Lee Valley Outlook Oct. 27 2016 v13e22

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Grand Finale of 'Murder at Shandy Hall' by Briery Gap players at Riverside Park Hotel. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Murder at Shandy Hall – Oct 27th at 8:00pm at Cork Opera House. Sold out.
Rusheen NS Bingo fundraiser on Thurs 27th Oct at 8pm.
Hallowe'en disco: at Dromleigh N.S. on Fri 28th Oct from 7-9pm.
Fancy Dress disco in The Auld Triangle on Sat 29th Oct from 9pm. Fundraiser for Kilmurry museum
Kilmurry Active Retirement Talk on Health and fitness in Museum, Tues1st Nov 7.30p.m.
Local Television (LTV) will be back on air from Wed Nov 2 at 9.30p.m. with repeats on Sun. 5.30p.m.
Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí san Abbey Hotel, Baile Mhúirne, Déardaoin, 2 Mí na Samhna, 7p.m.
Kilmurry Community Education Class on Smartphones and Tablet Wed Nov 2nd & 9th, 2-4p.m
A Night of Drama with Coachford in the Lee Valley Golf and Country Club on Thurs 3rd, Fri 4th and Sat 5th of Nov at 8.30p.m.
American Tea Party in Clondrohid Community Hall on Sat Nov 5.
Cuan Mhuire concert in Ovens on Sat. Nov. 5 at 8.30p.m.
November Prayers in Macroom Cemeteries on Sun 6th Nov. Castle St. and Convent at 2pm. St. Colman's at 3pm and Aghina at 4pm.
Flower and Garden Club Gala Charity Christmas Demonstration Thurs 10th Nov Coolcower House 8.00p.m.
"Anseo is Ansiúd" exhibition opening at 5:00 p.m. on Thurs Nov 10th at the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne.
Shane Murphy Memorial Cup Poc Fada. 12:00 p.m, Sunday, 27th Nov.
Macroom Park Run every Saturday at 9.30a.m. from Sports Complex in Castle Grounds.

Cinema at the Castle Hotel
Beetlejuice!! Mon 31st Oct at 8:30pm
River Runner Mon 14th Nov at 8:30pm

Events in the Riverside Park Hotel
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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Murder most foul. Dr. Cross (Patrick Bergin) oversees the death of his wife (Stephanie Shine) in 'Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical . ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom's Most Successful Show

The curtain has come down on Macroom's most successful show to date and 'Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical' and its cast, take at least a temporary break. With a sigh of relief or perhaps regret, actors, director, producer, composer, musicians, back stage crew and many more will, this weekend, return to the calm waters of 'normal' life after the maelstrom of the past exhilarating and exhausting months.
The first month of preparation was scary – a fledgling show and that a murder musical; an amateur cast, all holding down day jobs or studying – and no theatre facilities. When the project was first mooted the splendid Briery Gap was the appointed venue. But, after the disastrous fire, rehearsals and performances moved to the hotel function room at the Riverside Park. It had no stage, no back-stage facilities, no stage lighting or sound system, no tiered seating. And the show had very little financial backing.
'When the going gets tough, the tough get going' was a well-tried maxim over the fraught weeks of preparation. The Lee Valley community and many generous sponsors came on board to allow the show to go on. Undoubtedly, Hollywood star, Patrick Bergin in the lead role of the murderous Dr. Cross, was a huge bonus and, from the outset, attracted a storm of media attention. This, in turn, ensured that the six shows planned for Macroom sold out in quick time. Because of prior bookings in the Riverside Park Hotel, only one extra show could be facilitated and tickets for this and the staging at Cork Opera House were all booked weeks in advance.
But now, the haunting challenge for all those involved was – Would 'Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical' live up to expectations. From the opening night, these fears proved unfounded. The audience was enthusiastic about everything pertaining to the show.

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Liam O'Brien, Sleaveen , Macroom and Frank Shouldice, whose RTÉ Radio 1 documentary has been awarded the coveted 'Best European Radio Investigation' award at the 2016 Prix Europa media competition in Berlin ©

European Award for Macroom Man

Liam O'Brien, son of Mary and the late Tom O'Brien of Sleaveen, Macroom, has just been awarded the coveted 'Best European Radio Investigation' award at the 2016 Prix Europa media competition in Berlin - the first time RTÉ has won this award.
Liam, a past pupil of Aghina N.S. in Caum and De La Salle College, Macroom, now lives near Youghal with his wife and twin daughters. He started work with RTE in 2000; began producing with the Documentary On One unit in 2005 and was appointed Series Producer in 2008. The Documentary On One has since gone on to win over 180 national and international awards - making it the most successful radio documentary unit in the world.
The 2016 Prix Europa media competition was held in Berlin on Friday, Oct 21st. It is the premier media competition in Europe, competed for by all national public service broadcasters within Europe. The award winning RTÉ production, 'Documentary on One: The Case That Never Was', was co-produced by Liam and Frank Shouldice and tells the story of an Irish recruitment company and a Polish man who unwittingly became involved in a landmark legal case which centred around social insurance that went all the way to the European Court of Justice. Due solely to investigations uncovered within the radio documentary, a fraudulent court-case at the European Court of Justice was stopped and European legislation was prevented from being changed on an erroneous basis for all EU citizens. Since the documentary aired on RTÉ Radio 1, criminal proceedings have begun, issued by the Attorney General of Cyprus.
Last June, the same radio documentary scooped the National Radio Award at the Law Society National Justice Media awards, held in Blackhall Place. It also won the 'Overall National Justice Media Award', trumping all TV, print, online and radio entries in that competition.
There was further good news for RTÉ Radio 1's Documentary on One unit recently when another production of theirs, Documentary On One: An Open Verdict, co-produced by Liam and Jason Murphy, was awarded 'Best Radio Documentary' for 2016 at the National PPI Radio Awards (island of Ireland). That documentary told the story of Marsha Mehran, an Iranian-born author whom Gardaí found dead in a holiday bungalow on Mayo's Northwest coast in April 2014. And RTÉ Radio 1's Documentary on One has just been shortlisted in the radio category at the 2016 Amnesty International Media Awards for 'Cairo Cellmates'. This is the first time an RTÉ Radio entry has been shortlisted in these awards. The documentary, which was first broadcast on Saturday 11th June this year on RTÉ Radio 1, hears journalist Peter Greste give a wide-ranging and searing account of the seven months he spent in an Egyptian prison as the cellmate of imprisoned Irish student, Ibrahim Halawa. Documentary on One: Cairo Cellmates was produced for RTÉ Radio 1 by Robert Mulhern and series producer Liam O'Brien, and research was carried out by Elliot Rambach. The winners of this year's Amnesty International Media Awards will be announced at an event in London on Tuesday 29th November.
Liam occasionally produces live programming for RTÉ 2FM. These have included content from the Oxegen Festival, Electric Picnic and the SXSW festival held in Austin, Texas.

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Finbarr O'Brien, Macroom, receives the perpetual VIP Cú Chulainn statue from Pat Knight, HR Director An Post, with, on right, Jerry Murphy, Postmaster, Macroom. ©

Cú Chulainn Award for Finbarr

In its first year, the Values in Practice (VIP) Awards programme has given An Post the opportunity to celebrate colleagues for their inspiring behaviour as they go about their work, consistently behaving in accordance with An Post values. At an Awards ceremony held in the GPO, the overall winner for 2015/16 was announced as Finbarr O'Brien, Postal Operative, Macroom Delivery Services Unit, Co Cork. While delivering mail to the home of an elderly customer, Finbarr heard the woman's dog barking frantically and immediately went to investigate. He found the lady lying on the ground outside, unable to move and suffering from severe hypothermia. Finbarr contacted the Emergency Services, kept her comfortable and alert until they arrived and attended to her. Due to his quick actions she received the medical care required and, after an extended period of convalescence, has recovered. Finbarr was nominated by his manager Jerry Murphy, Delivery Services Manager, Macroom. Finbarr was awarded the perpetual VIP Cú Chulainn statue by Pat Knight, HR Director, on behalf of the Company.

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An overall view of the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Expo in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Enterprise Town Expo

Bank of Ireland hosted an exciting programme of activity in Macroom on Friday the 14th October in the Community Leisure Centre. The 'Enterprise Town initiative was organised by the Bank in partnership with the local community in Macroom and saw over 100 exhibitors take part in the event. Meghan Buckley, the reigning Flower of Macroom cut the ribbon, accompanied by Mr Pat O'Connell who gave a great rendition of Mountmassey, The Flower of Macroom. The initiative is aimed at promoting and driving business momentum for SMEs and the wider sports and social community in the locality. Special guest, Dr Eva Orsmond, gave an entertaining and informative presentation on diabetes prevention. She also took part in a lively panel discussion on the topic of health & wellbeing. The discussion panel included Marjorie Cullen, Sinead Dunbar and Nellie Dervin and was expertly chaired by Noreen McSweeney. The Macroom Crest competition was won by Mary O'Leary and Shauna O'Dea of McEgan College. 2nd prize went to Erin McSweeney, Aoife Galvin and Michaela Riordan also of McEgan College and 3rd prize went to Aoife Doyle of St Mary's. Entertainment over the day was provided by the boys of St Colman's NS Brass Band under the baton of Mr Martin Clancy; the girls of the Deirdre O'Sullivan School of Dance and Aghinagh Comhaltas.

