Lee Valley Outlook v15e19 September 20 2018

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Food Festival September 20 – 23.                      Cork 20 Rally Sept. 28 – 30 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Coffee Day for Marymount at Kilmurry Museum Thurs, Sept 20, 9 am to 4.30 pm.
De La Salle College open night Thurs, Sept 20th, 5 – 8p.m.
Kilmurry GAA scrap metal collection at GAA grounds, Sat 22nd and 29th Sept 10am-5pm.
Coffee Morning for Marymount at Creedon’s, Inchigeela after each Mass Sept. 22 - 23
Ballinagree Vintage and Family Fun Day Sun. 23rd of Sept.
Food from the Wilds Foraging talk at Áras Abán, Ballyvourney, Wed. Oct 3 @ 7:30in.
Daonscoil an Fhómhair i nGuagán Barra 5 – 7 Deireadh Fómhair
Kilmichael Vintage & Harvest Festival Sun Oct 7th in Terelton.
Muskerry Local History Society lecture, Mon, 8 Oct. Ballincollig Rugby Club at 8p.m.
Halloween Theme Fundraiser in Clondrohid Hall on Fri Oct. 12 at 8pm.
Fundraising Concert for Penny Dinners and Simon Community, Riverside Park Hotel, Fri Oct 19 at 8p.m.
Terence MacSwiney weekend at Kilmurry Museum 19th - 21st Oct.
Breast Cancer Coffee Day Bealnamorrive, Sat Oct 27, 11a.m. - 4p.m.
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.
Bridge Club Sept. 26 at 10a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte Sept. 27 at 11.30a.m.
Adult Book Club Oct. 3 at 11.30a.m.
Purlies Knitting Group Oct. 4 at 11.30am.
Art Exhibition by Jim Ryder during September.
Macroom Food Festival Sept. 20 - 23
Thurs. 20. Vintage Tea Dance in Castle 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
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.
The Nualas Christmas Glam Slam. Sat 1st Dec at 8:00pm.
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Macroom Updates

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Dramatic preparations for Macroom Food Festival, September 20 - 23. ©

Macroom Food Festival – September 20 - 23 2018.

Macroom’s 7th annual Food Festival gets underway this weekend, with the Vintage Tea Dance in the Castle Hotel this Thursday evening. Prizes will be awarded for Best Dressed Lady and Gentleman, so get your 20s gear fluffed up. Enjoy tasty treats, live music and dancing.
Saturday will start with a cuppa – an Introduction to Coffee Cupping and Roasting with West Cork Coffee at the Castle Hotel at 10.30a.m. Children will have fun at the Kids Zone Marquee in the Square from 11a.m., with face painting, balloon magic, story time and fun and games with Conor the Clown. At 12 noon, psychologist and author, Katrina Melvin, will talk about her new book, Artful Eating – the Psychology of Lasting Weight Loss, at Fitz – Gerald’s Book Shop.
On Saturday afternoon, 2p.m. to 5p.m., the Taste Trail will take you to Vaughan’s Cafe, T.P. Cotters, the Castle Hotel, Next Door Cafe, Real Olive Company at Golden’s Bar, Fitzgeralds Book Shop and Chocolate Cafe, De Róiste at J.C. Murphy’s, Clancy Fresh Fish, Dairy Delights at Nature’s Corner, Mauro’s Italian Food at Dinneen’s bar and Kieran Hartnett Quality Meats. From 5p.m. to 7p.m. SECAD Celebrating Multiculturalism will feature in the Marquee in the Square. Tickets €3 and €1 are available at 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, with more than 50 stalls, will return on Sunday and there will be entertainment for all the family, with Circus Outside the Box, face painting, balloon magic, live music from the Army Band of the Southern Command and lots more. Students from Cork and Kerry will get competitive with local produce at the Schools Cook-Off 2 – 4p.m. 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.

Award for Castle Hotel

Dan Buckley’s’ Bar at The Castle Hotel in Macroom beat off stiff competition and was awarded Best Hotel Carvery in Munster at The Grand Final of The Great Carvery Competition 2018 on September 10. The prestigious awards, which are one of the largest in the country, are run on an annual basis by Unilever Food Solutions and are highly sought after by industry professionals. The Great Carvery Competition acknowledges Ireland and Northern Ireland’s love of carvery, recognising the very best pub and hotel carveries that the island has to offer.
Owner, Don Buckley said “The Great Carvery Awards are renowned for recognising and rewarding excellence within the Restaurant and Hospitality industry. It is a lovely surprise and boost for management and staff. We are very proud to showcase local products on our menu and this award will spur us on in continuing to exceed customer expectations. We are very proud of our title as the hotel with the best Carvery in Munster.’’
The Castle Hotel is no stranger to awards and has previously won the overall Irish Title of Best Hotel Carvery in Ireland. As Munster’s winner, they now proceed to the 2018 All Ireland! The Castle Hotel will also be central to Macroom Food Festival events, September 20 – 23.

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At launch of Cork 20 International Car Rally, September 28 – 30 in Macroom, were Rally officials with Mayor of the County, Patrick Gerard Murphy and Catherine Cronin, Riverside Park Hotel ©Lee Valley Outlook

Rally in the Lee Valley

The 2018 CB Tool Hire Cork 20 International Rally will visit the Lee Valley during the last weekend of the month, September 28 - 30. The 2017 Cork 20 Rally, which was based in Macroom for the first time, was a tremendous success. With a large entry of cars and with over 600 bed nights taken, it was a welcome boost to the local economy. The 2018 event promises to be bigger and better, with a new Title sponsor in CB Tool Hire Cork coming on board. The Riverside Park Hotel and the Lee Valley Enterprise Board are once again associate sponsors and the Headquarters for the event will remain at The Riverside Park Hotel in Macroom.
The event will open on Friday the 28th of September with a spectacular ceremonial start in the main square in Macroom, where the public will get an opportunity to get up close to the drivers and their Rally cars. There will also be children’s entertainment, with rally car simulators, rally merchandising, face painting, and bouncing castles. The rally stages will commence on Saturday morning, with the rally taking in the Tarelton and Lissarda regions and the evening stages taking in the Kilnamartyra and Inchigeelagh areas.

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Roberto Duarte and Tony Daly with Roberto's beautifully restored camper van at Muskerry Vintage Club's rally ©Con Kelleher

New for 2018 is a family fun area in the service park at Coolcower Industrial estate. There will be bouncing castles, bucking bronco, climbing walls on offer, all free of charge, as well as a pit stop challenge for the public. Another new initiative is the Rally festival in the main square on the Saturday evening from 5p.m., where all the drivers will be welcomed back after the first day’s rallying. The drivers will be interviewed in the main square and there will again be kids’ activities, with Bouncing castles, climbing walls, Rally simulators, Face painting and live Music to entertain the extended family.
The final day of the event will include stages in the Mushera Mountains, with the rally finishing with stages in the Mullaghinish and Coolea area before the Finish ramp at Rally headquarters at The Riverside Park Hotel Macroom.
Local competitors who intend on competing on the event are Christy McCarthy (Ballyvourney) Ciaran Casey (Renaniree) David Kelleher (Clondrohid) Conan O’Riordan (Clondrohid) Emma Nott (Macroom) William Lynch (Macroom) Simon Duggan (Macroom), Barry O’Brien (Clondrohid) Cyril Casey (Inchigeelagh), Michael Forde (Coachdford).

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County Mayor, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, Tim Lucey Chief Executive CCC, with Micheal Burns and Martin Coughlan from Macroom, winners of the 1st Place prize in Category B2 of Cork County Council’s annual Anti-Litter Challenge ©Gerard McCarthy

Tidy Macroom

Macroom is delighted to have won the Anti Litter Challenge for 2018 in its category, with a total of 16 points to spare over 2nd place Fermoy and they were well clear of the other seven towns in the group, Mallow, Bandon, Kanturk, Mitchelstown, Midleton, Bantry and Cobh. The results were announced at an Awards Ceremony in the County Hall on September 6. This was attended by five members of the local tidy towns committee. There was an air of confidence in advance of the announcements as Macroom had come from 4th place to 1st place in previous judgings and great effort was put in to secure the award in the final judging.
The competition operates on a negative marking system and points are deducted for each item of litter found and this includes items as small as cigarette butts. In each judging period, ten different areas were selected at random by the visiting judges and these included sections of streets in the town centre, green areas, residential areas and school areas. A nominated estate was judged during each fortnightly period and these consistently scored very highly, in some cases reaching 100%, which meant that not one piece of litter was found in the area being judged.
In years past, Macroom did get to a final and lost out in a head to head with Carrigaline so this award is a nice boost for the hardworking volunteers and all others who have contributed in any way. The standards of cleanliness have improved noticeably over the years around the town and this has been helped by the provision of newer, larger capacity litter bins, with cigarette receptacles on the top. In addition to that, these new bins have smaller openings, and this is a deterrent to those who have been using litter bins to dispose of their household waste and resulting in crows etc pulling and scattering litter.
This result augurs well for the national Tidy Towns competition, where one of the eights section headings is ‘Litter Control’. The national Tidy Towns results will be announced at a ceremony in the Helix, Dublin on Monday next, 24th September, and this will be attended by five representatives of the committee. The results and comments will be widely publicised, the good and the bad, following receipt of the report shortly. By John Lyons

De La Salle College

Congratulations to all our students who sat their Junior Certificate exams in June. The results arrived in De La Salle College on September 12 and there were smiles all around as the lads opened their eagerly awaited results. School Principal, John Murphy, congratulated the lads and reiterated the importance of having the opportunity to sit a state exam before the Leaving Certificate. Well done to the students and all the teachers involved.
Our Leaving Certificate Geography students went on their annual field trip to Killarney National Park and there was plenty of interactive learning as the students compiled the necessary information for their projects. The students were accompanied by teachers, Mr Daniel McCarthy and Ms Helen O’Sullivan.
Transition Year students had the privilege of hearing Tralee man, Finbarr Walsh’s inspirational story about the passing of his 16-year-old son Donal after a lengthy battle with cancer. Mr Walsh spoke in great detail about his son’s belief in living life to the fullest and enjoying it. It was a very moving speech by Mr Walsh and our students were very appreciative of his honesty and openness. After the speech, our students made a presentation to the ‘Live Life Donal Walsh Foundation’.
De La Salle College open night will take place on Thursday, September 20th. All students and parents are welcome to attend and meet with existing students and staff. The evening takes place between 5 and 8pm, with School Principal, Mr Murphy’s address taking place at 7.30pm. Enrolment forms for next September are available at the school’s office.

McEgan College.

Post Leaving Cert. Places are still available at McEgan College in the following QQI Level 5 Courses: Business & Office Administration, Childcare, Health Services Skills and Hairdressing Year 2 with Senior Trades. No points needed. Many students go directly into employment and many progress on to CIT, UCC & IT Tralee to complete degrees and further their studiesl
The courses are suitable for school leavers right up to experienced, mature persons seeking a recognised qualification. They are preparation for a career in Office Work, Health or Childcare or Hairdressing. They can act as a filler year for those who wish to acquire keyboarding & computer skills or as a progression route to Higher Level (8 Distinctions in QQI = 380 points).
Our Business Studies has Retail & Medical modules available. Learn to Type, Compose CV’s, Interview skills, become experts in the latest Microsoft Software, Book Keeping skills—manual & computerised with SAGE accounts. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 026-41076

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Participants in Sports Day at St. Mary’s, Macroom ©An Scoil

St. Mary’s Updates

Sports Day. On Wednesday the 12th of September the 6th year LCVP class put their teamwork, leadership and organisational skills to good use as they organised a Sports Day for all of our Junior students. They organised this event as part of their LCVP enterprise activity. With the help and guidance of PE teacher, Mrs Kelleher and LCVP teacher, Ms Tobin, they organised a really enjoyable event. Great fun was had by all. Well done to all of the students who organised the event and to all of the students who participated.
Junior Cert Results. There was huge excitement and delight in St Mary’s Secondary School on the 12th of September when the anxious wait for the Junior Certificate results came to an end. All of the students’ and teachers’ hard work paid off and they were all really happy with the results. The girls were invited into school on the morning of the results, where Trish in the canteen made a lovely breakfast for them. They were given their results by Mr Cooke at 10am and there was fierce excitement in the school as the girls shared the good news with their parents and teachers. Students beat the National Averages in subjects across the board! The school management would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the students, parents and teachers involved. We are extremely proud of the girls.

