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Looking down on Firmount from Fornaught, Donoughmore ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Cookery Demonstration with Diana Dodog at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Fri Feb 5 @ 7:30pm.
Lee Valley Speakers Feb 2nd & 19th, Fr Ryan Hall.
Rita Lynch Exhibition: Tues 16th Feb at 6.30pm in Macroom Library.

Macroom Library:
Story time Saturdays at 12 noon.
ACOL Bridge Wed. Jan. 27 at 10.30a.m.
Ciorcal Gaeilge Fri Jan. 29 at 11.30am.
Environment Group Tues 2nd Feb at 6pm.
Bookclub on Wed 3rd Feb
Purlies Thurs. Feb. 4 at 11 a.m.
Gramophone Circle Fri. Feb. 12 at 11a.m.
Jan. Exhibition with Felicity Kelleher and Clondrohid Art Group.
Feb. Exhibition Rita Lynch, Soprano

Briery Gap:
Selma Jan 22nd at 10:30am
Crystal Swing Fri 22nd Jan at 8:00pm.
Quai d'Orsay Jan 25th at 8:30pm
Pat Shortt 'Selfie' Fri 29th Jan at 8:00pm.
TY Drama and Light Entertainment Preliminary Rounds on Feb. 1 and 2.
Lee Valley Entertainment Group Mon 1st February @ 8.30pm.
"Hello Dolly" auditions on Sun 7th Feb from 3.00pm
Uzumasa Limelight on Mon Feb 8th @ 8.30pm.
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

St. Patrick's Day 2016

Preparations are already underway for Macroom's next major event, St. Patrick's Festival Week. Since Easter is falling very early this year, schools will close on March 16 and children and families will already be in holiday mood for our national feast. Macroom St Patrick's Day parade regularly attracts crowds of up to 10,000 people for a great free spectacle. Much hard work goes into its planning and preparation and it is organised by a subcommittee of the Lee Valley Enterprise Board. The overall theme of this year's parade is '1916 - 2016 Centenary' and it is hoped that many schools, clubs and businesses throughout the Lee Valley will participate.
The introduction of 'The Flower of Macroom' competition last year proved a great success. Since the disbandment of the Town Council, Macroom was lacking a figurehead to officiate at important events and now, the Flower of Macroom has the honour of leading the St. Patrick's Day Parade, opening the Food Festival and other events and turning on the Christmas Lights. Local businesses and organisations are again being invited to nominate a female representative to contest this important role. The finals will be held in the Briery Gap on March 13 and the selection process provides a great night's entertainment, similar to the Rose of Tralee extravaganza.
The presence of marching bands is a feature of the Macroom parade and we are glad to welcome back The Woodland String Band from Philadelphia who were missed last year. A group of 140 is making the trip to Ireland in 2016 and will be most welcome visitors.

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Isobelle O'Mahony and Michelle Crowley, St Mary's Secondary School, Macroom, at the Young Scientist Exhibition at the RDS ©Lee Valley Outlook

Rita Sings Again

Macroom library is delighted to host an exhibition for the month of February on the life and times of Macroom singer, 'Golden Voiced Soprano' Rita Lynch. The exhibition of story boards & ephemera are kindly on loan from Rita's daughter, Mary Davies. The launch of the exhibition is in the library on Tuesday 16th February at 6.30pm. This is a public event and we look forward to seeing, friends old and new.
Mary, Rita's daughter will be in conversation with Evelyn Grant of Lyric FM at 7pm, with stories and musical segments from Rita's repertoire. It will also be a unique opportunity for members of the public to see items from Rita's personal collection. A reception with refreshments will follow at 8pm. It will be an evening to celebrate Rita's life & remember her legacy.

St. Mary's Updates 

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West Cork Sports Star of the Year, Lily de la Cour, with guest speaker, Tony Cascarino and other winners at the 2015 award presentations in the Celtic Ross ©

World Champion in Macroom 

St. Mary's Macroom can boast of having a World Champion on the staff as well as West Cork Sports Star of the Year 2015. Lily de la Cour of Bantry is on placement as a student teacher at the all-girls, mid-Cork school while completing a degree in P.E. and English at U.C.C. 2015 was an incredible year for the 21-year-old. She was crowned World Champion in the Senior -50kg category at the WAKO Kickboxing Championships in December; she won two national Kickboxing Ireland awards, including Female Fighter of the Year; she won a West Cork Sports Star monthly award and her list of successes peaked with the 2015 Sports Star of the Year Award, sponsored by the Southern Star, the Celtic Ross and C103. Tony Cascarino, Irish international soccer player, presented Lily with her trophy.
A Youth Star of the Year, Lily joined the Senior ranks of Kickboxing in 2013, having won 11 All Ireland Junior Kickboxing titles. She finished her Junior career as No 1 ranked fighter in the world. She has already won 3 Senior All Ireland titles and adheres to an amazing schedule. While her studies at U.C.C. and teaching are her priorities, she also works at Andrews Centra in Bantry at weekends and manages to fit in training with the help of her coach, Ian Kingston, West Cork Kickboxing Club. She wishes to acknowledge vital and much appreciated sponsorship from Minehane Chartered Accountants.
2016 is shaping up to be another challenging year for Lily, a great role model for all young women. She hopes to graduate from U.C.C. and find permanent employment but meantime, she will celebrate St. Valentine's Day, February 14 by defending her senior title in the first leg of the national championships!

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Students from McEgan College, Macroom at 'Jersey Boys' at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates 

The Jersey Boys. On January 13, students from Mc Egan College travelled to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin to enjoy a performance of the Grammy award winning, Best Musical, 'Jersey Boys'. Accompanied by their teachers, Ms. Mc Adam, Ms. Warren and Ms. Morris, students had an early start, braving frosty conditions to leave the school at 7am to travel to Dublin. 'Jersey Boys' is the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom. These four boys from New Jersey became one of the most successful bands in pop history; were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 175 million records worldwide, all before they turned thirty. It is now a long running tradition in the school for students to take in a performance of a popular West End show, enjoying 'Elf', 'Wicked' and 'The Lion King', to name but a few in previous years. Appreciation of the Arts is highly encouraged, with most students choosing this trip as the highlight of the school year. Many thanks to Ms. O' Regan who organises this event. We are already looking forward to next year's adventure!
Induction & Assessment. An Induction and Assessment morning for incoming 1st years will be held in McEgan College on Saturday 23rd January from 10am to 1pm. Literacy and Numeracy will be tested and new students will also have the opportunity to take part in Home Economics, Metalwork and some team- building games. Parents of prospective students are very welcome to join us for a cup of tea and some light refreshments from 12 noon.

