Lee Valley Outlook Dec. 19 2013 v10e26

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Look Back at 2013, 1993 and 1963 in Macroom and the Lee Valley in text and pictures

Lee Valley Diary

FREE PARKING in Macroom for 2 hours up to January 2. Macroom

Gramophone Recital: Mon. Jan. 13 at 11a.m.
Christmas Openings: Open up to Mon. Dec. 23rd and re-opening on Sat. 28th. Closed Wed. Jan. 1.

Briery Gap:
Babes in the Wood Dec. 20, 21, 22.
Louise Morrissey All Star Country Show on Sunday 29th December 8.00 pm.
Pat Shortt Fri. 17th Jan. at 8.00pm.
Cork Lady Footballers at O'Neill's Sport Shop, Railway View, Macroom on Fri., Dece. 20, 3.30 – 5 p.m.
Blood Donor Clinic: at The Riverside Park Hotel, Sun. Dec. 22, 12 noon to 4pm. Mon. Dec. 23 from 4pm to 8pm.
Parkrun Free 5km run from Macroom Leisure Centre every Sat. at 9:30am. Continues during the Christmas period.
Dromleigh N.S. Christmas Draw in the school at 11a.m. Dec. 20.
Christmas Songs and Stories: on Sat. Dec. 21 at 8.30p.m. 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
Macroom Ploughing Match: in Toames, January 5, 2014.

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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The opening of Macroom Citizen Information Centre © SMcS


Contact information: Please email text and/or photographs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026-41891 or post to Lee Valley Outlook, Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. (Photos by Friday before publication. N.B. We never guarantee that a photo will be published, except in a paid ad.)

FREE PARKING for 2 hours is available in all parking zones in Macroom in the run up to Christmas and until January 2.

Cork Lady Footballers Reschedule: Due to atrocious weather conditions on December 14, Cork Lady All Ireland Football Champions have agreed to reschedule their planned visit to Macroom to Friday, December 20, 3.30 – 5 p.m. They will bring the Brendan Martin Cup with them to O'Neill's Sport Shop, Railway View, Macroom.

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

Christmas Songs and Stories:. Saturday December 21 in Clondrohid Hall at 8.30p.m. 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.

Blood Donor Clinic: at The Riverside Park Hotel on Sunday December 22 from 12 noon to 4pm and on Monday December 23 from 4pm to 8pm All donations badly needed.

Berrings Macra are carol singing at Centra in Tower, Blarney on the 23rd and 24th of December to raise funds for Marymount Hospice. They would also like to wish everyone a happy Christmas and prosperous new year.

Macroom Ploughing Match 2014 is scheduled for Sunday, January 5 in the lands of Henry and Helen Buckley, Inchinashingane, Toames. Results and music will follow in Coolcower House.

L.V.E.B. Draw 1 Results: Lee Valley Enterprise Board Free Christmas Draw for €50 Vouchers took place on Friday, December 6th, at switching on of lights. Winners: Rita Buckley, Macroom. Aine Golden, Kilnamartyra. Mary Cooney, Main Street, Macroom. Anna Barry, 30 The Glenties, Macroom. Kathleen Coleman, Seanachluain, Ballyvourney. S. O'Leary, Macroom. Denis Cronin, Crookstown. Fiona Mac Sweeney, Kilbarry, Macroom. Greg Clancy, Middle Square, Macroom. Angela Cahill, Coolcower, Macroom. The next Draw will take place on Thursday December 19th, when another 10 Vouchers will be drawn.

The Friends of Macroom Community Hospital would like to thank all those who organized and supported fund raising events during 2013. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: December 10. Jackpot €8,200. Numbers drawn 4, 25 and 36. No winner. €70 Pat Crowley, The Hermitage; €20 Alan and Darren Ring, Coolyhane; Brigid Relihan, Dan Corkery Place; Liam Kelleher, Oakwood; Sharon and Sam Creedon, Cork Street; Christy Murphy, Barrett's Place.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto. Results: Dec. 8. Jackpot €5,050. Numbers drawn, 8, 19, 24. No winner. €50 Diarmuid Collins, Rylane. €20 Ann O'Sullivan, Rusheen, Ann & Jerry Casey, Barrack Cross, Rusheen, Patsy O'Leary, Glashagarbh, Emma O'Neill, Novo. Hamper - Ted O'Driscoll, Bawnmore. Voucher for Turkey & Ham - Tommy & Sheila Kelleher, Ballinagree. Niall & Louise O'Sullivan, Rylane. Bottle of Whiskey - Martina Casey Carriganine and Brian Sheehan, Millstreet.
Dec. 15. Jackpot €5,200. Numbers drawn, 2, 8, 23. No winner. €50 John Kelleher, c/o Martin Hubbard. €20 Willie Barrett, c/o Hubbard's Bar. Juliet and Aongus Mac Suibhne, Horsemount, John Cronin, Codrum, Sean Twohig, Mallow. Hamper - Dean O'Sullivan Curraghawaddra. Voucher for Turkey & Ham - John Twohig Ballinagree, Brendan Kelleher c/o Laine Bottle of Whiskey - Ber O'Leary Dripsey, Sean & Margaret Desmond Carriganish

Clondrohid Lotto: Jackpot €2,200. No winner. €70 Sheila Good, Lissarda. €20 Barney McCarthy c/o Coughlin's, Macroom; Mgt. Buckley, Kilnagurteen; Sarah L Murphy, Donoughmore; Connie Walsh, Carriganima. Brandy: Christy Goggin, Moulnahorna; Ellen Kelleher, Mushera. Whiskey: P&M O'Sullivan, Kilmeedy; Mary Kelleher, Moulnahorna. Bingo jackpot of €1,000.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 9/12/2013, Jackpot: €1,000, Numbers Drawn: 2 - 11 - 22, No Winner, €40 Ellen & Ciary Barry Murphy, €20 Adam & Mark Murphy, Donal Herlihy, Luke Casey, Edmond Roche.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: December 15th numbers drawn 6,11,13,19. No winner. €50 Teresa Spinnet, Aherla. €25 Peggy Kelleher, Cloughduv, Seamus Murphy, Carrigadrohid. Hamper Ger Ahearn ,Aherla. Jack the joker , George Murphy, Ccarrigadrohid.

Macroom Library

James, the Branch Manager, Christine, Paula, Nora and Gillian would like to wish all our patrons a very happy and peaceful Christmas and to thank them for their support during 2013. Our closing dates for Christmas are: Closed from Tuesday 24th to Friday 27th inclusive. Open on Saturday 28th , Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st. Closed Wednesday January 1st. Normal opening resumes on Thursday January 2nd 2014. Come see our fabulous Christmas tree decorations and Christmas paintings.

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Coachford Players in costume 1993 © SMcS

Briery Gap Programme

Briery Gap presents Christmas Panto 2013 Babes in the Wood Matinees at 3.00pm - 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
Cara O'Sullivan, February 2014.

Local TV Programmes

Sun. Dec. 22: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Christmas Songs and Stories from Clondrohid Hall.
6.30p.m. Repeat of LTV. Wed. Programme.
8p.m. LTV 2 from Millstreet – Duhallow area. Thursday repeat.
Christmas Day : 5.30 p.m. Local Mass for Christmas Day. 6.30p.m. LTV 2 from Millstreet – Duhallow area. 7p.m. Christmas at O'Callaghan's, Codrum. 7.30p.m. LTV 2. 8p.m. 1998 Christmas Concert at Millstreet Country Park. 9.30 LTV 2. 10p.m. Senior Citizen parties from past years. 10.30 LTV2. 11p.m. Close down.

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Open Day 1993 at St. Mary's, Macroom © SMcS

Christmas Greetings

 Lee Valley Enterprise Board

It's hard to believe that Christmas is upon us again in just a few days. It has been another difficult year for businesses in Macroom (like most other towns in Ireland), but we have to remain positive and hope that eventually we can move forward and that we'll see some growth in the economy next year.
We had a marvellous evening on December the 6th with the switching on of the lights in the Square and the new Christmas Tree complements the beautiful display of Christmas lights which is the envy of many a town in Ireland. We can't emphasise enough the importance of supporting local businesses as much as possible. Please try to think LOCAL this Christmas. It does help and it does sustain jobs in the community.
It's with sadness that we bid a fond farewell to the Town Council, whose last Christmas it will be representing Macroom. The Lee Valley Enterprise Board would like to thank not alone this group of councillors, but all councillors who worked tirelessly promoting Macroom down through the years. The Board and the Council have had a tremendous working relationship this past 20 years and we would like to thank all of them for the assistance they have given the Board in promoting the Town and wish them all well in the future.
The Lee Valley Outlook recently celebrated its 10th birthday. Little did we think back in 2003 how successful the magazine would become. It's now "part of life" in the Lee Valley and the Board owes a debt of gratitude to its editors, Sean & Máire Mac Suibhne and Brendan Kenneally, who continue to work so hard in getting each publication out on time. We would like to thank all the Outlook contributors and the shops/ offices who give space for the magazine to be distributed. A final word to all the advertisers. It would not be possible to publish the Outlook without the support of these businesses so we encourage everyone to support them as much as possible.
The Board and its members would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone the joy of Christmas and a very peaceful and prosperous 2014.


