Lee Valley Outlook v15e20 Oct 4 2018

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Autumn Sunshine at Macroom Food Festival 2018 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Daonscoil an Fhómhair i nGuagán Barra 5 – 7 Deireadh Fómhair
Seoladh ‘An tAgallamh Muimhneach’ sa Ghúgán, Dé hAoine 5ú Deireadh Fómhair, 8:30in
Kilmurry GAA scrap metal collection Sat 6th Oct 10am -5pm.
Kilmichael Vintage & Harvest Festival Sun Oct 7th in Terelton.
Donoughmore Tractor and car run starting Firmount School Sun Oct 7th 11.30a.m.
Art classes in Firmount Social Centre, Donoughmore on Tuesdays, 7.30 pm -9.30pm .
Child Care Centre public meeting in Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, Mon Oct 8th at 8pm.
Muskerry Local History Society lecture, Mon, 8 Oct. Ballincollig Rugby Club at 8p.m.
Oíche Oscailte ag Scoil Mhuire ar an nDéardaoin 11ú Deireadh Fómhair óna 5 go dtí 8i.n.
Macroom Flower and Garden Club “Autumn in the Garden”, Thurs. Oct. 11, 8p.m. at Coolcower House.
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.
Hallow'een Disco at Dromleigh NS Fri, 26th Oct 7-9pm.
Book launch. Old Village School by Michael Galvin on Fri. Oct 26th @ 8pm in Kilmurry Museum.
Breast Cancer Coffee Day Bealnamorrive, Sat Oct 27, 11a.m. - 4p.m.
Kilmurry Parish Schools exhibition from Sat. 3rd Nov at Kilmurry Museum
Macroom Flower and Garden Club Gala Christmas Demonstration Thurs Nov 15th at Coolcower House 8.00p.m.
Independence Museum Kilmurry opening hours Fri, Sat and Sun 2pm to 5pm for 2018.
Terence MacSwiney weekend. Oct 19 – 21 Kilmurry Museum.
Fri 19th Opening address by Cathal Brugha MacSwiney and lecture by Gabriel Doherty UCC.
Sat 20th The poetry of Terence MacSwiney by Dr Mary Breen. Tour of MacSwiney locations with Michael Galvin.
Macroom Library
Children’s Book Festival throughout October
Storytime every Saturday at noon.
Ciorcal Cainte Oct. 11 at 11.30a.m.
Music Morning with Graham Boote Oct 12 at 11a.m.
Juvenile Book Club Oct. 13 at 3p.m.
Purlies Knitting Group Oct. 18 at 11.30am.
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.
We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley func tions, fundraisers, sports events etc. in this fortnightly Diary. We may include commercial events that are also being advertised simultaneously in the magazine. Please email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026 41891 or post to Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. Remember you can access back issues of the Lee Valley Outlook at www.macroom.ie

Macroom Updates

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Some of Macroom Tidy Towns Committee and volunteers review the 2018 adjudication in which they again won a silver medal. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Tidy Macroom wins Silver

Macroom Tidy Towns Committee can be justly proud of their 7 point increase in the 2018 Tidy Towns competition. Despite the ongoing problems of traffic pollution and derelict buildings, Macroom earned an extra mark in 7 of the 8 adjudication categories. With a total of 325 marks, 14 behind outright winner, Listowel, Macroom came 3rd in the D category in the very competitive Cork area, pipped only by Clonakilty 337 and Kinsale 329 and equal to Bantry.
Other result in the Lee Valley area were Aherla 273, Baile Mhic Íre/ Baile Mhúirne 279; Ballincollig 338; ;Bandon 314; Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 306; Berrings 299; Carrigadrohid / Killinardrish 287; Cill na Martra 235; Clondrohid 270; Coachford 232; Cúil Aodha 275; Dripsey 252; Dunmanway 308; Inchigeela 280; Millstreet 321.
Macroom has taken part in Tidy Towns for 36 of the 60 years the project is running and the effort of a hard working group of volunteers over those decades has seen huge improvements in the infrastructure and appearance of the town. The Sullane and its banks are now a huge asset to the community, offering parks, games areas, walks, exercise equipment, natural habitats and more. In the 3rd millennium, lack of volunteers is seriously impacting many initiatives, but the Tidy Towns Committee seems to be exempt, with a healthy mix of age groups, occupations, associations and communities coming on board to help make Macroom beautiful.
In the adjudication report, shop-fronts were admired and suggestions, not all practical, were proffered. The removal of all overhead service cables was advised. The installation of CCTV cameras was acknowledged. Floral displays were admired as were landscaped areas, with advice on promoting pollinators when choosing flowers and plants. The guided walks with environmental themes in the Castle Demesne were deemed an excellent initiative, as was the installation of bird and bat boxes and wildlife information panels. Macroom Men’s Shed group was highly commended for its contribution –helping out, making the nature boxes and growing plants and vegetables in its polytunnel. The playground on the High Street was admired. Litter and weed control is very strong in Macroom The committee’s proactive approach in relation to vacant and derelict buildings is admirable. They were advised to get rid of outsized advertisement hoardings on Castle Street. The Bus Éireann depot/ station came in for some negative comment. The advent of second-hand and repair shops was lauded, as were the reusable cups and leftover bread projects. Town centre residential properties look really well in most cases and colours chosen make a lovely palette. Housing estates visited were all nicely presented and of course the Oakwood estate was especially admired, commendations to all involved in this initiative. Concluding Remarks: Macroom has a strong and unique ‘sense of place’ with many amenities to offer the visitor and residents in addition to a pleasant shopping experience.

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Ladies of the Dance at the Vintage Tea Party at Macroom Food 
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Go On, Go On!

The Vintage Tea Party at the Castle Hotel opened the 2018 Macroom Food Festival and was a great success. The irrepressible Mrs. Doyle served up delicious sandwiches and cakes, tea and coffee on beautiful China ware. The cake stands, made by the local Men's Shed, brought back memories of gracious tea parties. Pat Crowley won the award for best vintage outfit and Nellie Dervin was runner up. The attendance, mostly female, let it be said, danced the night away to the music of Oliver Keane. Sponsors were The Castle Hotel, The Auld Triangle, Glen Mill Restaurant, Macroom Men’s Shed and Vaughan’s Cafe.

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Some of the cooks from around at the world at the Multicultural Food Marquee in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Multicultural Dishes in Macroom

A very important part of the annual Macroom Food Festival is the array of products on offer from countries across the globe. On Saturday, September 22, a large crowd gathered to sample the culinary delights prepared by local people from different nationalities at the SECAD Celebrating Multiculturalism Through Food Marquee in the Main Square. Under the guidance of Aurora Planells Bernat, traditional treats were on offer from European, African and Asian countries - Mongolia, Thailand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Congo, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Poland, France, Ireland, Japan, Sudan. This event has grown over the years and is now a social highlight of the Macroom Food Festival. It provides a great opportunity to meet with local people with a common interest in food and to celebrate the diversity of the community in Macroom and surrounding areas. The atmosphere was enhanced by local musicians and the children’s choir from Drishane.
SECAD’s ‘Celebrating Multiculturalism Through Food’ programme continues and will explore the experiences and needs of foreign nationals who have come to live and work in the Macroom area. SECAD will be holding the Healthy Food Made Easy Programme in Macroom in the coming months. This free six week programme, will start in November on Thursday mornings and will look at tips for planning meals on a budget, how to make easy to cook meals and changing to a healthy diet. For further information, please contact 021 4613432 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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Schull Community School, winners of the Danone Nutricia Schools Cook Off at Macroom Food Festival. From left, Michael Goold, Judge; Sophie O’Sullivan, Ted Lucey, Mayor of Municipal District; Claire Newman and Noel Lyons, Judge. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Food Festival

Wednesday’s events at the National Ploughing match, coupled with vacillating weather forecasts for Sunday, the main day, put fear in the hearts of organisers of Macroom’s 7th annual Food Festival. But all was well. After a damp start on Saturday, it dried up for the very successful international food tasting event sponsored by SECAD and Crystal Swing raised everyone’s spirits Saturday night. Sunday dawned bright and clear. Volunteers and Council workers were out from 6.30a.m. preparing the Square for an invasion of food producers, chefs, gourmets, gourmands and families out for a great day’s entertainment. Nobody was disappointed. Many stall holders sold out their stock long before the end of the day. As an added validation of the good food culture in the Lee Valley, news had broken at the weekend that the Castle Hotel Carvery had been declared the best in Ireland – something locals have known for years!
The Army Band of the Southern Command provided rousing background music as families and friends relaxed on strategically placed benches (a welcome, new convenience) and enjoyed a wide variety of dishes, far removed from the Macroom diet of 60 years ago.
Cooks of the future fought it out in the Nutricia Danone Schools Cook Off. Schull Community School was declared unanimous winner with, predictably, an absolutely delicious fish dish.
Staging such ambitious events becomes more and more difficult as huge amounts of local goodwill and voluntary work are required. Increasingly, the same people are left to plan, prepare and clear up after the masses have departed. We sincerely hope that new, young people will come on board to help retain this wonderful local festival.

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Cyril and Shane Casey, Inchigeela who took part in the Cork 20 Motor Rallay ©Lee Valley Outlook

Rally in the Lee Valley

The 2018 CB Tool Hire Cork 20 International Rally was based in Macroom September 28 - 30 for the 2nd of 3 annual events. The rally opened on Friday 28 with a ceremonial start in the main square, as well as children’s entertainment, rally car simulators, rally merchandising, face painting, and bouncing castles. The rally stages on Saturday morning were in the Tarelton and Lissarda regions and the evening stages took in the Kilnamartyra and Inchigeelagh areas. The service park was again at Coolcower Industrial estate while the parc fermé was in the Castle Grounds. The Sunday stages were 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.
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Macroom Community Singers perform at Bealick Mill on Heritage Night. ©Lee Valley Outlook

 Culture Night in Muskerry

A bus left the CETB Centre in Macroom on the evening of National Culture Night, bound for Gaeltacht Mhúscraí. Recognising that 2018 is Bliain na Gaeilge, it had been decided to focus on Irish language and culture. First stop was Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh for poetry and song workshops, after which the group went to St Gobnait’s Abbey and the Round in Baile Mhúirne. Next, they visited Sean Ó Riada’s home place and were entertained by Peadar. Meanwhile , basketry and stained glass workshops were in progress at Bealick Mill at Firville, Macroom and at 8pm the wanderers returned and a crowd gathered for a seisiún at the old water mill, which also houses a Famine Exhibition since 1997. Joe Creedon, Inchigeela opened proceedings by tracing the Ó Laoghaire clan history after which he recited part of Máire Buí Ní Laoghaire's famous poem, Cath Chéim an Fhia. Macroom Community Singers sang some popular numbers and, in keeping with local Irish tradition , we were then entertained by examples of Agallamh Beirte, Lúibíní and Ceapóga by Patrick Murphy and Frankie Uí Cheallaigh; Eileen Buckley and Maureen Kelleher and Áine Uí Chuill agus Eibhlín Ní Lionaird. Áine Uí Chuill performed a wonderful dramatic version of Caoineadh Airt Ui Laoghaire and sang The Kilnamartyra Exile and a memorable evening concluded with a singalong.

Macroom Flower & Garden Club

The first event of the new season was a Floral Demonstration entitled “Autumn Splendour” by Breda Keohane AOIFA at Coolcower House on Thursday, September 13th. The meeting opened with a minute’s silence which was observed for the late Timmie O’Riordan RIP (bus driver) who sadly passed away early in August. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis. Our sympathy to his wife, Ellen, and family. Following some club announcements, Breda began with a contemporary design, followed by traditional work using seasonal flowers and foliage. All exhibits were raffled and winners went home with some fabulous designs. The sales table was well organised. Well done to all who supplied plants/ cuttings and bulbs. The Club competitions saw designs with some fantastic foliage and a big thank you to the entrants. The Vice-Chairperson concluded the meeting with a vote of thanks to Breda for an inspiring demonstration and for a relaxed and enjoyable evening . Our thanks to Bernie O’Callaghan at Coolcower House for the wonderful refreshments. Next Club meeting Thursday October 11th. Further details will follow or you may contact 087-9821708.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club will present “Autumn in the Garden”, with guest speaker, D. J. Murphy (Bandon Garden Centre) on Thursday, 11th October at 8.00p.m. at Coolcower House Macroom, Co. Cork. 026-41695. Large selection of Plants for Sale. Club Competitions Further Details Contact 087-9821708. Gala Christmas Demonstration Thursday November 15th at Coolcower House 8.00p.m. Tickets available from Club officers Admission €15 supporting Pieta House and local charity Macroom Senior Citizens (celebrating Golden Jubilee).
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Ardilaun Ladybirds visit the Fairy Garden in Macroom © Deirdre Henley.

Ladybirds in Fairy Garden

Ardilaun Ladybirds, Macroom are really taking advantage of the fine evenings and getting outdoors for their meetings. Each Ladybird was taught how to plant her daffodils in the garden at their meeting hall in Caum. They are all looking forward to seeing their flowers bloom in the early Spring. They paid a visit to the Fairy Garden in Macroom and enjoyed games and activities, exploring all the fairy houses, toadstools and insects. The evening finished off with "fairy" cakes and juice at the Giant's Table.

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Macroom Scouts presenting a cheque to the Chairperson of Macroom Senior Citizens, Mr Pat O’Connell. Also included are Scout Leaders Joe Willis, Joe Cunningham and Deirdre Henley. ©

Scouts Presentation to Senior Citizens

A presentation, the proceeds of a sponsored Scout hike, was made by members of Macroom Scouts to Macroom Senior Citizens Chairperson, Mr Pat O’Connell in the Scout hall recently. The Scouts planned a hike around The Gearagh in Macroom and decided to raise some money for a worthy cause in the community – their decision being the Macroom Senior Citizens. In accepting the gift from the Scouts, Mr O’Connell said that he was delighted to get support from members of the community, especially young members like the Scouts. Mr O’Connell told the Scouts that the Senior Citizens Group is celebrating fifty years of service to the elderly in Macroom. He went on to explain how Macroom Senior citizens group had introduced a service that now supports Meals-on-Wheels to the community and also now have excellent facilities available at the Fr. Ryan Hall, Sullane Place and Sullane Haven, providing secure and comfortable accommodation for senior citizens in the community. Macroom Scoutsection were delighted to support such a worthy group as Macroom Senior Citizens.

