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 'Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical' at Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom Oct 13, 14, 15, 20, 22, 23 and Cork Opera House Oct 27. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

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..
Enterprise Town Expo at Macroom Community Leisure Centre on Fri Oct 14, 5pm-8pm
Rosary at grotto New Street, Macroom: Sat Oct. 15 at 4pm.
Firmount N.S. Goes to the Dogs. Fundraiser, Sat Oct 15th Curraheen Park.
C.A.R.T. Carriganimma: Go to the Dogs on Sat Oct 15. Bus 6.25pm.
Crookstown Céilí: on Sat 15th Oct at 9.30 p.m.
Singers Club: Auld Triangle Macroom. 9pm Oct 16
Kilcrea and Crookstown in the Middle Ages: Muskerry Local History talk at Ballincollig Rugby Club, Mon 17 Oct 8pm.
Kilmurry Community Education Class Wed 19th. 2 -4p.m. in the Museum
Coachford Flower and Garden Club talk on Gardening in Coachford NS, Oct 19 at 8 pm.
Macroom Invalid Pilgrimage to Lourdes Fund Raising Dance in Castle Hotel, Macroom, Fri 21 Oct 9.30 – 12.30.
Grave Plaque blessing and unveiling at Ardinn Cross, Ballinagrree, at 3:30 pm on Sun Oct 23rd.
Rusheen NS Bingo fundraiser on Thurs 27th Oct at 8pm.
Hallowe'en disco: at Dromleigh N.S. on Fri 28th Oct from 7-9pm.
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.
Flower and 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
A Collection of Brief LTV Moments. Mon 17th Oct at 8:30pm
Beetlejuice!! Mon 31st Oct at 8:30pm
River Runner Mon 14th Nov at 8:30pm
Events in the Riverside Park Hotel

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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Dr. Philip Cross and Evelyn Skinner 1887. ©

Premiere for Macroom

'Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical' will have its first staging in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Thursday, October 13 and in Cork Opera House on October 27. This Victorian tale of love, betrayal, murder and retribution is based on real life events in the Lee Valley during the oppressively hot summer of 1887. It tells the story of one of the ascendancy, Philip Cross (62), a retired British army surgeon and resident of the 'big house', Shandy Hall, between Dripsey and Coachford.
A brash, bullying personality, Dr. Cross nevertheless fell head over heels in love with Evelyn Skinner, the 21-year-old, Scottish governess of his daughters. Wishing to marry her, he poisoned his sickly wife in a cruel, ham-fisted manner and brought his new wife back to Shandy Hall within a month of the funeral. Moral outrage and a scandalised but titillated populace helped create an international media frenzy.

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Dr. Philip Cross (Patrick Bergin) and Evelyn Skinner (Geraldine Barry Murphy) in 'Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical' in Macroom 2016 ©Lee Valley Outlook

The Making of the Musical

True-crime writer, Michael Sheridan, published his best-selling book, 'Murder at Shandy Hall – the Coachford Poisoning Case' in 2010. Rusheen resident and singer, songwriter Alan Kiely, fascinated by the story, thought about dramatizing it and putting it to music with the help of Kevin Connolly. He contacted the author and Anne Dunne, manager of the Briery Gap in 2014 and they set about bringing the dream to reality. Michael Sheridan's friend, film star and renowned actor, PATRICK BERGIN, became interested in the project and it was planned for an October 2016 launch in the Briery Gap Theatre. Fate intervened however: the theatre suffered fire damage in May and is still out of commission. But the show goes on.
The Lee Valley enjoys a wealth of dramatic and musical talent and the cream of these auditioned for parts in show. They now combine to present a truly magnificent musical, based on historical fact for seven nights, starting on Thursday, October 13. Patrick Bergin, as Dr. Cross, is of course, the main focus of attention. But local talent is also of the highest calibre. Stars of recent musicals, dramas and pantos from Macroom and the surrounding parishes fill the main roles to great effect. And the choruses are superb. Musical numbers are melodic and catchy and, the great test for a musical, will have the audience humming the tunes as they leave the show. Particularly effective numbers are Sing to the Lord, An English Rose, Murder Will Out, Thrill of the Trial, A Song for Evelyn, Shock, Horror, God Bless and Goodbye and Hangman's Lullaby.
Sourcing costumes for the show fell to the Wardrobe Crew, led by the dauntless Rita O'Brien. She got many of the Victorian gowns through the good offices of Kevin Hough, who has produced the annual Easter musicals in the Briery Gap. There is a huge local investment of voluntary work and effort, as well as monetary expense, in this production. It promises to be memorable and dramatic and choral groups are encouraged to come and enjoy and support a ground-breaking enterprise.
Tickets at €20 and €18 are available for the shows in the Riverside Park Hotel, Killarney Road on Oct. 13, 14, 15, 20, 22 and 23 at 8p.m. Contact the Box Office at Main Street, Macroom 026 41917 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Dr. Philip Cross (Patrick Bergin) and Mrs. Laura Mary Cross (Stephanie Shine) in 'Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical' in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Quizzing the Star

Cinema-goers had the opportunity of meeting Hollywood star, Patrick Bergin, after a showing of his best known film, 'Sleeping with the Enemy', in the Castle Hotel recently. In reply to questions from the audience, Bergin gave an insight into the staging of some of the film's dramatic scenes. A veteran of up to 80 films and countless stage productions, Patrick Bergin plays the lead role in a new musical, Murder at Shandy Hall, in the Riverside Park Hotel over the next two weekend. He finds film an easier medium in which to work. On stage, it's what happens on the night but filming allows for retakes, editing and even revising the script for greater effect.
Bergin has been cast as the anti-hero in many of his roles and considers it important to get in character in advance. While acting talent is a requirement for success, good technique is vital. Facial expression, body language and 'following the steps' are essential tools of the trade.

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Lee Valley group at Lake Garda, during a recent pilgrimage to Padua, with Spiritual Director. An tAthair Ó Briain, assisted by Fr O'Driscoll, Iveleary. ©Maria Healy 

Tidy Towns Success

The 2016 Adjudication Report from the National Tidy Towns Competition made cheerful and encouraging reading for the people of Macroom and particularly, for the hard-working, Tidy Towns Committee and all who actively co-operated with them. The town increased its total by a massive 6 marks, all hard earned when one is in the top strata of the competition. The 2016 winner, Skerries, was just 14 marks ahead of Macroom.
Up from 307 marks in 2015, Macroom increased its mark in 5 of the eight categories of judgement; didn't regress in any category and enjoyed a two-point increase in Waste Management. The adjudicator said Macroom 'was a real pleasure to visit'. Forward planning was praised and the development of the Town Park and paving of streets were picked out as particularly laudable projects. But the following observation was thought-provoking: What seems to be interminable is the wait for a bypass: it may be that the people of Macroom are set against a bypass and if that is the case so be it; but to the visitor, the constant passing of heavy traffic, even for a day, is debilitating.

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The much admired rose garden at McEgan College, Macroom ©Pat Dromey

Praise was included for many initiatives, locations and groups: Mens' Shed, Tús and IRSS workers, the Tidy Towns Newsletter, the sensitive development of the Fair Green area; the town centre buildings, monuments and seating all combining to create a town centre that is pleasing, socially as well as architecturally. Among many admired shop-fronts, Browne's is selected for special mention. With regard to planting, the flower baskets and flower beds were admired, as was the green at O'Connor Park, the Grotto and the rose garden at McEgan College was deemed first class. The Town Park came in for particular praise, with its landscaping, seating, walks, exercise equipment and the 'superb GAA pitches'. The development of a more prominent Park entrance across from Barrack Lane was commended. The information boards, bird and bat boxes, the magnificent variety of mature trees, are all invaluable assets. The grounds, units and hedging of the Enterprise Centre were very favourably noted; similarly, the IDA Business Park.
Efficient Waste Management plans were a positive aspect of Macroom. The Green Flag programme has been adopted by both Primary school and the new St Joseph's building has water- and electricity-saving devices. Waste management systems at Cooney's book shop and Lynch's Bakery were applauded as was the SMILE resource exchange. The need to use volunteers' time and efforts to combat litter was bemoaned and well-publicised fines for littering were recommended. Faults found included the outrageous traffic congestion; the need for traffic lights at the junction between Main St. and Fitzgerald St.; outmoded poles and ugly overhead wires; the shabby exterior of the handsome Court House and some house fronts.
Residential housing and many estates also won the adjudicator's approval - colourful Barrett's Place, leafy Oakwood Court and O'Connor Park deemed best presented residential development in the town. Killarney road is considered 'an exemplary approach'. The suspended walkway attached to Macroom bridge was considered efficient and the car park at Fair Green was described as well surfaced and marked.
In general, the adjudicator's report was very positive, with some suggestions for initiatives that might be addressed in 2017.

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Bank of Ireland Expo 2015 in Macroom. The 2016 Expo is on Friday, October 14 ©Lee Valley Outlook

'Bigger, Better' Expo for Macroom

Bank of Ireland has announced that Enterprise Town will be coming back to Macroom on Friday, October 14 from 5pm-8pm in the Community Leisure Centre. The events will feature a Business, Community and Sports Expo as well as plenty of family-friendly activities. The event has been organised by the Bank in partnership with the local community. The initiative aims to promote enterprise and drive business momentum for local businesses and the wider sports and social community and showcase what the area has to offer.
On the day, exhibitors will display a wide variety of products and services and Bank of Ireland is calling on those living and working in Macroom to come and support all the exhibitors. Events are free to attend for all the family and are open to both customers and non-customers of Bank of Ireland. More than 60 local businesses have signed up to date to showcase their goods and services and it is anticipated that up to 100 exhibitors will participate in the event. A Business, Sport and Community Expo is being organised to include a panel discussion. Local Transition Year students are taking part in a competition to design a modern coat of arms/ crest for Macroom, with judging and prize giving taking place during the Expo.

