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Water Sports: Tom Creedon Park from the Golf Club January 2016. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Ag fágaint ár Rian exhibition at An Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhic Íre until February 8.
Cookery Demonstration with Diana Dodog at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Fri Feb 5 @ 7:30pm.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club A.G.M. Thursday 11th February at Coolcower House 7.30p.m.
Dripsey Ambush Talk in Community Centre, Stuake, Donoughmore on Thurs Feb 11th at 8 p.m.
Kilmurry Active Retirement Irish Dancing Classes Thurs 11th Feb in Museum 7.30 pm
Moll in the Briery Gap. Feb. 12 – 14 at 8p.m.
Macroom scout group quiz in Murray's bar, Macroom, on Fri Feb. 12th at 9pm.
Mick Mannock VC Lecture on Mon 15 Feb at 8 pm in Ballincollig Rugby Club.
Rita Lynch Exhibition: Tues 16th Feb at 6.30pm in Macroom Library.
Aghinagh Macra Table Quiz on Fri Feb 19 at The Laine Bar Ballinagree at 8.30pm
Lee Valley Speakers Feb 19th, Fr Ryan Hall.
Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association AGM on Tues 23rd of Feb in Independence Museum, Kilmurry at 8:30pm.
Macroom Ladies Football Registration Evening Fri Feb. 26th, 7.30 - 8.30pm in the Castle Grounds.
Get Fit with Aghinagh Macra every Thursday, 9 – 10pm in Aghinagh GAA hall, Rusheen.

Macroom Library:
Story time Saturdays at 12 noon.
Creative Writing Tues. Feb. 9 at 5.30p.m.
ACOL Bridge Wed. Feb. 10 at 10.30a.m.
Gramophone Circle Fri. Feb. 12 at 11a.m.
Rita Lynch Evening Tues. Feb. 16 at 6.30p.m.
Bookclub on Wed 17th Feb at 11.30a.m.
Purlies Thurs. Feb. 18 at 11 a.m.
Ciorcal Gaeilge Fri Feb 19 at 11.30am.
Feb. Exhibition Rita Lynch, Soprano

Briery Gap:
"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.
The President Mon. 22nd Feb @ 8.30pm
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

Macroom Hospital Development

It has just been announced that Macroom Hospital has been granted €5.8 million toward the refurbishment of the facility as part of the Department of Health's Capital programme. In 2014, there were concerns about the future of the hospital because of a critical HIQA report. A design team is said to be now working on plans to bring the hospital to the required standard. The work is to be completed by 2019. Before Christmas, the HSE announced the imminent provision of a day-care centre on the hospital campus at Gurteenroe, previously vacated by them in favour of the rented Health Care Centre adjacent to Dunne's Stores. The day-care centre was to be financed from €300 million of capital funding made available nationally to complete such works.
Macroom is also promised a Bypass, a new Garda Station and a Fire Station in the next five years. The Fire Station, on the previously acquired site in Gurteenroe, across from the petrol station, is to go to tender in 2017.

Lidl Expansion

Customers at Lidl and passing motorists have been admiring 'one of our own', Briege Corkery, on the 'Serious about Sport', sponsorship of the LGFA posters on the wall of the discount store in Macroom in recent weeks. Now come rumours of plans by Lidl for further development in the town. When the Celtic Tiger was still purring, 4Homes opened a store at Fairgreen, adjacent to the Lidl outlet, and with extensive parking space. 4Homes closed when recession hit. Now, we are led to believe that Lidl plans to acquire the site, demolish the existing premises and build a new Lidl store. It is understood that the existing Lidl store will become a personnel training centre for employees, incorporating a new lecture theatre.

St Patrick's Day 2016

The final preparations are now being made for this year's St Patrick's Festival.
Firstly, we welcome back the wonderful Woodland String Band from Philadelphia. A 150 strong group is coming to Macroom this year and its promises to be a fantastic week in the Town. The music, the colour, the pageantry were sorely missed last year and it will bring its own spectacle to the area for the week.
Our theme this year will be celebrating the 1916 Rising, and, as this is a special years in our Nation's History, we're appealing to all Businesses, Clubs, Schools & Societies to participate in this momentous occasion for our country.
Further details will follow in the next edition.

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Soprano, Rita Lynch. An exhibition on her career will be launched in Macroom Library on February 16 ©

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.
Rita, born in 1914, was one of the Lynch family of Park View, Killarney Road, Macroom. She received her early education and music lessons at the local Mercy Convent before going on to the Ursulines in Blackrock. In 1939 she won the Count John McCormack Competition, singing her favourite, The Last Rose of Summer. Performing in Opera and at international concerts and on Radio Éireann, Rita Lynch won widespread acclaim.
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.

Macroom Easter Sunday Commemoration 2016.

The Macroom Area War of Independence Commemoration Committee who have arranged the annual Easter Rising Commemoration in Macroom for the past 25 years have had several meetings over the last two months making arrangements for this year's Centenary event in Macroom. So as to involve relatives of members of the 7th/ 8th Battalions, the committee met recently with representatives from the following areas: Macroom, Carriganima, Clondrohid, Kilnamartyra, Ballyvourney, Coolea, Ballingeary, Inchigeela, Ballinagree, Kilmurry, Canovee, Crookstown, Kilmichael and Toames. It is now hoped that each area will draw up a list of relatives and forward them to the committee in Macroom, who in turn invite them to take part in the ceremony in Macroom on Easter Sunday, March 27th. If anyone reading this article knows of any relatives from the above areas, please forward names and addressed to Secretary Pat O'Connell, Railway View, Macroom or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
This year's event will begin with a parade led by the Cullen Pipe Band and hopefully, relatives will take part in this parade representing their own areas and the committee has also made a request to the 1916-2016 Centenary office for a local Colour Party drawn from the Reserve Forces of F Company 12th Battalion and 1st Southern Brigade to attend the ceremony in Macroom on Easter Sunday.
Final details of the Commemoration in Macroom will be released within the next couple of weeks.

Macroom GAA Club to Commemorate Centenary Year.

At a recent meeting of Macroom GAA Club, the centenary subcommittee of Con Lynch, Tadgh O'Mahony, Pat O'Connell and John O'Mahony put forward a proposal that the club should erect a granite plaque of the Proclamation along with a remembrance garden within its complex in the Castle Grounds. It was also suggested by the club's Irish Officer, Con Lynch, that the Irish language be used more widely during 2016. Both proposals were agreed and work will commence in the coming months.

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McEgan College 5th year students at Liebherr Crane Factory, Killarney ©An Scoil

.McEgan College Updates

Liebherr Visit. On Tuesday 26th January, the 5th LCVP Year class visited Liebherr in Killarney as part of the compulsory requirement for their portfolio accompanied by Ms. Mulally and Ms. Creedon. A guided tour of the entire plant and a presentation by their Product Design Manager was delivered to the students. Part of the LCVP programme is to see how a factory operates as part of a system. The students will now write up their visit out in a summary report worth 20% of their overall portfolio. A valuable learning experience was had by all.

Macroom Library

Membership of your local library is now free for children and adults. We require photo i.d of identity and proof of address for first time adult members and guarantors of children.
Be advised that we have the registration form you require to get on the Register of Electors should you need it. It has to be submitted within 15 working days of the election/ referendum date in order for you to be included in the Supplementary Register. This form is also available online.
Creative Writing group now meets at 5.30 on the second Tuesday of the month. This month it's on Tuesday 9th. Purlies meet at 11 a.m on 18th February. All level of knitter welcome. Friday 12th Gramophone session presented by Mairead Herlihy at 11.am. Refreshments will be served during the break. All are welcome. We have had to reschedule the Book club to Wednesday 17th due to the library's closure for Staff Training on Wednesday 3rd. We hope all members can make it. The title under discussion is Diane Chamberlain's 'The Midwife's Confession. Ciorcal Cainte is going strong. New members are welcome to join in this informal chat 'as Gaeilge'. The Rita Lynch exhibition opened on February 2nd and continues for the month.

