Lee Valley Outlook v15e18 September 6 2018

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Coolavokig from the South ©Lee Valley Outlook
Lee Valley Diary

Blessing of Tiny Feet Fairy Garden in Masseytown Sat. 8th Sept at 3 pm
Muskerry Vintage Run for Cope. Sat. Sept. 8, 3p.m. sharp, from Coolcower House.
Dancing at Mushera: on Sun, Sept 9 3 – 5.30p.m.
Scoil Abán, Baile Mhúirne ar TG4 Sun. Sept. 9 at 9p.m. in Cleas Act.
Macroom Weekly Market Tues. Sept. 11, 9a.m. to 5p.m. in Town Square.
Cuidiú Coffee Morning 10:30- 12:30 Wed 12 Sept, Macroom GAA Hall
Macroom Flower & Garden Club Demonstration, Thurs 13th Sept at Coolcower House
Ealú Lua Adventure Race Sat 15th Sept
Coffee Day for Marymount at Kilmurry Museum Thurs, Sept 20, 9 am to 4.30 pm.
Terence MacSwiney weekend at Kilmurry Museum 19th - 21st Oct.
Kilmurry Parish Schools exhibition from Sat. 3rd Nov at Kilmurry Museum
Independence Museum Kilmurry opening hours Fri, Sat and Sun 2pm to 5pm for 2018.
Macroom Library
Wool Exhibition during September.
Purlies Knitting Group Sept. 6 at 11.30am.
Juvenile Book Club Sept 8th at 3pm.
Creative Writing Group 5.30pm Tues. 11th Sept
Music Morning: Mon 14th Sept 11am
Tuesday opening till 7.30p.m. from Sept. 4.
Art Exhibition by Jim Ryder during September.
Ballyvourney Library
Knitting & Craft Group, 11am every Tuesday morning.
Book Club the first Tuesday of every month at 10.30 am.
Ciorcal cainte Aoine 7ú Meán Fómhair agus gach coicís ina dhiaidh sin.
Macroom Food Festival Sept. 20 - 23
Thurs. 20. Vintage Tea Dance in Castle Hotel.
Fri. 21. Masquerade Ball at Riverside Park Hotel.
Sat. 22. Kids’ Zone. Taste Trail. International Flavours. Crystal Swing.
Sun. 23. Giant Food Market. Army Band. Schools’ Cook Off. Finale Party in Castle Hotel.
LVEB Shows at Riverside Park Hotel
Donal Ring Céilí Band & Guests on Fri Sept 7th at 8.00pm.
"Walking back to Happiness", Fri Sept 14 at 8.00pm.
Annmarie O’Riordan in Concert Fri 5th Oct at 8.30 pm.
Super Trouper – Mamma Mia. 12th/ 13th /14th October with Lee Valley Young Players.
Carrigadrohid Tidy Towns - Fund Raising Concert. Fri 26th Oct at 8:00pm.
Murray & Begley in Concert Fri 9th Nov at 8:00pm.
The Matchmaker Thurs 15th Nov at 8:00pm.
Songbook with Jim Reeves. Fri 23rd Nov at 8:00pm.
The Nualas Christmas Glam Slam. Sat 1st Dec at 8:00pm.
We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley func tions, 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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Crowds waiting for the official opening of Tiny Feet Fairy Garden in Masseytown, Macroom. ©John Lyons

‘Tiny Feet Fairy Garden’

Saturday, Sept 1st was a wonderful day for the people of Macroom and surrounding areas, with the official opening of ‘Tiny Feet Fairy Garden’ in Masseytown. This peaceful Riverside Park has been a hidden gem and was unknown to many up to now, but was transformed in the past two months in a project undertaken by Macroom Tidy Towns. In doing so, they were ably assisted by the Men’s Shed volunteers who are also based in Masseytown. Both groups brought their considerable resources to bear on the venture. There was JCB work, chainsaw work, concrete works, stone work, grass cutting, clearing, planting of trees and flowers, painting, making signs, getting litter bins, doggie poo bins, etc. All this was done over a period of about two months. Visitors to the park during this period kept returning and were amazed at the progress and additions each time.
It has been described as magical and enchanting, and regulars who visit always comment on how peaceful this area is. The morning and evening sun throws shadows across the grass. The use of natural wood in the many timber seats gives a pleasant feel and keeps people grounded and a ‘Hugging Tree’ helps people feel good. Facebook has been the main source of information and the regular updates and new pictures had people excited about the opening.

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The Fairy Garden at Masseytown, Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Over 500 turned up and it was wonderful to see the joy that this park and all its colour and features have brought to young and old alike. One was struck by the colour: the nicely painted sturdy entrance sign, the Balloons, the painted rainbow tree, the colourful seats, the red and white bins. Music and amplification were provided for the official opening ceremony. Martin Coughlan, Chairperson of the Tidy Towns said a few words, thanking everybody that had made this possible. Flower of Macroom, Emma Nott, then cut the tape, allowing hundreds of enthusiastic visitors to stream into the park.
Bouncing Castles were provided on the day and there were teas and refreshments for the adults, with minerals for children. Some hot food and baking were also on offer, all provided voluntarily. There was no charge, but a box was in place for donations. Many willing sponsors came on board and these have been thanked on facebook. Contributions have come from as far away as America. People have been so willing to get involved that the Tidy Towns had an arrangement that sponsorships, be it money or artifacts or materials, could be handed in to Frankie Twomey’s Hardware. There is a box at the entrance to the garden for further items that people might wish to donate to the project.
Many grandparents also enjoyed the carnival atmosphere, as children, many dressed as fairies, enjoyed the facilities. It was a very positive community venture, bringing everyone together, many from other countries. Colourful seats were made from used pallets and other contributed items included the carousels. The outpouring of goodwill towards this whole project has been overwhelming. It is of great benefit to the community and the goodwill has been evidenced in the respect shown for the park.
The Tidy Towns are hoping that this will help in the National competition next year and have left aside a portion of the park to be managed for wildlife, where native trees and biodiversity will be promoted. In this area, there are bat boxes, bird boxes, insect boxes, a bug hut and recently, 10 trees have been planted to enhance the area. There are signs erected advising people what type of trees and shrubs to plant to help pollination. Recently planted Fuschia, Buddleija, Wild Crab, Gooseberry, Bird Cherry, Hazel, Raspberry, Spindle Tree, Hawthorn, Willow, Rowan have all been named. It is hoped that this area will be used as an educational resource and developed further in time.
The park will be blessed on Saturday, 8th September, at 3 pm and it is hoped that the sun will shine and a great crowd will again attend. By John Lyons

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At the launch of Macroom Food Festival in T P Cotter's are Don Buckley – Chairman; Jackie Fitz-Gerald - Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop & Cafe & Jack Cotter - T P Cotter's Bar ©Michael O’Sullivan OSM Photo.

Macroom Food Festival – September 20 - 23 2018.

Macroom’s 7th annual Food Festival is just weeks away. It will run in the Main Square, the Castle Hotel, various pubs, cafés and restaurants and the Riverside Park Hotel and will include lots of food, music and fun for all the family: a vintage tea dance, an elegant Masquerade evening, a kids’ zone, the Macroom Taste Trail, a Multicultural food flavours event, a monster outdoor food market, a schools cook-off competition, interactive children’s entertainment, live music, & more.
The Vintage Tea Dance, in the Castle Hotel on Thursday has become a great attractions. Prizes for Best Dressed Lady and Gentleman, so get your 20s gear fluffed up. Friday will feature the Festival’s first ever Masquerade at The Riverside Park Hotel, a glamorous evening of masks, music and, of course, delicious food, put together by local chefs. This replaces the tasting event of previous years.
Saturday morning, children will have fun at the Kids Zone Marquee and Saturday afternoon features the Taste Trail and later, International Food Flavours at the Marquee on the Main Square. Take a leisurely stroll around and sample freshly prepared local produce as well as multi-cultural delights, while enjoying live music along the way. Tickets are €3 per tasting and are available from all participating venues and the festival HQ. Live bands will play in the Square from 7.30p.m. Saturday evening and Crystal Swing will be on stage at 9pm. Food stalls will provide alternative sustenance if music doesn’t suffice as the food of love!
The massive outdoor food market will return on Sunday and there will be entertainment for all the family, with face painting, balloon magic, live music from the Army Band of the Southern Command and lots more. Students will get competitive at the Schools Cook-Off and, as always, there will be lots to eat and drink. The festival will close with a massive festival finale party at the Castle Hotel.
Now in its 7th year, the festival has become a firm favourite and in the past number of years has drawn crowds of over 10, 000. Bígí ann gan teip.

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The launch of the 2018 CB Tool Hire Cork 20 Car Rally at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Rally in the Lee Valley

The CB Tool Hire Cork 20 Car Rally 2018 was launched at a glitzy event in Macroom recently. The rally, the last of this year’s championship, will be based at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom during the last weekend of September. Mayor of the County, Patrick Gerard Murphy; Catherine Cronin, Riverside Park Hotel; Aindrias Moynihan TD; Michael Creed MCC; Pat O’Connell, Lee Valley Enterprise Board; Conor Byrne, Main Sponsor and officers of the Munster Car Club welcomed the huge audience of motorsport enthusiasts.
Speakers traced Cork’s long tradition of car rallying, dating back more than 50 years to Billy Coleman’s glory days in the Circuit of Ireland. Rallying is now big business and it is estimated that the Cork 20 will bring a €1.5m spend to the area during the two days. While 400 volunteers give their services free, it is estimated that the cost of running a rally car is c. €100,000, making it prohibitive for most young drivers. Spin off from the rally is estimated at 600 bed nights. Unfortunately, Macroom can provide only a small fraction of these. The rally garners huge international media exposure for the area as it features on motoring programmes throughout the year. The iconic Cill na Martra stage and scenic Lough Allua in Inchigeela were rated by top crews, including Alastair Fisher and 2017 winner, Sam Moffett, as the best stages in the country. Interestingly, the 2018 route will not go through Cill na Martra village. Great crowds gathered there to watch the special section in 2017.
This is the second of a three year agreement to base the Cork 20 in Macroom. The Riverside Park Hotel, besides being Rally headquarters, will also provide entertainment for children, with a Bouncing Castle etc. Organisers of the rally extended their gratitude to residents along the rally route who may be inconvenienced during the four hours when their road is closed. 250 marshals will oversee the 250 km involved. Special thanks were extended to Cathal Quill and Philip Cross, local rally volunteers and to the Lee Valley Enterprise Board for support and sponsorship.
More details of the route in the next issue of the Lee Valley Outlook.

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Flower of Macroom, Emma Nott, who will compete in the 2018 Cork 20 Car Rally ©Lee Valley Outlook

Flower of Macroom to Enter Cork 20 Rally

Emma Nott, the 2018 Flower of Macroom, has confirmed that she will take part in this year’s CB Tool Hire Cork 20 International Rally which is based in Macroom from the 28th to the 30th of September. 2017 was the first time for the International event to run out of the town of Macroom and after a very successful rally, both competitors and local traders were full of praise. On speaking with the Flower of Macroom last week, Emma Nott said she was really looking forward to competing in her first event behind the wheel of a Rally Car. “I have followed Rallying from a very young age and it has been a big part of my life. It has always been my dream to get behind the wheel and drive a rally car. Luckily for me, the Cork 20 is based in my home town and it just felt right to give it a go this year as it seems to be my lucky year, with winning the Flower of Macroom as well. Hopefully I will make the people of Macroom proud”. Emma will drive a Ford Escort Mk11 in the main field section of the Rally and will be navigated by Declan Casey from Kilcorney.

