Lee Valley Outlook Jan 22 2015 v12e2

Cov Pic

December Sunset on the Gearagh © Con Kelleher, Oakwood




As part of St Patrick's Weekend celebrations, Lee Valley Enterprise Board is inviting nominations for "The Flower of Macroom", who will have the honour of leading the 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade as Grand Marshal. Each club or business may enter one candidate to represent them at a special function to be held at the Briery Gap on Sunday 15th March at 8.30 pm where the 2015 "Flower of Macroom" will be crowned. The winner will be selected by a panel of adjudicators (50%) and members of the audience (50%).
The winner will receive a weekend away voucher for 2 as well as the honour of wearing the perpetual crown for the first time. All entries must be submitted by Saturday, 14th February to St. Patrick's Festival Committee, Lee Valley Enterprise Board, E Park, Macroom.
The following details are required: Name of Business or Club and Contact Details. Name of Candidate and Contact Details.

Lee Valley Diary

Conradh na Gaeilge Ciorcal Comhrá Déardaoin 22 Eanair 8.30p.m - 9.30p.m. Riverside Park Hotel Maigh Chromtha.
Mass of the Angels Fri. Jan. 23 7.30p.m. St. Colman's Church, Macroom.
CoderDojo ag tosnú Dé Sathairn 24ú Eanáir, 10.30rn-12.30in, Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhic Íre.
Buille in concert in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne, Tuesday 27th January 2015 @ 8:30
Nell in Ballincollig at Comhaltas session in Oriel House Hotel on Thurs. Jan. 29th at 8.30pm.
Camogie Final : Munster Post Primary Senior A Final. Sat 31st Jan, 2.30pm @ Cloughduv GAA Grounds.. Coachford College v St. Flannan's Ennis
CONNECT Business Network Event on Wed. 4th Feb. at Macroom E, Bowl Road, 6pm -7.15pm.
1916 Relatives Macroom and district inaugural meeting at the Riverside Hotel on Sat. 7th Feb. at 8 pm.
Kilgarvan Ag Rith charity 5km/ 10km race in Kilgarvan on the 8th of Feb. at 12 noon.
Benefit Night At Dogs Friday Feb 13th for Cork Camogie All Ireland Champions
Macroom Area Over 60s talent competition Tues. March 10th in Fr Ryan Hall, Macroom 8.30pm.
Coachford Active Retirement Bridge Classes on Tuesdays 10.30a.m. at G.A.A. Hall
Macroom Library:

Bridge on Wed. 28th Jan. at 10.30.
Ciorcal Cainte Thurs. Jan. 29 at 11.30a.m
The Purlies Thurs. Feb. 5 at 11a.m. .
Gramophone Circle: Fri. Feb. 13 at 11a.m.
January Art Exhibition: Michelle Dalton

Briery Gap:
Begin Again Mon. Jan. 26 at 8.30p.m.
German film for schools - Life's No Piece of Cake - 27th January at 10:30am..
Human Capital Wed. Jan. 28 at 8.30p.m.
Brian Kennedy Sat. 7th February @ 8.30pm
Patrick O'Sullivan Friday 13th February at 8pm .
Sullan Players present The Real McCoy, February 19th – 21st.

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

Macroom Updates

Threat to Macroom Hospital

A report in the Sunday Business Post of January 18 reawakens concerns for the future of Macroom Community Hospital. The much loved, appreciated and community supported facility is up for re-registration during 2015. HIQA has indicated that there will be issues regarding infrastructural standards which are deemed non-compliant in a major way. Without costed plans for huge financial investment from the HSE in Macroom Hospital, its future is uncertain, to say the least. Other nursing home units among the 21 under threat of closure nationwide are at St. Finbarr's Hospital, Cork; Bandon, Millstreet and Bantry, all catering for the long term nursing of patients from the Lee Valley.
The HSE states 'It has been recognised that the majority of HSE public long stay units were built prior to HIQA Regulation in 2009 and as such there are a number of units that do not comply fully with infrastructure standards. A major capital investment would be required to bring all these units to full infrastructural compliance, particularly those that are in excess of 100 years old. These units however, provide a significant number of long stay beds in areas of high demand and the HSE has been working closely with HIQA over the past number of months to meet the re-registration requirements of these units in 2015 to facilitate the continued delivery of these services. While this process is ongoing the HSE is not in a position to comment in detail on the re-registration of any specific unit and it would be pre-emptive of the HSE to identify what the outcome of the inspection process will be for our Units as this will be based on the findings of the HIQA inspection team'.

The following is taken from an article we included in the Lee Valley Outlook in February 2012 after much public protest about a threat to Macroom Hospital. It regards the report of the HSE to members of the Regional Health Forum on the plans for health service delivery for 2012, with particular regard to Macroom Hospital. The bottom line then seemed to be that no changes were envisaged for the Muskerry facility in the immediate future.

Macroom Community Hospital is a single story building dating back to the 1930s. It provides continuing care to 38 residents, and includes dementia specific, convalescent and palliative care beds. Accommodation consists of 4 wards, and a single room which is dedicated to residents who require palliative care. Three wards currently accommodate 26 female residents and one ward accommodates 11 male residents.

The Service Plan for 2012 has been prepared in the context of the numbers of staff leaving from the health service and on the basis of the requirement to reduce unaffordable agency and overtime costs. In preparing for the Service Plan, HSE South undertook a comprehensive analysis of its residential services for older people to compare the staff available in each unit with the demand for services and to ensure the staffing resource remaining was deployed in the most effective way possible. In line with all health services, community hospitals have been impacted by staff retirements and resignations and by the moratorium on recruitment to the public sector. The following factors were considered in undertaking this review:

Demand for beds, particularly choice of care by applicants for long stay beds through the Nursing Home Support Scheme (Fair Deal) process

Estimated number of retirements of staff to end of February 2012 and to year end

Cost of care in the unit and the potential to economise through roster changes and skill mix adjustments

Audit of compliance of each unit with current and future HIQA environmental standards and in particular, Fire Safety Standards and Legislation

Review of HIQA inspection reports by unit to identify improvements required to meet standards, particularly care related issues

Cost of level of agency/cost containment and requirements for 2012

% occupancy of all public beds (long stay and community supports) and profile and trend of patient use of these beds

Following this analysis, and assuming a continued demand for beds in Macroom, in particular Long Stay, it is the intention of the HSE to continue with the existing level of service provision at the hospital. Considering the trends and demand for service, the current bed designation of 33 continuing care beds and 5 short stay beds (including respite, palliative care and convalescent / community support) is deemed appropriate. It is intended to secure this level of service through continuous improvement in efficiencies, including reviewing rosters and staffing levels. In addition, staff may be redeployed from other services where possible.

Provision of residential services for older people continue to be delivered in the context of:-

HIQA residential standards for residential services for older people

Nursing Home Support Scheme (Fair Deal)

In relation to the HIQA standards, a first phase of works commenced in 2011 in Macroom to address the high risk fire safety issues. This will allow the hospital to achieve registration with HIQA for 2012.

In summary, the HSE South recognises the quality and value of services provided in Macroom Community Hospital, recognising the public service function of the hospital in its rural setting and its value to the local community in relation to local delivery of services.

The main concern in Macroom and district is that the hospital needs to be further upgraded by 2015, the upgrade to include extra shower rooms, laundry, linen and sluice rooms, and the estimated cost is about €250,000. The HSE must provide the money to finance the upgrade and scarcity of money and the proper use of what is available is an ongoing concern. The economic wisdom of the recent transfer of the Primary Care Team to rented premises at Fair Green and the imminent transfer of other health services to the same location, considering the huge costs involved in making those premises fit for purpose and servicing them thereafter, is a cause of great public unrest.

At the time of going to print, there has been no response from the HSE regarding upgrading works completed or being planned for Macroom Hospital.

Pic 13

Participants in the Beacon Programme for the upgrading of Macroom businesses © Lee Valley Outlook

Beacon Graduates

The Beacon Retail Programme commenced in Macroom last August, with 15 prominent business people signing up for the programme, which was delivered by Retail experts James Burke and Keith Harford of James Burke & Associates. The aim of the programme was to look at the existing business model being used by the retailers and build a 12 month strategic plan for their businesses. There was a terrific response from the retailers and James and Keith were delighted with the progress made by participating businesses.
Participants included Pat O'Neill of O'Neill's Sport & Leisure; Ellen O'Leary, No 57 Gourmet Kitchen; Kay O'Keeffe, Vaughan's Café; Nora McCarthy, Glenview Motors; Ann Dunne; Denise Moloney, McCarthy's Newsagents; Brigin Quinlan, Quinlan's Gifts; Breda Clancy, Clancy's Fresh Fish; Bill Fitzgerald, John Fitzgerald's; David O'Leary, Cave Connections; Henry Murphy, Matt Murphy's Pharmacy; Michael Twomey, Michael Twomey Butchers; June Murphy, Costcutter Express and Miriam McMahon, T. M Cronin's.
The Beacon Initiative is heavily subsidised by the Cork County Council's Economic Development Fund, with 75% of the cost covered by the fund, leaving just 25% to be paid for by the business. Requirements of businesses varied – for some it was how to grow their sales and increase market share, for others it was a review of their current processes and efficiencies and for others still, their concerns were focused on how to improve customer satisfaction ratings. Because every SME has a different need, the approach Beacon takes focuses specifically on the company in question. It starts out with a one to one meeting with the SME owner for a discussion on where the business is currently, what the future plans are and how they are working towards achieving these plans. All available Beacon Initiative supports are then considered and a follow up meeting is arranged between the SME and a key member of the Advisory Team who designs a strategic working document, addressing all the challenges which have been identified and this will set the direction and milestones to be reached to help move the business to the next level. The Advisor will work with the SME for a set period of time, during which the working document will be reviewed at key stages to ensure it is implemented as outlined, by all parties.

