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Remembering 1916 in Macroom ©Jon Mathers.

Lee Valley Diary

Coachford Players present 'Many Young Men of Twenty' April 2- 5 in the GAA hall
West Muskerry AC fundraiser at Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on April 2 at 7pm
Clogagh 1916 Commemoration 2p.m. Sun. Ap. 3.
Scéalta na nÓstán TG4 9.30p.m. Sun. Ap. 3 and 7.30p.m. Mon. Ap. 4.
Clondrohid Community Alert meeting on Mon April 4 at 8pm in Clondrohid Hall.
Canovee NS clothes recycling drive April 4 – 14.
Benefit Céilí in Crookstown Hall on 5th April, 9pm - 11.30pm.
Men's Shed Official Opening on Friday, April 8 at 7.00pm at Massytown.
"Lip Sync Battle" with Macra at Muskerry Arms, Blarney, Sat April 9.
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.
Muskerry Local History Society lecture 'Easter 1916 in Cork', in Ballincollig Rugby Club on Mon 18 Ap. at 8.00 pm.
Kilmurry 1916 Commemoration Sat. April 23.
Carriganima 1916 commemoration on April 29.

Macroom Library:
Story time Saturdays at 12 noon.
Ciorcal Gaeilge Fri April 1 at 11.30am.
Bookclub Wed. 6th at 11.30 a.m.
Purlies Thurs. April 7 at 11.30 a.m.
Music Morning with Christine, Fri. April 8 11a.m.
April Exhibitions: 'Moments', with photographer, Andrew Bradley and Macroom Purlies.

Briery Gap
Gougane Barra - A Place Apart. 4th April at 8:30pm
Bande de Filles April 5 at 10:30am.
Lady in the Van 11th April at 8:30pm
'Hello Dolly' April 15th – 17th and 22nd – 24th at 8:00pm; Matinee Sun 24th at 3:00pm.
Elser 26th April at 10:30am.

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Macroom Updates

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A section of the huge crowd at the 1916 commemoration in Macroom ©Con Kelleher

1916 Remembered

"Dignified, emotional, prideful, patriotic, deeply touching"- some of the words used to describe the impressive Centenary Commemoration of the 1916 Rising held in Macroom on Easter Sunday 2016 with an estimated attendance in excess of 1700 people.
In the Council Car Park at Railway View, quietly proud descendants of Irish Volunteers and Cumann na mBan members assembled regimentally behind the banner bearing the name of the company in which their ancestors served the noble cause of Irish freedom -nineteen groups in all - eighteen volunteer companies and one Cumann na mBan company. They included representatives from Macroom, Clondrohid, Carriganimma, Ballinagree, Rusheen, Canovee, Crookstown, Kilmurry, Toames, Kilmichael, Coolea, Ballyvourney, Kilnamartyra, Rylane, Ballingeary and Inchigeela. With dignity, they marched to the main square, maintaining their company formations, each led by its own standard bearer, some bearing the national flag and some accompanied by groups from their local schools. So large was the number who marched, that the first company - led by a party from the Local Armed Forces, Cullen Pipe Band and flag bearer, Michael O'Regan - had arrived at the Square while others were still awaiting their turn to set out.
The ceremony at the monument in the main square was deeply touching in all its various elements. The ceremonial raising of the National Flag by Joe Cunningham to the strains of Amhrán na bhFiann, sung by many hundreds, was very moving as was the rendition of Óró 'Sé do Bheatha Abhaile by Michael Bradley.

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Mary Steele, granddaughter of Dan Corkery, laying the wreath at Macroom 1916 Centenary Commemoration ©Lee Valley Outlook

Mary Steele (granddaughter of Daniel Corkery the O/C the 7th Battalion), laid the wreath and brother and sister Henry and Breda Browne(O'Flynn), whose uncle Charlie Browne was Adjutant of the 7th Battalion, unveiled the plaque bearing the carved words of the proclamation. John Dineen, whose link to the volunteers stretches to Baile Mhúirne, played the Last Post.
Strong links to the volunteers were evident everywhere - Stephen O'Connor, whose grandfather was captain of Macroom A Company, read Patrick Pearse's last letter to his mother. Missionary priest, Rev. Fr. Connie Murphy, recited a decade of the rosary as Gaeilge alongside the monument which bears the name of his uncle who was killed in action in the struggle for independence. Máirín Ní Shúilleabhain, who travelled from Tenerife to read the proclamation, is a daughter of Pat O'Sullivan O/C of the 8th Battalion and niece of Micheál Ó Súilleabháin author of the book "Where Mountainy Men Have Sown."
The oration by Jack Lane, strongly affirmed the justness and actions of the leaders of the Rising and questioned the limited context and perspective by which some present day academics were passing adverse judgement on them. Master of Ceremonies, Barry O'Brien's commentary was helpfully informative to overseas visitors who were present and ensured fulsome and fluid programme of events which concluded with Amhrán na bhFiann sung by Michael Bradley, backed up by the huge attendance.
Secretary of the Commemoration Committee, Mr. Pat O'Connell, wishes to thank everyone who helped in any way, the stewards who did such a great job, those who prepared the banners, those who had specific roles in the ceremony, each of the companies, groups and schools that participated and lone piper Donal Kelleher who entertained the crowd in the Town Square prior to the arrival of the marchers. Mr O'Connell expressed his delight that representatives of various political parties participated, including former members of Macroom Town Council and local T.D.s Aindrias Moynihan and Michael Creed. Con Lynch

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The Woodland String Band and friends at Macroom St. Patrick's Day Parade. ©Lee Valley Outlook

St Patrick's Day 2016 

The 2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Macroom enjoyed cold but dry weather throughout and close on 50 floats and marching groups took part. The theme was the centenary of the 1916 Rising and some groups made a great effort to embrace this historic milestone, notably, the winners, Macroom Mart, with their spectacular float entitled Farming and Country life 1916. It was pulled by an ancient tractor and embodied a kitchen and haggard scene. In second place was Ballinagree Community, with military personnel and a reading from the Irish Proclamation. Laochra Óg hurling club were 3rd.
Bands included Cullen Pipe Band, Bandon and District Pipe Band, led by the charming Áine and Mary; St. Colman's Brass Band, the very colourful Community Drummers and the magnificent Woodland String band.
The parade was led by a colour party from the 1st Battalion of the Southern Command of the army. This was followed by 2016 Flower of Macroom and Parade Grand Marshal, Meghan Buckley and some of the other entrants. Close on 50 vehicles from Muskerry Vintage Group delighted the huge crowds of onlookers. Community groups included representative of Kilmurry Independence Museum in military attire; Ballinagree Development Group and Bealnamorrive Daffodil Day Group with Nora Casey's alpacas. The Healy Raes helped promote the upcoming Carriganimma Parade. Macroom Cubs and Boy Scouts, the Ardilaun Brownies, Ladybirds and Guide, Ballinagree COPE, West Muskerry A.C.; the delightful O'Sullivan School of Dancing, Macroom G.A.A, Macroom Sport and Leisure Centre; Macroom Men's Shed and Lissarda Scout Group all added to the colour and variety of the parade.

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Throngs of participants in Macroom St. Patrick's Day Parade. ©Tom Loomis 

Industrial Floats were there from T.J. Cladding, Lehane Tarmac and O'Neill's Sport Shop, while the Lee Valley Enterprise Board entered the Giant Whale and Dragon. The Border Queen, a magnificent steam engine from Bandon, raised a cheer as it emitted its noisy hoot. Proceeding were interspersed with the gimmicks of the Disney characters, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Pooh Bear, Rabbit and friends.
The delighted crowd cheered the many groups and enjoyed the post parade entertainment provided by the Woodlanders, Comhaltas and Tony Boloney Magic Show. It was another tour de force for the LVEB and the organisers of the parade and their sponsors. Long may it continue to provide free family entertainment in the mid Cork capital.

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2016 Grand Marshal and Flower of Macroom, Meghan Buckley, at Macroom St. Patrick's Day Parade. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Businesses Remember 1916.

Macroom shops were invited by the Lee Valley Enterprise Board to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising with a shop window display. Many of them have beautiful window dressings and the winners in the competition were 1. Macroom Opticians 2. T.M. Cronin's and 3. Lee Electrical, with Heffernan Estate Agents Highly Commended. These window displays will be on show all through Easter and much of April. One should examine them and perhaps shop in the premises as a gesture of appreciation. Macroom Opticians display draws on O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars for inspiration. T.M. Cronin's have a wonderful display of uniforms, record books and artefacts from 1916. Lee Electrical has the Irish Proclamation and portraits of the signatories while Heffernan Estates hav a collection of military equipment.

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Kilnamartrya Company of the Irish Volunteers remembered in 2016. ©Lee Valley Outlook

History Talks

At two recent talks in Macroom, author and historian, Michael Galvin, gave an informative and entertaining insight into the events of 1916. Speaking to visitors from Philadelphia, Michael traced Irish-American links with rebellion and revolution through the centuries – Irish participation in the American War of Independence and the Civil War, the influence of Irish emigrants on U.S. politics and the financial and moral support sought and given for Irish rebellions through 1848, 1867 and 1916.
At a very well attended talk in Macroom Library to a mainly Irish audience, Michael described Unusual Aspects of the Rising, taking an unblinkered and unsentimental look at proceedings and the realities that prevailed in early 20th century Ireland and the Lee valley. 20/20 vision is a great advantage in retrospective assessment but Michael, instead of addressing the would have/ could have/ should have scenario, gave his view of real time conditions in 1916 as pertained to Home Rule, Unionist Ulster, Germany, America and the local political climate. Much changed in the immediate aftermath of the execution of the rebels but the reality, according to Michael, was that the vast majority of the Irish population was very conservative and that internationally, a militaristic, heroic, fatalistic, self-immolating mentality and fatalism prevailed. Participants in history have one set of realities. Historians are gifted with hindsight.

