Lee Valley Outlook Apr 14 2016 v13e8

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Hello Dolly in Briery Gap. April 15 – 17 and 22 – 24. . ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Macroom Flower Club Floral Demonstration, "Wedding Flowers", Thurs 14th April, 8p.m. Coolcower
Inchigeela Tidy Towns- big clean-up. Meet Sat, April 16th at hall at 10 am.
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 Gardening Classes beginning Mon 18th April 7.30 in Museum
Creating Resilience in Families talk in the Castle Hotel Macroom at 7.30pm on Wed 20th April.
Coachford Flower and Garden Club Floral demonstration, Coachford NS, April 20th at 8 pm.
Cancer Mass in Bealnamorrive church 8p.m. Fri. Ap. 22 followed by cheque presentation at Tigh Uí Laoghaire.
Kilmurry 1916 Commemoration Sat. April 23.
Carriganima 1916 commemoration on Sun. April 24.

Macroom Library:
Máire Ní Chéilleachair sean-nós singer, Fri. Ap. 15 at 11a.m.
Seed Bomb workshop Sat. Ap. 16
Skyping Session Tues 19th with Macroom Hospital.
Purlies Thurs. April 21 at 11 a.m.
Story time Saturday April 23 at 12 noon.
ACOL Bridge Wed 27th at 10.30.
Music Morning with Jill and Kathleen, Fri. May 13 11a.m.
April Exhibitions: 'Moments', with photographer, Andrew Bradley and Macroom Purlies.

Briery Gap
'Hello Dolly' April 15th – 17th and 22nd – 24th at 8:00pm; Matinee Sun 24th at 3:00pm.
Carol Monday18th April.
45 Years Monday 25th April.
Elser 26th April at 10:30am.
Atlantic Monday 2nd May.
Tomas Kent - 1916 Rebel - 5th May at 8.00pm.

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Macroom Updates

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At the official opening of the new Men's Shed premises at Masseytown ©Lee Valley Outlook

Men's Shed Opening

Macroom Men's Shed was officially opened on Friday evening the 8th April. The Shed was blessed by Fr. Donal Roberts P.P. and officially opened by Pat Kelleher, President of Macroom & District Lions Club. The inaugural meeting of Macroom Men's Shed was organized late last year by the Lions Club. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offered a shed at Masseytown to the newly formed committee at a nominal rent. Following that offer, Macroom Men's Shed was formed. The MC on the evening, Sean O'Leary, said that activity at the shed was quiet during the severe winter months, but once the weather improved, so did the activity. Having made a few bird nesting boxes on a trial basis, orders for more came in and over the past month, over 50 bird and bat boxes were made and painted, and orders are still being received.
The present Officers and committee are John Murphy Chairman; Robbie Finn, Secretary; Sean O'Leary Treasurer, with Michael Lillis, John Callery, Dermot O'Driscol, Mort Lehane, Richard Manning, and Bill Barry. Currently the shed is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2 to 4 pm. New members are always welcome. For any information contact John at 087 2593695 or Sean at 087 7703899.

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Macroom Brownies who took part in Hey Jinks in Farran Wood. ©Zoe Dinneen

Candid Camera

Be aware that, in the near future, much of the town of Macroom will be covered by Close Circuit Television. Work is about to commence on the installation of cameras in various locations and these will be linked up to monitors in Macroom Garda station and will enable Gardaí there to keep an eye on traffic and to watch out for anti-social behaviour. In all, 17 cameras are to be installed around the town at locations such as the former UDC car park in Fairgreen near Dunnes Stores; Main Street; North, West and South Squares; on the bridge over the Sullane monitoring New Street, Masseytown Road and Town Park; near the roundabout in Masseytown; the Fire Station and Castle Arch area. The new CCTV cameras will be a boon to the town. One of the cameras will be so positioned on the main road as to facilitate number plate recognition, which will enable Gardaí to scan number plates and track cars which have been stolen or which may be suspected of engaging in robberies. The new cameras will add to the security of businesses in the town and to the residents. They will be installed by ESS Limited, and the ESB will then connect them up to Macroom Garda station. Macroom Town Council, abolished two years ago, allocated €70000 for the CCTV project before it was disbanded and this money funded the cameras. Similar surveillance cameras are installed in towns such as Kanturk, Fermoy and Charleville and Macroom councillors had studied some of these before deciding on the type of camera system to be installed in Macroom.

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Fr. O'Mahony. Chaplain at De la Salle, with exchange students and teachers from Bordeaux at St. Finbarr's Oratory, Gougane Barra ©An Scoil

Tidy Towns

Members of Macroom Tidy Town's Association have been very active in recent weeks making the urban area and approach roads more presentable. They are particularly energetic early each Saturday morning, when many others enjoy a lie in. There has been much cutting of hedges, trees and shrubbery on approach roads in recent months and this work has exposed unsightly rubbish which may have remained hidden since before the introduction of the plastic bag levy. Countless bags of rubbish have been collected by the hi-viz Tidy Towns volunteers. We would now appeal to commuters not to litter these areas again, and, particularly, not to dispose of bottles or takeaway wrappings from passing cars. Despite the inclement weather, much work has also been done on replanting flower beds throughout the town and, particularly when the sun shines, these are most attractive.

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St Mary's 1st year basketball team who won the Cork Regional Final against Bandon ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

McEgan College Exam Focus. During the Easter holidays, exam class students had the opportunity to do supervised study in the school. Free revision classes were also available for Leaving Certs in Biology, French and Higher Level English. These additional classes are financed by UCC as the school is linked with the University as part of the UCC Plus Programme.
1st year Home Economics students had a great start to the last term when they had an afternoon of learning new skills on how to make their own piping bag and ice some delicious culinary delights. Local lady, Patricia Relihan, an experienced baker, led this initiative in demonstrating and teaching the students various techniques which would be achievable for them to carry out in their own homes. The afternoon entitled 'Celebrity Chef' was funded by the Junior Cert Schools Programme (JCSP), another well-resourced programme McEgan College is delighted to have available to their students.

April Airs

Librarian, Christine Cronin, presented the April music morning at Macroom Library on a less than spring like morning. The numerous audience enjoyed a serene session of diverse music styles, with many instrumental numbers. The programme opened with George and Ira Gershwin's She Loves Me from Funny Face. Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald followed with Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life from Naughty Marietta and then we heard Somewhere in Time by Russian composer, Rachmaninoff. The National Chamber Orchestra played Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin's Casadh na Gráige from Templum and then we heard Loretta Morrow singing Romance from the Desert Song, reviving memories of the 1983 Gilbert and Sullivan production in Macroom and Wesley Dalton's One Flower in your Garden. As a memorial to the late David Bowie, we had Ryuichi Sakamoto playing the theme from Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence. Fiona Kelleher's beautiful voice brought us June Tabor's composition, Waiting for the Lark and the first half concluded with Pavarotti singing Lucio Dallo's Caruso, recalling the great tenor's last weeks.
After refreshments, the Gershwins were back with Someone to Watch Over Me and then John Bennett, a Cork tenor and hurler on the 1966 All Ireland Hurling team, sang Bring Flowers of the Rarest. We enjoyed the duet If I love You from Rogers and Hammerstein's Carousel and Dawn by Daniel Marinelli form Pride and Prejudice. An English version of Unto us a Child is Born from Handel's Messiah was accompanied by the London Chamber Orchestra. Appropriately, the second last number was Andy Williams singing Almost There and a most enjoyable session concluded with Amanda Neri singing All the Things You Are. Eddie Hogan thanked everyone who attended and supported the recent fundraiser at the Imperial Hotel which raised €4,200 for Cork Alzheimer's Association. The next music morning will be presented by Jill Vahey and Kathleen Creedon on Friday, May 13 at 11a.m.

Macroom Library

With the Census on the 24th April, you might be interested in seeing some of the details from the 2011 Census. Macroom library holds copies of the 'Highlights from the 2011 Census' series of publications should you wish to browse them. The website cso.ie is also accessible through our public access computers.
We have a limited amount of free copies of 'The Cork Rural Design Guide 2nd edition' (the current one) to give away to interested parties. It contains the planning guidance and standards for building a new house in the countryside.
Spring is in the air, kind of ! and we have a huge selection of Gardening books to interest our green fingered patrons. 1916 is still on all our minds and we have a great selection of titles of local and national scope in stock. Many thanks to Michael Galvin who gave a very well received talk to a large audience here on March 18th.
We are delighted to host a return visit of Máire Ní Chéallachair, acclaimed sean nós singer, in the library on Friday 15th April at 11.00. She will sing in both English and Irish and all are welcome to this event.
On Saturday 16th we will be hosting Seed Bomb workshops for children in the a.m and adults in the p.m. If interested, please ring 026 42483 by Friday 15th to see if there are any places still available. N.B There will be no Storytime that Saturday 16th.
On Tuesday 19th, in conjunction with Emma Gleeson, we will perform a short skyping session of music with Macroom Community Hospital. Thursday 21st April the Purlies meet at 11.00. Their Easter exhibit will be on view until month's end. On Saturday 23rd children's storytime will resume at 12 noon. ACOL Bridge will take place on Wednesday 27th at 10.30. Gramophone morning presented by Jill Vahey and Kathleen Creedon, is on Friday, May 13 at 11a.m.