Icy Roads

The cold snap last week caught many by surprise, with reports of vehicle and pedestrian accidents in the Lee Valley area. Many parts of the N22 were a skating rink and streets and footpaths within the town also proved hazardous. While a Winter Service Plan should be implemented effectively, concerns are being voiced in the urban area regarding prompt response and preventative action for localised freeze ups, now that we no longer have a Town Council.

Pic 27

Presentation to Fr Francis Manning to mark his transfer to Newmarket as Parish Priest by members of Macroom Parish Pastoral Council, Fr. O'Mahony, Joe Willis and Fr. Roberts PP Macroom. ©

Presentation to Fr. Manning

A presentation was made recently to Fr Francis Manning to mark his transfer to Newmarket as Parish Priest by members of Macroom Parish Pastoral Council on behalf of all parishioners. It included a beautiful painting of Macroom church by local artist, Rashika, which was on display during the carol service in Macroom church and for a few days afterwards. Fr Roberts recently wrote: "on behalf of the priests, pastoral council and parishioners of Macroom I acknowledge the great sense of loss felt by all of us with the recent appointment of Fr. Francis as Parish Priest of Newmarket. We congratulate him on his appointment and Newmarket will have the youngest parish priest in the diocese. We know that he will prove to be a great treasure to the parish of Newmarket. Newmarket's gain is certainly Macroom's enormous loss. We wish to acknowledge and thank him for the contribution which he made to the life of this parish over the last six years. He displayed a wonderful charism by reaching out to the young and old alike. This was visible to all of us daily on the street of Macroom. He always had appropriate words for his congregation in moments of joy such as at weddings, First Communions and Baptisms and at the moments of loss such as at funerals. He also was caring and supportive of the sick, elderly and bereaved and was a frequent visitor to them both in their homes and while in hospital. His presence and support was also felt by the young people of Macroom: he was able to draw out the very best from them. He also has left a huge legacy to our parish with our wonderful youth choir who has blessed us with beautiful music in recent years and will continue to do so into the future. He is a great loss to all of us as priest and friend and he will also be missed by many neighbouring parishes. Fr. Francis, we are extremely sorry to be losing you and wish you good health, happiness and success in your new role as Parish Priest. You will always receive a warm welcome here in Macroom and hope you will not be a stranger to us and we look forward to welcoming you back both in the church and on the streets of Macroom".

Over 60s Talent Competition

The Macroom Area heats of the Over 60s talent competition 2015 will take place on Tuesday, March 10th in Fr Ryan Hall, Macroom, starting at 8.30pm. The organisers are now looking for all talented people who can either sing or play an instrument. The competition is open to all areas of the Lee Valley and this is an invitation to all Active Retirement Groups to put forward some of their members to enter this competition. The winner will go forward to the semi-finals of the Over 60s competition which will take place in the City Hall, Cork. The MC for the Macroom event will be Paddy O'Brien and anyone interested in taking part should contact Pat O'Connell, Macroom Active Retired, Sullane Haven, Lucey's Lane, Macroom or phone 026/41698 or 087/2662192.

1916 Relatives prepare for 2016

An invitation has been accepted by Ms Una McNulty of the 1916 Relatives Dublin branch to address a newly formed group, 1916Relatives 7th & 8th Battalion, Macroom District, at its inaugural meeting at the Riverside Hotel, Macroom on Saturday 7th February at 8 pm. All of the relatives of the families who were involved and who participated in the activities in Macroom and the surrounding areas at Easter 1916 are encouraged to attend, to get involved and lend their support. Also invited is everyone with an interest in celebrating next year's centenary in Macroom. The group is non-political, and its only purpose is to honour those who gave so much so that we might enjoy freedom and independence. A number of committees will be formed to assist with the organisation and the carrying through of the numerous events that will take place in Macroom and in other areas in 2016. Young, energetic people are encouraged to come on board and be instrumental in organizing these celebrations. Most of those who put their shoulder to the wheel for their country in 1916 were the young, energetic people of their generation. A list of contact phone numbers, email etc. will be compiled for easy access to the group.

McEgan College Updates

Two students from McEgan College LCA2 class, Kelly Carey and Sharon O'Sullivan, recently completed a fundraiser in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs as part of their Practical Achievement Task (PAT). The girls have been working since November at organising a Cake Sale and sold tickets for a hamper in the school which raised €309 for the charity. To complete the task, they also had to make contact with a representative from the Irish Guide Dogs to arrange a suitable day and time, to book a bus from Jerry Kelleher and prepare a permission letter for the parents. The PAT task is an individual external task but is monitored by a teacher. Thanks to Mrs. Bourke and Fiona O'Driscoll who provided guidance and leadership to the two girls. On Thursday 15th January the LCA2 class, along 1st years and all the students from the Moderate General Learning Class, went to the Guide Dogs on Model Farm Road where they received a guided tour and talk from Helen on how the dogs are trained to become guide dogs or assistant dogs. The task will be accessed by an external visiting teacher on February 2nd. We wish both of the girls well.

Macroom Library

Connie Foley was the presenter of the music morning on Monday 12th January. It was his first venture into presenting and there was a great attendance on what was a very cold day. Everyone seemed to enjoy his choices, among them, Butch Moore singing 'Walking the Streets in the Rain', Josef Locke singing 'The Holy City' and Pavarotti's rendition of' Nessun Dorma'. Connie dedicated 'Pal of my Cradle Days' to his late mother and 'South of the Border' to his late father whose party piece it used to be. Indeed, I heard him myself singing it on a few occasions, a very social man, always game to break into song! We hope Connie enjoyed the experience as much as we did and that he might consider repeating the exercise at some future date! Due to our being closed on Monday from now on, we have to change the day of the Gramophone Circle to Friday. Therefore, the February date is the second Friday which is the 13th. At least that's an easy date to remember for the first one. Ciorcal Cainte has also had to be rescheduled and will in future take place on Thursdays. The next session will be hosted by Nora Levis on January 29th at 11.30. All level of Irish speaking ability welcome. Beidh cupán tae ar fáil chomh maith.
The Purlies reconvened after Christmas on January 22nd and will subsequently meet on Thursday 5th February at 11.00. All level of knitter is welcome to attend. Our bridge players were down in number on Wednesday 14th January as that was the morning of the snow but I'm sure they will be back to their usual strength on Wednesday 28th. ACOL Bridge is played from 10.30 until 1.00. Michelle Dalton's vibrantly coloured art work is on display for the remainder of the month. She filled in for us at short notice and we thank her for that.

Briery Gap Programme

Briery Gap Musical 'Oliver', directed by Kevin Hough, will be staged at the end of April, dates to be confirmed. Auditions: Sunday 8th February at Briery Gap. Children (boys and girls age 7 upwards) from 3pm. Adults – cast and chorus from 6.30pm. Audition requirements available from Box Office.
Youth Theatre (from 13 years upwards) Monday 2nd February 6.45 – 8.15pm. New members welcome. Application forms available at Box Office 026 41793 or from our website: www.brierygap.ie
The Briery Gap Mixed Choir will recommence on Wednesday 4th February at 6.45pm. New members are welcome. The duration of this term will be 8 weeks (because of early Easter) and the fee is €40. Application forms are available at box office or on line on www.brierygap.ie.

Cinema: Begin Again Mon. Jan. 26 at 8.30p.m. Admission €4. Begin Again is a 2013 American musical comedy-drama film starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. Knightley plays a singer-songwriter who is discovered by a struggling record label executive (Ruffalo) and collaborates with him to produce an album recorded in public locations all over New York City.
German film for schools - Life's No Piece of Cake - 27th January at 10:30am..
Sullane Film Group presents Human Capital Wed. Jan. 28 at 8.30p.m. Admission€7 The film is set in Brianza and Milan. On a night before Christmas, a waiter cycling home from work is hit by a car and the driver flees, leaving the badly injured waiter lying in the street. The next day, two well-known families in the city are involved in the case of the waiter, who is hospitalized near death.

Theatre: Brian Kennedy will perform in the Briery Gap on 7th February @ 8.30pm Tickets €18/€15
Patrick O'Sullivan Friday 13th February at 8pm .
Sullan Players present The Real McCoy, February 19th – 21st. Tickets €12/€10
All Ireland 15 Minute Light Entertainment Festival Finals 2015 February 27th.
All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival Finals 2015 February 28th.
Hypnotist "Dale Thomas" February 22nd. Tickets €15/€10
Ahakeera Drama Group presents Love Thy Neighbour on Friday 20th March. Tickets €12/€10
Ross Browne – Professional Idiot 15th May. Tickets €12/€10
Briery Gap has a new website at www.brierygap.ie. Check us out.

Local TV Programmes

Thurs. Jan. 22. 9.30p.m. Millstreet Community Singers, Part 2. Healy's Bar, Kilcorney, Scoraiocht, Part 2. Sandpit House Scoraiocht Part 2.
Sun. Jan. 25: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Rylane N.S. School Centenary Mass with Fr. Murphy PP.
6.30p.m. News and Sport. . Murt Kelleher Show in Fr. Ryan Hall 1986 and repeat of Thursday programme
Wed. Jan. 28: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Rylane N. S. Centenary Celebrations 2014 Part 1.
Thurs. Jan. 29. 9.30p.m. Part 3 of last week's programmes. .
Sun. Feb. 1: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Annual Mass from Shrone 2014.
6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes.
Wed. Feb. 4: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Rylane N. S. Centenary Celebrations 2014 Part 2.