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McEgan College Students' Council 2016. ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

Student Council. Voting for our student council body for the year 2016/2017 commenced on Monday 19th September. Voting was led by Chairperson, Josh Mullen and Secretary, Eleanor Lane, with the help of Student Council liaison teacher, Ms. Condon. The council plays a vital role in McEgan College by gathering opinions on the running of the school from the student body and presenting our findings to School Management. The Student Council represents the voice of all the pupils.
Each year group was asked to vote for their male and female representative. The voting took place in private in the Assembly Area and every student in the school was given the opportunity to vote. The results were announced over the intercom by Josh Mullen to everyone's delight: 1st Year Nathan Byrne and Linda O'Sullivan. 2nd Year Seamus Murphy and Anika Roberts. 3rd Year Jack Granville and Katie Dineen 4th Year Jackie Lucey and Michaela Riordan 6th Year Daniel Cronin and Lily Healy LCA Stephen McCarthy and Claire Leahy and Josh Mullen (Chairperson) and Eleanor Lane (Secretary) 5th year. The first meeting took place on Thursday 13th of October. We are looking forward to a very productive academic year ahead.
Open Evening 2016. Bishop Mc Egan College held its open evening October 13 and it again proved to be a huge success. The very large attendance was given guided tours of the college and its facilities. Teachers were in their specialist rooms to provide the prospective students and their parents with detailed information of the subjects on offer in the College. Students of 5th & 6th classes from St. Joseph's, Clondrohid, Rusheen, Terelton, Kilnamartyra, Carriginima, Muinefluich, Ballinagree, Canovee, Cloughduv, Coppeen, Dromleigh, Inchigeela, Kilbarry, Kilmurry, Bealnamorrive, were delighted with the interaction that took place and they were pleased with being given the opportunity to sample some of the work done in some of the classrooms. Refreshments were served in the assembly area by the College's Parents Association prior to the Principal's- Ms. Patricia Lynam - address. There was also a number of speakers who provided the packed Assembly with some reflection of Mc Egan College life and also the College's extensive programme of courses on offer from Junior to Leaving cycle. Wonderful music was provided by the school's musical society and the public was then invited to tour the school and to meet teachers to discuss any item of their course with them.

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Macroom Brownies working on their keep fit badge with Mary and Elaine Murphy ©Zoe Dinneen

Gramophone Morning

Mary Shine and Jill Vahey presented the October Gramophone Morning in the Fr. Ryan Hall at short notice on October 14. Their selections provided a delightful medley. The opening 'There's no Business like Show Business' from Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun, was followed by Meditation – a violin piece by Andre Rieu. The Humming Chorus from Madame Butterfly preceded W.B. Yeats's Down by the Sally Garden. Soprano, Virginia Kerr, sang The Lark in the Clear Air and Chris de Burgh with Spirt, Vilja from Franz Lehar's Merry Widow and Sibelius's Finlandia Hymn brought the first half of the programme to a rousing conclusion.
After refreshments, the numerous audience enjoyed Symphony No 5 by Gustave Mahler, O Mio Babbino Caro, the inimitable Nana Mouskouri singing Amazing Grace and Jacinta White with Memories from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair and an instrumental version of the Last Rose of Summer were followed by Russell Wilson with Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu and the session concluded with Kathleen Mavourneen, sung by John McCormick.
Mary McSweeney and Teresa Tangney will present the November session in the Fr. Ryan Hall on Friday, November 11 at 11a.m.

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Some of those who attended a public Rosary at the Marian Shrine, New Street Macroom ©Emer O' Leary

Entertainment at Riverside Park

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

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.

Macroom Library

Open letter sent by email to Cork County Council, Cork County Mayor, Cork County Library Service, six County Councillors in the Blarney Macroom Municipal District.

When will the people of Macroom and District again be provided with a proper library service? It is now six months since the unfortunate fire occurred in the Briery Gap Cultural Centre. I believe that damage to the library on the ground floor was minimal. Nevertheless, all the stock and equipment were sent to Dublin for mysterious treatment, presumably at considerable cost to the ratepayer/ taxpayer/ insurer and ultimately, the general public.
Macroom Library provided an exemplary public service. Not only was it a source of books, DVDs etc., but the obliging and professional staff also organised cultural, educational, creative and recreational events. The library provided a huge social service, with the elderly and the young, the lonely, the disadvantaged, school children, students, researchers, all finding there a comfortable, sociable, educational environment.
I fully understand that there are procedures to be observed in the event of a fire. But privately owned businesses have those concerns also and still manage to get back in action in quick time. Public services, on the other hand, indulge in paralysis. Red tape and bureaucracy prevail and ultimately, no one seems to take responsibility for restoring our library and, indeed, the Briery Gap Theatre, the loss of which is seriously damaging the economy and the cultural life of the area.
We no longer have a Town Council to fight for our rights, but I urge you, the ultimate owners and managers of the complex, to make the re-opening of Macroom Library and the Briery Gap an urgent matter on Cork County Council's agenda.

Local TV Programmes

Local Television (LTV) will be back on air from Wednesday, November 2 at 9.30p.m. in the LTV 1 region and from Thursday November 3 at 9.30p.m in the LTV 2 region, with repeats of both programmes after the Sunday special at 5.30p.m. on the following Sunday.
Wed. Nov. 2: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. Scoraíocht at the Tavern, Clondrohid, presented by Jamie Kelleher 2002.
Sun. Nov. 6: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Mass at St. Joh's Well, Mushera, June 24, 2016. 6.30p.m. Repeat of Wednesday and Thursday programmes.
Wed. Nov. 9. 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. Daniel Kingston Memorial Run 2016 in Macroom.
Sun. Nov. 13: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Annual Mass at Carrigastyra Famine Graveyard 2016. 6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes

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The new Mrs. Cross (Geraldine Barry Murphy) greets her step-daughters ©Lee Valley Outlook

The Coachford Murder Case.

The Staging of a Murder.

Perhaps the single most commented on aspect of 'Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical' was the effectiveness of the settings. Instead of unwieldy furniture and backdrops to establish locations, the audience was transported to a virtual 19th century Coachford; to the exterior of Shandy Hall and the interior of other 'great houses'; a church; the Science Lab at Queen's College (U.C.C.); an R.I.C. station; Cork Court House and Cork Jail as well as beautiful outdoor scenes, all by means of image projection.

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A Hangman's Lullaby, with Seán Óg Ó Duinnín and the Dead Chorus at 'Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical . ©Lee Valley Outlook

While the audience delighted in having an internationally acclaimed actor in the lead role of the murderer, Dr. Philip Cross, they also gloried in the undoubted quality of 'our own' actors, singers and musicians. Stephanie Shine as Mrs. Cross and Geraldine Barry Murphy, the naïve governess, were superb. Darragh Murphy as the RIC Inspector, made a lasting impression with his measured, most articulate presentation of evidence. Helen Hallissey was memorable as Mrs. Caulfield and the girls who played the parts of the Cross daughters made a lasting impression with the heart-breaking song 'God bless and Goodbye'. The religious pairing of Anne Buckley as Miss Jefferson and Martin McCarthy as the clergyman, brought the audience two great voices as well as polished acting. 'An English Rose' and 'For everything there is a Season' will long echo in our memories. The servants, the legal eagles, the Policeman, the Dead Cast and the Village Cast were remarkable, not just for their singing but for their consistent attention to acting their part even when not in the limelight. Perhaps the most dramatic performance of the show was turned in by Seán Óg Ó Duinnín, the hangman. His ability to turn from cocky Cockney to a jittery jelly, with sweat pouring from his brow – and back again – was remarkable and the introduction of the whole question of capital punishment brought a serious and ethical dimension to a very worthwhile and thought provoking production.

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'God Bless and Goodbye': Dr. Cross's daughters bid him an emotional farewell in 'Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical . ©Lee Valley Outlook

The Last Words

Anne Dunne, Manager of the Briery Gap, gave her reactions after the closing night of 'Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical' at the Riverside Park Hotel, but before its debut at Cork Opera House. She declared it an unqualified success. Alan Kiely's magic melodies and the creative and gifted pen of Michael Sheridan, combined with an experienced and very professional cast, brought the production from a successful, local musical to a show that was fit for any stage in the world. The casting of the show was inspired: each actor fitted the prescribed role like a glove.

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The orchestra at 'Music at Shandy Hall – the Musical'. 3rd from right is Alan Kiely, joint composer of music score ©Lee Valley Outlook

The future of the show has yet to be determined. The Opera House is interested in staging it again and other theatres are all aware of its potential. Anne said that the success of the show is built on the firm foundation of years of Pantos, musicals, dramas and variety shows in Macroom and the Lee Valley. All the magic ingredients for a top show are present in the Muskerry area.
Patrick Bergin, acclaimed film actor and stage personality, said that his sojourn in the Lee Valley while playing the lead role of Dr. Philip Cross in 'Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical' was a joy. He found the people wonderful. It was great to be involved in staging an original piece of work at an early stage of its development. A huge amount has been achieved in a short time and, judging by the reaction of the audience, the show has both local and universal appeal. The star, who appeared with Julia Roberts in 'Sleeping with the Enemy', found the experience of appearing with a very talented amateur group most rewarding. He rejoices in the word 'amateur' as it means someone who is performing through love of the discipline.

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Slow! Star over Cill na Martra. Patrick Bergin on tour of the Lee Valley ©Lee Valley Outlook

Mr. Bergin professes to love Cork – its people, landscape and local history. Referring to the fire that made the Briery Gap inaccessible at present, he said that the upside of the disaster was to involve the local community in the effort to keep drama and music in Macroom. Expressing the hope that Cork County Council will respond quickly to the need to reopen the theatre, he said that the Arts, Drama, Sport and Education are vital elements and crucial to community health and development. The Briery Gap has long proved a great focus for the arts in the Lee Valley and he, Patrick Bergin, was very honoured to be associated with a Briery Gap production.


The Aftermath of the Coachford Poisoning Case

The Lee Valley Outlook is indebted to Mr. Anthony Greene, Coachford, for his generous contribution of the results of his research for the following article. He has also granted us permission to reproduce photographs that were supplied to him by the late Peter Cross, grandson of Laura Mary and Philip Cross, who also helped Anthony in his research.