Macroom Tidy Towns.

Tidy Towns volunteers are out and about in force in recent weeks power washing, litter picking etc, The power washing crew have started at 6.30 and 7.00 am on successive Saturday mornings, cleaning the Castle entrance area, particularly the cobblestones, as well as the monument in the square. Others have been busy in recent weeks cleaning flower beds in the town centre and re-planting with new flowers to ensure the town looks its best as the tourist season begins. Litter picking has been ongoing all over the town, laneways and approach roads. Pride of place must go to one volunteer who picked up 17 bags of litter on the Millstreet Road on his own.
On the other side of the coin, a reader has contacted us with a sad tale of vandalism in the beautiful Town Park. The path from Macroom Bridge to the Weirs, a stretch of about a kilometre, once had eight seats along the riverside walk. Townspeople and visitors could sit and rest while enjoying nature at its best and sometimes observe footballers in the Tom Creedon Park, soccer players in their pitch and golfers across the river. Now the eight sturdy seats, embedded in concrete, have been reduced to three. Over a period of time, mindless oafs have gone to the trouble of uprooting five of them, breaking them up and depositing them in the river. Would that they put their energies to gainful employment for themselves or the community.

Senior Citizens

One of Macroom's oldest and most successful voluntary organisations held its A.G.M recently and it looks set to continue providing a wonderful service to older people in the wider community well into the future. Macroom Senior Citizens, based in the Fr. Ryan Hall, reviewed a year of high achievement and wonderful service to the community. They provide residential care, education programmes, meals in the centre and meals on wheels, and services dealing with housing and social aspects of life for the elderly, not only in Macroom but in the wider district. The impressive list of activities includes weekly bingo, monthly socials, arts and crafts and line dancing classes, older people in dance programme, Bealtaine festival activities, the annual holiday, summer outing and Christmas social. The kitchens at Fr Ryan Hall, operating seven days a week, including Christmas Day, prepared 13,520 meals last year, and these four course meals were available daily from 12.30 to 2pm. The meals on wheels' service operates six days a week, with a dedicated band of volunteers delivering the meals to the homes of the elderly and also, some home-helps collecting meals at the centre. The laundry service operates all year round at very reasonable rates to users.
Fundraising is never ending and vital to the maintenance of a satisfactory level of service. The senior citizens' charity shop, The Shopeen, traded very successfully in 2015 and De La Salle students contributed proceeds from their Christmas MCA appeal. Various fund raising activities, particularly the fundraising week in August, help to maintain the services even though the chairman expressed his opinion that voluntary activities should not be necessary to fund services which are so vital to the elderly. Treasurer, Evelyn Mungovan, reported that the committee operated with a small surplus for the year, thanks to everybody's great efforts. The officers elected for the coming year are: Chairman: Pat O'Connell; Vice Chair: Fr Joe O'Mahony CC Macroom; Secretary: Regina Casey; Assistant Sec.: Ann Cronin; Treasurer: Evelyn McSweeney Mungovan; Assist: Treas: Gabriel O'Leary.
Help! The officers issued an appeal for more volunteers. New faces are always welcome and help is particularly needed for Bingo. Macroom Senior Citizens run a weekly bingo session at Fr Ryan Hall on Thursday nights at 8.30pm. Help is needed with the calling on check books etc. Volunteers might offer their services just one night per month. Anyone willing and able to help should contact Evelyn Mungovan at Middle Square.

Men's Shed.

The newly formed Men's Shed will be officially opened on Friday, April 8 at 7.00pm at Masseytown. The Men's Shed is a community based Organization where men come together and undertake a variety of mutually agreed activities. It is a place where we can share our skills and knowledge with others, and learn new skills. Basically, it is a place where men of all ages can go to have a chat and make new friends, and in some cases, to overcome loneliness and depression. It is a place where every man is welcome. Regardless of what we are doing at the shed, we always make time for a chat and a cup of tea/coffee.
There are basic rules laid down for members such as, no gambling, alcohol or smoking in the Shed. The current open hours are Tuesdays and Fridays from 2 to 4 pm. Ladies are very welcome to attend the official opening!

St. Joseph's at 'Me Mollser'.

Fifth and Sixth Class pupils from St Joseph's Primary School, Macroom recently went to Uilinn, West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen to see 'Me Mollser'. The Department of Education had commissioned the Abbey Theatre to produce the play by Ali White, based on the character of Mollser, a fifteen-year-old consumptive who appears in 'The Plough and the Stars' by Sean O'Casey. The play introduces the children to a strong willed and passionate young woman coping with consumption against the backdrop of the 1913 Lock-Out and the Easter Rising. Mollser is a proud Dub struggling to thrive in the overcrowded tenements but having lost none of her curiosity and idealism. She sees the adults in her world with a sharp eye and even has a sense of the ghosts who continue to haunt the building.

McEgan College Updates

Boots Schools Partnership. McEgan College was chosen to participate in The Schools' Business Partnership, an education inclusion programme that partners schools with business, supporting the Government's goal of improving school retention rates. Transition Years students at McEgan College got to work with Boots Ireland, a leading, pharmacy-led, health and beauty retailer. The programme was delivered by Rachel Nolan, ROI Corporate Responsibility and Policy Manager, Celine McGrath, Regional Coordinator – Cork (The Schools' Business Partnership) and Paula Reilly, Boots Teacher Practitioner U.C.C. The team paid many visits to McEgan College to explain different aspects of Boots Ireland business. A 'Day in the Life' session introduced employees from Boots, Wilton and the local store in Macroom, who gave the students an insight into the variety of their jobs, from Pharmacist to Beauty advisor. Students visited the Half Moon Street, Cork Boots store, to observe how the business operates. Afterwards, HR Manager, Michelle O'Dwyer, and Paula Reilly went through CV/ Interview skills with the group. "Mock Interviews" took place and advice was offered on looking for employment. Some lucky students were offered work placements with the leading pharmacy and others have applied for summer positions. The Transition Year students at McEgan, along with the staff, are very grateful for this superb opportunity.
Butter Making. McEgan TY students, as part of a project looking at everyday living in the early 1900s in rural Ireland, made butter in their Home Economics class. They were aware that when Ireland entered the 20th century, there was no electricity in the countryside to help with farm chores such as milking or butter making but the class opted to take a few short cuts. Instead of hand milking a cow, separating the milk, hand turning the cream and drawing water from a well, they used pasteurised cream purchased in a shop and an electric mixer to whip the cream. The yield from 500ml of cream was 250g of butter and despite the use of an electric mixer and running tap water, it took 40 minutes to make. This gave students a valuable insight and an appreciation of how life may have been for their ancestors.

St Mary's Updates

Proclamation Day. The school community held a beautiful ceremony to commemorate 1916 on Tuesday March 15th. The 1916 Proclamation was read by Sinead Cronin and Ciara Creedon, with an explanation by Ms. Crowley Healy. The new Proclamation, which was written by the students of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year, was read by Caoimhe O'Sullivan. Then the National Flag was raised by the youngest student in the school, Maeve Murphy from Kilbarry. In the afternoon, Mass was celebrated in St. Colman's Church by Fr. McCarthy, at which we celebrated our Irish culture through the medium of Irish language, dance, song and music.
Basketball. The First year Basketball team won the Cork Regional Final against Bandon on Wednesday 16th March.

Macroom in 1916 continued.

At the outbreak of the First World War, those in Macroom who were interested in politics were focused on the promise of Home Rule for Ireland and on the Land Question. They were in two fairly evenly divided camps – those who supported Redmond and the supporters of William O'Brien. Redmond was confident that the Home Rule Bill could be passed on the cessation of fighting, due to the introduction of the Parliament Act 1911. At a huge recruitment meeting in Macroom on April 9 1916, he recommended that members of the National Volunteers would join the British Army 'to put down the Germans' and used Michael O'Leary VC Kilbarry as a recruitment poster boy. A battalion of the Irish Volunteers, the breakaway group who refused to join the British Army, had been set up in Macroom in October 1915. Dan Corkery, who owned a flour and meal store in Cork Street, was the organiser. There were about 25 in the original group and they drilled twice weekly and went on marches to nearby villages on Sundays in an effort to start other units. They were armed with some shotguns and rifles and pikes. Most people had no interest in them.
Meanwhile, the Gaelic League and the G.A.A. had many supporters in the area and some of the same ideals. The Gaelic League sought permission to have Irish classes in the Town Hall and, when they accessed a teacher, 'Shawn Tobin' from Cork, (father of Niall Tóibín), permission was granted but a request from the Irish Volunteers for permission to use the Town Hall for drill sessions was refused 7 to 2,
Imagine Macroom that fine Easter Sunday in 1916. Orders had come to march to Carriganimma, there to meet up with other units and proceed to Tralee to collect the expected arms from Germany. 25 Macroom volunteers assembled and set out about midday. They were joined in Carriganimma by local Volunteers and men from Kilnamartyra, Clondrohid and Ballinagree, making a force of about 115. Meanwhile, close on 400 men converged on Macroom. They came by train, car, bicycle and on foot, 143 from Cork city and 48 from Ballinadee and smaller groups from Dungourney, Cobh, Tracton, Ballinhassig, Bandon, Kilpatrick, Kilbrittain, Clogagh, Gurteen and Tinker's Cross and Kilmurry. It was about 4p.m. and pouring rain by the time they reached the town. But before that, Terence McSwiney and Tomás MacCurtain had got news of the sinking of the Aud and advised that the mission be cancelled. After some drills and exercises, the troops were dismissed and returned home however possible.
The Macroom unit mobilised each day of the following week, expecting orders for participation in the Dublin Rising. News came instead of the surrender on Saturday and, during the first week in May, Dan Corkery, John Lynch, Steve and Paddy O'Connor, Charlie Browne and John 'Captain' Cronin were arrested and sent to military detention barracks in Cork and, a week later, to Richmond Barracks in Dublin. With them were Dan Farmer Harrington and Sean O'Riordan from Cill na Martra and Tomás Mac Curtain and Terence McSwiney. From there they were sent to Wakefield Prison in Yorkshire, where they remained until June when they were sent to Frongoch Internment camp in Wales. While there, word came through of the birth of Dan Corkery's first child, Seamus, who was later to become a priest in the Diocese of Cloyne. Some of the Macroom internees were transferred to Wandsworth Prison in London before returning to Frongoch and being released in July. Bowing to public opinion and, in an effort to appease America so as to get them involved in the war, the British Prime Minister ordered the release of all remaining internees on December 21. Farmer Harrington came in to the Cross in Kilnamartyra on Christmas Day 1916.
Public opinion in Macroom and the Lee Valley changed during the second half of 1916. At first, all in positions of authority condemned the Rising and the Volunteers. Redmond described it as 'an insane movement. The Bishop of Ross described it as 'a senseless, meaningless, debauch of blood, needless, wanton, terrible. The Cork Examiner described the Rising as 'a communistic disturbance rather than a revolutionary movement'. In Cork County Council on April 29 1916, John Martin Fitzgerald, Solicitor, dissented with a resolution condemning the Rising. Macroom Board of Guardians voiced their disapproval. The arrest and deportation of the Macroom Volunteers led the Urban Council to voice their disapproval and demand their immediate release. A resolution passed by Dublin Municipal Council demanding the release of all Irishmen and women interned in English Prisons without trial, and Amnesty for those who had been sentenced to terms of imprisonment. Pending their release, the Government was requested to treat them as political prisoners. Macroom Urban Council adopted the proposal.

