Lee Valley Outlook v15e21 October 18 2018

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Super Trouper – Mamma Mia with Lee Valley Young Players ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Macroom Flower and Garden Club meeting Thurs 18th Oct at 8.00p.m. at Coolcower House.
Fundraising Concert for Penny Dinners and Simon Community, Riverside Park Hotel, Fri Oct 19 at 8p.m.
West Muskerry A.C. fashion event in the Riverside Park, Macroom Sat Oct 20
'Cups against Cancer' Coffee Morning and Stylathon on Wed, Oct 24th at Macroom e Enterprise Centre, Bowl Road from 10 am.
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.
Reuse Republic. at County Hall Cork Wed 31st Oct, 10am to 3pm
Kilmurry Parish Schools exhibition from Sat. 3rd Nov at Kilmurry Museum
Mega Raffle for cancer charities, Wed Nov 7th at McEgan College.
Macroom Flower and Garden Club Gala Christmas Demonstration Thurs Nov 15th at Coolcower House 8.00p.m.
Muskerry Scór na nÓg Final in GAA Hall, Coachford, 17th Nov at 7:30 pm.
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.
Bridge Club Oct 24th at 10am.
Ciorcal Cainte Oct. 25 at 11.30a.m.
Citizens Information Event for over 60s 2pm - 4.30pm, Castle Hotel Oct 25th
Stress Control event at Macroom GAA Club Oct 25th, 7pm – 9pm
Closure Sat. Oct. 27. Bank Holiday weekend.
Purlies Knitting Group Nov. 1 at 11.30am.
LVEB Shows at Riverside Park Hotel
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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Gerard, Margaret, Margaret and Don Buckley, Castle Hotel, Macroom. The Castle Hotel recently won the 2018 Best Carvery in Ireland Award. ©Con Kelleher

Lee Valley Tourist Mecca
Macroom Food Festival 2018 is just over but accolades for local food products and services continue to pour in. The recent Blas na hÉireann awards, much prized in the food industry, again underline the superb quality of local produce and the imagination, entrepreneurial skills and sheer hard work of the winners. Folláin and Coolea Cheese are among the longest established but De Róiste black pudding, Toons Bridge mozzarella, Johnny Lynch’s Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella and meat products and Gloun Cross Dairy are all now stars on the gourmet stage. The Castle Hotel Macroom also helped the Lee Valley’s standing as a Good Food Mecca by winning the award as Top Hotel Carvery in the whole of Ireland. To top off the tourist acclaim for the town, Quinlan's Gift and Pottery Shop, New Street is in the final 30 for Best Shop in Ireland Award with Retail Excellence. The final will be held in Killarney on November 10th and the shop was recently filmed for the show.
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Brigín and John Quinlan. Quinlan's has qualified for the final - the top 30 shops in Ireland © Con Kelleher

Macroom Tidy Towns Look to 2019
A meeting of volunteers was called recently to discuss the 2018 Tidy Towns results in which Macroom got an extra 7 marks, up to 325, a great achievement. Cork has an entry of 94 towns and villages, the largest in the country, and of those, 12 received gold medals, 2 received silver (including Macroom) while 10 received bronze. The remaining 70 towns and villages did not reach the medal standard. Macroom was placed 10th in the country in our town size category. Others ahead of Macroom in the Munster area were the national winners, Listowel, as well as Kenmare, Clonakilty, Kinsale and Kilrush.
The latest report was read in detail, line by line, and commented on by the officers and the volunteers. The 2017 report was also read, and the judge’s comments and suggestions from both were taken on board. The 2017 report had more critical comments and observations and was better for our group, as it provided more direction and suggestions, while a lot of the 2018 report was positive commentary.
This meeting in the Castle Hotel was, in effect, the commencement of the work for the next year, identifying items to be addressed and organisations and groups to liaise and work with. A focus in the coming year is to have different groups and organisations ‘adopt’ a project and take responsibility for it. Likewise, more liaison with the schools and their activities (such as Gaisce) will be promoted.
Discussion followed on many initiatives and jobs that need to be done, but quite a lot of this is outside the control of the Tidy Towns and it was felt that Macroom will never achieve a gold medal until the dereliction is addressed. In particular, a number of bad buildings and derelict sites on Bank Lane, Duggans Lane, Sleaveen Road and Masseytown Road and Millstreet Road, as well as some individual premises on the main thoroughfare, are all holding the town back. It was noted that many of the owners of these are locals. Bus Éireann property is also one that must beaddressed. The meeting praised the county council for their financial support to the Tidy Towns but the council were criticised for their tardiness in addressing all the dereliction which they put down to lack of resourcing. This will be a major focus in the coming year.
The volunteers decided to undertake a study trip to the winning town, Listowel, to meet with Tidy Towns representatives there and do a walkabout with them and discuss how they have attained the top award.

Macroom Flower & Garden Club

Macroom Flower & Garden Club have rescheduled the next Club meeting, “Autumn in the Garden”, with guest speaker, D. J. Murphy (Bandon Garden Centre) to Thursday, 18th 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).

De La Salle College

Bonding. Our first year students travelled to Ballyhass Adventure Centre in Mallow to enjoy their much-anticipated bonding day. The lads did water sports and team building. There were smiles all around as they returned to the school shortly after 3.30pm, asking if they could return again the following week! First year class teachers, Mr John Ryan and Mr Conor Kinsella, accompanied the students.
Green School. An exciting new initiative is taking place in De La Salle following the decision to apply to An Taisce for a Green Flag through the Green Schools Programme. The first theme will be litter and waste. So far in the process, the students and staff have been surveyed. This information will be compiled to produce an action plan. All students in the school will be participating at some level but our Transition Year students will also be participating in the ‘Neat Streets’ initiative to improve the grounds of the school and the streets of Macroom. The students will be working with other local groups in the community.
Mass. Our back to school Mass was held on Wednesday, October 3. It was concelebrated by Canon Donal Roberts and Fr Joe O’Mahony. A photograph of our esteemed colleague, Mr Pat Gould, who passed away in September, was brought to the altar by Leaving Cert student, Stephen Bradley. Our students took on the roles of altar servers and choir members. The Mass was organised by Mr Liam Fleming.
On Stage. Well done to our very talented students who took part in the Lee Valley Players’ Production of ‘Super Trouper – Mama Mia !’ at the weekend. One of our fifth year students, Gerard Collins, was a director of the production. Gerard has been involved in numerous productions in the Macroom area in recent years and we are very proud of this very talented young man. Students from almost every year in the school took part and it was great to see them getting the opportunity to display their talent.
G.A.A. Our under 15 team recently put in an excellent performance against a team from Mercy Secondary School, Mounthawk in Tralee. Unfortunately, the result was not in De La Salle’s favour despite a great effort by these young players. They were missing a number of players on the day due to injuries and club commitments. Well done lads. No doubt your next day out will bring a more favourable outcome.
Alpha Youth De La Salle College and the two other secondary schools in the town - St Mary’s Secondary School and Bishop McEgan College - are involved in a new initiative called the Alpha Youth Programme, which is being organised by Fr John Keane. Alpha Youth is a series of interactive sessions that explore the basics of the Christian faith in a fun, friendly and informal setting. Each session includes fun, food, short film and a group discussion. There is no charge to attend. It will take place in the new Parish Centre, next to St. Colman’s Church. The first session is on Wednesday, October 24 at 7pm. Each session runs for an hour and a half and it will run for 10 weeks.

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St. Mary’s Transition Year Students having a great time in Cappanalea ©An Scoil

St. Mary’s Updates

Halloween. Our First Year Students enjoyed a Halloween themed icing demonstration with Karen Fitzpatrick. Thanks to Mrs O’ Donovan and Mrs Murphy for organising such an enjoyable event and thanks to Karen Fitzpatrick for such a creative demonstration.
String Quartet. On October 10th, the Music students in St Mary’s enjoyed a String Quartet Recital. The String Quartet consisted of students from the Cork School of Music in CIT. Thanks to Music Teachers – Ms O Donovan and Ms Queally for organising this inspiring performance.
Camogie Blitz. Our First year Camogie Team competed in a blitz in Mallow on 10th of October. Great skills were shown on the day; the future is definitely bright for this group of young players. Well done to the girls and to their trainers, Mrs Lehane, Mrs Kelleher and Liam Slattery.
Local Entrepreneur. The 5th year LCVP Class organised a visit on 9th of October from local entrepreneur, Mr Michael Twomey. They organised this visit as part of their Enterprise Education module. It was an extremely informative and interesting presentation. Ms Tobin and the LCVP class would like to sincerely thank Michael Twomey for giving his time to come and talk to the girls and answer all of their questions.
Leaving Cert Biology. Our Leaving Cert Biology students travelled to Fota, along with their Teachers, Ms Butler and Ms Foley, on 9th of October for their Ecology Field Trip. The students investigated the ecology woodland habitat using a range of techniques. The Education Department in Fota provided a hands on learning experience for this important section of the leaving cert course. An enjoyable, educational day was had by all.
Catherine McAuley awards. We are holding our annual Catherine McAuley Awards Friday 19th of October at 7pm. These awards recognise the Academic, Sporting and Extra-Curricular success of our students over the past year. This is always a fantastic night where students, parents and teachers can appreciate the huge variety of talent in the school. We are so proud of all of our girls and it is such a pleasure to be able to acknowledge them at this lovely event. Congratulations to all award recipients.
“Your Life – Your Choice”. On Friday the 5th of October we had the pleasure of hosting a very important road safety event in our school. ‘Your Life – Your Choice’ is an Inaugural VR road safety programme. Cork County Council introduces Virtual Reality (VR) Technology to promote Road Safety Awareness. The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, joined the students of St. Mary’s Secondary School Macroom, De La Salle College Macroom and McEgan College Macroom to launch a new road safety awareness programme called *‘Your Life – Your Choice’*. This is the first such programme to be
rolled out in the Republic of Ireland.
Cappanalea. Our Transition Year Students enjoyed a three day trip to Cappanalea Outdoor Education and Training Centre in Killorglin recently. Cappanalea OETC is one of the premier venues for transition year outdoor education programme providers. Activities for the girls included Rock Climbing, Canoeing, Orienteering, Abseiling and Hill Walking. The popular Outdoor Challenges and the Explore Courses gave the girls unique opportunities to learn in the outdoors. The memories our students have made from these courses will last them a lifetime! Thanks to all of their Teachers who accompanied them on this trip.
U14 Football. Congratulations to our U14 Football team and to their trainers – Ms de La Cour, Mr Quill and Joe Carroll, on winning their game against Bantry on the 4th of October. Our girls dominated the game in the first half, scoring goal after goal, but they were forced to be resilient in the second half to maintain the lead against a fighting Bantry. The game ended 7-7 to 7-3.
Parents Association AGM. The AGM of our Parents Association took place in the school on Thursday the 11th of October. New officers were elected for the coming academic year. The Parents Association is always such a support to the school and we really appreciate all that they do. We would like to sincerely thank Norma O’Connor who has been a very active member of our Parents Association for many years and who has now retired her position as Chairperson. Thanks for all of your years of support Norma; it was very much appreciated.

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McEgan Leaving Cert 2018 Engineering Winners, Conor McCarthy and Callum Dick withMs Trish lynam (Principal) Mr Tim Dennehy (Teacher) Mr Mark McCarthy (Chairperson of ETTA) Mr Jim McLean (Miko Metals) Mr Bart Kerrisk (Principal of Mount Saint Michael, Roscarberry) Ms Margaret Corkery (Deputy Principal) ©

McEgan College

'Cups against Cancer' On Wednesday, October 24th , a coffee morning for 'Cups against Cancer' will be held at Macroom e Enterprise Centre, Bowl Road from 10 am to 1 pm. A 'Stylathon" will also be held all day in McEgan's hairdressing training salon, where free blow-dry/ colour / styling will be available for all. Donations will be given to Cancer research and some towards the Oncology department at CUH. All are welcome.
Mega Raffle On Wednesday November 7th at McEgan College. Prizes: €500 worth of vouchers and €500 worth of gifts, hampers & goods, all generously donated by local businesses. Raffle tickets are on sale now in the school and will also be sold at next 2 Tuesday Markets. All proceeds will go towards Cancer research and Oncology at CUH. The main members of staff involved in organising these events are Ms. Bernie Angland, McEgan and Ms. Deirdre O'Sullivan. Macroom E Enterprise Centre.

