Lee Valley Outlook March 15 2016 v13e6

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Meghan Buckley, 2016 Flower of Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Kilmurry Exercise Classes with Pat Geary Tues 15th March 7.30 in Museum
Coachford Flower Club meetings March 16 and April 20th in Coachford N.S. at 8pm.
Coppeen St Patrick's Day Parade on Thurs March 17th at 3.00 pm
Ballinagree St. Patrick's Day Parade Thurs March 17th from the Quay Wall at 12 pm.
Carriganima St. Patrick's Day parade on Sun March 20 at 3pm.
Inchigeela Tidy Towns. Volunteers assemble at creamery cross Sat, March 19 10am.
Crookstown Céilí on Sat 19th March in hall at 9.30 p.m.
Moonraker Forestry Rally launch in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, on Fri, 19th March at 8pm.
Crookstown Vintage Club run on Sun March 20th at 12.15
Carriganima 1916 public meeting in the pub, Carriganima, on Tues March 22 at 9pm to plan April 29 ceremonies.
Kilmurry Singing Group Meeting Wed 23 March 7.30 in Museum.
Inchigeela 1916 Centenary Commemoration at 12:30pm on Easter Sunday March 27th
Coachford Players present 'Many Young Men of Twenty' April 2- 5 in the GAA hall
Clondrohid Community Alert meeting on Mon April 4 at 8pm in Clondrohid Hall.
Macroom Flower Club Floral Demonstration on Thurs 14th April, 8p.m. Coolcower
Broomhill Vintage Club Spring Run, midday, Sun April 17th from Coachford GAA Community Centre

Macroom St. Patrick's Festival

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 Fri March 18
Moody Roots at JC Murphy's, Fri. 18th March.

Easter Liturgy

Macroom Parish: Penitential Rite Macroom—Tuesday 22nd at 7.30
Holy Thursday: Mass of the Last Supper Caum 4p.m. Macroom 7.30 p.m. Holy Hour Macroom 9 – 10p.m.
Good Friday: Stations of the Cross: Caum 11 a.m. Macroom 11 a.m. Lord's Passion Macroom 4 p.m. Way of the Cross from Castle Gates 7.30 p.m. to Church. Confessions in Caum 11.30a.m. and Macroom 11.30 – 2p.m.; 5 – 6 .m and 8 – 9 p.m.
Holy Saturday Morning Prayer 10 a.m. Easter Vigil: 9 p.m. Macroom. Confessions in Macroom 11 – 1p.m. and 7 – 8p.m.
Aghinagh Parish Holy Thursday: Mass of the Last Supper Rusheen 7.00.
Good Friday: Celebration of Lord's Passion Bealnamorrive at 8 p.m.
Holy Saturday: Ballinagre Easter Vigil: 8 p.m.
Easter Sunday---Bealnamorrive-10.00 and Rusheen at 11.00.

1916 Remembered

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.
Donoughmore Commemoration Sun. March 27th in Stuake after 11.30 am Mass.
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
Kilmurry Commemoration Sat. April 23. Please note date.

Macroom Library:

Library Closed St. Patrick's Day, March 17
Unusual Aspects of the Rising Talk by Michael Galvin, Fri. March 18, 11a.m.
Story time Saturdays at 12 noon.
Cork Alzheimers Gramophone Circle Imperial Hotel, Cork. Sun. March 20 at 8p.m.
ACOL Bridge Wed. March 23 at 10.30a.m.
Purlies Thurs. 24 at 11.30 a.m.
Ciorcal Gaeilge Fri April 1 at 11.30am.
Gramophone Circle Fri. April 8 at 11a.m.
March Exhibition: Watercolours and acrylic works by James A Ryder.

Briery Gap

Patrick O'Sullivan 16th March @ 8.00pm.
Big Maggie on Fri 18th Sat 19th & Sun 20th March @ 8.00pm.
Second Mother Mon 21st March @ 8.30pm.
'Hello Dolly' April 15th – 17th and 22nd – 24th at 8:00pm; Matinee Sun 24th at 3:00pm.
Brooklyn Mon 28th at 8.30p.m.

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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!

Ballinagree N.S. Parents' Association will host a Cake Sale on St. Patrick's Day in Ballinagree. Cakes for sale from 10:30am. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and treats galore! Free face painting too!

Ballinagree St. Patrick's day parade will take place Thursday, March 17th, commencing from the Quay Wall at 12 pm. All welcome — please support!

Crookstown Céilí Club: Céilí on Saturday 19th March in Crookstown hall commencing at 9.30 p.m. Music by Tim Joe & Anne. All are welcome.

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

Carriganima St. Patrick's Day parade takes place on Sunday March 20 at 3pm. Grand Marshal a surprise. Music later by 'Back on Track'

Inchigeela Tidy Towns. Thanks to everyone who helped out last year - especially village residents who painted their premises. More helpers are needed. The first job of the year is to trim shrubs. Please meet at the white boat at the creamery cross on Saturday, 19th March at 10am.

Crookstown Vintage Club annual poker run, Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin fundraiser, on Sunday March 20th with sign in at the Corner Stone Bar from 10 a.m. Run starts at 12.15 and finishes at Clifford's bar with pig on the spit at 4 p.m. Classic Cars, Tractors & Motor bikes welcome.

Ballincollig & District Vintage and Classic Car Club are holding a run in aid of Marymount Hospice on Easter Sunday for Pre 1996 Vehicles. Separate Route for pre-War Vehicles. Sign on will be at Ballincollig Rugby Club

Clondrohid Community Alert meeting is on Monday April 4 at 8pm in Clondrohid Hall. Many speakers on the night.
Lee Valley Basketball The U14B team recently beat Brunell in Macroom Sports Centre. Team members: Eileen Condon, Kate Condon, Elaine Kelliher, holly Kierans, Caoimhe Donavan Meghan Healy, Erika o Shea, molly mckirgan, Aoibhe Kelliher, Lorraine Casey, Leah Coughlan.

Art Win. Clodagh McDonagh, 4th Class student at St Joseph's Primary School, Macroom, won the All Ireland Art Competition in the 8-10 category with her picture 'Happiness Is'. She received her prize in Croke Park on Sunday 14th February from Marty Whelan and Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) President, Brian McCrory.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 1/3/16. Jackpot €6200. Winning Numbers 5-23-33. No Winner. €70. Ella & Leah Goold, Gurteenroe. €20 Denis Dinneen, Kilnagurteen. Denny Lynch, Castle Street. Tom Mc Sweeney, Codrum. Nuala Goulding, Masseytown. Jonathan Casey, Cork Street.
08/03/2016 Jackpot €6400 Winning Numbers 26-27-34. No Winner. €70. Trish Daly, MIllbrook, Macroom. €20. Julie O'Sullivan, Kilnagurteen. Una Horgan, Firville. Geraldine Murphy, C/O Auld Triangle. Tadgh O'Laoire, Codrum. Bernie Buckley, Raleigh.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto 1 /3/16. No Winner of €4800 Jackpot. €70 - Denis O'Mahony, c/o Mags O'Leary. €20 - Carmel & Mick Sheehan, Carriganine, Macroom. Mary Meaneey, Carrigtwohill. Marie Spillane, Moulnahorna. Betty Desmond, Bridgemount, Clondrohid.
8/3/16 Jackpot €5000. No winner. €70 - Henry O'Brien, Dripsey. €20 - Davey Tarrant, Millstreet. Mary Mooney, Ballyregan, Carrigtwohill. Noreen Moloney c/o Murrays. Pat Kelleher, Clondrohid Village.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results7/3/2016, Jackpot: €2,000, Numbers Drawn: 19 – 28 – 32, No Winner. €40 Fred O'Callaghan, €20 Dan O'Mahony, Lily Erin Martin, Aoife Barry Murphy, John Tarrant (Yearly Ticket).


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Macroom Updates

Meghan is Flower of Macroom

Meghan Buckley, representing Macroom-e, was crowned 2016 Flower of Macroom in the Briery Gap on March 13. She will have the honour of leading the St. Patrick's Day Parade as Grand Marshal and will officiate at other local events throughout the year.
Meghan was last of nine women who participated in the second annual search for the Flower of Macroom. The entrants were of an exceptionally high calibre - articulate, personable, gifted, high achievers - and any one of them would have made a worthy ambassador for the mid-Cork capital.
Caoimhe Lynch, Killarney Road, a student of biological chemistry and part time waitress at the Riverside Park Hotel, which she represented, was first on stage. Her party piece was a poem, Planting Your Spring Garden, a thought-provoking piece. Maureen McCartney, representing McEgan Hairdressing, said she was no relation of Paul's. She mesmerised M.C. Kevin Moynihan as she created a multi-coloured Mohican hairstyle. Janet Meredith, a blow in from Stradbally and representing Retail Financial Solutions where she works as an accountant, had Kevin bewildered with her tales of the Electric Picnic. She recited a poem, For Old Time's Sake.
Sheila Lynch, Aghabullogue, represented Murray's Bar. A highly talented Home Economics teacher, she spoke of her dream of extending the weekly street market in Macroom and she gave a beautiful rendition of Bright Blue Rose. Katie McSweeney, a Health Care Assistant in the Bon Secours Hospital, represented J.C. Murphy's and she recited Hands, a poem composed by an appreciative patient. Nadine Spillane from Millstreet was nominated by Webb Boutique. Working at hairdressing in Macroom, her dream for the town is a speedy bypass to facilitate her daily commute. An accomplished musician, she sang Ellis Island beautifully.
Mairead Twohig, Ballinagree, represented Tigh Uí Laoghaire, Bealnamorrive. She came fresh from the football field, having helped Naomh Abán defeat Glanworth. A chartered accountant, she is a past pupil of McEgan College and now works with Retail Financial Solutions. She played The Sally Garden and Wrap the Green Flag on the accordion. Muireann Kelleher, Clondrohid, represented the Castle Hotel, where she works part time. She studies Fine Arts at the Crawford and her poem was Van Gogh's Bed. Meghan Buckley, a Science graduate, was up last, representing Macroom-e where she now works. She is very involved with all major events in the Lee Valley and her wish is for free 2-hour parking in Macroom. She involved the really excellent M.C., Kevin Moynihan in a hilarious science experiment that created a tricolour eruption from washing up liquid, food colouring and a secret ingredient.
Annette and Claire Dilworth of Cinderella's Closet Bridal Boutique were the adjudicators and they expressed their delight at the high standard of the women who were prepared to participate, not through vanity of for monetary gain, but for the benefit and promotion of the community. In a very close decision, they agreed on Meghan as the winner and 2015 Flower of Macroom, Claire Kelleher, who gave great service during the past year, duly crowned her successor. The Woodland String Band serenaded the 2016 winner with a stirring rendition of The Flower of Macroom and Pat O'Connell, Chairman of the Lee Valley Enterprise Board, led the singing.

