Lee Valley Outlook June 13 2013 v10e12

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Droumree from Sleaveen © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Macroom Library:
Purlies Knitting Group Thurs. June 20at 11a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte on Mon. June 24 at 11.30.
Acol Bridge Group: Wed. June 26, 11 – 1p.m.
June Exhibition: Work of Mary Corcoran.

Parkrun Free 5km run from Macroom Leisure Centre every Sat. at 9:30am.
Kilmichael Family Fun Day: on Sun. June 16 from 2pm at Annahala.
Summertime Cooking demonstration san Áras, Ballingeary on Mon. June 17 at 8pm
Daniel Kingston Memorial Road Race in Macroom on Thurs. 20th June.
Climbing Mushera: on Fril June 21 @ 7pm from Millstreet Country Park
Seisiún Launch on Fri. June 21st at 8.30pm in Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig.
Garden Fete in Leades House June 23 from 2pm.
Book Launch of 'Jeremiah's Hunger', by Elizabeth Osta in Donoughmore Community Centre on Wed. June 26 at 8p.m.
Battle of Mullinhassig: talk by Douglas Lucey on Sun. June 30 at 2p.m. at AugharidderaBridge, Rockgrove, assembling at Coachford Church Car Park.
G.A.A. Summer Camp: Ballingeary, July 1 – 5.
Liz Lucey Run: Sun. July 7 from Inchigeela.
Lough Allua Charity Swim on July 7th in aid of Cork Simon Community & Lions Clubs Message in a Bottle (MIAB)
Donoughmore Carnival Thurs. 18th July to Sun. 21st July.

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

State Examinations

Leaving Cert and Junior Cert Examinations 2013 are now well underway. Having started in glorious sunshine, the weather has reverted to its mixed ways. Subjects still remaining from Thursday, June 13 include Business, Art, German, Construction Studies, Latin, Physics, Accounting, Spanish, Chemistry, Economics, Agricultural Economics, Design, Communications and Graphics, Agricultural Science, Music, Religious Education, Applied Maths, Italian and Technology. Hopefully, by the time the exams are finished, the sunshine will have returned. Results of the 2013 Leaving Certificate Examination will be in schools on Wednesday 14th August. They will also be available on www.examinations.ie at 12 noon on that date.
Spare a thought for Libyan students who are sitting the Leaving Cert exam. The Leaving Certificate has been taken by the students at the InternationalSchool of the Martyrs (ISM), Tripoli, Libya since 1997. In the early 1990s the then Principal of ISM approached the Examinations Branch of the Department of Education with a view to adopting the Irish Leaving Certificate examinations system. The school began teaching the Leaving Certificate syllabus in September 1995 and the first examinations were held there in June 1997. In 2011 and 2012, given the highly unstable political and security situation in Libya, the SEC advised the school authorities that candidates could take their examinations in either Ireland or Malta. In 2012, 34 candidates travelled to Malta to sit their examinations and 1 candidate travelled to Ireland. In 2013, the SEC understands that candidates have again been granted visas to travel to Malta. All additional costs associated with these measures are met by the school.

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The attendance at the Corpus Christi ceremonies in Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook

Always Have a Dream

Forget about the days when it's been cloudy, but don't forget your hours in the sun.
Forget about the times you've been defeated, but don't forget the victories you've won.
Forget about the mistakes that you can't change now, but don't forget the lessons.
Forget about the misfortunes you've encountered, but don't forget the times your luck has turned.
Forget about the days when you've been lonely, but don't forget the friendly smiles you've seen.
Forget about the plans that didn't seem to work out right, but don't forget to always have a dream.

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Deirdre O'Shea, English Adventures Ireland; Joan Twomey, The Lakes Tour, Inchigeelagh and Siobhan Duggan, Irish Artist, Macroom at the Greenshoots Graduation and Exhibition at Macroom E Park ©Lee Valley Outlook

More Greenshoots

Greenshoots 3 celebrated the graduation of a variety of entrepreneurs at the conclusion of the 2013 programme at Macroom E Park recently. Programme Manager, Catherine Costello, welcomed the guests and congratulated the graduates, saying that they had made serious progress during the year. Mayor of Macroom, Owen McCarthy, stressed the importance of small business and welcomed the variety of the eleven new start-ups. Derry Canty, representing the Mayor of the County, called on his personal experience when he advised the entrepreneurs to start small, develop gradually, be positive and keep contact with colleagues and E Park staff. Graduate, Con Finucane, spoke for the group and expressed gratitude to trainers, coaches, mentors, sponsors and his fellow Greenshoots who helped him identify his strengths and weaknesses as he went about setting up his own business. Greenshoots 3, the Movie, produced by Justin Black, introduced the graduates and their dreams and stressed that the programme mainly deals with personal development and believes that the business owner is more important than the business. Ger Power, Chairperson of Macroom E, said that Greenshoots aims to grow the business people of the future. He stressed the importance of peer support and was pragmatic in his advice about projects. Entrepreneurs love their projects but these must be sustainable and profit making. He declared Greenshoots 4 now open to applications.
Denis Collins, Global Executive of IBM; Chairperson of the Board, European Tech Cluster and Board Director of Cork Chamber of Commerce delivered the keynote speech. Rejoicing in the air of positivity and diversity evident in the Greenshoots enterprises, he stressed that, while representing the multinational IBM, small businesses are essential to maintain the economic balance. 'Small is Big' he opined and advised the Greenshoots graduates to identify what they had to offer and apply to public bodies and big companies for contracts. Mr. Collins is currently leading a very exciting new initiative, DealStart, which aims to match start-ups with multi-national companies, to facilitate that all important 'foot in the door' engagement. Stressing the importance of positivity, he strongly maintained that Ireland is an entrepreneurial nation, witness its survival of the Famine and the rain! For its size, it boasts an excessively high number of top class business people, writers, musicians, poets, playwrights. In conclusion, he presented each Greenshoots entrepreneur with a plaque, beautifully crafted by James Hickey of Carving Mad Woodcraft. Other graduates were Dave O'Byrne, Democratic Apps, Passage West; David & Aiden O'Brien, The Workshop, Ballygarvan; Barry Cafferkey, Prohome Solutions, Donoughmore; Joan Twomey, The Lakes Tour, Inchigeelagh; Levente & Attila Magyar, Mamukko, Kinsale; Con Finucane, Oscon Telecom, Blackrock; Siobhan Duggan, Irish Artist, Macroom; Deirdre O'Shea, English Adventures Ireland, Macroom; Rashika Kahapola Arachchige, The Living Art Gallery, Macroom; Alan Taylor IT Consulting, Inchigeelagh and Oliver Leamy, On the Margins, Ballingeary.

Greenshoots 4

Greenshoots 4 now invites applications. The Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme runs 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, Bowl Road 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.
Successful applicants avail of: office space at Macroom E Enterprise Centre; business training workshops on key areas of business development (set-up, marketing, finance etc); mentoring support; business coaching & personal development; peer support – a readymade focus group, sounding board and brainstorming opportunity; access to links to support bodies and enterprise development agencies. Contact programme manager, Catherine Costello, to discuss your business idea and your suitability for this programme. Telephone: +353 (0)26 20520. Fax: +353 (0)26 20536. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Setting off on the Parkrun in Macroom Castle Demesne ©

Litter Challenge

Macroom is not doing well in the 2013 Cork County Council Litter Challenge. Following judgement of the second period, May 27 to June 5, the town has dropped to 7th place from a total of 9 in its category. Litter along North Square and again on the northern side of Main Street is the reason for the poor showing. Residential areas among the 10 locations judged were found to be totally litter free, earning the maximum 100 points. By contrast, the area from the Gearagh Bar to Penn's in North Square earned 66.7 marks, the deficit accounted for by 83 cigarette butts and 25 pieces of litter. The stretch from T.P. Cotter's to the entrance to Barrett's Place earned 66.5 marks, making losses on 25 cigarette butts and 31 pieces of litter. (10 butts = one piece of litter). Macroom is led by Castletownbere with a total of 1951.9 marks, followed by Kinsale, Youghal, Kanturk, Passage West and Charelville, with Macroom on 1793.7 marks, followed by Bandon and Mitchelstown. There are two more weeks of judging and, hopefully, Macroom will make a dramatic recovery. The Tidy Towns Committee is doing magnificent work in the effort to improve the environment but individuals must be responsible for their own stretch of footpath and businesses must seek to remove the litter left by their customers outside their premises. Is ar scáth a céile a mhaireann na daoine. Let us all make a great effort to improve the image of our town.