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The launch of ‘Your Life – Your Choice’ road safety programme to second level students in Macroom. ©

Your Life – Your Choice

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, joined the students of St. Mary’s Secondary School, De La Salle College and McEgan College Macroom to launch a new road safety awareness programme called ‘Your Life – Your Choice’. This is the first such programme to be rolled out in the Republic of Ireland. ‘Your Life – Your Choice’ targets younger drivers, aged 16 to 25, who are among the most vulnerable road users, with passenger fatalities the highest in this age group.
Sponsored by Aviva Driving School, the VR units simulate a serious road incident, with the viewer participating in the passenger seat of a VR car. Students using these units witness many of the dangerous behaviours and factors that are present when young drivers are involved in serious collisions, including mobile phone use, speed, stopping distance, distraction and rural roads. They also witness, from the passenger seat, the immediate aftermath of a serious incident from when first responders arrive on the scene.
Speaking at the launch, Mayor Murphy, a wheelchair user as a result of a road accident, highlighted how such technology resonates with younger drivers and makes the results of distraction very real. The rollout of the program is led by Cork County Council’s Safety Officer, Caroline Casey, a winner of the RSA’s Leading Light Award, and is supported by An Garda Síochána, who also played a key part in securing the programme. This technology gives the user the most realistic experience of a road traffic collision, including the shocking scenes of emergency services removing casualties from a car. Participants in the course can learn cheaply from other’s mistakes. One personal mistake might be one too many – you only have one life, according to Patrick Lehane, Roads Policing Superintendent.
If you would like ‘Your Life- Your Choice’ to visit your school, please contact Caroline by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Macroom Library

The Bridge Club will be meeting on October 24th at 10am. New members are always welcome. The Ciorcal Cainte will meet again on October 25th at 11.30am. On October 25th, a member of staff will be present at the Citizens Information Event for over 60s from 2pm - 4.30pm in the Castle Hotel, Macroom to speak about all the facilities we have here in the library. Please come along. Later that same evening, on October 25th from 7pm – 9pm, a member of staff will be present at the Stress Control event in Macroom GAA Club to speak about the ‘Your Good Self’. Books are available to borrow from the library. These books are specially selected as ‘Your Good Self’ titles because they provide quality information for people on how to look after their emotional well-being as part of their overall health. You can find them near the front of the library and they each have a ‘Your Good Self’ sticker on their covers. Closure – the library will be closed on Saturday October 27th due to it being the Bank Holiday weekend. If you have any books that need to be renewed, you can do it by popping into the library at any time before October 27th, phoning us at 02642483, or renewing them yourself online at https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services The Purlies Knitting Group is due to meet on November 1st at 11.30am. New members are always welcome. They are currently planning their next window display for Christmas. Yes, it’s not that far off!
Next time you visit the library, be sure to enquire about all of our free online services. Library members can access e-Books and e-Audiobooks through BorrowBox, and e-Magazines through the RBdigital app. Leaflets for both of these services are available in the library. You might be interested in searching for an old newspaper article from years ago, in which case you can access the Irish Newspaper Archive on our computers. We also have over 500 online courses available if you would like to begin an e-learning course – accounting, business, pet & animal care, writing skills, maths, and much more! You can also use our Mango language courses if you feel that your Irish or Chinese has become a little rusty – there are 71 available languages from which you can choose. All you need to do to avail of these online services is join the library, and it's completely free. Please visit https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services/library-online too for more info.

Music at the Library

The October Music Morning at Macroom Library was presented by Graham Boote, and, as always, he selected a wide variety of numbers, with a strong leaning towards Wales. Despite the weather, there was a great attendance. Since we had just emerged safely from the threat of Storm Calum, the opening choice was, appropriately, the Thunder and Lightning Polka by Strauss. Bryn Terfel then gave us Scarborough Fair, followed by Paul Robeson and Old Man River. The beautiful Fur Elise by Beethoven preceded Gregory Porter and I Wonder Who my Daddy is and Stanley Holloway’s monologue, Albert. Placido Domingo sang E Lucevan le Stelle from Tosca before Elvis brought us down to earth with Blue Suede Shoes. The last two numbers before refreshments were Gabriel’s Oboe with Ennio Morricone and The Priests singing Pie Jesu.
After tea, Agustin Marurin performed on guitar and Nigel Kennedy played an out of season Spring by Vivaldi. Scott Joplin performed a delightful version of The Entertainer and Russell Watson gave us William Blake’s Jerusalem, proclaiming England’s green and pleasant land, in advance of Brexit, perhaps! Anthony Kearns and the Irish Tenors sang The Star of the County Down. Richard Tauber proclaimed You are my Heart’s Delight and George Formby gave us a taste of pre-war English humour in If you Keep Your Ukulele in Your Hand.
The music session was dedicated to the memory of Denis Lynch, Ballymakeera, who died recently. Denis had presented a most enjoyable Music Morning in the library last year. Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anam.

High Hopes and Anna May for Concert

 High Hopes Choir, and Queen of the Ploughing, Anna May McHugh, will star in a Fundraising Concert for Cork Penny Dinners and Cork Simon Community in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Friday, October 19 at 8p.m. John Kehily, Seanachaí and lots of local talent will entertain and Emma Nott, Flower of Macroom, will attend. Please support. Tickets:Adults €10. Children €5. Family concessions

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Honey, Honey at Super Trooper – Mamma Mia in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Here We Go Again

‘Super Trouper – Mamma Mia’ played to great and appreciative audiences at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom during the weekend October 12 – 14. The Lee Valley Young Players, under Director and Choreographer, Margot Carlisle and Assistant Director, Gerard Collins, presented the 2018 Youth Theatre production. Abba Hits and numbers from the award winning film were performed with great gusto and huge enjoyment by the young cast. The talent in the Lee Valley is an ongoing cause of celebration and wonder and there is no danger of a drop off in standards if the cast of Mamma Mia keep on performing. The audience joined in with many of the popular numbers: I Believe in Angels, Super Trouper, Money, Money, Mamma Mia, Fernando, Waterloo and many more. The Dynamos were particularly impressive. And the costumes were brilliant, particularly the sparkling catsuits and vintage dresses. Well done to all.
Cast. Donna 50’s - Lorraine Casey Tayna 50’s - Lara O’Sullivan, Rosie 50’s - Ciara Quinn. Bill 50’s - Shane McCarthy Harry 50’s - Jane Kyprianou Sam 50’s - Finn Brady. Donna 20’s - Meave McCarthy Tayna 20’s - Aine Sheehan Rosie 20’s - Niamh White Bill 20’s - Evan Gallaher Harry 20’s - Charlie Kearney Sam 20’s - Gearóid Kelleher. Sophie - Rachel Wood Mandy - Clodagh O’Riordan Ali - Ciara O’Riordan Sally - Elma McCarthy Lisa - Ciara Moynihan. Stavros - Doireann Healy Fernando - Roland Mako Michal - Hugh Murray Gran - Sarah Louise Burke Sky - Drew O’Sullivan Almeera - Merle Harlo Satanta - Sofia Funessi Avina - Caoimhe Buckley Francesca - Caoimhe Bradfield Pepper - Nadia Sliwa Cassandra - Abbie Healy Selena - Aisling Quinn Kirsty - Emer McCarthy Demetrio - Rachel Dineen Vanda - Anna Kyprianou Lolita - Shannon Burke Fenetra Eabha O’Donovan Agnetha - Mary Sheehan Pernita - Orlaith O’Donoghue
Costumes: Rita O’Brien, Jennifer O’Sullivan, Michelle McCarthy, Carmel Sheehan, Ella Casey, Sharon Healy, Anita Gallaher and Maureen Sheehan.
Sound - Mark McMillan. Lights - Peter Lane and Denis Collins. Projections - Jonah Dervin. Stage Manager - Caoimhe Moynihan.

Autumn Shows at Riverside Park Hotel
The Lee Valley Enterprise Board will present a series of shows at the Riverside Park Hotel this autumn.
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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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 Guests: Anna May McHugh, Director, National Ploughing Association and 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..
'Cups against Cancer' On Wednesday, October 24th , a coffee morning for 'Cups against Cancer' will be held at Macroom e Enterprise Centre, Bowl Road from 10 am to 1 pm. A 'Stylathon" will also be held all day in McEgan's hairdressing training salon, where free blow-dry/ colour / styling will be available for all. Donations will be given to Cancer research and some towards the Oncology department at CUH. All are welcome.
Ballyvourney Blogger. Laura Ryan, a mother of two and an Irish parenting Blogger, has been chosen as finalist in the Blog awards in the parenting category. She will be attending the blog awards in Dublin on the 25th October. https://thebabyboobieblogger.wordpress.com
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 .
Macroom E are holding an event in County Hall Cork on Wednesday 31st October from 10am to 3pm and we would like to promote the event to the public and encourage them to come along. Local exhibitors on the day include Macroom Men’s Shed, The Front Porch, Eclectic Attic and Macroom E projects SMILE Resource Exchange, Circular Ocean and The NetMap Project. Hosted by SMILE Resource Exchange and Cork County Council, ‘Reuse Republic’ aims to give its audience a sense of the wide range of possibilities and opportunities that exist in extending the perceived life of materials.
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)
Mega Raffle On Wednesday November 7th at McEgan College. Prizes: €500 worth of vouchers and €500 worth of gifts, hampers & goods, all generously donated by local businesses. Raffle tickets are on sale now in the school and will also be sold at next 2 Tuesday Markets. All proceeds will go towards Cancer research and Oncology at CUH. The main members of staff involved in organising these events are Ms. Bernie Angland, McEgan and Ms. Deirdre O'Sullivan. Macroom E Enterprise Centre.
The Knitting & Stitching show returns to the RDS, Dublin 8th – 11th November. Crafters can book their tickets in advance as low as €12.50 or VIP ticket for €27. There will be150 must-see exhibitors selling specialist supplies, along with demonstrations, interactive workshops and galleries curated by internationally acclaimed textile artists.
Muskerry Scór na nÓg Final for GAA players under 17 years old who play with a GAA club. Final in Aghabullogue GAA Hall, Coachford 17th November at 7:30 pm. Events: Figure/ Céilí Dancing, Solo Singing, Ballad Group, Recitation/ Scéalaíocht, Léiriú Stáitse /Stage Presentation, Instrumental Music, Set Dancing. If you are interested, please text your name, number, club and event to Dolores, 086 1702103.
Canovee Baby and Toddler Playgroup. Every Wednesday morning at Canovee National School. Have a chat and a cuppa and let the little ones play. 2€ All are welcome. Call Claire on 0877567820 for details.
Artist, Debbie Godsell, Bawnmore, Macroom, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Zurich portrait award in the National Gallery of Ireland. The image chosen, 'prism', is a portrait of her son, Milo, looking through a prism. The winner will be announced on October 22. Works by the 25 shortlisted artists (from 300 entries) will be exhibited until January.
Donoughmore Marymount Fundraising Group would like to thank most sincerely the following: Sponsors- Cash/Cheques/Gifts. Ticket sellers and buyers, bakers, traffic management, catering, vegetable growers and all those who helped in any way to make the night such a success. To date, the figure raised stands at €12,293.48. Final figure will be updated in a few weeks.
Darkness into Light Inchigeela: Thanks to all who supported our walk in aid of Pieta House on Saturday May 12th. A total of €10,263.61 was raised. A special word of thanks to everyone who helped and also to Iveleary GAA for the use of their facilities.
Mná Ghobnatan, Ballyvourney recently raised funds for Cuanlee women’s refuge at a Tea Party. They raised €1780 and Mairead Breen and Mari Walsh recently presented the cheque. They wish to thank everyone who attended and donated to the tea party.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: October 7. Jackpot €1,600. Numbers drawn 29, 36, and 38. No winner. €50 Pat Lucey, Macroom. €20 each: Tadhg Twohig, Ballinagree. William Coakley, Derryroe. Steve Crowley, Coachford. Patsy C/O Shop, Ballinagree.
October 14. Jackpot €1,750. Numbers drawn 21, 29, and 37. No Winner €50 William Coakley, Derryroe. €20 each: Paul O'Sullivan, Rusheen. Sinead O'Callaghan, C/O Carrig Inn. John MacSullivan, Carrigulla, Ballinagree. Trevor Burns, Glen Park, Macroom.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto 3/10/ 2018. €70 Johnny Lehane Dunmanway €20 each: Kieran Lynch c/o Tavern, Derry Crowley MCP, John Cronin Codrum, Jerh and d Buckley c/o Bell Inn.
10/10/ 2018. Jackpot €7200. No winner. €70 Paul Burke 11 O’Mahony Place €20 each: Danny O’Connor Knocknagoshal, Jack Tarrant Bridge Bar, Adam Roche 5. O’Mahony Place, Tina Murray Murrays Bar