Teachtaireacht don Nollaig/ A Christmas Thought

Since Pope Francis became Pope earlier this year he has very much promoted simplicity in the way we live our lives. He has also given that example himself and, of course, example speaks much louder than words. At Christmas time we remember & celebrate Jesus's birthday. Pope Francis's words & example challenge us to celebrate that birthday in a very simple but meaningful way. There is also the need to prepare for it well through prayer & reflection on how we live our lives. It would be so good if on January 6th we could look back & truthfully say, "Yes, Christmas was for me a time when I came to know God better through the birthday of His Son, Jesus & the way I prepared for it".
Aware of the mind of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis chose that name as his. It was St. Francis who set up the first crib. He hoped that people would be more drawn to Jesus Christ if they first saw him in the simplicity of a baby in a manger. I visited Bethlehem a few years ago. I looked at the hills where the shepherds were minding their sheep. It was easy to imagine the voice of the angels who sang "Glory to God in the highest & peace to people of good will". We pray this blessed season for peace in the Lord's own Holy Land, also in the neighbouring Syria and, of course, in our own country and in our own hearts & homes.
We may well do so in the words of Francis: "Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is discord, union; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy; For your mercy & for your truth's sake".
Rath Dé orainn go léir an Nollaig seo agus don Ath Bhliain.

Fr. Liam Ó hIcí. Ovens/ Farran Parish.

A message from the Mayor

As Mayor of Macroom I was delighted to be asked to switch on the Christmas lights. We have a fabulous new Christmas tree in the square and some additional light features as well. The town is looking very well for the festive season and I would like to thank all the business people who have decorated their premises. I would like to thank all the people who gave generously of their free time during the year and especially the volunteers who worked throughout the night to put up this years Christmas lights.
Christmas is a time for family and friends. I would ask you to remember the elderly and those in the community who would depend on a neighbour or a friend. It is also very important to shop local and support our own businesses in the town.
On behalf of myself as Mayor, my fellow Councillors and the staff of Macroom Town Council, I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Cllr Ted Lucey, Mayor of Macroom

Editors' Note

The editors of the Lee Valley Outlook wish to thank all who contributed to the magazine in 2013. News, reports, photographs from schools, clubs, parishes, are all most welcome. The Lee Valley Outlook, first published as a 20 page advertiser in November 2003, is a voluntary effort and needs input from you to build on its success. Contact: 026/41891; Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to Killarney Road, Macroom. The first edition of 2014 will appear on January 9.
Please tell absent friends and family that they may access edited back numbers of the Lee Valley Outlook on the Internet by going to www.macroom.ie and searching under News. Back issues dating to March 2012 are available by clicking the 'LeeValley Outlook Archive' tab. You may also view a regularly changing slide show.
Nollaig faoi shéan is faoi mhaise dúinn go léir agus síochán agus sláinte san athbhliain.

Nollaig Shona; Happy Christmas; Joyeux Noel; Wesolych Swiat; Buon Natale; Frohliche Weihnachten; Priecigus Ziemassvetkus; Selamat Hari Crismas; Crismas Asamsakai; Craenium Ferieit; Karaksony Boldog; Westotych OEWiab; Felix Naridad; Suba Nathtalak Wewa; Speslevova Rozdestva.

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Inchigeela Treasure Hunters 1993 © SMcS


Christmas Ceremonies in the Lee Valley 2013


Masses: Christmas Eve: Tuesday: Vigil Mass 7 p.m. with Youth Choir; Midnight Mass 12.00
Christmas Day, Wednesday : 8.30 am, 10.30 am., 12.00 noon. Caum: 10.00 am.
St. Stephen's Day Thursday: 10.00 am.
Confessions: Tuesday. 24th: 12 noon - 3 p.m. Caum: 12 noon to 12.30.


Masses: Christmas Eve: Aghabullogue: 7.00 p.m.; Coachford, 9.00 p.m.; Rylane, 9.00 p.m.
Christmas Day: Aghabullogue 8.30 a.m; Coachford 10am; Rylane 11.30 am.


Christmas Eve Masses 7.00 p.m. Rusheen; 9.00 p.m. Bealnamorrive.
Christmas Day Masses 10.00 a.m. Rusheen; 11.00 a.m. Ballinagree.

Cill na Martra

Penitential Rite - Cill na Martra – Monday, Dec. 16, 8.00 pm.
Masses :- Christmas Eve - Cill na Martra 7.00 pm. Réidh na nDoirí 9.00 pm. Christmas Day: - Réidh na nDoirí 9.30 am. Cill na Martra 11.30 am.


Masses :- Clondrohid: 7.30 p.m. with Youth Choir on Christmas Eve and 8.30 a.m. and 11a.m. on Christmas Day. Carriganima: 6p.m. Christmas Eve and 10a.m. Christmas Day.


Masses: Christmas Eve: Stuake 7.00pm; Fornaught 8.30pm
Christmas Day: Stuake 8.30a.m. and 11.30am. Fornaught 10.00am.


Masses: Christmas Eve Toames, Carol Service 7 pm followed by Vigil Mass 7.30pm; Cooldorrihy, 10.00 pm.
Christmas Day: Johnstown 10 a.m., Toames 11.30 a.m.
St. Stephen's Day Cooldorrihy 10a.m.

Ovens / Farran

Penitential Service Sunday, 22nd Dec, Ovens @ 7pm
Confessions: Christmas Eve: Ovens: 12noon; Farran: 1pm
Masses: Christmas Eve: Ovens: 6pm & 10pm. Farran: 8pm.
Christmas Day: Ovens: 8.30am & 11.30am. Farran: 9.30am.

Uíbh Laoire
Confessions Christmas Eve in Inchigeela 12.00--1.00.p.m
Masses Christmas Eve: 7.00.p.m.Inchigeela; 9.00.p.m Ballingeary; Midnight Mass Gougane Barra.
Christmas Day: 10.00.a.m. Ballingeary; 11.30.a.m Inchigeela.
St Stephen's Day: 10.00.a.m.Mass Inchigeela; 12 noon Ballingeary

Millstreet Methodists

Sunday 22nd December: traditional family Carol service. DrishaneCastle 6.30pm. Earlier that evening we plan to meet at the Christmas tree in the town square for some Carol singing from approximately 5.30pm. Please join with us. Everyone is welcome. Also watch out for the opening of our new premises on Millstreet town square in January. Further information from 064 6631613 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."

Reeling in the Year 2013

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January Brings the Snow ©Lee Valley Outlook

January. The TG4 series, Bealach na mBusanna, produced by Macroom's Edel O'Mahony, revived past memories. CountyChampionship draws for 2013 were announced, Macroom drawing St. Michael's in the first round. Work on MacroomBridge, expected to have been completed before Christmas, proceeded. Joe Creedon, Inchigeela, exhibited his art in the Ionad Cultúrtha.

February. Macroom Lions Club organised a Safetalk Suicide Awareness workshop. St. Mary's students benefited from Drive for Life instruction in Road Safety. Macroom Library enjoyed a makeover. A very successful 'Me and My Girl' was staged in Coachford. Coláiste Ghobnatan won the Munster Senior B Football championship. February weather included snow and floods.

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Woodlanders at St. Patrick's Day Festival © Susan Pedersen.

March. The annual Transition Year Drama Final and Light Entertainment Festival brought students from all over Ireland to Macroom. A Cumann na mBan Archive was exhibited at the Castle Hotel. The County Ploughing Championships were held in Macroom, with winners qualifying for the National Ploughing Championship. St. Patrick's Day brought colourful parades throughout the LeeValley and a major Gathering event in Macroom, with the Twinning Association hosting deputations from France and Italy and great numbers coming from Philadelphia. Two American couples announce their engagements during the festivities. Footballers from St. Mary's won the All Ireland Senior and Junior Football Championships.

April. South Pacific came to the Briery Gap for six colourful, musical shows and Clondrohid Showstoppers staged 'O What a Life'. Dromleigh N.S. students qualified for the All Ireland Credit Union Quiz. West Muskerry's Collette O'Riordan was declared a Legend on TV3 and the annual art exhibition by PLC students at McEgan College drew the crowds.

May. Staff from the long defunct Irish Papersacks enjoyed a Gathering. Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí was held in Gaeltacht Mhúscraí for the first time – in Baile Mhúirne – and was hosted by Comhaltas Cill na Martra. The very successful Saturday Run in the Park got under way. Twelve start up business people graduated from Greenshoots. 'Where Mountainy Men Have Sown' was relaunched. G.A.A. President, Liam Ó Neill, launched Muskerry G.A.A. History and visited many local clubs. The Briery Gap Young Theatre Company was set up. Pat Kelleher got to the final of the over 60s Talent Show in the Opera House.

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 Uachtarán C.L.G. i gCill na Martra ©Lee Valley Outlook

June. Macroom Tidy Towns moved into top gear to meet the challenge of a new season. Mountain Dew nostalgia was revitalised with a special event at T.P. Cotter's. New electoral areas were announced, with Macroom divorced from Ballincollig and joined with Blarney, in a district that stretches from Ballingeary to Brinny and Slievereagh to Donoughmore. The Redmond Kirby Memorial match raised funds for Suicide Aware. The Briery Gap is closed for extensive renovation.

