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The old railway bridge at Dooniskey © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Laochra Óg Registration 7: 30 to 9 p.m.: Thurs. 19th in Clondrohid Hall. Fri. 20th in Macroom Leisure Complex.
Carrigannima Bus charity auction Feb. 21 at 9.30pm in "The Pub "
Crookstown Ceili on Sat. 21st Feb. in Crookstown Hall, 9.30p.m. to 1 a.m.
Coachford Local Market Sat. Feb. 21st, 10.30- 1pm in Coachford GAA hall .
Donoughmore Macra TV themed table quiz for Marymount and Cope. Feb. 21 in Pat Barry's at 8.30pm.
Bee Keepers Gathering at Cox's Hall, Sackville St. Dunmanway on Sun., Feb. 22 at 2p.m.
Dromleigh N.S. 175th Anniversary meeting in school on Mon March 23 at 8.30 pm.
Dromleigh table quiz in Dromey's Bar, Droumcarra, on Fri. Feb. 27th at 8.30pm.
Registration Night for Macroom Ladies Football on Fri. 27th Feb. in the Castle Hotel 7.30pm-8.30pm.
Niamh Ní Charra Fri 27th Feb @ 8:30 san Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne
Music Quiz with Coachford NS Parents Association on Sat. Feb. 28th in O'Callaghan's Bar at 8.30pm..
Cystic Fibrosis Dance Sat Feb 28th at The Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom. 9.30pm till late.
Dripsey Ambush memorial parade leaves Dripsey Cross on Sun. March 1 at 3.00 p.m.
CONNECT at Macroom E-Park March 4, 8.45 - 10a.m. Are you selling the Wrong Thing?
Clondrohid G.A.A. table quiz in the Tavern, Clondrohid on March 6
Macroom Area Over 60s talent competition Tues. March 10th in Fr Ryan Hall, Macroom 8.30pm.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club. March 12th at Coolcower House. Speaker Hester Forde.
Crookstown St Patricks Day céilí in Hall from 9.30p.m.
Coachford Players present 'Separate Beds' in Coachford GAA Hall on April 11th 12th and 13th
maps etc.

Macroom Library:

Story time Saturday at 12 noon.
Bridge on Wed. Feb. 25 at 10.30a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte Thurs. Feb. 26 at 11.30a.m
Environmental Group Tues. March 3 at 5.30p.m.
The Purlies Thurs. March 5 at 11a.m. .
Gramophone Circle: Fri. March. 13 at 11a.m.
Art Exhibtions. Feb. Michelle Dalton. March. Neans Uí Laoghaire and Maura O'Riordan.

Briery Gap:

The Real McCoy, Feb. 19th – 21st.
Hypnotist "Dale Thomas" February 22nd.
Gone Girl Mon. 23rd Feb. at 8.30pm.
Kon-Tiki. Wed. 25th Feb. at 8.30pm.
All Ireland 15 Minute Light Entertainment Festival Finals 2015. Fri., February 27th.
All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival Finals 2015, Sat., Feb. 28th.
Brian Kennedy Fri., March 6 @ 8.30pm.. Note change of date.
Music Session in Golden's Bar, Macroom, every Wed. from 8p.m.

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

St. Patrick's Day in Macroom.

Since St Patrick's Day falls on a Tuesday this year, celebrations will begin the previous weekend, with the 3.30p.m. Parade and day long entertainment as the grand finale on March 17. Lee Valley Enterprise Board is again organising events and, will hopefully get the same level of support from local government as was previously given by Macroom Town Council.
The 2015 Parade Grand Marshal will be The Flower of Macroom, as yet unknown, as she will be chosen from a group nominated by local clubs and businesses. She will be chosen at a function in the Briery Gap on Sunday 15th March at 8 pm. The winner will be selected by a panel of adjudicators (50%) and members of the audience (50%). Compere of the inaugural Flower of Macroom coronation will be Sean Óg Ó Duinnín.
An Irish Music Trail is also announced for Monday March 16th and St Patrick's Day. Please see advertisement with full programme of bands and venues. A Shop Window Competition will place the week before St Patrick's Day. The Parade on Tuesday March 17th will include Marching Bands, Steam Engine, Floats, Street Theatre, Irish Dancers and many more events. Lee Valley Enterprise Board urges local businesses to participate in the parade by entering floats and so, promote their businesses. Clubs and marching groups are also welcome.

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McEgan College, Macroom students, Nadine Spillane, Jennifer O'Sullivan, Laura McSweeney, Helena O'Callaghan, Kelly Cronin, Rebecca Kelleher and Katie Coleman, who participated in a National Hairdressing Competition at St. John's Central College, Cork, with Tutor, Berengere Hurley (third from left). ©Mike English

McEgan College Updates

Pre Exams. Third and sixth year students are busy sitting their pre-examinations. Junior Certificate students are being examined in English, Irish, Maths, French, Science, C.S.P.E. Geography, Business Studies, Art, Home Economics, Woodwork, Metalwork, and Technical Drawing while senior cycle students are studying the traditional subjects of English, Irish, Maths, French, Biology, Business, Geography, Physics and practical subjects such as Home Economics, Construction Studies, Art and Engineering. Some students have also taken up extra subjects for the Leaving Certificate which the college has facilitated. Chemistry, German and Agricultural Science are some of the subjects being offered.
U.C.C. Plus. The college is indebted to the links with UCC Plus. Once again we can offer at least ten hours of extra classes per subject free of charge after school to enable students reach their full potential. During the February mid-term, students can avail of three hour Biology and three hour Business revision classes. There will also be four days of revision classes with supervised study during the first week of the Easter holidays. 6th year students taking higher level in Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Maths are continuing to attend Saturday Revision classes at UCC throughout the academic year. Those 6th year students who have made a CAO application to CIT will soon be applying for the CIT Progression Scheme Programme as McEgan College is also a 'CIT Linked School'. All applicants, if deemed eligible, may avail of post entry supports including college induction, academic supports, educational guidance and financial assistance where possible. TY students will get the opportunity to avail of "A Day in the Life at CIT'" in April which will help also in finalising subject choices for 5th year.
Crawford. Students from Transition year recently had a very informative and enjoyable trip to the Crawford Art Gallery, where they enjoyed a guided tour and learnt about the famous Cork painter, Daniel Maclise. They were encouraged to make their own observations on the art work that they saw and they felt it was beneficial trip as it gave them get new ideas to create their own art work.
Castle Bank, McEgan College's entry, looks forward to attending the Build a Bank Challenge Regional Final on Wednesday 25th of February in the Silver Springs Moran Hotel, Cork. Castle Bank would like to thank all of their generous sponsors in Macroom: McSweeney's Sweet Shop, Mary's Toy Master, McCarthy's Newsagents, Macroom Book Shop, Enchanted Flower Shop and Supervalu.

De-clutter for St. Vincent de Paul

Have you started a spring clean at home? Did you get one too many Christmas jumpers last year? Sick of looking at those toys the kids have outgrown? Let www.giveorget.ie help...
This spring, giveorget.ie is organising a collection in aid of St Vincent De Paul at Macroom Civic Amenity Site (just west of Macroom graveyard, on the N22). We are looking for toys, clothes (new or nearly new), unwanted gifts and Bric-A-Brac. All you have to do is drop off your items to reception at Macroom Civic Amenity Site. The items should be in good condition and should be suitable for re-use.
The Society of St Vincent De Paul is the largest, voluntary, charitable organisation in Ireland and provides a range of services to people in need. St Vincent de Paul offers direct, confidential and non-judgemental assistance to families and individuals and provides a range of services for vulnerable people through its local offices and shops.
Giveorget.ie is a free online service supported by Cork County Council and managed at Macroom E Enterprise Centre. The aim of the website is to provide an opportunity for those with stuff to give away (for free) and those looking for good quality household goods to find each other. The underlying ambition is to stop good quality useable items ending up in landfill. If you have good quality, usable but unwanted items in your house simply bring them along to Macroom Civic Amenity Site (Recycling Centre) where we will help them find a much needed new home. Macroom Civic Amenity Site is open from 9.00am – 4.30pm Monday to Saturday. Contact giveorget.ie on 026 20520 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

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De la Salle College Macroom team that won the Munster Schools' U-15 B football championship, with teachers Mr John Ryan and Jack Cott. ©An Scoil

Macroom Library

Monday Closing: Some members of the public are still unaware that we are closed on Mondays since The start of January so, just to remind people, I mention it here again. Monday closure applies to all our branches and is due to reduced staffing levels across the system. Our first gramophone Friday went very well with Maurice Lenihan hosting a large attendance. Unusually enough, the March session will also take place on Friday 13th so an easy date to remember! Michelle Dalton's work is on display for the remainder of the month of February and will then be replaced by that of Neans Uí Laoghaire and Maura O'Riordan. Do drop in anytime to see these and leave a comment in the book provided. The artists love to get some feedback on their work. Any member of the public is welcome to this and all other events the library hosts. Paid membership is required only for borrowing books and using the internet service.
The 2014 Cork County Development Plan is available for free distribution to the public in CD format. There is also a link to it from the library home page on the Public Access computers. There is a help facility included to show you how to navigate the maps etc. Ciorcal Cainte Thursday 26th February at 11.30 with Nora Levis. Macroom District Environmental Group will meet in the library at 5.30 on Tuesday 3rd March. Bookclub is on March 4th at 11.30. Purlies meet next on March 5th 11am until 12.30.

Gramophone Recital

Maurice Linehan of Millstreet played a delightful selection of music at his first presentation of the Gramophone Circle in Macroom Library. Fears that the change of day to Friday (due to the Library closure on Mondays) would impact on attendance proved groundless and a capacity audience enjoyed a great morning's entertainment on Friday, February 13. Due to the proximity of St. Valentine's Day, the love theme was pervasive but not overpowering. Forgotten Dreams with Leroy Anderson was the first number played, followed by Joan Sutherland singing Regina Coeli, the Easter hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni. The same singer delighted the audience with I dreamt I dwelt in Marble Halls from William Balfe's Bohemian Girl and, in a change of tempo, Artie Shaw sang Begin the Beguine from Cole Porter's Jubilee. This was followed by James Galway on flute with Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto in C Major and the wonderful Marlene Dietrich's perfect diction in the iconic World War 11 song, Lili Marlene. Montserrat Caballe followed with O Mio Bambino Caro from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Nimrod Variations by the Ballyhooley Quintet. Ombra Mai Piu from Handel's Largo and Willie Nelson with Always on my Mind concluded the first part of the programme. After refreshements, served to at least 45 by the hospitable library staff, the programme continued with two numbers from Mario Lanza, Catari, a Neapolitan love song, and a morning serenade, Mattinata. Suzanne Murphy sang If I Loved You from Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel and Jacques Loussier presented a jazzed up version of Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. The delightful violinist, Yehudi Menuhin, performed Pas de Deux from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. La Mer with the Ray Conniff Orchestra was followed by Amor Ti Vieta from Fedora by Giordano and, in conclusion, we again heard the voice of Montserrat Caballe with Verdi's La Vergine Degli Angeli.
The next Gramophone Recital will be presented by Eddie Hogan in Macroom Library on Friday, March 13 at 11a.m. A gramophone recital to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society will run in the Imperial Hotel, Cork on Sunday, March 29 at 8p.m. .