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6th Year De la Salle College Macroom graduation class of 2013. © An Scoil

De la Salle Updates

De la Salle College Macroom's 2012/'13 school year was marked by yet more success in both the academic and sporting fields. An excellent set of Leaving Cert results, including yet another student to gain maximum points, was followed by top class Junior Cert results, with several students gaining multiple A grades. One of the school's students who graduated in 2012, Edward Burgoyne, was awarded a J.P. McManus All-Ireland scholarship, which was presented to him in UL Limerick by former U.S. President Mr. Bill Clinton. Another student, Dylan Sheehan, achieved the top place in OL Technology in his Leaving Cert.
While there were many individual matches won in both football and hurling, only one trophy came the way of De la Salle this year, but it was the top prize in Cork Colleges' football, the Simcox Cup. A last gasp win over Rochestown College saw the Macroom school gain its 4th win in this championship in the last 6 years. A fantastic run in the Corn Ui Mhuiri, the Munster Colleges' senior football championship, came to an end in the semi-final in Knocknagree, with a loss to the ultimate winners, Pobal Scoil Corca Dhuibhne.
The school continues to excel in the realm of drama, and before Christmas put on a fantastic show in the Briery Gap in the shape of "Mrs. Jigglebottom's Boys". The combination of comedy, music and drama was very well received by sell-out audiences.
This year marked the 20th Anniversary of the school's exchange programme with Ecole St. Genes in Bordeaux. Several events were held in both Macroom and France to celebrate this wonderful achievement and De la Salle sent its largest contingent ever of 36 students on the return leg of the exchange to Bordeaux in April. Later on that month, a large group of First Year students travelled to Italy on the return leg of the annual cultural exchange with Marcallo con Casone near Milan.

Youthreach Presentation

'Youthreach Macroom Centre for Education' recently hosted a hugely successful event on 'Successful strategies for Young People in Education and Beyond'. Hosted in the Briery Gap, it was officially opened by Macroom Mayor, Cllr Owen McCarthy and included special guests John Lonergan and Sean Óg Ó hÁilpin. John Lonergan, who has developed a deep understanding of Human Nature within Irish Society, explained the importance of Active Citizenship and how education moves far beyond the classroom and impacts on the wider community. Sean Óg Ó hAilpín gave an honest and very insightful talk about his own educational experience. He claimed that despite winning 3 All Ireland medals, his greatest achievement in life to date was staying in school. He urged young students to avail of the supports offered to them, be it from home or school, and to learn from the mistakes and setbacks they get in life as those experiences can only make you stronger. The event was organized by the present Leaving Cert Applied and Fetac students. There were ushers, caterers, back- stage crew, including lighting operator and stage manager, and three amazing live performers, students, Jodan O'Driscoll, Shane O'Driscoll and John Foskett, who gave a hilarious and brilliant production of an extract from 'Class Acts' which showed 3 young football supporters cheering on their local school in a cup final. For more information on the Centre, please contact 026-43733.

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The original activists behind Macroom Mountain Dew Festival at a reunion in T.P. Cotter's. Front, from left, Charlie Leonard, Donal O'Callaghan, Pat O'Connell, Breda Murphy, Pat Kelleher and Matt Murphy. Back, from left, Maurice Cullen, Michael Lynch, John O'Callaghan, Ted Cotter, Martin FitzGerald, Tom Counihan and Paudie Murphy. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Mountain Dew Nostalgia

Jack and Breda Cotter of TP Cotters were hosts to the original members of the organising body of Macroom Mountain Dew Festival in Macroom on June 6. They celebrated the 35th anniversary of the festival's inception in 1976 and also marked the official opening of Bullfrogs at TP Cotters on Main Street, a new party venue whose name was inspired by one of Rory Gallagher's best loved songs: Bullfrog Blues. Rory Gallagher (1948 – 1995), will of course be forever associated with Macroom, where he topped the bill in 1977 and 1978 in two legendary open air concerts. These were the first ever such concerts to be held in Ireland.
In 1976 a group of twelve individuals set out to develop an annual summer festival in Macroom. They were drawn from a cross-section of youth, business and community life in the town, with a great mix of talents among the main activists. At the outset, nobody could have foreseen what ultimately transpired. The project reached a stage where it assumed a life of its own and took its creators on a fantastic odyssey for five unforgettable summers, attracting stars such as Marian Faithfull, Van Morrison, Paul Brady, The Under Tones, The Dubliners, The Wolfe Tones, The Cimarons, Joe O'Donnell, Hot Guitars and more to the mid-Cork capital.
Macroom Mountain Dew Festival took its name from the local tradition of distilling illicit white whiskey, also known as poitín or Mountain Dew. The Festival is still remembered today in many corners of the world for its audacious PR scoops and ground-breaking developments in the music world. Macroom staged Ireland's first ever open air rock concert in 1977. The organisers caused quite a stir, when they attracted international superstar, Rory Gallagher, to top the bill. Over 12,000 turned up and the concert was an overwhelming success. Open air concerts soon became the norm, following the trend set by Macroom
The organisers also showed an outrageous flair for a PR scoop. Thirty five years ago this summer, Macroom Mountain Dew Festival invited international pariah, Idi Amin of Uganda, to be their special guest on opening night. The invitation caused consternation. The story hit the front pages at home and abroad. Radio interviews were conducted as far away as Australia. The festivals of course included a myriad of lower profile features targeted at family entertainment. These included events such as burying a TV presenter alive, organising Ireland's first pig races etc.

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St. Colman's BNS Macroom staff with European visiting teachers at Comenius event © An Scoil

Comenius Visitors to Macroom

St. Colman's B.N.S. Macroom has, over the last two years, been involved in the Comenius programme, an EU educational project, part of the Lifelong Learning Programme. The focus of the Think Global, Act Local project is the promotion of environmental issues which have a global impact at local level. During the implementation of the project the school created a school garden, built a greenhouse made from plastic bottles, worked on recycling and reducing waste, composted fruit waste, reduced energy consumption and achieved its second green flag.
Recently St. Colman's hosted 35 teachers, representatives from its partner schools in Antwerp, Majorca, Slovenia, Manchester and Dublin, who were most impressed by the facilities in Macroom and by the project work done by staff and pupils. The entertainment provided for the visitors included the singing of "Mo Ghile Mear " and "Mount Massey the Flower of Macroom". The visiting teachers spent the afternoon observing class work and were given a display of Gaelic Football and Hurling. In the evening the group were taken to Gougane Barra and were treated to an Irish night at the Riverside Park Hotel. The following day they visited the Titanic Experience in Cobh, the Jameson Distillery in Midleton and Curraheen Greyhound Track. They really enjoyed their visit to Ireland and the Céad Míle Fáilte extended to them by all at St. Colman's BNS.

Daniel Kingston Road Race

The Daniel Kingston Memorial 5km Road Race, now in its fourth year, will be heldin Macroom on Thursday, June 20. As in previous years, all surplus funds will be donated to Cork ARC Cancer Support House in Daniel's memory. This run/ walk has become a huge hit among the running fraternity and in January it was voted the best BHAA (business houses athletic assoc) 5km race in Co. Cork in 2012. Close on 800 participants take part each year and it is hoped to exceed this number in 2013. Further details are available on www.corkbhaa.com.