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Director, Michael Twomey, has some advice for the Canon and Moll Kettle at a rehearsal of 'Moll', which runs in the Briery Gap Feb. 12 – 14 ©Lee Valley Outlook

"Moll" for Briery Gap

Following the outstanding success of the group's sell-out performance at the Briery Gap in October 2014 of "Unforgiven" written by John Mc Dwyer, Briery Gap Players return from 12th to 14th February with the classic John B. Keane comedy, "Moll", also directed by Michael Twomey.
The comedy is a hilarious look at life in a rural Irish parochial house, giving an insight into who is truly running local affairs in a fictional parish. Often described as the" Fr Ted "of its era, the play opens in Canon Pratt's (Tomas Healy) parochial house. He and his two curates, Fr Brest (Sean Óg Ó Duinnín) and Fr Loran (Robert O'Riordan), are faced with the problem of replacing their housekeeper. The successful candidate, 'Moll Kettle' (Treasa O'Riordan), immediately sweet-talks and butters up the Canon and so secures the job. Treasa O'Riordan does a wonderful job as Moll, who immediately sets about making her mark on the running of the house and, indeed, the parish, in a hilarious fashion, much to the anger of Fr Brest. But, with the support of the Canon, Moll proves to be an unstoppable force! The support cast of Rachel O'Riordan (Bridgie) and Derry Dineen (The Bishop) are equally successful in delivering plenty of laughter throughout!
Tickets €15 and Concessions €12, available from Briery Gap Box Office on 026-41793 or see www.brierygap.ie

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The cast of 'Moll', which runs in the Briery Gap Feb. 12 – 14 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Briery Gap Programme

"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, directed by Michael Twomey, 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
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.
Sulan Film Society presents The President 22nd February @ 8.30pm. Admission €6. This film is about a repressive dictator who is thrown from power in a sweeping coup d'etat and, as he attempts to flee the country, is confronted by the many citizens brutalized by his regime.

Local TV Programmes

Thurs. Feb. 4. 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50 Carriganass Castle by Michael Fitzgerald.
Sun. Feb. 7: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Golden Jubilee Mass from Muinefliuch N.S. 1984 . 6.30p.m. Macroom Castle by Ted Cook and repeat of Wednesday and Thursday programmes. .
Wed. Feb. 10: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. Aghinagh Heritage Concert at Millstreet Country Park 1996 Part 2.
Thurs. Feb. 11 9.30p.m. News by Eily Buckley. Sport. 9.45 Bachelors in Trouble on Tour
Sun. Feb. 14: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Brother Charles O'Leary RIP 2001 and 2014 interviews. 6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes
Wed. Feb. 17: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50 Sam Maguire Cup and Cork All Ireland Champions visit local schools in 2010.


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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 per ticket, includes a complimentary glass of wine or Tea/ Coffee. Tickets from Hotel, Annette 0861982683 or Edwina 087 2408369.
Dromleigh N.S. will hold a Grandparents Day on Monday 8th February at 1pm. All grandparents welcome. Entertainment will be provided by the pupils and refreshments will be served. The school, which last year celebrated its 175th Anniversary, is now accepting enrolments for the coming school year. Enrolment Forms are available from the school at 026 46212. Log on to the school website www.dromleighns.ie for more information.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club A.G.M. Thursday 11th February at Coolcower House 7.30p.m., followed by Demonstration with guest speaker Breda Clancy of Clancy's Fresh Fish Shop. New Members most welcome. Annual Membership for 2016 accepted on the night.
Greenshoots is a 6-month acceleration programme that helps you become a better business owner. Apply for your place now on www.greenshootscork.ie. Deadline for applications 12.02.16 Begins March 2016.
"Moll", John B. Keane's classic comedy, presented by Briery Gap Players and directed by Michael Twomey in the Briery Gap, Macroom, Friday 12th to Sunday 14th February. Tickets €15 (concessions €12).
Macroom scout group is holding the annual fundraising pub quiz in Murray's bar, Macroom, on Friday 12th of February, starting at 9pm. Table of 4 costs €20. There will also be a raffle with lots of spot prizes on offer. A great night is guaranteed.
Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association AGM on Tuesday 23rd of February in Independence Museum, Kilmurry at 8:30pm. All welcome.
Mid-Cork Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Northern Italy on September 30 for 4 nights, visiting the Tomb of St Anthony in Padua, Verona, Venice & Lake Garda. Spiritual Director is Fr Donal O'Brien (PP Ballyvourney) and further details may be had from: O'Driscoll Travel, Macroom - 026 41342
Coppers for Gorta. With the withdrawal of 1c and 2c coins from our currency, many households are left with cups and bowls full of 'useless' coins. The Gorta shop, Macroom, near the Mall at South Square, will be very pleased to relieve you of unwanted coins and will put them to good use. The Gorta shop is open Monday to Saturday, 10a.m. to 5p.m.
Macroom Food Festival Committee was delighted to be nominated and included in the Finalists for Local Festival Event of the Year category. The Awards were presented at a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Northwood where Miriam O'Callaghan acted as M.C.
The 2016 Community and Council Awards presented by ipb Insurance and LAMA are now in their 10th year. These awards recognise and celebrate community and councils together. They provide a great opportunity to highlight and celebrate the work done within our communities; to reward our unsung heroes and recognise the phenomenal contribution they've made to our lives.
I.N.T.O. Retirements. Recently retired members of Coachford Branch INTO received presentations at a recent function at Lee Valley Golf and Country Club. Included were Sheila Desmond, Dripsey NS, Pat O'Leary, Aghabullogue NS, Mairead Ni Shuilleabhain, Rylane NS, Frank Tobin, Firmount NS and Mary Olden, Cloghroe NS. Emma Dineen, President INTO, Willie Hackett, Chairman, Fionnghuala O'Regan, Secretary and John Driscoll, CEC Rep INTO Div 12 attended. Retirees unavoidably absent were Sean O'Deadaigh, Cloghroe NS and Marian O'Callaghan, Ovens NS.
Macroom Bible Study Group, under the leadership of Pastor Dan, meet every Wed. from 7-8:30pm at the Riverside Park Hotel. We have been reaching out to the community since May of 2014. We are an open Bible Study helping folks get closer to God.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 19/1/16. Jackpot €5000. Winning Numbers 16-22-33. No Winner. €70. Tanya Horgan, C/O Castle Hotel. €20 Nora O'Callaghan C/O Greyhound Bar. Murphy & Murray, Railway View. Jennifer & Broolie Murphy, Cork Street. Catherine O'Connor, Railway View. Emily & Mia Mc Sweeney, Coolyhane,.
26/1/2016. Winning Numbers 11-18-33. Jackpot €5200. No Winner. €70. Susan Murphy, Town Hall, Macroom. €20. Michael O'Connor, Main Street. Mark Corrigan, Glen Park. €20. Gerard Kelleher, Moulnahorna. Mary Hurley, Dan Corkery Place. Mary O'Leary, Codrum.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto 24/1/2015. Jackpot €5200. Numbers drawn 8, 25 & 32. No winner. €50 John Murphy, Aghabullogue, €20 Diarmuid & Breda McCarthy, Bealnamorrive. Brendan Hickey & Danny Leahy, Ballinagree. Billy Spillane, Mid Cork Pallets. James O'Connell, Bealnamorrive.
31/1/2015. Jackpot €5350. Numbers drawn 7, 9 & 17. One winning ticket: Jason & Katherine McCarthy, Tigh Uí Laoghaire. €50 John & Kathleen Kelleher, Inchalea. €20 Vincent Coakley, Derryroe. Gearoid O'Brien, C/O Anvil Bar, Rylane. Ann Kelleher, Maulnahorna, C/O Anvil Bar, Noreen Kelleher, Ballinagree Shop.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto 20/1/16. No Winner of €3600 Jackpot. €70 - Mary McSweeney. €20 - G. Cullinane, Ballyvourney. Ted Connell, Tower. Jane O' Brien, 52 New Street, Macroom. John Golden, Kilcorney.
27/1/16 Jackpot €3.800. No winner. €70 - Rinon Sahiti, Danone c/o Darren O'Brien. €20 - Sean & Tiernan Quinn, Clondrohid. Alex & Caleb c/o Sheila Walsh. Teresa Cullinane, Coachford. Denise Purcell, Mount Cross.
Canovee G.A.A. Lotto January 24 Jackpot €5.450. Numbers drawn 18, 21, 25 29. No Winner €50 Peggy Soyw c/o Don Carroll €25 Tommy Murphy Farnanes Doney Desmond Farran €25 on line Thomas Deasy.
January 31 Jackpot €5.600. Numbers drawn 1,19.23,28. NoWinner €50 Chrissie O'Donoghue €25 Catherine Lehane, Aherla. Evan Horgan, c/o C O'Sullivan €25 on line Ronan Conlon, Aherla,
Kilmichael GAA Lotto 24.01.2016 Jackpot €13,750 No Jackpot Winner. Winning Numbers 2-4-25-34. €50 Pat O'Shea, Dromkeen €25 Madeline O'Brien, Cusduff Cathal O'Sullivan, c/o J. Masters Angela Forde, Coppeen
31.01.2016. Jackpot €13,900 No Jackpot Winner Winning Numbers 4-19-24-29 €50 Pat O'Shea, Dromkeen €25 Olivia O'Brien, Ballinacarriga Charlie Foley, Moneycusker Sinead Crowley, c/o Joan Masters
Coachford AFC Lotto Results 25/1/2016, Jackpot: €1,200, Numbers Drawn: 3 – 6 – 23, Winners: Syl & Kathleen Sheehan (Yearly Ticket). €40 Seamus & Eileen Buckley, €20 Grace Donovan, Anna O'Riordan, Nell Martin, Joe O'Riordan (Yearly Ticket).
1/2/2016, Jackpot: €1,000, Numbers Drawn: 19 – 24 – 26, No Winner. €40 G. Henry, €20 Eadaoin Fitzgerald, Eoin O'Leary, Pat O'Keeffe (Yearly Ticket), Tomás Cremin.