International hypnotist and illusionist Dale Thomas brings his show to the Briery Gap Theatre, Macroom on Sunday 22nd February for a night of mind-boggling entertainment. Dale's show is great fun and has been described as one of the most entertaining on the circuit. He has travelled worldwide and has also entertained audiences on some of the world's finest cruise ships.
During the hypnotism, Dale Thomas makes volunteers from the audience believe they are famous pop stars, film actors and ballet dancers. He can command people to act like chickens and goldfish and make others believe they are Martians. He can also change people's attitudes through his hypnotism so that they give up smoking, drinking and also lose excess weight. Dale Thomas has performed for some very famous people including, Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg when they were in Ireland filming the movie 'Saving Private Ryan'. Thomas claims he can hypnotize just about anyone and it is rare for hypnosis not to work on a person provided that person wants to be hypnotized.
The previous tour by this internationally acclaimed Artiste sold out every theatre in the U.K and received standing ovations. It is therefore advisable to book early to ensure admission. Tickets cost €12 and €10 concessionary online at www.brierygap.ie or from the Theatre Box Office on 026 41793

Briery Gap Programme

Cinema: Gone Girl Monday 23rd February at 8.30pm. Admission €4. A 2014 American psychological thriller film stars Ben Affleck. Set in the Midwestern United States, the story begins as a mystery about a man whose wife has gone missing and the events after.
Sulan Film Society present Kon-Tiki. Wednesday 25th February at 8.30pm. Admission €7. In1947, six people set out to cross the Pacific Ocean on a balsa wood raft called 'Kon-Tiki'. With the world media watching, the crew navigates the Kon-Tiki across the Pacific Ocean using the stars and being driven by the currents and wind.

Theatre: Sullan Players present The Real McCoy, February 19th – 21st. Tickets €12/€10
Hypnotist "Dale Thomas" February 22nd. Tickets €15/€10
All Ireland 15 Minute Light Entertainment Festival Finals 2015. Friday, February 27th with schools from Westport, Limerick, Donegal, Mayo, Mullingar, Multyfarnham, Galway and Kanturk competing.
All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival Finals 2015, Saturday, February 28th with plays from schools in Donegal, Blarney, Doneraile, Passage West, Celbridge, Charleville, Palmerstown, Mullingar, Donaghmede, Westport, Ballyshannon, Thurles and Tarbert.
Brian Kennedy will perform in the Briery Gap on Friday, March 6 @ 8.30pm Tickets €18/€15. Note change of date.
Muskerry Macra Drama County Finals will be held on 7th and 8th March.
Starmakers present Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March at 8.00pm. Sunday 15th March at 3.00pm. Tickets €12/€10
Ahakeera Drama Group presents Love Thy Neighbour on Friday 20th March. Tickets €12/€10
American Country Show Sunday 22nd March at 8.00pm Tickets €20
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. Feb.19. 9.30p.m Féile Lachtairn Part 2 at Padraig Ó hIcí's, Cullen 1988
Sun. Feb. 22: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Mass with Relics of St. Therese in Macroom 2009,.
6.30p.m. News and Sport. Ash Wednesday Reflection 2015. Daniel Kingston Memorial Run 2014.
Wed. Feb. 25: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Lenten Reflection. Rylane plays tribute to retired N.S. Principal, Con Lynch.
Thurs. Feb. 26. 9.30p.m. Rambling House from Boherbue 2004 Part 1. Kilcorney Social Evening 2015 Part 1.
Sun. March 1: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Relics of St. Therese in Macroom 2009 Part 2.
6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes.
Wed. March 4: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Aghinagh Comhaltas at Murray's Bar, Macroom 2015. Part 1.
Thurs. March 5. 9.30p.m. Rambling House from Boherbue 2004 Part 2. Kilcorney Social Evening 2015 Part 2.
Sulan Film Society presents Two Days One Night Wednesday 11th March and Jimmy's Hall on Wednesday 25th March at 8.30pm. Admission €7


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Dromleigh N.S. The first meeting of the 175th Anniversary Committee of Dromleigh N.S. has already taken place. However, new members are still welcome. The second meeting will take place in Dromleigh N.S on Monday, February 23 at 8.30 pm.

Laochra Óg Registration 7: 30 to 9 p.m.: Tues. 17th in Kilnamartyra. Thurs. 19th in Clondrohid Hall. Fri. 20th in Macroom Leisure Complex. Players need to be registered prior to training and games commencing.

Crookstown Ceili Club: Céilí on Saturday 21st February in Crookstown Hall. Music by The Breens from 9.30p.m. to 1 a.m. All are welcome. St Patricks Day céilí from 9.30p.m. Music by Tim Joe and Anne

Bee Keepers from the Lee Valley and West Cork are invited to a Gathering at Cox's Hall, Sackville St. Dunmanway on Sunday, February 22 at 2p.m. The meeting will be addressed by speakers from Dublin on the subject, Introducing Neighbours and their Bees.

Dromleigh annual table quiz is to take place in Dromey's Bar, Droumcarra, on Friday February 27th at 8.30pm. Teams of 4 for €20. Raffle on the night. Everyone is welcome.

Registration Night for Macroom Ladies Football for all new and current players will take place on Friday 27th of February in the Castle Hotel 7.30pm-8.30pm. We are taking girls born before 31st Dec 2008. Hope to see you all there.

Cystic Fibrosis Dance Saturday February 28th at The Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom. Music by The Michael Collins Band. Dancing 9.30pm till late. Admission €10. Raffle on the night. Enquiries 085 7713975. All support welcome.

CONNECT meeting at Macroom E-Park March 4, 8.45 - 10a.m. Are you selling the Wrong Thing? An interactive session with Ciara Feely on how to communicate better with your customers and see greater profits.

Macroom Person Of The Year 2014 Awards will take place in The Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Saturday March 7th. Nominations are now open.

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 etc. 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.

Music Night every Wednesday from 8pm at Golden's Bar in Macroom. This free-style music session has been running for more than a year and is open to all. Everyone welcome to come and join in, especially those who write their own music or songs, or who might be a bit shy of playing publicly, there's no pressure.

Macroom Ladies Football season is under way again. U16, U14 and U12 training has now commenced. U10 and U8 training starting in April. New players very welcome and we encourage parents to get involved. For training times and locations contact Emer O' Leary PRO 0863792924/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or keep an eye on our Facebook page.

Young Macroom Musicians played with the Cork ETB School of Music Junior Orchestra at the National Concert Hall, Dublin on February 7 in association with the IAYO 20th Festival of Youth Orchestras. They included Emma Cronin, Katie Sheehan, Kitty Clancy, Hanna O'Donovan, Emma Lynch, Clodagh Kelleher, Anna O' Sullivan, Ben O'Sullivan, Saoirse Moloney, Ellie Cooney-Lynch, Laoise O'Sullivan and Aoibhe Kelleher.

Macroom Flower & Garden Club A.G.M. took place on Thursday 12th of February. Officers elected are President Eileen Kelly. Chairperson Ann Quinlan. Secretary Nora Gallagher. Treasurer Nuala O'Connell Competition Secretary Mary Murray. The meeting was followed by a very pleasant mini cookery Demonstration, "Delicious Delights by Karen Maybury Fitzpatrick from Dunmanway. Members and visitors enjoyed some delicious tastings after the demonstration.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto. Feb. 3. Jackpot €4,400. Numbers drawn 23, 27, 31. No Winner. €70 Nicholas Dromey, Dromcarra, Kilmichael. €20 Marian Coughlan, St. Colman's Park. Kevin Browne, Railway View. Denis Moloney, Kilnagurteen. Mickey O'Riordan, Inchigeela. Maurice Healy, Gurteenroe House.
Feb. 10. Jackpot €4,600. Numbers drawn 2, 10, 20. No Winner. €70 Caoimhe O'Callaghan, c/o Pat Crowley. €20 Nora Herlihy, c/o Murray's Bar. Clare Hartnett, Ard na Gréine. Emma Lynch, Sleaveen East. Ella Goold, Gurteenroe. Ethan Kelly, Barrett's Place.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Feb. 4. Jackpot €3,000. Numbers Drawn: 24, 30, 34. No Winner. €70 Eamon McKenna, c/o Firebird.€20 - Peter McSweeney, Clondrohid. Timmy & Mary Lyons, Droumree. Denise, Kelvin & Olan Ahern, Aherla. Teresa Cullinane, Coachford.
Feb. 11. Jackpot €3.200. No Winner. €70 - Christy Goggin Moulnahorna. €20 - Diarmuid Kirwan, Eire Óg. Ted Kelleher, Gurrane, Clondrohid. Eileen O'Connor, Main St., Boherbue. Paddy O'Connor c/o Gerard Kelleher.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto Feb. 9. Jackpot: €12,300, Numbers Drawn: 5, 16, 24, 28. No Winner. €50 Liz Kearney, Macroom. €25 Finbarr Dromey, Kilmichael. Padraig O'Donoghue, Carrigadrohid.
Feb. 16. Jackpot: €12,450, Numbers Drawn: 8, 12, 13, 18. No Winner. €50 Jack Fitzgerald. Carrigadrohid. €25 Willie John Twomey, Carrigadrohid. Helen Buckley, Aherla.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto. Feb. 1. Jackpot: €1000.Numbers Drawn: 20- 35 –39. No Winner. €50 John O'Mahony. 2 MCP. €20 John Desmond, Masseytown. Margaret Lehane, Ballinagree. Daniel Murphy, Colinea. Pat Lehane, Ballyvongane.
Feb. 8. Jackpot: €1,150.Numbers Drawn:4 -6 – 31. No winner. €50 Anna O'Callaghan, c/o Laine. €20 Michael McCarthy, Killeens. c/o John Casey. Coakley Cycles, Carrigthomas. Noel O'Callaghan, Ballinagree. Tom O'Sullivan, Annagannihy.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 9/2/2015, Jackpot: €2,400, Numbers Drawn: 19 – 25 – 27, No Winner, €40 Emer Corkery, €20 Jack Oldham, Con & Mags, John T. Roche, Eugene O'Riordan (Yearly Ticket).
16/2/2015, Jackpot: €2,600, Numbers Drawn: 3 – 7 – 10, No Winner, €40 Anto Sheehan (Yearly Ticket), €20 John Linehan (Online Ticket), John Nolan, Grace Donovan, Neilie Callaghan.