Macroom Library Notes

Ciorcal Cainte, hosted by Nora Levis, takes place next on Monday, June 24th at 11.30. All welcome to this informal chat in Irish over a cup of tea. Mary Corcoran's work is on show in our display area. She has used the technique of appliqué and it is very effective and eye catching. It was Mary who recommended our recent appliqué workshop by Susannah Sindall and it was very much enjoyed by the 12 ladies who took part in this Bealtaine event.
The inaugural morning of the ACOL Bridge group was well supported and will next meet here in the library on Wednesday 26th June. It is aimed at people who already know how to play and will run from 11 to 1.00.
Thursday June 20th the Purlies Knitting Group meet at 11.am until 12.30
The Junior and Leaving Cert students made good use of our table spaces for studying in recent weeks. They kept their heads down and there was no messing and we wish them all the very best in their exams.
Penn Book Club finished up for the foreseeable future on Friday 7th June. There was a good turnout. I'm sure the reading will continue, bookclub or no! Farewell to Joseph, Neil, Clodagh, John, Sarah, Aodh , Hanna, Celine, Anne Marie and Sean.
Adult membership: €2.50 for a year. Children's membership 50 cents. Senior citizens: Free.
Opening hours 10.00am to 5.30 p.m, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Late Opening on Tuesday until 7.30p.m


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Pupil Enrolment at ClondrohidN.S. for September 2013. Parents wishing to enrol their child should contact the school secretary or Principal at 026 42580 with full details as soon as possible.

Family Fun Day: Dromleigh Parents' Association will host a Family Fun Day on Sunday June 16th from 2pm onwards at Annahala. The fun consists of running races, novelty races, face painting, monster slide, wellie toss, bean bag ladder...the list is endless so best just to come along and get involved.

Summertime Cooking demonstration and tips for easy cooking le Dorothy Ó Tuama san Áras, Ballingeary on Monday, June 17 at 8pm sharp. Proceeds to St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVP). Bia blasta, comhrá agus cupán tae. Tickets €10, available in local shops and at the door.

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.

Climbing Mushera: Aghinagh Macra have organised a walk up Mushera mountain on Friday, June 21 @ 7pm, meeting at Millstreet Country Park gates. Everybody welcome for this celebration of the Summer solstice. This will be followed by the club's A.G.M. in the Laine bar @9pm. The current officers would like to thank all who helped over the past year. The club is also busy at present organising a 5 km run on July 14th in Ballinagree in aid of Marymount Hospice.

Garden Fete in Leades House, organised by Rusheen N.S. Parents' Association, June 23 from 2pm. There will be lots of activities for all ages, also live music, barbeque, raffle with great prizes, vintage display and much more. Hope to see you there.

G.A.A. Summer Camp: In Ballingeary, July 1 – 5. Open to boys and girls: 5 yrs - 13 yrs and 13 yrs - 16 yrs. 10 am - 2.30 pm. Páirc Traolach MacSuibhne, Ballingeary. Camp will be visited by members of the Cork Senior Panel during the week. Forms available in Centra. CampCoordinators: Caitríona Ní Mhuirthile & Gearoidín Uí Bhuachalla

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.

Lough Allua Charity Swim on July 7th in aid of Cork Simon Community & Lions Clubs Message in a Bottle (MIAB)

Donoughmore Carnival Thursday 18th July to Sunday 21st July. This year's carnival will start with the official opening of the newly renovated community hall. There will be Fancy Dress & kids' entertainment. Friday night: one mile fun walk/ run.. Funfair nightly. Saturday & Sunday; events on donoughmoreparishfacebook page.

St Lachteen's Gathering: St. Lachteen's N.S., Donoughmore have been busy preparing for the Gathering and on June 11th welcomed students from St Lachteen's N.S, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny to the parish. The schools played a series of hurling, football and basketball matches and really enjoyed meeting their twins.

Sky Dive for ACT: Caitriona Lehane, Catriona O'Riordan, James Hallissey and Eoin Hurley, (all from Ballingeary) did a Charity Skydive with Skydive Ireland over GalwayBay on Tuesday the 4th of June and raised €6,860 for Aid Cancer Treatment in CorkUniversityHospital. This charity is voluntary and depends on donations in order to help contribute to greater patient care, treatment and comfort, by helping to invest in cancer treatment equipment and critical research projects. The skydivers wish to thank everybody who supported and donated along the way.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: June 2. Numbers drawn 7, 13, 16, 29. No winner. €50 Kevin Cullihane, Carrigadrohid. €25 Judy McCarthy, Farnanes; Tommy Murphy, Farnanes. Jack the Joker: Charlie Carroll, Canovee.
June 9. Jackpot €8,800.. Numbers drawn 3, 9, 14, 20. No winner. €50 Richie Twomey Carrigadrohid. €25 Aidan Moynihan, Canovee; M. Shanahan, Cloughduv. Jack the Joker: Sheila O'Rourke, Cloughduv. Next lotto draw on June 16 in Hickey's Bar, Aherla for a jackpot of €8,950

Coachford AFC Lotto. Results 4/6/2013, Jackpot: €7,400, Numbers Drawn: 16 - 19 - 30, No Winner, €40 James Buckley, €20 Sean Delaney, Mags, Liam Casey, Eugene O'Riordan (Yearly Ticket).
10/6/2013, Jackpot: 7,600, Numbers Drawn: 10 - 13 - 14, No Winner, €40 Niamh Twomey. €20 Mark O' Flynn, Eugene & Jennifer O' Sullivan, Brian McCarthy, Marie Healy.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: May 28. Jackpot €2,400. Numbers drawn 10, 16 and 35. No winner. €70 Sarah Walsh, c/o Sean Coughlan, Macroom. €20 Peter Oldham, Barrett's Place; Annette O'Sullivan, Codrum; Breda Herlihy, c/o M. Lynch, Macroom; Clare Mungovan, Middle Square; Eugen Hayes, c/o Conor Buttimer, Main St.
June 4. Jackpot €2,800. Numbers drawn 1, 11 and 21. No winner. €70 John Angland, New Street €20 Concubhair Murray, The Hermitage; Mickie O'Leary, The Orchard; Bridie Murphy, Dromree; Grace Murray, Railway View; Alice McSweeney, Sleaveen.

LeeValley Updates

New Electoral Area

Macroom will be part of a new Electoral Area to be known as Blarney - Macroom under the 2013 proposed changes in Local Government. Currently, Cork County Council has 48 members, representing 10 electoral areas. Macroom, which was joined with Ballincollig, had 4 councillors. It also had a Town Council. Under the new proposals, the number of CountyCouncillors will be increased to 55 and the electoral areas will be reduced to 8. No electoral area may have less than 6 or more than 10 councillors. Blarney – Macroom is to be represented by 6 members and we await the fate of Macroom Town Council
The proposed Blarney – Macroom Electoral Area has a population of 43.398 according to the last census. It stretches from Ballingeary to Donoughmore, Slievereagh to Brinny; Gort na Tobratan to Blarney; Mountrivers to Bengour and Castletown. The following are the polling stations included in alphabetical order: Aghinagh, Aglish, Sliabh Riabhach, Ballygroman, Ballymurphy, Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh, Bengour, Blarney, Brinny, Cannaway, Carrigrohanebeg, Ceann Droma, Cill na Martra, Claonráth, Clondrohid, Clonmoyle, Doire Fhínín, Dripsey, Firmount, Gort na Tiobratan, Gowlane, Greenfort, Greenville, Inchigeelagh, Kilberrihert, Kilbonane, Kilcullen, Knockantota, Knockavilly, Macloneigh, Macroom Urban, Magourney, Mashanaglass, Matehy, Mountrivers, Moviddy, Murragh, Na hUláin, Ovens, Rahalisk, Teadies, Templemartin and Warrenscourt.

