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Lee Valley Enterprise Board Updates


What a great day in Macroom! Again and again the rain threatened but the sun refused to go away for what turned out to be another fabulous Parade. Crowds were well up on previous years and vantage points were at a premium as the hour long Parade passed before the Reviewing Platform in the Square. The theme of this year's Parade was "The Gathering" and the Board built three floats, connecting our twin towns of Marcallo con Casone of Italy and Bubry of France with the wonderful City Hall Float from Philadelphia in the U.S.A. Much of the credit must go to Denis Coleman who built the floats, as they were truly inspirational. Well done Denis.
We would also like to thank all the other participants in the 2013 Parade. It was estimated that up to 500 people were involved overall and we would again like to say "Míle Buíochas" to all who gave of their time and effort to promote their clubs and organisations.
After the International Mass at 12 noon, the day's activities kicked off with a family Treasure Hunt supported by Mr Simms Sweet Shop. Kevin O'Brien was the Co-ordinator and it was a great success, with many families taking part.

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Macroom Parade Grand Marshal, Signor Massimo Olivares, Mayor of Marcallo con Casone, chats with Macroom Mayor Owen McCarthy, as they lead the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Macroom 
© Susan Pedersen

The Parade would not be the success it is without the hard working stewards and marshals. It went like clockwork and a great debt of gratitude must go to Paul Kingston (head steward) and his team. It was a great international weekend, with Macroom Twinning Association celebrating 10 years of Friendship with Marcallo con Casone of Italy and the Board would like to thank the committee for their continued help and support with the Parade.
Finally we would like to thank all our sponsors who contributed to the continuing success of the Parade and a special mention must go to our main sponsor, Macroom Town Council. For more than 15 years the Council has supported and contributed to the success of the St Patrick's Day Parade, which has become one of the biggest in Cork & Kerry. However, there is a strong possibility, with the threatened abolition of Town Councils, that this may be Macroom's last Parade. If it is, then the Board would like to take this opportunity to thank all the councillors over the years for their support and generosity.

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American, Italian and French visitors enjoy the Meitheal Mhaigh Chromtha Gathering dinner in Macroom G.A.A. Pavilion © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary 

Briery Gap:
Mon. March 25 8.30p.m. The Hunt
Wed. March 27th 8.30p.m Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Friday 5th April @ 8.00 pm 2 Tuff Yokes
Mon. Ap. 8 at 8.30p.m. Dreamtime Revisited

Macroom Library:
Aghinagh Comhaltas recital in library on Sat., March 23rd at 11a.m
Ciorcal Cainte Mon. March. 25 11.30 a.m. – 12.30
Easter Closing: Fri. March 29 to Mon. April 1 inclusive.
Adult Bookclub Wed. 3rd April at 11.30.
The Purlies Thurs. April 4 at 11a.m.
Penn bookclub Fri. April, 5th.
March Art Exhibition by Bernice Corcoran

Kilmichael I.C.A. Stitch in time on Thurs. March 21 at 8pm in the Resource Centre.
Fleadh Winners Concert in the Ionad Pobal, Cill na Martra Fri. March 22 at 8.30pm
Berrings Macra Variety Concert in Inniscarra Community Centre on Fri. 22nd March at 8pm.
Concert in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne on Fri. 22nd March at 8:30pm   
Aghinagh Comhaltas in Macroom Library on Sat., March 23 from 11a.m.
Dromleigh Parents' Association 3 ball in Kilmichael Pitch and Putt club on Sat. 23rd and Sun. 24th Marc, 10a.m and 1p.m
Crookstown Vintage Club run on Sun. 24th March at 11 a.m. from Clifford's Bar Crookstown.
Community Games: planning meeting in Macroom Leisure Centre on Thurs. 28th March at 8pm.  Table Quiz: in the Áras Peile on Friday 29th of March @8.00 pm.
Cystic Fibrosis Dance in Ovens, Sat., March 30. 10 till late.
Crookstown Céilí on Easter Sat. 30th March, 9.30 p.m. to 1.30 a.m.
Fleadh Local Flag Day with music in Macroom on Sat. Ap. 6.
Dromleigh Parents' Association table quiz in Dromey's Bar, Kilmichael on Fri. 19th Ap. at 8.30pm.
Macroom Job Seekers Resource Centre every Wed. 10am -12.30pm at the Pitch & Putt Clubhouse, The Bridge, Macroom

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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Macroom Mayor, Owen McCarthy, William Penn (Pat Kelleher);President of the Philadelphia Woodland String Band, Tom Loomis & Pat O'Connell, Lee Valley Enterprise Board & Parade MC at the St Patrick's Day Parade in Macroom   © John Delea.

St. Patrick's Day in Macroom 

The day was cold but the rain held off and there was a fine crowd in Macroom for the St Patrick's Day parade.  Mayor of Macroom, Owen McCarthy, accompanied the parade Grand Marshal, Mayor Massimo Olivares of Marcallo con Casone, Macroom's twinned town in Italy, headed the parade, which included groups from Marcallo, Bubry in Brittany, and the Woodland String Band, Philadelphia.  The school groups included St Marys Secondary girls who had won the All Ireland Football title a day earlier.  Bands from Philadelphia and Bubry were joined by local bands, Cullen and Bandon and District Pipe Bands and Macroom's own St Colman's Boys National School Brass Band. Scouts, Guides, GAA, Soccer, Ladies GAA, Dance groups, drama groups, were all present as well as colourful and well-designed floats with clever themes.  All in all, it was a fine parade. Best Float 1st Prize went to Woodland String Band and the Boy Scouts were Highly Commended. Best Marching Group went to The O'Sullivan School of Dance and Clondrohid Showstoppers were Highly Commended. Kilmurry Historical Society won first prize in the Historical and Cultural section. 
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Kilmurry Historical Society float, winners of Historical and Cultural section in Macroom St. Patrick's Day parade.  © Susan Pedersen.

The day started early for the volunteer workers who erected barricades all along the streets when most people were still in bed and had the streets clear again well before darkness fell after the parade. Gerry McCarthy in Concert entertained the crowds in the Square prior to the arrival of the parade and after the parade, there was a Feis in the Community Leisure Centre and Tony Moroney Magic Show enthralled the kids in the Square.  From the reviewing stand, Mayor Owen McCarthy thanked the organisers, The Lee Valley Enterprise Board for putting on the parade once again and welcomed the visitors from the US and Brittany and particularly this year, the group from Marcallo, who were marking ten years of twinning with Macroom.  The connection between Macroom and Pennsylvania was observed by the presence of William Penn (Pat Kelleher) in the parade.   Grand Marshal Mayor Olivares of Marcallo thanked Macroom for its welcome to the Italian adults and students and wished the twinning well and expressed the wish that it would continue, particularly for the benefits it brought to the young students of both towns.

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The Woodland String Band, Philadelphia at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Macroom.  © O'Sullivan Photo, Macroom  

The threat to Town Councils also carries a threat to the future of events such as the parade which is made possible only by sponsorship, Macroom Town Council being the major sponsor.  St Patrick's Day in Macroom is an occasion eagerly awaited each year and hopefully, all difficulties can be overcome so that the day will continue to be celebrated in a fitting fashion by the community.          

