Lee Valley Outlook May 16 2013 v10e10

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May Colour in the Lee Valley © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

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

Macroom Library:
Ciorcal Cainte Mon. May 20 11.30 a.m. – 12.30
Bridge Morning: Wed. May 29, 11a.m.

Bealtaine Festival
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

Cemetery Mass Macroom Graveyard, Killarney Rd. Fri. May 17, 7:30pm

Twinning Association A.G.M. on Fri. May 17 at 9pm in Macroom GAA Hall. 

Parkrun  Free 5km run from Macroom Leisure Centre every Sat. from May 18 at 9:30am.

Coachford Local Market Sat., May 18, 10.30a.m. – 1p.m. GAA Hall

Fundraising Slide Show for Marymount Hospice at Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig on Mon. May 20th at 8 p.m.

Recycling Fundraiser: for Macroom Ladies Football Club on Wed. 22nd May, 6.30 -7.30 pm, Tom Creedon Park; unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels etc.

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.

Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí in Ostán Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne ar an Satharn, 25ú Bealtaine ag 7:00 i.n.

"Suicide Aware"  Run/ Walk. Cill na Martra G.A.A. Pitch. Sun. May 26. 11a.m. 10 mile/ 11km.

Sheep Shearing: in Green Glens, Millstreet on Sat. and Sun., 25th/26th, May.

Open Garden: for Marymount at Dan Murphy's, Innishannon, Sat. May 25, 12 noon to 5p.m.

Over 60s Final: Cork City Hall, Sun. May 26 at 8p.m.

Aherla and District Vintage Club's annual run Sun. May 26, from Hickey's Bar Aherla at 11am.

Youthreach Community Education Event in the Briery Gap, Macroom on Tues., May 28, 2 – 4p.m.

LTV at Top of Coom: Wed. May 29 at 9.30 p.m. Scoraíocht from 1988.

Greenshoots Awards 2013 at EPark on Thurs. 30th May 2pm

Daniel Kingston Memorial Road Race in Macroom on Thurs. 20th June.

Book Launch of 'Jeremiah's Hunger', by Elizabeth Osta in Donoughmore Community Centre on Wed. June 26 at 8p.m.  

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

GAA President Visits Muskerry.

The official history of the GAA in Muskerry will be launched at a function at Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig on Monday 27th May.  An tUasal Liam Ó Néill, Uachtarán CLG, will perform the official launch and the President  will spend two days in the Muskerry division, visiting the clubs and meeting with young people in the schools and club members all around the area.  The Muskerry Board has come up with a schedule to make maximum use of the time available, enabling An tUas. Ó Néill to meet as many people as possible and see as many club facilities as possible.

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Participants in the Greenshoots Programme 2013 who will graduate at Macroom E on May 30. ©


Macroom E will host Greenshoots Awards 2013 at the Bowl Road on Thursday 30th May. There will be an exhibition to showcase this year's group from 2pm, followed by a short ceremony at 3.30pm to celebrate the wealth of talent, business ideas and budding entrepreneurship that has been nurtured into viable businesses by this year's participants in the programme. Graduates are Dave O'Byrne, Democratic Apps, Passage West, provider of  smart phone apps for politicians and local authorities; David & Aiden O'Brien, The Workshop Cork, Ballygarvan, dealers in antiques, vintage items and collectibles; James Hickey, Carving Mad Woodcrafts, Cullen, creating individual timber pieces - sign making, educational toys, etc; Barry Cafferkey, Prohome Solutions, Donoughmore, carpenters, joiners, cabinet-makers, providing quality furniture for home and garden; Joan Twomey, The Lakes Tour, Inchigeelagh, offering accommodation, boat tours, refreshments and ceramics at Lough Allua; Levente & Attila Magyar, Mamukko, Kinsale, designers and makers of contemporary, handmade handbags & accessories; Con Finucane, Oscon Telecom, Blackrock, providing SME's with telecommunications and ADSL bonding services; Siobhan Duggan, Irish Artist, Macroom, with a degree in Graphic Design Communications  and owner of DMdesign; Deirdre O'Shea, English Adventures Ireland, Macroom, who has her own language school and provides English language holiday packages, language tuition, exam preparation, home-stays with families, cultural visits for individuals or groups; Rashika Kahapola Arachchige, The Living Art Gallery, Macroom, artist, working with watercolours, acrylic and pastel and producing Original Fine Arts and Limited Edition Fine Art Prints; Alan Taylor IT Consulting, Inchigeelagh, providing ICT support, consulting and web development services and investigating and implementing Cloud Computing and  Oliver Leamy, On the Margins, Ballingeary, Video Producer and MultiMedia Designer.
Guest speaker at the Awards is Denis Collins, Chairman of it@cork and Global Executive at IBM, along with Mayor of Macroom, Cllr. Owen Mc Carthy and Mayor of the County, Cllr. Barbara Murray. Barry Cafferkey of ProHome.ie, says of the programme "Greenshoots has given all participants the opportunity to engage with other start-ups and make great business contacts as well as friends through the process. We all face similar challenges as a start-up and the support and confidence the  Greenshoots Programme has given us from finance to marketing is first class. Special thanks to Programme Manager Catherine Costello and Macroom E for making it possible".
The Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme runs each year for nine months from mid-September to mid-June. It allows the participants to gestate their business ideas while providing the facilities, support and skills to make a real success of them. The programme is based at Macroom E Enterprise Centre and is supported by South Cork Enterprise Board and the Economic Development Section of Cork County Council. For further information on the Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme and for any budding entrepreneurs wishing to join the next programme which commences in September 2013, please visit www.greenshootscork.ie.

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St. Mary's Dairy Dolls, prizewinners at the NDC Milk It Awards. From left: Ms Eibhlín Collins, Ms Arylene O'Donoghue and the Dairy Dolls: Harriet Kelleher, Molly Buckley, Katherine Scott, Rachel Horgan, Siobhan Murphy and Mary O'Riordan.   ©. An Scoil

St. Mary's Updates

Dairy Dolls' Success: St. Mary's is delighted to announce that the Dairy Dolls Advertising Agency has been crowned the best senior team from 350 nationwide at the NDC annual Milk It awards. The Dairy Dolls are: Mary O'Riordan, Siobhan Murphy, Molly Buckley, Harriet Kelleher Katherine Scott and Rachel Horgan. The team, along with their teachers, Arlene O'Donoghue and Eibhlín Collins, put a huge amount of time and effort into this competition which required the girls to run an advertising campaign on behalf of the NDC to increase dairy consumption amongst their peers.  Teenagers are meant to have 5 portions of dairy a day. The Dairy Dolls ran a varied campaign and carried out extensive research.  Their tagline "Have you had your Daily Dairy?" worked very well, along with their Mascot, "Charlie the Churn".  The girls wrote a radio jingle, taped a flash mob and various YouTube videos so as to promote dairy intake.  They held a dairy party in the school and ran various competitions. The advertising worked as their final research showed that the students are having a lot more dairy now than they were at the beginning of the year and are also more aware of the benefits of having 5 portions of dairy per day. All of their hard work and dedication was rewarded in The Mansion House on Wednesday the 1st of May when they were declared senior winners.  Well done and congratulations to all involved.
Scifest Winner: Congratulations to Transition Year student, Caoimhe Lynch, who recently achieved First Prize in the Life Science category at 'Scifest', held in the Lee Lifetime Labs in Cork. Caoimhe's project, 'Rainwater Conversion to Potable Water- Electrocoagulation and Ultra Violet Treatment', also won a Highly Commended Award at at this year's BT Young Scientist Exhibition and received a lot of attention from bodies such as, Industrial Water Management Ltd. Well done to Caoimhe on her dual win!
Maths Challenge: Congratulations to First Year students Aoife Kane and Kate Brady who took part in the Irish Junior Mathematics Competition in Coláiste an Spioraid Naomh in Cork. The competition is a wonderful opportunity for young people to develop their problem-solving skills and makes for a rewarding experience for our keen mathematicians!
Seachtain na Gaeilge: Congratulations to Ms Donovan's Transition Year students who recently won Second Prize in the Seachtain na Gaeilge Comórtas Clár Raidió. The students produced, directed and recorded a radio show as Gaeilge and entered in the national competition organised for Seachtain na Gaeilge. They won a cheque for a €100 for the school. Comhghairdeas leo!

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 First Year students from De la Salle College Macroom in the Gran Paradiso National Park near Milan during the cultural exchange with Leonardo da Vinci secondary school, Marcallo con Casone    © An Scoil  .

McEgan College Updates 

Dragons' Den. Six Transition Year students from McEgan College participated in the Dragon's Den Style Competition at the Silver Springs Moran Hotel, the live final of the Cork Schools Enterprise Programme. The two teams included: Team One: Claudia O'Leary, Levi Healy & Owen Sadqi; Team Two: Aisling O'Driscoll, Marguerite Cronin & Aoife O'Shea. The students did McEgan College proud in their work and presentations, and they gained great entrepreneurial experience & exposure.
En France: Congratulations to French teacher, Ms. A. Kelly, who has been awarded a scholarship by the Department of Education & Skills and the French Embassy and will spend two weeks in France this summer, studying alongside other European colleagues. In addition Ms. Kelly volunteers as a School Visits Representative with Make-A-Wish Ireland, hosting workshops in schools aimed at raising awareness. To organise a school visit, please telephone 012052007'.
EMC Visit: 5th year L.C.V.P students visited the EMC plant in Ballincollig recently and got a great insight into the workings of the factory. They also acquired skills such as interviewing, organising, researching and reporting. Students learned about the future of Cloud computing, job opportunities and how EMC is a centre of excellence. This information will be used in their portfolio, which is worth 60% of the overall grade.
Poet's Visit: Staff and students at McEgan College were delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed Irish poet, Louis de Paor as part of the Writers in School week.  Dr. de Paor, who has been a leading exponent of Irish language poetry for many years, enthralled students with a bilingual poetry reading, followed by a question and answer session. This was an invaluable learning experience for both staff and students as Dr De Paor answered questions about poetry, spoke about his experiences as a student, his time in Australia and his interest in classic rock music, including Cork's own Rory Gallagher. Dr. de Paor's generosity and amiability endeared him to the students.
Person of the Year: McEgan College teacher, Mr. Daniel Twomey has been nominated for the Macroom Person of the Year Award.  Mr. Twomey, a native of Carrigaline, joined the staff in September.