Rylane Entrepreneurs

Recently, pupils from the senior classes at Rylane N.S. took part in Biz World, a two day workshop in which they learned the basics of managing money and how to be responsible for their own business. They undertook the roles of product manager, design manager, sales and marketing manager, financial controller etc, while setting up a business enterprise. Following on from the Rylane workshop, Ciara Ahern, a 5th class student, contacted John Fontana, President Yankee Candles International, with a business proposal, involving the creation of a candle range, Scents of Ireland, to include turf, shamrock, tea and toast and furze bush scented candles. John Fontana received the proposal favourably and forwarded a commemorative candle and letter to the school, in which he commended Ciara's marketing talents and her flair for new product development; he even offered her a job in his company in the future!
The Biz World workshops are delivered free of charge by teachers to primary schools and they help to sow the seeds of future enterprise.

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Clondrohid N.S. pupils pictured with GAA President Liam O Neill and school principal Con Lehane © An Scoil

Clondrohid Updates

Corpus Christi Procession: This parish event took place after 11am Mass, when Fr. Wickham carried the Blessed Sacrament from the church to the hall car park, led by the altar boys, and followed by this year's First Holy Communion children, then the choir, followed by a large congregation. The Rosary was recited, hymns sung, the First Holy Communion children gathered around the altar with the Holy Eucharist and sang their prepared hymn. After Benediction the procession returned to the church. Well done to the children and to all who helped in any way and to the residents en route who decorated their premises with statues and flowers.
Be Observant: Well done to a local lad and his dad who were involved in apprehending clothes thieves last week. During the past few months clothes have been disappearing up and down the country from amenity centres like the one in Clondrohid. So well done for being observant, checking things out and reporting to the Gardaí. The world we live in these days requires us all to be ever vigilant and report any suspicious activity.
Clondrohid Development Group: With the onset of such beautiful weather last week it was all hands on deck for weeding, planting and watering . Most plants, shrubs, summer bedding are in place now, along with the hanging baskets. Well done to this small organisation who year after year try their best to keep the village glowing. They would like to thank those who give them a hand, Marian, Catherine, Marie, and Gobnait, and to Johnny for strimming and lawn mowing and helping with the watering. Anybody wishing to give a hand is most welcome.
Exams: Best of luck to all those from the parish sitting the Junior and Leaving Cert exams. Let's hope the good weather was not a distraction.
Boxing: Congrats to Tina Desmond who has been picked for the Irish Team to box in The European Youth Championships, which will take place in Hungary from June 30 to July 8
G.A.A.: Unfortunately the Summer Camp in Clondrohid has to be cancelled this year due to commencement of further development work on a running track and other amenities. U.12 footballers recorded their 3rd win when they defeated Courcey Rovers on a score line of 1 11 to 1 4.
Fixtures: Junior B Saturday June 15 at home to Grenagh at 8pm, and Saturday June 29 at home to Gleann na Laoi at 7pm .U.12 football League on Wednesday June 19 away to Macroom, and U 11 Football League at home to Grenagh on Saturday June 22. As always check locally for more fixtures and for any changes.
Lotto: Week 1 Jackpot €2,400. No winner. €70 Emma Lynch, Macroom. €20 S. O'Connell, Tower; David O'Mahony Raleigh; Liam O'Callaghan c/o Spillane; Tim Kiely, c/o N.C.P.
Week 2 Jackpot €2,600. No winner. €70 to Denis Lucey, Gortnalicka; €20 to Maura O'Brien, Curraleigh; Sheila Murphy, Ballymakeera; Mick Kelly, Bandon; Leo Hughes, Masseytown.
Bingo: Every Wednesday night jackpot €2,250

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Corpus Christi procession in Clondrohid ©. Clondrohid Photographers

Battle of Mullinhassig

ACR Heritage, a sub-committee of Aghabullogue, Coachford, Rylane Community Council, is organising a presentation of the Battle of Mullinhassig 1580 on Sunday, June 30 at 2p.m., assembling at Coachford Church Car Park. Douglas Lucey will give a talk at the site of the conflict (AugharidderaBridge at Rockgrove, Coachford), weather permitting. Otherwise it will take place at an indoor venue in Coachford. This is probably the first talk on the famous standoff between Sir James Fitzgerald and the MacCarthys of Muskerry. Sir James 'Sussex' Fitzgerald of Desmond was the youngest half brother of Gerald, the 15th Earl of Desmond, and one of the leading figures of the Second Desmond Rebellion (1579-1583) up to the time of his capture on 4 August 1580 by the forces of Sir Cormoke McTeige MacCarthy of Muskerry. The plantation of Munster followed soon after and ultimately, the demise of the Earldom of Desmond. This event, as well as having local importance, is also of national/ regional significance. Sir James had quite an interesting, if short life and brutal end. He was injured at Mullinhassig, taken to CarrigadrohidCastle, then to BlarneyCastle, handed over to the English, presumably then taken to ShandonCastle and, after a number of weeks, executed. Donnell MacCarthy (Tanaiste and 2nd in command) of the MacCarthys of Muskerry, who was wounded in the conflict, subsequently died at CarrignamuckCastle (Dripsey).

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Oíche Ceimniú ag Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhic Íre 2013 . © Nóra Ní Luasa

Barry Collins Benefit Fund

The 'Barry Collins Benefit Fund' was launched in Newcestown recently. Barry, a well know entertainer and member of the Webb band, recently suffered a serious stroke and is currently in the NationalRehabilitationHospital, Dún Laoghaire. As a result of his condition, his family home will have to be modified and other essential aids provided. His siblings, many friends and the wider community are anxious to alleviate the huge economic burden involved. A Golf Classic will be held in Lee Valley Golf & Country Club on Friday July 5th. Supporters and golfers can support this venture by: a) entering a 3 person team @ €200 including meal or b) by sponsoring a tee @ €100. Please contact 086 058 9584 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This will be followed by a 'Night at the Dogs' in Curraheen on Thursday July 25th. Ross Oil is the main sponsor and it is being co-ordinated by Mark Sheehan and Niall O'Mahony. You can support this event, by sponsoring a race or an advertisement, by 'buying' a dog or by purchasing a ticket to attend on the night. A concert is being organised for later in the summer, where Natural Gas and Comhaltas will be among the performers. Patrick O'Sullivan and his band will be the main act for a dance in the Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway in October.

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, Ahadallane, 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. 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.


Ballincollig Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is delighted to confirm that Seisiún will again take place in Oriel House Hotel every Tuesday night for the summer months, commencing on July 2nd and finishing on August 13th. The first half of the evening will be a formal stage show which will showcase the best of Traditional Irish Music, Song Dance and Story. The second half of the evening will be a more informal session, where audience participation is encouraged.
Anseo tiocfaidh tú ar thaispeántas cheol thraidisiúnta Ghaelach atá anamúil agus spleodrach, chomh maith le hamhránaíocht, rince agus scéalaíocht. Tagann na ceoltóirí le chéile chun oíche mhór shiamsaíochta a bheith acu. Sa tarna leath freisin, is féidir le gach duine páirt a ghlacadh i seisiún ceoil agus rince.
Seisiún provides a unique entertainment experience for holidaymakers and locals alike, especially as 2013 is the year of "The Gathering". Why not include a trip to Seisiún in your Family Gathering this summer.
The show in Ballincollig is produced by Martin Power and will feature musicians, singers and dancers who are members of the branch in Ballincollig. Seisiún is not just a concert. It is a unique, traditional and cultural experience enabling both locals and visitors from Ireland and overseas to enjoy a taste of the real Ireland.
Tuesday nights, July 2nd to August 13th at 8.45pm in Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig. Information at www.ballincolligcomhaltas.ie or from Diarmuid on 087- 202 8638 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
A "Seisiún Launch" will take place on Friday, June 21st at 8.30pm in Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig. Everyone is welcome to attend and get a flavour of what will be on offer during July and August. Beidh fáilte is fiche romhat.


