Lee Valley Outlook Mar 3 2016 v13e5

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The Woodlanders' Return ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Fashion Show at 8pm in Ballingeary GAA clubhouse on the 4th of March.
Kilmurry Singing Group Meeting in Museum, Wed 9th March 7.30p.m.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club meeting on Thurs March 10th at Coolcower.
Bealnamorrive Daffodil Day on Fri March 11 at Tadhg Ó Laoghaire's Bar, 9a.m. to 8p.m.
Baile Bhúirne Daffodil Day and Coffee Morning, Fri. March 11th in the Abbey Hotel from 10am to 12 30pm.
Kilbarry NS Parents Association clothing collection March 14.
Casement and the Aud talk in Ballincollig Rugby Club Pavilion at 8.00 pm on Mon March 14
Kilmurry Exercise Classes with Pat Geary Tues 15th March 7.30 in Museum Moonraker Forestry Ger Wolfe Quartet at the Mill's Inn, Baile Mhúirne, Sat 12th March at 9 p.m.
Rally launch in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, Fri 19th March at 8pm
Inchigeela 1916 Centenary Commemoration at 12:30pm on Easter Sunday March 27th
Get Fit with Aghinagh Macra every Thursday, 9 – 10pm in Aghinagh GAA hall, Rusheen.

St. Patrick's Festival

The Flower of Macroom Sunday 13th March @ 8.30pm
1916 talk and Woodlanders at Murray's Bar Mon. March 14
Woodlanders at T.P. Cotter's Tues. March 15
Music Trail at Briery Gap, J.C. Murphy's and Castle Hotel on Wed. March 16
Parade and street entertainment Thurs. March 17
1916 talk in Library Fril March 18
Moody Roots at JC Murphy's, Fri. 18th March.

1916 Remembered

Volunteers from Baile Bhúirne. Lecture on Mon 7th March, at 5pm, in the Council Chamber, County Hall
1916 Lecture and Book Launch at Wallis Arms, Millstreet at 8p.m. on Wed March 9.
Unusual Aspects of the Rising in the area, described by Michael Galvin at Macroom Library at 11a.m. on Fri. March 18.
Inchigeela village Memorial events will commence at 12:30pm on Sun 27th March.
Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh Sunday 27/03/2016. March to Kealkil and unveiling of plaque.
Kilmurry Museum official opening Sunday 27/03/2016. Unveiling of 1916 memorial plaque. Tours. Volunteer march re-enactment.
Millstreet Country Park Guided Tour of the Easter Rising on Easter Monday, March 28.
State Ceremonial Event to take place in Cork on Easter Monday, March 28th

Macroom Library:

Story time Saturdays at 12 noon.
Ciorcal Gaeilge Fri March 4 at 11.30am.
National Tree Week Talk Tues. March 8 12 noon
ACOL Bridge Wed. March 9 at 10.30a.m.
Frank O'Connor Readings Thurs. March 10 11a.m. – 1p.m.
Gramophone Circle Fri. March 11 at 11a.m.
Library Closed St. Patrick's Day, March 17
Unusual Aspects of the Rising Talk by Michael Galvin, Fri. March 18, 11a.m.
Cork Alzheimers Gramophone Circle Sun. March 20 at 8p.m.
March Exhibition: Watercolours and acrylic works by James A Ryder.

Briery Gap:

Simba The Lion King March 4, 5, 6.
Tangerine Monday 7th March @ 8.30pm
The Flower of Macroom Sunday 13th March @ 8.30pm
Amhrán na Mara Mon 14th March at 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

St Patrick's Day 2016

The final preparations are now being made for this year's St Patrick's Festival. It is with pleasure that we welcome back the Woodland String Band from Philadelphia. A 150 strong group will lend colour, music and celebration to the town during an event-filled week that includes an insight into to the 1916 Rising, a music trail and the best St. Patrick's Day parade in the South.
The calendar of events begins with the selection of the 2016 Flower of Macroom in the Briery Gap at 8p.m. on Sunday, March 13. This show will be compered by Kevin Moynihan, well known for his comic roles in many a panto. The person selected from the candidates nominated by local businesses will be Grand Marshal of the 2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade, a great honour indeed. She will also officiate at many other events throughout the year.
On Monday night, at 8p.m., Kilmurry Historical Society will present and illustrated 1916 talk at Murray's Bar in which historian, Michael Galvin, will refer to international input and interest in the Easter Rising. This will be followed by a music session with the Woodlanders. On Tuesday night the Woodlanders will be in T.P. Cotter's and, on St. Patrick's Eve, Wednesday, March 16, you can follow a Music Trail from the Briery Gap, to J.C. Murphy's to the Castle Hotel. Thursday, St. Patrick's Day will be packed with a variety of on street festivity and music in bars throughout the town and on Friday, Michael Galvin will be back in Macroom Library at 11a.m to describe Unusual Aspects of the Rising.

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Macroom Fire Service, the fastest responders in the county ©Lee Valley Outlook.

Fastest Fire Force in the South

The crew of Macroom Fire and Rescue Service can, with justification, take pride in the finding that they are the fastest to mobilise of the 21 stations in the county. With an average roll out time of 3.59 minutes, they are also significantly faster than the national mobilisation average time of 6 minutes. And this, despite the huge handicaps under which Macroom Fire Service functions. The Fire Station is located inside the Castle Gates, a site not easily accessed at the best of times. Macroom's dire traffic congestion aggravates the situation and, even when the responding firemen get through the Castle Gates, finding safe parking can delay them still further.
The pre-election promise of a new fire station located in a greenfield site at Gurteenroe, when fulfilled, should further reduce response times for the Macroom unit. As far back as 1915, Macroom Urban Council was seeking quotations for providing a fire hose, fittings and cart to fight fires in the town. The first official Fire Brigade came into being in 1944. Early members included Joe Murphy B.E., Billy Lynch, Christy Leahy, Pat Coughlan, John Looney, Tom Buckley, Patsy Barry, Donal Lehane, Togher Casey, Donal Buckley, Dermot Cronin, Michael and Jeremiah Lucey.
The fire service has changed dramatically in its role over the last decade. Putting out fires is only a small part of present activities. Road traffic collisions, rescues from water, searching for missing persons etc are now included. The current speedy crew is comprised of Niall Cronin, Station Officer; Kevin Kingston, sub Station Officer; Pat McCarthy, Driver Mechanic; Jerry O'Leary, Stephen Kelleher, Aidan Coughlan, Mackie Corcoran, Ian Wiseman, Aidan O'Driscoll and Paul Lynch.

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Kevin Keenan, Glen Park, Macroom, winner of gold award at the Love Radio Awards 2016 in the Mansion House. ©

Radio Gold Star

Kevin Keenan, originally from Glen Park, Macroom, recently won the gold award in the "Best Station Produced Spot Regional/ Main City" at the Love Radio Awards 2016 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Kevin is Head of production for iRadio, a regional station based in Athone. He is the youngest of seven children of Michael and Rose Keenan and got his secondary education at De la Salle College. He loved English and drama and achieved the ultimate ambition of all actors – playing Lady Macbeth in a school production! A great talker, particularly in class, Ms O'Sullivan, his history teacher, suggested that he might seek a career as a radio or television presenter and, after Leaving Cert in 2004, Kevin opted for the Radio Broadcasting course in Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa. This served as a great training ground and helped him meet the right people to launch his media career.
Kevin was offered a job in Corks 96fm on his 21st birthday and his main role was as a commercial producer - creating advertising concepts, writing scripts and producing radio commercials for clients. Simultaneously, he presented a weekend show at Beat FM in Waterford. He spent seven years honing his production skills at 96FM and its sister station C103 and was then offered the Head of Production role at iRadio, a regional radio station which covers 17 counties in the North West and North East of the country. The department received bronze for "Best Production Studio" at last year's Love Radio Awards and this year, Michael received 4 nominations and ended up winning Gold. The Love Radio Awards are all about showcasing the medium and honouring the very best in creativity in Irish commercial radio. They are voted by people in the advertising and radio business and winners particularly appreciate being recognized by their peers.

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Horse ploughman, J.J. Delaney, marks out his plot at the rescheduled Macroom Ploughing Match ©Lee Valley Outlook.

Macroom Ploughing Match 2016

Macroom Ploughing Committee was delighted with the fine day on February 26 for their rescheduled Ploughing Match. Over 40 competitors competed and it was a great day out. Some excellent ploughing was the order of the day. Well done to all who competed, to all the sponsors, who donate generously each year and without whose help this event could not be run successfully. A big thank you to James Murphy the landowner, to Evelyn and staff of Coolcower House who have always provided the Committee with great facilities. Last but not least thanks to all the hard working members of the committee. The Results were announced in Coolcower House on Sunday night ,where all competitors were treated to well-deserved dinners. Before the results were announced, a minute's silence was observed for the late Neily Coakley, who was involved in Ploughing all his life. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Macroom Ploughing Results 2016

Senior tractor 1st Barry O'Sullivan 2nd Kevin O'Driscoll 3rd Jim Grace 4th John A. O'Donoavan
U 21 1st Conor O'Farrell 2nd Aidan O'Donovan 3rd Andrew O'Donovan
U 28 1st Kieran Coakley 2nd Gerard Kirby
intermediate 1st Jim Nyhan 2nd John Murphy 3rd Jackie O'Driscoll
Reversible ploughing 2 furrow 1st Michael Wycherley 2nd Jer Coakley
3 furrow standard 1st Padraig Walsh 2nd Dan Hurley 3rd Patrick Buckley 4th Jerry Creedon
local 3 / 4 furrow 1st Willie Lyons 2nd Sean Buttimer 3rd Gerard Coakley 4th Donnacha Buttimer
horse 1st J.J. Delaney
vintage class single furrow 1st Gordon Jennings 2nd Trevor Fleming
vintage trailer 1st Michael Bennett 2nd John Wolfe 3rd Jerry Cadogan
vintage open hydraulic 1st John O'Neill 2nd Michael Walsh 3rd Michael Ryan 4th Leslie Wolfe 5th Denis Cummins
standard 3 furrow open 1st John Keohane 2nd Kevin O'Riordan 3rd Matthew Coakley
local 3 furrow standard 1st Billy Wiseman 2nd Fintan Creedon 3rd Gerard Kelleher 4th Dan F. O'Riordan
local 2 furrow standard 1st Diarmuid Lee
loy digging class 1st Adrian Grace

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Students from McEgan College at "Make a Book" exhibition in Millennium Hall ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

Make a Book. Students from McEgan College attended the "Make a Book" exhibition in Millennium Hall on Tuesday 23rd February. First years have been working on the project since October. It combined a mixture of murals, book stand made by the woodwork department, model of Macroom castle and posters made in the Art room, cannons made in the metalwork room and of course the actual book designed in a manuscript format. They showcased their very successful project on Lady Ardilaun. She once lived in Macroom castle. Students researched Lady Ardilaun and her famous rose. The project is run by the Junior Certs School Programme and is cross curricular. The project combined English, Art, Metalwork and Woodwork. A great day out was had by all students.
Cork ETB student awards. On Thursday 11th February Cork ETB held its annual awards ceremony in the Rochestown Park Hotel. These awards recognise academic success and student's outstanding results in the Leaving Certificate. Three students were awarded certificates on the night. Ashling O'Driscoll was nominated for her outstanding Leaving Certificate results. She is currently studying Home Economics Teaching in St. Angela's College, Sligo. Her mother represented Ashling on the night. Martin McCarthy was nominated for his outstanding Leaving Certificate Applied results. He is currently studying agriculture in Clonakilty Agricultural College. Denise Kelleher was nominated as the student of the year for McEgan College. Denise is currently studying Biochemistry in UCC. Well done to all.

