Lee Valley Outlook May 2 2013 v10e9


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Aerial view of New Street in 2005. ©

Lee Valley Diary

Briery Gap:
Mon.13th May at 8.30 pm: The Sapphires.
Fri. 17th May at 8.30pm Ann Marie O'Riordan.
Mon. 20th May at 8.30 pm: The Glenn Miller Story.

Macroom Library:
Penn bookclub Fri. May 3 at 4p.m. 
Europe Day: May 9
Library Closure: Fri. May 10. 10a.m. – 2p.m.
Gramophone Circle with Pat Lomasney, Mon. May 13 at 11a.m.
The Purlies At Home to Dunmanway Knitting Club, Thurs. May 16 at 11a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte Mon. May 20 11.30 a.m. – 12.30

Bealtaine Festival
Thurs. May 2   Soundsphere in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 3.30p.m.
Friday, May 3 Coffee Morning in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 10.30a.m.
Mon. May 13 Sapphires  in the Briery Gap at 8.30p.m.
Tues. May 14 Social Evening in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 8.30p.m.
Wed. May 15 Down Memory Lane in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 11a.m.
Mon. May 20 at 8.30p.m. The Glenn Miller Story in the Briery Gap
Sun. May 26. Pat Kelleher in Over 60s Talent Show Final at Cork City Hall at 8p.m.
May 26 - 31 Macroom Senior Citizens annual holiday to Athlone

 Fleadh Chorcaí Programme:
Oíche Ghaeltachta Fri. May 3, 8.30p.m. Abbey Hotel,
Concert in Ionad Cultúrtha, Thurs. May 9th with Dónal Lunny, Zoe Conway and Máirtín O'Connor
Official opening on Fri. May 10th at 8.30p.m.
Céilí mór with the Deenagh Céilí Band and a singers' club, Sat. 11th
Mass in Irish 10a.m. on Sun. May 12, followed by senior age-group competitions
Competitions and the 'Gig Rig' on the street throughout the weekend.

Book Launch: Where Mountainy Men Have Sown  in the Mills Inn, Baile Mhúirne on Thursday, May 2 at 8p.m.
Forty Hours Adoration: in St. Colman's Church, Macroom. May 2, 3, 4. Local Legend: Collette O'Riordan on Fri. 3rd of May on Ireland AM on TV3.
Victorian Tea Party in Community Centre, Stuake, Donoughmore, Sat. 4th May at 8.30pm
Valley Wheelers Cycle to Sheep's Head on Sun. May 5 from Inchigeela G.A.A.
Pilgrimage to Shrone: May Mass at Shrone on Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m.
Auction for Canovee G.A.A. club on Bank Holiday Monday May 6th in Canovee school at 5.00pm.
Ionad Cultúrtha Concert: with Máirtín O'Connor, Zoe Conway and Dónal Lunny on May 9.  
Johnstown/ Kilmichael Vintage Club Car, Motorbike and Tractor Run and 6km. Walk on Sun. May 12 from Cill Eanna Bar
Cemetery Mass Macroom Graveyard, Killarney Rd. Tues. May 17, 7:30pm Parkrun  from Macroom Leisure Centre every Sat. from May 18 at 9:30am.
Macroom Flower and Garden Club on Thurs. May 23. Members' Social Evening, with a visit to a local garden.
Gathering for Paper Sacks: event in the Castle Hotel, Macroom on 24th May.
"Suicide Aware"  Run/ Walk. Cill na Martra G.A.A. Pitch. Sun. May 26. 11a.m. 10 mile/ 11km.
Over 60s Final: Cork City Hall, Sun. May 26 at 8p.m.
Youthreach Community Education Event in the Briery Gap, Macroom on Tues., May 28, 2 – 4p.m.
Daniel Kingston Memorial Road Race in Macroom on Thurs. 20th June.

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

Macroom Updates

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My Local Legend, Collette O'Riordan, with members of West Muskerry A.C. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Collette is a Legend    

Collette O'Riordan, Macroom has been chosen to represent Cork as the April Local Legend on TV3's Ireland AM. TV3 is visiting different counties throughout 2013 in search of a local legend. They have organised a competition, inviting children to nominate their local legend - a person whom they think deserves praise and admiration; someone that stands out in the community as a legend. They must also draw a picture of their choice. The winner of the competition receives a VIP fun day for 10 of their friends in Tayto Park in Co. Meath. The local legend nominated will have the opportunity to win a 7 night Mediterranean cruise on Liberty of the Seas. Stephanie and Jennifer Cotter, along with many more of the members of West Muskerry Athletic Club and Macroom and District Special Olympics Club, nominated Collette O'Riordan as their local legend. They cited the time, dedication, commitment and interest she gives every individual member of the clubs. On Thursday 25th April Stephanie and Jennifer got a phone call from Ireland AM to say they were the April winners, with their legend, Collette O'Riordan. The TV3 crew came to Macroom on Tuesday 30th of April to interview them and Collette and to see what the club is all about. The footage will be shown on Friday 3rd of May on Ireland AM.
Collette joined West Muskerry A.C in 1986 at the age of 10. Competing successfully through the years, she made her break through in 1990, winning 5 Gold National individual titles and she also won Gold at West Cork, County and Munster levels. She captained the Irish team on 3 occasions both on track and Cross Country. Collette has received numerous sporting awards down through the years. She took over the running of West Muskerry A.C. in 2000, coaching athletes of all levels and abilities. She is secretary of a very busy, successful club, with increasing membership. She stresses that the aim of the club is to take part, have fun and achieve to the best of one's ability. The club trains every Monday night in the town park from 7.30 to 8.30 and Friday night at the C.I.T track from 7.30 to 8.30, demanding huge commitment from Collette, who also coaches the athletes of Muskerry Special Olympics club every Thursday night. These athletes have achieved many Munster and All Ireland titles. Collette travels with her charges to venues all over Ireland. She has dedicated her whole life to her club and athletes and her dream is that the club would one day have its own grounds, with proper training facilities

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Local Legend, Collette O'Riordan, with her nominators, Stephanie and Jennifer Cotter ©Lee Valley Outlook

South Pacific

The Briery Gap 2013 musical, South Pacific, was a beautifully crafted production, showcasing the wealth of amateur talent in the Lee Valley. Anne Dunne and her team work miracles every year – attracting new actors and singers, creating enthusiasm, finding, making and as a last resort, hiring superb costumes and promoting the show with a view to attracting audiences. The latter is the most daunting challenge in the current recessionary times. But the future of the Briery Gap Cultural Centre depends on popular support so that the show can go on.

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Pat O'Connell, Briery Gap Board, addresses the audience at the grand finale of 'South Pacific', the 2013 musical in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

An infallible indicator of the success of an amateur show is the enjoyment it gives the cast. On that basis, South Pacific was a roaring success. All the actors and chorus members seemed to be having a ball on stage. The lead characters, Nellie (Roisin Crowley), Emile (Pat Brady) and Joseph Cable (Daragh Murpyh) were impeccable and Bloody Mary, played by Teresa O'Riordan; Pat Melia as Luther Billis and Dan Creedon as Captain Brackett highlighted the humorous elements of the show and displayed great dramatic skills.

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'I'm Gonna Wash that man right out of my hair' at 'South Pacific' in the Briery Gap   © Lee Valley Outlook

Vocal expertise is an essential in a musical and there were beautiful solo performances as well as tremendous choral numbers such as 'There is Nothing Like a Dame' and 'I'm Gonna Wash that Man right out of my Hair'. Ray Daly, a blow-in from Cork, was a welcome new solo voice
Sets for the show were most impressive; make up and costumes suitably dramatic and lighting and sound spot on. At the conclusion of the final show, director, Kevin Hough, congratulated everyone involved, particularly Briery Gap Manager, Anne Dunne and said that during his four years' involvement with the annual musical, the standard has been steadily rising.

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 A section of the audience at Macroom Youthreach presentation in the Castle Hotel   ©Lee Valley Outlook

Youthreach Presentation

Over 150 people attended a presentation organised by Macroom Youthreach in the Castle Hotel recently. The key note speaker was Dr Fergus Heffernan PhD, a renowned psychologist and psychotherapist, who delivered an engaging talk full of practical advice on understanding the emotional wellbeing of teenagers within the context of family units. Shane O'Riordan, a final year student in Leaving Cert Applied, opened the night with an excellent speech on the importance of support and understanding for all teenagers, regardless of where or what they are studying. The event was free of charge and Alayne Hynes, Career Guidance teacher, organised a successful raffle for the Autistic Unit in St Colman's Primary School. Emma Long, a teacher in St Colman's, represented the school and over €200 was raised. The community support for the Youthreach event was evident in the number of people who attended and the willingness of local business people to sponsor the raffle on the night. Sincere thanks to all.
On the 28th of May Youthreach are hosting the next Community Education event in the Briery Gap from 2 – 4p.m. The key note speakers for the event are John Lonergan ex- governor of Mountjoy and Sean Óg Ó hAilpín. The theme for the event is Life Strategies towards Success; Education and Beyond.

