Lee Valley Outlook Nov 24 2016 v13e25

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November Snow on the Paps ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

FREE PARKING for 2 hours in Macroom during December.
St. Mary's Transition Year Drama, "West Cork Story", in Clondrohid Hall Nov. 24th and 25th
Kilmurry Active Retirement Yoga Classes 7.30 p.m. every Fri in Museum
Lord Mayor's Fancy Dress Ball on Fri Nov 25th in the Laine Bar Ballinagree at 9pm.
Clondrohid GAA A.G.M on Fri Nov 25th at 8pm.
Kilnamartyra ICA Christmas Craft in Aire na nÓg, Sat 26th Nov, 10.30am to 3.30pm.
Shane Murphy Memorial Cup Poc Fada. 12 noon Sun, 27th Nov.
Macroom G.A.A. A.G.M. in the Club Pavilion on Sun Nov 27 at 3p.m.
Salmon Come Back! event Sun 27 Nov at Creedon's Hotel, Inchigeelagh, 1 - 6 p.m.
Kilmurry GAA AGM in Kilmurry GAA Complex, 01 December.
Macroom Christmas Lights and Market Fri, Dec 2nd from 6p.m. in Square.
Pat Shortt Comedy Show in Riverside Park Hotel, Fri. Dec. 2 at 8.30pm.
Kilbarry N.S. presents Fr Liam Lawton in concert on Fri Dec. 2 at St Colman's Church, Macroom at 8pm.
The Olde School House Drama Group in Shanacashel Hall, Kilmichael, Dec. 3, 4 and 9 at 8pm.
Rusheen N.S. Christmas Market Sun. 4th Dec at 11:45 am.
Cill na Martra parish Christmas bazaar on Sun Dec 4th at 2pm
Masseytown Christmas Frolics. 5 pm on Sun 4th Dec
Kilmurry Active Retirement Christmas party, Castle Hotel Blarney, Tue 6th Dec 7.30p.m.
Coachford Flower and Garden Club Food and Flowers on Wed Dec 7th at 8 pm in Coachford N.S.,
Carriganima N.S. Parents Association Christmas Market on Sat 10th Dec, 5pm to 7pm in the school.
John Spillane and friends in concert for Simon at 9.30pm on Sat 10 Dec at The Mills Inn
Special Christmas Market in Macroom Square, on Tues Dec 13th
Pantomonium in Macroom. Jan 6, 7 and 8, 2017.
KCAT exhibition, Anseo agus Ansiúd at Ionad Cultúrtha, Ballyvourney until Dec 16.
Cinema at the Castle Hotel
A Doctor's Sword Mon 28th Nov at 8:30pm
Events at the Riverside Park Hotel
'Venice to Vegas' from The Two and a Half Tenors – 24th Nov at 8:00pm.
Pat Shortt – 'How's Tings'. Fri. 2nd Dec at 8:30pm – Tickets €28.
Louise Morrissey – 30th Dec at 8;00pm.
Circus Pantomonium January 6th, 7th & 8th
Lisa McHugh 5th March 2017 at 8:00pm – Tickets €18.

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

Christmas Outlook

The last magazine of the year will be available from December 21. This is mainly a review of 2016 and a look back to 1966 and 1996. Any club, committee, parish, school etc that wishes to submit a short review of events during 2016, please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Wednesday, December 14. Parishes are requested to send details of Christmas liturgical ceremonies if they wish to have these included.

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Turning on of Christmas Lights and Christmas Market in Macroom, from 6p.m. on Friday, December 2. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Christmas in Macroom

Macroom Christmas Market is on Friday, December 2nd in the Town Square, starting at 6pm with Disco Music and magic. The Market will consist of about 25 stalls selling Christmas crafts and gifts and seasonal foodstuffs. For the children, there will be a carousel and the balloon man and a variety of Disney characters will attend. Frosty the Snowman will switch on of the Christmas lights at 7.00pm and live music will be provided by the Dynamics Showband. Businesses will be open late, offering up to 20% special discount promotions on Friday December 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Thursday, December 8. The Briery Gap Theatre presents the Pat Shortt Comedy Show, 'How's Things', in Riverside Park Hotel, starting at 8.30pm on Dec. 2. The Lee Valley Enterprise Board will again be running two Free draws with 10 prizes of €50 vouchers in each draw. The first draw is on Friday, December 2nd and the second will take place on Saturday, December 17th. Tickets will be available in all members' stores.
The Blarney/Macroom Municipal District Council will also be promoting a Special Christmas Market on Tuesday December 13th in the Town Square.
There will be free parking in Macroom during the month of December, with the 2-hour regulation still being enforced. Piped Christmas Music will be played around the town in the lead up to Christmas.
The Enterprise Board Motto again this Christmas is
'Keep Your Business in Macroom to Keep Macroom in Business.'

Blarney Macroom MD Council Meeting

Local Councillors will convene in Macroom Town Hall on Friday, November 25 for their monthly meeting. On the agenda will be the request for funding for the recent very ambitious and successful staging of 'Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical'. Cllr. Ted Lucey has also tabled a query regarding Macroom Library and progress on the refurbishment of the Briery Gap after the disastrous fire in May. He has requested details of the schedule of the proposed works; a query as to whether both insurance companies have reached a resolution and a query regarding the time scale to finish, since the closure of the facility is having such a detrimental effect on local social services and the economy. Other local councillors are Michael Creed, Bob Ryan, Des O'Grady, Kevin Conway and Gobnait Moynihan.

Macroom Flower & Garden Club

The annual Christmas Gala was held at Coolcower House recently. The Floral Demonstration entitled " Noel Noel" was given by current AOIFA Chairperson, Candy Holten from Ardee, Co. Louth. The event was supporting AOIFA Charity, Irish Association for Cancer Research and Local Charities. Chairperson, Winifred Lynch, welcomed the large attendance from Macroom and from around the County. Following some brief announcements, Candy took to the stage and demonstrated some beautiful floral exhibits. The Finale was spectacular and a standing ovation was was given for an outstanding performance. President, Eileen Kelly, praised Candy for bringing such elegance to the stage and thanked all in attendance for their support. In conclusion, the President paid tribute to the late Evelyn Casey R.I.P. Proprietor of Coolcower House who was very much on the minds of members present. The Club is forever grateful to her and the Casey family for accommodating meetings and events over the years and wished her sister, Bernie Casey, the very best for the future.
Mass for deceased members will take place on Wednesday 23rd of November at Coolcower House 7.00p.m. All are welcome. Annual Christmas Dinner will take place on Thursday December 1st at The Castle Hotel 6.30p.m. Contact Secretary 087-9821708 to confirm if attending, and for further details. The Committee wishes to thank all who have supported recent Gala and Demonstrations throughout 2016. Nollaig Shona duit.

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St. Mary's Secondary School Third Years attending "Díospóireacht an Phiarsaigh". © An Scoil

St Mary's Updates

"West Cork Story". The rehearsals for the Transition Year Show at St. Mary's are in full swing. All students in the year group are involved at some level. It will be held on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th November in Clondrohid Hall at 8pm. Tickets for Friday night have already sold out. Some tickets are still available for Thursday night from the school office, Evelyn's shop in Macroom and the shop in Clondrohid. Admission -Adults €10 and students €8.
International Good Cup of Tea Event. In her last moments, Catherine McAuley directed that the Sisters would have a good cup of tea together in the community room, after she had gone. On November 11th, the Staff of St. Mary's hosted a Good Cup of Tea to celebrate the life and legacy of Catherine McAuley. In total, we raised €100 for the ongoing work of the Mercy International Association to keep the founding spirit of Catherine alive today.
Nurse Creane came to visit first and third year students to give a presentation on issues pertaining to female sexual health. The first-year presentation covered puberty, body changes, personal hygiene, keeping healthy, menstrual cycle and coping with menstruation, while the third-year talk focused on the menstrual cycle, breast awareness, reproductive system, Sexually Transmitted Infections and relationships.
Senior Football. Hard luck to our Senior footballers who have unfortunately exited this year's Senior Football Competition following defeat to Carrigaline Community School. The girls tried their utmost for the hour and fought hard until the end. Many thanks to the Senior girls who played their last game with the school and for the many games played in the St. Mary's jersey over the years. Our Junior footballers are still involved in the championship when they face Bantry Community School in the coming weeks.
Basketball. St. Mary's U16 and U19 basketball teams won their respective matches against Scoil Mhuire, Cork. The U16s are now through to the quarter finals.
English Department Theatre trips. Third year students travelled to the Everyman Theatre to see a production of their studied play, "Romeo and Juliet". The production, specifically for students ,included a question and answer session where the main themes and characters were discussed in detail. Sixth year students went to see a production of "Hamlet" that was both entertaining and educational. The actors gave insights into their roles and the play's major themes, which will benefit the students greatly in their exams.
Shoe Box Appeal 2016. The Religion Department would like to thank the students, families and friends of our school who contributed so generously to this year's Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. In total, we had 162 fun filled Christmas shoeboxes. A special thank you to Ms. Murnane, for taking the shoeboxes to Skibbereen, from where they will travel to make children very happy in Africa and Eastern Europe.
Laura Murphy UCD Award We are very proud of Laura Murphy, Leaving Cert 2016 student, who received an Entrance Scholarship award to UCD. Laura is now studying a degree in Maths.
Religion Department 'Search II' Diocesan magazine provides a voice for young people to express their opinions. The following people contributed to this magazine: Danielle O'Connor, Eimear Murphy, Therese Kelly, Andzelika Wyka, Lynn O'Riordan, Molly Brady, Emily Crowley, Kate Bradley, Katie O'Riordan, Lorraine Dromey, Aisling Murray, Catherine Clarke. Congratulations to the following students whose articles were published: Ingrid O'Reilly, Karla O'Shea, Kate Brady, Clodagh O'Sullivan, Emma Barry, Sarah McSweeney and Chloe Aherne.
Irish Department To encourage our students to improve their spoken Irish, our 6th year students participate in a weekly 'Ciorcal Cainte' during lunch break. The pupils experience a more interactive and fun form of learning, while enjoying some light refreshments. This benefits the students greatly as it is good practice for their Leaving Cert Oral Examination.