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Chairman, Pat O’Connell addresses the crowd and launches a commemorative booklet at the 50th anniversary of Macroom Senior Citizens Association ©Lee Valley Outlook

Golden Jubilee of Macroom Senior Citizens

Fifty years of service to the elderly in Macroom and the Lee Valley were celebrated at a function in the Fr. Ryan Hall recently. Regina Casey, who has been on the Committee over all those years and is still serving as Secretary in 2018, was joined by founder members, Sheila Kelleher, Nessa Lucey and Eileen Hackett. They had introduced Meals on Wheels from their own homes in 1968 and the Geriatric Society was established to formalise the service later in the year. A host of others - past committee members, volunteers in saving fuel, potatoes, painting houses, cooking and delivering meals, fundraising etc. attended and made it a great occasion of friendship and reminiscence. They recalled the times when public funding was minimal but voluntary contributions, both physical and financial, were vital and health and safety considerations didn't impact on enterprise. Many press cuttings and photographs helped recall memories of committees, outings, socials and fundraisers. A booklet printed by Macroom Printing Works contains many details and photographs covering 50 years of service to the community and celebrating the excellent facilities now available at the Fr. Ryan Hall, Sullane Place and Sullane Haven.

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Averil O Connor MacEgan Senior Branch, Macroom and Chair of National Senior Branch Committee with Helen Concannon, Chief Commissioner and team mates, Aisling O’Sullivan and Caoimhe Long from Bishopstown. ©

Irish Girl Guide Awards

The Chief Commissioner’s Award took place in the Ancient East of county Waterford recently. Eight teams of intrepid Senior Branch members of Irish Girl Guides met at Clonmel train station, to be transported to an unknown location for the coming week. These included Averil O’Connor of MacEgan SB, Macroom, Aisling O’Sullivan and Caoimhe Long from Bishopstown SB, Deirbhle Smith from Schull SB and Sarah Canavan and Sarah Kenny from Killarney. Staff for the week included Deirdre Henley, Niamh McSweeney and Joe Willis from Macroom SB. First stop was Ballymarcarbery Hostel for a briefing session, ruthless gear check to discard unnecessary items and a delicious dinner. Early the next morning a substantial breakfast awaited the teams before they were dropped off at various points in the county. At drop off, each team was given a folder with map, a list of projects to be completed during the hike, log book to be filled in each day with details of route taken and distance travelled, food purchased, menus, people met, etc. Each team’s budget was €3.50 per person per day, which meant a lot of prudent meal planning as the teams were mostly hiking in very rural areas with small grocery shops and often none at all for a day or two.
During the week the participants met and talked with locals and many tourists along their different ways; learnt about the history of the area; took part in a memorial walk in Ardmore; joined a women’s group for a Pilates class in Clashmore Graveyard; walked parts of the Dungarvan to Waterford Greenway; helped out local communities and individuals serving teas, sweeping out shops, clearing up in a restaurant, etc. and immersed themselves, albeit briefly, in the lives of the communities through which they passed. Many challenges arose during the week, from finding the confidence to walk up to strangers to ask questions for the projects, e.g. the culinary delights of the “Blaa”, the meaning of the “Deise”; sleeping in a graveyard, facing the next long uphill stretch, all the while carrying personal gear, tent, cooker, food, log books and maps. The Chief Commissioner’s Award challenges each team not just physically and mentally, but also demands team work, inner motivation and an accumulation of the skills set of the team, especially at times when one is feeling tired, cold or hungry.
The Chief Commissioner’s Award is meant to bring one out of her comfort zone and stretch her into new growth, confidence and competence. This was obvious in all the teams when they were being interviewed following the hike days. The Chief Commissioner of the Irish Girl Guides, Helen Concannon, joined us for the Award ceremony which was held in the Round Tower of the historic Dungarvan Castle and was followed by a celebratory banquet. She congratulated all the teams on their successes in completing the challenge and living up to the IGG tag line “Giving Girls Confidence”.

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Transition Year group from De la Salle College at Paintballing session in Tralee ©An Scoi

De La Salle College

Leaving Cert. Congratulations to our 2018 Leaving Cert students on their excellent results. The students’ hard work and commitment to their studies was reflected in their results and we are delighted to see them all embarking on their new journeys in life. De La Salle College will miss the Leaving Cert class of 2018 and we hope they will maintain contact with the school over the coming years.
Once again, our Leaving Cert results far exceeded the national average. An impressive 28 % of our students received over 500 points, in comparison to the national average figure of 13%, while 59 % received in excess of 450 points, in comparison to the national average figure of 23 %. Finally, 63 % of our students got over 400 points, again a figure well above the national average of 35 %.
First Years. Our first year class of 2018 arrived at De La Salle College on Tuesday, August 28th full of enthusiasm and ready for their new adventure. The group of 56 students is very welcome and we look forward to working with them for the next six years.
De La Salle College open evening will take place in the school on Thursday, September 20th between 5 and 8pm, with the School Principal’s address at 7.30pm. We look forward to meeting all interested students and parents on the night, when everyone can have an opportunity to meet our teachers and view our facilities.
Transition Year students had a very enjoyable start to their new academic year when they travelled to Tralee to go paintballing. A great day was had by all, with some suggesting it should become a regular Friday event. The students were accompanied by Transition Year Co-ordinator, Mr John Ryan and English teacher, Ms Nicola Crowley. This is the start of a busy schedule for our Transition Year students. On Friday, September 7th, Finbarr Walsh (father of the late Donal Walsh) will speak with the students.

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McEgan College TY students on an environmental trip to the water treatment plant in Macroom with Niall Cronin, Curator ©An Scoil

McEgan College.

McEgan College Transitions Years visited the Water Treatment Plant where Niall Cronin (Curator) was on hand to show the Students how the water is treated for the Town's water supply. It was a most interesting field trip and the students got an insight into the procedures required to ensure our water is safe for drinking. McEgan College would like to thank Niall for a most beneficial tour of the plant

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All First Year students 2018 at St. Mary’s, Macroom with Buddies and Year Head, Arlene O’Donoghue ©An Scoil

St. Mary’s Updates

St Mary’s Secondary School was delighted to welcome 60 new students to the school on Monday the 27th of August. On the day, the 1st year girls were met by their new Principal, Vice Principal and Year Head. They spent the morning getting to know each other and their new school, with the help of their Buddies. The Buddy System is very effective in St Marys. It sees fourth year students act as Role Models and mentors for the incoming first year students. The Buddies are of huge help and benefit to the 1st years; they help them with their lockers, books and timetables; they take them from class to class for the first few weeks; make sure that they are ok during break and lunch time; walk them to the Bus Stop after school. They help them to settle in to their new school and to get to know other students in their class etc. They are a massive support to the first years and they really help them to transition from Primary School happily.
The Buddies are doing a fantastic job this year, as the first years seem to be very happy and settled in their new school already. Buddies 2018 are Leah Coughlan, Ella Dobbie, Martyna Byrdziak. Aoife Clancy, Ciara O’Donovan, Caoimhe Donovan and Andzelika Wyka. Their Mentor is Ms O’ Donoghue.

Papal Visit of Pope Francis August 2018

Macroom was represented at the recent visit of the Holy Father to Ireland August 25th and 26th 2018 Having attended Galway 1979 I had no doubt that I was attending on this occasion. As we eagerly prepared for our journey to Dublin on Sunday morning, having followed events on T.V., the previous day, arrival of the pontiff at Dublin airport, the itinerary on Saturday culminating with the fabulous concert at Croke Park on Saturday evening. Parishioners and Youth from Macroom and surrounding Parishes lead by Fr. John Keane C.C. departed on two coaches at 5.00a.m. rainwear and appropriate seating on board. An earlier coach with choir departed Macroom at 3.00a.m. A quick refreshments stop at 7.00a.m. with arrival at Kylemore Road Bus Park at 9.00a.m. From there our large group assembled following a head count, and made our way via the orange route to the Phoenix Park. Pilgrims from all over Ireland greeted one another. Upon entry to the park 11a.m. approx. Defence Forces were there to lend a hand if required. For Volunteers/ Ministers of the Eucharist it was time to report to their designated sub chapel in the Park and Pilgrims made their way to the various corrals or seats as per ticket. The large screens and sound from performing artists including the Arís choir from Kilkenny, set the pace. We were informed that Pope Francis had visited Knock Shrine and was on Aer Lingus flight back to Dublin from Knock International Airport. Facilities at the Phoenix Park were excellent. Stewarding and Volunteers equipped with maps were most helpful.
The altar adorned with flowers was flanked by 3,000 choir members conducted by John O Keeffe a native of Portmagee, Co. Kerry
At 2.30p.m. The Pope Mobile and the Holy Father, Pope Francis arrived at the Phoenix Park to much applause. As helicopters hovered overhead, it proceeded to make its way around the park. The large attendance had cameras at the ready to get some photos of the pontiff. Mass was celebrated at 3.00p.m. Irish music and composers featured prominently throughout the Mass Two pieces of Ireland’s most renowned liturgical composer Séan Ó Riada featured at Penitential Rite /“Kyrie” (“A Thiarna Déan Trócaire”) and the Lord’s prayer (“Ár nAthair”). As this was The World Meeting of Families, there were also a number of international composers with the final Anthem to our Lady “Go mBeannaíthear Duit by Peadar O Riada. As the pontiff departed for his journey back to Rome on Aer Lingus, pilgrims headed back to the respective buses and cars for the journey back home. Well done to all who helped out in any way providing extra folding stools and carrying papal flags. Special word of thanks to the coach operators and bus drivers for getting us back to Macroom safely. It was reported that 50 coaches travelled from Cork county. By Nora Gallagher

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The making of woollens Purlies' display at Macroom Library ©Con Kelleher

Macroom Library

Window Display ‘Not Worthless Wool’– an amazing exhibition in the Library by the Purlies knitting group to illustrate the many uses of wool. It’s well worth a visit during the Macroom Food Festival and up until the 3rd October. An exhibition of paintings by artist, Jim Ryder, is on display for the month of September. ( the display nook at the rear of the library.) The Music Morning: meets for the first time after the summer break on Monday 14th September 11am. Come & join us for a musical selection led by Mairead O’Herlihy, with refreshments served at the interval. Creative Writing Group will meet at 5.30pm in the library on the 11th September and new members are welcome and refreshments are served. If anyone would like to attend, enquire on 026/42483.
Summer Reading Scheme - We at the library would like to take the opportunity to thank all the children & parents that supported the Summer Reading Scheme in the library over the Summer. The reading programme - designed to keep young readers reading over the holidays – had over 241 children registered to take part. The Your Good Self talks & the Children’s Book Festival are fast approaching so watch this space for further developments over the Autumn & Winter in your local libraries.

Autumn Shows at Riverside Park Hotel

The Lee Valley Enterprise Board will present a series of shows at the Riverside Park Hotel this autumn.
Donal Ring Céilí Band & Guests will appear on Friday September 7th at 8.00pm. Tickets €16. Welcome back to the golden days of Cork entertainment when good, old-fashioned humour along with classic music were the order of the day. Headlining the nights will be the wonderful Cork Tenor, Terry McCarthy and comedian, Frank Twomey, who will have you splitting with laughter. Special guests on the night are the Donal Ring Ceilí Band, who are now 60 years in the business. Be sure not to miss out on some of Cork’s finest talent!
On Friday, September 14, "Walking back to Happiness", a 60's and 70's Music Show, will be on stage at the Riverside Park at 8.00pm. Tickets€20 / €18 Concession. “Walking back to happiness” was a great success on its 2017 visit. It features Patricia Robinson singing a very wide selection of hit songs through the years from artists like, Cilla Black, You’re my World, Petula Clark- Downtown, Shirley Bassey- Goldfinger, Celine Dion- My heart will go on, Nancy Sinatra-These Boots are Made for Walking, Plus songs from Karen Carpenter, Sandie Shaw, Barbara Streisand, and many others. It’s a very fast paced hit show with the emphasise on great tunes from yesterday which will make you want to sing-along, clap your hands, stomp your feet and really have a great, enjoyable, clean family entertainment, full of nostalgia, guaranteed to make you feel happy for a couple of hours.
Annmarie O’Riordan in Concert on Friday 5th October at 8.30 pm. Tickets:€15 / €12 Concession. Annmarie's wonderfully distinctive singing voice has become superbly recognisable not only at national levelbut increasingly on a much wider international scale.
Super Trouper – Mamma Mia. 12th/13th/14th October. 8:00pm (12th & 13th)& 3:00pmpm on Sunday 14th October. Tickets: Adults €15 / €10 Students & Children. Lee Valley Enterprise Board is delighted to present Super Trouper- Mamma Mia performed by the Lee Valley Young Players. Auditions for this production will take place on Sunday 26th August at Riverside Park Hotel from 5pm. This wonderful performance is directed and choreographed by Margot Carlisle of Carlisle Stage School, Cork, with Gerard Collins as Assistant Director.
Tickets available for the shows above from Kay at our South Square Box Office in Macroom, which is open on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 11:00am to 4:00pm and on Friday from 11.00am to 3.30pm. Phone 026 41174 or 087 1663395 - Website: www.macroom.ie. Please check out the next edition of the Lee Valley Outlook for more exciting show announcements at Riverside Park Hotel Macroom.