Lee Valley Updates

Clondrohid Updates

Muinefliuch Fundraiser: Remember the very enjoyable American Tea Party organised by the Parents' Association of Muinfliugh last year, well they are fundraising again and will be holding another Tea Party in Clondrohid Hall on Saturday night, March 12. Just a reminder, mark it in your diary. More info later.
Clondrohid G.A.A.: Members would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the O'Callaghan Family on the untimely death of James. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Clondrohid GA.A. club has been invited to be a host club for Féile na nÓg on June 26/ 27. This is a national competition for U 14 teams throughout Ireland. All 32 counties will be sending a total of 240 teams, comprising 120 visiting and 120 host teams, making it the biggest outdoor under age sporting event in Europe this year. It's based in Cork and Kerry and it's an honour to be the first team from this club to take part in this great event.

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Br Charles O'Leary, Carriganimma, visits his old school in Muine Fliuch with some of his past pupils from Borneo in 2014. ©

From Carraig an Ime to Borneo

On Christmas Eve 2015, Datuk Brother Charles O'Leary FSC died outside the Stella Maris church in Tanjung Aru where he had just attended Mass. Brother Charles, or Brother Mike, as he was better known in Ireland, was the last surviving member of a group of pioneering La Salle brothers who arrived in what was then the British colony of North Borneo in the 1950s to develop an education system which would serve the needs of the people and see these territories develop into a new and confidently independent state.
Mike O'Leary was born in October, 1928, in Cashloura, Carraig an Ime, on a farm on the side of Mushera, the youngest of five children of Mike and Julianne O'Leary. His siblings were Thadie, who farmed at home; Denis, a carpenter, who lived in Whitechurch; Nora, Mrs.Timmy Coughlan, Coolyhane and Sheila, Mrs. John Lynch, who had the Castle Bar in the Square in Macroom. The children attended Muine Fliuch school where Master and Mrs. Desmond taught about 40 children. Classmates included the teachers' children, Fr. Battie Desmond and his brother, Andy, father of financier, Dermot Desmond. As was customary at the time, the De La Salle brothers visited the school and offered Mike a place in their seminary in Castletown, Co. Laois. Mike joined the De la Salle order and went on to train as a teacher in Strawberry Hill, London, graduating in 1950. He volunteered for the Far East Mission where he laboured for more than 60 years, at first as a teacher of English, History, Latin and Religious Education and then as Principal of schools in the East Malaysian Federation states of Sarawak and Sabah.
Brother Charles played a pivotal role in the development of Sabah as it moved from being a British Colony to being a fully-fledged State in the newly independent federal Malaysia. The new state needed leaders. Brother Mike ensured that an ever progressing and expanding school provided them. Among his past pupils are three Chief Ministers, one Federal minister, one State Secretary, a Governor of the State of Sabah and three Government Minister as well as innumerable political, cultural, business and religious leaders. In recent weeks, a very loyal past pupil was appointed as Malaysia's first ambassador to the Vatican, commencing in February 2016.
Even when he retired from the Principalship, Brother Charles was central to the building of Benildus House which has now been turned into a hostel for out-station students attending La Salle Secondary in Kota Kinabalu. He was also part of the Management Committees of the primary and secondary schools.
His enormous contribution to the educational and cultural life of Sabah did not go unnoticed. He was awarded a State Datukship (PGDK), (the equivalent of an OBE), a Federal AMN and a Paul Harris Award from the Rotary Club in recognition of his exemplary services to Sabah. But the greatest recognition was the loyalty and affection of his past pupils. These alumni, the Old Boys, as he termed them, not only provided enormous political and financial support for the growing school, they also provided Mike with great personal support, especially over the last number of years. In 2014 a new wing, containing many classrooms and a great sports hall was added to the already large secondary school it and was named for Brother Charles in recognition of his contribution to the school. Much of the funds came from past pupils.
Brother Mike loved to golf and he enjoyed competitive games in Ireland and in the Far East. He last teed off in October while on a trip to Vietnam and is now, hopefully, burning up the heavenly fairways! His last visit home was in 2014, when he fulfilled a longstanding ambition to return to Muine Fliuch school with some of his own past pupils from Borneo and so complete the circle. They received a warm welcome from the staff and students and were delighted to witness the blessing and opening of the new extension to the school.
Brother Mike spent 64 years in the service of the people of Sarawak and Sabah and chose to be buried among them in the Catholic cemetery in Tanjung Aru following four days of mourning, eulogies and liturgies, with thousands of visitors and pupils, past and present, paying their last respects to a true visionary and pioneer of Education.
A lovely ceremony to celebrate the life of Brother O'Leary was held in Carriganimma church on January 23, with the children of Muine Fliuch N.S. providing the music. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Wickham P.P., assisted by Brother Mike's lifelong friend, Fr Tom Leane P.P., Ballyheigue. His 13 nieces and nephews played a large role in the organising of the event and it was attended by his sister, Nora Coughlan and sister in law, Nora O'Leary, both now in their nineties. After Mass, they moved to The Pub for a sing song which included Fr. Mike's favourites, Mount Massey the Flower of Macroom and O Graceful Swallow.
On Sunday, February 14, at 5.30 p.m., LTV will transmit 2001 and 2014 interviews with the late Brother Charles O'Leary RIP.

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Sean Radley, broadcaster and historian, (second from right, seated) receives a presentation from Cllr. John Paul O'Shea at a Mayoral Reception inCounty Hall . ©Lee Valley Outlook

Mayoral Awards

The Mayor of the County, Cllr John Paul O'Shea, hosted a Mayoral Reception in County Hall recently, at which he paid tribute to the contribution of eight different groups and individuals. Cork Lady Footballers and Camogie players were among those honoured.
On a night when the future management of Cork Ladies Football team was being decided elsewhere, a depleted representative group heard the Mayor laud their talent, discipline and dedication to training. He said they brought great joy to Cork hearts during a wonderful span from 2004 – 2015, when they won 10 All Ireland titles.
Cork Camogie team, winners of two in a row All Ireland titles despite a huge change in personnel, were praised for their 'never give up' spirit. The Mayor said they are an example to all young people and was pleased to announce the allocation of €50K Council funding for a new camogie development.
Robert Splaine, Belgooly, Chef d'Equipe of the Irish Show jumping Team, was honoured for his contribution to the vital horse industry. With him at the awards was Noel C. Duggan, of Millstreet, another great supporter of the industry.
Sean Radley, Millstreet, a recent inductee into the Irish Broadcasting Hall of Fame, came with C.A.R.T. support – Carriganimma Area Rural Transport! Sean has a long record of promoting his area on radio, newspapers, Local Television, the World Wide Web and the local museum.
Dripsey Ambush Talk in Donoughmore.
Tim O'Brien, compiler and presenter of a slide show entitled 'Remembering the men who died following Dripsey Ambush in 1921', wishes to express his thanks to all who forwarded interesting data and to Muskerry Local History Society who promoted the recent event at Ballincollig Rugby Club. The slide show attracted an overflow attendance, many of whom were unable to gain admittance to the venue. Tim will present a repeat showing in the Community Centre in Stuake on Thursday February 11th at 8 p.m., hosted by Donoughmore Historical Society. The show also includes details of the formation and growth of the Irish volunteer movement in the East Muskerry districts of Donoughmore, Courtbrack and Inniscarra; the ambush preparations; the execution of men involved and the construction of a monument to their memory at Dripsey.

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Recently retired members of Coachford Branch INTO photographed at their retirement presentation function at Lee Valley Golf and Country Club. © Mike English.