St Patrick's Day 2016

St. Patrick's Festival 2016 is set to be a great celebration for Macroom and the Lee Valley. Since the theme of the parade is the Commemoration of the Easter Rising 1916, it is hoped that many of the floats and shop decorations throughout the town will reflect the conditions that prevailed 100 years ago. The marching bands and their choice of music should also echo the year that is in it.
We welcome back the Woodland String Band from Philadelphia. The 150 strong group, many of them now more Irish than the Irish themselves, will lend colour, music and celebration to the town during an event-filled week that includes talks on the 1916 rebellion and a concert of Irish music and John B. Keane's Big Maggie in the Briery Gap.
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 feature the best St. Patrick's Day Parade in the south and will be packed with a variety of on-street festivity and music in bars throughout the town. On Friday, Michael Galvin will be back in Macroom Library at 11a.m to describe Unusual Aspects of the Rising.

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 Easter Commemoration 1966 in Macroom . ©Dennis Dinneen Collection 

Macroom and District 1916 Commemoration.

It is hoped that the centenary commemoration of the 1916 Rebellion in Macroom will be as comprehensive and all-encompassing as the celebration that took place in 1966. Then, many of the survivors of the Irish Volunteers formed a most impressive guard of honour and their families are all invited and encouraged to take part in the 2016 commemoration.
A parade involving descendants and relatives of Irish Volunteers and Cumann na mBan members of the Macroom Battalion will be held in the town on Easter Sunday. Assembly will take place in the public car park opposite Dunnes Stores from 2.30pm and the parade will commence at 3pm. A specific slot and banner will be allocated to each company: Macroom (2 Companies A & B), Coachford, Rylane, Aherla, Kilmichael, Toames , Rusheen, Canovee, Ballingeary, Inchigeela, Ballyvourney, Coolea, Carriganimma, Clondrohid, Ballinagree, Kilnamartyra, Kilmurry, Crookstown. The parade will be led by Cullen Pipe Band.
All descendants and relatives of the volunteers and Cumann na mBan members of the above Companies are exhorted to march with their respective company on Easter Sunday. Please make every effort to spread the news of this initiative and invitation to all who have connections with the relevant Company in your area. Schools have been invited to send representative groups (10 -20 children) to take part in the parade and to carry their school's National Flag.
Unfortunately, the committee was unable to issue personal invitations to everyone but if you are a relative/ descendants of a volunteer or Cumann na mBan member (1916-1921) consider yourself invited and please do come and take part in this historic parade. Beidh fáilte romhat!
Barry O'Brien, local historian and author, will act as M.C. at the ceremonies in the Square. Máirín Ní Shúilleabháin, daughter of Dr. Patrick O'Sullivan, Cill na Martra, O.C of the 8th Battalion, will read the Proclamation. Mary Steele, the eldest granddaughter of Dan Corkery, Macroom; O.C 7th Battalion; will lay a wreath. Fr. Connie Murphy whose father, Mick and uncle, Denis were active members of the Volunteers, will recite a decade of the Rosary. The oration will be delivered by Jack Lane and a plaque commemorating the 1916 Rising will be unveiled.
RSVP: In order to enable the organising committee to make appropriate preparations, it would be helpful if participant groups gave notice of their intention to attend. Tel. (087) 2662192 or email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Macroom 1916 Commemoration Committee is non-political and, in keeping with that spirit and with solemnity of the occasion, we request:
*That party-political emblems/ flags are not displayed.
*That no collections are taken up.
*That merchandise is not sold for the purpose of raising funds for any cause

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Conor Sheehan, Greg Fitton and Eamon Clancy from De la Salle College Macroom with the tricolour flag at the 1916 proclamation commemoration ceremony in Croke Park. ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

I Wish Conference Cork 2016. Female students from McEgan College enjoyed a visit to City Hall on 12th February to participate in the I Wish conference. I WISH is a city and regional initiative to inspire, encourage and motivate young secondary school female students to pursue careers in STEM. STEM subjects include Science, Technology, Engineering and Metalwork. I WISH (Inspiring Women in Stem) 2016 featured conferences and interactive exhibitions. The conference also featured workshops, daily keynotes and engaging talks by women who are at the top of their field in STEM. The lack of female participation in STEM means we are leaving 50% of the talent pool behind. Changing this can solve the current skills gap in the industry.

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Guides and Rangers with leaders, Emma Lloyd, Ann-Marie O'Leary and Deirdre Henley. ©

St Mary's Updates

Tate Flag Ceremony. Three 3rd year students, Rosa Simmonds, Sophie Burke and Lorna O'Connor, with Mr. Cooke, attended the State Flag Ceremony in Croke Park on Monday 7th March. They received a copy of the Proclamation and the National Flag.
Art Competition. Kitty Krekuska, 5th year student, took part in the Regional Final of an Art competition in the Crawford Gallery on Monday 7th March and made a presentation on the painting, The Meeting on the Third Stair. Well done Kitty.
German Exchange. The German students are currently spending a week in Ireland with their Irish exchange partners.
International Women's Day. On Tuesday 8th March, students were encouraged to dress in the traditional clothing of 1916. Deirdre Galvin and Andrea Cotter won prizes for their costumes on the day.
National Tree Week. All Transition Year students went on a guided tour of the Castle Grounds to celebrate National Tree Week. The tour was led by Mr. Ted Cooke, who gave a very informative talk on the various trees growing in the area and a history of their origin.

French Ambassador for Macroom

Macroom twinning week-end will take place from July 14th to 18th 2016 and 55 visitors from Bubry and Marcallo con Casone will be in town to celebrate 35 years of twinning. The visitors will be accommodated in local B&Bs and with host families, so if anyone would like to be involved and host some members of the delegations, please contact Mireille on 087-9241260. During their 4 day visit, the delegations will attend a talk / viewing on The Rising of 1916, visit local businesses and discover the best Macroom has to offer. The Breton musicians and dancers (familiar visitors to St Patrick's Day parades in the past) will perform in the town and the French Ambassador to Ireland has promised a visit during the week-end!

Macroom Flower Club

Macroom Flower & Garden Club hosted a Gardening Talk by guest speaker, D. J. Murphy of Bandon Garden Centre, on Thursday March 10th at Coolcower House. Vice-Chairperson Mary O Brien welcomed all in attendance. Proceedings began with a presentation to two local charities - Cuan Mhuire (Farnanes) and Cope Foundation (Macroom) - which was accepted on behalf of the charities by Sr. Brid (Cuan Mhuire) and Betty O'Donovan (Cope Foundation Macroom). The Vice-Chairperson thanked the Committee and those who supported Gala fundraising events. D.J. Murphy gave a most informative gardening talk which included some of his favourite plants, Hellebores, Camellias, Peony trees, Azaleas and the much sought after Daphne. His knowledge and love of gardening is always well received and appreciated. President Eileen Kelly concluded the meeting by thanking the guest speaker and his assistant, Regina, for a most enjoyable evening and the members and guests who attended. The next Club meeting will be a Floral Demonstration on Thursday 14th April by Margaret Ahern AOIFA. Doors opening at 7.15p.m. New Members and visitors most welcome.

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Macroom in the first decades of the 20th century. ©

Macroom in 1916

In 1916, Macroom had a population of 2,717 and was served by an Urban District Council. The Chairman was John O'Shea and the other eight members were John O'Connor, Vice-Chairman; Jerh. J. Cronin, Jeremiah J Twomey JP, James J Fitzgerald JP, Cors. O'Leary, John McCarthy, Denis Lynch and Dr J Kelleher. On January 13 1916, Jeremiah J. Twomey, who had been a member of Council since its inception, died and Timothy J. Cronin was co-opted in his place.
J Fitzgerald, JP, was chairman of the Rural District Council and Thomas Carroll was Vice Chairman. The Board of Guardians of Macroom Poor Law Union and the Workhouse had R Brophy as Chairman and John O'Connor was vice-chairman.
Four trains travelled daily between the Macroom Rail Terminus and Cork, though there was a move to reduce it to three, which was resisted by the Urban Council. Water was in the news then too and the new and very expensive waterworks, with Thomas Coghlan as curator, gave rise to much complaint. Street lighting was provided by the Electric Lighting Syndicate, based in Manchester. Thomas Bird was electrical engineer and he was assisted by Daniel Graham. Here, too, there were problems as the Council refused to pay the full annual charge of £45, because of malfunctions.
The R.I.C. was based in the barracks, adjacent to the Court House in Barrack Lane. The Head Constable was Maurice O'Connor and there were two sergeants, M. Feehy and William Griffin, as well as a number of constables. Macroom had two banks, the Munster and Leinster and the National Bank. The Church of Ireland rector was Rev. J.P. Connolly and the curate was Rev. Arthur Wilson. In 1915, the Catholic parish priest, Canon O'Riordan, died and was replaced by Canon John O'Riordan. He died in 1916 and was replaced by Dean Higgins, who remained in place until 1930. They lived at Sunnyside, in Masseytown, the parochial house from 1897. The curates were Rev. Maurice Brew 1910 – 1919; Fr. Patrick Hurley 1911 – 1916 and Fr. Ed Fitzgerald. They had lodgings in the town as the priests' house at Sandy Hill wasn't purchased until 1919. Sr. Ethan Wickham was Reverend Mother in the Mercy Convent and the sisters taught in the girls' schools as well as nursing in the Workhouse. A new National School for boys opened in Cork St. in 1908 and was divided in two for some reason. Denis O'Mahony, Main St., was Principal of No. 1 Boys' School; Patrick Desmond and John Warren taught in No. 2 School and Miss D. Aldworth in No. 3 School, the Church of Ireland school on Castle Street, later a museum. Richard Cotter and John O'Leary taught in the school at the Workhouse. Boys received secondary education in a number of pay schools and girls went to the Convent Technical School at Mount St. Joseph or the Pension school.
Fairs were held every month and rotated between the Square and the Fair Field in Masseytown. Horses, cattle, sheep and pigs were bought and sold, many of them going straight to the Railway Yard for transport to Cork and from there to the boat to England. A calf, butter and fowl market was held every Thursday and a general market on Saturday. Friday was half day in town and, in 1915, there was a proposal to the Council that this be changed to Wednesday. Because of the war in Europe, there was increased demand for agricultural produce and the flax crop was introduced to farmers in the locality.
Macroom solicitors in 1916 bore familiar names, some of which live on in the profession – Ashe, Foley, Grainger, Lucey, Purcell. The local doctors were Drs. O'Donoghue, Gould and Kelleher. The Brennans were the only chemists in town. Local hotels included the Railway, run by Birds; Dennehy's, Middle Square; Thornhill's on Main St.; the Victora, run by Nora Murphy and Williams's Hotel on Main St.
Macroom had all the usual shops and they included 6 blacksmiths, 2 coopers, 3 cycle agents, 11 dressmakers, 5 tailors, 5 egg merchants, 5 haberdashers, 4 harness makers, 2 nail manufacturers, 4 undertakers and 45 vintners. Milk was bought directly from 'cowsheds' and these were inspected for hygiene. They were run by Nora Neville, Masseytown; Mary Hartnett, Down Street, Margaret Holland, Sleaveen., Daniel McCarthy, New Street.
Lady Ardilaun was listed as a resident in the Castle, with other residences in Clontarf, Ashford Castle and London. In 1915 she was petitioned for a remission of fair tolls of €120, to be donated to the poor. She agreed but asked that a committee be set up and that the names of members be submitted to her. There was much concern about lack of sanitation in the district. Very few houses had running water. With many residents keeping livestock, manure heaps were frequently found near doors, Outbreaks of scarlatina and diphtheria were reported.
The Urban Council strove to improve conditions in the town. In response to their appeal for the location of a telephone exchange, a letter from the G.P.O. in London said that the matter had to be deferred due to the War. An application was made for the provision of fire hose and fittings. There were also concerns about providing a new graveyard. In rural areas, cottages were in the process of being built for labourers, with an acre attached. Labourers earned a wage of 18s/8d a week, while County Council workers earned 17s a week and an application for an increase of 1s was granted because of the huge rise in the cost of living due to the war. The low wages made the prospect of enlisting in the British Army more attractive to many.
Entertainment during the second decade of the 20th century centred on Gaelic games, athletics, dancing and the cinema. Macroom had no official field or park for games and many events took place in the Pigeon Field, at the rear of the present Bank of Ireland. In 1913, 6.000 are reported to have attended a Macroom v Kerry match to raise funds for 'Macroom Athletic Grounds'. Dan Corkery, Colder, was captain of the Macroom team. The town had two handball alleys, one in Masseytown and another at Ballaghascreen, Cork Street. There was also a Young Men's Society, a brass band and dramas were staged in the Town Hall. Emigration was prevalent and there are reports of parishes finding it difficult to field a football team. On St. Patrick's Day 1916, successful bicycle and trotting races were held at Johnstown. In the interest of temperance, there had been an appeal to close pubs on St. Patrick's Day but this was opposed by the publicans, with 2 in favour, 38 for restricted opening and 430 against. Dances in the Town Hall were allowed from 8 – 10 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday nights at a rent of 2s per night. There was an application from Macroom Cinema Club for the renewal of a licence for a picture hall in Temperance Lane and this was granted to Francis St Aubyn Horgan.
To be continued.