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McEgan College Rugby team ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

Supermoon during Science Week. First Year pupils at McEgan College made their own Supermoon. Pupils decided to mark the Scientific phenomenon by constructing a model of a supermoon in 16 sections complete with LED lighting and date of occurrence The pupils plan to take and keep a section each, with a view to reassembling the pieces again for the next supermoon - a bright outlook indeed, reflecting the confidence of youth,
Spanish Pop-Up Restaurant. McEgan LCA students, under direction of teachers Ms.Quinlan (Spanish) and Mrs. Bourke (Hotel, Catering and Tourism), designed, cooked and served a typical Spanish meal. The menu consisted of a variety of delectable Tapas followed by a Seafood Paella and a delicious Chocolate Tart with Hot Chocolate Sauce. The students combined their learning from two of their subjects to organise this special events. The Home Economics Room was transformed into a Spanish Restaurant, gaily decorated with Spanish flags and bunting. The Spanish theme was carried through to the table settings which were decorated with fresh flowers, castanets and red and yellow serviette. Much to the delight of students and guests, Maria (from Spain) performed a traditional flamenco dance, making the occasion a true Spanish Fiesta. Thanks to all staff and students for their enthusiasm and support.
The Merchant Session: Ms. Morris's third year English class enjoyed a performance of Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' in the Everyman Theatre. Cyclone Rep produced an entertaining and informative version of the play, which helped Junior Cert learners in their understanding of 'The Merchant of Venice', the play they are studying as part of their New Junior Cycle English course. The current third years will be the first to take State exams in the new course in June, having already completed their first Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) last May. Best of luck to these students who will complete their second CBA in December.
Munster Rugby Blitz. Despite the freezing winter conditions the lads from McEgan put in stellar performances in their games against some of the big names in schools rugby. Against Deerpark C.B.S., the team played incisive, direct rugby and ran in 5 tries and converted 3 of them for a comprehensive win. The Second game was against Douglas and was a great test for this young team. The teams were level with 8 minutes to go. A try for each side left them all square again with 2 minutes to go. A handling error in the line out went astray and was snapped up by Douglas and they scored the winning try in the corner. but it was an excellent performance.
The Munster coaches watched the game closely and congratulated the team on the excellent performances. The future is bright for rugby in Macroom and no doubt some of these guys will play at a higher level. Coach Kevin O'Riordan and Ass. Coach James O'Sullivan played a huge role and the coaching will continue each week. The blitz was organised by the Munster Development Emerging Schools Initiative. Panel – Shane O Dea (Captain), Callum Dick, Earth Onglagar, James Creedon, Jack Granville, Oisin Shovlin, Calvin Harley, David O Leary, Seamus Murphy, Patrick Burke, Joseph O Donovan, Nathan Byrne.

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Good Lives graduates at ceremony at New St., Macroom ©

Good Lives Graduation

The Good Lives Project held a Graduation Evening recently and the students of 2015/16 received their FETAC Certificates. The evening was a wonderful celebration of the hard work and achievement of the students. Families as well as members of the community joined in. Guest speakers included Brian Williams, Chief Executive of the CDYS, Des Holton from The Linkage Programme, and Aindrias Moynihan TD, who also presented the certificates. Graduates, Cathy O'Sullivan, Stuart Putley, and Korina Toth spoke of their experiences and the general consensus was that the course has given participants a boost of confidence as well as new skills, knowledge and expertise which they can apply to the workplace, learning and social environments.
'The Good Lives Project' is a local training initiative and is a partnership between the Cork Education Training Board (CETB) and Cloyne Diocesan Youth Service. Its aim is to provide opportunities to engage in a range of activities that enable participants to take advantage of further training, education or employment options. It is based around FETAC Level 4 Full Award in Sport and Recreation, with the option of horticulture.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who helped make the evening so special including the students and their families, members of the local community, guest speakers and volunteers who worked so hard to make this a unique and special occasion. If you would like further information about the course, please contact Sue or Karen on 0831609007/0831699095 or visit or Facebook page "CDYS Macroom Good Lives".

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Some of those who attended the Good Lives Graduation ceremony in Macroom ©

Gramophone Recital

Mary McSweeney and Teresa Tangney were joint presenters of the November music morning at the Fr. Ryan Hall, Macroom . Their varied selections ranged from Irish dance music to church music to grand opera and were enjoyed by all.
Teresa's favourites included Rogers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma , The Anvil Chorus from Verdi s Il Trovatore and local soprano, Rita Lynch singing Home, Sweet Home. Glen Miller with In the Mood preceded Seamus Begley with an Cailín Bán and Kire te Kanawa sang Summertime from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Sharon Shannon . Donal Lunny and Liam Ó Maonlaoi played A Slide and Happy One and the final number was Amazing Grace, sung by Susan Boyle.
Mary's selection started with the Strauss Pizzicato Polka, followed by Cór Chúil Aodha singing Go mbeannuithear duit and Cottrau's Santa Lucia. Buddy Holly sang That will be the Day and this was followed by Schumann's Dreaming and Peggy Lynch with the May Morning Dew and Mozart's Divertimento in D Major - Allegro. Jimmy McCarthy's The Contender was followed by Julie Andrews singing The Lonely Goatherd and Puccini s Che Gelida Manina and the finale from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite brought a most enjoyable and varied entertainment to a conclusion.
The December gramophone morning will be on Friday 9 at 11a.m. It will be Members' Choice so please bring along your favourite carol or significant piece and it will be presented by Mary Curtin.

Entertainment at Riverside Park

'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.
Pat Shortt – New Live Show! 'How's Tings'. 2nd December at 8:30pm – Tickets €28.
Louise Morrissey – 30th December at 8;00pm. One of Ireland's vocal treasures. Tickets €20
Circus Pantomonium January 6th at 7:30pm. January 7th at 2:30pm. January 8th at 2:30pm – Tickets €12/8 on sale in the coming days.
Lisa McHugh 5th March 2017 at 8:00pm – Tickets €18.
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 Doctor's Sword In conjunction with Sulán Film Society. Mon 28th Nov at 8:30pm. A beautifully made documentary about a Co. Cork World War Two Veteran. Running time just short of 70 minutes. The titular weapon was gifted by a Japanese officer to an Irish doctor shortly after the Nagasaki bombing. The doctor was Aidan McCarthy, one of a family of 10 children from Castletownbere.

Local TV Programmes

Local Television (LTV) has been back on air since November 2, LTV 1 may be viewed every Wednesday and LTV 2 every Thursday at 9.30p.m. Repeats of both programmes will follow the Sunday special at 5.30p.m. on the following Sunday.
Thurs. Nov. 24. 9.30p.m. Sam Maguire is welcomed to Ballydesmond 2010.
Sun. Nov. 27: 5.30 p.m. Annual Mass at St. Gobnait's, Ballyvourney 2016. 6.30p.m. Repeats. Music, song and dance from Crowley's Bar, Carriganimma 1987 Part 2. Star Trax Studio Concert 2016.
Wed. Nov. 30 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. McEgan Awards 2016. Music and Song from Murphy's Bar, Cill na Martra 1985.
Thurs. Dec. 1. . 9.30p.m. Star Trax Studio Concert 2016. Part 2.
Sun. 4: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Funeral Mass for fire victim, Kenny Relihan, May 2016. 6.30p.m. Repeats. .
Wed. Dec. 7. 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. Christmas preparation and celebration of Christmas Past.
Thurs. Dec. 8. . 9.30p.m. Christmas Memories from Millstreet Country Park.


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Christmas Outlook The last magazine of the year will be available from December 21. This is mainly a review of 2016 and a look back to 1966 and 1996. Any club, committee, parish, school etc that wishes to submit a short review of events during 2016, please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Wednesday, December 14. Parishes are requested to send details of Christmas liturgical ceremonies if they wish to have these included

Kilmurry Active Retirement Yoga Classes every Friday 7.30p.m. in Kilmurry Museum.

The Lord Mayor of Ballinagree, John O'Sullivan, invites you to attend the Lord Mayor's Fancy Dress Ball on Friday, November 25th in the Laine Bar Ballinagree at 9pm. Music by Peter Lane. All welcome!

Kilnamartyra ICA are holding a Christmas Craft workshop in Aire na nÓg on Saturday 26th November from 10.30am to 3.30pm. For more information contact Mary at 085 1109901. Tea and coffee supplied.

Macroom G.A.A. A.G.M. will be held in the Club Pavilion on Sunday, November 27 at 3p.m. All members are requested to attend.

Kilbarry N. S. will host a Christmas Concert Fundraiser with Fr Liam Lawton, on Friday 2nd December at St Colman's Church, Macroom at 8pm. Tickets are €20.

Rusheen National School annual Christmas Market is on Sunday 4th December at 11:45 am.

Masseytown Christmas Frolics. The lights are scheduled to be turned on at 5 pm on Sunday 4th December by dual Cork player Briege Corkery.

The Olde School House Drama Group are performing a 3-act comedy, 'Separate Beds', in Shanacashel Hall, Kilmichael on Saturday 3rd Dec, Sunday 4th Dec and Friday 9th Dec at 8pm. For tickets please ring 0874347971.

Christmas party with Kilmurry Active Retirement, Castle Hotel Blarney, Tuesday 6th December, 7.30p.m. All welcome.

Coachford Flower and Garden Club is hosting an evening of Food and Flowers on Wednesday December 7th at 8 pm in Coachford N.S., with Mary Coleman and a guest chef. The title of Mary's demonstration will be Rustic Christmas. Visitors are very welcome. The club hosted a very informative talk on plants for Autumn colour by Mike Collard of Future Forest Garden in October.

Carriganima N.S. Parents Association is holding a Christmas Market on Saturday 10th December, 5pm to 7pm in the school. All are welcome.

Murder at Shandy Hall – The Musical will run at Cork Opera House as a fundraiser for Macroom Senior Citizens – Sullane Haven Project on February 21 2017 at8:00pm – Tickets €25/22 from www.corkoperahouse.ie or by calling 021 4270022.

KCAT exhibition, Anseo agus Ansiúd, opened at the Ionad Cultúrtha, Ballyvourney, on November 10 and runs until December 16. The paintings and mixed media pieces by fourteen different artists provide a blend of colour and inspiration. It is hosted by Ealaíontóirí Mhúscraí.

Kilmichael Rovers. Many thanks to everyone who attended the Afternoon Tea which the ladies team hosted at Dromey's Bar; to everyone who donated generously; gave up their time to help out in organising it; bought baking; donated prizes for the raffle and Dromey's Bar for letting us host the event and offering supplies. We raised a total of €1,180. Thanks again.