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1916 Veteran, Steve O'Connor, lays a wreath at the Republican Monument in Macroom in 1966 ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

1966 – 50th anniversary of the Rising 

In 1966, many surviving Volunteers from the War of Independence, or their immediate descendants, took part in the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Rising. The ceremonies in Macroom were held on Easter Sunday, April 10, and were attended by survivors of Cumann na mBan and the 7th an 8th Battalions of the IRA 1915 – '21. They had been members of Companies from Macroom, Clondrohid, Ballinagree, Rusheen, Canovee, Crookstown, Kilmurry, Toames, Kilmichael, Coolea, Ballyvourney, Kilnamartyra, Ballingeary and Inchigeela.
Proceedings started before 8 o'clock Mass, with the raising of the national flag to half-mast over the Town Hall. In the afternoon, members of the old I.R.A. and Cumann na mBan, the F.C.A., the emergency forces, the Civil Defence and others assembled in the Castle Grounds. Led by Bandon F.C.A. pipe band and the Cork Butter Exchange Brass and Reed band, they paraded t the Square where they stood to attention. John Browne, son of Dick Browne and nephew of Charlie Browne, author of the Story of the 7th, read the Proclamation in Irish and English and the flag was raised to full mast and the Reveille sounded. The crowd then paraded to the eastern end of town and back, to line up at the northern side, facing the Town Hall. A wreath was laid at the monument by Steve O'Connor, who had been interned in 1916, a decade of the Rosary recited in Irish, the Last Post and Reveille were sounded and a firing party, drawn from the 7tha and 8th Battalions fired three volleys. A plaque to commemorate those who paraded in the area in 1916 was unveiled at the northern end of the Town Hall.

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All set to take the floor at Cumann Peile Cill na Martra Strictly Come Dancing in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney ©Lee Valley Outlook

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

Ciorcal Cainte with Nora Levis on Friday 1st April.
Bookclub Wednesday 6th at 11.30 a.m. The book under discussion is 'Winter's Bone' by Daniel Woodrell. Membership is currently closed.
Thursday April 7th Purlies meet at 11.00. All level of knitter welcome.
Music morning for April is on Friday 8th and will be presented by staff member Christine Cronin. All are welcome to this relaxed and friendly event during which refreshments are served.
Our exhibition for April is photographic in nature. Entitled 'Moments', it's a study of the work of furniture creator, Joseph Walsh, through the lens of photographer Andrew Bradley. It is very difficult to describe the pieces but as the saying - a picture tells a thousand words'. Do call in to see it. Our Purlies will also have a display up with an Easter theme. They will be works of art in their own right as per usual. Both exhibitions will be in situ for the month of April.
Story time is at 12 noon on Saturday 2nd, 9th 16th and 23rd. All 3 - 8 year olds welcome irrespective of whether they are members or not. Having said that, since membership is now free for children and adults, there's no reason not to join and be able to borrow lots of lovely books!
Did you ever hear of a seed bomb? It is intended to quickly populate a bare plot of ground with growing things. Apparently it's cheap, natural, organic, easy to make and you can easily cover a large area with seed bombs in a very short time. Macroom library is hosting 2 seed bomb workshops on Saturday 16th April. A children's workshop from 11.30 to 1pm and an adult one from 2 – 4pm Numbers are limited to 10 per workshop so call the library at 026 42483 to book your place.
We add new titles to stock regularly so come in and have a browse or even just to read the papers. We get The Times and The Examiner, the Farmer's Journal, The Corkman and the Southern Star.

Hello Dolly

The energetic musical 'Hello Dolly!' is set in New York City at the turn of the 19th century. Dolly, the famed New York City matchmaker, receives her toughest challenge yet when rich grump, Horace, seeks a suitable wife. She successfully matches many others in the city, including Horace's niece and two clerks, but everything seems to go wrong when it comes to matching Horace. Dolly finally realizes that maybe she'd like to marry Horace herself, but only if her late husband will send her a sign - and if Horace himself will have her! Featuring such memorable songs as "Before the Parade Passes By", "It Only Takes a Moment", "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" and of course, the title number, "Hello, Dolly!", this is a good-humoured and entertaining romp. It features a talented local cast, under the direction of Philip McTaggart Walsh. Stephanie Shine will star in the lead role as'Dolly' while Pat Brady takes on the part of grumpy, love hungry,'Horace Vandergelder', whose store clerks will be played by Matt Palliser-Kehoe as 'Cornelius Hackl'and Luke Hogan as 'Barnaby Tucker'. Treasa O'Riordan plays the role of Hat Shop owner, 'Mrs Molloy', while her assistant,'Minnie Faye,' is played by Kelly Ann Healy. Laura Lagerquist portrays the eccentric 'Ernestina' and Rachel O'Riordan is Horace's young niece, 'Ermengarde'. Gerard Collins takes on the role of the explosive young artist 'Ambrose Kemper' with Carmel McCarthy is the Hat Shop assistant and Anita Blake Gallagher plays the part of 'Mrs Rose', Dolly's friend from years gone by.
'Hello Dolly' will be Briery Gap's seventh Spring Musical, having already presented classics such as The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, Calamity Jane, Showboat, South Pacific and Oliver. Performances will take place on Fri 15th, Sat 16th & Sun 17th April at 8pm, Fri 22nd, Sat 23rd & Sun 24th April at 8:00pm with a matinee performance on Sun 24th at 3pm. Tickets priced at €16/ 13 are now available online at www.brierygap.ie or by calling 026 41793. For the opening night and matinee performance, a special offer of €13 per ticket applies. A special performance of 'Hello Dolly' will also take place at The Everyman Theatre on Friday 3rd of June.

Briery Gap Programme

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.
Gougane Barra - A Place Apart. 4th April at 8:30pm An LTV Production (1996). An excellent insight into the Forest Walks, the Lake, St Finbarr's Shrine as well as all aspects associated with this magnificent valley located near the village of Balligeary. Also features excerpts from Authors and Poets who found inspiration and peace in this magical place. This production was filmed and directed by Dan Joe Kelleher with Barry O' Brien producing, narrating and directing. Many thanks to Gougane Barra Hotel for the use of their fabulous pictures.
Bande de Filles April 5 at 10:30am. This French language film is a potent coming-of-age story that focuses on a group of girls living in the banlieues of Paris. At the centre is Marieme who has troubles at home, limited job prospects and is intimidated by the boys in her neighbourhood. Things change when she is drawn to an uncompromising and wilful teenage girl gang who eventually take her seriously. The accompanying study guide focuses on themes of friendship, identity, choices and being young in Paris.
Lady in the Van 11th April at 8:30pm tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who 'temporarily' parked her van in Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. Their unique story is funny, poignant and life-affirming.
Elser 26th April at 10:30am. An exploration of the Nazi period. A gripping drama based on true events surrounding Carpenter Georg Elser and his attempt to assassinate Hitler. This German language film follows Elser's arrest after the bomb fails to go off but also recalls his earlier years, merging scenes of often brutal interrogation with pastoral images of the Lake Constance of his youth.

Local TV Programmes

Thurs. March 31 9.30p.m. Duhallow and Cill na Martra Choirs at Cill na Martra 2011.
Sun. April 3 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special 2015 Mass from St. Gobnait's Shrine
6. 30p.m 1916 Centenary Commemoration from Macroom. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes.
Wed. April 6: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50 St. Patrick's Day Parades 2016 in Carriganimma and Cill na Martra.
Thursday April 7: 9.30pm. The Rare Old Times Part 1
Sunday April 10: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Healing Ceremony and Mass from Tubrid Well, Millstreet 2014. 6.30p.m Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes
Wed. April 13: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. The Story of Michael Collins with Tim Crowley, recorded in 2005.
Thurs. April 14. 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50p.m. The Rare Old Times Part 2.
Sunday April 17: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Annual Mass from Shrone over past years. 6.30p.m Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes
Wed. April 20: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. St. Finbarr's Programme at the Mills 2005.
Thurs. April 21. 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50p.m. The Rare Old Times Part 3.