By Michael Kelly
Tomatoes and Carrots
It's that time of the year again to get the tomato plants planted out, a time-consuming task of supporting the tomato plants and putting a watering 'system' in place in advance, which saves a lot of hassle down the line, and results in healthier plants. Tomato plants are spaced 50cm apart in rows. This year I am growing 8 different varieties: Tigerella, Sungold, Rosada, Matina, Indigo Rose, Berner Rose, Beefsteak and Shirley. I also put the watering 'system' in place – a 2l milk carton, with the bottom cut off, and buried spout-down in the soil beside the plant. When watering the plants, one simply fills the carton with water which delivers about 2l of water right down to the roots.
By sowing carrots at the end of May or early June, you can avoid the dreaded carrot root fly and achieve quicker and more reliable germination. To get the bed ready for carrots, firstly, turn the soil in the bed over with a fork so that the carrots have got a nice friable, un-compacted soil mix to grown down in to. Rake the soil over to get it to a nice fine tilth ready for sowing. Spray the bed with nemaslug – a tiny microscopic nematode which keeps the bed slug free for up to 6 weeks. That 6-week window gives the carrots time to get established


Volunteer for a Job

Finding a job in these times is exceptionally difficult. One of the most effective strategies to assist the job-seeking process is volunteering in a new area. Volunteering with a strategically chosen organisation is a smart move to assist job-seeking. It widens your circle of acquaintances, meeting new people and bringing routine and a sense of purpose back into your life. It also helps to develop experience and skills in potentially new areas of work. A key consideration in volunteering is to practice or develop skills which will assist with your job-hunting.
Another good job-hunting strategy is thinking outside the box, or re-inventing yourself. This will be more likely to happen if you expose yourself to completely new experiences. Through challenging yourself and getting your brain active, volunteering in a new area just might expose you to job possibilities you did not know existed before and may even help you consider new career opportunities. Your volunteering will be great for the organisation that benefits from your time and effort – but you must also benefit. You should not be taken for granted.
An additional impact will be psychological – you might not notice it, but being busy, working for a cause you believe in, alongside a team of equally passionate fellow volunteers will change you – and how others see you. You will come across as more confident and capable when you meet a potential employer, who will recognise your efforts. Most voluntary groups are permanently short of volunteers, so simply ask someone involved. Get stuck in and make a difference – It will make you feel better about yourself and greatly assist you job-hunting efforts. See www.westcorkjobsupport.com for more details.

Sports Mad

GAA – CorkCounty Championships

The opening rounds of the county hurling championships brought little joy to Mid Cork clubs, all six suffering defeat. Only Inniscarra in Premier Intermediate grade and Eire Óg in Intermediate could consider themselves unlucky, the remainder could have no complaints with the results. The second round will prove difficult for all six teams but one Mid Cork winner is guaranteed as Dripsey and Eire Óg meet in the Intermediate grade.

2nd Round Pairings (winners to Rd. 4, losers to Rd. 3 in all championships)

Senior Hurling

Courcey Rovers v Killeagh

Ballinhassig v Bride Rovers

Ballymartle v Erin's Own

Douglas v St. Finbarr's

4th Round qualifiers: Na Piarsaigh, Blackrock, Glen Rovers, Sarsfields, Bishopstown, Midleton, Newtownshandrum, Carrigtwohill.

Premier Intermediate Hurling


Cloyne v BLARNEY


Kilworth v Carrigaline

4th Round Qualifiers: Carrigaline, Newcestown, Kilbrittain, Valley Rovers, Watergrasshill, Bandon, Mallow, Castlelyons.

Intermediate Hurling



St. Catherine's v Milford

Dromina v Argideen Rangers

4th Round Qualifiers: Aghada, Barryroe, Kanturk, Charleville, Ballygarvan, Fr. O'Neills, Kildorrery, Fermoy.

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Liam Ó Neill (Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael) meets the youth of Macroom at St. Colman's N.S. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

BLARNEY 0 – 8 Newcestown 0 - 14

Blarney, who spent a year up in senior ranks in 2009, were outsiders against Newcestown at Ballincollig and the West Cork men, although nearly always forcing the pace, did not kill off the Blarney challenge completely until the final quarter. Blarney got off to a good start with a brace of points, one each from Mark Cremin and Colin Murphy, but the Newcestown defence then got matters under control and the sides were level after ten minutes at 0-2 each. Newcestown had inched ahead by the end of the first quarter but Blarney stayed in touch with points from Ross McNamara, Mark Cremin and Peter O'Driscoll, the sides being level three more times and after 25 minutes it was 0-5 each. Newcestown's Eoin Kelly then hit over two more points to double his 2nd quarter contribution and with a smashing point from Hugh Curran also, the West Cork side led by 0-8 to 0-5 at the interval. Blarney came out for the second half full of spirit and took the game to Newcestown and were rewarded with a point from Jack O'Regan which narrowed the lead to two, but Newcestown responded through Seanie Ryan and Luke Meade. Blarney were on top at this stage, their defence very composed, but up front they were unfortunate to see a number of good chances from both play and frees hit wide of the posts. Peter O'Driscoll's pointed free again reduced the deficit at the three quarter stage but Newcestown replied quickly however, and Eoin Kelly extended their lead. Jack O'Regan had a final point for Blarney, before Newcestown's Hugh Curran pointed another two frees to leave Blarney in need of goals to save the day and the Newcestown defence were never going to concede these.
Blarney: Paul Hallissey: Donal O'Neill, Paul O'Leary, Ciarán Buckley: John Barrett, Darragh McSweeney, David Walsh: Joe Jordan, Mark Cremin: Mark O'Leary, Craig Sykes, Colin Murphy: Peter O'Driscoll, Ross McNamara, Darragh O'Brien. Subs: David Cremin, Jack O'Regan, John Daniel Good, Patrick O'Sullivan.
Blarney now head into the second round against Cloyne (losers to Kilbrittain), and that should be some contest!

INNISCARRA 1 – 14 Bandon 2 – 16

A superb game of hurling at Newcestown finished in defeat for Inniscarra when a late 1-2 from Bandon gave last year's defeated finalists victory over an Inniscarra side, which had reached the semi final stage in 2012 before losing to eventual champions Ballinhassig. In a game if two halves, Bandon dominated the opening thirty minutes and led by 0-13 to 0-6 at the interval. Inniscarra staged a magnificent second half rally and eventually drew level at 1-14 each with only a minute to go. Bandon then broke the 'Scarra hearts with their late, late scoring burst. Points from Dan O'Connell, Colm Casey and a Tomás O'Connor free gave Inniscarra an early lead, despite playing into the wind. Bandon replied with two points from Jason Hickey and Daren Crowley then brought them level from a free and then proceeded to hit over six more points, one from play. County U21 Mark Sugrue added three from play and corner back Philip Crowley another and with Inniscarra replying with three points, all from Tomás O'Connor frees, Bandon led by 0-13 to 0-6 at the interval. On the restart, battling Inniscarra quickly got into their stride and points from John O'Callaghan, John Casey, Colm Casey, Dan O'Connell and Tomas O'Connor had the deficit reduced to three points at the three quarter stage. Inniscarra were flying and only a succession of brilliant saves by the Bandon goalkeeper James McSweeney and heroics by the defence kept the Mid Cork side at bay. Points from Jonathan Olden and Dave O'Keeffe answered a Bandon point and only two points separated the teams when Bandon now had a major slice of good fortune as a side line cut finished in the Inniscarra net ten minutes from time. The Blues were not giving up and responded immediately with a smashing goal from Jonathan Olden and Dan O'Connell then hit over a point to tie the scores at 1-14 each. There was just over a minute to go when Bandon went back in front with a point from Michael Cahalane and Darren Crowley added another from free and the outcome was beyond doubt when Alan Johnson had a goal in injury time for the Carbery men.
Inniscarra: Jack O'Keeffe: Kevin Burke, Paul Kavanagh, B O'Keeffe: Frank Olden, John O'Callaghan (Capt.), Paul Farmer: Tim Murphy, Stephen Olden: John Casey, Colm Casey, Dan O'Connell: Liam Ó Riain, Jonathan Olden, Tomás O'Connor. Subs: S O'Donoghue, Sean O'Callaghan and D O'Keeffe (Blood sub).
In round two, Inniscarra face Tracton who suffered defeat to Mallow in their opening game.