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De la Salle students atop Carrauntuohill © An Scoil

De La Salle College

Pat Gould R.I.P. There was huge sadness in the De La Salle community this week after the news broke that our esteemed colleague, Mr Pat Gould, had passed away. Mr Gould, a native of Cork City, had taught in De La Salle College for 23 years. He taught Maths, Science and Resource. His love of cars and sports meant he had much in common with the students and his loss will be felt, particularly in the resource room where he was both a teacher and a friend to students. His cheerful and happy outlook in life will be hugely missed amongst his teaching colleagues and his students. The silence in the corridors of De La Salle College this week reflected the overwhelming sense of loss in the school community felt following his untimely but peaceful death. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Our Transition Year students showed great determination on Friday last when they reached the summit of Carrauntoohil despite poor weather conditions. The students had an early start on Friday morning and reached the summit by 1.30pm. They returned to the school at 7pm, tired but very satisfied. The students were accompanied by their teachers, Mr Declan Murphy and Mr Liam Fleming.
The school’s open evening on Thursday, September 20th drew particularly large crowds this year despite the poor weather conditions. Students from every year came to the school from 5 to 8pm and willingly gave up their free time to show interested parents and teachers around the school. We are all very proud of our students on nights like this as they show case the wonderful community spirit that exists in our school. A sincere thanks to all involved.

St. Mary’s Updates

Mercy Day. – September 24 – is the anniversary of the opening of the first “House of Mercy” in 1827 in Dublin, Ireland. Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, devoted her life to the poor, sick and uneducated, and today we continue her legacy of caring and compassion in the name of Mercy. In celebration of Mercy Day this year, we attended Mass with all of the staff and students from St Joseph’s primary school. We would all like to thank Fr John for a lovely ceremony to mark this very special day. Huge thanks also to Mrs O’ Donovan, Ms Donovan, Mr Collins and Ms Quelly.
Trip to the Ploughing Match. The Home Economics department took a group of 4th year students to The Ploughing Match on Tuesday the 18th of September. Teachers Mrs O’Donovan and Mrs Kelleher accompanied the girls on the day. They had a fantastic day out.
Macroom Food Festival. Congratulations and well done to Ciara Donovan and Jennifer McCarthy who came 2nd in the Macroom Food Festival Schools Cook Off Competition. The students had to make a dish using locally produced ingredients and the dish had to be suitable for “the first 1000 days” of life. The girls made Mozzarella, Spinach and Smoked Salmon Ravioli with Lemon Sauce. Delicious! Huge thanks to Home Economics Teachers, Mrs O’Donovan and Mrs Murphy for all of their help and support.
Leaving Cert Geography field trip. On the 13th of September, the 6th year Geography class and their teachers, Mrs Casey and Mr Collins, headed to Killarney National Park to undertake their Field study. Despite low water levels in the river and a few showers, a great day was had by all.
Camogie match. On Thursday the 20th of September, the St Mary's Senior Camogie team competed in their first match this year. Conditions were very wet on the day but the St Mary's girls braved the elements to contest a well fought battle against their opponents, Crosshaven, who finished winners on the day. Well done to our very young Camogie Team for putting in a great effort. Well done also to their trainers, Mrs Kelleher, Mrs Lehane and Liam Slattery.
BT Young Scientist competition. Our students, along with Ms Butler and Ms Foley, have been busy preparing their Young Scientist entries all September. This year, our TY and 2nd year students have entered a total of 21 projects. Students have already begun to work on their projects, with some groups travelling to U.C.C. to work with lecturers who specialize in their research area. Our entries are very varied this year, with students looking at Farm Safety, Microbiology and even the Kerry Slug, to name a few! We wish them all the best of luck and are excited to find out which projects will be accepted into the competition.
Open Evening. We held our annual Open Evening on Thursday the 27th of September and it was a huge success. Sixth class students and their families were welcomed into the school from 6.30 onwards. The girls got a tour of the school, which involved lots of interactive activities in the classrooms, including: dissecting eyeballs in the Science Lab, trying out some Art techniques in the Art room, sampling some tasty delights in the Home Economics room and playing a variety of musical instruments in the Music Room. All students and parents seemed to really enjoy their evening with us. Thanks very much to the Organising Committee (Mr Cooke, Ms Collins, Ms Murnane, Ms O’Donoghue, Ms Caulfield and Ms Lehane) for organising such an enjoyable event and huge thanks to all of our Teachers and Students for helping out on the night.

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Hairdressing Graduates QQI level 5 at McEgan College with Ms Deirdre O’Sullivan ( Tutor), Mr Ronan Ó Caoimh (Cork ETB), Ms Trish Lynam (Principal), Ms Margaret Corkery (Deputy Principal) and Mr Aindrias Moynihan. ©John Delea

McEgan College

Metalwork & Engineering success. McEgan College was celebrating the wonderful news that our Junior Certificate Metalwork and Leaving Certificate Engineering class of 2018 were winners. The ETTA; Engineering Technology Teachers Association, hosted their annual awards ceremony in Mount Saint Michaels, Rosscarbery on September 28. Each year, the association meets in Miko Metals, Kinsale Road to judge exam projects. Design brief is a major factor for successful entries. We are very pleased that our college received 5 out of the 9 available awards. The winners celebrated with their teacher, Mr. Dennehy, the Principal, Deputy Principal and with their families. Thanks to Miko Metals for sponsoring and to Mt. St. Michaels for hosting.
The Student Council. The role ofthe Student Council at McEganCollege is to represent the student body and provide pupils with an open forum to discuss students’ issues. Each year group votes in two members at the start of the academic year. One male and one female student are elected in a democratic manner. This year, three international students were also voted onto the council to represent our visiting students. At Junior Cert level, the voting takes place during the CSPE Class. Aoife Galvin (6th Year) is the current Chairperson, with Jackie Lucey (6th Year ) serving as Secretary , and both pupils have an important role to play in new rules and policies that are implemented in the school. In the past, the Student Council has been responsible for
• Changing the food and beverages in the canteen
• Dealing with locker problems
• Introducing a drinkable water fountain for pupils in the assembly area
• Consulting with management on changes to the school uniform
• Assisting with the first year Induction Day
• Attending and assisting at the Open Evening for the incoming first years
• Involvement in the Green School Committee
• Consulting with the Principal on changes in policies and the introduction of new policies
• For the past few years, McEgan College Student Council representatives have attended Comhairle na n Óg in Cork City along with many other secondary school representatives.
The Student Council is a very active and important organisation at McEgan College. The Principal or Deputy Principal are often invited to attend the meetings with the students when an issue of concern arises. During these meetings, the Student Council is given the opportunity to voice concerns in a formal manner to the management of the school.. The Secretary appointed takes the minutes and these are then written up and placed on the Student Council Notice Board for the entire student body to read. On occasion, the Chairperson, along with the secretary, arranges to meet with management to discuss areas of concern. This is a formal meeting and the pupils’ viewpoints are listened to and taken seriously. Where possible, solutions are sought. The aim of The Student Council at McEgan College is to give students a voice in promoting positive change within the school.

2020 Vision for Briery Gap

The following is the latest update in the saga of the projected restoration of Macroom Library and Theatre at the Briery Gap Cultural Centre in Macroom:
Cork County Council recommenced design works for the Refurbishment/ Upgrade of the Briery Gap Theatre and Macroom Library at the beginning of September. This is with a view to lodging a Part 8 Planning application in October 2018. In addition, Cork County Council has submitted a category 1 application to the Department of Rural & Community Development’s Rural Regeneration & Development Fund. It is anticipated that the Department will make a decision on this application in late November 2018. Should that application be successful, the following is the anticipated programme.
Stage 1 – Preliminary Design: Date to November 2018
Stage 2 – Part VIII Planning: October 2018 to December 2018
Stage 3 – Detailed Design: Date to April 2019
Stage 4 – Construction Procurement: March 2019 to June ‘19
Stage 5 – Construction Works: July 2019 to June 2020
Stage 6 – Handover & Project Close-Out: June 2020 to June 2021.
This would mean that both the theatre and library would be operational in mid 2020.
By Jim Molloy, S/Director of Services, Municipal District Operations & Rural Development CCC.

Macroom Library

Children’s Book Festival runs through the month of October and the library will be holding a number of events for several classes from the local primary schools. School enquiries to 02642483. Ciorcal Cainte will be meeting on October 11th at 11.30am. Music Morning will take place on October 12th at 11am with guest, Graham Boote joining Eddie Hogan to provide us with another great collection of songs. Tea & biscuits at intermission. Juvenile Book Club will be meeting on October 13th at 3pm to discuss the book ‘The Great Hamster Massacre’ by Katie Davies. Purlies Knitting Group will be meeting on October 18th at 11.30am. New members are always welcome. We would also like to give the Purlies special thanks for decorating our windows with their wonderful display of woollen items over the past month. We know they are currently working on their Christmas display and we can’t wait to see it. Storytime takes place on Saturdays at midday.
With the Presidential Election fast-approaching, (October 26th), we would just like to remind customers that the Register of Electors is available to consult with in the library upon request. The deadline to register in order to be able to vote in this election is October 9th. Membership of the library is free. Photo I.D and Proof of Address is required for adults and for guardians. Books can be renewed by popping into the library at any time with your library card, over the phone at 02642483, or online at https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services.

Schools’ National Stage Finals at the Everyman

Despite the upheaval inflicted by the closure of the theatre after a backstage fire in 2016, the Briery Gap All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival and 15 Minute Light Entertainment Festival for Secondary Schools go on and on. Mullingar Arts Centre had always co-operated with the project by hosting preliminary rounds and had staged the finals in 2017 and 2018. Mullingar will again host qualifying rounds of both competitions from January 28 2019 and the Riverside Park will hold preliminary rounds from Monday, February 4. But, for the first time ever, the Everyman Palace Theatre in Cork will host the finals. The 15 Minute Light Entertainment Final is on March 18 and the Transition Year Drama National Final is on March 19.

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 October 12th & 13th at 8:00pm. October 14th at 3:00pm Tickets: Adults €15 / €10 Students & Children. Lee Valley Enterprise Board are delighted to present Super Trouper- Mamma Mia performed by the brilliant Lee Valley Young Players. This performance is directed and choreographed by Margot Carlisle of Carlisle Stage School, Cork with Gerard Collins as Assistant Director. The storyline switches between the era of the original movie when Sophie’s mother Donna met three handsome men, each one then becoming Sophie’s potential Dad! The story then leads to the present day when Sophie is seeking her Dad to walk her down the aisle at her upcoming wedding! A thoroughly enjoyable evening is guaranteed, bringing together all the classic ABBA hits with dance and drama, all performed by gifted young teenagers eager to portray their talents on the stage. Don’t miss it!
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.
Kilmurry GAA scrap metal collection takes place in GAA grounds on Saturday 6th October 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.
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.
Donoughmore Tractor and car run starting Firmount School Sun Oct 7th 11.30a.m.
Art classes resuming in Firmount Social Centre Donoughmore on Tuesday, 2nd October at 7.30 pm -9.30pm . New members welcome. Come join us and have fun.
1918 - The year of Victory, Virus and Votes. 1918 was a crucial year in modern world and Irish history. It witnessed the end of World War 1, the spread of the Spanish flu and the victory of Sinn Féin in the general election of that year. Local historian, Gerry White, will outline the impact of those and other important events, such as the Conscription Crisis, on Ireland and the wider world. This lecture, organised by Muskerry Local History Society, will be held in Ballincollig Rugby Club on Monday, 8 October, at 8.00 pm in Ballincollig Rugby Club.
Dromleigh N.S. is holding a Clothes Recycling Collection. We are asking you to collect clothes, shoes, belts, handbags, curtains, towels and bedlinen. Put them in a strong black bag and drop them into the school before or on Friday 19th October.(During school hours). Dirty or wet clothing, duvets, pillows, books, carpets, mats and mobile phones will NOT be accepted. Thanking you for your continued support.
Fundraising Concert for Cork Penny Dinners and Cork Simon Community in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom, Friday, October 19 at 8p.m. Featuring High Hopes Choir, John Kehily, Seanachaí and lots of local talent. Special Guest: Emma Nott, Flower of Macroom. Please support. Tickets Adults €10. Children €5. Family concessions. Raffle.
Terence MacSwiney weekend 19th to 21st October at Kilmurry Museum. 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 €25 including lunch: contact Ellen (085)1470058..
Hallow'een Disco organised by Dromleigh NS Parents’ Association Friday, 26th October 7-9pm. Plenty of fun for all primary school goers - music, dance, games, face-painting, goodies & raffle prizes. Dress up & come along. Donations at the door. All welcome.
Book launch. Old Village School, a history of Kilmurry school and its teachers 1849 to 1955 by Michael Galvin, will be launched on Friday, October 26th @ 8pm in Independence Museum Kilmurry. The book, a KHAA publication, takes a trip back in time, from humble stone buildings to a modern, state of the art school.
Breast Cancer Coffee Day and Raffle at Tadhg O’Leary’s Bar, Bealnamorrive, Saturday , October 27, 11a.m. - 4p.m. Come for a chat, tea, coffee, home baking and Cake Sale .
Kilmurry Parish Schools exhibition presented by KHAA. Official opening at 2p.m. Saturday 3rd November at Independence Museum Kilmurry. Inspect artefacts from Kilmurry, Canovee, Kilbonane, Cloughduv, Beal na mBláth and Lackareigh schools. View old photos; examine old roll books; read old stories and dúchas letters from the 1930s. Exhibition will continue 2pm to 5pm every Sunday in November (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th)
Heritage room in Kilmurry Independence Museum available to hire for events, parties, classes, training etc. Contact 0876568110.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: September 23. Jackpot €1,300. Numbers drawn 09, 30, and 34. No winner. €50 Con & Noreen Healy, Leades Cross. €20 each: Briana & Conor Shannon, Aghenida, Rusheen. James Murphy, Coachford. Andy & Mary Scanell, Cahernafulla. Coakley Cycles, Carrigthomas.
September 30. Jackpot €1,450. Numbers drawn 20, 26, and 41. No Winner €50 Séanie MacSullivan & Mary O'Sullivan, Balinagree. €20 each: Nora Coakley, Rahalisk. Jackie Lehane, Sleaveen. Andrew Desmond, Oughtierra. Gerald Hall, C/O Nora McCarthy.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto 19/9/ 2018. €70 Mgt. Daly Dunmanway €20 each: Noreen Kelleher Ballinagree, Mackie Forbes Drimoleague, Breda McCarthy Ballymakeera, Dan f. O’Riordan Kilnamartyra.
26/9/ 2018. Jackpot €6800. 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 Sept 18. Jackpot €1,000. Numbers Drawn: 12 29 34. No winner. €25 each: 1. Maria + Tony Murphy 2. Mossie Healy 3. Joseph Fitzgerald 4. Joseph Fitzgerald 5. Fionn + Mollie Buckley.
Sept. 25. Jackpot €1,100. Winning numbers: 20, 22, 34. €25 each:1. Kathryn Casey 2. Mary Cooney 3. Carmel Kirby 4. Neilus Twomey 5. Con P.O’Sullivan

