Lee Valley Outlook Feb 18 2016 v12e4

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Four Mile Bridge at Ballytrasna ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Aghinagh Macra Table Quiz on Fri Feb 19 at The Laine Bar Ballinagree at 8.30pm
Lee Valley Speakers Feb 19th, Fr Ryan Hall.
Macroom Tidy Towns clean up every Sat from Feb 20, meeting in the Square at 9 am.
Crookstown Céilí: on Sat 20th Feb in Crookstown Hall at 9.30 p.m.
Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association AGM on Tues 23rd of Feb in Independence Museum, Kilmurry at 8:30pm.
Muinefliuch N.S. Open Day on Wed Feb 24th
Macroom Ladies Football Registration Evening Fri Feb. 26th, 7.30 - 8.30pm in the Castle Grounds.
Dripsey Ambush Memorial Parade on Sun, Feb 28, 2016, from Dripsey Cross at 3.00 pm
Macroom Flower & Garden Club meeting on Thurs March 10th at Coolcower with guest speaker D.J. Murphy
Bealnamorrive Daffodil Day on Fri March 11 at Tadhg Ó Laoghaire's Bar, 9a.m. to 8p.m.
Kilbarry NS Parents Association clothing collection March 14.
Get Fit with Aghinagh Macra every Thursday, 9 – 10pm in Aghinagh GAA hall, Rusheen.

Macroom Library:
Story time Saturdays at 12 noon.
Ciorcal Gaeilge Fri Feb 19 at 11.30am.
ACOL Bridge Wed. Feb. 24 at 10.30a.m.
Environmental Group Tues. March 1 at 6.30p.m.
Bookclub on Wed. March 2 at 11.30a.m.
Purlies Thurs. March 3 at 11 a.m.
National Tree Week Tues. March 8 12 noon
Creative Writing Tues. March 8 at 5.30p.m.
Frank O'Connor Thurs. March 10 at 11a.m.
Gramophone Circle Fri. March 11 at 11a.m.
Feb. Exhibition Rita Lynch, Soprano

Briery Gap:
Macroom Youth Theatre Performance Thurs 18th Feb at 8:00pm.
The President Mon. 22nd Feb @ 8.30pm
Light Entertainment Festival Fri 26th Feb
Transition Year Drama Festival Sat 27th Feb
Everest Monday 29th February @ 8.30pm
Simba The Lion King March 4, 5, 6.
Tangerine Monday 7th March @ 8.30pm
The Flower of Macroom Sunday 13th March @ 8.30pm
Patrick O'Sullivan 16th March @ 8.00pm.

We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. in this fortnightly diary. Please email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026 41891 or post to Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. Remember you can access back issues of the Lee Valley Outlook at www.macroom.ie

Macroom Updates

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Parents and local residents at a public meeting in De la Salle College to protest at the exclusion of the school from the recently-announced schools building program. ©An Scoil

De la Salle Building Protest

More than 120 people packed into the assembly hall in De la Salle College Macroom to support the school's drive to force its way onto the Department of Education and Science's 2016 – 2021 Capital School Building Program. It was with great disappointment that the school community learned late last year that the school had not been placed on the list, given that there has been an application with the Department since 1998. The meeting was chaired by Canon Donal Roberts, Chairman of the school's Board of Management. The gathering was addressed by former Principal, Mr. Noel Dunne, who explained the history of the school's application for funding, and by current Principal, Mr. John Murphy.
In criticising the lack of "a level playing pitch" for the school's students in terms of facilities, Mr. Murphy was nevertheless at pains to emphasise the impressive nature of the examination results obtained by the students. He praised the school staff, the students and their parents for their commitment down through the years. With student numbers set to reach over 320 next September, the school will then be at 130% of its official capacity. A study of local demographics suggests that the number of students could swell to over 420 within the next few years, making the exclusion of De la Salle from the list all the more unacceptable. A Greenfield site has already been obtained for a new school build, and this will include an impressive adjoining unit to accommodate special needs students from the local community.
A number of local politicians who attended the meeting all called for the reversal of the decision by the DES to exclude the school from the building program. Election candidates Mr. Michael Creed TD, Cllr Aindrias Moynihan and Jason FitzGerald all appeared incredulous of the situation and pledged their ongoing support for the school. All contributors from the floor of the meeting were very positive in their opinions of the school, and a suggestion that a petition be organised was welcomed. As things stand, the next opportunity for the school to be considered for even the first stage of the next round of investment won't be until 2021. Canon Roberts was emphatic in stating that the various stakeholders in the school's future need to be pro-active in ensuring that the school doesn't have to wait until then to see that progress is achieved.

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Macroom Brownies who made lollipop butterflies for St. Valentine's Day © Zoe Dinneen

Murals for Macroom

Macroom Tidy Towns held their first full meeting of this year with 15 volunteers in attendance. Work on the streets is commencing on Saturday, February 20, meeting in the Square at 9 am. It is hoped that some new volunteers will come along and get involved. The annual church gate collection will be taken up in March to raise funds for various activities. One of the items that the group would like to see carried out is the painting of some murals in strategic locations with certain themes. This would serve to enhance those areas, and if there is anybody or any group willing to come on board, the committee will support and help co-ordinate this.

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Ailish Hinchion and Katya at Gorodische Orphanage, Belarus ©

Macroom to Chernobyl

A child gazing out the window of Gorodische Orphanage sees a plane in the snowy skies above and says, 'the Irish girls are coming'! The Irish were coming. They were a group of six physiotherapy students from UL that included Ailish Hinchion, Main St., Macroom. Travelling with the Burren Chernobyl Project, they were riddled with anxiety regarding what they would face at this orphanage for children with intellectual and physical disabilities. The passage through customs was eventful, an introduction to the seemingly indifferent Belarusian officials. Then arrived Irina, the interpreter, dressed head to toe in fur, with the warmest of welcomes and whose blunt, direct translations would entertain us for the two weeks ahead.
Next morning, she led us through a maze of brightly painted corridors to group 5, where the young children with Down's Syndrome lived. Out bolted a five-year-old boy who greeted us rapturously. The sense of relief within the group, at this warm welcome, was palpable and that's how it was for the two weeks that we spent dancing, playing simple games, feeding and massaging the happiest children imaginable. This is their home, where they are protected and looked after. They value love and time more than any material objects we could give them. It was emotionally taxing to feed a "child" who is older than oneself. 20-year-olds shouldn't be in cots.
Burren Chernobyl Group hopes to continue to support the most vulnerable children in the orphanage. They are currently fundraising for a buggy which will allow the older bed bound children to be mobile within the orphanage and be brought outdoors. Every March they send a 40ft truck of needed supplies to Belarus. This year they are appealing for the following:
Disposable nappies for toddlers, children and adults
Baby wipes, Sudocrem and baby powder
Unwanted wheelchairs, walking aids and buggies
Children's and Adults Footwear in good condition
Financial donations are also welcome.
All of the above can be dropped to TM Cronin's, 15/16 Main Street, Macroom, before Saturday March 5th.

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.

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 addresses 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 inMacroom on Easter Sunday.
Final details of the Commemoration in Macroom will be released within the next couple of weeks.

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McEgan College students visit Dairymaster with Ms. Angland and Paul Lynch ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

On Tuesday 9th February, the students of McEgan College were treated to some homemade pancakes and some delicious cakes to share awareness of Serve; a non-government organisation which operates in African Nations. During break time a sum of €102.98 was raised. All monies collected will go directly to Serve, a development and volunteering organisation committed to tackling poverty in the majority world. Mr. Daniel Twomey, a PE and Geography will travel to Mozambique this summer to volunteer with Serve. So far fundraising has gone over the €600 mark and that is mostly down to staff of McEgan College. Other fundraising ideas like a staff car wash, non-uniform day etc. are also planned.
Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world, destroyed by war and a constrained economy. The Serve project in Mozambique will support 'Young Africa', an organisation that is committed to the capacity building of the youth sector in Southern Africa. Daniel will be teaching in the Young Africa Campus and helping in the construction of the school buildings. He will assist in the workshops on site and leading an outreach to local orphanages and community organisations. He will also contribute to the ongoing skills training and personal development projects within the campus, focusing specifically on the onsite hostel for orphan girls.
Visit to Dairymaster. Some Transition Years from McEgan College recently travelled to Dairymaster in Causeway, Co. Kerry with Ms. Angland and were very fortunate to get a guided tour of this world leader in dairy equipment manufacturing, which employs up to 400 people. Dairymaster has customers in over 40 countries worldwide. It is one of the world's leading computerised dairy parlour manufacturers and suppliers, with a wide innovative product range, including milking equipment, automatic feeders, and milk cooling tanks, heat detection systems plus much more. Over the past five decades, Dairymaster has researched all aspects of dairy farming and dairy herd management from its own in-house R&D department and has developed unique, technologically advanced solutions, aimed at making dairy farming more economical. The students at McEgan College got to appreciate first-hand many of the possible career opportunities with Dairymaster, from Design Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Software Engineers, Welders, Sales, to Mobile App Developers.

