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Summer on Sleaveen 2015 © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Greenshoots 2015 awards ceremony in Vertigo, County Hall, Thurs 23rd July at 6.00pm.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Golf Classic on Fri. July 24 at Macroom Golf Club.
Mushera Platform Dance on Fri July 24th, 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm.
Ballinagree Vintage Harvest and Family Fun Day on Sun. Aug. 2.
Mick Dineen Cycle from Ballingeary Sun 2nd of Aug at 9:00am.
Kilmurry Active Retirement Home security and Road Safety talks. Tues 4th Aug 7.30p.m. in Museum.

Senior Citizen Fundraising
Coffee Morning in Fr. Ryan Hall at 10.30am. Fri 7th Aug.
Social Evening in Fr Ryan Hall at 3.00pm Tues Aug 11th.
Walking Treasure Hunt and Fun Walk from GAA Pavilion at 7.30pm Wed Aug 19th
Bring & Buy + Barbeque in Fr. Ryan Hall at 7.30pm Fri Aug 21st
Annual Raffle on Fri Aug 21st

Inchigeela Festival Aug. 13 - 16
Thurs. Aug. 13 Brendan Grace
Fri. Aug. 14 5k Road Run. Joe Cook & Southern Beat and Shane Owens
Sat. Aug. 15 Family Fun and Sports Day. Hot Fuss Band & 2fm DJ, Jenny Greene & Electric Disco
Sun. Aug. 16. Vintage. Street Music. Bog the Donkey.

Macroom Library: 
Story time Saturdaysat 12 noon.
The Purlies Thurs. July 30 at 11a.m. . .
ACOL Bridge Wed. Aug. 5 at 10.30a.m.
Paper Craft Workshop Fri. Aug. 7 at 2p.m.
Writers Group Tues. Aug 11 at 6p.m.
Reading Challenge Party Sat. Aug. 22.
Lady Ardilaun commemoration talk. Tues. Aug. 25 at 12midday.
JulyArt Exhibition by Bernice Corcoran

Briery Gap:

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Sing-a-Long Sat 23rd Aug @ 3.00pm .
Conal Gallen A Laugh and a Half. Sat 12th Sept @ 8.00pm.
Jim Murray and Seamus Begley Fri 18th Sept at 8.30pm.
The Magical Garden Sat 26th Sept @ 2.00pm.
Cookie and the Vaudevilles Fri 2nd Oct @ 8.00pm.
Jack L Fri 9th Oct @ 8,00pm.
Lucinda Sly Sat 17th Oct 8.00pm .
It's The Real McCoy Fri 30th and Sat 31st Oct @ 8.00pm.
Red Hurley Thurs 5th Nov @ 8.00pm.

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

Use Your Eircode

A state designed system, Eircode, is the newly introduced, very expensive postcode system for Ireland. The seven digit code is made up of a routing key – the first three digits which identify the principal post town span of delivery - and the second group of letters and figures has four parts and is termed the Unique Identifier, since it is unique to an address and distinguishes one residence from another.
Each household is currently in the process of receiving a letter which will notify them of the Eircode for that house. You do not need to apply for an Eircode – they have been assigned to existing postal addresses and you will be notified of the Eircode for your present address, which will not change. You simply add your Eircode.
There are said to be many benefits to using Eircode, including making it quicker and easier for emergency services to locate addresses along with online shopping and delivery of goods and services. Eircode promises to accurately identify delivery and pick-up points - particularly useful for the 35% of addresses in Ireland without a name or number. Emergency services and delivery vans, using technology, can enter the relevant Eircode and that will call up a map of the area and a satellite image of the house in question. Sat nav users are advised that they need to update their software so that they can benefit from Eircode.
It is not legally obligatory to use Eircode. But we have paid €27 million for it to date so it would be sensible to benefit from it in any way possible. It should be helpful in rural areas where many families have the same surname. In many official forms, we are now requested to add an Eircode to the address and, particularly if you are having something delivered by courier, this should help.
You can access the Eircode Finder on line and may enter an address to find an Eircode or enter an Eircode to find the full address. More information is available on www.eircode.ie.

Drink Driving Award!

While it remains illegal to drive under the influence of drink, it is quite permissible, indeed laudable, to travel in an alcohol fuelled vehicle. And that's the pure truth of it as Macrompian, Professor Martin Tangney, President of Celtic Renewables, Edinburgh, proved when he received a €10.000 award when named Europe's most innovative biotech SME after producing the world's first advanced biofuel, capable of powering vehicles, from the residues of whiskey production!

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Mr Henry Murphy, and staff, presenting a medical bag and supplies to Macroom U-12 footballers on 17/7/2015. ©Con Kelleher, Oakwood

The Gleneagle

Edel O'Mahony of New Street, Macroom, along with RTE and Waddell Media, is currently involved with the production of 'The Gleneagle', a hilarious six week romp at one of Killarney's best known hotels. It is broadcast on RTE 1 every Sunday night at 8.30p.m. The fly on the wall series goes behind the scenes at the hotel, one of Ireland's leading entertainment venues, which frequently caters for more than 500 guests a night. Activities include everything from ballet to bingo, country to comedy, snooker to sean nós. Like a cruise ship on land, the party never ends.
The opening programme on July 19 featured a return visit for a group of golden oldies from Lisdoonvarna who have been coming to the Gleneagle for 30 years. They danced till dawn and, in contrasting mode, Walking On Cars entertained 3,000 fans in the INEC in the biggest headline gig of their career. The next programme, on Sunday, July 26, features an Elvis themed weekend as well as comedy with The Nualas and Pat Shortt. In the August 2 programme the hotel plays host to Oireachtas na Gaeilge, with 8,000 guests arriving for a weekend of singing, dancing and drinking while the banqueting staff create a memorable wedding for a bride and groom and their 300 guests.

Macroom Senior Citizens Active Retirement

Macroom Senior Citizens is a community based organisation providing the following services from our centre at Lucey's Lane, Macroom – Sheltered Housing, Residential Accommodation and Care, Chiropody, Laundry, Socials, Bingo, Art & Craft, Line Dancing, Group Holidays, Christmas Dinner and Meals on Wheels (13,450 provided in 2014).
So as to to keep these services up and running and to the high standards we have set for ourselves, this year our Annual Fundraising will take place during the month of August.
Friday 7th August Coffee Morning in Fr. Ryan Hall at 10.30am.
Tuesday August 11th Social Evening in Fr Ryan Hall at 3.00pm Music by the Rambler Admission €5.00.
Wednesday August 19th Walking Treasure Hunt and Fun Walk – start the Castle Grounds GAA Pavilion at 7.30pm Entry Fee €5.00.
Friday August 21st Bring & Buy plus Barbeque in Fr. Ryan Hall at 7.30pm
Annual Raffle will take place on Friday August 21st.
We are appealing to the General Public to support these events as this is our main fundraising drive for the year. Your continued support would be much appreciated.

Macroom Library

Art exhibition by local artist, Bernice Corcoran, runs until July 31. Her ink drawings are of the unique landscape of the Gearagh, Macroom. Macroom Purlies meet in the library on Thursday 30th July:at 11am for a knit and a natter. The ladies are busy at work for an upcoming exhibition & planning ahead for a Halloween exhibition too. Well done to you all ladies. Friday the 7th August: Paper craft workshop with Emer at 2pm, ages 7 & up. Ask at library desk – places fill very quickly. Tuesday 11th August: Macroom Creative Writing Group meets again at 6pm in the library. Refreshments served. Saturday 22nd August: Reading Challenge party, a get together of those children (parents too) who took part in our Summer Reading inatitive. There will be goodies to eat & a presentation of certificates. Tuesday 25th August: A talk by Ted Cooke to commemerate Olive, Lady Ardilaun (90th Anniversary) 12 midday here in Macroom library.

Briery Gap Programme

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Sing-a-Long Saturday 23rd August @ 3.00pm. Tickets €10.
Conal Gallen A Laugh and a Half. Saturday 12th September @ 8.00pm. Tickets €25
Jim Murray and Seamus Begley Friday 18th September at 8.30pm. Tickets €15.
Abracadabra Company present The Magical Garden Saturday 26th September @ 2.00pm.
Cookie and the Vaudvilles Friday 2nd October @ 8.00pm. Tickets €15/€12.
Jack L Friday 9th October @ 8,00pm. Tickets €20
Lucinda Sly written and directed by John McKenna, Saturday 17th October 8.00pm. Tickets €15/€12.
Sullane Players present It's The Real McCoy, written by Tommy Marren, Friday 30th October and Saturday 31st October @ 8.00pm. Tickets €12/€10
Red Hurley Thursday 5th November @ 8.00pm. Tickets €20
Briery Gap Choirs are now recruiting for Autumn/ Winter 2015. Briery Gap's NEW Youth Choir (Ages 13-19) commences on Wednesday 16th September from 5:30pm to 6:30pm and the Adult Mixed Choir returns from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. Our Choir Director is Kieran Leahy and the fee is €50 for the 10 week term. Forms available online on www.brierygap.ie


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.)

Mushera Platform Dance on Fri July 24th 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm. Music by: Mike, Helen and Southern Pride. Everyone welcome.

Tidy Towns. As judging in the 2015 Tidy Towns competition gets underway, we encourage everybody in Macroom and in local villages to be responsible for their own patch. Take your rubbish home or to the nearest bin. Macroom Tidy Towns Committee is out and about every weekend, tidying up various areas. Everybody welcome!

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Valley Wheelers cycling club members launch the Mick Dineen Cycle to be held on Aug. 2 from Ballingeary. ©

Mick Dineen Cycle 2015. The 6th annual Mick Dineen Cycle will leave Ballingeary on Sunday 2nd of August at 9:00am sharp. The 100km and 130 km routes will pass through Kilgarvan, Kenmare, Glengariff and the Pass of Céim an Fhia. Registration on the day or online at Valleywheelerscc.com €10 for adults. Full support and refreshments. Suitable for all levels. Come join us for a great sense of achievement.

Ballinagree Vintage Vehicle Society Annual Harvest and Family Fun Day will be held on Sunday 2nd August in Ballinagree.

Kilmurry Active Retirement. Talks on home security and Road Safety from Garda Orla Doyle, Tuesday 4th August at 7.30p.m. in Kilmurry Museum. Art classes beginning in September with Jack Cornhouse. All welcome.