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Trustees of Macroom Castle Demesne present sponsorship for Castle Demesne Park Run . From left: Claire Hurley, Cork Sports Partnership; Billy FitzGerald, Yvonne Collins, Leisure Centre; Derry Canty, Sports Partnership; Miriam Cronin, Richard Neville, Conor McMahon and Brian Quirke. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Run in the Park  

Not quite a 'walk in the park', Parkrun, a new event for runners in Mid Cork, begins in Macroom on Saturday, May 18. Castle Demesne Parkrun Macroom is a FREE weekly 5km event for runners of all standards and takes place every Saturday at 9:30am in Macroom Castle Grounds. It is not a race against other runners but a 5km, timed run and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that's for fun or as part of a training plan. It offers an opportunity for the local community, male and female, young and old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active. It encourages people to jog or run together, irrespective of their ability.
Macroom has been selected as the first Park Run in Munster, in fact outside of Dublin it will be the first Park Run in the Republic.  There are 9 park runs in Northern Ireland and over 180 park runs in the UK every Saturday. The Trustees of the Castle Demense  and Cork Sports Partnership are funding this venture along with Parkrun.  The run will be facilitated by Macroom Community Leisure Centre, where the run will start and finish each Saturday.  The course runs down through the castle grounds and finishes back at the Leisure Centre.  It has been professionally measured at being 5km and your exact time will be emailed/ texted to each participant after the run. Parkrun is a not for profit organisation that provides, through local communities, free weekly timed 5km runs all over the world.
To take part in the Castle Demesne Parkrun Macroom.
1) Register in advance of your first run by logging onto www.macroomleisurecntre.ie or www.parkrun.ie. Simply click on 'Register' in the top right corner of the screen. Once you have registered you will then be sent a registration confirmation email containing your barcode and information on what to do next.
2) Print out your barcode. That's it! You can now turn up at ANY of the worldwide parkrun events whenever you want.
After the run light refreshments will be available at the Community Leisure Centre. If you require any further information or would like to volunteer at any of the runs please contact Yvonne on 026-43508.

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Students from De la Salle College and St. Mary's Macroom in front of "La Bourse" during the annual French exchange in Bordeaux recently.  ©Pat Walsh

St. Mary's Updates

German Exchange: The return leg of St Mary's exchange with Oberhaching Gymnasium, Munich, Germany has been a great success.  Transition Year and Second Year students welcomed their exchange partners at Cork Airport on April 9th.  On the following day they enjoyed a hearty Irish breakfast in the school canteen and spent the afternoon learning how to play Gaelic games and perform Irish dances, such as the Siege of Ennis.  During their ten day stay the German students visited Mizen Head, Cobh, Midleton, Garnish Island, Bantry House, the Lakes of Killarney and much more.  The farewell dinner in the Castle Hotel was both a happy and sad occasion, as the Irish and German students got on so well together.  Many lifelong friendships have begun and no doubt they will be meeting again.

French Exchange: French students from St. Genes, Talence/ Bordeaux enjoyed a memorable stay with their Irish 'correspondantes' from Second year  and Transition year in early April. They received a warm welcome in St. Mary's from the principal, Mr. Ciarán Cooke. A typical Irish breakfast was enjoyed by the students and their teachers in the canteen.  They then attended classes in various subjects, which proved of great interest to them. Later in the day, they were shown the rudiments of Gaelic games, i.e. football and camogie.  This was a hugely popular activity, enabling them to perform 'feats of greatness'.  The day ended with Irish music and dance being performed by both Irish and French students. During their ten day stay, they enjoyed visits to The Jameson Distillery, Midleton, The Immigration Centre, Cobh and a tour of Muckross House, Killarney. The visit to The Great Famine Commemoration, Skibbereen proved of immense interest.  The remainder of the day was enhanced with early spring sunshine in Sherkin Island, enabling students to enjoy a swim in the wild Atlantic waves. Their final day was spent in Gougane Barra. The much anticipated return exchange to Bordeaux was hugely enjoyed by students of St. Mary's.

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 2013 PLC Art, Craft and Design class at their Art Exhibition at McEgan College, Macroom. Also included, Deputy Mayor, Evelyn McSweeney, teacher, Miriam Brew; Principal Trish Lynam and Deputy Principal, Margaret Corkery  © Lee Valley Outlook

McEgan College Updates

PLC Art Exhibition: For the 7th consecutive year, Mc Egan College hosted its annual Art exhibition on Wednesday, April 17, and attracted a huge audience despite appalling weather conditions. The artists, Anna Bjorsell, Melanie Tiernan, Anita Bergin, Helen Knight, Damien O'Keeffe, Samuel Apraku, Kay Scannell and Kathleen Crowley, are Post Leaving Certificate students, who have completed a 1 year FETAC Level 5, Art, Craft and Design course. The fruits of their year's work were on display and the impressive exhibition included Paintings, Mixed Media, Embroidery and Pottery. McEgan Principal, Ms. Trish Lynam, congratulated the students on their achievements and encouraged others that might be interested in doing an Art course or any one of the wide range of courses on offer in Mc Egan College, to look up the website at  www.mcegancollege.ie for more information or peruse the college's colourful brochure. Art teacher, Ms. Miriam Brew, praised the students' hard work and dedication and the fantastic quality of their work. She told the appreciative gathering that the course was accessible to all who had an interest in Art and that it proved to be extremely enjoyable and sociable. Deputy Mayor, Evelyn Mungovan, also praised the work on display. It was a fitting end to another productive year and a very enjoyable night was had by all.
Teaching and Learning:  McEgan College has recently launched an exciting initiative to support the school's more academically able students. Four teachers, under the guidance of Principal, Ms. Lynam, set up an academic council and two teachers have already trained with Professor Barrie Bennett, author of 'Beyond Monet', as part of County Cork VEC Instructional Leadership Programme, while others have begun training in the area of metacognition.  The school has decided to draw on this wealth of expertise and establish the Academic Attainment Initiative. This worthwhile idea should lead to students achieving their full academic potential in their Leaving Certificate.  The programme will commence in September 2013 with a group of fifth year students who will be mentored over the course of two years. 
Music Practicals: The first class of students to complete the music practicals (worth 25% of the  Junior Cert exam) at McEgan College, provided the examiner with a treat. The repertoire included guitars, piano, whistles, spoons, not to mention button accordion, rap songs, popular songs and harmony groups.  Ms O Regan congratulated her pupils on their dedication and performance in the exam.
Literacy Success: Students at McEgan College celebrated their literacy success with an outing to Cork which involved bowling and a trip to Mahon Point. All first year students took part in the Word Millionaire Initiative - to read one million words collectively over five weeks. Aoife O'Driscoll and Eleanor Lane's Team B won out.
West Cork Visit:  TY students from McEgan College received a warm welcome to West Cork and Cape Clear Island as part of their Gaisce Adventure Trip. The students are working towards a bronze medal in the Presidential Awards, and have already completed physical, community and personal goals. The trip to Cape Clear and Lough Ine included walking at least 25-35km over two days plus an overnight stay involving provisioning and cooking of all meals on the trip.
UCC Easter School: Nine transition year students from McEgan College took part in UCC Easter school, a four day programme with UCC PLUS which enables students to experience what college life and UCC Campus are like. The students chose their programme e.g. Medicine & Health, Business & Law, Arts, Science & Engineering and went to lectures on the various courses. Activities during the four days included visiting the Courthouse, a Physics Show, the Mardyke and Dragons Den. They found the experience most enjoyable.

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

Bealtaine Festival in Macroom

Macroom Senior Citizens, in association with the Briery Gap, offer a very full programme of events for the ongoing Bealtaine Festival. It continues with a Coffee Morning in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 10.30a.m. on Friday, May 3 and a Bealtaine Film, Sapphires, will show in the Briery Gap at 8.30p.m. on Monday, May 13, admission €4. There will be a Social Evening in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 8.30p.m. on Tuesday, May 14. Music is by Lee Sound and admission is free. Wednesday May 15 offers a sing-along Down Memory Lane in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 11a.m. with Anne, Tony and Kevin. Admission free. The Glenn Miller Story will be screened in the Briery Gap on Monday, May 20 at 8.30p.m. Admission €4. Pat Kelleher will represent Macroom in the Over 60s Talent Show Final in Cork City Hall on Sunday, May 26 at 8p.m. To reserve tickets, contact Eveleyn McSweeney, Middle Square at 026 41070. Macroom Senior Citizens annual holiday to the Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone Sunday May 26 to Friday May 31 is completely booked out and should bring Bealtaine 2013 to an enjoyable conclusion.

Macroom Library Notes 

May, or Bealtaine in Irish, is the month for celebrating all that is good about Senior Citizenship.  The Purlies Knitting group will host a visit from Dunmanway Library knitting Group on Thursday 16th May. That will be a busy morning in the library! We hope also to launch a  Bridge Group morning  during  Bealtaine.  We hope to have it on Wednesdays but this will be confirmed in the next issue of the Lee Valley Outlook. Anyone who thinks they might be interested can leave their name in at the library and we will contact them directly.  Macroom library's Penn Bookclub will meet on Friday 3rd May at 4p.m.  We hope all members liked 'Ned Only'.  At the very least it should generate a good discussion.
Children's Storytime is available every Saturday at 12 noon.  A member of staff does the reading for children from about 3 to 7 years of age. Please note though that due to library closure for the bank holiday weekend there will not be a  Story time on Sat 4th May. May 9th is Europe Day, celebrating peace and unity in Europe.  We will have a display focusing on the countries of Europe and booklets to give away on current topics, for example CAP reform. On Friday May 10th the library will be closed until 2pm to facilitate staff safety training. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Monday 13th May sees the last Gramophone Recital of the season with Pat Lemasney joining us from Cork to present.  It starts at 11.am and finishes at 12.30 or thereabouts, with a break for complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits. All are welcome. The library staff would like to thank Eileen Hackett for organising the presenters during the season.  The music will return in September.

Briery Gap Programme 


Ann Marie O'Riordan; Friday 17th May at 8.30pm; Tickets €15.


Bealtaine Films: Monday 13th May at 8.30 pm: The Sapphires. Monday 20th May at 8.30 pm: The Glenn Miller Story. Admission €4.

Briery Gap Young Theatre Company is confined to under 30's and will stage at least 2 productions per year. If you wish to be involved with Briery Gap Young Players (Drama/ Music etc) please collect form or fill in your details and hand in or post to Briery Gap, Macroom.