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Tráth na gCeist team from St. Mary's Macroom ©An Scoil

St Marys Updates

Tráth na gCeist. Ghlac dhá fhoireann na scoile páirt i dTráth na gCeist eagraithe le Feachtas i gColáiste an Phiarsaigh le déanaí. Bhí Ella Ní Chuirtín, Marion Nic Caochlaoich , Sorcha Ni Dhúill agus Jennifer Nic Eochaidh ar an gcéad fhoireann agus bhí Shauna Ní Chárthaígh, Brónagh Ní Dheasúnaigh, Sofia de Búrca agus Eilish Ní Ghealbháin sa dara fhoireann. Ag an deireadh, chríochnaigh siad sa cheathrú áit agus sa deichiú háit. Comhghairdeas leis na cailíní as an iarracht iontach!
Lourdes. Niamh Browne and Marion Coakley, 5th year students, have been selected to represent our school on the Cloyne Diocese Pilgrimage to Lourdes in June.
Schools inter provincial team. Aisling Kelleher and Mairead O'Sullivan are members of the Munster Football Team which took part in an Inter Provincial football blitz in Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath on Saturday 23rd January. The Munster team won the blitz. Congratulations to all especially our two girls.
Ultimate Frisbee. On Wednesday, January 27th two teams from St. Mary's competed on an Ultimate Frisbee tournament held in the Marydyke Arena, UCC. This was an inaugural tournament for secondary school students in Cork. St. Mary's students were introduced to this game as part of their PE programme in 4th Year. It was a great opportunity for the students to apply skills learned in a competitive setting. They also experienced the true sport of the game which emphasises fair play and fair mindedness. An enjoyable and fun-packed day was had by all students.
Transition year students. Mr. Paul Murphy gave a very inspirational talk to our TY students on Wednesday 27th January. The topic was "How to deal with stress and anxiety using the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Method. All students found it very worthwhile.
Basketball. Our 1st and 2nd year teams played two matches against Presentation School Ballyphehane in Cork. Both teams were successful on the day. Their next games will be at home against Charleville.

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Macroom Cubs at Blackrock ©

Macroom Cubs

2016 marks the 100th year celebrations for Cubs Scouts in Ireland and the UK. To kick the year off to a great start, Macroom Cub Scouts travelled to Blackrock Castle Observatory where they attended a workshop on the stars and got a guided tour of the Castle and Observatory. This was followed by lunch and then a quick 7.5km hike across the city to Cork City Gaol. Here they received a guided tour of the Gaol and the history of the building. This was really interesting and helped show the boys how different conditions were for cub scouts starting out 100 years ago. The day was really enjoyed by all and proved extremely interesting. Thanks to Chris, Catherine and Marie for a great day.

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Hilary O'Sullivan, Cork ARC, receives proceeds of the Daniel Kingston Memorial Run 2015, €10,780, from Vincent and Julian Kingston, John, David and Cathal Neville. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Rita Lynch CD

The Rita Lynch Exhibition continues in Macroom Library until the end of the month. The official opening on February 16 attracted a great crowd who were delighted to access a CD containing 15 of Rita's favourite songs compiled by Tadhg Kelleher. The first six are songs from 78s recorded in London in 1948 – The Last Rose of Summer, The Spinning Wheel, The Fairy Tales of Ireland, I Will Walk with My Love, Home Sweet Home and Lullaby. Tracks 7 and 8, She is Far from the Land and Danny Boy, are from the Michael O'Duffy Radio Show in New York and Track 9, Jimmy Mo Mhíle Stór, is from Chicago's The Windy City Radio Show. Tracks 10 and 11 are private recordings of Perfect Day and Galway Bay, made in Chicago in 1949. 12, 13 and 14 - My Lovely Celia, O That it Were So and Domhnall Óg - were recorded by Terence Attridge in 1969 and the final track, Love Thee Dearest, was recorded in Cork City Hall in 1976 at Rita's last major public performance for her friend, Jack Lynch, at Fianna Fáil's Golden Jubilee Concert.

Macroom Library

The Rita Lynch exhibition continues until the end of February. Do come and learn more about one of Macroom's most famous citizens. The official launch took place on Tuesday 16th and was very well attended and enjoyed. Purlies meet again on Thursday March 3rd at 11.00. All level of knitter welcome. Friday 19th Ciorcal Cainte at 11.30. All are welcome to this informal chat 'as Gaeilge' with staff member Nora Levis. Macroom and District Environmental Group meet at 6.30pm on the first Tuesday of the month, therefore for March we will be seeing them on Tuesday 1st. Bookclub meets on Wednesday, March 2 at 11.30. The title under discussion will be 'The House where it Happened' by Martina Devlin. A creative writing group meets here on Tuesday 8th March at 5.30. For their and everyone else's information, 'The Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2016' is a competition run by Waterford City and Council's Arts office for a previously unpublished short story to a maximum of 2000 words. There is no entry fee, no age limit and no age restriction on the subject matter. The closing date is Friday 11th March and the prize is €500. Couldn't be simpler! Entry forms available at the library desk.
National Tree Week theme is 'We Love Trees'. Ted Cook will give a talk here on Tuesday 8th at 12 noon on this theme. Possibly more details on this in the next issue. All are welcome. Thursday 10th March is the 50th anniversary of Frank O'Connor's death. To mark this we will have a reading of his short stories and a potted biography of this author and former Cork County librarian from 11 a.m to 12 noon approx. Story Time takes place here every Saturday at noon hosted by a member of staff. All 3-7 year olds welcome.
Library membership is now free on production (in the case of first time joiners) of i.d and proof of address. Existing members who are renewing membership are not required to provide these.

Moll Rule

The Briery Gap Players' 2016 production, (Moll by John B. Keane), was again a total success for the group and drew full houses for its three-night run. The delighted audience paid glowing tributes to the six-person cast and their director, the inimitable Michael Twomey, Miah in a former life.
Though set in Ireland of the 1970s, John B's masterpiece still resonated with audiences 40 years later. The casting and acting were superb. Treasa O'Riordan played the title role to perfection. No stranger to Macroom audiences, Treasa has played leading roles in productions as diverse as The Sound of Music, Oliver and Unforgiven. Tomás Healy excelled as Canon Pratt, the smug, well-fed, self-satisfied titular head of the presbytery, while his half-starved, hen-pecked curates were delightfully played by Seán Óg Ó Duinnín and Robert O'Riordan. Yet another O'Riordan – Rachel – played the comic role of Bridgie, while Derry Dineen filled the dual and contrasting roles of Bridgie's husband to be and the worldly Bishop.
Backstage, John Mathers and Mark McMullan looked after sound and lighting; Rita O'Brien was in charge of costumes; Emer O'Neill was stage manager; Mary Lynch supervised continuity and Denis Coleman and Timmy Murphy looked after the set.

Briery Gap Welcomes Students.

