Lee Valley Outlook July 11 2013 v10e14

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Lough Allua Sponsored Swim for Simon. ©Lee Valley Outlook

LeeValley Diary

Macroom Library:
Purlies Knitting Group Thurs. July 18 at 11a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte on Mon. July 22 at 11.30.
Acol Bridge Group: Wed. July 24, 11 – 1p.m

Parkrun Free 5km run from Macroom Leisure Centre every Sat. at 9:30am.
'World View of an Oyster' Art Exhibition in Macroom Town Hall Gallery, July 5 - 27. Opening hours Tues. – Sat. 10.30am – 5.30pm.
Sharon Shannon opens Jim Murray's New Furniture Store at Barrett's Place, Macroom at 3pm on Friday, July 12
Daniel Corkery Summer School 2013 in Creedon's Hotel, Inchigeelagh Sun. July 14 to Fri. July 19.
Ted's Opel Vauxhall Launch July 14th, Quality Hotel. Killarney, 3pm. 086 3256751.
Donoughmore Carnival Thurs. 18th July to Sun. 21st July.
Mushera Mountain Platform re-opening Sun. July 21 at 2.30p.m.
Crookstown Vintage Club annual field day Sun. Aug. 11 at 2 p.m.
Coachford Festival Aug 16 – 17
Inchigeela Festival 15-18 Aug.
Saint Gobnait's Shrine: Annual Mass in Ballyvourney, Sun. July 21st at 3.30pm.
De la Salle Macroom Gathering of past pupils, Sat. Aug. 31.

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

Macroom Updates

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De la Salle Gathering Committee. Front, Jim Quinn, Noel Dunne, J.J. Hinchion and Brendan Kenneally. Back, James Cooney, Billy Hennigan, Michael Kelleher and Tom Counihan. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Gathering De la Salle Past Pupils

De la Salle College, Macroom will play host to its many past pupils in a monster gathering at the college at the end of next month - Saturday, August 31. All past pupils, however long or short their stay, are invited to the event, which will consist of refreshments, a display of records, photographic exhibitions and much reminiscence. Extensive work is underway in an effort to trace all past pupils and readers of the Lee Valley Outlook are exhorted to help in the task by telling their friends and family members at home and abroad of the plans and the open invitation.
De la Salle College opened its doors to second level students in 1933, exactly 80 years ago. Called Meán Scoil An Athar Peadar Ó Laoghaire, it functioned in the Primary School building in Cork Street at first; then in the Town Hall until the building (second-hand from the Cork Industrial Exhibition) was erected in the Canon's Field. The first Principal was Brother Bernadine and the lay teachers included Messers. Fitzgerald, Russell, Hardiman, Kelly, Nyhan, McSweeney, Kelleher, Golden and Tawney.
67 students enrolled that first year, some of them obviously transferring from other schools, since they ranged in age from 12 to 17. That would leave survivors in their 90s now. The first name on the roll is Maurice Olan Walsh. Though a date of birth is included for all the early enrolments, their residence is not always recorded. Other students that first day included Richard Wall, Crookstown; Patrick Gerard O'Brien, Middle Square; Patrick Cronin, Kilbarry; Dónal Desmond, New St.; Denis O'Hare, Cloghoola, Millstreet; Pat Lynch, Park View; Peter O'Riordan, Clondrohid; Matt Twomey, Coolavokig; Tadhg F. O'Driscoll, Millstreet; Michael A. Healy, New St.; James Harrington, Curraclough, Lissarda; Batt O'Riordan, Inchisine, Toames; Eddie Warren; Tadhg Murphy, Kilnamartyra; Michael Murphy, Aghabullogue; Liam Wiseman, Ballinagree; Richard Kent; Thomas C. O'Callaghan, Coachford; Donal Corcoran, Rusheen; Tadhg Pearse Murphy; Barry Neville, James Sheehan, Con O'Leary, Inchigeela; Dan Vaughan, Andrew Scannell, Ballymakeera. Though young people of that era thought little of walking or cycling long distances to school, it must be assumed that some of the students from far afield were accommodated by relations in the town.
We hope to have further details from the history of De la Salle College in future editions of the Lee Valley Outlook.

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 Jim Murray and Sharon Shannon who will meet again at the opening of Murray's New Furniture Store at Barrett's Place, Macroom at 3p.m. on Friday, July 12. © Con Kelleher

Sharon Shannon and Jim Murray

Sharon Shannon will be in Macroom at 3pm on Friday, July 12 to officially open Jim Murray's New Furniture Store at Barrett's Place. Jim has a long and musical relationship with Sharon and has performed with her all over the world, entertaining millions, including U.S. President Obama. Jim, only son of Jim and Nora Murray, Lackaduve, Clondrohid, received much of his musical talent from his father, who had his own céilí band. The young Jim mastered the piano, accordion, melodica and tin whistle early on and won countless awards at feiseanna and fleadh. In his teens he graduated to the guitar and formed a group with school friends from McEganCollege, Richard Lucey and Jim O'Leary, performing on the Irish circuit. In 1998, Jim toured Japan and Australia with accordion legend Seamus Begley and toured America with piano accordion ace Alan Kelly. In 1999 he became guitarist with world renowned Irish musician Sharon Shannon and remains her "right hand man", having recorded and toured with her over five continents. He has released two critically acclaimed albums, scooping The Irish Times and Hotpress Traditional Irish Music Album of the Year awards. He has performed and recorded with artists such as Sinead O'Connor, Steve Earl, Shane McGowan, Altan and Mary Black. Jim spent some years in New Zealand but now lives with his wife, Kathleen, and their three children in Clonakilty. His parents had a new and used furniture store in Macroom for the past 20 years and 'young Jim' has expanded the business and is now opening a separate store, dedicated solely to new furniture. It is a brave venture in these troubled times and we wish him every success and are confident that he will make the business sing.

St. Colman's N.S. Macroom

'Something Fishy' St. Colman's, Macroom were declared the 2013 winners of the West Cork Regional 'Something Fishy' competition. Their entry, "Dr. Dace", dealt with the impact of invasive species on our waterways. They now go forward to represent West Cork in the national final.
'Something Fishy' is an innovative, educational programme developed by Inland Fisheries Ireland in collaboration with the Network of Education Centres and commenced in West Cork in 2011. Fifth and Sixth Class pupils have been busy exploring river life from the amazing life cycle of salmon to the importance of river and lake conservation. This activity-based educational programme has caught the attention of children across the West Cork area, inspiring an interest in river life and its value to the environment. Pupils have had the opportunity to visit their local river or stream, in addition to engaging in interactive classroom activities, and enjoyed a visit from the local Inland Fisheries Officer to their schools. Something Fishy is co-ordinated locally by West Cork Education Centre in consultation with the West Cork primary schools.
Visit www.somethingfishy.ie to find out more.
Most Innovative Garden Project. St Colman's Boys' NationalSchool recently received a special award for Innovation and a cheque for €150 at the Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire Awards. Students and teachers at the school created a glasshouse made of 1,500 recycled plastic bottles. The bottles were collected in the children's homes and brought to school in early Spring. They were then cut and assembled on canes and attached to frames which formed the walls of the structure. This innovative glasshouse is now planted with tomatoes, strawberries and peppers.

Macroom Library Notes

Ciorcal Cainte will take place on Monday 22nd July at 11.30. Beidh ciorcal cainte ar síul Dé Luain 22ú Iúil. We welcome all levels of Irish. You will be surprised how well it all comes back to you with a bit of practice! There will be no Ciorcal Cainte for the month of August. Ni bheidh aon Ciorcal ar síul i rith mí Lúnasa.
The Purlies will meet on Thursday 18th July at 11a.m. The ladies are preparing their Aran squares for Heritage week at the moment. Further details on this project will be in future issues. All are welcome to join in. Tea and biscuits will be served during this chatty gathering.
The Bridge mornings are going very well and will next take place on Wednesday 24th July at 11 a.m. ACOL bridge is played until around 1 o' clock.
We have programmes for most cultural events in Macroom and Cork generally at the desk. Currently we are advertising the Daniel Corkery Summer School being held from July 14th to 19th with a gala concert on Wednesday 17th in Inchigeela Church. We also have programmes for 'World View of an Oyster' the Exhibition currently running in the Town Hall until the 2nd of August.
It's only 50 cents for Child membership for one year. The summer holidays are long and not always sunny so a few good books could help pass many happy afternoons! The summer reading initiative for children is called 'Have Book will Travel' . Details of this are available from library staff. It is suitable for children aged 4 up. There is a Certificate of Participation for everyone who takes part and a prize for one lucky child.


