Lee Valley Outlook Dec. 12 2013 v10e25

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'Babes in the Wood' at the Briery Gap, Dec. 14, 15, 20, 21, 22. © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Updates


Christmas in Macroom officially started on Friday, December 6 when the town was thronged for a Christmas Market and the switching on by the Mayor, Cllr. Ted Lucey, of the Christmas lights and the illumination of the beautiful new 20ft. Christmas tree in the Square. More than 25 stalls sold items suitable for the season and food outlets provided Buffalo Burgers, Mince Pies, Mulled Wine and many more delicacies. The Dynamics Showband provided music and the children thronged to the Carousel.
On Saturday, December 7 Santa made a surprise entry down the chimney in the Briery Gap and interviewed the many delighted children who came to welcome him to Macroom. They each received a gift; some of them sang and they then enjoyed Santa Claus, The Movie 3, all free and courtesy of Lee Valley Entreprise Board.
The Enterprise Board urges you to do your shopping locally if at all possible. The recession is still lingering, so it's vital to think local...
Déan do Ghnó i Máigh Chromtha agus déan Máigh Chromtha Gnóthach!

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Mayor Ted Lucey turns on the 2013 Christmas lights in Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook 

LeeValley Diary

Macroom Library:
Tots Time on Fridays at 12 noon.
Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon.
Ciorcal Cainte: Mon. Dec. 16 at 11.30a.m.
Macroom Purlies Thurs. Dec. 19 11 am -1p.m.
Gramophone Recital: Mon. Jan. 13 at 11a.m.

Briery Gap:
Babes in the Wood Dec. 14, 15, 20, 21, 22.
Louise Morrissey All Star Country Show on Sunday 29th December 8.00 pm.
Pat Shortt Fri. 17th Jan. at 8.00pm.

Parkrun Free 5km run from Macroom Leisure Centre every Sat. at 9:30am.
Kilmurry Christmas Fair Sat. Dec. 14, 4 to 6 p.m..
Canovee G.A.A. Social, Sat. Dec. 14th in the Riverside Park, Macroom.
Christmas Carols: Macroom church; Sun. Dec. 15 at 6p.m.
Penitential Service in Macroom Church, Tues. Dec. 17 at 7.30p.m.
Christmas Pageant in St. Joseph's Church, Fornaught, Donoughmore, Tues. 17 and Wed. Dec. 18 at 7.30pm.
Dromleigh N.S. Christmas Draw in the school at 11a.m. Dec. 20.
Christmas Songs and Stories: on Sat. Dec. 21 in Clondrohid Community Hall.
Crookstown Céilí Club: Céilí on Sat. 21st Dec. 9.30pm to 1am.
'Seán Ó Sé – An Pocar' TG4, Friday December 27th, 9.25pm

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

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Careers Evening at St. Mary's as Macroom Gardaí Catherine McCarthy and Diarmuid Shanahan meet Gráinne Twomey and Martina Collins © O'Sullivan Photo, Macroom

Macroom Updates

St. Mary's Updates

U.C.C. Scholarships: Three former students from St. Mary's, who sat their Leaving Certificate examination last June, were acknowledged for their outstanding academic achievement at an awards ceremony in U.C.C. on Tuesday 3rd December. Sarah Hinchion, Clare Cronin and Eimear Kelly were among 72 students who received Entrance Scholarships, presented to them by the President of U.C.C, Dr. Michael Murphy. All three students are currently pursuing their studies in U.C.C.: Sarah is studying Occupational Therapy; Clare is studying Finance and Eimear is studying Arts and Music.
Healthy Eating: Síle Kelly from "An Bord Bia" gave a presentation to the fourth years recently, explaining the importance of healthy eating, especially for Teenagers. She demonstrated the making of several healthy and economical dishes and the students enjoyed tasting them!
Milk It Awards: Six students from St. Mary's Secondary School, Macroom have been chosen to set up a campaign to increase dairy consumption amongst teenagers aged 9-18 as part of the Milk it! competition, run annually by the National Dairy Council. Open to junior and senior students in secondary schools nationwide, the prize includes getting to spend a day in TV3's advertising department for marketing. The 6 lucky girls from St. Mary's are- Shauna Buckley, Sinead Cronin, Niamh Relihan, Kirstin O'Reilly, Laura Murphy and Niamh Dineen. They, along with their teachers Ms O'Donoghue and Ms Collins, have set up their advertising agency named "Belle Bo". They are all very dedicated to increasing dairy consumption amongst their peers in their community and their tag line is "The healthy way is 5 a day". Belle Bo recently recorded a 3 minute pitch in Buckley's Farm, Terelton, stating their aims and plans, including a dairy APP, QR codes and Dairy Dock. This video has now been sent to the National Dairy Council and the girls will find out in January if their project has been successful. If so, they will activate their campaign in the school and will be in with a chance of winning the top prize. We wish Belle Bo, and everyone else who is taking part in the Milk it competition the very best of .luck. Remember: "The Healthy way is 5 a Day".

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A well attended Macroom Christmas Market © Lee Valley Outlook

McEgan College Updates

Christmas Jumper Appeal: All religious education students were invited to take part in the 7upFree Christmas Jumper competition. Participants logged on to the 7up website and had the opportunity to design a Christmas jumper, while donating €1 to the Simon Community. Nearly €200 has been raised for Simon by McEgan College students! Well done! This was a fun way to do something to help those less fortunate in our society.
The Advent Reconciliation Service took place on December 3, with school chaplain Fr O'Mahony, Fr. Roberts, Fr. Manning and Fr. Wickham officiating. All students attended a group prayer service and were then invited to take part in the sacrament of reconciliation. It was a beautiful ceremony and students availed of the opportunity to prepare for Christmas in a spiritual way.
Christmas Food Appeal: The school's annual Saint Vincent de Paul Christmas Food Appeal was launched in December and students and staff brought in non-perishable food items to be distributed to needy families in the locality by the SVP.
Team Hope Christmas Shoebox was organised in November and December by LCA2. Each year, shoeboxes filled with gifts are sent to needy children in developing countries. Thanks to all students and their families who give so charitably to this appeal.
Crib Visit: During the final weeks of term, every religion group in the school will be brought to pray at the crib in St. Colman's Church, Macroom. The Christmas tree and crib in the religion room have also been erected and many thanks to the sixth year students who gave of their free time to help with this endeavour. They wanted to do something nice to remember their final Christmas in McEgan College.
'An Triail': Ms. Morris's fifth and sixth year Irish classes recently went to Waterford to see a production of Máiréad Ní Ghráda's play, ' An Triail', which is on the syllabus for Leaving Cert Higher Level Irish. The play gives an insight into the life of a young girl in 1960s Ireland and the prejudices faced by her as an unmarried mother. All students agreed that Fibín productions did a great job of telling Máire Ní Chathasaigh's story and that viewing the performance really helped them to understand the play. Best of luck to the Leaving Certs as they begin their Christmas examinations. Go raibh maith agaibh go léir! E. Ní Mhuiris
Pop up Restaurant: The LCA Hotel, Catering & Tourism students at McEgan College, set up a pop up restaurant for one day only recently. Deciding on a festive theme, they decorated the Home Economics Room with berried holly, red table linen and candles and chose Christmas songs as back ground music. The budding chefs treated staff to a cold buffet of Home-baked Ham and salads, followed by Chocolate Roulade and traditional Plum Pudding. The students sourced their produce, including the highly acclaimed Toon's Bridge Buffalo Feta and Macroom flour, locally and have already taken their next booking to cook & serve brunch to First Years as part of JCSP Christmas Celebrations. Hearty congratulations to the team on a 5 star performance. A sincere thank you to staff for their support & enthusiasm in making this event so successful.

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Therese and Audrey Scott, Natural Larder, who made a presentation at the Christmas CONNECT meeting at Macroom E © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Library

Our Exhibition for December is of the original paintings which were used to make the Christmas cards for the Macroom Senior Citizens charity. Very nice they are too! and complement the fantastic Christmas tree decorations created by our Purlies Knitting Group. We have 2 Christmas trees up to facilitate the many beautiful things the ladies made, from angels to ice skates! They will meet once more before Christmas on Thursday 19th at 11am until 12.30. All level of knitter welcome. Ciorcal Cainte takes place on Monday 16th at 11.30 with Nora Levis. The first Gramophone Circle on the New Year will be presented by Eileen Hackett and Gill Vahey on Monday, January 13 at 11a.m.
Cork County Library and Arts Service is preparing a Library Development Plan for 2014 to 2019. This plan will inform the development and the direction of our service over the next 5 years. We invite members of the public and interested groups to tell us what they think of their local library and to give their views on our future direction. Submission forms are available at the library or you can submit online at corkcoco.ie /library. Closing date for submissions is Friday 20th December. The County Development plan is also being drafted at present. Each branch library will receive a copy of the printed main policy document, a CD with the main document and ancillary documents (excluding maps). In addition, we will have extra copies of the CDs available to be handed out for free to members of the public on request. Maps are not being printed for public consultation this time around. Because of the much more detailed maps that are being used now, printing them as a single volume would be unfeasible (we are being told 5-10 times the size of previous map volumes. Maps can only be consulted online at the following link: http://www.corkcocodevplan.com/ Members of the public (both library and non-library members) are welcome to use library PCs to consult the plan, in particular the maps section. Please note that our staff cannot help people to navigate the mapping function. Anyone who is not already literate in using this sort of software should contact the planning departments at Skibbereen, Mallow or County Hall.
Christmas Openings: The last day we are open before Christmas is Monday December 23rd. We re-open on Saturday 28th.