Local TV Programmes

Sun. May 5: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Annual Mass from Shrone.
6.30p.m. News and Sport. Music, song and dance from Creedon's Hotel, Inchigeela Part 2.

Wed. May 8:  9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Cork Senior Football final 2012 Castlehaven v Duhallow.

Sun. May 12: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Sunday Mass
6.30p.m. Repeat of LTV. Wed. Programme.

Wed. May 15: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. LTV Programme from the past. 

Sun. May 19: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special 
6.30p.m. Repeat of LTV. Wed. Programme


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Book Launch: Where Mountainy Men Have Sown: War and Peace in Rebel Cork in the Turbulent Years 1916 – 1921 will be launched in the Mills Inn, Baile Mhúirne on Thursday, May 2 at 8p.m. This book, by the late Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin Cill na Martra and Eas Coille, Baile Mhúirne, was first published in 1965 but has been long out of print. Fáilte roimh chách.

Forty Hours Adoration: in St. Colman's Church, Macroom. May 2, 3, 4. Commencing with 7.30p.m. Mass on Thursday 2 and concluding with 7.30p.m. Mass on Saturday 4.

Fáiltiú na Fléidhe Oíche Ghaeltachta in Óstán Ghobnatan, Dé hAoine, 3ú Bealtaine 8.30p.m. Togha agus rogha na n-amhránaithe agus na gceoltóirí agus léiriú beo de na traidisiúin bhéil agallaimh bheirte, lúibíní, ceapóga, amhráin saothair agus scéalaíocht. Saorchead isteach. 

Valley Wheelers Cycling Club (VWCC) will hold their  first sportif of the season on Sunday May 5 when they embark on The Sheep's Head cycle. Register Inchigeela GAA. Route : Inchigeela, Bantry, Sheep's Head (return). Support van & showering facilities available. New members most welcome. See www.valleywheelerscc.com for details.  

Pilgrimage to Shrone: The annual May Mass will be celebrated at Shrone on Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. Pilgrims who wish to make the annual pilgrimage on foot may leave from Sean Cronin's yard, at 8a.m. or the Mills at 9a.m.

Auction for Canovee G.A.A. club on Bank Holiday Monday May 6th in Canovee school at 5.00pm. All support would be deeply appreciated.

Johnstown/ Kilmichael Vintage Club are holding their annual Vintage Car, Motorbike and Open Tractor Run along with a 6km. Walk on Sunday, May 12. Proceeds go to West Cork Wheelchair Support Group. Registration in Cill Eanna Bar at 12 noon. Run commences at 1 pm. Refreshments available on return.  For more information contact ; 087 7561057 or 086 3738764.  Your support would be greatly appreciated. 

Cemetery Mass  in Macroom Graveyard, Killarney Road on Tuesday 17th May at 7:30pm to remember all those buried in the cemetery. All are welcome. Please arrive early to allow sufficient time to park and be on time for the Mass

Parkrun, a 5km free run, begins in Macroom on Saturday, May 18 and continues every Saturday at 9:30am in Macroom Castle Grounds

Over 60s Final: Pat Kelleher will represent Macroom in the Over 60s Talent Show Final in Cork City Hall on Sunday, May 26 at 8p.m. To reserve tickets, contact Eveleyn McSweeney, Middle Square at 026 41070.

Youthreach Community Education Event in the Briery Gap, Macroom on Tuesday, May 28, 2 – 4p.m. Key note speakers are John Lonergan, ex- governor of Mountjoy and Sean Óg Ó hAilpín. The theme for the event is Life Strategies towards Success: Education and Beyond.

Daniel Kingston Memorial Road Race in Macroom on Thurs. 20th June. Further race details will be found on www.corkbhaa.com. As in previous years, all surplus funds will be donated to Cork ARC Cancer Support House in Daniel's memory.

Liz Lucey Run: The organisers of the 4th Liz Lucey run (which has been an overwhelming success to date, raising substantial sums fro Marymount Hospice, Cork) wish to announce the 2013 event on Sunday, July 7. They look forward to welcoming old and new friends to Inchigeela and the beauty of West Cork during the first weekend in July.   

Visit to Leinster House: Fifteen members of Coachford Active Retirement Group recently went to Leinster House and Dáil Éireann, where they met with Michael Creed T.D., who arranged the visit, Pat Rabbit, Joan Burton, Brendan Howlin, David Norris etc. They lunched in the private dining room; visited the Dáil Bar and had a most enjoyable day, getting an appreciation of the workings of the Oireachtas. The group included Betty Browne, Sheila and Kathleen Donovan, Joan Hayes, Catherine Murphy, Shirley Moody, Judy Green, Ber O'Leary, Ann McCarthy, Nora and Finbarr Crowley, Sheila Hallissey, Eileen Murphy, Tom and Vonnie Steffens.

Macroom Ladies Football Training Times: (All girls 6 years+) U8, U10, U12, U14 training Wednesdays 6.30pm in Tom Creedon Park. U16 and Junior training Wednesdays at 7.15pm in Tom Creedon Park. New players always welcome. Some fun, fresh air and football!

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: April 21. Numbers drawn 5, 15, 16, 19. No winner. €50 Ger Deasy, Aherla. €25 Niamh and Cathal O'Carroll, Canovee. Ger Ahern, Aherla Jack the Joker Kathleen O'Sullivan, Crossmahon, Lissarda.
April 28. Numbers drawn 1, 12, 18, 25. No winner. €50 Pat O'Leary, Lissarda. €25 Jack Fitzgerald, Canovee. Tadhg McCarthy, Farnanes. Jack the Joker Bernie Twomey, Canovee. Next lotto draw on May 5 for a jackpot of €8,100

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: 21/04/2013:  Numbers Drawn 3, 9 and 22.  No jackpot winner.  €50 Michelle Dennehy, Coolinea, €20  Paul O'Sullivan, Rusheen, Kitty Spillane, Oughtiera, William Ambrose, Caherbaroule, Sean & Kay MacSullivan, Carigagulla.
28/04/2013:  Numbers Drawn 18, 22 and 23.  No jackpot winner. €50  Noel Lehane, Ballinagree, €20  Paddy O'Sullivan, C/O John Casey, Margaret O'Brien, Coolehane, Gerard Buckley, Laharn and Catherine McCarthy, Incheleagh.

Coachford AFC Lotto. Results 22/4/2013, Jackpot: €6,200, Numbers Drawn: 5 - 14 - 20, No Winner, €40 Louise Ryan, €20 Steve Crowley, Madge Martin, Des O' Grady, Mossy Keane.
29/4/2013, Jackpot: €6,400, Numbers Drawn: 7 - 17 - 18, No Winner, €40 Michael & Claire Cronin, €20 Tim Griffin, Marie Hayes, Isabelle Leahy, Mossie Keane.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto. April 23. Jackpot €1,600. Numbers drawn 1, 6 and 28. No winner.  €70 Michael O'Brien, Barrett's Place, Macroom. €20, Michael O'Connor, Railway View; Mickie O'Leary, The Orchard; Breda O'Herlihy, c/o Mary Lynch; Caroline O'Connell, Railway View; Denis Noonan, Sally Gardens. 

Lee Valley Updates

Where Mountainy Men Have Sown

A personal account of the fight for freedom in West Cork, Where Mountainy Men Have Sown: War and Peace in Rebel Cork in the Turbulent Years 1916 – 1921, will be launched in the Mills Inn, Baile Mhúirne on Thursday, May 2 at 8p.m. Dr. Dónal Ó Drisceoil, School of History, U.C.C. and Historical Advisor to Palme d'Or winning film, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, will officiate at the launch. This book, by the late Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin Cill na Martra and Eas Coille, Baile Mhúirne, was first published in 1965 but was long out of print. The modern version, with relevant photographs, is published by Mercier Press and costs €14.99. It will be available in all local book shops and on line in eBook format.

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Pupils from Clondrohid National School who achieved success in a number of categories in the recent Discover Cork Schools Heritage Project   ©An Scoil

Heritage Research Awards in Clondrohid

Clondrohid N.S. students were again rewarded at The Discover Cork Schools Heritage Project 2013 Awards ceremony in the Silver Springs Hotel Cork, attended by over 500 parents and pupils. The project is open to schools in Cork City and County - at Primary level to the pupils of fourth, fifth and sixth class and at Post Primary level from first to sixth years. One of the key aims of the project is to allow students to explore, investigate and comment on their local history in a fun way. The emphasis is on the process of doing a project and learning not only about their local area but also developing new personal skills. Students are challenged to devise methodologies that provide interesting ways to approach study of their local history. Prizes are awarded for best projects and certificates are given to each participant.
Fifth and sixth class pupils from Clondrohid N.S. participated, under the guidance of their teacher, Ms Mary Foley and many were successful across a wide range of categories. Primary Individual Awards were as follows: First Place. Lorna O'Connor for "My Medieval Project". Second Place. Alannah Larkin for "Emigration". Third Place. Adrian O'Driscoll for "Castles of County Cork". Fifth Place. Cathal Healy Ring for "Bealick Mill and Macroom Through Time". Primary Group Awards went to: First Place. Aoife Galvin, Brian Lynch, Michaela Riordan for "Gougane Barra". Second Place. Eva Long, Katie Sheehan, Ciarán O Sullivan for "Then and Now". Fourth Place. Emma Cronin, Ruth Purcell for "My Local Area". In the Best Model Entry section: Second Place went to Joseph Buckley, Steven Bradley and Brian Murphy.