Donoughmore G.A.A. Lotto Oct 2. Jackpot €1,200. Numbers Drawn: 4 6 31. No winner. €25 each: 1. 1. Norma Twomey 2. P. J. Barrett 3. John T. Roche 4. Miriam Fitzgerald 5. Andrew McDonnell
Oct. 9. Jackpot €1,300. Winning numbers: 1 15 21. €25 each: 1. Norma Sexton 2. Andy Kelleher 3 Sinead Golden 4. Mary Daly 5. Johnny O’Callaghan

Kilmichael GAA Lotto Oct 1st- Jackpot €15.000. Numbers: 8 – 11 –28 – 31; No Winner. €50 Nicholas Dromey, Dromcarra; €25 each to Liam Hickey, Cullen; Mick Lucey, c/o Margaret Coakley; Eileen Foley, Terelton
Oct 8th - Jackpot €15.000. Numbers: 6 – 10 – 15 – 16; No Winner. €50 Pat & Noirín Bourke, Toames; €25 each to Fintan & Angela, c/o Dromeys; Kathleen Murphy, Cooldorrihy; Olivia & Amber Long, Kilnamartyra

Macroom FC Lotto 08/10/18. Jackpot €2,600. Numbers drawn: 4, 17, 28. No Winner. €80 Micheàl Deasy c/o Fudge. €20 each: John Corkery c/o Swanky, Catherine Manning c/o June, Ted Savage c/o Hound, Lily McDonagh c/o Swanky.

 Macroom Golf Club 2nd Oct Jackpot €3000 Numbers Drawn 4 14 28. No winner. €40 Marian Fleming c/o Golf Club. €20 Alan Ring c/o Lars €20 4 Amigos c/o Billy Hennigan
9th Oct Jackpot €3.100. Numbers Drawn: 4 27 36. No winner. €40 Aidan Hennigan, Codrum
€20 James Duggan c/o Owen Mc €20 Ben Philpott,Dripsey.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 2/10/2018. Jackpot: €3,200. Numbers Drawn: 10-23-34. No Winner. €70 Colman Corrigan, Glen Park, €20 each: . Gobnait O'Driscoll, Sullane Weirs. Michael Walsh, C/O Shelia Buttimer. Dave Martin, Rahilisk. Dan Creedon, Bawnmore. Vincent Kingston, Coolyhane.
9/10/2018. Jackpot: €3,400. Numbers Drawn: 23-29-51. No Winner. €70 Denis Quinlan, Umera €20 each: Shelia Buttimer, Coolcower. Jim O'Mahony, Clondrohid. Nuala Lucey, Ard na Gréine. Betsy O'Riordan, Castle Street. Mary Cooney, Greyhound Bar.
Rylane CPA Lotto: 1/10/2018 Jackpot €2,300. Numbers drawn:14 - 20 - 21. No Winner. €20 Patrick & Fidelma Ahern (Rylane); Shelly Dennehy (Rylane); Katie Hartnett (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20: Crowleys
1/10/2018 Jackpot €2,400. Numbers drawn:3 - 11 - 31. No Winner. €20 Teresa Mc Carthy (c% Linda Grimes); John Kelleher (Rylane Celtic); Connie & Teresa Dennehy (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20: Marie O'Riordan
Coachford AFC Lotto: 8/10/2018. Jackpot: €1,200. Numbers Drawn: 7 – 13 – 21. No Winner. €40 The O’Connell Boys. €20 Nicola O’Mahony, Declan O’Connell, Kathleen & Syl (Yearly Ticket), Antoinette O’Riordan.
15/10/2018. Jackpot: €1,400. Numbers Drawn: 2 – 3 – 12. No Winner. €40 Sheila Scannell. €20 Molly O’Connell, Ray & Yvonne, Madge Martin, Kathleen Crowley.

Lee Valley Updates

West Muskerry A.C. Fashion Event
West Muskerry A.C. is a thriving athletic club, in existence for over 30 years. It caters for children from the age of 6 to Junior Level as well as Senior and Master athletes. The club covers all athletic events including Cross Country, distance running and all track and field events. The aim of the club is to promote athletics and participation, personal development, along with fun, health and enjoyment. The club’s atheletes compete in West Cork, County, Munster, all Ireland and international competitions in both Cross County and Track and Field events and have been very successful to date. The Club has a very strong volunteer ethos, with Coaches, Officials, Parents, all giving freely and generously of their time.
West Muskerry A.C. had no training grounds of their own and were training in the Tom Creedon Park by kind permission of Macroom GAA. They also rented the Sports Complex for the younger members as Tom Creedon Park was too near the river and it was not safe for the younger members. As the club was growing and the space was limited, it was decided that we would look to find a suitable, safe and secure grounds for our athletes to excel to the best of their ability. A field was sourced at Umera, Macroom and after a massive fundraising drive, it was purchased in April, 2018. This training ground will benefit the club massively as there will be one base for all our athletes. It will provide a safe and secure environment as well as serve the needs of all our athletes and coaches. It will promote and develop the whole area of the sport of athletics in terms of recreational running, competitive running and will consolidate the fundamental role it plays in the community. The Club has now set about fundraising for the development of the grounds, which will cater for all athletes needs including those with disabilities and special needs.
West Muskerry A.C. is holding a fashion event in the Riverside Park Hotel on Saturday the 20th of October to raise money for the development. The tickets are €25, which will include a Prosecco and Hors d`oeuvre Reception and also entry into a draw for a 2-night stay and 1 evening meal in the Rochestown Park Hotel. There is also a prize for the best dressed lady. You can purchase your ticket from Evelyn Mungovan sweet shop, (across from Super Valu) or any committee member or by phoning the club phone on 087 7874554. A great night is assured. Most of the models are members of the club so it will be very strange to see them strut their stuff in something other than tracksuits!

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Mícheál Ó Lionaird, Folláin, Baile Mhúirne with Gold Medal winning products from Blas na hÉireann Awards and Best in Cork trophy ©Lee Valley Outlook

Sweet Taste of Success

Folláin, now famous for its jams, marmalades and chutneys etc., is currently reaping the rewards of 35 years' good taste, enterprise and hard work. The Gaeltacht Mhúscraí family business grew out of adversity. Máirín Ní Shúilleabháin Uí Lionaird from Cúil Aodha and Eithne Uí Shiabhail were made redundant when a local honey business, closed down in the early 80s. Eithne, Máirín and her husband Peadar Ó Lionaird, started a 'tionscal cois teallaigh' in the Ó Lionáird’s home in Cúil Aodha using a single recipe for grapefruit marmalade Eithne had been given by her grandmother. Eithne, Máirín and Peadar, started production in earnest on gas hobs 'out the back' in a make shift container. The original handwritten recipe, the foundation stone for Folláin (wholesome, healthy), is now displayed prominently in the award winning premises in Baile Mhúirne.
Ingredients: 4 grapefruit about 1lb each; 4 lemons; 8 lbs sugar - granulated will do; 6 quarts of water.

Method: put grapefruit and lemons (washed) whole into the water, hot or cold. Bring to boil and boil for 1/2 an hour until fruit is soft enough to prick with a fork. Take fruit out of water and cut it into quarters, taking out cores and seeds. Then chop fruit up with a knife. Return pulp and rinds to water and boil for about half an hour. Add the sugar and another hour will finish it. I think rinds nicer cut fine, not chopped.
Peadar, a great salesman, would travel the length and breadth of the country with a van full of Folláin honey and marmalades supplying shops in the smallest localities. The product was soon in great demand and they set up a factory in the Gaeltacht industrial estate in Ballymakeera in the early 90sand took on 5 additional employees. They became professional marmalade makers but also branched into making traditional jams - blackberry, gooseberry, rhubarb, strawberry etc, often with a distinctive twist to make them unique.
As Irish tastes became more adventurous and cosmopolitan, Folláin branched into the making of chutneys, relishes, dips, marinated vegetables and mustards in the 1990s. As with all their products, these have no artifical ingredients or preservatives. Early in the third millennium, they produced preserves with no added sugar or salt, truly wholesome. Their red onion chutney and cucumber pickle are truly delightful.
While Máirín and Peadar are still central to Folláin, (which now has 30 employees, rising to 40 seasonally), the next generation of Ó Lionáird, Mícheál and Máiréad, have come on board in the state of the art new premises at Baile Mhúirne. Máiréad, with qualifications in horticulture, is aiming her sights on the cultivation of fruits and bee-keeping, while Mícheál, with degrees in commerce, marketing and IT, also has great taste buds and does much research into the never ending development of new products for the increasingly sophisticated Irish palate.
Folláin, as well as being an economic success, is also very highly regarded in gourmet circles. They have garnered a 'carn óir' of gold prizes over the years from the Guild of Fine Food, Great Taste Awards and Blas na hÉireann. Their products for 'own label' supermarket chains have received many awards but Mícheál is particularly proud of the many awards won by the Folláin brand, three gold medals at the most recent Blas na hÉireann awards, for Cucumber Pickle and new products, Whole Grain Mustard with Honey and Kimchi Ketchup. The last of these signs Folláin’s intention of moving toward naturally fermented products in the future. But sweetest of all was the Best in Cork award. Cork had by far the greatest number of entries in Blas na hÉireann and to be declared the best in Cork 2018 overall is the ultimate vote of confidence in Folláin.

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Johnny Lynch and Lina Racine with their 2018 Blas na hÉireann trophies and some of the buffaloes that are the backbone of the prizewinning food business at Macroom Buffalo Farm ©Lee Valley Outlook

Say Ciao to Cheese

Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella is in existence a mere three and a half years and already it is known and appreciated both nationally and internationally, partly because of the iconic television ad that has Johnny Lynch riding a buffalo on his farm in Cill na Martra, but mostly because of the superb cheeses and meat he produces. The business is no stranger to awards and Blas na hÉireann 2018 has brought him and some of the butchers he supplies another bundle of medals. Macroom Buffalo Cheese Products won Silver in the soft and semi-soft category; Buffalo meat and stock supplied by Johnny won Gold for O'Leary Family Butchers, Millstreet; Silver for Macamore Buffalo Farm, Wexford and Bronze for Drinagh Co-op, Skibbereen. Johnny is now relieved that he has no immediate worries about keeping up with ever increasing demand for his products as more farmers are stocking buffaloes successfully. His enterprise, only three and a half years functioning as Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella, has also turned into a major tourist attraction. Even in the second week of October, 5 bus loads of visitors are booked in. Some of these are made up of students from second level schools in Ireland but the majority are foreign visitors. This brings a huge spin off for the entire Lee Valley region.
Vision, enterprise and hard work are the vital elements of Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella success. It is hard to believe that before Johnny got involved with buffalo farming, he wouldn't eat cheese in any form. Now he is an expert on Buffalo Mozzarella , halloumi, ricotta and other cheeses far removed from traditional Cill na Martra fare.