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St. Mary's School Bank 2016. © John Delea.

St Mary's Updates

River Bank. As part of the AIB 'Build a Bank' Challenge, six Transition Year students from St. Mary's Secondary School, Macroom have recently set up their own school bank - The River Bank, which opens in the school every Tuesday, under the supervision of Eleanor Hickey, Student Officer at AIB Macroom and Ms. Arlene O'Donoghue, business teacher.
The students involved are: Louise Lynch, Kate Brady, Karla O'Shea, Lynn O'Riordan, Leah Kelleher, Karina Curtin and Sarah Sweeney. The school bank team has designed it around market research so that they have a bank available in the school that completely meets the needs of their target market. The slogan is, appropriately, "Make every drop count with the RiverBank".
In October 2015 all Transition year students in the school were invited to apply to AIB for posts in the 2015/2016 school bank. The students filled in an application forms and and were all interviewed by two AIB Bank Officials. The AIB 'Build a Bank' Challenge, which is now in its 13th year, is an exciting and fun way for Transition year students to set up and run their own school bank. The competition is of huge benefit as it introduces students to the world of business and banking, teaching them new skills such as money managing, marketing strategies, customer service skills, leadership and teamwork skills. The school bank competition also benefits all of the students in St Mary's as it encourages them to lodge and save their money on a regular basis.
Recently, The River Bank held a New Year's Party, at which students could lodge money, open an account if they did not already have one and enjoy music, sweets and a Karaoke competition. A draw was held for all those students who lodged money and many prizes were won. As the girls progress in this competition, they have lots of amazing fun ideas that will keep their customers happy and most importantly, keep them saving. The girls will be taking part in the Regional Final in Cork on March 3.
Sports person of the month. Well done and congratulations to Serena Pierce 5th year who won another World Record in Gorey recently for Power Lifting. Serena was recently named Sports Person of the Month in Cork at a special ceremony in the Metropole Hotel
Trip to Germany. 14 Transition Year and 11 2nd year students, along with Ms. McGrath and Ms. Collins, are on a school exchange in Munich, Germany for 10 days. Included are students, Leah Kelleher and Aoife Doyle, who achieved top marks in their Junior Cert. German Exam and are now eligible to avail of a scholarship to Germany in the Summer.
Basketball. 1st & 2nd year basketball teams played against Kanturk at home on Tuesday 23rd February. Both teams won their matches. Their next outing is a home playoff, opponents yet to be decided.
French Exchange. 11 Transition year students along with Ms. Deasy and Ms. Kerrigan are on a French Exchange in Bordeaux from the 1st – 8th March.
Mass of Celebration. As part of our 1916 centenary celebrations, Mass will be celebrated in St. Colman's Church on Tuesday 15th March at 2.30 pm. All the school community will be present. We would also like to extend an invitation to parents and friends to attend. Fáilte roimh chách.
State Flag Ceremony Day will take place on 4th March in Croke Park. Two students will attend on behalf of the school with Mr. Cooke Principal. President Michael D. Higgins will also attend this ceremony.

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Youthreach Macroom student Peter Leahy, on Work Placement with Firebird Heating Solutions, Baile Mhic Íre, with Production Manager Maeve Deasy ©An Scoil

Youthreach Student at'Firebird'

Firebird Heating Solutions, based in Baile Mhic Íre, have been in operation for over 35 years, manufacturing top of the range heat solution products. They have provided significant employment to the local area through their manufacturing, sales, technical and training teams. During the past academic year, Youthreach Macroom student Peter Leahy has been on a structured weekly Work Placement programme with 'Firebird.' The Work Placement module is a key component of the Work Skills Programme course offered in Youthreach Macroom. It facilitates the students in engaging with local employers through which they gain skills, knowledge and experience specific to the sector applicable to each student's individual career path. In the instance of Peter's Works Skills Placement in Fire-bird, vocational skills identified for further progression included Work Place Safety, TIG welding, fork-lift driving and ICT skills, all of which Peter obtained in Youthreach.
Production Manager Maeve Deasy added, 'Peter has the right attitude to work. We would be happy to employ more students like Peter for work placement, with a possible view to an apprenticeship' High praise indeed for Peter and great encouragement in terms of going forward with his career ambitions.
It is encouraging to see established and innovative employers such as 'Firebird' giving real opportunities to deserving young people. To date, Macroom Youthreach has developed an extensive employers' network where the employer is a key partner in providing a genuine vocational learning opportunity for work place progression in the future. The success of the programme is reflected in the significant number of past progression students who have secured full time work, apprenticeships or access to further education.
Macroom Youth-Reach Co-ordinator Ann O' Riordan is extremely appreciative of all the local Employers and Business people who continue to mentor and give of their time to the progression of young adults in Macroom Community and surrounding hinterland. This practical vocational training facilitates the progression on to employment and/ or further training and development. This is the core of what Youthreach is about; giving young people a chance to contribute to their local community and beyond.

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Founder members of Macroom Lions Club, Denis Canty, Pat Kelleher and Liam Walsh at their 21st anniversary dinner ©Lee Valley Outlook.

Cope AGM Macroom

Cope held its 25th Annual General Meeting recently in the Fr Ryan Hal. It was attended by parents who use the services at Cope and John Clifford, Head of Fundraising. Secretary, Ann O'Keeffe, gave a run down on the fundraising for the year and thanked all who helped out and contributed. These included De la Salle College students, Pat Crowley's Good Friday Fast at the Castle Hotel, McEgan College students, Church Gate Collection and the Butter Collection. Thanks also to Michael Lucey, Macroom Flower Club and Bridge Club. Cope also wishes to thank all those who subscribed to the "The Flowers of Hope". They presented a cheque for €10,500 to John Clifford. They look forward to continuing the good work during the year ahead.

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Angela Tobin, Macroom, who gave her 100th blood donation on January 5 2016, having first become a donor in 1978 ©Con Kelleher

Angela Tobin's Century.

Angela Tobin gave her 100th blood donation January 5 2016. Only 14 people in the combined counties of Cork and Kerry have achieved this figure, and most of those are men. Currently, Angela works in Macroom Primary Care Centre and she has been an employee of the HSE /Southern Health Board for many years. She first became a donor in 1978, aged 18, and she has averaged nearly 3.5 donations per year for almost thirty years. As well as her work, Angela is very dedicated to fitness and is an accomplished runner and swimmer.

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A section of the audience at 'Bringing Rita Home' in Macroom Library. Lee Valley Outlook.

Celebrating Rita

Macroom welcomed back the family of soprano, Rita Lynch, at the conclusion of the centenary celebration of her birth. The library is hosting an exhibition of artefacts, costumes, news reports and posters during February and Evelyn Grant of Lyric FM compered a delightful reprise of Rita's career, presented by her daughter, Mary Shaw Davies Shaw. On a miserable night, the capacity audience heard many of Rita's recordings from 1948 – 1976. They are now available on CD at Gallagher's and other local shops.
The evening, entitled 'Bringing Rita Home', celebrated her love of her native town. Mary said that her mother's favourite song was 'Home, Sweet Home'. She loved Park View, the Lynch family home on Killarney Road and recalled when it was raided by the Black and Tans and when, fearing its burning, the family took refuge in the Work House, run by the Mercy nuns.
Recordings of the Michael O'Duffy Show from New York and the Windy City Radio Show from Chicago in 1949 featured not only Rita's songs, but delightful interviews. It was wonderful to hear her describe the Macroom of the time in detail to the lady presenter – 'a small town of 2000, in a farming community, with no industry but with films shown nightly in the local cinema – except for Saturday, when the population stayed home to prepare for Sunday'.
Count John McCormack said, when announcing the winner of the All Ireland Voice competition in 1939: 'Not one of them can tough the little Lynch girl'. The war prevented Rita furthering her career in Italy, as that win entitled her to do, but she sang in Macroom with Dixon Collins and Dick Browne in 1939. Those who wish to listen back to Digitising Rita, Evelyn Grant's documentary on Lyric FM, should find it on Lyric Feature Archive October 9 2015.

Macroom Guides

Ladybirds, brownies, guides, rangers and their leaders all met in the Scout hall Macroom recently to celebrate world thinking day and enrol new Ladybirds and Brownies. The Scout hall was full of girls and parents, all looking forward to the evening's ceremonies. Firstly, new ladybirds had each to walk on lily pad leaves to their leaders and recite their promise to do their best, love their God and help other people. Which they all did so well, to the pride of their parents watching. Ladybirds who were ready to move to Brownies next went through their ceremony, where they had to step through a hoop made by Ladybirds, turn and say goodbye to Ladybirds that they were leaving behind. They were then welcomed and collected by the Brownies to start their new adventures. Brownies and Guides then led the ceremony for the World Thinking Day. It's a day each year where Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world think about the meaning of guiding and fellow guides around the world. Donations are collected to help guiding projects that are ongoing in different countries. The date was chosen as it is the joint birthday of the founders of guides and scouts, Lord and Lady Baden-Powell.

Macroom Library

March is going to be a busy month in the library. On Friday 4th we have Ciorcal Cainte with Nora Levis at 11.30. Anyone with a cúpla focal is most welcome. On Saturday 5th and 12th at 12 noon we have our regular Saturday Story Time with a member of staff. All 3-7 year olds welcome. On Tuesday 8th Ted Cook will give a talk on the theme of Tree Week, which this year is, 'We Love Trees'. This will begin at 12noon. Wednesday 9th The ACOL Bridge players convene from 10.30 til around 1pm. Thursday 10th marks the 50th Anniversary of the death of the first Cork County Librarian, writer Frank O'Connor, He died on the 10th March 1966. Author of An Only Child, First Confession, Guests of the Nation etc., we are having a reading from his works from 11 to 1.00. People are welcome to drop in and out as suits them, stay for one or two stories and go or stay for all of it. Friday 11th is gramophone morning. This month's presentation will be by Eddie Hogan at 11 a.m. Refreshments will be served during the interval. Tickets for the Gramophone circles annual fundraiser for the Cork Alzheimer's Foundation on Sunday March 20th at 8pm will be available to buy from Eddie for €10. In conjunction with this, there will be a bus going from Macroom to this event at an additional cost of €10. Names are being taken at the desk and places are obviously limited so it will be on a first come first served basis.
We have an exhibition for March of some watercolours and acrylic works by the artist James A Ryder. The library will be closed on March 17th St Patricks Day. The following day, Friday March 18th, local historian Michael Galvin will give a talk entitled 'Unusual Aspects of the Rising'. This will take place at 11.am. We expect this to be a very informative event well worth attending. Refreshments will be served afterwards and people can have a chat about what they heard and maybe add some 1916 lore of their own.