Clondrohid Updates 

New School: A planning application on behalf of Clondrohid School Board of Management for a new school development has been lodged with Cork County Council. The development will consist of a two storey, 8 classroom school building including office space, library and resource rooms, special education tuition room, general purpose and multi-purpose spaces and ancillary accommodation with a single storey, bolt on 3 classroom ASD unit with associated withdrawal rooms, general activities space, office and ancillary accommodation. Proposed site works include provision for 24 car parking spaces, bus and car drop off and pick up facilities.
Defibrillator for School: The Board of Management of Clondrohid school wishes to convey its appreciation to the school's Parents' Association for the provision of a school based defibrillator. All school staff received training in the use of the unit over a number of weeks prior to the Easter Holidays.
Enrolment forms for Junior Infants in Clondrohid N.S. in September 2013 are available through the school secretary on 026 42580. A familiarisation session for new Junior Infants is scheduled for the week of June 17th. This will provide each pupil with an opportunity to meet with their new teacher as well as an opportunity to "check out" their new classroom. An information evening for their parents is also scheduled for the same week.
C 2 Cancer Research: The run, jog, walk that took place in Clondrohid for Cancer Research was a resounding success, with large numbers taking part, and the weather even being kind to all. Later in the evening teas and sandwiches were served in the Tavern. Entertainment commenced at 8.30pm.  Music was by Clondrohid's own girl Buskers, 'Simple Complication', a band that has a great future. The Karaoke sing song got underway then, and a big thank you to all who took part. Richie Balfe, who has been one of the main organisers of this event since its inception, proved he has other talents and won the Karaoke. The raffle and auction, with items such as an I Pod touch, a hand crafted vase, fuel voucher, added to the entertainment and fundraising. The organising committee would like to thank all those who took part, got sponsorship, bought tickets, sponsored prizes, to make this fundraiser such a great success, with a great community spirit. Anyone with sponsorship cards is asked to return as soon as possible. Amount raised will be announced in due course.
Boxing: Congratulations to Christine Desmond, twin sister of Michael, who has qualified for the u17 All Ireland Boxing final.
Hospital Collection: Well done to all who contributed to this annual collection and to the faithful collectors who braved the very wet weather conditions to raise €1,050 for Macroom Hospital.
Knock: Cloyne Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday May 12. Bus from Clondrohid. For more info contact Noel Lynch 02645194.
Lotto: 1. €70 Noreen Spillane Ballinagree. €20 Paul Whyte, Bantry; Denis Nolan, Mid Cork Pallets; Margaret Ann c/o Pat O'Brien; Johnny Lehane, Dunmanway
Lotto 2. Jackpot €1,400. No winner. €70 Saoirse McKenna c/o Cath Murphy. €20 John O'Keefe, The Gearagh; Breda McCarthy, Baile Mhic Ire;  Zena Cotter, Kilvoultra; Baby Jane c/o Murrays Bar.
G.A.A. Fixtures: The first round of the Junior A Championship, Clondrohid v Dripsey, will take place in Cloughduv on Saturday evening May 4 at 7.30 pm. Your support would be appreciated.  JAFL. Clondrohid v Ballingeary in Ballingeary on Thursday May 9 at 7.30pm. JBFL, Clondrohid v Cill na Marta in Clondrohid Saturday May 11 at 7.30pm.

Lourdes Pilgrimage   

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust takes up to 500 special and deserving young people (aged 10-18 years) to Lourdes each Easter for a most memorable holiday /pilgrimage of life lasting experience.  The work of the Trust goes on year round, quietly and without fanfare, which ensures a sincere and wonderful experience for all those who travel. Our young pilgrims are taken free of charge, whilst all carers, nurses, doctors, chaplains pay their own way. A vital component of the work is fundraising, without which the Pilgrimage would not take place. We are most grateful to receive the support of Macroom Lions Club, who have presented us with a most valued cheque, at a pleasant function in The Castle Hotel on March 14. In his short address, Lions Club President, Mr. Pat Kelleher, expressed his admiration for the work of the Irish Pilgrimage Trust and also of the Lions Club's appreciation for the fact that young pilgrims from Macroom and surrounding areas are chosen to travel each year.

Donoughmore Springs into Action   

St. Lachteen's N.S. Donoughmore Spring Clean Team has been very busy recently as part of the nationwide initiative, National Spring Clean Week. They have been working hard to keep the area around the school clean and have extended their clean up as far as Donoughmore Sports Complex, in a bid to ensuring the neighbouring premises is also kept litter free. The pupils are very proud of their efforts and have a heightened sense of keeping Donoughmore a litter free zone. The Parents' Council at St. Lachteen's have also volunteered time to help carry out some spring cleaning at the school. The effort and enthusiasm of the pupils, teachers and parents have made this anti-litter initiative a tremendous success and have brought the school community together to improve their local environment. National Spring Clean Week has been organised by An Taisce since 1999, in partnership with the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

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In step and in tune for Fleadh Chorcaí at Baile Mhúirne May 9 – 12    © Lee Valley Outlook

Fleadh Cheoil i mBaile Mhúirne Bealtaine 3 – 5 ,

Beidh scoth na tallainne ceoil agus stáitse ón nGaeltacht á dtaispeáint i mBaile Mhúirne an tseachtain seo, in ócáid saor in aisce mar réamhrá le Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí. Beidh Oíche Ghaeltachta ar siúl ar a 8.30in in Óstán Ghobnatan Dé hAoine, 3ú Bealtaine, mar 'Fáiltiú na Fléidhe'. Taispeántas é seo de chultúr traidisiúnta Mhúscraí idir amhránaíocht, ceol, rince, agallaimh bheirte agus lúibíní, le Máire Uí Laoire mar bhean a' tí. Gaeltacht night in the Abbey Hotel, Friday May 3rd, admission free.
A concert with Dónal Lunny, Zoe Conway and Máirtín O'Connor in the Ionad Cultúrtha in Baile Mhúirne gets Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí itself under way on Thursday May 9th. Tickets: 026 45733 or www.ionadculturtha.ie. Friday May 10 sees the official opening of the fleadh, the first ever to be held in the Múscraí Gaeltacht, hosted by the Cill na Martra branch of Comhaltas, CCÉ Craobh Lachtaín Naofa.
CCÉ Craobh Lachtaín Naofa's preparations for Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí got off to a flying start with wins for their own dancing teams. The fleadh dancing competitions were held separately in Glengarriff recently, with dancers from the branch, all pupils of Scoil Rince Uí Éigeartaigh, winning four-hand, eight-hand and confined competitions at under 12 and under 15 level. The teams, including Éidín Ní Fhaoláin, Méabh Ní Chonaill, Ellen and Nóra de Búrca, Marian Ní Chríodáin, Róisín Ní Bhríain, Anne Brown, Caitríona Moynihan, Michelle Crowley, Maeve Kelleher and Lisa Kingston, now go forward to Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in UL in July.
Volunteers are required for the Fleadh Cheoil weekend, on May 11-12. Anyone available is asked to ring 085 1109901. The clár, or programme, which will be on sale during the Fleadh Cheoil weekend, features a selection of tunes and songs from Gaeltacht composers, as well as articles of local and historical interest. Included are a reel especially composed for the fleadh by Peadar Ó Riada, 'Ríl Laichtín', and 'The Lisbee Lass' by Máire de Búrca, along with tunes composed by Connie O'Connell, Siobhán Ní Mhuimhneacháin, Conal Ó Gráda, Hammy Hamilton and Fiontán Ó Meachair.
Craolfar clár RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 'An Saol ó Dheas' beo ó Bhaile Mhúirne ar an Aoine, 10ú Bealtaine don fleadh cheoil, ag tosnú ar a 12.08in. Beidh láithreoir Helen Ní Shé ag caint le ceoltóirí, iomaitheoirí agus lucht eagraithe na Fléidhe. Ansin, ar an Satharn 11ú Bealtaine ar a 12.08in, beidh craic, comhrá agus ceol le Pádraig Ó Sé ar an gclár Togha agus Rogha, a bheidh á chraoladh beo ón Ródaí i mBaile Mhúirne i rith na Fléidhe. Chomh maith leis sin, beidh ceol, amhráin agus caint faoin bhFleadh Cheoil, le hionadaithe CCÉ Craobh Lachtaín Naofa ar an gclár raidió an 'Green Room' le Michael Carr ar 96FM Dé Sathairn, 4ú Bealtaine, idir 6in agus 8in.

Fleadh Programme

Friday May 3rd. 8.30pm: Fáiltiú na Fleidhe - Oíche Ghaeltachta (Óstán Ghobnatan). Free admission.

Thursday May 9th. 8.30pm: Ceolchoirm (Ionad Cultúrtha) le Dónal Lunny, Zoe Conway agus Máirtín O'Connor.

Friday May 10th. 8.30pm:         Official opening of the fleadh by Con McCarthy, CCÉ Cork County Board Chairman. Guest speaker Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú. Abbey Hotel.

9.30pm: Club na nAmhránaithe (An Muileann). Singers' Club. Bean a' Tí: Máire Ní Chéilleachair. Mills Inn.

Satharn 11ú Bealtaine 10am: Comórtaisí: Comórtaisí ceoil, amhránaíochta agus comhrá Gaeilge do na haois-ghrúpaí fé 12 agus 12-15. Music, song and Gaeilge competitions.

9.30pm: Céilí Mór (Óstán Ghobnatan) le Deenagh Céilí Band. (Tae agus sólaistí le fáil). Abbey Hotel.

9.30pm: Club na nAmhránaithe (An Muileann) Singers' Club. Bean a' Tí: Máire Ní Chéileachair. Mills Inn.

Domhnach 12ú Bealtaine/Sunday May 12th: 10am: Aifreann na Fléidhe (Séipéal Bhaile Mhúirne). 10am: Comórtaisí: Comórtaisí ceoil, amhránaíochta agus comhrá Gaeilge do na haois-ghrúpaí 15-18 agus sinsir. Music, song and Gaeilge competitions.