Macroom Library

If you took part in our Summer Stars reading programme and missed the party on August 25th, it’s not too late to collect your certificate if you haven’t already. There are also several prizes here to be collected by those lucky enough to have been drawn in the raffle, so be sure to visit soon with your library card to see if you were one of the winners.
The Bridge Club will be meeting on September 26th at 10am. New members are always welcome. Having taken a break for the summer, the Ciorcal Cainte will be returning on September 27th at 11.30am. Tá súil againn go raibh Samhradh deas agaibh. The Adult Book Club will be convening on October 3rd at 11.30am to discuss the book ‘Fever’ by Mary Beth Keane. The Purlies Knitting Group will be meeting on October 4th at 11.30am. New members are welcome to join.
Next time you visit the library, be sure to enquire about all of our free online services. Library members can access e-Books and e-Audiobooks through BorrowBox, and e-Magazines through the RBdigital app. Leaflets for both of these services are available in the library. You might be interested in searching for an old newspaper article from years ago, in which case you can access the Irish Newspaper Archive on our computers. We also have over 500 online courses available if you would like to begin an e-learning course – accounting, business, pet & animal care, writing skills, maths, and much more! You can also use our Mango language courses if you feel that your Irish or Chinese has become a little rusty – there are 71 available languages from which you can choose. All you need to do to avail of these online services is join the library, and it's completely free. Please visit https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services/library-online too for more info.

Music in the Library

On a bright October morning, Máiréad O’Herlihy, ably assisted by Eddie Hogan, presented the September Music Morning at Macroom Library, the first of the new season. Máiréad’s selection was varied and entertaining. She started with Morning Mood by Grieg, the prelude to Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. This was followed by The Loveliest Night of the Year, sung by Mario Lanza. Soprano, Montserrat Caballe, sang Casta Diva from Bellini’s Norma, after which we got a rousing Polonaise by Chopin. German tenor, Fritz Wunderlich, sang When Tears Flow Joyfully from Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio . In a change of mood, Sean Keane sang Somewhere and Agnes Baltsa proclaimed , There Will be Better Days even for Us and then we had refreshments.
Afterwards, A Tear Becomes a Rose was performed by folk singers, John and Fiona Prine. William Blake’s Jerusalem and the Overture from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro followed and then, Pauline Scanlan, Eibhlís Ní Chinnéide and Seamus Begley gave a beautiful rendition of Óró mo Bháidín. A Hungarian soprano sang an aria from Puccini’s Tosca and then, Enya sang the haunting Come Back to Me/ Dark Sky Island. Recalling the Papal visit, we enjoyed a solo version of Schubert’s Ave Maria with Andrea Boccelli. The Humming Chorus from Madame Butterfly by Puccini was followed by Lara’s Theme, aka Somewhere, my Love, from the film, Dr Zhivago. The final numbers in an eclectic selection were an excerpt from the Hungarian Rhapsody played by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the drinking song, Libiamo, from Verdi’s La Traviata. There was something for everyone in this feast of music and song.

Briery Gap Update

At the request of Cork County Council, the Board of the Briery Gap has completed an application form for significant funding from the Rural Development Programme and submitted same to CCC. The Council, as the lead partner , will need to expand on the application and prioritise it on a list to be forwarded to Government in the next two weeks. The Board is given to understand that an announcement on funding to be allocated by Government will be made by mid-November. Interested parties are exhorting local Councillors to bring pressure to bear to ensure that the Briery Gap application is successful and a significant allocation is provided to bridge the funding shortfall. The Board of Directors of the Briery Gap are also calling for the planning and procurement processes to be commenced in anticipation of funding being provided, as there has been too much time lost already.
Watch this space. Don’t hold your breath.

Autumn Shows at Riverside Park Hotel
The Lee Valley Enterprise Board will present a series of shows at the Riverside Park Hotel this autumn.
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.
Carrigadrohid Tidy Towns - Fund Raising Concert Friday 26th October at 8:00pm Tickets: Adults €12 / €8 Students & Children. You are guaranteed a night of great entertainment and variety with Comedy, Music, Song and Story Telling.
Murray & Begley in Concert. Friday 9th November at 8:00pm. Tickets:€15. Macroom's own Jim Murray, who is one of Ireland’s finest guitarists, and the renowned accordion player and singer, Séamus Begley, team up to create one of the Country’s most popular musical duos. This show is not to be missed.
The Matchmaker – John B. Keane. Thursday 15th November at 8:00pm. Tickets: €20. Directed by Michael Scot, the production stars television favourites, Mary McEvoy & Jon Kenny!
The Nualas Christmas Glam Slam. Saturday 1st December at 8:00pm. Tickets: €18. Expect to be battered with hilarious seasonal chat and boxed around the ears with scintillating vocal harmonies!
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.
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.
Kilmurry GAA scrap metal collection takes place at GAA grounds on Saturday 22nd, 29th September 10am-5pm. Dispose of all scrap metal for free, collection from house also available. Please contact any member of Kilmurry GAA committee to organise collection. Please support Kilmurry GAA fundraiser.
Ballinagree Vintage and family fun day on Sunday next, 23rd of September. All vintage and classic vehicles welcome. Perpetual cup for best vintage car. Best vintage tractor. Best barn find Huge line up of entertainment for children and adults. Baby show Dog show. Children’s sports Best dressed lady and gent. Food stalls The ever popular bacon and cabbage.
Walk to Gougane 2018. The 15th Annual Pilgrim Walk from Cill na Martra to Gougane will take place this year on Sunday, September 30th. Walkers are invited to assemble at Cronin’s Farm, Clohina at 8:30am. This will be signposted from the Mons on the N22. Then, set off on this varied trek, taking in road, mountain paths and part of the Ó Súilleabháin Beara Walk. It is planned to arrive in Gougane in time for the 3pm Mass celebrated by Bishop Buckley. Bishop Ray Browne from over the hill in Kerry will preach the homily. Fáilte is fiche roimh gach éinne.
Food from the Wilds. An dara léacht mar chuid de sraith léachtaí bunaithe ar Flóra agus Fána eagraithe ag Dúlra & Dúchas Bhaile Mhúirne - The second in a series of lectures based on Flora & Fauna organised by Dúlra & Dúchas Bhaile Mhúirne. Lecture 2 - Bia ón bhFiántas - Food from the Wilds with Hammy Hamilton will be held in Áras Abán, Ballyvourney G.A.A. Club House on October 3 @ 7:30in. Adults €5. Children free. Beidh an léacht trí Bhéarla. Tuilleadh eolais 087-6688209. A foraging walk will be held the following weekend, details to be decided at Wednesday meeting.
Kilmichael Vintage & Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday, October 7th. Proceeds to Marymount Hospice, Co-Action Dunmanway, West Cork Rapid Response, 2 Local Community Hospitals, 9 Local National Schools and other charities. Change of venue this year to Terelton (Near Five Roads Bar ). Large display of Vintage machinery. Numerous side shows, Dog show and fun events for all the family. There will also be a cake sale and the club would be very grateful if people would kindly donate baking on the day. The club is having a Tug-O-War competition and we would like to invite 7 representatives from any other club or pub to take part in this fun event. Great Day is assured for all.
Muskerry Local History Society Monday, 8 October, lecture by Gerry White in Ballincollig Rugby Club at 8p.m. : 1918 - The year of Victory, Virus and Votes.
Fundraising Concert for Cork Penny Dinners and Cork Simon Community in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom, Friday , October 19 at 8p.m.
Terence MacSwiney weekend 19th to 21st October. Events include Opening address by Cathal Brugha MacSwiney. "A look at the conqueror", a lecture by Gabriel Doherty UCC. The poetry of Terence MacSwiney introduced by Dr Mary Breen. Tour of MacSwiney locations in the local area with Michael Galvin. Tickets will be available on Event Brite and from Museum.
Book launch. Old Village School book by Michael Galvin will be launched on Friday, October 26th @ 8pm in Independence Museum Kilmurry. This book takes a trip back in time, from humble stone buildings to a modern, state of the art school. A history of Kilmurry old schools and its teachers.
Breast Cancer Coffee Day and Raffle at Tadhg OLearys Bar, Bealnamorrive, Saturday , October 27, 11a.m. - 4p.m. Come for a chat, tea, coffee and home baking .
Kilmurry Parish Schools exhibition. Official opening Saturday 03rd November at Independence Museum Kilmurry presented by KHAA. View lots of old school photographs. Read stories of old school days. Inspect artefacts. Exhibition will continue 2pm to 5pm every Sunday in November (4th,11th,18th,25th)
Sean Nós Harvesting was performed at Dromnagapple, near Inchigeela, recently. Denny and Anthony Healy cut a crop of Spring oats with a reaper and binder, drawn by a tractor. Some of the sheaves were later threshed in Mallabraca, at the Sam Magiure homestead.
Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association Ltd. The heritage room in Kilmurry is available to hire for parties, classes, training and other events. Please contact Mary 0876568110. The 2019 lecture series is being finalised. If you would like to hold a talk, please contact 0860593260. Kilmurry Museum open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 2pm to 5pm
President’s Prize. Michael Vaughan, President Kilmichael Pitch and Putt Club, recently presented his prize to Sean O’Leary, winner with 89 pts. 1st Gross Dan Kiely 101. 2nd Nett Philip Dawson 88 pts. 2nd Gross Michael Vaughan 105.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: September 9. Jackpot €1,000. Numbers drawn 17, 18, and 38. No winner. €50 Tim O'Leary, Dromduve. €20 each: Oisín O'Connor, Macroom. Eamonn Geran, C/O Ballinagree Shop. Ann O'Leary, Dromduve. Michael Corkery, Mashanaglas.
September 16. Jackpot €1,150. Numbers drawn 13, 26, and 39. No Winner €50 Tim Buckley, Middle Square, Macroom. . €20 each: Trisha Long, Rylane. Kitty Horgan, Oughtierra. Dan McCarthy, Clonavrick. Láine Bar Syndicate, 4 Carrigagulla & 1 Ballinagree.
Canovee G.A.A. Lotto Sept 9. Jackpot €5,450 Numbers drawn 1,5,10,19. No winner €50 Phil O’Connor c/o Don Carroll. €25 each: Tadhg O’Neill c/o Castlemore Arms. Shelly Dennehy c/o Dan Shine.€25 on line Billy Creedon.
Sept 16. Jackpot €5,600 Numbers drawn 19,21,25,28. No winner €50 Phil Sean o Sullivan,Ballytrasna. €25 each: Paddy Murphy Crookstown. Paddy Delaney Aherla. €25 on line Billy Creedon.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto 5/9/ 2018. Jackpot €70 Adam Austin O’Sullivan c/o Greyhound Bar €20 each: Sheila Walsh Carriganima, Denise Ahern Aherla, Crooks Family, Ballinageary, Matthew O’Connor Dundareirke.
12/9/ 2018. Jackpot €6400. No winner. €70 Fergal Kelleher Oakwood €20 each: Larry Flanagan Carrigaphooka, Eibhlin Ni Mhaoldomnaigh MJK Oils, Ann O’Riordan 3 St. Gobnaits Tce., M Scanlon Sullane Weirs.Results for Sept 12
Donoughmore G.A.A. Lotto September 4. Jackpot €2,600. Numbers Drawn: 9 17 35. No winner. €25 Lucky Dip Winners: 1. John T. Roche 2. Dick Dineen 3. M. J. Twomey 4. Martin Murray 5. Denis + Noreen O’Regan
Sept. 11. Jackpot €2,700. Winning Numbers: 5 31 33. One Winner: Bill Downey €25 LuckyDip Winners: 1. Mary B. Murphy 2. Newton 3. Margaret Nagle 4. Mags Neville 5. Stephen O’Callaghan.
Kilmichael GAA Lotto Sept. 3. Jackpot €15.000. Numbers: 8 – 13 – 30 – 35; No Winner. €50 - E.M.A. Healy, Cooleclevane €25 each Sile Burgoyne, Carrigboy. Patrick Lordan, Dromcarra. Den Lordan, The Garage, Newcestown.
Sept. 10. Numbers: 5 – 6 – 15 – 16. No Winner.€50 Nora & Tadhg O'Leary, Kilnamartyra. €25 each: Shauna Buckley, Ardnaneen, Finbarr Kelly, Gneeves, Michael Carroll, Shanacashel.
Kilmurry G.A.A. Lotto: 27/8/2018. Jackpot: €5,000. Numbers Drawn: 13,16,18. Winner: Mary O Sullivan Belmount place €50 Frances Kelly. €20 each: Tadhg and Peig Lyons. Ger and Lilly.Joan O Callaghan. Mary Horgan. Jo Jo
3/9/2018. Jackpot: €1,000. Numbers Drawn: 4,20,38. No Winner. €50 Damien Howard. €20 each: Helen Murphy. Eileen Leahy. Ann Marie Mulcahy. Kitty Howard. Fitton Brothers.
Macroom FC Lotto 10/09/18. Jackpot €1,800. Numbers drawn: 8, 14, 25. No Winner. €80 Hughie Kelleher c/o Golden's. €20 each Raymond O' Riordan c/o Joan, Gerard Dromey c/o Noel, Elsie c/o Willie, Caoimhe Daly c/o Evelyn.
17/09/18. Jackpot €2,000. Numbers drawn: 12, 25, 27. No Winner. €80 John Corkery c/o Swanky. €20 each: Niall Lawless c/o Tp's, Kate Murray c/o Murray's, Noel Kelleher c/o Joan, Murphy O Connell c/o Hound
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 4/09/2018. Jackpot €2400. Numbers drawn: 6-17-20. No Winner. €70. Melanie Spillane, Kilbarry €20 each: Serena O'Shea, Castle. Mary Burke, 44 Sullane Weirs. Shelia O'Riordan, Teerbeg,. Pat O'Sullivan, 14 The Glenties. Margaret Kelly, Barrett Place.
11/09/2018. Jackpot €2600. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 15-30-35. €70 Elaine Lynch, Sleaveen West €20 each: Mary Murphy, Coolyhane. Raymond Quinn, Vaughan's Cafe. Ted Kelleher, Gurteenroe. Connie Lehane, Mountcross, Clondrohid. Eileen Leahy, New Street..
Rylane CPA Lotto: 3/9/2018 Jackpot €1,900. Numbers drawn:10 - 18 - 23.. No Winner. €20 John Mc Sweeney (Knockour); Michael Herlihy(Rylane); John Crowley (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20: Crowleys
10/9/2018 Jackpot €2,000. Numbers drawn:26 - 72 - 38. No Winner. €20 Kim O'Sullivan (Rylane); Boston Ladi8es c% Josie Leahy (Rylane); Noreen O'Sullivan (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20: Mary Casey-Buckley
Coachford AFC Lotto: 10/9/2018. Jackpot: €6,600. Numbers Drawn: 16 – 18 – 32. No Winner. €40 Philip & Denis Cullinane. €20 Carrie Miller, Ned Murphy, Lisa O’Toole, Ger Carey.
17/9/2018. Jackpot: €6,800. Numbers Drawn: 10 – 19 – 28. No Winner. €40 Donie Lane. €20 Pat O’Connell, Marian O’Connell, Catherine O’Flynn, Denis & Elaine.

