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 Snow in Castle Grounds  © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Updates

The board and its members would like to wish all their customers and friends a very Happy New Year and best wishes for 2013. 2012 was an extremely tough year for all traders and this year doesn't look like being much better, but by all of us sticking together, supporting local industry, purchasing as much as possible locally, then we can get through these very difficult times. The Lee Valley Enterprise Board is committed to promoting Macroom and its hinterland and its next big venture is the St Patrick's Festival and Parade. This year the festival's theme is in association with the "2013 The Gathering" and, with visitors from the U.S, Italy, France & UK, it promises to be the biggest ever. We're appealing to all clubs, associations, and companies to get involved in this year's Parade. Be it through a float or a pageant, what better way to advertise and it's completely FREE. The Macroom Parade attracts up to 10,000 people on March 17th. It's the biggest day in the town's calendar and shows off the tremendous community spirit that Macroom and the Lee Valley have. For further information, please ring 087 2322505 

Lee Valley Diary

Briery Gap:

Mon. Jan. 28 @ 8.30p.m. The Imposter
Fri. Feb. 1 Conal Gallen
Sat Feb. 2 Robert Service: Bard of the Yukon.
Sat Feb. 9 Southern Tenant Folk Union
Thurs. Feb. 14 @ 7.30p.m. The Notebook
Thurs. Feb. 14 @ 10:00 pm Couple's Retreat
Fri Feb. 22 Joseph Locke. Blaze Away.

Macroom Library:

Penn Bookclub  Fri. Feb. 1st at 4pm.
Ciorcal Cainte Mon. Feb. 4, 11.30 a.m. – 12.30
Adult bookclub Wed. Feb. 6 at 11.30a.m.
Purlies: Thurs. Feb. 7 at 11a.m.
Gramophone Circle with Peter O'Regan, Mon. Feb. 11, 11a.m.

Crookstown Céilí Club: Sat. 26th January 9.30p.m. to1 a.m.

VWCC Sunday Cycle: Starting 10a.m. Sun., Jan. 27 from Dunne's, Macroom; Sun 3rd Feb - Ballingeary GAA.

Macroom Ladies GAA AGM on Thurs. Jan.31, Castle Hotel at 8.30pm.

Muskerry Special Olympics: Tea Party Fundraiser in the Launey Bar, Ballinagree on Thurs., Jan. 31 at 8.30p.m.

Macroom Twinning Association AGM, Fri. Feb. 1 at 8pm in the GAA pavilion.

Fundraising Dance: Comhairle Tuismitheoirí Scoil Mhuire in Óstán Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne on Fri. Feb. 1 @ 10pm.

Fleadh Tea Party: in Cill na Martra hall on Fri., Feb. 8 at 8.30pm.

Cake and Plant Sale on Sat., Feb. 9 after 6.30pm Mass, in Canovee School Hall.

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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Professor Cian Ó Mathúna, originally from New St., Macroom,  with his extended family in UCC as he is awarded a Research Professorship by President Michael Murphy©

Two Awards for Cian

Professor Cian Ó Mathúna - originally from New St., Macroom and son of Dónal agus Caitlín Ó Mathúna, Well House - received two major awards for his work at the Tyndall National Institute recently. At an event in UCC Cian was awarded a Research Professorship by President Michael Murphy. Research Professors are acknowledged leaders in their research disciplines, performing to the highest level internationally in research output, and competing successfully for highly prestigious awards. Cian's appointment recognises his research accomplishments and international leadership in the development of micromagnetics on silicon for power supply on chip.

Earlier in January Cian was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his outstanding contribution to the field of power electronics, with the citation "leadership in the development of power supply using micromagnetics on silicon". IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the global technical community as a prestigious, internationally recognized honour and an important career achievement. The formal award ceremony will take place in the US later in 2013.  

Professor Nabeel Riza, Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, comments: "Professor Cian Ó Mathúna brings to the Department an internationally recognized research expertise in power supply design using micromagnetics on silicon, providing new opportunities for both staff and students to further enhance the university mission of excellence in research, teaching, learning, and innovation."

During the visit of the British royals to the Tyndall Institute in U.C.C. in 2011, Cian Ó Mathúna intrigued the Queen and Prince Philip with his demonstration and explanation of micro needles, researched and developed at the institute and proving invaluable in administering painless injections to infants, children and people needing frequent medication. They listened and asked questions of Cian for more than three minutes, a huge time wedge in such a tight schedule.

The Gathering in Macroom

This year's St. Patrick's Day Festival in Macroom will, appropriately, have a strong international flavour, since this is the year of The Gathering, when exiles and visitors alike are to be welcomed to our shores for a year-long celebration. Once again, the Woodland String Band will have a group coming from Philadelphia for the week long festival, the 14th consecutive year that the Woodlanders have come to Macroom for St. Patrick's Day.  The Americans have made a huge contribution to the success of the Macroom parade each year and have added a major financial injection to the local economy as well, a fact which has been acknowledged many times by the Lee Valley Enterprise Board , the organisers of the annual parade.  The St Patrick's Day parade is the most important event in the social calendar in the Lee Valley and the Woodlanders have been a big part of its success.
Another group which has had a massive input into the annual parade and the social life of the Lee Valley is Macroom Twinning Association, with its twinned partners abroad, Bubry in Brittany, France and Marcallo con Casone, from near Milan in Italy.  The towns are in a three year arrangement, whereby each one hosts the other two in rotation and this year, Macroom will be the host town for Bubry and Marcallo, who will be strongly represented in Macroom on St Patrick's Day. It is hoped that the Bubry contingent will include some of the wonderful musicians from Bagad Sant Ewa, to delight the spectators at the parade with their stirring Breton music and traditional dances.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the twinning agreement between Macroom and Marcallo con Casone (Marcallo is the town, Casone the nearby village and both are governed by the one local council).  It is expected that a very representative group will travel over from Italy for the occasion and the Macroom Twinning Association is presently finalising arrangements for the anniversary celebrations.  Students from the secondary level school in Marcallo will be coming to Macroom at that time for their annual exchange visit with De La Salle College Macroom and they will, of course, be participating in the parade and joining the celebrations.

Macroom Bridge

Work is progressing slowly on the completion of a walkway on Macroom Bridge. Scheduled to be open for use by late December – early January, depending on the weather, it remains an eyesore and occasional hazard despite relatively mild weather up to Monday of this week. The contractor now promises that works on the bridge are to be completed on the 8th February.  At the moment the ongoing works are to finish off the parapet coping for the parapet lighting handrail and once this is operational, the bridge will be safe to use. 

Road users may be interested to note that Cork County Council website has a section on Roads which details roads to be salted during the current harsh weather conditions.  

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Pat Kelleher, President Macroom Lions, 4th from left, receives flag from Joe Smith, District Governor Lions Ireland. Also included, Tony Condon, Martin Lucey, Liam Walsh, Michael Lillis, Ted Kelleher and Donal Mulcahy    © Lee Valley Outlook

St. Mary's Updates

Milking It: St. Mary's Secondary School Macroom is one of a hundred schools nationwide to progress to the second round of the 2013 NDC Milk It Awards. A total of 319 school teams from all 26 counties initially registered, with 1,476 secondary school students actively participating in the first phase of the third annual competition. The 100 teams from 20 counties who qualified for the next phase will have media and nutrition guidance and web support to help them expand on their project work, which must be submitted by March 1. Finalists will be announced in early April and these will exhibit their work in Dublin on May 1 and pitch to a panel of specialist national judges.  The list of successful teams and updates will be published at www.milkitawards.ie. Cork teams to reach the second round include St. Mary's Dairy Dolls, Macroom; Ca Boom from Beara Community School; Dairy Delights from Clonakilty; The Dairy Dudes, Colaiste Muire Realt na Mara; Legendairy- Colaiste na Toirbhirte; Mook-It, Loreto, Fermoy; Milkozade, Midleton College; Stars In Your Eyes, Presentation S. S.; The Cow's Pen, St. Colman's C. C.; Dairy Devils-St. Francis' College; Milk Boom Boom!, St. Patrick's College and Milky Mayhem, St. Peter's C. S.-
The national competition offers a total prize fund of €6,300, with €100 One4all vouchers for each individual team member in categories such as 'Best Nutrition Campaign' and 'Best Innovative Campaign', or for national runners up in the Senior and the Junior Categories.  €200 vouchers will be presented to each individual team member in the top teams from the Junior Category and Senior Category.  The members of the overall winning team will receive vouchers valued at €250 each.

