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Lee Valley Diary

Dip na Nollag: Cúil Aodha. Christmas Morning. Dec. 25. 10.30a.m.
Inchigeela: Progressive 45 Drive, Tues 27th Dec 3pm
Ger Wolfe concert at Toon's Bridge Dairy, Thurs 29th Dec at 8 p.m.
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.
Gramophone Morning Fri. Jan. 13 at 11a.m. Fr. Ryan Hall or relocated library.
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

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The phantom road – viewing plans for Macroom Bypass in the Castle Hotel 1996. ©S.Mc.S.

Macroom and Lee Valley Updates

Circus Pantomonium to Brighten January

A New Year feast of music, comedy and magic is in store at Briery Gap's exciting Christmas Pantomonium in early January. 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, (Padraig O'Driscoll and Kevin Moynihan), a comedic duo without compare. Also starring are the musical sisters, Kelly Ann and Georgina Healy and the hilarious Jim Leahy ably assisted by his talented son, David. Also, adding to the cast directly from youth Theatre is Gerard Collins and David Lucey. This event is a real Community effort as a cast, chorus, crew and production team of over 100 local people are taking part!
The Adult Chorus includes Laura Lagerquist,(soloist) Alisheen O' Connell(soloist), Anita Gallagher(soloist), Martin Mc Carthy, Soloist, Julie Dunne Soloist, Ann Buckley, Soloist, Mary Lynch, Nola Kelleher, Carmel McCarthy, Catherine Barr, Jane Hurley, Kate O' Sullivan, Rose Flannery, Lorraine Casey,(soloist), Caoimhe Moynihan, Caoimhe Buckey, Jane Kypriaonou, Connie Foley, (soloist) Brendan O' Brien(soloist), Pat Kelleher(soloist), Elaine Dunne , Judy Barry Murphy and Evan Gallagher, while the fabulous children include Jamie (soloist) and Mark Blavin, Grace and Ellie Buckley, Lily and Alisha Callaghan, Judy, Tadhg(soloist) and Joe Carter, Emma Coughlan Hart, John and Tadhg Crowley, John Dunlea, Sinead Feeley, Laoise Flynn, Brianna Granville, Cormac and William Healy, Breanna and Thade Hickey, John Hurley, Gearoid (soloist), Lauren and Emma Kelleher, Lia and Tess Kenny, Anna Kypriaonou, Chloe and Lily Lambrou, Lanah and Jack Leavy, Sarah Lyons, Tara and Grace Lyons, Elma, , Emer, Maeve, McCarthy, Eoin and Aoife McCarthy, Niamh and Molly McCarthy, Kiera Moynihan, Aoife and Sophie Moynihan, Keighla Ni hEalaithe, Orla, Cara and John O'Brien, Isobel, Dorothy and Madeline O'Callaghan, Brid O'Driscoll, Sophie O'Grady, Mary Jo O'Mahoney, Liadhan and Oran O'Regan, Clodagh and Kiera O'Riordan, Kate and Ted O'Sullivan, Mary Sheehan, Hannah and Abbie Sweeney, Jamie Sweeney O' Donoghue, Saoirse, and Fionan Twomey, Amie Twomey (soloist) Doireann, Vaughan.
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 €12/10 are available online at www.brierygap.ie or by calling our Box Office on 026 41917!

Entertainment at Riverside Park

Many thanks to those near and far for supporting us throughout the year. Special thanks also to the Riverside Park Hotel & Castle Hotel Macroom for their help and assistance with hosting our Autumn/Winter Programme!
Briery Gap Cultural Centre would like to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Louise and Norman Morrissey in concert on Friday, December 30 at 8p.m. Tickets €20.
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.

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Wild West festival in Macroom 1996. ©S.Mc.S.

Macroom Library

Book lovers and all who have recourse to library facilities in the Lee Valley will be pleased to note that services in Macroom were restored before Christmas. Cork County Council aims to have a full library service operating from a temporary premise at Railway View from Wednesday, 21st December. In recent times, the Library had been providing a weekly mobile service on Thursdays from Cork Marts grounds but the new location at Railway View will allow the restoration of full time hours and access to the full range of books and other items. Cork County Library would like to thank Cork Marts for their co-operation with the mobile library service and would like to wish all the people of Macroom a very happy Christmas.

Local TV Programmes

Wed. Dec. 21. 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. Carols and Pageant from Macroom 2016.
Thurs. Dec. 22. 9.30 p.m. Christmas Memories from Millstreet Country Park.
Christmas Day. Dec. 25. 5.30 p.m. Christmas Day Mass from Canovee Church 2016. Carols and Pageant from Macroom 2016. Children's Christmas Concert from St. Joseph's, Macroom 2016. Spirit of Christmas from Codrum, Macroom. A Christmas message from Fr. Tucker, Ballydaly, Millstreet. Traditional Concert from Castle Hotel, Macroom. Con and Joan Walsh, Gloundave Home Party 2016. Healy's Bar, Kilcorney, Traditional Session 2016.
In the period after Christmas, programmes will continue as usual on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and will include material from Christmas Past.

Macroom Golf Club

Week 1. Seniors: 1st-Ted Murphy, Jim O'Connell, Pat Doyle 37.9pts
Club Singles; 1st-Diarmuid Flahavan (20) 37pts, 2nd- James Neville(13) 36pts
Open singles 1stTim O'Callaghan (12) 32 pts, 2nd Jack Healy(17) 32 pts
Club singles & winter league 1st Moss Moriarty (16) 36 pts, 2nd Noel Herlihy(22) 34 pts,3rd Alan O'Connor (15) 33 pts Senior Paddy O'Leary(18) 33 pts
Week 2. Seniors: Jimmy Nolan, Robbie Barrett, Bob O'Hea 48.6pts
Club singles - Pat Meaney (20) 38pts, Gerard Galvin (14) 36pts
Fixtures: Thursday- Open Singles. Saturday- Club singles. St. Stephen's Day-Invitational 3 person team event


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

Ger Wolfe (singer songwriter) and Paul Frost (double bass) will perform at a special Christmas gig, one-night only, at Toon's Bridge Dairy on Thursday 29th December at 8 p.m. Tickets €10 on the night or from 087-6601139.

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.

Carriganima Entertainment: Friday Dec 23 card night; St. Stephens night, Liam Cantillon; Wednesday Dec 28, the now famous ' Murphy Nite Out' with the Hillbillys; New Year's Eve with Danny Creedon and Jan 6, Women's Christmas, the Ramblers and the Christmas draw.

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.

2nd LVEB Christmas Draw Winners of Lee Valley Enterprise Board €50 Vouchers in draw at T.M.Cronin's, Main Street: Eleanor Buckley, St. Colman's Park. Joanne Buckley, Macroom Opticians. Myra O'Riordan, Ballymakeera. Gerard O'Callaghan, C/)O Kellehers Garage. Tim Murray, Bealick. Ciara Buckley, Lissacreasig. Amelia Sheehan, Bealick. Kathleen Healy, 7 O'Mahony Place, Clondrohid. Meabh Mc Carthy, Carrigadrohid. Pat Mehigan.

Times Past 2015-16, the journal of Muskerry Local History Society, was launched recently by Mary O'Leary. It incudes articles on Oriel House, a photographic history of the Royal Gunpowder Mills, the Church of St Mary and St John, tobacco growing in the locality, Ballincollig in 1916 and the rise of the Irish Volunteers, and the life story of some local people. The journal is for sale in many local shops.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto 04/12/2016: Jackpot €4,150. Numbers drawn 1, 8, 11.. No winner. €50 Catherine McCarthy Incheleagh, €20 each: John Lyons C/O Laine Bar, Con & Jean Lehane Ballinagree, Meabh & Tara O'Riordan, Rahalisk, Ned Hubbard Incheleagh.
11/12/2016: Jackpot €4,300. Numbers drawn 28, 31, 40. No winner. €50 John M. O'Leary Droumduve €20 each: Karen Clarke C/O Tigh Ui Laoghaire, John Murphy Aghabullogue, Catherine & Don McCarthy Inchleagh, Kieran Leahy Ballinagree.
Kilmurry GAA lotto. 5/12/16 Jackpot €11,600 €100 John O'Callaghan €50 each. John O'Connell. Robbie Mc. €20 each Tina Browne, Senna Payne, Kitty and Helen Creedon..
12/12/16 Jackpot €11,800. Numbers drawn: 28, 34, 35. No winner. €100 Jackie O Sullivan €50 each. Eileen Lucey. Bernie Kelleher €20 each Emma Kierse. Dan O Regan Macroom.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 06/12/2016. Jackpot €14,200. Winning Numbers 18-27-31. No Winner. €70 Colman Corrigan, Glen Park €20 each: Laura O'Riordan, Ballinagree. Declan Kiely, Cork Street, Pat Lynch, Masseytown, Rebecca O'Brien, Coolnadine, .Mag, Stephen, Owen & Patrick, C/O Evelyn.
13/12/2016- Jackpot €14,400. Winning Numbers 21-26-34.. No Winner - €70 John O'Driscoll, O'Connor Park, €20 each Danny O'Keeffe, The Hermitage, Brigid Relihan, Dan Corkery Place, Owen Gleeson, Codrum, Jane Scannell, Corner Shop, Cork Street, Laura Coleman, Barrett Place.
Coachford AFC Lotto 12/12/2016. Jackpot: €3,800. Numbers Drawn: 12 – 32 – 33. No Winner: €40 Marie Murphy, €20 Molly O'Connell, Dan Shine, Tracy Ryan, Lisa Murphy.