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Summer 2013: We invite readers to submit photographs symbolising summer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please email as jpeg attachments, large format or post to Killarney Road, Macroom. We hope to include a selection of images celebrating the current glorious weather in future issues of the magazine.

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Macroom's new (last?) Mayor, Cllr. Ted Lucey. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Bridge: More works are currently in progress on Castle Street in an effort to make access to the new walkway at MacroomBridge safer and more user friendly. The footpath adjacent to the Church of Ireland is being upgraded and this work will entail reducing the number of parking spaces. Macroom Town Council confidently hopes that the work will be completed before the next Lee Valley Outlook is published and the walkway, originally planned for last January, should be in use before the end of July.

Aghinagh Macra na Feirme are holding a 5k Fun Run in Ballinagree on Sunday, July 14. Participants may walk or run. Registration is at 2pm (€10) and the run will start at 3pm. All proceeds go to Marymount Hospice. The annual Know your Neighbour evening will follow in the Laine Bar at 4.30pm with a BBQ and music by The Hillbillys and lots of side shows.
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.

Crookstown Vintage Club annual field day Sunday 11th August commencing at 2 p.m. with children sports, best dress lady, vintage display of cars tractors bikes and lots of side shows. All are welcome

Inchigeela Festival 15-18 August. Thursday, 15, Nevin Maguire celeb chef with cookery demo; Friday 16, Brendan Bowyer; Saturday 17 J90; Sunday 18 Bog the Donkey.

Saint Gobnait's Shrine: Annual Mass and Sacrament of Anointing will take place at Gort na Tiobratan on Sunday July 21st at 3.30pm.

Mushera Mountain Platform: The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Ballinagree, along with neighbours and friends from Moulnahorna and Ballinagree, have gathered together to restore the platform at Mushera. The official opening will be on Sunday, July 21 at 2.30p.m. Music by Peter Lane and Blackwater Sound. Everyone welcome to come along and revive fond memories.

Macroom Senior Citizens enjoyed a most enjoyable outing on July 6. Their first stop was the beautiful town of Lismore in Co. Waterford, with its Castle, gardens and two cathedrals. From there they proceeded to MountMelleray and returned to the beach in Youghal for the afternoon. Their final stop on the road home was at Mai Fitz's in Lissarda where they had a really excellent evening meal. Weather, schedule and company made this summer outing a memorable event.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: Numbers drawn July 7th: 2,10,13,25. No winner. €50 Richie Verling Aherla €25 Michelle O'Flynn, Aherla; Norma O'Mahony, Aherla. Jack the Joker Éamonn Lehane, Aherla. Next lotto draw on july14th in the Carrig Inn for jackpot of €3,300

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto June 23. Jackpot €1,450. Numbers drawn 32, 35, 40. No winner. €50 Michael Cronin, Rylane, €20 each to John & Maura Twohig, Horsemount; Michael Cotter, Coachford; Jerry Linehan, Barrett Place; John & Aoife O'Shea, Caum.
June 30. Jackpot €1,600. Numbers drawn 3, 10 and 41. No winner. €50 Marie Ambrose €20.00 each to Patrick & Ann Twomey, Shanakiel; Conor O'Riordan, Coolalta; Tadhg Delaney, Coachford and Denis Twohig, Horsemount.

Coachford AFC Lotto. 24/6/2013, Jackpot: €1,000, Numbers Drawn: 4 - 11 - 29, No Winner, €40 2 Bridey's, €20 Paddy & Madge, Slavek Hojnor, Eamonn Murphy, J Bob O' Sullivan.
1/7/2013, Jackpot: €1,200, Numbers Drawn: 9 - 22 - 36, No Winner, €40 Paddy Lehane, €20 Margaret Cosgrave, Donal Moynihan, Brian Armstrong, Joe Bulfry.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: July 2. Jackpot €3,600. Numbers drawn 5, 8 and 28. No winner. €70 Shane and Chloe Crean, Dan Corkery Place, Macroom. €20 Don Lynch, Codrum; J. O'Riordan, c/o Eircom; Norma O'Donnell, Castlecourt, Macroom; Pat Crowley, The Hermitage; Hugh Twomey, Middle Square.

LeeValley Updates

Donoughmore Carnival July 18 – 21

Donoughmore is preparing for Carnival 2013 with a great line up as usual. The Gathering 2013 Tea Party will take place on Saturday 13th July in the community centre Stuake. Music by Lee Sound. Book with Noreen @ 7337042.
The Carnival will run from Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st July this year. As usual, it will feature Funfair Amusements on site throughout. Intertownland and soccer tennis competitions should attract local support nightly. On Thursday, July 18 at 8 p.m.the official opening will take place at the community centre with Maura Walsh IRD Duhallow. Everyone is welcome, particularly past members of the community council. This night also features a Children's Fancy Dress & Magician Show.
The 7km Road Race/ Walk and Fun Run is on Friday evening. Other attractions are the Burial of a Time Capsule and games on the pitch for kids.
Saturday night will feature Salsa dancing, a Tag Rugby competition and Bingo.
Sunday is the main event, with Recession Busting Prices—Buy pre pay tickets at local shops for €5. Gate entry on the day is €7. Sunday events include, Munster Tug of War competitions, Vintage & turf cutting display, Farmers Markets, Laser Clay pigeon shooting, Novelty Sports, Sheaf Tossing, Dog Show, Coder dojo and many more events. Sunday Night has the final of Intertownland Tug of War—St. John Forde Cup. A BBQ starts at 9pm. Contact us through Facebook, www.facebook.com/DonoughmoreCarnival or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information. Please support your local Carnival

Daniel Corkery Summer School

The 2013 Daniel Corkery Summer School will be held in InchigeelaghVillage and neighbouring townlands Sunday July 14 to Friday, July 19. This year the school studies Ireland under the Lordship of John 1185 – 1216. The official opening is on Sunday at 7.30p.m. at Creedon's Hotel and Paul McCotter will deliver the opening lecture, Viewing Historic Gems. Landscape Painting sessions with James O'Connell; Text and Translation classes of I Neneac Colaim Cille/ The Curse of Colm Cille and Choral Workshop with David Way, involving the Ó Riada Mass Setting and Plainsong, continue throughout the week. 'The Inchigeelagh Hills', an exhibition of the paintings of Joe Creedon and James O'Connell, opens at 8p.m. on Monday and this is followed by Prose, Poetry and Drama with Matthew Geden, David Coon and Black Water West End performing Corkery's one act play, An Bonnán Buí. At 9p.m. on Tuesday, Louise Sylvester will deliver a lecture on Women in Mediaeval Ireland. Michael Galvin will conduct a Char a Banc tour on Wednesday at 10a.m. and the Corkery Consort, conducted by David Way, will present music by Bach, Butterworth, Handel and Ravel at 8p.m. Kenneth Nicholls will deliver a lecture on 'How Feudalism and English Law came to Ireland' at 9p.m. on Thursday and the final lecture, 'Timber Castle from the Norman Era', will be given by Kieran O'Connor after the Mass and Choral Performance on Friday.
The Daniel Corkery Summer School set out nearly twenty years ago to revive a tradition which Corkery began. He loved Iveleary, its inhabitants and hills. More information from Joe Creedon at 026 49012

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Cyclists set off on the 4th Liz Lucey Run in glorious sunshine in Inchigeela ©Lee Valley Outlook

Liz Lucey Run

The 4th Liz Lucey Run from Inchigeelagh was an outstanding success. Despite the fact that similar events clashed, there was a great turnout, with participants coming from far and near. 120 vintage cars, tractors and motor cycles took part on a most enjoyable and scenic jaunt in ideal weather conditions. 80 cyclists undertook a variety of challenges and 80 walkers took on different routes in Gougane Barra. The participants returned to Inchigeela after the event for an evening of reminiscence and music. The committee will report at a later date on the amount raised for Marymount Hospice but they wish to thank everyone who took part and contributed in any way to a lovely day out.