Coachford, Dripsey and the Lee Valley were mired in scandal and controversy throughout the second half of 1887 and the beginning of 1888 due to the death of Mrs. Laura Mary Cross of Shandy Hall and the subsequent conviction of her husband, Dr. Philip Cross, for her poisoning. His hasty marriage to the family governess, Miss Effie Skinner, had led to gossip, rumour and the eventual R.I.C. investigation of the first Mrs. Cross's death. Her cheating husband was found guilty of her poisoning and he was hanged in Cork Jail in January 1888 and buried in the prison grounds.
The international media storm surrounding the police inquiry, the court case and the hanging died down after some months but the main characters in the tragic story had to live with their heritage and memories for decades.
The Dripsey-Coachford area was home to a quiet, rural community. Despite the efforts of the Land League, Home Rule activists, the G.A.A., the Gaelic League etc., the social divide was still great. And now, even within those segments, there was another cause for the dissension – the guilt or innocence of the executed Dr. Cross.
Surviving members of the Cross family included his five children by his first wife, Laura Mary (Marriott); his sister Henrietta Cross; his brother Ben, his widow Evelyn (Effie) and her baby son John. The Cross daughters - Elizabeth (Beth), Henrietta (Mona) and Sophia lived at home, while his two sons, Richard (known as Bob) and Henry, were in school in England. After their mother's death, Dr. Cross, like any considerate father, had travelled to England, ostensibly, to personally break the news of Laura's death to them. This didn't happen. Instead, perhaps to avoid the expense of a further trip, he married Evelyn Skinner at the Church of St. James, Piccadilly, which he knew well as he had previously married Laura Mary there in 1869.
Elizabeth, the eldest Cross daughter, was born in 1870. She was described as "weakly" and was sent to a private school in Cornwall, where she was said to be "epileptic". Subsequently she was transferred to an asylum in Reigate, Surrey. She died there on the 16th August 1921, aged 51. Henrietta attended the same institution in Cornwall and was also described as "epileptic". Perhaps mercifully, she died there in 1892.
Richard Philip (Bob) was born in St. George's, Bermuda in 1872. He attended Queen's College, Taunton, Somerset (a "Higher Grade Public School"), where he received the news about his mother. Bob became a doctor, like his father, qualifying in Brussels. According to the 1911 census, he was living with his uncle, Edward, in Portishead, Somerset. He is described as 'married with 10 children'. In March 1915, at the age of 43, Bob Cross departed for Wellington, New Zealand as a second-class passenger on SS TURAKINA. He died 1st March 1948 in Hillsborough, Auckland, New Zealand.
The third and youngest daughter, Sophia, was born in London in 1875 and was baptised in St. John's, Notting Hill. She attended Hazel Bank school in Worcestershire. Ironically, she subsequently became a governess for the children of one Charles K Churchill, a stockbroker, in St. Marylebone, London. On 14 July 1903, she married a William Ranson Cooper, a consulting engineer, and they had three children, Vera, Maurice and Desmond. Sophia died on 10th November 1948 in Surrey.
Henry Eustace, the only one of Laura Mary's children born in Cork, was delivered by his father in 1877. Like his brother Bob, he attended Queen's College. In 1902 he married Elizabeth Butcher in a civil ceremony in Newcastle upon Tyne. He qualified as a vet and spent some time in India on government work. On his return to England in 1912, he described himself as a "Bacteriologist". He joined the army in the RAVC and on the outbreak of war, was sent to Egypt to care for the horses of the New South Wales Light Horsemen. While there, he took an interest in and studied, the health of the local camel corps. He wrote a total of 15 books on camel and buffalo diseases and was quite an expert in that unusual field. In 1933 he and his wife went to Batavia (now Jakarta), returning two years later. He died at Goff's Oak, Herefordshire in 1960.
John Cross, son of Philip Cross and Evelyn Skinner, was born in December 1887, just days after his father had been condemned to death. He was delivered by a local midwife, Mary Martin and his birth was registered in the district of Clonmoyle in the Union of Macroom. He was later described as living with his mother in Brighton Road, London. She was "living on her own means", as was another lady at the same address, Mabel Hodgson. John married Priscilla Lewis, daughter of a solicitor, on December 24th, 1909 – his 22nd birthday. There was an 8-year gap between them, she being 30. They both gave Arnold Mansions, Fulham as their address. John probably emigrated to Australia, where he changed his name. He apparently lived in South Yarra, Melbourne, and died in the 1960s.
Henrietta Cross, Philip's younger sister, was the main defence witness at his trial. She was born in Cork in 1832. She lived in Edinburgh for some time. She died, unmarried, in Devon in 1892, leaving a small inheritance (£133) to her niece, Sophia.

The following information has been gleaned from 'Murder at Shandy Hall – The Coachford Poisoning Case' by Michael Sheridan.
Evelyn Skinner Cross remained on at Shandy Hall with her infant son, John, for about two years after her husband's execution. She had inherited £5.000 of the £20.000 left in Philip Cross's will. Richard Philip (Bob), her elder stepson, inherited Shandy Hall Farm but Henrietta Cross, Philip's sister, is named as 'Householder' at Shandy Hall in the 1891 Guy's Postal Directory. (Patrick Murphy is 'Householder' in the 1907 Directory). Evelyn, daughter of Robert Skinner, a Scottish Vicar, probably returned home in 1890. She remarried in 1898 to Patrick Robertson, son of a farmer in Fife and they had a daughter, Mary. Evelyn worked in a nursing home and died in Kent in 1937.
Humphrey Marriott, Laura Mary Cross's brother, was very good to her children but no Census records them as being resident at her original home in Abbott's Hall. There are still Cross descendants in New South Wales, Australia and probably, in New Zealand.

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The servants at Shandy Hall discuss the dreadful events of June 1887 in Dripsey ©Lee Valley Outlook

Mr. and Mrs Caulfield, Laura Mary's friends, and their family left Ovens and moved to England in 1890. Henry Tyacke, the R.I.C. inspector, later made the news as he was embroiled in the Land Troubles and evictions. James Berry, the hangman, suffered a nervous breakdown and threatened suicide. He became an evangelist; went on to preach against capital punishment and died, aged 61.
Of the locals who gave evidence at the trial, Francis Woodley and Bowen Colthurst remained in situ. Dennis Griffin, the Postmaster, a reluctant witness, continued in his post. His descendants include Margaret and Tim Griffin of Griffin's Garden Centre. Connections of Jane Leahy, the cook; Mary Buckley, the kitchen maid; Mary McGrath, the housemaid; Mary Barron, the parlour maid and Cornelius McCarthy, the manservant, must still live on in the Lee Valley. It would be an interesting project for some enterprising student to follow them up!


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Rusheen N.S. 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!

Independence Museum Kilmurry Fancy Dress disco in The Auld Triangle on Saturday 29th October from 9pm onwards with Darragh Griffin as DJ. Fundraiser for the museum in Kilmurry. Tickets cost €15 which includes finger food, spot prizes, prize for best costume. Spread the word please and get your creative cap on to come up with your costumes. They can be funny, scary, historical. It promises to be a fun night out. Contact Aileen 0857828036 for tickets.

Kilmurry Active Retirement Talk on Health and fitness in Museum, Tues1st Nov 7.30p.m.

Kilmurry Museum: Community Education Class on Smartphones and Tablets on Wednesday Nov 2nd & 9th, 2-4p.m Yoga classes starting Tuesday November 8th 7.30. All Welcome.

Kilmurry Active Retirement Talk on Health and fitness by Claire Hurley Tues1st Nov 7.30. All in Kilmurry Museum and all welcome.

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.

Cuan Mhuire. The treatment centre at Farnanes, Crookstown, presents Elle Marie O'Dwyer in concert in Ovens on Saturday, November 5 at 8.30p.m. Special Guest: Willie Relihan. The Addiction Centre is a voluntary provider of rehabilitation for individuals suffering from addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling. Contact 086 4058262; 085 7713975 or 086 2318714 for tickets. €15 each.

November Prayers. On Sunday 6th November, there will prayers for the dead in all the Parish cemeteries: Castle Street graveyard at 2pm; St. Colman's Cemetery at 3pm and Aghina cemetery at 4pm.This year we will have prayers in the cemetery of the Sisters of Mercy at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to join us. Entrance by St Joseph's Primary School.

"Anseo is Ansiúd" Ealaíontóiri Mhúscraí announces an exhibition of KCAT, Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent. The exhibition will open at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 10th at the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne. KCAT is an art study centre that connects artists with learning disabilities with professional arts practitioners. All are most welcome!

Carriganimma Flag. Mr. Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, and Gerard McHugh Director of the Dublin West Education Centre, Tallaght, recently visited Carriganima NS regarding the Digital Schools of Distinction Programme. Minister Creed raised the Digital Schools Flag and Gerard McHugh presented the award. After a brief welcome and summary of the project, the children entertained the visitors with tunes and songs and asked Minister Creed some very interesting questions. After refreshments, there was a presentation to the Minister and Mr. McHugh.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto 09/10/2016: Jackpot €2,950. Numbers drawn 1, 11, 23. No winner. €50 Annie Prendergast Rosscarbery. €20 each: Donal Burns Clonavrick, Pat & Mary Leahy Coolkisha, Noel O'Callaghan Ballinagree, John Burns Clonavrick.
16/10/2016: Jackpot €3,100. Numbers drawn 16, 18, 24. No winner. Gearoid O'Brien Rylane, €20 each: Barry O'Riordan Coachford, Martin Hubbard Inchealea, John Lyons Scrathanard, John & Catherine Murphy Coolkisha.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: 12/10/16. Jackpot €1.600. No winner. €70 Kate Lyons, Scrahanard €20 each Jane O' Brien, 62 New Street, Jerome O' Leary, Gurrane Tim & Dolly Ring, Carriganima Ann McSweeney, Carrigaphooka
19/10/16 Jackpot €1,800. No winner. €70 Mary Gallagher, Farnanes €20 each: Caroline Hughes, c/o Eurofoil Kay Healy, c/o The Greyhound Bar Katherine O'Leary, The Glebe Liam & Sheila O' Riordan, Gortnapeasta

Kilmurry GAA lotto. 10 Oct 2016. Jackpot €10,000. No winner. €50 Kitty Howard. €20 each: Conor O Carroll Barry Clifford Fintan O Leary Sean Noonan Kate Murphy. Kilmurry GAA lotto is now at its highest ever. It hasn't been won in 2016.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 11/10/2016.. - Jackpot €12,600. Winning Numbers 3-8-27. No Winner. €70 Catherine O'Connor, Railway View €20 each Linda Long, Oakwood. Masie Phelan, 17 Barrett Place. Carmel O'Mahony, Cork Street. Laura O'Riordan, Ballinagree. Mary O'Regan, C/O Twomey's Butchers, Macroom, .
18/10/2016.. - Jackpot €12,800. Winning Numbers 22-25-28. No Winner - €70 Keating Family, Aghabullogue, €20 each Tom Hayes, 7 Sullane Place. €20. James Kelleher, Ros Alainn. Con O'Keeffe, Lissarda. Paddy O'Riordan, Dripsey. Dan Cronin, Montenotte, Cork..

