Lee Valley Outlook Apr 28 2016 v13e9

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Pearse, McSwiney and MacCurtain arrive at Carraig an Ime (left) and Kilmurry (right) by diverse modes of transport

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Lee Valley Diary

Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta launch at Abbey Hotel, Baile Mhic Íre on Fri Ap 29th at 8pm.
Muinefliuch N.S. pub quiz in the Tavern Clondrohid on Fri Ap 29 at 8pm.
Macroom Park Run Fundraiser: and Coffee Morning on Sat April 30.
Pilgrim walk to the City at Shrone on Sun, May1st.
Donoughmore Active Retirement Social Dance on Sun 1st of May at Stuake.
Tractor Ted at The Farm, Grenagh on Sun May 1st from 11am.
Flower Arranging: Tues. May 3rd in Kilmurry Museum @ 7.30p.m.
Lee Valley Speakers, Every 1st & 3rd Tues, 8pm, Castle Hotel. Next May 3rd.
Horse Fair: at the Bell Inn, Clondrohid on Sun May 8.
Cúl na Cathrach Baile Bhúirne ambush re-enactment on May 15th
Ballincollig Classic Car Club 's Gougane Barra Run on Sun 22nd of May
Aherla Vintage Club: Car, Tractor and Motor Bike Run, Sun. June 12.

Macroom Library:

Ciorcal Cainte Fri Ap. 29 at 11.30
Closed Sat. Ap. 30
Bookclub on Wed May 4 at 11.30.
Art Exhibition launch on Wed 4th May.
Purlies Thurs May 5 at 11.30.
Storytime at 12 noon on Sat 7th May.
Creative Writing group Tues May 9 at 5.30 pm
Music Morning with Jill and Kathleen, Fri. May 13 11a.m.

Briery Gap

Atlantic Monday 2nd May.8.30p.m.
Tomas Kent - 1916 Rebel - 5th May at 8.00pm.
Ballinascarthy in the Rare Old Times Mon 9th May.
Room May 16 8.30p.m.
Puss in Boots Mon May 30th at 10:30am & 12:00pm.
We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. in this fortnightly diary. Please email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026 41891 or post to Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. Remember you can access back issues of the Lee Valley Outlook at www.macroom.ie

Macroom Updates

Bealtaine Festival 2016

Macroom Senior Citizens – Active Retirement, in association with the Briery Gap Theatre, offer a full programme of events to celebrate creativity in older age during the month of May. Most of the events take place in the Fr. Ryan Hall in Barrett's Place, starting with a Coffee Morning at 10.30a.m. on Friday, May 6 and this will be followed by a drama presented by Youthreach at 11a.m. On Monday, May 9, the Bealtaine film in the Briery Gap at 8.30p.m. is Ballinascarthy in the Rare old Times and admission is €5. A social evening in the Fr. Ryan Hall on Tuesday May 10 at 9p.m. is free and has music by Lee Sound and the Music Afternoon at 3p.m on Wednesday, May 11 is presented by Kevin O'Brien and Peggy Lynch.
Weekly activities in the Fr. Ryan Hall include Art and Craft every Monday at 11a.m.; Bingo at 8.30p.m. every Thursday; Line Dancing every Friday at 2.30p.m.; Chiropody every Thursday, 11a.m. to 4.30p.m. (ring for appointment 026 41698); Strong Mind and Body Tai Chi Movement every Thursday, 11a.m. Phone 41698.

Macroom Guides

A group of Macroom Ardilaun Brownies, Guides and Rangers and leaders recently set off to Killarney on pack holiday. Laden down with gear and sleeping bags, they took a bus from Macroom on Friday evening. After settling into the hostel, a list of activities started, including craft and jelly making and all were treated to hot chocolate before settling down for the night. Next day the Brownies, Guides and Rangers hiked through the national park, visiting Muckross Abbey. They had a self-prepared picnic and experienced only the lightest of showers. Back at the hostel, dinner was prepared with the help of the brownies who were working towards their cook's badge. After dinner more craft activities took place, including making butterflies and puppets which were then used in a puppet show. Then it was time for indoor campfire, sing song and hot chocolate, after which Brownies retired and Guides and Rangers enjoyed a DVD. Next morning tired Brownies, Guides and Rangers packed and cleaned their dormitories before heading home to Macroom. All agreed a great time was had.

Macroom Flower and Garden Club.

Macroom Flower and Garden club held its April Club Meeting at Coolcower House on April 14. The floral demonstration by Margaret Ahern AOIFA (Aherla), entitled "Wedding Flowers", was superb. Among the attendance were future brides who got a glimpse of some of Margaret's wonderful floral creations. The room was silent throughout the demonstration as everyone was eager to listen and watch. All exhibits were raffled and some lucky winners went home with some fabulous flowers, including roses and orchids.
The Club Committee wishes to thank the members and visitors who attended, with special thanks to those who helped on the night, and to Evelyn and staff at Coolcower House.
Annual Outing for Club Members on Saturday 18th of June to East Cork: advance booking is essential, and further details are available from the Secretary @ 087-9821708.

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Teachers, Diarmuid Bolger and Jean O'Donovan, with the 1A class from De la Salle College Macroom, who received the Gold Medal award for their project on St. John Baptist De la Salle. ©An Scoil

De la Salle Updates

1A class from De la Salle College Macroom recently received the Gold Medal award for their project on the international and local legacy of St. John Baptist De la Salle. The award was presented to the boys and to teachers Diarmuid Bolger and Jean O'Donovan in the headquarters of the De la Salle order in Castletown, Co. Laois
Mrs Elma Walsh, mother of Donal Walsh from Tralee, recently visited De la Salle Macroom and met with teacher, Mary O' Connor and members of the Student Council before Mrs. Walsh presented a talk to the school's senior cycle on positive mental health. As part of the event, the school conducted a "no uniform" day to raise funds for the Donal Walsh "LiveLife" foundation.

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Macroom Pioneer Total Abstinence Presentation of Medals. ©

McEgan College Updates

TY 'Parish Day' in the Castle Hotel. On April 20, McEgan College Transition Year students participated in the third annual TY 'Parish Day' at the Castle Hotel. Transition year students from all three schools in Macroom were in attendance. The guest speaker on the day was Doctor Fergus Heffernan, a renowned psychologist and psychotherapist, who spoke to the students about positive mental health and outlined coping strategies in the area of stress management. The transition year students from McEgan College created a special display board for the occasion. One of our students, Josh Mullen, closed the day's proceedings with a reflection based on the theme of acceptance and hope. The aim of the event was to inspire the students to bring back a message of positivity. Many thanks to the Parish team of Fr. Roberts, Fr. Joe and Fr. McCarthy and to Macroom Parish Council for organising such a special day for the students of Macroom.

Alternative Revolution

Cork County Library has organised a series of poetry insurrections around the County on National Poetry Day, Thursday April 28th. The theme of National Poetry Day this year is Revolution and the Rebel County's library service has risen to the call. All across Cork County outbreaks of poetry will erupt throughout the day at various times. These are to be staged at odd times so that the element of surprise will be maximised throughout this revolutionary day. Library staff will orchestrate a poetry strike at the heart of Local Government in the County Hall Campus at 1.16pm. To commemorate the 1916 revolution, Mallow Staff will read Yeats' poem 1916 at 19.16 hours (7.16pm) bringing the uprising to a close. All are very welcome to come along to join in any poetry event. Come to listen, read or recite poetry – whether it's to share new works, or to hear old favourites on Thursday April 28th at a library near you. If you would like to join in, please contact your local participating library: 10.01am: Ballincollig library021 4873024; 11.01am: Bandon library 023 8844830; 12.02pm: Millstreet library 029 21920; 12.07pm: Dunmanway library 023 8855411.

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Sean nós singer, Máire Ni Chéilleachair, at workshop at Macroom Library ©

Macroom Library

Closure. With the May Bank Holiday weekend nearly upon us we wish to remind customers that we will be closed on Saturday 30th April.
Magazines. We stock the consumer affairs magazine 'Consumer Choice' which, among other things, does tests on products to determine which are Best Buys and why. In the April edition Televisions and microwaves are under scrutiny.
Art. The Macroom and Ballyvourney art group led by Ann O'Sullivan will display their recent work here for Bealtaine. There will be a launch on Wednesday 4th May. All are welcome.
Ciorcal Cainte Friday 29th at 11.30 le Nora Levis. Bígí linn fiú muna bhfuil agat ach beagánín Gaeilge.
Bookclub takes place on Wednesday 4th at 11.30. The book under discussion is 'Winter's Bone' By Daniel Woodrell.
The Purlies knitting group meets Thursday 5th at 11.30.
The Creative Writing group next meets on our late opening night Tuesday May 9th at 5.30 pm. New members are very welcome.
Storytime at 12 noon on Saturday 7th May. A member of staff will conduct it. All 3-7 year olds welcome.
May, Bealtaine, is the month celebrating older age and the theme this year is 'Iconic Citizens' We will be hosting a Q&A session with playwright and author Conal Creedon late in May. Details will be confirmed in the next issue. Senior citizen membership has always been free in Cork County Library.
We have just taken delivery of the Draft local and Economic and Community plan. This 6-year plan is aimed at promoting and supporting local economic and community development. This draft plan is the subject of public consultation and comments can be made up to 4pm on May 12th So do call in to study it at any time. It is also available at www.corkcountylecp.com.
Miah. Michael Twomey Cork actor, director lecturer and playwright will perform songs and stories from the 1916 Rising in the library on Thursday 12th May for Bealtaine. The exact time has yet to be confirmed. All are welcome to what I'm sure will be a very enjoyable event. Ring 026 42483 for further details.

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The grand finale of Hello Dolly at the Briery Gap, Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook  

Hello Dolly

The Briery Gap Spring Musical, Hello Dolly, was a resounding success. Stephanie Shine, in the title role of the irrepressible Dolly, was the uncontested star of the show. Her singing, dancing and delivery of countless lines in a brash, Yonkers accent were faultless and underline the fact that Stephanie could well have followed a professional career on stage. Costumes played a huge part in the glittering presentation and both male and female outfits were varied and colourful. Stage lighting further enhanced the spectacular production.
The dance routines of Cornelius, Barnaby and Ambrose were a joy to behold and Horace, Mrs. Molloy, Minnie and Ernestina delighted the audience with their singing, acting and beautiful apparel. Congratulations to all involved in this challenging production – the vital and effective back stage team, the orchestra and musical directors and Philip McTaggart Walsh on his debut as Director in the Briery Gap. He choreographed Hello Dolly in the convent hall in Macroom 23 years ago, when Stephanie played the part of Minnie! Tempus fugit.
Hello Dolly will be staged in the Everyman Theatre, McCurtain St., Cork on Friday June 3.