Christmas Ceremonies

Macroom Parish:
Masses: Christmas Eve: Saturday: Vigil Mass 7 p.m. with Youth Choir; MidnightMass 12.00
Christmas Day, Sunday: 8.30 am, 10.30 am., 12.00 noon. Caum: 10.00 am. Polish Mass 2.00pm
St. Stephen's Day: Monday-- 10.00 am.
Confessions: Saturday. 24th: 12 noon - 3 p.m. Caum: 12 noon to 12.30.
Carol Service in Macroom on Sunday 11th, December at 7 p.m.
Penitential Rite-Confessions in Macroom —Tuesday 13th at 7.30 p.m.

Aghinagh Parish:
Christmas Eve Masses 7.00 p.m. Bealnamorrive; 9.00 p.m. Rusheen
Christmas Day Masses 10.00 a.m. Bealnamorrive; 11.00 a.m. Ballinagree

Baile Mhúirne Parish
Masses. Christmas Eve: Baile Mhúirne 7.30p.m. Cúil Aodha 9p.m.
Lá Nollag. Dec. 25. Baile Mhúirne 8.30 agus 11.30a.m. Cúil Aodha 10 a.m.

Cill na Martra Parish.
Masses. Christmas Eve Sat 24th - Mass in Cill na Martra 7.00 pm; Réidh na 9.00 pm.
Christmas Morning Sun 25th Mass in Réidh na nDoirí 9.30 am; Cill na Martra 11.30 am.

Clondrohid Parish
Christmas Eve: Carriganima 6p.m. Clondrohid 8p.m.
Christmas Day: Clondrohid 8.30am and 11am. Carriganima 10am.
Epiphany Jan. 5 Carriganima 6p.m. Clondrohid 7.30p.m. Jan. 6. Clondrohid 8.30am and 11am. No 10 am Mass in Carriganima

Kilmichael Parish
Sat.24. Christmas Eve. Mass - Toames 7.30 pm. Cooldorrihy 10.00 pm
Sun. 25. Christmas Day Mass Johnstown 9.00 am and 10.00 am. Toames 11.30 am
Mon. 26. St. Stephen's Day Mass - Cooldorrihy 10.00 am.

Farran/ Ovens Parish
Confessions: Ovens: Sat 24th Dec @ 11am. Farran: Sat 24th Dec @ 12noon.
Christmas Mass Times: Christmas Eve: Ovens: 6pm & 10pm. Farran: 8pm.
Christmas Day: Ovens: 8.30am & 11.30am. Farran: 9.30am.

Church of Ireland, Moviddy.
The Nativity of the Lord. Sat Dec 24th St. Andrew's Church Kilmurry. 11.30pm Holy Communion
Christmas Day. The Nativity of the Lord . St. Martin's Templemartin. 9.45am Holy Communion. St. Mark's Kilbonane(Aherla) 11.30am Holy Communion.
The Naming of Jesus. Sun Jan 1st. St. Martin's,Templemartin. 11.00am Holy Communion
Sun Jan 8th St Andrew's, Kilmurry 10.00am Morning Prayer. St. Mark's Kilbonane (Aherla) 11.30am. Morning Prayer

Christmas Greetings.

Nollaig Shona; Happy Christmas; Joyeux Noel; Wesolych Swiat; Buon Natale;
Frohliche Weihnachten; Priecigus Ziemassvetkus; Selamat Hari Crismas; Crismas Asamsakai; Craenium Ferieit; Karaksony Boldog; Westotych OEWiab;
Felix Naridad; Suba Nathtalak Wewa; Speslevova Rozdestva. CУACTηИBORO
POЖДECTBA. Blywyddyn newydd dda. Sheng dan Kual le. Nodolig Uawen.
Linksmų Kalėdų.

LVEB Chairman's Message 2016.

With only a few days left, I would appeal to all readers to do the remainder of your Christmas shopping in Macroom and the Lee Valley so as to secure jobs in the area. Macroom is again looking its best with the wonderful display of Christmas lighting erected by the Lee Valley Enterprise Board under the watchful eye of Martin Coughlan and his crew and electrical contractor, Alan O'Shea. This year we extended our Christmas Wreath project and now, more than 40 premises display the wreaths and I congratulate our members on the decoration of premises. The official turning on of the Christmas lights, in conjunction with our Christmas market, were a great success, attracting over 25 stalls and large crowds and giving a very positive kick start to Christmas in Macroom.
The Lee Valley Enterprise had another very busy year in 2016: St. Patrick's Week Festival attracted over 150 Americans for a 10-day period. Megan Buckley was selected the Flower of Macroom. To contribute to Macroom Tidy Towns effort, the Board erected a large number of Flower Baskets. Macroom Food Festival has now established itself as one of Ireland's best and was nominated for a National Award.
The town lost one of its iconic venues in 2016 when a fire caused extensive damage to the Briery Gap Theatre in May. The Lee Valley Enterprise Board was instrumental in raising funds for the setting up of the Briery Gap Theatre and is disappointed to hear from Cork County Council, the sole owners of the entire building and now, also, of Briery Gap Cultural Centre Ltd, that the building will not be ready for occupation until 2019.
Now in its 14th year, the Lee Valley Outlook is still the most popular news magazine in the region and this is due to the hard work of our editors Maire and Sean Mc Sweeney, Brendan Kenneally, Con Kelleher and all those who submit news items and photographs. I would also like to thank our advertisers for their continued support and Des O'Connor from Outlook Magazines for his help during the past year.
As Chairman of the Lee Valley Enterprise Board, I would like to thank the members of Blarney/ Macroom Municipal District and all of our own members for their financial support during the year, without which we would not be in a position to continue with our various projects. In 2017, it is our intention to embark on transforming the former Church of Ireland building in Castle Street into a centre which will cater for visual art, musical recitals, musical workshops, civil ceremonies and award ceremonies for the town. The total cost of this project is in the region of €480,000 so over the next few years we will be making an effort to raise this money through local fundraising, Government grants and Leader funding.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. As a Board, we will continue to promote and develop the Lee Valley in the years ahead.
Pat O'Connell, Chairman, Lee Valley Enterprise Board.

Giving – A Thought for Every Day

The incident I am about to relate didn't happen at Christmas, but it has coloured and shaped every Christmas I've lived and enjoyed in the twelve years, or so, since it happened. I had just finished morning weekday Mass, during my time in Berrings, when a knock came to the back door of the sacristy. Through the glass panel I could see 4-year old Sinéad, with her childminder, beaming up at me, with a smile that would melt the hardest of hearts. I opened the door, and they both came in. I noticed a cuddly toy in Sinead's hands and what happened next sent my heart into total meltdown. She held the cuddly toy up to me and said, "I want you to have this so you won't be lonely at night." No wonder children are so special! Every Christmas, I recall that most magical of moments, and I imagine Mary holding up her Son to me, and all of us, and saying "I want you to have this so you won't be lonely tonight, or any night, or any day, or any minute or moment of your natural life." That is my prayer and wish for you this Christmas - I hope you won't have to be lonely but, if you are, look at Mary and her Infant Child and know how special you are, how unique you are, how totally loved you are. And, like Sinéad, hold out your hands in gestures of giving, and make your Christmas a giving one – almsgiving, joy-giving, forgiving, thanksgiving, life-giving. Happy Christmas and a New Year that brings you hope because a child reached out his hand and invited you into his heart.
Fr. Peadar Murphy, P.P. Aghabullogue.

Editors' Note

The editors of the Lee Valley Outlook wish to thank all who contributed to the magazine in 2016. We welcome new contributors and acknowledge Dr. Con Kelleher who has begun to supply us with both photographs and editorial. His interviews with people from the area have brought back memories of times past and information on crafts, customs and trades. News reports, photographs from schools, clubs, services, parishes, are all most welcome. The Lee Valley Outlook, first published as a 20-page advertiser in November 2003, is a voluntary effort and needs input from you to build on its success. Contact: 026/41891; Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (note change) or post to Killarney Road, Macroom. The first edition of 2017 will appear on January 5/6.
Please tell absent friends and family that they may access the current issue and edited back numbers of the Lee Valley Outlook on the Internet by going to www.macroom.ie and searching under News. Back issues dating to March 2012 are available by clicking the 'Lee Valley Outlook Archive' tab. You may also view a regularly changing slide show.
Nollaig faoi shéan is faoi mhaise dúinn go léir agus síochán agus sláinte san athbhliain.