N.B. Anyone having difficulty in receiving LTV may contact Denis Murphy on 087/4194781 and he will give them help in tuning sets or whatever is required to receive the service.


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.)

Oliver for Briery Gap: It has just been announced that the 2015 Spring Musical in Macroom is the very popular 'Oliver', based on Dickens classic. Directed by Kevin Hough, it will be staged at the end of April, dates to be confirmed. Auditions on Sunday, February 8 at the Briery Gap. Children – boys and girls aged 7 years upwards - from 3pm. Adult Cast and Chorus from 6.30pm. Audition requirements available from Box Office -026 42421.

Christina Desmond, World Boxing silver medallist, will fight Claire Grace from Kilkenny in the Irish Senior Women's Welterweight in the National Stadium, Dublin, this coming weekend. This is Christina's first year in the Women's section as it is for over 18 boxers.

Coachford Active Retirement is starting Bridge Classes from Tuesday 20th January 2015 at 10.30am. Classes will take place in the GAA Community Hall, Coachford. Contact Vonnie Steffens - 021 733 4482 or E-Mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Conradh na Gaeilge Craobh Mhaigh Chromtha Ciorcal Comhrá Déardaoin 22 Eanair 8.30p.m 9.30p.m. Riverside Park Hotel Maigh Chromtha. Fáilte roimh chách.

Mass of the Angels: Candlelight celebration on Friday, January 23 at 7.30p.m. in St. Colman's Church, Macroom to remember all babies and infants who were stillborn or suffered neonatal death. A book of remembrance and candles will be at the church entrance and coffee and tea will be served afterwards at the Fr. Ryan Hall.

CoderDojo Ghaeltacht Mhúscraí. Ag tosnú Dé Sathairn 24ú Eanáir, 10.30rn-12.30in, Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhic Íre. Computer coding club suitable for secondary school students starts Saturday , January 24th 10.30am–12.30pm. Eolas: 026 40213

Laochra Óg would like to thank the parishioners of Ballyvourney, Coolea, Kilnamartyra and Reinaree for supporting the church gate collections. It was greatly appreciated. Laochra Óg will be celebrating their first anniversary on 25th of January in the Riverside Park Hotel Macroom.

Buille in concert in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne, Tuesday 27th January 2015 @ 8:30 with Niall Vallely, Caoimhin Vallely, Brian Morrissey, Ed Boyd and Kenneth Edge.

Nell in Ballincollig. Ballincollig Comhaltas is delighted that Nell Ní Chróinín is guest singer for the winter singing session in Oriel House Hotel on Thursday, January 29th at 8.30pm. As usual, a relaxed night of songs in Irish and English is promised, with the usual array of fine singers and interested listeners – feel free to come along to listen or sing. Admission is free and there might even be a cupán tae. Agus dea scéal eile – in conjunction with the Ballincollig Winter Music Festival, Nell will facilitate a workshop on traditional singing in Irish and English on Saturday, January 31st. Eolas ó Risteard at 087 773 2387.

Camogie Final : Munster Post Primary Senior A Final. Sat 31st Jan, 2.30pm @ Cloughduv GAA Grounds.. Coachford College v St. Flannan's Ennis

CONNECT Business Network Event on Wednesday 4th February at Macroom E Enterprise Centre, Bowl Road, 6pm -7.15pm. Presenter: Joan Cashman of Colour & Image Academy . Entitled 'A lasting first impression in 7 seconds or less!', Joan will give head to toe advice and host a lively interactive session on your personal style for business. Entry is €3 and refreshments will be served. Telephone: 026 20520 to register in advance.

Mid Cork Pilgrimage to the "Shrines of Europe" will run from September 30th for 7 days. Pilgrims will visit Lourdes, Santiago de Compestela, Fatima, St Ignatius of Loyola to mention but a few. Fr Donal O'Brien will be Spiritual Director and Padraig O'Driscoll will be Tour Director. Full itinerary & details may be had from O'Driscoll Travel – Macroom – 026 41342.

Scoil Abán Naofa 5th and 6th class pupils recently visited the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS. They travelled up by minibus, accompanied by teachers and parents, to view the Exhibition and the Primary Science Fair. Among the many highlights of their trip were The Robots Wars, Titan the Robot display and meeting with Mr Gay Byrne at the Road Safety Authority Display. Scoil Abán is entering the 2016 Science Fair and hopes to be among the selected primary schools next year.

Pic 33

Participants in the Dan O'Reilly West Muskerry Minor Hurling final at Annahala, Western Gaels v Laochra Óg. ©

Western Gaels and Laochra Óg recently contested the Dan O'Reilly West Muskerry Minor Hurling final at Annahala. The competition, sponsored by Horgan Bros Toames, is in memory of Dan O'Reilly Kilmichael. The final was refereed by All Ireland Referee Diarmuid Kirwin, Eire Óg . A minute's silence was observed in memory of Dan O'Reilly and also of Shane Murphy Clondrohid Village. An entertaining and sporting game then took place, with Western Gaels emerging narrow winners. Medals were presented in The Five Roads Tarelton, followed by an enjoyable evening of song and craic.

Pic 43

Presentation of Daniel Kingston Memorial Race cheque to Hilary Sullivan, ARC, centre. Also included, John, Cathal and David Neville, Fiona, Vincent and Julian Kingston. © Lee Valley Outlook

Daniel Kingston Memorial: An amount of €7,071 was raised at the June 2014 run in Macroom and the total fundraising figure for Cork ARC cancer support house has now broken the €200,000 mark, a testament to all those who have taken part and supported Daniel's Memorial events since 2009. Race day for this year's run is Wednesday, June 24th at 8p.m. Follow updates on Facebook and Twitter (@DKingston5k) for further details.

Dromleigh N.S. is now accepting applications for enrolment for September 2015 and future years. Enrolment forms are available from the school. You may call to the school, ring 026 46212 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

175th Anniversary celebrations are currently being planned for the summer term at perhaps Ireland's oldest Primary School. Dromleigh N.S. opened in the pre Famine year, 1840. We hope, in conjunction with the commemoration, to republish the history of the school - Memories of Dromleigh - A Country School. We are now looking for any photographs, memories or information you may have. More information will be available shortly.

Pic 25

Leaving Certificate students of Ballincollig Community School at the Academic Awards Ceremony with guest-of-honour, poet, John Fitzgerald, Edith Waterman, deputy principal; Kathleen Lowney, principal, and Olive Dawes, event coordinator. ©Tom Doherty:

Ballincollig Community School recently held its Academic Awards Ceremony and guest-of-honour was John Fitzgerald, poet and Director of Information Services and Librarian at UCC. Leaving Certificate students to receive awards were Jill O'Sullivan, Farran; Megan Boys, Jean Boyle, Alessandra Guerra, and Eva Linehan, Ballincollig; Ruth Murphy, Ovens; Emma Russell, Cloughduv, and Adrian Murphy, Waterfall. Junior Certificate students to be honoured were Sam Benson, Ovens; Mairéad Tyers, Waterfall; Emma O'Donoghue, Crookstown; Elaine Murphy, Adam Wilson, Ellen O'Flaherty, Niamh O'Shaughnessy, Andrew Cooke and Mark Callanan, Ballincollig; Aoibhe Hillgrove Stack, Ovens, Martin O'Reilly, Berrings. Family, friends and staff of the school, including Kathleen Lowney, principal, Edith Waterman, deputy principal; and Olive Dawes, event coordinator were in attendance.

Pic 24

Aine Barry , Maebh Barry, Lauren Buckley, Mairead O'Sullivan, Brionagh Healy, Brideog McSwiney, Megan Healy and Mia Foskett. at the musical evening at the Riverside Park Hotel . © O'Sullivan Photo, Macroom.

Lee Valley Basketball Club held their annual oíche Cheoil in the Riverside Park Hotel on Jan 2nd. Music was provided by young musicians from Craobh Lachtaín Naofa. Bhí Seán O Muineacháin mar Fear an Tí. Bhí ceolteoirí agus amhránnaithe den scoth ann. Grace Donovan singer and harpist sang Fill a Rún O . Sadhbh Ní Lionaird and Caitríona ní Chonaill did a Luibín. Ellen de Búrca and Siobhán Ní Mhuineacháin played a tin whistle duet. Bhain gach éinne taithneamh as an oíche.

Canovee G.A.A. Well done to Sean O'Connor who made both Muskerry Junior Football and Hurling teams 2014 & Andrew Cronin , Paul O'Sullivan & Darragh Ring who were selected on the hurling team.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto. Jan. 6. Jackpot €3,600. Numbers drawn 6, 10, 24. No Winner. €70 Anita and Michael Murphy, Cork Street. €20 Joe Moloney, Main Street. Norma O'Donnell, Castle Court. Denny Lynch, Sleaveen West. Con O'Leary, Carriganimma. Eileen Oldham, Oakwood Court.
Jan. 13. Jackpot €3,800. Numbers drawn 2, 25, 27. No Winner. €70 Eileen Manning, Kilnagurteen. €20 Liadain and Odhran O'Regan, Macroom. Jack Oldham, Coachford. Brid O'Driscoll, Sullane Weirs. Pat Coughlan, Sleaveen Heights. Eleanor Buckley, St. Colman's Park. .