Kilmichael G.A.A. Lotto. Sept. 17th. Jackpot €15.000. Numbers: 10 – 12 – 15 – 27; No Winner. €50 E.M.A. Healy, Cooleclevane; €25 each Mary Maybury, Dunmanway; Des McGarvey, Coolcower; Saoirse Ní Dhálaigh, Baile an Chollaigh; Judy Carroll, Gneeves;
Sept. 24th. Jackpot €15.000. Numbers: 1 – 9 – 15 – 29; No Winner. €50 Michael Masters, Whitethorn, Cork; €25 each Abina Twomey, Dooneens; Margaret Coakley, Inchigeela; Caroline Corkery, Rusheen.

Macroom FC Lotto 24/09/18 Jackpot €2,200. Numbers drawn: 10, 15, 29. No Winner. €80: Con O' Keeffe c/o Evelyn. €20 each: Michael Burns c/o June's, Alesha Murphy c/o June's, Elsie O' Riordan c/o Willie, Con Kelleher c/o Corner Shop.
01/10/18 Jackpot: €2,400 . Numbers drawn: 15, 20, 29. No Winner. €80 Mikey Foley c/o Connie. €20 each: Gerard Dromey c/o Noel, Eileen Manning c/o Evelyn, Mary Hurley c/o Corner Shop, Mary Golden c/o Golden's
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 25/09/2018. Jackpot €3000. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 1-7-10. €70 Jerry Lynch, Ballymakeera.
Rylane CPA Lotto: 17/9/2018 Jackpot €2,100. Numbers drawn:31 - 35 - 37. No Winner. €20 Brendan Twomey (Rylane); Bobby Healy (Rylane); Ann Murphy (Coolinea). Seller's Prize €20: Crowleys.
24/9/2018 Jackpot €2,200. Numbers drawn:17 - 24 - 35. No Winner. €20 Trisha Long (Rylane); Maureen Long (Rylane); Danny Leahy (Ballinagree). Seller's Prize €20: Helen Kelleher
Coachford AFC Lotto: 24/9/2018. Jackpot: €7,000. Numbers Drawn: 4 – 19 – 24. One Winner: Maudie Cotter Jnr. €40 Sophie O’Shea. €20 Pat & Ant, Peg & Kathleen, Andrea Murphy, Eileen Martin.
1/10/2018. Jackpot: €1,000. Numbers Drawn: 9 – 15 – 24. No Winner. €40 Fred O’Callaghan. €20 Roberta Daly, Mags, Martin Griffin, Chloe O’Keeffe.

Lee Valley Updates

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Past pupils of Barrachaurin N.S., Donoughmore, assemble at the old schoolhouse for the 50th anniversary of its closure. ©Lee Valley Outlook 

Back to School – 50 Years On.

Barrahaurin (Barr an Chaorthainn, the top of the Mountain Ash) National School, Donoughmore, was built in 1927 and closed its doors in 1968, when many one-teacher schools were amalgamated. On Sunday, 30th September, a wonderful celebration was held to mark the 50th anniversary of Barrahaurin’s closure. The school is now the home of Cathleen and Kieran O’Sullivan, who have a great appreciation and interest in local history and heritage. They and their extended family provided an opportunity to welcome back many past pupils and teachers for this remarkable event. Cathleen was a pupil when the school closed and the children and teacher were transferred to St. Laichtín’s N.S. in Stuake and Kieran’s mother, aunts and uncles, the Buckleys of Cummeen, were past pupils.
The get together was a thoroughly enjoyable occasion where old friends were reunited and many happy memories recalled. Stories were exchanged and lots of fun and laughter, laced with nostalgia, brought a community together once again. Those who had passed away were fondly remembered and there were many funny as well as sad stories. Some of those present had not met for more than 40 years; some are neighbours who see each other regularly but, for all, on Sunday, it was a truly wonderful occasion.
The attention to detail was a tribute to the organisers. An old desk, blackboard, the Irish Proclamation, (a new addition to every school in 1966 for the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising) and other memorabilia brought back many memories and made this an exceptional occasion. Peggy’s Legs, bulls eyes and butter nuggets, Kimberley, Mikado and Coconut Creams all made an appearance on the day! Of course, there was a “No homework tonight” sign, which brought a lot of laughter when entering what used to be the old porch, preserved for the arrival of visiting dignitaries. The pupils entered the school through another door: but, on Sunday, everyone was a dignitary! With an abundance of refreshments, all relaxed and enjoyed the very warm welcome and atmosphere in Barrahaurin (a.k.a. Barrachauring) National School once more. Máire Twomey Mac Suibhne, who was the Teacher at the time of the school’s closure, was present to cut an exquisite cake which was an exact replica of the school building, including the many steps to the front door. It was an Anna Boyd masterpiece of baking and design.
This was an occasion for all to remember and sincere thanks go out to the O’Sullivan family, the planning committee - Eileen Quinn, Trena Horgan, Cathleen O’Sullivan and Jim Looney and the many helpers on the day, including those on parking duty and to everyone who contributed in any way to making the day a resounding success! Congratulations to you all and thank you again for bringing us all together to celebrate this unique event.
N.B. At the time of the school’s closure, the Department of Education decree was that all Roll Books and school records be left in the abandoned building. They were not there when Cathleen and Kieran set about transforming the old building into a modern home with a spectacular view. Any information about these missing records would be most welcome.

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Crowd assembled at Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh for the 5th Annual Dr Lynch Commemoration ©Connie Cronin 

Dr Lynch Gathering 2018

On September 22nd,the 5th annual Dr Lynch Gathering was held at Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh and was hosted by Bríd Cranitch and Síle Uí Chróinín. Peadar Ó Riada opened the event and introduced the two speakers for the afternoon, Professor Patrick G. O’Shea, President, U.C.C. and Professor Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Department of History, NUI Galway. An Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh 1842 – 1913, GP, JP, a native of Cúil Aodha, became known locally and nationally for the promotion and preservation of Irish language, music and culture, in both educational and social settings. He was also an entrepreneurial spirit who wished to develop his local community into a self-sufficient entity to enrich the lives of his neighbours and patients.
President O’Shea spoke on The Evolution of the Mature Student Experience at UCC through the years: How Mature Students can offer a different perspective and experience. This was very thought provoking especially when you consider that Dr Lynch himself was a mature student when he commenced studying Medicine in Queens College Cork at the age of 35 in 1877. Professor Ó Cróinín spoke about local Coolea man, Seán Ó Cuill, who lived a very interesting and varied life between Cork and Dublin. He became an advocate of the local Muskerry traditions and folklore as well as becoming widely known for his collection of songs entitled Músgraidhe Fileata, before he became a pioneering civil servant in Dublin during the mid-1920’s when he founded Nua-Ghaeltacht, a housing scheme exclusively for Irish-speaking families.
The winner of Corn Uí Fhlannagáin for newly composed songs was Seán Ó Muimhneacháin and the 4th Gradam an Dochtúra Uí Loingsigh was presented to Mícheál Ó Lionáird. Gradam an Dochtúra Uí Loingsigh was launched 4 years ago to recognise the entrepreneurial spirit, ‘can-do’ attitude and cultural appreciation that was synonymous with An Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh, in a modern-day member of the wider West Muskerry Gaeltacht. Past winners of this award include Máirín & Peadar Ó Lionáird (Folláin Teo); Seán Ó Liatháin & Dónal Ó Liatháin (RIP) (Rochestown Park Hotel, Mid- Cork Pallets & Packaging, Macroom / Lehane Motors) and Gobnait & Don O’Leary (The Mills Inn). For many years the name Micheál Ó Lionáird has always been mentioned as someone who championed the life and achievements of Dr Lynch in the locality by informing students of this local hero. Mícheál receives this award due to his dedication to this culturally-enriched community in the areas of education and community development, which is centre to his own life’s ethos and philosophy. Mícheál has passed on this philosophy to the current generation of his own family, with many of them still deeply involved in education, traditional music and the promotion of the Irish language. In his days as Príomh Oide, it was often said that pupils not moving on to Third Level education were guided by Mícheál and his staff into the workforce and apprenticeships, with no stone left unturned until each pupil was placed appropriately. This dedication is a vocation which lies in direct parallel to the efforts and ideals of Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh himself, in the goal of the enhancement of the lives of all members of the local community here in Baile Mhúirne, Gaeltacht Mhúscraí and beyond.
Tributes were also paid at the Dr Lynch Commemoration Dinner, held on Saturday evening in The Abbey Hotel, to a very loyal supporter of the Dr Lynch Commemoration event – Diarmuid (Joey) O’Connell who unfortunately passed away on the 23rd of November last year after a long battle with illness. Diarmuid was a self-taught photographer and his attention to minute detail can be seen in the remastered photographs of Dr Lynch – we have lost a true supporter and friend. We were also honoured to have both Dr Lynch’s last surviving granddaughter, Joan Cronin from Middle Square in Macroom and Dr Lynch’s 9-month old great-great-great granddaughter, Scarlett Henehan -O’Donovan in attendance on the day, making it an all-round family affair.
By Réidín Lynch

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Ceoltóirí sa Chlós ag Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh ©An Scoil

Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh

Oíche Oscailte. Beidh Oíche Oscailte ag Scoil Mhuire ar an nDéardaoin 11ú Deireadh Fómhair óna 5 go dtí 8i.n. le Óraid an Phríomhoide ag a 7i.n. Ta fáilte roimh chách. Scoil Mhuire will hold its open evening on Thursday 11th October from 5 to 8pm with the Principal’s address at 7pm. Everyone is welcome. Further information at www.scoilmhuirebg.ie
Treodóireacht. Ar an 10ú Meán Fomhair chuaigh an chéad bhliain ag treodóireacht lena meantóirí ó bhliain a ceathar agus a cúig i nGúgán Barra. Bhí dhá uair a chloig againn 30 pictiúir a bhí crochta timpeall na coille a fháil. Nuair a bhí gach grúpa críochnaithe, shuíomar síos agus bhí lón againn. B’iad Diarmuid, Dearbhaile, Antóin agus Tadhg a bhuaigh an comórtas. Lá fíor-thaitneamhach a bhí againn.
Meantóirí. Tá’n chéad bhliain nua tosnaithe sa scoil agus le tacú leo taitneamh a bhaint as saol na scoile, tá meantóirí on gceathrú agus ón gcúigiú bliain ag gach duine acu. Bíonn na meantóirí ar fáil le ceisteanna a fhreagairt dóibh, cabhrú leo le linn am sosa agus cairdeas a dhéanamh leo. Tá imeachtaí faoi leith idir láimhe againn sa chéad téarma, ach go háirithe, leis an gcairdeas seo a chruthú.
Coiste na Gaeilge. Le Gaeilge a spreagadh sa Scoil, tá Coiste Forbartha na Gaeilge bunaithe againn le déanaí. Bíonn plé agus tae againn chun aithne a chur ar dhaltaí uile na scoile agus seisiún ceoil as Gaeilge ag amanta lóin. Beidh comórtas sacair uile-scoile as Gaeilge á reachtáil ag an gCoiste go luath agus táimíd ag tnúth go mór leis.
Curachóireacht & Boghdóireacht. Ar an 4ú + 5ú lá de mhí Meán Fómhair, chuaigh lucht na hIdirbliana ag currachóireacht. Ar an gcéad lá, thosnaigh siad ag na céimeanna agus chuaigh siad síos go dtí Locha Lua agus timpeall go dtí an chrannóg. Chuadar ag snámh agus ag léim ón gcanú isteach san uisce. D’fhoghlaim siad conas boghadóireacht a dhéanamh i gceart chomh maith ar an lá. Ar an gCeadaoin, bhí cluichí neartú fóirne acu agus chuaigh siad ag currachóireacht síos go loch rúnda. Tá lucht na hIdirbliana anois ar leibhéal a dó as cúíg leibhéal de churrachóireacht. Téann siad ag currachóireacht beagnach gach seachtain anois don rang corpoideachais.
Córas na nDún. Tá córas nua tosnaithe againn i Scoil Mhuire a thugann pointí amach do dhaltaí ar dhea-iompar agus ma bhíonn siad ag cur le spiorad na scoile. Is féidir leat pointe a thuilleamh má bhíonn tú ag cabhrú le múinteoir nó má feictear tú ag cabhrú le dalta eile is féidir pointí a thabhairt duit ansin. Tá ceithre Dhún sa scoil. Tá Dún Laoi, Dún na Linne Sí, Dún Lua agus Dún Irce. Faigheann an Dún pointí má bhíonn an bua acu i gcomórtas de shaghas éigin ach buann na daltaí pointe iad féin agus ag deireadh méid ama áirithe, bíonn na pointí go léir suimithe suas agus faigheann an Dún leis an líon is mó pointí duaiseanna. Tá an feachtas ag cur go mór leis an scoil cheana féin.
Clár na hIdirbhliana: Is é 2018 Bliain na hIdirbhliana i Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. Cuireadh tús leis an Idirbhliain don chéad uair i stair na scoile. Is mó an méid imeachtaí atá curtha futhu cheana féin sa chéad téarma. Ina measc: - Ag ullmhú go dian taobh thiar don spotsolas le haghaidh an rás eachtraíochta 'Éalú Lua' a bhí na daltaí le roinnt seachtainí anuas. Ghlanadar bruacha na locha don rás a tharla ar an 15ú Meán Fómhair. Buíochas mór dóibh agus do Dave ó Outdoor Discovery Adventure Company.
- Chuaigh na daltaí amach sa phobal áitiúil agus máguaird maidin Dé hAoine chun a gcabhair a thabhairt tré mheán na Gaeilge sna bunscoileanna, an siopa áitiúil, ionad lae Cuan Barra agus mórthimpealll a scoil féin. Bhaineadar an-taitneamh as, agus táid ag siúl go mór leis an Aoine seo chugainn. 'Is ar scáth a chéile a mhairimid'.
- Thug an dea aimsir maidin Déardaoin an tseachtain seo deis bleibíní lus an chromchinn a chur lasmuigh don scoil. Bhíodar gníomhach san obair ghrúpa agus tugadh buíochas dóibh ó Labhras, airíoch na scoile le uachtar reoite!
Ar bhonn carthanachta a bhí obair ullmhúcháin na hIdirbhliana na seachtaine seo. Chabhraigh siad le Bean Uí Argáin Maidin Chaife ar son Ospís Marymount a chur in eagar. Thosaigh cuid don ullmhúchán sa rang Eacnamaíocht Bhaile inar dheineadar subh sméara dubha. Thrasnaigh siad páirceanna mórthimpeall orthu chun na torthaí sceacha a phiocadh. D'oibrigh daltaí Dún Laoi go dian chun cístí milse a bhácáil don ócáid, ag cur go mór le spiorad na scoile, agus chun carn airgid a bhailiú.