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6th class pupils from St. Colman's B.N.S., Macroom with their teachers at Old Trafford    © An Scoil 

St. Colman's Dream Trip

6th class pupils from St. Colman's B.N.S., Macroom recently enjoyed a school trip of a life time when they travelled to England. The boys, accompanied by four teachers, flew from Cork to Liverpool and then transferred by coach to Manchester. They spent the afternoon at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United F.C., where they enjoyed a guided tour of The Theatre of Dreams. Next day it was off to Leeds where the boys visited Raynville Primary School, with which St. Colman's has built up strong links over the last six years and now has a yearly exchange. The boys participated in School Assembly and were awarded Certificates of Achievement. The group returned to Manchester that evening for some sight seeing and shopping and returned to Cork next day, having enjoyed what was surely the trip of a lifetime!

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 The Glenn Miller Story  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.

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McEgan College students, Vera O'Callaghan, Aoife O'Shea, Irene Murphy and Marguerite Cronin, who helped collect €740 for Cork Simon Community    © An Scoil 

Macroom Library Notes

During May we have Art Exhibitions from groups from Ballyvourney and Macroom on display.  Both of these groups are instructed by Kristin Gleeson.   A gala launch took place on May 1st. The paintings have been much admired and have inspired others to think of trying their hand at it.  Kristin Gleeson's phone number is available at the library desk for prospective artists.
An upcoming event for Bealtaine is the visit of Dunmanway Library Knitting Group to Macroom Library's Purlies on Thursday 16th May at 11.am. We're looking forward to it. Monday 20th our Ciorcal Cainte continues at 11.30. On this occasion it will be hosted by me, Christine Cronin. My Irish wouldn't win any prizes but I enjoy the opportunity to try it out!  It really is not an intimidating atmosphere and the emphasis is on the effort made and the fun of being able to communicate. Free tea and biscuits will be served. We will be launching a Bridge Morning on Wednesday 29th May at 11a.m. Anyone interested please contact the library desk for details. The County library catalogue lists a large selection of books on bridge for beginners and experienced players.
As there will be a Referendum sometime in the Autumn, you may have received a form in the post to register to vote.  Should you wish to check whether you are on the current register we have the paper version of the Register of Electors for the Macroom Electoral area available for consultation.  Please just ask at the desk. We also have the forms you need to send to the Franchise Department to be included in the next Register.

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Macroom and Ballyvourney Art Group, under Kristin Gleeson's instruction, at the opening of their exhibition in Macroom Library     ©

Gramophone Circle

Pat Lomasney presented the last Gramophone recital of the season at Macroom library on May 13 in far from summerlike weather conditions but his eclectic programme helped raise spirits among the appreciative, capacity audience. His opening number was Tea for Two from No, no Nanette and this was followed by Richard Crooks, U.S. tenor, singing One Alone from the Desert Song and Scot, Kenneth McKellar and our own Patricia Cahill proclaiming, This is my Lovely Day from Bless the Bride. Giuseppe Giordani's Caro Mio Ben was beautifully sung by South Korean soprano, Sumi Jo and, in recognition of Derry being chosen as 2013 British City of Culture, we enjoyed an instrumental recording of the 1855 Derry Air, also known as Danny Boy. Sting from The Police was the surprise composer of the next number, the beautiful Fields of Gold, sung by Lesley Garrett and Neasa Ní hAnnracháin reciting Cill Cais and Peggy Lee with The Wearing of the Green, from an RTE compilation, then made delightful listening. Nat King Cole's Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer brought us to tea-time. Cellist, Jacqueline du Pre performed Saint Saen's haunting number, The Swan, from Carnival of the Animals, after which Richard Tauber sang Overhead the Moon is Beaming and Cork tenor, John Bennett appropriately sang Bring Flowers of the Fairest. The recently deceased Deanna Durbin's recording of Beneath the Lights of Home was followed by another home loving number, The Green Green Grass of Home by Welsh crooner, Tom Jones. Gounod's Mors et Vita brought a classical and more sombre element to proceedings and baritone, Brent Rahn, singing Where'er you Walk from Handel's Semele continued in the same vein. A salon orchestra serenade and The Mavericks performing 'Dance the Night Away' brought a most entertaining session to a lively conclusion. The Gramophone Circle hopes to return to Macroom Library at 11a.m. on Monday, September 9 and will be presented by Jim Ahern.

Briery Gap Programme 

Ann Marie O'Riordan; Friday 17th May at 8.30pm; Tickets €15.
Bealtaine Film: 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 19: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Mass from Macroom graveyard 2013.   
6.30p.m. News and Sport. Comhaltas concert from the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney 2013 Part 2.
Wed. May 22:  9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Special interview with Sheila Crowley, Macroom. Unveiling of Michael Collins statue in Clonakilty 2002. 
Sun. May 26: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Annual walk and Mass at Shrone 2013.
6.30p.m. Repeat of LTV. Wed. Programme.
Wed. May 29: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Special Interview. Scoraíocht from the Top of Coom 1988 with local entertainers.
Sun. June 2: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: First Holy Communion from Carriganimma.  
6.30p.m. Repeat of LTV. Wed. Programme


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Cemetery Mass  in Macroom Graveyard, Killarney Road on Friday 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

Twinning Association A.G.M. will be held on Friday May 17th at 9pm in Macroom GAA Hall. All welcome.

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

Coachford Local Market will be held on Saturday, May 18, 10.30a.m. – 1p.m. in the GAA Hall. Enjoy a cuppa in good company [for €1] with lovely home baked goodies. Get supplies of local produce, pick up some lovely gifts, discover a wonderful selection of  children's books, or get bargain books and support VdeP. There may not be much heat in the sun at present but we offer you a very warm reception.

May Rosary Procession: in Macroom on Sunday, May 19 at 7.30p.m. Assembly point at Fr. Ryan Hall. Procession goes through Anneville, Sullane Place and Barrett's Place. Concludes with solemn Benediction. Supervalu Car Park will be open, with free parking for the procession.

Ballincollig & District Vintage & Classic Car Club run 10.30a.m. on Sunday 19th May to Killarney, via Blarney - Mallow - Rathmore. Registration from 9.30 am @ Ballincollig Rugby Club.  Entry €10. Prizegiving at The Mills Ballyvourney, meal (optional). All vehicles over 20 years. Full details on www.ballincolligvintageclub.com, facebook or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Kevin McSweeney 087 7937560 or club phone 087 9096616. Sponsored by Ross Oil.  

A Fundraiser for Marymount Hospice, Curraheen, is being held at Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig on Monday May 20th at 8 p.m. The night's programme will feature a two-part slide show presentation by Tim O'Brien on the tram era in Cork City, plus a focus on other historic events. Pictures of a general nature will also be shown. There will be no entry charge to the event but donations to a worthy cause will be welcomed as families touched by the dreaded cancer disease appreciate the care and attention given to their loved ones by the dedicated staff at Marymount.

Recycling Fundraiser: Macroom Ladies Football Club is holding a clothing recycling drive on Wednesday 22nd May, 6.30 -7.30 pm in the Tom Creedon Park to raise funds for the club. Clean unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels and textiles, shoes, bags, belts, books, soft toys, laptops and mobile phones are most welcome.

Open Garden: in aid of Marymount at Dan Murphy's Laoi na Gréine, Gurranes, Innishannon, near Crossbarry, on Saturday, May 25, 12 noon to 5p.m.

Sheep Shearing: All Ireland Shearing Championships in Green Glens, Millstreet on Saturday and Sunday, 25th/26th, May. Past and present wool handlers, who have wrapped 1,000 fleeces during a day's work in the shearing season, will compete.  

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.

Aherla and District Vintage Club's annual run will take place on Sunday, 26th of May. Registration at Hickeys Bar Aherla at 11am, and the run will finish at the Sportsman's bar, Aherla. Tea and coffee will be served on arrival, and there will be a country market selling fresh, local produce. Starter prizes will be awarded on the day. An enjoyable day guaranteed. All Welcome.

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.

LTV at Top of Coom: On Wednesday May 29 at 9.30 p.m. Local Television will show a programme recorded at the pub at the Top of Coom 25 years ago. It has a wealth of music and song, lúibíní agus agallaimh beirte, with local entertainers.

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 for 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.   

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: May 5. Numbers drawn 7, 10, 15, 17. No winner. €50 Marian McCarthy, c/o Don Carroll. €25 Kevin O'Connor, Aherla; David O'Connor, Ballytrasna, Lissarda; Jack the Joker Eamonn Lyons, Caum.
May 12. Numbers drawn 17, 22, 25, 27. No winner. €50 Richie Verling, Aherla. €25 Aidan Murphy and Michelle O'Sullivan, Canovee; Mick Leahy Sr. c/o Carrig Inn. Jack the Joker Paddy Murphy, Crookstown. Next lotto draw on May 19 in the Sportsman's Bar for a jackpot of €8,350

Coachford AFC Lotto. 7/5/2013, Jackpot: €6,600, Numbers Drawn: 7 - 9 - 35, No Winner, €40 Nicole Martin, €20 Adam & Mark Murphy, Kevin Barry Murphy, Conor Moynihan, Eilish Murphy.
13/5/2013, Jackpot: €6,800, Numbers Drawn: 11 - 21 - 32, No Winner, €40 Eileen Milner, €20 Lisa Murphy, Nan O' Sullivan, The Crowley Girls, Patrick O' Callaghan.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: April 30. Jackpot €1,800. Numbers drawn 7, 15 and 17. No winner.  €70 Mary Lynch, Castle St. €20 Eileen O'Connor, Macroom Town Hall,  Michelle O'Leary, Codrum; Vickey Buckley, Beechwood, Coachford; Stephen Kelly, Kilmichael; Kate Murphy, Main St.
May 7. Jackpot €2,000. Numbers drawn 12, 14 and 15. No winner.  €70 Maureen Moynihan, Oakwood. €20 Eileen O'Connor, Town Hall; Dan Cronin, Mayfield; Keelin, Cathal and Gearoid Keating, Aghabullogue; Stephen Kelly, Kilmichael; Liz and Eoin O'Mahony, Cork St.  