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Queuing to meet Santa at the Briery Gap, courtesy of Lee Valley Enterprise Board. © Lee Valley Outlook

Babes in the Wood at Briery Gap

"The Babes in the Wood", the Briery Gap's 14th annual pantomime, has a cast of over 100 and is guaranteed entertainment for all the family. It is a must this year. You will meet Lily, played by Stephanie Shine; her husband, Jacko (Jim Leahy); friendly neighbour, Bridie, (Treasa O'Riordan); Rosanne, (Maureen O'Brien) and her husband, Barney (Pat Kelleher); Trickster, played by Dan Creedon and "Sharp and Sharp" private investigators, played by Pat O'Connell and Darragh Ring; crime writer, Justine Fox, (Carolyn Barry Murphy) and the lovely Fairy Queen (Sheila Twomey); shop assistant, Joe, David Leahy and the customers, Mary and Jimmy, Theresa Dineen and Connie Foley.
Dates of Performances:
Matinees; 3pm; Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December. Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd December.
Evening Performances: Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd 8pm.
Tickets for all shows now on sale. Adults €15; Students and OAPs €10. Group Rates available

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Girl's Chorus in Babes in the Wood at the Briery Gap, December 14, 15, 20, 21, 22. © Lee Valley Outlook

Briery Gap Programme

Briery Gap presents Christmas Panto 2013 Babes in the Wood Matinees at 3.00pm - Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd December. Evening performances 8.00pm – Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd December. Tickets €15 Concessions €10.
Louise Morrissey All Star Country Show on Sunday 29th December 8.00 pm, with Special Guests Crystal Swing, Gary Gamble (as Daniel O'Donnell) & The Ryan Turner Band. Tickets €20
Pat Shortt Friday 17th January at 8.00pm. Tickets €28
The Pyke Theatre Group present Three Award Winning One-Act plays, The Tailor's Dummy, a comedy by Seamus Burke and produced by Pat Lehane; Edward by Margaret Wood and produced by Craig McCarthy; Rest Spite written and produced by Charlie Conway, on Saturday 25th January @ 8.00pm. Tickets €10
Tom Crean/Antarctic Explorer Saturday 15th February @ 8.00 pm, Tickets €20
Also Upcoming at the Briery Gap: Cara O'Sullivan, All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival, All Ireland Light Entertainment Festival.

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All ready for 'Babes in the Wood' at the Briery Gap, Dec. 14, 15, 20, 21, 22. © Lee Valley Outlook

Local TV Programmes

Sun. Dec. 15: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Carol Services from past years.
6.30p.m. News and Sport; Turning on of Christmas Lights 2013. Reopening of renovated Briery Gap.
8p.m. LTV 2 from Millstreet – Duhallow area. Thursday repeat.
Wed. Dec. 18: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport; 1883 Session from 'The Castle', Carriganimma and 2013 nostalgic reunion of participants.
Sun. Dec. 22: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Christmas Carols
6.30p.m. Repeat of LTV. Wed. Programme.
8p.m. LTV 2 from Millstreet – Duhallow area. Thursday repeat.
Christmas Day Programmes will be included in the next issue of the Lee Valley Outlook, December 19.


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Kilmurry Christmas Fair and switching on of the Christmas lights will take place in Kilmurry village on Saturday the 14th of December from 4.00 to 6.00PM. Family fun and festivities include carol singing, face-painting, bouncy castle, craft marquee and cake! So come along, browse the stalls, soak up the atmosphere and maybe meet a special visitor. Proceeds to support Kilmurry National School. All welcome.

Kilmurry Historical Association and Archaeological Association will have a stall at the turning on of the Christmas lights for the Kilmurry Parents' Association Christmas Fair in Kilmurry church car park 4-6pm on December 14th. Biros along with Christmas cards and much more will be on sale at the Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association Ltd. stand. Hope to see you there.

Canovee G.A.A. The under 21 victory dinner dance is on Saturday December 14th in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom. Natural Gas will provide the tunes with a dj to follow. Tickets cost €25 and can be got from local pubs, shops and committee members. Everybody please try to come as this team gave some great performances in 2013.

Christmas Pageant - "Come to the Manger" will be staged in St. Joseph's Church, Fornaught, Donoughmore on Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th December at 7.30pm.

Dromleigh Christmas Draw: We have an array of hampers, vouchers, wines, chocolates and other Christmas prizes on offer. Tickets may be purchased at the school, from the pupils or in Collins's post office. The draw will take place in the school at 11a.m. on December 20th and all are welcome.

Crookstown Céilí Club: Céilí on Saturday 21st December 9.30pm to 1am. Music by Neily O'Connor Céilí band. All are welcome.

Macroom Ladies Football: The season has come to an end for all age groups. Thank you to all involved in the club - players, coaches, supporters and parents and well done for your commitment and enthusiasm. New players are always welcome. Hope to see you all in 2014. Macroom Ladies Football AGM will be held in the New Year.

Lotto Win: Congratulations to Josephine Dinneen O'Keeffe, Sleaveen who won Macroom Soccer Club's Jackpot of €5,800. Very happy Christmas!

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: November 26. Jackpot €7,800. Numbers drawn 26, 27 and 35. No winner. €70 Anita and Michael Murphy Jr., 9 Cork St.; €20 Jack Oldham, Beachville, Coachford; Kitty O'Donoghue, O'Connor Park; Alison Moyo, c/o Fudge, Main St.; Maureen Moynihan, Oakwood Court; Paddy Murphy, Crookstown.
December 3. Jackpot €8,000. Numbers drawn 7, 25 and 36. No winner. €70 Sheila and Aideen Johnson, Barrett's Place. €20 Paddy Murphy, Dromree; Ollie Plunkett, Cork Street; Julie Creedon, Coolcower; Denis Moloney, Kilnagurteen; Orla O'Mahony, Coppeen.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: December 8th. Numbers drawn: 4, 6, 13, 28. No winner. €50 John Long , Aherla. €25 Dan and Ger ,Aherla. Ger and Marie O'Sullivan, Ballincollig. Jack the joker: Shane Martin, Coachford. Next lotto draw on December 15th in the sportsman bar ,Aherla for jackpot of €3,300

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto. Results: Dec. 1. Jackpot €4,900. Numbers drawn, 25, 32, 36. No winner. €50 Mary Lehane Kilgobnet. €20 Connie & Theresa Dennehy c/o Laine; Jerry O'Sullivan Carrigadrohid; Don McCarthy, Deirdre Martin Rahalisk c/o Ploughman's. Next Jackpot €5,050.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 25/11/2013, Jackpot: €1,400, Numbers Drawn: 27- 28 - 35, No Winner, €40 Trevor Hennessy, €20 Jennifer Delaney, Molly O' Connell, Shane Lucey, Sheila McSweeney.

Lee Valley Updates

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Preparing for 'Seán Ó Sé – An Pocar' are Seán with Jim Murray Jnr and Jim Murray Snr. It will be broadcast on TG4 on Friday December 27th © Richie Tyndall Photography

Lee Valley Musicians with Seán Ó Sé

Local musicians Peadar Ó Riada, Jim Murray Jnr and Jim Murray Snr, as well as traditional singer Peggy Lynch are to star in a TV programme about well-known Cork singer, Seán Ó Sé, which will be broadcast on TG4 on Friday December 27th at 9.25 p.m. The programme – entitled 'Seán Ó Sé – An Pocar', also features other Cork music legends, John Spillane and Mick Flannery. It is produced by local RTE journalist Grett O'Connor. She says it is primarily a music programme, with a bit of chat from the great man thrown in for good measure. The programme will feature Carrickfergus, The Banks of My Own Lovely Lee, Beidh Aonach Amárach, and of course, the famous Poc ar Buile. In the programme, Seán explains his choice of songs and talks about his memories of childhood days in Ballylickey in West Cork and how his talent for singing eventually led him to collaborate with his good friend, the late composer Seán Ó Riada. He recalls his life serving two masters – his job as a teacher, which he says always came first, and his singing. He traces the way his best-known song, 'An Poc ar Buile', has been his passport to the world and gifted him with a singing career which has spanned six decades. The programme is 40 minutes long and promises to be a cultural feast, of special interest to viewers in the Muskerry region.

