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The Gearagh in Flood ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Macroom Bowling Club Affiliations night on Fri 15th Jan 7 – 9 pm @ Mary Anne's.
"The Country Boy" at the Olde School House, Shanacashel, Jan. 15th, 16th and 17th at 8 pm
Dripsey Ambush slide show with Tim O'Brien at Ballincollig Rugby Club on Mon Jan 18 at 8p.m.

Macroom Library:

Story time Saturdays at 12 noon.
Gramophone Circle Fri. Jan. 8 at 11a.m.
Ciorcal Gaeilge Fri Jan. 15 at 11.30am..
ACOL Bridge Wed. Jan.. 13 at 10.30a.m.
Purlies Thurs. Jan. 21 at 11.30a.m.
Jan. Exhibition with Felicity Kelleher and Clondrohid Art Group.

Briery Gap:

Jan 11th at 10:30am – I Used to Live Here
Jan 11th at 8:30pm – Theeb
Briery Gap Youth Theatre Mon 18th January at 6.45pm
Jan 18th at 8:30pm – Macroom Town and Countryside
Briery Gap Mixed Choir Wed 20th Jan at 7.30pm
Jan 22nd at 10:30am – Selma
Crystal Swing Fri 22nd Jan at 8:00pm .
Jan 25th at 8:30pm – Quai d'Orsay
Pat Shortt 'Selfie' Fri 29th Jan at 8:00pm.
"Hello Dolly" auditions on Sun 7th Feb from 3.00pm
Moll by John B. Keane Fri 12th to Sun 14th Feb at 8:00pm.
Macroom Youth Theatre Performance Thurs 18th Feb at 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

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Macroom Food Festival which has been nominated in the national Local Festival/ Event of the Year category in the Community and Council Awards ©Lee Valley Outlook

2016 Community and Council Awards.

Macroom Food Festival 2015, which is organised by the Lee Valley Enterprise Board, has been selected as a finalist in the Local Festival/ Event of the Year category in the Community and Council Awards presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA. The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, 30th January in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Northwood, Santry, Dublin and will be hosted by Miriam O'Callaghan. The Local Festival/ Event of the Year category is open to any festival or event staged in a local community. The award recognises the huge effort made by an organisation to make the event happen and the sense of community such an endeavour creates. The winning Festival/ Event will also have boosted tourism and attracted business to the area, thereby raising the community profile and cementing the area's commitment to building a healthy and whole neighbourhood.

LVEB Christmas Draw Winners.

Lucky winners of €50 vouchers in the Lee Valley Enterprise Board Christmas Draw 2015 were as follows:
1st Draw 4th December: Julie Ash, Coolcower. Eileen Manning. Paddy Carroll, Bawnmore. Sarah Murphy. Bridget Connolly, Clondrohid. Phyllis Buckley, Coachford. Clare Cronin, Codrum. Nora O'Leary. Jerry Dineen, Macroom. Anne Cronin, Glen Park.
2nd Draw- 19th December Margaret Duggan, Moulnahouna. Theresa Dineen, Crookstown. Odhrán Murphy, St Colman's Park. Margaret Murphy, Paulanarigid. S. Maguire, Carrigadrohid. Niall Cronin, Sleaveen. Julie Burgoyne, Kilmichael. Teresa Cohen, New Street. Bridget Mc Sweeney, Bealick. Michael O'Connor, Chapel Cross.

Murphys for Long Haul

Macroom Haulage, under Managing Director, Paddy Murphy and his sons Ciaran and Olan, also directors of the mid Cork firm, has earned yet another accolade and has been declared Haulier of the Year 2016, winning the national title for an unprecedented third time. Their success is attributed to good management - their strategic business planning; their investment in modern, specialist equipment; ongoing training and monitoring of drivers and providing their customers with a reliable, cost effective service.

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The spirit of Christmas was alive and well during the fund-raising no-uniform day in De la Salle College Macroom © An Scoil

Youthreach Macroom 

The FETAC 4 students at Youthreach Macroom have joined forces with third class students at St Colman's BNS for an exciting community project based on the principles of storytelling in Drama. As part of their drama module, they have devised a workshop which caters specifically for 8 – 10 year olds, with the aim of promoting an interest in drama and storytelling, whilst also integrating various forms of literacy. Youthreach Macroom students began work on this project at the beginning of the current school term, researching themes and topics of interest, specifically for third class boys. Not only did they devise the content for the workshop, but they also mastered the techniques involved in delivering it themselves, with the guidance of their drama teacher Angela Doherty. She says that a lot of work went into this process 'We wanted to create a fun, imaginative, and relevant workshop which would allow St Colman's students to express their stories or ideas and share them with one another'. The idea to promote the art of storytelling was of particular interest to the Youthreach students, as they were quick to recognize that in a world of cartoons and movies 'on demand', children do not always know how to tap into their own creativity and imagination. By using drama as a tool, Youthreach Macroom students were able to motivate and engage the younger students' imaginations – and what imaginations they have! Some fantastic stories were devised and acted out by the young group, with plenty of laughter to be heard around the corridors of the school. Rachel O'Sullivan is one of the FETAC 4 students who delivered the workshop, and she had no apprehension prior to it taking place 'I'm looking forward to the experience – I think kids that age are great fun' she said. The drama classes of Youthreach Macroom have been awarded a number of accolades from National bodies over the past couple of years, and, as a result, they have grown in confidence and knowledge in this field. These workshops serve as a new and exciting challenge. Youthreach Macroom would like to thank the principal of St Colman's BNS, Martin Clancy and all the staff for allowing them the opportunity to deliver these workshops to their students. It's great to see collaborations like this taking place within the community, and hopefully, we can continue to build on this experience in the years to come.

St. Mary's Updates

MS Readathon: Congratulations to Mrs. Twomey and Ms. De La Cour for organising the MS Readathon with all 1st years. The girls put in a trojan effort, reading books from the school library, arranging sponsorship and collecting €500 for MS. Ireland. Well done girls.
BT Young Scientists: 3 projects from our school have been accepted for this year's BT Young Scientist Competition from our TY students. They have been working hard all year on their projects and will be travelling to Dublin in January to participate. The projects are:
Healthy Hands are Happy Hands – surveying peoples hand hygiene practice and awareness.
Water consumption/ attitudes to water charges rural and town with/ without their own wells.
Drive to Success take the test – driving theory test – would people who have full licenses be able to pass the theory test.
Coin Rush. 1st and 2nd year students took part in a coin rush to raise funds for this trip. They collected copper coins and the winners were 1A2.
Christmas Dinner. Christmas is a time of celebration, both spiritual and festive. Mass was celebrated on 8th December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The sacrament of reconciliation was held in the Church for all students and staff to avail of. A Christmas Dinner was held in the school canteen for all students cooked by Trish. It was a lovely celebration, of the school community where staff and pupils had dinner, sang carols and held a table quiz. Santa even made a surprise visit.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish students, staff, parents and all the wider school community a happy and holy 2016.

McEgan College Updates

Serving up a treat. The Hotel and Catering LCA 5 class, under the careful eye of Ms. Bourke, served up a wonderful lunch to the staff of McEgan College on Friday 17th December at a nominal charge. The students researched various dishes and decided to create for starters; tossed mixed salad and carrot and sesame salad; for the main course; chicken curry with rice served with poppadums, raita and chutney and a trio of desserts including chocolate roulade, poppy seed rolls (Croatian speciality), minced pies and baked alaska. Mouth-watering deliciousness was enjoyed by all. Well done to the class of LCA 5.
Christmas Carol Service. 2nd year Music class, including Katie Dineen, Jack Granville, Kirsty Hickey, Suzanne Aslanoglu, Shauna Spillane, Gabby Wozniak, Sheila Mc O'Leary, Sharon O'Brien and their music teacher, Ms. Costello, were invited to attend a carol service at Macroom Hospital on Thursday 10th December. Students performed Christmas Carols, including Silent Night, Away in a Manger and other classics as well as other well-known songs like Santa Claus is coming to Town and Jingle Bells. It was very much enjoyed and captured the spirit of Christmas.

