Lee Valley Outlook Dec 7 2016 v13e25

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Christmas Lights 2016 in Macroom ©Con Kelleher

Lee Valley Diary

FREE PARKING for 2 hours in Macroom during December.
Gramophone Morning in the Fr. Ryan Hall. Fri. Dec. 9, 11a.m.
Monster Auction for children's hospitals and Marymount at Macroom Mart, Sat. Dec. 10.
Carriganima N.S. Parents Association Christmas Market on Sat 10th Dec, 5pm to 7.30 pm in the school.
Kilmurry Christmas Lights: Official turning on Sat 10th Dec, 6 p.m.
Berrings Christmas Tree Lighting on Sat 10th Dec after 7.30 p m Mass
John Spillane and friends in concert for Simon at 9.30pm on Sat 10 Dec at The Mills Inn
Carol Service in Macroom church on Sun 11th, Dec at 7 p.m.
Coming Home. (film) Mon 12th Dec at 8:30pm in Castle Hotel.
Special Christmas Market in Macroom Square, on Tues Dec 13th
Penitential Rite in Macroom Church, Tues 13th at 7.30 p.m.
St. Lachteen's N.S. Donoughmore, Christmas Pageant in the church Wed 14th Dec at 7.30pm.
Crookstown Céilí club Sat 17th Dec and 1st Jan.
Penitential Service in Cill na Martra Church Mon 19th Dec. 8.00 pm.
Inchigeela: Progressive 45 Drive, Tues 27th Dec 3pm
Macroom Ploughing Match Sun, Jan 1, on the farm of Pat and Nora Casey, Curraghawaddra, Aghinagh
Pantomonium in Macroom. Jan 6, 7 and 8, 2017.
KCAT exhibition, Anseo agus Ansiúd at Ionad Cultúrtha, Ballyvourney until Dec 16.

Events at the Riverside Park Hotel
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

. Lee Valley Enterprise Board Updates.

The Christmas Lights were turned on Friday 2nd of December and unlike 2015, when high winds and rain created problems, the 2016 'switching on' was a different story. It was seasonably chill but this didn't stop all the children, mams and dads coming in to Macroom to "kick off" the Christmas Festivities in town. It was spectacular and, without question, the biggest attendance yet. Crowds jammed into the square where Frosty, the Snowman, officially switched on the wonderful light display for Macroom 2016.
All of this would not have happened without the financial support of the Macroom Municipal Council, our Electrical Contractor, Alan O'Shea, An Garda Síochána and the wonderful voluntary team who erected the lights under the stewardship of Martin Coughlan. The town owes a deep sense of gratitude to all those hard-working volunteers who make Macroom "alive" over Christmas.
The Lee Valley Enterprise Board motto is always: SHOP LOCAL – KEEP JOBS and with 2 hour free parking up to the New Year, what better place to do your Christmas Shopping than in Macroom 2016.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Town this Christmas.

Macroom Updates

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62. A warm welcome for Santa in Carrigadrohid ©Peter Scanlan

Macroom switches on Christmas Lights

The first of December presages the real beginning of the Christmas Season. Traditionally, on the first Friday of the month, Macroom's Christmas Lights are turned on. Fortuitously, this year it fell on Dec. 2nd. Even more fortunate was the benign weather. On a crisp and dry evening, a great crowd attended. The Square was lined with 24 stalls peopled mostly by local artisans. The stalls featured food, drink, arts and crafts and jewellery. The 'Timber Snowman' and the weaved baskets were particularly popular. People came from Town and Country, and I met one family who had travelled from Bantry for the occasion. Jimmy Hynes and the Dynamics played and their music was loud, exciting and seasonal. Children, guided by their parents, grand-parents and older siblings, wandered through the fair-like scene. Most popular with the younger folk was the carousel, as evidenced by the long queue. 'Frostie',' Minnie Mouse', 'Buzz Light Years' and others (from The Briery Gap company) meandered through the crowd, chatting, posing and high-fiving. The 'Balloon Man' – appropriately named Aaron Lewis – had a very busy night.
Pat O'Connell and Padraig O'Driscoll addressed the audience, raised the 'temperature' and strongly advocated 'Local Shopping'. Tension rose as Pat counted down and finally, the lights were switched on with great fanfare and a mighty roar.
The Lee Valley Enterprise Board organized the event and is highly commended for providing the lights and the spectacle. Pat O'Connell thanked Martin Coughlan, his team and all the volunteers who worked so hard to make it all possible. It was wonderful to see such a big crowd enjoying themselves so much and it was a great start to Christmas.
Happy Christmas! By Con Kelleher

Christmas Outlook

The last magazine of the year will be available from December 21/22. 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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At turning on of Christmas Lights 2016 in Masseytown. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Christmas in Macroom

The first of the Lee Valley Enterprise Board free Christmas draws was held at the Christmas Market and turning on of the lights in Macroom on December 2. Ten customers in the businesses of members of the LVEB each won €50 vouchers. They were Siobhan O'Dowd - Garda Station; Martha O'Donnell - Castle Court; Leah Bradley – Clondrohid; Jim Coughlan – Toames; Mary O'Leary – Millstreet; Donie Kelleher – Gurteenroe; Mary O'Keeffe – Mallow; Katie O'Mahony – Masseytown; Mary Kelleher Carey; Z Davis - The Hermitage.
The second draw will be held at T.M. Cronin's, Main Street, on Saturday, December 17 with ten more €50 Vouchers on offer. So do shop at Lee Valley Enterprise Board members' businesses and fill in the free tickets for the draw.
A Special Christmas Market will be held in Macroom Square, on Tuesday, December 13th.

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Author, Ed Sweeney, at Mary Anne's., Masseytown. ©Con Kelleher.

New Macroom Book

'The Blackberry Dilemma et Other Tales' by Ed Sweeney, Kilnagurteen, Macroom, was launched recently. Ed (Ned) Sweeney has lived in Macroom since he married Sheila O'Brien (Mary Anne's Bar) in 1957 and they have two sons and three daughters. He lived his early years in a 'German' village at Ardnacrusha, East Clare, in an E.S.B 'colony'. The residents were a very diverse group, a very unusual situation in the inward-looking, rural Ireland of the 1940s. Some of his stories recall those times.
Ed was an employee of the E.S.B. and worked at Inniscarra dam. He retired in 1997 and has been very busy since. He wrote the stories in the past three years. The book features an eclectic group of characters and themes, ranging from 'notables' in 33 A.D. - think Calvary - to Hitler and Stalin, science fiction heroes and the effect of cinema on an innocent rural Ireland of the '40s and '50s. An accomplished painter, the cover illustration, 'Home for Tea', was painted by him.
This is Ed's first book – a remarkable achievement for an 82-year-old. It contains 23 stories and 1 poem. 'The Blackberry Dilemma' is well written, quirky and entertaining. Especially good were the title story as well as 'Mystery of the Bull-nosed Bedford', 'A Divine House Call' and the poem, 'Dancing at Dun-Easa'. All the pieces are captivating, and I highly recommend the book.
An avid reader all his life, Ed asserts that 'to slip between the pages of a book and to close the covers after you is one of the great therapies'. 'The Blackberry Dilemma et other tales' is available in McCarthy's Newsagents, Main St. and FitzGerald's Bookshop, FitzGerald St. Con Kelleher

Successful Boxer

Noel Murphy from Masseytown, Macroom, will have an Irish homecoming early next year. The Cork fighter is based in Woodlawn, New York, but will make the trip back across the Atlantic to appear on the second show run by Red Corner Promotions, believed to be taking place in February 2017. The Lou Di Bella-promoted fighter recently moved to seven unbeaten with a career-best win over Mohamed Allam at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut. The 22 year old is the first fighter to be confirmed for the next Red Corner show.

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St. Mary's present 'West Cork Story' in Clondrohid Hall. ©Con Kelleher.