Cúil Aodha to Shandong, China

Gaeltacht Mhurscraí native, Máiréad Ní Mhuimhneacháin, has been invited to represent Ireland, at this year’s Chinese Weifang Equestrian Festival. This is an international equestrian culture festival, that is held in China’s Eastern Province, Shandong, 1st-3rd October. The three-day event, hosted by the Chinese Horse Culture, Sports, Tourism Planning Institute and the Weifang Binhai Economic and Technological Development Zone, will feature sports such as horse orienteering and horseback archery, as well as cross-country and endurance contests following standard procedure and international standard of the International Federation of Equestrian Tourism. FITE) issued an invite to all member countries to send two riders and their Presidents to participate in The Weifang Equestrian Festival. Team Ireland travelling to China consists of Vice Chair, Niamh O’Huid and riders Judi Pheysey and Máiréad Moynihan.
Máiréad is the International Liaison Officer for Tourism Related Equestrian Competitions Ireland (TREC) and also rides internationally for TREC. She has spent her life around horses and is truly passionate about all equestrian sports, in particular horse orienteering. She will be participating on the Wednesday in a 3 phase competition; Orienteering, Cross Country and Control of Paces along 150m long X 2m wide corridor where you canter as slowly as possible without breaking into a trot in one direction; then go the opposite way at walk, as quickly as possible without breaking into a trot.

Daonscoil an Fhómhair

Tionólfar Daonscoil an Fhómhair i nGuagán Barra 5 – 7 Deireadh Fómhair, le teacht le chéile sóisialta i dtimpeallacht shuaimhneach Óstán Ghuagán Barra agus Filíocht & Ceol, Lúibíní & Agallaimh Bheirte, Saibhreas Teanga, Léachtaí agus Scoraíocht ar fáil. Dé hAoine 5ú 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 Caint ó Eibhlís Uí Bhriain 6:00in Aifreann na Daonscoile san Aireagal 7:00in-8:15in Dinnéar 8:30in Léacht agus Scoraíocht. Dé Domhnaigh 7ú 10:30rn-Leacht agus Amhráin George Curtin.

Clondrohid Updates
Development Group: is holding the annual fundraiser on Friday night, October 12 in the Community Hall. Caitriona of Enchanted flowers will give a talk and demonstration on how best to decorate your house for Halloween. Over the past few years, dressing up and decorating for Halloween has become popular, 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. Everything Caitriona makes on the night will be raffled. Great night assured. Refreshments will be served. Tickets costing €10 and are available locally at Healy’s Spar, M& J Kellehers, Dairygold, or can be purchased on the night. This fundraiser is needed to defray the yearly costs, which includes insurance, hedge cutting, flowers and shrubs paint etc and this year, the purchase of lawnmower and strimmer. 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 Tues October 9 from 7to 8pm. All those who attended the first meeting earlier this year and all those who would like to have an input are earnestly asked to attend. Come along and support this new initiative.
Set Dancing Returns: Alan O’Riordan has commenced classes of set dancing, Céilí, social dancing etc on Tuesday nights for Adults from 8 to 10pm. We wish him well and having been coached by the Master, he will do an excellent job.
Line dancing: With the days getting shorter and winter fast approaching, no better way to have fun and keep fit than line dancing, so come along to Clondrohid Community Hall on this Thursday night October 4 from 7.30 to 8.30. For more info contact Maria or Katherine at Healy’s Spar. Come early and support the girls.
CCM (Clondrohid, Carriganima ,Muinfliuch ) active retired: An excellent sing song took place in the Community Hall recently and the next session is Monday October 8 from 7 to 9pm. All members welcome to a lovely social occasion.. The next Coffee/ Tea morning takes place on Wednesday Oct 10 at 10am. All are welcome to drop in for a chat and a cuppa
Tidy Towns: Clondrohid increased its mark from 267 to 270. Well done to all involved, who have helped to keep the village bright, clean and tidy. A special word of thanks to all those who tended, cared and watered all the flowers through the village. It takes time and commitment to do this task. Well done to all residents who tended to their own flowers and shrubs be they on the ground or in boxes, and to all those who painted and cleaned their premises, and to all those who kept an eye on litter and waste. A very notable comment from the adjudicator was ‘it’s not what you’ve got that matters: it’s what you do with what you’ve got The Church, Spar and the Tavern, the entrance to Community Field and Community Creche were all commented on as was the new car park layout in the G.A.A grounds. Work at the Famine Graveyard and St Gobnait’s Shrine (Johnny’s ) were mentioned as was the whole area at the cemetery. ‘Residential developments are attractively presented in general and their entrances are visually appealing. Curra Glen is one example with its lovely well maintained green areas. Street furniture enjoys good maintenance and signage is clear. Entrances to Clondrohid are attractively presented, with good name signs and other features. The digital traffic controls installed are noteworthy. Well done on the fine presentation that has been achieved for this year in the face of on-going construction in Clondrohid’.
Fun/run/walk Carriganima: The presentation of money recently raised for Macroom and Millstreet Hospitals will be held in the Pub Carriganima on Saturday night Oct 6 at 9pm. Music by Johnny Bremner. A great night assured.
Clondrohid N.S. Sonas autism unit: A table quiz fundraiser will be held in the Tavern on Friday Oct 19 at 8pm . €10 per person, 4 per table. Raffle and spot prizes on the night. Please support this worthy cause.
G.A.A: Well done to Clondrohid U 14’s who defeated Aghinagh in the championship by 1 point last week on a scoreline of 4..04 to 1..12. Congrats to Laochra Óg u 14 Hurling team on reaching a county final last weekend.
Blast from the Past: 40 Years Ago, on Sunday 1st October 1978 Clondrohid won the Mid Cork Junior B Football Championship final, with victory over Whitechurch. In earlier rounds, Clondrohid defeated Donoughmore and in the semi-final versus Ballinora, the victory margin was just one point. Later the Junior B double was achieved with victory over Kilmichael in the league final. Team Panel: Paddy Corkery Captain, James O'Leary Vice Cpt, Brendan O'Callaghan, Eddie McDonagh, Joe Kelleher, Gerard Twomey, John Lucey, Larry Creed, Martin O'Leary, John O' Mahony, Paddy O'Callaghan, Finbarr O Brien, Tony Kelleher, Con Healy, John Kelleher, Ted O'Connell R.I.P., Michael Creed, Derry Kelleher R.I.P., Derry Murphy, Martin Kelly, Selectors were Fr. Joe Mc Guane R.I.P, Paddy Corkery, James O'Leary, John O Callaghan, Michael Creed Sec. Also in 1978, the Under 12 & Under 21 B Mid Cork Football championships were won to complete a great year for Clondrohid GAA Club.

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O’Leary Clan Gathering organised by Creedon’s Hotel, Inchigeela ©Connie Cronin

Inchigeela Updates

Traffic calming speed indicators, recently installed by the Cork County Council in the village, are now in operation. Croí na Laoi, the development society, had asked the local authority for these speed monitors because of some thoughtless driving through our village, especially with morning and evening traffic. The Gardaí have also been requested to monitor the response to these radar devices and it is hoped that everybody will play their part in making our streets safe for old and young. As the devices are solar powered and environmentally friendly, it should help gather a few extra points in next year’s Tidy Towns adjudication.
Tidy Towns Results. The Supervalu sponsored Tidy Towns adjudication results for 2018 were published last week and Inchigeela increased its points by 11 marks. All were very pleased with the award and much credit is due to the small band of volunteers who worked hard and to the cooperation of the residents, who cleaned and painted and swept and planted, to make the area a nicer place in which to live. The adjudicator spoke highly of the transformation that has taken place in the past few years, but also pointed out where more work, effort planning and imagination would lead to further improvements The stone flower pots on the Cork Road came in for special mention as did the well tended roses in the Garden of Remembrance and the flower laden boats . Well done to all. You can be proud of your work! The full reports may be read online at www.tidytownreports.ie
Senior Citizen Apartments. It has been announced that three new senior citizen flats will become available in our parish at Cuan Barra in Ballingeary. Application forms for same can be had from the secretary Ph (086)3557522 or (086)2698336
Gougane Pilgrimage. An old song refers to Gougane as Lonely Gougane. But it certainly wasn’t that on Sunday as hundreds converged on the lake island .The roads were thronged with cars and from all directions came young and not so young, on foot, over the mountain. Bishop John Buckley of Cork and Ross and Bishop Browne of Kerry concelebrated Mass along with our Parish Priest, Fr Anthony and priests from neighbouring parishes. The homily was delivered by Bishop Moynihan. He stressed the importance of Faith in one’s life and referred to the 1400 years of followers of St Finbarr who passed on that faith through often the most difficult of times. He also reflected on the importance of the family unit and the sanctity of marriage, especially in modern times where such things are challenged. It wouldn’t be Gougane Sunday without the Ballingeary Pipe Band and the choir were in great voice The sun shone brightly for the Mass and of course afterwards, there was the traditional drop in to Cronin’s where , by that big old fireplace ,in the back bar, the drinks taste sweeter than anywhere else in Ireland!

Macra Matters

Congratulations to the AghinaghMacra ladies football team who recently won the Muskerry ladies football tournament. Chairperson, Shelia Lynch proudly represented the club recently as she received a Leadership Award in Wexford. Shelia’s incredible contribution to Macra over the last few years received special recognition as she was awarded the President’s County Leadership Medal. Well done to club member, Jer Buckley who represented both Aghinagh and Muskerry in the Macra category at the National Ploughing Championships in Offaly.

Ionad Cúraim Leanaí Nua do Bhaile Bhúirne?

Gaeltacht Mhuscrai development co-op CFM Teo is to host a public meetiing in Ballyvourney to discuss the prospect of a new child care centre to serve the needs of families in the area. Builder, Michael Murnane, is prepared to donate a site within the Cluain Réidh housing estate in Ballyvourney village. It is a wonderful opportunity for the people of the Múscraí Gaeltacht. The co-op would like to bring people together to hear their views on the matter. Funding is available from the Department of the Gaeltacht to build facilities like this in Gaeltacht areas. Ten years ago plans were at an advanced stage to build a child care centre in Ballyvourney, but when the recession hit the funding dried up and the plan had to be shelved. The public meeting will be held at the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, on Monday October 8th at 8pm. All are welcome!

Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne

The Summer Stars reading programme, for our younger readers, that ran throughout the summer was very well supported. The amount and variety of books read was impressive. A list of prize winners is available in the Library and anyone who was registered but has not yet collected their Certificates can collect them on their next visit to the Library.
The Library Book Club has commenced again following a short break during the Summer. Book Club is on the first Tuesday of every month at 10.30am. The books chosen are all very different and being part of a book club can often introduce you to books that you would never have chosen yourself. Please feel free to come along if you are interested.
The Knitting and Craft group meet every Tuesday at 11am. Old, new and lapsed members are very welcome. The Twiddle Mitts that were made during the Bealtaine festival were recently presented to Macroom Community Hospital for their dementia patients.
Buaileann ár gciorcal cainte, Labhair Linn sa Leabharlann, gach coicís ar an Aoine ag 10.30 rn. Tá an chéad cheann eile ar an Aoine seo, an 5ú Deireadh Fómhair. Tá fáilte roimh chách.
Over the next few months various events are in the pipeline in conjunction with Children’s Book Festival and Healthy Ireland at your Library amongst other things. We also hope to have the Saturday morning children’s story hour available again soon.
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St Colman's/ Macroom minors 1968. (Supplied by Declan Fitzgerald;©Echo August1968.

1968: Macroom/St Colman’s Minors Regain Mid-Cork Crown.