Coachford Updates

Aghabullogue GAA celebrated in style on January 31 when the club honoured their very successful under age teams of 2015.The Camogie players, hurlers and Footballers were all honoured at the Aghabullogue GAA Annual Juvenile Medal Presentation. Cork Superstar, Rena Buckley was guest of honour and she spoke of how wonderful it was to see so much success at the club. Aghabullogue GAA also honoured those players who represented the club at County level throughout the year. The club also paid tribute to Willie Barrett who served the club as player, selector, trainer, coach and Chairman down through the years but it was his career as a referee that was praised at the function. He was thanked for his many years' service as referee, which came to an end in 2015. Pride of place at the club's event went to the Under 16 hurlers who won every competition that they could during the year - the East Region League and Championship and the County League and Championship titles. The club Chairman and team coach, Denis Ring, said, "this team was a pleasure to train. They would do whatever was asked of them and then some more. They understood the game but were always willing to learn and the boys were undefeated in 2015, that is something even Kilkenny couldn't boast of. Added to this the lads went and won the East Region and County League football titles. The club is immensely proud of them and their achievements and we look forward to 2016. "
Catwalk capers. The Transition Year students of Coachford College held a very successful Fashion Show recently in aid of Marymount Hospice. Over 450 people flocked to see the students and teachers strut their stuff on the catwalk at Coachford College, All the models entered into the spirit of the night and showed off the clothes from boutiques and shops from Cork and Macroom. The organisers put on a fabulous show which wouldn't have looked out of place at the spring displays in Paris, London or New York. MC for the night, Karolyne Dineen, kept the show moving along with plenty of good humour and style.
Pub for sale. The former Breathnach's Bar and Gala supermarket has come on the market five months after the iconic premises closed its doors. The licensed premises and shop have been put on the market with an asking price of €240,000. Cork auctioneers, Behan Irwin & Gosling, are handling the sale and can be contacted on 021 4270007. The closure of the Pub and shop left a huge void in the fabric of the community and many people will be happy to see the business open again and operating as a bar, restaurant or shop.
High Tech Students. The 5th and 6th class pupils from Coachford NS designed and built a robot and programmed it to do a series of difficult tasks for the EMC VEX robotics competition in CIT. This two-day event measured schools in their technical ability, teamwork, project research, robotic construction and programming. Coachford were placed second in the programming category and fourth overall in the competition. This was a tremendous result as it was their first year entering. The children, under the superb guidance of Mr. Horan, were a credit to the school and their parents. At CIT we were looking at our future Engineers, IT specialists and maybe Astronauts but definitely children who understood and enjoyed teamwork.

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Aghabullogue U11 & u13 camogie team getting their medals at the Aghabullogue juvenile medal presentation ©Michelle Cooney

Macra Matters

Berrings Macra is delighted to announce that club member Joan Marie Healy has reached the final of the National Leadership Awards competition. Joan Marie, along with five other Macra members, will compete in the National Final on February 2nd. Congratulations also to the Berrings "Club Question time" team who won the Muskerry Regional round of the competition. Best of luck to Philip and Colm O'Leary, Elaine Reilly and Ian Curtin who will represent the club in the National Final.
Berrings Macra had a very successful night at the Muskerry Regional Titles night on January 29th. Congratulations to Liam Hennessey who will represent Muskerry in the Mr. Personality competition in Kilkenny. Well done also to Aileen Sheehan who will compete in Miss Macra in Co. Tipperary, in August.
Donoughmore Macra, instead of the usual sports night in the astroturf, took to the ice at Mahon Point. Thankfully, everyone enjoyed themselves and came home with all limbs intact. The club had two teams for Club Question Time. Well done to the team of Tom Carroll, James Healy, Alan Twomey and Diarmuid O'Connell, who came second to Berrings Macra. Both teams advance to the national final. There were four representatives of the club in the regional round of titles night. Daniel Buckley, Rachel Kelleher and Tom Carroll contested at the Ploughman's bar in Ballinagree but it was Edel O'Connell who came home with the Queen of the Land competition. She will participate in the weekend's festivities in November. Well done to the other regional winners. ?The senior debating team of Tom Carroll, Elaine O'Connell, Meig Collins and James Healy travelled to Dungarvan to face the host team. They were set the task to oppose that 'the minimum wage should be replaced by the living wage'. To the delight of the team, the motion fell. The quarter final will take place in a fortnight in Templemore against Termonfeckin Macra. Next weekend is the FBD National Capers Final in Mallow. Best of luck to the Capers team.
Aghinagh Macra is holding a Table Quiz on Friday the 19th of February at The Laine Bar Ballinagree at 8.30pm to raise fund for the club. €20 for a table of 4 and there will be a raffle also on the night. We hope to see you all there a great night is assured.
Get Fit with Aghinagh Macra continues every Thursday night at the new time of 9 – 10pm in Aghinagh GAA hall in Rusheen. It is free for all Macra Members and only €4 for non Macra Members. It's a great way to keep fit and a bit of fun too. Suitable for all fitness levels and ages. For more details, contact our Facebook page at Aghinagh Mac or Jayne on (087)7495851. Congratulations are extended to our Club Secretary, Sheila Lynch, on winning the Muskerry Miss Blue Jeans title at The Ploughman Bar Ballinagree on Friday 29th January. Sheila now goes on to represent Muskerry at the National round in Athboy on the June Bank Holiday weekend. The club's next meeting takes place on the 14th February at 9pm in The Ploughman Bar Ballinagree. New members always welcome.

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The lonely grave of the executed 1916 leaders at Arbour Hill Military Barracks ©Lee Valley Outlook

Remembering 1916

As we embark on the centenary year of the 1916 Rising, many parishes are planning to commemorate local events. In the south of Ireland, participation in the actual rebellion was minimal but there was great interest in Connradh na Gaeilge and the G.A.A. The Rising sparked increased interest in the Volunteers and the concept of an Irish Republic. This made the men and women of the south vital participants in the War of Independence. Revisionists seek to downgrade and diminish the sacrifices of those who fought for independence but it is obvious from history that few nations made a peaceful exit from the grip of colonial powers. Daniel O'Connell may have believed 'Ní fiú saoirse braon fola', but the same should hold good for the power of the oppressor.
Those interested in the rapid development of our small nation during the last decade of the 19th century and up to the establishment of the Free State should visit Dublin this year. There are many guided tours to places of historical interest but central to any visit should be three primary locations:
the G.P.O. on O'Connell St. where a new visitor centre, GPO Witness History, commemorating the 1916 Rising will open in March
Kilmainham Jail guided tours give a concise and sobering introduction to those who were imprisoned and died within its walls
Arbour Hill Military Barracks has the mass grave of those executed in May 1916, in a stark, lonely setting.

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The memorial plaque to the executed 1916 leaders in Kilmainham Jail. ©Lee Valley Outlook

The following are some of the events planned to commemorate 1916 in the Muskerry area during the first half of the year:
A Calendar based on 1916 heroes, poets and writers was launched at Éigse Dhiarmuidín in Cúil Aodha in December.
Throughout 2016, students in Coláiste na Mumhan, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, will be involved in arts, history and drama workshops reflecting on 1916 and the Proclamation.
A special edition of Cumann Staire Uíbh Laoire Journal 2016 will be launched in Ballingeary which will detail the involvement of the Ballingeary Volunteer Company and the nearby Companies in the Rising and subsequent events.
Inchigeela Tidy Towns will undertake a Garden of Remembrance, the opening of which will include the involvement of local schools.
There will be an Easter Sunday 1916 re-enactment of the march of Volunteers from Ballingeary to Kealkill. The ceremonial aspect of this event will also include the unveiling of a memorial plaque and a performance by the Ballingeary Pipe Band.
Kilmurry Museum/ Association will give independent 1916 / War of Independence / Civil War tours around the area. Kilmurry will see the commemoration and re-enactment of a Volunteer march through its village (in association with the Ballinhassig Historical Association). The new Kilmurry Museum will be officially opened on Easter Sunday 2016.
Carriganima Easter Sunday 1916 Commemoration: On Easter Sunday 1916 one hundred plus Volunteers mobilised at Carriganima, having come from Ballyvourney, Kilnamartyra, Ballinagree and Clondrohid; the local Carriganima Volunteer Company also present. It is proposed to re-enact this gathering by contacting representatives/ descendants of these volunteers and the gathering will include the unveiling of commemorative plaques, followed by entertainment at a local venue.
Guided Tour of the Easter Rising at Millstreet Country Park: The existing Easter Rising Trail at Millstreet Country Park is a wonderful 0.5km route detailing the key characters and background story of the Rising. This guided tour will give a great introduction to locals and visitors alike on the 1916 Rising.
22/04/16 to 24/04/16. A large community commemorative weekend will take place in Ballingeary, beginning with a talk on the meaning and significance of the Eirí Amach in the area, followed by a series of performances including a literary reading, traditional Irish dance and music, and the performance of a play by Traolach Mac Suibhne. Throughout the weekend there will be quotes and pictures of the 1916 heroes around the village of Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh.
ACR Heritage will host a lecture to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the involvement of Capt. Paud O'Donoghue of Lakefield, Coachford and of Carriganimma Company in the Cork mobilisations, which took place on Easter Sunday 1916. Also included will be details of other local Irish Volunteers of the period, as research allows. As part of this talk, there will be a number of documents, items and exhibits on display.
An Art Exhibition in Baile Mhúirne will showcase the places in Múscraí Gaeltacht that featured prominently between 1916 and 1921.
1916 - 22 Memorabilia Unveiled. An exhibition of 1916-22 memorabilia will take place in Ballingeary
Comóradh i gCúil Aodha: A commemoration will take place in July 2016 of the first armed attack on Crown Forces in Ireland during the War of Independence which took place at Béal a' Ghleanna (Mouth of the Glen) in Ré na nDoirí, Múscraí (Comóradh ar ócáid a thuit amach i Ré na nDoirí i Mí Iúil 1918).