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Transition Year students from De la Salle College Macroom present proceeds of Christmas fundraising to Macroom Charities ©An Scoil

De la Salle Updates

The school re-opened after the Christmas holidays on the feast of the Epiphany and all of the students attended Mass celebrated by Fr. O'Mahony in St. Colman's church.
Literary Success. De la Salle English teacher and author, Ms Jean O' Donovan, engaged in a debate on the Joe Duffy radio show that discussed aspects of the RTE TV drama "Rebellion", which is based on the Easter 1916 Rising. One of Ms O' Donovan's novels, "Shadow of a Century", is based around that era of Irish history. Garry O'Sullivan from 6th Year, a gifted athlete who has had many successes on the track, has added another string to his bow by winning the top prize of €200 in the UCC Law Society essay competition. The competition, where each essay was limited to 1000 words, was open to all schools in the country. The topic that Garry chose was "How the Greek Economic Crisis Exposed Cracks in the European Project" and he received his award in a ceremony in UCC. Another singular literary achievement has gone the way of Kyle Lehane, also from 6th Year. Kyle, whose ambition it is to enter the world of journalism, had a full-page article of his printed in the Evening Echo. The article dealt with some concerns that LGBT students may have in their school life and explored some of the issues that young people go through as they present their identity to their parents, peers and the world in general.
De la Salle Macroom is currently undertaking a Whole School Evaluation and it is hoped that the Departmental inspectors will give a glowing report on the work of the school!

January Gramophone Recital

Connie Foley presented the January Gramophone session at Macroom Library and 2016 got off to a great start with a selection of popular music, much of it dating from the 60s, when we were young! Recalling the recent death of Maureen O'Hara, Connie chose The Isle of Innisfree, sung by Bing Crosby and Maureen singing Love Letter Straight from your Heart. Julian Ovenden sang Younger than Springtime and this was followed by the catchy Chanson d'Amour; Whispering Hope sung by Mary Duff and Daniel O'Donnell and La Paloma with Elvis Presley. The 1967 Eurovision runner up entry, If I Could Choose, sung by Sean Dunphy, was followed by Spanish Eyes with Al Martino and How are things in Gloccamora by Petula Clark in Finian's Rainbow.
Smile written by Charlie Chaplin and sung by Nat King Cole, was followed by a smouldering, bilingual Bridges of Paris. Only Make Believe and Connie's father's favourite, South of the Border, led into the refreshment break. .
Another Connie Foley started the second half with Doonaree and Connie dedicated Pal of my Cradle Days to his late mother. This was followed by True Love; Welcome to my World with Jim Reeves; Shenandoah with Tennessee Ernie Ford; Perry Como singing And I Love you so and Nana Mouskouri with White Rose of Athens. Andre Rieu and orchestra played The Street Where You Live from My Fair Lady and Edelweiss, from The Sound of Music, brought the presentation to an enjoyable conclusion.
The next gramophone session on is on Friday, February 12 and will be presented by Mairead O'Herlihy. Meantime, an exhibition on the late, great Macroom soprano, Rita Lynch, will go on show in the library from February 2

Free to Read

Cork County Council is delighted to announce that from January 2016, membership of Cork County Library is free for everyone at all branches. Joining the library allows access to over a million books, daily and archived newspapers, journals, DVDs, audio books, e-books, e-audio books and e-magazines, to name but a few of the services available. There really is something for everyone.
With 28 branches countywide, you will be able to access your local library and browse the variety of publications on offer. Cork County Library will also endeavour to fulfil a stock request if you are in search of a particular book. Over 70,000 stock requests are fulfilled every year to library members. Cork County Library also has 4 mobile libraries on the road, serving approximately 400 stops on a fortnightly basis, making access as convenient as possible to the people of Cork County.
Mayor of the County, Cllr. John Paul O' Shea said "Cork County Council recognises the importance of education in our communities through its library services and the important contribution it makes to the social and cultural life of County Cork. This is a wonderful opportunity for the people of Cork to now engage with our Library services free of charge and I would encourage, children, parents and adults to engage with our Libraries right throughout the county and enjoy the magnificent service on offer".
There is a wide array of services available at Cork County Library, from being a place to study, go online or partake in any of the cultural events that are carried throughout the year as well as borrowing. All you have to do is call in with a proof of identity with an address and join today, for FREE!

Macroom Library

Register to Vote. With the General Election date now imminent, it is time to ensure that you are on the Register of Electors. The paper version for the local area is available to view in Macroom library and is also accessible online at corkcoco.ie. If you need to register, we have the forms you need to submit to the Franchise section of Cork County Council here in Macroom library.
Free to Read. Great news that membership of the public library service nationally will be free from now on. The fee for Cork county library was nominal at €2.50, but there was a wide variation across the country, with some authorities charging €20 plus. Public librarians in Ireland have always held the principle that access to the library should be free and we are very pleased with this development.
Purlies meet back for the first time on Thursday 21st January at 11.00 and after that it will be Thursday 4th February. ACOL Bridge next on Wednesday 27th at 10.30. Tuesday 2nd February Macroom and District Environment Group meets at 6pm. Bookclub will be on Wednesday 3rd February. The title for reading is 'The Midwife's Confession' by Diane Chamberlain and is available to be collected now. Due to the risk of flooding in the library building on the Carrigrohane road, all stock had to be removed from the basement so, with everything up in a heap, the book club delivery did not arrive in time for Januarys meeting!
We regret to say that the Dan Joe Kelleher archive P.C is currently out of the branch for repair. We will advertise its return in due course. There are details elsewhere in this issue of local opera singer Rita Lynch's exhibition. We are very excited to be able to showcase this wonderful character's achievements.

Coming of Age 

It's more than 21 years since the Gay Byrne Show came to town and local performers became national stars. In a trip down memory lane, Dan Joe Kelleher's film of the 1994 events will be screened in the Briery Gap on Monday, February 1 at 8.30p.m.
The Lee Valley Entertainment Group, comprised mainly of Macroom Musical Society, Canovee Pantomime and Traditional Group Meitheal came together specially for The Gay Byrne Radio Show Community Talent Competition in 1994. The decision to enter was inspired by Peggy Buckley when she contacted Ann Dunne with information regarding the competition. Ann subsequently submitted the entry with a proposal for 1 hour of radio entertainment with a varied programme which included Music, Comedy, Storytelling etc. The entry was accepted and qualified for audition. The group then qualified for the live shows on the Gay Byrne Radio Show. Joe Duffy, with researcher Ann Farrell as well as RTE Tech. crew arrived to Mc Egan College, Macroom, which was converted to a studio by Brendan O'Brien, Principal of the college at that time and the live performance was very well received throughout the country. Twelve other towns qualified for the live shows. The winner was announced after the Bank Holiday weekend in June 1994. This was the day that the newspaper headline read "Only one person at Mass today in Macroom", as everyone tuned in to the Gay Byrne show on radio. The prize money of £10,000, a substantial sum at the time, was earmarked to be used for a local community project. With the advice and encouragement of Martin Fitzgerald, chairman of the Lee Valley Enterprise Board at that time, it was decided to invest the winning money in a Theatre. To further increase the contribution, the group went on to perform the show at Cork Opera House with M.C. Alf McCarthy and special guests, Kinsale Variety Group who were runners up in the competition.
The film show on 1st February at 8.30pm is a recording by Dan Joe Kelleher of the Opera House Performance.