Macroom FC. Lotto. 17/10/16, Jackpot €6,000 Numbers drawn 2,5, 20. No Winner €80 Teddy O' Leary c/o Cash €20 each Damien O' Callaghan c/o Hound Gabrielle O' Leary. Catherine O' Connor. Natalie Moynihan c/o June
24/10/16, Jackpot €6,200 Numbers drawn 17,24,33. No Winner €80 Denise c/o Fudge €20 each Bobo c/o Noel. Peggy O' Connell c/o Paulie. Liam and Jen c/o June. Grace Murray c/o Murray's

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 17/10/2016. Jackpot: €2,200. Numbers Drawn: 4 – 23 – 30. No Winner: €40 Eve O'Gorman, €20 Pat O'Connell, Ben O'Connell, Grace O'Donovan, Donal Moynihan (Yearly Ticket).
24/10/2016. Jackpot: €2,400. Numbers Drawn: 2 – 19 – 33. No Winner: €40 John Moynihan, €20 Nicky Martin, Danny Herlihy, Shane Lucey (Yearly Ticket), Mick O'Shaughnessy (Online Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

Ceol an Gheimhridh for Cill na Martra

Three years after bringing Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí to the Gaeltacht for the first time, the Cill na Martra branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is to host the organisation's winter gathering of young musicians and dancers from across the county. CCÉ Lachtaín Naofa hosts the first 'Ceol an Gheimhridh Chorcaí' to be held in the Gaeltacht, with competitions being run in the local national school and community hall on Sunday November 13.
The hundreds of young singers, dancers, and musicians set to throng the Mid-Cork village will also have the chance to put their Irish language skills into practice, as a tráth na gceist quiz is being organised, with spot cash prizes. Starting at 10am, there will be competitions in the following categories: Reed instruments (button accordion, piano accordion, concertina, pipes); wind (whistle and flute); strings (fiddle, banjo, mandolin, harp); duets; quartets; English and Irish singing; recitation of a poem; storytelling; figure/céilí dancing (four-hand/eight-hand ladies and mixed); céilí bands, and set dancing. Age groups are under 13 and 13-17, as of January 1, 2016, and winners progress to the Munster final in Dromcollogher, Co Limerick, on February 5.
Similar to the county fleadh, entries are made via local branch secretaries and competitors must be current paid-up members of a Comhaltas branch.
See Facebook: Cork Comhaltas or CCÉ Craobh Lachtaín Naofa, Cill na Martra.
Trí bliana tar éis dóibh Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí a thabhairt chuig an nGaeltacht don chéad uair, tá craobh Chill na Martra de Chomhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann ar tí tabhairt faoi ócáid an gheimhridh de chuid na heagraíochta ag tabhairt le chéile ceoltóirí agus rinceoirí óga ó cheann ceann an chontae. Reáchtálfaidh CCÉ Lachtaín Naofa an chéad 'Ceol an Gheimhridh Chorcaí' a bheidh ar siúl sa Ghaeltacht ar an Domhnach, 13ú Samhain, le comórtais á reáchtáil i Scoil Lachtaín Naofa agus in ionad pobail an tsráidbhaile.
Lena chois sin, beidh deis ag na céadta amhránaithe, rinceoirí agus ceoltóirí a gcuid Gaeilge a chleachtadh, le tráth na gceist á eagrú d'iomaitheoirí óga agus duaiseanna airgid ar fáil. Ag tosnú ar a 10rn, beidh comórtais sna chatagóirí seo a leanas: Feaguirilsí (cairdín cnaipí, cairdín pianó, consairtín, píobaí); gaothuirlisí (feadóg agus feadóg mhór); téaduirlisí (fidil, bainseo, maindilín, cruit); dísréid; ceathairéid; amhránaíocht Bhéarla agus Ghaeilge;
aithriseoireacht dáin; scéalaíocht; rince foirne/céilí (cor ceathrair/ochtair mná agus measctha); bannaí céilí, agus rince seit. Na haoisghrúpaí atá i gceist ná faoi 13 agus 13-17, amhail ag 1ú Eanáir 2016.
Mar a bhíonn i gceist le fleadh an chontae, cuirtear isteach ar na comórtais trí rúnaithe craoibhe áitiúla agus ní mór go mbeadh iomaitheoirí ina mbaill reatha íoctha de chraobh an Chomhaltais. Féach Facebook: Cork Comhaltas nó CCÉ Craobh Lachtaín Naofa, Cill na Martra.

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Clondrohid U-12s who won the Mary Casey blitz in Macroom. ©Con Kelleher.

Clondrohid Updates

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, 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. On the night, a donation will be made by the group towards the Haiti disaster.
Fundraiser: Well done to coordinator Jimmy Murphy and his helpers for another outstanding event - Fun run/ walk in aid of Millstreet and Macroom Hospitals. Cheques for €1,050 were handed over to Margaret Collins of Millstreet Hospital, and to the Friends of Macroom Hospital representative, Mary O'Brien.
Mass with Youth Involvement: As part of a new initiative in Macroom, there will be a regular Mass with youth involvement each month. The first of these Masses starts on Sunday Nov 6 at 10.30am . A special welcome is extended to young people and their families. Spread the word.
Gorta Self Help Africa. This annual collection was taken up outside the churches in Clondrohid and Carriganima, with £309 raised in Clondrohid. Thanks to everyone who contributed, and to those who collected.
All Saints. Please note there will be no 8.30am Mass in Clondrohid on the Holy Day, Nov 1st.
Clondrohid Graveyard: The prayers for the Holy Souls will take place at Clondrohid graveyard on Sunday Nov 6 at 12pm. Please come along.
G.A.A.U14s were in action in the Rebel Óg East B league final vAghabullogue, and despite the inclement weather conditions, gave a staunch performance, and after extra time ended all square. The replay was unfortunate for Clondrohid. Aghabullogue were on tip top form and came away worthy winners. Well done to all the boys in blue, who have outperformed themselves all this season. Thanks to all the mentors for their time given so freely.

Coachford Updates

Coachford Autumn Festival will donate over €13,000 to charity as a result of the great support and kindness of so many people. The festival organisers, Broomhill Vintage Club will present cheques to Marymount Hospice (€6,000), Friends of Macroom Community Hospital (€1,500), Sullane Haven Macroom (€1,000), Pieta House (€1,000), Coachford Christmas lights (€1,000), Coachford National School Parent's Association (€750), Aghabullogue National School Parent's Association (€750), Rylane National School Parent's Association (€750) and Coachford Tidy Towns (€500). Club Chairman, Jerh O'Sullivan said "We had a very wet year and although it was a huge struggle to run the events over the four days, the support we had from all our sponsors and the supporters was amazing and humbling. All the support and help that we have received from everyone has enabled us to donate the biggest amount we have ever done in our seven year history and we are already looking forward to the 2017 Festival. We hope to present the cheques from this year's festival to the charities in O Riordan's Bar on Saturday November 5th. You are all invited to come along and celebrate with us."
Champions. Congratulations to Aghabullogue Under 14 footballers who captured the East Region League today defeating Clondrohid in the final by 15 points to 3. The boys have now won the double as they captured the Championship title a few weeks ago.
A Night of Drama. Four great short plays will make up Coachford Player's 2016 'Night of Drama' in the Lee Valley Golf and Country Club on Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th of November. |The plays; The Book Club of little Witterington' by Joan Greening, 'The Journey of the Juniors A' by Ann Marie McCarthy, 'The Bag ladies' by Frank Gibbons and 'The Coffee Shop' by Ray Lawerence are mostly in the comedy genre and will provide loads of laughs in an ideal location. Curtain up each night at 8.30pm. Great night's entertainment awaits. Don't Miss it.