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 Expert group prepare for the off in the Lough Allua Sponsored Swim for Simon ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lough Allua Swim

The most successful Lough Allua Swim to date took place on the scenic lake on the river Lee on Sunday, July 7 in ideal weather conditions. Water temperature was between 19 and 22 degrees. 64 swimmers, many of them visitors to the country, participated in this fundraiser for Bishopstown Lions Club. More than €1,500 was raised and this will be distributed to local charities. The annual event, now in its 6th year, was first organised by Diarmuid Herlihy (straits of Gibraltar solo swimmer) and Jennifer Hurley (English Channel solo swimmer) in 2008. With local connections, they felt the swim would foster an interest in long distance swimming in the area as well as promoting the beautiful district between Ballingeary and Inchigeela nationally and internationally. They have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams and Sunday's 'field' included 5 swimmers training for Straits of Gibraltar solo swims; 17 training for English Channel solo swims; 13 who have completed English Channel solo swims....3 of them swam it twice! It also included 4 members of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming: English Channel, Catalina Channel and Around Manhattan Island and two Inductess into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. Participants came from Australia, U.S.A., UK, Malawi, Switzerland, France and Ireland.
The swimmers were left off at five minute intervals, in groups reflecting their experience, the more amateur going first and the elite group bringing up the rear. Nevertheless, first home was world renowned Penney Palfrey from Australia in a time of 1hour 33 min. The slower swimmers took over two and a half hour to complete the 8km course. Course safety was provided by the Civil Defence, the Red Cross, Captain Tom McCarthy, West Cork kayak club and there was great local support from Denis Hurley of Lee Valley. Food was provided at Creedon's Hotel, Inchigeela. Bishopstown Lions Club members helped out, with aid from Dan Horgan and Jerry Herlihy provided transport to and from start and finish. Swim Organiser Diarmuid Herlihy wishes to thank everyone, particularly the swimmers.

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At launch of 'Jeremiah's Hunger' in Donoughmore are, front, Kitty Forbush, Elizabeth Osta author and Maureen McGuire (Rochester U.S.A.) and back, John O'Connell, Gerry Mc Carthy, Sojna Livingstone,Greg Allison, Conal Creedon and Dave Van Arsdale ©

Donoughmore Book Launch

The story of a son or daughter returning to their ancestral home is always endearing, but few more than the story of Elizabeth Osta, who launched her book, ,Jeremiah's Hunger', in Donoughmore recently. Elizabeth, from Rochester, New York, became interested in her Irish roots about 20 years ago, and after finding a family picture with Ahadallane written on the reverse, she began her quest for the elusive place, which eventually led her to Donoughmore. Elizabeth was joined at the book launch by friends and family as well as many locals.
The story itself tells of one family's struggle through the period of the Great Famine and the subsequent growing turmoil. Playwright Conal Creedon, who had originally met the author in America some years back, spoke at the launch and described the book as having a 'great sense of place'. Other contributors on the night included fellow American writer Sonja Livingston; Donoughmore historian, John O'Connell; Kitty Forbush who sang some airs to accompany the readings and Elizabeth Osta herself, who read extracts from her book.
Earlier in the day, the group visited Firmount National School and spoke with students and staff, and they also met with the Lord Mayor of Cork, Catherine Clancy. All available copies of 'Jeremiah's Hunger' were sold on the night, with Elizabeth graciously donating the proceeds to the Donoughmore playground fund. Copies of the book can be ordered online at www.elizabethosta.com. By Diarmuid Crowley

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Children from Belarus and their interpreter who are currently spending a month with host families in the Lee Valley. ©

Knitting for Marymount

In January 2013 Scoil Naomh Muire, Fearann past pupil, Aideen O'Connor visited our school. Aideen is now working and living in Sydney, Australia, and as a connection with home she got the idea if she in Australia knitted squares and her mother Nora living in Farran knitted some too they could be joined together to form a blanket when she came home to visit for Christmas 2012. When Aideen visited the school she brought her blanket with her, and the children in 5th and 6th were so impressed they decided for their knitting project this year they too would knit squares and make their own blanket. Once again this year our tutors from the community, Kitty, Rose, Elmarie, Agnes, Margaret and Anne came in to the school on Friday afternoons to help the children with their knitting. By early March, and with much work and effort put in, we had 100 squares and they were made up in to a blanket and two cushions. It was decided then to hold a raffle for these items later in the year and donate the funds raised to Marymount Hospice. The raffle was held in late May and the lucky winner was Darragh in Senior Infants, and we all hope his family gets pleasure from these items. We raised €220 for Marymount Hospice and it was presented to Anne O'Mahony of the "Friends of Marymount " by Principal Gerard O'Donoghue on behalf of Scoil Naomh Muire in June.

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First, Second and Third classes from Tirelton NS celebrate their Award of Science and Maths Excellence with their teacher Mary McCarthy. © An Scoil

Donoughmore Doings

Donoughmore Parish has been nominated by IRD Duhallow Ltd for the All Ireland Pride of Place 2013 Competition in conjunction with Cork County Council. This will include the villages of Fornaught, Firmount, New Tipperary, Donoughmore Cross and Stuake. Donoughmore has been selected to represent CorkCounty in one of the Pop categories.
The Gathering 2013 Tea Party will take place on Saturday July 13 in the community centre, Stuake. Music by Lee Sound. Book with Noreen @ 7337042.
The Carnival will run from Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st July.

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 Enjoying Fun For All Day at Clondrohid N.S. © An Scoil

Clondrohid Updates

C2 Cancer Research: As dejected Cork supporters returned from Killarney, The Tavern Pub in the village of Clondrohid was a hive of activity as the monies raised from the recent C2 cancer research walk/ run, which had over 300 participants, was handed over to Ann O'Sullivan of Cancer Research, who was accompanied by Agnes Linehan from Macroom . The amount raised was €11,160. This was the third year of this sponsored walk/run, and to date has raised €44,000, a huge effort from a small parish. Great credit is due to the committee of Richard Balfe, and his son Richard, who has recently emigrated to Australia, Catherine Kelleher, Ann O'Connell, Jimmy Murphy Conor O'Leary, and Ray Fallon. After the presentation, Richard Balfe thanked all the committee members for their contribution, and to all those who helped in any way to make this fundraiser a great success. A special word of thanks to Con Kelleher for his Lee Valley ad, Paudie and Teresa for use of Tavern and for refreshments, Healys Spar for water and sponsorship cards. He thanked all the sponsors, and those who gave spots and raffle prizes. He also thanked the stewards and all those who made sandwiches. Music was provide on the evening by none other than Clondrohid's own Girl Buskers,Simple Complication.
Bronze for Christina: Congratulations from all in Clondrohid to the Cúil a' Bhuachaigh girl who won a bronze medal at the European Union Women's Boxing Championships in Hungary. Great celebrations are planned.
Lotto: Jackpot €3,200.Bingo jackpot €2,050. €70 Mary Sweeney, Laine Bar. €20 Thos. Corkery, Dangansileagh; Marion Manning, c/o Laine; Amy Sheehan, Lactify; Rebecca Desmond, Coolacussane
Jackpot of €3,400. Bingo jackpot of €2000. €70 Tadhg and Maura Creedon, Derryleigh; €20 Jan Oleksy c/o MCP; Cath Bradley, Droumcara; John O'Sullivan, The Terrace; Annette O'Mahony, 1. O'Mahony Place.
GAA: Congratulations to Ciara McCarthy, Bealnamorrive who was wing back on the Cork U14 Ladies Football team who recently won the All-Ireland title, defeating Kildare in the final by 3-15 to 1-6. Ciara is a granddaughter of Dan and Mary Kelleher, Moulnahorna who for the past 17 years have given many hours to organising the club lotto which funds the club's activities
Clondrohid Junior B team bowed out of championship last week when they were defeated by a second half superior display by their opponents, Donoughmore. Well done to players and mentors. U12 footballers travelled to Macroom recently to play Macroom in U12 league. Clondrohid played very well but lost out to a better team on the night. Well done to all involved.
Fixtures: Friday July 19 J.A Championship v Donoughmore at Carrigadrohid at 7.45pm
Saturday July 13 u. 12 B, F.L. Clondrohid v Tracton at 12 at home
Monday July 15 Fe 13c H.C. Clondrohid v Whitecross at home at 7.15pm
Thursday July 18 Fe 18 C F.C. Tracton v Clondrohid away
Saturday July 20 U 15C FL Donoughmore v Clondrohid away at 3pm
Saturday July 20 U 11 F.L. Clondrohid V Canovee at home at 12pm
As always check locally for any changes.