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2016 Flower of Macroom,  Megan Buckley

Reeling in the Year 2016

Macroom Food Festival was a national finalist in the 2016 community and council awards. Nicola Desmond, Farran, was declared winner of 2015 Macroom and District Garda Youth Awards. Coachford village suffered from severe flooding of the Lee valley. Advertising began for the upcoming Dáil election. Membership of Cork County Library became free. Rena Buckley received the 2015 Auld Triangle/ Muskerry Sports Star of the Year Award and Briege Corkery got married.

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Woodland String Band returns to Macroom

The Rita Lynch Centenary Exhibition opened in Macroom Library. Moll was staged in the Briery Gap. Cork lady footballers got a new manager, Ephie Fitzgerald, as long time manager, Éamonn Ryan joined the men's squad. De la Salle, Macroom, protested at its exclusion from the 2016 - 21 Capital School Building Programme. In a national survey, Macroom fire brigade was found to be the fastest by far to respond to callouts in Cork. Lismore and St. Al's were joint winners in the Schools Light Entertainment competition and Buttevant won the Transition Year Drama award 2016. Election results saw Aindrias Moynihan, Michael Creed and Michael Moynihan chosen to represent Cork North West.

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Section of the crowd at Easter 1916 Commemoration at Macroom.

Megan Buckley was picked as 2016 Flower of Macroom. Visitors came from Philadelphia U.S.A., Bubry, France and Marcallo con Casone, Italy for St Patrick's Day celebrations. Spectacular floats commemorated Eirí Amach na Cásca 1916. Macroom Marts had the winning float. Proclamation Day was celebrated in schools throughout the Lee Valley. The Easter Rising was commemorated in Macroom, Inchigeela and Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh with impressive ceremonies. Gougane Barra Hotel featured prominently in Scéalta na nÓstán on TG4.

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'Hello Dolly' in the Briery Gap.

Hello Dolly drew great crowds to the Briery Gap, while Coachford Players staged Many Young Men of Twenty. The 1916 Easter Rising was remembered by date with impressive ceremonies in Kilmurry and Carriganima. Men's Shed premises were officially opened in Macroom. Census 2016 was recorded on April 24.

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Fire in the Briery Gap.

Macroom got its first full Minister when Michael Creed T.D., Sullane Weirs, was appointed Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine in the new government on May 6. The 150th anniversary of Macroom Railway was remembered. A Forógra na Cásca plaque was unveiled at the Castle Grounds. Cork ladies again won the LGFA Football League on May 7. Visitors from Frongoch, Wales visited the Lee Valley. At Macroom Library, Miah reminded us of the way we were in 1916. Fire in the Briery Gap on the morning of Saturday, May 28 resulted in the indefinite closure of the theatre and library - a significant loss to the Lee Valley community.

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The launch of Mountain Dew book

President Higgins attended Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta in Baile Mhúirne. A book commemorating "Macroom Mountain Dew - Memories of Ireland s First Rock Festival" was launched by Frank Hall's son. Colette Kelleher, O.B.E., native of Main St, Macroom, was appointed Senator. As the Briery Gap remained closed , the Castle Hotel hosted the Monday Cinema screenings and Riverside Park Hotel became the replacement venue for concerts and dramas.

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President Higgins at opening of Kilmurry Museum.

Macroom hosted groups from Italy and Brittany as part of the Twinning Weekend. The Town Hall Gallery mounted 'Iveleary', a very successful exhibition of old photos. A T.I.I. Report to Cork County Council raised serious questions regarding the timeframe for the promised Macroom Bypass. Comóradh 1916 i gCill na Martra had security forces from the gardaí and Irish army, the British army and PSNI, contesting a football blitz. Theatre by the Lake made a welcome return to Gougane Barra with a series of very enjoyable plays.

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Macroom Food Festival

It was announced that 50-60 social housing units are to be constructed in Oakwood. Auditions were held for 'Murder at Shandy Hall - the Musical'. Donoughmore Carnival and summer festivals were held at Ballinagree, Inchigeela and Coachford . President Higgins attended a very wet opening of Kilmurry museum. A new Briery Gap box office opened at South Square. Macra na Feirme and AIB presented a Brexit symposium at Riverside Park Hotel.

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Cork ladies bring home the silverware

All areas in Macroom now have 1 hour free parking. A mobile library van visits Macroom Mart yard every Thursday, 10a.m. to 4p.m. A commemoration of Cúl na Catharach ambush was held on September 11. Cork ladies lost the camogie final to Kilkenny but the footballers won a record-equalling 11th title, defeating Dublin again. Macroom Food Festival was again a huge success, with new attractions added - a vintage tea dance, a food symposium and demonstrations and SECAD Healthy Eating for all ages. Macroom won its first ever silver medal in the Tidy Towns competition.

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'Murder at Shandy Hall' in Cork Opera House

'Murder at Shandy Hall - the Musical' played to full houses at seven shows in the Riverside Park Hotel and one night at the Opera House. Hollywood star, Patrick Bergin, who played the part of the murderous Dr Cross, was blown away by the local talent in the Lee Valley and its magnificent scenery and historic sites. Dr Eva of Operation Transformation fame, was celebrity speaker at the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town event. Soprano, Cara O'Sullivan, charmed the audience at Ballinagree Community Development concert in the local church.

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Pat O'Connell with Patrick Bergin, lead actor in 'Murder at Shandy Hall', which will run as a fundraiser for Sullane Haven in Cork Opera House on February 21.

Ceol an Gheimhridh music competition came to Cill na Martra and Gaeltacht Mhúscrai for the first time. Lidl got planning for its new development in Macroom. Christina Desmond won a Bronze medal for Ireland in the European Women's Boxing Competition in Bulgaria. While the month remained very dry, snow appeared on the hills. Macroom E and AIB collaborated in an event for business women entitled, Can we be Happier at Work?

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Puppets off the string for Pantomonium at the Riverside Park on January 6, 7 and 8. © Lee Valley Outlook

Christmas lights were turned on in the Square on December 2 and a Christmas Market attracted great crowds. Masseytown got its own tree and illuminations. Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella won Gold at the World Cheese Awards. Fr. Lawton and Rebecca Storm starred in local concerts, but, in a break with tradition, the Christmas panto is deferred to January. Rumours rumble on about the fate of the theatre but the Library reopened in rented premises at Railway View the week before Christmas

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Remembering 1916 in Macroom in 1966 ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

Macroom 1966

Macroom U.D.C. members included Dan Vaughan (Chairman), Jim Collins, Con O'Leary, John Browne, Cal Burke, Michael Healy, Sean Twomey, William O'Connor and Dan Drinan. Seamus Dooley was Town Clerk and the Town Surveyor was Dan Crowley. The toilet debate was ongoing, with a location in South Square proposed. The Council also debated whether Macroom Tourism should be affiliated to IVERNIA in Skibbereen or to Cork City. A Fluoridation Plant for Macroom water system went to tender. Macroom 1916 Commemoration Committee got permission to erect a plaque on the gable of the Town Hall. It was decided to construct a cobbled area outside the Victoria Hotel and CW Ashe office. Slogan painting on the walls of Macroom Mart was decried. Cllr Drinan collapsed and died at the June meeting, having just nominated Michael Healy as Chairman. In the eventual vote, there was a tie for Chair and Vice-Chair and Michael Healy and Con O'Leary came out of the hat. Ann Kelleher, Mountmassey, was co-opted to the Council. The potential danger to bathers at Masseytown due to sewage was highlighted. There was a protest at the Department of Health decision to change Macroom Hospital to a Psychiatric unit instead of a General Hospital. Litter bins were erected in town. Lands were purchased at Gurteenroe for an extension to the graveyard as well as housing and industrial units.

Ireland 1966.

Sean Lemass was Taoiseach and was succeeded by Jack Lynch. Éamonn de Valera won a second term as President by a narrow margin over Kevin O'Higgins. Nelson's Pillar was blown up in Dublin. Fighting in the North became more savage. The U.V.F. was re-established and Paisley came to prominence.
The 50th anniversary of the 1916 Rising was widely commemorated. A monument was erected at Kilmichael to commemorate the 1921 ambush. The Garden of Remembrance was opened at Parnell Square in Dublin.
Pirate radio stations were very much in vogue. Radio Éireann became Radio Telefís Éireann, RTE, with the development of television. There was shock, horror and some amusement when Gay Byrne discussed her bridal apparel with a woman on the Late Late Show. Donagh O'Malley announced the introduction of free secondary education for all. The new Abbey Theatre reopened after long closure due to fire. AIB replaced the old Munster and Leinster, Provincial and Royal Banks. The 1966 Census showed that we had a population of 2.88 million. Frank O'Connor died. Galway beat Meath in the Football All Ireland and Cork beat Kilkenny in hurling.

World 1966.