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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.
Back to School We welcome photographs of new classes and will publish them over the coming issues of the Lee Valley Outlook. We will also be glad to publicise upcoming school events and achievements. Currently, we are looking back at Irish education in the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. We will be delighted to publish old school photographs from those decades. Please email photos in large jpg format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Papal Visit. We will welcome photographs of groups of people from the area who went to Knock or Dublin to see Pope Francis.
Mushera Platform Last dance of the season on the original platform at the slopes of Mushera mountain on Sunday, September 9th. Music by Peter Lane. 3 to 5.30 pm.
Scoil Abán ar TG4 Bhí daltaí as Scoil Abán Naofa, Baile Mhúirne ag RTE le déanaí ag ullmhú don clár, Cleas Act a seolfar ar TG4 ar an Domhnach, 9 Meán Fómhair ag 9p.m. ar feadh uair a chloig. Clár cosúil le School around the Corner fadó atá ann.
Cuidiú Coffee Morning 10:30- 12:30 Wednesday 12 September, Macroom GAA Hall (back of the Castle Grounds). Bring your babies and toddlers to play while you get a coffee and chat with other parents (€2.50 non-members, €1.50 members) Contact Helen Corcoran or Aoife Noonan via Cuidiu Cork on Facebook.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club presents Floral Demonstration with Breda Keohane AOIFA, entitled ‘Autumn Splendour’, Thursday 13th of September at Coolcower House, Macroom 026-41695. New members and visitors most welcome. Club Competitions Contact Secretary 087-9821708 (note AOIFA Friendly Bouquet Day Friday 21st September).
Kilmurry Active Retirement meeting Thursday 13th of September 7.30 followed by guide tour of Kilmurry Independence Museum. All welcome.
Coffee Day and Cake Sale in aid of Marymount Hospice takes place in Kilmurry Museum on Thursday, 20th of September from 9 am to 4.30 pm. All are welcome!
Stay Fit for the Future classes starting Kilmurry Museum, Thursday 20th September (8 nights.) Beginners 6p.m to 7 pm. Improvers 7 p.m to 8p.m. To book, phone Cork Sports Partnership at 021 4347096 .All welcome.
Adult Education Centre, New Street, Macroom offers courses in Cookery, Art, Computers, Personal Development, Relaxation Techniques, Mindfulness, Healthcare, Horticulture, Nutrition and Gardening from September. All courses are free and funded by Cork ETB. Telephone 026 20248 or 086 8239097.
CDYS Macroom Good Lives is now heading into its fifth year. We are now interviewing for the Good Lives Project. QQI Level 4 Full Award in Sport and Recreation with additional horticulture modules. Our emphasis would be on individual support and progression so would be particularly beneficial to anyone who is finding it difficult to access further education or employment. The general consensus is that the course has given participants a boost of confidence as well as new skills which they can apply to the workplace and social environments. For further details please contact : Karen O' Callaghan 083 1699095 Mark Lucey 026 20952.
Beir Bua. All at Cloughduv Camogie Club wish Aoife Murray and Briege Corkery the very best in the All Ireland Final on September 9th.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: August 26. Jackpot €4,150. Numbers drawn 22, 32, and 38. No winner. €50 Mick Fitz and I, Ballinagree, c/o Láine Bar. €20 each: John O Mahoney, M/C/P, Ned Hubbard, Inchalea, Martin Hubbard, Inchalea and Eoghan and Gearóid O Brien, c/o Anvil Bar.
September 2. Jackpot €4,300. Numbers drawn 2, 4, and 39. Jackpot Winner: Teresa Dennehy, Oughtierra. €50 Nora & Bina O'Sullivan, Rusheen. €20 each: Sean Corkery & Martin Healy, Gerard Kelleher, C/O M & J Kelleher, Stephen Murphy, Coachford, Martin & Julie Buckley, Woodley's Cross.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto 22/8/ 2018. Jackpot No winner. €70 Tim O’Riordan, Ballymakeera Lower €20 each: James O’Connell, Clondrohid, Eddie Duggan, Moulnahorna, Mark O’Shea, Ardnacrusha, Julie Burgoyne, Johnstown, Kilmichael.
25/8/ 2018. Jackpot No winner. €70 Matthew and Gobnait Kelleher €20 each: O’Brien Family Caherkeegane, Peter McSweeney Gortnalicka, Tim and Rita O’Callaghan the Village, Mgt. Burke Crookstown
Donoughmore G.A.A. Lotto August 22. Jackpot €2,400. Numbers Drawn: 2 32 35. No winner. €25 Lucky Dip Winners: 1. John McSweeney 2. Pa Barrett 3. Finbarr Mc Sweeney 4. Jimmy Buckley 5. Hughie O’Callaghan
August 28. Jackpot €2,500. Winning Numbers: 21 27 31. No winner €25 Lucky Dip Winners: 1. Joseph Fitzgerald 2. Pat Barry 3. Finbarr O’Connell 4. Willie Cotter 5. Kevin, Ciara, Karen Corkery.
Kilmichael GAA Lotto August 20. Jackpot €15.000. Numbers: 22– 23 – 30 – 34; No Winner. €50 - Joe& Sheila, c/o TFR €25 each Ted O'Driscoll, c/o J. Masters. Finbarr Kelly, Gneeves. Stephen McCarthy, Lisnacuddy.
August 27. Numbers: 8 – 13 –30 – 35. No Winner.€50 Tim Kelly, Gneeves. €25 each: Valerie O'Leary, Rosnakilla. Theresa Hurley, Mallow, Coppeen. Gerry &Gobnait O'Leary, Cusduff.
Macroom FC Lotto 27/08/18. Jackpot €1,400. Numbers drawn: 4, 8, 30. €80 Catherine O' Connor. €20 each Joan, Evan and Alex c/o Joan, Eileen Manning c/o Evelyn, Gillian Ronan c/o Murray's, Peggy Coleman c/o Po'R.
03/09/18: Jackpot: €1,600. Numbers drawn: 9, 14, 19. No Winner. €80: Liz, Ger and Charlie c/o Danny. €20 each: Joanne c/o June, Ashling Relihan c/o Fudge, Michael Vaughan c/o Lar's, Jimmy O' Donoghue c/o Danny.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 21/08/2018. Jackpot €2000. Numbers drawn: 7-17-25.. No Winner. €70. Raymond O'Riordan, Sleaveen East €20 each: Mike O'Riordan, Inchigeela. Mary T. Corcoran, C/O Shelia Buttimer. €20. Bina Healy, Farnanes. Joe Creedon, Cork Street.Tina Murray, Railway View.
28/08/2018. Jackpot €2200. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 6-18-34. €70 Serena O'Shea, Castle Court €20 each: Claire Dinneen, Main Street, Denny Lynch, Castle Street, Bessie Cronin, Sullane Haven, Mary Cooney, Greyhound Bar, Margaret Kelly, Barrett Place.
Macroom GC Lotto Aug. 21. Jackpot €2400. Numbers Drawn: 13 20 32. No winner. €40 Anne Heran c/o Owen Mc. €20 each: Albert Groarke, Macroom GC. Anthony Hartnett, Bishopstown.
Rylane CPA Lotto: 20/8/2018 Jackpot €1,700. Numbers drawn:8 - 27 - 40.. No Winner.€20 Joan & grandchildren (Rylane); Colm Desmond (Berrings); Tim Buckley (Rylane East). Seller's Prize €20: Marie O'Riordan.
27/8/2018 Jackpot €1,800. Numbers drawn:1 - 5 - 32.. No Winner. €20 Anna O'Regan (Rylane); Sharon O'Rourke (Rylane); Linda O'Sullivan (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20: Mags Chipper.
Coachford AFC Lotto: 27/8/2018. Jackpot: €6,200. Numbers Drawn: 18 – 19 – 21. No Winner. €40 Eibhlín Ní Mhuinithe. €20 Eileen Martin, Jim O’Sullivan, Michael O’Shaughnessy (Online Ticket), Noel Foley.
3/9/2018. Jackpot: €6,400. Numbers Drawn: 3 – 23 – 34. No Winner. €40 David & Laura Hayes. €20 Helen Barrett, Jennifer Delaney, Sheila O’Sullivan, Ciarán O’Riordan.

Lee Valley Updates

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Craobh Lachtaín Naofa CCÉ winners at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018. ©

Cill na Martra Fleadh Winners

Members of Craobh Lachtaín Naofa CCÉ, Cill na Martra, enjoyed much success at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda. They earned three all-Ireland titles as well as three second places and one third - a huge achievement for a small Comhaltas branch. The winners were 1st Ellen de Búrca: Amhránaíocht ar an sean nós (mná) / 12-15. 1st Seán Ó Muimhneacháin: Amhráin Nuacheaptha Gaeilge. 1st Danielle Ní Chéilleachair: Amhránaíocht ar an sean nós (mná) over-18. 2nd Méabh Ní Chonaill Amhráin Nuacheaptha Gaeilge. 2nd Orlaith Ní Loingsigh: Amhránaíocht ar an sean nós (mná) fé 12. 2nd Seán Ó Muimhneacháin: Scéalaíocht os cionn 18. 3rd Méabh Ní Chonaill: Comhrá Gaeilge 13-15.
Comhghairdeas libh go léir.

Clondrohid Updates

Cart Tractor Run: Millstreet vintage club are organising the annual tractor run in aid of C.A.R.T. (Carriganima Area Rural Transport) on Sunday September 16. Registration is from 10:30am, with the run starting at 12 noon sharp, along some local scenic routes. There will be refreshments for all participants in The Pub afterwards, with an enjoyable day assured. All are welcome. Come out and support this wonderful service.
Active Retired; The monthly get together takes place in the hall on Wednesday, September 12 at 10am. Refreshments, chat and some exercises to get the day rolling. Brilliant outing to the INEC recently, everyone had a ball. More events planned. Watch this space.
Clondrohid Community Hall: Bookings for 2018/19 from September on being taken. All bookings if possible to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Persons who have been using the hall and having their balance paid up to date will get preference for times and dates going forward.
Carriganima Mass; The 10am Mass on Sundays resumes this weekend.. Please note.
Back to School: We extend our good wishes to all those returning to school, this week and last. A big welcome to all those starting out on those first steps. Welcome to Mr. Lucey, taking over as Principal of Clondrohid National School, and a big ‘Thank You’ to Master Lehane for all his years of service. Hope he enjoys his retirement.
Dancing at Mushera: The next big occasion in Mushera will be this Sunday, September 9, from 3.30 to 5.30. pm. Music by Southern Pride. Everyone welcome.
G.A.A Well done to the Minors who defeated Carrignavar recently in the first round of the championship on a score line of 1 17 to 1 08.

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Papal picnic le mná Uíbh Laoire! ©

Inchigeela Updates

Heritage Event. The Store of Memories Museum was the setting for a reading of the 1913 diary account of a 6 week voyage from London to Melbourne by Michael Johnny O’Sullivan of Inchigeela. When he landed in far off Australia over a hundred years ago, he posted his travel experiences home to his people, in diary form, in a simple copy book. His observations on his travels are still preserved in his brother’s family shop, along with a host of other documents, photos, newspaper, cuttings and items sold in the old general store in times past. On Heritage night, before a large audience, Ed O’Sullivan, Michael’s grand-nephew, read the old diary once more and in dramatic fashion, brought it back to life across all those years and all those miles. In the darkened shop, lit by oil lamps and wax candles, it seemed that Michael Johnny O Sullivan was present, personally telling of his adventures. Thank you to the O Sullivan family for providing an unforgettable few hours. The old shop (now “The Store of Memories”) is open during weekends and is worth a visit before it closes for the winter. Entry is Free.
Muskerry Champions. On Sunday last, the Iveleary Football team defeated Canovee on a damp and drizzly evening in Kilmurry. Iveleary established a comfortable lead from the beginning but, due to some Iveleary boys carrying injuries, some scoring chances going astray, a slippery turf and a spirited Canovee not willing to surrender, the victory could have gone to either team as the final whistle approached. But well done to our heroes. We are very proud of you. Final score,1-9 to 1-6. A good display of football from two clubs, each with a proud history. And we cannot forget the wonderful display by the very young representatives in the Iveleary and Canovee gansies who entertained us to a spirited exhibition of football at the interval. The Ballingeary pipe band deserves a mention of appreciation as well.