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Children from St. Joseph's N.S. at carol service in Macroom church ©An Scoil

Dan Joe Kelleher Video Archive

Dan Joe Kelleher's invaluable collection of video footage, which he compiled over the past 31 years, may now be viewed at Macroom Library. Dan Joe, the original self-taught, 'professional amateur', started broadcasting LTV Services Macroom, probably Ireland's first community television service, in February 1984 from his farmhouse, near Carriganimma. He set out with his camera each week to cover everyday events in the social, religious and sporting life of the area. He then returned to edit and broadcast his programmes. He 'created a record of his people and their celebration of life in the closing decades of the 20th century and this will be an invaluable source of pleasure and nostalgia for locals and of information for students of social life'.
The original unedited tapes were in danger of deterioration and when the concept of a preservation project, funded by the County Library, was mooted in 2002, Dan Joe gave it his enthusiastic co-operation. The most vulnerable tapes, dating from the 1980s, were transferred by Dan Joe to 100 DVDs and Cork County Council's IT Department put them on hard disk so that the material may be viewed by the public in a secure format.
Viewing the material at Macroom Library is very user-friendly. A special computer, devoted to the Dan Joe Kelleher Archive, is in place. As soon as the machine is turned on, a menu is presented from which one may choose which category to browse – entertainment, drama, agriculture, sport. The viewer may 'pause', to study groups or 'fast forward'. The staff at the library are most helpful but it might be advisable to check in advance that the machine is free.
The Archive 'has captured a cache of songs, stories, ...occasions, interviews'. Additional categories include community events, documentaries, lectures, festivals, interviews, religious events and schools. Very few areas have a detailed film record of their past. It should be valued and appreciated as the social history it portrays . Dan Joe continues with his broadcasts of Local Television to areas throughout Muskerry and Duhallow every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening from November to April.

Connecting to LTV

Reception of LTV covers much of the Duhallow/ Muskerry area but reception can be impacted by location of hills. Reception is as it was in the past, before digital TV. It continues to be on analogue. All TV sets, old and new, can receive analogue. To tune, a remote control of the TV set is important. Connect a good UHF group A aerial to your TV, with the aerial facing Sleaveen, Carriganimma or Clara Mountain. Then scan your TV set, either full scan or analogue scan. When scan is complete, your TV will show digital and analogue channel numbers. LTV is on the same channel as EWTN.

Free to Read

From January 2016, membership of Cork County Library is free for everyone! Cork County Library has 28 branch libraries and 4 mobile libraries, covering the entire county, from Castletownbere to Youghal, Mitchelstown to Cape Clear. With over 1 million books, magazines, newspapers, journals, DVDs, audiobooks, e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines, there's something for everyone, much of it available online, so there's no excuse not to join! Call into your local library with proof of identity and address and join today.

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Grand finale of 'Sleeping Beauty' at the Briery Gap, Macroom. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Briery Gap Programme

Crystal Swing with Special Guest: PJ Murrihy. Friday 22nd January at 8:00pm. Tickets €15.
Pat Shortt 'Selfie' Friday 29th January at 8:00pm. Sold Out!
"Hello Dolly". Auditions for Briery Gaps Annual Musical will take place on Sunday 7th February from 3.00pm
Briery Gap Players present Moll by John B. Keane Friday 12th to Sunday 14th February at 8:00pm. Tickets €15/12
Macroom Youth Theatre Performance Thursday 18th February at 8:00pm. Tickets €10/8
January 11th at 10:30am – I Used to Live Here (Schools – Transition Year) €5
January 11th at 8:30pm – Theeb (Sulán Film Society) €6, In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.
January 18th at 8:30pm – Macroom Town and Countryside 1993 (LTV Production) €5
January 22nd at 10:30am – Selma (Schools – Transition Year) €5
January 25th at 8:30pm – Quai d'Orsay (Sulán Film Society) €6. After French yuppie Arthur Vlaminck has graduated at the National School of Administration he joins the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. Vlaminck's ambitious new colleagues try to bully him around while his superior, Claude Maupas, remains phlegmatic. However, Vlaminck's career gains momentum.
Briery Gap Youth Theatre returns on Monday 18th January at 6.45pm
Briery Gap Mixed Choir – Returns on Wednesday 20th January at 7.30pm (please note change of time). Application forms for 10-week session available at Box Office. New Members very welcome. Choir Director -M/s Gobnait O'Connor,

Local TV Programmes

Thurs. Jan. 7. 9.30p.m. Ovens N.S. present The Children of Lir at Millstreet Country Park.
Sun. Jan. 10: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Gougane Sunday 2015. 6.30p.m. Jimmy Shand Christmas Party and The Children of Lir at Millstreet Country Park
Wed. Jan. 13: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50 Andy Stewart, Scotland. Songs of Yore
Thurs. Jan. 14 9.30p.m. News by Eily Buckley. Knocknagree Concert 2 2015.
Sun. Jan. 17: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Annual Mass at Shrone 2015 . 6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes
Wed. Jan. 20: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50 Sleeping Beauty from The Briery Gap


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.)

Macroom Bowling Club Affiliations night on Friday 15th January 7 – 9 pm @ Mary Anne's. Entry fees for Championship will be accepted. €50 per head.

The Olde School House Drama Group present "The Country Boy" at Shanacashel hall, Kilmichael on 15th, 16th and 17th January at 8 pm sharp. Booking essential on 087 4347971

Dripsey Ambush. Tim O'Brien, presenter of a slide show, the subject of which is remembering the men who died in the ill-fated Dripsey Ambush in 1921, would be delighted to receive a picture copy by email of any item recovered from the scene near Godfrey's Cross. Also of interest would be pictures of the various type of arms used by East Muskerry volunteers of the era. The slide show will be delivered at Ballincollig Rugby Club on Monday January 18 next under the auspices of the Muskerry Local History Society. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Christmas Harmony. St. Joseph's Choir, Cloughduv together with some members of Kilmurry Choir presented their annual recital in Cloughduv Church in advance of the feast. Proceeds went to Cuan Mhuire Rehabilitation Centre, Farnanes, and other local charities.

St. Joseph's Artists. Andrea Pasztor, Clodagh McDonagh, Ruby Mai Friend, Clodagh McDonagh, Caoimhe Buckley and Ben Cunningham were all winners in the Credit Union Art Competition. Clodagh McDonagh was 1st age 8-10 and her picture has gone forward to the next level of the competition. Ben Cunningham came 3rd in Age 7 and under; Caoimhe Buckley 2nd Age 11-13. Andrea Pazstor 3rd Age 11-13. Ruby Mai Friend Special Category Age 11-13.

Macroom Flower & Garden Club Committee would like to thank all who attended and supported Gardening and Floral Demonstrations throughout 2015.A special word of thanks to Evelyn & Staff of Coolcower House for hosting all events. Wishing you all a happy and peaceful 2016.

"Someone like me" Aisling Tanner, Coppeen N.S. was winner of the National essay competition, "Someone like me" and was interviewed for R.T.E. prior to receiving a prize of a €200 voucher for I.T. equipment for herself and €2,000 for Coppeen N.S. "Someone like me" was sponsored by the Department of Justice. The prize was presented at Farmleigh House by Aodhán Ó Riordáin T.D. Minister of State.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 15/12/15. Winning Numbers 10-23-28. No Winner. €70. Keelin, Cathal & Gearoid Keating, Aghabullogue. €20. Helen & Conor Harrington, Coolcower Broke Murphy, 9 Lr. Cork Street Julie O'Sullivan, Kilnagurteen Claire Cronin, 79 New Street Mary Ryan, Sullane Weirs,
22/12/15 Winning Numbers 16-17-18. No Winner. €70. Jane Murray, Railway |View. €20 Twomey Family, Grague, Inchigeela Brian Naughton, Dripsey Kitty Browne, Dooniskey Frank Twomey, Glen Park Bridie Murphy. Dromree

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto 23/12/15. No Winner. €70. Margaret Coakley, Derryleigh, Inchigeela. €20. Isobele O'Mahony, 24 The Lawn, Masseytown Kathleen O'Leary, The Village Matthew McDonagh, Carriganima Declan Barrett c/o MCP
30/12/15 €70 - Pat McAuliffe, Carriganima P.O. €20 - Hancy O'Mahony, 6 O'Mahony Place Dan O'Regan, Codrum Denis Murray, c/o Murrays Bar Lawrence Dineen, 4 Millbrook

