the 4th quarter and at this stage it was anybody's game. However Donoughmore managed to get the winning basket in the last minute, ending on  a score line of Lee Walley 40 Donoughmore 42. Great credit is due to both teams in the sporting manner in which the game was played. Congratulations to Donoughmore on winning the final. Lee Valley's Orla Hannon received the MVP Award from Andrew Drumm. Lee Valley: Aoife Doyle, Aine Barry, Orla Hannon, Saoirse McCarthy, Aideen Buckley,  Meadhbh Barry, Bridog McSweeney,  Brionnagh Healy, Joanne Kelly,  Sarah Doyle.

Results of games played in Macroom 14th April 2012.

U16B   Lee Valley (41) Midleton (34)

This match started off well for the Midleton girls but the Lee Valley side came back brilliantly in the second quarter.  Sarah Beth O'Mullane  and Síofra Burgoyne had a great second quarter, scoring with the help of their team mates passes.  Elaine O'Brien  and  Suzanne Barry  did some great defending and rebounding, as did Elizabeth Wall and Lauren Buckley who did some great intercepting .  Orla Hannon had a great game, lovely passing and scoring and Gráinne Masters and Brionnagh Healy helped with sterling defending.  In all a great game and a very exciting finish going into extra time for a win for the Lee Valley girls.  Well done to both teams today.  Top Scorers Lee Valley:  Sarah Beth O'Mullane, Orla Hannon, Síofra Burgoyne. Top Scorers Midleton: Ciara Ryan, Jena Keating, Laura Barry.

U12B Lee Valley (34)  Cobh (21) 

This was a very good match with both teams playing well. Lee Valley's Meav Barry and Aideen Buckley scored some lovely layups and there were good shots from a distance from Joanne Kelly. Sarah Doyle was quick to intercept the ball and made some very good passes and layups. Kate Brady had a good game, taking her scoring opportunities well. Both Katie Ronan and Niamh Walsh were quick on defence and made it difficult for Cobh to attack. Congratulations to the Lee Valley girls.

Top Scorers. Lee Valley: Aideen Buckley, Meav Barry, Sarah Doyle. Cobh: Zoey Scannell, Lauren Breen, Eva Hennessy.

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Donoughmore, Division 1 winners at the Cork Ladies Basketball Championships at Neptune Stadium.  © Mike English

Soccer Updates


AUL Premier League Macroom A 2 Coachford 2

Macroom A picked up a share of the spoils by drawing 2-2 in a highly entertaining and competitive local derby against Coachford. Anthony O'Donoghue and James O'Connor got the goals for the home side. 

Macroom A 1 Knockavilla 3

Macroom A fell to a disappointing home league defeat against Knockavilla, who got a bit of revenge for a Macroom win earlier this year. William O'Riordan deservedly put Macroom up in the first half with a sweet strike, but Knockavilla were a different side in the second half, and ran out clear winners.

AUL Division Two League Macroom B 4  De Courcey Albion 2 

Macroom B secured three vital points, coming from behind twice to beat De Courcey Albion 4-2 at the Town Park Macroom. That result means that a victory for the B's against Rylane will guarantee safety. De Courcey hit the front but Macroom hit back on 18, when Barry Fitzgeralds near-post header was turned in by the man on the post. De Courcey took the lead on 32 through a corner, The home side equalised at a vital time before half time. Again Kelleher with a pin point delivery, this time John Ronan with an excellent header. The second half started at a slower pace but Macroom got the vital fifth goal on 77, when Fitzgerald was taken down and Pat Kelleher stood up to convert the spot kick and Liam Lynch made victory secure with a late goal. Macroom: John Angland, David Murnane, John Ronan, Frank Kiely, Pat Kelleher, Liam Lynch, Barry Healy, Michael Browne, Denis Canty, Bryan Bradley, Barry Fizgerald. Subs: David O'Leary, Darren'Brien,Robert Cahalane.
Macroom Schoolboy Soccer

Umbro 15 Division 3: Carrigaline 3 Macroom 5

Macroom U15 are still in with a shout of winning their league title, after recording an impressive win over Carrigaline. Marco Healy, James Murphy, Christy McCarthy, Brian Corcoran and Jack O Donovan got the goals. 

Umbro 14 Division 4: Churchvilla 2 Macroom 2

Macroom U14 were unlucky to draw 2-2 against Churchvilla, conceding a late penalty after they had enough chances to win it. Brian Hinchion scored the first from a superb Michael McSweeney cross in the first half, and Luke Costin Healy hit the goal of the season, a sensational 60 yard effort to lob their keeper!! 

Umbro U13 Division 3: Crosshaven 3 Macroom 5

Macroom dominated in large parts with Kevin Condon scoring a great hat trick and his younger brother Kieran also getting on the score sheet. Ben O'Donoghue got the other goal. Great work has been done by the two coaches Michael Browne and James O' Connor.

Umbro 11 Group 5:Blarney United 2 Macroom 1

Macroom Under 11's were unlucky to lose narrowly away to Blarney. Great effort by the players, with Dylan Twomey grabbing their goal.

Macroom U10's: Superb comeback by Macroom U10s coming from 2-0 down away to Mayfield with 13 minutes left with goals from Luke O'Sullivan and Adam McCarthy. 

Macroom U9's: Macroom U9's are getting some excellent results of late, first beating Evergreen 7-4, and then drawing 2-2 with Richmond.

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Leeside u-14s who won the 2012 Supervalu West Cork Schoolboys 1st division title.  ©


Leeside u-14s recently won the 2012 Supervalu West Cork Schoolboys' 1st division title. This game was at home in Inchigeela against Skibbereen B. The visitors produced a determined display and it was 50 minutes before Leeside got the first goal of the game. Leeside's top scorer, Chrisog Jones, reacted quickest in a crowded penalty box to head home from close range and push his side 1-0 in front. Skibbereen fought back but Leeside's Tim O'Dea finished off a flowing move to make it 2-0. Skibbereen did score two minutes from full time but Leeside were not to be denied the title and claimed a 2-1 victory. There were scenes of joy and celebration at the final whistle by players, managers and supporters.

Coachford AFC

The Coachford side continues to progress in the premier league and enjoyed a super win at the weekend when they defeated Greenwood by one goal to nil. The lads now take on Leeside in Coachford on Tuesday May 1st at 6.45pm. Last Saturday the future of the soccer club were on display when the under 9s played Mallow in a very exciting game in Coachford. The young boys gave their all and recovered from going a goal down to equalize when Brian Dineen got at the end of a beautiful corner from Brendan Harington to power the ball to the back of the net. Unfortunately the boys from the North Cork town took the lead again with only five minutes to go and Coachford were unable to find another equalizer. The under 9 team  were Darrah Herlihy, Jack Moynihan, Neil Moynihan, Sean Martin Murray, Colm Walshe, Danny Herlihy, Brendan Harrington, Brian Dineen. On Sunday a lot of the same players lined out for the under 10s when they traveled to Rockmount to play in their league. This was another tight encounter but unfortunately Coachford again lost 2-1 with the Coachford goal coming from an excellent individual effort from Brendan Harrington. The under 10 team were Mark Murphy, Tony Nolan, Ardal O Buachallai, Padraig O Sullivan, Rory Walsh, Darrah Herlihy, Brian Dineen, Jack Moynihan, Sean Buckley, Ben Barrow.