BT Young Scientist Exhibition: St. Mary's Secondary School succeeded in getting 5 projects to the Final at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, two of which received highly commended awards. The students involved were: Eileen Murphy and Mary O'Riordan with their project, 'Judging Me?'; Rachel Horgan, Gráinne Masters and Shauna Kelly with their project, 'Text vs. Type: What do you learn better, from a screen or paper?'; Claire Murphy and Vera O'Riordan with their project, 'Effect of an electric current on nitrogen fixation in soil'; Eibhlín Kelleher with her project, 'Money Matters: Does the economy have an effect on teenagers?' and Caoimhe Lynch with her project, "Rainwater conversion to potable water - electrocoagulation and ultra violet treatment". The three girls to receive highly commended awards were Eileen Murphy, Mary O'Riordan and Caoimhe Lynch. Caoimhe's project received a lot of attention from various bodies such as Industrial Water Management Ltd, CÉIST and members of the building industry. They believed that her project could be applied in future rainwater purification processes and may also be of benefit in third world countries. Eileen Murphy and Mary O' Riordan's project investigated perception of others based on appearance. They came up with some interesting findings, such as, elderly people being seen as friendly by all age groups. Their project could be developed further to investigate the effects of judging others on social media websites. We would like to congratulate all girls involved, for their hard work and dedication to Science at St. Marys.

Leaving Cert 2012. A number of students from the Leaving Cert class of 2012 have received scholarships in recognition of their outstanding results. Niamh Casey and Kate O'Brien, received Entrance Scholarship awards in U.C.D. where they both finished in the top 4% in the country.  Niamh is currently studying Veterinary Science while Kate is pursuing a career in Medicine. Katie O' Callaghan was one of sixty students who were awarded Entrance Scholarships to U.C.C .  Katie is now studying Pharmacy in U.C.C. Noreen O' Sullivan has been awarded the 'College of Business and Law Leaving Certificate Excellence Award 2012' and is now studying for a Degree in Commerce in U.C.C.. Caroline Looney has been awarded a University of Limerick Scholarship, where she is pursuing a Business Studies Degree.  Congratulations and very best wishes to all the girls in their future studies.

Apprentice Chef: St. Mary's was chosen to participate in The Apprentice Chef Competition run by the Culinary Arts Department in Tralee IT. The requirements for the competition was to create a dish suitable for teenagers, using fresh, locally produced foods. This competition was designed to encourage an awareness of the importance of supporting local, small food businesses and to encourage healthy eating, using natural ingredients. We would like to acknowledge the support of local businesses and thank them most sincerely - Clancy's Fish Shop, Michael Twomey Butchers, Caroline Robinson's Vegetables & Toonsbridge Dairy. Gráinne Masters and Mary O'Riordan, along with their Home Economics teacher, Margaret O'Donovan, represented the school in a cook-off in Tralee IT on January 17th, results of which will be known on Wednesday, 23rd

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Transition Year students from McEgan College, Macroom presenting cheques to Jennifer O'Sullivan, Build for Life and Carmel Sheehan, Cystic Fibrosis  ©

Bishop McEgan College Updates

Gaelic Football: McEgan College has advanced to the Cork County Final at senior level after recently overcoming St Fanahan's of Mitchelstown. They will meet Ballingeary in the final before the end of the month. At Under 16 level, McEgan College will play Rossa College of Skibbereen in the Semi Final.
Basketball: This year we have entered 6 basketball teams into competitions and hopes of success are high. Regular competitive games take place in both male and female competitions and good progress is reported at all age levels.
Athletics: At a recent invitational meeting for Cross-Country runners held in CIT Bishopstown, McEgan College was represented by four athletes. An enjoyable event was experienced by all.
Table Tennis: The table tennis club is going strong, with students playing in the assembly area before and after school and at lunch time.
Soccer: Lunchtime indoor soccer continues as normal for Junior Cycle students from 1.30 in the Sports Complex.
Fundraising: 28 Transition Year students at McEgan College raised €6,200 for Build For Life (Cystic Fibrosis) and Cúnamh Bons Secours (Cancer Support) by means of a bag pack at Dunnes Stores Macroom. McEgan College thanks the staff of Dunnes Stores and the general public who supported this  worthy fundraising effort. Some of the 2A2 class group raised much needed funds for the SVP conference in Macroom by means of a 'Jeans and Shoes Day' to which every student donated €1. 2nd year and LCA students launched the school's annual Christmas Food Appeal in December and students and staff brought in non-perishable food items which were donated to the SVP who distributed it to needy families in the local area. The group plan to hold a raffle at Easter time in order to raise another €100 for the Macroom Conference.

Stars United: Students at McEgan College are ready to start a new year! Every student in the school has designed a unique star of their own, which when put together, all form one giant star – uniting all the students for the year to come.

Christmas Carol Service: As part of a cross-curricular school project between the Irish and Music departments, some students partook in a carol service before Christmas in Macroom Community Hospital and sang for the staff and patients. Students sang traditional favourites as well as some carols 'as Gaeilge' and the morning was a fantastic success.

Cumann na mBan Centenary

To whom it may concern,

As the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Cumann na mBan will take place in 2014, the Cunningham family and extended family (Macroom and elsewhere) have commissioned WildAcre Productions, The Barn Studios, Crookstown, Co. Cork, film producers, to begin filming the foundation of Cumann na mBan in Macroom and the surrounding areas from late 1913 up to 1923.
Our family have retained a large amount of the original documents, letters etc. dating back to this time. We have contacted quite a number of other families from Macroom and the surrounding areas who may have had members of their families in the Cumann; who may have original documents and who may wish to take part in this project. We have agreed with the Director of the National Archives in Cork City to donate on "permanent loan" all of the original documents that our family have retained down through the years.
Our aunt, Mollie (Mary) Cunningham, succeeded Mrs Dan Corkery as President of the Macroom Cumann na mBan from 1916-1921. Filming has already begun and a number of re-enactments will be filmed in Macroom and the surrounding areas during the next few months. It is planned to exhibit all of the material that we have in Buckley's Hotel on Sat. 9th March (details to be announced later) and the formal handing over of the material to Mr Brian McGee, Director of Cork National Archives, will take place on this day also.
We would ask anyone who may have an interest and is willing to get involved in this project to contact us at the following email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; mobile phone No 085 1599921.   

The Cunningham Family.

A morning with Jane

Do you love Jane Austen and secretly dream of life in a more genteel age? Cork County Library and Arts service invites you to LHQ, Library Headquarters to indulge that dream a little to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice on January 28. Come and enjoy a performance of scenes from this well known and loved book. Actors Irene Kelleher, Paula Lynch and Alan Martin will entertain us with performances of a  mixture of comic and more serious scenes in 'A morning with Jane' at 11.00am on Monday January 28th at Cork County Library Headquarters at Carrigrohane Road (beside County Hall). Admission is free, however places are limited. Check availability at your local Branch Library or by phoning 021 – 4546499.

Macroom Library

Eddie Hogan from Ballincollig gave a very enjoyable presentation of music on January 14th.  He played 'I Dreamt that I slept in Marble Halls' in memory of our recently deceased, much missed presenter, Maura Cronin. As recently as October she did a presentation for us. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam'. Our next session will be on Monday 11th February at 11a.m.  Our presenter will be Peter O'Regan. All are welcome to this friendly gathering.  Tea and coffee is provided during the 15 minute interval.
The Dan Joe Kelleher archive is available to view on a computer in the library.  It covers interviews, festivals, religious events and sporting occasions in the greater Macroom region during  the years 1982 - 1986.   Staff will set it up for you; you need only sit back and enjoy it.
Penn Bookclub Friday 1st February at 4p.m.The current title is still 'Taking Sides' by Brian Gallagher.

Ciorcal Cainte   Monday  February  4th at 11.30a.m. All levels of Irish speaker welcome to this hour long get together. Attendance at the first meeting on January 21 was affected by the sudden snowfall but it went ahead, with plenty of caint agus comhrá agus cupán tae.

Adult Bookclub   Wednesday  6th February at 11.30 Group discussion takes place on the month's title.

Purlies Knitting  Group Thursday   7th   at 11.am All levels of knitter welcome.

From January 2013, all new driving licences and learner permits will be in credit card-sized format.   Through its National Driving Licence Service (NDLS), the RSA will produce all future driving licences and learner permits in this new format from 19 January 2013. The new licence will be standardised and therefore easily recognisable across Europe. Because it's plastic, smaller and carries a microchip, it will be easier to carry and more secure.  At present, learner permit and driving licence applications are handled by local authority Motor Taxation Offices and this will still be the case for much of 2013. The service will be transferred to the NDLS by September 2013. You don't need to replace your existing licence unless it is out of date. You can use it until it expires. Forms to apply for the new driving licence are downloadable form the internet at Macroom Library.