Planting Out:    It's undoubtedly important to get your timing right when planting out seedlings - if you transplant too early, the plant won't be able to survive the elements.  Too late and the seedlings may become "pot-bound". All vegetables grow differently so there is no standard size at which you should transplant.  There is also the weather to factor in - no matter how hardy your seedlings are, if you transplant during a bitterly cold spell, they will most likely die off in the cold.  And finally, the conditions in which you have grown them can have an impact too - for example, a seedling that has been grown where there is not much light may be taller than it would have been if it had been grown in full light. There are a few general rules of thumb – but they are not infallible!.  First of all, size – if the plant is about twice as tall as the pot it's in, then it's usually ready to move on.  Secondly, time: typically you will be moving the seedling on about 6-8 weeks after sowing.  Thirdly, take a look at how many "true leaves" your seedling has.  You have probably noticed that when a seed germinates first you get what look like baby leaves on it. Shortly afterwards, the "true" leaves emerge - these are the plant's proper leaves and generate energy through photosynthesis that will feed the plant.  Since the true leaves are evidence of a degree of maturity in the plant, they can provide a good indicator of when a plant is ready to be transplanted. Generally speaking when the seedling has developed 3-4 true leaves, it can be planted out. Bear in mind however that no matter how big or small your seedling is, you must harden it off for at least a week before planting it out. 


Where Mountainy Men Have Sown by Micheál Ó Súilleabháin.

 Back in print after many years, this first hand account of Ireland's struggle for independence is of permanent value and interest. Here Ó Súilleabháin captures not just the spirit of the fighting men, but also that of the people who supported them. This is an articulate and captivating account of his war of independence.

Available in Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €14.99.

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Job Seeking

Five Job-Seekers Resource Centres are now in operation in West Cork. They are located at the Pitch and Putt Club in Macroom and also in Kinsale, Bandon, Clonakilty and Skibbereen. Services are free. Each is manned by volunteers and provides similar services of information and mentoring for job-seekers in each town. Macroom JRC functions at the Pitch and Putt Clubhouse, The Bridge on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10a.m. - 12.30pm with Tús Worker: Annette. Telephone 026 23368. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and see www.westcorkjobsupport.com for further details.
The Centres help job applicants focus on some vital points.
Where are the Jobs? Have you the skills not only to do a job but to get a job? Over 80% of job vacancies are never advertised. Job-Seeker's Resource Centres throughout West Cork are assisting job-hunters with their ongoing efforts. Volunteers have been trained to support job-seekers in many ways towards achieving their job – in areas such as Information Provision / Decision Making / CV Preparation / Job Applications and pro-active job-seeking.

Job seekers are advised to:

·        Have a very specific position in mind (informed by your personal attributes, strengths, circumstances and location).

·        Develop skills through training formal or informal to improve your candidature for the position concerned.

·        Enhance your experience in your specific role or a related area – through work placements / internships / voluntary work or hobbies.

·        Network – Get to know and become known within the circles of your job – colleagues / peers / bosses / recruiters. Let them know you are out there job-seeking and available (with skills / experiences and enthusiasm) – so that they will contact you when they hear of a position available  – remember 80% of jobs are allocated through word of mouth and are NOT advertised.

·        Apply for jobs – Apply for 2 or 3 jobs per month at the most – these should be well targeted and well prepared applications.

Sports Mad

GAA – The Championships Begin!

The next fortnight will provide a fascinating choice of action, with every club engaged in the football championships.  In addition, Cork U 21's will contest the All Ireland final and the Cork minors will have a knock out Munster semi final against Tipperary on Wednesday 15th May in Thurles.


Saturday May 4th

All Ireland U21 F.C. Final, Cork v Galway, 7pm @ the Gaelic Grounds.

@ Coachford, Premier I.F.C. BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH v Carrigaline, 6 p.m. (D.Farrell)

@ Macroom, I.F.C. Ballydesmond v Adrigole, 6.30 p.m. (N. Wall)

@ venue to be confirmed  I.F.C. CILL na MARTRA v Kildorrery, 6.30p.m. (D. Carroll)

@ Dunmanway, J.'B'H.C. IVELEARY v Gabriel Rangers, 4 p.m. (L. O'Riordan)

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior Football Championship

@ Cloughduv, Clondrohid v Dripsey, 7.30 pm

@ Carrigadrohid, Kilmichael v Donoughmore, 7.30 pm

@ Ovens, Kilmurry v Inniscarra 7.30 pm.

Sunday May 5th

@ Blarney, I.F.C. Mayfield v AGHABULLOGUE, 2.30p.m. (D. Shorten)

@ Kilmichael,  Premier I.F.C. Castletownbere v Clyda Rovers, 3.30pm 

@ Ballincollig, Premier I.F.C. NAOMH ABÁN v Glenville, 3.30 p.m.(J. Dorgan)

@ Cloughduv, Premier I.F.C. MACROOM v St. Michael's, 3.30 p.m. (B. Coniry)

@ Belgooly, Premier I.F.C. BALLINORA v Kinsale, 3.30 p.m. (D. Whyte)

@ Ballyanley, I.F.C. CANOVEE v ÉIRE ÓG, 7 p.m. (C. Lyons)

Monday (Bank Holiday) May 6th

@ Páirc Uí Rinn, S.F.C. Douglas v BALLINCOLLIG, 7.30p.m.

Saturday May 11th

@ Coachford, Mid JFC Macroom v Blarney, 6pm

@ Coachford, Mid JFC Aghinagh v Eire Óg, 7.30 pm

@ Kilmurry, Mid JFC Iveleary v Ballincollig 7.30 pm

Sunday May 12th

@ Watergrasshill, I.F.C. Cloyne v GRENAGH, 3.30p.m. (J. Dorgan)

Wednesday 15th May:

@ Thurles, Munster Minor Football Championship Semi final, 7.30 pm,:

Tipperary (2012 champions) v Cork

Senior Football Championship

BALLINCOLLIG v Douglas, Monday, 6th May at Páirc Uí Rinn 7.30p.m.

In Division One (Kelleher Shield) of the County Leagues, St Finbarr's lead the table with 10 points from six games played, followed by Nemo Rangers and Ilen on 9 and 8 points respectively.
Ballincollig have played 6 games and have 2 points from two draws.  They drew with O'Donovan Rossa and Bantry Blues and lost to Bishopstown, Newcestown, Ilen Rovers and lately to Aghada (2-9 to 2-6).
Douglas have had a poor start to their league campaign as well, with only three points from 6 games, securing one win, against Aghada and one draw, against Bantry Blues.
Forecast: A full strength Ballincollig to rise to the challenge and get their campaign off to a winning start.  Paddy Kelly should be available and Cork U 21 players Sean Kiely and Darren Murphy will also be back and Johnny Miscella is still battling on. Losers play losers of Newcestown v St Vincent's.  

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

 BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH v Carrigaline, at Coachford on Sat. 4th May, 6pm.
Béal Átha have not had a good league campaign this season.  Competing in the very competitive Division Two, they have 2 wins (v. Newmarket and Eire Óg) and 3 defeats (N Abán, Clyda and Kiskeam) from their 5 games played.  In their most recent outing they lost to Kiskeam on a 1-14 to 0-9 scoreline. Amhlaoibh Lynch was a fine defender with Muskerry in the senior championship recently and Liam Shorten has had a few runs with Cork in the recent National League.  Andy Concannon is a fine strong forward and very accurate from frees and Ben Shorten is figuring with UCC in the senior championship.
Forecast: With a full side, fully focussed, Béal Átha are capable of victory but Carrigaline are tough opponents and on their day can be very hard to beat.  Béal Átha lost out in last year's championship to Naomh Abán in heart breaking circumstances and will be anxious to get back into a winning groove. Losers play losers of Na Piarsaigh v Kiskeam.

NAOMH ABÁN v Glenville, at Ballincollig, Sunday 5th May, 3.30 p.m.
Naomh Abán now head the Division Two league table after 6 games.  In their two most recent outings they defeated senior side Clonakilty (3-16 to 2-12) and then Clyda Rovers (2-10 to 1-7) to bring their points tally to 10 from 5 wins with only one defeat (v Nemo Rangers) in the league to date.
Glenville are competing in Division Three and they also head their league table with 10 points from 6 games and are going well by all accounts, even if they did suffered a big defeat by Mallow recently. 
Forecast: Naomh Abán with a nice blend of youth and experience should just get through.  Losers play losers of Macroom v St  Michael's.

MACROOM v St. Michael's, Sunday 5th May at Cloughduv, 3.30 p.m. 
St. Michael's made it through to the final of the Premier championship last year and feel they could have won it.  They have been consistently good for two years now and won the Tom Creedon Cup in Macroom in February, showing that they are still very focussed.  In their most recent Div. Two league game they defeated Valley Rovers 0-15 to 0-13 and they have 2 wins and 2 draws from their six games to date.Macroom are unbeaten after four games in the Div. Three league and in their most recent game defeated Adrigole on a 1-14 to 3-6 scoreline.  David Goold, injured in a early season trial game with Cork last year is back in action for 2013 and should add power to the Macroom attack.  Fintan Goold remains the main inspiration of the Macroom side, captained this year by Ciarán Murphy. 
Forecast: One would have to fancy St Michaels to win this game but Macroom only saved their Premier status after winning their relegation play off against Mayfield last year and the dread of going down the back door route once again may inspire Macroom to produce their best effort on the day it matters. Losers  play losers of Naomh Abán v Glenville.  