Lyndon B Johnson was U.S president and protests were rife - against the Vietnam War and for Civil Rights. Martin Luther King was stoned in Chicago, while the first black became a Cabinet Minister in the U.S.A. Harold Wilson was British P.M. Brezhnev ruled in Russia and Indira Gandhi was elected president of India. Meanwhile, men in Zurich refused to grant the vote to women. Nuclear testing was widespread, with U.S.A., Russia and France all competing. Miranda became law, whereby suspects must be informed of their rights.

Entertainment 1966.

Top of the Pops. Lovely Leitrim. Old Man Trouble. These Boots are Made for Walking. Come Back to Stay. The Sea around us. The Black and Tan Gun. Pretty Flamingo. Strangers in the Night. Sunny Afternoon. More than Yesterday. The Travelling People. Yellow Submarine. Pretty Brown Eyes. The Merry Ploughboy. Somewhere my love. Muirsheen Durkin. Green Green Grass of Home. The Sound of Silence. Everywhere It's Christmas.
1966 Films. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Batman. A Man for all Seasons. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The Professionals. Alfie. The Blue Max. A Man and a Woman.
1966 Television Favourites. Green Acres. The Lucy Show. Bonanza. Bewitched. The Beverly Hillbillies. The Virginian. Daktari.

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Fergie Sutherland, trainer of Imperial Call, is Grand Marshal at St. Patrick's Day Parade in Macroom 1996. ©S.Mc.S.

1996 in Macroom

Nora Murray was Cathaoirleach of Macroom U.D.C. in early 1996 and was then replaced by Martin Coughlan, with Pat O'Connell as Leas Cathaoirleach. Work on the Water Supply proceeded and the 'Holey' Bull, the designated Artistic Feature, met with some criticism. The water supply was deemed 'first class - fully chlorinated and fluoridated'. Financier, Dermot Desmond, donated £50,000 for the Family monument. Wheelie bins were introduced. With the closure of the dump at Shanakiel, disposal of waste became a problem. Telephone costs in the Macroom area remained an ongoing problem, with a proposal by protesters to withhold charges. Sneem was a local call while Lissarda was a trunk call.
Proposals to open a Gaelscoil and Irish summer college in the town met with opposition. The Draft Development Plan was discussed and there were demands for more housing developments. Macroom Bypass was again in the news. Alternative routes were displayed publicly and the northern route got 89% approval. Financing was promised for 2000!

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President Robinson is greeted by Martin FitzGerald and U.D.C. Cathaoirleach, Nora Murray at the launch of Denis Paul Ring's book, Macroom Through the Mists of Time 1996. ©S.Mc.S.

President Robinson visited the town for the launch of Denis Paul Ring's book, Macroom Through the Mists of Time. Others to receive Civic Receptions were An Tánaiste, Dick Spring; Lady Carton de Wiart and Fergie Sutherland for training Imperial Call, winner of the Cheltenham and Powers Gold Cups; West Muskerry A.C.; Noel Twomey, who won an All-Ireland medal with the Cork Junior Football team and George and Josie Desmond, whose Centra Store at Hospital Cross won the All Ireland Supreme Hygiene Award, ahead of every other supermarket, hotel, pub, restaurant, bakery and food manufacturer in the country. The local ESB shop and office closed. £150,000 was granted for the development of a theatre, cinema and library at the old Palace Cinema.

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George and Josie Desmond and staff, Centra, Chapel Cross, winners of Supreme Hygiene Award 1996. ©S.Mc.S.

Ireland in 1996.

John Bruton was Taoiseach in a Coalition Government. Mary Robinson was President. Mick McCarthy was appointed manager of the FAI. Veronica Guerin, Sophie Toscan du Plantier and Gerry McCabe were murdered. Trouble in the North rumbled on as George Mitchell valiantly sought accord and decommissioning of arms. The Goldenbridge Orphanage scandal played out on television. Brigid McCole died of Hepatitis C and the blood transfusion scandal was finally addressed. The Cork Examiner became The Examiner. Eimear Quinn won Ireland's 7th Eurovision Song Contest with The Voice. Telefís na Gaeilge was launched. Meath won the Football All Ireland and Wexford won in Hurling. Michelle Smith won 3 gold and 1 bronze medal for swimming at the Atlanta Olympics.

World 1996

Serious fighting broke out in Chechnya. France declared an end to nuclear testing. The Canary Wharf bombing took place in London. The first Pokemon video game and Nintendo System were launched. Peace talks begin in Northern Ireland despite trouble at Drumcree. Dolly the sheep, was cloned. Charles and Diana divorced in England. U.S. President, Bill Clinton, signed the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. He was re-elected President, defeating Dole. The last Magdalen Laundry closed in Galway. The O.J. Simpson trial began in the U.S.

Entertainment 1996.

Popular singers included Boyzone, Celine Dion, Manic Street Preachers, Mark Morrison, Michael Jackson, 3T-3, The Bluetones, Cast-3, Fugees, George Michael, Kula Shaker, Ocean Colour Scene, Peter Andre, Robert Miles, Spice Girls.
High grossing films included Independence Day, Mission Impossible, Twister, 101 Dalmatians, The Nutty Professor, A Time to Kill, The First Wives Club, Scream, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Star Trek – First Contact, The English Patient, Happy Gilmore, Muppet Treasure Island, James and the Giant Peach, Trainspotting.
Favourite TV shows included Ros na Rún and An Nuacht on the newly-launched Telefís na Gaeilge, No Disco, Would You Believe? Winning Streak, Blackboard Jungle, Challenging Times, Prime Time, Upwardly Mobile. Dempsey's Den, Glenroe, Fair City, Saturday Live, Know Your Sport and Kenny Live.

Parishes, Clubs and Associations 2016.


Cork ladies again brought some joy to Rebel hearts in 2016. In the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship, the Rebels were thwarted by the militant Camogie Cats (1-13 to 1-9), spoiling Cork's 3 in a row ambitions as well as the attempt to gain the lead over Dublin in the title race. Currently, Cork and Dublin are tied, with 26 titles each. The team included the Lee Valley's Aoife Murray, Rena Buckley and Briege Corkery. Kilkenny, who hadn't won the Championship for 22 years, dominated the Camogie All Stars, getting eight places while defeated finalists, Cork, got just three for Pamela Mackey, Orla Cotter and Katrina Mackey.
Cork Senior Camogie Panel 2016: Aoife Murray Pam Mackey Laura Treacy Leanne O'Sullivan Meave Cahalane Gemma O'Connor Rena Buckley Orla Cotter, Captain: Aisling Thompson, Hannah Looney Orla Cronin Eimear O'Sullivan Amy O'Connor Briege Corkery Katriona Mackey Amy Lee Libby Coppinger Chloe Sigerson Jennifer Hosford Jennifer Barry Katelynn Hickey Finola Neville Niamh O'Keeffe Leah Weste Sarah Fahy Chloe Casey
Management: Paudie Murray, Jamie Harrington, Matthew Twomey, George Fitzgibbon, Dr. Wesley O'Brien, Niall Collins, Damien Murray, Sean Cremin, Niall McCarthy, Adam McCarthy (S&C Coach), Teddy O'Donovan. Team Physio- Aoife McMahon & Laura Harrington

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Cork All Ireland Ladies Champions 2016. © Tom Russell, Anois Photography

Ladies Football

Cork defeated Mayo in the 2016 All Ireland final of the Lidl National Football League, their 5th League crown in a row. The win was notable as it was a first trophy for Cork's new coach, Ephie Fitzgerald. In the championship, Cork easily regained the TG4 Munster ladies senior football crown when defeating last year's winners, Kerry, convincingly. Cork enjoyed an easy victory over Cavan in the quarter final, winning 3-17 to 1-03. They met Monaghan in the semi-final and won by a goal, Cork 2-10 Monaghan 1-10. They then faced into their 6th consecutive All Ireland final in Croke Park on September 25, their 11th final in 12 seasons, when they challenge Dublin for the Brendan Martin Cup in the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship final. It proved a recurring September nightmare for Dublin Senior Football squad – defeat by Cork when victory seemed tantalisingly within reach. In 2014, Dublin seemed on a sure thing with 20 minutes to go and a 10-point lead. They lost by a point. Last year, after a dour final, the margin was two points, and the 2016 Cork win is again by a point, and that disputed.
Cork now equal Kerry, with 11 All Ireland titles. Cork had 5 in a row 2005 – 2009, a temporary lapse in 2010 and now, another 6 in a row. Surely they deserve their own Brendan Martin Cup! Four team members hold all 11 All Ireland medals and Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley have 17 All Irelands each when one includes their 6 camogie medals. The Lee Valley played an integral part in Cork's current success. Laoch na hImeartha, Player of the Match in the final, was the epic Rena Buckley, Donoughmore. The charismatic Briege Corkery, St. Val's, another dual player, was Laoch na hImeartha in the semi-final and in many other matches. Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, Naomh Fionnbarra, is the sub par excellence. Her goal in the 2016 final was a deciding factor in the outcome. Other Lee Valley players and panellists were Marie Ambrose-St. Val's; Vera Foley-St. Val's; Eimear Scally-Éire Óg; Aisling Barrett-Donoughmore; Louise Coholan-St. Val's; Mairead Corkery-St. Val's; Sinead Cotter-St. Val's. The management team, which underwent a sea change at the beginning of the year with the departure of the iconic Éamonn Ryan, includes Pat O'Leary, St. Val's; Frank Honohan-Donoughmore and James Masters-Nemo Rangers - but with strong Kilmichael links! Cork players were 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. Cork's Brid Stack, winner of her seventh All-Star, was also named Senior Players' Player of the Year. They are joined by Marie Ambrose, Deirdre O'Reilly, captain Ciara O'Sullivan and star forward Orla Finn.


