Lee Valley Outlook - May 24 2012 v9e11

Cov PicMother's Pride ©Lee Valley Outlook


Lee Valley Diary   2

Macroom Updates   3

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí 2012. 3

'The Shopeen' Expands  4

Summer Holiday  4

Catherine McAuley Awards  5

McEgan College Award Ceremony  6

Macroom Library  6

Briery Gap Programme  7

Snippets   7

Lee Valley Updates   9

Aghinagh Mastermind  9

Vintage Fashion in Donoughmore  9

Donoughmore Amenity Walkway  9

Clondrohid Updates  10

JJ Long Fund  11

Ireland's Highest Pub Burns  12

Platform at the Mills  12

Bookworms   12

GIY   by Michael Kelly   12

Advertising Features   13

Helping Switch to Digital Television. 13

Safety on the Farm   14

New Walking Group  14

Macroom's WasteMatchers Success  15

Trash or Treasure?  15

Sports Mad   16

County Football Championships 2012  16

Ross Oil Ltd. Mid Cork Junior 'A' Football Championship  17

Hurling Championships Begin  22

League Form: 22

Ballincollig Credit Union Mid Cork Junior A Hurling Championship  23

Inter County Minor Hurling and Football 23

Ladies Football League Final 23

Lee Valley Footballers Honoured  24

Kilmurry Underage News  24

Macroom GAA Under Age  24

Athletics  25

Macroom Ladies Football. 26

St. Val's Notes. 26

Canovee G.A.A. 26

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt 28

Lee Valley Diary

Briery Gap:

Fri. May 25 @ 8.00 pm The Signatories 1916 Concert

Mon. May 28 @ 2p.m. An American in Paris

Macroom Library: 

Bealtaine Art Exhibition from May 7- 31
Taispeántas Art Grúpa Seanóirí Ghaeltacht Mhúscraí June 1 – 30.
Ciorcal Gaeilge. Friday May 25th 10.30 – 11.30a.m.
Penn Book Club Fri. June 1
Adult Book Club Wed. June 6
Purlies Thurs. June 7th 11a.m - 12.30p.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.

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

Shopeen open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10a.m. - 3p.m.

Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí: Óstán Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne, Aoine 25/5/12, 7i.n.
Coachford Players: comedy in The Village Inn, Fri. and Sat. May 25/26  at 9pm.

Donoughmore Amenity Walk: Stuake; 2p.m.; Sat. 26th May
Aherla and District Vintage Clubs's annual run on Sun. May 27 @ 11a.m.
Family Fun Day at St. Colman's B.N.S., Macroom Sun. May 27th, 2 to 6 p.m. Golden Oldies: Mon. May 28 @ 2p.m. in Briery Gap, An American in Paris.

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

Cemetery Mass at St. Colman's, Killarney Road on Tues. May 29 at 7:30pm.

Coffee Morning: St. Joseph's Young Priests' Society; Fr. Ryan Hall, Macroom. Fri. June 1 10.30a.m.

Macroom Ladies Football Training on Wednesday evenings in Tom Creedon Park. U10, U12 and U14 at 6pm and U16 and Junior training at 7.15pm.

Macroom Art Group exhibition in Macroom Library continues to May 31.

Coachford Cycling Club: The Muskerry Tour – Sun. 24th June.

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

Pic 08Music session . at the official opening of Fleadh Chorcaí in the Castle Hotel, Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí 2012.

The curtain came down on Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí on Sunday evening 13th May in Macroom, when the winners of the senior Céilí band competition, The Awbeg representing Freemount Comhaltas, took to the gig rig in the square with an electrifying performance.  It was a fitting end to a hugely successful Fleadh Cheoil, where over 1000 competitors graced the packed competitions venues in the Briery Gap, McEgan College, Castle Hotel and GAA Hall with stunning individual and group performances. Those who came 1st and 2nd will be making their way to the Munster Fleadh in Dungarvan, with quite a few 3rd prize winners also getting the nod to join them as recommended by the adjudicators because of the very high standard achieved. Comhaltas members from all over the Lee Valley did very well in competition: the Aghinagh Comhaltas host branch will have 3 members going forward to Munster, Micheál Ó Ríordaín, Aisling O'Connell and John Lyons with Paddy O'Donovan, Shauna Burns and Michael Cummins acquitting themselves well in their competitions.   Lachtaín Naofa Comhaltas of Kilnamartyra will also be well represented in Dungarvan by Seán Ó Muimhneacháin and Seosamh Ó Críodáin. Millstreet , Niall Ó Cathasaigh ( Ballincollig) and Newcestown had many performers with some also progressing to the Munster Fleadh. All the results can be checked out on  www corkfleadh.ie. There was a palpable buzz all around Macroom in the week leading into the Fleadh , starting with a session night in Murray's Bar on the Tuesday.   Macroom Oatmeal's contribution to Macroom was acknowledged with a fine display of home made breads, cookies, scones and other treats, all produced with the famous ingredients.

Pic 01Claire Dinneen takes to the ramp at the Fleadh Chorcaí Fashion Show in the Castle Hotel, Macroom.   ©Lee Valley Outlook

The owners,  the Creedon family, were in attendance and thoroughly enjoyed Sean Ó Muimhneacháin's newly composed song, 'Macroom Oatmeal', which brought the house down with its  slightly tongue in cheek outlining of the excessive benefits of eating Macroom Oatmeal. On Wednesday a full house turned out for Taispeántas Faisean as Gaeilge in the Castle Hotel and enjoyed a great night of fashion with garments supplied by Gay Girl, TM Cronin's , O' Neills, Dunnes Stores, Style My Bump and Ann Murphy Accessories, with Stylz  of Coachford  providing the hair and beauty treatment for all the models. The official opening took place on the Friday night and also commemorated the music of the late Con Foley, a native of Macroom, with a revival of a number of his tunes. Many members of the Foley family attended the event, including his nephews Cllr Con Foley and Macroom Lord Mayor, Tom Counihan. The Fleadh committee extends a míle buíochas to all the helpers and volunteers that helped over the weekend and in the months leading up to the Fleadh to ensure that it was such a successful event.

Pic 06Family connections of musician, Con Foley, who was honoured at the official opening of Fleadh Chorcaí, from left, Con and Michael Foley, Margaret Mousset, Denis, Tom and Eileen Foley and Tom Counihan. ©Lee Valley Outlook

 'The Shopeen' Expands   

The newly expanded and relocated 'Shopeen' at Barrett's Place is proving a great success for Macroom Senior Citizens. Like all voluntary organisations, they have seen financial support from government agencies cut back in recent years and, in order to maintain the excellent level of services, the Committee must raise more funds themselves. 'The Shopeen' is a charity shop for used clothing and other items which supporters donate and are then resold. It has proved to be a wonderful venture and the source of steady income and of course, it provides great bargains for the shoppers. The Shopeen is now open four days per week - Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday - from 10a.m. - 3p.m. each day. It is located next to the Fr Ryan Hall, at the entrance to Annville. Public support for The Shopeen has been excellent in the past year and there is no shortage of volunteers willing to 'mind the shop'. The Senior Citizens Committee can guarantee that all money raised is spent on providing facilities for the elderly in Macroom.

Summer Holiday

A fifty-four strong group from Macroom Active Retirement and Macroom Senior Citizens are currently enjoying their annual holiday in ideal weather conditions in the west of Ireland. They set out from Macroom on May 20, en route for the Castle Court Hotel in Westport, Co Mayo and will return on Friday May 25. During their stay the group go on daily visits to places such as Galway and Achill Island, led by tour guide, Pat Sheehy. They enjoy entertainment in the hotel each evening after dinner. The group is accompanied by Macroom Senior Citizens' committee members Pat O'Connell, Regina Casey and Evelyn McSweeney.

Pic 55Bobbie O'Dwyer (centre), Manager AIB, Macroom presenting €10,000 cheque to Ciaran Cooke, Principal, St. Mary's Secondary School, Macroom, All-Ireland Bank Champions, with, from left: Orna Hinchion, Tracy Cronin, Chelsea Cunningham, Arlene O'Donoghue (Business Teacher), Sharon McSweeney, Caroline Keogh, Lucy Kelleher, Grace O'Sullivan (Student Officer AIB Macroom) and Gene McPolin (AIB Regional Director).  © O'Sullivan Photo, Macroom  

Catherine McAuley Awards

Achievements were applauded at St. Mary's Secondary School annual Catherine McAuley awards recently.  A very pleasant evening was held in the school's general purpose area, where Principal, Mr. Ciarán Cooke, welcomed guests and distinguished past pupil, Ms. Ann Kelleher.  Ann is the first ever female to receive a Ph.D. from the national micro-electronics research centre which is now part of University College Cork and is also the first Irish woman to be appointed as vice president of Intel.  Mr. Cooke warmly welcomed Ms. Kelleher and congratulated her on her contribution to technology worldwide. He went on to say that the Catherine McCauley Awards recognise the qualities of character promoted by the founder of the Mercy order  - kindness, generosity, courtesy, self-motivation, punctuality, participation in extra-curricular activities and community involvement. The large audience of proud parents and guests was treated to a performance by the All Ireland winning school choir. Mr. Cooke then congratulated the students who achieved certificates of full attendance for this academic year and particularly mentioned Caroline Looney and Helen O'Riordan who have full attendance for their six years in St Mary's despite two inclement winters. The school enjoyed a very successful sports year, reaching the All Ireland Camogie Final and winning the Cork County Basketball Final.  Mr. Cooke acknowledged the sporting achievement of Junior Sport nominees Mairéad Corkery and Aileen Corkery and Senior Sports Award nominee, Joanne Down. The Gerard Healy Sports Award went to Linda Byrne. The top Special Award went to six 4th year students who won the All Ireland A.I.B. Build A Bank Challenge, gaining a fabulous €10,000 for St. Mary's. Mr. Cooke also acknowledged the many other areas and competitions the students excelled in, namely The Dragons Den, B.T Young Scientists Competition and The Milk It Competition. The vast array of charity and community work carried out by the students was also applauded. Lourdes helpers, Elaine Murphy and Gráinne O'Sullivan received awards.  Ms. O'Donoghue, Business teacher paid tribute to the 4th year Buddies who help 1st year students settle in. The Junior Academic Award for 2011 went to Sharon McSweeney.  The Senior Academic Award for the best Leaving Cert 2011 was presented by Ms. Kelleher to Róisín Kelleher who attained 590 points in her Leaving Cert and is currently studying chemical engineering at C.I.T. The student achievement awards went to students from each year group who were nominated by staff, not only for their academic abilities but also for their personal qualities and extra-curricular activities.  Mr. Cooke also paid tribute to the parents and staff, for their continued support and hard work. Mr. Tom Counihan, Town Mayor, spoke positively of the role the Mercy order has had in education and in particular in Macroom town. Guest speaker, Ms Kelleher addressed the students and their parents with words of encouragement and hope and spoke of her happy memories of St. Mary's. Her key words of advice for the students was to have a positive attitude in their life and to make wise choices and to do the best they can. Mr. Cooke concluded the ceremony by thanking all in attendance and in particular Ms. Kelleher who shortly returns to New Mexico. The award ceremony concluded with light refreshments that had been prepared by Home Economics students and canteen manager, Ms. Trish Long.