Martial Arts. Lloyd Manning, 26, of Coachford, enjoyed a 50 second technical knockout of his opponent in 'Cage Warriors Unplugged' on BT Sport. Lloyd recently signed with Intensiti Fight Management and Graham Boylan is confident of his future success. Manning promises that before 2017 is out, he will hold the Cage Warriors world title belt.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto 06/11/2016: Jackpot €3,550. Numbers drawn 2, 17, 27.. No winner. €50 Stephen Kingston Drimoleague €20 each: Matthew Herlihy, MCP, Helen & Tony Dineen Shanakiel, Matt & Julian O'Leary Coolnadane, Ned Hubbard Inchlea.
13/11/2016: Jackpot €3,700. Numbers drawn 3, 13, 14. No winner. €50 John T. Roche C/O Carrig Shop, €20 each: John MacSullivan Carrigagulla Ballinagree, John Hickey Millstreet, Hugh & Jenny Kelleher Annagannihy, Paddy O'Donovan Coachford.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: 9/11/16. Jackpot €1.200. No Winner. €70 Susan Lyne, c/o Ernst & Young. €20 each Tim & Dolly Ring, Carriganima Anne O'Mahony, Clondrohid Village Mary T. Corcoran, Coolacreasig Annemarie Kelleher, 8 Curraglen.
16/11/16 Jackpot €1,400. No winner. €70 Catherine Creedon, c/o Inchigeela P.O. €20 each: Jimmy & Rachel Coakley, Inchigeela Anne O'Connell, Gortnapesta Maureen Hurley, Castle St., Dunmanway Noreen Kelleher c/o Ballinagree Shop.

Kilmurry GAA lotto. 14/11/16 Jackpot €10,800 Numbers drawn: 10,16,25. €50 Aine, Erin, Dara, Ciaran, €20 each Margaret Wall,2 Alan Lucey, Colm Gorey, Mairead Wall, MD O Driscoll.
21/11/16 Jackpot €11,000. Numbers drawn: 16,18,39. No winner. €50 Emma Clifford, €20 each: Jo Bradfield, Kathleen O Leary, Rob Keane, Lauren Buckley, Eugene.

Kilmichael GAA Lotto 13.11.2016; Numbers: 1 - 6 - 20 - 34; No Jackpot winner. €50 Mary Keating, c/o John Collins; €25 each Michéal Fehily, c/o Jerry Masters; O'Connor family, Johnstown; Tina Keating, Cooladane, Macroom
20.11.2016 Numbers 4 – 17 – 28 – 35 No Jackpot winner €50 Tammy Wilmot, Kilmichael €25 each: Daniel Dineen, Knockroe, Kilnamartyra Michelle Cotter, Toames East Jerry Masters, Carrigboy
Lotto Draw is moving to Monday nights from Monday 28th November.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 08/11/2016. Jackpot €13,400. Winning Numbers 2-6-14.. No Winner. €70 David Cotter, Sullane Weirs €20 each: Colm Oldham, Beechville,Coachford. Tim Mc Sweeney, Codrum, Diarmuid & Breda Mc Carthy, The Square.
15/11/2016- Jackpot €13,600. Winning Numbers 5-28-35. No Winner - €70 Aoife & Darragh O'Sullivan, Macroom, €20 each Jennifer Goulding, Masseytown, Dylan Dinneen, Ard na Gréine, Matty Noonan, 3 Fairfield Drive Connie Creedon, Toons Bridge Declan Ring, St. Colman's Park.

Macroom FC. Lotto. 14/11/16. Jackpot €6,600 Numbers drawn 8, 18, 36.. No Winner €80 Denise Moloney c/o Fudge €20 each Josie O' Keeffe c/o Lars. Catherine O' Connor c/o Murray's. Shane and Chloe Keane c/o Greyhound. Liz Browne c/o Noel
21/11/16, Jackpot €6,800Numbers drawn 14, 24, 36. Winner €80 Michael Shannon c/o Lars €20 each Gobnait O' Riordan c/o Lars. Rosemary Healy c/o Lars. Dylan Dineen c/o Lars. Helen and Maura c/o June .

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 14/11/2016. Jackpot:€3,000. Numbers Drawn: 5 – 26 – 34. No Winner: €40 Dan Shine, €20 Don O'Riordan, Mark O'Mahony, Louise, Snotty, Carey. Lisa Murphy.
21/11/2016. Jackpot: €3,200. Numbers Drawn: 19 – 22 – 34. No Winner: €40 Mick Shaughnessy (Online Ticket), €20 Bláithín Buckley, Jim Bob Buckley, Anthony O'Leary, Ted Long.

Lee Valley Updates

Christmas Outlook

The last magazine of the year will be available from December 21. This is mainly a review of 2016 and a look back to 1966 and 1996. Any club, committee, parish, school etc that wishes to submit a short review of events during 2016, please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Wednesday, December 14. Parishes are requested to send details of Christmas liturgical ceremonies if they wish to have these included

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First snow of the winter pictured at Cusloura, Carriganima © Oonagh Kelleher

John Spillane for Simon Concert

The third annual concert in aid of Cork Simon Community takes place from 9.30pm on Saturday 10 December at The Mills Inn, Ballyvourney. As usual, there's an all-star line-up including John Spillane who is taking time out from his very busy music and television schedule, Moody Roots, Gradam Ceoil Traditional Composer of the Year Award recipient Con Ó Drisceoil, Danny Maidhchí Ó Súilleabháin , accordion ace, Máiréad Ní Luasa and friends, while family group, Greenshine, will perform a set that straddles the boundaries of folk, roots and contemporary and will include 'The Girl in the Lavender Dress'. The fun includes a monster draw and, in a new departure, finger food will be kindly provided by The Mills Inn to make it a night to remember. Donations on the night will be very gratefully accepted and ALL proceeds will go to The Cork Simon Community to enable them to provide support, food and shelter where needed. For more information on the work of the charity go to www.corksimon.ie .

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Clondrohid NS girls who defeated Blarney in the Sciath na Scol final 2016. © Mike English

Clondrohid Updates

Sciath na Scol. Congratulations to Clondrohid N.S. girls football team on winning the Allianz Sciath na Scol DGF3 football final in Mayfield on November 10 . Blarney provided the opposition and having lost the toss, Clondrohid were forced to play into a strong wind in the opening half. Blarney used the wind to their advantage and scored two points, followed by a Blarney goal. Aoife Lucey, Clondrohid net-minder and captain, made a couple of spectacular saves, preventing the game from going beyond Clondrohid's grasp. At the other end Clondrohid forwards were unlucky not to score on several occasions, with Helena Healy and Caoimhe Murphy very threatening. Two minutes before half time however, Caoimhe collected a precise pass from Aisling O Leary and calmly planted it in the Blarney net, leaving Clondrohid trailing by 2 points at the break. The second half saw a different Clondrohid team take to the field. With the wind to their backs and determination in their hearts, they began to up the ante. Emma Kelly and Roisin Murphy were a powerful midfield pairing. Ruby O'Shea held rock solid at centre of defence, while Lauren O'Brien mopped up any breaking ball. Emma Kelly struck a powerful long range shot to the back of the Blarney net, a carbon copy of a goal she scored in the semi-final against Shanbally, and the tide had turned for Clondrohid. Elysia Flanagan made piercing runs through the Blarney defence, ably supported by Aine Sheehan, Donna McCarthy and Lily Murphy. Aishling O Leary scored a goal and a point, putting the game beyond Blarney 's reach. While Blarney did score a late goal, the Clondrohid rear-guard of Lucy O Connor, Lorraine O Connell and Hazel Healy ensured it was the last time they would threaten the Clondrohid net. Clondrohid's fabulous subs on the day were: Fiona Purcell, Kaylin Forde, Kiera Healy O'Brien, Live Kreituze, Kate O'Sullivan, Lizzy Crowley, Aishling Quinn and Lucy Duggan. The game ended on a scoreline of 3_1 to 2_2 and Clondrohid girls had claimed their first ever Sciath na Scol crown.
Christmas Market: will be held in Carriganima National School on Saturday Dec 10 from 5pm to 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.
G.A.A. Best of luck to Clondrohid players on being selected for the Cork regional development squads for winter / spring training programme: U14 . Liam Coleman . Conor Lucey; U15 Conor Murphy, Ciaran O Leary. U16 Eddie Duggan. U17 Sean Desmond. Well done to all. Clondrohid G.A.A. Club A.G.M. is on this Friday Nov 25 at 8.00pm in Club meeting rooms, all members requested to attend.

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Dripsey N.S., winners of Roinn F6 at Sciath na Scol finals 2016 ©Mike English

Dripsey Tidy Towns

This year, Dripsey Tidy Towns jumped 8 points in the National Tidy Towns competition and their work included adding 13 new planters, 2 new beds, 3 new benches, planting 42 baskets, 5,500 daffodil bulbs, undertaking various litter picks and adding 40 tonne of plum slate to beds and approach road verges. They also undertook 3 fundraisers, created a 2017 calendar and a selection of locally themed Christmas cards. They also joined up with Dripsey GAA and Dripsey Community Association in a Community / awards night in February and an annual Fun Day in June.
As an end of season celebration, they would like to invite volunteers, supporters and anyone that helped them through the year to 'The Weigh Inn' Bar at Dripsey Cross on Friday 25th November from 8.30pm. There will be music by Ricky Kelleher and finger food on the night and all are welcome to come along.