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Jan. 7. Jackpot €2,000 No Winner. €70 Jessica McSweeney, Carrigaphooka. €20 Joan O'Riordan, c/o Bingo. Callie and Kate Plunkett, Cork St. Macroom. Anne Corkery, Carrigaphooka. Eddie McDonagh, Sleaveen West, Macroom. .
Jan. 14. Jackpot €2.200 Numbers 20, 22, 33. No Winner. € 70 Margaret Anne, c/o Pat O'Brien. €20 Charlie and Matthew Kelleher, Carrganorthane. Peter McSweeney, Clondrohid. Pat McAuliffe, Carriganima P.O. Sean Collinss, Lissarda.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto Jan. 11. Jackpot: €11,700, Numbers Drawn: 9, 14, 19, 27. No Winner. €50 Aidan Murphy, Farnanes. €25 Caroline Corkery, Drombeg. Loreto O'Riordan, Knockavollig.
Jan. 18. Jackpot: €11,850, Numbers Drawn: 7, 8, 16, 18. No Winner. €50 Norma O'Mahony, Aherla. €25 Noreen Dunne, Carrigadrohid. Anthony Crowley, Cloughduv.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 12/1/2015, Jackpot: €1,600, Numbers Drawn: 5 – 12 – 34, No Winner, €40 John Hogan Jnr, €20 Herbert O' Sullivan, Lisa McElroy, Karen O' Mahony, Dennis Leader (Yearly Ticket).
19/1/2015, Jackpot: €1,800, Numbers Drawn: 9 – 23 – 24, No Winner, €40 Wyn O'Connor, €20 Mattie O' Leary, Richard O'Sullivan, Barry O'Riordan (Yearly Ticket), Timmy O'Leary (Yearly Ticket).


Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

Maude is forgetful .She makes tea and doesn't remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Sometimes her home is unrecognisable - or her daughter, Helen, seems a total stranger. But there is one thing Maude is sure of - her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. No matter who tells her to stop, Maude will get to the bottom of it.
An un-put-downable read .A Costa book awards winner 2014.
Available at Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop. €8.99

Lee Valley Updates

Pic 44

Briege Corkery, Muskerry G.A.A. Sports Star of the Year 2014, receiving the supreme award from Michael and Eileen O'Riordan, Auld Triangle, Sponsors. © Lee Valley Outlook

Muskerry G.A.A. Awards

It really was a gala night at Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig for the inaugural Muskerry GAA and Auld Triangle Sports Stars Awards. Four hundred guests from all parts of Múscraí and the County Board enjoyed the best of food and entertainment at a very well organised function. The hotel deserves plaudits for its comfort and service and for providing hot, appetising food to a huge contingent in a most orderly fashion.
But the greatest praise must go to the Muskerry organisers – John Feeney, Chairman; Anne O'Riordan, Secretary; William Buckley, David Lee, Aubert Twomey, Brendan Kenneally, Kevin Murphy and Michael O'Riordan. During 2014 they had selected eight Sports Stars of the Month, sponsored by the Auld Triangle, and, at year's end, they picked All Star style Muskerry Junior Hurling and Football Teams, sponsored by O'Mahony Walsh and Murphy's Fuels and Haulage respectively. Devising a seating plan to accommodate the various groups might prove a logistical nightmare to many, but they achieved it in masterly style. With so many awards and attendant speeches, the night could have turned into another boring ritual but not so. It went off with military precision and didn't the men look well. Despite advance mutterings about monkey suits, they all dressed up admirably. And of course the ladies were a feast for the eye in a dazzling array of colour and style.
Undoubtedly, the high point of the evening was the announcement of the Supreme Sport Star of the Year, chosen from the monthly winners - Sean Kiely, Ballincollig; Fintan Goold, Macroom; Briege Corkery, St. Val's; John O'Callaghan, Inniscarra; Mícheál Ó Cróinín, Naomh Abán; Peter Kelleher, Kilmichael; Rena Buckley, Inniscarra and Patrick Kelly, Ballincollig. The very popular winner was dual football and camogie star, Briege Corkery. Briege, captain of the Cork Football team that won, in Lazarus style, the never to be forgotten 2014 All Ireland final, has been awarded practically every honour available. She already has 8 Football All Star trophies and 5 Camogie All Stars as well as 14 All Ireland Senior medals. She won the Irish Tatler Women's Player of the Year award and figures in a two page spread in the February issue of the glossy magazine, VIP! But, knowing Briege, one could safely say that recognition from her own G.A.A. division would come very high in her list of priorities. In typically modest and unassuming fashion, she accepted the award on behalf of her team-mates in Cork football and camogie and particularly, Rena Buckley who is also a dual star, winner of 14 All Irelands and Muskerry Award winner for September.

Clondrohid Updates

New Year Party: A great day out for young and old took place in the Community Hall when Clondrohid Development Group held their annual New Year Party. Tim J and Ann excelled themselves with their music, provided free on the day and thanks to Matthew and Garry who are always available with their musical talents. The young people, under the excellent guidance of Teddy and his helper Alan, performed some excellent steps. The more mature set dancers got their turn too and outperformed themselves. Dancing was to the fore on the day, but there were some great singers, young and old, as well.
Everyone was treated to a cold plate, prepared by Margaret Twomey, Peter and family. It was greatly appreciated by the Development Group. The meal was rounded off with apple tart and cream. A raffle was held with loads of prizes on offer, mainly donated by people attending the party. The flowers on the table were from Denis Donovan, who also gave an arrangement, as did Enchanted Flowers. Teresa McSweeney donated a grooming voucher. The Development Group would like to thank all those who gave freely of their time in the kitchen and kept everything going like clockwork, and they hope that everyone enjoyed the day, even if they were working .A big thank you to the hall committee for its use and to Healy's Spar for their constant support.
G.A.A.News: Clondrohid GAA will have a Presentation Night Function in the Mills Inn on Saturday, January 24. Tickets for Buffet Dinner are on sale at Healy's Spar, Kelleher Oils, Tim McCarthy (Chairman) and team selectors of teams involved. Adult tickets €15 .Juvenile tickets for U16 are €10. Everyone welcome to come along, and a special guest will be present on the night.
Laochra Óg: will celebrate their first anniversary on Sunday January 25 in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom. Children's party at 3 p.m. and official launch of club and website at 5 p.m. Special guests on the day. Disco, facepainting, bouncing castle, live music, raffle and refreshments for all ages .Everybody welcome.
Dr Fergus Heffernan a renowned psychologist and psychotherapist and no stranger to Macroom will give a talk in the Castle Hotel Macroom at 7.30pm on Wednesday, January 28.This talk is open to all but may be very beneficial to parents of teenagers.. Admission is free and refreshments will be served after the talk.

Pic 16

Ted Owens, CEO Cork ETB, presents the CEO Medal to Una Browne, Coachford College, who achieved 605 points in the Leaving Certificate. Included is Patrick O'Connor, Principal. © Mike English

Coachford Updates

New Treatment Plant. The Community council has expressed huge concerns about the failure of Irish Water to upgrade the sewage treatment plant in Coachford. The council has learned that Irish Water has the proposed treatment plant on the third tier of future developments (C list) and there are no plans to progress its development until 2016 at the earliest. Meanwhile, according to the council members, the village's growth is on hold due to lack of new houses and homes for the many people wishing to live in Coachford and to raise their families there. The council has written to the six local Cork County Councillors to seek their assistance in bringing their case to Irish Water. This is not a new issue and is in fact rumbling on for many years without any action from Irish Water now or the Cork County Council in previous years. A new treatment plant for the village is vital, we are witnessing a falloff in numbers at the primary school, our businesses in the village are stagnant, there are grave concerns about raw sewerage leaking into the River Lee which will have huge knock on effects on the growing fishing tourism sector and the upgrade of the R619 is on hold due to the uncertainty of the location of the new plant. The ongoing delay in upgrading the sewage system in Coachford is having a detrimental effect on the social and economic life of this vibrant village. Coachford is one of the biggest villages in Cork County. It is a progressive and busy village with many businesses operating in the area. The business Community in the Coachford area needs an injection of people to grow the community and maintain their customer base. This growth cannot happen without the new treatment plant. It is imperative that this plant be progressed immediately and moved from the C list to the A list in 2015. The people of Coachford deserve better from our politicians and from Irish Water.

Macra Matters

Berrings Macra. This Christmas Berrings Macra entertained the customers at O'Learys Centra Tower in aid of Marymount Hospice. Members of the club sang carols and met the local community while singing in the shop over two days. Santa called to visit and presented gifts to little elves helping their parents with the shopping. The Camogie and Ladies Football All Ireland trophies also paid a visit with Cork Camogie Star, Joanne Casey. Young people in the community queued up to take pictures with the cups. Marymount Hospice is a wonderful organisation and the club was blown away by the support. In total we raised just over €1900 and we are extremely grateful to everyone in the community for their continued support. What a great start to the new year!
Muskerry Macra Regional meeting was held at the Rochestown Park Hotel. Muskerry Macra have teamed up with the hotel to host the Macra na Feirme Annual National Conference in 2015. This event, the Rally, takes place over the October Bank Holiday weekend each year. While still a long way off, planning is already well under way. Attendees will have plenty to entertain them over the weekend, with fancy dress, farm walks, the agricultural conference, an alternative tour and banquet. The Rally committee chairperson Margaret Galvin is looking forward to being involved in its organisation in the Lee Valley and said "This will be a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the strength of our members and the Lee Valley area".
Donoughmore Macra members thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas break and the club had its official Christmas night out on the 3rd of January - paintballing, followed by a bite to eat and then out on the town. Members are keeping their new year's resolution to stay fit as they attend zumba in the community centre, as well as the weekly sports night. The club's top table travelled to Killarney for the second round of officer training with Training and Development officers Jerry Murphy and Mick Wall and other members came later for a night of bonding. The club is now busy preparing for soccer and the TV fest- this is a TV themed table quiz that will be held in Pat Barry's on February 21st to raise money for Marymount Hospice and the COPE Foundation.