Lee Valley Updates

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At meeting of 1916 Relatives & Friends 7th & 8th Battalion at the Riverside Park, Macroom, from left, Dan O'Connor, Una Mac Nulty, Secretary of the 1916 Relatives Association, Dublin, Stephen O'Connor, Chairman and Ted Cunningham © Lee Valley Outlook

Remembering 1916 – '23

Plans are currently being made to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence in the Lee Valley.
A meeting in the Riverside Park, Macroom on February 7 was addressed by Una Mac Nulty, Secretary of the 1916 Relatives Association, Dublin, Stephen O'Connor, Chairman of 1916 Relatives & Friends 7th & 8th Battalion and great grandson of Stephen O'Connor, Captain of West Macroom B Company in 1916; Dan O'Connor & Ted Cunningham. They sought suggestions as to how the centenary should be celebrated and the participants remembered. Proposals ranged from the erection of monuments to installing gardens of remembrance. Getting schools involved was seen as vital, with children recording the memories of grandparents and neighbours and Transition Year students being encouraged to read publications which tell the tale of the men and women of the early 20th century in the area. Notice of the next public meeting will be published shortly and the group may be contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Gabriel Doherty and the School of History UCC, convened a get-together of all heritage groups and interested individuals in Kilmurry Museum on February 14 to discuss plans for commemorating 1916-1922 in the county. It was the first official meeting to take place in Kilmurry's new Museum and Cultural centre. The meeting was well attended, with representation from many historical groups and societies. Kilmurry is considered to be ideally located to be the focal point for the historic events 1916 to 1922. It is in close proximity to the ambush sites of Béal na mBláth, Crossbarry and Kilmichael, which were pivotal events which led to the formation of this state. Cork is seen to be the nucleus for the events that occurred during the war of Independence.
Cork County Council is shortly to commence the process of developing a Commemorative Strategy for Cork County in respect of the Decade of Centenaries, covering the major events from 1915 up to and including the end of the Irish Civil War in 1923. To this effect it is intended to convene a public seminar/ workshop in early March to discuss some of the key dates and events to bring us up to 2023, incorporating the 1916 Rising, WWI, the War of Independence, Civil War, etc. Following on from this, a draft strategy will be drawn up and submissions on same would be most welcome. In the meantime should you have any thoughts or ideas in relation to such a commemorations strategy or indeed if you are aware of some key events that should be commemorated, we would be delighted to hear from you (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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At presentation of Primary Aquatics Water Safety Flag to Ballyvongane N.S. ©An Scoil

Water Safety Flag for Ballyvongane N.S.

On Friday, January 30th Ballyvongane N.S. was presented with the newly-designed Primary Aquatics Water Safety flag. The school was one of the first in the country to receive the flag, having successfully completed the modules which included modules on safety on rivers, reservoirs, lakes, seas and swimming pools; safety on the farm and practical life-saving techniques in the swimming pool at the Castle Hotel, Macroom. Special guests on the day included John Leech, CEO of Irish Water Safety; Caroline Casey, Cork County Council; Karen Buckley and Caroline O'Leary, Castle Hotel, Macroom and Padraig and Joan Higgins whose son was tragically drowned on their farm last year.
The school's instrumental music group gave a special performance, to rapturous applause, to mark the occasion. Mr. Cyril Lovett, principal, said he would like to express his gratitude to all the guests and parents who were present and especially Ger Buckley for all his support and assistance with the project. The presentation was televised by RTE for a "Nationwide" programme which will be broadcast at a later date.

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Centenarian, Josephine McSwiney, Farnanes, with her children, Sheila Holland, Mona Foley, Kathleen Curtin, Paschal and Michael McSwiney at birthday celebration in the Castle Hotel, Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook

Ballyvourney Birthday

The Ballyvourney Teen Book Club celebrated its 10th anniversary in February in style with cake, balloons and a display of selected favourite books from preceding years. Among the favourites were Sabriel by Garth Nix; Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracey Chevalier; Apache by Tanya Landon and John Green's novels including, Looking for Alaska, Papertowns and The Fault in Our Stars. The current members heard of past members' memories and loved books that they emailed in. One member particularly remembered Private Peaceful by Michael Morporgo and that it was so much better than a similar book they were reading in English class, How Many Miles to Babylon. The person remembered how it was also a place to discuss Harry Potter, which was huge for them at the time. Another former member remembered the group's love for picture book creator, Oliver Jeffers and his many books which they reviewed during the Bisto awards and another member's passionate hatred for Siobhán Dowd's books. And the popularity of John Green. Several of the members' highlight was the trip to Dublin to participate in the Junior Jury and the awarding of the CBI/ Bisto's newly created prize which happened twice. And most important, the members shared how good it was to come together with teens that weren't just in their year, but in other years as well. Of the thirty-two members that have joined the club in the ten years, all of them shared a love of books that helped make it a relaxing and fun time on a Friday afternoon.

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Rusheen N.S. Figure Dancers & Set Dancers who qualified for the Muskerry Final of Scór na bPáistí. - ©An Scoil

Clondrohid Updates

C.A.R.T. Carriganima Area Rural Transport will hold a charity auction night on February 21 at 9.30pm in "The Pub " Carriganima . All money raised on the night will go towards the purchase of a bus to transport people for shopping, doctors' appointments, collection of prescriptions etc .A wide range of items to catch everyone's eye are under the hammer - a signed Celtic top with cert of authenticity! 3 Cork G.A.A. tops all signed; men's and ladies football and camogie tops; 2 Nathan Carter tickets at the INEC; Cork 20 jacket and 2 polo tops; a Saler calf, 6 guitar lessons , 6 pilates classes, one month's membership at Macroom's MMA club, meal vouchers , Ted Baker bag along with many other practical items and quality items . So grab yourself a bargain and give the bus fund a push in the right direction. A great night assured and maybe a surprise or two.
G.A.A.Table Quiz: will be held in the Tavern on Friday Mar 6 at 9pm. Tables of 3 for €30. Raffle on the night with loads of prizes. Round up your friends for a bit of fun and laughter.
Macroom Library: The Library is now closed on Mondays and is opened on Tuesdays from 10am to 7.30pm and Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm.
Laochra Óg Hurling Club is having club registrations in Clondrohid Hall on Thursday February 19 from 7.30pm to 9pm and in Macroom Leisure Complex Friday February 20 from 7.30pm to 9pm.
Set Dancing continues every Tuesday night at 8pm.
G.A.A. Fixtures: Sunday Feb 22 at 3pm in Clondrohid, JFL Clondrohid V Donoughmore. Saturday Feb 21 at 4pm in Clondrohid U 16C FL Clondrohid v Crosshaven. Saturday Feb 28 at 2pm in Clondrohid U 14C FL Clondrohid V Donoughmore. Congrats to the u 21s who defeated Grenagh 4 12 to 2 8.

Coachford Updates

Active Retirement Association: A very active group, the ARA in Coachford has a full programme of activities, including Water Aerobics, Dance Exercise and Bowling for the energetic. Gentler activities include: Lace Making, Flower Arranging, monthly Book Club and Sacred Space Meetings. Ongoing learning is being provided by classes in spoken Irish and Bridge. Group outings to the theatre, Bowling and Bridge competitions and holiday break trips are arranged regularly.
Membership costs €15 a year and all activities are free or subsidised. As many as 30 members attend most events. If you are interested in joining – or finding out more – contact: Ber O'Leary Tel: 733 4284 e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Vonnie Steffens Tel: 733 4462 e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Open Evening. The staff and pupils of Coachford N.S. hosted an Open Evening recently, an ideal opportunity for people to come and see what the school has to offer for their children who may be starting their educational adventure soon or for those who may be thinking of changing schools. Coachford N.S. is one of the finest schools in the area and boasts a very modern building with up to date equipment and excellent teachers. It is a relatively small school so the staff is able to build close working relationships with the children and their parents. They understand that each child is different and has unique skills, talents and interests. They take the time to understand each child's character and aim to work with every child as an individual, helping them to understand and achieve their full potential. Coachford NS is a very happy place where children can develop lasting friendships, confidence and a positive attitude towards education. Pupils are encouraged to be responsible capable and caring individuals who respect themselves and others. Displays of the children's work and extra-curricular activities were available to view at the Open Evening and many new parents and children from Coachford and surrounding areas attended to see what the school had to offer. For further information on enrolling your child at Coachford N.S., or to arrange to meet with the Principal, Sharon O'Driscoll, contact 021 7334 542 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You can also check out the comprehensive website at www.coachfordnationalschool.ie

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Genie and friends at Coachford N.S. production of Aladdin ©Peter Dineen

Aladdin. The fourth Fifth and Sixth children of Coachford N.S. put on a truly wonderful show when they took to the stage to perform the musical Aladdin. This was a superb production, full of amazing costumes, acting, songs and fun. The children were terrific and it was obvious to the large audience that they had put a tremendous amount of work into preparing the show for their parents, relatives, friends and the general public. School Principal, Sharon O'Driscoll, thanked all the parents who pulled out all the stops so that the children were properly dressed and prepared. She also thanked the teachers, especially, Miss Flaherty, Mr. Horan and Miss Whelton, who put in a huge effort to help the children prepare for this fantastic show.
Donation to Marymount. Aghinagh Comhaltas and Coachford Atelier Art Group presented a cheque to Ann O'Mahony of Marymount Hospice Charity at a very enjoyable function in Breathnach's Bar. The groups raised €2,500 from the sale of their very beautiful 2015 art calendar. Each month featured an original piece of art and the calendar was sold in local shops and markets in the area as well as in the Marymount charity shop. Following the presentation, Aghinagh Comhaltas entertained those present with some wonderful music and singing.