July. Sharon Shannon came to Macroom for the opening of Jim Murray's new furniture store as glorious weather set in. The Liz Lucey Run for Marymount and the Lough Allua Swim for Simon and Campaí Samhraidh all benefited. Christina Desmond of Macroom Boxing Club won Bronze in the European Championships in Hungary, an omen of greater things to come. Ted Lucey was elected Mayor of Macroom, probably the last to hold the office if the new Local Government plans go through. Macroom G.A.A. Fun Day drew the crowds and local girl, Edel Buckley, Cork Rose of Tralee, opened Donoughmore Carnival as the sun shone on. A vastly upgraded Donoughmore Community Centre was reopened.

August. As ideal weather conditions prevailed, successful festivals were held in Coachford, Inchigeela and Crookstown; Ballingeary Show drew crowds to compensate for last year's disappointment; Macroom Food Festival was launched; De la Salle College welcomed back past pupils; the first sod was turned for Macroom Leisure Centre Astro Turf pitch; the walkway at Macroom Bridge was finally opened for use; a Golden Gathering was held in Macroom Library.

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Macroom Food Festival 2013 ©Lee Valley Outlook

September: As schools reopened after the best summer in living memory, the beautifully decorated Briery Gap also reopened with a flourish. Freeman of Macroom, Jimmy MacCarthy, drew a capacity audience for the first of a series of high profile events. The weather broke down slightly for Macroom Food Festival but nevertheless, it was an unqualified success, with great crowds enjoying a variety of food related events. The 300th anniversary of Queen Anne's upgrading of Market Rights in Macroom was marked by the unveiling of a plaque at the Town Hall. National Tidy Towns adjudication brought more good news for the town as the marks increased again and we are now just 20 marks off the winner. An O'Leary Gathering was held in Inchigeela. While Cork hurlers lost out in the All Ireland final replay to Clare, our ladies, helped by a strong contingent from the Lee Valley, brought home an 8th All Ireland Senior Football title. Amateur boxer, Christina Desmond from Coolavokig, won a Silver Medal at the World Boxing Championships in Bulgaria. While honours for Christina poured in, she tragically lost her mother, Helen nee O'Callaghan, to a long term illness. Pics 17, 18, 19

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World boxing Silver medallist Christina Desmond ©Lee Valley Outlook

October: Celebrity chef, Derry Clark, was on hand to launch a fundraiser for CrumlinHospital for Sick Children at ChurchLaneRestaurant. The Carvery at the Castle Hotel was declared the Best in Munster. Johnstown Harvest Festival did not enjoy the best of weather. Sulán Young Players staged their first show, Sive, in the Briery Gap. Macroom team lost out to Clyda Rovers in the CountyPremierIntermediateCounty final.

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 Macroom's newest bridge across the Sullane ©Lee Valley Outlook

November: A meeting in the Castle Hotel considered the implications for Macroom and the LeeValley resulting from the proposed Local Government changes. Local Television LTV came back on air, celebrating 30 years of local broadcasting. Kilmurry got major funding for a state of the art museum. Work on installing gym equipment in the TownPark began, further enhancing the riverside walk with its new bridge across the Sullane from TomCreedonPark. At a function in Derry, Donoughmore were declared national runners up in the Pride of Place competition.

December: Mild weather prevailed in the run up to Christmas. 'Macroom Christmas Night' drew the crowds for perhaps the last switching on of the festive lights by a Mayor and for a delightful Christmas market. The new Christmas tree in the Square is a wonderful focal point. The 14th annual panto, 'Babes in the Wood', will delight children and adults in the run up to Christmas.


Macroom 1963

U.D.C. members were John O'Connor (Chairman), Jim Collins, Con O'Leary, John Browne, Cal Burke, Daniel Drinan, Michael Healy, Sean Twomey, Dan Vaughan. Tenders for the new water scheme and pump house were received. Irish firms were to get preference. There was a demand that the public water supply be extended to Tinkers' Hill and the public sewer as far as Millstreet Cross. Water meters were installed in businesses. The debate about the siting of a public toilet was ongoing,. A handrail was installed on Chapel Hill and a speed limit was enforced in the urban area from April 1. James Sheehy was congratulated on his athletic success and MacroomVocational School footballers were commended on winning the Schools' Championship. The February meeting was adjourned due to the death of Cardinal D'Alton; the June meeting due to the death of Pope John XXIII and the November meeting due to the assassination of President Kennedy.

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Macroom Vocational School team, County Football Champions 1963 © Dennis Dinneen Collection

Ireland 1963

Ireland experienced one of its harshest winters on record, with temperatures below freezing through most of January and continuing until March. Five foot snowdrifts were common. The Fianna Fáil Government was led by Taoiseach, Seán Lemass. It proposed to abolish the death penalty and announced plans for comprehensive schools and regional technical colleges. U.S. president John F. Kennedy visited Ireland. The Beatles arrived in Dublin for a concert in the Adelphi Cinema. Terence O'Neill became Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. Time magazine described progress and hope in Ireland, with 'new factories and office buildings, Irish-assembled cars (Fords, Austins, Volkswagens) fighting for street space in Dublin; new TV antennas crowding the rooftops and the waning of national self-pity.' Cork Opera House was fully rebuilt and reopened. Shelbourne won the FAI Cup. Paddy Prendergast became the first Irish-based trainer to become British flat racing Champion Trainer. Galway beat Dublin in the All-Ireland Football Championship and Kilkenny beat Waterford in the 76th All Ireland Hurling final.

World News 1963

The Vietnam War continued. The American Civil Rights Movement featured Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech. President Kennedy broadcast a historic Civil Rights Address. France and West Germany signed the Élysée Treaty but Charles de Gaulle vetoed the United Kingdom's entry into the E.E.C. The Cuban crisis grew. The Beatles recorded their debut album Please Please Me and Beatlemania went international. Indigenous Australians were legally allowed to drink alcohol in New South Wales. The Coca-Cola Company introduced its first diet drink. Dr. No, the first James Bond film, was shown in U.S. cinemas. Vostok 6 carried Soviet cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman into space. The Moscow–Washington hotline was put in place. Pope Paul VI succeeded Pope John XXIII as the 262nd pope. The Roman Catholic Church accepted cremation as a funeral practice. Mass in the vernacular came into use. Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice Davies sparked off the Profumo Affair in Britain. Alec Douglas-Home succeeded Harold Macmillan as Prime Minister of the UK. Car manufacturing firm Lamborghini was founded in Italy. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, who, in turn, was shot dead by Jack Ruby. Kenya gained independence from the United Kingdom, with Jomo Kenyatta as prime minister. Pebbles from the Flintstones was 'born'. Robert Frost died. The first commercial nuclear reactor came online. The sedative Valium was developed.


The Beatles had just burst on the scene but Irish artists and showbands were still very popular with the disc buying public.

Number One Hits, Singer and weeks at No. 1 1963

Bachelor Boy/ The Next Time/ Cliff 4; Dance On/ The Shadows 2; Diamond/ Jet Harris 1; Little Town Flirt / Del Shannon 1; From a Jack to a King/ Ned Miller 9; Rhythm of the Rain/ The Cascades 1; From Me to You/ The Beatles 1; In Dreams/ Roy Orbison 2; Lucky Lips/ Cliff 1; Welcome to my World/ Jim Reeves 3; I Like It/ Gerry and the Pacemakers 4; Confessin'/ Frank Ifield 1; Devil in Disguise/ Elvis 3; Sweets for my Sweet/ The Searchers 1; Kiss Me Quick / Brendan Bowyer and the Royal Showband 7; Do you love me/ Brian Poole and the Tremeloes 1; Blue Bayou/ Mean Woman Blues / Roy Orbisson 1; You'll Never Walk Alone/ Gerry and the Pacemakers 6; Don't Talk to Him / Cliff 1; No More/ Royal Showband 1; There's Always Me/ Dickie Rock and the Miami 4

Top Ten Records of the Year 1963

She Loves You: Beatles; From a Jack to a King : Ned Miller; Kiss me Quick: Brendan Bowyer; In Dreams: Roy Orbison; I Like it: Gerry and the Pacemakers; You'll Never Walk Alone: Gerry and the Pacemakers; Welcome to my world: Jim Reeves; Bachelor Boy/ The Next Time: Cliff Richard; Summer Holiday: Cliff Richard; Take these Chains from my Heart: Ray Charles

1963 Films

Though Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rex Harrison and Richard Burton, broke all records at the box office, it all but bankrupted 20th Century Fox. Other top earners were How the West was Won, The Cardinal, The Great Escape, The Birds, Bye Bye Birdie, From Russia With Love, Dr. No, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Sword in the Stone, Charade, Pink Panther, Lord of the Flies, Doctor in Distress, The Leopard, Hud, Tom Jones, The Haunting.

Telefís Éireann: The infant station performed well during the Kennedy visit. Popular programmes were Amuigh Faoin Spéir, Jackpot, Dáithí Lacha, The Late Late Show and Broadcast.