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Anne Buckley presents the Donal Buckley Perpetual Trophy to a representative from St. Aloysius College, Cork, overall winner of the 2016 All Ireland Light Entertainment Festival. Also included is Anne Dunne, Manager of the Briery Gap. ©Lee Valley Outlook.

All Ireland Light Entertainment 2016

Eight groups from schools from Cork to Mayo contested the 2016 All Ireland 15-minute Light Entertainment Festival at the Briery Gap, Macroom. Those fortunate enough to attend the performance enjoyed a feast of music, dance, fun and thought provoking original material. The finalists came from Fermoy and Cork city, from Limerick, Westmeath, Drogheda, Waterford and Mayo, each bringing their own take on Light Entertainment to proceedings. General Election candidate, Aindrias Moynihan, was there to present the awards on behalf of the Cork Education and Training Board and said that he fully empathised with the students as they awaited the announcement of the results!
The judges, Michael Twomey and Kevin Hough, were unable to separate the top two and St. Al's, Sharman Crawford St., Cork and Blackwater Community College, Lismore were declared joint winners. St. Al's presented a wonderful feast of music, drama and dance and also won a special award for Best Costumes while Lismore's Rhythm of Life was also declared the Best Choral Group, thereby winning the Mary McSweeney Perpetual Trophy and the William Harrington Perpetual Trophy for Best Traditional Performance. In Second Place was the Sacred Heart, Westport, who also won the Best Original Act trophy for their tale of a young girl, who, in an effort to fulfil her dead mother's wish to see her excel as a dancer, transferred her dream to boxing. The mother-daughter duet was beautiful. In third place was Coláiste an Chraoibhín, Fermoy, with their hilarious 'Useless Facts about Ireland', which took the viewer on a romp from the Stone Age to Eurovision, from the breakfast roll phenomenon to a tourist invasion. Their visual of a World War 11 bomber was amazing. They also earned Best Comedy and the 'priest' in the All Ireland Mass got a special award. Wilson's Hospital, Multyfarnham won the award for best choreography and the flautist from Rathkeale got the Best Individual Award.
N.B. Adjudicator, Kevin Hough, stressed the importance of voice projection and articulation when on stage. Some very well acted shows fell down on this score as actors spoke too fast, mumbled or aimed their voices away from the audience.

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John McGrath presents the Mullingar Art Centre Perpetual Trophy to representatives of Coláiste Mhuire, Buttevant, overall winners of the 2016 All Ireland Transition YearDrama Festival. On right, Pat O'Connell M.C. ©Lee Valley Outlook.

Transition Year Drama Festival 2015

The adjudicators at the 2016 TY Drama Festival in the Briery Gap were not to be envied as they undertook a marathon reviewing session of a variety of dramas and then had to pick a winner from at least eight excellent performances. 46 schools had initially participated in the festival and this had been whittled down to the final 16. The judges, Michael Twomey and Kevin Hough, stated that the standard is still rising after 15 years of the competition. Many of the shows were original scripts by students and teachers and dealt with social issues. Other schools adapted classics such as Dancing at Lughnasa, Guests of the Nation, Blood Brothers, Romeo and Juliet, View from the Bridge, Top Girls and Ernie's Incredible Illucinations.
First Prize and the Mullingar Art Centre Perpetual Trophy went to Coláiste Mhuire, Buttevant for their most impressive original show entitled Life. If featured wonderful diction, music, dance and thought provoking honesty. Coláiste Mhuire, Ennis came second with an excerpt from Dancing at Lughnasa and King's Hospital, Palmerstown, came third with their Oscar style show - And the Winner is . Ard Scoil Rís, Limerick won the award for best comedy, with an original play written by a student who had taken part in the Festival just two years ago. It took a hard hitting look at the Garda force and legal system. The two actors portraying the hostages in CBS Kilkenny's Guest of Nation deservedly got Special Awards and Micky, in St. Brogan's Bandon Blood Brothers, was Best Actor. Laurel Hill, Limerick got a Special Award for their presentation of Hush, which incorporated sign language and included special needs students in a beautiful, sensitive production.
The festivals are 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. She is supported up by a small, voluntary backstage group who devote full days and late into the night to ensuring the smooth running of the shows. It's a logistical miracle to get large groups of teenagers on and off the stage every half hour. 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.

Briery Gap Programme

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.
Ahakeera Drama Group presents Don't Tell the Wife by Sam Cree on Friday 11th March @ 8.00pm. Tickets €12/€10. This three act comedy is set in 1960's Belfast in the Willis household, where Edna Willis is convinced that her plumber husband Bobbie, is interested in another woman; a Catholic! He isn't, but he does have some secrets of his own. The Ahakeera Drama Group from Dunmanway have been performing for over thirty years now. The Flower of Macroom Sunday 13th March @ 8.30pm Tickets €10
Amhrán na Mara (Song of the Sea) - (Seachtain na Gaeilge) Monday 14th March at 8:30pm – Admission €5
Patrick O'Sullivan 16th March @ 8.00pm. Tickets €20
Sullane Players present Big Maggie on Friday 18th, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th March. Tickets €12 & €10.
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.
Monday 21st March @ 8.30pm Second Mother. Admission €6. Unspoken class barriers that exist within a home come crashing down when the live-in housekeeper's daughter suddenly appears.

Local TV Programmes

Thurs. March 3. 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50 The Story of a Titanic Survivor. .
Sun. March 6: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. A Story that Should be Told by Peter Roche, recently deceased. 6.30p.m. Music and Song at Angela Murphy's Bar 1984 and repeat of Wed and Thurs programmes.
Wed. March 9: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. Macroom Ploughing Match 2016.
Thurs. March 10 9.30p.m. Duhallow and Cill na Martra Choirs at Cill na Martra 2011.
Sun. March 13: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Lenten Reflection and St. Joseph's N.S. St. Patrick's Day Concert 2016. 6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes
Wed. March 16: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50 St. Joseph's N.S. St. Patrick's Day Concert 2016. Selection of Flower of Macroom 2016.
Thursday March 17: St. Patrick's Day Parades 2016.
Sunday March 20. . 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Palm Sunday Mass from St. Colman's Macroom. 6.30p.m Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes


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1916 Commemoration. Should you wish to publicise details of commemoration ceremonies in your parish, we will be pleased to include them in the Lee Valley Outlook. Please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 026 41891.

Fashion Show. Beidh seó faisin á reachtáil ag Cumann Peile Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh ar an 4ú lá de Mhí Mhárta ins an Áras. Ballingeary GAA are hosting a fundraising Fashion Show showcasing a variety of shops that cater for men, children and women's fashion. Shops include High Society, Verso, Silk Peaches, Illusions, Diamond Bridal, Fran and Jane, Quill's menswear, TM Cronin's, Dunne's stores and O Neill's sports! Wine and cheese will be served on arrival. A great night is guaranteed! Come along to see local models strut their stuff on the catwalk at 8pm in Ballingeary GAA clubhouse on the 4th of March.

Cómóradh 1916 chomh fada agus a bhaineann le ceantar Mhúscraí i Halla an Chontae, Corcaigh, ar an 7ú Márta 2016 ar a 5.00 pm, á eagrú ag Aonad Oidhreachta Chomhairle Chontae Chorcaí agus Coiste Litríochta Mhúscraí. Beidh cur i láthair léirithe (le hamhráin ó Dainní Maidhcí Ó Súilleabháin) ar na hamhráin agus an fhilíocht go bhfuil baint acu le 1916 agus beidh cur síos ar an ról a bhí ag ceantar Mhúscraí san Éirí Amach.

Macroom Flower & Garden Club will host a Spring Gardening Talk by D.J. Murphy (Bandon Garden Centre) on Thursday 10th March at Coolcower House at 8 p.m. Plants for sale. New Members and Visitors most welcome. Club Competitions. Enquiries and further details 087-9821708

Comhaltas Ruby Anniversary. A concert in Cill na Martra on Friday March 11th will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the foundation in the village of the Lachtaín Naofa branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Taking place during Seachtain na Gaeilge, the concert will feature the cream of local music, song, dance and traditional Irish language performance arts. It will include winners of Oireachtas na Gaeilge and Fleadh Cheoil competitions, members of Cill na Martra and Aghinagh Comhaltas, Banna Céilí Lachtaín Naofa and local dancers. The concert starts at 7.30pm in the Ionad Pobail in Cill na Martra and admission is free.

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

Moody Roots, a five-piece band, comprising of cello, violin, guitar, banjo & acoustic guitars, from Lissarda and Shandangan, are playing a gig in JC Murphy's on 18th March. They think that the American visitors would love to hear their sound which they describe as home-grown West Cork country swamp music with an orchestral twist!

Moonraker Forestry Rally will hold its launch night in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, on Friday, 19th March at 8:00 pm. All are welcome.

Pat Jumps for Charity. Instead of her usual Good Friday 24 hour fast, Pat Crowley, Kilmichael and Castle Hotel, has decided to do a tandem Parachute jump for Cope Macroom and CoAction Dunmanway in Kilkenny in early April (subject to weather conditions). As in previous years, collection boxes will be in local shops and pubs in Kilmichael, Castle Hotel, Next Door, Supervalu Macroom, Centra and Supervalu Dunmanway. All donations gratefully received.

1916 Centenary Commemoration -Inchigeela will be joining with towns and villages countrywide to honour the memory of those involved in the 1916 Rebellion. On Easter Sunday 23rd April 1916 fifty-four members of the Irish Volunteers from the Lyre and Dunmanway Companies marched to Inchigeela where they were met by two Brigade Officers, Tomas MacCurtain and Terence MacSuibhne- subsequently Lord Mayors of Cork. The Volunteers were informed " the exercises had been cancelled" and that " they were to return to their own areas".
Memorial events will commence in Inchigeela village at 12:30pm on Sunday, 27th March.

Liz Lucey Memorial Vintage Run, Walk and Cycle 2016 on Sunday 10th July in Inchigeela. So put that date in your diary. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details.

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

Inchigeela - Dunmanway Funds for Cope. A cheque of €13000 was recently presented to John Clifford, head of Fundraising in Cope Foundation. This was made possible through fundraising including Ceilis in Inchigeela Parish Hall and donations from local businesses. Fundraising in Dunmanway included Card games, Whist drives, Flowers of Hope and Bingo. Also special thanks to ESB Dunmanway for their generous donations to Cope throughout the past number of years.

Bia Gleann na Laoi. Following a well-attended showing of the film 'River Runner' on 31 January, the Salmon Come Back initiative had its second meeting over breakfast at Creedon's Hotel, Inchigeelagh on 21 February. Local farmers, fishermen/ women, environmentalists and other interested parties engaged in dialogue to reflect on the way forward. Watch this space for details of activities for World Water Day on 22 March. To contact Bia Gleann na Laoi call Fred La Haye on 086 8770050 or 026 47985.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 16/2/16. Jackpot €5800. Winning Numbers 24-25-33. No Winner. €70. Michael Walsh, Carriganima. €20 Dawn & Brooke Murphy, Lr Cork Street. Clare Cronin, New Street. Nonelene Healy, Sunnyside, Macroom. Christy Murphy, Barrett Place. Emma Lynch, Sleaveen West.
23/2/2016. Winning Numbers 19-29-30. Jackpot €6000. No Winner. €70. Mary Kelleher, Glen Park. €20 Michael Murphy, 9 Lr. Cork Street. Eddie Dinneen, Knockroe, Kilnamartyra. Carla Crean, C/O Nora O'Shea, Macroom. Margaret Buckley, Castle Hotel. Mgt Kelleher, Mt. Massey.