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Luke Hogan, Matt Palliser-Kehoe and Gerard Collins prepare for Hello Dolly in the Briery Gap, April 15 – 17 and 22 – 24. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Hello Dolly

'Hello Dolly', the Briery Gap's seventh Spring Musical, will run 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.
The cast is as follows: Dolly – Stephanie Shine; Horace Vandergelder – Pat Brady; Cornelius Hackl – Matt Palliser-Kehoe; Barnaby Tucker – Luke Hogan; Minnie Faye – Kelly Ann Healy; Mrs Molloy – Treasa O Riordan; Ernestina – Laura Lagerquist; Ermengarde – Rachel O Riordan; Ambrose Kemper – Gerard Collins; Mrs Rose – Anita Blake Gallagher; Hat Shop Assistant – Carmel McCarthy; Rudolf – David Lucey; Judge – Con Foley; Policeman – Declan Kelleher.
Adult Chorus: Catherine Barr Laoise Ní Riordáin Margaret Creed Sarah Ní Riordáin Theresa Dineen Alisheen O' Connell Eimear Farrell Oisin O' Reilly Connie Foley Heloise O' Sullivan Cameron Forde Christopher Scanlon Anita Gallagher Ellen Sheehan David Lucey Mary Lynch Jo-Anne Higgins Denise McCarthy Jane Hurley Declan Kelleher.
Children's Chorus: Finn Brady Evan Gallagher John Hurley Gearoid Kelleher Anna Kyprianou Jane Kyprianou Elma McCarthy Eimear McCarthy Maeve McCarthy Clodagh O' Riordan Ciara O' Riordan Mary Sheehan Aimee Twomey
Production Team: Chorus Co-ordinator Theresa Dineen; Stage Set/ Design Denis Coleman; Make Up Eleanor Healy; Stage Management Denis Noonan; Back Stage Denis Coleman, P J Leonard & Tony Daly; Lighting Design Mark Donovan / Jon Mathers; Sound Mark Mc Millan ; Costumes Rita O' Brien & Jennifer O' Sullivan assisted by Maureen Sheehan
Orchestra: Piano: Ann Egan, Percussion: Padraig Dineen Cello: Elaine McCarthy, Violin: Orla Dineen Musical Director Anne Egan and Ann Dunne Director Philip McTaggart Walsh

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.
Tomas Kent - 1916 Rebel - 5th May at 8.00pm. Admission €15.
Carol Monday18th April. A young department-store clerk in 1950s Manhattan meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), a beautiful older woman stuck in a depressing marriage of convenience. As their bond deepens and they become romantically involved, Carol leaves her husband, who starts to raise questions about her fitness as a mother.
45 Years Monday 25th April. As their 45th wedding anniversary approaches, a woman (Charlotte Rampling) learns that her husband (Tom Courtenay) was once engaged to someone else.
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.
Atlantic Monday 2nd May. A Moroccan fisherman sets off on an epic journey towards Europe on his wind surfboard. But the pursuit of dreams does not come without sacrifice.

Local TV Programmes

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.
Sun. April 24 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: First Holy Communion for St. Joseph's, Macroom 2016.
6. 30p.m Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes.
Wed. April 27: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50 Previews of 1916 Centenary Commemorations at Kilmurry and Carriganimma. Ballingeary 2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Thursday April 28: 9.30pm. Millstreet St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016.
Sunday May 1: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Annual Mass from Shrone. 6.30p.m Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes

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Junior and Senior Infants at the Convent Primary School in 1930 ©  

Pat O'Riordan – Pat 'The Barber'.

Pat was 90 last December. He is in good health and great form and is one of Macroom's characters. He is proud of the fact that he features on the cover of 'Muskerry, Through the Lens of Dennis Dinneen'. Pat is blessed with a cheery personality and a wonderful singing voice, and he made full use of his talents.
One of Pat's treasures is a school photo taken in 1930 and he enjoyed naming the boys in Junior and Senior Infants at the Convent, Macroom. Among the young faces are many who went on to leave their mark on the town – Pat's brother, Denny, Dr Michael Cronin, Denis James Murray, Dónal Buckley and his brother, John Michael (Jim Eggs), Dónal Lynch (dentist), Johnny McCarthy, Jackie O'Callaghan, Jimmy O'Callaghan, Michael Twohig, John D. Kelleher to name but some. His memories of those days are still fresh and he painted vivid pictures.
In 1925, just nine years after the 1916 rising, Pat was born in Macroom. His father, Dan, was a barber and his mother, Margaret, was a sister of 'Major' Looney. His maternal grand-father, Patrick Looney - held a world record for the 'hop, step and jump', achieved about 1890, when he leaped 50 feet and half an inch. Denny, Eileen, and Dan were Pat's siblings. His father died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage in 1929 and his mother was left with the task of rearing her four children on her own. She was a hairdresser and a great woman to manage, and Pat proudly recalls that they were never hungry or without shoes. People at that time were very good natured and, if they had, they shared. Luxuries were not available to most.
As a child, Pat's main pastimes were playing in the streets, football and singing. He won medals at underage with Macroom. He described himself as being 'handy'. He played senior football championship with Macroom. He never won a county but saw many fine footballers play with Macroom; 'Knockie' Cronin, the O'Callaghan brothers, Ned 'Togher' Casey and his brothers, Niall Fitzgerald, Mick Goold, Hugo Casey, Eric Ryan, Johnny Creedon, his cousin Colman Corrigan, Tom Creedon, Michael 'Shan' Moloney and many more. He was very impressed with the ability of Tommy Daly.
Pat's education started in the convent at 3 and a half, where he was taught by Sr. Thaddeus and Sr. De Sales. Later he attended The Boys' National and his teachers included Steve O'Mahony, John Warren, Paddy Desmond, Br. Benignus and Br. Albius – nicknamed 'General Balbo', after a general in Franco's army. One of Br. Albius's saying was '' you will remember me''. The teachers were tough but fair and paid special attention to those who could, but would not learn. He remembered one occasion when one brother wrote the word 'quadrilateral' on the board, rubbed it out quickly and those who misspelt it, got 6 strokes across the hands; and the process was repeated – a questionable teaching method! Pat described himself as a good average pupil in a 'good' class and he especially liked English and Irish, and disliked Maths. The school had an accordion and harmonica band. Pat's voice was recognised and he was a regular performer at concerts. In his twenties, he attended Professor Horne, Cork School of Music, for singing lessons for about 2 years and this greatly improved his voice. He attended De La Salle College for a number of years and did not fancy Latin at all. He left before the 'Inter', in 1940, when he got his first job as a messenger boy in the Post Office. The pay was 12s - 8d per week – the equivalent to 68c in today's money. He later trained as a barber with Dan Vaughan, and eventually set up on his own. There were four other barbers in town at that time; Dan Vaughan, Connie Hurley, Jackie O'Regan and Peter Murphy. Competition was tough and he worked 6 days a week. Often he cut hair when others had finished their work. However, he enjoyed his job and especially the customers.
By Con Kelleher

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The O'Riordan family, Eileen, Denny, Pat and Dan, taken in the early '30s.©


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Macroom Flower Club Floral Demonstration by Margaret Ahern AOIFA, "Wedding Flowers", on Thursday 14th of April 8.00p.m. sharp at Coolcower House. Doors open at 7.15p.m. Members' Competitions & Spring Sales Table. New Members & Visitors most welcome Enquiries 087-9821708. Annual Outing, Saturday June 18th to East Cork Booking Deposit accepted on Thursday night 14th April.

Donoughmore Historical Society will present the rescheduled illustrated talk entitled 'Further reflections on Ancient Sweet Donoughmore' in the Community Centre Stuake, onThursday April 14th at 8pm.

Moonraker. Munster Car Club wishes to thank all our supporters for attending the Moonraker Forest Rally Launch night in the Abbey 19th March 2016. The local support is hugely appreciated. We hope to see you all again on Saturday, April 16th, for the Moonraker Forest Rally event similar to last year's event but with a few changes. This year we have a nice compact route consisting of four locations run twice, totalling 60 stage km, with one completely new stage. Scrutiny, Parc Ferme and Service Park are all within walking distance of Rally Headquarters. Looking forward to an exciting day out on Saturday, April 16th.

Inchigeela Tidy Towns- big clean-up of the approach roads into the village on Saturday, April 16th- meet near the hall at 10 am. We need a lot of extra help with this annual clean up so, please, if you can spare an hour, come along to support a big community effort. Wear a hi viz vest and strong gloves.

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

Lee Valley Speakers. Every 1st & 3rd Tues, 8pm. Castle Hotel. Next Apr 19th.

Creating Resilience in Families. Dr. Fergus Heffernan PhD, a renowned psychologist and psychotherapist, and leading educator in the area of stress management, will give a talk in theCastle Hotel Macroom at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th April. This presentation will offer a thought provoking and light hearted look at how families can best support their teenagers in these challenging times. This talk is free and open to all who may be interested, but parents of teenagers should find it particularly useful. Refreshments served afterwards. The event is organised by Macroom Parish Pastoral Council. Dr. Heffernan will already have spoken to all 4th year students in the secondary schools in Macroom.'

Coachford Flower and Garden Club Floral demonstration with Margaret Ahern in Coachford National School April 20th at 8 pm.

Knock Pilgrimage from Sacred Heart, Western Road, Cork Wed/ Thurs May 11-12. Overnight accommodation at Knock House Hotel. Bus leaving Sacred Heart Church at 8a.m. May 11, arriving in Knock 2p.m. Dinner in hotel. Bus departing at 4.45 Wed. Dinner at Dromoland Inn. 11p.m approx. at Sacred Heart Church. Cost €150. Contact Nora Casey 086 1222666 or 0217339049.

Rena's Jersey. 16 times All-Ireland senior medal winner, Rena Buckley, recently presented a Cork jersey, signed by herself and Briege Corkery, to be auctioned at a Table Quiz/ Auction, organised by Macroom Juvenile G.A.A committee at the Auld Triangle to raise funds for the club. Accepting the jersey on behalf of the club were Mrs Bríd O'Riordan; her daughter, Aideen O'Riordan, Sadhbh and Bláithín Lynch, Caoimhe O'Callaghan, James and Barry Galvin and Jack O'Sullivan. Rena works as a physiotherapist in Macroom.

Bordeaux to Gougane. Students and teachers from Bordeaux who are on an exchange with students from De la Salle College Macroom, recently visited St. Finbarr's Oratory for Mass and then went on a hike around Gougane Barra.

Ballingeary Flood Relief. It has just been announced that the OPW has allocated €22,500 to Cork County Council to undertake flood relief works in the Gaeltacht village of Ballingeary, which was seriously impacted by flooding in recent years. The works will involve the removal of trees and shrubs from the banks of the Bunsheelin river from Inchinossig Bridge to the GAA pitch and at the 'Ford'.