Macroom 1993 

In 1993, Macroom U.D.C. was made up of John Browne (Chairman), John Cullinane, Con, Denis and Timothy Kelleher, Billy Leahy, Connie Murphy, Nora Murray and Stephen O'Connor. Problems arising included the pedestrian crossing at New Street, the cost of telephone calls from the 026 area, poor RTE signals in the Macroom area and 2 hour parking. New Macroom signs – the Castle Gates to the east and CastleTower to the west, were erected and generated debate. Martin McCarthy retired from the Fire Brigade after 37 years. A superb St. Patrick's Day celebration, organised by the new Macroom Enterprise Board, welcomed M. Roger Bing, Mayor of Bubri. GSI and other major employers were accorded a civic reception. Tom Tobin, press correspondent for more than 30 years, retired. The Sisters of Mercy bought a site at Dan Corkery Place. The proposed Macroom Bypass was brought to the Minister's attention. It was proposed to convert the Palace Cinema into a library and theatre, to renovate Bealick Mill and the Church of Ireland. The Irish Soccer team were congratulated on qualifying for the World Cup finals in America; Macroom Junior hurlers for winning the Mid Cork title for the first time; Macroom Minors, Mid Cork and County Football Champions and De la Salle, Cork Colleges Senior Football Champions. Macroom Citizen Information Centre opened.

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The newly established Lee Valley Enterprise Board 1993 © SMcS

Ireland 1993.

Albert Reynolds was re-elected Taoiseach in a Fianna Fáil – Labour Coalition Government. The Northern Troubles were at their height, with several attacks in Britain and atrocities in Castlerock, Shankill Road and Greysteel, but there were some signs of hope, with news of the Hume-Adams plan, secret talks between the British Government and Republicans and John Mayor and Albert Reynolds issuing the Downing Street Declaration. Mother Teresa visited Ireland. The Beef Tribunal ended. The Magdalene Laundry saga was first highlighted. The Eurovision Contest was staged in Millstreet and Niamh Kavanagh won for Ireland. Sonia O'Sullivan won Silver at the World Championships. Roy Keane, 21, was bought by Manchester United for a record £3.75m. The number unemployed stood at 300,000. Derry beat Cork in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship and Kilkenny beat Galway in hurling. Shelbourne won the FAI Cup. Roddy Doyle's book, Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha, won major acclaim.

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Macroom and District Gardaí at the retirement of Detective Garda James O'Leary. 1993 © SMcS

World News 1993.

Bill Clinton was installed as American President. The World Trade Centre in New York was bombed. The Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas was raided and all the cult members died in a fire. Disastrous earthquakes occurred in Japan, India and Indonesia. Fighting occurred between Muslims and Croats in Bosnia. The Maastricht Treaty was signed. The worst brush fires in Australian history destroyed the RoyalNational Park. Czechoslovakia was split into the CzechRepublic and Slovakia.

Showbiz 1993.

Top musical performers in 1993 were Meatloaf, Whitney Houston, UB40, Freddie Mercury, Take That, George Michael and Queen, Bryan Adams, Billy Joel, The Spin Doctors, Annie Lennox, Elton John, Pet Shop Boys, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, The Bee Gees, Rod Stewart, Duran Duran, Tina Turner, Danii Minogue, Madonna, Bon Jovi, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Songs you might remember from 1993 were Tears in Heaven, Heal The World, I'm Every Woman, I Have Nothing, U Got 2 Know, Babe, I Will Always Love You, I Can't Help Falling In Love With You, Oh Carolina, Young At Heart, What Is Love, Please Forgive Me, The River Of Dreams, Two Princes, Little Bird, Relight My Fire, Everybody Hurts, Heal The World, I Will Survive, Dreamlover.
Top musical shows included Blood Brothers, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, Crazy for You, Les Miserables, Will Rogers's Follies, Cats, Guys and Dolls.
Top attractions in cinemas included JurassicPark, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Fugitive, In the Name of the Father, Schindler's List, The Firm, Indecent Proposal, Sleepless in Seattle, Philadelphia, The Pelican Brief, The Piano.
Irish TV: Michael D. Higgins T.D. had responsibility for Broadcasting. Lifelines, No Disco, Challenging Times and Blackboard Jungle were among the home produced programmes.

Thoughts for the day

The harder you work, the luckier you get.

Challenges can be stepping stones or stumbling blocks.

Don't burden yourself with anger for your enemies. Forgive them. That'll make them really angry.

It's not how far you fall but how high you bounce

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

When you judge others you are revealing your own fears and prejudices.

The display of status symbols is usually a result of low self - esteem.

The secret is to become wise before you get old.

To teach is to learn again

Think before you ink

Clubs and Associations

2013 in Clondrohid

Clondrohid Development Association commenced the year with the usual Christmas/ New Year Party for the elderly and it was a great success, with a large crowd attending and food, music song and dance abounding. They have helped to light up the village by putting Christmas lights around the hall and they also planted their own Christmas tree in the church grounds, sponsored by Connie and Linda O'Riordan. The lights on the two trees have been sponsored by Dairygold and Healy's Spar.
Mass was held in the Community Hall during March and April due to church renovations. In November, Fr. Wickham celebrated a Mass of Remembrance for the Holy Souls. It was a very solemn occasion with relatives and friends bringing candles to the altar in remembrance of lost loved ones. Many people travelled from Clondrohid Parish to Dublin for Vigil for Life. Great sadness came to Clondrohid with the untimely death of John Lynch, a well known taxi driver and member of Clondrohid Development Group. Clondrohid's oldest parishioner, Mai O'Shea died, two weeks before her 96th birthday. She was the only woman to transport churns of milk to Clondrohid creamery on a donkey and cart.
Clann Aire had an Open Day in April to celebrate their 10 years in the Parish. They also reached the final of the best Community Creche and have launched their own website www.clannaire.com to reach out to busy parents in the local community.
Fundraising: C2 Cancer Research annual walk/ jog/ run event raised €11,160. To date they have raised €44,000. €1,050 was raised for Macroom Hospital in the annual collection and €2,020 was raised for Pieta House in a table quiz in the Tavern. €335 was raised for Self Help Africa. Great crowds turned out for a fun run/ jog/ walk in Carraiganima in aid of Millstreet and Macroom Hospitals.
Talent: Showstoppers presented another outstanding show in 'O What a Life'. All proceeds went to repairs in Community Hall and Parish Church. Simple Complication, a 3 Piece Band ( Maria Lane, Katie Long, and Rachel O'Riordan) assisted by Maria's father Peter, are turning heads with their brand of close harmonies mixed into traditional ballads, and modern hits of recent times. Denisa Kearney performed brilliantly in the All Ireland Talent Show. A new Choral Group was formed, organised by Catherine Long of Showstoppers fame. They, along with other groups, will be performing in the Community Hall on Saturday night December 21, with funds going towards the Philippines disaster.
Tidy Towns: Clondrohid earned 2 extra points this year. They were highly commended for their colour schemes, flowers, neatness and tidiness. Garda Orla Doyle visited Clondrohid Hall in mid November to give a very informative talk on Home Security. Muinfliugh Parents Assoc ran a very successful Race night to raise funds for the school. Carriganima pub held action packed entertainment for the month of December.
Sports News: Boot Camp continues twice a week and caters for all fitness levels. Jimmy Barry Murphy made a surprise visit to Clondrohid, much to the delight of all the young hurlers and footballers. Niamh Duggan won an all Ireland with Cork u 16 lady footballers. Gaelic Start commenced for Junior and Senior Infants and 1st class and is free to all those attending schools in the parish. A great success, but needs parents to help out. Work is almost completed in the 2nd phase of the Astro Turf. Funding of €199,290 was sanctioned earlier in the year to develop a recreational facility consisting of a Community Walkway, with site landscaping and furniture, an outdoor gym, and 250 metre running track. Junior A football team reached championship semi final and league final but were defeated in both .Under 21 football team won a championship final. Under 13 football team won Regional league final and the Inchigeelagh tournament. Under 13 hurling team won the Shield final in Crosshaven. Clondrohid under 8 and under 10 football and hurling teams played a lot of matches and the most notable achievement was the under 10 football team's win in the Shield final in Dromtarriffe.

2013 in the Briery Gap

Highlights of Spring 2013 was the Briery Gap's All Ireland Transition Year Drama Competition, in its 13th year, and Second Level schools Light Entertainment Festival. These festivals have gone from strength to strength and are now very much part of the school curriculum all over Ireland. The fourth Briery Gap Musical, "South Pacific", directed by Kevin Hough, was an outstanding success and the April musical is now a very welcome addition to the programme of events. The Youth Theatre was formed in May and has over 30 members from throughout the LeeValley region. The group gave their first performance in September and a very high standard of production was enjoyed by both audience and Youth group.
Summer 2013 saw the completion of extensive renovation works that saw the striking town centre façade receive a modern facelift, as well as new branding, an upgraded state of the art lighting and sound system, newly upholstered theatre seating and fresh paint work. A special word of thanks to all of the kind patrons who assisted in the fundraising drive and those who sponsored a theatre seat. The new Briery Gap re-opened its doors on Friday, 20th September.
The Autumn/Winter Programme was stronger than ever with musical greats such as Jimmy McCarthy, Jack L, trad duo Jim Murray & Seamus Begley and ABBA Forever. The 2013 programme will finish with what is sure to be a sell-out Country Christmas Special with Louise Morrissey and guests on December 29th.
As ever, Briery Gap welcomed some wonderful local talent to the stage – October saw Sulan Young Players present a very successful run of John B Keane's "Sive", St. Mary's transition year brought the stage alive with their version of the musical Grease and not forgetting the legendary Briery Gap Christmas Pantomime, as "The Babes in the Wood" continues until Sunday 22nd December.
Big names already booked in for 2014 include Pat Shortt and Cara O'Sullivan and the ever popular drama, "Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer", with further events to be announced over the coming weeks.
For further information on all the shows, see www.brierygap.com or call 026-41793.