Kilmurry GAA Lotto 07/02/16 Jackpot €3,000 winning numbers 11, 212, 32 no winner. €50 The Three Stooges. €20 Mary O' Donoghue, Bart Buckley, Mark O Donoghue, Paddy McDonnell, Mary Buckley
15/02/16 Jackpot €3,200 winning numbers 4,21,22. No winner. €50 Emma Kenny. €20 John O Mahony, Tom O Callaghan, Peg Lyons, Catherine Hall, Pat Payne.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto 21/2/2016. Jackpot €1300. Numbers drawn 17, 33 & 39. No winner. €50 Noel O'Brien, Ballinagree. €20 Gavin & Àine C/O Liz Hickey, Ballinagree, Pat O'Leary, Dromduve, Sean & Caroline Corkery, Drombeg, Gearòid O'Brien, C/O Anvil Bar.
28/2/2016. Jackpot €1450. Numbers drawn 4, 15 & 35. One winner. Vincent Coakley. €50 Barry O'Regan, Coachford €20 John Hickey, Millstreet, Dan Joe & Noreen Spillane, Ballinagree, Karen Cotter, Dooneens, Martina Casey, Carriganine.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto 16/2/16. No Winner of €4400 Jackpot. €70 - Harry White, c/o Sheila Walsh. €20 - €20 - Joan Kelleher, Coolmountain. Fergal Kelleher, Moulnahorna. Lisa. Michael Lordan, c/o Danone
23/2/16 Jackpot €4.600. No winner. €70 - Joan O' Riordan. €20 - Diarmuid Keane, Cuil Aodh Anne Corkery, Carrigaphooka Tara O' Riordan, Rahlisk Pat Lordan, Ardcahan.
Canovee G.A.A. Lotto Feb. 21 Jackpot €6,050. Numbers drawn 5,8,27,28. No Winner €50 Niall Casey c/o Dan Shine. €25 Helen Vaughan Caum. John O Sullivan Ballincollig. €25 on line Liam O Shea.
Feb. 28 Jackpot €6,200. Numbers drawn 2,6,12,28. No Winner €50 Thomas & Kathleen Collins. €25 James Hegarty c/o Dan Shine. John Downey Mashanaglass €25 on line Katie O Sullivan.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 8/2/2016, Jackpot: €1,200, Numbers Drawn: 2 – 27 – 30, No Winner. €40 Jillian O'Shea, €20 Terry O'Shea, Kathleen Crowley, Anne Marie Healy (Yearly Ticket), John O'Sullivan.
22/2/2016, Jackpot: €1,600, Numbers Drawn: 6 – 8 – 12, No Winner. €40 Rosanne & Evan, €20 John Moynihan, Gloria Ahern, Mags & Con, Joe O'Riordan (Yearly Ticket).
29/2/2016, Jackpot: €1,800, Numbers Drawn: 1 – 6 – 8, No Winner. €40 O'Connell Boys, €20 Jillian O'Shea, Jennifer Delaney, Carey, Lacha & Louise, John O'Riordan (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

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Clondrohid U14 team with Cork senior footballer Daniel Goulding at medal presentation function at The Mills Inn ©
Clondrohid Updates

American Tea Party: Muinefliuch N S Parents Association will hold an American Tea Party on Saturday, March 12 in Clondrohid Hall at 8pm, a fundraiser for the school. A great night to sit and have a chat and cuppa with friends and neighbours. Music on the night is by Tim Jo and Ann O'Riordan. All welcome to attend on the night and your support is greatly appreciated.
Carriganima /Clondrohid Alert: Remember to pick up your application form if you wish to join this 'Text Alert Network' Forms are available at Healy's Spar/Post Office, M&J Kelleher, Dairygold, Glen Mill, Bell Inn, Tavern and the pub in Carriganima. A meeting will be held in Clondrohid Hall in March to explain the 'workings' of this system.

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Eoiní Maidhcí Ó Súilleabháin in éineacht le Nell Ní Chróinín, Ruth Ní Riada agus Doireann Glackin nuair a bronnadh gradam Nioclás Tóibín air ag Tionól Ceoil Nioclás Tóibín ©

1916 in the Lee Valley

The following are some of the events planned to commemorate 1916 in the Muskerry area during March.
Volunteers from Baile Bhúirne. On Monday 7th March, at 5pm, in the Council Chamber, County Hall, a lecture will be delivered to commemorate the formation of the Baile Bhúirne Volunteers on March 6, 1916, by Terence MacSwiney and Tomás MacCurtain. This event, organised by the Heritage Unit and and Coiste Litríochta Mhúscraí, will include a presentation of the songs and poetry associated with 1916 as presented in Féilire Mhúscraí and several of the songs included will be sung by Cúil Aodha singer, Dainní Maidhcí Ó Súilleabháin.
Millstreet Monument Committee presents a talk on the role of the Cork Volunteers in the Easter Rising by Gerry White on March 9 at 8p.m. At this talk a publication will also be made available which outlines the origins and organisation of Irish Volunteers in the Millstreet area, detailing their participation in Easter Week activities and the consequences of these actions as volunteers were arrested and sent to prison in Frongoch.
Casement and the Aud. As part of the Muskerry Local History Society 1916 Commeration events, a talk will be given by Philip Johnston on the subject of "Casement and the Aud". The talk will include the part played by Sir Roger Casement's trip to Germany to obtain arms, the transport of 25,000 guns for the rebellion and the arrest and scuttling of the Aud on its approach to Cork Harbour. Philip has dived on the wreck of the Aud for the past 20 years and is familiar with the last resting place of this famous ship. The talk will take place in Ballincollig Rugby Club Pavilion at 8.00 pm on Monday 14th March 2016.
Ballingeary. Cumann Staire Uíbh Laoire will organise an Easter Sunday 1916 re-enactment of the march of Volunteers from Ballingeary to Kealkill on Sunday, March 27. The ceremonial aspect of this event will also include the unveiling of a memorial plaque and a performance by the Ballingeary Pipe Band
Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association will unveil a 1916 memorial plaque at Kilmurry Museum on Easter Sunday, March 27 when it is officially opened. The 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).
Millstreet Country Park Guided Tour of the Easter Rising on Easter Monday, March 28. The 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.

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The Donoughmore Macra Capers team who won the FBD National Capers Final, with Sean Finan, Macra President. ©

Macra Matters

Donoughmore Macra. Well done to the men's and ladies' basketball teams who took part in the regional rounds. Congratulations to Terelton Macra who won both and will go on represent Muskerry is the national competition. In the Cork county round of titles. Edel O'Connell from Donoughmore represented Muskerry in the Queen of the Land competition and the countdown is now on to Offaly in November when she will again represent the region in the national competition. Members also attended Seandún's skillsnet meeting, the Cork mental health awareness night and the Aghinagh Macra table quiz. The club is organising a variety concert following the success of the capers team for Sunday 13th March at 7.30pm in the Community Centre, in aid of Embrace Farm, a charity that provides bereavement support for families who have suffered deaths or injuries in farm accidents. The club had entries in five of the areas of the National Talent Competition. Modern dancers and the ballad group progress to the Cork county round, while Tom Carroll in Master mind, Eugene Lee in solo singing and Marie Wallace in solo instrumental all came second. Following a gruelling battle with East Laois, the Donoughmore Macra debating team are through to the national final! They were opposing the motion that sugar should be banned. The team, consisting of Tom Carroll, Meig Collins, James Healy and Elaine O'Connell, will now face Freemount Macra in the final on Saturday the 12th March.
Aghinagh Macra held a very successful Table Quiz at The Laine Bar Ballinagree recently. Congratulations to winners, Noel Nunan, Paul Cotter and Paudie O'Sullivan and to Dan Mac Sullivan, Marie MacSullivan and Gerald O'Donovan on coming second. The best Team name was "coming first backwards" and went to Laura Creed, John O'Sullivan, Stephanie Condon and Daniel O'Sullivan. Our Secretary, Sheila Lynch, represented Muskerry Macra in the Cork County Titles night at the Riverside Park Hotel and was crowned Cork County Blue Jeans Country Queen 2016. She now goes on to represent the region in the National finals in Athboy on the June Bank Holiday.
The club took part in the men's and women's regional rounds of the basketball competition at Macroom complex. Get Fit continues from 9-10pm in the Aghinagh GAA hall in Rusheen on Thursday nights. It's free for Macra members and €4 for non-Macra members! It's a great way to get fit while having fun. We are heading to the Dog Track for a social night March 5. Check us out on Facebook at Aghinagh Mac or contact our Chairperson Jayne on (087) 749 5851.
Berrings Macra Basketball team won the Muskerry regional competition. Well done also to the set dancing team and Aileen Sheehan who won the solo instrumental category in the National Talent Competition. Best of luck to all three entries as they progress to the Cork County round of their respective competitions.

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Dónal Ó Mathúna with Domestic Science teacher, Joan Duggan and Archdeacon O'Connor and winners of cookery award at McEgan College ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