Hello Dolly

The Briery Gap's 2016 musical is set to be Hello, Dolly! Dolly Levi, a strong-willed matchmaker, travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a match for the miserly, half-a-millionaire, Horace Vandergelder, but really has her eye on him for herself.
Musical numbers from the show include, Hello, Dolly!, Call On Dolly, I Put My Hand In, It Takes A Woman, World, Take Me Back, Put On Your Sunday Clothes, Ribbons Down My Back, Motherhood March, Dancing, Love, Look In My Window, Before the Parade Passes By, Elegance, The Waiters' Gallop, It Only Takes a Moment and So Long, Dearie.
Characters in the show include Dolly Levi, a widow in her middle years who has decided to begin her life again. She is a matchmaker, meddler, opportunist, life-loving woman; Horace Vandergelder, the proprietor of a Hay & Feed store and a well-known half-a-millionaire, he is a widower, gruff, set in his ways, and authoritative; Cornelius Hackl, Vandergelder's chief clerk, yearns for one exciting day in NYC; Barnaby Tucker, an assistant to Cornelius; Irene Molloy, a widow, beautiful, smart, fun-loving milliner with a hat shop in New York; Minnie Fay, a young girl who works in Irene's hat shop; Ambrose Kemper, a young and explosive struggling artist seeking to marry Ermengarde, the young niece of Horace Vandergelder; Ernestina Money, an eccentric-looking girl in need of Dolly's matchmaker services; Rudolf Reisenweber, Maître d' of the Harmonia Gardens restaurant; Waiters; Mrs. Rose, a street vendor and friend of Dolly's and Judge, a white-whiskered night court judge, easily moved to tears by romance

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!
All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival 2016 and All Ireland 15 Minute Light Entertainment Festival 2016 Preliminary Rounds commence in Mullingar Arts Centre on the 26th, 27th & 28th January followed by Preliminary Rounds in Briery Gap Macroom on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd February.
LTV Productions present Lee Valley Entertainment Group Monday 1st February @ 8.30pm. Admission €5
"Hello Dolly". Auditions for Briery Gap' s 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 22nd at 10:30am – Selma (Schools – Transition Year) €5 In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. accepts his Nobel Peace Prize. Four African-American girls are killed by a bomb set by the Ku Klux Klan in a Baptist Church. Annie Lee Cooper attempts to register to vote in Selma, Alabama but is prevented by the white registrar. King meets with President Lyndon B. Johnson and asks for federal legislation to allow black citizens to register to vote unencumbered. Johnson says he has more important projects.
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.
Sulan Film Society presents Uzumasa Limelight on Monday February 8th @ 8.30pm. Admission €5. The film centres on an aged movie extra who specializes in being killed in samurai movies without ever being lit by the limelight.

Local TV Programmes

Thurs. Jan. 21. 9.30p.m. Star Trax Concert No 4, final episode 2015.
Sun. Jan. 24: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Canovee First Holy Communion 2015. 6.30p.m. Sleeping Beauty from The Briery Gap
Wed. Jan. 27: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. 2009 Interview with former T.D. Donal Creed.
Thurs. Jan. 28 9.30p.m. News by Eily Buckley. Sport. 9.45 2009 Interview with former T.D. Tom Meaney.
Sun. Jan. 31: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Clondrohid and Macroom Corpus Christi Processions 2015. 6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes
Wed. Feb. 3: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50 Macroom Castle by Ted Cook.
Thurs. Feb. 4. 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50 Carriganass Castle by Michael Fitzgerald.


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Cookery Demonstration with MasterChef Winner 2014; Diana Dodog, at the Riverside Park Hotel on Friday 5th of February @ 7:30pm. Fundraiser for Canovee Parents' Association. €15:00 per ticket, includes a complimentary glass of wine or Tea/Coffee. Tickets from Hotel, Annette 0861982683 or Edwina 087 2408369.
Reading glasses found on Cork Street on 5th January. Telephone 0879035367.
Macroom Charities Transition Year students from De la Salle College Macroom collected funds over Christmas for the Macroom Charities Appeal. Students recently presented cheques to representatives of the charities: William McCarthy to Mr Sean O'Leary of the St. Vincent de Paul society; Alan McCarthy to Ms Ann Keating of Cope and Cian Twomey to Mr Pat O'Connell of Macroom Senior Citizens. Also present at the presentation was Mr Diarmuid Bolger of De la Salle College Macroom.
Recent Deaths. Jerry (Darby) O'Donovan, Cork St., whose memoirs, as related to Dr. Con Kelleher, delighted many Lee Valley Outlook readers during recent months, has passed to his eternal reward. His wit, awareness and tolerance revived many memories of 20th century Macroom. Go raibh aige leaba i measc na Naomh.
Mrs. Sheila Desmond, nee Twomey, Ballyvourney and Dublin, was also buried in St. Colman's Cemetery, Macroom in a private ceremony recently. She was predeceased by her husband, Andrew, brother of the late Fr. Battie Desmond. She is survived by her children, Dermot Desmond, Freeman of Macroom, Michael, Kieran and Adrienne.
Canovee underage AGM is fixed for Friday 29th at 7.30pm in the clubhouse. Medal presentations for Canovee minors and under 11s are to take place on Sunday 24th at 6.30pm in Cloughduv hall.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 5/1/16. Winning Numbers 4-14-33. No Winner. €70. O'Mahony Family, Cork Street. €20. Con Lynch, Masseytown. Michael Vaughan, New Street. Olan Buckley, Kilnagurteen. Michael Browne, Railway View. Irene O'Shea, Mashanaglass.
12/1/2016. Winning Numbers 13-23-24. No Winner. €70. Denise Moloney, Main Street. €20 Irene O'Shea, Mashanaglass. Mick Buckley, 4 Sullane Weirs. Liz Griffin, Heronwood, Carrigaline. Frank Crean, Dublin. Ethan O'Gorman, Sleaveen.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto 3/1/2015. Jackpot €4750. Numbers drawn 18, 21 & 23. No winner. €50 Mairead Twohig, €20 Henry Browne Pat O' Leary Richie O' Regan Stephen & Ann O' Shea.
10/1/2015. Jackpot €4900. Numbers drawn 13, 35 & 40. No winner. €50 Seamus Crowley & Mick Fitzsimons, €20 William Neville, Dromree, Denis McSweeney, Anniganihy, Jerome & Sheila Twohig, Leades Cross, Jerry Kelleher, Mid Cork Pallets.
17/01/16: Jackpot: €5,050. Numbers drawn 1, 22 & 32. No winner €50 Neily & Margaret Lehane, Ballinagree €20 Jerry Hubbard, Inchelea. Geraldine Linehan, Horsemount. Jason & Katherine McCarthy, Bealnamorrive. Gretta Linehan, Barrett's Place.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto 6/1/16. No Winner of €3000 Jackpot. €70. Martin Manning, Masseytown. €20. Charlie, Matthew, Connie Kelleher, Carriganorthane. Gerard O'Callaghan, Ballinagree. Callie & Kate Plunkett, c/o Fireblock. Anne Corkery Carrigaphooka
13/1/16 Jackpot €3.400. No winner. €70 - Helen Linehan, c/o Bingo €20 - €20 - Kathleen McCarthy, Carriganima. Declan Burns, c/o Firebird. Leonie Granville, c/o Granville's, Castle Street. Phil Lynch, Dripsey
Canovee G.A.A. Lotto January 3 Jackpot €5.000. Numbers drawn 7,8,9,14. No Winner €50 Finbarr Hickey Aherla. €25 John F O'Sullivan, Tower. Norma O'Mahony, Aherla. €25 on line Noel Moynhian Carrigadrohid
January 17 Jackpot €5.300. Numbers drawn 4,9,25,29. NoWinner €50 Con Fitzgerald, Carrigadrohid. . €25 Pat Buckley, Aherla. D. O'Sullivan, Forrest. . €25 on line Karen Hynes,
Coachford AFC Lotto Results11/1/2016, Jackpot: €1,800, Numbers Drawn: 6 – 11 – 23. Winner: Jack Murphy (Knockaneowen) €40 Grace Donovan, €20 Madge Martin, Mattie Martin, Michelle Breen, Dan & Mary Spillane (Yearly Ticket).
18/1/2016, Jackpot: €1,000, Numbers Drawn: 7 – 27 – 36, No Winner. €40 Miah Hubbard, €20 Marguerite Dineen, c/o Mags, Nicola O'Mahony, Dan & Mary Spillane (Yearly Ticket).
Lee Valley Updates