The events of 1968 changed world history. Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated in the U.S. Vietnam witnessed the My Lai massacre and the Tet offensive, and America’s eventual withdrawal. In France the students and workers demonstrated and set up communes that shook the political establishment to its core. De Gaulle subsequently lost power. Northern Ireland had the Civil Rights marches that were violently suppressed, which led to armed struggle. However, Macroom minors had other things on their minds. They had not won the Mid-Cork title since 1964 and regaining the trophy was their crusade. Playing as St. Colman’s, they succeeded in doing so. Our neighbours, Naomh Abán, had reigned supreme in the interval and that did not sit well with the Macroom G.A.A. fraternity. With the backing of Dan and Jackie O’Callaghan, some players took the initiative and succeeded in putting the ‘world’ to right and restored the ‘proper order’. Declan Fitzgerald, New Street, captained the team and he recently recounted the team’s exploits that year.
Declan attended De La Salle and had played with Macroom teams without success. Inniscarra heavily defeated Macroom in the 1966 Mid-Cork Juvenile (U-16) final. This rankled as Macroom had many good players such as Emmet Hallinan, John ‘Honda’ Murphy, Tony ‘Saga’ O’Sullivan, Dermie O’Connor, Denis Cronin, Jimmy and Joe Kelleher (Codrum), Dónal O’Callaghan, Gus Kelleher, Danny Twomey, Martin Buckley, Davey Casey and more. Championships then were strictly ‘knock-out’. The players organised trial games – Declan thinks there were three - with one side of the bridge against the other. These games were tough but generated interest and spirit. Macroom had no trouble with Éire Og in the first round and were far too good for Ballincollig in the second. The team was developing nicely. Reigning champions, Naomh Abán, were the semi-final opponents and therein lies a tale.

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Dana visits the Montrose Ballroom. Also included, Michael Kelleher, Jerry Lucey, Jerry Cronin, Peter Kelleher and Michael Healy. ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

 The story involves the ‘Montrose’, the missed spin, and FCA training in Ballincollig. The ‘Montrose’ was a dancehall in Coolcower, at what is now Kelleher’s Garage, and was run by Jerry Lucey, a.k.a. ‘Poor Luce’. It hosted all the big showbands of the time – Brendan Bowyer and The Royal, Brendan O’Brien and the Dixies, Joe Dolan, Eileen Reid, The Cadets, Dickie Rock, Billy Brown, Derek Dean and the Freshmen, Larry Cunningham, Seán Dunphy, Big Tom, Brendan Shine and many more. Bridie Gallagher had sung there too. Big dancehalls were the major draw and the accepted way for ‘boy to meet girl’, especially in small towns and country areas – the ‘60s/’70s version of ‘The Ballroom of Romance’.

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Macroom F.C.A. group ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

The F.C.A. – Fórsa Cosanta Áitiula – (known also as Free Clothing Association!) was the voluntary section of the Irish Army. Their local headquarters were first in Railway View, where the Brownes now live, and later, farther down in Dan Corkery’s (Calder’s) house, next to the demolished Macroom Boys’ National School, and presently Aldi’s entrance. The FCA took on many young recruits - males only at this time - for training purposes in the summer months. Applicants were supposed to be over 18 but this regulation was not strictly observed. Macroom ‘volunteers’ were stationed in Ballincollig. It is doubtful if they were serious about military training but they enjoyed the money and the ‘craic’.
The connection between the two is this. The semi-final was fixed for a Bank Holiday Monday, probably August. Many of the minor team had signed up for the FCA that summer and attended a dance on Sunday night, the eve of the match, in the Montrose. Jerry Lucey had arranged a spin to Ballincollig on a dance bus but the driver refused to take the boys. There was no alternative but ‘Shank’s mare’; they had to walk. Luckily, after many hours and miles, Matt Murphy, who was going to Cork, stopped, packed his car with players and landed them at the barracks at dawn. No, they weren’t shot but had to do manoeuvres all day. Tired bodies got themselves to Ballingeary for the game that evening. Inevitably, the performance was sluggish and Naomh Abán were two goals up with a few minutes remaining. Declan recalled noticing that their goalie was small. He craftily kicked in a few high balls and somehow they finished in the net. The day was saved and the replay was won at ease.
mmmmmmmmmmmmmPic. 51. Niall Casey, Jimmy Deasy and Mick Browne - all deceased - Denis Cronin, David Casey and Con Kelleher at Macroom GAA Dinner dance in December 1974. ©(Supplied by Declan Fitzgerald).
The final was another challenge. Inniscarra provided the opposition and were favourites. However, Macroom put on a great display, with John Murphy and Emmet Hallinan excelling at midfield. The game was won in the first half; Macroom scored freely and it was the 28th minute before Inniscarra’s opening score, a point. Jimmy Kelleher was injured and was ably replaced by Gussie Kelleher. Michael Lynch was sound in goal. Gus and Martin Buckley were the best in defence. Declan, ‘Saga’ and Davey Casey did well in the forwards. ‘Goalie’ Deasy, at full forward, was very adept at breaking the ball to the advantage of his fellow attackers. The final score was Macroom 2-14 Inniscarra 2-4. Scorers for Macroom were: John Murphy 0-4, ‘Goalie’ Deasy 1-1, Declan Fitzgerald 1-1, Connie Kelleher 0-3, Dónal O’Callaghan and Davey Casey 0-1 each. (3 points not accounted for – the search is on for the missing scorers). The final was played in Coachford on 3/8/’68 and was refereed by Dinny O’Mahony (Kilmichael) whose grandson, Aidan Lynch, plays for our U-12s. The team was: Michael Lynch, Denis Cronin, Dermot O’Connor, Martin Neville, Danny Twomey, Gussie Kelleher, Martin Buckley, John Murphy, Emmet Hallinan, Tony ‘Saga O’Sullivan, Declan Fitzgerald (Captain), Dónal O’Callaghan, David Casey, James/Goalie Deasy and Connie Kelleher. Substitutes were John Lucey, Joe Kelleher, Pat O’Connell, Liam Quinlan and Mickie McSweeney (Mid Square).
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Macroom Youth Club Basketball team 1969. Back: Tony 'Saga' O'Sullivan, Denis Cronin, Dónal O'Callaghan, John O'Callaghan, Garrett Fitzgerald (R.I.P.) Front: John Lucey (R.I.P.), Declan Fitzgerald, Danny O'Donoghue and Tony 'Scally' Deasy. ©

Macroom subsequently played Glanworth (North Cork) in the 1st round of the county in the Athletic Grounds – the pre Páirc Ui Chaoimh venue. Glanworth was then one of the power-houses of county minor football. Trained by Owenie McAuliffe, who also trained the Cork Minors, they had a star-studded team which included the Aherne brothers, John Fahy and his younger brother, Aidan, and John Courtney. All played minor inter-county for Cork when Cork excelled at that grade. Macroom did not have a full side – perhaps they had accomplished their goal – for the contest. Glanworth easily won the tie and went on to win the county title.
Unfortunately, John Lucey and Dermot O’Connor have since passed away. Emmet Hallinan won an All-Ireland minor medal in 1969. Jimmy O’Donoghue had won a winner’s medal in 1961, playing in Cork’s first successful team at that grade. ‘Saga’ O’Sullivan, Gussie and Connie Kelleher also donned the red jersey of Cork. John Murphy later played for and managed Longford Slashers, and was manager of the Longford senior inter-county side. Pat O’Connell has give 30+ years of wonderful service to the club as honorary secretary and the current state of the club owes much to his input.
The Mid-Cork minor victory was the first of 6 consecutive wins for Macroom, with four ‘country’ county titles added. That era produced many Cork Minors and U-21s. Leo Goold, Tim ‘Bonzo’ O’Sullivan and the late Tom Creedon won All-Ireland minor medals in 1972. That period rekindled hopes that Macroom could again achieve its former glories.
In another aside, Declan recalled that teams travelled to matches in taxis. The service was provided by Danny Hallinan, Emmet’s father; Dónal Murphy (Mariner), and Ted or Liam Walsh. Sometimes Jerry Cronin and Denis Dinneen also drove for the club. Liam Walsh was noted for singing songs on the way home and these greatly entertained his footballing passengers.
As a corollary, Declan married Bernie Lucey, daughter of Jerry (Montrose) and sister of John (deceased). Declan is retired and lives in Ballincollig. He was delighted with the brilliant summer and spent much time at the sea. Declan’s father, Pat, was principal in McEgan College and died suddenly at a young age in 1962. Declan and his brother, Garret (R.I.P.) stayed with relatives in Ballyferriter for about six months. They attended National School there, played some football or ‘caid’ , before returning to re-join their mother, Susan, in New Street. The Ó Riada children were pupils in Ballyferriter at the same time. Seán Ó Riada later presented Declan with a football medal when he attended Coláiste Gaeilge an tSamhraidh in Cúil Aodha.
Declan very kindly gave of his time and supplied the photos. I also consulted Barry O’Brien’s book, ‘Macroom G.A.A. Club History 1886 – 1987’ and am, once, again, very grateful to him for creating a wonderful record of the activities of Macroom G.A.A. club.

THE Kilmurry connection with Terence MacSwiney ,Lord Mayor of Cork 1879-1920

The old museum in Kilmurry – The Terence MacSwiney Memorial Museum - was opened in 1965 by Máire MacSwiney-Brugha, Terence MacSwiney’s only child. Independence Museum Kilmurry has a large number of items relating to Terence MacSwiney, including some of his early published writings, many personal items and a wheel from the carriage that carried MacSwiney’s body to its final resting place in St Finbarr’s cemetery in Cork.

In 1835 John MacSwiney, Terence’s father, was born on a farm near Crookstown, where his family had lived for generations. He was one of nine children. While still a young man he made his way to Rome to join the Papal Guard in the war against Garibaldi. He went to London in 1870 where he worked as a school teacher. There he later met an married Mary Wilkinson, also a school teacher. Terence was the fourth of eight children born to the couple. The first three were born in England but John MacSwiney and his family returned to Cork and Terence was born in Cork in 1879.

As a boy, Terence attended North Monastery School but following the death of his father John in Melbourne, Australia in 1895, Terence had to leave school at 16 and took a job at Dwyer’s in Washington Street, Cork. He continued his education by night and graduated from UCC with a degree in Philosophy in 1907. He was very active in the cultural and literary activities in Cork and was part of the Irish cultural revival in the early 20th century. He was a member of the Gaelic League and was involved in forming the Cork Celtic Literary Society and co-founded the Cork Dramatic Society with Daniel Corkery from Macroom, writing plays such as ‘The Revolutionist’ and ‘The Warriors of Coole’. He enjoyed speaking Irish during holidays spent in the Muskerry Gaeltacht.

He joined the Cork City Volunteers in 1913 and went on to become the organiser of the Volunteers in mid Cork, becoming a regular visitor to his ancestral home in Kilmurry as part of his duties, often cycling out from Cork to drill the men. When the 1916 Rising was stood down in Cork, Terence accompanied Tomas McCurtain when he drove out to Kilmurry, amongst other places, to tell the Volunteers to return to their homes. Following the Rising, he was detained in Frongoch internment camp in Wales. In 1917, whilst held in “open internment” at Bromyard in England, he married Muriel Murphy- of the Murphy brewing and distillery family, Cork, whom he had met when both were studying Irish at the Gaeltacht.
Terence MacSwiney was elected T.D for the Mid Cork constituency in the 1918 General Election. Following the shooting of his friend Thomas McCurtain, then Lord Mayor of Cork, he was elected Lord Mayor. He was arrested at City Hall in August 1920 for “being in possession of documents, the publication of which would be likely to cause disaffection to His Majesty”. He went on Hunger Strike in protest at “the arrest of a Public Representative in the course of his civic duties”. Nonetheless, he was convicted and sentenced to 2 years imprisonment. He continued his fast, which attracted worldwide attention. Terence MacSwiney died on hunger strike on 25th October 1920 on the 74th day of his fast. He was only 41 years of age.

Terence MacSwiney was one of the most important Cork heroes of the War of Independence. Kilmurry Historical & Archaeological Association are holding a Terence MacSwiney Weekend, the first of three annual commemorations 19-21 October. Details are on our website www.kilmurrymuseum.ie


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The Castle Hotel, Macroom is crowned KNORR Great Carvery Hotel of the Year, Island of Ireland 2018 winner. From left: Pat Ryan, Executive Head Chef, Castle Hotel; Audrey Crone, Unilever Food Solutions Executive Chef; Gerard and Margaret Buckley, proprietors; Jim Reeves, Unilever Food Solutions Customer Director and Don Buckley, proprietor. c Brian Lougheed

Best in Ireland for the Castle

Monday 24th September 2018; The boutique 4 * Castle Hotel in Macroom, Co. Cork, has scooped the national title and was awarded Best Hotel Carvery in Ireland at The Grand Final of The Knorr Great Carvery Competition 2018.
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. The Knorr Great Carvery of the Year competition is one of the country’s most keenly contested culinary competitions.
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 absolutely delighted with our title ofthe hotel with the best Carvery in the Country.’’
Head Chef, Pat Ryan said: "It’s great to receive recognition for the hard work of ourdedicated team. Delivering fresh, delicious food, using local produce is our ethos and we’re delighted to be rewarded for fulfilling that promise’’.
Mr Reeves, of Unilever Foods said: "I am delighted to present the overall KNORR Great Carvery of the Year award to The Castle Hotel Macroom. "The awards are a testament to the continuous hard work of each venue as they strive to provide great quality carvery offerings.“We at Unilever Food Solutions would like to thank The Castle Hotel Macroom for their dedication and support. "We had a number of worthy entrants this year, but our overall winning venues really stood out."
Of course, an excellent food offering must mix the ingredient of superb service, something the wonderful staff at The Castle Hotel serve in abundance.
The carvery is open from 12.30pm to 3pm, seven days a week, with prices ranging from €6 to just under €13.

