Lee Valley Outlook v15e6 March 22 2018

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Easter 2018. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Rosary for Lent every Wed at 8p.m. in Bealnamorrive church.
Coffee Morning in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, 9.30am to 12.30pm., Daffodil Day, March 23.
Bealnamorrive Daffodil Day Fri, March 23 in Ó Laoghaire’s Bar 9a.m. to 9p.m.
Dromleigh NS Easter Walk & quiz trail Sat 24th March @12pm.
Evening of Art with Mr Richard Wood at Kilmurry Museum, Sat March 24th.
Inchigeela 1916 Garden Cleanup Sat 24th March 10 am.
Croí na Laoi Walk Sun 25th March to Skeheenanradharc, 2 pm at Inchigeela hall.
Crookstown Vintage Club annual road/poker run on Sun 25th March from Corner Stone Bar at 12.15.
Over 60s talent heat Sun. March 25th in Coachford GAA Hall at 3pm.
Coláiste Samhraidh Bhaile Mhúirne Cruinniú san Ionad Lae i mBaile Mhúirnear an Máirt, 27ú Márta ar a 8:00in
Macroom Tidy Towns A.G.M. at Castle Hotel on Wed March 28 at 8.00 pm.
Inchigeela Bingo. Good Friday, March 30th at 8.30 and on Sat 7th April.
Croí na Laoi Big clean- up Good Friday, 30th March from Inchigeela hall @10 am.
Inchigeela Easter Sunday Commemoration 12 noon in the Square
Macroom FC. Race Night Easter Sunday April 1, Murray’s Bar, 9p.m.
Kilmurry Active Retirement Gardening Talk in Museum Thurs 5th April 7.30.
Programme for Mums in Macroom CDYS, April 11th – 23rd May, 9.30am – 11.30am.
Macroom Flower Club meeting at Coolcower House, Thurs April 12th.
Macroom Golf Club Ladies and Friends dinner at Castle Hotel on Fri April 13 at 7p.m.
Family 5km Fun Run / Walk on April 29th from Muinefliuch NS. at 2pm.
Aghinagh Comhaltas will host Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí in Macroom on May 11th, 12th & 13th 2018.
Darkness into Light walk: 12th May @4:15am from Independence Museum, Kilmurry.
LVEB Events in Riverside Park Hotel
Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí Fund Raising Concert Fri. April 6th at 8:00pm.
Macroom Library
Watercolour Workshop Fri 23rd March 11.30am
Storytime 12 midday Sat. March 24
Singing for Fun Sat March 24
Closure for Easter: Fri and Sat. March 30 and 31.
Adult Book Club Wed. April 4 at 11.30a.m.
Maire Ní Chéilleachair Thurs 5th April 11am
Purlies Thurs. April 12 at 11.30 a.m.
Music Morning Fri. April 14, 11a.m.
We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. in this fortnightly Diary. We may include commercial events that are also being advertised simultaneously in the magazine. Please email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026 41891 or post to Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. Remember you can access back issues of the Lee Valley Outlook at www.macroom.ie

Macroom Updates

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Woodlanders from Philadelphia arrive in the Square ©Lee Valley Outlook.

St. Patrick’s Festival

St. Patrick’s Day 2018 was cold in Macroom, with occasional bitter showers. Despite the threatened snow and clashing attractions, a very satisfactory crowd attended the Parade. Numbers of spectators were low for the pre-parade entertainment but crowds appeared from everywhere as a colour party from the FCA marched into the Square, promptly at 3.30p.m. They were followed by a great number of vintage cars, vans and tractors. A regular visitor to Macroom parade, the Bandon steam engine, heralded the arrival of the Parade Grand Marshal, 2018 Flower of Macroom, Emma Nott and her 'Petals', with a mighty steam blast and whistle
Parading groups made great use up of the opportunity to advertise upcoming events. A strong contingent from Ballinagree was led by Lord Mayor, Florence O'Driscoll, reminding us of a Tea Dance for Mushera Platform on April 29 and Ballinagree Vintage Day on August 19, while the Casey alpacas reminded us to support Daffodil Day on March 23. Carriganima NS. children drew attention to their Country and Western night in the Riverside Park on April 21. St. Mary's Supersavers are in the final of the AIB Build a Bank Challenge on March 21. Aghinagh Comhaltas gave a musical reminder of Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí in Macroom May 11 – 13. Philip Cross Recovery advertised the return of the Cork 20 Car Rally to the Lee Valley on September 28 - 30. The Crowleys advertised their clan gathering in the Riverside Park Hotel September 13 - 15

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Macroom Foróige with Dowtcha Puppets highlight Woodland at St. Patrick’s Day Parade. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Sports and activity groups included Macroom lady footballers, 2017 Mid Cork champions. Macroom Juvenile GAA and Soccer club combined in a heartening show of unity. West Muskerry AC celebrated their new grounds with their prizewinning float, Field of Gold. The O'Sullivan School of Irish Dancing gave a great display despite the cold. St. Val’s Football Club; the Girl Guides and the Boy Scouts all showed what is available for young people in the Lee Valley. The Aideen Johnson School of Dance entertained with a selection of modern dance routines. Orla Lynch, champion motorcyclist; Macroom Men's Shed and Laochra Óg with a giant camán, stressed the diversity of pastimes in the area.

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Stars and Stripes galore at Macroom St. Patrick’s Day Parade. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Other participants included Enchanted Flowers, members of Independence Museum Kilmurry, celebrating the centenary of votes for women; Macroom Fire Service, St. Colman’s Brass Band, Cullen Pipe Band and Macroom Foróige, in great costumes, with the Dowtcha Puppets, on the Woodland and Gearagh theme. Industrial floats included, Dan Lane – Height for Hire, NK Plant Hire, Tim Lyons Engineering and Conhor Construction.
The final group and highlight of the parade was made up of the Woodland String Band and friends; totalling 150 visitors from Philadelphia and New Jersey. In their dazzling costumes, they raised the temperatures as they sang, danced, clapped and cheered, as if totally oblivious of the cold.

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2018 Flower of Macroom, Emma Nott, with other contestants, and, on left, 2017 Flower, Laura Creedon ©Lee Valley Outlook

 Flower of Macroom 2018

The 4th annual Flower of Macroom selection was held before a capacity audience in the Riverside Park Hotel on March 10. Eight ladies, representing a variety of clubs and businesses in the Lee Valley, took to the stage and charmed and entertained the capacity audience. Kevin Moynihan was a great host and he drew the best from his ‘petals’, putting them at their ease with his zany humour. First to face the audience and judges (Annette and Claire from Cinderella's Closet, with close family links to Mountmassey, and engineer and actor, Pat Brady) was Tracey Cronin, Inchigeela, representing Scór Mhúscraí. Tracey is a final year teaching student at Mary I, works part time at the Castle Hotel and, along with her sisters, sings at weddings. As her party piece, she taught Kevin how to jive and sang Isla Grants 'a Daisy for Mama. Ellen Murray from Blarney, representing Care Choice, was the second contestant. She hopes to live in the renovated, historical building that was once ‘Colder’s’ and then the FCA hall. She recited her own composition, an ode to Macroom.
Emma Nott from Masseytown represented Macroom Family Resource Centre. She told of her work in child and community care and her great interest in car rallying. She praised Macroom for its friendliness and community spirit and sang Jimmy McCarthy’s Katie, accompanied by Con Cronin. Julie Buckley from Kilmichael represented the Castle Hotel. Julie is a UCC graduate, with a degree in Economics and Architecture, but, in a career change, is now a Food and Beverage supervisor at the Castle. Julie made a delicious cocktail that left Kevin shaken but not stirred.
At the interval, Kevin gave an inimitable Flamenco performance on the Spanish guitar. Nicola Dennehy from Canovee represented Mai Fitz’s Lissarda. Nicola is multitalented and told of her work helping produce Shandangan Lamb. An accomplished sportswoman, she has All Ireland and Munster u16 football medals. She is studying Biological Science at CIT and works part time at Mai Fitz’s. Her party piece was a display of hurling skills that had Kevin on his toes.
Róisín Cotter from Inchigeela represented Healy’s Spar from Clondrohid. Another Inchigeela Lass, she has five sisters and is studying Social Care at CIT. She also works part time at the Tavern and her hobbies include football with Naomh Fionnbarra, swimming and cycling. She sang Caledonia beautifully. Katelynn Coleman was the youngest 'petal' and represented Masseytown Community Group. She is a 5th year student at McEgan College and did Work Experience at Costcutters. She gave a beautiful rendition of One and Only by Adele. Last up was Sinead Kelleher, Clondrohid, representing Quinlan's Gift Shop. She is studying Applied Psychology at UCC. She loves horse riding and show jumping and she decked Kevin out in a variety of male and female accessories .
Emma Nott was declared the 2018 Flower of Macroom, a very popular winner. Last year’s winner, Laura Creedon, crowned Emma with the ceremonial tiara and she also received a €500 cheque. Everyone then sang Mountmassey, the Flower of Macroom with great gusto. Emma will have the honour of leading the 2018 Macroom St. Patrick’s Day Parade as Grand Marshal.

A Year to Remember

Laura Creedon, The 2017 Flower of Macroom , speaking at the end of her year in office, said that it had been a wonderful experience. She thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie of the selection process, during which she made friends for life. The 2017 St. Patrick’s Day parade was a dampening experience but the rain failed to spoil her enjoyment. She said that her duties during the year had added hugely to her self-confidence. A final year student in Veterinary Nursing, the title is a great addition to her CV. She strongly recommends that ambitious young women would enter for The Flower of Macroom in future years and that clubs and businesses that wish to raise their profile would nominate representatives.
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Eoghan O'Sullivan, Jennifer Goulding, Tadhg O'Sullivan, Jack Curtin, Louise Morrissey, Denis Buckley and Hayleigh Naughton at McEgan College fundraising concert ©Con Kelleher

McEgan College Updates

Fantastic Fundraiser Concert. The Parents’ Association of McEgan College recently organised a Country and Western Concert with local man, Patrick O`Sullivan and Louise Morrissey in the Castle Hotel. A wonderful night of song and some dance was had where Patrick sang classics like “My Home by the Lee”, “The Sunday Lunch”,“ Red Haired Mary”, and “The Best Part of the Day is the Night”, while Louise Morrissey sang “Black Hills of Dakota”, “Slievenamon” and “Tipperary in my Mind”, which entertained the huge crowd.
The concert was the brainchild of the Parents Association who wanted to fundraise for the new specialised classroom built to accommodate students with moderate general learning disabilities. The Department of Education sanctioned the monies for the build and Cork Education and Training Board oversaw the construction work. The new classroom will hopefully be ready to welcome new students to the Special Support class in September.. A massive thank you to all our sponsors who gave so generously to the cause. The amount raised for the classroom came in at just over €6,000. The college hopes to use the funds for ICT equipment suitable for the students’ needs. Tadhg O’Sullivan (son of Patrick O’Sullivan and Second Year McEgan student), presented a fabulous photo collection to Louise to mark her thirty years in the music industry.
Fundraise for Pieta House The students and staff of McEgan College were delighted to welcome Mr. Pat Duffy from Pieta House to their school on March 13th to present a cheque to the value of €915 for the charity.Mental Health Week, coordinated by teacher Ms.Murphy. Students and teachers organised a digitial detox, zumba, walk in my shoes, DJ for day, random acts of kindness, Good Mood Food and HIIT classes. The highlight was the mental health video; The Coronoas “Heroes and Ghosts”. Mr. Pat Duffy was presented with the cheque by Ms.Murphy and he then spoke to the students about how the activities they participated in would have a great impact on the survice user of Pieta House now and long into the future. He encouraged communication between us all and to be there for one another. We hope that this week will open up the conversation of mental health in our school community and in the lives of the families around us. #itsokaynottobeokay.
Student Enterprise Programme. Fifteen students from McEgan College attended the Cork Student Enterprise Programme Regional Final in the County Hall on Thursday, 15th of March. The students had a fantastic day and learnt a lot from the experience, and from the Judges, who were highly complimentary of the student’s exhibits. One of the student’s projects is a new Tourist Guide for Macroom and the beautiful Lee Valley which will be launched in McEgan College in the coming weeks.