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Iveleary Juveniles who played in an exhibition game at halftime in the Muskerry Football final ©Lee Valley Outlook

Bingo! It’s heads down and pencils at the ready on 8th of September at 8.30pm in the Hall in Inchigeela as Bingo season is starting up again. It’s run by the Hall Committee and the proceeds go to the upkeep of the hall so please support.
River Island Funding. Croí na Laoi, the Inchigeela development group, have been informed that their efforts have been rewarded with funding for major improvements to the River Island Park (sometimes known as “The Island”) This lovely amenity has walkways, a tennis/ basketball court, fishing, wildlife, facilities for swimming and picnicking as well as boating and kayaking . In recent years it had been somewhat neglected and fallen into disrepair. Hopefully, it will return to its former beautiful condition again. Watch this spot!
Croí na Laoi /Tidy Towns people recently took on a task of returning a derelict house in the village to its once lovely state. Ivy was removed, walls power washed, painted and bushes cut. The project was funded by a donation from the family, who were born and reared in the house but who live elsewhere in Ireland and in England. They recently visited the old home and said that they were very delighted and impressed with the transformation. The Tidy towns group wish to thank the family for their generosity
Culture night. An Irish night is planned for Culture night 21st September in Creedon’s Hotel, so come along and join in the fun
Níl aon Tínteán mar do Thíntean Féin. Many of us must admit to scanning the list of post offices that are getting the chop in the name of rationalisation and supposed progress, to see if our own has become a victim. Isn’t it a wake-up call once again that if we do not use and support our own local businesses, services, trades people etc, these will not be able to survive or the authorities will see it as an excuse to take the service away. We have examples of it here and all over rural Ireland. So let’s proudly support our local businesses and keep our community strong.

Muskerry Vintage Club Run for Cope

The Muskerry Vintage Club’s Annual Charity Run takes place on Saturday September 8th and is set to be a fantastic day out for all vintage car enthusiasts. This year, Muskerry Vintage Club has chosen Cope Foundation (Macroom) as the charity to benefit from their Charity Run. Cope Foundation is an organisation close to the hearts of many of the Club members and it plays an important role in communities right across the city and county.
Registration for this Run takes place on the day at Coolcower House, Macroom from 1.30pm - 2.45pm. Registration costs €20 per vehicle, including refreshments and a token from the day. The run will move off from Coolcower House at 3pm (sharp) and will finish at Ballyvourney. It is a beautiful route, taking in sites around Inchigeela, Ballingeary and Ballyvourney. Everyone is welcome to The Abbey Hotel afterwards from 5.30pm where there will be a prize giving ceremony, raffle and optional meal (€14.50 per person).
Before setting off, there will be a collection for Cope Foundation on the day near the Dunnes Stores car park (Macroom) from 11am – 2.30pm where some of the vintage cars will also be displayed. Keep an eye out for the volunteer collectors and please support them! For further information, please contact Lar Cummins on 087 2268752.

J.J. Long Memorial Tournament

The JJ Long Memorial Cup tournament was organized by the Kilmurry underage GAA and the Long family. The tournament is dedicated to the late JJ Long, whose contribution to Kilmurry GAA club over the years was immense. The competition was run over two weekends in August. The final day was a family fun day event with an open BBQ. Judging by this year's event the future looks extremely bright for the new JJ Long Memorial Cup competition.
A special thanks to the Kilmurry underage Chairman, Brian Harte; Secretary Dermot McDonald; the Long family, mentors and all who helped out on the day to make this event a huge success.

Macra Matters

Donoughmore Macra officers made the long trip to NUI Galway recently for club officer training. It was definitely a worthwhile trip with our new officers learning the ropes of their positions while those in their second year as officers had their skills refreshed. We are all looking forward to the new Macra year and have plenty of ideas in store! The club also held an excellent sports night in conjunction with Ballincollig Macra. Members had great fun bowling at The Planet in Blackpool and getting in some practice for the regional bowling competition.
Many members from Donoughmore Macra enjoyed the Muskerry Macra social day out at the end of August. It was held at Ballyhass Lakes Coachford and the evening was rounded off with a club barbecue. Thanks to all who attended. Congratulations to our Novice Debating team of Mairead Healy, Joanne Kiely and Aoibhinn Murphy who competed in the regional round of Novice Debating against Aghinagh Macra and were victorious on the night. Well done to Aoibhinn who also picked up the best debater award. Best of luck to them as they advance to the Cork County semi-final at the end of the month.
For more info on the club check out:www.facebook.com/donoughmore.macra or contact 085-1949034. New members always welcome!

Death of an Artist
Tadhg Mac Suibhne, Cill na Martra, a self taught artist who travelled extensively and exhibited his works in Baile Mhúirne, Macroom, Cork, Killarney, Dublin, Hamburg and San Francisco, died recently, aged 82. He is mourned by neighbours and family and a wide variety of friends, drawn from all branches of the arts. Dónal Ó Céilleachair of Anú Pictures made a short film on Tadhg’s work and this may be viewed at http://www.anupictures.com/project/tadhg-mcsweeney-painter/ from later this week. Dónal wrote of Tadhg: I am sad to share the news that a great comrade in creative arms - the wonderful painter, Tadhg McSweeney - has left us. I was privileged to make 2 films with Tadhg over the years and you could never leave his presence without feeling that you had taken another step further into the multi-faceted labyrinth of this incredible universe of ours; such was the breadth of his vision, so far-reaching was the depth of his ever-inquisitive understanding. I will miss those pilgrimages of exploration to his home on Cnoc Sathairn (Saturn Hill). Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Another friend, Bernadette Gallagher, wrote,
The Last Walk. In memoriam Tadhg Mac Suibhne
I walk through the forest
carrying the sadness of your leaving.
You make your way among the trees
rust body with white tipped tail,
stopping, sitting, staring, you at me and me at you.
After, you turn away and step through the undergrowth.

Scléip Mhúscraí

Culture Night 2018 takes place on Friday September 21st and among the events marking the occasion in Gaeltacht Mhúscraí will be a Céilí Mór aimed at primary school children from the whole area (and beyond). ‘Scléip Mhúscraí’ will run from 7.30 to 9.30pm at Halla Chúil Aodha, with music from Banna Céilí Chraobh Lachtain, Cill na Martra, and some special guest musicians from the renowned Shandrum Céilí Band. Dancers from Scoil Rinnce Uí Thuama will give a performance at the interval.
Admission is free, in the spirit of all Culture Night events, and all are welcome.


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Children at Barrachaurin N.S., Donoughmore in the late 1940s...©

Back to School – Now and Then

“The happiest days of our lives” may not always accurately describe our introduction to the Irish education system, but they certainly evoke a host of memories. Most people will recall their first day at school and some of their early experiences, classmates and teachers. While these memories may be exaggerated, faded or ‘photoshopped’ with the passage of time, school photographs are more precise and guaranteed to spark off a flood of nostalgia.
Children and teachers now go skipping joyfully or “creeping like snail, unwillingly, to school”, and it was the same in past generations, though conditions have changed radically. In the first half of the twentieth century, the “whining schoolboy with his satchel and shining morning face” probably had good and many reasons for loitering on his way to school. Shank’s mare was the only means of transport. Pupils came through the fields or along boreens.
School ‘uniforms’ consisted of short brown corduroy pants, twill shirts, home-knitted jumpers and socks and leather boots, complete with tips and hob-nails for the boys. The trousers were held aloft with the aid of ‘gealases’- sturdy braces. Those proudly sporting an elastic belt with ‘S’ tying were to be envied while its elasticity lasted. Zips had not yet arrived, so trousers openings were all of the button variety. The girls wore pinafores and ‘ganseys’ made from Dripsey or Blarney wool and of a texture that was guaranteed to irritate and pinch. But that was in pre-allergy days. They wore cotton ‘bibs’ over the inner garments. The bib was washed weekly but too much laundering was considered detrimental and unnecessary for garments chosen with a view to not showing dirt. Girls had white starched bibs, with an abundance of frills, for special occasions. The only school events to merit such style was the annual religious examination and the bishop’s visit every three years. Their boots weren’t quite as sturdy as the boys’ and were known as ‘bootees’. Overcoats were almost invariably knee-length and belted. In cold weather, the girls protected their heads and ears with ‘pixies’ – hand-knitted bonnets, tied under the chin.
Girls wore cotton dresses in summertime, when most children went barefooted or sported ‘rubber dollies’ – the precursors of the present runners – white or black canvas shoes. The more affluent had brown leather sandals with crepe soles. There was only one, unisex model and these tended to be passed down through the family since they were rarely worn out in one season and the original owner had outgrown them by the next summer.
Wet weather was hard on school-going children. There was little protective clothing available. The provident stuffed sheets of newspaper inside the front of their coats or trousers to ensure that the worst of the damp would not penetrate. On arrival at school, they hung their wet outer garments on the tall fireguard, thereby ensuring that little heat would get through to the pupils but that the atmosphere would be moist and redolent of steaming, unwashed garments.
The satchels were certainly not as heavy as today’s back-breakers. Made of canvas or leather, they contained an Irish and English reader, (one per year), a Catechism, a slim Arithmetic and a table-book – a necessity when multiplication tables came complete with shillings and pence and bases were all too real when applied to non-metric measurements of length, area, weight and capacity. Senior children had a history and geography book, Schuster’s bible and Catechism Notes. A pencil, pen and nib and blotting paper fulfilled all writing needs and a headline copy taught Junior children to stay between the lines, literally, as they repeated lofty proverbs in handwriting. As well as the mathematical challenges facing young students in pre-decimal days, they also had to learn two styles of calligraphy – English copperplate and Cló Gaelach.

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Children at Dromleigh N.S., Kilmichael in the 1950s. ©

The school year began on the first of July and summer holidays usually commenced mid-month so the children changed classes and got their ‘new’ books before the long break – which was much shorter than at present, seven weeks at most. Lunches were substantial and lacking in variety. Wrapped in newspaper or a recycled brown paper bag, they consisted of solid slices of loaf bread, brown soda bread or ‘spotted dog’ – white soda bread with well-scattered currants. Butter or jam was the only dressing. Bottles of unpasteurised milk provided liquid refreshment and might be replaced by tea or cocoa in the cold weather when the glass bottles could be reheated before the open fire.
The teacher experienced a quite different work environment to his present-day counterpart. Spartan conditions prevailed. Chalk and talk were the only educational aids, helped, some would say, by the ‘bata’, when corporal punishment was tolerated if not promoted. School buildings were largely grim and forbidding. Windows were high up in the walls, restricting light and even the teacher’s view of the great outdoors. Children were saved totally from all external distractions. Fire hazards were not considered and exits were minimal.
Country areas were without electricity until the 1950s, which meant that schools functioned in semi-darkness for much of the year. The blackboard was the central focus of the classroom. It balanced on pegs on an easily upset easel and was reversible. Maps of Ireland, Europe and the world adorned the walls. A small blackboard on which the teacher had to record the daily attendance, was of vital importance for bureaucratic purposes. Charts were few and far between and were often varnished to make them more durable.
Desks came in two models – the older bench type and the two-seater. A bench could accommodate up to eight children. It had a shelf underneath to store books but it had no back-rest. It contained ink-wells at regular intervals. These were filled with a pale solution of ink-powder and water before the advent of Stephens’ bright blue ink. Two-seater desks were more modern and user-friendly. The surface was slanted. A brass-covered ink-well was centrally located and the desk had a groove at the top to contain pens or pencils. The hinged seats could be raised and a back-rest gave much-needed support.