Pic 54Ms Ann Kelleher Ph.D., Vice-President Intel and past pupil of St. Mary's Secondary School, Macroom, pictured with Ciaran Cooke (Principal) and Mayor Tom Counihan on the occasion of her visit to the school to present the Catherine McAuley Awards.  ©O'Sullivan Photo, Macroom 

McEgan College Award Ceremony

Dr. Ann Kelleher, sister of Ms. Margaret Corkery, Deputy Principal of McEgan College, was Guest Speaker at the recent presentation of Awards at the College. Dr. Kelleher attained a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering at U.C.C. in 1989 and in 1993 went on the be the first ever female to receive a Ph. D. from the National Microelectronics Research Centre, now part of the Tyndall National Institute at U.C.C. She joined Intel in 1996 as a process engineer and, in 2011, became the first ever Irishwoman to be appointed Vice President of Intel. McEgan's new Principal, Ms. Trish Lynam, welcomed Dr. Kelleher and said that the annual awards offer an opportunity to celebrate the wealth of talent amongst the student body, ranging from academic to sport.

Awards: Best Leaving Cert 2011- Maria Kalavska; Best Junior Cert 2011 – Peig Cronin; Perfect Attendance: Declan Sheehan, Conor Healy, John Stephen O'Riordan, Ronan Kingston, Michelle Horgan; Junior Cycle Woodwork – Aisling O'Driscoll, Marguerite Cronin; Senior Cycle Construction Studies – Desmond Lynch; Junior Cycle Metalwork – Daniel O'Donoghue; Senior Cycle Engineering – Peter Lynch; Languages – Junior Aisling O'Driscoll; Senior – Desmond Lynch; Science – Junior – Sheila Twomey; Senior – Francis Geasley; Home Economics – Junior - Timmie Desmond; Senior - Becky Coughlan; Art – Junior Claudia O'Leary; Senior - Desmond Lynch; Enterprise – Paul O'Sullivan; Business – Melanie Dineen; Mini Company -  Jack Shaw; Music -  Denisa Kearney, Malachy Heubach; Musical – Neil Kelleher, Tara O'Riordan; Student Council – Orla Galvin; Transition Year Student of the Year – Chris Hegarty; LCA Student of the Year – Shane Lucey; Football – Senior Kieran Lynch; Junior – Darren Dineen; Ladies Football – Catriona O'Donoghue; Female Athlete – Shauna Burns; Male Athlete – Garry O'Sullivan; Ladies Basketball – Shauna Burns, Lisa Horgan; Boys Basketball – Darren Dineen, John O'Sullivan; Rugby – Christy McCarthy; Spirit of McEgan – Shane O'Neill. . 

Photographs in next issue of Lee Valley Outlook.

Pic 36De la Salle, Macroom graduation class of 2012 Pic. © An Scoil  

Macroom Library

The final Gramophone session of the season was a wonderful morning of classical tunes presented by Pat Lemasney to a full house of music lovers.  The opening work was a Shostakovich waltz and that set the tone for the showcasing of mostly instrumental works. Details of the return of the music mornings will be in the August editions of The Lee Valley Outlook. Don't miss it!

Penn Bookclub's winner for The Children's Choice Award was 'Stuck,' a picture book by very successful author/ illustrator Oliver Jeffers. The winners of the Bisto Award will be announced on 28th May. We are very keen to know if ours was the overall winner. The Club next meets on Friday 1st June and the books for discussion on that day are available now to be picked up at the library by those members who have not already done so.

Our current art exhibition by Kristin Gleeson's Art group will be followed in June by Art Grúpa Seanóirí Ghaeltacht Mhúscraí led by Bernadette Ni Choitir. We look forward to that.  Their work will be on display for the month of June.  Do drop in and view it between 10a.m and 5.30 Monday to Saturday, excluding the Bank Holiday Weekend when the library will be closed On Saturday 2nd and Monday 4th.

Adult book club will meet on Wednesday 6th June at which 'The Twin' by Gerbrand Bakker will be discussed.

The Purlies Knitting group will meet on Thursday 7th June at 11.am. All level of knitter is welcome.  Did ye all see our own Eileen O'Connell, a member of the Purlies, on Nationwide a few weeks ago?  This was a repeat broadcast.   .

Finally, I must remind you that patrons are required to produce their library card to use the internet or borrow books. This is an essential measure to ensure data protection of all our members. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Briery Gap Programme

Cinema: Classic Films: in conjunction with Macroom Senior Citizens present An American in Paris on Monday, May 28 @ 2p.m. Admission €4.

Live Theatre: The Signatories 1916 Concert Friday 25th May @ 8.00 pm, Tickets €10. Pat Waters has always maintained an interest in Irish history and believes that Ireland today has neglected the memory and sacrifices of  the 1916 signatories. His songs are a quiet tribute to the memory of seven heroes, who themselves were representing many more.


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 and Cork City Sports teams 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.

Bealtaine Festival events continue unabated. On Monday, May 28th, the Briery Gap will screen the final film of its afternoon classics series, 'An American in Paris'. The film starts at 2.30pm and is a most enjoyable musical treat. The Bealtaine Festival in Macroom concludes on Wednesday May 30th with the Gramophone Circle meeting in Fr Ryan Hall at 11am with Joan Murphy's selection of musical recordings.

Coachford Players present an evening of light-hearted comedy with two One Act Plays- "Last Panto in Coachford" and "Plaster" - in The Village Inn, Coachford on 25th and 26th May at 9pm.

Aherla and District Vintage Clubs's annual run will take place on Sunday, 27th of May. Registration will take place at the Sportsman's bar, Aherla at 11am, and the run will finish at Hickey's bar, Aherla later that afternoon. Tea and coffee will be served on arrival, and there will be a country market selling fresh, local produce. Music will be supplied by the Clonakilty Brass Band. Spot prizes will be awarded on the day. An enjoyable day guaranteed. All welcome.
Family Fun Day at St. Colman's: St. Colman's B.N.S., Macroom will host a Family Fun Day on Sunday May 27th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. On the day the new school field will be officially opened; there will be a tour of the €4m. new school and old roll books, dating back to 1861,  along with old school photographs, will be on display. There will also be a barbeque and refreshments will be served. Pupils and parents past, present and future, along with the wider community, are invited to attend the Family Fun Day.

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.

Graveyard Mass will be celebrated in Macroom Cemetery, Killarney Road on Tuesday 29th May at 7:30pm to remember all those buried in the cemetery. All are welcome. We would appreciate it if Mass-goers would arrive early to allow sufficient time to park and be on time for the ceremony.

St. Joseph's Young Priests' Society will hold a Coffee Morning in the Fr. Ryan Hall, Macroom on Friday, June 1 at 10.30a.m. Society members meet in the Sacristy after 10a.m. Mass every First Friday. More helpers – to pray and to help financially – are invited to the meetings. Despite the decline in vocations to the priesthood, the Society last year contributed close on a million euro to support 114 Irish students and 710 overseas students. 

Daniel Kingston Run The 3rd annual Daniel Kingston Memorial 5k Run will be held in Macroom on Thursday June 21st at 8p.m. Last year 740 participants ran or walked and it is hoped to exceed this number in 2012. Registration for the race/walk is €5 for BHAA members and €8 for non BHAA members and will take place on the night between 6 and 7.45pm in the Macroom Sports Complex, where refreshments will be available afterwards. To date €17,700 has been raised for Cork ARC Cancer support house by family and friends of Daniel.

Coachford Cycling Club: The Muskerry Tour - 120k/60k - Sunday 24th June. 120k; registration €15 - 7.30am onwards, last bike out 9.00am;  60k; registration €10 - 8.30am onwards; last bike out 10.00am. €5 one day licence required if not a member of Cycling Ireland. Food & Water Stops. Changing facilities. For more info This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check out Coachford Cycling Club on Facebook or at www.coachfordcyclingclub.ie 

Macroom Ladies Football Training on Wednesday evenings in Tom Creedon Park. U10, U12 and U14 at 6pm and U16 and Junior training at 7.15pm.

Free Travel: Iarnród Éireann is offering free train travel, on an agreed return journey, for up to 100 groups of up to 50 people at a time. The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 17.00hrs, Friday 25th May 2012. Further information and terms and conditions are available at www.irishrail.ie/journeys. The offer is open to Local Community Groups, Sports Clubs, Voluntary Bodies, Charities and other such groups during 2012.