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German & Irish Students enjoyed some traditional Irish music during their exchange in St. Mary's, Macroom. ©An Scoil

St. Mary’s

Wellbeing Week. As part of our ongoing commitment to the holistic development of our students, the school organised a “Wellbeing Week” from the 12th to 16th of March. Presentations from outside speakers were made on: Coping with Anxiety, Internet Safety, Lifestyle Choices, Anti-Bullying and the Q.P.R. (Question, Persuade, Report when someone is suicidal) Training as well as workshops on yoga, knitting, felting, circuit training, candle making and reading.
5K Park Fun Run. A 5K Park Run took place on Tuesday, 13th March, from 2.15-4.00pm in the Castle Grounds to raise funds for the Lourdes Pilgrimage in June. Two of our fifth year students, Hannah Murphy and Meadhbh Carroll, will be helping the invalids on the Cloyne Pilgrimage.
French Exchange. The annual French Exchange between St. Mary’s/ De la Salle, Macroom and St. Genes, Bordeaux continues. We had the French exchange students with us in Macroom during the past week. They enjoyed the tradition of staying with their Irish families and attending secondary school. The return journey for our students will take place in April. Long lasting memories and friendships have resulted from this well established school exchange.
German Exchange. The first leg of the German exchange took place between St. Mary’s Secondary School and Oberhachinger Gymnasium in Munich from the 10th- 17th of March. In total, twenty-six German boys and girls stayed with their host families and attended school and going on excursions to Cork, Cobh and Cahir. Their farewell dinner took place in the Auld Triangle on Friday last. The Irish students will return to Munich from the 9th- 17th of April. Congratulations to all involved on such a successful exchange.
Seachtain na Gaeilge. D’éirigh go hiontach i mbliana le Seachtain na Gaeilge sa scoil. Is féile idirnáisiúnta Ghaeilge í Seachtain na Gaeilge, atá ar an gceiliúradh is mó dár dteanga agus dár gcultúr dúchais a bhíonn ar siúl in Éirinn agus in go leor tíortha eile gach bliain. Thug an fhéile deis dár scoil sult a bhaint as an nGaeilge trí fhéilire imeachtaí siamsúla agus spraíúla a chur ar fáil dos na daltaí agus d’fhoireann na scoile. Bhí daltaí eachtranacha againn sa scoil le seachtain anuas agus bhain na daltaí sin, atá ón Fhrainc agus ón Ghearmáin, an sult as páirt a ghlacadh in imeachtaí Seachtain na Gaeilge. Bhí tráth na gceist mór againn agus Céilithe le grúpaí éagsúla i rith na seachtaine. Ina theannta sin, bhí ciorcal cómhrá eagraithe ag am lóin ar an Déardaoin agus bhain an slua a tháinig chuige an-taithneamh as. Bhí ard-mheas ag daltaí na scoile ar imeachtaí Seachtain na Gaeilge, rud a ciallaíonn go bhfuil todhcaí geal ann dár dteanga amach anseo. Is le gach duine an Ghaeilge, is le gach pobal an Ghaeilge – Bain Triail Aisti

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Margaret Griffin gives a Spring Gardening demonstration to members of Macroom Flower Club. ©

Macroom Flower Club

Macroom Flower & Garden hosted a Spring Gardening Talk and Demonstration at Coolcower House recently. The guest speaker was Margaret Griffin of Griffin’s Garden Centre Dripsey. Chairperson, Winifred Lynch, welcomed all in attendance and gave a brief overview of activities for the coming season before proceedings began. Margaret gave practical advice on preparing the garden for Spring and Summer, highlighting the importance of feeding and mulching as well as simple advice on maintenance throughout the year. The next Club meeting is Thursday April 12th Floral Demonstration. Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.

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De la Salle First Year students entertain their Italian exchange students with some Irish dancing during Seachtain na Gaeilge ©An Scoil

 Macroom Purlies

The Macroom Purlies are a group of social knitters who meet twice monthly in Macroom library - the 1st & 3rdThursday in each month at 11.30am. They are a warm, happy group, where knitting is the focus and they have done some amazing exhibitions for the library over the years.
Every year the projects get more ambitious & when you think it can't possibly get any better, another incredible effort sets the bar even higher. This year, the Christmas display was truly beautiful with one window for the tree & knitted Christmas figures done by the ladies of the Purlies. The other window displayed a a stunning Winter Scene, an intricate crochet display by Sue Camm & Mary Murphy. The idea & display was designed & made by Sue with Mary's help. Her gift is the fine, eye straining work. The detail of the display is incredible, the buildings, a white church & band stand, among others, all had to be starched individually by Sue, who started planning the exhibition in August.
The exhibition was so well received. It made people smile and small children were fascinated by the miniature winter world & the comment book is full of praise for the work of these two talented ladies.
The Purlies have been in existence for over ten years and the group has gone from strength to strength, with one of the original members, Eileen O'Connell, still in attendance - which proves how the group has thrived in the community. For information on the Macroom Purlies please contact the Macroom Library on 026-42483. By John Delea.

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Macroom Tidy Towns volunteers on early morning cleanup in February. ©

 Macroom Library

Fixtures. Thursday 22nd March at 11.30am – Ciorcal Cainte hosted by Nora. Fáilte roimh gach éinne. Friday 23rd March 11.30am – Watercolour Workshop - painting with Amanda – relaxing workshop for adults – no experience needed. Book ahead – 026/42483. Saturday 24th March – Children's story time at 12 midday. Saturday 24th March – Singing for Fun at Macroom Library by Macroom Community Singers as part of the Life Long Learning Festival. Drop in & join us. Wednesday 4th April 11.30am - Macroom adult book club. Thursday 5th April 11am – Maire Ní Chéilliachair – winner of the TG4 singer of the year – Amhránaí na Bliana 2018 will perform at Macroom Library for Bliain na Gaeilge. Fáilte roimh gach éinne. Thursday 12th April 11.30am – Macroom Purlies – knitting group meet up @ Macroom Library. New members welcome.
Easter Closure – Macroom Library is closed Friday 30th & Saturday 31st March inclusive. Open as normal Tuesday 3rd April.
Healthy Ireland at your Library - Healthy Ireland, is a Government-led initiative, a national strategy to improve health and wellbeing, placing a focus on prevention, individual awareness and keeping people healthy for longer. To support this, libraries nationwide are hosting talks & providing book/audio material on many Health topics. Enquire at your local library – 026/42483.

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Audience participation with the Mummers’ String Band at St. Patrick’s Eve Concert in the Riverside Park Hotel ©Lee Valley Outlook

St. Patrick’s Eve Concert

The St. Patrick's Eve concert at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom was an unqualified success. The capacity audience enjoyed music, song, dance and banter, presented by the Lee Valley Enterprise Board. Seán Óg Ó Duinnín, fresh from his success as Sir Henry at the Opera House, was an affable, self-deprecating fear a tí. The opening act was KAL, led by Alan Kiely, co-composer of Murder at Shandy Hall and Sir Henry. A wonderful medley included jigs, reels, A Galway Girl and a humorous number about building a wall round Donegal. They accompanied Jennifer Coughlan in her beautiful rendering of Blue Moon and Do You Know how much I Love You? KAL finished off with a rousing version of The Fields of Athenry, a preview of joys to come. Nashville’s Payton Taylor, with close family ties to the Woodlanders, delighted the audience with some of her own songs - Fingers, If You were a drink, and Bad Habits and her take on Irish favourites, When Irish Eyes are Smiling and The Parting Glass.
The Kiely Walsh Academy proved themselves worthy All Irish Dance Champions with a selection of traditional Irish dancing, Sean Nós and modern dance, reminiscent of a River Dance routine.
The Philadelphia Mummers were the final act of the concert and were full value for their star billing. Tom Loomis introduced a lively, fast moving programme, with costumed dancers who got the audience involved. Julie Dunne sang Danny Boy beautifully and Mary Loomis gave us an American take on Mountmassey, the Flower of Macroom.
Pat O’Connell, Chairman of the Lee Valley Enterprise Board, thanked everyone, particularly the sponsors of the St. Patrick’s Festival, which costs c. €20k to stage. He went on to tell of the long and close relationship between the Woodland String Band and Macroom, with representatives from the two countries attending not just festivals but family celebrations on both sides of the Atlantic. Pat presented Tom with a beautiful cut glass bowl that one felt should have been filled with shamrock, in presidential mode!

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The Sullane Players cast of ‘Second Honeymoon’ at the Riverside Park Hotel. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Second Honeymoon

Sullane Players presented Second Honeymoon in the Riverside Park Hotel Macroom at two sold out shows on March 8 and 9, having already opened to an appreciative audience in Crookstown. The comedy by Sam Cree had the audience in stitches as the landlady and her giddy waitress looked after a variety of lodgers at a seaside guest house. Robert O’Riordan, well known for his appearances on stage in the Opera House, the Everyman, the Briery Gap and many other local theatres, was superb as a husband celebrating his silver wedding. The penny pinching landlady was expertly played by Eleanor Lucey, no stranger to leading roles. All the cast was excellent and another outstanding performance came from Mrs. Harkness, played by Louise Leahy.

Light Entertainmet Final

The final of the 2018 Schools Light Entertainment Festival was held in the Riverside Park Hotel on February 24. Geoff Goold, Artistic Director, Blood In The Alley Theatre Company; Margo Carlile, (Carlile Stage School) and Marty Mulligan , Mullingar Arts Centre, were the adjudicators. The standard was very high. Big winners on the night came from Blackwater Community College, Lismore, Co Waterford who came first overall, winning the Donal Buckley Perpetual Trophy. They also won the award for Best Choral and the Mary McSweeney Cup; Best Individual award for their Male Soloist, Keith Burke, and they also got the William Harringtown Trophy for Best Traditional.
Second overall was St Brogan’s, Bandon, who also won Best Comedy. Sacred Heart School, Westport, Co Mayo came 3rd Overall. Best Choreography award went to Ardscoil na Mara, Tramore. Adjudicators’ Special Awards went to Musicians from Westport School (Group A); Trio Westport School Group B and Show Presented – St Brogans School, Bandon. Best Original- winners were Sacred Heart Westport (Group B).

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Ann Dunne presenting the Michael Twomey Memorial Trophy for best Director to Scoil Mhuire, Buttevant who were the overall winners at the Briery Gap All Ireland transition Year Drama Festival 2018 at Mullingar Arts Centre. ©

Drama Final 2018.

The Briery Gap All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival, scheduled for Mullingar March 2 and 3, fell victim to the Beast and Emma (surely a theme to inspire young playwrights of the future) and went ahead on March 9 and 10, with no small effort from Anne Dunne and her helpers. There was an exceptional entry from schools and the quality of their productions was of the highest. This is most encouraging for the organisers, who have overcome huge obstacles to keep the show on the road, despite the May 2016 fire in the Briery Gap. The adjudicators were Conor Walshe from Mullingar and Geoff Gould, Artistic Director of Blood in The Alley Theatre Company and The Fit-up Theatre.
Results: 1st Coláiste Mhuire, Buttevant (Mullingar Cup). 2nd Castlepollard Community College, Co Westmeath. 3rd King’s Hospital, Palmerstown /Sacred Heart Secondary School, Westport. Previous Non-Prize Winner – Meán Scoil Longford (Seamus Barry Cup). Best Director: Coláiste Mhuire, Buttevant (Michael Twomey Cup). This trophy was commissioned by the Board of Directors of Briery Gap to honour the great Michael Twomey, who adjudicated the competition for that past 18 years. Best Performance – Stephanie from Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney (Roger Healy Cup). Best Set Lighting: CBS Kilkenny (Dermot Bradfield Cup) Runner Up Set - Nagle Rice, Doneraile Best Original Script: St Wolstan’s Community School, Celbridge Best Costumes: St Mary’s CBS, Portlaoise Best Supporting Role: P O Brien CBS Kilkenny Special Adjudicators Awards: Script: “Perfect” Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney Best Movement: King’s Hospital, Palmerstown Promising Actor: Adam Duffin Comedy: Ardscoil Ris, Limerick Modern Interpretation of Irish Play: Thomond Community College, Limerick. Best Irish Play: Coláiste Chiarraí, Trá Lí, Best Concept: Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon Runners up: Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon (A), Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon (B) Ardscoil Rís, Limerick Nagle Rice, Doneraile Sacred Heart, Westport, Thomond Community College, Limerick. St Mary’s Secondary School, Charleville. CBS Kilkenny. CBS, Portlaoise. St Wolstan’s Community School, Celbridge. Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney.

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Events

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí 2018 Aghinagh Comhaltas Fund Raising Concert in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Friday April 6th at 8:00pm. Tickets €10.

Local Television

Wed. March 21 9.30pm. Muinefliuch N.S. Concert 1987 presented by the late Jim Murray.
Sun. March 25. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: The story of the Miraculous Medal, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. March 28 9.30pm. Quiz and Putt 2003 with Jamie Kelleher. Retirement of Garda Jim Linnane.
Sun. April 1. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Mass at St. John’s Well, celebrant, Fr. Jackie Corkery, 2013, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. April 4. 9.30pm. Seán Ó Riada follows the footsteps of An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire from Liscarrigane to Carriganima to Macroom. 1960s recording.