Mid Cork Hurling Competitions 2016

Championship Winners Runners Up
Junior A Ballinora Blarney
Junior B Cloughduv Blarney
U21 A Ballincollig Éire Óg
U21B Grenagh Laochra Óg
Leagues Winners Runners Up
Junior A Cloughduv Ballinora
Junior B Blarney Aghabullogue
Mid Cork Football Competitions 2016

Championship Winners Runners Up
Junior A Kilmurry Iveleary
Junior B Inniscarra Kilmurry
Junior C Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh Aghinagh
U21 A Ballincollig Cill na Martra
U21 B Aghabullogue Éire Óg
U21 C Ballinora Clondrohid
Muskerry Cup (JF) Kilmurry Iveleary

Leagues Winners Runners Up
Div One Canovee Kilmurry
Div Two Kilmurry Éire Óg
Div Three Inniscarra Canovee
Div Four Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh Ballincollig

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25th anniversary celebration for Muskerry County Senior Football Champions 1970. ©S.Mc.S.

Mid Cork GAA Review – 2016

The playing season in Mid Cork GAA in 2016 was notable for the fact that the reigning champions in hurling and football both failed to retain their titles. Cloughduv had reached the county junior hurling final the previous year and should have won it and so, would have harboured ambitions of going the whole way this season. Instead Ballinora, so desperately unlucky not to have beaten Cloughduv in 2015, at last emerged victorious over their old foes and went on to take the Mid Cork title for the first time in 19 years with a narrow win over a battling Blarney side in a thrilling final at Ovens. Ballinora's achievement was the highlight of the season and was acclaimed by all. Iveleary footballers had also contested the county final in 2015 and with a young promising team, would have been expected to possibly go the whole way this year. Kilmurry, still smarting from their defeat of the previous year, had other ideas however and emerged as winners after a hectic battle in an epic final played in dreadful weather conditions at Macroom. This was Kilmurry's third Mid Cork title in five years but the county championship quarter final against Knocknagree followed the divisional final within six days and Kilmurry, after a great start, faded as the game progressed and went down in disappointing fashion, just as Ballinora had done earlier in the hurling county for the same reason. Muskerry board runaí, John Feeney, in his annual report stated that divisional finals need to be completed at least a fortnight before county championship games to give the Muskerry champions a fair chance of achieving county glory.
There was some consolation for the deposed champions later in the year, Cloughduv winning the county and divisional league titles in junior hurling and Iveleary taking the county league football title for the second year in a row. Canovee show signs of revival by taking the Mid Cork league title and Kilmurry retained the Muskerry Cup.
The year in Muskerry started in sad fashion. The unexpected death of JJ Long of Kilmurry just weeks after completing his five-year term of office as Cathaoirleach of the Muskerry Board, was a terrible blow to his family and to all who knew, liked and admired him. Following so soon after the death of Peter Downey of Inniscarra in December, it was indeed a sad winter for the GAA in Muskerry. The rallying together of all in the division, so evident at the funerals, carried on into the Muskerry GAA/ Auld Triangle Sports Star Awards night in Ballincollig when the 2015 Muskerry teams in hurling and football were announced and Rena Buckley of Inniscarra and Donoughmore was selected as Muskerry GAA Sports Star of the Year for 2015. The solidarity on display did much to lessen the gloom and helped minds re-focus for the year ahead.
The Junior A Football championship is the premier competition in the division and for the sixth year in a row the outgoing champions failed to retain their title. Canovee and Iveleary, Kilmurry and Ballincollig, made it through to the semi-final stage, Kilmichael perhaps the unluckiest team to be eliminated and Éire Óg also very prominent earlier. The two finalists, Kilmurry and Iveleary, were in sparkling form in their semi-final wins and so, the two best teams reached the final which was played in a downpour, driven by a howling gale. Kilmurry displayed true grit to take the title, Pádraig Berhanu's late goal for the winners a memorable score.
In Junior A Hurling, Ballinora showed that they were as good as the best when they defeated Cloughduv by a single point in the semi-final and then came late to overcome the Blarney challenge in the final. The scenes of unbridled joy in evidence at the final whistle showed just how much this win meant to all involved with Ballinora hurling and the whole community there.
Inniscarra won the B Football championship, defeating Kilmurry, who did however win the Division Two league. Cloughduv took the B hurling crown with a win over Blarney who later won the Junior B league title. Both Inniscarra and Cloughduv had decent runs in their respective county championships before going under to the eventual champions. In the C Football championship, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh took the championship and league titles, a fine achievement for the club's third team.
In Under 21 Football, Ballincollig got the better of Cill na Martra in the A final, and reached the county final subsequently. Aghabullogue, despite the death of their midfielder Greg Long in a tragic holiday accident, got the better of a fancied Éire Óg side in the B final and Ballinora took the C crown.
In U 21 hurling, Blarney and Inniscarra left the division to compete in the new county U21 Premier championship and Ballincollig emerged best of the remaining six teams to take the A title with a win over Éire Óg after a replay in the final. Grenagh took the B title with a win over Laochra Óg.
The Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Restaurant Monthly Sports Star Awards saw eight outstanding GAA stars in the division, male and female, being honoured and from these, an overall Sports Star of the Year will be selected and announced at the Gala Awards night in the Oriel Court Hotel in late January. The Muskerry Junior Hurling and Junior Football teams of 2016 will be honoured at the same function.
Muskerry entered teams in the county senior hurling and senior football championship. The hurling team lost to Killeagh and then were knocked out by CIT. Muskerry footballers defeated Aghada but then lost to Nemo Rangers before being eliminated from the competition by Avondhu.

Auld Triangle Restaurant/ Muskerry GAA Sports Stars of the Month 2016:

March: Mark Coleman, Blarney
April: Seán O'Sullivan, Aghabullogue
May: Daniel Goulding, Éire Óg
June: Tom Kenny, Grenagh
July: Aoife Murray, Cloughduv Camogie
August: David Howard, Ballinora
September: Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, Naomh Fionnbarra
October: Cian Dorgan, Ballincollig.

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Aghabullogue, County Minor B Football champions 2016. ©

Rebel Óg Roll of Honour 2016

County. Aghabullogue; Minor B County Football Championship and League
Ballincollig; U14 Premier 2 Football Championship, U15 Premier 2 Hurling League, Minor Premier 2 Hurling League
Blarney ; Minor Premier 2 Hurling Championship
Cloughduv; U14 Premier 2 Hurling League
Éire Óg; Minor Premier 2A Hurling League and Championship, U16 Premier 2AHurling League
Inniscarra; U15 Premier 2A Hurling League and Championship.
Kilmurry; U16B County Football Championship
Naomh Abán; U15C County Football Championship
Rebel Óg East Football. U18 A Macroom – Championship and league
U18 B Aghabullogue – Championship and League
U16 B Canovee - championship
U16 C Cill na Martra – championship
U14 B Aghabullogue – championship

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Macroom Junior B team, winners of 2016 county League ©Patrick Goold

Macroom GAA 

The past year was a very busy one for Mac room GAA, with much activity on the field of play and off it. Very many people gave generously of their time in coaching, organising, administration and fund raising to ensure that the club would continue to have a meaningful place in the life of the Macroom community and the teams upheld the sporting traditions of the club.
The Minor footballers won the Rebel Óg East A Football championship and league. The Junior team won the County Junior B football league, a unique county competition win for a Macroom junior team! The Premier Intermediate team reached the quarter final of the championship and they just lost out on a place in the county Division Two league final. Continued failure to make an impression in the Tom Creedon Cup, sponsored by Macroom Bookshop, was disappointing. At U21 level, Macroom lost to Ballincollig and Inniscarra. At underage level there is no shortage of activity but little to show in the way of competitions won. Aware of the problem, a Coaching Committee was set up last autumn and its recommendations will hopefully bear fruit in the year ahead.
Club finances are under control and the past year saw revenue boosted by a very successful Golf Classic and a protracted run in the weekly lotto, with the jackpot not being won. The club benefitted from the Cork County Board draw which was well supported. Club sponsors, Macroom Motors Toyota, have been very supportive of the club as have businesses with advertising at the pitch.
The Castle Grounds, with its superb floodlighting and playing surface , was a very popular venue for games all the year, with big championship fixtures from the Cork County Board and the Muskerry Board, Rebel Óg and Ladies football being hosted. The Grounds committee and the team of regular match day volunteers worked really hard all year to ensure the safety and enjoyment of patrons.