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto December 27th Numbers drawn 3,12,17,29. Winner Katie Lucey Clashnafrim Ovens €50 Dermot & Mary Lyons Carrigadrohid €25 Kevin Foley c/o Castlemore Arms Con Fitzgerald €25 on line Liz McCarthy
lotto numbers drawn on January 3rd 7,8,9,14 no winner of 5,000 euro. 50 euro Finbarr hickey Aherla. 25 euro. John f o Sullivan tower. 25 euro Norma o Mahony Aherla. 25 euro on line Noel Moynhian carrigadrohid next lotto draw on January 10 th in the sportmans Aherla for a lotto jackpot of 5,150 euro

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 21/12/2015, Jackpot: €1,200, Numbers Drawn: 6 – 10 – 18, No Winner: €40 Joe McElroy, €20 Orla Maher, Rachel Manley, Mia Hubbard, Paddy Foley (Yearly Ticket).
28/12/2015, Jackpot: €1,400, Numbers Drawn: 20 – 32 – 33, No Winner: €40 Trish, Oisin & Blaithin, €20 Mairead Delaney, Neilie Callaghan, Frank Bergin, Anto Sheehan.
4/1/2016, Jackpot: €1,600, Numbers Drawn: 9 – 14 – 28, No Winner: €40 Noreen & Ross Mulligan, €20 Denis & Mim O'Connell, Lotto Ladies, John Junior Murphy (Yearly Ticket), Mags.

Lee Valley Updates

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Sheila O' Leary, former sacristan, who was made a Dame of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Sylvester at Gougane Barra Church on Dec 29th by Bishop Buckley. ©Connie Cronin .

Papal Dame in Gougane 

Sheila O'Leary, former sacristan at Gougane oratory, was surrounded by family, friends and clergy for her Investiture as a Dame of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Sylvester by Bishop John Buckley on December 29th. Sheila was sacristan at Gougane Barra Church down through the years and gave much of her time to the church. She was accompanied by her daughters, Pauline and Helen, their families and friends on this momentous occasion.
The Pontifical Order of St. Sylvester was founded in 1841 by Pope Gregory XVI. It is conferred on lay persons who are active in the apostolate, particularly in the exercise of their professional duties. The Papal Secretary of State Emeritus has defined the role of a Papal Dame; "Becoming a Dame does not mean receiving a title of honour even though it is well deserved, but fighting evil, promoting good and defending the weak and oppressed against injustice".

Garda Youth Awards 

17-year-old Nicole Desmond, Balineadig, Farran, was declared Macroom District Winner in the 2015 Garda Youth Awards in Bantry. This marked the 20th West Cork Garda Youth Awards, in association with SuperValu. Inspector Pat Meaney, Chairman of the Organising Committee, lauded the achievements of the 24 Award winners, drawn from 155 young people nominated for the Awards this year. It is a reflection of the contribution being made by young people across West Cork and a testament to the support and encouragement that they receive from their parents, families, teachers, and volunteers in the community. Each of the nominees will be recognised with a Certificate of Nomination,
Nicole Desmond, the Macroom District winner, has displayed a very caring nature in looking after less fortunate neighbours and relatives. She has also been accepted by the Hope Foundation to go to Calcutta in February and has raised €5,000 which will go to benefit less fortunate children. She is very involved in her local GAA club, Eire Óg. Nicole has a great outlook, and is a positive influence on those around her.

Clondrohid Updates

Development Group: The annual Christmas / New Year Adult Party will take place in the Hall on Sunday January 17 at 2pm. Great entertainment as usual, good food and of course the craic.. The place everyone wants to be. The Group would like to extend their good wishes to everyone in the parish and surrounds for 2016 and a big 'Thank You' to all who helped during 2015.
G.A.A.News: Due to horrendous weather conditions the eagerly awaited match between the marrieds and the singles had to be cancelled on St. Stephen's Day, hopefully to be rearranged. A wonderful occasion celebrating the 20th anniversary of Clondrohid's historic Mid -Cork final in 1995 took place in the Tavern recently. Great to see such a turnout and the chance to catch up again with the panel of players and selectors. A special word of thanks to those who organized the night, to Teresa and Paudie in the Tavern, and to anyone who helped make the night happen and be a great success. Clondrohid GAA Club extends its sympathy to the family of JJ. Long, Kilmurry, former chairman of the Muskerry Board, who passed away over the Christmas period. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Macroom Ploughing: This annual match had to be cancelled due to weather conditions. It will be held at a later date.

Coachford Updates

Flooding. Coachford Village was again a victim of the elements at year's end as torrents of water washed through the village and the drainage system was yet again unable to cope. Shores along the main street exploded, churning out sewage and water and the council had to call in a drainage company to pump water and sewage from one drain to another for eight days. There is real anger at what has now become a major health issue, Ineptness and inaction are blamed for conditions in the village, which is not adjacent to a river but has a small drain running under its street. Flooding issues have been ongoing for over 25 years. While businesses pay rates and residents pay property tax, the council, councillors and Dail deputies are seen to ignore the plight of those living and working in Coachford. The council needs to fix the problem and Irish Water needs to fast track the promised improvements. The roads around the village are in a very dangerous state of disrepair and many drivers are facing hefty bills for replacement of tyres and repairs to the suspensions. Some local roads are impassable and the footpath by the GAA pitch remains underwater.
Cork Local Area Plans Aghabullogue Coachford Rylane Community Council are encouraging everyone to invest in their future by making submissions to the Cork County Council Local Area Plans. Cork County Council has commenced the process of preparing new Municipal District Local Area Plans which will set out the planning strategy and land use zoning for the villages and towns of the county. This is your opportunity to participate in the review process. Individuals and groups can make submissions before January 25th 2016. The Local Area Plans will deal with issues such as: The availability of land for housing. The availability of land for employment uses. Need for new Infrastructure. Strengthening village centres. Community Facilities including schools and playgrounds
• Green Infrastructure. Transport and Mobility. Flooding. The need to conserve the environment. For more info visit the Coachford News webpage or visit corkcoco.ie
Aghabullogue Point to Point racing scheduled to take place this Sunday has been cancelled. The annual horse racing event is hugely popular within the community and is looked forward to by everyone. The organisers were forced to take the decision to cancel this year's racing due to the recent inclement weather and were unable to reschedule as the Munster Point to Point calendar is a very hectic one and an alternative date could not be found.
Coachford AFC The local soccer club hopes to get some boots back on the playing pitch this weekend after a very long forced period of inaction due to the heavy rainfall. The Premier team will entertain Carrigtwohill in the league on Saturday at 2pm in the league. The Under 15s will also play their first game of 2016 at home when they take on Carrigaline on Saturday morning at 11.45am.
Aghabullogue Camogie Many congratulations to all the Aghabullogue camogie players from u6 up to U10 who received medals from Cork dual star hero Rena Buckley who took time out of her ever so busy schedule to be at the hugely enjoyable event in Coachford GAA hall last weekend. Danny "Zumba" kept the girls fit and healthy before they dived into the treats that were laid out for them.
Vintage run. Congratulations to Tim Flanagan and Mike O'Shea who organised a very successful Vintage run on December 28th in aid of Penny Dinners. Over 50 vehicles took part in the run to Blarney Castle and great fun and craic was enjoyed by all. The run raised over €1,200 for Cork Penny Dinners.

Firmount Fun Run. 

57 students in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes at Scoil Iosaif Firmount N.S., Donoughmore, completed a 5K Fun Run on December 9, organised by the Firmount Active Schools Committee. Many teachers and parents joined them on the day. In preparation, the students trained 3 days a week for 8 weeks alongside their parents and teachers. They are all to be highly commended for their dedication and enthusiasm in training and completion of the 5K challenge. Some of the teachers who participated in the run were Marie Lyne, Mairead Crowley, Julie O'Sullivan and Christine O'Shea.