BALLINCOLLIG 1 – 7 Castlelyons 0 – 15

The standard of hurling was uninspiring in this Sunday evening game at Caherlag. Both sides were guilty of very poor shooting and Castlelyons were the most culpable in this regard. It took all of 11 minutes to register the first score of the game and this opening point, for Ballincollig, came from a free, struck by Cian Dorgan. Castlelyons improved as the game progressed and they had a 0-3 to 0-1 lead by the 20th minute. Three minutes later, Ballincollig were back in front when Ian Coughlan had the only goal of the game, finishing off good approach work by Brian Glavin and lashing the sliotar to the Castlelyons net. The East Cork men finished the half well and three points in a row helped them to a 0-6 to 1-2 interval lead. Castlelyons were still on top in the third quarter and three further points gave them a comfortable four point lead but they were in trouble once again when Ballincollig's Ciarán O'Sullivan pointed twice, one coming from a '65'. When substitute Frank Hickey, then fired over a 57th minute point for Ballincollig only two points separated the teams and Ballincollig were in with a chance of victory. Castlelyons responded to the imminent danger however and three late points were enough to see them progress to Round Four.
Ballincollig: Finbarr Kelly: Luke Prendergast, Noel Galvin, John Paul Murphy: Rory O'Doherty, Colin Harris, Bryan O'Halloran: Ciaran O'Sullivan (0-2, 0-1 '65'), David Collins: Brian Glavin, Stephen O'Donoghue, Ian Coughlan (1-0): Emmet Ryle (0-1), Cian Dorgan (0-2, frees), Niall Purcell Subs; Conor Sexton (0-1) and Frank Hickey (0-1).
Ballincollig now face Youghal and that will be a difficult assignment for the Mid Cork town team.

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Kilmurry N.S. children perform for the G.A.A. President during his visit to the school. ©. An Scoil

County Intermediate Hurling Championship

AGHABULLOGUE 2 – 10 Barryroe 0 – 18

Aghabullogue staged a fine rally at Brinny and almost rescued the game but in a last minute attack deep in injury time corner forward Dan Twomey in possession was rather harshly blown for overholding and with this decision went the Mid Cork men's last chance of victory. Aghabullogue, relegated last season, were chasing this game from the start as Barryroe had wind advantage and used it well. Two early points gave Barryroe a good start and but Aghabullogue replied to draw level by the twelfth minute with points from Michael Dennehy and a Finbarr Foley free. Barryroe immediately regained the lead and fired over point after point as Aghabullogue were nearly overran. The score was 0-9 to 0-2 by the 23rd minute but two minutes later Aghabullogue were thrown a lifeline when Greg Murphy got his hurley to a '65' and the ball finished in the Barryroe net. The West Cork men replied with a point but Donal Twomey struck over a point for Aghabullogue in injury time so at the break it was 0-10 to 1-3 in favour of Barryroe and they were not flattered by the margin of their lead.
Things got worse for Aghabullogue on the resumption when Barryroe quickly fired over three further points to lead by 0-13 to 1-3 in the 34th minute. A point apiece from Donal Twomey and Finbarr Foley improved the situation a little for Aghabullogue but Barryroe then replied with a brace to regain their seven point lead after 40 minutes. A smashing point for Aghabullogue from Dan Twomey was matched by a point from a Barryroe free but Aghabullogue's play was improving at last, if only slightly. John Corkery pointed from the wing in the 42nd minute and Finbarr Foley quickly added a point from a free. Donal Twomey then pointed in the 44th minute but Barryroe replied with two points to lead by 0-18 to 1-9 at the three quarter stage. Barryroe were not to score again as Aghabullogue continued to improve. Seven minutes from time Donal Twomey pointed a free for Aghabullogue and at the end of normal time, Dan Twomey availed of a second chance and lashed the ball to the Barryroe net to cut the deficit to two points. There were three minutes of injury time played and Aghabullogue came in strong pursuit of a goal to save the day but it was not forthcoming.
Aghabullogue: Denis O'Leary: Pádraig Murphy, Eamonn Murphy, Eoin Kennedy: Paul O'Rourke, Niall Buckley (capt.), Denis Quinlan: Aidan Barry Murphy, John Buckley: John Corkery, Michael Dennehy, Finbarr Foley: Donal Twomey, Greg Murphy, Dan Twomey. Subs: John Kelleher, Mark O'Flynn and Ian BarryMurphy.
Aghabullogue now face Meelin, who were surprised by Aghada in their opening game.

EIRE ÓG 2 – 14 Ballygarvan 4 – 9

This result was pretty hard to stomach for Eire Óg who were the better side one felt but the concession of four goals was disastrous to their chances of victory at Brinny. Eire Óg were without the services of regular net minder Paul Ryan, on Summer vacation work in the US, and they needed him as the defence was a little shaky and was breached too easily, too often. Yet it took a point from Cork panellist Stephen White two minutes from time to win this game for Ballygarvan after Eire Óg kept coming back from severe reverses, which included having a man dismissed for a second yellow card offence when the teams were level late in the game. Eire Óg were in dominant form in the opening quarter and led by 0-7 to 0-1after 20 minutes. Three points from Ciarán Sheehan, two from Paul McDonagh, one from Daniel Goulding and a point from a free from John Dineen had the Ovens men flying and they were playing with supreme confidence at this stage. In the 20th minute Ballygarvan had their first goal, they very quickly added two points and when they struck for a second goal in the 22nd minute they had sensationally taken the lead and the trend of this game had dramatically change around. Ciarán Sheehan pointed for Eire Óg in the 25th minute but Ballygarvan tails were up and they added a further goal and a point before Ciarán Sheehan had a late point for Eire Óg which could easily have been a goal. Thus at half time, Eire Óg were being led by five points, 3-5 to 0-9 after a half they had dominated for a long period.
Eire Óg got the start they needed for the second half, Gary O'Flynn finding the net after Daniel Goulding's shot had been parried. Points from Goulding and a John Dineen free brought the teams level by the 40th minute but then Eire Óg conceded the fourth goal to fall behind again. John Dineen cut the deficit to two points from a free, Ballygarvan hit back with three points in a row to again lead by five points with ten minutes remaining, score now 4-8 to 1-12. A superb point from Dermot Herlihy inspired Eire Óg to keep trying, John Dineen pointed a '65' in the 52nd minute and a minute later the teams were level when John Dineen's free landed in the goalmouth and Daniel Goulding tapped a loose ball to the net. Eire Óg deserved at least a draw for their bravery but sport can be cruel. Eire Óg lost a defender to a second yellow acard and in the 58th minute the Ballygarvan centre back came up field and fired over a massive lead point that was to win the game for the South East men.
Eire Óg: Tim Crowley: John Kelleher, Cian O'Mahony, Ciarán Hutchinson; Shane McCarthy, Alan O'Mahony, Fionn O'Rourke: Gary O'Flynn, John Dineen: Ciarán Sheehan, Barry Corkery, Dermot O'Herlihy: Kieran O'Sullivan, Daniel Goulding, Paul McDonagh. Subs: Tim O'Leary, Dylan Desmond, John Mullins.
Eire Óg will meet Dripsey in the second round.