Inchigeela Snippets

Centenary night. The Centenary Commemoration Committee held a pleasant night in Creedon's Hotel to thank all those who took part or helped out in any way in the Easter events of 2016. Chairman, Tim Pat O Sullivan, thanked the many people who had contributed to its success. Music was provided by Tracy Cronin, Gerry Murphy and Ted Cronin and included some lovely appropriate selections with a 1916 theme. At Easter time in Inchigeela we commemorated the Rising and the part that Inchigeela played in it. A hundred years ago, young men marched from Clon, Lyre, Dunmanway and Behaugh to pick up arms in Inchigeela, only to be met by Tomás Mac Curtain and Traolach Mac Suibhne with the tragic news that Roger Casement and the German guns had been captured in Banna Strand. But the spirit of those men was not dampened as they showed in the war of Independence shortly after that. The centenary was marked in Inchigeela by a plaque and flagstaff and a Garden of Remembrance and Proclamation. It is intended to continue to mark the event every Easter Sunday.
A book of photos based around our commemoration was launched by local photographer, Connie Cronin. The pictures are of a very high standard and will increase in value as the years go by. These can be viewed and ordered by contacting Connie or any committee member.
New Footpaths The four new footpaths provided recently by Cork Co Council have added greatly to the appearance of the village, but more importantly, have made life safer for pedestrians.
Presentation. The money raised by the annual Liz Lucey Memorial Vintage Run was presented to Marymount Hospice at The Briar Rose Bar. Great credit goes to all involved in organising and supporting this worthy cause.
Fundraiser. A very special calendar will be available shortly. This is a fundraiser for next year's Croi na Laoi/ Tidy towns' projects. It contains scenes by local photographers. As far as is known, it's a first for Inchigeela. The calendar will make a very unique, practical Christmas present, especially for our relatives at home and abroad.

Ceol an Gheimhridh

Bhailigh ceoltóirí, amhránaithe agus rinceoirí ó cheann ceann an chontae i gCill na Martra chun páirt a ghlacadh i gcomórtais Cheol an Gheimhridh Chorcaí, a bhí á óstáil ag an gcraobh áitiúil de Chomhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Cuireadh go mór le rath imeachtaí an lae do Chraobh Lachtaín Naofa CCÉ le 10 mbonn á bhuachaint ag baill na craoibhe sna comórtais éagsúla. Téann éinne a tháinig sa chéad nó sa dara háit ar aghaidh go Ceol an Gheimhridh na Mumhan a bheidh ar siúl i nDrom Collachair, Co Luimnigh, ar an 5ú Feabhra.
Torthaí: Gaothuirlisí Fé13 – 1ú Méabh Ní Chonaill; Amhránaíocht 13-17 – 1ú Maebh Ní Dhuinnín; Amhránaíocht 13-17 – 2ú Trevor Ó hÉalaithe; Amhránaíocht Fé13 – 1ú Sadbh Ní Cheallaigh; Amhránaíocht Fé13 – 3ú Eimear Ní Shuibhne & Conor Ó Súilleabháin; Aithriseoireacht 13-17 – 1ú Caitríona Ní Chonaill; Aithriseoireacht U13 – 1ú Méabh Ní Chonaill; Aithriseoireacht Fé13 – 3ú Iseult Ní Riordáin; Banna Céilí – 3ú Lachtaín Naofa CCÉ.

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A section of the audience at a fundraising concert for Cuan Mhuire Treatment Centre, Farnanes ©Roger O'Sullivan

News from Kilmurry

Kilmurry Fields. Bridget Goulding's book, "Kilmurry Fields", was launched at Independence Museum Kilmurry in mid-November and is now on sale at the museum and at Sheila's Shop, Kilmurry. It would make a lovely Christmas present for both locals and emigrants. It portrays Bridget's life in Kilmurry from childhood and recalls experiences in Kilmurry Village and her exploration of the rich historical and archaeological sites in the parish. It also records the rich flora and fauna of the area and describes the national and international figures of Irish history - Terence McSwiney and Michael Collins - that have links to Kilmurry.
Creamery Exhibition. Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association ltd, KHAA, will hold a local creamery exhibition of Lissarda, Mossgrove, Muskerry, Templemartin and Tarelton on Saturday November 26th and December 3rd, 2pm to 7pm and Sunday November 27th and December 4th, 10:30 to 5pm in the museum. The exhibition will be officially opened by Richard Hinchion, Dairygold, on Saturday, 26th November at 2pm.All welcome.
KHAA Lecture. Comdt. Seán A. Murphy (Retired) will give a talk in Independence Museum Kilmurry at 8:30pm on Tuesday 29th October at 8pm on 'Kilmichael Ambush: a military analysis'. He is author of the recent, critically acclaimed and controversial 'Kilmichael: a Battlefield Study'.

Salmon Come Back!

On Sunday 27 November, Bia Gleann na Laoi will host a Salmon Come Back! event at Creedon's Hotel, Inchigeelagh, 1 - 6 p.m. All welcome. 1p.m. Lunch optional - please phone Joe Creedon to book on 026-49012, followed at 3pm by interviews on the theme of 'Connecting' with Kieran Murphy, newly appointed Water and Community Officer with Cork County Council; Conor Kelleher, naturalist and bat specialist; Mark Boyden, Coomhola Salmon Trust and Bernie Connolly, Cork Environmental Forum. Time for audience discussion will follow. 5pm Short film (10 mins): "Gearagh Memories" by Robb Bradstock about Joanie O'Herlihy, one of the last surviving members of the original Gearagh community, followed by: RTE Eco-Eye Episode: River Blackwater Catchment Management (25 mins). For further details please phone: Fred La Haye 086 8770050.

Free the Lee

Over 150 people recently attended a meeting at the Castle Hotel in Macroom to hear and discuss plans for the recovery of the ancient riverine forest delta, The Gearagh. The event was organized by MEP, Liadh Ni Riada in conjunction and collaboration with Declan O'Mahony , visual artist ,director of the acclaimed film River Runner and campaign manager of Free the Lee. The situation regarding the blockage of migratory fish due to dams and weirs is widespread in Ireland, with five of our major rivers hydro dammed and hundreds of obsolete weirs still in position. Dr. Simon Harrison, UCC, gave a short eloquent and informative overview of the unique qualities of the last remaining ancient riverine forest. He also highlighted the ecological complexities dams and weirs cause on river systems, especially over time as they transform the original natural characteristics into different forms and uses. Ornithology expert and Lee Valley Enterprise Board member, John Lynch, brilliantly highlighted the rich and varied birdlife that once flourished in the upper Lee and the positive effects a proper management plan would have on the area.
Currently the major stakeholders ESB, NPWS, IFI ,CCC ,OPW , are supposedly collaborating a management plan for the area. Constructed in the 1950s and somewhat outdated now with alternative and more economic forms of energy production available, the two hydroelectric dams have caused considerable environmental damage. A project of this nature and scale would be inconceivable today. The good news is that despite the 63 years of damage, a reversal and positive outcome for the river , the forest and the local area is absolutely possible. The Gearagh is on par with the Burren, the cliffs of Moher and the Céide Fields and is a genuinely ancient , unique part of our heritage.

Giotaí ó Choláiste Ghobnatan

Neat Streets. Tháinig Gary Tyrrell chun cainte le Bliain a 4 mar gheall ar an gcúrsa Neat Streets. I rith na bliana, beidh daltaí na hIdirbhliana ag tabhairt faoi thionscnamh chun fadhbanna bruscair na scoile a laghdú.
Boscaí Bróg. D'eagraigh daltaí Bliain a 4 bailiúchán de bhoscaí bróg don chatharnacht Hope le déanaí. Bhí ar na daltaí bronntanaisí do pháistí bochta a chuir sna boscaí.
Turas Béarla. D'fhreastal Bliain a 3 ar an dráma Romeo and Juliet san Amharclann Everyman i gCorcaigh. Chuaigh Máistir Ó Lionáird agus Bean Uí Argáin leo.
Lá Idirnáisiúnta Bia. D'eagraigh Bliain a 5 Lá Idirnáisiúnta Bia. Bhí réimse leathan bia ar fáil - mar shampla, ispíní, sceallóga agus cácaí milse - agus chuaigh an t-airgead a bhí bailithe go dtí Oispidéal Crumlin.
Teach Uaine na scoile. Ó thús na bliana, tá glasraí á fhás ag daltaí na scoile, leis an múinteoir Bitheolaíocht agus Eolaíocht Talamhaíochta, Máistir Ó Dúcháin. Tá roinnt des na glasraí aibí anois agus bhain na daltaí taitneamh as iad a phiocadh agus a ithe.
Caitríona Ní Chonaill. Dalta na hIdirbhliana

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Ag ullmhú d'Oíche Shamhna ag Scoil Mhuire Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh © An Scoil

Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh

Bhain daltaí agus múinteoirí sult as Lá Bréigéide. D'eagraigh daltaí bliain a haon agus bliain a cúig cóisir Oíche Shamhna chun céiliúradh a dhéanamh don bhféile. Bailíodh airgead don carthanacht Uathachais na hÉireann agus bhí duaiseanna do na culaith ba scanrúla. An-lá a bhí i Scoil Mhuire an Aoine san.

Macra Matters

Donoughmore Macra annual Coffee Morning will take place on Sunday November 27th after 11:30 Mass in Stuake Community Centre in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association ( IMNDA). Lots of fun for all the family. Santa will visit.
Well done to our novice debaters who were runners up in the Cork County final of Novice Debating in Macroom; to Freemount on winning the title; to Sean Wallace from Donoughmore Macra on being named best chair and Siobhan Ring from Freemount who was best speaker.
Congratulations to our Public speaking team of Meig Collins , James Healy and Elaine O Connell who were victorious in the National Semi- Final of Public Speaking and progress to the National Final in Tullamore on December 3rd.
Our weekly sports night continues every Monday in Stuake Sports Complex. All welcome. Our club Christmas party will take place on December 17th with a meal followed by a social outing - please contact any club member for details.

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Macroom Hospital Grounds, ideal location for Day Care Centre © Dr. Con Kelleher

Should Macroom have a Day Care Centre?