Lee Valley Updates

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Attendance and presenters at launch of Toames/ Castleview Neigbourhood Watch in Coolcower ©Con Kelleher

Neighbourhood Watch

The launch of Toames and District Neighbourhood Watch scheme took place on 6th October in Coolcower House. The Chairman, Richard Godsil, opened the meeting and welcomed all attendees and especially the representatives from An Garda Síochána, led by Inspector Brian Murphy in addition to Sgt Ian O’Callaghan, Crime Prevention Officer and Garda Orla Doyle, Community Garda. Inspector Murphy commended the organisers of the Toames and District area for initiating this very commendable scheme and predicted that it would be a great success and a huge deterrent to criminals seeking to exploit vulnerable rural communities.
Sgt Ian O’Callaghan gave a very comprehensive overview on crime statistics for the Macroom area, which formed part of the West Cork Division. The number of burglaries in the wider Macroom area in 2017 amounted 35 but in areas where the Neighbourhood Watch was in existence, the statistics demonstrated a marked reduction. He encouraged people to check the Garda website and Theftsite.ie for a Check list challenge on how to be streetwise, with some great tips on how to make things as difficult as possible for burglars and how to be security conscious at all times.
Garda Doyle provided details of the operational matters of the scheme. The cost of subscribing to Text Alert is €10.00 and text system is operated on national basis by B Alert. Those registered will receive official texts notifying of any suspicious vehicles in the general area. Signage is also a feature of the scheme and these will be erected at agreed locations once the finance is raised and again these are a big deterrent for burglars looking for easy prey. There are others elements to the scheme such as alarms for the elderly, etc Garda Doyle advocated all present to subscribe to the scheme and to get the word out there.
A discussion regarding online fraud and online safety also took place and it was agreed to deal with these at a future meeting with an expert speaker. Richard Godsil thanked all who attended and paid tribute to An Garda Siochana representatives for providing information and expert advice and looked forward to progressing the scheme with their support. Richard thanked Coolcower House for hosting the meeting. Over 30 people joined the Neighbourhood Scheme and this is expected to increase significantly in the coming weeks once it goes live. For further contact details Elaine Kiernan,Secretary 086 8141732

Clondrohid Updates
Clondrohid Development Group usually hold a fundraiser this time of the year ( to defray their yearly costs which includes insurance, purchase of strimmer and lawnmower, hedge cutting, flowers and shrubs etc. and this year they are holding a ‘Halloween Theme Fundraiser’ in the Community Hall on Friday Oct. 12 at 8pm. Caitriona of Enchanted Flowers will give a Demonstration on how to decorate your house and garden for Halloween. Over the past few years dressing up and decorating for Halloween has become very popular with families, so come along and see what surprises Caitriona has planned for you, and also, be in with a chance of winning the many prizes on offer. Great night assured. Refreshments will be served. Tickets costing €10 and will be available locally at Healy’s Spar, M& J Kelleher’s and Dairygold or can be purchased on the night. Thank you as always for your continued support and hope to see you on the night.
Pastoral Parish Council: A meeting will be held in the Community Hall on Tuesday, October 9 from 7 to 8pm. All those who attended the first meeting held earlier this year and all those who would like to have an input at this meeting are earnestly asked to attend. Come along and support this new initiative.
Set Dancing Returns: Alan O’Riordan has taken over the ‘baton’ from Teddy and will commence his own classes of set dancing, Céilí, social dancing etc on Tuesday, October 2 for Adults from 8 to 10pm. We wish him well and having been coached by the Master, he will do an excellent job. On that note, we wish Teddy well in his ‘retirement’. If you did a programme of ‘This is your Life’ on Teddy, it would go on all day and night. What an excellent Ambassador for dancing Teddy has been to Clondrohid. Thanks for the Memories Teddy.
Paralympic Munster Grand Prix competition: Congrats once again to Stephen Bradley, one of West Muskerry’s well known athletes, who won Cork athlete of the Year in C.I.T recently.
CCM (Clondrohid, Carriganima,Muinfliuch )Active Retired: A get together for a sing song from 7 to 9pm started on Monday, September 24 and will continue on October 8 and 22 and November 12. This is funded by the Adult Education Board. There will be a leader with a guitar. All members are invited along for this social occasion. It will not be like a class, just a sing song and of course a cuppa. Come along and see for yourself.
Fun run/walk Carriganima: The presentation of money recently raised for Macroom and Millstreet Hospitals will be held in the Pub, Carriganima on Saturday October 6 at 9pm. Music by Johnny Bremner. A great night assured.
De la Salle Open Night: This Thursday, September 20 from 5 to 8pm
Ballinagree Vintage: This fun day will take place on Sunday Sept 23.
Macroom Food Festival: Thurs Sept 20 to Sunday Sept 23. A weekend full of Taste Trails, Family Fun, Live Music, Dancing, Street Entertainment. Crystal Swing Live. www.macroomfoodfestival.com.

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Harvesting at Dromnagapple near Inchigeela ©Nora O’Riordan

Inchigeela Updates

Junior A Win. Uíbh Laoire got through Round One of the County Championship against Buttevant in Donoughmore recently. Early few quick points from Buttevant were answered by Uíbh Laoire when our lads settled down and moved ahead to a lead of 0-5 to 0-4 at half time Many attacks were defended and broken up by good defences on both sides, leading to a low scoring first half . The trend changed little in the second half, with Uíbh Laoire gaining another point and Buttevant picking up a red card for two yellows. As the last quarter began, an accidental clash of two Buttevant players resulted in a serious injury for one and a delay in the game lasting over an hour. The long delay and the onset of a cold windy evening caused many spectators to go home at this stage, while all players went to their changing rooms. When the game eventually resumed, the remaining supporters witnessed a more exciting match than we had see earlier, as a Buttevant wing forward, went on a solo run from mid field and slipped in a goal. However, with the exception of a late goal, that was the end of Buttevant’s chances as Uíbh Laoire edged ahead by gathering 6 more points. It ended Uíbh Laoire 0-13, Buttevant 2-4. Well done to Uíbh Laoire. We wish the injured player a quick recovery.
Coffee morning. A Coffee Morning is organised at Creedon’s for Marymount Hospice after each Mass this weekend. I’m sure it will be supported well for the good cause.
Gougane Sunday. The big pilgrimage day in honour of the patron saint of our parish and diocese, Saint Finbarr, takes place on Sunday 30th of September. It has been a tradition for centuries that old and young flocked to the little island in the lovely lake to honour the saint and to join in the prayers and festivities. Many did the journey on foot and this tradition has been revived in recent times. So, one can join the walkers as they come from all directions and in doing so, remember all those of old who did the long journey on foot. The Rosary will be recited at 2.30pm and will be followed by Mass on the island. The homily will be given by the Bishop of Kerry, Most Rev. Raymond Browne.
Memorial Run. The Liz Lucey Memorial Run committee thanked all involved in making the fundraising event a huge success. The substantial proceeds were presented to Marymount Hospice in Creedon’s Hotel.
Wedding Bells. Congratulations and best wishes go to Inchigeela girl, Mary Murphy and Seán O’Leary of Ballyvourney who were married in the Church of St Finbarr and The Holy Angels in Inchigeela recently. The wedding reception was at Fernhill House Hotel in Clonakilty .

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Bríd O’Sullivan, Aghabullogue, with coach, Ian Murphy, preparing for world powerlifting championships in the USA in October ©

It’s Never Too Late to get Lifting

Bríd O’Sullivan of Aghabullogue, at the young age of 62, is an inspiration to everybody in ATP Fitness. She took up lifting weights only a few years ago in an effort to be healthier and ended up finding a passion for powerlifting along the way. Bríd, who is training out of and sponsored by ATP Fitness in Donnybrook, Douglas, is currently training for the 100% raw world powerlifting championships in the USA in October. She represents the Irish drug free powerlifting association and ATP and currently holds the national and world records in deadlifting (136kg) and total power record (257.5kg) in her age and weight category and is an absolute inspiration to everybody! Her dedication and commitment is second to none and is proof positive that age is no barrier once you set your mind to any goal!

Macra Matters

 Congratulations to Heather Healy and Willian Buckley who did the club proud by receiving Leaderships Awards at the recent county officer training in Wexford. Well deserved for all their hard work in Macra over the years. Congratulations to our club members, Bill Healy, Elaine O’Connell, William Buckley and Brian O’Reilly who won the regional round in club question time. Members from Donoughmore Macra enjoyed a ball in Springfort Hall Hotel, Mallow, hosted by Avondhu Macra.
For more info on the club check out:www.facebook.com/donoughmore.macra or contact 085-1949034. New members always welcome!

Daonscoil an Fhómhair 2018

Tionólfar Daonscoil an Fhómhair i nGuagán Barra 5 – 7 Deireadh Fómhair. Séard is téama na Daonscoile: An t-Athair Peadar – a Shaol agus a Shaothar. Beigh teacht le chéile sóisialta i dtimpeallacht shuaimhneach Óstán Ghuagán Barra agus Filíocht & Ceol, Lúibíní & Agallaimh Bheirte, Saibhreas Teanga , Léachtaí agus Scoraíocht ar fail.
Dé hAoine 5ú 2:00in-4:00in Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh Bronnadh duaiseanna ó chomórtais filíochta agus próis na meánscoileanna 6:45in-8:00in Dinnéar & Oscailt Oifigiúil na Daonscoile le Seán Ó Liatháin 8:30in Seoladh Leabhair le Seán Ó Muimhneacháin – ‘An tAgallamh Muimhneach’ (Tigh Tábhairne Uí Chróinín) 9:30in Ceol le Craobh Achadh Fhíonach, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.
Dé Sathairn 6ú 10:30rn-12:15in Caint ó Eibhlís Uí Bhriain 12:30in-1:15in Lón éadrom 1:30in-3:00in Lúibíní & Agallaimh Bheirte – cur i láthair ar thraidisiún béil na lúibíní agus na n-agallamh beirte 3:00in-3:30in Sos le cupán tae – Tigh Uí Chróinín 3:30in-5:30in Ceardlann rince le Pádraig Ó Loingsigh (Siúlóid sa Ghuagán d’éinne nach bhfuil spéis acu sa rince) 6:00in Aifreann na Daonscoile san Aireagal 7:00in-8:15in Dinnéar 8:30in-9:30in Léacht ‘An tAthair Peadar – Caint na nDaoine’ le Katie Ní Loingsigh 9:45in Scoraíocht
Dé Domhnaigh 7ú 10:30rn-11:30in ‘Saibhreas Teangan’ – comhrá faoi chanúint Mhúscraí áisithe ag Domhnall Ó Loingsigh 11:30rn-12.30in Amhráin George Curtin 12:30in Lón 1:30in Scaradh na gcarad.
Costas na Deireadh Seachtaine €280 - duine amháin €260 - beirt ag roinnt Ticéad deireadh seachtaine (gan lóistín/ béilí) - €15 Tuilleadh Eolais: Seosamh Ó Críodáin 087 2105002 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Nollaig Ó Donnabháin 087 294 6668 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Peigí Uí Laocha 021 4543667

Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal 2018

Peadar Ó Riada is now accepting entries from fiddlers for the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal 2018 competition. The winner will take home the medal, as well as prize money of €2500, with the final to be broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta in February 2019. Entrants should record 5 pieces of unaccompanied music, and upload them to www.cuireadhchunceoil.ie by 28 September to be in consideration. The judges will assess each entry ‘blind’, that is without knowing who the competitors are, and will pick the fifteen finalists who will take to the stage in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork in February. The finalists and judges, will be announced on Peadar Ó Riada’s Cuireadh chun Ceoil programme on RTÉ RnaG on 30 November.
The prize was won last year by young Tipperary box player, Keelan McGrath, who has since claimed another All-Ireland title at the Fleadh Cheoil. Darragh Curtin, from Brosna in Kerry, was the last fiddler to win the prize in 2015. Darragh is the grand nephew of the legendary Con Curtin, who was a major musical influence on him. Peadar Ó Riada will be playing some of the competition entries on his Cuireadh chun Ceoil show on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta in the coming months. The programme is broadcast every Friday at 7 pm.
The Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal competition has been running now for nine years, and the instrument rotates through a four-year cycle from fiddle to flute to pipes and harp, and metal reed instruments in the final year.
For further information on the competition see www.cuireadhchunceoil.ie


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An early motor cycle and rider at a rally in Macroom Castle Grounds. ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

Macroom’s Relationship with Motor Vehicles

Macroom residents appreciated the advantages of motorised transport very early on. Motorcycles were being produced commercially during the last decade of the 19th century and had quickly been adapted and improved from the initial unwieldy, steam-powered vehicle. In the Lee Valley, priests and doctors were among the first to invest in a motorcycle. Registration data from 1910 shows Rev. John Burton, P.P. Ballymakeera, as the owner of IF 14 and J.P. Granger Macroom as owning motorcycle IF 319. By 1912, John Looney, Main Street, Macroom, owned IF 34; Rev. Joseph Cummins, Macroom had IF 267; William Williams, The Mills, Ballyvourney rode IF 323; Abraham Blunsden, Williams Hotel had IF 368; Robert Hayes Castle Street, IF 380; Fred Phillips, Clondrohid House, IF 394 and Francis St Aubyn Horgan, Firville, PI 103. It is interesting to note that Francis Horgan, when he graduated to owning a motor car, a Lagonda Coupe, in 1916, was disappointed with its speed of 40 m.p.h. as he was accustomed to travelling at 70 m.p.h. on the motorcycle!
In 1916, registration data shows John Looney’s IF 34 as a tricycle. IF 2 was owned by Con Moynihan The Square; Thomas Lyons, Lee View Sunday's Well, Cork IF 477; Thomas Grainger, Macroom had two motor cycles, IF 571 and IF 319; Jeremiah O’Leary, The Square, Macroom IF 642; Denis Murphy Terelton IF 648; Rev Michael O’Leary, Coolderrihy, Kilmichael, IF 754; Dr E.F. Nyhan Johnstown House , Kilmichael, IF 740; Dr Patrick Goold, Raleigh, Macroom, IF 753; Dr Michael Desmond Ballyvourney, IF 762; Dr Patrick O’Donoghue, Masseytown, IF 764; Matt J. Hewetson, Castle St. IF 806; Rev. Michael Irwin, C.C. Macroom IF 853. Con A. Kelleher, Masseytown owned IF 967; Thomas O’Leary M.R.C.V.S. Macroom IF 1006; Stephen O’Mahony, Railway View, Macroom IF 1167; Rev. William Binke, Kilnamartyra IF 1173; Francis St. Aubyn Horgan PI 103; Albert William Barnard, Macroom PI 402 and J. McNeil, Main St. Macroom PI 613.
1925 Registrations for motor cycles included two for Jeremiah Horgan, Prohus, Lisacreasig, PI 508 and PI 2782 and Rev. Thomas Roche, C.C. Kilnamartyra had PI 2847.

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Vintage cars on display in the Castle Grounds, Macroom, during a rally in the 50s ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

 Motor Cars. When one considers that the first assembly line production of cars by Henry Ford was only implemented in 1913 and cars prior to that were very expensive, the Lee Valley boasted a good number of ‘horseless carriages’ in the first decades of the 20th century. Richard Williams, owner of Williams Hotel, now the Castle Hotel, was the principal car owner in the area during those early years. In 1910 he owned four motor cars - IF 273, IF 293, IF 316 and PI 163. By 1912, he had added another, IF 347 and in 1916 he also owned IF 137, IF 460, IF 603, IF 911, IF 912 and IF 926. Fred Phillips, Clondrohid House, owned IF 338 in 1912 and replaced it with IF 659 in 1916. Other 1916 car owners included Patrick O’Donoghue M.D. IF 653; Thomas J. Burke, Macloneigh House, IF 1002; James Martin Fitzgerald IF 1042, and a token woman owner, Mrs M. Howard, South Square, Macroom, IF 1163.
By 1925, J.E. Harding , Clondrohid House is credited as having a Private Car, PI 2591; Hugh O’Shaughnessy, Mountain View, Macroom had a Private Car, PI 2697 and Pat Gallagher, New Street had a Hackney Car, PI 2744.
The above information was gleaned from the records of the late Denis Lucey, Park View, Macroom and the National Transport Museum. M. Mac S.

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Macroom Convent students c.1945. Kitty Sheehy, Cork St., is third from left on second row. ©W. Kennedy, 20 Grand Parade, Cork. Provided by James Sheehy

Schooling Long Ago

Part 2. By M. Mac S.
Department of Education inspectors were feared and usually, unheralded visitors. Teachers and pupils quaked at their advent and this resulted in all-round tension which impacted badly on their performance before the mini-tyrant. In an era of specialisation, there was a religious education inspector, a sewing inspector, a kindergarten inspector, a singing inspector, regional and divisional inspectors and, if things were really bad, the head inspector.
The annual religious examination was prepared for like today’s Leaving Cert., with hours spent on getting Catechism answers, parables and Catechism notes off by heart. The inspector was a diocesan priest, specially designated to the role. Many in the diocese of Cloyne will remember Fr. Murnane. The results from each school in the diocese were published in a book circulated to all schools and priests. Woe betide the pupil whose ignorance or nervousness caused the general rating to fall from ‘Excellent’ to ‘Very Good’. Each child had to answer four questions – on the Catechism, the Bible, Catechism Notes and prayer. After the visitation, the teacher got each child to repeat his allocation of questions and these were written down and passed around to other schools still awaiting the inquisition.
The “Sewing Inspector” was a particular cause of worry and annoyance. The girls admired her immaculate make-up, her fashionable clothes, far classier than the common skirts and twinsets sported by the female teachers; her flawless scarlet nails. But the disdain, with which she regarded their grubby, frayed French seams and her scornful rejection of their calico patches made them writhe with embarrassment and fury. And the unfortunate teacher - whose charges had no facility for washing their hands before sewing class, apart from a bowl of increasingly dirty water in the porch, and who depended on firelight for illumination on winter days - had to silently bear the inspector’s criticism of her pupils’ work and her teaching skills.
To add insult to injury, the teachers had to provide midday lunch for these unwelcome visitors, no mean task when the kettle had to be boiled on the sometimes smoking, open fire and convenience food was unheard of. On an inspector’s arrival at school, one of the senior pupils was often delegated to slip out surreptitiously and visit a local housekeeper who would send in her best china, fresh eggs and bread for the inspector’s repast.

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Tirelton N.S. pupils in 1957 ©An Scoil

The old curriculum concentrated on achieving proficiency in the 3Rs – Reading, wRriting and aRithmetic, with Religion, Geography, History and Singing receiving some attention. Irish was supposed to be used exclusively in the Infant classes, a totally unrealistic ambition, since neither teachers nor parents had the fluency, skills or texts to help children change from the mother tongue overnight. Sewing and knitting were taught to girls only and, in some better- equipped schools, they also learned basic cookery and laundry.
Civics and Environmental Studies were not taught formally but were an intrinsic part of language and religion classes. Neither was RSE considered. If one spoke of relationships it was in the context of tracing cousins, grandparents and in-laws. And very definitely, there was no sex seventy years ago. The Sacraments were the great milestones along the educational path. Children received Holy Communion in their seventh year, regardless of their class. Confession and Holy Communion were inseparable and preparation for Confession was usually more intensive since it involved greater child participation. Getting six-year olds to comprehend the difference between original and actual sins, mortal and venial sins, perfect, imperfect and natural contrition, satisfaction and absolution involved much labour and strife.
First Holy Communion day was very special. The little girls might be wearing frocks and veils handed down a dozen times and now distinctly off-white in colour. The boys’ suits, straight from the local tailor or their big brothers, might be ill-fitting and uncomfortable but the shining faces proclaimed an innocence and spirituality not often seen in the 21st century.
Since all Communicants had to fast from the previous midnight, breakfast was often provided for the children after Mass. In country areas, the local teacher gave breakfast in her own home and it was served in the convent to town children. Where a big class was involved, the children brought their own cup, saucer and plate to school the previous day and these were marked and laid out for the special feast – consisting of sandwiches and sticky buns.

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De la Salle students in the mid 50s. ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

Children received Confirmation in fourth, fifth or sixth class, since the bishop visited each parish to administer Confirmation only once every three years. In the early decades of the 20th century, this was a truly daunting experience, since the candidates were examined in their religious knowledge by the bishop, before the whole congregation on the ‘great day’. Should they be found lacking, they had to wait another three years to be made ‘strong and perfect Christians’, much to the shame of children, parents and teachers.
The school-day started for most at 9.30 a.m. and finished at three. There were three breaks, ‘big sos’ from 12.30 to 1 p.m. and five-minute breaks at 11 and 2 o’clock, when the Infant classes might go home. Most playgrounds were very basic. Boys and girls were usually segregated by a high wall and their respective toilets were at opposite ends of the yard. Toilet facilities were primitive in most country schools. Dry toilets with mysterious drainage systems served pupils and teachers alike. Waste material was transferred in buckets by sixth class children and served to manure local shrubberies. Hand-washing was an unknown luxury in many schools since water had to be brought by the bucketful from the closest well or stream. This was used to make the teachers’ tea and for washing the inevitable cuts and grazes suffered by active children in a rugged environment.
Many schools had no yard shelter so children kept active during playtime to keep warm. Their games were simple but enjoyable. They had neither the space nor the equipment for proper hurling or football but they improvised. Balls made of newspaper were unsatisfactory but better than nothing. A pig’s bladder was a godsend while it lasted and a real leather football was treasured. Hurleys were often home-made and sponge balls were used more frequently than ‘sliotars’. Sponge balls were also used for playing ‘Donkey’, a throwing game in which one earned a letter of the word ‘Donkey’ at each missed catch. Single and double hunt, with a strategic den or ‘cré’, were popular activities.
Girls played hop-scotch, colours and skipping at playtime. ‘Skipping ropes’ were usually appropriated from a family stable and the skippers did a variety of complicated actions while reciting time-honoured rhymes. They could double skip, skip backwards, skip in and out and twist in perfect rhythm until exhaustion made them trip up. Gobs was another favoured game which required minimum equipment. Small stones were tossed in the air and fielded on the back of the hand in a prescribed sequence. Experts played Oneses, twoses, threeses, gob up, gob on the ground, fingering and skim.
Ring games were favoured by the smaller children. These included Ring a ring o’ Roses, The Farmer wants a Wife and London Bridge. Nature provided seasonal amusement, with children playing fiercely competitive games of ‘Soldiers’ – trying to behead one another’s store of black-headed weeds. Fairy-thimbles or foxgloves made a resounding crack when handled correctly and sticky balls were guaranteed to annoy, particularly if they made contact with long hair.

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McEgan College adult graduates in the 50s ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

School visitors, apart from the priest, inspectors and postman, were few and far between. The doctor and nurse came every few years and took over one of the rooms for a day. Children were examined from head to toe and the necessity of stripping for this examination was a source of great embarrassment. Lice and nits were the principal targets. Flat feet, speech impediments and eye problems might also be identified. School glasses, which John Lennon later made fashionable, were doled out to the many children whose sight was impaired.
Primary Cert, a written examination in English, Irish and Mathematics, served as a graduation test from Primary school. Before ‘Free Secondary Education’ and school transport were introduced in 1969, many country children got no further formal education, but those who had received a love of learning, found ways of continuing to drink from the fountain of knowledge. Towns had technical schools, where boys trained for agricultural and technical apprenticeships and girls were prepared for domestic and secretarial employment. They graduated with the Group Cert. and often returned on day release to complete their apprenticeship. Techs also offered night classes and many young farmers and workers in menial employment, took advantage of these to upskill in metalwork, agricultural science, book keeping, typing and cookery. Many towns had secondary pay schools or secondary tops run by orders of nuns or brothers but these were inaccessible to children outside a ten-mile radius, since bicycles were the only means of transport.

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Pupils at Carriganima N.S. in 1950, with teachers, John Lucey and Eileen O’Keeffe.