From Clon to Macroom

Kathleen and Dónal Ó Mathúna married in 1958 and were blessed with 7 children; Maureen, Cian, Tadhg, Liam, Nollaig, Aingeal and Edel. In 1967, when Dónal was 35 years old, he was appointed Principal of McEgan College, Macroom by Cork County Vocational Committee, made up of politicians and those nominated by the Catholic and Protestant bishops. Canon O'Connor was the Macroom nominee. Dónal succeeded Mr Dónal Kelleher who had followed Mr Pat Fitzgerald in the position. An t-Uasal Séamas Ó Sé, Ballingeary, a noted Gaelgeoir and G.A.A. activist, was the first Principal of Macroom Vocational School when it opened in 1934. It had a significant location, beside the G.A.A. pitch in the Castle Grounds, both solid signs that the old fortress had been well and truly breached. The school had been built by Ring Brothers and consisted of four rooms; an 'ordinary' classroom, and rooms for woodwork, metalwork and domestic science. Further rooms were later added. Prior to its opening, some vocational training had taken place at Duggan's Lane and in the Ancient Order of Hibernians' building, now the residence of the Browne family, Railway View. Laying the foundation in the Castle Grounds was difficult as there was an underground recess with, allegedly, much debris. The problem was solved by laying a raft of concrete over all, covering what may provide rich pickings for future archaeological digs!
When first appointed Principal in Macroom, because of his youth and relative inexperience, Dónal depended a lot on the incumbent teachers and ancillary staff. Survivors still living in the Lee Valley include Clare hurler, Mick Leahy, Seán Shannon, Seán Mac Suibhne, Barry O'Brien, later to be Cork County VEC CEO and local historian, Brendan O'Brien, Donie's successor as principal, Kevin O'Brien, Michael Buckley, gardener and care-taker, James O'Leary, Christy Keating and Des O'Grady. The late Tom Murphy was the engineering teacher and Vice-Principal and was succeeded by Denis O'Sullivan. Other now deceased staff members included Esther Casey, Mary Murphy, Mícheál Ó Mulláin and Joan Duggan.
As well as doing well educationally, the school had some very good hurling and football teams. In 1970, under Mick Leahy's tutelage, McEgan fielded a hurling team for the first time and won the county vocational hurling championship; their star players were Danny O'Donoghue and Tim O'Leary (Clondrohid). McEgan had many fine students during Dónal's tenure. He recalls John McSweeeney, Kilmichael and his great intellect; Michael Cotter, Shanakiel and his running prowess, Jim Murray's music talent, Conor Shannon – Macroom town engineer, and Fr Tony O'Riordan who became a Jesuit.
On moving to Macroom, Dónal and Kathleen settled in Well House, New Street, where they are still blessed with excellent neighbours. Dónal involved himself in the Macroom GAA scene, acting as selector and on the committee. His four sons played with Macroom. Tadhg is current chairman of the juvenile section and some grandchildren now play for Macroom. Donal continued his interest in stage productions. He organised the T C Murray's centenary in 1973 and staged the Macroom playwright's 'Autumn Fire',' The Briery Gap' and other plays. He met Albert de Giacomo, who was researching the life of T C Murray; and subsequently published his biography. Albert was later ordained as a diocesan priest and administers in Lexington, Kentucky.
Visitors to the Castle ruins often called to McEgan College to enquire about its history. This prompted Dónal, an avid historian, to have a leaflet printed on the subject. It also ignited an interest in the history of Macroom, and in later years, he led many tours around the town, to Kilmichael and Béal-na-mBláth.
Dónal took early retirement in 1993 but has continued his many interests. Bearing in mind the Irish saying – 'Na bailte is Gallda in Éirinn ná Daingeáin Uí Cúis agus Máchromtha', Dónal deserves great credit for speaking Irish 'as often as possible in the market place and on the street'. A life-long Pioneer, he has been true to his faith, his family, his country, his locality and the Irish language. Clonakilty's loss was very much Macroom's gain, and in the process, Dónal Ó Mathúna became 'more Macrompian than the Macrompians themselves'.
by Con Kelleher.

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.

Order, Counter-order, Disorder

Millstreet Monument Committee will host a talk entitled 'Order, Counter-order, Disorder: Easter 1916 in Cork', delivered by Gerry White, author and military historian at Wallis Arms, Millstreet at 8p.m. on Wednesday, March 9. His talk will focus on The Cork Brigade and their mobilisation during Easter Week 1916. On the same night, the Committee will launch their publication written by Noreen Meaney entitled 'Ready Willing Waiting: Keale, Millstreet, Mushera, Rathduane Irish Volunteers 1916.' The book tells the story of the formation of the four Companies of Irish Volunteers who mobilised on Easter Sunday 23 April 1916. Conor Nelligan, Heritage Officer with Cork County Council, will launch the book. All are welcome on the night.
Millstreet Monument Committee is made up of Joan O'Mahony, Treasurer, Jerry Lehane, Chairperson, Noreen Meaney, Secretary Donal Dennehy, Aindrias Moynihan, Tom Meaney, John McCarthy, Tim Murphy, Gerdie Buckley, Connie Foley, Noel Keating, Noel Buckley, Tadhg Crowley, Siobhán Healy, Maurice Linehan, Denis Twomey.

National Tree Week

National ESB Tree Week takes place from 6th March to 13th March 2016. ESB Tree Week, organised by the Tree Council of Ireland since 1985, is a week long programme of events to celebrate trees. The event is sponsored by the ESB in association with Coillte. Events planned range from poetry readings to tree planting. For anyone looking to register a Tree Week event or even to see what events are taking place County by County, visit www.treecouncil.ie. Each year the Tree Council of Ireland also makes a number of trees available for planting. For any community groups or schools looking to obtain some of these trees for a Tree Week event in County Cork, contact Conor Nelligan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 021 4285905).

Daffodil Day

Daffodil Day makes a difference to people with cancer and their families throughout Ireland. It is the biggest and longest running fundraising day for the Irish Cancer Society, Ireland's national cancer charity. A vital part of the work of the Irish Cancer Society involves helping those at the end of their cancer journey to die in their own home, surrounded by those who love them. One essential service funded by Daffodil Day is the night nursing service, who provide excellent care in the patient's home, giving them comfort, familiarity and dignity in the last nights of their life. Last year, Irish Cancer Society nurses provided almost 8,000 nights of care to more than 1,900 patients and the demand for the service is always growing.
The annual Baile Bhúirne Coffee Morning in aid of The Irish Cancer Society has been running for the last 21 years thanks to the initiative of Fionn McSweeney and the on-going support of Mary O'Connell. Friday, March 11th is Daffodil Day 2016 and Baile Bhúirne Coffee Morning will be held in the Abbey Hotel from 10 00am to 12 30pm. A new team of organisers: Siobhán Carroll, Máire Keane, Martina Dinneen and Mary O'Regan will host the coffee morning, with the support and advice from Fionn and Mary, who have after 21 years decided to step down from the organisational role of the event. A huge thank-you and congratulations to them both for their hard work, generosity and on-going success running the Daffodil day coffee morning over the years. We look forward to seeing them and you all on the day, for continued support, success and a morning of good company laughter and fun. Bí ann don tae, caife agus an spraoí!

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Pupils from Aghabullogue N.S. at the launch of the School Gardens 2016 competition at Griffin's Garden Centre ©

Schools Garden Competition

The Muintir na Tire Cork Schools Garden Competition was officially launched recently by Dr.Mary Stack of Cork County Council Environmental Awareness and Research Unit at Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey. Now in its fourth year, it has gone from strength to strength, with over 40 entries last year. Dr Stack said that awareness and the promotion of upcycling and biodiversity are key elements of the Council's Environmental strategy. Conor Nelligan, Heritage Officer Cork County Council, said the competition gave students a chance to interact with the environment and nature in a positive way. He stressed the importance of every one doing their bit to protect our native bees by providing a place for them in our gardens, both at home and in school. The aim of the competition is to bring nature, wildlife, plants and colour into the school garden/ grounds. Many schools are now developing gardens to grow vegetables and flowers. Teachers and pupils from Scoil Chroí Íosa Blarney and Aghabullogue National School were on hand to help Mickey Mouse with the launch. Mickey was keen to point out that chemicals, pesticides and herbicides endanger all small animals and that natural methods were much better for our environment.

Dachad Bliain ag Seint

Beidh 40 bliain ó bunaíodh Craobh Lachtaín Naofa de Chomhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann á cheiliúradh le ceolchoirm i gCill na Martra ar a 7.30in ar an Aoine, 11ú Márta. Ceolchoirm de cheol traidisiúnta an cheantair atá i gceist san Ionad Pobail i gCill na Martra, le hamhráin áitiúla, agallaimh bheirte, lúibíní, amhráin saothair, agus rince san áireamh, chomh maith le Banna Céilí Lachtaín Naofa. Tá saorchead isteach.
Bunaíodh craobh de chomhaltas i gCill na Martra sa bhliain 1976 agus d'eagraigh an chraobh féile mhór cheoil, Glóir Cheoil Chill na Martra, a bhíodh ar siúl deireadh seachtaine na Cásca. Thagadh ceoltóirí ó gach aird sa tír ann agus bhí cáil nach beag ar an bhféile sna blianta sin i lár na seachtóidí. Ar an gcéad choiste bhí Seán Ó Muimhneacháin mar chathaoirleach, agus is é an tUas Ó Muimhneacháin atá ar cheann na heagraíochta arís sa lá atá inniu ann. Bhí Connie Ó Corcora ina leas-chathaoirleach, le Bríd Ní Chróinín ina rúnaí, Connie O'Connell (cisteoir), Bn Uí Cheallaigh (iniúchóir), agus an tAthair Ó Briain agus Seán Ó Muimhneacháin mar teachtaí do bhord an chontae. Tofa chomh maith bhí Dónal Ó Cróinín, John Ó hUidhir, Tadhg Ó Ceallacháin, Donncha MacCárthaigh, Willie Ó Conaill agus Peadar Mac Suibhne, mar bhaill den coiste.
Thar na blianta, bhí baill den choiste páirteach i gcomórtais ag fleadhanna ceoil agus ag feiseanna, ag Oireachtas na Samhna, ceolchoirmeacha, seisiúin agus go leor eile, le roinnt acu ag dul ar aghaidh le gairmeacha rathúla acu i réimse an cheoil. Tar éis 40 bliain, tá an chraobh fós beo agus gníomhach, le béim láidir ar an óige, agus reáchtáil siad Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí i mBaile Mhúirne sa bhliain 2013.
Bhí rath ar an gcraobh sna comórtais éagsúla i gCeol an Gheimhridh na Mumhan i nDrom Collachair, Co Luimnigh le déanaí. Tháinig Maebh Ní Dhuinnín sa chéad áit san amhránaíocht (13-17), le Danielle Ní Chéilleachair sa dara háit. Bhí an lámh in uachtar ag Aodhagán Ó Riordáin le bua sa chomórtas scéalaíochta (faoi 13), agus bhí Méabh agus Caitríona Ní Chonaill sa dara háit i gcomórtas 'Dán a Aithris' in aoisghrúpaí faoi 13 agus 13-17 faoi seach.

Ger Wolfe Quartet at Mills

The Ger Wolfe Quartet, featuring Edel Sullivan (fiddle), Paul Frost ( bass) and Richard Lucey (accordion) will play at the Mill's Inn, Baile Mhúirne, Saturday 12th March at 9 p.m. The band will be playing songs from Ger's previous albums, including his most recent 'I have been loved'. Also expect some new tunes on the night from Edel Sullivan, who released an album of her own very original work as well as trad. playing of the highest calibre from Richard Lucey. Double bass wizard Paul has worked on translations from the English of some of Ger's songs, notably 'Flaithis Dé' and 'Go doimhin fó thoinn'. Support act for the night are local young songwriters 'Rough Sunday', punk with a twist. Doors 8.30 p.m. Tickets €12.50 from 026-45237 www.millsinn.ie www.gerwolfe.com.

Remembering Frank O' Connor; celebrating Michael O'Donovan.

Cork County Library looks forward to honouring its first County Librarian on the 50th anniversary of his death on March 10. It was an amazing achievement for the first County Librarian Michael O' Donovan to be appointed at the age of 22 in 1925 to supervise the establishment of a Library service in County Cork. What is even more remarkable is that the young man from the working class North side of Cork City is not only remembered today for the work he did in laying the foundations of County Cork's superb library service, he is perhaps better known as writer, dramatist and master of the short story, Frank O'Connor.
Michael O'Donovan, was born in October 1903 in Douglas Street and died in 1966 on March 10. This year, on Thursday March 10th, libraries across County Cork will honour Michael O'Donovan , the far-seeing librarian and Frank O'Connor renowned writer. A single poster display on the subject of Frank O'Connor, librarian and writer has been designed by library staff. This will be displayed in all branch and mobile libraries. Many branch libraries will also host readings on Thursday March 10th and will run in Macroom Library 11a.m. to 1p.m.