BALLINORA v Kinsale, Sunday 5th May at Belgooly,3.30 p.m. (D. Whyte)
Ballinora head Div Four of the county leagues with 5 wins and one draw from their 7 games played to date.  They lost to Naomh Abán and Carrigaline in the early rounds of last year's championship but a win over Mayfield saved their status and sent them into Round Four where they suffered a heavy defeat by St Michael's.
Kinsale lost to Nemo and Kiskeam in the early rounds of last year but defeated Macroom in the third round before losing to Clyda Rovers in a replay in Round Four.  Kinsale have beaten Adrigole and Castletownbere in the Div Three league and even though they have lost four games the margins of defeat have been very small.
Forecast: Ballinora could just about shade the result if they can impose themselves on a young Kinsale attack which will relish the wide expanses of the Belgooly pitch. Losers  play loser of Valley Rovers v Bantry Blues.

 Intermediate Football Championship

CILL na MARTRA v Kildorrery, Saturday 4th May at Kanturk, 6.30p.m
Cill na Martra had a fine season last year in the Intermediate grade. After losing their first round game to Ballydesmond, they then accounted for Glanmire in Round Two and inflicted defeat on Aghabullogue in Round Four.  They then went on to beat Fermoy in the Quarter final and only lost to a fancied Eire Óg side in the semi final at Coachford on a 1-12 to 1-9 scoreline in a game which could have gone either way.  Cill na Martra finished the season in style winning the Division Four league and gaining promotion to the next division with a final win over Glanworth.  In this year's Division Three league they have won 1 of their five games (v Na Piarsaigh) and drew 2 (v St Nicks and Castletownbere).  Cork All Ireland winner, Noel O'Leary is playing well and his brother Colm and Mark Golden are very solid in the full back line.  Sean Kelleher is on the Cork training panel and played with Muskerry as did Martin O'Connor in attack.  Kevin O'Sullivan and Cathal McSuibhne are very experienced and a great help to the younger players.
Kildorrery have been the unlucky team of the Intermediate football grade in recent years but since losing the final to Macroom in 2010 they appear to have regressed.  In 2011 Kinsale surprised them at the semi final stage and last year they fell to Eire Óg (3-11 to 1-10) in the Round Four.  They did defeat Cill na Martra in the opening round of the 2011 championship at Donoughmore on a 2-6 to 0-7 scoreline and of course they won the County Junior 'A' hurling title last year when free of football complications.  In this years Div Four league Kildorrery have 3 wins, most recent against Carrigaline, and four defeats in their seven league games played to date.
Forecast:  A tight contest seems to be guaranteed with the outcome too close to call! Losers play losers of  Mayfield v Aghabullogue.

AGHABULLOGUE v Mayfield, at Blarney on Sunday 5th May, 2.30p.m.
Aghabullogue footballers have been performing reasonably well in recent years. In 2011 they lost to Canovee in the opening round but then beat Ballyclough and later Fermoy before narrowly losing to Castletownbere in the quarter final.  In 2012 they again lost to Canovee in the opening round but they defeated Cloyne in Round Two and so qualified for the fourth round where they lost to Cill na Martra on a 1-15 to 0-5 scoreline.  Their 2013 Division Four league record is identical to that of Kildorrery, 3 wins from 7 outings, and their most recent games were against Canovee when they lost 1-10 to 0-9 before losing to Fermoy on a 0-16 to 0-7 scoreline.
Mayfield were relegated last year from Premier grade and the club appears to be concentrating its energies on winning a City and then County Junior Hurling Championship.  In the county league Div Four they have 1 win and 1 draw from 6 outings and have lost their last four games.
Forecast: Aghabullogue must be fancied but Mayfield can rise to the occasion and could cause trouble for Aghabullogue if they are left still in contention for the last quarter.  John Corkery is a big player for Aghabullogue in attack along with Evan and Michael O'Sullivan and Aghabullogue will look to them to get the scores on the board fast. Losers play losers of Cill na Martra v Kildorrery.  

CANOVEE v ÉIRE ÓG, at Ballyanley on Sunday 5th May, 7 pm.
Eire Óg have been favourites to win the Intermediate championship now for a couple of  years and last year's loss in the final to Castletownbere was a major disappointment.  With Daniel Goulding, Ciarán Sheehan, Kevin Hallissey and John Dineen in attack they carry enormous fire power but they do have problem areas elsewhere.  Last year they swept all before them to reach the final, defeating Cloyne, Kildorrery, Ballydesmond and Cill na Martra and they were strongly fancied to win their first title.  Eire Óg subsequently won promotion to Division Two of the county league.  They will be in determined mood facing Canovee. In the 2013 Div. Two league they have 3 wins from 6 games, beating Clonakilty and losing to Valley Rovers in their most recent outings. Canovee defeated Aghabullogue before losing to Kildorrery in the 2011 championship and last year having again beaten Aghabullogue they lost Round Four to Ballydesmond after giving an uncharacteristically poor performance at Mourne Abbey.  They have four wins from 7 games in Div Four of the league and have won their most recent encounters.  Their U 21's were impressive winners of the recent Mid Cork 'B' championship. James McCarthy, William Ahern and Paul O'Sullivan in defence, Eamon Lyons at midfield, Darragh Ring, Sean O'Connor, Denis O'Sullivan and young players Mark Verling, Aidan Moynihan and James Moynihan (both current Cork minors) will all be in contention for places. Training has gone well but Pat Dunlea, Tommy Murphy and Timmy Lyons have retired and will be missed.
Forecast: Eire Óg will be strong favourites but Canovee seldom make it easy for any opponents in championship. Losers play losers of Grenagh v Cloyne.

Cloyne v GRENAGH, at Watergrasshilll on Sunday May 12th, 3.30p.m.
Grenagh slipped up badly when losing to Castletownbere in the championship at Inchigeela last August in Round Four, having beaten Kilavullen in the first round.  They showed last year that they are not a spent force and will be doubly determined this year to progress.  They have 3 wins from 5 games played in Div Two league and have had victories in their two most recent games against  St Nicks and Ballydesmond.
Cloyne have 4 wins from 5 games in Div. Four of the league, beating Kildorrery, Fermoy, Aghabullogue and Glanmire.  They have the strength and an ability to score goals but Grenagh can be tight in defence.
Forecast: Grenagh to win.

 All Ireland U 21 Football Final

Cork play Galway in the All Ireland final at Limerick on Saturday 4th May at 7.00 pm and will be hoping to take their first national title since 2009.  Three in a row Munster champions, Cork defeated Cavan in the semi final at Tullamore by a single point, 0-15 to 1-11, and will have their hands full in Galway, surprise winners over a very highly rated Kildare in the other semi final.  Sean Kiely of Ballincollig lined out at midfield for Cork and Cathal Vaughan of Iveleary, recovering from illness, came on as a late sub and also played his part, being involved in the run up to the late Cork winning point.   Kevin Hallissey of Eire Óg and Darren Murphy of Ballincollig are also on the Cork panel. 

Munster Minor Football Championship

Cork  2 - 13   Kerry  2 - 13 aet. at Páirc Uí Rinn,Cork

Cork  3 - 6   Kerry  0 – 10, Replay at Tralee.

It took a very late goal from an Aidan Moynihan penalty shot to earn Cork a deserved draw at Páirc Uí Rinn after a fine game of bright, attacking football.  Peter O'Neill of Ballincollig started at midfield but had to retire injured and Aidan Moynihan of Canovee was the only other Mid Cork player involved.
In the replay at Tralee, Aidan Moynihan started at full forward and his cousin James, also of Canovee, was on the bench along with Mark Prendergast of Ballincollig.  Peter O'Neill was injured and Peter Kelleher of Kilmichael/ Western Gaels, Cork minor hurler, remains on the injury list also.
Cork now play Tipp. in the semi final while Kerry go through the back door and play Clare, winners over Limerick, in Tralee with the winners of that game to play Waterford in the second semi final. Both semi finals are scheduled for 15th May.

Mid Cork Ross Oil Junior A Football Championship

The Ross Oil Junior 'A' Football championship is about to commence with the six first round games to be played over the coming weekends and league form to date suggests that 'the big two' – champions Kilmurry and 2012 runners up Iveleary will again be the teams to beat.  Kilmurry swept the boards in Mid Cork last year, winning championship, league and Muskerry Cup and this year they have already won the Muskerry Cup and are unbeaten in the league.  Iveleary lost to Kilmurry once again in the Muskerry Cup final and suffered a league defeat to Donoughmore in early March (2-15 to 0-5!) but they looked to be in fine form in their latest outing against Aghinagh and appear to offer the main challenge to Kilmurry.  Donoughmore, Clondrohid, Dripsey and Aghinagh also are in strong contention.  Eire Óg are leading the Division Two league unbeaten to date and Blarney and Macroom are also in this division so their true standing at present is not clear. 

Mid Cork Junior Football League – Div One

                                               P      W   D      L          Points

Clondrohid                             4       3     1      0               7

Iveleary                                  5       3     1      1               7

Kilmurry                                3       3     0      0               6

Donoughmore                        4       3     0      1               6

Dripsey                                  5       3     0      2               6

Aghinagh                               5       3     0      2               6

Ballincollig                            5       1     0      4               2

Kilmichael                             4       1     0      3               2

Iniscarra                                 6       1     0      5               2

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh      3       0     0       3              0  

Junior Football League - Division 2

Eire Óg                                3         3      0      0            6

Kilmurry B                          3         2      0      1            4

Blarney                                2         1      1      0            3

Canovee                              1         1       0      0            2

Macroom                             2         1      0      1            2

Iveleary B                           2          0      1      1            1

Ballinora                             1          0      0      1            0

Aghabullogue                     1          0      0      1            0

Donoughmore B                 1          0      0      1            0

Naomh Abán                       2         0      0      2            0  

Championship First Round Fixtures:

Kilmurry  v  Inniscarra at Ovens on Saturday 4th May, 7.30pm.
Kilmurry made a bold bid for county honours last year and to go all the way must be their aim this year.  Their relatively young team is maturing nicely and they must be fancied to defeat Inniscarra.