Gramophone Recital: Eddie Hogan presented the first recital of the New Year and his varied selection was thoroughly enjoyed by a large audience. It started with the Hoffmeister Serenade, performed by Andre Rieu and this was followed by Angels Guard Me, sung by David Hughes. Contralto, Kathleen Ferrier, then sang Robbie Burns's 'Ye banks and braes of bonny Doon' and Polish tenor, Jan Kiepura, sang 'Tell me Tonight' from the film of the same name. In memory of the late Maura Cronin, Eddie chose her favourite, 'I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls' from the Bohemian Girl and sung by the inimitable Margaret Burke Sheridan. Ceoltóirí Duhallow performed their version of the Jacobite 'Sé mo laoch mo ghile mear', the signature tune of Cór Chúil Aodha in the Muskerry area. Nelson Eddie's 'Come where my love lies sleeping' and Russell Watson with 'You raise me up' brought the first half of the programme to a conclusion. On a grey January morning, 'The sun whose rays are all ablaze with everlasting glory' from the Mikado, brought some brightness to the audience and 'Take a pair of sparkling eyes' from the Gondoliers and sung by tenor Richard Knight continued the good work. Soprano, Suzanne Murphy sang My Dearest Dear (The Dancing Years) and this was followed by Placido Domingo and the Vienna Boys Choir Pueri Concinite. Still raising spirits, Ezio Pinza sang 'This nearly was mine' from 'South Pacific' and our own tenor, Count John McCormack, praised the 'Sunshine of your smile'. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir with Bach's 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring'; Majella Cullagh with Donizetti Pia de Tolomei and Scottish tenor, Kenneth McKellar with 'Think on Me' brought the morning's entertainment to a delightful conclusion. Peter O'Regan will present the next Gramophone morning at 11a.m. on Monday, February 11.

Briery Gap Programme 

Theatre @ 8p.m.: Fri 1st February Conal Gallen, Comedian and singer. Tickets €25
Sat 2nd Feb. Robert Service: Bard of the Yukon. Tickets €10. This one man, two act show tells of the life of the 'half hobo' who enjoyed a privileged upbringing in 19th century Britain before emigrating to the Canada of the Klondike Gold Rush and recording this historic period in inimitable ballads.
Sat 9th Feb. Southern Tenant Folk Union. Tickets €15
Sun. 10th Feb. from 4:00 pm, auditions with Kevin Hough for South Pacific. Everyone Welcome!
Fri 22nd Feb. Joseph Locke. Blaze Away. Tickets €20. The legendary Derry tenor released hits such as Hear My Song, Violetta, Come Back To Sorrento, I'll Walk Beside You, Blaze Away, The Old Bog Road and My Heart and I, all of which will be included in the show.

Cinema @ 8.30p.m.: Sulan Film Society presents The Imposter on Monday January 28th. Adm.€7. Running time 98m. U15. A real life documentary on the 1994 disappearance of Nicholas Barclay, a 13 year old Texas boy and his subsequent impersonation by a French confidence trickster. The real mystery is how some of his family could have been conned by an older Frenchman with very different physical attributes.
Wed. 30th Jan War Horse Admission €5
Wed. 6th Feb The Artist Admission €5
Mon. Feb. 11th, Sulan Film Society present A Simple Life, admission €7; Director: Ann Hui; Country: China; Year 2011; Running Time 118m; Cert Club. This moving film looks at the decades-long relationship between a man, Roger, and his devoted family servant, Ip. Having cared for Roger from childhood, Ah Tao suffers a stroke and asks to be admitted to a nursing home. There, she becomes part of a new family made up of colourful characters. Based on a true story, A Simple Life delicately traces a decades-long bond with pathos and humour.
Wed. 13th Feb, Love Story Admission €5
Thurs. 14th February @ 7.30 pm, Cinema Special—Valentine Movie MarathonThe Notebook (12A). A poor and passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman and gives her a sense of freedom.  They soon are separated by their social differences.
Thursday 14th February @ 10:00 pm Couple's Retreat (15A). A comedy centred around four couples who settle into a tropical-island resort for a vacation.  While one of the couples is there to work on the marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort's therapy sessions is not optional. €5 for one movie.  €8 for two movies. €2 popcorn special.  Tickets available from Box Office 026 41793. 
Wed. 20th February, Albert Nobbs Admission €5
Wed. 27th February, Anna Karenina (2012) Admission €5

Local TV Programmes

Sun. Jan. 27: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Film on Padre Pio
6.30p.m. News and Sport. Dancing from Laharn Cross 1993 and Berrings 2012. 

Wed. Jan. 30:  9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Peter Golden Commemoration from Macroom 1994, Part 1. 

Sun. Feb. 3: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Heart of Jesus film. 
6.30p.m. Repeat of LTV. Wed. Programme.

Wed. Feb. 6: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Muinefliugh N.S. Presentation and Peter Golden Commemoration from Macroom 1994, Part 2. 


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)

Crookstown Ceili Club: Ceili on Saturday 26th January 9.30p.m. to1 a.m. Music by Mountain Road Ceili Band. All are welcome.

Macroom Ladies GAA will hold its AGM on Thursday, January 31 in the Castle Hotel at 8.30pm. All welcome. Please support the girls.

Muskerry Special Olympics: Tea Party Fundraiser in the Launey Bar, Ballinagree on Thursday, January 31 at 8.30p.m. Tickets €10. Anyone interested in attending or hosting a table, please contact Grett Buckley at 086 3933961 or Nora Casey at 087 2262847 or 021 7339049.

Macroom Twinning Association AGM on Friday 1st February at 8pm in the GAA pavilion.

Fundraising Dance: Comhairle Tuismitheoirí Scoil Mhuire welcomes you all to Oíche Rince, Ceoil & Craic in Óstán Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne on Friday 1st February @ 10pm. Music is by Patrick O'Sullivan & we hope this will be an enjoyable night out for young & old alike. Ticéid ar díol i Siopa Uí Dhuinnín, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh & ag an doras ar an oíche. Costas €10.

Fleadh Cheoil. Beidh cóisir tae ar siúl sa halla pobail i gCill na Martra ar an 8ú Feabhra, ag tosnú ar a 8.30in, chun airgead a bhailiú do Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí, a bheidh á reáchtáil i mBaile Mhúirne i Mí Bealtaine seo chugainn agus é eagraithe ag Craobh Lachtaín Naofa de Chomhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Beidh boird deichniúr ar fáil ag an gcóisir tae, ar chostas €10 an duine. Sonraí ar fáil ó 085 1109901.

Fleadh Tea Party: A tea party will be held in the hall in Cill na Martra on Friday, February 8th, starting at 8.30pm, to raise funds for the hosting of the Cork County Fleadh Cheoil in Ballyvourney in May this year. The tea party is organised by the Lachtaín Naofa, Cill na Martra, branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, and tables for 10 are available, at a cost of €10 per person. Details: 085 1109901.

Cake and Plant Sale in aid of Canovee School Garden on Saturday night, February 9 after 6.30pm Mass, in Canovee School Hall. All are welcome

Chernobyl Children: People who might be interested in forming a new group in the Dripsey, Rylane Donoughmore, Blarney, Tower, Inniscarra, Berrings areas to host Chernobyl children in June /July contact phone 087/7460807

Macroom Guides got 2013 off to an energetic start, braving the elements to hike in Gougane Barra. They are already planning their next outing in February.

Bus Nostalgia: Edel O'Mahony's series of programmes, Bealach na mBusanna, continues on TG4 at 9.30p.m. on Sundays, with repeats on Mondays at 8p.m. The first in the series, which dealt with the bus service in Cork and Kerry, delighted everyone who saw it. For those who missed it, it may be accessed on the internet on the TG4 Play Back system at http://www.tg4.ie/en/tg4-player/tg4-player.html?id=2080096701001&title=Bealach%20na%20mBusanna. If you don't have a computer, the staff at Macroom library will help you view it in the immediate future.

Discover Cork: School's Heritage Project 2013. Fifth and Sixth Class in St. Lachteen's N.S., Donoughmore are busy writing up projects  focusing on the lives of their Grandparents and would also welcome photos / information on the history of the G.A.A., the church, the shops, the creamery and the schools in the parish. email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Local Government Protest: The 12 Town Councils in County Cork were all represented by their Mayors at a recent meeting in Midleton, where it was resolved to fight any attempt by the Minister to diminish the powers of local authorities. Macroom Town Council was represented by Mayor Owen McCarthy, Cllrs. Ted Lucey, Breda McCarthy, Evelyn McSweeney, Tom Counihan, Pat O'Connell and Con Foley.