Mise Éire

The iconic film, Mise Éire, compiled from actuality material captured on cine camera by newsreel cameramen during the decades 1896 – 1918, was released by Gael Linn in 1959. Directed by George Morrison and with the haunting, hair raising music score composed by Seán Ó Riada, it was first shown at Cork Film Festival in the autumn of 1959 and went on general release in 1960, raising public awareness and interest in advance of the 50th anniversary of the 1916 Rebellion.A restored, high-resolution print of Mise Éire was premiered at the National Concert Hall on January 21 2016. The 1959 film had been stripped of sound and music. Sound effects were redubbed, with narration added in Irish and English subtitles. The original score, lost save for the iconic suite, was reconstructed and played by the RTE Concert Orchestra, conducted by David Brophy.The capacity audience in the Concert Hall for the premiere included the President and his wife, George Morrison and the sons and daughters of Sean Ó Riada. In this, the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, the film and music were greeted with rapturous applause. It is hoped that Mise Éire and the RTE Orchestra will travel to Cork, Limerick, Galway and other major centres for screenings during the centenary.

***************Pic 2 Bliain 4 Coláiste Ghobnatan " Ag fágaint ár Rian". ©An Scoil

Ag Fágaint ár Rian.

D'eagraíodh Taispeántas Cruthaithe ag daltaí na hIdir Bhliaina i gColáiste Ghobnatan 2015/16 le déanaí. Sa taispeántas, "Ag fágaint ár Rian", feictear cnuasach de phlaic a léiríonn lámh gach dalta ar crochadh san Ionad Cultúrtha. Tá teilgean gach lámh mar shiombail de ghníomh an próiséas idir an lámh agus aigne. Rinne na daltaí na saothair seo mar chuid de thionscadal bainteach le théama aireachas san ealaín. Feictear toradh an dathú aireach seo i dtrí painéil daite mar pháirt den taispeántas.
Art and Mindfulness in transition year 2016. TY pupils at Coláiste Ghobnatan have created an exhibition, Ag Fágaint ár Rian, based on the concept of mindful art. The exhibition consists of the hand or foot of each student in relief, displayed in the form of a plaster plaque as well as coloured 2D panels. Each colourful hand print symbolises the action of colouring as a form of mindfulness. Ag fágaint ár Rian was officially opened by Peadar Ó Riada and will be open to the public at Ionad Cultrtha, Baile Mhic Íre until 08-02-16.

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Pupils from Coachford N.S. fifth and sixth class with their teacher, Mr. Michael Horan, preparing to take part in the EMC / VEX Robotics Competition at CIT. ©An Scoil

VEX Robotics in Coachford

Coachford N.S. pupils were placed in the top five in all categories in the EMC /VEX IQ Robotics competition held at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) recently. More than 30 Cork primary schools took part in the competition developed by EMC and VEX Robotics to support the teaching and learning of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects in schools. The primary school competition, which was won overall by Scoil Eoin, Ballincollig, saw the children design, programme and build their own robot before taking part in the two-day series of challenges at CIT.
Coachford N.S teacher, Mr. Michael Horan, said: "It was a fantastic experience and it really helped the children learn a lot about computers, programming and engineering. We're delighted to have done so well, especially as it was our first time taking part in the competition." During the live competition, the pupils had to undertake challenges in teamwork, robot skills, programming and project note taking and presenting. Shannon Cotter, a sixth class pupil in Coachford N.S., said: "It's great to have built a robot in school. Most of the project was great fun! It didn't really feel like school work but we learned a lot from it."

'Mick' Mannock, Flying Ace and VC

What are the Ballincollig and Irish origins of the greatest British air ace of World War I? What is Mannock's claim to greatness? These are some of the questions that Dermot Lucey will try to answer in a lecture on Edward 'Mick' Mannock who rose from humble origins to become a Major and Squadron leader in the Royal Air Force in 1918. His father, also Edward Mannock, married his mother, Julia Sullivan, in the Church of St Mary and St John in Ballincollig in 1883. His unfortunate death in July 1918 brought to an end a short but glorious career which might have led to even greater achievements after the war had he lived. The lecture, organised by Muskerry Local History Society, will be held on Monday, 15 February, at 8.00 pm in Ballincollig Rugby Club.

February Feasts

In Ireland, we have always regarded February as the first month of Spring. Raifteirí , an file, (1779–1835) proclaimed, 'Anois teacht an Earraigh, tá an lá ag dul chun síneadh. Is tar éis Féile Bríde, ardóidh mé mo sheol.' St. Brigid's Day, February 1, ushers in new hope for brighter days ahead. The feast of St. Brigid, Muire na nGael, is celebrated by putting out a white cloth on St. Brigid's Eve, to help ward off sickness in man and beast in the year ahead; the making of St. Brigid's Crosses from rushes and the holding of Biddy Balls in some areas with particular devotion to Brigid, one of the three patron saints of Ireland, along with Patrick and Colmcille. Tá mórán paidreacha a deirtear chuichi, ina measc: A Bhríd, a mhaighdean gheal choir, cuidigh liom roimh Dhia na glóir; Im' shuí, im' luí, san oíche nó sa ló, go mbeidh tú liomsa choíche is go deo.
St. Gobnait's Day follows on the heels of Brigid and is much celebrated in the Lee Valley on February 11, with Rounds at her shrine in Baile Mhúirne. The abbey of Naomh Gobnait (Muire Mhúscraí) at Baile Mhúirne, dates from the 6th or 7th century. She is a favourite in times of need and her supplicants pray:
"Go mbeannaí Dia dhuit, a Ghobnait Naofa,
Go mbeannaí Muire dhuit agus beannaím fein duit.
Is chugat a thánas ag gearán mo scéil leat,
Is ag iarraidh mo leighis ar son Dé ort".
On St. Gobnait's Day and Whitsunday the ancient statue of the saint is exposed and venerated in the parish church. It is customary to measure the length and the breadth of the statue with a piece of woollen thread, and this, known as Tomhas Ghobnatan, is kept to cure illness and ward off evil, aided by the prayer: "A Ghobnait mhúinte ó Bhaile Mhúirne, tarse chugam led' chabhair is led' chúnamh".
The feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is also celebrated on February 11 and this is closely followed by St. Valentine's Day on February 14. St. Valentine is said to have lived in the second or third century. His feast day was set by Pope Gelasius in 500A.D. (according to Wikipedia!) but it was deleted from the Roman calendar of Saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. Relics of St. Valentine are venerated at Whitefriar Street Carmelite church in Dublin. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their Valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling. St. Valentine is the patron saint of epileptics.
Lent (40 days of what used to be fast and abstinence) also starts in February. Ash Wednesday is on February 9 this year and is preceded by Pancake or Shrove Tuesday. 'Shrove' comes from the verb 'to shrive', meaning to repent and be absolved of one's sins, an ongoing process during Lent. Before Lent, people tended to let off high spirits with feasting and celebrations such as Mardi Gras (fat Tuesday), when people consumed items made from sugar, fat and eggs, whose use was limited during Lent. Nowadays, pancakes are a traditional dish for Shrove Tuesday. They come in many guises, from solid, buttermilk pancakes to gastronomically delightful Crepes Suzettes. The former requires flour, bread soda, salt, buttermilk, butter and sugar. The latter requires flour, eggs, milk, caster sugar, salt and melted butter with orange sauce for dunking and brandy and Cointreau for flambé.
In bygone times marriages could not take place during Lent so there was a rush to fit them in by Shrove Tuesday. The monks on Skellig Rock adopted a different calendar, in which Easter was later, and so, granted a few more days for late weddings. This led to the 'Skellig List', a satire composed by local poets, in which 'mature' bachelors and spinsters were linked.

St. Gobnait

St. Gobnait, one of the great saints of Ireland, whose fame has spread throughout the country and even to Rome, came to Baile Mhúirne in the mid-6th century. A good deal is recorded about this redoubtable woman and her settlement in an area called Ernáide in the Orgusso Calendar c.800 and Uisneach in the 18th century.
In 550A.D. she arrived in Gort na Tiobratan, and on seeing 9 white deer, resolved to build a convent and start a community of nuns. Many legends relate to her life in the area, including the stories of the Gadaí Dubh, her bee army, Síle na Gig etc. She died in 601 and is buried in the Uladh Láir (the middle station). Her congregation of nuns had to flee the convent in 836 because of the Norse invasion and didn't return until 986. The church was re-built in 1100 and, in 1601, Pope Clement granted a special indulgence to pilgrims on Pentecost Sunday and that was the start of the 'Whitchin'.
Dónal Cam Ó Súilleabháin Béarra, along with 1,000 of his people, spent a night at St. Gobnait's at the beginning of their winter trek to the home of O'Rourke Breifne in 1603. Cardinal Rinuccini, the Papal Legate, celebrated Mass at St. Gobnait's when en route to the Confederation of Kilkenny in 1645. The final Mass was celebrated in the abbey in 1649. Cromwell and his troops were wreaking havoc on religious settlements throughout Munster, and, to prevent the sacking of St. Gobnait's, the locals removed the roof and buried the timber in a furze brake near Baile Mhic Íre – in a townland now known as Carraig an Adhmaid. In the absence of Mass, the people continued to pray the ritual Round, which was practised from the time of Gobnait or even prior to that. The Round helped to keep religious practice alive.
In 1951 a statue of the saint and her bees, carved by the famous sculptor Seamus Murphy, was erected in the Uladh Uachtarach. An archaeological excavation was undertaken at the circular mound and it was discovered that it had been a centre of habitation long before the time of St. Gobnait.