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Operation Transformation in action at the Adult Party in Clondrohid. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Updates

Clondrohid Updates 

Partying in the New Year: A very entertaining day was had by all in the Community Hall at the Development Group's annual New Year Party. Tim Joe and Ann had everyone on the floor dancing as they gave of their super best. The Group would like to thank the musicians and all who helped them to put this 'show on the road'. A special word of thanks to Margaret and Peter Twomey who help every year by preparing the cold plates and to Denis Donovan for flowers on the tables. To all those who donated on the day, to the Hall Committee, and all those who help the group in the kitchen on the big day. The Group are delighted to be able to provide this day of entertainment for all the senior and not so senior citizens of the parish and its surrounds.
The Development Group will be getting together shortly to sort out work for the year ahead. Anyone interested in helping in any way is most welcome and can contact any member of committee or drop in to Healy's Post Office and speak to Maria.
Set Dancing: If you wish to shake off some of those unwanted lbs. put on over the Christmas, come and join Teddy in the hall on Tuesday nights at 8pm as he returns after the Christmas holidays and all are welcome.
G.A.A. Congratulations to Fergal Kelleher and Darren Dineen on making the Muskerry Junior A football Team of the Year. Trevor O'Brien and Shane Creed were also nominated. Congrats to all.

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Rena Buckley, Glounaglough, Rylane celebrates her 98th birthday with her cousin, Bishop John Buckley, and some of her twenty-seven grandchildren. © Mike English

Bishop and Two Renas 

Dr. John Buckley, Bishop of Cork and Ross, met up with two famous cousins on New Year's Day, 2016. Mrs. Rena Buckley of Glounaglough, Rylane was born 98 years ago, on January 1 1918, in Gortlehard, Kilgarvan, in the same house as Bishop Buckley's father. The affable bishop came to Rylane to celebrate Mass in Rena's home on her birthday and met up with many more cousins, including another record-breaking Rena, Mrs. Buckley's granddaughter, who holds sixteen All Ireland medals to date. The Bishop, a former Cork minor hurler and road bowler, who tested himself against the likes of the legendry Mick Barry, congratulated Rena the Second on her extraordinary success and recalled enjoyable meetings with the football and camogie teams prior to games and triumphal events on their return to Cork.
Mrs. Buckley expressed her delight at the Bishop's visit and was happy to be joined by seven of her eight children, Mary, Susan, Con, Diarmuid, Michael, Margaret and Tim, as well as twenty of her twenty-seven grandchildren. Bishop Buckley complimented his cousin, Rena, on her long life, loyalty to her faith and dedication to her family and on looking so well on the night.

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Saighdiúirí ó Collins's Barracks, Peadar Ó Catháin agus Stíofáin Ó Mathúna, a bhronn Brat na hÉireann agus an Forógra ar dhaltaí Scoil Fhionnbarra Beal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh ©An Scoil

Brat na hÉireann i mBaile Bhúirne

Thug an Ceannfort Peadar Ó Catháin agus an Gunnadóir Stiofán Ó Mathúna cuairt ar Scoil Abán Naofa, Baile Bhúirne le déanaí agus bhronn said Brat na hÉireann ar an scoil, Ag gabháil buíochas, bhronn na leanaí tairgí aitiúla orthu siúd. Ocáid mór a bhí ann. D'fháiltigh na leanaí roimh na saighdiúirí le ceól binn agus chuir an máistir, Conchubhar Ó Luasa, fáilte oifigiúil rompu. Chuir sé iad in aithne dos na leanaí agus léigh an Ceannfort Peadar Ó Catháin Forógra na Cásca agus mhínigh sé é dos na leanaí. Ghlac sé le ceisteanna uatha agus nach iad a bhí fiosrach. Mhínigh sé brat na hÉireann dóibh go cliste, le cabhair ós na paistí agus ansan sheinn an banna ceoil Amhrán na bhFiann. Mhínig an Ceannfort dos na leanaí conas mar a sheasann lucht an airm chun meas a léiriú don Amhrán Náisiúnta. Ag deireadh, chan an scoil go léir Amhrán na bhFiann agus bhí sé go hiontach,

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An Ceannfort Peadar Ó Catháin agus Gunnadóir Stiofán Ó Mathúna ag bronnadh Brat na hÉireann ar Scoil Abán Naofa, Baile Bhúirne ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Macra Matters

Donoughmore Macra started the new year well. Congratulations to the senior debating team of Elaine O'Connell, Tom Carroll, Meig Collins and James Healy who progress to the next round, having beaten Callan Macra of Kilkenny. Well done to Callan for an interesting debate. Particular congratulations to Meig Collins, on winning Best Speaker.
Club officers attended training in Killarney. Training and development officers from the Cork/Kerry and Leinster regions enjoyed the training, followed by a night on the tiles.
It was lights, camera, action for the Donoughmore Macra Capers cast as the semi-final of the competition took place in Aghada, in the Imokilly region. Six entertaining shows were staged but Whitechurch and Donoughmore advance to the final in Mallow in a fortnight. Well done to all the other teams. Best of luck to the Capers team!
For more info on the club check out:www.facebook.com/donoughmore.macra, Twitter at www.twitter.com/dmoremacra or contact 086-2231538.



What would happen if you had an accident, became seriously ill and, as a result, were mentally unable to deal with your affairs? How would you or your family cope? Regrettably, most families in Ireland have a family member who has suffered some form of mental illness and this may happen at any stage in life. Such an event would make your everyday routine of paying bills, running a business and making basic financial decisions impossible. If someone becomes incapacitated through disability, illness or progressive degenerative disease, their assets become frozen.
From a financial and practical point of view, a person, while in good mental health, should create an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA). This is a legal document which only takes effect in the event that the person becomes mentally incapacitated. This is an important point and one that is often misunderstood. The person creating the EPA is known as the Donor and, in the event of his or her becoming incapacitated, power to deal with the Donor's money and assets transfer to the Attorney. It becomes operative only if you become incapable of looking after your affairs and it continues in force until death.
In order to make an EPA, you must be mentally capable of doing so. Your Attorneys can be people such as your spouse, partner, parent, sibling or friend. The choice of Attorney is a personal matter but a great deal of thought needs to be given to the nomination. Questions to ask are: is this person suitable for the job, do I trust them and do they have the skills to manage my business and make decisions for me? Once somebody has become unable to manage their affairs, it is too late to make an EPA. If you have already made a Will, then an EPA will compliment this and help reassure both you and your family that you have made plans for the future. In the event of you becoming mentally incapable without having this document in place, your family will not be able to deal with your financial affairs or your property until you die or you are made a Ward of Court. An Application to be made a Ward of Court is an extremely costly and time consuming process and could significantly erode your assets. Executing an EPA can represent enormous value for money compared with the cost of making someone a Ward of Court.
An EPA is as important as your Will but many people place more emphasis on the latter. The common perception of Wills and EPAs in rural Ireland is that such documents are only signed and entered into by those who are nearing old age. Similar to execution of a Will, it is advisable to also execute an Enduring Power of Attorney regardless of your age. It is not that anyone wants to use them but rather, if they are needed, then it is of some comfort to know that they are in place and can be called upon in the event that they are required. Unfortunately, none of us can predict the future, so the importance of having the right person in place with the legal authority to act on your behalf in the event that you are not in a position to do so cannot be underestimated. One could look on an EPA as an insurance policy against problems which might arise in the future. If it is never needed, all the better!
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.