Clondrohid Updates

Lighting Up: Clondrohid Development helped to light up the village this year. They purchased new lights for the Community Hall, which should help to bring a bit of Christmas cheer. They decided to plant a Christmas tree in the church yard instead of erecting a new one each year. Unfortunately it will be on the small side for a few years but in time Clondrohid will have one of the finest Christmas trees in the locality. Connie and Linda O'Riordan were delighted to provide the organisation with the tree and will replace it if necessary. Dairygold and Healy's Spar came on board to sponsor the lights for the two trees in the churchyard. The group would like to thank their three sponsors and all those who helped with erecting etc. They also send their best wishes for a peaceful and happy Christmas to all in the Parish.
Muinefliuch Race Night:Well done to all those who helped to make this a very successful fundraiser for the school. A great crowd turned out and you could have been fooled into thinking you were at the 'Races', with the amount of betting and haggling. Refreshments were served.
Gaelic Start: This very interesting and successful introduction to football and hurling by Clondrohid G.A.A. will resume again in 2014.
Holy Souls Mass: took place on November 28. A very large crowd attended this solemn occasion. Candles were lit by family and friends of all those who passed away in 2013 and 2012. The congregation was invited to light candles for any loved one they wished to remember, and Eileen and Mary lit candles for people in the parish who lost a loved one in another parish. Well done to the organisers.
Christmas Songs and Stories:. Taking part on the night will be Clondrohid Choral group/ Simple Complication/ Denisa Kearney/ Parish Youth Choir and many more. Tickets will be available at Healy's Spar, Coleman's Centra Millstreet, Enchanted Flowers Macroom .Tickets €10, and all proceeds go to Trócaire for Typhoon Haiyan Philippines Emergency Relief. Mulled wine and Christmas cookies will be served.
Christmas in Carriganimma: This Sunday Santa arrives in a Rally car and takes up residence in Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory. Hope all goes well. A host of other events during the Christmas period.

Nuacht ó Choláiste Ghobnatan

Coláiste Ghobnatan 5-16 St Fanahans Baile Mhisteála 2-8

Thug buachaillí sinsear Coláiste Ghobnatan agus St. Fanahans, Baile Mhisteála aghaidh ar a cheile i gcluiche Ceannais an Chontae san iomáint. B'shin an chéad chluiche craoibhe a d'imir Coláiste Ghobnatan san iomáint riamh i stair na scoile. Cé nach raibh aon taithí ag Coláiste Ghobnatan riamh bheith ag imirt i gcraobh iomána an chontae, ní raibh pioc sceitimí orthu agus thosaigh siad an cheád leath le tine ar a gcraiceann. Ba é fear lár na páirce Aaron Ó Murchú a fuair an chéad phointe sa chluiche, iarracht gleoite. Lean lán-chúlaí Micheál Ó Deasúna an scór seo le sáriarracht ón gcliathán, agus chuir Maidhc Ó Duinnín ceann eile thar an trasnán. Bhí leithéidí Rónan De hÍde, Gearóid Ó Faoileáin agus Damien Ó hUrdail ag buachaint a ndóthain seilbhe timpeall lár an ghoirt. Cé gur chuir Fanahans a naimnmeacha ar an chlár scórála le pointe ó puc-saor, chuaigh buachaillí Coláiste Ghobnatan ar ais ar an ionsaí. Rug Dan Ó Duinnín greim ar an sliotar i lár na páirce agus chríochnaigh sé ar chúl na heangaí. Tar éis cuilín eile ó leath-chulaí lár Tadhg Ó Corcora (an-chluiche aige), chuir Dano an sliotar thar báideoir Baile Mhisteála arís chun an bhearna a mheadú go 2-4 i gcoinne 0-1. Shabháil báideoir Gearóid Ó Luasa iarracht Fanahans ar an líne. Bhí lucht cosanta na Choláiste thar barr , léitheidí Daithí Ó Hallamháin agus Antóin Ó Cuana go spéisialta. Bhí an lán líne tosaigh de Diarmuid Ó Meachair, Maidhc Ó Duinnín agus Dónal Ó Donnchú ar mhuin na muice os comhair cúl Baile Mhisteála agus d'aimsigh an Choláiste cúl agus seacht bpointe i ndiaidh a chéile (Dano 0-2, Maidhc, Tadhg, Micheál, Aaron 1-1 agus pointe gleoite ó Diarmuid Ó Meachair) sula raibh fir Baile Mhisteála in ann freagra a thabhairt, pointe eile, 15 nóiméad níos deireanaí. An scór a bhí ann ag leath ama 4-11 le 0-5. Thug Gearóid Ó Luasa taispeántas iontach uaidh sa chúl, chomh maith le dearthaireacha Ó Forréidh, Darren agus Seán. D'aimsigh an Choláiste cúig chúilín san ceathrú deireanach. Bhí an chluiche thart mar chomórtas nuair a chuir fear ionad Stiofán Ó Murchú an sliotar sa liontán. Faoin am ar séideadh an fheadóg ag lán-ama, bhí muintir Coláiste Ghobnatan ag céiliúradh, agus ghlac captaen na fóirne Darren Ó Forréidh an corn ar son Coláiste Ghobnatan, agus i gcuimhne ár gcara Shane Ó Murchú a chailleadh an bhliain seo caite. Sár-thaispeántas a bhí ann ar an óiche, agus bhí fuinneamh speisialta le feiceáil ón lánchúlaífull go dtí an lántosaí. An rud is sásúla faoi thaispeántas ná an diongbháileacht iontach a bhí le feiceáil ó gach uile duine ar an bpaineál. Fir óga iad, le neart, féinmhuiníne agus díograise.
Paineál: Gearóid Ó Luasa, Darren Ó Fóiréidh (C), Sean Ó Fóiréidh, Daithí Ó hAllamháin, Antóin Ó Cuana, Michéal Ó Deasúna, Damien Ó hUrdail, Aaron Ó Murchú Rónán De hÍde, Gearóid Ó Faoláin, Tadhg Ó Corcora, Dónal Ó Duinnín, Diarmuid Ó Meachair, Maidhc Ó Duinnín , Donal Ó Donnchú, Stiofán Ó Murchú, Conchúr Ó Murchú Dara Ó Laoire, Evan Ó Cathasaigh, Colm Ó Meachair, Cian Ó Heithir Wyatt, Roibéard Ó Laoi

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Iománaithe Coláiste Ghobnatan le Corn an Chondae © Nóra Ní Luasa

Oíche Oscailte: D'fhreastail tuismitheoirí agus páistí rang a sé ó na bunscoileanna áitiúla at fad ar Oíche oscailte sa choláiste le déanaí. Bhaineadar an-taitneamh agus tairbhe as na rudaí éagsúla a bhí á rith sa scoil. Bhi ceoil nua-aimsearach á sheint ag Arran Bradstock agus Roibard de Bhulbh, agus ceol tradisúnta á sheint ag Hannah Coombs agus Caitriona Ní Chonaill. Bhí damhsa ar siúl ag Caitriona Ní Chríodáin agus Claire Ní Chrónín mar thaispeántais dos na daoine óga agus a dtuistmitheoirí. Bhí daoine ábalta siúlóid timpeall go dtí na seomraí difriúla chun blas a fháil ar na hábhair atá sa scoil, ar nós adhmadóireacht, miotalóireacht agus bitheolaíocht. Chomh maith le seo, bhí go leor tae agus cistí áilne réidh ag na daltaí dó chách.
Banc na mBalún: Tá daltaí bliain a 4 Coláiste Ghobnatan tar éis banc a oscailt do mhuintir na scoile. Tugann sé seo deis do dhaltaí na scoile airgid a shabháil ar son rudaí éagsúla, mar shampla an Debs. Bhí crannchur ar siúl acu le déanaí le duais le haghidh 4 buachaillí agus 6 cailíní. Is é an duais a bhí ann dos na buachaillí ná seans chun an playstation a imirt le linn am lóin agus, dos na cailíní, bhí deis acu lámh-mhaisiú a fháil (manicures). Freisin tá an banc ag ullmhú le haghaidh Crannchur na Nollag le duaiseanna iontacha ó urraitheoirí bronntacha.
Seanfhocal na seachtaine: Is breá an ní an óige, ach ní thagann sí faoi dhó. (Youth is a fine thing, but it does not come twice).
Eachtraí ag teacht suas: 12ú Nollaig: Cluiche peile buachaillí sinsear v Baile Mhisteála. 13ú Nollaig: Tráth na gCeist sa scoil.
Scríodh na giotaí seo go léir ag Deirdre Ní Lionáird, Aaron Bradstock, Antaine Ó Cuana, agus Iain Ó Riordáin (daltaí uile na hidirbhliana).

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Buíon Píobairí Barra Naofa, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, ag céiliúradh 85 bliain © Noirín Bn. Uí Thuama

Píobairí Béal Áthan Ghaorthaidh

Ballingeary Pipe Band recently launched a book ''Ballingeary Pipe Band Past and Present'' to celebrate their 85th anniversary. A special Mass was said for all deceased members of the band at the church of St Finbarr and Ronan Ballingeary. The congregation was then invited to attend the launch of the book and a social gathering in the GAA Clubhouse. The band has 23 members at present and is currently updating its repertoire under the guidance of Joy Lane and Louise Finn from Bandon Youth Pipe Band. The book is available locally and on www.localbooks.ie for €10.00

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Ceoltóirí áitiúla ag seint don chomhluadar ag Seó na nÓg ag oscailt Éigse 2013 i gCúil Aodha © Lee Valley Outlook

Macra Matters

Aghinagh: Congratulations to Noel Nunan who won the Muskerry title in the welding competition on the 5th of November and to Mort Ambrose who came second. Well done to Cathy Hourihan who represented Muskerry Macra in the Queen of the Land Festival 2013. Also a big thank you to Marymount Hospice who gave us a tour of the hospice when we went to present them with a cheque of the money raised from 5k Fun Run and Know Your Neighbour evening held in July.