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Available now from Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €19

Sports Mad


Macroom Motor Services Mid Cork Under 21 Football Championship

A Football Championship

First Round: Cill na Martra 1-9 Inniscarra 0-10
Ballincollig 1-14 Macroom 0-14
2nd (Losers) Round Inniscarra 1-16 Macroom 2 - 9
Semi final: Inniscarra v Ballincollig
Final: Cill na Martra v Inniscarra or Ballincollig

Cill na Martra 1 – 9 Inniscarra 0 – 10
Cill na Marta, county and divisional B champions in 2015, met last year's Muskerry A champions, Inniscarra at the Castle Grounds Macroom in the opening round of this year's Macroom Motors Ltd. Mid Cork U21 A football championship and the Gaeltacht side continued on a winning run which now extends back to 2014 when they annexed the 'C' championship with more or less this same fifteen. Cill na Martra were short their intercounty midfielder Mike Desmond for this contest and another top performer in Gearóid Golden but their overall work rate allied to their basic footballing skills and know-how were altogether too much for the defending champions who however would have a second chance of remaining in the competition. Cill na Martra had outstanding performers in goalkeeper James Aynsley and midfielders Daniel ('Dano') Dineen and Tadgh Corkery, but many others were not far behind them in skill and effort.
The only goal of the game came in the 18th minute, was beautifully created and was vital to the result. Cill na Martra, despite playing with the very strong wind, were behind on a 0-2 to 0-3 scoreline at the time. Seán O'Donoghue had opened the scoring with an Inniscarra point after less than two minutes, Dano Dineen had levelled from a '45' soon after. The accurate Seán Furey then put Cill na Martra in front in the 10th minute, Tomás O'Connor equalised for 'Scarra five minutes later and Jack Hayes put the reigning champions in front from a free. The Cill na Martra goal followed when Dano Dineen won possession, fed out to John Cronin who then put Damian Harrington clean through with a defence splitting pass and the centre forward buried the ball in the bottom corner of the net to give the winners an advantage they never subsequently lost. Inniscarra replied with an instant point from Jack Hayes but Cill na Martra were buoyant and finished the half with four unanswered points, two from Dano Dineen following one each from Seán Furey and Dean McCarthy. They led by 1-6 to 0-4 at the break and despite now having to face the very strong wind had a reasonable chance of hanging on at this stage so well were they playing.
The opening ten minutes of the second half were very hard fought with both sides twice exchanging points, Seán O'Donoghue with Dano Dineen, Dineen and Tomás O'Connor before Seán O'Donoghue and Tomás O'Connor for 'Scarra had further points to reduce the gap to a single goal, 1-8 to 0-8 at the three quarter stage. Inniscarra now lost a great opportunity of drawing level when Stephen Dornan was fouled, an undisputed penalty was awarded but goalkeeper James Aynsley denied Seán O'Donoghue with a superb save. Two minutes later Aynsley saved a point blank blast from Inniscarra full forward Adam O'Connell and the scene was set for a thrilling finale to a fine game. Damian Harrington pointed for Cill na Martra after a patient build up, Seán O'Donoghue reduced the margin to a single goal again in the 57th minute from a free. Deep in injury time O'Donoghue pointed another free but the Cill na Martra defence, playing 'keep ball' and defending bravely, was not to be breached for the goal that Inniscarra needed to save the day.
Scorers: Cill na Martra: D Ó hUrdail 1-1, D Ó Duinnín 0-5 (0-1 '45'), S Ó Faireidh 0-2, D MacCarthaigh 0-1. Inniscarra: S O'Donoghue 0-6 (0-2f), T O'Connor 0-2, J Hayes 0-2 (0-1f).
Cill na Martra: James Aynsley: Eoin Ó Ceilleachair, Antóin Ó Cuana, Donagh Ó Riordáin: Pádraig Ó Críodáin, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh, Finín Ó Faoláin: Tadgh Ó Corcora, Dan Ó Duinnín: Ciarán Ó Duinnín, Damian Ó hUrdail, Seán Ó Croinín: Seán Ó Faireidh, Gearóid Ó Faoláin, Dean MacCarthaigh. Sub: Miceál Ó Deasúna (58).
Inniscarra: Lorcan Geaney: Cathal Griffin, Kevin O'Herlihy, David O'Carroll: John Stanton, Mark McCarthy, Jack O'Dwyer: Gerry Roche, Stephen Dornan: Liam Collins, Tomás O'Connor, David Barry; Jack Hayes, Adam O'Connell, Seán O'Donoghue. Subs: Aaron O'Raw (h/t), Declan Hyland 37, Dylan O'Sullivan 45, David Twomey 53, James Walsh 55. Referee: Mr David Murnane, Macroom.

Ballincollig 1 – 14 Macroom 0 – 12 aet.
Ballincollig reversed last year's result when they defeated Macroom in the other U21 championship first round game at Ballincollig. The two evenly matched teams were level at half time, at full time and again at half time in the extra time period but Ballincollig were the physically stronger side and were on top in the final ten minute period of an excellent contest which was played in a fine sporting manner.
Points from Alan Quinn and John Murphy had Macroom in front early on but Cian Dorgan pointed twice for the home side to level matters by the tenth minute. Macroom again hit the front, only for Dorgan and Eoin Reilly to bring their side level again and a late exchange of points left the score at 0-5 each at the break. The second half was very tightly contested with scores at a premium. Alan Quinn continued to find the target for Macroom and they led by a single point with a minute to go but Cian Dorgan saved the day for Ballincollig with a very late point, 0-8 each at full time.
Macroom went back in front in extra tem but then Kevin Browne had a vital goal for Ballincollig before Macroom fought back and a t half time the score was 1-9 to 0-12. In the final ten minute period, Cian Dorgan and Kevin Browne kicked over the points to earn Ballincollig their passage to the semi-final.
Scorers: Ballincollig: K Browne 1-4, C Dorgan 0-6 (0-3f), R Bourke, G O'Donoghue and E OReilly 0-1 each. Macroom: A Quinn 0-6 (0-1f, 0-1 '45'), Don Creedon 0-3, J Murphy 0-2, C O'Riordan 0-1.
Ballincollig: Ciarán Noonan: Luke Fahy, Shane O Neill, Luke Carey Murphy: Dylan Kirstein, Colin O'Donovan, Daniel Byrne: Cian Kiely, Peter O'Neill: Shane O'Sullivan, Mark Prendergast, Gearóid O'Donovan: Eoin O'Reillly, Cian Dorgan, Kevin Browne. Subs: Kevin Crowley, Matt O'Leary, Rob Burke, Aidan O'Donovan, Brian O'Halloran.
Macroom: Declan Kiely: Ryan Creed, Paul O'Farrell, Jack Cronin: Brendan O'Sullivan, Cillian O'Mahony, Olan O'Mahony: Michael Cronin, Robert Downey: Alan Quinn, Don Creedon, Kevin O'Dwyer: Mark Corrigan, John Murphy, Ethan O'Gorman. Subs; Alex Ryan, Cathal O'Riordan.

Second Round – Knock Out. Inniscarra 1 – 16 Macroom 2 – 9
The two first round losers, Inniscarra and Macroom, met in the 'last chance saloon' at Kilmichael and reigning champions Inniscarra had a clear cut win over last year's beaten finalists. Inniscarra got off to a perfect start when in the third minute a harmless enough ball from Seán O'Donoghue was brought under control and Inniscarra full forward Adam O'Connell had the simple task of reaching high and tapping it in past the goalkeeper. Ethan O'Gorman had a Macroom point in reply but Seán O'Donoghue did likewise for 'Scarra in the fifth minute and added another from a free in the ninth minute. Macroom were full of fight at this stage and three points in a row from Don Creedon, Alan Quinn and Creedon again left only a point between the sides by the 16th minute, 1-2 to 0-4 now. Declan Kiely in the Macroom goal made a brilliant save from Stephen Dornan at the expense of a '45' which was sent over by Seán O'Donoghue but Alan Quinn pointed a Macroom free to leave only a point still between the teams in the 22nd minute. Declan Kiely made another outstanding save, this time from Seán O'Donoghue, but Inniscarra finished the half well with points from Adam O'Connell, Tomás O'Connor and O'Connell again to lead by 1-6 to 0-5 at the break and in a strong position.
Jack Hayes and Alan Quinn exchanged points from frees on the restart, Seán O'Donoghue and Don Creedon did likewise and then Don Creedon pointed another free to bring Macroom within a goal of the winners, 1-8 to 0-8 after 46 minutes. Inniscarra dominated the final quarter with Seán O'Donoghue punishing Macroom fouls with a brace of points to give his side a five point lead with ten minutes remaining. Liam Collins for 'Scarra and Paul O'Farrell exchanged points before Inniscarra fired over five points in a row to lead by 1-16 to 0-9 with the game going into added time. Macroom had a late shock for Inniscarra when Robert Downey found the net in goalmouth scramble and from the kick out Macroom worked a second goal, John Murphy the finisher with a superb dipping shot form fifteen metres.
Inniscarra: Lorcan Geaney: Mark McCarthy, Cathal Griffin, David O'Carroll: Kevin O'Herlihy, Jack O'Dwyer, Stephen Dornan: Gerry Roche, Stephen O'Brien: David Barry, Tomás O'Connor,Seán O'Donoghue: Liam Collins, Adaqm O'Connell, Jack Hayes. Subs: John Stanton 46, Aaron O'Raw 52, Sean Lynch 56.
Macroom: Declan Kiely: Ryan Creed, Paul O'Farrell, Jack Cronin: Kevin O'Dwyer, Cillian O'Mahony, Olan O'Mahony: Michael Cronin, Robert Downey: Alan Quinn, Don Creedon, Brendan O'Sullivan: Mark Corrigan, John Murphy, Ethan O'Gorman. Subs; Alex Ryan 48, Cathal O'Riordan 50 and Shane Creedon 56. Referee: Mr Ted Hayes, Éire Óg.

B Football Championship – 12 teams

First Round Results: A Blarney 1-12 Grenagh 0-9
B Aghabullogue 2-12 Kilmurry 2-6
C Naomh Abán 2-9 Donoughmore 2-1
D Aghinagh 4-11 Iveleary 0-11
E Canovee 0-8 Éire Óg 1-11
F Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 2-15 Kilmichael 1-11

Losers Round: Grenagh v Kilmurry, Donoughmore v Iveleary, Canovee v Kilmichael.
3rd round qualifiers: Aghabullogue, Aghinagh, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, Blarney, Éire Óg, Naomh Abán and the three second round winners.

Blarney 1 - 12 Grenagh 0- 9
Blarney had home advantage for their first round U21B Football Championship game against Grenagh and advanced safely through to the third round, Grenagh to meet Kilmurry in round two. Grenagh got off to a good start, pointing two frees in the first 3 minutes. Kevin Cremen responded with a Blarney point soon after and in the seventh minute Paul O'Connor caught the Grenagh defence napping and found the net from a 21 metre free. Blarney were dominating possession but missed two great goal chances late in the first half. Still Blarney led by 1-4 to Grenagh's 0-5 at the break. Grenagh rallied in the second half and the sides exchanged points early on. But a string of points from Mark Coleman, Peter Philpott and Ray Murphy put Blarney up seven points clear.