Dripsey G.A.A. Fashion Show

Dripsey GAA Club held their first ever fashion show in the Oriel House Hotel in November. The organising committee of Mary Buckley, Mary Maher, Christine Manley and Lisa O'Sullivan have been planning this night since early this year and all the hard work certainly paid dividends. There was a huge crowd of over 400 people in attendance at a fantastic nights' entertainment. With Annette Dilworth Enright as MC, the night was a guaranteed success. The show opened with an amazing display of Irish dancing and fiddle playing by local and international celebrity, Margaret McCarthy, aided by musician Ricky Kelleher. This was followed by a fashion show featuring 60 local models plus the addition of male celebrities, Sean Óg Ó hAilpín, Noel O'Leary and Patrick Kelly. Both the All Ireland Camogie and Ladies Football cups were brought by dual player Rena Buckley plus Cork camogie player Julia White and Cork Lady footballer Geraldine O'Flynn. What was apparent to all there was the amount of local talent in the area when we were entertained by singers: Diarmuid O'Riordan, Conor Kelleher and Dripsey National School 6th Class girls. Bryan McDonnell DJ on the night providing the background music for the show. A special appearance by "Sister Immaculata", "Lady Gaga", "Cher" and "Britney Spears" was one of the many highlights of the evening but the sight of Sean Óg Ó hAilpín wearing the Dripsey Jersey brought the house down. The final guest of the night was another Local and International Celebrity, Comedian Colm O'Regan, who had the crowd in stitches with his up to date local stories and humour. The financial beneficiary of the night was the GAA Club who raised €7,631, of which a donation of €2,000 goes to Marymount Hospice. The Club is most grateful to everyone who helped in any way to making the venture such a resounding success, everyone who took part, donated prizes in this fantastic and special community.

Remembering With Love

The Children's Services at Cork University Hospital (CUH) and Mercy University Hospital (MUH) are holding a Service of Remembrance for families who have experienced the death of a child. This multi-denominational service will take place on Wednesday 28th January at 6.30pm in the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork (across from the AIB). All parents / families and children are warmly invited to attend this special service, the first of its kind for the Children's Units and other services in CUH and MUH such as the Intensive Care Units and Emergency Departments that have cared for children who have died.
One of the organisers, Daniel Nuzum, Chaplaincy Team said, "The death of a child is a devastating experience for parents and family members. This new multi-denominational Service of Remembrance provides an opportunity for the hospital community to come together with parents and families to remember their child, to offer support and to comfort one-another at what we hope will be a very gentle and reflective ceremony. During the service of readings and music there will be an opportunity for families to present a decorated keepsake and to light a candle in memory of their child, to write an inscription in the Book of Remembrance and to spend some reflective time with other families who share the same journey."
Following the service parents are invited to join with hospital staff and other parents for light refreshments in the adjoining parish centre. There will also be entertainment and activities for the children that attend.

Farm Accidents

The rate of fatal and serious accidents in farming is very high when you consider the numbers employed. Children are particularly at risk. Work related deaths are part of life no matter the amount of regulation or degree of safety measures taken. Farming is unique, as many farmers are self-employed and work long hours. It involves physical labour, heavy machinery, chemicals and moving machinery. The family home is normally located on the farm and often, there are no physical boundaries between the home and the farm. Children are off school in the summer and naturally wish to be out in the fresh air.
A farmer has many roles to fill and, more often than not, cannot delegate work to others. Help may not be readily at hand when something goes wrong. The farming situation is unique and in my opinion is unlikely to change anytime soon.
One piece of advice I would give to every farmer in the country is to make a Will. When someone passes away unexpectedly and the appropriate paperwork and safeguards have not been put in place, it can make running a farming business very difficult, almost impossible. When the person who owns, runs and manages the farm passes away unexpectedly, it can greatly add to the trauma and pain if provisions are not put in place to deal with such an event.
What if a farmer dies without leaving a Will? How can a farm run if the next of kin cannot gain access to bank accounts, basic payment entitlements etc.?
If someone becomes incapacitated through disability or illness as a result of a farming accident, their assets become frozen. Bank accounts, basic payment entitlements, land and other assets that are in the farmer's sole name cannot easily be dealt with. As the law currently stands, if an EPA has not been executed an application must be made to the High Court to make the person a Ward of Court, which is an expensive and time consuming process.
A farm cannot run without access to funds and it is essential that provisions are put in place as soon as possible to deal with such a tragedy occurring. How does a family survive if the sole provider dies and all accounts are in his or her sole name? Another practical thing to do here would be to consider having one bank account in the joint names of you and your spouse, if you are not in partnership, to ensure that there is some access to funds to run the farm until the estate has been administered. If accounts are in the sole name of the person who has died, a bank will not release funds until such time as a Grant of Probate has issued to the estate. The assets are frozen until then.
In many cases, the person who passes away is the sole provider and looked after everything in relation to the farm and the successor often knows very little about farming requirements, regulations, deadlines and issues and needs assistance.

This is an extract from an article that was initially published in The Examiner. Karen Walsh is a solicitor practicing in C.W. Ashe & Co. Solicitors in Macroom, Co. Cork. Her contact details are 026 -41005 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

While every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information contained in this article, Solicitor Karen Walsh does not accept responsibility for errors or omissions howsoever arising, and you should seek legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances at the earliest possible time.

Sports Mad

Tom Creedon Cup

The 2015 Tom Creedon Cup competition is once again sponsored by FitzGerald's Bookshop, Macroom and is organised by Macroom GAA Rúnaí, Pat O'Connell and run under the auspices of Cork County Board GAA.
Round 1 -

A: Fermoy 2-12 Mallow 2-10

B: CILL na MARTRA 3-7 Mayfield 1-9

C: BALLINORA 0-4 Carrigaline 1-9

D: St. Michael's 0-15 BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH 0-10

E: Glenville 2-7 Glanmire 0-3

F: Kiskeam 0-12 Newmarket 0-9

G: Rockchapel 2-7 Nemo Rangers 2-10

H: Kinsale 0-6 MACROOM 0-10

Quarter-Finals - January 25th. 1st named team at home. 1. Fermoy v Cill na Martra. 2. Carrigaline v St Michaels. 3. Glenville v Kiskeam. 4. Nemo Rangers v Macroom.

Semi-Finals - February 1st. First named team at home. 1 v 2: 3 v 4

Cill na Martra 3 – 7 Mayfield 1 – 9

Cill na Martra made their return to action at Páirc Uí Chuana, a happy one with a fine win over Mayfield in the opening round of the 2015 Tom Creedon Cup competition. The playing field at Cill na Martra was closed all last year for pitch improvements which included the provision of a sand based, all weather playing surface and the end result is that the club now has a pitch which can facilitate the playing of games in January, something that has not been possible since 1996. The major works were made possible by the provision of generous grants from Roinn na Gaeltachta and Comhairle na Mumhan CLCL (Munster Council GAA).
Cill na Martra welcomed back Richard Hoare into attack after his lengthy stay in Australia where he has had a successful Gaelic football career and they will benefit from the inclusion of their former ace attacker, absent since 2007. The home side started this game well and aided by a goal from Dara MacLochlainn and points from Shane Ó Duinnin, Donal Óg Ó Laoire and Richard Hoare, they led by 1-3 to nil after the opening quarter. Mayfield got a grip on proceedings thereafter however and went on the offensive and three points in a row from frees brought them back into strong contention. They added a point from play and just before the interval, they got through for a goal which gave them a l-4 to 1-3 lead and put them in a strong position as they would have the benefit of the strong and bitingly cold wind in the second half. An early Mayfield point on the resumption increased the city side's lead but Cill na Martra benefited from the introduction of Cathal MacSuibhne and Kevin O'Sullivan off the bench and their attack at last began to cause the opposition major problems. Daniel Ó Duinnin got in for a goal and Michael Desmond pointed a '45' to put them in front at the three quarter stage and, in an exciting final quarter, they managed to keep their noses in front with points from Richard Hoare, Dara Mac Lochlainn and Richard Hoare again, before a late goal from Michael Desmond finally settled the issue in their favour.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Marc Ó Goilí, Colm Ó Laoire, Nollaig Ó Loinsuigh: Eoin Ó Loinsuigh, Alan Ó Mocháin, Danny Ó Connaill: Miceál Ó Deasúna, Graham Ó Mocháin: Risteard Ó hUidhir, Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Dara MacLochlainn: Daniel Ó Duinnín, Caoimhín Ó hUidhir, Shane Ó Duinnín. Fir Ionaid: Cathal MacSuibhne agus Caoimhín Ó Suilleabháin. Referee: Mr. John Ryan, Macroom.