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Business Studies graduates from McEgan College 2016. ©John Dullea

McEgan College Updates

Further Education Awards Night. The Riverside Hotel, Macroom was filled to capacity last Friday night, 30th September. The atmosphere was joyful and one could feel the pride that many graduates and their families felt as they reaped the rewards of hard work, perseverance and dedication. McEgan College staff were delighted and privileged to join with graduates and their families to celebrate their success. The annual QQI awards night has been growing in size over the last few years, which reflects the commitment of students and the college itself to the local community
The Principal complimented all the graduates on their hard work, dedication and commitment to their studies and wished them every success in the future. Guest speakers included Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed, Mr. Ted Owens, Chief Executive, Cork Education and Training Board who both spoke about the importance of providing a Further Education service for the community and its surrounding hinterland and continuing the strong community links in the area.
Awards were given in all the courses that McEgan College has on offer including Healthcare Support, Business, Early Childcare and Education, Nursing Studies, Hairdressing and Sports and Recreation. McEgan College had nearly ninety graduates this year, many of whom are progressing to employment or Further Education.
Ballymaloe. Senior cycle students of Home Economics & Hotel, Catering and Tourism, accompanied by their teachers, went on a visit to Ballymaloe Cookery School and Gardens. Students got to see fruit, herbs and vegetables grown using organic methods. In the huge glass house, the students were fascinated to see kiwis growing on a vine next to an array of pumpkins, aubergines, chillies, tomatoes, cucumbers, salad leaves and seasonal kale. It was wonderful to experience how an organic farm and garden works, by using waste to make compost and using organic manures. Comfrey leaves are soaked in water until they rot, which makes a liquid feed for tomatoes. Students were also impressed to see the high standard of animal husbandry. It was very evident how content the animals and poultry were. The highlight of the day was playing hide and seek in the Celtic Maze!

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Mr Jim Sheehy presenting Mr John Murphy, Principal, De La Salle, Macroom with his 13 Irish Schools gold medals. ©Con Kelleher

James Sheehy revisits Alma Mater

James (Jim) Sheehy attended De La Salle College, Macroom, from 1958 to 1964. In that time, he won 13 All-Ireland School gold medals and 1 silver. In 1963 and 1964 respectively, he broke Irish School records for senior high jump and senior triple jump. At 16, he won the NACAI Irish High Jump Championship in Killarney with a leap of 6 foot 3 inches. He was named The Cork Evening Echo Sportsman of the Year and The Cork Examiner Sportsman of the Year in separate years. Many towns and villages then held annual sports meeting and he won ware, cutlery sets and suit lengths. On the back of these achievements, Jim was awarded an athletic scholarship to Cornell University, New York state, and left for America in 1964.
In the U.S. James qualified with a Bachelors and Masters in Fine Art and specialised in etching, printing and lithography. While working in Hollanders' Workshop, New York, he worked with Willem de Kooning, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, leading figures in the 'Abstract Impressionism and Pop Art' movements. In 1978 he was appointed lecturer in the Limerick College of Art and Design and retired in 2010.
At the invitation of Mr John Murphy, Principal, and after 52 years, Jim returned to De La Salle on the last day of September for the purpose of presenting his 13 gold medals. He, very generously, donated the medals to the school, and they were encased in a beautiful wooden case. He also presented a compendium of press clippings and photos from that time, as well as contemporaneous programmes from some school sports meetings. Finally, he met the members of a recently successful De La Salle cross-country team. With pictures taken, he nostalgically walked the Canon's Field where he had played and practiced those many years ago.
Macroom and De La Salle were fortunate to have such a distinguished athlete and artist, and his generous gifts will help to keep alive the record and memory of his many wonderful achievements.

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Counting down the minutes to Murder in Shandy Hall – the Musical. Seán Óg Ó Duinnín, the hangman. ©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.
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.

Movies at the Castle Hotel

A Collection of Brief LTV Moments. Featuring memorable excerpts from LTV productions down through the years! Mon 17th October at 8:30pm
Beetlejuice! Special Halloween screening of a true classic! Mon 31st October at 8:30pm
River Runner. Local Cork film based on the beautiful River Lee and Gearagh! Mon 14th November at 8:30pm
Admission to each film €5, all screenings at 8:30pm. Free nibbles courtesy of SuperValu. Please see website for further information.


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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 at Coolcower House at 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!

Crookstown Ceili Club: Ceili on Saturday 15th October music by The Breens commencing at 9.30 p.m. All are welcome. Classes every Tuesday night at 9 p.m.
Kilmurry Community Education Class on Smartphones and Tablet. Wednesday 19th. Afternoons i2 -4p.m. in the Museum, Kilmurry All Welcome

Coachford Flower and Garden Club will host a talk on Gardening with Mike Collard, Future Forest Garden Centre, in Coachford National School on the 19th October at 8 pm. Visitors are very welcome.

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.

Grave Plaque. The blessing and unveiling by the Lord Mayor of Ballinagree, John O'Sullivan, of a remembrance plaque to infants' graves and famine mass graves will take place at Ardinn Cross at 3:30 pm on Sunday, October 23rd.Guest speaker at the launch, Caroline Murphy. Refreshments afterwards in the Laine Bar, Ballinagree.

Rusheen National School is hosting a Bingo night to raise funds for the school on Thursday 27th October at 8pm.

Hallowe'en disco: Calling all ghouls, ghosts and goblins! Dromleigh N.S. is holding its annual Hallowe'en disco on Friday 28th October from 7-9pm. DJ Danny Zumba will play some haunting tunes, there will be some horrifying face painting, blood curdling party games, mysterious tasting refreshments, frighteningly good raffle prizes and much more! Little spooks must be accompanied by an adult. Donations at the door. Come-IF YOU DARE!

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.

Marymount Donoughmore Fundraising Group would like to thank everyone who helped or contributed in any way to our recent Marymount coffee night. A total of €11,715.20 was raised on the night.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto 25/09/2016: Jackpot €2,650. Numbers drawn 15, 29, 36. No winner. €50 Denis Kelleher Carrigthomas. €20 each: Pat & Mary Leahy Coolkisha, Chantelle Kelleher Aghabullogue, Valerie Cooper Ballinagree, Martin Hubbard, Inchaile.
02/10/2016: Jackpot €2,800. Numbers drawn 1, 13, 42. No winner. €50 Seamus Sexton Nad. €20 each: Anna Regan Rylane Cross, Margaret O'Connor Lyroe, Con & Noreen Healy Leades Cross, Denis Cronin Codrum.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: October 2nd Jackpot €8.000. Numbers Drawn 15,24,28,29 No winner. €50. Joan O'Flynn Kilcrea €25 each: Frank Walsh Aherla Dan O'Connor c/o Castlemore Arms. €25 on line Gobnait Deasy
October 9th Jackpot €8.150. Numbers Drawn 1,5,6,17 No winner. €50. Eileen and Aidan Deasy Aherla. €25 Dan O'Connor c/o Castlemore Arms. Kevin Cullihane Carrigadrohid €25 on line Marion O'Sullivan

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: 28/9/16. Jackpot €1.200. No winner. €70 Sean O'Shea, 6 Millbrook. €20 each Charlie & Matthew Kelleher, Carriganarthane. Tom Creedon, Bawnmore. Sheila Buttimer, Coolcower. Norma Caulfield, Gloundave
5/10/16 Jackpot €1,400. No winner. €70 Dick Dineen, Macroom. €20 each: Dan, Eleanor & Patsy, Moulnahorna. Mary T Corcoran, Clondrohid. Paddy Lucey, Banteer. Helen Linehan, c/o Bingo

Kilmichael GAA Lotto 02.10.2016; Numbers: 24 - 25 - 26 - 36;No Jackpot winner €50 Jerry Masters, Carrigboy €25 each: Seán Lynch, Toonsbridge Madeline O'Brien, Cusduff Fiona & Declan Lucas, Roscrea
09.10.2016; Numbers: 4 - 20 - 34 - 35;No Jackpot winner €50 Linda Scallan, Seamas O'Leary €25 each: Eileen Creedon, c/o Dromeys Bar Liam Murphy, Renacahera Peadar Lowney, c/o D. Buckley

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 27/09/2016. - Jackpot €12,200. Winning Numbers 2-24-28. No Winner. €70 Caoimhe Creedon, Inchigeela, €20 each Eddie Dineen, Knockroe, Kilnamartyra. Brid O'Driscoll, Sullane Weirs Ally Ring Jnr. St. Colman's Park Jackie O' Donovan, Dan Corkery Place Paddy Riordan, Dripsey, .
4/10/2016.. - Jackpot €12,400. Winning Numbers 2-6-28. No Winner - €70 Sinead Twomey, C/O Pat Crowley, Macroom €20 each Martin O'Shea, Mashanaglass, Eileen Leahy, New Street, Mgt Cronin, Coolavokig, Jane Scrannel, Corner Shop, Macroom. Joan O'Riordan, 1 Dan Corkery Place.

Macroom FC. Lotto. 03/10/16, Jackpot €5,600 Numbers drawn 5, 8, 26. No Winner €80 Denise c/o Fudge €20 each Leonard Waugh c/o Lars. Lorraine Casey c/o TPs. Mary Casey c/o Greyhound Bar. Joan O Riordan
10/10/16, Jackpot €5,800 Numbers drawn 9, 10, 36. No Winner €80 Martina Casey c/o Evelyn €20 each Oran Manning c /o Lars. Michael Burns c/o June. Lorraine Casey c/o TPs. Paulie Kingston

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 3/10/2016. Jackpot: €1,800. Numbers Drawn: 17 – 23 – 28. No Winner: €40 Mary Sullivan & Maria, €20 Nell's Nephews & Nieces, Shane Lucey (Yearly Ticket), Kevin Daly, Michael Shaughnessy (Yearly Ticket).
10/10/2016. Jackpot:€2,000. Numbers Drawn: 23 – 27 – 35. No Winner: €40 Jim Bergin, €20 Anna O'Riordan, Maud Cotter, Kate O'Mahony, John Casey.