Donoughmore: During November, members took part in the Muskerry welding competition; club members travelled to Tullamore for the Queen of the land festival and to support Muskerry Macra's queen. Well done to Elaine O'Connell on getting to the All-Ireland finals in Impromptu public speaking and to both teams who took part in Berrings Macra's annual quiz, coming second and third. The Muskerry Christmas party was held in the Killumney Inn and members from all clubs attended. People gathered from all corners of Donoughmore for the white collar boxing. It was a very entertaining night between the fantastic walk-ons and the boxing matches themselves. Well done to Public Speaking team, Meig, Máiréad and Sarah Louise who represented us at the semi-finals in Dunmanway. Club Officers attended Club Clinics in Macroom and members attended the National fundraiser 'Night at the dogs' in Curraheen Park. Upcoming events include public speaking final in Mallow, Cork county round of capers on Friday the 13th of December in Bandon and club Christmas party. The club would like to thank everyone who supported their Christmas Coffee Morning. It was a huge success, with Christmas carols, games, raffle and even a special visit for the big man himself, Mr Santa Claus! Thanks to all the club members, mammies, aunties and grannies who baked cakes for the event. The layout and variety of cakes was amazing. Lastly thanks to everyone who supported the National fundraiser and bought a ticket. It was very much appreciated.

Terelton Macra: members past and present gathered in the Castle Hotel, Macroom on November 30 for dinner, to celebrate 60 years of the club. Guest speaker was F.B.D Young Farmer of the Year, John Buckley, who had some kind words to say about the club and his time in Macra. Music was by the Michael Kennedy Band and they kept the crowd entertained until the early hours of the morning. A great night was had by all.


By Michael Kelly

Things to Do in December

As you clear remaining crops from your veggie patch, dig the beds over and add well rotted compost or manure. Get Educated – book yourself on a course! Start planning what you would like to grow next year and work out what crop rotation system you are going to use. Study seed catalogues carefully before deciding on the best varieties to grow. Start a Compost corner or heap. Keep an eye on your stored veggies and discard anything that's rotting. Collect and store leaves in bags to make leaf mould or use as cover for bare soil.
Sow garlic – it should be in the soil by the shortest day of the year. Bring herbs like mint, chives, lemon balm, parsley, thyme indoors by lifting and potting them up.
Harvest winter salad leaves like corn salad, land cress and mizuna. You should still have at least some produce left in the December veggie patch e.g. winter cabbages, Brussels sprouts, leeks, kale, Jerusalem artichokes, carrots, celery, turnips, parsnips, winter cauliflowers, swedes, spinach, chard and celeriac.
Recipe of the Month – Root Veg Pie. Ingredients: 350g short crust pastry, 300g potatoes, 300g celeriac, 300g squash or pumpkin, 4 medium mushrooms, 1 red pepper; 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary, 300g fresh ricotta or feta, ¾ cup grated cheddar or goats cheese, ½ cup grated parmesan
Directions: Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Place the potato, celeriac, pumpkin, mushrooms and pepper in a baking dish and toss with the oil and rosemary – season well. Bake for 30 minutes until golden. Leave to cool. Roll out the pastry and use it to line a pie dish, trimming away the excess. Mix the vegetables with the ricotta and cheddar, and then fill the pie dish. Sprinkle the parmesan over it. Bake for 35 minutes until the pie is golden. Serves 4.


Top Picks of 2013.

The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan. A tale of how the recession affects a small town and its inhabitants.
Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin. A look at what could have potentially happened to Jesus's followers after his death.
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. A comic look at his adventures after he leaves the nursing home.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. A gripping and un-put-downable thriller
Translantic by Colum McCann. A tale of the peace process seen through the eyes of various characters.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney; Diamond by Jacqueline Wilson; Demon Dentist by David Williams
Staring at Lakes by Michael Harding. A wonderful memoir
Day by Day by Sister Stan. A treasury of meditations on mindfulness to comfort and inspire.
Scent of Roses by Colm Keane. A book crammed with miracles and cures attributed to Ireland's favourite saint.

Sports Mad

County Intermediate Football Championship

Semi finals:

Aghabullogue 0-12 Glanworth 1-6

Grenagh 1-11 Rockchapel 1-6

Final: Grenagh 0 - 12 Aghabullogue 0 - 5

Aghabullogue played their near rivals Grenagh in the County Intermediate Football Final in a repeat of the 2004 Mid Cork Junior A Football Final but this time the outcome was clear cut, Grenagh reversed the result of that game and deservedly added the county Intermediate football crown to the county junior hurling title they had already won. The two teams were very close on the scoreboard up to the interval but thereafter Grenagh took over and were in control at the final whistle, their battle hardened men too strong for the young Aghabullogue side. DD Dorgan opened the scoring for Grenagh after five minutes, John Kelleher equalised for Aghabullogue from a free two minutes later. Gerry Russell pointed a long range free to put Grenagh ahead again and DD Dorgan took a fine point off play to double their advantage by the end of the first quarter. John Corkery pointed an Aghabullogue free in the 21st minute and took a superb point from play to equalise a minute later. DD Dorgan's 26th minute point gave Grenagh a narrow interval lead of 0-4 to 0-3 and Aghabullogue were doing well to be that close on the scoreboard at this stage.
Grenagh introduced John Russell (back from the USA) into their attack for the second half and he played a major role in their victory. DD Dorgan pointed a free in the 32nd minute and Conor Fitzgerald added a point from play a minute later. Back came Aghabullogue with two points from John Corkery, one from play, 0-6 to 0-5 after 40 minutes. It was as good as it got for Aghabullogue as Grenagh got on top now around the midfield area and the scores followed from their attack. Conor Fitzgerald and Liam Walsh had points to open up a three point gap by the three quarter stage and John Russell and DD Dorgan had added two more points by the 52nd minute as Grenagh were dominating. Points from DD Dorgan and John Russell increased the Grenagh lead as Aghabullogue could not break the winner's stranglehold on proceedings.
Grenagh: Martin Barry; Mick Lehane, Raymond Dorgan, Clive Donovan; Shane Dorgan, Paul McCarthy (capt.), Kevin O'Neill; Tom Kenny, Gerry Russell; Colm O'Neill, Conor Fitzgerald, Diarmuid 'DD' Dorgan; Tadgh Walsh, Liam Walsh, Ultan Duggan. Sub: John Russell
Aghabullogue: John Buckley: Greg Long, Dhani Merrick, Alan Hogan: Ryan Dennehy, Dónal Twomey, Mark O'Brien: Michael Dennehy, Brian Buckley: Sean O'Sullivan, Patrick Finnegan, Mark Long: Evan O'Sullivan, John Kelleher, John Corkery Subs: Stephen Dennehy, Aidan Barry Murphy and Rob O'Keeffe.

Aghabullogue 0 – 12 Glanworth 1 – 6

Aghabullogue Intermediate Footballers qualified for the Intermediate Football County Final following a truly inspirational team performance which brought victory over a fancied Glanworth side at Mallow. Glanworth scored 1-3 in the opening four minutes without reply from Aghabullogue. The men from Aghabullogue, wearing the Muskerry jerseys, however soon put an end to their dominance and outstanding scores from John Corkery and Patrick Finnegan saw Aghabullogue claw back the scoring difference to go in at half time on level terms on a score line of Aghabullogue 0-7, Glanworth to 1-4.
The second half performance by the youthful Aghabullogue side was emphatic and displayed the sheer dedication, heart and will-to-win of all involved. The backs were well on top and the mid fielders continuously pushed forward. The forwards sparkled and many impressive scores, both from play and placed ball, were recorded. Patrick Finnegan, John Corkery and Mark Long got their name on the scoreboard for Aghabullogue and Aghabullogue ran out well-deserved winners on a final scoreline of 0-12 to 1-6. Two early Glanworth points were followed by a goal and when the North Cork men added a further point to lead by 1-3 to nil after four minutes play it seemed that pre match predictions of a Glanworth win were to be realized. John Corkery pointed for Aghabullogue, added another and Pa Finnegan had a third to cut the deficit but Glanworth had a fourth point to lead by 1-4 top 0-3 after eleven minutes. Glanworth were not to score again for 42 minutes. With John Corkery in lethal form from frees and from play, Aghabullogue cut into the lead and in injury time Corkery kicked a massive point to leave the teams level at the break, 0-7 to 1-4, a very satisfactory position for Aghabullogue considering their poor start.
Aghabullogue were beginning to play like a team inspired and they maintained their momentum as the second half began. Patrick Finnegan had them in front within a minute, John Kelleher had a goal disallowed for a foul on the goalkeeper but further points from Corkery in the 39th and 41st minute had the Mid Cork side three points clear at the three quarter stage, leading 0-10 to 1-4. The Aghabullogue backs were superb and up front John Corkery, Patrick Finnegan and Sean O'Sullivan were inflicting constant pain on the Glanworth defence. Glanworth at last got a score back in the 53rd minute but John Corkery kicked over his ninth point to negative and Mark Long then had a 56th minute point to ease Aghabullogue four points clear. Back came Glanworth with a point and with only a single score now between the teams the North Cork men went in search of the goal they needed to force a replay. The Aghabullogue defence stood solid however and scenes of unbridled joy greeted the final whistle as all involved knew that they had been part of a superb team performance.
Scorers: John Corkery 0-9 (0-4 frees), Patrick Finnegan 0-2, Mark Long 0-1.
Aghabullogue: John Buckley: Greg Long, Dhani Merrick, Alan Hogan: Ryan Dennehy, Dónal Twomey, Mark O'Brien: Michael Dennehy, Brian Buckley: Sean O'Sullivan, Patrick Finnegan, Mark Long: Evan O'Sullivan, John Kelleher, John Corkery. Subs: Aidan Barry Murphy and Rob O'Keeffe.