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Some of the artists from the Coachford Atelier Art Group who donated their work that featured in a 2015 calendar ©Peter Dineen

Scór Finalists. Congratulations to all those who took part in the semi Finals of the Scór na bPaistí in Coachford. Huge crowds from all over Mid Cork turned up to try and win a place in the Muskerry finals which take place in Ovens on March 1st. Aghabullogue will be well represented in the final as the Figure dancing and Set dancing team of Amy Dineen, Niamh Barry Murphy, Ciara Lyons, Maeve Murray, Michelle Murphy, Rachel Barrett, Molly Mangan and Anna O'Leary were awarded a place in the final as were the ballad group of Eabha Donovan, Eve Cahill, Ciara Merrigan, Daniel Leahy, Ciaran O'Connell and the Quiz team made up of Emer Barry Murphy, Michael Long and Brian Dineen.
Music Quiz. Coachford N.S. Parents Association will hold a Music Table Quiz on Saturday February 28th in O'Callaghan's Bar Coachford at 8.30pm. This is a great night out and will have you humming, singing and frantically trying to guess the song, the movie it came from or the name of the artist. Great night assured, don't miss it.

Macra Matters

Berrings Macra had a very busy start to the new year. Our debating team won the first round of senior debating in Cahir and travelled to Sligo for round two where they were narrowly beaten. Both our male and female indoor soccer teams won the regional round of the indoor soccer in Donoughmore. Muskerr clubs, Donoughmore, Terelton, Crookstown and Ovens put up very strong battles but the boys and girls of Berrings took the honours. Both our teams will now represent the Muskerry region in the all-Ireland indoor soccer finals in March. Best of luck to all involved!

Rusheen Success at Scor na bPáistí

Children from Rusheen N.S. have again enjoyed great success in the preliminary round and have now qualified for the Muskerry Final of Scòr na bPàistì in Ovens on March 1st. They include the Quiz Team - Adam Kelly, Gearóid O'Brien and Sean O'Riordan; Figure Dancers & Set Dancers, Adam Ring, Jack Kearney, Catriona Buckley, Ciara Cummins, Katelyn Kelleher, Moira Twomey, Brìd Cotter, Grainne Twomey; the Ballad Group - Gràinne Twomey, Katelyn Kelleher, Brìd Cotter, Moira Twomey and Caoimhe Looney; the Novelty Act - Moira Twomey, Tadhg Sheehan, Kia Stevenson, Gearóid O'Brien and Oisìn O'Neill; Set Dancers: Chloe O'Driscoll, Danielle Twomey, Clodagh O'Riordan, Rachel Kelleher, Ailbhe O'Shea, Èireann O'Shea, Niamh White and Moira Leahy. Also competing were Figure & Set Dancers Noah O'Leary, Shauna Lehane, Tom Buckley, Roisìn O'Riordan, Nora-Kate O'Leary, Mollie O'Driscoll, Ciara O'Riordan and Liam McSweeney and Instrumental Group: Katelyn Kelleher, Ciara Cummins, Tadhg Sheehan and Brìd Cotter.

Cork County Heritage

A new Community Grants Scheme sees €250,000 being provided by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and additional monies coming from the Heritage Council and from private sector investment to make up a one million sum to help finance the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme 2014.
Cork County Council, in conjunction with Research and Dig and Acadmah Fódhla, are undertaking a conservation, management and interpretation plan to look at the importance of the Múscraí Gaeltacht and how its heritage can be safeguarded and promoted long into the future. The project, which has had extensive consultation to date, has two phases: Phase I which looks at the area's heritage and Phase II will look at the actions that need to be implemented for the benefit of this heritage. The Phase I document has recently been completed and updated and is available for all to view by clicking here . Any and all comments would be most welcome. Those with an interest in the heritage of the area are asked to come along to the next public meeting which will take place later in February. View the events section of www.corkcoco.ie/heritage.
Heritage Week 2015 is scheduled for August 22nd to 30th inclusive and its theme is "Industrial and Design Heritage". Our shared industrial past is a story of change, development and creativity and of the men and women who were a part of that story whether as mill workers, dock workers or the proud owners of motor cars. Industrial heritage has left a legacy in the buildings, records and memories of people across Ireland, a legacy that paved the way for how we live today. The Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills, at over 130 acres, is the largest industrial heritage site in Ireland. A training day for event organisers will take place on April 9th in Dublin Castle. This event will provide a great overview and insight into the many considerations of organizing a successful Heritage Week event and more information can be obtained by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ʻAr m-Éirí Dhom ar Maidinʼ

Cill na Martra artist, Tadhg Mac Suibhne, will exhibit some of his work at Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh, Baile Mhúirne from March 5 at 7.30p.m. to April 27. The exhibition will be opened by Dónal Ó Céilleachair, film-maker, and there will be a screening of Dónalʼs award winning film, "Tadhg McSweeney. Painter – A Fim Portrait", as part of the opening. This film is an intimate portrait of a unique Irish artist, who continues to find extraordinary beauty in the absolutely ordinary, while illuminating a whole other way of looking at the world around us, in the process. The film features music by Fiona Kelleher, Caomhín Ó Raghallaigh, 3Triúr and Peadar Ó Riada.View Tadhgʼs work at http://tadhgmcsweeney.ie
Arsa Tadhg: "Dob fhearr leis an t-ealaíontóir Francach, Corot, solas breaca an lae go lua ar maidin, ná aon solas eile. Tá rud éigin a bhaineann leis an solas lua san, mar shampla, tosach an lá nua agus tosnú ar obair nua cómh maith. Bhuail an smaoineamh liom tamall ó shin taispeántas a chur le céile a bheadh bainteach leis an mhaidin, mar go raibh roinnt pictúirí agam bunaithe ar an tráth san den lá – an maidin lua suas go dtí meán lae. Níor chuireas riamh taispeántas le chéile ar an abhar seo agus cheapas go mbeadh sé suimiúil é seo a dhéanamh. San taispeántas seo, beidh meascán de pictiúirí - pictúirí íle, pictiúirí dathuisce agus pictiúirí cló-búaladhmaid." Tadhg Mac Suibhne Eanair 2015.

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Children from Canovee, Rusheen and Rylane schools with Frozen's Olaf and Deputy Mayor Cllr Aindrias Moynihan at the launch of the Muintir na Tire School Garden Competition at Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey ©

Frozen in the School Garden

Frozen's Olaf hosted a special ugly vegetable Picnic to launch the Muintir na Tire School Garden Competition and children from Canovee, Rusheen and Rylane National Schools were invited to the event at Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey, where they enjoyed all sorts of goodies. Even Deputy Mayor Councillor Aindrias Moynihan dropped in to wish all the schools taking part in this year's competition well. There was plenty of ugly veg on display and Olaf reminded the children that this is perfectly good food and should not be wasted. The competition is now in its third year and continues to grow with many schools recognising the benefits of having a school garden. Schools have all sorts of options when it comes to choosing which type of Garden they can enter - Edible Garden, Biodiversity/ Wildlife Garden, Up-Cycling Art and colour Garden, Mixed Garden, Small Garden, Best New Garden, Innovation and Creativity and the overall best Pride of County Cork Garden. Schools are encouraged to rethink, repair, refurbish along with reusing & recycling items in their garden as this is very important for the environment. We should think Biodiversity when gardening and include natural hedges, log piles, bird boxes, bird tables, wildflower meadows, nature-trails native flora. Olaf urged all schools to try and enter online at muintircork.com as this is kinder to the environment and information packs can also be ordered online at the Muintir na Tire Website.

Buying Property at Auction

Auctions are a useful way of buying and selling property. It can seem a simple process but it can have adverse consequences. Preparation is key and cannot be over-emphasised.
1. Have you seen the property? You should view the actual property and not just the photographs. This is a common mistake for people buying at auction. Get a copy of the property brochure from the Auctioneer or visit their website. Obtain a structural survey if there are buildings on land or if there is a dwelling house passing with the property. It is also important to instruct an engineer to confirm that the boundaries of the property on the ground are comprised within the map. Ensure that you are satisfied with the map. Find out all you can about the property to be auctioned. The more you know the better. It is a good idea to get professional advice in advance of the auction. The cost of a surveyor, engineer and solicitor is money well spent if it saves you thousands in the long run.
2. Read the legal pack. Get a copy of the Contract for Sale and title documents. Contact your Solicitor well in advance and give them sufficient time to peruse the Contract for Sale and title documentation and raise pre-contract enquiries with the Solicitor for the Vendor. Each property at auction has a legal pack and this contains all of the relevant information in relation to the property. You will also have the opportunity to agree the insertion of any conditions into the Contract for Sale for your benefit with the Vendors' solicitor. Being aware of the legal issues before bidding on a property is critical.
3. Have you funds in place? To arrange a mortgage, apply to the financial institution or seek advice from a mortgage broker. Only when you have your mortgage fully approved for that particular property or your finance in place, should you go ahead with bidding. If you succeed at auction, you will need to sign the Contract immediately and pay a deposit there and then. The deposit is normally 10% of the purchase price. You will normally be required to complete the purchase within four weeks of the auction. Once you have exchanged Contracts you are legally bound to buy the property and if you do not complete within the four-week period, you may lose your deposit and can be sued for your failure to complete. Be sure to factor into your budget any stamp duty, legal fees and Land Registry fees to complete the sale. It is important that finances are arranged prior to the auction. Once the hammer falls you must complete the sale. You have entered a legally binding contract.Auctions are a very efficient and transparent method of selling property. However, you need to do your homework well in advance and arrive on auction day well prepared. Time spent on planning and preparation can pay dividends and even save you from making a catastrophic mistake. Once the hammer falls you are stuck with the property. 
Auctions are not for the faint hearted but the upsides are that the transaction is immediate and you could possibly end up with a bargain that others in the room are not interested in on that particular day.

+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.


Darkmouth by Shane Hegarty

This is one for the younger readers, especially for fans of Eoin Colfer. Terrifying, human monsters have invaded the town of Darkmouth and aim to conquer the world. Only a reluctant hero named Finn aged 12 can save us. A GREAT MID TERM READ!!!!

