Lee Valley Outlook May 26 2016 v13e11

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Macroom from The Hermitage ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Cónal Creedon at Ballyvourney Library on Sat 28th May at 11.00 a.m.
Inchigeela: Sun. May 29th, Corpus Christi Procession after Mass, followed by The Village Picnic.
Carraig a'Staighre Famine Mass on Mon May 30 at 7.30pm.
Mise Éire, scheduled forIonad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne, on Mon 30/5/2016, has been postponed until September.
Lorg na Saoirse Art Exhibition opening at Mills Museum Baile Mhúirne Wed. June 1, 7.30p.m. Thereafter, 1 - 6 pm to June 7.
Art Exhibition by Mícheál Ó Muirthile at Briery Gap Cultural Centre, June 1 – 30.
Clothes collection at Carriganima NS Wed 1st of June.
Coffee Morning for St. Joseph's Young Priests Society; Fri June 3rd, 10.30am in Fr. Ryan Hall
Music among the Trees. Fri June 3rd @ 8pm, St. Senan's, Canon's Cross, Inniscarra.
Purlies Knitters joint exhibition at County Library, Carrigrohane Road from Thurs 9th June to end of July.
Aghinagh Macra 5km Fun Run and Know Your Neighbour Evening on Sun 12th June at the Ploughman Bar, Ballinagree from 2p.m.
Aherla Vintage Club: Car, Tractor and Motor Bike Run, Sun. June 12.
Kilmurry Fun Run 2016 16th June at 7:30 pm in Kilmurry Village.
Crookstown Karate American Tea Party, Fri June 17th in Crookstown hall @ 8pm.
Daniel Kingston Memorial Road Race in Macroom on Thurs 23rd June at 8pm.
Terelton Macra Know Your Neighbour event, 10th July in Foleys Bar at 5 30.
Coolnacaheragh Ambush re-enactment 11/9/2016.

Macroom Library:

Conal Creedon talk Fri. May 28, 2p.m.
Storytime at 12 noon on Sat. 28
Bookclub Wed 1st June at 11.30.
Purlies Thurs June 2 at 11.30.
Ciorcal Cainte Fri June 3 at 11.30
CLOSED on Sat June 4 for Bank Holiday Weekend
Acol Bridge Wed. June 8 10.30a.m.

Briery Gap

Puss in Boots Mon May 30th at 10:30am & 12:00pm.
The Lobster Mon. May 30 8.30p.m.
"Hello Dolly!" at the Everyman. Fri 3rd June at 8:00pm.
Dreaming the Quiet Man 6th June
The Revenant 13th June
Glassland 20th June
Slow West 27th June -

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

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Members of Côr Godre'r Aran from North Wales delight the audience during a recent visit to the Lee Valley ©Lee Valley Outlook

From Frongoch to Macroom 

The Castle Hotel played host to a 40-strong group of visitors from Wales in early May. It was delightful to hear the lilting Welsh language in use and to learn that Welsh is the first language of many of the visitors and is widely spoken in North Wales. The group included seven members of Côr Godre'r Aran, the Welsh male voice choir that has delighted audiences in Macroom during three visits over the past decade. Most of the visitors came from Bala, a town in north Wales that is very near Frongoch, where many Irish prisoners were remanded from June to December 1916. These included Dan Corkery, John Lynch, Steve and Paddy O'Connor, Charlie Browne and John 'Captain' Cronin from Macroom; Dan Farmer Harrington and Sean O'Riordan from Cill na Martra and leaders, Tomás Mac Curtain and Terence McSwiney.
It is interesting to note that Frongoch plans to commemorate the centenary over the weekend, June 10 – 11, marking the exact date when the internment camp first received 1800 Irish prisoners. Professor Terence Dooley at Neuadd Mynach (Cwmtirmynach, Y Bala, LL23 7EB) will deliver a lecture on Friday, June 10 at 7p.m. and on Saturday 11 June at 11.00, an exhibition will be opened at Ysgol Bro Tryweryn, Fron-goch (Y Bala, LL23 7NT). At 13.00 there will be words of welcome by Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM and other guest speakers, including a word of thanks by Elwyn Edwards, followed by a presentation by Ysgol Bro Tryweryn and talk by author Lyn Ebenezer. Three guided walks will follow. More information can be found on the website, - http://www.easter-rising-frongoch.wales/ga/

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Visitors from Bala, Frongoch and North Wales at the Michael Collins monument at Béal na mBláth © Eluned Jones

The very talented Welsh group had a lively night-time programme devised by the organiser. It included a poetry competition - eat your heart out Dylan Thomas – a table quiz and a hilarious sketch outlining the hazards encountered by a mainly Welsh-speaking couple when trying to book a room in an English speaking hotel. Music and song played an important part of the entertainment and members of the choir gave a wonderful recital. Particularly memorable was their rendition of Rev. Eli Jenkins's Prayer from Dylan Thomas's "Under Milk Wood".

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Arfon and Beryl Griffiths, North Wales, celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary at the Castle Hotel, Macroom © Eluned Jones

Arfon and Beryl Griffiths, who first visited Macroom during their honeymoon 30 years ago, were delighted to celebrate their anniversary during their return visit. The group professed themselves delighted with their week in Macroom and many of them promised to return, while also encouraging Irish visitors to their area.

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Macroom and District Active Retirement Group during their visit to the Dáil ©Lee Valley Outlook

Active Summer Holiday

Forty-six members of Macroom Senior Citizens/ Active Retired Group headed off on their annual week's holiday on Sunday May 15th. This year, Wicklow was their destination and they were based at the Arklow Bay Hotel. On Monday morning, they headed off to Glendalough and Avoca before lunch and visited Arklow town for some shopping in the afternoon. The group enjoyed bingo in the hotel Monday night and, on Tuesday, they travelled to Dublin, where they spent the day visiting Glasnevin cemetery and the Botanic Gardens. They went south to Co. Wexford on Wednesday and did more shopping in Gorey and on Thursday, returned to Dublin where they went shopping in Grafton Street in the morning and visited the houses of the Oireachtas in the evening. While in the public gallery in Dáil Éireann, the group were met by newly appointed Minister, Michael Creed T.D. and newly elected T.D., Aindrias Moynihan. The group was then taken on a guided tour of Leinster House and Seanad Éireann. Overall, the weather was nice and sunny and the hotel was first class, with music provided each night and a very enjoyable week was had by all.

Anti Litter Challenge

Macroom, in Category B2, has started the 2016 Cork County Council Litter Challenge slightly better than it did in 2015. Last year, after the first round of judging, it was four from the bottom of the table. This year, with 934.8 points, it is four from the top of nine participants, with Crosshaven, with 993.7 at the top and Mallow last at 833.4.
Each town starts the round with 1000 marks and is fined 1 mark for each piece of litter and 0.1 for each cigarette butt found. Macroom town centre is examined each time and is divided into six areas, four on the north side of the street, from the Bank of Ireland to the Post Office and two on the south side, from Ballerina Boutique to O'Driscoll Travel. Four other locations are inspected during each of the three fortnightly judging sessions. First up were sections of Oakwood and Castle Court, the church environs and the Castle Demesne.
17 – 23 Oakwood came out tops in the first judging, with one piece of litter and one cigarette butt and so, earned 98.9 marks. The area with most litter was the street section from Ballerina Boutique to the Pet Shop, with seven pieces of litter and 43 butts, making and 11.3 fine.
A spokesperson for Macroom Tidy Towns said that the new Blow/Vac had cleaned North Square and Main Street down to the Post office on Saturday and is disappointed with the poor results the following Monday.

St. Mary's Catherine Mc Auley Awards 

On Tuesday May 17th, the 2016 Catherine Mc Auley Awards ceremony was held in the school. There were several different categories recognised – full attendance, student council, sports awards, extracurricular activities, the Catherine Mc Auley Awards, scholarships awards, subject award winners, Junior and Senior Academic Awards and the CEIST Award. Dr Olive Murphy was invited back to the school as our Distinguished past pupil. She addressed the gathering with a most inspirational talk. She spoke fondly of her days in St. Mary's, her academic journey and her career to date. She had a lot of wise words to impart and we thank her very much for taking time out to join us on this very important occasion in our school. Here are some of the award winners:
A very proud Mrs. O' Donovan was present when both her daughters received full attendance awards, Niamh in 3rd year and Lisa in 6th year. Lisa received a Catherine Mc Auley award and also received the prestigious CEIST award which recognises Promoting Spiritual and Human Development; Achieving Quality in Teaching and Learning; Showing Respect for Every Person; Creating Community; Being Just and Responsible.
Other sisters that received awards on the night are Sarah and Aoife Doyle. Sarah received the junior sports award and Aoife received the Junior Academic Award for the highest grades in Junior Cert. 2015. Based on her Junior Cert results in Maths and Science, she was invited to participate in the Science Olympiad in Dublin, and based on her Junior Cert. German result was invited to the German Embassy in Dublin.
A number of past pupils attended on the night and received awards for scholarships received from their different 3rd level institutions: Caoimhe Browen, Eibhlin Kelleher, Niamh McCarthy, Vera O'Riordan. The latter also received a Gold Medal for her joint first place in Leaving Cert. Chemistry results in Ireland.
The following students received a Catherine Mc Auley Award, recognising the qualities of kindness, courtesy, participation, attendance, commitment to studies and many more. First Year: Andrea Cotter, Maeve Murphy Andzelika Wyka. Second Year: Jessica Buckley, Emma Cronin Third Year: Eva Long, Carolyn O' Donovan Fourth Year: Kate Bradley, Eimhin O'Mahony. Fifth Year: Ella Curtin. Katie O' Riordan. Sixth Year: Aisling Kelleher, Claire Murphy, Lisa O'Donovan.
A very enjoyable evening was had by parents, pupils and staff of the school. It was a strong recognition of all the work carried out by staff, teachers and pupils during the academic year.

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First year business students from McEgan College are welcomed to the Bank of Ireland by Enda Prendergast, Gerry Ryan, Manager and Ann O'Leary ©Lee Valley Outlook

McEgan College Updates 

UCC Plus Awards. On Wednesday, March3, 2nd year students from McEgan College were honoured with awards from UCC in the areas of Science, Languages and Mathematics. It was a proud day for McEgan and of course the parents of all 8 students. They were accompanied by Máire Ni Laoire. (HSCL/ Parent support teacher). The UCC Plus awards take place every year and is part of a larger Schools Outreach Programme. The aim of the programme is to build on aspirations of students and parents regarding Third level education. It also establishes a connection between students, parents, schools and UCC. It introduces secondary students to UCC and the UCC student experience, a very worthwhile Programme and McEgan is proud to be part of it.
"The Way We Were". Students from room 4 recently attended Macroom library for a cultural experience celebrating life in Ireland a century ago entitled "The way we were 1916". The drama was narrated by the actor/ director Michael Twomey of "Cha & Miah" fame. The performance reflected the culture and entertainment of the time, recalling the works of the writers of the day. Linda Kenny Soprano, Alan Carney Musician and Michael Twomey gave the audience a musical and humorous insight into the life at that time. The students sang along and got a photo opportunity on the day.

Macroom Youthreach

Macroom Youthreach students hosted a 5K Fun Run in Macroom Park on a mild but misty May morning. Local students and staff, as well as some from Ballincollig and The Glen Youthreach Centres, took part in the challenge and helped raise funds for the Ray Murnane Rehabilitation Fund. The morning began with registration and plenty of hydration before the race commenced! There was a great atmosphere and the adrenaline and excitement was palpable. Although some participants were feeling the pressure to perform against the clock, others were happy to take it at their leisure and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery. Macroom Youthreach students took their marshalling duties very seriously and provided participants with water and words of encouragement along the route.
After the race, staff and students were treated to nutritious refreshments in the sports complex and plenty of lively banter and performance comparisons were exchanged. Macroom Youthreach QQI 4 student Ellen Murphy then announced the overall winner, Ballincollig Youthreach student, Jordan McCarthy, with a time of 27mins 25 sec. All the staff and students who took part did themselves proud and a fantastic day was experienced by everybody who was involved in organising and participating in the run.
On the 16th September 2015 Ray Murnane's life changed dramatically when he was involved in a motorbike accident. The impact caused serious spinal injury, trauma to his chest and lungs and also extensive facial injuries. Before his accident Ray was employed on a part time basis with the West Cork Travellers Centre in Clonakilty. He loved his work there and he has been greatly supported by his co-workers and the travelling community. He has also done fantastic work with many young people from Macroom over the years. The Ray Murnane Rehabilitation Fund is setting an ambitious target of €40k to help towards the cost of getting him home with his family, to an environment where he can live his life as a fully functioning, valuable, member of society. He has already made a positive impact on many people, both young and old, through his community work in West Cork. He is determined to succeed on his journey. Please support him. Go to https://www.gofundme.com/RayRehabFund for more information or to donate.

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De la Salle College's 2016 Graduation Class ©An Scoil. 

De la Salle College 2016

Evaluation. In January the school underwent a Whole School Evaluation, with two inspectors from the Department spending a number of days going through every aspect of the school's workings, from administration to teaching and learning. The inspectors met with the Board of Management, teachers, parents and students and their final report was very complimentary of all aspects of the school's activities. The need to deal with inadequacies in the school building was implied in the report and this complements De la Salle Macroom's drive to be included in the current school national building program. The facts on this matter were presented to the public during a meeting in the school in February. It is to be expected that the commitment given by all of the politicians present on the night will now be followed up on.
Gaelic Games: The school was going for a fifth win in 10 years when again reaching the final of the Simcox Cup (Cork Colleges' Senior A football) but was narrowly denied by Coláiste Chríost Rí from Turner's Cross. This initiated something of an unhappy trend as the school's U-16 team, having defeated Rochestown College and then St. Colman's Fermoy in the Cork Schools' A championship, also had to give best to Coláiste Chríost Rí in their final. The school had a good run in the Frewen Cup (Munster Schools' U-16½ A football), defeating Tralee C.B.S. in the first round before succumbing by a mere point to St. Flannan's from Ennis in the semi-final. In hurling, De la Salle's U-14½ team beat Davis College from Mallow and MICT from Dunmanway before losing to St. Brogan's from Bandon. The school are due to play Coláiste an Chraoibhín from Fermoy in the semi-final. 5th Year students, Cathal Foley, Blake O'Gorman and Chris Óg Jones are on the Cork Minor football panel who contest the Munster final against Kerry in July.
Quiz Success: In late April, the school secured a wonderful second successive victory in the Cork Schools' Junior Cert history quiz at Mount Mercy, Cork. The vast majority of schools in the county were represented, and tremendous credit is due to the lads who emerged victorious. Not only did De la Salle retain the trophy, the school also provided a second team that finished as runners-up in the contest! The school also performed very well in the Cork Schools' Junior Cert science quiz, held in U.C.C. in mid-May, coming close third behind Presentation College Cork and Coláiste Chríost Rí.
1916 Commemoration: In early March, a number of Transition Year students travelled to Dublin to partake in the 1916 commemoration event in Croke Park. They brought the tricolour back to the school and this was used in the school's own commemoration ceremony, with students reading the Proclamation of the Republic accompanied by music. The event finished with a rousing rendition of the National Anthem.
Exchanges: 16 Transition Year students travelled to France at the start of March as part of the ongoing exchange with Ecole St. Genès in Bordeaux. They stayed with the French students who would be hosted in Macroom in early April and visited the famous wine-making town of St. Emilion, the Dune du Pyla near Arcachon and the Oyster Museum in Gujan-Mestras. In early May, 29 of the school's First Year students travelled to Italy on the return leg of the schools' annual exchange programme with Leonardo da Vinci College in Marcallo con Casone, near Milan. The lads had a wonderful time, including a guided tour of Milan city, a day of fun in Gardaland theme park, attending a football match between Inter Milan and Empoli in the San Siro stadium, a trip to the city of Verona and a fascinating visit to the abbey at Morimondo. The boys were hosted in pairs by Italian families. A highlight of the Italian students' visit to Macroom was a tremendous night of "craic agus ceol" held in the school hall.
First Years: The 1B class travelled to Dublin in early March as part of their history programme, taking in the G.P.O. and Glasnevin cemetery. In mid-April, the 1A class went to the headquarters of the De la Salle order in Castletown, Co. Laois, where they were presented with gold medals for a project they had undertaken on the enduring influence of the De la Salle order in Macroom down through the years. In mid-May James McCarthy, Development Officer with the Cork County GAA Board, ran a football blitz with the First Year group. The First Years finished out their term by participating in the internal soccer league run every year in memory of past pupil Mark Duggan.
Transition Year: As part of the school's ongoing policy to develop literacy, nineteen 4th Year students spent 6 weeks participating in the school's paired reading programme, where they helped First Year students to improve their reading skills. Both age groups benefitted enormously from this and certificates were presented to the students to acknowledge their fine efforts. The last term saw Transition Year students spending an adventurous couple of days in the Outdoor Pursuits centre in Ballyhass Lake near Mallow. They also undertook a cultural excursion to Killarney, and the geography class conducted a field-trip study on Garretstown strand. At the end of the term, certificates were presented to those who had participated in the Gaisce project, as well as to those who had taken modules in First Aid and Self Defence. During the school's Positive Mental Health Awareness week, Mrs. Elma Walsh from Tralee, mother of the late anti-suicide campaigner Donal, visited the school to deliver a powerful and uplifting lecture to Senior Cycle students. A no-uniform day was held to coincide with the visit, with the proceeds going to the Donal Walsh "#LiveLife" foundation. De la Salle Founder's Day was celebrated by the school on May 18th with Mass in St. Colman's church, attended by teachers and pupils from both De la Salle College and St. Colman's national school. Music was provided by choirs from both schools, and, along with a performance from the St. Colman's brass band, this added greatly to the atmosphere in the church. A most engaging Mass was given by Fr. Joe O'Mahony, who had the assistance of other priests of the parish and Fr. Anthony Wickham of Clondrohid parish.
Graduation. A large crowd gathered in the school's hall on the evening of May 24th to mark the graduation of the class of 2016, to whom Fr. Joe O'Mahony passed on welcome words of wisdom. After Mass, the audience was addressed by Principal John Murphy, with Garry O'Sullivan answering on behalf of the students. Refreshments and food were provided for all and the evening proved to be a pleasant social event.

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Macroom Cub Scouts celebrate 100 years of Cub Scouts in Ireland ©

Macroom Scouts

Macroom Cub Scouts recently held a sleepover in the local Scout Hall in preparation for their upcoming camp to Pallaskenry, Co Limerick for Jamoige 2016. This camp will have approx. 5000 participants and is a celebration of 100 years of Cub Scouts in Ireland.
Preparation work for this camp included tent pitching and costume making. We are in the Zulu sub camp at Jamoige so the boys had great fun making and decorating shields and spears. As part of our celebration of Cubs 100, we held a birthday party in the hall during the sleepover.
A busy few weeks are now ahead of us before Jamoige on the June Bank Holiday Weekend. This will be the biggest camp any of us will have attended. It's going to be one to remember for the 21 Cub Scouts and 3 Leaders from Macroom.

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Breda & Jack Cotter, Miriam Cronin and Eileen Lynch, present proceeds of Coffee morning with a Taste of Fashion to Friends of Macroom hospital., Bernie Buckley, Ann O'Mahony and Mary O'Brien ©Lee Valley Outlook

Hospital Fundraiser

Breda & Jack Cotter of T.P. Cotters Bar, Macroom, hosted a coffee morning with a taste of fashion from T.M. Cronin's and Webb Boutique on April 24th. Once coffees were served with Cotters famous scones, the fashion show commenced with a selection of fabulous casual and occasional wear and accessories to match. There was a very strong community spirit as models were customers of the shops and staff members of the hospital and T.P. Cotters. Anne O'Mahony compered with great panache. The intimate setting of the bar made it an interactive experience for the audience who responded with enthusiasm. The morning was a great success and a great example of the local community working together for the benefit of our much loved hospital. The proceeds - €1,700 - will be used to create a sensory garden to bring the outside in for the benefit of the residents of the hospital.

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Some of the attendance at 'The Way we Were in 1916' in Macroom Library. ©Lorraine Lynch

The Way We Were 

Michael Twomey, better known as Miah, attracted a great crowd to Macroom library on May 12 as part of the Bealtaine festival, celebrating creativity in older age. Michael, accompanied by soprano, Linda Kenny and musician and singer, Alan Carney, took the audience on a nostalgic trip back to 1916. We were reminded of travel methods at the time – mainly 'shank's mare', modes of dress, entertainment, food, remedies, songs, communication and much more. The Cork Examiner was a great source of information on what was going on one hundred years ago and the advertisements gave an insight into daily requirements and the cost of items, from corn cures to costumes. Many of the songs related to the First World War – It's a Long way to Tipperary, Pack up Your Troubles and the session ended, appropriately, with The Soldier's Song, written by Peadar Kearney and sung in the G.P.O. during the rebellion. It is rarely heard now as the translation, Amhrán na bhFiann, is invariably used as our National Anthem now.
Congratulations to Cork County Library on organising such an appropriate programme for Bealtaine 2016 and to Michael for his wonderful script.

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Close attention as Kathleen Creedon presents the final gramophone session of the season at Macroom Library. ©Lorraine Lynch

Vinyl Music 

The final gramophone session of the season was an all vinyl selection and was presented at Macroom Library by Kathleen Creedon on the new machine purchased for the group. Jill Vahey chose the music, but, unfortunately was unable to attend. Kathleen, however, with the help of Eddie Hogan, did a masterful job and kept the audience enthralled throughout. Proceedings got off to a boisterous start with Strauss's Thunder and Lightning Polka. This was followed by Waltz of the Flowers by Tchaikovsky and Red Sails in the Sunset. Acker Bilk's Wonderful World and Cole Porter's In the Still of the Night from Rosalie, were followed by Phil the Fluter's Ball. Jose Carreras with Granada and Placido Domingo singing O Paradis brought the first half of the programme to a conclusion. After refreshments, the audience enjoyed some Classic Rock; Shirley Bassey singing a number from Sweet Charity and James Galway with Annie's Song. Other numbers included O my Beloved Father and Grieg's To the Spring. The Ted Heath Orchestra played Air on a G String and the last two numbers were Now is the Hour with Bing Crosby and Don't cry for me, Argentina. The Gramophone Circle will resume its monthly sessions on the second Friday of September.

Macroom Library

Michael O'Leary V.C. On Saturday 28th May at 2pm, in Macroom library, author Conal Creedon will read from his latest book which is about Michael O'Leary, the first Irishman to receive the highest honour the British Army can bestow, the Victoria Cross Medal. He will also answer questions which arise from the reading. At 11 a.m. also on Saturday 28th he will read at our sister library, Ballyvourney.
Story time for 3-8 year olds at 12 noon Saturday 28th, led by a member of staff. All welcome. Bookclub takes place on Wednesday 1st June at 11.30. The book under discussion is 'Burial Rites' by Hanna Kent. Purlies Knitters meet Thursday 2nd June from 11 to 1p.m. They are taking part in a joint exhibition with other library knitting groups in the County Library Headquarters on Carrigrohane Road, Cork. Officially launching on Thursday 9th June, it will remain in place until the end of July. We hope to have some photos from it in the next edition of this magazine. No music morning until September again. Many thanks to Kathleen Creedon for a lovely morning of music on Friday 13th May. ACOL Bridge takes place on Wednesday 8th June from 10.30 to 1.00. Friday 3rd June Ciorcal Cainte meets for the final time before their summer break. This event lasts for one hour from 11.30 a.m over a cupán tae.
The library will be CLOSED on Saturday 5th June, the Bank Holiday Weekend. Items on loan are dated to take this closure into account but items can also be renewed online at corkcoco.ie once you have a P.I.N set up on your library account. This must be done in person at the library desk.
May's Consumer Choice magazine has arrived. The main article concerns mortgage savings and asks whether switching providers makes sense. Back issues are also available. We have many online services available to library members including language courses and e magazines and e books. Ask library staff for details. The County Library service is a department of Cork County Council and as such, it is part of our remit to advertise initiatives of the council. Therefore, we wish to advise interested parties that applications are currently invited for Grant funding for projects or initiatives that increase environmental awareness and/or make your community more sustainable. Details and application forms are available online at corkcoco.ie or from the library. The closing date is June 17th.

Briery Gap Programmes


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.
"Hello Dolly!" at the Everyman Friday 3rd June at 8:00pm. Due to the success of our Spring Musical 'Hello Dolly!', we have the privilege of performing at Cork's Everyman Theatre for one night only. Don't miss your chance to see our final performance of this hit! Tickets priced at €16/13 are now available online at www.everymancork.com or by calling 021 4501673. Tickets can also be booked through the Briery Gap Box Office on 026 41793.

Cinema at 8.30p.m. :
The Lobster 30th May at 8:30pm. Admission €5. Colin Farrell stars as David, a man who has just been dumped by his wife. To make matters worse, David lives in a society. where single people have 45 days to find true love, or else they are turned into the animal of their choice and released into the woods. Cert 15A...
6th June - John Ford: Dreaming the Quiet Man. Documentary. Home-movie footage and commentary by Maureen O'Hara, Martin Scorsese and others illustrate the making of John Ford's classic film, "The Quiet Man."
13th June - The Revenant. Starring Leonardo Di Caprio.
20th June – Glassland. Starring Jack Reynor
27th June - Slow West. Starring Michael Fassbender
Admission to each film €5, all Screenings at 8:30pm. See website for further information
Film Suggestions Welcome. We at Briery Gap Cinema love to hear your suggestions on films that you would like to see in the coming months. Please get in touch in person at the Box Office, through the phone at 026 41793 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Free Cinema Passes are up for grabs for all suggestions!
Briery Gap Prize Draw. Congratulations to all who won a lovely selection of prizes including a meal for two at the Castle Hotel in the Briery Gap Prize Draw. Many thanks to everyone who entered. We will run the Prize Draw on a continuous basis with great prizes up for grabs. To enter, please complete the form which is available at the Box Office. Entries can also be made over the phone at 026 41793 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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An artist's impression of the arrival of the first train to Macroom in 1866. ©  

Macroom Railway 1866 – 1953 continued

The Cork – Macroom railway service was an instant success, with 81,763 passengers making the 1 hour 15-minute journey during the first 6 months. It proved good for both trade and tourism. The cattle, sheep and butter trade benefitted enormously. Trains facilitated the transport of coal, potatoes, timber, hardware etc. Holidaymakers came by train to Macroom and then took horse drawn coaches or sidecars to their ultimate destination. By 1875, four trains ran each way daily, leaving Cork at 5a.m., 9a.m., 1.15p.m. and 5p.m and returning at 7a.m.,10.15, 3p.m. and 6.30p.m. The two Sunday return journeys left Cork at 10. 15a.m and 5p.m. It was very profitable, paying a dividend of 7.5%. After 1911, the train was met by motor coaches that took travellers on their onward journey. They could then take return trains to Cork from Bantry or Killarney. Station masters in Macroom over the decades included T.H. Richardson, J. Richardson, Eugene O'Leary, M. Corkery and Tommy Linehan.
Macroom Railway opened up new vistas to the people of the Lee Valley. Many who had never travelled beyond their own parish and town were empowered to visit Cork city, with its links to places further afield. Business and middle class people who had lost their properties in the city during the 18th century were now facilitated in visiting urban shops, theatres and entertainments and it also made it easier for the many children who were sent to distant boarding schools at the time. From the beginning, it was very profitable, with income exceeding expenditure by more than 2 to 1. It was quickly realised also that the money was in third class passengers as ten times as many travelled as those in first class. There were some complaints from shopkeepers in Macroom about 'exorbitant transport rates for goods and parcels' compared to the old long car and it was also alleged that trains weren't punctual. But the train certainly brought progress. There was a huge attendance at Macroom fair in November 1866. A new bank, the Munster Bank, opened before Christmas as did a station of the Electric Telegraph Company, which provided direct communication with London, America and Europe. By 1867, companies had been set up to supply gas lighting and pumped water.
In 1875 there were two local hotels, the Macroom, run by George McSweeney and Johanna Murphy running the Victoria. By 1907, Nora Murphy is listed as proprietor of the Victoria; Samuel Williams had a hotel on Main Street; T.C. Bird had the Railway Hotel on Main Street; John Dennehy had a hotel at Middle Square and Edward Thornhill had a 'private' hotel on Main Street. 'Refreshment Rooms' are listed to Kate Collins and Ellen O'Riordan, Main St., Alice Greenhalph, the Square; Denis O'Callaghan, Castle St. and Kate Riordan, the Bridge.
'Health and Safety' were not concerns in the early days of the railway and on June 8th 1866, just a month after the first train to Macroom on May 12, an unbelievable accident occurred at Crookstown just after midnight. Maintenance on the track went on every night, with teams of navvies spreading infill between the sleepers from a ballast train. Unfortunately, on this foggy midsummer night, a 'horse lorry' delivering stones for the construction next day of the Bride Railway Bridge, stopped on the track. The ballast train from Crookstown station was composed of six laden wagons with 26 navvies on board and this was pushed from the rear by the engine, driven, again, by James Rathray. Lighting was poor and the men with the horse lorry didn't hear the approaching steam engine until it was too late to shift it. The train mounted the lorry and the wagons were toppled into the stream, flinging the navvies on all sides. Edward Walsh was killed instantly and John O'Sullivan died later. Two others, Brennan and O'Neill, were seriously injured.
When just 12 years in operation, another tragic accident befell a crowded Macroom to Cork train on Sunday, September 8 1878. Some of the passengers were returning after a day out. Others were going back to the city for work, after a weekend at home. James Rattery/ Rathray was again driver of the train and he and the fireman, Patrick Kidney, were killed when the train crashed at Curraheen, shortly after leaving the station at Ballincollig. Other fatalities were Michael Drew, a tailor and his apprentice, Thomas Murphy and 12-year-old Denis Burke from Coachford. Dozens were injured, 11 seriously. British Army soldiers from Ballincollig were called to help in the emergency. In the aftermath of the accident, the directors of Macroom Railway faced charges of manslaughter. There were 78 claims for compensation and a total of £14,782 was paid.
The train network was used widely during the War of Independence. Volunteers from Cork came by train as far as Crookstown on Easter Sunday 1916 and many went home by train when they were stood down. Again in the 1917 – 1922 period, Volunteers and Cumann na mBan members used the railway network to carry dispatches, deliver arms and escape roadblocks. However, the line was closed for a period during the Civil War.
The service was amalgamated with the Great Southern Railway network in 1925 and Albert Quay was again the terminus. The takeover seemed to be a good move at first. The Macroom line, 'one of the most profitable railway concerns in the country', had five busy wayside depots with a large staff employed. The line was overhauled and the track re-laid at a cost of several thousand pounds. Goods stores were built at Kilumney. Nevertheless, the business declined in the decade after the takeover, with CIE being accused of wishing to close it down in favour of the burgeoning bus and CIE lorry delivery service. Three buses went from Macroom to Cork daily via Coachford and two more via Crookstown. Passenger traffic stopped in 1935 but goods trains continued to run three times a week. By 1945, this was cut back to one return trip daily. Coal was scarce after the War and soon, only 'Fair Specials' ran, transporting cattle and pigs from the monthly fairs.
The last train was signalled out of Macroom by station master, Tommy Linehan, on November 10, 1953 and the lifting of the railway tracks was completed by 1955, in preparation for the flooding of some of the area as part of the Lee Hydro Electric Scheme.
Data for the above came from the Desmond Manuscript; from James Cooney's History of Macroom; from Michael Galvin's 'To Make a Railway' and Denis Paul Ring's 'Macroom through the Mists of Time' as well as from Cork Postal Directories.

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The remains of the Railway bridge at Dooniskey. The Cork-Macroom trains travelled through the eye of the bridge ©Lee Valley Outlook


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Sacraments. A great number of Confirmation and Holy Communion photographs have been submitted in recent weeks. Unfortunately, we cannot quite keep up with the supply, but promise that all class groups will appear in the Lee Valley Outlook in due course.

Ballyvourney Library. Cónal Creedon will visit the library on Saturday, 28th May at 11.00 a.m. to give a talk /readings from his book, "The Immortal Deed of Michael O'Leary,V.C." He was the first Irishman to receive the V.C. for bravery in W.W.1 and has close connections with Muskerry and the Ballyvourney area. Tea/Coffee available.

Mise Éire Postponed. The scheduled screening, with director, George Morrision in attendance on May 30 at the Ionad Cultúrtha, has had to be postponed until September, when it is hoped Mr. Morrison will be free to attend.

Múscraí and the Revolutionary Period: An Art Exhibition in the Mills, Baile Bhúirne will showcase the places of the Múscraí Gaeltacht that featured prominently between 1916 and 1921. June 1 – 7.
Art Exhibition by Mícheál Ó Muirthile, Lissardagh based artist, at Briery Gap Cultural Centre, June 1 – 30. Open Tues-Sat, 10.30 am - 5.30 pm. New works, Landscape: Cork & Kerry. www.michealomuirthile.com
Clothes collection: The Parents' Association is holding a clothes collection fundraiser in Carriganima NS. Please bring bags of unwanted clothes and shoes to the school on Wednesday, 1st of June. Many thanks for your support!
Coffee Morning for St. Joseph's Young Priests Society; Fri June 3rd, 10.30am in Fr. Ryan Hall
Music among the Trees a concert evening of local musical talent, Fri June 3rd @ 8pm, St. Senan's Canon's Cross, Inniscarra. All welcome.
Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta: 04/06/16 to 06/06/16 in Ballyvourney. An important national football competition for Gaeltacht Football Teams which will be broadcast on TG4 and Radío na Gaeltachta. A commemorative 1916 sign will also be erected.
Aherla Vintage Club: is preparing f or a monster "Car, Tractor and Motor Bike Run" Sun. June 12. All proceeds to "Aherla Community Association", "Friends of Kilcrea" and "Aherla Youth Club".
Daniel Kingston Memorial Road Race in Macroom on Thursday 23rd June at 8pm. Registration takes place before the race at Macroom Sports Complex from 5.30pm to 7.45pm. Walkers are welcome to come along too. The usual refreshments will be provided in the Sports Complex in the Castle Grounds after the race. The race is in aid of Cork Arc Cancer Support House and to date, more than €211,000 has been raised through the support of the public.
Litfest Win. Caoimhe Ní Thuama, 8, a pupil at St. Joseph's N.S., Macroom, emerged joint winner of Litfest 2016 Slow Food Children's Food Writing Competition at Ballymaloe Litfest. Asked to write a story or poem about a local food product, Caoimhe was inspired by world famous, Macroom Oatmeal, a product that is much appreciated by all at Ballymaloe. She read her story at the beginning and again, at the end of the festival. Caoimhe's prize is a two-day cookery course for children at Ballymaloe and a signed copy of Darina Allen's latest cookery book. We hope to include her story and a photo of the presentation in the next issue of the Lee Valley Outlook.
Rusheen Holy Communion: The Sacrament of First Holy Communion was celebrated in St. John the Baptist Church, Rusheen on May 14th Eight pupils from Rusheen N.S. received the Sacrament - Seàn Cummins, James Cuddihy, Lucy Hinchion, Darragh O'Shea, Michael Buckley, John Kelleher, Michael Twomey and Pierce Lynch. The beautiful May morning set the scene for a joyful and spiritual ceremony celebrated by Fr. Joe O'Mahony. Each of the 8 children and their parents played a special part in the Mass, in the Readings, Responses, Prayers of the Faithful and Presentation of the Gifts. Special thanks to everybody who helped make the ceremony in the Church and party afterwards in the G.A.A. Hall such a wonderful occasion.
Rugby. Sundays Well mixed ability rugby team member, Danny Lynch, Boylesgrove, Kilbarry, wishes to thank sincerely the people of Iveleary and Kilmichael and beyond for their generous sponsorship towards the team's trip to Scotland in preparation for the World Cup in France in 2017.
Thought for the Day. Entrust your cares to the Lord and he will support you.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto Results 15/05/2016. Jackpot €1,300. Numbers drawn 31, 36 & 40. No winner: €50 Teresa & Murty Lucey, Inchalea, €20 Mary Cotter, Leades. Martin Healy, Carrigathow. John & Maura Coakley, Rahalisk. Denis Twohig, Horsemount.
22/05/2016. Jackpot €1,450. Numbers drawn 22, 35 & 41. No winner: €50 Siobhan & Seamus, C/O Làine Bar, €20 Trisha Long, Rylane. E.Healy, Sleaveen Road. Eileen Hubbard, Ballyvongane. Anne O'Sullivan, Rusheen.
Canovee G.A.A. Lotto April 24. Jackpot €7400. Numbers drawn 5,15,17,30. No Winner €50 Aisling Buckley, Ballytrasna. €25 Darragh English. Tadgh Murphy Crookstown. €25 on line Liz McCarthy
May 8. Jackpot €7,700. Numbers drawn 12,16,19,26. One winner: Adrian Crowley, Carrigadrohid. €50 Ger Ahern, Aherla. €25 Dan Buckley c/o Spreading Chestnut. Margaret Buckley, Ballytrasna. €25 on line Ronan Conlon.
Many thanks to everybody who supported the 5k walk in Farran Woods. All money raised goes to the underage club.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto 18/5/16 €70 Maura Lehane, Lisbee. €20 - Gary & Lorraine Kelleher, Harold's Cross, Dublin. Pat O' Brien, Curraleigh. Patrick Casey, Rusheen. Darren O'Brien, Clondrohid.
Kilmichael GAA Lotto 15.05.2016. Numbers drawn 7 10 12 14. No Jackpot winner. €50 Aoife, Aisling & Orlaith Ring, Rylane. €25 Dermot Foley, Terelton. Joe & Sheila, c/o 5 Roads. Donal Kelly, Moneycusker.
22.05.2016. Numbers drawn 5-7-9-21. No winner. €50 John Hyde, Coom na Cloiche, Ballyvourney. €25 Nicholas Dromey, Dromcarra Denis & Joan Murphy, c/o J. Collins Donnagh & Carla Callanan, Toames.
Kilmurry GAA Lotto 25/04/16 Jackpot €5,200 Numbers 1,4,39 No Winner. €50 John O' Connell, €20 Margaret O' Connell, Clare Daly, Deidre O' Leary, Greg Barrett.
3/05/2016 Jackpot €5,400 Numbers 11,21,23 No winner. €50 Mary and Margaret. €20 Kathleen Sheehan, Eoin Barrett, Mairead Barry, Miah O Keeffe, O' Mahony Family Ardragh
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 10-05-2016. Jackpot €8,200 Numbers 24-33-35. No Winner. €70 Mgt Coakley, Inchigeela. €20 Gerard O'Donovan, Ballinagree, Mark O'Sullivan, Kilnagurteen, Brendan O'Connell, Railway View. Damien Burns, Clounavrick, Helen Mc Sweeney, Coolnadane.
17/05/2016 - Jackpot €8, 400. Numbers 10-19-22. No Winner. €70 James Flynn, Castle Street €20. Antoinette Cullinane, Dan Corkery Place, Jerry Lyons, Carrigadrohid, Mary Cooney, Greyhound Bar, Macroom. Emma Martin, Rahalisk, Breda Mc Carthy, Ballyvourney,
Coachford AFC Lotto Results 16/5/2016, Jackpot: €4,000. Numbers Drawn: 4 – 9 – 19. No Winner. €40 Denis Cullinane, €20 Ben O'Connell, Sarah O'Connell, Cara O'Connell, Jim Bob Buckley.
23/5/2016, Jackpot: €4,200,Numbers Drawn: 11 – 13 – 29. No Winner. €40 Triona Dineen, €20 Eileen Buckley, Molly O'Connell, Adam Murphy, Eoin Maher.

Lee Valley Updates

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Máire Ní Shúilleabháin with her painting of the site of Coolnacaheragh ambush, part of 'Lorg na Saoirse' that will exhibit at the Mills June 1 – 7 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lorg na Saoirse Exhibition at Mills

The Museum at The Mills Inn, Baile Mhúirne is the venue for 'Lorg na Saoirse', an exhibition by well-known Ballyvourney artist, Maire Ni Shúilleabháin, June 1 – 7. It includes 23 landscape paintings of ambush sites and places of historical interest 1916 to 1921
Maire was inspired by the centenary celebrations of the 1916 rising and her family's involvement during those years. Her father, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, wrote 'Where Mountainy Men Have Sown' and this proved of great value to Maire and a guide to locations and important events during the fight for Irish freedom. Máire's grand uncle, Dan Harrington of Cnoc Satharn, was a link with Fenian times and the formation of the Irish Volunteers in Cill na Martra in 1914. One of her paintings, called Gáirdín na Laoch, depicts a Scots Pine grove of 16 trees planted by Dan Harrington in memory of the 16 leaders who were executed after the 1916 rising. Other paintings include Macroom Bridge and Castle, Béal a'Ghleanna, Cúl na Cathrach, Carraig an Ime and the Great House and Court House at the Mills Inn, Baile Mhúirne.
Rugadh Maire i mBaile Mhúirne agus tá sí ag péintéireacht leis na blianta. Ta sí mar chathaoirleach ar an grúpa Ealaíontóirí Mhúscraí. Bíonn taispeántas bliaintiúil ag an grúpa seo agus comh maith le seo, tá sí taréis ana chuid taispeantaisí aonair a reachtáil. Ta pictiúirí dá cuid scapaithe ar fuaid na hÉireann agus an domhain mhóir. Is le huisce-dathanna a dhein si an saothar seo.
Osclófar an taispeántas ar an gCéadaoin 1ú Meitheamh sa Mhuseaum, The Mills Inn, Baile Mhúirne ag 7.30 pm ag Cormac O hAodha ó Ionad na Gaeilge Labhartha, Coláiste na hOllscoile, Corcaigh (UCC). Beidh sé ar oscailt gach lá 1 - 6 pm go dtí an 7ú Meitheamh. Beidh fáilte roimh cách.

Clondrohid Updates

Corpus Christi Procession: This very important event in the parish will take place after 11am Mass on Sunday May 29. All those children who received their First Holy Communion in the parish this year are invited to attend. The procession will proceed from the church to the community hall, where prayers and hymns will be recited, returning again to church for adoration of Blessed Sacrament. The altar boys, the choir and everyone are welcome to participate.
Famine (Carraig a Staighre ) Mass will take place on Monday May 30 at 7.30pm.
Defibrillator committee: is holding a church gate collection on Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5 to raise funds to maintain the defibrillators situated in the village at M&J Kelleher Oils, and another at the entrance to the Community Field . There is one also on the Church wall in Carriganima. Committee members include Ann O'Connell, Gary O'Brien. Teresa Twomey, Felicity Kelleher Pauline Desmond, and Tony Kelleher. They are urging you to give as generously as you can, as it might be someone you know that someday might need this service.
G.A.A.: Well done to the Junior As on their win over near neighbours Aghinagh. On a beautiful evening for football, a large crowd was present in Macroom, Clondrohid wearing their new green jerseys, kindly sponsored by Mr. Olan Haskett of Acorn Life, and everyone eagerly awaiting the throw in to this championship game. Both teams gave it their all in what was an entertaining game of football With very little between the teams at any stage, Aghinagh had more missed opportunities, and when Clondrohid found the back of the net for the second time in the 49th minute, things were looking good. Clondrohid remained solid and disciplined to see the game out to a successful conclusion on a score line of 2 7 to 12 points. Well done to all.
Clondrohid GAA has an extensive selection of club gear which is available from Marion Flanagan on 087-2114320. Adult, kids, juvenile sizes available, polo shirts, half zip tops, hoodies, training tops, beanie hats, gloves, rain jackets, skinny leg track ends all available with club crest ,initials can be added also. These are high quality finish and make excellent gifts, for any occasion, birthday, Christmas, Father's day, etc. Get your orders in and wear your club colours with pride ,as the club will be hosting FEILE this year ,for the first time in their long history. Any enquiries you may have please contact Marion, get your order in as soon as possible.
Fixtures: Saturday May 28 U 11 FL Kilnamartyra V Clondrohid at 3pm; Monday May 30 U13B FL Macroom v Clondrohid at 7.15pm; Tuesday May 31 U 12B FL Clondrohid V Aghinagh at 7.30pm

Macra Matters

Aghinagh Macra will hold their annual 5km Fun Run and Know Your Neighbour Evening on Sunday 12th June at the Ploughman Bar, Ballinagree. Sign in for the run 2-3pm and the race begins at 3pm sharp. This year we are delighted to announce that we will be raising funds for St. Colman's House, Macroom and the Ballinagree Community Development Company. Sign in is €10, which includes a free BBQ afterwards. Aghinagh Macra perpetual cup will be presented to first male and first female. After the run, we will hold our Know Your Neighbour Evening and BBQ all starting at 4.30pm. Lots of fun activities are planned for all the family. Music by the Hillbillys. We hope you will join us on June 12th for a great day of fun. If you have any questions Aghinagh Macra can be contacted on 0877495851 or 0877647248.
We would also like to wish club member, Sheila Lynch, the best of luck on the June Bank Holiday weekend as she represents Muskerry Macra in the annual Blue Jeans Country Queen festival in Athboy Co.Meath.
Donoughmore Macra has been busy preparing for the national finals of tag rugby. Best of luck to the team heading to Miss Blue Jeans competition in Athboy, Meath. Club members donned their Stetsons and cowboy boots as they headed to Sliabh Luachra's Barn Dance. Well done to the Avondhu club on such a great night. Members went to Glanmire for a 5km run. Well done to all organisers and participants. Club members Tom Carroll, Meig Collins and Mairead Healy travelled to Strasbourg, France, as Macra representatives at the 2016 European Youth Event in the European Parliament. Though there were several activities to choose from, the group of fourteen concluded that the 'Tea with an MEP' was amongst the highlights. The Macra group had a Q&A session with MEP and Vice President of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness. A big thank you to group leaders, Michelle O'Callaghan and Training and Development officer Siobhan Sexton on a very successful trip. Upcoming events include farm skills and stockjudging, taking place on Sunday 29th May on the farm of Mort and Rebecca Ambrose.
Terelton Macra will host a Know Your Neighbour event on 10th July in Foleys Bar, Terelton at 5 30. There will be a BBQ, Live Music and much more. Proceeds going to local charities.

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Representing Ionad Lae Baile Mhúirne at Darkness into Light walk at Killarney © Hannie Corkery

In Memoriam

In the old cemetery at Castle Street, Macroom, there is a gravestone with an epitaph to J. Connolly. June 4th 1791. Aged 64. No other details are given of this man who died 225 years ago but he was given to writing verse and the following is on his headstone:
Death's unexpected, sudden stroke
Has laid me in the dust.
The charm that holds me shall be broke
When Christ will raise the just.
Connolly had published a small volume of poems in Cork in 1774 and among them were verses in praise of his native place:
Whoever means to shake off gloom,
Let him repair to sweet Macroom.
For here, his cares he will entomb
And think no more of sorrow.
And, in inter-town rivalry:
Let Mallow yield to gay Macroom
For here we know not care nor gloom.
Here nature wears perpetual bloom
And quite dispels our sorrow.
The above information is gleaned from the writings of the late Patrick Desmond N.T.
Let us remember a prayer for J. Connolly on his anniversary on June 4.

Compulsory Purchase Orders - Part Two

What if my claim is not yet settled but the acquiring authority serves Notice that it intends to enter my land? Can I refuse entry until my claim is settled?
No. But you have to be given not less than 14 days' notice. The entry will not affect your rights to compensation, and you can claim interest on the compensation from the date of entry.
What other obligations does the acquiring authority have to fulfil?
Where a land holding is fragmented by a new road, additional questions to consider will include whether to force the local authority to buy the remaining inefficient portion of land or accept an underpass. Most farmers initially opt for the underpass. It is not always the best long-term solution. Think about the practicalities and your daily farming requirements. It may not always be a good solution for the farmer. The choice is obviously his or her alone. How difficult will it be to move livestock? What about silage cutting? Will it present difficulties for large machines?
The acquiring authority is obliged to fence and secure any properties affected by their action or pay for the cost of doing so. How and where this is to be done can have considerable long-term consequences. This should be discussed and documented.
What if I cannot agree compensation? What happens then?
Sometimes agreement on compensation will be impossible to achieve. The Acquisition of Land (Assessment of Compensation) Act 1919 provides for such difficulties to be resolved through arbitration. Both parties, the landowner and the acquiring authority, are bound by the Arbitrator's decision. The Arbitrator must follow the legislation when assessing compensation. The Arbitrator is completely independent of the acquiring authority. He will listen to both sides to the dispute and make his award accordingly based on the evidence presented.
Negotiation before arbitration is very important. It can be beneficial to settle the matter before arbitration. Seek good professional advice early so that comprehensive preparation of the case can begin thus ensuring a successful outcome.
Who pays the costs of arbitration?
In general arbitration should be used as a last resort. Costs of dealing with the claim up to arbitration are for the acquiring authority to pay. Costs of the arbitration are at the discretion of the arbitrator and may be awarded against either party.
You usually are entitled to recover most of your reasonable costs from the acquiring authority if in the course of the arbitration you secure an award for compensation higher than what has been offered. Each case will be dependent on its own circumstances, for example, if an arbitrator is of the opinion that a landowner did not put forward adequate reasons to support his claim for compensation in good time to enable the acquiring authority to make a fair decision on compensation, it could be argued that the landowner should be responsible for the costs in that instance. It is for this reason that I advise that a team be assembled as soon as possible in order to submit a full and detailed claim for compensation on your behalf in good time.
What general advices would you have if a landowner has been faced with a CPO?
It is important that you have comprehensive legal advice on the options open to you both in relation to any objections which you may wish to make and also in relation to the procedures to be followed in progressing those objections to the fullest degree permitted.
Even if you do not wish to object to the proposed CPO, it is important that you have a full understanding of the process and the implications for you of the exercise of the powers of purchase by the relevant body or authority. It is also important that you have advice on the compensation package that may be available to you for the loss of your property.
The landowner must resist the temptation to settle for what may seem like a handsome offer when compared to that offered to his neighbour. Each case will be different, and the compensation paid will not usually be comparable without analysis of all the facts.
Chief Justice O'Higgins once described the law surrounding the compulsory purchase of land as involving "an arduous journey into the obscure". It is a complicated matter. It need not be an arduous journey if you obtain good advice early.

Karen Walsh 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 Privileged by Emily Hourican

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Sports Mad


Munster Senior Camogie Final

Cork 0-12 Limerick 0-10:
Cork's Katriona Mackey hit two points in the sixth minute of injury time to defeat Limerick at Kilmallock and so, the Rebels take the Munster title. Limerick boss John Tuohy was furious with referee Martin O'Shea, who played nearly eight minutes' injury time in a second half that was, for the most part, without incident. For Cork, it was a first win in three attempts over Limerick, after two earlier reversals in the league. Cork led by a point at the break (0-7 to 0-6) but it could have been more, as they had hit six wides in the opening half. Cork were dominating in the middle of the field, with Thompson leading the way, but Limerick led by 0-3 to 0-1 lead after 10 minutes. Cork hit five points in a row as they got a strong grasp on the game.
The second half didn't produce the same quality as the first as both teams began to look nervous as a tight finish was on the cards. Cork were ahead for most of the period before two Niamh Mulcahy scores (a '45 and a free) levelled the game. It looked like the game would be a draw. However, up stepped Mackey to hit two late points to break Limerick hearts.
Scorers for Cork: O. Cotter (0-5, 0-3fs); O. Cronin, K. Mackey (0-3) each; E. O'Sullivan (0-1)
CORK: AOIFE MURRAY; RENA BUCKLEY, L. Treacy, L. Coppinger; M. Cahalane, G. O'Connor, P. Mackey; O. Cotter, A. Thompson; H. Looney, E. O'Sullivan, O. Cronin; A. O'Connor, BRIEGE CORKERY, K. Mackey.

TG4 Munster Senior Championship

Cork 1-10 Waterford 0-7
In the first round of the TG4 Munster Senior championship, All Ireland Senior Champions, Cork, took on 2015 Intermediate Champions, Waterford, at Fermoy. Uniquely, the sides were also National Football League champions, Cork with the Division 1 title and Waterford claiming the Division 3 honours.
Orla Finn pointed a free in the 3rd minute but then Waterford popped over three points, the third a long range effort from Maria Delahunty, and, after the first quarter, led 3 points to one. Then, a shot from Aine O'Sullivan dipped just under the crossbar for a goal and she added a point shortly after. Points from Delahunty and Michelle Ryan brought the teams level. Cork finished the half strongly with two pointed frees from Orla Finn and a brace of points from Orlagh Farmer, to lead at the break 1-6 to Waterford's 5 points.
In the second half, a great interception by Briege Corkery denied Maria Delahunty a goal which would have brought Waterford back into the game. Orla Finn kicked over two Cork frees, while Waterford failed to convert some scoreable chances. They did manage two points with ten minutes to go but two well struck points from Áine O Sullivan sealed the win for Cork, who will meet Kerry in Round 2 on May 28.
Cork: Martina O'Brien; Marie Ambrose, Bríd Stack, Eimear Meaney; Vera Foley, Deirdre O'Reilly, Róisín Phelan; Annie Walsh, Briege Corkery; Rena Buckley, Áine O'Sullivan (1-3), Orlagh Farmer (0-2); Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, Hannah Looney, Orla Finn (0-5,4f).
Subs: A Hutchings for Ambrose (27), N Cotter for Buckley (h.t.), E Farmer for Ní Bhuachalla (47), Shaunagh Kelly for O Farmer (57), Á Hayes for Phelan (60).

GAA - Cork County Championships 2016

Senior Hurling Championship

Preliminary Round Killeagh 3-13 MUSKERRY 1-14
Round 1
(A) Erin's Own v CIT
(B) Douglas v Na Piarsaigh
(C) Avondhu 0-20 Ballymartle 1-15
(D) Sarsfield v Carrigtwohill
(E) Glen Rovers v Carbery
(F) Blackrock v Ballyhea
(G) Duhallow v Carrigdhoun
(H) Midleton v Bishopstown
(I) Bride Rovers v Youghal
(J) St Finbarrs v Newcestown
(K) Newtownshandrum v Killeagh
(L) Imokilly v UCC
Round 2A (winners from Round 1)
B v L; J v A; H v K; F v G; E v D; Avondhu v I
Round 2B (Losers from Prelim & Round 1)
MUSKERRY v Erin's Own or CIT; D v F; Ballymartle v E; J v G; K v L; I v H; B a bye

Muskerry 1 – 14 Killeagh 3 – 13
Last year, Killeagh lost to Bishopstown in a relegation play-off, but like other clubs were saved from the drop down in grade by a late reprieve in a board room decision. Muskerry did not even field a team in last years championship so there was never going to be much between the sides. As happens regularly with the divisional team there were numerous deflections from the panel on the eve of the game resulting from injuries in club games, and so the Muskerry selectors were reasonably happy with the performance on the team on the day at Páirc Uí Rinn and team manager Mark Kenny has expressed his hope that Muskerry can perform well in the next round.
Killeagh did look like comfortable winners for much of the game after enjoying a good start but Muskerry rallied in the last quarter and had the 36th minute deficit of nine points down to a single point six minutes from time only to concede a third goal to snuff out their revival..
While Seán Bourke opened the scoring for Muskerry inside a minute, it was the only time they led as Killeagh replied instantly with a goal and had another in the 19th minute to make it 2-3 to 0-4, 2-5 to 0-5 at half time. Three unanswered points at the outset of the second half put Killeagh nine clear, 2-9 to 0-6.
Colin Murphy's goal from a '65' in the 42nd minute gave Muskerry hope at 2-9 to 1-7 and his points from frees and scores from play from Joe Jordan and Seán O'Donoghue had the divisional side within a point with six minutes left. Killeagh kept their composure, though, and got a third goal to assure them of their place in the first round against Newtownshandrum.
Muskerry will now face either Erin's Own or Cork IT in round 2B.
Scorers for Muskerry: C. Murphy (1-8, 1-0 65, 0-7 frees); S. Bourke (0-2); M. O'Sullivan, S. O'Donoghue, I. Barry-Murphy, J. Jordan (0-1 each)
MUSKERRY: John O'Keeffe (Inniscarra); John Carey (Dripsey), Alan O'Mahony (Éire Óg), Niall Buckley (Aghabullogue); Niall O'Doherty (Grenagh), Joe Jordan (Blarney), Dermot O'Herlihy (Éire Óg); Daniel O'Connor (Éire Óg), Sean O'Donoghue (Inniscarra); Colm Casey (Inniscarra), Sean Bourke (Grenagh), Davod Bowen (Ballincolig); Ian Barry-Murphy (Aghabullogue), Mark O'Sullivan (Dripsey), Colm Murphy (Blarney).
Subs: Aidan O'Mahony (Inniscarra)(16), Mark Coleman (Blarney) (34), Joe Ryan (Cloughduv) and Conor Cotter (Kilmichael) (both 47).

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round 1 (A) Castlelyons v INNISCARRA
(B) Kanturk v Cloyne
(C) Tracton v Ballinhassig
(D) Watergrasshill v BLARNEY
(E) Charleville 1-13 Bandon 2-17
(F) Fermoy v Kilworth
(G) Carrigaline v Mallow
(H) Valley Rovers v Courcey Rovers
Round 2A (Winners from Round 1)
G v C; F v B; H v A; Bandon v D
Round 2B (Losers from Round 1)
G v C; F v B; H v A; Charleville v D

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Preliminary Round
Ballymartle 2-16 Grenagh 2-17
Barryroe 0-10 Dungourney 2-22
Round 1
(A) Na Piarsaigh v Argideen Rangers
(B) Midleton v Glen Rovers
(C) Aghada v Blackrock
(D) ÉIRE ÓG v Ballinhassig
(E) Douglas v Dungourney
(F) Milford v Castlemartyr
(G) DRIPSEY v St Finbarrs
(H) Fr O' Neills v Carrigaline
(J) Kilbrittain v GRENAGH
(K) Kildorrery 2-16 Ballygarvan 3-10
Round 2A (Winners from Preliminary Round & Round 1)
A v J; H v I; G v B; C v F; K v D; E v L
Round 2B (Losers from Preliminary Round & Round 1)
Ballymartle v C; Barryroe v I; F v E; K v A; G v J; D v H; L v B

Grenagh 2 - 17 Ballymartle 2 – 16
Grenagh had to put up a very stern rear guard defence to survive a late Ballymartle rally in the intermediate hurling championship at Ballincollig. As this was the Ballymartle second team, Grenagh were favoured to advance but they were lucky to do so in the end and can thank veterans like Tom Kenny, DD Dorgan and Gerry Russell for helping them to pull through.
Grenagh started well with Muskerry player Sean Bourke, Tom Kenny and Ultan Duggan all contributing to a 0-6 to 0-1 lead but the South East side rallied and early in the second quarter when it was 0-9 to 0-5 in Grenagh's favour, John Russell took a super pass from Tom Kenny and lashed the sliotar to the net. Four points in a row cut the gap back to a single goal but in the minutes before the break, Peter McSweeney had a second goal for Grenagh and with points from Russell, Burke and Duggan they led by 2-12 to 0-9 at the break.
On the restart, Ballymartle had their opening goal and four unanswered points followed to narrow the deficit to two points by the start of the final quarter. Three Grenagh points, Niall Doherty and Sean Bourke the scorers, left five points between the team but Ballymartle then got through for their second goal and followed with a point but heroic defending by Grenagh meant that the Muskerry side survived by the minimum margin.
Grenagh scorers: S Bourke 0-7 (0-6f), P McSweeney 1-2, J Russell 1-1, U Duggan 0-3, T Kenny 0-2, S Cronin and N Doherty 0-1 each.
Grenagh: M Barry: C Kenny, E O'Ddonovan, P Sheehan: A Duggan, G Russell, N Doherty: S Bourke, S Cronin: C O'Sullivan, T Kenny, T Walsh: P McSweeney, J Russell, U Duggan. Subs: DD Dorgan(45), C O'Neill (50).

County Premier U21 Hurling Championship Draw

Round 1
(A) Fr O' Neill's v Ballymartle
(B) Courcey Rovers v Douglas
(C) St Finbarrs v BLARNEY
(D) Shandrum v Ballinhassig
(E) Newcestown v INNISCARRA
(F) Killeagh/St Ita's v Bishopstown
(G) Blackrock v Glen Rovers
(H) Sarsfield v Valley Rovers
(I) Mallow v Duhallow
(J) Carrigaline v Midleton
(K) Charleville v Na Piarsaigh
Round 2 (Losers from Round 1)
H v F; C v J; B v E; G v I; D v K; A a bye
Round 3 - 17 teams, one game + 15 byes. Loser eliminated.
Round 4 - (seeded) 8 games with seed to be drawn in slots 1, 3, 5 and 7

Junior B Hurling Championship 2016

Round 1
(A) Dromtarriffe 1-18 Bantry Blues 0-5
(B) White's Cross 4-12 Rathpeacon 1-8
(C) Lough Rovers 0-4 Randal Og 1-20
(D) Gabriel Rangers v Belgooly
(E) Araglen 1-10 St Marys 4-22
(F) LAOCHRA ÓG 2-11 Kilavullen 1-20
(G) Ballinacurra 0-16 Whitechurch 1-9
Round 2 (Losers)
White Church v D; LAOCHRA ÓG v Lough Rover; Rathpeacon v Araglen; Bantry Blues a bye
Round 3: 11 teams. 3 games + 5 Byes. Winners + Byes go to quarter-finals.
White's Cross v Whitechurch
St Mary's v Dromtarriffe
Bantry Blues v Randal Og
Ballinacurra a bye
Belgooly a bye
Araglen/Rathpeacon a Bye
Lough Rovers or Laochra Og a bye
Killavullen a bye
Note: Another draw will be made for the Quarter-Finals

Senior Football Championship

Round 2A (Winners of rd 1)
Carbery v St Finbarrs
Carrigaline v Valley Rovers
U.C.C. v Bishopstown
Douglas v Carbery Rangers
CIT v Castlehaven
MUSKERRY v Nemo Rangers
Round 2B (Losers of Prelim and rd 1)
Ilen Rovers v Dohenys
Clonakilty v St Nicks
Duhallow v Seandun
Avondhu v O'D Rossa
Aghada v Newcestown
Clyda a bye

Note: Winners of 2A go to round 4 draw, Losers of 2A round go to round 3, along with winners of 2B round. Losers of 2B are out, having lost twice!

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

First Round:
Fermoy 1-7 MACROOM 0-8
BÉAL ÁTHA'n Ghaorthaidh 3-15 Newmarket 1-9
Castletownbere 0-8 Naomh Aban 1-11
ÉIRE ÓG 0-16 Nemo Rangers 1-6
St Michaels 1-8 St Vincents 0-5
Mallow 1-13 Bantry Blues 0-10
Na Piarsaigh 2-13 Kiskeam 0-12
Round 2A (WINNERS from round 1)
Winners to Round 4, Losers to round 3
Mallow v BÉAL ÁTHA'n Ghaorthaidh
Na Piarsaigh v NAOMH ABÁN
ÉIRE ÓG v St Michaels
Round 2B (LOSERS from round 1)
Winners to round 3, losers eliminated from championship
Bantry v Newmarket
Kiskeam v Castletownbere
Nemo v St Vincents

Naomh Abán 1- 11 Castletownbere 0 – 8
In last year's championship, Naomh Abán were eliminated from the competition in the 4th round by Castletownbere on a score of 3-12 to 2-6 and so approached this first round tie in the 2016 competition with some trepidation, but not without belief in their ability to succeed this time round. Naomh Abán survived a bombardment from CTB in the opening ten minutes to then actually open the scoring and they had gone into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead after the 20 minute mark. Shane MacCarthaigh got their opening point and Donncadh Ó Ceocháin had added a second before the Baile Mhuirne men got a scare when the Beara side almost got in for a goal, when the wind played tricks with the ball in mid air but Jonathan Ó hUidhir punched to safety. Conchuir Ó Murchú kicked a point and then the ageless wonderful Miceál Ó Crónín had two points for Naomh Abán. Back came Castletown with a brace but four minutes from the interval, Naomh Abán's Conchuir Ó Murchú was fouled in the Castletown goal area, a penalty was awarded and Miceál Ó Crónín slotted the spot kick to the net to give his side a 1-5 to 0-3 lead. Both sides had a point each before the break, Shane MacCarthaigh doing the honours for the Gaeltacht Mhuscraí men.
On the restart, Naomh Abán had points from Shane MacCarthaigh, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh and Ó Ceocháin to open up an eight point gap, 1-9 to 0-4, and the issue was settled really at this stage. Play became scrappy thereafter with Castletown battling hard to get back into contention but the Naomh Abán men not willing to concede any ground to their western opponents. Miceál Ó Crónín and Donncadh Ó Ceocháin had further points for N Abán to keep them comfortably in front as CTB added four points to their tally.
Naomh Abán now prepare to host the June Bank holiday Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta competition in Baile Mhuirne and later will face the Na Piarsaigh challenge in round 2A of the championship. CTB face Kiskeam in the 'last chance' 2B round.
Scorers for N Abán: M Ó Crónín 1-3 (1-0 pen., 0-2f), D Ó Ceoccháin 0-3, S MacCarthaigh 0-3 (0-2f), C Ó Murchu andD Ó Ceallaigh 0-1 each.
Naomh Abán: Seanacháin Ó hUidhir: Muiris Ó Donnchú, Seamus Ó Mathúna, Tomás Ó hAilíosa: Ronán de hÍde, Miceál Ó Duinnín, Liam MacSuibhne: Seamus Ó Laoire, Colm de hÍde: Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Miceál Ó Crónín, Niall Ó Ceallaigh: Donncha Ó Ceocháin, Concuir Ó Murchú, Shane MacCarthaigh. Subs: Diarmuid Ó Scannaill, Seamus Ó Riada, Éanna Ó Críodáin, Piarais Ó Liatháin.

Intermediate Football Championship

First Round
Adrigole 1-8 Ballydesmond 1-11
2A (Winners from round 1)
Winners to Round 4, Losers to round 3
CILL na MARTRA v Kildorrery
St Finbarrs v Glanmire
Glanworth v Rockchapel
Millstreet v Ballydesmond
Kanturk v Mitchelstown
Round 2B (Losers from round 1)
Winners to round 3, losers eliminated from championship
Bandon v Clonakilty
Mayfield v Kinsale
Glenville v Youghal
Carrigaline v Douglas
County Under 21 A Football Championship
Quarter Finals:
BALLINCOLLIG 3-12 Boherbue 1-7
St Finbarrs 1-10 Valley Rovers 0-6
Aghada 4-14 Beara 0-8
Ilen Rovers 1-11 Fermoy 0-4
Semi Finals:
St Finbarr's v Aghada

Ballincollig 3-12 Boherbue 1-7
Ballincollig U21's are through to the county A semi-final after their victory over a dogged Boherbue side in Macroom. Ballincollig were flattered their winning margin but were deserving winners. Cian Dorgan finished the game with a total of 3-5 and the Cork U21 panellist landed some brilliant scores while also converting two penalties in the opening quarter.
Boherbue were denied an early goal by a magnificent save from Ballincollig's goalkeeper Ciaran Noonan. Ballincollig were gifted a penalty when Eoin O'Reilly was hauled down and Dorgan slammed home after his first attempt was stopped. Boherbue squandered a number of chances during this period before Dorgan crashed home a second penalty after 14 minutes. Cian Kiely landed a super score to increase the advantage and as Ballincollig continued to dominate, Dorgan landed a couple of magnificent points to ensure his side led by 2-6 to 0-2 at the break.
On the resumption, points were exchanged before Boherbue got a boost with a goal from a goalmouth scramble. Three points followed without reply to reduce the gap to four points after 42 minutes. However, Cian Kiely lifted the siege for his side with a powerful run through the centre before clipping over the bar and moments later, Dorgan landed another great score as his side finished strongly. Dorgan capped off a magnificent individual performance by slotting home his third goal deep in injury-time.
Scorers for Ballincollig: C Dorgan 3-5( 2-0 penalties, 1f), C Kiely 0-3, E O'Reilly 0-2, D Kirstein, K Browne 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: C Noonan; B O'Halloran, S Lucey, K Crowley; D Kirstein, C O'Donovan, L Carey Murphy; P O'Neill, C Kiely; G O'Donoghue, M Prendergast, S O'Sullivan; E O'Reilly, C Dorgan, K Browne. Subs: E Byrne (50), M O'Leary (60).

County Under 21 B Football Quarter Finals:

AGHABULLOGUE 2-18 Fr O'Neill's 1-11
St Nicks 0-15 Ibane 3-9
Clyda 0-14 Kiskeam 1-7
Semi Finals: Aghabullogue v Ibane; Clyda Rovers v Ballinhassig

Aghabullogue 2-18 Fr O'Neills 1-11
Aghabullogue led by 1-10 to 1-6 at half time in this game at Brian Dillons, their goal coming from David Thompson. It was a two point game ten minutes later at 1-11 to 1-9 but then a second goal for the Mid Cork side, this one from Evan O'Sullivan, settled them again and they controlled the game to the finish.
Aghabullogue: Luke O'Connor: Anthony Corkery, Ryan Dennehy, Denis Desmond: Shane Tarrant, David O'Connell, Seán Dineen: Seán O'Sullivan Capt.and Billy Casey: Daniel O'Rourke, Evan O'Sullivan, James Byrne: Mathew Bradley, Ian BarryMurphy, David Thompson. Subs: Aodhán Healy and Michael O'Regan.

Junior B Football Championship 2016

Round 1
(A) Araglen 4-10 Lough Rovers 0-1
(B) Lismire 0-7 Argideen Rangers 1-17
(C) Grange 1-11 Ballyhooly 3-7
(D) Whitechurch 1-7 Randal Óg 0-5
(E) Rathpeacon 0-8 Kilbrittain 2-11
(F) Deel Rovers 1-4 Shanballymore 2-10
Cobh a bye
Round 2 (Losers) Revised Draw due to the late entry of Cobh
Cobh 1-12 Grange 2-5
Lismire 4-6 Randal Og 1-6
Lough Rovers 1-3 Rathpeacon 0-10
Deel Rovers a bye
Round 3: 10 teams. 2 Games + 8 Byes. Winner to Quarterfinals

Junior C Football Championship

Round 1
Ballinure v Glenlara
Gleann na Laoí v Crosshaven
Ballyphehane v Rochestown
Bere Island v St Johns
Goleen v Abbey Rovers
Round 2
Bere Island v Ballinure
Rochestown v Crosshaven
Abbey Rovers a bye
Abbey Rovers v Ballyphehane
Glenlara v St John's
Bere Island/Ballinure v Rochestown/Crosshaven
Gleann na Laoi v Goleen

Comortas Peile na Gaeltachta

Peil Sinsear. Cill na Martra 0-12 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 2-16
Béal Átha won the right to represent Gaeltacht Mhuscraí at the Gaeltacht senior championships which this year will be held at Páirc Abán in Baile Mhuirne over the June Bank Holiday week end. Host club, Naomh Abán, will also be participating as they seek to win the senior title for the ninth time in all and the first time since 2005. Béal Átha won the junior title in 2002 but have never won the senior crown.
The Muskerry qualifier was played in Cill na Martra and was a superb game for the first 40 minutes or so. Beal Átha led at half time by 0-8 to 0-7 but Cill na Martra had taken a one-point lead by the 40th minute and the two teams were playing fabulous football. A goal looked likely to decide the outcome and it fell to Béal Átha after the home side had scorned three good opportunities. Andy Ó Coinceannain hit that vital goal and when Ben Seartan added a second in the 47th minute, Béal Átha were really on their way to victory.

Tom Creedon Cup 2016 Final:

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Newmarket at Macroom on Saturday May 28th , 7pm start. Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh will be favourites to take the Tom Creedon Cup for the first time as they recently defeated Newmarket rather comprehensively in the Premier Intermediate championship at the same venue. The Gaeltacht side are playing well this season to date and have a very good league record since the start of the year.

Munster Minor FC Semi-final

Cork 1-19 Limerick 0-6
Cork secured a comfortable passage to the Munster MFC final against Kerry in July with a big sixteen-point victory over Limerick at Páirc Uí Rinn. The game was as good as over at half-time, when Cork led by 0-12 to 0-2 lead.
Cork led by 0-2 to 0-1 after eight minutes and kicked the next eight scores to effectively kill off the weak Limerick challenge. Cathal Maguire, Damien Gore (0-2), Mark Buckley (0-2), Colm O'Callaghan (0-2) and Tadhg Corkery were on the mark and Cork went further ahead early in the second period when Sean O'Sullivan scored the only goal of the game.
Scorers for Cork: D Gore (0-7, 0-5 frees); M Buckley (0-3); C Maguire, C O'Callaghan (0-2 each); S O'Sullivan (1-0); T Corkery, C O'Mahony, S Minihane, S Ryan, L O'Donovan (0-1 each).
Cork: M White (Clonakilty); L Finn (Mitchelstown), A McCarthy (St Finbarr's), L O'Donovan (Clonakilty); Tadg Corkery (Cill na Martra), N Walsh (Douglas), R O'Driscoll (Garnish); Cathal Foley (Western Gaels/Kilmichael), S Minihane (Ilen Rovers); S O'Sullivan (Mitchelstown), Colm O'Callaghan (Eire Og), C Maguire (Castlehaven); D Gore (Kilmacabea), M Buckley (Sam Maguires/Dohenys), S O'Driscoll (Glanmore).
Subs: S Ryan (Ballinascarthy), K O'Donovan (Nemo Rangers)(both 40 mins); C O'Mahony (Mitchelstown) (44); A Browne (Trinity Gaels) (44); D Moynihan (Sliabh Luachra) (47); Ger O'Donoghue (Ballincollig) (54)

Munster Senior Hurling Championship

Tipperary 0-22 Cork 0-13
The signs have been present for a good few years now and Cork's display against Tipperary in the Munster championship quarter final at Thurles proved conclusively that the present Rebels senior team is way behind the top tier of county hurling teams at the moment. Watched by a crowd of over 29,000, Tipperary, without being brilliant, won very comfortably. It was a Munster quarter-final to forget and Cork followers are now in near despair at the present state of hurling in the county.
Tipperary hardly managed to get out of third gear (nor did they have to!) but still were too skilful for Cork made elementary errors in judgement and with their passing once again on the big day and died easily enough. Confidence, a vital element for any top class sportsman, is clearly now at a low ebb in the Cork camp.
Scorers for Cork: A. Cadogan (0-4); P. Horgan (0-3, frees); C. Lehane (0-2, 1 free); B. Lawton, C. Murphy, S. Harnedy, L. O'Farrell (0-1 each).
CORK: A. Nash; D. Cahalane, M. Ellis, C. O'Sullivan; L. McLoughlin, C. Joyce, C. Murphy; D. Kearney, W. Egan; B. Cooper, C. Lehane, B. Lawton; A. Cadogan, S. Harnedy (c), P. Horgan. Subs: A. Walsh (32); K. Burke (41); L. O'Farrell (54); J. Cronin (59).
U 21 player, Seán O'Donoghue of Inniscarra, was the only Muskerry player on the 26-man senior panel. Cork intermediates were also well beaten by Tipperary and not one of the 24 listed players on that Cork panel came from a Mid Cork club. Hopefully the county under age hurling teams will provide some light at the end of what looks like a very dark and long tunnel at the moment.

Mid Cork Junior Football

Ross Oil Junior A Football Championship

First Round:
Kilmichael 0-15 Donoughmore 1-4
Inniscarra 0-14 Blarney 1-10
Iveleary 4-4 Éire Óg 1-13 – draw
Canovee 2-15 Dripsey 2-7
B A Ghaorthaidh 0-10 Ballincollig 1-7 - draw
Aghinagh 0-12 Clondrohid 2-7
Naomh Abán 0-1 Kilmurry 2-24
Ballincollig 3-11 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-15
Iveleary 1-11 Éire Óg 1-10
All seven first round ties in the Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A Football championship have now been decided and the seven winners go forward to Round Three. The seven first round losers get a second, and last, chance in Round Two and the three winners here and the team which received a bye (i.e. Blarney), go into the Round Three draw, which will be made after the completion of the second round.
The seven 3rd round qualifiers to date are: Ballincollig, Canovee, Clondrohid, Iveleary, Kilmichael, Kilmurry, Inniscarra along with Blarney, who received a 2ndround bye.
The draw for the second round is:
Naomh Abán v Éire Óg; Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Donoughmore; Dripsey v Aghinagh; Blarney a bye.
Clondrohid 2 – 7 Aghinagh 0 – 12
Clondrohid, semi finalists last year, are through to the third round of this year's Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A football championship after their narrow win over Aghinagh at Macroom. In a very exciting contest with a nail biting finish, a goal in each half proved to the be the vital scores for the winners who were often outplayed by an Aghinagh team whose finish, unfortunately for them, left them down very badly on this occasions.
The two teams were clearly up for the contest and the game had a bright and lively start. Thomas Kelleher and Mattie McDonagh both pointed frees to put Clondrohid in front, Miceál Corkery and his brother Donal equalised for Aghinagh, all in the opening seven minutes. Donal Corkery then pointed to put Aghinagh ahead but Thomas Kelleher equalised from a 13th minute free to leave the side level at the end of the opening quarter. Aghinagh had already kicked four wides, a fatal flaw in their game which was otherwise very enterprising. Declan Ambrose, set up by William Coakley, kicked over for Aghinagh in the 18thminute but Clondrohid were level within minutes from a McDonagh free and Darren Dineen then had them back in front with a superb point from play. Clondrohid struck a major blow in the 28th minute availing of confusion in the Aghinagh goalmouth. A high ball in from McDonagh was held but not cleared quickly, the ball went loose on the ground and was handled by an Aghinagh player resulting in a penalty shot. Fergal Kelleher blasted the spot kick to the net to give Clondrohid a huge boost as half time loomed and even though Aghinagh got a point back through a Donal Corkery free, the winners held a 1-5 to 0-5 interval lead and would have been happy with their position.
The second half was largely dominated by Aghinagh who kicked too many wides while Clondrohid hit them with a 49th minute goal to inflict more shock treatment. Within seconds of the restart, Mark Creed kicked over a smashing point for Clondrohid but then Aghinagh took over, played some fine attacking football and put some points on the board. Shane Corkery, William Ambrose and Donal Corkery all had points to leave only the minimum between the side after only 34minutes and Dave Barry, outstanding in the Aghinagh defence, cleared a ball off the goal line. Aghinagh also kicked four wides from very scorable positions in the ten minutes after half time and this ultimately was their undoing. Still, Declan Ambrose had the sides level with a point in the 41st minute after Dave Barry had won a great ball in defence, but a great chance was wasted minutes later when a ball was punched to the net resulting in a free out to Clondrohid who were only hanging on by their finger tips at this stage as Aghinagh were totally dominant.
Aghinagh deservedly went in front in the 46th minute, 0-10 to 1-6, when Declan Ambrose cut in from the corner to sent over confidently and when Seán Kelleher was fouled two minutes later, Donal Corkery's point from the resultant free opened up a two point gap and Aghinagh supporters were in full voice. In the 50th minute however Clondrohid rescued their chances of victory with a goal out of the blue. An Aghinagh attack broke down and the ball was brought down field, McDonagh broke the ball to Dineen and his cross was punched home by the inrushing Mark Creed. Aghinagh recovered and Miceál Corkery pointed to level matters but the final score of the game fell to Mattie McDonagh who pointed a free from a very difficult angle to put his side back in front. Aghinagh had at least three opportunities of levelling matters again before the final whistle sounded but none were availed of, and it was a delighted Clondrohid who advance with Aghinagh now facing a difficult assignment against Dripsey in round two in the battle to remain in the competition.
Scorers: Clondrohid: M Creed 1-1, F Kelleher 1-0, M McDonagh 0-3 (fs), T Kelleher 0-2 (fs), D Dineen 0-1. Aghinagh: D Corkery 0-5 (0-4fs), D Ambrose 0-3, M Corkery 0-2, S Corkery and W Ambrose 0-1 each.
Clondrohid: John Corkery: Conor O'Leary, Trevor O'Brien, James Kelleher: Shane Dineen, Brian Corcoran, Jeremy O'Sullivan: Fergal Kelleher, Neilus Murphy: David Lynch, Mark Creed, Paddy Lynch: Tommy Kelleher, Mathew McDonagh, Darren Dineen. Subs: Daniel O'Mahony, Danny O'Riordan.
Aghinagh: Ted O'Leary: Jeremiah Kelleher, Dermot O'Callaghan, Alan Hourihan: Donagh McCarthy, Dave Barry, Miceál Corkery: William Ambrose, Shane Corkery: Donagh O'Riordan, Declan Ambrose, Seán Kelleher: William Coakley, Donal Corkery, Jason McCarthy. Subs: John Lynch for J Kelleher (inj) h/t, , Mathew McCarthy for S Corkery, Seamus O'Leary for D O'Riordan, Diarmuid Crowley for J McCarthy. Referee: John Ryan, Macroom.

Kilmurry 2 – 24 Naomh Abán 0 – 1
This game at sunny Cill na Martra was a total mismatch between one of the championship favourites, Kilmurry, and the N Abán second fifteen, weakened by demands of their winning premier intermediate side the previous evening. The score was 0-9 to nil after the opening quarter and Kilmurry were rampant. It was 0-16 to nil at the interval and one has only to give credit to the Naomh Abán side who battled bravely on to the finish against superior forces.
Kilmurry, fancied by many to regain the championship crown this year, won't read too much into this victory but the team did show that they are already well focussed under the management team of Seán Murphy and Ray O'Sullivan, possess players of quality and have a strong panel to draw from. They will be a difficult team to beat.
Scorers: Kilmurry: J Ryan 1-5, W Buckley 1-3, P Berhanu 0-5 (0-1 '45'), D McCarthy 0-4, J Kelleher 0-2, S Curzon, L Long, E, W and G Barrett 0-1 each.
N Aban: E Ó Fuartháin 0-1 (f).
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: Liam Long, Daniel Cahalane, Eoin Barrett: Adam Healy, Kevin Barrett, William Barrett: James White, Greg Barrett: Seán Curzon, James Kelleher, Pádraig Berhanu: Joe Ryan, Dave McCarthy, William Buckley.
Naomh Abán: Miceál Ó Donnchú: Donal MacCarthaigh, Pádraig Ó hAilíosa, Stiofán Ó Murchú: Donncha Ó Duinnín, Concubhar Ó Loinsuigh, Donncha Ó Loinsuigh: Gairí Mór Ó Loinsuigh, Seán A MacCarthaigh: Lúc Ó Riada, Eoin Ó Fuartháin, Diarmuid Ó Meachair: Concubhar Ó Riordáin, Ciarán Ó Críodáin, Pádraig Ó Céilleachair. Sub: Pádraig Ó Céilleachair for L Ó Riordain inj.(h/t). Referee: Ciarán Ó Foirréidh, Cill na Martra.

Iveleary 1 – 11 Éire Óg 1 – 10
Iveleary, the 2015 champions, extremely fortunate to get a draw in the first meeting, fought very hard to earn a one point victory over a good Éire Óg side in the Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A football championship first round replay at sunny Kilmurry. A goal from Barry O'Leary, hero of the drawn encounter, brought them back into contention when the game was slipping away at the three quarter stage and points from Cathal Vaughan and the long serving Ger McSweeney got them over the line but they were pressed to the very last by this young Éire Óg side who could cause some heartache to teams yet in this championship.
The big news for Iveleary was that star forward Cathal Vaughan, out injured for some months past, was fit enough to line out at full forward and so compensate for the loss of three players from the previous week. The greatest change for the reigning champions was however one of attitude and the complacency of the drawn game was nowhere in evidence and so with Éire Óg also up for the contest a fine game ensued with the outcome always in doubt.
Éire Og started well and points from Daire McCarthy, Anthony Doherty and Denny Murphy had them in front before Liam Kearney opened the Iveleary scoring with a point in the 12th minute. Eoin O'Shea had the final Éire Óg score of the half a minute later and Cathal Vaughan, though obviously not fully fit, had a good point for Iveleary before Anthony Doherty rattled the Iveleary crossbar with a bullet like drive as the first quarter ended. Kevin Manning then took a point for Iveleary in the 20th minute, and as both side made errors with misdirected passes, Edward Buckley brought Iveleary level before half time with a point which made it 0-4 each at the break.
Iveleary went two points clear immediately on the restart with points from Daniel O'Riordan and Manning again, and when Denny Murpny pointed a free for Éire Óg, Liam Kearney had one from play for Iveleary in the 37th minute to keep his side two points clear. A minute later Éire Óg got in for a smashing goal, Daire McCarthy setting up Donncadh Kelly for an unstoppable blast to the net. Murphy added a point from a free, but in the 44th minute Iveleary hit the front again with a goal, Brian Cronin floating over the cross, Barry O'Leary running in between the defenders to punch to the net, 1-7 to 1-6 now the score. Donncadh Kelly equalised from play and Denny Murphy put the Ovens side in front with a fisted point in the 47th minute. Cathal Vaughan equalised, Murphy inched Éire Óg in front again from a 52nd minute free. Iveleary now introduced the Ger McSweeney into attack and his impact was immediate, a point with his first kick in the 54th minute to level matters and Cathal Vaughan then put Iveleary in front from a 40m free, rather rashly conceded. Ger McSweeney added a 59th minute point, Éire Óg were ever threatening but had to be content with a Brian Hurley point in the closing minute which left them still adrift by the minimum.
Scorers: Iveleary: B O'Leary 1-0, C Vaughan 0-3, L Kearney, K Manning, G McSweeney 0-2 each, E Buckley and D O'Riordan 0-1 each. Éire Óg: D Kelly 1-1, D Murphy 0-5 (0-3fs), D McCarthy, A Doherty, E O'Shea and B Hurley 0-1 each.
Iveleary: Jamie Cronin: Barry Murphy, Ger O'Riordan, Alan O'Brien: Finbarr McSweeney Jnr., Cal McCarthy, Kevin Manning: Daniel O'Riordan, Edward Buckley: Seanie Lehane, Barry O'Leary, Finbarr McSweeney: Liam Kearney, Cathal Vaughan, Brian Cronin. Subs: Ger McSweeney for Buckley 53.
Éire Óg: Joe Kelleher: Michael Corkery, Ronan Dennehy, Seán Desmond: Anthony Doherty, John Kelleher, Jason Twomey: Kieran O'Sullivan, Donncha Kelly: Daniel Cotter, Denny Murphy, Daire McCarthy: Keith O'Riordan, Paul McDonagh, Eoin O'Shea. Subs: Ger McSweeney for D Cotter 43, Brian Hurley for Doherty 50, Barry Corkery for D McCarthy 55. Referee: Dave Murnane, Macroom.

Ballincollig 3 - 11 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0 -15
Ballincollig edged out Béal Áthan Ghaorthaidh in a cracking Ross Oil JAFC replay in Kilmichael. The introduction of Ian Coughlan at the break changed the course of this game as the big full forward scored 2-3 with a magnificent individual performance. The Gaeltacht outfit dominated the opening period but the concession of a goal in the closing minutes of the opening half proved costly.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh raced into an early lead with points from Donagh Seartan, Michéal Ó Tuama and a placed effort from their talisman Liam Seartan. However, the Gaeltacht side lost their influential defender Nollaig Ó Duinnín for a black card offence which unsettled them.
Ballincollig's Brian Cotter clipped over an excellent score after a quick free from Kevin Browne. Liam Seartan replied with a placed effort before Cotter reduced the gap to three points with a fisted point. Barra Ó Coinceannain landed a superb score and Chris Collins denied Seartan a certain goal with a magnificent tackle. Further points from Seartan and an outstanding effort from midfielder Michéal Ó Tuama gave the Gaeltacht men a comfortable lead, 0-8 to 0-3 after 18 minutes.
The sides exchanged scores as slowly but surely Ballincollig got back in the game and they received a major boost when Brian Cotter found the net after a strong run. Barra Ó Coinceannain replied with point and a free from Ballincollig's Kevin Browne left two points between the sides, 0-10 to 1-5 at the break.
On the resumption, Coughlan reduced the gap to the minimum and moments later he crashed to the net after a great delivery from Robert Noonan. Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh were denied a goal when Coinceannain's effort was smothered by Ballincollig goalkeeper Ciaran Noonan. Points from Liam and Donagh Seartan had the sides level, 0-13 to 2-7 after 45 minutes. Ballincollig finished strongly and Coughlan struck for his second goal. Further points from Coughlan (free), Mark Prendergast and Kevin Browne sealed their victory.
Scorers for Ballincollig: I Coughlan 2-3 (1f), B Cotter 1-2, K Browne 0-4 (2f), M Prendergast, S Coughlan 0-1 each. Béal Áthan Ghaorthaidh: L Seartan 0-7 (5f), D Seartan 0-4 (2f), M Ó Tuama, B Ó Coinceannain 0-2 each.
Ballincollig: C Noonan; C Collins, S Murphy,D Collins; D Bowen, N O'Toole, L Carey Murphy; B Kelly, P O'Neill; M Prendergast, R Noonan, B Cotter; K Browne, B Glavin, S Coughlan. Subs: I Coughlan for B Glavin (h/t), L Fahy for B Kelly (h/t), P Harrington for S Murphy (58), K Sullivan for P Harrington ( 60 inj).
Béal Áthan Ghaorthaidh: G Ó Muirthile; S Ó Duinnín, D Ó Coill, S Ó Duinnín; G Ó Creimín, N Ó Duinnín, D Seartan; D MacCarthaigh, M Ó Tuama; D Ó Ceallachain, B Ó Coinceannain, S Ó Tuama; L Seartan, P Ó Buachalla, D Seartan. Subs: C Ó Loingsigh. Referee: Mr Pat O'Leary (Kilmurry).

Ballincollig Credit Union Mid Cork Junior A Hurling Championship

First Round fixtures:
Cloughduv v Iveleary at Kilmichael on Sat, May 28th 7pm
Kilmichael v Gleann na Laoi at Ballinora on Sunday May 29 3pm
Ballincollig v Blarney at Coachford, Sat June 4th 6pm
Donoughmore v Ballinora, Coachford Sat June 4th 7.30pm
Éire Óg – a bye

Kilmurry G.A.A

Kilmurry GAA pitch is a hive of activity every Sunday morning with football training for teams from U6 up to U12. It is great to see everyone in high spirits and having such fun, while also learning the basic football skills that are being put into practice in football matches and blitzes.
U6 training started just 4 weeks ago but they are already proving to be a very strong team. Aged 3 right up to 5, there are about 36 children on the pitch for training every week. We had great fun on GAA club day. After training for 30 mins, we played a blitz, followed by some races and games that also involved the parents.
U8s competed in a Rebel Óg blitz in Bandon on May 7th. Kilmurry had enough for two teams. One team played Crosshaven, Ardfield and Kinsale and the other played Bishopstown, Kilbrittain and Bandon. They were all amazing & enjoyed their day immensely.
U10s played at home against Clondrohid on a bitterly cold evening April 28th and ran out easy winners. There was some great team work by all involved. The second U10 game was away to Ballyvourney and they enjoyed a comprehensive win, scoring six goals in total and kept Ballyvourney scoreless to half time.
U11s had their first game of the year on Thursday April 21st away to Grenagh. Kilmurry started well but, after halftime, Grenagh surged ahead. Kilmurry dominated the last quarter but the final score line was Grenagh 2-5 to Kilmurry1-4.
U12s have played 4 matches so far this year and have won all four, defeating Aghabullogue, Aghinagh, Clondrohid and Macroom. The final scores in these matches were Kilmurry 4-6 Aghabullogue 3-1; Kilmurry 4-9 Aghinagh 2-5; Kilmurry 4-8 Clondrohid 1-4 and lastly, Kilmurry 7-18 to Macroom 2-7. This team is playing very well. Their next match is against Ballinora .
U13s travelled to Whitechurch on a bitterly cold evening on 7th April for their first game of the season. Kilmurry had a promising start but Whitechurch were the stronger team. Nevertheless, Kilmurry battled right to the end. On Wednesday May 4th they faced Inniscarra and raised their game after their previous defeat. They were dominant all over the field and the final scoreline was Kilmurry 1-11 to Inniscarra 1-2.
U14s played their first match against Macroom in atrocious conditions on March 28th. They started well but were ultimately defeated by a stronger side on a score line Macroom 8-5 to Kilmurry 3-6. On Sunday 17th April Kilmurry played Tracton in another league match. Tracton were a strong physical side and won Tracton 9-15 to Kilmurry 4-9. On Saturday 23rd April Kilmurry U14s competed in the Féile qualifiers in Macroom. After a bruising battle, Kilmurry lost to Aghabullogue 4-2 to 1-3. Against Macroom, they won 2-2 to 2-1 and in the final match, defeated Donoughmore, Kilmurry 4-3 to Donoughmore 2-4. They played Clondrohid on Saturday April 30th and, in a close game, won by just one point, Kilmurry 3-7 to Clondrohid 3-6
U16s had their first game of the year against Aghabullogue, a very close fought match, Aghabullogue scored some fine points but Kilmurry scored some great goals and went on to win Kilmurry 6-5 to Aghabullogue 2-15.

Treble Delight for Coachford College

Coachford 3-3 Carrigaline CS 2-4
Coachford added to their Cork Colleges Senior A and Junior A titles by virtue of a narrow victory over rivals, Carrigaline CS, in the First Year B final. Playing against a strong breeze in the first half, the well-prepared side adapted to the conditions and, thanks to some excellent goalkeeping by Leah Cooney and stout defensive work from Emer Barry Murphy, Sinead McSweeney and Marguerite Lyons, held an unlikely one-point lead at the break. Carrigaline piled on the pressure but it was the Muskerry school who got the early scores, Caroline Barrett converting a free, followed by a superb goal from Caoimhe O'Shea after good approach work from Robyn Martin and Moira Twomey. Carrigaline responded with scores that put them a point ahead. Marguerite Lyons equalised and Barrett scored another on the run to leave the minimum between the sides.
After the resumption, Carrigaline found the net, after Cooney had made the initial save. Brid Cotter and Moira Twomey swopped roles and, coupled with the hard work of Anna O'Riordan and Maeve Barrett, Coachford began to control matters for a vital spell. Inniscarra's Caoimhe O'Shea rounded her marker and slipped the ball into the bottom corner to put her side ahead by a point. Coachford introduced Ella Foley and Leah Casey, to add energy to the team. The critical moment of the game arrived with five minutes remaining. Gaffney's path to goal was impeded and Carrigaline's resultant penalty effort was blocked. The clearance from Lyons found team captain, Caroline Barrett, who eluded the attention of 3 defenders and blasted a shot past Herlihy. Carrigaline converted two late frees but Coachford ran out victors by two points at the final whistle. Ref Ger Sheehan commented on how competitive both side were and congratulated Coachford on their treble.
Coachford: Leah Cooney, Emer Barry Murphy, Sinead McSweeney, Marguerite Lyons [0-1], Robyn Martin, Moira Twomey, Brid Cotter, Caroline Barrett [1-2], Caoimhe O'Shea [2-0], Anna O'Riordan, Maeve Barrett, Ella Foley, Leah Casey, Aine Desmond, Kayla Noonan, Katie Condon, Jessica Cotter, Hannah Roche, Emma O' Sullivan, Emma Doyle, Aoife McCarthy.

Laochra Óg Notes

May 21. Well done to our under 8 boys who played in a blitz in Inniscarra against Bishopstown, Blackrock and Ballygarvan. They showed great skill and determination, growing in confidence as the games went on and never gave up. Thanks to the parents for the continued support and loads more games throughout the year for anyone who couldn't make it today. Daniel Murphy represented the club as our young referee doing a great job in all three games. Niall Murphy Tarmac is the sponsor of this group. Thanks to him and please support our local sponsors.
U12 league. Castlelyons 8-5 Laochra Óg 4-5. This game was closer than the score line suggests. Having led all through the first half and playing well, Castlelyons levelled the score by half time . We took the lead again in the second half but unfortunately, in the last quarter, they scored three quick goals and we couldn't find a way back in time. Good effort from all the lads. Thanks to all for traveling and our sponsor Astra Systems. Thanks to Castlelyons for a good sporting game.
First Aid and Defib Training. Over twenty volunteers took part today in a First Aid & Defibrillator Course on behalf of the club in Clondrohid Community Hall. Participants learned some vital skills to safe guard our players, members and the wider community. A very enjoyable course run by Jerry Harrington and assisted by Daniel McSweeney and organised by club officer, Margaret McSweeney. A special thanks to Glenmill Restaurant for providing a superb lunch for all participants and thanks also to Healy's Spar Clondrohid for the morning refreshments. It was a great example of community spirit.
May 19, U11 Go Games against Enniskeane took place in Teerbeg. Great performance by all of the girls. Thanks to Enniskeane for a great sporting game and to Michael and Nora McCarthy for the use of Teerbeg. Well done girls! We played St Colm's of Bantry in U9 Go Game competitive matches. In a great game of Camogie, St Colm's got some great goals and we found the back of the net a few times before the final whistle blew. Thank you to our sponsors for U9/ U10 Matt Murphy Pharmacy and as always Michael and Nora Mc Carthy Glenview Motors. Thank you to St Colm's for coming up and to all our Laochra Óg girls.
Our Trip to Tip took place Sunday May 22, with some juvenile games in Rockwell Rovers GAA Club in New Inn, 10 and U13 boys hurling teams with U12 and U13 camogie teams taking part. Thanks to Rockwell Rovers for the hospitality. Afterwards they went to watch the Cork v Tipperary Munster Senior Hurling Championship in Semple Stadium. A long and busy day today, but some good memories for everyone involved. Thanks to everyone for making the trip and to those who organised the event.

Ballincollig Basketball Club

Awards Night. The great and the good of Ballincollig Basketball Club donned their finest clothes for our annual awards night for teams from Under 13 to Senior on Sunday 15th May in the Oriel House Hotel. Photos will be appearing on our website shortly. A large crowd turned up for the presentation of MVP awards to our players in the different age groups. And the winners were....
Girls MVP Awards Under 14 Alison Lyons; Under 15;Amy Corkery; Under 16 Caitlin Quinn; Under 18 Emma Sullivan; Division Alyson Enright; Premier Chinwe Ojini; Senior Jen Dinan
Boys MVP Awards Under 13 Fabian Schmitz; ;Under 14 Eli Linehan; Under 16 Michael Lynch; Under 18 Emmanuel Anaba & Adam O' Connell; Under 20 Dylan Corkery Division 1 Shane Mooney & Cathal Geraghty.
Girls' Match Reports. Our U14 Girls played UL Huskies in a game that decided second place in the league and also was a Top Four Semi-final. In the previous two league meeting the count was one game each. UL Huskies were a physically stronger side against a faster, more skilful Ballincollig and the game was a cracker. Using their height advantage, UL scored three baskets without reply. Ballincollig came strongly into the game and outscored their opponents by eight baskets to one, to lead 16 points to 8 at the break. In the second quarter, UL and narrowed the gap to 2 points. Third quarter saw two teams go head to head at a frantic pace. The gap was three in Ballincollig's favour entering the fourth quarter. The final quarter was a seesaw. With seconds remaining, Ballincollig scored one free throw to lead by three. With two seconds remaining UL were allowed an uncontested lay up to narrow the lead to one and a win for Ballincollig. This team are a great bunch of players who enjoy their basketball and the time they spend together and long may it continue. One hour after this game they faced Carraig na bhFear, a fresh team, in the Top Four final. They opened up a convincing lead in the first half. Ballincollig showed great spirit to narrow the lead in the second half but could not overcome the fresher opponents.
Our Under16 played a Top Four semi-final against St. Colm's from Limerick. The team won with a 14 point margin. They will now face Mallow in the Top Four final.
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! If anyone would like further information on joining Ballincollig Basketball Club, they can contact Ken Quinn on 086/1636035 or Francis O' Sullivan on 087/2532671. Alternatively, they can 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.

West Cork Champions

Congratulations to Kilmichael Rovers Ladies FC, who upset all odds to claim glory in the West Cork League Ladies Cup final against Beara at Dunmanway on Tuesday, the 17th of May. A vital second half equalizing goal from captain, Niamh Cotter, ensured the game finished 1-1 after extra time. Rovers emerged victorious from the gripping contest after it was finally decided by a penalty shootout, with goalkeeper, Aine Galvin, saving the defining spot kick to win 5-4. It crowns a fairy-tale end to the season for the gallant Kilmichael women and their management double act of Jerry Kelleher and Declan Kelly who were overseeing their very first season in charge of the team. The famous victory just goes to show that even the underdog can sometimes triumph!'
Team: Jerry Kelleher (Manager), Caroline Barry, Lily Healy, Becky Hennigan, Breeda Kelleher, Sinead Lynch, Aine Galvin, Amy Falvey, Mazz O'Sullivan, Liz Shiels, Ava Kelleher, Lynn O'Riordan, Declan Kelly (Manager). Mary Murphy, Marian Cotter, Celine Casey, Sandra O'Mahony, Caitriona O' Donoghue, Niamh Cotter, Paula O'Riordan, Rose O' Riordan, Mary Hallahan.


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Macroom Golf Club team, caddies and supporters who qualified for the South Munster semi-final in the Jimmy Bruen Competition ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Golf Club

Men's Results: Week 1. NBS Open Singles: 1st Kevin Sheehan (3) 40 pts 2nd Kieran Savage (16) 38 pts 3rd Pat Vaughan (26) 38 pts, Senior Dan Hegarty (13) 38 pts
Club Singles: 1st John Desmond (21) 42 pts, 2nd Denis Quinlan (9) 42 pts Hole in one: Patrick Fitton @ 2nd
Week 2. NBS open singles :1st Olan Haskett (12) 41 pts, 2nd Sean McCahill (15) 41 pts
Open singles 1 st Colm Creedon (11) 39 pts, 2nd Martin O'Sullivan (10) 38 pts, 3rd Stephen Wills (16) 37 pts
Seniors 1st Jim Nolan (9), Phillip Cooper (17), Dan Murphy (21) 43.3
Fixtures: Tue Seniors, Thur NBS open singles, Sat & Sun Open singles.
Nevada Bob Sponsorship. Mark Jordan launched the Nevada Bob Thursday Open Singles at Macroom Golf Club. Nevada Bob are the main sponsor, in association with Callaway. The Grand Final, with all weekly qualifiers competing, will be held in September. Present at the launch were Macroom Captain, Michael Lillis; President, George Desmond and Tim Keating. There are great prizes for weekly qualifiers and the fantastic Prizes on offer for the Grand final winners include 1st prize - a set of Callaway Custom fit XR Oversized Irons. 2nd prize - Callaway Stand Bag. 3rd prize - Odyssey Putter

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At launch of Nevada Bob Thursday Open at Macroom Golf Club, from left, Tim Keating, George Desmond, President; Mark Jordan, Nevada Bob; Michael Lillis, Captain. ©