Spring Music

Eddie Hogan presented the March Gramophone Morning at Macroom Library and his eclectic selection mirrored the season, Seachtain na Gaeilge, St. Patrick's Day and Easter. But rebel ballads were not included! Eddie's first choice, appropriately enough, was Old Comrades, a rousing number played by Limburg Brass Band, conducted by Andre Rieu. This was followed by soprano, Mirusia Louwerse, singing Panis Angelicus. Baritone, Peter Dawson, then gave us the rollicking Gay Highway, followed by Majella Cullagh singing Spring is Returning by Rossini. Tenor, Frank Ryan, sang Upon St. Patrick's Day before we enjoyed a male duet from Bizet's Pearl Fishers. Suzanne Murphy sang Caisleán Drom an Óir beautifully and the first half concluded with the Scottish ballad, Annie Laurie, sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
After refreshments, Nelson Eddie gave a wonderful rendition of Danny Boy. We learned that, while the composer of the music is unknown, the tune was first recorded from a street musician in 1851 and the lyrics were added in 1910. This was followed by Angela Gheorghiu singing Ave Maria and Handel's Berenice Minuet, conducted by Raymond Leppard. John McCormack gave us The Dear Little Shamrock, recorded when he was in his early 20s. Fritz Wunderlich sang Caro Mio Ben, recorded in 1965 and Zinka Milanov sang La Vergine Delgli Angeli, composed by Verdi. Russian baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, sang Ombra Mai Fu, the Largo from Handel's Xerxes. Kenneth McKellar gave us Think on Me. Regina Nathan sang Laudate Dominum and the session concluded with the Palestrina Choir and Dóchas Linn Naomh Pádraig. It was a memorable, well thought out programme, typical of Eddie, who reminded us of the Gramophone fundraiser for the Alzheimers Society in the Imperial Hotel, Cork on Sunday, March 20 at 8p.m.

Macroom Library

'Memory and Landscape', an exhibition of watercolours by James A Ryder, continues in the library until month's end. Our closure for Easter consists of Good Friday 25th and Easter Saturday 26th. We reopen for business at 10.am on Tuesday 29th. Cork County Library overdue charges are changing to 5 cents per day on all items including DVDs from Tuesday March 15th.To avoid paying overdue charges on your books and dvds, please renew them before they are overdue at www.corkcoco.ie/library or ring us here at 026 42483 with your library card at the ready. In light of the year that's in it and indeed at any other time, we have a large collection of books on the subject of 1916 here in Macroom library. Other titles that are elsewhere in the county can be ordered in from those branches. We are delighted to have local historian Michael Galvin give a talk entitled 'Unusual Aspects of the Rising' on Friday 18th March at 11 a.m. This will be followed by a cup of tea. The annual Gramophone Circles' fundraiser for the Cork Alzheimer's Foundation takes place in the Imperial Hotel South Mall Cork on Sunday 20th March at 8pm. Tickets are €10 and a bus to the event will leave from Dunne's car park at 6.45 at a cost of €10, arriving back to Macroom around 11.45p.m. At time of going to press there are still a few seats free on the bus. Ring 026 42483 to book a place. Story time for 3-7 year olds 12 noon Saturday 19th. Next ACOL Bridge date is Wednesday 23rd. Purlies meet 11.30 on Thursday 24th. Ciorcal Cainte takes place on Friday 1st April at 11.30 am. The Bookclub book 'Winter's Bone' by Daniel Woodrell has been delivered. Apologies for the mix up with the original title! Thank you to all our patrons for their continued support. Remember it is now free to become a library member.

'Big Maggie' for Briery Gap

Big Maggie by John B. Keane is set in 1960s rural Ireland. It is a compelling portrait of a woman who is determined to take control of her life following the death of her husband. This play, which was shocking in its time, was first premiered in 1969 and continues to be an enduring theatre favourite. The dialogue crackles with hilarious, caustic putdowns as the indomitable Maggie deals with her family and unwanted suitors. Everyone wants a part of Big Maggie and her property, but she has other ideas.
Eleanor Lucey in the lead role of 'Big Maggie', will be joined by some of the finest local emerging talent including Mary Lynch, Conor O'Leary and Tara Culkin. Playing Byrne, the stonemason whose caustic wit is a match for Maggie's own, is Connie Foley, while Eileen Kelleher O'Brien makes a welcome return, playing the role of Mrs Madden. Finally, playing one of Keane's most memorable characters, the lusty commercial traveller Teddy Heelin, is Pat Mullane, a regular face on the stage scene. The line-up also includes Jordan Burns, Sheila Twomey and Padraig Barry.
Tickets: €12/10 available online at www.brierygap.ie or from the Theatre Box Office on 026 41793.

Briery Gap Programme

Patrick O'Sullivan with Special Guests, Wed. 16th March @ 8.00pm. Tickets €20
Sullane Players present Big Maggie by John B. Keane on Friday 18th, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th March. Tickets €12 & €10.
Briery Gap Spring Musical 'Hello Dolly', Directed by Philip Mc Taggart Walsh, Music & Lyrics by Jerry Herman. April 15th – 17th at 8:00pm; April 22nd – 24th at 8:00pm; Matinee Sunday 24th at 3:00pm. Tickets €16/ Concessions €13. Opening night & matinee offer all tickets €13.

Second Mother Monday 21st March @ 8.30pm. Admission €6. Unspoken class barriers that exist within a home come crashing down when the live-in housekeeper's daughter suddenly appears.
Brooklyn Mon 28th at 8.30p.m. Admission €5 An Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) in 1950s New York falls for a tough Italian plumber (Emory Cohen), but faces temptation from another man (Domhnall Gleeson) when she returns to her homeland for a visit.
Tickets for all of our upcoming shows (excluding cinema) as well as gift vouchers can now be purchased online at www.brierygap.ie. (Online booking fees apply).

Local TV Programmes

Wed. March 16: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50 Selection of Flower of Macroom 2016 from Briery Gap. St. Joseph's N.S. St. Patrick's Day Concert 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 St. Joseph's N.S. St. Patrick's Day Concert 2016. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes
Wed. March 23: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. Easter Reflection with Fr. Jackie Corkery 1987. Flower of Macroom 2016.
Thurs. March 24. 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50p.m. Easter Pageant: Song of Mary. . .
Sun. March 27 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Easter Pageant: Choose Christ 6. 30p.m 1916 Centenary Commemoration from Macroom. Repeat of Wed and Thurs programmes.
Wed. March 30 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. 1916 Centenary Commemoration from Macroom.
Thurs. March 31 9.30p.m. Duhallow and Cill na Martra Choirs at Cill na Martra 2011.

Lee Valley Updates

45th St Patrick's Day Festival in Coppeen

The 2016 St Patrick's Day Festival will be held at Coppeen on Thursday March 17th. This year's festival is the 45th event to be held in Coppeen. The Festival parade will start at the school at 3.00 pm and will include almost thirty floats from all the local organisations and community groups, who will compete for the Tim Sheehan Perpetual Trophy plus cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd places. The theme for this year's event is Community Involvement, which highlights the enormous contribution that the Coppeen community have been making for the St Patrick's Day festival for the past forty five years.

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Clondrohid Updates

Text Alert: A public meeting will take place in Clondrohid Hall on Monday April 4 at 8pm. Speakers on the night will include Sgt. Ian O'Callaghan, Crime Prevention Officer; Orla Doyle Community Officer; Supt. Michael Fitzpatrick, Macroom; Diarmuid Cronin, Development Officer of Muintir na Tire, who will speak on alarms etc. How it works, what it could mean to your area, all will be dealt with on the night, so please come along and support. If you have not yet joined, you can do so on the night. Light refreshments will be served.
Carriganima 1916 commemoration committee: A public meeting will be held in the pub, Carriganima, on Tuesday night, March 22 at 9pm. This meeting is being called to organise a 1916 Commemoration in Carriganima on April 29. Everyone welcome.
Carriganima St. Patrick's Day Parade: will take place on Sunday March 20 at 3pm. Grand Marshall will be a well-kept secret. Music later on that evening by 'Back on Track'
G.A.A. News: A free Easter football Camp on Tuesday March 29 and Wednesday March 30 from 11am till 2pm for all primary school children. To register your child for this camp please phone /text Fergal Kelleher on 0879359704 with details of your child /children.
Fixtures: Fri Mar 18 at 7,45 JAFL Kilmurry V Clondrohid in Cloghduv. U 16BFL Sat Mar 19 at 4pm Clondrohid V Courcey Rovers. U 16BFL Sat Mar 26 at 12pm Clondrohid v Aghabullogue. U14BFL Sat Mar 26 at 12pm Clondrohid V Passage.