Pic 47

Macroom who defeated Kinsale in the first round of the Tom Creedon Cup © Lee Valley Outlook

Kinsale 0 – 6 Macroom 0 – 10

Macroom finished this game with five points in the final five minutes to turn impending defeat into an impressive looking victory and they now advance to play Nemo intermediates in the quarter final of the Tom Creedon Cup. The game was played at a high and dry field at Dunderrow and a biting cold wind made it very trying for players and spectators, but the close contest retained interest to the end. Kinsale had the benefit of the slightly cross field wind in the first half and could have had this contest wrapped up by half time had they availed of the many chances of scores they spurned. They went in front after only two minutes and doubled their advantage three minutes later. It was 0-3 to nil by the end of the first quarter and Kinsale had many wides at this stage. Macroom were making little or no impression in attack and twenty minutes had elapsed before John Murphy at last got the visitors on the score sheet. Kinsale did add a further point to their tally before half time but they had kicked some awful wides and had wasted at least two great chances of goals. Macroom almost did get in for a goal but David Goold's fisted connection came back off the Kinsale crossbar with the goalkeeper stranded. At the break Kinsale led by 0-4 to 0-1 and looked to be in control. On the restart, Kinsale added a further point to their tally but Macroom hit back with a fine point from James Quinlan. In the 33rd minute Kinsale missed a sitter of a goal, the forward hitting the butt of Declan Kiely's post from point blank range and a few minutes later Macroom had a point from David Goold. Kinsale missed an easy free and Conor O'Sullivan had a Macroom point in the 39th minute to leave only a point now between the teams and Macroom were a much improved side with substitutes Alan Quinn, Olan Murphy and Olan O'Mahony making significant contributions. A point from Sean Kiely at the three quarter stage had the teams level at 0-5 each but Kinsale went back in front in the 51st minute. Macroom drew level once again in the 25th minute when Seán Kiely fired over after sustained pressure and they finished in style with points from Conor O'Sullivan, Seán Kiely, David Goold and Conor O'Sullivan again.
Macroom: James O'Connell: James Murphy, Eoin O'Mahony, Ciarán Murphy: Kevin O'Dwyer, Rory Buckley, David Cotter: Seán Kiely, James Quinlan: Gerard Angland, David Horgan, Michael Cronin: John Murphy, David Goold, Conor O'Sullivan. Subs; Alan Quinn, Declan Kiely, Olan Murphy, Olan O'Mahony.

Ballinora 0 – 4 Carrigaline 1 – 9

An under strength Ballinora, short nine of the team from their last championship outing, were ultimately well beaten by a near full strength Carrigaline side at Waterfall. The home side started well with the strong wind behind them and two points from Ian Wycherly had them in front. A further point, from Ben Ahern, increased their lead but they got caught for a sucker punch when a quickly taken Carrigaline free found a forward unattended and he buried the ball in the Ballinora net. This score was a major blow to the home side and a further point from Ian Wycherly was their only additional score before half time when they trailed by 1-2 to 0-4 and were in trouble. Carrigaline, with the wind, were too strong for a tiring Ballinora side in the second half and they added seven further points without reply for a comfortable victory.
Ballinora: Cathal O'Connor: David O'Neill, Tim Crotty, John O'Regan: Eoin Lucey, Barry Crowley, Tomás McGrath: Seán Lucey, Alan O'Neill: Conor Murphy, Ben Ahern, Ian Wycherley: Darragh Holmes, Colm Murphy, Michael Murphy. Subs: Neil Walsh, Alan O'Shea, Conor McGrath and Brian Rigney.

Pic 20

Cill na Martra representatives, Donal Ó Cróinín and Gearóid Ó hÉalaithe, receiving their Club Development Grant cheque from Jerry O'Sullivan, Vice Chairman Munster Council GAA at presentation function at Páirc Uí Rinn. Included are County Board Chairman, Ger Lane and Development Officer, Michael Byrne. © Mike English

Tadhg Crowley Cup

Round 1

A: St. Finbarr's 3-11 Ilen Rovers 1-11

B: Aghada 0-8 Douglas 2-7

C: St. Nick's 0-5 Clonakilty 0-6

D: Newcestown 2-7 Valley Rovers 2-12

E: Bishopstown 2-10 BALLINCOLLIG 2-7

O'Donovan Rossa Bye

Quarter-Finals - January 25th. 1st named team at home. 1. O'Donovan Rossa v St Finbarr's. 2. Douglas v Clonakilty. Valley Rovers – bye. Bishopstown - bye

Semi-Finals - February 1st. First named team at home. 1 v 2. Valley Rovers v Bishopstown

Tadhg Crowley Plate (Teams defeated in Round 1)

Quarter-Final - January 25th 1. Ilen Rovers v Aghada.

Semi-Finals - February 1st St Nicks v Newcestown. Ballincollig v Winner 1

Bishopstown 2 – 15 Ballincollig 2 – 10

Ballincollig lined out with but five of their county final team and were just not strong enough to get the better of their neighbours, Bishopstown. The 2014 county champions led by 1-6 to 1-3 at half time, their goal coming from Ian Coughlan. A second goal in the third quarter, this one from Stephen Coughlan, helped give Ballincollig a third quarter stage advantage of 2-7 to 1-5 but a very strong finish from a near full strength Bishopstown, combined with some uncharacteristic errors from the Ballincollig lads, led to the 'Town getting the upper hand at the time that mattered.
Ballincollig: David Lordan: Shane Murphy, Kevin O'Sullivan, Darren Murphy: John P. Murphy, Noel O'Toole, Brian Kelly: Peter O'Neill, Ciarán O'Sullivan: Rob Noonan, John Kelly, David Bowen: Cian Dorgan, Ian Coughlan, David Tobin. Subs: Stephen Coughlan, Chris Collins, Daniel O'Sullivan, Daniel O'Connor.

Cork Footballers Lose to Waterford

Cork senior footballers' loss to Waterford in the McGrath Cup semi-final was the first by a Cork team to the Decies in competitive football since 1957 and even though Cork were very short of their championship fifteen, it was a very bad result for a team already lacking in confidence. The final score was 0-8 to 0-7 and the Cork line out included the Ballincollig trio, Liam Jennings, Stephen O'Donoghue in defence and George Durrant in attack. Cork manager Brain Cuthbert, already under considerable pressure after last season's heavy defeats by Dublin in the National League final and by Kerry in the Munster Final, was not a happy man at the manner of this latest reverse. Cork play Dublin in Cork in the opening round of the Allianz National League on Sunday 1st February.

Cork Hurlers

Cork hurlers qualified to meet Clare in the semi-final of the Waterford Crystal Cup by defeating CIT at Bishopstown on a score of 4-15 to 1-13. Cork scored 2-4 without reply in the final six minutes to put a gloss on the final scoreboard but the manager, Jimmy Barry Murphy, was still relatively happy with the display of his young charges. Peter Kelleher of Kilmichael came on a second half substitute for Cork.

2015 Cork County Championship Draws

Senior Hurling Championship

Round 1 – Divisions/Colleges

MUSKERRY v Carrigdhoun

Round 2 – First Round Winners

A (Duhallow or Carbery) v B (Muskerry or Carrigdhoun)

Premier Intermediate Hurling

Round 1 Mallow v INNISCARRA

BLARNEY v Kilworth

Intermediate Hurling

Round 1 Ballygarvan v ÉIRE ÓG

DRIPSEY v Meelin

BALLINCOLLIG v Kilbrittain


Senior Football

Round 1 G: Ballincollig v St. Finbarr's

Senior Football (Divisions/Colleges)

Round 1 CIT v Muskerry

Premier Intermediate Football




Bantry Blues v ÉIRE OG

Intermediate Football

Round 1 AGHABULLOGUE v Mitchelstown

CILL na MARTRA v Fermoy

Rochestown Park Hotel Division 2 County Football League 2015

08/02/2015 Round 1 Ballincollig v Bantry Blues. Éire Óg v Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh.
Naomh Abán v Doheny's. Fermoy v Macroom

15/02/2015 Round 2 Kiskeam v Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh. Éire Óg v Bantry Blues. Naomh Abán v Fermoy. Macroom v Ballincollig

22/02/2015 Round 3 Éire Óg v Ballincollig. Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh v Aghada. Macroom v Naomh Abán.

Division 3 Football League 2015

08/02/2015 Round 1 Ballinora v Mitchelstown. Castletownbere v Cill na Martra
15/02/2015 Round 2 Castletownbere v Ballinora. Cill na Martra v St. Vincent's
22/02/2015 Round 3 Ballinora v St Nicks. Cill na Martra v Kinsale
Division 4 Football League

08/02/2015 Round 1 Aghabullogue v Adrigole. Na Piarsaigh v Grenagh
15/02/2015 Round 2 Mayfield v Aghabullogue. Grenagh v Millstreet
22/02/2015 Round 3 Grenagh v Aghabullogue

Division 1 Hurling League 2015
01/03/2015 Round 1 Blarney v Meelin. Inniscarra v Courcey Rovers
Division 2 Hurling League 2015
01/03/2015 Round 1 Éire Óg v Kildorrery. Ballincollig v Kilbrittain
Division 3 Hurling League 2015
01/03/2015 Round 1 Ballygarvan v Dripsey. Aghabullogue v Milford. Barryroe v Grenagh

Cork Post-Primary Schools' U-16 C Hurling Championship

De La Salle, Macroom 2-7 Maria Immaculata Community College, Dunmanway 0-7

The De La Salle U16 hurlers are through to the final of the Cork Post-Primary Schools' U-16 Hurling Championship after a comfortable victory over MICC Dunmanway in the semi-final played in blustery conditions at Kilmichael. The DLS boys were the better hurlers and despite being behind at half time, came good in the second half. The point scoring of Greg Fitton from centre forward kept the Macroom team in touch against the breeze while a goal from Tiernan Quinn just after the interval placed DLS in the ascendancy and they never looked back subsequently. Credit is due to the DLS backs who kept MICC scoreless in the second half. DLS will now play Cobh Community College in the final where they are sure to face a sterner test.
De La Salle Macroom: Andrew Kelleher (Western Gaels): John Downey (W Gaels), Tom O'Donovan (Laochra Óg), Seán O'Riordan (Uibh Laoire): James O'Mullane (Cloughduv), Alan McCarthy (W Gaels), Dylan Foley (Eire Óg): Eoghan Murphy (W Gaels), Seán Desmond (Laochra Óg): Joshua Pickering (Uibh Laoire), Greg Fitton (Cloughduv) (1-6), Brendan Kelleher (W Gaels) ( 0-1): Denis Dullea (Cloughduv), Kevin Kelleher (W Gaels), Tiernan Quinn (Laochra Óg). (1-0). Subs: Eoghlan Clancy (Western Gaels), Patrick O'Mahony (W Gaels), Adam O'Leary (W Gaels), Gerard Murphy (W Gaels), Kieran Murphy (W Gaels), Ronan Murphy (W Gaels), Steven Ryan (Laochra Óg).