By Dr Con Kelleher, Macroom.
'I'd prefer to stay at home but I don't have a choice'.
Background: More people are living longer and the portion of the world's population over 60 is set to go from 11% in 2000 to 22% in 2050. With increased age, many illnesses are more common and this presents a challenge to society to maximize the health and wellbeing of the elderly. Ireland, too, is experiencing an unprecedented aging of its population. Life Expectancy for males is now 78.7 years and 83.2 for females. 2021 will see an extra 107,600 people aged 65 or more, and an extra 15,200 more than 85.
Services: Many different kinds of services are required to cater for the health-needs of the elderly. They include self-care, family care, neighbours' care, personal care, domestic care, home help, home care packages, health assistants, respite care, residential Nursing Home Support and use of Day Care Centres. Provision of services is spotty and inconsistent. In the recently published (2016) study 'Meeting Older People's Preference for Care' (Irish Association of Social Workers, Age Action Ireland and The Alzheimer's Society of Ireland), their research showed the preferences of older people were 'to remain living at home for as long as possible, receiving care when it is needed in this setting'. Macroom has excellent residential care provided in the Community Hospital, Care Choice and Cahereen. Sullane Haven has a social service and caters for a mobile well population. It does not have the building, equipment or personnel to run a nurse-led Day Care facility.
The Need for a Day Care Centre in Macroom: The local Primary Care Team area covers Macroom , Coachford and Ballyvourney, and its population in 2011 was 19,454 and now 19,864. A 2011 survey established that the area had many people aged over 65, a high number of elderly living alone, many elderly couples living on their own, a high level of dependency and significant poverty. The Public Health Nurses had identified 120 people who would benefit from attendance at a Day Care Centre, including people suffering from Dementia. The present situation is similar.
The Opportunity: The HSE and SouthDoc services transferred from the Hospital Grounds to the Fair Green, and the HSE made a commitment in 2012 to develop a Day Care Centre in the vacated building. Remember the original Health Care centre was opened with much fanfare in 2002. At present the building is used only by the Macroom Community Welfare Officer and the Child Care Training and Development Best Health for Children Unit. Its potential is obvious. It has an area of 600 sq. metres and it has full level access from all sides, and more than ample parking. The Community Hospital is but 50 yards away and has the capacity to provide meals easily transportable by a heated food trolley. With a modest outlay, the building could be readily converted. The HSE has similar units in place, and the Centre could be modelled on of those.
The Potential: Day Care Centres in county Cork provide:
Personal care; showering, foot-ware, clothing and heating advice, security and legal advice.
Social support; a place to interact with others, an antidote to isolation, self-neglect and depression.
Nutritional support; people will have nutritious food at least once weekly.
Supports people living at home and defers /prevents admission to long term care
Supports the carer: the full-time minding of elderly, infirm and memory-impaired relatives is particularly onerous; weekly breaks often make it possible to manage difficult situations.
Holistic care is enabled: the patient has the company of peers, care of a nurse, GP attention; care and or service from a podiatrist, a physiotherapist, Occupational therapist, hair-dresser as needed. Staff members become their friends and are a source of support and advice.
Patients can again enjoy chat, music, card games, arts and crafts, discuss events, re-engage.
Centres provide transport where needed and this enhance independence from family.
An example: Dunmanway Day Care Centre has a catchment area that approximates to Macroom's. It provides care for 90 patients per week – 10 on Wednesdays for people with Dementia, and 20 per day on the other four mid-week days. With 1 nurse and 1.7 equivalent care assistants, they provide the services mentioned above. At present, there is nobody on the waiting list. The HSE pays the wages, and for heating, lighting, insurance etc. The unit closes for 3 weeks of the year – Christmas, Ballabuidhe and Easter.
Admission is on GP referral and assessment by the Public Health Nurse: it is based on social, psychological and physical factors. Patients have illnesses ranging from arthritis to diabetes, stroke to angina, hearing impairment to bronchitis, Multiple Sclerosis to Parkinson's, social isolation to visual impairment – every malady from which senior citizens suffer. Wednesday is reserved for patients with Dementia.
'Friends of Dunmanway Day Care Centre' collected £100,000 for the building initially, and continue to be very supportive. It provides money for equipment, music, parties and materials such as wool, arts and craft necessities etc.
Other Cork towns/ areas: There are nurse-led Day Care Centres in Bandon, Skibbereen, Clonakilty, Castletownbere, Bantry, Mallow, Ballincollig, Fermoy, Mitchelstown, Buttevant and Millstreet; Some, for example Bandon, also have Alzheimer's/Dementia units. If Macroom area patients need Day Centre type treatment, they travel to Ballincollig, Bishopstown or Mallow.
The Macroom Situation: A new health centre was built and opened in 2002 and is used currently for 2 services only. With a modest outlay of money, it could be converted to use as a Day Care Centre. The adjacent Community Hospital is fully supportive of the Day Care Centre idea, as are the local GPs, and all other local health care workers. The hospital could easily provide meals and back-up assistance if needed. Cunámh and the ambulance depot are on site.
Conclusion: When next a patient says 'I'd prefer to stay at home', we should be able to say 'Yes, you have a choice'. Having a Macroom nurse-led Day Care Centre would give substance to that choice.

Cork Film Festival

Anú Pictures presented 'From the Land of Múscraí' and premiered at Cork Film Festival on November 20. This creative documentary explores the works of contemporary artists living in the Múscraí Gaeltacht of West County Cork, tracing the links between their work and the landscape that inspires them in a colourful, multi-facetted exploration of the artistic process. A Documentary by Dónal Ó Céilleachair, it is made in association with Cork Community Television and is funded by The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with The Television Licence Fee.

'A Muskerry Digest' Mullinhassig Mill, Wood & Waterfalls

Part 2.

A short distance upriver from Bowen's Pond is a majestic old tree, probably one of the oldest living specimens in Mullinhassig Wood, which from a distance seems to sit in the water. Continuing upriver, the Glashagarriff appears more active, rushing over rocks, and tumbling into pools containing small fish. It is nearing journey's end, and will join with the River Lee a few miles downriver. The journey is almost at an end, and we enter a leafy open space beneath trees, with the thundering sound of Poulanassig waterfall in the background. Rounding the corner gives us a first glimpse of this cataract,. Water tumbles over rock, falling into the pool from which the waterfall derives its name, with high rocky and wooded banks on three sides forming a natural amphitheatre. This is Poulanassig, Poll an Easaigh, meaning pool of the waterfall, the 'lake' referred to by Lewis in 1837. The Irish Tourist Association Survey of 1944 contains interesting local folklore, and tells us that a mermaid in the form of a salmon resides in the pool. If approached quickly in late evening, she can be seen combing her hair on a stone 'stool' to the left of the waterfall. On sensing strangers, she dives to the bottom of the pool. Near the waterfall's brink is a boulder, said to be her 'table'. Another version has the mermaid enticing unwary anglers to the bottom of the pool, where they spend their days releasing fish from the hooks of other anglers. This is said to be the reason why no fish are caught there.
Hidden away at the eastern end of Mullinhassig Wood is a Clapper Bridge,. These pedestrian bridges (two fine examples exist at Ballingeary and Gougane Barra) are composed of stone piers supporting flat slabs. This particular bridge served local residents for generations, allowing them to safely cross the Glashagarriff for trade and social purposes. Local knowledge has it that the bridge collapsed in relatively recent times due to flood damage. Located a short distance downriver is Aughariddera Bridge. Áth an Ridire means the Ford of the Knight. On 4 August 1580, during the Second Desmond Rebellion, the rebel force of Sir James FitzGerald preyed on livestock in the nearby area, and was defeated by the forces of Sir Cormac McTeige MacCarthy, Lord of Muskerry. A ford across the Glashagarriff existed where the bridge now stands. This encounter is locally referred to as the 'Battle of Mullinhassig'.

Doug Lucey, from Coachford, Co. Cork, is a Fáilte Ireland approved and qualified Tour Guide for the Cork/Kerry region, and possesses a Masters Degree in Local History. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel 086-0456554.


The Sell-out.

Winner of the Man Booker prize 2016.
A story about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court. Born in Dickens on the outskirts of Los Angeles, the narrator spent his childhood as the subject of his father's racially charged psychological studies. He is told that his father's work will lead to a memoir that will solve their financial woes. When his father is killed, he discovers there never was a memoir and this fuels the narrator to embark on a legal case which lands him in the highest court in the land.
Available now in Fitz-Gerald's bookshop priced €16.50.


Renting on Farm

Dear Karen,
I am renting a cottage on my farm and I want to increase the rent the tenant is paying. I heard that there were new provisions in relation to this and I want to comply with my obligations as a landlord in effecting the new rent. What are your advices? What procedures must I abide by?

Dear Reader,
You have not mentioned the commencement date of the tenancy or when, if at all, the rent was last reviewed. As a result, you would need to give me more information to give you specific advice in relation to your particular set of circumstances. I have outlined hereunder some general advices in relation to your query.
The amount of rent payable for a property is agreed between the landlord and tenant at the start of a tenancy. There have been much publicised changes in relation to procedures landlords must follow if they want to raise the rent. These came into effect on 4 December 2015 for private tenancies. The rules are set out in Part 3 of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 and have recently been amended by the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2015. The following are some of the changes:
The length of time between rent reviews was extended from 12 months to 24 months. The restriction is temporary in that it applies until 3 December 2019 when rent reviews may once again be conducted once every 12 months. The extended restriction is also retrospective, in that it applies not just to new, but to all existing tenancies. For existing tenancies, the two-year period for the first rent review since the introduction of the extended restriction, is counted from the later of (i) the commencement of the tenancy (where no rent review had taken place prior to 4 December 2015) and (ii) the most recent rent review date. The extent of the initial reprieve afforded to tenants, and the initial restriction on landlords, under the Act will therefore depend on when the tenancy was entered into and the date of the most recent rent review.
A landlord reviewing the rent must now give a tenant at least 90 days' written notification (increased from 28 days).
Since 9th May 2016, a notice of new rent must contain certain information. The notice of new rent must comply with the provisions of Section 26 of the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2015. The notice must:
1. State the amount of new rent and the date from which is to have effect
2. Include a statement that any dispute about the setting of the rent must be referred to the RTB before the date the new rent takes effect, or within 28 days from the date that the tenant gets the notice, whichever is the later
3. Include a statement by the landlord that, in their opinion, the new rent is not greater than the market rent, having regard to the other terms of the tenancy and to letting values of dwellings of a similar size, type and character and situated in a comparable area
4. Specify the rent amount being asked for 3 dwellings of a similar size, type and character and in a comparable area, which have been advertised for rent in the 4-week period immediately before the notice
5. Be signed by the landlord or their authorised agent and include the date on which it was signed
Under Section 19 of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004, landlords cannot charge more than the open market rate of rent.
In the event of a dispute the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) deals with disputes between landlords and tenants, including disputes about rent reviews.
The new rent review provisions contained in the Act were enacted to control the rapidly increasing cost of rented accommodation, a dominant social and political issue across the country at present. It is very much a case of 'wait and see' as to whether the new legislative provisions will achieve what they were envisaged to do.
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.

N.B. FARMING AND THE LAW by Karen Walsh, will be launched on Friday, 2nd December at 5:00pm at Walsh & Partners Solicitors, 17 South Mall, Cork. Special Guest Speaker: Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD. To be introduced by John O'Connor, Radio Presenter, C103.
Sports Mad

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Christina Desmond, Cill na Martra, medal winner at European Elite Boxing Championships in Bulgaria ©Lee Valley Outlook

Sports Mad

Christina Tracks Katie

Cill na Martra and Cork middleweight boxer, Christina Desmond, Coolavokig, earned Ireland its only medal at the European Elite Women's Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria when she beat Russia's Oksana Trofimova in the quarter-finals to win Bronze. Desmond, the last Irish boxer in the ring on Sunday November 20, earned an unanimous decision – one judge gave her a 10-8 round. The Irish Youth Olympian consistently found the target with solid combinations in a hard-punching 75kg duel and was full value for her victory. Christina joins Katie Taylor (six gold) and Clare Grace (1 bronze) as the third Irishwoman with medals at this level.
Christina met French champion, Maily Nicar, in the semi-final on Tuesday, 22 and lost out to a split decision (1-2 by judges), a defeat, that irked coach Zaur Antia. In her middleweight semi-final, the 20-year-old came out strongly and seemed to take the first round before her taller opponent worked her way back into the contest. The Cork woman finished strongly and one judge gave her the nod but the other two opted for her opponent.
Desmond has recorded some notable wins this year, including one decision over Holland's Rio 2016 silver medallist, Nouchka Fontijn. Last month, Desmond, a World Youth silver medallist, became the first Irish boxer to win a medal at the World University Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Christina, a southpaw, who boxes with Fr. Horgan's Boxing Club, is quietly confident of further progress. The 20-year-old has been described by Katie Taylor as a "fantastic" talent who can "do really well over the next few years". She is the second Cork boxer to win a medal at the European Elites. Olympian, Kieran Joyce won bronze at the 1983 Championships, also in Bulgaria.

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Cork Ladies Football All Star winners 2016 - Briege Corkery (St. Val's), Ciara O Sullivan (Mourneabbey), Bríd Stack (Rockchapel), Deirdre O' Reilly (Newmarket), Marie Ambrose (St. Val's) and Orla Finn (Kinsale).© Michael Corkery  

Cork All Stars

Cork, as well as their 11th All Ireland, have been awarded six 2016 TG4/LGFA All-Stars. Briege Corkery was awarded her 10th individual award at midfield, hot on the heels of Mary Jo Curran of Kerry, who holds the all-time record, with eleven awards between 1980 and 1993. Beaten finalists Dublin, got five places on the All Star team, with two for Monaghan and one apiece for Kildare and Mayo. Cork's Brid Stack, winner of her seventh All-Star, was also named Senior Players' Player of the Year. Corkery and Stack are joined by Marie Ambrose, Deirdre O'Reilly, captain Ciara O'Sullivan and star forward Orla Finn.
Champions, Kilkenny, dominated the 2016 Camogie All-Stars team, Kilkenny with eight places while defeated finalists, Cork, got a miserly three, the same as Galway and Wexford got one place. Cork All Stars 2016 are Pamela Mackey, Orla Cotter and Katrina Mackey.

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Some members of the Cork Ladies Football team on a recent visit to Ballyvongane N.S.. ©An Scoil

GAA - Cork County Championships

Senior Hurling Championship

Champions: Glen Rovers
Munster Championship Munster Final:
Ballyea, Clare 1 - 21 Glen Rovers 2 – 10
Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship
Champions: Bandon
Munster Championship: Bandon lost to Lismore, Waterford
Intermediate Hurling Championship
Champions: Fr O'Neill's
County Premier U21 Hurling Championship
Final: Douglas 1-18 Blackrock 1-15
Co U21 A Hurling Championship
Champions: Erin's Own

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Cloughduv who defeated Ballinora in the Muskerry Junior A Hurling League final. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Co. Junior A Hurling

County Champions: Mayfield
Munster: Mayfield 4-34 St Patricks Limerick 0-2
Mayfield 1-27 Bodyke, Clare 1-7
Munster Final: Mayfield v Ballyduff Lower, Waterford at Mallow Dec. 4th.
Co. Junior B Hurling
Champions: Dromtariffe
Senior Football Championship
County Champions: Carbery Rangers
Munster Championship:
Semi Final: The Nire, Waterford 2-15 Carbery Rangers 1-13 aet.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

County Champions: Kiskeam

Munster Championship:

Adare, Limerick 0-13 Kiskeam 0-10

Intermediate Football Championship

County Champions: Bandon

County Junior A Football Championship

County Champions: Gabriel Rangers

Munster Championship: Gabriel Rangers 2-11 Meelick, Clare 0-2
Gabriel Rangers 1-13 Clonulty/Rossmore, Tipperary 1-4
Munster Final: Gabriel Rangers v Glenbeigh/Glencar, Kerry at Mallow Dec 4th

County Junior B Football

Champions: Kilbrittain

County Junior A Football League Final

Iveleary 3 – 11 Gabriel Rangers 1 – 11
Iveleary retained their county Junior A Football league title with a deserved win over Cork county champions Gabriel Rangers at Bantry. Gabriel Rangers were a week out from their Munster club semi final game and rested some players carrying injuries but they still had eleven of their starting fifteen in action and were fully committed to the task of completing a county championship/league double. Add in the facts that Iveleary were without the injured Cathal Vaughan and that the West Cork men would inevitably be fitter and the Iveleary victory is all the more meritorious.
The county champions started well and led by 0-4 to 0-1 early on, Chris Óg Jones getting the sole Iveleary point. Patrick O'Riordan had a second Iveleary point but back came Gabriels with three more points to lead by 0-7 to 0-2 after the opening 17 minutes. Iveleary replied with points from Chris Óg Jones and Patrick O'Riordan and in the 23rd minute Iveleary the Iveleary attack came up with a very well worked goal, Chris Óg finished in style after being put clear, 0-7 to 1- 5 now the score. Four minutes later, the other Iveleary corner forward man was the scorer when put through on goal and Iveleary led by 2-7 to 0-9 at the break.
Gabriel Rangers introduced team captain Mark Cronin into attack for the second half, a sign of their intent on winning, and the former Cork player had the ball in the Iveleary net within three minutes of the restart to reduce the gap to a single point. The Iveleary reply came quickly and was decisive. A high ball across the goal to Barry O'Leary was met with a fist and the ball was in the back of the Gabriel's net once again. In the 45th minute Gabriels lost a midfielder to a red card and in the final quarter the Mid Cork men remained in control and the defence with Kevin Manning and the O'Riordan brothers excelling, limited the Schull/Ballydehob side to a mere two point s in total. Iveleary finished in style with two glorious points, one each from Barry O'Leary and Brian Cronin.
Scorers for Iveleary: Barry O'Leary 2-1, Chris Óg Jones 1-3, Brian Cronin 0-4 (0-1f), Kevin Manning, Patrick O'Riordan, and Shane Galvin 0-1each.
Iveleary: Joe Creedon: Ger O'Riordan, Daniel O'Riordan, Barry Murphy: Kevin Manning, Cal McCarthy, Donal Cotter: Patrick O'Riordan, Seán O'Leary: Shane Galvin, Seán Lehane, Finbarr McSweeney: Chris Óg Jones, Brian Cronin, Barry O'Leary. Subs: Ciaráin O'Riordan, David Dineen, Alan O'Brien, Éamonn Creedon.

Mid Cork GAA

Muskerry Cup – Junior Football Final pics 63, 64

Kilmurry 1 – 13 Iveleary 1 – 8
Championship winners Kilmurry added the Muskerry Cup to their season's trophies by defeating Iveleary in a fine game at the Castle Grounds Macroom. When the teams met in the championship final in early September the weather on the day was dreadful and the experienced Kilmurry side adjusted better suited to the prevailing conditions. This time round, the weather was much kinder with blue skies and little wind but once again it was Kilmurry who prevailed and there can be no disputing the merit of their win. After a very encouraging start by Iveleary in which they scored four points, Kilmurry got back in contention thanks to a fine goal by Pádraig Berhanu (remember his wonder goal in the Mid Cork final?) and they were only a point adrift at half time despite playing second fiddle for much of that opening half. On the resumption, Iveleary took a one goal lead thanks to a cracking goal from Chris Óg Jones in the 33rd minute but Kilmurry then proceeded to take control and scored nine unanswered points to have victory wrapped up before the only other second half score from Iveleary, a point in the 58th minute.
Iveleary had a great start with points from Chris Óg Jones, Shane Galvin, Barry O'Leary and Jones again to lead by four points after ten minutes, and they were really moving well at this stage. Seán Warren had point for Kilmurry in the 11thminute and the sides were level a minute later when Pádraig Berhanu found the net from close range after a good build up. William Buckley, from a free, put Kilmurry into the lead and Seán Curzon sent over another point to leave Kilmurry now in front by 1-3 to 0-4 after 17 minutes. Iveleary fought back well and got on top again for the remainder of the half and were rewarded with points from Finbarr McSweeney, Jones and a Brian Cronin free to regain the lead before the interval and enjoy a narrow one point advantage at that stage.
There was a dramatic change in the second half when Kilmurry recovered from conceding a 33rd minute goal to almost totally dominate the play and the scoring. Dave McCarthy, who did an amount of hard grafting all through, had Kilmurry level two minutes into the second half but Chris Óg Jones burst through for a smashing goal for the Iveleary men a minute later. Kilmurry were back on level terms within five minutes with points from William anmd Jonathan Buckley and then Liam Wall kicked a 40m free over to put Kilmurry back into a lead they were never subsequently to lose. Berhanu and Jonathan Buckley had points to open up a three point gap and Greg Barrett's point in the 50th minute made it 1-11 to 1-7 and Iveleary were struggling. Kilmurry were denied a second goal by the crossbar before Seán Warren had a fine point in the 55th minute, the eight Kilmurry point in a row without reply. Substitute Finbarr McSweeney Jnr. had his side's only second half point in the 58th minute but William Buckley had the final score of the game for Kilmurry before the final whistle.
Scorers: Kilmurry: P Berhanu 1-1, W Buckley 0-4 (0-3f), S Warren 0-2, J Buckley 0-2, S Curzon, D McCarthy, L Wall (f) and G Barrett 0-1 each. Iveleary: C Óg Jones 1-3, S Galvin, B O'Leary, F McSweeney, F McSweeney Jnr. and B Cronin (f) 0-1 each.
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: Liam Buckley, Kevin Barrett, Eoin Barrett: Liam Long, Liam Wall, John O'Mullane: Greg Barrett, James White: Seán Curzon, David O'Halloran capt., Dave McCarthy: Seán Warren, Pádraig Berhanu, William Buckley. Subs: Jonathan Buckley 25, Brian Hinchion h/t, Michael John O'Mahony 59.
Iveleary: Joe Creedon: Ger O'Riordan, Daniel O'Riordan, Barry Murphy: Kevin Manning, Cal McCarthy, Donal Cotter: Patrick O'Riordan, Seán O'Leary: Shane Galvin, Seán Lehane, Finbarr McSweeney: Chris Óg Jones, Brian Cronin, Barry O'Leary. Subs: Liam Kearney 20, Finbarr McSweeney Jnr. 29, Ciaráin O'Riordan 50, David Dineen 55, Ger McSweeney 55.
Referee: John Ryan, Macroom.