Macroom Lottos:  Macroom Soccer Club Lotto Jackpot has been won for the second time in 6 weeks. The €2,000 Jackpot was won by M.M and J c/o Noel. Macroom G.A.A. Lotto Jackpot still survives and now stands at €8.400.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: 6/1/2013 Jackpot €1,300 – Numbers drawn 2, 4, 9 – No winner. €50 Patrick Leahy, Rylane. €20 James O'Connor, Macroom, Dave Barry, Coolkisha, Jerry Sullivan, Carrigadrohid, Anthony Kelleher, Horsemount.
13/1/2013:  Jackpot €1,450  – Numbers drawn  7, 13, 35 – No winner.  €50 Daniel O'Sullivan, Carrigagulla. €20 Neily & Margaret Lehane, Ballinagree; John Casey, Curraghwaddra; Eileen Casey, Curraghwaddra; Jerry Kelleher, Carrigthomas.

Coachford AFC Lotto 7/1/2013, Jackpot: €3,200, Numbers Drawn: 15 - 27 - 34, No Winner, €40 Pat Fitzgibbon (Yearly Ticket), €20 Tony O'Callaghan, Molly O'Connell, Kaitlyn Bradley, Con Murphy (Yearly Ticket).
14/1/2013, Jackpot: €3,400, Numbers Drawn: 12 - 16 - 19, No Winner, €40 Dónal Moynihan, €20 Mark O' Flynn, Peter O' Riordan, Ellen & Ciara Barry Murphy, Margaret.

Lee Valley Updates

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At the launch of 'Cnoic Uíbh Laoghaire' in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne, from left, Fr. O'Driscoll P.P., Joe Creedon, artist, and Anne Creedon.  © Diarmuid O'Connell.

Inchigeela hotelier shows his artistic class

One of the most successful art launches ever took place recently in the Ionad Cultúrtha in Baile Bhúirne, when Cork novelist and playwright, Conal Creedon, opened an art exhibition by his cousin, Inchigeela hotelier and painter, Joe Creedon. 'Cnoic Uíbh Laoire' is the title of the exhibition of 21 landscape paintings inspired by Joe's beloved countryside around Inchigeela and the general Múscraí area. It was also an occasion for one of the longest and most entertaining opening speeches ever given at a launch, as Conal Creedon delighted the huge audience with anecdotes related to business endeavours and capers elsewhere. Having come full circle from the Wicklow mountains, the gifted storyteller got back to the matter at hand as he gave genuine praise to his artistic cousin, with spontaneous approval from the crowd. Those wonderful red spots, the joy of exhibitors everywhere, began to speckle the white walls of the Ionad Cultúrtha exhibition area, as seasoned art followers lay claim to paintings that will stand the test of time.

Joe Creedon first took an interest in landscape painting 40 years ago while attending a course in Westport with the Jury's Hotel Group, in preparation for his career as an hotelier in Creedons' Hotel, Inchigeela. While there he was inspired by the landscape around Connemara, as portrayed by artists such as Jack Yeats and Paul Henry. He subsequently discovered that his literary hero, Cork writer Daniel Corkery, was also an artist and had made paintings of the Uíbh Laoire landscape. Joe took up painting himself while establishing the Daniel Corkery Summer School in Inchigeela. At the launch of 'Cnoic Uíbh Laoire', Joe thanked everybody who came along, including friends and relations from Muskerry, Clare and South Africa. He made special mention of his former teacher at Inchigeela National School, Tadhg Mac Suibhne of Baile Mhic Íre, who first awoke interest in him and his classmates in our beautiful Irish placenames. These have now inspired the paintings that can be seen at the Cnoic Uíbh Laoire exhibition in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne until March 11.

Seán Ó Loingsigh

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Home and Away heart throb, Brax/ Steve Peacocke with Caoimhe Ní Dhuinnín during his recent visit to Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh   ©

Brax from Oz to Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh

In the early days of the new year, staff and customers at Siopa Uí Dhuinnín Centra Store in Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh were delighted to identify teenage heart throb and Australian Soap star, Brax, aka as Steve Peacocke. As his many admirers will know, Brax is the leader of a 'Home and Away' gang of surfers from Mangrove River called the River Boys. Steve Peacocke, who is said to sport an Irish tattoo, has millions of followers all around the world and recently toured Ireland, visiting many night clubs in Cork. The beauties of West Cork brought him to the West Muskerry Gaeltacht and, after chatting and posing for photographs in the supermarket, he went on to a local pub and got in some practice in drawing the perfect pint.

Clondrohid Updates

 Irish Guide Dogs: Just to remind people that being in your sixties, seventies or eighties, does not make you incapable of training a guide dog.. If you think you could do it or at least give it a try, why not ring 0214878200 for more information.
Boot Camp: Just as the set dancing classes with Teddy have resumed on Tuesday nights, so also has Boot Camp resumed on Monday and Thursday from 8pm to 9pm in the Astro Pitch. Contact Stephen Quinn on 0870531722.
U 21 Tournament: The u 21 team travelled to Whitechurch to take part in this tournament and came away worth winners. Well done. Training continues on Friday nights, and Sunday mornings.
Annual Party: The threat of snow didn't dampen the spirits of all those who braved the elements to attend this annual event organised by the Development Group. A great day's entertainment was provided, with singers, musicians, set dancers. It was great to see the youth and the elderly blending so well on the dance floor. A cold plate was provided this year, which went down a treat. Many thanks to all who helped, donated and provided in any way to make this event a great success.
Bishop Elect: Fr. Crean will become the new Bishop of Cloyne on January 27. All in Clondrohid wish him well. We will be represented at the Episcopal Ordination in Cobh by winners of the draw - Eileen Buckley, the Village; Catherine O'Shea, Bridgemount; Mary Twomey, The Terrace; Con Walsh, Carriganima and Bridget Connolly was also given a ticket for all her work as sacristan.
Vigil for Life: Well done to all those who travelled from Clondrohid and surrounding parishes to Dublin to take part in this very important vigil.
Congratulations: to local girl Denisa Kearney, who has got straight through to the Munster finals of the All Ireland Schools Talent Search . This is a huge achievement for Denisa who attends McEgan College, Macroom and spends her lunch times working on her music, both playing and singing. The final is on in Limerick on Saturday January 26. Our good wishes go with her.
Lotto: January 9. Jackpot  €1,600. €70 Mort Buckley Lactify. €20 Helen O'Brien The Village; Mary Bluett c/o Bingo; Hancy Hubbard, Bealnamorrive; Nora Lucey Gortnalicka.
Bingo: In Community Hall every Wednesday night; jackpot €1,200
Cards: In Community Hall every Sunday night.

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Scoil Lachtaín Naofa  performance of The Lion King in the Ionad Pobail, Cill na Martra   © Joan McLoughlin

Cill na Martra for Marymount  

Fundraising, competition, post Christmas exercise and enjoyment went hand in hand in Cill na Martra over the festive period and all for a very good cause. It was the third successive year of the darts tournament in An Crois pub and it was organised by Damien Burns and Michael Dinneen. This year they raised €7,500 and presented it to Regina Donnelly, Marymount Hospice at a subsequent function. Also on the night a cheque for €2,100 was presented by Brendan McSweeney on behalf of himself and Cathal McSweeney who had a lap race in Páirc Uí Chuana on St Stephens's Day. A private donation was also presented by the O'Connor Family in memory of Seamus Scriven R.I.P. In excess of €10,600 was presented in total. Mile Buíochas do ghach duine.

Dripsey Cycle

People from all over Cork got on their bikes to raise much needed money for the Cork Simon Community and One Man's Ethiopia on January 13. Around 100 cyclists met up for the "Griffin Cycle of the Lee Valley". And what a beautiful scenic route they were on - what is becoming one of Cork's most popular cycle routes due to its quiet roads and beautiful scenery. After their cycle, all participants were treated to warm soup and Granny Griffin home baking. Gerald McSweeney, the man behind One Man's Ethiopia, had a stand at Griffins to Show all the cyclists and customers exactly what work he does in Ethiopia and how all the money raised will be spent when he works there for 2 to 3 months every year, providing badly needed help for the homeless, poor and dying people of Addis Ababa. Cork Simon Community also received over €1200  from the cycle. This money, together with funds already raised by Griffins during the Christmas period, will help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless back to independence. Griffins would like to thank Eddie and his team in Ballinora Red Cross,  Farnanes and Ballincollig Gardai, our wonderful stewards and most importantly, all the cycle clubs and cyclist who helped fundraise. All money raised will be given directly to the charities as Margaret Griffin will be covering all cost involved with the running of the cycle, which is to be an annual event.