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Cloughduv and Kilmurry Choirs present a fundraising recital in Cloughduv Church.
©Peter Scanlan Photography

Dripsey Ambush Remembered

The five men executed by British Crown Forces following the ill-fated Dripsey Ambush 95 years ago will be remembered in a special slide show presentation by Tim O'Brien on Monday January 18th as part of the Muskerry Local History programme of events in the new season. The show, at Ballincollig Rugby Club (8 p.m.) will include news on the formation of the volunteers in the Donoughmore, Courtbrack and Inniscarra areas; the ambush plan; the capture of volunteers; the subsequent court martial; the traumatic execution morning at Cork's Victoria Barracks; the construction of a monument at Dripsey and some important commemoration ceremonies at the ambush site through the decades.
Those executed following that War of Independence mission were: Thomas O'Brien, Dripsey; Daniel O'Callaghan, Dripsey; John Lyons, Coachford; Patrick O'Mahony, Berrings; Timothy McCarthy, Fornaught, Donoughmore. A sixth volunteer, James Barrett, Firmount, Donoughmore, died from injuries received on the day of the engagement. Mr O'Brien would be delighted to receive any pictures from the volunteer era in East Muskerry and these would be returned, once copied with the permission of the owner. These, or any relevant information in the ambush itself, may be sent to 15 Beverley Drive, Melbourn, Bishopstown, Cork. Telephone 087 2940661.

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Members of Donoughmore Macra members in festive and charitable mood ©

Macra Matters 

Donoughmore Macra has been busy. Following the successful collection of non-perishable foods and kitchen supplies, club members donated several boxes to Cork Penny Dinners. Penny Dinners is a long established organisation, offering a nourishing midday meal to all those in need.
Many teams competed in the Cork County round of Capers, held in Ovens and hosted by Seandun Macra. Donoughmore Macra were placed first. This will hopefully bode well in the future competitive rounds. To celebrate, club members went to their Christmas party in Muskerry Arms in Blarney and a bus took them to local pubs, until the night finished in Pat Barry's school.

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Carúil na Nollag i gCill na Martra

An Aimsir 

Ní raibh aon saineolaithe teilifíse ag na seandaoine ach bhí súile maithe acu agus cuimhne maith. D'fhéachadar ar an spéir, na scamaill, an ghealach agus an ghrian. Bhí comharthaí aimsire acu ag baint leo go léir agus seanfhocail - 'Lá breá sa gheimhreadh nó sláinte duine críonna', 'Teas gaoithe aduaidh nó fuacht gaoithe aneas', 'Gach re lá go maith ó Lá 'le Bríde amach agus leath mo lae-se leis, arsa Pádraig'; 'Na Faoillí (Feabhra) a mharaíonn na caoire ach an Márta a mharaíonn na daoine'; 'Ní théann an stoirm thar an Domhnach ná an rabharta thar an gCéadaoin', 'Tosach Aoine nó deire Sathairn nó maidin Domhnaigh go h-am Aifrinn'.

New Year Resolution

I'm one of seven billion in the world in which we live
But I can make a difference by the way I love and give.
Whenever I see another who needs a helping hand
I'll be there to show I care in every way I can.
If I just throw one starfish, back in the sea of blue
And if you were that starfish, would I make a difference to you?
A kind word and a smile or a hug for one in need
Just one spoonful of my love can plant a healing seed.
Yes, I'm just one of many but with some help from you,
We'll make twice the difference. Are you willing to make it two?


All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
In this deeply moving novel we discover the stories of Marie -Laure and Werner, Destiny brings them together, she from a Parisian suburb and he from the labour mines. A page-turner, utterly absorbing. A book that demonstrates the way in which, against all odds, people try to be good to each other,
€11.00 at FitzGerald's Bookshop, Macroom


Tips for buying property at auction 

If you are planning on buying property at auction, there are a number of things you need to do in advance. Preparation is key and cannot be over-emphasised.
• Have you seen the property? You should view the actual property and not just the photographs. Get a copy of the property brochure from the auctioneer or visit their website.
• Obtain a structural survey if there are buildings on the 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.
• 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.
• Conduct a planning search of the property. Instruct an engineer to review the planning permission documentation furnished with the contract for sale.
Find out all you can about the property to be auctioned. The more you know the better.
• 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.
• Have you funds in place? To arrange a mortgage, apply to your 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. 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.
• 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.
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.
Karen Walsh, from Grenagh, is a solicitor and principal of Walsh & Partners, Solicitors and Commissioners for Oaths, 17, South Mall, Cork. Tel: 021-4270200. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.walshandpartners.ie
Disclaimer: 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.

West Cork LEADER

In recent weeks many people have been seeking clarification from West Cork Development Partnership (WCDP) about communications issued from a new entity called West Cork LEADER LAG". Clarification has also been sought in relation to a recent call for nominations to the "West Cork LEADER LAG". The WCDP was renamed in 2007, having previously been called West Cork LEADER. Many people still refer to the organisation by this name and as such, there is considerable potential for confusion with the name of the new entity. The WCDP wishes to clarify that it is in not in any way involved with West Cork LEADER LAG and will submit its own application for the management and delivery of the LEADER programme in West Cork for the period 2016-2020. Having successfully delivered four successive LEADER programme in West Cork since 1992, the WCDP is proud of its record in delivering the LEADER programme in West Cork for nearly 25 years and is fully prepared to engage in a competitive process for the delivery of the LEADER programme for the period 2016-2020; its future strategy having been fully informed by an extensive public consultation process in the autumn of 2015 as well as by its unrivalled record in innovative programme planning, high quality governance, exemplary financial management and compliance with programme regulations.
"West Cork LEADER LAG" is a new grouping headed by Cork County Council and its West Cork Local Community Development Committee brought together for the purposes of submitting a proposal to deliver the LEADER programme in West Cork. In this context the new grouping will be competing with WCDP for the contract to deliver the LEADER programme in West Cork from 2016-2020. If the "West Cork LEADER LAG" is successful in a competitive process, delivery of the LEADER programme in West Cork will be split between 3 implementing partners – South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD), based in Midleton; Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, based in Fermoy; and Comhar na nOileain, based on Inis Oirr, Aran Islands, Co. Galway. The specifics of the delivery arrangements and the budget spilt between implementing partners in such a situation are not known to the WCDP. These organisations, Cork County Council, its West Cork Local Community Development Committee have engaged Future Analytics, Dublin, as well as other consultants to conduct needs analyses and assist in strategy development for the new programme.
Arising from a decision by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to align LEADER delivery arrangements to Local Authority municipal districts as well as an edict that prevents the WCDP from potentially holding a LEADER contract in more than one sub-region, the WCDP regrets to announce that it can no longer have a role in the management and delivery of the LEADER programme in the Lee Valley and Gaeltacht regions of mid-Cork. The WCDP does not accept the logic of the Department's position nor believe that it has any evidential basis. A recent public announcement by IRD Duhallow suggested it will deliver a total LEADER project budget of €142,500 in the period 2016-2020 to a population of 24,000 people in the Lee Valley area. This comprises 5% of the available project funds in the South Cork municipal district. The WCDP is not aware of the arrangements proposed for the management and allocation of the remaining 95% of the LEADER project budget between Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, South East Cork Area Development and Údarás na Gaeltachta.
For further information or clarification on these issues please contact Ian Dempsey, CEO at 023/8834035 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sports Mad