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Buaiteoirí ó Choláiste Ghobnatan ag Daonscoil an Ghúgáin. ©An Scoil

Giotaí ó Choláiste Ghobnatan

Cuairt Darren O'Sullivan. Tháinig imreoir peile ó Chiarraí, Darren O'Sullivan, go dtí an scoil le déanaí, chun cabhrú le Blian a 4 páirt a ghlacadh sa chomórtas Sky Sports. Beidh ar daltaí na hIdirbhliana tionscnamh a dhéanamh bunaithe ar spórt agus é a chur isteach sa chomórtas níos déanaí sa bhlian.
Cúrsa Drive 4 Life D'fhreastail daltaí na hIdirbhliana ar chúrsa sábháltacht tiomána le déanaí. D'fhoghlaim siad faoi na slite difriúla gur féidir le timpiste tarlú ar an mbóthar agus na rudaí gur féidir leo a dhéanamh chun go mbeadh na bóithre níos sábhálta.
Lá na nDathanna D'eagraigh Blian a 5 Lá na nDathanna don scoil ar fad. Bhí ar gach bliain dath difriúl a chaitheamh agus chuaigh an t-airgead bailithe don catharnacht Cope.
Seachtain Mata Bhí an-chuid eagraithe sa scoil do Sheachtain Mata. Bhí Comórtas Sudoku don scoil ar fad, Tóraíocht Taisce do Bhlian a hAon agus "Cé mhéad milseán atá sa phróca?". Bhí duaiseanna den scoth ar fáil. Caitríona Ní Chonaill. Dalta na hIdirbhliana

Anseo agus Ansiúd Exhibition

Ealaíontóiri Mhúscraí, a collection of local artists, announces an exhibition of KCAT, Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent. The exhibition will open at 5:00 p.m on Thursday, November 10th at the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne. KCAT is an art study centre that is promoted by the Camphill Communities, and connects artists with learning disabilities with professional arts practitioners. KCAT aims to create an environment in which artists from different backgrounds and abilities can work together, with a focus on integration and inclusion into the community.
The exhibition runs until December 16th, with fourteen artists displaying their work. Bríd Cranitch, director of the Ionad Culturtha, will open the exhibition and singer/songwriter Ger Wolfe will be playing his wonderful music. All are most welcome!
A series of workshops for 5 primary schools in the area will be facilitated by Ealaíontóiri Mhúscraí. Dates to be confirmed. The children will look at the exhibition to get inspiration for their own art work. The secondary school children from Coláiste Ghobnatan will also view the exhibition.
For further information, please go to www.Kcat.ie/studio.

Macra Matters

Aghinagh Macra men and women teams travelled to Limerick on October 16th to represent Muskerry Macra at the national finals for the 7 a side football competition. The men's team won their group stage and the semi-final on the day. They went on to qualify for the final against local rivals, Ballinadee Macra from Carbery. Both clubs put up a tough fight but Aghinagh came out on top by 2 points and were announced national winners for 2016. Congratulations to team members John Lynch, (Captain) Kevin Cotter, Donagh O'Riordan, Ted O'Leary, Mathew McCarthy, Donagh McCarthy Micheal O'Connell and Diarmuid Crowley. The men were present with medals and the perpetual shield.
Donoughmore Macra novice debaters have progressed to the Cork county semi-final where they will take on Clonakilty on November 5th. We had to Know Your Ag teams in the Muskerry round. Well done to our team made up of Alan Twomey, Diarmuid O'Connell, James Healy and Brian O'Reilly who were victorious on the night. They an Crookstown Macra go on to represent Muskerry in the National Final at the Rally on the October bank holiday weekend. Best of Luck to all involved. Safe travelling to the members of our capers team who will travel to Krakow as part of the prize winners trip. Our weekly sports night has been moved to the sports complex on Monday night at 9pm. All are welcome.


'I was a Boy in Belsen' by Tomi Reichental

At the age of nine, Tomi Reichental, with his mother, brother, grandmother, aunt and cousin, was incarcerated in the notorious Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Their crime: being Jews in Slovakia under Tito's regime, which collaborated in the deportation of over 80% of its Jewish population.
Tomi Reichental has lived in Dublin since 1959. For fifty-five years, he did not speak of his wartime experiences.
A chilling reminder of the horrors of the concentration camps, as seen through the eyes of a child survivor.
Available in Fitzgerald's Bookshop €12.00


West Cork Garda Youth Awards 2016

An Garda Síochána in West Cork is pleased to launch the 21st annual West Cork Garda Youth Awards, in association with SuperValu. Nomination forms are now available from local SuperValu stores and also at Garda Stations throughout West Cork. They will also be distributed by the Community Gardaí in each local Garda District. The closing date for the applications is Friday 4th November 2016 and the awards ceremony will take place on Friday 25th November in the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen. There are 11 Awards: 5 Overall Awards, 4 District Awards, 1 Group Award and also 1 Special Achievement Award.
The Awards celebrate outstanding young people between the ages of 13 and 21 years. A lot of good work is being done by young people in every community and awards will be considered for nominated young people who, by their presence, make their communities a better place in which to live. The Group Award category applies to groups of two or more young people whose combined efforts have contributed positively to their communities. The Special Achievement category is open to any young person who has defied the odds or overcome difficult circumstances and whose commitment deserves recognition.
Every nominee will receive a certificate, even if they do not win an award. The certificate is a very valuable item to have in a young person's CV into the future.
Application forms are to be submitted to Garda James O Mahony, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Bandon Garda Station, or Garda Don Davis, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Bantry Garda Station by November 4. .

Love your Bones with Good Nutrition

To mark World Osteoporosis Day, the National Dairy Council is calling on people to meet the recommended intake of three servings from the 'milk, yogurt and cheese' food group each day, as part of a balanced diet. The purpose of World Osteoporosis Day is to raise awareness about this debilitating, often silent condition. This year's campaign calls on the general public to take early action to protect their bone and muscle health in order to enjoy a good quality of life and independence in the future. At present, approximately 300,000 people in Ireland have Osteoporosis and one in two women and one in five men over 50 years will develop a fracture in their lifetime. Diet is a great place to start in taking some control to reduce fracture risk. Including good sources of calcium, protein and vitamin D as part of a balanced diet, in combination with weight-bearing exercise, can make an important contribution to bone health. It is essential to set the foundations for bone health throughout life. Both diet and exercise play key roles in ensuring that children and adolescents reach maximum peak bone mass, that adults maintain bone mass and that older adults limit the extent of age related bone loss. This will help to sustain mobility and independence in later life.

Helping your child with Maths

When it comes to helping children with maths, the biggest obstacle is often that parents are not sure of what to do or how to do it. The reality is that you don't have to have recently studied maths to help your child; your attitude to maths can be one of biggest influences on your child's perception of maths. Do NOT let them hear you say 'I can't do maths' or 'I was never any good at maths in school'. Maths is not a gene and your child can do well! Parents need to use everyday opportunities to highlight how maths is all around us and get children thinking mathematically.
Looking at the five strands of the maths curriculum - numbers, algebra, shape and space, measures and data, there are a number of top tips for helping your child with their maths...
Numbers. How many toys are on the shelf? Estimate and then count them. This can be done with books, spoons, socks, anything in your house! Make it more or less challenging by increasing or decreasing items to be counted, subtracted, multiplied or divided.
Use counting rhymes and stories – 'one, two buckle my shoe' or 'Ten green bottles'
Solve everyday problems – how many pillowcases do I need for your bed? / Granny and Grandad are coming for dinner, how many places will I set at the table?
Measurement. Line up cereal boxes, cups, tins and jars from the store cupboard and put them in order of largest to smallest. At the table look at the surface area of plates to see which is larger; which one do they want for dinner? Why? Estimate and then count the number of steps to bed at night. Do you think the number will increase or decrease if I take bigger/ smaller steps tomorrow night? Get baking and learn about the quantities of each ingredient – are they aware of both metric and imperial units? Estimate how much milk the family will need for the week.
Shape and Space. Play I spy in the car and give clues that reference shape and size of road signs, houses, buildings, trees, etc. Give directions for everyday tasks e.g. look for the book – is it under, over, on top of, behind something. Make sure they answer you using the correct vocabulary.
Algebra. Look and point out patterns in paving, tiles, clothing, wallpaper. What is pattern – how would you describe it? Create physical patterns – clap, clap, stomp, stomp, what will come next? Get the Lego box out and make patterns, asking children to continue it.
Data Ask them to categorise their belongings, for example, electronic toys/ building toys/ soft toys/ books, etc.... Why did you categorise them that way? Divide toys by colour, size, shape, texture. Create a calendar to keep track of the weather /temperature each day, gathering the results at the end of a week or month.

Sports Mad

GAA - Cork County Championships

Senior Hurling Championship

Champions: Glen Rovers
Munster Championship Glen away to Patrickswell (Limerick)

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Champions: Bandon
Munster: Bandon v Waterford champions in Cork

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Final: Fr O'Neill's 0-16 Kildorrery 1-13 - draw
County Premier U21 Hurling Championship
Semi-Finals: Douglas 1-20 Glen Rovers 1-10. Fr O'Neill's v Blackrock

Co U21 A Hurling Championship

Semi final: Ballincollig 0-19 Kilworth 0-7
Final: Ballincollig v Erin's Own

Ballincollig 0 – 19 Kilworth 0 - 7
After playing against the stiff breeze, Ballincollig were in a good position at half time leading by 0-9 to 0-7. They were strong in defence with Karl Spillane and Jordan Murray outstanding and carried a big threat in attack with Cian Dorgan, Ben O'Halloran and Robbie Burke in flying form. The inevitable happened in the second half with the overall Ballincollig power much too much for a gallant Kilworth side.
Balllincollig scorers: Cian Dorgan 0-7 (0-5f), R Burke 0-4, S Walsh 0-3, M O'Leary and B Keohane 0-2 each, Colin O'Donovan 0-1.
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, B O'Halloran, S Lucey, L Fahy, K O'Sullivan.

Co. Junior A Hurling

Final: Mayfield 1-16 Sarsfields 1-13
Munster: Mayfield away to Limerick champions

Co. Junior B Hurling

Final: Dromtariffe v Sarsfields

Senior Football Championship

County Final: Ballincollig 1-12 Carbery Rangers 1-15
Munster: Carbery Rangers away to Monaleen, Limerick.