Clondrohid  v  Dripsey at Cloughduv on Saturday 4th May, 7.30 pm.
This is a game which could produce a very close contest.  Clondrohid under new coach Ephie Fitzgerald are playing well and will be anxious to banish the memories of last year's disastrous campaign when they lost out to Blarney early on.  Dripsey have been near the top for several years but have failed to win the championship and may be in slight decline but they still can produce some fine football on occasions. The outcome of this game is too close to call.

Kilmichael  v  Donoughmore at Carrigadrohid on Saturday 4th May, 7.30pm.
Donoughmore, champions in 2011, did not have a good year in 2012 but they appear to be better focussed again this year and are doing well in the league.  They have a young team with some experienced campaigners and must be fancied to beat Kilmichael.  Kilmichael are a great championship team however and have created many a surprise in the past and they have some fine young players emerging. 
Donoughmore must be fancied to win this game. 

Macroom  v  Blarney at Coachford on Saturday 11th May, 6pm.
Blarney were champions two years in a row, in 2009 and again in 2010, and so they can never be written off.  The club tends to concentrate more on hurling but the players will be fit and disciplined as they proved last year when surprising Clondrohid in the 3rd round game at Rusheen.  Macroom will not know what players are available until after their intermediate team plays and so the junior team will have little time to adequately prepare.
Blarney are the fancy to win and advance to Round Three.

Aghinagh   v  Eire Óg at Coachford on Saturday 11th May, 7.30 pm.
Normally one would have to fancy a first team against a club's second fifteen but the Eire Og second team has been doing well for two seasons now.  They won the 'B' championship last year and head the Div. Two league table to date in 2013.
Aghinagh had a reasonably good championship campaign in 2012, losing out to Kilmurry in a competitive quarter final and have beaten Donoughmore and Dripsey in this year's league.  Their form has been patchy however and they would want to be focussed to get the better of Eire Óg who appear to have good attacking talent.

Iveleary  v  Ballincollig at Kilmurry on Saturday 11th May, 7.30 pm.
This game is a repeat of last year's opening encounter which an understrenght Iveleary won with a smashing display.  Iveleary have a fine crop of good young footballers who have been very successful and are playing with confidence.  Ballincollig must wait until their seniors play to see what is available for their junior team but they will be able to send out players who have being successful in Premier grades at under age level and have won county titles in the past.
Iveleary should win if they play up to their own high standards but they cannot take Ballincollig for granted. 

Second Round (1st round losers) Draws

Aghinagh/Eire Óg  v  Kilmichael/Donoughmore

Clondrohid/Dripsey  v  Iveleary/Ballincollig

Macroom/Blarney  v  Kilmurry/Inniscarra

 Rochestown Park Hotel Junior Football League

Iveleary   1 – 15     Aghinagh   2 – 5

Iveleary gave a fine performance at home in Inchigeela in their last league before championship and although short several regulars, among them Cathal Vaughan, Edward Buckley, David Hourihan and Kevin Manning, they were too strong for the visitors who had to be disappointed with this sub standard display. There was a strong and bitterly cold wind blowing into the village goal and Iveleary had the benefit of the elements in the first half.  An early exchange of points between Ger McSweeney and Brian Cronin for Iveleary and Declan Ambrose and Sean Kelleher for Aghinagh left the teams level at 0-2 each after the opening ten minutes but Iveleary then got on top and their forwards gave the Aghinagh defenders a torrid time. Two points from Denis O'Leary and one each from Ger McSweeney and Colin Tanner had them four points clear by the 20th minute and Ger McSweeney added two more and Denis O'Leary had another before half time to leave Iveleary leading by 0-9 to 0-2 at the break.
When Iveleary added points from Ger and Finbarr McSweeney and Barry O'Leary on the restart, Aghinagh were in further trouble but they got very temporary relief when William Coakley finished a good Donal Corkery-Declan Ambrose move with a close range shot to the Iveleary net in the 39th minute.  Within a minute however Iveleary hit back with their goal, Ger McSweeney sent over a low centre and there was Barry O'Leary ghosting in to take the ball and finish to the net and restore the ten point lead to Iveleary.  The outcome was effectively decided now with the final quarter being of academic interest.  Iveleary added points from Ger McSweeney, Barry O'Leary and Barry Murphy; Aghinagh replied through Declan Ambrose, Donal Corkery and Paudie Twohig and Aghinagh finished the scoring with a late goal, Donal Corkery slamming the ball to the net after William Coakley's shot came back off an upright.         
Iveleary: Jamie Cronin: Gerard O'Riordan, Donal Cotter, Kevin Hourihan: Barry Murphy, Cal McCarthy, Sean O'Leary: Daniel O'Riordan, Shane Galvin: Denis O'Leary, Ger McSweeney, Barry O'Leary: Finbarr McSweeney, Brian Cronin, Colin Tanner. Subs; Seán Lehane, Patrick O'Riordan, David Dineen, Mathew O'Donovan, David Murphy.
Aghinagh: William Ambrose: Paudie O'Sullivan, Seamus O'Leary, Alan Hourihan: Miceál Corkery, Dave Barry, Trevor Burns: Con Lehane, Michael O'Brien: Sean Horgan, Sean Kelleher, Jeremiah Kelleher: Donal Corkery, Jeremiah Corkery, Declan Ambrose. Subs: William Coakley, Paudie Twohig, Seán Twohig, Dermot O'Callaghan, Referee: Mr Gerry Masters, Kilmichael.

Ballincollig   1 – 12     Clondrohid   3 - 8  

Clondrohid got the better of Ballincollig away as they prepared for the coming championship meeting with Dripsey.  Young Darren Dineen had the ball in the Ballincollig net after only three minutes play and set up another goal, this one from Sean O'Callaghan, in the 18th minute to help Clondrohid to a 2-4 (two points from Darren Dineen, one each from Mark Creed and David O'Leary) to 0-3 interval lead.  Ballincollig made positional changes for the second half and their play improve significantly, so much so that they had taken the lead by the end of the third quarter on a score of 1-8 to 2-4.  The introduction of Paddy Lynch into the Clondrohid attack made an immediate impression as the former Muskerry player kicked over two points to restore the advantage to Clondrohid and Aidan Kelleher added a point before Darren Dineen scored his second and his team's third goal in the 50th minute.  Paddy Lynch had a final point for Clondrohid but Ballincollig finished well and got the deficit down to two points before the final whistle brought relief to Clondrohid's anxieties.   

Recent Results:

Donoughmore  4-8  Inniscarra  1-6:  Kilmichael  2-9 Inniscarra  2-7: Dripsey 1-14 Ballincollig 0-3.

Macroom GAA

Macroom  1-14   Adrigole   3-6

Macroom intermediate footballers defeated Adrigole at the Castle Grounds in the Division Three county league game and so remain unbeaten after four games.  The teams were level after ten minutes at 0-2 each, David Goold and Patrick Lucey the Macroom scorers, and the same two players then put Macroom two points clear by the end of the first quarter.  A point for Adrigole was matched by  a Ciarán Murphy point for Macroom and then in the 21st minute Patrick Lucey scored a smashing goal for Macroom after collecting a Fintan Goold side line free.  After an exchange of points Macroom led by 1-6 to 0-5 at the break.  Fintan Goold added a Macroom point on the restart but then Adrigole got in for a goal and followed with a point to leave three points between the teams after a hectic three minutes.  Macroom went clear with points from David and Fintan Goold and Tony Dineen but again Adgrigole rocked them with another goal, 1-11 to 2-5 as the final quarter opened.  Points from Patrick Lucey, Barry O'Donnell and David Goold had Macroom clear but a late Adrigole goal left them vulnerable once again and Macroom were glad to hear the final whistle. Macroom: James O'Connell: Peter Lynch, Eoin O'Mahony, Martin O'Donnell; Robbie O'Dwyer, Rory Buckley, Ciarán Murphy: David Cotter, Fintan Goold: Conor O'Sullivan, Sean Kiely, Stephen Casey: Tony Dineen, David Goold, Patrick Lucey. Subs: John Angland, Patrick Kelleher, Barry O'Donnell, Denis Quinlan.

Camogie National League

Cork  0-14   Clare  0-12 aet.

Cork defeated Clare in a thrilling Daily Star National Camogie League semi final at Kilmallock.  The contest finished level in normal time and it was only in the final period of extra time that Cork at last pulled clear after an epic encounter. Rena Buckley, Briege Corkery and Síle Burns were outstanding for the Rebels.  Cork now meet Wexford in the National League Final at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny on Sunday 5th May.  This game starts at 1.30 and forms part of an outstanding double bill, Kilkenny meeting Tipperary in the Allianz National Hurling League final following at 3.30pm.  This is the third meeting of the teams in the past twelve months. They met in last year's league final, with Cork collecting the honours while Wexford won the All Ireland final in September.

All Ireland Minor Camogie Final

Cork minors defeated Tipperary 1-10 to 0-10 to reach the All Ireland final, a competition that Cork have never won.

Cork met Kilkenny in the All Ireland final at Kilkenny and this game finished in a draw, Kilkenny 1-10 to Cork's 3-4 and the third Cork goal which brought the Rebels level came in injury time! Included in the Cork Minor panel are Mid Cork girls  Erin Looney (Inniscarra), Jessica Hennigan (Ballincollig),  Niamh Byrne (Inniscarra) and Orla Healy (Inniscarra).  