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Snippets may include details of upcoming Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. We may include commercial events that are also being advertised simultaneously in the magazine.
Maidin Caifé Lus an Chrom Chinn Coffee Morning in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, 9.30am to 12.30pm., Daffodil Day, March 23.
Bealnamorrive Daffodil Day in aid of Irish Cancer Society on Friday, March 23 in Ó Laoghaire’s Bar 9a.m. to 9p.m. Coffee, tea, cakes, cake sale, bring and buy, raffle. Come and enjoy fun and chat and support a great cause.
Dromleigh NS Easter Walk & quiz trail Sat 24th March @12pm. Bake sale & Easter Bonnet competition afterwards. €5pp/ €8 team of four. All welcome!
An Evening of Art presented by Mr Richard Wood in Independence Museum, Kilmurry, Saturday March 24th. Due to the adverse weather conditions on March 2nd, this event was deferred.
Crookstown Vintage Club annual road/poker run on Sunday 25th March with sign in at the Corner Stone Bar from 10.30 a.m. Leaving the village at 12.15; arriving back to Clifford’s bar at 3.30 for refreshments.
Croí na Laoi Walk on Sunday, 25th March, 10km Skeheenaradharc Linear. Meet at 2 pm at Inchigeela hall. Big "clean- up" of approach roads on Friday, 30th March. If you can spare an hour to help this annual local effort, it would be really appreciated. Please wear high viz vest and gloves- refuse sacks are provided by "An Taisce". Meet at parish hall @10 am.
Coláiste Samhraidh Bhaile Mhúirne Beidh cruinniú ar siúl san Ionad Lae i mBaile Mhúirne ar an Máirt, 27ú Márta ar a 8:00in ag iarraidh an Coláiste a shlánú.
Macroom Tidy Towns A.G.M. takes place in the Castle Hotel, Macroom on Wednesday March 28 at 8.00 pm. This is a public meeting and everybody is invited to attend. It is an opportunity to hear what is going on and what is planned. You can contribute to this and feel part of it. Everybody has a part to play as there are very many aspects to the work, from planning, financing, making submissions and applications, planting and maintaining trees and shrubs as well as flowers in the hanging baskets and in the beds around town, power washing, cleaning and painting street furniture, circulars, meetings, etc. There is something for everybody, young or old, male or female, indoor or outdoor so why not come along and hear for yourself.
Inchigeela Easter Sunday Commemoration ceremony honours Denis Quinlan.12 noon in The Square.
Kilmurry Active Retirement will hold a Gardening Talk by Fin's garden centre in Kilmurry Museum Thursday 5th April 7.30. All welcome.
Cloyne Diocesan Youth Services Macroom CDYS are running a well-being programme for mums, facilitated by Dr Dermot Casey & Elaine Breen. It will run for 6 weeks, starting April 11th – 23rd May, every Wednesday, 9.30am – 11.30am in Macroom CDYS and it will be a first come first served basis. Contact Person: Susan Pearmain 083-1609007. This is not a parenting programme but a safe space for mums (or grandmums) to come together and talk.
Macroom Golf Club Ladies and Friends dinner in the Castle Hotel on Friday, April 13 at 7p.m. Tickets €50 each from Golf Club at 026 41072.
Family 5km Fun Run / Walk will be held on April 29th from Muinefliuch NS. Registration at the school from 1.30pm. Run at 2pm. Cost: €5 per person or €20 per family. Monster Raffle on the day. Refreshments afterwards. Fancy dress optional.
Rosary for Lent every Wednesday at 8p.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, Bealnamorrive. Everybody most welcome.
Fleadh Many thanks to everybody who supported the fundraising table quiz in the Auld Triangle organised by Aghinagh Comhaltas. Another upcoming fundraiser is a concert in the Riverside Park Hotel on Friday April 6th at 8 pm featuring Cork’s Munster and All Ireland winners. Cead isteach €10 and a wonderful night’s entertainment assured.
Dromleigh N.S. The past few months have been busy ones in Dromleigh N.S., with the children taking part in a multitude of activities. Teams from the school performed very successfully in Science, Sports, Library and Credit Unions Quizzes. Dromleigh N.S. is now accepting applications for enrolment for September 2018 and following years. Enrolment forms are available from the school at 026 46212 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Catch up with activities at the school on our website www.dromleighns.ie
Ballincollig class teacher Muireann Ni Chochláin (Clonakilty) and accompanist Helen Ní Ailíosa (Macroom) celebrated with Fifth Class students who won the Musical Theatre (Primary Schools) Shield at this year’s Feis Maitiú. The students performed an eight minute recital of Mary Poppins songs. English adjudicator, Marilynne Davies, remarked on the topicality of the final song ‘Sister Suffragette’ as 2018 is the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. She judged their performance to be in the highest category i.e. ‘outstanding’. A delighted school principal, Máiréad Ní Mhurchú, said: "The girls and their teachers certainly deserve this award. The pupils grew in 'performance confidence' over the six weeks of preparation and their performance on the day was truly outstanding".
Coachford AFC. A big thank you to Mr Tony O'Connell of "Containment Service Providers" for their generous sponsorship of a full set of kit for our schoolboys’ club. Sponsorship at this level is always hard to come by and the club is greatly appreciative. Without this level of corporate sponsorship, the club would not survive.
Bishop McEgan College recently held a fundraising concert for the new special classroom, featuring Patrick O’Sullivan and Louise Morrissey. Concert tickets and raffles raised over €6.500 and the organisers wish to thank supporters, sponsors and contributors for their generosity.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: March 4. Jackpot €5,800. Numbers drawn 10, 11, and 36. No winner. €50 Eileen O'Shea, Coolkisha. €20 each: Danny & Linda Leahy, Ballinagree, Pat Lucey, Macroom, Aisling Healy, Carrigatou, Millie Lucey & Denis Sullivan, Carrigulla.
March 11. Jackpot €5,950. Numbers drawn 09, 26, and 31. €50 David Crowley, Macroom.. €20 each: Gerard Kelleher, C/O M&J Oil, Anthony Hubbard, Béalnamorrive, Lilly Mai & Conor Hickey, Ballinagree, Chrissie O'Connell, Clonavrick. .
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto Results 7/3/2018. Jackpot €1000. Winner Donal O’Riordan c/o MCP. Seller Denny Dineen. Congratulations. €70 Patrick M Kelleher Kilvoultra. €20 each: Garry Kelleher Gurrane, Hancie O’Mahony Clondrohid, Alan O’Riordan Gortnapeasta, Eileen Coakley c/o Mgt. Coakley.
14/3/2018. Jackpot €1000. No winner . €70 Kate Lyons Scrahanard. €20 each: Sheila Buttimer Coolcower, Brid Ui Scannail Ballyvourney, Anne O’Riordan Ballymakeera, Duggan Family Moulnahorna.
Macroom GC Lotto: 6th March Jackpot €3100 Numbers Drawn: 1, 17, 22 No Winner €40-Owen O'Sullivan c/o Cathal €20- Mary Kiely c/o Dan €20- Tony Buckley
13th March Jackpot €3200 Numbers Drawn: 22, 31, 33 No Winner €40- Rose Beamish €20- Paschal Mc Swiney €20- Claire Cronin, New Street.
Macroom FC Lotto 12/03/18: Jackpot €4,200. Numbers drawn: 17, 19, 29. No Winner. €80: Noel Kelleher c/o Joan. €20 each: Rachel Pyper c/o Hound, B. Moloney c/o Golden's, Joan, Evan and Alex c/o Joan, Paul Twohig c/o Lar's.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 6/03/2018. Jackpot €7,400. No Winner, Numbers drawn: 10-23-28. No Winner. €70 Caoimhe Creedon, Inchigeela €20 each: Denise Moloney, Main Street,. Dan O'Regan, Codrum. Maire Minhane, Kilbarry Road, Dunmanway. Brookie Murphy, 9 Cork Street. Alan Ring, C/O Castle Hotel.
13/03/2018. Jackpot €7.600. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 5-13-14. €70 Kate Lyons, C/O Shelia Buttimer €20 each: Kevin Feeney, Dripsey. Aidan Mc Mahon, Sullane Place, T. Buckley, C/O Mc Carthy's Newsagents. Paddy Murphy, Dromree. Nicholas Pierce, Kilnagurteen.
Coachford AFC Lotto: Results 12/3/2018. Jackpot: €1,400. Numbers Drawn: 9 – 28 – 31. No Winner. €40 Antoinette & Lor. €20 Ted Long, Yvonne & Mags, Jennifer Delaney, Dympna Crowley.

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The Bandon Steam Engine precedes the Flower of Macroom float with Grand Marshal, Emma Nott at Macroom St. Patrick’s Day Parade ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Enterprise Board

 A wonderful week of activities took place around St Patrick’s week, culminating in the St Patrick’s Day Parade 2018. The week kicked off with the Flower of Macroom Pageant and it was a fantastic success in the Riverside Park Hotel. All contestants were brilliant, but there could be only one winner and Emma Nott had the honour of being the Grand Marshal for Macroom’s St Patrick’s Parade. The event has gone from strength to strength and great credit must go the organisers, who have done a wonderful job.
The St Patrick’s Eve Concert will long be remembered for one of the best concerts to be staged in Macroom for many a year. With our own local artists, Jennifer Coughlan & Julie Dunne, performing, the concert also included such wonderful acts as the traditional group KAL, the Kiely School of Dance, the fantastic Woodland String Band and all the way from Nashville, international Country star Payton Taylor. Great credit must go to Ann Dunne who put the concert together. A presentation was made by Pat O’Connell to Tom Loomis of the Woodland String Band, to acknowledge their 18 years continuous support of the St Patrick’s Week Festival in Macroom.
Considering the weather forecast and the Rugby match clashing with the Parade, there were worries that the crowd might be down substantially. However, this didn’t materialise and the Lee Valley Enterprise Board was absolutely delighted with the large turnout. Great credit must go to Chief Steward, Paul Kingston and his team of dedicated helpers who worked tirelessly from early morning to make sure everything was in place for the Parade and to Martin Coughlan (Chief clerk of the Parade) for making sure the event ran smoothly. The Tidy Towns organisation were out in force also and Míle Buiochas to all the members who helped out.
We would like to thank all our sponsors, with special thanks to our main sponsor, the Blarney/ Macroom Municipal Council who assist us financially each year in the running of the Parade and to all our caterers who helped out post parade with the traditional Bacon and Cabbage for our American friends. It was a real team effort, so well done to one and all. As there were many more volunteers who helped, the Board would like to thank them sincerely for all their support.

Lee Valley Updates

Uachtarán sa Ghaeltacht

Tabharfaidh Uachtarán na hÉireann, Mícheál O hUigín , cuairt ar Ghaeltacht Mhúscraí ag an deireadh seachtaine. Onóir mór é seo do Pheadar Ó Riada, mar beidh an Uachtarán ag seoladh ‘Fianna Éireann’, saothar nua le Peadar Ó Riada agus an tAthair Padraig Ó Fianachta nach maireann. Tosnóidh an searmanas in Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir O Loingsigh ag a 6 a chlog ar an Satharn, 24 Márta, le cainteanna ón Uachtarán, ón Dochtúir Ó hÉalaithe agus ó Pheadar féin. Ag 8p.m., bronnfar cóip de ‘Plean Caomhnaithe Mhúscraí, Mór Thaighde Research an Dig’ ar an Uachtarán. Agus, ag 8.30p.m., seinnfidh na ceoltóirí, Peadar Ó Riada, Mick O’Brien, Oisin Morrison, Aidan Connolly, Steve Cooney agus Tommy Hayes, ‘Fianna Éireann’ don phobal don chéad uair, le léiriú ag Séamus Ó Riada, Majella Ni Chríochain, Bríd Cranitch, Síle Uí Chróinín agus Tadhg Ó Ríordáin. Freastalóidh an Uachtaran ar Aifreann 11.30 i Séipéal Ghobnatan i mBaile Mhúirne maidin Domhnaigh.
Séard atá i ‘Fianna Éireann’ ná finnscéalta na hÉireann i bhfoirm filiochta agus ceoil.

Daffodil Day 2018

On Daffodil Day, Friday, 23rd March, please give what you can to make a difference to the lives of people going through cancer by joining us for our Coffee Morning in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney from 9.30am to 12.30pm. The fundraising hosts would like to welcome everyone to a morning of good company, great fun and lots of raffle prizes, in the relaxed atmosphere of the Abbey Hotel. The ongoing success of this coffee morning is thanks to the support and generosity of the individuals, shops and businesses of the local and surrounding communities. Bígí linn don Maidin Cáife Lá Lus'n Chromchinn!

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Junior members of Valley Wheelers Cycling Club on The Mick Dineen Cycle ©

 Valley Wheelers

With the arrival of spring, club members are eagerly awaiting the first Time Trial of the season. This will take place in Ballingeary on Saturday, March 24th at 4pm sharp, with registration open from 3.15 to 3.45. This is a non competitive fun event and is confined to club members. Participation by all club members is strongly encouraged. Participants will cycle an 18km route from Ballingeary to Inchigeelagh and then return to Ballingeary to the finish line. The club is however no stranger to running such events as it hosted The National Hill Climb Championships in 2015.
April will see both the Junior and Leisurely Ladies sections of the club begin their season, with a Start of Season Cycle on April the 7thfor both groups. The junior spins are for children from ten to eighteen years of age and are supervised by adult members of the club. The spins for both of these groups are at a leisurely pace, with fun and enjoyment being the objective rather than intense fitness. Many of these members aim to and manage to complete the Mick Dineen Cycle which takes place each year on the August bank holiday weekend. Anyone interested in taking up such a challenge should contact the club's membership secretary whose details can be found on the club's website, www.valleywheelerscc.com.