Ballincollig 1 – 12 Carbery Rangers 1 – 15
In a repeat of the 2014 county final, the result on that occasion was reversed as Carbery Rangers came out on top this time and they were full value for their first ever senior championship title win. The Rosscarbery side led by 0-8 to 0-7 at the break. There was still only a point between the teams when Ross struck for the vital first goal in the 37th minute to open up a four point lead which in truth they never looked like losing. Ballincollig fought on to the final whistle and were rewarded with a goal from a very late penalty but it was not their day and they were the first to congratulate their opponents who had to endure heartbreak two years ago and bounce back.
Ballincollig scorers: C Dorgan 1-7 (1-0 pen, 0-1 45, 0-4fsf), I Coughlan 0-2fs, J Miskella, C Kiely and S Lucey 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 44, John Kelly 49, Luke Fahy 56.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Final: Kiskeam 2-12 Fermoy 0-14
Munster: Kiskeam v Waterford or Limerick champions

Intermediate Football Championship

Final: Bandon 1-10 Rockchapel 1-7

County Junior A Football Championship

Semi Finals: Shamrocks 2-13 Cloyne 2-6
Knocknagree 2-10 Gabriel Rangers 2-10 draw. Gabriels 2-9 Knocknagree 0-14 replay
Final: Gabriel Rangers 2-13 Shamrocks 2-7
Munster: Gabriels at home to Clare champions

County Junior B Football

Semi Finals: Cobh 0-14 St Finbarrs 0-11. Kilbrittain 1-13 INNISCARRA 1-5
Final: Cobh v Kilbrittain

Inniscarra 1-5 Kilbrittain 1-13
Inniscarra had no complaint about this result in the county semi final at Ballygarvan. Playing with the wind in the first half, Inniscarra started badly and fell four points behind early on. The Mid Cork B champions missed two goal chances subsequently and found themselves six points adrift at half time when they were led by 1-8 to 1-2, Shane Buckley their goal scorer. In the second half Inniscarra fought with great spirit but Kilbrittain had the overall power to stay in front with the wind also to aid them.
Inniscarra: Lorcan Gearey: Killian Browne, Kevin O'Herlihy, Peter Murphy: George O'Mahony, David Twomey, Ritchie O'Connor: Robert O'Mahony, Eric Baxter: Padraig O'Donoghue, Conor Cronin, Eoin Kavanagh: Dylan O'Sullivan, Shane Buckley, Liam O'Riain. Subs Tommy Buckley, Brian Gould, James Walsh and Danny O'Herlihy.

Mid Cork GAA

Muskerry Cup – Junior Football

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 Final: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 2-15 Ballincollig 0-6
Final: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Aghinagh

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 2 - 15 Ballincollig 0 – 6
The Béal Átha third team were too good for the Ballincollig side in the C championship semi final played under lights at Ballincollig. The sides were level at 0-2 each early on but then Béal Átha fired over four unanswered points, Denis Cotter, Mick Moynihan, Ian Concannon and Moynihan again, to take the initiative. Ballincollig got two points back to stay in touch with the score at 0-7 to 0-4 at the break. As in the first half, Ballincollig scored first after the restart but Béal Átha matched them early on to maintain the three point gap and then pulled away with three points in a row which were followed by a goal from Eoin Hurley in the 49th minute making the score now 1-12 to 0-6. Mick Moynihan then added a further 1-1 and the game was well and truly over.
Béal Átha: Pádraig Ó Conchuir: Antóin Ó Cremin, Donncadh Ó Luasaigh: Eanna Ó Luasaigh, Pol Ó Ceallacháin, Shane Ó Críod: Ian agus Liam Ó Coinceannain: Gearóid Ó Críod, Seán Ó Tuama, Eoin Ó Muirthille: Miceál Ó Muineacháin, Donncadh Mac Coitir. Fir Ionaid: Ciarán Mac Coitir, Peadar Ó Críodáin, Cathal Ó hEaluithe, Donal Ó Liatháin agus Pól Ó hUrdail.

County Football League- Division Two Final

Mallow 2 – 16 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 2 –15 aet
Béal Átha were very narrowly beaten in the Division Two league final at Ballincollig, extra time being necessary to decide who would take the title. Both teams will of course be promoted to the top division (Kelleher Shield) for next season. The teams were level at 0-2 each after the opening quarter, Conchuir Lynch and Donagh Shorten on target for Béal Átha. A goal for Mallow intersected two points from Andy Concannon but Andy, Amhlaoibh Lynch and Conchuir Lynch had points to keep Béal Átha level at the break at 0-7 to 1-4
Immediately on the restart, Donagh Shorten had a goal for Beal Átha and brother Ben added a point. Mallow replied with a point but then in the 36th minute, Béal Átha got a penalty and Andy Concannon belted the ball to the Mallow net to give his side a six point lead, 2-8 to 1-5 now the score. Mallow tellingly replied with three points in row and when Béal Átha then had two point from Andy Concannon, Mallow came back with three further points, 2-10 to 1-11 the score in the 51st minute. Andy Concannon pointed a free for his side but Mallow came back with a point and then took the lead with a 59th minute goal. Justice was done when Andy Concannon pointed another free to level matters at 2-12 each in added time and force the game into extra time. In extra time Colman Twomey and two Ben Shorten frees gave Béal Átha a three point lead but Mallow had a point before half time to leave two between the sides. In the final ten minute half Mallow fired over three unanswered points to win by the minimum margin.
Béal Áth'n Ghaorthaidh: Muiris Ó Conchuir: Nollaig Ó Duinnín, Leonáird Ó Conchuir, Seán Ó Donnchú: Cian Ó Duinnín, Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh, Miceál Ó Tuama: Eoin Ó Coill, Eanna Ó Duinnín: Andrias Ó Coinceannainn, Liam Seartan, Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh: Donagh Seartan, Tadhg Ó Laoire, Ben Seartan. Ionaidí: Pól Ó Buachalla, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Barra Ó Coinceannain agus Colmán Ó Tuama

County Junior B Football League Final

Macroom 0-9 Cill na Martra 1-3
Macroom junior footballers won the Cork County Junior B Football league title at Ballincollig, defeating Cill na Marta in a close encounter on a 0-9 to 1-3 final scoreline. Macroom had qualified for the final as table toppers with wins over Inniscarra, Glenville, Grange and Araglen but did suffer a defeat by Cill na Marta who finished in second place. The neighbours thus qualified for the final and at half time it was the Gaeltacht men who led narrowly on a 1-1 to 0-3 scoreline. Macroom got on top in the second half with the defence again very tight, centre field more than holding their own and the attack causing their opponents plenty of problems even in the trying weather conditions. There were some outstanding individual displays but it was the overall team effort that carried the day. Macroom scorers: Pat Kelleher 0-4, Brendan O'Sullivan 0-2, Olan Murphy 0-2, Conor O'Sullivan 0-1.

The Macroom line out was: Thomas Creedon: Brian McMahon, Paul O'Farrell, Ryan Creed: Jamie Murphy, John Angland, Joseph O'Halloran: Shane Dunne and Richard McSweeney: James O'Connor, Brian Lynch, Patrick Angland: Brendan O'Sullivan, Pat Kelleher, Olan Murphy. Subs used: Conor O'Sullivan, Shane Creedon, Jack Cronin, Robert Healy and Caleb Dinneen. Team Managers: Alan O'Shea and Francis Horgan.
This is the first win in a county competition for a Macroom junior team in living memory and justifies the decision of the management team to enter this competition as well as competing in the Mid Cork championship and league.

Colleges Football

Munster Senior A Football - Corn Uí Mhuirí

The senior championship is being played off in round robin format in four groups of four teams initially with two teams to qualify from each group for the knock out quarter final stage.
Group A. St. Francis College Rochestown 2-13 Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig 2-11
Tralee CBS 1-15 Coláiste na Sceilge 0-11
Group B Colaiste Chriost Ri 0-22 Clonakilty Community College 1-04
Mercy Mounthawk 4-16 Clonmel High School 0-7
Group C. St Brendans Killarney 2-23 I.S. Killorglin 1-07
De La Salle College Macroom 1-15 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 1-08
Group D P.S Chorcha Dhuibhne 1-21 P.S Rathmore 3-06
St Flann'ans 1-08 Skibbereen CS 0-10

Col Choilm Ballincollig 2-11 St Francis Rochestown 2-13
Col Choilm got off to the perfect star in this game Group A game at Carrigaline, Luke Fahy pointing within seconds of the throw in and Seán Warren then slotting home a goal. Roco fought back however and had a 7th minute goal in reply, followed by three points to take the lead by the 11th minute. Col Choilm then hit back with three points from Eolan O'Leary and one from Jack Murphy but just when it looked that they would be three points ahead at the break, Roco had a bit of luck when a shot dipped late to find the net and they followed with a point from a free to take a one point interval lead.
Rochestown extended their lead on the resumption but then Col Choilm had a point from Eolan O'Leary and a second goal from Seán Warren to make it 2-7 to 2-6 in favour of the Muskerry side. Points were exchanged to maintain the one point gap but then Rochestown hit full throttle in the final quarter, drew level and then went ahead and stayed there to the finish.
Ballincollig scorers: S Warren 2-1, E O'Leary 0-4 (0-1f), F O'Donovan 0-4 (0-2 '45'), J Murphy and L Fahy 0-1 each.
Col Choilm: Eoin Curzon (Kilmurry): William Ronan (Kilmurry), Fionn Warren (Kilmurry), S Walsh (Ballincollig): E Kiely (Crokes, Killarney), L Fahy (Ballincollig), S Quigley (Éire Óg): C O'Callaghan (Éire Óg), J Murphy (Éire Óg), R Burke (Ballincollig), J O'Sullivan (Éire Óg), C Bennett (Inniscarra): Eolan O'Leary (Macroom), F O'Donovan (Ballincollig), Seán Warren (Kilmurry). Subs: F Dennehy (Ballincollig), R O'Donovan (Ballincollig).