The 2016 Light Entertainment and Transition Year Drama finals are set to attract students, teachers and supporters from as far away as Donegal to a feast of entertainment during the last weekend of February. The importance of the festivals cannot be overstated. Besides their unquestionable benefit to students, they are also a huge bonus to Macroom. They bring close on one thousand visitors to the town every February, many of them staying overnight and all of them using local shops and restaurants. Anne Dunne, the brain behind the initiatives, has undertaken a herculean task and works against the odds to make the festivals even better each year. With the economic downturn, funding has been an enormous problem. As we look forward to an upturn now, any business thinking of promoting a most worthwhile project should look no further than these annual productions.
Last year's 15-minute Light Entertainment Festival featured eight groups and was won by Sacred Heart, Westport. Fifteen groups took part in the Transition Year Festival and this was won by C.B.S. Mullingar.
15 Minute Light Entertainment Line Up on Friday 26th February:
6:30pm Coláiste an Chraoibhin, Fermoy
6:50pm Coláiste na Trócaire, Rathkeale
7:10pm Wilson's Hospital, Multyfarnham
7:30pm St Al's, Cork
7:50pm Greenhills, Drogheda
8:10pm Blackwater Community College, Lismore
8:30pm Westport
8:50pm CBS, Mullingar
All Ireland Transition Year Finals on Saturday 27th
10:30am, St Brogan's Bandon
11:00am, Presentation, Mitchelstown
11:30am, Ardscoil Ris, Limerick
12:00pm, Presentation, Thurles
12:30pm, Laurel Hill, Limerick
2:00pm, Coláiste Mhuire, Ennis
2:30pm, CBS, Kilkenny
3:00pm, Colaiste Mhuire, Cabrach, Dublin
3:30pm, Colaiste Mhuire, Ennis Group C
4:00pm, Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon
4:30pm, Pobail Scoil, Derrybeg, Gweedore
6:30pm, King's Hospital, Palmerstown
7:00pm, Colaiste Mhuire, Buttevant
7:30pm, Scarriff Community College
8:00pm, Sacred Heart Secondary School, Westport
8:30pm, Scoil Mhuire Gan Small, Blarney

Briery Gap Programme

Macroom Youth Theatre Performance Thursday 18th February at 8:00pm. Tickets €10/8
All Ireland 15 Minute Light Entertainment Festival Finals on Friday 26th February
All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival Saturday 27th February
Starmakers present Simba The Lion King Friday 4th and Saturday 5th March at 8.00pm and Sunday 6th March at 3.00pm Tickets €12 & €8.
The Flower of Macroom Sunday 13th March @ 8.30pm Tickets €10
Patrick O'Sullivan 16th March @ 8.00pm. Tickets €20
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.
Monday 29th February @ 8.30pm Everest Admission €5. On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers (Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin) start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds.
Sulan Film Society presents Tangerine Monday 7th March @ 8.30pm Admission €6. After hearing that her boyfriend/pimp cheated on her while she was in jail, a hooker and her best friend set out to find him and teach him and his new lover a lesson.

Local TV Programmes

Thurs. Feb. 18. 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50 Féile Laitiarin from Cuilinn Uí Chaoimh 1990. .
Sun. Feb. 21: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Month's Mind Mass for Bro. Charles from Carriganimma. Celebrant Fr. Wickham. 6.30p.m. Sam Maguire Cup and Cork All Ireland Champions visit local schools in 2010. and repeat of Wednesday and Thursday programmes.
Wed. Feb. 24: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. John Foley Commemoration at Coachford, August 2015.
Thurs. Feb. 25 9.30p.m. Cork Senior Football final 2012 Duhallow v Castlehaven.
Sun. Feb. 28: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Mass at Inchigeela Penal Mass Rock 2006. 6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes
Wed. March 2: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50 Music and Song at Angela Murphy's Bar, Carriganimma 1984.


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Grave Matters. St. Colman's cemetery, at the western end of Macroom, is to be extended by ¼ acre. In recent times, it was necessary to die before you could buy a grave. The extension, which plans to accommodate 200 additional graves, is said to be adequate for the next decade.

Laochra Óg hurling and camogie registration nights: Thursday 18th February in Clondrohid Hall 7 – 8 p.m. Friday 19th February in Macroom Sports Complex 7 – 8 p.m.
Macroom Juvenile G.A.A. A foundation level course is planned for Saturday the 20th February at St. Colman's BNS, from 10am to 4:30pm. This is particularly relevant to new and experienced coaches who haven't received training in the past. For more info, please contact: Diarmuid ó hUallachain, Runai Maighchromtha Juvenile GAA Club, Mobile: 0872327811 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Crookstown Céilí Club: Céilí on Saturday 20th February in Crookstown Hall, commencing at 9.30 p.m.. Music by the Breens. Teas served. All are welcome.
Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association AGM on Tuesday 23rd of February in Independence Museum, Kilmurry at 8:30pm. All welcome.

Muinefliuch N.S. will hold an Open Day for prospective pupils on Wednesday, February 24th. Parents and children will have an opportunity to view the school and meet staff and pupils.
Dripsey Ambush Memorial Parade on Sunday, February 28, 2016, starting from Dripsey Cross at 3.00 pm

Bealnamorrive Daffodil Day for Irish Cancer Society, on Friday, March 11 at Tadhg Ó Laoghaire's Bar, 9a.m. to 8p.m. Coffee, tea, cakes, cake sale, Bring and Buy, raffle. Enjoy the cuppa and chat. We would love you to join us this Daffodil Day.

Kilbarry NS Parents Association is holding a clothing collection on Monday morning14th March. Contact Sheila 085-8661543

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

Macroom Flower & Garden Club A.G.M. took place Thursday 11th of February at Coolcower House at 7.30p.m. Officers for 2016 are President Eileen Kelly, Chairperson Winifred Lynch, Secretary Nora Gallagher, Treasurer Nuala O Connell. The meeting was followed by a very pleasant demonstration by Breda Clancy of Clancy's Fresh Fish Shop. Breda cooked some delicious fresh fish recipes. Her knowledge and passion for cooking was appreciated by all who attended. The next Club Meeting will be on Thursday March 10th, with guest speaker D.J. Murphy (Bandon Garden Centre)

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 2/2/16. Jackpot €5400. Winning Numbers 12-22-31. No Winner. €70. John O'Mahony, Cork St. €20 Conor Hayes, C/O Conor Buttimer. Pat O'Connor, Railway View. Carmel Goold, Killarney Road. Lorrane Casey, Cork Street. Shelia Buttimer, Coolcower,.
9/2/2016. Winning Numbers 7-13-31. Jackpot €5600. No Winner. €70. Margaret Kelly, 24 Barrett Place €20. Michael Walsh, C/O Shelia Buttimer. Tony Maxwell, Carrinanine. Theresa Buckley, Annville. Con Kelleher, Oakwood. Con O'Leary, Bawnmore,.

Kilmurry GAA Lotto 17/01/16 Jackpot €2,400 winning numbers 2,30,35. No winner. €50 Jerry Murphy c/o Mai Fitz , €20 Mary MCCarthy, Noreen Kelleher, John Hinchion, Saoirse Payne c/o Quick Pick, Mary O' Sullivan c/o J Canty.
01/02/16 Jackpot €2,800 winning numbers 2, 28, 32 no winner. €50 Gareth Flatherty c/o Cornerstone , €20 Audrey Cotter Curraclough, Tom O' Sullivan, Timmy O' Callaghan c/o Seanos , Dessie/ Orla Desmond c/o Cornerstone

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto 7/2/2016. Jackpot €1000. Numbers drawn 8, 11 & 20. No winner. €50 William Coakley, Derryroe. €20 Briege Corkery, Drombeg, Denis McSweeney, Coolnadane, Rory Kennedy, Ballinagree, John O'Connor, Lyroe
14/2/2016. Jackpot €1150. Numbers drawn 3, 23 & 37. No winner. €50 Alan & Bill O'Sullivan, Knockrour, €20 Kieran Twomey, Rylane, Seanie Twohig, Horsemount, Ballinagree, John Russell, Flextronics, Martin Hubbard, Incheale, Bealnamorrive.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto 3/2/16. No Winner of €4000 Jackpot. €70 - Michael Lynch c/o Laine Bar . €20 - Brendan Lehane, Castle St., Dunmanway. Karen Burke, 11 O'Mahony Terrace Joan & Helena c/o Dan Kelleher Sheila, Kate & Helen c/o Bingo
10/2/16 Jackpot €4.200. No winner. €70 - Andrew O'Brien c/o Firebird €20 - Sheila Buttimer, Coolcower Noreen O' Regan, Coachford Clare Dinneen, c/o Bingo Dan Kelleher Moulnahorna

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto Feb. 7 Jackpot €5.750. Numbers drawn 14, 15, 26 27. No Winner €50 Mary Harrington, Carrigadrohid €25 Julie McCarthy, Carrigadrohid. Tom Lehane, Knockavollig. €25 on line Joanne Whelton, Aherla.
Feb. 14 Jackpot €5.900. Numbers drawn 3,8,14,18. No Winner €50 Mary O'Sullivan Nettleville. €25 Thomas & Kathleen Collins Shandangan. Margaret Ahern Aherla €25 on line Fiona Dodd

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 15/2/2016, Jackpot: €1,400, Numbers Drawn: 17 – 33 – 36, No Winner. €40 Tracy Ryan, €20 Geraldine Barry Murphy, Peggy Looney, Trisha McCullagh, Tom Tarrant (Yearly Ticket).