St Mary's Updates

Science Week. St Mary's scheduled a series of activities to coincide with national science week. No stone was left unturned for the first year science scavenger hunt. A science extravaganza was held and students got the opportunity to take part in various lab experiments such as non-Newtonian fluids, fireworks and the iodine snake. It was hair raising at the van Der graff generator as students experimented with static electricity. The week concluded with a build a bridge competition where students applied their engineering skills to compete for prizes for the best bridges. The science department has great hopes for all the young budding scientists.
Physics in Trinity. Jennifer Kehoe and Caitriona O'Leary, Transition year students at St Mary's, attended the TYPE (Transition Year Physics Experience) Programme at Trinity College. The girls toured the Crown Research Building and Dunsink Observatory; completed research projects on Radar and Sonar and Einstein's theory of relativity and attended many lectures on topics such as Nanophysics and Astronomy. They really enjoyed the programme which broadened their knowledge of Physics and also gave them an insight into what studying physics in Trinity College entails.
Wright Medical. Recently, the 5th & 6th year Link Modules classes visited the manufacturing company, Wright Medical, conveniently located at Hartnett's Cross. The visit enabled the students to complete a plan, one of their core portfolio items. The students gained valuable information from a highly informative presentation given by the Head of Production, Mark Doyle, followed by a detailed tour of the company. We would like to thank Mr. Doyle and Wright Medical for accommodating this visit.
Sport. Football and Camogie training continues. Under 16 Basketball Match – The Cork Region semi-final was played against Youghal. It was a tough game and although the girls played very well, they unfortunately lost by eight points.
"West Cork Story". The Transition Year Show, "West Cork Story", was a huge success with every girl in the year group working as a team and contributing to two very entertaining nights for the packed audience. We wish to thank most sincerely Mrs. Catherine Long for her talent in script writing and her hard work, dedication and attention to detail in producing the show with the girls. Sincere thanks also go to Ms. Donovan, their Music teacher, for preparing the girls for the musical. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Clondrohid Community Hall committee for providing us with such a fine facility in which to stage our Show.
Christmas Events. We will be celebrating Mass in St. Colman's Church on 8th December, followed by our annual school Christmas Dinner, prepared by Trish Long, our Canteen Manageress. A Carol Service in conjunction with the Primary School will be held in the Church on Friday, 9th December at 11.30am. All are welcome.
St. Vincent de Paul. Our annual St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive took place recently and we, as a school community, turned our attention to helping people in need in our locality. The Religion department would like to thank our 5th year students for organising this year's hugely successful event. A big thank you to all staff members, students and their families for donating food items to this worthy cause. Your support as always is greatly appreciated.
Transition Year Talks. Kevin Lafferty, Community Drugs Worker in Macroom, gave the last of three presentations to the girls on the dangers of Alcohol and Illegal Drug Use. Majella Phelan, counsellor and psychotherapist, visited the school to give a Student Wellbeing seminar. This focused on the importance of having balance in one's life in order to maintain a state of mental health and wellbeing. Rose Hennessy from Friends of Londiani, a charity based in Midleton who do many constructive projects with a community in Kenya, came to give a Development Education talk on the lives of the Kenyan community, with a particular focus on the environmental impact on their lives.
Information Evening for Parents. Parents of Fifth & Sixth year students attended an information evening in the school. Topics covered were the New Common Points System, The CAO Application Process, Grants, Scholarships, Accommodation at Third Level, College Life & Challenges & The Leaving Cert Year.
Dublin Trip. Second Year students travelled to Dublin to the Mercy International Centre in Baggot St., where they had a very enjoyable and informative visit. They were told about the great works of mercy that Catherine McAuley and her colleagues did, both in Ireland and worldwide, and they were treated to a cup of tea afterwards. They also visited Dáil Éireann, where they watched proceedings in the Dáil chamber from the gallery, followed by a tour of Leinster House. They also got the opportunity to chat to Aindrias Moynihan, local Fianna Fail TD.
Nations Summit 5th year Business class attended the inaugural Model Global Start-up Nations Summit in UCC., with their teacher, Ms. O'Donoghue. The aim of the summit is to educate the decision makers of the future and help develop interest and skills in addressing high level local and international issues jointly and to create an awareness and understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced across the nations in starting and growing a business. This event gave our students an opportunity to give their recommendations on how the country can support Youth Enterprise and they found it extremely enjoyable and inspiring. Their information will be passed on to the Department of Education and The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

McEgan College Updates

Apprentice Chef. McEgan College will again participate in The Apprentice Chef cookery competition, now in its sixth year and going from strength to strength, with over fifty schools from Munster entered in the six-month long competition. McEgan TY students travelled to IT Tralee recently to attend a culinary mentoring workshop and were given a tour of the Hotel and Catering Dept., followed by a nutrition workshop and cookery demonstration by Chefs, Mark Doe and Louise Brosnan. This created a lot of ideas for students who will now develop their own dishes, which must feature local, seasonal produce. In early January the school will host its own Cook Off to select two finalists to represent McEgan College at the Regional Finals.
Art. Students from Mc Egan College recently attended Crawford Art Gallery. They had a guided tour which was both interesting and enjoyable. The students studied both classical and contemporary art works.
Christmas Market Stall. McEgan College Transition Year Enterprise Class will have a stall at this year's Macroom Farmers' Christmas Market on Tuesday 13th December in the square. The students will be selling and showcasing their goods and services, ranging from Phone Holders, Festive Treats, Christmas Stocking Fillers, Key Rings, Decorations, Handmade Fairy Doors and much more.... Students will have samples of the new school half zips and will be taking orders. Come visit us and support our students -the young entrepreneurs of the future!
Michael Sweetman Educational Trust Competition. This year, the LCA Social Education Class will be representing McEgan College in the Michael Sweetman Educational Trust Competition. Each year, the Trust, with the generous assistance of Education and Training Boards and the support of the European Parliament, assisted by European Movement Ireland and the ETBI, awards a trip to Euroscola in Strasbourg, France to 24 Leaving Certificate Applied students attending an ETB School, College or Centre. The 2016-2017 trip will take place 24-27 January 2017.
McEgan College is proud of its students who are entering this prestigious competition. They will highlight their knowledge of the European Union and, in particular, Youth Employment. The students will showcase their work, ranging from Ethnic Minorities: Being A Traveller, LGBT in Schools, Female Genital Mutilation, Who Cares for the Carer? and Donald Trump Igniting Racism. We wish our students all the best on Thursday 8th December when they will be assessed.

Recent Entertainment in the Lee Valley

The Lee Valley hosted a great variety of events in recent weeks and in different venues, as the prospect of a speedy reopening of the Briery Gap Theatre fades into the dim and distant future.
Two and a Half Tenors charmed a select audience at the Riverside Park Hotel in late November. St. Mary's Transition Year group's production of 'West Cork Story' was highly successful in its out-of-town venue, Clondrohid Community Hall. December 2 saw contrasting events playing out in Macroom. Pat Shortt attracted his loyal supporters to a comedy show in the Riverside Park and Fr. Liam Lawton and friends delighted the huge audience and got them into the Christmas spirit at a Parents' Association fundraiser for Kilbarry N.S. in St. Colman's Church. Macroom Choir, with musical director, Mary McSweeney and well loved, local singers, Stephanie Shine and Kelly Ann Healy, opened the concert and they were followed by Fr Lawton, accompanied by his band. The band's drummer, Nigel Connell (a contestant on The Voice of Ireland), sang a beautiful solo.
Rebecca Storm and supporting group returned to the Riverside Park for a fourth consecutive year and charmed a great crowd, many of them overnight visitors to the town, on December 3. Her rendering of the Edith Piaf classic, Non, je ne regrette rien, was particularly memorable.
'Circus Pantomonium', a Briery Gap production, will run in the Riverside Park on January 6, 7 and 8 and will surely challenge the producers' imagination and ability to 'make do'.
Council reports and discussions regarding the reopening of the fire-damaged – not gutted - premises at South Square as a library and theatre are most depressing. It is hoped that early in the New Year, a meeting of concerned citizens with the powers that be might be organised, with a view to getting some answers and definite plans for the urgent reopening of a most important cultural, social and educational, public facility.

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Nonie and Donie, (Pádraig O'Driscoll and Kevin Moynihan) return to Pantoland for Pantomonium in the Riverside Park, Macroom on January 6, 7 and 8. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Circus Pantomonium

A New Year feast of music, comedy and magic is in store at Briery Gap's exciting Christmas Pantomonium. Featuring a chorus of over 70 local children as well as the traditional soloists and adult chorus, we are delighted to announce the return of Panto legends Nonie & Donie, a comedic duo without compare. This event is a real Community effort as a cast, chorus, crew and production team of over 100 local people are taking part!
Brighten up your Women's Christmas and New Year with a Circus full of laughter, song and cheer which is suitable for all ages! Performance dates at Riverside Park Hotel are as follows: January 6th at 7:30pm; January 7th at 2:30pm; January 8th at 2:30pm. Tickets €12/8 are available online at www.brierygap.ie or by calling our Box Office on 026 41917!

Movie at the Castle Hotel

Coming Home. Mon 12th December at 8:30pm. Coming Home is a landmark documentary charting the journeys of five Irish emigrants spread across four continents as they pursue a common dream of returning to live out their remaining days in Ireland. A film by Cathal Kenna, Coming Home explores each emigrant's personal odyssey, tracing their initial departure from Ireland stretching right back to the years of mass emigration from Ireland in the 50's through to the more recent wave of departures sparked by the global financial crisis in 2008. Reflecting on such key events as parting from loved ones in Ireland, the thrill of arriving in new unexplored worlds, coping with homesickness and the challenge of being separated from family and the familiar Coming Home captures joys and sorrows in the life of an Irish emigrant. The film is also a love letter to a romantic vision of Ireland, its friendly people, rugged landscapes and world renowned charm.
Admission €5 - This film completes Briery Gap's cinema programme for 2016, many thanks to everyone who supported our screenings during the year!

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Rebecca Storm and backing singers meet Patrick Bergin; Catherine Cronin, Riverside Park Hotel and Anne Dunne, Manager Briery Gap in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Entertainment at Riverside Park

Louise & Norman Morrissey in Concert – 30th December at 8;00pm. Tickets €20. Louise and her brother, Norman, started out with the Morrisseys folk group in the 70s. They return to Macroom after a powerful sell out performance last year and will share with their audience many memories, stories and songs at a special concert at Riverside Park Hotel - the perfect pick me up after the busy festive period.
Circus Pantomonium January 6th at 7:30pm. January 7th at 2:30pm. January 8th at 2:30pm. Tickets €12/10 on sale now!
Lisa McHugh 5th March 2017 at 8:00pm – Tickets €18
Tickets for all shows available from 026 41917 or online at www.brierygap.ie. If you have specific seating requirements, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

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. Dec. 8. . 9.30p.m. Music by Laharn Céilí Band
Sun. Dec 11. : 5.30 p.m. First Holy Communion Mass from Canovee 2016. 6.30p.m. Repeats. Turning on of the Lights in Macroom and celebration of Christmas Past.
Wed. Dec. 14 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. Cinderella at the Briery Gap, 2007.
Thurs. Dec. 15. 9.30p.m. 2010 Vintage Day in Knocknagree
Sun. 18: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: First Holy Communion Mass for St. Joseph's, Macroom 2016.. 6.30p.m. Repeats. .
Wed. Dec. 21. 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. Carols from Macroom 2005.
Thurs. Dec. 22. Christmas Memories from Millstreet Country Park.