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Children at the Convent Primary School in Macroom at play ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

The first daily task was to light a fire with whatever fuel was available. The manager - the Parish Priest in most cases - was responsible for providing coal for the classrooms. But times were hard and many managers were gatherers rather than scatterers and did not believe in pampering young bodies or their teachers. Sticks gathered by pupils on fine school afternoons were used for kindling. If these proved too damp to ignite the coal, a dash of paraffin from a pint bottle helped, in a manner that would have Parents Associations, Fire Officers and Insurance Companies yelling for blood now.
While the fire caught and dispensed some heat to the classroom, the teacher and children swept and dusted the room. The timber floors were covered with a residue brought from the muddy playground on active boots the previous day. To prevent raising too much dust, tea-leaves from the teachers’ teapot were scattered on the bare boards and much of the dust adhered to them, making the sweeping easier and more effective. It was nearly impossible to shift the benches so one had to sweep under and around them, an activity that resulted in multi-coloured bruising.
Old-time teachers were quite unlike the present breed. The ‘master’ always took precedence. If available, he was principal and taught the senior classes. The ‘mistresses’ served as assistants and no man ever taught Infant classes or needlework. In some ways, teachers were on a kind of pedestal despite having to undertake far more menial tasks when caretakers were an unknown luxury. And teachers had authority and respect.
“A man severe he was and stern to view………..
Yet he was kind or if severe in aught,
The love he bore to learning was in fault.
…And still the wonder grew
That one small head could carry all he knew”.
There were no official parent/teacher meetings. An irate parent with a grievance about a child’s ill-treatment was met in the porch, while the knowing pupils shivered in their seats, realising that the altercation boded ill for them and, on his return,
“they learned to trace the day’s disasters in his …face”.
The teacher, too, suffered stress - stress from the bad conditions, the ill-equipped schoolroom, the poor attendance and attention of pupils who often had to do a full quota of farm work besides attending the distant school; stress from the management and inspectorial systems, where the Parish Priest’s word was law and could result in dismissal if a teacher stepped out of line in his personal or political life.
M. Mac S. To be continued.
N.B. We would welcome any old school photographs from 50, 60 or 70 years ago!


Workplace Relations

The establishment of The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) in 2015 is one of the biggest developments in workers’ rights of the past thirty years. The Workplace Relations Commission was established on the 1st of October, 2015, and is an independent Statutory Body. The Commission was established by The Workplace Relations Act, 2015 and replaces a number of existing bodies such as the Labour Relations Commission and the Equality Tribunal.
Common complaints that are brought to The Workplace Relations Commission are unfair dismissal and employment and equality complaints. The Commission provides advisory, conciliation and mediation services, with a view to parties trying to resolve any issues without resorting to formal Adjudication proceedings.
Bringing a complaint is a lot more straightforward than it was under the previous regime. Employees who want to make a complaint or refer a dispute can do so by filling out an Application which is available on the Commissions website www.workplacerelations.ie. Before bringing a complaint it is advisable that the employee notifies their employer to ascertain whether the matter can be resolved through mediation or other means. Whilst an employee can fill out the Application Form without legal representation, it is recommended to obtain legal advice, as employment legislation is complicated and there is a substantial body of employment legislation which has built up over four decades. It is advisable to give as much detail as possible when lodging the application form in respect of the nature of the complaint. The application form gives a number of options to assist with what complaints can be made. All complaints made to the Commission must be made within six months of the complaint but if you can show reasonable cause for a delay, an extension up to 12 months will be granted in certain exceptional circumstances.
Normally the procedure under the Commission is that legal arguments and evidence should be sent to them within 21 days from the complaint being made. Evidence would include statements from witnesses and any documents the employer and employee wishes to rely upon such as the contract of employment and personnel documents. A key issue in employment cases often is as to whether fair procedures have been followed by the employer in dealing with the employee’s complaint or in dismissing an employee. The policies which the employer has in place such as grievance, bullying and harassment are key in ascertaining whether fair procedures were in place and these are factors which will be considered at a hearing. Accordingly, it is important to keep records, correspondence and documents throughout the complaint procedure.
An oral hearing will then take place before an Adjudication Officer, where evidence is heard. They will then make a decision which they have 28 days to do. If a finding is made against an employer, they are then required to enforce the Order. If either party is not satisfied with the decision, they are entitled to make an Appeal to the Labour Court in respect of the decision. Since the establishment of The Commission in 2015, it is now a lot more straightforward to bring a claim against your employer. Where previously there was a number of bodies dealing with the various facets of employment law, it now all dealt with within The Workplace Relations Commission. The process is now a lot more streamlined and ultimately it is easier for an employee to now bring a complaint against his employer to The Workplace Relations Commission.
Karen Walsh, of Walsh & Partners, Solicitors, comes from a farming background and is a solicitor specialising in agricultural law, land law and renewable energy and is author of ‘Farming and the Law’ available from www.claruspress.ie. The firm also specialises in personal injuries, employment law and family law. She has offices in Dublin and Cork. For further information please contact 01-602000 or 021-4270200. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.walshandpartners.ie
Disclaimer: While every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information contained in this article, Solicitor Karen Walsh does not accept responsibility for errors or omissions howsoever arising, and you should seek legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances at the earliest possible time.

Sports Mad

TG4 Ladies Senior Football Championship Semi-final

Cork 2-11 Donegal 0-11
The 2018 All Ireland final in Croke Park on September 16 should prove an epic contest, with 2017 All Ireland Champions, Dublin, paired with their nemesis, Cork, who had defeated them in the previous three All Ireland deciders. Cork went out to Mayo at the semi-final stage last year, so Dublin has never defeated them in a final and we hope this record will remain intact.
In the semi-final meeting with Donegal on August 25, the awesome, long-range shooting of Doireann O’Sullivan – plus goals from Orla Finn and sub, Saoirse Noonan, ensured the Rebels’ place in the TG4 senior All-Ireland final after a year’s absence. Faced with an ultra-defensive Donegal plan of campaign, Cork full-backs Róisín Phelan and Emma Spillane, spent a lot of the opening half on the attack for Ephie Fitzgerald’s side.
Eimear Scally opened the scoring for Cork after three minutes and Finn tapped over a free moments later. Two Donegal points followed but the crucial score of the half went Cork’s way 12 minutes from the break when Finn was on hand to flick to the empty net following a driving run from captain, Ciara O’Sullivan. Guthrie responded with a free for Donegal, but Doireann O’Sullivan and Finn replied for Cork. The Munster girls led 1-6 to 0-5 at half-time. There was more intensity to Donegal’s play after the break and Cork struggled to gain clean possession up front, but a couple of frees from supersub Noonan kept them two scores clear in the final quarter – and Doireann O’Sullivan landed the insurance late on.
Scorers – Cork: O Finn 1-3 (3f), S Noonan 1-3 (3f), D O’Sullivan 0-3, E Scally 0-2.
Cork: Martina O’Brien; Róisín Phelan, Eimear Meaney, Melissa Duggan; Shauna Kelly, Ashling Hutchings, Maire O’Callaghan; Doireann O’Sullivan, Hannah Looney; Aine O’Sullivan, Ciara O’Sullivan (c), Emma Spillane; Libby Coppinger, Eimear Scally, Orla Finn. Subs: Orlagh Farmer for Finn (36), Saoirse Noonan for A O’Sullivan (36), Orla Finn for Hutchings (47).

Senior Camogie

Final v Kilkenny in Croke Park on September 9 at 4.15

GAA Cork County Championships
Senior Football Championship

Round Three
(A) St Finbarr's v Mallow
(B) Carrigaline v Douglas
(C) Carbery Rangers v BALLINCOLLIG
(D) Clonakilty v Bishopstown
(E) Duhallow v St Nicks
(F) Valley Rovers v Clyda Rovers
(G) Nemo Rangers v O’Donovan Rossa
(H) Castlehaven v CIT
Quarter-Final: A v B, C v D, E v F, G v H
Relegation play offs:
Round 1: (A) Aghada v Ilen Rovers
Round 2: losers of A v Newcestown, Dohenys v Kiskeam

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Round 3
Nemo Rangers v NAOMH ABÁN
Fermoy 3-8 Kanturk 0-5
Bantry Blues 1-15 MACROOM 0-13
Newmarket v St Michael's
Bandon v ÉIRE ÓG
St Vincent's v Nemo Rangers/NAOMH ABÁN
Fermoy v Bantry Blues
Relegation play offs: Na Piarsaigh, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Castletownbere.
Bantry Blues 1 – 15 Macroom 0 – 13
Macroom were slightly on top for the first half of this county premier intermediate football championship 3rd round tie at Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh and led by two points at the break. On the restart, the Mid Cork men doubled their advantage and should have gone further ahead and paid a heavy price for their prodigality. In the space of a minute, at 41/42, Bantry kicked over a point and shot home a goal from the kick out and thereafter, had Macroom under increasing pressure and finished very strongly, to have a comfortable winning margin in the end.
Bantry had the opening point from Shane O’Neill within a minute of the throw in but Macroom hit back with points from Fintan Goold, David Horgan and Ethan O’Gorman, to take a two point lead after ten minutes. Rory Deane and Fintan Goold exchanged points; Arthur Coakley and Patrick Lucey did likewise before Andrew Hegarty pointed to put Macroom 0-6 to 0-3 ahead in the 24th minute. Points from Arthur Coakley, Billy Foley and Coakley again brought Bantry level but before the break, Macroom had regained the advantage with points from David Horgan and Fintan Goold, to lead by 0-8 to 0-6.
At this juncture, Macroom had been doing well at midfield, with Fintan Goold very prominent. Their defence was being tested at times but had been up to the challenge, but their attack was being well contained, despite the efforts of Rory Buckley and David Horgan.
Macroom restarted well, an early point from Alan Quinn being followed by a point from a Fintan Goold free in the 34th minute opening up a four point gap between the sides. Macroom were on top at this stage but kicked two bad wides as they failed to add to their tally and when Shane O’Neill kicked a Bantry point, only a goal separated the sides. Shane O’Neill won possession from the Macroom kick out, released to Rory Deane with a perfect pass and the Cork star made no mistake with this glorious opportunity and levelled the scores at 1-7 to 0-10.
To their credit, Macroom went back in front twice with points from frees from Goold and Lucey, but Bantry had twice equalised and the Blues hit the front for the first time since the opening minutes with a point in the 51st minute. David Daly and Coakley added further points immediately and Arthur Coakley fisted over in the 57th minute to open up a four point gap between the teams. Shane McSweeney and Fintan Goold exchanged points and deep in time added on, Shane Murray had a final point for the Blues.
Scorers: Macroom: F Goold 0-6 (0-4f), D Horgan 0-2, P Lucey 0-2 (f), E O’Gorman, A Hegarty and A Quinn 0-1 each.
Macroom: Brendan O’Connell: Michael Cronin, Paul O’Farrell, James O’Connor: Mark Corrigan, Alan Quinn, Seán Kiely: Fintan Goold, David Goold: David Horgan, Rory Buckley, Tony Dineen: Andrew Hegarty, Patrick Lucey, Ethan O’Gorman. Subs: Blake O’Gorman 39, Don Creedon 50, Martin O’Donnell 55, Conor O’Sullivan 58, David Cotter 59.