Bealnamorrive Daffodil Day organisers wish to thank all who helped in the fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society – those who supported, donated, baked and helped to make it a great success. Total raised, €2.083. Mass will be celebrated in St. John's Church, Bealnamorrive at 8p.m. on Friday, April 22 for all who have been touched by cancer. After Mass, the proceeds of the Daffodil Day will be presented to a representative of the Irish Cancer Society at Tigh Uí Laoghaire Bar, where refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome.

Crookstown Karate Club. The SKIF (Shotokan Karate-do International Federation) World Championships take place in Jakarta, Indonesia the 21st- 28th of August 2016. This competition will have representation from many countries around the world. Ireland has selected 16 individuals to compete and Crookstown Karate Club is delighted to have 5 club members (2 seniors, 3 juniors) selected as part of this squad. They have shown excellent form in competition and have trained very hard to be considered for selection. Sensei Garrett O'Donovan, Irish Junior coach, will travel with his team, as well as a number of family members. So proud of you all on your selection to fly the Irish flag in Jakarta.

Rusheen Drama. Well done to to Niamh White, Jack Kearney, Moira Leahy, David Kelleher, Dylan O'Riordan, Adam Ring, Chloe O'Driscoll and Thomas Morgans from Rusheen N.S. who came 2nd in the Novelty Act in the County Final of Scór na bPáistí held in Ovens recently. They did a 1916 drama based on the wedding of Joseph Mary Plunkett to Grace Gifford.

Brownies from Macroom took part in a 'Hey Jinks' event in Farran wood recently. Brownies and Scouts from all over gathered to take part in fun activities including grass skiing, water slide, seaweed crawling and loads of mud!

Aghinagh Lotto Results 20/03/16: Jackpot €1,300 Numbers drawn 22, 28 & 41. No winner €50 William Lehane, Ballycurrane. €20 Shauna Lehane, Ballinagree, Thomas Cotter, Bawnmore, John & Maura Twohig, Horsemount, Humphrey & Catherine O'Sullivan, Ballinagee.
27/03/16: Jackpot €1,450 Numbers drawn 9, 19 & 36. No winner. €50 Kevin O'Sullivan, Carrigagulla, Ballinagree. €20 Margaret & Pat O'Riordan, Shanakiel, Tim Buckley, Middle Square, Macroom, Tom & Niamh Cuddihy, Drombeg, Rusheen, James & Mary Murphy, Derryroe, Macroom.
03/04/16: Jackpot €1,600. Numbers drawn 3, 06 & 40. No winner. €50 Tia, C/O Maria Anvil Bar. €20 Jack Murphy, Aghabullogue, Rylane Celtic Football Club, Padraig & Martina Dineen, Annagannihy, Anthony Kelleher, Horsemount, Ballinagree.
10/04/16: Jackpot €1,750. Numbers drawn 16, 24 & 28. No winner. €50.00 Claire & Jack Manning, Coolnadane. €20 Eddie Neville, Rylane, Gerard Buckley, Laharn, Mags Cosgrave, Carrig Inn, John O'Sullivan, Rusheen

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto April 3. Jackpot €6,950. Numbers drawn 4,9,22,23. No Winner €50 Deirdre Twomey Farran. €25 Deirdre Twomey Farran. Mick & Ann Dunlea Carrigadrohid. €25 on line James O'Donnell.
April 10. Jackpot €7,100. Numbers drawn 6,9,15,24. No Winner €50 Michelle O'Flynn Kilcrea. €25 Tommy Murphy Farnanes. Martin Moloney c/o TJ O'Sullivan. €25 on line Tomas Twomey.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto 30 /3/16. No Winner of €5600 Jackpot. €70 - Eileen Cooney, Coachford. €20 - - Mairead & Jimmy Bryant c/o Mgt Coakley. Jim & Marie Good, c/o The Pub Carriganima. Mary McSweeney, Carrigaphooka Breda McCarthy, Shanacloon, Bailemhicire. .
6/4/16 Jackpot €5800. No winner. €70 - Derry Crowley, c/o CMP, Ballineen. €20 - Claire Dinneen, c/o Dinneen's Bar. Richard Balfe, Clondrohid. Derry Crowley, c/o CMP, Ballineen. Sheila Riordan, Teerbeg

Kilmichael GAA Lotto 03.04.2016 Jackpot €15,000: No winner. Numbers 12-19-21-34; €50 Colm Dromey & Simon Foley €25 Nellie Masters, Carrigboy. John Joe Horgan, Toames. Alex & Luke Scalan, c/o Seamas O'Leary.
10.04.2016 Numbers 2-5-13-34 No winner. €50 Kathleen O'Leary, Cooldorrihy €25 Paddy Noonan, Inchigeela. Finbarr Dromey, Cooleclevane. Kathleen Lordan, Dromcarra.

Kilmurry GAA Lotto 29/03/2016 Jackpot €4,400 Numbers 13,30,38 No Winner. €50 A O' Driscoll, €20 John O' Leary, Michael Vaughan, K O' Leary, E O'Donoghue.
11/04/2016 Jackpot €4,600 Numbers 6,14,31 No winner. €50 Mark Payne. €20 DOD, Tadhg Lyons, Ronan Callanan, Walter Dooniskey.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 29/03/2016 - Jackpot €7,000 Numbers 16-23-26. No Winner. €70 Shelia Buttimer, Coolcower €20 Gene Mc Sweeney, Knockagree. Jane Murray, Railway View. Conor Lorigan, Gurteenroe. Don Lynch, Codrum. Jennifer & Mia Murphy, Cork Street,
5/04/2016 - Jackpot €7, 200 Numbers 8-28-30.. No Winner. €70 Leo Hughes, Masseytown €20. James O'Leary, Codrum. Frank O'Brien, C/O Evelyn Mc Sweeney. Declan Ring, St Colman's Park. Norma O'Sullivan, 9 Lr. Cork Street. Denise Moloney, Main Street.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results29/3/2016, Jackpot: €2,600, Numbers Drawn: 9 – 13 – 14, No Winner. €40 Johnny Healy, €20 Nicole Martin, Cathy Dunton, Brendan Barry Murphy, Joe O'Riordan (Yearly Ticket).
4/4/2016, Jackpot: €2,800, Numbers Drawn: 8 – 21 – 29, No Winner. €40 John O'Shea, €20 Aodhán Fitzgibbon, John T. Roche, Tracy Martin, Elaine Murray (Yearly Ticket).
11/4/2016, Jackpot: €3,000, Numbers Drawn: 12 – 17 – 34, No Winner. €40 Maud Cotter, €20 Donal Herlihy, Margaret Murphy, Isabelle Leahy, Mick & Denise Roche (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

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Some of the attendance at the launch of Carriganimma/ Clondrohid Text Alert ©Lee Valley Outlook

Clondrohid Updates

Be Alert: A large crowd attended the Community Alert meeting held in Clondrohid Hall on April 4. Great credit is due to the organising committee for all the work they have done in getting this text alert system up and running and they were commended by all the speakers on the night. Up to 150 have signed on for this system, which is an achievement in itself.
Sgt. Ian O'Callaghan, Crime Prevention Officer, relayed to all present the methods and tricks vandals use to enter your premises to rob and steal. The main theme all night was to be always alert, never allow a stranger into your house without proper proof and to report to Macroom Garda Station anyone you think is acting suspiciously. Do not keep large amounts of cash on your premises and beware of visiting graveyards or going for walks and leaving handbags in your car. He also said that it is a partnership approach to combating crime. Orla Doyle, Community Officer and Supt Michael Fitzpatrick spoke in the same vein, urging people to be wary of leaving their house vacant during a wedding or funeral. Diarmuid Cronin, Development Officer with Muintir na Tire, spoke of the advantages of all kinds of alarm devices, and urged all present and especially the elderly and those living alone, to invest. Literature, alarms and lots of devices were available on the night. The chairman, Seanie, concluded proceedings and everyone enjoyed the refreshments.
Carriganima 1916 commemoration will take place in Carriganima on Sunday April 24. Everyone welcome. Please take note of the date.
Dancing in Brighton: Well done and heartiest congrats to all who travelled to Brighton last weekend. A welcome home parade was held in Ballyvourney on Sunday evening as they arrived with 14 cups and 13 gold, 21 silver and 73 bronze medals. They had one 1st place European Champion, three 2nd place, two 3rd place, four 4th place and four 5th place.
Student achievement award: Congrats to Ellie Murphy Ownsworth of Clondrohid village on being awarded a certificate from the U.C.C. Plus Programme in recognition of her outstanding performance in English. Well done.
Important dates: Children from Clondrohid NS will receive First Holy Communion on Saturday May 7 and children from Muinefliuch and Carriganima will receive theirs in Carriganima on Saturday May 14. The annual Cloyne Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday May 8
Muinefliuch Parents' Association: are holding another fundraiser for their school extension. This time it is a Pub Quiz in the Tavern Clondrohid. It will take place on Friday night April 19. Bumper Raffle on same night. Your support would be appreciated..

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Remembering 1916 in Inchigeela ©Nora O'Riordan

Remembering 1916 in Inchigeela

On Easter Sunday, 1916, 54 Irish Volunteers marched into Inchigeela village from Lyre, Behagh, Ballinacarriga and Dunmanway. They were addressed by Tomas McCurtain and Terence McSwiney and subsequently dismissed as the expected arms shipment had been intercepted off the Kerry coast.
That event was re-enacted in Inchigeela on Easter Sunday, 2016 to salute the memory of those brave young Irish Volunteers.
A group of local young men- mostly from Uibh Laoire GAA club- led by piper, Donal O Ceilleachair marched into the village from the south. "McCurtain and McSwiney" arrived from the east in style, driven by Fr. Pat O'Donovan in his 1914 Model T Ford touring car. After inspecting " the troops " the two leaders raised the tricolour and the flag of the Irish Republic. Fr. Martin O'Driscoll blessed the commemorative plaque which was unveiled by Richard O'Neill, whose grandfather, Dick, was one of the men who marched in 1916. Jack O'Leary proudly read his own treasured copy of the Proclamation.
Michael Galvin from Kilmurry delivered a stirring oration and Tracey Cronin led the large crowd in a powerful rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann. To conclude, a local trad group entertained the crowd with some rousing ballads.
Despite the inclement weather every element of the ceremony was conducted with great dignity and respect, Seamus Twohig did a wonderful job as M.C. and the organising committee sends a big thank you to Pat Lehane for "drilling" the volunteers and also to Alma O'Callaghan for the fabulous banners and art work.