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Christmas Outlook The last magazine of the year will be available from December 21/22. 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

Gramophone Morning will be held in the Fr. Ryan Hall on Friday, December 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.

Carriganima N.S. Parents Association is holding a Christmas Market on Saturday 10th December, 5pm to 7.30pm in the school. All are welcome.

Kilmurry Christmas Lights: Official turning on by Nancy Crowley on Sat 10th Dec from 6p.m. . Children's disco, Carol singing, refreshments. Everyone welcome.

Donoughmore News. St. Lachteen's N.S. Christmas Pageant is in the church on Wednesday 14th December at 7.30pm. All welcome. Tickets for our super Christmas Hamper Raffle can be bought at Jamesie's Shop, Stuake and at the school. We have 10 hampers to give away.
Bingo Continues every Saturday night in the community hall at 8pm. Jackpot is over €900. Refreshments served.

Crookstown ceili club. Céilí on Saturday 17th December. Music by Mountain Road. Commencing at 9.30m p.m. All welcome. Céilí 1st January2017. Music by TimJoe and Anne

Inchigeela: Progressive 45 Drive, Tuesday 27th of December. €3,000. Admission: €20. Start 3pm

Macroom Ploughing Match , weather permitting, is scheduled for Sunday, January 1, New Year's Day, on the farm of Pat and Nora Casey, Curraghawaddra, Aghinagh, home of the Irish Alpacas. Prizegiving and entertainment will follow in Coolcower House, with music by Autumn Gold.

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 at 8:00pm – Tickets €25/22 from www.corkoperahouse.ie or by calling 021 4270022.

Inchigeelagh Book. Connie Cronin, photographer, recently launched a book, "1916 -2016 Inchigeela Remembers", a photographic record of the 1916 Centenary Commemoration and official opening of 1916 Garden of Remembrance, selling at €20. Contact Connie 0852245533 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lee Valley Speakers was established in 2015 and meets at the Castle Hotel every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from September through to June. email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Telephone: 087 621 4532. Website: www.leevalleyspeakers.com. Contact: Moira O'Brien

Aghinagh Website. Thank you to everyone who attended the launch of our new website www.aghinaghgaa.com and our 2016 /2017 lotto; to Marian and the staff of The Laine Bar for helping to make the night such a success; Cork footballers, Briege, Marie, Mairead, Sinead and Ciara; the Lord Mayor of Ballinagree, John O'Sullivan, who picked the winner of our special draw for fully paid up annual ticket holders and presented €500 to winner, Pat O'Leary; Ellen and No.57 for baking the beautiful cake and to all who help out with our lotto every week.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto 20/11/2016: Jackpot €3,850. Numbers drawn 29, 36, 37.. No winner. €50 Brendan Twomey Rylane, €20 each: Pat O'Sullivan Glashagarrive, Noel Lynch Coolgarriff, Martin Hubbard Inchealea, Tadhy Noonan C/O Anvil Bar..
27/11/2016: Jackpot €4,000. Numbers drawn 5, 28, 35. No winner. €50 Aisling Healy Carrigathow, €20 each: Daithi Healy C/O Martin Healy, Declan Ambrose Caherbaroule, Geraldine Kelleher C/O Anthony Kelleher, Tim O'Leary Dromduve.

Canovee GAA Lotto 27/11/16; Numbers drawn: 10,13,24,29; No Jackpot winner. Hamper Liam & Nora Lyons Canovee. €50 R T Falvey, Aherla; €25 each: Niamh & Cathal O'Carroll, Canovee; Declan Kelleher, Cloughduv. €25 on line Jason
4/12/16; Jackpot €9350. Numbers drawn: 12,13,14,30; No winner. Hamper Johnny O'Brien, Canovee. €50 Joe Carter Loughleigh. €25 each: Michael Murphy Coolnasoon . Robert Cullihane Carrigadrohid. €25 on line Ronan Conlon Aherla

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: 23/11/16. Jackpot €1.600. No Winner. €70 Oliver Buckley, Clonfadda €20 each Gobnait Goggin, Moulnahorna, Teresa Cullinane, Coachford. John Casey, Rusheen. Paddy Buckley, Clonfadda.
30/11/16 Jackpot €1,800. No winner. €70 Margaret O'Brien, Coolehane. €20 each: The Secret Seven, c/o Catherine Murphy. Margaret Kelly, Barrett's Place. Brendan Lehane, Dunmanway. Daniel O'Callaghan, c/o Kathy O'Callaghan

Kilmurry GAA lotto. 21/11/16 Jackpot €11,200 Numbers drawn: 15,25,34. €100 Linda Pierse €50 Donncha, €50 Dessie& Orla. €20 each Jim O'Mahony Mossgrove, Helen O Sullivan and Aisling Crowley.
28/11/16 Jackpot €11,400. Numbers drawn: 4,18,36. No winner. €100 James White €50 each Deirdre O Leary, Barry O Connor, Pat & Mary O Connor €20 each: Roy & Sia, Sean McSweeney Lee Valley

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 22/11/2016. Jackpot €13,800. Winning Numbers 16-31-32. No Winner. €70 Con O'Sullivan, Carriganima, Macroom €20 each: Mgt Creed, Coolyhane. Steven O'Riordan, Raleigh South, N. Dromey, Dromcarra, Kilmichael. Dan O'Regan, c/o Shelia Buttimer. .
29/11/2016- Jackpot €14,000. Winning Numbers 1-12-24. No Winner - €70 Tanya Horgan, Slievereagh, Ballyvourney. €20 each Liam Walsh, Sally Gardens. Humphrey Lynch, Masseytown. Con O'Sullivan, Carriganima. Eileen O'Connor, Town Hall. Mary Ann Hickey, Clondrohid.

Macroom FC. Lotto. 28/11/16. Jackpot €7,000 Numbers drawn 24, 33, 34. No Winner €80 Gabrielle O' Leary c/o Catherine €20 each Johnny O' Driscoll c /o Lars. Tom Hayes c/o TPs. Owen O' Sullivan c/o June's. Barthy Relihan c/o Lars
05/12/16, Jackpot €7,200Numbers drawn 3, 16 ,31. No Winner €80 Jim O' Sullivan c/o TPs €20 each David McSweeney c/o Murray's. Lily McDonagh c/o Swanky. Norelene Healy c/o Darren. Eileen Manning c/o Corner Store

Coachford AFC Lotto 28/11/2016. Jackpot: €3,400. Numbers Drawn: 12 – 14 – 16. No Winner: €40 Dan O'Mahony, €20 Derry Buckley, Nick Martin, Dan O'Connell, J. McElroy.
5/12/2016. Jackpot:€3,600. Numbers Drawn: 5 – 25 – 32. No Winner: €40 Lisa Murphy, €20 Noreen Walsh, Josephine Moynihan (Yearly Ticket), Paddy & Tracy, P. O'Callaghan.

Lee Valley Updates

Christmas Outlook

The last magazine of the year will be available from December 21/22. 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

Clondrohid Updates

Christmas: The blessing of the Crib and Christmas tree will take place after the 7.30 pm Mass in Clondrohid on Saturday, December 10. It is a special Mass for all those receiving Confirmation in 2017. So let's make it a special occasion with everyone welcome.

St. Vincent de Paul 2016 Collection will be taken up outside the churches at all the Masses in Clondrohid on Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11. Your support is much appreciated. Please give as generously as you can.

Duhallow Business Awards: The expanded I R D Dishallow region includes North West Cork, South East Kerry and Mid Cork. These awards commenced in 2013, and have expanded each year since. A large crowd attended in a specially erected marquee in Newmarket. There were seven categories in all, with 3 nominees selected for each of these. Clondrohid's Clann Aire was selected in the Best Community Enterprise section, along with Duhallow Community Laundry and Smile Resource Exchange in Macroom. Clann Aire claimed 1st prize and Gobnait gracefully accepted the award on behalf of all her staff. Great excitement, great achievement. Well done.

Christmas Market: Will be held in Carriganima NS on Saturday Dec 10 from 5pm to 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.

C.A.R.T. Thanks to all who supported the C.A.R.T. coffee morning and everyone who contributed in their own way, those who gave spot prizes, baked, served teas , coffees and cleaned up , helped with the raffle and prizes . On Sunday December 11, the C. A. R. T. bus will depart for Tralee from Clondrohid 9:45, Carriganima 10:00 via Millstreet. Some spaces still available. C contact (086)87936614 .

Tractor Run. Thanks to Millstreet vintage club for their Tractor Run and to Rings garage for the participating plaques.
Peter Lane and Danny Golden play at the Christmas dance in the East Avenue, Killarney on December 16 at 10pm.

Shane Murphy Memorial Cup Poc Fada: 51 teams took part in this now well established event. Great weather, great excitement greeted celebrity guest Sean Og Halpin. Congrats to all who helped to make this event a great success. The winning score of 19 shots was secured by Nelius Murphy and Brian Corcoran. All competitors were presented with their prizes in the Community Hall where volunteers worked hard to feed everyone.