Aghabullogue 2 – 12 Kilmurry 2 – 6
Two fancied sides in the B Championship clashed at Carrigadrohid and even though Aghabullogue were clear winners, Kilmurry showed in a strong second half revival that they could have a part to play yet in the ultimate destination of the title. Kilmurry had a dreadful first half and missed many scoring opportunities from play and from frees. Aghabullogue had amassed a lead of 2-6 to 0-1 by the break with goals from Mathew O'BrienBradley and Ian BarryMurphy and the points shared by this duo and Evan O'Sullivan. Joe Ryan was the scorer of the sole Kilmurry point and one would not have give much for the Kilmurry chances at this stage.
The opening period of the second half saw a continuance of the earlier trends but Kilmurry did get two points on the board, Joe Ryan and Pádraig Berhanu the scorers. A goal for Kilmurry in the 43rd minute from Joe Ryan was a tremendous boost to his side and they were almost in for a second goal minutes later as they upped their game considerably. Aghabullogue had two points from Evan O'Sullivan but Kilmurry answered with points from Eoin Clifford and Joe Ryan, 2-9 to 1-5 at the three quarter stage. Seán and Evan O'Sullivan had further Aghabullogue points but Joe Ryan planted a ball in the corner of the Aghabullogue net and added a point to cut the deficit to six points. Kilmurry had left themselves with too much to do and there was a late exchange of points to finish the scoring. Aghabullogue looked a competent side but one had the impression though that Kilmurry can improve.
Aghabullogue: Luke O'Connor: Anthony Corkery, Ryan Dennehy, Seán O'Connell: Niall BarryMurphy, David O'Connell, Seán Dineen: Greg Long, Seán O'Sullivan: Billy Casey, Evan O'Sullivan, Daniel O'Rourke: Mathew O'Brien Bradley: Ian BarryMurphy, James Byrne. Subs: Daniel Lane, Denis Desmond, Paul Ring, David Thompson, Aodhán Healy.
Kilmurry: Seán O'Sullivan: Oisín McSweeney, William Ronan, Finbarr Warren: Kyle Kelleher, Liam Wall, Pádraig Hinchion: John Mullane, Dan O'Callaghan: Seán Curzon, James Berhanu, Pádraig Berhanu: Brian Hinchion, Joseph Ryan, Seán Warren. Subs: Eoin Cl;ifford and Seán Flanagan. Referee: Mr Ger Ahern.

Aghinagh 4-11 Iveleary 0-11
Aghinagh had a comfortable win over last year's C grade champions Iveleary at Cill na Martra. They led by 2-7 to 0-5 at half time and were never in danger of being defeated, having an all over balance that their opponents lacked.
Aghinagh: Ted O'Leary: Michael O'Connell, Dermot O'Callaghan, Kevin Cotter: Andrew Murphy, John Lynch, Donagh O'Riordan: Shane Corkery, Seán Kelleher: Chris Duggan, Mathew McCarthy, Ruairí Cotter: Michael Horgan, William Coakley, Nliam McCarthy. Subs: adam Oleary and Robert Buttimer
Iveleary: Liam Cotter: Ciarán Galvin, David Murphy, Ciarán O'Riordan: Tim O'Dea, Finbarr McSweeney, Josh Pickering: Barry O'Leary, James O'Donovan: Chris O'Donovan, Liam Kearney, Isaac Connaughton: Eoin Clancy, Chris Óg Jones, Stephen Connolly.

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 2 – 15 Kilmichael 1 - 11
'Tosach maith, leat na hoibre' the sean fhocail teaches and Béal Átha took the advice when they met Kilmichael in the U21 B championship at Baile Mhuirne. A goal apiece from Seamus Ó Tuama and Diarmuid MacTomáis added to a point from Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh and three more from Diarmuid MacTomáis had the Galetacht boys leading by 2-4 to 0-1 after the opening eleven minutes and they stayed comfortable in front from there to the end. Cathal Foley had the opening point for Kilmichael, Shane Foley had another in the 20th minute and Barra O'Sé and Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh replied for Béal Átha who thus led by 2-6 to 0-2 at the break.
Peter Kelleher had a point for Kilmichael on the restart but back came Béal Átha with points from Donagh Seartan and Mac Tomáis. Another Peter Kelleher point was matched by a glorious score fro MacTomáis before Kilmichael had three points in a row, one each from Ronan O'Callaghan, Kevin Murphy and Peter Kelleher, 2-9 to 0-7 the score after 41 minutes. ON the three quarter mark, Diarmuid MacTomáis had a point fo0r the winners but this score was followed by four Kilmiichael ponts in a row, one each from O'callaghan and Shane Foley and tow from Peter Kelleher and when MacTomáis had another point in the 54th minute it was 2-11 to 0-11 in favour of Béal Átha who were coming under a bit of pressure at this stage. Two points for the winners eased their situation further but when current county senior and U 21 player Peter Kelleher clung a goal from close range in the 27th minute it cut the gap to four points and gave the Kilmichael rally further impetus. Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh pointed for Béal Átha t osettle matters again and Diarmuid MacTomáis had the final say with a brace of points to leave Béal Átha comfortable at the finish.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Doncadh Ó Ceallacháin: Cian Feidheistein, Daire Seartan, Eanna Ó Luasaigh: Dáire Ó Tuama, Ciarán Ó Núnáin, Seán Ó Críod: Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh, Seamus Ó Tuamas: Criostóir Ó Rinn, Daire Ó Ceallacháin, Barra Ó Sé: Diarmuid MacTomáis, Barra Ó Buachalla, Donagh Seartan. Fir Ionaid: Brian Ó Tuama, Martín de Burca agus Risteárd Ó Suilleabháin.
Kilmichael: Ciarán O'Donoghue: Oisín deLacey, Cathal O'Donovan, Jamie McCarthy: Brendan Kelleher, Barry Kelleher, Luke Hennigan: Shane O'Donoghue, Cathal Foley: Kevin Murphy, Peter Kelleher, Shane Foley: Trevor Tobin, Ronan O'Callaghan, Eoghan Murphy. Subs: Stephen O'Leary, Jordan O'Riordan, Patick O'Mahony, Kevin Kelleher. Referee: Mr Kieran Furey, Cill na Martra.

C Football Championship - 3 teams

Ballinora, Clondrohid, Lee Gaels(Dripsey/Gleann na Laoi)
Round robin and a final.
Ballinora 0-15 Lee Gaels 1-7
Junior Football Muskerry Cup 2016 – 10 teams
First Round: A Donoughmore 0-14 Clondrohid 0-9. B Kilmichael v Dripsey
Quarter Finals 1 Donoughmore v Winners B
2 Iveleary v Ballincollig
3 Canovee 2-12 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-10
4 Aghinagh 1-5 Kilmurry 2-10
Semi Finals: 1 v 2; Canovee v Kilmurry

Junior Football League Division 1

Canovee 0-12 Clondrohid 0-5
Tom Creedon Cup 2016
Rain, unplayable pitches and the commencement of the county leagues have caused the completion of this competition to be seriously 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.
(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 -14 Kinsale 1-7
Final Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Mallow or Newmarket/ Millstreet/ Nemo

Allianz National Football League

Cork 3-10 Roscommon 4-25
Cork Footballers suffered their second defeat in the Allianz Football League with an 18 point defeat by Roscommon in Páirc Uí Rinn in a Division 1 league game that saw a remarkable seven goals registered. There was no disputing Roscommon's superiority in a match where they were nine points in front at the break and continued to dictate the terms in the second-half.
Young Cork full-forward Peter Kelleher netted twice and he also set up Luke Connolly for their third goal. But this was an utterly chastening experience for Cork and they must pick themselves up before next Saturday's tough task away to Dublin.
Cork had received a boost in the 13th minute when full-forward Peter Kelleher, still eligible for the U21 ranks this year, palmed to the net but their joy was short lived as Roscommon rallied with a goal of their own. It was 2-13 to 1-7 in favour of Roscommon at the interval before Ciaran Murtagh killed off Cork's challenge when he struck home Roscommon's third goal shortly early in the second-half. Cork did respond with Kelleher firing home his second goal in the 42nd minute but Roscommon responded with 1-5 without replyl. Cork bagged a late consolation goal through Connolly, one of their better performers on the day, but this was a dispiriting afternoon for them.
Scorers for Cork: Peter Kelleher 2-0, Luke Connolly 1-3 (0-1f), Daniel Goulding 0-4 (0-3f), Brian Hurley, Colm O'Neill (0-1f), Paul Kerrigan 0-1 each.
Cork: Ken O'Halloran (Bishopstown): James Loughrey (Mallow), Eoin Cadogan (Douglas), Colm O'Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh): Tomás Clancy (Fermoy), Michael Shields (St Finbarr's), Brian O'Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh): Andrew O'Sullivan (Castletownbere), Ian Maguire (St Finbarr's): Mark Collins (Castlehaven) Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers), Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers): Daniel Goulding (Éire Óg), Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Brian Hurley (Castlehaven). Subs: Seán Kiely (Ballincollig) for O'Sullivan (half-time), Kevin Crowley (Millstreet) for Shields (half-time), Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues) for Collins (45), Jamie O'Sullivan (Bishopstown) for Loughrey (45), Colm O'Neill (Ballyclough) for Goulding (50), Dan MacEoin (Ilen Rovers) for Hurley (65)

Allianz National Hurling League

Cork 1-14 Waterford 0-20
Cork suffered their second successive defeat in the the Allianz Hurling league by three points despite a strong finish. Having led by 0-16 to 0-8 the Déise found themselves under pressure as Cork improved in the closing stages. Had Waterford been denied, it would have been harsh as Derek McGrath's side were the superior outfit for much of the encounter.
Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 1-6 (1-4f), Conor Lehane 0-3, Brian Lawton 0-2, Aidan Walsh (0-1 sideline), Daniel Kearney, Alan Cadogan 0-1 each.
Cork:Anthony Nash (Kanturk): Colm Spillane (Castlelyons), Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers), Shane O'Neill (Bishopstown): Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr's), Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), William Egan (Kilbrin): Daniel Kearney (Sarsfield), Aidan Walsh (Kanturk): Bill Cooper (Youghal), Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers), Lorcán McLoughlin (Kanturk): Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr), William Leahy (Aghada), Conor Lehane (Midleton). Subs: Alan Cadogan (Douglas), Stephen Moylan (Douglas), Mark Ellis (Millstreet), Cormac Murphy (Mallow), Cian McCarthy (Sarsfields), Páudie O'Sullivan (Cloyne).