Briery Gap Programmes

Tomas Kent - 1916 Rebel - 5th May at 8.00pm. Admission €15. Group rates available.
On May 9th 1916, Thomas Kent became the only man outside of Dublin to be executed on Irish soil in the immediate aftermath of the Easter Rising. This forgotten story is brought to you by Cork Theatre Company, Lantern Productions, at Briery Gap Theatre as part of the 1916 centenary celebrations. The thrilling and heart-breaking story of Cork man Thomas Kent, part of a prominent nationalist family who lived in Castlelyons, follows his journey from his involvement in the land league, to advocating for Irish independence to becoming a well-known member of the Irish Volunteers. Prepared to take part in the Easter Rising, the Kent brothers were devastated by the orders to stand down. This, however, was not to be the end of their fight. ...
Starring Joseph McCarthy, James Browne, Nicholas Kavanagh, Tommy Harris and Judy Donovan. Directed by Eoin Ó hAnnracháin. Written by Ferghal Dineen & Eoin Ó hAnnracháin. Produced by Aisling Lane and Eoin Ó hAnnracháin. Production Manager Aoife O'Sullivan. Set & Costume Design by Deirdre Dwyer. Lighting Design by Hanan Sheedy. Sound Design & Music by Peter Power.
Puss in Boots Monday May 30th at 10:30am & 12:00pm. Presented by Talisman Theatre Company. Tickets €12.50/ 10.50 - School/Group Rate €10. Please call Olga on 087-6363075 to book
Atlantic Monday 2nd May at 8:30pm. Admission €5. Briery Gap Cinema is delighted to announce that we will screen 'Atlantic', a new feature documentary film on the natural resources of the North Atlantic Ocean. It follows the fortunes of 3 fishing communities in Ireland, Newfoundland and Norway, as their livelihoods come under threat from oil explorers and industrial trawlers in their fishing grounds. Directed by Richie O' Donnell and narrated by Brendan Gleeson, this film won 'Best Irish Documentary' on its first outing at the Dublin International Film Festival.
Ballinascarthy in the Rare Old Times Mon 9th (Bealtaine Festival) €5
Room Mon 16th €5. All Screenings at 8:30pm. A kidnapped mother and son escape from a room in which they have endured imprisonment for the entirety of the boy's life. Upon breaking free from its confines, they experience a dramatic homecoming, provoking insight into the depths of imagination and the extent of a mother's love.
See website for further information
Briery Gap Prize Draw. To enter, please sign up for our email newsletter and/ or our planned text notification service. Great selection of prizes on offer including a meal for two at the Castle Hotel. Entries can be phoned in to 026 41793, dropped to the Box Office during opening hours or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Many thanks to everyone for supporting our Spring Musical 'Hello Dolly!'

Local TV Programmes

Thursday April 28: 9.30pm. Millstreet and Ballinagree St. Patrick's Day Parades 2016. Scór na bPáistí Part 2.
Sunday May 1: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Concelebrated Mass from Shrone with Bishop of Kerry. 6.30p.m News and Sport. 9.50 1916 Centenary Commemorations at Kilmurry and Carriganimma. Ballingeary 2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade.
N.B. LTV is now closing down for the season and hopes to be back on air in November. We thank everyone who contributed and helped out in any way during the past season.

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Fr. Connie Murphy with his brother, Liam and Pat O'Riordan at the 1916 Centenary Commemoration in Macroom. ©

Pat the Barber continued.

Pat married Sheila Cheesman in 1954. She had spent the first 18 years of her life in England, and always retained her lovely English accent. She passed away in 2011. They were always great friends and Pat misses her very much They had five children – Margaret, Rosemary, Pat, Michael and Eileen and they are all living in St. Colman's Park. At home with him are his sons, Pat and Michael, and the latter is a great cook. He has 19 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren and he greatly enjoys their company.
Concerts and pantomimes were Pat's forte and he reckons he sang in most Macroom productions from 1940 to 1970. The late John Browne was his singing partner in many, and he also sang with Rita Lynch, Beatrice O'Neill, Richard Browne, Charlie Foley, Mary O'Meara (Mallow), Richard Mason, Eileen - his sister, Eileen Cronin (later Gleeson) and Hugo Casey. Pat took part in the first operetta staged in Macroom. Fr. Willie Buckley had been stationed in Kilnamartyra and he had put on a show there. He was then transferred to Macroom and he brought his theatrical skills with him. Pat thinks that the first operetta was staged in 1945. There was a wealth of talent in Macroom at the time. John Reardon produced it and painted the sets; Johnny Ring and Mrs O'Brien provided the music. In later pantomimes. Dan Vaughan and Jackie O'Callaghan were the comics and Pat was amongst the lead singers. Other performers Pat remembers are John O'Connell, Seamus Gallagher, Dickson Collins, Jackie Collins and many more. They had great fun rehearsing and putting on the shows. Productions were held in The Town Hall and The Castle Ballroom. Pat is delighted to see the tradition of the Christmas panto going from strength to strength in Macroom's Briery Gap.
A long-time member of Fianna Fáil, Pat was once a candidate for Macroom Urban District Council. He was prevailed upon to stand at the last minute and just lost out on being elected. He was a great admirer of De Valera and Lemass, and gives Lemass the credit for developing the economy and reversing the scourge of emigration. He continues to have a keen interest in politics. He recalled a visit of General Eoin O'Duffy to Macroom –sometime in the mid to late 1930s - for a Blueshirt rally. Trouble broke out between factions and there were fights all over The Square. Garda Sergeant O'Driscoll eventually quelled the disturbance, and thankfully, no one was seriously hurt.
The FCA was another great interest for Pat and he was enrolled for about 20 years. He remembers when 'Knockie' Cronin was a private. Other contemporaries included Dermot (Didlo) Cronin, Tom Dunne, Mick(Fah) McNamara, Denis Murphy, Jerry Buckley, Tony Barrett and Jerry Kelleher. He recalled the company once trying to change arms on a quick march in front of 'Jock' Walter McDonald, a Scot and ex British soldier, who then owned McCarthy's news agency, and the exercise came to grief; much to 'Jock's amusement.
For Pat, home is where the heart is. He has fantastic support from his family and from his home-help, Caroline Lorigan, who calls 4 days a week and is terrific. He goes to Dinneen's for a pint, the chat and the crack, and this perhaps explains why he is such great order. For his last birthday in December there were several great sing-songs and he was well able to hold his own. Fortunate to have a sunny disposition and a gifted singing voice, Pat has entertained and uplifted all those who came his way. We are unlikely to see his likes again. so let us toast and enjoy our great town treasure, Pat 'The Barber'.By Con Kelleher

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At home with Pat the Barber in February 2016 ©Con Kelleher


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Shrone. The 14th Annual Pilgrim walk to the City at Shrone at the foot of the Paps will take place this year on Sunday, May1st. As in former years, walkers will assemble at Cronin's Farm, Clohina at 7:30am or at The Mills, Baile Mhúirne at 8:45am. This walk takes in roadway, trails and forest paths, so good walking boots are vital. Fáilte roimh cách.
Donoughmore Active Retirement are holding a Bealtaine Social Dance on Sunday 1st of May in the Community Centre, Stuake. Music by Marino Sound. Refreshments served at 8.30pm. Admission €10. All welcome.
Flower Arranging: Church and Wedding ideas by Catherina of Enchanted Flowers is on Tues. May 3rd in Kilmurry Museum @ 7.30. All are welcome.
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.
Cúl na Cathrach. Dáimh Staire, Acadamh Fódhla plan a re-enactment of Cúl na Cathrach Ambush on May 15th with over 250 participants.
Ballincollig & District Vintage and Classic Car Club 's Gougane Barra Run and Memorial Service will now take place on Sunday the 22nd of May, following postponement due to the inclement weather.
Aherla Vintage Club: is preparing for a monster "Car, Tractor and Motor Bike Run" Sun. June 12. All proceeds to "Aherla Community Association", "Friends of Kilcrea" and "Aherla Youth Club".
Cork Tag Rugby recently held their Charity Blitz at Highfield RFC on the Model Farm Road. This was the first year of the event and proved really successful, with teams travelling from throughout Munster to take part. The event raised €1,700 for the Cork Association for Autism who provide support services for adults with Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Cork Tag Rugby's 10-week Summer League at Highfield RFC takes place from Tuesday May 17th to July 19th. Games from7pm-9.30pm with training provided for new teams. Team entry €525. Register by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or online at www.corkastrorugby.com.
Aghinagh Lotto Results 17/04/2016: Jackpot €1,900. Numbers drawn 10, 21 & 24. No winner €50 Ryan Lynch, C/O Ballinagree Post Office. €20 Jason & Catherine McCarthy, Bealnamorrive, Margaret Buckley, Ballytrasna, Lissarda, Con Ambrose, Berrings, Declan Casey, Coachford.
24/04/2016: Jackpot €2,050. Numbers drawn 05, 06 & 41. Winner Joseph & Katie O'Riordan, 31 Murphy's Terrace, Millstreet. €50 Gertie O'Callaghan, Limerick. €20 Seamus Sexton, Nadd, Dan & Catherine McCarthy, Bealnamarbh, Humphrey O'Riordan, Mid Cork Pallets, Pat Casey, Shanakiel.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto 13 /4/16. Two winners of €6000 Jackpot. Gerard Kelleher of Moulnahorna (seller Dan Kelleher) and Barry O'Regan, Coach ford (ticket bought at Bingo) €70 - Donal Twomey, c/o Phoenix Clinic. €20 Helen O' Brien, The Village. Ted O' Driscoll, Bawnmore. John O'Driscoll, Ballincollig. Martin & Catherine Lehane, Gortnalicka.
20/4/16 Jackpot €1000. No winner. €70 - Mary Kearney, Blackwater. €20 - Baby Ciaran Kelleher, Moulnahorna. Gerard O'Donovan, c/o Murray's Bar. Willie Neville, Droumree. Gobnait and Matthew Kelleher, Clondrohid
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 12-04-2016. Jackpot €7,400 Numbers 25-26-33. No Winner. €70 Gobnait Riordan, C/O Mc Carthy's Newsagents, Main St. €20 Siobhan O'Leary, Codrum, T Daly, C/O Evelyn Mc Sweeney, Macroom. Jack Cotter, Main Street Chris Connolly, Lr. Cork Street Janette Kearney
19-04-2016 - Jackpot €7, 600. Numbers 16-30-35.. No Winner. €70 Mary Lynch, Castle Street, €20. Tadhg Kelleher, Sleaveen East. Mollie O'Riordan, Cork Street, Serena O'Shea, Castle Court Aine Twomey, Tower, Blarney. Mehigan Family, Coolyhane..
Coachford AFC Lotto Results 18/4/2016, Jackpot: €3,200, Numbers Drawn: 22 – 23 – 35, No Winner. €40 Tom O'Donovan, €20 John Hogan, Thomas Cremin, Denise Murphy, Julianne Cooney (Yearly Ticket).
25/4/2016, Jackpot: €3,400, Numbers Drawn: 4 – 6 – 30, No Winner. €40 Kathleen & Syl (Yearly Ticket), €20 Shane Lucey (Yearly Ticket), Alan Buckley (Yearly Ticket), Kevin Finnegan, Danny Daly.