The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
This novel begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for many years. They expect to face many dangers, but they cannot yet anticipate how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another, An exceptional novel, it remains in the mind long after it has been read.
Available from Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop at €11.00

Lee Valley Updates

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Sean Gavin, Chicago and Detroit, winner of the Sean Ó Riada Gold Medal at Rochestown Park with Peadar Ó Riada and Seán Ó Liatháin ©Darragh Kane

Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal for US Musician

The Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal 2015 went to flute player Sean Gavin, from Chicago and Detroit. This is the first time the medal has been won by a musician from outside Ireland. Sean was picked from amongst top traditional whistle and flute players during the final of the competition at the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork.
Sean Gavin was born and raised in Detroit, and moved to Chicago 8 years ago. He has had a lifelong love for traditional Irish music. He was encouraged to play by his father, fiddler Mick Gavin from Meelick, Co. Clare, and played a variety of Irish instruments when he was young, finally settling on the flute at age 11. Sean is an active member of the Irish music community of Chicago where he performs and teaches regularly. He travels to Ireland often, and is well-known here in traditional Irish music circles. He received the Seán Ó Riada medal, made by Cashel goldsmith Pádraig Ó Mathúna, and €2000.
He competed with 15 other musicians, including four from Cork - Eibhlís Ní Shúilleabháin, Mairéad Carey, Eimhear Flannery and Joanne Quirke - in the final, presented by musician, composer and broadcaster Peadar Ó Riada live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.

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Clondrohid /Carraiganima Community Alert Group Officers: Sean Murphy, Anthony O'Leary, Maurice Manning, Mary O'Sullivan and Maria Murphy. ©Clondrohid Photographers

Clondrohid Updates

Carriganima/ Clondrohid Alert: Many people in this area have now joined 'Text Alert Network', and they are looking for more to join. Basically, if something suspicious happens in your area, contact the Gardaí, they will check it out, and if it is suspicious, an alert will go out via text to all on the system. So people are then automatically on 'Red Alert'. If a child or adult went missing in the area, immediately people on the system are alerted, so eyes and ears can become very relevant. Anyone interested in joining can obtain a form at the following venues M&J Kelleher, Healy's Spar, Dairygold, Glen Mill, Bell Inn, Tavern, and the Pub in Carriganima. A public meeting will be held in the Community Hall in Clondrohid in March, where Gardaí will inform people how the system works. Your support will be appreciated.
Muinefliuch fundraiser: An American Tea Party will take place in Clondrohid Hall on Saturday night, March 12, a school fundraiser for Muinefliuch . Remember to keep this night free, as it will be an entertaining one.
Gorta shop Macroom: Anyone who has 1c and 2c coins piling up at home, take them along to the Gorta Shop near The Mall at South Square, they will put them to good use. Opening hours Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
Cloyne annual pilgrimage to Lourdes: takes place on June 1 to 6. Booking through JWT Patrick St. Cork. Tel 0214277959. Pilgrims who would like to travel with the Special Assisted Section may contact Fr. Donal Roberts 02621068 or Nuala O'Connell on 0872237109
Munster pro-life Rally: will take place on Saturday Feb 27, assembling on the Grand Parade at 2pm. For more info, contact 085855095
Macroom Youth Theatre: This Thurs Night Feb 18 at 8pm. Tickets available at the Briery Gap.

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Happier times – the late Jim Murray with young Jim and Sharon Shannon at the opening of the new shop in Barrett's Place. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Sad Notes

The Lee Valley lost another great personality recently, with the untimely death of Jim Murray. Though born 'beside the Anner, at the foot of Sliabh na mBan', Jim lived with his family in Carriganimma for more than 40 years and contributed much to his community and greatly to traditional music in the area. He was known far and wide for the Jim Murray Céilí Band and entertained at many a wedding and function in bygone days. His son, another Jim, excelled in music and this was reflected at the funeral ceremonies when Jim Senior's dying wish was fulfilled and he got a right musical send off. Peadar Ó Riada was there to play Aifreann an Riadaigh, much of which was sung by Fiona Kelleher. Seán Ó Sé sang 'The foot of Sliabh na mBan' and Séamus Begley, 'The Valley of Sliabh na mBan'. Musicians there were aplenty, led by young Jim's colleague, Sharon Shannon. Dessie Donnelly played a beautiful slow air on the fiddle. Richard Lucey was on accordion and Ciarán O'Connell on banjo, along with many other violinists. They played a rousing medley that surely had Jim toe-tapping from above. Fr. Wickham P.P. officiated at a wonderful ceremony and again, at the graveside in Clondrohid, Irish dance music warmed the freezing air and celebrated a life well spent.

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Visitors from Italy with members of Coiste Cairde Mhúscraí san Eoraip ag Reilig Ghobnatan

Lá 'le Ghobnatan I mBaile Mhúirne

St. Gobnait's, Ballyvourney played host to pilgrims and visitors from near and far on the saint's feast day, February 11. They were there from Wexford, Kerry, Cork, all parts of Múscraí as well as from Ortezzano, Rome and Fermo. The Italian group were guests of Cairde Mhúscraí san Eoraip and included the Mayors of Ortezzano and Fermo on the Adriatic, east of Rome.
Mary Sleeman, archaeologist with Cork County Council, addressed the guests at a function in the church beside the abbey. She spoke of sites of worship in the area dating back to pre-history. The Celts worshipped Nature and this was evidenced in religious sites and burial grounds at stone circles, dolmens and megalithic tombs. Early Christian settlements centred on pre-existing centres of worship, as does the 6th century settlement at Baile Mhúirne.
A Roman historian, Matteo Binasco, spoke of some early Irish visitors to Rome, including Columbanus and Oliver Plunkett. Signora Giusy Scendoni, Mayor of Ortezzano and Signor Paolo Calcinaro, Mayor of Fermo spoke of their towns' connections with Cardinal Rinnuccini and Monsignor Massari. They were most impressed by the constant stream of pilgrims who came to the shrine throughout the day to perform the Round.

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Water hazards for politicians ©Lee Valley Outlook

1916 Centenary Fund

Monies have been made available by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and by Cork County Council for the 2016 Initiative in the County of Cork. A significant proportion of the budget has already been allocated to close to one hundred of the County's community groups who are undertaking a range of projects and events locally. Cork County Council is now running with a second phase, open to all new applicants looking to engage locally in the 2016 initiative this year as well as existing applicants looking to add further detail and elements to projects and events already proposed. Not all applications may be successful and the closing date for applications is 4pm, Friday 26th February 2016, to be sent to: Conor Nelligan, 'Ireland 2016' Cork County Coordinator, Cork County Council, Floor 3, County Hall, Cork or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The application form itself can be downloaded by clicking 1916 Centenary Fund Application Form.

Heritage Council Grant Scheme 2016

The Heritage Council has just announced the 2016 Heritage Management Grant Scheme, which will see up to €700,000 made available for heritage projects across the country. The objective of this scheme is to support projects that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections or objects, including buildings, statues, documents. From a natural heritage perspective, this year's Heritage Council grant scheme will also cover the conservation or management of a wildlife site where a conservation/management plan exists. In relation to all successful projects, work on same must have commenced by the end of April 2016 and will need to be completed by 18th November, 2016. The closing date for applications, all of which must be made online at www.heritagecouncil.ie, is 5pm on Monday, 29th February, 2016.