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Briege Corkery, Erinn O’Connell and Aisling Thompson at the launch of Aghabullogue G.A.A. 20k Drop fundraiser in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on November 3. ©Lee Valley Outlook

 €20k Drop for Aghabullogue

On Saturday 3rd November, Aghabullogue GAA & Aghabullogue Camogie Clubs bring the hugely popular “€20,000 Drop” to the Páirc Uí Chaoimh Event Centre. This show, presented by Pallas Marketing, has attracted large audiences all over Ireland over the past seven years and is fast becoming a popular source of fund-raising for schools and clubs. Eight contestants are drawn from ticket sales on the night and each contestant will play for €2,500. Contestants will be asked ten questions and must place their cash on any or all of four possible answers to each question. If some cash is placed on an incorrect answer, it is lost and contestants go on to the next questions with the remaining money. The aim is to reach question ten and have some cash left. The show is fully computerised, with lifelines to help contestants along the way. The questions and possible answers are displayed on two 8ft x 6ft screens, one at each side of the stage.
“€20,000 Drop” is being organised by Aghabullogue GAA & Camogie clubs to assist in fundraising for further development of their facilities, particularly a walkway around the pitch. The launch night for the show was held in Coachford, at O’Riordan’s Bar, recently, with a large attendance, including representatives from main sponsors, MJK Oils, Corrigans Insurance, CField Construction, New Ireland Assurance, Wiser Bins and Pat & Declan Kiely Plumbing Services. Stars on the night included Cork Rose, Erinn O’Connell, Aisling Thompson, Briege Corkery and John Allen. The first ticket for the event on the 3rd of November was bought by Erinn, who is also a member of Aghabullogue Camogie Club.
The show on the 3rd November will start at 7.30pm and the organising committee would encourage people to come early. Spokesperson for the fundraising committee, Robert O’Keeffe, acknowledged the great work being undertaken by the committee and gave special mention to the sponsors. There is still some large screen digital advertising space available for the show. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information. Tickets for “20k Drop” are now available from any member of the fundraising committee and are selling like ‘hot cakes’. All tickets must be purchased in advance of the night. Individual tickets are priced at €20 and family tickets can be bought for €60. Numbers are limited and anyone wishing to attend should contact Niamh on 087 1440918.

Daonscoil an Fhómhair sa Ghúgan

Bhi slua mór i láthair ag Daonscoil an Fhómhair ag tús na míosa i nGúgán Barra. Dob é Seán Ó Liatháin, amhranai agus fear gnó, a d’oscail an Daonscoil, gurbé An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire a ábhar i mbliana. Rianaigh Seán a Shaol Féin, ó bheith ina mhúinteoir bunscoile go fostóir tabhachtach sa cheanntar agus sa chathair. Bhí suim aige riamh i gceol agus cultúr Mhúscraí agus fuíollach duaiseanna buaite aige ag an Oireachtais agus an Fleadh le lúibíní agus amhráin saothair. Cúpla bliain ó shin, chuir Seán roint dá chuid amhráin ar dhluthdiosca, an Crúiscín Lán, leis an tairgead go léir ag dul chuig Ospidéal Mhaigh Chromtha.
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Seán Ó Muimhneacháin, údar, lena leabhar, an tAgallamh Muimhneach, a seoladh ag Seosamh Ó Críodáin ag Daonscoil an Fhómhair sa Ghuagán ©Lee Valley Outlook

An tAgallamh Mhuimhneach

Sheol Seosamh Ó Críodáin An tAgallamh Mhuimhneach le Seán Ó Muimhneacháin an chéad oiche ag Daonscoil an Fhómhair 2018 sa Ghúgán. Dúirt Seosamh go bhfuil Seán ina mhúinteoir , ceoltóir, aisteoir, file, feallsúnaí agus fáidh, agus é líofa, léannta, fileata. D’á réir, is mó ná leabhar an saothar seo. Is uirlis é i múineadh agus aithbheochain na Gaoluinne i scoileanna agus i gcoláistí. Tobar agus fuinse é ar chaint na ndaoine, an canúint agus saibhreas focal. Tá Agallaimh Beirte, lúibíní , ceapóga agus amhráin saothair sa leabhar agus iad in oiriúint do scolairí bunscoile, meánscoile agus daoine fásta. Tá an tAgallamh Mhuimhneach ar díol i siopaí sa cheantar ar €25.

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Clondrohid Junior B Football team that won the Championship and League double in 1978 ©Courtesy Paddy Corkery.

Clondrohid Updates

Line dancing: A great night was had in Clondrohid Community Hall when over 50, enthusiastic people turned up for a great night of craic, exercise and of course, Line Dancing.. The next session will be Thursday night, Oct 18, from 7.30 to 8.30. All are welcome, no pressure.
CCM (Clondrohid, Carriganima ,Muinfliuch )active retired: An excellent sing song took place in the Community Hall recently with this group. The next session is Monday October 22 from 7 to 9pm. All members welcome, a lovely social occasion. A Trip to Dripsey Garden Centre took place and more than 24 people enjoyed a lovely lunch followed by an informative talk from Margaret on all things gardening. A lovely relaxing fun day. Thanks to the CART Bus for the trip. The Coffee/ Tea morning took place on Wednesday Oct 10 A very enjoyable occasion again. The next coffee morning will be Wed Nov 14. All are welcome to drop in for a chat and a cuppa Anyone wishing to join can be enrolled during November/ December for 2019.
Clondrohid N.S. Sonas Autism Unit: A table quiz fundraiser will be held in the Tavern on Friday Oct 19 at 8pm in aid of the pupils of Clondrohid National school Autism Unit. €10 per person, 4 per table. Raffle and spot prizes on the night. Please support this worthy cause.
Scoil Rince Ui Thuama at the crdm southern championships in Waterford: Huge congrats to Caoimhe Murphy age 12, Preliminary Champion at the Southern Championships and Elysia Flanagan age 12 who was placed 4th in the Preliminary Championship and 9th in Open Championship. Orlaith Cronin 3rd age 16 in the Open Championship and Sadbh Cronin 2nd in the age 7 Intermediate Award, Mary Jo Healy 3rd age 17 in the Preliminary Championship. Naomi Scannell 1st place in the Solo Intermediate reel. Special mention also to Shannon, Daire, Doireann, Roisin, Emma,Kealan, Niamh, Sarah, Caoimhe McCarthy for the wonderful Solo results reaching personal bests and exceeding goals in many competitions. Comhgairdeachais go léir.
Fundraiser for Development Group: A very enjoyable, social and informative get together was held in Clondrohid Hall recently. Caitriona of Enchanted Flowers was on hand to give advice and help on decorating for Halloween. The Group would like to thank all those who attended and were more than generous when it came to buying raffle tickets. Thanks to those who weren't there but gave a donation. To all those who donated prizes for the raffle, thank you. A special word of thanks to all the local businesses who year after year make cash donations. Clondrohid Development Group is lucky to have local businesses and shops willing to dig deep each year. Guaranteed the money will be spent wisely and prudently. Thanks to Healy’s Spar for all the drop offs and pickups, and for the refreshments with a Halloween flavour. Thanks to the Hall committee for use of hall and parents association for use of some of their Halloween decorations and to those who helped on the night. Last but not least, thanks to all those who help out during the summer with watering , feeding and weeding. Thanks to Johnny who recently retired and to Eugene our C.E. worker. Next big event is the Annual Christmas/ New Year Party in the New Year.
G.A.A.:U14 Championship semi final. Clondrohid 3.06 Castlelyons 1.06. Through to the final after a massive win. It was an outstanding performance from them all. Panel of players are Owen McCarthy, Daragh Fitzgibbon, Illan Walsh, Kieran Ó Connell, Charlie Kelleher, Jamie Kelleher, Luke Duggan, Finn Brady, Cian Kelleher, Fionann O’Leary, Sean Murphy, Jack Martin, Rhys Fallon, Aaron Ó Ríordáin, Neil Buckley, Daniel Murphy, Jason Bowles and Cian Kelleher.
U 12 quarter final: Clondrohid 6-9, Fr O Neill’s 0-6. A great performance from start till finish against a physically stronger opposition. Next up is the semi final it would be great to get as much support as possible for this outstanding team. Panel : Eugene Granville, Jason O’Connell, Sean Lucey, Cormac Keoghan, James Lucey, Adam Roche, Cian Kelleher, Owen McCarthy, Fionn Fitzgibbon, James Deasy, Jamie Hourihan, Oscar Cussen Walsh, Cian o Donovan, Cian Ryan, Cristian Healy O Brien, Erin Kelleher, unavailable today Alan Neville.
Clondrohid goes racing for a roadway: Race night in the Tavern on Saturday night Nov 24.

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Máire Ní Liatháin de Nógla ó Scoil Fhionnbarra, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, ag céiliúradh lena muintir ar a lá deireanach mar mhúinteoir sa scoil. ©©Nóirín Uí Thuama.

Inchigeela Updates

Enhancement Funding. Croí na Laoi, the Inchigeela Development Society, has once more been successful in obtaining a positive response to their application for funding for improvement to our area. Last week it was announced that Inchigeela is to receive €100,000 from The Department of Rural and Community Development for enhancement works. This follows hot on the heels of a grant of €50,000 for improvement work on the river island park, which Croí na Laoi had also worked hard for. The funding will not be administered by the group but instead, is used by the Cork Co Council Engineers to fund priority improvements. The group is indeed very pleased and say they wish to thank all who assisted them in their application. This has been a very successful year so far for the group, with great success in the Tidy Towns competition, Litter challenge and the possibility of great opportunities in the future.
Junior A Second Round. Iveleary Junior As played Midleton in Ballincollig in what turned out to be a very mismatched game, in the second round of the county championship. There was no contest from the start and, as the game proceeded, it was obvious that Iveleary were going to run away with it- which they did by a huge margin. Iveleary are back with a full panel and showing very promising for the next round .Their opponents haven’t been decided yet as I write.
Ladies Success. Congratulations are due to Naomh Fionnbarra, the ladies football club whose minor team had a great win over Bishopstown, to win the mid Cork league. The club has members from all over the parish and looks like having a great future. Well done girls and congrats to your trainers and management team.
Boys under 16. Next Friday sees the final of the under 16, West Cork Section between Inchigeela/ Kilmichael, (Western Gaels), and Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh in Baile Mhúirne at 5.pm Come and support.
Road Works. The council workmen are at present widening and tarring the Dunmanway, the South Lake Road and the Castle Road. All three were in need of attention .It is interesting to see the huge improvement that has followed the work and how dangerous roads can be turned into much safer ones in such a short time .We hope the other narrow spots will be identified and dealt with as well and well done to the workers.
Marymount Funding. The Liz Lucey Memorial run committee recently thanked all those who contributed and helped out in their fundraising event in the summer. The figure collected, which has been presented to Marymount Hospice is €13,122.
Darkness into Light. The final total from the morning walk was €10,263. Great credit is due to all walkers and organisers.
Graveyard Prayers. The following times are planned for prayers in the graveyards for November, the month of the Holy Souls: On 4th November - New graveyard Inchigeela, after 11.30 am Mass and in the Old Graveyard at 12.45pm. In Gougane, prayers will be at 3.pm (same day). Prayers in the churchyard, Inchigeela, Sunday 11th after Mass.

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Newly elected Lord Mayor of Ballinagree, Donal Spillane, with his parents, Danjoe and Noreen. ©

Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne

Coming up to Storm Callum there were quite a few people stocking up on books to read during the bad weather. It was great to see so many good books heading out to keep people from being bored during the darkening nights. Audio books are also very popular. During the Summer many parents told me that Audio Books were a great way of shortening car journeys. During the longer Winter evenings, they are often a great excuse for the family to sit down together and listen to a good tale, a nice alternative to television.
Beidh Teacht le Céile & Léiriú Scannáin sa Leabharlann le Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín ar Dé hAoine, 26ú Deireadh Fómhair ag 12 nóin. Beidh Siobhán mar rinceoir cónaitheach (sCéim Rince) san Ionad Cultúrtha Baile Mhúirne ó mhí Dheireadh Fómhair 2018 go Bealtaine 2019. Bígí linn chun caint ‘s comhrá a bheith againn le Siobhán faoin tréimhse cónaitheach a bheidh á chaitheamh aici sa cheantar. Beidh tae agus caifé ar fail ar an maidin. Fáilte roimh cách! Comh maith le seo, beidh gearrscannáin rince le Siobhán le feiscint sa leabharlann ón 16 - 26 Deireadh Fómhair 2018.
Our usual clubs continue to be very popular throughout the month. Knitting & Craft every Tuesday at 11am. Our book club meets on the first Tuesday of each month. The September book, Rocks in the Belly by Jon Bauer, was not too popular with the readers but hopefully, this month’s, The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler, will be more popular. Next gathering is 6th November. Beidh an céad teacht le chéile don ciorcal cainte, Labhair Linn, sa Leabharlann ar an 19 ú Deireadh Fómhair ag 10.30 r.n. Buail isteach le haghaidh comhrá agus cupán tae!
Remember membership of the Library is free and offers some great services. Books can be renewed in branch and over the phone during opening hours. If you can’t make it to the library you can also renew your books online at https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services.