DRIPSEY 0 – 10 Kanturk 2 – 20

Last season, Kanturk were beaten county finalists while Dripsey had to win the relegation play off to survive in the grade. These stats. would suggest a gap in standards and such a gap was in evidence at Donoughmore. Kanturk were clearly the better team and Dripsey now face the difficult back door route in their bid for survival. Kanturk had 0-4 on the board before Diarmuid O'Riordan had Dripsey's opening point in the 11th minute. Kanurk continued to dominate and had added six more points before O'Riordan pointed a free for Dripsey in the 28th minute. When Kanturk then added a goal the game was as good as over and David O'Sullivan's late point left Dripsey behind 1-11 to 0-3 at the break. Another Kanturk goal in the 35th minute from an Anthony Nash free added to the Dripsey woes but they fought on to the finish against impossible odds and had late points from Diarmuid O'Riordan and Barry O'Regan to improve the appearance of the scoreboard. Dripsey have been hard hit by emigration since they won the All Ireland Junior title in 2008/9, losing half their team of that campaign.
Dripsey: John Hogan: John Carey, Padraig O'Riordan, Stephen Murray: E O'Connell, Mark O'Sullivan, Aidan Murray: D Buckley, Gary Murphy: Conor Hayes, Diarmuid O'Riordan, Danny Buckley: D O'Sullivan, Thomas Ahearne, Aidan Buckley. Subs: Barry O'Regan and S Corkery.
Dripsey meet Eire Óg in the all Mid Cork clash in the next round.

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Daltaí Chill na Martra ag Scoil Lachtaín Naofa le Liam Ó Neill, Uachtarán C.L.G. ©Lee Valley Outlook

County Junior 'B' Hurling Championship

O'Donovan Rossa 2 – 14 Iveleary 0 - 9

Iveleary were knocked out of the County Junior B Hurling championship at Dunmanway when they were defeated by a team of good hurlers from Skibbereen. The West Cork side led by 0-9 to 0-2 at half time, but a very much improved Iveleary more than held their own in the second half but unfortunately, conceded two goals, rather against the run of play.
Iveleary: Robert Oldham: Anthony Sweeney, John McNulty, Martin Cotter: Ger O'Riordan, Daniel O'Riordan, Kevin Manning: Barry Murphy, Finbarr McSweeney: Kevin Hourihan, Colin Tanner, Liam Kearney: Cathal Vaughan, James O'Leary, David Dineen. Subs: Ger McSweeney, John O'Callaghan and Shane Galvin.

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Liam O'Neill, GAA President, visits Canovee School © Peter Scanlan Photography

Ballincollig Credit Union Ltd. Mid Cork Junior 'A' Hurling Championship

Either Grenagh or Cloughduv have won 13 of the last 14 Mid Cork Junior Hurling championships and most pundits think that the winners of the 2013 championship will be one of the 'big two' again. First round results have done nothing to alter this appraisal but Ballinora and Donoughmore may fancy their chances of making things hot for either of the favourites. Eire Óg, Ballincollig, Blarney and Inniscarra are fielding club second teams and only Blarney had a win in the opening round.

First Round Results:

Grenagh 1-17 Eire Óg 0- 7 at Blarney

Ballinora 2-17 Ballincollig 0-10 at Ovens

Blarney 2-20 Kilmichael 4-11 at Coachford

Donoughmore 1-12 Inniscarra 0-12 at Coachford

Cloughduv – a bye

Round Two

The draws for Round Two were made at a Board meeting at Coachford and are as follows: Cloughduv v Kilmichael, Eire Óg v Ballincollig, Inniscarra – a bye.
(Note: If Kilmichael defeat Cloughduv, then Cloughduv, who had a first round bye, will play Inniscarra with the winner of this game progressing to the third round.

Grenagh 1-17 Éire Óg 0-7

The first game of the 2013 Mid Cork championship was played at Blarney in beautiful weather conditions and provided moderate entertainment value for the spectators who basked in the glorious evening sunshine. Grenagh were very strong favourites against a young Eire Óg second team and never looked like losing. Eire Óg did show however that while not up to the overall standard of the reigning champions, they did have some fine young hurlers and the Ovens side were always competitive. Cork senior, Tom Kenny, lined out at centre forward for Grenagh and showed that he is in fine shape as the Munster championship showdown with Clare draws near.
Tom Kenny opened the scoring with a point in the second minute and two more from the Cork star and one from Sean Bourke had Genagh in front by 0-4 to 0-2 after ten minutes, Brian Kirwin's frees accounting for the Eire Óg reply. The only goal of the game came in the 11th minute, DD Dorgan lobbing in the ball and Colm O'Neill blasting to the Eire Óg net from close range. Grenagh points followed from Kenny, Colm O'Neill (2), Dean Dalton, Niall O'Doherty and Conor Fitzgerald to give the winners a 1-10 to 0-3 interval lead, Brian Kirwin pointing another free in reply for Eire Óg in the 23rd minute.
Tom Kenny and Niall O'Doherty added on a point apiece on the restart and while it was obvious that Grenagh were going to win this contest, Eire Óg battled on and played some good hurling as the tempo of the Grengah play slowed somewhat. Kevin Hallissey pointed a free for the challengers but Grenagh replied with points from Tom Kenny (2) and Conor Fitzgerald. Ed Long and the very prominent Ronan O'Toole had Eire Óg scores and as the final quarter began it was 1-15 to 0-6. Long serving Seamus Coleman had a point for Grenagh in the 49th minute, Tom Kenny hit over his eight point of the game and Kevin Hallissey finished the scoring with a point for Eire Óg, a reward for his sides persistent efforts.
Grenagh: Mark Kenny: Aonghus Duggan, Raymond Dorgan, Paul McCarthy: Diarmuid Dorgan, Gerry Russell, Kelvin Cummins: Dean Dalton, Kevin O'Neill: Sean Burke, Tom Kenny, Niall Doherty: Conor Fitzgerald, Seamus Coleman, Colm O'Neill. Subs:
Eire Óg: Liam Fouhy: Finbarr Fouhy, Andy Herlihy, Ger McSweeney: Aidan Twomey, Ed Long, Darragh McCarthy: Donncha Kelly, John Malone: Brian Darcy O'Sullivan, Vincent Fahy, Ronan O'Toole: Brian Kirwin, Eoin Lyons, John O'Connor. Sub: Kevin Hallissey.
Referee: Mr Dave McCarthy, Kilmurry.

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Canovee who defeated Aghinagh in the County u-13 Football Final at Macroom ©

Ballinora 2-17 Ballincollig 0-10

Ballinora ran out comfortable winners over their neighbours Ballincollig at a sunny Ovens. The winners dominated the opening half and led by 2-11 to 0-4 at the break. Ballincollig improved significantly in the second half and finished the game with some pride intact.
Ballinora started rally well and scores from Pat Fitton, Tomas McGrath and Denis Buckley gave them an early edge. Michael Hodge was completely dominant at centre-back, Pat Fitton was brilliant in attack and the scores flowed for Ballinora who led by 0-6 to nil after 10 minutes. Two more points from Barry Crowley followed and then Conor Murphy fired in a rasper to goal for Ballinora and this game was already over as a contest. Ballincollig, reeling under the Ballinora onslaught, did not register their opening score until the 20th minute of the game, a point from Barry McElligott, and two more points from Graham Enright and one from Eoin Byrne improved the appearance of the scoreboard. Ballinora finished out the half strongly, Barry Crowley registered his third point, and his side led at the interval by 1-9 to 0-4.
On resumption, Chris Collins pointed two excellent frees for Ballincollig but Patrick Fitton was still playing beautiful hurling and he landed four excellent points to keep Ballinora in cruise control (In all, Patrick Fitton scored seven points from play). Denis Buckley had a second Ballinora goal to further embellish the scoreboard.
Scorers: Ballinora: P Fitton 0-7, D Buckley 1-1, C Murphy 1-0, B Crowley 0-3, M Murphy, T McGrath, 0-2 each, B J Murphy, B T Murphy 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: C Collins 0-4 (frees), G. Enright 0-2, B. McElligott, E. Byrne, J O'Driscoll, C. Dwyer 0-1 each.
Ballinora: Colm Walsh; Mike Lordan, Eoin Hourihan, Brendan Hourihan; Danny Hourihan, Mike Hodge, Paul Kennedy; Tomás McGrath, Gary O'Halloran; Patrick Fitton, Conor Murphy, Michael Murphy; Denis Buckley, Alan O'Neill, Barry Crowley. Subs: Michael Hurley(ht), Brian J Murphy (40m), Brian T Murphy (52m).
Ballincollig: Ronan Cambridge; Shane O'Sullivan, Adrian Hanley, Timothy Collins; William Greene, Eoin Dineen, Paul Collins: Colin Moore, Aaron O'Donovan, Barry McElligott, Chris Collins, Graham Enright; John O'Driscoll, Eoin Byrne, Conor Dwyer. Sub: Adam Buckley for P Collins (ht).
Referee: Mr. John Horgan (Gleann Na Laoi).