Macroom Lotto: GAA Jackpot : €1,600; No winner; €70 Sheila Buttimer. Soccer Club Jackpot €4,800; No winner; €80. Eileen O'Mahony, Ballincollig.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results: 14/5/2012, Jackpot: €4,200, Numbers Drawn: 19 - 23 - 29, No Winner, €20 Winners: The McSweeney Boys, Susan Ward, Ian Cooney, Ber Doyle, B. D. D. 
21/5/2012, Jackpot: €4,400, Numbers Drawn: 2 - 7 - 8, No Winner, €20 Winners: Derry Buckley, K & You, Jacqueline O'Connell, Susan Ward, Noreen Barry Murphy

Lee Valley Updates

Pic 65John Dineen, Aghinagh, winner of the Macra National Mastermind competition, with his parents, Padraig and Martina Dineen.   Pic. ©

Aghinagh Mastermind

Bonfires blazed in Ballinagree over the weekend to celebrate John Dineen's win in the All Ireland Macra Mastermind competition. John, son of Pádraig and Martina Dineen, is a member of Aghinagh Macra and did his family, parish and club proud by winning the regional, county and provincial finals. Aghinagh and Muskerry were well represented at the National finals of the Macra Talent Competitions at the Helix Theatre in Dublin on Saturday May 19, where 21 clubs from 12 counties competed for National honours. John was competing for Mastermind glory against two previous national finalists, Laura Ryan of Clodagh, Tipperary and Claire Burke from Togher Macra, Co Louth. John's special topic was current affairs and he won convincingly, to the great joy of his many supporters.

Pic 57Mrs. Eileen O'Connell, Macroom, models a hooded cloak she inherited form her grandmother at Bealtaine Celebration in  Donoughmore ©

Vintage Fashion in Donoughmore

Donoughmore Active Retirement group is part of the SAOI Network with IRD Duhallow. Such groups in the region were asked to organise an event to celebrate the Bealtaine Festival and Donoughmore chose to mount a Vintage Clothing Fashion Show. It was a most successful evening and, besides fashions from former days, it featured memorabilia and light entertainment by local artistes. Fashions for the show were supplied by "The Daisy Blue"- proprietor Breda Casey of Market Parade - and garments sourced locally. These were modelled by members of the Active Retirement Group and other locals.

Donoughmore Amenity Walkway

Donoughmore Community Council has recently developed an amenity walk with lights at Stuake and it is proving a huge success with the local community who can now enjoy their daily constitutional in a traffic free, beautiful environment. Capital expenditure is partly provided by IRD Duhallow and, with voluntary help, the project is near completion. The next stage of development is a special area for the active retired in our community to exercise and then relax. This section will have an outdoor exercise gym, seats, and picnic bench. Donoughmore Community Council approached FAS management in Cork looking for help with the area to be paved.  And with the expertise of instructor, James Cronin and his ten apprentices from Fás Cork, this area is now paved to a very high standard and has turned out to be a fantastic amenity at the pitch. Also with help of the apprentices, six small areas were paved and seats were put in. In the past 12 months the community pitch and surrounding area has been transformed. As part of the Bealtaine Festival, the area will be open to everyone at 2p.m. on Saturday 26th May The official opening of the walk and outdoor gym will take place the Thursday night of the Carnival 20th July 2012.  Everyone welcome.

Clondrohid Updates

N.P.C. Quiz: Clondrohid National School were placed second in the Munster Final of the National Parents Council primary school quiz in Clonmel. Only one mark separated them from the winners. Heartiest congratulations to the team, the school, parents and all involved in achieving this result. The team members were Sean O'Leary, Ciara O'Connell, Nicole Kelleher, and Conor Sheehan.
Primary School Games: Tiernan Quinn, a 6th class pupil, has progressed to the second selection stage for primary games football. Successful pupils will play at half time during a senior inter county football match during the coming months.
First Holy Communion: The sun beamed on the 30 pupils from Clondrohid N.S. who received their first Holy Communion. A big thank you to Fr. Wickham, their teachers and S.N.As who prepared them for this milestone in their lives. All proceeded to the Community Hall afterwards, where the Parents' Association provided some welcome refreshments.
Three in a Row: Congratulations to local girl Christina Desmond who won her third consecutive All Ireland title at the National Boxing Championships in Dublin recently.
C 2 C Cancer: All the work needed to organise this walking / running event recently came to fruition in the Tavern on May 20 when almost €14,500 was handed over for this great worthy cause. An unbelievable amount of money in these harsh times, well done to all who helped in any way. A great evening of song and music followed, with Teresa and Paudie and staff providing refreshments.
School Tours: With the promise of some summer weather to come, thoughts turn to the schools tours. . This year, Junior/ Senior Infants travel to Kennedy's Farm on May 24. First Class travel to Millstreet Country Park on June 7; Second, third and fourth class travel to Cobh on May 28 and Fifth and Sixth class journey to Tralee on June 14.
Fun For All Day: This year's 'Fun for all day' in Clondrohid National School is provisionally booked for Friday June 15.A great day always assured.
Defibrillator: Thanks to the hard work of the Parents' Association, the National School will be able to purchase a defibrillator for school use. Access to a defibrillator could save a child's life so a big thank you to all who helped.
G.A.A. Monday May 7 U10's footballers met Kilmurry in Clondrohid. It was a great game and all the players gave it their best but unfortunately Kilmurry were the stronger team on the day and won by a point.
Wednesday May 9 U14's Football league took place in Clondrohid against Dripsey and Dripsey were the winners.
Sunday May 13 U12's Footballers played Crosshaven in Clondrohid. It was a great game; all the players worked hard but the game ended with Clondrohid losing by a point.
U12 hurlers met Whitescross Saturday May 19 in Clondrohid. Clondrohid won by a point.
Sunday May 20 U14  footballers met Naomh Abán in Clondrohid and Clondrohid were the winners.
Fixtures: Saturday May 26 U10 football, Clondrohid v Tracton in Clondrohid. U12 Hurlers Clondrohid v Grenagh in Grenagh at 2 p.m. Junior A Clondrohid v Iveleary in Iveleary at 7.30 p.m. Look out for local notices in case of changes to fixtures.
Congratulations: to the footballers of Coláiste Ghobnatan who won the Munster U16 B Final recently. They defeated Askeaton, Co Limerick on a score of 2-12 to 1-10. Well done to Shane Murphy and Iain O'Riordan who were part of the team and put in a great performance on the day. Also to Cillian Lynch who was part of the panel. Well done also to the Naomh Abán and Kilnamartyra players Gearoid Ó Luasa, Michael Desmond, Gearóid Phelan, Anthony Cooney, Dáithí Allan and Maidhc Dineen (injured) who play hurling with Clondrohid
Bingo and Cards: These continue every Wednesday night and Sunday night. Please support.

Pic 26
Aghbullogue Camogie team and supporters on their visit to Croke Park for 'Camán to Croker' © s

Coachford Updates

Camogie: Aghabullogue Camogie Club enjoyed their recent trip to Croke Park when they played three games in the Under 12  'Camán to Croker' exhibition tournament. The girls' biggest thrill was stepping onto the hallowed ground and enjoying the same experience that the Cork Senior Camogie players get when they play in the All Ireland Final. The girls won all their games and many of those that travelled went on a tour of Croke Park to see what goes on behind the scenes.

Coachford Players present an evening of light-hearted comedy with two One Act Plays- "Last Panto in Coachford" and "Plaster" - in The Village Inn, Coachford on 25th and 26th May at 9pm.

Tidy Townlands: Many of the town land communities are coming together to improve their areas as part of the 'Tidy Townlands' competition being organised by the ACR Community Council. Already some communities have been picking litter from hedgerows in their area and planning to landscape the town lands that they live in. 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.

Pic 53At launch of JJ Long Injury Fund campaign in Kilmurry, from left, Pat Malone Vice Chairman Muskerry Board; Bob Ryan, Chairman Cork County Board; Mark Sheehan, Chairman Rebel Óg, Jim Murphy, Chairman Fundraising Committee; Dave McCarthy, Chairman Kilmurry G.A.A. Club and Fr. O'Donovan. ©

JJ Long Fund

In April 2011, JJ Long, Pullerick, Kilmurry, a well known figure in G.A.A. circles, was involved in a farm accident which has left him with serious and permanent injuries. He is currently in the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire. His family home will have to be modified, extended and adapted to meet his daily needs and condition when he returns home. Other medical aids and a vehicle will also have to be purchased. The JJ Long Injury Fund was launched recently in Kilmurry GAA hall by County Board Chairman, Bob Ryan. In his address, Bob pointed out that JJ had been chairman of the Kilmurry GAA club for 22 years until he retired in 1999 and in that time had overseen a most successful period in the club's history. His spell as chairman also coincided with the club's purchase and development of their playing facilities as well as the winning of two junior county championships. In 2000, JJ became Vice-Chairman of the Mid Cork Board and remained in that position until elevated to Chairman in 2010, a position he currently holds. Outside of his G.A.A. work, JJ also worked for the community through his involvement with the local primary school board of management and as part of the committee that replaced the roof of St. Mary's church in Kilmurry.
Notable attendees at the fundraising launch included Mark Sheehan, Chairman of Rebel Óg; the Executive Officers of the Mid Cork Board as well as the Chairman and Secretary of the Carbery Divisional Board. A number of local GAA stars were also on hand to lend their support, including Cork footballers, Graham Canty, Daniel Goulding, Paddy Kelly, Sean Kiely, David Goold and Eoin O'Mahony as well as Cork Ladies Dual Star, Briege Corkery. Chairman of the Fund Committee, Jim Murphy, thanked those in attendance but echoed the sentiments outlined by Bob Ryan that only now was the real work beginning in making this fund a success. He thanked Secretary Peter Lyons and Treasurer Sean Murphy as well as the other committee members for their hard work in recent weeks and wished them luck for the coming challenges. Special thanks was reserved for Jim Nyhan, President of Macroom Golf Club, for his support of the Golf Classic; for securing the course as well as lending his expertise to the running and co-ordination of the event. The golf classic is set for 19th/20th July in Macroom golf club and teams may be entered for €250 by contacting Jim Nyhan 087 1460177. Details of the fund and golf classic will be available shortly on www.cillmhuiregaa.com

Ireland's Highest Pub Burns

The news that 'The Top of Coom' pub was destroyed by fire on the evening of Monday, May 21 came as a shock to the people of the Muskerry Gaeltacht and visitors from far and wide who have been photographed at Ireland's Highest Pub. This claim has been disputed by Johnny Fox's Pub in the Dublin Mountains but Google Earth definitively states that the Top of Coom is 318 m. high while Johnny Fox's is a mere 279m. The Top of Coom pub attracted customers from nearby Cúil Aodha and from across the County Bounds to Kilgarvan. It was a great centre for traditional music and song. Go n-éirí sé arís.