Lee Valley Updates

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Cara O'Sullivan sings with the combined choirs of Ballinagree, Rusheen, Ballyvongane and Muinefliuch schools and Cork Prison Officers' Male Voice Choir at a fundraising concert in Ballinagree Church ©Lee Valley Outlook

Classic Ballinagree

The renowned village of Ballinagree, famous for bowl-playing, ploughmen, ballads and Bould Thady Quill, took on a new image when the local church was used for a wonderful fundraising concert, starring Cara O'Sullivan. Ballinagree Community Development Group has ambitious plans for the enterprising village, starting with a children's playground and recreation area. Residents with imagination and contacts planned a concert featuring a mix of international and local entertainers, all of the highest calibre. The affable, down-to-earth soprano sang a mixture of classical and popular numbers, including Gounod's Ave Maria, Puccini's O Mio Babbino Caro, Morricone's Nella Fantasia; the traditional Danny Boy and 'football special', You'll Never Walk Alone.
Local stars, Peggy Lynch and Jerome Coakley, sang The School at Ballinagree and the combined choirs of the local schools at Ballinagree, Rusheen, Ballyvongane and Muinefliuch, .under the guidance of musical director, Paula Browne, assisted by Bernie O'Connell and accompanied by Liz Horgan and Ger Wolfe, performed some wonderful traditional and modern material, including 'Lord I Lift Your Name on High' , 'Believe' , 'Ding Dong Dederó' and 'You can count on Me'.
Cork Prison Officers' Male Voice Choir contributed a harmonious and humorous selection, including the Spanish Girl and her alter ego, Kathy Barry of Coal Quay fame; The Parting Glass and a 'tongue-in-cheek' Auld Triangle. They were accompanied by an accomplished violinist, Emma O'Connell. The grand finale included Cara O'Sullivan, the combined choirs and uilleann piper, Declan Buckley, with a rousing 'You Raise Me Up'.
Michael Kelleher, (better known to Cara as Mick the Yank), was M.C. for the sell-out concert and Aongus Mac Suibhne, Chairman of the Development Group, thanked all the performers, the sponsors and the many, many, volunteers who helped make the concert an unqualified success.

Clondrohid Updates

Mission Sunday collection: will be taken up in Clondrohid Parish churches on this Sat/Sun Oct 15 /16. Please give as generously as you can.
C.A.R.T. Carriganimma: They are having a night out at the Greyhound Track on Saturday Oct 15. Bus leaving Carriganima at 6.25pm Contact 0868736614 for more info .
Tidy Towns Results. Clondrohid increased their marks by 6 points to 260 from last year. This year's adjudicator hadn't been to Clondrohid for a number of years and was very impressed with all the changes he saw. He found that 'Most buildings along the entire street have a look of prosperity and care. The church and its churchyard looked fresh and well kept, as did the school. Mid Cork Pallets, though well outside the village was mentioned as being well presented for an industrial premises. Delightful floral tubs add interest and colour throughout the village. It was good to see many roadside beds stocked with shrubs and perennials. The Community Field and its playing pitches were admired. The mature cypress trees are unusual and splendid. Trim hedges were noted throughout. The graveyard looked well cared for with its wayside garden looking splendid. The village was looking remarkably free of disposable litter on the day. There are many individual homes in the village and on its outskirts that are exceptionally well looked after. A really subtly painted house next to the church, with traditionally rusticated edging, was admired. Curra Glen is notable for its well-kept green and mature as well as young trees, the houses where colour has been introduced on gables, dormers and boundary walls are by far the most attractive. Use of vivid colours on the estate east of the village was admired. A house on the corner of the Millstreet road was admired for its splendid garden which gives directly onto the street and enhances the village scene enormously - plumbago, roses lupins etc. Welcome signs with planting were admired. Coming from Ballyvourney, the handsome bridge with its hanging floral baskets makes a very positive statement. The new pavement was favourably noted. The adjudicator's concluding remarks were as follows.' It was a real pleasure coming to Clondrohid after a space of several years and seeing how the village has improved so well under the influence of this committee. Critical comments are offered in a spirit of further improvement to this charming and lively community. Best wishes for your future endeavours.' The above was all the positives taken from the report, but be assured, there were some negatives too but that is for another day. Well done to the Development Group, Johnny and Eugene, and all those who helped out faithfully during the year.
Rosary at grotto Macroom: This Saturday at 4pm. All over Ireland on this day and at this time there will be rosaries recited at various Marian grottos, to mark the month of the Rosary. Everyone welcome.
Bishop McEgan open night: On Thursday Oct 13 at 7pm. Principal's address at 8pm. All 5th and 6th class prospective pupils and their parents are welcome.
Singers Club: Now that the evenings are closing in, it is time again to renew old and new acquaintances at the Auld Triangle Macroom. Continuing on Sunday nights and running fortnightly from then on at 9pm Next session this Sunday night Oct 16. Singers, listeners, everyone welcome.
Bank of Ireland enterprise town community and business expo: Will take place in the Sports Complex on this Friday Oct 14 from 5pm to 8pm. Family event, bring children, everyone welcome. Guest speaker Dr. Ava Orsmond ( Operation Transformation fame ).
Gorta self help Africa. This collection will be taken place on Sat/Sun Oct 22/23 at all masses in Clondrohid outside the church.
Development Group: If you would like to have a night out with friends and neighbours have a chat, a bite to eat, a glass of wine, sit back and enjoy the session come along to Clondrohid Community Hall on Saturday night Nov 5. at 8pm.All funds are for the maintenance and upkeep of village and surrounds. There will be a raffle with lots of prizes. If you would like to host a table or share hosting a table, whatever suits, please contact Maria 0851069356 at Healy's Shop, or Breda on 0868831206.As always thank you for your support, a good night guaranteed. Ware, tablecloths, cutlery all available if required.
G.A.A.: Congratulations to the U13s on winning the Mary Casey tournament in Macroom on Saturday. Won all their games, defeating Macroom on a scoreline of 1.03 to 0.05. Donoughmore 1.05 to 0.05 and finally Gneevguilla on 4.06 to 0.02. Well done to all involved. Well deserved. Well done to our U 8 medal winners who took part in a blitz last Saturday in Clonakilty. Bank of ireland entrerprise town community and business expo Thanks to all players for a great performance. Also thanks to the parents for getting them there!

Berrings Notes

Health Talk. Berrings Community Association / Berrings Tidy Towns held a talk in Berrings School Hall recently given by Peter Mulcahy and entitled "Our Health and how to mind it". The talk was very informative, highlighting the importance of a well-balanced diet and exercise. .
1916 Garden of Remembrance: Work is progressing well and our official opening of the garden will be Sunday 13th November 2016 following 10:30 am Mass in Berrings.
Tidy Towns Competition. Berrings did very well this year and continues to improve year on year. Well done to all involved and the community as a whole for the support and assistance in maintaining and improving the quality of the local environment, landscape and amenities.

Inchigeela News

Croí na Laoi, the Inchigeela local development group, are celebrating some success of late. The village and surrounding areas are immaculate, with everyone getting into the spirit of making Inchigeela a nicer place in which to live and work. The events like the Street Picnic ,the Harvest Picnic and the pop-up Museum were supported and enjoyed by many. Plans are compiled for signed walking routes. Information signs on wild life have added interest to our river walks. The Tidy Towns group has succeeded in again adding to the judges score and were awarded a €500 Endeavour Prize which should further help in adding to the enhancement of our community. More street furniture, fresh paint, flowers and shrubs are planned. The judges report is on www.tidytowns.ie/reports Great success was also achieved in The Super Value sponsored "Litter Challenge", with a mid- summer score of 100% . Well done to all. And a big thanks to our volunteers and sponsors. Croí na Laoi Heritage Group has succeeded in getting a grant for an architect's survey on the Old Protestant Church with a view to carrying out repair and preservation works on the 200-year-old structure. The survey report makes very interesting reading and is available free from Croí na Laoi.
1916 Revisited. The 1916 Commemoration Committee held a meeting to review the ceremonies in Inchigeela, honouring the men and women of Eirí Amach na Cásca. All agreed that a very successful re-enactment was created of the assembling of volunteers, local and from afar, who were joined by Tomás Mac Curtain and Traolach Mac Suibhne, all expecting guns from Roger Casement awaiting them in Inchigeela on that Easter Sunday morning. The chairperson praised the efforts made by all involved in erecting a memorial plaque and flag pole in the square and creating a splendid Garden of Remembrance. He announced that a night is being arranged shortly where all can celebrate the success.

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Daltaí na hIdirbhliana ó Choláiste Ghobhatan ag Ceapach na Laoi © An Scoil

Giotaí ó Choláiste Ghobnatan

Seandaoine ar chuairt: Tháinig na seanóirí a fhreastalaíonn ar an Ionad Lae i mBaile Mhúirne ar chuairt go Coláiste Ghobnatan le déanaí. Bhí daltaí na hIdirbhliana ann chun iad a fháiltiú. Thaispeáin fear darbh ainm Pat Broderick dos na daltaí agus na seanóirí conas ím a dhéanamh i maistrím agus é a dhéanamh i liathróidí beaga. Beidh Pat ag cabhrú leis na daltaí a maistrím féin a dhéanamh sa rang Adhmadóireachta i mbliana.
Blitz Peile: D'eagraigh Bliain a 4 blitz peile do Bhliana 1, 2 agus 3. An fheidhm a bhí ag an mblitz ná chun go n-imreodh gach duine spórt. Roinntear na daltaí i bhfoirne agus bhuaigh Foireann 7 an comórtas.
Buaiteoirí Daonscoile: Bhuaigh daltaí ó Choláiste Ghobnatan duaiseanna ag an Daonscoil i mBéal Átha 'n Ghaorthaigh. Bhí ar na daltaí dánta a scríobh agus is léir go bhfuil talann filíochta sa scoil. Bhuaigh Méabh Ní Chonaill, Shahira Apraku, Éamonn Ó Meachair agus Máire Ní Shúilleabháin duaiseanna, agus bhuaigh Liam Ó Conaill an príomh duais de €100. Ghlac Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha 'n Ghaorthaigh agus Scoil Naomh Mhuire, Maigh Chromtha páirt leis.
Cúrsa Scannánaíochta: Ghlac Bliain a 4 páirt i gcúrsa scannánaíochta le déanaí. Bhí orthu gearr-scannán a dhéanamh i lá amháin, le Cork Young Filmmakers. Bhí orthu an fuaim a thaifead iad féin, an ceamara a úsáid go proifisiúnta agus an aisteoireacht a dhéanamh. Taispeánfar an scannán in Eochaill ag féile scannánaíochta níos déanaí sa bhliain. Caitríona Ní Chonaill. Dalta na hidirbhliana

Kilcrea and Crookstown in the Middle Ages

Muskerry Local History Society is beginning a new season of very interesting lectures. The first lecture - Kilcrea and Crookstown in the Middle ages: The European Dimension - will be given by UCC medieval historian, Dr Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel, who has written and published widely on the connections between Ireland and Europe in the Middle Ages.Exciting and frightening things are known to have happened in medieval Muskerry. For our knowledge of some of these events we have to go to the Irish monastery at Vienna in Austria, where the monks recorded them in their annals. The lecture, which throws new light on the beginnings of Kilcrea and Crookstown, will be held in Ballincollig Rugby Club on Monday, 17 October, at 8.00 pm.