Blarney 2 - 20 Kilmichael 4 – 11

A sub standard first half performance was the undoing of Kilmichael at Coachford and they left themselves with too much to do to at the finish to save the day, despite a great rally which brought the huge eleven point deficit down to two points. Points from Conor Cotter and Peter Kelleher had Kilmichael level at 0-2 after ten minutes but then Blarney struck for a goal and even though Peter Kelleher had a point in reply, Blarney added on a further three point to lead by 1-5 to 0-3 after 20 minutes. Conor Cotter had another Kilmichael point and Donal O'Brien had a point and then a goal for the western side, but Blarney kept adding point to their tally, the experienced John Hurley proving lethal in attack, and a second Blarney goal before the break gave the village team a 2-9 to 1-5 interval lead. Three further point for Blarney followed on the restart, before Conor Cotter had a point for Kilmichael and when Blarney replied with a brace, Peter Kelleher sent over another point for Kilmichael in reply. A Blarney point left the score at 2-15 to 1-7 but then the Kilmichael rally got under way and succeeded in reducing the deficit down to two points, helped by goals from Conor Cotter, Peter Kelleher and Conor Cotter again. Blarney held on and a late point eased their situation and left Kilmichael still searching for that elusive victory in the 'A' grade hurling championship. James O'Leary, just back from studies overseas, made a welcome late appearance for Kilmichael and scored a point.
Blarney: Niall Hayes: Eoghan Murphy, David Walsh, Wayne Shine: Harrington, James Hughes, Stephen O'Donoghue: Robert White, Keith Costelloe: Stephen O'Brien, James O'Sullivan, Dylan Linehan: Damien Hyde, John Hurley, David Dunlea.
Kilmichael: David Crowley: Barry Cotter, Donal Kelly, Cian Dromey: Simon Foley, Finbarr Buckley, Edward Burgoyne: Conor Cotter, Peter Kelleher: Darragh Foley, Adrian Kelly, Shane Masters: John O'Riordan, Donal O'Brien, Brendan Cotter. Subs: Miceál Masters, Kieran O'Leary, Shane Foley, Donal O'Riordan, James O'Leary.

Donoughmore 1 – 12 Inniscarra 0 - 12

Donoughmore were fancied to win this game which was played in absolutely glorious conditions at Coachford. Inniscarra however gave early notice that they were in search of victory and led by 0-5 to 0-3 at the end of the first quarter. A goal for Donoughmore in the 19th minute from Martin O'Connor, the chance created by the persistence of Alan Savage, was to prove the golden moment for the winners. Donoughmore finished the half leading by 1-8 to 0-7 and in the final quarter of the game, when Inniscarra were dominant, it was this goal which kept the winner's nose in front all the time, though Inniscarra almost rescued the day in a late goalmouth scramble. Conor Buckley for Inniscarra and Colm O'Callaghan for Donoughmore twice exchanged points early on before Inniscarra took the lead again with points from Kieran Rice and Liam Collins. A third point for O'Callaghan was matched by a point from Sean Holland but Shane Sexton then pointed for Donoughmore, to leave it at 0-5 to 0-4 after 17 minutes. The Donoughmore goal followed and the winners stayed in front to the finish. Four points from Colm O'Callaghan were answered by Inniscarra points from the impressive Alan Sheehan and Donoughmore would have been happy to lead by 1-8 to 0-7 at the break as they had been under pressure for much of the half. Donoughmore held the slight edge in the third quarter at the end of which they led by 1-11 to 0-9. However, they lost Colm O'Callaghan to injury in the 40th minute and he was missed as Inniscarra refused to die off and instead put in a tremendous last ten-minute rally. Points from a Dave Barry free and one each from Liam O'Brien and Sean Holland, in reply to a single point from Shane Sexton for Donoughmore, left only the goal between the teams and Donoughmore were very relieved to hear that final whistle.
Donoughmore: Kenneth Cullinane: Aidan O'Brien, Vincent O'Connor, Conor Dineen: Alan Twomey, Aidan Corkery, Laurence Barry: Shane Sexton, Stephen O'Connor: William Murphy, Alan Savage, Colm O'Callaghan: Stephen Golden Padraig Buckley, Martin O'Connor. Sub: Leon Cogan (42 mins).
Inniscarra: Stephen Horgan: James O'Driscoll, John O'Brien, Michael O'Mahony: Padraig O'Callaghan, Tyrone O'Regan, David Barry: Tommy Buckley, Jack O'Dwyer: Conor Buckley, Alan Sheehan, Kieran Rice: Liam Collins, Sean Holland, Liam O'Brien. Subs: Declan Hyland (ht), Conor Barrett (47), Colm Lane (55).
Referee: Mr Gerry Masters, Kilmichael.

Pic 60
 Macroom U 16 soccer team, winners of Cork Schoolboys Division Two League and John Cooke Cup 2012/13-©

St. Val's Notes

Despite the downturn in the economy in the last few years, we, as a club, are delighted to have Macroom Credit Union coming on board this year and sponsoring a set of jerseys for our adult teams. Thanks to all in the Credit Union Board, especially the Manager,Tony Hughes, for making this possible. The under 10/8 training continues every Thursday evening at 6.30 at the new pitch in Carrigadrohid anyone interested in joining can contact Sheila on 086-3581163. The under 12 team have started their league campaign. They defeated Eire Óg in their opening match in a very entertaining game 0-8 to 0-4. In their next match Douglas conceded the points to our girls. In their final match they drew away to Nemo 1-13 to 3-7.Their next match is a home semi-final against either Douglas or Eire Óg. The under 14 A team continue to look very impressive in every game they play as they comprehensively defeated Kilshannig in the opening round of the Premier County in Cloughduv last week on a scoreline of 9-19 to 0-1 point. We wish them luck when they play Clonakilty in the semi-final in the coming week as they look to get over the huge disappointment of not representing Cork in this year's Féile in Derry at the end of June due to an administration error on the Cork Ladies County Board. Also well done to Ciara McCarthy, Ciara Hughes and Sarah Byrne who were part of the Cork under 14 team that defeated near rivals, Kerry, in the Munster final last weekend. They now play Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final in the coming weeks. The under 14 B team are unbeaten in all their games so far, having defeated Naomh Abán, Nemo, Douglas,Ballypheane, Carrigaline and Macroom in their league campaign. They have now reached the semi-final of the C Mid Cork which will be played in the coming weeks. The under 16 leagues have stopped for the exams at the moment; both the A and the B teams have reached their league semi-finals. The A team defeated Bishopstown, St Michael's and Douglas, while the B team, after defeats to Passage and Carrigaline, recovered with great wins over Naomh Abán, Douglas, Donoughmore and Macroom. The Junior Team have reached the semi-final of their league after a very exciting game at home to Naomh Abán. Leading 0-9 to 0-3 at the break, our girls maintained their lead with some great defending, to run out comfortable winners 0-14 to 0-7 at the final whistle. The senior girls continue to train as they prepare for the first round of the senior championship in the coming months. Finally, best wishes to all the girls doing their Junior and Leaving Cert exams. Hope to see ye back again in the coming weeks.