Macroon Flower & Garden Club

The year began with the A.G.M. in February, followed by a Gardening Talk in March and Floral Demonstration in April. The Annual outing in June brought members to Waterford to visit Tourin House & Gardens in Cappoquin & Margaret Power's AbbeyRoadGardens in Ferrybank, a well balanced outing enjoyed by members. In September the Club hosted a Floral Demonstration by Margaret Aherne AOIFA who brought us autumn colour in all its glory. The highlight of the year was the November Gala Demonstration, "The Joys of Christmas" by Brid Coonan AOIFA at Coolcower House, supporting two local Charities - COPE Foundation and Macroom Senior Citizens and the World Show Dublin June 2014. The finale and standing ovation at the end of this fabulous night will be remembered by all who attended.
As Christmas approaches we would like to wish you all a blessed and peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year. The club will celebrate its 40th Ruby Anniversary in 2014. We are currently researching some original photographs of past functions for an Anniversary Booklet, and would be grateful for any information received. This, combined with the World Show in the RDS Dublin, June 18th -22nd 2014 will make for an exciting year ahead.

Kilmurry Historical Society

The future looks bright for KHAA with the prospect of a ne museum for Kilmurry in 2014. After a lot of hard work we have secured part funding of €410,000 for the new project from West Cork Leader. We will need to raise a further €130,000 of matching funding. This project will be a major boost to the locality and will breathe new life into Kilmurry village. It will be an historical hub for the greater Lee valley and west Cork region. The association is keenly aware of the need for a community meeting space in Kilmurry and we firmly believe that the new facility will be enjoyed by people not just from Kilmurry village but also from the wider community. Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association Gathering was held on October 12th and was officially opened by Briege Corkery (All Ireland winning medallist), Jean Lucey (captain of the victorious St. Val's senior team), Niamh Canty and Áine Murphy were in attendance.
KHAA held its AGM on 27th November and the meeting was very well attended and the association is ongoing looking for new members. The following officers were elected : Life President: Professor David O'Mahony; Vice-Presidents: Con Long, Dan Holland, Terence McSwiney, Rita Galvin (new). Chairman: Noel Howard, Vice-Chairman: Tony Murphy. Secretary: Bridget Goulding, Assistant Secretary and Membership Secretary: Ina O'Sullivan. Treasurer: Michael Garvey. Assistant Treasurer: Jim Murphy. PRO: Michael John O'Mahony. Museum Curators: Anthony and Mary O'Sullivan. Website Administrator: Ger Roche. Newsletter Editor: Stephen Gilbert. Management Committee; Mary Mullins (new), Peggy Howard, Deirdre Bourke, Damien O'Sullivan, Anna O'Halloran , Tim Hartnett, Terence McSwiney, Dan Joe Crowley, Tom Sheehan, Kathleen Sheehan. Building Committee: Noel Howard, Bridget Goulding, Tim Hartnett ,Terence McSwiney, Tony Murphy, Gerard Roche ,Michael Garvey. Fundraising Committee, Chairperson: Deirdre Bourke,Secretary Siobhan Murphy.Michael John O'Mahony PRO. Mary O'Sullivan, Mary Mullins, Anna O'Halloran, Theresa Crowley, Bridget Goulding (Representing Building Com),Tony Murphy (Representing Building Com). Organising Committee: Dan Joe Crowley, Paul Tassie, John Lee.

Valley Wheelers Cycling Club

V.W.C.C. now has over 100 members of all ages. We hold cycles on Sunday mornings throughout the year, with an additional midweek cycle during summer. Winter spinning classes are also held. The annual Mick Dineen Cycle (August Bank Holiday) and Trasna na nGleannta Charity Sportive (October) have built on the success of previous years, with both events now attracting cyclists from all over Munster. More importantly, there is an increasing number of local cyclists participating. These events would not be possible without the huge community co-operation. Other Club events include the annual 'Sheep's Head', 'Ring of Beara' and National Bike week Family Cycles. 2013 will be remembered as a great year for cycling due to the fabulous weather. We wish a Happy Christmas to all who helped make this a great year for the Club. Make it your New Year's resolution to join us in 2014! More information on www.valleywheelerscc.com


Mid Cork GAA 2013

2013 was a good year for the GAA in Mid Cork. The Junior 'A' football championship was a great competition, with lots of high quality, close encounters and the final at Macroom was a marvellous occasion. Kilmichael won the title after a 17 year lapse, with an unexpected victory over Kilmurry, the reigning champions, who did however win the other two major competitions, the Div One league and the Muskerry Cup. In Junior 'A' hurling, Grenagh had a one point win over Cloughduv, their main rivals, in the quarter final and won their second Mid Cork in a row by defeating Donoughmore in the final at Coachford. Grenagh then created their own bit of history by going on to take their first county junior hurling title and of course their footballers later won the Intermediate County to make it a great year for them. Canovee also won a county title, their U 21 footballers winning the Mid Cork and County U 21 'B' titles.
Cill na Martra won the Junior 'B' crown and Inniscarra, winning league and championship, were very strong in 'C' football. Gleann na Laoi hurlers had a fine year, winning both the 'B' championship and league. In U21, Blarney hurlers won their third divisional title in a row and added the 'C' title later for good measure. Ballincollig won another 'A' football title, defeating a young Aghabullogue side which later backboned the club's intermediate side to a county final. Canovee took the 'B' title, Iveleary won 'C' and Clondrohid took the 'D' title.
Board Cathaoirleach, JJ Long, was back home after a long stay in hospital in Dublin and everybody was thrilled to see him at many of the important functions of the board during the year. A history of the GAA in Muskerry was published, and the launch of the impressive book was performed by Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Liam Ó Néill Uas. before a great gathering of the Gaels of Muskerry at Oriel House in Ballincollig. Board finances returned to the black in 2013, boosted by two fine attendances at the respective junior 'A' finals. All outgoing Board officers were returned unopposed for another year.

2013 Junior A Football Championship

Kilmurry and Iveleary were reckoned to be the two best teams in Mid Cork at the start of this year's championship but Kilmichael proved to be the surprise packet of the competition and took the title in dashing fashion. The opening round produced some surprise results. Clondrohid disposed of Dripsey; Inniscarra shocked Kilmurry; Macroom ambushed Blarney, and Donoughmore beat Kilmichael (2-11 to 1-11), Iveleary beat Ballincollig after a replay and Aghinagh also beat Eire Óg after a replay.

In Round Two, Kilmurry had a tough battle before overcoming Blarney; Dripsey played well to beat Ballincollig and Kilmichael had a point to spare over Eire Óg (1-12 to 2-8). In the only Round Three game, Dripsey beat Inniscarra in a fine sporting game. The quarter final stage was very exciting: Aghinagh beat Iveleary after a replay, Donoughmore lost out to an inspired Clondrohid side; Kilmichael were too good for Dripsey and Kilmurry showed a return to form with an impressive display against Macroom. In the semi finals, Kilmurry continued their good form with a comprehensive win over Clondrohid and Kilmichael and Aghinagh served up a thriller, with the eventual champions winning by a point (1-10 to 1-9). Thus the scene was set for the final which was played in Macroom on a beautiful September evening, after the thrilling Dublin-Kerry game early in the day.