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Dr John O'Mahony, Bridget Goulding, author; Siobhan Murphy, Anthony O'Sullivan and Michael Goulding at the launch of ' Kilmurry Fields' in the Museum ©Peter Scanlan

Coachford Updates

Rooves Bridge Repairs. Cork County Council has advised that Rooves Bridge and the R619, from its junction with the R618 at Coachford to its junction with the L-2202-0 at Rooves More will close from Monday 12th December to Friday 23rd December 2016 and from Tuesday 3rd January to Friday 13th January 2017 from 8pm to 8am each day. Alternative Route: From Coachford to Rooves More via R618 through Carrigadrohid and west to New Bridge. After bridge turn left onto N22 and travel south to Tooms East. Continue along N22 east to Ballytrasna. At junction turn left onto L-2201-0 and continue north east to Larchill Cross Roads. At Larchill Cross Roads continue straight ahead to join L-2201-30. At the next cross roads continue straight ahead to join L-2201-43. Continue along L-2201-43 to the junction with R619 at Rathonoane. At junction turn left onto R619 and continue east to Rooves More. This alternative route is also applicable in the reverse when travelling from Rooves More to Coachford.
Maighread Ní Mhurchú Buachalla, Chairperson of the ACR Community Council has welcomed the decision by the ESB and Cork County Council to begin work on a major repair of Rooves Bridge, the main artery coming into and out of the village, which has been an eyesore for some time now. While the repairs will cause some disruption, the Bridge and the R619 will be open to traffic during the day. By night, local pubs have a lot on offer over the Christmas period and it will be well worth while to use an alternative route to access them – but do drive carefully.

Christmas Lights. Christmas has arrived and the now annual tradition of lighting up the Christmas tree will take place at the weekend. Everyone is welcome to come along for some traditional Christmas Carols, Mulled Wine and lots of festive cheer.

Hair Donation. 9-year-old Chloe Murphy from Aghabullogue has decided to donate some of her beautiful hair and raise some money for the Rapunzel Foundation. Chloe will be putting the job of cutting 14 inches off her hair in the very capable hands of the staff in Coachford Hair & Beauty on Saturday at 12noon. She would be delighted if people could come & support her & this great cause on the day. The Rapunzel Foundation is a charitable organization that works to improve the lives of those living with hair loss (alopecia) through fund raising as well as through hair raising.

Talented Youth. Congratulations to Coachford Foróige members, Eabha Donovan and Abbie Healy ,who won the West Cork District Foróige Talent Competition in Bandon on Friday December 2nd. The girls beat off strong competition and they will now represent West Cork along with two other West Cork acts in the national finals in Dublin in April. All at the club are very proud!

Charity Auction. Saturday, December 10, Cork Marts in Macroom is the venue for a Charity Auction in aid of Temple Street Children's Hospital ,Our Lady's Children's Hospitals and Marymount Hospice . Farmers have kindly donated five animals to be sold at this novel event. Also on offer is one ton of feed sponsored by Dairygold and Southern Mills , Diesel voucher from Ross Oil ,bags of fire wood, a four-ball from Macroom Golf Club and many other great items. An Irish draft foal by Rock Cremin Silver Diamond, (his dam has a lot of grade A showjumping progeny) will also be auctioned. A number of people have been donating other prizes and gifts including a very generous €1,000 and a special €40 'All for One' voucher from a local Coachford girl from her communion presents The wonderful Briege Corkery and some of the Cork ladies football All Ireland winning team will be on hand with the All Ireland cup to help us sell the items on the day .Everyone is welcome to this unique event and you'd never know what you could be going home with as you help this very worthy fundraising effort.

Football & Hurling Draws. The annual Cork GAA Convention takes place on Saturday night, December 10th, and it should be the usual yawn fest but it does contain the 2017 Championship draws and it will be interesting to see who the Aghabullogue Intermediate Footballers and Aghabullogue and Dripsey Hurlers are drawn against. Keep up to date on the results on the Coachford News Facebook page.

Double Champs. Congratulations to the Aghabullogue Minor footballers who captured the double double in winning the minor county league title to go along with their championship Double. It's been some year for those lads and for football in the club in general. A lot of the minor footballers were also involved in winning this year's Mid Cork Under 21 football title in what was a tough and emotional final following the tragic loss of their friend and team mate, Greg Long. The under 13 footballers also brought two trophies back to the club, winning the East Region Championship and league titles. No doubt all these cups and shields will take pride of place at the club AGM.

Rocking around the Christmas Tree. O' Riordan's Bar Coachford just announced their Christmas Live Music line up. Pat & Loretto O'Riordan's gigs are all free, with no cover charge. It all kicks off with the Sea Captains' at 10pm on Friday 23rd; the ever popular 'Kieran & Jim' at 9.30pm St. Stephen's Day; Russian Roulette' (9.30pm) Tuesday December 27th and 'Little Creatures' on Wednesday, December 28th; 'Astronomy' on Thursday December 29th and on Friday 30th, Paschal Brennan will bring Joe Dolan back to life with the best Joe Dolan tribute act in Ireland. New Year's Eve will see O'Riordan's rock to the sounds of the 80's, 90's and all the modern dance music as discs take over from live music for a few hours with the resident 'DJ' taking up the job of welcoming in 2017. The first day of the New Year sees the superb 'Hillbillies' ease their way into what we all hope will be a peaceful and happy 2017.

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Tracey Cronin & Nora Twomey of The Liz Lucey Memorial Run present a cheque for €15,870 to Sr. Siobhan Quill, Marymount Hospice. © Nóirin Uí Thuama.

Inchigeela Updates

Hair Today; Gone Tomorrow. Hirsute lads, alas, are hirsute no more after the waging of a wicked weekend of waxing in Inchigeela, with resulting smoother than smooth legs, chests and vanished beards and tashes. All in aid of Cancer research. Well done lads. It will grow again!

Calendar. The long-awaited calendar is out! Colourful pages of photos by local people of our beautiful area and produced as a fundraiser for the work of Croí na Laoi/ Tidy Towns in developing the area .Please support the work by buying a calendar for yourself or your friends or loved ones away from home.

"Run The Wran" or Wren Boys Revival. On St Stephen's Day, otherwise respectable men and women, boys and girls, will adopt the guise of "Wran Boys" and walk or run a 5km course while dressed up, playing music and acting the clown like the Wren Boys and Straw Boys of former years. Look out for the sponsor books in shops and other premises. The aim is to raise funds for developments and improvements to our area by Croí na Laoi. Please support. All welcome to join in the craic!

Sale! Sale! Sale! Beryl Hennigan and friends hold a sale of craftworks, toys and other nice goodies at Creedon's Hotel on 14th December. Proceeds to charitable causes for senior citizens.

Christmas Tree. Again this year, a beautifully decorated tree, provided by the Tidy Town volunteers of Croí na Laoi, illuminates the Square . Don't forget to admire the beautiful needle work by Beryl Hennigan in the windows just behind the tree, in Timmy Johnny's shop.

Liam Lawton. A very enjoyable night of song was hosted by the management and friends of Kilbarry N.S. when well-known singer, Fr. Liam Lawton, enchanted his audience in the Church in Macroom. Well done to all involved. We will be looking forward to a similar treat next year.

Good Neighbours. This time of year can be hard on everyone but especially on senior citizens if they live alone or in isolated areas. Check in on them occasionally. See that they are warm and that they have enough food and fuel. But of course, respect their privacy.

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Some of the attendance at the opening of Berrings Garden of Remembrance ©

Berrings Updatges

Garden of Remembrance Berrings Community Association /Berrings Tidy Towns organised the official opening of a 1916 Garden of Remembrance on November 13th. It was truly a special event for Berrings and the wider community. Thanks to all who joined with us that day.

Christmas Tree Lighting. Our annual Christmas Tree Lighting is on Saturday 10th December after 730 p m Mass in Berrings. A great family event not to be missed.

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Lissarda "Fun Run" leaving Carrigadrohid recently. Fundraiser for Carrigadrohid/ Killinardrish Tidy Towns and four other charities © Peter Scanlan

Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh

Cicdornalaíocht. Thug an curadh domhanda cicdhornálaíochta Tony Stephenson cuairt ar an gcúigiú bliain ar an 11ú lá de mhí na Samhna. Is seaimpín é Tony a bhuaigh an Comórtais Náisiúinta, Craobhchomórtais Oscailte na hÉireann sna cluichí comhraice, Craobhchomórtais na hEorpa agus Craobhchomórtais an Domhain i gcicdhornálaíocht agus i dtaecuando. Bhí sé ag caint leo faoina spórt agus a stíl mhaireachtála. Chuadar go dtí an halla áitiúil chun taispeántas a thabhairt dóibh. Tá ranganna á dhéanamh aige sa halla áitiúil gach Aoine óna 5 do dtí a 6 a chlog.

Tír Eolas. Chuaigh rang Tír Eolais ó bhliain a 5 agus bliain a 6 go Páirc Náisiúnta Chill Áirne ar an 10ú lá de Mhí na Samhna. Bhíodar ag déanamh staidéir ar phróifíl agus iompar na habhann ann. Bhí uair an chloig ar deireadh an lae ag an rang chun dul ag siopadóireacht. Bhaineadar ana thaitneamh as an lá.

Treodóireacht Chuaigh bliain a haon agus rang Muire ó bhliain a dó go Guagán Barra i mbun treodóireachta ar an 9ú lá de Mhí na Samhna. Chuadar timpeall an óstáin, an tséipéil agus an oileáin ag lorg códanna chun an chomórtais a bhuachaint. Bhaineadar an-spórt as an lá.