De La Salle, Macroom 1 – 15 Hamilton High, Bandon 1 – 8
De La Salle Macroom started their Munster campaign in good style at Kilmurry with a seven point win over newcomers Hamilton High of Bandon. The Mid Cork side deserved their win as they looked the more accomplished side all through but there is room for the improvement needed for the battles ahead. The outstanding Liam Wall kicked an early free open the scoring, Hamiltons equalised also from a free. Brian Hinchion and Liam Twohig had points to ease DLS in front, and Twohig and Chris Óg Jones added further points for the winners before Hammies replied with a point in the 25th minute. Chris Óg Jones pointed for DLS but the Bandon boys finished he half well with two points to leave the interval score at 0-6 to 0-4 in favour of DLS.
Hammies had the opening score of the second half bukt Liam Wall had a point in reply and the Liam O'Sullivan got a simply brilliant goal, running through the centre of the Bandon defence to hammer a ball under the crossbar in the 35thminute. Liam Twohig, Chris Óg and Liam Wall added a point apiece and DLS led by 1-10 to 0-6 ten minutes from time. Mark Corrigan, Seán Desmond and Brian Hinchion then tacked on a point each and DKS were coasting but back came a plucky Bandon side with a goal and two points to cause flutters in the DLS hearts. DLS steadied the ship with points from James O'Mullane and Greg Fitton before the final whistle.
De La Salle: Tiernan Quinn (Clondrohid): Luke O'Leary (Aghinagh), Kyle Kelleher (Kilmurry), Adam O'Leary (Aghinagh): John O'Mullane (Kilmurry), Liam Wall (Kilmurry), Tomás Collins (Kilmurry); Seán Desmond (Clondrohid), Ciarán O'Riordan (Iveleary): Chris Óg Jones (Iveleary), Liam O' Sullivan (Kilmurry), Brian Hinchion (Kilmurry): Mark Corrigan (Macroom), James O'Mullane (Kilmurry), Liam Twohig (Aghinagh). Subs used: Cian Twomey (Macroom), Greg Fitton (Kilmurry), Alan McCarthy (Kilmichael), Dylan Foley (Éire Óg).
De La Salle will play Skibbereen in the quarter final of the Simcox Cup, Cork Colleges competition with the winners meeting either Col Spioraid Naomh or Col Choilm in the semi final. Hamilton High play either Rochestown or Kanturk in the second semi-final.

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Eileen O'Flynn, Auld Triangle, presenting the Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Sports Award for September to Rhona Ni Bhuachalla, Naomh Fionnbarra Ladies Gaelic Football Club, in recognition of her display with Cork in the All Ireland Final. Included are family and friends. © Mike English

Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Monthly Sports Star Award

Cork Ladies football star, Rhona Ni Bhuachalla from Ballingeary, a member of the Naomh Fionnbarra club in her native parish, received her award as Muskerry Sports Star of the month of September at a very pleasant awards ceremony and dinner at the Auld Triangle Restaurant, Macroom. Rhona was being honoured for her massive part in the victory of the Cork ladies senior team over Dublin in the All Ireland final at Croke Park
Two years ago, Rhona Ní Bhuachalla had been sprung from the bench with Cork 2-10 to 0-6 in arrears and it was her goal at the Hill 16 end that lit the fuse on a pretty remarkable comeback. A year prior, she had been called from the bench in Birr, with Cork trailing Dublin 2-12 to 0-9 in the All-Ireland quarter-final. She delivered a green flag on that occasion too.
This September, Rhona was called on as a substitute for the second half and was asked to get a goal to once again set Cork on the victory trail. In the 34th minute, Rhona watched as Ciara O'Sullivan cut in from the Cusack Stand side, raced away from her marker, took the pass from O'Sullivan and despite the presence of 'keeper, Ciara Trant, drilled a low effort into the Dublin net.
It was Cork's first score from play since the fifth minute. It also put the Rebels back in front, a lead they would hold all the way to the finish. Rhona modestly said afterwards: 'People don't see the girls who do the hard grafting to get you the ball. They do some amount of work. They deserve the credit. Two years ago, Valerie [Mulcahy] took four defenders out of it with one amazing pass. Today, it was Ciara O'Sullivan". Ciara responded: 'Thankfully, Rhona, as always, was running off me. We have been playing together since we've been U14 and she'd always be the scorer so I said we'd give her another go. Unbelievable from her, again."
Present at the Auld Triangle were Mid Cork Board officers and Eileen O'Flynn, Auld Triangle, the sponsors of the awards. Board Leas Cathaoirleach and Chairman of the Awards panel of judges, William Buckley and Eileen praised the contribution of Rhona to an outstanding Cork achievement. John Feeney, acted as MC and welcomed Rhona, her family and friends. Jerry O'Herlihy, Chairman of Naomh Fionnbarra added his and the club members congratulations and Dave Lee, Development Officer of the Mid Cork Board, had the pleasant task of presenting Rhona with her award.

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Macroom, Muskerry Junior A Football champions 1991 ©SMcS

Macroom GAA

25th Anniversary. The Castle Hotel was the venue for a happy re-union of the Macroom Junior Football team which won the Mid Cork Junior A Football championship in 1991, 25 years ago. This Macroom team was the club's second team and was given little chance of success starting the campaign but improved from game to game and won the final in dramatic fashion on a score of 2-5 to 1-6. Kevin Sheehan got the two Macroom goals and goalkeeper, Paul Kingston, saved a late penalty to deny Iveleary. The line out in the final against Iveleary was: Paul Kingston: Noel O'Riordan capt., Ted Browne, Timmy Murphy: Seamus Coughlan, Owen McCarthy, John O'Leary: Michael Creed, John Hinchion: Brian Goold, Pat Murphy, George Lynch: Kevin Sheehan, Eamonn Goold, Kevin Hinchion. Don Crowley and Gary Desmond were introduced as subs during the game. Other players who figured that year were Gerry Cooper Kelleher (injured in semi-final), Garrett Casey (injured in 2nd round), John Cronin, Michael O'Riordan, Gerard Mullane. The team defeated Blarney, Clondrohid, and Donoughmore on their way to the final and were organised by John Neville (coach), Timmy McSweeney and the late Kevin Browne. Peadar Creedon was club chairman that year, with Conor Buttimer as Secretary and Vincent Kingston as Treasurer. The welcome home was very special, with Billy Leahy, Chairman of the Macroom Urban District Council addressing the crowd from the balcony of the Town Hall after the traditional tour of the town. The celebrations were naturally massive and possibly contributed to the team's exit from the county championship six days later!
Present Club Chairman, John O'Mahony, acted as MC for the re-union and the happy gathering was addressed by Noel O'Riordan, captain of the team and coach, John Neville.

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Wearing Well: Macroom footballers and selectors, who won the Muskerry Junior A Football championship 25 years ago, at a reunion in the Castle Hotel, Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook
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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Teams with managers, Michael Goold and linesmen at Macroom GAA U-11/ U-14 Club League Final for the Mick Goold Cup ©Con Kelleher

Macroom Juvenile G.A.A.

U-14 to U-11 Club League Final: was played in the Castle Grounds and under lights. Ben O'Connell's and Bradley O'Shea's teams had qualified top of the table on 8 points out of a possible 12. Again, the weather was kind and the setting was splendid. Both teams began well and the scoring was even. Ben's side had a good second quarter and led 0-8 to 0-5 at half-time. Bradley's outfit made a spirited rally in the second half but were unable to bridge the gap and the final score was 0-12 to 0-8. The standard of football was good, and in particular, some fine scores were taken. A nice gathering enjoyed the occasion.
Alan O'Shea spoke at the presentation, explaining the idea and background of the competition and thanked Diarmuid Holland, the chief organizer, Tadhg Sheehan, the referee and the parent club. The Mick Goold Cup was presented by his son, Michael, and the winning players received medals.
U-15s: played Castlehaven in the Castle Grounds on Thurs. 20th of Oct. The game was well contested and, but for wayward shooting and Castlehaven having a doubtful goal stand, the final score would have been closer. The lads played their hearts out, with many fine performances, and especially Kuba. The display was very encouraging and is a good portent for next year.
U-10 to U-7 Club League Final: Over the past three week-ends, Macroom Juvenile GAA club has run a parish league for children U-7 to U-10. There was huge excitement around the town leading up to the league, and over 90 kids took part. Eight teams of 12-a-side were picked and, on the first two week-ends, played each other in a league basis. The top two teams, 'Kerry'– managed by David Goold and 'Dublin' – managed by Brendan Cregan and John Neville (a management team with a great future), were on top of the league, and qualified for the final.
The final took place on Fri. 21st Oct. What an occasion it was! The setting under the lights, the use of the electronic scoreboard, the huge crowd, cheering on the kids, all made it a night to remember. The two teams lined up and Padraig O'Driscoll, playing the bagpipes, led them onto the pitch. All stood for the National Anthem, and then the football commenced. The efforts of all 24 kids on the pitch were incredible, friendships set aside in an effort to be crowned parish league champions. After a very close match, 'Dublin' prevailed, winning by a couple of scores at the end. Team captain, Shane McCarthy, came forward to accept the Christy McCarthy Cup, named in honour of his late grandfather. A party took place in the clubhouse after.
Our activities have now finished for the winter months and we especially praise all the kids for the past few months, as their commitment has been exceptional.

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Macroom team, winners of U12 Blitz, with the Padraigh Dervan Cup © Stephen Moore.

Laochra Óg

50/50 Draw. Sunday 23rd October. Well done to Thomas Lucey, Gortnalicka, Clondrohid, winner of our 50/50 draw today of €440. Seller Mary T Corcoran €25. Thanks to everybody for supporting our draw. Next draw Sunday 6th November.
U21. On Sunday 23rd Junior B U21 Hurling Championship Final took place in Dripsey between Laochra Óg and Grenagh. Laochra Óg were unable to overcome a stronger Grenagh side. The final score was Grenagh 2 – 14 to Laochra Óg 0 – 6.
Note for the Diary. Shane Murphy Memorial Cup Poc Fada. 12:00 p.m, Sunday, 27th Nov. Further details & Online Registration @ www.laochraog.com. On Behalf of Aoife Lucey and Children's Leukaemia Association. Register Now! http://laochraog.com/shane-murphy-memorial-cup-poc-fada/

Eire Óg.