Ross Oil Junior Football Championship Final: Kilmichael 2-9 Kilmurry 0-9

Kilmichael are Mid Cork Junior Football champions for the first time since 1987 (when Kilmichael defeated Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh at Macroom) after their defeat of Kilmurry at the Castle Grounds, Macroom. Unfancied Kilmichael were in the right frame of mind and may have surprised Kilmurry with the intensity and quality of their challenge. They thoroughly deserved their win and delighted their large following who were ecstatic after the game and who could blame them? The Man of the Match award went to Kilmichael's Simon Foley, listed at wing back but playing as a sweeper in a seven man defence with Alan Murphy withdrawn from the attack to man-mark at number 7. Simon Foley did an enormous amount of covering for his fellow defenders and repeatedly surged out of defence to put the pressure back on Kilmurry. He had plenty of support as Kilmichael had outstanding performers in every part of the field.
Kilmurry scored first with a point from a William Buckley free after two minutes and it took Kilmichael until the 8th minute to open their account when goalkeeper Shane Masters came up to kick over a '45'. From the kick out Kilmurry came up field and Buckley kicked his second point, this one from play. Kilmichael were level within minutes through another '45', again pointed by goalkeeper Masters. Greg Barrett restored the lead for Kilmurry but in the 17th minute Kilmichael got a major boost when another Daniel Twomey high centre from the right wing was met by the fist of Peter Kelleher who rose highest in the goalmouth and the ball nestled in the Kilmurry net. William Buckley kicked a point from a free in reply but Conor Cotter and Daniel Twomey had superb points for Kilmichael to open up a three-point lead by the interval. Kilmichael were now doing well around midfield where Finbarr Dromey and Michael Twomey were getting strong assistance from their half forward line of Conor Cotter, Peter Kelleher and James O'Leary. Kilmichael led by 1-4 to 0-4 at the break and were now playing well enough to suggest that Kilmurry would have to raise their game to succeed.
William Buckley had a Kilmurry point within 20seconds of the restart but Colm Dromey replied for Kilmichael five minutes later. James Kelleher, an effective half time substitute for Kilmurry scored a fine point, but Kilmichael replied, James O'Leary the scorer. Greg Barrett pointed from a free in the 42nd minute and when Jonathan Buckley added a point three minutes later the score was 1-6 to 0-8 at the three quarter stage and Kilmurry were coming into the game. Two points in a minute, one each from Daniel Twomey (a constant threat) and James O'Leary in the 48th minute, restored Kilmichael confidence and composure. James Kelleher, under pressure, still managed to kick over a final Kilmurry point in the 23rd minute but the second Kilmichael goal followed and was decisive. Finbarr Dromey ran on to a Conor Cotter pass in the Kilmurry goalmouth and was taken down. Referee John Ryan, who had a fine game, awarded an undisputed penalty which James O'Leary blasted to the net via the upright, Peter Kelleher added a point a minute later and the Kilmichael supporters were in full cry for the final minutes as they roared their favourites home. Scorers: Kilmichael: Js.O'Leary 1-2 (1-0 pen.), P. Kelleher 1-1, S. Masters 0-2 ('45's), D. Twomey 0-2, C. Cotter and Colm Dromey 0-1 each. Kilmurry: Wm. Buckley 0-4 (0-2 frees), G. Barrett 0-2 (frees), Js Kelleher 0-2, J. Buckley 0-1.
Kilmichael: Shane Masters: Colin Murphy, John O'Riordan, Adrian Kelly: Cian Dromey, Finbarr Buckley, Simon Foley: Finbarr Dromey, Miceál Twomey: James O'Leary, Peter Kelleher, Conor Cotter: Alan Murphy, Colm Dromey, Danny Twomey. Subs: Dermot O'Riordan (57 mins.) and Alan Dromey(58 mins.). Also: Brendan Crowley, Damien Crowley, Darragh Foley, Stephen Kelleher, Donal O'Brien, Brendan Cotter, Niall O'Callaghan, Shane Foley, Donal Kelly and Denis O'Donoghue. Selectors: Kieran O'Leary, Dermot O'Riordan and Shane Prendeville.
Kilmurry: Jason Mc Donald; Adam Healy, Kevin Barrett, William Barrett; Liam Long, David O'Leary, Pat O'Sullivan; James White, Eoin Creedon; David McCarthy, Dave O'Halloran, Jonathan Buckley; Alan O'Sullivan, Greg Barrett, William Buckley. Subs: James Kelleher (h/t) and Michael Linehan (37).Also: Pat O'Callaghan, Finbarr Crowley, Michael Kelleher, Denis Sheehan, Eoin Barrett, Daniel Cahalane, Liam White, Ian Murphy, Padraig Berhanu, Michael John O'Mahony, Liam Murray, Sean Murray, Sean Long, Patrick Grainger, Tim Irwin, Robert Cahalane. Selectors: Sean Murphy, Raymond O'Sullivan, Pat Clifford.
Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.
Mr J.J. Long, Cathaoirleach, Roinn Mhuscrai, CLCG presented the trophy to winning team captain John O'Riordan after the game and complimented both teams and referee John Ryan for the most entertaining, sporting game they had provided. He thanked Ross Oil for their sponsorship, the Macroom club for the arrangements for the final and wished Kilmichael every good fortune as they face Mitchelstown in the opening round of the county championship. Mr Tim Holland, Ross Oil Ltd., represented the sponsors at the presentation. An occasion to live long in the memory of the people of Kilmichael parish and their joy was so evident!.

2013 Junior A Hurling Championship

The two outstanding junior hurling teams in Mid Cork, Cloughduv and Grenagh, met in the quarter final of the competition and thereafter the competition was a little flat as a result. In the first round, Grenagh beat Eire Óg; Ballinora beat Ballincollig; Blarney got the better of Kilmichael, and Donoughmore beat Inniscarra. Eire Óg then beat Ballincollig and Cloughduv beat Kilmichael. There were three quarter finals, Grenagh beating Cloughduv (0-15 to 1-11); Donoughmore beat Blarney and Ballinora beat Inniscarra. In the semi finals, Donoughmore were too good for Ballinora and Grenagh easily saw off the Eire Óg challenge. The final was disappointing as Grenagh were just too good for plucky Donoughmore.

Mid Cork Junior Hurling Final Grenagh 2 – 18 Donoughmore 1 – 9

The final of the Mid Cork Hurling championship at Coachford, played before a big crowd, was a disappointing affair with the outcome in little doubt from an early stage. Grenagh went in front with early points from Dean Dalton and Seamus Coleman, Shane Healy got one back for Donoughmore in the 7th minute. Ultan Duggan and Tom Kenny rattled over two fast points for Grenagh, Shane Healy replied with a Donoughmore point. Sean Burke pointed for Grenagh, Colm O'Callaghan pointed a '65' in reply for Donoughmore – 12 minutes gone. Conor Fitzgerald kicked over a point from close range for Grenagh and added another point and then Ultan Duggan had a point for the winners who now led by 0-8 to 0-3 after 19 minutes although playing against the wind. A minute later the issue was really decided when Tom Kenny picked out Ultan Duggan all alone close to the Donoughmore goal and the corner forward took a step or two before lashing an unstoppable shot to the net. Colm O'Callaghan pointed a free in reply but the Grenagh onslaught continued and points from Seamus Coleman, Ultan Duggan and Duggan again heaped further agony on Donoughmore who battled on and were rewarded with a point apiece from Shane Healy and Colm O'Callaghan. Conor Fitzgerald replied with a point and Grenagh led by 1-12 to 0-6 at the break and were firmly in the driving seat.
Donoughmore were dealt a major blow when Colm O'Callaghan was forced to withdraw through injury at the break. Tom Kenny pointed for Grenagh on the restart and Shane Sexton had a Donoughmore point in reply. In the 36th minute a Tom Kenny shot ended in the Donoughmore net and Dean Dalton added a point and it was now a case of damage limitation for Donoughmore. The plucky challengers never gave up the struggle and Shane Sexton pointed a '65'. Tom Kenny and Ultan Duggan pointed for Grenagh but Donoughmore had their goal when substitute Colin Coakley kicked the sliotar over the line in the 49th minute. In the last ten minutes, Conor Fitzgerald and Niall Doherty pointed for Grenagh, Shane Healy had the last point for Donoughmore in between.
Grenagh: Mark Kenny: Kevin O'Neill, Raymond Dorgan, Tommy Buckley: Diarmuid 'DD' Dorgan, Gerry Russell, Kelvin Cummings: Niall Doherty, Colm O'Neill:Sean Bourke, Tom Kenny, Dean Dalton: Conor Fitzgerald, Seamus Coleman, Ultan Dugan. Sub: Martin Barry (49).
Donoughmore: Kenneth Cullinane: Aidan O'Brien, Vincent O'Connor, Alan Twomey: Kevin Horgan, Aidan Corkery, Laurence Barry: Shane Sexton, Mark Foley: Shane Healy, Alan Savage, Colm O'Callaghan: William Murphy, Padraig Buckley, Martin O'Connor. Subs: Conor Kelleher (29), Jamie Twomey (h/t), Gerard Buckley (46). Referee: Mr. John Horgan, Gleann na Laoi.

Muskerry GAA Role of Honour 2013

Mid Cork Hurling Competitions 2013

Championship Winners Runners Up
Junior A Grenagh Donoughmore
Junior B Gleann na Laoi Cloughduv
U21 A Blarney Eire Óg
U21 C Blarney Kilmichael

Leagues Winners Runners Up
Junior A Final: Grenagh v Cloughduv
Junior B Gleann na Laoi Grenagh

Mid Cork Football Competitions 2013

Championship Winners Runners Up
Junior A Kilmichael Kilmurry
Junior B Cill na Martra Naomh Abán
Junior C Inniscarra Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh
U21 A Ballincollig Aghabullogue
U21 B Canovee Donoughmore
U21 C Iveleary Cill na Martra
U21D Clondrohid Kilmichael

Muskerry Cup Kilmurry Iveleary

Leagues Winners Runners Up
Div One Kilmurry Clondrohid
Div Two Blarney Macroom
Div Three Cill na Martra Ballincollig
Div Four Inniscarra Macroom

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Macroom Minors who won the Mid Cork and County Championships 1993 © SMcS

Rebel Óg County Honours 2013

Minor B Football Champions: Western Gaels
Minor C Football Champions: Cill na Martra
U 16 A Hurling Champions: Grenagh
U 16 B Football Champions: Cill na Martra
U 15 C Football Champions: Cill na Martra
U 14 A Hurling Champions: Inniscarra
U 14 Féile B Football Champions: Cill na Martra
U 13 B Hurling Champions: Cloughduv
U 13 B Football Champions: Canovee

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De la Salle, Macroom, winners of Cork Colleges Senior Football 1993 © SMcS

Colleges Football

De La Salle College Macroom senior footballers will enjoy the Christmas break after qualifying for the quarter finals of Corn Uí Mhuirí, the Munster 'A championship, and making their way through to another final of the Simcox Cup, Cork Colleges Senior Football championship.
In Corn Uí Mhuirí DLS were in a Group with St Flannan's of Ennis and Tralee CBS (The Green). DLS defeated both opponents and so qualified for the quarter finals along with St Flannan's. They will now play Intermediate School, Killorglin on 22nd January 2014 in what is now the knock-out stage of the competition.
In the Simcox Cup, DLS the holders, met St Fachtna's Skibbereen in the quarter final at Ballineen and were worthy winners of a high quality game. They then recorded a good win over St Colman's College, Fermoy in the semi final and so were through to the final once again. In the decider DLS will meet Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig on Friday January 10 under lights.
The DLS panel has players from the Aghinagh, Canovee, Cill na Martra, Clondrohid, Iveleary, Kilmichael, Kilmurry, Macroom and Newcestown clubs, all clubs doing great work at under age level and producing quality players who are more than holding their own at top level in Cork and Munster. The coaches once again are staff member Eric Graham and school Principal Noel Dunne.