Tin Twinning Weekend 

Macroom Twinning Association hosted delegations from Marcallo con Casone (Italy) and Bubry (France) over St. Patrick's Day Weekend, March 15 – 19. The focus of the weekend was the celebration of the Tin Anniversary - 10 years of twinning - between Macroom and Marcallo con Casone. 30 years of twinning between Macroom and Bubry were celebrated in 2011. Twelve people came from Italy, led by Carla Ferri (President of the Twinning Association of Marcallo con Casone) and accompanied by Massimo Olivares (Mayor of Marcallo con Casone). There were 27 people in the Breton delegation, led by Loïc Sesquière (President of the Twinning Association of Bubry). Both groups arrived in Macroom on Friday 15th March and they met with their host families in TP Cotters, where they were formally welcomed by Owen McCarthy (Mayor of Macroom). Later they reassembled in the Fr. Ryan Hall, where the Twinning Association provided a meal which was followed by a night of Irish Music in Murray's Bar. At this event the groups were joined by some members of the Woodland String Band group from Philadelphia and there was an interesting mixture of Irish music and dance, Philadelphian string band music and traditional Breton singing and dancing.
On Saturday the groups visited the Irish Distillery facility in Midleton, returning to Cork city for a tour of the English Market. After lunch they called to the "Lee Valley Harbour" facility in Carrigadrohid, where Denis Cronin gave a presentation. This proved very interesting to some of the Breton group and we are hoping to host a group of young anglers from Bubry later in the year. On return to Macroom the officers of the three twinning associations retired to the boardroom in Market House (courtesy of Cork Marts), to explore how best to continue the connections between our towns. We were all in agreement that there is a need to attract younger people to the association and we are actively exploring how to do this. In parallel with this meeting there was a meeting of fire-fighters from Macroom and Bubry, who are planning a twinning trip of their groups next year, and also of the fishing groups, looking to arrange a twinning trip of younger anglers. The day concluded with a dinner in the Castle Hotel where the mayors of Macroom and Marcallo con Casone re-signed the friendship pact between our two towns.
On Sunday the groups attended the International Mass in St. Colman's Church and participated in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. All twinning associations walked in the parade: the Italian float, a gondola, was manned by the delegation of 40 students from "L'Istituto Comprensivo Edmondo De Amicis" in Marcallo con Casone who are currently on a week long exchange with De La Salle College. 36 students from De la Salle hope to make the return visit to Marcallo in April for the feast of San Marco. The Breton group had a display of Breton dancing and they also distributed cakes and biscuits from their locality. After the parade the groups joined the Woodland group for a traditional meal of bacon and cabbage in the GAA Hall.
On Monday the visitors went to Glengariffe and Bantry, returning via Ladies View. The twinning association in Macroom then hosted a farewell dinner in the GAA Hall, where local butcher John Desmond roasted and served a pig on a spit. The pig was from Millstreet and was accompanied by black and white pudding from De Róiste Puddings, Ballyvourney; cheese from Coolea and also mozzarella from the Toonsbridge dairy. The ladies of Aghinagh Comhaltas group provided a stunning selection of cakes for dessert. The delegations were delighted with the array of local based food included. The Castle Grounds reverberated to the sound of the Breton pipe and bombard  and the traditional Irish music provided by Aghinagh Comhaltas. All delegations left Macroom at 8.30am on Monday March 19th and all participants are looking forward to the next twinning trip in 2014 when the venue will be Bubry (the date will be announced early next year.)
The chairman of Macroom Twinning association, Paul Collins, professed himself indebted to everyone who made the weekend possible.

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Bagad de Bubry delight the onlookers at a sunny St. Patrick's Day Parade in Macroom. © Lee Valley Outlook

A number of themes have emerged from discussions, chief among them being the need to include younger people. The age profile of the members of the twinning association in all three host towns is increasing and we need to have younger members of our communities involved to continue the twinning into the future. We also need to look to more small scale, community based, twinning trips. But it was unanimously agreed that the larger town exchanges will continue on the existing three year cycle (Macroom 2013, Bubry 2014, Marcallo con Casone 2015...). Membership of Macroom Twinning is open to everyone, so, if you would like to get involved, to host some visitors to the town in the future, participate in a Twinning trip, let someone on the committee know, please.

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Students from  Marcallo con Casone, Italy, take part in the  St. Patrick's Day Parade in Macroom. © O'Sullivan Photo, Macroom  

School Exchange 

A group of second level students from Marcallo con Casone were in Macroom for the St Patrick's Day festivities as part of the annual exchange between the secondary school in Marcallo and De la Salle College, Macroom.  In all 42 students came over from Italy, accompanied by four teachers, and they were hosted by families of students in De La Salle for the week they spent in Macroom.  The Italians visited Cobh, Tralees's Geraldine Experience and Blennerville Windmill, Cork City Gaol and the city and marched in the Macroom parade on St Patrick's Day.  Students from De La Salle will travel to Marcallo con Casone in late April and will be hosted by families of the Italian students.  

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Trans Atlantic love in the air in Macroom as Albert Countryman and Diane Strohlein; Erin Brithngham and A.J. Forde, all from Philadelphia, announced their engagements during their St. Patrick's Day visit. ©

Transatlantic Love 

Two couples from Philadelphia, U.S.A. decided to become engaged to be married during their recent visit to Macroom for the St. Patrick's Day celebrations. They had not flagged their intentions in advance. Members of the Woodland String Band, they arrived in town on March 11. A.J. Forde and Erin Brithingham; Albert Countryman and Diane Strohlein, were all accommodated at Richaldine House, Gurteenroe. They shared the same dining table but were unaware that they would be sharing champagne in a joint celebration before the end of the week. A.J. proposed to Erin at Gougane Barra, with a Piper on hand to proclaim the good news. Albert proposed to Diane at Macroom Castle Gates because of it historical link to William Penn of Pennsylvania. Richard and Geraldine Manning, proprietors of Richaldine House, wish the couples health and prosperity and many happy return visits to Macroom.

Macroom Moves to South Pacific

The Briery Gap is establishing an enviable track record in presenting successful musicals at Eastertime.  Oklahoma in 2010, Showboat in 2011and Calamity Jane in 2012 will now be followed by the Briery Gap's 4th annual presentation, South Pacific. Kevin Hough (RTE) is back, to direct one of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most glorious scores, featuring magnificent numbers including 'I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair'; 'Some Enchanted Evening'; 'Happy Talk'; ´There Is Nothin' Like A Dame'. 'South Pacific' is set on a South Pacific island during World War II and is a love story that stands the test of time.
Cast: Nellie - Roisin Crowley; Emile - Pat Brady; Bloody Mary - Treasa O'Riordan; Luther Billis            - Pat Melia; Joseph Cable - Darragh Murphy; Liat - Saibh Peters; Capt Brackett - Dan Creedon; Commander Harbison - Darragh Browne; Lt Buzz Adams - Eugene Lee; Bessie - Alisheen O'Connell; Radio Operator - Pat Kelleher; Ngana - May Sheehan; Jerome - Colm McCarthy.
Show Dates: Gala Opening Night in association with Macroom Lions Club Fri. 19th April Tickets €20 (includes finger food).  Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st, Friday 26th, Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th April. Tickets now on sale €15. 10% off group bookings over 20 people. Bookings: Briery Gap Box Office: 026 42421.

Macroom Senior Citizens AGM

Macroom Senior Citizens held its AGM at Fr Ryan Hall and committee chairman, Pat O'Connell, in his address to the meeting, thanked all those people who make possible the work of the organisation on behalf of the elderly in the Macroom area.  Senior Citizens staff and volunteers, HSE South, the Macroom Business community and West Cork Development Partnership all contribute in various, vital ways and the Chairman looked forward to their continued support in the year ahead.  The Chairman reflected on the demise of the voluntary sector in Ireland over the pasty twenty years and lamented the loss of a whole generation of voluntary activists at a time when they are most needed.  This loss is due, he stated, to the growth of professionalism when the country was awash with money and now, Ireland without a vibrant Voluntary sector, is a weaker nation.  On the local level the changing times mean that funding for organisations such as Macroom Senior Citizens is no longer available and fundraising is now necessary on a regular basis to provide vital services for the elderly.
The Chairman was able to report that in Macroom all services were operating to full capacity.  The sheltered housing in Sullane Place and Sheltered Apartments in Sullane Haven are operating very successfully, thanks to the efforts of staff and volunteers, with funding assistance from HSE South. Funding has been cut back but the operation of 'The Shoppeen' in Lucey's Lane, with its voluntary staff and much appreciated donations from Sullane Art Society through the sale of their Christmas cards; De La Salle's MCA Christmas appeal and the Castle Hotel's Clowning Around have helped to keep the services at the desired level.
Secretary, Regina Casey, in her report stated that in 2012 over 14,560 meals were prepared in the kitchens at Fr Ryan Hall, where four course meals are available daily from 12.30 to 2.30.  A delivery service is available for those unable to come to the hall and Regina paid tribute to cooks, Bridie Lynch and Joan Dinneen, for their efforts.  Dinner was served on Christmas Day for all who wished to come to the hall and many elderly living alone availed of the service.  Home Helps, in association with the HSE, now collect dinners for people living outside the parish. The Meals on Wheels service is operated by Donal O'Mahony, Maurice Cullen, Michael O'Callaghan, Caroline O'Donovan, Yvonne Manning and Pat O'Connell six days a week.  Other services operated by the centre are Laundry and Chiropody; classes in Arts and Crafts, Line dancing and Older people in dance; Social activities include Bealtaine Festival, regular socials, weekly Bingo, Annual outing, Christmas dinner and social, and activities during Fund Raising Week in October. The annual holiday in May, which was based in Westport in 2012, was once again an outstanding success.
Regina paid tribute to the huge contribution of the Sisters of Mercy to Macroom Senior Citizens since its founding 45 years ago and she wished the Sisters who have now left Macroom every happiness in their new homes.
Senior Citizens Hon. Treasurer Evelyn Mungovan was able to report that the organisations finances were in a satisfactory condition. 