Exciting Plans for Baile Bhúirne

Baile Bhúirne village could soon have a brand new child care centre and Astro Turf pitch, thanks to collaboration between the community and a developer who owns land at Cluain Réidh, in the centre of the village. A local committee is already in place and working on sourcing funding for the Astro Turf pitch, which would be used by students at nearby Coláiste Ghobnatan and by community groups and clubs. In recent days, a public meeting was held in the Abbey Hotel to discuss the possibility of developing a new child care centre. The meeting was hosted by the local development co-op, Comharchumann Forbartha Mhúscraí. Interested locals, many of them parents, attended, to learn more about how to advance this project. The proposed facility would provide care to a range of ages, from babies to an after-school service. The land would be donated by developer, Michael Murnane, and the building would cost an estimated €850,000. Roinn na Gaeltachta offers up to 95% funding for Irish-speaking childcare facilities.
This isn’t the first time proposals for a child care centre in Baile Bhúirne were put forward. Ten years ago, the project was almost off the ground when the recession hit. At the meeting, drawings of a draft layout of the building, designed by Mr Murnane’s company, Turnkey Development, were on display. The proposed design is one story high, with rooms for babies, 3-5-year-olds, 1-3-year-olds, a canteen, kitchen area and offices. Local estate agent, Mícheál Creedon, who is handling house sales for Turnkey Development, attended the meeting on behalf of the company. He stressed that the drawings could be modified to suit the needs of the community. Comharchumann Acting Manager, Grett O’Connor, said that this was a crucial time in the history of the Múscraí Gaeltacht. The appointment of a new Irish language planning officer was imminent, she said, and the child care centre project is one of many measures included in the area’s comprehensive plan (Plean Teanga Mhúscraí) to support the community and to expand the use of the language locally.
The main goal of the meeting was to bring together a group of people from the community to lead the development of the project. In an atmosphere of enthusiasm and excitement, eleven people agreed to be part of that committee and are due to meet again in the near future to begin advancing the project. A full survey will have to be carried out on the child care needs of the area, an application for grant aid will have to be made to Roinn na Gaeltachta, a design for the new centre will have to be agreed and a business plan will have to be drawn up for the functioning of the centre. In the coming months, Turnkey Developments is to seek planning permission for a further 22 detached and semi-detached houses at Cluain Réidh.

Macra Matters

Donoughmore Macra 2017/2018 Club Officers travelled to Laois for the semi-final interviews for Club of the Year. They represented the club brilliantly so fingers crossed all of their hard work pays off! We also attended the regional round of 7 a side football in Rusheen. Congratulations to our men's team who won the round and will now go on to the National final. Hard luck to our women's team who put in a great effort on the day but were unlucky to lose by 1 point in the final. Many members from Donoughmore Macra attended a talk on growing agriculture in an uncertain future organised by Muskerry Macra in The Abbey Hotel Ballyvourney and proved to be a very informative night. Our club question team of Elaine O Connell, Rachel Kelleher, Bill Healy and William Buckley travelled to Dublin for the National Final. Well done to them for their effort. Our bowling team also competed in the National Final and put on a great performance on the day.


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Terelton N.S. group 1971. ©

Happy New Year – all you Celts!

Samhain, the first day of winter, marked the start of a new year in the Celtic calendar and many of the highly commercial customs that are now associated with Hallowe’en have their roots in mythology and pre-Christian practices. Like many another pagan festival, Samhain was christianised in the 8th century but it still retains an eerie aura and has a repelling fascination for the young at heart.
The ancient Celts believed that all sorts of magical things happened at year’s end, the last night of summer, October 31st. Fairies who lived in local forts (liosanna), changed residence on that night and woe betide any humans who ventured out and encountered the fairy horde in transit. The bean sí or witch gave her broomstick its annual pipe-opener and cats – sacred creatures believed to have once been human but transformed because of evil deeds – acted as the witches’ navigators as they zoomed through the starry skies.
To counteract these manifestations of evil, the Druids – the Keepers of the Knowledge of the Oak – organised ritual celebrations of which fire was an integral part. To ensure fertility in the new year, the Celts had a wedding feast for a tribal god and a nature goddess. Bonfires, whose ostensible purpose was to ward off evil spirits, were also put to practical purposes as food grown during the year was cooked for the feast. It was expected that changelings, children who had been turned into swans and creatures of the air by evil spells, would regain their human form at Samhain and be re-united with their loved ones.
Ireland’s first armed force, the Fianna, lived out of doors from Bealtaine, May-day, to Samhain. During the winter, Fionn and his men were guests of the kings and chieftains and were entertained royally. The great festival was the Feis at Tara, the seat of the high king. It was held every third year and lasted a week, beginning three days before Samhain. The gathering days were spent in bartering goods and law-making and the real celebrations began at Samhain, with feasting, games, music, storytelling and pagan rituals.
Christianity added rather than detracted from Samhain’s spiritual dimension. Suffering a change of name, to Holy Eve, soon corrupted to Hallowe’en, the night before All Saints’ Day, it marked a period when Christians were exhorted to pray for the deceased and help speed the souls in Purgatory to eternal rest. Indulgences are out of fashion now, but were much in vogue in bygone days, even to the extent that Luther cited the sale of indulgences as one of the reasons for the Reformation. In pre-Vatican Council liturgy, indulgences could be gained for the `Holy Souls’ with minimal effort and the devout believed they ran spiritual conveyor belts from Purgatory to Heaven at that period. November has come to be the time when people of all or no religious beliefs visit their family burial grounds. Religious ceremonies are held in many cemeteries and flowers, particularly chrysanthemums, are placed on the graves.
Such preoccupation with things supernatural led, inevitably, to tales of ghosts and haunting in the period before rural electrification banished most spirits to their own regions. Jack o’Lantern is one of the legendary ghoulies and is now commemorated with internally illuminated, scooped out turnips with ghastly features. Jack is reported to have been a miser who, because of his disposition, was equally unwelcome in heaven and in hell and so, was condemned to wander the earth with his pathetic lantern forever. He is now part of every child’s Hallowe’en vocabulary. Since supernatural mischief was expected at Samhain, human pranksters got in on the act and played practical jokes on their neighbours. From this the ‘trick or treat’ syndrome developed, since potential victims offered their tormentors food, drink or money so that they might be spared the worst consequences - an early protection racket.
Samhain was the beginning of the new year so many of its customs were concerned with seeing into the future. Barm brack, still popular today, is the traditional Hallowe’en fruit loaf, containing tokens such as a ring, bean, pea, rag and stick. These denote marriage, riches, poverty, religious vocation and partner abuse, respectively. Before P.C. attitudes prevailed, girls were expected to be very anxious about their marriage prospects. A fallible way of identifying one’s future husband was to peel an apple in one strip and throw this over the right shoulder. It was expected to form the initial of the partner’s name, a wonderfully vague result open to many interpretations. Girls also ate an apple while brushing their hair in candlelight, before a mirror. They expected to see the reflection of their future husband peering over their shoulder. Family pranksters had a field day, projecting images of farm animals or monsters in the mirror. Chestnuts were also used to tell the future. Marked with a couple’s initials, they were thrown together, into an open fire. If they stayed in the fire, the associated couple was assured of a long and happy relationship. If one or both jumped out, they had no prospects of a future together.
Fruit plays a very important part in Hallowe’en children’s games. Snap-apple remains the most popular. Players, with their hands tied behind their backs, are expected to take a bite from a suspended and wildly swinging apple. Black-eyes, bloody noses and great hilarity result. ‘Ducking’ is a messier and therefore an even more child-friendly game. An apple is immersed in a basin of water and participants are expected to retrieve it in their mouths. Children take great pleasure in dressing up in masks of Dracula, Frankenstein, ghosts, witches, vampires etc. They cover their bodies in sheets or black bin bags and go from door to door looking for a ‘penny for the pooka’. The proceeds are sometimes donated to charitable organisations but are more frequently used to subsidise the Hallowe’en celebrations. We would appeal to all participants to celebrate Hallowe’en appropriately. It is a feast that celebrates the fruits of the earth and it is sad to see eggs and flour wasted in mindless vandalism. Perhaps revellers would consider donating their spare cash to famine or disaster relief or to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

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Pupils at St. Colman’s, Fermoy in 1971 ©  

Easy Barm Brack Recipe

 Ingredients: 225g plain flour. 2 tsps of baking powder. 375g of mixed fruit as desired. 250ml cold tea. 50ml of whiskey. 125g light brown sugar. 1 large egg. 1/2 tsp of mixed spice. A ring and other tokens as desired.
Method. Add the fruit and sugar to a bowl, cover with the tea and whiskey and leave to soak overnight. The tea should just about cover all the fruit. When you are ready to bake, heat your oven to 170o C 327 F, Mark 3 and prepare and line a loaf tin.
Mix the flour, baking powder and mixed spice in a bowl. Add the egg to the dry ingredients and some of the liquid from the fruit mix, enough to make a wet dough. Then stir through the fruit mix until everything is thoroughly combined. Add in the ring and other tokens. Pour into the prepared tin and transfer to the oven. Bake for 1 hour, checking the cake is cooked before removing from the oven. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the loaf tin and placing on wire rack. Cover in cling wrap and tin foil and allow to sit for 1-2 days before cutting.
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Béal-na-mBláth school children 1924. ©Supplied by Florrie McCarthy


Information Event for Over 60s in Macroom

Many people feel that it is difficult to access information on their rights and entitlements as they get older. Currently, there is a lot of confusion among people nearing retirement age about the level of State Pension they may be eligible to receive. Others, who require high levels of care, are worried about the cost of accessing nursing home care and how their contribution to that cost is assessed. South Munster Citizens Information Service will hold an information event in Macroom on Thursday, 25th October which will address these issues, among others. The event will take place form 2pm to 4.30pm in the Castle Hotel.
There will be a large number of information stands from a range of groups who provide supports for older people at the event. Participants will be able to speak with representatives from Cork County Council re Housing Grants and Murphy’s Pharmacy will be on hand to help with any health queries including Blood Pressure check and Sugar count. Local Link, Lions Club, the Library Service, Active Retirement Ireland and Neighbourhood Watch will be among the large number of information stands where people can get information between 2 and 4.30pm. In addition, commencing at 2.30pm, there will be a Talk on Entitlements for Over 60s. The Citizens Information Service will inform participants about their entitlements and will give an update on changes which occurred in the Budget. The event is free and is not necessary to pre-book. Further information about the event is available from West Cork Citizens Information Service at 0761 07 8430 or by contacting Anne O’Donovan, Manager , West Cork Citizens Information Service, Wolfe Tone Square, Bantry on 086 776 2263.
Programme for the Day
2.30pm:Talk on Entitlements for Over 60s: The Citizens Information Service will inform participants about their entitlements and will give an update on any changes which may occur in the Budget.
Information Stands: Citizens Information Service Active Retirement Ireland Library Services Warmer Home Scheme Community Alert/ Community Garda/ Neighbourhood Watch Lions Club Home Instead Senior Care Local Link Macroom Adult Basic Education Service Macroom Senior Citizens Cork County Council/ Housing Grants Family Carers Ireland Macroom Men’s Shed Murphy’s Pharmacy Lions Club Macroom Bereavement Group MABS

Sports Mad

GAA Cork County Championships

County Senior Football Championship
Semi Finals:
St Finbarr’s 0-15 Carbery Rangers 0-12
Castlehaven 0-15 Duhallow 0-15 draw
Castlehaven 1-18 Duhallow 2-15 replay draw
Final: St Finbarrs v Duhallow or Castlehaven
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

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Presentation of sponsorship cheque from Macroom Motors to Macroom GAA Club. L/R John O'Leary, Pat O'Connell, Kieran Murphy, John Ryan, Pat Barrett, Don Buckley, John O'Mahony. ©