Peil. Ar an 31ú lá de Dheireadh Fómhair bhuaigh foireann buachaillí cumann peile Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh an Craobh fé 16 in aghaidh Inse Geimhleach. Tháinig slua mór go dtí an pháirc peile i gCill Mhichíl chun tacú leis an bhfoireann. Cluiche ionatch a bhí ann ach bhuaigh foireann Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh le dhá phointe ag an ndeireadh le 2-14 i gcoinne 1-15.

Díospóireacht. Thug Áine Ní hAilíosa cuairt ar an scoil an 14ú lá de Mhí na Samhna. Bhí sí ag caint linn faoina bua, le foireann Ollscoil Chorcaí i gComórtas Díospóireachta an Oireachtais, Bhuail sí leis an bhfoireann díospóireachta sinsear agus sóisear. Phléigh sí a rún leo agus thug sí spreagadh dóibh don chéad bhabhta eile.

Gaeilge. Ar an 15ú lá de Mhí na Shamhna dhéan daltaí an dúshlán Gaeilge 24. Chaitheadar an lá ar scoil agus sa bhaile ag labhairt Gaeilge. Fuaireadar t-léinte, greamáin agus banda láimhe nuair a bhailíodar airgid le haghaidh Conradh na Gaeilge.

EUNiCAS Tháinig cainteoir ón seirbhís tacaíochta EUNiCAS chun cainte le daltaí ó bhliain a 5 agus a 6. Mhínigh an cainteoir dóibh go gcabhraíonn an tseirbhís seo le daltaí Éireannacha chun cur isteach ar áit in Ollscoileanna ar fud na hEorpa gan costaisí nó torthaí na hArd Teiste a bheith ina mbac orthu a rogha cúrsa a bhaint amach.

Díospóireacht. Bhain foirne díospóireachta Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh agus Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, Daingean Uí Chúis, Chontae Chiarraí áit amach sa chéad bhabhta eile de Chomórtas Uí Chadhain. Bhí an dá fhoireann i gcoinne an rúin 'Tá an duais Nobel don litríocht tuillte ag Bob Dylan.' Beidh an chéad bhabhta eile, an craobh réigiúnach, ar an 13ú lá de Mhí na Nollag i Luimneach. Go n-éirí go geal leo!

Hola! Thug beirt Spáinneach cuairt ar rang Spáinnise bliain a 2 agus bliain a 5 agus bhí comhráite acu leis na ranganna as Spáinnis. Bhíodar ag caint leo faoina gcultúr agus a stíl mhaireachtála. Ba thaithí iontach a bhí ann dos na daltaí chun a gcuid Spáinnise a chleachtadh agus a fheabhsú.

Cuairteoirí Óga. Thug daltaí rang a 6 ó bhunscoileanna ó Bhéal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, Beannntraí agus Inse Gheimhleach cuairt ar Scoil Mhuire agus thug an Príomhoide, Seán Óg Ó Duinnín, ar thuras timpeall na scoile iad agus bhí deis acu brioscaí a dhéanamh i rang eacnamaíocht bhaile agus thógadar na brioscaí abhaile leo ag deireadh an lae. Bhaineadar an-taitneamh as an lá!

Comóradh an Ríordánaigh: Bhí bronnadh duaiseanna do chomórtaisí próis agus filíochta do dhaltaí meánscoile ar siúl san Ionad Cultúrtha i mBaile Bhúirne agus bhain muintir Scoil Mhuire Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 3 dhuais as ceithre cinn. Bhuaigh Muireann Ní hArgáin an chéad áit sa chomórtas filíochta agus fuair sí Kindle. Sa chomórtas próis, bhuaigh Julie Ní Coinceannáin an chéad áit agus fuair sí Kindle chomh maith agus bhuaigh Michaela Ní Chreimín an dara háit agus fuair sí dearbhán €50 le haghaidh www.litriocht.com mar duais. Comhghairdeachas leo! Le Ciarán Ó Laoire

Macra Matters

Aghinagh Macra Congratulations are extended to the Men's and Ladies 5 a side indoor soccer teams, who won the Muskerry regional round recently at Macroom complex and qualified for the National finals. Our next club meeting is on the 14th December 2016 @ the Laine Bar @ 9pm. New members always welcome.

Berrings Macra na Feirme thoroughly enjoyed the national prize winners' trip to Poland. It was a great opportunity to travel and to also celebrate the club's success from the past year. Well done to the boys' team that took part in the Muskerry regional round of indoor soccer. Although unsuccessful, they reached the final and it was a great opportunity to see some new faces wearing the Berrings jersey. Tickets are now on sale for the club's 60th anniversary Dinner Dance which will take place on January 21st 2017. The four-course meal will be served in The Blarney Hotel, followed by music by the Laughing Shamrocks. Tickets are €40. Contact Aileen for further information on 087-7698110. A great night guaranteed!

Donoughmore Macra held a very successful coffee morning recently for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA. Thanks to everybody who attended and all those who donated spot prizes. Well done to Elaine O Connell who represented us in the National Semi-final of Impromptu Public Speaking.


Some reading suggestions for Christmas.

Irish interest. Talking to Strangers by Michael Harding €17. When Ideas Matter by Michael D Higgins €22. Letters of my Life by Mary O'Rourke €17. The Twelve Apostles by Tim Pat Coogan €22.
Sport. The Battle by Paul O'Connell €22. Jack Charlton by Colin Young €20.Walking Tall by Rob Heffernan €20.What do you think of that? by Kieran Donaghty €22.
Non Fiction. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen €23. Not Dead Yet by Phil Collins €18.
 Alanatomy by Alan Carr €17. Letters of Note €20.50. My Story by Jo Malone €17.
Autobiography.Gift. Pippa by Pippa O'Connor €19. Eat Yourself Fit by Rosanna Davidson €23. Historopedia by John and Fatti Burke €22. Bolloxology by Colm O'Regan.
Available now in Fitz-Gerald's bookshop

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Catherine Costello, Macroom E and Anne Marie McMahon, AIB Macroom at business women's event in Macroom. ©Lee Valley Outlook


Can we be Happier at Work?

Fifty women attended an event entitled 'Can we be Happier at Work?' at the Castle Hotel Macroom on Thursday 24th November. The event was a collaborative attempt by Macroom E Enterprise Centre and AIB Macroom to bring the business women of Macroom together for a morning, to learn how to up their happiness levels and achieve a better work/life balance.
Guest speakers were Rena Buckley, Cork GAA All Star and local business owner and Tania Daunt, Positive Psychology, Wellbeing and Mindfulness Coach and facilitator with Action for Happiness. Rena spoke about how she juggles running her business, training and studying for a Masters with the many other aspects of her life. She covered everything from sleep to diet to exercise and inspiration for being the best you can be. Rena plays ladies football with Donoughmore and camogie with Inniscarra. She is a member of both the Cork Ladies Football and Camogie teams. She has won 10 Senior All Ireland Football medals and 6 Senior All Ireland Camogie medals. In 2015 she was awarded with a UCD Alumni award by the UCD School of Physiotherapy. She was a nominee for the RTÉ Sports Person of the Year and was the joint winner, along with teammate Briege Corkery, of the Irish Times Sportswoman of the Year.
Tania started her talk with a mindfulness exercise then gave some very practical tips and tools to increase and maintain happiness levels. Cork. Action for Happiness is a global movement of people from all walks of life taking action to create a happier society: members take action to increase wellbeing in their homes, workplaces, schools and local communities. The vision is a happier world, with fewer people suffering with mental health problems and more people feeling good, functioning well and helping others. The Cork branch runs events such as the Happiness Café at The Workshop Cork and longer happiness courses at University College Cork. See www.actionforhappiness.org for more details.
Refreshments at the event were provided courtesy of Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella, McCarthy's Natural Dairy, Organic Republic, Gas Mark Seven and Jude's Chocolates.

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Karen Walsh, author of 'Farming and the Law', with Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, and her parents, Ned and Mary Walsh, Grenagh ©Lee Valley Outlook

Farming and the Law

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., launched Karen Walsh's book, 'Farming and the Law' on December 2. Karen, who contributes legal columns to the Lee Valley Outlook, the Farm Exam and County Sound, said that agricultural documentation has become far more complicated in recent decades and that advice on when and if to contact a solicitor is a useful tool for farmers.
Minister Creed said that Karen's book provides good solid advice on matters that arise on a daily basis . She has an in-depth knowledge of the law with regard to the agricultural community. Her book is couched in layman's language, as distinct from 'legalese', and he recommended it as a useful addition to every law library and law office.
'Farming and the Law', published by Clarus Press, is available in book shops at €35.

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Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan presenting the Macroom District Garda Award to Ellen Lucey. Included, Gerry Devine, SuperValu and Superintendent Michael Fitzpatrick, Macroom. ©

Garda Youth Awards

250 guests gathered at the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen recently for the 21st West Cork Garda Youth Awards, in association with SuperValu. Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan paid tribute to the Award winners, stating that he had no doubt that these young people would be the leaders of the future. He also stressed the importance of young people volunteering in their communities, and that An Garda Síochána was delighted to be in a position to honour the Award winners. He also said that the Award winner's dedication and commitment to their communities, be that local, national, or international, was uplifting to witness.
Adam Walsh from Field's SuperValu in Skibbereen spoke on behalf of the SuperValu retailers who sponsor the Awards. He paid tribute to all the Award winners and the outstanding contribution they had made to their local communities. He also said he was proud to speak on behalf of the SuperValu Retailers who had generously sponsored this event for two decades.
Inspector Pat Meaney, Chairman of the Organising Committee lauded the achievements of the Award winners and said their success was also testament to the support and encouragement that they receive from their parents, families, teachers, and volunteers in the community.
A total of 22 Awards were presented and 128 young people in total were nominated for the Awards this year. Each of the nominees will be recognised with a Certificate of Nomination, which will be presented to them by their local Superintendent. Among the SuperValu stores which have sponsored these Youth Awards for the past 21 years are O'Leary's SuperValu Macroom, Healy's SuperValu Dunmanway, and O'Keeffe's SuperValu Millstreet.
Macroom District Award Winner was Ellen Lucey, Knockeenacutting (18 years). Ellen got work experience in the Cope Foundation in Macroom and got on so well with the residents that she continues to visit there as a volunteer. Holly Healy, Castle Court, Macroom, (18 years), received a Special Achievement Award in recognition of her kindness to a homeless man in medical difficulties. Her selfless actions and intervention may ultimately have saved his life.