Dromleigh Updates

Greeen Flag: A large crowd attended the raising of Dromleigh's first An Taisce Green Flag recently. Alex Callanan from Sixth Class; the eldest child in the school, and Seán O'Leary from Junior Infants; the youngest child in the school; were chosen to do the honours. It was a proud moment for the school after all the hard work they put into the project. Children from the Green School Committee were presented with certificates in recognition of their work.
Quiz Team: The school also made special presentations to the school quiz team of Anne Marie O'Mahony, Nicky John Dromey, Kieran Murphy and Alex Callanan who reached the All Ireland final of the Credit Union Quiz.
Full Attendance: Gerard Murphy of Sixth Class was presented with a plaque by Fr. Pat O'Donovan on behalf of the Board of Management for unbroken attendance during his eight years at the school.
Bring and Buy: The pupils of Sixth Class continued the tradition of organising a Bring and Buy Sale for charity. This year their chosen charities were Down's Syndrome Ireland, Marymount Hospice and The Irish Heart Foundation. The event was a huge success and on the day of the holidays cheques for €290 were presented to representatives from all three charities. A special word of thanks to teacher, Ann O'Dwyer, for all the work she put into preparation for the event.

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Rusheen N.S. receiving the overall award for the Muintir na Tíre Pride of the Community Schools' Garden Competition from Deputy Mayor, Mr. Derry Canty © An Scoil

RusheenN.S. Updates

School Gardens Competition: Rusheen N.S. pupils, parents and staff were declared the inaugural winners of the Muintir na Tíre Pride of the Community Schools Garden Competition, open to all schools in Cork County. 27 schools attended a prize giving ceremony in the County Hall at which Rusheen School won an award for having the best mixed garden and received a cheque for €250. They received another €250. and a plaque when their school was voted the best overall garden in the competition. Great thanks are due to everybody who helped to bring about this success and especially to parent, Cait Sheehan, who was the inspiration behind the project.
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 Campa Samhraidh 2013 i mBéal Áthán Ghaorthaidh ©

Campa Samhraidh

Ritheadh Campa Samhraidh fíor thaithneamhach i mBéal Áthán Ghaorthaidh 1 – 5 Iúil. Bhí an Campa ceadaithe ag Bord Chontae Chorcaí agus á rith ag Liam Seartan (ball de phaineál Sinsear Chorcaí) le cabhair ó Rhona Ní Bhuachalla ó fhoireann Ban Chorcaí agus baill ón cumann peile. Bhí thart ar 70 páistí idir buachaillí agus cailiní I láthair, idir na h-aoiseanna 5 go 16bl. I measc na himeachtaí sa champa bhí Peil, Iomanaíocht, Peil Tag, Poc Fada agus Cluichí Go. Thug Pól Ó Ciarragáin agus Ken Ó hAllúráin cuairt ar an gcampa ar an Déardaoin
Béal Áthan Ghaorthaidh G.A.A. hosted a very successful and enjoyable Summer Camp July 1 – 5. Sanctioned by the CountyBoard, it was run by Liam Shorten (Cork Senior Panellist) with help from Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, of Cork Senior Ladies Team and club members. Camp attendance was 70+ (5yrs to 16yrs). Activities included Football, Hurling, Tag Football, Rounders, Puc Fada,Go Games. On Thursday July 4 the Camp was visited by Paul Kerrigan and Ken O'Halloran

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 Cill na Martra Naíonra Graduation Class of 2013. ©

Coachford Festival August 16 – 17

The 4th Coachford Festival will hit the ground running with a 5 Mile Road Race on Friday August 16th. The Sorrell Physical Therapy & Fitness sponsored race will begin and end at the GAA grounds in Coachford and will take the runners on a fairly level course in and around Coachford village. The race, which is AAI approved, begins at 7.30pm with registration from 6.00pm. Entry is €10 with the proceeds going to local charities and Suicide Aware.
Throughout the weekend the Festival will have something for everyone from open air céilís, Funfair, Children's Sports, GAA Blitz, Over 40's football Match, Baking competitions, Sheaf tossing, 'Agrilympics', tractor building and live music. New to the festival this year are the Bonny Baby, Yummy Mummy and Glamorous Granny competitions. A photography competition and Farmers markets are another part of the 2013 community Festival.


Personal Safety- Holiday Security

As the summer holidays begin in earnest, Gardai at Macroom Garda station would like to bring to your attention a number of things to ensure you, your family and property are at all times safe and secure while you are away from home on holidays.

Prior to your departure:

· Tell a trusted neighbour or family member of your travel arrangements and contact details. Perhaps someone you trust could look after your house while you are away

· Do not advertise either by word of mouth or through text or social media sites the fact that you are going away on holidays, as this could invite unwanted trouble.

· Invite trusted neighbours to make use of your driveway for car parking.

· Arrange for a neighbour or relative to collect your post.

· Cancel milk and paper deliveries etc

· Make full use of light timing devices and do not have curtains drawn during the day time.

· If you have a house alarm, inform the monitoring company of your absence. Keyholders should be in a position to promptly attend to any activation.

· Notify your local Garda station of your absence from home.

· remove and secure any items that are of value and are lying about the house or garden.

· Arrange to have your lawn mowed, particularly when absent for long periods in summer.

· Invest in a quality safe for any valuables left in your home.

· Service you car

· Record separately details of the following: driving licence, passport, bank cards, travel documents, emergency contact numbers

Safety when travelling:

· If using a roof rack, park only in secure car parks.

· Be cautious of stopping for strangers or 'persons in trouble'.

· Remove all valuables from inside your car. If you have to leave them in the car, please place them somewhere out of view.

· Carry a mobile phone on you at all times.

· Remember you are easily identifiable by criminals as a tourist so it is very important to lock and secure your room and valuables and never leave keys on display.

· Don't flaunt or advertise your wealth.

· Ensure your wallet or phone cannot be seen or easily accessed by pickpockets

· Teach your children your full address and contact telephone numbers and how to contact the police in an emergency.

· Tell them they should never go with strangers into houses or cars, regardless of what explanation or inducement is being offered.

· Parents or guardians should accompany children to toilets in public places.

· Children should always be supervised by a responsible adult. Water safety is also very important when the children are in pools or at the beach.

· Never delay in reporting a missing child.

The Gardai at Macroom Garda station would like to wish you all a very enjoyable and safe summer.

GIY By Michael Kelly


Any ground that has finished cropping must be quickly cleared away to take more vegetables. Use your produce - eat it, freeze it, process it, exchange it, give it away. Continue to water and feed plants and practice good weed control. Earth up brassicas such as Brussels sprouts - these plants will grow tall and require a good deal of support. Net plants to keep butterflies and the cabbage moth away. Cut down legume plants that have finished cropping - leave the roots as they fix nitrogen in the soil. Give pumpkins plenty of water and apply a high-potash liquid feed.
Sow: Continue successional sowings and use quick maturing varieties for autumn use - Swiss chard, lettuce, rocket, salad onions, radish, turnips, peas, French Beans (dwarf), carrots. Sow for winter use - spring cabbage, Hungry Gap kale, parsley, perpetual spinach, chicory and coriander. Plant strawberries now for a good crop next June. Propagate rosemary, sage and mint from cuttings now
Harvest: July and August are peak months for produce – enjoy it! First crops of French and runner beans, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, courgette and aubergine, marrows, globe artichokes. Continue to harvest new potatoes, beetroot, calabrese, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, carrots, turnips, shallots, garlic, radish, spring onions, salad crops, strawberries, raspberries, tayberries, currents (black, red and white), gooseberries, loganberries, peas, broad beans. Ask yourself – do you really need to go to the supermarket?!


And the Mountains Echoed
by Khaled Hosseini

If you have enjoyed reading The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, then you will not be disappointed by the latest novel, And the Mountains Echoed, from this wonderful author. Afghanistan ,1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live in the small village of Shadbagh. One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father .They have no idea of the fate that awaits them there or of the event which will unfold to tear their lives apart. Crossing generations and continents, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives .and how the choices we make resonate through history.