Grenagh 1-11 Rockchapel 1- 6

Grenagh, just crowned Cork junior hurling champions for 2013, are in pursuit of a great county double after their footballers' defeat of Rockchapel in the IFC semifinal in conditions at Banteer. Rockchapel, county junior chamions last year, started very well but were eventually overcome by the experienced Grenagh side. Rockchapel had the ball in the Grenagh net after 30 seconds, DD Dorgan pointed a Grenagh free in reply and when Dorgan answered a 'Rock point with another point, the Rock went ahead 1-2 to 0-2 in front after the opening quarter. Grenagh now kicked over posted three points - one each from midfielders Tom Kenny and Gerry Russell and the other from DD Dorgan before the Rock replied with a point but in injury time Ultan Duggan struck for a goal to give Grenagh a 1-5 to 1-3 interval lead. Grenagh were boosted by this goal and kept up the pressure on the restart and with a string of points had gone into a 1-10 to 1-3 lead by the 42nd minute. Colm O'Neill, Gerry Russell, DD Dorgan, Tom Kenny and Ultan Duggan were the scorers as Rockchapel could not find the target in this period. The Duhallow side eventually got on the scoreboard and had three points in the final quarter but Grenagh were too experienced to lose their advantage and moved confidently on to the county final.
Scorers for Grenagh: DD Dorgan (0-5, four frees), U Duggan (1-1), T Kenny and G Russell (0-2 each), C O'Neill (0-1).
Grenagh: Martin Barry; Mick Lehane, Raymond Dorgan, Clive Donovan; Shane Dorgan, Paul McCarthy, Kevin O'Neill; Tom Kenny, Gerry Russell; Colm O'Neill, Conor Fitzgerald, Diarmuid 'DD' Dorgan; Tadgh Walsh, Liam Walsh, Ultan Duggan.

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Officers and guests at G.A.A. Convention in Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh © Lee Valley Outlook

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Cloughduv 1 – 10 Brian Dillon's 0 – 20

City league champions Brian Dillon's were too strong for Cloughduv in the county league final, played under lights at Ballincollig. Dillons led at half time by 0-10 to 1-5, Stephen Down's goal after 15 minutes keeping the Mid Cork men in the hunt. Dillons retained their control in the second half despite the scoring efforts of Brian Ahern, Darrah Ring and Donal Corkery and were clear winners at the finish.

Cloughduv: Colm Ryan: Sean Twomey, Paul O'Sullivan, Liam Long: Sean O'Connor, Donal Cronin, Andrew Cronin: Gerard Ahern, Donal Corkery: Sean Curzon, Brian Ahern, Barry Walsh: Darragh Ring, Stephen Down, Liam Ryan. Subs: Tadgh McCarthy, Kevin BarryMurphy and Aidan Murphy

County Div 2 Football League-Relegation Play Offs

Beal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 1-8 Valley Rovers 0-8

Béal Átha secured their Div Two League status for next season with a fine away win at Brinny. Éire Óg conceded to Clyda and then to Newmarket in relegation games and now face Valley Rovers to decide who will be relegated to the lower division along with St. Vincent's.

Munster Colleges Senior 'A' Football - Corn Ui Mhuiri:

De La Salle, Macroom 2-12 St Flannan's, Ennis 1- 9

DLS Macroom advanced to the quarter final stage of the Munster Colleges Senior 'A' Football championship with a deserved, if hard earned, win over St. Flannan's at Ballyagran, Co. Limerick. Both schools had already beaten Tralee CBS in the group so both were assured of a quarter final place but there was the incentive of avoiding another group winner by winning here. Flannan's had nine Clare minors on duty and played with dash and style. DLS matched the Clare team in spirit and had that bit of extra craft all over the field however, and gave a fine all round team performance with outstanding contributions from Alan Duggan in goal, Kevin O'Dwyer and Dermot O'Callaghan in the full back line, Sean Kelleher at centre back, Peter Kelleher at midfield and James Moynihan and Shane Foley in the half forward line.
St. Flannan's had the opening score, a point, but De La Salle hit back hard with a James Moynihan goal in the 4th minute, the centre forward collecting a John Murphy centre and firing to the net from close range. Flannans replied with two points but Joseph Ryan's pointed free in the 15th minute left the Cork side 1-1 to 0-3 in front at that stage and he added another almost immediately. Alan Duggan now made a superb save, the first of many and Donal O'Callaghan had a fine block to deny Flannan's of goals but the Clare boys did get a point in the 22nd minute. DLS finished the half well with Cian Healy, Sean Kelleher and Healy again sending over the bar, Flannan's had a point in reply and so DLS led at half time by 1-5 to 0-5 after an opening half of quality football.
Flannan's cut the deficit with an early second half point but DLS replied with a smashing goal in the 38th minute, Shane Foley supplying the final pass to James Moynihan who made no mistake from close range. The sides exchange points, Joseph Ryan scoring from a DLS free, Alan Duggan made a super save and another exchange of points (Joe Ryan again the score from a free) left DLS in front 2-7 to 0-8 at the three quarter stage. Shane Foley punched over a point in the 46th minute and John Murphy kicked over in the 51st minute before a Flannans point made it 2-9 to 0-9 with seven minutes remaining. DLS were now on top and embellished their victory with further points from Cian Healy, James Moynihan and Shane Foley.
De L Salle, Macroom: Alan Duggan (Clondrohid): Kevin O'Dwyer, Macroom), Dermot O'Callaghan (Aghinagh ), Finbarr McSweeney (Iveleary): Barry O'Leary (Iveleary) Séan Kelleher (Aghinagh), David Murphy (Iveleary): Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Daniel Cahalane (Kilmurry): William Coakley (Aghinagh), James Moynihan (Canovee), Shane Foley (Kilmichael): John Murphy (Macroom), Joseph Ryan (Kilmurry), Cian Healy (Newcestown). Sub: Brendan O'Sullivan (Macroom).

Quarter Final Draws:

A St Brendan's, Killarney v St Flannan's, Ennis

B PS Chorca Dhuibhne,Dingle v Col. Chríost Rí, Cork

C De La Salle, Macroom v Intermediate School, Killorglin

D Col. Na Sceilge, Cahirciveen v St Fachtna's, Skibbereen

Semi finals: A v B, C v D.

Rebel Óg -East U15 'A' Football League final:

Macroom 1-14 Ballinora 1 – 5

Macroom U 15's reversed the championship result when they defeated Ballinora in the league final at Coachford to take the Rebel Óg East 'A' Football league title for the first time. Points from Jack O'Donovan, Mark Corrigan, Cathal O'Riordan and Jack Cronin helped Macroom to a one point interval lead of 0-6 to 1-2 and there was still only a point between the teams at the three quarter stage. Macroom finished very strongly however and a late goal from Jack O'Donovan was the icing on the cake for the team and for the full forward who finished with a personal tally of 1-7. Ryan Creed and Olan O'Leary were outstanding in a fine defence, Blake O'Gorman and Jack Cronin worked well at midfield and in attack Mark Corrigan and Daniel O'Riordan gave strong support to Jack O'Donovan in the full forward line. The team was: Caleb Dinneen: Alan O'Farrell, Ryan Creed, Jack Kelleher: Olan O'Leary, Aidan McMahon, Cian Twomey: Blake O'Gorman, Jack Cronin: Ethan O'Gorman, Cathal O'Riordan, Frankie Clarke: Mark Corrigan, Jack O'Donovan, Daniel O'Riordan. Subs: Conor Hurley, Tom O'Donovan, Dylan Gray, Colm O'Mahony, Seán McMahon.