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Macroom Minors, winners of County A League. ©Con Kelleher.

Macroom G.A.A. – Juvenile section

2016 was very busy with many on- and off-field activities.
The year began with the A.G.M. and the election of officers. The managers appointed were U-6s - Jeremy Kelleher, U-8s - Chris Donovan, U-10s – Tony O'Sullivan, U-12s Stephen Moore, U-14s – Diarmuid Holland and U-16s – Liam Linehan.
The 3 younger age groups have respectively 43, 47 and 38 players - from U-6 up. The U-6s had 19 sessions and 6 games, the U-8s had 21 sessions and played 5 matches, 6 blitzes, and the U-10s had 26 sessions and played 15 games and 4 blitzes. All had plenty coaches. The players, parents and coaches really enjoyed the year.
The older teams had smaller numbers but trained well and improved. The U-14s were beaten in a play-off and the U-15s lost a P2 semi-final in perhaps the best performance of the year.
Off-field the club organized a trip to a national league game, a teenage disco, a First Aid course, a quiz, a foundation coaching course, Cúl Camp, Speed Camp, Lá na gClub, 2 street leagues - one for U-10s , another for older players - and winter training. Adult and minor players are involved with younger teams. 5 players were on Cork Development squads.
The club thanks players, parents and volunteers for their staunch support in the healthy and enjoyable club activities. We wish 'Happy Christmas' to all.
Con Kelleher, Juvenile PRO
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Cill na Martra U16s, winners of league and championship in Rebel Óg An Réigiún Thoir. ©Joan McLoughlin

Clondrohid G.A.A. Review of the Year

Clondrohid Junior A football team defeated local rivals, Aghinagh, by 1 point in the first round of the championship. They lost to Ballincollig by a goal in the second round. The Junior C team also lost out to Ballincollig in championship after a brave performance. The under-21 team received a walk over to reach the C final, where victory went to a much stronger Ballinora.
In under-16 B championship, Clondrohid defeated Killeagh/ St. Ita's but lost out to Crosshaven because of a late goal. In under-15 B championship, Clondrohid defeated Mitchelstown & Bantry to reach the county semi-final, where victory went to the competition's eventual winners, Aghada.
The Clondrohid under-14 team competed in the B championship, where they defeated Bride Rovers & Macroom before losing out to Ballinhassig by 2 points in the semi-final. In the league, the u-14s won 7 games to qualify for the final against Aghabullogue. After an exciting and dramatic game, the teams finished level after extra-time. However, in the replay, Aghabullogue proved too strong. Clondrohid's u-14s also competed in and hosted a team from Co. Monaghan in the national u-14 Féile in late June. In under-13 football, Clondrohid played 5 league games, winning 2 and also won the Mary Casey memorial cup in Macroom. Clondrohid u-12s played 5 league games and competed in a blitz in Fitzgerald stadium, Killarney, where they won all 3 games. Clondrohid u-10s played in a lot of blitzes throughout the year, winning the Neilly Twomey memorial cup 'A' final in Canovee. In the Autumn league, Clondrohid won all 6 of their games.
The Easter training camp and Summer Cúl camp in Clondrohid proved very successful.
Clondrohid GAA would like to thank everyone involved in the club throughout 2016.

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 Kilmurry,2016 winners of Muskerry Junior A Football Championship and Muskerry Cup © Lee Valley Outlook

Kilmurry GAA

The highlight of the year for Kilmurry GAA was the winning of the Junior A Mid Cork Championship for a 9th time. It was a great final against Iveleary. Kilmurry met Knocknagree in the first round of the county but lost by two points. Kilmurry Junior As won the Muskerry Cup by beating Iveleary. Thanks to the Junior A management of Sean Murphy, Raymond O'Sullivan and Michael Linehan. While the Junior Bs were unlucky in the Championship Final against Inniscarra, they beat Eire Óg in the Junior B League Final. Kilmurry 2-9 Eire Óg 1-10. T hanks to the Junior B Management of Diarmuid McSwiney, Dave McCarthy, Peter Lyons, Eoin Barrett, Pat O'Callaghan. Under 21s lost to Aghabullogue in the first round of the championship but had victories over Grenagh, Ballingeary and Blarney and lost to Aghabullogue in the semi-final by two points. Thanks to Michael Linehan, Jason Murphy, David O Halloran and Michael Ahern.
The Minors beat Midleton in the Championship but then lost to Eire Óg. Kilmurry topped the group in the league but lost to Mitchelstown in the final by two points. Thanks to Manager Jason Murphy, Michael Linehan, Denis O'Mullane and Donagh Wall. Under 16 County Champions for the second year in a row. Under 16 Bs won East and County Championship, beating Canovee twice. The East league final V Cobh was an epic win by two points. Congratulations to Under 16 management Michael John O' Mahony, Denis O' Mullane and Sean Long and all the underage on these performances.
Kilmurry GAA would like to wish our members a happy and peaceful Christmas. Looking forward to 2017.

Laochra Óg Hurling and Camogie Club

We are all involved in this club to promote and foster our Gaelic games of hurling and camogie. A huge effort is being put in to coaching, training and playing our games. Our vision should be that everybody is welcome to take part in our games and culture, to participate fully, to grow and develop and to be inspired to keep a lifelong engagement with this club.
We had a busy and successful year. Laochra Óg won 3rd prize in Macroom St. Patricks Day Parade. The hurling season started in April and camogie was introduced for the girls. Mary O'Connor, Director of Camogie, came to Teerbeg for training. Sets of camogie jerseys were kindly sponsored by Matt Murphy Pharmacy, Donal Mulcahy Insurance, Macroom Tidy Towns and Colm O'Sullivan. The girls enjoyed learning camogie skills and competing in the Go Games. The minor hurlers played our first home game at Coláiste Ghobnatan. The annual Trip to Tipp saw the boys and girls competing against Rockwell Rovers teams and going on to the Cork v Tipp hurling championship game in Thurles. Club members also completed a first aid and defibrillator training course. Camp 4 Champs in August saw 105 children partaking. Carthach Keane provided trainers and volunteers from the club helped out. U12s camogie team were Shield winners in Tralee and U12 hurlers defeated Crosshaven and won their last league match against Whitechurch. Autumn saw the final of the clubs Parish League for the camogie players, the launch of the 50/50 Club Development Draw, the first club development draw and the girls' Poc Fada, which was great fun. The annual Shane Murphy Memorial Poc Fada, sponsored by Macroom Credit Union, raised €1,400 for Aoife Lucey and The Children's Leukaemia Association. Fifty-one teams took part and All Star, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín. We acknowledge donations from M & J Kelleher Clondrohid, Macroom Bank of Ireland and Mid Cork Electrical towards the club defibrillator. The season end in November led to the A.G.M., with new officers elected for 2017.

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Macroom Youths' Soccer team, winners of Cork AUL League 1996 ©S.Mc.S.

Macroom FC

2016 has been a busy and successful year for Macroom FC. Terrible winter weather left many teams without games for close on four months. The season might well be reorganised so as to benefit from when weather, pitches and attendances are at their best. Jerseys were very kindly presented to the two adult teams and the Youths by McCarthy's Newsagents, Murphy's Costcutter and Murray's Bar. The Youths team were crowned league champions in April, by far the best team in the league. In May, the annual Race Night at Murray's got great support, for which the club is very grateful, A schoolgirls trip to Dublin included visits to the Aviva Stadium and Natural History Museum. The U12 boys travelled to England, played 'Malton Lions' in a friendly and visited Old Trafford, Anfield and attended the Everton v Arsenal Premier league game at Goodison Park. In June, the U12 team won the league and the U14 side were promoted to the Premier league. The two adult teams completed their league programmes, finishing in 4th place, a successful result considering the youth of both squads. End of season awards nights were held at Murray's Bar and The Auld Triangle.
The FAI Summer Soccer Schools Camp saw seven FAI qualified coaches and over 100 boys and girls enjoying the 5 day camp in fine weather. The August Bank holiday weekend saw the annual 7 a side competition, sponsored by Murray's Bar, take place at the Town Park. Team James won the cup, beating Decky's Dream Team and the shield was won by Dinneen's Bar, with Clondrohid Astro as runners up. Macroom FC schoolgirls have two teams (U14 and U12) entering competition and training for U8 and U10 as well as playing friendlies. The U7, U8 and U9 boys Academy has attracted huge numbers to training on Saturday mornings and Monday evenings. Macroom FC held a sponsored bag pack at Dunnes Stores and the U13 Premier side was kindly presented with a set of jerseys from Donagh Callanan of Callanan Surveyors. The semi-final of the President's Cup saw Macroom B defeat Bweeng Celtic after a penalty shootout. The final against Temple Utd is set to take place in the Spring of 2017 at Turner's Cross. The weekly lotto continues to be the main source of income for the club. We thank ticket sellers and ticket outlets and club sponsors whose ongoing support is invaluable.
Finally, Happy Christmas and New Year to all and here's to a sporting and successful 2017. Darragh Deasy P.R.O.

Valley Wheelers

It was another busy year for Valley Wheelers' Cycling Club, with members participating in many events. Our first official club spins for both junior and senior members took place in March and large numbers participated, eager to get back on the road again. We were delighted to see new members joining the club and they were made most welcome. The club supported many great events during the year including The Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund cycle, The Ring of Kerry, The Liz Lucey Cycle, The Tour de Munster, The Rebel Tour. The club had a very busy schedule during the summer, running events such as The Family Fun Day, The Sheep's Head Cycle,The Ring of Beara, The Mick Dineen Cycle and Trasna na nGleannta. All these events were very well supported and enjoyed by all who participated. The club also successfully completed The Mizen to Malin Challenge over two days in June and great credit is due to all involved in such a fantastic achievement. The continued success of the club is testament to the dedication and hard work of club members and committees and all the people from our local communities who have supported us in so many ways. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all.
Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise daoibh go léir.

Macroom Trout Fly Anglers' Association

Macroom Trout Fly Anglers Association wishes to thank everyone for supporting our club draw and wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2017.
Draw results 2016: 1st-1432 Liam Hennessy, c/o Anthony O' Sullivan 2nd-0033 Henry Browne, South Square, Macroom.3rd-0560 Michael Hegarty, The Park, Killarney 4th-0953 Eric O' Donovan, 29 Harbour Road, Knocknaheeny, 5th-1595 Michael Twohig, Supervalu, Kanturk. 6th-0561 Michael Hegarty, The Park, Killarney 7th-1212 Marian O' Leary, 17 The Orchard, Macroom. 8th-0941 Jimmy Morrissey, 7 Laureston Crescent, Coolflugh, Tower 9th-0416 Pat Galvin, Derrigra, Ballineen 10th-1340 Francis Kiely, Cork St., Macroom.

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De la Salle footballers with trophies 1996. ©S.Mc.S.

Macroom Golf Club Review

Macroom Golf Club had a very successful 2016, enjoying success in many competitions. Our teams represented us very well in interclub competitions. Again, this year we were asked to host a number of regional matches, which gave us the opportunity to showcase our wonderful course, situated on the banks of the Sullane in the Castle Grounds The weather in early 2016 was very poor and this created extra workload for Kieran Morris and the course staff. Nevertheless, they maintained an excellent course throughout and must be thanked for the very high standards consistently delivered. This was commented upon and complimented by non-members and visitors all year.
Membership now stands at 463 Adult members, an increase in 2016, thanks to the efforts of a number of people. The Introduction to Golf Programme for ladies resulted in 14 new members. Tim Tom Kelleher attended a Juvenile Coaching Course in Northern Ireland and his hard work with the juveniles resulted in increasing membership to 61. We are open for membership. Please contact Club Manager, Cathal O'Sullivan at 02641472.
A number of fundraising activities took place during the year and special thanks to everyone who supported these initiatives. This year, it was decided to franchise out the bar and catering to Dave & Collette O'Donoghue and this has proved a great success. So as to deliver structured communication to all the members, a social media committee was set up and they promote Macroom Golf Club constantly. Do check us out on Facebook and Twitter, also contact us if you would like to advertise on our excellent Website.
Sadly, we lost some members to death in 2016 including our former Trustee, Henry Wall; lifelong servant of Macroom Golf Club, John Lynch and Honorary Member and past Captain, Pat Joe Horgan. To their families, we offer our sincere condolences and also sympathise with members who lost loved ones recently.
Our Officers for 2017 - Captain, Tom Fitzgerald; Lady Captain, Meabdh Loughrey; President, Pat Ahern and Lady President, Rose Costello - wish everyone a very happy and peaceful Christmas and good golfing in 2017. Geraldine Galvin

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John Browne N.T. retires from the staff of St. Colman's, Macroom 1996. ©S.Mc.S.

Clondrohid Parish

The Development Group stewards the Corpus Christie procession and the Famine Graveyard Mass and erects the Crib and Christmas Tree. They organise the planting of flowers and shrubs, weeding and cleaning, getting the hedges cut etc. They increased their marks in the tidy towns by 6 this year and many compliments were paid to their floral tubs, colour, litter free village and well-kept trees. Thanks to all who help them and to Johnny and Eugene. They held a successful Christmas/ New Year Party in January, with plenty food, music, singing, dancing, and a large raffle. The American Tea Party in November raised €2,500, a great tribute to all who gave so generously.
Text alert: Carriganima and Clondrohid joined the Text Alert network. Remember: Never allow a stranger into your house without proof of identity. Report suspicious behaviour and vehicles. Do not keep large amounts of cash in your house. Be wary of leaving the house vacant, especially for weddings and funerals.
Sciath na Scol: Clondrohid N.S. girls won the DGF 3 football final in November, defeating Blarney, the first ever win for the Clondrohid girls.
Dancing in Brighton: A welcome home parade was held in Ballyvourney to honour local dancers who won 14 cups, 13 gold medals,21 silver, and 73 bronze.
Defibrillators: Fundraising was organised to repair and service the defibrillators.
Muinefliuch school: parents' association had 2 fundraisers, an American Tea and a Pub Quiz in the Tavern with 21 tables. Briege Corkery's signed jersey raised €155. Well done to Teresa.
Carriganima news: The St. Patrick's Day Parade was a great success. The Cullen Pipe band led the parade into the village and the grand Marshall was Cllr. John Paul O'Shea. At the Easter Rising Commemoration, Monica McDonagh unveiled a plaque to Padraig Pearse and representatives of the volunteers from Carriganima, Clondrohid, Macroom, Kilmurry, Kilnamartyra, Coolea, Ballyvourney and Ballinagree all marched. Crystal Swing visited Carriganima to a tumultuous welcome. Carriganima Walk Jog in aid of Millstreet and Macroom Hospitals raised €1,050 for each. Carriganima Tractor run in aid of CART was a great success. A Christmas market was held in the school. Loads of entertainment in the pub over the Christmas.
Wedding of the Year: took place in the Bell Inn in aid of Macroom Hospital and St. Colman's House. A Dog show and a Horse Fair also took place there.
Medals: Olive Loughnane collected her belated gold medal in Amsterdam. Christina Desmond brought home the boxing honours.
Duhallow business awards: Clondrohid's Clann Aire was selected in the 'Best Community Enterprise' awards and claimed 1st prize.
Glen mill: held its Christmas party, with plenty refreshments, dancing and singing.
Poc fada: Once again a great success with 51 teams and celebrity Sean Óg Ó hAilpín . Compiled by Breda Kelleher

Macroom Flower & Garden Club

Club activities for 2016 were well attended. The schedule included Gardening Talks and Floral Demonstrations. The annual outing in June to East Cork featured a visit to two private gardens and evening dinner at Garryvoe. AOIFA events were supported, with members attending a Workshop Day in February at Oriel House Ballincollig and Educational Day in May, hosted by Bandon Flower Club. Autumn was welcomed in with a fabulous Floral Demonstration with Betty Holden AOIFA from Co. Kilkenny. The Gala Charity in November, with AOIFA Chairperson Candy Holten from Ardee, was spectacular, with a large crowd attending. This event supported AOIFA National Charity, The Irish Association for Cancer Research and Local Charities. The annual Christmas Dinner at The Castle Hotel was a sparkling occasion as members and guests enjoyed a relaxing evening. The Chairperson praised the hotel for the excellent meal and attentive service and wished all a very happy and peaceful Christmas.
The untimely passing of the late Evelyn Casey RIP of Coolcower House in August was a great loss to all who knew her . Evelyn enjoyed gardening and was most knowledgeable and attentive to her plants. Mass for deceased members was celebrated at Coolcower House in November and was consoling and a remembrance to all who are no longer with us. Beannacht dé lena n-anamacha.

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Tiny Tots at Canovee Panto 1996. ©S.Mc.S.

Inchigeela Tidy Towns

This small, hardworking group achieved much in 2016. We helped the 1916 Centenary Commemorations committee organise a re-enactment of Easter Sunday 1916 and create a 1916 Garden of Remembrance in the village. In spring, we studied the 2015 Tidy Towns report and set out to follow recommendations given - rejuvenating flower beds opposite Lee Valley to make an ideal location for the 1916 Garden and placing new colourful flower tubs around the village. Bulbs planted by Inchigeela N.S. children bloomed by the hall and in the "Báidín beag". Wildlife Information boards were compiled and these add interest on flora and fauna for walkers through the village, the Island or at the Boat Slip. We received an Endeavour Award in the Tidy Towns competition, recognising Inchigeela as achieving the biggest improvement in the region. A transition year student taking part in the Gaisce award gave 13 weeks of community involvement to the Tidy Towns. We were delighted with the extra pair of hands and to see a young person getting involved.
We have compiled a calendar of photographs taken in Inchigeela in 2016 as a fundraiser and a reminder of our lovely area. Thanks for financial support from Croí Na Laoi, Cork County Council, Blarney/ Macroom District Council, the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and many other sponsors. Please get involved in 2017. Check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/InchigeelaTidyTowns. Angela Brennan.