Icy Roads

The recent icy spell, following on weeks of floods, left many road users worried about road safety. Details of the treatment routes may be available on www.corkcoco.ie . Grit for community use has been provided at the published locations as in previous years. Road users are reminded to drive with caution during the current cold spell, irrespective of whether or not the road is treated with salt. The occurrence of black ice has been reported in many locations. Pot holes and damaged surfaces are also to be factored in for safe travel.
All National Roads have Priority 1 status in Cork County Council Winter Service Plan. The Winter Service Plan identifies 826 Km of the Regional Road Network and about 110Km of Local Roads as Priority 2 status. The major bus routes in the City Environs are the principal Local Roads included. Traffic volumes and frost susceptibility are factors taken into account in prioritising those that are considered Priority 2. All other Regional Roads and a significant amount of Local Primary Roads are identified as Priority 3 in the Winter Service Plan where the regime is for post- treatment if required, and generally only occurs in periods of severe frost or snow.
Pedestrians in towns and villages should be very careful when using footpaths as most of these are untreated, even when the roads themselves have been salted.

Cork County Council grants

Cork County Council, through its Municipal Districts, is committed to supporting local communities. Grants from the above Schemes will be available as financial support to community groups and local organisations wishing to undertake development projects in their area, to support festivals, and for local communities to work with Cork County Council on projects that enhance the area in which the group is active. There are three distinct funding Schemes: 1. Capital Grant Scheme 2. Community Contracts 3. Amenity Grant Scheme. Closing date for receipt of Completed Applications is 4pm Friday 5th February 2016.

School Holidays

Easter School Holidays come early this year and students will have an unprecedented 19 days off. Schools will close on Wednesday, March 16th and reopen on Monday, April 4th. The long Easter break includes St Patrick's Day and the Department of Education granted Friday 18th as a bonus holiday so as to avoid reopening for just one day. However, this bonus day will have to be made up somewhere else in the school year. Easter Sunday will fall on March 27th and this year will be particularly eventful as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
Primary schools are required to open for 183 days annually and secondary schools work on 167 days. The holiday dates for schools is determined through joint agreement of the Department of Education, Teacher's Unions and school management authorities and are organised into cycles of three years called the Standardised Year. The remaining holiday dates for the current school year and for 2016/17 can be viewed on Schooldays.ie Secondary Schools will also close for the February mid-term break over the period of Monday 15th to Friday 19th of February with primary schools closing for a minimum of two days (18th & 19th) with the option to take the full week.

Sports Mad

Muskerry GAA Gala Awards Evening

The 2nd annual Muskerry GAA and Auld Triangle Gala Awards Evening was held in The Oriel House Hotel Ballincollig on Saturday January 9th 2016. The Muskerry GAA Sports Star of the Year 2015 was announced and the Muskerry Junior Hurling and Junior Football teams of the past year were also named.
Muskerry Board Cathaoirleach Pat Malone welcomed all the players, officials, sponsors and guests of honour, including County Board Chairman, Ger Lane and vice Chairperson Tracey Kennedy. A couple of special presentations were made including one to Frank McCarthy who recently stepped down after completing twenty-eight years of outstanding service to the board. Mr Malone sympathised with the Long and Downey families on their recent sad losses and a presentation was made to Liam Long in recognition of the outstanding service given by his father, former Muskerry Board Cathaoirleach, the late JJ Long. Pádraig Ó Céilleachair, who recently stepped down after five years' service as Board Irish/Cultural Officer, was thanked for his fine work. The Cathaoirleach thanked the sponsors of the various competitions run by the Mid Cork Board: Ballincollig Credit Union Ltd., Ross Oil Company, Farnanes, Farho Intelligent Heating Farran, Macroom Motor Services, MJJK Oils Clondrohid, Cumnor Construction Blarney, Oriel House Hotel Ballincollig, Rochestown Park Hotel, Quish SauperValu Ballincollig and Auld Triangle Macroom, sponsors of the Muskerry Senior Football and Hurling teams.
Cork County Board Cathaoirleach, Ger Lane, in a short but relevant address, praised the awards concept for honouring the club players of the division, pointing out that ordinary club players make up 98% of the playing membership of the GAA. Mr Lane singled out for mention the achievements of Iveleary and Cill na Martra footballers last year and added his tributes to the late JJ Long and the work done by Frank McCarthy in a life time of service to Ballincollig and Muskerry GAA.
Mr John Feeney, Dripsey, newly elected as Board Rúnaí, is the Chairman of the Awards Committee, the organisers of the monthly awards scheme who also act as the judges for all awards. The other committee members are; Anne O'Riordan (Cloughduv) Secretary, Mid Cork Board officers William Buckley and Dave Lee; Michael O'Riordan of the Auld Triangle, Kevin Murphy (now Board PRO), Brendan Kenneally and Aubert Twomey, who report on Mid Cork GAA affairs.

Sports Star of the Year 

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Michael O'Riordan, Auld Triangle Macroom, presenting the Sports Star Award for 2015 to Rena Buckley, Inniscarra Camogie Club at the Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Gala Awards Evening at Oriel Hotel. © Mike English

The Muskerry GAA SPORTS STAR of the YEAR AWARD for 2015 went to Cork Ladies Football and Camogie star Rena Buckley of Donoughmore and Inniscarra. On the second Sunday in September last, Rena Buckley and 2014 Muskerry award winner, Briege Corkery, equalled Dublin's Kathleen Mills's All Ireland medal tally when they helped Cork to victory over Galway in the camogie final, thus earning their 15th All Ireland senior medal. A fortnight later, Rena and Briege went to the top of the All-Ireland list when Cork defeated Dublin in the Ladies Football final, giving them a five-in-a-row in football and their 10th title in 11 years. That, then, brought Rena Buckley's collection to 10 All-Ireland football medals (a feat matched by Briege, Geraldine O'Flynn, Deirdre O'Reilly, Brí d Stack and Valerie Mulcahy) and six camogie titles. That's not even mentioning their National League successes with Cork, and the number of All-Star awards they have amassed – over 20 between them. The pair were again both dual All Stars when the 2015 camogie and football award winners were announced. It's an unparalleled record of achievement. Such are the demands on today's dual players - clashing fixtures in 2015 not helping dual players, the training and match schedules hectic - their longevity is as startling as their success. Rena also has to find time for her physiotherapy career in Ballincollig and Macroom, and there are their club commitments too.
Rena, and Briege, are both just 28, a whole 10 years younger than Kathleen Mills was when she won her 15th All-Ireland medal. So, there might be another chapter or two in their stories just yet. Rena's selection as Muskerry GAA /Auld Triangle Sports Star of the Year 2015 was universally acclaimed and Rena received a tremendous reception from the guests as she received her award from Michael O'Riordan of the Auld Triangle. Master of Ceremonies, John McHale (Evening Echo), interviewed Rena following the announcement by Michael O'Riordan of the Auld Triangle. The sixteen time All Ireland winner was thrilled to be honoured by her own division and was joined at the function by her family and a large circle of friends. "It is fantastic to honoured by your own people and this award means everything to me. Winning All Ireland titles makes all the hard work worthwhile and it has been an amazing journey. We are all club players and both Inniscarra and Donoughmore have played a huge part in my development over many years. Knowing so many people from all the clubs across this division makes this a very special occasion."
The other nominees, all monthly award winners in 2015, 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; Brian Cronin, Iveleary, football; Aidan Ahern, Cloughduv, hurling