Muskerry GAA and Auld Triangle Sports Star Awards 2014

A Gala Awards Evening to honour the finest hurlers and footballers, camogie and Ladies football players in the Muskerry division in 2014 was held in the Oriel House Hotel Ballincollig, attracted a huge attendance and was deemed to have been a major success. The Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Awards scheme is in its first year and John Feeney, Chairman of the organising committee, said that the success of club teams and players from Muskerry in 2014 provided his team of selectors with a nightmare decision-making scenario but that was to be expected in a division with such huge talent. The Awards were presented in three categories,- overall GAA Sports Person of the Year, drawn from the eight monthly award winners last year; a Muskerry junior hurlers All Stars team for 2014 and a Muskerry All Stars junior football team for 2014. Mr Paudie Palmer acted as M.C. for the evening and was outstanding in the performance of his duties, knowledgeable and generous in his praise and efficient in moving the event along. The speakers were Mr John Feeney, Chairman Organising Committee. Mr J.J. Long, Cathaoirleach, Coiste Cheanntar Mhuscraí CLG. Ms. Tracey Kennedy, Leas Cathaoirleach, Coiste Chontae Chorcaí CLG. Mr Michael O'Riordan, Auld Triangle, Macroom.

Pic 52

Janice McConnell, Oriel House Hotel, presenting the Muskerry GAA Supreme Sports Star 2014 to Briege Corkery at the Gala Presentation Awards Evening at Oriel House. Also included, other seven monthly award winners, Patrick Kelly, Ballincollig, Mícheál Ó Cróinín, Naomh Abán, John O'Callaghan, Inniscarra; Peter Kelleher, Kilmichael; Sean Kiely, Ballincollig; Fintan Goold, Macroom; Rena Buckley, Inniscarra and Michael O'Riordan, Auld Triangle, Macroom, Tracey Kennedy, Vice Chairman Cork County Board, J J Long, Chairman Muskerry Division and John Feeney, Chairman of the Awards Committee. ©Michael English

Muskerry Sports Person of the Year 2014 Awards

The Muskerry GAA/ Auld Triangle Restaurant Sports Person of the Year Award went to Briege Corkery, Cloughduv Camogie club, St Val's Ladies football club, Cork Senior Camogie and Cork Senior Ladies Football teams. The St Val's footballer was honoured in May for leading Cork to the National League title and she subsequently led Cork to the All-Ireland championship title and also won an All-Ireland Camogie medal to bring her tally of All Ireland medals won to 14. Briege has also received All Stars Awards in Camogie and in Ladies Football for her performances in 2014. The reception that the announcement of her selection as Muskerry Sports Star of the Year received was proof positive that Briege was a very popular winner of the award.
The other monthly award winners were all outstanding sports persons and their achievements in any other year would have given them a strong claim on the overall award. In March, Seán Kiely of Ballincollig was selected as the first winner of a monthly award for his displays with Ballincollig U 21s (Mid Cork Champions), Cork U 21's, and the UCC Sigerson Cup winning team. Seán later went on to make a massive contribution to Ballincollig footballers in the winning of their first ever senior county championship in October. The April winner was Fintan Goold of Macroom and Cork who starred with Muskerry footballers when they shocked a very highly rated UCC team in the opening round of the county championship in a game played just two days after the Allianz National League final. Fintan later was outstanding with Muskerry against Duhallow, St Nicks and Ballincollig and with his club. John O'Callaghan of Inniscarra was the winner of the June award. John was corner back and captain of the Cork Intermediate hurlers who won the Munster and All Ireland titles and has been a stalwart with his club. Miceál Ó Croinín, Cumann Peile Naomh Abán, was winner of the July award in recognition of his outstanding performances with his club in the Premier Intermediate championship. Miceál was a wonderful player in the Cork jersey for many years and has been the outstanding forward with Naomh Abán for over a decade. His commitment to his club has earned him the respect of all as was evidenced by the reception he received at the Awards ceremony.
Peter Kelleher of Kilmichael is a young hurler from a club not associated in the mind with the code but which has made massive strides in hurling in recent years and reached the Mid Cork A final this season for the first time ever. Peter's contribution to that historic achievement was recognised by the judging panel by making him the August award winner. In September Cork won the Camogie All Ireland and Rena Buckley, who plays her club camogie with Inniscarra, made a huge contribution to the win. Rena was thus winning her 5th Camogie All Ireland and later in the month Rena, a member of the Donoughmore club, won another All Ireland with the Cork Ladies Football team to take her medal tally to 14, similar to Briege. Inniscarra also benefited from Rena'a prowess, the club only losing out to All Ireland champions Milford. In October, Ballincollig stunned the football world by winning the Cork County Senior Football Championship for the very first time. They had many heroes that day and all through the year but none made a greater contribution to Ballincollig than Patrick Kelly, an All Ireland winner with Cork in 2010. When the going got tough and cool heads were called for it was Patrick who won the vital balls and used them well, as he had been doing all year.
Before the overall winner was announced Michael O'Riordan, Auld Triangle Bar and Restaurant, Macroom, the sponsors of the scheme, spoke of the amazing year 2014 was for Gaelic Games in Muskerry, with achievements at national, provincial and county level. Michael congratulated all the players who had won the monthly awards and also the junior hurlers and footballers who had excelled in the divisional competitions and wished them all well in 2015. Awards committee secretary, Anne O'Riordan then passed the golden envelope to M.C. Paudie Palmer and there was a standing ovation for Briege Corkery when she came forward to receive her award. In a short address, Briege spoke of her difficulty as a team player in receiving an individual award. She was glowing in her praise of her Cork team mate Rena Buckley and said that she was accepting the award for herself and Rena. Briege also had words of praise for her clubs, Cloughduv and St. Val's, Cork selector Frank Honohan of Donoughmore and didn't forget her own mother 'who always washes my gear'!

Pic 50

Muskerry Junior Hurling Team of the Year 2014 at G.A.A. Gala Evening at Oriel House ©Michael English

Muskerry Junior Hurling Team of the Year 2014

Sponsored by O'Mahony Walsh, Auctioneers and Insurance Brokers , Ballincollig, the Muskerry All Stars team of 2014 was selected from a list of nominated players which the selection panel had whittled down to 30. From this shortened list, all of whom were present as guests at the ceremony, the following was the chosen Muskerrry Junior Hurling team of 2014:
1. Jonathan Buckley – Cloughduv. 2. Paul O'Sullivan – Cloughduv. 3. James O'Leary – Kilmichael. 4. Kevin Horgan – Donoughmore. 5. Andrew Cronin – Cloughduv. 6. Michael Hodge – Ballinora. 7. Bryan O'Halloran – Ballincollig. 8. Darragh Ring – Cloughduv. 9. Conor Cotter – Kilmichael. 10. Seán O'Connor – Cloughduv. 11. Peter Kelleher – Kilmichael. 12. Shane Sexton – Donoughmore. 13. Michael Murphy – Ballinora. 14. Patrick Fitton – Ballinora 15. Donal Corkery – Cloughduv. The Awards were presented by Barry Walsh on behalf of O'Mahony Walsh, Sponsors.

Pic 51

Muskerry Football Team of the Year 2014 at G.A.A. Gala Evening at Oriel House ©Michael English

Muskerry Junior Football Team of the Year 2014

Sponsored by Murphy's Fuel Macroom and Macroom Haulage Ltd. From a huge list of nominations, the selectors chose a panel of 37 players, all of whom were guests and present on the night. The following was the selectors' final choice as Muskerry Football Team of the Year 2014:
1. Joe Kelleher – Éire Óg 2. Liam Long – Kilmurry 3. Trevor O'Brien – Clondrohid 4. Aidan Corkery – Donoughmore 5. John Carey – Dripsey 6. Dave Barry – Aghinagh 7. Dave O'Leary – Kilmurry 8. James White – Kilmurry 9. Mike O'Brien – Aghinagh 10. Seán O'Connor – Canovee 11. Cathal Vaughan – Iveleary 12. Gary Murphy – Dripsey 13. Declan Ambrose – Aghinagh 14. Peter Kelleher – Kilmichael 15. David O'Sullivan – Dripsey. The Awards were presented by Paddy Murphy, Macroom Haulage Ltd and Murphy Fuels, Sponsors.

Sponsors Thanked

Muskerry GAA thanked its sponsors at the Gala Awards Night at Oriel House Hotel. The various competitions in the division are generously sponsored by businesses in the division and the sponsors presented the representatives of the winning teams with their medals for competitions won.
Ballincollig Credit Union - Junior Hurling Championship
Ross Oil Co. Farnanes – Junior Football Championship
Farho Intelligent eatingHeating Heating – U 21 A Hurling Championship
Macroom Motor Services - U 21 Football Championship
Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig – Junior B Hurling Championship
MJK Oils, Clondrohid – Junior B Football Championship
Lee Valley Clothing Co. – Junior C Football Championship
Cumnor Construction, Blarney – Junior A Hurling League
Junior B Hurling League – Rochestown Park Hotel
Quish SuperValu, Ballincollig – Junior Football Leagues
Auld Triangle, Macroom – Muskerry Senior Hurling and Football Teams
The Muskerry Sports Stars Awards are sponsored by Michael and Eileen O'Riordan of The Auld Triangle, Macroom and the Awards night was supported by Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig who were represented by Chris Crowley, Manager.