Over 60's Talent Competition

The Macroom heat of the Over 60's Talent Contest was held recently at Fr Ryan Hall and the winner was Pat Kelleher, Codrum, who gave a fine rendition of that old favourite 'Save the last dance for Me'.  Pat will now represent Macroom in the Cork semi finals at the City Hall in Cork on 14th April next.  Contest organiser, Paddy O'Brien, was present in Macroom for the local heat and he recalled the days, 30 years ago now, when Macroom was represented in the City Hall finals by the late Con Shannon, Charlie Foley and Michael Murray. 

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At Cunningham family Archive donation to Cork City and County Archives, from left, Ted and Pat Cunningham, Siobhán O'Connor, Phyllis Cunningham O'Connor and Brian McGee, Chief Archivist, Cork City and County   ©  Lee Valley Outlook

Women and the Struggle for Independence

The role women played in the fight for Irish Independence in the period from 1914 to 1923 will be better known and better understood as a result of the handing over of primary source material to Cork City and County Archives at a ceremony in the Castle Hotel, Macroom recently.  Much of the material handed over relates to the activities of Cumann na mBan in Macroom in that period and was presented by the Cunningham family.  Molly Cunningham was an officer of Cumann na mBan in Macroom and therefore, had much material, now valuable to historians.  Her family decided to present the material to the Archives and Mr Brian McGee, accepting on behalf of the Archives, said that much of the material presented was of national importance.  The material will be available for public viewing at the Archives in Blackpool and with the centenary of the period covered now at hand, will be of great interest to many.  Amongst the members of the Cunningham family present at the Castle Hotel were Teddy Cunningham, a nephew of Molly Cunningham and his cousin Phyllis O'Connor.

Exhibition of Icons

LHQ Gallery at Cork County Library HQ is delighted to host an exhibition of icons by Fr. David O'Riordan, P.P. Ladysbridge and two Cretan iconographers. Fr. O'Riordan previously worked in Macroom and Clondrohid. He has been engaged in the practice of writing icons for over twenty years. The exhibition will be opened by Peadar Ó Riada at 1.30pm on Wednesday 27th March and will continue until April 26. There will be a free workshop on icon painting on Thursday, March 28th but places must be booked as there is a limit of ten. Please phone 021-4546499 to book your place.

St. Mary's Updates 

Butterflies for All Ireland: St. Mary's Butterfly Bank recently maintained the school's wonderful track record in the A.I.B. Build a Bank Challenge, when they qualified for the All Ireland final of the competition in Dublin on April 17. Eileen Murphy, Vera O'Riordan, Orlaith McDonagh, Claire Murphy, Síofra Burgoyne, Anna Toomey and Niamh McCarthy - along with their teacher Ms Arlene O'Donoghue and their student officer Jen Coakley, competed in the Regional Final against thirty-seven other teams and were one of the four teams to get through to the final. Their extremely professional display and well prepared presentation led them to victory.
The A.I.B. Challenge, now in its eleventh year, sees a team of students selected to set up and manage a school bank, getting involved in everything from sourcing new customers and opening new accounts to encouraging regular saving and exploring new ways to bank such as internet and self-service banking. 

McEgan College Updates

Trade Fare: McEgan's Transition Year Enterprise class entered the South Cork Enterprise County Final with their Mini-Companies at CIT. MAVTAP Key Rings were extremely successful in making & selling Family Crest & GAA Club Crest Key Rings. They are Aoife O'Shea, Vera O'Callaghan, Marguerite Cronin, Aisling O'Driscoll. The Sonic Sports Crew included Caitriona O'Donoghue, Tadhg Lane, Shelia Twomey and Emer Falvey. Their Enterprise teacher was Ms. Angland.
Build a Bank: Six of the Transition Year students recently took part in the A.I.B 'Build a Bank Challenge', with 40 schools presenting a Business Plan and creating a display stand for the judges of the competition. McEgan's Panda Bank staff consisted of  Shannon Dolan Burke (Manager) Aisling O'Driscoll (Assistant Manager) Tadhg Ring (Auditor),  Catriona O'Donoghue and Tony O'Neill (Tellers).  They did not qualify for the top four but made a fantastic effort and put a lot of hard work into their business venture. It was a great learning experience for all involved.
McEgan night at the races: The Castle Hotel in Macroom provided the venue for the recent successful Race Night in aid of Bishop McEgan's ICT fund. Colourful names for the horses included 100% Beef, while jockeys included Plank O'Wood. Ten races went to the post and the final race was an auction, where punters had the opportunity to bid for equine greats. Sea of Stars was first past the finishing line. Sincere thanks to all who sponsored races, advertisements and raffle prizes, the fundraising committee, staff, students and parents who bought and sold horses and helped in any way,  Denis & June Murphy of Costcutters, Masseytown and to Norah and Noel Naughton.
Dramatic Experience: Students at McEgan College recently experienced theatre at first hand. Having studied Shakespeare's Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, they attended Cyclone Repertory's Shakespeare Sessions, a fun and interactive way to bring Shakespeare to life at the Everyman Theatre, Cork with their teacher Ms. Buckley.
Lourdes Youth Helpers: Two transition year students are chosen annually to become voluntary youth helpers on the Cloyne Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in early June. From a huge number of applicants this year, the lucky two are Irene Murphy and Caitriona O'Donoghue. They will help invalids at meal times, assist in transport (including wheelchairs, voitures and blue chairs) and most importantly, will share their time, talent, friendship and good humour. Mrs. Cait Clifford and Ms. Carol Warren co-ordinate fundraising to sponsor the pilgrims. The Lourdes Walk in April aims to raise €1200.

Lourdes and Shrines of France

Reservations are now being taken for the 2013 Mid Cork Pilgrimage to Lourdes and the Shrines of France. The 7 night, 8 day tour commences on October 13 and pilgrims will be accompanied by Spiritual Director, Fr. Dónal Ó Briain, P.P. Ballyvourney, and Tour Director, Pádraig O'Driscoll. For further information, please contact O'Driscoll Travel, Macroom and Millstreet at 026 41342; 029 70030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / www.odriscolltravel.ie

Macroom Library Notes 

Easter Closing: The library will be closed on Good Friday 29th March, Easter Saturday 30th and Monday April 1st. 
Adult Bookclub meets Wednesday 3rd April at 11.30. The current title is 'The Killer Inside Me' by Jim Thompson. We were short a few copies so 'thank you' to those members who read it quickly and returned it to us.
The Purlies will meet on Thursday 4th April at 11a.m.
As part of Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations, Aghinagh Comhaltas will visit the library on Saturday, March 23rd at 11a.m and play for an hour. Those who heard them last year enjoyed them very much and we hope for a bigger crowd this year. All are welcome to this free event.
Ciorcal Cainte led by Nora Levis, will take place on Monday, March 25th at 11.30 for an hour. The way the bank holidays are falling is playing havoc with the timing of our Ciorcal! The 25th is a rescheduled date and there will be none on the first Monday in April as it is Easter Monday.
Penn bookclub meets as usual on the first Friday of the month, April, 5th. The current title is 'The Awful Tale of Agatha Bilke' by Sian Patterson.  The group review we did on 'Running Wild' by Michael Morpurgo is on display on the notice board in the Children's area.   We didn't quite get it finished last time so we may finish it off first thing on the 5th.
Bernice Corcoran's exhibition on the theme of local townlands is on view until Thursday 28th.
Buses are part of our heritage, as was clearly demonstrated in the recent TG4 series Bealach na mBusanna. Macroom library is lucky enough to have been donated a copy of the series on DVD which can be viewed on the library computers by members. Episode one features the Cork - Macroom route and contains fascinating footage of the Mountain Dew Festival and bus personnel in the Lee Valley.

Briery Gap Programme 


2 Tuff Yokes on Friday 5th April @ 8.00 pm. Starring Seamus Moore and Pat Hayes. Adults Only. Tickets €15
South Pacific Briery Gap Annual Musical. Gala Opening Night in association with Macroom Lions Club, Friday April 19. Tickets €20 (includes finger food) at 8p.m. Continuing Saturday and Sunday, April 20 – 21 and Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 26 – 28. Tickets €15. 10% off group bookings.