Lee Valley Updates

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Part of the 1916 centenary commemorative parade in Kilmurry on April 23 2016 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Stand Down Orders at Kilmurry

Kilmurry Historical Society organised a very impressive commemoration of events in the village 100 years ago. On Easter Sunday 1916, volunteers from Cork city came by train to Crookstown, from where they walked to Kilmurry and were joined by men from Innishannon, Newcestown etc, all walking to Carriganima, via Macroom, with the intention of proceeding to Kerry to collect German arms from the Aud. However, Tomás MacCurtain and Terence McSwiney , organisers of the Volunteers in Cork, arrived to tell the leaders that the orders had been cancelled and instructed them to proceed to Macroom for manoeuvres and then return home.

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'Terence McSwiney' and 'Tomás MacCurtain' deliver the Order to Stand Down at Kilmurry ©Lee Valley Outlook

A huge crowd came to Kilmurry for the ceremonies, many of them dressed in period costumes or as Volunteers, Cumann na mBan members and Capuchin friars. Led by Tom Hales Jr. carrying the National flag and Piper, Donal Corbett, they proceeded to the site of the new museum to await a Model T Ford transporting 'Tomás MacCurtain' and 'Terence McSwiney' to deliver the Stand Down orders. In brilliant sunshine, local historian, Michael Galvin, delivered a short oration in which he outlined the difficulties besetting the Rising – the lack of military expertise of the leaders; the lack of a united plan which resulted in orders and counter orders; dissension between the Irish Volunteers, the National Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army and lack of support from the public, many of whom still favoured Redmond. But Mr. Galvin maintained that we should celebrate what the men and women of 1916 achieved, undergoing trauma, hardship, frustration, hunger, cold, wet. We should admire and salute their courage and patriotic endeavour. They were prepared to die so that we might live in independence.
Der Kelleher, a descendant of Michael Galvin who was killed at Lissarda, read the Proclamation. Noel Howard unveiled a commemorative plaque which was blessed by Canon O'Callaghan and Rev. Skuse. Piper, Dermot Grainger, played a lament. The National flag was raised by the Reserve Defence Force Colour Party and Connie Long. John Dineen, bugler, sounded the Last Post and local schoolchildren led the singing of Amhrán na bhFiann, after which Kilmurry Singing Group presented a selection of songs and thereafter, Newcestown Comhaltas provided entertainment while the attendance viewed the 1916 projects completed at local schools.

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Part of the 1916 commemoration parade at Carriganima on Sunday, April 24 2016 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Carraig an Ime Commemoration

Carraig an Ime staged a two-part commemoration of the events of 1915 and 1916 on Sunday, April 24 2016. Pádraic Mac Piarais, a member of the IRB's Military Council, visited Carraig an Ime in August 1915, en route by horse and trap to the train in Macroom, having attended an Aeraíocht in Millstreet. He encouraged the local volunteers, 'Bígí ullamh. Tiocfaidh na hairm'. On Easter Sunday, 1916, Carraig an Ime was the rallying point for volunteers from Cork city and the 7th and 8th battalions, from where they intended to proceed to Fenit to collect German arms from the Aud.
At the centenary commemoration, Monica Cotter McDonagh unveiled a commemorative plaque to Pádrac Mac Piarais. Fr. Wickham P.P. blessed it. James O'Leary delivered a lecture. Deaglán Ó Síocháin, a cousin of Traolach Mac Suibhne, read the Proclamation and Michael Bradley sang Óró 'sé do bheatha abhaile.

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Tom Meaney delivers the oration at Carriganima 1916 Centenary Commemoration ©Lee Valley Outlook

Michael Walsh acted as Fear a' Tí at the second part of the ceremonies at a monument to all those who assembled at Carraig and Ime in 1916, 131 in all from Carraig an Ime, Clondrohid, Ballinagree, Cill na Martra, Cúil Aodha, Baile Mhúirne, Macroom and Kilmurry. The local members of Cumann na mBan were remembered also, particularly in the oration delivered by Tom Meaney, who stressed the importance of women's contribution to the Rising. Praising the sacrifice of the fearless men who came to Carraig an Ime 100 years ago, in dire conditions and risking their future, their freedom and their lives, he exhorted the present generation to appreciate the sacrifice of their forefathers and to keep the flag flying in our independent, sovereign nation. Pádraig O'Donoghue, son of Captain Paud O'Donoghue, unveiled the plaque and Liam Roche raised the National flag.

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Patrick O'Callaghan presenting The Laine Bar, Ballinagree with the Darts Shield trophy at O' Callaghan's Bar, Coachford. ©Declan O'Connell

Clondrohid Updates

Fundraiser: Muinefliuch N.S. Parents Association are holding a pub quiz in the Tavern Clondrohid on Friday night, April 29 at 8pm. Table of 4 costing €40. There will be a bumper raffle on the night with loads of good prizes locally sponsored. Tickets for this raffle are available from members and at the Tavern up to the night of the draw. Your supportis appreciated.
Easter Celebrations: A very large crowd attended the enactment of Padraig Pearse's visit to Carriganima on April 24. Monica McDonagh unveiled a plaque in his honour. Representatives of Cumann na mBan marched through the village led by the Millstreed Pipe band, followed by representatives of the volunteers from Carriganima, Clondrohid, Macroom, Kilmurry, Kilnamartyra, Coolea, Ballyvourney,and Ballinagree. M C for the day was Michael Walsh, and speakers included James O'Leary and guest speaker, Tom Meaney. Paud O'Donoghue unveiled a plaque in honour of Carriganima Volunteers. The Proclamation was read by Kathy Ann Barrett. The Tri Colour was raised by Liam Roche and Bugler, John Dineen, played the last post and Michael Bradley sang the National Anthem. Great credit due to those who organised this event in this very historical year.
First Holy Communion: The children of Clondrohid N.S. will receive their First Holy Communion in Clondrohid church on Saturday May 7 and the children from Carriganima and Muinefliuch will receive theirs in Carriganima church on Saturday May 14.
Cloyne Diocesan Pilgrimage: to Knock takes place on Sunday May 8.
Horse Fair: The now well established Horse Fair at the Bell Inn takes place on Sunday May 8. A very enjoyable day out. Everyone welcome.
Macroom Park Run Fundraiser: Aoife Lucey, 5th class pupil of Clondrohid N.S, stood up at the start line of the very first parkrun on May 13 2013 and ran in a time of 29.09, a fantastic time for a girl of her young age. She was hooked and continued to come along to parkrun on many more occasions, bringing her time down to 26.08 over the next few months. Each week she was joined by her parents and brothers. Unfortunately, last year Aoife was diagnosed with leukaemia and is currently very bravely tackling her illness with great strength and a fantastic attitude. This is where all you park runners come in. It is hoped to hold a fundraiser for Aoife on Saturday April 30. Parkrun will run as normal but perhaps you might donate as you see fit for the run and after the parkrun there will be a coffee morning until 11.30am in the hall along with bouncing castles for the children. The organisers would love to see as many families out as possible to take part along with the regular runners. So anyone who would like to help out, be it marshalling, baking for the coffee morning, making tea/ coffee, face painting, or anyway that you can help it would be great. Just call 026-43508 for any information. It would be nice to come together to help support Aoife and her family at this difficult time of their lives. Your support much appreciated.

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Brian Dineen and Ardhal Ó Buachalla examine some of the weapons at 'Coachford and the Rising' exhibition ©Peter Dineen

Coachford Updates

Coachford and the Rising: ACR Heritage committee hosted a number of events in Coachford to commemorate the 1916 rising. The Programme included an Exhibition by the Irish Volunteers Commemorative Organisation of artefacts and history relating to the Irish Volunteers 1913-22. Talks /presentations by ACR Heritage members also formed part of the Programme. There was something there for everyone. The exhibition was a huge success. Adults and children got to handle the firearms of the era, read personal accounts of those involved in the rising and study the vast amount of memorabilia on display. Later that evening, local historian, Doug Lucey gave a very informative talk of 'Life in Aghabullogue Parish in 1916'. On Tuesday April 26th Anthony Greene gave a very entertaining talk entitled 'Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know' and outlined the various murders committed by the very unsavoury character, Captain John Bowen-Colthurst
College celebrates. Students, parents and staff from Coachford College celebrated the great achievements of the Junior and Senior Camogie Panels and the Senior Hurling Panel at a function in the Lee Valley Golf Club. The medals were presented by Cork and Kanturk star, Aidan Walshe.

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1916 Garden of Remembrance at Inchigeela ©Nora O'Riordan

Inchigeela Updates

Darkness into Light / Pieta House 5km fundraiser walk - meet at Uíbh Laoire GAA grounds -4:15am on Saturday, May 7th. Be part of the nationwide effort to raise much needed funds for this worthy cause.
Liz Lucey Memorial: The 7th annual Liz Lucey Memorial Vintage Run, Walk and Cycle is on Sunday, July 10th. Follow on Facebook.
Inchigeela N.S. The organisers of the recent fundraiser held in association with Ahakeera Drama Group would like to thank most sincerely all those who supported the event in any way, €775 was raised on the night.
1916 Garden of Remembrance. On a sun splashed Saturday afternoon on April 23rd, the 1916 Garden of Remembrance was officially opened in Inchigeela. Clonakilty Historical Society, including descendants of the Lyre Volunteers, came to the village and stopped at the Square near the 1916 plaque where they were welcomed by Joe Creedon. Fr. Martin O'Driscoll recited a decade of the Rosary "as Gaeilge" and then, led by piper, Donal Ó Céilleachair, the large group marched east the village to the Garden site across from Lee Valley Outlet Centre. Adrian O'Dea, Sam Pickering and Mark Vaughan from Kilbarry NS shared their version of the Children's Proclamation. This was followed by a ceremonial planting of 7 silver birch trees to honour the memory of the 7 signatories of the Proclamation.
The ceremony was inclusive in nature: Maura Kiely nee Moynihan, Graigue planted a tree in memory of 3 local volunteers - Michael O'Sullivan, Glebe, Ted Quinlan, Inchigeela and Tim O'Leary, Tirnaspideoga. Jack O'Leary planted a tree in memory of James Mead who was shot during the war of independence. Karl Horgan planted a tree in memory of his great great grandfather, Sgt Daniel Maunsell RIC, who was killed during the war of independence. Mary Casey, Chrissie Murphy and Peggy Cronin planted a tree in memory of local undertaker, Paddy Casey, who made the coffins for those killed at Kilmichael.Tadgh McSweeney, ex principal of Inchigeela NS and a link with the 1966 commemorations, also planted a tree and Seamus Knight, Inchigeela NS and Jess Murphy Kilbarry NS planted a tree each representing the future. Jack O'Leary then read the proclamation on site, the tricolour was raised and all those gathered joined in singing Amhrán na bhFiann. The organising committee, together with the local Tidy Towns group, gratefully acknowledges the help and support of the Macroom county council officials with this project.