Making a Will

It's a new year and a fresh start. You may have completed your list of New Year's resolutions but what about adding one more to the list? How often do you find yourself saying in relation to making a Will, "Someday", "I'll get to it" or "Next year"? We spend a great deal of time, money and care protecting our assets during our lifetime but sometimes, not much thought is given to what will happen to those assets at our inevitable death. Who will they pass to? Will they pass to those whom we would choose? Who will look after our children?
You may delay, but unfortunately, time waits for no man (or woman!). If I could give one piece of advice to everyone it would be to make a Will or review your existing Will.
Why should you make a Will? When a person dies without making a Will, the rules of intestacy apply, governing who is entitled to receive a person's property. Very often the application of the rules of intestacy results in the deceased person's property being distributed in a manner that they would never have wanted. This is because the rules set out a list of people who are entitled to receive shares in the deceased's property as well as the amount of these shares and the order in which they are entitled to receive them. For example, if you die leaving a spouse and children, your spouse will inherit two-thirds of your estate and your children will inherit the remaining one third in equal shares. If you die a bachelor without parent or children, your brothers and sisters will inherit your estate in equal shares. By making a Will, you can choose who you wish to inherit your assets rather than this decision being made by the law.
When you make a Will, you also get to choose who will administer your estate. A Will allows you to name the person or persons who would be the most suitable and who will ensure your wishes are carried out. By making a Will you also get to choose who will inherit items such as cars, things of sentimental value etc. and ensure that they pass to the people who will appreciate them most.
It is particularly important if you have young children and want to provide appropriate care for them after your death that you make a Will.
Careful Will drafting can have a significant impact on the level of Inheritance Tax which will be paid. The small cost of making a Will can represent excellent value when compared to the tax savings that can be made.
Making a Will essentially provides you with lots of choices about what happens to your estate once you pass away. You wouldn't leave anyone else make a decision about your house, business and assets now so why would you when you have passed away?
Even if a Will has been made earlier in one's life, it is important to update it because people's circumstances change e.g. divorce, death etc. We all have a natural reluctance to contemplate our own death but it is one thing in life that is guaranteed. As the old saying goes, "Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today".
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.

Sports Mad

Macroom Motor Services Mid Cork Under 21 Football Championship

A Football Championship – 4 teams
First Round:
Inniscarra v Cill na Martra
Ballincollig v Macroom
One 2nd Round – 2 losing 1st round teams
One semi-final: 2nd round winner v first round winner not previously met

B Football Championship – 12 teams
First Round:
A Blarney v Grenagh
B Aghabullogue v Kilmurry
C Donoughmore v Naomh Abán
D Iveleary v Aghinagh
E Canovee v Éire Óg
F Kilmichael v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh
Losers Round: A v B, C v D, E v F.

C Football Championship - 3 teams
Ballinora, Clondrohid, Lee Gaels(Dripsey/Gleann na Laoi)
Round robin and a final.
Junior Football

Muskerry Cup 2016 – 10 teams

First Round:
A Donoughmore v Clondrohid
B Kilmichael v Dripsey
Quarter Finals
Winners A v Winners B
Iveleary v Ballincollig
Canovee v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh
Aghinagh v Kilmurry

Tom Creedon Cup 2016

Round 1
(A) Kildorrery 0-12 Naomh Abán 1-7
(B) Newmarket 3-16 Rockchapel 1-6
(C) Millstreet v St Finbarr's
(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 v Nemo Rangers
(3) Kiskeam 0-10 Carrigaline 0-0
(4) Mallow 0-14 Macroom 0-6
(5) Glanmire 1-5 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 Millstreet or Nemo Rangers
(B) Kiskeam 1-8 Mallow 1-15
(C) Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 3-14 Bandon 1-6
(D) Kinsale 0-9 Mitchelstown 0-8
A v Mallow; Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Kinsale

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 3-14 Bandon 1-6
Béal Átha continued with their fine early season form when they travelled to Bandon for the quarter final of the Tom Creedon Cup and ensured their passage to the cup semi-final with a strong performance against last season's county junior champions. Béal Átha led from the start with early points from Diarmuid Thompson and Ben Shorten but Bandon stayed in touch, their goal in the 13th minute cancelling out two further points from Ben Shorten and another from brother Liam, 0-5 to 1-1 now the score. Diarmuid Thompson's goal in quick reply to the Bandon effort left Béal Átha in a good position at the end of the first quarter at end of which the score was 1-6 to 1-2 in the visitors' favour. Béal Átha had increased their lead to 1-10 to 1-3 by the interval with Andy Concannon, Con Lynch and Diarmuid Thompson on target and they were already shaping up as likely winners. The play in the third quarter was even enough with Béal Átha adding another point to their interval lead, 1-13 to 1-5 now the score. When Béal Átha struck for two goal, one each from Diarmuid Thompson and Colman Twomey in quick succession to increase their lead to 3-13 to 1-5 after 50 minutes, Bandon were facing a heavy defeat and nothing much happened in the final ten minutes to alter that outcome.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh Panel: Gearóid Ó Muirthile: Ciaran Ó Nuanáin, Leonard Ó Conchuir, Seán Ó Donnchú: Cian Ó Duinnín, Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh, Liam Ó Criodáin: Eoin Ó Coill, Éanna Ó Duinnín: Concubhair Ó Loinsuigh, Tadhg Ó Laoghaire, Nollaig Ó Laoire: Diarmaid MacTomáis, Andrias Ó Coinceannain, Liam Seartan, Pól Ó Buachalla, Colmán Ó Tuama, Muiris Ó Conchúir, Ben Seartan, Seán Ó Coill, Nollaig Ó Duinnín.

Allianz Hurling and Football Leagues 2016

Cork 1-18 Mayo 0-12
Cork enjoyed a very comfortable win over Mayo in the opening round of the Allianz Football League Division I at Páirc Uí Rinn in front of a fine attendance of 4,849, a fair share of Mayo supporters having made the long journey south in late January.
Except for a first quarter, which yielded two points to each side, Cork was always dominant. Three points in quick succession, two by Brian Hurley and one each from Clancy and Cork captain, Paul Kerrigan, then put Cork four in front and with Brian Hurley and Daniel Goulding on song in the full-forward line, Cork were 0-12 to 0-4 in front by half-time and five points in a row on the resumption served to put the game beyond Mayo, with Ian Maguire, Hurley, Kerrigan, Luke Connolly Brian O'Driscoll all on target. The lead would have been more but Mayo goalkeeper Robert Hennelly saved Daniel Goulding's 45th-minute penalty. Conor O'Shea, Regan and Sweeney brought Mayo to within ten points, but Kerrigan added his third point and Cork then were awarded another penalty and Hurley sent goalkeeper Hennelly the wrong way to bring his personal tally to 1-4 in the 57th minute and put Cork 1-18 to 0-7 in front. They wouldn't score again and Mayo scored the last five points as Cork finished with only 13 men, losing Brian O'Driscoll to a black card and Andrew O'Sullivan to a second yellow, but these happenings were of little significance at that late stage.
All in all, it was a fine performance from Cork to increase the feel-good feeling after the McGrath Cup wins earlier in the month. Mayo were nowhere near as competitive however and there will be far greater tests ahead for Cork in the short term and later in the season. For now, however, supporters will be happy that the players are settling in under their new management and that all are committed to doing well in the months ahead. Daniel Goulding is showing flashes of his old form and young Peter Kelleher, still an U21 this year, is learning his trade at full forward and making his contribution to the cause.
Scorers for Cork: B Hurley 1-4 (0-3f), D GOULDING 0-5 (0-2f), P Kerrigan 0-3, B O'Driscoll 0-2, L Connolly 0-2 (fs), T Clancy 0-1, I Maguire 0-1
Cork: Ken O'Halloran; Kieran Histon, Eoin Cadogan, Jamie O'Sullivan; Colm O'Driscoll, Brian O'Driscoll, Tomás Clancy (Fermoy); Ian Maguire, Andrew O'Sullivan; Paul Kerrigan, Luke Connolly, Mark Collins (Castlehaven); DANIEL GOULDING (Éire Og), PETER KELLEHER (Kilmichael), Brian Hurley (Castlehaven) . Subs: B Daly (51), D Óg Hodnett (57), R Deane (58), S Hickey and D Mac Eoin (both 63), Mark Collins (O'Donovan Rossa) (66).