Intermediate Football Championship

Round 3
(A) Mitchelstown 1-18 Rockchapel 1-8
(B) Youghal 1-14 Gabriel Rangers 1-11
(C) Kinsale 0-8 Millstreet 2-9
(D) Cill na Martra 1-8 Glanworth 1-8 draw
CILL na MARTRA 2-8 Glanworth 0-5 replay
(E) AGHABULLOGUE 3-9 Grenagh 0-9
(F) Kildorrery 0-13 Mayfield 1-10 draw
(G) Ballydesmond 1-11 St Finbarr’s 1-13
(H) Adrigole 0-8 Knocknagree 2-17
Quarter – Finals:
Mitchelstown v Youghal
Millstreet v CILL na MARTRA
AGHABULLOGUE v Kildorrery/Mayfield
St Finbarrs 3-9 Knocknagree 1-8
Semi Finals:
Mitchelstown/ Youghal v Cill na Martra /Millstreet
Aghabullogue/ Kildorrery/ Mayfield v St Finbarr’s
Relegation play offs
Round 1: (A) Glanmire v Carrigaline
Round 2: losers of A v Rockchapel, Clonakilty v BALLINORA

County Junior B Football Champions: Ballinacurra

County Junior C Football Champions: Abbey Rovers

U21 County Football Championships
Under 21 A Football

Round 1
Carrigaline 1-15 Carbery Rangers 2-10
Aghada 3-13 St Michaels 1-6
St Finbarr's 2-21 ÉIRE ÓG 3-11
Beara v Douglas
Ilen Rovers 3-7 Nemo Rangers 1 - 16
KILMURRY 6-6 Mitchelstown 2-9
Kilshannig 2-14 Valley Rovers 1-6
Castlehaven 3-16 Glenville 2 – 12
(A) Castlehaven 0-13 Nemo Rangers 3-16
(B) St Finbarr's 1-11 Kilshannig 1-15
(C) Beara/Douglas v Carrigaline
(D) KILMURRY 2-13 Aghada 1-9
Semi-Finals: Nemo Rangers v Kilshannig, C v KILMURRY

U21B Football Championship

(A) O’Donovan Rossa 4-18 BÉAL ÁTHA’n GHAORTHAIDH 1-3
(B) Duargle Gaels 4-10 Na Piarsaigh 2-8
(C) Midleton 4-12 Ballygarvan 2-8
(D) Avondhu a bye
U21C Football Champions: Donoughmore
County Senior Hurling Championship
Round 3
(A) Imokilly 1-21 Bishopstown 1-10
(B) Newcestown 4-13 Bandon 2-8
(C) Sarsfields 2-17 Carrigtwohill 0-8
(D) UCC 0-23 Erin’s Own 2-16
(E) Blackrock v Ballymartle
(F) St Finbarr's 1-18 Douglas 0-20
(G) Bride Rovers 3-18 Newtownshandrum 0-20
(H) Midleton 1-18 Glen Rovers 0-20
Imokilly v Newcestown; Sarsfields v UCC; Blackrock/ Ballymartle v St Finbarr’s; Bride Rovers v Midleton
Relegation Playoff Draws
Round 1: Killeagh v Ballyhea
Round 2: Losers of Killeagh/ Ballyhea v Kanturk; Carrigtwohill v Na Piarsaigh

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round 2:
INNISCARRA 3-13 Carrigaline 0-19
Kilworth 4-16 Aghada 1-10
Watergrasshill 1-14 BLARNEY 1-12
Cloyne 1-20 Youghal 2-13
Round 3
Watergrasshill v Fermoy
Inniscarra v Charleville
Cloyne/ Youghal v Fr O' Neill’s
Mallow v Kilworth
Ballinhassig v Valley Rovers
Courcey Rovers v Castlelyons
Watergrasshill/Fermoy v Inniscarra/Charleville
Cloyne/Fr O' Neills v Mallow/Kilworth
P I H C relegation play offs:
Aghada v Carrigaline, BLARNEY v Youghal

Inniscarra 3 – 13 Carrigaline 0 – 19
Inniscarra like their opponents, were out of championship action for four months, and the two teams were locked closely together for three quarters of the game before two vital goals for ‘Scarra sent the Lee Valley men on their way to a 3rd round meeting with Charleville.
The sides were level at 0-2 each early on before Inniscarra went two clear after ten minutes. It was 0-5 each on 21 and six apiece when Colm Casey had a goal for Inniscarra in the 26th minute and they led by 1-8 to 0-7 at half time.
Inniscarra could not shake off the Carrigaline challenge on the resumption and the score was 1-11 to 0-13 at the three quarter stage. A point for ‘Scarra was followed by a second goal, this one from Owen Mccarthy in the 49th minute, 2-12 to 0-13 now the score, but still the South East men kept coming back and had the gap back to a single goal, 2-12 to 0-115 when Inniscarra came up with a third goal, Owen McCarthy laying off to Dan O’Connell who buried the sliotar in the net. Back came Carrigaline again with three unanswered points but the time ran out on them and Inniscarra advance to meet the North Cork side and will have benefitted from this stiff test.
Scorers: Inniscarra: O McCarthy 1-2, C Casey 1-1, D O’Connell 1-0, M Coleman 0-6 (0-5f), L O’Riain 0-2, D O’Keeffe and P O’Donoghue 0-1 each.
Inniscarra: John O’Keeffe: John O’Callaghan, Stephen Olden, Con O’Leary: Tomás O’Connor, Seán O’Donoghue, Andrew McCarthy: Liam O’Riain, Shane O’Mahony: Colm Casey, David O’Keeffe, Pádraig O’Donoghue: Owen McCarthy, Eddie O’Connor, Michael Coleman. Subs: Conor Buckley ht, Dan O’Connell 44, Aidan O’Mahony 57, Paul Farmer 61.
Watergrasshill 1 - 14 Blarney 1 – 12
This was a disappointing defeat for Blarney at Mourneabbey which means elimination from the championship race and instead facing a relegation tie against formidable opponents in Youghal. Watergrasshill led by 0-4 to 0-1 after the opening ten minutes but Blarney came back strongly and were leading by 0-8 to 0-5 at half time, Ray Murphy, Colin Murphy and Alan McEvoy on target for the Mid Cork side.
On the resumption, Blarney were again going well, Mark Coleman had a brace before Patrick Crowley fired home a goal in the 40th minute to see them leading by 1-10 to 0-8. The Hill were hanging in though and had three points before Mark Coleman had another Blarney point, 1-11 to 0-11 with ten minutes remaining. Another Coleman point was followed by two for the Hill and then disaster for Blarney in injury time, a goal for Watergrasshill which cruelly denied Blarney their place in the 3rd round.
Blarney scorers: M Coleman 0-4 (0-1f, 0-1 65), P Crowley 1-0, C Murphy 0-3 (0-1f), R Murphy 0-3 (f), A McEvoy and S Whyte 0-1 each.
Blarney: Paul Hallissey: Conor Power, Paul O’Leary, Cormac O’Mahony: Darragh McSweeney, Joe Jordan, Alan McEvoy: Mark O’Leary, Declan Hanlon: Mark Coleman, Peter Philpott, Patrick Crowley: Ray Murphy, Danny Whyte, Colin Murphy. Subs: Donal Hoare, Michael John Shine, Seán Crowley.

Intermediate Hurling Championship

 Round 3
(A) Na Piarsaigh 1-13 Ballymartle 1-11
(B) St Catherines 1-17 Mayfield 2-19
(C) Sarsfields 0-15 Kildorrery 2-14
(D) Meelin 1-15 Kilbrittain 2-12 draw
Kilbrittain 5-17 Meelin 0-18 replay
(E) Dungourney 2-18 Tracton 0-18
(G) Barryroe 1-12 Blackrock 1-16
(H) Midleton 3-11 BALLINCOLLIG 1-17 draw
Ballincollig 1-18 Midleton 1-10 replay
(I) ÉIRE ÓG 4-12 Douglas 1-18
(J) Glen Rovers 2-16 Castlemartyr 4-18
Round 4
1. Kildorrery 2-16 Aghabullogue 0-8
2. Blackrock 1-18 Dungourney 1-14
Kildorrery v Blackrock; Éire Óg v Na Piarsaigh; Castlemartyr v Mayfield; Ballincollig v Kilbrittain
Relegation Play Offs :
Round 1: (A) Ballygarvan v St Finbarr's, (B) Ballinhassig v Inniscarra, (C) Milford v Dripsey
Round 2: Losers of A v Losers of B, Losers of C v Argideen Rangers

Aghabullogue 5-12 Grenagh 3-14
Aghabullogue completed a hurling/football double over Grenagh with a hard earned victory in the intermediate hurling championship at Donoughmore. Grenagh looked to be the better team for much of the contest but two late goals for Aghabullogue gave them victory in a thrilling local derby. Tom Kenny had two first half goals for Grenagh which had Aghabullogue in trouble but a goal from Ian BarryMurphty another from a late free by Pa Finnegan left Aghabullogue only two points adrift at the break, 2-7 to 2-5.
The sides each had early goals on the restart, Cronin for Grenagh’s effort matched by one from Mathew Bradley but Grenagh were on top and continued to lead into the closing minutes when the game took a dramatic turn when Finnegan set up a goal for Daniel Dineen. Grenagh went back in front with a point from a penalty but then at the other end Ian BarryMurphy finished a John Corkery cross to the Grenagh net. Mathew Bradley assured his side of victory, pointing late frees.
Scorers: Aghabullogue: P Finnegan 1-5 (1-4f), M Bradley 10-5 (0-4f, 0-1 sl)), I BarryMurphy 2-0, D Dineen 1-0, J Corkery and D Quinlan 0-1 each.
Aghabullogue; Aghabullogue: Daniel Twomey: Seanie Furey, Ds Quinlan, D Moynihan: Paul Ring, M Dennehy, S O’Connell: Niall BarryMurphy, Patrick Finnegan: Mathew Bradley, B Casey, M Twomey: Ian BarryMurphy, P Twomey, John Corkery. Subs: D Dineen ht, Niall Buckley ht, Evan O’Sullivan 61.
Grenagh: M Barry: M O’Riordan, L Walsh, A Kiely: A Duggan, K Cummins, S Dorgan: G Russell, K O’Neill: C O’Neill, S Cronin, S Bourke: P BarryMurphy, T Kenny, A O’Neill. Subs: U Duggan 20, P McSweeney 46, P McSweeney 61.
Kildorrery 2-16 Aghabullogue 0-8
A week after their thrilling win over Grenagh, Aghabullogue’s dreams of glory were shattered by an impressive Kildorrery outfit at Ballincollig. The North Cork men were on top from start to finish. They led by 0-3 to 0-1 after five minutes and made it a five point advantage before Patrick Finnegan’s two points were followed by a Kildorrery point, 0-7 to 0-3 at the end of the opening quarter. Aghabullogue had a good second quarter but still Kildorrery led by 0-8 to 0-6 at the break.
On the restart Kildorrery dictated proceedings and with a goal from a Peter O’Brien penalty and five unanswered points they held a commanding ten point lead going down the home straights. A second goal for the winners after another brilliant Donal Twomey save ensured victory for the North Cork men and Aghabullogue had a late penalty saved. Ian and Niall BarryMurphy scored the two Aghabullogue points in the second half and clearly the better side won on this occasion
Aghabullogue scorers: P Finnegan 0-5 (fs), I BarryMurphy 0-2, (0-1f), N BarryMurphy 0-1.
Aghabullogue: Donal Twomey: Seanie Furey, Denis Quinlan, D Moynihan: Paul Ring, Michael Dennehy, S O’Connell: Niall BarryMurphy, Patrick Finnegan: B Casey, Daniel Dineen, M Twomey: Ian BarryMurphy, P Twomey, J Corkery. Subs: E O’Sullivan 38, N Buckley 44, Aodhan Healy 49..
Ballincollig 1- 18 Midleton 1 – 10
Ballincollig made no mistake in their 3rd round championship replay at Ovens and deservedly beat Midleton to advance to the quartyer finals and a clash with Kilbrittain. Balllincollig started well and led by 0-4 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter, Cian Dorgan 0-3 and Robbie Bourke their scorers. Ballincollig continued to force the pace, led by 0-9 to 0-4 after 22 minutes but in the run up to the break, Midleton got points on the board and at half time the Ballincollig lead was 0-10 to 0-7.
A goal from Robbie Bourke just after the restart and a further two points eased Ballincollig into a handy five point lead and they still held this advantage going into the final quarter but then conceded 1-12 in a minute to put the outcome in doubt again. Cian Dorgan who finished with 0-13 to his credit, pointed for Ballincollig, Midleton lost a man to a straight red card and the Mid Cork men fired over three more points without reply to take the spoils.
Ballincollig scorers: C Dorgan 0-13 (0-6f), R Bourke 1-1, L Fahy 0-2, P O’Neill and D Bowen 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: Ballincollig: R Cambridge: Ross O’Donovan, Shane Murphy, Conor Sexton: Ciarán O’Sullivan, Liam Jennings, John Paul Murphy: Colin Moore, Karl Walsh: Robbie Bourke, Ian Coughlan, Peter O’Neill; Luke Fahy, Cian Dorgan, David Bowen. Subs: Seán Walsh 54, Rory Doherty 56, Stephen Coughlan 58, J O’Leary 60, Conor Kinsella 61.
County Junior B Hurling Champions: Whites Cross 