Mid Cork GAA Annual General Meeting 2013

Officers - All returned unopposed for 2014. Uachtarán:- Austin Cremin (Inniscarra). Leas-Uachtaráin:- Tadhg Ó Gealbháin (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh), Tony O'Mahony (Ballinora), Pat O'Mahony (Inniscarra), Aubert Twomey (Ballincollig). Cathaoirleach:- J. J. Long (Kilmurry). Leas-Chathaoirleach:- Pat Malone (Éire Óg). Rúnaí:- William Buckleyt (Dripsey). Cisteoir:- John Crean (Aghabullogue). Oifigeach Poiblíochta:- Dave Lee (Béal Atá'n Ghaorthaidh). Oifigeach Forbartha:- Frank McCarthy (Ballincollig). Oifigeach na Gaeilge agus Cultúir:- Pádraig Ó Céilleachair (Baile an Chollaigh). CCC Members:West:- Dónal Ó Cróinín, Cill na Martra. East:- John Feeney (Dripsey).

The 88th Annual Convention was hosted by Cumann Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh in their superb club pavilion at Páirc Seamas Ó Seaghda. Divisional Runaí William Buckley presented a comprehensive review of the year's activities in his report. Among the highlights were:
2013 has been a historical year for the Muskerry Board with the launch of its History Book on the 27th May by Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael, Liam Ó Néill, at Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig before a large attendance.
The return of Chairman, JJ Long, to Pullerick was a huge boost to his family and all the Gaels of Muskerry were delighted when he attended his first function at the launch of the History Book.
The Board ran 18 Competitions in 2013, and 355 games were played in both Football and Hurling. Our Junior A Football is still the number one attraction, with Kilmurry and near neighbours, Kilmichael, making it to the final before a huge crowd. Kilmichael, who were the underdogs all year, came out on top in a very entertaining final. In Junior A Hurling Grenagh and Donoughmore contested the final at Coachford. Grenagh proved to be too strong for Donoughmore and went on to win County Honours for their first time at this grade. In U21 Football, the new format continues to be a big success, and for two years in a row County Honours were brought to Muskerry when Canovee won the County B Football Championship. Blarney, again, overcame Éire Óg in U21 A Hurling but failed to make any progress in the County Championship when they were beaten by Newcestown in the first round. Muskerry's participation in their first Duhallow U21 Football Invitational Tournament proved a big success when they went on to beat Clonakilty in the Final. Hopefully this can lead on to bigger successes at Senior Level. Also, Muskerry U16 Hurlers captured a Munster U16 B Title.
Gate receipts and attendances were up this year, due to a great football championship, which produced replays, and the proper timing of matches. When delegates return back to their clubs after arranging league games, these dates should be upheld, games should be played on the arranged date, and the easy option of changing dates should be avoided. With winners going out in the county, clubs must now be prepared to have the league completed by the end of September.
Scór is now struggling, with fewer clubs competing. The introduction of new rule changes should make it easier to get more people involved.
On the 12th of May Munster Chairman Robert Frost officially opened Cloughduv's magnificent complex and Cloughduv and Eire Óg provided the curtain raiser to a Cork V Tipperary Senior Hurling Challenge game. Congratulations to all concerned on a well organised weekend.

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 Western Gaels, winners of West and County League and Championship Minor B titles ©

Muskerry Teams

We entered both hurling and football teams in County Senior Championship. Preparation was very well organised but we failed to make any impact in either code. In Hurling both Carbery and Avondhu saw off our challenge, while in Football we were totally outplayed by a committed Beara team. A better performance against Avondhu restored some pride but we failed to get over the line. There seems to be little appetite at County Board level for Divisional teams and until the day comes that we are allowed into the County Championship proper it will be very difficult for Divisional teams to survive. Huge efforts were put in by both selection committees. The hurling team was looked after by John Feeney (Dripsey), Manager, and selectors, John Sexton (Ballincollig), Willie Barrett (Aghabullogue), Willie Cronin (Blarney) and Ted O'Mahony (Cloughduv). In charge of the football team were Leo Lowney (Éire Óg), Manager, Mícheál Creedon (Naomh Abán), Coach, and selectors Pat O'Leary (Kilmurry), Colman Corrigan (Macroom) and William Buckley (Dripsey).Football Muskerry 0-9 Beara 2-9 Muskerry 0-10 Avondhu 1-11. Hurling Carbery 1-13 Muskerry 0-8 Avondhu 2.18 Muskerry 0-12.
Muskerry U20/21 Football Teams. Our first time entering this competition proved very successful when we beat Clonakilty in the Final. A huge thanks to Manager, Andrew McCarthy, and his selectors John O'Shea, Éire Óg, John O'Callaghan, Iveleary, Dr. Aidan Kelleher, Clondrohid, and Michael Linehan, Kilmurry. Muskerry also beat John Mitchell's, East Kerry and Rathmore/ Kilcummin on their way to the final.
MUSKERRY U 20: S Masters (Kilmichael), R Dennehy (Éire Óg), J O'Donoughue (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh), W Aherne (Canovee), M O'Shea (Eire Óg), D O'Riordan (Iveleary), C Ó Duinnín (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh), P Kelleher (Kilmichael), S O'Connor (Canovee), D O'Connell (Cill na Martra), C Vaughan (Iveleary), D Twomey (Kilmichael), B Shorten (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh), D Ring (Canovee), J Corkery (Aghabullogue). Subs. D Horgan (Macroom) for Shorten (HT), G Lyons (Naomh Abán) for O'Duinnín(55).

Muskerry Underage Teams 2013

As indicated in last years report the High Performance Committee of Coiste na nÓg confined their inter-divisional competitions to the newly created teams where Muskerry hurlers were amalgamated with Carrigdoun and Carberry and are known as Cork West while the footballers are combined with Carrigdoun and are known as Cork Mid-West. Thus the only competition where Muskerry were able to compete was in the Munster U16 interdivisional event played over the May Bank Holiday weekend. On the Saturday Muskerry travelled to Rathkeale in Limerick where we started with a good win over Imokilly B. We then played North Kerry where we suffered a narrow defeat but with 2 teams to qualify for the semi-final we were safely through. In the semi-final against Mid Tipperary we hit a purple patch winning 1-15 to 1-5 to set up another crack at North Kerry, which we won easily 3-15 to 1-11. This was a very well prepared Muskerry team with 11 clubs represented on the panel and proof, if any is needed, that well run divisional teams can work equally well as development squads. The Mid Cork Board held the medal presentation in the Oriel House Hotel in November, along with the victorious U20 Muskerry football side that won the Duhallow invitational event.
U16Team. Chris Kelly (Éire Óg) Brian Corcoran (Clondrohid) capt Brian O'Mahony (Inniscarra) Sean Desmond (Éire Óg) Cameron Lucey (Ballincollig) Andrew McCarthy (Inniscarra) Paul Kirwan (Éire Óg) Dara Corkery (Ballinora) David O'Leary (Ballincollig) Jason Murray (Ballincollig) Michael O'Riordan (Dripsey) Aidan O'Donovan (Ballincollig) Mark Coleman (Blarney) Joe Ryan (Cloughduv) Kevin Cremin (Blarney) Trevor Tobin (Kilmichael) Keith O'Riordan (Éire Óg) Keith Desmond (Blarney) Conor Dalton (Blarney) Padraig O'Donoghue (Inniscarra) Adrian Looney (Donoughmore) Dara O'Shea (Donoughmore) Sean O'Leary (Cloughduv) Sean Crowley (Blarney). Selectors:- Diarmuid Kirwan (Éire Óg)(manager) Ray Murphy (Blarney) (coach) Pat Healy (Clondrohid) Ger O'Donovan (Ballincollig).

Junior A Hurling Championship

Nine teams competed in this championship, with some good matches being played and when Cloughduv and Grenagh met in the Quarter Final it gave other clubs the chance to make it to the final. Donoughmore were the ones to make the final and they brought a big support to Coachford but failed reproduce the form of earlier rounds. Congratulations to Grenagh on winning the County for their first time and we wish them the best of luck at Intermediate grade.

Junior B Hurling

Nine teams entered in this Grade, with Gleann na Laoi and Cloughduv no. 2 team making it to the final which was played in Ovens. This was an evenly contested game but the greater hunger of Gleann na Laoi helped them over the line. Thanks again to the Éire Óg Club for hosting that match as most pitches were unplayable that weekend.

County B Hurling and Football

There was no internal competition for these clubs this year, as it was run on a County wide basis. Both Iveleary and Gleann na Laoi took part in this competition and made early exits; with Iveleary being defeated by Gabriel Rangers and O'Donovan Rossa, and Gleann na Laoi by Rathpeacon and Ballyclough. In Junior B Football Gleann na Laoi were defeated by Shanballymore and Lough Rovers.

U21A Hurling

Eight teams contested this competition, which is now one of our better hurling competitions. For the first time a second chance was offered to the loser of the first round, which brought extra matches for this grade. Again after some great contests Blarney and Éire Óg made it to the final which was played in Coachford . Thanks again to all the clubs concerned for having this competition finished on time as it is a very busy time, and playing an extra round puts more pressure on clubs.

U21 C Hurling

As we had no teams available to compete in U21B Hurling, we organised an U21 C 13-a-side competition. Only 3 teams entered this competition, Blarney 2nd Team, Clondrohid and Kilmichael. The competition was played as a round robin with Blarney and Kilmichael making it to the final. Blarney made it an U21 double

Junior A Football

This is our premier competition, with twelve teams entering the draw, and some great matches were played all around the division. Near neighbours Kilmurry and Kilmichael contested the final which was played in the splendid Castle Grounds, Macroom before a very large crowd. Kilmichael, the surprise packet this year, came out on top on a score of 2-09 to 0-9. The one disappointment was that the winners were made play their first round of the County v Mitchelstown only five days after winning their first divisional title in 27 years. This was disappointing and more than a little unfair, as the next round wasn't played until 25 days later.