Cork County Championship Draws 2016

Senior Football Championship
Preliminary Round Avondhu v Ilen Rovers
Round 1
(A) Aghada v MUSKERRY
(B) Beara v St Finbarr's
(C) Carbery Rangers v Clyda Rovers
(D) Dohenys v Douglas
(E) Newcestown v CIT
(F) BALLINCOLLIG v Bishopstown
(G) Valley Rovers v winners of Avondhu/Ilen Rovers
(H) Clonakilty v Castlehaven
(I) Carbery v O' Donovan Rossa
(J) Seandun v UCC
(K) Nemo Rangers v Duhallow
(L) St Nicholas v Carrigaline
Round 2A (WINNERS from Round 1). I v B; L v G;J v F;D v C;E v H;A (Aghada/ MUSKERRY) v K (Nemo/ Duhallow)
Round 2B (LOSERS from Preliminary Round & Round 1) Avondhu/ Ilen Rovers v D; H v L; F v B; K v J; G v I; A (Aghada/ MUSKERRY) v E (Newcestown/ CIT); C a bye
Senior Hurling Championship
Preliminary Round Killeagh v MUSKERRY
Round 1
(A) Erin's Own v CIT
(B) Douglas v Na Piarsaigh
(C) Avondhu v Ballymartle
(D) Sarsfield v Carrigtwohill
(E) Glen Rovers v Carbery
(F) Blackrock v Ballyhea
(G) Duhallow v Carrigdhoun
(H) Midleton v Bishopstown
(I) Bride Rovers v Youghal
(J) St Finbarr's v Newcestown
(K) Newtownshandrum v winners of Killeagh/MUSKERRY
(L) Imokilly v UCC
Round 2A (winners from Round 1). B v L. J v A. H v K. F v G. E v D. C v I
Round 2B (Losers from Preliminary Round & Round 1) Killeagh/ MUSKERRY v A (Erins Own/ CIT). D v F. C v E. J v G. K v L. I v H. B a bye.
Premier Intermediate Football Championship
Round 1
(A) St Vincent v St Michaels
(B) Mallow v Bantry Blues
(C) Castletownbere v NAOMH ABÁN
(D) MACROOM v Fermoy
(E) ÉIRE ÓG v Nemo Rangers
(H) Kiskeam v Na Piarsaigh

Round 2A (Winners from Round 1). D v G.B v F.H v C.E v A.
Round 2B (Losers from Round 1) D v G. B v F. H v C. E v A.
Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship
Round 1
(A) Castlelyons v INNISCARRA
(B) Kanturk v Cloyne
(C) Tracton v Ballinhassig
(D) Watergrasshill v BLARNEY
(E) Charleville v Bandon
(F) Fermoy v Kilworth
(G) Carrigaline v Mallow
(H) Valley Rovers v Courcey Rovers
Round 2A (Winners from Round 1). G v C. F v B. H v A. E v D.
Round 2B (Losers from Round 1). G v C. F v B. H v A. E v D.

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Foireann Beal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 1965 a bhuaigh Craobh Lár Chorcaí don chéad uair ©

Intermediate Football Championship

Round 1
(A) CILL na MARTRA v Bandon
(B) AGHABULLOGUE v Millstreet
(C) Adrigole v Ballydesmond
(D) Kildorrery v Clonakilty
(E) St Finbarrs v Mayfield
(F) Douglas v Mitchelstown
(G) Carrigaline v Kanturk
(H) Glanmire v Kinsale
(I) Glanworth v Glenville
(J) Rockchapel v Youghal
Round 2A (Winners from Round 1). E v H. I v J. B v C. A v D. G v F
Round 2B (Losers from Round 1). E v H. I v J. B v C. A v D. G v F
Intermediate Hurling Championship
Preliminary Round
Ballymartle v GRENAGH; Barryroe v Dungourney
Round 1
(A) Na Piarsaigh v Argideen Rangers
(B) Midleton v Glen Rovers
(C) Aghada v Blackrock
(D) ÉIRE ÓG v Ballinhassig
(E) Douglas v winners of Barryroe/Dungourney
(F) Milford v Castlemartyr
(G) DRIPSEY v St Finbarrs
(H) Fr O' Neills v Carrigaline
(J) Kilbrittain v winners of Ballymartle/Grenagh
(K) Kildorrery v Ballygarvan
Round 2A (Winners from Preliminary Round & Round 1). A v J. H v I. G v B. C v F.
K v D. E v L.
Round 2B (Losers from Preliminary Round & Round 1) Ballymartle/ Grenagh v C. Barryroe/ Dungourney v I. F v E. K v A. G v J. D v H. L v B

After clubs had gone through the agony of relegation play offs in 2015 and having had teams battle for promotion to higher grades, the clubs at the county board then decided to change the whole system for 2016. Now, no club is being relegated and some clubs are getting intermediate status for their second teams despite having been very moderate performers in junior ranks last year. Consistent strong performers at junior level e.g. Cloughduv in hurling, Mid Cork champions, have been denied access to the intermediate hurling championship while the Inniscarra second team, beaten Mid Cork semi-finalists, are allowed to enter that intermediate championship. Clonakilty junior footballers who were relegated from junior A ranks in West Cork have now instead been allowed to enter the intermediate championship, along with Bandon who had to win the West Cork and county championships to attain the same status!
The era of three chances to survive has ended also: now two championship defeats will mean elimination from all championships. First round winners are guaranteed three games minimum in championship. Divisions are no longer treated differently in senior hurling and football – divisional senior teams are in the open draw from the commencement of the championships.

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At Tom Creedon Cup Draw at Macroom Bookshop, from left, Pat O'Connell, Tracey Kennedy, John Allen, Catherine Vaughan, John O'Mahony, Donal Leahy and Martin FitzGerald, sponsor ©Lee Valley Outlook 

Tom Creedon Cup 2016

The draw for the 2016 Tom Creedon Cup competition was made at Fitzgerald's Bookshop Macroom, the generous sponsors of the competition now for many years. In all, 21 teams entered the competition which will be played off week by week on a knock out basis. Cill na Martra won the cup in 2015 for the first time and are back seeking to retain the magnificent trophy.
In attendance at the launch were officers of Macroom GAA club including Chairman John O'Mahony and Runaí Pat O'Connell, Martin FitzGerald of FitzGerald's Bookshop, County Board vice chairperson Tracey Kennedy, new county PRO Donal Leahy and members of the Creedon family including Tom Creedon's sister, Catherine Vaughan. Tom's former team-mate, John Allen, recalled his friendship with Tom Creedon, while Catherine Vaughan thanked all those involved with making the competition such a success. The draw was made by John Allen and Catherine Vaughan and resulted as follows:
Round 1( to be played 10/1/16)
A- Kildorrery v NAOMH ÁBÁN
B- Newmarket v Rockchapel
C- Millstreet v St Finbarrs
D- Ballydesmond v Nemo Rangers
E- Kiskeam v Glenville
Round 2 (to be played 17/1/16)
1- A v B
2- C v D
3- E v Carrigaline
4- Mallow v MACROOM
7- Mayfield v Kinsale
8- CILL na MARTRA (holders) v Mitchelstown
Quarter Finals ( to be played 24/1/16): 1 v 2, 3 v 4, 5 v 6, 7 v 8.

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Tadhg Twohig, Chairman Aghinagh G.A.A., welcomes delegates to Muskerry Convention at Rusheen. At top table are, David Lee, William Buckley, the late J.J. Long, Pat Malone, Ger Lane, Kevin O'Donovan and Pearse Murphy. ©Lee Valley Outlook 

J.J. Long R.I.P. 

When the clubs of Mid Cork paid tribute to JJ Long of Kilmurry as he ended his five-year term as Cathaoirleach of the Mid Cork GAA Board in early December, little did anyone realise that they would be mourning his unexpected death within a few short weeks. JJ had acted as Leas Cathaoirleach of the board from 1999 until 2010 and had then been unanimously elected to the Chair for a five-year period. Early in 2011 JJ had been involved in an horrific farming accident but, with the support of the medical staff at Dun Laoghaire, and of his devoted family and friends, had battled great adversity and, although confined to a wheelchair, had been able to resume his position as Cathaoirleach of the Mid Cork board and see out his term of office at the helm. One of his most pleasant functions as chairman in that latter period was, no doubt, presenting the victorious Kilmurry junior footballers with the Mid Cork championship cup in 2014. JJ was made a Vice President of the board in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the GAA in Muskerry but, unfortunately, his death just after Christmas has deprived the clubs of Muskerry of a wonderful friend and wise counsellor. At the funeral service in Kilmurry, Seán Murphy, on behalf of Kilmurry club, and former chairman, Frank McCarthy, on behalf of all the clubs of Mid Cork, paid generous and deserved tributes to JJ and expressed the sympathy of all to his wife Phil, his family and a large circle of friends.