Macra Matters

Berrings Macra na Feirme was delighted to officially launch their 60th Anniversary Dinner Dance at "The Blarney Hotel". Berrings Macra has played an integral role in the life of the parish of Inniscarra since it's foundation in 1957. The club has continued to go from strength to strength and is still a key organisation within the parish, sixty years later. The Dinner Dance will take place on January 21st, 2017. The four course meal will be followed by music by "The Laughing Shamrocks". The launch was attended by Jason Sleator, Resort Manager, Muskerry Macra chairperson Mags O'Leary and the Berrings Macra Dinner Dance committee. Tickets are now officially on sale. Contact Aileen for further information on 087-7698110. A great night guaranteed!
Aghinagh Macra have had a busy start to the new Macra year. The first competition was Club question time which was held at Murrays Bar Macroom. Our team of John Lynch, Alan Hourihan, Noel Nunan and Flor O'Driscoll came second and qualified for the National final. The next Competition was the Muskerry round of Bowling at the Mardyke in Cork. All our members had a great night and congratulations to winners, Terelton Macra. On September 18th Muskerry Macra held the 7 a side Football competition, thanks to Aghinagh GAA. Both our Ladies' and Men's team won and will travel to Limerick for the National finals on October 16th. Best of Luck to both teams. On September 29th the Muskerry final of Novice Debating competition took place in Macroom. Our team of Sheila Lynch, Garry O Sullivan and Siobhan Kelleher took on Dououghmore Macra. Donoughmore won and now progress to the Cork rounds. Our next club meeting will be held at the Laine Bar on October 19th @9pm sharp. New members always welcome and if anyone would like further information about our club please contact Jayne on 0877495851 or Sheila on 0877652690"

Cycle for Charity

Griffins Annual Charity Cycle raised €3000 for Cork Simon and One Man's Ethiopia. Over 100 cyclists from Dublin, Clare, Kilkenny and every corner of Cork came out to Griffins Charity Cycle to support these 2 great charities. After the challenging cycle through the local hills, Granny Griffin and Margaret treated all to Granny Griffin's soup and brown bread. You could feel the buzz of achievement throughout Griffins yesterday. A cycle like this cannot be achieved without the support of the Red Cross, local guards, and helpful stewards throughout the cycle. Mp O Sullivan, Waterfall Farms and Java that supported us with complimentary water, bananas and coffee. West End Cycles Ballincollig for the Repair Kits and local media, businesses and clubs for spreading the word. Margaret Griffin would like to say thank you. Date for your Diary, Griffins Cycle for Charity 2017 is October 7th.


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Shoemaker, Denis O'Callaghan, at his workshop door, with his mother, Julia; his sons, Tim and Donal; his nieces Carmel, Teresa and Maureen Browne; his sister, Norrie and niece, Anne Barrett ©

Denis O'Callaghan – Craftsman 1910 – 1992 Part 2

By John O'Callaghan, in association with Con Kelleher

Saturday was the busiest day in the shoemaker's shop. Denis could work up to 10pm to complete orders for Sunday. Most visitors to the workshop were, of course, customers, some dropping off shoes for repair and others picking up completed work. In the pre-TV era, a handful of friends would drop by in the evening time to discuss the big issues of the day. Denis remembered the forum being dubbed the 'University.' Among the regulars were Brian Baker (electrical retailer), Charlie O'Connell (church sacristan) and Patrick 'Paddox' Murphy (public administrator). Denis remembered, with a wry smile, that although politics and religion were banned, they were often the hottest topics discussed. The debate could get heated and Denis would find himself in the invidious position of keeping order whilst at the same time continuing to work. His mother, Julia, a woman not to be trifled with, had a keen ear to proceedings from the living quarters. A number of sharp raps on the dividing partition, delivered with some ferocity, would soon bring matters to an end and that would be that.
A large, plate-glass window, with an aspect on to the street, filled the workshop with natural light. It also provided a medium for passers-by to observe a shoemaker at work. There was a certain 'goldfish in a bowl' dimension to it. Denis never minded being observed, particularly by school children, who found it educational. He recalled a morning when he had mislaid a vital tool and had searched endlessly for it but to no avail. A boy, who had been observing his search from outside, slipped quietly into the workshop and said, pointing, "Mr O'Callaghan, try under the boot over there". Denis did so and there it was.

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Denis O'Callaghan captains the 1926 St. Colman's School Shield team. Front. Denis O'Mahony N.T., Teddy Murphy, Denis O'Callaghan, Captain; Connie Sheehy. Centre. Teddy Healy, Jimmy Matthews, John Warren, Joe Healy, Jerry Murray, Denis Casey. Back, Denis O'Donovan, Frankie Healy, Jim Corkery, Michael Downey, Mick Browne, Denis Kelleher, Josie Downey. ©

Denis was an avid walker and delighted in the beauty of the countryside around Macroom. He was a staunch follower of Gaelic games and captained Macroom when they won the 1926 school shield county championship. He played at senior county championship level during the 1930s. He loved the simplicity of road bowling and spent many contented Sunday afternoons on the Ballinagree road following a 'score.' Denis developed a keen interest in vegetable gardening in the late 1940s, contemporaneous with his marriage to Mary O'Riordan, a farmer's daughter from Kilnamatra. His friends would quip that it was Mary's 'green fingers' that inspired his immaculately-kept garden. Above all other outdoor hobby interests, his greatest passion was fly fishing for Brown Trout. Denis had a detailed angling knowledge of Macroom's river, the Sullane and its tributaries, the Foherish and the Launa. He seldom carried a selection of more than ten flies or so, the most trusty being the Orange Grouse, the Green-wells Glory and the Wickham's Fancy. Denis knew when and where each fly was best used. His name is inscribed on most of the trophies of Macroom Angling Club. These related to lake fishing in Killarney and Clonee Loughs but Denis's first preference was river fishing in a non-competitive environment. He often spoke about the therapeutic value of being lost in nature, watching the Kingfisher perform and listening to the river flow. This thrilled him more than winning any competition.
Denis recalled times past when salmon fishing was very much in demand around Macroom. Landed gentry would come to the town for a period of up to two week, staying in Williams Hotel (now the Castle). The Hotel held the fishing rights to the local rivers and they would provide local gillies to assist the guests in landing the catch. Some of the visitors would combine shooting and fishing and spend some time at hunting lodges, notably Lowe's Lodge in Incheese and Gollock's Lodge near Mushera More. The hotel provided motor car transport for personnel and provisions. The building of the Lee Scheme in the 1950s wiped out salmon fishing overnight on the river Lee and its river system. That finished salmon fishing in Macroom.
Denis lived for an 82-year span of the 20th century, yet never drove a car, nor did he ever want to. He had adapted his bicycle to carry a child and groceries. He remembered townspeople coming to their doors when an unusual make of car was expected to pass through. Denis remembered the tension in Macroom when the Auxiliaries (Black and Tans) were billeted in the Castle. He was aged just 10 at the time of Kilmichael Ambush. Many Macrompians of the time recalled the night-time sound of the coffins being made for the dead soldiers at Fitzgerald's Undertakers on Main Street that November 29.

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. Newlyweds, Denis and Mary O'Callaghan ©

When Denis retired in 1986, he had given over 50 years of service to his craft. At that stage, the trade of making shoes by hand was already in decline and none of his four sons: Timothy (now deceased) Donal, John or Gerard, had shown an interest in continuing the family business, deciding instead to pursue alternative career paths. And so, when Denis passed away in 1992, with him passed shoemaking craft knowledge of a particular O'Callaghan genre. He was, in every sense, a shoemaker who stuck to his last.