Available in Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop.. €14.99.

Sports Mad

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Christina Desmond arrives back at Macroom Boxing Club with the Bronze medal she won at the European Championships in Hungary ©Lee Valley Outlook

European Bronze for Christina

Christina Desmond was welcomed home to Macroom, Coolavokig and Cill na Martra on Monday, July 8, as she returned from the European Women's Boxing Championships in Hungary, proudly wearing a Bronze medal. This is a first for Macroom and Cork as none of their women boxers have previously won a European medal. Macroom Mayor, Cllr. Ted Lucey, performed one of his first duties as the incoming Mayor when he welcomed Christina, her family and coaches back to Macroom Boxing Club. Macroom B.C. has been phenomenally successful this year, its members already having won 5 Gold medals at National level in 2013. Christina has 2 Irish All Ireland Gold Medals; her brother and twin, Mícheál has one and Noel Murphy has 2 National firsts to his credit.
The celebratory entourage proceeded from Macroom to the Halfway House at Mons, just beside Christina's native Cúl a' Bhuachaigh. Here she was congratulated and feted before proceeding on the last leg of the journey to a bedecked and triumphant Cill na Martra. The whole parish as well as friends and well-wishers from Ballyvourney, Iveleary, Kilmichael, Clondrohid and Macroom congregated in glorious sunshine in The Cross to give Christina a huge bualdh bos. Fear a' Tí was Christina's old teacher and school principal, Gearóid Ó hÉalaithe, who remembered her diligence, concentration and sunny personality while a pupil at Scoil Lachtaín Naofa. He introduced her coaches at Macroom Boxing Club, Tom Power and John Casey. They rejoiced in Christina's success and said that she will be back training in Macroom Boxing Club every week, while going to Dublin at weekends to train for the national squad who will contest the World Boxing Championships in Russia.
Christina's father, Criostóir Desmond, who was with her in Hungary, thanked everyone for the wonderful reception. He said conditions were hard in Hungary but he is confident that Christina and Mícheál will continue to train and hopefully, bring back more medals to Cill na Martra, Macroom and Ireland. Five years ago, when the twins started training with Macroom Boxing Club, he never dreamed of nights such as the Fáilte Abhaile in Cill na Martra.
Máire Uí Laoire, who works with Christina at the Mills Inn, Ballyvourney, said she is a great and dependable worker and a role model for all young people. She has made great sacrifices to excel in her sport and the whole district is proud of her.

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A section of the large crowd that came out to welcome Christina Desmond back to Cill na Martra with her Bronze medal ©Lee Valley Outlook

Munster Football Final

The Munster Football Final in Killarney drew a huge crowd to the venue on a beautiful day but to say Cork supporters were annoyed by the organisation of the team would be an understatement. Cork were wiped out at midfield in the first half and the defence was taken asunder regularly by the rampant Kerry men. The game was gone from Cork before remedial action was taken and there was then a close finish.
Cork supporters are fed up to the gills with the announcement of false teams on a Thursday night and having to wait to get to the venue to find out the real line out. It's not that it seems that management knows what it's doing! The replacement of a debutant less than half a minute before half time illustrates the chaos seemingly prevailing.
Noel O'Leary of Cill na Martra lined out in defence, with Daniel Goulding of Eire Óg and Fintan Goold of Macroom in attack. Ciarán Sheehan of Eire Óg came in to the game as a last quarter substitute and was impressive. Paddy Kelly of Ballincollig was on the injured list and was omitted.

Cork CountyChampionships

Senior Hurling Championship

Round 2

Erin's Own 0-16 Ballymartle 0-11

Bride Rovers 1-14 Ballinhassig 0-11

Courcey Rovers 2-14 Killeagh 2-11

Douglas v St Finbarr's

Senior Hurling – Round 3

Ballinhassig 0-14 Killeagh 1-14

Douglas/St. Finbarr's v Ballymartle


Ballinhassig v Douglas/St Finbarrs/Ballymartle

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round 2

Youghal 1-12 BALLINCOLLIG 0-13

Kilworth 1-22 Carrigaline 2-17

BLARNEY 2-19 Cloyne 5-9 AET

Tracton 2-16 INNISCARRA 2-9

Premier Intermediate Hurling –

Round 3

Inniscarra v Ballincollig

Carrigaline v Cloyne

Ballincollig 0 – 13 Youghal 1 – 12

After a very disappointing first round display against Castlelyons, Ballincollig Premier Intermediate hurlers lost again in the championship to East Cork rival but this time the team showed real heart. Ballincollig have been haemorrhaging players in the past couple of years and club supporters were fearful that their depleted team would not be able to stand up to the power of Youghal at Páirc Uí Rinn but all such fears proved groundless as the side on duty restored club pride.
After an even opening spell in which points were twice exchanged, Youghal got control and led by 1-6 to 0-3 at the end of the opening quarter. Ballincollig inspired by Ciarán O'Sullivan, Roey O'Doherty and Killian Kelleher came back strongly and with points from Cian Dorgan, Colin Moore and Ciarán O'Sullivan they more than matched Youghal all the way to the interval when the gap between the sides was a mere point, 1-6 to 0-8.
Ballincollig levelled on the restart through David Bowen and when Youghal again went in front, Cian Dorgan and Johnny Miskella had points for Ballincollig to level matters as the final quarter began, 1-8 to 0-11. A point for Youghal was matched by a Ciarán O'Sullivan point for Ballincollig, and again when Youghal went in front, Cian Dorgan struck over an equaliser for Ballincollig in the 56th minute. Two late points for Youghal gave the seasiders victory and left Ballincollig facing a local Mid Cork derby with Inniscarra in Round Three, with a relegation battle for the losers of that one.
Ballincollig: Finbarr Kelly: D Collins Ian Coughlan JP Murphy: Rory Doherty, C Harris, Killian Kelleher: Ciarán O'Sullivan (0-4), Colin Moore (0-1): E Ryle, B Glavin, David Bowen (0-1): Cian Dorgan (0-6, 0-4 frees), John Miskella (0-1), Colin Sexton. Subs: S Coughlan, F Hickey.

Blarney 2 – 19 Cloyne 5 – 9 aet.

Despite conceding five goals, Blarney took a notable scalp as they advanced to Round Four of the Premier Intermediate Hurling championship after an epic battle with Cloyne at Páirc Uí Rinn. Blarney were well deserving of their victory and would have had deep regrets if they had allowed the East Cork men to steal it from them.
Cloyne had the first of their five goals after only two minutes play but 17 year old David Cremin slammed home a goal for Blarney in the 6th minute and the Mid Cork men led by 1-9 to 1-6 at the break. Another goal from Cremin on the restart helped Blarney to a nine point lead by the 39th minute but Cloyne came back at them and two goals had them to within two point range of Blarney with six minutes remaining. A goal from former Cork star 'The Rock', Diarmuid O'Sullivan, inched Cloyne sensationally ahead, 4-8 to 2-13, but Mark Cremin pointed a late free to give Blarney respite and send the game into 20 minutes of extra time.
Blarney led at half time in this period by 0-3 to 0-1, Colin Murphy's point made it a three point gap but Cloyne hit back with a fifth goal and then had a sixth 'goal' disallowed for a foul. The vital score fell to Blarney and it was a magnificent effort from substitute Colin Murphy. Joy for Blarney and passage to Round Four, Cloyne head for their championship last chance against Carrigaline to join them. Cloyne lost a relegation playoff against Bride Rovers in senior last season and won't want to keep tumbling down the grades.
Blarney: Paul Hallissey: Donal O'Neill, Paul O'Leary, Ciarán Buckley: John Barrett, Joe Jordan, David Walsh: Mark Cremin, John Daniel Good: Eugene McCarthy, Ross McNamara, Barry O'Connell: Craig Sykes, Peter O'Driscoll, David Cremin Subs: S Mulcahy, Darragh O'Brien, Colin Murphy.