Platform at the Mills

The Friends of Macroom Community Hospital would like to thank Don O'Leary and the staff of the Mills Inn, Ballyvourney, for organising a very successful Platform Dance and Family Fun day at the Mills Inn on Sunday May 20. Don himself did a BBQ, from which all proceeds went to the Hospital. Macroom Bouncing Castles gave the use of two bouncing castles. Aoife Corkery, Siobhan Healy and Laura O'Connor did free face painting and arts and crafts for the entire day. Finally, the musicians; Denis Moynihan, John Coakley, Andrew O'Connell and other performers treated the huge crowd to a fantastic evening of song and dance. A great time was had by all. Thanks to all who volunteered their services on the day.


Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa.

This book includes many major themes - love ,loss, heartbreak, hope, war and oppression and is set in Palestine and Israel, spanning four generations. A fantastic read: deeply powerful and passionate.

Available from Fitz-Gerald's bookshop €10.00

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Recipe of the Week – Beetroot and Goats Cheese Salad

Walnuts, goats cheese and beetroot make ideal bedfellows.  This serves four.

Ingredients: 12-15 baby beetroot; 2 tbsp lemon juice; 80ml extra virgin olive oil; 1 tsp Dijon mustard; 70g baby spinach leaves and some small beetroot leaves; a bunch of flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped; 100g soft goat's cheese, crumbled; 75g toasted walnuts

Method: Twist off the leaves from the beetroot (don't cut, this causes them to bleed), leaving about 2 inches of stalk attached to the beet.  Wash them well and pat dry.  Place them in a tinfoil parcel and bake in a hot (220 degrees Celsius) oven for about 35-45 minutes.  They will be very tender when cooked – pierce with a knife to check.  Take a beetroot and rinse under a cold tap (so you can handle it), then quickly remove the skin by rubbing with your fingers – if it is well cooked, it should come off easily.  Repeat with all the beetroot and cut them in to quarters. Whisk the lemon juice, olive oil and mustard together in a small bowl. Season to taste. Place the spinach, beetroot leaves and chopped parsley in a large bowl. Add half the dressing and toss well. Divide among 4 serving plates (or leave in the large bowl if desired), then scatter with beetroot, goat's cheese and toasted walnuts. Garnish the salad with some parsley, drizzle with the remaining dressing and serve immediately.

Tip of the Month – Sow Beetroot

Beetroot likes a deep, sandy soil, manured the previous winter. Apply organic fertiliser about a week before sowing.  Germination is in about 10 days and you will have roots to eat in about 3 months.  I always sow beetroot in module trays and then carefully transplant them about a month after sowing.  They should be planted 4 inches apart in rows about 12 inches apart.  Bear in mind that a beetroot seed is actually a "cluster" of up to five seeds, so even if you sow just one seed you may end up with a small cluster of plants – thin them out to just one seedling.  Sow every two weeks from April until July (for a continuous supply of young beets) although you can start even earlier (March) in a greenhouse or polytunnel. Sow another batch in July, which will be ready to lift in October for winter storage. 

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Euro Extravaganza

The Castle Hotel, Macroom has teamed up with Macroom Hospital as plans kick off for the upcoming Euro 2012 games on June 10, 14 and 18. The Castle announced their premium "3 Match Package" of €50. Normal tickets will cost €20 per game which will comprise of a complimentary burger, pint of your choice, resident DJ and access to the hottest seats on selected Euro 2012 dates. Early booking is advisable to secure prime viewing on these sporting days. Proceeds will assist Macroom Hospital and will go towards the continuing refurbishment of the hospital building. For further information on the "Euro Extravaganza" package please contact The Castle Hotel on 021-41074.

Pic 62 Kathleen O'Mahony, Eileen Leahy, Bernie Buckley, Celia Lynch, Nuala O'Connell, Noreen Goold and Rosemary O'Connell, Matron, at  Macroom Hospital Open Day  ©Lee Valley Outlook

Helping Switch to Digital Television.

However much we may criticise it, we all, more or less, turn to the box for entertainment and information. But some televisions may not receive a signal after October 24 when the old network is turned off. It's easy to check whether you need to do something. If you get your TV through a Pay-TV provider like Sky or UPC, you're ok! If you get your TV through an aerial, you need to do one of the following:
Option 1. Get SAORVIEW: you can either get a SAORVIEW-approved set-top box, (about €70+, or get a SAORVIEW-approved new TV, (about €130+). You can install it yourself, or get a friend or TV installer to help. You still need your aerial: very few people need to get a new one. In some cases the aerial may need adjusting, and a local TV installer can do this work for you.
Option 2. Get Pay-TV with a monthly bill (approximately €25 per month) from a provider such as Sky, UPC, etc.
Community and Voluntary organisations are involved in reaching people who may get left behind and assisting them to make the switch to digital TV before 24th October this year. If you know someone whom you think could do with some help, please ask them if they've made the switch, and if not, sit down with them and give them the basic information above. Ask them if they would like some further help. A 'Digital Switchover Champion' is coordinating efforts in your area. Please contact Patricia Bevan on 02752266 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to get involved or have any questions.

Safety on the Farm

The Health and Safety Authority recently launched a farm safety poster competition open to primary school children nationwide and aimed at raising awareness of child safety on farms. Children are asked to draw or paint a poster and slogan highlighting the dangers on farms. Competition packs have been sent to all primary schools and the competition closes on 31st May. Farms are dangerous places for children as they combine both home, play and work areas. The lines can get blurred between work and safe play areas. Particular risk areas for children include moving tractors, machinery and quad bikes; slurry tanks, hazards of height including hay barns; animals and the storage of chemicals. Six children have died in farm accidents over the past four years. Schools should co-ordinate the entries of their pupils and send them to their local Education Centre by 31st May 2012, where regional judging will take place. The winning posters and slogans will be collated into a calendar for 2013 and distributed to all primary schools nationwide. All enquiries can be directed to the local Education Centre or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New Walking Group

Siúl Linn (Walk With Us) is a newly formed walking group based in Ballincollig since early March. They now have a core membership of 20 walkers of mixed walking ability, men and women. They meet at 7.30pm on Thursday nights at the Aldi car park on the main street and also at 10am on Sunday mornings. On Thursday nights they alternate their walks between the Ballincollig area, Bishopstown and the Lee Fields. The distance covered is between 5km and 8km. On Sunday mornings they are more adventurous and travel to places such as Kinsale, Ballycotton (cliff walk), Mount Mellery, Glenbower Woods, to mention but a few. The programme is planned three months in advance. Caroline Kelleher, Health Promotion Officer, HSE said; "It's great to see a new walking group in Ballincollig, which has a number of walking routes on its door step. The group offers a great way to get active this summer. Being part of a group can often give you that extra bit of encouragement to put on your walking shoes and go for a walk. This group aims to do just that in a fun and sociable way." An important part of the event is the ' cupán tae' and the chat afterwards which is an open forum for any queries or comments about the walks and of course any other topical gossip! If interested please contact Sadie on 086-8370736 or Mary on 085-7155980.

Macroom's WasteMatchers Success

Macroom E's WasteMatchers got involved this year for the first time in the 13th annual ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Programme and enjoyed great success at the awards ceremony in the Round Room of the Mansion House, in Dublin on May 8. Sponsored by Cork County Council and managed by Macroom E Enterprise Centre, www.wastematchers.com aims to create awareness about waste minimisation by encouraging users of the website to upload details of their no longer used household items so that others can have the opportunity to pick them up. It is also a great site to browse if you're looking for something for the house or garden. Recent items available for free include a heater, patio chairs & table, a tv and a wardrobe. Green teens were flying the 'red and white' for Cork as East Cork Youthreach won the new 'Waste Matchers 'Something New from Something Old' Award, sponsored by Cork County Council. Their 'Seaweed Project' harvested local seaweed that was used for providing compost for vegetables for a local Michelin star restaurant!  Cork was strongly represented at the national awards with one in every six shortlisted projects hailing from the county.

Trash or Treasure?

Reducing environmental impact and waste disposal costs has always been a challenge to small and medium sized companies (SMEs). The landfill levy is set to more than double this year. The SMILE survey, completed by over 100 businesses throughout Munster, indicates that SMEs are actively engaging in actions to reduce their environmental impact, with the majority of companies (92%) disposing of unwanted waste through recycling. As well as recycling, there is upcycling and the reuse of resources.  Upcycling is the process of converting unwanted materials into new materials or products, without degrading the material it is made from. 82% of businesses surveyed said they would definitely consider upcycling to help reduce waste and associated costs; and 2/3 of these have ideas for products they would like to develop out of unwanted materials. Items such as styrofoam packaging, waste packaging, used carpet, used cardboard, old furniture, polystyrene boxes, plastics, timber pallets, metals, machinery, IT equipment, tyres and non-hazardous commercial waste and even irregular shaped eggs not suitable for sale in the shops may be upcycled.  The range of items being produced include furniture, bespoke bags and accessories, decorative items such as door stops, jewellery, arts, crafts and sculptures. On a more commercial level, items include rubber mulch, baled tyres, cellulose fibre insulation, and laptops. A growing number of companies are focusing on upcycling, but the corporate world needs to see that it can be profitable, and this is what SMILE Resource Exchange is aiming to do. Upcycling is quickly becoming an industry in itself, one which has the potential to create a lot of jobs, on the basis that there will always be waste, and most people are willing to give away their waste. The only limiting factor in this equation is creativity. SMILE Resource Exchange is currently running a pilot programme to assist businesses who wish to, or have already, developed products from unwanted materials and are looking for advice and support in this area. We would urge anyone with a business idea or indeed a business that may have some interesting unwanted items that could be upcycled to contact us by visiting our website at www.smileexchange.ie or calling us at 026 20520."