Lee Valley Updates

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Aisling Gheal perform at the official opening of Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney    © Lee Valley Outlook

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí 2013 

Tionóladh Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí i mBaile Mhúirne 9ú – 12ú Bealtaine. Ócáid stairiúil a bhí ann mar dob é seo an chéad uair a reachtáileadh an Fhleadh Cheoil seo sa Ghaeltacht. B'í Craobh Lachtaín Naofa CCÉ i gCill na Martra a bhí i mbun eagraithe agus bhí coiste gníomhach cumasach ag obair go dian le naoi mí anuas. Cé gur dhein an coiste seo éacht, ní rabhadar ina n-aonar. Bhí tacaíocht agus cabhair le fáil go fial ó phobal Mhúscraí idir lucht gnó, cheoltóirí, scoileanna, óstáin agus eagraíochtaí eile a bhíonn ag obair ar son an chultúir.
The Cork County Fleadh Cheoil, which was held in Baile Mhúirne from 9th – 12th May, proved a resounding success. The organising committee from Craobh Lachtaín Naofa CCÉ, Cill na Martra, had done trojan work for many months to ensure that the event was meticulously planned and every eventuality was catered for, but the members acknowledge the fact that this success could not have been achieved without the wholehearted support, both financial and otherwise, which was generously received from the local community.
Speakers at the official opening, which was performed by Con McCarthy, County Board Chairman CCÉ, included Vincent Jordan, Uachtarán CCÉ and Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú, Ardstiúrthóir CCÉ.
Up to one thousand competitors took part in the various music, singing and language competitions on the Saturday and Sunday, with the winners qualifying for the Munster Fleadh Cheoil which takes in Limerick in July. Visitors to the area spoke highly of the facilities, the friendliness and efficiency of the many volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout the weekend, and of course the music that flowed from so many venues by day and by night.
Bhí caoi ag daoine teanga agus cultúr na háite a bhlaiseadh le linn an deireadh seachtaine agus bhí an Ghaeilge le cloisint ar fuaid na háite ag óg agus aosta. Ba mhór an tógáil croí é an sár-chaighdeán ceoil a bhí ag na céadta leanaí agus déagóirí a bhí ag freastal ar an bhFleadh agus iad ag baint taithnimh as an gcultúr anseo i gceartlár na Gaeltachta. Caithfear a rá freisin go raibh na daoine óga seo béasach, dea-iompartha agus geal-gháireach agus gur féidir linn a bheith bródúil astu.

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 At the launch of 'Where Mountainy Men Have Sown' in the Mills Inn, Ballyvourney, from left, Dr. Dónal Ó Drisceoil, who launched the book; Patrick Dunphy, Mercier Press and Máire Ní Shúilleabháin, author's daughter.  © Lee Valley Outlook

Book Launch

Where Mountainy Men Have Sown, was launched in the Mills Inn, Baile Mhúirne recently by Dr. Dónal Ó Drisceoil, School of History, U.C.C. and Historical Advisor to the Palme d'Or winning film, The Wind that Shakes the Barley. This book, by the late Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Cill na Martra and Eas Coille, Baile Mhúirne, was first serialised in the Kerryman newspaper in 1956. It was published in book form in 1965 but was long out of print. The modern version, with an introduction by the author's daughter, Máire Ní Shúilleabháin and nephew, Tadhg Mac Suibhne and relevant photographs added, is published by Mercier Press and is available in all local book shops and on line in eBook format.
At the very well attended launch of 'Where Mountainy Men Have Sown: War and Peace in Rebel Cork in the Turbulent Years 1916 – 1921, Dr. Ó Drisceoil praised the book for its readability and style. Its tales of ambushes and raids on barracks and various military encounters are exciting in a classic, Boy's Own adventure way and are fascinating historically, given West Cork's importance in the guerrilla war. And boys the protagonists were, for the most part: Micheál Ó Súilleabháin was just thirteen when he 'joined up'. The book captures the tolerance and scepticism of much of the community of the ambitions and militancy of 'the boys' and is full of wise, pithy, sometimes sarcastic, summations.
Ach, an rud is fearr faoin leabhar, dar leis an Dr. Ó Drisceoil, ná an ceangal a bhí ag an t-údar agus a chairde lena n-áit dúchais féin. Shíolraigh siad ón dtalamh, beagnach - do mhúnlaigh na sléibhte, na carraigeacha, an t-aiteann agus an fraoch iad. Bhí na daoine seo ar aon dul lena dtimpeallacht; mar a léiríonn an leabhar; bhí siad lom, buan agus chomh crua le cloich - Mountainy Men and women ab ea iad, gan dabht. Léiríonn an leabhar cén fáth gur thosnaigh an réabhlóid in Éirinn agus cén fath, chomh maith, gurb í an dúthaigh seo lár agus croí na réabhlóide sin.
As well as the more serious content, the book is full of great characters, funny incidents and witty and sarcastic asides. It also offers an insight into the mentality of the volunteers and how they viewed their struggle - inspired not just by the romantic lure of the Aisling but the inherited sense of injustice and the material deprivation imposed on a people condemned to carve an existence from rock and stone but strengthened by 'the spirit-world of the Gael, an invisible but potent force', as well as the tradition of resistance passed down through the generations.
'Mountainy Men' "is not about elevating its author at the expense of others, except insofar as he is privileged as the narrator, or with settling scores, as others of the genre often can be. But of course it is subjective, it's his version, and others will have other memories, conflicting interpretations. For flavour, and sheer enjoyment, you can't beat a book like this, and it's great to have this new edition, with its added extras of maps and photographs, and beautiful cover."

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 Pupils from 5th & 6th Class at Rusheen N.S. presenting a cheque for €770, proceeds from their fundraising Skipathon, to Sr. Joan Corkery, Congregational Leader of the Medical Missionaries of Mary.   © An Scoil 

Rusheen N.S.

Sr. Joan Corkery, Congregational Leader of the Medical Missionaries of Mary, visited Rusheen School recently. The pupils of 5th and 6th Class had organised a fundraising Skipathon during Lent and raised the massive amount of €770. They decided to give it to Sr. Joan for her Missionary Work throughout the world. Sr. Joan showed the pupils a slide show of the work that she and her fellow sisters do to alleviate poverty.  She was delighted to receive the cheque and informed the pupils that she will be allocating this money to the Sisters in Nangwa Tanzania for a Water Project there.

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National school pupils from the mid-Cork region at introduction to fishing event at Lee Valley Harbour, Carrigadrohid  © Lee Valley Outlook 

Clondrohid Updates 

Sympathy: The officers and members of Clondrohid G.A.A. club wish to offer their condolences to the O'Connor family on the sad death of their mother, Abina, in such tragic circumstances. The O'Connor family has a long and distinguished association with the club. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.
First Holy Communion: Despite the poor weather, there was a smile on everyone's face in the parish church when 36 local children received their First Holy Communion. The Mass was very special, the singing, the readers, and all the prayers and hymns. Well done to all those who prepared them for such an important event in their lives. As usual, all the children who received their First Holy Communion, their parents, family and friends, were treated to a buffet in the Community Hall afterwards. Great work by all involved.
Another Boxing Title: Well done to Christina Desmond, Macroom Boxing Club, who claimed another Irish title on a score line of 14 to 3, beating her opponent, Rayssa De Silva, from the Mitchelstown Boxing Club, at the National Stadium Dublin. This is Christina's 4th All Ireland title
Rediscovering Your Faith: The last very interesting talk on this subject will take place in the Fr. Ryan Hall on Tuesday May 21
Lotto:  Jackpot €1,800; Winners: P. O'Connor, Mullinroe, Eddie Walsh, Dromduv; Kathy Browne, Dooniskey; K.O'Callaghan, Ballinagre; Emma and Orla Lynch Sleaveen West.
Bingo Jackpot : €2,050
G.A.A. Fixtures: U 13C Hurling League, Clondrohid v Ballinora at  7pm, Monday, May 20. White church v Clondrohid at 7pm on Monday May 27.  

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 Participants in C2C 5 mile run at Clondrohid in aid of Breakthrough Cancer   © John

Donoughmore Doings

First Holy Communion: St. Lachteen's National School second class pupils celebrated receiving First Holy Communion on Saturday 11th May. Fr. Jerry O'Riordan P.P. concelebrated the Mass in Stuake. Mrs. Susan O'Hanlon, 2nd class teacher, has been working extremely hard to prepare the pupils for receiving the Holy Eucharist for the first time. It was wonderful to see so many families joined together in prayer as the children made their way to the altar to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The school choir, made up of pupils from Ranganna 1-6, joined the Communion class in the singing of hymns, and were conducted by school Principal, Ms. Deirdre Kelleher and 5th/6th class teacher, Miss Aislinn Sexton. Junior Infants teacher, Mr. Barry Condron, provided the organ accompaniment to the children's harmonious singing. Pupils, their families and teachers returned to the school hall where the Parent's Council served refreshments to mark such a special occasion in their lives. The tradition of returning to the school after the Communion Mass would be impossible without the help and support of the Parents' Council.  Parents also helped in the lead up to the Communion day by preparing a beautiful collage with the children which was displayed in the church on the day. The pupils who received Communion and those involved in the choir were a credit to their teachers and parents. The hard work of the teachers, pupils and parents of St. Lachteen's continually brings the school community together and everyone enjoyed celebrating such a joyous occasion.
Jeremiah's Hunger: A fascinating book, based on fact, will be launched in Donoughmore Community Centre on Wednesday, June 26 at 8p.m. 'Jeremiah's Hunger', by his great-grand-daughter, Elizabeth Osta, traces the fate of the Buckley and Riordan families, Donoughmore, through the Great Famine and other historical events of the time. Births, deaths and emigration are all based on historical documents, as are the political events that are portrayed. The author, Elizabeth Osta, was born in Buffalo, New York. She is President of the Rochester Chapter of the Irish American Cultural Institute. Her grandmother, Margaret Buckley (1871-1961), daughter of Jeremiah Buckley and Margaret Riordan, was born in Ahadallane.
Guest speaker at the launch is critically acclaimed novelist, playwright and documentary maker, Conal Creedon. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the children's playground fund in Donoughmore.
Playground: Fundraising for Donoughmore Community playground, situated at the amenity walk in Stuake, is currently well on the way. Tickets for a draw are now on sale - 1 @ €20; 2 @ €35; 3 @ €45. Sincere thanks to all our sponsors. Sellers will visit all townlands.  The draw will take place on Saturday, 25th May at the Old Mill Bar & Restaurant. Prizes: Toshiba Full HD 40" LED TV from Total Import Solutions Ltd; Weekend away  for 2 from Carlton Hotel Galway; 8 Seater Garden Table from ProHome Donoughmore; One night B & B for 2 at Marker Hotel Dublin; €200 Suit voucher from Simply Suits; Kids Covered Sand Box from ProHome Donoughmore; Family membership  from The Farm Grenagh; €100 travel voucher from Blackpool Travel Agency; €100 Ecco Trainers voucher from Ecco; €100 Petrol/ Diesel Voucher from Donoughmore Community Council; Family meal voucher from The Farm Grenagh; 2 Months Single Gym membership at Blarney Golf Resort; Meal Voucher for 2 at Castle Hotel Macroom; Hamper of Beauty Products from Cloghroe Pharmacy. Tickets can also be purchased from Lisa Honohan @   087 6352356  / Maurice Brew @ 086 8074851. Please support this development.