McGrath Cup

Cork 1-10 Limerick 0-12

New county football manager, Peadar Healy, enjoyed a winning start as Cork had a narrow victory over Limerick in this McGrath Cup opener at Mallow. At half time Cork returned to the dressing-room 1-5 to 0-7 in front, a 35th minute Daniel Goulding free edging them back into pole position after the visitors had kicked five of the previous six points to level matters. Limerick's scoring spree was in direct response to Kevin O'Driscoll's 19th minute goal, the Cork half-forward set up by Ruairi Deane and Luke Connolly. Failing to move more than two points clear of Limerick in the opening quarter of the second-half, Cork found themselves in arrears after 60 minutes but Daniel Goulding kicked two points in the 68th minute to secure victory for Healy. Limerick fought all the way to the finish but Cork held on.
Daniel Goulding of Éire Óg and Peter Kelleher of Kilmichael were the two Mid Cork players in action.
Cork scorers: D Goudling (0-5, 0-2 frees); K O'Driscoll (1-0); S Hickey, D MacEoin (0-2 each); L Connolly (0-1, 0-1 free).
Cork: Mícheál Aodh Martin; C O'Driscoll, J Davis, L Harrington; A O'Donovan, T Clancy, M Collins; I Maguire, R Deane; S Beston, L Connolly, K O'Driscoll; D MacEoin, Daniel Goulding (Eire Óg), S Hickey. Subs: B Coughlan (HT), D Hazel (HT), C O'Hanlon (HT), Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)(59), B Daly (65).

Clare 1-14 Cork 0-14
Cork hurlers lost to Clare at Sixmilebridge in their opening game of 2016 in the Munster League. No Mid Cork hurler figured on the Cork panel.

Muskerry GAA Teams of the Year

The Muskerry GAA and Auld Triangle Gala Awards Evening will be held in The Oriel House Hotel Ballincollig on Saturday January 9th 2016. The Muskerry GAA Hurling and Football teams of the past year will be announced and the Muskerry GAA Sports Star of the Year 2015 will also be announced.
O'Mahony Walsh, Auctioneers and Insurance Brokers, Ballincollig, Co Cork are the sponsors of Muskerry junior hurling team of the year 2015 and the Final List of Nominees for Junior Hurling Team of the Year is:
John O'Brien Ballincollig Barry Crowley Ballinora Brendan Hourihan Ballinora Patrick Cronin Ballinora Alan O'Neill Ballinora David Howard Ballinora Brian Murphy Ballinora Pat Fitton Ballinora Richard O'Shea Blarney Stephen O'Brien Blarney Sean Twomey Blarney Eoin O'Connor Blarney Daniel Cronin Blarney Vincent O'Mahony Blarney Aidan Ahearn Cloughduv Liam Long Cloughduv Aidan Murphy Cloughduv James McCarthy Cloughduv Denis O'Sullivan Cloughduv Brian Ahearn Cloughduv Sean O'Connor Cloughduv Jerry Lucey Cloughduv James Moynihan Cloughduv Kenneth Cullinane Donoughmore Aidan Corkery Donoughmore Shane Healy Donoughmore Darren Lucey Donoughmore Mark McCarthy Inniscarra Liam Ó Riain Inniscarra Conor Cotter Kilmichael Peter Kelleher Kilmichael
Macroom Haulage & Murphy's Fuels Macroom are sponsors of Muskerry junior football team of the year 2015 and the List of Nominees for Junior Football Team of the Year is:
Sean Kelleher Aghinagh Declan Ambrose Aghinagh Brian Ahearn Canovee Denis O'Sullivan Canovee James Moynihan Canovee Trevor O'Brien Clondrohid Fergal Kelleher Clondrohid Shane Creed Clondrohid Darren Dineen Clondrohid Daniel Forde Donoughmore John Carey Dripsey Aidan Murray Dripsey Conor Hayes Dripsey Dominic Kelleher Inniscarra Dan O'Connell Inniscarra John O'Callaghan Inniscarra Alan Sheehan Inniscarra Conor Buckley Inniscarra David O'Keeffe Inniscarra Sean Lynch Inniscarra Jamie Cronin Iveleary Barry Murphy Iveleary Daniel O'Riordan Iveleary Donal Cotter Iveleary Cal McCarthy Iveleary Ger O'Riordan Iveleary Kevin Manning Iveleary Sean O'Leary Iveleary Barry O'Leary Iveleary Sean Lehane Iveleary Brian Cronin Iveleary Cathal Vaughan Iveleary Shane Masters Kilmichael Conor Cotter Kilmichael Finbarr Dromey Kilmichael Peter Kelleher Kilmichael Liam Long Kilmurry Kevin Barrett Kilmurry David O'Halloran Kilmurry.

The sports star of the year award winner will be selected from the eight monthly award winners in 2015. These were:
Seán O'Donoghue, Inniscarra, football
Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsigh, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, football
Vera Foley, St Val's, Ladies football
John Carey, Dripsey, hurling
Colm Ó Laoire, Cill na Martra, football
Rena Buckley, Inniscarra, Camogie
Brian Cronin, Iveleary, football
Aidan Ahern, Cloughduv, hurling

Development Officer's report 2015

By Proinnsias Mac Carthaigh - Oifigeach Forbartha
The following is an outline of development work undertaken and in the pipeline for clubs in this Division in 2015.
CLG Aghabullogue: During 2015 CLG Achadh Bolg purchased a new grass mower which has made a huge difference to our pitches. We are currently improving our car parking facilities adjacent to the complex ie extending the concrete area. In 2016 we hope to erect a new astroturf facility and we have been approved grant aid from sports council in sum of 120k towards this project. We also intend to re-sod goalmouths in both pitches.
CLG Aghinagh: CLG Aghinagh opened their new club house complete with hall, meeting room, kitchen and store room. We are currently updating our referee facility.
CLG An Bhlárna: Continued with pitch maintenance for both pitches including erecting goalmouth protectors. Completed club gym. Received capital sports grant and it is proposed to construct an all weather training facility in 2016.
CLG Ballincollig: In 2015 CLG Ballincollig re-sanded areas of Pitch 2 and replaced fencing in pitch 3. We didn't replace any netting, though we did repair netting in pitch 3 and pitch 1. The bar within the Clubhouse was painted. We have completed an extensive upgrade to our parking areas by laying tarmac. This resulted in an improved surface for parking as well as allowing us to increase parking spaces. This work also included lining of car park. We have applied for Munster council grant for work done to pitch 2 dugouts in 2014. We will look to apply for grant for Tarmac work above in 2016 grant submissions. In 2016 we are looking to upgrade and enhance our existing GYM facilities.
CLG Ballinora: CLG Ballinora have completed drainage works and sanding of new pitch at Ballymah. It is hoped this field will be ready for use in the coming year. In addition, the car park at this pitch has been extended in the past year.
CLG Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: During 2014 CLG Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh sanded and fertilised our pitch. We had to buy a second hand mower and our Chairman put new parts into it as we couldn't afford much else. We also had to re sod our goal mouths. At the moment we are pricing new retractable nets for behind the goal at pitch side. We held a first aid course for all our selectors and replaced pads and battery in our defibrillator.
CLG Canovee: There was no development in Canovee this year, no Munster grant applied for and it's unlikely any development will take place next year.
CLG Cill na Martra: Ongoing upgrade of Páirc Uí Chuana was brought to a successful conclusion. New goalposts, nets and dugouts were put in place. Shower areas retiled and dressing rooms repainted. New main-entrance and pitch-entrance gates put in place. Car park support-wall and footpaths replaced.
CLG Clondrohid: In the current year, we have re-sodded our goal mouths, spiked the pitch and purchased mobile goals for underage games.
CLG Cloughduv: Works carried out included the upgrade works to the car park with the laying of the next phase of Tarmac. We also sanded two of our pitches during the past year.
CLG Donoughmore: In 2014 CLG Domhnach Mor have put an extra dressing room in a separate prefabricated building adjacent to club. Also, we completed perimeter fencing around all-weather training area. We have applied to Munster Council for grant assistance.
CLG Gleann na Laoi: CLG Gleann na Laoi re-drained half of our pitch and sanded all of the pitch. Also, we purchased a new mower, so at present finances are tight.
CLG Grenagh: CLG Grenagh undertook the development of a new GAA pitch in 2015. The land was purchased prior to this year but the playing surface footprint has been completed. In 2016 we will undertake the completion of land boundary and pitch fencing. Goal posts and ball-stop netting will also be installed. We will endeavour to have the pitch open by the summer of 2016 to host league games.
CLG Inniscarra: During the 2015 season we applied for planning permission to erect new flood lighting in our juvenile/training pitch. Planning permission was granted and we subsequently applied for grant aid. We were successful in securing funds from the Cork County council fund and also the Sports Aid Grant. This will go a long way in commencing the works for this in the next few months. Re-sodding of the goal mouth areas of the pitches was also done during the year and the pitch was sanded and fertilised. Up-keep of the club house continues to be done.
CLG Iveleary: Work undertaken by Iveleary GAA included: Development of banks with concrete steps including drainage work & weed barrier, training path constructed, new dugouts including steel sheeting, re-seeding pitch boundaries after last year's new pitch fencing works, new scoreboard, spiking of the GAA field. The above costs are quite significant for a club like ours. Application for Munster Council grant was made through the County board for 2nd year in a row following 2014 receipt of grant for new pitch perimeter fencing and extension of pitch dimensions, etc. But this only covers a very small portion of the costs and we have got very little help elsewhere. We also completed ground perimeter repairs in-house. In 2016 we are expecting to sand the pitch and we also need to purchase a new mower.
CLG Kilmichael: CLG Cill Mhichíl are awaiting the delivery of a new mower to the value of €9000.
CLG Kilmurry: In Kilmurry CLG general maintenance continued as always with the grounds, facilities and the pitch being kept in a very tidy state all the year. The sanding of the pitch was the big development that took place this year with aeration being done with a verti-drainer and a groundbreaker and fertiliser also being spread. A Munster Council Grant will be applied for, for these works, in 2016.
CLG Macroom: In 2015 CLG Macroom GAA Club carried out verti draining, over seeding and a sanding programme at its main pitch Castle Grounds. We also installed side-line seating and extended our Ball-Stopping nets at the Car Park end of the grounds.
CLG Naomh Abán: This year CLG Naomh Abán purchased a 70m x 70m area of land adjacent to the newer pitch in Baile Bhúirne. We also sanded the newer pitch, painted the fencing and dressing rooms at older pitch, and purchased an aerator. We did not submit an application for a Munster Council grant but intend to for works being completed next year 2016. The work has started on the building of new dressing rooms. The build is currently underway with block work in progress.