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Daffodil Day organizers in Ballyvourney © Nóra Ní Luasa


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Clondrohid Community Alert meeting is on Monday April 4 at 8pm in Clondrohid Hall. Many speakers on the night.

Cleaning out your attic or winter wardrobes! Canovee NS are having a clothes recycling drive April 4 – 14. We will appreciate if clothes are dropped off at the school -weekdays from 9am to 3pm. or from 8pm to 9pm on Monday the 11th of April. Please support our school fundraiser.

Donoughmore Historical Society will present an illustrated talk on Monday April 4th entitled 'Further reflections on Ancient Sweet Donoughmore' in the Community Centre Stuake, commencing at 8pm. The presentation by Gerard O'Rourke will feature additional unpublished material and a review of some features from his successfull book and promises to be a fascinating evening.
Laochra Óg came third with their entry in Macroom St. Patrick's Day parade. The club has also signed a three-year contract with Coláiste Gobnatan and the V.E.C for the use of the pitch facilities in the school grounds. Their first training session was on March 30 at 7 p.m. for Junior "B" players and any minor players who are over 16 years of age. We are very grateful for this opportunity. Many thanks to Coláiste Gobnatan for their support.

Aghinagh Lotto Results 06/03/16: Jackpot €1,000 Numbers drawn 2, 24 & 41. No winner €50 Patrick Twomey, Lyroe, Ballinagree. €20 Jerry Hubbard, Incheale, Beal na Marbh, Pàid Murphy, Coolinea, Aghabullogue, Sinèad Twohig, Mallow, Ròisìn Twohig, Mallow.
13/03/16: Jackpot €1,150 Numbers drawn 8, 11 & 12. No winner. €50 Henry Browne, Caherue, Coachford. €20 Ciaràn Cummins, Little Island, Cal McCarthy, Rylane, Ger Kelleher, Horsemount, Janelle O'Callaghan, Newtownshandrum.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto March 20. Jackpot €6,650. Numbers drawn 2,4,12, 13. No Winner €50 Seanie Twomey, Lehena.. €25 Helen Buckley, Aherla. Mairead O'Sullivan Ballytrasna. €25 on line Michael Deasy, Aherla. .
March 27 Jackpot €6,800. Numbers drawn 4,11,26,30. No Winner €50 Jerry Quinn c/o Dan Shine. €25 Chrissie O'Donoghue Carrigadrohid Tim O'Riordan Aherla. €25 on line Billy Nash Canovee.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto 16 /3/16. No Winner of €5200 Jackpot. €70 - Eve Murphy, Ballymakeera. €20 - Mary Twomey Jnr., 9 The Terrace. Finbarr Kelly, Kilmichael. Maureen O'Grady, Mountmassey. Dan Kelleher, Moulnahorna.
23/3/16 Jackpot €5400. No winner. €70 - Natalie & Leah Lawlor, Macroom. €20 - €20 - Theresa Cronin, Lisbee Beag, Kilnamatrya Judy Lucey, Banteer. Maurice O'Keeffe, Moneycusker Paddy McDonall, Crookstown.

Kilmichael GAA Lotto 20.03.2016 Jackpot €15,000: No winner. Numbers 3–6–13–24; €50 Peter Lowney, c/o D. Buckley €25 Margaret Kelly, Johnstown Mary Maybury, Dunmanway JJCD, Cooldorrihy
27.03.2016 Jackpot €15,000: Numbers 4 – 6 – 32 – 34 No winner. €50 Hannah Buckley, c/o Margaret Foley, Moneycysker €25 John & Nora O'Driscoll, Clashbridane John O'Callaghan, Inchisine Lorraine & Richard, c/o Dromeys

Kilmurry GAA Lotto 01/03/2016 Jackpot €3,600 Numbers 1,3,25 No Winner. €50 Tadhg Lyons Currabeha, €20 Caoimhe Collier, Robyn Imogen, Eileen Lyons, Mod O' Driscoll
14/03/2016 Jackpot €3,800 Numbers 4,6,33 No winner. €50 John Collins. €20 Cian/ Luke Barry, Mary O' Brien, Tom Wall, Claire Lyons, Fiona Murphy,
21/03/2016 Jackpot €4,000 Numbers 1,11,25. No Winner. €50 Irenevsz Suller. €20 Michael Aherne, €20 Gavin and Jackie. €20 Jackie O' Callaghan, €20 Theresa Crowley, €20 Br McGann

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 15/03/2016 - Jackpot €6,600 Numbers 4-13-23. No Winner. €70 Denis Cronin, Clodagh, Crookston €20 Paul Kingston, New Street Katie Brown, Railway View Billy Casey, Sleaveen West Patricia Donovan, Barryroe Sean Cronin, Codrum
22/03/2016 - Jackpot €6, 800 Numbers 5-28-32. No Winner. €70 Susan Murphy, Town Hall €20. Margaret Cronin, Coolavokig Carmel O'Mahony, Cork Street. Angela Cahill, Coolcower Rachel Twomey, Rockboro Tom Mc Sweeney.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 14/3/2016, Jackpot: €2,200, Numbers Drawn: 24 – 27 – 35, No Winner. €40 Joshua Martin, €20 Nicky Martin, Sophie Martin, Emma & Liah, Norma Delaney (Yearly Ticket).
21/3/2016, Jackpot: €2,400, Numbers Drawn: 5 – 10 – 12, No Winner. €40 Pa Finnegan, €20 Tracy Martin, Danielle & Katie, Eoghan Dineen, Evelyn Tarrant (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

Clondrohid Updates

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Donald Trump (Barra Ó Laoire), Danny (Seán Ó Céilleachair) & Michael (Antóin Ó Creimín) Healy-Rae ar chuairt i mBéal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. ©Nóirín Uí Thuama

Text Alert: A public meeting for all the parish will take place in Clondrohid Hall on Monday April 4 at 8pm. Speakers 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. Discussion on How it works, what it could mean to your area. Please come along and support, bring a friend or two, the more that attends the better the system will work. If you have not yet joined, you can do so on the night. Light refreshments will be served.
Dancing in Brighton: Scoil Rince Ui Thuama school of Irish dancing will be performing at the Brighton Centre, London in the World and European Championships on Friday April 1. Up to 22 children will be travelling, and Ciara, Rachel, Leadh, Caoimhe, Elysia, Lucy and Aisling will be proudly representing Clondrohid there. Good luck to Lorraine and all involved.
St. Patrick's Day Parade in Carriganima: There was a great buzz around the little village for the annual St. Patricks Day Parade. It was like a day in June, with glorious sunshine. The parade was led into the village by the Cullen Pipe Band, where the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. John Paul O'Shea as grand Marshal, was ready to greet all the floats, from vintage to 1916, to modern day. Seanie Murphy was on the mike, chatting and having the craic with as many entrants as possible. The singing, dancing etc carried on late into the night. Well done to all involved, those who participated, and those who gave freely of their time to make it a success.
American Tea Party: Muinefliuch N S Parents Association would like to thank everyone who supported their recent fundraising American Tea Party in Clondrohid hall. A great night of music and chat was had by all who attended. We would like to thank Tim Jo and Ann O'Riordan who provided the music on the night and had everyone on the dance floor. The night was a great success and they hope to make this an annual event.
West Muskerry AC are holding a function in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on April 2 at 7pm for the Aoife Lucey Leukaemia Fund, Please come along and support Tickets are available to purchase at Healy's Spar Clondrohid, McSweeney's Shop Macroom. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
G.A.A. Congrats to Olive Loughnane on her World Championship upgrade to Gold. Well done and well deserved. Fixtures: JAFL Sunday April 10 at 3pm Ballingeary V Clondrohid. U16B FL Thursday March 31 at 7pm Clondrohid v Aghabullogue. U14B FL Saturday April 2 at 2pm Ballinhassig V Clondrohid. U13B FL Monday April 4 at 12pm Aghabullogue V Clondrohid.

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Henry and Breda Browne, children of Dick and niece and nephew of Charlie Browne, at unveiling of Forógra na Cásca plaque in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

1916 Commemoration in the Lee Valley

The following are some of the events planned to commemorate 1916 in the Muskerry area during March.

Independence Museum, Kilmurry. Re-enactment of Easter 1916 Volunteer Mobilisation at 3. 30p.m on Saturday, April 23rd 2016.
On Easter Sunday 1916, in response to Eoin McNeill' order, the Volunteers mobilised at Sheare's Street, Cork city and took the train to Crookstown station. From there they marched to Bealnablath and joined more Volunteers already assembled there who had marched from Kilbrittain, Ballinhassig, etc. The combined columns marched to Kilmurry, en route to their final rendezvous in Carriganima where they were scheduled to meet Volunteers from Kerry with weapons and ammunition from the ship AUD, due to arrive in Fenit, Co Kerry. Independence Museum, Kilmurry will commemorate this historic event in the village on Saturday, April 23rd.
Cumann Seanchais na Banndan, accompanied by Bandon Walking Club, will lead a re-enactment march from Bandon to Kilmurry, via Bealnablath, re-tracing the original footsteps of the volunteers and arriving at Bealnablath 2 30 pm. The marchers will then proceed to Kilmurry. Visitors are invited to join in and we welcome participants in period dress.
3 30 pm marchers will assemble at the top of Kilmurry.
4 pm, the Proclamation and a military re-enactment will take place
4 30 pm, unveiling of plaque commemorating this historic event.
Musical entertainment will continue for the afternoon in a marquee in the car park, including music and dance from Newcestown Comhaltas, local choirs and solo performers, etc. Tea and refreshments will be available for all in the museum. The new museum will be open on the day, even though the presentation is not yet fully complete and a guided tour will be provided.