Inniscarra 2 – 9 Tracton 2 – 16

A super show by Tracton and a very disappointing display from Inniscarra in this Premier Intermediate Hurling second round game at Pairc Uí Rinn means that the Mid Cork side are now facing into a third round game against neighbours Ballincollig with further advancement in the competition for the winners and a dreaded relegation play off game for the losers.
Inniscarra can have no complaints whatever about the outcome. They did not play well and only for a late scoring burst would have been beaten by a bigger margin. As in their previous defeat to Bandon, Inniscarra started badly but this time could not later make up for ground lost. Tracton led by 0-6 to nil before John Casey at last had a point for 'Scarra in the 14th minute but Tracton's reply was a goal to further damage the Mid Cork mens' chances. In the run up to half time Inniscarra improved and four points on the trot from Tomás O'Connor's free taking had them in an improving position but they then conceded a second goal to the South East side who led by 2-9 to 0-5 at the break and were hurling with great purpose.
The second half brought no improvement in Inniscarra's position as Tracton continued to dictate matters. Inniscarra did score a goal at the three quarter stage from the stick of Conor Buckley but they were never going to get back into real contention and even a second goal, this one from John O'Callaghan, could change the outcome.
Scorers: Tomás O'Connor 0-5 (0-4 frees, 0-1 '65'), C. Buckley and J. O'Callaghan 1-0 each, C. Casey and J. Casey 0-2 each.
Inniscarra: Jack O'Keeffe: Kevin Burke, Paul Kavanagh, B O'Keeffe: Frank Olden, John O'Callaghan, Donal O'Callaghan: Timmy Murphy, Stephen Olden: John Casey, Colm Casey, Dan O'Connell: Liam Ó Riain, Jonathan Olden, Tomás O'Connor. Subs: Sean O'Donoghue, Sean O'Brien, Conor Buckley, Paul Farmer, Sean O'Callagahan.

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round 2

Argideen Rangers 3-16 Dromina 3-16 AET

Meelin 1-15 AGHABULLOGUE 1-8

Milford 1-16 St Catherines 0-12


Round 3

Dromina/Argideen Rangers v Eire Og/Dripsey

St. Catherine's 0-21 AGHABULLOGUE 1-10


Aghabullogue v Drom/Argideen/Eire/Dripsey

Aghabullogue 1 – 8 Meelin 1 – 15

Aghabullogue have had concerns about the fortunes of their hurlers for some time now and it seems these fears were well founded. After falling to Barryroe in the first round the Mid Cork men met Meelin at Mallow in Rd. Two and were well beaten by the Duhallow side, who had themselves rather surprisingly lost to Aghada in their opener.
Aghabullogue had wind advantage in the opening half but a goal for Meelin in the 10th minute gave the winners a dominance that they never lost subsequently. The score at half time was 1-9 to 0-3 in Meelin's favour and they continued to control matters until Aghabullogue staged a mini revival in the final quarter. A goal from Mark O'Flynn helped to improve the appearance of the scoreboard but never put the result in any doubt.
Aghabullogue were disappointed with their performance. Mark O'Flynn was excellent in defence and scored 1-4 and John Corkery threatened in attack but too many of the team were struggling from start to finish as Meelin coasted to victory.
Aghabullogue: Denis O'Leary: Pádraig Murphy, Denis Murphy, Eoin Kennedy: Denis Quinlan, Michael Dennehy, Mark O'Flynn: Niall Buckley, Greg Murphy: Finbarr Foley, P Twomey, John Buckley: John Coprkery, Dan Twomey, Donal Twomey. Subs: Ian BarryMurphy, Aidan BarryMurphy, Paul O'Rourke.

Aghabullogue 1 – 10 St Catherines 0 – 21

Aghabullogue's fall into grave danger continues and they are now only one game away from the drop into junior status. A glance at the list of possible relegation play off opponents will certainly focus the minds of all who care for hurling in the parish.
Aghabullogue had no excuse after this game. Catherine's had lost a defender to a red card after fifteen minutes and Aghabullogue had an extra man for the next half hour before they too were reduced to fourteen for the last quarter. In this period of numerical superiority however the Aghabullogue men failed to impose themselves on their opponents. St Catherines led by 0-9 to 1-5 at the break. Ian BarryMurphy had the Aghabullogue goal and Mark O'Flynn contributed 0-4 from frees and even though Aghabulogue were not playing well they were in live contention at the break. On the restart it was Catherines however who took up the running once again and a few early points settled them including one spectacular effort from long range which was inspirational. Aghabullogue had no such moments to inspire them and when they lost a forward to a second yellow card, Catherine's took over for the last quarter and piled on the agony, point by point.
Aghabullogue: Denis O'Leary: Pádraig Murphy, Denis Murphy, Eoin Kennedy: Denis Quinlan: Aidan Barry Murphy, Michael Dennehy: Niall Buckley, Sean Kelleher: Mark O'Flynn, Dan Twomey, John Buckley: John Corkery, Donal Twomey, Ian BarryMurphy. Subs: Sean O'Sullivan, John Kelleher.

Senior Football Championship

Round 2

Bishopstown 2-14 Doheny's 2-12 AET

Nemo 2-9 St Nicholas 0-5

Aghada 1-8 Newmarket 0-9

Douglas 1-10 St Vincent's 1-5

Round 3

Newmarket v St. Vincent's

Dohenys v St. Nick's

Premier Intermediate Football –

Round 3

Glenville v Carrigaline

Kinsale v Nemo Rangers

Intermediate Football Championship

Round 2

Kildorrery 3-9 Mayfield 2-10 AET

Rockchapel 0-12 Glanmire 1-3


Youghal 1-7 Adrigole 0-6

Round 3

Adrigole v Mayfield

CANOVEE v Glanmire

Round 3 winners progress to Round 4, while Round 3 losers play off for relegation.

All other clubs are through to the Round 4 draw.

Grenagh 2 – 16 Canovee 3 - 5

Canovee are faced with a last chance of staying in contention in this year's intermediate football championship after losing their second round game to Grenagh at Ballincollig. Canovee were coming into the game after the boost of their U 21 success in the county 'B' semi final in mid week but a seasoned Grenagh were in determined mood and got off to a great start. Niall O'Doherty had the ball in the Canovee net in the first minute and Grenagh were well on top for the first half. It was 1-2 to nil when James Moynihan had an opening goal for Canovee, and Grenagh responded with a string of six unanswered points. In the 22nd minute Con Dunne had a second goal for Canovee but almost immediately Grenagh were awarded a penalty and Gerry Russell slotted home to restore a six point advantage to his side and Grenagh led by 2-9 to 2-1 at half time.
On the restart, Con Dunne had his second and Canovee's third goal and when Aidan Moynihan added a point it was 2-10 to 3-3 with ten minutes of the second half gone, a four point gap. Grenagh responded to the challenge however and got the points to consolidate their position and even though Canovee always remained a threat, Grenagh were able to maintain control and so they advanced to the fourth round draw.
Canovee: Darren Shine: Gearóid Lucey, James McCarthy, Daniel O'Sullivan: John O'Brien, T Murphy, Andrew Cronin: Paul O'Sullivan, Eamonn Lyons: Denis O'Sullivan, Darragh Ring, William Ahern: James Moynihan, Aidan Moynihan, Con Dunne. Subs: Michael Deasy, Brian Ahern, Brian Barrett.