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Past pupil, Sebastian Thommen, who played Michael Collins in the RTE series Rebellion, raises the flag at Dromleigh N.S. Kilmichael, helped by the Infant classes. ©Sheila Burgoyne

Kilmurry 1916 Commemoration April 23

On Easter Sunday 1916, responding to the Chief-of-Staff, Eoin McNeill's' order, the Cork city Irish Volunteers mobilised at Sheare's Street and later en-trained to Crookstown station. They then marched to Bealnablath joining members of the South Cork Volunteers already assembled who had marched from Kilbrittain, Ballinhassig, Ballinadee, etc. etc. The combined columns then marched to Kilmurry en route to their final rendezvous in Carriganima where they were scheduled to meet Kerry Volunteers with weapons and ammunition from the ship 'AUD' due in to arrive in Fenit, Co Kerry.
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 on Easter Sunday 1916, arriving Bealnablath 2 30 pm, the marchers will then proceed to Kilmurry, visitors are invited to join in - we welcome participants in period dress.
Bandon walkers will pass through Curriclough, Gurteen, Farnivane, Mossgrove, Quarry's Cross, Leachtneill, arrive Bealnablath circa 2 30 pm.
Walkers rendezvous with Kilmurry Historical & Archaeological Association at Bealnablath, other walkers welcome to join and complete walk to Kilmurry.
3 30 pm all walkers assemble top of Kilmurry village lead by Piper.
Military re-enactment takes place and reading of the Proclamation.
Raising of National Flag & unveiling of plaque commemorating this historic event.
Oration by local historian Michael Galvin.
Entertainment for all will take place in the museum car park, including music and dance from Newcestown Comhaltas, local choirs, solo performers, etc.
Tea and refreshments in the museum.
The new museum will be open on the day even though the presentation is not yet fully complete.

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Organising committee of the forthcoming 1916 Centenary Commemoration at Carriganimma on Sunday, April 24 ©Sean Radley.

Carriganima Celebrates Centenary.

On April 24th at 1pm, Carriganima will commemorate the men and women of 1916 by staging a re-enactment of the mobilisation that took place 100 years ago. The event will also recreate the dramatic oration Padraig Pearse delivered from "the eggstore" to the local volunteers in August 1915.
Pearse travelled in the company of Liam Ruiséal (Cork) and as they approached the village, they were met by pipers and a torch light procession. He spoke in both Irish and English three weeks to the day after his famous oration at the graveside of O'Donovan Rossa in Glasnevin cemetery. His message to the local volunteers was "Bígí ullamh; the arms will come". Those present always said that Pearse made mention of the achievements of An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire, a schoolboy from Carriganima who received the freedom of Dublin in 1912 as a result of his literary achievements in the Irish language. He spoke of his admiration for Art Ó Laoghaire who rebelled against the penal laws.
The program of events will commence at 1pm with an enactment of Pearse's arrival in the village via horse and cart. A great grandnephew of Terence McSweeney will deliver Pearse's famous oration from the exact location where Pearse stood 100 years prior. A daughter of one of the local volunteers, Monica MacDonagh (nee Cotter), will unveil a plaque in memory of Pearse.
The second part of the commemoration commences with the re-enactment of the mobilisation of the volunteers and will be led by 26 descendants of Cumann na mBan. They will march westward through the village, accompanied by representatives from the local volunteer Companies. Their numbers were as follows: Carriganima (33) Ballinagree (28), Kilnamartyra (14), Clondrohid (18) Ballyvourney/ Coolea (9), Macroom and Kilmurry (29). It is hoped that a descendant of each company will call out the names of those present in 1916.
An oration and the raising of the tricolour will conclude proceedings before entertainment in "The Pub" is provided by "Spailpín". Organisers of the Commemoration in Carriganima include Liam Roche, Sheila Walsh, Joan Roche, Marie Murphy, Annmarie Healy, Edward Walsh, Donal Corcoran, Mary Kate Murphy, Jimmy Murphy, James O'Leary, Pat Barrett, John Paul Ring, John Joe Moriarty, Eddie Walsh, Declan Sheehan, Joe O'Leary, Seán Murphy, Michael Walsh and Michael Lynch.

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The cast of Many Young Men of Twenty, presented by Coachford Drama Group ©Lee Valley Outlook

Coachford Updates

Drama. Anthony Greene took on the mammoth task of directing Coachford Players' most recent production, John B. Keane's Many Young Men of Twenty. With a cast of twenty, as well as musicians and singers, choreography was a major challenge on the simple stage at Coachford G.A.A hall and Anthony made a masterful job of it. Perhaps not one of Keane's best plays, the plot covers a wide spectrum of mid-century Irish social problems - alcoholism, unemployment, unmarried mothers, corrupt politicians, but most of all, emigration. The actors got the very most from Keane's humorous dialogue and beautiful singing and music made for another great success for Coachford Players, their 90th show in 30 years.
Actors included Gráinne Donovan, Willie Barrett, Louse Lyons, Pat Lehane, Eugene O'Sullivan, Grace Donovan, Damien Sheehan, Alan Lynch, Joe Scanlon, Anne Marie McMahon, John McCaffrey, James Byrne, Lucy Quane, Leanne Murphy, Sarah Byrne, Tim Hayes, Henry Delaney and Paul O'Dea and musicians were Maighréad Ní Mhurchú and Éabha Donovan. Back stage personnel included Anthony Green, Anne Marie McMahon, Clare Leahy, Anne Marie McCarthy, Willie Barrett, Deirdre Hickey, Rachel Kiely, Penny Rainbow, Sadie Murray, Anne Murphy, Terri Goulding, Josephine Moynihan, Siobhan O'Connell and Peter Dineen.

Presentation to Anthony Greene. Mr Greene recently retired from the Board of Management of Coachford National School and received a presentation to acknowledge his great contribution to the school community. Anthony is well known for his involvement in the local Historical Society and Dramatic Society. The presentation was made by Ms Sharon O'Driscoll, sixth class pupil, Colm Walsh and Junior Infant, Grainne Allen (grandniece). The art work was created by award winning sixth class pupil, Ellie Dineen and signed by all staff and pupils. Mr. Greene was the flag raiser for Coachford NS and gave an oration as Gaeilge prior to raising the flag. He will be sadly missed by staff and pupils and we wish him good fortune on his retirement.

Great Fundraiser for Aoife

The Fundraiser for Aoife Lucey, a member of West Muskerry A.C., was a memorable night at the Riverside Park Hotel. Aoife, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in September, was involved from the start. She judged the Schools Art Competition; helped with the setting up of the hall; read a poem which she wrote herself; played the harp and the piano; sold tickets and finally, she helped shave the head of her club coach, Collette O'Riordan.
The atmosphere was electric and the crowd was unbelievable. All the talented performers were club mates of Aoife - dancers, musicians and singers and we even had a set dance. MC, Ger O'Sullivan, interviewed all of the performers and DJ Mike had the music ready for all acts. The Hill Billys were also there to support the children. Eric Moynihan captured the whole event on camera and will have a DVD shortly.
A huge thank you to the Riverside Park Hotel for the fantastic venue, to all the sponsors and all those who donated and bought event and raffle tickets and everyone who helped in any way to make the night so successful. The head shave was as exciting as the concert itself and Brid O'Riordan guided the hands of the many barbers. The final strip of hair went to auction and there was keen competition between Aghinagh Supporters club and West Muskerry Supporters Club. Bidding started at €10 and finished at an unbelievable €600, with an agreed tie and both groups uniting for the last cut.
Winners of the Schools Art Competition: Senior Group 1st Jason Bowles Clondrohid N.S. 2nd Ellie Dineen, Coachford N.S. 3rd Oskar Canovee N.S. Junior winners: 1st.Caoimhe O'Brien Ballinagree N.S., 2nd Laura Lyons Rylane N.S and 3rd Cian Cronin St. Colman's N.S. The winners of the Door Draw at the Fund Raiser were 1st Tommy Morrison, 2nd Martin Buckley, 3rd Donáll Ó Riordan, 4th Eileen Neville and 5th Seán Keating. The final sum raised will be announced at a later stage.

Macra Matters

Donoughmore Macra wishes to thank everyone who came to their variety show. It was truly a community effort, and if St. Lachteen's spectacular performance is anything to go by, the future of Donoughmore Macra is very bright. The entertainment culminated in the FBD Capers team's winning performance. €1650 was raised in aid of Embrace FARM.
After two solid months of competitions in senior debating, Donoughmore Macra team was defeated by Freemount in the final at Fernhill House Hotel, Clonakilty. Well done to the team of Tom Carroll, Meig Collins, James Healy and Elaine O'Connell. However, they beat the Millstreet team in the regional round of impromptu debating. Well done to the team of Tom Carroll, James Healy, Averil Kiely and Alan Twomey who represented Muskerry in the National Dairygold Club Question Time competition in the Irish Farm Centre, Dublin. The club travelled to Pat Barry's bar on Easter Saturday for a social night out. This was followed by club members donning their gladrags for the Limerick Easter ball on Sunday. Members visited the National Kart Centre Cork for an exciting evening. The dramatic group contested the national semi-final in Abbeydorney, staging Trifles, a one-act play set in 1916. The club's impromptu debating team of Tom Carroll, James Healy and Elaine O'Connell participated in the quarter final at Blarney Castle Hotel. Club members dazzled Berrings Macra Lip Sync Battle with their rendition of "There's a Whole Lotta Lovin' and came home with the 'Best Group' trophy. Next up is the Mr Personality contest in Kilkenny.
Berrings Macra hosted Macra na Feirme's first ever Lip Sync Battle on the 10th of April in Blarney. The night was a huge success and the performances were thoroughly enjoyed by the large crowd in attendance. The judges - Tim Mullane, Joan-Marie Ronan and Deirdre Sexton - found it very difficult to name a winner due to the high standard. After much deliberation, Noelle McSweeney from Terelton Macra won "Best Costume". Donoughmore Macra were awarded the prize for "Best Group" and Diarmuid O'Leary was named as the overall "Best Performer" on the night.

Sgoil Éanna Prospectus

A wonderful document came to light in Macroom during Easter Week 2016 – the 1910 – 1911 prospectus for Pádraic Mac Piarais's private school for boys at Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin. Pádraic, with B.A. and Barrister at Law qualifications, is listed as Principal and the staff includes Patrick Doody, Frank Nolan, Wilfrid Kane, Michael Smithwick, Eamonn O'Toole and Maighréad Nic Phiarais. Visiting Professors are named as Richard Feely, Padraic Colum, William Pearse, Owen Lloyd, Vincent O'Brien, Maire Nic Phiarais, Joseph Clarke, John A. Clinch and William Carroll. Extern lecturers include luminaries such as Douglas Hyde, Agnes O'Farrelly, Eoin Mac Neill, W.B. Yeats, Mary Hayden and Padraic Colum.
The enterprise opened as a secondary, bilingual school for Irish Catholic boys at Cullenswood House in 1908, but, with the aim of developing boarding facilities, it moved to the Herimitag, on a 50 acre site, about a mile from the village of Rathfarnham. Cullenswood House continued as a school for girls and younger boys. Sgoil Éanna had a strong Irish ethos. It was the official language and main means of communication. English, French, German, Italian and Spanish were also taught and Latin, Greek and Old Irish were offered to senior students. Other subjects included History, Geography, Maths, Science, Agriculture, Shorthand, Typing, Book Keeping, Dancing, Music, Art and Elocution. The 'magic lantern' was considered a great teaching aid.
Éire Óg, the junior branch of Connradh na Gaeilge, was strong in the school. There were hurling and football fields, a tennis court attached and a cycle path and swimming pool were planned. The Hermitage was adjacent to the Priory, the home of John Philpott Curran and the homes of Robert Emmet and Anne Devlin.
Boarders at the school were limited to 60. There were provisions for a 'Summer Holiday School' in Connemara. Fees ranged from 6 – 12 guineas for day pupils and 32 – 35 guineas per annum for boarders. The prospectus lists the apparel and equipment required for each boarder and recommends the wearing of the kilt in the school colours.
Many of the pupils of Sgoil Éanna joined Fianna Éireann, the youth branch of the volunteers and at least 15 past pupils took part on the Rising. With the executions of Pádraic and Willie Pearse, the school continued to be run by Mrs. Pearse and her daughters, Margaret and Mary but it closed down in 1935. It was handed over to the state in 1968 and is now a museum.
A photocopy of the Sgoil Éanna prospectus may be seen at Macroom Library.

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Commemorating the raising of the Tricolour in Kilnamartyra ©Jack Kelleher

Flying the Flag

At Cahirkereen, on Murphy-Castle's farm, overlooking the village of Kilnamartyra, stands a 16th century ruin, known locally as The Chimney. It is said to have been part of a castle built by the McCarthy clan and to have been destroyed by fire. Over the centuries, stones from the ruin were used for local building and the Night of the Big Wind in 1839 toppled over a companion to the surviving chimney. Legend holds that the builders had used mortar fortified with horsehair and bull's blood in the construction. Another legend claims that the building once served as a leper hospital, with the chimney functioning as an incinerator for the disposal of contaminated material. Two townlands in the neighbouring parish of Inchigeela have place names that refer to leprosy. Cahirkereen (Cathair Ceirin), may be translated as "the stone fortress of wax or medicine". It is said that a nearby lios was home to a medic who used bees' wax as a curative emulsion.
In the turbulent period 1916 to 1921, Cornelius "Louth" O'Connell, a relation, lived and worked on the Murphy farm. An early member of the Irish Volunteers, "Louth" was brave and loyal and a bit reckless. He decided to fly the Tricolour from atop "The Chimney" – in defiance of British law. The scheme was not without risk, not least of which was getting safely to the top of the ruin. But "Louth" scaled the building from the outside, using its heavy covering of ivy as support. Having secured a metal bar within the chimney-stack, he hoisted the flag and it could be seen from Millstreet Cross in Macroom as far west as the chapel in Ballyvourney – and there it remained for many a year.
On March 15 2016, the national flag was once again flown from the top of "The Chimney", marking the centenary of its first unfurling there – and in memory of "Louth" and the other local men and women who had sacrificed so much in those tumultuous years.
My grandfather, Tom "Castle" Murphy, was born on the day of the Easter Rising (April 24th). He later recalled some incidents from the War of Independence – especially the day when the Black and Tans raided the house looking for Louth. My great-grandmother had concealed him in a wooden blanket chest and placed a small swivel mirror on top. Upon the Tan officer entering the bedroom, he made a beeline for the little mirror and stooped down to admire his own reflection and stroke his moustache. The man's vanity saved Louth from arrest, imprisonment and perhaps, execution.
Jack Kelleher, Castleview.

Head Count - Census 2016

On Sunday, 24 April, every person present in Ireland will be counted and some of their details recorded. This information should help us plan for the future as well as showing us how Ireland has changed since the last census was taken in 2011. The 2016 census will take place exactly one hundred years to the day since the Easter Rising began, and the results will be of great interest to the historians of the future as they look back and reflect on life in Ireland in 2016.
Sunday, 24 April is census night and everyone who is in Ireland on that night must be included on a census form. These forms will be collected 25 April - 20 May and sent to the CSO warehouse where the information on them is captured and analysed.
The census provides vital information on a wide range of topics and issues and is used by every government department and local authority, along with a wide range of both public and private service providers. Census data feeds into the planning stages of most aspects of Irish life, for example, new primary schools or nursing homes, trains and tram lines, childcare facilities or shopping centres.
The census provides detailed population figures at local level, and for minority groups. This data is used to identify the most appropriate locations for new local roads and bus routes, new primary schools and hospitals, areas of relatively high unemployment and the best locations for new factories. The census is also the only means of accurately measuring the exact extent of migration. By comparing the results of successive censuses, and taking account of the number of births and deaths that have occurred over the same period, we get an accurate measure of net migration (the difference between inward and outward migration).
The 2011 census showed that the population of Cork was 519,032, an increase of 7.8% over the 2006 population. It is mainly urban, with 62.4% of people living in Cork City and other urban areas of the county. The population of Cork city fell by 0.2% over the previous five years. Cork recorded 33,329 vacant dwellings, representing 14.6% of all housing in the county, and 7,342 holiday homes in 2006. There were 42,854 more females than males in the State in April 2011 resulting in an overall sex ratio of 98.1 males for every 100 females. This trend is also evident in Cork where there were 98.4 males per 100 females. 0.3% of school children cycled to school compared to the national figure of 1.3%.
The first results from Census 2016 will be published this July but it will take a further nine months to scan and capture the full set of data off the 2 million census forms. The detailed results will be published in March 2017.

Like to Quit Smoking?

A 6 week 'Stop Smoking' support group, which is free of charge, will commence in The Erinville Hospital, Western Road, Cork on Wednesday, April 13th Time 11am to 12.30pm. The 6 week course will be delivered by Miriam O'Shea, HSE Smoking Cessation Officer. This course offers smokers support and practical advice on how to quit smoking, using approaches and techniques including the use of nicotine-replacement therapy to support quitting. If you would like support to Stop Smoking, book your place by contacting The Health Promotion Department, Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital Telephone 021 4921641

School Garden Closing Date Extended

You can still register your entry to this year's Cork Schools Garden Competition. Enter here Today for 2016. The aim of the 'Pride in Our Community Schools Competition' is to support pupils, teachers in County Cork to bring nature, wildlife, plants and colour into their school garden/ grounds, to promote horticulture and biodiversity and to give students a chance to interact with the environment and nature in a positive way.
Studies have shown that school gardens promote positive environmental attitudes and provide an excellent opportunity to develop more positive attitudes towards science at an early age. The 2015 /16 competition is open to all primary schools in County Cork who have a school garden or are in the process of developing one. The school decides on the participants for the competition, this will consist of pupils and adults. The pupils can be members of one class or representatives from a few classes. The adults may be teachers, school gardener or parents). The entry must be approved by the school principal.


Did you know that the top category for employment related claims in Ireland is for unfair dismissal? One of the biggest myths in employing staff is that it is almost impossible to fire a member of staff. The truth is quite different, and although the law is quite complicated, it should not be difficult to get the basics right. The short time that it takes you to read this article could save you a lot of stress and money and help you to avoid a successful unfair dismissal claim.
Unfair dismissal is governed in Ireland by the Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977- 2001, and two fundamental principles need to be made clear about this legislation at the outset.
An employer must have substantial grounds for dismissing an employee;
In doing so, the employer must apply fair procedures to the process.
The Unfair Dismissals Acts cover people who have been in employment for at least 52 weeks continuous service and have not yet reached the normal retirement age for the employment in question.
Certain reasons for dismissal are considered to be automatically unfair. These include:
membership or proposed membership of a trade union or engaging in trade union activities, whether within permitted times during work or outside of working hours
religious or political opinions
legal proceedings against an employer where an employee is a party or a witness
race, colour, sexual orientation, age or membership of the Traveller community
pregnancy, giving birth or breastfeeding or any matters connected with pregnancy or birth
availing of rights under legislation such as maternity leave, adoptive leave, carer's leave, parental or force majeure leave
unfair selection for redundancy
To dismiss fairly, you need a combination of one of the five potentially fair statutory reasons plus a procedure that is fair and reasonable.
The five potentially fair reasons to dismiss an employee are:-
Conduct or Behaviour
Capability (including the inability to perform competently)
Breach of Statutory Restriction (such as employing someone illegally) or;
Some other substantial reason (such as a restructure)
If you do not have one of these reasons, then the dismissal would be unfair, even if fair procedures are utilised. If you have one of these reasons, but do not follow proper and fair procedures then the dismissal can still be deemed to be unfair. It is therefore critical that both of the fundamental principles of the legislation are adhered to.
Once a farm employer has established one of these reasons, he or she must act reasonably and be seen to do so before dismissing. This means that he or she has to ensure certain steps are taken such as investigating properly, considering alternative penalties, acting consistently, and generally act with consideration and in a fair manner. This is where procedure comes in.
Generally, businesses will be expected to investigate before holding a disciplinary hearing. This will usually involve giving the employee any evidence gathered in time to prepare for the hearing.
At the hearing, the employee should be given the opportunity to relay their side of the story to the other side and to challenge the evidence. Employees should also be allowed to be accompanied by a colleague or a trade union representative, who can ask questions and represent them.
Employees cannot be sacked for a first offence unless their behaviour is so serious and it amounts to gross misconduct, which can include things like stealing or fighting etc. as well as engaging in behaviour that could damage the reputation of the farming business.
If the issue relates to an employee's performance, they should be warned and given time to improve before being dismissed. They must be given informal and formal warnings. They must be given an opportunity to appeal against the dismissal too, and most employers will allow staff to appeal against written and final warnings.
It is also important that every business has a disciplinary policy. The question as to whether or not your employer had a dismissal procedure in place will be taken into account when deciding if a dismissal was unfair. There are common pitfalls to look out for and employment law is quite technical. Consequently, it is very important that you seek legal advice before dismissing an employee.

Karen Walsh from Grenagh, Co. Cork, comes from a farming background and is a solicitor practicing in Walsh & Partners, Solicitors and Commissioners for Oaths, 17, South Mall, Cork. Tel: 021-4270200 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.walshandpartners.ie
Disclaimer: While every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information contained in this article, Solicitor Karen Walsh does not accept responsibility for errors or omissions howsoever arising, and you should seek legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances at the earliest possible time.


The Primrose Path by Rebecca Griffiths.

As a teenager, Sarah D'Villez famously escaped a man who abducted and held her hostage for eleven days. The case became notorious, with Sarah's face splashed across the front of every newspaper in the country. Seventeen years later, that man is about to be released from prison. Fearful of the media storm that is sure to follow, Sarah decides to flee to rural Wales under a new identity, telling nobody where she is gone. Settling into the small community, Sarah soon realises that someone is watching her. Someone who seems to know everything about he.
Available in Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €18.00

Sports Mad


Macroom Motor Services Mid Cork U21 B Football Championship

Final: Aghabullogue v Éire has been delayed due to the sad death of Aghabullogue midfielder, Greg Long, while on a brief family holiday in Spain. Greg was a much loved young man, extremely popular amongst his friends and club mates and his sudden death is a huge loss to his family, to whom the sympathy of all the clubs in Muskerry is extended. The final is now fixed to be played on Monday April 18th at Carraigadrohid, starting at 7.15pm.

Mid Cork Junior Football Muskerry Cup 2016

First round Kilmichael 4-15 Dripsey 2-5
Quarter Finals
1 Donoughmore v Kilmichael
2 Iveleary w/o Ballincollig scr.
3 Canovee 2-12 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-10
4 Aghinagh 1-5 Kilmurry 2-10
Semi Finals: 1 v Iveleary, Canovee v Kilmurry

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Kilmurry U9 Panel who played their first blitz of the season in Ballincollig against Bishopstown, Sliabh Rua and Donoughmore. © Anthony Dineen

Ross Oil Junior A Football Championship

The 1st round games and fixtures are:
Donoughmore v Kilmichael, at Coachford on Sat 23rd /Sun 24th April
Inniscarra v Blarney, Sat April 30th or Tuesday May 3rd.
Iveleary v Éire Óg at Kilmurry, Friday May 6th at 7.30pm
Dripsey v Canovee, at Donoughmore on Sat May 7th, 7.30pm
Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh v Ballincollig, at Kilmichael, May 7th at 7pm.
Naomh Abán v Kilmurry, at Macroom on Saturday May 14th, 6pm
Aghinagh v Clondrohid at Macroom, Sat May 14th at 7.30pm.
Note: the progress of Cork U21 footballers and Cork Minor footballers could affect some of the above fixtures.

Tom Creedon Cup 2016

Quarter-Final Newmarket 2-6 Nemo Rangers 1-7
Semi-Finals: Newmarket v Mallow; Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 3-14 Kinsale 1-7
Final: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Mallow or Newmarket

Allianz National Football League

Kerry 0 – 20 Cork 1 - 12
Cork are relegated to Division 2 of the football league after their fourth defeat of the campaign in their final game at Tralee. Kerry were 0-11 to 1-5 clear at the break and would have been out of sight but for a Colm O'Neill penalty deep in first-half stoppage time. Cork had failed to score from play in the opening period.
Cork spent the early stages of the second half further eating into Kerry's advantage and three points in a row from Paul Kerrigan, Brian O'Driscoll and a Brian Hurley free had them level on 59 minutes. Kerry, through Marc Ó Sé and Colm Cooper, were able to ease back in front and were in cruise control at the end.
Scorers for Cork: C O'Neill (1-3, 1-0, 0-3 frees); B Hurley (0-6, 0-4 frees); P Kerrigan, D Goulding, B O'Driscoll (0-1 each).
Cork: R Price; E Cadogan, K Crowley, D Hazel; T Clancy, K O'Driscoll, B O'Driscoll; I Maguire, Seán Kiely (Ballincollig); C O'Driscoll, M Collins, R Deane; P Kerrigan, C O'Neill, B Hurley.: L Connolly(42), Daniel Goulding (Éire Óg)(55), Fintan Goold (Macroom)(63), M Shields (63)

Allianz National Hurling League Relegation Play off,

Cork 2-22 Galway 0-25
Two goals in the closing 10 minutes helped Cork to retain their Allianz Hurling League Division 1A status for next year.
Cork had started well to edge 0-9 to 0-4 ahead by the 13th minute with Conor Lehane and Patrick Horgan hugely effective in attack. Galway improved considerably as the interval approached with Joe Canning sharp from frees for the Tribesmen, who trailed 0-14 to 0-13 at the break.
When the action recommenced Galway moved 0-22 to 0-19 ahead after 57th minutes. Cork stayed cool with Harnedy expertly drilling a 61st minute goal following a fine catch from an Anthony Nash free.
A 64th minute Cathal Mannion point levelled matters, but Horgan struck 1-1 inside 90 seconds including an opportunistic goal to seal the deal.
Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 1-7 (3fs), C Lehane 0-6, S Harnedy 1-0, A Cadogan 0-3, B Lawton 0-2, D Kearney 0-2, W Egan 0-1, B Cooper
Cork: A Nash; D Cahalane, S McDonnell, C O'Sullivan; C Murphy, C Joyce, L McLoughlin; W Egan, D Kearney; B Lawton, C Lehane, C Cooper; A Cadogan, S Harnedy, P Horgan.
Subs: J Cronin for Cadogan (58 mins), W Leahy for Lawton (66 mins) K Burke for Kearney (70 mins).

Munster U21 Football Championship Final

Kerry 1-14 Cork 3-9
Cork won the Munster U 21 football championship for the 26th time (five in the last six years) with this thrilling win over Kerry at Austin Stack Park, Tralee. Substitute Cian Dorgan's added-time point proved to be the match winner for a Cork side which gave a fine overall performance.
There was a strong Mid Cork contribution to the victory. Cork lined out with John Mullins of Éire Óg at full back, Seán O'Donoghue of Inniscarra at centre forward and Peter Kelleher of Kilmichael at full forward. Mullins was on Kerry danger man Killlian Spillane and did a fine job in containing the threat of the tall Templenoe man, Sean O'Donoghue was very lively and carried the ball well from defence to attack and at full forward Peter Kelleher was a major handful for the Kerry defence all through. Cian Kiely of Ballincollig, Dan Ó Duinnín of Cill na Martra and Cian Dorgan of Ballincollig were all last quarter substitutes and gave effective performances. The Cork selectors also played their part with well-timed substitutions and for Clondrohid's Aidan Kelleher, often medical officer to the county teams, this will have been a memorable start to his selectorial career
The three goals were vital for the winners as Kerry recovered from a two goal blast from Cork to come back into contention and then hit the front late in the third quarter. Cork's third goal, from midfielder Seán White in the 47th minute, was crucial, as Cork had been trailing by a point, 1-11 to 2-7, at that stage, and another important moment came when defender Kieran Histon took a goal-bound Kerry shot off the Cork line three minutes later.
It all looked so good for Kerry in the opening minutes but gradually Cork found their feet, especially around the middle where White and Sean O'Leary took a foothold, and by the sixth minute Cork were level through Ryan Harkin and Brian Coakley (free), before the latter slipped the ball past Eoghan O'Brien for Cork's first goal.
In the 17th minute, Seán Powter scored a superb goal to help Cork to a 2-4 to 0-7 half-time lead playing against a strong wind. Kerry were beginning to get on top as half time approached however and they maintained their strong pressure on the resumption. Points were exchanged but then Kerry had a goal and were now into their stride and they went clear only to be reined in by Cork's third goal. Kerry drew level again but with extra-time looming Dorgan proved Cork's hero with a great score from out near the righthand sideline.
Cork scorers: Brian Coakley (1-1, 0-1f), Seán White (1-0), Seán Powter (1-0), Michael Hurley (0-2), Ryan Harkin (0-2), Seán O'Donoghue (0-1f), Peter Kelleher (0-1), Cian Dorgan (0-1), Stephen Sherlock (0-1f).
Cork: Anthony Casey (Kiskeam): Michael McSweeney (Newcestown) John Mullins (Eire Og) Dylan Quinn (St Finbarrs): Kevin Flahive (Douglas) Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers) captain Kieran Histon (Cobh): Sean White (Clonakilty), Sean O Leary (Bantry Blues) : 23. Sean Powter (Douglas), Seán O'Donoghue (Inniscarra), Ryan Harkin (Mallow): Brian Coakley (Carrigaline) Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael) Michael Hurley (Castlehaven).
Subs: Stephen Sherlock (St Finbarrs) (HT), Dan O'Duinin (Cill Na Matra) (46), Cian Kiely (Ballincollig)(52), Cian Dorgan (Ballincollig) (52), Eoin Lavers(Dohenys) (53)

Munster Minor Hurling Championship

Waterford 1-10 Cork 0-17
Cork minor hurlers had four from Muskerry in the side which beat Waterford at Walsh Park, the first Rebel win over the Déise in ten seasons. The Cork manager is Denis Paul Ring, formerly of Canovee and Cloughduv.
Waterford began with the strong wind and enjoyed the perfect start, a goal straight from the throw-in. Cork were 1-2 to nil behind on five minutes, and they badly needed Matthew Bradley's two points to settle. Josh Beausang hit a Cork free on eleven minutes and added a good score from play two minutes later to make it 1-2 to 0-4 and Evan Sheehan tied it up on fifteen minutes.
Cork's half-backs were now on top, with Eoghan Clifford and John Cooper prominent. Robbie Bourke and Bradley added points to Cork's lead and Cork had now hit eight points in a row. Waterford keeper Billy Nolan pointed a free from his own half, and the home side were level on 26 minutes, and then converted another free to re-gain the lead at half-time, 1-6 to 0-8.
Cork levelled within a minute of the resumption, and added three more quickly. Cork's defence looked well on top, and when Beausang hit a free it was Cork's fifth without reply and Waterford were struggling.
As the game went into the final ten minutes, Waterford needed a goal but the Cork defence was unyielding.
Cork are now into the Munster semi final, Waterford get a second chance to survive.
Scorers for Cork: J. Beausang (0-4 frees), E. Sheehan (0-1 sideline) 0-5 each; M. Bradley 0-4; L. Healy, R. Bourke, C. O'Mahony 0-1 each.
CORK: G. Collins (Ballinhassig): P. Lyons (Mallow), N. O'Leary (Castlelyons)( c), S. O'Leary Hayes (Midleton): John Cooper (Eire Og), R. Walsh (Cuchulainns), Eoghan Clifford (Cloughduv): C. O'Mahony (Ballinhassig), Robbie Bourke (Ballincollig): J. O'Sullivan (Blackrock), Mathew Bradley (Aghabullogue), S. Condon (Harbour Rovers): E. Sheehan (Na Piarsaigh), J. Beausang (St. Colman's), L. Healy (Sarsfields). Subs: B. Buckley (Shandrum) 40; J. Saich (Kilworth) 49; D. Gunning (Na Piarsaigh) 53; R. Howell (Douglas) 60; J. Geary (Shandrum) 62.

Cork County Championship Fixtures and Dates

Sat April 16th All-Ireland U-21 Football Semi-finals Cork v Monaghan at Tullamore.
@ Donoughmore, J'B'HC, Laochra Óg v Killavullen, 5.00pm ET
@ J'C'FC, Ballygarvan, Gleann na Laoí v Crosshaven, 5.00pm ET
Weds April 20th If Cork, Munster MFC playoff, Cork v loser Clare/Limerick
Saturday April 23rd Extra time in all games
At Skibbereen, SFC, Clonakilty v Castlehaven, 6.30pm
At Coachford, SFC, Nemo Rangers v Duhallow 6.30pm
At Mayfield, PIFC, Macroom v Fermoy, 6.30pm
At Newcestown, PIFC, Mallow v Bantry Blues 6.30pm
At Kilmurry, IFC Cill na Martra v Bandon 6.30pm
Sunday April 24th : National Football League Final: Kerry v Dublin
Extra time in all games.
@ Bantry, SFC, Beara v St Finbarrs 3.30pm
@ Ballygarvan, SFC, St Nicholas v Carrigaline 3.45pm
At Ballygarvan, PIFC, Éire Óg 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
@ Pairc 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
@ Pairc na Diolúnaigh, IFC Carrigaline v Kanturk. 6.30pm
County 'B' Football Championship Round 2
Sunday May 1st 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

Preview of Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Macroom v Fermoy, Saturday April 23rd at Mayfield 6.30pm
Macroom will have it tough against Fermoy, last year's Intermediate champions. In 2015 Macroom lost their first round game to Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, 0-15 to 1-10, but defeated Nemo Rangers in the second round in a thriller on a score of 1-10 to 1-9. Macroom then defeated Newmarket 4-8 to 2-11 before going under to Éire Óg in another smashing game on a score line of 1-16 to 2-12. Fermoy won the Intermediate championship last year in impressive style. They defeated Cill na Martra in the opening round, 1-9 to 0-10, and then a string of North Cork neighbours to reach the final. Kildorrery were their first victims, 0-14 to 1-8, Glenville next on a 2-8 to 0-9 scoreline and then Glanworth in the semi-final, 1-8 to 0-6. They drew the final with Mayfield, 0-7 apiece but won the replay comfortably, 1-12 to 0-9. Fermoy believe in blanket defence, don't go on the attack much but make it very difficult for their opponents to score at all.2016 Division Two League form to date:
Macroom: Played 5, won 4. AT home, Macroom beat Nemo Rangers 0-12 to 1-6 but lost to Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 1-8 to 0-8. They then beat Newmarket 1-10 to 0-9 and Aghada 3-7 to 2-6, both away, before winning at home to Cill na Martra 1-8 to 1-6 in a tough encounter.
Fermoy: Played 5, won 3. Fermoy have defeated Nemo Rangers 2-10 to 2-9, Cill na Martra 1-12 to 0-6 and 2015 Premier Intermediate champions, Carrigaline 2-9 to 2-7. The North Cork men lost to Newmarket 2-9 to 2-7 and to Mallow 1-17 to 0-10.

Intermediate Football Championship

Cill na Martra v Bandon at Kilmurry, Saturday April 23rd at 6.30pm.
Cill na Martra will meet a team on the upward climb but have the capability to overcome the up and coming West Cork side.
In 2015 Cill na Martra lost to Fermoy in the first round, 0-10 to 1-9, but walloped Kinsale in the second round, 4-11 to 1-4. They defeated Mitchelstown 1-18 to 2-12 in the 4th round and then drew with Kanturk in the quarter final 0-13 to 1-10. Cill na Martra lost the replay 0–12 to 1-7 and felt they could have won this game.
Bandon were crowned Cork Junior champions in 2015, defeating Iveleary in the final after an impressive campaign. After winning out in West Cork they accounted for City champions Delanys 1-18 to 1-11 and then beat Duhallow standard bearers Knocknagree 1-13 to 1-7. They gave a superb attacking performance in the county final against Iveleary, winning on a 3-11 to 1-9 scoreline.
2016 league form:
Cill na Martra play in Div Two and have played 6, and won two of their games. Cill na Martra have wins over Bantry Blues, 0-9 to 1-5 and Dohenys 1-7 to 1-4. The Gaeltacht side have lost to Fermoy 1-12 to 0-6, Éire Óg 2–14 to 2-9, Mallow 0-10 to 0-9 and to Macroom 1-8 to 1-6.
Bandon play in Division Four of the league, a group with some weak teams, and head the table with five wins from six games played. Bandon defeated Carrigaline B 0-11 to 0-9, Clonakilty B 0-15 to 1-6, Glanmire 3-10 to 0-5, Mayfield 1-14 to 0-12 and Millstreet 2-10 to 0-11. They lost to Na Piarsaigh 5-7 to 2-11.

Premier Intermediate FC

Éire Óg v Nemo Rangers at Ballygarvan, 2.00pm Sunday April 24th
Eire Óg should be good enough to defeat Nemo Rangers but the city side can have a strong side on duty in the first round of the intermediate championship, depending on what players the senior team called on previously. In 2015 Éire Óg had a good campaign, even if it did end disappointingly at the semi final stage. The Ovens men beat Bantry Blues 3-10 to 2-6, and then Grenagh 2-10 to 0-11 and Macroom 1-16 to 2-12. In the semi final they drew with Carrigaline 0-9 to 1-6 but lost the replay 2-12 to 0-16, and felt they could have done better.
Nemo Rangers lost all three of their 2015 championship games. St Michaels beat them 1-11 to 1-7, and then they lost to Macroom 1-10 to 1-9 and to Kiskeam 3-13 to 0-9 with a weakened team.
2016 Division Two League form:
Éire Óg have a perfect record with five wins from five games. They have beaten Aghada 1-17 to 3-9, Nemo Rangers 4-9 to 0-10, Newmarket 1-15 to 2-7. Cill na Martra 2-14 to 2-9 and Carrigaline 0-10 to 1-6.
Nemo Rangers have played five and won two games, beating Kiskeam 2-12 to 2-11 and Dohenys 2-9 to 1-9. They lost to Fermoy 2-10 to 2-9, Éire Óg 4-9 to 0-10 and Macroom 0-12 to 1-6.
Cork Colleges GAA Simcox Cup- Senior A Football
Semi Final: Colaiste Chriost Ri 2 – 11 Coachford College 1-13
Final: De La Salle, Macroom v Col Chriost Rí

Cork Colleges U16 A Football Championship

De LaSalle Macroom 3-12 St. Francis-Rochestown 2-8
St. Fachtnas, Skibbereen 6-9 Col Choilm, Ballincollig 3-2
De La Salle, Macroom 3-12 St. Francis, Rochestown 2-8

Over the past decade there has been intense rivalry between DLS and Rochestown in Cork Colleges football circles and games of a very high standard invariably ensue when the schools meet. So it was at Cloughduv when the Mid Cork side got the better of their city rivals after a very fine contest played in trying conditions with a strong gale blowing from goal to goal and two torrential downpours thrown in to test the resolve of the players.
De La Salle played into the wind in the first half and were boosted by a 7th minute goal from Jack Kelleher. Dylan Foley added a point from a free but back came St Francis with six points in a row as they had territorial advantage but could not break through for a goal, with goalkeeper Tiernan Quinn and full back Tomás Collins outstanding in the DLS defence. In the 22nd minute DLS got in for a second goal, this one from Seán O'Riordan and when James Mullane and Dylan Foley each added a point, the Mid Cork side led b 2-3 to 0-7 at the break.
On the restart, Sean O'Riordan and Jack Kelleher had points from DLS and when James Mullane came forward to crash home a super goal, DLS were on their way to victory. Point followed point but St Francis did not concede easily and were rewarded with a goal in the 50th minute and another on time, this latter from a penalty
De La Salle: Tiernan Quinn (Clondrohid); Stephen Ryan (Clondrohid), Tomás Collins (Kilmurry), Gerard Murphy (Kilmichael): Eddy Duggan (Clondrohid), Luke O'Leary (Aghinagh), Seán McMahon (Macroom): Seán Desmond (Clondrohid), James Mullane (Kilmurry): Dylan Foley (Éire Óg), Josh deLacey (Kilmichael), Seán O'Riordan (Iveleary): Conor O'Leary (Iveleary), Alan McCarthy (Kilmichael), Jack Kelleher (Canovee). Sub: Nikodem Wyczynski (Macroom).
Fe 16C Football: Col. Ghobnatan 2-16 Col. Mhuire Buttevant 3-10
Fe 16D Football: Mayfield CS 4-8 Bishop McEgan College 2-5

Auld Triangle Muskerry GAA Sports Star Awards

The first winner of the Auld Triangle/Muskerry GAA Sports Star of the Month award for 2016 is promising young Blarney hurler Mark Coleman, a leading performer with the Scoil Mhuire gan Smál team which won their first All Ireland Colleges Senior C Hurling championship in March with a two point win over Roscommon CBS in the All Ireland Final on a 0-17 to 2-9 scoreline. Mark Coleman was scorer in chief for the Blarney boys, firing over 0-9 of his sides total. Mark, a Cork minor last year, had an outstanding season with the county and with his club Blarney and hopefully will be part of the Cork hurling revival. Mark will now be presented with his award at a function in Macroom at the Auld Triangle Restaurant, award sponsors.

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Macroom u6s enjoy their very first day at training April 9 2016 ©Con Kelleher

Macroom Underage G.A.A.

U-6s; Pride of place this week goes to the U-6s. They had their very first training session on Sat. morning in Tom Creedon Park. On a cool, bright and dry morning, 35 children attended, and were watched by their proud parents as they went through their activities. The coaches performed their task with great tact, enthusiasm and skill. Everybody enjoyed themselves and the children are looking forward to the next session.
U-8s/U7s; Continue to train.
U-10s; On Saturday 9th April, Macroom U-9s and U-10s played host to Clondrohid in the Castle Grounds. A total of 32 kids lined out on a dry bright morning. 3 matches took place with all the lads competing well against evenly matched teams. Some of the younger lads performed very strongly, having only just stepped up to the older age group. All in all, it was a very enjoyable morning's football.
U-12/U11s; The U-12 team was due to play Clondrohid in a league game on Sat. the 9th of April, but the game was cancelled because of the weather-affected pitch.
U-14s/ U-13s; The U-13s played Grenagh, away, on 8th of April in their first league game of the year. The evening was cold and dull. Macroom did well in the first half, and were behind 0-5 to 1-1 at half-time. The first ten minutes of the second half was nip and tuck; Grenagh managed to get the scores, and finally won by 2-11 to 1-2. Due to sickness and injuries, the Macroom team was missing some players. They battled hard, and will perform better in forthcoming games. The next U-13 match sees Macroom hosting Blarney on the 17th April (Fri. coming)
U-16s/U-15s; The U- 16s next game is away to Clondrohid on Mon. the18th April.
Table Quiz/Auction/Raffle. The juvenile section held a Table Quiz/Auction/Raffle on the 8th April, in the Auld Triangle. 17 teams competed; very generous sponsors donated jerseys and prizes. Under the guidance of James Duggan and Quiz Master, Concubhair Murray, the night went very well. Tim McSweeney and Noel O'Riordan were the scrutineers. More than €1,000 was realised. Gratitude is due to the hosts, sponsors, organisers and participants.

Laochra Óg

April 3 Laochra Óg got their minor hurling season underway against Whitescross. They had a young side with their Captain Tadhg Twomey the only one on the age. With little or no training done it was always going to be a tough game. They scored the first two points and put in great effort all over the field. At half time it was 1 – 4 to 0 – 5. It was a tough second half with some hefty challenges going in all over and some yellow cards being produced. Our lads finished very strong despite the soft field and it finished Laochra Óg 1 – 11 Whitescross 3 – 8. The result was the only disappointing thing about the game. This was a great team effort and credit to the lads all fourteen of them. They did their club proud. Thanks to team sponsors, Deasy's Pharmacy and thanks to players, parents and mentors for making the trip. Thanks to Whitescross for hosting the game. Well done to everyone involved.
April 4th U16 "C" league at Shamrocks GAA Club, Shanbally. A great turnout and well played sporting effort put in by players on both sides. Laochra Óg were up by four points at half time and won by one point - Laochra Óg 4 – 11 Shamrocks 5 – 7 . Thanks to Shamrocks for hosting the event. team sponsors, Deasy's Pharmacy and to players, parents and mentors for making the trip.
April 7 we had our first home game in Coláiste Gobnatan, Ballymakeera . The minors were centre stage as we welcomed Lee Gaels . The opening twenty minutes were even enough and we had a one point lead. The double injury before halftime of Evan and Tadhg required a major reshuffle of the team. The lads stuck at it and rallied to create chances but, unfortunately, we weren't able to make them count and it finished Laochra Óg 1-5 Lee Gaels 3-9. Thanks to Coláiste Gobnatan for the use of their facilities and team sponsors Deasy's Pharmacy.
A Camogie blitz was held in Clondrohid Astro pitch on Thursday 7th for the 1st ,2nd,3rd and 4th class girls from Ballyvourney, Carriginima ,Clondrohid and Muinefliuch schools .There were 80 girls in total . For some it was their first time playing and did a super job and really enjoyed themselves. Even the rain held off while the games went ahead.

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Macroom u12s visit Everton Soccer Club ©Dave Martin

Macroom Soccer

The u-12 coaches, Mark McMahon, Dave Martin and Noel Leahy recently organised a dream soccer trip for their squad. This is their report:
We travelled by coach from Macroom to Dublin port, boarded the ferry to Holyhead and, after a meal, brought the lads to the Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford. After a photo session and shopping, off we went to our hotel for a quick change into the Macroom colours. We played a prearranged match with a local team, Halton Lions. After a great game and a great win, 6-0, the hosting club treated us all to an after match meal and a great night was had We were up early the next day and off to Anfield. After more shopping and photos, we proceeded to Goodison Park for our Premiership match, Everton v Arsenal. Great excitement, especially afterwards, when the lads got to get pics and autographs with the Everton players. Our very own Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy were very obliging. Then it was straight on to a full training session with the one and only Hugh McCauley, Liverpool's famous ex head coach. The kids got great benefit from this. After all this it was time to eat dinner, so off to a restaurant for a fantastic meal and back to the hotel to relax and wind down, But I don't think kids know how to wind down! Next morning after breakfast, it was time to leave for home after a great weekend. We would like to thank all the youths and parents who helped make that weekend a memorable one for everyone. Mark, Dave and Noel
Macroom continued with their run of good results in the AUL Premier A league, defeating Glen Celtic 5-1 in their latest outing. Andrew Hegarty had a hat trick and the other goals were scored by Darren Kelly and Michael Browne. The Macroom line out was: Caleb Dinneen: Shane Keane, Darren Kelly, Paul O'Farrell, Craig Ronan: Declan O'Riordan, Robert Healy, John Js Healy, Michael Browne, Don Creedon, Andrew Hegarty. Subs used: Danny Kelleher, Seán Quinn, Andrew Boyle and James O'Connor.
Macroom B saw their interest in the County Cup ended when they went under to CFC Banteer, 4-0 away in the quarter final.

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Macroom B Soccer team who beat Richmond 2-1 in the first round of the County ©Con Kelleher.


Cork 0-7, Limerick 1-11
A Limerick goal in the last 10 minutes of the Irish Daily Star National League Div 1 Grp2 Playoff marked Cork's exit from the 2016 League. The 1-11 to 0-7 result in Mallow was all the sweeter for Limerick, given that the Leesiders had been their conquerors at the penultimate stage last term. The game had a real championship feel to it throughout, with very little space on offer at either end of the pitch as defences dominated. A goal was always going to be crucial in such an environment and when it came to the team that always had their noses in front, it was to prove decisive.
All Ireland Minor A Grp 2 Championship Wexford 0-07 Cork 1-12
Cork Scorers: K. McCarthy 0-09, C. Healy 1-01, C. Sigerson 0-01, S. Mills 0-01

Macroom Golf Club

Results: Seniors: 1st Vincent Kingston (27), Donal Ahern (14), Don McMahon (20) 48.9
NBS open singles:1st Ml Lillis (18) 44 pts, 2nd Dec Ring (12) 43 pts.
Championship of Course: 1st John O'Callaghan (20) 65 2nd Liam O'Callaghan (18) 66, 3rd Dan Hegarty (13) 66, 4th Kieran Savage (16) 66, Gross Kevin Sheehan (3) 74
Week 2. Seniors :1st Ml O'Mahony (16), Don McMahon (20), Ray Murphy (25) 45.9
NBS open 1st. Jerry McKenna (18) 39 pts
Open singles 1st. Donal Ahern (14) 48 pts. 2nd. Shane Murphy (11) 44pts.
Fixtures: Tue Seniors, Thursday NBS open singles. Sat Monthly medal. Sun Open singles.
Photos v13e8 April 14 2016