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Recent sod turning ceremony at Clondrohid National School by Minister Michael Creed T.D. © Geraldine Dennehy

Bright New Day for Clondrohid

A sod turning ceremony took place recently in Clondrohid to mark the commencement of the construction of a long awaited new school. The turning of the sod was performed by Minister Michael Creed T.D. and was also attended by Aindrias Moynihan T.D., Cllr Michael Creed and Cllr Gobnait Moynihan. Minister Creed told those present that the new school was the result of a sustained, collaborative effort over many years and that this was indeed a bright day for education in Clondrohid. The building site was blessed by Fr Anthony Wickham P.P., who expressed his hope that the project would proceed safely and deliver the much needed new school. Representatives of Conack Construction Ltd., main contractors; members of the Design Team led by Mr Bertie Pope and Mr Niall O’Connor of Bertie Pope and Associates, Architects; members of the school’s Parents’ Association and Board of Management as well as school pupils were among those present.
Work is already at an advanced stage on the site, which parents and pupils will know as the school’s playing field. Hoarding has been erected around the entire site and significant amounts of soil and stone have been removed in preparation for the laying of foundations and associated works. The new school has an overall project budget of €4.5 m. The design is for an eight classroom, two storey building, with provision for future expansion. There will be an attached single storey, three classroom ASD section for pupils with a diagnosis of Autism. The building will include a large P.E. hall and a range of ancillary rooms and accommodation. The projected completion date for the new build is mid 2019, in advance of the commencement of the 2019 school year. The current school building, which is over 120 years old, will remain and will revert back to the local community on completion of the construction project. There will be a significant increase in the amount of car parking spaces available both during the school day and afterwards.
Present pupils – hopefully, the parents, grandparents and perhaps, teachers of the future of Clondrohid N.S., expressed their thoughts on the build:
“It is now the sixth day of March 2018 and the only sounds outside are diggers and all sorts of machines digging up our old school football pitch to prepare for getting our new school finished as quickly as possible. The estimated finish time is the middle of 2019 but at this rate of work, I see it being done a lot quicker”. Another: There will be lots more space for playing when all of the prefabs are gone. The school will also look way better from the outside and when people are passing in their cars, they will think it’s really nice”. “It will look really modern, new and spacious”. One pupil acknowledged the preparatory work involved: “All of the teachers have worked so hard to turn this dream into a reality. There will be bigger classrooms, support rooms, offices and much, much more”. Another said, “I think this new school will be very beneficial to a lot of people: kids in the school and kids joining the school in years to come, as well as the community around our school”. Finally, a very simple opinion, “I think our new school will be lovely”. And so say all of us.

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1937 high fliers in Kilvoultra. From left, Andy Desmond (father of Dermot), Seamus Burke, Seán Sheehan, Harry O'Leary, Unknown, Pilot - Ex-RAF; Eddie Warren, Tadhg Corkery (son of 'Collder'), Unknown, James Kelleher and Denis O'Leary. ©Courtesy of Tom O’Leary.

Clondrohid Updates

 Car Park. Clondrohid Community Recreational Facility Ltd (CCRFL) in conjunction with Cork County Council, recently unveiled the new car park which services the Astro pitch and the running track. Councillors from the municipal district of Blarney and Macroom, representative from I.R.D Duhallow attended, as well as members of the other community groups in the parish of Clondrohid. Cllr Kevin Conway congratulated CCRFL on the fantastic facilities they have put together in the last number of years and especially, on the completion of the new Car park which was part funded by Clár funding and administrated by the council. Noel McDonagh, Chairman of CCRFL, thanked everyone for attending and especially thanked the Council and the Councillors, I.R.D. Duhallow for the help they gave with the project and are looking forward to working with them again in the future.
Carriganima parade: Despite the snow and the cold the crowds poured into Carriganima village on Sunday 18 for their now well established parade. Fr. Wickham started the proceedings and spoke about St. Patrick, blessed the parade and Aindrias Moynihan said a few words and the parade got underway. Seanie was on hand to interview the many participants, with plenty of banter. The last float was Carriganima’s answer to Daniel and Majella’s visit to Millstreet. Well done to organisers, stewards, and all those who participated. Music by Tommy G rounded off the evening, with all the children happy in the Bouncing Castle.
Crowds poured into Millstreet on St. Patrick’s Day for the parade or was it to get a glimpse of Daniel O’Donnell and Majella who were on their B&B road trip and were staying with Eily Buckley on St. Patrick’s night. Daniel was the Grand Marshal and he, Majella and Eily arrived in a vintage car, boarded the viewing stand and joined the Millstreed Community Singers singing ‘ The Hills of Donegal’. Great memories for all involved, looking forward to seeing it all on T.V. later in the year.
Development Group: It is with great sadness that this Group bids farewell to Johnny Kelleher, their R.S.S. worker of many years. Johnny has reached his well deserved retirement age and they wish him well in his new found freedom. He will be sadly missed by one and all but the work done by him through the village will be testament to his great character. In the early days Johnny and Maura Lynch could be seen up and down the village, planting flowers, watering and picking up rubbish, and of course, stone building. Well done to both. Thanks Johnny for all the memories and hard work, nothing was ever a problem to you, we wish you many years of good health and happiness.
G.A.A. Well done to the Junior A’s on their first League match of the season, when they defeated Donoughmore by a point on a score line of 0 14 to 2 7.
Free G.A.A. Easter Camp: will be held on Tues and Wed April 3 and 4 from 11 to 2pm. To register your child/ children text Fergal Kelleher on 0879359704, with name, age and name of Parent/ Guardian and telephone no.

St. Patrick’s Day

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Ballinagree I.C.A. Mad Hatters at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Inchigeela Updates

Honouring Denis Quinlan. The Easter 1916 Commemoration Committee will hold the annual Easter ceremony after Mass on Easter Sunday 1st of April. This year the village will remember and honour the young Denis Quinlan who lived just opposite the tricolour in the centre of the village, and who died a hundred years ago, in May 1918. Denis Quinlan was the commanding officer of E Company of the local volunteers and we believe was a student. He bravely led the local volunteers in acquiring arms and ammunition, which was to have a great impact in the War of Independence later on. He drilled his men, forged fighting pikes in Jack Manning’s forge and opposed conscription to the British army. Alas, the young Denis was killed in an accidental shooting on his way to Inchigeela from a volunteer meeting in Macroom in mid May of 1918 and did not see the fruit of his labours. His death, we are told, had a devastating effect on his comrades. We are also told that Denis Quinlan was given a huge military style funeral from Macroom to Newcestown, the ancestral burial ground. He wasn’t much more than 20 years of age. Some of his relatives will attend the ceremony on Easter Sunday and will give more information on the young volunteer.
Flower Girls. Two Inchigeela girls took part in the recent Flower of Macroom contest. Róisín Cotter represented Healy’s Spar of Clondrohid and Tracey Cronin represented Scór. Both gave excellent interviews and showed that they were accomplished singers and while they were not selected on the night,they gave us cause to be very proud of them.
Bridge Repairs. It appears that the Derrivane bridge is being repaired at last after a number of false starts. We hope that there will be no stop now until it is put back in a way that satisfies everybody.
Bingo. Take note that this Easter Saturday Bingo in the hall will be changed to Good Friday night, March 30th at 8.30. Lots of Easter goodies will be given out in the raffle and spots. Please tell your friends. It continues then as usual on Saturday 7th April. Thank you all for your support.
1916 Garden Cleanup Saturday 24th March 10 am.
Croí na Laoi Walk Sunday 25th March to Skeheenanradharc, 2 pm at Inchigeela hall.
Good Friday Clean- up. The annual big clean-up of streets and roads around Inchigeela will take place on Good Friday morning . Please support as usual .Please bring gloves and high viz vest /jackets. There will be tea /coffee and goodies afterwards. Meet at the hall at10.am

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Coachford AFC presentation of kit to Joe Ronan and Ross Mulligan by Tony O'Connell of "Containment Service Providers ©

Coachford Updates

Coachford Swinging 60s. The next heat of the Cork Over 60s Talent competition takes place this Sunday, March 25th in Coachford GAA Hall. The talent show kicks off at 3pm and will feature an afternoon of song and music. Tea, coffee and cake will also be available and a great afternoon is planned. This show is being organised by the local Foróige group. Paddy O Brien will be the MC for the event.
Job Vacancy. Community Employment in Coachford Village is looking for someone to help out with the Tidy Towns and the Coachford Community House. The job is for 19.5 hrs per week and assistance will be given with training and re skilling. This is an ideal opportunity for you if you are between jobs, trying to get back to work and looking to update your skills. If you are interested and need some further information, contact the CE Supervisor on 087 9664143 for more details
Coachford Foróige narrowly lost out on a place in the National Talent Show Finals. 14 members of the club took to the stage in Butlerstown and danced their hearts out to a Bruno Mars number. They came 4th in the very tough competition but, as only 3 acts go forward from each district, it was not to be for the guys and gals.
50/50 winner. Congratulations to Margaret Browne from Loughlee, Carrigadrohid who was the February winner of the Coachford Community Association 50/50 raffle. Margaret won €195 hard cash. Well done to Martin Holmes, Farran, Mary O’Brien, Coolnagearagh, Coachford and Shelia Moynihan, the Railway. Each won a Healthy Ireland Fitness pack in the 50/50 raffle draw spot prize draw. Thanks to all those who bought tickets for the draw and who continue to support it. Tickets are €2 each and 3 for €5.
Astro turf lights up the GAA. The lights were switched on last week in the Aghabulllogue GAA Astro Turf pitch in Coachford and it makes an impressive sight.. Great credit is due to the people who developed this very fine facility. It had its problems and there must have been times when the development committee may have wondered if they were ever going to see this day. However they stuck with it, persevered and got it over the line. Well done. This is going to be a wonderful sporting facility in Coachford for children of all ages for years to come.
Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Ltd. AGM took place at O’Callaghan’s Bar & Guest House recently. ILTDL was formed by Coarse Angling Ireland NCFFI in 2012, to plan for hosting the World Feeder Championships in the area. Ensuing planning resulted in the multi-purpose venue known as the Coachford Greenway, a fine outdoor multi amenity facility; a waymarked trail for walkers & cyclists and a world class angling facility. Highlights of the committee’s 2017 year were the ongoing development of the Greenway into a world class facility and the hosting of the World Youth Angling Championships.


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         School Lane in the 1920s. ©                           C
hickens, goslings and hens in School Lane ©

A Street of Many Names

Lucy's Lane, Lucey’s Lane, School Lane, Temperance Lane, Danzig and Barrett Lane are some of the names given to the side street that leads northwards, from the Post Office to Barrett Place in Macroom. Since the early 19th century, perhaps because of its strategic location, the street of many names has been central to life in the town. From the early 1800s, it had a hall on its eastern side, 'built by public subscription'. At an unrecorded date, Daniel O'Connell attended a meeting there, perhaps pertaining to Catholic Emancipation or the Home Rule movement. The hall was also used for Temperance meetings. The 'male national school' moved from the church grounds to what became known as School Lane, in 1865, when the Mercy Sisters took over the National School for girls in Chapel Lane. Schools No 1and 2 moved on from School Lane to new premises in Cork St., under the De la Salle brothers, in 1909.
Lucy’s Lane had at least 18 cabins in 1852, opening directly on to the lane. Two photographs provided by the late Charlie Twomey, are more descriptive of conditions than a thousand words. In Griffith's Valuation 1852, the road is called Lucy's Lane, probably in deference to one of the two Landlords who had property there - Daniel Lucy (sic) Senior, whose tenants - occupying 'a house and yard' – were: Jeremiah Mahony, Edward Thornhill, Thomas Coleman, Matthew Twomey, James Shine, Humphrey Lynch, Gavin Nash and Daniel Finnegan, with four properties unoccupied. James Kelleher's tenants were Cornelius Kelleher , Thomas ....ton, Cornelius Cotter, Timothy Kelleher, William Walsh, John Creed and Rev. Thomas Lee, who was lessor of 'a Reading Room and Office'.
In an unofficial Census in 1895, an emigrant, Davy Murphy, Norwood, Mass. U.S.A., and 'Nut' Ahern, South Square, Macroom, compiled a handwritten census of the town, naming all residents of school going age, and sometimes including nicknames. In School Lane were:
Sweeney Terry and Sister Hanna Riordan, Ada, Morgan, Dan
Corcoran Cobbler Jer, Julia
Twomey Johnny (Bill poster) Willie, Mary, Bridgie
Callaghan Denny, Frank, Timmie, Billy, Jim, Dan, Mary
Scannell Jack and Mother
Lucey Jer and Neilus
Riordan Paddy, Bridgie, Hannah
Butler Nell, granddaughter Molly Coakley
Dunne Jack and Norrie
Dennehy Johnnie, Julia, Maggie Higgins
Sweeny Bill, Denny, Kathy
Old School teachers: D Buckley, John Cronin, T. Buckley Pan Loaf, Johnny Dennehy, D Sheehan, D Kelleher, Johnny Leary
Walsh Billy and wife
Walsh Den, Annie, Mary, Ellen
Peg Connell
Collins Jerry, Jack, Nora , Mike, Jim, Bridgie Shoemaker
Singleton Mike
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Left above: Máire McCarthy’s Chip Shop and the site of the New Post Office at Lucey’s Lane ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

Right above: Entrance to P agus T telephone exchange and O’Leary’s Hatchery ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