Ted's Opel Vauxhall Run 2015 is on Saturday August 8th from Blarney Hotel, Tower. Registration is from 9am and the cars will depart at 10.15am

Caum Community Association wishes to thank everyone that supported the coffee morning at Caum Church meeting room for the friends of Marymount Hospice. The sum of €919.69 was collected.

Kilmurry Novelty Group recently received welcome sponsorship from Paul Barrett of Barrett Construction. John O Riordan, Chairperson of Kilmurry Novelty Group gratefully accepted the €1.000 cheque. The group will perform their first pantomime, 'Red Riding Hood', in Crookstown hall on November 13th and 14th.

GROW Community Mental Health Organisation is a mutual help group for people suffering from depression or any mental health or emotional difficulties. The local group meets every Tuesday evening, 8pm-10pm, in the Macroom Family Resource Centre, The Fairfield, Masseytown, Macroom. Meetings are based on a 12-Step program and are anonymous, confidential and free-of-charge. For further information contact Finola on 086 7702807, Infoline 1890 474 474 or Website: www.grow.ie

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto Results 7/7/15:- Jackpot €8.800. Numbers 8 – 24 - 30. No Winner. €70 Eileen Oldham, Oakwood Court. €20. Helen Linehan, Barrett Place. €20. Julie Murray, 11 The Hermitage. Michael Dromey, Sullane Haven, Macroom. Pat & Catherine Coughlan, Sleaveen Heights. Ali Ring Jnr, St. Colman's Park
14/7/15 :- Jackpot €9000 Numbers 7-10-28. - No Winner. €70. John O'Mahony, Cork Street. €20. Clodagh & Caoimh Mullins, Coolea. Jayden Ring, C/O Twomey's Butchers, Macroom. Imelda Healy, St. Colman's Park Helen O'Brien, Clondrohid Dylan & Dawn Murphy, 6 Lr Cork Street.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: July 8. No Winner of Jackpot. €70 Maureen Hurley, Dunmanway. €20 Gemma and Francis Shorten, Crookstown. Catherine Murphy, Donoughmore. Gerard O'Callaghan, Ballinagree. Alan McMahon, Ballinagree.
July 15. No winner of Jackpot. €70 - Con A. Lynch, c/o Firebird. €20 Con O'Keeffe, Lissarda. Eileen O'Shea, Ardnacrusha. Aoife O'Connell, c/o M.J. Kelleher. €20 - Sheila Bradley, Droumree. Next Week's Jackpot €7,600

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 13/7/2015, Jackpot: €3,400, Numbers Drawn: 12 – 13 – 18, No Winner: €40 Hancie Casey, €20 Mairead McCarthy, Aidan & Ian Barry Murphy, Sheila O' Sullivan, Evelyn Tarrant (Yearly Ticket).
20/7/2015, Jackpot: €3,600, Numbers Drawn: 11 – 12 – 23, No Winner: €40 Jillian O'Shea, €20 Geraldine Dennehy, John Hogan, Trisha & Oisin, Catherine Barry Murphy (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

Inchigeela Festival 2015

Following on from the success of last year, Inchigeela Festival returns once again with a bumper weekend of activities in store for all, running August 13 - 16. The festival kicks off on Thursday, August 13th with well renowned Irish comedian Brendan Grace set to take to the stage in the marquee to perform some brand new material and some old favourites from his vast repertoire over the last 40 years, on what is sure to be a more than entertaining night for all in attendance. Friday, August 14th sees the return of the enduring but enjoyable 5km fun run/walk, with all proceeds going to Co-Action West Cork. The looped route will take in some of the well-known scenic views of the surrounding countryside. While non-runners can take it at their own pace and enjoy a leisurely stroll or jog, more experienced runners will be able to compare their times at the finish line and enjoy some local hospitality in the village afterwards. Later that night in the marquee, there will be early dancing by Joe Cook & Southern Beat followed by Ireland's newest country sensation, Shane Owens.
Saturday August 15th is once again a day to be enjoyed with the family as Uíbh Laoire GAA grounds hosts the Family Fun & Sports Day, including an Under 10 Football Blitz and other games. This will be followed later that evening by a Tug-o-war, for which everyone is encouraged to bring along a team. The night finishes off in style at the marquee with live music from the excellent Hot Fuss Band followed by renowned Irish & 2fm DJ, Jenny Greene & Electric Disco - a fantastic line-up. On Sunday August 16th, the final day of the festival, there will be the ever entertaining vintage demonstration which will be soon followed by live outdoor music in Inchigeela village. The festival will then close out in style with music by festival favourites, Bog The Donkey. Bring family and friends along to what is sure to be another great weekend in Inchigeela.
Stay connected with the Inchigeela Festival on Facebook (Inchigeela Festival) and on Twitter (@InchigeelaFest). For any further details, please contact Club Secretary, Ger McSweeney on 087-7553466 or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Jerome Kelleher, retired postman for Baile Bhúirne, celebrates his 80th birthday with family and friends ©Nora Ní Luasa

Clondrohid Updates

Mushera Platform Dance: The next big night for open air dancing, music and craic takes place on Friday July 24, from 8.30 pm to 10.30pm. Music by Mike, Helen and Southern Pride.
Getting Ready for Eircode. Eircode is the name of the new postcode system for Ireland. Shortly, each household will receive a letter which will notify them of the Eircode for that house, watch out for the green envelope! Your address does not change, you simply include your Eircode at the end of your address. There are many benefits to using Eircode, including making it quicker and easier for emergency services to locate addresses along with online shopping and delivery of goods and services.
Cúl Camp. July 17 marked the end of another enjoyable week at Cúl Camp. There were 99 fantastic children attending camp for the week. Big thank you to the coaches and assistant coaches, Kevin Crowley, Sean Power, Anthony Casey, Kevin Hourihan, Niamh Duggan, Sean O'Callaghan Conor Flanagan, Christopher Flanagan, Mary Kate Murphy, Kate Dineen, Muireann O Sullivan, Tiernan Quinn, Sean Desmond and Callum O'Shea. An even bigger thank you to Yvonne Kelleher, Ann O'Connell, Marion Flanagan, Theresa Twomey, Mary Lyons, Eleanor Kelleher, Micheal O'Leary and Paul Burke for all their help with the kids. Without all these people the Cúl Camp wouldn't be possible. Cúl Camp co-ordinator was Fergal Kelleher.

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Members of Crookstown Karate club at their end of year grading ©

Coachford Updates

Coachford Autumn Festival runs from Thursday August 13th to Sunday August 16th. The family friendly festival, organised by Broomhill Vintage Club, is now in its sixth year and has, to date, raised over €34,000 for Suicide Aware and local charities while at the same time providing superb holiday fun for families. The festival has a huge number of events over the four days which will appeal to all ages and has some very generous sponsors and supporters. It starts with the Junior Voice competition in Coachford GAA complex from 8.30pm on Thursday 13. The third running of the Coachford 5 Mile Road Race begins at 7.00pm on Friday August 14th. Registration is from 5.30pm and there are changing facilities available on site. Cash prizes are offered to the first three male and female runners across the finish line. The race is also open to walkers.
On Saturday, the annual High Nelly Bicycle Run takes to the road at 5.00pm and anyone who has access to an old High Nelly or bone shaker is welcome to enter this free event. Registration for the run takes place at the GAA complex from 4.30pm. A beautiful array of dogs will strut their stuff at the dog show from 7.00pm on Saturday. Contestants in the 'Adult Voice of the Festival' take to the stage at 9.00pm.
Sunday is the main event of the festival and all activities take place at the GAA grounds in Coachford. The Classic and Vintage Car and Tractor display will feature a celebration of the Mark ll Ford Escort whose 40th anniversary occurs this year. Sheep racing, Cross Bar Challenge, Egg Throwing, Dunk Tank, Model Toy Show, Trade Stands, Face painting, Children's Sports and Balloon Modeller are just some of the events at this year's Sunday Show. The first ever running of 'The Lee Valley Fittest Family Challenge' will see families of four working to complete an obstacle course in the quickest time to win the Festival Trophy. A Farmers Market, Bonny Baby competition, Pet Corner and Sheaf Tossing will also feature at the mid Cork Festival. Local beneficiaries of the Festival are Macroom Community Hospital, Sullane Haven care centre and Care of the Aged.
Flooding and Footpath. Cork County Council are to clean jet the gulleys and soakways from the GAA pitch towards the road to Leemount as they are slow to clear and this contributes to flooding. The council also intends to carry out repairs to the footpath from the village to the church.
Recycling Success. Washing machines, fridges, cookers, microwaves and electric toothbrushes were just some of the items that were recycled at the WEEE Electrical recycling collection held recently in Coachford. Many people availed of the service organised by Coachford Tidy Towns, Cork County Council and WEEE Ireland. Over 6 tonne in recyclable electrical items was collected. The Tidy Towns group would like to thank Fr. Peadar Murphy for allowing the Church Car Park to be used for the event again this year.
Festival's Fittest Family. Coachford Autumn Festival organisers are looking for four family members (aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, nephews, nieces sons daughters etc) to take part in the Fittest Family competition on Sunday August 16th. Each 'family' will have to compete in a number of challenges across an easy obstacle course to determine who is the fittest. Two adults must be over 30 and they must be accompanied by two teenagers (12-18). The team must include at least one male and one female. Entry is only €20. Application forms and rules are available on the Coachfordnews website or by ringing 086 8030086.
Searching for young singing stars. A singing competition for under 16s takes place in Coachford on Thursday August 13th. Entry forms and rules of the competition are available on the Coachfordnews website or by ringing 086 8030086. Entry is free and judges will pick the winning voice. Closing date for entries is July 28th.
Sing your heart out for charity. Can you sing? Are you over 16? Would you like to win €300 and help raise funds for charity at the same time? Take part in the Coachford 'Voice of the Festival' competition on Saturday August 16th. For more details contact the Festival Secretary on 086 80 30 086. All proceeds of the competition go to Suicide Aware and local Charities.
Pampered Pooches. Is your dog a loveable rogue? or maybe she's a princess. Bring him or her along to the Autumn Festival Dog Show on Saturday in Coachford at 7.00pm. There are loads of prizes and even ones for the best dressed dog.