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 1-9 St Michaels 0-16
Naomh Abán 0-14 Fermoy 1-12
Final: St Michaels v Fermoy
Relegation: Na Piarsaigh, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Castletownbere play off in Round Robin format.
Éire Óg 1-9 St Michaels 0-16
Éire Óg led the city side by 1-7 to 0-6 ten minutes into the second half of this premie intermediate football championship semi final at P Uí Rinn and looked capable of going on to win but in the twenty minutes to follow to the final whistle were outscored by the Blackrock men by 0-10 to 0-2 in a dramatic change of fortunes.
Éire Óg were level at 0-2 each after ten minutes thanks to Daniel Goulding points from play and from a free, and further points from the former Cork star from a ‘45’ and a free, and one from a Liam Sheehan free had them in front by 0-5 to 0-3 after 22 minutes. A further Goulding free was converted, Fermoy had two points in reply and Éire Óg led by 0-6 to 0-5 at the break.
On the resumption, Éire Óg were boosted by a smashing Jack Murphy goal, set up by Goulding and Eoin O’Shea, after seven minutes and when Goulding pointed a free minutes later Éire Óg looked to be on the way to the county final. The St Michaels recovery was quite sensational and they kicked four pints b efore Ronan O’Toole relieved the pressure temporarily for the Ovens men with a 47th minute point. Michaels had a point, Daniel Goulding scored one in reply in the 53rd minute, this score the last registered by the Éire Óg men. Five more points on the trot put the city men three points clear as the game went into time added on and Éire Óg were thrown a life line with a penalty award after a foul on John Mullins. Daniel Goulding struck the spot kick well but the goalkeeper gambled on the direction and got it right and brought off a marvellous save. Michaels came down the field, popped over a point and ensured their passage to a second county final in a row.
Scorers for Éire Óg: D Goulding 0-7 (0-4f, 0-1 ‘45’), J Murphy 1-0, L Sheehan (f) and R O’Toole 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: John Kelleher, John Mullins, Cian O‘Mahony: Michael O’Shea, 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: Dan Murphy 44, Brian Hurley 45, Liam Murphy 49, David Sheehan 55, Michael Corkery 59, Aidan O’Mahony 64.
Naomh Abán 0 - 14 Fermoy 1 – 12
Naomh Abán put up a great performance in the county semi final against Fermoy at P Uí Rinn but suffered heart breaking defeat by the North Cork men for the third year in a row after a very tight encounter. Five times the teams were level in the first half before N Abán took the lead for the first time just before the break when they kicked over three points in a row, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh 2 and Maidhc Ó Duinnín the scorers, to lead by 0-8 to 0-7.
On the resumption, Fermoy struck a decisive blow when they got in for the only goal opf the game and it gave them a tremendous boost. N Abán drew level with points from Maidhc Ó Duinnín and Deaglán Ó hAileamhain but Fermoy kicked three points in a row to lead by 1-10 to 0-10 after 42 minutes. An exchange of points followed but N Abán then had two more to cut the deficit to a single point four minutes from time. Crucially, Fermoy got the next point, the winning point ultimately as N Abán could only manage a point from a free in reply with the last kick of the game.
Naomh Abán scorers: M Ó Duinnín 0-8 (0-7f), D Ó hAileamhain 0-4, D Ó Ceallaigh 0-2 (0-1f).
Naomh Abán: Micheál Ó Donnchú: Ronán de hÍde, Colm Ó Deasúna, Tomás Ó hAilíosa: Daire Ó Loinsigh, Colm de hÍde, Diarmuid Ó Scannaill: Colm Ó Murchú, Micheál Ó Liatháin: Deaglán Ó hAileamhain, Maidhc Ó Duinnín, Niall Ó Ceallaigh: Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Piarais Ó Liatháin, Donncadh Ó Ceocháin. Subs: E Ó Críodáin 47, Miceál Ó Croinin 50, Conchuir Ó Críodáin 53, A Ó Loinsigh 58.

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Cill na Martra who defeated Mitchelstown in Cork County Intermediate Football Championship semi-final ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Intermediate Football Championship

Quarter – Finals:
Mitchelstown 1-17 Youghal 2-12
Millstreet 2-13 CILL na MARTRA 3-20
AGHABULLOGUE 2-13 Mayfield 0-8
St Finbarrs 3-9 Knocknagree 1-8
Semi Finals:
Mitchelstown 0-9 Cill na Martra 0-10
Aghabullogue 1-10 St Finbarrs 0-11
Final: Aghabullogue v Cill na Martra
Relegation play offs
Round 1: (A) Glanmire v Carrigaline
Round 2: losers of A v Rockchapel, Clonakilty v BALLINORA

Aghabullogue 2 – 13 Mayfield 0 – 8
The outcome of this county Intermediate football championship quarter final at Macroom was heavily influenced by a 25th minute incident in the Mayfield goalmouth. Aghabullogue were leading by 0-4 to 0-3 after a very even opening period, during which Mayfield had seen a well hit penalty hit the butt of the Aghabullogue post before being cleared to safety. John Corkery cut inside the Mayfield defence; the advancing goalkeeper brought him down unceremoniously, and referee, John O’Leary, had little option but to red card the Mayfield man, as well as award a penalty which David Thompson neatly dispatched to the net past the substitute goalkeeper. The impressive John Corkery added a point and when Ian Barry Murphy availed of a bad kick out to advance and plant the ball in the Mayfield net on the stroke of half time, the contest was effectively over, with Aghabullogue leading by 2-5 to 0-4 and with an extra man.
Mayfield will rue the indiscipline which caused them to finish the game with thirteen men. They were physically stronger than a light Aghabullogue side who lined out minus the services of Patrick Finnegan and Mathew Bradley, and they showed, with a full compliment, that they were a match for the winners.
Aghabullogue’s John Corkery opened the scoring with a first minute point, Dave O’Neill equalised for Mayfield and Paul Condon put the city side in front from a 9th minute free. A foul on Condon led to the Mayfield penalty in the 11th minute which hit the post and David Thompson brought Aghabullogue level at 0-2 each from a free in the 15th minute. Condon quickly put Mayfield back in front, goalkeeper Hackett denied John Corkery with a super save and Evan O’Sulllivan, engaged in a running battle with full back Kieran Brosnan, brought the Mid Cork side level again in the 19th minute and Corkery then put them in front with a smartly taken point. Then followed the penalty drama and the two goals for Aghabullogue which killed this game as entertainment for the spectators chilled by the cold wind prevailing.
The story of the second half is easily told. Fourteen man Mayfield staged an early rally on the restart which yielded three points, but two points from Corkery and two from Ian BarryMurphy in reply had opened up an eight point Aghabullogue advantage by the three quarter mark, 2-9 to 0-7. A second yellow card offence led to the loss of the Mayfield centre back and the speedy Aghabullogue men made use of the space to add to their tally at leisure in the final quarter with the outcome beyond any doubt.
Scorers: I BarryMurphy 1-3, D Thompson 1-2 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), J Corkery 0-7 (0-2f), E O’Sulllivan 0-1. Mayfield: P Condon 0-3 (0-2f), D O’Neill, S O’Donovan, S Fitzgerald, S Kelly and D Lucey 0-1 each.
Aghabullogue: David Moynihan: Dhani Merrick, Michael Dennehy, Paudie Twomey: Billy Casey, Paul Ring, Alan Hogan: Seán O’Sullivan, Aidan Barry Murphy: Michael Twomey, David Thompson, Niall Barry Murphy: John Corkery, Evan O’Sullivan, Ian Barry Murphy. Subs: Denis Quinlan 54, Conor Smith 56, James Byrne 58, David Dineen 59, Ryan Dennehy 59.

Aghabullogue 1 – 10 St Finbarrs 0 – 11
Aghabullogue won their way through to the Intermediate Football Championship final and a mouth watering clash with Cill na Martra after a significant win over St Finbarr’s at Ovens. The Barrs led by 0-4 to nil after seven minutes but Aghabullogue had recovered and swapped point for point before going five behind in the 25th minute, 0-8 to 0-3. Aghabullogue needed a boost before the break and it came very late in stoppage time from the boot of John Corkery, a goal which left them only two points adrift as they retired to the dressing rooms, 0-8 to 1-3.
On the resumption Aghabullogue had the wind to their backs and after an early exchange of points, the winners sent over six points in a row to lead by 1-10 to 0-9 four minutes from time.
Aghabullogue were able to introduce Ryan Dennehy, Patrick Finnegan, Mathew Bradley and Denis Quinlan from the bench and all made significant contributions. A late ‘Barrs rally saw the city side manage to add two points to their tally but the final whistle left Aghabullogue still clear and heading for the county final in good heart.
Aghabullogue scorers: John Corkery 1-2, E O’Sullivan 0-2 (0-1f), D Thompson 0-2 (0-1f), M Bradley 0-2, I BarryMurphy and N BarryMurphy 0-1 each.
Aghabullogue started as in the Mayfield game and subs introduced were: Ryan Dennehy 25, Patrick Finnegan 37, Mathew Bradley 40, Denis Quinlan 57, Conor Smith 59.

Cill na Martra 0 – 10 Mitchelstown 0 – 9
Cill na Martra, so unlucky in recent years, are back in the County Intermediate Final after their defeat of Mitchelstown by a single point at Mourneabbey. Cill na Martra finished the game with 14 players, the North Cork side with only 13, clear signs that these teams have met too often recently in vital clashes!
Mitchelstown played with the wind in the first half but it was Cill na Martra who forced the pace and they led 0-5 to 0-2 after twenty minutes, Mike Ó Deasúna getting three points in a row to put them clear. Mitchelstown finished the half well and only a point separated the sides at the break, 0-6 to Cill na Martra, 0-5 to the North Cork men.
Two minutes after the restart, Cill na Martra lost a man, rather harshly they felt, but they shrugged off their disappointment and kicked over four vital points in a row to now lead by four points, 0-10 to 0-6 in the 40th minute. The winners were not to score again as Mitchelstown set about getting back into contention. The gap was down to two points ten minutes later when Mitchelstown lost two players in quick succession to red cards, but the desperate Avondhu men still battled on and managed a further point in the 62nd minute against a tight Cill na Martra defence before time ran out on them.
Cill na Martra scorers: S Ó Duinnín 0-4, M Ó Deasuna 0-3 (0-2f), A Ó Cuana, G Ó Mocháin and D Ó Conaill 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Daire MacLochlainn, Colm Ó Laoire, Eoin Ó Loinsigh: Graham Ó Mocháin, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Tadhg Ó Corcora: Antóin Ó Cuana, Gearóid Ó Goillidhe; Martin Ó Conchuir, Micheál Ó Deasúna, Danny Ó Conaill: Ciarán Ó Duinnín, Daniel Ó Duinnín, Shane Ó Duinnín. Subs: Fionnbarra Ó hEaluithe, Seánie Ó Foirréidh.
The Intermediate Football Championship final, Aghabullogue v Cill na Martra, will be played in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday, October 28th.

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 1-10 St Michaels 4-14
Urhan 2-11 Midleton 2-12
Garnish 1-6 Ballymartle 0-16
Charleville 0-9 Dromtariffe 1-13
Kilmacabea 3-18 Fr O’Neills 1-11
(A) Midleton 0-4 IVELEARY 3-22
(B) Dromtarriffe v St Michaels
(C) Ballymartle 3-9 Delanys 2-12 draw
Delanys 1-12 Ballymartle 1-9 replay
(D) Boherbue 1-10 Kilmacabea 0-13 draw
Kilmacabea 0-15 Boherbue 0-9 replay
Iveleary v Dromtarriffe/ St Michaels
Delanys v Kilmacabea
Iveleary 3- 22 Midleton 0 – 4
Midleton’s county senior hurling semi final win a week earlier meant that the East Cork men were not going to risk any of their hurlers in a football game and so Iveleary had an easier passage than expected to the county junior football semi final and a meeting with the winners of the Driomtariffe /St Michaels quarter final game. Iveleary were again without the services of top forward dou, Cathal Vaughan and Brian Cronin, both out through injury, but they were never in any difficulty and led from start to finish as other players stepped up to the plate. It was 0-4 to 0-1 after eight minutes and when Chris Óg Jones fired home from the penalty spot three minutes later the game was already as good as over. At half time it was 1-13 to 0-1 and further goals from Jones and Barry O’Leary early in the second half had the Uibh Laoire side coasting. Iveleary know that this was too easy and that a stiff semi final awaits them but they have been playing well, are fully focussed and are experienced at this stage.
Iveleary scorers: C Óg Jones 2-9 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), B O’Leary 1-2, C O’Leary 0-3, JM O’Leary 0-2, F McSweeney 0-2, J Creedon (‘45’), D O’Riordan, F McSweeney Jnr and D O’Sullivan 0-1 each.
Iveleary: Joe Creedon: Barry Murphy, Daniel O’Riordan, Donal Cotter: Ciarán Galvin, Kevin Manninfg, Ger O’Riordan: Ciaran O’Riordan, SeaN Lehane: Conor O’Leary, Sean O’Leary, Finbarr McSweeney: Finbarr McSweeney Jnr, Chris Óg Jones, Barry O’Leary. Subs: James M O’Leary 35, Patrick O’Riordan 38, Donal O’Sullivan 42, Liam Kearney 45, Ger McSweeney 47, Shane Galvin 52.