County Hurling Leagues

Division 1 Hurling League

Ballinhassig 1 - 16 Blarney 1 – 8. Inniscarra 1 - 11 Kilworth 3 - 11
Division 2 Hurling League
Eire Óg 0 - 18 Fr O Neill's 3 – 16. Ballincollig 0 - 11 Bandon 2 - 12
Division 3 Hurling League
Castlemartyr 3 - 19 Dripsey 0 - 10

County Football Leagues

Rochestown Park Hotel Div. 1 Football League

Ballincollig 0 - 14 Ilen Rovers 0 – 14. Douglas 1 - 10 Naomh Abán 0 - 11
Division 2 Football League
Beal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 2 - 13 v 1 - 16 Kiskeam. Doheny's 0 – 6 v 1 - 11 Beal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. Eire Óg 1 - 15 v 2 - 7 Newmarket. Nemo Rangers 0 - 10 v 4 - 9 Eire Óg. Fermoy 1 - 12 vs 0 - 6 Cill Na Martra. Macroom 0 - 12 vs 1 - 6 Nemo Rangers
Division 3 Football League
Castletownbere 2 - 11 vs 1 - 5 Ballinora
Division 4 Football League
Youghal 2 - 4 vs 1 - 5 Grenagh
Mid Cork Championship Draws 2016
Junior A Football Championship
Round One: Inniscarra v Blarney. Naomh Abán v Kilmurry. Donoughmore v Kilmichael. Dripsey v Canovee. Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Ballincollig. Iveleary v Éire Óg. Aghinagh v Clondrohid
Round Two for first round losers, - draw to be made after completion of Rd one.

Junior B Football Championship

Round One (Knock out): A Grenagh v Ballinora B Inniscarra v Macroom C Canovee v Cill na Martra D Iveleary v Kilmichael E Kilmurry v Gleann na Laoi F Ballincollig v Donoughmore G Aghabullogue – a bye
Round Two: 1 Aghabullogue v Winner F 2 Winner E v Winner D 3 Winner C v Winner B 4 Winner A v Bye
Junior C Football Championship
Round One (Knock out): A Clondrohid v Ballincollig B Kilmurry v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh C Naomh Abán v Aghinagh D Dripsey - a bye
Round Two (semi-finals) Winner A v Winner B ; Winner C v Winner D.
Junior A Hurling Championship
Round One: Cloughduv v Iveleary Ballincollig v Blarney Kilmichael v Gleann na Laoi Donoughmore v Ballinora E Éire Óg - a bye
Round Two (Losers round) to be drawn when first round completed.
Junior B Hurling Championship
Round One (Knock out): A Ballincollig v Éire Óg B Dripsey v Ballinora C Aghabullogue v Cloughduv
Round Two 1 Winner A v Winner B 2 Winner C v Donoughmore 3 Inniscarra v Grenagh 4 Laochra Óg v Blarney
Semi Finals: 1 v 2; 3 v 4

Under 21 A Hurling Championship

Round One: A Cloughduv v ÉireÓg B Ballincollig v Donoughmore C Aghabullogue v Ballinora
Round Two (losers rd.) Loser C v Loser B Loser A - a bye
(Note: Blarney and Inniscarra will be competing in a county Premier U21 Hurling championship this year.)


Senior Camogie League. All-Ireland champions Cork lost out to Limerick in the first round of The Irish Daily Star National Camogie League at Rathkeale 1-11 to 0-9. There was a number of unfamiliar faces on Paudie Murray's team. Limerick led by seven points by the time Cork got off the mark. With Orla Cotter (0-6, 5fs) helping to steady the ship, it was a four-point game at the interval. The key score arrived nine minutes into the second half when Limerick scored a goal, giving them a deserved victory. In the second round, Cork defeated Derry 1-18 to 0-9 at Loup.
Coachford Win. In the O'Neill's All-Ireland post primary A competition, Coachford College drew (0-8 to 2-2) with St Brigid's, Loughrea. The Cork side has displayed tremendous character throughout the campaign, going as far back as needing a replay to win the county title, and goals from Leah Dineen and Ciara McCarthy kept their dreams alive. On February 27, Coachford went on to easily win the replay, Coachford College, Cork 3-08 St Brigid's, Loughrea 0-06. Coachford College Scorers: L.Moynihan 1-00, C.Healy 0-03, C.McCarthy 1-01, J.Burke 0-01, R.McElroy 0-01, L.Dineen 0-01, M.O'Reilly 0-01, E.Tarrant 1-00.
All Ireland Minor A Camogie Championship Grp 2 Limerick 0-09 v Cork 2-05

Macroom G.A.A.

Members of the Ladies and Juvenile section attended a Child Protection Course on February 12 in Castle Hotel. Ms Mairéad Ní Mhaoileoin, in association with The GAA and The Irish Sports Council, Ireland conducted the session. Before a good attendance, the course was very informative on the many possible issues that may arise in any organisation dealing with children. This course is not only recommended but a requirement for all personnel involved with children's sport. The course covers the codes of good behaviour and good practice for players, coaches, parents, committee members and referees. The main messages are;
1. 'Give respect, get respect' , 2. ' The welfare of the child is paramount'.
If you wish to find out more on this topic, you can go to the gaa.ie website. Bríd O'Riordan is Children's officer with Macroom GAA Club.

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Mid-Cork Junior A Football Championship & County Junior A Football League Champions, Uíbh Laoire at their Victory Dinner Dance © CCPhotography

Uíbh Laoire G.A.A.

Uíbh Laoire GAA held a Victory Dinner Dance in The Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway on February 13 and a great night was had by the strong attendance. There was plenty of silverware at the top table as the players received their medals for winning the Mid-Cork U21 Football Championship, Mid-Cork Junior B Hurling Championship, County Junior A Football League and of course, the long awaited Mid-Cork Junior A Football Championship. The Footballer of the Year Award deservedly went to Barry Murphy. Barry had an outstanding year, seeing off some of the best forwards in the county at Junior level and carrying the fight to opposition teams from his corner-back berth. He cemented his place as one of the best defenders in the Muskerry division. The Hurler of the Year Award went to Finbarr McSweeney Jnr. Finbarr revelled in his new role at the heart of the defence at centre-back, providing a great presence & oceans of hurling ability. He is one that will have no trouble making the transition to Junior A hurling in 2016. Club person of the Year was awarded to Ger McSweeney after his outstanding work as club secretary in 2015. Stepping up to the plate at the AGM, Ger took to his new role like a fish to water, ensuring the club continued to thrive behind the scenes. His work in helping with the organisation of Inchigeela Festival in 2015 has thankfully not gone unnoticed, along with much more day-to-day work within the club. Special thanks goes to Bishop John Buckley on going to great lengths to be in attendance on the night, along with Fr. Martin O'Driscoll & Chairman of the Muskerry Board, Pat Malone. Thanks also goes to The Parkway Hotel for the excellent service and food on the night & to The Music Makers who ensured the crowd finished out by dancing the night away! Final word of thanks goes to Connie Cronin for providing her photography skills on the night, taking some great photos which can be found on our club Facebook page."

Éire Óg G.A.A.

With Cork under age panels now complete we wish Aibhe O' Brien , Meabh Kelly and Isobel Sheehan all the best with the under 14's. Emma Cleary is our lone representative as the U16's begin their preparation for Munster and hopefully All Ireland Honours. Marie O' Leary and Laura Cleary are on the Minor panel, Laura as Captain, since Éire Óg are current County Champions and therefore had the privilege of the appointment of the Cork Captain. Best of luck to all the girls involved.
Éire Óg 5-07 Naomh Abán 5-04
Éire Óg continued their early season form with a hard fought victory over neighbours Naomh Abán in the Mid Cork U14 League. Having to give up home advantage and also with a couple of late withdrawals, it looked like a tough assignment for the girls. It was all Éire Óg in the first fifteen minutes but a lack of scores looked likely to cost in the end. However, the moving of Maebh Kelly to full forward gave them a slender lead at half time. 1-04 1-01. Naomh Abán came out of the traps like a whirlwind and after 2 minutes had 1-01 on the scoreboard. They clocked up another 3-01 and looked good for the points. Full credit must go to the girls for a fantastic fight back and if Naomh Aban owned the 3rd Quarter, then the last Quarter belonged to the victors, hitting a further 3-03 to a solitary 01 from the opposition to run out worthy winners.
Team: Patrice Holmes, Sadbh McGoldrick, Maebh Kelly, Fiona Nagle, Rebecca Sheehan, Ciara Sheehan, Sophie O'Connell, Isobel Sheehan, Aibhin Goulding, Indiana Sheehan, Aibhe O'Brien, Aishling Desmond, Niamh O Se, Emily Coffee, Eva Halligan, Nicole Murphy, Aibhe Sheehan, Niamh Herlihy, Orla Cahalane. We wish the 2 Eimear's, Murphy & O'Donovan along with Ella, Graine, Sinead and Tara a speedy recovery from Injury.
Foot Note: Congratulations to the Coláiste Cholm U16 ½ Camogie team who reached the All Ireland final and also Ciara Sheehan and Coachford College in their All Ireland Semi Final Replay.
Seniors: Part of the Senior Panel travelled to Mountmellick to partake in a 7 a side competition. It was the first day on grass in 2016 for some of the girls and mentor John O'Leary, believes they adapted well. A big thank you to all the girls who made the effort to travel to the Laois venue.
Éire Óg 3-04 Nemo 2-06
Éire Óg under 14s had the narrowest of victories over a strong Nemo 15 played in beautiful conditions in Trabeg. Huge credit must go to the Éire Óg panel as they never gave up. The equaliser came from Aoibhe O' Brien with two minutes left on the clock. The winner came one minute later from a free by Meabh Kelly. Subs Eabha Sheehan, Eimear Murphy, Indiana Sheehan, Ava Halligan and Ella Foley kept encouraging the girls throughout.
Panel: Patricia Holmes, Fiona Nagle, Emily Coffey, Sadbh McGoldrick, Sophie O' Connell, Ciara Sheehan, Rebecca Sheehan(capt), Isobel Sheehan, Aoibhinn Goulding, Aisling Desmond, Aoibhe o' Brien, Nicola Murphy, Niamh o' Se, Meabh Kelly, Eimear o' Donovan, Indiana Sheehan, Ella Foley, Ava Halligan, Eabha Sheehan, Orla Cahalane, Niamh Herlihy.

Canovee G.A.A.

On February 28th Canovee played Clondrohid in the first round of the junior league in perfect conditions in Carrigadrohid new pitch. Canovee started brightly and led at half time 10 points to 2. Clondrohid came more into the game in the second half but at the final whistle Canovee were ahead by 12 points to 5 points. Paul o Sullivan and Michael Quinlan were solid in defence while Conor Hughes scored well in attack. Team Darren Shine, James Mc Carthy, Paul OSullivan , Michael Quinlan , John OBrien , James Scanlan , Michael Dunne . Eamonn Lyons, Aidan Murphy, Denis OSullivan, Conor Hughes, Daniel OSullivan, Con Dunne. Mark Healy, William Ahern, Subs Liam Kelleher, Cian Lehane, James O Sullivan, and Blake RIng

Macroom Golf Club

Results. Singles: James Neville (13) 32 pts, 2nd Declan Bowen (12) 32 pts.
Week 2. Club singles 1st Declan Bowen (12) 36 pts. 2nd John Desmond(21) 34 pts
Seniors scramble : 1st Jim Nolan, Moss Moriarty, Frank McCarthy.43.1
Fixtures. Tue Seniors. . Sat & Sun Club singles. Club singles: 1st