1916 in the Lee Valley

The following are some of the events planned to commemorate 1916 in the Muskerry area during March.
Inchigeela 1916. Memorial events commence at 12:30pm on Easter Sunday with a re-enactment of the original march. An oration will be delivered by historian, Michael Galvin; a plaque will be unveiled; the tricolour will be raised as the National anthem is sung. People are invited to dress in the costume of the time.
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
Donoughmore Commemoration is on March 27th in Stuake after 11.30 am Mass. It will include a march, led by a piper, to the Republican plot in the cemetery and will then proceed to the monument near the school. Wreaths will be laid; prayers recited and an oration delivered. Relatives of the local volunteers who marched to Bweeng one hundred years ago have been invited to participate.
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.
N.B. Kilmurry Independence Museum will not open on Easter Sunday March 27, but will open on Saturday April 23 for the Re-enactment of the Mobilisation & March through Kilmurry of Volunteers on Easter Sunday, 1916 and the unveiling of a plaque commemorating this event.
Carriganima 1916 commemoration on April 29. More details later.

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Author, Noreen Meaney, at the launch of 'Ready, Willing, Waiting 1916' in Millstreet. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Tús Maith

While most ceremonies to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising will take place on Easter Sunday, March 27, or in mid-April, to coincide with the date of Easter 1916, some areas have already held commemorations. Coiste Litríochta Mhúscraí held an event at the County Hall at which they recalled the links between Gaeltacht Mhúscraí and Pádraig Pearse, Terence McSwiney, Tomás MacCurtain, Peadar Hourihane and others, all of whom are included in a beautiful commemorative calendar now on sale.
In Millstreet on March 8, the local Monuments Committee presented a most informative, illustrated talk by author, Gerry White, on the role of the Cork Volunteers in the Rising. 'Order, Counter-order, Disorder' was a very fitting description of events that fateful week. Subsequently, a most comprehensive book, 'Ready. Willing. Waiting', written by Noreen Meaney, was launched by Conor Nelligan, Cork Co Council Heritage Officer. It is a treasure trove containing names, photographs and details of Volunteers, copies of manuscripts, images, memories and a host of interesting details. It is indeed a fitting memorial to the Volunteers from Keale, Millstreet, Mushera and Rathduane.

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Danny Maidhchí Ó Súilleabháin agus Rachel Ó Riada ag Comóradh 1916 Múscraí i Halla an Chontae. ©Lee Valley Outlook

1916 - Ceisteanna, Tuairimí, Freagraí

On Sunday 13 March at 1.15 pm, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta broadcast a programme recorded in Baile Bhúirne in the Cork Gaeltacht on the role of the area in the 1916 Rising. In the programme, 1916 - Ceisteanna, Tuairimí, Freagraí, panelists Peadar Ó Ceallaigh, Seán Ó Súilleabháin and Dáithí Mac Suibhne, all local historians, discussed the Rising, nationally and in Cork. Páidí Ó Lionáird chaired the discussion, and some of the topics discussed included women's role in the Rising, the lack of preparation for the Rising, and the importance of the Gaeltacht culture to the IRB.
This is the second programme in the 7 programme series, with one show recorded in each of the Gaeltacht areas of the country. The programmes are broadcast on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta every Sunday at 1.15 pm. You can listen back to the programmes on the RTÉ Radio Player.

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Past and present staff and pupils of Coachford NS, along with Fr. Peadar Murphy, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of the school ©An Scoil

Coachford National School 20th Anniversary

Coachford National School celebrated the 20th anniversary of the opening of the school at a special ceremony recently Former staff, who taught in the old school at Clontead, attended the special Mass celebrated by Fr. Peadar Murphy, with musical performances by the children. Past Principal, Mr. Tom Hallahan, recalled the campaign for the new school build and said the old school, which was built in 1832, had been "condemned" in 1954. "The old school hadn't been suitable for a long time and the plans for a new school could have been forgotten about only that the local people were so persistent," he said. "Mary O'Rourke T.D approved the new school when she was Minister for Education and it was finally built and opened in 1996," he said. "The new school and its facilities are fantastic. The expectations of the teachers and children could not have been fulfilled in the old school building," he said.
Resource teacher, Ms Lynn Dunlea, who taught in the old school for a week before transferring to the new school, said the spirit and atmosphere of the old school still exists today. "The children had great freedom in the grounds of the old school. There were lots of nooks and crannies for them to explore but they still love playing cabbies in the trees here today and there's still a great family spirit in the school," she said. School principal, Ms Sharon O'Driscoll, said it was important to reflect and celebrate the school milestone and that the children also got to celebrate with birthday cake and no homework!

Coachford Flower and Garden Club.

Coachford Flower and Garden Club AGM took place in Coachford National School on February 17. The officers for 2016 are President Kathleen Donnelly; Chairperson Sheila Cooney; Secretary Marian Scully; Treasurer Nancy O'Donovan and Noreen Walsh. The meeting was followed by a very informative talk on gardening by Sheila Crean from Garden World. The next club meeting is on March 16, with a floral demonstration by Breda Keohane.
The April club meeting, which takes place on April 20th in Coachford National School at 8pm, is a fundraiser for two local girls going to Calcutta in May. Margaret Ahern will give a floral demonstration titled "Let's Celebrate Spring".

Coachford Updates

Daffodil Day. O'Riordan's Bar Coachford hosted a very successful coffee morning in aid of the Irish Cancer Society's Daffodil Day on Friday March 11th.
All Ireland Medals. Congratulations to Jimmy Thompson (Coach) and Billy Casey (player) on being part of the CIT Freshers team that won the All Ireland Freshers Football Championship by beating Dublin City University on a scoreline of 2.13 to 1.13.
Indian Quiz. The people who brought you the Coffee Morning in aid of the Hope Foundation are now inviting you to go along to support this worthy cause by taking part in a table quiz in O'Riordan's Bar on Friday March 18th. Tables of four are only €40 and there are questions to suit everyone. The quiz starts at8.30pm and promises to be loads of fun. The Hope Foundation helps the poor and homeless people in Calcutta India.
Keane's classic. Coachford Players are busy putting the final touches to their take on the John B. Keane classic, 'Many Young Men of Twenty', which they will be performing from April 2nd to 5th in the GAA hall Coachford. The play combines humour, song and music while also telling the heart-breaking story of emigration. The group has previously performed Keane's 'Sive', 'The year of the Hiker' and 'Big Maggie' Coachford Players are one of the finest and long standing groups in the county and have been performing plays to the highest standard for the last 30 years.
Race Night. Over 160 punters attended the Parish National Schools Race Night held in Coachford recently. The race goers enjoyed 12 races and betting was brisk for all of them. There was a tremendous atmosphere in the very well decorated hall and huge credit must go to the Parents Associations of Aghabullogue, Coachford and Rylane National Schools for organising a superb fundraiser and a fantastic social event. The Lee Valley Golf and Country Club were the main sponsors of the race night and also laid on some gorgeous finger food for all those present. The last race was an auction race, where groups of friends got together to purchase a race horse and hope that it would come in and bring home half the pot. After racing, the fantastic Hillbillies entertained the crowd well into the morning. It will be a few weeks before all the sponsorship money is in but already it looks like the first ever tri schools event was a roaring success. Who needs Cheltenham?
Spring Run. Broomhill Vintage Club are holding their Annual Spring Run on Sunday April 17th. Registration begins at 11.00am at the GAA Community Centre Coachford. The run begins at Midday and is open to all pre-1991 Cars and Tractors. There will be tea, coffee and beautiful homemade scones at registration. As usual the organising committee have come up with two excellent routes which will provide participants with some superb scenery and a few almost undiscovered roads. For further details, contact Tadgh on 087 2426343.
Greenway. Some 5th year Students from Coachford College are organising a Colour Run on the Coachford Greenway on Sunday April 17th. Tickets for the 5km run are €10 each and can be bought through the 5th year student class and from the College. The proceeds from the run will go to Médecins sans Frontières/ Doctors without Borders

Success for Ballyvongane

On Sunday, March 6th, in the Scór na bPáisti Múscraí Finals, Ballyvongane N.S. had phenomenal success, winning the Denis O'Donovan trophy for the 2nd year in succession. This trophy is awarded to the best overall school in Scór na bPáisti in the Muskerry division. The school came 1st in Ballad Group, Ceol Uirlise, Tráth na gCeist, Ceol Uirlise Aonair, Rince Sean Nós, 2nd in Léiriú and Solo Singing and 3rd in Rince Foirne.

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Berrings Macra set dancing team, Norma Downing, Nicole Sherlock, Noreen Healy and Catherine O'Connell. ©

Macra Matters

Aghinagh Macra members will be doing a clean-up of Ballinagree Village on Sunday the 13th of March at 12 noon. Everyone is welcome to attend and refreshments will be served afterwards. This will be followed by a club meeting in the Laine Bar Ballinagree to discuss upcoming events. New members always welcome. Aghinagh Macra would like to congratulate club member Sarah Twomey on winning the Muskerry regional round of solo singing in the National Talent Competition held in Donoughmore recently. Sarah now goes on to represent the region in the county final. Best of luck to Sarah in the next round. Congratulations are extended to Sheila Lynch also who won the county title for Miss Blue Jeans Country Queen at The Riverside Park Hotel recently.

Berrings Updates

Berrings Community Association / Berrings Tidy Towns held the AGM recently. 2015 was a busy year as we entered The Tidy Towns competition, The Litter Challenge and Pride in our Community. We did well in all competitions but we have a lot of work ahead of us to achieve our goal - putting Berrings on the map as winners! 2016 will be another very busy year with many projects in the pipeline which will be ongoing throughout the year. We have monthly Litter Picking on the second Sunday of each month. The monthly meeting is on the first Thursday each month. Weekly work nights are Thursday evenings, commencing shortly and ongoing until winter. Berrings Crossroad Dancing is on Saturday nights during June, July and August.
Berrings community library. Our entry in 2015 Pride of our Community was Berrings Community Library. We invite you to pay a visit to our unique library at Berrings Cross. Take a book/s or exchange a book/s all for FREE. Open 24/7. This is based on an idea imported from England. The 'library' is in disused telephone boxes near the pub in the village. Locals installed bookcases and the glass doors are always unlocked, giving access to books at all times.
We need more volunteers to help keep Berrings beautiful...clean ..green. Contact Michael 087 210039.