Muskerry Local History Society presents 'Easter 1916 in Cork – Order, Counter-Order and Disorder', in Ballincollig Rugby Club on Monday, 18 April, at 8.00 pm. Most of the action in relation to the 1916 Rising occurred in Dublin. What happened in Cork at this time? Did the Irish Volunteers in Cork contribute to the Easter Rising? What roles did Terence MacSwiney and Tomás MacCurtain play in Cork? Gerry White, co-author of Baptised in Blood, the story of the Cork Brigade of the Irish Volunteers, will answer these and other questions in a lecture on Easter 1916 in Cork

Clogagh to Kilmurry. On Sunday, April 3, a plaque will be unveiled in the village of Clogagh in memory of the local Irish Volunteers and Cumann na mBan members involved in the 1916 Rising and War of Independence. Proceedings begin with concelebrated Mass in Clogagh Church at 2pm, followed by a flag raising ceremony, unveiling of the plaque, singing of Amhrán na bhFiann by Joanne Walsh, reading of the Proclamation and will conclude with a display of artefacts associated with the era in the hall, where refreshments will be served. A remembrance leaflet will also be available with details of people active in The Clogagh Company from 1915 to 1921. Everyone is very welcome on the day. On Saturday, April 23rd, as they did 100 years ago, a contingent of people will walk from Gaggin to Kilmurry, to retrace the footsteps of those who marched on the day in 1916. Again everyone is welcome and more details will be available on April 3rd.
Carriganima 1916 commemoration on April 29. More details later.

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Máirín Ní Shúilleabháin, daughter of Patrick O'Sullivan, Kilnamartyra, O.C of the 8th Battalion, reads the Proclamation at Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Forógra na Poblachta 1916

Is glas an féar ar uaigh na laoch, a gcuimhne glas inár gcroí.
Cé fada anois atáid faoin gcré, go suaimhneach ina luí.
Mac Piarais uasal, treoraí tréan. Ó Cléirigh, sean Fhinín;
Mac Donnchú, thug grá don léann 's Pluincéid, file binn.
Ó Conghaile a throid go dian, ina chroí bhí misneach leoin.
Mac Diarmada and gháir mhín is Éamonn Ceannt an cheoil.
Cá bhfuil na Sasanaigh a dhaor ár seachtar laooch chun báis?
Chuaigh ar cheal mar cheo nó ghaoth, gan ainm, clú ná cáil.
Ach mairfidh cáil ár seachtar laoch gan dul in éag go brách.
Is orthu roinnfidh Cine Gael a n-urraim is a ngrá.

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Neil, Jane, Katy, Ali and Conor Lucey at Gougane Barra Hotel. They feature in programme 1 of Scéalta na nÓstán on April 3 on TG4. ©

Scéalta na nÓstán 

Edel O'Mahony of New Street, Macroom is Director/ Producer of a new, nostalgic, six-part series on the history of Ireland's hotels featuring untold stories, fascinating nuggets of history and heart-warming personal experiences. Using a mixture of interview, narration, and archive, this series reveals the extraordinary stories behind some of Ireland's most famous hotels and the impact they have had on their local communities. It explores a wide range of different hotels all over Ireland – some very well known, others less so – but all with great stories to tell.
Of prime interest to readers in the Lee Valley is the first in the series on Sunday April 3 which features Gougane Barra Hotel. Dating from the 1850s, Cronin's started as a síbín, catering for the thirst of fishermen and locals. Lodging was provided and, by the 1930s, such was the increase in guest numbers that Connie Gougane built another hotel, adjacent to the original premises owned by his brother Denny, at a cost of £2.000. Gougane was home from home for holidaying clergy and attracted many famous guests over the years. During the War of Independence, it was a safe house and numbered many of the leaders of the 1916 Rising among its visitors.
The history of the hotels in the Scéalta na nÓstán series spotlights bigger stories of war (World War 1, the Easter Rising, the War of Independence), celebrity visits (Princess Grace visited the Shelbourne and John Lennon and Yoko Ono visited The Mulranny Park Hotel in Co. Mayo), the rise of tourism and the industrialization of Ireland. We also find out about the family dynasties that pioneered the Irish hotel industry.
The 25-minute series begins in Cork with stories of high profile visitors to The Imperial Hotel, including Michael Collins, Franz Liszt and Charles Dickens. We learn about the glamour and glitz of the first film festival at The Metropole and how, what started as a shebeen, put Gougane Barra on the map.
The series begins on TG4 on Sunday, April 3 at 9.30p.m. and will be repeated on Monday at 7.30p.m. Featured hotels include:
April 3 and 4: The Imperial Hotel, The Metropole Hotel and Gougane Barra Hotel in Cork
April 10 and 11: Wynn's Hotel, The Royal Marine Hotel and The ShelbourneHotel in Dublin
April 17 and 18: The Great Northern Hotel in Bundoran, The Imperial Hotel in Galway and The Mulranny Park Hotel in Westport, Co. Mayo.
April 24 and 25: The Malton, The Lake Hotel, The Gleneagle Hotel, The Park Hotel and The Butler Arms Hotel in Co. Kerry.
May 1 and 2: Kee's Hotel, Óstán Loch Altan and An Chúirt in Co. Donegal.
May 8 and 9: The Granville Hotel in Waterford, Kelly's Resort Hotel in Co. Wexford and The Woodenbridge Hotel in Co. Wicklow.

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Pat Lehane, Joe Scanlon and John McCaffery rehearse for 'Many Young Men of Twenty' April 2nd to 5th in the GAA Hall Coachford. ©Peter Dineen

Coachford Updates 

Many Young Men of Twenty. Coachford Players are busy putting the final touches to their take on the John B. Keane classic, 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. It has all the elements of a classic and although written over 50 years ago, the characters back then are still with us today. The group has previously performed 'Sive', 'The year of the Hiker' and 'Big Maggie'. They have persuaded the talented and award winning local director, Anthony Greene, to bring this production to the stage. "We will have our finest actors on stage and the director, perhaps because of his Kerry roots, can bring across the tragedy and comedy of John B's writing", said group PRO, Peter Dineen. 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. There is no doubt that their latest production will also be a triumph.
Coachford Flower and Garden Club hosted an evening of flower arranging with an Easter theme. Guest demonstrator was Breda Keohane of Kinsale Flower Club. The President opened the meeting and welcomed Breda and all those present. Breda gave a wonderful demonstration of floral artistry that was enjoyed by all. The Secretary, on behalf of the members and visitors, thanked Breda for her creative and colourful demonstration. The meeting concluded with refreshments and a raffle. The next Club meeting will be on April 20th with Margaret Ahern who will give a floral demonstration entitled "Let's celebrate Spring" in Coachford National School at 8pm. This is a fundraiser for two local girls, Julie Kelleher and Sinead Wilson, who are travelling to Calcutta to work with the children there. New members and visitors are very welcome.

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50-year class reunion - The Class of 1966 - 1971 at Coláiste Ghobnatan reunited in the Mills Inn © Máire Keane

Macra Matters

Berrings Macra members have been very busy travelling around the country in recent weeks. Well done to the club's Question Time team who competed in the National Final in Dublin. Club members also travelled to Limerick to celebrate the annual Macra Easter ball. Finally, Berrings Macra are busy preparing for their upcoming fundraiser. Their "Lip Sync Battle" will feature members of the wider Macra na Feirme family and guarantees music, dance and plenty of fun! The event will take place in the Muskerry Arms, Blarney on Saturday April 9th. Tickets are currently available from club members or can be purchased on the night. For further information, please contact chairperson, Norma Downing on 086 0606415.

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Bishop Buckley blessing the new extension to Ovens N.S. ©An Scoil


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Sports Mad


Macroom Motor Services Mid Cork Under 21 Football Championship

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Ballincollig who defeated Cill na Martra in Muskerry u21A Football Championship final ©Lee Valley Outlook

A Football Championship Final:

Ballincollig 1 – 12 Cill na Martra. 1 – 10
Ballincollig were crowned Macroom Motor Services Mid-Cork U21 A Football champions for the 22nd time after a narrow victory over Cill Na Martra who were seeking their first A title but who had been C and B champions in the past two years. This was a really exciting championship final at Kilmichael and Eoin O'Reilly's late second half goal for Ballincollig proved the ultimate match winning score.
Ballincollig scored first with a Kevin Browne point after two minutes but then Cill na Martra stormed back with two points from Daniel 'Dano' Dineen, followed by two more, one each from Damian Harrington and Mike Desmond to lead by 0-4 to 0-1 after nine minutes. Cill na Martra now missed some scores as did Ballincollig but the slowly the latter began to get a grip around the middle of the field where Cill na Martra sorely missed the services of the injured Tadhg Corkery. Robbie Burke pointed in the 22ndminute for Ballincollig, Cian Dorgan three minutes later and Cian Kiely had a superb point for the winners just before the break to leave the sides level at 0-4 each at this stage.
Ballincollig started the second half really well and outstanding defender Luke Carey Murphy, Robbie Burke and Mark Prendergast fired over three points in a row within the opening three minutes of the half. Cian Kiely quickly added another and the winners were now four points clear. Daniel Dineen had a badly needed point for Cill na Marta in the 37th minute, Mike Desmond added another and Cill na Martra now introduced Tadhg Corkery into the fray with major beneficial effect. Cian Dorgan, had another Ballincollig point in the 40th minute but back came Cill na Martra with points from Mike Desmond, Gearóid Ó Goilí and when the latter pointed again in the 45th minute the sides were level at 0-9 each.
Mike Desmond kicked a point for Cill na Martra to give his side the lead for the first time in the 48th minute, Cian Dorgan pointed a difficult free to level two minutes later and then repeated this exercise to put Ballincollig back in front almost immediately. When a Cill na Martra attack broke down in the 55th minute, the ball was quickly worked up the field and Eoin O'Reilly finished the lightning counter attack with a fine shot to the Cill na Martra net. All over for Cill na Martra? No way, as within two minutes they were awarded a penalty at the other end and Mike Desmond slammed the ball to the Ballincollig net to leave his side only one point adrift, 1-11 to 1-10. Cill na Martra had the opportunities to draw level but it was Ballincollig's Eoin O'Reilly who cemented his sides win with a point in injury time.
Scorers: Ballincollig: E O'Reilly 1-1, C Dorgan 0-4 (0-2f), C Kiely and R Burke 0-2 each, L Carey Murphy, M Prendergast and K Browne 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: M Ó Deasúna 1-4 (1-0 pen., 0-1f), D Ó Duinnín 0-3, G Ó Goilí 0-2, D Ó hUrdail 0-1.
Ballincollig: Ciarán Noonan: Luke Fahy, Seán Lucey Kevin Crowley: Dylan Kirstein, Colin O'Donovan, Luke Carey Murphy: Cian Kiely, Peter O'Neill: Rob Burke, Mark Prendergast, Gearóid O'Donoghue: Eoin O'Reillly, Cian Dorgan, Kevin Browne. Subs: Bryan O'Halloran and Eoin Byrne.
Cill na Martra: James Aynsley: Donagh Ó Riordáin, Antóin Ó Cuana, Finén Ó Faoláin: Pádraig Ó Críodáin, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh, Eoghan Ó Céilleachair: Gearóid Ó Goiolí, Miceál Ó Deasúna: Seán Ó Cróinín, Damien Ó hUrdail, Ciarán Ó Duinnín: Seán Ó Foirréidh, Daniel Ó Duinnín, Gearóid Ó Faoláin. Fir Ionaid: Dean MacCárthaigh (31), Tadhg Ó Corcora (38) Referee: Mr Dave Murnane, Macroom.

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Cill na Martra who were defeated by Ballincollig in Muskerry u21A Football Championship final ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 B Football Championship Quarter Finals:

Kilmurry 0 - 14 Blarney 1 - 4
Kilmurry did not play particularly well but still had too much fire power for Blarney when the teams met in the quarter final of the Mid Cork U21 B football championship at Cloughduv. Kilmurry led by 0-8 to 0-3 at half time but could have been out of sight of their opponents at this stage had they availed of their chances. Joe Ryan was the scorer in chief with 0-6 to his credit at this stage, four of these from frees after Pádraig Berhanu and Eoin Clifford had scored the opening two points. In the second half the one sided nature of a poor game continued with Kilmurry totally dominant but labouring to get scores. Joe Ryan added a further four points to bring his total contribution to 0-10, 0-6 from frees and Pádraig Berhanu and Brian Hinchion had point apiece. Kilmurry: Eoin Curzon: Fionn Warren, Daniel Cahalane, Pádraig Hinchion: Kyle Kelleher, Oisín McSweeney, John O'Mullane: James Berhanu, Liam Wall: Brian Hinchion, Pádraig Berhanu, Seán Curzon: Eoin Clifford, Joe Ryan, Seán Warren. Sub: William Ronan
Canovee 1 – 17 Iveleary 0 – 7
Canovee duly advanced to the semi-final of the U21 B championship but the final scoreline does not do justice to the efforts of Iveleary who had to line out at Cill na Martra without their star forward Barry O'Leary, who was injured. Canovee led by 0-7 to 0-3 at half time but Iveleary reined them in early in the third quarter and there was only a point between the teams at the three quarter stage when the score was 0-7 to 0-6. Iveleary were the stronger team however and their overall better balance told in the final quarter when they at last began to draw away from gallant opponents. Conor Hayes, James Moynihan, Kieran and Aidan Moynihan, Mark Walsh and goalscorer Mark Healy all contributed to the Canovee tally while Iveleary relied on Finbarr McSweeney, Chris Óg Jones and Isaac Connaughton for their scores.
Canovee: Cormac O'Driscoll: James O'Sullivan, Cian Lehane, Seán Browne: Denis Murphy, Neil Kirk, Liam Murphy; Ciarán Canty, Blake Ring: Kieran Moynihan, Conor Hughes, Mark Walsh: James Moynihan, Mark Healy, Michael Dunne. Subs: Tadhg O'Riordan, Dara Cronin, Brian Verling and Patrick Buckley.
Iveleary: Liam Cotter: James O'Donovan, Ciarán Galvin, Ciarán O'Riordan: Christopher O'Donovan, David Murphy, Mikey Cummins: Finbarr McSweeney, Josh Pickering: Isaac Connaughton, Liam Kearney, Olan Clancy : Tim O'Dea, Chris Óg Jones, Murt Cotter. Sub: Ian McSweeney. Referee: Kieran Furey, Cill na Martra.
Semi Finals:
Aghabullogue 1 – 10 Kilmurry 0 - 9
Aghabullogue were deserving winners of this Mid Cork U21 B football championship semi final, played under lights at Ovens, and on this display will be a serious threat to the strongly fancied Éire Óg's side ambitions of winning the competition. Kilmurry had a fine footballing side on duty but with a majority of the players of minor grade they did not have the power or experience of a very well balanced Aghabullogue side who were disciplined, steady and confident.
Kilmurry opened the scoring when their main threat in attack Joe Ryan pointed in the first minute but his Aghabullogue counterpart Michael Bradley equalised from difficult free five minutes later. Joe Ryan put his side back in front, Ian BarryMurphy levelled again and then outstanding midfielder Seán O'Sullivan put Aghabullogue in front for the first time in the 14th minute and they never subsequently lost the lead. The only goal of the game followed in the 19th minute when Seán O'Sullivan sent in a long ball over the heads of the defence and Ian BarryMurphy turned fastest and ran on to collect and blast the ball past isolated Kilmurry goalkeeper Eoin Curzon from close range. Evan O'Sullivan added a point from a free for Aghabullogue but just before half time Kilmurry had two points, Brian Hinchion from play and Joe Ryan from a free the scorers. Aghabullogue were in a strong position at the break leading by 1-4 to 0-4 after recovering from a shaky start to begin to impose themselves on their younger opponents.
Aghabullogue started the second half well with two very early points, Evan O'Sullivan from a free after his namesake Seán was fouled and Seán himself then pointed from play to re-open the five point gap between the teams. As the flow of scoring continued, Joe Ryan from play and Seán Warren from a free, pointed for Kilmurry, Mathew Bradley replied for the winners, 1-7 to 0-6 now the score after 40 minutes. Aghabullogue were in control, tight in defence, with a slight edge at midfield and dangerous in attack with Evan O'Sullivan, Michael Bradley and Ian BarryMurphy always threatening. When Joe Ryan pointed a Kilmurry free in the 48th minute, Aghabullogue replied with points from Evan O'Sullivan and Mathew Bradley (free) to maintain their cushion but gallant Kilmurry finished strongly and two points from Joe Ryan in the final minutes left only a goal between the teams. With two minutes remaining, Kilmurry pressed forward but Aghabullogue soaked up the pressure and in a decisive break Evan O'Sullivan sent over a point to remove any uncertainty about the outcome.
Scorers: Aghabullogue: I BarryMurphy 1-1, E O'Sullivan 0-4 (0-2f), M Bradley 0-3 (0-2 f), S O'Sullivan 0-2. Kilmurry: J Ryan 0-7 (0-4f), B Hinchion and S Warren(f), 0-1 each.
Aghabullogue: Luke O'Connor: Denis Desmond, Ryan Dennehy, Seán O'Connell: Niall BarryMurphy, David O'Connell, Seán Dineen: Greg Long, Seán O'Sullivan: Daniel O'Rourke, Evan O'Sullivan, Billy Casey: Mathew O'Brien Bradley, Ian BarryMurphy, James Byrne. Subs: David Thompson 48, Aodhán Healy 54.
Kilmurry: Eoin Curzon: William Ronan, Fionn Warren, Oisín McSweeney: Kyle Kelleher, Liam Wall, Pádraig Hinchion: John O'Mullane, Daniel Cahalane: Seán Curzon, Padraig Berhanu, Brian Hinchion: Eoin Clifford, Joseph Ryan, Seán Warren. Subs: James Berhanu 38 Referee: Mr Ted Hayes, Éire Óg.
Éire Óg 2 – 7 Canovee 1 – 4
Éire Óg were strongly fancied to get over the Canovee challenge in the semi-final of the Mid Cork U21 B FC at Kilmurry and they did, but it took them all of 51 minutes to break the stubborn resistance of the Carrigadrohid side, a penalty at that stage yielding an Éire Óg goal which put the winners on their way to the final for a second successive year. This very strong test by Canovee will serve the winners well as they try to capture their first U21 B title in the final against Aghabullogue who won their second and last title in 2004.
There was very strong bitterly cold wind blowing at Kilmurry and Éire Óg had the benefit of the elements in the first half. Canovee had Michael Dunne, listed in attack, in place as an extra defender and the Ovens side found scores hard to come by against a quick tackling defence. Points from Eoin O'Shea, Colm O'Callaghan and Ronan O'Toole had the winners in front before Canovee had their first score, a point from Mark Healy in the 15th minute. Éire Óg had a good point from Donncadh Kelly in the 19thminute and two minutes later corner forward Brian Hurley received a pass from Gerard McSweeney and was allowed through three defenders before belting the ball to the Canovee net for a much needed score. The Canovee response was only two minutes in coming when Kieran Moynihan sent a low ball across the goal from the right and Denis Murphy was up in attack to drive the ball to the net. When Aidan Moynihan added a point, only two points separated the scores but Éire Óg had the final score of the half, a point from Colm O'Callaghan which left his side leading by 1-5 to 1-2 at the break.
With the wind to their backs, Canovee looked to have every chance of succeeding and an early point from James Moynihan reinforced that viewpoint. Both sides kicked wides as the tough conditions seemed to drain the energy from the teams and the three quarter mark had passed before the next score, a magnificent point from Mark Healy for Canovee, which left his side only a single point in arrears. Again, defences continued to prevail but in the 51st minute Éire Óg were awarded a penalty, rather needlessly conceded, and full forward Denis Murphy kicked a superb penalty shot to the Canovee net. This was the killer blow to the challenger chances and Donncadh Kelly and James O'Sullivan kicked two further points in the closing minutes to embellish the Éire Óg wining margin.
Scorers: Éire Óg: B Hurley 1-0, D Murphy 1-0 (pen.), C O'Callaghan and D Kelly 0-2 each, E O'Shea, R O'Toole and Js. O'Sullivan 0-1 each. Canovee: D Murphy 1-0, M Healy 0-2, A Moynihan and Js. Moynihan 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: Christopher Kelly: Ross McCarthy, John Mullins, Daniel Cotter; 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. Subs: James O'Sullivan 45, Shane Quigley 55, S Desmond, J O'Driscoll.
Canovee: Cormac O'Driscoll: James O'Sullivan, Cian Lehane, Liam Murphy; Denis Murphy, Neil Kirk, Blake Ring: Ciarán Canty, Kieran Moynihan: Mark Walsh, James Moynihan, Conor Hughes: Mark Healy, Michael Dunne, Aidan Moynihan. Subs: Seán Browne 51, Brian Verling, Jack Murphy. Referee: Mr Miah Moynihan, Grenagh.