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The Naomh Fhionnbarra U12 team who recently won the Mid Cork Final, having defeated Bishopstown. ©Nóirín Uí Thuama

Ballinagree Vintage Harvest Festival

Ballinagree Vintage Vehicle Society Annual Harvest and Family Fun Day will be held on Sunday 2nd August in Ballinagree. All exhibitors of vintage and classic cars, tractors and machinery are invited to attend. However, this year, the brass plaque celebrates FIAT tractors in Irish Agriculture so a special invitation is extended to all owners of FIAT tractors. It is hoped that as many as possible will turn up on Sunday 2nd August. As usual, there will be many other attractions and side shows on the day, indeed something for all the family to enjoy. To kick start the weekend of fun, the final of a bowling competition and presentation of prizes will take place on Friday evening, with music by Clann Éireann, supported by Ciara and Dylan Creedon, to follow in The Ploughman bar. On Saturday evening there's a churn racing competition, followed by music in the Laine Bar and the selection of the new Mayor of Ballinagree, who will be present on Sunday to meet you all. This year's Ballinagree vintage vehicle Society's raffle will be in aid of local charities . Come and enjoy!

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Noel Howard, Dr. Neil Buttimer who launched 'Kilmurry 1915 - 1918 The War Years';. Michael Galvin author and Fr Tim O'Sullivan at the book launch at the new museum ©Peter Scanlan

Kilmurry 1915 – 1918

There was standing room only at the launch of Michael Galvin's most recent book, 'Kilmurry 1915 – 1918 – The War Years', in Kilmurry's beautiful new museum. Noel Howard, President Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Society, welcomed the huge audience and introduced the speakers. Fr. Tim O'Sullivan, himself a parishioner, and parish priest, Mons. O'Callaghan, spoke of Michael's dedication and loyalty to his own place.
Dr. Neil Buttimer, Irish Department, U.C.C., launched the book. He praised Michael's research, saying it was 'epic in its range' and stemmed from his classical training. This is evident in his method of giving an overview, gathering information, validating and then presenting it. Michael, he said, is steeped in the Gaelic tradition, of which his native place is a rich source.
'Kilmurry 1915 – 1918 – The War Years' is the fourth in a series beginning with the Famine and taking readers through Land Reform and the Home Rule question. In each he discusses national issues while illustrating them from local experience e.g. the men from Kilmurry and neighbouring parishes who fought and died in the Great War. The book also deals with the Home Rule crisis; the 1916 Rising; Conscription; the 1918 General Election; the rise of Sinn Féin and the demise of Redmond's Irish Party. It studies the socio-economic and cultural condition of the period, not alone in Kilmurry but also in the neighbouring parishes of Kilmichael, Newcestown and Enniskeane and in the Macroom, Bandon and Dunmanway area.

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Aoife, Rachel and Brid Murphy, Jo Bradfield, Julia and Orla O'Callaghan and Annie O'Brien at Poulanargid Dog Show, in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs for The Blind ©Peter Scanlan Photography

Macra Matters

Berrings Macra hosted their annual "Know Your Neighbour" event on Tuesday the 14th of July, in Ballyshonin, Berrings. Mass was celebrated at the Mass Rock in Berrings. Clubs members provided refreshments after the mass. Despite the weather, it was a wonderful night and a great opportunity to enjoy a 'cuppa' with our neighbours!
Donoughmore Macra Who said Macra gets quiet for the summer? Donoughmore Macra members were busy celebrating the wedding of club members Sarah Louise Healy and Shane Horgan and wish them the best of luck in their future together. As the annual Donoughmore carnival took place, club members participated fully in the festivities. On Friday night, the Donoughmore road races occurred, with many members completing the 7-mile walk/jog and in good time too. On Saturday, members travelled to the farm of Moses Roche, Freemount Macra, to enjoy the national 'Know Your Neighbour' weekend. Well done to all who organised it. , Donoughmore Macra aided at the carnival with sideshows and helping out at other activities. Local children were delighted with their chance to milk the cow and many chanced their arm at landing 50 cent on the brick in a barrel! By evening, it was down to business, when two Macra teams faced each other in the final of the Fittest Four. Congratulations to the winning team. Next, Donoughmore Macra look forward to supporting Heather Healy in the Miss Macra festival, in Dundrum, Tipperary, as well as a club day out in Dingle. For more info on the club check out:www.facebook.com/donoughmore.macra, Twitter at www.twitter.com/dmoremacra or contact 089-2059115.

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John Healy, Lisbee, Kilnamartyra celebrating his 85th birthday with his family on July 4th. ©Jim Cooney

Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí Uí Fhloinn 1925 – 2015.

Tionólfar an Dáimhscoil in Óstán Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne, De Sathairn, 15ú Lúnasa, ar 7:00 i.n.
An Cuireadh
Cuiríocha dáilim le gáirdeas oinigh
Fé choinne cliar na Dáimhe
Triall d'ár ndáil 1á saoire Mhuire
ls freastal ar ár nDáimh Scoil

Nócha bliain sin bua ag filí
I bhfearanna Floinn a' bláthú
D'réir traidisiún ársa dhein snámh na srutha
Ó chora chnoc Ghobnatan slán chughainn.

Betsy Ní Shuibhne, Uachtarán

An Cheist
Bliain roimh chomóradh an Eirí Amach
An bhfuilimid theana féin breoite tinn tuirseach?
Tá bréag thír ghráthóirí lán de thaispeach
Á ngléasadh féin go glórmhar in éide Thrí Dhathach!

Ár taoisigh is ár saoistí chun tosaigh ar an slua
Ina gceannairí ar gheilleagar, ní fiú náisiún a lua.
An Ghearmáin i réim nó is acu a raibh an bua
ln ainneoin coimhlintí na staire nuair a thuill siad díomua.

Táimid díolta le gallaibh faoi dhó nó faoi thrí
Ag polaiteoirí is eile, na boic a thiomáin an spraoi.
Ná ceapfá faoin am seo gur againn a raibh ciall cheannaí
Ón taithí atá faighte againn ar íoc a mbillí!

Céard a cheapfadh Mac Piarais, Ceannt is James Connolly
Ar na reic atá déanta ar a gcuid mhór aislingí?
An gceapfá go mbeadh siad sásta bheith athuair ina íbirtigh
Ar son náisiún atá ar strae agus arís in ísle brí?

An ar son na mbaincéirí lofa a íoc siad ard éiric
Nó ar son lucht ceannais is meáin, lucht cumtha na n-éitheach
An bhfoghlaimeoimid ceacht ó phian pháis na nGréigeach?
Nach bhfuil sé thar am dúinn ár gcinniúint féin arís a éileamh?

ConcubharÓ Liatháin, Cléireach.

Ag comóradh nócha bliain i mbliana, más gaol libh duine d'shean fhilí na dáimhe, tá fáilte romhaibh dán leo a léamh ar an 15ú Lúnasa i gcuimhne ortha agus mar omós dóibh.
Eolas Breise: Betsy Ni Shuibhne Uachtarán 026-45039. Mairéad Ui Lionaird Leas-Uachtarán 026-45021. Concubhar Ó Liatháin Cléireach 085-8130777. http://daimhscoil.ie

Macroom and the United Irishmen

United Irishmen from the Macroom area who were captured by Crown Forces in the period 1798 – 1803 were remembered on Sunday, October 22 2000 when a plaque was unveiled inside the Castle gates in a ceremony organised by Macroom 1798 Committee. Those executed by hanging were Ole O'Riordan, Cormac, Owen, Callaghan and Timothy McCarthy, John and William Duggan, Owen Scanlan, Timothy Buckley, David Breen, Timothy Bohily and Daniel Reen. James, Cornelius, John, Dan and Pat Looney, Garrett Burke, Dan, Matthew, Denis, Denis Junior, Cornelius and Cornelius Junior O'Donoghue, White and Morgan Rahilly and Charles O'Connor were transported for life. The sentence and fate of Denis O'Leary, John Crowley, Denis Murphy, John Horrigan, Daniel O'Mahony, Denis O'Herlihy, William, John and William Junior Reen, David Leary, Norry Collins, Cornelius O'Donoghue, Daniel and Edward Cotter, William and John Creedon is unknown.
Wolfe Tone's United Irishmen were most active in the eastern counties of Wexford, Wicklow and Kildare, centre of the ill-fated 1798 rebellion. But the movement spread to many other areas and resulted in encounters that were brutally avenged by the local yeomanry. Macroom remembers that era particularly because of the shooting of Colonel Hutchinson of Codrum House in May 1800 and the subsequent perfidy of Malachi Duggan. Hutchinson had joined the volunteer force that had sprung up c. 1780 to defend Ireland against invasion by France or Spain during the American War of Independence.
Faced with this danger, Irishmen, or at any rate Irish Protestants, sprang to arms.
Gentlemen proudly used their volunteer rank and Ireland soon abounded with captains and colonels. (R. B. McDowell)
Depending on the source, Hutchinson is presented as a saintly man, beloved of all, or a devil, who, in his capacity as magistrate, had inflicted torture, imprisonment, transportation and death by hanging on miscreants. The removal of such a tyrant may have been the motive for his demise but most commentators claim that his death was not pre-meditated. He was known to have arms in his house at Codrum, where he lived with his unmarried sister, and a branch of the United Irishmen convened in a bog at Clounavrick, Aghinagh, and planned the attack. They were under the leadership of Malachi Duggan of Carrigthomas,
a man of dissolute habits, fond of drink, quarrelsome and noted for a turbulent, violent disposition. (J.R. O'Flanagan)
Duggan stood six feet high. He had large bushy brows overhanging his deeply-set eyes, which sometimes glared like those of a beast of prey. His nose was large and prominent and his mouth and jaws were singularly expressive of animal ferocity. There was also in his face a detestable look of cunning. Rogue as well as ruffian was stamped upon his face. He wielded great influence amongst the worst spirits of the neighbourhood. (Owen-Madden.)

Malachi Duggan, had, on several occasions, been found guilty of perjury. (J. Murphy, Liverpool. Coak H and A Journal, Feb. 1893).

To be continued.

Much of the above data is taken from the History of Macroom and District, compiled by Patrick Desmond, late Principal of Macroom Boys' N.S.


Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on agriculture, Éamonn Ó Cuiv has said that "farmers and farming in Ireland have long called for Pre-Nuptial Agreements to be recognised in Irish law". The fact that these agreements are not recognised has led to the slower transfer of land to younger farmers especially. Recognising Pre-Nuptial Agreements in Irish law is essential as marriage break-ups are a reality of modern Ireland.
One of the major reasons why land is not being transferred to younger farmers is the perceived fear that land held for generations in families may be lost in the event of a marriage break-up. This is preventing young farmers from taking over the lands at an earlier stage and growing the farm. The IFA wants farmers to be allowed to draw up contracts before they get married to ensure the family farm remains intact post-divorce. This would ensure that it would be clear that assets owned by both parties prior to getting married are ring-fenced in the event of a divorce. Pre-nups should be given a legal footing in the divorce legislation to assist judges in the division of assets.
While the idea of a Pre-Nuptial Agreement sounds very Hollywood, farmers in general could benefit from the protection one could provide. People are getting married later in life and have acquired more assets than ever prior to marriage. Often, one party has taken over or inherited the family business or farm, which has been in the family for generations, prior to getting married.
A Pre-Nuptial Agreement is essentially a formal agreement which can be drawn up for you and your partner. It sets out how you would divide your assets if you decide to divorce in the future. There is no set format for a Pre-Nuptial Agreement. The kind used by most couples would be straight forward and state that the property owned by each party prior to marriage will remain theirs should the relationship sadly end. It would also set out how property acquired during the relationship should be treated. Any asset, no matter how big or small, can be included in your Pre-Nuptial Agreement, so that could be savings, property, income or even pensions, all of which could be split if you get divorced. Pre-Nuptial Agreements cannot be used to make arrangements for children. Only financial matters can be dealt with within the agreement.
If you have acquired wealth, property, savings or inheritance, a Pre-Nuptial Agreement could help provide an extra level of reassurance before entering into a new marriage. It may also be helpful if you have been married before and want to ensure that any assets you have built up over the years are safeguarded for any existing children's inheritance. Even though Pre-Nuptial Agreements are not currently recognised under Irish Law that does not mean that it will always be the case. Each case of course will depend on its own facts and circumstances and a Judge can take it into account at the divorce stage. It is essential that a Pre-Nuptial Agreement is properly drafted. It is also critical that both parties are independently legally advised. A Pre-Nuptial Agreement should also be reviewed periodically, especially after you have children.

This is an extract from an article that was initially published in The Irish 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.

Preparing for Winter

West Cork Development Partnership delivers the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme which has been providing attic and cavity wall insulation to eligible applicants FREE OF CHARGE since 2008. The scheme is centred in Bantry and wishes to locate people in the Cork / South Kerry area who might qualify to have their homes insulated. To be eligible for free insulation you must: Own your own home. It must be built before 2006. You must be in receipt of one of the following: the Winter Fuel Allowance, or Jobseekers Allowance for 6 months with a child under 7, or Family Income Support. If you would like to find out more about the scheme and how to apply, please contact our Bantry office on 027 52266 and speak to a member of the Warmer Homes Scheme team.


Last Night on Earth by Kevin Maher

Jay adores his daughter Bonnie and nothing matters more to him than being a good father. However Bonnie's traumatic birth puts an unbearable strain on his marriage that ends in separation. Jay is still full of optimism He gets a job on a TV documentary which eventually leads to a return to Ireland from London along with some interesting family revelations. An amazing read.

Available at Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop priced 18.99.

Sports Mad


Senior Hurling Championship

Round 3. Carrigtwohill 2-27 Killeagh 0-18. Bishopstown v St Finbarrs

Relegation Play Off; Killeagh v Losers of Bishopstown/St Finbarrs

Round 4

A. Douglas v Duhallow

B. Midleton v Winners of Bishopstown/ St Finbarr's

C. Glen Rovers v Bride Rovers

D. Blackrock v Newtownshandrum

E. Na Piarsaigh v Erin's Own

F. Ballymartle v Carrigtwohill

G. Stansfield's v Youghal

H. Imokilly v Ballyhea

Quarter Finals A v B, C v D, E v F, G v H

Senior Football Championship

Relegation Play Off: Clonakilty v Aghada

Round 4

A. Bishopstown v Clyda Rovers

B. Beara v O'Donovan Rossa

C. BALLINCOLLIG v Valley Rovers

D. St Finbarr's v Castlehaven

E. Nemo Rangers v Douglas

F. St Nicholas v Doheny's

G. Ilen Rovers v Carbery Rangers

H. Newcestown v Duhallow

Quarter Finals A v B, C v D, E v F, G v H

Premier Intermediate Hurling

Round 3:

Bandon 1-13 Kilworth 0-11

Valley Rovers 3-20 INNISCARRA 0-5

Relegation Play Off: INNISCARRA v Kilworth

Round 4 1 Castlelyons Bye. 2 Ballinhassig Bye

A. Tracton 1-17 Courcey Rovers 1-11

B. Newcestown 1-17 BLARNEY 1-13

C. Mallow v Watergrasshill

D. Carrigaline v Cloyne

E. Kanturk v Fermoy

F. Valley Rovers v Bandon

Quarter Finals Tracton v Newcestown. C v D. E v F. Castlelyons v Ballinhassig

Inniscarra 0 – 5 Valley Rovers 3 – 20

Inniscarra are now facing a relegation play off with Kilworth to preserve their Premier Intermediate status after this comprehensive victory for Valley Rovers at Cloughduv in the last of the 3rd round ties. A win for the Innishannon side is not a major shock, the margin of their victory certainly is and leaves Inniscarra with a lot of work to do to restore morale for the decisive battle ahead. Inniscarra conceded two goals in the opening ten minutes (3rd and 7th minute), were 15 points adrift at half time, were reduced to 13 men by the three quarter stage and only for goalkeeper John O'Keeffe could have been in bigger trouble as their resistance collapsed. The Valley Rovers full forward line in particular inflicted ferocious damage on the Mid Cork men, the Valley's trio notching up 2-16 between them.
Inniscarra had started well with points from Colm Casey from play and Aidan O'Mahony from a free but two further points from Aidan O'Mahony frees were to be their only other first half scores as they trailed the Valleys by 2-13 to 0-4 at the break. Substitute Tomás O'Connor had a point for 'Scarra immediately following the restart and amazingly this was to be their last score of the game on a day to be best forgotten.
Inniscarra: John O'Keeffe: David Barry, Ger Burke, Kevin Burke: Alan Sheehan, John O'Callaghan, Conor Buckley: Frank Olden, Seán O'Donoghue: Aidan O'Mahony, Colm Casey, John Casey: Kieran Rice, Daniel O'Connell, David O'Keeffe. Subs: Seán O'Callaghan and Tomás O'Connor, both at half time, Tim Murphy on 43, Paul Farmer on 54, Tyrone O'Regan on 55.

Blarney 1 – 13 Newcestown 1 – 17
Blarney went under to Newcestown in the Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship at a sunny Páirc Uí Rinn and so there is now no Mid Cork club left in the higher grade championship.
Newcestown opened the scoring in the first minute with Blarney's Cork minor Mark Coleman responding a minute later from play. In the sixth minute Blarney's Barra O'Connell point from play was matched a minute later by Newcestown. Colin Murphy scored two fine points but Newcestown created more scoring chances and their deployment of a sweeper in their half back line made it difficult for Blarney to win possession. Newcestown were four points up after twenty three minutes but two Mark Coleman frees on the twenty fourth and thirtieth minute settled Blarney and went in at the break only two points down on a score of Blarney 0-7 Newcestown 0-9.
Blarney team made two changes at half time with Peter O'Driscoll and Ray Murphy being introduced and they started the second half well. Mark Coleman pointed two early frees but Newcestown replied immediately. In the 37th minute Barra O'Connell made a strong break, passed to Keith Costello and the latter struck the sliotar wsith power passed the keeper to put Blarney up a point, 1-9 to 0-11.
Newcestown continued to take their points and Blarney levelled through Mark Cremin in the fortieth minute. Again both sides exchanged points, Mark Colemans from a free for Blarney. Newcestown went two points in front and sealed their victory in the 30th minute with a goal as Blarney pushed forward. Conor Forde had a late point for Blarney.
Blarney: Paul Hallissey: John Barrett, Paul O'Leary, David Walsh: Peter Philpott, Joe Jordan, Brian Hurley: Keith Costello, Mark Cremin: John Daniel Good, Mark Coleman, David Dunlea: Colin Murphy, Barra O'Connell, Shane Mulcahy. Subs: Peter O'Driscoll and Ray Murphy, both half time, Conor Forde on 57.

Premier Intermediate Football

Relegation Play Off: Na Piarsaigh v BALLINORA
Round 4

1. Carrigaline Bye. 2. St Vincent's Bye

A. Kiskeam 3-13 Nemo Rangers 0-9

B. St Michael's v Mallow

C Castletownbere 3-12 NAOMH ABÁN 2-6


E. MACROOM v Newmarket


Quarter Finals: Kiskeam v B, Castletownbere v D. E v F,

Carrigaline v St Vincent's

Naomh Abán 2 – 6 Castletownbere 3 – 12
Naomh Abán's championship aspiration are over for another year after the Baile Mhuirne men went down to Castletownbere at Bantry. Naomh Abán started well and led by 1-3 to 0-3 after the opening quarter. The second quarter proved disastrous however as the Beara side added 1-6 without reply to lead by 1-9 to 1-3 at the break. On the restart, Naomh Abán cut the six point deficit back to a mere two points but then conceded a second goal to Castletown and five points still separated the teams as the game went into the final five minutes. Four minutes from time, Castletown got in for a third goal and this score killed off whatever hopes Naomh Abán had of saving the day. It was a disappointing end to the championship campaign for Naomh Abán.
The Baile Mhuirne men had a great start with Miceál Ó Laoire billowing the Beara net after only two minutes and Niall Ó Ceallaigh quickly adding on a point. Castletown had a point from a free, Miceál Ó Cronín pointed a free in reply, Donncadh Ó Cronín had N Abán point from play in the 12th minute and this was to be the last first half score from the Gaeltacht Mhuscraí men. Castletown got on top, point followed point, and the Beara men got a massive boost with a goal in the last minute of the half to give them a 1-9 to 1-3 interval lead.
Immediately on the restart, Naomh Abán Naomh Abán went on the offensive and only a superb save denied Niall Ó Ceallaigh of a goal. A minute later a penalty award to the Baile Mhuirne men saw Miceál Ó Cronín slam the ball to the net and when he followed up with a point the score was 1-9 to 2-4 and it looked as if the Mid Cork side were back in contention. Within a minute however Castletown struck for a second goal to gain a five point advantage at the three quarter stage. This margin still separated the teams after both sides added two points apiece to their tallies but then four minutes from time a third Castletown goal finished the contest.
Scorers for N Abán: M Ó Cronín 1-4 (1-0 pen., 0-3f), M Ó Laoire 1-0, N Ó Ceallaigh agus D Ó Cronín 0-1 araon.
Naomh Abán: Miceál Ó Donnchú: Séamus Ó Riada, Séamus Ó Mathúna, Eanna Ó Críodáin: Niall Ó Ceallaigh, Diarmuid Ó Scannaill, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh: Miceál Ó Laoire, Tadgh Ó Scannaill: Donncha Ó Croinín, Miceál Ó Croinín, Séamus Ó Laoire: Donncha Ó Ceocháin, Maidhc Ó Duinnín, Colm Ó Murchú. Fir Ionaid: Conchúr Ó Murchú (37), Seán Mac Carthaigh (41), Liam Ó Luasa (41).