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Junior Infants and Master Condron from St. Lachteen's N.S., Donoughmore went back 100 years on the 11th March 2016. ©An Scoil

Donoughmore Updates

Looking Back. Pupils and teachers from St. Lachteen's N.S., Donoughmore went back 100 years on the 11th March 2016 and tried to reconstruct conditions in 1916. They dressed up in appropriate garb but the comfort of the school and the charts and educational aids were a far cry from what their grandparents and great grandparents experienced during their schooldays in the old school at Stuake. Junior Infants, Faye Crowley, Cathal Carter, Olivia Sheahan, Dara Cafferkery, Patrick Barry, Kelly Sarl, Chloe Walsh, Stephen Church, Ava Marie O'Brien, Kate O'Shea, Caitlin Healy, Sophia Murray, Bobby Reardon, Ellie Crowley, Leah Cullinane, and Eve Murphy posed with their teacher, Master Condron.
Donoughmore Commemoration Committee will hold their annual Easter Sunday commemoration on March 27th in Stuake after 11.30 am Mass. Proceedings will begin with a march led by a piper from the church to the Republican plot in the adjacent church cemetery and will then proceed to the monument near the school. Wreaths will be laid at both locations and prayers will be recited. A speaker, yet to be confirmed, will give an oration at the monument. Other ceremonial events to be confirmed include a flag raising event at both national schools and a pageant by national school children. Relatives of the local volunteers who marched to Bweeng one hundred years ago have been invited to this historic occasion. This is a non-political event and is open to everyone who are encouraged to attend to celebrate Donoughmore's contribution to the cause of Irish freedom.
Donoughmore Historical Society will present an illustrated talk on Monday April 4th entitled 'Further reflections on Ancient Sweet Donoughmore' in the Community Centre Stuake, Donoughmore at 8pm. The speaker will be Gerard O' Rourke, author of the recent successful publication Ancient Sweet Donoughmore: Life in an Irish Rural Parish to 1900. This promises to be a fascinating evening with additional unpublished material on the parish brought to life.

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Macroom Basketball team, with John Murphy holding the ball ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

Memories of Soccer in Macroom

An exile from Macroom, now resident in Longford, my sister, Kathleen Manning, Kilnamartyra, sends me the Lee Valley Outlook regularly. The article on Jerry Darby O'Donovan R.I.P. revived many happy memories, particularly relating to Jerry's involvement in the introduction of soccer to Macroom. I was an enthusiastic member of the club from its foundation. The first Chairman was Dan Drinan. Like Jerry, our secretary, Dan was a total gentleman. Others on the original committee were Eddie McGuiness and the Coughlan brothers from Masseytown. Our first pitch was in the Town Park and was accessed via the Priests' Lane, off of New Street. This was handy as we had the use of a room between Sheila Babe's pub and Desmond's shop for togging out. Players who participated in those early days were Joe Driscoll (who was a spectacular goal keeper), Connie O'Callaghan, Tony Dromey, Donie Sullivan, Roger Healy, Colman McSweeney, Mickey Shine, Martin FitzGerald, Georgie Sheehan, Philip Rowell, Frankie Corcoran, Seamus Dooley (Town Clerk) and Jimmy O'Brien (who livened up some of our training sessions with impromptu rugby matches).
The advent of soccer to Macroom was not greeted with wild enthusiasm by many as the infamous "Rule 27" was in force and anyone dabbling in foreign games was subjected to an immediate ban from all GAA activities. I had played U14 with Macroom GAA the year I joined the soccer club and my ban meant that I could not play U16 football for Macroom in 1965. However, I could play for De La Salle College as schools' football was not subject to Rule 27. The following year I was invited to apply for reinstatement and I played at midfield in Coachford when we defeated Inniscarra in the Mid-Cork final. Later that year I was back playing soccer so I was out again. You could only be re-instated twice and in 1968 I played with the Senior squad for Macroom. Having just joined the National Bank in Clonakilty, I decided to stick with the GAA.
I was introduced to football at a very early age when John Joe Kearney used to organise kick-abouts with his brothers and the McCarthys and anyone else who could be rounded up, in the field across the road from Park View. That same field kept all the houses in Glenview supplied with jam in the summer time as the ditches were full of blackberry bushes which would be weighed down with fruit. When playing with Macroom AFC, we used a pitch in the Park and also spent a season at Con Kelleher's in Mountmassey, where I remember Darby, Eddie McGuinness, Niall Callaghan (New Street) and myself, running for our lives from a large and irate Friesian bull. We then moved to Coolcower House where we played in the field alongside the main Cork road, courtesy of the Caseys. All of our away matches in Cork City were played at Church Road in Blackrock, where six pitches were situated along with dressing rooms and shower facilities. Until my first match there I had never seen showers, as with both soccer and GAA in Macroom, you took the mud home with you. In the late 60s, the building at the left of the Castle Gate was used as a dressing room by the GAA; it later became the library. We travelled by bus to away games and, if our match was played early, we would take in a Cork Hibernians game. This was the era of Carl Davenport and David Wiggington and the atmosphere at Flower Lodge for the big games was really special, with huge crowds and merciless slagging of the opposition. On the way home we would stop at the Western Star on The Western Road for soup and a sandwich.
By the time the ban was removed in 1971, I was living in Longford and playing Gaelic with Longford Slashers and subsequently played a little soccer. I still remember some of the fallout. Even in school there was slagging. John Reardon (Jean), a gifted and popular teacher, might inform the class that Murphy was a "temperamental soccer star".
It was highly appropriate that Jerry O'Donovan was Macroom FC's first Hall of Fame award recipient. He personified all that is good in sport of any kind but his heart was always in soccer. I also note that there is once more a soccer pitch in the Town Park, which was where Jerry got the ball rolling back in the '60's.
John Murphy, formerly of Glenview Tce, Gurteenroe

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1967 Gorta concert in Macroom, with John Murphy 4th from right in front. ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

Ava Needs Help

Ava Barry from Aghabullogue is just six years old and has suffered from Dravets Syndrome, a rare and catastrophic form of intractable epilepsy, since she was four months. Her first attack came just 8 hours after she received her first routine baby vaccinations when she was four months old. Ava is one of about five cases in the country with Dravets Syndrome. Her seizures cannot be successfully treated with epilepsy medication. Since that first shocking experience, which lasted 45 minutes, her parents have been on constant alert so as to help her deal with her next seizure. These can last from two minutes to two hours and can be triggered by a variety of conditions: hot weather or cold weather; running around or getting a little fall in the garden; colds, ear infections etc. Fortunately, Ava has been able to attend play school and now regular school, because of amazing, caring teachers and staff. She is a fantastic little girl and when she is well, she has so much fun, but when the seizures come, things get serious again.
Ava has been treated with all available epilepsy medicines, with limited success. Now, her parents have learned of a new treatment, medicinal marijuana, being used in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Brazil with enormous success. CBD Oil is resulting in children's seizures being reduced by 60, 80 and even 100% in some cases. However, in Ireland at present, CBD Oil is not legalised and if her parents accessed it privately, Ava would not have medical support because doctors cannot treat patients using an 'illegal substance'.
Ava's parents are urgently demanding this option for their daughter as practically all other means have been exhausted. They decided to tell her story and hope to get support for their cause by setting up a FaceBook page in an effort to raise awareness. Please visit the Facebook page CBD For Ava Support and Like and Share it with others. There is also information on the page about medicinal marijuana and how it has helped others. It does not cause the recreational high that is associated with marijuana. It is a different plant and is bred with minimal THC which is the component that is associated with psychoactive effects. Please help make a case to have the CBD allowed into Ireland for Ava and children like her.
Vera Twomey Barry and Family.

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Aoife Lucey and Collette O'Riordan, West Muskerry A.C. preparing for a fundraiser for leukaemia in the Riverside Park on Sat. April 2. ©

Aoife Lucey Leukaemia Fund

West Muskerry A.C. are holding a fundraiser for one of their teammates, Aoife Lucey, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in September 2015. Aoife is currently undergoing treatment in Crumlin Children's Hospital in Dublin. Her teammates are putting on a concert on the 2nd of April in the Riverside Park Hotel in Macroom and one of the club coaches, Collette O'Riordan, will be doing a head shave on the night to raise funds for Aoife's ongoing medical needs and rehabilitation. There will also be a monster raffle on the night with some fantastic prizes. A fun filled night of entertainment and talent can be assured. Tickets are only €5 and can be purchased from Spar in Clondrohid, McSweeneys Shop in Macroom (across from Supervalu) any club committee member or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Naomh Pádraig

In aois a sé déag, tugadh Pádraig go hÉirinn ón mBreatain ag Niall Naoi nGiallach. Díoladh é mar sclábhaí le Miliuc agus bhíodh sé ag aoireacht caorach agus muc ar Shliabh Mis i gCo. Aontroma. Críostaí ab ea Pádraig agus bhíodh sé ag guí chun Dé de ló is d'oíche. Chaith sé sé bliana ansan ach, le cabhair Dé, d'éalaigh sé abhaile. D'óirníodh ina shagart é agus deineadh easbog de ach fós, chuala sé muintir na hÉireann ag glaoch ar ais air chun insint dóibh faoin bhfíor-Dhia.
Tháinig Pádraig ar ais go hÉirinn agus thaisteal sé mór-chuid den tír ach níor shroich sé Corcaigh riamh. Maidin Domhnach Cásca, las sé tine ar cnoc Sláinge, rud nár ceadaíodh go dtí go mbeadh tine na ndraoithe lasta ar chnoc Teamhrach. Cé nár ghlac an Ard Rí leis an gCríostaíocht, thug sé cead do Phádraig an creideamh a chraobhscaoileadh sa tír. Mhínigh seisean an Tríonóid Naofa le cabhair seamróige. Deirtear gur chuir sé an ruaig ar na nathaireacha nimhe as Éirinn.
'Sé Pádraig patrún na hÉireann, maraon le Naomh Bríd agus Naomh Colmcille. Tá an féasta ar an 17ú Márta agus deintear é a cheiliúradh in Éirinn agus ar fud an domhain.

Lúireach Phádraig (St. Patrick's Breastplate)

Críost liom, Críost romham,
Críost i mo dhiaidh, Críost istigh ionam,
Críost fúm, Críost os mo chionn,
Críost ar mo láimh dheas, Críost ar mo láimh chlé,
Críost i mo luí dhom, Críost i mo shuí dhom,
Críost i mo sheasamh dhom,
Críost i gcroí gach duine atá ag cuimhneamh orm,
Críost i mbéal gach duine a labhraíonn liom,
Críost i ngach súil a fhéachann orm,
Críost i ngach cluais a éisteann liom.