Ladies Football Tesco Homegrown National League

Cork  4 –12  Laois  2 – 8

Cork are through to the National League final, their ninth league final in ten seasons, after this fine win over Laois at Tipperary Town.  Cork, with Valerie Mulcahy of Rockbán outstanding in attack, led by 3-5 to 0-4 at half time but Laois never gave up and matched Cork in the scoring stakes in the second half.  Rhona Ní Bhuachalla of Naomh Fionnbarra scored Cork's fourth goal in the 44th minute, a real bullet!  Team Manager Eamonn Ryan was happy with the performance and the Rebels now face Mayo in the final on May 11th.  Aisling Barrett, Briege Corkery, Rena Buckley, Rhona Ní Bhuachalla , all from Muskerry, were all in action and Vera Foley was on the panel with this great Cork team.

Cork Minors play Kerry in the Munster final at Clonakilty on Saturday 4th May at 2 pm. The Cork team is captained by Sinead Cotter of St. Val's and other St. Val's players involved are Marie Ambrose, Máiréad Corkery, Jean O'Sullivan, Angela Crowley, Claire Byrne. Éire Óg players on the panel are Eimear Scally and Aoife Nic a'Bhaird.

St. Mary's – County Camogie Champions

St. Mary's Senior Camogie team defeated Glanmire in the county final on April 12. The St. Mary's girls worked very hard throughout the game against a very strong and physical Glanmire side. St. Mary's opened the scoring with a point by Annemarie Ryan, followed by another from Rachel Hurley. Points from Ella Curtin and Becky Hennigan followed, with great passages of play throughout. However, Glanmire were strongly on the attack and after many great saves from goalkeeper, Yvonne Burgoyne, Glanmire finally found the back of the net. Two points followed the goal and Glanmire led by a point. Great defending by Aisling Kelleher saw a long ball down to the forward line where Becky Hennigan was able to finish off a well worked goal. The St. Mary's back line was outstanding throughout and another point for the St. Mary's girls saw them lead by three points at the break, 1-5 to 1-2. Glanmire came out in the second half even stronger. They goaled within the first five minutes but St. Mary's  responded with a long range point from Becky Hennigan. Glanmire then got three unanswered points from play which saw them take the lead for only the second time in the game, by just one point. However, St. Mary's responded with three more points, two from placed balls, taken excellently by Annemarie Ryan. With just less than five minutes to go, Sarah Byrne found the back of the net to finish off a great sporting game of Camogie. The final score finished up 2-9 to 2-5 in favour of the Macroom girls. Well done to all the girls involved and all their trainers and mentors.
St. Mary's: Yvonne Burgoyne 2. Aisling Buckley 3. Aisling Kelleher 4. Niamh McCarthy 5. Marie Ambrose 6. Aileen Corkery 7. Angela Crowley 8. Mairéad Corkery 9. Alice Dunne 10. Ella Curtin 11. Becky Hennigan 12. Claire Byrne 13. Sarah Byrne 14. Rachel Hurley 15. Annemarie Ryan 16. Nicola Dennehy 17. Ali Jones 18. Grace Buckley 19. Deirdre Galvin 20. Síofra Burgoyne 21. Helen Dunne 22. Maeve Kelleher 23. Karina Curtin 24. Kate Brady 25. Klaudia Sanatre.

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Lee Valley Basketball U16 team, winners of the Championship final  ©

St. Val's Updates

The St Val's under 14 team qualified for this year's All Ireland Féile in Derry after defeating Glanmire in an exciting final that was close right up to the final whistle. In the opening group games they defeated Kinsale 2-2 to 1-2 before losing narrowly to Glanmire in their next match 1.2 to 0-3.Their final game in the group was against Kanturk and in a very one sided game St Val's ran out comfortable winners in the end 2-9 to 0-1. Having finished second in the group, they were now through to the semi final stage against Carrigaline who topped their own group. In a game that was tight all through Val's scored the winning goal with time almost up to win 1-0 to 0-1 at the final whistle. Glanmire were the opposition in the final, having come through their semi final comfortably against Inch Rovers. Val's were first to settle and had 2 points on the scoreboard in the opening few minutes to take an early lead. With defences well on top both teams found it hard to get scores but just before half time Glanmire struck for a goal to lead at the break by a single point. The teams exchanged 2 points each in the second period but they could not be separated when the final whistle blew. With both teams out on their feet 10 minutes of extra-time had to be played and it was Glanmire who scored first with a fine point from play to lead at the break. The second period both teams went in search of the winning score and it was Val's who got the break with 2 minutes left on the clock with a great goal from their corner forward to lead with time almost up. To their credit Glanmire refused to give in but the Val's defence  stood firm to hold on to the end 2-3 to 1-4 as the final whistle blew. Captain Chelsea Love accepted the cup on behalf of her team amid great scenes of celebration.

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Foireann Peile fé 16  Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhic Íre a bhuaidh Craobh an Chontae i gcoinne Ceann Tuirc.       ©Nóra Ní Luasa

 Canovee G.A.A.

Canovee played Aghabullogue in the under 16 B football league in Carrigadrohid. Despite the recent heavy rain, the second pitch was in top class condition. Canovee got off to a good start and led at half time by 2.11 to 1.02, with Mark Healy and Conor Hughes scoring the goals. In the second half, Conor completed his hat trick and with David O'Keeffe scoring a few nice points, Canovee were winners at the end by 5.17 to 4.04.Team: Cormac O'Driscoll, Odhran Mullaney, Gavin Hickey, Neil Kirk, Sean Browne, Patrick Buckley, Denis Murphy, Conor Hughes, Jack Murphy, Mark Healy, Kieran Moynihan, Brian Verling, David O'Keeffe, Mark Walsh, Humphrey O'Mahony. Subs John O'Ríordan, Dean Looney, Darragh Cronin, Eoin Cullen.
On April 19th Aidan Moynihan scored a late penalty for the Cork minor footballers in their draw after extra time with Kerry in the Munster minor football championship in Páirc Uí Rinn. James Moynihan was also on the extended Cork panel. Sean O'Connor was on the extended Cork under 21 panel in their narrow win over Cavan in the all Ireland semi final.
April 21st under 13 B football championship Canovee 3.09 v Glenville 3.02
April 21st Intermediate football league Canovee 1.10 v Aghabullogue 0.09
April 24th under 13 B football championship Canovee 2.10 Father O'Neill's 2.02.
April 26th Aidan Moynihan played full forward for Cork in their victory over Kerry in the Munster minor football championship in Tralee. James Moynihan was on the subs bench. They now play Tipperary away in the semi final.
Canovee G.A.A. club are holding a fund raising auction on Monday May 6th in Canovee school at 5.00pm. All support would be deeply appreciated.
April 28th Canovee played Cill na Martra in the under 13 B football championship in Clondrohid. Canovee got off to a good start and led at half time by 3.04 to 0.02, with goals from Sean Keating, and two from Jack Kelleher. Further goals from Shane Lucey and a John McMahon penalty kept Canovee in control. Final score Canovee 5.09 to 2.04. The final v Aghinagh is due to be played on May12. The point scorers were Evan Dodd, Conor o Neill, Jack Kelleher, John mc Mahon, Kieran Walsh, Daniel Akrinabola and Shane O'Ríordan.

Kilmurry Underage News

U6/8. Both football teams commenced training in early March.  Any one interested in joining the club or starting training is very welcome. Training is at the club grounds at 11.00am every Sunday morning.
U10s/12s U10s are back in training and have had a very busy start to the season. They competed in a blitz in Donoughmore as well as one at Kilmichael GAA Club. They are also entered in the Rebel Óg League and are due to play Clondrohid and Whites Cross in the very near future. The U12s had a good win over Kilnamartyra recently. Training continues every Sunday morning.
U-14s have seen a lot of action, playing 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. They succeeded in reaching the semi final stage of the Eastern Division Championship but lost out to a good Aghinagh side.
U15s/16s The u15s played Passage and were unfortunate to lose by a goal. They are making good progress in the league where they had a good win over a much fancied Eire Óg side. 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 Camp was a great success and players from all age groups were coached over the course of the day. It was 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.

Shine in Hall of Fame

Michael Shine took the pick of the awards at Macroom Soccer Club's recent race night in Murray's Bar, Macroom, taking the "Hall of Fame" award. Michael gave a number of years to the club, between playing and volunteering, and was involved in the foundation of the club in the late 60's/ early 70's. The family tradition has continued, with his daughter Janet Shine the current Secretary, and her son David being the club's number one fan, and also is now doing photography. In what is the club's main fundraiser, it offers great variety in celebration, with player awards for last season being handed out along with the race night itself. Punters enjoyed the thrill and excitement, and the novelty pig race gave a nice distraction to proceedings. All races generated great excitement amongst the crowd, with the auction race the pick of the bunch. William O'Riordan, a stalwart in midfield and attack for Macroom A, picked up the Macroom A player of the year award, while Steven Crowley picked up the top scorer award, and dedicated the award to his family and especially to his new baby boy, Jayden. Meanwhile for the B side, John Ronan picked up the top scorer award for the third season in a row from centre half, a great achievement. David Murnane picked up the Macroom B player of the year award, for an excellent season for him at full back. Whilst awards are individual, the club also recognize all players and staff who don the green and white for the club on a weekly basis. The club would like to take this opportunity to thank all people who supported on the night, those who sponsored races, bought horses, volunteered or who support the club throughout the year. The club would also like to thank David Shine for the photography, Douglas McSweeney for running the event. A special mention also to Denis Murray, MC on the night, who also provided the venue. Great night had by all.

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt  

The Club Strokeplay competition was contested, with the following results. Overall Nett, Maureen Foley. 1st gross, Charley Foley. 2nd Nett, Dan Kiely. 2nd Gross Michael Dunlea. Ladies Nett, Christine Swanton. Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, a 3 ball scramble in aid of Dromleigh National School commences at 2.30pm on Saturday and at 10.30am on Sunday. This competition is open to adults and juveniles, but each team must consist of at least one adult. Cards for teams of three will be €10. Teams or individuals may play as often as they wish.
During the summer months the Sunday evening four ball will be at 6.30pm.

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