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 7At Tralee: Kerry v Cork

McGrath Cup Football Final

Cork 1-15 Clare 1-9
Cork won their third McGrath Cup title in five years after overcoming a stiff test from Clare at Mallow. It took some time for the hosts to shake off their visitors, with most of the first half a tight and sometimes overly niggly affair.
A well-worked Clare move ended with Eoin Cleary palming home to put them 1-3 to 1-2 in front in the 16th minute, they would add only a solitary extra point between then and half-time. Cork, having looked like pushing on when Brian Hurley netted just before Cleary's goal, eventually began to establish more fluency in their play and, by the break, had created a six-point advantage, 1-10 to 1-4.
The solidity of that superiority was tested too at the outset of the second half. Tubridy, with a free from distance, and then Shane McGrath, when a goal was on, cut the Clare deficit to four. Cork's Colm O'Driscoll – wearing 2 but spending most of the game in the Clare half as he followed Seánie Malone up the field – replied with his third point, but a second from Seán Collins left it 1-11 to 1-7. Cork then scored three of the next four points to put the issue to bed. Cork were captained by Daniel Goulding.
Scorers for Cork: B Hurley 1-4 (two frees), C O'Driscoll 0-3, D Goulding (one free), D Mac Eoin 0-2 each, M Collins, I Maguire, P Kerrigan, S Hickey 0-1 each.
Cork: K O'Halloran (Bishopstown); K Histon (Cobh), E Cadogan (Douglas), C O'Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh); B O'Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh), James Loughrey (Mallow), Tomás Clancy (Fermoy); I Maguire (St Finbarr's), M Collins (Castlehaven); Kevin O'Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh), Donal Óg Hodnett (O'Donovan Rossa), Rory Deane (Bantry Blues); Dan Mac Eoin (Ilen Rovers), D Goulding (Éire Óg), B Hurley (Castlehaven). Subs: A O'Sullivan (Castletownbere) (9), L Connolly (Nemo Rangers) (44), P Kelleher (Kilmichael) (49), K O'Hanlon (Kilshannig) (60), S Hickey (Rockchapel) (65), B Daly (Newmarket) (67).

Third Level Colleges Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cup 2016

Independent.ie Sigerson Cup Football Preliminary Round (First team named at home)
Trinity College 1-4 NUI Galway 3-14
CORK IT 0-9 Garda 1-13
St Pat's 0-9 GMIT 1-12
First Round - (First named team at home). U. C. CORK v GMIT. NUI Galway v UCD. UL v IT Tralee. NUI Maynooth 1-8 Queens 0-13. Ulster University v Garda. St Mary's v DIT. IT Carlow 1-10 IT Sligo 0-10. DCU 6-14 Athlone 1-7.

Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup Hurling
Group A: UC CORK 0-13 UC Dublin 2-12; NUI Maynooth 0-10 Limerick IT 4-16
Group B: IT Carlow 1-21 DCU 1-8: St Pat's Drumcondra 0-9 Waterford IT 1-19.
Group C: DIT 0-14 UL 0-20; NUI Galway 0-13 Mary Immaculate Limerick 1-16
Group D: CORK IT 3-22 GMIT 0-7; Ulster University

Cork County FOOTBALL Leagues 2016

The Cork county football leagues commence on February 7th with action in all four divisions.

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.
Ballincollig and Naomh Abán both earned promotion from Division Two last year, Ballincollig as champions. Naomh Abán, a premier intermediate side, will always find the going tough in this division against senior teams.
Round 2 - February 14th
Naomh Abán v Ilen Rovers, Carbery Rangers v Ballincollig
Round 3 – February 21st
Douglas v Naomh Abán, 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, Éire Óg 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
There are four Mid Cork teams in this very competitive division which contains two senior teams, Doheny's and Carrigaline, this year. Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh are probably the strongest of the Muskerry teams and are playing well this early season in Tom Creedon Cup. Éire Óg, with serious senior status aspirations, are next in the pecking order with Macroom, at full strength and in form, capable of beating any of them. Cill na Martra won promotion from Division Three league last year and will be anxious to do well as they chase the elusive intermediate championship title later.

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.
Aghabullogue won promotion from Division Four last year and are well capable of holding their own in this division which of course has senior team St Nicks in the fold.
Ballinora, with limited numbers, need to be at near full strength to stay competitive but when they are are full strength, they are a match for most teams.

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
Grenagh can do well in this division which has a mixture of some very good teams and some weak ones (Clonakilty, Carrigaline, St Finbarrs, Douglas – all club second teams which played in junior ranks last year).

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 Óg,
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 Finbarr's. Midleton v Carrigaline, Douglas v Dungourney
Round 2 - March 6th Inniscarra v Ballinhassig
Round 3 - March 27thBallymartle v Inniscarra

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Rena Buckley and Briege Corkery, overall winners of 96 & 103fm GAA award for 2015 at the Rochestown Park Hotel with Mary Newman and Camogie Board members, Tracy Sheehan, Tina Sheehan, Mary O'Sullivan, Sheila Golden and Jan Foster. ©Tadhg Ó Buachalla

Lidl National Ladies Football League

Cork 0-7 Mayo 2-8
It is nine years since Mayo beat Cork ladies and hopefully, their win over the Rebels at Mallow in the opening round of the Lidl NFL Division 1 is not a foretaste of what is in store for Cork this year. Cork had ten of their All Ireland starting fifteen but did not look as well prepared as the Connacht ladies. Cork have only recently appointed a new manager to replace the much regretted departure of the phenomenally successful Éamonn Ryan but Ephie Fitzgerald is in charge of Waterford footballers also and was away with that team in the men's National League in Aughrim against Wicklow. St Val's Pat O'Leary and Frank Honohan of Donoughmore, fellow selectors with the new manager and Con O'Sullivan, were in charge on the day.
Cork started well with an early Orla Finn point but trailed at half time by 1-5 to 0-3, Mayo's Cora Staunton getting the goal in the 23rd minute. Cora, a 10 times All Star, is starting her 22nd season with the Mayo ladies! In the second half, Cork just could not get the scores on the board until too late in the game and the second Mayo goal at the three quarter stage finished their chances of rescuing the situation.
Cork: Martina O'Brien; Marie Ambrose, R Phelan, M O'Callaghan: Vera Foley, Rena Buckley, O Farmer: Briege Corkery, A Walsh: D O'Sullivan, A Hutchins, C O'Sullivan: E Farmer, A T O'Sullivan, O Finn. Subs: B O'Sullivan, S Cotter, E Meaney, Mairead Corkery.
Next up for Cork: On Feb. 7th, away to Kerry, who lost to Dublin 2-14 to 1-6 in the opening round, and then a home game against Tyrone on Sunday Feb. 14th.

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Macroom U-14 team at presentation of medals by Fintan Goold and Donnacha O'Connor at the Auld Triangle. ©Con Kelleher

Macroom G.A.A.

Medal Presentation Macroom U-14 team won the Eastern Division A League in 2015 and were presented with their medals at a victory function in the Auld Triangle on January 23. Cork Senior footballers, Fintan Goold and Donnacha O'Connor, did the honours. Tadhg O'Mahony hosted the evening and there was a large gathering of players, parents, grandparents, aunts and committee members. Michael D'Arcy, Liam Linehan, Patrick Goold and Fintan Goold spoke. The players were chuffed and everybody enjoyed themselves.
The U14 panel had its first training session in the Castle Grounds in conjunction with the U-15s /U-16s, and under the guidance of Francis Horgan. The players were put through a brisk series of exercises and enjoyed the training. This was a very good start to the year. A second training session was held in Tom Creedon Park on 24 Jan. In spite of a heavy sod, there was a good attendance and the lads enjoyed themselves.
Disco Macroom Juvenile committee ran a very successful disco in the Riverside on the 4/1/2016. A large attendance was present. An enjoyable night was had by all.

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Some of the participants in Macroom GAA First Aid Training Day ©Con Kelleher

Macroom GAA Club First Aid Training Day

19 club members recently participated in First Aid training provided by HSS instructors, Jerry Harrington and John Kenneally. It began at 9.15 a.m. and finished at about 4.45 p.m. The course was in two sections. Before lunch the topics were Basic Life Support and the use of a Defibrillator. After lunch, the themes were injuries – fractures, bleeding and dressings, unconsciousness/ concussion, breathing problems – choking and asthma attacks, burns, eye injuries and the instructor also addressed psychological issues.
The day was long and the content broad-ranging. In spite of this, Jerry kept the talks relevant, interesting, informative and entertaining. The attendees enjoyed the day and also learned a huge amount and were very grateful for the tasty scones and delicious sandwiches.
Great credit is due to the club for backing the event and to those who took part, as it took up a full Saturday from their very busy lives. But it was time well spent and no doubt will prove beneficial to the club and the welfare of our players. Con Kelleher, PRO for juveniles.