Tips for Keeping Children Safe Online

Do not fall into the trap of thinking that you must be technologically savvy as a parent in order to protect your child online.
Set rules around technology, when and where children can use technology. For example, no internet use until homework is complete, no screens at the dinner table, no screens in bedrooms at night, time limits on social media sites and passwords must be shared with parents. Be open to renegotiating the rules as your child grows.
Before allowing your child onto social media sites, have a look at the channels yourself so that you are familiar with how they work, the content and features and most importantly, the security settings.
Stay tuned in to who your child is following online. Ask why that person/ game/ celebrity interests them. Talk regularly about their experiences of people online and ask how the content they view is making them feel.
Do not say yes to your child having certain apps or social media sites because of peer pressure. If your child experiences peer pressure, turn this into an opportunity to teach them to manage peer pressure well rather than feeling the peer pressure transfer to you as a parent.
Online safety devices like iKydz that filter the content your child can access, how and when they go online are useful tools.
Speak to your child about how to treat others online and make sure they understand the importance of not sharing personal data with people they do not know.
Enjoy the internet with your child, after all it is a useful tool when it comes to both education and entertainment. By joining them in the fun part of this journey into a life online, you will be in a better position to mentor and support them as the need arises.

Cork Roadworks
Dunkettle Interchange Project: Archaeological Investigation Works are continuing on the Dunkettle Interchange site on the area south of the existing N25. Also, Site Investigation Works across the entire site will get underway early next week.
The Main Construction Works will get underway early in 2019 but, in advance of these works, two preparatory work items will be progressed:
Upgrade Works at the Silversprings Interchange got underway Monday the 1st of October. Works will include footpath construction and road resurfacing and are aimed at regularising the traffic lanes in the area for both inbound and outbound traffic. We expect that the lane reconfiguration works will be completed before the end of 2018 with minor completion works probably running on until the end of January 2019.
Capacity Improvement Works are also proposed at the Little Island Interchange area. Cork County Council hope to go to tender for these works early in October with a Contractor appointed before the end of November 2018. Initial works only will be progressed before the end of 2018 with the works overall reaching substantial completion probably by April 2019.
N40 Intelligent Transport System: Duct Installation Works are continuing here and Site Investigation Works at the various Intelligent Transport System installation points are also ongoing. These works are being progressed exclusively under night-time working in order to minimise disruption to traffic. These first phase works are on target to reach substantial completion by early December 2018. The second phase of works here will involve the construction of reinforced concrete bases and metalwork for the ITS installations. We hope to go to tender for these works before the end of October 2018 and again the works will be designed to minimise traffic disruptions. Details of traffic management arrangements for works on the N40 will continue to be circulated in future updates.
Sarsfield Road Area: Siac Construction Ltd are progressing drainage installation works in the westbound lane from Sarsfield Road Roundabout. Lane width restrictions are in place here but the works will not cause any traffic disruption. On the Sarsfield Road itself between Sarsfield Road Roundabout and Wilton Road Roundabout: Works are continuing on the northbound lanes. These works should reach substantial completion this week, with the exception of final surfacing works which will be carried out next month under night-time working. As part of this process, the dedicated left in lane to Wilton shopping centre will be fully re-established. The works focus will then switch to the existing median area and this will be followed by works on the southbound lanes. We expect that the works will reach substantial completion in early December 2018.

Comic Cork
‘Lost on the Water’ A solo explorer on a quest into the unknown waters of the Gearagh on the River Lee, searching for its secret before time runs out. A place of outlaws, Poteen makers and total confusion to all who enter.... The Gearagh! Following extensive research and exploring I put this story together in a comic that is full of twists, turns and surprises. This is the second story in the series, the first was St. Finbarre and his epic battle entitled "Troubled Waters'" and is still available in shops. Available in Waterstones, Comic Vault and Cork Flower Studio in Cork City it is also in Quinlans in Macroom. Also included in 'Lost on the Water' are two short stories: Cork Life Like and ‘One Eyed Liar’, a fantastical tale of how Shandon Bells keeps time to the beat that is Cork life....Like. Cork 2072. The Depth Collector and his partner Meelie explore the River Bed seeking out a past that nobody wanted to happen.
Upcoming events are the 'Book in my Bag' signing day 6th Oct. at Waterstones and more to follow.

Sports Mad
GAA Cork County Championships

County Senior Football Championship

St Finbarr’s 2-8 Douglas 0-11
Carbery Rangers 1-18 Clonakilty 0-11
Duhallow 0-13 Valley Rovers 0-10
Nemo Rangers 0-4 Castlehaven 1-11
Semi Finals: St Finbarrs v Carbery Rangers; Castlehaven v Duhallow
Relegation play offs: Round 1: Aghada 1-11 Ilen Rovers 2-16
Round 2: Newcestown 1-7 Aghada 1-6
Dohenys 1-12 Kiskeam 1-9
Last Two: Kiskeam and Aghada

Premier Intermediate Football Championship
Newmarket 0-7 St Michael's 0-14
Bandon 1-12 ÉIRE ÓG 4-9
NAOMH ABÁN 2-6 St Vincent's 0-10
Fermoy 2-9 Bantry Blues 1-9
Semi finals: Éire Óg v St Michaels; Naomh Abán v Fermoy
Relegation: Na Piarsaigh, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Castletownbere play off in Round Robin format.
Éire Óg 4 - 9 Bandon 1 – 12
In a quarter final game of quality at Cloughduv, Éire Óg were always shaping like victors but Bandon bravely stayed in contention to the finish against a well focussed Éire Óg side. The winners had a marvellous start and had a huge boost within 30 seconds of action when former Cork senior football star Daniel Goulding got the vital touch to a Jack Murphy delivery and placed the ball well wide of the Bandon goalkeeper. Éire Óg quickly added points from Ronan O’Toole, Liam Sheehan, from a free and Goulding, to put themselves in a strong position following nine minutes of action. Two minutes later Éire Óg were awarded a penalty and Daniel Goulding confidently found the net from the spot kick. Bandon managed to get two points back and they improved their position further in the second quarter putting four more points on the board but they were helped by superb saves by their goalkeeper who denied Goulding and John Cooper. It was 2-6 to 0-6 at half time.
Bandon hopes were further raised on the restart when points from Sugrue and James Walsh reduced the arrears but then a superb goal by Jack Murphy after a strong run put Éire Óg back in a very commanding position. Bandon now had a mountain to climb but they battled on. Eire Óg had a point from a Daniel Goulding free in the 44th minute and they led by 3-8 to 0-10 with ten minutes remaining. A point for Bandon was answered by a John Cooper goal , created by Liam Murphy, for the winners six minutes from time but the losers never gave up deservedly got through for a consolation goal in the dying seconds. Éire Óg will now meet St Michaels in a repeat of last year’s semi final when the city side prevailed.
Scorers: Eire Óg: D Goulding (2-5, 1-0 penalty, 0-3 frees), J Murphy (1-1), J Cooper (1-0), L Sheehan (0-2, 0-1 free), R O Toole (0-1). Bandon: M Sugrue (0-9, 0-4 frees), A Murphy (1-1), C O Mahony and J Walsh (0-1 each).
Eire Óg: Chris Kelly: John Kelleher, John Mullins, Cian O‘Mahony: Daire McCarthy, Dermot O’Herlihy, Fionn O’Rourke: Dermot Hurley, Ronan O’Toole: Jack Murphy, John Cooper, Liam Sheehan: Dan O’Connor, Daniel Goulding, Eoin O’Shea. Subs: Michael O’Shea 40, Liam Murphy 46, David Sheehan 53, Aidan O’Connor 55, Michael Corkery 58, Rian O Flynn 58.

Intermediate Football Championship
Quarter – Finals:
Mitchelstown 1-17 Youghal 2-12
Millstreet 2-13 CILL na MARTRA 3-20
St Finbarr’s 3-9 Knocknagree 1-8
Semi Finals: Mitchelstown v Cill na Martra; Aghabullogue/Mayfield v St Finbarrs
Relegation play offs Round 1: (A) Glanmire v Carrigaline
Round 2: losers of A v Rockchapel, Clonakilty v BALLINORA

County Junior Football Championship
First Round:
Boherbue 1-10 CANOVEE 0 - 5
IVELEARY 0-13 Buttevant 2-4
Delanys 1-13 Tadhg Mac Carthaigh 0-13
Valley Rovers v St Michaels
Urhan 2-11 Midleton 2-12
Garnish 1-6 Ballymartle 0-16
Charleville 0-9 Dromtariffe 1-13
Kilmacabea 3-18 Fr O’Neill’s 1-11
(A) Midleton v IVELEARY
(B) Dromtarriffe v Valley Rovers/St Michaels
(C) Ballymartle v Delanys
(D) Boherbue v Kilmacabea
Semi-Finals: A v B, C v D
Boherbue 1 – 10 Canovee 0 - 5
Canovee were well beaten in the end by Duhallow champions Boherbue at Mallow. It was 0-5 to 0-2 in the winners favour at half time and it could have been more. Seán O’Connor got the Canovee scores. When Boherbue got their goal early in the second half the writing was on the wall for Canovee and the strong Duhallow side were never less than six points clear thereafter. Canovee did not avail of some good goal chances which had they been scored could have inspired a rally but in truth Canovee did not play well on the night.
Canovee: Scorers: S O’Connor 0-2, Js Moynihan 0-2 (fs), Ds O’Sullivan 0-1.
Canovee: Darren Shine: Patrick Buckley, James McCarthy, Liam Kelleher: Brian Ahern, Michael Dunne, Eoghan Lehane: Brian O’Donoghue, Aidan Murphy: Denis Murphy, James Moynihan, Denis O’Sullivan: Mark Healy, Seán O’Connor, Mark Walsh. Subs: Conor Hughes, Andrew Cronin, Eamonn Lyons , Paul Healy, John O’Brien , Blake Ring.
County Junior B Football Champions: Ballinacurra
County Junior C Football Champions: Abbey Rovers

Co. Inter-Divisions Junior B Football Championship
(A) Newmarket v Castletownbere
(B) St Vincents 1-11 Bandon 2-7
(C) Naomh Abán 0-1 Crosshaven 0-10
(D) Russell Rovers 1-13 Grange 0-10
Semi-Finals: A v St Vincent’s. Naomh Abán v Russell Rovers

U21 County Football Championships
Under 21 A Football
Action at last! Douglas defeat Beara in the first round and now the competition can resume. Douglas 3-15 Beara 0-8
(A) Castlehaven 0-13 Nemo Rangers 3-16
(B) St Finbarr's 1-11 Kilshannig 1-15
(C) Douglas v Carrigaline
(D) KILMURRY 2-13 Aghada 1-9
Nemo Rangers v Kilshannig
Douglas/ 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
Imokilly 1-22 Newcestown 2-18
UCC 0-20 Sarsfields 1-14
Blackrock 1-20 St Finbarrs 1-11
Midleton 1-19 Newtownshandrum 2-15
Semi Finals:
Imokilly 3-21 UCC 1-15
Midleton 2-16 (22) Blackrock 3-11(20)
County Final: Imokilly (holders) v Midleton
Relegation Playoff Draws
Round 1: Killeagh 2-13 Ballyhea 3-19
Round 2: Killeagh v Kanturk, Carrigtwohill 1-16 Na Piarsaigh 3-11
Last Two: Carrigtwohill and Killeagh/Kanturk

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship
Round 3
Watergrasshill 0-17 Fermoy 1-16
Charleville 2-20 INNISCARRA 0-12
Cloyne 1-12 Fr O' Neills 1-15
Mallow 1-20 Kilworth 2-17 draw
Kilworth 3-9 Mallow 2-10 replay
Valley Rovers 1-22 Ballinhassig 0-14
Courcey Rovers 0-17 Castlelyons 1-14 draw
Fermoy 1-11 Charleville 1-17
Fr O' Neills 2-17 Kilworth 1-16
Semi Finals: Valley Rovers v Courcey Rovers ; Charleville v Fr O’Neills
P I H C relegation play offs: Aghada v Carrigaline, BLARNEY v Youghal