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Kilmurry who defeated Iveleary in the Muskerry Cup final. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Mid Cork Junior Football Division 2 League Final

Kilmurry 2 – 9 Éire Óg 1 – 10
The Kilmurry Junior b team got the better of Éire Óg, who competed well in the A championship this season, in the Div 2 football league final at Carrigadrohid. Éire Óg led by 1-6 to 1-5 at the break, their goal coming from Brian Hurley and it could have been more. Michael John O'Mahony got the Kilmurry goal to keep his side in contention. In the second half Kilmurry really dug deep and fought hard for a thrilling two point victory with Fionn Warren's late goal crucial.
Scorers: Kilmurry: M J O'Mahony 1-4 (0-1f), S Warren 0-3, F Warren 1-0, B Hinchion and J Berhanu 0-1 each. Éire Óg: B Hurley 1-3, K O'Riordan 0-3, J Cooper 0-3, D Kelly 0-1.
Kilmurry: Tim Irwin: Tobi Thoman, Liam Buckley, Pádraig Hinchion: Colm Kearney, Finbarr Crowley, Brian Hinchion: Fionn Warren, Seán Long: James Berhanu, Michael John O'Mahony, Liam White: Daniel O'Connell, Sean Warren, Seán Murray. Sub: Michael John Grainger.
Éire Óg: Joe Kelleher: Seán Desmond, Ross McCarthy, Colm Murphy: Michael Corkery, Seán O'Connor, Anthony Doherty: Paul McDonagh, Donncha Kelly: Connor Nagle, Denis O'Keeffe, John Cooper: Keith O'Riordan, Brian Hurley, Eoin Kelleher. Subs: John Malone, Barry Corkery, Cathal Mullins, John McCarthy.
Referee: Mr Hugh Kelleher, Canovee.

Mid Cork Junior A Hurling League Final 

Cloughduv 3 – 12 Ballinora 3 – 11
Cloughduv hurlers may have lost their Mid Cork championship crown this year but they finished their season in style by defeating the new champions Ballinora in a very exciting Cumnor Construction Mid Cork Junior A league final at a sunny Ovens. Cloughduv had won the county league title a week earlier and so they can winter now in good heart. Ballinora will be disappointed at not completing the divisional double but not unduly so as they showed that there is nothing between these two teams whenever they meet.
In a game where six goals were scored it is difficult to pick one out as being most important but the goal for Cloughduv in the 28th minute which helped them to a 2-6 to 1-7 interval was perhaps in this category. The exchanges had been very even in the first half with Ballinora possibly playing the better hurling and the sides were level at 1-6 each as half time approached. Donal Corkery struck a long range free into the Ballinora goalmouth, the ball was blocked on the goal line, but not controlled, and when it spilled, Aidan Ahern was fastest to react and tipped the sliotar into the net. Ballinora were chasing the game from this point on and never succeeded in regaining the initiative though they had the winners under pressure for a lengthy period in the second half.
David Howard had opened the scoring with a Ballinora point, Brian Ahern replied and Pat Fitton and Seán O'Connor then exchanged points to leave the sides level at 0-2 each after the opening exchanges. Brain Ahern made the goal chance for Joe Ryan to avail of in the 9th minute to give Cloughduv the lead, a smashing crosssfield pass from Pat Fitton to Darragh Holmes was rewarded with a terrific goal from the latter to level matters again two minutes later. Two points for Cloughduv from Kevin BarryMurphy and Brian Ahern brought replies from Fitton and Brian Murphy and the sides were level again after 19 minutes of good quality competitive hurling. A superb David Howard point from a 60m free now put Ballinora in front but Seán O'Connor had an instant reply and when Mick Murphy pointed for Ballinora, Joe Ryan quickly levelled matters again. The Aidan Ahern goal followed for Cloughduv, boosting the winner's morale and David Howard's late point for the losers was scant consolation.
Ballinora cut the two point deficit by half with a Darragh Holmes point from a free in the 35th minute and the sides were level in the 42nd minute when Alan O'Shea shot over a point from his own 65m line. It was clear that Ballinora were making little headway against the Cloughduv full back line which was fronting a very competent Cormac O'Driscoll in goal and hard won possession outfield was not being rewarded with scores. Brian Ahern pointed a long range free for Cloughduv in the 44thminute to edge his side back in front and this was followed by two fine points, one each from Seán O'Connor and Brian Verling as Cloughduv introduced fresh legs off the bench. Alan O'Shea got a point back for his side in the 50th minute but from the puck out Seán O'Connor got possession and ran through the centre of the Ballinora before lashing an unstoppable drive to the net to give Cloughduv a five-point lead entering the home stretch, 3-9 to 1-10.
The final ten minutes were very exciting with Cloughduv battling to withstand the desperate attempts by Ballinora to reclaim lost ground. Brian Murphy lashed in an inspirational goal in the 52nd minute to cut the gap to a mere two points but a scoreable free was not availed of. Brian Ahern pointed a Cloughduv '65', Mick Murphy had a Ballinora point in reply. Eoghan Clifford now had a point to open up a three point gap margin between the teams and Mark Verling then pointed for Cloughduv to make it 3-12 to 2-11 with the game going into time added on. Ballinora never gave up and their efforts were rewarded with a goal from Pat Fitton in the 62nd minute after a peach of a pass from Darragh Corkery. Unfortunately for them, it came too late and it was Cloughduv who celebrated the completion of a double.
Scorers:Cloughduv: S O'Connor 1-3, J Ryan 1-1, A Ahern 1-0, B Ahern 0-4 (0-2f, 0-1 '65'), K Barry Murphy, Brian Verling, E Clifford and M Verling 0-1 each. Ballinora: P Fitton 1-2, D Holmes 1-1(0-1f), B Murphy 1-1, D Howard 0-3 (0-2f), M Murphy and A O'Shea 0-2 each.
Cloughduv: Cormac O'Driscoll: Liam Long, Paul O'Sullivan, Pádraig Hinchion: Pat Buckley, Ger Ahern, Donal Corkery: Denis O'Sullivan, Kevin BarryMurphy: Mark Verling, Aidan Ahern, Seán O'Connor: Joe Ryan, Brian Ahern, Brian Verling; Subs: Eoghan Clifford, Barry Walsh and Seán Flanagan.
Ballinora: Barry Crowley: Ken Greeley, Mick Lordan, Tomás McGrath: David Fitton, Conor Brosnan, Conor Murphy: Alan O'Shea, Alan O'Neill: Mick Murphy, Darragh Holmes, Brian Murphy: Tom Healy, David Howard, Patrick Fitton. Sub: Darragh Corkery.
Referee: Mr Diarmuid Kirwan, Éire Óg.

Mid Cork Junior B Hurling League Final Replay

Blarney 1 – 9 Aghabullogue 2 - 5
Only a point separated the teams in the replay of the Junior B Hurling league final at Ballincollig. Indeed, extra time looked likely when Aghabullogue's danger man Pat Finnegan tied the scores in the 57th minute when he blasted a free to the Blarney net to level matters but Blarney's Shane Mulcahy did well to send the sliotar between the uprights from long range to give his side the lead which they managed to hold to the finish.
Blarney had the better of the early exchanges with points from Mulcahy and Donal O'Leary raising their hopes of victory but with Patrick Finnegan to the fore, Aghabullogue went 0-4 to 0-3 in front. Blarney then got on top and a point from Robbie White was followed by three Colm Sheehan points from frees. Just before the interval Pat Finnegan had a goal from a free to level matters at 1-4 to 0-7. Defences were on top on the resumption with Aghabullogue going a point clear but Blarney went on the offensive and a goal from Conor Foley enabled them to regain the lead. In the 50th minute another Colm Sheehan added a point from a free but back came Aghabullogue with a second goal from Finnegan. Shane Mulcahy's late point was the tie breaker for Blarney.
SCORES; Blarney; Shane Mulcahy 0-4, Colm Sheehan 0-4 (frees), Conor Foley 1-0, Donal O Leary and Robbie White 0-1 each. Aghabullogue; Pat Finnegan 2-4 (2-2 frees), Sean O'Connell and Kevin Finnegan (f) 0-1 each.
Blarney: Shane Jordan: Mark Phelan, Daniel O'Donovan, Darragh McPolin: Cian O'Mahony, Cormac O'Mahony, Eoin Mullane: Robbie White, Seán McSweeney: Colm Sheehan, Conor Foley, Pat O'Connell: Shane Mulcahy, Donal O'Leary, Edward Hurley. Sub: Niall Hayes on 47.
Aghabullogue: Paud Twomey: Dave Dineen, Colm O'Connell, Tony O'Flynn: Mark O'Brien, Dan Buckley, Anthony Corkery: Denis O'Leary, Paul O'Rourke: Kevin Finnegan, Seán O'Connell, Tim O'Leary: Denis Desmond, Ger Murphy Pat Finnegan. Subs: Sean Lane 5, John Duff 52, Ciarán Barrett 52.