Sulán Film Society presents The Hunt at 8.30p.m. on Monday, March 25. Country Denmark, Year 2012, Running Time 111m. Lucas is a 40-year-old primary school assistant in small-town Sweden and is popular with children and staff alike. When one day a child makes an untrue claim about his behaviour, the accusation blazes, unstoppable, with inhabitants quick to lose reason. As we witness the community disintegrate, audiences too begin to wonder about what we have seen, and the myriad relationships presented to us. Powerful, resonant stuff.  Admission to Sulan Film Society Films €7: Special Offer 2 tickets €12:  Sulan Film Society Season Ticket €49.
Classic Cinema every Wednesday at 8. 30p.m. Admission €5. March 27th Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Sulan Film Society presents Dreamtime Revisited on Monday April 8th at 8.30pm. Director Julius Ziz and Dónal Ó Céilleachair (Macroom). Admission €7. Special Offer 2 tickets for €12.

Local TV Programmes

Sun. March 24: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: First Holy Communion 2012 from Berrings
6.30p.m. News and Sport; St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013 from Macroom. .
Wed. March 27:  9.30 p.m. News and Sport; St. Lachteen's celebrations in Cill na Martra; Carriganimma St. Patrick's Day Parade.  
Sun. March 31: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: First Holy Communion 2012 from Kilmurry. 
6.30p.m. Repeat of LTV. Wed. Programme.
Wed. April 3: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Macroom Ploughing 2013.

Easter Liturgy in the Lee Valley

Aghabullogue: Holy Thursday: Mass of the Last Supper: Aghabullogue 7p.m; Coachford 8p.m followed by Adoration until 11p.m.; Rylane 9 p.m, followed by Adoration until Night Prayer at 10.30p.m.
Good Friday: Stations of the Cross: Rylane and Coachford 12 noon; Aghabullogue 3 p.m. Lord's Passion:  Coachford 3 p.m.; Rylane 6.30 p.m; Aghabullogue 8.30p.m. 
Easter Vigil: Aghabullogue 8 p.m. Coachford 9 p.m.
Easter Sunday: Aghabullogue 8.30 a.m.; Coachford 10a.m.;  Rylane 11.30a.m.  

Cill na Martra Holy Thursday: Réidh na nDoirí 5.00p.m; Cill na Martra 8.00 pm.
Good Friday:- Cill na Martra: Lord's Passion  3.00 pm; Réidh na nDoirí: Stations 8.00 p.m.
Easter Vigil Cill na Martra  9.00 pm.

Donoughmore Holy Thursday: Mass of Lord's Supper in Stuake at 7.00pm and Fornaught at 8.30pm.
Good Friday:  Stations of the Cross in Stuake at 12  noon and Fornaught 8.30pm. Lord's Passion, Stuake, 7.00pm; Fornaught 3.00pm.
Holy Saturday: Vigil in Stuake 7.00pm and Fornaught 8.30pm.
Easter Sunday: Stuake 11.30am; Fornaught  10.00am

Kilmichael:  Holy Thursday : Mass of the Last Supper – Cooldorrihy 8pm; Confessions before and after Mass; Vigil at Altar of Repose – Johnstown 9.30pm to midnight. Confessions 9.30 – 10.30p.m.
Good Friday: Stations and Veneration of the Cross:  Toames 12 noon; Cooldorrihy 3p.m.;Passion Liturgy, Johnstown 8pm.
Easter Vigil– Toames 8.00 p.m.
Easter Sunday: Mass: Johnstown 10a.m.; Cooldorrihy 11.30 a.m.

Macroom: Holy Thursday: Mass of the Last Supper Caum 4p.m. Macroom 7.30 p.m. Holy Hour Macroom 9 – 10p.m.
Good Friday: Stations of the Cross:  Caum 11 a.m. Macroom 11 a.m. Lord's Passion Macroom 4 p.m. Way of the Cross from Castle Gates 7.30 p.m. Confessions in Caum 11.30a.m. and Macroom 11.30 – 2p.m.; 5 – 6 .m and 8 – 9 p.m. 
Holy Saturday Morning Prayer 10 a.m. Easter Vigil: 9 p.m. Macroom. Confessions in Macroom 11 – 1p.m. and 7 – 8p.m.

Uíbh Laoire. Holy Thursday: Inchigeela 7 p.m; Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 9 p.m. Confessions after Mass. Exposition in Gougane Barra Oratory 11p.m. to midnight.
Good Friday: A day of prayer at Gougane from 9.30a.m. to 6p.m. Stations of the Cross in Gougane at 12 noon. The Lord's Passion: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 3pm Inchigeela 7pm. Confessions after all 3 ceremonies. 
Holy Saturday Confessions in Inchigeela 12 noon to 1p.m. Mass in Inchigeela at 7p.m. Easter Vigil: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 9pm,
Easter Sunday: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 10 am, Inchigeela 11.30 a.m.


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Kilmichael I.C.A. presents Stitch in time, back in time on Thursday March 21st at 8pm in the Resource Centre. We will look at needle craft through the ages. Have you every admired the dresses/costumes worn in medieval or Tudor dramas or are you interested in those eras? Carrie O'Flynn, a historical re-enactor and seamstress, will give a presentation, exploring the various techniques used to make her clothing and accessories. We will have demonstrations of contemporary crafts and a discussion on stitch types used historically by people to make their clothing.

Berrings Macra will be hosting a Variety Concert in Inniscarra Community Centre on Friday 22nd March at 8pm. This will include the Capers show that came 1st in the All Ireland FBD Capers Final in February as well as many other acts. 

Macroom Library : As part of Seachtain na Gaeilge, Aghinagh Comhaltas will perform in the library on Saturday, March 23 from 11a.m. Tar isteach agus bain taithneamh as ceol agus amhránaíocht tradisiúnta. Fáilte roimh chách.

Dromleigh Parents' Association host a 3 ball scramble in Kilmichael Pitch and Putt club on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March. Tee off times 2a.m Saturday and 10a.m. and 1p.m. Sunday.  €10 per team. Fun, food and fabulous prizes guaranteed. All ages and levels welcome!

Crookstown Vintage Club 2nd annual vintage cars, tractors and motor bikes poker run on Sunday 24th March. Sign in at 11 a.m. at Clifford's Bar Crookstown. Refreshments served. All are welcome.

Table Quiz: Cumann Peile Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh are organising a general knowledge Tráth na gCeist table quiz in the Áras on Friday 29th of March @8.00 pm. Great night assured. Tables of 4. €10 p/p. Please support. 

Cystic Fibrosis Dance in Ovens, Saturday, March 30. 10 till late. Music by Michael Collins.

Crookstown Céilí Club: Céilí on Easter Saturday, 30th March, 9.30 p.m. to 1.30 a.m. Music by Striolan Ceili Band
Dromleigh Parents' Association has organized a table quiz in Dromey's Bar, Kilmichael on Friday 19th April at 8.30pm. Great night out guaranteed!

Bake My Day Cake Sale in Bank of Ireland Macroom on Friday the 8th March. We had a very successful day thanks to staff and customers who brought cakes and bought cakes on the day. Make a Wish foundation raised € 746.99 on the day.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto:  March 10th. Numbers Drawn: 1, 16, 24, 28. No winner. €50  Ger Hallissey, Aherla; €25 Jack McCarthy, Farnanes; Eoin Murphy ,Aherla; Jack the Joker Pat Buckley ,Aherla.
March 17 Jackpot €7,000; Numbers drawn: 4, 15, 22, 27; No winner; €50 Harry Sheehan, Aherla; €25 Frank Barry, Inniscarra; Martin Holmes, Farran; Jack the Joker Holly Dinneen, Aherla. Next lotto draw on March 24 in the Castlemore Arms for jackpot of €7,150.

Coachford AFC Lotto. Results 12/3/2013, Jackpot: €5,000, Numbers Drawn: 11 - 21 - 22, No Winner. €40 Mary Roche. €20 Pat Griffin, Nicola Moynihan, Eamonn Murphy, Tim Griffin.
19/3/2013, Jackpot: €5,200, Numbers Drawn: 10 - 30 - 33, No Winner, €40 Peggy Enneguess, €20 Joanne Whelton, Jim O' Sullivan, Dan Cooney, Adam & Mark Murray.