Under 7 / 8's LGFA recently welcomed Ballyphehane to Eire Óg. A great evening of football was had by all, with a total of 60 girls playing. We had 3 good games with skills outstanding by everyone. It is great to see that everything the Girls are learning in training coming through during the matches.
The girls who lined out for Eire Og last week were: Sophie O' Connell, Aoibhinn Ni Chroinin, Laura Coomey, Caoimhe Dillon, Laura Dineen, Lucy Matson, Tamara Moynihan, Aimee O'Connell, Maisie O'Sullivan, Sarah O'Sullivan, Anna Rochford, Hannah Stapleton, Siofra O'Sullivan, Naoise O'Sullivan, Katie Sheehan, Ciara O'Keefe, Grace O'Carroll, Aoife O'Riordan, Kate Maguire, Gracie Sheehan. Emma Casey, Ellen Cronin, Annalousie Crowley, Ellen Desmond, Isobel Rea-Duggan, Abby Clifford, Ava Collins, Sinead Corcoran, Erin Healy, Ciara Healy, Isabelle Healy, Cliodhna Higgins, Abbie Hyde, Meabh Larkin, Siofra Woodford Lehane, Cliona Murphy, Jada O' Connor, Chloe O' Sullivan, Orla Slattery, Erin Sheehan, Mairead Stapleton, Siun Sweeney, Alannah Whelton, Mika Cole, Courtney Cole, Emer Hayes, Caoimhe Lehane, Caylin Hegarty, Christina Stampoulis.

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Canovee under 12 team, 2016 Eastern Region under 12 A league champions © Noel Moynihan.

Kilmurry G.A.A

U9. The last under 9 football blitz took place in Bishopstown GAA grounds on October 8th. Kilmurry played three teams from Bishopstown and all proved exciting, with great skills on show. The Kilmurry team had their picture taken with a member of the Cork senior football team and were presented with their Rebel Óg medals by the Kilmurry coaching staff and they also received a gift of a GAA football to keep them practicing during the winter break. Thanks to parents for their fantastic support throughout the 2016 season. Their willingness to travel to all the games and training has paid dividends in the children's enjoyment and mastery of new skills.
Under 11s played their semi-final against Ballinora on 17/9/2016. Even with Kilmurry's under strength squad, they started well and by half time, were only 2 points down. The second half started strong for Kilmurry and very soon, they were ahead. Unfortunately, late in the game, Ballinora got a new lease of life and scored 2 points and a goal to make the final score Ballinora 3-8 Kilmurry 2-8.
U12 The Kilmurry U12s played the semi-final against Aghabullogue on 23/9/2016. From the start it was clear Kilmurry had the edge and, by halftime, led 2-2 to 0-2. The second half again started strong for Kilmurry Aghabullogue dug deep and scored three goals, really putting the Kilmurry team on edge. But, at the final whistle, Kilmurry had a fantastic win, 4-7 to 3-5.
The under 12 final was played against Kinase on 9/10/2016. With great support from both Kilmurry and Kinsale, it was soon apparent that size disparity of the sides was a serious factor. Kilmurry did have their fair share of possession but repeatedly squandered it by hitting wides. The first half finished, 1-2 to 1-7 to Kinsale. The second half started in Kilmurry's favour, with a goal and a point but again Kinsale retaliated. Unfortunately, it was Kilmurry's kicking that ultimately lost them the match, with up to 14 wides throughout the match! Additionally, both sides missed a penalty to add to the drama in what was a thoroughly enjoyable and clean match. Final score 3-4 to 2-9 Kinsale win.
Under 16. Kilmurry U 16s played the regional cup final against Canovee on 3/10/2016. It was a see-saw game, with the teams enjoying alternate supremacy. Kilmurry dominated. Then Canovee dug deep and an 8-point lead was narrowed to 2 or 3 points by halftime. The second half started well again for Canovee and they went ahead. Kilmurry responded scoring 4 points in quick succession only for Canovee to score a second goal, levelling the score. With 4 minutes to go and with the run of play in Canovee's favour, they scored a point. The Kilmurry supporters were numb and then, from nowhere, Kilmurry were in front of the Canovee goal mouth and the ball was in the net. The Kilmurry supporters went wild and a few moments later the final whistle was blown. Kilmurry were the victors. 3-11 to 2-12. A magnificent win.

Macroom FC

Macroom B welcomed Waterloo to the Town Park and recorded a 4-1 win. The victory was secured by half time with the score line reading 4-0 at that stage. Goals were scored by Jason O' Donovan (2), Sean Quinn and a Barry Kelleher penalty. The visitors pulled a goal back midway through the second half but Macroom were comfortable for the remaining time. Top performers were Shane Keane, Ryan Creed and Andrew Boyle. Next up it was another home fixture against Ard Na Laoi. Another decent performance saw Macoom gain a 5-0 win. Jason O' Donovan kept up his recent scoring streak with a hat trick while Danny Kelleher and Sean Quinn were also on the score sheet. Excellent performances came from Kelleher, Darren Cullinane and Mark O' Callaghan.
Macroom A were unlucky to make their exit from the FAI Junior Cup, following a 2-1 defeat away to Rathcoole. Robert Healy was the goalscorer.
U16 Div 1, Macroom 2-1 Corkbeg.
The under 16 side, minus a number of regulars, had to fight hard for the three points at Murrayfield. The opening exchanges were even, with excellent work rate from both sides. As half time approached, Macroom began to take control with captain Jack Kelleher, Denis Dullea and Mateusz Juszczak all working hard to create chances, but it remained 0-0 at the break. Macroom continued to dominate in the second half but were relieved when home keeper Kuba Byrdziak made an excellent save. The opening goal arrived when Daniel Buckley dribbled into the box and dispatched a low left footed shot inside the near post. It was level shortly after when a long ball was finished from close range. Macroom then had a host of chances to take the lead. Late in the game, man of the match Daniel Buckley, cut in from the left wing and curled a right-footed shot beyond the keeper to give Macroom the points. This was a superb win in difficult conditions and the team now moves joint top having played four games. The under 16s followed up this win with another, defeating Corinthians 3-1 at Castletreasure. Mateusz Juszczak, Chris O' Connell and Aaron O' Donovan were the goal scorers in what was another encouraging team performance.
U13 Teams. The Premier side travelled to Midleton and returned with a 1-0 victory, a terrific away performance. Daire McMahon scored the only goal in a game where the back four were outstanding. Late on Midleton were awarded a penalty but Dylan O' Riordan in the Macroom goal made a great save. Best were Conor Kelleher, Ryan Leahy and Thomas Morgans. The U13 A team came up just short in a 3-2 defeat to Innishvilla. Macroom were flying in the first half of this game with Brian Healy getting the opener on twenty minutes and was again on target to make it 2-0 before half time. In the second half, Innishvilla got two quick goals it was all square and got the winner from a dubious enough penalty with time almost up. Ben Herlihy and Healy had fine outings for Macroom.
The Youths team have reached the summit of the league after an excellent 2-0 away win over Glounthaune Utd. Macroom played well in the first half but were unable to find an opening goal. This arrived early in the second half. Eolan O' Leary was fouled and Jordan O' Riordan expertly dispatched the resultant free kick. The three points were made safe late on when Sean McMahon was on target. Best for Macroom were Liam O' Sullivan, Tom O' Donovan, Leo Healy and Lloyd Aisling.
Cup Quarter Final Double Header. Both of our adult teams are involved in cup quarter final action at home this coming weekend. On Sat 29th Oct, Macroom A will entertain Knocknaheeny Celtic A in the Mossie Linnane League Cup QF. Kick off at Murrayfield is @ 2pm. And on Sunday morning (Oct 30) Macroom B will welcome Grattan Utd B in the QF of the Presidents Cup, Town Park @ 10.45am. These are two massive games for Macroom FC with cup progress always a great boost for the whole club, so please come along and lend your support.
Training with ROI International. The U15 team had a fantastic experience last week when former Republic of Ireland international Dominic Foley took charge of their training session. As well as international recognition, Foley played for Wolves and QPR in the English leagues and played in the Premier League with Watford. He also has extensive knowledge of European football, having played in Portugal with FC Braga and Belgium with Gent and Brugge. The session was enjoyed immensely by players and coaches alike and will help to improve the already high standards of coaching in the club.
Schoolgirls. The U14 girls had another excellent result in beating Youghal Utd 1-0. This was a very close encounter with little to separate both teams. Ava Ronan got the winner in a game where the whole squad contributed. Macroom now have seven points from their opening three games.
The U8 and U10 schoolgirls travelled to O' Shea Park in Blarney where they took on the locals in a number of games. It was a magnificent day out for all the girls who played on the all weather surface. Some fantastic football was played and coaches would like to thank all parents for the great support.

Macroom Golf Club

Week 1. Seniors : 1st Steve Wills (16), Jim O'Connell (20), Dan Murray (25) 46.9
Winter Singles:1st Leo Goold (8) 32 pts, 2nd Jack Healy (13) 32 pts
Club Singles: 1st Dan O'Connor 41 pts, 2nd Leo Goold 40 pts, 3rd Terry Kenefick 40 pts.
Week 2. Seniors 2: 1st Tom Fitzgerald (11), Ml Fleming (20), Bob O'Hea (25) 48.4
Winter singles 1st Denis O'Driscoll(16) 34 pts,2nd Ml Lillis(15) 33 pts
Club singles 1st Jim Nolan(10) 42 pts, 2nd Cathal Forbes (16) 41 pts, 3rd Garrett Irish (22) 41 pts
Fixtures: Tue Seniors, Thur Open winter singles, Sat & Sun Club singles, Mon Open Scramble