A minority of children went to boarding school to complete their education. Each diocese had a seminary which educated boys who might be interested in becoming priests. Different Religious Orders visited Primary Schools at regular intervals looking for recruits. Young boys, with the permission of their parents, were taken and educated in the Orders’ boarding schools and, in due course, became Christian Brothers.
School curricula ran along rigidly defined lines. Seminaries taught Latin and Greek to all their students. Only girls studied French. Honours Mathematics and the Science subjects were rarely on the curriculum for girls’ schools while the vast majority of girls and no boys studied Domestic Science. Everybody studied History and Geography. Anyone aspiring to university education needed Latin to matriculate. Career opportunities were limited. Girls were steered into banks, nursing, the Civil Service, secretarial work and teaching. The ambitious might aspire to law or medicine but these were difficult options if not in the family tradition. The adventurous became air hostesses, perceived as a glamorous career at the time.
N.B. We would welcome old school photographs from 50, 60 or 70 years ago!

Muskerry Local History Society
Programme of Events, 2018-19
Monday, 8 October: 1918 - The year of Victory, Virus and Votes: Gerry White
Monday, 12 November: Sam Maguire: The Man & The Cup: Kieran Connolly
Monday 10 December: The MacSwiney Sisters: Ann Twomey
Monday, 14 January: Viking Hoards: John Sheehan
Monday, 11 February: Explosions in the Ballincollig Royal Gunpowder Mills: Frank Donaldson
Monday, 11 March: Local Volunteer Activity in 1918-19: Dermot O’Donovan
Monday, 8 April: Flight of the Bremen: Liam O’Brien
Lectures will be held in Ballincollig Rugby Club at 8.00 pm each Monday.

Sports Mad

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Cork captain, Aoife Murray, accepts the O’Duffy Cup after the 2018 Senior Camogie final in Croke Park. ©Neans McSweeney

Cork on the Double

Cork 0-14 Kilkenny 0-13
For a second year in a row, Cork defeated arch-rivals, Kilkenny, by the bare minimum in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie final at Croke Park. The winning score again came in injury-time, at the conclusion of a dour contest that failed to showcase the undoubted skills of both teams. Cork are now clear leaders in the Roll of Honour, with 28 titles, two more than Dublin, regular winners in the early years of the contest. Kilkenny have won 13 All Irelands. . This win also means that the Senior /Intermediate double was achieved for the first time since 2013, with Paudie Murray as manager of both victorious 2018 sides.

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Laochra an Spóirt, Rena Buckley, Tomás Ó Sé and Briege Corkery, holders of 18, 5 and 18 All Ireland medals respectively ©Lee Valley Outlook

The win also moved Briege Corkery level with her friend and long-time colleague, Rena Buckley, as the most bemedalled player in Gaelic games history, with 18 All-Ireland Senior medals between Camogie and ladies football. Though Briege wasn’t called from the Subs’ Bench in the final, she was an invaluable asset on the panel. Her contribution to Camogie and football over the past decade is incalculable. We will never, ever forget how, as 2014 football captain, she helped rally her troops in the last quarter to wipe out a 10-point Dubs lead and win by a point.
In the 2018 final, Orla Cotter was the Rebel saviour, pointing from 60m in the 61st minute, before an attendance of 21,467 – the highest since 2004. Newly-wed Orla was named Player of the Match as a result of her scoring feats under pressure. In a stop/start game, two-thirds - 18 of the combined 27 scores, were from frees or placed balls. Unlike the Intermediate game, there were very few solo runs or displays of skill. Defence and physical attack ruled the day, with much disagreement with official decisions and the referee always in the limelight. Nevertheless, there were fantastic performers all over the pitch - Chloe Sigerson, Pamela Mackey, Aoife Murray and Orla Cotter for Cork; Grace Walsh, Anne Dalton, Meighan Farrell and Denise Gaule for Kilkenny.
Kilkenny hit the opening point but Cork soon led by two, Sigerson, Murray and Cotter all raising white flags from accurate shots. Kilkenny levelled in the 19th minute. Sigerson and Katrina Mackey opened up a two-point gap in favour of Cork once more but Gaule hit a purple patch with four points, putting Kilkenny two clear. In typical fashion, Cork responded, with last year’s player of the match, Orla Cronin, coming up with two points to send the teams in on 0-8 apiece at half-time. Cork led by two at the three-quarter mark, Katrina Mackey scoring from play and, after Gaule equalised from a free, Cotter landed two frees– one from 20m and one from 65. Kilkenny came back with a point from Meighan Farrell in the 48th minute and Gaule found the target from two placed balls, to put the Cats in front.
Back and forth, the lead in this pulsating affair continued to alternate. Amy O’Connor and Sigerson, from a mammoth free, slightly to the right of the centre of the field, restored Cork’s advantage in a matter of seconds, but Gaule made it all square again in the 59th minute. A minimum of two minutes of added time was announced – that grew to four and a half – but Orla Cotter was ice cool when she punished a foul on herself with perfect accuracy, much to the chagrin of a shattered Kilkenny team and coach.
Scorers for Cork: O Cotter 0-5(fs); C Sigerson 0-3(fs); K Mackey, O Cronin 0-2 each; A Murray (pen), A O’Connor 0-1 each
Cork: AOIFE MURRAY, CLOUGHDUV, L O’Sullivan, Pamela Mackey, Laura Treacy; Hannah Looney, Libby Coppinger, Chloe Sigerson, Gemma O’Connor, Aisling Thompson, Katriona Mackey, Orla Cronin, Orla Cotter, Linda Collins, Julia White, Amy O’Connor. Subs: Lauren Homan for Collins (51), NIAMH MCCARTHY, INNISCARRA; for A O’Connor (60+4). Panel: ; SIOBHÁN HUTCHINSON, ÉIRE ÓG; BRIEGE CORKERY, CLOUGHDUV.
Management: PAUDIE, DAMIEN and KEVIN MURRAY. Referee: E Cassidy (Derry)

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Clíona Healy, Aghabullogue, celebrates Cork’s win in the 2018 Intermediate Camogie final in Croke Park ©Neans McSweene

Third Time Lucky for Cork Intermediates

Cork 1-13 Down 0-9
Cork learned from the bitter experience of consecutive All Ireland losses to Kilkenny and Meath and finally annexed the Jack McGrath Cup as they became Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie champions 2018. They defeated a gallant Down team convincingly in Croke Park on September 9.
Caitriona Collins scored a goal and six points while Minor star, Saoirse McCarthy, added four from play. Down battled bravely but, once Collins found the net in the 40th minute and put six points between the teams, it was a daunting challenge. They lost Sara-Louise Carr 10 to a second yellow card, making a comeback virtually impossible.
The game started with two Down points but Cork came level quickly, thanks to wonderful play from young Saoirse McCarthy, who was later named Player of the Match. Down then moved three points clear but didn’t score again for the entire second quarter r and Cork went in leading by 0-7 to 0-5, Collins slotting three points to bring the teams level before Caroline Sugrue and McCarthy also found the target.
Mallon and Sands quickly restored parity within five minutes of the restart but it was all Cork from there on, Paudie Murray’s crew leading by three when Collins rocketed the net. It was a fantastic finish at the end of a move that had its genesis in a stunning fetch from the clouds by Siobhán Hutchinson. Finola Neville took the ball forward and drew the cover before timing her pass to perfection, leaving Collins to do the rest. Down tried hard to respond but they couldn’t threaten Amy Lee’s goal and Cork were finally able to end their Intermediate torment.
Saoirse McCarthy, Laura Hayes and brilliant substitute, Clíona Healy, all earned a second 2018 All-Ireland medal, having won the Minor All Ireland a short time previously. Things look good for Camogie in Cork as these young players would earn a place in most senior teams. Hopefully, they will retain the free movement and skill in future years.
Scorers for Cork: C Collins 1-6(0-4fs); S McCarthy 0-4; C Sugrue 0-2; C Healy 0-1(f)
Cork: Amy Lee, Niamh Ní Chaoimh, Sarah Harrington, Jennifer Barry, SIOBHAN HUTCHINSON, ÉIRE ÓG; LEAH WESTE, BALLINCOLLIG; Lauren Callanan, SARAH BUCKLEY, BALLINCOLLIG; Katelyn Hickey, Laura Hayes, Finola Neville, Saoirse McCarthy, (Player of the Match), Caitriona Collins, Maeve McCarthy, Caroline Sugrue: Sub: CLIONA HEALY, AGHABULLOGUE; for McCarthy (39), Rachel O’Callaghan for Sugrue (60), Roisín Killeen for Callanan (60+2). KATIE MCCARTHY, AGHABULLOGUE; REBECCA KEANE, INNISCARRA; CIARA MCCARTHY, AGHABULLOGUE; Management: PAUDIE AND DAMIEN MURRAY. Referee: J Dermody (Westmeath).

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The Cork team before the All Ireland ©Neans McSweeney

Beidh Lá Eile

We knew the day had to come. We knew it was for the good of the game. We knew that the record-breaking women could not go on forever. But Philosophy is cold comfort when the Rebels are finally overcome by their arch victims of former years.
The Dubs had a decade’s build up of defeats, disappointments, outrage and nightmares to avenge and they did it in style, with great skill, athleticism and forcefulness.
The young Rebels may not have all the advantages and supports of the Blues but they have youth, ambition and tradition on their side. They'll be back. Let no one on the panel despair or feel apologetic. You have given us pride and joy practically every September over the past decade and more, particularly when our men were in the doldrums .,
Go raibh maith agaibh go léir. Agus nárbh fhada uainn an lá go raibh Corn Brendan Martin ar ais cois Laoi.
Cork. Martina O'Brien, Clonakilty Roisin Phelan Aghada, Melissa Duggan Dohenys, Emma Spillane Bantry Blues, Maire O'Callaghan Mourneabbey, Eimear Meaney Mourneabbey, Shauna Kelly Araglen Desmonds Bui, Aine O'Sullivan Beara, Hannah Looney Aghada, Doireann O'Sullivan Mourneabbey, Ashling Hutchings Fermoy, Ciara O'Sullivan Mourneabbey, 11-Libby Coppinger St. Colum's, EIMEAR SCALLY-EIRE ÓG, Orla Finn-Kinsale
Subs: Saoirse Noonan Nemo Rangers for Coppinger at half-time; Orlagh Farmer-Midleton for Looney 54; Chloe Collins Dromtarriffe for Spillane 54. Other panel members: Caoimhe Moore Kanturk, AISLING BARRETT DONOUGHMORE, AISLING KELLEHER ST. VAL’S, MARIE AMBROSE ST. VAL’S, Saoirse Moore Fermoy, Nicole Quinn Bandon, MEABH CAHALANE EIRE ÓG, Daire Kiely Valley Rovers, Eimear Kiely Valley Rovers, Sadhbh O'Leary Kinsale, CIARA HUGHES ST VALS, JENNY BREW DINAN-DONOUGHMORE