Duhallow Champions

An entertaining evening of speechmaking took place recently at IRD Newmarket, resulting in the team from St. Lachteen's N.S. Donoughmore named as the IRD Duhallow Public Speaking champions of Duhallow. St. Lachteen's are the only school to have won this coveted prize for a
second time. The standard was of exceptionally high and all the children who participated are to be commended for their hard work. The winning team members -  Sarah Heelan, Rory Fox, Emma Kennedy & Jean McAuliffe - were delighted to have won this prestigious competition and many thanks must also go to their teacher, Aislinn Sexton and the Principal, Deirdre Kelleher and also to Monica Kennedy for all their help in preparing the children for this competition.

On Yer Bikes with VWCC

Valley Wheelers Cycling Club (VWCC) season will start on Sunday, January 27. The starting point for each Sunday cycle will rotate through 3 locations this season. The schedule for the first 6 Sundays are as follows.
Sun Jan 27th - Dunnes, Macroom; Sun 3rd Feb - Ballingeary GAA.; Sun 10th Feb - The Mills, Ballyvourney; Sun 17th Feb - Dunnes, Macroom; Sun 24th Feb - Ballingeary GAA.; Sun 10th Feb - The Mills, Ballyvourney. All cycles will start at 10am and not exceed 50k for the first 6 weeks of the season. Groups will be formed on the day to cater for ALL levels and pace. New members most welcome. See www.valleywheelerscc.com for details.  

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 Donoughmore Macra Capers team who will compete in the All Ireland final in Éire Óg on Feb. 2   ©

Macra Matters   

Berrings Soccer All Ireland Winners: Congratulations to Berrings Macra on winning the ladies NDC Indoor Soccer All Ireland Final in Gormanstown on January 13. After playing six challenging matches, the girls successfully walked away with the title. This was a brilliant achievement for the girls and well done for all the hard work.

The Donoughmore Macra Capers team got through to the All-Ireland final of the competition on Saturday in Tullow, Co. Carlow. They will contest the All-Ireland in Éire Óg  on the 2nd of February. 

Canovee Draw

A big thank you to all our very generous sponsors and everyone who took part in the annual Christmas School Raffle. Prizes and Winners: 1. Christmas Cake by Cara Kellet. Winner  Daniel Brown. 2. Studio Sitting by Quaid Gallery. Winner Ella White. 3.  €100 voucher for Cinderella's Closet. Winner – Katie Brown. 4. Voucher from Mai Fitz's Bar & Restaurant, Lissarda. Winner – Donna O'Reagan Murphy. 5 Gift Set from Mulcahy's Pharmacy, Millstreet. Winner – Katie O'Sullivan. 6 Voucher for SuperNova Centre, Ballincollig.  Winner – Paul Lucey . 7 Gift Set from Coachford Pharmacy. Winner-Michael O'Sullivan. 8. Gift Set from Coachford Pharmacy. Winner – Margaret O'Brien. 9. Voucher from Chukkies Playcentre, Wilton. Winner – Olan Byrne. 10. Voucher for SuperNova Centre, Ballincollig. Winner –Ben Cheasty. Best Seller Prize – Two Tickets for Briery Gap Theatre, Macroom. Winner -  Shang Lucey

National Rally Champion in Rusheen

Rusheen N.S. was honoured recently when Brian O'Mahony, Irish National Rally Champion for 2012, visited the school.  Brian brought along The All-Ireland Rally Trophy, the Cecil Vard Memorial Cup, together with his Subaru Impreza S11, WRC car.  Pupils and teachers alike were enthralled as Brian explained all the features of his amazing car, in which he had so many thrilling victories in the National Championship.  As well as signing a multitude of autographs, Brian also answered many questions from a most enquiring audience.  He was very keen to outline the difference between driving a rally car and driving an ordinary car and the necessity for extreme safety at all times.  He encouraged pupils to always be careful on the roads and to wear their seat belts on every journey.  This message was further reinforced by Garda Ciaràn McCrory from Farnanes Station, who also paid a visit to the school. It was a most interesting and educational experience for all.


by Michael Kelly

Things to Do in January

Blackcurrant bushes quickly get enormous and, if left un-pruned, they will harvest poorly.  Naked stems and the plant lying dormant makes this the optimum time for pruning. The basic idea is to create a light airy plant in a bowl shape, but keeping as much of last season's growth as possible since it is these that will bear most of next year's fruit.  The new season shoots should be relatively easy to identify – they are quite smooth, tea-coloured, and clearly "new" looking.  The older shoots will be more gnarled and grey looking.  Start by removing congested and weak stems, any diseased branches or those branches that are crossing over.  Then take out some of the older growth that is clearly unproductive. Try to remove about a third of the plant, leaving about 10 strong healthy shoots.  You can also give the base a good dressing of compost.  The result should be a healthy plant that will pay you back in spades.

Leek and Potato Soup

Ingredients:  1 tbsp vegetable oil; 1 onion, sliced; 225g/8oz potatoes, cubed; 2 medium leeks, sliced; 1.2 litres vegetable stock; 150 ml double cream or crème fraîche; salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions: Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onions, potatoes and leeks. Cook for 3-4 minutes until starting to soften. Add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Season well and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Whizz with a hand blender or in a blender until smooth. Stir in the cream or crème fraîche, heat through and serve.


Proof of Heaven by Dr.Eben Alexander.

 Dr Alexander, an eminent neurosurgeon, always considered himself a man of science. One morning in 2008, he fell into a coma after suffering a rare form of bacterial meningitis. He was not expected to survive. As his family prepared themselves for the worst, something  miraculous happened. Dr Alexander's brain went from total inactivity to awakening. He woke a changed man, certain of the infinitive reach of the soul, certain of a life beyond death. This is his story.

 Available from Fitz-gerald's Bookshop €16.99.


Castle is Travellers' Choice

The Castle Hotel beat off stiff competition and has just been voted best 'customer service' hotel by Trip Advisor this week in its annual Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice Awards. The Castle Hotel was ranked 12th within the top twenty five hotels in Ireland by Trip Advisor. The hotel is no stranger to Tripadvisor and was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for 2011 and secured best "bargain" and "family" hotel in 2012. The prestigious awards are run on an annual basis by Trip Advisor, which is the world's largest travel community, where millions of travellers seek information on all items travel related. Owner, Don Buckley, said "It is refreshing to be awarded by Trip Advisor and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the team at The Castle Hotel for their continued hard work in achieving best practices in the hotel.  We are delighted to be right up there with well established hotels such as  The Aghadoe Heights Hotel (13th) & The Four Seasons (11th). This is a fantastic boost for management and staff and will spur us on to exceed our guest requirements".

Bruce Springsteen Concert: Should you have tickets to see The Boss in Cork on July 18, you might well choose to make Macroom your base and stay in the boutique four star Castle Hotel, just 30 minutes from Cork City, and make the concert an opportunity to explore the scenic South West of Ireland. The Castle is delighted to launch The Bruce Springsteen Special package and, for as little as €55 per person sharing, guests are in for a treat. They can use the Leisure Club with access to the 16 m heated pool, spa pool, Kids pool, steam room and fully equipped gym and visit the Holistic Therapy Suite. There is complimentary late check out upon departure. For further information on this offer and other special offers currently available at the Castle Hotel visit http://www.castlehotel.ie/special-offers