Macra Matters

Donoughmore Macra has had a busy few weeks. The club celebrated the election of club member, James Healy, to the position of Munster Vice President. James has held a number of positions at all levels of Macra since re-forming Donoughmore Macra and we wish him the best during his term in office, starting on May 11. Members attended a party in Douglas to mark the end of Alan Jagoe's term as National President and a great night was had by all. The club also took part in the 7km run organised by Berrings Macra in aid of COPE. Well done to all involved. 
Donoughmore's modern dancing entry in the National Talent Competition progressed to the National Final following their success in the semi-final round, which was held in Bru Boru, Cashel on May 1. The team of Eithne Healy, Heather Healy, Máiréad Healy, Sarah Healy, Shane Horgan, Rachel Kelleher and Seán Wallace will now go on to perform in the Helix on May 18.
The Muskerry round of farm skills and dairy stock judging took place on May 5 and congratulations to Alan Twomey, who followed up his victory in the National U-23 dairy stock-judging competition last year with a win in the over 23 section. Upcoming events for the club include the Cork county night out to be hosted by Carbery on May 25 in Bandon.
Aghinagh Macra have been nominated for best voluntary charity workers of the year. .

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 Students from Coachford College present €1,857 cheque, proceeds of Lenten fast, to Trócaire's Una Deasy   © Mike English

Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí Uí Fhloinn

Tionólfar Dáimhscoil  2013 in Ostán Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne ar an Satharn, 25ú Bealtaine ag 7:00 i.n. Tá Dáimh Scoil Mhúscraí Uí Fhloinn á ceiliúradh gach bliain ó 1925 i leith. Níl a leithéid eile in Éirinn. Tá sí bunaithe ar thraidisiún na seanchúirteanna a bhí in Éirinn fadó. Bhíodh ceann i mBaile Mhúirne i dTigh na Cille in aice le Reilig Ghobnatan. Thug Aogán Ó Rathaille cuairt uirthí c. 1700.
D'athbhunaíodh an Dáimhscoil i Scoil Náisiúnta Bhaile Mhúirne, Domhnach Cincíse 1925 le triúr i láthair: Gael na nGael,(Pádraig Ó Crualaoi, táilliúr, ó Mhaigh Chromtha),  Dónal Ó Ceocháin agus An Suibhneach Meann.  I 1929 tugadh an Dáimhscoil go Cúil Aodha agus baisteadh Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí Uí Fhloinn uirthí. Chuirtí cuireadh amach go dtí filí sa chomharsanacht agus thagadh freagraí uatha, agus tosnaíodh ar Cheist na Dáimhe a leagadh amach. Le hathbhunú an Oireachtais, 1939, bhuaidh baill na Dáimhe mórán duaiseanna.  Ón Dáimhscoil a tháinig 'An Poc Ar Buile', 'An Peidhleacán', 'Táimse agus Máire', 'An Imirce' agus a lán, lán eile dán agus amhrán. 
An Cuireadh
Fáilte arís eile go Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí
Roimh bhaird agus éigis lucht léinn is filí
Fágaíg bhur mbuartha, bhur ngearáin is imní
Is beidh caidreamh bhur gcarad ag ardú bhur gcroí
Fáilte roimh an ógra, gearrchaillí is buachaillí, 
Fáilte roimh an mbuín mhór ó Chathair Chorcaí
Fáilte roimh na geaingléirí ó Contae Chiarraí
Fáilte roimh na slóite ó bhailte Mhúscraí. 
Níl aon easpa ceist as a bpiocfadh rúnaí
Ceann a ghinfeadh argóint is áiteamh teasaí
Cé ná beidh baol ann go raghfar chun dlí
Mar sé breitheamh an aighnis an scartadh gáirí.
Beidh lucht ráidió is páípéar is b'fhéidir RG
Ag snapadh is ag alpadh dánta is dréachtaí.
Beidh Betisy is an bhantracht ag réiteach cóir bhídh
A shásóidh gach éinne gan bhagairt Gardaí. 
Pádraig Ó Fiannachta, Uachtarán

An Cheist
Ar cheart dúinn éirí as ar fad?
Teanga ár sinsir, teanga mo Dheaid
Ar éirigh linn í a mharú, an bhfuil inti preab?
An bhfuil a mná caointe réidh le h-omós nó scread?
Is minic í curtha ach ní raibh riamh uirthí  leacht
Is minic a raibh torramh gan í marbh i gceart
D'óladh go leor is caitheadh tabac
Is fógraíodh a bás go minic le h-ais.
Is iomaí lia teanga atá ceapaithe bheith ceart
Le céimeanna móra agus staidéar ana leamh
Nuair a bhraith siad a cuisle, níor mhothaigh aon phreab
Dúirt go raibh éagtha is bailithe ar Neamh.
Ach seo sinne á labhairt is á ceapadh
An bhfuilimíd ar mire nó díreach ag magadh?
Gan deontas nó breab, an  mbeimíd ag tanú?
An é go bhfuil beatha go fóill inár dteanga?
Nuair a luann tú an Ghaeilge tuigeann gach éinne
Gur tusa an Óisín ag lorg na Féinne
Tá Fóras is Údaráis in ainm í a chaomhnú
Ach an sinne, eiricigh, a thabharfaidh fad saol di?
An Ceangal
Sin chughaibh mo cheist, táim ag feitheamh le freagra
Ní eistfead le casaoid, cnáimhseáil ná gearán
Ceist í atá simplí faoi chúis atá deacair.
An chéad cheist ó Choncubhar, tar ar ais a Pheadair!.
Concubhar Ó Liatháin, Cléireach Fé Oiliúint


Macroom Community Leisure Centre.

If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you!!  Even though Macroom leisure Centre has kept up to date with the varying trends in exercise and fitness over the last number of years with the addition of spinning, kettlebell and rip:60 classes to name but a few, we still had a challenge with our gym and it was clear to see that a change was needed. With a greater focus on functional and interval training, we knew that we needed to expand our gym facilities which would help us provide a better service to the people of Macroom and surrounding areas.
We are delighted to say through consultation and collaboration with the Macroom racquetball club we have expanded our gym into the racquetball court. We now have a large, bright single level gym with more space available for all.
We have replaced and added to our cardio equipment and have installed a dual cable cross over machine in the weights area.  Along with this we have got a lifting platform with an olympic bumper weights set, battle ropes, power bags and medicine balls all of which will help you to get a great workout.
We have also included a short indoor sprint track, which can be used for a variety of exercises and activities including increasing take off speed, functional training and with the additional of ladders and hurdles SAQ work.
Our gym is a pay as you go facility with very favourable rates on monthly membership options.  Along with our new equipment and layout we are in a position to offer a better service including gym inductions and assessments at no additional charge, personalise fitness programmes and personal training.
Why don't you call down to the castle grounds to see it for yourself or even better come in and give it a try?

GIY    Logo

With still a risk of frost at night, potato plants that are emerging from the soil should be covered with fleece and/or earth them up with soil as they emerge.  I got my shallots in and my main crop potatoes (variety Setanta).  Each year I do two sowings of main crop peas, one around now and then a second at the end of May.  I sow Greenshaft and Sugarsnap.  I sowed some radish in the tunnel and outside.  They should be ready to eat in about 4 weeks. I also did a good bit of planting out in the polytunnel –about 10 lettuce seedlings, 6 spring cabbage, chard, annual spinach, coriander and turnip.  I also sowed some kale plants and my maincrop beetroot and swede in the potting shed in module trays
To-Do in May. Get those outdoor beds ready for early summer transplanting.  Fork over and rake.  Earth up potatoes as the plants develop. Put protective barrier around your carrots to thwart carrot root fly. Regularly hoe weeds and mulch. Water plants if required. Support tomato, bean and pea plants with twiggy sticks, pea netting, timber supports with chicken wire, or existing fence or hedge. Pinch out the growing tips of broad beans plants to help prevent Blackfly.
Sow: Indoors for planting on later: basil, dill, coriander, courgette, cucumber, sweet corn, pumpkins. Outdoors: winter cauliflower, cabbage, kale, spinach, sprouting broccoli, leeks, beans (French, Runner, Climbing French), beetroot, parsnip, turnip, swedes, radish, lettuce, peas, broccoli, rocket, carrots.


Maya's Notebook by Isabelle Allende
Maya is a deeply troubled teenager .Hunted by the police and her old associates, she, with the help of her grandmother, flees to the remote island of Chiloe, off the coast of Chile. There Maya is compelled to write her story-of how she came to find herself far from her family in California, lost in the criminal underworld of Las Vegas. Slowly she begins to heal, but can she move beyond her pain, find forgiveness and learn to live with the scars of the past?

Available in Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €14.99.

Sports Mad

County Senior Football Championship

BALLINCOLLIG   2-10    Douglas   1 – 7
There was joy for an anxious Ballincollig at Páirc Uí Rinn as they left their league form far behind them and had a big win over Douglas.  Cork star Paddy Kelly, recovered from injury, was back in championship action for the first time since August last and with massive help from midfielders Ciarán O'Sullivan (1-2) and Cork U 21 Seán Kiely and Cork All Ireland winner, Johny Miskella, the Mid Cork side were on top from the start and led by six points, 1-7 to 0-4 at half time.  Douglas, who were without the injured Eoin Cadogan, did rally on the restart but a second goal (Dave Tobin) ten minutes into the second half settled Ballincollig again and they were full value for their fine victory.
Ballincollig: David Lordan: Darren Murphy, Stephen O'Donoghue, Luke Prendergast: Noel Galvin, John Miskella, Dylan Kerstein: Ciarán O'Sullivan, Seán Kiely: Noel O'Toole, Paddy Kelly, George Durrant: John Kelly, D Kelleher, Dave Tobin. Subs: Cian Dorgan, Chris Collins, Rob Noonan.
Ballincollig now go to Round Four draw, Douglas play St Vincent's in Round Two.