Intermediate Hurling

Relegation Play Off: AGHABULLOGUE v Barryroe.
Round 4. 1 Charleville Bye 2 Kilbrittain Bye
A. BALLINCOLLIG v Argideen Rangers

B. Aghada v Castlemartyr


D. Kildorrery v ÉIRE ÓG

E. Meelin v Fr O'Neill's

F. Milford 1-18 Ballygarvan 1-11

Quarter Finals A v B, C v D. E v Milford, Charleville v Kilbrittain

Intermediate Football

Relegation Play Off: Millstreet v Adrigole

Round 4 1 AGHABULLOGUE – Bye 2 Glanworth - Bye

A. Youghal v Kanturk

B. CILL na MARTRA 1-18 Mitchelstown 2-12

C. Mayfield 0-13 Rockchapel 0-5

D. Kinsale 1-9 Glanmire 2-9

E. Glenville v Ballydesmond

F Kildorrery v Fermoy

Quarter Finals. A v CILL na MARTRA, Mayfield v Glanmire. E v F, Aghabullogue v Glanworth

Cill na Martra 1 – 18 Mitchelstown 2 – 12

Cill na Martra are through to the quarter final stage of the intermediate championship after this fine win over Mitchelstown at Cullen. Cill na Martra will have only one slight worry after this performance- how did they not win by more than three points after dominating the game for so long?
Cill na Martra started well and points from Martin Connors and prolific scorer Dan Ó Duinnín had them leading by 0-5 to 0-2 after fifteen minutes. They had extended this lead to 0-10 to 0-5 by half time and when Shane Dineen slotted home a goal for the winners just after the restart Cill na Martra were jubilant, leading by 1-11 to 0-5. Mitchelstown now hit back with a vengeance and goals in the 33rd and 35th minutes caused the Cill na Martra team and supporters much anxiety between this and the end of the game though a gap of at least three points was always there as a buffer between the teams to the finish. Cill na Martra had raised their lead to five points by the 42nd minute and the difference was six points with three minutes to go, 1-18 to 2-9. Mitchelstown never gave up and kicked over three more points but they were not going to get through the defence for the goal they needed to stay in the championship.
Scorers for Cill na Martra: Dan Ó Duinnín 0-7, Miceál Ó Deasúna 0-5 (0-3f, 0-1 '45'), Shane Ó Duinnín 1-0, Martín Ó Conchúr 0-2, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Sean Ó Loinsuigh and Danny Ó Conaill 0-1 each.Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Marc Ó Goilí, Colm Ó Laoire, Danny Ó Conaill: Tadgh Ó Corcora, Graham Ó Mocháin, Antoin Ó Cuana: Gearóid Ó Goilí, Miceál Ó Deasúna: Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Martín Ó Conchúir: Dan Ó Duinnín, Dara MacLochlainn, Shane Ó Duinnín. Fir Ionaid; Seán Ó Loinsuigh (40), Risteard Ó hUidhir (50), Caoimhín Ó hUidhir (50).

County U-21 'B' Football Championship Final

Cill na Martra v Kilmeen in mid-August

Junior 'B' Hurling Championship


Bantry Blues 2-11 Dromtarriffe 2-9

Shanballymore 1-16 Randal Óg 1-7

County Final: Bantry Blues v Shanballymore

Munster Intermediate Hurling Final

Cork 0-20 Limerick 0-18
Cork were crowned Munster Intermediate hurling champions 2015 with narrow win over Limerick. The Rebels were winning their 14th title in this grade and qualify for the All Ireland Final v winners Wexford/Galway on 8th August.
Cork had the better start but Limerick rallied coming up to half time and Cork led by 0-11 to 0-8 at the break. The visitors used the wind to the best of their advantage in the second half with Diarmaid Byrnes excelling for Limerick at centre back scoring 0-5. Cork led by five points with as many minutes to go, and despite reducing the lead to two points time ran out on Kimerick.Scorers for Cork: Noel McNamara (0-8, 7f), Tony Murphy (0-4), Willie Leahy, Kevin O'Neill, Donncha O'Donovan (2f) (0-2 each), Michael Collins, Shane McCarthy, (0-1 each). The only Mid Cork connection with the Cork team was selector Jerry Lenihan of Inniscarra.

All Ireland Senior Hurling Qualifier

Cork 0-20 Clare 0-17
A sensational late scoring burst from Cork ensured that the Rebels gained revenge for their 2013 All-Ireland final defeat to Clare at Semple Stadium. Jimmy Barry-Murphy's Leesiders came from two points down to win by three with a run of five unanswered points to book a place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals. Patrick Horgan was superb for Cork in that late scoring burst, hitting four points split evenly between frees and play. Paudie O'Sullivan came off the bench to pop over the insurance score for Cork, who scored 20 points but registered as many wides.
At half-time, Cork led by 0-10 to 0-9 in what was an intruiging tactical battle. Both teams operated with sweepers and two-man inside lines, ensuring that goal chances were at a premium. Cork, playing against the breeze, were very wasteful in the first half, registering eleven wides.
There was no Mid Cork hurler on the Cork panel.
Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-8 (5f), P Cronin, S Harnedy, C Lehane 0-2 each, A Walsh, C Murphy, B Cooper, A Cadogan, J Coughlan, P O'Sullivan 0-1 each.
CORK: A Nash; D Cahalane, S McDonnell, B Murphy; A Walsh, M Ellis, C Murphy; B Lawton, D Kearney; B Cooper, P Cronin, P Horgan; A Cadogan, S Harnedy, C Lehane. Subs: R O'Shea (43), J Coughlan (50), P O'Sullivan (59), D McCarthy (65).
Cork now play Galway in the All Ireland quarter final at Thurles on Sunday July 26th at 4pm. Waterford and Dublin contest the other quarter final at 2pm.

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Damien Cahalane le imreoirí óga ag Campa Samhraidh Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. ©Orla Shorten

Munster Senior Football Final Replay

Cork 1-6 Kerry 1-11
Kerry lifted the Munster senior football title on a rain-sodden evening in Killarney. In near darkness at the finish 32,333 spectators were present for the second instalment of this provincial final clash with Paul Geaney's 50th minute goal the critical score of the game. That score propelled Kerry into a 1-9 to 1-6 lead and in torrential rain they added two more points before the final whistle. Kerry's defence was magnificent as they restricted Cork to 0-2 in the second-half and kept them scoreless for the last 26 minutes of action.
Cork's cause had been boosted greatly before the interval when Donncha O'Connor's delivery fell into the lap of Colm O'Neill who transferred to the inrushing Paul Kerrrigan and he held off the covering defence before crashing a shot to the net.

That kept Brian Cuthbert's side very much in the game as they trailed 0-8 to 1-4 at the interval. They could have gone ahead before the break when Stephen Cronin went close to a second goal. Bryan Sheehan's outstanding freetaking was central to Kerry's first-half lead while Cork committed handling errors in the wet conditions that resulted in the concession of points.
Cork started the second-half brightly with O'Neill and Kevin O'Driscoll hitting fine points. The game was delicately poised in the 46th minute with the teams tied at 1-6 to 0-9 before Kerry took over proceedings.
Scorers for Cork: Colm O'Neill 0-3 (0-2f), Paul Kerrigan 1-0, Brian O'Driscoll, Kevin O'Driscoll, Donncha O'Connor (0-1f) 0-1 each.
Cork: Ken O'Halloran (Bishopstown): James Loughrey (Mallow), Jamie O'Sullivan (Bishopstown), Michael Shields (St. Finbarr's) (Capt): Brian O'Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh), Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers), Barry O'Driscoll (Nemo Rangers): Alan O'Connor (St. Colum's), Kevin O'Driscoll (T MacCarthaigh): Mark Collins (Castlehaven), Donncha O'Connor (Ballydesmond), PATRICK KELLY(Ballincollig): Colm O'Neill (Ballyclough), Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers), Brian Hurley (Castlehaven). Subs: FINTAN GOOLD (Macroom) (47), Conor Dorman (Bishopstown) (54), DANIEL GOULDING (Éire Óg) (60), Tomás Clancy (Fermoy) (65), John Hayes (Carbery Rangers) (66).
Cork play Kildare in the All Ireland qualifier in Thurles on Saturday July 25th with a 7pm throw in. If Cork can win this game they will face Dublin in the All Ireland quarter final a week later.