Muskerry Local History Society Programme 2016-17

Kilcrea and Crookstown in the Middle Ages: The European dimension by Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel. This lecture throws new light on the beginnings of Kilcrea and Crookstown. Monday, 17 October
Launch of Times Past, journal of Muskerry Local History Society Monday, 7 November
The Battle of Jutland 1916 - A Cork Tragedy by Tony McCarthy. Over 120 of the 8,600 sailors who died in the Battle of Jutland were from Cork, including 3 from our own locality. This lecture tells some of their stories and of the ships in which they lost their lives. Monday, 21 November:
Seán Ó Ríordáin by Dermot O'Donovan. Seán Ó Ríordáin's cultural background as an emigré in Inniscarra; the poet and the memories of local people, as well as aspects of his poetry. Monday, 5 December:
Frongoch Prison Camp: University of Revolution, seed bed of the Irish state by Tim Crowley. What was life like in Frongoch prison camp? What role did the camp play in Irish history? Monday, 16 January.
Ordinary Women in Extraordinary Times: Cork Women in the Revolutionary Years by Anne Twomey. A talk documenting the role played by 10 Cork women, including the Wallace sisters, in the revolutionary years. Monday, 20 February.
Balloon Ascent. "One of the most daring efforts of human enterprise" - two hundred years since the first air balloon ascent from Cork. Mark Davies, a descendant of the Leslie family who built the original gunpowder mills in Ballincollig, will talk about the first manned balloon ascent in Cork by Windham Sadler in 1816. Monday, 6 March:
War of Independence agony in Cork City and County by Tim O'Brien, whose slide show presentation focuses on traumatic events which featured in the War of Independence in Cork Monday, 17 April
Day-trip and conducted tour of Glasnevin Cemetery. Details to be confirmed later. Saturday, 6 May.
Lectures at Ballincollig Rugby Club Hall at 8.00 pm sharp. Annual subscription €10. Alternatively a cover charge of €3 applies at each lecture. Further information from Liam Hayes (0877828546), Dermot O'Donovan (0214873266), Rod MacConaill (0861089524) or Dermot Lucey (0879331135).

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The great crowd who assembled at Cronin's farm, Cill na Martra at the start of the pilgrim walk to Gougane on Gougane Sunday. ©Joan McLoughlin

Cork School's Folklore Collection 1935 – 1937

The entire Schools' Collection is now available on line at www.duchas.ie . The Schools' Collection, an important component of the National Folklore Collection, UCD, contains the folklore material recorded by primary school pupils between 1937 and 1939. It consists of almost half a million pages recorded by around 5,000 primary school pupils throughout the 26 counties. These pages are kept in the Collection's archive in UCD. The volumes from the Schools' Collection have been published on dúchas.ie on a county by county basis since the end of 2013. Now with the publication of material from Co. Cork and Co. Offaly, all volumes from the Collection, covering all 26 counties that took part in the Schools' Scheme, are available to the public in digital form on www.dúchas.ie". In relation to County Cork there are wonderful stories related to St. Gobnait and the Blarney Stone.


'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


Cohabitants and the Farm

A relatively recent High Court decision by Ms. Justice Baker is likely to provide some clarity to cohabitants in deciding whether or not to bring claims before the court in applying for financial provision from the estate of their deceased cohabitant or in the event that the relationship breaks down. It has huge relevance today, given the fact the more and more people are choosing to live together before marriage, choosing not to marry at all or, for older couples who are divorced and do not wish to marry again but to live with a partner.
Facts of the Case. The plaintiff, the surviving cohabitant, claimed to be in an intimate cohabiting relationship with the deceased, who did not leave a valid Will. He had been in a previous marriage which was annulled and he had no children. The deceased never married and had no children. The plaintiff sought provision from her estate upon her death. The defendant was a brother of the deceased. The plaintiff was 64 years of age, a farmer and horse trainer. The deceased was 69 when she died and worked as a school secretary. They met in 1994 and the surviving cohabitant's case was that they became intimate in 1995 and entered into a committed relationship soon after when the deceased's mother passed away. The deceased inherited land from her mother which was sold in 2005 and she received €3.1 million. For approximately 8 years from that point he lived with the deceased for 2 or 3 nights a week at her home. In 2004 he moved in with the deceased and lived there until the deceased passed away. Evidence was given by the plaintiff that they shared an interest in horses, shared a double bed, ate their meals together and attended 40 weddings together. The deceased was diagnosed with cancer. The surviving cohabitant looked after her during her illness.
The Court took into account the criteria set out in the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 such as the duration of the relationship, the degree of financial independence, any financial arrangements between them, if one of the adults cared and supported the children of the other and the degree to which the cohabitants operated as a couple. The deceased spoke of marriage and Ms. Justice Baker held that this discussion was 'an indicator of the strength and nature of their bond'.
Interestingly, the judge held that although the couple were not financially dependent for the basics of life, the plaintiff clearly had a degree of financial dependence on his deceased cohabitant. In making the decision, the judge took into account that the plaintiff did not have sufficient financial resources for his own needs and that there were no other persons in respect to whom the deceased had any obligations to provide financially. The plaintiff did have a small farm which did not have residential accommodation. The court felt it was unreasonable to direct that the farm be sold.
The court directed that the surviving cohabitant be granted provision of approximately 45% of the deceased cohabitant's share. This case demonstrates the degree to which a plaintiff, in bringing these types of claims must prove that there was an intimate and committed relationship; that the parties enjoyed activities together; that they presented as a couple and that there was some financial dependency and interdependence between them.
In the case of a son or daughter who has been transferred the farm who is living with his or her partner passing away, it is very important for him/her to make a valid Will directing who is to inherit the farm in the event of his or her death. A cohabitant who comes under the legislation can make a claim against the estate for financial provision to be made for him/her out of the estate. The claimant must prove financial dependence on the deceased cohabitant. In the case that the relationship breaks up, a claim can also be made and once again, financial dependence must also be proved to the court. A surviving cohabitant has no automatic right to a share in a deceased cohabitant's estate, unless specifically provided for in the Will.
Some couples have decided to opt out of the 2010 Act by entering into a Cohabitation Agreement that sets out in advance how they intend to deal with their financial affairs should the relationship fail. Co-habitation Agreements are similar to Pre-Nuptial Agreements for married couples. Both parties should receive independent legal advice prior to signing.

Karen Walsh from Grenagh, Co. Cork, comes from a farming background and is a solicitor practicing in Walsh & Partners, Solicitors and Commissioners for Oaths, 17, South Mall, Cork. Tel: 021-4270200. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Web: www.walshandpartners.ie
Disclaimer: While every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information contained in this article, Solicitor Karen Walsh does not accept responsibility for errors or omissions howsoever arising, and you should seek legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances at the earliest possible time.
'Farming and the Law' by Karen Walsh is now available in bookshops at €35.

Greenshine in the Ionad

Anyone who caught Greenshine's lunchtime performance at the recent Macroom Food Festival will be delighted to know that the trio will play a concert at An Ionad Cultúrtha Ballyvourney on Friday 14 October and special guests on the night will be Holly Ní Ghráda (vocals and ukelele) and Tomás Dunne (vocals and guitar). Greenshine come to the Ionad on the back of the release of a beautiful single, The Girl in the Lavender Dress, which was given huge support by RTE Radio 1 over the Summer where the song spent 2 months on the playlist, ratcheting up the most plays of any release on the station for the month of August. Now the album of the same name is getting the same on-air support not only from RTE but from stations around the country including Cork's 103fm. The album entered the charts at No. 29 and was No. 9 in the Independent charts for the same period. Those new to the trio are in for a treat. RTE presenter and producer described The Girl in the Lavender Dress as; "One of the most creative things to come out of Ireland for quite a while." For information and tickets (pre booking in this lovely, intimate venue is advised) ring 026 45733 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The Girl in the Lavender Dress is available locally from Nature's Corner healthstore in Macroom and online from www.greenshinemusic.com as well as Golden Discs and many independent record shops around the country.

Sports Mad

GAA - Cork County Championships

Senior Hurling Championship

Final: Glen Rovers 0-19 Erin's Own 2-11

Munster Championship;

Glen away to either Ballybrown or Patrickswell (Limerick)

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Inniscarra (lost in Rd.4), Blarney (lost in 2B)
Bandon 2 - 12 Mallow 2-11
Cloyne 0-11 Fermoy 0-11 draw
Cloyne 0-14 Fermoy 2-13 replay
Final: Bandon 1-20 Fermoy 1-14
Munster: Bandon v Waterford champions in Cork
Relegation Play Offs: A last-two finish for two years out of three means relegation.
Last Two 2016: BLARNEY and Tracton

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Ballincollig, Éire Óg, Aghabullogue (R3), Dripsey (R2B), Grenagh (R3), Inniscarra B (R2B).
Quarter-Final: Fr O' Neill 2-15 Dungourney 3 - 11
Semi Finals: Fr O'Neill's v Aghada Kildorrery 3-19 Glen Rovers 2-18
Relegation Play Offs:
Na Piarsaigh 1 – 22 Inniscarra 0 - 6
DRIPSEY 0-20 Carrigaline 0-7
Last Two 2016: Inniscarra B and Carrigaline B

Dripsey 0 – 20 Carrigaline 0 – 7
Dripsey's status as an intermediate team for the next couple of years at least was secured with this win over the Carrigaline second team at Ballygarvan. To show the interest of the losers, they could only muster 14 players for the first half of this relegation decider and they are plainly out of their depth in the grade. It was 0-13 to 0-2 at the break and the level of intensity was far removed from that of championship fare.
Dripsey scorers: Diarmuid O'Riordan 0-7 (0-3f, 0-1 '65'), Mike O'Riordan 0-4 (0-1f, Mark O'Sullivan 0-3, Dean O'Sullivan 0-2, Patrick O'Riordan 0-2, David O'Sullvan 0-1, Conor Hayes 0-1.
Dripsey: A Buckley: Stephen Murray, John O'Riordan, Barry Kelleher: Martin O'Sullivan, John Carey, Aidan Murray: Conor Hayes, Dean O'Sullivan: Michael O'Riordan, David O'Sullivan, Gary Murphy: Diarmuid O'Riordan, Mark O'Sullivan, Pat O'Riordan. Subs: E O Connell, S Murphy, J Murphy-Sheehan, D Ryan.