Cork County 2016 Centenary Programme

2016, the Centenary Year, is in full swing and numerous events are taking place on a weekly basis in commemoration of 1916. The County of Cork will see over 300 centenary related events over the course of this year. One of the main events will be a State Ceremonial Event to take place in Cork on Easter Monday, March 28th. For a full list of events see the County Cork Calendar of Events for 2016 , updated regularly. As one can see from the array of events taking place, it is with great thanks to the Community Groups of the County that such an amount and variety of events is scheduled. Anyone looking to add their event to the programme please do get in touch by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For those groups who have their details submitted, it would be greatly appreciated if each group could check the accuracy of their details in the Programme and correspond with David Foley, as it is planned to have a full programme update in place in the coming weeks

Remembering 1916

ACR Heritage (Heritage Committee of Aghabullogue Coachford Rylane Community Council) intends to hold 1916 Rising/ Easter Week 1916 commemorative presentations during April 2016 and mark events of local relevance. Details to follow closer to the time. We would also like to commemorate individuals from our parish and environs involved in this period of Irish history, or actively participating in organisations (Irish Volunteers, Cumann na mBan, etc.) during the years leading up to the 1916 Rising. Particularly welcome are details, documentation and items of interest, which will of course be returned where appropriate. We can be contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by phoning Doug Lucey at 086-0456554 or Matt Martin at 086-3950061, or by contacting any Committee member.

Macra Matters

Aghinagh Macra are holding a Table Quiz on Friday the 19th of February at The Laine Bar Ballinagree at8.30pm 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 9PM - 10PM in the 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) 749 5851.
Donoughmore Macra had a fantastic weekend. After many years of knocking on the door, Donoughmore Macra came home with the coveted prize of first place in the FBD National Capers. It's a dream come true for the club, and greatly deserved. Credit must also be given to the backstage crew and supporters. The team of eleven danced, sang and joked their way through the twenty-minute performance, much to the delight of the full house audience in Mallow Youth Centre. The cast consisted of Daniel Buckley, Meig Collins, Heather Healy, James Healy, Sarah Louise Horgan, Shane Horgan, Rachel Kelleher, Eugene Lee, Elaine O'Connell, Emily O'Donovan and Sean Wallace.Well done to Heather Healy on winning Best Female, as well as the Bree club from Wexford and Enfield, Co. Meath, who came second and third respectively. A big thank you to Avondhu Macra for a flawless night of entertainment. A small get together was held in Pat Barry's bar the following night to celebrate.
Donoughmore Macra will be organising a variety concert following the success of the Capers team in the FBD national final on Sunday 13th March at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. The concert will be in aid of Embrace Farm, a charity that provides bereavement support for families who have suffered deaths or injuries in farm accidents. All support greatly appreciated.
The senior debaters have made it through to the semi-finals. They defeated Termonfeckin Macra, Co. Louth in a motion stating "that the Olympics should be cancelled following the recent drug scandals". The next debate is on 27th February. Best of luck to the basketballers over the weekend.

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Pádraic Ó Conaire, played by Diarmuid de Faoite, at the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne ©

Sean Phádraic i Múscraí

It's hard to explain why Pádraic Ó Conaire, author of 'M'Asal Beag Dubh' and much, much more, is often described as 'old', since he was just 46 when he died in 1928, but he is set for a revival during 2016, thanks to a one-man show. 'Pádraic Ó Conaire - the Resurrection', is the brainchild of gifted actor, Diarmuid de Faoite and director, Paul Brennan. It was staged in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne last week, having been revived after a thirteen-year lapse and theatres and colleges nationwide should be queuing up to stage the 90 minute, fascinating show during this milestone year. While mostly in Connemara Irish, this presents no problem to the audience since actions speak far louder than words in this energetic, powerful presentation. Besides which, a very comprehensive English synopsis of the action is made available in advance to theatre goers.
'Léiríonn 'Pádraic Ó Conaire' radharc ealaíona, éifeachtach ar laochra agus fís na Cásca. Baineann an dráma ní hamháin le saol agus saothar an Chonairigh ach baineann freisin leis an tréimhse staire sin go léir: bunú Chonradh na Gaeilge, an athbheochan Cheilteach, an Éirí Amach, an Sóisialachas, Cogadh na gCarad agus bunú an tSaorstát. Ach ní léacht polaitiúl atá sa dráma ach an oiread. Dráma ildánach atá ann, é fisiciúl, físiúl, foclach, dhá theangach, tragóideach, greannmhar, measúil, aonarach le hos cionn triocha carachtair.'
Multi award winning actor Diarmuid de Faoite takes the audience on a rollercoaster journey through the birth of modern Irish literature, the Easter Rising, the new Free State and the rise of Socialism via Ó Conaire's fascinating life; on the back of a donkey, though the donkey makes no physical appearance! De Faoite is a gifted actor. His angelic smile and mastery of words explains the fascinating effect that the alcoholic, sponging, womanising Ó Conaire had on family, friends and acquaintances. Through his mastery of accent and tone, the audience meets theatrical genius Mícheál Mac Liammóir, poet Austin Clarke, short story writer Liam Ó Flaherty, revolutionaries Michael Collins and Éamonn de Valera and Ó Conaire's own little daughter with appropriate English accent.
De Faoite's physicality, presence, mastery of accent and seemingly chameleon-like ability to change sex and character while weaving an epic tale holds both Irish and English speakers alike enraptured.
The 80-year-old statue of the author of M'Asal Beag Dubh was a long-time feature of Eyre Square in Galway until being decapitated by louts in 1999. His head was later found in a bag. It was restored by Galway sculptor, Mick Wilkins, and the statue was moved to Galway City Council headquarters, and then to the Galway City Museum, for safekeeping. But Eyre Square was never quite the same without the little man and a bronze replica will be put in place for 2016.
As part of the project, and in preparation for the centenary of the 1916 Rising, Galway city council has also commissioned Diarmuid de Faoite to translate and present Ó Conaire's work, Seacht mBua an Éirí amach. This series of stories in Irish was written after the events of the Rising and first sold to republicans returning from Frongoch internment camp in Wales. Each story related directly to the events of 1916, looked at from various socio-economic and political viewpoints. We look forward to the staging of this drama in the course of the year.
Diarmuid de Faoite may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 086 8139289

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Kathleen and Dónal Ó Mathúna, Macroom © Con Kelleher

From Clon to Macroom

Dónal Ó Mathúna, múinteóir, iománaí, Príomh-Oide, Gaeilgeóir, Scoláire agus Staraí, has lived in Macroom for most of his life. This is part of his story.
Dónal was born in Bandon in 1931. His father, Timothy, a creamery manager, hailed from Farnanes and his mother, Kathy, came from Kilbrittain. In 1936 the family bought a bar and grocery business in Newcestown, where Dónal attended the local school up to fourth class and then moved to Béal na mBláth, where he was taught by a most gifted teacher, Mr John Cronin, originally from the top of Castle Street, and brother of Cathy Cronin – of the shop. Farranferris was his educational home for the next 5 years. Seán Ó Riada was a classmate, and even then, an accomplished musician. The regime was rough and tough. Dónal perfected his hurling skills there and played Harty hurling for 3 years but 'Farna' was overshadowed by a great St. Colman's team which featured Mick Goold, Canon Bertie Troy, Fr Abernethy, Canon Finbarr Kelleher, Ted Cronin and Monsignor James O'Donnell, and won 2 Harty Cups in that period. An t-Athar Tadhg Ó Murchú spoke Irish to everybody, and it was there, and later at Brú na Gráige, Ballyferriter, that Donie developed his love and command of Irish.
After Leaving Cert, Donie spent five years as a clerical student in Maynooth. The aforementioned priests and Monsignor Denis Faul, who was prominent during the 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland, were among his contemporaries. He earned a degree in Irish, Latin and Philosophy before leaving Maynooth, a tough decision at the time. To qualify for secondary teaching, he did the Higher Diploma in Education in UCC, with hours in a Part 5 school off Wellington Road. This was a school for 14 to 16-year-old students who had dropped out. They now attended school one day a week and were taught the core subjects of English, Irish, Maths, woodwork and metal work. They were nicknamed 'the-one-day-a-week-boys'. Donie faced the challenge of teaching Irish to a different class each day.
The 'Teastas Timire', a qualification necessary for teaching in V.E.C. schools, was hard earned at a residential course in Galway but here Dónal met his future wife, Kathleen Cronin and, more than half a century later, their love lives on, as they demonstrated to me when dancing the Fr Tarpey Top Coat dance that they had learned that summer in Galway! Donie's first teaching post was in Cullen Vocational School and Drishane Convent. He taught night classes in Millstreet, where he was in 'digs' and became involved in amateur dramatics. Ballydaly, his local group, won a cup he himself had presented. In 1956 he got a permanent position in Clonakilty. As Newcestown G.A.A.club was not active, he played senior football and junior hurling for Clon, who almost surprised a very good Macroom team in 1961, John 'Farmer' Murphy getting a late winning goal. Donie played midfield that day, and says, if he went forward, Timmy O'Callaghan 'met' you on the way in and Jimmy, his brother, 'got' you on the way out. Eric Ryan was injured in that match and many years later, Dónal was accused of being implicated in the foul deed. Jackie Collins also played for Clon that day. Dónal was a substitute, number 19, for the Cork Juniors who won an All-Ireland in 1955.
by Con Kelleher.