Lee Valley Updates

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 Preparing for 2013 Showstoppers in Clondrohid Hall April 2, 4, 5 and 6.  © John Delea

Clondrohid Updates 

Showstoppers: Will be performing in the Community Hall on April 2, 4, 5, and 6. Everyone now realises that it is a show not to be missed. All funds raised this year will go towards parish needs. The Showstoppers also took part in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Macroom.
generously to this very important organisation.  
Macroom Ploughing: The rescheduled West Cork County Ploughing Final is to take place, weather permitting, on the lands of the Casey Family, Coolcower House on Sunday, March 24 from 12 noon. Results later in Coolcower House Hotel.
Fundraiser for Pieta House: A table quiz took place on St. Patrick's Day in the Tavern in aid of Pieta House, Cork, It was a very successful and enjoyable night. 19 tables took part, each table had its own unique name! It was fun from start to finish, with banter and good humour from the participants and "Fear an Tí" Mr Dan Creedon. A draw for a weekend away for two in Galway was won by Michael & Julie Kelleher, Clondrohid and a raffle was also held, with a fine array of prizes. An auction was also held for a pair of Katie Taylor boxing gloves, bought by Daniel O'Connell, Clondrohid and a signed print of the Munster Rugby Team was purchased by Paudie & Teresa Twomey, The Tavern. Overall, a great night was had by all and we want to thank everyone that attended and/or contributed so
St. Patrick's Day Parade: The crowds poured into Macroom on St. Patrick's Day for the annual parade. The weather, though cold, was mainly dry, so all was well for one of the best parades in the county, but unfortunately, the parade was much smaller than usual, with very little participation by Macroom business people. Surrounding townlands were well represented. Ballinagree supported it well, having had their own parade earlier in the day.
G.A.A. March 16 Minor Football League took place in Grenagh between Clondrohid and Grenagh. In the early minutes of the game, Grenagh scored four goals and the pressure was on for Clondrohid to catch up. In the following fifteen minutes Darren Dineen, Cian Creedon, Sean Quinn scored six points between them and just before half time Darren Dineen scored again, this time with a goal, bringing the score at half time to Grenagh 4 goals and Clondrohid 1 goal and six points. In the second half, when Clondrohid scored another goal, the sides were level. As time went on both sides scored some more points but at the end of the game Grenagh were the winners by two points.
Clondrohid played Crosshaven on bank holiday Monday in the u-16 League and Clondrohid won on a score line of 1 9 to 1 7. This was the first game in this league and in the last quarter of an hour Clondrohid proved the stronger team. They now meet Carrignavar in Clondrohid on Saturday Mar 23 at 2pm. Team: T. Quinn, T. Twomey, I. O'Riordan, D. Murphy, B. Corcoran, D. Forde ,C. Flanagan, D. Buckley, T. Ring, S. O'Riordan, K. Lynch, J. Riordan, Subs. S. O'Riordan, and M. O'Leary.
Senior Fixture: Junior "A" football league will take place in Ballingeary between Clondrohid and Ballingeary at 4 30pm on Sat Mar 23.
Lotto: Jackpot €2,600. No winner. €70 Theo Leary Mossgrove. €20 Kay O'Sullivan Glen Park; Eddie Duggan, Moulnahorna; John and H. Desmond, Ros Alainn; Olan Buckley, Kilnagurteen.
Bingo and Cards ; In Community Hall every Wednesday and Sunday nights. 

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Representing Bengour Harvest Festival, Pope Francis (Eamon Galvin) made it to Coppeen for the St Patrick's Day Parade © Colum Cronin)

Ionad Cultúrtha Concert

Music Network presents accordion player Paudie O'Connor, fiddler Aoife Ní Chaoimh and uilleann piper, Mick O'Brien at a concert in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhuirne on Friday 22nd March at 8:30pm in a celebration of the music of Sliabh Luachra. Tickets are €15/€10 and can be booked on Tel. 026 45733 or www.ionadculturtha.ie. This concert is promoted by Music Network and Ionad Cultúrtha.

Fleadh Concert 

Beidh ceolchoirm de bhuaiteoirí Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann ó ar fud Chontae Chórcaí ar siúl san ionad pobail i gCill na Martra ar an Aoine, 22ú Márta ar a 8.30in. Eagraithe ag Craobh Lachtaín Naofa CCÉ chun cistí a bhailiú le haghaidh óstáil Fhleadh Cheoil Chorcaí i mBaile Mhúirne i mí na Bealtaine, mar chuid de cheolchoirm churraithe na fleidhe beidh idir ceol, rince agus amhránaíocht, le buaiteoirí áitiúla ina measc.
A concert of Cork All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann champion musicians, singers and dancers, including local winners, takes place in the Ionad Pobal, Cill na Martra, on Friday, March 22nd, starting at 8.30pm. Fear a' tí is Dick Beamish and the event is a fundraiser for Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí, which takes place in Baile Mhúirne on May 9-12 this year.

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Past pupil, Ciarán Ó Lionáird, visiting Kilbarry N.S. with his bronze medal after the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Gothenberg.  © An Scoil

Macra Matters

Aghinagh Macra would like to congratulate Cathy O'Driscoll on winning the county round of Queen of the Land. She will compete for the national final in Tullamore in April.
Muskerry Macra Fixtures: Fri 22nd Mar: Berrings Macra Variety Concert. Sun 24th Mar: Basketball National Finals, Limerick. Sat 30th Mar: Cork County NTC Final. Sun 31st Mar: Donoughmore Macra Soapbox Race @ 2pm


Football Captain at Coachford Childcare Centre

Rena Buckley, Captain of the Ladies' All Ireland Champion Football team 2012, brought along the Brendan Martin Cup to the After-school Care Club @ Coachford Childcare Centre.  She was
welcomed with red & white banners & flags. Some of the local secondary
school students from Coachford Community College came out in their red &
white to support her & listen to her words of wisdom on promoting team games for both boys & girls, along with exercise & healthy living.  Rena was very inspiring with the local teenagers of the parish & even paid a visit to the younger members of the Creche in our baby & toddler rooms.  She was a great success & a big thank you to her for taking the time to visit us & all the supporters who came out & welcomed her to Coachford Childcare Centre.

Reading for Life

If you can spare 10 minutes a day to read with your child, you can make a huge difference to their development. The National Adult Literacy Agency is encouraging parents, grandparents or any carer of children to try to take 10 minutes a day to read to their child as part of a World Book Day promotion. Sharing stories and giving your child time to respond is a wonderful way to help your child's language development. From stories, your child learns many things such as how to listen and concentrate, master new words and understand why things happen. They also learn to put ideas in order, develop their memory skills, notice how spoken words relate to words on the page and learn how to predict. On the Internet, visit www.helpmykidlearn.ie. The most important thing is that reading is fun and enjoyable for both– just turn off the TV and find a quiet place so there are no distractions. And remember stories are not just found in books, it's just as good to tell your child short, simple stories you know.

Macroom Community Leisure Centre

Easter Camp: Children's Easter camp runs on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th April from 10am to 2pm. The cost for the 3 days is €25 per child, with a discount available for families. The camp is open to all children in primary school. Activities will include arts and crafts, bouncing castle and sumo suits, various sports and lots of activities and games. Great fun assured for all. To book a place, call 026-43508 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Project Weightloss: begins on April 8th. This programme is aimed at inactive adults with a view to changing their lifestyle while working on their exercise and eating habits. It is being run in conjunction with the Cork Sports Partnership. If you would like an application form, call into the centre.

Exercise Classes: We have a range of exercise classes available in the centre, including spinning, kettlebells, rip:60 zumba and lots more. All the classes are pay as you go and are open to all fitness levels. With classes on every day, you have no excuse not to take up something.
Community Games: Macroom Leisure Centre has been approached with a view to again setting up Community games in Macroom. If anyone would like to get involved with this please contact Yvonne on 026-43508. With activities including art, drama, sports and dance, the community games has something for everyone. A meeting will be taking place on Thursday 28th March at 8pm in Macroom leisure centre.  


by Michael Kelly

Recipe of the Week – Ham and Leek Pie
This is a delicious Jane Hornby recipe for a warming pie.  You could use any cold meat in this really, from cold ham to chicken or even turkey – so, it's a great Monday night dish to use up leftover meat from Sunday dinner.  Using a pack of puff pastry makes it an easy dish to make. Serves 4-6.
Ingredients: 2 tbsp butter; 1 large onion, finely chopped; 3 leeks, finely sliced; 2 large potatoes, cut into small cubes; 2 tbsp plain flour, plus extra for dusting; 300ml chicken or ham stock; 100ml pot crème fraîche; 2 tsp wholegrain mustard; 200g cooked ham, shredded; 4 bay leaves, optional; 375g pack puff pastry; 1 egg, beaten, to glaze (or use
Directions: Heat a large frying pan, melt the butter, then add the onion and leeks. Cover, then very gently cook for 15 minutes until soft. Add the potatoes after 5 minutes cooking.  Stir in the flour, turn up the heat, then add the stock, stirring until the mix thickens a little. Take off the heat, then stir in the crème fraîche, mustard and ham. Season to taste. Spoon the mix into a large pie dish, adding a couple of bay leaves. Heat oven to 220C. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface until it's the same size as the dish roughly.  Lay it on top of the dish and tuck the sides in. Cut a few slits to let the steam escape, then brush all over the top with egg. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.