Mid Cork Championships - Hurling and Football

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A Football Championship

3rd Round

Iveleary 2-12 Naomh Abán 0-4

Kilmurry 0-12 Aghinagh 0-10

Ballincollig 0-12 Clondrohid 1-9

4th Round – Quarter Final

Uibh Laoire v Kilmurry

Blarney v B'collig/C'rohid winners

Kilmichael v Dripsey

Canovee v Inniscarra

Uíbh Laoire 2 – 12 Naomh Abán 0 – 4

Iveleary, one of the leading contenders each year in the Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A football championship, as expected were too strong for the second fifteen from Naomh Abán when the sides met at Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. This was the first outing of the campaign for the Inchigeela side who were without their best forward Cathal Vaughan, a student who is working in Boston this summer, but they had victory sewn up by the end of the opening quarter when it had become apparent that they had too much all-round power for their opponents. Naomh Abán, defeated in the opening round by a last minute winner from Blarney and who then benefited with a bye to this stage, were game for the contest and they did provide a good second half challenge but they were never likely to cause an upset.
Weather conditions at the picturesque Gaeltacht village were miserable with constant rainfall causing a sodden, slippery pitch and drenching players, officials and the sparse attendance. The Inchigeela men played against the wind in the first half and were full of running from the start and carried the game to their opponents. Three minutes had only elapsed when Kevin Manning burst out of defence to initiate a move which ended with Chris Óg Jones setting up a golden chance for Finbarr McSweeney Jnr. and the latter made no mistake from close range to give Iveleary the perfect start. Brian Cronin soon added a fine point and Gerard O'Riordan was then up in attack to kick another point and when Liam Kearney had a point in the 9th minute, Iveleary led by 1-3 to nil and were doing well all over the field, suggesting that they had the measure of the opposition. The Iveleary defence with Donal Cotter, Manning and Ger O'Riordan very prominent, was in command and Shane Galvin and Sean O'Leary were on top at midfield for Iveleary. Finbarr McSweeney rattled the Naomh Abán crossbar in the 17th minute and Chris Jones gathered and pointed the rebound and points followed from Ger McSweeney, Kearney and Cronin to make it 1-7 to nil after 24 minutes. Naomh Abán got their first score a minute later when the persistence of Pádraig Ó Céilleachair gave him possession which he used well but Iveleary responded before the break with two more points, Finbarr McSweeney and Liam Kearney the scorers, and the winners led by 1-9 to 0-1 at the interval.
With the eventual outcome now in little doubt and Iveleary playing with the wind, the tempo of the game fell noticeably and Naomh Abán enjoyed a fine third quarter. Donncha Ó Duinnín pointed a free in the 33rd minute, and Éanna Ó Criodáin had a point from play five minutes later. Iveleary were making no headway against the Naomh Abán defence and did not score again until the 46th minute when Brian Cronin pointed a free. Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh had a final point in reply for Naomh Abán, Ger McSweeney matched this for the winners and five minutes from time, Shane Galvin added another. Naomh Abán lost three defenders to Black card offences, understandable enough offences in the conditions, and two minutes from time Brian Cronin slotted home an Iveleary penalty to add lustre to their scoreline.
Scorers: Uibh Laoire: B Cronin 1-3 (1-0 pen., 0-1 f), F McSweeney Jnr. 1-1, L Kearney 0-3, G McSweeney 0-2, G O'Riordan, C Óg Jones and S Galvin 0-1 each.
N Abán: P Ó Céilleachair, D Ó Duinnín, E Ó Críodáin, A Ó Loinsuigh 0-1 each.
Uibh Laoire: Jamie Cronin: Donal Cotter, Daniel O'Riordan, Barry Murphy: Gerard O'Riordan, Cal McCarthy, Kevin Manning: Shane Galvin, Seán O'Leary; Finbarr McSweeney, Finbarr McSweeney Jnr., Liam Kearney: Chris Óg Jones, Ger McSweeney, Brian Cronin. Subs: Seán Lehane (45).
Naomh Abán: Micheál Ó Donnchú: Donal MacCárthaigh, Pádraig Ó hAilíosa, Seamus Ó Donnchú: Éanna Ó Críodáin, Muiris Ó Donnchú, Donncha Ó Loinsuigh: Seán A MacCárthaigh, Gairí Mór Ó Loinsuigh: Donncha Ó Duinnín, Donal Ó Donnchú, Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh: Conchúr Ó Murchú, Piarais Ó Liatháin, Pádraig Ó Céilleachair. Ionaidí: Conchúr Ó Loinsuigh , Tomás Ó hAilíosa , Deaglán Ó hAilleamhain and Eoin de Roiste.
Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.

Kilmurry 0 – 12 Aghinagh 0 – 10
Kilmurry defeated Aghinagh at Macroom in a repeat of last year's Mid Cork final. Aghinagh will have regrets after this game as they let slip a glorious opportunity of dethroning the champions or at least of gaining a second chance. Aghinagh simply kicked too many wides from good positions and when they had Kilmurry under pressure in the final quarter did not always take the best option and paid the heavy price. Champions Kilmurry made maximum use of their opportunities and now advance to meet Iveleary in the quarter final stage.
Pitch and weather conditions at Macroom were perfect for this eagerly awaited tie. Kilmurry, playing against the wind out of the town goal, took the lead in the first minute when William Buckley pointed a free but Seán Kelleher soon had Aghinagh on level terms. Jonathan Buckley had a fine point from a tight angle for Kilmurry in the 4th minute and Aghinagh had missed two scorable frees at the other end before Joe Ryan pointed for Kilmurry in the 12th minute. Greg Barrett and Colm Crowley were dominating midfield for Kilmurry, the Kilmurry full forward line of Dave McCarthy, Joe Ryan and Jonathan Buckley had the their opposite numbers in disarray and it was no surprise when the champions extended their lead further in the 14th minute with another point from a William Buckley free. Donal Corkery had a badly needed score for Aghinagh following the kick out but then missed another opportunity and Joe Ryan's point from a free in the 17th minute gave Kilmurry a 0-5 to 0-2 lead at this stage.
Declan Ambrose had a fine score for Aghinagh and the introduction of team captain Mikey O'Brien in the 18th minute improved the situation there for Aghinagh. Donal Corkery pointed a 14metre free to cut the gap to a single point but Kilmurry replied with a point each from Joe Ryan, William and Jonathan Buckley in a three minute period and they looked to be in a comfortable position with a four point lead, 0-8 to 0-4 after 25 minutes. Aghinagh now rearranged their full back line but then lost defender Miceál Corkery to a black card. William Buckley pointed another free and Donal Corkery answered with a point also from a free and so four points still separated the sides at the interval, 0-9 to 0-5.
The introduction of Donagh O'Riordan at the interval meant that Aghinagh now had four substitutes in action. Sean Kelleher had an early point for Aghinagh but William Buckley pointed a free for Kilmurry after a foul on Joe Ryan. Greg Barrett was back to take an Aghinagh shot off the goal line in the 40th minute but William Coakley finished off a strong run from Declan Ambrose with a point and the duo repeated the exercise as the third quarter ended, 0-10 to 0-8 now the score in favour of Kilmurry. There were clear signs of an Aghinagh revival getting underway with their young players beginning to play with great dash. Kilmurry made two substitutions in defence, one forced by a black card for William Barrett, and they were under considerable pressure from Aghinagh who were not making full use of their opportunities.
In the 48th minute Kilmurry broke out of defence and Jonathan Buckley score a vital point for Kilmurry and a minute later Joe Ryan pointed a free, giving Kilmurry a 0-12 to 0-8 lead. Kilmurry were not to score again as Aghinagh continued to carry the game to their opponents. Seán Kelleher's third point in the 52nd minute left three points between the teams and after a period of further pressure, Aghinagh cut the gap further with a point from a Donal Corkery free as the game went into injury time and in the remaining minutes, they could have earned a draw but the pursuit of a match winning goal meant that point scoring opportunities were spurned and with the Kilmurry defence, despite losing Daniel Cahalane to a late black card, unyielding, no further scores ensued.
Scorers: Kilmurry: Wm Buckley 0-5 (0-4f), J Buckley 0-3, J Ryan 0-4 (0-2f).
Aghinagh: D Corkery 0-4 (0-3f), S Kelleher 0-3, W Coakley 0-2, D Ambrose 0-1.
Kilmurry: Jason McDonald: Liam Long, Kevin Barrett, Adam Healy: Dave O'Halloran, Daniel Cahalane, William Barrett: Greg Barrett, Colm Crowley: Finbarr Crowley, William Buckley, Marco Healy: Joe Ryan, Dave McCarthy, Jonathan Buckley. Subs: Michael Kelleher 43, Eoin Barrett 45, David O'Leary 51, Ian Murphy 60, F Crowley 61.
Aghinagh: William Ambrose: Jeremiah Kelleher, Alan Hourihan, Paudie O'Sullivan: Dermot O'Callaghan, Dave Barry, Miceál Corkery: Seamus O'Leary, Seán Horgan: William Coakley, Declan Ambrose, Seán Kelleher: Trevor Burns, Donal Corkery, Jason McCarthy. Subs: Mikey O'Brien 18, Mathew McCarthy 25, John Lynch 27, Donagh O'Riordan ht.
Referee: Mr Dave Murnane, Macroom.

Clondrohid 1 - 9 Ballincollig 0 – 12
This was a superb encounter at Cloughduv and a penalty conversion from Clondrohid's Fergal Kelleher midway through the second half seemed likely to be a match winner. However, Ballincollig battled back gamely with Ian Coughlan and substitute O'Reilly making important contributions to force a replay. Still, it took a point from a last minute injury time free from Ballincollig's young Eoin O'Reilly to snatch the draw in this Ross Oil JAFC game.
Clondrohid's Paddy Lynch opened the scoring but Ballincollig's Peter O'Neill put Ian Coughlan through for a well worked score. Darren Dineen was keeping the scoreboard ticking over for Clondrohid while a well worked team move involving O'Neill and Kevin Browne resulted in David Bowen edging Ballincollig in front.
Both sides play bright attacking football and very little separated them throughout an excellent opening period. Darren Dineen always threatened and his point from a free a point from Aidan Kelleher ensured Clondrohid led by a single point, 0-6 to 0-5 at the break.
Ballincollig's goalkeeper Ciarán Noonan brought off an outstanding save from Dineen in the opening minute of the second half. Moments later, Dineen shot over from play before Ian Coughlan had two points for Ballincollig to level the scoring. Then came the penalty after a strong run by Fergal Kelleher which Kelleher himself slammed to the net.
Ballincollig responded with two points from frees from Kevin Browne and Coughlan to leave the minimum between the sides with 10 minutes remaining. Dineen edged Clondrohid a couple clear again but Eoin O'Reilly landed an excellent point from play in reply. The free takers converted chances from close range as the tension mounted. Ballincollig launched one final effort and seventeen-year-old substitute Eoin O'Reilly held his nerve to land a free from 40m with the final kick of the game.
Scorers: Ballincollig: I Coughlan 0-6 (0-4f) E O'Reilly 0-2 (0-1f), S Lucey, D Bowen, S Coughlan, K Browne (f). Clondrohid: D Dineen 0-6(0-3f), F Kelleher 1-0 (pen), P Lynch, A Kelleher, S Creed 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: C Noonan; D Collins, C Collins, P Harrington; S Lucey, J O'Brien, D Bowen; B Kelly, S Coughlan; B Cronin, K Coleman, P O'Neill; K Browne, I Coughlan, D Tobin. Subs: E O'Reilly, J O'Connor, K O'Sullivan, C Breen, K Crowley, B Glavin.
Clondrohid: John Corkery; L Lynch, Trevor O'Brien, James Kelleher; Shane Dineen, Brian Corcoran, Cian Creedon; Fergal Kelleher, Jeremy O'Sullivan; Danny O'Riordan, Aidan Kelleher, Darren Dineen; Shane Creed, Mark Creed, Paddy Lynch. Subs: Declan Kelleher and Conor Flanagan.
Referee: Mr Ger Ahern (Cloughduv).