Christmas Wonderland Boosts Employment in Grenagh

Christmas Wonderland at The Farm, Grenagh will bring a spike in seasonal employment in the local area. As well as lots of Santa helpers, elves, guides and carol singers, the growth in popularity of the Haystack Restaurant at The Farm also means that additional catering staff & waitresses have been taken on. "Overall, we are delighted to employ an additional 30 people locally during the festive period", says owner, Mick Forde. "That's a huge boost to a relatively small village like Grenagh".
Bookings have been coming in thick and fast both online and over the phone for the mostly indoor and wheelchair accessible Christmas Wonderland experience, which runs on various dates until December 23rd inclusive. Tractor Ted will play an integral role in events, with a Tractor Ted Christmas activity trail, face painting and music. Christmas Wonderland at The Farm Grenagh is just 15 minutes from both Mallow and Cork City. Children's tickets are €16 (including present), adults €10 and kids under 2 go free. This year also sees a festive family photograph option at €12.50 for 2 pictures. Bookings must be in advance and can be done online at www.visitthefarm.ie as well as in person at The Farm or by calling (021) 462 9816.

Munster Fire & Safety Celebrate Great Achievement

Millstreet's Munster Fire & Safety was one of the shortlisted three finalists in the recent IRD Duhallow Business Awards. A large number of nominees were whittled down to three finalists in each of seven categories. The awards, which have been running since 2012, have become established as one of the best business events in the Duhallow region and around 200 people attended this year. Munster Fire & Safety provides a full range of fire and safety products including fire extinguishers (sales and service), workwear, safety footwear, hi vis wear, rain gear, ear and eye protection and gloves. Fire alarm installations and maintenance is the latest new service being offered and roll out starts in January. Contact Claire O'Leary @ 029-71288 / 08

Sports Mad

Muskerry GAA

Muskerry GAA Board held its Annual General Meeting (formerly called 'convention') at Aras Ghobnatan in Baile Mhúirne, with the local Cumann Peile Naomh Abán as hosts in their magnificent new complex. All current officers were returned unopposed and senior Leas Uachtarán Tadgh Ó Gealbháin, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, succeeded Aibhistín Ó Cruimin, who had served his term, as Uachtarán.

Officers. The officers of Muskerry GAA for the coming year are: Uachtarán:- Tadhg Ó Gealbháin, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh; Leas-Uachtaráin:- Antóin Ó Mathúna, Baile Nóra, Aibhistín Ó Cruimín, Inis Cartha; Pádraig Ó Mathúna, Inis Cartha, Aubert Ó Tuama, Baile an Chollaigh; Proinnsios MacCarthaigh, Baile an Chollaigh. Cathaoirleach:- Pádraig Ó Maoleóin, Éire Óg. Leas-Chathaoirleach:- Liam Ó Buachalla, An Druipseach. Rúnaí:- Seán Ó Finneadha, An Druipseach. Cisteoir:- Daithí Ó Laoi, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. Oifigeach Poiblíochta:- Caoimhin O'Murchu, Baile an Chollaigh. Oifigeach Forbartha:- Seán Ó Críon, Achadh Bolg. Oifigeach na Gaeilge agus Cultúir:- Eamonn Ó Murnain, Cill Mhuire. CCC Members (to be chosen) Outgoing: Pádraig Ó Laoire, Cill Mhuire agus Áine Ui Riordáin, Cloch Dubh.

Tuarascáil an Rúnaí ó John Feeney (Secretary's Report)

The ninety first Annual Convention was held on Monday 5th of December, at 8.00pm. It was hosted by Cumann Naomh Abán, to mark the fantastic new facilities the club has opened this year. It is my pleasure to present my first report on the activities of the Association within Múscraí for the present year. As I write my first report as Rúnaí, it is hard to believe that the year has passed so quickly. The current season started on a very sad note with the sudden death of JJ Long less than a month after his retirement as chairman. His death sent shock waves around the Division and the large attendance at his funeral showed the high esteem in which he was held in all parts of the county. JJ Long became Leas-Chathaoirleach of the board in 1999, a post he held until 2010. He then served as Cathaoirleach, 2010-2015, a post he held with distinction. As we all know, during that term, JJ suffered a very serious farm accident. JJ was an inspiration to all of us and showed true grit and determination as he battled his way from rehab back to his post as Cathaoirleach in Coachford. His constant good humour and the will to get back were just some of the characteristics that made him an incredible man.

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Kitty Walsh, Auld Triangle, Macroom, presenting the Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Sports Award for October to Cian Dorgan, Ballincollig. Included are his parents, Evelyn and Tom, sister Orna and brother, Dara. © Mike English

Sport's Awards. January is usually a quiet month regarding GAA activities. However, that was not the case again this year as it was the second year that the awards for the Muskerry Junior Football and Hurling Teams of the year, were announced in Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig. These Teams were kindly sponsored by Macroom Haulage and O'Mahony Walsh. The evening was sponsored by the Oriel House Hotel, and the overall winner of the Auld Triangle Sports' Star of the year was presented to Rena Buckley. Rena was a member of both the Cork Camogie and Ladies Football teams that won the All Ireland in 2015 and this increased her total Senior All Ireland medals to sixteen. The individual award winners were chosen from Football, Hurling, Camogie and Ladies Football. Nominations for each month were brought forward by a number of media reporters, who closely monitor the games. Each monthly award winner, along with familyand friends, was invited to attend the presentation function at the Auld Triangle in Macroom.
At the start of the year there was quite an amount of concern in the division about the possibility of a number of competitions being run centrally by the county board. This started with the new Premier Under 21 Hurling competition taking 22 teams out of the divisions and was followed by the announcement of a new Premier Junior Hurling being suggested from 2017 on. This led to a meeting of clubs with the boards in a number of divisions to discuss the future of their internal competitions and the importance of retaining the local rivalry. After a large number of emails from clubs to the county board voicing their opposition to the proposal, the matter was put on the long finger. While the debate has abated for the moment, the decision of the county board to discuss competitions with the divisions prior to the county convention has re-opened the concerns once more. All we can hope for is that common sense prevails.

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Naomh Fionnbarra, U16 Mid Cork Autumn League 2016 winners, with team managers, Billy Twomey and Irwin Cummins ©

Competitions 2016. In all, the Board ran 17 Competitions in 2016, and 322 games were played in both Football and Hurling. Our Junior A Football Championship is still the number one attraction. This year, Kilmurry and Uibh Laoire reached the final, where they competed for ultimate honours in what many people feel is the natural home for football finals, Macroom. Despite dominating proceedings for most of the game it took a wonderful goal near the end to clinch victory for Kilmurry, to the delight of their huge following.
In Junior A Hurling, Ballinora regained the title they last won in 1997, nineteen long years ago. This victory was achieved due to a huge amount of effort and planning and was the culmination of many years hard work. Their narrow victory over Cloughduv in the semi final was crucial but Blarney's second team gave them a major fright in the final before a few late points gave Ballinora a narrow win.

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Clondrohid U14s with selectors prior to Rebel Óg B league final versus Aghabullogue in Rusheen ©

In U21 A Football, Ballincollig and Cill na Martra contested the final before Ballincollig came out on top in a very closely contested final. This victory restored their dominance in this competition stretching back a long number of years. Credit must also be given to Cill na Martra as they were playing in the A grade this year having won grades C and B in the last two years.
In U21 A Hurling, with Blarney and Inniscarra playing in the newly formed Premier grade, the competition threw up a new winner with Ballincollig beating Éire Óg in the final after a replay. Ballincollig went on to contest the County Final in this grade where they lost to a very strong Erins Own team.
Gate receipts and attendances were up on last year. However the finances of the board are kept in a strong position due to the support of a dozen or so loyal sponsors. The board are very thankful for their continued support and this is vital to the continued well being of the board's finances.