Available now in Fitz-Gerald's bookshop €11.99

Sports Mad


Tom Creedon Cup

The Tom Creedon Cup, the opening competition of the season for all Premier and Intermediate grade football teams, was once again sponsored by FitzGerald's Bookshop, Macroom, organised by Macroom GAA and run under the auspices of Cork County Board GAA. The 2015 competition was very efficiently run over a four week period and intermediate grade side Cill na Martra won the competition for the very first time, defeating Premier grade Kiskeam in the final.

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Cill na Martra who defeated Kiskeam in the Tom Creedon Cup final at Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook

Cill na Martra 0 – 11 Kiskeam 0 – 8

Cill na Martra won the Tom Creedon Cup competition for the very first time at a sunny Macroom on February 8 and served due notice on all teams in the Intermediate football championship that they are going to be a force to be reckoned with when that competition begins in a couple of months' time. Cill na Martra were fully deserving of this latest victory and have a strong panel composed of some very solid experienced players and a multitude of skilful young footballers who are maturing well. Their enthusiasm and self-belief allowed them to overcome a disappointing first half performance to sweep Kiskeam off the park in the latter stages. Conditions at Macroom could not have been better, with warm glorious sunshine and a pitch in excellent condition. The first half was however for both teams eminently forgettable but for Kiskeam, ultimately disastrous. The Duhallow men led by 0-3 to 0-2 at the break but could have had two goals to their credit at this stage, Cill na Martra goalkeeper Antóin Ó Conaill twice denying them with brilliant saves. In a half where scores were at a premium, Kiskeam, with points from Diarmuid Fitzgerald and Sean O'Sullivan, led by 0-2 to nil when awarded a penalty in the 20th minute. Gene Casey's spot kick was well struck but Ó Conaill got a foot to the ball and deflected it out for a fruitless '45'. Minutes later Casey was put through but again, his fine effort was saved by the Cill na Martra man and after Sean O'Sullivan pointed a Kiskeam free in the 25th minute, Cill na Martra found the range at last and finished the half with two points, from Kevin Hoare and Danny Ó Conaill, to be only the minimum in arrears at this stage. They were fortunate to be so close as their finish had been very poor (seven wides) and Kiskeam did have slightly the better of the exchanges for most of the half.
Cill na Martra made two effective substitutions at the break and were the dominant team in the second period. Cathal Mac Suibhne and Michael Desmond got on top at midfield, with strong support from half backs Alan and Graham Vaughan and Gearóid Golden and the attack at last found the target, with Dan Ó Duinnín very effective at right corner forward. Donal Óg Ó Laoire levelled the scores with a 34th minute point. Kiskeam replied with a point from Tom O'Sullivan to go back in front. Richard Hoare levelled again for Cill na Martra in the 42nd minute and two minutes later Dan Ó Duinnín put the Mid Cork side in front for the first time, a score set up by Shane Ó Duinnín. Kevin Hoare then pointed an awkward free from the left corner and the winners introduced two seasoned substitutes in the persons of Martin Connors and Noel O'Leary, to consolidate their position for the final stages. Sean O'Sullivan did get a fine point for in the 50th minute but there was no denying Cill na Martra who now had the scent of victory in their nostrils. Kevin Hoare pointed a free after a foul on Mike Desmond and Dan Ó Duinnín made it 0-8 to 0-5 with a superb point in the 53rd minute. Kiskeam, who were without three of their selected fifteen, did battle on bravely and Billy Dennehy had a point in the 57th minute but back came Cill na Martra and points from Dan Ó Duinnín and Martin Connors put them four points clear. Mike Herlihy pointed for Kiskeam but there was an instant reply from Daire MacLochlainn for the winners and a late point from Mike Herlihy could not affect the outcome
Scorers: Cill na Martra: C Ó hUidhir (0-2 frees) and D Ó Duinnín 0-3 each, D Ó Conaill, D Óg Ó Laoire, R Ó hUidhir, M Ó Concuir and D MacLochlainn 0-1 each. Kiskeam: S O'Sullivan 0-3 (0-1 free), M Herlihy 0-2, D Fitzgerald, T O'Sullivan and B Dennehy 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Marc Ó Goillidhe, Colm Ó Laoire, Antóin Ó Cuana: Alan Ó Mocháin, Graham Ó Mocháin, Danny Ó Connaill: Miceál Ó Deasúna, Cathal MacSuibhne: Risteárd Ó hUidhir, Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Daire MacLochlainn: Caoimhín Ó hUidhir, Caoimhín Ó Suilleabháin, Dan Ó Duinnín. Fir Ionaid: Gearóid Ó Goillidhe for D Ó Connaill and Shane Ó Duinnín for C Ó Suilleabháin (both half time), Martín Ó Concubhair for R ÓhUidhir (48) and Nollaig Ó Laoire for C MacSuibhne (49).
Kiskeam: John Sheehan: Daniel O'Connor, Donal Lenihan, Den Joe Casey; A J O'Connor, Joseph Dennehy, Daniel Fitzgerald: Michael Casey, Adrian Carroll: Diarmuid Fitzgerald, Gene Casey, Tom O'Sullivan: David Scannell, Michael Herlihy, Seán O'Sullivan. Subs: Billy Dennehy for Scannell (52), Robert Kearney for O'Sullivan (52).
Referee: Mr Mark Maher, St Finbarr's.
The Tom Creedon Cup was presented to Cill na Martra captain, Graham Ó Mocháin by Donal Uas. Mac Suibhne, Cork County Board GAA Executive, in the presence of Mrs. Marion Creedon Hegarty and Mrs Catherine Vaughan and other members of the Creedon family.

Tadhg Crowley Cup

Final: Clonakilty 0-5 Bishopstown 0-7

Tadhg Crowley Plate

(Teams defeated in Round 1). Final: Newcestown 2-9 Aghada 0-11

Cork Footballers

Cork travelled to play Monaghan in the second round of the league, the first of four difficult visits to Ulster in this league season. Cork had a fine win on a to 2-14 (20) to 1-16 (19) scoreline to go top of Division One, the only team in the division with a 100% record after two games. Cork play Donegal away next, and then have a home game against Mayo. No Mid Cork player figured on this latest Cork team as the only selected player, Fintan Goold broke a finger against Dublin a week previously and had to withdraw.

Cork Hurlers

Cork were at home to All Ireland champions Kilkenny at Páirc Uí Rinn in the opening round of the Allianz National League - Division One and went down to an understrength visitors' side on a 1-22 to 2-17 scoreline. Kilkenny were the better team and Cork clearly have to improve to bridge the gap in standards presently existing between the teams. As with the Cork footballers, there was no Mid Cork player involved with the hurling team in this game. Cork are at home to Clare on Saturday 21st February, under lights.

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Aghinagh G.A.A. members celebrate successes at Cork Rebel Óg banquet at Rochestown Park ©John Tarrant.

Rochestown Park Hotel County Football Leagues

The four divisions of the Cork county football leagues have begun and Muskerry teams are in action in all divisions, bar Division One. (County champions Ballincollig are in Div. Two at present and have full points after two games.)
Division 2 Results

Round 1
Ballincollig 1-21 Bantry Blues 0-5
Éire Óg 0-10 Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh 3-7
Fermoy 0-9 Macroom 0-11
Round 2
Kiskeam 0-15 Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-15
Naomh Abán 2-9 Fermoy 1-6
Macroom 0-11 Ballincollig 0-13
Division 3

Cill na Martra 1-13 St. Vincent's 0-9
Division 4

Round 1
Aghabullogue 2-5 Adrigole 1-10
Na Piarsaigh 0-8 Grenagh 2-8
Round 2
Mayfield 2-12 Aghabullogue 3-11
Grenagh 0-11 Millstreet 1-12

County Football League Division Two

Kiskeam 0-15 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-15

Having been beaten by Cill na Matra in the Tom Creedon Cup one week previous Kiskeam started this game with all guns blazing, scoring their first point from play after three minutes. It wasn't until Béal Átha were four points down that Liam Shorten scored a long distance point from play. After just eleven minutes the score stood at Kiskeam 0-05 to Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-01. Andrias Ó Coinceannáin soon scored for Beal Átha which added another point to the scoreboard, however Kiskeam retaliated immediately by scoring two points in succession. Andrias slotted over a free and Cian ó Duinnín added another point just before half time. The half time score stood at Kiskeam 0-9 to Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-4.
In the second half, Kiskeam were again first on the score board, although Liam Seartan was not far behind by taking advantage of a close range free. Kiskeam however were in full driving force scoring three unanswered points in quick succession. This brought the score to 0-13- 0-5 with 11 minutes gone in the second half.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, refusing to throw in the towel soon upped the anti and gradually started making their comeback. In what was a complete turn around the Beal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh men scored six unanswered points from Diarmuid Mac Thomais, Andrias ó Coinnceannain, Cian ó Duinnín and Liam Seartan bringing the game to a draw for the first time with the score now being 0-13 a piece.
Solid defence work by Leonard Ó Concubhair, Amhlaoibh ó Loinsigh and Colmán Ó Tuama made life very difficult for the Kiskeam forwards, however Kiskeam scored a free with only four and a half minutes to go. With only two minutes left on the clock Colman Ó Tuama brought the game level once more, and a superb point from Liam Seartan in the dying minutes put Beal Átha in the lead for the first time of the game. Victory was not meant to be for the Gaeltacht side as Kiskeam managed to score one last point before the final whistle to level the game for the last time. Full time score Kiskeam 0-15 Beal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-15

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Barra Ó Coinnceannain, Nollaig Ó Duinnín, Leonard Ó Concubhair, Seán Ó Donnchú, Cian Ó Duinnín (0-01) Amhlaoibh ó Loinsigh, Seán Ó Duinnín, Colman Ó Tuama (0-01), Dónal MacCárthaidh, Pól Ó Buachalla, Andrias Ó Coinnceannáin (0-06), Micheal ó Tuama, Tadgh Ó Laoire(0-01), Liam Seartan (0-05), Ben Seartan. Ionadaí: Diarmuid MacThomáis (0-01), Conchuir Ó loinsigh, Liam Ó Coinnceannáin, Seán Ó Coill.