Muskerry GAA Teams of the Year

There was huge interest in the Teams of the Year selection and mid-Cork football champions, Iveleary, dominated the football team with six players selected. The football championship is hugely competitive every year and this was illustrated by the fact that eight clubs were represented on the team. Hurling champions, Cloughduv, enjoyed another brilliant season and also had six players on the hurling team. Ballinora are an emerging young side and had four players selected, while there were six different clubs represented on the hurling team.

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Muskerry Junior Hurling Team of 2015 at Gala Awards Evening at Oriel Hotel. © Mike English

Muskerry Junior Hurling Team of theYear 2015

The Muskerry Junior Hurling team of 2015 was selected by the panel of judges from a final List of Nominees. The Team is: 1 Richard O'Shea (Blarney) 2 Brendan Hourihan (Ballinora) 3 Aidan Ahern (Cloughduv) 4 Liam Long (Cloughduv) 5 Shane Healy (Donoughmore) 6 Sean Twomey (Blarney) 7 James McCarthy (Cloughduv) 8 Liam O Riain (Inniscarra) 9 Aidan Murphy (Cloughduv) 10 Conor Cotter (Kilmichael) 11 Brian Ahern (Cloughduv) 12 Pat Fitton (Ballinora) 13 Brian Murphy (Ballinora) 14 David Howard (Ballinora) 15 Jerry Lucey (Cloughduv)
Also nominated for the hurling team were: John O'Brien (Ballincollig); Barry Crowley, Patrick Cronin, Alan O'Neill (Ballinora) Stephen O'Brien, Eoin O'Connor, Daniel Cronin, Vincent O'Mahony (Blarney): Denis O'Sullivan, Seán O'Connor, James Moynihan (Cloughduv); Kenneth Cullinane, Aidan Corkery (Donoughmore); Mark McCarthy (Inniscarra); Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael).
O'Mahony Walsh, Auctioneers and Insurance Brokers, Ballincollig are the sponsors of the Muskerry Hurling Team of the Year.

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Muskerry Junior Football Team 2015 at Gala Awards Evening at Oriel Hotel. © Mike English

Muskerry Junior Football Team of the Year 2015 

The Muskerry GAA Football team of the year is: 1 Dominic Kelleher (Inniscarra) 2 Daniel O'Riordan (Iveleary) 3 Kevin Barrett (Kilmurry) 4 Barry Murphy (Iveleary) 5 Ger O'Riordan (Iveleary) 6 John Carey (Dripsey) 7 Seán O'Leary (Iveleary) 8 Alan Sheehan (Inniscarra) 9 Fergal Kelleher (Clondrohid) 10 Seán Kelleher (Aghinagh) 11 Cathal Vaughan (Iveleary) 12 Darren Dineen (Clondrohid) 13 James Moynihan (Canovee) 14 Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael) 15 Brian Cronin (Iveleary)
Also nominated for the football team of the Year were: Declan Ambrose (Aghinagh): Brian Ahern, Denis O'Sullivan (Canovee): Trevor O'Brian and Shane Creed (Clondrohid): Daniel Forde (Donoughmore):Aidan Murray and Conor Hayes (Dripsey): Daniel O'Connell, John O'Callaghan, Conor Buckley, David O'Keeffe, Sean Lynch (Inniscarra): Jamie Cronin, Donal Cotter, Cal McCarthy, Kevin Manning, Barry O'Leary, Sean Lehane (Iveleary): Shane Masters, Conor Cotter, Finbarr Dromey (Kilmichael): Liam Long, Dave O'Halloran (Kilmurry).
Macroom Haulage and Murphy's Fuels Macroom are the sponsors of the Muskerry Football Team of the Year.

Tom Creedon Cup 2016 - Premier & Intermediate Football

Round 1
(A) Kildorrery 0-12 Naomh Abán 1-7
(B) Newmarket 3-16 Rockchapel 1-6
(C) Millstreet v St Finbarrs
(D) Ballydesmond 1-8 Nemo Rangers 0-12
(E) Kiskeam 1-12 Glenville 0-12
Round 2
(1) Kildorrery 0-7 Newmarket 2-9
(2) Millstreet/St Finbarrs v Nemo Rangers
(3) Kiskeam v Carrigaline
(4) Mallow 0-14 Macroom 0-6
(5) Glanmire 15 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 5-9
(6) Bandon 0-11 Aghabullogue 0-7
(7) Mayfield 1-7 Kinsale 3-5
(8) Cill na Martra 1-13 Mitchelstown 2-14
Quarter-Finals (January 24th)
(A) Newmarket v 2
(B) Mallow v 3
(C) Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Bandon
(D) Kinsale v Mitchelstown
Semi-Finals (January 31st)
A v B; C v D
Final: At Macroom
Glanmire 1 – 5 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 5 – 9
Glanmire scored first with an early point but Andy Concannon quickly levelled for Béal Átha and than put the Mid Cork side in front with 5thminute point. Diarmuid Thompson had the fist goal two minutes later and points from Liam Shorten and Tim O'Leary followed before Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh 's goal in the 12th minute all but put the game beyond the reach of the home side who were struggling to contain the focussed visitors. Further points from Amhlaoibh Lynch, Tim O'Leary and Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh had Béal Átha in front by 2-7 to 0-2. On the resumption, Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh had his second goal after three minutes and points from Liam Ó Criodáin and Andy Concannon made it 3-9 to 0-2 after 37 minutes. Glanmire staged a mini revival and kicked 1-3 to make the score board look more respectable but back came Béal Átha and two goal from Ben Shorten in the 24th and 25th minutes put the gloss back on the winning margin for Béal Átha who will now be at home to Bandon in the quarter final.

Cill na Martra 1 – 13 Mitchelstown 2 – 14
Cill na Martra, who won the Tom Creedon Cup for the first time last year, were knocked out of the 2016 competiton at the first hurdle when they went under to Mitchelstown at Cill na Martra. Cill na Martra led at half time by 1-12 to 1-6, the goal coming from the boot of Shane Dineen, and it was not until very late in the game that the North Cork side hit the front, their second goal being vital in cutting back the home side's interval lead. Martin Connors, Mike Desmond, Shane Dineen, Damian Harrington and Cathal McSweeney shared the points tally for Cill na Martra.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Pádraig de Brún, Marc Ó Goilí, Danny Ó Conaill: Eoin Ó Loinsuigh, Graham Ó Mocháin, Seán Ó Foirreidh: Cathal MacSuibhne, Miceál Ó Deasúna: Seanacháin Ó Loinsuigh, Martín Ó Concubhair, Damian Ó hUrdail: Liam Ó Loinsuigh, Shane Ó DuinnIn, Seán Ó Loinsuigh. Fir Ionaid: Seán Ó Céilleachair, James Anysley agus Pádraig Ó Críodáin.