Danzig was a nickname given to the street in the first half of the 20th century and is still used by locals. It is probably with reference to the Free City of Danzig, a semi-autonomous city-state that existed between 1920 and 1939, consisting of the Baltic Sea port of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland) and nearly 200 towns and villages in the surrounding areas. It was created in accordance with the terms of the 1919 Treaty of Versailles after the end of World War I.
After the relocation of the school, the school/ hall in Lucey’s Lane was used for a variety of events. A controversial Brass Band practised and stored their instruments there. It was used for Gaelic League meetings at which An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire sometimes attended. It was used as an early cinema and, in his book, ‘Memories of Macroom’, James Kelleher recalls going to the silent movies in the Old Picture House, with tickets ranging in price from 4d to 1s 6d.
Work on a new County Council housing estate at the northern end of Lucey’s Lane commenced in the late ‘30s. It was named Barrett Place in 1945 (a tribute to Canon Michael Barrett, PP in Macroom 1930 – 1945 and buried in the church yard). At first, sixteen houses were erected by a builder from Cúil Aodha. The development continued in stages, with John Riordan building four houses and J.J. O’Leary, Fermoy building the final stage. Though numbered to 64, there are just 62 houses in the estate. Weekly rent in early years is remembered as being 3s 2d and was collected by a Coghlan man. Many of the Lucey’s Lane residents were re-housed in Barrett Place. Their old homes were demolished and the street became more commercial. In the 1960s, Máire McCarthy had a chip shop behind Ring’s, at the junction with Main Street. Julia Mary O’Leary had a thriving hatchery in the old hall for many years. Next to that was a garage for Fitz-Gerald’s Undertakers, housing the motor hearses and an old horse-drawn hearse. Dixon Collins had a paint store in the lane and Charlie Twomey’s father, Johnny Charlie, had a stable, where he housed his horse and dray, used for drawing merchandise to and from the Railway yard. The western side of the lane had and continues to have a leaning towards carpentry and furniture. Roland Brady and Dick Quill had Macroom Cabinet Works; John Aherne N.T. had a furniture store; Palfab, the O’Callaghan’s very successful pallet making business, started there; Catherine Cullinane had a used furniture store at the entrance to the present Sullane Place. It also had O’Connor’s coal store, the first ESB shop and office, a flower shop and a Tyre Centre.
21st century Lucey’s Lane is a busy thoroughfare, leading to Barrett Place, the NCT Centre, Eircom Telephone Exchange and the Castle Hotel and Supervalu Car Parks. Fifty years ago, in 1968, Macroom Geriatric Society was founded. In more PC times it came to be known as the Senior Citizens and is now, also, known as the Active Retired Association. The Fr. Ryan Hall was built in 1976. Its location is the old hall, the old school, the old cinema, the old meeting room. The historic site continues to serve the community, providing Meals on Wheels, health and social services and entertainment. Over the decades, the Senior Citizens Association has expanded to provide extensive residential and respite services on both sides of the street - at Annville, Sullane Haven (13 residential places) and Sullane Place (7 sheltered houses).

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The Senior Citizen Complex at Lucey’s Lane ©Lee Valley Outlook
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Sharon Shannon attends the opening of Jim Murray’s Furniture Store in 2013. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Post Office and telephone exchange were originally based near T.P. Cotter’s but the Post Office moved to the corner of Main Street and Lucey’s Lane in 1969, replacing premises previously owned by the Ring family, Dan Creed and Cissie Cronin. The telephone exchange stayed put until its closure in 1984. North of the new Post Office was the engineering section of the telephone system but this moved to its current location in Barrett Place in the 80s. Building the present exchange commenced in 1981. It housed a portable exchange at first, capable of serving 1,000 subscribers, before the automatic exchange was activated. The old engineering section adjacent to the Post Office was refurbished and became the Delivery Office in 2011. .
In 2018, the historic street/ lane is home to just four main enterprises - Hurley’s Chip Shop; Jim Murray Furniture Store; the Shopeen and the extensive buildings attached to Macroom Senior Citizens and An Post.
The 1911 Census of Ireland names the street as Temperance Lane and lists 17 households, some with a mixture of families. No. 3 had Terence and Hannah McSweeney and Norah Riordan. 4. Charles O’Connell. 5. Catherine, John and William Twomey. 6. Denis, Bridget, Daniel O’Callaghan. Mary, Johanna and James Dunne 7. James and Patrick Golden and Kate Wiley. 8. Cornelius, Hannah, Catherine, Jeremiah and Jeremiah Lucey. 9. Roger and Margaret Cooney. 10. Bridget Harrington and Bridget, Bridget and Patrick Horgan. 11. Jeremiah, Julia, Mary, Cornelius, Jeremiah and Patrick Lucey. 12. John and Ellen Spillane. Mary Cullinane, Julia Lehane. 13. Margaret Higgins and Boarder, Hannah Twomey. 14. Denis, Kate and Daniel Murphy. 16. William and Mary Kate Walsh. 17. Ann Walsh. Mary and Robert O’Neill. 18. Margaret Murray. Timothy, Anne, Anne, Bridget and Margaret O’Callaghan. 19. John and Nora Collins. 20. Margaret and John Regan.
N.B. My sincere thanks to all who provided information for this article. They include Eileen O’Connor, Ted Cronin, Pat O’Connell, Sean Shannon, Jerry Murphy, Michael Walsh, Dan O’Herlihy and others. I am still a blow-in and so, may inadvertently have erred in some of the above details. I would be grateful to receive correction or additional information regarding this historic street. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. M. Mac S.

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Dromleigh schoolchildren and staff in 1917. © Front row: Mattie Twomey, Unknown, Unknown, Cornelius O'Riordan, Unknown, Michael Cronin,Jimmy McCarthy, Steve Lehane. Second row:Unknown, Dan Bradley, Timmy Keeffe, Mary Keeffe, Unknown, Willie Masters, Jerome McCarthy, Steven Twohig, Katie O‘Sullivan, Mary O'Mahony. Third row: Johnny Twomey, Jerry Lehane, Katie Cotter, Annie Cotter, Kathleen W. Murphy, Dan Cronin, Dan Murphy, Johanna Murphy, Mary D. Murphy, John Buckley. Fourth row: Cornelius Cotter, Jim Murphy, Syl. Cotter, Michael O'Sullivan, Nora Murphy, Mary Ellen Twomey, Elsie Murphy, Nonie McCarthy. Pat Lehane. Back Row: Johanna Murphy N.T., Madge McCarthy, Kathleen Murphy, Hannah Twomey, May O’Sullivan, Michael Twomey, Cornelius Horgan, Tim Lehane, Denis Murphy, Jimmy Bradley, Willie Murphy, Jack Lehane. Patrick O'Riordan N.T.

Dromleigh N.S., Kilmichael.

On December 18th 2017, the children of Dromleigh (a pre-Famine school) were photographed on the 100th anniversary of the oldest image in the school’s photographic collection. It was an opportunity for the present pupils to reflect on the last one hundred years of Dromleigh N.S and on the historic parish of Kilmichael as it was in 1918.
In 1918 Dromleigh N.S., was a tiny, one roomed school; one of eight in the sprawling rural parish. The others were at Lackareigh, Castleview, Shanacashel, Johnstown, Toames, Kilnadur and Terelton. Sadly, only Dromleigh, Terelton and Kilnadur survive today. The Principal was Patrick O’Riordan, who succeeded his father, Jeremiah, who had been Principal in Dromleigh from 1870 until his death in 1900. The second teacher was Johanna (Good) Murphy who had been appointed in 1905 and was from a family of teachers. She was born and went to school in Toames, where her parents, Peter and Catherine, were teachers. She attended Carysfort College and taught in Scotland for a year before being appointed to Dromleigh. In 1911she had married Jeremiah Murphy who was Principal of Terelton N.S. She later succeeded Patrick O’Riordan as Principal in Dromleigh. She retired in 1944 and died two years later. Her daughters, grandson and great grand children all attended Dromleigh N.S.
Patrick O’Riordan lived close to the school in a house beside the grotto at Cooldorrihy. He would have walked to work while Mrs. Murphy cycled, come rain, hail or snow. The pupils all walked or were brought by horse and cart on rare occasions. Shoes were a precious commodity and children went barefoot from May onwards, or earlier if the weather allowed. Because the photograph in 1918 was taken in December, all children wore shoes. It is clear from the photo that the children knew about it in advance as they are all well dressed and ship shape.
It must have been very difficult for both teachers to work in the cramped conditions of the tiny one-roomed school, where up to ninety children attended on occasions. The age range was also staggering. As the option of a secondary education was almost unheard of, some young people attended up to the age of twenty. Nevertheless, besides the ‘three R’s’, singing, knitting, sewing and cookery were also taught. This was despite the fact that there was no running water or electricity and the open fires had to be lit every morning.

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Dromleigh schoolchildren and staff in 2017. Included are: 6th class – Fiachra Kerry, Zach Ryan, Ronan Klok, Méabh Bradley, Lauren O’Sullivan, Maya O’Mahony, Michaela Burgoyne, Maeve Dromey, Sonia Tapaszki, Billy Dromey, Tom Browne, David O’Riordan, Cillian Cronin, Noah Ryan, Luka Boyle, Caoimhe Shiels, Sophie Harrington, Cliona Burgoyne, Roisin Carroll, Saorlaith Murphy, Saoirse O’Leary, Lucia Duarte, Ella Dromey, Claire Dromey, Ciara Bradley, Orlagh Mc Bride, Eve Murphy, Dylan Lynch, Seán O’Leary, Tommy Carroll, Jerry O’Riordan, Jack Browne, Darragh O’Sullivan, Kristian Cermak, Eamon Cronin, Muireann Kerry,Grace Duarte, Makayla Lynch, Aoife Mc Bride, Laura Moore, Darragh Murphy, Jack Prendeville, Ruby Prendeville, Fionn Burgoyne, Jane Browne, Lilly May Cronin, Ronan Duranton, Nicole Harrington, Keelin Lynch, Paddy O’Brien, Chloe O’Shea, Finbarr O’Riordan, Seán Carroll, Riona Kerry, Katie O’Riordan, Joshua Moore, Liam Cronin, Lily O’Riordan, Francis Lynch, Daire O’Brien, Alex O’Mahony. Staff: Anne Bradley, Julie Murray, Linda Wiseman, Eimear Murphy, Mary O’Connell, Joan Masters ©Lee Valley Outlook

One hundred years on it is interesting to compare the surnames of the children from both photos. In fact, children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren of those in the 1918 photo attended Dromleigh. These included O’Riordans, Cotters, Bradleys, Masters, McCarthys, Twohigs and several Murphy families. However, many of the 1918 students emigrated. These included Katie O’Sullivan of Cooldorrihy who went to the U.S. Katie Cotter joined the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in England. She was a frequent visitor to her native Carrigboy and revisited the school during its 150th year. She died in Dover during the 1990s. Brothers, Jimmy and Dan Bradley, took different routes. Jimmy farmed at home in Cooldorrihy and his two granddaughters are present pupils in the school. Dan emigrated to London and worked in Fords with his brother Jeremiah. Both married and lived the rest of their lives in London. A sister, Mary, married Corneilus Cotter, who is also in the 1918 photo. They lived in Deshure. Corneilus’s brother, Tim, married Hannah Twomey (also in the photo). They lived in Clonmoyle and their children and grandchildren attended Dromleigh.
Most people in the area were the children of either farmers or labourers. The other occupations were trades like blacksmiths and tailors. Kilmichael Cross, beside the school, had two public houses. Cronin’s (named “The Home From Home”) is now Kilmichael Post Office and Bar and Shop. It then had a shop and meal and flour store attached. Coughlans had a bar cum Post Office. Two years later, these two businesses were affected by the events of Kilmichael Ambush just up the road. Jim Coughlan, the Postmaster, was arrested for not reporting the events of November 28th to the authorities and spent three months in Cork Jail. Denny Sullivan, a totally innocent man from Toames, was shot by the Auxiliaries outside Coughlan’s. In 1918 however, nobody locally had an inkling of things to come. World War 1 had just ended and a local man, Dan O’Leary, had joined the British Army. He was injured and returned to Kilmichael in 1919.
The Dromleigh of today stands in sharp contrast to 1918. The building has more than trebled in size and has all the modern conveniences, including a general purpose room and resource rooms. Few children walk or even cycle to school, with most travelling by car or bus (from the Toames area). The pupils still do their ‘Three R’s’ and their singing, knitting, sewing and cookery. But the curriculum has expanded to include sports, computers, STEM subjects and Music. The school has welcomed children from other areas as families have moved to the locality, including some from overseas. The staff has expanded to include Principal Anne Bradley, Deputy Principal Julie Murray, Class Teacher Eimear Murphy and Resource Teacher Linda Wiseman. The SNA is Mary O’Connell and the Secretary is Joan Masters. However, the children of Dromleigh are very aware of the school’s historic past and the walls are hung with photos of the many pupils who have passed through the little school on the grey ridge – Dromliath.


Easter 2018

Easter is Christianity’s oldest and most important feast and can fall on any date from March 22 to April 25. This year, Easter Sunday is on April 1. Like many Christian festivals, pagan rituals have been adapted and modified to form part of the Easter liturgy. The word ‘Easter’ is derived from Ostra, the Teutonic goddess of spring. Throughout Europe, it was customary to greet the new life evident in nature with bonfires and sacrificial rites. The Catholic church now has the lighting of the Paschal Fire as part of the liturgy during the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night. Easter is closely linked with the Jewish Passover, which commemorates the Angel of Death passing over households marked with the blood of the sacrificial lamb. ‘Easter Duty’ is a concept familiar to older generations of Catholics but not often stressed now. This obliged them to ‘receive worthily of the Blessed Eucharist at Eastertime, that is from Ash Wednesday to Trinity Sunday, inclusive’. It was also tied up with the requirement ‘to confess our sins at least once a year’, a practice now in decline.
To children, Easter means Easter Eggs. This custom dates from when Lent was strictly observed and people enjoyed a feast of boiled eggs when the fast was over. They were sometimes dyed to make them more attractive to children. Nowadays, children who have been fasting from sweets during Lent, enjoy the chocolate eggs at Easter. The Easter Bunny, a German tradition, has now arrived in Ireland. Chickens, a sign of new life, also feature and roast lamb, served with mint sauce, is the traditional Easter dish. In previous times, when women had to have their head covered in church, Easter bonnets were to the fore. These fabulous concoctions are now mostly confined to the racing enclosure. Because of the timing of the Easter Rising, many parades and commemorations are held at historical sites at Easter.
In Poland, services on Holy Saturday include the blessing of baskets containing cakes, eggs, horseradish, sausages, ham, salt, pepper, and tiny sugar lambs. Horseradish mixed with beets, "cwikla", is traditionally present on Polish Easter tables. Sharing a boiled egg with one’s relatives is a national tradition. Cakes are very important ingredients of Easter breakfast. "Mazurek" is a flat cake, usually on pastry or wafer, and covered with a paste of nuts, almonds and cheese. On Easter Monday there is a very ancient Polish Easter tradition called "Smingus-Dyngus" – the custom of pouring water on one another! This may be linked with the blessing of the Baptismal water during the Easter ritual.