Junior B Football

Fourteen teams were in the draw for this one, which saw near neighbours and great rivals Cill na Martra and Naomh Abán contest the final. Cill na Martra's ability to score goals helped them to secure victory by the minimum.

Junior C Football

Ten teams entered this competition, with Inniscarra proving too strong for all other competitors in this grade, and they will be able to progress to Junior B without too much trouble. With the big numbers in their panels, it is hoped they will enter a third football team for 2014.

U21 A Football

After some great matches, both Ballincollig and Aghabullogue made it to the final, which was played in Ovens on St. Patrick's Day, where Ballincollig came out on top. However, they fell short when they played Fermoy in the first round of the County.

U21 B Football

Canovee had a bit to spare over Donoughmore in this contest and, for the 2nd year in a row, Muskerry representatives went on to win the County. Canovee beat Robert Emmetts in the final on a score of 3-12 to 2-11.

U21 C Football

The final of this competition was contested by the winners of the County B 2012 championship, Iveleary, and Cill na Martra, with Iveleary winning by the minimum in a great contest which was played in Annahala.

U21 D Football

Only two teams competed in this competition with Clondrohid overcoming Kilmichael. It is hoped that we will have more teams in this competition this year.


I would like to thank all our referees for their wonderful service and commitment to the Coiste during the past year. Two of our referees were honoured by being appointed to officiate at County Finals - John Ryan who officiated at the County U21A Football Final, and Miah Moynihan who was in charge of the U16 Football Premier Final. Also, 'Thank You' to Aubert Twomey, our referee administrator this year, for his contribution to the CCC in the appointments for Championship matches.

Cumann Réiteoirí Mhúscraí Report

2013 proved to be another busy and fruitful year for our loyal team of referees. A very important and excellent in-service course, presented by Pat Moore and John Motherway, was held in Cloughduv in February for all our referees. The return of our Divisional Chairman, JJ Long, to our sidelines was a great fillip for everybody involved in Muskerry GAA, and his outlook on life, even in great adversity should be a huge message to all of us. Also, we take this opportunity to wish our colleague, Sean Murphy, Ballincollig, well, as he continues to recover from recent illness. Despite the fact that our referees continue to officiate for all our divisional and County boards, only one of our colleagues graced County final day at adult level this year. Congrats to John Ryan, Macroom, who refereed this year's U21 football County final. Also, to our referees who officiated in our own various Muskerry Finals, we say 'well done' to all.
The Cumann Réiteoirí Mhúscraí Hall Of Fame recipient for 2012 was Don Hegarty, who represented Blarney for many years and was a hugely popular recipient. The award was presented at our annual Christmas function, and, once again, sincere thanks to our Divisional board for their financial support of this event. We also held our annual Pitch and Putt outing in Kilmichael in March and a special thanks to Tim McCarthy, who sponsored this year's main prize. A new year fast approaches and the introduction of the black card to football is the big change to our games. Plans are in progress to organise an information meeting for referees and all interested parties in the very near future. Clubs will take time to adjust to the new rule changes, as will our referees, so, patience is called for. I would like to take this opportunity to pay a special tribute to our Referees Association Chairman, Peter Downey, who is stepping down from his position after 13 years and has done unbelievable work for our association. On behalf of all my colleagues, I would like to thank Peter for his huge contribution. Diarmuid Ó Ciarbhain Rúnaí

Club Development

The following is an outline of development work undertaken and in the pipelineby clubs in this Division:
Aghinagh:. We are hoping to commence building a new clubhouse in the near future, having received provisional approval for a grant under the Sports Capital Programme. We have successfully launched a weekly club lotto.
Ballincollig: In 2013 pitch no 2 was re-sanded and problems associated with the drainage to Pitch no.1 and 3 were resolved. Dressing rooms were painted, internally and externally.
Ballinora: We developed the land purchased last year for a training pitch. After drainage work, the grass has been set but it is unclear at this point when the pitch may be ready for use. The contract included the erection of new boundary fencing, goal posts, tarmacadam circuit walkway for community, improvement in car parking, etc. This work will continue into 2014.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: In 2013 both goalmouths were re-sodded. In 2014 we hope to re-sand the main football field and do maintenance work on both goalmouths.
Canovee: The club is considering building new dressing rooms and associated works. We would hope to make a decision on these works in 2014.
Cill na Martra: The up-grade to Páirc Uí Chuana is well under way to sand-base standard and associated drainage with goal posts and pitch side fencing to be completed by end of 2013. It is hoped to complete the flood lighting phase in 2014.
Cloughduv: During 2013 we carried out resanding of 2 pitches, painting, tarmac laid from roadway to car park. We hope to advance the tarmacing of the car park in 2014.
Éire Óg: We carried out extensive development to our club house, creating a new entrance and a total revamp and redesign of the internal area. We also repaired goal netting on one of the pitches and the dressing rooms were painted.
Gleann na Laoi: No major works were carried out this year but it is hoped that our pitch will be sanded in the coming year.
Grenagh: Grenagh have applied for planning permission for a new pitch. The land will be purchased subject to receipt of planning permission.
Iveleary: Developments included maintenance and upkeep of our dressing rooms, which included painting and renewal of fixtures and improvements to the club gym, with the purchase of new equipment. Extensive plans are already in place for developments of our playing field in 2014, this includes the removal of the current fencing around the playing pitch (already completed) and the purchase of new fencing (currently underway).
Kilmichael: is delighted to report that the Club has completed a much needed re-development of our old playing field, which was levelled & reseeded at a cost of €6,000. We would hope to replace the perimeter fencing in this field in 2014.
Kilmurry: General maintenance continued around the grounds. A section of the boundary wall at the roadside had to be replaced. The ball stop nets behind both goals were upgraded as a result of storm damage. The upgrading of existing dressing rooms is a project for the future.
Macroom: Macroom GAA Club completed and started the following projects during 2013: Erection of new Pedestrian Bridge over the River Sullane linking the Castle Grounds with the Tom Creedon Park - Cost €82,000, Erection of new Retaining Wall at Castle Grounds - Cost €14,149. We've just started work on the erection of a New Flood Lighting System by BR Sport Lighting Ltd at Castle Grounds - Total Cost of Project €121,769.
Naomh Abán: (1) Páirc an Choláiste – New sand based pitch - applied 200 ton of sand. (2) Replaced the Goalposts in Páirc Abán with new aluminium ones kindly sponsored by the Lucey family. (3) Installed synthetic goalmouths in Páirc Abán. (4) We purchased an Aerator in July and gave the new pitch a serious aerating before and after we applied the sand. This cost €2K. (5) We are hosting Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta in 2016 and hoping to erect a new building - dressing rooms, gym, etc., adjacent to our new pitch before then. We have planning permission but funding is now a major headache. We have plans to clear the site and put in hardcore early in 2014.
All clubs are to be complimented on the ongoing improvement in facilities at their venues. Those works always involve considerable finances and this invariably means fund raising by Clubs. Grants by Munster Council greatly help and are very important and much appreciated by Clubs. Proinnsias MacCarthaigh, Oifigeach Forbartha

Venues: My thanks to all clubs who hosted our games during the year. Without your help, our championships could not run as smoothly as they do, and despite the huge amount of games that are now played, ye are always willing to accommodate this board. Also, my thanks to those people who collect the monies at the gates which is surely not an easy job.
Media: My thanks to all our local media who do so much work to promote our games locally, especially Brendan Kenneally, Lee Valley Outlook, who also provides match reports for website, Aubert Twomey, Southern Star and County, Kevin Murphy, Echo, and Michael Scanlon of C103, who provide great coverage of Divisional activities.