County U 21 Premier 1 Hurling Championship
Round 1
(A) BLARNEY v Douglas
(B) St Finbarr's v Valley Rovers
(C) Charleville 3-16 Duhallow 1-10
(D) Fr O' Neills 1-23 Glen Rovers 0-17
(E) St Colmans 1-12 Blackrock 0-23
(F) Killeaghita's v Sarsfields
(G) Shandrum 2-9 Midleton 3-19
(H) Na Piarsaigh a bye
Round 2 (Losers of Round 1)
Na Piarsaigh v A, F v Shandrum, Duhallow v St Colmans, B v Glen Rovers

County U 21 Premier 2 Hurling Championship
Round 1
(A) BALLINCOLLIG 2-23 Erins Own 1-12
(B) Bishopstown v Ballinhassig
(C) Ibane Gaels v Carrigaline
(D) Ahane Gaels 3-20 Aghada 4-18
(E) Courcey Rovers 1-18 INNISCARRA 0-14
(F) Ballymartle 1-21 Tracton 1-16
(G) Mallow a bye
Round 2 (Losers of Round 1)
Mallow v Erin’s Own, C v Ahane Gaels, Inniscarra v B, Tracton a bye.
Mid Cork GAA Championships

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Iveleary celebrate, having defeated Canovee in the 2018 Ross Oil Muskerry Junior A Football Championship final in Kilmurry ©Lee Valley Outlook

Ross Oil Junior A Football Championship

Semi finals:
Iveleary 3-9 Ballincollig 2-8
Canovee 0-14 Inniscarra 0-10
Final: Iveleary 1 – 9 Canovee 1 - 6

Iveleary 3 - 9 Ballincollig 2 – 8
Iveleary qualified for the 2018 Ross Oil Mid Cork junior Football championship final with an exciting win over a highly rated Ballincollig side at Ovens. Ballincollig had qualified for the semi final with a settled team and impressive displays whilst Iveleary had been way below par in their quarter final against Éire Óg. In the event, Ballincollig lived up to their high rating but Iveleary produced a superb battling performance which saw them overcome the concession of two early goals and absorb a fair pounding for much of the middle half of the game before they hit the front in dramatic fashion in the 44th minute when substitute Seán O’Leary found the net with his first touch of the ball to give Iveleary a two point lead, 2-7 to 2-5. From there to the finish the teams served up a magnificent contest with Ballincollig hopes only finally extinguished in injury time when Iveleary worked a superb third goal from Chris Óg Jones. Ballincollig will regret their many wides, in both halves, as Iveleary prepare for their battle with Canovee whom they defeated at the semi final stage in 2016, their last meeting.
Iveleary scored first, Cathal Vaughan pointing a ‘45’ after Ballincollig goalkeeper Ciarán Noonan had made a superb save from Chris Óg Jones in the opening minute. Vaughan added a point from play immediately but the Ballincollig defence inspired by Noel Galvin and Stephen O’Donoghue were closing down the Iveleary attack and in the 5th minute Ballincollig broke out of defence and Colin Weste put fellow corner forward Darren Murphy through and the latter made no mistake from close range. It was a setback for Iveleary and worse was to follow when in the 12th minute Weste took a pass from Robbie Bourke and again from close range billowed the Iveleary net, 2-0 to 0-2 now the score. Ballincollig suffered a loss when corner back Darren Murphy had to be replaced injured and Iveleary hit a good spell with a point from a Brain Cronin free, followed by a Vaughan point also from a free and when a Cronin shot hit the upright in the 17th minute the ball fell to Cathal Vaughan who drove an unstoppable shot to the Ballincollig net to give his side a minimum lead. Cillian Coleman came forward to shoot an equaliser and as Ballincollig dominated midfield they had points from an Eoghan O’Reilly free and one from play from John Kelly after a strong run by Jordan Murphy but they kicked many wides in this period and after Cathal Vaughan pointed a free in the 27th minute, only a point separated the sides at the break, 2-3 to 1-5 in Ballincollig’s favour.
Ballincollig could have added substantially to their tally in the third quarter but faulty shooting and outstanding defending by Iveleary kept the teams in close contact on the scoreboard. Barry O’Leary brought Iveleary level in the 36th minute, Colin Weste pointed a free for ‘collig in reply. Brian Cronin levelled matters for Iveleary with a terrific point, Jordan O’Connor put Ballincollig back in front in the 42nd minute. Iveleary now introduced Seán O’Leary from the bench and within a minute the Iveleary regular, not started due to injury, had the ball in the Ballincollig net to restore the lead to his side, and they were never led subsequently. Colin Weste pointed a free to reduce the deficit to a point, in the 52nd minute Brian Cronin pointed a free to re-open the two point gap. Darren Murphy had a Ballincollig point in the 57th minute to really raise the excitement level but as the game went into time added on Iveleary struck for a smashing goal. The hitherto subdued Chris Óg Jones got possession wide of the Ballincollig goal and the ball was worked through the hands of James Martin O’Leary and Barry O’Leary and back to Jones who crashed the ball to the net from point blank range. There was no way Ballincollig could recover from this blow in the minutes available in which Eoin O’Reilly and Conor O’Leary swapped points to leave Iveleary four points clear at the final whistle and jubilant on the win and with the manner they dug out the victory.
Ger O’Riordan, Kevin Manning, Donal Cotter, Cathal Vaughan, Brian Cronin, Barry O’Leary, all stepped up to the plate for Iveleary for whom the substitutes once again made invaluable contributions. They will be in good heart for the final after this performance.
Scorers: Iveleary: C Vaughan 1-4 (0-2f, 0-1’45’), S O’Leary and C Óg Jones 1-0 each, B Cronin 0-3 (0-2f), B O’Leary and C O’Leary 0-1 each. Ballincollig: C Weste 1-2 (0-2f), D Murphy 1-1, E O’Reilly 0-2 (f), C Coleman, J Kelly and J O’Connor 0-1 each.
Iveleary: Joe Creedon: Barry Murphy, Daniel O’Riordan, Donal Cotter: Ciarán Galvin, Kevin Manning, Ger O’Riordan: Ciarán O’Riordan, Seán Lehane: Finbarr McSweeney Jnr, Barry O’Leary, Finbarr McSweeney: Brian Cronin, Chris Óg Jones, Cathal Vaughan. Subs: Shane Galvin 38, Sean O’Leary 43, Conor O’Leary 47, James Martin O’Leary 54, Donal O’Sullivan 59.
Ballincollig: Ciarán Noonan; Darren Murphy, Stephen O’Donoghue, Jordan Murray; Cillian Coleman, Noel Galvin, Robbie Bourke; Niall Allen, Stephen Coughlan; Eoin O’Reilly, Robert Noonan, Jordan O’Connor; Colin Weste, John Kelly, Darren Murphy. Subs: Chris Collins 12, Brian Cotter 47, Dave Bowen 52, Seán Lucey 58, Brian Kelly 60,
Referee: Mr Pat O’Leary, Kilmurry.

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Iveleary keeper Joe Creedon saves Canovee's Brian O’Donoghue's attempt at goal, with Iveleary defenders Ciaran Galvin (5) and Barry Murphy(2) in support. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior Football Final

Iveleary 1 – 9 Canovee 1 – 6
Iveleary had shown that they were returning to top form in their semi final meeting with Ballincollig and they maintained their progress when they got the better of championships specialists, Canovee, in the Ross Oil Mid Cork junior football final at a wet and slippery Kilmurry. Canovee were confident that they could take their 17th title but they were comprehensively beaten by a team which was very focussed, had better all round balance and possessed a defence in superb form. This win gives Iveleary their eighth divisional title in their fourth final appearance in a row and they can approach the county championship with confidence.
Canovee scored first, Conor Hughes with a point in the first minute, but Brian Cronin equalised from a free in the 5th minute. Team captain, Finbarr McSweeney, put Iveleary in front in the 7th minute with a point from the outside of his boot and the new champions subsequently kept in front to the finish. It was becoming apparent that Iveleary had the measure of the Canovee attack despite the tireless foraging of James Moynihan and a foul on Finbarr McSweeney Jnr in the 17th minute yielded an undisputed penalty for Iveleary, which Cathal Vaughan belted to the back of the Canovee net. At the other end, Seán O’Connor saw his shot come back off the butt of the upright, Iveleary then lost Brian Cronin to a serious knee injury and Iveleary goalkeeper, Joe Creedon, made a sensational save from a Brian O’Donoghue close range blast. Iveleary were on top and Barry O’Leary had a 26th minute point to open up a five point gap, but then Canovee were awarded a penalty for a foul on Seán O’Connor under a dropping ball and James Moynihan re-ignited Canovee hopes by slotting the ball safely home, 1-3 to 1-1 now the score. Iveleary responded in the best possible manner to this reverse with three unanswered points in the final minutes of the half, Finbarr McSweeney, Barry O’Leary and Ciarán Galvin the scorers, and their lead of 1-6 to 1-1 at the break was fully merited.
Man of the Match, Barry Murphy, averted a Canovee goal with a superb intervention immediately on the restart and Cathal Vaughan sent a free high and curling over the bar a minute later to increase the Iveleary lead. Canovee, true to their tradition, hit back with points from James Moynihan and Mark Healy, as Iveleary failed to add to their tally and when Mark Healy pointed a 40th minute free, only three points separated the sides and Canovee were being urged on by their vocal supporters in the big attendance. Thirteen minutes passed without a score and it was Cathal Vaughan from a long range free who broke the stalemate eventually and give his side a 1-8 to 1-4 advantage. Canovee substitute, Paul Healy, sent over a point and as regulation time ran out, James Moynihan reduced the deficit for Canovee to two points as both sets of supporters were in full voice. The final score of the game from a free fell to Iveleary substitute, Donal O’Sullivan, London based and epitomising the spirit within the group and the final whistle to follow was greeted with unbounded joy by the Iveleary camp and with dignity by gallant opponents, Canovee, who knew that on the day, the best team had won.
Both teams progress to the county championship, Iveleary to meet Avondhu runners up, Buttevant and Canovee to face the Duhallow champions, either Boherbue or Dromtariffe.
Scorers: Iveleary; C Vaughan 1-2 (1-0 pen, 0-2f), F McSweeney 0-2, B O’Leary 0-2, B Cronin 0-1 (f), C Galvin 0-1, D O’Sulllivan 0-1 (f). Canovee: Js Moynihan 1-2 (1-0 pen), M Healy 0-2 (0-2f), C Hughes and P Healy 0-1 each.
Iveleary: Joe Creedon: Barry Murphy, Daniel O’Riordan, Donal Cotter: Ciarán Galvin, Kevin Manning, Ger O’Riordan: Ciarán O’Riordan, Seán Lehane: Finbarr McSweeney Jnr, Cathal Vaughan, Finbarr McSweeney: Brian Cronin, Chris Óg Jones, Barry O’Leary. Subs: Seán O’Leary 22, Conor O’Leary 44, Liam Kearney 48, Ger McSweeney 54, Donal O’Sulllivan 58.
Canovee: Darren Shine: Patrick Buckley, James McCarthy, Liam Kelleher: Brian Ahern, Michael Dunne, Eoghan Lehane: Denis Murphy, Brian O’Donoghue: Aidan Murphy, Conor Hughes, Denis O’Sulllivan; James Moynihan, Seán O’Connor, Mark Healy. Subs; Andrew Cronin 36, Eamonn Lyons 47, Paul Healy 54, John O’Brien 56, Michael Deasy 57.
Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.