Hail, Glorious St. Patrick

Hail, Glorious St. Patrick, dear saint of our isle.
On us, thy poor children, bestow a sweet smile.
And now, thou art high in the mansions above,
On Erin's green valleys look down in thy love.

Ever bless and defend the dear land of our birth,
Where shamrock still blooms as when thou wert on earth.
Our hearts shall still burn, wheresoever we roam,
For God and St. Patrick and our native home

Dóchas linn Naomh Pádraig

Dóchas linn Naomh Pádraig, aspal mór na hÉireann.
Ainm oirdhearc gléigeal, solas mór an tsaoil é.
'Sé do chloí na Draoithe, croíthe dúra gan aon mhaith,
D'ísligh dream an díomais, tré neart Dé ár dtréanfhlaith.
Sléibhte, gleannta, maighe, 'sbailte mór' na hÉireann,
Ghlan sé iad go deo dúinn, mí le glór dár naomh dhil.
Iarr'mid ort, a Phádraig, guí orainne Gaela,
Dia linn lá 'gus oíche, 's Pádraig, Aspal Éireann.

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Macroom Motor Services Mid Cork Under 21 Football Championship

A Football Championship
Semi-final: Ballincollig 0 – 13 Inniscarra 0 –10
Final: Cill na Martra v Ballincollig
Ballincollig 0 – 13 Inniscarra 0 –10
Ballincollig, who had defeated Macroom in extra time in the opening round, got the better of champions Inniscarra in the A championship semi-final at Ballinora and now meet Cill na Martra in a unique final pairing. Cill na Martra won the Mid Cork C championship in 2014, the B championship in 2015 and are now in line to take the premier grade but are facing the team with the best record in the competition, Ballincollig having no less than 21 titles already to their credit.
Cian Dorgan was the scoring hero for Ballincollig, registering 0-9 of his sides total, all but one point from frees. Goalkeeper Ciarán Noonan also had a vital role to play in the victory, making a superb second half save when the game could have swung Inniscarra'a way. Cian Dorgan and Sean twice exchanged points from frees early on before Dorgan and Luke Fahy kicked points to put Ballincollig in the lead after the first quarter. Two Dorgan frees yielded points but Inniscarra had like scores from Sean O'Donoghue and Tomas O'Connor. Dorgan, Robbie Burke and Cian Kiely had Ballincollig points in the last five minutes of the half to which Innscarra replied with a solitary point from Adam O'Connell, so Ballincollig led by 0-9 to 0-5 at the break.
Sean O'Donoghue and Cian Dorgan exchanged points from frees on the resumption, Dorgan then pointed another free and Ballincollig goalkeeper Noonan made his super save. A Ballincollig point from Eoin O'Reilly was answered by a brace from O'Donoghue and O'Connor for 'Scarra and when the Inniscarra duo repeated the feat the score was 0-12 to 0-10 with eight minutes remaining. A last minute point from a Cian Dorgan was the only score of the tense closing minutes.
Ballincollig: Ciarán Noonan: Luke Fahy, Shane O Neill, Kevin Crowley: Cian Kiely, Colin O'Donovan, Luke Carey Murphy: Dylan Kirstein, Peter O'Neill: Rob Burke, Mark Prendergast, Gearóid O'Donovan: Eoin O'Reillly, Cian Dorgan, Kevin Browne. Subs: Brian O'Halloran and Shane O'Sullivan
Inniscarra: Lorcan Geaney: Mark McCarthy, Cathal Griffin, John Stanton: Kevin O'Herlihy, Jack O'Dwyer, Stephen Dornan: Aaron O'Raw, Gerry Roche: David Barry, Tomás O'Connor, Seán O'Donoghue: Liam Collins, Adam O'Connell, Jack Hayes. Subs: David Carroll, Stephen O'Brien, Declan Hyland, Andrew McCarthy.
Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.

B Football Championship Round Two:

Kilmurry 2-13 Grenagh 1-3
Donoughmore 1-9 Iveleary 2-6
Canovee 3-14 Kilmichael 0-6
Round Three Kilmurry 4 – 14 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 2 - 12
Quarter Finals:
A Kilmurry v Blarney; B Aghabullogue1-15 Aghinagh 1-7; C Naomh Abán 1-5 Éire Óg 0-15; D Iveleary/ Donoughmore v Canovee
Second Round:
Kilmurry 2-13 Grenagh 1-3
Kilmurry had their expected easy victory in the losers round of the U21 B championship at Cloughduv. Kilmurry led by 0-7 to 0-1 at the break with Sean Warren and Liam Wall contributing two points apiece and Eoin Clifford, Kyle Kelleher and Pádraig Berhanu getting one each. The one way traffic continued in the second half. Seán Warren found the net from the penalty spot and added a point from a free, Eoin Clifford slotted home a second goal and points followed from Eoin Clifford, Seán Curzon, James Dullea, Brian Hinchion and Warren again.
Iveleary 2-6 Donoughmore 1-9
Iveleary and Donoughmore must meet again on St Patrick's Day to decide who advances to meet Canovee in the quarter final stage of the Mid Cork U21 B Football championship. The teams were level at half time at 0-3 and still could not be separated at the full time whistle, a last minute goal saving Iveleary. Barry O'Leary and Chris Óg Jones got the goals for Iveleary and Chris O'Donovan and Barry O'Leary had a point apiece with Chris Óg getting the remainder of the points.
Iveleary: Liam Cotter: Josh Pickering, Ciarán Galvin, Ciarán O'Riordan: Christopher O'Donovan, David Murphy, Tim O'Dea: Finbarr McSweeney, James O'Donovan: Mikey Cummins, Barry O'Leary, Isaac Connaughton: Chris Óg Jones, Olan Clancy, Murt Cotter. Sub: Ian McSweeney.
Canovee 3-14 Kilmichael 0-6
Canovee had a clear cut victory over Kilmichael in the losers round and now await the winners of the Donoughmore v Iveleary game in the quarter final. Kilmichael were without Cork senior Peter Kelleher but managed to stay in contention until the break when Canovee held a 1-7 to 0-5 lead. Denis Murphy was the scorer of the Canovee goal, getting a touch to a James Moynihan effort. Canovee started the second half strongly and added some scores and the Kilmichael challenge fell away as James Moynihan and Conor Hughes had a goal apiece and Kieran Moynihan was in fine shooting form. Ronan O'Callaghan was the main marksman for Kilmichael with 0-3, Shane Foley had two points and Kevin Kelleher and Shane O'Donoghue scored a point each.
Canovee: Cormac O'Driscoll: James O'Sullivan, Cian Lehane, Seán Browne: Denis Murphy, Michael Dunne, Liam Murphy; Ciarán Canty, Blake Ring: Kieran Moynihan, Conor Hughes, Brian Verling: James Moynihan, Mark Walsh, Mark Healy. Subs: Tadhg O'Riordan, James Verling, Niall Cronin, Dara Cronin, Patrick Buckley.
Kilmichael: Stephen O'Leary: Jamie McCarthy, Cathal O'Donovan, Kevin Murphy: Oisín de Lacey, Barry Kelleher, Luke Hennigan: Shane Foley, Cathal Foley: James Coughlan, Trevor Tobin, Brendan Kelleher: Ronan O'Callaghan, Shane O'Donoghue, Eoghan Murphy. Subs: Kevin Kelleher, Jordan O'Riordan, Ciarán O'Donoghue and Patrick O'Mahony.
Referee: Mr Timmy McCarthy, Clondrohid.

Third Round:

Kilmurry 4 – 14 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 2 – 12
Kilmurry, had their second victory in a week, defeating a young Béal Átha side at Baile Mhuirne in the only third round game. Kilmurry now meet Blarney in the quarter final and will be fancied to win here as they continue to improve after their opening round defeat to Aghabullogue.
Kilmurry had a great start, Kyle Kelleher finding the Béal Átha net in the opening minute but the Gaeltacht side recovered and two points from Diarmuid Mac Tomáis were followed by a Donagh Seartan goal in the 8thminute. Joe Ryan, a panellist with the Tipperary U21 footballers defeated by Kerry, had a second Kilmurry goal in the 11th minute and the winners took over after that for a period. Points from Ryan, Padraig Berhanu, Eoin Clifford, Seán Warren and Brian Hinchion followed to give Kilmurry a 2-5 to 1-2 lead by the 18th minute. Mac Tomáis and Sean Curzon exchanged points before Béal Átha finished the half with three points in a row to leave four points between the teams at the break, 2-7 to 1-6 the score in Kilmurry's favour.
The play in the third quarter was hard fought and very even. Conchur O Loinsuigh and Joe Ryan exchanged points before Diarmuid Mac Tomáis had a brace for Béal Átha to leave only two points between the teams in the 41st minute. Kilmurry responded to the challenge strongly and two points from Sean Warren, and one each from Liam Wall and Sean Curzon gave them a six point lead. Donagh Seartan pointed for the western side, back came Kilmurry with two goals, Pádraig Berhanu and Joe Reyan the scorers, and a late goal from a penalty by Ciarán Ó Nunáin was some compensation for the effort Béal Átha maintained to the end.
Kilmurry: Eoin Curzon: Pádraig Hinchion, Fionn Warren, William Ronan: Kyle Kelleher, Oisín McSweeney, John Mullane: James Berhanu, Liam Wall: Seán Curzon, Padraig Berhanu, Brian Hinchion: Eoin Clifford, Joseph Ryan, Seán Warren. Subs: Seán Flanagan, James Dullea and Sean O'Sullivan.
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. Referee: Colm Ó Mocháin, Cill na Martra.