County U 21 Football Championships

'A' Ballincollig 0-10 Fermoy 2-7

'B' Canovee 3-17 Nemo Rangers B 2-5

Robert Emmett's 3-4 Aghada 0-12

Final: Canovee v Robert Emmett's

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior Football Championship

Dripsey 0 – 9 Inniscarra 0 – 7

This very local derby was a credit to both teams, their clubs and their supporters. It was fiercely contested but in the best traditions of manly sport and could have gone either way. The teams were level at half time at 0-5 each and then Dripsey drew ahead by two points but failed to put Inniscarra away. In the final six minute of the game Inniscarra fought back and drew level and could have got a match winner but instead Dripsey came again and two late points, the first from Colm O'Grady followed by a clincher from Gary Murphy in the 32nd minute won them their passage to the quarter finals and a meeting with Kilmichael.
The wind from the north west favoured Inniscarra in the opening half. Mark O'Sullivan put Dripsey in front in the second minute with a shot from the right corner and it took Inniscarra another six minutes to find the target, Sean O'Donoghue kicking over a point to level. Paul Framer gave Inniscarra the lead in the 11th minute but David O'Sullivan levelled matters before the first quarter ended and then Stevie Murray put Dripsey ahead in the 16th minute. The impressive Sean O'Donoghue quickly equalised and then put Inniscarra back in front and when Colm Casey availed of a misdirected pass in the Dripsey defence to send over another point, Inniscarra side were two points clear with nine minutes to go to half time. After a scoreless six minute period, Dripsey broke the stalemate with a point from an Aidan Buckley free and Gary Murphy then hit the upright with an 25 metre free for Dripsey but atoned with a point from 40 metres free in the 31st minute to leave the sides level at half time at 0-5 each.
Dripsey with the wind went back in front with a point from an Aidan Buckley free after four minutes and Stevie Murray doubled their advantage four minutes later. A period of Dripsey dominance followed but they kicked some bad wides over the next quarter hour and left themselves vulnerable to an Inniscara rally. The rally did come, greatly aide by the introduction of seasoned campaigners John O'Callaghan and Liam O'Riain and Sean O'Donoghue's point in the 25th minute was the encouragement they needed to drive on. The sides were level in the 57th minute when Dan O'Connell kicked over and in the subsequent play Inniscarra had a few great chances and Sean O'Donoghue was very unlucky to see his effort go inches wide of the post. Time was nearly up when Stevie Murray and Davey Buckley set up a chance for Colm O'Grady which the corner forward availed of to put Dripsey back in front and then Gary Murphy's point from way out on the wing was greeted with an appreciative roar from the Dripsey supporters as it guaranteed victory.
The game was an excellent contest and Inniscarra showed that their victory over champions Kilmurry in the first round was no fluke. Dripsey, beaten in the first round but later winners over Ballincollig, look to have regained their form and on this display come back into the reckoning for ultimate championship honours.
Referee John Ryan did an excellent job and was greatly helped by the positive attitudes of the teams. Well done to all concerned!
Dripsey: Ray Moynihan: John Carey, Pat O'Riordan. Daniel Buckley: Aidan Murray, Robert Daly, Stevie Murray: Mark O'Sullivan, Conor Hayes: Diarmuid O'Riordan, Gary Murphy, Aidan Buckley: David O'Sullivan, Davy Buckley, Colm O'Grady. Sub: Thomas Ahearne (55th min.), John Hogan (58th min.).
Inniscarra: Jack Hayes: Tom Buckley, Kevin Burke, Donal O'Callaghan: Jack O'Dwyer, Paul Kavanagh, Timothy Murphy: Stephen Olden, Alan Sheehan: Paul Farmer, Sean O'Donoghue, Dan O'Connell: Tomás O'Connor, Colm Casey, Dave Barry. Subs: John O'Callaghan (40th min.), Liam O'Riain (50th min.)
Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.

Junior Football Championship Quarter Finals

Aghinagh v Iveleary at Macroom, Friday 19th July, 7.45 pm.

Clondrohid v Donoughmore at Carrigadrohid, Friday 19th July, 7.45 pm.

Kilmichael v Dripsey at Ovens, Sat 20th July, 7.30pm.

Kilmurry v Macroom at Annahala, Sat. 27th July, 7.30pm

MJK Oils Junior B Football Championship

First Round – Knock Out

A Ballinora v Grenagh

B Iveleary 3-11 Naomh Abán 2-17

C Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 5-13 Éire Óg 1-5

D Cill na Martra 3-19 Ballincollig 1-1

E Donoughmore 1-9 Gleann na Laoi 1-3

F Clondrohid 0-5 Aghabullogue 2-11

G Kilmurry

H Canovee

Round Two

Kilmurry v Naomh Aban at Macroom, Weds 17 July, 7.30 pm.

Canovee v Cill na Martra at Macroom, Sunday 21st July, 7.00 pm

Farho Intelligent Heating U 21 Hurling Championship

Donoughmore v Cloughduv, 9th July.

Blarney v Aghaqbullogue, 18th July

Ballinora v Inniscarra, 20th July

Ballincollig v Eire Óg, 21st July.

Ballincollig Credit Union Junior Hurling Championship

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

2nd Round

Eire Óg 2-15 Ballincollig 1-5

Cloughduv v Kilmichael

Inniscarra – a bye

3rd Round Draw

In the hat: Ballinora, Grenagh, Blarney, Donoughmore, Eire Óg, Cloughduv /Kilmichael, Inniscarra.

Éire Óg 2-15 Ballincollig 1-5

Éire Óg comfortably defeated Ballincollig in the second round of the Ballincollig Credit Union JAHC at Ballinora. They started well and built up an early lead with five unanswered points and led by 1-8 to 0-1 at the break. On the restart, Ballincollig staged a spirited revival and succeeded in reducing the deficit to seven points but Éire Óg's second goal, from Eoin Lyons, effectively ended this game as a contest.
Eire Óg's Kevin Hallissey had fired over two excellent scores from play in the opening minutes of this game, Brian Kirwan added a third before Hallissey landed a brace of long distance frees. Ballincollig's Stephan Bunyan had his sides' opening score but a Hallissey blasted free at goal was stopped by Ronan Cambridge but minutes later Brian Darcy O'Sullivan found the net following a goalmouth scramble. Cambridge brought off another top class save from Kirwan just on the stroke of half-time.
Ballincollig's Conor O'Sullivan kicked to the net in the opening minute of the second half and the introduction of Dan Hickey helped them gain possession. Timmy Collins converted a couple of frees which reduced the gap further, 1-10 to 1-3 after 36 minutes. However, Éire Óg quickly re-asserted control of the game. Points from Cathal Murphy and the hard working Edward Long were followed by Eoin Lyon's goal and the game was over as a contest in the closing quarter. Timmy Collins knocked over a couple of placed efforts while Eoin Dineen cleared an amount of ball for Ballincollig. Éire Óg emptied their bench for the closing stages and had scores from Jamie McBride and Dave Sheehan.
Éire Óg: Liam Fuohy; Dave Sheehan, Andrew Herlihy, Ger Sweeney; Eanna Lowney, Denis O'Keefe, Darragh McCarthy; Cian Murphy, Kevin Hallissey; Daniel O'Connor, Brian Darcy-O'Sullivan, Cathal Murphy; Brian Kirwan, Edward Long, Ronan O'Toole. Subs: Eoin Lyons, Donncadh Kelly, James McBride, Aidan Twomey, Craig O'Driscoll.
Ballincollig: Ronan Cambridge; Timmy Collins, Adrian Hanley, James Murphy; Diarmuid Mc Donnell, Eoin Dineen, William Greene; Chris Collins, Barry McElligott; Conor Dwyer, John O'Driscoll, Graham Enright; Stephen Bunyan, Eoin Byrne, Conor O'Sullivan. Subs: Dan Hickey(ht), Peter Collins(52m).
Referee: Mr Dave McCarthy (Kilmurry).

Macroom F.C.Academy

Registration for the coming season will take place on Friday July 26th at the clubhouse in Murrayfield. There will be teams for Under 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 for boys and girls. Times are as follows:
Under 6 (born 2008) and Under 7 (born 2007) 6 - 7pm.
Under 8 (born 2006) 7 - 8pm
Under 9 (born 2005) and Under 10 (born 2004) 8 - 9pm.
Membership: First child 25 euro, second child, 10 euro, subsequent children free of charge.
As the club continues to grow, parents are most welcome (and needed) to get involved with all teams. For further information contact Denis on 087 2941780.
Macroom F.C. annual 7 a side tournament will take place on Friday (evening) 2nd and Saturday 3rd August. Entry is 100 euro and all teams are guaranteed a minimum of two games. Entry forms are available in Murrays Bar.
Pre season training for all adult players is now underway. All players interested in playing for any of the club's two adult teams as well as Under 18s are asked to attend the Town Park @ 7 30 pm on each Tuesday and Thursday. The 2013/14 season is due to begin on August 17/18. As always new players are more than welcome.
The FAI Summer Soccer Schools camp came to Murrayfield on 1st to 5th July last. A group of 6 FAI coaches took charge of the camp, which was a great success. The camp, which was the largest in Cork county, catered for up to 100 children ranging in age from 6 to 13. Head coach Derek O'Gorman was delighted with the week and was also greatly impressed by the facilities at his disposal at Murrayfield. It is hoped the camp will encourage the young children of Macroom and beyond to come back and sign up for the clubs' academy.