County Premier U21 Hurling Championship

Blarney (R4) and Inniscarra (R3)
Na Piarsaigh 1-8 Douglas 3-27
Glen Rovers. 0-17 Duhallow 1-6,
Fr O'Neill's 3-21 BLARNEY 0-9,
Blackrock 0-13 Newcestown 0-12
Semi-Finals: Douglas v Glen Rovers; Fr O'Neill's v Blackrock
Co. Junior A Hurling
Final: Sarsfields v Mayfield

Co. Junior B Hurling

Quarter Finals:
CLOUGHDUV 0-11 Whites Cross 0-9
Dromtarriffe 2-16 St Marys 1-11
Ballygarvan 3-7 Stansfield's 1-16
Semi Finals:
CLOUGHDUV 2-10 Dromtarriffe 0-20
Mallow 2-12 Sarsfields 2-14
Final: Dromtariffe v Sarsfields

Senior Football Championship

Muskerry and Ballincollig
Ballincollig 1-10 Nemo Rangers 2 – 6
Carbery Rangers 1-17 Avondhu 0-8
County Final: Ballincollig v Carbery Rangers, October 16th 2016

Ballincollig 1-10 Nemo Rangers 2-6
Ballincollig, county champions of 2014, dethroned the reigning champions Nemo Rangers in a thrilling semi final at Páirc Uí Rinn. 'The Village' gave Nemo a 1-3 to nil start and it was 1-5 to 0-2 in favour of the Capwell side coming up to half time. In the remaining minutes of the half however Ballincollig made a dramatic improvement on the score board, midfielder Seán Kiely burying the ball in the Nemo net and Cian Dorgan then pointing a '45' to leave Ballincollig only two points adrift at the break.
Robert Noonan pointed for Ballincollig on the restart and ten minutes later, Cian Dorgan pointed a free to level matters. Nemo went back in front, Ian Coughlan pointed a free to level and Kevin Browne and Ciarán O'Sullivan had points to put the Village two up. Six minutes from time Nemo got in for a second goal to regain the lead but young Kevin Browne levelled matters and then a foul of Paddy Kelly yielded a point from the Cian Dorgan free which followed. Ballincollig held possession well in the remaining minute to emerge triumphant and progress to a second county final in three years – heady days indeed for the Village.
Scorers: C Dorgan 0-4 (0-3f, 0-1 '45'), S Kiely 1-0, K Browne 0-2, J Miskella, I Coughlan (f), R Noonan and C O'Sullivan 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: David Lordan: Shane Murphy, Liam Jennings, Eoin Hegarty: Seán Lucey, Noel Galvin, Cian Kiely: Seán Kiely, Ciarán O'Sullivan: Robert Noonan, Paddy Kelly, George Durrant: Cian Dorgan, Ian Coughlan, Johnny Miskella. Subs: Kevin Browne 35, Luke Fahy 52, Colin Moore 59.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

* Éire Óg, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh (sf), Ballinora R3, Naomh Abán QF, Macroom QF, Grenagh R2B.
Final: Fermoy v Kiskeam

Intermediate Football Championship

*Aghabullogue and Cill na Martra.
Bandon 2-13 CILL na MARTRA 2-8
Rockchapel 1-12 Millstreet 1-4
Bandon 2 – 13 Cill na Martra 2 – 8
Cill na Martra went into this county semi-final at Kilmurry in good heart with an earlier championship win over Bandon to their credit but on the day there was only one team that was ever going to win this contest. Bandon had been enjoying a superb run of form in hurling and football and they were oozing confidence from the throw in. They led by 0-5 to nil after 12 minutes and when Shane Dineen had an opening point for the Muskerry men, followed by a goal from the penalty spot from Danny O'Connell after Noel O'Leary was fouled, Bandon hit back with a brace of points and their second goal in the 27th minute, also from the penalty spot, helped them to a 2-7 to 1-2 interval lead and they were already looking like winners against a struggling Cill na Martra side which had not scored from play.
On the restart, Bandon added three further points before Shane Dineen had a point for the Gaeltacht side and it was 2-12 to 1-4 by the 53rd minute, with the winners lording matters. Another penalty yielded a second goal for Cill na Martra in the 55th minute and they staged a mini rally which produced three further points but Bandon were unperturbed and finished with an impressive win.
It was a disappointing performance from Cill na Martra but Bandon showed themselves to be a very solid team with an exceptional full forward line in Adam Murphy, Barry Collins and Mark Sugrue. James Aynsley, Colm Ó Laoire, Gearoid Ó Goillidhe and Noel Ó Laoire tried hard to rally the troops for Cill na Martra but it was not their day.
Scorers: Danny O'Connell 2-0 (2 pens.), S Ó Duinnín 0-4 (0-3f), D Ó Duinnín and M Ó Duinnín 0-2 each.
Cill na Martra: James Aynsley: Mark Ó Goillidhe, Antóin Ó Cuana, Tadhg Ó Corcora: Eoin Ó Loinsuigh, Graham Ó Mocháin, Colm Ó Laoire: Miceál Ó Deasúna, Gearóid Ó Goillidhe: Danny Ó Conaill, Martín Ó Conchuir. Fionnbarra Ó hEaluithe; Shane Ó Duinnín, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Daniel Ó Duinnín. Subs: Daire Mac Lochlainn 25, Maidhcí Ó Duinnín 45, Seanacháin Ó Loinsuigh 52,

County Junior A Football Championship

Quarter Final: Gabriel Rangers 1-10 Ballyclough 1-8
Semi Finals:
Shamrocks 2-13 Cloyne 2-6
Knocknagree 2-10 Gabriel Rangers 2-10 draw

County Junior B Football

Quarter Finals:
Cobh 1-13 Glengariffe 1-6
St Finbarr's 2-9 Carrigaline 0-8
INNISCARRA 2-8 Newmarket 0-5
Clyda 0-8 Kilbrittain 3-9
Semi Finals:
Cobh 0-14 St Finbarr's 0-11; INNISCARRA v Kilbrittain

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Ballincollig who defeated Éire Óg in the Muskerry u-21A Hurling Championship final replay ©Lee Valley Outlook

Mid Cork GAA

Farho Intelligent Heating U21 A Hurling Championship

Semi Finals:
Ballincollig 1-19 Aghabullogue 0-9
Éire Óg 0-20 Ballinora 0-13
Final: Ballincollig 0-18 Eire Óg 1-15 draw
Ballincollig 1 – 15 Éire Óg 0 – 14 replay
Ballincollig deservedly won the replay of the Mid Cork U21 A hurling championship final with a hard earned win over Éire Óg at Coachford. The golden goal came in the 37th minute and was a talking point as the two players in a 'bash ball' each missed the sliotar which shot across the goal through to Robbie Bourke who lashed it first time to the net past keeper Dylan Desmond. This goal gave Ballincollig a 1-10 to 0-8 lead but they still needed a super save from their own keeper James Lenihan to deny Brian Hurley of a goal six minutes from time when Éire Óg were really motoring
The first half play was very even and Ballincollig enjoyed just a one point advantage at the break, 0-7 to 0-6. On the restart, Ballincollig really upped their performance and with Cian Dorgan punishing every foul committed by the Éire Óg defence, they went further in front and then came the goal to give them a five point lead. Ballincollig stayed in control and even though Éire Óg finished well with four points in a row there were still four between the teams at the final whistle.
Scorers: Ballincollig: C Dorgan 0-10 (0-8f, 0-1 '65'), R Bourke 1-0, B Keohane 0-3, M Prendergast and S Walsh 0-1 each. Éire Óg: B Kirwan 0-7 (fs), E O'Shea 0-4 (0-3f), D Desmond (f), R O'Toole and B Hurley 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: James Lenihan: Brian O'Halloran, James O'Leary, Karl Spillane: Diarmuid McDonnell, Jordan Murray, Shane O'Sullivan: Mark Prendergast, Matt O'Leary: Ben Keohane, Peter O'Neill, Cian Dorgan: Robbie Bourke, Colin O'Donovan, Sean Walsh. Subs: Karl Walsh 58.
Éire Óg: Dylan Desmond: Ross McCarthy, John Mullins, John Desmond: Cathal Mullins, Dara McCarthy, Paul Kirwan: John Cooper, Donal Cotter: Donncha Kelly, Ronan O'Toole, Eoin O'Shea: Keith O'Riordan, Denny Murphy, Brian Kirwan. Subs: Colm O'Callaghan 40, Brian Hurley 40, Chris Kelly 43, Eoin Kelleher 50.
Referee: Mr Brendan Barry Murphy, Aghabullogue.

Muskerry Cup – Junior Football

Quarter Final: Donoughmore 4-9 Kilmichael 2-12
Semi Finals:
Iveleary 1-18 Donoughmore 0-9
Canovee 0-12Kilmurry 0-15
Final: Iveleary v Kilmurry

Rochestown Park Hotel Junior C Football Championship

A Clondrohid 4-7 Ballincollig 2-15
B Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh
C Aghinagh 7-22 Naomh Abán 0-2
D Dripsey
Semi Finals:
Ballincollig v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh; Aghinagh v Dripsey

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Macroom who defeated Glenville in the Minor A League Final ©Con Kelleher

Rebel Óg East Minor A Football League Final

Macroom 3 – 9 Glenville 3 – 7
Macroom minor footballers completed the Rebel Óg East A double when they added the league title to their championship crown at the Castle Grounds in horrible wet conditions under lights. Macroom had beaten Glenville in championship some months ago and it was evident from an early stage that the visitors were intent on reversing that result this time round. Glenville got going from the start and deservedly led by 2-2 to 0-2 after 20 minutes, Ethan O'Gorman getting the Macroom points. Macroom improved their situation before the break with a goal from Niko Wyczynski and points from Cathal O'Riordan and Ethan O'Gorman to have the sides level at the break, 2-2 to 1-5. On the restart points were exchanged three times to maintain parity but then in the 50th minute Niko Wyczynski sent a superb pass inside to Jack Kelleher who slid the ball in to the net along the wet ground. It was a vital goal, Glenville lost a man to a straight red card but hit back with two points from frees. Eolan O'Leary now got in for a well taken third goal and Seán McMahon added a fine point but in the dying seconds Glenville lost another man to another red card, scored a goal from a free but it was a case 'too little, too late'.
Caleb Dinneen as captain of Macroom was presented with the league trophy after the game.
Macroom: Kevin Condon: Cian Twomey, Jack Cronin, Alan O'Farrell: Jack Kelleher, Ryan Creed, Aidan McMahon: Caleb Dinneen, Blake O'Gorman: Mark Corrigan, Seán McMahon, Colm O'Mahony: Cathal O'Riordan, Eolan O'Leary, Frank Clarke. Subs: Nikodem Wyczynski, Daniel O'Riordan, Szinon Sanetra (used) and Tom O'Donovan, Mark Meaney, Conor Sheehan, Conor Hurley, Kieran Condon and Jack O'Donovan.