Ionad Lae Baile Mhúirne

Our Day Centre for the elderly is called "Ionad Lae", is run by the voluntary organisation, "Comhlacht Tithe agus forbairt an tSulain Teo" in Ballyvourney. We have been lucky enough in the past to have been visited by musicians such as Daniel O' Donnell, Margo O'Donnell and popular band, The High Kings. On Sunday April 10th, musician Derek Ryan visited the Ionad Lae to play for our elderly. He had played at a concert in the INEC the previous night. He was accompanied by band member, Enda Dempsey. Our M.C, for the day was Kerry Radio presenter, Dermot Moriarty. Derek arrived at 2pm, despite the horrendous weather conditions. He sang and entertained the crowd and afterwards he stood in for pictures and signed cds for his audience. He was also presented with a specially designed wooden guitar from Ionad Lae, crafted by Tony Brunnock from Coolea. Musicians John and Marie Corteen also played for the crowd before and after Derek Ryan. We had a Cake Sale and a raffle, and we raised €910, proceeds going to the Activity fund at Ionad Lae. We hope to have more special guests later on this year.

Donoughmore 1916 Commemoration

On Easter Sunday 2016, hundreds gathered in Stuake to commemorate the Donoughmore Volunteers that mobilised 100 years ago during the Easter Rising of 1916. The ceremony took place at the Republican Plot and at the War Monument where wreaths were laid in honour of those that gave their lives for Irish freedom. Following a recital of the Proclamation of Independence, the names of the 38 Volunteers were read out. Guest speaker John Dennehy spoke about the importance of remembering those that fought for our freedom while also being proud of the modern state that they helped to create. Fundraising will take place to erect a Memorial to the Volunteers as part of the Centenary Celebrations.

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Donoughmore Macra, winners of 'Best Group' award at lip syncing ©

Macra Matters

Donoughmore Macra members enjoyed an evening at the National Kart Centre Cork. The drama cast took to the stage in Abbeydorney in the national semi-final of the competition. They performed "Trifles", a one-act play by Susan Gaspell, set in 1916. The cast included Daniel Buckley, James Healy, Mairead Healy, Elaine O'Connell and Sean Wallace. The club's impromptu debating team of Tom Carroll, James Healy and Elaine O'Connell participated in the quarter final in the Blarney Castle Hotel and were defeated by Carrigaline. Club members dazzled Berrings Macra Lip Sync Battle! Donoughmore Macra officers stormed the stage with their rendition of Six' "There's a Whole Lotta Lovin'". Donning matching white outfits, they came home with the 'Best Group' trophy! Sports continue every Tuesday night at 9pm on the astroturf in Stuake. Members took part in two parish clean-ups in the community. Club members travelled to the Springhill Court Hotel to support Muskerry's representative, Liam Hennessey of Berrings Macra. Whilst there, club members participated in the inter county hurling blitz in St. Kieran's College.

Tractor Ted in Grenagh

Tractor Ted, the little green cartoon tractor of TV fame, will be the new face welcoming visitors at the ever expanding Cork open farm at The Farm, Grenagh. Almost €30,000 has been spent upgrading & enhancing existing facilities on The Farm as well as creating new amenities such as an animal interaction area and digger den. The expansion will also create an additional 4 positions – bringing to 12 the total number employed. Fun learning is key to the Tractor Ted Little Farm experience – you can see how a cow is milked, learn about butter churning and watch as the silage is cut or the hay is taken in. To celebrate Tractor Ted's arrival, The Farm, Grenagh will host an official Visitor Launch Party on Bank Holiday Sunday, May1st, where visitors can enjoy pony rides, face painting, sheep shearing and lots of other farm-based fun and games alongside the other attractions including the barrel ride, milking demonstrations and petting time. The Tractor Ted Live Events Team will also be joining the fun and bringing along the Tractor Ted bouncy castle, welly throwing, a giant Tractor Ted jigsaw puzzle and lots of Tractor Ted related activities. The Farm at Grenagh is all about kids having fun and, with over 40 acres of land to explore, they'll be entertained for hours! There are plenty of activities both inside and out on this traditional open working farm including a ball pool and sand pit, 'kidbine' harvester, slides, swings and more. You can travel around The Farm on the new Tractor Ted Trailer Ride, catch a lift on the Barrel Ride or hop on the pedal karts, mini tractors and test your flying skills on the zip wire! Plus there are lots of opportunities for hands on animal encounters with cows, sheep, horses, hens, ducks, pigs, puppies, birds and donkeys.
The Tractor Ted Little Farm will officially open to the public at The Farm at Grenagh on Sunday, May 1st from 11am. For more information check out the newly designed website visitthefarm.ie or facebook.com/TheFarmGrenagh


Rebel Sisters by Marita Conlon-McKenna

Bright. beautiful and intelligent, the Gifford sisters, Grace, Muriel and Nellie kick against the conventions of their privileged Anglo-Irish background and their mother, Isabella's expectations. As war erupts across Europe, the spirited sisters soon find themselves caught up in Ireland's struggle for freedom. Muriel falls deeply in love with Thomas MacDonagh, artist. Grace meets the enigmatic Joe Plunkett while Nellie joins the citizen army and takes up arms alongside Countess Mark cz in the rebellion. On Easter Sunday 1916 the rising begins and the world of the Gifford sisters and everyone they hold dear is torn apart in a fight that is destined for tragedy.
Available in Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €17.00

Sports Mad


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Aghabullogue, Muskerry u21B Football Champions 2016. © Peter Dineen

Macroom Motor Services Mid Cork U21 B Football Championship Final Pics 22 - 23

Aghabullogue 1 – 8 Éire Óg 0 – 10
On what was inevitably a very emotional evening at Carrigadrohid, Aghabullogue U21 footballers won the Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 B Football championship, defeating Éire Óg by a point in a superb final which was a credit to all involved. Four weeks earlier, when Aghabullogue won their semi-final game with Kilmurry, Greg Long was centre field and looking forward to a brief family break before getting ready for the final. Alas, Greg died in Spain, leaving behind a heart broken mother, sister and brother, sorrowing club mates and community. Aghabullogue faced into the final with heavy hearts but determined to honour Greg's memory and theirs was a very brave performance. Credit too, to Éire Óg who had to line out without their two Cork U21 players, John Mullins and Ronan O'Toole, both out injured after Cork's U21 All Ireland semi-final win over Monaghan. Despite being short, the Ovens side gave a terrific performance and looked as if they would get at least a draw, but the Fates conspired against them and Aghabullogue, thanks to some wonderful defending, held on in a gripping finish to take the title for the third time, their last being in 2004. Éire Óg have yet to win a Mid Cork B title after five final appearances, and had been favoured by many to rectify that situation this season.
Aghabullogue took an early lead with a point from a Mathew Bradley free, Brian Hurley had a fine point from play to equalise in the 12th minute. Despite playing into the wind, Aghabullogue got on top around midfield for a period, their captain Seán O'Sullivan with help from Seán Dineen and Evan O'Sullivan very prominent, and in the 14th minute Ian BarryMurphy put them back in front and Evan O'Sullivan opened up a two-point gap. The only goal of the game followed as the second quarter commenced, Seán O'Sullivan sending in a through ball which Ian BarryMurphy ran on to and from a tight enough angle the full forward found the far bottom corner of the Éire Óg net. This bout of scoring won the game for Aghabullogue although Éire Óg recovered well to carry the fight to the winners up to and beyond the interval. Donncadh Kelly and Mathew Bradley exchanged points, before four points in a row for Éire Óg narrowed the deficit to a single point, 1-4 to 0-6, Colm O'Callaghan, Jack O'Driscoll, Eoin O'Shea and Brian Hurley the scorers. Aghabullogue goalkeeper Luke O'Connor made an exceptional save in diverting O'Driscoll's blast over the bar.
In the third quarter, Éire Óg were on top but did not punish Aghabullogue sufficiently, given their level of control. Keith O'Riordan levelled the scores after two minutes and Brian Hurley gave them the lead for the first time in the 41st minute. Aghabullogue quickly replied to regain the lead, Mathew Bradley and Evan O'Sullivan scoring two marvellous points and Ian BarryMurphy and Evan O'Sullivan added further points in the 48th and 49th minutes to open up a three point gap, 1-8 to 0-8. The final ten minutes were very exciting as Éire Óg, despite being reduced to 14 men, make a huge effort to rescue their situation with Jason Twomey, Donncadh Kelly Colm O'Callaghan, Brian Hurley and John Cooper to the fore in driving them on. Donncadh Kelly pointed five minutes from time, but after two scorable frees were not converted, Dinny Murphy lofted over another point as normal time ended. The game went into injury time with Éire Óg camped in the Aghabullogue half and only heroic and disciplined defending kept them at bay but Aghabullogue did hold out and the final whistle was greeted by a massive roar from their supporters and scenes of emotion from players and mentors.
Scorers: Aghabullogue: I BarryMurphy 1-2, E O'Sullivan 0-3 (0-2f), M Bradley 0-3 (0-1f). Éire Óg: B Hurley 0-3 (0-1f), D Kelly 0-2, C O'Callaghan, J O'Driscoll, E O'Shea, K O'Riordan and D Murphy (f), 0-1 each.
Aghabullogue: Aghabullogue: Luke O'Connor: Anthony Corkery, Ryan Dennehy, Seán O'Connell: Niall BarryMurphy, David O'Connell, Denis Desmond: Seán Dineen, Seán O'Sullivan Capt.: Daniel O'Rourke, Evan O'Sullivan, Billy Casey: Mathew O'Brien Bradley, Ian BarryMurphy, James Byrne. Subs: David Thompson 40, Aodhán Healy 45, Michael Harrington 55.
Éire Óg: Christopher Kelly: Gerard McSweeney, Ross McCarthy, Daniel Cotter; Michael Corkery, Jason Twomey, Anthony O'Doherty: Donncadh Kelly, Dáire McCarthy: Colm O'Callaghan, Eoin O'Shea, Keith O'Riordan: Brian Hurley, Denis Murphy, Jack O'Driscoll. Subs: John Cooper 50, James O'Sullivan 55. Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.

Mid Cork Ross Oil Junior A Football Championship

First Round:
Kilmichael 0-15 Donoughmore 1-4
Inniscarra v Blarney, at Donoughmore, Tues May 3rd at 7.30pm
Iveleary v Éire Óg at Kilmurry, Friday May 6th at 7,30pm
Dripsey v Canovee, at Donoughmore on Sun May 8th, 7.00pm
Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh v Ballincollig, at Kilmichael, Sun May 8th at 6pm.
Naomh Abán v Kilmurry, at Cill na Martra on Sun May 15th, 12 noon
Aghinagh v Clondrohid at Macroom, Sat May 14th at 7.30pm.
2nd round (1st round losers) draw to be made on completion of first round schedule of games.
Kilmichael 0 – 15 Donoughmore 1 – 4
This year's Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A Football championship commenced at Coachford with an impressive victory for Kilmichael over Donoughmore. Kilmichael lined out without their current Cork senior and U21 forward Peter Kelleher and were also missing James O'Leary, another great stalwart. However, they just got on with the task in hand and a very focussed outfit had altogether too much power for a Donoughmore side which struggled from start to finish.
Kilmichael won the battle for dominance at mid field with Conor Cotter and Finbarr Dromey in top form and Daniel Twomey at centre forward led the attack in dashing fashion and landed no less than eleven points of his side's total, six of which came from play.
Donoughmore had the opening point from Conor O'Rourke after two minutes, but a well worked move by Kilmichael ended with Donoughmore goalkeeper Lawrence Barry denying Trevor Tobin with a marvellous save. Daniel Twomey levelled the score after six minutes and put Kilmichael ahead with another point five minutes later, both scores coming from play. Donoughmore levelled the scores again in the 18th minute with another point from O'Rourke but this was as good as it got for the losers as Kilmichael, who were dominant but had been kicking too many wides, now began to translate their superiority into scores on the board. Daniel Twomey put them back in front in the 20th minute, pointed a '45' two minutes from the break and in injury time Twomey and Conor Cotter had a point apiece to leave Kilmichael leading by 0-6 to 0-2 at the break and in a strong position.
Four unanswered points for Kilmichael within seven minutes of the restart had opened up an eight point gap between the teams, 0-10 to 0-2 and really the eventual result was now looking certain. Daniel Twomey from a free and from play had a brace, and Daragh Foley and Simon Foley had added a point each but Donoughmore were thrown a lifeline when Darran Lucey met a free from Conor Kennedy to fist to the net in the 39th minute. At the three quarter stage Leon Cogan had a Donoughmore point to narrow the gap to four points, 0-10 to 1-3, but Kilmichael hit back with Daniel Twomey pointing two frees before Cogan again pointed for Donoughmore to leave his side five points in arrears with less than ten minutes remaining. In the closing minutes of the game Daniel Twomey had a superb point for the winners, Trevor Tobin added a point and fittingly Twomey had the final score, a point from play, to embellish the score line further.
All in all, this was an impressive display by Kilmichael as they repeated their 2015 first round win over Donoughmore. It was a much changed Donoughmore team from last year however with some notable absentees.
Scorers: Kilmichael: D Twomey 0-11 (0-4f, 0-1'45'), T Tobin 0-2, D Foley, S Foley 0-1 each. Donoughmore: D Lucey 1-0, C O'Rourke and L Cogan (2fs) 0-2 each.
Kilmichael: Shane Master; Colin Murphy, Adrian Kelly, Kevin Murphy; Darragh Foley, Finbarr Buckley, Alan Murphy; Conor Cotter, Finbarr Dromey; Damian Crowley, Daniel Twomey, Simon Foley; Colm Dromey, Cathal Foley, Trevor Tobin. Subs: Jamie McCarthy (45).
Donoughmore: Laurence Barry; John O'Mahony, Keelan Forde, Alan Twomey; Jamie Twomey, Daniel Forde, Barry Crowley; Tom Daly, Tommy J Barrett; St John Forde, Adam Looney, Conor Kennedy; JeremyKennedy, Conor O'Rourke, Sean Daly. Subs: Stephen Looney (h/t), Darren Lucey (45), Leon Cogan (45). Referee: Mr Ger Ahern (Canovee)

Muskerry Cup JF

Quarter Final: Donoughmore v Kilmichael
Semi Finals: Iveleary v D'more/ Kilmichael, Canovee v Kilmurry

Cork County Championships

Senior Football Championship:

Carrigaline 0-13 St Nicholas 0-5
UCC 1-17 Seandun 3-10
Premier Intermediate Football Championship
First Round:
Fermoy 1-7 Macroom 0-8
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Newmarket
Castletownbere v Naomh Aban
Ballinora v Grenagh
Eire Óg v Nemo Rangers
St Michaels v St Vincent's
Mallow v Bantry Blues
Na Piarsaigh v Kiskeam
Round 2A (WINNERS from round 1)
Winners to Round 4, Losers to round 3
Fermoy v Ballinora or Grenagh
Mallow/Bantry v Béal Átha/Newmarket
Kiskeam/ Na Piarsaigh v Castletownbere/N Abán
Éire Óg/ Nemo v Vincent's/ Michaels
Round 2B (LOSERS from round 1)
Winners to round 3, losers eliminated from championship
Macroom v Ballinora/ Grenagh
Mallow/Bantry v Béal Átha/Newmarket
Kiskeam/Na Piarsaigh v Castletownbere/ N Abán
Éire Óg/ Nemo v Vincent's/ Michaels

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Macroom who were defeated by Fermoy in first round of Premier Intermediate football championship. ©Con Kelleher.

Fermoy 1 – 7 Macroom 0 – 8
Macroom gave a very disappointing performance in going under to last year's county intermediate champions Fermoy in the opening game of this year's Premier Intermediate football championship at Caherlag. Macroom played well in the first half but did not punish their North Cork opponents adequately and when they gifted the Avondhu men a goal shortly after the interval, the sides were level. Thereafter, Fermoy blossomed forth as Macroom wilted and the winners were deserving of their reward by the finish. Ruairí O'Hagan scored 1-6 of the winners' tally, 0-4 from frees, and the Macroom failure to contain him in the third quarter was a major factor in the Mid Cork side's defeat.
Macroom, players and mentors, will have to do a thorough analysis of the causes of their second half collapse as they now have only one last chance to resurrect their season.
All looked well for Macroom in the opening half of this game and they led by 0-5 to 0-1 after twenty minutes. Fermoy had opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a point from Ronan O'Callaghan but Fintan Goold, surprisingly selected at corner forward for Macroom, equalised within a minute and then Ciarán Murphy, who had a good first half on the '40' for Macroom put the Mid Cork side in front in the 7th minute. Two minutes later, Seán Kiely added a point for Macroom who were doing well all over the field and when O'Hagan missed a scorable free for Fermoy and Fintan Goold pointed one for Macroom at the other end, the gap was three points and Macroom were worth their lead. Another missed free for Fermoy was followed by a Fintan Goold converted free to make it 0-5 to 0-1 in the 20th minute and Macroom were looking the far better side at this stage. Unfortunately for them, they failed to add to their tally in the ten minutes before half time despite having plenty of possession and when O'Hagan pointed a free with the last kick of the first half the Fermoy men were only three points adrift after being very much second best in that first half and Macroom had left themselves vulnerable.
On the restart, both sides missed early frees, before the game was turned on its head in the 4th minute when O'Hagan was gifted possession five metres from goal and his low shot just inside the post gave young Macroom goalkeeper Declan Kiely no chance of saving. This goal gave Fermoy an unexpected boost and together with some telling rearranging of their line out, they now proceeded to dominate the mid field area, cut off the supply to the Macroom forwards and put enormous pressure in the Macroom rearguard which was subjected to increasing pressure.
David Goold pointed a free to put Macroom back in front, Fermoy quickly levelled, Fintan Goold restored the Macroom lead in the 42nd minute with a superb point. Two points from frees from O'Hagan had Fermoy in front at the 45th minute, David Goold pointed a long range free to level matters minute later and this was to be the last score for the Mid Cork side. In the 52nd minute O'Hagan pointed well from play, and Macroom brought Fintan Goold to midfield at last. Fermoy star man O'Hagan had the final say with another point from a free in injury time to the delight of the men from Avondhu.
Macroom Scorers: 0-4 (0-2f), D Goold 0-2 (0-1f), C Murphy and S Kiely 0-1 each.
Macroom: Declan Kiely: Rory Buckley, Eoin O'Mahony, Martin O'Donnell: Alan Quinn, Michael Cahill, Kevin O'Dwyer: Seán Kiely, Philip Corrigan: Michael Cronin, Ciarán Murphy, Tony Dineen: Fintan Goold, David Horgan, David Goold. Subs: Patrick Lucey, John Murphy, Gerard Angland.

Intermediate Football Championship

First Round
Cill Na Martra 0-13 1-7 Bandon
Glenville 1-9 1-14 Glanworth
Kildorrery 2-15 0-11 Clonakilty
St Finbarr's v Mayfield
Rockchapel vYoughal
Carrigaline v Kanturk
Glanmire v Kinsale
Aghabullogue v Millstreet
Douglas v Mitchelstown
Adrigole v Ballydesmond
Round 2A (Winners from round 1)
Winners to Round 4, Losers to round 3
Cill na Martra v Kildorrery
St Finbarrs/Mayfield v Glanmire/Kinsale
Glanworth v Rockchapel/Youghal
Aghabullogue/Millstreet v Adrigole/Ballydesmond
Carrigaline/Kanturk v Douglas/Mitchelstown
Round 2B (Losers from round 1)
Winners to round 3, losers eliminated from championship
Bandon v Clonakilty
St Finbarrs/Mayfield v Glanmire/Kinsale
Glenville v Rockchapel/Youghal
Aghabullogue/Millstreet v Adrigole/Ballydesmond
Carrigaline/Kanturk v Douglas/Mitchelstown

Cill na Martra 0 –13 Bandon 1 – 7
Cill na Martra approached this game at Kilmurry with last year's county junior champions Bandon in an apprehensive frame of mind but on the day they were the better side and were full value for their victory. Cill na Martra were in control of the first half and led by 0-11 to 0-3 at the break. In the second half Cill na Martra still were the more dominant side in play but were very wasteful with their scoring opportunities and when Bandon improved as they were inevitably going to, it led to some scary moments for the winners before justice was done and the Gaeltacht side won through.
Cill na Martra gave a fine first half performance, energetic and decisive everywhere and with Mike Desmond and Ger Golden on top at midfield, the scores flowed with Dano Dineen in superb form up front. Bandon scored first but three points in a row from Dan Ó Duinnín had the Muskerry men settled quickly and a point from Noel O'Leary made it 0-4 to 0-1 after the opening five minutes. A second Bandon point was followed by two from Mike Desmond and Maidhchí Dineen's point on the 15th minute mark had Cill na Martra leading by 0-7 to 0-2. Points were exchanged, Martin Connors for Cill na Martra, and in the 25th minute Cill na Martra suffered a blow when Dan Ó Duinnín was taken off injured, this a worry also for Cork U21's facing Mayo in the All Ireland final on Saturday April 30th. In the final minutes of the half, Cill na Martra fired over three more points, Mike Desmond, Martin Connors and Damian Harrington the scorers and they were very comfortably ahead at the break, leading by 0-11 to 0-3.
Bandon scored a point on the resumption, Mike Desmond answered with a point to maintain the eight-point gap. Cill na Martra were on top but very wasteful and then Bandon staged a mini-revival. Their star forward Mark Sugrue pointed twice but Desmond again responded from a free. Another Sugrue point in the 56th minute was followed by a goal for Bandon three minutes later and only one score separated the teams, 0-13 to 1-7 now the score and suddenly Cill na Martra were under pressure, a pressure that lasted through injury time but at the end the Muscraí Gaeltacht men had deservedly advanced to Round 2A.
Cill na Martra Scorers: M Ó Deasúna 0-5 (0-3f), D Ó Duinnín 0-3, M Ó Conchuir 0-2, D Ó hUrdail, M Ó Duinnín agus N Ó Laoire 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Marc Ó Goilí, Antóin Ó Cuana, Tadg Ó Corcora: Eoin Ó Loinsuigh, Graham Ó Mocháin, Colm Ó Laoire: Miceál Ó Deasúna, Gearóid Ó Goilí: Damian Ó hUrdail, Martín Ó Conchuir, Shane Ó Duinnín: Dan Ó Duinnín, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín. Fir Ionaid; Fionnbarra Ó hEaluithe, Donal Ó Conaill, Seanachán Ó Loinsuigh.

Tom Creedon Cup 2016

Semi-Finals Newmarket 1-11 Mallow 0-13
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 3-14 Kinsale 1-7
Final Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Newmarket

All Ireland U21 Football Championship Semi Final

Cork 2-15 Monaghan 1-16
Cork claimed victory in an exciting EirGrid All Ireland under 21 semi-final at O'Connor Park, Tullamore. Two first half goals, one from Peter Kelleher on 12 and another from Ryan Harkin on 23, proved to be crucial scores for Cork and helped them to a slender 2-7 to 1-9 interval lead. Monaghan had finished the half strongly hitting four of the last five points. After the restart Powter and the outstanding Seán O'Donoghue continued to occupy important roles for Cork, who were four points clear by the 40th minute. Monaghan staged a late rally but Cork held on to set up an April 30 decider with Mayo.
Scorers for Cork: S O'Donoghue 0-4, R Harkin 1-1, M Hurley 0-3, S Powter 0-3, P Kelleher 1-0, B Coakley 0-2, R O'Toole 0-1, S Sherlock 0-1.
Cork: A Casey; M McSweeney, John Mullins (Éire Óg), D Quinn; K Flahive, S Cronin, K Histon; S White, S O'Leary; Seán O'Donoghue (Inniscarra), S Powter, R Harkin; B Coakley, Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), M Hurley.
Subs: E Lavers (31 mins), Ronan O'Toole (Éire Óg)(40 mins), S Sherlock (45 mins, bc), Dan Ó Duinnín (Cill na Martra)(55 mins), C Dorgan (60 mins).


As of Friday April 22nd
Friday April 29th: @ Donoughmore, J'B'HC, LAOCHRA ÓG v Killavullen, 7.00pm
Saturday April 30th: @ Ennis, All-Ireland U-21 Football final, Cork v Mayo, 6.00pm
Sunday May 1st
@ Carrigadrohid, SFC, Carbery Rangers v Clyda Rovers 3.30pm ET
@ Pairc Uí Rinn, PIFC, St Vincent v St Michaels, 3.45pm ET
@ Pairc Uí Rinn, IFC, St Finbarrs v Mayfield, 2.00pm ET
@ Blarney, PIFC, BALLINORA v GRENAGH 6.30pm ET
@ Mayfield, IFC Carrigaline v Kanturk. 3.30pm ET
@ Macroom, PIFC, BALLINGEARY v Newmarket, 3.30pm ET
@ Coachford, SFC Preliminary Round, Avondhu v Ilen Rovers 6.30pm
@ Mallow, IFC, Rockchapel v Youghal, 3.00pm ET
@ Caherlag, J'B'HC, R1 Ballinacurra v White Cross, 3.00pm ET
@ Kilmurry J'C'FC, R1, Goleen v Abbey Rovers 3.00pm ET
Monday May 2nd
@ Dunmanway, SFC, Carbery v O' Donovan Rossa 3.00pm ET
@ Brinny, SFC, Newcestown v CIT 3.30pm ET
Tuesday May 3rd: @ Pairc Uí Rinn, SFC, Nemo Rangers v Duhallow 8.00pm ET
Wednesday May 4th: @ Pairc Uí Rinn, PIFC, EIRE OG v Nemo Rangers 8.00pm ET
Friday May 6th
@ Newcestown, PIFC, Mallow v Bantry Blues 7.15pm ET
@ Macroom, IFC, AGHABULLOGUE v Millstreet, 8.00pm ET
Saturday May 7th
@ Rosscarbery, SFC, Clonakilty v Castlehaven, 7.00pm ET
@ Bantry, SFC, Beara v St Finbarrs 7.00pm ET
@ Brinny, SFC, Dohenys v Douglas 7.00pm ET
@ Caherlag, SFC, Aghada v MUSKERRY, 7.00pm
@ Pairc Uí Rinn, SFC, BALLINCOLLIG v Bishopstown 7.00pm ET
@ Ballygarvan, IFC, Glanmire v Kinsale 6.45pm ET
@ Lisgoold, J"B' FC R2, Grange v Cobh, 7.00pm ET
@ Carrigadrohid, J"B' FC R2, Lismire v Randal Óg, 7.00pm ET
@ Mayfield, J'B'FC R2, Rathpeacon v Lough Rovers, 7.00pm ET
Sunday May 8th:
SFC, Valley Rovers v winners of Avondhu/Ilen Rovers 6.45pm ET
@ Castlelyons, IFC, Douglas v Mitchelstown 5.00pm ET
@ Mallow, PIFC, Kiskeam v Na Piarsaigh, 5.00pm ET
Thursday May 12th
Munster MINOR FC Semi-final CORK v Waterford or Limerick
@ Rathcormac, SHC, Avondhu v Ballymartle 7.00pm ET
@ Inchageela, IFC, Adrigole v Ballydesmond, 4.30pm ET Under Review
@ Bantry, PIFC, Castletownbere v NAOMH ABÁN 6.45pm ET
Sunday May 15th Extra time in all games
@ Páirc Uí Rinn, SHC, Preliminary Round, Killeagh v MUSKERRY 3.30pm ET
Saturday May 21st Extra time in all games
@ Coachford, PIHC, Charleville v Bandon 7.00pm ET
@ Watergrasshill, IHC, Kildorrery v Ballygarvan 7.00pm ET
@ Ballincollig, IHC, Ballymartle v GRENAGH 4.00pm
@ Pairc Uí Rinn, IHC, Barryroe v Dungourney 7.00pm
Under -21 'A' and 'B' County Football Championship Quarterfinals
Sunday May 22nd
@ Thurles, Munster SHC, Tipperary v Cork, IHC, Tipperary v Cork
Saturday May 28th Extra time in all games
@ Caherlag, SHC, Sarsfields v Carrigtwohill 7.30pm
@ Ballynoe, SHC, Bride Rovers v Youghal 7.30pm
@ Carrigaline, PIHC, Tracton v Ballinhassig 7.30pm
@ Pairc Uí Rinn, PIHC, Castlelyons v Inniscarra 6.15pm
@ Pairc Uí Rinn, PIHC, Kanturk v Cloyne 8.00pm
@ Kildorrery, PIHC, Fermoy v Kilworth 7.30pm
@ Mourneabbey, IHC, Ballincollig v Meelin 7.00pm
@ Glanworth, IHC, Milford v Castlemartyr 7.00pm


PIFC R2B (Losers), if MACROOM v Ballinora
Sunday May 29th Extra time in all games
@ Pairc Uí Rinn, SHC, Midleton v Bishopstown 4.00pm
@ Pairc Uí Rinn, SHC, Douglas v Na Piarsaigh 2.15pm
@ Church Road, SHC, Erins Own v CIT (Evening game) 6.30pm
@ Coachford, SHC, Glen Rovers v Carbery 3.30pm
@ Mallow, SHC, Blackrock v Ballyhea, 2.00pm
@ Mallow, SHC, if Killeagh Newtownshandrum v winners of Killeagh/Muskerry, 3.45pm
@ Brinny, SHC, St Finbarrs v Newcestown 4.00pm
@ Riverstick, PIHC, Valley Rovers v Courcey Rovers 7.00pm
@ Brinny, IHC, Eire Og v Ballinhassig 2.15pm
@ Cloughdubh, IHC, Aghabullogue v Inniscarra 6.30pm
@ Riverstown, PIHC, Watergrasshill v Blarney 2.00pm
@ Blarney, PIHC, Carrigaline v Mallow 7.00pm
Football Sunday May 29th: Where possible Round 2A and Round 2B of PIFC and IFC
Friday June 3rd
@ Cloughdubh, IHC, Dripsey v St Finbarrs 7.30pm (Dripsey want Sat 4th)
@ Cobh, IHC, Fr O'Neill's v Carrigaline 7.30pm
@ Carrigtwohill, IHC, Aghada v Blackrock 8.00pm

Cork Colleges GAA Simcox Cup- Senior A Football Final

Coláiste Chríost Rí 1 – 11 De La Salle, Macroom 1 – 7

De La Salle Macroom went under to Coláiste Chríost Rí in the final of the Simcox Cup at Páirc Uí 'Rinn after a very close game which was level with ten minutes to go. DLS were without Cork minor, Chris Óg Jones and panellist, Ethan O'Gorman, both out of action with injuries received since the semi-final win over Coláiste Choilm and their absence from the attack was sorely felt. The city side led by 1-5 to 0-4 at half time despite having played against the wind but DLS staged a very brave second half recovery and in fact, after Blake O'Gorman blasted home a goal for DLS, they drew level and went ahead for a short period after Mark Healy's point. Chríost Rí finished strongly with five unanswered points in a row to take the trophy for the third year in a row.
De La Salle: James Aynsley (Cill na Martra): Kevin Murphy (Kilmichael), Liam Wall (Kilmurry), Jack Cronin (Macroom): Alan Quinn (Macroom), Kyle Kelleher (Kilmurry), James O'Mullane (Kilmurry): Liam O'Sullivan (Kilmurry), Cathal Foley (Kilmichael) capt.: Brian Hinchion (Kilmurry), Caleb Dinneen (Macroom), Dylan Foley (Éire Óg): John O'Mullane (Kilmurry), Blake O'Gorman (Macroom), Mark Healy (Canovee). Subs: Adam O'Leary (Aghinagh) h/t, Seán Desmond (Clondrohid) 43.

Craobh na Mumhan do Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh.

Scoil Mhuire 3-13 Lios Dún Bhearna 1-05

Ar an Luan an 11ú lá de mhí Aibreáin, dhein foireann peile sóisear na mban Scoil Mhuire éacht ollmhór. Bhuadar Craobh Comórtas na Mumhan in aghaidh Choláiste Mhuire gan Smál ó Lios Dúin Bhearna. Thosnaigh an cluiche ar luas lasrach, agus scóráil Coláiste Mhuire gan Smál cúl go luath sa chluiche. Chuir sé sin isteach ar chailíní Scoil Mhuire. Bhí seansanna maithe ag cailíní Scoil Mhuire ach bhíodar ag streachailt chun na scóranna a aimsiú. Bhí an t-ádh leo go bhfuaireadar cúpla cic-saor éasca a chuir Emma Ní Chríodáin thar an trasnáin, agus pointe eile ó Shiobhán Ní Laoire a choimeád na cailíní sa chluiche. Chríochnaigh an chéad leath le Coláiste Mhuire gan Smál 1-04, Scoil Mhuire 0-05. Ag leath ama bhí caint ionspiráideach ag Scoil Mhuire agus bhíodar spreagtha ansin chun an cluiche a bhuachaint. Fuair Emma Ní Chríodáin dhá chúilín chun na foirne a chur ar chomhscór. Go gairid ina dhiaidh na scóranna seo, d'aimsigh Mollaí Ní Rinn cúl gleoite a spreag an fhoireann chun an luas sin a choimeád. Díreach tar éis cúl Mhollaí, d'aimsigh Emma Ní Chríodáin cúl eile agus bhí muinín Choláiste Mhuire gan Smál scriosta. Lean Emma Ní Chríodáin uirthi ag aimsiú scóranna agus léirigh na cúlaithe obair foirne den scoth chun brú a choiméad ar thosaithe Choláiste Mhuire gan Smál. Léiríodh ceannasaíocht den scoth sna cúlaithe. Dhein Bláthín Ní Loingsigh roinnt sábháil iontacha chomh maith. Bhí pasanna maithe ag teacht ó na himreoirí lár na páirce Alison Ní Chonaill agus Áine Ní Loingsigh, agus dá bharr d'aimsigh Méabh Ní Shúilleabháin 1-01. Léirigh Erin Ní Bhuachalla agus Gillian Ní Choinceannáin obair foirne den scoth sna tosaithe. Dhein Caitlín Ní Mhathúna ritheanna iontacha isteach tríd cúlaithe Lios Dúin Bhearna, agug d'aimsigh Emma Ní Chríodáin na scóranna. Fuair Saoirse Ní Riordáin árd-mholadh ón réiteoir, agus bhronnadh gradam imreoir an chluiche ar chaptaen Scoil Mhuire Emma Ní Chríodáin. Ag deireadh na himeartha scór 3-13 go dtí 1-05 a bhí ann. Comhghairdeachas leis an bhfoireann bainistíochta Rachel Ní Mhuimhneacháin, Aileen Ní Laoire agus Seán Ó Muimhneacháin.
Foireann: Bláthín Ní Loingsigh, Shauna Ní Iarlaithe, Saoirse Ní Riordáin, Mollaí Ní Rinn(1-00), Bernie Ní Thuama, Sorcha Ní Iarlaithe, Ellie Ní Laoire, Emma Ní Chríodáin(1-11), Áine Ní Loingsigh, Sorcha Ní Chéilleachair, Erin Ní Bhuachalla, Caitlín Ní Mháthúna, Siobhán Ní Laoire(0-01), Gráinne Ní Chéilleachair, Gillian Ní Choinceannain, Méabh Ní Shuilleabháin(1-01), Laoise Ní Ríordáin, Alannah Ní Mhuirthile, Alison Ní Chonaill.

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Mark Coleman, Blarney, receives the March Auld Triangle Muskerry GAA Sports Award from Eileen O'Riordan. Pictured with Blarney officers and team mates ©Anne O'Riordan

Auld Triangle Muskerry GAA Sports Star Awards

The first winner of the Auld Triangle/Muskerry GAA Sports Star of the Month award for 2016 was 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 was presented with his award at a function in Macroom at the Auld Triangle Restaurant, and received his award from Mrs Eileen O'Riordan, award sponsors. Amongst the attendance were Pat Malone, Cathaoirleach of the Muskerry GAA Board, William Buckley, Chairman and Anne O'Riordan, Secretary of the Awards Committee and Kevin Kelleher, Chairman of Blarney GAA.

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Aghabullogue, winners of Féile U14 Championship in Macroom ©Peter Dineen

Macroom G.A.A. Underage

Féile (U-14 Football) in Macroom. On a lovely day, and on immaculately prepared pitches in The Castle Grounds and Tom Creedon Park, Macroom hosted Aghabullogue, Donoughmore and Kilmurry in a section of Féile 2016. Féile is a national GAA football competition, is played in a blitz form, with the group winners progressing to a quarter – or semi- final, and then to a county final. The winners advance to provincial and national finals.
In the first contests, Macroom beat Donoughmore 1- 5 to1-2, and Aghabullogue won against Kilmurry 2-4 to 1-3. The second round results were Kilmurry 2-2 to Macroom 2-1, Aghabullogue 6-7 to Donoughmore 1-0. The last series saw Aghabullogue overcame Macroom 2-4 to 1-2, and Kilmurry were victors over Donoughmore, 4-3 to 2-4. Aghabullogue won the group with 3 wins out of 3. Macroom played well but were hampered by the absence of players due to family obligations and injuries. They were also unlucky to have players hurt in the matches, and we wish those injured a swift return to fitness and football.
Players, mentors and supporters enjoyed refreshments in the Clubhouse afterwards.
Macroom v. Tracton in Minane Bridge. On a bright cold evening, Macroom played Tracton in the 3rd round B League game. Macroom played against the breeze in the first half. Tracton were quicker to settle and got some early scores. Macroom defended stoutly with James Galvin to the fore and Reece Lee was very safe in goal. At half-time the score was Tracton 2-7, Macroom 0-2; Liam Linehan and Bradley O'Shea scored a point each. Macroom did better in the second half. As well as the above mentioned, Cormac Buckley, Jack Sexton, Shane Sweeney, Luke Ahern and Michael Kelleher played well. The final score was Tracton 3-12 and Macroom 1-5.
Panel: Reece Lee, Darragh Kiernan, James Galvin, Barry Galvin, Dean Granville, Jack Sexton, Sam Kelleher, Cormac Buckley, Shane Sweeney, Luke Ahern, Bradley O'Shea, Ben O'Connell, Tadhg O'Leary, Liam Linehan, Gerry Kelleher, Adam McCarthy, Michael Kelleher, Conor Seery, Martine Sosa and Darragh Neville.
Macroom U-9/10s welcomed Ballinora on Sun. 24th April to the Castle Grounds, with 3 teams lining out, 30 kids in total. The lads played very well and kept going right to the end against some strong opposition. All the matches were closely contested.

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Cork Hurling star Aidan Walsh with Coachford College Junior Camogie panel celebrating their historic Cork Colleges & Munster Junior A titles. ©An Scoil

Camogie Celebration in Coachford

Coachford College acknowledged its female sporting heroes at the splendid Lee Valley Golf Club when more than 140 players, teachers and parents attended and special guest Aidan Walsh was at hand to present the Cork Colleges Junior A, Munster Colleges Junior A, All- Ireland Junior A Runners up and the Cork Colleges Senior A medals. The boys also got their Cork Colleges Senior B medals at the event.
Coachford defeated Coláiste Choilm, Mount Mercy, Pres Bandon [Replay], St Joseph's, Tulla, St. Flannan's, Ursuline's Thurles, St. Brigid's Loughrea [Replay] before their march was halted by Loreto Kilkenny in the Final. A successful year also yielded another Cork Senior A title, with Katie Ward and Niamh O' Leary playing pivotal roles in their side's victories over Dromcollogher, Christ King, Mount Mercy and Charleville.

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Aghabullogue U15 camogie team, Muskerry league champions, who defeated Ballincollig in the final ©Michelle Cooney

Clondrohid G.A.A.

Cúl Camp: Clondrohid G.A. A. will be holding Kellogg's Cúl Camp from Wednesday June 29 to Saturday July 2 from 10am to 3pm. More details to follow.
Cork U21 Final. Best of luck to Cork U21s as they compete for All Ireland title on Sat April 30 at 6pm in Ennis and especially to club man, Aidan Kelleher who is a selector with this team
Congrats to the Junior As on their win over Blarney in Clondrohid in the JAL, on a score line of 3 13 to 12. Good luck in the preparations for their encounter with Aghinagh in the first round of the championship on Saturday May 14 in Macroom at 7.30pm.
Féile U 14. In the Cork qualifying section of this year's Féile competition, Clondrohid travelled to Dunmanway to play in a blitz format against 3 teams. In the first game they defeated Cill na Marta who had a very young team on the day 6 -7 to 0-3. They then faced hosts Dunmanway and despite conceding size all over the pitch, they emerged victorious 1 - 7 to 1 - 2 with a feature of the game being young Jack Martin's (still u 12) absolute determination to take a penalty with the game in the balance and burying it with aplomb to secure the win. It was straight into our 3rd game v St Colum's of Kealkill and unfortunately lost out 1-4 to1-2. A real positive from the day was that despite missing 5 key players, the younger members of the squad really stepped up with 5 U 12 players playing a big part. Thanks to the parents and supporters who cheered the lads off the field at the end and they deserved it all after giving their all on the day. Squad: Conor Murphy Jerome Healy Gearoid O Connell Conor Lucey JK Long Colin Murphy Ciaran O Leary Alex Kelly David O Connell George Lowrie Luke Duggan Sean Murphy Eoin Kelleher Fionan O Leary Oran Manning Jack Martin Daragh Fitzgibbon Jason Bowles . Missing on the day were Conor Dineen Conor O Leary Liam Coleman Lorcan Flanagan Nathan Kelleher David O Connor.
Rebel Óg U14 B League. After 3 months of training and 3 cancelled games, the u 14 team finally played their first league game on Saturday April 16 v Ballinhassig away . Having lost to these opponents last year there was a determination within the group to avenge that defeat and they achieved the desired result on a score line of Clondrohid 3-6 Ballinhassig 1-4. The match was won in the first half with the midfielders Alex Kelly and Ciaran O Leary on song and supplying the forwards with quality ball. Due to an injury in the warm up Sean Murphy was promoted to start and showed he is ready with 3 goals in that half, aided by points from Luke Duggan. Ciaran and Colin Murphy . The players on the age like JK Long George Lowrie and Jerome Healy were driving the team on and with all the younger lads stepping up all was looking good. The performance dropped in the 2nd half but enough had been done to secure victory. Thanks to all the supporters.

Laochra Óg

U18 "C" hurling league. St Vincent's 1-9 Laochra Óg 2-6. . 13 eager lads showed up for 13 aside. Our defence was superb in opening half with great displays by Tom and Kevin at fullback and Joseph, Colm and Mícheál Óg on half back line. Tadgh and Stephen were getting through the work at midfield. Darragh, Dean and Eoin were half forwards Simon and Brian were the full forwards. Improvements far outweighed any negatives. Some great free taking kept us in the game. Then Dean scored his first goal after a great run and following soon after with a second one. This put us in a one-point lead with minutes to go. The game finished in a draw, Can't thank the lads enough and team sponsors, Deasy's Pharmacy and thanks to everyone who made the trip. Thank to St. Vincent's for a sporting game and for hosting the event.
U12 league, Laochra Og 3-5 Lisgoold 3-3 This unexpected win in the hurling heartland was fashioned from pure determination, hard work and a lot of good hurling. There was little between the teams and at half time we led 1-2 to 1-1. The pace of the game upped in the second half. Captain Brian Healy gave a man of the match display scoring 3-1. Heroes all over the field starting with goalie Eoin Healy, making several crucial saves. Heroic defending by Darragh Fitzgibbon, Charlie Burke, Neil Buckley, Daniel Murphy. Tireless at midfield were Brian Healy, James Slattery, Ben Lyons who added one of the scores of the game. Causing all sorts of problems for the Lisgoold defence were Eamonn Meachair, Cormac McCarthy, Denis O Donoghue and finally girl power, Donna McCarthy, who added a few timely hooks and never left the Lisgoold defence settle. Thanks to all the players, the parents who travelled and our sponsor Astra Systems. Thanks also to Lisgoold for a good sporting game.
Upcoming Fixtures. Saturday 30th April 2016 U12 "C" Hurling League Laochra Óg v Aghada in Macroom Town Park at 11:15 a.m.
Thursday 28th April 2016 U18 "C" Hurling League Laochra Óg v Shamrocks in Coláiste Gobnatan Ballyvourney at 7 : 15 p.m.

Ballincollig Basketball Club

Ballincollig Boys U-14 team landed the biggest prize available by winning the AICC National U-14 title. Only the top teams from every league across the country qualify for this Tournament so the prestige of winning is huge.Ballincollig had a very tough group with Liffey Celtic from Dublin, Sligo All Stars, Titans from Galway and Kestrels from the Midlands. In the first game, Ballincollig easily beat Titans. The next game against Sligo proved a struggle but ended with a 9 point victory. Liffey Celtic, who were tipped to win the tournament, were held to a mere 11 points by magnificent defence and Ballincollig ran out 30 point winners. After a final pool victory against Kestrels, a very well coached St Vincent's from Dublin awaited in the semi-final but, nevertheless, Ballincollig won through to the final against Belfast Star. Some excellent scoring from Mark Lucey, Sean McCarthy and Eli Linehan, nice passes from Luke O'Sullivan and excellent rebounding from Colm Blount ensured Ballincollig were 10 points up at the end of the opening quarter. In the 2nd quarter, Sean O' Flynn scored 11 points in the space of 4 minutes. This combined with the ever present dogged defence from Hugh Murphy, Cathal McDermott, Brian McNabola and Philipp Schmitz meant Ballincollig held a commanding lead at half time. Nice shooting from Emmet O'Shea and a boost off the bench from Colm Hayes meant Ballincollig ran out 40-26 winners and were crowned All Ireland Champions.
Ballincollig 59 - 29 Titans; Ballincollig 38 - 29 Sligo; Ballincollig 46 - 19 Liffey Celtic;Ballincollig 42 - 24 Kestrels; Semi-final: Ballincollig 40 - 25 St Vincent's. Final: Ballincollig 40 - 26 Belfast Star.
Our U16A boys were drawn in an extremely tough group with Moycullen of Galway and Templeogue from Dublin. Our first game against Moycullen was a tight and tense affair and a one-point loss was tough on the boys, who next faced Templeogue. Having already beaten Moycullen by 4 points, the Dubliners knew a win would see them top the group and knock Ballincollig out. Our lads rose to the occasion and ground out a four-point victory against the side who would eventually run out All Ireland Champions. In the semi-final against Belfast Star, Ballincollig trailed throughout and lost by six points. The following morning the boys played ranking games, winning against Limerick Celtics by two points and then squaring off against Blue Demons for an all Cork match for 5th and 6th. A cracking first half sent the teams in level at half time. However, exhaustion set in and they lost out but it was a great experience for our boys who played some superb basketball at times.
A big thank you to all those club members and supporters who came out to cheer the lads on over the weekend and congratulations to the boys who represented the club so well.
Ballincollig U16 Girls were crowned County Champions at Neptune Stadium, winning the final against Carrig na bhFear on a scoreline of 41-32. Ballincollig opened the scoring early with a trade mark 3 pointer from Amy and finished the 1st quarter 9-7 ahead. Our defence held strong and we ended the 2nd quarter leading 21-17. Going in to the final quarter it was 31-26. Carrig closed the gap to 33-30 and tension in the famous stadium peaked, the large Ballincollig support very vocal. The girls maintained their composure and the Ballincollig crowd erupted on the final buzzer and rushed to congratulated the team on a fantastic win. Amy finished top scorer on the night and Niamh was awarded MVP for her fantastic performance. Joint captains Caitlin and Amy lifted the cup to the delight of the Ballincollig squad. Most of the girls were playing in their first final and were rewarded for the dedication and commitment they have shown throughout this year and their Basketball career to-date.
Squad - Amy Corkery, Ava Lordan, Ayla Hanley, Caitlin Quinn, Cristina Collazo, Grace Kiernan, Jennifer Nyagaya, Kate Brady, Maria O'Sullivan, Niamh Herbert, Niamh McGrath, Patricia O'Riordan, Rachel Finnegan, Sarah Murphy. First Aid - Elaine Kiernan. Coaches - Ken Quinn & Kevin Murphy.
The U15 girls played their second last league fixture against St Anthony's, needing a win to secure a place in the top four playoff. With just 6 players available for the game Ballincollig had a massive task ahead of them. In a game that was score for score, Ballincollig pulled ahead in the third. Taking an 8 point lead into the fourth, they sealed an impressive win. Well done to Jennifer Nyagaya, Rachel Finnegan, Karen Maher, Amy Corkery, Sarah Murphy and Louise Ambrose on a super performance.
Match Fixtures. Most regular league fixtures have been completed at this stage of the season. Top 4 matches will be ongoing and individual teams will be notified by their coaches where these are taking place.
New Members always welcome! For further information on joining Ballincollig Basketball Club, contact Ken Quinn on 086/1636035 or Francis O' Sullivan on 087/2532671 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or just come along to a training session to try out the sport. Details of training times for the year are up on our website.

Macroom Soccer

Macroom Youths were presented with their City and County League Division One League championship trophy at Lakewood and held the traditional motorcade through town afterwards on their return home. In their final game of the campaign, Lakewood actually defeated Macroom 2-0 but Macroom had the championship won before the game. Lakewood finished second to Macroom in the final league table, a point behind.
On the Cork AUL playing fields, Macroom A had a 3-1 away win over Springfield at Cobh in the Premier A league and Macroom B had a 2-1 win over Los Zargos in the Division Three league.
The A team followed up with a 3-2 away win over Cathedral Celtic, the goals coming from Michael Browne, Paul O'Farrell and an og. while the B team had another 2-1 home win over Castlelack in Div 3.

Pitch and Putt

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt Club are back in action after a long wet winter. The A.G.M. was held in the club-rooms recently. Elected were: Chairperson: Sean O'Leary, Vice Chairperson: Dan Kiely, Secretary: Frances O Riordan, Treasurer: Dan Cronin, Assistant Treasurer: Maureen Foley, President: Kevin O'Donovan, Captain: Michael Vaughan, Vice Captain: Brendan Swanton, Competition Secretary and P.R.O: Ann Barrett, Committee Members: Jim O'Callaghan, Jim O Donoghue, Bill Barry, John O Sullivan, Kathleen O Leary. This club was opened in 1979 in the heart of the Gearagh, by a group of hardworking local people. The aim of the new committee for 2016 is to encourage you all to participate in this pitch and putt club, enjoy its relaxed and beautiful setting, and ensure that a longstanding rural club such as this is supported and maintained. Group days out are welcomed and facilitated. Tea and coffee making facilities available. Enquiries to Sean @ 087/7703899.

Macroom Golf Club

Results: Week 1. NBS open singles 1st. Olan Haskett(12) 43 pts
Open singles:1st Barry Oldham(14) 64, 2nd John Twohig(17) 65, 3rd John Barrett(17) 66.
Week 2. Seniors :1st Dan Hegarty (13), David Hayes (18), Barry Madden (27) 45.2
NBS open singles: 1st Leonard Waugh (1) 39 pts, 2nd Jim O'Neill (21) 38 pts.
Open singles: 1st James Stafford (16) 42 pts .2nd Alan Duggan (14) 40 pts, .3rd Conor O'Leary(18) 39 pts
Beaufort result: 1st Cathal O'Connell (18) 43 pts, 2nd Stephen Duggan (18) 41 pts.
Fixtures: Mon 3 person open team. Tue Seniors, Thur NBS open singles, Sat & Sun open singles.
Ladies. Hickey's Pharmacy Open Day at Macroom Golf Club. Winners: Liz Moloney (22). East Cork Ruth Evans (21) East Cork Norma Fitzgerald (31) Macroom. 2 nd Diana Barry (23). Macroom Yvonne Courtney (31) Macroom Cáit Breathnach (35). Macroom. 3rd Ber O'Shea (9). Macroom Eileen Healy (11) Macroom Mary Bergin (11) Monkstown.