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Macroom FC Youth Cup winning team of 1997 who took part in the Redmond Kirby memorial game. © David Shine)

Redmond Kirby Memorial Match 

The Redmond Kirby memorial match took place in Murrayfield, the home ground of Macroom F.C., on Saturday evening June 29th. This event was organised by Macroom F.C. with the great assistance of the Kirby family and the charity Suicide Aware. A member of the local soccer club for many years, Red, as he was known, enjoyed much success both as a player and coach. It was a huge shock to all when he died so tragically earlier on this year. The tragedy brought to light the issue of suicide throughout society and it was decided to organise the match as a way of highlighting the need for more awareness and education surrounding this issue.

The beautiful weather was most welcome as a huge crowd descended on Murrayfield for the memorial game. The Mossie Linnane League Cup winning side of 1997 took on the Youths Cup Winners of the same year. Before kick off, Redmonds' sister Margaret thanked all in attendance and commented on how Red himself would have loved such an occasion. Macroom F.C. chairman Denis Murray echoed those sentiments and Suicide Aware representatives Pat Behan and Ian Delahunty encouraged people to "talk, talk, talk". They stressed the importance of sharing problems and not to 'bottle things up'. Balloons were released by family members and after a minutes applause, referee Damien O' Mahony got the game underway.

It was hard to know in advance how this match would go as many of the players had not played for some years. There was no need to worry though, as both sides were as competitive as ever. An even first half ended scoreless, but on the resumption the Linnane side (whose ages ranged from 35 to 53) took the lead courtesy of Noel Twomey. There was a great response from the Youths (average age 34) but they failed to equalise thanks to some fine goalkeeping from Shane O' Leary and late in the game Twomey fired his second to seal the win and the much sought after bragging rights!

After the game, Redmonds' niece Melanie Dineen played a musical tribute and the evening continued in Murray's Bar. A barbecue took place as well as live music and a fundraising raffle which was a resounding success. The club also presented a collage of photos of Redmond during his playing days to the Kirby family. Macroom F.C. would like to express their thanks to all of those who sponsored prizes for the raffle and to all who helped out in any way both in the lead up and on the day itself. A sum in excess of 2,500 euro was raised for the Suicide Aware charity as well as the raising of vital awareness in the wider community

Canovee G.A.A.

Canovee 3.17 Nemo Rangers 2.05.

On July the 3rd Canovee played Nemo Rangers in the under 21 B county semi final in Brinny. Canovee were on top from the start, with the forwards combining well and getting a good supply of ball. Canovee led at half time by 1.08 to 1.02, with Darragh Ring getting the goal. Further goals by James Moynihan in the second half stretched Canovee's lead and at the final whistle, they were ahead by 3.17 to 2.05. Canovee now play Robert Emmet's in the final. In this game Mark Verling received a serious knee injury and we wish him a speedy recovery. Scorers: Darragh Ring 1.5; James Moynihan 2.2; Aidan Moynihan 0.05; Sean O'Connor 0.2; Paul Twomey 0.1; Liam Kelleher 0.1; John Buckley 0.1.
Team: Aidan murphy, Dónal Cronin, William Ahearn, Damien Ahearn, Daniel O'Sullivan, Gerry Lucey, Blake Ring, Paul Twomey, Sean O'Connor, Charles Kennelly, Darragh Ring, Liam Kelleher, Mark Verling, Aiden Moynihan, James Moynihan. Subs John Buckley, Niall Cronin, Cian Lehane.

Canovee 1.15 Castlelyons 1.11

On July 8th Canovee played Castlelyons in the minor A football league in Carrigadrohid. This game was played in beautiful sunny conditions. Castlelyons had the better of the first half and led at half time by 1.07to 0.06. Canovee increased the pressure in the second half and a beautifully taken goal by Conor Hughes brought them level. A few well taken points in quick succession put Canovee ahead and at the final whistle they were worthy winners. Scorers: Conor Hughes 1.02; Mark Healy 0.04; Aidan Moynihan 0.04; James Moynihan 0.03; Tadhg O'Riordan 0.01; Humphrey O'Mahony 0.01. Team: Cormac O'Driscoll, Brian Verling, Michael Dunne, James O'Sullivan, Niall Cronin, Blake Ring, Cian Lehane, Mark Healy, James Moynihan, Kieran Moynihan, Conor Hughes, Tadhg o Ríordáin, Humphrey o Mahoney, Aiden Moynihan, James Verling. sub Paudge Meehan.

Results: July 3rd under 21 B county semi final Canovee 3.17 Nemo Rangers 2.05

July 6th Intermediate football championship Canovee 3.05 Grenagh 2.16

July 8th minor football league Canovee 1.15 Castlelyons 1.11

July 8th under 14 A football championship Canovee 3.16 Kiltha Óg 4.03

U14A GirlsCounty Final

St. Val's 1-15 Glanmire 1-9

St. Val's and Glanmire served up a great game of football in the County U14A Girls Final played recently in Passage West. This was a contest with an extremely high standard of football on offer from start to finish, with St. Vals emerging victorious after a titanic struggle against a Glanmire team that chased the game right to the end. St. Val's took the game to Glanmire from the throw in and were two points to the good after five minutes courtesy of pointed frees from Sinead Plunkett who was to have a major input throughout the game. Glanmire scored a point and a goal and St. Val's battled back with points from Sinead Plunkett (4) and a Meadhbh Carroll free, to put them ahead again. Their hopes received a massive boost approaching half time when a long ball from Ciara McCarthy deceived the Glanmire full back and Sinead Plunkett billowed the net from close range to leave the half time score at 1-7 to 1-4.
Two early points for Glanmire at the start of the second half narrowed the gap to the minimum, however the ability of the Val's forward line to create scoring opportunities was starting to prove decisive, four unanswered points by Sinead Plunkett (2 Frees) kept their opponents at bay. The Val's backline was now dominant with Ciara Hughes doing well at centre back and the midfield pairing of Katie and Ciara McCarthy supplying the ball to a hardworking forward line well led at centre forward by Sarah Byrne. In the last ten minutes, Glanmire threw everything at Val's defence but the goal they so desperately needed never came and a fine point by Claire Nevin in the final minutes sealed a comprehensive win for the St. Val's girls. The cup was presented to St. Val's Captain, Sinead Plunkett, by County Board Treasurer, Jerome Casey amid tremendous scenes of joy.
St. Val's: Chelsea Love, Miriam Cotter, Maeve Kelleher, Aoife Foley, Laura Riordan, Katie McCarthy, Eibhlis Galvin, Ciara McCarthy, Ciara Hughes, Sarah Byrne, Niamh Looney, Shauna O'Sullivan, Caoimhe Cotter, Sinead Plunkett, Meadhbh Carroll. Subs. Claire Nevin, Aoife Kearney, Shauna Lyons, Orna Sexton, Ruth O'Riordan, Joanne Kelly, Ciara Walsh, Marian Lee, Evelyn McCarthy, Ciara Plunkett, Anna Sheehan, Flora Lynch, Zara Knight.

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The St. Val's team that travelled to Derry for the Féile. ©

Féile Dhoire 2013

St. Val's U14 Girls did their club and county proud at the recent Féile Peil na nÓg Finals held in Derry. Following their thrilling win in the County Final v Glanmire, the team set out on the long journey to Strabane, County Tyrone, where they were hosted by the Urney Ladies Football Club for the duration of their three night stay. In their first group game, the St. Val's girls defeated the host club, Urney on a score of 4-14 to 1-1. They then proceeded to Celtic Park in Derry where they joined 150 more teams of boys and girls to parade through the city. On Saturday they made their way to Errigal Chiarain (home club of Peter Canavan) where they emerged victorious over the home team on a scoreline of St. Val's 6-7 Errigal Chiaráin 1-0. The girls then played tournament favourites Foxrock Cabinteeley from Dublin in their final group game and after a tremendous match, the St. Val's girls emerged victorious on a score of 3-3 to 2-2. They put up an extremely brave display against Corofin from Galway in the semi final, losing out in the end on a score of Corofin 3-7 St. Val's 3-2. The Galway side were well beaten in the final by Foxrock, Cabinteeley. A tremendous weekend was had by all the St. Val's players and supporters due in many ways to our outstanding hosts Urney Ladies Football Club from Tyrone.