Ballincollig Credit Union Mid Cork Junior A Hurling Championship

Round 2:

Éire Óg 1-10 Gleann na Laoi 1-10

Inniscarra 0-15 Kilmichael 3-5

Ballincollig v Gleann na Laoi (2nd chance for Gleann)

Quarter Finals

A Eire Óg V Cloughduv 30/07/15

B Ballinora V Donoughmore 01/08/15

C Winners Ballincollig/ Gl Na Laoi V Blarney 29/07/15

D Inniscarra – a bye

Semi Finals A v B: C v D. W/E 15/08/15: Final W/E 30/08/15

Éire Óg 1 - 10 Gleann Na Laoi 0 - 10
Éire Óg edged out Gleann Na Laoi in this Ballincollig Credit Union JAHC game played in Ballincollig. The sides were evenly matched throughout but a goal from Éire Óg's Denny Murphy after 49 minutes proved a match winning score. Gleann Na Laoi piled on the pressure in the closing stages but they were denied by some strong defending.
Gleann Na Laoi raced into an early lead with two outstanding scores from Jamie Luby and Chris Bowles. Éire Óg registered their opening score from Eoin Lyons while a placed effort from Brian Hurley edged them in front. Éire Óg then went a couple of points clear after a magnificent point from Daire McCarthy but an excellent brace from Jamie Luby levelled the scoring. The Ovens men finished the half strongly and McCarthy landed a delightful point to give his side the lead, 0-6 to 0-5 at the break.
Brian Hurley increased that lead with a placed effort but Gleann Na Laoi were back on level terms with two converted frees from the impressive Owen Keohane. Brian Hurley had two more points before Nigel Desmond reduced the gap to the minimum with a fine effort. Early in the final quarter Chris Kelly landed a huge point from way out for Eire Óg and minutes later came the decisive goal as Denny Murphy crashed home from close range after good work from John Malone.
The Clogheen side showed real determination to get back in the game and two outstanding points from Owen Keohane reduced the lead to a single score. Éire Óg packed their defence for the final couple of minutes and emerged with a well merited victory.
Scorers: Éire Óg: B Hurley 0-3 (3f), D Murphy 1-0, C Kelly, D McCarthy 0-2 each, E Lyons, D Kelly, C Kelly 0-1 each. Gleann na Laoí: O Keohane 0-5 (2f), J Luby 0-3, C Bowles, N Desmond 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: Liam Fuohy; Alan O'Flynn, Ciarán Hutchinson, Seán Desmond; Ger McSweeney, Gary O'Flynn, Ross McCarthy; Denny Murphy, Daire McCarthy; Conor O'Donoughue, Donncha Kelly, Christopher Kelly; Brian Hurley, John Malone, Eoin Lyons. Subs: Fionán Sheehan (h/t).
Gleann Na Laoi: P Murphy; J Fitzgerald, Tadgh Desmond, B Aherne; G Desmond, M Cafferty, P Bowles; D Healy R Coote; C Bowles, N Desmond, A Keating; O McCann, O Keohane, J Luby. Subs: B Dunlea.
Referee: Mr Ger Ahern (Cloughduv).

Inniscarra 0 – 15 Kilmichael 3 – 5
This was a very disappointing defeat at Cloughduv for Kilmichael, last year's defeated Mid Cork finalists. In addition, the final scoreline flatters them slightly as Inniscarra out hurled them for long periods only to see their good work wiped out by the concession of three goals to Kilmichael, two of them late in the game. Things could of course been worse for Inniscarra as the final Kilmichael point from the stick of Conor Cotter their outstanding performer, whizzed just over the crossbar when a goal was a distinct possibility. Anything but a win would have been rough justice for Inniscarra who played really well but whither now for Kilmichael hurling ? - this display was a pale shadow of last year's level of performance.
Inniscarra had outstanding performers in full back Ger Burke and Liam O'Riain at midfield but the whole team performed well and were more spirited than the Kilmichael men on this occasion.
Early points from Liam O'Riain, Jerry Roche and Darren Breatnach gave Inniscarra a good start and when Peter Kelleher had a first score for Kilmichael in the 12th minute, Inniscarra replied with a point from an O Riain free. Shane Prendeville and Ciarán O'Brien then exchanged points and Peter Kelleher and Altan O'Connell did likewise to keep Inniscarra ahead three point in front, 0-6 to 0-3 after 25 minutes. When Liam O'Riain had another point for the winners, Trevor Tobin matched it for Kilmichael to keep the three point gap at half time, 0-7 to 0-4.
Ciarán O'Brien had an Inniscarra point on the resumption but Kilmichael then struck for a great goal – Daragh Foley collecting a centrre from Conor Cotter and lashing the sliotar to the net in the 35th minute. Inniscarra responded strongly with two points from Chris O'Connor followed by one each from Liam Ó Riain and Stephen Dornan to lead by 0-12 to 1-4 after 40 minutes. Stalemate ensued broken eventually by a goal for Kilmichael in the 55th minute from a Peter Kelleher free t oleave only two points between the teams. Back came Inniscarra again with points from Altan O'Connell, Ciarán O'Brien and Liam O'Riain as the game went into injury time. Kilmichael now put the cat among the pigeons with a third goal in a goalmouth scramble, Shane O'Donoghue and Peter Kelleher kicking the ball over the line in the 63rd minute. A minute later Conor Cotter burst through the Inniscarra and from 15 metres let fly with a ferocious drive but the sliotar rose just over the bar and Inniscarra breathed an almost audible sigh of relief.
Inniscarra: Peter O'Riordan: Brian O'Mahony, Ger Burke, David O'Carroll: James Hurley, Mark McCarthy, Michael O'Mahony: Liam O Riain, Liam Collins: Chris O'Connor, Jerry Roche, Cathal Griffin: Ciarán O'Brien, Darren Breathnach, Altan O'Connell. Subs: Declan Hyland, Stephen Dornan, Declan Browne, Padraig O'Donoghue.
Kilmichael: Daniel Crowley: Luke Hennigan, James O'Leary, Dermot O'Riordan: Finbarr Dromey, Finbarr Buckley, Colm Dromey: Conor Cotter, Kieran O'Leary: Trevor Tobin, Shane Prendeville, Cathal Foley: John O'Riordan, Peter Kelleher, Daragh Foley. Subs: Cian Dromey, Shane O'Donoghue.
Referee: Mr Ted Hayes, Éire Óg.

Faro Intelligent Heating U21 A Hurling Championship

Round One

Eire Óg 2-11 Cloughduv 0-13

Inniscarra 1-19 Aghabullogue 2-10

Ballinora 0-6 Blarney 1-12

Ballincollig – a bye

Round Two

Ballincollig v Cloughduv. Ballinora v Aghabullogue

Inniscarra 1 - 19 Aghabullogue 2 – 10
An impressive display by Inniscarra at Cloughduv, saw them move confidently into round three of the Mid Cork U 21 A hurling championship at the expense of 2014 champions Aghabullogue. Inniscarra are physically strong, can hurl and importantly can score. Aghabullogue in contrast are lightly built and on the evidence of this display need major improvement on their shooting. Inniscarra led by 1-12 to 0-4 at half time but Aghabullogue had been appallingly wasteful with their opportunities from play and from frees in that first half and it is to their credit that they came out fighting for the second half and managed to make a contest of it. The reigning champions can still come back into the championship if they get over the challenge of Ballinora in the second round.
The first half saw Inniscarra at their very best with Seán O'Donoghue, Paul Farmer, Andrew McCarthy and Brian O'Mahony excellent. Points from O'Donoghue, McCarthy, Farmer, David O'Keeffe and Dylan O'Sullivan had them leading by 0-9 to 0-3 after 22 minutes and Seán O'Donoghue's goal at this stage, set up by Tomás O'Connor, really put them in a very strong position. Aghabullogue scores had come from Ian BarryMurphy and Seán Lane but their wides tally from good scoring positions was damning and ultimately they could not afford such waste.
Aghabullogue did show a big improvement in the second half with an early goal from Ian BarryMurphy giving them a boost. Their goalkeeper Cal Óg Healy made a smashing save to deny O'Donoghue but the Inniscarra scores kept coming with regularity from Liam Collins, Roche, Farmer, O'Keeffe, and O'Donoghue and it was 1-18 to 1-6 at the three quarter stage.
Scorers: Inniscarra: S O'Donoghue 1-6, D O'Keeffe 0-4 (0-3f), P Farmer 0-3 (0-2f), A McCarthy 0-2, D O'Sullivan, L Collins, G Roche and D Browne 0-1 each. Aghabullogue: I BarryMurphy 2-7 (0-6f), S Lane, S Dineen, S Kelleher 0-1 each.
Inniscarra: Stephen Horgan: David O'Carroll, Brian O'Mahony, Kevin O'Herlihy: David Barry, Mark McCarthy, Cathal Griffin: Andrew McCarthy, Paul Farmer: David O'Keeffe, Seán O'Donoghue, Liam Collins: Dylan O'Sullivan, Gerry Roche, Tomás O'Connor. Subs: Declan Browne 48
Aghabullogue: Cal Óg Healy: Dermot O'Callaghan, Cillian Cooney, Greg Long: Seán Dineen, David O'Connell, Tadgh Corkery: Seán Kelleher, Niall BarryMurphy: Ryan Dennehy, Ian BarryMurphy, Evan O'Sullivan: Billy Casey, Denis Desmond, David Dineen.