Quarter Finals:

Aghabullogue 1 – 15 Aghinagh 1 – 7
Conditions at Cloughduv were remarkably pleasant and Aghabullogue and Aghinagh served up a fine game under lights in the quarter final of the championship. Aghabullogue were favourites and they led from the start but Aghinagh were never outclassed and were in strong contention up to the last ten minutes when Aghabullogue began to put the scores on the board to draw clear of their neighbours.
Aghabullogue started well and points from Mathew O'Brien Bradley, Evan O'Sullivan and Niall BarryMurphy had them settled early. Seán Kelleher, lining out at centre back, opened the scoring for Aghinagh in the 8thminute but Aghabullogue had three further points before Aghinagh had a second point from Donagh O'Riordan in the 22nd minute. Rory Cotter and Seán Kelleher added a point apiece to cut the deficit to two points, 0-6 to 0-4, but Aghabullogue doubled their advantage in the run up to half time with points from Billy Casey and Mathew O'Brien Bradley.
After an exchange of points on the restart, between Evan O'Sullivan and Rory Cotter, Aghabullogue struck for a goal from Niall BarryMurphy, well set up by James Byrne in the 36th minute. The Aghinagh response was forceful and after Miceál Horgan pointed a free, William Coakley scored a rousing goal, getting possession from a Aghabullogue kick out and driving straight through the centre of the defence t o blast the ball to the net, 1-9 to 1-6 the score now in the 41st minute. Two Aghabullogue points were answered by point from a Rory Cotter free in the 47th minute and this was to prove to be the final score for Aghinagh. Evan O'Sullivan pointed a free for Aghabullogue in the 50th minute and Ian BarryMurphy, David Thompson and O'Sullivan again had unanswered points to make for a comfortable margin of victory.
Aghabullogue: Luke O'Connor: Anthony Corkery, Ryan Dennehy, Seán O'Connell: Niall Barry Murphy, 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: Denis Desmond 35, David Thompson 48, Michael O'Regan 60.
Aghinagh: Ted O'Leary: Miceál O'Connell, Dermot O'Callaghan, John Lynch: Andrew Murphy, Seán Kelleher, Adam O'Leary: Mathew McCarthy, Shane Corkery: Chris Duggan, William Coakley, Donagh O'Riordan: Rory Cotter, Liam McCarthy, Miceál Horgan. Subs: Diarmuid Crowley h/t, Robert Buttimer 52.
Referee: Mr Ted Hayes, Éire Óg.,
Éire Óg 0 – 15 Naomh Abán 1 – 5
Championship favourites, Éire Óg were convincing winners over Naomh Abán in the quarter final at Kilmichael. The Ovens side are uniformly big and strong and with two Cork U21's in their lineout (along with a similar number of Cork Minor panellists) will take some beating in this grade. After a slow start they had too much power for a far younger and lighter Baile Mhuirne side.
Éire Óg had the benefit of the breeze in the opening half but Naomh Abán matched them in play and on the scoreboard for the first quarter. Colm O'Callaghan and Brian Hurley scored points for Éire Óg, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh had two fine points in reply for the Gaeltacht side. Cork midfielder Ronan O'Toole put the winners in front in the 17th minute and they added point on point until the break when they led by 0-8 to 0-2. Naomh Abán did have chances but a weakness in finish denied them of a couple of glorious goal chances.
Naomh Abán got a massive boost on the resumption when a Mikey Ó Duinnín free kick was carried over the goal line by a defender and when Ó Duinnín added a point from a free only two points separated the teams after five minutes. Éire Óg rose to the challenge immediately and a point each from Colm O'Callaghan, Brian Hurley and Gerard McSweeney steadied the ship and when Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh had a N Abán point, the winners fired over four more, two from Brian Hurley and one each from Donncadh Kelly and Keith O'Riordan to put the game beyond reach of the Baile Mhuirne men. Mike Ó Duinnín had a late point for Naomh Abán.
Éire Óg: Christopher Kelly: Daniel Cotter, John Mullins, Ross McCarthy; Michael Corkery, Jason Twomey, Gerard McSweeney: Ronan O'Toole, Dáire McCarthy: Colm O'Callaghan, Eoin O'Shea, Donncadh Kelly: Brian Hurley, Denis Murphy, Keith O'Riordan. Sub: James O'Sullivan.
Naomh Abán: Gearóid Ó Luasa: Stiofáin Ó Murcú, Tomás Ó hAilíosa, Seamus Ó Donnchú: Tadhg Ó Riordáin, Mikey Ó Liatháin, Ronán de hÍde: Miceál Ó Duinnín, Pól Ó Cathasaigh: Pádraig Ó Céilleachair, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Diarmuid Ó Meachair: Eoin de Roiste, Piarais Ó Liatháin, Conchuir Ó Riordáin. Fir Ionaid: Daithi Ó Tuama, Eoin Ó Scanaill, Daire Ó Laoire, Miceál Ó Ceallachain, Cian Ó Suilleabháin.
Referee: Ger Ahern, Canovee.

U21 C Football Championship Final

Ballinora 6-15 Clondrohid 2-4
The Mid -Cork U21 C football championship final was played at the Dripsey venue and was a very one sided affair with the much stronger Ballinora side having the easiest of wins, inevitably raising the suggestion that the winners, a premier intermediate club, were too strong for this grade. Ballinora led by 4-8 to 1-2 at the interval, their goals coming from Darragh Holmes, Brian Murphy, Denis Buckley and Darragh Corkery. They continued to dominate to the finish, James Hogan and Cathal McCarthy had further goals, against plucky but out muscled opponents. Darreen Dineen and Cian Creedon got the goals for Clondrohid.
Ballinora: Jack O'Farrell: Ken Greally, Neil Walsh (c): Dylan Dineen, Patrick Cronin, Kevin O'Regan; Mike Lordan, James Lordan: Kevin Murphy, Darragh Corkery, Denis Buckley: Darragh Holmes, Brian Murphy. Subs: Brian Rigney, Pádraig Dineen, Cathal McCarthy, Jack Blake, James Walsh and James Hogan.
Clondrohid: Alan Duggan: Denis O'Riordan, Conor Flanagan: Killian Lynch, Brian Corcoran, Stephen O'Riordan: Shane Dineen, David Lynch: Cian Creedon, Darren Dineen, Cian O'Riordan: Seán Quinn, Daniel Buckley. Sub: Kevin O'Riordan.

Junior Football Muskerry Cup 2016

Quarter Finals
1 Donoughmore v Kilmichael or Dripsey. 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

Clondrohid 0-5 0-12 Canovee
Donoughmore 1-11 2-9 Kilmichae
Iveleary 0-16 0-9 Aghinagh
Blarney 0-11 0-18 Ballincollig
Canovee 0-12 1-6 Kilmichael
Iveleary 0-16 Aghinagh 0-9
Reigning Mid Cork champions Iveleary had too much power for last year's beaten league finalists Aghinagh when the sides met in the opening round of this year's league at the newly upgraded and impressive Inchigeela venue. Both sides were understrenght, Cathal Vaughan and Chris Óg Jones among the Iveleary absentees, Declan Ambrose, Sean Kelleher, Dave Barry amongst those out for Aghinagh.
James M O'Leary opened the scoring for Iveleary, Donal Corkery replied, Brian Cronin put the home side back in front and they were never again to lose the lead. Patrick O'Riordan and Shane Corkery exchanged points, Seán Lehane and Brian Cronin made it 0-5 to 0-2 in favour of Iveleary by the end of the first quarter. Barry O'Leary, James Leary and Brian Cronin added points before Aghinagh replied with points from Jason McCarthy and Donal Corkery but a late point from Liam Kearney had Iveleary in front 0-9 to 0-4 at the interval and they were looking comfortable at this stage.
Iveleary maintained their control on the game in the third quarter with points from Barry O'Leary, Brian Cronin and Liam Kearney matched by Aghinagh points from William Ambrose, Mathew McCarthy, 0-12 to 0-6 the score. Points were exchanged on three occasions as the teams played out time and Finbarr McSweeney had a late Iveleary point to give the home side a seven point winning margin.
Iveleary: Joe Creedon: Donal Cotter, Daniel O'Riordan, Barry Murphy: Finbarr McSweeney Jnr., Ger O'Riordan, Kevin Manning: Sean O'Leary, Patrick O'Riordan: Finbarr McSweeney, Sean Lehane, James M O'Leary: Brian Cronin, Barry O'Leary, Liam Kearney. Subs: Alan O'Brien 40, David Murphy 52, David Dineen 55.
Aghinagh: Paul O'Sullivan: Adam O'Leary, Alan Hourihan, John Lynch: Paud O'Sullivan, Dermot O'Callaghan, Donagh McCarthy: William Ambrose, Shane corkery: Sean Horgan, Jason McCarthy, Jeremiah colrkery: William Coakley, Donal Corkery, Mathew McCarthy. Subs: Trevor Burns 20, Miceál Horgan 50, Tim O'Leary 50. Referee: Colm Ó Mocháin, Cill na Martra.
Kilmichael 2-7 Donoughmore 1-9
Kilmichael had a good win over Donoughmore, their first round championship opponents, in the opening league game of the season. Daniel Twomey with 1-3 was the leading scorer for the winners and Conor Cotter had their other goal. Shane Cotter and Brendan Cotter had a point each. The Kilmichael: Ronan O'Callaghan: Barry Kelleher, Adrian Kelly, Alan Murphy: Damian Crowley, Finbarr Buckley, Cian Dromey: Simon Foley, Conor Cotter: Darragh Foley, Daniel Twomey, Miceál Masters: Brendan Cotter, Colm Dromey, Trevor Tobin. Subs: Colin Landers and Shane Cotter.

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 any one of four opponents to come through on the other side of the draw.
(A) Newmarket v Nemo Rangers
(B) Kiskeam 1-8 Mallow 1-15
(C) Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 3-14 Bandon 1-6
(D) Kinsale 0-9 Mitchelstown 0-8
Semi-Finals. A v Mallow. Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 3-14 Kinsale 1-7
Final. Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Mallow or Newmarket/ Millstreet/ Nemo.

Allianz National Football League

Dublin 2-14 Cork 2-10
Despite being led by eight points at one juncture, Dublin clinched victory late over Cork at Croke Park to remain unbeaten in Division 1 of the football league. Cork had made a brilliant start to the game with Colm O'Neill and Peter Kelleher hitting the net in the first-half and Cork were in front 2-7 to 1-3 at half time. However, Dublin took control in the second-half and Cormac Costello's 70th minute point nudged them in front 1-14 to 2-10 and then James McCarthy hit a marvellous goal in the last passage of play to seal Dublin's success.
Scorers for Cork: Colm O'Neill 1-3 (1-0 pen, 0-2f), Peter Kelleher 1-0, Brian Hurley 0-2 (0-1f), Paul Kerrigan, Luke Connolly (0-1f), Colm O'Driscoll, Mark Collins, Ruairi Deane 0-1 each.
Cork: Micheál Aodh Martin (Nemo Rangers): Jamie O'Sullivan (Bishopstown), Eoin Cadogan (Douglas), Kevin Crowley (Millstreet): Tomas Clancy (Fermoy), Brian O'Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh), Kevin O'Driscoll (T MacCarthaigh): Ian Maguire (St Finbarr's), Sean Kiely (Ballincollig): Mark Collins (Castlehaven), Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers), Colm O'Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh): Colm O'Neill (Ballyclough), Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers).
Subs: Daniel Goulding (Éire Óg) (43), Killian O'Hanlon (Kilshannig) (50), Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)(54), Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues) (57), Andrew O'Sullivan (Castletownbere) (67), Mark Collins (O'Donovan Rossa)(70).