UCC   0-15     CIT   0-15 (aet)
In the Divisions/Colleges section of the County senior championship fourth-round clash at Páirc Uí Rinn CIT and UCC drew after extra time.  CIT had Mid Cork men Ciarán Sheehan (Éire Óg), Kevin Hallissey (Éire Óg), Cathal Vaughan (Iveleary); Niall O'Doherty (Grenagh) and John Corkery (Aghabullogue) in action and UCC had Macroom's Eoin O'Mahony in their full back line. With time running out, points from Pa Joy and Ciarán Sheehan looked to have given CIT victory as they held on to a one-point lead after coming back strongly in extra time, but Conor Sweeney's injury-time free secured the draw for UCC.
UCC led by 0-6 to 0-1despite the strong wind helping CIT but it was  0-7 to 0-5 by half-time. Cathal Vaughan put CIT 0-10 to 0-9 in front the 55th minute but UCC went back in front. In the second minute of injury time, however, Ciarán Sheehan punched an equaliser after Cathal Vaughan's 50m free, which was heading over, was taken down by the UCC defence in the goalmouth. UCC threatened to pull away in extra time but CIT showed good character and John Corkery and Sheehan cut the gap to a point by the turnaround and they were stronger in the second period as UCC flagged and points from Pa Joy and Ciarán Sheehan looked to have given CIT victory as they held on to a one-point lead, but an injury-time free secured the draw for UCC. Scorers for CIT included: Cathal Vaughan 0-5 (0-1f), Ciarán Sheehan 0-3, John Corkery 0-1.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

 BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH   0 – 12     Carrigaline   1 – 6
t was windy, wet and very cold at Coachford and the spectators were frozen but on the field Béal Átha went about their business and were fully deserving of their three point winning margin, which could have been greater.  Carrigaline led by 0-4 to 0-3 at half time, Andy Concannon on 5, Paul Buckley on 22 and Tim O'Leary on 23 scoring for Béal Átha.  On the restart, wind assisted Béal Átha quickly got on level terms through a Noel Dineen point and went in front by a point in the 34th minute from Andy Concannon. Two minutes later Béal Átha got a jolt when they conceded a goal out of the blue to Carrigaline but points from the excellent Liam Shorten and Andy Concannon had them level by the 42nd minute and then two Liam Shorten points, one from a free, and two more from Andy Concannon frees had the Gaeltacht side leading by 0-11 to 1-4 in the 48th minute.   Carrigaline had a point in the 53rd minute to keep in touch but Béal Átha remained in nervous control.  Andy Concannon had a point in injury time to allow them some breathing space. A very late Carrigaline point was only of academic interest as the final whistle followed immediately and spectators ran to their cars to escape the bitter cold wind. (May/Summer?)
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Gearóid Ó Muirthille: Nollaig Ó Duinnín, Leonard Ó Conchuir, Seán Ó Duinnín: Amlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh (capt.) Seán Ó Donnchú, Barra Ó Coinceannain: Colmán Ó Tuama, Donal MacCarthaigh: Liam Ó Coinceannain, Aindrias Ó Coinceannain, Pól Ó Buachalla: Ben Seartan, Liam Seartan, Tadgh Ó Laoire. Fear Ionaid: Nollaig Ó Laoire agus Seán Ó Coill. 

NAOMH ABÁN   3 – 13     Glenville   2 – 11
An amazing recovery by Naomh Abán saw them outscore Glenville by 3-8 to 1-1 in the final 20 minutes at Ballincollig to turn impending defeat into a fine victory.  Glenville had led by 1-8 to 0-3 at half time and when Naomh Abán started the second half with a brace of points, one each from superb first half substitute Maidhchí Ó Duinnín and Seamas Ó Laoire, Glenville replied in similar fashion to lead by 1-10 to 0-5 in the 40th minute – a substantial eight point lead.  The big turn about came at the three quarter stage and was facilitated by the emergence of the Naomh Abán midfield.  Naomh Abán were awarded a penalty and Micheál Ó Cróinín slammed the ball to the net and even though Glenville replied with a point, the next three scores came from the Baile Mhuirne side, two from Shane McCarthy and one from Ó Duinnín.  Glenville now had a midfielder dismissed for a second yellow card offence and, with only three points between the teams, Naomh Abán went all out for victory.  The equalising goal followed quickly as Gerry Lyons set up the opportunity for the dynamic Maidhchí Ó Duinnín, who then followed up with a lead point for the Gaeltacht side.  The goal rush was not yet over as Micheál Lehane then chipped the ball over the Glenville goalkeeper's head and Mícheál Ó Cróinín ( what a great player he has been for N Abán!) ran on to tap the ball into the empty net to make the score now 3-9 to 1-11 – a complete turnaround in fortunes!  A goal for Glenville, three further points for N Abán and the dismissal of a Glenville forward (straight red card for abuse of referee) kept everybody animated for the closing sequence.
Naomh Abán: Seanacháin Ó hUidhir: Criostóir Ó Deasúna, Tadhg Ó Scannaill, Eoin Ó Criodain: Diarmuid Ó Scannaill, Seamas Ó Mathúna, Micheál Ó Liathain: Micheál Ó Laoire, Seamas Ó Laoire (0-1): Diarmuid Ó Liatháin, Micheál Ó Cróinín (2-5, 1-0 pen., 0-1 free), Donncadh Ó Cróinín: Shane MacCárthaigh (0-4, 0-2 frees), Colm Ó Murchú, Donncadh Ó Ceocháin (0-1). Ionaidí: Maidhchí Ó Duinnín (1-2), Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh.

St. Michael's   2-16     Macroom   0 – 11
he scoreline tells the tale!  St Michaels, last year's beaten Premier Intermediate finalists, were altogether too good for an uninspired Macroom side at a cold Cloughduv second pitch. The city side are a good team, many consider that they should have won the county last year, and Macroom needed to be at their best to match them.  The Mid Cork side were not up to standard and one of the main problems is that their leading lights are not performing at a level that would inspire their colleagues.  Points from Pa Lucey, David Goold and Tony Dineen had them level at 0-3 each at the end of the first quarter but then Michaels took the lead and were never led subsequently. A major disaster for Macroom was the concession of a goal on the stroke of half time when they lost possession in attack and the ball finished up in the Macroom net, to give the city side a 1-8 to 0-4 lead, Tony Dineen the scorer of the only Macroom second quarter point.
Macroom had a point from a Lucey free on the restart but Michaels replied with a brace of points.  In the 39th minute Ciarán Murphy had a Macroom point and they followed up with four more on the trot from Lucey, Fintan Goold, Pa Lucey again, Fintan Goold again and now there was only three points between the teams as the final quarter started.  Alas, Macroom conceded a needless free; Michaels pointed and went on to re-establish their superiority.  They piled on the misery point by point and then scored a second goal two minutes from time.  Macroom's only reply was a Tony Dineen late point.      
Macroom: James O'Connell: Rory Buckley, Eoin O'Mahony, Martin O'Donnell: Robbie O'Dwyer, Ciarán Murphy, Barry O'Donnell: Fintan Goold, Philip Corrigan: Conor O'Sullivan, Seán Kiely, Tony Dineen: Patrick Lucey, David Goold, Stephen Casey. Subs: Andrew Hegarty and Peter Lynch.
Macroom now play Glenville in Round Two on 22/23 June.  

BALLINORA   1 – 11     Kinsale   1 – 10
Ballinora had a deserved if narrow win over Kinsale at Belgooly.  Ballinora played against the wind in the first half and after defending very well, struck for a vital goal from Michael Murphy just before the break and added a point from Daragh O'Neill.  Kinsale led at half time by 0-9 to 1-4, their six point advantage cut to a mere two points in seconds. Ballinora were level within minutes of the restart, with points from Murphy and Ian Whycherly and Darragh O'Neill then put them into the lead after 35 minutes.  Points from Pat Fitton and Gary O'Halloran opened up a one goal gap but then Kinsale scored a goal to level matters with five minutes to go.  Points from Fitton and Murphy restored the advantage to Ballinora and they limited Kinsale to a single point and so held on to victory.
Ballinora: Eoin Walsh: David O'Neill, Tom Crotty, Eoin Lucey: David Crotty, Tomás McGrath, Barry Crowley: Mick Hodge, Gary O'Halloran: Alan O'Neill, Darragh O'Neill, Ian Whycherly: Michael Murphy, Conor Murphy, Patrick Fitton. Sub: John O'Regan.

Intermediate Football Championship

Cill na Martra 1-11 Kildorrery 1-8
Cill Na Martra had a fine win over Kildorrery in a closely contested opening round at Kilbrin.  Twice in recent years Kildorrery had thwarted Cill na Martra's ambitions in championship but the Muskerry men went into this game in good form and delivered on the day.  The teams were neck on neck for three quarters of the game but Cill Na Martra had that extra push in them when it came to the crunch. There was little between the teams in a lively opening quarter, where both defences dominated but Cill Na Martra struck a vital blow with a neatly taken goal from Danny O'Connell in the 15th minute.  Points from Martin O'Connor and Maidhchí Dineen sent them 1-4 to 0-2 ahead but Kildorrery efforts were rewarded with a 24th minute goal, Eoin Dineen brilliantly blocking the first shot but helpless as the rebound was blasted to the net.  Three further Kildorrery points had the teams level at half time at 1-5 each.  It was point for point on the resumption, Martin Connors scoring twice for Cill na Martra. In the final quarter, Cill na Martra upped the tempo, with Noel O'Leary, Tim Dineen, Sean Kelleher and Cathal McSweeney driving them and points from Kevin Hoare, Darragh McLoughlin and Maidhchí Dineen gave them the advantage. Kildorrery fought back with a point, but Sean Kelleher replied for Cill na Martra and the Boys from the Cross were not conceding any more scores to Kildorrery.  Scorers for Cill na Martra: M Ó Conchúir 0-4(0-3f), D Ó Conaill 1-0, C Ó Suilleabháin 0-2(0-1f), M Ó Duinnín 0-2, C Ó hUidhir, D MacLochlainn and S Ó Cealleachair 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: Eoin O Duinnín: Tadgh Mac Suibhne, Colm Ó Laoire, Marc Ó Goilí: Alan Ó Mocháim, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Tadhg Ó Duinnin: Cathal MacSuibhne, Sean Ó Céilleachair: Caoimhín Ó hUidhir. Caoimhín Ó Súilleabháin, Martín Ó Concubhair: Dara MacLochlainn, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín, Danní Ó Conaill.