County Junior B Football Champions: Ballinacurra

County Junior C Football Champions: Abbey Rovers

Co. Inter-Divisions Junior B Football Championship
Castletownbere 0-13 St Vincents 0-10
Naomh Abán 1-5 Russell Rovers 1-11
Final: Castletownbere v Russell Rovers

U21 County Football Championships

(A) Castlehaven 0-13 Nemo Rangers 3-16
(B) St Finbarr's 1-11 Kilshannig 1-15
(C) Douglas 4-15 Carrigaline 1-8
(D) KILMURRY 2-13 Aghada 1-9
Nemo Rangers v Kilshannig
Douglas 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
Semi Finals:
O Donovan Rossa v Duargle Gaels
Midleton v Avondhu

U21C Football Champions: Donoughmore

County Senior Hurling Championship

Semi Finals:
Imokilly 3-21 UCC 1-15
Midleton 2-16 (22) Blackrock 3-11(20)
County Final:
Imokilly 4-18 Midleton 1-18
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
Semi Finals:
Valley Rvrs 0- 16 Courcey Rovers 1-13 draw
Courceys 0-14 Valleys 0-12 replay
Charleville 4-17 Fr O’Neills 2-14
Final: Courcey Rovers v Charleville
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 2-16 Blackrock 1-16
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.
Ballincollig 2 – 16 Blackrock 1 – 16
Those close to the team have been saying all year that this Ballincollig side were in with a good chances of county honours and ‘The Village’ delivered on their promise at Páirc Ui Chaoimh by defeating a gallant Blackrock side in a very exciting final. Ballincollig last won the county intermediate title in 1999 and they were relegated from premier status five years ago but with a good U21 team presently will be confident of making their mark in the higher grade once again. For substitute Rory O’Doherty this final was an emotional day as he was the only link with the team of 1999 and to add to his joy, he scored a late point which was significant at the end as the Rockies rallied.
Ballincollig led from start to finish but could never relax, as is demonstrated by the close finish after the winners had held a seven point lead on the home strait. Ballincollig were on top in the first half, shot eight wides and their lead of 1-7 to 0-7 at the break could have been more substantial. Ian Coughlan hit their goal from a penalty shot in the sixth minute, a great early boost.
Points were exchanged on the restart, Rockies reduced the leeway to two points, but a 40th minute goal for Ballincollig from the stick of Luke Fahy restored Ballincollig momentum and they followed on with three points from Cian Dorgan 2 and Seán Walsh, 2-13 to 0-12 with ten minutes remaining. Rockies again rallied and three points reduced the gap to four and they could have got in for a goal. Ballincollig replied with two points from Dorgan and one from Doherty, 2-16 to 0-15 as normal time expired. The goal the Rockies needed did not come until the final minute and Ballincollig took the title amidst scenes of great joy and rejoicing. Well done!
Scorers for Ballincollig: Cian Dorgan 0-8 (0-6f, 0-1’65’), Luke Fahy 1-2, Ian Coughlan 1-0 (pen), Robbie Bourke 0-2, Conor Sexton(f), Dave Bowen, Rory Doherty and Seán Walsh 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: Conor Kinsella: J O’Leary, 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: Fentan Denny 37, Seán Walsh 41, Rory Doherty 49.

County Junior Hurling championship

Quarter Finals:
A Russell Rovers a bye
B Kilbree/Kilmeen 1-15 Brian Dillons 0-16 replay
C Newmarket 2-18 Ballinascarthy 0-8
D CLOUGHDUV 3-22 Shanballymore 0-7
Semi Finals:
Russell Rovers v Kilbree/Kilmeen
Cloughduv v Newmarket
Final:Cloughduv v Russell Rovers or Kilbree

Cloughduv 3 – 22 Shanballymore 0 - 7
Cloughduv met Avondhu champions, Shanballymore, at Mallow, gave a fine performance and were easy winners at the finish. Cloughduv led by 0-5 to 0-1after ten minutes, extended it further over the next ten, were reined in by a short-lived Shanbally rally but finished the half strongly with points from Joe Ryan, Brian and Mark Verling and led by 0-13 to 0-5 at the break.
A minute into the second half, Brian Verling had the first goal of the day, Mark Walsh added four points and in the 48th minute Cloughduv had a second goal, Kevin BarryMurphy the finisher on this occasion. Aidan Ahern had the third goal five minutes from time.
Cloughduv scorers: Brian Verling 1-8 (0-6f), K BarryMurphy 1-1, A Ahern 1-0, M Walsh 0-5, M Verling 0-4, J Ryan 0-3 (0-1f), A Murphy 0-1.
Cloughduv: Jonathan Buckley: Aodh Twomey, Brian Ahern, Patrick Buckley: Ger Ahern, David O’Leary, Eoghan Clifford: Aidan Murphy, Mark Verling: Mark Walsh, Andrew Cronin, Donal Corkery: Brian Verling, Joe Ryan, James Moynihan. Subs: Denis O’Sulllivan, Kevin BarryMurphy, Aidan Ahern, Paul O’Sullivan, Liam Long.
Cloughduv 3 - 16 Newmarket 1 – 9
On a wet Saturday afternoon in the county junior hurling championship semi final at Páirc Ui Rinn, Cloughduv disposed of a tricky challenge by getting the better of Newmarket, a physically strong team better suited to the prevailing conditions. Newmarket led by three points before Cloughduv got a score on the board in the 7th minute but the Mid Cork champions were beginning to motor well and were leading by 0-6 to 0-4 when they secured their first goal in the 22nd minute from Brian Verling. A second goal two minutes later from Mark Verling had them really flying and they turned over leading by 2-9 to 0-6 and were in command.
Each team scored a brace of points on the resumption, Joe Ryan and Brian Verling for Cloughduv, but then Cloughduv drew well clear with five unanswered points on the trot, from Ryan and the Verling brothers, and led 2-16 to 0-8 as normal time ended. Newmarket made the final scoreline more respectable with a goal and a point in stoppage time but Cloughduv had the final input on the scoreboard with a third goal, this one from Kevin BarryMurphy, and they now go forward go the county final with their title dream intact.
Cloughduv scorers: B Verling 1-10 (0-6f, 0-1’65’), M Verling 1-2, K BarryMurphy 1-0, J Ryan and M Walsh 0-2 each.
Cloughduv: as before with substitutes introduced: Kevin BarryMurphy 48, Seán Curzon 49, Aidan Ahern 55, Liam Long 58.

Co. Inter-Division Junior B Hurling Championship

O’Donovan Rossa 2-9 Mallow 1-15
Watergrasshill 3-9 Douglas 1-13
Final: Mallow v Watergrasshill
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 1-10 Shandrum 1-13, Duhallow 1-14 St Colmans 1-13, 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 0-16 Bishopstown 0-17, 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 Sarsfields 6-16 Inniscarra B 0-7
Semi-Finals Sarsfields v Carbery
Ballygarvan 0-7 Kildorrery 1-16

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Michael McSweeney presenting the Muskerry GAA/ Auld Triangle Sports Award for August to Eimear Scally, Eire Óg and Cork Ladies Footballer. Included are Eimear's parents, Mary and Tom, brother, Richard, his wife Lynn and baby, Noah. ©Mike English

 Mid Cork GAA Championships

Ross Oil Junior A Football Championship
Final: Iveleary 1 – 9 Canovee 1 - 6
Ballincollig Credit Union Junior B Football Championship
Final: Replay: N Abán 0-9 Inniscarra 0-5
Rochestown Park Hotel Junior C Football Championship
Semi Finals:
Gleann na Laoi 1-9 Éire Óg 1-6
Dripsey 2-19 Macroom 2-5
Final: Gleann na Laoi v Dripsey

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

Farho Heating Under 21 A Hurling Championship
Final: Cloughduv 0 – 20 Éire Óg 1 – 14
Cloughduv have not won the Muskerry U21 A hurling championship since as far back as 1992 and were slight underdogs going into this final as Eire Óg had a very impressive semi-final victory over Aghabullogue. Éire Óg started well and points from Keith O Riordan and Eoin O’Shea were followed by a goal from the latter. The situation then changed dramatically however as a superb point by their star performer Eoghan Clifford lifted Cloughduv morale and they fired over four additional points as Mark Walsh, Brian Verling and Brian Hinchion were on target from play and Verling also converted a free. Eoin O’Shea replied for Eire Óg from a 65 in the 17th minute but Cloughduv were having the better of the exchanges at this stage. Eoghan Curzon, Mark Walsh and Joe Ryan with points brought their total to 0-8 by the 21st minute and they stayed ahead for the remainder of the game. Brian Hurley got a point back for Eire Óg but Cloughduv replied with points from Verling, Jack Kelleher and Gavin Hickey. A long range point from Paul Kirwan improved Éire Óg’s position but Cloughduv, leading 0-11 to 1-5 were content at the break.
Keith O’Riordan raised a white flag for Eire Óg when the action resumed but Cloughduv replied immediately through Walsh, and Verling from a 65. Eire Óg fought back with points from Paul Kirwan and O’Shea (a free) but Clifford with another long range effort kept his side in a good position as the game entered the final quarter. O’Shea was on target for Éire Óg from a 65 but Cloughduv replied promptly with points from Walsh and Ryan and went further ahead in the 55th minute thanks to a Verling 65 before substitute Dylan Foley and O Riordan were on target for Éire Óg to leave the gap reduced to three. Verling again scored for Cloughduv but two O’Shea points kept their opponents hopes alive as the contest entered the time-added-on period. Determined attacking play yielded frees for Cloughduv and Verling continued to capitalise on them, pointing twice to ensure victory for his side. O’Shea from a sixty-five did get a point back for Éire Óg, before the final whistle signalled that the long wait for a Muskerry under 21 title had ended for Cloughduv.
Scorers; Cloughduv: Brian Verling 0-8 (0-4 f, 0-1 65), Mark Walsh 0-4, Joe Ryan 0-2, Eoghan Clifford 0-2, Brian Hinchion, Eoghan Curzon, Jack Kelleher and Gavin Hickey 0-1 each. Éire Óg: Eoin O’Shea 1-7 (0-3 f, 0-3 65s), Keith O’Riordan (0-3), Paul Kirwan (0-2), Brian Hurley and Dylan Foley 0-1 each.
Cloughduv: Conrad Crowley: Neil Kirk, Patrick Buckley, Paudie O Leary: Jack Murphy, Eoghan Clifford, Brian Hinchion: Mark Walsh, Aodh Twomey: Eoghan Curzon, Brian Verling, Gavin Hickey: Jack Kelleher, Joe Ryan, William Ronan. Subs: Denis Dullen 43, Liam Wall 57,
Eire Óg: Conor Keane: Ross McCarthy, Matt Brady, Sean Desmond: Mark Kelleher, John Cooper, Jason Twomey: Eoin Kelleher, Paul Kirwan: Chris Kelly, Eoin O’Shea, Diarmuid Dineen: Brian Hurley, David Kirwan, Keith O Riordan. Subs: Conor McGoldrick h/t, Dylan Foley 37, Joseph Cooper 58.
Referee: Mr Joe Larkin (Ballinora)

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 3-8 Ballinora 0-12
Ladies Football – County Senior semi final

Mourneabbey 2-17 St Val’s 3 – 11
For the fifth time in five years, Mourneabbey have finished the title hopes of St Val’s, this time at the county semi final stage at Delany’s venue. Once again, the game was very close, the difference between the two star studded teams very little. Current Cork seniors Ciara and Doireann O’Sullivan swung the balance the Mourneabbey way, accounting for 1-12 between them (Ciara 1-4, Doireann 0-8, 0-4 from frees).
Val’s started well with a point from Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, followed by a goal from Louise Coughlan. Three point for the champions followed and Mourneabbey took the lead with a goal in the seventh minute and they added two points to go four clear. A second goal just before the break gave the winners a commanding lead but Val’s had two late points and were well in contention at 2-9 to 1-5. Aided by a goal from Mairéad Corkery in the 36th minute, Val’s fought back to level at 2-10 apiece and a third goal from Sinéad Cotter had the Mid Cork girls in the lead. Enter now the O’Sullivan sisters with six points in a row, 0-5 for Doireann, to turn the tide once again and the North Cork side had three points to spare at the end.
St Vals scorers: M Corkery 1-1, L Coughlan, S Cotter 1-0 each, R Ní Bhuachalla 0-6 (0-4f), N Dineen 0-2, V Foley and E Harrington 0-1 each.
St Val’s: M O’Sullivan: E Dunne, C Ambrose, M Ambrose: S Cotter, B Stack, C Hughes: B Corkery, A Kelleher: V Foley, L Coughlan, A O’Mahony: M Corkery, R Ni Bhuachalla, C McCarthy. Sjubs; N Dineen, A Corkery, C Nevin.