Get Involved: GIY aims to create a healthier, more sustainable world where people grow their own food.  We bring people together in community groups and online to share tips and knowledge. We also run events and programmes to inspire and support people to grow their own.


A History Of Ireland In 100 Objects by Fintan O' Toole.

 A very different and interesting way to view our history. O'Toole takes us through the history of people in Ireland by offering us a glimpse into the lives and minds of long-dead individuals. Each of the 100 objects selected is given a historical context, a cultural vitality, a political intensity. From the simple fish trap of the earliest inhabitants of the island to the first mass-produced microprocessor, each object gives us a better understanding of our forefathers. A truly wonderful book.

 Available from Fitz-Gerald's Boookshop €30.00.

Sports Mad

St. Mary's All Ireland Champions  

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 St. Mary's Secondary School, Macroom, taking part in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Macroom with their All Ireland and Munster Football trophies © Suan Pedersen

St Marys Macroom  0 – 15   St Joseph's Mercy, Navan  2 - 7
St. Marys Secondary School, Macroom won their first ever All Ireland Senior B Post Primary Football Crown at Freshford, Co. Kilkenny on St. Patrick's Eve. The game was played at a high tempo throughout and the spectators were treated to a fantastic game of quality football. Macroom raced into a four point lead in the opening minutes, with scores from Aoife Plunkett, Máiréad Corkery and two from Claire Byrne. St. Joseph's then replied with two pointed frees and a point from play but were finding it hard to break out of their own half as the St. Mary's mid-field and half back line were rock solid. The defence splitting, strong running of Mairéad Corkery and Niamh Duggan paid dividends for St. Mary's on the score board. The Cork team closed out the half well with scores from the hard working Rachel Hurley and a pointed free from Aoife Plunkett, to leave the half time score 10 points to 5 in favour of St. Mary's. St. Mary's tapped over a free at the start of the second half. Both teams received Yellow cards in what was a good natured match throughout. This resulted in Macroom having to play twenty of the thirty minutes of the second half with only fourteen players. St. Josephs stormed back into the game with a goal from Aoibheann Leahy and the Meath team had St. Mary's in real trouble when a second goal was scored with less than ten minutes to play, leaving St. Mary's ahead by a single point. It was then St. Mary's took the game by the scruff of the neck, playing some fantastic football around the middle of the field and in defence, with players such as Marie Ambrose, Claire Murphy and Anne-Marie Ryan really putting their shoulders to the wheel. Corner forward Aoife Plunkett scored two points to keep St. Mary's ahead and her accuracy from frees was superb. St. Josephs missed a number of good scoring chances throughout the second half and never managed to draw level with St. Mary's.  Claire Byrne completed the St. Mary's scoring with two classy points, to close out the victory in the last five minutes of the game. A jubilant Jean O'Sullivan accepted the cup on behalf of an ecstatic St Mary's. Máiréad Corkery was named Player of the Match and deservedly so, having worked tirelessly throughout and also having chipped in with two vital scores.
St. Mary's, Macroom: 1. Jean O'Sullivan (St Val's) 2. Annemarie Ryan (Val's) 3. Marie Ambrose (Val's) 4. Yvonne Burgoyne (Val's) 5. Angela Crowley Val's) 6. Aisling Kelleher (Val's) 7. Aileen Corkery (Val's) 8. Mairéad Corkery 0-2 (Val's) 9. Becky Hanigan (Val's) 10. Niamh Duggan (Naomh Abán) 11. Claire Byrne 0-7 (Val's) 12. Katie O'Connell (Val's) 13. Rachel Hurley 0-1 (Macroom) 14. Claire Murphy (Val's) 15. Aoife Plunkett 0-5 (Val's). Subs: Sarah Beth O'Mullane and  Gráinne Twomey both used and Máiréad O'Sullivan, Ali Jones (Naomh Fionnbarra), Emma Lyons, Aisling Buckley, Nicola Dennehy, Niamh McCarthy, Síofra Burgoyne, Elaine O'Brien, Rachel Horgan (Macroom), Sinéad Plunkett, Grace Buckley (Macroom). (All St Val's club players unless stated otherwise.) Coaches: Séan Uas. Ó Coill and Mr Joe Carroll.

Celebrations at St. Mary's  

St Mary's Macroom has good reason to celebrate as the Senior football team are All Ireland champions, having defeated St. Joseph's, Navan in the final on Saturday, March 16 at Freshford, Co Kilkenny, while the Junior team meet St. Joseph's, Rochfortbridge on Saturday March 23rd in Cahir. En route to the finals both Cork teams defeated Monaghan schools: the Senior Team beat Our Lady's, Castleblayney and the Junior team were victorious against St. Louis, Carrickmacross.
St. Mary's has had a rather short but successful footballing history.  It all began in 1999 when Mrs. Bríd Kelleher started the club.  St. Mary's, in their first year, won both Junior and Senior County titles.  On that team was Caoimhe Creedon, who has since notched up a number of All-Ireland titles with Cork. 2003 was St. Mary's most successful year; winning Junior Munster and All-Ireland titles and also winning the Senior Munster title and reaching the All-Ireland Final.  Briege Corkery played a huge part in both 2003 teams and now holds seven All-Ireland Medals with Cork and five All-Star Awards.  The late Mr. Gerard Healy and Mr. Patrick Lyne trained both teams in 2003.
Path to Senior Final: Round 1 Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibhne 2-8; Marys 2-22. Round 2 Mercy Heights 2-;  Mary's 5-15. Munster Semi-Final Ennistymon 3-5;  St Mary's 4-12. Munster Final Coláiste Choilm 3-4; St. Mary's 4-15. All-Ireland Semi-Final Our Lady's Castleblaney 2-6; St Mary's 3-18.

Path to Junior Final: St. Mary's beat Coláiste Íde agus Iósaf,  Abbeyfeale in Round 1 and Mercy Convent Clonakilty in Round 2. In the Munster  Semi- Final they defeated Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig and in the Munster Final, defeated Loreto, Clonmel  2-8 to 3-4. In the All-Ireland Semi-Final, Macroom beat Our Lady's, Carrickmacross 3-18 to 1-5.

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U 21 Football Championship Finals

 'A'  Ballincollig   0 – 14     Aghabullogue   0 – 6

'B'  Canovee   5 - '13     Donoughmore   1 – 8

'C'  Iveleary   1 – 14     Cill na Martra   1 – 13


'A' Championship Final
Ballincollig  0 – 14     Aghabullogue   0 – 6
Reigning champions Ballincollig were strongly fancied to win their second title in a row (and their fourth in five years) when they met Aghabullogue in the 'A' final at Ovens.  Aghabullogue were expected to put it up to the champions and this they did, but Ballincollig always looked likely to win out in the end as they had the overall power that the challengers lacked. Ballincollig, with wind advantage, opened the scoring with a point from George Durant but Aghabullogue's main threat in attack, John Corkery, had the sides level almost immediately, both scores coming from frees. John Corkery then put Aghabullogue ahead for the only time in the game with another point, this time from play. George Durant pointed a free to level and Peter O'Neill put the winners in front and they had added four more points to their tally, from Sean Kiely, Mark Prendergast, Morgan O'Mahony and a Durant free, before Aghabullogue had the final score of the first half, a point from a John Corkery free.  It was 0-7 to 0-3 at half time in Ballincollig's favour but Aghabullogue were not out of contention as they were competing well and would have the wind behind them in the second half.
The nine minutes after the break were scoreless and it was Ballincollig who then broke the deadlock with two points in as many minutes per Durant and corner back Chris Collins.  John Corkery gave Aghabullogue hope with a point from play but Mark Prendergast had another Ballincollig point and when Darren Murphy added another, Ballincollig had a seven point lead as the game had entered the final quarter.  John Corkery now pointed twice for Aghabullogue from frees to reduce the gap down to five points, 0-11 to 0-6.  Ballincollig again asserted themselves however and finished strongly with a point apiece from Ian Coughlan, Cian Dorgan and George Durant to emerge clear and deserving winners at the final whistle.
Ballincollig: Jack Gibbons: Chris Collins, Dylan Kirstein, Shane Murphy: Cian McCarthy, Luke Prendergast, Darren Murphy: Sean Kiely, Rob Noonan: Mark Prendergast, George Durrant, Peter O'Neill; Morgan O'Mahony, Stephen Coughlan, Cian Dorgan. Subs: Dave Tobin, Matt O'Sullivan, Kevin O'Sullivan.
Aghabullogue: Mark O'Flynn: Greg Long, Eamonn Murphy, Anthony O'Sullivan: Seán O'Sullivan, David O'Connell, Alan Hogan: Aidan BarryMurphy, Michael Dennehy: John Corkery, Mark Long, James Lynch: Miceál O'Sullivan, Pat Walsh, Evan O'Sullivan.  Sub: Ian BarryMurphy. 
Referee: Mr Gerry Masters, Kilmichael.