Coaching in Secondary Schools
Much good work is being done in the schools within the Division by teachers and the local clubs in terms of coaching time and equipment. Three pilot schemes are particularly deserving of mention. In Coachford College the coaching is provided by well-known coach, Jerry Dineen, ex N.T., and he is assisted by teachers and representatives of local clubs. The pupils who attend this school are drawn from a large catchment area. It is very important that we provide every possible support.
Ballincollig Community School has a very big pupil population and Coláiste Choilm has the second largest pupil population of its kind in the country. John Dwyer, ex Cork hurler and the present coach of the Cork Minor hurlers, is working almost full time coaching all teams in both schools. He prepares all teams for games and is in charge of all teams on match days. In both Ballincollig Schools the Principals are very supportive and a number of teachers are very involved. Again, in the case of those two schools, the players are drawn from a huge catchment area embracing about 10 different primary schools.
Thanks to all clubs who have players attending those three schools for their great financial support which has helped to get them up and running. As can be seen from our Treasurer's Report, this Board is supporting this work. I wish in particular to thank Cork County Board for their very significant financial support without which it would be difficult to undertake those projects.
I wish to express my thanks to the various clubs who provided the information for this report. Clubs who are not mentioned did not reply to the questionnaire or subsequent reminder.All clubs are to be complimented on the ongoing improvement in facilities at their venues. Those works always involve considerable finances and this invariably means fund-raising by Clubs. Grants by Munster Council greatly help and are very important and much appreciated by Clubs.
Sports Capital Funding
Clubs hoping to access the next round of the Sports Capital Programme should note that they need to register using Online Sports Capital Register (OSCAR). This new system has been designed to streamline the process, and will also allow clubs to track their applications. Clubs hoping to apply for funding in 2016/17 should register with this new online system. Clubs are advised to familiarise themselves with the process at their earliest opportunity.
As I leave office, I do so with a host of great memories of wonderful colleagues and friends. I have been an officer of this Board for something like twenty-six years and have many recollections of great, honourable fellow officers and fantastic Board delegates, all of whom always treated me with the greatest courtesy and tolerance. All the clubs over the years were always very supportive and reasonable. My best wishes to Officers, delegates and clubs in the times ahead.
Proinnsias Mac Carthaigh

Scór Mhúscraí - Secretary's Report 2014 - 2015

Scór na nÓg. The year started with the Scór na nÓg competition. We had competitors in 6 competitions, with eight clubs entering in total. Most of the competitions were poorly entered, with no competitors in the Novelty Act. The standard was high, with all 1st placed winners progressing to the County Final. Aghabullogue won the Question Time section in the County Final and progressed to the All-Ireland Final.
Muskerry results in Scór na nÓg were as follows: Figure Dancing: 1st Kilmurry 2nd Aghabullogue. Solo Singing: 1st Sarah Twomey, Aghinagh 2nd Miriam Cronin, Uíbh Laoire. Instrumental Music: 1st Ballinora 2nd Grenagh. Recitation: 1st Caitríona Ní Chonaill, Cill Na Martra. Ballad Group: 1st Cill Na Martra Set Dancing: 1st Kilmurry 2nd Aghabullogue
Scór Sinsear We had competitors in four competitions, with three clubs entering. All of the competitions were poorly entered, with no competitors in the Novelty Act, Figure and Set Dancing. The standard was high with all 1st and 2nd placed competitors progressing to the County Final. Tracey Cronin, Uíbh Laoire, came 2nd in the Solo Singing, with Grenagh coming 2nd in the Ballad group, as well as winning the best overall shield. The Question Time was held on a separate night with all clubs in the County invited to take part. Muskerry was well represented and Aghabullogue came 3rd.
Muskerry results in Scór Sinsear were as follows: Solo Singing: 1st Tracey Cronin, Iveleary 2nd Dan O'Riordan, Grenagh. Recitation: 1st Tracey Cronin, Iveleary 2nd Olive Carton Walsh, Grenagh. Instrumental Group: 1st Grenagh. Ballad Group: 1st Grenagh 2nd Dripsey.
Scór na bPáistí They were divided into three semi-finals as the entries numbers were so high. Inchigeela and Coachford were the venues for the 3 semi-finals with 2 qualifying for the final in each section. The final was held in Ovens. The standard in all competitions was very high and many of our competitors reached the County Final. Marian Creedon, Kilbarry National School won the Solo Dance, with Ballyvongane National School winning the Ballad and Instrumental Group in the County Final. The overall shield for the best school in the county was won by Muskerry for the 2nd year in a row, with Ballyvongane taking home the title. Congratulations to all involved.
Muskerry results in Scór na bPáistí were as follows: Figure Dancing: 1st Rusheen National School 2nd Aghabullogue G.A.A. 3rd Ballyvongane National School Solo Dance: 1st Marian Creedon, Kilbarry National School 2nd Éidín Ní Fhaoláin, Scoil Lachtaín Naofa, Cill na Martra 3rd Maria Buckley, Ballyvongane National School Solo Singing: 1st Aoife Mc Carthy, Ballyvongane National School 2nd Lorraine Casey, Canovee National School 3rd Eoin Kelleher, Muinefluich National School Instrumental Music: 1st Ballyvongane National School 2nd Scoil Lachtaín Naofa, Cill na Martra 3rd Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin, Baile an Chollaigh Solo Instrument: 1st Kate Ní Shé, Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin, Baile an Chollaigh 2nd Orla Beechinor, Scoil Naomh Muire, Fearann. 3rd Aoife Creedon, Scoil Abán Naofa, Baile Mhúirne & Aaron O'Donovan, Cloghroe National School Recitation: 1st Luke Walsh, Rathduff National School 2nd Rebecca Sheehan, Scoil Naomh Muire, Fearann 3rd Moria Twomey, Rusheen National School Balled Group: 1st Ballyvongane National School 2nd Scoil Naomh Muire, Fearann 3rd Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin, Baile an Chollaigh Novelty Act: 1st Ballinagree National School 2nd Scoil Naomh Muire, Fearann 3rd Ovens National School Question Time: 1st Cloghroe National School 2nd Ballyvongane National School 3rd Aghabullogue G.A.A. Set Dancing: 1st Rusheen National School 2nd Scoil Abán Naofa, Baile Mhúirne 3rd Ballyvongane National School. Congratulations to Ballyvongane National School on winning the Denis O'Donovan trophy for the best school/ club in Scór na bPáistí for the 1st time. The Niall Casey Cup for the best overall club in Muskerry for the three Scór competitions went to Grenagh.
I would like to thank my fellow officers on the Muskerry Scór committee for their support. Míle buíochas to the various hall committees, adjudicators, teachers, mentors, secretaries and cultural officers for their help and co-operation. Thanks also, to William Buckley for his help in the promotion of Scór through the Muskerry GAA website. It must be noted that we are now living in a different era to when Scór was established and that Scór will only flourish if suitable people are recruited in each club area. Finally, to all those who participated in Scór this year, I would like congratulate you on your achievements and wish everyone the best of luck for the coming season.
Máire Ní Dhonnabháin, Rúnaí