Ballincollig Credit Union Junior B Football Championship

Round 1
Naomh Abán 3-10 Ballincollig 3-8
Aghinagh 2-6 Ballinora 0-5
Donoughmore 1-18 Grenagh 1-1
Kilmurry 3-11 Macroom 1-7
Inniscarra 1-12 Iveleary 0-4
Aghabullogue 0-9 Canovee 0-9 - draw
Replay: Canovee 1-17 Aghabullogue 1-6
Quarter Finals:
Naomh Abán 4-11 Aghinagh 0-2
Kilmurry 1-32 Donoughmore 0-4
Semi Finals:
Naomh Abán 1-8 Kilmurry 0-9
Inniscarra 1-11 Canovee 2-8 - draw
Final: Naomh Abán v Inniscarra or Canovee 

Rochestown Park Hotel 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 Finals: Winner A v Winner B; Winner C v Winner D

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Cloughduv who defeated Ballinora in the M. & J. Kelleher sponsored Muskerry Junior A Hurling Championship final at Ovens. ©Lee Valley Outlook

MJK Oils Junior A Hurling Championship Final
Cloughduv 2-23 Ballinora 0-9
Cloughduv are MJK Oils Mid Cork Junior Hurling champions for the second year in a row, the seventh time in the past ten years and the 24th time in all after a comprehensive win over Ballinora at Ovens in a disappointing final before a big crowd. Cloughduv simply turned on the style from the start and Ballinora were never in the hunt and the game was over as a contest at half time when the champions led by 2-14 to 0-7 and had out hurled the challengers.
James Moynihan, Brian Verling, Aidan Murphy, Joe Ryan and Donal Corkery had all contributed to Cloughduv’s 0-7 to 0-2 first quarter lead, David Howard on the target for Ballinora. Ten minutes later it was 0-11 to 0-5 and with the game almost into half time break, James Moynihan took a pass from Brian Verling to make it 1-13 to 0-6. Before the short whistle, Darragh Holmes had a Ballinora point and then Cloughduv worked a smashing goal, Verling supplying the unattended Joe Ryan with a perfect centre and the later billowed the Ballinora net, Mark Walsh added a point to make it 2-14 to 0-7, the game was beyond redemption for Ballinora, and spectators marvelled at the focus and skill of the winners.
On the restart there was no change in the trend, Cloughduv pointed regularly, Ballinora hjad a single point in reply from an Alan O’Shea free.
Scorers: Cloughduv: J Ryan 1-5 (0-1f), B Verling 0-7 (0-5f), J Moynihan 1-3, D Corkery 0-3, M Walsh 0-2, K Barry-Murphy 0-2, A Murphy 0-1. Ballinora: D Howard 0-5 (fs), D Holmes 0-2, D Corkery 0-1, A O’Shea 0-1 (f).
Cloughduv: Cormac O’Driscoll; Andy Twomey, Brian Ahern, Patrick Buckley; Ger Ahern, David O’Leary, Eoghan Clifford; Aidan Murphy, Kevin Barry-Murphy; Mark Walsh, Andrew Cronin, Donal Corkery; Brian Verling, Joe Ryan, James Moynihan.
Subs: Denis O’Sullivan 46, Liam Long 51, Aidan Ahern 54, Sean Curzon 57.
Ballinora: Barry Crowley; Dylan Dineen, Brendan Hourihan, Kenneth Greally; Tomás McGrath, Conor Brosnan, Patrick Cronin; Mike Lordan, Alan O'Shea; Darragh Corkery, Raymond Connery, Pat Fitton: Kevin Murphy, David Howard, Darragh Holmes.
Subs: Alan O’Neill 43.Subs: Dylan Dineen (ht).
Referee: Mr Diarmuid Kirwan (Éire Óg).

Junior B Hurling Championship

Preliminary Round
Gleann na Laoi 1-12 Laochra Óg 2-5
Round 1
A Laochra Óg 0-5 Blarney 3-15
B Grenagh 1-9 Ballinora 5-15
C Ballincollig 5-17 Éire Óg 3-5
Round 2
1 Blarney 4-13 Ballinora 2-10
2 Ballincollig 2-14 Gleann na Laoi 0-15
3 Cloughduv w/o Donoughmore scr.
4 Aghabullogue 2-18 Inniscarra 2-8
Semi Finals: Blarney v Ballincollig; Cloughduv v Aghabullogue

Bord Gáis Energy All Ireland U-21 Hurling final

Tipperary 3-13 - 1-16 Cork
A Conor Stakelum goal in the fourth minute of second-half stoppages gave victory to Tipperary in this All-Ireland U21 hurling final at Limerick, a sickening blow to Cork who were fancied to win after their Munster final big win over the same opposition. The sides were level, 2-12 to 1-15, heading into the five minutes of stoppages allocated by referee and Cork, having scored the three previous points, looked the more likely winners and did edge ahead when Tim O’Mahony split the posts in the 62nd minute. Messing in defence led to the final Tipp goal and this was an All Ireland thast should have been won. Tipperary had by far the greater commitment and a fierce will to win and are deserving champions. Hopefully the young Cork players will renmember this outing never get lulled into a false sense of complacency again in their careers.
Scorers for Cork: C Cahalane (1-3); D Dalton (0-5, 0-5 frees); R O’Flynn (0-3); D Fitzgibbon, S Kingston, J O’Connor, B Turnbull, T O’Mahony (0-1 each).
Cork: G Collins (Ballinhassig); N O’Leary (Castlelyons), D Griffin (Carrigaline), D Lowney (Clonakilty); E Murphy (Sarsfields), Mark Coleman (Blarney), B Hennessy (St Finbarr’s); C Cahalane (St Finbarr’s), D Fitzgibbon (Charleville); R O’Flynn (Erin’s Own), S Kingston (Douglas), D Dalton (Fr O’Neill’s); L Healy (Sarsfields), T O’Mahony (Newtownshandrum), J O’Connor (Sarsfields). Subs: B Turnbull (Douglas) for Healy (38 mins); G Millerick (Fr O’Neill’s) for O’Connor (57)

County Junior Championship Draws

Junior Football
1 Imokilly winners v Beara runners up
2 Duhallow winners v Canovee
3 Iveleary v Buttevant
4 Seandun winners v Carbery runners up
5 Carrigdhoun winners v Seandun runners up
6 Carbery winners v Imokilly runners up
7 Beara winners v Carrigdhoun runners up
8 Charleville v Duhallow runners up
Junior Hurling County Draws
1 Seandun winners v Duhallow r up
2 Carrigdhoun winners v Avondhu r up
3 Imokilly winners v Carrigdhoun r up
4 Duhallow winners v Carbery r up
5 Carbery winners v Ballinora
6 Cloughduv v Imokilly r up
7 Avondhu winners v Seandun r up

Pic 49
Martin Fogarty, National Hurling Development Manager, with Laochra Óg players and coaches at Teerbeg ©

Laochra Óg

Our u10s played a great game against Ballinscarthy, their 10th so far, and enjoyed a win. U16 Camogie team played their first Championship match against Nemo Rangers. In a good game, Nemo always had the upper hand and won 3-03 to 0-06. Hard luck to our u14 girls who were beaten in the championship against Erin’s Own in Ballyvourney. It was a great game to watch. Final score 6/6 to 3/4. Well done to all the girls and management too.
Laochra Óg U8 boys had a hurling blitz in Inniscarra, with 5 u7 and 5 u8 players playing .We drew with Inniscarra and Cloughduv and defeated another Cloughduv team. Well done to the younger boys and also to the ones taking part in their first blitz, all impressing their coaches. Congratulations to the u12 camogie team who won their league game with Carrigtwohill. All the girls played great and had a deserving win. Our U9 boys played Grenagh and some great scores were taken and a great battling attitude by all players. The final score was a one point win to Grenagh 4/4 to Laochra Óg 4/3.
Club Development Draw Kevin Healy, Scrahanard €370 and the sellers prize of €25 goes to Healy's Spar.
Rebel Óg Thiar u14 champions LaochraÓg 4-6 Clonakilty 3-4
Our u14 boys wrote another chapter in the club’s history by claiming the Rebel Óg Thiar championship title in Castletownkenneigh. Clon scored the first goal but then our boys took control with Brian Healy and Luke Duggan excelling around midfield and when Healy sent the sliotar into the danger area, Cormac McCarthy sent it crashing to the net. Brian Healy netted twice in quick succession and, at the 20 minute mark, we led 3-3 to 1-0 and, at half time, 3-4 to 2-2. The second half was a tight, tense affair but, with Laochra Óg maintaining that five point advantage. Our defence was heroic and Finn Brady and Olan Healy were outstanding, with Daragh Fitzgibbon playing the captains part. The final piece of action saw Fionán O Leary flick the ball to the Clon net after the sliotar came back off the upright from Brian Healy’s effort and the second trophy in two weeks was heading back to the banks of the Sullane. Well done to all the boys on a superb performance.
Rebel Óg Eoin Healy, Finn Brady, Olan Healy, Ben Lyons, Daragh Fitzgibbon, Charlie Burke, James Slattery (2 pt) Luke Duggan (1 pt)Neil Buckley , Brian Healy (2-3) Eamon Meachair, Cormac Mc Carthy (1-0) James Burke , subs Cormac Keoghan, Fionán O Leary (1-0).
Thanks to all sponsors, coaches and parents of the above teams for their ongoing support and to the players for their effort and sportsmanship.
We were very privileged to have Martin Fogarty, National Hurling Development Manager, visit us. Martin coached Kilkenny U21s to two all Ireland hurling finals and worked with Brian Cody for years including the 4 in a row. He attended training sessions in Teerbeg with the U6 to U12s, where he gave them lots of advice and answered many questions. He then went to Ballyvourney to give a training session to U13 to U16s. Lots of different skills were learnt and lots of tips given. After this he gave a presentation to trainers/ mentors at the Mills, where he was presented with a half zip in memory of his visit.

Macroom FC
Adult Teams. The 2018/19 season is now underway with Macroom A playing the group stages of the Mossie Linnane League cup and Macroom B going straight into division 3 league action. Macroom B have played 4 games, winning and losing 1 and drawing 2. New manager Matty O' Leary is reasonably happy with the efforts and application by the players. The first win for the team came away to Lakewood Ath on Thursday last. Sean Quinn's stunning long range strike sealed the 0-1 win. Declan Kiely in goal saved well from a penalty and there were also good performances from Trevor Horgan and new signing Alejandro.
Macroom A have played 4 games in the Linnane League cup. Defeats to Lakewood Athletic and Coachford along with a win over Kanturk left Macroom in with a chance of qualifying. Their last game was at home to Innishvilla last Sunday and the win Macroom needed did not arrive. A full time score of 4-4 would suggest a fantastic game, however Macroom will be frustrated as they created more than enough chances to progress in the competition.
This coming weekend the AOH cup takes centre stage. Macroom A will travel to play Rathoole Rovers on Sat at 2pm while the B team entertain Lakewood Athletic A at the Town Park, also Sat at 2pm.
Youths Round Up. Macroom Youths have started the season really well. They have defeated Lakewood Athletic and Avondale Utd so far and have drawn with Everton. Goalscorers in these games were Steven O' Donoghue, Shane Meaney, Kieran Doody, Aaron O Donovan and Conor Murphy. Players who have impressed so far include Reece Lee, Caelum Lynch, Robert O Donovan, David Hunt, Peter Murphy and Daniel Buckley. Macroom entertain Kilworth Celtic this coming Sat at 2.30pm. 

Macroom Golf Club
Results: 29-Aug American Golf Qualifier 1st David Byrne 19 42pts. 2nd Leo Goold 9 40pts.
1 & 02 Sept Monthly Medal 1st Rob O'Keeffe 9 64. 2nd Colm Creedon 10 65. Best Gross Mark O'Flynn 6 73. Senior Paschal McSwiney 15 68
01 & 02 Sept Open Singles 1st John O'Sullivan 14 68. 2nd Patrick Connell 16 69.
Fixtures: Tue-Seniors. Thur-American Golf Open Singles. Fri, Sat & Sun- Open 3 person team (Chairman's Weekend)