Allianz National Hurling League

Dublin 4-21 Cork 2-17
Dublin had total superiority in an emphatic win over the Rebels at Croke Park. Three goals in a four minute spell in the opening period proved the difference in swinging this contest in Dublin's favour as Cork lost a third straight league game.
Cork: Anthony Nash (Kanturk): Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers), Killian Burke (Midleton), Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh): Damian Cahalane (St Finbarrs), Mark Ellis (Millstreet), Cormac Murphy (Mallow): Daniel Kearney (Sarsfield), Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr): Bill Cooper (Youghal), Seamus Harnedy (St Itas), Conor Lehane (Midleton): Luke O'Farrell (Midleton), Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown), Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers). Subs: Lorcan McLoughlin (Kanturk) (28), Paul Haughney (Midleton) (32), Stephen Murphy (Blackrock) (h-t), Paudie O'Sullivan (Cloyne) (44), William Leahy (Aghada) (62).
Cork 2-22 Kilkenny 2-23
Cork suffer a one point defeat to Kilkenny in P Uí Rinn after a vastly improved performance from the previous weekend against Dublin. Kilkenny scored the winner in injury time.
Cork lined out in their Blue and Gold 1916 jerseys, dominated the early proceedings and leading 0-5 to 0-2 after 10 minutes. Cork pushed their lead to 1-10 to 0-6 by 25 minutes, but Kilkenny then came back into contention and it was Cork 1-12 to 0-11 at half time. Kilkenny stormed into the game on the resumption with five points on the trot. Scorers for Cork: S. Harnedy (1-3); C. Lehane (0-1 free)(0-4 frees, 0-1 65)(0-6 each); B. Cooper (1-0) C. Murphy (0-2); L. McLoughlin, P. Haughney, B. Lawton, L. O'Farrell and D. Kearney (0-1 each).
Cork: P. Collins, K. Burke, D. Cahalane, S. McDonnell (c), C. Murphy, C. Joyce, L. McLoughlin, P. Haughney, J. Cronin, B. Lawton, B. Cooper, C. Lehane, L. O'Farrell, S. Harnedy, P. Horgan. Subs: D. Kearney, S. Moylan, P. O'Sullivan, W. Egan.

Munster U21 Football Championship

Cork 0-23 Clare 0-8
Cork cruised through to the semi-finals of the EirGrid Munster U21 football championship, defeating Clare in Cooraclare by 15 points. Sean O'Donoghue of Inniscarra scored six points for Cork who led by 0-10 to 0-5 at half-time. A run of nine unanswered points from Cork in the second half eased them into a massive lead, with senior star Peter Kelleher of Kilmichael another to impress at full-forward. There was a solid display too from debutant Ronan O'Toole at midfield as Cork asserted their dominance.
Scorers for Cork: S O'Donoghue 0-6 (three frees), B Coakley 0-5 (four frees), S Sherlock 0-3 (one free), P Kelleher, M Hurley 0-2 each, R Harkin, M McSweeney, R O'Toole, D O'Driscoll, M Ó Duinnín, S White (free) 0-1 each.
Cork: Anthony Casey (Kiskeam): Dylan Quinn (St Finbarr's), Micheál McSweeney (Newcestown), John Mullins (Éire Óg): Kevin Flahive (Douglas), Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers), Kieran Histon (Cobh): Seán White (Clonakilty), Ronan O'Toole (Éire Óg): Don O'Driscoll (Clann nan Gael), Seán O'Donoghue (Inniscarra), Ryan Harkin (Mallow): Brian Coakley (Carrigaline), Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Michael Hurley (Castlehaven). Subs: Eoin Lavers (Dohenys), Maidhc Ó Duinnín (Naomh Abán) (44), Seán O'Leary (Bantry Blues), Shane Sherlock (St Finbarr's), Cian Kiely (Ballincollig) and Kevin Cremin (Boherbue) (both 53).

Cork County Championship Fixtures and Dates

Sunday March 20th: at Thurles, NHL Cork v Tipperary, 2.00pm
Sunday March 27th NFL at Pairc Uí Rinn, Cork v Down, 2.00pm
W/E April 2/3: Junior 'B' County Football Championship Round 1
Sunday April 3rd: at
Tralee: NFL Kerry v Cork, 2.00pm
Wednesday April 6th at Waterford, Munster Minor HC, Waterford v Cork
Thursday April 7th: Munster U-21 Football Final
Wednesday April 13th: at Pairc Uí Rinn, Munster MFC, Cork v Tipperary
Saturday April 16th: All-Ireland U-21 Football Semi-finals Munster v Ulster
Junior 'B' Co H Championship Rd 1, Junior 'C' Co F Championship Round 1
Saturday April 23rd
@ Skibbereen, SFC, Clonakilty v Castlehaven, 6.30pm
@ Coachford, SFC, Nemo Rangers v Duhallow 6.30pm
@ Mayfield, PIFC, MACROOM v Fermoy, 6.30pm
@ Newcestown, PIFC, Mallow v Bantry Blues 6.30pm
@ Kilmurry, IFC CILL na MARTRA v Bandon 6.30pm
Sunday April 24th: National Football League Final
@ Bantry, SFC, Beara v St Finbarrs 3.30pm
@ Pairc Diolunaigh, SFC, Seandun v UCC 3.30pm
@ Ballygarvan, SFC, St Nicholas v Carrigaline 3.45pm
@ Ballygarvan, PIFC, EIRE OG v Nemo Rangers 2.00pm
@ Mayfield, IFC, Kildorrery v Clonakilty, 3.00pm
@ Rathcormac, IFC Glanworth v Glenville, 3.00pm
Saturday April 30th:
All-Ireland U-21 Football final
@ Carrigadrohid, SFC, Carbery Rangers v Clyda Rovers 6.30pm
@ Pairc Uí Rinn, SFC, BALLINCOLLIG v Bishopstown 8.00pm
@ Pairc Uí Rinn, SFC, Aghada v MUSKERRY, 6.15pm
@ Dunmanway, SFC, Carbery v O' Donovan Rossa 7.00pm
@ Pairc na Diolúnaigh, IFC Carrigaline v Kanturk. 6.30pm
County 'B' Football Championship Round 2
Sunday May 1st: National Hurling League Final
@ Brinny, SFC, Newcestown v CIT 6.30pm
@ Brinny, SFC, Dohenys v Douglas 3.30pm
@ Pairc Uí Rinn, PIFC, St Vincent v St Michaels, 3.45pm
@ Pairc Uí Rinn, IFC, St Finbarrs v Mayfield, 2.00pm
@ Coachford, SFC Preliminary Round, Avondhu v Ilen Rovers 3.00pm
@ Mallow, PIFC, Kiskeam v Na Piarsaigh, 4.00pm
@ Mallow, IFC, Rockchapel v Youghal, 2.15pm
@ Inchageela, IFC, Adrigole v Ballydesmond, 6.45pm
@ Blarney, PIFC, BALLINORA v GRENAGH 3.30pm
Saturday May 7th
@ Watergrasshill or Clonakilty, SFC, Valley Rovers v winners of Avondhu/Ilen Rovers 6.45pm
@ Kealkil, PIFC, Castletownbere v NAOMH ABAN 6.45pm
@ Macroom, IFC, AGHABULLOGUE v Millstreet, 6.15pm
@ Macroom, PIFC, BÉAL ÁTHA'N GHAORTHAIDH v Newmarket, 8.00pm
@ Castlelyons, IFC, Douglas v Mitchelstown 6.45pm
@ Ballygarvan, IFC, Glanmire v Kinsale 6.45pm
County Junior 'C' Football Championship Round 2
Sunday May 8th - Lá na gClub


Recent Results. O'Neill's All Ireland Post Primary Senior B Final: Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig 3-06 Our Lady's, Terenure 3-02
All Ireland Minor A Camogie Championship Group 2: Cork 0 14 Waterford 2 5
Irish Daily Star National League Division 1 Group 2 Kilkenny 0-11 Cork 1-09 Cork inflicted a first defeat of the campaign on Kilkenny, coming out on top of a very tight affair by 1-9 to 0-11. The critical score of the game arrived nine minutes before the interval and as has become customary when it comes to Cork goals, it was Katrina Mackey that did the business. Ann Downey's charges fought back well with points from Sarah Ann Quinlan and Kate McDonald to be level at the break, 0-8 to 1-5, and did so again having fallen three behind as Orla Cotter brought her tally for the game to five. Quinlan levelled the scores after 29 minutes but Cork have not won the last two All-Irelands for nothing. It was no surprise then to see such an experienced crew prevail, although it was one of the fresher faces, Katelyn Hickey who popped up with the winner from the puck out, placing the Leesiders alongside Kilkenny and Limerick on the top of the table. Cork Scorers: O. Cotter 0-05, K. Mackey 1-01, O. Cronin 0-01, F. Neville 0-01, K. Hickey 0-01
Irish Daily Star National League Division 2 Group 1 Cork 5-16 Westmeath 1-09 Cork Scorers: R. O'Callaghan 4-00, L. O'Neill 1-00, R. O'Shea 0-06, S. Mills 0-05, C. Sugrue 0-03, L. Coppinger 0-01, J. Barry 0-01.

Macroom G.A.A.

U-16s; Macroom played away to Courcey Rovers in their first B League game on 13/3/2016 but lost 2-9 to 1-8. The team played well and gave a very positive display. They struck the woodwork a number of times, and, with better luck, could have scored more goals.
U-14s; Had a practice game against Millstreet on 13/3/2016 in Tom Creedon Park. Although missing Cormac Buckley, Liam Linehan, Shane Sweeney and Kieran Doody, the team played reasonably well and notched some impressive scores. They have their first B League away to Donoughmore next Sunday 20th March.
U-12s; Kilnamartyra visited Tom Creedon Park on Sat. morning and and Macroom had a very useful game against them. They hope to have 1 or 2 more games before their first competitive game against Aghinagh in April.
U-10s; 32 boys attended training and they practiced soloing, kick passing and tackling. With 4 teams of eight, they played 2 games in preparation for the first Blitz of year in Coachford next week.
U-8s; More than 40 attended for their first session of the season and a very enjoyable morning was had by all.
U-6s; They will begin football in early April.
Other forthcoming activities are; Participation in St. Patrick's Day Parade, Easter Cúl Camp and fund-raising Quiz/Auction.

Macroom Golf Club

Results. Weekly singles: 1st Ml Lillis (18) 36 pts
Holmpatrick Cup: 1st Ted Murphy (11) & John Hourihan (21) 51 pts. 2nd Jim Nyhan (11) & Robert Nyhan (17) 50 pts.
Seniors: 1st Ted Murphy (11), Sean McSweeney (17), John Smyth (24) 34.8 pts.
Fixtures. Tue Seniors. Thurs. Open Scramble. Fri, Sat & Sun Invitation Singles