Macroom Motors Mid Cork Under 21 Football Championships 2015

U 21 A Football Championship – 4 teams. Macroom v Naomh Abán. Ballincollig v Inniscarra. The 2 winners wait until the 2 losers play one another. The winner of this latter game will play the waiting team it has not already lost to in a semi-final; the other waiting team now goes straight into the final.

U 21 B Football Championship – 11 teams. 1st Round – 5 games and a bye. A Ballinora v Éire Óg. B Blarney v Kilmurry. C Aghabullogue v Canovee. D Cill na Martra v Donoughmore. E Aghinagh v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. F Kilmichael – a bye. 2nd round (losers round) a v b; c v d; e v Kilmichael. 3rd round – eight remaining teams (5 first round and three losers round winners). Provision to be made for Kilmichael if they lose their 2nd round game.

U 21 C Football Championship (13 a side) – 3 teams. Uíbh Laoire, Grenagh and Clondrohid will play one another in a round robin with top two qualifying for a final.

Bolchumann Réigiún na Gaeltachta

Bhí toradh maith ar an mbliain anuraidh ag Ból-Chumann Réigiún na Gaeltachta mar ba léir ag a n-ócáid bhronnta in Óstán Gobnatan i mBaile Bhúirne. Bhí 20 corn agus trófaithe ar an mbord, na coirn uile Éireann a bhuaigh Conor Ó Críodáin ó Bhaile Bhúirne agus Peter Burns ó Mhaigh Chromtha ina measc. Bronnadh gradam Babhlálaí Óg na Bliana 2014 ar Conor a bhuaigh Craobh Babhlála na hÉireann faoi 14 in Ard Mhacha. Bhuaigh sé Craobh na hÉireann tar éis dó Craobh Mhúscraí, an Chontae agus na Mumhan a bhuachaint ar an mbealach, éacht a dhein a athair, Seán Ó Críodáin, sa chomórtas faoi 16 i 1988.
Bronnadh gradaim speisialta ar Antaine Ó Loingsigh ó Réidh na nDoirí a chuaigh chomh fada le cluiche ceannais na Mumhan faoi 12, agus ar Rachel Ní Dheasúna ó Chúil a' Bhuachaigh a bhuaigh Craobh Mhúscraí na gCailíní faoi 12 agus a cloíodh i gchuiche ceannais na Mumhan ar an gcaitheamh deireanach don dara bliain as a chéile. Guíodh gach rath ar a deirfiúr Christina Ní Dheasúna a bheidh ag dornálaíocht in aghaidh Claire Grace ó Chill Chainnigh sa bhabhta ceannais de Chomórtas Mharcmheáchan (welterweight, 69kg) na mBan sna Craobhchomórtais Shinsear Dornálaíochta Náisiúnta sa Staid Náisiúnta i mBaile Átha Cliath an deireadh seachtaine seo.
Tugadh aitheantas don mbabhlálaí Peter Burns ó Mhaigh Chromtha a dhein dhá éacht anuraidh, ag buachaint Craobh Nóibhíseach a Dó na hÉireann i gCathair na Mart agus mór-chomórtas Rí an Bhóthair i Mainistir na Corann. Bronnadh gradaim orthu siúd a bhí sa chéad agus sa dara háit sna comórtaisí babhlála faoi aois i gceantar Mhúscraí: Comórtas faoi 14 na mBuachaillí, Conor Ó Críodáin agus Colm Mac Lochlainn; Comórtas faoi 16 na mBuachaillí, Seán Ó Foirréidh agus Colm Mac Lochlainn arís; Comórtas faoi 18 na mBuachaillí, Conchubhar Ó Murchú agus Micheál Ó Deasúna; Comórtas faoi 12 na gCailíní, Rachel Ní Dheasúna agus Aoife Ní Chríodáin; Comórtas faoi 14 na gCailíní, Aoife Ní Chríodáin arís agus Méadhbh Ní Ghríofa 'is Rachel Ní Dheasúna le duais roinnte; Comórtas faoi 16 na gCailíní, Marie Ní Loingsigh agus Méadhbh Ní Ghríofa arís; Comórtas faoi 18 na gCailíní, Marie Ní Loingsigh arís agus Eilís Ní Mhurchú.
Bhí Binah Uí Éalaithe ó Dhún Uisce, bean chéile iarChathaoirleach Bhól-Chumann Réigiún na Gaeltachta, Pádraig Ó hEálaithe a d'imigh ar shlí na fírinne tamall de bhlianta ó shin, agus baill dá gclann i láthair ag an ócáid. B'iad Muintir Uí Éalaithe a chuir urraíocht ar fáil do ghradam Babhlálaí Óg na Bliana a bhronn Binah ar Conor Ó Críodáin i gcuimhne ar a fear céile Pádraig. Níor dhein lucht eagartha na hócáide agus fir a'tí don oíche, Rúnaí an Bhól-Chumainn, Breandán Ó Ceallacháin, agus Cisteoir an Chumainn, PJ Ó Liathán, dearmad ar na seanfhondúirí. Tugadh aitheantas don mbabhlálaí Donncha Ó Luasa ó Bhaile Bhúirne agus do Thomás Ó Murchú ó Chill na Martra a bhí sa chéad agus sa dara háit faoi seach i gComórtas Nóibhíseach na Seanfhondúirí.

Pic 49

2015 Drive In at Macroom Golf Club. From left, Sean McSweeney, President; Kay O'Connell, Lady President; Brian Verling, Juvenile Captain; Eileen Kelly, Lady Captain and Philip Cooper, Captain ©Tim Keating

Macroom Golf Club

Seniors scramble:1st. Ger Gleason (16), Liam Ronayne (20), John Purcell (22) 44 pts.
Club singles: 1st John Barrett (17) 36 pts, 2nd.John Lawlor (13) 35 pts, 3rd John Ronan (18) 34 pts.
Fixtures: Tuesday Seniors; Sat & Sun Club singles.

Pic 30

'S no Play at Macroom Golf Club © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Soccer

Premier A League, Macroom A 4 Castleview 3.

Macroom picked up a valuable league win at Murrayfield. Sean Quinn was in great form for the home side, firing an excellent hat trick, while captain James O' Connor was also on target for the home side. The teams were evenly matched in the early stages but Macroom grabbed the lead when Quinn slotted past the advancing keeper after good work from midfield. Sean O' Riordan then forced a fine save before Quinn had his second. An excellent move with Dec O' Riordan, Jeremy O' Sullivan and Barry O' Donnell all involved, allowing the striker to finish from close range. A youthful Castleview pushed forward and the deficit was halved when a striker ghosted in behind the Macroom backline to finish well. And it was 2-2 after a left wing cross was finished at the near post, although Macroom were furious as the ball appeared to have crossed the end line in the build-up. The game continued its open nature in the second half, with the heavy underfoot conditions taking their toll on all players. The home side regained the lead on sixty five minutes. This time Quinn found space in the box and lashed home to secure his hat trick. And Macroom made it 4-2 when O' Connor was alert from close range after O' Sullivan's shot was parried. A nervy finish was set up when Castleview scored at the back post, following hesitant defending by Macroom. There were further chances for the home side with Quinn, O' Donnell and O' Sullivan all going close. The visitors were always a threat but Macroom held on to pick up their first league win of 2015.
Schoolgirls Blitz Macroom Under 10 schoolgirls took part in a successful blitz competition in Glanmire last weekend. The girls gave three outstanding performances in winning all three games against Ballincollig (3-1), Springfield (2-1) and Watergrasshill (2-0). Well done to all on a great morning's work.
Under 12 Kay McGrath Cup, Macroom 3 Midleton 1.
The Under 12 girls side have qualified for the quarter finals of this cup following a fantastic 3-1 win over visitors Midleton at Murrayfield. Goals were scored by Emma Kelly (2) and Aoife Lucey. There was great entertainment on offer from both teams and Macroom will be delighted with a fantastic showing from all players.
Under 14 Local Cup, Lakewood A 0 Macroom 12.
This was a landslide victory for the U14 side. Goals from Dylan Twomey (4), Mateusz Juszczak (4), Dennis Dullea (2), Jack Kelleher and Caelum Lynch made for a completely one sided affair. This result will come as a huge boost to the team following a number of tough outings in the league.
Under 11 League, Douglas Hall 1 Macroom 1
Macroom took a point from Moneygourney after an excellent game. In a very close and ultimately scoreless first half, both defences were on top although Sean Murphy and James Burke were working hard and looking dangerous for the visitors. The second period was also a tight affair. Macroom took the lead with only nine minutes remaining. Great work from Jack Martin, Mark Hunt and Darragh McCarthy put Ryan Leahy through and he made no mistake. As the final whistle approached, Douglas struck for a deserved equaliser ensuring a share of the spoils. Macroom will be happy with another good showing with Daniel Callanan, Jack Martin, James Burke and Sean Murphy having fine games.
Under 13 League, Youghal Utd 1 Macroom 1.
Macroom made the long journey to a chilly Youghal and ended up taking a point in a very even encounter. The visitors goal was scored by Conor Murphy following excellent work from Daniel Cotter. This point keeps Macroom top of the league in what is proving to be a very competitive division. Best on the day were Sean O' Riordan, Daniel Cotter, Patrick Barry, and Conor Murphy.
* Macroom F.C. would like to sincerely thank all those who contributed to our recent church gate collection. This generosity is very much appreciated and plays a vital part in the running of the club