County Minor A Football Championship semi final

O'Donovan Rossa, Skibbereen 0-17 Macroom 0-10
Macroom minors met Skibbereen in the county 'A' championship semi final at Dunmanway and were beaten by a stronger talented side. The first half was even enough, Macroom were only a point in arrears at the break 0-7 to 0-6, but were possibly a little flattered as Skibb had been close to goals on a few occasions. Macroom drew level on the restart but the superior strength of the West Cork side began to tell and even though the winners had a man dismissed they got control and were deserving winners at the finish.
Macroom: Kevin Condon: Cian Twomey, Jack Cronin, Aidan McMahon: Jack Kelleher, Ryan Creed, Mark Corrigan : Caleb Dinneen, Ethan O'Gorman: Frank Clark, Seán McMahon, Cathal O'Riordan: Blake O'Gorman, Eolan O'Leary, Nikodem Wyczynski. Subs: Daniel O'Riordan and Jack O'Donovan.

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De la Salle Macroom who defeated Coláiste Chríost Rí in the Simcox Cup ©Lee Valley Outlook

Cork Colleges - Simcox Cup

De La Salle, Macroom 0 - 12 Coláiste Chríost Rí 0 - 10
De La Salle College Macroom got their senior football season off to a great start with a two point win in the Simcox Cup (Cork Colleges Senior A ) over the holders Coláiste Chríost Ri at Cloughduv. DLS had led at the break by a point, 0-5 to 0-4. Chris Óg Jones opened the scoring in the 3rd minute and James O'Mullane added a point immediately but DLS then suffered a reverse with the loss of Blake O'Gorman with a shoulder injury. Two point for CCR had the teams level but Chris Óg Jones kicked DLS back into the lead as the first quarter ended. Críost Ri then had points to take the lead but Chris Óg pointed a free to level and the outstanding Liam Wall pointed another free to ease DLS in front in the 22nd minute.
On the restart, CCR drew level but Liam Twohig put the Mid Cork boys back in front in the 40th minute. Again CCR drew level but then James Mullane and Liam Wall had points to put De La Salle in the driving seat. The city side had a point from a free but Chris Óg Jones, from a free and from play, and Liam Wall had points to put DLS ahead by 0-11 to 0-8 with seven minutes remaining. Two CCR points followed as the clock ticked on and CCR hit the post with a rocket of a shot but DLS had the final score when Jack Fitzgerald popped over a point in injury time.
The standard was high and DLS deserved their hard earned win.
DLS scorers: C Óg Jones 0-5 (0-3 f), L Wall 0-3 (0-1 f), James O'Mullane 0-2, Liam Twohig and Jack Fitzgerald 0-1 each.
De La Salle: Tiernan Quinn (Clondrohid): John O'Mullane (Kilmurry), Kyle Kelleher (Kilmurry), Adam O'Leary (Aghinagh): Seán Desmond (Clondrohid), Liam Wall (Kilmurry), Tomás Collins (Kilmurry); Blake O'Gorman (Macroom), Liam O' Sullivan (Kilmurry): Brian Hinchion (Kilmurry), Chris Óg Jones (Iveleary), Ethan O'Gorman (Macroom): Mark Corrigan (Macroom), Liam Twohig (Aghinagh), James O'Mullane (Kilmurry). Subs used: Luke O'Leary (Aghinagh), Greg Fitton (Kilmurry), Alan McCarthy (Kilmichael) and Jack Fitzgerald (Canovee).
De La Salle will play Skibbereen in the semi final of the competition but first will have Munster Colleges action when they meet Hamilton High School Bandon on October 19th in their opening group match. Intermediate School, Killorglin and St Brendan's Killarney are the other two teams in the group from which the top two will advance to the quarter final stage.

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Rena Buckley and Briege Corkery receiving the North Side Presentation amongst family and friends. ©Michael Corkery

Macroom GAA

Macroom intermediate footballers finished their season with a Division Two league game against county finalists Kiskeam at the Castle Grounds. The game finished level at 0-12 each and Macroom showed once again that they can be as good as any team in the premier intermediate grade. The draw left Macroom in third place in the final league table behind Mallow and Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, the two teams who will contest the Div Two league final. Some teams involved in fixtures relevant to final placings disappointingly gave late walk overs which affected the final table. The Macroom line out was : Declan Kiely: Eoin O'Mahony, Olan O'Mahony, Paul O'Farrell: David Cotter, Sean Kiely, Robbie O'Dwyer; Fintan Goold, David Horgan: Ger Angland, John Murphy, David Goold: Michael Cronin, Pa Lucey, Olan Murphy. Subs: Thomas Creedon, Don Creedon, Alan Quinn, Ciarán Murphy, Brendan O'Sullivan.

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Players and selectors of Cork Senior and Minor teams from the Muskerry division at a Civic Reception in the City Hall. Back row (L-R): John Cleary, Pat O'Leary, Frankie Honohan, Louise Coughlan, Marie Ambrose, Tom Scally. Front Row (L-R): Laura Cleary, Ciara McCarthy, Briege Corkery, Máiréad Corkery, Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, Ciara Hughes, Jenny Brew Dinan. ©Michael Corkery

Donoughmore Ladies

Congratulations to the Cork Senior team and our very own Aisling Barrett and Rena Buckley on their recent All Ireland win. Our U8s/10s and their parents had a great time in Croke Park supporting the girls. Thanks to their hard working trainer Mary Corkery who organised it. They are now back training to produce the future crop of Cork players!
Donoughmore U12 girls contested the county final against Aghada. They gave a fine performance against a formidable side but lost 0-6 to 2-12. Thanks to the enthusiastic supporters who came out in force. A panel of 27 players was available, under the guidance of John Dinan and Louise Barrett. Aghada did serious damage in the early stages of the game, securing a score of 2-8 to 0-2 before the half time whistle. Donoughmore had a much better second half. Tighter defending on both sides kept scoring to a minimum with only 4 points secured by both teams. Despite being on the losing side, the girls fought to the very end. Scorers: Kelly Honohan 0-4, Anna Logan 0-1, Niamh McSweeney 0-1.
Panel- Julie Lyons, Emma Hayes, Caoimhe O'Connell, Lena Daly, Aoife O'Leary, Niamh McSweeney, Aoife McAloon, Niamh Dinan (captain), Aoife Barrett, Sadhbhin Sheehan, Kelly Honohan, Ellen Crowley, Aine O'Connor, Anna Logan, Ciara Lily Twomey, Ella Honohan, Emma Hughes, Ava Neilon, Ciara Buckley, Maria Murphy, Caoimhe Buckley, Kate Honohan, Emma O'Connor, Aoife Barrett, Isabelle Golden, Laura Kelleher and Ava Cahill.
The U14s and U16s are currently playing the Autumn League games and continue to train on Monday evenings.

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Laochra Óg medal presentation 2016 ©

Laochra Óg

October 7 - a lovely sunny evening in Teerbeg for the girls' Poc Fada. Our U9 10 11 12 and 13s competed against each other. There were some great shots from the girls and well done to ye all. Thanks to everyone who helped out, to the parents and supporters and to Michael and Nora McCarthy Glenview and Glenmill for the use of Teerbeg.
October 8th Laochra Óg team v the Barrs. Well done to all and to the new girls, Ava, Mary Ellen and Reailtin playing their first Camogie match for Laochra Óg. We put in a tremendous performance playing great Camogie and scoring great goals and points in a good physical game. Thanks to Lilly and Emma for playing before going on to play a soccer match for Macroom in Kinsale and to The Barrs for refreshments and to Tim Megihan on a fine and inspirational speech to the players, Coaches and Mentors. Laochra Óg would also like to thank Macroom Tidy Towns Club Sponsors and as always to Mary and Caroline for helping out with this bunch of girls.
In the first 50/50 lotto draw for the Laochra Óg Club Development Fund, the winner was Muireann O'Sullivan, 5 The Terrace, Clondrohid. Thanks to everyone for supporting our development draw. Look out for the tickets on sale at various outlets in West Muskerry. Also congratulations to the seller Bell Inn.
Laochra Óg Hurling and Camogie Club would like to thank all our generous sponsors in supporting our club. In Hurling Deasy's Pharmacy, Folláin Teo., Macroom Optitions, Astra Systems and Murphy's Tarmac. In Camogie Mulcahy's Insurance Macroom, Macroom Tidy Towns and Matt Murphy's Pharmacy Macroom. For the use of Facilities Macroom Town Park and their Committee Members, Michael and Nora McCarthy Glenview and Glenmill Restaurant for the use of Teerbeg and Coláiste Gobnatan Baile Mhúirne for the use of the college field.

Christina wins in Thailand

Christina Desmond, Coolavokig, a very successful member of Father Horgan's Boxing Club, Cork, recently won a bronze medal at the World University Boxing Championship in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Christina, boxing at middleweight (75kg), was representing Ireland on behalf of her college, Limerick Institute of Technology. She is the first person from Ireland to ever come so far in this competition.

Macroom Juvenile G.A.A.