County Intermediate Hurling Championship:
Kildorrery 0-15 Blackrock 2-12
Éire Óg 7-21 Na Piarsaigh 1-11
Castlemartyr 0-13 Mayfield 1-13
Ballincollig 1-19 Kilbrittain 1-7
Semi Finals:
Éire Óg 2-18 Blackrock 2-20
Ballincollig 0-20 Mayfield 0-17
Final: Ballincollig v Blackrock
Relegation Play Offs (to date):
Rd 1: Ballinhassig 3-18 Inniscarra 2 0-6, Ballygarvan 1-13 St Finbarrs 1-12 , Dripsey 1-19 Milford 2-20, Ardgideen Rangers, a bye
Rd 2: Dripsey 0-9 Argideen 1-18, St Finbarrs v Inniscarra 2.
Last Two: Dripsey and St Finbarrs/Inniscarra 2.
Éire Óg 2 – 18 Blackrock 2 – 20
A thrilling county intermediate hurling semi final at Páirc Uí Rinn ended in heartbreak for a battling Éire Óg side who came up just short in their quest for a second final appearance in a row. Éire Óg were level at 0-2 each after the lively opening minutes but then fell behind at 0-7 to 0-3 at the end of the first quarter. Within minutes the gap was 0-10 to 0-5 before Kevin Hallissey fired over his fifth point in the 21st minute and two minutes later Brian Hurley was set up for a shot at goal by a brilliant John Cooper run and the ‘Rockies net was shaking. Eoin O’Shea then pointed six minutes from the break and Éire Óg were level, 0-10 to 1-7. In the run up to half time, Kevin Hallissey pointed an Éire Óg free but the city side managed four points and held a three point lead at the break, 0-14 to 1-8.
The second half opened in an explosive fashion. After an exchange of points, the ‘Rockies struck for a goal and added a second one on the three quarter mark to lead by 2-15 to 1-15 on 41after Éire Óg had dug deep and fired over six points in reply. Back came Blackrock with a point, 2-18 to 1-15 on 52 before another exchange of points left six between the teams with five minutes remaining. Daniel Goulding now forced the sliotar to the Rockies net to cut the margin to three points and in injury time Kevin Hallissey and Eoin O’Shea fired over points to leave only the minimum between the teams. Two minutes of injury time remained to be played and this time Lady Luck smiled on the city side who secured the vital point to break the Éire Óg hearts.
Éire Óg scorers: K Hallissey 0-12 (0-7f, 0-1’65’), B Hurley 1-2, D Goulding 1-1, E O’Shea 0-2, J Cooper 0-1.
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 and D O’Herlihy both h/t, Dan O’Connor 38, David Kirwan 48.
Ballincollig 0 – 20 Mayfield 0 – 17
Ballincollig are through to the county intermediate hurling final after an exciting win over Mayfield at P Ui Rinn. ‘The Village’ were always slightly the better team but could not shake off a dogged Mayfield side who kept coming back at them in what was a fine game of tough championship hurling, sportingly contested by both sides.
Mayfield led by two points after ten minutes but then Ballincollig got moving and it was 0-6 to 0-4 in their favour ten minutes later and they led by two points at the break, 0-10 to 0-8. In the second half,
Mayfield came back to level at 0-11 each by the 38th minute and when Ballincollig went in front again with smashing points from Cian Dorgan, back came the men from the other village to cut a four point lead for Ballincollig back to a single point, 0-16 to 0-15 by the 58th minute. Ballincollig responded once again to this challenge and with subs Seán Walsh, a 19 year old, and Rory Doherty, a survivor of the last championship triumph of 1999, contributing to the scoring, Ballincollig came good, put up the points and deserved their passage to the county final and a meeting with Blackrock.
Ballincollig scorers: C Dorgan 0-8, R Bourke 0-4, S Walsh 0-3, I Coughlan 0-2, K Walsh 0-2, R O’Doherty 0-1.
Ballincollig: Ronan Cambridge: Ross O’Donovan, Mark Prendergast, Conor Sexton: Ciarán O’Sullivan, Liam Jennings, JP Murphy: Colin Moore, Karl Walsh: Robbie Bourke, Ian Coughlan, Peter O’Neill: David Bowen, Cian Dorgan, Luke Fahy. Subs: Conor Kinsella, Rory O’Doherty, Seán Walsh.
Dripsey 0-9 Argideen Rangers 1-18
In wet conditions at Cloughduv, Dripsey gave a very disappointing performance in thuis relegation final round and paid the penalty, going under to Argideen by a big margin. Argideen led by 1-9 to 0-4 at the break after a totally dominant opening quarter, Dripsey staged a mini revival in the third quarter but the West Cork men finished strongly and were cruising at the finish.
Dripsey scorers: M O’Riordan 0-6 (0-5f, 0-1’65’), David O’Sullivan, E Maher and Dean O’Sullivan 0-1 each.
Dripsey: Aidan Buckley: Daniel Buckley, Liam Murphy, John Carey: Conor Dunne, Pat O’Riordan, Shane O’Riordan: Seán Murphy, Aidan Murray: David O’Sullivan, Killian Kelleher, Michael O’Riordan: Diarmuid O’Riordan, Mark O’Sulllivan, Eoghan Maher. Subs: Martin O’Sullivan 19, Aaron O’Riordan ht., John Buckley 47, Dean O’Sullivan 50.

County Junior Hurling championship
First Round:
Nemo Rangers 1-14 Newmarket 1-16
Valley Rovers 1-10 Shanballymore 2-16
Russell Rovers 2-15 Courceys 2-9
Dromtariffe 1-14 Ballinascarthy 2-13
Kilbree 1-17 Ballinora 0-13
Cloughduv 3-17 St Ita’s 1-16
Brian Dillons 2-20 Ballygiblin 0-16
Quarter Finals:
A Russell Rovers a bye
B Kilbree/Kilmeen v Brian Dillons
C Newmarket v Ballinascarthy
D CLOUGHDUV v Shanballymore
Cloughduv 3 – 17 St Ita’s 1 – 16
Cloughduv moved onto the championship quarter finals with a good win over St Itas under lights at Páirc Ui Rinn. Cloughduv had a great start and helped by a Brian Verling goal led by 1-4 to 0-1 after only four minutes play. St Itas came more into the game and it was 1-8 to 1-3 after the first quarter but Cloughduv were hurling well and had extended their lead to 1-13 to 1-7 by half time. On the resumption, Ita’s really upped their game and had reduced the deficit to three points when Joe Ryan struck for a Cloughduv goal in the 40th minute, 2-15 to 1-12 now the score. Gritty Ita’s fought bravely on and again reduced the leeway to four points but a second Joe Ryan goal on 55 finished any uncertainty about the outcome.
Cloughduv: Cormac O’Driscoll: Aodh Twomey, Brian Ahern, Patrick Buckley: Ger Ahern, Mark Verling, David O’Leary: Aidan Murphy, Eoghan Clifford: Mark Walsh, Andrew Cronin, Donal Corkery: Brian Verling, Joe Ryan, James Moynihan. Subs: Jonathan Buckley, Seán Curzon, Denis O’Sulllivan, Kevin BarryMurphy.
Ballinora 0 – 13 Kilbree 1 – 17
Carbery champions Kilbree had too much fire power for Mid Cork runners up Ballinora in the 1st round of the county championship played at Cloughduv. Kilbree, with the wind, started well, were four points up after ten minutes, 1-3 to 0-2, eight ahead ten minutes later, six in front at the break, 1-10 to 0-7, and after a wobbly third quarter re-established their dominance in the final quarter, doubling their advantage to run out clear winners.
Ballinora were not to derive full benefit from the wind, being weak up front and with an over-reliance on David Howard’s free taking for scores, the former Muskerry Player of the Year, getting five of their six second half scores from placed balls, three of these in the closing minutes when the outcome was beyond doubt.
Ballinora scorers: David Howard 0-6 (frees), Alan O’Shea 0-3, Kevin Murphy 0-2, Darragh Corkery and Darragh Holmes (f) 0-12 each.
Ballinora: Barry Crowley: Tomás McGrath, Raymond Connery, David Fitton: Kenneth Greally, Conor Brosnan, Patrick Cronin: Alan O’Shea, Mike Lordan: Darragh Corkery, Pádraig Dineen, Pat Fitton: Kevin Murphy, David Howard, Darragh Holmes. Subs; Michael Murphy h/t, Brian Rigney 32, Dylan Dineen 35, Brian Murphy 50, Brendan Hourihane 57.

Co. Inter-Division Junior B Hurling Championship
(A) Belgooly 0-10 O’Donovan Rossa 1-22; (B) Mallow 2-23 Newmarket 1-6; (C) Blarney 1-7 Watergrasshill 2-17; (D) Seandun a bye
Semi-Finals. O’Donovan Rossa v Mallow; Watergrasshill v Douglas

County U 21 Premier 1 Hurling Championship
Round 1
(A) BLARNEY 0-18 Douglas 1-12
(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) Killeagh/Ita'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 Douglas, 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 0-12 Ballinhassig 3-12
(C) Ibane Gaels 2-22 Carrigaline 1-25 draw
(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 Erins Own, C v Ahane Gaels, Inniscarra v Bishopstown, Tracton a bye.
Co. Inter-Divisions U21 'A' Hurling Championship
Quarter-Final Bride Rovers 3-16 Newcestown 1-12
Semi-Finals Bride Rovers v Seandun; Cloughduv v Avondhu
Co. Inter-Divisions U21 'B' Hurling Championship
Quarter-Final Muskerry v Imokilly
Semi-Finals Muskerry /Imokilly v Carbery; Carrigdhoun v Avondhu

Mid Cork GAA Championships
Ross Oil Junior A Football Championship
Final: Iveleary 1 – 9 Canovee 1 - 6
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Naomh Abán who defeated Inniscarra in the Ballincollig Credit Union Muskerry Junior B Football Championship Final replay ©Lee Valley Outlook

Ballincollig Credit Union Junior B Football Championship
Naomh Abán 2- 9 Inniscarra 3-6 - a draw
Replay: N Abán 0-9 Inniscarra 0-5
The replay of the Ballincollig Credit Union Mid Cork Junior B Football championship final at a sunny but cold Carrigadrohid was a dour, hard hitting affair with never more than three points between the teams until star of the game, former Cork senior Mícheál Ó Cróinín pointed a late free to settle the issue finally. Naomh Abán were worthy winners, more so as they had to play three quarters of the game with only 14 men as they lost a defender to a red card for a second offence (a yellow for no gum shield, followed by a clear cut black card). Their defence was magnificent all through with Liam MacSuibhne, Donal MacCarthaigh and Éanna Ó Críodáin simply producing an inspirational work rate, Tadhg Ó Scanaill put in a huge hour at midfield and up front, the evergreen Mícheál Ó Cróinín, immaculate in play and from frees, got great support from his namesake Donncha.
Jim Nelligan got Inniscarra off to a good start with a first minute point and further points from Dylan O’Sulllivan and a Nelligan free made it 0-3 to nil after 10 minutes. Diarmuid Ó Meachair opened the N Abán scoring in the 13th minute but the Gaeltacht lost Enda Ó Dochartaigh to a red card in the 18thminute. Undaunted, 14-man Naomh Abán upped their work rate and in the ten minutes before half time kicked over four unanswered points, the first from Colm Ó Meachair which was followed by one from play from Ó Croinin and then two from frees, which left the Baile Mhuirne men leading by two points at the break, 0-5 to 0-3.
Points from frees were exchanged early in the second half, Paul Farmer for ‘Scarra, Ó Cróinín for N Abán, and the same two players had the next scores also, 0-7 to 0-5 for N Abán the score in the 47thminute. The tackling was heavy, stoppages were frequent, Inniscarra had a forward black carded, N Abán had two mentors banished for verbal comments. Inniscarra missed two scoreable frees during a period of intense pressure, Naomh Abán broke down the field and Gairí Ó Loinsigh parted to Ó Cróinin who promptly sent over to open up a three point gap with five minutes of regulation time remaining. Deep in injury time, Mícheál Ó Cróinin rounded off a vintage personal performance with a point from a free to assure his side of victory, a place in the county championship and promotion to the higher grade for next season.
Scorers: Naomh Abán: M Ó Croinin 0-7 (0-4f), D and C Ó Meachair 0-1 each. Inniscarra: J Nelligan 0-2 (0-1f), P Farmer 0-2 (2fs), D O’Sullivan 0-1.
Naomh Abán: Ciarán Ó Críodáin: Liam MacSuibhne, Dónal MacCarthaigh, Donnacha Ó Loinsigh: Mícheál Ó Ceallacháin, Éanna Ó Criodáin, Enda Ó Dochartaigh: Gairí Ó Loinsigh, Tadhg Ó Scannaill: Donncha Ó Croinín, Micheál Ó Cróinín, Colm Ó Meachair: Diarmuid Ó Meachair, Diarmuid Ó Liatháin, Eoin Ó Scannaill. Subs: Seamus Ó Riada, Aodh Ó Catháin, Daire Ó Súilleabháin.
Inniscarra: James Walsh: Ciarán Lombard, Jerry Roche, Jack Harrington: Danny Herlihy, Timmy Murphy, Pádraig O’Donoghue: Stephen Olden, Paul Farmer: Michael O’Connell, Dara Lynch, Shane O’Mahony: Dylan O’Sullivan, Jim Nelligan, Tommy Buckley. Subs: Brian O’Mahony, Liam Ryan, Shane Linehan, Frank Horgan, Seán Lynch. Referee: Mr Ger Ahern, Canovee.

Rochestown Park Hotel Junior C Football Championship
Round 1
A Gleann na Laoi 1-11 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1-8
B Kilmichael 2-9 Éire Óg 2-15
C Dripsey 3-6 Clondrohid 0-10
D Macroom 7-8 Ballincollig 0-5
Semi Finals:
Gleann na Laoi v Éire Óg
Dripsey v Macroom
MJK Oils Junior A Hurling Championship
Final: Cloughduv 2-23 Ballinora 0-9

Oriel House Ballincollig Junior B Hurling Championship
Final: Blarney 1-10 Cloughduv 1-9
The Mid Cork Junior B Hurling final saw the Blarney third team defend their title against the Cloughduv second fifteen at Coachford and they won by the narrowest of margins. The result was in the melting pot to the end but Blarney deserved their win.
Blarney played with the wind in the opening half but it was Cloughduv’s Kevin Walsh who scored first in the third minute, the only time his side led. Blarney had points from frees in the 6th and 7th minutes from Colm Sheehan, Kevin Walsh also from a free equalised in the 12th minute. Blarney then outscored their opponents by four points to one one and they were not flattered by their position as they hit nine wides in the first half. Cloughduv managed to reduce the arrears to the minimum when Glyn Egan in the 29th minute and Gavin Hickey in the 31st minute raised white flags, making it 0-6 to 0-5 in Blarney’s favour at the bvrweak.
Cloughduv had the wind to their backs in the second half but failed to utilise its advantage fully and Blarney were performing with a greater degree of confidence as Craig Sykes scored their eight point in the 34th minute. Gavin Hickey got a point back for Cloughduv but Blarney then produced a purple patch. Colm Sheehan pointed a free, Wayne Shine scored a point from play to put them further ahead and Blarney’s position was then further improved in the 40th minute when Robert Morey crashed the sliotar to the net. Cloughduv were in trouble but in the 43rd minute a delivery by James Verling found Glyn Egan who promptly fired the sliotar to the Blarney net. Ciarán Canty and Luke Eliot with points reduced the arrears to the minimum with 12 now remaining. Cloughduv had chances . Different players from their lineout failed to score from placed balls while Colm Sheehan improved Blarney’s position when he scored their tenth point. Ciarán Canty managed to secure a minor in the 55th minute so Cloughduv still had time to at least snatch an equaliser. Blarney’s defence where Stephen Sheedy and Padraig Conway stood out foiled their opponents efforts at equalising so the title holders retained the crown.
Scorers: Blarney: Robert Morey 1-1, Colm Sheehan 0-4, (0-3 frees), Darragh Kelly 0-2, Damien Hyde, Wayne Shine, Craig Sykes 0-1 each. Cloughduv: Glyn Egan 1-1, Kevin Walsh 0-3 (0-2 frees), Gavin Hickey 0-2 (0-1 free) Ciarán Canty 0-2, Luke Elliot 0-1.
Blarney: Niall Hayes: Eoghan Murphy: Stephen Sheedy: Michael McNamara: Alex Dineen, Padraig Conway, Darragh McPolin: Wayne Shine, Darragh Kelly: Colm Sheehan, Donal O Leary, Robert Morey: Craig Sykes, Brian Jordan, Damien Hyde. Subs: Pa Doyle.
Cloughduv: Conrad Crowley: Sean Twomey, Paul O Sullivan, Kevin McNamara: Luke McCarthy, Donal Cronin, Luke Elliot: Gavin Hickey, Michael Dunne: Cian Lehane, Ciarán Canty, Kevin Walsh: James Verling, Tadg O Riordan, Glyn Egan. Subs: Eoghan Curzon, William Ronan, Paudie O Leary, Cian Lehane.
Referee: Mr Brendan Barry Murphy, Aghabullogue.