Sports Mad

County Football Championships 2012

All first round football games and replays are now completed.  Winners go on to Round Four; losers to Round Two, with a further Round Three for next group of losers and then winners of this round go to Round Four also.

Senior Football Championship Round 1

Carbery Rangers 1-14, Clonakilty 1-7

Newmarket 0-6, St Finbarr's 0-17

Ilen Rovers 0-5, BALLINCOLLIG 1-15

Bishopstown 1 – 12  Nemo Rangers 1 – 12 aet

Bishopstown  4 - 18  Nemo Rangers 3 – 20 (replay, aet)

Castlehaven  0 – 12   Aghada  0 - 9

Newcestown  2 - 9   St Nick's  0 - 5

O'Donovan Rossa  3 – 11   Doheny's  1 - 11

Douglas  0 - 22   Na Piarsaigh  3 - 2

Round Two (1st Round Losers)

Aghada  v  Newmarket

Clonakilty  v  St Nick's

Doheny's  v  Ilen Rovers

Na Piarsaigh  v  Nemo Rangers

Colleges/Divisions Section (2 to qualify)

Avondhu v Duhallow

Beara v Carbery

Premier Intermediate Football Championship Round 1

Carrigaline 0-11, Mallow 0-14

St Michaels 0-12, Kiskeam 1-8


Valley Rovers 3-9, Glenville 0-7

MACROOM 0-9, St Vincent's 2-9

Bantry Blues 1-8, Clyda Rovers 0-6

Nemo Rangers 1-9, Kinsale 2-4

Mayfield 3-8, BÉAL Átha'n GHAORTHAIDH 0-19 -  AET

Round Two (1st Round Losers)

MACROOM  v  Glenville

Clyda Rovers  v  Mayfield

BALLINORA  v  Carrigaline

Kinsale  v  Kiskeam

Intermediate Football Championship Round 1

GRENAGH 1 – 18     Kilavullen   0 – 7

Glanmire 1-11           Kildorrery 1-13

Fermoy 1-9               Glanworth 0-9

Ballydesmond 1-12   CILL Na MARTRA  0-8


Youghal 1-10            Adrigole 0-10

EIRE OG  1 – 12      Cloyne   1 - 5

Kanturk   1 – 7         Castletownbere  0 - 7

Round Two (1st Round Losers)


CILL na MARTRA  v  Glanmire

Kilavullen  v  Glanworth

Castletownbere  v  Adrigole

Éire Óg 1-12   Cloyne 1-5 

Éire Óg corner forward, Kevin Hallissey, put Éire Óg ahead  in the first minute but the Ovens side had a nervous opening  ten minutes and with Cloyne using an extra man in defence, scores were hard to come by.  Cloyne had a few wides but in the tenth minute they drew level.  Éire Óg took over after that and points from a John Dineen free in the 14th minute were followed by 0-3 (0-2 frees) from Daniel Goulding and Éire Óg were 0-5 to 0-1 ahead after 22 minutes.  Éire Óg struck the decisive blow just before half time.   Daniel Goulding ran at the Cloyne defence, put through by a fine pass from Derry O'Herlihy, and the county man found the bottom corner of the Cloyne net to make 1-5 to 0-1.  Just on the stroke on half time Ciarán Sheehan came up from centre back to send over a superb point and make it make it Éire Óg 1-6 to Cloyne's 0-1 at half time.

On the restart Cloyne continued to use an extra defender but Éire Óg continued from where they left off with two points from John Dineen (0-1 free) and a point from a Daniel Goulding free to open up an eleven point gap between the teams.  Cloyne never gave up and a point from their corner forward cut the deficit.  John Dineen then replied from a free to make the scoreboard 1-10 to 0-2.  The Cloyne fightback continued and after All Ireland hurler Diarmuid O'Sullivan  pointed a free, corner forward James Nyhan got another score from a placed ball.  A scrappy goal for Cloyne in the 52minute narrowed the gap further and Éire Óg goalkeeper Conor Hallissey subsequently had to make a very good save to keep Cloyne out.  Diarmuid O'Sullivan then scored from another free to make it Éire Óg 1-10 Cloyne 1-5 five minutes from time. Éire Óg finished with two points in the final minutes, Daniel Goulding and John Dineen the scorers, to make it 1-12 to Cloyne's 1-5 at the final whistle.  Daniel Goulding had a hand in most of his side's scores; Ciarán Sheehan made a fine return to championship action; the Éire Óg defence was solid with Derry O'Herlihy inspirational, and the attack carries a big threat in every sector.  On the evidence of this performance, with a full panel available, the Ovens side even now at this early stage must be one of the favourites for ultimate honours. 

Éire Óg Scorers: Daniel Goulding 1-5 ( 0-4 frees), John Dineen 0-5(0-4 frees), Kevin Hallissey 0-1, Ciaran Sheehan 0-1.

Éire Óg: Conor Hallissey: Cian O'Mahony, Tony Dineen, Shane McCarthy: Eanna Lowney, Ciarán Sheehan, Derry O'Herlihy: Liam Murphy, Alan O'Mahony: Daniel O'Connor, Paul McDonagh, Mike O'Shea: John Dineen, Daniel Goulding, Kevin Hallissey.  Sub: Barry Corkery. 

Ross Oil Ltd. Mid Cork Junior 'A' Football Championship

First Round:

Donoughmore  0-11     Dripsey   1 – 8

Dripsey   0 – 14   Donoughmore   0 – 11 aet. (replay)

Inniscarra  2 – 9   Blarney   0 – 9

Iveleary   1 – 11     Ballincollig   1 - 8

Kilmichael   2 – 10     Aghinagh   0 - 8

Kilmurry   1- 13     Clondrohid   0 - 6

Macroom   1-12     Ballinora   0-4

Round Two – (1st round losers)

Blarney  v  Clondrohid

Donoughmore  v  Ballinora

Aghinagh v  Ballincollig

Iveleary   1 – 11     Ballincollig   1 – 8
Iveleary had reason to be worried as they lined up to start this championship first round tie against Ballincollig at Kilmurry.  Ballincollig seniors had won their opening championship game a week earlier, inflicting a heavy defeat on Ilen Rovers, their Under 21's have regained the Mid Cork championship crown and the club could field a strong second squad for this encounter with plenty of players of senior club and top grade under age experience.  Iveleary had won the Under 21 'B' crown with a smashing team of fine footballers but on the eve of the game two of their emerging young players, Cathal Vaughan and Sean O'Leary, both Cork minors, were forced to cry off with injuries, leaving a big gap in the half forward line as a result.  Luckily, Iveleary could call on two experienced performers, Donal O'Sullivan and Finbarr McSweeney, to deputise for the absent duo and the team on duty proceeded to give a most satisfactory performance, playing clever controlled football, getting maximum return from their efforts and perhaps most pleasing of all from the winner's point of view, the fifteen on duty gave a most spirited display and succeeded in winning a game which seemed to be slipping away from them on several occasions over the hour.

Iveleary had the benefit of the strong wind in the first half and Finbarr McSweeney opened their scoring after less than half a minute but Ballincollig were level at 0-1 each by the 6th minute.  David Hourihan then kicked Iveleary into the lead but in the 10th minute Ballincollig opened up the Iveleary defence and Alan O'Donovan belted the ball past Jamie Cronin from close range.  Cronin then had to make a good save under pressure to deny Ballincollig but a further point followed to give Ballincollig a lead of 1-2 to 0-2 by the end of the opening quarter.  In the 19th minute Ger McSweeney, the star of the Iveleary attack, pointed a free and a minute later Iveleary got the boost they needed when David Hourihan took a pass from Daniel O'Riordan and in the clear, slipped the ball wide of the Ballincollig keeper and into the corner of the net.  Seanie Lehane followed with a point, then Ger McSweeney fisted over another and Brian Cronin took a pass from Shane Galvin to add another in the 26th minute.  A late point for Ballincollig left the score at half time at 1-6 for Iveleary, 1-3 for Ballincollig and Ballincollig must have fancied their chances with the wind to aid them in the second half. Two points for Ballincollig immediately on the restart cut the deficit to a single point and when Iveleary replied with a Ger McSweeney point, Ballincollig came back with their third point in five minutes to leave the score at 1-7 to 1-6.  In the 44th minute the sides were level when Fergal Keohane had a Ballincollig point and the advantage now lay with Ballincollig.  Iveleary put in a tremendous last quarter performance.  In the 47th minute, Brian Cronin was fouled in the right corner and Ger McSweeney pointed the resultant free, into the wind and from a tight angle.  Ballincollig now missed a free and Iveleary went two clear in the 53rd minute when Ger McSweeney pointed from play.  A Ballincollig point cut the difference to a single point once again but Iveleary were battling like Trojans and Seanie Lehane set up David Hourihan for a 58th minute point.  In injury time Edward Buckley was fouled in possession and Ger McSweeney pointed the free and made Iveleary's position secure.  It was a great team performance from the Inchigeela side and if they could reproduce this effort again they would make life difficult for any championship opponents.  Scorers: D. Hourihan 1-2, G McSweeney 0-6 (0-3 frees), F McSweeney, S Lehane, B Cronin 0-1 each.   Iveleary: Jamie Cronin: Kevin Hourihan, Michael Creed, Kevin Manning: Gerard O'Riordan, Donal Cotter, Shane Galvin: Daniel O'Riordan, Edward Buckley: Donal O'Sullivan, Sean Lehane, Finbarr McSweeney: David Hourihan, Ger McSweeney, Brian Cronin. Sub: Barry Murphy.  Referee: Mr Miah Moynihan, Grenagh.