GAA Cork County Championships

County Senior Football Championship
Round Three
(A) St Finbarr's 3-11 Mallow 1-11
(B) Carrigaline 0-8 Douglas 2-7
(C) Carbery Rangers 0-15 BALLINCOLLIG 1-9
(D) Clonakilty 1-11 Bishopstown 0-7
(E) Duhallow 1-12 St Nicks 0-8
(F) Valley Rovers 1-16 Clyda Rovers 0-8
(G) Nemo Rangers 4-16 O’Donovan Rossa 0-13
(H) Castlehaven 0-21 CIT 0-21 draw
Castlehaven 0-17 CIT 1-13 replay
St Finbarr’s v Douglas; Carbery Rangers v Clonakilty; Duhallow v Valley Rovers; Nemo Rangers v Castlehaven
Relegation play offs: Round 1: (A) Aghada v Ilen Rovers
Round 2: losers of A v Newcestown; Dohenys 1-12 Kiskeam 1-9
Carbery Rangers 0 – 15 Ballincollig 1 – 8
Two teams which have won senior titles in recent years, Ballincollig in 2014 and Carbery Rangers in 2016, clashed at Bandon in the 3rd round and at the end, it was the Rosscarbery men who had won the laurels and the right to progress to a quarter final meeting with their divisional neighbours Clonakilty. Ballincollig had no complaints about the result. They were led at the break by 0-11 to 0-2 after falling behind by five points in the opening seven minutes. They were playing second fiddle at midfield and the hard running of the Ross forwards had them in trouble from the throw in and didn’t register a score until Cian Dorgan pointed a free in the 16th minute.
To their credit, Ballincollig rallied well in the second half when they had the wind to their backs after falling a further point behind on the re-start. Seán Kiely had three points in a row, Johnny Miskella kicked a point and two golden goal opportunities were missed before Kevin Browne shot a goal eight minutes from time to leave five between the teams. Carbery Rangers were defending well however and all the Mid Cork side could manage was a further point.
Ballincollig scorers: K Browne 1-0, S Kiely 0-3, J Miskella 0-2, C Dorgan (f), A Donovan and C Kiely 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: Ciarán Noonan: Luke Fahy, Liam Jennings, Shane Murphy: JP Murphy, Noel Galvin, Cian Kiely: Ciarán O’Sullivan, Peter O’Neill: George Durrant, Seán Kiely, Kevin Coleman: Cian Dorgan, Paddy Kelly, Alan Donovan. Subs: Colin Moore, Eoin O’Reilly and Johnny Miskella, all h t, Kevin Browne 50, Darren Murphy 60, Rory Noonan 63.
Cork IT v Castlehaven
CIT and Castlehaven played a thrilling draw, 0-21 each, in the senior football championship at Cloughduv with the ‘Haven coming late from three points behind to rescue their championship hopes. There was a big Muskerry presence on the CIT team with six players in all lining out - Chris Kelly (Éire Óg), Fionn Warren, John O’ Mullane, and Joe Ryan (Kilmurry), Mike Lordan (Ballinora) and Daniel Ó Duinnín (Cill na Martra). Dan Ó Duinnín scored no less than 0-10 (0-3 from frees) and Joe Ryan chipped in with 0-3 for the students.
In the replay, all were again in action with Daniel Ó Duinnín, the CIT main scorer, 0-8 (0-5f), and Joe Ryan again had 0-3 from play.
Premier Intermediate Football Championship
3rd Round: Naomh Abán 1-11 Nemo Rangers 1-8
Quarter-Finals. Newmarket v St Michael's
Bandon v ÉIRE ÓG
NAOMH ABÁN 2-6 St Vincent's 0-10
Fermoy 2-9 Bantry Blues 1-9
Semi finals: Newmarket/Michaels v Bandon/Éire Óg; Naomh Abán v Fermoy
Relegation play offs: Na Piarsaigh, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Castletownbere.
Naomh Abán 1 – 11 Nemo Rangers 1 – 8
There was considerable negotiations about the date before this game was played mid week at Cloughduv, Naomh Abán eventually at a disadvantage as they had players just returned from a wedding in Canada and possibly filling hard done by. The controversy clearly helped the Gaeltacht men to get properly focussed and they proceeded to give a wonderful display in disposing of a strong Nemo outfit, five of which saw senior action later in the week.
N Abán got off to a great start, led by 0-3 to 0-1 after five minute and in the tenth minute scored another point which was followed immediately by a goal from Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh to give the Gaeltacht men a 1-4 to 0-1 lead at that stage. Maidhc O Duinnín had scored three of the points, Micheál O Liatháin the other. At half time the lead was 1-6 to 0-2 but three minutes into the second half, Nemo got through for a goal to revive their hopes and from there to the finish there was no let up in effort by either side. Points were exchanged, Nemo fired over two more to narrow the deficit to two points, 1-7 to 1-5 in the 41stminute. Points from Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh and Maidhc Ó Duinnín made it 1-9 to 1-5 at the three quarter stage but then N Abán lost a man to a black card, Nemo pointed the resultant free, and there was no pulling back now on the field with the referee struggling to contain matters. Nemo got in for another two points with five minutes still remaining but Maidhc Ó Duinnín eased the situation for the winners with points in the 57th and 60th minutes and a point for Nemo in injury time was not enough to keep the Baile Mhuirne men from advancing.
N Abán scorers: M Ó Duinnín 0-8 (0-5f), D Ó Ceallaigh 1-2 (0-2f), M Ó Liatháin 0-1.
Naomh Abán: Micheál Ó Donnchú: Ronán de hÍde, Criostóir Ó Deasúna, Tomás Ó hAilíosa: Dara Ó Loinsigh, Colm de hÍde, Diarmuid Ó Scannaill: Micheál Ó Liatháin, Colm Ó Murchú; Niall Ó Ceallaigh, Maidhc Ó Duinnín, Conchuir Ó Críodáin: Donncadh Ó Ceocháin, Piarais Ó Liatháin, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh. Subs: A Ó Loinsigh 43, Pádraig Ó hAilíosa 46.
St Vincent’s 0-10 Naomh Abán 2-6
Naomh Abán are through to the semi final stage of the county premier intermediate football championship after another fine win at Cloughduv, this time over St Vincents from the northern slopes of Cork city. Weather conditions were not conducive to good football with a high wind and heavy rain and N Aban had to dig deep to get this result. Their cause was hugely aided by a goal in each half from the O’Ceallaigh brothers, the first from Niall after five minutes which came after an opening point from Maidhc Ó Duinnín and the second from Diarmuid from the penalty spot in the 47th minute when the sides were level at 1-5 to 0-8. This latter shot was at the second attempt after the original was blocked but ordered to be re-taken and the goal gave N Abán the advantage heading into the home straights. They held out despite severe pressure from the city side.
N Aban had the wind advantage in the opening half but failed to maintain their opening burst and Vincents got back in contention with three points before Maidhc Ó Duinnín had a second N Abán point in the 20thminute. Diarmuid Ó Scannaill had a further point before the break at which stage the Gaeltacht side led by 1-3 to 0-5.
St Vincents dominated on the restart and three points in a row saw them go in front but back came the Baile Mhuirne men with points from Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh and Maidhc Ó Duinnin to draw level and then came the goal from the penalty. Vincents had a point but N Abán matched this with a point from Diarmuid Ó Scannaill and in injury time Vincents had a point from a free to come back within two points range – too little, too late.
Naomh Abán lined out as in the Nemo game and Déaglán Ó hAileamhain 36, and A Ó Loinsigh on 60 were the substitutes used on this occasion. Naomh Abán now face Fermoy, impressive winners over Bantry Blues at Macroom, in the semi final.
Intermediate Football Championship
3rd Round; Mayfield 1-14 Kildorrery 1-11
Quarter – Finals: Mitchelstown v Youghal
Millstreet 2-13 CILL na MARTRA 3-20
St Finbarrs 3-9 Knocknagree 1-8
Semi Finals: Mitchelstown/ Youghal v Cill na Martra
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
Cill na Martra 3 – 20 Millstreet 2 – 13
Cill na Martra were favourites to beat Millstreet when the side met at Macroom in the county Intermediate football championship and turned on the style to brush aside the challenge of the Duhallow men. Ahead by 1-5 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter, the goal coming from the irrepressible Dan Ó Duinnín after eight minutes, Cill na Martra had continued to tear the Millstreet defence asunder up to the interval by which stage the score was 1-15 to 0-6 and as a contest the game was clearly finished. Millstreet did stage a brief revival on the restart and a goal on three quarter mark cut the gap to eight points, 1-18 to 1-10, but two more goals from the fleet footed Dan Ó Duinnin had the Gaeltacht men back in total control and making a second Millstreet goal merely an irritant.
Mike Ó Deasúna’s early point was followed by two more from Dan Ó Duinnín who then fired home an 8thminute goal, a long range point from James Linehan the only reply. Danny Ó Conaill followed on with a brace before a second Millstreet point from Shane Hickey and Shane Ó Duinnín added another two points to the Cill na Martra tally which kept increasing at a rapid rate as point followed point. Millstreet introduced Cork hurler Mark Ellis after 20 minutes and he did bring some semblance of resistance and indeed in the period up to the interval, the sides shared six points evenly between them to leave the score at 1-15 to 0-6 at the break. Interestingly, all the Millstreet scores were fine efforts, three of which came from Linehan and two from Michael Vaughan.
The highlights of the second half were Dan Ó Duinnín’s goals in the 48th and 51st minutes to complete his hat trick, and the two Millstreet goals, one in the 46th minute from Pádraig Moynihan and another in the 50th minute from Michael Vaughan. Both Millstreet goals resulted from crosses from the wing and their concession could be a cause of concern to the winner’s mentors but there was little else to bother them from this outing.
Scorers: Cill na Martra: D Ó Duinnín 3-6, D Ó Conaill 0-4, M Ó Deasúna and S Ó Duinnín 0-3 each, T Ó Corcora 0-2, C Ó Duinnín and M Ó Conchuir 0-1 each. Millstreet: M Vaughan 1-7 (0-4f), P Moynihan 1-0, J Linehan 0-3, S Hickey, D Kiely and N Flahive 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra; Antóin Ó Conaill: Daire Mac Lochlainn, Antóin Ó Cuana, Eoin Ó Loinsigh: Graham Ó Mocháin, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Colm Ó Laoire: Tadhg Ó Corcora, Gearóid Ó Goillidhe: Máirtín O Conchuir, Mícheál Ó Deasúna, Danny Ó Conaill: Ciarán Ó Duinnín, Daniel Ó Duinnín, Shane Ó Duinnín. Subs: Seán Ó Fóirréidh for G Ó Mochain 41, Damien Ó hUrdail for S Ó Duinnín 49, Fionnbarra Ó hEaluithe for M Ó Deasúna 53, Gearóid Ó Faolain for M Ó Conchuir 55, Criostóir Ó Meachair for D Ó Duinnín 55, Maidhici Ó Duinnín for C Ó Duinnín 55.
County Junior Football Championship
First Round:
Midleton /Fr O’Neills v Urhan
Boherbue v CANOVEE
IVELEARY 0-13 Buttevant 2-4
Delanys v Tadg Mac Carthaigh
Bartlemartle/Shamrocks/Valleys v St Michaels
Kilmacabea v Midleton/Fr O’Neills
Garnish v Bally/Shams/Valleys
Charleville v Dromtariffe
Quarter Final: New draw from eight 1st round winners
Iveleary 0 – 13 Buttevant 2 – 4
The game was a dour battle in the opening half with Buttevant concentrating a lot on defence despite the fact that Iveleary were forced to line out without two of their biggest threats in attack, Cathal Vaughan and Brian Cronin, both injured. The score was 0-5 to 0-4 in Iveleary’s favour at the break, four of their scores coming from free kicks, three from the boot of Chris Óg Jones, who also scored from play, and the other from goalkeeper Joe Creedon who came up to convert a ‘45’to bring Iveleary level in the 28th minute at 0-4 each. Buttevant got an early 0-3 to 0-1 lead after the first point came from Jones in the 7th minute, and a 17th minute point, the final Buttevant score of the half had restored the lead for the Avondhu runners up before Joe Creedon’s equaliser over ten minutes later. Chris Óg Jones’s point in the 29th minute gave Iveleary the lead for the first time in the game. The play overall was scrappy.
There was plenty of incident in the opening minutes of the second half with goalkeeper Joe Creedon fetching a high ball from over his crossbar and Buttevant’s Kevin Lenehan being dismissed after receiving two yellow cards in less than a minute for aggressive tackles. Joe Creedon kicked a massive long range free over for Iveleary to make it 0-6 to 0-4 and then came a lengthy delay as Buttevant’s Denis O’Sulllivan was being cared for, after a collision with a team mate.
When play resumed over an hour and a quarter later with 17 minutes to go to the final whistle, Buttevant were clearly resolved not to go down easily. Within three minutes they had gone in front, with a well taken goal and Iveleary now faced a real challenge and they responded well. Ger O’Riordan slipped over a point in the 49th minute to bring them level, and Barry Murphy put them back in front a minute later. Five points in as many minutes from Barry O’Leary, Chris Óg Jones, Ger O’Riordan, Ciarán Galvin and Liam Kearney had them comfortably in front as the game went into time added on when a Buttevant goal from a 13 metre free proved to be the last kick of the game.
Scorers: Iveleary: C Óg Jones 0-5 (0-4f), J Creedon 0-2 (0-1 45, 0-1f), G O’Riordan 0-2, B Murphy, B O’Leary, C Galvin, L Kearney 0-1 each. Buttevant: R Fowley 1-1, M Lenehan 1-1 (1-0f), P Mannix and K Linehan 0-1 each.
Iveleary: Joe Creedon: Barry Murphy, Daniel O’riordan, Donal cotter: Ciaran Galvin, Kevin Manning, Ger O’Riordan: Ciarán O’Riordan, Seán O’Leary; Seán Lehane, Finbarr McSweeney Jnr, Finbarr McSweeney: Donal O’Sulllivan, Chris Óg Jones, Barry O’Leary. Subs: James M O’Leary 43, Liam Kearney 51, Conor O’Leary 54, Patrick O’Riordan 58.
County Junior B Football Champions: Ballinacurra
County Junior C Football Champions: Abbey Rovers
U21 County Football Championships
Under 21 A Football
(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; Beara/Douglas or Carrigaline 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
3rd Round: Ballymartle 1-14 Blackrock 0-22
Quarter-Finals: Imokilly 1-22 Newcestown 2-18; UCC 0-20 Sarsfields 1-14; Blackrock 1-20 St Finbarr 1-11; Midleton 1-19 Newtownshandrum 2-15
Semi Finals: Imokilly v UCC; Blackrock v Midleton;
Relegation Playoff Draws: Round 1: Killeagh 2-13 Ballyhea 3-19; Round 2: Killeagh v Kanturk, Carrigtwohill v Na Piarsaigh
UCC 0-20 Sarsfields 1-14
Four players from the Muskerry division, Eoghan Clifford, Cloughduv, Seán O’Donoghue, Inniscarra, Darragh Holmes, Ballinora and Mark Coleman, Blarney are all playing members of the UCC team who have reached the county senior hurling semi final and a meeting with champions, Imokilly.
Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship
Round 3
Watergrasshill v Fermoy
Charleville 2-20 INNISCARRA 0-12
Cloyne 1-12 Fr O' Neills 1-15
Mallow 1-20 Kilworth 2-17 draw
Valley Rovers 1-22 Ballinhassig 0-14
Courcey Rovers 0-17 Castlelyons 1-14 draw
Watergrasshill/Fermoy v Charleville
Fr O' Neills v Mallow/Kilworth
P I H C relegation play offs: Aghada v Carrigaline, BLARNEY v Youghal
Charleville 2 – 20 Inniscarra 0 – 12
Inniscarra made a disappointing exit from the Premier intermediate hurling championship, going under to Charleville at Buttevant by a wide margin. Inniscarra had the benefit of a recent win over Carrigaline, their opponents had not been in hurling action for months but had won a North Cork junior football title in August. Inniscarra had the strong wind behind them in the first half but Charleville were in dominant form and it was they who led at the break by 1-13 to 0-5, the goal coming in the 28th minute. With an 11 point lead and with the wind to favour them Charleville were in a very strong position facing the second half and even though they did not maintain their first half intensity they were always very comfortable and a second goal two minutes from time was the icing on the cake for them.
Michael Coleman’s accuracy from frees and the fine play of Tomás O’Connor and Seán O’Donoghue in defence will be some consolation for ‘Scarra as they reflect on this game.
Inniscarra scorers: M Coleman 0-5 (f), C Buckley, D O’Keeffe and T O’Connor 0-2 each, A McCarthy 0-1.
Inniscarra: John O’Keeffe: John O’Callaghan, Stephen Olden, Con O’Leary: Tomás O’Connor, Seán O’Donoghue, Andrew McCarthy: Liam Ó Riain, Shane O’Mahony: Colm Casey, David O’Keeffe, Padraig O’Donoghue: Owen McCarthy, Eddie O’Connor, Michael Coleman. Subs: Conor Buckley 28, Aidan O’Mahony 33, Dan O’Connell 40, C Rice 50, C Lombard 52.
County 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 4-14 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 7-21 Na Piarsaigh 1-11
Castlemartyr 0-13 Mayfield 1-13
Ballincollig 1-19 Kilbrittain 1-7
Semi Finals: Éire Óg v Kildorrery/Blackrock; Ballincollig v Mayfiekld
Relegation Play Offs (to date): Rd 1: Ballinhassig v Inniscarra 2, Ballygarvan 1-13 St Finbarrs 1-12 , Dripsey 1-19 Milford 2-20, Ardgideen, a bye Rd 2: Dripsey v Argideen, St Finbarrs v B’hassig/Inniscarra 2.
Éire Óg 7 – 21 Na Piarsaigh 1 – 11
A Na Piarsaigh side which had lost seven players from the side which had defeated Ballymartle two weeks earlier had absolutely no answer to the in-forn Éire Óg team they met at Ballygarvan in the county quarter final. The Ovens men led by 3-5 to 1-6 at the break after receiving a stiff challenge in the opening quarter, but Na Piarsaigh then lost a defender to a red card in the 17th minute for a foul which yielded a penalty for Éire Óg. When Kevin Hallissey slammed the award to the net, adding to his similar effort in the 2nd minute, the game was up for the city men, Éire Óg led by 3-5 to 1-6 at the break and with a numerical advantage and the wind behind them in the second half there was no stopping the winners. Éire Óg added 2-10 to their tally in the third quarter, Eoin O’Shea, Kevin Hallissey, Daniel Goulding and Matt Brady all contributing, and the contest had become a rout despite the best efforts of the city men.
Éire Óg scorers: K Hallissey 3-3 (2-0 pen), E O’Shea 1-5, D Goulding 1-4, B Hurley 1-1, P McDonagh 1-1, J Cooper 0-3, R O’Toole, E Kelleher, M Brady, D Kirwan 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: Dylan Desmond: Aidan O’Connor, John Kelleher, John Mullins: Dara McCarthy, Fionn O’Rourke, Paul Kirwan: John Cooper, Ronan O’Toole: Daniel Goulding, Kevin Hallissey, Matt Brady; Eoin Kelleher, Eoin O’Shea, Brian Hurley. Subs: Paul McDonagh 13, David Kirwan 46, M O’Shea 49, Keith O’Riordan 55.
Ballincollig 1-19 Kilbrittain 1-7
Ballincollig were nine point better than Kilbrittain last year when they met at the quarter final stage, this year they upped the gap to twelve points as they moved comfortably on to a county intermediate hurling semi final meeting with Mayfield. Ballincollig were quietly happy with this result, as they are hopeful that this group of hurlers can achieve success for the club. Also the prospect of a county final meeting with Éire Óg is acting as a major stimulant!
Ballincollig played against the wind in the first half and after a very even opening twenty minutes, scored five points on the trot before the interval to lead by 0-10 to 0-5 at the break. A further three points on the resumption had them comfortable and when Kilbrittain had a 41st minute goal, Ballincollig replied immediately with a b race of points. Ballincollig remained in control, held their opponents scoreless and a late well worked goal, finished to the net by Ian Coughlan was the icing on the cake. Ballincollig scorers: Cian Dorgan 0-11 (0-9f), I Coughlan 1-0, F Denny and R Bourke 0-2 each, D Bowen, K Walsh, C Kinsella and JP Murphy 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: Ronan Cambridge: Ross O’Donovan, James O’Leary, Conor Sexton: Ciarán O’Sullivan, Liam Jennings, JP Murphy: Fenton Denny, Karl Walsh: Robbie Bourke, Ian Coughlan, Peter O’Neill: David Bowen, Rory O’Doherty, Cian Dorgan. Subs: Conor Kinsella 42, Colin Moore 46, Luke Fahy 50, Seán Walsh 60.
Dripsey 1-19 Milford 2-20
A four point defeat for Dripsey at Kilbrin means that they must now face Argideen in the relegation play offs 2nd round to avoid future status problems. Dripsey were well in contention all through the first half and an Eoghan Maher goal before the break gave them a 1-11 to 1-10 advantage going into the second half. Dripsey went further in front on the restart but then conceded a goal which levelled the tie and a second goal immediately after put the North Cork men in the driving seat and they led from here to the finish despite the untiring efforts of the Muskerry men to regain lost ground.
Dripsey scorers: E Maher 1-4, D O’Riordan 0-4 (0-1f), M O’Riordan 0-4 (0-3f), M O’Sullivan 0-4, D O’Sullivan, A Murray and K Kelleher 0-1 each.
Dripsey: Pat O’Riordan: Daniel Buckley, Shane O’Riordan, John Carey: James Cotter, John O’Riordan, Martin O’Sullivan: Sean Murphy, Aidan Murray: David O’Sulllivan, Eoghan Maher, Michael O’Riordan: Killian Kelleher, Mark O’Sulllivan, Diarmuid O’Riordan. Subs: C Dunne 38, Stephen Murray 40.
County U 21 Premier 1 Hurling Championship
(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 2-9 Sarsfields 4-21
(G) Shandrum 2-9 Midleton 3-19
(H) Na Piarsaigh a bye
Round 2 (Losers of Round 1)
Na Piarsaigh v A, Killeagh/Ita’s 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.
County Junior Hurling championship Draws
Nemo Rangers v Newmarket/Dromtariffe
Valley Rovers v Shanballymore
Russell Rovers 2-15 Courceys 2-9
Newmarket/ Dromtariffe v Ballinascarthy /Kilbree
Ballinascarthy/Kilbree v Ballinora
Cloughduv v Imokilly ru
Brian Dillons 2-20 Ballygiblin 0-16
Mid Cork GAA Championships
Ross Oil Junior A Football Championship: Final: Iveleary 1 – 9 Canovee 1 - 6
Ballincollig Credit Union: Junior B Football Championship
Semi Finals:
Naomh Abán 1-8 Kilmurry 0-9
Inniscarra 1-11 Canovee 2-8 - draw
Inniscarra 2-9 Canovee 0-11 - replay
Final: Naomh Abán 2- 9 Inniscarra 3-6 - a draw
Naomh Abán 2 - 9 Inniscarra 3 – 6
This was a very entertaining Ballincollig Credit Union B football championship final at Macroom. Naomh Abán were on top in the first half and with Micheál Ó Croinin and Tadhg Ó Scannaill impressing, they looked the better team and led by 1-5 to 0-4 at the break. Within two minutes of the restart however Inniscarra had fired home two goals, got a third in the 38th minute and led by 3-6 to 1-6. Their loss of a forward, to a 2nd yellow card, was a severe setback and from there to the finish it was a case of ‘could ‘Scarra hold on’. That they did was no less than they deserved and a draw was a fair result after a fine game, well refereed by Kieran Furey, and played in most pleasant conditions.
Scorers: Naomh Abán: M Ó Cróinín 1-6 (0-4f), D Ó Liatháin 1-1, Diarmuid and Colm Ó Meachair 0-1 each. Inniscarra: T Buckley 1-2, S Lynch 1-1, D Herlihy 1-0, D O’Sullivan 0-2, J Nelligan 0-1.
Naomh Abán: Ciarán Ó Críodáin: Donncha Ó Loinsigh, Donal MacCarthaigh, Liam MacSuibhne: Enda Ó Dochartaigh, Éanna Ó Críodáin, Micheál Ó Ceallacháin: Gairí Ó Loinsigh, Tadhg Ó Scannaill: Diarmuid Ó Meachair, Micheál Ó Cróinín, Colm Ó Meachair: Donncha Ó Cróinín, Diarmuid Ó Liatháin, Eoin Ó Scannaill. Subs: Seamus Ó Riada, Aodh Ó Catháin.
Inniscarra: James Walsh: Ciarán Lombard, jerry Roche, Jack Harrington: Danny Herlihy, Pádraig O Callaghan: Timmy Murphy: Colin Murray, Pádraig O’Donoghue: Michael Ovconnell, Jim Nelligan, Shane O;Mahony: Dylan O’Sullivan, Seán Lynch, Tommy Buckley. Subs: Mark McLoughlin, Frank Horgan, James Murphy.
Referee: Mr Kieran Furey, Cill na Martra.
Rochestown Park Hotel Junior C Football Championship
Round 1
A Gleann na Laoi v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh
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
MJK Oils Junior A Hurling Championship
Final: Cloughduv 2-23 Ballinora 0-9
Oriel House Ballincollig Junior B Hurling Championship
Semi Finals:
Blarney 3-16 Ballincollig 0-10
Aghabullogue 0-15 Cloughduv 0-15 – draw
Replay: Cloughduv 0-13 Aghabullogue 1-8
Final: Blarney v Cloughduv
Farho Heating Under 21 A Hurling Championship
Final: Éire Óg v Cloughduv
Farho Heating Under 21 B Hurling Championship
Western Gaels 3-11 Donoughmore 1-7; Blarney v Inniscara; Ballinora 1-15 Lee Gaels 1-14; Grenagh a bye