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Tony Dineen, on behalf of EBS, presented Macroom GAA with footballs. Also in the picture are James and Ronan Duggan, Concubhar and Ciarán Murray, and Eoin Holland © Órla Kelleher.

Camogie County Final:

Inniscarra 1- 13 Courceys 0 – 5
Inniscarra are Cork County camogie champions for the third year in a row after a superb dsplay against Courceys at Castle Road. Courceys led by 0-2 early on but Inniscarra levelled with poinys from Niamh McCarthy and Niamh Dilworth and then hit the front with points from Treasa McCarthy, three more from Niamh Dilworth and another from Niamh McCarthy to lead by 0-7 to 0-2 at the break. With Niamh Dilworth continuing to show the way to the ‘Scarra attack, the Mid Cork girls were forcing the pace and a late goal from Claudia Keane was the icing on the cake for the three-in-a-row champions.
Inniscarra scorers: N Dilworth 0-7 (0-5f), N McCarthy 0-3 (0-1f), C Keane 1-1, T McCarthy and A Sheehan 0-1 each.
Inniscarra; S Walsh: A O’Regan, C Looney, R Quigley: R O’Mahony, Rena Buckley, R Keane: Katie O’Mahony, E Looney; T McCarthy, N Dilworth, Aileen Sheehan; J Burke, N McCarthy, Ellen Murphy. Subs: C Keane 42.
County Semi Final: Inniscarra 2 – 10 Ballincollig 0 – 4
Inniscarra had qualified for the final by getting the better of Ballincollig in a semi final they always controlled. Aided by the wind, the champions piled on the agony in the first half and led by 2-8 to 0-1 at the break, set up nicely by a superb solo goal from Rena Buckley in the opening minutes. Ellen Murphy had the second goal after 26 minutes. The second half was evenly contested and low scoring with Inniscarra content to keep comfortably in front. Trish Buttimer was the outstanding Ballincollig player on view.
Scorers: Inniscarra: N Dilworth 0-8 (0-5f, 0-2’45’), R Buckley 1-0, A Sheehan 1-0, E Murphy 0-2. Ballincollig: T Buttimer 0-3 (0-2f, 0-1 pen), L Dorgan 0-1.

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St. Colman's Boys' N.S. who qualified for the final in Sciath na Scol when they defeated Ballinora N.S. ©Con Kelleher

Macroom G.A.A.

School Shield: Macroom Boys’ School travelled and beat Clonakilty in the pool stage of the School Shield competition and finished top of their section. The final score Macroom 6-8, Clonakilty 0-3. Tadhg Sheehan is delighted with his charges.
The Hugo Casey U-12 Tournament: was played on Sept. 29th in the presence of Hugo’s widow, Antoinette, his daughters Fidelma and Angela, grandchildren Zoe and Danny - sporting the Macroom colours for the day - and his sister Regina, Chapel Cross. A table displayed photos of the 1962 win when Hugo captained Macroom to our last senior championship victory. Reminisces brought tears to the eye. Macroom unluckily lost to Bantry in the first game, comfortably beat Kilshannig in the second and lost to Kenmare in the third. In the Cup final, Kilshannig prevailed and Bantry beat Macroom in the Plate final. Macroom led with 2 minutes to go but conceded a late goal and point. Refreshments were served through out. The trophies were presented and we congratulate the winners. Concubhar Murray, Diarmuid Holland, Tony Dineen and Órla Kelleher expertly organised the event. Julie Murray, with her children Donagh, Ciarán and Clodagh, catered superbly for the players and supporters, with the generously donated fruit, scones and ‘goodies’. Danny Morey was czar of the parking and a small army of young players helped in many ways. We thank Michael Cahill for the use of his whiteboard. Although Macroom didn’t win, the club can be proud of its well run event. To crown a memorable day, Billy Fitzgerald presented club beanie hats to the players and Tony Dineen, on behalf of Permanent/EBS, donated 5 footballs to the club. We thank them both for their generosity.
Sat. Oct.20th, Race Night in Castle Hotel; begins at 9.00 p.m. ‘Horses’ €10 each.
October weekend, Juvenile Street Leagues – senior and junior.

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Naomh Fionnbarra who won the Mid Cork Minor B League, defeating Ballinora, Naomh Abán and Bishopstown. ©

Naomh Fionnbarra Footballers

Naomh Fionnbarrra Ladies Gaelic Football Club has players from Ballingearry, Inchigeela and Toonsbridge. Their minors won the Mid Cork Final recently and the club is going from strength to strength.
Naomh Fionnbarra 4.04 Bishopstown 2.05
Naomh Fionnbarra competed in the Mid Cork Minor B League round robin competition where the girls played against Ballinora, Naomh Abán and Bishopstown. They qualified for the final against Bishopstown after what was a very hard fought game played in Kilmichael G.A.A. Naomh Fionnbarra played with a sweeper in defence (Sadhbh) which made it very difficult for Bishopstown to score points due to the extra defender. At half time it was Naomh Fionnbarra 3.02 Bishopstown 2.02, our goals coming from Ellen, Eimear and Caoimhe. Bishopstown gained momentum in the 2nd half, scoring 3 unanswered points before Úna scored an amazing goal from the tightest of angles. After that, Naomh Fionnbarra scored 2 more points to make them convincing winners. Well done to Aoife Creed, Billy Twomey and Irwin Cummins who put so much time and effort into training the girls, guiding them to their amazing success. Thanks to Kilmichael G.A.A for the use of their pitch and to Bishopstown for a competitive match and best of luck in the county.
Naomh Fionnbarra Minor Team: 1. Bláthín Lynch(C) 2. Áine Lynch 3. Rosa Simmonds 4. Meadhbh O Callaghan 5. Meabh O Sullivan 6. Molly Ring 7. Shauna Herlihy 8. Ellie O Leary 9. Eimear O Dea(C) 10. Gillian Concanon 11. Niamh Donovan 12. Ellen Buckley 13. Kate Moynihan 14. Caoimhe Creedon 15. Sadhbh Herlihy (Sweeper) 17. Úna Dineen 18. Ciara Vaughan 19. Molly Doherty 20. Máire Twomey 21. Eve Cummins 22. Katie Thomas 23. Aoife Clancy 24. Ava Hartnett 25. Sorcha Herlihy 26. Lauryn Cummins

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Hugo Casey's family at the U-12 Hugo Casey tournament - Antoinette, her daughters, Angela and Fidelma, grandchildren Zoe and Danny and Hugo's sister, Regina. ©Con Kelleher

Laochra Óg

U9s played Millstreet and won 6/3 to 5/4, a good result from a team made up of 3 U9s, 9 U8s and 1 U7 playing against older players. Our U7 &U9 girls played their last games of the season, three mini matches with each girl receiving a medal and a small token, sponsored by Donal Mulcahy, Mulcahy Insurances Ltd. Thanks to Nora & Michael McCarthy Glenmill Restaurant for the use of Teerbeg and our team sponsors and parents for your support throughout the season.
Laochra Óg played Millstreet with a selection of u15/14/13 girls in a challenge match, with both sides taking fine scores from play. Thanks to Millstreet for the game and to all our players and Healy’s Spar Clondrohid, team sponsors. Our u14 Camogie team travelled to Midleton for the last league game of the season. We were missing some strong players and Midleton proved far too strong for us all over the field. However our girls never gave up, with Aoife Lucey making great saves in goal and Caoimhe Murphy putting in a fine display in the half backs. Thanks to team sponsors, James Hickey Fitted kitchens and Bedrooms.????

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Muskerry Rugby Club’s Tena Riordan, Anne O’Sullivan Catherine Coburn, Kelly Griffin, Grace O’Shea, Aidan O’Connor, Anne Harty, Rosemary O’Connor, Paul Coburn & Ray Sheehan ©

Muskerry RFC Girls Rugby

The second season of Muskerry RFC Girls’ Rugby is well underway. Muskerry Rugby club has both U14 and U16 teams this season and would be delighted to welcome new members. Our U16 girls have partnered with Ballincollig RFC U16 girls and won their first Munster League game against Highfield on 29th September. Our U14s will play in a series of Blitzes in October. We are based in Inniscarra Community Centre and would love to hear from girls interested in joining our teams. Why not give it a try?
Weekly Training – Wednesdays 6.30 pm to 8.00pm @ Ballincollig RFC; Saturdays at Muskerry RFC 12.00 noon
For more information, please contact Catherine Coburn on 087 2041806

Macroom FC

by Darragh Deasy.
Underage Round Up. Macroom U12B lost out 2-0 to Riverstown in the league at the Town Park. In a close affair, the visitors scored at crucial periods of the game. Best were Diarmuid O' Donoghue, Daniel Keane and Jewel Ravindran. In the U15 Premier league, Macroom lost 2-1 to Corinthians. Things were going nicely following Patrick Kelleher's opener but Corinthians replied with 2 goals of their own. Macroom tried valiantly to get the equaliser but time ran out. Another good performance against traditionally strong opponents. Mark Hunt, Ryan Leahy and Dylan O' Riordan played well.
The U14 girls travelled to a sunny Kinsale and had a big win. A great performance and turnout from all players. Lakewood Athletic hosted the Macroom U8 and U10 girls sides. An excellent morning was enjoyed, with both teams playing several matches. Macroom Youths won their opening fixture in the FAI Cup. The long trip to Youghal Utd was worthwhile as a superb display gave Macroom a 4-1 win. Daniel Cotter with 2, Pawel Osnowski and Caelum Lynch were the scorers.
FAI National Draw. Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 draw. This FAI initiative gives clubs the chance to fundraise and use all funds generated for the benefit of their own particular club. Macroom FC, as an FAI affiliate, is delighted to be involved. Over 2,000 prizes are on offer nationwide, including 4 x Ford Fiesta cars, trip for 2 to 2019 Champions league final, 1 years free electricity, trips to Premier league games and much more (full list of prizes and terms and conditions at www.fai.ie). Tickets costing €10 are now on sale at Murray's Bar, Cronin’s Middle Square and from club and committee members. As mentioned above, all proceeds from local ticket sales will go directly to Macroom FC, so this is a very worthwhile fundraiser. The draw will take place on Nov 12th and, as always, your support is greatly appreciated.
Aviva Stadium Trip. The Nations Cup Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Denmark took place at the Aviva stadium in Dublin recently. With many complimentary tickets available to Macroom FC (following the recent FAI visit), a large number of club members, sponsors and supporters attended the game. A 0-0 draw did not dilute the enjoyment of the occasion, especially for the many young club members. No doubt, they will fondly remember their visit to the home of Irish football.

Macroom Golf Club

Results: 2 Oct OZEIRE Seniors Scramble 1st Ted Murphy 11 Michael O'Mahony 18 Michael Dwyer 22 40.9
Oct. 6. American Golf Grand Final 1st Terence Sheehan 14 42pts; 2nd Pascal McSwiney 15 41pts 3rd William Buttimer 14 38pts.
6/7 Oct Monthly Medal 1st Dan Hegarty 14 63 nett 2nd Martin Kavanagh 12 68 nett Best gross Mark O'Flynn 6 80
6/7 Oct Open singles 1st Conor Cronin 16 43pts 2nd Michael Kelleher 17 43pts Best Snr Jim O'Leary 16 39pts
9 Oct Seniors Scramble 1st Flor Mc Carthy 13 Pat Murphy 20 Frank Flynn 24 44.3
11 Oct Thurs Turkey Singles 1st Tom Fitzgerald 11 40pts
14 Oct Xmas Hamper 1st Coleman Cotter 18 40pts. 2nd Vincent Twomey 13 3rd Cathal O'Connell 20 39pts
Fixtures: Tue Seniors. Thur Turkey. Sat & Sun-Xmas Hamper