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McEgan College Hurling team 1970 with Dónal Ó Mathúna and Mick Leahy ©Dennis Dinneen Collection.

Spring Clean for Lent

Gorta-Self Help Africa is asking people, for each week of Lent, to select an item that they no longer use or need, and donate it to charity. They're asking people to set aside a 'Lenten bag,' and for each of the six weeks of Lent pop an unwanted item into it. When Lent is over they can then drop their bag into their nearest Gorta-Self Help Africa charity shop, or get in touch with the charity and arrange for their bag to be picked up. There are unused goods in many homes and wardrobes. For Lent we might donate it for resale in a charity shop. These are always on the lookout for unwanted clothing, DVDs, bric-a-brac and other goods. For reasons of safety, electrical items cannot be re-sold.
Gorta-Self Help Africa works in nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa, supporting rural poor communities to grow more food and earn a better living on their small farms. To find out more about the charity's work visit: www.selfhelpafrica.org. Those interested in finding out more about the Lenten appeal or to donate goods contact: 01-6778880.

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 inrelation 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

Bad weather, and its effect on pitches, has seriously affected the start of the Mid Cork U 21 football championships. Only two games were played on the opening weekend and fingers are crossed now that the remainder of the first round games can be quickly decided.
A Football Championship – 4 teams
First Round: Inniscarra v Cill na Martra at Macroom, Saturday Feb. 20th at 2pm
Ballincollig v Macroom at Kilmurry, Sat. Feb. 20th at 3.30pm
One 2nd Round – 2 losing 1st rd. teams play off
One semi-final: 2nd round winner v first round winner not previously met
Final: Other first round winner v semi final winner
B Football Championship – 12 teams
First Round: A Blarney v Grenagh at Blarney, Sunday Feb 21st at 12 noon.
B Aghabullogue v Kilmurry, at Carrigadrohid, Sun. Feb 21st at noon.
C Donoughmore 2-1 Naomh Abán 2-9
D Iveleary v Aghinagh at Kilmichael, Sat Feb 20th at 12 noon.
E Canovee 0-8 Éire Óg 1-11
F Kilmichael v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh at Inchigeela, Sat. Feb 20th at 3.30pm
Losers Round: A v B, Donoughmore v D, Canovee v F.
3rd round qualifiers: Naomh Abán, Éire Óg

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Foireann fé 21 Naomh Abán a bhuaigh ar Domhnach Mór in the first round of the Championship ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Naomh Abán 2 - 9 Donoughmore 2 – 1
Naomh Abán had home advantage for this game and were comfortable all through. The home side led by 0-3 to 0-1 after the opening quarter and had stretched their lead to 1-5 to 0-1 by the interval. A second goal in the 52nd minute made it 2-9 to 0-1, before Donoughmore finished with a flourish, scoring two goals in the final minutes.
Naomh Abán now go into the third round draw, Donoughmore await the losers of the Iveleary/Aghinagh game in round two.
Éire Óg 1 – 11 Canovee 0 – 8
Éire Óg overcame a strong challenge from Canovee at Ballincollig. The winners led by 0-5 to 0-4 at half time but Canovee started the second half well and had the scores level at 0-6 each after 40 minutes. A goal on the break for Éire Óg at this stage turned the game in their favour and they finished the dominant side, opting for a point from a penalty when they held a three-point lead.
Éire Óg, beaten finalist last year, look to be major contenders for the B championship title again this year. Canovee, disappointed with their overall performance on this occasion, will be hoping for improvement when they meet either Kilmichael or Béal Átha in round two.
Éire Óg: Chris Kelly; Daniel Cotter, John Mullins, Ross McCarthy: Michael Corkery,
Jason Twomey, Ger McSweeney: Ronan O'Toole, Darragh McCarthy: Colm O'Callaghan (0-1), Donnacha Kelly, Brian Hurley (0-6, 0-4f): Eoin O'Shea (0-3), Denny Murphy (1-0), Keith O Riordan. Subs: Anthony Doherty, Jack O Driscoll (0-1 pen.) and Paul Foley.
Canovee: Cormac O'Driscoll: Liam Murphy, Cian Lehane, Seán Twomey: James O'Sullivan, Neil Kirk, Blake Ring: Ciarán Canty, Michael Dunne: Kieran Moynihan, James Moynihan, Conor Hughes: Tadgh O'Riordan, Mark Healy, Mark Walsh. Subs: Denis Murphy, Brian Verling and Seán Browne.
C Football Championship - 3 teams: Ballinora, Clondrohid, Lee Gaels (Dripsey/Gleann na Laoi)
Round robin and a final.
Fixture: Ballinora v Lee Gaels at Ballinora, Sun Feb 21st at 12 noon.

Junior Football Muskerry Cup 2016 – 10 teams

First Round: A Donoughmore v Clondrohid, Sunday Feb 21st at 3pm
B Kilmichael v Dripsey, Sunday Feb 21st at 3pm
Quarter Finals Winners A v Winners B. Iveleary v Ballincollig..Canovee v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. Aghinagh v Kilmurry

Tom Creedon Cup 2016

Rain and unplayable pitches are causing the completion of this competition to get delayed. Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh are through to the final with anyone of four opponents to come through on the other side of the draw.
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
Semi-Finals: A v Mallow. Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 3-14 Kinsale 1-7
Final: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Newmarket/ Millstreet/Nemo Rangers/ Mallow

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 3 - 14 Kinsale 1 - 7
Béal Átha continue to display impressive early season form as they recorded their third win in the Tom Creedon Cup to reach their first ever final of the competition. Their latest victims were Kinsale who managed to stay with the Gaeltacht men until the 38th minute but then Paul Buckley shot a point to put Béal Átha in front, and when Tim O'Leary found the Kinsale net two minutes later, Béal Átha were 1-8 to 1-4 in front and on their way to victory. Ben Shorten, not long on the field, then added a second goal, Colman Twomey had a point and leading by 2-9 to 1-4 at the three quarter stage Béal Átha were not going to let Kinsale back into contention in this game and dominated the final quarter.
The first half at Cloughduv was very even. Liam Shorten opened the scoring but Kinsale had two points in reply before Liam Shorten levelled with a second point in the 12th minute. Tim O'Leary then pointed to put Béal Átha in front but Kinsale had a point to level and then the South East side took the lead with a goal in the 15thminute. Béal Átha fought back in the second quarter and points from Liam Shorten and two from Andy Concannon, all three from frees, had the sides level by the interval when the score was 0-6 to 1-3.
An Eoin Quill point on the restart had Béal Átha back in front but Kinsale had a 34th minute point to keep the teams tied. The game then took the decisive turn in Béal Átha's favour with the 2-2 scoring burst which deflated the Kinsale challenge. In the final quarter, Tim O'Leary and Andy Concannon had points, Kinsale had a point in reply in the 24th minute. Further Béal Átha points followed from Tim O'Leary, Paul Buckley and Liam Shorten before Ben Shorten had his second goal in the 29th minute and Kinsale had a late point to complete the scoring.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Gearóid Ó Muirthile: Liam Ó Criodáin, Leonard Ó Conchuir, Seán Ó Donnchú: Cian Ó Duinnín, Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh, Nollaig Ó Laoire: Eoin Ó Coill, Éanna Ó Duinnín: Pól Ó Buachalla, Tadhg Ó Laoghaire, Seán Ó Coill: Andrias Ó Coinceannain, Liam Seartan, Miceál Ó Tuama. Fir Ionaid: Ben Seartan, Colmán Ó Tuama, Darren Ó Duinnín agus Darren Ó Coill.