Fermoy 0-9 Macroom 0-11

Macroom played Fermoy at the North Cork venue in the new season's county league Division Two game on Sunday last and came away with the two points after a 0-11 to 0-9 victory. The game was played in a fog so thick that one could not see from one end to the other. The teams were level at 0-4 each at half time but Macroom had a slight edge in the second half and deserved their narrow victory at the finish. David Horgan with 0-4 and Sean Kiely 0-2 led the scoring for Macroom and John Murphy, Conor O'Sullivan, David Cotter, Tony Dineen and Kevin O'Dwyer also had a point apiece. The team was: James O'Connell: Michael Cahill, Eoin O'Mahony, Alan Quinn: Ciarán Murphy, Rory Buckley, Kevin O'Dwyer: Philip Corrigan, Sean Kiely: Tony Dineen, David Horgan, David Cotter: Conor O'Sullivan, James Quinlan, John Murphy. Sub: Chris Foskett.
Macroom 0-9 Ballincollig 0-11

Macroom played host to Cork County Senior Football Champions Ballincollig at the astle Grounds and despite having played with only 14 men for three quarters of the game were only two points adrift at the final whistle. The team was: James O'Connell: Michael Cahill, Eoin O'Mahony, David Cotter: Ciarán Murphy, Rory Buckley, Kevin O'Dwyer: Philip Corrigan, Sean Kiely: Tony Dineen, David Horgan, Gerard Angland: Conor O'Sullivan, James Quinlan, David Goold. Subs: Alan Quinn and John Murphy.

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Inniscarra under 15 hurlers, Rebel Óg Premier 2 County Champions 2014. ©Mike English

Macroom Motors Mid Cork Under 21 Football Championships 2015

U 21 A Football Championship – 4 teamsRound One Macroom 3-11 Naomh Abán 4-7
Ballincollig v Inniscarra at Cloughduv, Monday 23rd Feb. at 8pm
The 2 winners (Macroom and either Ballincollig or Inniscarra) wait until the 2 losing teams (Naomh Abán and either Ballincollig or Inniscarra) play one another. The winner of this latter game will play the waiting Round One winning team it has not previously lost to in a semi-final; the other waiting Round One winning team now goes straight into the final.
Macroom 3 – 11 (20) Naomh Abán 4 – 7 (19) aet.

Extra time was required before Macroom got the better of Naomh Abán in the Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 A Football championship first round tie at a sunny Clondrohid. The teams were evenly matched and Macroom had to stage a very strong rally to earn a draw at the end of normal time. Naomh Abán had led by 4-3 to 1-2 after 27 minutes, three goals from Mike Ó Duinnín setting them up for a seemingly convincing win but a Don Creedon goal in between a point apiece from John Murphy and Robert Downey had cut the gap between the teams to a more manageable five points, 4-3 to 2-4, when the short whistle sounded. The second half was very exciting with Macroom getting an early goal from John Murphy and Naomh Abán then settling down to steady the ship as defences began to get to grips with the attackers and the scoring rate diminished considerably. Both side added only three points to their tallies to leave the gap still at two points with three minutes of normal time remaining. The game was in injury time, caused by an unfortunate knee injury to N Abán centre forward Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, when David Horgan kicked over his third point for Macroom and a minute later Alan Quinn scored an equalising point from an acute angle in the right corner to tie the scores at 4-6 for Naomh Abán, 3-9 for Macroom.
Extra time was low scoring, Robert Downey's point for Macroom after 4 minutes being the only score of the first period. Alan Quinn doubled the Macroom advantage a minute into the final period, Miceál Ó Liatháin cut the gap to the minimum two minutes later. There were no further scores but Naomh Abán did have chances from frees and from play and they had the misfortune to see a late attack end with the ball hitting the butt of the Macroom upright before going out wide. Macroom now are through to a semi-final or possibly, the final: Naomh Abán will have a chance of redemption in the losers' round and have earned this second chance of advancing.
Scorers: Macroom: R Downey 1-2, J Murphy 1-2 (0-1 free), D Creedon 1-1, D Horgan 0-4 (0-1 free), A Quinn 0-2. Naomh Abán: M Ó Duinnín 3-4 (0-3 frees), C Ó Riordáin 1-0, P Ó Ceilleachair, S MacGiollaBríde and M Ó Liatháin 0-1 each.
Macroom: Declan Kiely: Kevin O'Dwyer, Cillian O'Mahony, Olan O'Mahony: Barry Healy, Emmett Quinlan, Alex Ryan: Robert Downey, David Horgan: Brendan O'Sullivan, John Murphy, Alan Quinn: Don Creedon, Michael Cronin, Chris Foskett. Subs: Blake O'Gorman, Brian McMahon.
Naomh Abán: Gearóid Ó Luasa: Ronán de hÍde, Tomás Ó hAilíosa, Seamus Ó Donnchú: Conchuir Ó Murchú, Miceál Ó Liatháin, Brian de Róiste: Colm de hide, Diarmuid Ó Liatháin: Pádraig Ó Céilleachair, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Seamus MacGiollaBríde: Pádri;ag de Róiste, Mike Ó Duinnín, Concubhair Ó Riordáin. Fir Ionaid: Dean Ó Ceallaigh, Piarais Ó Liatháin.
Referee: Pat O'Leary, Kilmurry.

Macroom Motors U21 B Football Championship

1st Round – 5 games and a bye
A Ballinora 0-6 Éire Óg 3-9
B Blarney 0-9 Kilmurry 2-19
C Aghabullogue 1-14 Canovee 1-6
D Cill na Martra 3-12 Donoughmore 1-12
E Aghinagh 1-6 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-14
F Kilmichael – a bye

2nd round (losers round) .
Ballinora 3-3 Blarney 0-7
Canovee v Donoughmore
Kilmichael 3-9 Aghinagh 0-10
3rd round –Quarter Finals:

A Cill na Martra v Kilmichael

B Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Canovee/Donoughmore

C Aghabullogue v Ballinora

D Éire Óg v Kilmurry

Quarter Finals:

Éire Óg 3 - 9 Ballinora 0 – 6

An understrength Ballinora stayed with the favourites Éire Óg until the break but were no match for the Ovens side in the second half. Éire Óg started well but good defending by the Ballinora rearguard kept the scores down and after the opening quarter it was 0-4 to 0-1 in favour of the winners. Ballinora, with Darragh Corkery very prominent at midfield, got on top in the second quarter and points from Corkery, Darragh Holmes, Brian Murphy and Denis Buckley had them in front at the break on a 0-5 to 0-4 scoreline. Eiore Óg were a different si;de n the second half and an early goal from Jack O'Driscoll had them quickly back in front. A point from O'Driscoll and a goal from Daire Lacey followed and the issue was effectively decided. Jack O'Driscoll added another goal to further embellish the final scoreline.
Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: Denis Cotter, John Mullins, Denis O'Keeffe: Gus McCarthy, Ger McSweeney, Denis Ml. Corkery: Daire McCarthy, Donncadh Kelly: Cathal Murphy, Daniel O'Connor, Denis Murphy: Jack O'Driscoll, Ronal O'Toole, Daire Lucey. Subs: Jason Twomey, Keith O'Riordan, Eoin O'Shea, Brian Herlihy, Cian Kidney, John McCarthy.
Ballinora: Jack Farrell: Ken Grealy, Patrick Cronin, Neil Walsh: David Fitton, Brian Rigney, Conor McGrath: Daire Corkery, Daire Holmes: Colin McCarthy, Brian Murphy, Ben O'Connor: Jack Blake, Denis Buckley, Dylan Dineen. Subs: Thomas Healy, John Hogan, Cathal Murphy.
Referee: Mr John Ryan , Macrom.

Kilmurry 2 – 19 Blarney 0 – 9

Two early points for Blarney, from Alan McEvoy and Ray Murphy, gave the village side hope but very quickly it became apparent that Kilmurry had too much guile and scoring ability for the young men from the traditionally hurling club. A string of points from Joe Ryan (2), Eoin Clifford, Paudie O'Connell, Jonathan Buckley (3), had Kilmurry leading by 0-7 to 0-2 after twelve minutes and when Eoin Clifford picked up a Daniel Cahalane clearance and slotted home a goal three minutes later it was obvious that Blarney were in trouble. Further points from Ryan, Clifford, Pádraig Berhanu, Seán Curzon and Buckley, with only two Blarney points in reply from Seán Crowley and Alex Dineen, had the score at 1-13 to 0-4

At the break and it was clear who was going to win this one at that stage. Points from Curzon, Clifford and Ryan followed by a good goal from Paudie O'Connell at the three quarter stage further consolidated the Kilmurry position and there was no danger of a shock result although Blarney finished with some score in the final quarter as Kilmurry introduced their substitutes.
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: Pádraig Hinchion, Daniel Cahalane, Patrick Grainger: Adam Healy, Marco Healy, Liam Wall: James Berhanu, Jonathan Buckley: Seán Curzon, Pádraig Berhanu, Kyle Kelleher: Joseph Ryan, Paudie O'Connell, Eoin Clifford. Subs: Sean O'Sullivan, Peter Kelleher, Michael John Grainger, Fionn Warren, Colm Kearney, John O'Mullane.
Blarney: Liam Hartnett: Dara McPolin, Scott Dennehy, Anthony O'Shea: Eoin Mullane, Seán Crowley, Conor O'Mahony: Peter Philpot, Daniel McSweeney: Barra O'Connell, Ray Murphy, Patrick O'Connell: Alan McEvoy, Alex Dineen, Daragh Kelleher.

Aghabullogue 1 - 14 Canovee 1 – 6

'It never rains but it pours' might well have been the thought of the Canovee mentors as they went under to Aghabullogue at Kilmichael. With a panel of only 17 players available, Canovee lost full back Niall Cronin to injury after only three minutes and then had a defender black carded after 20 minutes. Worse followed within minutes when they had another defender red carded for a second yellow card offence and so at half time Canovee, 1-6 to 0-2 in arrears and playing a man short, were not in a good position against a highly impressive Aghabullogue side. As is their tradition however, Canovee did not buckle but gave their all in the second half to emerge with honour intact and they will have a second chance in the losers round when the Gods may be kinder to them.
A focussed Aghabullogue side opened with all guns blazing and they fairly laid siege to the Canovee defence from the throw in. Evan O'Sullivan and Greg Long had early points, James Moynihan had a point for Canovee but back came Aghabullogue with a superb point from Ian BarryMurphy in the 8th minute. Aghabullogue goalkeeper Dylan Kelleher did well to hold a punched effort from Mark Healy a minute later and it was the winners who got the goal at the other end in the 15th minute when Ian BarryMurphy took a pass from Greg Long and blasted home from close range. Evan O'Sullivan and James Moynihan exchanged points, the black card and the red card followed before Evan O'Sullivan had a late point for Aghabullogue to give them a seven point interval lead. They were in a strong position and looked likely winners at this stage. Aghabullogue were never going to lose the game in the second half but Canovee battled on against the odds and were rewarded with some fine points and a goal from a penalty by Mark Healy.
Aghabullogue: Dylan Kelleher: Daniel O'Rourke, David O'Connell, Anthony Corkery: Niall BarryMurphy, Ryan Dennehy, Seán Dineen: Greg Long, Seán O'Sullivan: Ian BarryMurphy, James Lynch, Billy Casey: Mathew O'Brien-Bradley, Evan O'Sullivan, David Dineen. Subs: Tim McSweeney, Denis Desmond, Seán Lane, Cillian Cooney.
Canovee: James Verling: Colin Murphy, Niall Cronin, James O'Sullivan: Cian Lehane, Michael Dunne, Shane O'Riordan: Ciarán Canty, Aidan Murphy: Blake Ring, James Moynihan, Conor Hughes: Mark Healy, Darren Twomey, Tony O'Riordan. Subs: Brian Verling and Jack Murphy.