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Macroom u16 footballers, winners of Cork County U-16 "C" Ladies Football Championship final against Doheny's ©

Macroom Ladies Supreme

Macroom 7-10 Doheny’s 3-5
Macroom ladies made history on September 10th when they won the Cork County U-16 "C" Ladies Football Championship final against Doheny's. This win was a first for the club and a large contingent of supporters travelled to Inchigeela to support the team.
Macroom had been preparing for a tough game against the Dunmanway club and they weren't disappointed. In terrible weather conditions, referee, Michael Kelleher, threw the ball in and an epic battle began, with Macroom playing into the wind for the first half. With both teams wearing green, only the pink in the new Macroom jerseys allowed us to tell them apart. Doheny's drew first blood with two points before Macroom settled. Wet grass made play very difficult for the evenly matched teams. Towards the end of the first half, Macroom came into their own, scoring some fine goals from play and led at half-time, 4-2 to 1-4. Macroom mentors gave their team every encouragement for the second half, for which Doheny's changed jerseys, making recognition easier for both players and supporters. They came out with all guns blazing but the Macroom team rallied to the cause. Some fine individual performances, backed up by a great team effort and some incredible saves by the Macroom goalkeeper, gave our girls a convincing lead. The final score was Macroom 7-10 to Doheny’s 3-5 and Macroom were the new County Champions, a first in the history of the club.
Special thanks to all players, mentors Ted Kelleher, Mike Cahill and Martin O'Brien, team mom Ann Galvin and the ever present, Carla Buckley. We would like to thank Doheny's for a cracking game of football and Uíbh Laoire for the use of their pitch in Inchigeela. Thanks also to referee Michael Kelleher and his umpires for officiating under very difficult weather conditions. Thanks to the representatives of the County Board who attended and presented the cup to the Macroom captain. Last but certainly not least, thanks to all the families for their endless patience and support through a very long year and finally to all our supporters who came out on a miserable evening and supported our girl.
The team got a traditional victory parade through the town, escorted by Macroom Gardaí. Refreshments were provided in the Castle Hotel afterwards for some very tired but incredibly happy champions.
Macroom Panel: Laura Meaney Emma Cahill Maeve Murphy Katelynn Burke (C) Emma Galvin Ava-Rose Gallagher Molly McKirgan Erika O'Shea Molly Murphy Aoife Twomey Clodagh O'Brien Caoimhe Donovan Aoibhe Kelleher Siobhan O'Leary Meabh Kelleher Sarah Spillane Ellen Kelleher Sophie McCrory Sadbh Bourke Ciara Quinn Caoimhe O'Brien Niamh Murray
All Ireland. On Sunday September 16th, a large group from Macroom LGFC travelled to Croke Park for the 2018 All-Ireland Ladies Football Final. We had an early start but arrived in Croke Park during the first half of the Intermediate final and took our seats high up in the Cusack Stand. We had a great view of the pitch and the weather stayed dry. The girls cheered the Cork ladies on but unfortunately, it wasn't their day and Dublin were deserving winners. Thanks to our bus driver Shane O'Brien for getting us there and back on time and very safely.
Summer League. Macroom U-16s will play the long awaited final vs Bishopstown on Sunday, September 23rd in Grenagh. This fixture was postponed because of Junior Cert commitments. It will be a repeat of the recent Championship semi-final clash when Macroom defeated Bishopstown, to secure their place in the final. It should be a tough match but the new County Champions are well up for the challenge.