Canovee G.A.A.

Canovee juniors have been drawn with Ballinacurra, Ilen Rovers, Clann na Gael, Cullen, Liscarroll and Whites Cross in the County League. First match due to be held in March.
Canovee underage AGM was held on January 29th before a nice attendance in the clubhouse. Chairman Timmy Joe Lyons put coaching of underage players and mentors his main priority for the coming year. Elected for 2016 were chairman Timmy Joe Lyons, vice chairman Paudie Lyons. Secretary Nicola O'Connell, and children's officer Tom McCarthy

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Coachford College who defeated St. Mary's, Charleville in the Cork Colleges Senior final Rob Lotty 

Coachford Win Historic Double

Coachford College 1-11 St. Mary's Charleville 1-3
Coachford defeated fancied opponents, St. Mary's Charleville, at a windswept Mannix College to achieve an historic Cork Colleges Camogie Senior and Junior A double for the year. Cloughduv star forward, Niamh O' Leary, contributed 6 points in an inspirational performance to ensure the Muskerry school brought home the Merriman Cup, a competition first held in 1918. Ciara Ring, Aileen Hennessy and Katie Verling dominated their full back line for most of the afternoon, with Katie McCarthy's positional sense a major asset in cutting out any impending danger from the Avondhu school. O'Leary opened with a point into the breeze after six minutes and added another from a free when Clíona Healy was robustly tackled bearing down on goal. Cliona Healy responded to a Charleville point after a passage of astute combination play from Katie O' Sullivan, Ciara McCarthy and Marie O' Reilly and with Megan McCarthy and Aideen Buckley minimising the effect of their star counterparts, whilst Niamh O' Leary was a class apart. Charleville's efforts brought the sides level and Coachford Captain Katie Ward's accurate puck out was passed to O' Leary who duly added her third point before half time.
Coachford brought on Ciara Twomey and Bronagh Hartnett and they had an immediate impact. Charleville had three goal scoring opportunities in succession but were denied by the clinical Coachford full back line and the excellent Katie Ward. Referee John O'Leary commented after the contest that Niamh O' Leary was a star in the making. Coachford regained the lead with O' Leary converting a 70m free. Ciara McCarthy caught the resultant puck out and put Healy through for another point. Chloe Keogh made a good save but Ciara Twomey was on hand to pull on the ball to the net from an acute angle to put five points between the sides. Coachford lost Rachel McElroy to injury but Coach, Rob Lotty, introduced Kate Sheehan, Tara Clifford and Julie Verling who added energy to a tiring Muskerry side. Jenny Burke scored a wonderful point on the back leg after a poor clearance from Charleville, with Healy and Leary adding further points. Charleville got a late goal but the Muskerry school ran out eight point winners. Charleville coach Ger Donovan congratulated Coachford on their Senior A win and their Junior victory over Coláiste Bandon before Christmas and complimented referee John O' Leary for his customary excellent standard of refereeing.
Coachford: Katie Ward [C], Katie Verling, Aileen Hennessy, Ciara Ring, Katie O' Sullivan, Katie McCarthy, Aideen Buckley, Megan McCarthy, Ciara McCarthy, Rachel McElroy, Niamh O' Leary [0-6, 0-3 frees], Marie O' Reilly, Aoife Twomey, Cliona Healy [0-3, 0-1 Free], Jenny Burke [0-1]. Subs: Ciara Twomey [1-0], Ellen Tarrant, Bronagh Hartnett, Tara Clifford, Kate Sheehan.

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Coachford College who defeated Tulla, Co Clare in the Munster Post primary Junior A Final at Bruree today ©Rob Lotty

Coachford Crowned Camogie Munster Champions

Coachford College 2-6 St. Joseph's Tulla, 1-3.
The players from Coachford maintained their winning streak by defeating fancied opponents, St Joseph's Tulla, Co. Clare in the Munster Post Primary Junior A camogie final in difficult conditions on January 30. It was a case of treble delight for the Muskerry side, having recently annexed the Cork Colleges Senior and Junior A titles. The Coachford school had Ciara Ring, Aideen Buckley, Ciara McCarthy, Cliona Healy and the irrepressible Katie McCarthy in top form on the day. Tulla threatened early but a well-organized, Coachford full back line of Miriam Cotter, Ciara Ring and Ciara Sheehan kept them at bay. The belting rain and swirling wind made ball handling very difficult but the Coachford players adapted faster, helped in no small measure by their midweek semifinal victory over Bandon in similar conditions. Cliona Healy converted a free from an acute angle for the opening point and the Clare hurlers could do little to prevent Healy adding her second from a close in free after five minutes. Tulla made some positional switches to overcome the dominance of the Coachford half backline of Aideen Buckley, Julie Tarrant and the sublime Katie McCarthy. Jenny Burke's ground stroke found Ella Foley who popped the ball back to the inrushing Ciara McCarthy, who dropped it under the crossbar to put five point between the sides. Tulla responded with a goal and Cliona Healy added two Coachford points before half time.
Tulla staged a three point comeback after the break and Coachford mentors responded by assigning Ciara McCarthy and Verling to a more vigilant marking role. Katie McCarthy caught yet another Tulla clearance and when Rachel McElroy was upended on the 30, Healy made no mistake to put three between the teams. The critical score came when Healy struck a 45 that ended up in the top corner and Tulla were unable to claw back the deficit. Tara Clifford, Ciara Ring, Miriam Cotter and Aideen Buckley were tenacious in the tackle and with Katie McCarthy a class apart, the Muskerry school ran out victors on a scoreline 2-6 to 1-3. They now await the winners of Pres Athenry or St Brigid's Loughrea for the All Ireland Semi Final on the 20th Feb at a Cork venue.
Coachford: Ciara Twomey, Ciara Sheehan, Ciara Ring, Miriam Cotter, Julie Tarrant, Katie McCarthy, Aideen Buckley, Ciara McCarthy, Marie O' Reilly [C], Jenny Burke, Cliona Healy, Julie Verling, Ella Foley, Lauren Moynihan, Rachel McElroy. Subs: Tara Clifford, Brid Cotter, Callie McCarthy, Caroline Barrett, Ella Browne, Ellen Tarrant, Karen Dennehy, Kate Sheehan, Leah Dineen, Marguerite Lyons, Moira Twomey, Sophie McCarthy.

Aghinagh GAA AGMs

Aghinagh GAA held its annual AGM in their new clubhouse in Rusheen early in January and the following officers were elected for 2016: Chairperson- Anne O'Sullivan Vice chair- Conor McCarthy. Secretary - Donal Corkery. Assistant secretary- Anne O'Sullivan. Treasurer- Ted Curtin. Assistant treasurer- Martin Healy. P.R.O- Ger Coakley. Cultural officer- Shane Lehane. County board representative- Brian O'Rourke. Muskerry board representative- Conor McCarthy. President - Dan O'Connor. Vice president- Patrick Twomey.
The Aghinagh GAA Juvenile Board also held its AGM in the Clubhouse in Rusheen recently and the following officers were elected: - Chairperson – Jerome Twohig Secretary - Danny Leahy Treasurer - Pat Lucey. County Board Representatives - Don McCarthy & Sean Corkery P.R.O: - Tom Cuddihy Coaching Officer: Paud Lehane Welfare Officers: Brenda Cummins & Catherine Murphy

Macroom Ladies Football

Minor, U16, U14 and U12 training starting February. U10 and U8 training starting Wednesdays from April. New players very welcome and we encourage parents to get involved. Some fun, fresh air and football!
Registration Evening for all new and current players on Friday 26th of February from 7.30 - 8.30pm in the Castle Grounds. We are taking girls born before 1st June 2010. Enquires: Emer O' L. PRO 0863792924 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Macroom Soccer

It was a case of two more idle weekends for Macroom FC teams in the Cork AUL over the past fortnight as the weather twice caused the cancellation of almost the complete scheduled programmes. The list of postponed fixtures continues to mount up and will cause many a headache before the season's end!
Fixtures: Both games on Sunday 7th February, 10.45am kick off: President's Cup quarter final: Blackpool Celtic v Macroom B. Premier A League: Cathedral Celtic v Macroom A at Fairfield, Cork.

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2016 Drive In at Macroom Golf Club. From left, President, George Desmond; Captain, Michael Lillis; Lady Captain, Mary Cronin and Lady President, Mary Golden. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Golf Club

Results. Singles :1st Shane Murphy 29 pts. Scramble: 1st. Brian Hartnett (7), Ann Downey (28), Dan O'Connor (18) 31.3 2nd Martin Corkery (15), Jer McKenna (18), Ger Cullinane(36) 31.5.
Fixtures. Tue Seniors. .Sat & Sun Club singles.