Fool’s Day

While Shakesepeare, who often wrote of fools, makes no references to April Fool’s Day, it is mentioned in writings as early as the 1500s. But its origin remains a mystery. The most popular theory involves the calendar. In 1564 France reformed its calendar, moving the start of the year from the end of March to January 1. Those who clung to the old calendar system and continued to celebrate the New Year during the week that fell between March 25th and April 1st had paper fish, Poisson d’Avril, stuck on their backs and this remains the French term for April Fools. But it may pre-date this, since Chaucer seems to refer to it in the Nun’s Priest’s Tale, written around 1392. Among the most famous ‘April Fools’ played on the public are the 1975 Australian This Day Tonight news program telling of the country’s imminent conversion to metric time, with 100 seconds to the minute, 100 minutes to the hour, and 20-hour days. BBC’s Panorama announced details of a bumper spaghetti crop in 1957, giving rise to queries about growing spaghetti trees. The BBC’s response was to ‘place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best’. In 1998 Burger King published a full page advertisement in USA Today announcing the introduction of a Left-Handed Whopper specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. The new burger included the same ingredients as the original but rotated 180 degrees. Thousands of customers requested the new burger while many others requested their own 'right handed' version. We would probably call this a Trumpurger now.

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Cork County Championships

Muskerry hurlers and footballers were fixed to play very early in the county senior championships and both have tough assignments in the Divisions /Colleges section, which is being played on a knock-out basis (i.e. No second chance for the losing team). All football club teams will see championship action in April, with most club hurling teams also in action in that month, the remainder in the first fortnight in May. Club teams defeated in the opening round will have a second chance of advancement in a losers round.
County Senior Football Championship (Divisions/Colleges Section)
Two teams will qualify for round 3 of championship proper.
Round 1 (knock out)
(A) CIT v Muskerry
(B) Carbery v UCC
(C) Seandun v Duhallow
(D) Avondhu 0-10 Beara 0-13
Round 2 (Knock out)
CIT or Muskerry v Beara, Seandun/Duhallow v Carbery/UCC
Senior Hurling Championship (Divisions/ Colleges Section)
Two teams will qualify for round 3 of county championship proper.
Round 1 (knock out)
(A) UCC v Carrigdhoun
(B) CIT v Carbery
(C) Imokilly v Muskerry
(D) Duhallow v Avondhu
Round 2 (knock out)
UCC /Carrigdhoun v Duhallow/ Avondhu: CIT/ Carbery v Imokilly/ Muskerry
Mid Cork U21 Football Championship
U21 A Football (Five teams)
First Round:
A Éire Óg 3-16 Cill na Martra 1-13
B Ballincollig 1-11 Naomh Abán 1-9
C Kilmurry a bye
2nd round: Kilmurry 0 – 13 Cill na Martra 1 – 9
Semi finals: Éire Óg 1 – 9 Naomh Ábán 0 - 9
Ballincollig 2 – 5 Kilmurry1 – 17
Final: Kilmurry v Eire Óg
Naomh Abán 0 – 9 Éire Óg 1 - 9
The semi final meeting of Éire Óg and Naomh Abán in the Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 A Football championship at Cill na Martra on St Patrick’s Day was a hard fought affair, much tighter than most had anticipated, with the Gaeltacht side, last year’s B champions, never out of the reckoning until the final whistle blew. The vital score of the game was John Cooper’s goal for Éire Óg scored just before the break which gave his side a six point interval lead and acted as a cushion for the Ovens boys when Naomh Abán came storming back in an exciting second half.
Ground conditions were good but it was bitterly cold. Éire Óg started well assisted by the wind and they had early points from Jack Murphy and Eoin O’Shea to settle them. Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh had an opening point for Naomh Abán in the 14th minute, but Jack Murphy and Brian Hurley quickly replied with a point apiece to make it 0-4 to 0-1. Two points for Naomh Abán from Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh had the gap between the teams down to the minimum five minutes from the break but Éire Óg finished out the half in decisive fashion with a point from Jason Twomey being followed by Cooper’s 29th minute goal and Jack Murphy adding a point to make it 1-6 to 0-3 when referee John Ryan blew for the interval.
Naomh Abán gave quick notice of their intent to make this a real contest with points from Conchuir Ó Murchú and Colm Ó Meachair within three minutes of the restart. Every ball was being vigorously contested and the referee had to take action after an inevitable fracas developed, each side now reduced to fourteen men in the 42nd minute. Naomh Abán cut the deficit to a single goal when Piarais Ó Liatháin pointed in the 48th minute, the ball going over off the crossbar, but Colm O’Callaghan got a vital point for the Ovens side two minutes later, their first score of the second half, to restore a four point lead, 1-7 to 0-6. In the 53rd minute Aodhán O Luasa’s shot went screaming over the Éire Óg crossbar for a point, a well worked score which could have yielded a goal and the Éire Óg defence was not to be opened up again. A foul on Brian Hurley saw Eoin O’Shea restore the four point advantage from the resultant free, Ó Ceallaigh and O’Callaghan exchanged points and in injury time Piarais Ó Liatháin had the final score from a N Abán free, but Éire Óg held on to their one goal lead, relieved to have survived such a strong challenge.
Scorers: Éire Óg: J Cooper 1-0, J Murphy 0-3 (0-1), E O’Shea 0-2 (0-1f), C O’Callaghan 0-2, B Hurley, J Twomey, 0-1 each. N. Abán: D Ó Ceallaigh 0-4 (0-2f), P Ó Liatháin 0-2 (0-1f), C Ó Murchú, C O Meachair and A Ó Luasa 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: Christopher Kelly: Cillian Sheehan, David Twomey, Patrick Twomey: Ross McCarthy, Colm O’ Callaghan, Jerome Kelleher: Jack Murphy, Mark Brady: David Kirwan, Jason Twomey, John Cooper: Brian Hurley, Eoin O’Shea, Keith O’Riordan.
Naomh Abán: Diarmuid Ó Meachair: Diarmuid Ó Tuama, Tadhg Ó Riordáin, Micheál Ó Ceallacháin: Stiofán Ó Murchú, Dara Ó Loinsuigh, Aodh Ó Catháin: Conchuir Ó Críodáin, Conchuir Ó Murchú: Colm Ó Meachair, Piarais Ó Liatháin, Daire Ó Laoire: Aodhán Ó Luasa, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Fionn Ó Loinsuigh.
Referee: John Ryan, Macroom.

Kilmurry 1 – 17 Ballincollig 2 – 5
Kilmurry are into their second Mid Cork U21 A football championship final in a row , after this surprisingly comprehensive win over Ballincollig at a bitterly cold Coachford on Bank Holiday Monday. Kilmurry, aided by a strong wind, were in devastating form in the first half and had victory sewn up by the interval when they led by 0-13 to 0-1, an unassailable lead given their focus levels.
Kilmurry led by six points after the opening quarter and Ballincollig had their only point of the half in the 20th minute. Kilmurry simply were lording it and were putting scores on the board. A point for Ballincollig immediately on the restart gave brief hopes of a rally but Kilmurry replied in devastating style with a goal from Liam Wall and a point from Joe Ryan to quench Ballincollig hopes. Then Ballincollig struck for 2-2 in a fine five minute spell, Luke Fahy and Jordan Murray the goalscorers, to make it 1-14 to 2-4 after 43 minutes, a seven point lead for Kilmurry. A foul on the impressive Seán Warren yielded a penalty for Kilmurry which Joe Ryan elected to tap over the bar and after a final Ballincollig point in the 50th minute from Fenton Denny, Kilmurry finished with a late brace to copperfasten a victory which will have them installed as favourites to take their first A title since 1991.
Scorers: Kilmurry: L Wall 1-2, J Ryan 0-6 (0-5f), S Warren 0-6 (0-1f), James O’ Mullane 0-2, B Hinchion 0-1. Ballincollig: J Murray 1-0, L Fahy 1-0, Darren Murphy 0-3 (0-2f), K Browne and F Denny 0-1 each.
Kilmurry: Eoin Curzon: John O’ Mullane, Fionn Warren, William Ronan: Kyle Kelleher, Marco Healy, James O’ Mullane: Seán Flanagan, Liam O’ Sullivan: Brian Hinchion, Eoghan Clifford, Liam Wall: Evan Carroll, Joe Ryan, Seán Warren. Subs: Greg Fitton 40, Dara Linehan 54.
Ballincollig: Shane Hogan: John Hoey, Josh Cotter, Gearóid O’ Donoghue:, Seán Walsh, Kevin Crowley, Luke Fahy:, Jordan O’ Connor, Jordan Murray: Fenton Denny, Kevin Browne, David McCullagh: Daniel Murphy, Eoin O’ Reilly, Darren Murphy. Subs: Olan Dorgan 37, Dara Dorgan 52, Adam Wills 61.
Referee: Mr Dave Murnane (Macroom)

U21 B Football (Nine teams)
1st Round:
A Macroom a bye
B Blarney 1 – 7 Ballinora 0 - 8
C Canovee 3-7 Aghabullogue 0-8
D Aghinagh 2 -9 Iveleary 1-9
E Grenagh 0 – 8 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 6 - 14
2nd Round:
Macroom 3 – 12 Ballinora 2 - 9
Aghabullogue 2 – 10 Iveleary 3 - 3
Grenagh a bye
Quarter Finals:
A Aghinagh a bye
B Canovee 1-8 Macroom 1-10
C Aghabullogue v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh
D Blarney v Grenagh
Semi finals: Aghinagh v Macroom: C v D.

2nd round: Macroom 3 – 12 Ballinora 2 – 9
A blistering start for Macroom, which yielded a 2-5 to 0-1 advantage after ten minutes, was the vital factor in determining the outcome of this Mid Cork U21 B football championship 2nd round game at Kilmichael. Macroom were wind assisted in the opening half and continued to have the advantage up to half time at which stage they led by 3-9 to 0-4 and looked to have victory secured. Changes made by Ballinora, in personnel and positional, together with the wind assistance, were of massive benefit in the second half when they more than matched their opponents, leaving them to regret their bad start when the final whistle sounded.
Macroom were playing their first game in the competition, Ballinora had already lost to Blarney and so this game represented their last chance of remaining in the competition. Macroom had wind advantage and after Darragh Holmes had opened the scoring with a point for Ballinora, Macroom went on the offensive and points from Don Creedon, Cathal O’Riordan and Seán McMahon had them leading by 0-4 to 0-1 when Eolan O’Leary struck for their first goal in the 8th minute. A minute later Cathal O’Riordan had another goal and Craig Ronan and O’Riordan quickly added a point apiece. Darragh Holmes, who started at full forward for Ballinora, was now brought out to the midfield area and brought his side back into contention. Holmes pointed two frees, points were exchanged, before Macroom were gifted a goal in the 23rd minute, Don Creedon the Macroom scorer. Macroom led at the break by 14 points, 3-9 to 0-4 and looked comfortably in control.
A goal for Ballinora in the 39th minute from Dylan Dineen which was followed by a Macroom point from Eolan O’Leary, were the only scores of the third quarter as the two sides looked evenly matched now. Darragh Holmes now kicked four points in a row, two from frees, and Kenneth Greeley another with only a single point in reply from a Seán McMahon free for Macroom who could make no headway against the losers defence. Macroom goalkeeper Kevin Condon denied Dylan Dineen with an outstanding save in the 25th minute, Mark Corrigan had a late point for the winners, only their third point of the half, and Ballinora finished with a goal from the penalty spot with Darragh Holmes making no mistake here to cap an outstanding personal performance.
Scorers: Macroom: D Creedon 1-4, C O’Riordan 1-2 (0-1f), E O’Leary 1-1, S McMahon 0-3 (0-2f), C Ronan and M Corrigan 0-1 each. Ballinora: D Holmes 1-8 (1-0 pen, 0-3f), D Dineen 1-0, K Greeley 0-1.
Macroom: Kevin Condon: Cian Twomey, Paul O’Farrell, Ciarán Condon: Jack O’Riordan, Jack Cronin, Killian O’Donovan: Caleb Dinneen, Seán McMahon: Mark Corrigan, Alan Quinn, Don Creedon: Cathal O’Riordan, Eolan O’Leary, Craig Ronan. Subs: Daniel O’Riordan and Robert Healy, both on 45, Ethan O’Gorman and Aidan McMahon on 50, Frank Clarke 55.
Ballinora: Joe Conway: Ben Murphy, Brian Rigney, David Fitton: James Walsh, Conor McGrath, Pádraig Dineen: David O’Halloran, Kenneth Greeley: Dylan Dineen, Tim Forde, Cathal McCarthy: Seán Hogan, Darragh Holmes, Jack Blake. Subs; James Keohane, Gary Linehan, Seán Philpott, Oisín Nagle, Ben O’ Connell, George Forde.
Referee: Mr Gerry Masters, Kilmichael.