Cill na Martra 3 – 12 Donoughmore 1 – 12

Cill na Martra had the measure of Donoughmore in this encounter at Carrigadrohid but Donoughmore who appeared to be out of contention at half time when the winners led by 3-6 to 1-2 mounted a strong second half performance and forced the Gaeltacht boys to keep playing to the finish. All the goals came in the first half, Sean Furey, Daniel Ó Duinnín and Daire MacLochlainn finding the net for Cill na Martra. Mike Desmond was accurate from frees for the winners and their other points came from Dan Ó Duinnín, Gearóid Felan, Daire MacLochlainn, John Cronin and Seán Furey.
Cill na Martra: Kyrillos Salib: Donagh Ó Riordáin, Antóin Ó Cuana, Finén Ó Faoláin: Pádraig Ó Críodáin, Gearóid Ó Goilí, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh: Miceál Ó Deasúna, Tadgh Ó Corcora: Daire MacLochlann, Damian Ó hUrdail, Gearóid Ó Faoláin, Seán Ó Foirréidh, Daniel Ó Duinnín, Seán Ó Cronín.

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0 - 14 Aghinagh 1 - 6

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh were that little bit better than Aghinagh when the sides met at the Castle Grounds and forced the pace from the early stages. It was 0-5 to 0-2 after ten minutes, Diarmuid Thompson, Sean Quill and Ciarán Noonan scoring for Béal Átha, William Coakley and Diarmuid Crowley for Aghinagh, and a point from Sean Kelleher reduced the gap further at the end of the first quarter. Béal Átha were on top in the second quarter and had further points from Thompson, Concuir Lynch, Quill and Donagh Shorten and they led by 0-9 to 0-3 at the break.
On the restart, Aghinagh now with the wind behind them started well with a point from a Sean Kelleher free but Béal Átha responded with points from Thompson and Lynch. William Coakley pointed an Aghinagh free on the three quarter mark but there was an instant reply from the winners when Sean Quill did likewise. William Coakley pointed another Aghinagh free to leave six points between the teams with fourteen minutes remaining but then stalemate ensued to be broken eventually by an Aghinagh goal in the 56th minute from Diarmuid Crowley which resurrected his sides hopes. Béal Átha, who had missed three well positioned frees in a row, now needed to respond and they did effectively with a brace of points, one each from Diarmuid Thompson and Kieran Cotter.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Donncadh Ó Ceallacháin: Antóin Ó Cremín, Darren Ó Coill, Cian Feldstein: Ciarán Ó Nunáin, Daire Seartan, Daire Ó Ceallacháin: Caoimhín Ó Loinsuigh, Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh: Barra Ó Buachallla, Seán Ó Coill, Nollaig Ó Laoire: Diarmuid Mac Tomáis, Ciarán MacCoitir, Donagh Seartan. Fir Ionaid: Donagh Ó Tuama agus Seamus Ó Tuama.
Aghinagh: Niall O'Connor: Adam O'Leary, Dermot O'Callaghan, Shane Corkery: Andrew Murphy, Donagh McCarthy, Seán Dineen: Seán Kelleher, Ted O'Leary: Donagh O'Riordan, Martin McCarthy, Diarmuid Crowley; William Coakley, John Lynch, Stephen Spillane. Subs: Christopher Duggan, Peadar Twomey, Michael Horgan.
Referee: Mr Colm Vaughan, Cill na Martra.

Round Two - Losers Round

Ballinora 3 - 3 Blarney 0 – 7

Three goals in the first half from full forward Daire Holmes were enough to give Ballinora victory over Blarney at Ovens. Denis Buckley 0-2 and Daire Corkery 0-1 were their point scorers. Ballinora did not play as well as they had previously in defeat to Eire Óg but they were the better side and deserved their win.
Ballinora now advance to the quarter final stage, Blarney are out of the competition.

Ballinora: Jack Farrell: Kenneth Greally, Brendan Hourihan, Neil Walsh: Conor McGrath, Mike Lordan, Dylan Dineen: Daire Corkery, James Forde: Padraig Dineen, Denis Buckley, Tom Healy: Jack Blake, Daire Holmes, Brian Rigney. Subs: Cathal Murphy and Colin McCarthy.

Canovee v Donoughmore

Kilmichael 3 – 9 Aghinagh 0 – 10

Kilmichael, making their first appearance in the competition after receiving a first round bye, safely advance to the quarter finals at the first attempt by defeating Aghinagh at Coachford, a result that means the latter are out of the competition after two defeats. Kilmichael led at half time by 1-5 to 0-4, the goal coming from Jamie McCarthy. Further goals from Ronan O'Callaghan and Kevin Murphy kept Kilmichael in front all through the second half. Shane Foley 0-4, Ronan O'Callaghan 0-3, Trevor Tobin 0-2 were the point scorers.
Kilmichael: Ciarán O'Donoghue: John O'Mahony, Cathal O'Donovan, Oisín deLacey: Barry Kelleher, Finbarr Buckley, Luke Hennigan: Peter Kelleher, Shane O'Donoghue: Kevin Murphy, Shane Foley, Cathal Foley: Jamie McCarthy, Ronan O'Callaghan, Trevor Tobin.

U 21 C Football Championship (13 a side) – 3 teams

Uibh Laoire, Grenagh and Clondrohid will play one another in a round robin with top two qualifying for a final.
Clondrohid 4-12 Grenagh 2-8

Clondrohid had too much skill and scoring power for a game Grenagh side under lights at the Castle Grounds. Clondrohid led by 3-8 to 1-3 at half time, their goals coming from Cian Creedon and Darren Dineen. In the second half Denis Lynch and Daren Dineen added further goals before Clondrohid lost their focus somewhat and allowed Grenagh to come back strongly in the closing stages.
Clondrohid: Alan Duggan: Ian O'Riordan, Denis O'Riordan: Shane Dineen, Lorcan Lynch, Stephen O'Riordan: Brian Corcoran, Jerome Ring: Conor Flanagan, Mark Creed, Cian Creedon: Darren Dineen, Denis Lynch. Subs: Sean Quinn, Tadgh Scannell, Adam O'Connell Cian O'Riordan.

Remaining games: Grenagh v Iveleary, Iveleary v Clondrohid.

Junior Football - Muskerry Cup 2015

2014 winners: Canovee

Eight teams entered the competition, the traditional opening competition of the season for Muskerry junior football clubs.
Quarter finals:
Kilmichael 1-10 Iveleary 1-9
Canovee 3-8 Clondrohid 1-5
Dripsey 0-7 Aghinagh 1-6
Kilmurry 0-11 Donoughmore 1-7

Semi Finals:
Kilmichael v Kilmurry
Canovee v Aghinagh

Mid Cork Championship Draws 2015

Ballincollig Credit Union Junior A Hurling Championship 2015

Round 1:
Cloughduv v Ballincollig
Donoughmore v Kilmichael
Ballinora v Éire Óg
Blarney v Inniscarra
Gleann na Laoi – a bye
Round 2:
Losers Round draw later

Faro Intelligent Heating U 21 A Hurling Championship

Round 1:
Eire Óg v Cloughduv
Inniscarra v Aghabullogue
Ballinora v Blarney
Ballincollig – a bye
Round 2:
Losers Round draw later

Ross Oil Junior A Football Championship

Round 1:
Canovee v Cill na Martra
Ballincollig v Inniscarra
Blarney v Naomh Abán
Éire Óg v Aghinagh
Kilmurry v Clondrohid
Kilmichael v Donoughmore
Iveleary v Macroom
Dripsey – a bye
Round 2:
Losers round draw later

MJK Oils Junior B Football Championship

Round 1:
A Gleann na Laoi v Aghabullogue
B Macroom v Kilmichael
C Donoughmore v Ballinora
D Iveleary v Ballincollig
E Grenagh v Canovee
F Kilmurry
G Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh
H Inniscarra
Round 2 (Quarter Finals):
1 Winners of A v Winners of B
2 Winners of C v Winners of D
3 Winners of E v Kilmurry
4 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Inniscarra
Round 3:
1 v 2: 3 v 4

Lee Valley Clothing Junior C Football Championship

Quarter Finals:

A Cill na Martra Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh

B Dripsey v Clondrohid

C Naomh Abán v Kilmurry

D Ballincollig v Aghinagh

Semi Finals: A v B: C v D

Ladies Football

Cork Ladies, after opening their season with a great win over arch rivals Mayo at Swinford in the Tesco Homegrown National League, Division One, were at home to Kerry at Cloughduv and recorded another super victory, defeating the Kingdom by a single point on a 1-13 to 1-12 scoreline, the winning point coming in injury time from Geraldine O'Flynn. A first half goal from Rhona Ní Bhuachallla after 21 minutes helped Cork to a 1-8 to 0-6 interval lead. Kerry came back strongly in the second half and took the lead late in the game. Twice Cork pointed to equalise, Rena Buckley on target here, and the Rebels then got the winner in the 61st minute. Briege Corkery, Rena Buckley and Eimear Scally were all second half substitutes for Cork.

Pic 11

Coachford College, Munster Camogie Senior League winners ©


Coachford College 3-8 Scoil Mhuire, Carrig on Suir 2-9.