U-12s: League and Blitz. Macroom U-12 footballers had wins against strong opposition in Aghabullogue and Clondrohid, after what had been, at best, a stuttering season. On Sunday the 25th September, Macroom hosted its inaugural U-12 football blitz in Tom Creedon Park, inviting Naomh Abán, Duarigle Gaels and Aghabullogue to compete for a silver cup. The opener against Naomh Abán was a tense affair, Macroom going down five points in the first half against mighty Gaelgóir opposition. However, the Macrompians' character shone through, and shaking off the excesses of the Macroom Food Festival, the boys started to motor. The resurgence was led by captain, Mark "Cool Hand" Hunt and Macroom managed to level the match, 2-4 apiece. Next the men from Aghabullogue came to redress that surprise league loss in August. Showing a wonderful ability to move the ball, and with a passionate side-line team, they were worthy opponents. Macroom showed tremendous fighting spirit to close out a game that was nip and tuck. Brian Healy, Macroom's midfield marshall, almost sacrificed a nose in a titanic struggle for possession. Macroom won by the slimmest of margins; 2-2 to 2-1.
Millstreet's Duarigle Gaels had won two hard fought battles, and Macroom would have to win the game outright to take the spoils. The Gaels are an imposing outfit, strong around the pitch and very well coached; they deserve their place in a division above Macroom's. The home side knew they had a mountain to climb and the older players were seen to take the team away in a huddle, out of earshot of their coaches. A roar rose from the team, they took to the field and the contest began. Tremendous performances were put in across the pitch by both sides and fatigue was beginning to tell in the second half. The Gaels showed their quality to edge ahead but a goal from the Macroom half forward line pulled them level. A score-able free in the dying moments gave Macroom a chance, and the unflappable captain Mark Hunt converted. Macroom took the match and cup in a contest that could have gone either way; there was not a dry eye on the home sideline. Their performance had it all – guts, determination, heart and plenty of football ability. They were a credit to their club, their parents and themselves.
Huge credit goes to the team on the day and the squad for the year: Liam McSweeney, Ruben Waugh, Ronan Morey, Dylan Wenger, Mark Hunt, Brian Healy, James Slattery, Rowan Mullane, Jonah Dervin, Darragh Hogan, Conor Coleman, Liam Holland, Darren Sweeney, Oisin O'Sullivan, Robert Lucey, Marcin Oleksy, Frank Lazlo, Dylan Molyneaux and Zakk Davis.
Other results: Millstreet 1-9, Aghabullogue 0-3; Millstreet 6-6, Naomh Aban 2-3; Aghabullogue 2-7, Naomh Aban 3-4.
U-13s: Macroom hosted the Mary Casey U-13 Blitz on the 8th of Oct. in the Tom Creedon Park. Clongrohid, Gneeveguilla and Donoughmore were the guest opponents. After a closely contested competition, Clondrohid emerge the winners and the trophy was presented by Ms Jacinta Casey, daughter of the late Mary, to Conor Lucey.
U-15s: Macroom U-15s played Nemo Rangers on 7th of Oct in Macroom and were well beaten; the score was 4-9 to 0-5.
Minors: We congratulate the Minors for a fine win in the League final on the 3rd of Oct. in the Castle Grounds. On a foul night for football, and after a fractious game, Macroom emerged victorious. The trophy was presented to Caleb Dinneen. The Minors were beaten by Skibbereen in Dunmanway on Sat. 8th of Oct. in the county championship semi-final.
Juvenile Club League: The league began on Wed. 3rd of Oct. in the Castle Grounds.28 players were divided into 4 teams, and each team played 3 games, seven minutes a half with a 3 minute half-time break. Ciarán Murphy, Seán Kiely, Mark O'Sullivan and Fintan Goold were the managers. On a fine night, the matches were played under lights, and the whole scene was quite impressive. Parents and supporters encouraged their heroes and the lads contested whole-heartedly. After the first round, Bradley O'Shea's team have 6 points; joint second are Jack Sexton's and Seán De Lacey's teams and Ben O'Connell's side is 4th. The second round will be on the 10th of Oct., again in the Castle Grounds and the first games begin at 7.00 p.m.

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Kilmurry Under 16 B Eastern Champions, defeating Canovee ©Michael John O'Mahony

Ballincollig Basketball

Our U11 Girls had their first outing of the season against Limerick Celtics. Fifteen players made the journey and all played their part in an exciting game. Limerick Celtics werethe better team on the day but Ballincollig girls improved as the game progressed and benefited from the trip. The U12 Girls played Waterford Wildcats, who proved too strong on the day. The Ballincollig girls worked hard throughout the game and will have gained invaluable experience. Our U16 group of 6 girls made the trip to Bantry to play their opening league game. They opened up a lead of 22 - 2 by the end of the first quarter and continued to dominate right the way through the game, winning on a score line of 55 - 26. The U18 Girls took on and defeated Glanmire in their opening league game of the season. In a very exciting and close game, Ballincollig were behind at half time on a score of 9 – 16 but took the game to Glanmire in the third quarter and went ahead 22 - 20. Glanmire responded and the lead changed hands a number of times and finished all square 30 - 30. Our girls showed great control and composure to win in overtime on a score of 39 - 30.
Fixtures. Girls. 13/10/2016 @ 19:30 Division 1 v Glanmire in Parochial Hall
14/10/2016 @ 18:30 Under 18B v Bantry in Coláiste Phobail, Bantry.
15/10/2016 Under 9 Development Games in Parochial Hall.
Boys 14/10/2016 @ 18:00 Under 11 v Neptune in Neptune Stadium.
14/10/2016 @ 18:15 Under 12A v Neptune in Neptune Stadium.
14/10/2016 @ 19:00 Under 14A v Neptune in Neptune Stadium.
15/10/2016 @ 9:30 U11-U12 Development Clinic in Parochial Hall.
15/10/2016 @ 11:00 U13-U14 Development Clinic in Parochial Hall.
All training is in the Sportlann in Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig. Boys: U9/10 Friday's 5pm - 6pm. U11 Wednesday 5pm - 6pm U12 Thursday 5pm - 6pm U13 Monday 5pm - 6pm & Wednesday 6pm -7pm U14 Monday & Thursday 6pm - 7pm U16 Monday & Wednesday 7pm - 8pm /Thursday 8pm - 9pm U18 Monday & Wednesday 8pm - 9pm U20 Wednesday 8pm - 9 pm Div 1 Monday/ Thursday 9pm - 10pm Div 2 Wednesday 9pm - 10pm
Training Times (Ladies) U9 Saturday 10.00am - 11.00am U11/12 Saturday 11.00am - 12.45pm U14 Tuesday 5pm - 6.15pm U15 Friday 6pm - 7:30pm U16 Friday 7.30pm - 9.00pm U18 Tuesday 6.15pm - 7.30pm & Sunday 6pm - 8pm Senior Tuesday 7.30pm - 8.45pm & Sunday 6pm - 8pm Div 1 Tuesday 8.45pm - 10.00pm & Sunday 6pm - 8pm.
Social Basketball Ballincollig Basketball club are running social basketball classes in Ballincollig Community School on Tuesday evenings from 7 - 8 pm. These classes which are mixed are an ideal opportunity to get to learn basketball in a social setting as well as keeping fit and meeting new friends.
New Members always welcome! 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.

Macroom FC

Macroom FC members were shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Kitty O'Donoghue. Kitty was a great friend and supporter of the club and had travelled to many games over the years supporting both her son Anthony and all Macroom FC teams. The thoughts and prayers of the whole club are with the O' Donoghue family at this difficult time. May she rest in peace. * As a mark of respect games involving Macroom A and B were postponed.
Schoolgirls. Macroom U14s played their first game of the season at home to Riverstown last week.
The home side dominated the opening exchanges, created lots of chances but fell behind against the run of play. The girls regrouped and finished the half strongly but the visitors led 1-0 at half time. Early in the second half, Riverstown doubled their advantage. Macroom responded with great determination and pulled a goal back shortly after. All the hard work paid off when Emma Kelly got the equaliser five minutes from time. Macroom continued to push for a winner but it finished in a draw and a fine point for the girls after coming from two goals down.
The U12 schoolgirls took on Bandon and gave a great account of themselves, losing out by a 3-1 margin. At this point, games are being played to determine fair and competitive sections for the season ahead and these fixtures are of fantastic benefit. The Macroom scorer was Mary O' Donovan in what was a great performance from the whole squad.
Youths Macroom Youths had another deserved 3-0 victory over visitors Park Utd at the Town Park. They followed this up with a notable 2-2 draw with Temple Utd. Macroom were missing a number of regulars for this game and the point earned will be extremely important as the league season progresses.
U13 League, Macroom A 7 Avondale Utd 2.
The U13 side had another big win at the expense of visitors Avondale. The tie was pretty much decided at half time with Macroom enjoying a 4-1 lead. Brian Healy (2), Ben Herlihy and Colm McSweeney were on target. In the second period Macroom continued to excel with Alan Desmond and Dylan Molyneaux doing well. Three further goals from Healy (bringing his tally to five) secured an emphatic win. The home side had fine performances from Michael O' Connell, Rory Duggan and Sean McCullagh.
Last weekend Macroom A and B teams recorded excellent victories. On Saturday the A team entertained Springfield and gave them a 6-0 drubbing. Darren Dineen (2), Robert Healy, James O' Connor, Paul O' Farrell and Andrew Hegarty were on target.
On Sunday morning Macroom B travelled to Ballinhassig and came away with a 3-1 win. Having trailed 1-0 at half time, an excellent second period with goals from Ryan Creed and a double from Jason O' Donovan, secured the three points.

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Macroom Golf Club Spa Cup Mixed Foursomes. From left: Michael Lillis, captain; Jim Nolan, winner; Jim Morris, sponsor; Deirdre Galvin, winner; Mary Cronin, lady captain and George Desmond, President. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Golf Club

Seniors 1st Fergal Smyth(8),Eamon O'Connor(16),Ml O'Dwyer(22) John Smyth(25) 47.4
Winter singles 1st Jack Healy(17) 33 pts, 2nd Liam O'Callaghan (17) 30 pts
Xmas Hamper 1st William Murray (7) 42 pts,2nd Martin Kavanagh(13) 42 pts 3rd Tim O'Callaghan (12) 39 pts, Gross Padraig O'Connor(1)35 pts Senior Ger Jennings(22) 36 pts
Fixtures. Tue seniors, Thur 14 hole Winter singles, Sat & Sun Club singles.