 Aghabullogue 0-13 Mayfield 0-9
Aghabullogue got over the Mayfield challenge at Blarney with ten points from John Corkery, eight from frees, a major factor in their fine win.  Mayfield opened the scoring with a point but they were outplayed for a lot of the first half when playing into the wind. Aghabullogue led 0-3 to 0-2 but most of the damage was done on the approach to half time when Aghabullogue kicked five points without reply in a brilliant five-minute spell, with four points from Corkery and one from Evan O'Sullivan, to give them a 0-8 to 0-2 lead. Aghabullogue kept their lead of six points into the second half and led by 0-10 to 0-4 into the final quarter. Mayfield's Paul Condon then hit the target from four frees to reduce the gap to two points but John Corkery answered the challenge with three points to reopen a safer five point gap.  Mayfield lost a man to a red card and managed only one more point so Aghabullogue go on to the fourth round and can now concentrate on hurling for a month. Scorers for Aghabullogue: J Corkery 0-10 (0-8frees), G Long, E O'Sullivan and P Finnegan 0-1 each.
AGHABULLOGUE: John Buckley; Donncadh Murphy, Donal Twomey, Greg Long; Ryan Dennehy, Michael Dennehy, Alan Hogan; Brian Buckley, Aidan Barry Murphy; Evan O'Sullivan, John Kelleher, Sean O'Sullivan; Paul O'Rourke, Pat Finnegan, John Corkery. Subs: Stephen Dennehy (42), David O'Leary(bs 58-62).

 Éire Óg   1 – 11     Canovee   0 - 10
Eire Óg, championship runners-up last season,  are through to Round 4 after a hard fought win over outsiders, Canovee, at Ballyanly. Canovee now meet Grenagh in the second round.
Kevin Hallissey scored 1-3 for Eire Óg and All Ireland winner, Ciarán Sheehan, played very well in midfield but it was their defence that Eire Óg can really thank for this unexpectedly difficult win over their neighbours. Darragh Ring and Daniel Goulding matched each other with points from frees early on and Mark Verling then put Canovee in the lead.  The vital score of the game, the only goal, came after nine minutes when Kevin Hallissey ran at the Canovee goal before belting the ball low into the corner of the net.  Eire Óg added on two further points, from Ciarán Sheehan and Dan O'Connor, to make it 1-3 to 0-2 after 11minutes and they were never led again and this gap remained for most the game as the teams traded point for point subsequently.  At half time it was Eire Óg 1-6 Canovee 0-5 and Daniel Goulding added a point for Eire Óg just after half time to stretch the lead to five points. Hallissey had another chance for goal at the three quarter stage but was denied by Darren Shine in the Canovee goal. Canovee had points from Sean O'Connor and Denis O'Sullivan but Eire Óg kept safely in front and twice denied Canovee the goal they badly needed.
Scorers: Éire Óg: K Hallissey 1-3, D Goulding 0-5 (0-2f), D O'Connor 0-2, C Sheehan 0-1 Canovee: D Ring 0-4 (0-3frees), S O'Connor 0-3 (0-1f), M Verling, D O'Sullivan and J O'Brien 0-1 each.
ÉIRE ÓG: Joe Kelleher; Ronan Dennehy, Cian O'Mahony, Shane McCarthy; John Kelleher, Shane Murphy, Ciaran Sheehan; Paul McDonagh, Dan O'Connor; Dermot O'Herlihy, Alan O'Mahony, Fiachra Landers; Kevin Hallissey, Daniel Goulding, John Dineen.
CANOVEE: Darren Shine; Gearóid Lucey, James McCarthy, William Ahern; John O'Brien, Paul O'Sullivan, Denis O'Sullivan; Sean O'Connor, B Barett; James Moynihan, Denis O'Sullivan, Ger Ahern; Darragh Ring, Aidan Moynihan, Mark Verling.
Footnote: Canovee lined out without five of their most experienced players of recent years who have all retired from Intermediate football.  Pat Dunlea, Tommy Murphy, Tadgh McCarthy, Timmy Lyons and James Scanlan have all given fantastic service, on and off the field to the club, and were to the fore when the All Ireland Junior title was won in 2007 with James as captain.

GRENAGH   0 – 8     Cloyne   1 – 6
Grenagh went under by one point at Watergrasshill in difficult conditions, losing to Cloyne, who went scoreless after their last point in the 38th minute gave them a 1-6 to 0-4 lead. Grenagh got off to a great start with Diarmuid Dorgan converting two frees but Cloyne came more into the game and led 0-3 to 0-2 on 20 minutes. Tadhg Walsh equalised for Grenagh but Cloyne were four points clear at the break, 1-4 to 0-3.  Diarmuid O'Sullivan, The Rock, kicked over two more frees for Cloyne before Diarmuid Dorgan had his third point to leave the scoreboard 1-6 to 0-4 after 38 minutes. Dorgan pointed twice more to cut the margin to three points; Tom Kenny was fouled and Gerry Russell converted the free; Niall Doherty had another but time ran out for Grenagh who will now meet Canovee in round two. Scorers for Grenagh: D Dorgan 0-5 (0-4 frees), T Walsh, G Russell (free) and N Doherty 0-1 each.
GRENAGH: M Barry; M Lehane, R Dorgan, C Donovan; A Duggan, P McCarthy, K O'Neill; T Kenny, J Russell; D Dorgan, G Russell, N Doherty; T Walsh, L Walsh, S Dorgan. Sub: C Fitzgerald (58).

All Ireland U 21 Football Final

Cork lost to Galway in the All Ireland final at Limerick on a 1-14 to 1-11 scoreline.  Galway were the better team on the night and deserved their win, which gave them their second All Ireland title in three years. Sean Kiely of Ballincollig lined out at midfield for Cork and Cathal Vaughan of Iveleary, recovering from illness, was an impressive late second half substitute and Kevin Hallissey of Eire Óg was also brought in five minutes from time and helped in a late Cork rally.  Darren Murphy of Ballincollig was also on the Cork panel.

Munster Minor Football Championship

Cork play Tipperary in Thurles in the semi final while Kerry play Waterford in the second semi final at Killarney. Both semi finals were scheduled for Wednesday 15th May. 

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Muskerry U16 Hurling team that beat Kerry in the Munster Final on a score line of 3-16 to 1-12     © Clondrohid Photographers

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A Football Championship

The 2013 Junior Football championship has had a great start. The opening round of the Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior Football Championship has produced some major surprise results and all the games were exciting and very interesting for spectators. Two games finished level and will require a replay to determine who moves on and who goes into the losers' round. One thing is certain, every team from now on will treat the opposition with the utmost respect!

First Round Results:

Inniscarra   1 – 10     Kilmurry   0 - 7
This was the shock result of the opening round games of the 2013 Mid Cork championship and even the Kilmurry supporters declared that the result was a fair reflection of the trend of this particular game at Ovens.  Inniscarra, with a team which contained five minors, were 'up for' the contest, hit the ground running and never let up.  They tore Kilmurry asunder in the first half and the reigning champions were glad that their goalkeeper, Jason McDonnell, was in top form as he saved two certain Inniscarra goals before half time.  Young Tomás O'Connor was in lethal form in the Inniscarra attack, with strong support from Colm Casey, captain Timmy Murphy and Sean O'Donoghue: Stephen Olden was outstanding at midfield and in defence, Tommy Buckley,  John O'Callaghan, rock at centre back, and  indeed all six put in a massive effort.  At half time, Inniscarra led by 0-6 to 0-4, Greg Barrett, Denis Sheehan and Dave McCarthy the Kilmurry scorers, and at the three quarter stage they enjoyed an 0-8 to 0-5 lead.  Kilmurry then mounted a spirited revival and points from Dave McCarthy and William Buckley cut the deficit to the minimum, but Kilmurry then had a serious reversal when they lost a midfielder to a second yellow card.  Inniscarra came back with two points in a row, to lead by 0-10 to 0-7 with five minutes remaining and any lingering doubt about the outcome was removed when Colm Casey found the Kilmurry net to embellish an excellent performance from the underdogs. Kilmurry did not play particularly well, coming into the game with an understandably false sense of invincibility perhaps, and they were short a few players who will be available in the future.  They will be better focussed for their next test from Blarney, who were themselves surprised by Macroom.  
Inniscarra: Jack Hayes: Tommy Buckley, Kevin Burke, Paul Kavanagh; Jack O'Dwyer, John O'Callaghan, Donal O'Callaghan; Stephen Olden, Alan Sheehan: Timmy Murphy, Seán O'Donoghue (0-2), Paul Farmer (0-1): Tomás O'Connor (0-5), Colm Casey (1-2), David Barry. Sub: Daniel O'Connell.  
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: William Barrett, Kevin Barrett, Eoin Barrett: Finbarr Crowley, Dave O'Leary, (Capt.), Adam Healy: James White, Pat O'Sullivan: David McCarthy, Dave O'Halloran, Jonathan Buckley: Denis Sheehan, Greg Barrett, Alan O'Sullivan. Subs: William Buckley, Liam Long and James Kelleher.
Referee: Mr. Liam Barry, Ballincollig.