Junior Football Muskerry Cup 2016

Two outstanding first round games, Kilmichael v Dripsey and Iveleary v Ballincollig, are both fixed for 5th April next
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 A Football Championship

Dates for the 1st round games will be fixed at the next meeting of the Muskerry Board on April 11th. The games will be played in the period April 24th to May 15th.
The 1st round games are:
Inniscarra v Blarney, Naomh Abán v Kilmurry, Donoughmore v Kilmichael, Dripsey v Canovee, Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh v Ballincollig, Iveleary v Éire Óg and Aghinagh v Clondrohid.
Tom Creedon Cup 2016
Quarter-Final. Newmarket v Nemo Rangers (29/03/16)
Winner Newmarket/ Nemo v Mallow
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 3-14 Kinsale 1-7
Final: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Mallow or Newmarket/ Nemo

Allianz National Football League

Cork 0-12 Down 0-07
Cork recorded their third league win of the season at Páirc Uí Rinn, seeing off a disappointing Down side that still remain without a win. The Rebels had to break down a hard working defence on a day when they themselves were only a shadow of the side that all of the Cork supporters in attendance would be hoping for. Down managed three points from frees in the opening 20 minutes with the home side only able to manage one wide to their name. The Rebels eventually got on the scoreboard on 23 minutes when Colm O'Neill slotted over a point from the right with Luke Connolly repeating the feat minutes later from the other side. Mark Collins bagged the game's first score from play on 34 minutes to bring parity to the day with O'Neill landing his second, and the games sixth point just before the break to send Cork in at the break leading by 0-4 to 0-3.
Points from Kerrigan (two) and Connolly (two) settled Cork after the interval as Down looked to be struggling to keep pace with a much better Cork side.
Down managed their first point from play moments later, however it was never likely to be enough as Cork took the win on a disappointing day for football.
Scorers for Cork: C O'Neill 0-4 (4f); M Collins 0-3, L Connolly 0-3 (1f), P Kerrigan 0-2.
CORK: R Price; C O'Driscoll, E Cadogan, K Crowley; D Hazel, J O'Sullivan, B O'Driscoll; K O'Driscoll, I Maguire; SEÁN KIELY (Ballincollig), P Kerrigan, M Collins; C O'Neill, PETER KELLEHER (Kilmichael), L Connolly. Subs: R Deane, B Hurley, D McEoin, DANIEL GOULDING (Éire Óg), A O'Sullivan.

Allianz National Hurling League

Tipperary 2-27 Cork 2-15
Cork Hurlers concluded the group stage of their Allianz Hurling League Campaign with a defeat to Tipperary in Semple Stadium, Thurles. Tipperary advance to the Allianz Hurling League quarter-finals as Cork slumped to a fifth Division 1A defeat from five outings and Cork will now play Galway in the Relegation Final in Galway.
Cork's scorer in chief was Patrick Horgan but this was another disappointing outing for Kieran Kingston's Rebels, who must now scrap it out with Galway for top-flight status next season.
Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 1-8 (0-6f), Paudie O'Sullivan 1-0, Conor Lehane 0-3, Paul Haughney, Brian Lawton, Bill Cooper and Luke O'Farrell 0-1 each.
There are no hurlers from Muskerry on the Cork senior hurling panel.

Munster U21 Football Championship

Cork 3-18 Waterford 0-2
Cork had a resounding victory over Waterford in the Munster U21 Football Championship semi-final to set up a Munster Final with Kerry on Thursday 7th April in Tralee.
Cork netted three second half goals as they massacred Waterford by 25 points to qualify for their sixth EirGrid Munster under 21 final in a row. Seán O'Donoghue and Peter Kelleher were outstanding in the Cork attack.
Scorers for Cork: Brian Coakley 1-4 (2fs), Michael Hurley 1-3, Don O'Driscoll 1-2, Stephen Sherlock 0-3 (1f), Sean O'Donoghue 0-2, Mick Dineen, Cian Dorgan, Peter Kelleher, Ryan Harkin 0-1 each.
Cork: Anthony Casey (Kiskeam): Kieran Histon (Cobh), JOHN MULLINS (Eire Og), Michael McSweeney (Newcestown): Kevin Flahive (Douglas), Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers), Eoin Lavers (Dohenys): Sean White (Clonakilty), RONAN O'TOOLE (Eire Og): Don O'Driscoll (Clann na Gael), SEAN O'DONOGHUE (Inniscarra), Ryan Harkin (Mallow): Brian Coakley (Carrigaline), PETER KELLEHER (Kilmichael), Michael Hurley (Castlehaven). Subs: Mick Dineen (Naomh Aban), Sean O'Leary (Bantry Blues), Sean O'Donovan (Ilen Rovers), Cian Dorgan (Ballincollig), Stephen Sherlock (St Finbarr's), Ross Donovan (Nemo Rangers).

Cork County Championship Fixtures and Dates

Sunday April 3rd at Tralee: NFL Kerry v Cork, 2.00pm
at Galway, NHL Relegation Play off, Galway v Cork.3.45pm
Wed April 6th: @ Waterford, Munster Minor HC, Waterford v Cork,6.30pm
Thurs April 7th at Tralee, MFC U-21 Final, Kerry v Cork, 7.30pm
April 10th: National Football League semi-finals
Wed April 13th @ Pairc Uí Rinn, Munster MFC, Cork v Tipperary, 7.00pm
Sat April 16th All-Ireland U-21 Football Semi-finals Munster v Ulster
@ Donoughmore, J'B'HC, Laochra Óg v Killavullen, 5.00pm ET
@ J'C'FC, Ballygarvan, Gleann na Laoí v Crosshaven, 5.00pm ET
Wed April 20th If Cork, Munster MFC playoff, Cork v loser Clare/ Limerick
Sat April 23rd or 30th @ P Uí Rinn, If Cork, Munster Minor HC Loser Waterford/Cork v Tipperary.
Saturday April 23rdExtra time in all games
@ 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
Extra time in all games
@ Bantry, SFC, Beara v St Finbarrs 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
Extra time in all games
@ Carrigadrohid, SFC, Carbery Rangers v Clyda Rovers 6.30pm
@ Páirc Uí Rinn, SFC, Ballincollig v Bishopstown 7.30pm
@ Dunmanway, SFC, Carbery v O' Donovan Rossa 7.00pm
@ Macroom, PIFC, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Newmarket, 7.30pm
@ Blarney, PIFC, Ballinora v Grenagh, 6.30pm
@ Páirc na Diolúnaigh, IFC Carrigaline v Kanturk. 6.30pm
County 'B' Football Championship Round 2
Sunday May 1 Extra time in all games
@ 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
@ Caherlag, SFC, Aghada v Muskerry, 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
Saturday May 7th Extra time in all games
@ Watergrasshill or Clonakilty, SFC, Valley Rovers v winners of Avondhu/Ilen Rovers 6.45pm
@ Inchageela, IFC, Adrigole v Ballydesmond, 4.30pm
@ Kealkil, PIFC, Castletownbere v Naomh Aban 6.45pm
@ Macroom, IFC, Aghabullogue v Millstreet, 7.30pm
@ Castlelyons, IFC, Douglas v Mitchelstown 6.45pm
@ Ballygarvan, IFC, Glanmire v Kinsale 6.45pm
Sunday May 8th: Lá na gClub

Cork Colleges Simcox Cup

De La Salle, Macroom are through to the final of the Simcox Cup, Cork Colleges Senior A Football championship, after a thrilling, hard fought win over Col Choilm, Ballincollig at Cloughduv. They will meet either Col Chriost Rí or Coachford Community College in the decider. De La Salle led by 0-8 to 0-5 at the break and a smashing goal from Brian Hinchion in the 36th minute put them in a commanding position and they played with great fire to the end, winning on a 1-12 to 0-10 scoreline. The line out was: James Ansyley (Cill na Martra): Jack Cronin (Macroom) Liam Wall (Kilmurry), Kevin Murphy (Kilmichael): John O'Mullane (Kilmurry), Kyle Kelleher (Kilmurry), Alan Quinn (Mac): Cathal Foley (Kilmichael), Liam O'Sullivan (Kilmurry): Blake O'Gorman (Mac), Ethan O'Gorman (Mac), Brian Hinchion (Kilmurry): James O'Mullane (Kilmurry), Chris Óg Jones (Iveleary), Mark Healy (Canovee). Sub: Dylan Foley (Éire Óg).