Farho Heating Under 21 A Hurling Championship
Final: Cloughduv 0-20 Éire Óg 1-14
Cloughduv won their first Mid Cork u21A Hurling Championship title since 1992.

Farho Heating Under 21 B Hurling Championship
Western Gaels 3-11 Donoughmore 1-7
Inniscara 2 0-15 Blarney 2 0-12
Ballinora 1-15 Lee Gaels 1-14
Grenagh a bye
Semi Final:
Inniscarra 2-12 Western Gaels 2-8; Ballinora 2-10 Grenagh 1-7
Final: Inniscarra v Ballinora

EirGrid U20 Football Player of the Year 2018
Top 20 players from the EirGrid GAA Football U20 All-Ireland Championship. EirGrid, proud sponsors of the U20 All-Ireland Football Championship, have revealed the top 21 players of the championship. These awards, now in their fourth year, are run by EirGrid to recognise the outstanding talent at this age grade. The Gaelic Writers Association selected the top 20 players of the Championship with the EirGrid U20 Player of the Year chosen through a public vote. Cork’s Chris Óg Jones of Iveleary has received an award for his impressive efforts in the provincial Championship.
Speaking on behalf of the GAA, Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan said: “This is a unique honour in what was a unique year. To be chosen as one of the 20 top performers from the inaugural staging of the EirGrid GAA Football U20 All-Ireland Championship is particularly special and I commend all of those who have been selected. Valerie Hedin, External Communications Manager at EirGrid commented: Well done to all our winners and thank you for making the EirGrid GAA Football U20 All-Ireland Championship such an outstanding competition.”

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Macroom's U-16 ladies who defeated Bishopstown in the Mid Cork Summer League final ©Brian Gallagher

Macroom Ladies

Macroom 10-3 Bishopstown 1-8.
Macroom's U-16s defeated Bishopstown comprehensively in the long delayed Mid Cork Summer League final in Grenagh. Referee was Joe Larkin, Ballinora. The semi-finals had been played in May. These two teams met recently in the semi-final of the County Championship when Macroom were victorious and went on to win the County. Macroom played with the wind in the first half. Bishopstown scored the first three points of the game but then, it was all Macroom, who led 6-1 to 1-4 at halftime. They added 4-2 to that tally in the second half and Bishopstown scored just 0-4 in reply. When the referee blew the final whistle the Macroom ladies were deserving Mid-Cork league winners.
The Mid-Cork League Cup was presented to the Macroom captain who thanked mentors Ted Kelleher, Mike Cahill and Martin O'Brien and team mom Ann Galvin and all the parents and supporters who really got behind the team and cheered them on so vocally. The team travelled home to display their new trophy to all the visitors in Macroom for the Food Festival, who gave them a rousing reception. Thanks to the staff of Fitz’s Restaurant who provided plenty of fine food and refreshments for the team.
Macroom LGFC was represented in the U-15 Mid-Cork Development blitz in Mallow on Saturday September 22nd. This was the culmination of the Mid-Cork Development training academy and saw our ladies compete in several 20 minute matches and they acquitted themselves very well. The club will now select several players at this and other age groups to go forward to represent Macroom in the Cork County LGFA trials.
September 21st saw Macroom Minors in action against Ballincollig in their Mid-Cork Minor C Autumn league round 3 fixture at Tom Creedon Park. The evenly matched teams traded scores throughout the first half and at half-time, Ballincollig enjoyed a 3 point lead. Macroom began the task of clawing their way back. Working very hard, they built up a commanding 3 goal lead and, at the final whistle, won on a scoreline 8-8 to 5-9. Thanks to the Ballincollig ladies for a great game and thanks to referee Hughie Kelleher for a good free-flowing match.
"Ladies Late Lunch" fundraiser was held in the Castle Hotel September 28th and was an unprecedented success. A down side to the increased success of the club is the associated increase in expenses so the organising committee was pleased with the fine attendance. In pride of place in the beautifully decorated function room was a table with five silver cups which represented the Club's great success in recent times. A fashion show kept the guests entertained during the meal, with displays provided by The Gay Girl Boutique, The Webb Boutique and TM Cronin's. Thanks to Frances, Eileen and Miriam for their assistance in a brilliant fashion show which was compered very professionally by Club Secretary, Noelle Kelleher and Eileen O'Mahony. There were spot prizes galore during the night and we would like to thank all our generous sponsors. Thanks to Margaret Buckley and her staff in the Castle Hotel for a beautiful meal and thanks to all who supported the event.
Macroom 13-12 Donoughmore 2-6
Macroom Minors played Donoughmore in Tom Creedon Park in Round 5 of the Mid-Cork "C" league, with Hughie Kelleher as referee. Macroom took control from the outset and Donoughmore scored only three points in the first half while Macroom scored 7-8. This domination continued in the second half and Macroom were convincing winners.
Macroom 9-10 to St Michaels 7-3
Macroom Minor ladies played St Michaels September 26th in Round 5 of the Mid-Cork "C" league and opened with a goal. By half-time, they led 5-3 to 2-2. The Macroom mentors played some of their substitutes in the second half to gain valuable experience. St Michael’s scored 5-1 in the second half but Macroom responded with 4-7 and will now play Ballincollig in the league semi-final.
Following recent participation in the U-13 and U-15 Mid-Cork LGFA Development training, some of our young ladies will be going forward to the Mid Cork Development Trials and we wish them all the best and would love to see them go forward to represent their County.
Macroom G.A.A.
Junior Cs: Macroom comprehensively defeated Ballincollig in the Junior C championship. They are now in the semi-final and have also qualified for the league final. Selectors Tadhg Sheehan and Concubhar Murray were well satisfied. Result Macroom 7-8 Ballincllig 0-5
U-16s Macroom played St Malachy’s – a combination of Donoughmore, Glean na Laoi and Dripsey - and needed a last minute goal to draw the match. That result qualifies them for a league semi-final.
U-12s Macroom 2-7, Shamrocks 2-4 Down 1-3 to 0-3 at half-time, the turning point was Davey Burke’s well worked goal. This was quickly followed by another from Colin Kelleher. Although under pressure at the end, the defence held firm. Scorers: Colin Kelleher 1-5, Davey Burke 1-0, Oisín O’Sullivan and Ryan Sabas 0-1 each.
U-7s played in a blitz in Páirc Uí Chaoimh and did very well against good opposition

Macroom FC
by Darragh Deasy.
Macroom A are off to a flying start in the Premier A league, winning their opening 3 games. The first of these was against Rylane Celtic where Macroom recorded a fantastic 2-7 win, with goals coming from Keith Holden (3), Andrew Hegarty, Craig Ronan, Michael Browne and Declan O'Riordan. This was followed by victory over Waterloo, with Holden and Hegarty again on the score sheet in a 2-1 result. And a tight affair against visitors Tower FC at Murrayfield ended in Holden scoring the only goal to secure the points. Paul Farrell, Ryan Creed and Conor O' Sullivan performed well in this game.
Macroom B had an important win in the President's Cup, a 5-3 home win over Parkview Celtic, with goals courtesy of Sean Quinn (3), Sean Horgan and Szymon Sanetra. Macroom are now in the quarter final draw. In the League against Ballinhassig in the Town Park, Sanetra was in top form and his hat trick made Macroom 3-2 winners. Despite a 0-3 nil FAI Junior cup defeat away to Premier side, Buttevant , it was still a good performance against higher ranked opposition and there is plenty of positivity emerging.
In Schoolgirls’ games, Macroom U10s played their first home game of the season at Murrayfield versus Ballincollig. These games are non competitive and very enjoyable for all involved. Matt Murphy Pharmacy sponsored Macroom U12s welcomed Midleton to Murrayfield in the Premier league and ended 0-0. A good start to the Premier with 4 points garnered from 2 league games. Macroom Town, sponsored by Life Pharmacy, Railway View, had a brilliant 2-3 away win over Riverstown. An FAI coach education workshop will take place at the Castle Hotel on Nov 20th from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. This workshop is aimed at coaches involved / looking to become involved in the female game. Entry is free and all are welcome.
At underage Schoolboy level, the U15 side, sponsored by Barry O' Connor Transport had a fine win away to Lakewood Athletic by 6 goals to 2. Jack Martin (3), Kacper Smardz, Sean Murphy and Mark Hunt scored in a tremendous team display. In the U12 sections, Macroom A, sponsored by Clancy's Fish Shop, defeated Fermoy A 5-3 at Murrayfield. Down 0-1 early on Macroom rallied and a brace from Cian O' Donovan had the home side 2-1 ahead at HT. Fermoy then had 2 further goals to retake the lead. Macroom equalised when David Neville struck and the lead was restored following a cracking shot from Darragh O' Shea. The home side finally were able to gain control when Ruadhan McKenna fired the fifth. A fantastic game with good outings for Sean Lucey and Sammy Murphy. The OR Tyres sponsored Macroom U12 team had a well merited 2-0 win over Passage. Goals were scored by Max Hadjuk and Steven O' Sullivan. This was a solid performance from a well drilled outfit. Kuba Ciaston, Nathan Daly, Dylan Forde, Ray Griffin, Ryan Siju, Billy Coleman, Euan Molyneaux, Regan Wong and Shane McCarthy all had fine games. Macroom B Under 12 sponsored by Fitzgerald's gave a great account of themselves but were defeated 5-0 by Carrigaline. Decent performances came from Fionn Dineen, Daniel Bonnar, Darragh Canny, Keelan Sheehan, Jack Scullane and Luke Madigan. The Under 15A team defeated St. Mary's 5-2. Rory Duggan scored Macroom's first and Dylan Molyneaux's excellent corner forced the second. Colm McSweeney then made it 3 before Mary's replied on the stroke of HT. McSweeney had the fourth after a beautiful Liam Holland pass and late on Molyneaux notched the fifth. A late Mary's goal was a mere consolation. Macroom had good games from Darren Sweeny, Dylan Wenger and Ben Herlihy. The U11 boys sponsored by Fitzgerald's and Advance Pitstop have recently been in action, playing 4 games v Tramore Athletic and also lining out against Temple Utd. Well done to all players, management and supporters.
In Youths football, Macroom, sponsored by Innovation Gym, took on league leaders Riverstown at the Town Park last week. This was a tremendous game and Macroom eventually were victorious on a 4-3 scoreline. Aaron O' Donovan and Daniel Cotter scored 2 goals and great desire and commitment was shown throughout the team. This result preserves Macroom's unbeaten start to the season and keeps them very much in the mix for league honours.
Liam Miller Tribute Match took place in front of a massive crowd at the outstanding Páirc Uí Chaoimh and a large number of Macroom FC members supported this worthwhile and unique event where former players who represented the Republic of Ireland, Manchester Utd and Glasgow Celtic took part. It was a very enjoyable occasion that was equally emotional, especially for family members and friends of Liam. The 43,000 in attendance (a record for a soccer match in Cork) and line up of top players proved how popular Liam was and it also showed the respect he had throughout Cork and beyond. There are not many players who graduate from grassroots soccer in Ireland to reach the summit of the club and international game. Liam Miller certainly did. May he rest in peace.
FAI Safeguarding Course. Macroom FC recently hosted an FAI Safeguarding course designed to educate coaches and club members on safe and best practice regarding child welfare within the club. There was a great turnout and the large interest shown is a very positive development for Macroom FC. Ray Claffey from the FAI delivered the course, organised by Macroom FC Child Welfare officer Rhys Hopkins. The event took place at Murray's Bar function room and Macroom FC would like to thank Denis and Tina for the facilities and also the refreshments provided.

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Prizewinners at Macroom Golf Club Ladies President’s Prize (Mary Lehane, front, 3rd from right). ©Catherine Hennigan

Macroom Golf Club

Results: Seniors 18/9 1st: Ted Murphy(11) Steve Wills(18) James Deane(20) 45.1.
TM Cronin Cup:1st Pat Meany(20) 42pts 2nd Tim Hinchion(12) 39pts 3rd John Desmond(15) 39pts B.G. Gary Morris(5) 30pts Senior Michael Collins(18) 36pts.
Open 4Ball. 1st: Flor Mc Carthy(13) Liam Nash(19) 46pts 2nd: Murphy Cullinane(19) Richard Cullinane(17) 46pts
Fixtures: 2nd Oct: OZEIRE Seniors Scramble 6/7 Oct: Monthly Medal + Open Singles. 6th Oct 1.30pm American Golf Grand Final.
Macroom Golf Club Ladies sought All-Ireland Glory in Knightsbrook Golf Club, Co. Meath and lost out in the final to the Smurfit K Club. On the journey, they defeated Kinsale, Monkstown, Skibbereen, Lee Valley, Kenmare and Clonmel to win the Munster Title on 2nd September in Tipperary Golf Club. They are: Margaret Keating, Marie Lillis, team Manager, Lady Captain Norma Fitzgerald. & Munster ILGU Chairperson Frances Hough, Back Row, Cait Breathnach, Eleanor Baldwin, Annie Piotrowski, AIG sponsor, Noreen O'Sullivan and Geraldine Cullinane.