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Canovee who defeated Donoughmore in the Muskerry u-21 B Football Championship final  © Lee Valley Outlook

'B' Championship Final 
Canovee 5 - 13 Donoughmore 1 - 8 
The final scoreline tells the tale of this 'B' championship final played at Kilmichael.  Canovee were far too strong for a plucky Donoughmore side, which battled on to the finish, even when the outcome was beyond doubt. The only team to beat Canovee in this year's competition has been the newly re-crowned 'A' champions Ballincollig and the luck of the draw meant that these two teams, possibly the two strongest teams in the grade this year in Mid Cork, both finished up in the same group for the initial league stages of the competition.  Ballincollig won their meeting easily and therefore Canovee competed in the 'B' championship.  Had they been drawn in a different group to Ballincollig it is conceivable that they would have finished as group leaders and then been 'A' championship semi finalists. Favoured therefore by the draw, Canovee have now availed of their good fortune and will make a bold bid for the county 'B' title, an honour achieved by Iveleary last year.
Canovee started this game well, dominating midfield possession and constantly on the attack.  Darragh Ring had them in front in three minutes, Paul Twomey and Sean O'Connor added points and when Mark Verling's shot shook the Donoughmore net in the 10th minute the winners were positively oozing confidence.  Canovee had added a further three points before Donoughmore had their opening point from Shane Healy in the 16th minute to which John Chambers added another soon after.  Canovee finished the half strongly with a further three points, and a goal from Charles Kenneally in the 26th minute. healy I nthe 16th monute Canovee were in a very strong position at half time as they led by 2-9 to 0-2 and were going well in all sectors of the field.
Donoughmore started the second half in resolute form but Canovee still added a point to their lead through Liam Kelleher before Donoughmore struck back with three points in a row, the first from Ger Buckley and two from Shane Healy, the best Donoughmore forward, who along with Mark Foley in defence did most to try and inspire a Donoughmore come back.  Canovee were not to be caught however and hit backl decisively and Paul Twomey's goal in the 47th minute which gave the winners a 3-12 to 0-5 lead removed any lingering doubt about the outcome.  Canovee had further goals from Sean O'Connor and James Moynihan and Donoughmore were rewarded for their never say die spirit with a late goal from Stephen O'Connor.
Canovee: Aidan Murphy: William Ahern, Jerry Lucey, Donal Cronin: Daniel O'Sullivan, Damian Ahern, Blake Ring: Sean O'Connor, Paul Twomey: Charles Kenneally, Mark Verling, John Buckley: Liam Kelleher, Darragh Ring, James Moynihan. Subs: Niall Cronin, Jamie Lynch and Tadg O'Riordan. 
Donoughmore: Donal Buckley: Mark Foley, Kevin Horgan, Barry Crowley: Stephen O'Connor, Alan Twomey, Jamie Twomey: Seanie Daly, Christian Mangan: Shane Healy, Leon Cogan, Shane Lucey: Ger Buckley, John Chambers, Gearóid O'Rourke. Subs used: Seamus Murphy, Conor O'Rourke and Antho0ny Horgan. 
Referee: Mr David Murnane, Macroom.

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Iveleary who defeated Cill na Martra in the Muskerry u-21 C Football Championship final  © Nóra Ní Luasa

'C' Championship Final
Iveleary   1 – 14     Cill na Martra   1 – 13
Mid Cork 'C' champions in 2011, Mid Cork and County 'B' champions in 2012, Iveleary U 21's took the Mid Cork 'C' title again this year after their narrow victory over Cill na Martra at Kilmichael.  Cill na Martra had come third in their group behind Ballincollig and Canovee and had given both these ultimate higher grade champions a stiff challenge and so were considered capable of providing Iveleary with a severe test and this is just what they did.  Iveleary held a five point lead at half time and had extended their lead to seven points, 1-13 to 0-9 by the 44th minute but from there to the finish Cill na Martra put on the pressure and when Shane Dineen slammed home a penalty shot in the 56th minute the sides were level at 1-13 each.  Cathal Vaughan rescued Iveleary with a point from a 45 metre-plus free in the 34th minute and Iveleary were a relieved side to hear the final whistle immediately after. This 'C' final was the best of the three U 21 finals played over the St Patrick's weekend.  The contest produced good quality football, was always interesting and was very exciting in the final quarter and was always very sporting.  Iveleary got a great start and had 1-2 on the board in the opening three minutes, county player Cathal Vaughan at full forward getting the goal.  Miceál Desmond opened the Cill na Martra scoring with a point in the 6th minute and Iveleary led by 1-4 to 0-1 at the end of a first quarter which they had dominated.  Cill na Martra re-arranged their line out and placed corner forward Liam Lynch in the heart of their defence and cut off the supply to the Iveleary inside line.  Six points in a row for Cill na Martra followed with Daniel Buckley, Shane Dineen, Danny O'Connell and Daire MacLaughlin all on target and the teams were level by the 23rd minute.  Iveleary now brought Cathal Vaughan to midfield to break the Cill na Martra grip recently established, and Iveleary now finished the half with a flourish.  Five unanswered points, four from Vaughan and one from Barry O'Leary gave Iveleary a 1-9 to 0-7 interval lead. On the restart, Shane Dineen pointed twice for Cill na Martra but Iveleary hit back with three more points from Cathal Vaughan and one from David Hourihan to lead by 1-13 to 0-9 in the 42nd minute.  Miceál Desmond had a point for Cill na Martra followed by points from Danny O'Connell and two from Shane Dineen and then the fat was really in the fire when Desmond was fouled in the Iveleary goalmouth and Shane Dineen slotted home the penalty to level the scores in the 56th minute.  The play was very exciting and went from end to end but the only score was the golden point from Cathal Vaughan's boot four minutes into injury time.  
Iveleary: Joseph Creedon: Tim O'Shea, Kevin Manning, Finbarr McSweeney: Micheál Ó Lionáird, Sean O'Leary, David Murphy: Barry O'Leary, Daniel O'Riordan; Liam Kearney, Cathal Vaughan, Mathew O'Donovan; Liam O'Leary, David Hourihan, Kevin Jones.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Finén Ó Faoláin, Gearóid Ó Goillí, Pilip Ó Luanaigh: Eoin Ó Loinsuigh: Nollaig Ó Loinsuigh, Pádraig Ó Goillí: Peadar Ó Muineacháin, Micéal Ó Deasúna: Donal Ó Buachalla, Danní Ó Conaill, Conor Ó Cronín: Liam Ó Loinsuigh, Shane Ó Duinnín, Daire MacLochlainn. Fear Ionaid: Caoimhín Ó hUidhir do'n dara leath.
Referee: Mr Ger Ahern, Canovee.

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Kilmurry who defeated Iveleary in the Muskerry Cup final. ©  Lee Valley Outlook

 Muskerry Cup Final:

Kilmurry   0 – 13     Iveleary   0 – 11
Kilmurry footballers, who swept the boards in Mid Cork in 2012 taking the Muskerry Junior A Championship, Division One league and Muskerry Cup, have started off the new season in winning form and have added another Muskerry Cup title to their collection. Unfortunately for Iveleary, they have been on the receiving end for each of these four Kilmurry victories and like all three final defeats of last season there was very little between the teams again at Kilmichael on Bank Holiday Monday.  Iveleary had been on top in the first half and deservedly led by two points at half time but Kilmurry were a lot more determined in the second half  and were on level terms at 0-10 each by the 50th minute.  Iveleary had earlier lost David Hourihan to a knee injury and in the final stages it was Kilmurry who forced the pace.  Two points from William Buckley and one from Denis Sheehan had them in front before Iveleary mounted a desperate onslaught on the Kilmurry goal in the closing minutes. A point from a Cathal Vaughan free was all that Kilmurry would concede however and so the Kilmurry bandwagon rolls on early in the new season and it is apparent that the reigning champions are the team to beat in Mid Cork football again this year.  Cathal Vaughan was the star of the first half, contributing 0-5 of the 0-8 Iveleary tally, with Daniel O'Riordan, Ger McSweeney and David Hourihan each chipping in with a point apiece.  Kilmurry had two points each from Denis Sheehan and James White and Greg Barrett and William Buckley each had a point, to leave Iveleary in front at the break by 0-8 to 0-6.  Iveleary were playing well at this stage with greater urgency than Kilmurry but on the re-start the champions displayed a greater urgency as they upped their game to meet the Iveleary challenge.  Greg Barrett had a Kilmurry point but Cathal Vaughan pointed an Iveleary free to keep his side in two in front.  David O'Leary now pointed for Kilmurry and Iveleary lost David Hourihan, removed on a stretcher with a knee injury.  The sides were level at the three quarter mark when William Buckley sent over another point for Kilmurry and Jonathan Buckley then kicked over to put Kilmurry in front but Finbarr McSweeney equalised for Iveleary in the 50th minute, 0-10 each now the score. Kilmurry were the team forcing the pace at this stage and after William Buckley pointed a free to restore their one point lead, Denis Sheehan and William Buckley added a point apiece to increase the gap to three points by the 56th minute.  Iveleary went on an all out offensive in the closing minutes, laying to the siege to the Kilmurry goal but the backs held firm and dealt confidently with all that Iveleary threw at them.  Iveleary's only score, a point, came from a Cathal Vaughan free and the goal they needed was denied them.
Scorers: Kilmurry: W. Buckley 0-4, D. Sheehan 0-3, Js White 0-2, G. Barrett 0-2, D. O'Leary and J. Buckley 0-1 each.
Iveleary: C. Vaughan 0-7, D. Hourihan, D. O'Riordan, G. McSweeney and F. McSweeney 0-1 each.
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: William Barrett, Kevin Barrett, Liam Long: Eoin Creedon, Eoin Barrett, Pat O'Sullivan: David O'Leary, James White: Dave McCarthy, David O'Halloran, Jonathan Buckley: Denis Sheehan, Michael Linehan, William Buckley. Sub: Finbarr Crowley (45 mins.)
Iveleary: Jamie Cronin: Gerard O'Riordan, Donal Cotter, Alan O'Brien: Cal McCarthy, Sean O'Leary, Shane Galvin: Edward Buckley, Daniel O'Riordan; Finbarr McSweeney, Cathal Vaughan, Denis O'Leary; David Hourihan, Gerard McSweeney, Barry Murphy. Subs: Patrick O'Riordan, Liam Kearney.
Referee: Mr Gerry Masters, Kilmichael.

McEgan College in County Final

McEgan College 5-13 Rossa College 1-7.
McEgan College booked their place in the under 16 County football final with a comprehensive and facile victory over Rossa College, Skibbereen in the Castle Grounds, Macroom.  The game was evenly poised after ten minutes on a score of two points each, with the boys from the west using the strong wind to their advantage.  The game turned in McEgan's favour when Donncha Lynch, John O'Sullivan and Cian O'Leary registered a goal each over a ten minute period mid way through the first half. That put the Macroom men into a controlling lead, one which they never subsequently relinquished. The halftime score was McEgan 4-7 Rossa College 0-3. In the second half McEgan picked up where they left off, cementing their dominance with a further 1-6. Outstanding performers for McEgan were Brian Corcoran, Alan O'Sullivan and Jack O'Donovan. McEgan now progress to the county final against Ballingeary.
Team: Conor Corkery, Conor Kelleher, Brian Corcoran 0-2,  John Stephen O'Riordan, Barry O'Leary, Alan O'Sullivan, Davin Forde, John O'Sullivan 1-2, Darren Dineen 0-4,  Myles O'Driscoll, Christy McCarthy 1-1, Jack O'Donovan 1-3, Donncha Lynch 1-0, Cian O'Leary 1-1, Micheál Horgan. Coach Mr D. Twomey.

Canovee G.A.A.

Canovee 2.05 Mayfield 1.07
Canovee played Mayfield away in the 3rd round of the Intermediate football league division 4 on a heavy pitch with heavy rain falling. despite wind advantage, Canovee found themselves behind at half time by 1.04 to 0.03, their points coming from Darragh Ring and Sean O'Connor. In the second half Canovee played much better, taking the game to Mayfield from the throw in. A goal by Darragh Ring, followed by a few points by same, brought Canovee into contention. Asecond goal by Ger Ahearn put Canovee ahead and they held the lead all the way to the finish.
Team: Darren Shine, Gearoid Lucey, Gerry Lucey, Dónal Murphy, William Ahearn, Damien Ahearn, Brian Ahearn, Éamonn Lyons, Ger Ahearn, James Moynihan, Sean o Connor, Con Dunne, Conor Buckley, Darragh Ring, Shane O'Riordan. Subs James McCarthy, David Wiseman.

Kiltha Óg 1.12  Canovee 1.08.
Canovee Minors played Kiltha Óg in the Minor A football league in Carrigadrohid. A scoring burst before half time put Kiltha Óg ahead and at half time they led by 1.06 to 0.03, with James Moynihan getting the Canovee points. The second half turned out to be very competitive. James Moynihan expertly converted a penalty and further points by Moynihan and James Verling narrowed the gap. However, some superb saves by the Kiltha Óg keeper kept Canovee at bay up to the final whistle.
Team: Jack Murphy, Neil Kirk, Niall Cronin, James O'Sullivan, Blake Ring, Michael Dunne, Cian Lehane, Cathal O'Carroll, Ciarán Canty, James Verling, James Moynihan, Mark Healy, Tadhg O'Riordan, Conor Hughes, Humphrey O'Mahony, sub Brian Verling,

Fixtures for weekend March 23rd, 24th Canovee minors and under 14s away to Mayfield; Canovee under 16s at home to Coursey Rovers and Canovee intermediates away to Rochchapel. Dates and times to be finalised

The West Muskerry Indoor Hurling 2013 was held recently in Cloughduv. Participants were Clondrohid, Inchigeela, Muine Fliuch, Rusheen and Tirelton. Each school played a minimum of five games, with competition and scoring tight all through. Tirelton proved the strongest and emerged victorious, winning three out of four games and drawing the fifth. All the children enjoyed the day out and were delighted to receive their winners' medals, presented by Sciath na Scol Cork. These same children now await the draw for the outdoor Sciath na Scol hurling competition after Easter.

Tirelton Sport

Indoor Camogie: Tirelton National School had a very significant first recently when the girls from 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes took part in the Sciath na Scol Indoor Camogie competitions for the first time. Initially it was envisioned that they would only participate in the 3rd Class tournament but such was the enjoyment and excitement derived from the games, that all the girls requested entry to the 4th Class competition as well. Playing schools from Coachford, Newcestown, Berrings, Minane Bridge and Cloghduv was a great experience and some of the more established camogie schools were amazed at the girls' skill, courage and determination. The girls trained every week after school, under the expert eye of Ms. McCarthy, Ms. Davis and Nora Buckley and it certainly paid off. At the end of the competitions all the girls could talk about was 'next year' and 'improving'. Maith sibh a chailíní!
Indoor Hurling: The 4th Class Boys' Indoor Hurling competition took place recently in Cloghduv. Tirelton were paired with Donoughmore, Newcestown and Firmount. All the games were really close, with Tirelton defeating Donoughmore and drawing with Newcestown, to set up a semi-final with Firmount. In the semi-final Firmount proved to be difficult opponents and, after a titanic encounter, Tirelton were defeated. In spite of this loss all the boys improved their skills so that when next year comes around they will be more than ready to take the field again.

Kilmurry Underage G.A.A.

U6/8: Both the under 6 and 8 football teams are commencing training on Sunday March 24th. Anyone interested in joining the club or starting training is very welcome. Training is at the club grounds at 11.00am.
U10s/12s: The under 10s are back in training for the past two weeks and are preparing for an upcoming blitz to be held in Donoghmore. The U12s have also resumed training and are due to play Kilnamartyra the near future.
U-14s: This team has seen a lot of action so far this year. They have played Fermoy, Mallow and Sam Maguire's in the League and have also been involved in the Féile competition where they met Na Piarsaigh, Valley Rovers and Bishopstown. 
U15s/16s: The u15 played Passage and were unfortunate, losing by a goal in the end. In the league, the U16s played and lost to Kilnamartyra by a goal but defeated Aghinagh by a single point in what was a very close encounter. In their third game they overcame Courcey Rovers in what were terrible conditions.
Kilmurry Easter Football Camp will take place in the week after Easter. Players will be coached over the morning and the day will culminate in a blitz with prizes on offer for all teams. This is a fun event, organised with the aim of improving the skills and capabilities of players while at the same time providing a fun day out for all.

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt

A 3 Ball Scramble in aid of Dromleigh National School will be played over the coming week-end commencing Saturday at 3.30 pm and on Sunday 10.30 am to 5.00 pm. Cards at €10 may be played more than once.