Macroom GAA

Macroom were away to Aghada in a county league, Division Two game, on St Patrick's Day and came home with the two league points after a rare win over the home side. The Macroom line out was: Declan Kiely: Martin O'Donnell, Rory Buckley, Kevin O'Dwyer: Tony Dineen, Michael Cahill, David Cotter: Philip Corrigan, Seán Kiely: Michael Cronin, David Goold, Ger Angland; Patrick Lucey, Ciarán Murphy, Andrew Hegarty. Subs all used: Thomas Creedon, Olan O'Mahony, Don Creedon, Robbie O'Dwyer, Michael Browne, Denis Quinlan, John Murphy, Paul O'Farrell.
Macroom recorded an impressive win over Cill Na Martra, also in the County Division 2 Football League at Macroom on Holy Saturday, on a 1-8 to 1-6 scoreline.
The conditions meant that the opening stages were quite scrappy and it took 20 minutes for the game's first score to arrive, when David Horgan pointed from an excellent effort from the left hand side. Seán Kiely added another point for the hosts, as they looked to be ending the half the better of the two teams. However, Cill Na Martra then went in front, when the lively Daniel Ó Duinnín did well to make space for himself and finish to the back of the Macroom net. A well taken point from Tony Dineen helped to settle Macroom back down again, before they got a goal to ensure they were in front at the half time break, David Horgan, who was always a danger up front, finishing clinically with a shot to the right hand corner.
The opening twenty minutes of the second half were mostly controlled by Macroom. Another Dineen point was shortly followed by a well taken free by substitute Don Creedon. Tony Dineen once again found the target, before Alan Quinn came forward for a well taken score.
Cill Na Martra made a late charge to finish the game strongly. Ó Duinnín took over a brace of well taken points to keep the visitors hopes alive but David Horgan got another point for Macroom with just minutes remaining, to give the home side some breathing space. Cill Na Martra never gave up and they kept going right until the very end. Yet another Ó Duinnín free was followed by a point from Micheál Ó Deasúna to reduce the gap between the sides down to just two points. Macroom though, remained composed and were able to see the game out to it's conclusion, to record their fourth league victory of the 2016 season under Manager Mossie Barrett of Donoughmore.
Scorers for Macroom: D Horgan 1-2, T Dineen 0-3, S Kiely 0-1, A Quinn 0-1, D Creedon 0-1f. Cill Na Martra: D Ó Duinnín 1-3 (2f), M Ó Duinnín, S Ó Duinnín, M Ó Deasúna 0-1 each.
Macroom: Declan Kiely; Rory Buckley, Eoin O'Mahony, Martin O'Donnell; Kevin O'Dwyer, Michael Cahill, Alan Quinn; Seán Kiely, Philip Corrigan; Michael Cronin, David Horgan, Tony Dineen; David Cotter, Ciarán Murphy, Patrick Lucey. Subs: Don Creedon, John Murphy, Robbie O'Dwyer.
Cill Na Martra: A Ó'Conaill; M Ó Goilin , C Ó Laoire, D Ó'Conaill; E Ó'Loingsigh, G Vaughan, A Ó Cuana; M Ó'Deasúna, C Mac Suibhne; F Ó hÉalaighthe, M Ó Concubhair, D Ó Duinnín; M Ó Duinnín, J Ó Loingsigh, S Ó Duinnín. Referee: Mr. Pat O'Leary (Kilmurry). (Report from John O'Shea PRO Macroom).
Macroom juniors commenced their Mid Cork Division Two league action against Éire Óg at Ovens and went down to the home side on a 5-10 to 2-10 scoreline. Macroom led all the way until the three quarter stage, leading then by 2-9 to 3-5, but they faded badly in the last quarter. Macroom: Thomas Creedon: James O'Connor, Paul O'Farrell, Alex Ryan: Patrick Angland, Robbie O'Dwyer, Jamie Murphy: Olan O'Mahony, Michael Cronin: Don Creedon, Ger Angland, James O'Halloran: Robert Healy, Olan Murphy, Padraig O'Connor. Subs used: Dylan Dinneen, John O'Shea, Jason Leahy, Paul Cronin.

Macroom Underage G.A.A.

St. Patrick's Day Parade; on a dry but cool day, about 50 children and 30 adults marched behind banners recording Macroom County victories. Many young players walked with other groups.
Macroom minors defeated Erins Own in the Rebel Óg East A league 2-21 to 1-4 playing well after a slow start.
The U-16s defeated Ballinhassig in Macroom on Holy Thursday evening on 2-12 to 0-3 final scoreline.
U-14s won their first league game of the year against Donoughmore, away. Level at half time 3-1 to 2-4, Macroom dominated the second half and, with late goals, finished worthy winners, 7-2 to 4-4. They played well in patches but conceded some soft scores. All in all, this was a good start to their year.
U-12s; they will play Donoughmore in a practice game before their first league game against Aghinagh in early April.
U-10s; they played a practice game against Millstreet in Tom Creedon Park. On a dry bright morning, they had 23 players, fielded 2 teams, and each played 2 games. A little slow to start, the teams improved gradually and later displayed great courage and good football. Some accurate passing resulted in some top class scores. The mentors were very happy with a very worthwhile run out.
The U-8s continue to train and the U-6s will begin football on 2nd April.

Macroom Soccer

Macroom A were at home to Greenwood in the Cork AUL Premier A league at Murrays' Field and recorded a 4-1 win after the sides were level at 1-1 at half time. Andrew Hegarty scored twice and James O'Connor and Don Creedon had a goal each. Macroom followed up this win a week later with another good victory in the league, defeating Kanturk on a 2-1 scoreline. Darren Kelly and Andrew Hegarty got the goals and the line out was: Callum Dineen: Shane Keane, Darren Kelly, Paul O'Farrell, Craig Ronan: Barry Healy, Robert Healy, John Js Healy, James O'Connor: Andrew Hegarty, Don Creedon. Subs: Michael Browne, Danny Kelleher, Declan O'Riordan, Seán Quinn, Declan Kiely.egarty, Don Creedon. Subs: Michael Browne, Danny Kelleher, Declan O'Riordan, Sean Quinn, Declan Kiely.
Macroom B were away to Newmarket in the second round of the County Cup competition and had a 1-0 over the home side, Darren Dineen being the scorer of the golden goal.
League Champions. Macroom FC U18s are winners of the City and County Youths League, Division 1A with two game remaining in the competition as their nearest rivals Lakewood cannot now overtake them irrespective of results in the last two games.


Cork 3-18 Waterford 2-09
In Group 2 of Irish Daily Star National League Division 1, All-Ireland champions Cork had far too much firepower for top tier newcomers, Waterford, registering a 3-18 to 2-9 victory at Cork Camogie Grounds. Orla Cotter scored seven points for the Leesiders, while Katrina Mackey slotted 1-4 and Amy O'Connor and Linda Collins added goals.
Cork Scorers: K. Mackey 1-04, L. Collins 1-02, A. O'Connor 1-02, O. Cotter 0-07, H. Looney 0-01, P. Mackey 0-01, F. Nevilly 0-01
Limerick join Cork at the top of the table with 9 points.
All Ireland Minor A Grp 2 Championship Cork 2-06 Galway 2-07

Club Chispheile Lee Valley

Lee Valley 27 Brunell 22
Cluiche an -chothrom , spórtuil a bhí ann idir na fóirne i Halla Spóirt Mhaighchromtha le déanaí. Chuaigh Lee Valley chun tosaigh 16 - 7 sa dara cheathrú . Choimeád Lee Valley an lámh in uachtar go deireadh an chluiche cé go ndearna Brunell an iarracht teacht ar ais. Lee Valley won with a score of 27-22 with Lee Valley scores coming from 9 out of the 11 players.
Team: Eileen Condon, Kate Condon, Elaine Kelliher, Holly Kierans, Caoimhe Donavan, Meghan Healy, Erika O'Shea, Molly McKirgan, Aoibhe Kelliher, Lorraine Casey, Leah Coughlan

Macroom Golf Club

Results. Open scramble: 1st Jim Nolan (10), John Twohig (17) John B O'Sullivan (11) 59.2
Invitation Singles:1st Ed Neville (13) 46 pts. 2nd John Desmond (21) 43 pts. 3rd Vincent Twomey (18) 42 pts. Senior Paddy O'Leary (18) 41 pts.
Seniors: 1st Jim Nolan (10), Ml Lillis (18) Mary McElroy (36) 45.6.
Seniors: 1st Jim Nolan (10), Don McMahon (20), Bob O'Hea (25) 44 pts
Open Singles: 1st Robert O'Keeffe (11) 44 pts, 2nd Barry Murphy (19) 43 pts, 3rd Ml Quealy (23)
Fixtures: Tue seniors, Thurs NBS open singles, Sat & Sun Championship of the course.