Muskerry GAA History

May 2013 will long be remembered in Roinn Mhúscraí for the official 2 day visit by Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Liam Ó Néill, to officially launch the Division's history "A Celebration of Gaelic Games in Muskerry". The motorcade of cars, generously supplied for the event by Noel Deasy Cars Ltd, did a two day, whistle stop tour of the Division. The first stop was Kilmurry National School, where Mrs Catherine Creedon, Principal, and staff had the school and surrounds bedecked in splendid colour and gave an enthusiastic welcome to all visiting. With club officers present, this set the scene for what followed at other venues. Next stop was St Colman's BNS, Macroom, where again the welcome was enthusiastic and the presence of the Town Mayor showed the importance of the visit. Next was Clondrohid and, again, preparation and welcome was great, and here we saw how quickly the children befriended the Uachtarán. Tar éis san thógamar na bóithre cúnga isteach sa Ghaeltacht agus an-fháiltiú sa Scoil Náisiúnta i mBaile Bhúirne. Ar aghaidh ansan go Cill na Martra agus stop a dhéanamh ag Leacht Cuimhneacháin Sheáin Uí Shíocháin roimh bualadh isteach go Scoil Lachtaín Naofa agus, arís, fáiltiú iontach agus ceol binn ón bpíobaire. Anso, freisin, bhí béile blasta ullmhaithe agus rogha iontach de bhia folláin agus soláistí deasa. Lean an turas go dtí an stop deireanach sa Ghaeltacht i mBéal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. Anso, bhí muintir na háite i dteannta le hOifigigh an Chumainn agus lucht fóirne Choláiste na Mumhan amach chun fáiltiú a dhéanamh. The motorcade then sped for Inchigeela and another reception in the Uíbh Laoghaire Clubhouse before heading for historic Annahala and the wonderful facilities which the Kilmichael Club have developed in a remote rural environment. The final visit of the first day was to Ballincollig, and here all underage activities were in operation and An tUachtarán was able to see the enormous task it is to run a club in a satellite town.
The main function, the History launch, took place at The Oriel House Hotel and was attended by a large number of guests. Many of those attending were in advanced ages and it proved to be a great opportunity to look back and reminisce on things past. County Board Officers, media representatives and relatives of deceased Divisional Officers honoured the occasion with their presence. The Uachtarán in his address lauded the undertaking of compiling the history and reminded us how important it was to document how the many different influences helped through the ages.
Tuesday started much the same as Monday, Blarney National School was first visited, a short journey followed to Cloghroe National School in the Inniscarra Parish. This being one of the biggest schools in the country showed how responsibilities and organisation are managed and the great part that Gaelic games take in that. Next stop was Dripsey National School for another enjoyable occasion before retiring to the culinary delights of the restaurant of Griffins Garden Centre. After an enjoyable meal the motorcade sped for Aghabullogue National School and close by here the 1890 All Ireland was also visited. A cross country trip led to arrival at Canovee National School and following a great welcome, we were treated to a lovely meal. Next stop was Cloughduv and its wonderful, newly opened complex, before the final stop at Éire Óg. Here the whistle stop tour ended but it will long be remembered as a wonderful occasion and all clubs and schools visited are greatly thanked for the part they played.

County Board Delegates: My thanks to Paddy O'Mahony and John Crean for representing Muskerry at the County Board for the past twelve months.
Sponsorship: Our thanks to our sponsors during the past year: Quish's Super Valu, Ballincollig; Ballincollig Credit Union; Ross Oil, Farnanes; MJK Oils, Clondrohid; Macroom Motors Services; Farho Intelligent Heating, Farran; The Auld Triangle, Macroom; Oriel Hse. Hotel, Ballincollig; Rochestown Park Hotel; Cumnor Construction, Blarney; Lee Valley Clothing, Inchigeela.
Match Sponsorship: The post-match receptions for the Junior A Finals, which are held in the Auld Triangle on the Monday evening following the matches, are sponsored by the Auld Triangle and have been a very enjoyable occasion for players and mentors of the participating teams. Man of the Match Awards are also presented at these functions. Our thanks go to the Sponsors for these presentations - O'Mahony Walsh & Associates for the Hurling, and Ross Oil for the Football. Our thanks also go to Michael O'Riordan for his generous sponsorship of these receptions.
Tributes: Regretfully a number of members from various clubs within the division passed to their reward since our last AGM: Donie Healy Ballinora Club Secretary and Board Delegate; Shane Murphy Clondrohid; Seamus Coughlan County Board Draw Coordinator; John Cuddy Ballincollig, former Chairman; Joe Healy Aghabullogue, History Committee; Batt O'Leary Béal Átha'n an Ghaorthaidh, former Chairman; Canon Linehan Former President of Gleann Na Laoi; Paddy Cremin Coachford-Blarney Board Delegate.
Conclusion: I would like to thank my fellow officers for all their help, and the Board delegates and also the County Board Office, who have been very helpful and courteous to me during the year. Also, I would like to thank Pat Malone for his continued support. I would also like to thank the club delegates for all their help and cooperation, and I look forward to working with you again for the year ahead. 2014 is just around the corner and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the clubs the best of luck for the year ahead. We will be starting the new year in January with Launch of the Muskerry GAA Sports Stars Awards sponsored by the Auld Triangle in conjunction with Oriel House Hotel. This will be a monthly award for 8 months with Grand Final at Oriel House Hotel. Liam Ó Buachalla Rúnaí

Macroom Soccer

AOH Cup 3rd Round:

Macroom A 0 Village Utd 3.Macroom's unbeaten home record for the season is gone after a disappointing loss to the city side. This game took a big turn in the visitors' favour when the home side were reduced to ten men after only five minutes play, a controversial decision in which a Village attacker was pulled down. Central defender Darren Kelly was deemed to be the last man and received a straight red card. The visitors took full advantage and had a 2-0 nil interval lead. Macroom had the better of the second half with Robert Downey, Rory Buckley and James O'Connor all going close. However the much needed goal never came and insult was added to injury in the final minute when a dubious penalty decision went against Macroom, allowing Village to seal the win.

Division 2 League:

Rylane Celtic 1 Macroom B 0.Times continue to be tough in Division 2 after high flying Rylane took all three points. The second half of the season will be a huge challenge for Macroom as the battle for survival is now the main aim. Best on the day were Barry Fitzgerald and Gordon O'Sullivan.

F.A.I. Youths Cup:

Midleton 4 Macroom 4 aet (Midleton won 4-2 on penalties).
A fantastic cup game took place at Knockgriffin. Macroom led midway through the first half with a Joe Ryan goal. The hosts responded and led 2-1 at half time. It looked all over early in the second half when two further goals made it 4-1 to Midleton. What followed was a superb, spirited comeback in which the excellent Darren Dineen was on target twice. And, after Chris Foskett got the leveller, Macroom were very much in the driving seat. There were no further goals however, and on this occasion the shoot out went against the visitors. A fine team performance though, and best were Marco Healy, Dineen and Craig Ronan.
Munster Youths Cup: Greenwood 2 Macroom 3.

The Youths made up for the previous weeks' disappointment in the FAI Cup by qualifying for Round 4 of the provincial competition. Joe Ryan was again on target with two goals and Marco Healy got the other. Best on the day were Ryan and Brian Crowley. Macroom will now take their place in the 'open draw' which means they can be drawn against any other team who have qualified from the other leagues throughout Munster.

Under 16 League:

Avondale Utd 1 Macroom 3. This was a significant win on the road for the Under 16s as Avondale are their nearest challengers at the top of the league. Man of the match Kyle Kelleher had Macroom one up with an excellent free kick. Caleb Dineen was also in top form in the visitors' goal and he made two fine saves before Ethan O' Gorman found the net for a 2-0 interval lead. With twenty minutes remaining Avondale pulled a goal back but Macroom responded almost immediately when a great delivery by Jack O' Donovan was headed home by Blake O' Gorman. Overall a great team performance as Macroom remain top.

Under 15 League:

Macroom 8 Everton 2.

This result was never really in doubt as the home side were dominant from the beginning. A half time 4-0 lead provides ample proof of this. On target in the opening half were Eolan O' Leary with a double, Leo Healy with one along with an excellent header by Cian Twomey when he connected perfectly with a Healy cross. Early in the second half the best goal of the game arrived. This time, goalkeeper Scott Lucey found John Martin Lehane who released Eolan O' Leary with a first time ball. O' Learys' cross was brilliantly finished by Tomas Collins for a fine team goal. An unlucky own goal made it 6-0 and then Lehane crossed from the right for Healy to lash beyond the keeper. And the home side completed their scoring when Healy helped himself to his third with a excellent left footed shot. A late rally gave the visitors two consolation goals and there was also time for one superb save from Lucey in the Macroom goal to leave it four league wins out of five.
Macroom Squad: Scott Lucey, Conor Hurley, Graham Sheehan, Liam O' Sullivan, Jack Lynch, Cian Twomey, Liam O' Brien, Tomas Collins, John Martin Lehane, Eolan O' Leary, Leo Healy, Eolan Clancy, Colman Cotter, Mark O' Neill, Eric Murphy, Kevin Condon, Tom O' Donovan.

Under 14 League:

Passage 4 Macroom 1. The Under 14s travelled to Passage and came away empty handed. Szymon Sanetra was Macrooms' goalscorer. Best performers were Dylan Corcoran, Callum O' Shea and Dean Burke.

Under 13 League:

Macroom 7 St. Marys 3. The Under 13 side retained their position as leaders of their division with another big win. Dylan Twomey was on target with yet another hat trick, Caelum Lynch got two goals as well as Jack Kelleher and Mateusz Jusczak with one each. Macroom have fifteen points from six league games.

Under 12 League:

Macroom 1 Churchvilla 3. Under 11 League: Tramore Athletic 0 Macroom 6.

This was a fantastic victory for the Under 11 side who are playing their first season of competitive football. This team have been unlucky in a number of games this season and finally got rewarded with a fine win. In what was a great team performance throughout the field, Ryan Leahy was on target with a hat trick along with Kieran Doody, Jack Kearney and Jack O' Shea with a goal each. Well done to all.
The Cork AUL have announced that there will be NO fixtures on the weekends of 21st/22nd and 28th/29th of December. Games will resume on 4th/5th January 2014.

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