Aghabullogue 2 – 10 Iveleary 3 – 3
Aghabullogue were deserving winners of this second round game at Ovens on St Patrick’s Day. Both sides had lost their opening round games but each had shown promise and the quality of football on display here was good. Mathew Bradley was very prominent for Aghabullogue and it was his goal from the penalty spot which had helped his side to a 1-4 to 1-2 interval lead, the Iveleary goal coming from Ciarán Galvin. Aghabullogue continued to have that slight edge all through the second half and they had a second goal, this one from Tadgh Bradley to counter the goals from Chris Óg Jones and Ciarán Galvin for Iveleary. Mathew Bradley finished with 1-5 to his credit, his brother Tadgh with 1-3 and Niall BarryMurphy chipped in with two points.
Aghabullogue: Luke O’Connor: Denis Desmond, Shane Tarrant, Killian BarryMurphy: Jack Murphy, Paul Ring, Paul Dilworth: Seán O’Connell, Conor Smyth: Tom Long, Niall BarryMurphy, Seán Lane: Tadgh Bradley, Mathew Bradley, Conor Dineen. Subs: Jack Oldham, Aodhán Healy, Aaron O’Doherty, Paul Dineen.
Iveleary: Ian Jones: Chris O’Donovan, Seán O’Riordan, Seán Horgan; James O’Donovan, Ciarán Galvin, Tim O’Dea: Ciarán O’Riordan, Conor O’Leary: Micheál O’Herlihy, Chris Óg Jones, Daniel O’Donovan: Max Murphy, Aaron O’Donovan, Olan Clancy. Sub: Shane Hurley.
Referee: Mr Joe Larkin, Ballinora.
Quarter Final:
Macroom 1- 10 Canovee 1 - 8
A goal scored five minutes into time-added-on gave victory to Macroom in this U21 B football championship quarter final at Clondrohid on Bank Holiday Monday. The game was always close and exciting, the finish nailbiting.
Macroom had wind advantage in the first half and were the dominant team but a goal for Canovee in the 9th minute from Brian Verling helped keep Canovee closely in touch. Macroom 0-7 to Canovee’s 1-3 was the half time score.
Macroom dominated the third quarter but did not score enough, two points, one each from Cathal O’Riordan and Mark Corrigan, a poor return for almost total control. Inevitably Canovee came back at them in the final quarter with Mark Healy pointing three in a row to level the score at 0-9 to 1-6 in the 57th minute. Ethan O’Gorman put Macroom back in front, Mark Healy pointed another free to equalize in the 61st minute and two minutes later Mark Healy again pointed from a placed ball to the joy of the Canovee supporters. It looked all over for Macroom, but they came up the field and were awarded a free on the 20m line, out on the left wing. Cathal O’Riordan dropped the ball into the goalmouth where Eolan O’Leary met it with a fist to send the ball high into the Canovee net. Joy for Macroom who had played well enough for a long time to merit their win but heart break for a battling Canovee who had victory taken from them at the very finish.
Macroom: Kevin Condon: Cian Twomey, Paul O’Farrell, Ciarán Condon: Mark Corrigan, Jack Cronin, Killian O’Donovan: Caleb Dinneen, Seán McMahon: Alan Quinn, Blake
O’Gorman, Don Creedon: Cathal O’Riordan, Eolan O’Leary, Ethan O’Gorman. Subs: Craig Ronan and Jack O’Riordan.
Canovee: Cormac O’Driscoll: David Carroll, Eoghan O’Connell, Eoghan Lehane: Evan Dodd, Denis Murphy, Patrick O’Neill: Jack Murphy, Patrick Buckley: Conor Hughes, Mark Walsh, Shane O’Riordan: Brian Verling, Mark Healy, Dara Cronin. Subs: Neil Kirk, Daniel Akrinabola and David O’Keeffe. Referee: Mr Kieran Furey, Cill na Martra.

U 21C Football (13 a side-five teams)
A Clondrohid 2-11 Donoughmore 2-13
B Lee Gaels 1-7 Kilmichael 4-7
Éire Óg (2nds) –a bye
Round 2: Clondrohid 4 – 8 Éire Óg 2 1 - 14
Round 3: Éire Óg 2 0 – 10 Lee Gaels 2 - 3
Semi Finals: Éire Óg 2 0-7 Donoughmore 2-6; Clondrohid v Kilmichael
Final: Donoughmore v Clondrohid / Kilmichael
Éire Óg 0 – 10 Lee Gaels 2 – 3
Only a single point separated Éire Óg and Lee Gaels at the finish of this exciting U21 C championship game at Ovens and it was the home side who had to come from a point down to get a late winner from Eoin O’Shea. Dylan Foley was in shooting form for Éire Óg, the club’s second team, and his 4th minute point opened the scoring. Lee Gaels replied with a 9th minute goal from James Cotter and when Adam O’Riordan had an Éire Óg point, Lee Gaels struck for a second goal, this one from Shane Lucey. Éire Óg now introduced Eoin O’Shea, available as he had missed the first round of the A championship, and he kicked over a point and a late point from Philip Hayes left the half time score at Lee Gaels 2-0 to Eire Óg’s 0-4.
Points were twice exchanged in the third quarter, Hayes and Ryan O’Flynn for Éire Óg, to maintain the half time differential, 2-2 to 0-6, Philip Hayes’ point narrowed the gap further before Foley equalized for Éire Óg in the 48thminute. Lee Gaels regained the lead with a 51st minute point, 2-3 to 0-8, but another Dylan Foley point brought Éire Óg level and Eoin O’Shea kicked the winner in the 41st minute, the final stages interrupted by a delay for medical attention for a Lee Gaels player.
Scorers: Éire Óg: D Foley 0-4 (0-1f), E O’Shea 0-2 (0-1f), P Hayes 0-2, A O’Riordan and R O’Flynn 0-1 each. Lee Gaels: James Cotter and Shane Lucey 1-0 each.
Éire Óg 2: Eoin Kelleher: Seán Desmond, Seán Flynn: Cathal Buckley, Daniel Cotter, Philip Hayes: Ryan O’Flynn, Conor McGolderick: Cathal Buckley, James O’Shea, Joe Lynch: Adam O’Riordan, Dylan Foley. Subs: Eoin O’Shea, Graham Moyhihan, Mark Kelleher, Rian O’Shea, Jeremiah Desmond, Jamie Holland.
Lee Gaels: Michael Hand: Aaron Desmond, David Galvin: Dean O’Sullivan, Keith Desmond, Brendan O’Sullivan: Michael O’Riordan, Shane Lucey: Adam Casey, Eoghan Maher, Conor Canavan: Killian Kelleher, James Cotter. Subs: Shane Godsil, Jack Griffin.
Referee: Mr Denis Dineen, Ballinora.

Donoughmore 2 – 6 Eire Óg 0 - 7
Donoughmore are through to the final of the Mid Cork U21 C football championship after a good win over a battling Éire Óg second team at Dripsey. Donoughmore had a great start and aided by two goals from Dara O’Shea in the first eight minutes, they led by 2-3 to 0-2 after the opening quarter, Ryan O’Flynn abnd Jamie coring for the Farran men. Eire Óg improved on the run up to half time with points from Ger Desmond, Dylan Foley and Adam O’Riordan and the score was 2-5 to 0-5 in the winner’s favour.
Éire Óg had the wind behind them in the second half and exerted most of the pressure but the Donoughmore defence was equal to the challenge. Donoughmore limited Éire Óg to two Dylan Foley points in the half, with no score conceded in the last twenty minutes and even if they only managed a single point from a late free themselves, they had done enough damage early on to see them safely through to the final.
Donoughmore: Michael Buckley: David Looney, Brendan O’Callaghan: Niall O’Callaghan, Adrian Looney, St John Forde: Daren Lucey, Martin O’Sulllivan: Eddy Barrett, Ben Honohan, Cian Murphy: Jeremy Kennedy, Dara O’Shea. Subs: Colm Looney, Alan Jones.
Éire Óg: Eoin Kelleher: Seán Desmond, Seán Flynn: Cathal Buckley, Daniel Cotter, Philip Hayes: Ryan O’Flynn, Jer Desmond: Cathal Buckley, James O’Shea, Jamie Holland: Adam O’Riordan, Dylan Foley. Subs: Conor McGolderick, Graham Moyhihan, Mark Kelleher, Cian Rickard.
Referee: Mr Denis Dineen, Ballinora.
Tom Creedon Cup 2018

Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v St Michaels
Newmarket 1 – 14 Cill na Martra 1 – 11
Final: Newmarket v Béal Átha’n G or St Michael’s

Newmarket 1 – 14 Cill na Martra 1 – 11
Cill na Martra enjoyed a three point lead, 1-11 to 1-8 with the final quarter to play in this Tom Creedon Cup semi final at Cloughduv but premier intermediate side Newmarket, the 2017 winners of the competition, finished very strongly and six points without reply saw them through to the final for the second year in a row.
The Newmarket goal came from the penalty spot in the 7th minute and was the first score of the game and after the first quarter the Duhallow side led by 1-3 to 0-1. Cill na Martra improved substantially in the second quarter and fired over the points so that at the interval the Newmarket lead was down to two points, 1-6 o 0-7. The Cill na Martra offensive continued in the third quarter, Shane Ó Duinnín had a goal and wing back Tadgh Ó Corcora came up with two fine points and the Muskerry Gaeltacht side deserved their three point lead facing into the final quarter. Newmarket however raised the tempo and showed why they are rated one of the better premier sides with a string of match winning points.
Cill na Martra: Pádraig Ó Conchuir: Eoghan Ó Céilleachair, Graham Ó Mocháin, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh: Tadhg Ó Corcora, Antóin Ó Cuana, Seán Ó Foirréidh: Seán Ó Céilleachair, Fionnbarra Ó hEaluithe: Ciarán Ó Duinnín, Martín Ó Conchuir, Danní Ó Conaill: Damien Ó hUrdail, Dan Ó Duinnín, Shane Ó Duinnín. Fir Ionaid: Micheál Ó Deasúna, Gearóid Ó Faoláin, Marc Ó Goilí.

Mid Cork GAA Championships

The draws for the 2018 Mid Cork Championships have been made and provisional dates for opening rounds will be announced at the next board meeting. In the premier grade in hurling and in football, first round losers will receive a second chance of advancing.
Junior A Football Championship
1st round:
A Ballincollig v Blarney
B Kilmurry v Cill na Martra
C Clondrohid v Dripsey
D Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Canovee
E Kilmichael v Aghinagh
F Inniscarra v Iveleary
G Éire Óg v Donoughmore
2nd Round
Loser A v Loser B, Loser c v Loser D, Loser E v Loser F, Loser G – a bye
Junior A Hurling Championship
Round 1
A Ballincollig v Iveleary
B Cloughduv v Éire Óg
C Donoughmore v Ballinora
D Blarney v Kilmichael
Round 2
Loser A v Loser D, Loser C v Loser B

Junior B Football Championship
Round 1
A Naomh Abán v Ballincollig
B Iveleary v Inniscarra
C Aghabullogue v Canovee
D Grenagh v Donoughmore
E Macroom v Kilmurry
F Ballinora v Aghinagh
Quarter Final
1 Winner A v Winner F, 2 Winner E v Winner D
Semi Final
3 Winner C v Winner B, 4 Winner 1 v Winner 2
Junior C Football Championship
Round 1
A Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Gleann na Laoi
B Kilmichael v Éire Óg
C Dripsey v Clondrohid
D Macroom v Ballincollig
Semi Final
Winner A v Winner B, Winner C v Winner D
Junior B Hurling Championship
Preliminary Round
Gleann na Laoi v Laochra Óg
Round 1
A Loser of Preliminary v Blarney
B Grenagh v Ballinora
C Ballincollig v Éire Óg
Round 2
1 Winner A v Winner B
2 Winner C v Preliminary winner
3 Cloughduv v Donoughmore
4 Aghabullogue v Inniscarra Semi Final Winner 1 v Winner 2, Winner 3 v Winner 4