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Scoil nua do Chúil Aodha 1996. ©S.Mc.S.

Dáimh Scoil Mhúscraí

Bhíomar lán tsásta leis an 91ú Dáimh Scoil. Bhí oíche iontach againn agus slua mhór. Bhí rogha mhór filíochta ar chlár na hoíche. Léadh píosaí le cuid de na daoine a bhí páirteach ag na blianta tosaigh. Tháinig filí ó ghach aird agus bhí filí nua ar an gclár. Tionóladh an Dáimh Scoil níos déanaí ná mar is ghnáth de bharr bás don Monsignor Ó Fiannachta. Ár mbuíochas leis an lucht éisteacht agus na filí go léir a thóg páirt. Betsy Ní Shuibhne, Uachtarán.

Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association

2016 has truly been a seminal year in the development and expansion of KHAA. Kilmurry was a hotbed of rebel activity through the War of Independence and the Civil War and that same community determination has resulted in the opening of the Independence Museum, Kilmurry, by President Michael D. Higgins on August 21st, 2016, - the crowning achievement of over a decade's hard work by the Management Committee. The predominant theme of our new museum presentation is the War of Independence so it is hard to imagine a more appropriate year in which to mark the opening than 2016, the centenary of the Easter Rising.
Guests included Seamus McGrath, Mayor Cork County, Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Aindrias Moynihan, TD, Cork North West, , Ian Dempsey, CEO West Cork Development Partnership; Dr John O'Mahony S.C., etc., etc. Blessing of the building was carried out by Canon Bernard O'Donovan and Rev. Ann Skuse.
The original Museum opened in a renovated farm building in1965 but, over the years, it had fallen into decay, putting the precious artefacts at risk. Thanks to the highest ever LEADER programme capital grant awarded by the WCDP and extremely generous support from the community and Cork County Council, a new building was completed in 2014 to house the museum collection and a new Cultural / Community Centre for the village.
Our ground-breaking facility now provides a historical, heritage and recreational hub for the greater Lee Valley and West Cork region. Kilmurry's close proximity to Kilmichael, Beal na Bláth, Crossbarry and other areas of importance in the War of Independence means that the museum will play a leading role in telling our country's story in the decade of centenary commemorations.
KHAA's contribution to the national Easter Rising commemoration programme consisted of a re-enactment of the mobilisation of the Irish Volunteers, who, on Easter Sunday 1916, arrived in Kilmurry from Cork city, Bandon, Ballinadee, Ballinhassig, etc., en route to Carriganima to collect weapons from the Aud. On April 23 2016, c.350 people re-traced the footsteps of these Volunteers and a memorial plaque was unveiled on the museum wall by KHAA Chairman, Noel Howard.
The museum is open to the public on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, & Bank Holidays 2 to 5 pm. We are also pleased to welcome Historical, School, Community and other groups to enjoy our presentation.

Macroom Tidy Towns 2016

The highlight of 2016 was the winning of a first Silver Medal, in the national Tidy Towns Competition. Volunteers met regularly on Saturday mornings, sometimes starting at 7.30 am, litter picking in town centre, back street areas, lanes and open spaces. Flower beds in town centre were planted and maintained; 65 large hanging baskets erected, and these were fed and watered up to October. Trees were pruned in town centre; overgrown hedging cut in Masseytown; works completed in Gurteenroe. A 'Fáilte go Codrum' sign was erected in stone surrounds. Doggie poo bins were emptied. Grass was cut on a regular basis in the estates. Macroom Town signs were upgraded at entrances on N22, while three beds were removed near Hartnett's Cross. Clean ups were carried out on approach roads and other areas like Coolehane and Coachford bridge.
The Men's Shed also assisted in Tidy Towns work. Newsletters were issued in Spring and in October, with all details of Tidy Towns report. These were circulated to 1,400 householders and businesses. Members were involved in the erection of Christmas tree in square and Christmas lighting.
Other work in the background involves preparing a detailed submission for National Tidy Towns competition under 8 sections; Community, Built Environment, Landscaping, Wildlife and Natural Amenities, Sustainable Waste and Resource Management, Tidiness and Litter Control, Residential Areas, Approach Roads. The five-year plan was updated, involving meetings with council to work on project such as the upgrading of Town Park. Funding application was made to Council for a grant, the most significant source of income, without which the Tidy Towns could not provide the same service. In March, there was the annual Church gate collection, the second largest source of income. Detailed annual accounts are maintained by treasurer. Planning for 2017 has already commenced.

Christmas in the 1930s

Doug Lucey relates memories of Christmas compiled in the 1930s by children in Primary Schools, with the help of family and neighbours. They form part of the National Folklore Collection at U.C.D. and are available on line at www.duchas.ie Schools' Collection material is reproduced with the permission of dúchas.ie and National Folklore Collection

Con O'Herlihy, a pupil at Berrings School in Inniscarra parish, wrote about Christmas Eve in 1938: 'Long ago the people used to have their dinner about four or five o'clock in the afternoon on Xmas Eve and then they used to eat their supper about ten o'clock at night. All homes are decorated with holly and ivy and mistletoe, and decorations are often used on Xmas Eve. The old people believe that there is an angel in every leaf of holly.'
'On St Stephen's Day the youngsters of this parish get a holly bush and they decorate it with ribbons. They also put a bit of moss on the bush and they pretend they have their wren in [a] nest of moss. They go from house to house collecting money and at the same time singing the song-
"The wren, the wren the king of all birds,
St Stephen's Day he was caught in the furze,
From bush to bush, from tree to tree,
At Carrigaline he broke his knee."
In the parish of Aghabullogue, Madge Murphy of Coolacullig, a pupil at Clontead (Coachford) School, gathered details of customs from her mother: An old custom in connection with New Year's Eve is to put the darkest member of the household outside the door just before the midnight hour, and this person usually gets sweet cake and wine while outside the door. Then he or she returns in again just as the New Year is dawning, this is supposed to bring luck to the house for the year. Another custom is to bake a large cake and put it to the door three times, this is done to prevent the hunger of the year.'
Our brief and seasonal trip across Muskerry ends at Carrigagulla School in Ballinagree. Again, the year is 1938 and the local schoolchildren from Aghinagh tell us: 'It is said if a person eats enough on New Year's Eve they wouldn't be short of food that year. Long ago people went to bed very early on that night, because [cailleachs] were supposed to visit every house ... now everybody remains up till late at night and they play music and bands to welcome the New Year.'
The cailleach (old woman, or hag) is a figure of Gaelic mythology, associated with winter months, and both feared and respected since ancient times. It's interesting to read how things had changed even by the 1930s, when the 'late night revelry' is perhaps not all that different to how we celebrate New Year today.
How many of these Christmas customs are still practiced in your locality? Do you remember some, or perhaps had forgotten others? The Schools' Collection is a fantastic resource. It allows us to learn about, or to remember, customs practiced by past generations. We can be thankful to those with the foresight, and to those who did the groundwork, to put together such a collection, now freely available for all to read. Might I take this opportunity to wish all involved with the Lee Valley Outlook, and you the reader, a happy Christmas and a successful New Year.
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.


More reading suggestions for Christmas.
Food. Jamie Oliver's Christmas Book €30. Little Green Spoon by Indy Power €23. Eat Live Go by Donal Skehan €23. Recipes from my mother by Rachel Allen €23. Neven Maguire's complete family cookbook €27.
Fiction. All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan €15.50. Days without End by Sebastian Barry €15.50. Conclave by Robert Harris €17. Holding by Graham Norton €15.50. Game of Throw-ins by Ross O' Carroll-Kelly €15.50. Lyrebird by Celia Ahern €14.50 Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent €15.
Winner of Irish Book Awards.
Children's. Midnight Gang by David Williams €12. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney €14. Frenemies Forever by Rachel Renee Russell €12.50 Tom Gates Dogzombies €12.50. Mooneboy by Chris O' Dowd €8.
Lots more in store at Fitz-Gerald's Book Shop

Be Secure at Christmas

In addition to the standard precautions such as alarming your home, leaving lights on, and locking all windows and doors, you might consider some extra precautions at Christmas and the New Year. Don't store extra cash in your home; use cards where possible, and remember, ATMs don't close for Christmas. Hide expensive gifts and not in the most common places such as wardrobes and closets. Discard packaging with discretion. You might like to show off that you got an expensive watch, phone or electronic gizmo, but more than the neighbours might be interested in the empty branded boxes. Don't advertise your absence from home by posting on social media from a Christmas party or the start of a vacation. Don't forget to unplug your Christmas lights at night time. Always arm your alarm when leaving home. It won't work if it's turned off.