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Cloughduv, Junior A County League Champions 2016, defeating St. Catherine's © Donal Ó hAodha

League Round Up

Mid Cork Junior Football Leagues
Div 1 Final Canovee 0 – 13 Kilmurry 1 – 6
Div 2 Final Kilmurry 2 – 9 Éire Óg 1 – 10
Div 3 Final Inniscarra 0 – 8 Canovee 0 – 3
Div 4 Final Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 2 – 15 Ballincollig 0 – 6
Muskerry Cup Final: Kilmurry 1 – 13 Iveleary 1 – 8

Mid Cork Hurling Leagues

Junior A Final: Cloughduv 3 – 12 Ballinora 3 – 11
Junior B Final: Blarney 1 – 10 Aghabullogue 2 – 6 (replay)

Cork County Football Leagues

Div 1 Final: Nemo Rangers v Carbery Rangers
Ballincollig 3rd place , Naomh Abán 13th.
Div 2 Final: Mallow defeated Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh in extra time
Macroom 3rd, Éire Óg and Cill na Martra mid table.
Div 3 Final: Kanturk defeated St Michaels
Aghabullogue 3rd place, Ballinora lower half
Div 4 Final: Na Piarsaigh beat Bandon
Grenagh finished in lower end of table.
Junior A F Final: Iveleary 3 – 11 Gabriel Rangers 1 – 11
Junior B F Final: Macroom 0- 9 Cill na Martra 1 – 3
Tadg Crowley Cup Final: Valley Rovers 0 - 13 Clonakilty 1 – 6
Tom Creedon Cup Final: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 2 – 16 Newmarket 0 - 9

County Hurling Leagues

Red FM Final: Blackrock v Newtownshandrum
Div 1 Final: Mallow defeated Ballinhassig
Inniscarra 4th, Blarney lower end
Div 2 Final: Fr O'Neills beat Carrigaline
Éire Óg - 3 wins from 10 games,
Ballincollig - one win/10 games
Div 3 Final: Aghada beat Castlemartyr
Aghabullogue mid table, Grenagh and Dripsey- lower half of table.
Div 4 Final: Dungourney beat Midleton
Inniscarra finished in lower end.
Junior A Final: Cloughduv beat St Catherine's
Junior B Final: Dromtariffe beat Whites Cross

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.
1st Round results:
Group A. St. Francis College Rochestown 2-13 Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig 2-11
Tralee CBS 1-15 Coláiste na Sceilge 0-11
Group B Coláiste Chríost Ri 0-22 Clonakilty Community College 1-04
Mercy Mounthawk 4-16 Clonmel High School 0-7
Group C St Brendan's 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 Flannan's 1-08 Skibbereen CS 0-10
PS Corca Dhuibhne 0-13 Skibbereen CC 0-6

Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Monthly Sports Star Award

The Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle GAA Player of the Month for October was Cian Dorgan who played a major role in the achievements of Ballincollig senior footballers and U 21 hurlers in reaching their respective county finals. Cian was presented with his award at a dinner recently hosted by the Auld Triangle and attended by Cian, family, clubmates and friends and officers of the Mid Cork Board.
The list of 8 monthly winners is now complete for the 2016 season and is as follows;
Mark Coleman, Blarney, Seán O'Sullivan, Aghabullogue, Tom Kenny, Grenagh, Daniel Goulding, Éire Óg, Aoife Murray, Cloughduv, David Howard, Ballinora, Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, Naomh Fionnbarra, Cian Dorgan, Ballincollig
The Annual Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Gala Awards Dinner will be held at the Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig on January 28th 2017 and the Muskerry GAA Sports Star of the Year will be selected from the monthly winners.
The Muskerry Hurling and Football teams of the year for 2016 will also be announced at that function. Nominations are invited for consideration, based on performances of junior hurlers and footballers in the division in 2016.

Annual convention

The Annual General Meeting of the Muskerry Board will be held in Baile Mhúirne on Monday December 5th at 8 pm, hosted by Cumann Naomh Abán in their magnificent new complex at Páirc Ghobnatan.
Macroom G.A.A. A.G.M. will be held in the Club Pavilion on Sunday, November 27 at 3p.m. All members are requested to attend.

Macroom FC Notes

Macroom A were twice in action in the AUL Premier A league. They went under to visitors, Kanturk on a 3-1 scoreline at Murrays Field and then Macroom A played Lakewood at Ovens and lost on a 2-1 scoreline. Macroom A are away to Cresent Athletic in their next league game and would need to start picking up points to avoid falling into the lower end of the table.
Macroom B were at home to Greenwood A in the AOH Cup at the Town Park, and went down to the visitors on a 5-3 scoreline.
Macroom B are through to the semi-final stage of the Presidents Cup and will travel to Bweeng on Sunday November 27 at 10.45 to play the home side for a place in the final.
Macroom Youths were not in action last weekend in the 1A league and Park United retain top spot with 19 points from 8 games played, two more than Macroom who lie in second place, level with St Mary's.
Schoolgirls. Macroom U12s recorded a fine win over visitors Park Utd at Murrayfield. The 3-0 scoreline was fully deserved in what was a marvellous performance throughout. Aimee Twomey and Leanne Healy (2) were the goal scorers and this win, Macroom's first of the season, will give players and coaches great encouragement. The U14 schoolgirls team travelled to Fermoy and performed really well considering they were missing a number of influential players. Emma Kelly, Ruby O' Shea and Lydia McDonagh all gave excellent performances for Macroom. The stronger Fermoy side pulled away in the second half but the 4-0 result was tough on Macroom who tried valiantly until the final whistle. The next fixture for the U14s was at home to Carrigaline Hibs and Macroom recorded a big win at Murrayfield. Some great football was played in tough conditions with Laura Meaney, Ava Ronan and Emma Kelly all scoring two goals each. This satisfying squad performance was enhanced even further with the presence of captain Aoife Lucey as well as an enthusiastic band of supporters.
U9 Academy. The U9s had their first fixture of the season on Saturday morning last with Mallow Utd being the visitors. This team have been enjoying training and learning the game over the last couple of weeks. The players showed some great skill and team work and the effort of the coaches in preparing the group was clear to be seen. Well done to all involved and many thanks to Rhys Hopkins, Gerry Moss and all coaches for organising the U9 academy group.
U13 League Blarney Utd 5-3 Macroom
The U13 team travelled to O' Shea Park and were unlucky to lose out in a pulsating affair. Blarney led early on but Brian Healy blasted Macroom level with a great strike. The home side increased the pressure and scored two quick goals but Macroom responded when Healy fed Darren McSweeny who finished from close range. It was 3-3 early in the second half when Ronan Morey went clear and finished well. The game was very even now and with Macroom pushing for the winner, Blarney scored twice on the break to take the three points. Although defeated, this was a really good Macroom performance and will instill plenty of confidence for the coming games.

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Attending Shane Murphy Cup launch 2016 were family and friends and Tony Hughes and Diarmuid McCarthy, Macroom Credit Union. © Con Kelleher

Shane Murphy Cup Launch

The 2016 Shane Murphy Memorial Poc Fada competition was launched at Macroom Credit Union on 14th Nov. 2016. Members of the Murphy family, Aoife Lucey and her father Jim, and members of Laochra Óg Hurling and Camogie Club were present. Macroom Credit Union is again sponsoring the event. Tony Hughes, manager, and chairman, Diarmuid McCarthy, welcomed everyone to the launch. Tony Hughes said that they were proud and happy to back such a good cause and John Nash expressed the gratitude of the club for the sponsorship for a second successive year, and praised Aoife's bravery in dealing with her illness.
The Poc Fada takes place on Sunday, November 27th and begins at 12 noon. Proceeds of this year's event go to Aoife Lucey and The Children's Leukaemia Association. Further details and online registration are available @www.laochraog.com Laochra Óg thanks all who attended the launch and values the continuing support.

.Laochra Óg

The U15 squad gave a great display at the Owen McCarthy tournament in Donoughmore. After a slow and rusty start, losing to Lee Gaels, the lads played some great hurling. We drew the second game v Donoughmore and possibly should have won. In the third game v Grenagh, the boys led from the start and came out one point winners in an absorbing contest which was definitely game of the day. Grenagh went on to win the final afterwards. Thanks to Donoughmore for the super hospitality and also our team sponsor, Macroom Opticians.
50/50 Draw. Our third 50/50 lotto draw took place in Clondrohid Community Hall. The winner was Jerry O'Leary c/o Nutricia who won €518. Seller was Derry Murphy. Our 4th 50/50 club draw was won by Dan O'Shea, Lissacreasig, who won €471. Seller was Deasy's Pharmacy, Ballymakeera and sellers prize was €25. Next draw will be on December 4th. Annual ticket now available, contact a committee member. There will be twelve extra prizes drawn during December .
A.G.M Laochra Óg Hurling and Camogie Club A.G.M took place on Friday 4th of November in Clondrohid Community Hall. Club committee members elected for 2017 are as follows : Chairperson: Liam Slattery. Vice Chairperson: John Nash. Secretary: Marguerite Murphy. Assistant Secretary: Suzann O'Brien. Treasurer: Eddie Walsh. Assistant Treasurer: Joe O'Leary. Registrar: Kevin Healy. Assistant Registrar: Michael Burke. PRO: Siobhán O'Shea. Assistant PRO: Ian Keoghan.
Sponsors. Laochra Óg Hurling and Camogie Club would like to thank all our generous sponsors for supporting our club. In Hurling: Deasy's Pharmacy, Folláin Teo., Macroom Opticians, 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 Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne for the use of the college field.
Our annual Poc Fada is on Sunday 27th Nov. Sliotars have arrived and referees are to be selected. Have YOU registered for the Shane Murphy Memorial Cup, Poc Fada ? Seán Óg Ó hAilpín has! Register your team online NOW at http://laochraog.com/shane-murphy-memorial-cup-poc-fada/

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Kilmichael Pitch and Putt members at the recent AGM. ©

Macroom Golf Club

Week 1. Seniors: 1st Tom Fitzgerald (11) Jim O'Connell (20) Bob O'Hea (25) 49.4
Winter Singles 1st Liam Nash (19) 30
14 Hole singles & winter League: 1st Conor O'Leary (18) 36, 2nd Cathal Forbes (15) 35,3rd Paul Lynch (21) 33, Senior Tom McSweeney (15) 32
Week 2. Seniors: 1st Pat Connell, James Deane, Frank Flynn 47.2pts
14 hole winter Open singles: 1st Pascal McSwiney (15) 31pts
14 hole winter Club singles: 1st Jimmy Nolan(9) 32pts, 2nd Conor O'Leary (18) 31pts
Fixtures Thursday - 14 hole winter Open singles. Sat/Sun - 14 hole winter Club singles/winter league.

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Tom Fitzgerald and Donal Aherne, incoming Captain and President for 2017, at Macroom Golf Club A.G.M. ©Tim Keating