Cork County Championship 2018

Proposed Dates for 2018 County Championship Games
Thursday March 22nd
@ Riverstown, SHC Divisional Section, Imokilly v MUSKERRY, 7.45pm ET
@ Cloughdubh, SHC Divisional Section, CIT v Carbery, 7.45pm ET
Tuesday March 27th: SFC Divisional Section R2, CIT or Muskerry v Beara
Thursday March 29th: SHC Divisional Section R2, CIT/Carbery v Imokilly or Muskerry
Saturday April 7th
Killavullen, IFC R1, GRENAGH v Glanworth, 6.15pm ET
Sunday April 8th
Carrigadrohid, PIFC R1, Bandon v NAOMH ABÁN, 2.00pm ET
Carrigadrohid, PIFC R1, Bantry Blues v Fermoy, 3.45pm ET
Ovens, PIFC R1, MACROOM v St Michaels, 3.00pm ET
Millstreet, IFC R1, AGHABULLOGUE v Ballydesmond 6.15pm ET
Wednesday April 11th: P Uí Rinn, Munster MF QF, Cork v Waterford
Sunday April 15th
Macroom, SFC R1, Ilen Rovers v BALLINCOLLIG, 4.00pm ET,
Macroom, IFC R1, BALLINORA v CILL na MARTRA, 2.15pm ET
Sunday April 22nd
Ballygarvan, PIHC R1, Courcey Rovers v INNISCARRA, 2.00pm ET
Saturday April 28th
Pairc Uí Rinn, PIHC R1, Valley Rovers v BLARNEY, 6.15pm ET,
Banteer, IHC R1, BALLINCOLLIG v Meelin, 6.30pm ET
Ovens, IHC R1, Ballygarvan v AGHABULLOGUE, 4.00pm ET
Wednesday May 9th
Munster Minor F S-f, Winner Cork/Waterford v Winner Tipperary/Kerry
Saturday May 12th
Pairc Uí Rinn, IHC R1, ÉIRE ÓG v Sarsfields, 7.45pm ET
Ballygarvan, IHC R1, INNISCARRA v Ballymartle, 7.00pm ET
Killavullen, IHC R1, GRENAGH v St Catherines, 7.00pm ET (TBC by clubs)
Sunday May 13th
Mallow, IHC R1, Kildorrery v DRIPSEY, 3.30pm ET
Cork Hurlers and Footballers

Allianz Football League Division 2
Cork 2-16 - Meath 1-15:
Colm O'Neill showed a timely return to top form with 1-6 in Navan to ease Cork to an important Allianz football league Division 2 win. The Ballyclough man showed all his artistry and industry when he shot all but two of his points from open play and generally tortured Meath's overwhelmed defence. O'Neill grabbed the goal in the 69th minute, finally killing off the under pressure hosts, and he was also involved in John O'Rourke's early goal.
O'Rourke finished with 1-1 and along with Mark Collins' seven-point contribution, the full-forward line returned a healthy 2-14 on the day. Donncha O'Connor, a forward colleague of O'Neill when Cork won the All-Ireland in 2010, came on for his first action of 2018.
The result left Cork in the promotion picture with ties against Clare and Roscommon remaining.
Scorers for Cork: Colm O'Neill 1-6 (0-2f), Mark Collins 0-7 (0-4f), John O'Rourke 1-1, Sean White 0-1, Matthew Taylor 0-1.
CORK: Mark White; Kevin Flahive, Jamie O'Sullivan, Kevin Crowley; Tomas Clancy, Brian O'Driscoll, Matthew Taylor; Ian Maguire, Cillian O'Hanlon; Kevin O'Driscoll, Sean White, Ruairi Deane; Mark Collins, Colm O'Neill, John O'Rourke.
Subs: Michael McSweeney 39, Conor Dorman 39, Michael Hurley 62, Cian Kiely (Ballincollig) 66, Donncha O'Connor 70, Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael 70.

Cork 0-12 Clare 0-14:
Clare took the honours in this Division 2 clash on a bitterly cold night in Pairc Ui Rinn and Cork’s showing was a huge disappointment to the loyal supporters. This defeat more than compensates Clare for losing the earlier McGrath Cup final to a last minute Cork goal (3-13 to 3-12), ends Cork’s hopes of figuring in the league decider with its hopes of promotion and leaves them in danger of relegation to Division Three if they lose their final game to Roscommon, this a frightening prospect for Cork football.
Cork opened the scoring with a good Mark Collins point, Clare responded and Colm O’Neill hit two points in the 17th minute, however, to put Cork ahead, and captain Ian Maguire made it 0-4 to 0-2 on 19 minutes. Clare were level by the 26th minute, but Cork regained the momentum through Cian Dorgan and Collins (free); Cork led 0-7 to 0-5 at the break.
The scores were tied on 44 minutes, 0-8 apiece, but John O’Rourke pointed within a minute.
Going into the final quarter Clare went 0-11 to 0-9 up, Collins (free) made it a one-point game with 12 minutes left but Clare regained their two point lead. With four minutes left sub Stephen Sherlock cut Clare’s lead to one and O’Neill’s late free levelled matters. Clare’s Malone surged downfield for the lead point from distance, however, and in injury time Brennan made it safe.
Scorers for Cork: C. O’Neill (1 free)(0-4); M. Collins (2 frees) (0-3); J. O’Rourke (0-2); I. Maguire, C. Dorgan, S. Sherlock (0-1 each).
CORK: Mark White (Clonakilty): Sam Ryan (St Finbarrs), Jamie O Sullivan (Bishopstown), Kevin Crowley (Millstreet): Matthew Taylor (Mallow), Kevin Flahive (Douglas), Tomas Clancy (Fermoy): Ian Maguire (St Finbarrs), Cillian O’Hanlon (Kilshannig): Cian Dorgan (Ballincollig), Mark Collins (Castlehaven), Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael): John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers), Colm O’Neill (Ballyclough), Michael Hurley (Castlehaven). Subs: Stephen Sherlock (St Finbarrs) and Donncadh O’Connor both 53; Cian Kiely (Ballincollig) 59; Sean Wilson; Daniel O’Callaghan 69; Michael McSweeney71.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A

Tipperary 1-24 Cork 1-21
Tipperary did just about enough to withstand a late Cork charge to qualify for the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Finals and consign the Rebels to a relegation play-off against Waterford.
The first serious blow of the game was landed by Cork after eight minutes when Alan Cadogan was felled by Tipperary defenders, the referee called a penalty, and Patrick Horgan stepped up to drive to the back of the Tipp net.
Tipperary’s response to that set-back was immediate and impressive and the teams were level at 0-11 to 1-8 by the 30-minute mark. Tipperary found another gear just before half-time and led 0-15 to 1-9 ahead by the break.
The second-half took some time to settle down, with both teams guilty of some poor shooting and the concession of cheap frees. It was a one-score game again, 1-24 to 1-21, with two minutes of normal time remaining but Cork never looked like scoring the goal they needed to pull the game out of the fire.
Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 1-10 (1-0 pen, 8f), Alan Cadogan 0-3, Michael Cahalane 0-2, Conor Lehane 0-2, Shane Kingston 0-1, Luke Meade 0-1, Brian Lawton 0-1, Daniel Kearney 0-1.
CORK: Anthony Nash; Darren Browne, Colm Spillane, Sean O’Donoghue (Inniscarra); Christopher Joyce, Tim O'Mahony, Mark Coleman (Blarney); Darragh Fitzgibbon, Bill Cooper; Shane Kingston, Conor Lehane, Robbie O'Flynn; Alan Cadogan, Michael Cahalane, Patrick Horgan. Subs: Luke Meade 54, Brian Lawton 59, Daniel Kearney 65, Jack O’Connor70.

Cork 0-21 Waterford 1-13
Mark Coleman of Blarney is returning to top form after injury and Seán O’Donoghue of Inniscarra is settling in well at corner back for Cork.
Cork have retained their Allianz HL Division 1A status after they prevailed against an understrenght Waterford in Páirc Uí Rinn on a bitterly cold afternoon. Cork led all through this game and though a spirited Waterford response brought them to within two points in the closing stages, Cork saw out the win with late scores from Daniel Kearney (two) and Colm Spillane.
Cork had reeled off five unanswered points by the 13thminute, with Darragh Cooper, Michael Cahalane, Dean Brosnan, Bill Cooper all on target as Waterford had a goal disallowed. Just after the quarter-hour, Colm Spillane fouled Curran under a Stephen Bennett ball in, and a penalty was awarded and Curran drilled the ball low to the corner beyond Anthony Nash to reduce the deficit to just two points and despite Cork seeming to be on top there was just a goal in it, 0-10 to 1-4 at the break.
Cork had pulled clear, 0-16 to 1-8 at the three quarter stage, and Waterford’s hopes took a blow when sub Maurice Shanahan was sent off immediately after coming on following a clash with Tim O’Mahony. However, the 14 man visitors chipped away at the lead, to leave two in it coming down the stretch. That was as close as they came, however.
Scorers: Patrick Horgan 0-5 (3fs), Bill Cooper 0-4, Darragh Fitzgibbon, Dean Brosnan 0-3 each, Daniel Kearney 0-2 each, Conor Lehane, Michael Cahalane, Colm Spillane, Alan Cadogan 0-1 each.
CORK: Anthony Nash; Seán O’Donoghue, Eoin Cadogan, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Tim O’Mahony, Mark Coleman; Darragh Fitzgibbon, Bill Cooper; Séamus Harnedy, Dean Brosnan, Conor Lehane; Alan Cadogan, Patrick Horgan, Michael Cahalane. Subs: Luke Meade 46, Darren Browne 57-58, blood, Daniel Kearney 63, Robbie O’Flynn 70.

Camogie League

Cork and Kilkenny for League Final
Old rivals and champions, Cork and Kilkenny, will meet again in the 2018 Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 final. Kilkenny are going for 3-in-a-row in the League, while Cork are All Ireland Champions, having defeated the Cats in the 2017 Championship final. Kilkenny won their way to the League final when they defeated Galway 2-10 to 1-9 in Banagher. Cork have enjoyed an unbeaten run so far in this League and their 2-17 to 2-13 defeat of Limerick at CIT brought them to the final. In the semi-final, Cork got off to a quick start with a goal from Linda Collins. All-Ireland heroine Julia White, Orla Cotter and Orla Cronin provided points but Limerick stayed in contention with points scored. Collins slotted a point before notching up her second goal, to put the Rebels 10 points clear with a minute of normal time remaining. But Limerick, in that short time, scored a goal and two points, to make it 2-9 to 1-7 at the interval. Collins added another couple of points after the resumption and Cotter fired over three as Cork stretched their lead to eight. But Limerick, in a second revival, brought the margin back to a goal. Experience showed however and Amy O’Connor stepped up to fire over an insurance point to book Cork’s place in the final on Sunday, March 24.
Cork. 1. Amy Lee 2 Leanne O Sullivan 3 Laura Treacy 4 Meabh Cahalane 5 Pamela Mackey 6 Finola Neville 7 Chloe Sigerson 8 Libby Coppinger 9 Ashling Thompson 10 Amy O Connor 11 Orla Cronin 12 Linda Collins 13 Hannah Looney 14 Niamh McCarthy 15 Orla Cotter

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Wearers of the Red of Cork in 2017 - Rena Buckley, Niamh McCarthy (Senior) and Rebecca Keane (Minor) at the Inniscarra Camogie Club's victory dinner at Lee Valley Golf Club. © Mike English

 2018 Lidl Ladies National Football League

Having completed the 4th round of the League, Dublin lead on 12 points while Cork have 9; Donegal and Galway 7 each; Mayo 6; Kerry and Monaghan 3 each and Westmeath 0. After going down by a point to Dublin in the 3rd round, Cork had an easy win over Westmeath 2 – 13 to 1 – 6. Round 5 matches, Dublin v Kerry; Westmeath v Galway; Donegal v Cork and Mayo v Monaghan, fell victim to Storm Emma. Round 6 is scheduled for Sunday 25th March : Cork v Mayo in Mallow at 2p.m. Donegal v Kerry; Monaghan v Westmeath; Dublin v Galway.

Laochra Óg

Laochra Óg U14 Camogie team played their first camogie match against Inniscarra at Ballyanley. The girls braved the elements and put in a fine display, winning by four points. We had snow showers, wind and sunshine on a very cold morning. Well done to the girls and parents for travelling and supporting the players. Thanks to Inniscarra for being good hosts and giving our players a competitive game. Laochra Óg took part in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Macroom, minus the juvenile players due to the forecast.

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Macroom Juvenile G.A.A. and Soccer players who walked together in the Macroom parade. ©Con Kelleher

 Macroom FC

Race Night. Excitement is building for our upcoming fundraising Race Night. All are invited to Murray's Bar on Sunday April 1st (Easter Sunday Night). The first race will begin at 9pm and a great occasion is assured.
St. Patrick's Day. Macroom FC schoolboys and schoolgirls braved the cold weather to walk in this year's excellent parade. The soccer players partnered with the underage players from Macroom GAA club. There have been many favourable comments made regarding this joint effort from both clubs. Many of the players play both sports so it was a sensible option for them to walk together. It also gave the GAA and soccer coaches the opportunity to meet up and discuss matters which are in the best interests of all players.
Lotto Results
* The Committee of Macroom FC along with managers, coaches, players and all club members wish to express our deepest sympathies to Mick Goold and his family following the sad and untimely passing of Mick's brother, Brian. Our thoughts are with Mick and the family at this difficult time.

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Ber O’Shea (centre) Captain of the South Munster Ladies Senior Alliance, presenting her prizes in Macroom Golf Club recently. ©

 Macroom Golf Club

Results: 13 Mar Seniors Scramble First-Michael Lillis-15 Pat Connell-16 Derry Canty 22--46.7
17/18 Mar Open Singles First-Michael O'Mahony-17--35pts
19 March 3 Pers Team event First-Declan Ring-14 Martin O'Mahony-12- Tom McSweeney-16-45pts
Club Singles First-James Neville-11 33pts
Fixtures: Sat & Sun - Club singles. Easter Weekend - Easter bunny Bounce. Easter Monday - Invitational Singles. Tue – Seniors