Macroom Ladies Football

This year we had u10, u12, u14, u16, Minor and Junior teams. They all competed in games during the year. The u10s gained some new players this year and played very well in their matches. The club also organised coaching sessions in St. Joseph's Primary School and the girls enjoyed this. The u16s, Minor and Junior teams travelled to Derrynane in July for a friendly match and had fun and a barbecue at the beach afterwards. A number of our players also received All Ireland football medals with St. Mary's Secondary School during the year. Congratulations and well done to them.
The season has now come to an end for all age groups. Thank you to all involved in the club; coaches, selectors, players, supporters and parents and well done for your commitment and enthusiasm. New players and help with training is always welcome. Hope to see ye all in 2014. Macroom Ladies Football AGM will be held in the new year.

Macroom G.A.A.

Macroom GAA can regard 2013 as a reasonably successful year, both on and off the field, with the club reaching nine finals over the course of the year, winning four out of the nine, and completing a number of important infrastructural projects. While there will be some regret that more trophies were not captured, it is reassuring that the club and in particular, the juvenile club, is back contesting finals after a number of lean years.
The Premier Intermediate footballers reached the PIFC County Final but unfortunately were bettered by Clyda Rovers on the day. The Intermediates had an excellent County Div. 3 league campaign and secured promotion to Div. 2 for 2014 after finishing top of the table undefeated. The Junior A footballers had a decent campaign this year: after an excellent opening round win over Blarney they bowed out of the Mid-Cork championship when defeated by Kilmurry at the quarter-final stage. The Junior As also finished top of their league (Div. 2) but were defeated in the league final by Blarney. The Junior C's reached the championship semi-final and Div. 4 league final but were beaten in both by Inniscarra, who completed a championship and league double.
Macroom U21s, despite finishing on the same league points as their group opponents, were drawn to play in the U21(C) championship on the basis of scoring difference (2pts separated each of the teams!) and there they faced Iveleary for a second year in a row. Macroom were again to be disappointed with defeat and will look to improve in 2014. Macroom's minor footballers had a disappointing campaign, much of which was injury-induced, after a promising start to the year with a number of league victories they were subsequently defeated by Bantry and Millstreet in the championship.
Macroom U16s had a good year, winning the East U16(A) championship and going on to contest the county final against Castlehaven. Whilst they ultimately fell short in the county championship, they can be proud of the performances they gave throughout the year and the progress they have made in the last number of years. The U15 footballers also ended the year with silverware, winning the East U15(A) league final in late November. The U12s also had an excellent year which culminated in victory in the East U12(B) final. Great work has been put in at the U10, U8 & U6 grades this year, the focus firmly on the development of skills and fun. The club would like to thank all the players and trainers for their efforts and parents for their continuing support. A special word of thanks also to the staff in both primary schools, St Joseph's and St Colman's BNS, who continue to share our enthusiasm for Gaelic games. Our juvenile players are the future of the club and it is reassuring to see the hard work bearing fruit in the form of trophies this year.
Off the field, Macroom GAA completed a number of important projects in 2013. The bridge linking Tom Creedon Park & the Castle Demesne was installed and is now widely used by the people of Macroom as it provides a safe and pleasant circuit for walking or running. Repairs were carried out to the retaining wall in the Castle Grounds pitch and also to the river wall in the weirs. Works on the installation of floodlights in the Castle Grounds are also nearing completion. Macroom GAA would like to thank Macroom Town Council and the Castle Demesne trustees for their help and support with the above projects.
To conclude, the club would like to sincerely thank all team trainers, players, parents, committee members, lotto sellers and club members for their time and commitment throughout 2013. Macroom GAA would also like to thank the businesses and people of Macroom for their continued support (especially in the build-up to the PIFC CountyFinal). We look forward to an even more successful season in 2014. Finally, the Club would like to thank all at the Lee Valley Outlook for their coverage of Macroom GAA matters. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you & yours.

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Macroom Soccer Club, Murphy's Stout Team of the Month © SMcS

Macroom F.C. Annual Review 2013

Here is a review of the many activities undertaken by the club throughout 2013. The playing season runs from August to May/June, so all of our teams are currently involved in various competitions.
Adult Teams:

Macroom A had a disappointing season in 2012/13 which resulted relegation from the Premier league of the Cork AUL to the Premier A. The last few seasons have proven difficult for this team with the loss of key players, mainly through emigration. William O'Riordan Jnr took charge in a player/ manager capacity and did a huge amount of work. Ultimately though, there was not enough strength in depth in the squad and this was no reflection on the efforts of players and management. The opening months of the 2013/14 season has seen much improvement, with the addition of players from last year's youths (under 18) team as well as an excellent commitment to training. Unfortunately, the team has been eliminated from cup competition and the league is the sole focus. Macroom have won three of their four league games thus far and will be hoping to push up the league table as the season progresses. The management duo of John Ronan and J.J. Murphy can look ahead with much optimism to 2014.
Macroom B came into January 2013 at the lower end of the division 2 table. However a fantastic run of results allowed them to steadily climb the league and they finished up with a highly creditable 4th place and were unlucky not to get closer to the two promotion positions. The story of the first half of this season has been similar to last years in that the team again find themselves at the wrong end of the league table going into the Christmas break. Manager Declan Kelly and assistant Artur Starzycki will be hoping that they can recapture previous and push themselves back up the division. The team also still remain in the County and Corinthians Cup competitions.
Youths (Under 18): A team was entered into the Cork Youth league for the first time in a number of years. In recent times, a team was competing at Under 17 level. However it was felt that players coming off a season playing U18 had a better chance of graduating to the adult teams in the club than players coming off U17. The Youths team finished sixth in the league last season and performed well in all games. This season so far has been an excellent one, with the team placed fourth in the league as well as qualifying for Round 4 of the Munster Youths Cup. In early 2014 they will play a team from another Munster county having been one of only five teams from Cork to make it to the 'open draw'.
Schoolboys Section:
At the conclusion of the 2012/13 season the schoolboys section of the club celebrated great success. The Under 16 team had a marvellous year in which they captured the league and John Cooke Cup double. This was a great achievement by all players who were well drilled by manager Shane O' Sullivan. The U12 team also had a superb year which culminated in them winning the league. Well done to all involved under the management of Cathal Prendeville. At U15 level, the team finished second and gained promotion and were unlucky to lose the semi-final of the Neil Welch Cup on penalties. The U14 team finished third and won promotion. It was a tough season for the U13s who were unlucky to be relegated after a sixth place finish. The (Academy) U7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 players all played in non-competitive games at various times during the season.
The 2013/14 season which commenced in early September is going well so far. The U11 side are in a tough division but got their first league win recently. These young players are learning the game and results are not overly important although they will no doubt be trying hard to do well in every game. The U12 team currently lie in third place with ten points from five league games. The U13 team are going along nicely and are top of the league. They have fifteen points from six league games. In the U14 section Macroom lie second with nine points from six games and in the U15 league, the team occupy third place. They are three points behind the leaders but have a precious game in hand. Finally the U16 team are in great shape after a fine away win over title rivals Avondale United recently. They top their division by four points with thirteen from a possible fifteen. The Academy players continue to train on a weekly basis and will be taking part in a number of non-competitive games in the New Year.
Macroom F.C. was well represented in the Inter League Finals which were held in Cahir, Co. Tipperary. Dylan Twomey was a member of the victorious Cork Under 12 SFAI (Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland) team who won the Munster and All Ireland Inter league competitions. And Tomas Collins played with the victorious Cork U13 side which also won the Munster and All Ireland SFAI finals. This is a marvellous achievement by both players and they have done themselves, their families, coaches and the entire club proud.
Race Night:
In March the club held a race night in Murray's Bar. This was a very successful event and was well supported by the local public. Many thanks to Denis Murray for making his premises available and to all those who purchased horses as well as the continuing support of local businesses and individuals who sponsored races and placed advertisements in the race programme. Your support is hugely appreciated.
FAI Summer Camp:
The very successful FAI Summer Soccer Schools camp came to Murrayfield in July with 6 FAI coaches. The largest camp in CorkCounty 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.
The Dolphin Cup:
The Dolphin Cup, an Under 15 invitational soccer tournament, hosted by Macroom F.C., was held in the TownPark in August. The tournament was a fundraiser for the Children's Unit of Cork University Hospital. The day was a great success and with eight teams taking part, there was plenty entertainment for all in attendance. The final was contested by Macroom and Leeside from the West Cork league and the Inchigeela based outfit were excellent throughout, winning on a score line of 3-0. €1,100 was raised for CUH Children's Unit. Well done to all involved.
Redmond Kirby Memorial Match:
The tragic and untimely death of club member Redmond Kirby in April came as a huge shock to all at Macroom F.C. Red, as many knew him, was a fantastic player and coach and played in all outfield positions for both adult teams. However, he was best known as a striker and scored many goals over the years. In July, the Redmond Kirby Memorial Match was organised as a tribute to Red, with the assistance of the Kirby family and the Suicide Aware charity. It was played between the 1996 Mossie Linnane League Cup winning side (of which Red was a vital member) and the Youths Cup winners of the same year. The event, although a sad occasion, was successful in so far as €2,500 was raised for Suicide Aware along with the important raising of awareness throughout the community. It also gave all of Red's family and friends the chance to reminisce and remember the great times of his playing days. Going forward, Macroom F.C. will continue its new association with the Suicide Aware charity and have now entered into the Amber Flag programme. This initiative involves people of all ages developing and taking part in activities that promote positive mental health and is currently being rolled out in schools and clubs throughout Ireland. In the coming months Suicide Aware representatives will visit the club to hold a seminar, an Amber flag notice board will be erected and a mentoring system will be established, where senior club members receive training and can then help mentor younger members.
Family Fun Day:
Macroom F.C. held a family fun day in August at the club grounds in Murrayfield . Bouncy castles, face painting and food stalls were onsite. Also, the finals of our annual Mini World Cup took place on the day. It was a marvellous afternoon's entertainment for the large attendance as players, parents and spectators alike enjoyed themselves immensely.
The club A. G.M. was held in June and was well attended and the following officers were elected: Chairman: Denis Murray; Life President: Willie O' Riordan Snr.; Secretary: Brian Murphy; Treasurer: Janet Shine; Asst. Treasurer: Connie Foley; P.R.O. Darragh Deasy, Denis Canty, Frank Deasy; Schoolboys Secretary: William O' Riordan Jnr.; Grounds Committee: Shane O' Sullivan, Hughie Kelleher, Willie O'Riordan Snr.; Committee: Cathal Prendeville, Paul Barrett, John Ronan, Brian Murphy, Janet Shine, Noel O'Riordan, Denis Murray, J.J. Murphy, Willie O'Riordan Jnr., Darren Kelly, Connie Foley, Shane O'Sullivan, Willie O'Riordan Snr.
Club Lotto:
The Macroom F.C. weekly club lotto is a vitally important source of income for the club. Tickets are distributed, collected and the draw carried out by a dedicated sub-committee at Murray's Bar on Monday nights. The club would like to sincerely thank all those who purchase tickets. Also, massive thanks to the various businesses and individuals in the local area who assist in the selling of tickets from week to week. Your support and assistance is invaluable.
Finally, Macroom F.C. would like to wish all of our sponsors, supporters and the people of the local area a Happy Christmas and a healthy 2014.