The Muskerry school recovered from their narrow Senior A championship Final defeat to St. Flannan's with a hard earned victory in the Senior League final over Scoil Mhuire Carrig on Suir at Mallow. Carrig scored two points before lively corner forward Megan Buckley responded from an acute angle for Coachford. Aoife Norris made two great saves to deny Buckley and Cliona Healy, with the Coachford keeper, Katie Ward, also in fine form. Emma Flanagan pointed after an incisive pass from Katie McCarthy but the margin increased to four points before Avril Healy, Katie O'Sullivan and Katie Verling began a period of tenacious defending to prevent any more scores. Jill Kiely set up Healy, the wing forward, who forced Norris into a super save, but Aoife Twomey followed up and finished the sliotar to the net. At half time, the Tipperary school, whose players are mainly from Kilkenny clubs, were a goal ahead.

A feature of the game was the efficiency of Orlaith O'Driscoll and Niamh O'Leary. Rachel McElroy's ground stroke beat Norris in goal to leave a point between the sides again. Aideen Buckley and Edel Tarrant were an effective defence. Points from Niamh O'Leary, Cliona Healy and Ciara McCarthy put Coachford ahead by two points. Pointed long range frees from Blackmore restored parity but Cliona Healy converted after a great run to put a goal between the sides with five minutes remaining. Carrig on Suir scored again but victory went to the Lee Valley girls. Edel Tarrant, Niamh O'Leary, Katie Ward, Ciara and Katie McCarthy impressed for Coachford, who are attempting to retain their Cork Colleges Senior A title against Coláiste Choilm on Sunday 15th Feb at 12.30 in Cloughduv.
Coachford College: Katie Ward, Avril, Edel Tarrant [C], Aideen Buckley, Katie O'Sullivan, Orlaith O'Driscoll, Katie Verling, Ciara McCarthy [0-1], Katie McCarthy, Jill Kiely, Niamh O' Leary [0-2 frees], Cliona Healy [1-2], Emma Flanagan [0-2], Aoife Twomey [1-0], Megan Buckley [0-1]. Subs: Aileen Hennessy for Healy, Rachel McElroy [1-0] for Twomey, Leah Keating for Katie Verling.

Canovee G.A.A.

On February 7th Canovee played Aghabullogue in the u21B championship. Canovee were always under pressure in this game and were behind at half time by 1.07 to 0.02. Canovee performed better in the second half, helped by a Mark Healy penalty and points by James Moynhian. However at the final whistle Aghabullogue were worthy winners by 1.14 to 1.06. Canovee now have a back door game against the losers of Cill na Martra and Donoughmore. Underage east draws are as follows minor v killtha og, under 16 v Erin's own , under 14 v father o Neil's
On Saturday 14th of February Canovee travelled to Ovens to play Eire Óg in the under 13 premier 2 league. Conditions were perfect for football and it turned out to be a competitive game. Eire Óg started strongly and led at half time 0-8 to 1-2, with Canovee scores coming from Eoin Moynihan, Odhran O'Driscoll and a cracking goal from Shane Hughes. In the second half both defences were on top and scores were limited. Canovee took the lead midway through the half with another goal from Shane Hughes, but it was Eire Óg who finished strongly and won on a score of 1-10 to 2-4.
Team: James Hennessy, Connie O Riordan, Diarmuid Nolan, Tim O Connor, Conor Higgins, Brian McNabola, Michael O Mahony, Eoin Moynihan, Dara Leahy, Colm McCarthy, Conor Dodd, Daire McMahon, David McMahon, Odhran O Driscoll, Darragh Moynihan. Subs used: Shane Hughes, Darren Moynihan and Padraig O Riordan.
On February 15th Canovee played Clondrohid in the Muskerry Cup and started well with an early goal by Sean O'Connor putting them ahead. They held this lead to half time with James Moynihan also adding a few points. Clondrohid replied with a nice goal after half time but Michael Deasy replied with two goals for Canovee. Mark Healy finished the scoring with a neat point near the finish. This was a good win in difficult conditions, final score Canovee 3.08 clondrohid 1.06. Aghinagh are next up in the semi-final.
Team: David Wiseman ,Gearóid Lucey , James Scanlan , Blake Ring, Denis O Sullivan Aidan Murphy , Paul O Sullivan .Liam Kelleher , Brian Ahern .William Ahern, Michael Quinlan , James Moynihan 0,03, Michael Deasy 2.01, Sean O'Connor ,1.02 Subs Mark Healy 0.1 Eamonn Lyons ,Michael Dunne .Conor Buckley


Fundraising Bag Pack. Macroom FC would like to sincerely thank all who contributed so generously to our recent bag packing event at Dunnes Stores. The club is hugely appreciative of the support and all funds raised will be used in the day to day running of the club. Also, a big thanks to all parents and players who volunteered their time over the two days. Finally, the club would like to thank Dunnes Stores, Macroom, for facilitating the event.
AUL Division 3 League, Macroom B 2 Waterloo 1.
Macroom entertained fellow title contenders Waterloo at the Town Park and picked up a vital win. As expected this was a closely contested encounter all through with the home side edging it thanks to strikes from Darren Kelly and John James Healy. Having gone behind after only 5 minutes this was a great response from Macroom and the win puts them in a strong position as the title run in begins in earnest.
AUL Premier A League, Innishvilla 2 Macroom A 1.
After going a month without playing due to frozen pitches and fog, Macroom travelled to Innishannon, leaving empty handed, following the concession of a late goal. The home side has the lead on 20 minutes when a deflection from a corner found its way to the net. The visitors worked hard all through and found a leveller from the head of Pat Kelleher on 80 minutes. However with Macroom pushing for the winner, a quick counter attack saw Innishvilla grab the three points on the stroke of full time.
U13 League, Macroom 6 Carrigtwohill Utd 0.
The U13 side gave an inspired performance at the Town Park, a victory which sees them return to the summit of the league. Macroom were ahead midway through the first half when Reece Lee was on the end of a JK Long corner and headed home. The flow of the game continued in the second half and it was only a matter of time before the goals arrived. JK Long, Daniel Cotter, Steven O'Donoghue, Conor Murphy and Sean O' Riordan were all on target to give Macroom an emphatic win. Every player did his best for the team but David O' Connell, Reece Lee, Sean O' Riordan and JK Long were in sparkling form for Macroom.
Under 11 League Carrigtwohill Utd 1 Macroom 3.
Macroom returned to the top of the table after a hard fought encounter at Ballyadam. The hosts took the lead on 19 minutes when they caught out the Macroom defence on the counter attack. The visitors were twice denied an equaliser when first Daire McMahon and then Ryan Leahy saw their efforts come back off the post. Early in the second half the home side were given a penalty but missed. Shortly after Leon Doody equalised at 1-1. Macroom took the lead on 46 minutes when good work from Doody and Sean Murphy found Ryan Leahy on target. The game was finished by the excellent Daire McMahon making it a 3-1 win. Best for Macroom were Ryan Leahy, Daire McMahon, Leon Doody and Darragh McCarthy.
Under 11 League, Carrigaline Utd 3 Macroom B 0.
The second Macroom Under 11 side travelled to play an excellent Carrigaline outfit at Shanbally. Macroom worked tirelessly all through but just found their hosts in top form. Conor Lucey in the Macroom goal gave an outstanding performance, as did Darren Moynihan, Darren Sweeney, Finn Brady and Jack Devine.
Youths League, Innishvilla 3 Macroom 4
Macroom picked up three more valuable league points on Saturday last. This was a fantastic game with the strong home side going all out to pick up the win. However, the visitors more than matched Innishvilla and with strikes from Joe Ryan (2), Marco Healy and Robert Healy came out on top in a seven goal thriller.
Under 16 Cup, Tramore Athletic 1 Macroom 3.
Macroom had a fine away cup win over Tramore. A fantastic team performance allowed Macroom to progress to the next round. Goalscorers were Eolan O' Leary (2) and Leo Healy.

Macroom Golf Club

Results: Feb. 3. Seniors scramble:1st John Lawlor(13), Jim Lynch(18), Frank McCarthy(22) 40 pts. Weekly singles: 1st Martin O'Mahony(13) 35 pts. 2nd Cathal O'Sullivan 8 35 pts
Feb. 10. Seniors scramble: 1st Frank Lee (13), Ml Fleming (20), Jim Fox (22) 35.5. Club singles: 1st Andrew Murphy(21) 39 pts 2nd Gerard O'Flynn (24) 37 pts, 3rd Noel Horan(17) 36 pts.
Fixtures: Tuesday, seniors scramble. Sat & Sun Club singles. Weekly singles.

Cross Country Glory

West Muskerry A.C. finished their cross country season on a high at the All Ireland B Championships at Tuam Co. Galway. Club athletes brought home 8 gold, 7 silver and 3 bronze medals – a fitting reward for all the hard training done since Christmas.
Girls U13 1500 metres: All five club girls ran out of their skins to take the club All Ireland title. Sarah O'Neill led them home in 9th position followed by Annie Maher in 10th place. Then followed Katelyn Kelleher, Gráinne Twomey and Dearbhla Walsh to take the club gold. Sarah, Annie and Katelyn also helped Cork to take the Gold in the county competition.
Boys U215 2500m: The four boys ran brilliantly to take the silver medals with Cork. Christopher Maher after a hard battle all through sprinted up to take the 12th and last individual medal and was followed home by James Downey, John Downey, and Eoin McNabola to take silver with Cork.
Boys U13 1500m: Tadhg Manning helped Cork to secure the silver medals as did his teammates Tom Downey and Conor Lucey. Conor O'Leary just missed out on a county team medal after a great run.
Girls U11 1000m: Six West Muskerry girls competed, most for the first time at this national level and all did their club proud. Aoife Lucey, Niamh McNabola, Aisling O'Leary, Danielle O'Neill, Brigin Kelleher and Roisin Walsh all ran extremely well and while out of the medals on this occasion will be a team to look out for in the future.
Boys U11 1000m: Macdara O'Canaola, Dylan DeFaoite, James McCarthy and Paul Downey were all competing at this level for the first time and did themselves and all in the club proud battling all the way even though they finished out of the medals on this occasion.
Cross Country Seniors
Michael Cotter and Jerry O'Mahony competed in the Masters All Ireland Cross Country Championships at Tuam and both ran very well. West Muskerry club seniors competed in the Top of Coom, Kilgarvan 10k recently and ran well over a very tough course. John Cronin finished 2nd in a time of 42:15, Michael McSweeney finished 3rd in a time of 42:53, Jerry O'Riordan finished in 46:21 and Karena McCarthy came 2nd in the Ladies section in a time of 48:11.