Clondrohid   2 – 8     Dripsey   0 – 12
The pre match forecast was for a close contest and this game at Cloughduv was all of that and the outcome was uncertain to the finish.  Clondrohid won because of the ability of Paddy Lynch to find the Dripsey net on two occasions in the second half when a goal was really needed, both goals set up by the industry of Aidan Kelleher and finished off by Lynch in the lethal fashion of a talented striker. Dripsey had a slight first half advantage and led by 0-6 to 0-5 at half time.  Three minutes after the restart Clondrohid struck for a morale boosting goal – Aidan Kelleher doing the approach grafting and then releasing to the flying Paddy Lynch, who billowed the Dripsey net and gave his side the lead.  Back came Dripsey and the impressive Colm O'Grady, who had five points from play, reduced the deficit to the minimum and then Mark O'Sullivan's equaliser was followed by a lead point for Dripsey from Diarmuid O'Riordan. Centre back, Jeremy O'Sullivan, then came up field to level matters for Clondrohid and in the 50th minute of an exciting and very sporting contest, Paddy Lynch kicked over a point to put Clondrohid back in front. When the Kelleher - Lynch combination followed up with a second Clondrohid goal, the men from the west were in a strong position, with a five point lead, 2-8 to 0-9, but Dripsey refused to submit and went all out in the closing phase to rescue the day.  Gary Murphy pointed a free and Colm O'Grady added two points from play, but there was still a two-point gap between the teams at the final whistle. 
Clondrohid: Sean O'Callaghan: Oliver Kelleher, Sean Lynch, James Kelleher: Trevor O'Brien, Jeremy O'Sullivan, Conor O'Leary: Brendan Kelleher, Fergal Kelleher: Danny O'Riordan, Paddy Lynch, Mark Creed; David O'Leary, Aidan Kelleher, Darren Dineen. Subs;  Lorcan Lynch, Denis Desmond and Conor Desmond.
Dripsey: Ray Moynihan: Daniel buckley, Pat O'Riordan, Conor Hayes: David Buckley, Steve Murray, Aidan Murray: Diarmuid O'Riordan, Mark O'Sullivan: David O'Sullivan, Gary Murphy, Tom Ahern: Aidan Buckley, John Hogan, Colm O'Grady. Subs: Eoin O'Connell Shane Burke.
Referee: Mr Miah Moynihan, Grenagh.

 Donoughmore   2 – 11     Kilmichael   1 - 11
At the start of the final quarter in this game at Carrigadrohid, Mid Cork champions of 2011, Donoughmore, were leading by 2-10 to 0-8 and heading, one felt, for a comfortable victory.  Great championship battlers Kilmichael, however, put in a strong final quarter rally and had Donoughmore hanging on in the closing minutes.  In the dying seconds of time added on, with one goal separating the teams, Kilmichael were awarded a penalty and Donoughmore goalkeeper Evan Forde emerged as the hero for his side when he blocked Danny Twomey's well struck spot kick and then spread himself sufficiently to force the kicker to drive the rebound wide.
Kilmichael started well and led by 0-4 to 0-3 after the opening quarter.  Danny Twomey, Conor Cotter, Colm Dromey and Alan Dromey scored for Kilmichael and Shane Healy, Darren Barrett and Stephen O'Connor had replied for Donoughmore.  Cian Dromey then kicked Kilmichael further ahead but Donoughmore drew level with points from Aidan O'Shea and Colm O'Callaghan and went in front for the third time with a point from an Aidan O'Shea free in the 20th minute.  Donoughmore's Darren Barrett and Daniel Forde were now on top at midfield and constant pressure yielded a goal in the 23rd minute, Shane Sexton lashing the ball to the Kilmichael net after good approach work by Aidan Corkery. Shane Sexton added a point and at half time Donoughmore led by 1-7 top 0-5. On the restart, a massive point for Kilmichael from Michael Twomey was matched by a point for Donoughmore from a fine Aidan O'Shea free.  Daniel Twomey pointed a Kilmichael free and then Evan Forde did exceptionally well to advance and deny Colm Dromey a goal at the expense of a fruitless '45'.  Aidan O'Shea pointed another Donoughmore free and then a lash from Daniel Forde was partly blocked by Shane Masters in the Kilmichael goal and the ball dropped back over his head into the empty net. Colm O'Callaghan added a point, Michael Twomey had one for Kilmichael, and it was 2-10 to 0-8 in the 44th minute. In the 49th minute, Kilmichael were awarded a penalty for a foul on Alan Dromey; Daniel Twomey took the kick; Evan Forde blocked the shot but Twomey netted the rebound, 2-10 to 1-8.  Alan Dromey punished Donoughmore fouls with two fine points from frees and then Finbarr Buckley punched over a point in the 58th minute to reduce the gap to two points.  Aidan O'Shea eased Donoughmore worries with a fisted point and then at the end, Evan Forde denied Kilmichael a second chance with a second penalty save. 
Donoughmore: Evan Forde: Denis O'Connell, James Honohan, Barry Crowley: Kevin Horgan, Paul Crowley, Aidan Corkery; Darren Barrett, Daniel Forde: Stephen O'Connor, Shane Healy , Shane Sexton; Olly Murphy, Colm O'Callaghan, Aidan O'Shea. Sub: Alan Twomey.
Kilmichael: Shane Masters: Colin Murphy, John O'Riordan, Stephen Kelleher: Finbarr Buckley, Simon Foley, Adrian Kelly: Finbarr Dromey, Michael Twomey; Cian Dromey, Conor Cotter, Alan Murphy: Alan Dromey, Daniel Twomey, Colm Dromey.
Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.

Macroom   4 – 8     Blarney   2 – 9
Macroom had a shock in store for the 2009 - 10 champions Blarney at Carrigadrohid in the first round of the championship.  After Michael Cronin opened the scoring with a point for Macroom, Blarney replied with a point and a goal from a Pa O'Sullivan penalty was a major boost.  A second Blarney goal in the 26th minute, from Colm Sheehan, split four points for the tourist village side and Blarney led by 2-5 to 0-2 as half time approached and looked to be heading for the expected easy victory.  In injury time, Macroom's Pat Kelleher and Darren Creed combined to release Denis Quinlan for a great goal; Michael Cronin added his third point from a free and Macroom were back in with a chance, 2-5 to 1-3, but they did have to face the strong cold wind in the second half.
Blarney increased their lead with a point on the restart but then Darren Creed scored a fine goal in the 37th minute, to narrow the gap to three points.  Blarney had a man red carded for an unsavoury incident and Macroom were really back in the hunt.  Michael Cronin pointed a free, and in the 48th minute Michael Cronin was on hand to lash the ball to the Blarney net from close range to put Macroom one point ahead.  Two minutes later John Goold took a pass from Pat Kelleher and fired in a smashing goal and Macroom were buoyant and leading by 4-4 to 2-6.  Blarney replied with a point and then shot a penalty over the bar and Macroom finished strongly with four points in a row without reply in the last five minutes from Darren Creed, Creed again, John Goold (a fisted point) and to wrap up a great win, John Goold kicked over a long range free into the wind and over the bar.
Macroom: Dylan Dinneen: John Angland, Darren Kelly, Colm Casey; Michael Cahill, Darren McKenna, David Cotter: Kieran O'Shea, Brian Tiernan: Denis Quinlan, Darren Creed, Michael Cronin: Pat Kelleher, Mark O'Sullivan, John Murphy. Subs: John Goold, Darragh Crowley (Bloodsub).
Blarney: Shane Jordan: Craig Sykes, Eoghan Murphy, Padraig Conway: Paul Hallissey, Paul O'Leary, Mark O'Leary: Conor Foley, Owen O'Connor: Keith Costelloe, Pa O'Sullivan, Damien Hyde: Ivan O'Leary, Sean O'Sullivan, Colm Sheehan. Subs: David Cremin.
Referee: Mr Timmy McCarthy, Clondrohid.

Aghinagh   1 – 6     Eire Óg   1 – 6
Last year's 'B' championship winners Eire Óg showed that they are well up to the 'A' standard when they faced Aghinagh at Carrigadrohid.  Aghinagh started in great style and took the game to Èire Òg, but despite their early dominance, they failed to capitalise and scored just one point from Declan Ambrose in the first 15 minutes.  The Aghinagh defence was very much on top at this stage and Mikey O'Brien was dominating mid-field so the Aghinagh forwards had plenty of quality ball.  Unfortunately, they missed some easy frees and scoring opportunities made difficult by blustery conditions, and managed just two more points before half time from the boot of Donal Corkery.  It was 0-3 to 0-3 at half time.
Èire Òg came very much into the game in the second half.  William Coakley put Aghinagh 4 points to 3 in front, Èire Òg equalised.  A Donal Corkery goal and a Jeremiah Kelleher point put Aghinagh in a good position, but Èire Òg responded with a goal from David Sheehan and a point to draw level again.  Micheál Corkery restored Aghinagh's lead, but Èire Òg levelled with five minutes to go from a Ronan O'Toole free.  Èire Òg had the better chances to win the game but justice was done perhaps and the sides finished level.
Aghinagh: William Ambrose: Dermot O'Callaghan, Seamus O'Leary, Alan Hourihan: Trevor Burns, Dave Barry, Sean Horgan: Con Lehane, Michael O'Brien: Declan Ambrose, Miceál Corkery, Jeremiah Kelleher: William Coakley, Donal Corkery, Seán Kelleher. Subs: Noel Lehane and Jeremiah Corkery. 
Eire Óg: Philip O'Sullivan: Sean O'Connor, Kieran O'Sullivan, Colm Murphy: Eanna Lowney, Barry Corkery, Denis O'Keeffe: Daniel O'Shea, Andy O'Herlihy: Ronan O'Toole, Ryan Kennerick, David Sheehan (1-1): Paul Ryan (0-2), Barry O'Neill (0-2), John Malone. Subs: Tony Dineen, Denis Murphy (0-1), Jack O'Driscoll and Gerard McSweeney.
Referee: Mr Ger Ahern, Canovee.
Replay at Carrigadrohid on Friday, 17th May, 7 pm.