Kilmichael   2 – 10     Aghinagh   0 – 8
There was a very strong and bitterly cold wind blowing from goal to goal at Carrigadrohid for this first round game and when facing the elements, both teams managed to score only one single point each.  Aghinagh had the wind to their back in the first half and kicked over seven points to lead by six at the break.  On the resumption however, Kilmichael had a much more rewarding return for their dominance. They hit the front by the 43rd minute and dominated the closing period to emerge clear winners by the final whistle.  James O'Leary was in sparkling form in the Kilmichael attack and a goal apiece from Daniel Twomey and Dermot O'Riordan left Aghinagh with problems to which they had no solution on this occasion.  Kilmichael advance to Round Three, Aghinagh have a difficult game in Round Two where they must meet Ballincollig.
In a game of two halves, Aghinagh dominated the opening 30 minutes.  Daniel Twomey pointed a Kilmichael free in the 2nd minute; they were to score no more until the second half.  Aghinagh drew level in the 3rd minute when Barry O'Leary pointed a free and went ahead when the same player took a great point from play two minutes later. Barry O'Leary then pointed frees in the 9th, 19th and 20th minutes and Declan Ambrose had points from play in the 27th, a punched effort, and 32nd minutes to give Aghinagh a 0-7 to 0-1 interval lead.  Aghinagh suffered a bad loss in the 25th minute when defender Jeremiah Kelleher had to retire with a leg injury. Five points from James O'Leary for Kilmichael had his side only a point in arrears by the 41st minute.  The first came within 15 seconds of the restart, the second came from a ground shot, and the next three came from frees.  In the 43rd minute the Aghinagh defence did not gather a ball; Daniel Twomey pounced and got in to place the ball wide of the stranded Paul O'Sullivan in the Aghinagh goal. Kilmichael were dominant now, leading by 1-6 to 0-7 and were playing with conviction.  Cian Dromey added a point but Jeremiah Corkery almost got in for an Aghinagh goal at the other end, Shane Masters doing well to deny him.  Barry O'Leary did get a point from a free for Aghinagh but it was to be their only score of the half and their last act of defiance.  In the 50th minute Dermot O'Riordan scored a second goal for Kilmichael from close range and in the last ten minutes James O'Leary added two more points from play and Colm Dromey had another as the contest petered out with Kilmichael clear and undisputed winners.  Aghinagh will need to do better against Ballincollig and will be hopeful of doing so.
Scorers: Kilmichael: D Twomey 1-1, D O'Riordan 1-0, Js. O'Leary 0-7 (0-3 frees), Cian and Colm Dromey 0-1 each.  Aghinagh: B O'Leary 0-6 (0-5 frees), D Ambrose 0-2.
Kilmichael: Shane Masters: Niall O'Callaghan, John O'Riordan, Denis Foley; Cian Dromey, Finbarr Buckley, Adrian Kelly: Conor Cotter, Finbarr Dromey: Simon Foley, Alan Murphy, Dermot O'Riordan: James O'Leary, Daniel Twomey, Colm Dromey. 
Aghinagh: Paul O'Sullivan: Dave O'Leary, Jeremiah Kelleher, Paudie O'Sullivan: Alan Hourihan, Dave Barry, Trevor Burns: Con Lehane, James Ambrose: Sean Horgan, Donal Corkery, Michael O'Brien: Barry O'Leary, Seamus O'Leary, Declan Ambrose. Subs: William Ambrose, Jeremiah Corkery, Sean Kelleher, Paudie Twohig.  Referee: Mr Ger Ahern, Canovee.
Kilmurry   1 – 13     Clondrohid   0 – 6
Kilmurry had a much easier victory than expected when overcoming the challenge of Clondrohid before a fine crowd on a dull evening at Annahala.  Man of the Match James Kelleher had a goal for Kilmurry after only seven minutes and this score gave the winners an edge they never looked like losing subsequently.  Kilmurry led by 1-7 to 0-3 at half time but Clondrohid did stage a spirited fight back on the resumption of play to cut the deficit to four points.  However Kilmurry settled down again and William Buckley's point from a free in the 43rd minute got them over the scare and the final quarter was dominated by Kilmurry who scored a further five points without reply.  Kilmurry, one of the favourites for this year's championship, will be happy with their performance on this occasion, but would do well not to get carried away as the Clondrohid display was not up to their usual level of intensity and this made the winner's tack a little easier.  Clondrohid will do much better with a full panel available and will be hopeful of getting back on track when they meet Blarney in the losers' round.
Light rain was falling as this game started; temperatures were up on recent levels and there was little or no breeze.  Aidan Kelleher had Clondrohid in front after three minutes play as his side started well, playing towards the fine new pavilion at Annahala.  Three minutes later the sides were level when Davie O'Halloran parted to William Buckley and the latter sent over in dashing style.  A minute later the game took a decisive turn in Kilmurry's favour when Alan O'Sullivan kicked goalwards; James Kelleher grabbed possession under pressure and broke clear of his marker before advancing and coolly placing the ball wide of Brendan Kelleher in the Clondrohid goal.  Kelleher continued to cause Clondrohid problems all through the first half, invariably winning the race for possession on the wide spaces of the Kilmichael pitch and then using the ball well.  Declan Kelleher set up Paddy Lynch for an excellent point for Clondrohid but as the first quarter came to a close, Dave O'Halloran pointed a free, awarded for a pick-up by a defender, and Kilmurry had a one goal advantage at this stage.  Kilmurry dominated in the second quarter and outscored their opponents by five points to one.  Stephen Down had a point in the 16th minute and William Buckley pointed a free in the 20th minute.  Wing back Conor O'Leary had a smashing point for Clondrohid in reply but William Buckley pointed another free in the 22nd minute. Dave O'Halloran had a point from play three minutes later and James Kelleher finished the half with a late point to give Kilmurry a 1-7 to 0-3 lead at the half way mark.  Clondrohid were clearly in trouble at this stage as Kilmurry were on top in most sectors.  Their half back line of David O'Leary, Liam Buckley and Liam Long was giving a strong back up to their midfield of James White and Eoin Creedon and the inside forwards were a constant threat.
Clondrohid enjoyed their best period of the match in the third quarter.  Trevor O'Brien pointed a '45' in the 34th minute and Paddy Lynch followed with a point from a free three minutes later. With Jeremy O'Sullivan breaking forward out of defence and Trevor O'Brien, Paddy Lynch and Aidan Kelleher driving them on, they had Kilmurry on the back foot for a period and Paddy Lynch's point in the 38th minute had the gap reduced to 1-7 to 0-6.  Kilmurry needed a score to settle and it was a long time coming but come it did eventually when James Kelleher was held back and William Buckley pointed the resultant free from the right in the 43rd minute.  This score signalled the end of the Clondrohid resistance and Alan O'Sullivan's point in the 45th minute following a fine Dave O'Leary clearance, put Kilmurry six points clear, 1-9 to 0-6, and on the way to victory. Kilmurry finished strongly with their midfield again reasserting themselves and their defence impregnable.  Dominick Creedon pointed a free in the 50th minute, and Alan O'Sullivan had another fine point from play two minutes later.  James Kelleher took on the defender before sending over the bar in the 54th minute and, in injury time, William Buckley pointed a free to set the seal on a comprehensive victory. 
Scorers: Kilmurry: J. Kelleher 1-2, Wm. Buckley 0-5 (0-4 frees), A. O'Sullivan 0-2, D. O'Halloran 0-2 (0-1 free), S. Down and D. Creedon (a free) 0-1 each. Clondrohid: P. Lynch 0-2 (0-1 free), A. Kelleher, D. Kelleher, C. O'Leary, T. O'Brien ('45') 0-1 each.
Kilmurry: Pat O'Callaghan: William Barrett, Kevin Barrett, Eoin Barrett: Liam Buckley, David O'Leary, Liam Long: James White, Eoin Creedon: Dominick Creedon, Dave O'Halloran, Stephen Down: Alan O'Sullivan, James Kelleher, William Buckley.
Clondrohid: Brendan Kelleher: Oliver Kelleher, Denis Desmond, Sean O'Connor: Conor O'Leary, Jeremy O'Sullivan, Lorcan Lynch: Neilus Murphy, Trevor O'Brien: Daniel O'Mahony, Paddy Lynch, Danny O'Riordan: Declan Kelleher, Aidan Kelleher, Conor Desmond. Sub: David O'Leary.  Referee: Mr. Dave Murnane, Macroom.