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Kilmurry, Mid Cork Junior B League Champions. ©

Scór is still struggling, with fewer clubs competing, which is a pity. It appears that this side of the GAA activity is now being neglected. With the introduction of new rule changes, it should be easier to get more people involved. There are plenty musicians, singers, dancers and other knowledgeable people within the various clubs. The election of two new officers at the recent AGM will hopefully bring a new impetus to proceedings. I would hope that all clubs would make the effort to get people out this year.
Muskerry Teams. We entered both hurling and football teams in County Senior Championship. After the failure of the hurlers to field in the championship last season there was a renewed effort under manager Mark Kenny to put in a good performance. Narrow losses to Killeagh and CIT were disappointing but, once again, the unavailability of some key players due to injuries picked up in club games close to the Muskerry championship matches proved crucial. Our footballers had a good win over Aghada. However, we lost to Nemo Rangers in round 2A and our championship campaign came to an end with defeat to a very strong Avondhu team in round 3.
Huge efforts were put in by both selection committees. The hurling team was looked after by the following – Mark Kenny (Grenagh) Manager, Diarmuid Kirwan (Eire Og), John Feeney (Dripsey), John Hurley (Blarney) and John Sexton (Ballincollig). In charge of the football team were Noel Twomey (Macroom), Manager, John O'Callaghan (Iveleary), John Moss (Kilmurry), Donal McSweeney (Ballinora) and Barry Corkery (Eire Og).
Football Muskerry 2-13 Aghada 0-08, Muskerry 2-09 Nemo Rangers 3-12, Muskerry 1-08 Avondhu 2-11
Hurling Muskerry 1-14 Killeagh 3-13, Muskerry 2-20 CIT 1-27
Junior A Hurling. Nine teams competed in this championship, with some good matches being played. Ballinora finally overcame Cloughduv by a single point in the semi final to set up a final against Blarney – who beat Donoughmore after a replay in the other semi final. In a very close final Ballinora won by two points after a very close match. Having won their first final in 19 years it proved difficult having to go out in the county the following weekend – especially against a Mayfield team that went on to win the county final afterwards.
Junior B Hurling. Eleven teams were entered in this Grade, with Cloughduv beating a fancied Aghabullogue in the first round before going on to beat Blarney's third team in the final. They were finally beaten in the county semi final by a strong Dromtariffe team.
County B Hurling and C Football. There was no internal competition for these clubs this year, as it was run on a County wide basis. Laochra Og lost to both Killavullen and Lough Rovers. In the newly created C football championship Gleann na Laoi beat Crosshaven in the first round before losing a tight quarter final to eventual county winners Goleen.
U21A Hurling With Blarney and Inniscarra playing in the new Premier U21 hurling competition six teams contested this competition, which is now one of our better hurling events. The commitment given by the board to allow teams two chances in the competition is proving very difficult to run, because of the tight time-frame in which the competition must be completed. Ballincollig overcame Éire Óg in the final after a replay.
U21 B Hurling Only 2 teams entered in this competition with Grenagh and Laochra Og playing in the final. Grenagh proved too good on the day but unfortunately they did not have an opportunity to play in a county competition.
Junior A Football This is our premier competition, with fourteen teams entering the draw, and with some great matches being played all around the division. This year Kilmurry and Iveleary reached the final. Kilmurry dominated the proceedings for most of the hour but it took a late goal to clinch their third title in 5 years. They went out the following weekend against Knocknagree but despite a good start they faded out of the game and lost out narrowly. Having to play 3 championship games in 11 days did not help their cause and needs to be looked at for next year.
Junior B Football. Thirteen teams were in the draw for this one, with Inniscarra and Kilmurry reaching the final, played in Blarney. Inniscarra came back from a 5 point deficit to win a very close match. They went on to beat Newmarket in the county quarter final but went down to a strong Kilbrittain team in the next round.
Junior C Football. Seven teams entered this competition, with Ballingeary and Aghinagh making it to the final, which was played in Macroom. Ballingeary were very impressive all through the campaign but Aghinagh put it up to them in a closely contested final before Ballingeary took the honours with a narrow victory.
U21 A Football. With four teams competing in this years competition last year's finalists, Inniscarra and Macroom played second fiddle to this years finalists Ballincollig and Cill na Martra who played out a very close final in Kilmichael before Ballincollig regained the title. It would be nice to see a few more teams playing in this competition and, given the standard of some of the teams in B, they would be well capable of moving up a grade.
U21 B Football. This is usually a very competitive section in our U21 competitions, where any number of teams could win. However, from the start of this year's championship it became clear that four teams were well ahead of the rest. These four teams reached the semi final before Eire Óg and Aghabullogue made it through to the final. Unfortunately Eire Óg had to line out without their 2 Cork Under 21's and Aghabullogue won the title, despite the massive tragedy that befell the club with the death of one of their team in the week before the final was due to be played.
U21 C Football. With only three teams competing in this competition, played in a round robin style competition, Ballinora and Clondrohid contested the final. Ballinora started the year off well, winning their first trophy, and in doing so gave a signal of what was to come later in the year.
Junior A Hurling Ballinora 1-15 Blarney 2-10 Diarmuid Kirwan
Junior B Hurling Cloughduv 2-16 Blarney 1-08 Brendan Barry-Murphy
U21 A Hurling Ballincollig 0-18 Eire Og 1-15
Replay: Ballincollig 1-15 Eire Og 0-14 Joe Larkin Brendan Barry Murphy
U21 B Hurling Grenagh 2-15 Laochra Og 1-09 Pete Cotter
Junior A Football Kilmurry 1-10 Iveleary 0-11 Dave Murnane
Junior B Football Inniscarra 3-04 Kilmurry 0-08 Colm Vaughan
Junior C Football Ballingeary 2-10 Aghinagh 1-07 Ger Ahern
U21A Football Ballincollig 1-12 Cill na Martra 1-10 Dave Murnane
U21B Football Aghabullogue 1-08 Éire Óg 0-10 John Ryan
U21C Football Ballinora 6-15 Clondrohid 2-04 Michael Kelleher
Junior Football
Division 1 Final Canovee 0-13 Kilmurry 1-06
Division 2 Final Kilmurry 2-09 Éire Óg 1-10
Division 3 Final Inniscarra 0-08 Canovee 0-03
Division 4 Final Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 2-15 Ballincollig 0-06
Junior Hurling
Junior A Final Cloughduv 3-12 Ballinora 3-11
Junior B Final Blarney 1-10 Aghabullogue 2-06
Muskerry Cup Football Final
Kilmurry 1-13 Iveleary 1-08

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Seán Óg Ó hAilpín with the Murphy family at the Poc Fada in Clondrohid. ©
.Laochra Óg

Poc Fada 2016. Fifty-one teams competed in the annual Shane Murphy Memorial Cup Poc Fada on a bright, crisp day and raised €1400 for contestant, Aoife Lucey and the Children's Leukaemia Fund. Sliotars went left, right, sideways and some even went straight. Special guest was All Ireland winning captain and All Star, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, who was ably assisted by Cormac and Donna. He even gave some impromptu coaching tips to the enthralled juveniles who accompanied him along the road. The winning score of nineteen shots was posted by Neilus Murphy, Shane's brother and his good friend, Brian Corcoran. They were presented with the cup in Clondrohid hall, where an army of volunteers, led by Derry Murphy, had put in a huge effort to feed everybody. Thanks to the stewards who kept everybody safe along the route; Con O Leary, who safely transported the teams to the start; the dancers who gave a delightful performance. Tony Hughes and the board of Macroom Credit Union for their continuing sponsorship of this great community event and everybody who helped out. A great community day where everybody came together to support a great cause and the cup returns home. Roll on next year. Seán Óg has already signed up.
Laochra Óg and the Murphy and Lucey families would like to thank the following individuals, organisations and businesses for the use of facilities and equipment and sponsorship of prizes: Macroom Credit Union, Clondrohid Community Hall, Carriganima Area Rural Ttransport, M&J Kelleher Oils, Macroom Tool Hire, Astra Systems., Niall Murphy Tarmac, Brian Murphy, Glenmill Restaurant, Eddie Burns Advanced Pitstop, Be You Hair Salon Clondrohid, Healy's Spar Clondrohid, Derry Murphy & family, Macroom Gardaí. Your generosity and community spirit is greatly appreciated by everyone.

50/50 Draw. Congratulations to our 50/50 winner Mary Twomey (snr) Clondrohid who won €456 and seller's prize went to Healy's Spar shop. We also had the first of our Christmas draws with 6 vouchers going to Angela Mc Carthy Bell Inn (Glenview Motors voucher), Catriona O Donoghue Cúil Aodha Healy's Spar voucher), Lauren, Darcy, Ross & Robyn O Brien Clondrohid ( M&J Kelleher voucher), Tom & Gillian Lucey Clondrohid ( Deasy 's Pharmacy voucher), M. Kelleher Coolavookig ( Matt Murphy 's Pharmacy voucher), Realtin Walsh Dromree ( O Luasa's Ballymakeera) . Next draw Sunday 18th Dec with a further 8 prizes to be won. Tickets available from local outlets.

Cheque Presentation. Proceeds of the Poc Fada amounted to €1,400 and the cheque was presented to Aoife Lucey in Clondrohid Community Hall on Sunday 4th December.