Iveleary   2 – 10     Ballincollig   2 – 10
This game at Kilmurry was an exciting encounter and a draw was a fair outcome.  Iveleary, as championship finalists last year, were favoured to win but Ballincollig were boosted by the success of their seniors earlier in the week and played way above their previous league form. Cathal Vaughan opened the scoring with an Iveleary point after ten seconds but Ballincollig hit back with a goal from Ian Coughlan.  Barry O'Leary had an Iveleary point and in the tenth minute Cathal Vaughan was fouled in the Ballincollig goalmouth, a penalty was awarded and Vaughan duly slammed the spot kick to the net.  Denis O'Leary added a point to put Iveleary a goal clear.  Ballincollig hit back with two points but then Barry O'Leary, after great combined play between Daniel O'Riordan and Denis O'Leary finished to the net, to put Iveleary four points in front.  Two Ballincollig points were followed by three points for Iveleary from Ger McSweeney, Denis O'Leary and Finbarr McSweeney and so at half time Iveleary led by 2-6 to 1-5 but they would have to face the wind in the second half. 
A point from a Cathal Vaughan free increased the Iveleary lead on the restart, Ballincollig replied but Vaughan pointed another free.  Ballincollig then scored three points in a row before Barry O'Leary pointed, to leave Iveleary 2-9 to 1-9 ahead.  A goal for Ballincollig from the experienced Fergal Keohane levelled matters with eight minutes to go but Daniel O'Riordan kicked a point to inch Iveleary back in front.  Five minutes from time Ballincollig equalised from a Brian Glavin free and this was the final score of a fine game. 
Iveleary: Joseph Creedon: Gerard O'Riordan, Donal Cotter, Kevin Hourihan: Sean O'Leary, Cal McCarthy, Shane Galvin: Edward Buckley, Daniel O'Riordan: Barry O'Leary, Ger McSweeney, Denis O'Leary; Finbarr McSweeney, Cathal Vaughan, Brian Cronin. Subs: Seanie Lehane and David Hourihan.
Ballincollig: John Noonan: Shane Murphy, Adrian Hanley, JP O'Leary: Cian McCarthy, Brendan Fitzgerald, James Cooper: Brian Kelly, John Lawlor: Brian Galvin, Stephen Coughlan, Diarmuid Nolan: Fergal Keohane, Ian Coughlan, Peter O'Neill. Sub: Con Breen.
Referee: Mr David Murnane, Macroom.
Replay at Kilmurry on Saturday, 18th May, 7 pm.

Second Round (1st round losers) Pairings:

Aghinagh or Eire Óg  v  Kilmichael

Dripsey  v  Iveleary or Ballincollig

Blarney  v  Kilmurry

Third Round Qualifiers: Inniscarra, Clondrohid, Donoughmore, Macroom, Aghinagh or Eire Óg, Iveleary or Ballincollig together with the winner of the three round two games.

Camogie National League

 Cork defeated Wexford in the National Camogie Division One League Final at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny on a score of 0-12 to 1-7. Wexford are the All Ireland champions and they put up a strong showing, despite having a new look team.  With Rena Buckley superb for Cork at centre back and Briege Corkery enterprising as ever at wing forward, Cork led by 0-7 to 0-3 at half time.  Six minutes from time Wexford got a goal from a penalty and, with the huge number of Kilkenny supporters present roaring them on, they really put it up to the Rebels but Cork held on for a two point win, to retain their league title.  Aoife Murray, Rena Buckley, Briege Corkery, Síle Burns all played their part for the winners. 

All Ireland Minor Camogie Final

Cork minors failed in their bid to win their first ever All Ireland title, going down to Kilkenny in the replay at Dungarvan.  The physically stronger Kilkenny used their advantage to good effect, though some of the tactics used were questionable and benefited from lenient (extraordinarily lenient?) refereeing.  Kilkenny led at half time by 1-4 to 0-5 and won eventually by 1-12 to 0-6.
Included in the Cork Minor panel are Mid Cork girls  Erin Looney (Inniscarra), Jessica Hennigan (Ballincollig),  Niamh Byrne (Inniscarra) and Orla Healy (Inniscarra).

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St. Val's under 14 county Féile winning team that recently qualified for the all Ireland Féile in Derry at the end of June.    ©

Ladies Football

Tesco Homegrown National League Final
Cork  0 – 14     Mayo   0 – 7
Cork, in their ninth league final in ten seasons, won their seventh Division One title and 14th national title under Éamonn Ryan, by proving too good for a young Mayo side at Parnell Park in Dublin.  Valerie Mulcahy of Rockbán, outstanding in attack scored 0-4, 0-3 from frees and Rhona Ní Bhuachalla of Naomh Fionnbarra had 0-2 (0-1 free) to her credit.  Aisling Barrett, Briege Corkery, Rena Buckley, Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, all from Muskerry, were all in action with this great Cork team.  Donoughmore's inspirational midfielder Juliet Murphy is not in action at present but Cork are hoping that she will return for the upcoming championship.

County Junior B Hurling

Iveleary   0 – 14     Gabriel Rangers   0 – 12
Iveleary had a two point win over Gabriel Rangers at Dunmanway and so advance in the county hurling championship.  The sides were level at half time 0-6 each but Iveleary just managed to get in front in the second half, thanks mainly to the accuracy of David Dineen from free pucks.
Iveleary: Robert Oldham: Anthony Sweeney, John McNulty, Martin Cotter: Ger O'Riordan, Daniel O'Riordan, Shane Galvin: Barry Murphy, Finbarr McSweeney (0-2): Kevin Hourihan, Colin Tanner (0-2), PJ McNulty: Jamie Cronin, John O'Callaghan, David Dineen (0-7 frees). Sub: Ger McSweeney (0-1), Patrick O'Riordan (0-1).

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J. J.  Long, Chairman Mid Cork Board, speaking at the opening ceremony of Cloughduv GAA Complex  © Peter Scanlan

Official Opening 

The official opening of Cloughduv Hurling Club complex was a great occasion for the club and the whole Kilmurry parish rallied round to provide all the stewarding needed to ensure everything went smoothly.  The official opening was performed by Mr Robert Frost, Cathaoirleach Comhairle na Mumhan CLG and among the officials present was JJ Long, Cathaoirleach, Roinn Mhuscraí CLC, happily back at home after a long stay in hospital in Dublin.
Cork played Tipperary in a Senior Hurling Challenge, preceded by a game between  ancient club rivals Cloughduv and Eire Óg.  Cloughduv produced a wonderful souvenir programme for the occasion, with some great photos to revive old memories. Well done at all at Cloughduv!  

Macroom Soccer.

Macroom U16s have secured the Umbro U16 Division 2 league title, after drawing 4-4 in Fermoy.  Joe Ryan in the first half, and a sublime Alex Ryan lob in the second half made it 2-1. Fermoy equalised with 20 remaining, but Jack O'Donovan put Macroom 3-2 up soon after, before Joe Ryan made it 4-2 with ten remaining. Fermoy hit two late goals to level proceedings. This draw secured the title for Shane O'Sullivan and Barry O'Donnell's side. Congratulations to all players, managers and those involved, and big appreciation for the support from parents and fans over the season.

AUL: Macroom A suffered a heavy 7-0 loss to Knockavilla and then lost 4-2 to Killumney and so will be relegated to Premier A for next season's league.
Macroom B had a great week, securing two excellent home wins over Killowen and Strand. Killowen were first up and it was a high tempo performance with both sides having good chances in each half, but it was seasoned campaigner Barry Fitzgerald who got the winner with a close range finish after a dazzling run on 44. Then the Bs welcomed Strand to the Town Park, Macroom, and some excellent defensive work again allowed the home side to build a foundation upon which Padraig Harrington scoredwith a cracker in the first half, following a free flowing counter attacking move. The home side were keeping possession well and the gloss was put on the performance in the second half when Darren Kelly got a sublime 60 yard lob to secure 6 points from 6, to move Macroom B up the table. In the final game of the campaign Macroom went down midweek to Waterloo away on a 3-0 scoreline.  As was the case last season, Macroom Bs second half season form was exceptional, and hopefully they can start next season as they are finishing.

Donoughmore G.A.A.

Donoughmore U14 girls continue to excel, recently defeating Douglas and Grenagh in the U14B competition.  The game against Grenagh was a close encounter, with Donoughmore coming out on top only in the last minutes of the game.  The final score was 3-2 to 2-3.  Donoughmore girls also played Ballincollig and again met with success.  Panel: Rachel Geaney, Karen Looney, Ciara Dilworth, Aimee Walsh, Lauryn  O'Sullivan,Amy Rose O'Rourke, Karen Corkery, Jenny Brew Dinan, Siun O'Callaghan, Jacky Deane, Aoinhinn Hennessy, Olivia Dineen, Joanne Dineen, Grainne McCarthy, Saoirse Sheehan, Gráinne Sexton, Emma Healy, Anna Glazier.
Donoughmore U10 and U12 girls played their first challenge game of the season against Grenagh in the community field , Stuake. Conditions were ideal and a large group of parents and mentors were on hand to offer words of encouragement.  The first round of the U12B competition is now due to be played.
Cork U14 girls  played Kerry in the Munster semi final and local girls, Jenny Brew Dinan and Amy Rose O'Rourke, are members of the U14 panel.

Canovee G.A.A.

Results: May 1. Under 14 A football league: Canovee 2.14  Valley Rovers 2.10
May 5. Intermediate football championship: Canovee 0.10  Éire Óg 1.11
May 7. Under 12 football league: Canovee 1.09 v 5.03
May 7. Junior football league division 2: Canovee 2.04 v Éire Óg 0.13
May 7. Minor football non exam league: Canovee 4.11 Bandon 3.04
May 8. Under 14 A football league: Canovee 3.10  Aghabullogue 2.02
May 12. Under 13 B football  championship final: Canovee 2.08 Aghinagh 2.09
May 13. Junior football league division 2: Canovee 0.08 Aghabullogue 0.13

Canovee 4 11 Bandon 3 4
Canovee Minors played their first game of the non exam league, 12 a side at home to Bandon. Heavy rain fell for all of this game. Canovee had a very youthful team on duty and the first half proved to be a very even affair, with Bandon leading at half time by 2.01 to 0.06, Mark Healy, Conor Hughes and Cian Lehane getting the Canovee points. Two early goals in the second half by Humphrey O'Mahony put Canovee in control. James Verling and Niall Cronin added further goals to seal Canovee's victory. The whole Canovee team showed great spirit in trying conditions, with Brian Verling, Mark Healy and Cormac O'Driscoll very impressive. Team: Cormac O'Driscoll, James O'Sullivan, Blake Ring, Sean Twomey, Niall Cronin, Neil Kirk, Mark Healy, Cian Lehane, Gavin Hickey, Conor Hughes, James Verling, Humphrey O'Mahony, Brian Verling.

Canovee 2 8 Aghinagh 2 9

Canovee played Aghinagh in the under 13 B football championship final in Clondrohid. Canovee led at half time by 1.04 to 0.03, with Conor O'Neill getting the Canovee goal. Facing the wind in the second half, Canovee came under pressure. However, a second goal by Jack Kelleher kept Canovee in contention but they could not stay ahead and at the final whistle, Aghinagh were ahead by one point. This was a top class game with both teams and the referee all playing their part. With two teams qualifying from the east division, Canovee are due to play the winners of Ilen Rovers or Kilmeen this weekend in the county semi final.