Oriel House Hotel Junior B Hurling Championship

Round Two:

A Laochra Óg v Cloughduv

B Aghabullogue v Blarney

C Ballincollig v Iveleary

D Grenagh v Donoughmore

Semi Finals: A v B; C v D

MJK Oils Junior B Football Championship

Round Two:

A Aghabullogue v Kilmichael

B Donoughmore v Iveleary

C Canovee v Kilmurry

D Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 2-16 Inniscarra 0-7

Semi Finals: A v B; C v D

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St. Val's U12 team that narrowly lost their Mid Cork Final. ©

Ladies Gaelic

Defending camogie champions, Cork, chiselled out a 0-13 to 0-6 victory over a youthful Offaly in Páirc Uí Rinn in the Liberty Insurance senior camogie championship. Siobhan Flannery scored five points for the Faithful women but Paudie Murray's charges had too much in hand. Orla Cotter remains one of the most undervalued players in the country and she continued her assault on the scoring charts with another nine points in difficult conditions. Briege Corkery added two points, with Orla Cronin and Julia White, making her first championship appearance of the season after a period of travelling, also on the mark.
That same evening, Cork Senior footballers took on Kerry in the Munster Championship Final in Mallow. It wasn't a long journey from Páirc Uí Rinn to Mallow for dual players, Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley but it proved a step too far. The wisdom of scheduling the two games on the same day questions the relevant Boards' commitment to the principle of dual competition.
Kerry defeated Cork on a decisive scoreline of 2-13 to 2-04. They were always in the ascendancy even though, while playing with the wind, their half time lead was just 0 - 10 to 2 - 02. In the second half Cork scored a mere two points, a reflection of their energy levels. They have a long uphill struggle ahead if they are to again contest the All Ireland at the end of September.
In the next round of the Camogie Championship, Wexford beat All-Ireland champions Cork, 0-13 to 0-10 and gained a small measure of revenge for losing last year's semi-final to Cork in a replay. As usual, Orla Cotter was top scorer for the Leesiders with seven points, with Katrina Mackey notching up three. Paudie Murray's charges will now play Tipperary in the quarter-final.

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Some of those who attended Macroom FC FAI camp ©David Shine

Éire Óg Camogie

Éire Óg U8 camogie panel performed very well in an U8 camogie blitz on Saturday 27 June in Ballincollig, playing Glen Rovers, Castlelyons and Ballincollig. The Éire Óg u9 team played very well at the blitz in Éire Óg on the same day, playing Glen Rovers, Aghabullogue, Douglas and Carrigaline. Éire Óg U13 panel is currently taking part in the mid- Cork u13 competition and has defeated Cloughduv & Inniscarra in their first 2 games with just 1 more game versus Ballincollig to be played before the summer recess. They also travelled to Ballygarvan on Sunday 28th June to participate in an u13 blitz. The girls defeated Charleville, Valley Rovers & Inniscarra to reach the final against Blackrock. In the first half Éire Óg were well on top but could not secure the scores needed and when Blackrock got to play with the wind in the 2nd half, they won by 2 goals. While very disappointed with the final result it had being a great day's hurling and the girls should be very happy with their effort, despite the reduced panel available.

Clondrohid G.A.A.

Junior A Championship Draw. Clondrohid were within minutes of winning this one, having played some excellent football, defending well throughout the game and, kicking some fine scores. However time added on saw Ballincollig clinch a draw. Check locally for details of replay. Well done to all involved and best of luck in the replay.
Clondrohid 3-15 St. Vincent's 1-5
This was an outstanding game played in wet conditions by the u13s. A goal in the second minute by George Lowrie was quickly cancelled out by Vincent's, but Clondrohid then took control with strong play from midfielders Alex Kelly and Ciaran O Leary. Some great interplay between backs and forwards led to some great scores and ensured Clondrohid led at half time by 2-5 to 1-4, aided by 1-2 from scorer in chief Conor Dineen . Stout defensive work was required from backs led by Jerome Healy, JK Long and the brilliant Conor Lucey. The second half was even better as Clondrohid outscored their opponents 1-10 to 0-1, led again by the artful dodger himself Conor Dineen who clocked up another 1-3 and was aided and abetted by Colin Murphy David O Connell Eoin Kelleher and George Lowrie and unerring free taking by captain Ciaran O Leary . The last 5 minutes saw the team under pressure but the excellent goalkeeper, Conor Murphy stood firm, helped by defenders Fionan O Leary and Liam Coleman. Subs Lorcan Flanagan Luke Duggan and Jack Martin came on to finish off the opponents with Jack firing over 2 points .One game left and victory will secure a semi-final place so all to play for . Thanks to the supporters on a wet night.
Reminder of the Golf Classic this Friday July 24 at Macroom Golf Club. €120 for team of 3 Contact Conor O Leary for more info 0857791211.

Laochra Óg

Monday July 6th Laochra Óg Junior "B" hurlers faced Éire Óg in Annahala. Laochra Óg scored three points in the first fifteen minutes followed by Éire Óg with four more. By half time Laochra Óg were ahead by two points. The second half started with Laochra Óg scoring three points and Éire Óg scoring two more. Laochra Óg held the lead and added four more points to their score. The final score was Laochra Óg 0 – 13 and Éire Óg 0 – 6. Our thanks to Éire Óg for a sporting game and team sponsors Deasy's Pharmacy.
13/07/2015 U6 and U8 hurling teams took part in a hurling blitz in Cloughduv. A superb turnout with forty-five Laochra Óg players playing six games against a very sporting Cloughduv .Great effort and skill shown by all. Thanks to parents and guardians for their support and to Cloughduv G.A.A Club for holding the blitz. Thanks to trainers for their hard work and commitment. Finally thanks to team sponsors, Niall Murphy Tarmac. The U10 hurlers were also involved in county blitzes in Cloughduv on Saturday playing Kilmichael, Dripsey and Cloughduv. They played brilliantly and learned a lot as well. Thanks to parents/guardians for taking the kids and giving them the opportunity to play and compete. Many thanks to team sponsors Folláin Teo. The U16 hurlers faced Kinsale in Tom Creedon Park Macroom. In damp conditions we were presented with a very entertaining game of hurling. The players played a great game with great effort and skill displayed. The game was hotly contested from start to finish and went to extra time. Laochra Óg were unfortunately on the wrong side of the score in the end Laochra Óg 2 – 14 and Kinsale 5 – 10. Thanks to team sponsors Deasys Pharmacy.
Macroom Clay Pigeon Shoot also took place on Saturday and Laochra Óg sharp shooters exchanged their hurleys for shotguns, Michael McCarthy, Paul Lyons and Michael Healy representing the club against the best shooters in the west. Great day out despite the rain. Thank you to the local gun clubs for a great day out and we appreciate the support.
Tuesday July 14th U10 hurlers played Rathmore in Teerbeg. Great skill and effort shown by all the players. Thank you to Rathmore for making the trip and to the parents/guardians who supported the players. Thanks to team sponsors Folláin Teo.
Laochra Óg U10 hurlers will travel to Semple Stadium on Sunday 26th July to see Cork v Galway in Thurles. The U10 hurlers will also play against Rockwell Rovers (New Inn) from Tipperary before arriving at Thurles. Adult helpers needed on the day contact 087 9437272.

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Macroom Golf Club Juvenile Officers, Mary Lehane and Tim Kelleher with youths at summer coaching session © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Golf Club

Men's Results: 07/07/2015 Seniors 1st Liam Ronayne (19), Don McMahon(20), Ml Brosnan (23) 44.8.
09/07/2015 NBS singles: 1st Jack Egan (7) Muskerry 41 pts, 2nd Ml Crowley (7) 37 pts.
11/07/2015 GOY singles: 1st John Lawlor (14) 43 pts,.2nd Sean K McCarthy (12) 42 pts,.3rd Ml Riordan (11) 41 pts
16/07/2015 NBS open singles 1st Mark Verling(14) 37 pts
Club Classic. First with 56 pts. Martin O'Sullivan 9 Tony Donnegan.12 Shane Walsh 20
Best Fri. with 50 pts Christy Healy 20 Dan Murphy 21 Jim O'Neill.20 Best Sat. with 53 pts. Kevin Sheehan 3.Terence Sheehan 15 John Ronan 15. Best Sun. with 54 pts Colm Creedon 13 Alan Duggan 16 Olan Haskett 12. Best Ladies. With 50 pts Yvonne Courtney.25. Cait Breatnach.36.Diana Barry 23. Best Gents with 52 pts Cathal O'Connell 18.James Vaughan.24.John Turner 15.Best Mixed with 50 pts. Tim Keating.17. Margaret Keating 30.Eddie Walsh Lee Valley 18
Fixtures; Tue Seniors. Thurs NBS open singles. Sat Monthly Medal. Sun Open 4/ball.
Women's Results: 10/06/2015. Open 3 Person Team, kindly sponsored by Granville's Bar & Restaurant. Winners: Margaret Buckley (19) Macroom. Aoife Buckley (20) Macroom. Grace Coakley (23) Monkstown. 70pts. 2nd Rose Beamish (16) Fota/Macroom. Noreen Moloney (23) Lisselan. Louise Kavanagh (16) Lisselan. 67pts. 3rd Eileen Healy (11) Macroom. Nora Ring (18) Kanturk. Ann Downey (29) Macroom 66pts On B/9. 4th Ger Galvin (12) Macroom. Margaret Walsh (16) Macroom. Deirdre Galvin (21) Macroom 66pts. 5th: Gillian O'Grady (28) Cork. Maeve Russell (24) Cork. Marie O'Sullivan (20) Bandon 65pts.
28/06/2015 & 01 /07/2015 18H. Winner. C. Breathnach (36) 36pts. On B/9. 2nd M. Cronin (18) 36pts 3rd M. Loughrey (27) 35pts On B/9 4th Y. Courtney (36). 35pts. On B/6 5th M. Lehane (19) 35pts
01 /07/2015 9 Hole Stableford. Winner Fionnula Sheehan.
05 /07/2015 & & 08 /07/2015 18H S/F Cliona Enright Memorial Trophy. Winner R. Beamish (16) 42pts. 2nd G. Galvin (12) 38pts Best Gross E. Healy (11) 23pts (gross) Silver: 1st M. Lehane (19) 37pts 2nd S. Lynch (18) 36pts. Bronze: 1st D. Galvin (21) 2nd Y. Courtney (35) 35pts On B/9. 3rd C. Breathnach (36) 35pts.