Allianz National Football League:

Round 1: Cork 1-18 Mayo 0-12
Round 2: Donegal 2-14 Cork 1-7
Cork were beaten by Donegal in the round 2 of the Allianz Football League following a poor display at Ballyshannon. After Donegal's dismantling of Down the previous week and Cork's impressive success over Mayo, both sides were in confident mood entering the clash in Ballyshannon. It was Donegal who ruled however, Cork were very disappointing and had little answer to Donegal's dominance. Daniel Goulding's point in the 61st minute was their first from play on a day when they struggled for scores.
Donegal were in control early on as they stormed ahead 1-4 to 0-0 with O'Reilly raising the green flag. Cork steadied themselves thanks to a pair of Daniel Goulding frees and a fine goal from Donal Óg Hodnett, from an opening created by Peter Kelleher. They were very much in contention as they trailed 1-4 to 1-3 before Donegal strung together five points without reply to enjoy a 1-9 to 1-3 interval advantage and there was no let-up in the second-half as they hit 1-4 without reply. Daniel Goulding, Mark Collins and Brian O'Driscoll all struck late points to finally ensure Cork got a few scores in the second-half, but there was no disputing Donegal's dominance.
Scorers for Cork: Daniel Goulding 0-5 (0-3f), Donal Óg Hodnett 1-0, Mark Collins, Brian O'Driscoll 0-1 each.
Cork: Brendan O'Connell (Glanmire), Colm O' Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh), Jamie O'Sullivan (Bishopstown), Kevin Crowley (Millstreet), Tomás Clancy (Fermoy), Brian O'Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh), Kevin O' Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh), Ian Maguire (St Finbarrs), Mark Collins (Castlehaven), Andrew O'Sullivan (Castletownbere), Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers), Donal Óg Hodnett (O'Donovan Rossa), Daniel Goulding (Éire Óg), Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Brian Hurley (Castlehaven). Subs: Donncha O'Connor (Ballydesmond)(49), Seán Kiely (Ballincollig)(53), Killian O'Hanlon (Kilshannig)(55), Colm O'Neill (Ballyclough)(63), Dan MacEoin (Ilen Rovers)(68)

Allianz National Hurling League

Round 1: Galway 1-27 Cork 1-21
Cork opened their Allianz Hurling League Campaign with a disappointing six-point defeat to Galway in Pearse Stadium as Joe Canning shot nine points for Galway in front of 5,768 in Pearse Stadium.
It was Galway manager Micheal Donoghue's first league game in charge and they ensured a winning start in a game which also marked Kieran Kingston's first league match as Cork boss. Cork, who haven't won a league title since 1998, trailed 1-15 to 1-9 at half-time after an exciting opening half where there were only eight wides.
Five of Cork's six starting forwards notched scores in the first-half against the breeze. Harnedy's goal in the 11th minute had given Cork a 1-3 to 0-4 lead for the first time in the half but Galway fought back to lead by six points at the break. Cork's Pat Horgan hit three in a row on the restart before Galway replied with a five-point rally.
Cork unloaded their bench with Conor Lehane, Cian McCarthy and Daniel Kearney making an impact but it wasn't enough to prevent the Tribesmen giving their new manager a winning start to the league.
Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-9 (0-5f), S Harnedy 1-0, B Cooper 0-2, P O'Sullivan 0-2, C Murphy 0-1, A Nash 0-1 (0-1f), A Cadogan 0-1, L O'Farrell 0-1, C Lehane 0-1, L McLoughlin 0-1, C McCarthy 0-1, D Cahalane 0-1.
Cork: Anthony Nash (Kanturk) Shane O'Neill (Bishopstown) Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers): Aidan Walsh (Kanturk), William Egan (Kilbrin), Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr's): Cormac Murphy (Mallow), Lorcan McLoughlin (Kanturk): Bill Cooper (Youghal), Paudie O Sullivan (Cloyne), Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown): Alan Cadogan (Douglas), Seamus Harnedy (St Ita's), Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers). Subs; Luke O'Farrell (Midleton), Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields), Conor Lehane (Midleton), Cian McCarthy (Sarsfields), Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr).
Unfortunately, there are no Mid Cork hurlers on the Cork panel.
Next Up: Saturday 20 February Round 2: Cork v Waterford at Pairc Uí Rinn, 7pm
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 Hurling Round 4: Cork v Kilkenny 7pm
Sunday 13.3.2016 Football Round 5: Cork v Monaghan
Sunday 20.3.2016 Hurling Round 5 at Thurles: Tipperary v Cork
Sunday 27.3.2016 (Easter Sunday) Football Round 6: Cork v Down
Sunday 3.4.2016 Football Round 7: At Tralee: Kerry v Cork

Third Level Colleges Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cup 2016

Independent.ie Sigerson Cup Football. Quarter Finals
UCC 1-9 UCD 3-11
UL 0-12 Queens 1-8
UUJ 0-14 St Marys 1-6
DCU 0-14 Carlow IT 0-7
Semi Finals: UCD v UL and UUJ v DCU

Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup Hurling
UC CORK 1-14 Limerick IT 2-15
UCC with two group defeats from three games are eliminated from the 2016 competition.
Quarter Finals: Mary Immaculate v GMIT. IT Carlow v UCD. LIT v WIT. Cork IT v Univ. of Limerick
Cork County FOOTBALL Leagues 2016
The Cork county football leagues have commenced with limited action in all four divisions. The wet weather has made many pitches unplayable and many scheduled matches have been deferred to a later date.

Rochestown Park Hotel Division 1 Football League – 14 teams

Round 1
O'Donovan Rossa v Carbery Rangers,
Castlehaven 2-11 Nemo Rangers 0-9,
St Finbarrs 0-8 Valley Rovers 1-7,
Clyda Rovers 0-9 Bishopstown 1-6,
Douglas 0-9 Clonakilty 1-16,
Ilen Rovers 2-3 Newcestown 0-6.
Round 2 - February 14th Naomh Aban 0-8 Ilen Rovers 1-11, Carbery Rangers 1-10 Ballincollig 1-10
Ballincollig 0-10 Naomh Abán 1-4
Ballincollig senior footballers edged out Naomh Abán in this Rochestown Park Divison 1 league game in Ballincollig. The home side dominated the opening period and held a five point lead at the break. Naomh Abán clawed their way back into the game with a goal from a Micheál Ó Croinín penalty. However, Ballincollig closed out the game with some outstanding defending.
Scorers for Ballincollig: J Kelly 0-3, C Dorgan (1f), A Donovan, K Browne 0-2 each, N Allen 0-1.
Ballincollig: C Noonan; D Murphy, L Jennings, S Murphy; D Bowen, C Moore, K Coleman; R Noonan, C O'Sullivan; A Donovan, J Kelly, N Allen; K Browne, I Coughlan, C Dorgan. Subs: C Collins, M Prendergast, D Nolan, N O'Toole.
Round 3 – February 21st Douglas v Naomh Aban, Ballincollig v Ilen Rovers