Macroom Juvenile GAA

Macroom GAA Juvenile Section held its annual AGM on November 29, the night of the Late Late Show Toy Show. There was a good attendance. Patrick Goold, chairperson, opened the meeting. Diarmuid Holland, secretary, read the minutes of the 2014 AGM and gave a detailed and comprehensive report of the teams' activities for 2015
Under 6s; Shane Dunne was manager and he had 5 assistants; the squad was 45; 24 sessions were held, with an average attendance of 27 per session, and they played 6 matches. The year went well and the players showed noticeable improvement.
Under 8s; Tony O'Sullivan was manager and he had 8 assistants; they had 48 in their squad, with an average attendance of 37 per session. They played 7 challenge games and contested 4 blitzes and they had a very enjoyable year; the trip to Glenflesk and Fintan Goold's visit were the highlights.
Under 10s; Gerard Mullane was the manager and he had 4 assistants; squad 30, average attendance of 24/ 26 for training/ games. They played 16 challenge games and in 3 blitzes. Great commitment was shown by players, parents and selectors.
Under 11/12s; Enda Kiernan was manager and he had 4 assistants. Squad had 32 players and the average attendance was 19; sometimes numbers were very tight for matches. 79 activities took place during the year, and they played 18 matches and in 2 blitzes. Highlights were the blitzes and the visit of Colman Corrigan. Players improved and the group has great potential.
Under 13/14s; Liam Linehan was manager and he was assisted by Michael Cahill Snr. Squad of 22, they played 30 games, U14s – 23, and in 2 Féile competitions; the U13s played 7 league games. Highlight was the great victory in the U14 A County League. Squad is interested, talented and committed and has great potential.
U15/16s; James Duggan was manager and he was assisted by Noel Twomey and Alan O'Shea. They had a squad of 25, with an average of 18 players per match. They played 5 matches, four in the league and 1 championship, where they were beaten by Aghada; Macroom were competitive for 20 minutes and, although well beaten in the end, the winners went on to win the county.
Various issues discussed. Suggestions/Aims for 2016 include;
1. Strengthen connection with parent club.
2. Recruit more adults for coaching and other functions
3. Improve facilities in Tom Creedon Park; storage, Juvenile pitch, toilets, parking etc.
Officers elected: Chairperson, Tadhg O'Mahoney,; Secretary, Diarmuid Holland; Treasurer, Catherine Cahill, Membership Officer, Elaine Kiernan: Children's Officer, Con Lynch; PRO, Con Kelleher.
Managers for 2016; U-16 James Duggan, U-14, Diarmuid Holland; U-12, Stephen Moore; U-10, Tony O'Sullivan; U-8 Chris O'Donovan; U-6, not confirmed.
Patrick Goold and Tony 'Saga' O'Sullivan have retired as Chairperson and Treasurer after wonderful service over many years to the club. A great debt of gratitude is due to both and we wish them well.
Upcoming Events
Quiz; January, exact date to be confirmed.
First Aid Training Day; Sat. Jan. 30th in club pavilion, beginning at 9.30 a.m.
Registration Day; probably Fri. Feb. 12th in club pavilion at 8.00 p.m. Will be confirmed or changed at a later date.
Football activities to resume at end of Jan./start of Feb. – depending on age group.
Con Kelleher, PRO Juvenile section.

Coachford College County Champions

Coachford College 0-11 Carrignabhfear 0-7
On December 18th, Coachford College secured the Cork Colleges 'B' Senior Hurling title, defeating Coláiste an Chroí Naofa, Carrignabhfear. The game was played under lights in Carrigaline. Conditions for the match were extremely difficult, with a soft pitch and torrential rain falling constantly during the course of the hour. However, both teams must be complimented on their ferocious commitment throughout the contest. Coachford opened well and after the first quarter led 0.4 to 0.2, with Matthew Bradley and John Cooper contributing the hard earned scores. In dire conditions, Coachford continued scored three further points to make it 0.7 to 0.2 at halftime. However, a pivotal moment occurred shortly before the interval when Coachford goalkeeper Cormac O'Driscoll made an excellent save to deny Carrignabhfear, with Aodhan Healy completing the clearance. The trend of the game continued on the resumption, with Coachford having a good deal of possession but unable to increase their lead. John Cooper, Andrew McCarthy, Shane O'Riordan were all performing well while upfront Darren Lucey and Matthew Bradley were a constant threat. When Carrignabhfear had a player dismissed for a second offence it looked as if Coachford would win comfortably. However, Carrignabhfear abandoned their two-sweeper system and took the fight to Coachford. They succeeded in narrowing the gap to three points on two different occasions but heroic defence from the Coachford backs and two late points from Matthew Bradley secured the title for the Mid-Cork students. There were great scenes of celebration among Coachford's supporters when Captain Andrew McCarthy raised the cup. It was especially pleasing for Gerry Dineen who was coaching the well prepared team.
Coachford College : Cormac O'Driscoll (Cloughduv) , Aodhan Healy (Aghabullogue), Shane O'Riordan (Dripsey), Paul Ring (Aghabullogue), William McCarthy ( Eire Óg), Andrew McCarthy (Inniscarra) Capt. , Sean Lane (Aghabullogue), Eoghan Clifford (Cloughduv), John Cooper (Eire Óg), Shane Tarrant (Aghabullogue), Matthew Bradley (Aghabullogue), Brian Verling (Cloughduv), Dean O'Sullivan (Dripsey), Darren Lucey (Donoughmore), Denis Desmond (Aghabullogue) .Subs: Gavin Hickey (Cloughduv), Shane Corkery (Cloughduv) Niall Barry-Murphy ( Aghabullogue)

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Macroom Senior Golfers enjoy their Christmas Party despite play being rained off. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Valley Wheeler's Cycling Club.

2015 was a very busy and exciting year for Valley Wheeler's Cycling Club. With nearly 100 members of all ages, the club continues to go from strength to strength. The year got off to a great start with large numbers out on Sunday morning spins. The spinning classes in Macroom Leisure Club helped us to stay in good shape during the winter months and eager to get out on the road again for the new season.
The club participated in many events during the year including The Cycle against Suicide, The Ring of Kerry ,The Tour de Munster. Our training intensified during the summer, with additional weekly spins on a Tuesday and Wednesday evening which really brought the best out of us. The Sheep's Head Cycle, Ring of Beara, The Mick Dineen Cycle, Trasna na nGleannta and a two-day charity cycle from Cill na Martra to Tipperary in aid of the Cope Foundation are some of the club events enjoyed by us and many cyclists from near and far. We were delighted to be chosen to host The National Hill Climbing Championship in October. A large number of cyclists competed and it was very proud day for the club.
The unprecedented number of events held by the club in 2015 is testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of club members and committees and all the people in our local communities who have helped us in so many different ways. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has supported and we look forward to your continued support in 2016. Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir.