Lee Valley Outlook Sep 29 v12e20

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2016 Champions. Goal-scorer, Rhona Ní Bhuachalla; Briege Corkery with 17 All Ireland medals and Player of the Match, Rena Buckley, with 17 All Irelands ©McSweeney Media

Lee Valley Diary

Ministerial Visit and Digital Schools of Distinction award at Carriganima N.S. on Fri 30th Sept at 1:30pm
Daonscoil an Fhómhair sa Ghúgán Meán Fómhair 30 agus Deireadh Fómhair 1 agus 2.
Table Quiz –at Tigh Uí Laoghaire, Bealnamorrive, Fri Sept 30th @ 8pm.
Ballingeary Pipe Band FREE concert on Sat, Oct. 1st at 8pm in the Halla.
Harvest Festival in Johnstown/ Kilmichael on Sun, Oct 2.
Kilmurry Active Retirement Cookery Demonstration, Tues 4th Oct in Museum 7.30pm.
Mary Lynch Memorial Art Exhibition in Coachford G.A.A. Hall. Opening Thurs Oct 6 at 8.30p.m. Exhibition: Sat. 8th, 2-7p.m. Sun. 9th 10-4p.m.
Macroom Flower and Garden Club Gardening Talk and slide presentation on Thursday October 13th at Coolcower House.
October Gramophone Morning in the Fr. Ryan Hall on Fri 14 at 11a.m..
Firmount N.S. Goes to the Dogs. Fundraiser, Sat Oct 15th Curraheen Park.
Macroom Invalid Pilgrimage to Lourdes Fund Raising Dance in Castle Hotel, Macroom on Fri 21 October 9.30 – 12.30.
Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí san Abbey Hotel, Baile Mhúirne, Déardaoin, 2 Mí na Samhna, 7p.m.
American Tea Party in Clondrohid Community Hall on Sat Nov 5.
Garden Club Gala Charity Christmas Demonstration Thurs 10th Nov Coolcower House 8.00p.m.
Macroom Park Run every Saturday at 9.30a.m. from Sports Complex in Castle Grounds.

Cinema at the Castle Hotel
Sleeping with the Enemy Mon 3rd October –

Events in the Riverside Park Hotel
Shawn Cuddy & Friends Concert - 8th Oct at 8:30pm
Murder at Shandy Hall – Oct 13th 14th, 15th, 20th, 22nd & 23rd at 8:00pm.
Old Time Dancing Fri 4th Nov at 9:30pm.
Des Bishop: Grey Matters - 10th Nov at 8:00pm.
The Nualas: Glitterbomb Tour – 18th Nov at 8:00pm
'Venice to Vegas' from The Two and a Half Tenors – 24th Nov at 8:00pm.
Louise Morrissey – 30th Dec at 8;00pm.

We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. in this fortnightly diary. Please email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026 41891 or post to Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. Remember you can access back issues of the Lee Valley Outlook at www.macroom.ie

Macroom Updates

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The scene at Macroom Food Festival 2016 ©Lee Valley Outlook  

Macroom Food Festival 2016

The Riverside Park Hotel provided an ideal setting for the launch of Macroom's 5th Food Festival Chairman, Don Buckley, welcomed the attendance at the Artisan Affair and thanked the vibrant committee and the staff of the Riverside Park for their huge efforts in hosting the event. Having chefs form nine restaurants and pubs all working together in one kitchen seems an impossible dream, but certainly, the delicious dishes served belied the old proverb about too many cooks.
Mr. Michael Creed T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, launched the Festival. He said that Irish food products are held in the highest esteem throughout the world and it is good that they are now being appreciated and developed at home also. Cork has a wealth of top class artisan products and the development of a Food Trail might be a project for the future. The Minister congratulated the organisers and all the entrepreneurs involved in Macroom Food Festival. Other political guests in attendance were Mr. Kevin Conway M.C.C., Deputy Mayor and Mr. Bob Ryan M.C.C.

Food for Thought and Taste.

The 160 guests that attended the 2016 Artisan Affair tasting dinner at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom at the opening Macroom's fifth Food Festival enjoyed a veritable feast for the senses. A Prosecco reception presented by the Real Olive Company in the foyer of the function room, was a sight to behold, with fruit, cheeses and Mediterranean morsels whetting the appetite. Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella provided a tasty ricotta panna cotta salad for the first course and this was followed by a beautifully crisp tartlet with Kilmichael Goat's Cheese, prepared by the Castle Hotel.
The breakfast roll took on a new meaning with the De Róiste Terrine, comprising rasher, sausage, black and white pudding, egg and mushroom in an appealing presentation. Sea food lovers enjoyed a fish cake from the Auld Triangle and McCarthy's Natural Dairies served a spicy Indian cheese dish, Paneer. The Riverside Park dish was pork medallion on roast potato, tender and tasty. Two desserts, tea and coffee brought the feast to a conclusion. Church Lane Restaurant presented a delightful selection of homemade ice-cream and the Mills Inn's luxurious Triple Chocolate Truffle Trifle challenged both articulation and capacity as a grand finale to a memorable presentation of some of the very good things the Lee Valley has to offer. Live music and dance on the night was provided by Officially Tapped.
The capable and pleasant staff of the Riverside Park are to be complimented on the slick service nd courteous attention provided throughout.

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International tastes catered for at Macroom Food Festival. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Food Merry-Go-Round

The morning deluge cleared up in time for the Saturday programme at Macroom Food Festival. Children found entertainment with Hooparella, Aaron the Balloon Man, face painting, a Teddy Bears' Picnic and story time. The Early Bird Taste Trail saw gourmets and gourmands experience some of the delights on offer at No 57, Church Lane, Vaughan's, Clancy's, T.P. Cotter's, Next Door, Kieran Hartnett's, Golden's Bar, Dinneen's Bar and Fitz-Gerald's. Everything from burgers to chilli, quiche to gumbo, monkfish to ricotta, carrot cake to brownies to designer coffee and much more were there to be sampled.
From 5-7p.m., international flavours were on offer at the marquee in the Square. Despite an ill-timed shower, hundreds sampled savoury and sweet dishes from Poland, Hungary, Spain, Mallorca, Sri Lanka, Belgium and Ireland, while Night Owls could round off the day with Battered Hake at the Castle, Buffalo Burgers at Murray's or black and white pudding at J.C. Murphy's before retiring to the Castle for a comedy show with Tomie James.

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McEgan students, Ashling Twomey and Niamh McSweeney, 2016 winners in the Danone Nutricia Cook Off at Macroom Food Festival ©Lee Valley Outlook

Sunday Food Market

The sun shone brightly. The crowds came in thousands. The traders did a steady, at times, hectic, business from 60 stalls. There was music, healthy eating advice and demonstrations, a very well organised food forum, fun and food galore for the children. Macroom Food Festival 2016 was again a great success. Entertainment was on tap from Circus Outside the Box, Aaron the Balloon Man, Face Painters and the Butter Exchange Band. This Cork & Kerry Schools cook-off drew more applications than ever before and the six finalists battled it out, cooking at an open air final. The overall winners were McEgan College Macroom. Runners up were St. Fanahan's College, Mitchelstown. Sponsors Nutricia First 1000 Days were on hand to lend their culinary expertise in judging the event and had a very difficult job choosing the winners.

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Mental telepathy in action at Macroom Food Festival ©Lee Valley Outlook

New Events at Fifth Food Festival

The festival began on Thursday with a Vintage Tea Dance. Under the strict guidance of Phil Doyle of the Auld Triangle, the Castle Hotel was transported to a bygone era with fine china, handmade baked goodies, gallons of tea and waltzing aplenty. A very vintage atmosphere was created with the help of the beautiful gowns, hats and bags worn by the festival team. This is a gorgeous event that will surely grow in 2017.
A comedy gig with MC Sean Coughlan, Coachford man Roger O'Sullivan and Michael O'Riordan from Mallow warmed up the audience in the Castle Hotel for headliner Tomie James with his show Super Organic Me.
The Macroom Food Expo was a great success, under the organisation of Jack Buckley. A series of interactive and informative talks, demonstrations and tastings, upstairs at the Town Hall, focussed on 'Blas na hAite'. This included a sourdough bread demonstration, speciality coffee tasting, a local cheese expo and a panel discussion hosted by Joe McNamee, with panellists, Denis Cotter, Jack McCarthy, Caroline Robinson & Ned McCarthy. And Greenshine performed a mini gig in the middle of all this!
SECAD and Safefood led a 'Healthy Eating for All Ages' event in the Leisure Centre which featured live demos, talks, a bicycle powered smoothie maker and a beautiful primary school poster competition.
The final event of the festival was the Secret Supper which took diners to secret locations for food before returning to the Castle for the grand finale festival awards and wrap party.

Food Festival Awards

It was heartening to note than many new people have come on board to help organise and run the 2016 Food Festival – and – what is even better – many of them are young! They are far too numerous to mention but the following did get special recognition and were presented with their bespoke hand carved festival wooden spoon awards by Chairperson Don Buckley at the wrap party.
Willie Coakley, JC Murphy's - Bar Person of the Festival
Martin Coughlan & the volunteers team Paul, Danny, Joe, Tony, Yuri, John & Ted - Festival Heroes
Aurora Planells Bernat, International Food Flavours - Festival Venue of the Year
JOD'Photography - Photo of the Festival
'Sea Tastes' from the Auld Triangle - Dish of the Festival
TP Cotter's - Best Pint of the Festival
Dinneen's Bar - Best Burger with Walsh Catering
Elaine Collins of Castle Hotel Macroom - Best Festival Chef
Zoltan of Riverside Park Hotel Macroom - Best Looking Chef
Green Saffron Spices from Midleton won the Sustainability Award from Cork County Council at the Sunday's market, for their commitment to reducing waste, using compostable plates and cutlery and 'no waste' serving sizes.

Silver for Tidy Macroom

Macroom received a much needed boost with the announcement of the results of the 2016 Tidy Towns Competition. For the first time ever, it received a Silver Medal, which puts it in with the top towns nationally. It earned an extra 6 marks, increasing its score in 5 categories, with no slippage. We will carry a more detailed analysis in the next issue of the Lee Valley Outlook but here are some of the marks earned in local towns and villages:
Macroom 313. Kinsale 319. Millstreet 308. Ballincollig 321. Kanturk 255. Dripsey 228. Clondrohid 260. Baile Mhúirne 264 Cill na Martra 205. Carrigadrohid 268. Berrings 280. Cúil Aodha 266. Inchigeelagh 255. Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 297.

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Michael Sheridan reads from his book, Murder at Shandy Hall, at Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop, Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Murder in the Book Shop

Michael Sheridan, author of the book on which 'Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical' is based, visited Macroom's Fitz-Gerald's bookshop recently to read from his best seller. Michael is scriptwriter and director of the show that will run in the Riverside Park Hotel, October 13, 14, 15, 20, 22, 23 and in the Opera House on October 27, starring Patrick Bergin. His enthralled audience heard details of his research into the background of the 19th century scandal that enthralled local and international readers. He described the lifestyle of the main characters and prevailing conditions in big houses, hospitals, law courts, execution sites etc. Some of the stars of the show sang songs from the musical, giving a taste of pleasures to come.

Macroom Credit Union Invests in Local Education

The Board and management of Macroom Credit Union announced last May that it would present 6 bursaries of €1000 to a Leaving Certificate student from each of the secondary schools in their catchment area. Tuesday 6th September in The Castle Hotel saw the announcement of these winners and presentation of the bursaries to the lucky students. The winners were drawn from a hat, with the draw being overseen by board member of the credit union and the school principals in attendance. Indeed, the Credit Union was delighted with the positive feedback from the schools and hopes to create strong relationships with all schools involved going forward.
The lucky winners were as follow: Ann Cronin – McEgan College; Katie O'Sullivan – Coachford College; Sorcha O'Sullivan – Scoil Mhuire Balligeary; Deirdre Ni Lionaird – Colaiste Ghobnatan; Conor Flanagan – De La Salle; Niamh Dineen – St Marys. While college had started for some of our winners and they were unfortunately unable to attend, the prizes were collected by their parents or siblings on the night.
Macroom Credit Union was delighted with the response to the first year of these awards and fully intends to continue this bursary scheme for further years. The large turnout on the night was testament to the fact that further education is important in the community and our local students are investing time in their future. The variety of 3rd level courses that the applicants are attending highlights the vast differences in interests and career paths available, and shows that there is a path forward, whatever your interests or aspirations are. The credit union is a firm believer in investing in education and this bursary scheme is an endorsement of this belief. The credit union also offers a discounted education loan rate for all education purposes in order to spread the education costs over a manageable time frame.

McEgan College Updates

Healthy Eating. McEgan TY students kicked off their busy year with a healthy eating workshop facilitated by Anne Griffin (dietician) and Nuala O'Connell of SECAD. The students have been challenged to come up with their own solutions and innovative ways to improve healthy eating within both the school environment and the wider community. The workshop provided much discussion, and 'food for thought', with the students coming up with many ideas on healthy eating that they went on to show case at Macroom Food Festival.
Top Class Cooking. McEgan students showcased their culinary delights at the annual Macroom Food Festival. Michaela O'Riordan and Cathal Healy Ring gave live demos on Healthy Breakfasts suitable for time constrained teenagers. The LCA Engineering class supported the TY students by creating and building a Smoothie Bike, under the supervision of their teacher, Mr. Dennehy. They developed recipes for a Raspberry and Banana Smoothie. The recipe had to be dairy free with no added sugar or sweetener! But the highlight was the crowning of McEgan College as the overall winners of the prestigious, Macroom Food Festival Schools Cook Off 2016.Transition Year Students Niamh McSweeney and Ashling Twomey, under the guidance of their teacher, Ms. Bourke, wowed the judges with their dish of oven-baked Red Mullet with a Pearl Barley Risotto, Roast Garlic Veloute on a Tagliatelle of Kale, Courgettes and Carrots. All of the ingredients used by the young chefs were locally sourced.

Macroom Ploughing Success

The Ploughing Championships held last week in Tullamore were again a huge success. Record breaking crowds attended this three-day event. Huge credit must go to the hundreds of people who give voluntarily of their time to ensure the safety of this event.
Cork West Ploughing had some excellent results and can feel very proud of their achievements. Macroom Ploughing had 3 members of their committee come home with two 1st prizes, one 2nd and one 3rd an excellent result for this club. It is nearly 20 years since Macroom last had two firsts. On that occasion Connie Buckley and J.J. Delaney brought home the trophies. Coincidentally on this occasion, it is Matthew Coakley, tutored by Diarmuid Buckley and Connie, and Jeremiah Delaney son of J.J., who have done the honours. J.J. came 3rd in the Senior Horse section. Well done to everyone. It takes a lot of hard work to come first in any competition, and in the ploughing you are up against world class competitors. A big welcome home with bonfires greeted the winners in Ballinagree last Friday night, with refreshments in the Laine.
The following is the results for the competitors of Cork West Ploughing at the National Ploughing Championships:
Intermediate Conventional Plough class - 1st John Murphy. Under28 Conventional Plough class - 1st Kieran Coakley. Under 21 Conventional Plough class - 1st Aidan O'Donovan. 3Furrow Conventional Plough class - 1st Mathew Coakley. Intermediate Reversible Plough class - 1st Ger Coakley, 2nd Michael Wycherly. Vintage 2furrow Trailer Plough class - 2nd John Wolfe. Under 40 Horse Plough class - 2nd Gearoid McCarthy. Senior Horse Plough class - 5th John O'Donovan. Special Horse Plough class - 4th Tim Lawlor. Farmerette Plough class - 2nd Rose Nyhan. Standard 3 furrow Reversible Plough class- 2nd Dan Hurley. Vintage Single Furrow Mounted Plough class - 1st Gordon Jennings. Novice 2furrow Conventional Plough class - 1st James O' Sullivan. Loy under 25 class - 3rd Adrian Grace. Senior Conventional Plough class - 5th Barry O' Sullivan, 8th Kieran Coakley, 10th John Murphy . Senior Reversible Plough class - 2nd Ger Coakley, 5th Micheal Wycherly. Jeremiah Delaney came 1st in the U 40 class and 2nd in the Special Horse class for Cork East and his father J J. Delaney came 3rd in the Senior Horse class for Cork East.

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Participants and officials at the start of the Park Run in Macroom ©Con Kelleher

Macroom's Parkrun

Parkrun organises free, weekly, 5Km timed runs around the world. The runs are open to everyone, are free, safe and easy to take part in. These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and we encourage people of all abilities to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience. We welcome you all.
Castle Demesne Parkrun Macroom was the first parkrun in Ireland outside of Dublin. It started in 18th of May 2013 and recently celebrated its third birthday. It has been held 165 times, and a total of 1530 people have taken part. The average number per week, based on all 165 events, is 48. The run is in Macroom, is a great way to get active and it is FREE. You can walk or run the 5km course. Bring a friend or family member. Walkers are most welcome. It's a great way to start a Saturday morning. It is not a competition. It's not a race. You are doing this for yourself and this is your time.
There is always a pre-run briefing, so make sure to arrive about 10 minutes before the start. If you haven't registered before, go to http://www.parkrun.ie/register/. Print your barcode and bring it along Saturday morning. You need your barcode to get your time which will be emailed to you after the results have been processed.
After each run, runners, walkers and volunteers gather in the Leisure Centre for a 'cuppa' and a chat. It is a very social event and you can make a lot of new friends. So why not register on the parkrun website http://www.parkrun.ie/castledemense/ or visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/castledemenseparkrun/ and join us next Saturday at 9.30 to run, walk or volunteer ? We looking forward to seeing you.

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Prince Charming and Snow White, Luke Hogan and Kelly Anne Healy, in the 2015 panto in the Briery Gap ©Lee Valley Outlook

Prince Charming for London

Luke Hogan, who played Prince Charming in last Christmas's Panto in the Briery Gap opposite Kelly Anne Healy as Snow White, is to further his dramatic ambitions and education as he heads for London's Arts Education School. The 16-year-old Blackrock boy completed Transition Year at CBC last year and was one of hundreds to audition for 48 places in the prestigious London college. He was successful and will now be studying for a BTEC in Musical Theatre and A Level in Drama.
Luke has been involved in musical theatre since he was 8 and played the title role in Oliver The Musical in a school production. He went on to take drama and singing classes and trained under Mary Hegarty.
Luke made his Briery Gap debut in Macroom last Christmas as a delightful Prince Philip and became one of our own when he went on to play Barnaby Tucker, one of the shop clerks, in Hello, Dolly! at Easter. All at the Briery Gap wish Luke well as he embarks on a challenging career.

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The governess, Geraldine Barry Murphy and the Cross daughters, Elizabeth, Henrietta and Sophia - Sheila Twomey, Nola Kelleher and Emer Twohig - at a rehearsal for Murder at Shandy Hall. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical

Rehearsals are in full swing for the production of 'Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical' in the Riverside Park Hotel on October 13, 14, 15, 20, 22, 23 and its transfer to Cork Opera House on October 27. With the Briery Gap still out of commission, staging this ambitious show in a hotel function room presents logistical challenges but cast and directors are determined that it will be a show to remember for all the right reasons.

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The cast, composer and directors of 'Murder at Shandy Hall, the Musical' at a first reading at the Riverside Park, Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Cast: Dr. Philip Cross - Patrick Bergin; Mary Laura Cross (his wife) - Stephanie Shine; Evelyn Skinner, Governess - Geraldine Barry Murphy; Elizabeth Cross (his daughter) - Sheila Twomey; Henrietta Cross (his daughter) - Nola Kelleher; Sophia Cross (his daughter) - Emer Twohig
Capt John Caulfield (neighbour) - Derry Dinneen; Theresa Caulfield (his wife and friend of Laura Cross) - Helen Hallissey; D I Tyacke (RIC Inspector) - Darragh Murphy; Dr. Charles Pearson, (forensic scientist) - Concubhar Lucey; Sgt Higgins RIC policeman - Peter O Riordan; Jane Leahy(servant) - Eleanor Lucey; Mary Barron (servant) -Carmel McCarthy; Mary McGrath - (servant) - Laura Lagerqvist; Mary Buckley (servant) - Rachel O'Riordan; Cornelius McCarthy (servant) - Tomas Healy; Miss Mervinia Jefferson (Anglican nun) - Ann Buckley; Rev. Hayes (clergyman) Martin McCarthy; Justice Murphy(Judge) - John McCaffery; Mr Atkinson QC Defence Counsel - Dan Creedon; Attorney General - Pat Brady; James Berry (hangman) - Sean Óg Ó Duinnín
"Dead Cast" Alfred Sowey- Pat Kelleher; Mary Lefly - Elaine Lombard; Charles Doubell - David Lucey; William Gower - Gerard Collins; Mary Ann Britland - Anita Blake Gallagher; James Lawson- Con Foley.
Village Cast- Dr. Martin Fleming, Adrianna Dinneen, Alisheen O Connell, Teresa Downey, Treasa O'Riordan, Ann O Sullivan, Theresa Dineen, Margaret Creed, Kevin O'Brien, James Patterson.

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At the opening night of the autumn /winter Briery Gap programme at Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Launch of Briery Gap Programme

Frankie Gavin and De Danann made an impressive start to the 2016 Autumn/ Winter Briery Gap Programme. Unfortunately, due to the May fire in the theatre, the programme is being presented at Riverside Park Hotel. This is proving a very accommodating venue and, particularly for the De Danann concert, the club-like ambiance made it most attractive. Directors of the Briery Gap Board of Directors, Pat O'Connell and Martin Coughlan and Anne Dunne, Manager, launched the programme, which includes luminaries such as Conal Gallen, Des Bishop, The Nualas and Louise Morrissey.
Perhaps the most challenging and fascinating item on the programme is 'Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical', which runs October 13, 14, 15, 20, 22, 23 and features international film star, Patrick Bergin, in the lead role.
'Pantomonium' should get 2017 off to a rousing start, with hilarious excerpts from a variety of shows and delightful Tiny Tots, on January 6, 7 and 8. The Riverside Park is a very comfortable venue, with stairs and lifts leading to the spacious function room; a bar service and ample parking.

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Capt and Mrs. Caulfield - Derry Dinneen and Helen Hallissey – rehearse for Murder at Shandy Hall ©Lee Valley Outlook

Entertainment at Riverside Park

Because of the closure of the Briery Gap Cultural Centre due to fire, the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom will host the following events previously scheduled for the theatre.
Shawn Cuddy & Friends Concert - 8th October at 8:30pm – The cream of Irish Country featuring Shawn Cuddy, Kathy Durkin & Richie Kavanagh. Tickets €20.
Murder at Shandy Hall – The Musical. Opening on Thursday October 13th. Showing October 13th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 22nd & 23rd at 8:00pm. Ireland's first Musical Murder Mystery, not to be missed. Tickets €20/18.
Old Time Dancing with The Lee Sound on Friday 4th November at 9:30pm. Dance the night away with The Lee Sound who play all the favourites! Admission €10 on the door.
Des Bishop: Grey Matters - 10th November at 8:00pm. Des is embracing the Grey and letting the wisdom of his years inspire his stand up. Tickets €25.
The Nualas: Glitterbomb Tour – 18th November at 8:00pm - Ireland's top all-girl, shiny-dressed, musical-comedy trio. Tickets: €18/16.
'Venice to Vegas' from The Two and a Half Tenors – 24th November at 8:00pm. A spellbinding musical journey with Ireland's leading "Operatainers". Tickets €18/16.
Louise Morrissey – 30th December at 8;00pm. One of Ireland's vocal treasures. Tickets €20
Tickets for these events will be on sale in the coming weeks, please visit our website www.brierygap.ie and our social media pages for updates. Box Office 026 41917.

September Movies at the Castle Hotel. Meet the Star!

Mon 3rd October – Sleeping with the Enemy. Starring Murder at Shandy Hall Star, Patrick Bergin & Julia Roberts.
A special Q&A session with take place afterwards with Patrick Bergin!
Admission to each film €5. All screenings at 8:30pm. Free nibbles courtesy of SuperValu.


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Ministerial Visit. Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine and Gerard McHugh, Director of Dublin West Education Centre (DWEC) will visit Carriganima National School on Friday 30th September 2016 at 1:30pm to raise the Digital Schools of Distinction Flag and present an Award.

Daonscoil an Fhómhair sa Ghúgán Meán Fómhair 30 agus Deireadh Fómhair 1 agus 2. 'Siad na léachtaí ná An Ceangail idir an Litríocht agus 1916 agus Seán Ó Ríordáin agus Dialann na Bliana 1966 le Tadhg Ó Dúshláine, Ollamh NUIM. Beidh Comórtas Filíochta, Turas go Baile Mhúirne, Amhráin agus Agallaimh Beirte agus togha gach bídh agus dí ar fail in Óstán Gúgán Barra. Gach eolas ó Joe Ó Críodáin ag 0872105002 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Table Quiz – In aid of Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund, in memory of Paula Healy R.I.P. at Tigh Uí Laoghaire, Bealnamorrive, Friday Sept 30th @ 8pm. €40 per table of four.

Harvest Festival. Johnstown/ Kilmichael Vintage & Harvest Festival will run on Sunday, October 2. Proceeds go to Marymount Hospice, Co-Action Dunmanway, 3 local Community Hospitals, 9 local National Schools and other charities. Numerous side shows and fun events, cake sale, vintage cars, tractors, stationary engines, old type machinery, horse drawn vehicles, old style crafts and an old time threshing machinery.

Kilmurry Active Retirement Cookery Demonstration Health Nutrition food by Catherine Foley, Tuesday 4th October in Museums 7.30. All Welcome.

Macroom Flower & Garden Club. Gardening Talk and Illustrated Presentation with Jean Perry from The Glebe Garden Baltimore on Thursday 13th October at Coolcower House at 8.00p.m. Visitors most Welcome. Enquiries 087-9821708. Club Competitions. Raffle. Doors open 7.15p.m.
Date for Diary Gala Charity Christmas Demonstration Thursday 10th November Coolcower House 8.00p.m. Tickets and further information available at October Club Meeting.

Firmount Goes to the Dogs. A fantastic night at the dogs will be held in Curraheen Park on Saturday October 15th in aid of Firmount National School building fund. This promises to be a great night out for all the family. Entry tickets are €10 and kids go free. A bumper raffle with amazing prizes will be held on the night. Entry and raffle tickets are on sale now in our local shops and pubs or by contacting the school on 021 733 7344. Please support!

Art for Cancer Care. Mary Lynch lived in Coachford and was preparing for an Art Exhibition last year at this time, when she died suddenly. Her family is holding the Exhibition in her honour this October in Coachford G.A.A. Hall. Proceeds from the sale of all her paintings will go to Marymount and Cúnamh, (Cancer Care in the Bons Secours Hospital). The official opening is on Thursday, October 6 at 8.30p.m. Exhibition: Sat. 8th, 2-7p.m. Sun. 9th 10-4p.m.

Macroom Invalid Pilgrimage to Lourdes Fund Raising Dance. Céilí and Old Time Dance in Castle Hotel, Macroom on Friday 21 October 9.30 – 12.30. Music: Donal Ring Ceili Band. Admission £10. Raffle.

Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí. Tionólfar Dáimhscoil 2016, a cuireadh ar athló toisc bás Monsignor Ó Fiannachta, san Abbey Hotel, Baile Mhúirne ar an Déardaoin, 2 Mí na Samhna ag 7p.m. Beidh seo díreach roimh an Oireachtas. Fáilte roimh chách.

Coppers for Crumlin. Conor, Aoife, James and Sean Lucey wish to thank everyone who supported their "Coppers for Crumlin" campaign.

Rainbows Peer Support Programme assists children who have been bereaved either through the death or separation of a parent, sibling or friend. It helps them findhealing and growth through the pain. It doesn't need to hurt forever. For application forms, please contact; Macroom Family Resource Centre. Phone 026 20561.
Thanks from Kilmurry. A Big Thank you to everyone who supported the annual Coffee Day & Cake Sale in Kilmurry Museum recently which raised €2136.15 in aid of Marymount Hospice.

G.A.A. Sponsorship Macroom Motors recently presented a sponsorship cheque to Macroom GAA Club. Representing the G.A.A. at the function were John O'Mahony, Don Buckley, Pat O'Connell and Kieran Murphy and from Macroom Motors, Elaine Spillane, Karen Burke, Pat Barrett & Caroline Buckley.

Mental Health. Martha Ní Liatháin recently presented proceeds of a charity wax fundraiser to Brendan from Cork Mental Health Foundation at the Mills Inn, Ballyvourney. Brendan was very informative about what the Foundation is doing. Look out for a Transition Year event in the City Hall Cork in October. This offers a good insight as to what is available in the line of Mental Health.

IRD Duhallow Skillnet is running a number of training courses in E Macroom including: QQI Level 6 in Supervisory Management; Digital Marketing (29th September); Food Allergens Awareness & Labelling (3rd October) and QQI Level 6 Training Delivery and Evaluation (10th October). Booking for all these course are available online on http://irdduhallow.com/upcoming-events/ For further details contact Louise on 029-60633 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto 11/09/2016: Jackpot €2,350. Numbers drawn 16, 23, 34. No winner. €50 Juliette & Angus McSuibhne, Horsemount. €20 each: Jeremiah Corkery Drombeg, Paddy O'Sullivan Knockglass, Maurice O'Connor Leades, Geraldine Buckley Aghabullogue.
18/09/2016: Jackpot €2,500. Numbers drawn 03, 08, 16. No winner. €50 Connie Dennehy C/O Làine Bar €20 each: Cal McCarthy Rylane, Jayden Crowley 1 The Lawn Mountmassey, Matt & Julian O'Leary Coolnadane, Dan Kelleher Moulnahorna.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: September 18th Jackpot €7,700. Numbers Drawn 1,3,8,23 No winner. €50. Sean O'Sullivan Ballytrasna €25 David Greene Kilcorney. Bernie O'Connell c/o Dan Shine €25 on line James McCarthy
September 25th Jackpot €7,850. Numbers Drawn 8,9,25,27 No winner. €50. John Downey Mashanglass. €25 Nellie O'Sullivan Carrigadrohid. Connie O'Keeffe Dooniskey €25 on line Annmarie Byrne

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: 15/9/16. Jackpot €2.200. Numbers Drawn: 2, 10, 20. One winner. Jackie Spillane, Moulnahorna Seller: Dan Kelleher, Moulnahorna. €70 Pat Kelleher, The Village. €20 each Heather Adair, Bawnmore Nellie Dinneen, c/o Bingo Gerard Burke, Mons Bar. Peter McSweeney, Clondrohid. Heartiest congrats to Jackie, enjoy spending it, well done, and well done to Dan, the seller.
21/9/16 Jackpot €1,000. No winner. €70 Peter O'Leary, Lower Cork St., Macroom . €20 each: Helen Hurley, Clonakilty Raymond O'Riordan, Sleaveen East, Macroom Willie Moore, Rathmore. Bridget Peters

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 13/09/2016. - Jackpot €11,800. Winning Numbers 8-13-30. No Winner. €70 Dolores O'Leary, St. Colman's Park €20 each Kevin O'Sullivan, Carrigadrohid Marguerite O'Riordan, Barrett Place Michael O'Brien, Barrett Place John Angland, New Street, Mary Cooney, Greyhound Bar, Macroom .
20/09/2016. - Jackpot €12,000. Winning Numbers 2-8-23. No Winner - €70 Shelia Buttimer, Coolcower. €20 each Eliz & Mark Corrigan, Glen Park Con Kelleher, Oakwood Denis Ryan, Sullane Weirs John O' Shea, Coolacareen

Macroom FC. Lotto. 19/09/16, Jackpot €5,000 Numbers drawn 1, 19, 34. No Winner €80 Olan Buckley c/o June €20 each William Neville c/o Swanky Josie O' Keeffe c/o Lars Noreen Murphy c/o Brian Humphrey Lynch c/o Noel
26/09/16, Jackpot €5,200 Numbers drawn 13, 20, 24. No Winner €80 Dylan Dineen c/o Lars €20 each Con O' Keeffe c/o Fudge Trevor O' Brien c/o Darrin Kristina Cunningham c/o June Deirdre O'Riordan c/o Willie

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 19/9/2016. Jackpot: €1,400. Numbers Drawn: 3 – 5 – 19. No Winner: €40 Michelle O'Brien (Tullig), €20 Sophie Martin, Aileen Casey, Ger Henry, Anthony Falvey.
26/9/2016. Jackpot: €1,600. Numbers Drawn: 15 – 22 – 35. No Winner: €40 Molly O'Connell, €20 Anthony Falvey, Johnny T. Roche, Liam Casey, Mick & Denise Roche.

Lee Valley Updates

Clondrohid Updates

Tidy Towns. The Committee is pleased to note that the 2016 mark showed an increase of 6 points.Set Dancing: Another summer has passed us by and Teddy Kelleher of Set Dancing fame is ready to launch another session of Set Dancing in Clondrohid Hall for young and the not so young. Classes will commence on Tuesday night October 4 at 8pm for the adults and on Saturday night Oct 8 at 7.30pm for the younger folk. Mark it in your busy diary, all are welcome.
Development Group: Mark the date Sat night Nov 5 in your diary as the Development Group will be holding their annual Fundraising Tea Party in the Community Hall. Everyone welcome. More info later.

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Participating cyclists in the recent Rebel Pedal cycle in Kilnamartra ©Padraig Ring

Giotaí ó Choláiste Ghobnatan

Ceapach na Laoi: D'fhreastail daltaí na hIdirbhliana ar an ionad oideachais agus oiliúna faoin aer, Cheapach na Laoi, i gContae Chiarraí, le déanaí. I measc na himeachtaí, chuaigh na daltaí ag treodóireacht, ag rópadoireacht anuas agus ag cadhcáil. Bhain na 20 daltaí fíor thaitneamh as na himeachtaí go léir, ach bhí imní ar roinnt acu roimh an rópadoireacht!
Chuaigh na daltaí ar thuras i ndá grúpa difriúla, agus bhí orthu na scileanna nua a bhí foghlamtha acu a úsáid. Bhí orthu fanúint thar oíche amuigh faoin aer, a bpubaill féin a chur suas, agus a mbia féin a chócaráil. Bhí sár am ag chuile duine agus bhí an-cuid cainte timpeall na tine an oíche sin.
Fuair daltaí a dtorthaí Theastais Shóisearaigh le linn dóibh bheith ann agus bhí lúcháir ar gach duine dá bharr.
Céad léiriú de Chartúin: Bhí an-craic ag Bliain 1, 2 agus 3 nuair a d'fhreastail siad ar an gcéad léiriú de chartúin nua as Ghaeilge san Ionad Cultúrtha. I gcomóradh do Sheáin Uí Ríordáin, cuireadh ceol agus cartún leis a dhán cháiliúil, "Cúl an Tí", agus cloistear John Spillane ag canadh an cóiriú nua den dán sa chartún. Dhéan TG4 taifead ar na daltaí agus iad ag féachaint ar an gcartún, chun clár a dhéanamh faoi Ó Ríordán agus an dán. Taispeánfar an clár san Ionad Cultúrtha ar an 3ú Nollaig, céad bliain óna rugadh an Ríordánach.
Turas go Sliabh agus Eas Toirc: Chuaigh Bliain a 1 agus 4 ar thuras go Sliabh agus Eas Toirc i dtosach na scoilbliana, agus Máistir Ó Duinneacha, Máistreas Uí Dhonnchú agus Máistir Ó Dúcháin ina theannta. Siúlóid deachair a bhí ann, agus bhí sé dian ar roinnt des na daltaí leanúint ar aghaidh suas an tsliabh. Ach b'fhiú an siúlóid do gach duine nuair a sroicheadh barr na sleibhe de bharr an radharc mórthaibhseach a bhí le feiceál. Lig an grúpa go léir a gcuid scíth nuair a shroicheadar Mucros agus bhí na daltaí ag imirt peile agus iománaíochta ar an bhféir go dtí go chuadar abhaile.
Griangrafanna sa chéad eagrán eile.

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Mary Lucey, Babs Murphy, Carmel Lernihan and Mary McCarthy at Marymount Coffee Morning in Kilmurry Museum. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Ballingeary Concert.

Ballingeary Pipe Band will perform a FREE concert on Saturday, October 1st at 8pm in the Halla. They will perform the concert they staged during their recent trip to the Festival Interceltique Lorient. This includes dance, song and pipe music. There will also be a brief slideshow of the trip, followed by a raffle. Please come along and enjoy a good night's entertainment.
Beidh ceolchoirm SAOR IN AISCE ag an mbuíon phíobairí ar an Satharn, 1ú Deireadh Fómhair ag a 8in sa halla. Léargas a bheidh ann den cheolchoirm a chuir siad ar stáitse le linn a dturas chuig an Festival Interceltique Lorient, agus áireofar ann rince, amhránaíocht agus ceol na bpíobaí. Beidh taispeántas sleamhnáin den turas chomh maith mar aon le crannchur ina dhiaidh. Bígí ann chun sult a bhaint as oíche mhaith ceoil agus siamsaíochta.

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.Organisers, Louise Murray, Alice O'Sullivan, Helen Hinchion and Marie O'Sullivan at Marymount Coffee Morning in Kilmurry Museum. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macra Matters

Donoughmore Macra members had a busy weekend competing in Macra sports competitions. We had three teams at the Macra bowling. Two men's teams and a ladies' team took part in the 7 a side football. Donoughmore hosted the semi-final of the Muskerry round of Novice Debating. Two teams from Donoughmore battled it out.

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A master craftsman at work – Denis O'Callaghan in his workshop ©

Denis O'Callaghan – Craftsman 1910 – 1992

By John O'Callaghan, in association with Con Kelleher

The name O'Callaghan has been associated with shoemaking in Macroom for generations, stretching back into the 19th century. The domain of Denis O'Callaghan was a quaint little workshop situated midway along Main Street. He was the last in the O'Callaghan line of shoemakers in Macroom and, not long before he passed away in 1992, Denis shared some of his memories with family and friends.
Born in 1910, he recalled his early school days in the local Convent and later, his transfer to the Boys National School where he received his tutelage from Paddy Desmond, John Warren and finally, in the sixth and seventh classes, from the renowned Denis O'Mahony. During the summer months of his youth, it was usual for Denis to help his father, Timothy O'Callaghan, in the workshop and this spawned his interest in shoemaking as a career. In the summer of 1926, aged 16, he decided to follow the family line and started a four-year apprenticeship under his father.
Denis O'Callaghan's forte was the making of leather boots (and shoes) by hand. His flagship product looked well, felt balanced under-foot and were comfortable to wear. Fitting worn-out shoes, with new soles and heels was an important side-product which Denis compared to a motorist replacing worn-out tyres with new. His father's exacting standards demanded that such a pair of shoes, having been soled and heeled, should be almost indistinguishable from new. Denis also learnt the importance of 'finishing' before returning to the customer. This involved sanding and polishing and gave the boots and shoes a certain panache.

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Masterpiece – the last pair of boots made by master shoemaker, Denis O'Callaghan ©Con Kelleher

Some customers required hob-nails to be attached in a specific pattern. A pair of men's hob-nailed boots took as many as 200 nails. Denis remembered going to Sleaveen Road to the nail-makers, of which there were two, William Dennehy and Denis Sullivan, and keeping himself warm beside the chimney while the hob nails for a pair of boots were being made. He could recognise the sound of a pair of new, hobnailed boots in church on a Sunday morning, boots he had delivered the day before. In a rush, a pair of boots could be made in one day provided that the leather had been wetted some days before.
The largest pair of boots that Denis remembered going through the workshop were size fourteen and they required a special last. A pair of handmade boots cost seven and sixpence in 1927. The price jumped to two pounds and fifteen shillings at the beginning of World-War II and by the early fifties, they cost three pounds, an 800% increase! From about the 1950s on, demand for handmade footwear went into decline as readymade boots and shoes could be bought off the shelf. But the need for sole and heel replacements grew. Customers demanded more from a pair of shoes bought to bespoke order and typically, a pair of such shoes would be recycled three or four times. Some shoes were beyond repair and breaking the news to the customer, without causing offence, was a skill in itself. But the reverse could also occur – in one case, Denis was thanked for performing a miracle and "turning water into wine".

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The tools of the trade - Denis O'Callaghan's fine array. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Rock-and-Roll music and dance swept through Ireland in the 1950/60s. The Montrose Ballroom, Macroom (now Kelleher's Ford Dealers), attracted the biggest showband names. Stiletto heels were 'all the go' with women and, on the morning after a dance, Denis would be presented with all sorts of stiletto heel problems, the most common being the dislodgement of the heel from the shoe. It baffled him as to how anybody could walk, let alone dance, on the 4-inch-high, needle heels and pointy toes. Nevertheless, he was pragmatic and invested in specialised equipment to meet the demand for stiletto heel repair or replacement. To put it in his own words: "It was a nice little earner."
Denis made his last pair of boots just prior to his retirement. These are still held within the family. Never worn, they bear testimony to the artistry of his craft, mastered over a sixty-year period.
During his apprenticeship years, Denis worked under the watchful eye of his father who gave him daily tasks, varying from elementary at first, to complex at the end. After four years, Denis had mastered all of the important shoemaking skills and, aged 20, he was ready to make his first pair of shoes completely on his own, from start to finish. His father was well pleased with the outcome and, more importantly, the customer was happy. From that day also, Denis began to take on more responsibility for the business side of the trade. Leather was purchased in Cork and his father was particular in ensuring that only the best came to Macroom. Denis took this to heart and personally inspected each sheath before purchase. Learning how to use the knife safely was one of the most important skills to acquire. A severe cut to the shoemaker, although rare, required instant treatment and a first-aid procedure was always on standby. Denis recalled how his father would bind the wound with some hemp and then cover it with wax and a piece of muslin. This proved an excellent remedy. But, in an emergency, Dr Michael Cronin, who practiced directly across the street, would usually be available to professionally treat a severe wound.
Damage to the leather was also to be avoided. Some sheaths harboured 'weak spots' and, without due care, the knife could run on beyond the mark, spoil the piece and increase the risk of a knife wound. The scent of leather was a great attraction in the workshop. It was at its most pungent when freshly delivered and the aroma would waft on to the street. Such was its popularity that there were times when Denis could be heard muttering under-breath that he wished he could "bottle the stuff." To be continued.


'At the Edge of the Orchard' Tracy Chevalier

Ohio 1838, James and Sadie Goodenough have settled in the Black Swamp, planting apple trees to claim the land as their own. Life is harsh and, as fever picks off their children, husband and wife take solace in separate comforts, resulting in fighting that will take its toll on all the Goodenoughs. Fifteen years later, their youngest son, Robert, is drifting through Goldrush California, haunted by the broken family he fled years earlier.
In this rich, powerful story, Tracy Chevalier (author of 'Girl with a Pearl Earring') is at her imaginative best. A wonderful book, rich, evocative and original.
Available at Fitzgerald's Bookshop €15.50


Aldi Helps Cope

Aldi is delighted to announce that the Macroom branch of the Cope Foundation is the latest charity to benefit from its new community support fund. Aldi's Macroom store staff have awarded the Macroom branch of the Cope Foundation a €500 grant in recognition of its tremendous work within the local community and to help support its vital services. The €500 grant was presented to John Clifford, the Cope Foundation's Head of Fundraising, by Julie McSweeney, Aldi's Macroom store "Charity Champion".
The Cope Foundation plays a pivotal role in supporting children and adults across Cork with intellectual disabilities and autism. Aldi's community support fund programme provides each Aldi employee with the opportunity to nominate a charity, community group or not-for-profit organisation within their local community for support. Nominated charities are assessed according to a defined selection criterion, with the organisation deemed the most worthwhile receiving a €500 donation from Aldi. Each of Aldi's 126 Irish stores has been allocated an individual annual bursary fund and a "Charity Champion" assigned to co-ordinate the programme at a local level and work closely with the local charities and not-for-profit organisations. The programme aims to make a difference, focusing on helping develop Ireland's youth, combat food poverty and improve the wellbeing of families.

Sports Mad

All Girls

Cork, 2016 All Ireland Champions. Winners of an 11th TG4 Senior Football title and 6-in-a-row.

Panel: Martina O'Brien-Clonakilty Marie Ambrose-St. Val's Bríd Stack-St. Mary's -Roisín Phelan-Aghada Vera Foley-St. Val's Deirdre O'Reilly-Newmarket Shauna Kelly-Araglen Desmonds Buí Rena Buckley-Donoughmore Briege Corkery-St. Val's Annie Walsh-Inch Rovers Ciara O'Sullivan-Mourneabbey Orlagh Farmer-Midleton Áine O'Sullivan -Beara -Doireann O'Sullivan-Mourneabbey Orla Finn-Kinsale Meabh O'Sullivan-Mourneabbey Libby Coppinger-Bantry Blues Jess O'Shea-Inch Rovers Aisling Barrett-Donoughmore -Rhona Ní Bhuachalla-Naomh Fionnbarra Ashling Hutchings-Fermoy Eimear Meaney-Mourneabbey Mairead Corkery-St. Val's Eimear Scally-Éire Óg Bríd O'Sullivan-Mourneabbey Louise Coholan-St. Val's Áine Hayes-Rosscarbery Sinead Cotter-St. Val's Emma Farmer-Aghada Roisín O'Sullivan -Mourneabbey -Hannah Looney-Aghada -Kate Leneghan-St. Michael's -Shauna Cronin-Mayfield -Beulah McManus-Fingallians -Maire O'Callaghan-Mourneabbey -Niamh Cotter-Beara ©Tom Russell

 Cork Women Supreme

It is a recurring September nightmare for Dublin Senior Football squad – defeat by Cork when victory seemed tantalisingly within reach. In 2014, Dublin seemed on a sure thing with 20 minutes to go and a 10-point lead. They lost by a point. Last year, after a dour final, the margin was two points, and the 2016 Cork win is again by a point, and that disputed.
This Cork team is a different breed. While G.A.A. in the Rebel County is in the doldrums generally, this band of women raises spirits and inspires young girls to heroic feats year after year since 2005. Their achievements are the stuff of legends. They now equal Kerry, with 11 All Ireland titles and many would argue that Kerry's supremacy was in the infancy of the game, when there was little competition. Cork had 5 in a row 2005 – 2009, a temporary lapse in 2010 and now, another 6 in a row. Surely they deserve their own Brendan Martin Cup! Four team members hold all 11 All Ireland medals and Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley have 17 All Irelands each when one includes their 6 camogie medals. There is a spirit and cohesion among the Cork women that should be bottled and patented, if that were possible. They support, inspire and challenge one another and seemingly impossible barriers are just something to be surmounted with the help of friends.

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Rhona supporters from Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Tadhg, Una agus Brian Ó Duinnín; Nóirín, Peaitsi agus Maire Uí Thuama, le Ellen Ni Bhuachalla and Mícheál Ó Loingsigh ag Páirc an Chróchaigh ©McSweeney Media

The Lee Valley played an integral part in Cork's current success. Laoch na hImeartha, Player of the Match, was the epic Rena Buckley, Donoughmore. Surprisingly, this was her first such award in a Football All Ireland even though she is a consistent All Star nominee. The charismatic Briege Corkery, St. Val's, another dual player, was Laoch na hImeartha in the semi-final and in many other matches. Briege's half-time words to the 2016 team are said to have been instrumental in the revitalisation of the team in the second half. We are all familiar with her 'true grit' image in recent Lidl posters. And Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, Naomh Fionnbarra – she is the sub par excellence. Year after year she is introduced when things are looking bad. She intercepts a pass and coolly finds the net to give her team new hope and spirit. Her goal in the 2016 final was a deciding factor in the outcome. Still only 25, she has been on the Cork team since 2007 and has inflicted at least 3 mortal blows to Dublin hopes over those years.
Other Lee Valley players and panellists were Marie Ambrose-St. Val's; Vera Foley-St. Val's; Eimear Scally-Éire Óg; Aisling Barrett-Donoughmore; Louise Coholan-St. Val's; Mairead Corkery-St. Val's; Sinead Cotter-St. Val's. The management team, which underwent a sea change at the beginning of the year with the departure of the iconic Éamonn Ryan, includes Pat O'Leary, St. Val's; Frank Honohan-Donoughmore and James Masters-Nemo Rangers - but with strong Kilmichael links!

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Mary O'Sullivan, Maire Ní Laoire, Siobhan Ni Chuana, Nora Ni Thuama, Annie Kelleher agus Hannie Corkery ag Craobh Peil na mBan ©McSweeney Media

The 2016 All Ireland

Playing before a record breaking crowd of 34,445, in miserable conditions, at Croke Park on September 25 2016, Cork inflicted defeat on Dublin for a 3rd consecutive year in the TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship final. At half-time, the sides had shared just seven points, Dublin ahead by 0-4 to 0-3. Cork had moved two points clear early on but Dublin worked their way back into contention despite many wides and one disputed ball. They were level seven minutes before the break and hit the front for the first time with two minutes to go. Ephie Fitzgerald, in his first year as manager, replacing Éamonn Ryan, gave the Rebels an encouraging talk at halftime, as did Briege Corkery and these words were effective. The opening score of the second half went to Dublin as they opened up a 0-5 to 0-3 advantage. But secret weapon, Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, had been introduced at half-time. Two years ago, Ní Bhuachalla scored a crucial goal as Cork came from ten points down to catch Dublin and she did it again in 2016. Captain Ciara O'Sullivan created the chance with a driving run and Ní Bhuachalla was on hand to find the net with a low finish. That goal had Cork 1-3 to 0-5 in front. Dublin equalised in the 40th minute before Cork struck for four unanswered points between the 48th and 54th minutes. Doireann O'Sullivan scored three of them - each equally brilliant in its own right as Orla Finn also chipped in with a valuable score. Dublin scored 1-2 in the second half - including a consolation penalty that was to put the cat among the pigeons and release a flood of recrimination about the validity of a first half wide.
But all that is irrelevant. The Brendan Martin Cup is back at Leeside for a record breaking 6 in a row and an 11th time in 12 years.
CORK: Martina O'Brien; Marie Ambrose, Brid Stack, Roisin Phelan; Shauna Kelly; Deirdre O'Reilly, Vera Foley, Annie Walsh, Briege Corkery; Rena Buckley, Áine O'Sullivan, Orlagh Farmer; (0-1); Ciara O'Sullivan, Doireann O'Sullivan, (0-3, 1f), Orla Finn. (0-3, 2f). Subs: R Ní Bhuachalla (1-0) for Á O'Sullivan (h.t.), Eimear Scally for Walsh (44).

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Róisín and Molly Corkery, Annie Ní Mheachair, Rachel agus Tina Ní Dheasúna on their way to Croker to reclaim the Brendan Martin Cup  c McSweeney Media 

GAA - Cork County Championships

Senior Hurling Championship

Muskerry (lost in Round 2B)
Semi-Finals: Erin's Own 2-13 Midleton 1-15. Glen Rovers 1-19 Douglas 1-13
Final: Glen Rovers v Erin's Own
Note: MUSKERRY must play off with other 2B round losers to establish the weakest senior team of 2016.

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Inniscarra (lost in Rd.4), Blarney (lost in 2B)
Semi-Finals: Mallow 2-11 Bandon 2 – 12. Cloyne 0-11 Fermoy 0-11 draw
Final: Bandon v Cloyne or Fermoy
Relegation Play Offs: 2B round losers must play to establish the two weakest teams in grade. A last-two finish for two years in a row means relegation.
Courceys 2-18 BLARNEY 1-16. Kanturk 0-21 Tracton 1-15

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Ballincollig, Éire Óg, Aghabullogue (R3), Dripsey (R2B), Grenagh (R3), Inniscarra B (R2B).
Round Four Dungourney 0-12 Ballincollig 1-9 draw
Dungourney 1-18 (21) BALLINCOLLIG 4 – 6 (18) replay
A - Dungourney v Fr O' Neill. Aghada 3-17 Meelin 1-11. Kildorrery 1-18 ÉIRE ÓG 1-12. Glen Rovers 1-16 Kilbrittain 0-16
Semi Finals: A v Aghada; Kildorrery v Glen Rovers
Relegation Play Offs:
Ballymartle 1-20 Carrigaline 2-10
Barryroe 1-17 INNISCARRA 2-6
Milford 0-21 Na Piarsaigh 2-10
Inniscarra v Na Piarsaigh Playoff Round 2
Carrigaline- v DRIPSEY
Dungourney 1- 18 Ballincollig 4 - 6
Ballincollig bowed out of the intermediate hurling championship when going down by a three point margin to Dungourney at Riverstown in the 4th round replay. Ballincollig had dreadful first half and were led at the break by 1-12 to 0-3 and fell further behind on the restart to leave a 14 deficit to rein in. Ballincollig almost achieved the impossible however with a magnificent second half fight back which was ignited by a 34th minute goal from Robbie Burke. Further goals from Ian Coughlan, Colin O'Donovan and Robbie Burke brought Ballincollig right back into contention as full time approached but a late Dungourney point left three points between the teams at the final whistle.
Ballincollig scorers: R Burke 2-0, D Bowen 0-5 (0-4f), I Coughlan and C O'Donovan 1-0 each, S O'Sullivan 0-1.
Ballincollig: Finbarr Kelly: Brian Cotter, Liam Jennings, Matt O'Leary: Shane O'Sullivan, Ciarán O'Sullivan, Conor Sexton: Colin Moore, Shane Murphy: David Bowen, Peter O'Neill, Eoin Hegarty:Colin O Donovan, Ian Coughlan, Robbie Bourke. Subs: Alan O'Donovan and Mark Prendergast.
Kildorrery 1 – 18 Eire Óg 1 - 12
Éire Óg, down to fourteen men after only 17 minutes, staged a gallant second half rally to pull an eight point interval deficit, 1-11 to 0-6, down to a mere two points as the game entered the final stretch. The second half rally was inspired by three points in a row from Paul McDonagh which were followed by a goal from a Kevin Hallissey penalty. Éire Óg shot a few bad wides however, Kildorrery deployed their extra man in defence and the North Cork men recovered and four points in a row in the last ten minutes saw them re-establish command and give them their ticket to a semi final meeting with the Glen Rovers second team.
Eire Óg scorers: K Hallissey 1-4 (1-0 pen, 0-2f), D Goulding 0-3 (0-1f), P McDonagh 0-3, E O'Shea and J Dineen 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: Dylan Desmond: Aidan O'Connor, John Mullins, Cathal Mullins: Fionn O'Rourke, Alan O'Mahony, John Cooper: Daire McCarthy, Daniel O'Connor: Keith O'Riordan, Dermot O'Herlihy, Paul McDonagh: Daniel Goulding, Kevin Hallissey, Eoin O'Shea. Subs: Cathal Murphy ht, John Dineen 45, Paul Kirwin 53, Brian Hurley 58.

County Premier U21 Hurling Championship

Blarney and Inniscarra (R3)
Round 4
A Na Piarsaigh 2-8 Ballymartle 0-12
B Charleville 2-15 Douglas 2-22
C Glen Rovers 2-22 v Valley Rovers 0-10
D Midleton 2-8 v Duhallow 1-18
E Sarsfields 0-12 v Fr. O'Neill's 3-11
F BLARNEY 1-20 v Killeagh/Ita's 2-14
G Blackrock 4-19 v Shandrum 0-3
H Newcestown 3-10 St. Finbarr's 2-12
Na Piarsaigh v Douglas, Glen Rvrs. 0-17 Duhallow 1-6, Fr O'Neills 3-21 BLARNEY 0-9, Blackrock v Newcestown
Semi-Finals: AB v Glen Rovers, Fr O'Neills v GH

Co. Junior Hurling

Junior A

Ballinora 0-11 Mayfield 3-23
Quarter Finals:
Kilbrin 1-17 Kilbree 0-12
Sarsfields 1-26 Valley Rovers 2-9
Semi Finals: Sarsfields 3-15 Harbour Rovers 0-9. Mayfield 1-17 Kilbrin 0-12
Final: Sarsfields v Mayfield

Co. Junior B Hurling

Quarter Finals:
A CLOUGHDUV 0-11 Whites Cross 0-9
B Dromtarriffe 2-16 St Marys 1-11
C Ballinhassig or Ballygarvan v Sarsfields
Semi Finals: Cloughduv v Dromtarriffe. Kilavullen v Winners of C

Senior Football Championship

Muskerry and Ballincollig
(A) Nemo Rangers 3-10 St Finbarr's 2-10
(B) Castlehaven 0-7 Ballincollig 3-15
(C) Carbery R 1-11 Valleys Rovers 0-6
(D) Avondhu 2-15 Duhallow 2-9
Semi-Finals: Nemo Rangers v Ballincollig, Carbery Rangers v Avondhu
Ballincollig 3 - 15 Castlehaven 0-7
Ballincollig defeated Castlehaven by 17 points in a one sided senior football championship quarter final at a packed Clonakilty. The 'Haven beat Ballincollig at Dunmanway last year by four points and were the popular fancy to advance to challenge Nemo in the semi final but now it is the men from The Village who will seek to dethrone the champions. It was a night when everything went right for the winners and they can face Nemo in a positive mood after this fine performance against a formidable side. The Ballincollig full forward line of Johnny Miskella, Ian Coughlan and Cian Dorgan did wreak, scoring 2-13 between them but there were great displays in all departments. Ian Coughlan had the ball in the Haven net in the 10th minute and it was 1-4 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter. Goalie Dave Lordan made a superb save from Mark Collins in the 24th minute and at half time the Mid Cork side led by 1-6 to 0-5.
Castlehaven scored only two points in the entire second half, a tribute to he effectiveness of the Ballincollig rearguard in which Liam Jennings was outstanding. Cian Dorgan had a second goal in the 49th minute and Sean Kiely had a third late on as the Ballincollig forwards played ducks and drakes with the 'Haven defence.
Ballincollig scorers: Cian Dorgan 1-6 (0-2f), Ian Coughlan 1-3 (0-2f), Johnny Miskella 0-4 (0-1f), Sean Kiely 1-1, Kevin Browne 0-1.
Ballincollig: David Lordan: Shane Murphy, Liam Jennings, Eoin Hegarty: Seán Lucey, Noel Galvin, Cian Kiely: Seán Kiely, Ciarán O'Sullivan: Kevin Browne, Paddy Kelly, George Durrant: Cian Dorgan, Ian Coughlan, Johnny Miskella. Subs: Luke Fahy 44, Niall Allen 53, Jordan O'Connor 54, John Kelly 55, Darren Murphy 58, Colin Moore 59.
Ballincollig will now meet Nemo Rangers in the semi-final.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

* Éire Óg, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh (sf), Ballinora R3, Naomh Abán QF, Macroom QF, Grenagh R2B.
Éire Óg 0 - 9 Fermoy 4 - 10
Kiskeam 1-12 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-14
Final: Fermoy v Kiskeam
Fermoy 4 – 10 Éire Óg 0 – 9
The result may not have been expected and the ease with which it was achieved simply a major surprise. Éire Óg footballers gave their worst display in years in going under to last year's intermediate champions at Ballinlough and as a contest the game was over long before the finish. The weekly menu of hurling and football championship games finally caught up with the Éire Óg players who had nothing in the tank against opponents who are in flying form at present.
Fermoy did serious damage to the Ovens men in the first half, at the end of which they led by 3-6 to 0-4. They had their first goal in the 12th minute to lead by 1-2 to 0–1 and four minutes later they added a second. A third goal for the North Cork men just before the break left Éire Óg shell shocked and in a terrible situation.
Éire Óg did stage a mini revival on the restart with points from Hallissey, Fogarty and Daniel Goulding to make it 3-6 to 0-7 in the 36th minute but they needed a goal and that never looked likely. In fact it was Fermoy who came up with a goal, their fourth coming in the 43rd minute to kill off the contest.
Eire Óg scorers: Daniel Goulding 0-5 (0-2f), L Sheehan 0-2 (0-1f),K Hallissey and S Fogarty 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: Davy Sheahan, John Mullins, Cian O'Mahony: Daniel O'Connor, Alan O'Mahony, Dermot O'Herlihy: Fionn O'Rourke, Liam Murphy: Alan O'Connor, Kevin Hallissey, Ronan O'Toole: Daniel Goulding, Liam Sheehan, John Kelleher. Subs: Denny Murphy ht., Seán Fogarty ht., Daire McCarthy 49, Eoin O'Shea 51.

Intermediate Football Championship

*Aghabullogue and Cill na Martra.
Quarter-Final (D) Millstreet 0-15 St Finbarr's 0-13
Semi-Finals: Bandon v CILL na MARTRA.. Rockchapel v Millstreet

County Junior A Football Championship

Knocknagree 1-12 Kilmurry 1- 10
Shamrocks 1-10 Brian Dillons 2-15
Cloyne 2-11 Garnish 0-9
Ballyclough v Gabriel Rangers
Semi Finals: Shamrocks v Cloyne. Knocknagree v Ballyclough or Gabriel Rangers
Knocknagree 1 – 12 Kilmurry 1 – 10
Six days after winning their third Mid Cork title in five years, Kilmurry were back in action in the county championship at Millstreet, facing Knocknagree, a young team on the way up, under coach John Fintan Daly. Conditions were perfect and there was a big attendance anticipating a fine game. The teams did produce a gripping contest but for Kilmurry supporters this was no consolation as their side did not reproduce the energy levels of the Mid Cork final and paid the price.
Kilmurry started very well, led by 1-4 to nil after only nine minutes play but were in arrears by half time on a 1-9 to 1-6 scoreline. Kilmurry managed to draw level by the 52nd minute at 1-10 all but it was Knocknagree who finished strongest with two unanswered points to advance to the semi final.
Dave McCarthy had Kilmurry in front after only a minute with a punched point and William Buckley added another in the 5th minute. Kilmurry supporters were jubilant a minute later when Greg Barrett set up Marco Healy for a blast to the net and team captain Dave O'Halloran added a point from a free immediately after. In the 9th minute, a foul of Joe Ryan was punished by William Buckley pointing the resultant free, 1-4 to nil the score now with Kilmurry rampant.
Anthony O'Connor got an opening point for Knocknagree in the 10th minute, and Kilmurry seemed to ease up, allowing the opposition to gradually work themselves back into contention. James Dennehy pointed , and when two more followed in the 18th minute, one could sense that the Duhallow side were beginning to regain their confidence and that Kilmurry were not contesting with the required vigour. A fifth Knocknagree point was matched by a William Buckley point for the Mid Cork side but then in the 22nd minute, Kilmurry conceded a goal after a misdirected pass in attack was pounced on and the winners swept downfield in a rapid raid. Jason McDonnell made a magnificent save from Anthony O'Connor's first shot but the Duhallow man forced the rebound home to level the scores at 1-5 each. Knocknagree added three points in a row as Kilmurry missed some glorious chances from frees and when Joe Ryan found the range from play, Anthony O'Connor pointed a free in reply to leave his side leading Kilmurry by three points at the break, 1-9 to 1-6.
James White came on for the second half at midfield for Kilmurry and when William Buckley pointed a free for Kilmurry on the restart, the winners did likewise. Buckley pointed again in the 35th minute and when he scored again in the 41st minute, there was only a single point between the teams even though several Kilmurry players were not playing up to their usual standard requiring the introduction of the injured Daniel Cahalane and Pádraig Berhanu from the bench. William Buckley was not one of these and when he pointed a free in the 52nd minute to level the scores at 1-10 the hope was that Kilmurry would now raise their game for a final push. Instead it was Knocknagree who broke the stalemate with a point in the 57th minute and when they scored again it meant that Kilmurry needed a goal as time ran out. In fairness Kilmurry tried hard for the goal and had one shot cleared off the line but Knocknagree held firm and they move on to a county semi final. Kilmurry will regret the missed opportunity and may point to the short time gap between the Mid Cork final and its joy and the hard contest that awaited in the county.
Kilmurry scorers: Marco Healy 1-0, William Buckley 0-7 (0-3f), Dave McCarthy, Dave O'Halloran (f) and Joe Ryan 0-1 each.
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell, Eoin Barrett, Kevin Barrett, John O'Mullane: Liam Wall, William Barrett, Liam Long; David O'Leary, Marco Healy; David McCarthy, David O' Halloran (C), Sean Curzon: William Buckley; Greg Barrett, Joe Ryan. Subs: James White ht., Daniel Cahalane 35, Padraig Berhanu 38.

County Junior B Football

Quarter Finals:
Cobh 1-13 Glengariffe 1-6
St Finbarrs v Carrigaline
INNISCARRA 2-8 Newmarket 0-5
Clyda v Kilbrittain
Semi Finals: Cobh v St Fin or Carrigaline. INNISCARRA v Clyda or Kilbrittain
Mid Cork GAA

MJK Oils Junior B Football Championship

Inniscarra 3 – 4 Kilmurry 0 – 8
Inniscarra will represent Mid Cork in the county B championship after their fine win over Kilmurry in the divisional final at Blarney. Kilmurry started well and were 0-5 to nil in front before Inniscarra had their first score, a goal from a penalty in the 20th minute. A second goal for the winners from Shane Buckley helped them to a 2-2 to 0-6 interval lead. The second half was very low scoring, Kilmurry pointed, Inniscarra replied and with two points between the teams at 2-4 to 0-8 Kilmurry were in search of a goal to win the championship as time was running out. Instead, Inniscarra swept down the field after a break down in the Kilmurry attack and Shane Buckley struck for goal No.3 to finish the contest.
The Inniscarra line out was: Lorcán Geaney: Peter Murphy, Kevin Herlihy, Brian Gould: Richard O'Connor, David Twomey, George O'Mahony: Robert O'Mahony, James Walsh: Cillian Browne, Liam Ó Riain, Andrew McCarthy: Tommy Buckley, Shane O'Sullivan, Dylan O'Sullivan. Subs: Antony O'Connell, Danny O'Herlihy, Jack Harrington, Eric Baxter, Eoin Kavanagh.
Farho Intelligent Heating U21 A Hurling Championship
Semi Finals: Cloughduv v Éire Óg. Ballincollig 1-19 Aghabullogue 0-9.

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Macroom Minor Football team that defeated St Vincent's in the Minor A Eastern Section final in Ballinlough ©Leo Goold

Rebel Óg East Minor A Football Final

Macroom 1 –8 St Vincents 0 – 5
Macroom minors won the Rebel Óg East Minor A football championship title in a well contested final at Ballinlough. The city side scored first but Cathal O'Riordan levelled matters from a free after six minutes and then put Macroom in front five minutes later. Midfielder Caleb Dinneen had a third point for Macroom in the 15th minute and the only other score of the first half was a Macroom point from Ethan O'Gorman in the 28th minute.
Macroom led by 0-4 to 0-1 at the break and after Cathal O'Riordan made it 0-5 Macroom got in for the only goal of the game in the 37th minute, Nikodem Wyczynski with the power to force the ball over the crowed line after Caleb Dinneen sent over a high centre.
Vincents did not capitulate and from here to the end made Macroom battle very hard to keep them at bay. Points were exchanged, Blake O'Gorman for Macroom but Vincents were going well and had another point in reply. The Macroom defence was under considerable pressure but held fast with Ryan Creed, Jack Cronin and Jack Kelleher very steady. The city team pointed a free early in the final quarter, Olan O'Leary replied for Macroom but Macroom missed some chances of points to put the game beyond their opponents. Another pointed free for Vincent's reduced the gap to five points and Vincents tried hard for a goal but were denied by resolute defending. Caleb Dinneen had a point for Macroom to secire the title.

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Sean Twohig, vice chairman of the Eastern Minor Board, presenting Macroom Minor Football Captain, Ryan Creed, with the minor A Eastern Section trophy ©Leo Goold

Macroom will now meet West region champions, O'Donovan Rossa, Skibbereen in the county semi final.
Scorers: Macroom: N Wyczynski 1-0, C O'Riordan 0-3 (0-2f), C Dinneen 0-2, O O'Leary, B O'Gorman and E O'Gorman 0-1 each. St Vincents: O Galvin 0-3 (0-2f), R Constant and C Blake 0-1 each.
Macroom: Kevin Condon: Cian Twomey, Jack Cronin, Jack Kelleher: Aidan McMahon, Ryan Creed, Colm O'Mahony: Caleb Dinneen, Blake O'Gorman: Cathal O'Riordan, Seán McMahon, Mark Corrigan: Olan O'Leary, Ethan O'Gorman, Nikodem Wyczynski. Subs: Frank Clarke 48, Daniel O'Riordan 50, Thomas O'Donovan 55 and Alan O'Farrell (inj.), Conor Sheehan, Conor Hurley, Szinon Sanetra, Ciarán Condon, Jack O'Donovan, Mark Meaney.
Aghabullogue 0 – 15 Sliabh Ruadh 1 – 5
To complete a good day for Mid Cork teams at Ballinlough, Aghabullogue won the Rebel Óg East B Minor Football championship final with a comfortable win over Sliabh Ruadh.
The Aghabullogue line out was: Daniel Lane: Killian BarryMurphy, Luke O'Connor, Paul Dilworth; Seán Lane, Paul Ring, Tom Long: Seán O'Connell, Conor Smyth: Niall BarryMurphy, Mathew Bradley, Aodhán Healy: Shane Tarrant, Tadgh Bradley, David Thompson. Subs: Oisín Fogarty, Colm Dennehy, Luke Casey, Jack Murphy, Alex O'Donovan, Barry Fitzpatrick, Conor Dineen, Paul Dineen and Billy Dennehy.

Éire Óg Updates

Training continues every Friday evening from 6pm. New members are always welcome – Please contact our Secretary Denis O'Shea on 086 8625220 for further info. Our main fundraiser, a golf classic, was held in the Lee Valley Golf Club recently. The organisers would like to thank the Lee Valley and all our sponsors and players who contributed to the success of the event.
Our U7 and 8s continue to train every Friday evening with strong numbers turning up to every training session. We travelled to Innishannon to play Valley Rovers in a great display of football. Our U7 & 8s then travelled the short distance to play Bishopstown. We had a total of 3 matches with 30 girls from Eire Óg showcasing all the skills that they have learned in training all year. It is very promising for Eire Óg LGFA to see the talent that is coming through at such a young age. Thanks very much to all at Bishopstown LGFA. It was great to see all the parents enjoy the football skills that all the girls have acquired over the Summer. Our players who lined out last Sunday were:Sinead and Niamh Corcoran, Orla Slattery, Ellen Desmond, Cliodhna Higgins, Abby Clifford, Laura Coomey, Ciara O'Keefe, Ellen and Anna Cronin, Laura Dineen, Aimee O'Connell, Annalouise Crowley, Caylin Hegarty, Caoimhe Dillon, Siun Sweeney, Sarah O'Sullivan, Sophie O'Connell, Tamara Moynihan, Aoibhinn Ni Chroinin, Grace O'Carroll, Maisie O'Sullivan, Aoife O'Riordan, Lucy Matson, Caoimhe Lehane, Eimear Hayes, Courtney and Myka Cole, Laura O'Mahony, Christina Stampoulis.
Our U10 team recently played the final match of the mid cork Summer league against Douglas . The first half was evenly contested with all the girls giving a great performance. At half time Eire Og were the better on the score board, with the half time result 1:1 to 0:1, after playing with a slight breeze. In the second half Eire Og settled well and after strong defending the Eire Og girls came away with a 3:2 to 1:1 victory. Well done to all the girls involved. The team were Grace Harris, Lydia Young, Maebh McGoldrick, Gemma Young, Clodagh Dillon, Eabha Healy, Orlaith Cremin, Phobe Warton, Aine Herlihy, Saoirse Moyihan, Amy Slattery, Leah Sheehan, Lisa Murphy, kate O Riordan, Jessica power, genny O Sullivan, Laura Healy, Ali Hayes, Julie white, Emma Healy, Claire O Regan Shannon Sheehan.
Our U10 team participated in the eagerly anticipated annual Danielle Forde blitz recently. A great day of football was enjoyed by all.
All Irelands. Best wishes to Eire Óg footballer Meabh Cahalane who played with the Cork camogie team who lost out to Kilkenny in the All Ireland camogie final on Sunday 11th September against Kilkenny.
Congratulations to Eire Óg's Eimear Scally who played with the Cork Senior ladies football team and won another All Ireland title on 25th September. A large following from Eire Óg travelled to Dublin to support Eimear and her team mates.

Laochra Óg

Laochra Óg U10's played Kilmichael in a closely contested challenge game. Result: Laochra Óg 6-4 Kilmichael 5-2. Great to see young hurlers wanting to win the ball. Our U12 camogie girls played Millstreet but lost. Our under six and eight teams took part in a blitz. Our players got the opportunity to meet one of the all-time greats, Charlie Mac Carthy and he was full of encouragement. We had a tug of war between both teams which was great fun and then got very competitive when the dads got involved. U8 and U9 Camogie played in their end of year go games in Ballincollig.
Congratulations to all the boys who played in the Home Blitz- three really competitive, 12 minute games. We hope to finish the year next Saturday with a win at the U10 Hurling League Finals in Mourneabbey. Medal presentation to our U7 &U8 boys 1st & 2nd place winners who took part in the skills competition U7 runner up Tadhg O Driscoll with 1st place going to Michael Cregan and in the U8's runner up was Jack O Shea and in 1st place was Liam Hennigan.
Well done to all the u8 &u9 girls who took part in our club blitz. We had 4 teams all playing for cup final and a plate final. Next Saturday the 1st October we are taking part in a blitz in Killarney, a fundraiser for a girl who is having treatment for cancer. Each player has been asked to donate €3 if possible.
Our Parish League finals for U12/13 also took place. Great excitement for both games and well done to all the girls and to our ref for both games Daniel Murphy.
Friday 23rd September was Laochra Óg Hurling and Camogie Club 50/50 lotto launch. First draw will take place on Sunday 9th of October in Clondrohid Hall after second mass. The draw will take place fortnightly. Every draw will have a winner. Tickets are €2 each or €5 for three. Look out for local outlets for tickets and thank you to those outlets for supporting our club.

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James Twomey, Donoughmore and Lisa Stack, Kilcummin, celebrate their wedding in Killarney ©Lee Valley Outlook

Clondrohid G.A.A.

G.A.A Clondrohid 4 - 6 Blarney 3 – 5.
After the disappointment of the championship defeat at the hands of Ballinhassig last week, Clondrohid had the chance to qualify for another final against Blarney away and came out on top. This game had everything, 7 goals great saves, black cards, great defending, end to end moves, goalmouth scrambles. Clondrohid have a panel of 23 players with 5 of them u 12 and over the last 2 weeks in 2 semi-finals all 23 got game time and all can be proud of their efforts on behalf of their team . Big thanks to our enthusiastic supporters who once again kicked every ball with their team and made their presence known as usual. Good luck in the final.
Team: Conor Murphy Gearoid O Connell Jerome Healy Fionan O Leary Conor O Leary Liam Coleman Conor O Leary Ciaran O Leary (0-3) Alex Kelly Conor Dineen(1-1) George Lowrie(1-1) Colin Murphy(0-1) Luke Duggan JK Long(1-0) Eoin Kelleher (1-0) Subs Lorcan Flanagan Darragh Fitzgibbon Jack Martin David O Connor David O Connell Oran Manning Nathan Kelleher Sean Murphy
Clondrohid U8s and U 7s travelled to Cullen for a practice game. The boys and girls played their hearts out and both games ended in a sporting draw. . Thanks to the coaches and parents who stayed to support. Well done to all.
Nealy Twomey Memorial: Clondrohid U10s travelled to Carrigadrohid for the final competitive tournament of the year. They were drawn in a very tough group that included Dromtarrife, Duargle Gaels and Canovee. Canovee was 1st up and Clondrohid won 2-3 to 1-4. Against Dromtarrife they won 4-5 to 1-2. The final group game was against Duargle Gaels, a tough bruising game and the saying "goals win games" was never more true. . With 3 mins to go the score was level. 2 late but crucial goals ensured the win 3-6 to 1-4. That put Clondrohid into the top tier cup final against Kilmurry. Following the parade lead by the captain of the day Jason O'Connell, In a great sporting game, at half time Clondrohid were ahead by 2 points. The defence was excellent throughout. The mid fielders and forwards played intelligent football. And with 2 mins to go, Clondrohid were ahead by 2 points and goals were on the minds of Kilmurry. The defence held firm and finished off with a well-earned 2 point win. 3-9 to 4-4. These players are a credit to their club, their parents and their coaches. Thank you to Declan, Noel, Jimmy & Kevin.

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Presentation of sponsorship cheque from Macroom Motors to Macroom GAA Club. ©

Macroom Juvenile G.A.A.

A local businessman recently expressed a wish to donate to the juvenile section of Macroom G.A.A. club. The committee needed new jerseys for the under 15/16 teams. At a cost of €900, a set of jerseys was bought and the businessman footed the bill. The donor wished to remain anonymous and the logo on the set is 'Give Respect, Get Respect'. Macroom G.A.A. juvenile committee would like to thank sincerely the very generous benefactor.
Con Kelleher, PRO Macroom G.A.A. juvenile committee.

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Donoughmore U12 girls secured a convincing victory in the replay of the County semi-final v Kilavullen ©

Donoughmore Ladies

Donoughmore U12 girls secured a convincing victory in the replay of the County semi-final v Kilavullen in Banteer. These two teams met just five days earlier in Mourneabbey, where a hard fought attle resulted in a draw. Hopes were high that the Donoughmore girls would get the upper hand in Sunday's clash and supporters and parents were not disappointed. From the outset, Donoughmore dominated play throughout the field. They got an ideal start with a goal from Anna Logan. Niamh Dinan converted a free and a second goal from full forward Anna Logan, brought the score to 2-1 to no score at the half way stage.
On resumption, Kilavullen were first to register a point from play but this was going to be their only score of the game despite the valiant efforts of their forwards. Brilliant defending from the Donoughmore back line gave little opportunity for the opposition to make their mark. In the forward line Anna Logan, once more found the back of the net, followed shortly afterwards by a goal from Ciara Lily Twomey. Points from Niamh Dinan and Kelly Honohan brought the full time score to 4-3 to 0-1. It was a great performance from the Donoughmore girls. They were disciplined, worked hard and showed great skill and determination throughout. Well done to all involved. Best of Luck to the girls in the final.
Panel: Julie Lyons, Emma Hayes, Caoimhe O' Connell, Aoife McAloon, Niamh Mc Sweeney, Aoife O Leary, Niamh Dinan, Aoife Barrett, Sadhbhin Sheehan, Kelly Honohan, Ellen Crowley, Ciara Buckley, Anna Logan,Ciara Lily Twomey, Ella Honohan, Emma Hughes, Caoimhe Buckley, Ava Neilon, Emma O Connor, Kate Honohan, Aoife Barrett, Aine O Connor, Marie Murphy. They are coached by John Dinan and Louise Barrett.
All Ireland. Congratulations to Rena Buckley and Aisling Barrett on another All Ireland win. Mary Corkery, coordinator of the U10 group, organised a bus to transport our U8/10 girls to Croke Park for the final. They were accompanied by parents and had a memorable day.
Training The u10s had a great day out at the Danielle Forde Blitz recently and both the u8s and u10s are busy with training and friendly matches at the moment. Our U14/16 group are involved in the autumn leagues and on Saturday mornings, many of our girls are participating in the Mid Cork Development camp for U13s and U15s. Congratulations to Jenny Brew Dinan who was a member of the Cork Minor team this year and Aileen Buckley who was part of the Cork U21 squad.

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Macroom u15s proclaim, 'Give Respect: Get Respect' in anonymously donated jerseys ©Con Kelleher

Macroom FC

Macroom B have qualified for the Q/F of the President's Cup following a fine 2-0 win away to Waterloo. In what was a closely contested affair, with chances at a premium, the visitors took the lead on 70 minutes. Darren Dineen was the scorer with a fierce drive low to the keeper's right. Waterloo tried hard to find an equaliser but the Macroom defence were in no mood to concede. With time almost up it was Dineen again who notched his second, this time an excellent left footed finish after beating two defenders. Best were Cathal O'Riordan, Barry Kelleher, Aidan McMahon and Matt O'Leary.
Macroom A made their exit from the Munster Junior Cup after a 4-3 loss to Tower FC. There was very little between the sides as the 2-2 half time score would suggest. Macroom went 3-2 ahead early in the second period but Tower had two goals themselves to take the lead with 25 minutes remaining. Macroom bossed the remainder of the game but were unable to find the equalising goal. Robert Healy (2) and James O' Connor were the scorers.
Macroom Youths had a big win at the Town Park, beating visitors Blarney Utd 3-0. Goals were scored by Leo Healy, Greg Fitton and Eolan O' Leary. The Youths continue their league campaign with a home fixture this coming Saturday (Oct 1st) v Park Utd. Kick off @ the Town Park is 2pm.
The Under 12 Schoolgirls travelled to Passage and gave a great performance in a 5-2 defeat. This was the first game for many of the players and they played their hearts out. Well done to all involved and to coaches Leila, Angela and Trish.
U16 National Cup Macroom 5 0 Bunratty
The U16s progressed to the next round of the National Cup at Murrayfield, following a good victory over West Cork side, Bunratty Utd. Macroom went ahead when Daniel Buckley swung in an inch perfect cross for Mateuasz Juszczak to volley the opener. Keeper, Kuba Byrdziak, made a fine save. Two quick-fire Macroom goals before half time finished the contest. Twomey was sharp in the box to prod home and then he was on the end of Jack Kelleher's free kick, making it 3-0 at the break. The home side dominated for much of the second half. The introduction of Denis Dullea paid dividends when he scored on 67 minutes. Aaron O Donovan pulled back a ball from the end line for Dullea's second. This was another solid performance from the team who also ensured their third consecutive clean sheet.
Results: U12 league, Macroom 5 Greenwood 4.
U13 Prem, Macroom 1 Corinthians 3.
U13 div 5, Corinthians B 0 Macroom A 3.
U14 league, Leeds 1 Macroom 3.
Soccer Academy for U7/8 will begin on Friday the 30th of September from 5pm to 6pm at the club grounds in Murrayfield. Please ensure all boys have shin guards and bring their own bottle of water.
Church Gate Collection will take place Sat Oct 1st and Sun Oct 2nd. The ongoing success and expansion of the club brings many challenges to volunteers and such events are vital. At Macroom FC, the promotion of fitness, health and wellbeing in all sections of the club is a top priority. Also, it is important to continue the tradition of soccer in Macroom going back to the foundation of the club almost 40 years ago in 1977.
Our Academy provides weekly training sessions for Under 7, 8, 9, and 10 players while under 11s take part in non-competitive games across the countythroughout the playing season. At U12 level, teams join the Cork Schoolboys league and Macroom FC has teams playing at U12, two at U13, U14, U15 and U16. Following this, the club has a Youths team who play in the Cork Youth league at U18 level. Adult players are well catered for with two teams who compete in the Cork Athletic Union league (AUL) in the Premier and third division. Macroom FC also have schoolgirls teams who train weekly and the Under 8 and 10 players will shortly be involved in a number of blitz competitions. Schoolgirls at u12 and U14 level play in league competition and this section of the club is showing huge growth.
As always, all support the club receive from the local public is very much appreciated and hugely important.

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O'Leary's Supervalu Macroom, sponsors of seniors Open Competition at Macroom Golf Club. From left, Michael Lillis, Captain; Paschal McSwiney 1st, Tim O'Callaghan, O'Leary's Supervalu; Ed Neville 2nd; Bernard Vaughan, Muskerry, 3rd and George Desmond, President. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Golf Club

Men's Results. Club Classic 23/25 Sept. 1st J. Courtney Team 92pts 2nd C Corrigan Team 90pts 3rd J O'Mahony Team 90pts 4th O Haskett Team 89pts 5th B Hartnett Team 89pts 6th B Oldham Team 89pts
Club 4Ball Matchplay Final. B Hartnett(6) R O'Leary(18) beat C O'Sullivan(8) M Dineen(18) on 18th
Fixtures. Oct 1/2-Open 4Ball b/ball Oct 2nd 12-2pm-SPA CUP Mixed 4somes

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Winners in President's Prize to the Ladies at Macroom Golf Club. President George Desmond presents first prize to Ber O'Shea ©Lee Valley Outlook

Ladies Club. Lady Captain's Charity Day, Sponsor- Michel Jewellers. Winners - Niamh Sheehan (14) Orla Buckley (17) Louise Kavanagh (16) all Lisselan 95pts Noreen Moloney (23). 2nd Noreen O'Sullivan (28) Ann Morris (30) Ger Keating (35) All Macroom 87pts 3rd Marie Mackey (10). Lisselan Paula Goggins (19). Lisselan Margaret McSweeney (21). Lisselan 83pts Hazel Shields (25) Bandon

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Winners of Nevada Bobs sponsored Open Singles at Macroom Golf Club. From left: James Neville, Chairman. George Desmond, President. Noel Flynn, 2nd. Paul Desmond, Nevada Bobs, Niall Kelleher,1st; Kevin Sheehan, 3rd and Michael Lillis, Captain. ©Lee Valley Outlook