Macroom   1 – 12     Ballinora   0 – 4

The last of the Mid Cork championship first round ties was decided at Cloughduv where Macroom juniors had a comfortable win over Ballinora, another club second team.  This game was a repeat of last year's first round tie and the pattern of the game was also somewhat similar, Ballinora staying in contention until the interval but then fell away despite having wind advantage in the second half.  Macroom started well, and did well enough to stay in front but their interval lead of 1-6 to 0-4 was not a lead that would guarantee ultimate victory.  The Ballinora attack showed enough promise in the first half to suggest that they would cause serious problems later. Macroom however went on the offensive from the restart and got on top around the middle of the field.  Their attack added two further points and when Ballinora lost a man to a second yellow card in the 38th minute, the writing was on the wall for their chances and  Macroom were in control to the finish.
Midfielder David Crotty put Ballinora in front with a point after four minutes but Macroom replied with a fine goal from Conor Hurley two minutes later, the chance set up by John Ryan and the ball hitting the post before finishing in the net.  John Ryan then pointed a free and Darren Creed added a point from play in the 8th minute.  Ballinora were dangerous on the break in attack and Jurgen Werner, the ex Rossa's forward, was causing problems with his well timed runs.  Werner pointed a free in the 10th minute but Macroom replied with points from Patrick Kelleher and Conor Hurley, both well taken scores.  Jurgen Werner pointed another free in the 20th minute but again Macroom replied with points from Hurley and Kelleher.  Jurgen Werner's third point from a free just before half time left his side five points adrift at the break, trailing Macroom 1-6 to 0-4 and Macroom were by no means in a safe position as they lost centre back Paul Kelleher to a shoulder injury at the interval.
Macroom on the restart were full of drive and got an early boost from a John Ryan point.  In the 37th minute Ryan pointed again and a minute later Ballinora lost a forward to a second yellow card and this signalled the end of their chances of victory.  Macroom were playing well now, in control in most areas and they added a point apiece from Conor Hurley and Darren Creed, to lead by 1-10 to 0-4 by the 40th minute.  The remainder of the game was played out with Ballinora, particularly David Crotty, making bursts forward, but their efforts came to nothing as the Macroom defence, with Martin O'Donnell and Richard McSweeney prominent, covered quickly and tackled well.  Pat Kelleher and David Horgan added points for Macroom, who now go on to Round Three while Ballinora face 2011 champions, Donoughmore in the losers' round. They will need to improve to survive that test.
Scorers: Macroom: C Hurley 1-3, J Ryan 0-3 (0-1 free), P Kelleher 0-3 (0-1 free), D Creed 0-2, D Horgan 0-1.  Ballinora: J Werner 0-3 (frees), D Crotty 0-1.
Macroom: Dylan Dineen: James O'Connor, Concubhair Murray, Martin O'Donnell: Richard McSweeney, Paul Kelleher, David Cotter: Kieran O'Shea, Brian Tiernan: Darren Creed, David Horgan, Colm Casey; Patrick Kelleher, John Ryan, Conor Hurley. Subs: Darragh Crowley, William O'Riordan, Stephen Crowley. 
Ballinora: Tim Connolly: Barry Crowley, Tim Crotty, Eoin Lucey: Sean Crotty, Michael Twohig, John O'Regan: Dave Crotty, Colm O'Shea: Colm Walsh, Aodhan O'Connor, John Fitton: Shane Brosnan, Jurgen Werner, Shane Rock. Sub; Shane Kenneally. Referee: Mr JJ Murphy, Kilmurry.  

Hurling Championships Begin

County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

BLARNEY  v  Castlelyons at Riverstown on Friday 1st June, 7.30 pm.  Losers play Valleys/Inniscarra

BALLINCOLLIG  v  Kilbrittain at Brinny on Saturday 2nd June, 7.30 pm. Losers play Watergrasshill/Youghal

INNISCARRA  v Valley Rvrs. at Cloughduv on Sunday 3rd June 2.15pm.  Losers play Blarney/Castlelyons.

AGHABULLOGUE  v  Bandon at Cloughduv on Sun.3rd June, 4.15 pm. Losers play Carrigaline/Tracton.

County Intermediate Hurling Championship

ÉIRE ÓG  v  Charleville at Mallow on Saturday 26th May, 7.30pm. Losers play Argideen/Kanturk.

DRIPSEY  v  Meelin at Mallow on Sunday 3rd June, 3.30pm.  Losers play Fr O'Neill's / Barryroe.

League Form:

AGHABULLOGUE: Division Two League.
Played 4, Won 2, (Valley Rovers and St Catherine's) Lost 2(Aghada and Argideen)
BALLINCOLLIG: Division One League.
Played 6, Won 4 (Youghal, Watergrasshill, Blarney, Bandon) Lost 2 (Kilworth and Inniscarra)
BLARNEY: Division One League.
Played 5, Won 2 (Carrigaline and Watergrasshill), Drew 1 (Bandon), Lost 2 (Kilworth and Ballincollig).
DRIPSEY: Division Two League.
Played 3, Won 0, Lost 3 (St Catherine's, Castlelyons and Ballygarvan)
EIRE OG: Division Three League.
Played 4, Won 2 (Dromina and Kanturk), Lost 2 (Blackrock and Barryroe).
INNISCARRA: Division One League.
Played 4, Won 2 (Ballincollig and Watrgrasshill), Lost 2 (Newcestown and Carrigaline).   

Ballincollig Credit Union Mid Cork Junior A Hurling Championship

First Round Fixtures:

Cloughduv  v  Kilmichael at Ballincollig on Saturday 26th May, 7pm.

Donoughmore  v  Grenagh at Ballyanley on Sunday 27th May 2pm.

Blarney  v  Ballincollig at Ballyanley on Tuesday 5th June, 8 pm.

Éire Óg  v  Aghabullogue at Cloughduv on Tuesday 5th June, 8 pm

Inniscarra  v  Ballinora at Ballincollig on Saturday 9th June, 7.30 pm.

Winners to Round Three, Losers to Round Two for which the draw will be made after the completion of Round One.

Inter County Minor Hurling and Football

Cork minor hurlers were heavily defeated by Clare in the Munster 'first round losers' play off at Ennis and so exit the championship for another year.  Cork and Kerry are the only counties gone from the championship before the semi final stage in late June. Cork lost at home to Limerick, defeated Kerry in Killarney and then lost away to Clare. Only one hurler from Mid Cork, Blarney's Barry O'Connell, made the panel.  Western Gael's Peter Kelleher of Kilmichael was in strong contention for a place on the Cork team but suffered an injury just prior to the Limerick match which ruled him out of all action for six weeks.

Cork minor footballers with four Mid Cork players in action, went out of the Munster Football championship after losing to All Ireland champions, Tipperary, in the semi final at Cork.  Cork lost by four points on a 1-10 to 0-9 scoreline after having majority possession over the hour.  Cork kicked fifteen wides, some of them for very scorable frees, and lost a game they could easily have won.  Sean O'Leary (Iveleary and Western Gaels)), Colm de hÍde (Naomh Abán), Cathal Vaughan (Iveleary and Western Gaels) and Aidan Moynihan (Canovee) were the Muskerry players on the Cork team for the semi final.  Incidentally, Kerry, who lost to Tipperary in the opening round, are now through to the Munster final (against Tipp) after beating Waterford, Limerick and Clare.  They are now guaranteed a quarterfinal place in the All Ireland series as well! Andrew McCarthy of Inniscarra was a selector with the Cork minors and the team doctor was Aidan Kelleher of Clondrohid. 

Pic 51 Christine Desmond celebrating with some of her friends after her all Ireland Boxing win.  ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Ladies Football League Final

Cork seniors failed to win a fifth Ladies Bord Gáis Energy National League Division One title in a row when going down to Monaghan on a 1-13 to 2-7 scoreline at Parnell Park in Dublin. Monaghan, after playing with the strong wind, led by 0-6 to 0-5 at half time, Juliet Murphy getting one of the Cork points.  Monaghan hìt Cork with a blitzkrieg early in the second half and outscored the Rebels by 1-5 to 0-1.  Thereafter, Cork were always chasing the game and despite a great spirited display, they could not bridge the final three point gap.  Rena Buckley (Donoughmore), Briege Corkery (St Val's), Juliet Murphy (Donoughmore), Rhona Ni Bhuachalla (Naomh Fionnbarra) all tried their hearts out for Cork.

Lee Valley Footballers Honoured

Only three Cork players were chosen for the Bord Gáis Energy Division One Team of the League despite being All Ireland Champions and runners up in the League to Monaghan, who have five on the team. The Cork players all hail from the Lee Valley and are worthy recipients of the honour. They are Juliet Murphy and Rena Buckley, Donoughmore and Briege Corkery, St. Val's. These awards honour players that delivered on a consistent basis for their counties over the league campaigns. Throughout the National League, each manager was given the opportunity to nominate players from opposing teams for the Team of the League. The nominations were compiled and 15 players were chosen from each division. Each player was presented with a commemorative frame and a specially designed Bord Gáis Energy Team of the League Kit.

Kilmurry Underage News

The U10s travelled to Kilnamartyra in the final game of the Rebel Óg competition. Kilmurry, having won each game so far, were anxious to make it a clean sweep. The opening minutes of the game made Kilmurry look a very ordinary side as the team struggled to come to terms with Kilnamartyra. Kilmurry soon found themselves down a goal and a point and a response was needed.  A well taken point opened the scoring for Kilmurry and soon after a goal followed. Despite having the lion's share of possession, Kilmurry were not making it show on the scoreboard and at half time were lucky to be within a point of Kilnamartyra. The second half started as a tight affair and scores were exchanged but little separated the sides. A number of substitutions on the Kilmurry side changed the course of the game, with Kilmurry scoring four goals in quick succession. This effectively ended the Kilnamartyra challenge and Kilmurry emerged victorious on a score of 6-7 to 4-2. 

Kilmurry U13s are the Eastern Division Champions, having defeated Glenville on a scoreline of 4-4 to 3-5. Kilmurry's route to the final saw them overcome Valley Rovers, Aghabullogue and Inniscarra, before facing Glenville in the final decider. The match took place in Lisgoold on what was a sunny but very windy afternoon. Kilmurry played with the wind in the first half. A long ball into Mark Dromey saw him being fouled, resulting in a penalty which Kilmurry scored. Glenville responded with a goal and the sides continued to exchange scores, to make it 3-3 each at halftime. Glenville started the second half with wind advantage but Kilmurry scored a goal in the opening minutes. The dying minutes of the game were very tense from a Kilmurry viewpoint with only two points separating the sides and a strong breeze favouring the opposition. However, it was not to be Glenville's day and Kilmurry emerged winners.

Pic 50Bowl in flight during the Intermediate Bowling Championship, Donal Riordan v- Seamus Sexton at Clondrohid ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Macroom GAA Under Age

Macroom Under 10s travelled the short distance to Annahala to play their first competitive fixture of the year against Kilmichael. Whilst Macroom were short a number of players through injury and holidays, two teams from each club took to the field. It was heartening to see 34 boys play their part in both games, which were played in a competitive manner with an excellent standard of football on display. In the first game, Macroom had the better of the opening period, with Kilmichael being slow to settle. However, at the end of the 1st period, there was little between the two teams. By half time, both teams were neck and neck with some excellent football being played by both sides. In the second game, Kilmichael were quick to gain the upper hand and never let up until half time, when the two Macroom teams swopped around and settling quickly began to get the upper hand, resulting from some positional switches. Macroom dominated the early part of the 2nd half in both games. However, Kilmichael, true to their tradition, fought back, playing some outstanding football with the 4 teams level at the end of both games. An enjoyable morning was had by all with the return fixture due in the next few weeks. There is no doubt that the future of these clubs is in good hands based on the displays witnessed in Annahalla.
Macroom Under 10's will be taking part in this year's Dromtarriffe tournament on June 9th & 16th next. Training continues on Saturday mornings at the Castle Grounds in Macroom from 10.30 to 11.45 am & new players are always welcome. Macroom: Darragh Kiernan, Cormac Buckley, Cian O Riordan, Kevin Bradley, Shane Mc Sweeney, David Hunt, Mark Hunt, Barry Galvin, Liam Linehan, Michael Kelleher, Ethan O Riordan, James Galvin, Sam Kelleher, Dean Granville, Barry Murphy, Morgan Collins, Reece Twomey Lee, Adam McCarthy & Darragh Neville.

Pic 35Stephanie Cotter and Caoimhe Harrington of West Muskerry .A.C. who finished 1st and 3rd in the 800m at the  County Championships ©


Day two of the Cork County Track and Field Athletics championships at CIT was a great occasion for West Muskerry AC as the club's athletes won no fewer than six county titles! In the boys' U11 500m Eoghan Moynihan led his heat from the start and his winning time was faster than the winner of the second heat so Eoghan was county champion. In boys' U14 shot putt, Padraig Moynihan was in great form and threw well over 10 metres to claim the gold medal. In girls' U14 Stephanie Crowley put in a fierce drive down the home straight in the 800 metres and did just enough to take the gold and the county title. Team mate Caoimhe Harrington battled well to take the bronze medal. In the boys' U16 triple jump, Kevin O'Dwyer was crowned county champion with a fine performance. Kevin also competed in the long jump and finished second and then finished third in the 100 metres sprint – a fine performance in one day. In girls' U18 Rachel O'Shea became the sixth West Muskerry county champion when she finished strongly, to take the 800 metres title.

In boys' U14 Padraig Galvin took the bronze medal in the 200 metre race and also qualified for the final of the 100 metre sprint. In the U16 long jump, Aileen Corkery was a well-deserving winner of the silver medal with a jump close to her personal best. Eoin Walsh took the bronze medal in the boys' U17 200 metre, battling hard all the way to the end. The other West Muskerry AC athletes who competed did very well, all qualifying for semi-finals and finals and all were satisfied with their performances and enjoyed the day. These were Darren Moynihan, Benjamin Deady Cabrajas, Aoife Lucey, Beibhin Moynihan, Conor Lucey, Aaron Hoare, Shannon Cotter, Gráinne Twomey, Katelyn Kelleher, Conor O'Neill, Joseph Deady Cabrajas, Meabh O'Riordan, Katie Dineen, Sophie Harrington, Sarah Kelleher, Aoife Twomey, Muiris Foley, Con Buckley, Denis Dullea, James Cronin, Billy Cronin, Seamus Gallagher and Gary O'Sullivan.

Pic 37 De la Salle Macroom, winners of the Cork Colleges Senior A trophy (An Corn Simcox) this season©An Scoil  

Macroom Ladies Football.

Junior Ladies got off to a rocky start, being defeated by Bandon and Lisgoold in their first two league games, but came back with a brilliant win - 3-4 to 7-10 - over Clann na nGael in the Castle Grounds. Well done to all the girls and good luck to all doing their Leaving and Junior Certs.

Macroom U16 Ladies are doing very well in their league campaign. They have a very strong panel and have won all but one of their matches. They are now looking forward to a league semi final.

Macroom U14 Ladies are also enjoying a very good league campaign. With a very strong panel, they have won most of their matches. They played their last league match against Carrigaline in the Castle Grounds May 7th May. This was a riveting match, Macroom were well down at half time but came back in the second half and played an absolute blinder. All the players combined well and worked hard to get the ball up the field. There were some great scores to follow, in particular from Brionagh Healy who was absolutely on top form and finished the ball to the back of the net on several occasions. After an enthralling game, Macroom defeated Carrigaline 7-04 to 6-06. Well done to all the team.

Macroom U12 girls played Grenagh in their first match on Tuesday 15th May. Even though they were defeated they enjoyed the game and it was a great experience for them.

The Minor competition is expected to start after June and we also have a very good panel for this.

Championship competitions will be starting at a later date. The club welcomes any new players from five upwards and we would also welcome any help from parents at training and matches. Training on Wednesday evenings in Tom Creedon Park, Macroom. U10, U12 and U14 at 6pm and U16 and Junior training at 7.15pm.

Pic 39 Macroom Junior Ladies Football team.  ©

St. Val's Notes.

Both under 14 teams have qualified for their respective Mid Cork league semi-finals. In the A grade they won all their games, defeating Carrigaline, Eire Óg, Nemo, Donoughmore, and Douglas along the way. They played Carrigaline in the semi final. The second under 14 team, after losing their first game away to Passage, won the next six games to also  qualify for their semi final against Bishopstown. The under 16 Mid Cork final against Douglas has now been deferred until after the summer exams . The under 12 team are continuing to train once a week in Carrigadrohid. They have also played a couple of practice matches against Passage and Kilshannig. Their league campaign will be starting in the next couple of weeks. The under 8/10 training is continuing on Wednesday evenings at 6.30 in Cloughduv hall due to the unsettled weather. Anyone interested in joining please contact Martin Lyons 087-9974229.

Canovee G.A.A.

Latest Results: Under 14 Football League: Canovee 4 – 17  Tracton 3 – 3. Canovee 1 – 7 Sliabh Rua 2 – 9. .
Junior Football League Division 2: Canovee 2 - 8  Macroom 2 - 4.
Under 13 B Football Championship Final: Canovee 1 - 2 Sliabh Rua 2 - 7.
Under 13 B County Championship Semi-final Canovee 2 - 6  Urhan 1 - 8.
U12 B League Canovee 2 – 6 Courcey Rovers 4 – 6.
Non exam minor football league Canovee 1 – 3 Boherbue 3 – 16.
Under 11 Football League Canovee 4 – 10 Ballinora 2 – 6.
Macroom 2 – 11 Canovee 2 – 8.
On May 11 Canovee played Macroom in Division 2 of the Junior Football League. Canovee had a very youthful team on duty. This game produced passages of good football and was very competitive. Macroom led at half time 2 – 4 to 1 – 5, with James Moynihan scoring the Canovee goal. In the second half, Macroom held their lead all the way to the finish despite a second Canovee goal by Michael Quinlan. At the final whistle, Macroom were worthy winners 2 – 11 to 2 – 8.
Team: Darren Shine, Donal Cronin, Billy Creedon, Charles Kenneally, Stephen Kelleher, Gerry Lucey, Shane O'Riordan, Damien Ahern, Conor Buckley, John Paul Dunne, Michael Quinlan, James Moynihan, Gerry Shanahan, Sean O'Connell, Paddy Cronin. Subs. William Ahern, Niall Cronin, Cathal O'Carroll, Donal Madden. 
Canovee 0 – 3 Boherbue 3 - 16
On May 16 Canovee Minors played their first non exam League game at home to Boherbue, who play at Premier 2 grade in the County Minor League. Canovee were under pressure from the start and a half time Boherbue led by 1 – 7 to 0 – 1, with Cahtal O'Carroll scoring the Canovee point. In the second half Boherbue kept the scoreboard ticking over and won easily. Despite being outclassed, Canovee kept trying up to the final whistle, which augurs well for the rest of the season.
13 a side team: Mark Healy, Colin Murphy, Cian Lehane, Shane O'Riordan, Niall Cronin, Michael Dunne, Blake Ring, Cathal O'Carroll, Thomas Cullen, James Moynihan, James Verling, Tadhg O'Riordan, Brian Verling.
Canovee 1 – 2  Sliabh Rua 2 - 7
On May 12 Canovee u-13s played Sliabh Rua in the East B Championship final at Mayfield. Although behind at the final whistle, Canovee created plenty of chances but were unable to take them. Evan Dodd scored the Canovee goal.
Canovee 2 – 6 Urhan 1 – 8.
With two teams qualifying from the east section, Canovee played the west winners, Urhan, in the County semi final at Kealkil on May 20. This game turned out to be very exciting. Two goals from Daniel Akwrinbola and Eoin Cullen put Canvoee ahead at the final whistle. It took a great save from Cathal Moynihan near the end to seal Canovee's victory. They will now play St. Peter's in the County final.
On May 16 Aidan Moynihan came on at half time for the Cork Minor footballers in their narrow defeat against Tipperary in the Munster Football Championship semi-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Fixtures: May 29 Non exam football League, Canovee v Aghinagh in Carrigadrohid at 7.30p.m.
May 31 Non exam football League, Canovee v Castlehaven in Union Hall at 7.30p.m.
County u13 B football Championship Canovee v St. Peter's, date to be announced.
Lotto: May 20: Numbers Drawn: 10, 17, 18, 32. No winner. €50 George Murphy, Carrigadrohid. €25 Gobnait Deasy, Aherla; John Kingston, Curragh. Jack the Joker, Kathleen Murphy, Mashanaglass. Next draw in the Sportsman's Bar, Aherla on May 27 for €11,900.

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt

The William Perrott Perpetual Trophy was played for in ideal weather conditions over the past week-end. The overall winner was Michael Dunlea who was 18 under par after a 36 hole contest followed by a play-off. Second place went to Brendan Swanton, with Kevin O' Donovan taking third place. The trophy was presented by Bill Perrott (father of the late William) sponsor.
Cope: The Cope Foundation charity event, postponed earlier, now takes place on Tuesday the 29th at Annalala with tee-off at 6.30 to 7.30 pm.