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Rylane Boxing Club 1993. © SMcS

Christina's 2013.

Christina Desmond from Coolavokig, Cill na Martra has had a rollercoaster 2013. The 17 year old Coláiste Ghobnatan, Ballyvourney student won bronze at the European Boxing Championships in Hungary and Silver at the World Championships in Bulgaria. Since then, despite family bereavement, she has tried to maintain her training regime, while being feted and honoured with a host of awards. Sporting prizes don't come any bigger than World and All Ireland medals and Christina's achievements are an ongoing reason for celebration. At a formal presentation in her school, Coláiste Ghobnatan, Ballyvourney, Christina's versatile achievements were hailed for boxing, ladies football and road bowling. Christina had won two All Ireland boxing titles in 2013 prior to her international success. At World level, the Muskerry Gaeltacht southpaw bettered opponents from New Zealand, China and Turkey, only to succumb by a single point to eventual winner Gauhar Yermekbay from Kazakhstan. Owing to boxing commitments, Christina had to forgo ladies football to dedicate her time to the ring and confirmed Katie Taylor as her idol. Christina fully appreciates the support of her club, Macroom. Her achievements have put the relatively new club on the map under Chairman John Casey and coach Tom Power. Her aim in 2014 is to participate in the World Junior Olympics. In the 102 years of the Irish Boxing Association, Christina and brother, Michael, are the first mixed twins to win national titles. And Christina is only the second female boxer from Ireland to reach a world championship final.

St. Val's Year

As 2013 draws to a close for St Val's, the club can look back with great satisfaction on a very successful year. The highlight of the year was winning our first ever Senior County title, defeating reigning champions Inch Rovers in a keenly contested final by the narrowest of margins. County titles were also won at Minor and under 14 levels as well as a number of divisional titles. Our under 8s and 10s trained and played during the summer months with a big turnout every night at training. A special thanks to all their coaches who helped out during the year. The under 12 team lost to Nemo Rangers after extra time in their Mid Cork final and also lost narrowly to Skibbereen in the County semi final. Having a large number of players at under 14 this year, it was decided to enter two under 14 teams in the A and C grades. The under 14 A team had a year never to be forgotten, winning the County final against Glanmire in July and also reaching the semi final of the Féile in Derry before losing to Corofin from Galway in a very exciting game. They also won their divisional final, defeating Carrigaline as well as reaching the Kilmacud Crokes under 14 All Ireland sevens competition at the end of September,while the under 14 C team also claimed a title defeating Nemo in their final.
The under 16 team lost out in the semi final of the county to the eventual winners, Éire Óg, by four points. Our minor team defended their county title, defeating Mourneabbey in a great contest at the end of November.
On behalf of the St Val's Committee, we would like to thank our sponsors, Macroom Credit Union, for coming on board this year and to everybody who helped throughout the year, especially in fund raising for the Féile team through bag packing and other events, and to all the players, parents, coaches and selectors who devote their time and effort to the club.

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West Muskerry A.C. sports for national school children 1993 © SMcS

Christmas Recipes

Carrot cake with walnuts
7 ozs brown sugar, 6 fluid ozs vegetable oil, 2 eggs, 4 ozs wholemeal flour, 1 tsp. each of cinnamon and bread soda, 5 ozs coarsely grated carrots, 2 ozs chopped walnuts.
Icing: 2 ozs butter, 3 ozs cream cheese, 2 ozs icing sugar, rind of orange.
Gradually add oil to sugar, whisking well. Add eggs; then flour; sprinkle in cinnamon and bread soda and stir well and finally add carrots and walnuts. Turn into lined tin and bake in pre-heated oven c. 1700 for approx 70 minutes. Cool in tin. For icing, cream butter, add cheese, icing sugar and grated orange rind and cream well. Spread on cake. Decorate with walnuts. Leave for at least an hour before cutting.

Hot Punch
1 large lemon, 2 oz sugar, Pinch of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, ½ pt brandy, ½ pt. rum, 1 pt. boiling water.
Put rind of lemon, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, brandy, rum and boiling water in heavy pan. Heat gently without boiling. Strain lemon juice into punch bowl and add hot liquid. Serve at once.

Cider Cup
1 pt. cider, 1 pt. soda water, 1 glass brandy, strips of lemon rind, 1 tblsp. lemon juice, 1 oz caster sugar.
Chill cider and soda water. Put brandy, lemon rind, lemon juice and sugar in large jug. Add chilled cider and soda water. Serve at once.

What Wine?

As an aperitif, Sherry Fino or Amontillado, Chilled Vermouth, a WhitePort or Dry Madeira may be served.
A dry white wine – Hock, Moselle, Burgundy, Dry Graves etc.- suits fish.
Red wine is preferred with meats, poultry and game – a light claret with white meats and a heavier wine, like Burgundy, with the stronger flavours.
Sweet white wine, Sauterne, Graves, Cerons, Hock etc may be served with dessert.
With coffee, Tawny or VintagePort and Madeira are taken.
Limoncello is a delicious digestif. Amaretto and Sambuca are alternatives.

Crème Brulée
2 cups cream, 4 egg yolks, 1/3 cup of sugar, ½ tsp vanilla essence.
Topping: 2 tbsp soft brown sugar (Demerara).
Put cream and vanilla in heavy saucepan and stir over low heat until it begins to simmer. Lightly whisk egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale. Gradually add cream, whisking gently.
Strain mixture into oven-proof ramekin dishes. Place dishes in baking tray half filled with warm water and put in pre-heated oven 1600. Bake for 45 – 55 minutes. Allow to cool. Sprinkle with brown sugar and put under very hot grill for 1-2 minutes until sugar caramelises. (A cookery blow-torch may be used). Cool before serving.

Roast Vegetables

Cut carrots, turnips and parsnips into sticks of equal size. Peel onions but don't remove root. Cut in quarters. Turn vegetables in olive oil, using hands to ensure they are well coated. Add sea salt and black pepper. Spread in a single layer on baking tray. Roast until done, approx. 40 mins., turning once. (These can also be re-heated)