Defibrillator. We would like to thank Gerard Kelleher of M & J Kelleher Clondrohid, Ann O'Leary representing Bank of Ireland Macroom and Anthony Hennigan, representing Mid Cork Electrical who kindly donated towards the cost of the club defibrillator. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Camp 4 Champs. Day one was on Tuesday 16th August. 105 boys and girls took part in the pitch in Teerbeg. The weather was good, lots of skills practiced and celebrities included Luke O'Farrell, William Leahy, Seán Powter, Seán Wilson and Caroline Sugrue. Carthach Keane, camp organiser, organised some new goalposts for the U10 players. Day two started off wet but it didn't stop the fun, with Eoin Cadogan, Brid Stack, Caroline Sugrue, Gerard Dinan, Martin Barry and Kevin Crowley teaching some new skills and brushing up on some old ones. The last day of camp was dry and mild, sun shining, sliotars scattered, smiles all around. Kevin Crowley, Seán Powter, Niamh O'Keeffe, Seán Wilson, Caroline Sugrue and Ríona Buckley visited. Our assistant coaches for the week were Mary Kelleher, Josie O'Callaghan, Daniel McSweeney, Daniel Murphy, Brian Lynch, Emily Murphy, Maeve Murphy, Lauren Healy, Suzann O'Brien, Lorraine Nash, John Nash, Ian Keoghan, Derry Murphy and Liam Slattery. Thanks to Bríd Stack for bringing along the All Ireland and Munster trophies and to the Murphy family for bringing the Shane Murphy Memorial Cup, kindly sponsored by Macroom Credit Union. Our thanks to Clondrohid Tavern and Astra Systems for providing some equipment for the camp. We hope that all the children who attended had a good time and made new friends along the way. A big thank you to parents and guardians for supporting the camp and Laochra Óg. Finally, thanks to the catering staff and volunteers who gave up their own time for the good of others. Laochra Óg, like so many other clubs and organisations in the local communities, is a voluntary club from top to bottom. We invest everything back into the up keep of the club and depend heavily on the good will of the people and businesses nearby. Thanks to Michael McCarthy Glenview Motors and Glenmill Restaurant Macroom for paying us a visit on the last day of camp and for his and Nora's continuing support and the use of Teerbeg.

Camogie Blitz on September 2nd. Laochra Óg Camogie team played in Tralee and emerged as Shield winners, beating Bishopstown in the final after playing 3 league matches, semi-final and final along the way. Teams from Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork took part. We are a brand-new camogie team, covering Macroom and the parishes in Cork West and Muskerry. The girls, many of whom were new to camogie, were brilliant and gave every match their all. It was a great team performance from 1 to 17 with another 7 who unfortunately couldn't make this special day. Thanks to Tralee Parnells for holding the Blitz - great hospitality and the fantastic facilities at John Mitchels GAA grounds. Thanks to our generous team sponsors, Macroom Tidy Towns and Colm O Sullivan. Finally a big thank you to parents who send their children to play with us and support what we are doing. Team Captain on the day was Aine Sheehan and she was presented with the shield by Tralee Parnells Hurling Club President, Eileen Cotter.

Sponsors. Laochra Óg Hurling and Camogie Club would like to thank all our generous sponsors in supporting our club. In Hurling Deasy's Pharmacy, Folláin Teo., Macroom Optitions, Astra Systems and Murphy's Tarmac. In Camogie Mulcahy's Insurance Macroom, Macroom Tidy Towns and Matt Murphy's Pharmacy Macroom. For the use of Facilities Macroom Town Park and their Committee Members, Michael and Nora McCarthy Glenview and Glenmill Restaurant for the use of Teerbeg and Coláiste Gobnatan Baile Mhúirne for the use of the college field.

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Macroom B starting line-up in the President's Cup Semi Final v Bweeng Celtic. ©Darragh Deasy

Macroom FC Notes

President's Cup Semi Final.
Bweeng Celtic 1-1 Macroom B (Macroom B won 5-3 on pens aet).
Macroom B have qualified for the President's Cup Final following a penalty shoot out win away to Bweeng Celtic on Sun Nov 27th. On a cold frosty morning, the large attendance created a great atmosphere in a game which finished 1-1 after extra time. The visitors were overjoyed to come through the shoot-out 5-3 and will take on Temple Utd in the final, which will be played in the Spring of 2017.
Macroom started nervously and the home side took the lead on fifteen minutes when a shot from an acute angle found its way to the net. The response was excellent with Ryan Creed driving forward from midfield and Jason O' Donovan doing well on the left wing. There were efforts on goal from Sean Quinn and Danny Kelleher along with a succession of corners as the pressure built. On forty minutes a move down the left wing involving Darragh Deasy and O' Donovan ended at the feet of Barry Kelleher. Kelleher evaded three defenders before smashing a shot beyond the keeper to level matters. O' Donovan then struck a free kick off the crossbar as Macroom ended the half in the ascendancy. The second period was a scrappy affair with so much at stake. Macrooms' best chance was a Ryan Creed shot that came back off the bar. Bweeng had a glimpse of goal when a long delivery almost caught the visiting defence off guard, but Andy Boyle saved well after good pressure from Mark O' Callaghan, with Shane Keane clearing the danger.
The twenty minutes of extra time were largely uneventful with two tired teams intent on not conceding, so the dreaded penalties were required. Macroom led 4-3 after Deasy, Pat Kelleher, Danny Kelleher and O' Callaghan scored. Boyle then made an outstanding save to leave the visitors one kick from the final. Jason O' Donovan stepped up to blast home, sparking wild celebrations from Macroom players and supporters. This was a great performance from the whole squad with Willie O' Riordan, Darren Cullinane, Mark O' Callaghan and Jack O' Donovan doing especially well.
There was also a great turnout of supporters from Macroom which was fantastic to see, despite the treacherous road conditions and players and management would like to thank all who attended.
Macroom B Squad: Andrew Boyle, Darren Cullinane, Shane Keane, Cathal O' Riordan, Darragh Deasy, Mark O' Callaghan, Brian McMahon, Ryan Creed, William O' Riordan, Danny Kelleher, Pat Kelleher, Jack O' Donovan, Sean Quinn, Jason O' Donovan, Barry Kelleher (captain), Matt O' Leary, Aaron O' Callaghan, Chris Brown, Gordon O' Sullivan, Brian McMahon, Jack Kelleher, Shane Creedon.
U14 Schoolgirls, Macroom 10-3 Springfield
Macroom had a big when over visitors, Springfield, at Murrayfield. The good start to the season continues as the team is keeping pace with league leaders, Fermoy. Well done to all the girls and to Mick Goold and coaches for preparing this team so well. Also, thanks to all parents for their continued support and to team sponsor, Matt Murphy Pharmacy.

Ballincollig Basketball

Boys. Our Under 13 boys team did very well on the journey to Oughterard. They reached the semi-final where they lost narrowly to Demons. We had 11 players and all played in the 4 games. The Under 16 Blue team played against Limerick Lions and were down by 7 early on but led by 8 points at the half way mark. Unfortunately tiredness and foul trouble caught us towards the end and we lost by 65 to 63. Great performances from Colm Blount, Sean Flynn and Luke O' Sullivan. The Under 14 Boys had a league game away to Fr. Matthews and was decided with the last play. The final score was 52 to 50 in favour of Ballincollig. Great performances from Fabian Schmitz, Dylan Quinn and Emmett O' Shea.
Ladies. Our Under 9 girls, in a recent tournament, first played Glanmire and enjoyed some unbelievable passing and a really tough defence from Kathy, Daria and Clare. The second game was against Donoughmore and the girls played some fabulous basketball at both ends with Laura, Hannah Rose and Emma helping their team. The final game was much harder against Carraig na bhFear but Kellie and Millie were the stand out players. Thanks to all the team members for the effort they put in and Nicola and Caitlin who coached on the day.
Training in the Sportlann in Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig. (Boys) U9/10 Friday's 5pm - 6pm. U11 Wednesday 5pm - 6pm. U12 Thursday 5pm - 6pm. U13 Monday 5pm - 6pm & Wednesday 6pm -7pm. U14 Monday & Thursday 6pm - 7pm. U16 Monday & Wednesday 7pm - 8pm /Thursday 8pm - 9pm. U18 Monday & Wednesday 8pm - 9pm. U20 Wednesday 8pm - 9 pm. Div 1 Monday/ Thursday 9pm - 10pm. Div 2 Wednesday 9pm - 10pm
(Ladies) U9 Saturday 10.00am - 11.00am. U11/12 Saturday 11.00am - 12.45pm. U14 Tuesday 5pm - 6.15pm. U15 Friday 6pm - 7:30pm. U16 Friday 7.30pm - 9.00pm. U18 Friday 8:00pm - 9.15pm & Sunday 6pm - 8pm. Senior Tuesday 7.30pm - 8.45pm & Sunday 6pm - 8pm Div 1 Tuesday 8.45pm - 10.00pm & Sunday 6pm - 8pm
Social Basketball classes in Ballincollig Community School on Tuesday evenings from 7 - 8 pm. These classes which are mixed are an ideal opportunity to get to learn basketball in a social setting as well as keeping fit and meeting new friends.
New Members always welcome! If anyone would like further information on joining Ballincollig Basketball Club they can contact Ken Quinn on 086/1636035 or Francis O' Sullivan on 087/2532671. Alternatively they can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or just come along to a training session to try out the sport .

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Macroom U14 captain, Erika O'Shea, being presented with the Autumn League trophy, following victory over Donoughmore. ©

Macroom Ladies Football

Macroom U14 footballers recently won the Autumn League final against Donoughmore on a score line of 10-5 to 2-2. The cup was presented by Linda Barry, PRO of the Mid Cork LGFA, to Macroom captain, Erika O'Shea. The match concluded a sensational season for the girls, as they remained unbeaten in their 18 games. This was also a deserved reward for the commitment and hard work put in by the coaching team of Ted Kelleher, Michael Cahill and Martin O'Brien and special credit also to Veronica Donovan and Anne Galvin, who were a great assistance to the coaches behind the scenes. Well done to everyone involved.

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Winners of Macroom Golf Club Four Ball 2016, Ray O'Leary and Brian Hartnett, with President, George Desmond, and Michael Lillis, Captain. ©Tim Keating

Macroom Golf Club

Results: Week 1. Seniors; 1st-Flor McCarthy, Don McMahon, Christy Healy, 43.5 pts. Open singles: 1st- Jimmy Nolan (9) 34pts.

Fixtures: Thursday-Open singles, Sat & Sun-Club singles