Mallow 0 – 14 Macroom 0 – 6
The home side were too strong physically for visitors, Macroom, in wet and fairly miserable conditions. Macroom were always chasing this game, were behind 0-9 to 0-4 at the break and never looked capable of advancing. The Macroom team was: Declan Kiely: Michael Cahill, Rory Buckley, Kevin O'Dwyer: Michael Cronin, Sean Kiely, Alan Quinn: David Cotter, David Horgan: Tony Dineen, Conor O'Sullivan, Ger Angland: John Murphy, David Goold, Denis Quinlan. Subs: Philip Corrigan, John Angland, Olan O'Mahony, Cillian O'Mahony and Patrick Lucey.
Bandon 0 – 11 Aghabullogue 0 – 7
Bandon had a four-point win over Aghabullogue at Bandon in a game played in miserable weather conditions. The home side led by 0-7 to 0-1 at the break having played with the strong wind in the first half. Aghabullogue put it up to them in the second half but could not claw back the interval deficit. Aghabullogue: John Buckley: Alan Hogan, Dahni Merrick, Anthony Corkery: Ryan Dennehy, Michael Dennehy, Seán Dineen: Sean O'Sullivan, Aidan BarryMurphy: Niall Buckley, Evan O'Sullivan, Jerome Corkery: Ian BarryMurphy, Michael O'Sullivan, John Corkery. Subs: David Sheehan, James Byrne, Mark O'Flynn, Billy Casey, David Dineen, Daniel O'Rourke.

Allianz Hurling and Football Leagues 2016

Sunday 31 January 2016 Allianz Football League
Round 1: Pairc Uí Rinn: Cork v Mayo

Sunday 7 February 2016: Allianz Football League
Round 2: at Ballyshannon: Donegal v Cork

Sunday 14 February 2016: Allianz Hurling League
Round 1: Salthill: Galway v Cork

Saturday 20 February 2016 Allianz Hurling League
Round 2: Cork v Waterford

Sunday 28 February 2016 Allianz Football League
Round 3: Cork v Roscommon

Saturday 5.03.2016 at Croke Park
Allianz Hurling League
Round 3: Dublin v Cork 5pm
Allianz Football League
Round 4: Dublin v Cork. 7pm

Saturday 12.3.2016 Allianz Hurling League
Round 4: Cork v Kilkenny 7pm

Sunday 13.3.2016
Football Round 5: Cork v Monaghan

Sunday 20.3.2016 Allianz Hurling League
Round 5 at Thurles: Tipperary v Cork

Sunday 27.3.2016 (Easter Sunday)
Football Round 6: Cork v Down

Sunday 3.4.2016

Football League Round 7
At Tralee: Kerry v Cork

McGrath Cup Football

Cork 3-19 Waterford 1-5
Three first-half goals eased Cork past the weak challenge of in a very one-sided McGrath Cup fixture at Mallow. Last season Waterford shocked Cork at Clashmore but there was to be no repeat of that this time and Waterford were trailing by 2-2 before their first score after 14 minutes and there were 15 points between the teams at half time when Cork led by 3-10 to 0-4.
Corks opening goal came after seven minutes, Andrew O Sullivan fisting the ball past Waterford keeper Sean Barron. In the 10th minute, Kilmichael's Peter Kelleher fisted to the net after Daniel Goulding's attempt for a point fell short. Two Ruairi Deane points followed Kelleher effort and Cork were already out of sight. Six points separated the sides on 19 minutes, 2-3 to 0-3 but the visitors would fail to add to their tally before half time and Peadar Healy's side added a further 1-7 with Peter Kelleher getting a third goal for Cork after 24 minutes. Mark Collins (0-2), Brian Hurley (a free), Daniel Goulding (0-2), Luke Connolly, and Bart Daly all added their names to the scoresheet.
Cork sub Brian Coughlan, Hurley (0-3) and Goulding extended their lead out to 19-points before Waterford had a goal back in the 51st minute but did not trouble Cork for the remainder of the game and finished the game with 13 men..
Scorers for Cork:D Goulding (0-6, 0-1 free); P Kelleher (2-0); B Hurley (0-4, 0-3 frees); A O Sullivan (1-0); R Deane, M Collins (0-2 each); B Daly, L Connolly, J Davis, B Coughlan, S Hickey (0-1 each).
CORK: B O Connell; C O Driscoll, J O Sullivan, K Histon; T Clancy, J Loughrey, B Daly; I Maguire, A O Sullivan; Mark Collins (0-2), L Connolly, R Deane; DANIEL GOULDING (Eire Óg), PETER KELLEHER (Kilmichael), B Hurley. Subs: B Coughlan (HT), J Davis(HT), S Hickey (47), K O Hanlon (53), L Harrington (57), Mark Collins (62).

Third Level Colleges Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cup Draws 2016

Independent.ie Sigerson Cup Football
Preliminary Round (First team named at home)
Trinity College v NUI Galway
CORK IT v Garda
St Pat's v GMIT
First Round - (First named team at home)
U. C. CORK v St Pat's/ GMIT
NUIG/Trinity v UCD
UL v IT Tralee
NUI Maynooth v Queens
Ulster University v Garda/CIT
St Mary's v DIT
IT Carlow v IT Sligo
DCU v Athlone.

Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup Hurling

Group A: U. C. CORK, UCD, NUI Maynooth, Limerick IT
Group B: IT Carlow, DCU, St Pat's Drumcondra, Waterford IT.
Group C: DIT, UL, NUI Galway, Mary Immaculate Limerick
Group D: CORK IT, GMIT, Ulster University

Cork County HURLING Leagues 2016

RedFM SENIOR Hurling League – 17 teams
Douglas, Erin's Own, Carrigtwohill, Glen Rovers, Newtownshandrum, Midleton,
Bishopstown, Newcestown, Killeagh, Na Piarsaigh, Bride Rovers, Ballymartle,
Sarsfields, Blackrock, Ballyhea, St. Finbarr's, Youghal
Division 1 Hurling League – 11 teams
Round 1 - February 28th
Ballinhassig v BLARNEY, INNISCARRA v Kilworth, Charleville v Cloyne, Courcey Rovers v Fermoy, Mallow v Meelin, Tracton bye.
Round 2 – March 6th
Meelin v Inniscarra, Blarney a Bye
Round 3 - March 27th
Blarney v Cloyne, Inniscarra v Tracton
Division 2 Hurling League – 11 teams
Round 1 - February 28th
Ballincollig v Bandon, Eire Óg v Fr O Neill's, Carrigaline v Castlelyons,
Kanturk v Kildorrery, Milford v Valley Rovers, Watergrasshill Bye
Round 2 - March 6th
Castlelyons v Ballincollig, Kildorrery v Eire Og,
Round 3 - March 27th
Ballincollig v Fr O Neill's, Eire Óg v Valley Rovers
Division 3 Hurling League – 10 teams
Round 1- February 28th
Aghabullogue v Aghada, Castlemartyr v Dripsey, Grenagh v Kilbrittain, Argideen Rangers v Ballygarvan, Barryroe v Blackrock
Round 2 - March 6th
Ballygarvan v Aghabullogue, Dripsey v Barryroe, Aghada v Grenagh
Division 4 Hurling League – 10 teams
Round 1 - February 28th
Glen Rovers v Inniscarra, Ballinhassig v Ballymartle, Na Piarsaigh v St Finbarrs
Midleton v Carrigaline, Douglas v Dungourney
Round 2 - March 6th
Inniscarra v Ballinhassig
Round 3 - March 27th
Ballymartle v Inniscarra