Church Lane Restaurant

Local sisters, Cheryl and Laura O'Connor, opened the doors of Church Lane Restaurant last September and are looking forward to the year ahead with many more planned additions to the restaurant. Located in the unique setting of the Old Church Yard, the building itself was originally used as the lodge for the caretaker of the Protestant Church and graveyard and was later used as a family home. The girls' father, Stephen, bought the house seven years ago with a view to turning it into a restaurant, but because the lodge is on a heritage site, this became a lengthy process. The O'Connor's had to keep the facade of the building intact, but chose to also keep the original layout of the house. What resulted is a restaurant that feels like being in someone's home. It consists of five separate dining areas; there are two rooms upstairs where the bedrooms once were and three rooms downstairs. The rooms include the bar, the green room, the grey room, the birdcage room & the bishop's table, which is a private room upstairs that seats six to twelve at a large mahogany table. Each room is decorated differently in a vintage style in keeping with the overall character of the house. They spent two years collecting bits and pieces for the restaurant and were able to do it inexpensively through upcycling old pieces and some lucky finds. The bar and bishop's room have old reclaimed redbrick that was sourced in Belfast. The lighting, tables & chairs & the bar were all finds from various second-hand furniture shops and vintage stores around the country. They even have a new addition of a 1950's Raleigh bike, once owned by local lady Mrs Eve Mullen, which is now used as a sign.
Church Lane's menu is described as rustic, their philosophy being to serve food that is naturally full of flavour and goodness by cooking with seasonal ingredients that are locally sourced. West Cork and the locality is full of really excellent food producers and Church Lane makes the most of this, serving Clancy's Fresh Fish, landed fresh in Union Hall; steaks from Micheal Twomey's Butchers; Skeaghanore West Cork Duck; Toonsbridge Buffalo Mozzerella; olives from The Real Olive Co.; cheese and salami from Gubeen Smokehouse; McCarthy's Fruit and Veg and fresh leaves from Caroline Robinson in the local market. All their meat products are also 100% Irish. The talented chef is Conall Breheny who has worked in Roly's Bistro, Dublin, Café Paradiso, Cork, Packie's, Kenmare & was also head chef in The Limetree in Kenmare. He trained under Bruce Mulcahy of the Kenmare Park Hotel and worked as headchef to Rory Carville, who recently won an eighth Michelin star for Ireland. Conall also had his own business making relishes, tapenades & pestos, which he now serves in Church Lane with his fresh focaccia bread; he also uses his award winning tomato sauce, making very tasty spare ribs and chicken wings. All desserts and breads are also made in house by the girl's sister Sonia and mum Frances.
Church Lane began by serving evening meals but is now opened Wednesday to Sunday serving both lunch and dinner. The weekday lunches include the roast of the day (€11.00), hearty dishes such as fish pie, Italian shepherds pie, bacon and cabbage, madras beef curry, lamb tagine, vegetarian quiche (all under €10) and a range of soup and sandwiches available on fresh Lynch's bread, ciabattas or wraps. Sunday lunches offer a choice of roasts such chicken and ham, roast lamb & roast beef (€12.50/€13.50). A new early bird menu has also been introduced and is available five days a week, from 5pm to 7pm, with two courses being offered at €19.50 and three courses for €23.95. Church Lane has a separate gluten free menu offering a lengthy choice of light bites, starters, mains & desserts. Construction of a woodburning pizza oven is currently underway and they're looking forward to offering diners gourmet pizzas in the coming weeks. They are also looking forward to landscaping the garden and creating an outdoor area in time for summer, so customers can dine alfresco and enjoy the character and history of the area.

Sports Mad

Tom Creedon Cup 2013 – Intermediate Football

First Round Results;

St. Michael's   6-18     Canovee   0-5
Valley Rovers   3 - 4    Cill na Martra   2 - 8

Second Round Fixtures (0n/before 26 Jan.):

A  Glanmire  v  CILL na MARTRA
B  Mayfield  v  Cloyne
C  Nemo Rangers  v  St. Michael's
D  Fermoy  v  Clyda Rovers
E  Kanturk  v  GRENAGH 
F  BALLINORA  v  Na Piarsaigh
G  Carrigaline  v  Kiskeam
H  Mallow  v  MACROOM 
First named team has home advantage in all games.

Quarter Finals (on/before 2 Feb.):

A v B:  C v D:  E v F:  G v H. 

Tadhg  Crowley Cup 2013 – Senior Football

A  Ilen Rovers  v  Clonakilty
B  Doheny's  0-9     Nemo Rangers  0-13
C  O'Donovan Rossa  1-9     St. Finbarr's  3-16
D  Castlehaven  3-6     Newmarket  0-10
E  Douglas  1-7     Bishopstown  1-8
F  Aghada  3-6     BALLINCOLLIG  0-12

Quarter Finals (26 Jan):

1. Aghada   v  St Finbarr's
2. Bishopstown  v  Castlehaven

Semi Finals (2 Feb.):

1  v  2: 
Nemo Rangers  v  Winners of A (Ilen or Clon).

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A group from De la Salle College and Macroom G.A.A. at the Rebel Óg Awards ©

Crowley Cup Plate:

1.  BALLINCOLLIG  v  O'Donovan Rossa
2.  Newmarket  v  Douglas

Plate Semi Finals:

B'COLLIG/O'Donovan Rossa v  Newmarket/Douglas
Doheny's  v  Losers of Ilen v Clon

 Cill na Martra  2 – 8 (14)    Valley Rovers  3 – 4 (13)

Cill na Martra Intermediate footballers have started their season on a winning note with a significant victory over Valleys Rovers at Brinny in a preliminary round game in the Tom Creedon Cup competition.  Cill na Martra finished the 2012 season well as they recovered from a poor spell, to have a strong run in the county championship, only failing to Éire Óg at the semi final stage.  They then went on to contest the final of the Division Four County League and took that title and promotion to the higher division in great style against Glanworth at Ballincollig in October last. Taking the scalp of a Premier Intermediate team on their home ground will certainly give Cill na Martra a major fillip as the new year commences.
Cill na Martra won this game in dramatic fashion.  The Valleys were on top in the first half and led at half time by 2-3 to 0-3.  The home side continued to remain in control for most of the second half but Cill na Martra held on and were always in with a chance and the drama unfolded in the last five minutes.  Valley Rovers led by 3-3 to 0-8 with the game entering the closing stages and a four point lead looked adequate to secure them victory.  Maidhchí Dineen then struck for a goal to bring Cill na Martra within a point of their opponents but Valleys came back with  a point to open up a two point gap.  In the final minute Cill na Martra struck again, this time Dónal Óg Ó Laoire slamming the ball to the Valley's net to give his side, by now down to 14 men, a smashing victory.  A place in the second round away to Glanmire is the reward for the Muskerry boys and it was well deserved, if only for their never say die spirit. Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Marc Ó Goilí, Colm Óg Ó Laoire, Tadgh MacSuibhne: Tadgh Ó Duinnín, Alan Ó Mocháin, Seanachán Ó Loinsuigh: Peadar Ó Muineacháin, Cathal Mac Suibhne: Martín Ó Concubhair; Caoimhín Ó Suilleabháin, Donal Óg Ó Laoire: Danní Ó Conaill, Shane Ó Duinnín, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín. Fir Ionaid: Graham Ó Mocháin, Daire MacLochlainn, Deaglán Ó Mocháin agus Pádraig de Brún.

St. Michael's 6 – 18    Canovee  0 – 5

An understrength Canovee were no match for last year's beaten Premier Intermediate championship finalists at Blackrock and Michael's easily advanced to the second round and a game with Nemo.  The Canovee line out was: Darren Shine: Donal Cronin, Damien Ahern, Gearóid Lucey: James McCarthy, Andrew Cronin, Donal Murphy: Denis O'Sullivan, Ger Ahern; Brian Ahern, Darragh Ring, John Buckley: Mark Verling, Liam Kelleher, Shane O'Riordan. Subs; Conor Buckley, John O'Brien.

Duhallow U 20 Invitation Tournament Semi Final:

Muskerry  0 – 13   Rathmore/Kilcummin  1 – 9 (12)

Muskerry U 20 footballers followed up their wins over John Mitchell's and East Kerry with another win over opposition from the Kingdom to reach the final of the Duhallow Invitation Tournament in their first year of entering the competition.  Their semi final win over Rathmore was a thriller, with the outcome in doubt to the finish and only being decided by a last minute point from a Darragh Ring free after Danny O'Connell had been fouled.  Muskerry will now meet Clonakilty (semi final winners over Duhallow on a 1-9 to 0-7 scoreline) in the final of the competition.
The first half was fairly even, with both teams having periods of control.  Rathmore had started well but points from Ben Shorten, Daniel Twomey and Darragh Ring brought Muskerry back into contention and the teams were level at half time at 0-5 each.  Muskerry were a much improved side in the second half and, with points from Ben Shorten, Peter Kelleher, Daniel Twomey and Darragh Ring, they eased into a deserved 0-12 to 0-7 lead and looked to be heading for victory.  A goal for Rathmore altered the predictions and when the Kerry boys followed up with a point, Muskerry were in trouble.  The Muskerry goal came under intense pressure but, with Darren Kelly outstanding and Robbie O'Dwyer twice clearing balls off his goal line, the Cork boys did not concede a second goal, though the opposition did get a point to draw level.  In the final minute, Muskerry went on the attack and when Danny O'Connell was fouled, Darragh Ring converted the resultant free to book Muskerry's passage to the final.

Muskerry: Shane Masters (Kilmichael): Ronan Dennehy (Éire Óg), Darren Kelly (Macroom), Robbie O'Dwyer (Macroom): Mike O'Shea (Éire Óg), Seán Ó Donnchú (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh). Cian Ó Duinnín (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh): Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Daniel O'Riordan (Iveleary): Daniel Twomey (Kilmichael), David Horgan (Macroom), Diarmuid Ó Liatháin (Lyons) (Naomh Abán): Danní Ó Conaill (Cill na Martra), Darragh Ring (Canovee), Ben Seartan (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh). Subs: Shane Ó Duinnín (Cill na Martra) and Daire MacLochlainn (Cill na Martra).
Final: Muskerry v  Clonakilty at Knocknagree, on Sunday 27th January at 2 pm.

McGrath Cup

Cork   1 - 9  Tipperary  2 – 9

Cork senior footballers suffered their first defeat by Tipperary in competitive football in over 60 years when they went under to the Premier county in the McGrath Cup quarter final at Páirc Uí Rinn.  Nollaig Ó Laoire of Cill na Martra, Ciarán Sheehan of Eire Óg and Liam Seartan of Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh started for Cork; Fintan Goold of Macroom came on as a substitute in the 64th minute and Seán Kiely of Macroom came on as a substitute in the 70th minute. Tipp subsequently defeated Waterford in the semi final and will now meet Kerry, semi final winners over Limerick, in the final. Cork play Dublin in the opening game of the Allianz National Football League at Croke Park on Saturday 2nd February, 7 pm. throw in.  

Macroom Motors Ltd. Mid Cork Under 21 Football Championship

The Mid Cork U 21 Football championship is again being played in four groups this year, after last year's trial run was deemed to be a big success.  Each club is guaranteed at least three games in the competition.  The teams in each group play each other, with the leading team in each group qualifying for the 'A' championship semi finals, the second team qualifying for the 'B' semi finals and the third team qualifying for the 'C' championship semi-finals.
The opening rounds of each group will be played on Saturday 9th February, with games scheduled for each subsequent Saturday until the competition reaches the final stages.

Group 1:  Kilmurry, Donoughmore and Macroom
Kilmurry v Donoughmore at Kilmurry on Sat. 9th February. 
Donoughmore v Macroom at Donoughmore on 16th February
Macroom at home to Kilmurry on Saturday 23rd February.

Group 2: Cill na Martra, Canovee, Ballincollig and Inniscarra.
Cill na Martra v Canovee at Carrigadrohid on Sat. 9th Feb.
Inniscarra v Ballincollig at Ballyanley on 9th Feb.
Ballincollig v Cill na Martra and Inniscarra v Canovee on 16th Feb.
Canovee v Ballincollig and Cill na Martra v Inniscarra on 23rd Feb.

Group 3: Aghabullogue, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh and Iveleary.
Aghabullogue v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh at Coachford on 9th February.
Béal Átha v Iveleary on 16th Feb.
Iveleary v Aghabullogue on 23rd Feb.

Group 4: Blarney, Ballinora, Naomh Abán and Eire Óg.
Blarney v Ballinora at Blarney on 9th Feb.
Naomh Abán v Eire Óg at Baile Mhúirne on 9th Feb.
Eire Óg v Blarney and N. Abán v Ballinora on 16th Feb.
Ballinora v Eire Óg  and Blarney v N. Abán on 23rd Feb. 

Muskerry Cup Junior 'A' Football 2013

The first competition of the year in Muskerry G.A.A. is the Muskerry Cup competition.  The draws were made at the recent board meeting and the following fixtures were made:
Quarter finals

Ballincollig v Aghinagh at Ballincollig on Sunday 3rd February
Donoughmore v Kilmurry at Donoughmore, Sun 3rd Feb.
Kilmichael v Clondrohid at Kilmichael on Sun. 3rd Feb.
Iveleary - a bye

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Iveleary u-21B County Football Champions at their annual social in the Castle Hotel Macroom. Included, Bob Ryan, Chairman Cork Co. Board and selectors, Billy Twomey, John O'Callaghan and Tim Pat O'Sullivan.  ©Lee Valley Outlook

Mid Cork Junior Football Leagues

The opening rounds of the Mid Cork Junior Football Leagues will be played on 17th February 2013. 
In Division One, there are ten teams, each team to play nine games.  The teams are: Aghinagh, Ballincollig, Kilmichael, Kilmurry, Clondrohid, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, Dripsey, Inniscarra, Iveleary, Donoughmore. 
The opening round of games scheduled is:
Donoughmore v Dripsey
Inniscarra v Iveleary
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Clondrohid
Aghinagh v Ballincollig
Kilmichael  v Kilmurry 

In Division Two there are ten teams and these are: Macroom, Naomh Abán, Ballinora, Kilmurry2, Iveleary2, Eire Óg, Donoughmore 2, Blarney, Aghabullogue, and Canovee.  This league commences on 24th February with the following games scheduled:
Canovee v Donoughmore
Blarney v Aghabullogue
Eire Og v Iveleary
Macroom v Naomh Abán
Ballinora v Kilmurry

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St. Mary's Macroom, winners of the Munster Post Primary Senior Football final, defeating Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig   ©An Scoil

Munster Post Primary Senior B Football Final 2013

St Mary's Macroom 4-15  Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig 3-4

St. Mary's Macroom were crowned Champions of Munster on January 19 when they defeated near neighbours, Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig comprehensively in Mallow. Although the score might show Macroom ran out comfortable winners, it was only in the last quarter that St. Mary's really took control of the game.  Ballincollig made a bright start with a point from centre forward, Eimear Scally. It didn't take Macroom long to reply with points from Aoife Plunkett and Katie O'Connell. Coláiste Choilm then replied with another point and added to that with a goal, which turned out to be their last score of the first half. Marie Ambrose led from the back with a powerful performance, helped by Aileen Corkery in the half back line, who surely was in the running for player of the match. Macroom finished out the half with a goal from Máiréad Corkery and seven points from a brace of players, most notably Claire Byrne, whose classy finishing was notable.
The score at half time showed St. Mary's 1-9 to Coláiste Choilm 1-2. St. Mary's had to make  substitutions at half time, with Gráinne Twomey coming on for the injured Yvonne Burgoyne and Síofra Burgoyne coming on for Rachel Hurley. Coláiste Choilm started the second half with some intent, scoring two quick goals and a point to level the game and, with fifteen minutes gone, the game was in the balance. But Macroom then began to win one on one battles with the Coláiste Choilm girls. Máiréad Corkery, who finished with a tally of 2-1 from midfield, complemented the hard work of Becky Hennigan at number nine. Niamh Duggan also put in a hugely effective shift from wing forward and was on hand to help Aoife Plunkett score her grand total of 1-6, all from play, but for one point from a free.. The Macroom side introduced substitutes Emma Lyons, Sara-Beth O'Mullane and Ali Jones, who helped steady the ship in the closing part of the game.  When the hour was up the Munster Senior B Post Primary Cup was on its way back to Macroom. Player of the match went to Claire Byrne and deservedly so, as it was her strength in running and accuracy when shooting which stood out during a game of high quality from both sides. St. Mary's can now look forward to an All-Ireland Semi-Final in early March. Scoil Mhuire Abú!!

St. Mary's: Jean O' Sullivan(St. Val's), Ann-Marie Ryan(St. Val's), Marie Ambrose(St. Val's), Yvonne Burgoyne(St. Val's), Aileen Corkery(St. Val's), Aisling Kelleher(St. Val's), Angela Crowley(St. Val's), Mairéad Corkery(St. Val's), Becky Hennigan(St. Val's), Niamh Duggan(Naomh Abán), Claire Murphy(St. Val's), Katie O'Connel(St. Val's)l, Aoife Plunkett(St. Val's), Claire Murphy(St. Val's), Rachel Hurley(Macroom). Subs: Síofra Burgoyne(St. Val's) , Gráínne Twomey(St. Val's), Emma Lyons(St. Val's), Ali Jones(Naomh Fionnbarra), Niamh McCarthy(St. Val's), Elaine O'Brien(St. Val's), Grace Buckley(Macroom), Sara Beth O' Mullane(St. Val's), Sinéad Plukett(St. Val's), Nicola Dennehy (St. Val's), Rachel Horgan(Macroom), Máiréad O' Sullivan(St. Val's), Aisling Buckley(St. Val's).

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St. Val's players  who were members of victorious Cork Football Teams  in 2012 and attended medal presentation at the Silver Springs Hotel. From left: Joanne Down, Sinead Cotter, Máiread Corkery, Nicola Dennehy, Jean O'Sullivan, Marie Ambrose, Aisling Kelleher & Máiread O'Sullivan.   ©Mary Down

Kilmurry G.A.A.

Juvenile Club AGM 

At the AGM of Roinn na nÓg Cill Mhuire in Kilmurry GAA Club, outgoing Chairman Donagh Wall thanked the various groups who had assisted throughout the year and congratulated players, mentors and parents for the many successes the club had experienced. Secretary Denis O'Mullane joined Donagh in his praise for the many activities that had taken place over the year. In particular he congratulated the U13 team and selectors who had won both the Eastern Division League and Championship. He also congratulated the U14 team who had secured victory in the Eastern Division League. He paid particular attention to the role of parents in the club, saying that it could not function without their support and he thanked them most sincerely for all their help throughout the year. Treasurer Tim Irwin thanked all those who supported fundraising events while PRO Stephen Gilbert said he hoped people took pleasure in seeing their photos in publication and thanked the various editors and publishers who printed articles and photos on a regular basis for the club. With the reports over, Coiste na nÓg officer Ed Warren took the chair to elect a new board for the coming year. The newly elected officers are: Chairperson: Donagh Wall, Vice Chair: John O'Riordan, Secretary: Denis O'Mullane, Assistant Secretary: Mary O'Sullivan, Treasurer: Tim Irwin, Assistant Treasurer: Anthony Dineen,  PRO: Stephen  Gilbert, Coaching Officer: Tim Irwin.

Victory Social

The Kilmurry GAA Victory Social was held in Fernhill House Hotel, Clonakilty on January 19 to celebrate the achievements of the victorious Mid Cork Junior A Football Championship winning side. In his address, chairman Dave McCarthy thanked the players for their efforts during the year and made special mention of the work done by coach Sean Murphy and his selectors over the past year. Mid Cork board chairman, William Buckley, congratulated the club on their successes in 2012, commenting that a unique treble had been completed by the Junior A side in winning the Muskerry Cup, Mid Cork Division 1 League and Mid Cork Championship in the same calendar year while at the same time going unbeaten in all of those competitions. He added that the disappointment of the county final replay defeat to Rockchapel should serve as motivation for the side for the coming campaign.
Mid Cork Board Chairman, JJ Long, also addressed the meeting via a pre-recorded video message. In his address he congratulated the club on their success as well as urging them to learn from the county final defeat and adding that 2013 will see them face a different challenge as reigning Mid Cork Champions. JJ also thanked the club members for their well wishes, prayers and many visit during his recovery in Dublin. He also congratulated the club on reaching the Mid Cork Junior B Football final and the Junior C team on reaching the Junior C league final.
A presentation was made to referee Pat O'Leary to mark his achievement of refereeing the County Senior Football final of 2012 between Duhallow and Castlehaven. Pat was keen to thank Raymond O'Sullivan, Jim Murphy and JJ Long for setting him on the way in his refereeing career.

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  Aghinagh Minors who received their medals from Cork Footballer, Noel O'Leary and Rebel Óg Officer, Eddie Warren.  ©

Canovee G.A.A.

Canovee under age A.G.M. was held on January 10th before a great attendance. Out going chairman, Gerry Moynihan, welcomed everybody and thanked players, selectors and parents for their hard work through out the year. There was a lot of positive contributions from the floor, with Gerry setting out his vision for the 2013 season. The meeting also decided to have a full group of officers. Gerry Moynihan stepped down from the post of chairman after four years. Experienced campaigner,  Timmy Joe Lyons, is the new chairman. In his opening speech, Timmy expressed the hope that he would continue Gerry's hard work and that every player would be able to reach his full potential through regular games and training. New players in all age groups from under 6 to minor are most welcome. The new season from the under 13s up is due to start in February, with the younger age groups starting in March. Selectors for the various age group were also chosen, with extra help always needed. The new list of officers is:
Chairman,  Timmy Joe Lyons; vice chairman, Paudie Lyons; secretary, Mary Browne; treasurer, Nicola Cullen; P.R.O. Paddy Murphy; registrars, Pat O'Neill, Niall Lucey; east Cork board reps, Gerry Moynihan, Kevin O'Connor; children's officer, Tom McCarthy.


Munster Junior Cup 4th Round

Coachford   5   Cahirconlish  0

Coachford are through to the 5th round of the Munster Junior Cup after doing a demolition job on Limerick side, Cahirconlish, at The Glebe in the 4th round.  Coachford are going well this season and head the Cork AUL Premier League table with a maximum 15 points from five outings and are also through to the 4th round of the AOH Cup competition.  In their latest outing, Coachford hit the front after 20 minutes when Alan Jeffers availed of sloppy defensive work to slot home from close range and five minutes later it was 2-0 to the home side when the outstanding Patrick Finnegan skipped through three tackles to set up John Corcoran, whose first time shot hit the Limerick net.  Coachford seemed to ease up after this and were fortunate when they were saved by the crossbar just before half time but they were deserving of their interval lead of two goals.
On the restart the Cahirconlish men went back on the offensive again and the home side had a few scary moments but then, when the visitors were pressing strongly, Coachford were awarded a free kick.  Sean O'Connor floated over a ball which Aidan Buckley headed on to Alan Jeffers and the latter headed into the far corner to make it 3-0 and break the Limerick challenge in the 55th minute.  In fairness to the visitors, they never gave up and both sides had chances in the lively play which followed, but the score was unaltered until Mark Long availed of a goalkeeping error to tap home from close range in the 83rd minute and Alan Jeffers made it 5-0 when he completed his hat trick in the dying seconds of the tie. 
Coachford: Peter O'Riordan: Liam Eger, Keith Linzell, Ciaran Lucey, Ruan Linehan, Sean O'Connor, Aidan Buckley, Patrick Finnegan, Alan Jeffers, John Corcoran, Ivan Skillington. Subs: Conor O'Neill, Colin Keane, Mark Long.  

Kilumney  1   Ballynanty  2

Kilumney went under to another Limerick side, Ballynanty Rovers in their 4th round tie at Blarney United Sports Complex.  Kieran O'Driscoll got the goal for the Cork side.  In the Cork AUL Premier league, Kilumney have maximum points from their three games played to date and are a major threat to Coachford's title aspirations.

Munster Junior Cup 5th Round:  Coachford  at home to Pike Rovers, Limerick.(Mid Feb. date). Winners play Douglas Hall or Newport Town in the Quarter finals.

AOH Cup 4th Round:

Douglas Hall v Coachford at Moneygourney on Sat. 26th January, 7.30 pm.

Kilumney United v Greenmount Rangers at Killeady on Sunday 27th Jan., 10.45 am.

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Lee Valley Basketball Club u-12 team  ©

Lee Valley BasketBall Club.

January 5 results from Macroom.

U18b Lee Valley 41  Midleton 37. This was a very exciting match throughout, with both teams excelling.  The score was very close in each quarter. There was some great defending.  For Lee Valley, Emma Healy and Michelle McCarthy did great rebounding and Yvonne Burgoyne got through the Midleton defence for her scores in. It was great team work and the coaches' decision in the 2nd half to play 3 different ways of defending that won this match for Lee Valley. Team:  Síofra Burgoyne, Sarah-Beth O'Mullane, Yvonne Burgoyne, Rebecca Barry, Jessica O'Mullane, Michelle McCarthy, Emma Healy, Elaine O'Brien, Elizabeth Wall.

U16b Lee Valley 36  : Glanmire 20: This game started off well for both teams.   Lee Valley were the first to score but it was low scoring in the first quarter, after which the Lee Valley girls got into their stride and so continued to the end of the match. Sarah Beth O'Mullane got some nice scores. There was great passing from Orla Hannon and rebounding from Síofra Burgoyne and great defending from all the team. Team:  Suzanne Bary, Lauren Buckley, Síofra Burgoyne, Sarah-Beth O'Mullane, Aine Barry, Orla Hannon, Brionagh Healy, Michaela O'Keefe.

U12b Lee Valley 9  :  Donoughmore  28: Team: Michaela Shorten, Catriona Moynihan, Sophie Shanahan, Eileen Condon, Hanna O'Donovan, Molly McKirgan, Erika O'Shea, Jane Tuper O'Flaherty, Holly Kierans, Cloda O'Donoghue, Emma Cronin, Megan Healy.

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

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt Club

Final date for names for the Club League is next Sunday the 27th. Draw for teams after fourball on Sunday the 3rd Feb. and the League will commence on the week-end of 9th/10th February and will run for four weeks to the 3rd March. Times; Saturdays 2.30pm and Sundays 10 am and 2.30 pm. League is confined to registered members.