Division 2 Football League – 13 teamsRound 1

Mallow 0-10 Cill Na Martra 0-9,
Macroom v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh
Éire Óg 1-17 Aghada 3-9,
Fermoy 2-10 Nemo Rangers 2-9,
Bantry Blues v Newmarket,
Kiskeam v Doheny's,
Carrigaline a bye
Round 2 – all postponed. Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Kiskeam, Cill Na Martra v Bantry Blues, Nemo Rangers v Éire Óg, 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 1-7 Rockchapel 1-5
Mitchelstown 1-7 Ballinora 0-10,
Castletownbere v St Michaels,
St. Vincent's v Kildorrery,
Glenville v Kinsale,
St Nicks 1-4 Kanturk 0-11,
Glanworth a Bye.
Round 2 –postponed 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 0-7 Ballydesmond 2-10,
Glanmire 1-5 Youghal 2-5, Clonakilty 3-8 St. Finbarr's 1-10, Carrigaline 0-9 Bandon 0-11, Douglas a bye
Round 2 – postponed Youghal v Grenagh
Round 3 - February 21st Grenagh v St. Finbarr's
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. Finbarrs, Youghal. There is no Mid Cork team in this division.
Division 1 Hurling League – 11 teams
Round 1 - February 28thBallinhassig 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, Éire Óg v Fr O Neills, 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 2, 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 27th Ballymartle v Inniscarra

Lidl Ladies National Football League

Round 1: Cork 0-7 Mayo 2-8
Round 2: Kerry 0-11 Cork 2-4
Cork went down to a second successive league defeat, losing away to Kerry at Brosna. Kerry led by 0-6 to nil early on but Cork came back, and with goals from Emma Farmer and Ciara O'Sullivan, led early in the second half by 2-3 to 0-8. After a scoreless fifteen minutes, Cork increased their lead with an Annie Walsh point but Kerry finished strongly with three points in a row to take the honours.
Round 3: Cork 2-21 Tyrone 1-3
All Ireland Ladies Football champions, Cork, got back to winning ways at Mallow and the improvement rate of the previous week was maintained. Orla Finn was the star of this Cork win, accounting for 1-9 of the Rebels total although she only came in at half time, when Cork already had a 1-10 to 0-1 lead. Rena Buckley and Briege Corkery won the midfield battle hands down for Cork and gave the forwards a magnificent supply of quality ball all through.
Cork's new manager, Ephie Fitzgerald, has added former county player and Nemo Rangers forward James Masters to his backroom team. James has strong Kilmichael links.
Cork: Martina O'Brien; Marie Ambrose, R Phelan, A Hayes: Vera Foley, D O'Reilly, Aisling Barrett: Rena Buckley, Briege Corkery: A Walsh, A O'Sullivan, A Hutchins: E Farmer, C O'Sullivan, S Kelly. Subs: M O'Sullivan, J O'Shea, S Cotter, O Finn, B O'Sullivan, E Meaney, Mairead Corkery, M O'Callaghan, L Fitzgerald.

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De la Salle Macroom team that beat CBS Tralee in the first round of the Frewen Cup but then lost to St. Flannan's in the Munster U-16½ A football championship ©An Scoil

Frewen Cup – Munster U16.5 'A' Football semi final

St Flannan's Ennis 1 – 14 De La Salle, Macroom 1 – 13
De La Salle Macroom, who had defeated Tralee CBS a week earlier on a 1-17 to 0-16 scoreline in a thrilling Frewen quarter final, suffered an agonising one-point defeat at Rathkeale against a strong Flannan's side. Both teams were very evenly matched and produced a high quality contest of fluctuating fortunes on the synthetic pitch at the Limerick County Board Football HQ.
De La Salle got off to a great start with unanswered points from Dylan Foley, Jack Fitzgerald and Liam O'Sullivan in the opening minutes. Flannan's hit back strongly in the subsequent play and five points in a row had the Clare side leading by 0-5 to 0-3 after the opening quarter. Liam O'Sullivan had a DLS point in the 20thminute but Flannan's were on top at this stage and added two further points before Dylan Foley had an fifth point for DLS in the 27th minute, 0-7 to 0-5 now the score. In the period before the half time whistle, Flannan's added three further points but the Mid Cork side replied with a point apiece in injury time from Liam O'Sullivan and Jack Fitzgerald to leave themselves three adrift at the break, St Flannan's 0-10, De La Salle 0-7.
The teams exchanged points on the restart, Greg Fitton scoring for DLS. Two excellent points from Liam O'Sullivan in the 36th and 37th minutes brought DLS right back into contention but in the 40th minute, a DLS attack was halted and the ball was quickly moved down field and finished to the DLS net from close range. When Flannan's added a point it seemed that the DLS cause was lost but the team rallied magnificently and after Jack Fitzgerald pointed a free in the 44th minute he was on hand to punch a Josh De Lacey cross to the net a minute later to leave only one point again between the teams, 1-12 to 1-11 now the score with a quarter of an hour to go. It was nail biting stuff now as the ball went up and down the field with defences heroic. Flannan's went two up from a 49th minute free, Jack Fitzgerald pointed a DLS free in reply in the 56th minute. Flannan's had a point from play, Conor O'Leary took a smashing point from a tight angle for DLS as time was almost up. This point was the last score of a superb contest and De La Salle, while very disappointed at the narrow defeat, can be happy that they have a fine group of footballer coming on to senior ranks for Corn Ui Mhuirí action in the next few years.
De La Salle, Macroom: Tiernan Quinn (Clondrohid): Cian Twomey (Macroom), Luke O'Leary (Aghinagh), Eddy Duggan (Clondrohid): Seán McMahon (Macroom), Tomás Collins (Kilmurry), Mark Dromey (Kilmurry): Liam O'Sullivan (Kilmurry), James O'Mullane (Kilmurry): Dylan Foley (Éire Óg), Alan McCarthy (Kilmichael), Seán Desmond (Clondrohid): Jack Kelleher (Canovee), Josh Pickering (Kilmurry), Greg Fitton (Kilmurry). Subs: Josh de Lacey (Kilmichael), Leo Healy (Kilmurry) and Conor O'Leary (Iveleary)

Macroom G.A.A.

The Intermediates will have to wait an extra weekend before kicking off their league campaign, after their game away to Aghada was called off due to a waterlogged pitch. Mossie Barrett's side will hope to get some game time next weekend, when they host Nemo Rangers, also in the league.
The U21 footballers are in action on Saturday, February 20th, when they face Ballincollig in the Mid Cork 'A' Championship. The game is in Kilmurry and will throw in at 3:30pm. All support will be much appreciated.
A foundation level course is planned for Saturday the 20th February 2016 – at St. Colman's BNS, from 10am to 4:30pm. This is particularly relevant to new and experienced coaches who haven't received training in the past. Please circulate to the coaches in your group.

Clondrohid G.A.A.

A most enjoyable function took place on Saturday night in The Mills Inn with senior county player Daniel Goulding special guest, to present the U14s with their Rebel Óg East League winners' medals. Juvenile chairman Michael O'Leary welcomed special guest Daniel Goulding, players, parents, and supporters to the function. Michael then went on to give a detailed account of the progress of this team. Even after suffering defeat in Championship, players and management decided to put in a major effort and win the league. Everyone bought into the plan and earned their medals. Addressing the large crowd Daniel encouraged all the players to continue their training and commitment to the team and more success would come their way. A sincere word of thanks and congratulations to the trainers and selectors of this team, Mick, Denny and Shane. Presentations were also made to Sean Desmond on his excellent achievements with CorkU15 development squad, Nice to see a club member captain the County team. Well done Sean. Niamh Duggan and Katie Dineen also received presentations for their achievements with Cork ladies' teams, Well done ladies. Thanks to everyone who attended and made the night special for this group of players.

Macroom Soccer

It was a case of two more idle weekends for Macroom FC teams on Feb 7th and Feb 14th in the Cork AUL as the weather twice more caused the cancellation of almost the complete scheduled programme of games. The list continues to mount up and to clear the backlog will take some hectic activity before the season's end!
Fixtures: President's Cup quarter final: Macroom B v Blackpool Celtic, Sat Feb. 20th. Premier A League: Springfield v Macroom A, Sunday Feb 21st at 10.45am

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2015 Intermediate Scratch Cup winners from Macroom Golf Club. From Left, Robert O'Keeffe, Tralee SC; Colm Ahern, Bandon SC and Jim Nolan, Carlow SC. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Golf Club

Results. Singles: 1st John Desmond (21) 34 pts, 2nd John O'Donovan(20) 32 pts.
Fixtures. Tue Seniors. .Sat & Sun Club singles.