Cork County FOOTBALL Leagues 2016

Rochestown Park Hotel Division 1 Football League – 14 teams
Round 1 - February 7th
BALLINCOLLIG v NAOMH ABÁN, O'Donovan Rossa v Carbery Rangers, Castlehaven v Nemo Rangers, St Finbarrs v Valley Rovers, Clyda Rovers v Bishopstown, Douglas v Clonakilty, Ilen Rovers v Newcestown.
Round 2 - February 14th
Naomh Aban v Ilen Rovers, Carbery Rangers v Ballincollig
Round 3 – February 21st
Douglas v Naomh Aban, Ballincollig v Ilen Rovers

Division 2 Football League – 13 teams

Round 1 - February 7th
Mallow v Cill Na Martra, Macroom v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, Eire Og v Aghada, Fermoy v Nemo Rangers, Bantry Blues v Newmarket, Kiskeam v Dohenys, Carrigaline a bye
Round 2 - February 14th
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Kiskeam, Cill Na Martra v Bantry Blues, Nemo Rangers v Eire Og, Aghada v Macroom
Round 3 - February 21st
Dohenys v Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh, Macroom v Nemo Rangers, Eire Og v
Newmarket, Fermoy v Cill Na Martra

Division 3 Football League – 13 teams

Round 1 - February 7th
Aghabullogue v Rockchapel, Mitchelstown v Ballinora, Castletownbere v St Michaels, St. Vincent's v Kildorrery, Glenville v Kinsale, St Nicks v Kanturk, Glanworth a Bye.
Round 2 - February 14th
Glanworth v Aghabullogue, Ballinora v St. Vincent's
Round 3 - February 21st
Castletownbere v Ballinora, Aghabullogue a bye.

Division 4 Football League – 13 teams

Round 1 - February 7th
Grenagh v Mayfield, Adrigole v Na Piarsaigh, Millstreet v Ballydesmond, Glanmire v Youghal, Clonakilty v St. Finbarr's, Carrigaline v Bandon, Douglas a bye
Round 2 - February 14th
Youghal v Grenagh
Round 3 - February 21st
Grenagh v St. Finbarr's

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Rusheen N.S. welcomes its most famous past pupil, Briege Corkery, on her wedding day.

Aghinagh G.A.A. 

Congratulations to Briege Corkery & Diarmuid Scannell who got married in St. John The Baptist Church, Rusheen recently. It was a wonderful occasion for the Bride & Groom, The Corkery & Scannell families and the Community in general. Preparations were in full swing for the big day well in advance, with a general clean-up of the whole Rusheen area. Flags, banners, signs and buntings were all erected and even Rusheen school scare-crow got in on the act preparing for the big occasion. The crowd was huge and the overflow from the Church was accommodated in the new G.A.A. hall. The beautiful ceremony was conducted by Fr. Jackie Corkery, Briege's uncle. Afterwards, a guard of honour was provided by the Cork ladies football and camogie teams outside the Church. Another guard of honour was in place at the school to welcome back a most distinguished past pupil. The happy couple, looking resplendent, obliged by posing for photographs with the delighted pupils and staff. It was then off to the Rochestown Park Hotel (with photo stops at Larch Hill, Canovee and Carrigadrohid) for a lavish reception, where the guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves for the rest of the evening.
Muskerry G.A.A. Awards. The Muskerry Football Team of the Year was announced recently at a reception in the Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig. Congratulations to Seàn Kelleher from Aghinagh who was nominated on the team at Wing Forward.

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Laochra Óg Notes

Congratulations to Briege Corkery and Diarmuid Scannell on the occasion of their marriage which took place recently in Rusheen. Best wishes for their future from all at Laochra Óg Hurling and Camogie Club. Congratulations to Rena Buckley who was named Supreme Sports Star of the year at the recent Auld Triangle and Muskerry Awards Gala Evening which was held in Oriel House Ballincollig. Best of Luck for the future from everyone at Laochra Óg Hurling and Camogie Club.
The 2016 season will soon be underway. We would like to thank all our sponsors whose support has helped us through the last two years, as well as parents, players and all the volunteers who help in any way to make the season come together.

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Denis Murphy, Murphy's Costcutter, Macroom, presenting 'away' jerseys to members of Macroom FC. ©David Shine


m FC recently celebrated the receipt of sponsorship from three local businesses along with the annual Hall of Fame award at Murray's Bar. Jerseys were presented to both adult sides with Macroom A receiving sponsorship from Murray's Bar, who have a long association with the club. Macroom B jerseys have been kindly sponsored by McCarthy's Newsagents, Main St, Macroom and a third 'away' kit was generously sponsored by Murphy's Costcutter, Masseytown, Macroom. All at the club would like to sincerely thank these local businesses for their tremendous willingness to support the club. We would ask all club members and the local public to in turn support our sponsors, as such help is vital to the future of Macroom FC as well as ensuring local employment.
Also on the night, local man Michael Keenan was inducted into the Macroom FC Hall of Fame. This award has been up and running for the last number of years and recognises the contribution of all club volunteers who have served the club so well down the years. Michael was one of the founding members of Macroom FC in 1977 and made an invaluable contribution to all club activities in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s. All at the club wish to acknowledge Michael's support and congratulate him on a well-deserved award.

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Joe Moloney, McCarthy's Newsagents, Macroom, presenting jerseys to B team members and management at Macroom FC. ©David Shine

AUL. Macroom were back in AUL action, after a two month enforced holiday caused by bad weather, when they travelled to Cork to play Dillon's Cross in the Premier A league. The Macroom men came home with the three points after recording a 2-1 win over the city side. Don Creedon and Robert Healy had a goal apiece in the opening fifteen minutes, to give Macroom a great start and the visitors should have put the game out of reach of their opponents as they completely dominated. They failed to do so and when Dillon's Cross got a goal back with ten minutes to go, they put Macroom under fierce pressure as they went in search of an equaliser. Macroom held on and deservedly took the points.
Macroom: Andrew Boyle: Michael Browne, Paul O'Farrell, Craig Ronan, Don Creedon, James O'Connor, Barry Healy, John Js Healy, Robert Healy, Declan O'Riordan, Andrew Hegarty. Subs: Darren Kelly, Shane Keane, Sean Quinn, Anthony O'Donoghue, Caleb Dineen.

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Denis Murray, Murray's Bar, Macroom with Macroom A players, management and club members at jersey presentation. ©David Shine

Macroom Golf Club

There has been little play at Macroom Golf Club during the past months due to adverse weather conditions. Hopefully, things will change after Sunday, January 24 when the new Captains and Presidents are due to Drive In. Mary Cronin and Mary Golden are incoming Lady Captain and President and Michael Lillis and George Desmond are Men's Captain and President respectively.
In the recent Singles, the winner was Conor O'Leary, with 32 pts.
Fixtures: Tuesday Seniors. Sat & Sun Club singles. Sun. Presidents & Captains Drive in at 12 noon.