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St. Val’s u-13 team, winners of League final against Éire Óg. ©

St Val’s Ladies Underage

It has been a busy and rewarding few weeks for our underage teams.
Under 10s – the annual Danielle Forde Blitz took place in Donoughmore and there was a strong entry of 13 teams. Our girls had a great day reaching the final only to come up short against a strong Eire Óg team. Well done to the girls on their performance and on how well they behaved at the event.
Under 11s – this mighty team got to the final of the Summer League and put in an outstanding performance to defeat rivals, Eire Óg, on a score of 5:05 to 1:00. The girls put in their best display of the season and were worthy winners of the cup.
Under 12s – are ticking along nicely and have progressed to the ‘A’ County Final with great wins over Castlehaven by 7:10 to 3:08 in the quarter final and Carrigaline in the semi final on a score of 4:13 to 2:10. Glanmire now await in the County Final. Big support needed from all the club for the final – date to be confirmed.
Under 13s faced Eire Óg in the League Final, having come through the earlier rounds in good form. In a tough close game, our girls kept the fight going against their rivals and came out on top by 6 points. Great spirit was shown by all involved and they were deserving winners of the silverware.
The club would like to thank the girls for their positive attitude and great behaviour on & off the field, and we would like to thank all management for the time put in all season, Thanks too to the supporters and parents who have been at the games all season. It’s great to see the effort by all paying off with such positive results from all the teams.

Laochra Óg

U8 boys took part in a blitz in Cloughduv where they did extremely well in all 3 games. First up was Banteer and Laochra Óg came away with a great the win . Next was Diarmuid Ó Mathúna’s. Lots of players had multiple scores and it was another win for Laochra Óg. Last game was against St Colum’s and a third win for Laochra Óg in the rain. Laochra Óg conceded no scores in any of the games. Thanks to our team sponsors Niall Murphy Tarmac and to Micheal and Nora McCarthy for Teerbeg .
A busload of Laochra Óg Camogie players, trainers, mentors and parents set off to Croke Park to the Camogie All Ireland Finals. They played Rathcoole Commercials along the way and were treated to refreshments afterwards by the generous club. The day ended with Cork winning the Intermediate and Senior Camogie matches on a great day out for all.
U9 boys had a game against Donoughmore. At halftime we were winning 3/1 to 1/1. Once play resumed, more of the same ensued. We added a few more scores to deservedly win 6/3 to 2/7. Thanks to team Sponsors, Folláin Jams.
Well done to all the U12 hurlers from 1 to 17. They did their very best. Thanks to the parents, trainers and supporters for the help and encouragement, tonight and throughout the year. Thanks to team sponsors Mid Cork Pallets and Packaging.
Our U12 girls bowed out of the county league yesterday after playing Carrigtwohill and Sliabh Rua in a playoff in Belgooly. Sliabh Rua defeated Carrigtwohill, as did Laochra Óg in a very hard fought and physical game. Final score 3/3 to 1/1. A quick rest and they were playing Sliabh Rua in the final. At half time, we led 1/3 to 1 – 0. But two games back to back started to take its toll. Sliabh Rua got 2 goals and then a great point to finish with a 4 point win, 1/3 to 3/1. We wish Sliabh Rua the best of luck in the semi-final. Thanks to team sponsor Macroom Tidy Towns and Carriginima Cart Bus and to Peter for driving.
U14 Camogie team played Ballinhassig who had Cork Development players in their side. In a very entertaining game, Laochra Óg were behind after Ballinhassig got a few early goals. But they settled in and there were fine scores from Ava, Róisín, Mary Ellen and Aisling. At half time we were a goal down and started the second half conceding another goal and a point to be 7 points down. The Laochra Óg girls dug deep and continued scoring. Ava put over a couple of 45's to edge us in front. The winning score was Laochra Óg 4-07 Ballinhassig 5-02 a two point win for Laochra Óg. A great victory for girls playing only in their second year in County leagues. Thanks to team Sponsors James Hickey Kitchens and Bedrooms and to parents, families and supporters. It’s important for the girls to get that support and encouragement to keep playing and involved in sport.

Macroom G.A.A.

Headlines. The club congratulates Macroom U-16s on their County Championship Victory. U-16s bow out of championship. U-10s win Canovee/ Neily Twomey tournament. Fermoy beat Macroom in P.I.F.C. in Macroom.
Macroom 3-9, Canovee 2-13.
In the County Championship quarter final, Macroom lost to Canovee by a point under lights at the Castle Grounds. Canovee started well and were 1-4 to no score ahead before Bradley O’Shea’s first point in the 12th minute. Macroom added a further 3 points in the next 5 minutes but Canovee also added 1-1 in this period; they finished the half with a further 4 points, to leave Macroom adrift by 11 points at half time. They looked to be out of contention. However, to their credit, Macroom fought back admirably in the second half and dominated the remainder of the game, scoring 3-5 to Canovee's 0-4. Macroom's first goal came in the 45th minute, scored by Liam Lenihan. Their next goal came 5 minutes later, after the move of the match, with several players combining, to leave Mark Hunt free and he made no mistake from close range. Macroom's last goal came 2 minutes from the end from Liam Lenihan and this left just one point between the sides. Macroom had one final chance when they were awarded a score-able free which was to be the last kick of the game; unfortunately it went wide. Overall, Macroom were bitterly disappointed with the result but showed great heart to almost rescue a match that few, if any, gave them a chance of winning at half-time.
Macroom: Reece Lee, Robert Lucey, James Galvin, Darragh Kiernan, Luke Aherne, David Hunt (capt.),Jack Sexton, Liam Lenihan, Ben O Connell, Shane Sweeney, Bradley O Shea, Martin Sosa, Gerry Kelleher, Mark Hunt, Kieran Doody. Substitutes: Seán De Lacey, Darragh Neville, Robert Coleman, Barry Galvin Liam Holland, Ben Herlihy and Conor Seerey.
U-10s: they had a busy week-end. They hosted the Padraigh Dervin Blitz on Saturday. Fielding 2 teams, they beat Kenmare but lost to Dromtarriff and Castlehaven. On Sunday they won Canovee’s Neily Twomey Blitz.
Friday, U-12s, Macroom v. Clondrohid, TCP at 6.30 p.m.
Mon., U-12s, Macroom v. Shamrocks.
Sat., Sept. 29th, U-12 Hugo Casey Cup/Blitz at 2.00 p.m. Bantry, Kenmare and Éire Óg will be guests.
Sunday, Oct. 14th, U-13s Mary Casey Blitz in TCP, at 10.00 a.m. and features Aghinagh, Kilmichael and Canovee as opponents.
Saturday, Oct 20th, Mick Goold U-11 Blitz and will have St Nick’s, Clonakilty and Clyda Rovers.
Race Night in Castle Hotel on Oct. 19th .
The Castle Grounds pitch will be closed in October for re-seeding.
P.I.F.C.: Bantry played out an exciting championship game in The Castle Grounds on Sun. Sept 16th. Fermoy advanced to the semi-final with a one goal victory. The score was Fermoy 2-9, Bantry 1-9. The pitch was immaculate.
Macroom FC
by Darragh Deasy.
Schoolboys’ Round Up:
The U12B team had a big 4-1 home win over visitors, Avondale Utd, at Murrayfield. With goals coming from Diarmuid O'Donoghue (2), Daniel Keane and Tadhg Lyons, the home side were deserving winners. A great performance from the entire squad with Luke Madigan and Paul Lucey having fine games. There was also tremendous support on what was a perfect morning for football.
Macroom U12s welcomed Crosshaven and played excellently in a 2-4 defeat. The first taste of competitive action has been a great experience for these players. The visitors led 0-2 before Billy Coleman volleyed home for Macroom making it 1-2 at half time. Unfortunately, Crosshaven continued to play well and increased their lead to 1-4. Macroom kept going in warm conditions and were rewarded when keeper, Kuba Ciaston's long clearance found Ray Griffin to score a second goal. Well done to all involved and also many thanks to referee John Corcoran for assisting all players in their competitive debuts.
In the U12 Albert Conboye Cup, Macroom played Midleton at Murrayfield and came out 4-3 winners in a highly entertaining affair. Diarmuid O'Donoghue had Macroom firing with two goals early on. Midleton themselves had their chances but home keeper Jack Scullane was in great form. Just before half time, Darragh Canny scored Macroom’s third. The visitors replied, making it 3-1 at half time and kept up the pressure with another goal midway through the second period. Then Macroom were awarded a penalty and Tadhg Lyons stepped up to score. Another goal for Midleton set up a nervy finish but Macroom held out and advance to the next round.
The National U12 Cup 1st round paired Macroom and Clonakilty FC at Murrayfield. A tremendous game was played with extra time and penalties required to find a winner. It was 3-3 aet, Macroom’s scorers were Ruadhan McKenna and Cian O' Donovan (2). Clonakilty came out on top in the penalty shootout by 4 goals to 3. Well done to all players on a fantastic effort.
The U11 boys travelled to Carrigaline to play a number of games and had a fantastic time. All players made a great contribution and thanks also to all parents for travelling. The U11 team were sporting their new jerseys which have recently been sponsored by Fitzgeralds. Many thanks from the U11 group and all at Macroom FC.
The U15A team travelled to Moneygourney and won 4 goals to 1. Macroom began brilliantly and Liam Holland had scored inside the first minute. Soon after, a Colm McSweeney strike doubled the lead. And it was 0-3 coming towards half time when Dylan Molyneaux was on target. The home side pulled a goal back but Macroom were not to be denied. Liam Holland added a fourth in the second half as Macroom cruised to a valuable away win. A top outing from the whole squad and well done to both management and supporters.
In the U15 National Cup, the u15s had a big win over St. Mary's A. Goals came from Daire McMahon (2), Patrick Kelleher (2), Ronan Morey, Ryan Leahy, Kacper Smardz, Jack Devine, Mark Hunt and Danny O' Driscoll. Needless to say this was a brilliant squad performance.
In other games, the U11 team travelled to Ballyanley and took on Strand Utd in a number of games. All players performed very well and there will be further games in the coming weeks. U13 players who are not currently playing with either of the two U13 sides now have weekly training sessions at the Sports Complex on Friday evenings and there has been a very positive response so far from players and parents. The U7/8/9 Academy players have been training for the last 2 weeks. Sessions have taken place at the Town Park and more than 50 players have trained on both occasions.
In Schoolgirls football news, Macroom Town U12s played at home to Skibbereen FC at the Town Park. Macroom found the going tough against an excellent West Cork side. Trailing 0-5 at half time, the home side produced a fine second half, drawing 1-1 to leave the full time score 1-6. All 19 of Macroom players gave a great effort in a very sporting contest.
Macroom U12 girls played their first ever Premier league game away to Carrigaline and returned home with 3 points, following a dogged 0-1 win. Throughout the field, this talented outfit fought for everything and finished deserving winners. The solitary goal was scored by Liadh McMahon, a fantastic goal, worthy of winning any game. Well done to all involved.

Macroom Golf Club

Results: 11-Sep Seniors Champagne Scramble 1st Jimmy Nolan 9 Ger Linehan 20 Ray Murphy 28 60.3
13-Sept American Golf Qualifier 1st Keith Stafford 12 42pts 2nd Vincent Twomey 13 40pts Brendan O'Neill 21 Qualified Minor Scratch Cup score
15-Sep First Tony Sheehan 84 Second Patrick Fitton 25 88 Best Nett Jim Cuneen 27 67nett
15&16-Sept Open Singles First Stephen Quinn 16 43pts Second Paudie Corkery 12 42pts Gross Colm Creedon 9 31pts Senior David Hayes 14 39pts
Fixtures: Tue – Seniors Thur - AMG Open Singles Grand Final Sat & Sun - TM Cronin Cup.